US Pat. No. 10,364,017

STRUCTURAL COMPONENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A structural component for an aircraft, comprising:a body with a first surface and a lug that extends out of the first surface, wherein the body and lug comprise a composite material and are integrally formed, and wherein the lug comprises a first element that extends at an angle from the first surface of the body and a second element that extends at an angle from a second surface that is at an angle to the first surface,
wherein the lug comprises a first flap of material that is folded out of the first surface at a first end of the body to form the first element, and a second flap of material that is folded out of the second surface at a second opposing end of the body to form the second element, and
wherein the first and second elements are integrally formed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,015

KICKED SPARS FOR RUDDER AND ELEVATOR APPLICATIONS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aerodynamic structure for an aircraft, the aerodynamic structure comprising:a control surface;
a spar extending along at least a portion of a forward edge of the control surface, wherein the spar includes a plurality of bends along a direction of extension along the control surface; and
a fitting coupled to and extending from the spar, the fitting being at least one of a hinge fitting or an actuator fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,364,014

MULTILAYER FLOOR COVERING

GERFLOR, Villeurbanne (F...

1. A multilayer floor covering comprising:a layer A of reinforcing fibers, the layer A made of (i) polyester or phenolic resin and (ii) fiberglass;
an adhesive layer B;
an underside layer C;
a reinforcing layer D, free of reinforcing fibers, the layer D made of PETG and/or PET;
a surface layer E.

US Pat. No. 10,364,013

SHIP

1. A ship comprising:a storage tank configured to store liquefied gas (LNG);
a first engine configured to consume LNG at a first pressure;
a second engine configured to consume LNG at a second pressure lower than the first pressure;
a boil-off gas supply line configured to discharge boil-off gas from the storage tank;
at least two compressors installed in parallel to each other and downstream the boil-off gas supply line, wherein the at least two compressors are configured to receive boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank and to compress the boil-off gas to provide compressed boil-off gas;
a splitter comprising two or more valves and configured to receive the compressed boil-off gas from the at least two compressors and to split the compressed boil-off gas into at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas;
a first line configured to receive a first flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas and to process the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas for returning to the at least two compressors;
a second line configured to receive a second flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas and to process the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas for returning to the storage tank;
a third line configured to send a third flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas to the first engine;
a first heat exchanger configured to cool the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas with the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank;
a first expander installed on the first line and configured to expand and cool the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas flowing through the first line;
a second heat exchanger configured to cool the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas flowing downstream the first heat exchanger with the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas that has been cooled at the first expander;
a second expander installed on the second line downstream the second heat exchanger and configured to expand the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas that has been cooled at the second heat exchanger to cause liquefaction of at least part of the second flow; and
a fourth line branched off the second line at a branch-off point downstream the first heat exchanger and configured to send a portion of the second flow as a fourth flow toward the second engine; and
a third expander installed on the fourth line and configured to expand and cool the fourth flow in the fourth line,
wherein the fourth line downstream the third expander passes through the first heat exchanger such that the fourth flow heat exchanges with the second flow upstream the branch-off point in addition to the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank,
wherein the third expander is configured such that pressure of the fourth flow is adjusted for supplying the fourth flow to the second engine downstream the first heat exchanger and further such that the fourth flow downstream the third expander cools the second flow upstream the branch-off point along with the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,364,012

EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR MARINE ENGINE

Indmar Products Company I...

1. A marine engine exhaust system comprising:first and second exhaust manifolds, each of said first and second exhaust manifolds being a unitary member and comprising a generally horizontally oriented first portion adapted to be secured to an engine, an elbow portion downstream of the first portion and a generally vertically oriented second portion downstream of the elbow portion and above the elbow portion, the generally vertically oriented second portion of the first exhaust manifold being adapted to receive and retain a first catalytic converter having a central axis and the generally vertically oriented second portion of the second exhaust manifold being adapted to receive and retain a second catalytic converter having a central axis, each of said first and second exhaust manifolds having an inner member and an outer member so as to define a manifold liquid cooling passage between the inner and outer members of the respective exhaust manifold, wherein the central axes of the first and second catalytic converters extend towards each other in an upward direction;
the first catalytic converter resting on a first shelf located inside the second portion of the first exhaust manifold and the second catalytic converter resting on a second shelf located inside the second portion of the second exhaust manifold;
first and second risers, each of said first and second risers comprising an inlet portion and a turn portion, the inlet portion of the first riser being secured to an outlet end of the first exhaust manifold and the inlet portion of the second riser being secured to an outlet end of the second exhaust manifold, each of the first and second risers comprising an inner tube and an outer tube surrounding the inner tube so as to define a riser liquid cooling passage between the inner and outer tubes of the respective riser, wherein the first riser and its respective inner tube directs exhaust gases away from the first manifold and the second riser and its respective inner tube directs exhaust gases away from the second manifold;
a Y-pipe having first and second inlet legs and an outlet leg, one of the first and second inlet legs of the Y-pipe being coupled to one of the first and second risers and the other of the first and second inlet lets of the Y-pipe being coupled to the other of the first and second risers; and
an exhaust outlet conduit, the outlet leg of the Y-pipe being coupled to the exhaust outlet conduit,
wherein cooling liquid is introduced into the manifold liquid cooling passage of each of the first and second exhaust manifolds via a cooling inlet, passes through the manifold liquid cooling passage of each of the first and second exhaust manifolds, enters the riser liquid cooling passage of each of the risers via a hose extending between a manifold fitting and a riser fitting, passes through each of the riser liquid cooling passages and enters the inlet legs of the Y-pipe in which the cooling liquid is mixed with the exhaust gases.

US Pat. No. 10,364,009

FUEL CELL WATERCRAFT

Suzuki Motor Corporation,...

1. A fuel cell watercraft comprising:a hull;
an electric motor serving as a power source adapted to generate propulsion of the hull;
a fuel cell unit adapted to supply electric power to the electric motor;
a hydrogen fuel tank adapted to supply hydrogen fuel to the fuel cell unit;
a secondary battery serving as an auxiliary power supply for the fuel cell unit; and
power regulation means for regulating the electric power supplied to the electric motor;
an outside-air introduction passage adapted to introduce outside air into the first storage space via a filter;
opening and closing means for opening and closing the outside-air introduction passage;
means for measuring cumulative operating time of the fuel cell unit; and
control means for making the opening and closing means perform an opening and closing action to introduce outside air into the first storage space via the filter when the cumulative operating time reaches a set value, wherein
the hull includes first and second storage spaces isolated from each other,
the first and second storage spaces include equipment hatches able to be opened and closed by lid members,
the fuel cell unit and the hydrogen fuel tank are housed in the first storage space, and the secondary battery and the power regulation means are housed in the second storage space.

US Pat. No. 10,364,005

DUAL ADJUSTING WATERPROOF SEAL FOR DRYSUITS

Ocean Rodeo Sports Inc., ...

1. A waterproof seal for drysuits, comprising:a flexible annular tube formed by an inner layer and an outer layer of a garment and surrounding a passage through which a human appendage is intended to protrude;
a first cord positioned in a cavity defined by the annular tube, the first cord having a first end and a second end, the first cord extending more than 180 degrees and less than 360 degrees around the passage with at least one of the first end and the second end exiting the annular tube;
a second cord positioned in the cavity defined by the annular tube, the second cord having a first end and a second end, the second cord extending more than 180 degrees and less than 360 degrees around the passage with at least one of the first end and the second end exiting the annular tube;
the first cord and the second cord cumulatively covering more than 360 degrees around the passage to provide an effective water seal;
a first cord retainer engaging the first cord in the vicinity of the first end and a second cord retainer engaging the first cord in the vicinity of the second end, at least one of the first cord retainer and the second cord retainer being capable of repositioning to a selected position along the first cord for the purpose of adjusting the length of the first cord; and
a third cord retainer engaging the second cord in the vicinity of the first end and a fourth cord retainer engaging the second cord in the vicinity of the second end, at least one of the third cord retainer and the fourth cord retainer being capable of repositioning to a selected position along the second cord for the purpose of adjusting the length of the second cord.

US Pat. No. 10,363,991

TORQUE SENSOR SYSTEM FOR PEDELEC

NEW ANANDA DRIVE TECHNIQU...

1. A torque sensor system for a pedelec, comprising an annular gear, a planetary gear train, and a sun gear output shaft which are engaged in turn, and further comprising a pressure conversion device and a signal processing component; wherein:for the annular gear and the planetary gear train, one acts as a power input unit, and the other acts as a power output unit;
the pressure conversion device is for receiving a first applied force generated by the power output unit and then converting the first applied force to a second applied force based on a lever principle; and
the signal processing component is for measuring a performance of the second applied force, converting measuring results thereof to an electric signal, and outputting the electric signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,988

REAR SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR BICYCLES

668598 B.C. LTD., Burnab...

1. A bicycle having a rear wheel, said bicycle comprising:(a) a frame orientable in a vertical plane, said frame comprising a top tube, a down tube having a bottom bracket at a bottom end thereof for receiving a pedal assembly, and a seat tube coupled to said top tube and configured for receiving a seat post within an upper portion of said seat tube;
(b) a rear suspension for pivotably coupling said rear wheel to said frame;
(c) a rear shock absorber mounted on said frame; and
(d) a linkage pivotably mounted on said frame for coupling said rear suspension to said shock absorber for controlling the wheel path of said rear wheel,
wherein said upper portion of said seat tube comprises a linear tubular sleeve having an opening at an uppermost end thereof for receiving said seat post and wherein at least said upper portion of said seat tube has a longitudinal axis coaxial with said sleeve that intersects said down tube at a location spaced forwardly and upwardly from said bottom bracket,
wherein said upper portion of said seat tube configured to receive said seat post is of a sufficient length to enable at least 4 or more inches of adjustment of said seat post within said seat tube along said longitudinal axis to adjust the position of a seat saddle mounted on said seat post,
wherein said longitudinal axis of said seat tube extends at an angle within the range of 50-75° relative to a horizontal plane passing through said bottom bracket perpendicular to said vertical plane, and
wherein said longitudinal axis extends tangentially relative to the most forwardly intrusive position of said rear wheel and said rear suspension when said rear suspension is under full compression.

US Pat. No. 10,363,985

HOLDER

Abus August Bremicker Soh...

1. A holder for a two-wheeler accessory, comprisinga base body that defines a contact surface which the two-wheeler accessory contacts when it is received in the holder; and
one or more pivot clips that each comprise a holding limb and a lever limb and that are pivotable about a pivot axis beyond a dead center position, in which the lever limb extends substantially in parallel to the contact surface, between a release position and a securing position to allow a reception of the two-wheeler accessory in the holder or a removal of the two-wheeler accessory from the holder in the release position and to block the two-wheeler accessory against a removal from the holder in the securing position when said two-wheeler accessory is received in the holder, and
a spring apparatus that acts on the respective lever limb and that is configured to preload the respective pivot clip into the release position at one side of the dead center position and into the securing position at the other side of the dead center position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,978

SPLIT CHASSIS SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A split chassis system, comprising:a first chassis base portion that is configured to house a first component and that includes a first chassis front face, a first chassis rear face that is opposite the first chassis base portion from the first chassis front face, and at least one first chassis wall extending between the first chassis front face and the first chassis rear face, wherein the at least one first chassis wall includes a first chassis coupling member;
a second chassis base portion that is configured to house a second component and that includes a second chassis front face, a second chassis rear face that is opposite the second chassis base portion from the second chassis front face, and at least one second chassis wall extending between the second chassis front face and the second chassis rear face,
wherein the at least one second chassis wall includes a second chassis coupling member, and
wherein the second chassis rear face is positioned adjacent the first chassis front face such that the first chassis coupling member is coupled to the second chassis coupling member; and
a leveling subsystem that is coupled to the first chassis base portion and the second chassis base portion, wherein the leveling subsystem aligns the first chassis base portion and the second chassis base portion such that the first chassis base portion and the second chassis base portion substantially maintain coplanarity when the first chassis coupling member is coupled to the second chassis coupling member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,958

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING MODE DETERMINATION AND TRANSITIONING

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. An electric power steering system comprising:an advance driver assist module configured to:
determine an operation mode that indicates a level of autonomous driving, the operation mode being a first operation mode from a plurality of levels of autonomous driving comprising at least a fully automated operation mode, a semi-automated operation mode, and a non-automated operation mode;
detect a change from the first operation mode to a second operation mode; and
transition performance of the electric power steering system from the first operation mode to the second operation mode, the transitioning comprising:
determining a blend factor for adjusting the performance of the electric power steering system that is operating using a first calibration factor of the first operation mode to a second calibration factor of the second operation mode, the blend factor based on a vehicle speed;
scaling the second calibration factor using the blend factor; and
generating a steering system command using the scaled second calibration factor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,951

CHILD RESTRAINT FOR CHILD SEAT

Safe-Strap Company, LLC, ...

1. A restraint device for restraining a child occupant of a child seat, comprising:an adjustable restraint member being located above and that extends in a same direction as a front edge of the child seat and movably positionable in a downward and upward direction respectively toward and away from the front edge;
a retaining element for retaining the restraint member in a plurality of positions along a path of movement, the retaining element being configured to permit the restraint member to move in the downward direction with an application of a first amount of force and to resist movement in the upward direction upon application of a second amount of force that is greater than the first amount of force;
a position in the plurality of positions near a top of the path of movement, the position being configured with a retaining component that resists movement of the restraint member in the downward direction with a third amount of force that is less than the second amount of force and greater than the first amount of force; and
a release mechanism coupled to the retaining element and configured to be actuated to free the restraint member from being retained at a position along the path of movement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,942

LONGITUDINAL GUIDING DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A longitudinally guiding driver assistance system in a motor vehicle, comprising:a map-based detection system that identifies upcoming events which result in a change in a maximum permissible maximum speed;
a functional unit that, if a relevant upcoming event is identified by the map-based detection system, causes output of a request notification to permit an automatic adjustment of a current maximum permissible maximum speed to a new maximum permissible maximum speed at a defined time before the relevant upcoming event is reached, wherein
the functional unit is configured to cause withdrawal of the output of the request notification if a manually triggered permission confirmation is identified or if a rejection is identified, and to cause withdrawal of the output of the request notification only after a location of the relevant upcoming event, as identified using the map-based detection system, has been passed if the manually triggered permission confirmation is not identified and if the rejection is not identified.

US Pat. No. 10,363,934

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STARTING AN ENGINE USING A HYDRAULIC HYBRID DRIVETRAIN

Dana Italia S.R.L., Arco...

1. A series hydraulic hybrid driveline for a vehicle, comprising:a hydraulic circuit comprising a first hydraulic displacement unit in fluid communication with a second hydraulic displacement unit, the first hydraulic displacement unit having a variable hydraulic displacement and the first hydraulic displacement unit being drivingly engaged with an internal combustion engine;
a hydraulic accumulator assembly selectively fluidly connected to the hydraulic circuit, the hydraulic accumulator assembly comprising a high pressure hydraulic accumulator and a low pressure hydraulic accumulator; and
a hydraulic actuator adapted to control the hydraulic displacement of the first hydraulic displacement unit, the hydraulic actuator being in fluid communication with the hydraulic accumulator assembly and with the hydraulic circuit;
wherein the hydraulic actuator is in fluid communication with the hydraulic accumulator assembly and with the hydraulic circuit through a pilot pressure portion, the pilot pressure portion comprising shuttle valves adapted to select a greatest hydraulic pressure between a greatest hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic circuit and a greatest hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic accumulator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,363,917

ENHANCED RAILWAY EQUIPMENT AND RELATED INTEGRATED SYSTEMS

DAVANAC INC., Dorval (Qu...

1. A method for indicating brake air pressure status in brake pipes of multiple interconnected train cars, the method comprising:providing at least one end-hose adapter per train car, each end-hose adapter comprising:
a housing comprising:
opposed ports connectable with a train car end hose and a brake pipe respectively;
an exterior surface; and
a channel extending between the opposed ports and being in fluid communication with brake air within the brake pipe;
a pressure sensor mounted to the housing and extending within the channel, the pressure sensor being configured to sense brake air pressure within the brake pipe and generate a brake air pressure signal;
a control unit operatively connected to the pressure sensor to receive the brake air pressure signal, and configured to generate control signals comprising:
a first control signal when the brake air pressure signal indicates a brake air pressure above a pre-determined pressure threshold; and
a second control signal when the brake air pressure signal indicates a brake air pressure below the pre-determined pressure threshold;
a light system mounted with respect to the exterior surface of the housing and configured to receive the control signals from the control unit and to display different colors in response to different control signals; and
a power source connected to the pressure sensor, the control unit, and the light system to provide power thereto;
operating each of the end-hose adapters to sense the corresponding brake air pressure within the corresponding brake pipe to which the end-hose adaptor is mounted such that:
when the brake air pressure in the brake pipe is above the pre-determined pressure threshold, the light system of the end-hose adapter is operated to display a first colour; and
when the brake air pressure in the brake pipe is below the pre-determined pressure threshold, the light system of the end-hose adapter is operated to display a second colour indicating air leakage in that brake pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,363,914

SELF-SEALING HYDRAULIC DEVICE

Lee Chi Enterprises Co., ...

1. A self-sealing hydraulic device comprising:a connecting assembly having
a hose with a channel therein; and
an adaptor having
a shell having
an axis;
a first end face;
a second end face;
a protrusion disposed adjacent to the second end face of the shell;
a fillet portion connected to the protrusion and contacted by an O-ring mounted on and around the protrusion;
an activity chamber formed inside the shell and having a bottom;
a first recess defined in the first end face;
a second recess defined in the second end face of the shell;
a bore defined in the bottom of the activity chamber, the activity chamber and the second recess communicating with each other via the bore;
a male fitting mounted in the shell, being moveable relative to the shell along the axis of the shell, and having
a first end;
a second end opposite the first end of the male fitting;
an abutting portion extending till the second end of the male fitting, passing through the bore, and extending out of the second recess;
a blocking portion disposed at the first end of the male fitting, received in the activity chamber, and capable of being blocked by the bottom of the activity chamber;
an axial hole radially defined through the abutting portion and disposed between the first end of the male fitting and the second end of the male fitting, and extending along the axis of the shell;
a radial hole orthogonally communicating with the axial hole and sealed by the shell; and
an indention formed in the abutting portion, disposed at the second end of the male fitting, and communicating with the radial hole via the axial hole;
a barb fitting connected to and communicating with both the shell and the hose;
wherein when the male fitting is mounted to the shell, the blocking portion abuts against the bottom of the activity chamber to block the bore and the activity chamber, and the radial hole is disposed in the bore; and
a hydraulic assembly being assembleable to the connecting assembly and having
a housing having
a hydraulic chamber; and
an assembling hole communicating with the hydraulic chamber via a through hole;
an elastic element disposed in the housing; and
a valve unit disposed inside the hydraulic chamber and driven by the elastic element to seal the through hole;
wherein when the connecting assembly is connected to the hydraulic assembly, the fillet portion pushes the O-ring to abut against a bottom of the assembling hole to prevent leakage from the housing;
when the connecting assembly is connected to the hydraulic assembly, the second end of the male fitting abuts against the valve unit, and the blocking portion is detached from the bottom of the activity chamber to make the bore communicate with the activity chamber;
wherein when the connecting assembly is connected to the hydraulic assembly, the adaptor is inserted in the assembling hole, and the male fitting and the valve unit drive each other mutually to make the radial hole and the through hole unsealed by the shell and the valve unit respectively and to make the connecting assembly and the hydraulic assembly communicate with each other; and
when the connecting assembly is detached from the hydraulic assembly, the adaptor moves out from the assembling hole, and the male fitting is detached from the valve unit to make the radial hoe and the through hole sealed by the shell and the valve unit respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,363,906

WIPER FOR LIQUID LEVEL SENSORS IN AUTOMOTIVE WASHER BOTTLE

ABC TECHNOLOGIES INC., T...

1. A sensor wiper for a sensor pin used for fluid level detection, the sensor wiper comprising:at least one swinging wiper having a wiper head for rotational association with a sensor pin, and an arcuate arm connected at a head end thereof to the wiper head; and
a plurality of inwardly directed radial elements associated with the wiper head for engagement with the sensor pin,
wherein sloshing action of fluids act upon the arcuate arm to move the wiper head, thereby causing the plurality of inwardly directed radial elements to engage and wipe the sensor pin.

US Pat. No. 10,363,905

WIPER BLADE

Pylon Manufacturing Corp....

1. A wiper blade comprising:an elongate wiper strip comprising a wiping lip, a wide portion, and an intermediate portion between the wiping lip and the wide portion, wherein the intermediate portion is narrower than the wide portion;
an elastic elongate backing element having a top portion from which two opposing, elongate legs descend, wherein each leg comprises an elongate claw that extends towards the opposite leg and having an end such that the ends of the claws of the two legs may define a gap sized to receive the intermediate portion of the wiper strip, such that the top portion, legs and claws define a wiper strip cavity and the wide portion of the wiper strip is disposed within the wiper strip cavity;
a mounting base that is capable of connecting the wiper blade to a wiper arm, and receiving a force from the wiper arm, wherein the mounting base is disposed on a section of the backing element such that the mounting base is capable of applying a force from the wiper arm to the backing element, and the backing element is capable of distributing the force along the length of the wiper strip; and
a first cover section extending from a first end of the mounting base to a first end of the backing element,
wherein the first end of the mounting base further comprises a projecting extension, and the first cover section is further provided with an extension recess, such that the projecting extension fits within, and is covered by the extension recess of the first cover section; and
wherein the mounting base further comprises a cover securing peg located on the projecting extension, and the first cover section further comprises a securing hole located in the extension recess, wherein the cover securing peg is located within the securing hole.

US Pat. No. 10,363,892

CRASH BOX AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A crash box comprising a longer-length metallic tubular body and a set plate including locking sections,the locking sections are individually formed as a part of the set plate,
the tubular body having a basic cross-sectional shape that is a polygon surrounded by a plurality of ridges extending in a first direction and a plurality of side wall portions, the tubular body including one or more groove portions in side wall portions on long sides that are substantially parallel to a major axis direction of the cross section, the groove portions extending in the first direction, and the tubular body including a curved portion molded integrally with the tubular body and outward flanges continuing to the curved portion at an end portion of the tubular body in the first direction,
the set plate being welded to an end of the tubular body having the outward flanges, and the locking sections being integral with the set plate and projecting upwardly from a surface of a portion of the set plate positioned within the tubular body,
wherein the locking sections of the set plate are butted against the curved portion of the tubular body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,886

THICK MOLDED TAPE PAD

ABC TECHNOLOGIES INC., T...

1. An exterior component for attachment to a vehicle surface, the exterior component comprising:a primary body having a pad support wall and a profile wall extending therefrom,
the profile wall defining an exterior profile of the exterior component, and presenting an exterior surface having an aesthetic finish,
the pad support wall being an elongate continuous structure that runs substantially an entire length of the exterior component,
the pad support wall including a continuous tape pad configured to receive an adhesive for bonding the exterior component to the vehicle surface, and
the pad support wall having a wall structure that is thickened relative to the profile wall; and
at least one clip mount to provide additional mechanical attachment to the vehicle surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,877

LOAD SPACE COVERING DEVICE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A device for covering a load space of a vehicle, the device comprising:a cover which is movable between a retracted position in which the load space is uncovered and a deployed position in which the load space is at least partially covered; and
a sensor for detecting an object in the path of the cover and/or which may interfere with the movement of the cover;
wherein the sensor comprises at least one cover sensor disposed on the cover and at least one seat position sensor operable to output a signal indicative of a seat of the vehicle being disposed within the path of the cover, wherein the signal is indicative of at least one of: a vehicle seat being in a folded/stowed state; a row position of the seat within the vehicle; a position of the seat within the vehicle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle; and, a position of a headrest of the seat with respect to a backrest of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,363,872

PERIPHERY MONITORING DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A periphery monitoring device comprising:a first storage that stores therein road surface information in a moving direction of a vehicle including a plurality of wheels, the road surface information being imaged by an imager of the vehicle;
a controller that generates underfloor information on an underfloor region of the vehicle from the road surface information stored in the first storage, the underfloor region being a road surface previously imaged by the imager and including at least part of a region of the wheels of the vehicle in a current position on the previously imaged road surface;
a second storage that is nonvolatile and stores therein, at the time of power-off of the vehicle, the underfloor information which is generated on the basis of a stop position of the vehicle; and
a display that displays the underfloor information stored in the second storage, upon power-on of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,854

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE POSITIONING APPARATUS

Astronics Advanced Electr...

1. A Personal Electronic Device (PED) positioning apparatus, comprising:at least one guide shaft disposed internally in a tray table;
a crossbar;
at least one crossbar arm connected to the crossbar at a first position and attached to an inner arm by a hinge at an opposing second position, wherein the crossbar arm, the hinge and the inner arm are all configured to fit within the guide shaft;
wherein the crossbar arm is configured to be stowable within the guide shaft when in a stowed position;
wherein the crossbar arm is configured to extend from the guide shaft and beyond the tray table in a deployed configuration, wherein the crossbar atm is further configured to rotate at the hinge so as to dispose the crossbar at an angle with respect to a surface of the tray table that is effective to retain the PED in a viewing position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,847

COVER ADAPTABLE TO FOLDABLE VEHICLE SEATS

4Knines, LLC, Vernon Hil...

7. A vehicle seat cover comprising:a back portion adapted to extend over a backrest portion of a vehicle seat, said back portion comprising a lower edge that extends across a first width of the back portion; and
a bench portion adapted to extend over a bench portion of a vehicle seat, said bench portion consisting essentially of:
a second width having a centerline dividing the second width into a first half and a second half, said first half defined by a first portion of the bench portion located between the centerline and a first side edge of the bench portion, said second half defined by a second portion of the bench portion located between the centerline and a second side edge of the bench portion, said second side edge being positioned opposite said first side edge, said first and second side edges being approximately parallel to the centerline;
a front edge extending between the first side edge and the second side edge;
a rear edge extending between the first side edge and the second side edge, said rear edge being positioned opposite said front edge and coupled to the lower edge of the back portion, said front and rear edges being approximately perpendicular to the centerline; and
a single slit positioned in the first half and having an open end opening out through the front edge, and a closed end defined by a sub-portion of the first portion, said closed end being proximal to the rear edge, said single slit dividing the bench portion into a first flap having a first width and a second flap having a second width, wherein the second width is greater than the first width.

US Pat. No. 10,363,844

ADJUSTABLE DAMPING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. An adjustable damping system for a vehicle seat for damping vibrations of a seat-part-side upper part relative to a body-side lower part in at least one spatial direction (X, Y, Z), at least one damping element, arranged between the seat-part-side upper part and the body-side lower part and adjustable by an adjustment device, being provided for the damping,wherein at least one relative movement variable and a change in the relative movement variable of the seat-part-side upper part relative to the body-side lower part can be determined by a sensor device, and a first damping force of the damping element can be adjusted by the adjustment device as a function of the at least one relative movement variable and a frequency of the change in the relative movement variable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,840

SPACER HAVING A TOLERANCE ABSORPTION MECHANISM

Toyota Boshoku America, I...

1. An assembly comprising:a first vehicle seat component;
a second vehicle seat component that can pivot relative to the first vehicle seat component;
a fastener including a shank and a shoulder to secure the first vehicle seat component and second first vehicle seat component together; and
a spacer to absorb radial vibrations, wherein the spacer includes a body, an opening having a longitudinal axis, and at least one flexible leaflet, wherein the body includes a smaller diameter portion and a large diameter portion, and the at least one flexible leaflet is located between the smaller diameter portion of the body and the shoulder of the fastener to absorb axial vibrations, wherein the body and the at least one leaflet are integral and monolithic to define a single component, wherein the opening of the spacer includes a first portion having a cylindrical inner surface that is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis and having a constant diameter and a second portion angled with respect to the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,839

SEAT SLIDE ADJUSTER

DELTA KOGYO CO., LTD., A...

1. A seat slide adjuster for adjusting a position of a seat in a front-rear direction, comprising:a lower rail;
an upper rail that is slidably provided to the lower rail and used to connect to a seat frame of the seat; and
a locking mechanism that locks the upper rail to the lower rail at an appropriate slide position,
wherein the lower rail comprises locking tooth parts on both sides in a longitudinal direction that protrude downward in a comb shape, and
wherein the locking mechanism comprises:
a locking plate that corresponds to the locking tooth parts located on both sides of the lower rail in the longitudinal direction that includes an engaged portion that engages with the locking tooth parts formed in two rows;
a locking mechanism support member supported on the upper rail side and including a locking plate spring for elastically supporting the locking plate so as to allow the engaged portion of the locking plate to engage with the locking tooth parts; and
at least one wedge structure that includes a plurality of wedge portions, wherein the at least one wedge structure (1) is disposed at a position adjacent to a longitudinal edge portion of the locking plate along a longitudinal direction of the upper rail, (2) is elastically supported by a wedge spring provided to the locking mechanism support member, and (3) makes contact with the longitudinal edge portion of the locking plate to press the locking plate inward during locking.

US Pat. No. 10,363,838

QUICK ADJUST POWER ADJUSTER

Magna Seating Inc., Auro...

1. A power adjuster for adjusting the position of a first track relative to a second track of a seat track assembly comprising:a lead screw adapted to be fixedly secured to said first track;
a drive assembly operatively coupled to said first track and selectively coupled to said lead screw;
a driven assembly supported by said second track, said driven assembly operatively coupled to said lead screw and selectively coupled to said drive assembly; and
a release mechanism coupled to said first track and operable between a locked condition coupling said driven assembly to said drive assembly and said first track wherein said driven assembly and said drive assembly move longitudinally along said lead screw with said first track relative to said second track and an unlocked condition wherein said driven assembly is decoupled from said first track and said drive assembly, wherein said driven assembly is in a manual operation mode to allow said first track to move longitudinally fore and aft along said second track with the actuation of said drive assembly and is retained along said lead screw during movement of said first track relative to said second track.

US Pat. No. 10,363,829

PORTABLE AND CONVERTIBLE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY POWER SUPPLY

URBAN626, LLC, Pasadena,...

1. A portable battery power supply comprising:a body having an outer shell defining an inner volume having at least one rechargeable energy storage cell disposed therein;
a mechanical interconnection disposed in the outer shell of the body comprising at least one fixed mechanical engagement point and at least one deployable mechanical locking element;
a primary power output bus disposed in the outer shell of the body and electronically connected with the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell, the primary power output bus being configured to cooperatively interconnect the portable battery power supply to an external electronic circuit to supply at least one high current output and at least one low current output thereto;
at least one power output receptacle disposed in the outer body and electronically connected with the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell;
an electromechanical switch electrically interconnected between the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell and the primary power output bus and at least one power output, and mechanically interconnected with the at least one deployable mechanical locking element;
wherein the electromechanical switch has at least two switchable positions:
a first switchable position in which the deployable mechanical locking element is withdrawn within the outer shell of the body and the electronic circuit between the rechargeable energy storage cell and both the primary output bus and the at least one power output receptacle is interrupted,
a second switchable position in which the deployable mechanical locking element is extended out of the outer shell of the body and the electronic circuit between the rechargeable energy storage cell and both the primary output bus and the at least one power output receptacle is uninterrupted, and
a primary power output bus interconnection circuit interconnected between the primary power output bus and the rechargeable energy storage cell such that when the primary output bus is engaged with the external electronic circuit the at least one low current output is connected through the external electronic circuit when the electromechanical switch is disposed in any one of the first or second switchable positions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,825

METHOD, BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND VEHICLE FOR CHARGING AWAKENING

BORGWARD TRADEMARK HOLDIN...

1. A battery management system, comprising:a wake-up module, configured to generate a wake-up signal when the battery management system is in one of a dormant and a power-off state and an external charging plug is connected with a charging interface; and
a power management module, configured to conduct a power supply circuit between a battery module and a preset function module in the battery management system when receiving the wake-up signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,812

VAPOUR RECOVERY SYSTEM AND VAPOUR CONTROL METHOD

Plastic Omnium Advanced I...

1. A vapour recovery system for recovering vapour coming from a vehicle tank comprising:a valve configured for being positionable in a closed position, an open position creating a passageway with a first size, and one or more intermediate positions each creating a passageway with a size which is smaller than said first size;
an actuator configured for operating said valve;
an electronic controller configured for controlling said actuator to position said valve in a sequence of positions over time, wherein said sequence comprises at least one of said one or more intermediate positions during a time period, said time period being larger than 1 second;
wherein the valve is arranged in a line of the vapour recovery system between a vapour outlet of the vehicle tank and the atmosphere;
wherein the actuator is a stepper-motor based linear actuator;
wherein the controlling comprises selecting at least one intermediate position of said one or more intermediate positions, the selection consisting in selecting a number of steps to be set from a predetermined reference position; and
wherein the controller is configured to:
in response to a positive detection of a refuelling event, position the valve in the open position;
monitor a level of liquid in the vehicle tank and, in response to the level reaching a predetermined threshold level, position the valve in the closed position; and
then reopen the valve by positioning the valve in an intermediate position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,805

HANDLING STRUT

BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED, ...

1. A handling strut for a vehicle, the handling strut formed of at least two strut members; a first strut member for connection to a powertrain and a second strut member for connection to a structural member of the vehicle; wherein one of said strut members comprises a bushing and the other strut member comprises a shaft arranged to extend through an aperture in the bushing; wherein the aperture through the bushing is wider than the shaft, a predetermined air gap is provided between the shaft and the bushing, and the first strut member is decoupled from the second strut member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,804

VEHICLE ELECTRICALLY DRIVING ASSEMBLY

Jing-Jin Electric Technol...

1. A vehicle electrically driving assembly, connected to vehicle axle half shafts of a vehicle, whereinthe vehicle electrically driving assembly comprises: an electric motor, a speed reducer, an electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch and a differential;
the speed reducer is provided with multiple stages of gears, an input shaft and an intermediate shaft;
the differential is connected between the vehicle axle half shafts;
the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch is installed on the intermediate shaft of the speed reducer; and
when the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch is in engagement, a driving force of the electric motor is transmitted to the vehicle axle half shafts via the speed reducer and the electromagnetic law clutch, to provide the driving force to the vehicle;
the speed reducer comprises: a first stage driving gear, a first stage driven gear, a second stage driving gear and a second stage driven gear, and the gears of the same stage are in engagement; and
the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch comprises: a fixed face tooth, a movable face tooth, a solenoid assembly and a return elastic assembly, and when the solenoid assembly is powered off, the return elastic assembly drives the movable face tooth to reset, the return elastic assembly is a spring, an elastic sheet, a diaphragm spring or a spring assembly, and the spring assembly comprises several springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,789

TOP MOUNT ASSEMBLY WITH BUSHING HAVING INTEGRAL ANTI-VIBRATION FEATURE

The Pullman Company, Mil...

9. A suspension mount for coupling a first component and a second component of a vehicle, the suspension mount comprising:a housing including a bore and a first shoulder, the housing adapted to be coupled to the first component of the vehicle;
an elastomeric bushing including a bore adapted to receive the second component of the vehicle, the elastomeric bushing including a first portion, a spaced apart ring portion, and a web portion interconnecting the ring portion and the first portion, wherein the ring portion, the web portion and the first portion are integrally formed with one another; and
a cap including a peripheral portion having a second shoulder, wherein the elastomeric bushing is positioned within the housing with the ring portion being engaged with the first shoulder, the first shoulder cooperating with the second shoulder to trap the ring portion between the housing and the cap and provide a seal and vibration isolator therebetween, wherein the first portion of the elastomeric bushing includes a conically shaped outer surface and the cap includes a complimentarily shaped surface in engagement therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,363,786

BALL SOCKET ASSEMBLY WITH A LOW FRICTION BEARING

Federal-Mogul Motorparts ...

7. A socket assembly, comprising:a housing with an inner bore which extends along a central axis from a closed first end to an open second end;
a ball stud including a ball portion that is disposed in said inner bore of said housing and including a shank portion which projects out of said housing through said open second end;
a backing bearing disposed in said inner bore and slidably supporting said ball portion of said ball stud;
a pair of thrust washers disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said closed first end of said housing and said backing bearing and operatively supporting said backing bearing to allow low friction rotation of said backing bearing relative to said housing;
one of said thrust washers being in direct contact with said backing bearing;
a washer spring disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said thrust washers and said closed first end of said housing;
wherein the one of said thrust washers that is not in direct contact with said backing bearing is in direct contact with said washer spring; and
wherein said backing bearing is able to move in a radial direction within said inner bore of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,783

TIRE SENSOR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY, VEHICLE WHEEL BALANCER, COMBINATION TIRE SENSOR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY AND WHEEL BALANCER, METHOD FOR MOUNTING A TIRE SENSOR TO A VEHICLE PART, AND METHOD FOR BALANCING A VEHICLE WHEEL

ITIRE, LLC, Rock Hill, S...

1. A combination vehicle tire sensor assembly and in-tire wheel balancer adapted for residing inside a pneumatic tire mounted on a wheel rim of a motor vehicle, said combination comprising:a flexible mounting cable secured to said sensor assembly, and adapted for extending circumferentially within an annular space formed between the tire and wheel rim;
a counterweight secured to said mounting cable a spaced distance from said sensor assembly; and
a substantially hollow balancer belt adjacent said sensor assembly and counterweight, and defining a circumferentially-extending exterior groove designed for receiving and locating said mounting cable, and a circumferentially-extending interior cavity adapted for containing a wheel-balancing medium.

US Pat. No. 10,363,775

VEHICLE WHEEL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A VEHICLE WHEEL

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe...

1. A vehicle wheel for motor vehicles, the vehicle wheel comprising:a wheel-rim ring having an opening;
a main member positioned at least partially in the opening of the wheel-rim ring, wherein the main member has an attachment region with receptacles for attachment to a vehicle, wherein the main member comprises spokes, wherein the main member is connected to the wheel-rim ring; and
a covering shell for at least partially covering the main member, wherein the main member is free from the covering shell at least in the attachment region with the receptacles, wherein the covering shell comprises spokes, wherein the spokes of the covering shell at least partially cover the spokes of the main member, wherein the spokes of the covering shell have radially outer ends and radially inner ends, wherein the covering shell directly contacts the main member and directly contacts the wheel-rim ring, wherein the covering shell is connected directly to the main member and directly to the wheel-rim ring via welding or brazing,
wherein the covering shell, the main member and the wheel-rim are produced from sheet steel,
wherein the covering shell and the main member together bear an operating load, wherein the covering shell bears a smaller portion of the operating load than the main member,
wherein either
the covering shell comprises a radially inner ring-shaped region that connects the radially inner ends of the spokes of the covering shell and the covering shell is connected to the main member in the inner ring-shaped region of the covering shell, wherein the outer ends of the spokes each are connected to the wheel-rim ring, or
the covering shell comprises a radially outer ring-shaped region that connects the radially outer ends of the spokes of the covering shell and the covering shell is connected to the wheel-rim ring in the outer ring-shaped region of the covering shell, wherein the spokes taper in a radially inward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,736

METAL ALLOY SHIM FOR MOUNTING PRINTHEAD CHIPS WITH HIGH BONDING STRENGTH

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. An inkjet printhead comprising:a rigid elongate manifold having one or more ink supply channels extending along its length and a plurality of ink outlets defined therein;
a shim attached to the manifold, the shim having a plurality of shim apertures for receiving ink from the ink outlets; and
one or more printhead chips adhesively bonded directly to the shim, each printhead chip receiving ink from one or more of the ink outlets,wherein:the shim is comprised of a metal alloy having a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of 5 ppm/° C. or less; and
the metal alloy has an adhesion-promoting surface film layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,735

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus for enabling a printing execution unit to execute image printing, the printing execution unit comprising a print head including a plurality of nozzle groups, the plurality of nozzle groups including a first nozzle group and a second nozzle group, the image processing apparatus comprising a controller configured to perform:acquiring target image data;
determining a direction of moving of the print head among a forward direction and a reverse direction in a main scanning direction for band image data included in the target image data; and
causing the printing execution unit to alternately repeat an ejection process and a moving process for enabling the printing execution unit to print a target image represented by the target image data, the ejection process for ejecting color materials onto a print medium by moving the print head in one of the forward direction and the reverse direction to form a band image represented by corresponding band image data along the main scanning direction using the plurality of nozzle groups,
the ejection process includes a first ejection process and a second ejection process,
the first ejection process for ejecting, by moving the print head in the forward direction, a first color material from the first nozzle group onto a first specific position of the print medium followed by a second color material from the second nozzle group,
the second ejection process for ejecting, by moving the print head in the reverse direction, the second color material from the second nozzle group onto a second specific position of the print medium followed by the first color material from the first nozzle group, and
the moving process for moving the print medium in a sub-scanning direction relative to the print head,
wherein the controller determines the direction of moving of the print head by:
determining whether an L-th (L is an integer of 2 or greater) band image formed by an L-th ejection process satisfies a first color condition, the first color condition associated with a color difference between a first image to be printed and a second image to be printed, the first image being printed by the first ejection process in the forward direction using a pixel included in L-th band image data representing the L-th band image, and the second image being printed by the second ejection process in the reverse direction using a pixel included in the L-th band image data representing the L-th band image,
determining whether the L-th band image satisfies a second color condition, the second color condition representing that a predetermined number or more of pixels in a specific color range are included in another band image different from the L-th band image, a pixel of the pixels being associated with a color difference between a color to be printed using the pixel in the first ejection process in the forward direction and a color to be printed using the pixel in the second ejection process in the reverse direction, the specific color range being a color range including a color represented by a pixel in the L-th band image;
determining, as the direction of moving of the print head in the L-th ejection process, a same direction as the direction of moving of the print head in the ejection process for another band image including the predetermined number or more of the pixels in a case where it is determined that both of the first color condition and the second color condition are satisfied; and
determining, as the direction of moving of the print head in the L-th ejection process, an opposite direction to moving of the print head in an (L?1)-th ejection process in a case where it is determined that at least one of the first color condition and the second color condition is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,363,734

METHOD FOR MAKING LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATES

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, R...

1. A method for providing a lithographic printing plate, comprising the steps in the order of:A) providing an on-press developable, negative-working lithographic printing plate precursor comprising a substrate and a negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer;
B) imagewise exposing the on-press developable, negative-working lithographic printing plate precursor to infrared radiation to form an imaged lithographic printing plate precursor having infrared radiation exposed and infrared radiation non-exposed regions in an imaged surface of the negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer;
C) without any prior wet processing, mounting the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor onto a lithographic printing press comprising:
a plate cylinder for holding the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor,
an inking system capable of supplying a lithographic printing ink to the imaged surface,
a dampening system capable of supplying a fountain solution to the imaged surface,
a blanket cylinder capable of transferring the lithographic printing ink from the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor,
an impression cylinder capable of pressing one or more printing papers onto the blanket cylinder, and thus transferring the lithographic printing ink from the blanket cylinder onto the one or more printing papers, and
a printing paper feeding system for supplying the one or more printing papers to the impression cylinder;
D) engaging the dampening system;
E) causing not more than 20 revolutions of the plate cylinder;
F) engaging the inking system;
G) causing not more than 20 revolutions of the plate cylinder;
H) feeding printing papers for at least 1 and up to and including 30 revolutions of the plate cylinder until the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor is fully developed to become a functioning lithographic printing plate having ink-accepting image regions substantially corresponding to the infrared radiation exposed regions and non-ink-accepting hydrophilic non-image regions substantially corresponding to the infrared radiation non-exposed regions; and
I) operating the lithographic printing press beyond the revolutions of the plate cylinder required for completing step E) to produce a desired number of lithographically printed papers,
wherein the lithographic printing plate precursor comprises:
(i) a substrate having a planar surface, and
(ii) a negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer disposed over the planar surface of the substrate,
wherein the (i) substrate comprises:
an aluminum-containing plate having a grained and etched planar surface;
an inner aluminum oxide layer disposed on the grained and etched planar surface, the inner aluminum oxide layer having an average dry thickness (Ti) of at least 650 nm and up to and including 3,000 nm; and comprising a multiplicity of inner micropores having an average inner micropore diameter (Di) of less than 15 nm;
an outer aluminum oxide layer disposed on the inner aluminum oxide layer, the outer aluminum oxide layer: comprising a multiplicity of outer micropores having an average outer micropore diameter (Do) of at least 15 nm and up to and including 30 nm; having an average dry thickness (To) of at least 130 nm and up to and including 650 nm; and having a micropore density (Co) of at least 500 micropores/?m2 and up to and including 3,000 micropores/?m2, wherein the ratio of the average outer micropore diameter (Do) to the average inner micropore diameter (Di) is greater than 1.1:1, and the average outer micropore diameter (Do) in nanometers and the micropore density (Co) in micropores/?m2, are further constrained by the porosity (Po) of the outer aluminum oxide layer according to the following equation:
0.3?Po?0.8wherein Po is 3.14(Co)(Do2)/4,000,000; andoptionally, a hydrophilic coating comprising one or more hydrophilic polymers, which hydrophilic coating is disposed on the outer aluminum oxide layer at a dry coverage of at least 0.0002 g/m2 and up to and including 0.1 g/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,363,732

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING SLICE FILES FROM NATIVE CAD GEOMETRIES

1. A computer-implemented method for improving the production of an object by an additive manufacturing machine, the computer implemented method comprising:performing with an electronic processing element the actions of—
receiving a computer-aided design model having a native and/or neutral format,
determining a desired resolution for each of one or more dimensions,
slicing the computer-aided design model by determining an intersection of a build-slice plane with the computer-aided design model to create one or more computer-aided design slice files having a slice format,
evaluating the one or more computer-aided design slice files to determine whether the desired resolution has been achieved,
if the desired resolution has been achieved, sending the one or more computer-aided design slice files to the additive manufacturing machine for use in producing the object, and
if the desired resolution has not been achieved, determining a new desired resolution and re-slicing the computer-aided design model; and
producing the object with the additive manufacturing machine using the one or more computer-aided design slice files received from the electronic processing element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,731

EJECTOR DEVICE

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. An ejector device for ejecting droplets of viscous fluids, comprising:one or more ejectors comprising an ejector layer that spans a hollow area, the ejector layer having a first surface and an opposing second surface arranged to receive a viscous material with viscosity between 20 and 50,000 centipoise, the ejector layer comprising a radiation absorber material configured to thermally expand without phase transition in response to heating by activation radiation transmitted to the first surface, the ejector layer comprises multiple layers including a first layer having a first coefficient of thermal expansion, CTE1, and a second layer having a second coefficient of thermal expansion, CTE2, wherein CTE2>CTE1, wherein thermal expansion of the ejector layer causes displacement of the ejector layer and ejection of the material from the second surface of the ejector layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,730

SELECTIVELY ACTIVATED MESH DISCHARGE POWDER RECOATER FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

The ExOne Company, North...

13. A method of recoating comprising the steps of:a) providing a powder-layer three-dimensional printer comprising a recoater, the recoater comprising a mesh discharge device having a planar mesh and an agitator, the mesh being adapted to support a quantity of powder when the quantity of powder and the mesh are static and to dispense at least a portion of the quantity of powder when at least one of the quantity of powder and the mesh is agitated by the agitator and wherein the agitator is not physically attached to another part of the recoater;
b) positioning at least part of the mesh over at least part of a powder bed;
c) functionally connecting the agitator to the mesh and discharging from the mesh a predetermined amount of powder upon the powder bed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,729

COLORING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTED OBJECTS

Stratasys Ltd., Rehovot ...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional (3D) color object using materials having at least some transparency, layer-by-layer, the method comprising:obtaining a 3D CAD file defining a 3D geometry and a color texture for said color object;
dividing said 3D geometry into a core and a color shell;
dividing said color shell into volumetric regions;
based on a look up table (LUT), assigning each of said regions with an arrangement of voxels in a color stack that results in an optimal reproduction of the requested color;
based on said 3D geometry, determining conflicting instances in which the color stack of one region interferes with a color stack of another region;
in case of conflict between color stacks, applying a color
correction; and
printing said 3D color object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,728

METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF LABELS, AND MULTI-LAYER COMPOSITE

1. A method for producing labels, wherein each label has a plurality of sheets adhesively connected with one another in respective first surface area regions of respective basic label surface areas of the labels and lie on one another in respective second surface area regions of the respective basic label surface areas, wherein the method comprises the following:step a) imprinting of a carrier web, comprising printing an anti-adhesion layer onto the carrier web in a frame region provided for a waste matrix, wherein the frame region surrounds the basic label surface areas, and in the first surface area regions of the basic label surface areas,
step b) application of a number of material webs to the carrier web and/or one on top of another, as well as imprinting this number of material webs,
wherein the number of material webs serves for production of a number of lowermost sheets of each label and comprises either a single material web or a plurality of material webs,
wherein each material web of the number of material webs is first applied individually and then imprinted, and
wherein an anti-adhesion layer is imprinted onto a last material web of the number of material webs in third surface area regions, which are disposed between the first surface area regions and the frame region and/or between the second surface area regions and the frame region,
step c) implementation of a punch or other severing of a material web of this number of material webs between the third surface area regions and the first and/or second surface area regions, and
step d) completion of each label by application and imprinting an outermost material web intended as an outermost sheet of the labels, and by carrying out a frame punch or other severing of all the material webs,
wherein in step d), the frame punch is carried out in such a manner that a waste matrix can be severed and/or is severed from the first , second and/or third surface area regions, and that a laterally projecting section of the outermost sheet of the respective label is formed in the third surface area regions, in each instance, wherein the laterally projecting section projects laterally beyond the number of lowermost sheets of the respective label.

US Pat. No. 10,363,727

THERMALLY-BONDED MULTILAYER PADS FORMED FROM WIDE WEBS

1. An in-line method for manufacturing a plurality of multilayer pads, comprising the steps of:providing a web of fusible base-pad-forming material;
providing a web of fusible intermediate barrier-layer-forming material;
providing a web of fusible handle-forming material;
at a first bonding station, fusing a portion of the base-pad-forming material to the barrier-layer-forming material to form a base layer and intermediate layer precursor;
at a second bonding station, fusing the handle-forming material to the base layer and intermediate layer precursor, while leaving at least one portion of the handle-forming material free with reference to a pad to be formed to form an uncut pad precursor web; and
cutting through the pad precursor web to form a multilayer pad.

US Pat. No. 10,363,726

SEPTUMIZATION OF HONEYCOMB SANDWICHES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A device for septumizing a core of honeycomb cells, comprising:a perforated sheet including a plurality of septums respectively adapted to be inserted into the honeycomb cells, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of septums comprises an array of septums; and
a nested septum within in at least one septum in the array of septums, such that the nested septum comprises perforated sides that angle, relative to sound waves that propagate into the core from the perforations in an inner facesheet, such that every side of each septum joins at a tip of each septum.

US Pat. No. 10,363,720

LAMINATED GLASS AND METHOD OF MOUNTING LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A laminated glass comprising a first laminated glass member, a second laminated glass member and an interlayer film arranged between the first laminated glass member and the second laminated glass member,the interlayer film being provided with an infrared ray reflection layer which reflects infrared rays, a first resin layer which is arranged on a first surface side of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a polyvinyl acetal resin, a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent and an oxidation inhibitor, and a second resin layer which is arranged on a second surface side opposite to the first surface of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a polyvinyl acetal resin, a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent, an oxidation inhibitor and heat shielding compounds,
the first layer further containing one or more heat shielding compounds or not containing a heat shielding compound,
the heat shielding compounds of the second resin layer comprising metal oxide particles and at least one of a phthalocyanine compound, a naphthalocyanine compound, and an anthracyanine compound,
the content in % by weight of the one or more heat shielding compounds in the first resin layer is smaller than the content in % by weight of the heat shielding compounds in the second resin layer by 005% by weight or more,
the content of the oxidation inhibitor in 100% by weight of the first resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 2% by weight or less and the content of the oxidation inhibitor in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 2% by weight or less,
the content of the metal oxide particles in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 6% by weight or less,
the first laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the first resin layer in the interlayer film, the second laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the second resin layer in the interlayer film, and the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the first laminated glass member and the first resin layer being higher than the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the second laminated glass member and the second resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,718

ADHESIVE SHEET AND ADHESIVE SHEET PRODUCTION METHOD

LINTEC CORPORATION, Itab...

1. A pressure sensitive adhesive sheet, comprising:a supporting substrate;
a pressure sensitive adhesive layer (X) formed on the supporting substrate;
a continuous void-containing layer formed on the pressure sensitive adhesive layer (X) and including a composition comprising: fine particles which are not silica particles; and a pressure sensitive adhesive; and
a pressure sensitive adhesive layer (Y) formed on the continuous void-containing layer,
wherein a median diameter of the fine particles is from 0.001 to 100 ?m,
voids present among the fine particles form continuous voids included in the continuous void-containing layer, and
the continuous void-containing layer has a mass concentration of the fine particles of from 45 to 100%,
wherein the pressure sensitive adhesive in the continuous void-containing layer is at least one selected from the group consisting of a rubber pressure sensitive adhesive, a silicone pressure sensitive adhesive, and an acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,363,716

SHREDDING AND BALING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A shredding and baling apparatus comprising:a shredding assembly comprising:
an intake hopper for receiving material to be shredded, said intake hopper having an open bottom portion for allowing shredded material to freely pass therethrough;
a shredding mechanism comprising a cutting drum rotatable along a rotational axis and oriented along a horizontal axis, the cutting drum being positioned in a central portion of said intake hopper and capable of free rotation through said open bottom portion thereof;
a plurality of cutting teeth arranged spirally and carried on an outer portion of said cutting drum;
a means for conveying operatively connected to and disposed below said shredding mechanism, the front of said means for conveying being aligned with the front of said shredding mechanism, whereby shredded material is gravity fed from said shredding mechanism onto said means for conveying;
said means for conveying being operatively connected to and terminating above a baling assembly such that shredded material may be carried to and gravity fed into said baling assembly, said baling assembly comprising:
a housing having a fixed member and a pivoting door member, said housing defining a baling cavity on an inside portion thereof;
a series of rotatable rollers positioned within said housing, and wherein a first set of said rollers are rotatably attached within said fixed member of said housing, and a second set of said rollers are rotatably attached within said pivoting door member of said housing;
a series of belts disposed about said rollers, so that said belts may rotate about said rollers;
a drive mechanism attached to said housing and operatively connected to at least one of said rollers, wherein said drive mechanism rotates said at least one roller that is operatively connected thereto;
a baler hopper attached to an upper portion of said housing for receiving shredded material, wherein said baling material is fed through said baler hopper into said shredded chamber;
a wrap feeder disposed on an outer portion of said housing, said wrap feeder being used to feed a wrap material to said baling cavity to wrap around a bale of baling material after said bale has been formed therein;
a power unit for powering said shredding assembly, said baling assembly, and said means for conveying, said power unit comprising;
at least one hydraulic motor operative connected to at least one hydraulic pump and at least one hydraulic line, said at least one hydraulic line operatively connecting each of said shredding assembly, said baling assembly, and said means for conveying; and
a computer operationally connected to said power unit for automating and controlling said apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,715

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING RETREADED TIRES

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method of forming a retreaded tire comprising:providing a tread having a top side configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation and a bottom side configured to attach to an annular tire carcass configured for receiving the tread, the tread including a recessed groove recessed below the top side of the tread;
arranging the tread around an outer circumference of the tire carcass in a desired position to form an assembled retreaded tire;
arranging a removable circumferential band around the assembled retreaded tire positioned overtop the recessed groove and the top side of the tread where the circumferential band has an axial width less than a lateral width of the top side of the tread, where the circumferential band is separated from the recessed groove by a thickness of tread material between the recessed groove and the top side of the tread, and whereby the circumferential band provides an additional thickness of material above the recessed groove, where the circumferential band is substantially formed of an elastomeric material having an unstretched circumference smaller than the circumference of the assembled retreaded tire that is expanded prior to and for arrangement around the retreaded tire;
placing a curing membrane around an outer circumference of the tread, an outer circumference of the circumferential band, and at least a portion of the tire carcass; and,
curing the retreaded tire with the circumferential band arranged between the tread and the curing membrane, where the recessed groove is a void arranged along the bottom side of the tread and a shape of the void after the step of curing the retreaded tire is substantially the same as before the step of curing the retreaded tire.

US Pat. No. 10,363,714

METHOD, PROCESS AND PLANT FOR CONTROLLING THE MANUFACTURE OF TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A method for controlling building of a tyre for vehicle wheels, comprising:building a carcass structure on a forming drum; and
assembling the carcass structure to a crown structure, wherein building of the carcass structure comprises:
building one intermediate portion of the carcass structure at a time on a respective forming drum by moving the forming drum in opposite rectilinear directions of movement along a shuttle guide within an intermediate forming line;
making available the forming drum with the intermediate portion of the carcass structure at a first transfer location;
completing the intermediate portion of the carcass structure by moving the respective forming drum between the first transfer location, n completion locations with n?1, and a second transfer location in which the carcass structure is made available for subsequent assembling with the crown structure by unloading from the respective forming drum and by transferring the forming drum to each completion location and the second transfer location, wherein a first shuttle and a second shuttle carry the forming drum to the first transfer location and second transfer location, respectively, in cantilevered fashion by holding a terminal end of a central shaft of the forming drum;
transferring the forming drum clear of any carcass structure from the second transfer location to the first transfer location, and
building a subsequent intermediate portion of a subsequent carcass structure of a different tyre on the forming drum having been transferred from the second transfer location to the first transfer location,
wherein at an operating moment at which the first transfer location is occupied by a forming drum coming from the intermediate forming line or intended for the intermediate forming line, there are one to n locations selected from the n completion locations and the second transfer location that are occupied by respective forming drums.

US Pat. No. 10,363,713

TIRE VULCANIZING APPARATUS

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire vulcanizing apparatus comprising:a vulcanizing bladder inflatable in an inner space of an unvulcanized tire to press the unvulcanized tire against a vulcanizing mold;
a center device for holding the vulcanizing bladder;
a supplier for supplying fluid to the vulcanizing bladder;
a discharger for discharging the fluid in the vulcanizing bladder;
the vulcanizing bladder comprising a first bladder configured to contact with an inner circumferential surface of the unvulcanized tire and a second bladder arranged inside the first bladder,
the fluid including a first fluid to be supplied between the first bladder and the second bladder and a second fluid to be supplied to an inside of the second bladder, and
at least one of an inner circumferential surface of the first bladder and an outer circumferential surface of the second bladder being provided with a guide groove extending in a tire axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,712

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING POLARIZING PLASTIC LENS

EHS LENS PHILIPPINES, INC...

1. A method of manufacturing a polarizing plastic lens, which comprises:subjecting a polarizing film to curved surface processing to impart a convex surface shape to a first side of the polarization film and a concave surface shape to the side of the polarization film that is opposite to the first side of the polarization film;
a reversing step of reversing the convex surface shape into a concave surface shape by pressing the polarizing film that has been curved surface processed;
a casting mold assembling step of assembling a casting mold having a cavity within which the reversed polarizing film is positioned with the reversed polarizing film, an upper mold, a lower mold, and a sealing member that maintains a spacing between the upper mold and the lower mold; and
forming a polarizing plastic lens comprising the polarizing film positioned within a plastic lens substrate, the polarizing plastic lens being prepared via a single molding operation that includes polymerizing and curing a curable composition that has been cast into the cavity to provide the plastic lens substrate within which the polarizing film is positioned, wherein
the plastic lens substrate of the polarizing plastic lens is not formed prior to the polymerization and curing of the curable composition that has been cast into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,711

METHOD OF MAKING CONTACT LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A method of making a contact lens, the method comprising:(i) providing a first master mould for producing a first mould half and a second master mould for producing a second mould half;
(ii) producing at least one precursor mould comprising the first mould half and the second mould half, wherein the first mould half is for providing a first lens surface having at least one optical feature and the second mould half is for providing a second lens surface which requires lathing to provide at least one added optical feature;
(iii) producing a moulded precursor contact lens in each of the at least one precursor mould, wherein the step of producing the lens results in at least one identifiable undesirable attribute;
(iv) identifying the at least one undesirable attribute on the moulded precursor contact lens;
(v) determining the extent of the at least one undesirable attribute;
(vi) providing at least one lens producing mould formed from the first master mould and second master mould, each lens producing mould having a first mould half and a second mould half, wherein the first mould half is for providing a first lens surface having at least one optical feature and the second mould half is for providing a second lens surface which requires lathing to provide at least one added optical feature;
(vii) producing the contact lens in at least one lens producing mould;
(viii) removing the second mould half, whereby the contact lens remains positioned on the first mould half; and
(ix) lathing the second lens surface using a lathe tool, wherein the path of the lathe tool is controlled by a computer programme, and wherein the computer programme adjusts the path to compensate for the undesirable attribute of the moulded precursor contact lens identified in step (iv),
wherein the at least one undesirable attribute comprises an eccentricity of the precursor test contact lens from the centre of the of the mould half, and the eccentricity is characterized by defining an angle and magnitude of offset.

US Pat. No. 10,363,709

COMPOSITE LAYUP TOOLS FOR AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE BARRELS, METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE LAYUP TOOLS, AND AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE BARREL SECTIONS FORMED UTILIZING THE LAYUP TOOLS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a fuselage barrel assembly of an aircraft, the method comprising:providing a first fuselage barrel section that includes a first joint portion, wherein the first joint portion has a first interior joint surface that has a first inner circumferential length;
providing a second fuselage barrel section that includes a second joint portion, wherein the second joint portion has a second interior joint surface that has a second inner circumferential length;
providing a splice ring that has a splice ring outer surface that has a splice ring outer circumferential length;
operatively aligning the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section such that the first joint portion faces toward the second joint portion;
locating the splice ring within both the first joint portion and the second joint portion while translating the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section toward one another; and
operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section to the splice ring, wherein the operatively attaching includes:
(i) initially operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section at a pair of initial attachment points that is proximate a bottom center line reference direction of the fuselage barrel assembly; and
(ii) subsequently operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section at a plurality of pairs of subsequent attachment points by operatively attaching at a given pair of subsequent attachment points on a given side of the pair of initial attachment points and at a corresponding pair of subsequent attachment points on an opposite side of the pair of initial attachment points prior to attaching at another pair of subsequent attachments points that is farther from the pair of initial attachment points than the given pair of subsequent attachment points.

US Pat. No. 10,363,707

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-LINE CONTROLLING THE ULTRASONIC WELDING OF PLASTIC COMPONENTS OF AN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

1. A system (1) for in-line controlling the ultrasonic welding of plastic components (F, S, B) of an electronic cigarette, said plastic components (F, S, B) being welded one to the other at a welding zone (Z) so as to define a welded group (G); the plastic components (F, S, B) being conformed in such a way that the welded group (G) comprises an air passage duct (P) having a first open end (E1) and a second open end (E2);the system (1) being characterized in that it comprises:
a chamber (2) for receiving the welded group (G);
closure means (3), for closing the first open end (E1) of the air passage duct (P) of the welded group (G);
air supplying means (6) for supplying air into the chamber (2) determining the introduction of air in the air passage duct (P) through its second open end (E2);
air exiting means (4, 40), arranged for connecting the welding zone (Z) with the outside of the chamber (2), allowing the possible exit of air outside the chamber (2);
continuous pressure control and adjustment means (5), arranged between the air supplying means (6) and the second open end (E2) of the air passage duct (P) for continuously controlling and regulating the air pressure that enters in the air passage duct (P), in order to keep a fixed air pressure;
an air passage nozzle (7) having a determined cross section, interposed between the continuous pressure control and adjustment means (5) and the second open end (E2) of the air passage duct (P), through which the air passes; and
a pressure sensor (8), connected to the chamber (2), for detecting an air back pressure generated in the chamber (2) after the introduction of air into the air passage duct (P).

US Pat. No. 10,363,705

DETERMINING A PRINTING ANOMALY RELATED TO A 3D PRINTED OBJECT

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions, the instructions comprising:one or more instructions that, when executed by one or more processors of a device, cause the one or more processors to:
obtain measurement data concerning a three-dimensional (3D) printed object,
wherein the 3D printed object has a plurality of physical elements that comprise a plurality of different physical attributes,
wherein the plurality of physical elements and the plurality of different physical attributes are designed to exhibit one or more printing capabilities of a 3D printer that printed the 3D printed object;
process the measurement data to determine one or more printing anomalies relating to one or more physical elements, of the plurality of physical elements, and one or more physical attributes of the plurality of different physical attributes;
generate a set of instructions to permit the 3D printer to be adjusted to address the one or more printing anomalies,
the set of instructions including an instruction to check one or more physical components of the 3D printer,
the one or more physical components of the 3D printer including at least one of:
 a motor,
 a gear,
 a filament,
 a spool,
 a band,
 a print head,
 an extruder,
 a fan,
 a heating element, or
 a nozzle; and
cause an action to be performed based on generating the set of instructions,
the action including at least one of:
perform a calibration action concerning the one or more physical components,
perform a correction action concerning the one or more physical components, or
perform a reset action concerning the one or more physical components.

US Pat. No. 10,363,699

METHOD OF FORMING AND SETTING HEADSPACE WITHIN A CONTAINER

1. A method for forming and filling a container with liquid, the container being formed from a preform located within a mold and the method utilizing a hydraulic blow molding device that is coupled to a source of the liquid, which is used as the blow molding medium, the hydraulic blow molding device having a blow nozzle, a seal pin and a member, the method comprising:advancing the member from a retracted position to a position within the preform;
after the member has initiated advancement into the preform, engaging the blow nozzle in fluid tight communication with an open end of the preform as to provide a sealing engagement of the blow nozzle with the preform; and
opening the seal pin and injecting the liquid blow medium into the preform so as to form the container after the sealing engagement of the blow nozzle with the preform;
during injection of the liquid blow medium, retracting the member to a first headspace position;
with the member in the first headspace position, closing the seal pin after forming the container;
after closing the seal pin, moving the member to a second headspace position, the second headspace position being closer to the finish than the first headspace setting position and reducing pressure within the formed container to ambient; and
with the member in the second headspace position, breaking sealing engagement of the blow nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,698

MACHINE FOR FORMING AND FILLING CONTAINERS COMPRISING A FIRST CLOSED LOOP AND A SECOND CLOSED LOOP HAVING A COMMON PART

1. A machine for forming and filling successive containers from a preform with liquid as the forming medium, the machine comprising a plurality of forming stations, each forming station having a main station and an elementary station which are coupled together to form the forming station, wherein the machine includes a series of elementary stations moving along a first closed loop and a series of main stations moving along a second closed loop, the first closed loop and the second closed loop having at least one common part wherein the main stations are coupled with the elementary stations and at least a distinct part wherein the main stations are separated from the elementary stations.

US Pat. No. 10,363,696

PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF EMBOSSED FILMS BASED ON PLASTICIZED POLYVINYL ACETAL

Kuraray Europe GmbH, Hat...

1. A process for embossing a film comprising plasticized polyvinyl acetal to provide a non-stochastic roughness Rz of 20 to 100 ?m on at least one surface, comprising:a. extruding a plasticised polyvinyl acetal to a film with a stochastic roughness of at least one surface of Rz =1 to 70 ?m,
b. embossing the at least one surface of the film obtained in step a) with channels having a depth of 5-50 ?m, a width of 10-200 ?m and a pitch of 50-2500 ?m, having elevations between the channels, wherein the stochastic roughness of the surface of the elevations between the channels is at most 20% lower than the stochastic roughness of the film obtained in step a).

US Pat. No. 10,363,695

MOLD MOVEMENT CONTROL MECHANISM AND MOLD HAVING THE SAME

SHEN YUAN PRECISION MOLD ...

1. A mold movement control mechanism comprising:a base module;
an engaging member;
an abutting portion;
a coupling member;
a pushing portion;
a first moving member;
a second moving member; and
a third moving member;
the base module is configured to assemble the engaging member, the abutting portion, the coupling member, the pushing portion, the first moving member, the second moving member, and the third moving member;
the engaging member is configured to move relative to the base module along a travel direction from a first engaging position to a moved engaging position via an engaging member travel, the engaging member is configured to rotate about an engaging axis between an engagement position and a release position when the engaging member is located at the moved engaging position, the engaging member is configured to be restricted at the engagement position by the base module when the engaging member is at the first engaging position and during the engaging member travel;
the abutting portion is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction, the abutting portion and the engaging member are configured to engage with each other when the engaging member is at the engagement position in a manner that the abutting portion and the engaging member are moved simultaneously during the engaging member travel, the abutting portion and the engaging member are configured to disengage when the engaging member is located at the release position;
the first moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the second moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the third moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the coupling member and the pushing portion are configured to engage with each other; and
wherein the engaging member is rotatably disposed on one of the first moving member and the second moving member, the abutting portion is disposed on the other one of the first moving member and the second moving member, the coupling member is rotatably disposed on the third moving member, and the pushing portion is disposed on the second moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,692

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID SUPPLY MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method for molding a liquid supply member by using a first mold and a second mold which are capable of being opened and closed relative to each other and in which the first mold is capable of being slid relatively to the second mold, the method comprising:a first molding step of performing injection molding to form a first component part of the liquid supply member and a second component part of the liquid supply member other than the first component part at different positions from each other, with the first and the second molds closed relative to each other;
a step of relatively moving the first mold and the second mold in a first direction to open the mold;
a step of retracting the second component part in a second direction;
a step of sliding the first mold with respect to the second mold in a third direction;
an abutting step of sliding the second component part in a fourth direction, which is opposite to the second direction, and bringing the second component part and the first component part into contact with each other; and
a second molding step of performing injection molding to join the first component part and the second component part with the first and the second molds closed relative to each other,
wherein the first direction, the second direction, and the third direction are orthogonal to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,363,691

METALLIC RESIN MOLDING OF ANNULAR COMPONENTS WITHOUT VISIBLE KNIT LINE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A method of orienting metallic resin flakes at a Class A surface of a knit line of an annular component comprising:heating a core mold component defining a lower surface of an injection mold set corresponding to a lower surface of the annular component to a base temperature;
heating a cavity mold component defining an upper surface of the injection mold set corresponding to the Class A surface of the annular component to a higher temperature than the base temperature;
causing faces of two streams of metallic resin, including the metallic resin flakes, injected into the injection mold set to come together at the knit line;
causing metallic resin flakes to flow into an inboard overflow cavity through an inboard gate positioned adjacent the knit line;
causing metallic resin flakes to flow into an outboard overflow cavity through an outboard gate positioned adjacent the knit line;
wherein the causing metallic resin flakes to flow into the inboard overflow cavity and into the outboard overflow cavity comprises causing unoriented flakes to be replaced by oriented flakes at the Class A surface of the knit line;
wherein the higher temperature is between about 175 degrees Fahrenheit and about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,690

METHOD FOR PREPARING A CHITOSAN-BASED POROUS LAYER

1. A method for preparing a chitosan-based porous layer which has been compressed, neutralized and washed, comprising the following steps:a) preparing a chitosan solution free of any other polymer, including a chitosan concentration ranging from 1.0% to 5% by weight, relative to a total weight of the solution and having a pH from 3 to 5,
b) pouring the chitosan solution into a mold in order to form a layer,
c) lyophilizing the layer obtained in b) to obtain a porous layer,
d) compressing the porous layer obtained in c) to obtain a compressed porous layer including a density of greater than or equal to 0.65 g/cm3,
e) neutralizing the compressed porous layer obtained in d) by using a NH4OH solution comprising a NH4OH concentration ranging from 0.6 to 2 mold to obtain a neutralized compressed porous layer, and,
f) subjecting the neutralized compressed porous layer obtained in e) to one or more washing steps.

US Pat. No. 10,363,689

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FLUORESCENT SILICONE FILM

1. A method of manufacturing a fluorescent silicone film comprising of the following steps in the order named:A. mixing optical silicone and fluorescent powders so as to produce a mixture of the optical silicone and the fluorescent powders;
B. adding liquid to the mixture;
C. vacuuming and degassing the mixture with the liquid;
D. feeding the mixture with the liquid into an accommodation cavity of a mold;
E. placing the mold into a planetary centrifugal mixer so as to centrifuge the mixture with the liquid in the accommodation cavity of the mold;
F. forming a fluorescent silicone film in the accommodation cavity; and
G. solidifying and removing the fluorescent silicone film from the mold;
wherein in the step of A, the optical silicone and the fluorescent powders are mixed at a ratio of 100:10 to 100:25;
wherein in the step of C, the accommodation cavity is closed after feeding the mixture with the liquid; and wherein in the step of F, the fluorescent silicone film has a silicone layer and a fluorescent powder layer which are formed in the accommodation cavity in a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) manner.

US Pat. No. 10,363,688

DEVICE FOR FABRICATING ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE

GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIE...

1. A device for fabricating an ion exchange membrane, comprising:a substrate on which a polymer solution is placed;
a doctor blade which is arranged spaced apart from the substrate, and is in contact with the polymer solution to transfer the same to both ends of the substrate to perform a casting process; and
a function generator which is electrically connected to the substrate and the doctor blade to give an AC voltage and an AC frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,363,687

MOLD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NALUX CO., LTD., Osaka-s...

1. A method for manufacturing a mold, including the steps of:placing a base material of semiconductor or metal that reacts with sulfur hexafluoride in a reactive ion etching apparatus;
supplying a mixed gas of sulfur hexafluoride and oxygen thereto;
making the base material undergo a plasma dry-etching process such that oxides are scattered on a surface of the base material, etching advances on the surface of the base material while the oxides function as etching masks, and thereby a fine surface roughness is formed on the surface of the base material; and
irradiating the fine surface roughness of the base material with an accelerated ion beam in an ion beam etching apparatus such that shapes of protrusions of the fine surface roughness can be adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,363,686

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MELTING AND DISPENSING THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An apparatus for melting thermoplastic material, the apparatus comprising:a heated manifold defining:
an upper surface receiving particles of thermoplastic material from a hopper;
a plurality of cavities extending downward from the upper surface, each of the plurality of cavities having an inlet and an outlet, the inlets of the plurality of cavities being defined in the upper surface, and the plurality of cavities being spaced apart from one another;
a pump supply passage for receiving molten thermoplastic material from the outlets of the plurality of cavities and for supplying the molten thermoplastic material to a pump; and
a discharge passage for receiving pressurized molten thermoplastic material from the pump, the discharge passage being in fluid communication with a dispenser; and
at least one heating element disposed within the heated manifold, the at least one heating element transferring heat substantially throughout the heated manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,683

DIGITAL DECORATING MACHINE FOR CERAMIC PRODUCTS

PROJECTA ENGINEERING S.R....

1. A digital decorating machine for ceramic products, comprising at least a conveyor, to transport the products to be decorated (P) along a feed direction (A), and a plurality of decoration modules, positioned over said conveyor and adjacent to each other along said feed direction (A), said modules comprising respective printing heads provided with nozzles for ejecting a fluid to be delivered on the surface of the products to be decorated (P), said conveyor comprising at least a movable member for supporting the products to be decorated (P), for translating them along said feed direction (A), wherein said conveyor comprises at least a supporting surface, located along a respective flank of said movable member, said supporting surface comprising a plurality of predetermined positioning zones for the removable engagement of respective coupling portions of said decoration modules,wherein each of said modules comprises a box, including said coupling portions, and housing all components required to operate the module, and
wherein said box is a sealed unit and it is associated with respective means for generating overpressure, to provide a pressurized and air-conditioned environment inside an inner volume of said box.

US Pat. No. 10,363,680

SUPPORT REMOVAL TOOL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE

General Electric Company,...

1. A machine system comprising:a press machine having a press member controllably movable along a path adjacent a component surface of a laser-sintered component;
a cutting surface moveable by the press member along a cutting path and having a cutting surface shape complementary to a component surface shape of the component surface, the cutting surface having at least one cutting edge positioned to separate at least one laser-sintered support from the component surface as the cutting surface moves along the cutting path; and
at least one pin projecting forward from the cutting surface along the cutting path and aligned with an opening defined by the at least one laser-sintered support, whereby the at least one pin extends through the opening prior to the cutting surface separating the at least one laser-sintered support.

US Pat. No. 10,363,679

WATER BEARING AND FOOD CUTTING ASSEMBLY

Lamb Weston, Inc., Eagle...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a housing for rotationally mounting a spindle body having a rotational axis, a supply of water, the housing including a first radial bearing proximate to a first thrust disc of the spindle body and a second radial bearing proximate to a second thrust disc of the spindle body, the first thrust disc including first opposing surfaces extending radially from the rotational axis of the spindle body and a first circumferential surface between the first opposing surfaces, and the second thrust disc including second opposing surfaces extending radially from the rotational axis of the spindle body and a second circumferential surface between the second opposing surfaces, and the spindle body having an interior passage extending along its rotational axis and a tube within the interior passage, around which the spindle body rotates;
directing the water through first fluid passages extending from a first port in the housing through the first radial bearing to the spindle body and across the first opposing surfaces and the first circumferential surface to the spindle body, and through second fluid passages extending from a second port in the housing through the second radial bearing to the spindle body and across the second opposing surfaces and the second circumferential surface to the spindle body, and through a third fluid passage between the spindle body and the tube;
rotating the spindle body while the water is directed through the first fluid passages and the second fluid passages and the third fluid passage to create a water film between the housing and the spindle body and between the spindle body and the tube that reduces friction between the housing and the spindle body and the tube; and
cooling the housing and the spindle body and the tube with the water.

US Pat. No. 10,363,677

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CUTTER DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a cutter that includes a first blade and a second blade, wherein the second blade is rotatable about a rotation center, wherein the cutter cuts a printing medium by causing the first blade to be in frictional contact with the second blade, wherein the second blade is rotatable and is moved in response to the frictional contact;
wherein the first blade is positioned on a first blade side of the second blade when in the frictional contact,
wherein the rotation center of the second blade is disposed on the first blade side with respect to a moving surface of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,675

KNIFE AND SHEATH

WHG Properties, LLC, Nor...

12. A sheath and knife combination, comprising:a knife having a tang and a blade;
a sheath including:
a main body having a least a top face, a front face, and a pair of side faces, the front face being wider than the side faces and comprising a window formed therein;
a cavity defined by the main body, the cavity having an opening in the top face, the cavity being sized and shaped to receive at least the blade of the knife, wherein the window adjoins the cavity; and
a latch disposed in the front face of the main body, the latch being spring loaded and having a projection at least partially positionable within the cavity by way of the window,
wherein the latch comprises a button and a latch pin, the button being at least partially disposed in the top face of the sheath, and the latch being configured to be pivotable about the latch pin when a force is applied to the button.

US Pat. No. 10,363,671

HORIZONTAL MULTI-JOINT ROBOT AND ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot comprising:a pedestal;
a first arm connected to the pedestal and be able to rotate around a first axis;
a second arm connected to the first arm and be able to rotate around a second axis;
a shaft slideably supported by the second arm such that the shaft is movable in a direction parallel to the second axis;
a supporting portion provided at the pedestal, the supporting portion having a surface orthogonal to the first axis and overlapping the first axis when viewed from a direction of the first axis; and
a duct connects between the second arm and the supporting portion, wherein
the duct is able to rotate around the first axis and is able to rotate around the second axis,
a height of the duct in the direction of the first axis is less than a height of the shaft, and
a first thickness of the supporting portion intersecting the first axis is less than a second thickness of the first arm intersecting the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,670

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC BENDING OF INFLATABLE STRUCTURES

1. An air beam configured to be dynamically moved, the air beam comprising:an inflatable gas bladder;
a first braided tube substantially surrounding the gas bladder;
a plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements that extend substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the first braided tube, wherein for each variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements, a portion of the variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along a free braid section of the first braided tube is configured to be adjustable in length independently of any other variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements;
a plurality of actuators, each actuator from the plurality of actuators coupled to a corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements and configured to operably shorten the portion of the corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along the free braid section sufficiently to bend a first predetermined portion of the first braided tube in a first predetermined direction and to a first predetermined angle
wherein at least one of the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements is braided into the first braided tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,669

ANATOMICAL ROBOT

1. An anatomical robot including: at least a first structure element and a second structure element, at least a first compelling element and a second compelling element, and a pull cord system; each of said structure elements having at least a first contacting surface at a longitudinal end of said respective structure elements, said first contacting surface of said first structure element being one of concave or convex and said first contacting surface of said second structure element being the other of concave or convex and being proximate said first contacting surface of said first structure element and receiving said first contacting surface of said first structure element and forming a mating pair; each said compelling elements spanning between and connected to said first structure element and said structure element of said mating pair and compelling said contact surfaces to remain in contact; and said pull cord system including at least a first pull cord attached to said first structure element, and at least a first pull cord pulling device, said first pull cord and said first pull cord pulling device permitting flexing of said first structure element with respect to said second structure element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,667

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT OF OBJECT LOCATION IN THREE DIMENSIONS

AUTODESK, INC., San Rafa...

1. A computer-implemented method of determining a location of an object that is being manipulated or processed by a robot, the method comprising:capturing a digital image of the object while the object is disposed by the robot within an imaging space, wherein the digital image includes a direct view of the object and a reflected view of the object;
detecting a visible feature of the object in the direct view and the visible feature of the object in the reflected view;
computing a first location of the visible feature in a first direction based on a position of the visible feature in the direct view;
computing a second location of the visible feature in a second direction based on a position of the visible feature in the reflected view; and
causing the robot to move the object to a processing station based at least in part on the first location and the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,363,666

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH HAPTIC CUTTING TOOL

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A robotic system, comprising:a control system including a user interface device;
a slave device which is controlled by the control system, the slave device including
a robotic grasping device formed of a base and at least one finger which is movable to facilitate grasping of objects, the finger pivotally mounted to the base at a proximal end and having an elongated length which extends away from the rigid base to a distal end;
at least one sensor which senses a force applied to the finger; and
a cutting tool attached to the base of the robotic grasping device, the cutting tool including a first cutting jaw arranged to pivot on a pivot axis in a direction away from the finger of the robotic grasping device and towards a second cutting jaw when the finger applies a pushing force on the first cutting jaw;
wherein forces exerted on the first or second cutting jaw are sensed with the at least one sensor during a first predetermined range of finger motion associated with a cutting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,363,664

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling a robot which holds and moves an object, the apparatus comprising:a processor,
wherein the processor acquires, from a measurement apparatus, a three-dimensional coordinate of a plurality of objects measured in distance by the measurement apparatus,
acquires a position in an oblique direction inclining with respect to a measuring direction of a distance from the measurement apparatus to the object for the three-dimensional coordinate of the plurality of objects, and
determines an order to hold the plurality of objects by the robot based on the position in the oblique direction and outputs an information representing the order, and
wherein one of the axes of the three-dimensional coordinate is a measuring direction of the distance from the measurement apparatus to an object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,663

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CRADLE THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a cradle; and
an electronic device capable of being placed on the cradle and including a hemispherical surface, wherein the electronic device includes:
a camera module configured to acquire an image;
a sensor module configured to sense an orientation of the electronic apparatus;
a processor configured to determine a target orientation of the electronic apparatus based on the acquired image; and
a communication module configured to transmit information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic apparatus and information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic apparatus to the cradle for the electronic apparatus and wherein the cradle includes:
a communication unit configured to receive the information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic device and the information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic device from the electronic device;
a plurality of driving legs, each of which is arranged to contact with the hemispherical surface of the electronic device;
a driver configure to rotate the plurality of driving legs; and
a controller configured to control the driver to rotate at least one driving leg among the plurality of driving legs to move the electronic device to the determined target orientation, based on the information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic device and the information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,662

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELF-CONTAINED INDEPENDENTLY CONTROLLED MODULAR MANUFACTURING TOOLS

MTM Robotics, LLC, Mukil...

1. A system, comprising:a plurality of self-contained modular end-effector assemblies, each self-contained modular end-effector assembly including:
an actuator mount configured to removably engage an actuator suited to maneuver any modular end-effector assembly coupled thereto;
an interface configured to communicate with a master control system remote from each self-contained modular end-effector assembly that is capable of controlling the actuator;
an end-effector disposed in each self-contained modular end-effector assemblies and configured to accomplish a manufacturing function; and
a local controller disposed in each self-contained modular end-effector assembly and configured to control the respective end-effector independent of the master control system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,661

CONTROL DEVICE, ROBOT, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A control device which controls a robot having a moving part, the control device comprising:a processor configured to cause an end effector provided on the moving part to move an insertion object, bring the insertion object into contact with an insertion hole provided in the insertion target object in a state where the insertion object is tilted from a center axis of the insertion hole, and subsequently insert the insertion object into the insertion hole, wherein
the processor is configured to move a position of a reference site moving with the moving part to a target position, and control to move the position of the reference site to the target position while the insertion object is inserted into the insertion hole,
the end effector includes a screwdriver,
the insertion object is a screw attached to the screwdriver, and
the processor is configured to move the position of the reference site in the insertion direction at a speed which is set based on a product of a number of rotations per unit time of the screwdriver and a lead for the screw.

US Pat. No. 10,363,660

ROBOT SYSTEM CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, ROBOT SYSTEM, AND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diagnosis apparatus for diagnosing a failure of an articulated robot, the articulated robot including a plurality of links connected by joints, a plurality of motors each configured to drive a corresponding one of the joints, and a plurality of encoders each configured to output a value based on a rotational angle of a corresponding one of the motors, the diagnosis apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to determine presence or absence of a failure in the articulated robot by analyzing a magnitude and a direction of a force acted on each of the joints based on an output value of each of the plurality of encoders and an output value of each of the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,363,658

ANGLE DETECTION METHOD, ANGLE DETECTION APPARATUS, ROTATION DRIVE APPARATUS, ROBOT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An angle correcting method performed by an apparatus provided with a first shaft, a power transmission unit, and a second shaft which are connected, and also provided with a first encoder for obtaining a first rotation angle of the first shaft and a second encoder for obtaining a second rotation angle of the second shaft, the angle correcting method comprising:obtaining first rotation angle data from the first encoder, wherein the first rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the first shaft that were detected by the first encoder;
obtaining second rotation angle data from the second encoder, wherein the second rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the second shaft that were detected by the second encoder;
generating correction data for the second encoder by interpolating sampling points of a detection error of the second encoder, wherein each of the sampling points of the detection error indicates a difference between a rotation angle detected by the second encoder and a physical rotation angle of the second shaft, and wherein the interpolating is performed by linear interpolation or sine wave estimation interpolation using the sampling points of the detection error; and
obtaining corrected second rotation angle data by correcting the second rotation angle data using the correction data for the second encoder.

US Pat. No. 10,363,657

MULTI-AGENT COORDINATION UNDER SPARSE NETWORKING

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first robotic device, a first time-parameterized path for the first robotic device, wherein the first time-parameterized path comprises a first timeline of expected locations of the first robotic device;
receiving, by the first robotic device, an indication of a second robotic device having a second time-parameterized path that overlaps with the first time-parameterized path at a first location, wherein the second time-parameterized path comprises a second timeline of expected locations of the second robotic device;
executing, by the first robotic device, a first portion of the first time-parameterized path before reaching the first location, wherein execution of the first portion corresponds to a first rate of progress of the first robotic device along the first time-parameterized path;
receiving, by the first robotic device, a communication signal from the second robotic device indicating a second rate of progress of the second robotic device along the second time-parameterized path;
determining a difference in progress compared to a coordinated timeline between the first rate of progress and the second rate of progress; and
modifying, by the first robotic device, execution of the first time-parameterized path based on the determined difference in order to avoid a collision between the first robotic device and the second robotic device at the first location.

US Pat. No. 10,363,655

UPHOLSTERY INTERIOR INSTALLATION TOOL

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A panel installation tool comprising:a first portion configured to releasably engage with a panel;
a second portion attached to the first portion and configured to releasably engage a structural component to retain the first portion with respect to the structural component; and
a location indicator positioned at the first portion and configured to enable marking on a panel surface a location through which a retaining element may be used to retain the panel to the structural component, wherein the first portion is transformable between an open configuration and a closed configuration relative to the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,654

TOOL ORGANIZER AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A method of making an organizer for maintaining one or more items, the method comprising the following steps:providing a depressible core having a flat upper surface and a lower surface wherein the upper surface of the depressible core maintains a depressed shaped of a depression after the depression is formed in the depressible core by the one or more items;
coating the flat upper surface of the core with a tacky adhesive while the upper surface is flat,
disposing a sheet of stretchy fabric covering material when the upper surface of the depressible core is flat so that when one or more items is placed on the sheet of stretchy fabric covering material and the one or more items are pressed or tapped into the stretchy fabric cover covering material, the depressible core and the stretchy fabric covering material simultaneously forms the depression in the upper surface of the depressible core and shapes the sheet of stretchy fabric covering material into a shape of the one or more items.

US Pat. No. 10,363,652

LOW-NOISE HYDRAULIC HAMMER

S.M METAL CO., LTD., Ans...

1. A low-noise hydraulic hammer comprising:an impact bar (200) formed in a striking part (300) and configured to be inserted into a receiving part (120) in a piston (100),
wherein an inner lateral side wall of the receiving part (120) is inclinedly formed such that a diameter of the receiving part (120) is increased toward the impact bar (200),
the impact bar (200) is received in the receiving part (120) to make contact with the piston (100), formed with a diameter reduced toward the receiving part (120), and spaced apart from the inner lateral side wall of the receiving part (120) by a specific distance, and
a plurality of heat sinks (500) are mounted on the inner lateral side wall of the receiving part (120) or on an outer lateral side wall of the impact bar (200).

US Pat. No. 10,363,651

HAMMER ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A hydraulic hammer comprising:an elongated housing;
a removable head assembled on an end of the elongated housing and defining a chamber for holding a pressurized gas, the head including a wall extending transverse thereto and configured to abut the housing and defining a gas discharge passage extending between the chamber and the housing;
a fastener configured to removably attach the head to the housing;
a piston arranged for reciprocating movement within the head and the housing; and
an elastomeric plug positioned in the gas discharge passage and configured to move or deform under pressure of the pressurized gas in the chamber upon loosening of the fastener and removal or separation of the head from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,650

DRIVING TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A driving tool comprising:a driver that strikes a driven member when moved in a driving direction;
a weight device that moves in a direction opposite to a moving direction of the driver; and
a rack and pinion mechanism that is disposed between the driver and the weight device and by which the weight device moves in the direction opposite to the moving direction of the driver, wherein:
the rack and pinion mechanism includes a driving-side rack gear, a driven-side rack gear, a driving-side pinion gear with which the driving-side rack gear is engaged, and a driven-side pinion gear with which the driven-side rack gear is engaged, the driving-side rack gear is configured to move the driver and the driven-side rack gear is configured to move the weight device;
the driving-side pinion gear and the driven-side pinion gear are coaxially supported so as to be rotatable relative to each other within a predetermined angle range; and
an elastic member is interposed between the driving-side pinion gear and the driven-side pinion gear so as to elastically absorb a relative rotation of the driving-side pinion gear with respect to the driven-side pinion gear.

US Pat. No. 10,363,648

APPARATUS, COMPONENTS, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR USE IN SELECTIVELY TEXTURING CONCRETE SURFACES

C.J. Spray, Eagan, MN (U...

1. A method of providing a surface portion of an architectural precast concrete wall panel with an abraded texture, the method including a step of:receiving, in a spray chamber of a factory, an uninstalled architectural precast concrete wall panel formed from cement and aggregate and having a thickness of at least three inches;
selecting or defining a predetermined texture to be abraded into a selected surface portion of the architectural precast wall panel with an aqueous-based particulate abrasive mixture by:
defining a motion path for controlling the motion of a dispenser; and
defining one or more selected speeds of the dispenser along the motion path; and
spraying the selected surface portion of the architectural precast concrete wall panel with the aqueous-based particulate abrasive mixture from the dispenser along the motion path at the one or more selected speeds and pressures to at least partially abrade the selected surface portion to provide the predetermined texture.

US Pat. No. 10,363,645

CONTROLLER AND CONVEYANCE SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

10. A conveyance system comprising:an actuator that conveys a workpiece;
a sensor that detects the workpiece; and
a controller for outputting a drive signal to the actuator while referencing a sensor signal received from the sensor,
the controller including:
an external interface that includes an actuator output part and a sensor input part, the actuator output part receiving drive information for controlling the actuator, and transmitting the drive signal to the actuator in accordance with the drive information, and the sensor input part receiving the sensor signal from the sensor and generating sensor information in accordance with the sensor signal;
a settings input part that receives input of a control program and constraint-condition setting information from a user, the control program being a program for generating the drive information while referencing the sensor information, and the constraint-condition setting information being instruction information that is associated with the control program to change a constraint condition assumed between the workpiece and the actuator;
a control-program execution part that processes the control program and includes a constraint-condition change instruction processor that issues a constraint-condition change instruction in accordance with the constraint-condition setting information;
a constraint-condition change part that manages the constraint condition in accordance with the constraint-condition change instruction issued by the constraint-condition change instruction processor;
a workpiece simulation part that estimates an amount of movement of the workpiece from the drive information and estimates a current position of the workpiece by adding the amount of movement to a previous position of the workpiece, the drive information being generated by the control-program execution part and generated for, among the at least one actuator, an actuator that is assumed to be constrained by the workpiece under the constraint condition managed by the constraint-condition change part;
a sensor simulation part that uses information about the current position of the workpiece estimated by the workpiece simulation part to generate sensor simulation information that simulates the sensor information; and
an input/output switching part that has at least a sensor simulation mode as an operation mode,
wherein in the sensor simulation mode, the input/output switching part transmits the drive information generated by the control-program execution part to at least the workpiece simulation part and transmits the sensor simulation information generated by the sensor simulation part as alternate information of the sensor information to the control-program execution part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,641

MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool configured to machine a target workpiece by using a tool detachably attached to a spindle, the machine tool comprising:a revolving-type turret including a plurality of grips provided along a circumferential direction thereof, each of the plurality of grips being configured to hold the tool attached to the spindle;
a first rotary shaft configured to rotate about a swing axis of the turret;
a second rotary shaft having a longitudinal axis extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the first rotary shaft, and configured to rotate the turret about a revolving axis;
a motor configured to rotate the first rotary shaft;
a power transmission unit including a first gear arrangement connected to the first rotary shaft and a second gear connected to the second rotary shaft, the second gear being configured to be meshed with the first gear arrangement; and
a rotation prohibition unit configured to, when the turret is swung about the swing axis, prohibit rotation of the second rotary shaft about the revolving axis in order to swing the second rotary shaft about the first rotary shaft, wherein:
the first gear arrangement of the power transmission unit comprises two first gears;
the two first gears are disposed away from each other so as to be face-to-face with each other, one first gear of the two first gears is unrotatably connected to the first rotary shaft, and another first gear of the two first gears is rotatably connected to the first rotary shaft;
the second gear is configured to be meshed with the two first gears between the two first gears;
the rotation prohibition unit is a power switching member connected to the first rotary shaft unrotatably but movably in an axial direction of the first rotary shaft, the rotation prohibition unit being configured to, when the turret is swung about the swing axis, be moved in the axial direction and come into abutment against the another first gear to thereby enable rotation of the two first gears in a same direction and prohibit rotation of the second rotary shaft about the revolving axis, and when the turret is revolved about the revolving axis, be moved away from the another first gear to thereby enable rotation of the second rotary shaft about the revolving axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,639

LIFTING DEVICES AND METHODS OF OPERATING THE SAME

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

7. A method of operating a lifting device, said method comprising:engaging a component using a clamp mechanism of the lifting device; and
selectively protracting a locator mechanism of the lifting device such that a datum feature of the locator mechanism contacts a destination datum feature of a pallet to properly position the engaged component on the pallet,
wherein the destination datum feature of the pallet includes at least one datum pin and the datum feature of the locator mechanism includes a datum sleeve, said method further comprising inserting one of the at least one datum pins into the datum sleeve when positioning the engaged component on the pallet,
wherein, when the datum sleeve receives the datum pin, the locator mechanism transmits a signal to a computing device of the lifting device to indicate proper positioning of the engaged component on the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,638

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SCREWING PROCESS

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for controlling a screwing process, comprising:during the screwing process screwing a screw into a component with an electrical screwing device;
detecting during the screwing process an actual course of at least one process parameter of the screwing;
testing whether the actual course has a pattern indicating an abrupt spike in torque later in the screwing process, which pattern predicts an error of the screwing process;
terminating the screwing process early when the actual course has said pattern;
placing of a new screw; and
performing a new screwing process.

US Pat. No. 10,363,637

MOLDING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A molding system for assembling a part by displacing a workpiece, which is gripped by a hand of a robot, toward a mold of an injection molding machine, while rotating the workpiece and a molded article, which is supported on the mold, relative to each other, whereby the molded article and the workpiece are screw-engaged with each other, the molding system comprising:a rotation detector configured to detect a relative rotational amount between the molded article and the workpiece;
an assembled state judging unit configured to judge whether an assembled state of the assembled part corresponds to a predetermined state or not; and
a control unit configured to relatively rotate and displace the molded article and the workpiece until the rotational amount detected by the rotation detector exceeds a predetermined rotational amount and until the assembled state determined by the assembled state judging unit becomes the predetermined state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,636

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING A MECHANICAL FORCE FOR DRIVING A PRESSING DEVICE FOR PRESS FITTINGS

1. A device for transmitting a mechanical force for press fittings comprising:a storage container for a hydraulic fluid;
a pump cylinder with a pump piston;
a working cylinder with a working piston, wherein the working piston's displacement in the working cylinder is greater than the pump piston's displacement in the pump cylinder;
a first line connecting the storage container to the pump cylinder, wherein a non-return valve prevents a return flow of the hydraulic fluid from the pump cylinder into the storage container;
a second line connecting the pump cylinder to the working cylinder, wherein a non-return valve prevents a return flow of the hydraulic fluid from the working cylinder into the pump cylinder;
a third line connecting the working cylinder to the storage container, wherein a switching valve opens and closes the third line;
a fourth line with a pressure limiting valve that branches off in the direction of flow after the non-return valve of the second line and a control line that connects the pressure limiting valve to the switching valve; and
wherein the switching valve has a mechanical plunger, wherein the working piston is arranged in such a way that the working piston, during a return stroke, actuates the mechanical plunger and closes the switching valve.

US Pat. No. 10,363,635

SYSTEMS FOR REMOVING ITEMS FROM A CONTAINER

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

17. A method, comprising:causing, with a controller, a first handler of a pick tool and a second handler of the pick tool to be in contact with an inventory item, wherein the pick tool includes:
a first finger comprising a first segment and a second segment movably connected to an end of the first segment, the first handler being connected to an end of the second segment opposite the end of the first segment, and
a second finger disposed opposite the first finger and moveable relative to the first finger;
causing, with the controller, the first handler to apply a first force to the item, in a first direction toward the second handler;
causing, with the controller, the second handler to apply a second force to the item, in a second direction toward the first handler, wherein the second force is substantially equal to the first force; and
causing the first handler and the second handler to rotate, during application of the first force and the second force to the item, wherein rotation of the first handler and the second handler causes movement of the item in a lifting direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,634

DEPOSITED STRUCTURE WITH INTEGRAL COOLING ENHANCEMENT FEATURES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for forming a metallic structure having an aperture with a bend, comprising:providing a main tool having a formation surface corresponding to a desired structure shape of the metallic structure;
attaching a removable tool having a shape corresponding to a desired aperture shape of the aperture with the bend to the main tool;
depositing a layer of material on the formation surface using a cold-spray technique;
removing the removable tool from the layer of material such that the layer of material defines the aperture with the bend;
forming a base layer of material on the formation surface using the cold-spray technique prior to attaching the removable tool to the main tool; and
positioning a temporary tool into a slot defined by the main tool prior to forming the base layer of material on the formation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,633

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AT LEAST ONE METAL TURBINE ENGINE PART

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of fabricating a turbine engine blade for a turbine engine, the method comprising:a) casting a metal alloy by centrifuging into a permanent metal mold for making a blank, the permanent metal mold rotating about an axis during the casting;
b) obtaining a cast blank of elongate shape and of section that is circular or polygonal; and
c) machining the blank to make the turbine engine blade by removing material of the blank to reveal all exterior features of the turbine engine blade,
wherein the metal alloy is TiAl-based,
wherein the permanent metal mold includes a plurality of housings extending radially from the axis and being regularly spaced around the axis,
wherein the cast blank is initially in a form of a wheel including a plurality of radial blanks in which radially inner ends of the radial blanks are secured to a common central hub, and
wherein the blank obtained in step b) is tubular, with at least one turbine engine blade being machined from a thickness of a tubular wall of the blank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,632

TIME OF FLIGHT CAMERA FOR WELDING MACHINE VISION

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A machine-vision-assisted welding system comprising:welding equipment;
a first Time of Flight (ToF) camera operable to generate a three-dimensional (3D) depth map of a welding scene, wherein the first ToF camera is configured to capture a 3D map of an actual bead stack up;
digital image processing circuitry operable to extract welding information from said 3D depth map and compare the 3D map of the actual bead stack-up to a desired weld geometry; and
circuitry operable to control a function of said welding equipment based on said extracted welding information and said comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,363,630

LASER PROCESSING APPARATUS AND LASER PROCESSING METHOD FOR PERFORMING LASER PROCESSING WHILE CONTROLLING REFLECTED LIGHT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A laser processing method performed in a laser processing apparatus which outputs a laser beam from a processing head to a workpiece, to perform laser processing while controlling reflected light of the output laser beam to a prescribed value or less, the laser processing method comprising the steps of:before performing laser processing for the workpiece, increasing laser power stepwise from laser power lower than laser power included in a processing condition of the laser processing, to emit a laser beam from a laser oscillator, and measuring reflected light by a reflected light sensor;
deciding an output condition for decreasing reflected light based on a measured value of the reflected light and the prescribed value; and
decreasing reflected light before performing the laser processing by irradiating the workpiece with a laser beam for a predetermined period of time on the decided output condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,629

MITIGATION OF PARTICLE CONTAMINATION FOR WAFER DICING PROCESSES

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A method of dicing a wafer having a plurality of integrated circuits thereon, the method comprising:dicing the wafer into a plurality of singulated dies disposed above a dicing tape;
subsequent to dicing the wafer into the plurality of singulated dies, forming a material layer over and between the plurality of singulated dies above the dicing tape; and
expanding the dicing tape, wherein a plurality of particles is collected on the material layer during the expanding.

US Pat. No. 10,363,627

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING LOCATION SERVICES FOR A WELDING POWER SUPPLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding power supply comprising:power conversion circuitry configured to convert an input power into an output power for a welding operation;
wireless communication circuitry configured to wirelessly communicate with a portable electronic device via wireless communications; and
a controller configured to:
pair the portable electronic device with the welding power supply in the wireless communications;
control operation of the power conversion circuitry based at least in part on commands received wirelessly from the portable electronic device via the wireless communications;
receive, via the wireless communications circuitry, first location data representative of a location of the portable electronic device; and
set second location data representative of a location of the welding power supply equal to the first location data, wherein the second location data is stored in a memory device of the welding power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,363,626

CONTROL METHOD FOR MIG/MAG-WELDING AND WELDING EQUIPMENT APPLYING THIS METHOD

ESAB AB, (SE)

16. A control method for MIG/MAG-welding with presence of short-circuiting droplets between an electrode end and a workpiece, the method comprising:measuring a short-circuiting time duration;
measuring an arc time duration;
calculating a period time duration by summing the arc time duration and the short-circuiting time duration;
determining a short-circuit percentage as a ratio of the measured short circuit-time duration over the period time duration;
determining a difference between the short-circuit percentage and a set value; and
generating an output signal to control energy supplied to the electrode based at least in part on the determined difference between the short-circuit percentage and the set value, by:
determining whether the period time duration exceeds a threshold value;
in response to determining that the period time duration exceeds the threshold value, decreasing the energy supplied regardless of the short-circuiting percentage;
in response to determining that the period time duration does not exceed the threshold value:
increasing the energy supplied in response to the determined short-circuit percentage exceeding the set value; and
decreasing the energy supplied in response to the determined short-circuiting percentage being less than the set value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,625

HIGH-CURRENT-DENSITY GAS-SHIELDED ARC WELDING

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

1. A method for high-current-density gas-shielded arc welding, the method comprising:performing pulsed arc welding with a flux-cored wire as an electrode wire, and the flux-cored wire comprises
a steel sheath; and
a flux filled in the sheath, and
the flux-cored wire has a flux filling rate of 10 to 25 percent by mass based on the total mass of the wire and contains carbon (C) in a content of 0.08 percent by mass or less, silicon (Si) in a content of 0.5 to 1.5 percent by mass, manganese (Mn) in a content of 1.5 to 2.5 percent by mass, and titanium (Ti) in a content of 0.1 to 0.3 percent by mass,
wherein the pulsed arc welding is carried out by passing a pulsed current so that a pulse peak current density during a pulse peak time Tp is 400 to 950 A/mm2, a pulse base current density during a pulse base time Tb is 200 A/mm2 or more and differs from the pulse peak current density by 200 to 400 A/mm2, and an average current density is 350 to 750 A/mm2, and
wherein the average current density is calculated by dividing an average of the pulsed current during the pulsed arc welding by a sectional area of a current path in the flux-cored wire and calculating the average of the pulsed current during the pulsed arc welding using the formula Ia=(Ip Tp+Ib Tb)/(Tp+Tb), where Ia is the average of the pulsed current, Ip is a pulse peak current, Ib is a pulse base current, Tp is a duration of the pulse peak current, and Tb is a duration of the pulse base current.

US Pat. No. 10,363,624

ACTIVE METAL BRAZE JOINT WITH STRESS RELIEVING LAYER

DIAMOND INNOVATIONS, INC....

1. A pre-brazed assembly comprising:a superabrasive layer;
a braze foil; and
a substrate,
wherein the braze foil has the following layers in sequence:
an Ag—Cu braze alloy as the first braze layer;
a Ti layer as a second layer;
a Ag—Cu braze alloy as a third layer;
a Cu layer as a fourth layer; and
a Ag—Cu braze alloy as the last braze layer, and
wherein the first braze layer is oriented toward the superabrasive layer and the last braze layer is oriented toward the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,623

DESOLDERING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A method for removing solder from a printed circuit board, comprising the steps of:providing a solder removal tool, said solder removal tool further comprising:
a hollow shaft adapted for one-handed gripping by a user, said hollow shaft having a first end and a second end opposite said first end;
an extensible rod extensible from said first end of said shaft; and
a metal punch extending outward from said second end of said hollow shaft;
pushing said extensible rod through molten solder in a hole in a printed circuit board;
breaking off a portion of said extensible rod so that said broken-off portion remains in said hole in said printed circuit board; and
pushing said broken portion of said extensible rod through said hole using said metal punch.

US Pat. No. 10,363,622

ELECTRODE FOR AN ELECTRO-EROSION PROCESS AND AN ASSOCIATED METHOD THEREOF

General Electric Company,...

1. An electrode for an electro-erosion process, comprising:a shaft comprising a channel, a plurality of first openings, and a plurality of second openings, wherein each opening of the plurality of first and second openings is connected to the channel;
a body coupled to the shaft, wherein the body comprises a plurality of main-flushing channels, wherein each main-flushing channel is connected to a corresponding first opening;
a plurality of machining-inserts spaced apart from each other along a circumferential direction of the electrode and detachably coupled to a peripheral end portion of the body, wherein each machining-insert comprises at least one third opening connected to a corresponding main-flushing channel;
an insulated layer disposed on a top surface and a bottom surface of the body; and
a flushing cover disposed on the body and coupled to the shaft, wherein the flushing cover comprises a plurality of side-flushing channels and a plurality of fourth openings, wherein each side-flushing channel is connected to a corresponding second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,619

RECIPROCATING SAW BLADE

1. A reciprocating saw blade comprising:an elongated body having a front end portion, a rear end portion, an elongated cutting edge extending from the front end portion to the rear end portion and defining a longitudinal axis, and an opposite non-cutting back edge extending from the front end portion to the rear end portion, the body having a thickness of approximately 0.89 mm to approximately 1.15 mm; and
a tang coupled to the rear end portion, the tang being configured to be coupled to a tool holder of a powered reciprocating saw,
wherein the cutting edge comprises a plurality of teeth and gullets, the teeth having straight side faces, a kerf width from approximately 1.29 mm to approximately 1.56 mm and being arranged in a pattern of alternating tooth pitch of a smaller first tooth pitch and a larger second tooth pitch, each tooth having a zero or positive rake angle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,614

LASER LEVEL, BATTERY PACK AND SYSTEM

1. A laser comprising:a housing;
at least one laser generator supported by the housing and configured to emit at least one laser beam;
a battery receiving portion configured to selectively receive a first battery pack and a second battery pack, the first and second battery packs providing power for the laser generator when received in the battery receiving portion;
wherein the first battery pack is configured to be coupleable to at least one of a drill, an impact driver, a saw and a sander; and the second battery pack is configured to be blocked from coupling from the at least one of the drill, the impact driver, the saw and the sander to which the first battery pack is coupleable;
wherein the first battery pack includes first battery cells with a first chemistry;
wherein the second battery pack includes second battery cells with a second chemistry, different from the first chemistry;
wherein the second battery cells comprises alkaline cells;
wherein the first battery pack includes a first set of receptacles for providing access to a first set of terminals;
wherein the second battery pack includes a second set of receptacles for providing access to a second set of terminals; and
wherein the first set of receptacles includes a greater number of receptacles than the second set of receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,612

POWERED DRILL APPARATUS

1. A portable power drill unit comprising an operational axis having a chuck means at one end and a substantially cylindrical or frusto-conical twist throttle handle at the other end, wherein an engine means to power said chuck means is located between said ends, and wherein rotation of the handle in the direction of forward rotation of the chuck means decreases the drill speed, and rotation of the handle in the direction of reverse rotation of the chuck means increases the drill speed, whereby reaction forces created by a jammed auger rotated by said chuck means decrease the drill speed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,611

ROTATION TOOL HAVING FUNCTION OF FIXING WORKPIECE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool for machining a workpiece having a cross-sectional shape in which an outer shape becomes gradually smaller along an axial direction, the machine tool comprising: a rotation tool mounted to a spindle through a tool holder; and a workpiece support member fixed to a table; wherein the rotation tool includes a cutter holding portion which is fixed to the tool holder and to which blade portion is fixed; a fixing device which fixes the workpiece to the workpiece support member by pressing the workpiece, the workpiece support member includes a hole that is formed so as to match the outer shape of the workpiece and in which the workpiece is disposed, the blade portion is disposed at a tip end of the cutter holding portion on a side toward the workpiece, the fixing device includes a movement portion formed to be movable translationally along an axis parallel with the spindle in the interior of the cutter holding portion, a pressing device which presses the movement portion to a side toward the workpiece, a shaft portion rotatably supported relative to the movement portion and disposed coaxially with the spindle, and a pressing portion which is disposed at a tip end of the shaft portion and presses an inner surface of the workpiece, the pressing portion is formed in a plate shape so as to correspond to a shape of a portion of the workpiece with which the pressing portion comes into contact, and the workpiece is fixed to the workpiece support member solely by the pressing portion of the fixing device and when the pressing portion presses the workpiece toward the workpiece supporting member so that the fixing device fixes the workpiece to the workpiece supporting member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,610

WHEEL BOLT HOLE CHAMFER DEVICE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A wheel bolt hole chamfer device, being composed of a base, a support frame, a lower servo motor, a first shaft, bearing seats, a turntable, five stop blocks, five pairs of guide rails, strong springs, five sliding blocks, a cylinder, a guide post, a lifting table, an upper servo motor, a second shaft, a driving friction wheel, driven shafts, driven friction wheels, chamfer cutters, a left feeding cylinder, a right feeding cylinder, vertical guide posts, a feeding platform, corner cylinder pressure claws, axial positioning blocks and radial positioning blocks;wherein:
the five stop blocks and the five pairs of guide rails are uniformly distributed about a center of the turntable, the five stop blocks and the five pairs of guide rails being all fixed on the turntable, the five sliding blocks being respectively mounted on the five pairs of guide rails, and the five sliding blocks being connected with the five stop blocks via the strong springs;
the cylinder and the guide post being fixedly mounted in the center of the turntable, an output end of the cylinder being connected with the lifting table to control up-down motion of the lifting table, the upper servo motor being fixed on the lifting table, an output end of the upper servo motor being connected with the second shaft, and the driving friction wheel being conical and mounted on the second shaft; a driven shaft of the driven shafts being mounted on each sliding block of the five sliding blocks, a driven friction wheel of the driven friction wheels being mounted on the driven shaft, the driven friction wheels being inversely conical and matched with the driving friction wheel, and a chamfer cutter of the chamfer cutters being mounted at a top of each driven shaft of the driven shafts;
the cylinder driving the lifting table to move up, the driving friction wheel being able to be driven to move up, and pitch diameters of the chamfer cutters being able to be adjusted via taper fit of the driving friction wheel and the driven friction wheels; the upper servo motor being started to drive the driving friction wheel to rotate, and the chamfer cutters being able to rotate via fit of the driving friction wheel and the driven friction wheels; and the pitch diameter adjustment and the rotating drive of the chamfer cutters being integrated.

US Pat. No. 10,363,608

COPPER PASTE FOR JOINING, METHOD FOR PRODUCING JOINED BODY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. Copper paste for joining, comprising:metal particles; and
a dispersion medium,
wherein the metal particles include sub-micro copper particles having a volume-average particle size of 0.12 ?m to 0.8 ?m, and micro copper particles having a volume-average particle size of 2 ?m to 50 ?m,
a sum of the amount of the sub-micro copper particles contained and the amount of the micro copper particles contained is 80% by mass or greater on the basis of a total mass of the metal particles, and
the amount of the sub-micro copper particles contained is 30% by mass to 90% by mass on the basis of a sum of a mass of the sub-micro copper particles and a mass of the micro copper particles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,607

ADDITIVE LAYER MANUFACTURING

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A method for the manufacture of a component of defined geometry from two or more materials using a powder bed ALM process, the method comprising:providing a bed of a first powdered material,
selectively fusing portions of the first powdered material to build up a first three dimensional portion of the component geometry,
fusing, from the first powdered material, a powder containment bund comprising a single separating wall separating the first powdered material completely from a second powdered material whereby to contain unfused first powdered material,
providing a bed of the second powdered material onto the powder containment bund and selectively fusing portions of the second powdered material to build up a second three dimensional portion of the component geometry,
removing unfused first powdered material from a first side of the containment bund and removing unfused second powder from a second side of the containment bund, and
subsequently removing parts of the containment bund which do not form part of the defined geometry of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,606

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE GENERATIVE PRODUCTION OF A COMPONENT

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A device for the generative production of a component of a gas turbine engine, comprising:a frame and a platform defining at least a portion of a working chamber;
a laser for the layerwise local hardening of an initial material disposed in a portion of the working chamber, configured and arranged to produce the component layerwise in a direction of layer construction; and
a movable induction heating arrangement with a first inductor having a first electrical loop and a second inductor having a second electrical loop for induction tempering regions of the working chamber;
wherein the first electrical loop of the first inductor is nested inside the second electrical loop of the second inductor, at least in one operating position, and
wherein the second inductor is disposed on a slider, the slider being adjustably mounted on the frame, and the first inductor is disposed on a carriage, the carriage being slidably mounted on the slider; and
wherein the slider disposes layerwise initial material in the working chamber and displaces horizontally the second inductor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,605

MOLD HALVES WITH METAL-MATRIX COMPOSITE AT FEATURE AREAS

National Research Council...

1. A mold half comprising a mold body defined at least in part by a single piece of aluminum or aluminum alloy mold material, the single piece defining a mold cavity by a cavity surface having a shape for imparting to a part of a molded article, the cavity surface including a feature area comprising a layer of a metal-matrix composite (MMC) formed integrally therein, the MMC comprising an aluminum-nickel alloy matrix having WC particles embedded therein or an aluminum matrix having TiC particles embedded therein, and the cavity surface defined by the aluminum or aluminum alloy away from the feature area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,604

PROGRAM RESUMPTION METHOD OF A LAMINATION MOLDING APPARATUS

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. A program resumption method of a lamination molding apparatus, comprising:a starting step to start a main program including a plurality of program lines numbered with a sequence number; and
for each of the program lines to form a sintered layer:
a setting step to set a height of a molding table to a desired height,
a recoating step to form a material powder layer of a predetermined thickness on the molding table for each divided layer, the divided layer being obtained by dividing a shape of the desired lamination molding object at the predetermined thickness,
a sintering step to irradiate a predetermined area of the material powder layer with a laser beam, thereby sintering to form the sintered layer, and
a storing step to store a sequence number of the program line; and further comprising:
a comparing step to compare a first height and a second height, and to compare a first number and a second number when the main program is resumed after suspension of the main program, the first height being a height of the molding table at present, the second height being a height of the molding table appropriate for a timing of resumption, the first number being the sequence number of a program line to be resumed, the second number being the sequence number stored in the storing step.

US Pat. No. 10,363,603

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT AND AN APPARATUS FOR WORKING THE METHOD

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

14. A powder deposition apparatus for producing a component, the apparatus comprising:an annular stack of heating elements, the annular stack of heating elements forming an enclosed chamber, each heating element of the annular stack of heating elements comprising a heater embedded in a thermally conductive matrix;
a base plate accommodated within the annular stack of heating elements;
a plurality of insulating elements interleaved between the heating elements, such that each insulating element of the plurality of insulating elements is positioned between axial ends of the thermally conductive matrix of adjoining heating elements, the plurality of insulating elements being positioned such that a radially inner surface of the conductive matrix of each heating element is not insulated;
a mechanism operable to deposit a plurality of layers of a powder material onto the base plate, the radially inner surface of the conductive matrix of each heating element is configured to directly contact the powder material contained within the enclosed chamber; and
a laser energy source operable to selectively fuse a portion of the deposited layer,
wherein successive layers of the powder material are deposited onto the base plate, with a predetermined clearance being maintained between the annular stack of heating elements and the component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,600

MOLD ASSEMBLY, MANUFACTURING METHOD AND ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE HOUSINGS

6. A method of manufacturing a rotating electrical machine housing produced from a mold comprising:forming a mold comprising a top part, a bottom part, a first side part, a second side part and a center part;
attaching a bracket portion extending from a peripheral surface of the center part to a top part recess formed in an inner surface of the top part;
assembling the bottom part to the center part;
engaging two sets of first and second shoulders extending from the peripheral surface of the center part into first and second side part recesses, respectively, formed in an inner surface of each of the first side part and the second side part;
positioning box-shaped extensions formed in inner surfaces of the first and second side parts, respectively, over the peripheral surface of the center part; and
depositing cast metal in the formed mold;
wherein the first side and the second side parts have a symmetric profile; and
wherein the first side part and the second side part are mounted laterally and externally onto the peripheral surface of the center part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,595

CEMENTED CARBIDE NECKING TOOL

1. A necking tool for manufacturing of metal beverage cans, the necking tool being a cemented carbide comprising in wt % about 18 WC, about 30 TiC, about 27 TiN, about 12 NbC, from 1 Cr3C2 to 2 Cr3C2 and about 14 Co.

US Pat. No. 10,363,593

MULTI-FORMING METHOD

SUNGWOO HITECH CO., LTD.,...

1. A multi-forming method, comprising:a first material supply step of loading a sheet having super-plasticity on a lower mold that is disposed on a lower mold die of a warm-forming mold and on a blank holder that is disposed on the lower mold die of the warm-forming mold through a cushion spring corresponding to a circumference of the lower mold of the warm-forming mold;
a material warm-heating step of lowering an upper mold of the warm-forming mold operated by a slider at an upper portion of the lower mold of the warm-forming mold to grasp an edge of the sheet together with the blank holder of the warm-forming mold, and heating the sheet to a warm-forming temperature through a heating cartridge disposed in the upper mold of the warm-forming mold, the lower mold of the warm-forming mold, and the blank holder of the warm-forming mold;
a warm-forming step of combining the upper mold of the warm-forming mold with the lower mold of the warm-forming mold by operating the slider of the warm-forming mold to plastic-deforms the sheet to a maximum forming depth of a product along a lower mold surface of the lower mold of the warm-forming temperature;
a material super-plasticity heating step of unloading the sheet, which is warm-deformed to the maximum forming depth of the product, from the warm-forming mold, and heating the sheet to a super-plasticity temperature in a heating device;
a secondary material supply step of loading the sheet heated to the super-plasticity temperature on a lower mold that is disposed on a lower mold die of a blow-forming mold and on a blank holder that is disposed on the lower mold die of the blow-forming mold through a cushion spring corresponding to a circumference of the lower mold of the blow-forming mold;
a blow-sealing step of combining an upper mold of the blow-forming mold operated by a slider of the blow-forming mold with the lower mold of the blow-forming mold at a predetermined pressure, the upper mold of the blow-forming mold grasping an edge of the sheet together with the blank holder of the blow-forming mold, and a sealing bead formed along an edge circumference of the lower mold of the blow-forming mold contacting the sheet disposed between the upper mold of the blow-forming mold and the lower mold of the blow-forming mold so as to prevent leakage of the blowing gas used in blow-deforming of the sheet;
a blow-forming step of supplying a blowing gas into a gap between the lower mold of the blow-forming mold and the sheet through a gas passage that is formed in the lower mold of the blow-forming mold such that the sheet is deformed to a final shape of the product along an upper mold surface of the upper mold of the blow-forming mold; and
a product unloading step of separating the upper mold of the blow-forming mold from the lower mold of the blow-forming mold and unloading the product, after the blow-forming step of the sheet to the final shape of the product in the blow-forming mold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,592

METHOD FOR PREPARING METAL COMPOSITE PLATE STRIP BY ROLLING

TAIYUAN UNIVERSITY OF SCI...

1. A method for preparing a metal composite plate by rolling, comprising:1) rolling composite surfaces of a base plate and a cladding plate, respectively, to obtain a base plate corrugation and a cladding plate corrugation for the base plate corrugation and the cladding plate corrugation mating with each other;
2) cleaning the composite surfaces of the base plate and the cladding plate to expose metal matrixes of the base plate and the cladding plate;
3) laminating the base plate and the cladding plate sequentially so that the base plate corrugation on the base plate and the cladding plate corrugation on the cladding plate mate with each other, and then compacting, welding and sealing the base plate and the cladding plate to obtain a composite plate slab, further comprising:
feeding the base plate and the cladding plate of which the corrugated surfaces mesh with each other to a press for a compaction;
packaging and welding with a vertical plate by first spot welding around the laminated composite plate slab then submerged-arc welding;
drilling three holes into the vertical plate at an end of the welded composite plate slab;
inserting pipes and hermetically welding the connecting end of the pipes with the slab, filling nitrogen through the pipes at two side holes of the three holes to replace the original air with air leakage checking;
closing the two side holes, and then vacuuming from a center hole of the three holes and closing off the center hole; and
4) rolling the composite plate slab after inspection by using a compositing machine to a desirable thickness, to obtain a metal composite plate, further comprising:
pickling on the qualified composite slab after inspection, cold rolling, to obtain a composite plate, and then trimming, leveling or straightening, and segmenting.

US Pat. No. 10,363,591

BENDING AID FOR A PRESS BRAKE

1. A support device for a press brake, comprising:(a) a base frame;
(b) at least one connecting plate arranged on the base frame for securing the support device on the press brake and defining a perpendicular connecting plane;
(c) a drive unit comprising a crank;
(d) a lever linkage system connected to the drive unit and comprising a parallel kinematic system, the lever linkage system comprising
a first main lever arm with a first rotary joint and a second rotary joint separated from the first rotary joint by a first standard interval and
a second main lever arm with a third rotary joint and a fourth rotary joint arranged parallel to the first main lever arm, the third rotary joint being separated from the fourth rotary joint by a second standard interval,
wherein the first main lever arm and the second main lever arm are mounted on the base frame by the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint,
wherein the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint lie in a main bearing plane;
(e) a support plate arranged on the lever linkage system and comprising a bearing surface positionable between a first end position and a second end position;
(f) a first support arm parallel to the main bearing plane and mounted on the first main lever arm and the second main lever arm by the second rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint, the first support arm comprising a part projecting over the fourth rotary joint;
(g) a second support arm;
(h) a positioning drive comprising a rotary drive connected to the crank;
(i) a rocker joined to the rotary drive;
(j) a fifth rotary joint arranged on the part of the first support arm projecting over the fourth rotary joint; and
(k) a sixth rotary joint, a seventh rotary joint, an eighth rotary joint, and a ninth rotary joint;
wherein the first standard interval between the first rotary joint and the second rotary joint is equal to the second standard interval between the third rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint and the second rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint are spaced further from the perpendicular connecting plane than the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint;
wherein the support plate is mounted on the first support arm by the fifth rotary joint;
wherein the support plate is connected by the sixth rotary joint to the second support arm;
wherein the second support arm is connected parallel to the first support arm by the seventh rotary joint to the first main lever arm or the second main lever arm and the seventh rotary joint is arranged along a straight line extending through the first rotary joint and the second rotary joint or extending through the third rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint; and
wherein the rocker is connected by the eighth rotary joint to the crank and by the ninth rotary joint to the lever linkage system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,590

SHAPE CORRECTION LEVELER DRIVE SYSTEMS

1. A shape-correction leveler drive system, comprising:a lower work roll drive system, the lower work roll drive system further comprising:
a lower work roll drive motor associated with a set of lower work rolls of a shape-correction leveler, the set of lower work rolls divided into an entry work roll cluster and an exit work roll cluster,
distribution gearing interposed between the lower work roll drive motor and the set of lower work rolls, the distribution gearing having an entry side output shaft and an exit side output shaft,
a pinion gear box interposed between the distribution gearing and the set of lower work rolls, the pinion gearbox adapted to engage the output shafts of the distribution gearing and to drive the entry work roll cluster separately from the exit work roll cluster, and
a variable clutch associated with the entry side work roll cluster;
an upper work roll drive system, the upper work roll drive system further comprising:
an upper work roll drive motor associated with a set of upper work rolls of the shape-correction leveler, the set of upper work rolls divided into an entry work roll cluster and an exit work roll cluster,
distribution gearing interposed between the upper work roll drive motor and the set of upper work rolls, the distribution gearing having an entry side output shaft and an exit side output shaft,
a pinion gear box interposed between the distribution gearing and the set of upper work rolls, the pinion gearbox adapted to engage the output shafts of the distribution gearing and drive the entry work roll cluster separately from the exit work roll cluster, and
a variable clutch associated with the entry side work roll cluster; and
a controller in communication with the variable clutch associated with each of the lower work roll drive system and the upper work roll drive system, the controller programmed to monitor an amount of total input torque provided by each of the respective drive motors and to adjust an amount of slippage of the associated variable clutches, so as to control a torque load applied to the entry work roll cluster of each set of lower and upper work rolls of the shape-correction leveler and thereby produce an equal sharing of load between the entry work roll cluster and exit work roll cluster of each set of lower and upper work rolls.

US Pat. No. 10,363,588

EXTRUSION APPARATUS

Aisin Keikinzoku Co., Ltd...

1. An extrusion apparatus comprising:an extruder;
a run-out table that supports an extruded material that has been extruded from the extruder;
a feed roller that is provided so as to be able to come in rolling contact with the extruded material that is situated on the run-out table;
a pulling roller that is provided at a given interval from the feed roller so as to be able to come in rolling contact with the extruded material that has been fed by the pulling roller on the run-out table and pulls the extruded material; and
a cooling section that cools the extruded material at a position between the feed roller and the pulling roller and applies a tensile force to the extruded material while the extruded material advances from the feed roller to the pulling roller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,586

LARGE-AREA SELECTIVE ABLATION METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of using a laser ablation system to clean an area of a surface with a laser beam, having a target fluence and a target irradiance, the area comprising scan regions, each having a scan width, the method comprising:using a controller of the laser ablation system to determine, based on one or more characteristics of the area of the surface, a traverse scan speed, a laser-beam average power, a laser pulse repetition rate, a laser pulse width, and a laser-beam spot area of the laser beam for each one of the scan regions to achieve the target fluence and the target irradiance of the laser beam when scanning each one of the scan regions with the laser beam, wherein a first scan width of at least one of the scan regions is different from a second scan width of another one of the scan regions; and
using the controller to cause a scanning head of the laser ablation system to sequentially scan each one of the scan regions of the area with the laser beam at the target fluence and the target irradiance, and wherein the controller causes the scanning head to:
scan the at least one of the scan regions with the first scan width, wherein the scanning head achieves the target fluence and the target irradiance when scanning the at least one of the scan regions; and
subsequently scan a different one of the scan regions with the second scan width, wherein the controller causes an adjustment in at least one of the traverse scan speed, the laser-beam average power, the laser pulse repetition rate, the laser pulse width, and the laser-beam spot area so that the scanning head achieves the target fluence and the target irradiance when scanning the different one of the scan regions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,585

CLEANING SOLUTION, METHOD OF REMOVING A REMOVAL TARGET AND METHOD OF ETCHING A SUBSTRATE USING SAID CLEANING SOLUTION

TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD...

1. A cleaning liquid comprising:(A1) 3-methoxy-3-methyl-1-butanol
(A2) diethylene glycol monomethyl ether;
(B) tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide; and
water,
wherein the content [a1] of (A1) 3 methoxy-3-methyl-1-butanol is greater than 40% by mass and 65% by mass or less with respect to the mass of the cleaning liquid,
and wherein a ratio [a1/(a1+a2)] of the content [a1] of the (A1) 3 methoxy-3-methyl-1-butanol to a total of the content [a1] and the content [a2] of the (A2) diethylene glycol monomethyl ether compound is 65% to 95% by mass.

US Pat. No. 10,363,583

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PARTICULATE CONTROL FROM MOVING WEBS

1. A method of controlling dust from a moving web, the method comprising:traversing a web in a machine direction, wherein the traversing web generates dust;
providing a dust control platform positioned adjacent the web, wherein the dust control platform comprises:
an accumulation surface, wherein the accumulation surface comprises a plurality of apertures extending through the accumulation surface, and wherein the accumulation surface comprises an external surface and an internal surface;
an accumulation chamber positioned adjacent the accumulation surface, wherein the accumulation chamber comprises a first end portion and a second end portion;
a collection chamber positioned adjacent the second end portion of the accumulation chamber;
a plurality of vanes positioned adjacent the internal surface of the accumulation surface;
a drive member operatively engaged with the plurality of vanes;
wherein the dust generated by the traversing web passes through the apertures of the accumulation surface of the dust control platform;
accumulating the dust in the collection chamber;
activating the plurality of vanes such that the plurality of vanes are positioned in a closed configuration;
activating a vacuum source operatively connected to the accumulation chamber; and
removing the dust from the accumulation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,363,582

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SORTING

Key Technology, Inc., Wa...

1. A method of sorting comprising:providing a source of a product to be sorted, which includes of a plurality of individual items each having a multitude of internal and external characteristics, and wherein the multitude of internal and external characteristics are selected from a group including color; light polarization; light fluorescence; light reflectance; light scatter; light transmittance; light absorbance; surface texture; translucence; density; composition; structure and constituents, and wherein the multitude of internal and external characteristics can be detected and identified, at least in part, with electromagnetic radiation which is spectrally reflected, refracted, fluoresced, emitted, absorbed, scattered or transmitted by the multitude of internal and external characteristics of each of the plurality of individual items;
conveying the plurality of individual items along a path of travel, and through an inspection station, and selectively illuminating and irradiating the plurality of individual items with electromagnetic radiation and contemporaneously collecting the electromagnetic radiation which is reflected, refracted, fluoresced, emitted, absorbed, scattered and/or transmitted from or by each of the plurality of individual items;
providing a plurality of selectively energizable illumination sources and orienting the illumination sources along a single focal plane within the inspection station, and selectively energizing the illumination sources so that the selectively energized illumination sources emit electromagnetic radiation that illuminates and irradiates the individual items passing through the inspection station;
providing a plurality of selectively actuated electromagnetic radiation detection devices, and positioning the respective electromagnetic radiation detection devices along the single focal plane within the inspection station, and collecting the electromagnetic radiation which is reflected, refracted, fluoresced, emitted, absorbed, scattered and/or transmitted from or by each of the plurality of individual items passing through the inspection station, and wherein each of the plurality of selectively actuated electromagnetic radiation detection devices, upon collection of the electromagnetic radiation generates an interrogation signal, and wherein the plurality of selectively energizable illumination devices, when energized simultaneously, emit electromagnetic radiation which interferes in the operation of at least one of the plurality of selectively actuated electromagnetic radiation detection devices, and enhances a contrast, as the individual items pass through the inspection station.

US Pat. No. 10,363,580

RECOVERY HOPPER TROUGH FOR VIBRATORY SEPARATOR AND METHOD

M-I L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a vibratory separator having a top deck, a middle deck, and a bottom deck; and
a collection trough coupled to at least one of the top deck, the middle deck, and the bottom deck, the collection trough comprising:
a collection container having an inlet configured to receive a material retained on the at least one of the top deck, the middle deck, and the bottom deck and a sloped surface configured to guide the material from the inlet to an outlet of the collection container;
a discharge end opposite with respect to the inlet of the collection container such that a flow path is provided from the outlet of the collection container to the discharge end and through the discharge end, wherein the discharge end is configured to convey guided material from the outlet of the collection container; and
a pressure differential generator, having a tapered nozzle with an exit end, positioned below the outlet of the collection container such that the exit end of the tapered nozzle is provided directly below the outlet of the collection container and within the flow path between the outlet of the collection container and the discharge end, when the collection trough is coupled to the at least one of the top deck, the middle deck, and the bottom deck.

US Pat. No. 10,363,579

APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING USABLE CROP FROM INTERMIXED DEBRIS

Crary Industries, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for separating usable crop from intermixed debris, the apparatus comprising:a movable support;
a conveying system on the movable support configured to convey usable crop in a processing path from an upstream input location to a downstream output location;
at least a first separating system on the movable support configured to cause separation of debris intermixed with usable crop in a first manner as usable crop is conveyed in the processing path;
a vacuum system on the movable support downstream of the first separating system and configured to generate a low pressure volume which causes additional debris intermixed with the usable crop to be drawn away from the usable crop by vacuum; and
a collection container on the movable support configured to accumulate debris drawn away from the conveying usable crop,
wherein the movable support, conveying system, at least first separating system, vacuum system, and collection container define a unit that can be advanced over an underlying surface through the movable support to relocate the apparatus,
wherein the apparatus further comprises an evacuating system on the movable support, the evacuating system configured to create a low pressure volume in a space in the collection container.

US Pat. No. 10,363,577

METHOD AND APPARATUSES FOR SCREENING

Derrick Corporation, Buf...

1. A vibratory screening machine, comprising:a first wall member having a compression assembly attached thereto;
a second wall member opposite the first wall member;
a concave support surface located between the first and second wall members;
a guide assembly having at least one mating surface; and
a screen assembly having a support structure including side members and a guide surface configured to mate with the at least one mating surface of the guide assembly, and a screening material secured to the support structure,
wherein the compression assembly is configured to assert a force against at least one of the side members and deform the screen assembly into a concave shape against the concave support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,574

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, PROBE, AND ULTRASONIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:a vibrating film;
a piezoelectric body disposed on one surface of the vibrating film; and
a horizontal electrode structure in which electrodes are disposed at a predetermined gap therebetween on the piezoelectric body and extend across an upper and side surface of the piezoelectric body such that the electrodes are disposed directly on the one surface of the vibrating film,
wherein the vibrating film includes a recess portion in a portion corresponding to the predetermined gap in plan view, and
wherein the recess portion is formed in a second surface of the vibrating film from the one surface of the vibrating film where the piezoelectric body is disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,573

VIBRATION MOTOR WITH DUAL U-SHAPED ELASTIC MEMBERS WITH FIXING PORTIONS TO A YOKE

AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a shell,
a vibrator accommodated in the shell,
a stator accommodated in the shell, and
an elastic member suspending the vibrator in the shell;
wherein one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a magnetic circuit unit, and the other one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a coil,
wherein the elastic member is a sheet-like spring, and a plane where the elastic member is located is perpendicular to a vibrating direction of the vibrator; the elastic member is of a U-shape, and comprises a first fixing portion and a second fixing portion which are respectively fixed to the vibrator and spaced from each other, a third fixing portion located between the first fixing portion and the second fixing portion and fixed to the shell, a first deforming portion which connects the third fixing portion with the first fixing portion, and a second deforming portion which connects the third fixing portion with the second fixing portion, two elastic members are provided, the third fixing portions corresponding to the two elastic members are arranged directly facing each other, and the first deforming portion and the second deforming portion of two elastic members are parallel to and spaced from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,363,571

SELF-VENTING NOZZLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A self-venting nozzle adapted to vent a gas entrained in a fluid to an atmosphere, the nozzle comprising:a nozzle inlet end;
a nozzle outlet end;
a nozzle wall extending between the nozzle inlet end and nozzle outlet end and having an interior surface defining a fluid channel surrounding a nozzle flow axis; and
one or more vent passageways providing fluid communication between the fluid channel and the atmosphere, wherein the one or more vent passageways comprise grooves in the interior surface, and
wherein the nozzle comprises a mating portion adapted to connect to a dispenser and wherein the one or more vent passageways extend along at least a portion of the mating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,570

PAINT BAKING METHOD AND DOOR OFFSET DEVICE FOR VEHICLE BODY COATING PROCESS

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A paint baking method for a vehicle body including a main shell body and a side door, wherein a hinge is attached to a hinge fastening part of the side door and a hinge fastening part of the main shell body in a finished vehicle state, the paint baking method comprising:attaching a door offset member to the hinge and one of either the hinge fastening part of the main shell body or the hinge fastening part of the side door so that a distance between the hinge fastening part of the main shell body and the hinge fastening part of the side door in a state in which the door offset member is attached is longer than a distance between the hinge fastening part of the main shell body and the hinge fastening part of the side door in the finished vehicle state; and
while in the state in which the door offset member is attached, conveying the vehicle body while exposing the vehicle body to a hot air atmosphere to bake a wet coating film applied to the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,569

APPLICATORS AND SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERING A GLUTINOUS SUBSTANCE TO A WORKPIECE FROM AN END-EFFECTOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An applicator for delivering a glutinous substance to a workpiece from an end-effector, the applicator comprising:a body, comprising:
a first channel that comprises an inlet portion, comprising an inlet through which the glutinous substance enters the applicator, and an outlet portion, comprising an outlet, through which the glutinous substance exits the outlet portion, wherein the inlet portion is communicatively coupled with the outlet portion and at least a part of the inlet portion is oriented at an angle to the outlet portion, wherein the angle is other than 180 degrees;
a second channel, having an interior surface and communicatively coupled with the first channel and coaxial with the outlet portion of the first channel; and
a sensor port, communicatively coupled with the first channel; a plunger, comprising:
a gate, wherein the gate is movable within the outlet portion of the first channel between, inclusively, an open position, allowing the glutinous substance to flow from the inlet of the first channel to the outlet of the first channel and a closed position, preventing the glutinous substance from flowing from the inlet of the first channel to the outlet of the first channel; and
a plug, movable within the second channel, so that the plug is slidable against the interior surface of the second channel, and configured to prevent the glutinous substance from flowing from the first channel into the second channel when the plug is in a first position, corresponding with the open position of the gate, and to allow the glutinous substance to flow into the second channel from the first channel when the plug is in a second position, corresponding with the closed position of the gate;
an actuator, selectively operable to move the plunger such that the gate moves between, inclusively, the open position and the closed position and the plug moves between, inclusively, the first position and the second position; and
a sensor, communicatively coupled with the first channel via the sensor port and configured to detect at least one characteristic of the glutinous substance in the first channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,568

JETTING DISCRETE VOLUMES OF HIGH VISCOSITY LIQUID

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An adhesive dispensing system, comprising:an adhesive dispensing module having an inlet and an outlet, the adhesive dispensing module receiving hot melt adhesive having a viscosity between 100 centipoise to 20,000 centipoise through the inlet at a low pressure between 5 psi to 40 psi and rapidly developing high pressure between 100 psi and 2500 psi at the outlet;
a pressure container containing a supply of hot melt adhesive and configured to melt or maintain a heated temperature of the hot melt adhesive, and further configured to provide the hot melt adhesive to the adhesive dispensing module at the low pressure;
a low pressure liquid passageway communicating between the adhesive dispensing module and the pressure container; and
a piston configured to impact a recess of a nozzle to jet hot melt adhesive from an outlet of the nozzle as a discrete volume toward a substrate due to the momentum of the impact between the piston and the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,363,567

APPARATUSES FOR APPLYING A GLUTINOUS SUBSTANCE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A nozzle for applying a bead of a glutinous substance to a surface of an object, the nozzle comprising:a body, comprising an inlet opening and an outlet opening, wherein the inlet opening and the outlet opening are joined by a channel, the body comprising rail guides;
a first guide, coupled to the body;
a gate, translatably coupled to the body, the gate comprising rails, wherein the rails of the gate are slidingly received by the rail guides of the body, wherein movement of the gate relative to the body controls:
flow of the glutinous substance through the outlet opening, and
width of the bead;
a second guide, coupled to the gate; and
a biasing member, coupled to the body and to the gate, wherein the biasing member urges the gate toward the first guide.

US Pat. No. 10,363,564

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE FLOW DISTRIBUTION OF SOLID PARTICLES

General Electric Technolo...

1. A coal pulverizer, comprising:a grinding mechanism configured to transform raw coal into pulverized coal;
a classifier configured to receive the pulverized coal from the grinding mechanism and to generate a swirling flow of coal, the classifier being further configured to reject coarse particles of the pulverized coal from the swirling flow;
a turret arranged generally above the classifier, the turret having a frusto-conical body and a plurality of static vanes arranged interior to the body and extending inwardly from an interior sidewall of the body; and
a plurality of coal outlet pipes in fluid communication with the interior of the turret;
wherein a body of each of the vanes has a twisted shape, a leading edge, and a trailing edge, the twisted shape of the body of the vanes at the leading edge being configured to generally match the flow of coal at a bottom of the turret, wherein the leading edge is narrower than the trailing edge, and wherein a pitch angle of each of the vanes is set to coincide with a coal particle flow within the turret,
wherein the vanes are configured to guide the swirling flow of coal as it enters the turret, and to divide the swirling flow into a plurality of controlled flows that are communicated to a plurality of coal outlet pipes, wherein the number of vanes is equal to the number of coal outlet pipes in the pulverizer and wherein each of the leading edges is located adjacent to the bottom of the turret and each of the trailing edges is located adjacent to a top of the turret and a respective one of the coal outlet pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,563

GRINDER PLATE AND TOOL FOR REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION THEREOF

1. A system for a food grinder, the system comprising:a grinder plate configured to be installed within a food grinder, the grinder plate having a disk-shaped body with a first face, a second face, and a side, the disk-shaped body defining:
a central cylindrical aperture extending from the first face to the second face, the central aperture coaxial with a central axis of the disk-shaped body;
a plurality of material-passing apertures extending from the first face to the second face, the material-passing apertures disposed between the central aperture and the side; and
a first one or more screw threads defined in the central aperture; and
a tool for removing the grinder plate from or installing the grinder plate into a food grinder, the tool having an elongated body defining:
a first end having a cylindrical geometry;
a second one or more screw threads on an external surface proximate the first end, wherein an axis of the second one or more screw threads is aligned with a central longitudinal axis of the elongated body; and
at least one of:
a head defining a plurality of flat surfaces disposed as sides of a regular polygon, the regular polygon having a center aligned with the central axis of the elongated body; or
one or more handles extending from the elongated body, the one or more handles projecting outward in a perpendicular direction to the central axis of the elongated body,
wherein the first one or more screw threads are configured to mate with the second one or more screw threads.

US Pat. No. 10,363,562

APPARATUS TO REDUCE SIZE OF MATERIAL

1. An apparatus to reduce size of a light, dry, fibrous material comprisinga ring element arranged around an axis and configured to rotate about the axis, the ring element including a plurality of tool modules detachably coupled to the ring element around an inner circumference of the ring element,
an impeller mounted for rotation about the axis and spaced radially inward of the ring element to form a shearing area between the ring element and the impeller, the impeller including a plurality of tool modules detachably coupled to the impeller around an outer circumference of the impeller, and
identical size reduction tools detachably connected to the tool modules of the ring element and tool modules of the impeller, each of the size reduction tools (i) including a tangential leg extending primarily along a tangent plane relative to inner circumference of the ring element and the outer circumference of the impeller and facing the shearing area and (ii) a radial leg extending from the tangential leg radially away from the shearing area relative to the axis to form a L-shape,
wherein each of the tangential legs is sized to have an arc length along the tangent plane that is greater than 3° (i) of the inner circumference of the ring element to which it is coupled or (ii) of the outer circumference of the impeller to which it is coupled, and
wherein each of the tangential legs is sized to have an arc length along the tangent plane less than 18° (i) of the inner circumference of the ring element to which it is coupled or (ii) of the outer circumference of the impeller to which it is coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,363,561

APPARATUS FOR SHREDDING OF WASTE

1. An apparatus for shredding a pre-defined amount of waste, the apparatus comprising:a main frame that supports a body of the apparatus, wherein the main frame having a plurality of balance points and the body including a single through-chamber for shredding waste;
a single rotating core for shredding, masticating and grinding the pre-defined amount of waste,
the rotating core is mounted on the main frame and is horizontally positioned for rotation along a longitudinal axis of the rotating core, the rotating core comprising:
a single main shaft symmetrically positioned along the longitudinal axis of the rotating core,
the main shaft is mechanically coupled to a motor shaft of an electric motor through a radial bearing and double row mobile pulley assembly, such that the main shaft includes a first and a second flywheel;
the main shaft comprises a first distal end and a second distal end symmetrically distanced from a center of the main shaft;
one or more support blocks radially extended to form an exterior surface of the rotating core, and the one or more support blocks radially extended to form an exterior surface of the rotating core, and the one or more support blocks are transverse to the longitudinal axis of the rotating core and are aligned along the longitudinal axis of the rotating core with a gradual first pre-defined range of angular separation; and
one or more blades adjustably mounted to a mounting surface of the one or more support blocks,
each blade of the one or more blade is positioned in a staggered orientation about the longitudinal axis of the rotating core and
each blade of the one or more blade is staggered at a second pre-defined range of angular separation;
the body is mechanically linked to the main frame through a linkage plate,
the linkage plate is horizontally positioned on a main plate, and includes a plurality of openings;
a plurality of rubber spacers are positioned between the linkage plate and the main frame at each of the plurality of balance points
the body is configured to support the rotation of the rotating core, the body comprising:
a plurality of vertical blades mounted within the body, wherein each of the plurality of vertical blades is curved to symmetrically contour the rotating core along a vertical axis;
a plurality of horizontal blades mounted on the body, wherein each of the plurality of horizontal blades being aligned with the one or more shaft blades along a horizontal axis;
a first cooling chamber mechanically connected to a first end of the body; and
a second cooling chamber mechanically connected to a second end of the body, wherein the first cooling chamber and the second cooling chamber being mechanically coupled to a cooling system;
a hopper mounted vertically mounted on the body, wherein the hopper comprises an ingress cross-sectional opening for receiving the pre-defined amount of waste, and an egress cross-sectional opening for transferring the pre-defined amount of waste inside the rotating core and wherein the ingress cross-sectional opening of the hopper is wider than the egress cross-sectional opening of the hopper;
a first set of mash double row ball bearings symmetrically positioned near the first distal end of the main shaft, wherein the first set of mash double row ball bearings being enclosed in a first bearing cover coincidently placed around the longitudinal axis; and
a second set of mash double row ball bearings symmetrically positioned near the second distal end of the main shaft, wherein the second set of double row ball bearings being enclosed in a second bearing cover coincidently placed around the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,560

SYSTEM AND METHODS OF PRESERVING INTEGRITY AND SECURELY TRANSPORTING BIOLOGICAL SPECIMENS TO A DEPOSITORY AND DEVICES FOR SECURELY STORING BIOLOGICAL SPECIMENS

1. A storage unit for securely holding one or more enclosures enclosing one or more biological specimens until said enclosures are removed from said storage unit for transport to a depository wherein subsequent analysis of said biological specimens can transpire; said storage unit comprising:a) a lower section and an upper section, wherein said upper section comprises a pivotable deposit-only gate for receiving temporary deposits of said enclosures such that after deposit onto and closure of said pivotable deposit-only gate, said enclosures drops into said lower section;
b) a door and lock combination allowing removal of said enclosures from said storage unit;
c) a communications module;
d) one or more hardware components in communication with said communications module; said one or more hardware components selected from the group consisting of an enclosure detection sensor capable of detecting entry of said enclosures into said lower section, an internal temperature sensor, said door lock and lock combination comprising an energy source status monitor, an open/close sensor for said door, a door opening signal receiver, an electrically or manually actuated lock for said door, a gate movement sensor and/or a holder for temporarily holding said enclosures detector positioned about a lower section for detecting said holder;
e) an energy source; and
f) an ultraviolet light positioned within said storage unit and operably connected to said door, wherein, when said storage unit does not contain any of said enclosures, and said door is closed, said ultraviolet light is activated, for a predetermined time, to reduce microbial growth.

US Pat. No. 10,363,559

APPARATUS FOR THE SEPARATION OF PLASMA

Boehringer Ingelheim Inte...

1. An apparatus (1) for absorbing blood (19) and separating blood components as a sample liquid (2), comprising:a carrier (6) defining a base of the apparatus and having a lower boundary surface,
a feed device (13) spaced away from the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6) in a direction opposite to an input direction for receiving the blood (19) into the feed device (13),
a separating device (15) for separating the blood components as the sample liquid (2), the separating device (15) being spaced away from the carrier (6) in the direction opposite to the input direction, the separating device (15) including a first surface facing the blood (19) as the blood (19) is received into the feed device (13) and a second surface opposite to the first surface and facing towards the lower boundary surface, where a volume is defined between the second surface of the separating device (15) and the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6),
a channel (3), in fluid communication with the volume, which takes up the sample liquid (2) exclusively by capillary forces,
a filling device for filling the channel (3) with the sample liquid (2) in an inlet or feed region (18) of the channel (3), and
an insert (35) disposed in the volume between the second surface of the separating device (15) and the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6), where the insert (35): (i) is at least partially annular about an axis defined by the input direction, (ii) includes respective inner and outer cylindrical surfaces about the axis, and (iii) includes longitudinally disposed notches running on at least one of the inner and outer surfaces of the cylinder in directions parallel to the input direction of introducing the blood.

US Pat. No. 10,363,558

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SERIAL PROCESSING OF MULTIPLE NUCLEIC ACID ASSAYS

Canon U.S. Life Sciences,...

1. A system for serial processing of nucleic acid assays, comprising:a microfluidic cartridge comprising an interface chip having at least one inlet port and microfluidic channel and a separate reaction chip coupled to the interface chip, the reaction chip having at least one microfluidic channel ending in a T-junction, the T-junction in fluid communication with an associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip;
a flow control module comprising a first pumping system configured to selectively apply pneumatic pressures to the at least one microfluidic channel of the interface chip and a second pumping system to apply a pneumatic pressure to control assay fluid flow through the reaction chip;
the flow control module being configured to:
(a) draw a first fluid into the microfluidic channel of the interface chip via the inlet port of the interface chip and stop the first fluid in the interface chip when the T-junction is loaded with the first fluid;
(b) create a first fluid segment in the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip by drawing the first fluid from the associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip into the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip;
(c) draw a second fluid into the microfluidic channel of the interface chip via the inlet port of the interface chip while maintaining the position of the first fluid segment in the reaction chip and stop the second fluid in the interface chip when the T-junction is loaded with the second fluid; and
(d) create a second fluid segment in the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip by drawing the second fluid from the associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip into the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip;
a temperature measurement and control system configured to control and measure a temperature of one or more portions of the at least one microfluidic channel of the reaction chip; and
a fluorescence imaging system comprising one or more illumination elements and an imaging sensor and configured to create images of fluorescent emissions from materials within the at least one microfluidic channel of the reaction chip.

US Pat. No. 10,363,557

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE FOR ANALYSIS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body comprising a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the body comprising:
a plurality of processing chambers comprising a first processing chamber and a second processing chamber, each processing chamber comprising an opening proximate the first end;
a first reservoir disposed in selective fluid communication with the first processing chamber via a first fluid pathway;
a second reservoir disposed in selective fluid communication with the first processing chamber via a second fluid pathway and in selective fluid communication with the second processing chamber via a third fluid pathway;
a first filter disposed in the body between at least a portion of the first processing chamber and the second reservoir;
wherein the first fluid pathway and the second fluid pathway pass through the first filter;
wherein the first filter has a first surface oriented in the first and second fluid pathways toward the first processing chamber;
a second filter disposed in the body between at least a portion of the second processing chamber and the second reservoir;
wherein the third pathway passes through the second filter;
wherein the first filter has a first surface oriented in the third fluid pathway;
a first one-way valve disposed between the first filter and the first reservoir, the first one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the first processing chamber and the first reservoir; and
a second one-way valve disposed in the second fluid pathway between the first filter and the second reservoir, the second one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the first processing chamber and the second reservoir; and
a third one-way valve disposed in the third fluid pathway between the second filter and the first reservoir, the third one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the second processing chamber and the first reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,363,556

AUTOMATED EXPERIMENT APPARATUS AND AUTOMATED EXPERIMENT METHOD USING THE SAME

1. An automated experiment apparatus, comprising:a pressure vessel having an opening to define a sample receiving chamber therein, the pressure vessel including a vessel flange having a circular outer shape with a radius about a central axis of the pressure vessel;
a sample holding member configured to hold a sample to be accommodated in the sample receiving chamber, the sample holding member including a holder flange having an outer circular shape of the same radius as the vessel flange and configured to make contact with the vessel flange to close the opening;
a sensing unit configured to sense at least one of an upper position and a lower position of the sample holding member;
a plurality of clamps configured to air-tightly engage the holder flange of the sample holding member and the vessel flange of the pressure vessel wherein each of the plurality of clamps includes a clamp head having a groove configured to engage with the holder flange and the vessel flange and an actuator connected to the clamp head;
a clamping sensor configured to sense a top dead point of the clamp head at which the clamp head is fully pushed out by the actuator to air-tightly engage the holding flange;
a gas transfer unit having a gas supplier and a gas discharger connected to the sample holding member and configured to supply or discharge a gas into or from the pressure vessel;
a heating unit configured to heat the sample receiving chamber;
a pressure sensor configured to measure an internal pressure of the pressure vessel;
a user interface configured to receive an input from an user; and
a controller configured to receive the input signal from the user interface and the sensing signal from a sensing unit to control in response to the input signal and the sensing signal, the actuator of each of the clamps to cause the clamp head to make a transverse movement in a radial direction of the vessel flange to engage the holder flange and the vessel flange to engage the holder flange and the vessel flange, to control in response to a clamping sensor signal received from the clamping sensor, the gas transfer unit to supply the gas to the pressure vessel until the internal pressure of the pressure vessel reaches a predetermined reaction pressure as indicated by a pressure sensor signal from the pressure sensor, to control in response to the pressure sensor signal from the pressure sensor, the heating unit to heat the sample receiving chamber, and to control the gas transfer unit to discharge the gas from the sample receiving chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,363,555

POLYMER COMPOUND FOR CONDUCTIVE POLYMER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A dopant polymer for a conductive polymer, having(i) one or more repeating units “a” represented by the following general formula (1),

wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 represents a fluorine atom or a trifluoromethyl group, “m” represents an integer of 2 to 4, and a number of “a” repeating units as a proportion of a total number of all repeating units in the dopant polymer satisfies 0 (ii) at least one repeating unit “b” represented by the following general formula (2),

wherein a number of “b” repeating units as a proportion of the total number of all repeating units in the dopant polymer satisfies 0 wherein the dopant polymer for the conductive polymer has a weight average molecular weight in the range of 1,000 to 500,000.

US Pat. No. 10,363,553

NANOCOMPOSITE HOLLOW SPHERE AS A PHOTOCATALYST AND METHODS THEREOF

King Abdulaziz University...

12. A method for reducing an aromatic nitro compound to an aromatic amine compound, the method comprising:contacting the aromatic nitro compound with the nanocomposite hollow sphere of claim 1 in a solvent to form a reaction mixture; and
irradiating the reaction mixture with a light source having a wavelength of 300-800 nm thereby forming the aromatic amine compound.

US Pat. No. 10,363,552

HONEYCOMB FIRED BODY, HONEYCOMB FILTER, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HONEYCOMB FIRED BODY

IBIDEN CO., LTD., Ogaki-...

1. A honeycomb fired body comprising:a plurality of cells in each of which one end is plugged and which serve as channels of exhaust gas; and
porous cell partition walls defining the cells
wherein the honeycomb fired body is formed of SiC,
the plurality of cells include peripheral cells located at an outermost peripheral region of the honeycomb fired body and inner cells located more inward than the peripheral cells,
all the inner cells have the same cross-sectional shape that is a rectangle in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof,
each peripheral cell is defined by the cell partition walls and an outer wall forming a periphery of the honeycomb fired body,
the cell partition walls in contact with the outer wall each have a thick wall region where the wall thickness gradually increases toward the outer wall,
the cross-sectional shape of the peripheral cells in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof is a shape formed by reducing the rectangular cross-sectional shape of the inner cells to obtain a reduced rectangle and chamfering or rounding two corners of the reduced rectangle,
the cross-sectional area of each peripheral cell in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof is 60 to 69.5% of the cross-sectional area of each inner cell in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof,
the cell partition walls include inter-peripheral-cell cell partition walls each located between the peripheral cells and inter-inner-cell cell partition walls each located between the inner cells, and
the minimum thickness of the inter-peripheral-cell cell partition walls is greater than the thickness of the inter-inner-cell cell partition walls.

US Pat. No. 10,363,551

MONONUCLEAR IRON COMPLEX AND ORGANIC SYNTHESIS REACTION USING SAME

KYUSHU UNIVERSITY, NATION...

1. A mononuclear iron bivalent complex having formula (1):
wherein R1 to R6 are each independently hydrogen, or an alkyl, aryl, aralkyl, organoxy, monoorganoamino, diorganoamino, monoorganophosphino, diorganophosphino, monoorganosilyl, diorganosilyl, triorganosilyl or organothio group which may be substituted with X, or at least one pair of any one of R1 to R3 and any one of R4 to R6, taken together, represent a crosslinking substituent,
X is a halogen atom, organoxy, monoorganoamino, diorganoamino or organothio group,
L1 is a two-electron ligand being isonitrile, with the proviso that when a plurality of L1's are present, two L1's may bond together,
L2 is a two-electron ligand other than CO ligand and L1, with the proviso that when a plurality of L2's are present, two L2's may bond together,
m1 is an integer of 1 to 4, m2 is an integer of 0 to 3, and m1+m2 is 3 or 4.

US Pat. No. 10,363,550

MESOPOROUS MATERIAL-COATED COBALT-BASED CATALYST FOR FISCHER-TROPSCH SYNTHESIS AND METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME

WUHAN KAIDI ENGINEERING T...

1. A catalyst, comprising:elemental cobalt;
a carrier, the carrier comprising silica; and
a selective promoter, the selective promoter comprising zirconium; wherein:
the elemental cobalt and the selective promoter are disposed on a surface of the carrier;
outer surfaces of the elemental cobalt and the selective promoter are coated with a shell layer comprising a mesoporous material; and
a hydrophobic organic compound is disposed on an exterior surface of the shell layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,548

ALUMINUM BASED METALLIC GLASS POWDER FOR EFFICIENT DEGRADATION OF AZO DYE AND OTHER TOXIC ORGANIC CHEMICALS

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS...

1. Amorphous bi-functional catalytic aluminum metallic glass particles comprising:an aluminum metallic glass core; and
2 or more transition metals disposed on the surface of the aluminum metallic glass core to form amorphous bi-functional aluminum metallic glass particles with catalytic activity, wherein the aluminum comprises 77% or more of the composition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,545

POROUS COORDINATION POLYMER AND HYDROGEN MOLECULE STORAGE METHOD, HYDROGEN STORAGE DEVICE, HYDROGEN MOLECULE SEPARATION METHOD AND HYDROGEN PURIFIER USING THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A porous coordination polymer, whereinthe porous coordination polymer is formed of unit lattices;
each of the unit lattices has a shape of a cube having eight vertexes and twelve sides;
each of the vertexes of the unit lattices consists of a Zn4O cluster;
each of the sides of the unit lattices consists of a ?OOC—C?C—COO? group; and
the inside of at least a part of the unit lattices is empty.

US Pat. No. 10,363,543

GAS DRIVEN FLUID TRANSPORT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A fluid transport system comprising:a gas pressure source;
a reservoir pressure vessel having a first volume with a first fraction of a liquid and a gas disposed therein and pressurized by the gas pressure source;
a first valve disposed in a first interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the gas pressure source and the reservoir pressure vessel to selectively control a flow of the gas between the gas pressure source and the reservoir pressure vessel;
a metered pressure vessel having a second volume with a second fraction of the liquid and the gas disposed therein and pressurized by the reservoir pressure vessel;
an outlet;
a second interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the reservoir pressure vessel and the metered pressure vessel providing liquid from the reservoir pressure vessel to the metered pressure vessel;
a third interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the metered pressure vessel and the outlet providing a metered liquid flow from the metered pressure vessel to the outlet;
a second metered pressure vessel having a third volume pressurized by the reservoir pressure vessel with a third fraction of the liquid and the gas provided by the reservoir pressure vessel; and
a fourth interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the reservoir pressure vessel and the second metered pressure vessel; and
a fifth interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the second metered pressure vessel and the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,537

DEPOSITION TOOL FOR COMBINATORIAL THIN FILM MATERIAL LIBRARIES

UNIVERSITEIT GENT, Ghent...

1. A system for combinatorial depositing of a thin film having a varying composition and/or a varying thickness on at least one substrate, the system comprisingat least two deposition material source holders arranged so that the system comprises at least two deposition material sources, each of the at least two deposition material source holders being capable of holding one or more deposition material sources,
a substrate holder adapted for carrying at least one substrate,
a rotatable positioning system having a rotation axis for relatively moving the substrate holder and the one or more deposition material source holders with respect to each other for subsequently positioning the at least one substrate in a parallel configuration in front of at least one of the at least two deposition material sources and in a non-parallel configuration non parallel with the at least one of the at least two deposition material sources during the combinatorial deposition, and
at least two mask holders each arranged for positioning a mask between the at least two deposition material sources positioned in the at least two deposition material source holders and the substrate holder, for allowing variation of the material flux across the at least one substrate when the combinatorial deposition is performed, and the at least two mask holders being in a fixed arrangement with respect to the deposition material sources in the at least two deposition material source holders during the combinatorial depositing,
wherein the substrate holder furthermore is rotatable for rotating a substrate around a substrate rotation axis orthogonal to the plane of the substrate when it is positioned in the substrate holder, and
wherein the substrate holder comprises a substrate rotation means arranged for rotating the substrate around a substrate rotation axis, the substrate rotation means including at least a ball bearing, whereby the system further comprises a movement transfer means for inducing a rotation around the substrate rotation axis upon rotation of the positioning system around the rotation axis of the rotatable positioning system, the movement transfer means including at least a rod extending from the substrate holder and a plate fixed on the positioning system, such that during rotation of the positioning system around the axis of the rotatable positioning system the plate is brought into contact with the rod, the contact between the plate and the rod causing the rotating of the substrate around the substrate rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,534

FLUIDIZED BED REACTOR FOR PRODUCING POLYCRYSTALLINE SILICON GRANULES AND METHOD FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF SUCH A FLUIDIZED BED REACTOR

WACKER CHEMIE AG, Munich...

1. A method for assembling a fluidized bed reactor for producing polycrystalline silicon granules, comprising the steps hereinafter in the stated sequence:a) provide a base plate and connect the base plate to gas supply lines for fluidizing gas and reaction gas and a product take-off line;
b) equip the base plate with at least one fluidizing nozzle and with at least one reaction gas nozzle;
c) insert a bottom reactor tube seal into the base plate;
d) position a reactor tube on the bottom reactor tube seal;
e) position a reactor section with heater, electrodes and insulation sections over the reactor tube;
f) provide an upper reactor tube clamp with an upper reactor tube seal;
g) assemble the reactor head; and
h) assemble a seed feed appliance and off-gas pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,363,532

MODULE FOR A COATING APPARATUS FOR GRANULAR BODIES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A module for a coating apparatus for granular bodies (1), the module comprising:a rotatable, hollow cylindrical drum (2) that is an accommodation unit for accommodating the granular bodies (1),
wherein within the drum (2) at least one moveable separating element (8) is disposed on an end side of the drum (2) such that transfer of the granular bodies (1) into the drum (2) and/or out of the drum (2) is achievable in a defined manner by a movement of the at least one moveable separating element (8);
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is movable from a closed position to an open position, wherein, in the closed position, a closed subregion of an underside of the at least one moveable separating element (8) lies radially flush against an inner wall of the drum (2) or is arranged radially offset at a distance from the inner wall of the drum (2) via a gap measuring less than an external diameter of each of the granular bodies (1), and in the open position, the closed subregion on the underside is spaced apart from the inner wall of the drum (2) and, in this said open position of the at least one moveable separating element (8), there is an opening in the lower region between the underside of the respective at least one moveable separating element (8) and the inner wall of the drum (2), through which said opening the granular bodies (1) are arranged to pass, and
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation (54) to bring the at least one moveable separating element (8) from the closed position into the open position, and the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured so as to leave a clear space above the closed subregion, and on the end sides of the drum (2) there are elements (6, 7) to which a second drum (2) of at least one second module (3, 5) is connectable in order to form the coating apparatus, and/or to which a closure element (59) is connectable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,531

BEVERAGE PRODUCING SYSTEM COMPRISING A DISPOSABLE CONTAINER

1. A beverage preparation system for providing hot or cold beverages comprising:a beverage dispenser having at least one electromagnet and a control unit for controlling said electromagnet;
at least one disposable container for beverage ingredients which are adapted for being replaceable and insertable into the beverage dispenser, wherein the disposable container includes a reservoir and a dispensing means having an anchor which is arranged to be movable between an open position and a closed position on the dispensing means, and
wherein the anchor is moveable between the open position and the closed position by a magnetic field generated by the at least one electromagnet,
wherein the anchor is arranged on the dispensing means and the anchor opens the dispensing means when in the open position for a continuous through flow of beverage ingredients out of the reservoir and through the dispensing means, and
wherein the disposable container includes an unmovable counter anchor for the anchor whereby magnetic field lines flow in a bundled arrangement and orientate over a front face of the counter anchor in a longitudinal direction of the anchor, and
wherein the counter anchor is fixed within the dispensing means.

US Pat. No. 10,363,530

WIRELESS BLENDING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPO...

1. A blending device comprising:a blender base comprising a housing, a motor having a drive shaft, at least one sensor, and a wireless controller disposed within the housing and operatively communicating via a wireless signal, and wherein the at least one sensor is disposed within or on the housing; and
a container operatively coupled to the blender base, wherein the container is coupled with a blade assembly comprising a splined coupler that is operatively driven by the drive shaft, and
wherein the at least one sensor measures a weight of an ingredient added to the container when the container is coupled to the blender base, and
wherein the wireless controller operatively sends, receives, or sends and receives the wireless signal to or from a wireless device according to a communications protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,363,529

METHOD OF MIXING CROSSLINKING BLENDS IN TOTES FOR USE TO CROSSLINK POLYMER MODIFIED ASPHALTS

1. A method of mixing a crosslinking blend in a portable tote for use to crosslink polymer modified asphalts comprising the steps of providing a portable tote, said tote comprising a rigid tank having a top portion, a bottom portion and a sidewall, defining a tank interior, and having an air mixing system fixedly attached to the tank, said air mixing system containing a hollow wand partially disposed in the interior of the tank, said wand having a proximal end and a distal end, said proximal end exiting the tank but fixedly attached to tank, said tote further comprising a bottom frame supporting said tank, said bottom frame configured to be lifted by a fork lift, said distal end of said wand having at least one accumulator plate positioned thereon, said accumulator plate positioned adjacent the interior bottom portion; said tank having stored therein a crosslinking blend suitable for use to crosslink polymer modified asphalt;said method further comprising the steps of attaching a pulsed gas controller to said proximal end of said wand; attaching a source of compressed gas to said controller; activating said controller to thereby cause mixing of said crosslinking blend by pulsing gases out of the accumulator into the crosslinking blend for a sufficient period of time; discharging said crosslinking blend from the interior of said tank, and removing said controller from said wand, thereby leaving said wand attached to said tank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,528

MIXING AND THAWING DEVICE

Sartorius Stedim Biotech ...

1. A mixing and thawing device (1), comprising:a rocker drive (2) having a substructure (4) and a rocker plate (5) that is configured for pivoting relative to the substructure (4) about a rocker axis (6) at a programmable frequency and a programmable angle;
a bag holder (3) having a base part (8) and a lid part (9) that enclose a holding space (10) for holding a bag (7), the holding space (10) being a heat-insulating closed chamber, the base part (8) of the bag holder (3) being fastened securely to the rocker plate (5);
a heating element (11) being arranged in the base part (8)
a first intermediate space (14) arranged between the bag (7) and the base part (8);
a second intermediate space (15) arranged between the bag (7) and the lid part (9) and in fluidic communication with the first intermediate space; and
at least one flow generator (16) for generating a circulating fluid flow (17) through the first and second intermediate spaces (14, 15) and on opposite sides of the bag (7).

US Pat. No. 10,363,526

ENTRY MIXING ELEMENTS AND RELATED STATIC MIXERS AND METHODS OF MIXING

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An entry mixing element for mixing an incoming fluid flow having first and second unmixed components arranged to define a transverse flow cross-section perpendicular to a flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, the entry mixing element having a central axis aligned with the flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, the entry mixing element comprising:an entry dividing wall extending parallel to the central axis; and
a planar front panel comprising an upper front panel portion and a lower front panel portion, the planar front panel being arranged at a leading edge of the entry dividing wall and extending generally transverse to the central axis,
wherein the entry dividing wall and the planar front panel are positioned to divide the incoming fluid flow into a first fluid flow portion and a second fluid flow portion, each of the first and second fluid flow portions containing an amount of the first component and an amount of the second component,
wherein the planar front panel and the entry dividing wall define an upper fluid gate in a first quadrant of the planar front panel through which the first fluid flow portion is directed, and define a lower fluid gate in a second quadrant of the planar front panel through which the second fluid flow portion is directed,
wherein the upper front panel portion has a first edge that partially defines the lower fluid gate and a second edge opposite the first edge that partially defines an upper fluid slot that extends from the upper fluid gate,
wherein the lower front panel portion has a first edge that partially defines the upper fluid gate and a second edge opposite the first edge that partially defines a lower fluid slot that extends from the lower fluid gate, and
wherein the entry dividing wall and the planar front panel are configured to divide the incoming fluid flow into the first and second fluid flow portions in any rotational orientation of the entry mixing element about its central axis relative to the transverse flow cross-section of the incoming fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,363,523

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING APPARATUS

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. An exhaust gas purifying apparatus for installation in a vessel,comprising:
a seawater introduction pipe configured to introduce, via a pump interposed therein, unprocessed seawater;
an electrolyzed alkaline water generator which is connected to the seawater introduction pipe and includes a cathode and an anode, the electrolyzed alkaline water generator being configured to electrolyze the unprocessed seawater introduced therein by the seawater introduction pipe through application of a voltage across the cathode and the anode so as to generate electrolyzed alkaline water from the unprocessed seawater;
an exhaust gas absorption tower, exhaust gas being introduced into, and exhausted from, the exhaust gas absorption tower;
an electrolyzed alkaline water supply line through which the electrolyzed alkaline water is supplied from the electrolyzed alkaline water generator to the exhaust gas absorption tower; and
a spray nozzle connected with the electrolyzed alkaline water supply line to receive the electrolyzed alkaline water and being provided inside the exhaust gas absorption tower, the exhaust gas purifying apparatus being configured to spray the electrolyzed alkaline water through the spray nozzle to purify the exhaust gas through gas-liquid contact between the sprayed electrolyzed alkaline water and the exhaust gas introduced into the exhaust gas absorption tower.

US Pat. No. 10,363,522

AIR IONIZATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

IONaer International Ariz...

1. A method of removing contaminants from air, the method comprising the steps of:(a) activating an ion generator to generate more negative ions than positive ions, wherein the ion generator comprises: (i) a stainless steel ion dispenser configured to receive electrical current responsive to operation of a control system, (ii) an inner electrode electrically coupled to the ion dispenser, the inner electrode comprising a perforated aluminum sheet, (iii) a glass tube disposed at least partially around the inner electrode, and (iv) an outer electrode disposed at least partially around the glass tube, the outer electrode comprising a tubular stainless steel mesh screen;
(b) operating a fan to move air past the ion generator so the air acquires negative ions; and
(c) passing the air with acquired negative ions through an ozone removal catalyst at least partially surrounding the ion generator to remove ozone from the air.

US Pat. No. 10,363,521

FILTER DEVICE, CONTROL VALVE COMPRISING THE FILTER DEVICE, AND FUEL CELL SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA SAGINOMI...

1. A filter device disposed in a moist fluid passage of a system, the filter device comprising:a fluid introducing path via which a fluid that flows in the moist fluid passage is introduced into a filter room from an area below the filter room;
a filter including a filter member permeating the fluid introduced from the fluid introducing path into the filter room and removing foreign matter in the introduced fluid, wherein the filter is located in the filter room;
at least one of:
a first water pooling portion, which is disposed at a first position lower than the filter member on a sidewall side of a bottom of the filter room and on a periphery of the filter, or
a second water pooling portion, which is disposed at a second position lower than the filter member of the filter; and
a fluid discharge path via which a fluid that passed the filter is discharged,
wherein a gap size between the filter and a sidewall of the filter room is configured to allow at least one of a first water level of first water, which is collected from the fluid and is stored in the first water pooling portion, or a second water level of second water, which is collected from the fluid and is stored in the second water pooling portion, to reach a level higher than a lower end surface of the filter member, the lower end surface of the filter member is located opposite to an upper end of the filter, and the upper end of the filter is connected to the fluid discharge path.

US Pat. No. 10,363,519

AQUEOUS ALKANOLAMINE COMPOSITION AND PROCESS FOR THE SELECTIVE REMOVAL OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE FROM GASEOUS MIXTURES

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A process for selectively removing hydrogen sulfide from a gas mixture comprising hydrogen sulfide comprising the step of contacting the gaseous mixture with a lean aqueous alkanolamine solution that excludes an acid or acid-forming material characterized as a strong acid that includes an organic or inorganic acid having a pKa of 8 or less and that consists of:(i) an amino compound with the formula:
R1R2NCH2CH(OH)CH2OH
wherein R1 and R2 independently represent methyl, ethyl, propyl, or isopropyl groups,
(ii) bis(2-hydroxyethyl)methylamine,
(iii) water,
and
(iv) optionally an additive that is one or more of a physical solvent, an antifoaming agent, an antioxidant; a corrosion inhibitor, a film former, a chelating agent, or a pH adjuster, provided that the additive is not the acid or an acid-forming material.

US Pat. No. 10,363,517

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DEHYDRATE HIGH ACID GAS STREAMS USING MEMBRANES IN AN OIL AND GAS PROCESSING PLANT

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A system for de-bottlenecking an integrated oil and gas production plant including hydrogen sulfide removal and sour-gas injection, comprising:a water-selective membrane for receiving a teed stream comprising water-saturated sour gas containing 1-50% hydrogen sulfide by volume and forming a first retentate stream depleted in water and a first permeate stream enriched in water;
a hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane for receiving the first retentate stream to form a second retentate stream depleted in hydrogen sulfide and a second permeate stream enriched in hydrogen sulfide;
one or more gas processing plants for receiving the second retentate stream and further processing the second retentate stream to produce sales gases; and
a permeate compressor for compressing the second permeate stream and injecting the second permeate stream into an underground formation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,516

FLEXIBLE ADSORBENTS FOR LOW PRESSURE DROP GAS SEPARATIONS

ExxonMobil Research and E...

7. A cyclical pressure swing adsorption process comprising;providing a first adsorbent bed and a second adsorbent bed;
providing a third adsorbent bed disposed between the first adsorbent bed and the second adsorbent bed; wherein the third adsorbent bed shares a first flexible boundary with the first adsorbent bed and a second flexible boundary with the second adsorbent bed; wherein the first adsorbent bed and second adsorbent beds, respectively, have a first and second rigid boundary opposite the first and second flexible boundary;
feeding the first adsorbent bed and the second adsorbent bed with a feed gas comprising a contaminant gas and a product gas at a feed pressure of 10 bara (1.0 MPaa) to 40 bara (4.0 MPaa);
adsorbing the contaminant gas onto the first and second adsorbent beds to produce an effluent stream with a higher concentration of the product gas and a lower concentration of the contaminant gas than the feed gas;
reducing the pressure in the first and second adsorbent beds to a pressure from about 1.0 bara (about 0.1 MPaa) to about 4.0 bara (about 0.4 MPaa);
purging the first and second adsorbent beds with a purge stream to produce a purge stream comprising a higher concentration of the contaminant gas and a lower concentration of the product gas than the feed gas; and
repressurizing the first and second adsorbent beds to a pressure of 10 bara (1.0 MPaa) to 40 bara (4.0 MPaa);
wherein at the conclusion of the feeding, adsorbing, and repressurizing acts, the third adsorbent bed is at a lower pressure than the first and second adsorbent beds; and wherein at the conclusion of the reducing and purging acts, the third adsorbent bed is at a higher pressure than the first and second adsorbent beds.

US Pat. No. 10,363,515

ATMOSPHERIC NEGATIVE IONIZER

1. A system, for removal pollutants from air in environment, the system comprising:an upper half portion;
a lower half portion forming an interior of the system together with an upper half;
hoses, connected to one or more of the upper half and the lower half and configured to flow the air from the environment to the interior;
tourmaline filters, positioned in the lower half and comprising tourmaline; transparent solar windows, positioned in the upper half and configured to receive sunlight from the environment and to direct the sunlight at the tourmaline filters in an adjustable manner, thereby controlling temperature of the tourmaline inside the tourmaline filters; and
water nozzles, positioned in the interior and configured to dispense water within the interior and onto the tourmaline filters at a controlled speed and a controlled direction, wherein the water nozzles have a controllably adjustable diameter,
wherein the system is configured
to form negative ions and artificial precipitation scavenging within the interior and using a combination of the sunlight, the water, and the tourmaline when the tourmaline is at least heated by the sunlight or pressurized by the water disposed from the water nozzles, and
using the negative ions and the artificial precipitation scavenging, to attract the pollutants from the air thereby removing the pollutants from the air in accordance with a natural air remediation, while the air passes through the interior.