US Pat. No. 10,427,253

MACHINE TOOL HAVING A WORKPIECE SUPPORT AND METHOD FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING A WORKPIECE SUPPORT OF A MACHINE TOOL

1. A machine tool for processing a workpiece, the machine tool comprisinga workpiece movement device; and
a workpiece support that supports both the workpiece during a processing operation and a workpiece remainder produced from the workpiece during the processing operation, wherein the workpiece support comprises a first support portion and an additional support portion;
wherein the first support portion comprises a loading-side support portion arranged in a loading region of the machine tool;
wherein the additional support portion is arranged to move relative to the loading-side support portion between the loading region and an unloading region of the machine tool, wherein the unloading region is offset in a horizontal direction from the loading region;
wherein the loading-side support portion is arranged to move in a vertical direction between a loading level and a bypass level located above the loading level;
wherein when the loading-side support portion is in the bypass level, the additional support portion is arranged to move into the loading region in a receiving position below the loading-side support portion for loading with the workpiece;
wherein when loaded with the workpiece, the additional support portion is arranged to move on the loading level from the receiving position in the loading region into the unloading region;
wherein when the additional support portion loaded with the workpiece and the loading-side support portion are both located on the loading level beside and in alignment with each other in the horizontal direction, the workpiece movement device is arranged to move the workpiece with a horizontal movement over the additional support portion and the loading-side support portion;
wherein after the workpiece processing operation, the additional support portion is arranged in an unloading starting position in the unloading region to support the workpiece remainder; and
wherein when the loading-side support portion is arranged on the bypass level, the additional support portion is arranged to move with an unloading movement from the unloading starting position in the unloading region into the receiving position in the loading region, leaving the workpiece remainder in the unloading region, thereby unloading the workpiece remainder.

US Pat. No. 10,427,252

ERGONOMIC WELDING ARM WITH A PLURALITY OF ARM LINKS AND JOINTS

ESAB AB, Gothenburg (SE)...

1. An ergonomic welding arm, comprising:a wire feeder portion;
a plurality of arm links coupled by a plurality of joints, each of the plurality of joints configured to allow the plurality of arm links to be rotated about an axis with respect to a directly adjacent arm link, wherein:
a distal end of the ergonomic welding arm is coupled, via the wire feeder portion, to a support for supporting the ergonomic welding arm;
a proximal end of the ergonomic welding arm is configured to engage a welding torch; and
a first arm link and a second arm link of the plurality of arm links include a plurality of holes positioned at spaced-apart intervals; and
a welding cable that is coupled to the wire feeder portion and the welding torch, and removably connected, by a plurality of clips, to an exterior of at least the first arm link and the second arm link so that the welding cable generally follows the plurality of arm links between the wire feeder portion and the welding torch, wherein each hole of the plurality of holes is configured to receive one or more of the plurality of clips so that the plurality of clips is positioned in a plurality of locations along the first arm link and the second arm link.

US Pat. No. 10,427,250

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WELDING WIRES FOR WELDING ZINC-COATED WORKPIECES

HOBART BROTHERS LLC, Tro...

1. A welding consumable, comprising:a metallic sheath comprising steel surrounding a granular core comprising between 0.4 wt % and approximately 4 wt % zinc, based on the weight of the welding consumable, wherein the zinc is disposed within the granular core of the welding consumable.

US Pat. No. 10,427,249

FLUX-CORED WIRE FOR GAS-SHIELDED ARC WELDING

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

1. A flux-cored wire for gas-shielded arc welding, which has a steel outer sheath filled with a flux, the flux-cored wire comprising, relative to a total mass of the wire:C: 0.01 mass % or more and 0.20 mass % or less;
Mn: 0.5 mass % or more and 5.0 mass % or less;
TiO2: 2.0 mass % or more and 10.0 mass % or less;
P: 0.050 mass % or less;
S: 0.050 mass % or less,
wherein:
the flux comprises:
Ni particles having a particle size of 106 ?m or less;
Ni particles having a particle size of more than 106 ?m; and
from 0.10 mass % or more and 5.00 mass % or less of Ni, relative to the total mass of the wire,
wherein a value of a ratio ?1/?2 is 0.50 or more and 1.00 or less, wherein ?1 (mass %) is a content of the Ni particles having a particle size of 106 ?m or less relative to the total mass of the wire, and ?2 (mass %) is a content of the Ni particles having a particle size of more than 106 ?m relative to the total mass of the wire.

US Pat. No. 10,427,248

CARDBOARD-HANDLING SYSTEM AND METHOD

HIGHCON SYSTEMS LTD., Ya...

1. A cardboard-handling system comprising:a controller;
a rule-die associated to a first drum and a counter die associated to a second drum;
a cardboard-alignmentor on a first side of the rule-die and counter-die;
a synchronized-cardboard transferors; and
a cardboard-fix-relative-position conveyor;
wherein the cardboard-alignmentor aligns and conveys a cardboard together with one or more synchronized-cardboard transferors toward the cardboard-fix-relative-position conveyor that transfers the cardboard toward and through a junction between the rule-die and the counter die to a second side of the rule-die and counter-die, and the controller synchronizes the movement of the cardboard along the cardboard-handling system.

US Pat. No. 10,427,247

ADDITIVE LAYER MANUFACTURING

BAE SYSTEMS plc, London ...

1. A method of forming a metallic component by additive layer manufacturing, the method comprising:using a heat source at a treatment station to apply heat to a portion of a surface of a work piece in situ, the heat being sufficient to melt said portion of the surface, the heat source being movable relative to the work piece;
adding metallic material to the melted portion in situ using a source of metallic material at the treatment station, the source of metallic material being movable relative to the work piece, and moving the heat source relative to the work piece so as to progressively form a layer of metallic material on the work piece;
applying forced gas cooling to the added layer in situ using a cooling source at the treatment station, the application of the forced gas cooling being at the time of deposition of the added layer onto another portion of the surface of the work piece, the cooling source being movable relative to the work piece, and moving the cooling source relative to the work piece so as to bring the added layer to a state of crystallisation;
depositing a sacrificial covering upon the cooled added layer, the depositing being at the time of deposition of the added layer to another portion of the surface of the work piece;
stress relieving the cooled added layer in situ using a pulsed laser treatment on the sacrificial covering at the treatment station, stress relief of the cooled added layer being at the time of deposition of the added layer onto another portion of the surface of the work piece, the pulsed laser treatment being movable relative to the work piece, and moving the pulsed laser treatment relative to the work piece so as to relieve stress in the cooled added layer; and
repeating the using, adding, applying, and stress relieving as required to form the component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,246

INDIRECT SURFACE FINISHING DURING HYBRID MANUFACTURING

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A hybrid manufacturing method, comprising:depositing a secondary material onto a workpiece;
finishing the secondary material to form a finished surface on the secondary material;
depositing a primary material onto the finished surface, subsequent to depositing the secondary material, wherein a surface of the primary material interfaces the finished surface, and the surface of the primary material is complementary to the finished surface; and
removing the secondary material from the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,427,245

PRODUCTION METHOD FOR WELDED STRUCTURE

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method of producing a welded structure comprising the steps of:butt welding two steel sheets by laser welding, and
supplying assist gas to a melt pool surface during said butt welding,
wherein a thickness of at least one steel sheet of said two steel sheets is 0.6 mm or less,
said assist gas is a mixed gas containing 10 to 50 vol % of O2 gas;
when the O2 concentration in said assist gas is C (vol %), a flow rate L of assist gas (liter/min) is
andwhen a welding speed is V (m/min), an average thickness of two steel sheets is “t” (mm), and a spot area of the laser is A (mm2), an output of the laser is

US Pat. No. 10,427,244

CONTROL IN GENERATIVE PRODUCTION

MTU AERO ENGINES AG, Mun...

1. A method for generatively producing components by layer-by-layer building from a powder material by selective material bonding of powder particles by a high-energy beam, wherein an eddy current testing is carried out concurrently with the material bonding, an eddy current measuring arrangement with at least one coil arrangement that comprises at least one transmitter coil and at least one integrated or separate receiver coil and surrounds the high-energy beam being used for the eddy current testing.

US Pat. No. 10,427,243

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A LASER WELD SEAM BETWEEN COMPONENTS BY USE OF A SPHERICAL OR SPHERE-LIKE ELEMENT, AND CORRESPONDING COMPONENT CONNECTION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for producing a weld seam on or at a first component or in a region of the first component, at least one spherical element projecting from the first component, the method comprising the acts of:detecting, via an optoelectronic detection apparatus, a position of the at least one spherical element;
producing position data corresponding to the position of the at least one spherical element after a second component to be welded to the first component is placed on the first component; and
producing a weld seam in a contactless manner via an electronically controlled laser welding device, the laser welding device being arranged at a distance from the first component and the at least one spherical element and being controlled based on, or using, the position data of the spherical element,
wherein the optoelectronic detection apparatus comprises a light source, a sensor apparatus, and an optical unit, the method detecting the position of the at least one spherical element further comprises the act of:
projecting light rays produced by the light source via the optical unit onto a surface of the at least one spherical element, wherein the projected light rays are reflected there and guided to the sensor apparatus via the optical unit.

US Pat. No. 10,427,242

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MONITORING, IN PARTICULAR FOR REGULATING, A CUTTING PROCESS

1. A method for monitoring a cutting process on a workpiece, the method comprising:focusing a high-energy beam onto the workpiece;
capturing an image of a region of the workpiece to be monitored, the region comprising an interaction region of the high-energy beam with the workpiece, the image captured by forming an observation beam for observing the interaction region from an observation direction extending at an angle to the beam axis of the high-energy beam in a convergent beam path between the focusing element and the workpiece;
determining, via a data processor, at least one characteristic variable of a kerf formed during the cutting process on the basis of the captured image of the interaction region;
generating an image of the interaction region from along the observation beam; and
modifying, via a control apparatus, the alignment of the observation direction in a projection into a plane perpendicular to the beam axis in a manner dependent on an advance direction of the cutting process.

US Pat. No. 10,427,240

TIP CHANGER FOR SPOT WELDING MACHINE

OBARA KOREA CORPORATION, ...

1. A tip changer for a spot welding machine comprising:a first rotation body that has an opening capable of accommodating a welding tip and is capable of rotating around the opening;
a second rotation body that is disposed concentrically with the first rotation body and is rotated relative to the first rotation body; and
a plurality of nail pieces that are disposed at equal angular intervals along an imaginary circle of the first a second rotation bodies, are swingably connected to the first rotation body by a first connection mechanism, are swingably connected to the second rotation body by a second connection mechanism on a more radially inner side of the second rotation body than the first connection mechanism, and include contact portions on a more radially inner side of the second rotation body than a second connection mechanism,
wherein at least one of the first connection mechanism and the second connection mechanism is formed to have a clearance, and
wherein while one of the first rotation body and the second rotation body is firstly rotated in one direction or in the opposite direction and then the other of the first rotation body and the second rotation body is secondly rotated in the same direction, disposition angles of the nail pieces in a radial direction of the rotation bodies are changed by the clearance, and thereby the contact portions perform contact and separation operations with respect to the opening,
wherein the first connection mechanism, the second connection mechanism and the contact portions operate as a force point (F), a support point (S) and an application point (A), respectively, and a direction in which the force point (F) moves and a direction in which the application point (A) moves are to be different when the support point (S) is a center so that elastic force of the body of the nail piece can be used at the application point,
wherein the first connection mechanism, the second connection mechanism, and the contact portions are not present on a straight line,
wherein a force at an application point (A) when rotating in one direction and a force at the application point (A) when rotating in the opposite direction is different from each other by disposing a force point (F), a support point (S), and the application point (A) not in straight line but in an angled line, and
wherein when the force point (F) moves in one lateral direction, the application point (A) moves in a center direction, so that the body of the nail piece is easily bent and the bending elastic force can be applied to the application point (A), and when the force point (F) moves in the opposite direction to the one lateral direction, the application point (A) immediately moves on the radial direction, so that the pressing force is quickly eliminated.

US Pat. No. 10,427,239

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRACKING WELD TRAINING ARC PARAMETERS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system comprising:one or more sensors configured to detect data relating to one or more arc parameters for the welding system during a weld performed by the welding system; and
control circuitry configured to:
receive the data corresponding to the one or more arc parameters from the one or more sensors, wherein the one or more arc parameters comprise voltage, amperage, wire feed speed, or a combination thereof;
time synchronize the data corresponding to the one or more arc parameters with data relating to one or more welding parameters over a time period for the weld;
present the data corresponding to the one or more arc parameters graphically over the time period via a user-viewable screen during the weld; and
present the data corresponding to the one or more welding parameters graphically over the time period via the user-viewable screen during the weld;
wherein the control circuitry is configured to calculate a score for the one or more arc parameters, and to present the respective score via the user-viewable screen aligned with a respective graph of data relating to the respective parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,427,237

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL A WELD CURRENT AMPERAGE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method to provide a controlled current to an electrode, comprising:identifying, by circuitry, an amperage parameter of a welding device;
determining, by a voltage set point calculator, a voltage set point based on the amperage parameter and a voltage correction factor;
outputting, by a power converter, weld current based on the amperage parameter and the voltage set point;
comparing, by an arc voltage monitor, a measured voltage corresponding to the weld current to a threshold; and
adjusting, based on the comparison, by an amperage adjuster an amperage of the weld current based on the amperage parameter, the voltage set point, and the measured voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,427,236

BURNER FOR A WELDING APPARATUS

FRONIUS INTERNATIONAL Gmb...

1. A welding method using a non-melting electrode and a welding wire as the filler material for igniting a primary arc between the non-melting electrode of a burner of a welding apparatus and a workpiece, the method comprising:establishing a short circuit between a tip of the welding wire and the workpiece;
supplying the non-melting electrode with a welding current for maintaining the primary arc;
adjusting an igniting current in the welding wire;
lifting the welding wire away from the workpiece to ignite an igniting arc between the workpiece and the tip of the welding wire lifted from the workpiece; and
igniting, via the igniting arc, the primary arc in a region ionized by the igniting arc between the non-melting electrode and the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,427,233

WIRE ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE MACHINE AND WIRE ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE MACHINING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A wire electrical discharge machine, comprising:a mounting table having a placement plane on which a workpiece is to be placed, wherein a three-axis coordinate system is defined by (i) an XY-plane coinciding with the placement plane and (ii) a normal direction of the placement plane;
a first guide portion and second guide portion configured to support and stretch a wire electrode therebetween, wherein the workpiece is subjected to electrical discharge machining under a condition where a relative position between the first guide portion and the second guide portion is changed so as to align an inclination of the wire electrode with a tilt of the workpiece relative to the placement plane;
a probe configured to be movable integrally with the first guide portion and detect abutment against the workpiece placed on the mounting table;
an offset storage configured to store, as an offset, a relative position in the XY-plane between the first guide portion and the probe that is in a detected position of abutment against the workpiece before the relative position between the first guide portion and the second guide portion is changed; and
a controller including a processor and a memory, the controller configured to
acquire tilt information representing a tilt state of the workpiece with respect to the placement plane, and
correct the offset stored in the offset storage based on the acquired tilt information to obtain an offset corresponding to the tilt state of the workpiece after the relative position between the first guide portion and the second guide portion is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,232

WIRE ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE MACHINE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A wire electrical discharge machine for performing electrical discharge machining on a workpiece to be machined in a working fluid of deionized water, comprising:a filter configured to remove machined swarf produced by electrical discharge machining from the working fluid;
a heating device configured to heat the working fluid stored inside the filter, wherein the heating device is configured to heat the working fluid up to, at least, a predetermined temperature at which magnesium contained in the machined swarf in the working fluid changes to magnesium hydroxide;
a storage tank configured to accommodate the filter;
a work tank configured to store the working fluid to perform electrical discharge machining;
a dirty fluid tank configured to temporarily store the working fluid containing the machined swarf discharged from the work tank; and
a duct configured to connect the dirty fluid tank and the filter in order to flow the working fluid from the dirty fluid tank to the filter,
wherein the heating device is configured to heat the working fluid stored in the storage tank,
the heating device is configured to further heat the working fluid in the duct.

US Pat. No. 10,427,231

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER

FANUC Corporation, Minam...

1. A numerical controller providing machining for a workpiece by controlling a wire electric discharge machining device, the wire electric discharge machining device having an XY axis adapted to control the workpiece relatively with respect to a wire electrode in a horizontal direction and a UV axis adapted to control at least either one of an upper wire guide and a lower wire guide in the horizontal direction, the numerical controller comprising including a memory and a central processing unit (CPU), the CPU configured to perform a method:perpendicularly orientating the wire electrode to the workpiece by controlling at least either one of the XY axis and the UV axis;
parallel orientating the wire electrode with a direction in which a machining start hole extends, the wire electrode being inserted into and extending through at least one machining start hole provided in and perpendicular to the workpiece by controlling the at least either one of the XY axis and the UV axis;
calculating an inclination of the workpiece with respect to the XY axis on the basis of a position of the UV axis in response to the wire electrode being made to be perpendicular to the workpiece;
calculating a diameter of the machining start hole by controlling the XY axis and detecting a short-circuit state between the wire electrode and an inner wall of the machining start hole;
calculating a location of a center of an upper portion of the machining start hole by controlling a relative position of the upper wire guide relative to the workpiece and detecting the short-circuit state between the wire electrode inserted into and extending through the machining start hole and the inner wall of the machining start hole;
calculating a location of a center of a lower portion of the machining start hole by controlling a relative position of the lower wire guide relative to the workpiece and detecting the short-circuit state between the wire electrode inserted into and extending through the machining start hole and the inner wall of the machining start hole;
calculating an amount of correction of the upper wire guide with respect to the workpiece on a surface of the upper wire guide; and
calculating an amount of correction of the lower wire guide with respect to the work piece on a surface of the lower wire guide on the basis of the calculated inclination of the workpiece, the calculated diameter of the machining start hole, the calculated location of the center of the upper portion of the machining start hole, and the calculated location of the center of the lower portion of the machining start hole.

US Pat. No. 10,427,230

DUAL INTERFACE FOR OSCILLATING BLADES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A blade for oscillating tools comprising:lateral edges;
a mounting portion that includes a first mounting configuration that defines a first center and a second mounting configuration that defines a second center, wherein:
the first and second mounting configurations are configured to mount the blade to different respective power tools for driving a same working edge;
the first center is spaced a distance away from the second center in a first direction that is orthogonal to a second direction in which the working edge extends or in which a tangent of a center of curvature of the working edge extends;
each of the first and second mounting configurations includes a respective plurality of peripheral apertures arranged around the respective center of the respective mounting configuration; and
the first and second mounting configurations overlap so that one or both of the following:
(a) each of the first and second mounting configurations includes a respective central aperture, (b) for each of the first and second mounting configurations, the respective plurality of peripheral apertures of the respective mounting configuration is arranged around a perimeter of the respective central aperture of the respective mounting configuration, (c) each of the peripheral apertures defines a respective shape that has a respective exterior edge and a respective interior area of the respective aperture that is interior of the respective exterior edge of the shape defined by the respective aperture, (d) one of the plurality of peripheral apertures of the first mounting configuration overlaps one of the peripheral apertures of the second mounting configuration so that the overlapping peripheral apertures have within them a shared interior area that is part of the respective interior areas of each of the overlapping apertures, and (e) the overlapping peripheral apertures of the first and second mounting configurations each has, extending along a surface of the blade, a respective length and a respective width that is a different size than the respective width; and
the first and second mounting configurations define a common central aperture, the first mounting configuration includes a first edge that is curved and defines the first center within the common central aperture, continual 360° projection of the first curved edge defines an interior of the first mounting configuration that is circumscribed by the projection of the first curved edge, the second mounting configuration includes second and third edges, that are opposite each other and that, by projection of a projected 360° curved edge overlapping with and connecting the second and third edges, define the second center within the common central aperture, the projected 360° curved edge of the second mounting configuration defines an interior of the second mounting configuration that is circumscribed by the projected 360° curved edge of the second mounting configuration, the common central aperture includes a region that is both within the interior defined by the continual 360° projection of the first curved edge and within the interior defined by the projected 360° curved edge of the second mounting configuration, the respective plurality of peripheral apertures of the second mounting configuration are arranged equidistantly around the second center, and the first and second centers are offset from each other; and
the working edge.

US Pat. No. 10,427,229

TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A tool configured to be fastened to a hand-held power tool, the tool comprising:a saw blade composed of a bimetallic strip, the saw blade including:
at least one main body; and
at least one working part connected integrally to the at least one main body along a straight connecting edge, the at least one working part having at least one working edge having a set of saw teeth; and
a fastening part to which the saw blade is connected in an overlapping manner,
wherein the bimetallic strip comprises two different metal or metal alloy materials that are materially bonded together along the straight connecting edge,
wherein the bimetallic strip comprises the at least one main body and the at least one working part,
wherein the at least one working edge is shaped as a plurality of polygon segments including a first polygon segment, which is arranged substantially parallel to the straight connecting edge, and a second polygon segment and a third polygon segment, each of which is angled relative to the first polygon segment,
wherein each of the first, second, and third polygon segments includes two end points,
wherein each of the first, second, and third polygon segments includes at least three tooth tips,
wherein the end points of the first, second, and third polygon segments are located on a circular path having a radius about an axis of rotation of the tool, and
wherein the fastening part includes a form closure mechanism configured to transmit torque from the hand-held power tool and to define a rotary position of the saw blade relative to the hand-held power tool.

US Pat. No. 10,427,228

DYNAMIC SAW LUBRICATION SYSTEM

Precision Automation, Inc...

1. An up-cut saw comprising:an arbor defining a rotation axis;
a saw blade mounted to the arbor;
a motor configured to spin the saw blade about the rotation axis, to cut a workpiece;
a lubrication nozzle configured to lubricate a periphery of the saw blade, the lubrication nozzle being coupled to a sliding bearing defining a first path; and
a mechanical linkage having a first end coupled to the lubrication nozzle and a second end coupled to a traveling arm carrying the saw blade, wherein the traveling arm is movable along a second path transverse to the first path;
wherein the mechanical linkage includes a rigid link having a first pivoting joint coupled to the lubrication nozzle and a second pivoting joint coupled to the traveling arm, and wherein the second pivoting joint and the arbor are coaxial with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,427,225

TANGENTIALLY MOUNTED INDEXABLE CUTTING INSERT WITH SEGMENTED CUTTING EDGE AND TRIANGULAR-SHAPED MARGIN

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:two opposing end surfaces, two opposing minor side surfaces extending between the two opposing end surfaces, two opposing major side surfaces extending between the end surfaces and the minor side surfaces, each end surface having four corners comprising two lowered corners and two raised corners, the two lowered corners being diagonally opposite each other, the two raised corners being diagonally opposite each other;
two opposing major edges formed at an intersection of each end surface and the major side surfaces;
a major cutting edge formed at an intersection of each major edge and the end surface, wherein a first section of the major cutting edge proximate the raised corner defines a leading end of the major cutting edge, and wherein a second section of the major cutting edge proximate the lowered corner defines a trailing end of the major cutting edge; and
a margin extending only along the leading end of the major cutting edge, thereby segmenting the major cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,427,224

DRILL AND DRILL INSERT WITH CHIPBREAKER PROTRUSIONS

PRAMET TOOLS, S.R.O., Su...

1. A drill comprising:a drill body including a shank end and a tip end, at least two flutes extending from the tip end toward the shank end, and an insert-receiving pocket disposed at the tip end of each flute, a peripheral one of the pockets being disposed closer to a radial periphery of the drill body than to a central axis of the drill body and a central one of the pockets being disposed closer to the central axis of the drill body than to the radial periphery of the drill body;
a peripheral insert disposed in the peripheral pocket, the peripheral insert having a radial cutting edge extending generally in a direction of a radius of the drill body; and
a central insert disposed in the central pocket, the central insert having a radial cutting edge extending generally in a direction of the radius of the drill body, wherein the peripheral insert includes a rake face including a plurality of chipbreaker protrusions and a central chipbreaker protrusion, disposed relative to the radial cutting edge inwardly of the plurality of chipbreaker protrusions, including a first angle measured between a line tangent to forward ends of the plurality of chipbreaker protrusions and the central axis of the drill body extending toward the shank end forming an acute angle with an associated cutting edge, wherein the radial cutting edge of the peripheral insert is substantially straight when the insert is viewed along a central axis of the insert, and the line tangent to the forward ends of the plurality of chipbreaker protrusions define a non-zero angle with the radial cutting edge of the peripheral insert.

US Pat. No. 10,427,223

DEVICE FOR OPENING CONNECTION TO LINED PIPE

Picote Solutions Inc., S...

1. A device having a drill head for opening a connection to a lined pipe, the drill head being rotatable about a rotation axis, comprising:four step-wise tapered cutting edges disposed at a front end of the device for puncturing and enlarging a hole in a liner,
each of the four step-wise tapered cutting edges having multiple cutting edges parallel to the rotation axis and multiple cutting edges perpendicular to the rotation axis; and
spacers being disposed between the four step-wise tapered cutting edges of the drill head for reducing cutting depth of the cutters.

US Pat. No. 10,427,221

DUAL STAGE ROTARY WORKHOLDING CHUCK

Hammill Manufacturing Com...

1. A dual stage rotary gripping chuck comprising:a machine adapter having a centrally disposed actuator movable by a drawbar adapter;
a sun gear engaging said actuator, said sun gear coupled to said machine adapter by a bearing support race positioned by a plurality of biasing springs;
a body positioned over said machine adapter having a plurality of apertures;
a clamp post extending through each said aperture, each said clamp post having an upper end and a lower end;
a planetary gear secured to the lower end of each said clamp post for engaging said sun gear; and
an offset clamp arm having a proximal end secured to the upper end of each said clamp post and a distal end extending outwardly therefrom;
wherein said distal end of said offset clamp arm is adjustable to engage workpieces ranging from a small diameter, less than the diameter of the actuator, to a large diameter greater than the diameter of the chuck body.

US Pat. No. 10,427,220

NANOPARTICLE PRODUCTION METHOD, PRODUCTION DEVICE AND AUTOMATIC PRODUCTION DEVICE

APPLIED NANOPARTICLE LABO...

1. An nanoparticle production apparatus comprising; a reaction tube configured to be filled with a solvent and configured to be filled with an ingredient liquid for production of a nanoparticle, the ingredient liquid comprising a mixture of an ingredient material and said solvent; a temperature control unit controlling a temperature of said ingredient liquid in said reaction tube at a synthesis temperature of said nanoparticle; an inflow end of said reaction tube supplying said ingredient liquid; a rotor configured to generate a spiral flow along an inner surface of said reaction tube while said ingredient liquid supplied is mixed with said solvent of said reaction tube or while said ingredient liquid is stirred; and an outflow end of said reaction tube emitting a generation liquid including nanoparticles while forming said nanoparticles from said ingredient liquid in said spiral flow,wherein a rotating shaft is disposed at a central position of said reaction tube, separators fixed to the rotating shaft are disposed at an interval between each other, a partition is formed between adjacent separators or between one of said separators and a tube end of said reaction tube, said rotor is fixed to said rotating shaft in said partition, and an annular opening portion is formed between an outer circumferential edge of said separator and said inner surface of said reaction tube, where an annular spiral flow streams through said partition because said spiral flow passes through said annular opening portion, so that said nanoparticle is formed in said annular spiral flow,and in a top plate portion of said separator, one or more gas-emission holes are opened, so that a generation gas occurring in said partition passes upward through said one or more gas-emission holes.

US Pat. No. 10,427,219

APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUSLY CUTOFF MACHINING SINTERED MAGNET BLOCKS

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A cutting apparatus for continuously cutoff machining a series of sintered magnet blocks each into a multiplicity of magnet pieces of desired shape and/or size, comprisinga guide rail including a carrier path channeled in its upper surface for receiving and guiding a series of magnet blocks, and a cutoff section at a predetermined position, the guide rail being provided with a plurality of slits,
a means for continuously extruding the magnet blocks to the guide rail,
a holder plate disposed on the cutoff section of the guide rail for holding from above the magnet blocks which are moved forward along the guide rail, the holder plate being provided with a plurality of slits, and
a plurality of OD blades having a cutting edge at their circumference, the OD blades being adapted to rotate about an axis extending perpendicular to the forward movement direction while the cutting edge is extended through the slit in the holder plate, across the carrier path and into the slit in the guide rail, wherein
said extruding means operates to continuously extrude a plurality of magnet blocks, to arrange them in the carrier path of the guide rail and to move them forward under a predetermined pressure at a predetermined speed, so that a cascade of magnet blocks are arranged and moved forward in the carrier path,
when one magnet block is moved past the cutoff section, the OD blades cut the magnet block into a multiplicity of magnet pieces of desired shape and/or size while the holder plate holds the block in place, the multiplicity of magnet pieces are recovered from the guide rail downstream of the cutoff section.

US Pat. No. 10,427,218

POWDER BED FUSION APPARATUS

ASPECT INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A powder bed fusion apparatus, comprising:an energy beam emitting section for outputting an energy beam;
a thin layer forming section for forming a thin layer of a powder material;
preliminary heating means for pre-heating the thin layer of the powder material,whereinthe thin layer forming section includes:
a first container housing the powder material;
a second container housing the powder material;
a third container which is placed between the first container and the second container, and on which a thin layer of the powder material is formed; and
a carrying member which moves between the first container, the third container, and the second container, and carries the powder material,
control means for controlling modeling, wherein
the control means performs:
forming a thin layer of the powder material, in which the carrying member is moved to carry out the powder material from the first container and then carry the powder material into the third container;
pre-heating the thin layer of the powder material; and
forming a first subsequently solidified layer based on slice data, in which irradiation of the energy beam is started from the central region of the thin layer, and sequentially moved to a peripheral region of the thin layer,
on the other hand, during the forming the first subsequently solidified layer after the forming the thin layer of the powder material, the control means performs:
moving the carrying member to house the powder material which is residual after the forming the thin layer of the powder material into the second container, and then carry out the powder material from the second container and further carry the powder material to the front of the third container,
wherein the preliminary heating means includes heaters,
each of which is located in each partition wall of the first container, the second container, and the third container.

US Pat. No. 10,427,217

SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING DEVICE WITH EMBEDDED FLUID CONDUITS

VARIAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUI...

1. A method comprising:forming a conduit embedded between an interior surface and an exterior surface of a sidewall of a tubular component of an ion source using an additive manufacturing process, wherein the additive manufacturing process includes forming the conduit and the component simultaneously by depositing a series of horizontal layers of a material stacked into a desired configuration of the component, wherein the conduit includes a set of raised features formed on an inner surface of the conduit, and wherein the conduit has a pentagonal cross-section defined by a bottom surface, a set of sidewalls, and a substantially triangular-shaped top portion; and
connecting the conduit with an inlet and outlet located within a base section of the tubular component, wherein the inlet, the outlet, and the conduit operate to deliver a cooling fluid through the tubular component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,216

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID PHASE SINTERED ALUMINUM ALLOY MEMBER, AND LIQUID PHASE SINTERED ALUMINUM ALLOY MEMBER

Sumitomo Electric Sintere...

1. A method for producing a liquid phase sintered aluminum alloy member, comprising:a compacting process of compacting a raw material powder containing an aluminum alloy powder containing at least one element selected from Si, Mg, Cu, and Zn, with the balance being Al and unavoidable impurities to form a green compact;
a sintering process of subjecting the green compact to liquid phase sintering to give a sintered body;
a softening and straightening process consisting of a heat treatment after the sintering process, a water quenching after the heat treatment and sizing after the water quenching, wherein the heat treatment having a temperature of more than 480° C. or more and 510° C. or less and a holding time of 1 hour or more and 1.2 hours or less, and the water quenching is performed at a cooling rate of 100° C./s or more;
and
an aging process of subjecting the straightened material to a heat treatment to give an aged material in which precipitates are formed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,214

WATER-COOLED CENTRIFUGAL PIPE CASTING MACHINE

Shenyang Yate Industrial ...

6. A water-cooled centrifugal pipe casting machine, comprising:a sector ladle tilting system,
a pouring runner,
a pipe mold, and
a pipe removing device, each of which are connected successively,
wherein the pipe mold is provided to a travel system, and rotation of the pipe mold is controlled by a pipe mold rotating system,
the sector ladle tilting system comprises a sector ladle, a sector ladle driving mechanism, a servo motor, and a ladle tilting reducer,
wherein the servo motor is connected to the ladle tilting reducer, an output end of the ladle tilting reducer is connected to one end of the sector ladle driving mechanism, and an opposite end of the sector ladle driving mechanism is connected to the sector ladle,
wherein the travel system comprises:
a travel trolley,
a travel base, and
a travel driving system,
wherein the travel driving system is provided on the travel base, the travel trolley is provided on the travel driving system, and movement of the travel trolley is controlled by the travel driving system,
wherein the travel driving system comprises:
a rack,
a gear,
a coupling, and
a power device,
wherein the power device is connected to an input end of the coupling, an output end of the coupling is connected to the gear, the gear is engaged with the rack, the rack is connected to a trolley body of the travel trolley, and the gear is provided on the travel base.

US Pat. No. 10,427,213

TURBINE BLADE WITH SECTIONED PINS AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbine blade, comprising:a pressure surface and a suction surface connected to define an interior through which coolant is passable; and
a first pedestal array and a second pedestal array, each of the first and second pedestal arrays including pedestals respectively coupled to radially outboard portions of respective interior faces of one of the pressure and suction surfaces,
the pedestals of the first pedestal array being separated from and directly opposed to pedestals of the second pedestal array by gaps respectively defined therebetween; and
wherein the gaps are respectively defined on one side of a camber line of the turbine blade.

US Pat. No. 10,427,211

FORMING METHOD OF FORGING OF 718 PLUS ALLOY

1. A forming method of an annular forging of 718 Plus alloy, by performing treatment on a cylindrical blank of the 718 Plus alloy and is characterized in that:(I) composing a first blanket (2) by a ceramic fiber with a thickness of 10 mm-15 mm and a high-temperature binder powder which is uniformly scattered on the ceramic fiber in a thickness of 1-2 mm, wherein a melting temperature of the high-temperature binder powder is 850-900° C., wrapping a cylindrical surface of a blank (1) of the 718 Plus alloy with the first blanket (2) enable the first blanket (2) scattered with the high-temperature binder powder to be in close fit with the cylindrical surface of the blank (1), further fixing the first blanket (2) with the cylindrical surface of the blank (1), then heating to 1000-1100° C., then stopping heating, immediately performing upsetting and punching treatment on the blank (1), wherein a punching diameter should not be more than ? of an outer diameter of the blank (1) after upsetting, and natural cooling the blank (1) to room temperature after the treatment to enable the first blanket (2) wrapped on the blank (1) to peel off;
(II) composing second blankets (3) by placing the ceramic fiber with the thickness of 10 mm-15 mm on an iron sheets with a thickness of 1 mm-1.5 mm and uniformly scattering the high-temperature binder powder with the thickness of 1-2 mm on the ceramic fiber, wherein the melting temperature of the high-temperature binder powder is 850-900° C., respectively wrapping an outer surface and a punched inner surface of the blank (1) after treatment in the step (I) with the second blankets (3) to enable the second blankets (3) scattered with the high-temperature binder powder to be in close fit with the outer surface and the punched inner surface of the blank (1) respectively, respectively fixing the second blankets (3) on the outer surface and the punched inner surface of the blank (1), further heating to 1000-1060° C., then stopping heating, immediately performing blank holder reaming on the blank (1), and natural cooling the blank (1) to room temperature after the end of treatment to enable the second blankets (3) wrapped on the blank (1) to peel off;
(III) respectively wrapping the outer surface and a reamed inner surface of the blank after treatment in the step (II) with the second blankets (3) to enable the second blankets (3) scattered with the high-temperature binder powder to be in close fit with the outer surface and the reamed inner surface of the blank (1) respectively, respectively fixing the second blankets (3) on the outer surface and the reamed inner surface of the blank (1), further heating to 985-1038° C., then stopping heating, immediately rolling the blank (1) to obtain a final product, and natural cooling the blank (1) to room temperature after the treatment to enable the second blankets (3) wrapped on the blank (1) to peel off;
wherein in the step (II) and the step (III), after the second blankets (2) wrapped on the outer surface and the punched or the reamed inner surface of the blank (1) respectively wrap the outer surface and the punched or the reamed inner surface of the blank (1), the second blankets (3) are respectively fixed on the outer surface and the punched or the reamed inner surface of the blank (1) at joints of the iron sheet on two lapped edges of the second blankets (3) by spot welding.

US Pat. No. 10,427,210

BARREL TANK SEAM WELDER SYSTEM

Taylor-Winfield Technolog...

1. A welding apparatus for forming and welding a geometric profile shape from an associated sheet material comprising:a positioning assembly including a base member and a frame that is operable to receive the associated sheet material, configure the associated sheet material in a predetermined orientation and translate the associated sheet material along a process direction;
a guide member attached to the base member that is configured to guide a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge of the associated sheet material into adjacent overlapping alignment along the process direction; and
a welding assembly for welding a seam between the first longitudinal edge and the second longitudinal edge of the associated sheet material;
wherein the guide member includes a first channel configured for receiving the first longitudinal edge of the associated sheet material and a second channel configured for receiving the second longitudinal edge of the associated sheet material, the first channel and second channel each having respective surfaces against which the first and second longitudinal edges of the associated sheet material are adapted to abut to determine an amount of overlap of the first and second longitudinal edges;
wherein a position of at least one of the respective surfaces of the first or second channel is adjustable to adjust the amount of overlap of the first and second longitudinal edges of the associated sheet material; and
wherein the guide member further comprises at least one actuator for displacing at least one of the respective surfaces of the first or second channel of the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,209

STEAM CUSHION FORMING

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of forming a part from a blank, the method comprising:positioning the blank within a forming die, wherein:
the forming die includes a first half and a second half;
the second half includes an exterior surface and a cavity;
the cavity has a shape, an inside wall and defines an opening through the exterior surface to receive the first half; and
the blank is positioned against the exterior surface and covers the opening;
introducing water between the blank and the forming die through the inside wall of the cavity, wherein the water is introduced at:
a first location on the inside wall adjacent the exterior surface; and
a second location on the inside wall distant from the exterior surface;
heating the water to form steam between the blank and the forming die; and
shaping the blank into the shape of the cavity within the second half of the forming die to form the part while the steam is disposed between the blank and the forming die, such that the steam forms a cushion between the blank and the forming die to reduce friction therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,427,208

WIRE BENDER

Pensa Labs, Inc., Brookl...

1. A device for bending wire, comprising:a housing have a top plate, wherein the top plate includes a curved slot;
a first pair of opposing wheels positioned over the top plate for feeding wire;
a bend head that includes:
an aperture configured to pass the wire fed from the first pair of opposing wheels, and
first and second bend surfaces positioned adjacent to the curved slot and the aperture;
a cam member disposed below the top plate, wherein the cam member includes:
a first vertically sloping cam surface, and
a second vertically sloping cam surface;
a rotatable pulley disposed between the cam member and the top plate, and comprising first and second holes;
a first pin having a first end slidably engaged with the first cam surface, a middle portion extending through the first hole, and a second end;
a second pin having a first end slidably engaged with the second cam surface, a middle portion extending through the second hole, and a second end;
a motor for rotating the pulley in opposing first and second rotational directions;
wherein the pulley rotating in the first rotational direction causes the first pin first end to slide along the first cam surface so that the first pin second end rises vertically through the curved slot and then travels along the curved slot for engaging with and bending the wire passing through the aperture against the first bend surface; and
wherein the pulley rotating in the second rotational direction causes the second pin first end to slide along the second cam surface so that second pin second end rises vertically through the curved slot and then travels along the curved slot for engaging with and bending the wire passing through the aperture against the second bend surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,207

ACTIVATION ASSEMBLY FOR A PRESS APPARATUS

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER, ...

1. A press apparatus comprising:a press assembly including a plurality of dies, the plurality of dies defining a center opening for receiving a work piece, the center opening defining a central longitudinal axis; and
an activation assembly adapted to actuate the press assembly, the activation assembly including a first switch and a second switch, the second switch includes a capacitive touch surface that faces in a direction toward the central longitudinal axis of the press assembly;
wherein the plurality of dies defines a plane that extends through the plurality of dies and is perpendicular to the central longitudinal axis, the plane separating the press assembly into a first region and an oppositely disposed second region, the first switch being disposed in the first region of the press assembly and the second switch being disposed in the second region of the press assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,427,206

STAMPING GROOVE FOR TARGET WHEEL

1. A method of forming a target wheel for a camshaft phaser assembly, the method comprising:(i) providing a sheet metal body;
(ii) stamping the sheet metal body to form at least one sensor tab along a radially outer edge of the sheet metal body, the at least one sensor tab including a medial flange positioned between first and second axially extending edges,
the at least one sensor tab including:
at least one inner corner defined between the medial flange and at least one of the first axially extending edge or the second axially extending edge, and
at least one outer corner defined between the medial flange and at least one of the first axially extending edge or the second axially extending edge, and
(iii) forming a groove in the at least one inner corner.

US Pat. No. 10,427,205

HEADING MACHINE FOR FORMING A HEAD OF A LACE

Kae Sheng Industrial Co.,...

1. A heading machine comprising:a base unit (1);
a delivery unit (2) arranged on the base unit;
two holding units (3) arranged on the base unit;
a drive unit (4) arranged on the base unit;
a cutting unit (5) arranged on the delivery unit;
a computer control unit (6) arranged on the base unit; and
a power supply (7) electrically coupled to the drive unit, the cutting unit and the computer control unit to provide an electric power;
wherein:
the base unit includes a track device (11) arranged transversely on an upper end of the base unit, and an adjusting frame (12) arranged on a side of the base unit;
the delivery unit delivers a lace (8) which is wound around the adjusting frame which adjusts a tension of the lace;
the two holding units are movable transversely on the track device of the base unit to pull the lace that is delivered from the delivery unit;
the lace is clamped and disposed at clamped state by the two holding units;
each of the two holding units has a holding portion (31) for holding the lace;
the drive unit is arranged on the track device of the base unit and drives the two holding units;
the cutting unit cuts the lace that is stretched from the delivery unit and forms a fray check on a rear end of the lace that has been cut, to prevent the lace from being dispersed due to fray;
the cutting unit cuts the lace and forms a head on the lace; and
the computer control unit is electrically coupled to the drive unit to control operation of the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,427,203

TRANSFER PRESS SPLIT IDLE STATION LOCKING MECHANISM

14. A method of operating an idle station for a transfer press assembly, the method comprising:arranging the idle station to be adjustable between a support configuration and a split configuration by having a track assembly and a drive assembly comprising a plurality of base assembly sections that are movable between the support configuration and the split configuration;
placing at least one workpiece mounting bracket on a corresponding one of the base assembly sections such that a pin that extends in a substantially vertical downward direction from the mounting bracket is received into a vertical channel that extends into the corresponding one of the base assembly sections; and
moving the base assembly sections toward one another along the track assembly such that a locking mechanism engages to secure the mounting bracket to the corresponding one of the base assembly sections solely by such moving; the locking mechanism comprising:
a stationary rod secured to the track assembly and defining an elongate dimension that is substantially parallel with the direction of movement of the base assembly sections along the track assembly such that the elongate dimension of the rod and a horizontal channel that extends at least far enough through the corresponding one of the base assembly sections to define a common volumetric space by its intersection with the vertical channel, and
a notch formed within the pin, wherein the pin and rod are sized such that as a result of such moving the base assembly sections toward one another, a portion of the rod extends into the volumetric space that is occupied by the notch to form an interference fit between the rod and the notch.

US Pat. No. 10,427,202

COUPLING SYSTEM

LUDWIG ERNHARDT GMBH, La...

1. A coupling system comprising:a) a coupling device,
b) a counter-coupling device selectively coupled to the coupling device, and
c) a locking device included in the coupling device and the counter-coupling device, the locking device configured to lock the coupling device to the counter-coupling device in a locking state and unlocks the coupling device and the counter-coupling device in an unlocking state,
d) wherein the locking device unlocks and locks solely based on a relative motion of the coupling device and of the counter-coupling device without an external drive, the relative motion including bringing the coupling device and the counter-coupling device together to automatically lock the coupling device to the counter-coupling device, and placing the locked coupling system in contact with an external surface to automatically unlock the coupling device from the counter-coupling device,
e) the coupling system is configured for use with a machine,
f) the coupling device is configured to be arranged on a first machine component of the machine,
g) the counter-coupling device is configured to be arranged on a second machine component of the machine,
h) the first machine component is a positioning mechanism, and
i) the second machine component is a gripper rail.

US Pat. No. 10,427,201

HANDHELD PRESSING DEVICE

1. A handheld pressing device for joining two work pieces by pressing, comprising:a pressing tool with a plurality of pressing jaws;
a converting device connected to the pressing tool and driven by an electric motor;
at least one data capturing element comprising a camera, the camera oriented such that the camera captures the pressing tool and a gap between the plurality of pressing jaws; and
an external evaluation device connected to the at least one data capturing element and configured to evaluate a quality of a pressing procedure based at least partly on the gap between the plurality of pressing jaws;
wherein the electric motor and the converting device are at least partially enclosed by a housing.

US Pat. No. 10,427,200

MOLD FIXING STRUCTURE

DAIDO STEEL CO., LTD., N...

1. A method of fixing a mold to a mold mounting surface, the method comprising:sliding the mold onto a mold supporting body comprising:
a shaft protruding from the mold mounting surface;
a flange formed on the shaft; and
a bearing formed on the shaft on a side of the flange that is opposite the mold mounting surface and supporting the mold, the mold being slid onto the mold supporting body so as to insert the flange and bearing into a groove in the mold; and
reducing a distance by which the shaft protrudes from the mold mounting surface so that the flange forces a wall surface of the groove in a direction toward the mold mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,199

METHOD OF FORMING A TRAILER HITCH RECEIVER TUBE

Jefferson Metal Products,...

1. A method of manufacturing a trailer hitch receiver tube with an integral reinforcing collar comprising the steps of:i) providing a two piece die having an interior shape and dimensions conforming to a shape and dimensions of a selected trailer hitch receiver tube, the two pieces of said die being a right half and a left half, each of said right and left halves of said die being provided with means to forcefully move said die from an open position to a closed position around a workpiece, said die, around an upper edge thereof being provided with a relief cavity around the upper edge of each of its right and left halves having a shape of a reinforcement collar;
ii) providing a base mandrel between said right and left halves of said die, said base mandrel having a size and shape conforming to a size and shape of an interior of said trailer hitch receiver tube, said base mandrel having a longitudinal height less than said die
iii) positioning said trailer hitch receiver tube on said base mandrel, said trailer hitch receiver tube having a longitudinal height greater than said die halves;
iv) closing said die halves forcefully against said trailer hitch receiver tube;
v) providing a forming mandrel above said trailer hitch receiver tube, said forming mandrel having a longitudinal portion that conforms in shape to the interior of a said trailer hitch receiver tube, and a lateral, forming portion for bearing against an upper edge of said trailer hitch receiver tube to form an upper portion of said trailer hitch receiver tube into a reinforcing collar by deforming the upper end of said trailer hitch receiver tube into said relief cavity, and forcefully striking the upper edge of said trailer hitch receiver tube with the forming portion of said forming mandrel, to form said collar, wherein the longitudinal portion of said forming mandrel closely approaches an upper surface of said base mandrel after said collar is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,198

DEVICE FOR BENDING A THREAD-LIKE MATERIAL

CRIPPA S.p.A., Arosio (C...

1. A device for bending a tube, along the longitudinal axis (X) of said tube, comprising:a bend forming member centered for rotation about a bending axis (Z) and perpendicular to a bending plane, having a groove on its periphery terminating at an indentation cut in said bend forming member; and
at least a first pair of clamping jaws and a second pair of clamping jaws hooked to a rotary device having an axis of rotation parallel to the bending axis (Z) and secured to a bending arm;
wherein the first pair of clamping jaws and the second pair of clamping jaws lay in a plane parallel to the bending plane and orthogonal to the bending axis (Z).

US Pat. No. 10,427,197

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING AN ANNULAR PART

ROHR, INC, Chula Vista, ...

1. An apparatus for forming an annular part, comprising:a punch having a forming end with an external surface shaped to correspond to the shape of the annular part;
clamping means for clamping a large diameter end of a preform;
gripping means for adjustably gripping a small diameter end of the preform; and
actuation means for facilitating relative coaxial linear movement only between the punch, the clamping means and the gripping means parallel to a centerline or carriage;
wherein the gripping means comprises a preform holder formed for operable engagement with a die, the preform holder has an external surface which is generally conical or frusto-conical, a taper angle of the external surface of the preform holder is configured to match a taper angle of the internal surface of the die and wherein the die has an internal surface having a generally conical or frusto-conical shape, the die having an external surface configured to match the internal surface of the punch with a slight clearance for the preform.

US Pat. No. 10,427,196

JOURNAL RECEPTACLE FOR A WOBBLER CONNECTION AND ROLL DRIVE TRAIN COMPRISING SUCH A JOURNAL RECEPTACLE

Voith Patent GmbH, Heide...

1. A journal receptacle for a wobbler connection, the journal receptacle comprising:a wobbler hub formed with a receiving opening, extending in an axial direction of said wobbler hub, and configured for receiving a roll journal in a positive-locking engagement; wherein
said receiving opening having an inner surface, extending in the axial direction and circumferentially, said inner surface including at least one torque transmission surface;
at least one wearing plate disposed on, and in contact with, said torque transmission surface for contacting and engaging with the roll journal when the roll journal is inserted in said receiving opening; and
at least one clamping piece mounting said at least one wearing plate in a positive-locking engagement on said torque transmission surface, said at least one clamping piece extending in the axial direction on said torque transmission surface and being connected to said torque transmission surface by at least one connecting device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,194

MICROWAVE-ENABLED THERMAL REMEDIATION OF ORGANIC CHEMICAL CONTAMINATED SOILS USING DIELECTRIC NANOMATERIALS AS ADDITIVES

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A soil remediation method for treating contaminated soil, the method comprising:providing the contaminated soil to a conveyor belt proximate a microwave radiation source;
combining a dielectric carbonaceous nanomaterial with the contaminated soil to yield a composite contaminated soil, wherein the conveyor belt is fabricated to contain the dielectric carbonaceous nanomaterial, such that combining the dielectric carbonaceous nanomaterial with the contaminated soil comprises contacting the contaminated soil with the conveyor belt; and
irradiating the composite contaminated soil with microwave radiation to yield a remediated soil, wherein irradiating the composite contaminated soil with the microwave radiation occurs when the composite contaminated soil is on the conveyor belt, the composite contaminated soil comprises at least 1 wt % of the dielectric carbonaceous material, and the microwave radiation provides an energy input of at least 2.5 kWh per kilogram of the composite contaminated soil.

US Pat. No. 10,427,192

METHOD TO RECYCLE PLASTICS, ELECTRONICS, MUNITIONS OR PROPELLANTS USING A METAL REACTANT ALLOY COMPOSITION

1. A method of recycling plastics, electronics, munitions or propellants, the method comprising:mixing a feed stock with molten aluminum;
injecting the molten aluminum and feed stock mixture into a reaction vessel containing further molten aluminum, wherein the injection occurs below the surface of the molten aluminum in the reaction vessel; and
reacting the feed stock with the molten aluminum, such that oxygen and oxygen containing compounds in the feed stock are removed and aluminum oxides are formed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,191

DEEP GEOLOGIC DISPOSAL OF NUCLEAR WASTE

1. A method for handling nuclear waste using a nuclear waste capsule system, the method comprising:(a) disassembling spent nuclear fuel assemblies into nuclear waste cores, wherein each nuclear waste core is a bundle of preexisting fuel rods disassembled from the spent nuclear fuel assemblies;
(b) attaching at least one external support to each nuclear waste core;
(c) inserting each nuclear waste core, with the at least one external support, into a carrier tube of pre-determined length and diameter, wherein the at least one external support suspends the nuclear waste core coaxially within the carrier tube;
(d) filling a void space substantially around each nuclear waste core, with the at least one external support, and within the carrier tube, with a protective-medium through an injector port in communication with the carrier tube, wherein the protective-medium protects the nuclear waste capsule system from degradation by absorbing radioactive emissions and by absorbing heat emissions;
(e) sealing the carrier tube with mechanical plugs at terminal ends of the carrier tube;
(f) repeating steps (b) through (e) to form at least two different sealed carrier tubes;
(g) attaching the at least two different sealed carrier tubes to each other to form a waste-string;
(h) inserting the waste-string into a wellbore at a predetermined depth; and
(i) sealing the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,427,190

SORTING OUT MINERAL-CONTAINING OBJECTS OR PLASTIC OBJECTS

1. A method for sorting out mineral-containing objects or plastic objects from a single layer material stream of objects, characterized in thatthe objects of the material stream are irradiated with stimulating light, and resulting fluorescent light from any of the objects irradiated with the stimulating light is in a wavelength range and is detected in the form of an image of fluorescent points in a first detector,
the objects of the material stream are irradiated with object detection light at a wavelength range outside the wavelength range of the fluorescent light, and transmitted object detection light after passage between objects is detected in the form of an image of individual objects in a second detector,
an object is then defined as containing at least a specific mineral or a specific plastic when a said fluorescent point or points in the image of fluorescent points correlated with of a said individual object in the image of individual objects lies in a predetermined intensity range for at least one predetermined wavelength range, and
objects defined in this way are separated from other objects of the material stream.

US Pat. No. 10,427,189

FLOW DIVIDER FOR SORTING APPARATUS

1. A sorting apparatus including a flow divider assembly comprising:a flow divider, which is configured to separate first and second product streams or flows, wherein the flow divider comprises a flexible separator element formed of a resilient sheet, wherein the separator element has a downstream lower edge and an upstream upper edge which presents a dividing edge to the first and second product streams or flows so that the first and second product streams or flows pass respectively to opposite sides of the upper, dividing edge; and
end supports to which the flow divider is supported;
wherein a horizontal position of the upper, dividing edge of the separator element is adjusted by flexing the resilient sheet between the lower and upper edges of the separator element; and
wherein the separator element provides for adjustment of a vertical position of the upper, dividing edge of the separator element independently of the horizontal position of the upper, dividing edge of the separator element.

US Pat. No. 10,427,188

ANODICALLY BONDED VACUUM-SEALED CAPACITIVE MICROMACHINED ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER (CMUT)

North Carolina State Univ...

1. A capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer (CMUT) comprising:a glass substrate having a cavity, wherein the glass substrate has an inner edge defined by the cavity and an outer edge;
a patterned metal bottom electrode situated within the cavity of the glass substrate; and
a vibrating plate comprising at least a conducting layer and an insulating layer situated between the patterned metal bottom electrode and the conducting layer of the vibrating plate, wherein the insulating layer of the vibrating plate extends beyond the inner edge of the glass substrate and is anodically bonded to the glass substrate to form an air-tight seal between the vibrating plate and the glass substrate and wherein a pressure inside the cavity is less than atmospheric pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,186

FRICTION MATERIAL AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

NATIONAL COATING CORPORAT...

1. A method of forming a friction material, comprising:depositing a plurality of particles on a substantially flat substrate such that the particles provide a plurality of projections and channels between adjacent projections, wherein the projections and channels are formed by the particles as the particles are deposited on the substrate, and wherein, as the particles are deposited, the projections have a greater height than the channels and the channels are substantially parallel to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,427,185

PATTERNING METHOD

Semiconductor Manufacturi...

1. A patterning method, comprising:providing a patterning apparatus having a plurality of liquid jet units arranged in one or more columns and a plurality of exposure units corresponding to the plurality of liquid jet units;
providing a substrate;
jetting anti-etching liquid onto a surface of the substrate by the plurality of liquid jet units along a scanning direction, wherein:
each liquid jet unit includes an anti-etching liquid cell, a jet nozzle connecting with the anti-etching liquid cell, a compression unit, a first electrode and a second electrode,
each jet nozzle corresponds to a single anti-etching liquid cell, and the anti-etching liquid cells are disposed on alternating sides of the consecutive jet nozzles along a central line of the column;
exposing light on the anti-etching liquid jetted on the surface of the substrate to heat and cure the jetted anti-etching liquid to form anti-etching patterns on the surface of the substrate by the plurality of exposure units along the scanning direction; and
controlling motion status and jetting status of the plurality of liquid jet units and controlling motion status and exposure status of the plurality of exposure units, so as to form the anti-etching patterns at a predetermined line width and thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,427,184

BALLOON COATING METHOD, BALLOON ROTATING METHOD AND BALLOON COATING APPARATUS

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A balloon coating method for forming a coating layer containing a water-insoluble drug on an outer surface of a balloon of a balloon catheter, the balloon catheter including an elongate shaft possessing a distal portion, the balloon being inflatable and being provided on the distal portion of the elongate shaft, the balloon possessing an outer surface, the balloon coating method comprising:accommodating the shaft in a groove formed in a support base so that the shaft extends rectilinearly;
closing at least part of the groove with a lid so that the shaft is supported in the groove of the support base and is rotatable within the groove;
moving a dispensing tube relative to the balloon in an axial direction of the balloon while rotating the balloon about an axis of the balloon and while also dispensing the coating liquid containing the drug onto the outer surface of the balloon to coat the outer surface of the balloon with the coating liquid; and
positioning a core member in a lumen in the shaft before the accommodating of the shaft in the groove in the support base, the lumen including an open proximal end and an open distal end, the core member possessing a distal end that extends distally beyond the open distal end of the lumen in the shaft and a proximal end positioned distal of the open proximal end of the lumen in the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,427,182

ATOMIZING NOZZLE STRUCTURE WITH FILTERING ASSEMBLY

1. An atomizing nozzle structure for generating and spraying a micro-atomized liquid, the atomizing nozzle structure comprising:a first body having one end having an inlet;
a second body serially connected to the first body;
a cover, which is serially connected to the second body and has a spout;
a chamber formed in an axial inner portion of a combination of the first body, the second body and the cover;
a broadening opening formed on one end of the chamber and communicating with the inlet;
a filtering assembly mounted in the chamber, wherein the filtering assembly is a combination of a core and a filter, one end of the core has an embedding portion, which is a tubular member projected from the core, the other end of the core has a closing portion, which is a disk-like member connected to the core, a hollow portion connects the embedding portion to the closing portion, an air passage is formed in an axial inner portion of the embedding portion, a plurality of grooves are formed on a circumferential side surface of the closing portion, the filter is mounted in the hollow portion, the embedding portion is inserted into one end of the second body, and the closing portion is disposed opposite the broadening opening;
a rotor mounted in the chamber, wherein one end of the rotor is disposed opposite the spout;
an anti-leakage assembly mounted in the chamber and disposed between the rotor and the filtering assembly; and
a plurality of feet each extending from a circumferential side of the closing portion, wherein one end of each of the feet protrudes from an end surface of the closing portion and is for resting against the broadening opening, so that a gap is formed between the end surface of the closing portion and a wall surface of the broadening opening;
wherein liquid enters the first body via the inlet and flows to the filter through the gap and the grooves of the closing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,180

DEVICE FOR DISCHARGING FLUIDS

iSi GmbH, Vienna (AT)

1. Apparatus for discharge of fluids, the apparatus comprising:a container that is to be opened and closed, and forms a device interior space for accommodation of a spray medium;
a capsule connector, in order to produce a fluidic connection between an exchangeable gas-filled capsule and the apparatus;
a discharge opening through which the spray medium can be discharged from the device interior space when the apparatus is activated; and
a first pressure regulator provided in order to guarantee discharge of the spray medium at a uniform pressure;
wherein the first pressure regulator comprises a low-pressure piston, a low-pressure piston spring, and a high-pressure valve, the low-pressure piston having a low-pressure piston surface, the high-pressure valve having a high-pressure valve tappet and a high-pressure valve spring;
wherein the high-pressure valve tappet comprises a conical section and a cylindrical section adjoining the conical section;
wherein the cylindrical section of the high-pressure tappet presses against the low-pressure piston;
wherein such a pressure can be applied to the low-pressure piston surface via the gas from the capsule, such that the low-pressure piston spring is compressed and the high-pressure valve is closed; and
wherein the first pressure regulator further comprises a pressure-control valve disposed between the capsule connector and the high-pressure valve along a flow path of the gas from the capsule, wherein the pressure-control valve has a pressure-control valve piston and a sealing cone, the pressure-control valve piston having a pressure-control valve piston surface and a face-side partial surface facing away from the pressure-control valve piston surface for pressing on the sealing cone.

US Pat. No. 10,427,179

LOW FLOW METERING SYSTEM

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A spray system for use with an agricultural sprayer comprising:a first distribution path for distributing a first fluid;
a second distribution path for distributing a second fluid;
a spray nozzle assembly including:
a nozzle body having a first inlet in communication with the first distribution path for receiving the first fluid at the first inlet, a second inlet for receiving the second fluid and an outlet;
a mixing body defining a mixing chamber for mixing the first and second fluids to provide a mixed fluid, the mixed fluid being sprayed from the outlet of the nozzle body; and
a control valve coupled to the mixing body;
a fluid storage chamber;
a first electronically controlled valve coupled between the second distribution path and the fluid storage chamber, the first electronically controlled valve moveable between an open and a closed position for controlling flow of the second fluid from the second distribution path to the fluid storage chamber;
a second electronically controlled valve coupled between the fluid storage chamber and the second inlet of the nozzle body, the second electronically controlled valve moveable between an open and a closed position for controlling flow of the second fluid from the fluid storage chamber to the second inlet of the nozzle body; and
a controller in communication with the first and second electronically controlled valves, the controller configured to supply a Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) signal to at least one of the first and second electronically controlled valves for controlling the opening and closing thereof;wherein:the controller is configured to hold one of the first and second electronically controlled valves in the open position while supplying the other of the first and second electronically controlled valves with the PWM signal;
the control valve operable to control a volume of the mixed fluid sprayed from the outlet of the nozzle body;
the PWM signal is a first PWM signal;
the controller is configured to supply the first electronically controlled valve with the first PWM signal and is configured to supply a second Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) signal to the second electronically controlled valve for controlling the opening and closing thereof; and
the first and second PWM signals have substantially the same frequency and differ in phase, wherein the first and second PWM signals differ in duty cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,177

RECIRCULATING POWDER APPLICATOR

Corning Optical Communica...

1. A recirculating powder applicator, comprising:an applicator body including an inlet on an upstream surface and an outlet on a downstream surface, wherein the inlet and the outlet define a passage that extends transversely through the thickness of the applicator body;
a powder conduit;
an air inlet;
an exhaust aperture located on one of the upstream or downstream surfaces; and
a circulation chamber located on the interior of the applicator body, wherein the circulation chamber has a curved outer wall with an interior radius of curvature that decreases along the length of the wall;
wherein the powder conduit and the air inlet are in fluid communication with the passage and wherein the passage is in fluid communication with the circulation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,427,176

IRRIGATION SPRINKLER

NAANDANJAIN IRRIGATION LT...

1. An irrigation sprinkler comprising:a base defining an axis;
a pressurized water inlet mounted onto said base;
a nozzle, communicating with said inlet, and providing a pressurized water stream which is generally outwardly directed relative to said axis; and
a water stream deflector for engaging said pressurized water stream from said nozzle and deflecting at least part of said water stream generally azimuthally with respect to said axis,
said water stream deflector comprising a first pressurized water stream engagement surface and a second pressurized water stream engagement surface downstream of said first pressurized water stream engagement surface,
said first pressurized water stream engagement surface having a pressurized water stream directing configuration and being arranged:
to direct a first portion of said pressurized water stream impinging on said first pressurized water stream engagement surface onto said second pressurized water stream engagement surface, and
to direct at least a second portion of said pressurized water stream impinging on said first pressurized water stream engagement surface not onto said second pressurized water stream engagement surface,
said second pressurized water stream engagement surface being configured to be impinged upon generally only by said first portion of said pressurized water stream,
said first pressurized water stream engagement surface including at least one vane which divides said pressurized water stream into said first portion of said pressurized water stream and said at least a second portion of said pressurized water stream;
said second pressurized water stream engagement surface having at least one water stream bypass aperture formed therein by at least one vane;
said first pressurized water stream engagement surface being arranged to direct said at least a second portion of said pressurized water stream impinging on said first pressurized water stream engagement surface through said at least one water stream bypass aperture; and
said at least one vane which defines said at least one water stream bypass aperture and said at least one vane which divides said pressurized water stream on said first pressurized water stream engagement surface being formed as generally collinear continuations of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,427,174

SWITCHABLE SHOWERHEAD

BESTTER(XIAMEN) TECHNOLOG...

1. A switchable shower head, comprising:(a) a waterway device that is connected to a water pipe and that provides at least two water flow outlet functions for the switchable shower head; and
(b) a waterway switching device that is provided within a waterway of the waterway device and that comprises:
(i) a water diversion plate that is disposed in the waterway and that is rotatable to switch from one water flow outlet function of the at least two water flow outlet functions to another water flow outlet function of the at least two water flow outlet functions;
(ii) a fixing seat disposed above and in communication with the water diversion plate;
(iii) a ratchet wheel that is coaxially connected to and synchronously rotatable with the water diversion plate via the fixing seat and includes a ratchet;
(iv) a transmission element that abuts against the ratchet of the ratchet wheel to cause the ratchet wheel to rotate;
(v) a transmission rack that is disposed in the waterway switching device, that has the transmission element slidably assembled thereto so that the transmission element slides in a sliding direction, that is movable with respect to the ratchet wheel in a moving direction to close the ratchet wheel, and that is resettable by two or more elastic elements disposed in communication with the transmission rack; and
(vi) a driving device that comprises a press button in communication with the fixing seat; and a driver mechanism provided between the press button and the transmission rack that comprises (a) two wire clasps, a steel wire unit, and a driving rod that communicate in that order or (b) a pendulum and a sliding block that communicate so that pressing the press button acts on the fixing seat to drive the driver mechanism to move the transmission rack to close the ratchet wheel,
wherein an angle is formed between the sliding direction of the transmission element and the moving direction of the transmission rack that ranges from 30 to 150 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,427,173

POWDER DRYING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING PARTICLES IN SUCH A SYSTEM

1. A cyclone for separation of solids and gases, said cyclone comprising:a predefined circumference;
at least one inlet, for supplying a mixed stream of powder and air/gas;
a first outlet in the form of a powder outlet at the bottom of the cyclone for extracting powder; and
a vortex finder at the top of the cyclone, the vortex finder comprising a vortex finder wall, a second outlet in the form of an air/gas outlet configured to extract air/gas from within the vortex finder, and a third outlet configured to extract powder particles from the mixed stream within the vortex finder,
wherein the third outlet is part of a secondary powder extraction system of the cyclone, the third outlet comprising a tangential outlet configured to extract the powder particles from the mixed stream within the vortex finder.

US Pat. No. 10,427,172

SEPARATION DEVICE COMPRISING A SWIRLER

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A separation device, comprising: a swirler cut from a sheet metal blank and comprising at least two stacked sheet metal subswirlers, wherein the at least two stacked sheet metal subswirlers comprises a planar peripheral ring defined by cutting the sheet metal blank, wherein each of the at least two stacked sheet metal subswirlers comprise 2-4 vanes with a flow entrance side edges defining an entrance angle (?) that is at least 70 degrees and flow exit side edges defining an exit angle (?) that is within a range of 20-60 degrees, wherein the flow entrance side edges and flow exit side edges extend from a center section of the swirler to a peripheral edge of the swirler, and wherein the peripheral edge is circular in plan view and extends between end points of the flow entrance side edges and the flow exit side edges, wherein the entrance angle is larger than the exit angle; wherein the flow entrance side edges are truncated to be substantially perpendicular to the flow direction of fluid through the swirler; and wherein the vanes bridge the center section and the planar peripheral ring.

US Pat. No. 10,427,171

CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATOR HAVING ENERGY CONSUMPTION REDUCING DEVICES

Alfa Laval Corporate AB, ...

1. A centrifugal separator comprising a casing which delimits a space which is sealed relative to a surrounding of the casing and in which a rotor is arranged for rotation, which rotor forms within itself a separation space, and in which separation space centrifugal separation of at least one higher density component and at least one lower density component from a fluid takes place during operation, into which rotor at least one inlet extends for introducing said fluid to the separation space, and from which rotor at least one first outlet extends for discharge of at least one component separated from the fluid during operation,wherein a pump device creates a negative pressure within the space;
wherein the negative pressure is configured to reduce generation of aerodynamic friction based warming, thereby reducing rotor drive energy consumption and reducing noise; and
wherein the rotor comprises at least one second outlet extending from a portion of the separation space to the space for discharge of at least one higher density component separated from the fluid during operation; the at least one second outlet being configured to at least partially seal the separation space from the space or selectively isolate the separation space from the space.

US Pat. No. 10,427,170

ROTOR OF A CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATOR WITH AXIALLY ASSEMBLED ELEMENTS CLAMPED BY A SPRING

HENGST SE, Muenster (DE)...

1. A rotor of a centrifugal separator, the rotor comprising:a central shaft on which a plate stack made up of a plurality of plates is situated in an axially movable fashion,
a stack base being situated on the shaft under the plate stack,
a stack cap being situated in an axially movable fashion on a portion of the central shaft above the plate stack, and
a compression spring surrounding the central shaft, a first end of the compression spring being supported on the central shaft and a second end of the compression spring being supported on the stack cap so as to compress the plate stack,
wherein, on the stack cap there is situated a sleeve-shaped extension that extends into the plate stack and surrounds the shaft at a distance,
wherein the compression spring is situated within the sleeve-shaped extension at least over a greater part of its axial length, and
wherein a support surface for the second end, at a side of the stack cap, of the compression spring is situated on a base of the sleeve-shaped extension.

US Pat. No. 10,427,169

ELECTROCHEMICAL FILTER FOR REMOVAL OF TRACE LEVEL IONS

U.S. Department of Energy...

1. A method for removing impurities from perchloric acid using a pseudocapacitive process comprising the steps of:(a) placing a working electrode, a reference electrode, and a counter electrode within an interior chamber of a filter housing, the filter housing having an intake opening and an output opening, a surface area of the working electrode having a plurality of binding sites integrally formed with the surface area, a platinum wire in electrical communication with the working electrode, wherein the reference electrode is a silver/silver chloride electrode, the counter electrode is formed of platinum, and the working electrode is formed of quartz granules coated with platinum;
(b) connecting the wire, reference electrode and counter electrode to a voltage controller;
(c) maintaining the electrical potential of the working electrode at a target potential range;
(d) introducing a deaerated perchloric acid into the intake opening, the perchloric acid containing a plurality of impurities, a portion of the plurality of impurities being a plurality of nitrate ions;
(e) adsorbing, by at least one of the plurality of binding sites, at least one of the plurality of impurities nitrate ions;
(f) collecting a filtered perchloric acid at the output opening; and,
(g) testing the filtered perchloric acid.

US Pat. No. 10,427,168

PRECIPITATOR UNIT

1. Precipitator unit of a two-stage electro filter, an air flow to be cleaned of electrically charged particles is intended to flow through the unit, said unit comprising at least two cylindrical precipitators that each comprises at least two electrode elements arranged at a gap distance from each other, and that each one of the precipitators is connected to a high voltage source, the respective electrode elements of each precipitator are connected to different poles of the high voltage source,wherein the precipitators define first and second air flow areas, said areas being arranged axially spaced in the air flow direction, that third air flow areas are provided outside the circumference of the first precipitator, the second precipitator is equipped with a center opening that defines a fourth air flow area, and a cone shaped duct extends between the circumference of the first precipitator and the center opening of the second precipitator.

US Pat. No. 10,427,167

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING WEAKLY MAGNETIC PARTICLES

Magsort Oy, Helsinki (FI...

1. A device for separating first particles from a mixture comprising the first particles and second particles, each of the first particles having positive magnetic susceptibility and each of the second particles having magnetic susceptibility smaller than that of each of the first particles, the device comprising:first magnetizing equipment for producing a first magnetic field acting on the mixture,
carrier equipment for carrying the mixture so that the mixture is adapted to move with respect to the first magnetic field,
supply equipment comprising a feed box for supplying the mixture to the carrier equipment with the aid of gravitation,wherein the first magnetizing equipment and the carrier equipment are adapted to:produce the first magnetic field, and
to carry the mixture so that mutually opposite polarity portions of the first magnetic field are adapted to:
sweep the mixture in a sweeping direction and
deflect a direction of movement of the first particles towards the sweeping direction and away from a direction of movement of the second particles, the deflected direction of movement of the first particles intersecting the sweeping direction, andwherein the feed box comprises a second magnetizing equipment for producing a second magnetic field for deflecting a direction of movement of the first particles differently than a direction of movement of the second particles when the mixture is moved by the gravitation towards the carrier equipment so as to generate, to the mixture arriving at the carrier equipment, a concentration gradient of the first particles.

US Pat. No. 10,427,165

METHOD FOR COMMINUTING HEAT-SENSITIVE FEEDSTOCK

1. A method for comminuting heat-sensitive feedstock to a particle size of less than 500 ?m, the method comprising:precomminuting the feedstock to a size smaller than 4 mm in a rotating comminuting device through which a first process gas stream flows;
regulating a first temperature of the feedstock in an outlet of the rotating comminuting device in a first control circuit by adding water to the feedstock before and/or during and/or after the precomminution;
after the precomminuting of the feedstock, fine grinding the feedstock to a size smaller than 500 ?m in a rotating fine grinding device through which a second process gas stream flows; and
regulating a second temperature of the feedstock in an outlet of the rotating fine grinding device in a second control circuit by adding water to the feedstock before and/or during and/or after the fine grinding,
wherein the feedstock is removed by suction from the outlet of the rotating comminuting device, and wherein a third temperature of the feedstock in the suction area is regulated in another control circuit by adding water in the suction area and/or in the outlet of the rotating comminuting device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,163

CUVETTE CARRIER

Malvern Panalytical Limit...

1. An apparatus comprising:a cuvette carrier comprising:
a plurality of walls defining a holding volume for a cuvette;
a first and second transmissive region included in the plurality of walls; and
a first optical polariser arranged to polarise light passing through the first transmissive region;wherein the first transmissive region and second transmissive region are located in a first wall of the plurality of walls, and the cuvette carrier is for performing a depolarised dynamic light scattering measurement on a sample within a cuvette that is within the cuvette carrier, with the sample illuminated through the second transmissive region, and scattered light detected through the first transmissive region.

US Pat. No. 10,427,162

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS

QuanDx Inc., San Jose, C...

1. A sample preparation module for an assay cartridge used in a PCR-based molecular diagnostic device, said sample preparation module comprising an elongated body which comprises a sample loading well of an asymmetric shape where a sample is loaded before nucleic acid is extracted from the sample, said PCR-based molecular diagnostic device comprising an automatic dispense system to transfer the sample using a pipette, wherein the sample loading well comprisesa generally vertical wall around the sample loading well,
a tilted cone shape bottom having a deepest portion,
a sample loading well inlet covered by a removable cap, and
a sample collecting channel having a sample loading well outlet at its top end and a fluid collecting area at its bottom end,
wherein the removable cap has a cap inlet covered by a cap inlet septum having an inlet slit,
wherein the sample loading well outlet is covered by a sample loading well outlet septum having an outlet slit,
wherein the fluid collecting area is at the deepest portion of the bottom,
wherein the pipette is capable of adding the sample to the sample loading well through the sample loading well inlet, and
wherein the pipette is capable of collecting the nucleic acid from the fluid collecting area through the sample loading well outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,427,161

HAND-ROTATABLE PLUG VALVE WITH MOTORIZED LONGITUDINALLY-MOVABLE GATE ROTATING FOR USE AS A STOPCOCK WITH LABORATORY GLASSWARE IN CHEMICAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION AND OTHER APPLICATIONS

1. A motorized laboratory hand-rotatable stopcock plug for use within an article of chemical glassware comprising at least one stopcock valve for controlling the flow of chemical materials, the motorized laboratory hand-rotatable stopcock plug comprising:a hand-rotatable stopcock plug having an inlet port and an outlet port;
an electrically-operated motor associated with the hand-rotatable stopcock plug for insertion installation and hand-rotation operation within a stopcock body of an article of chemical glassware, the hand-rotatable rotatable plug further comprising a longitudinally-movable gate, the longitudinally-movable gate movable to a position determined by the electrically-operated motor,
wherein a cross-sectional area of the longitudinally-movable gate varies with respect to the inlet port and the outlet port when the rotatable plug is rotated, and
wherein the longitudinally-movable gate defines an area for carrying the flow of chemical materials.

US Pat. No. 10,427,159

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

1. A microfluidic device, comprising:a microchannel having an interior bounded by a side wall, an inlet, a switching region, and a plurality of outlet channels downstream of the switching region, the microchannel formed in a microfluidic chip substrate and configured to accommodate a flow of liquid through the microchannel;
a valve operatively coupled to the switching region comprising a sealed reservoir, a side passage extending between the reservoir and the interior of the microchannel via an aperture in the side wall, the side passage configured to accommodate a volume of liquid between the interior of the microchannel and the reservoir; and
an actuator integrated in the microfluidic chip, the actuator configured to increase an internal pressure of the reservoir and move at least a portion of the volume of the liquid from the side passage into the microchannel to deflect a portion of the liquid flowing through the microchannel.

US Pat. No. 10,427,158

FLUIDIC CENTRIPETAL DEVICE

1. A fluidic centripetal device for testing components of a biological material in a fluid, said fluidic centripetal device having a shape adapted to be received within a rotatable holder, said rotatable holder having a center of rotation and an outer edge, said fluidic centripetal device extending radially between said center of rotation and said outer edge, an inner side of said fluidic centripetal device being located towards said center of rotation and an outer side of said fluidic centripetal device being located towards said outer edge, the device comprising:a fluidic component layer having fluidic features on at least a front face, said fluidic features including:
a retention chamber for receiving said fluid, said retention chamber being coupled to a fluid entry channel for receiving said fluid into said retention chamber; and
a container wholly provided in said retention chamber, said container containing a liquid diluent, said container further comprising a first phase-change material for releasing said diluent inside the retention chamber; and
a bottom component layer bonded to said fluidic component layer, the fluidic component layer and the bottom component layer creating a fluidic network, said fluid flowing through said fluidic network under centripetal force.

US Pat. No. 10,427,157

MICROFLUIDIC ANALYSIS COMPONENT AND PRODUCTION METHOD

Efficient Robotics GmbH, ...

1. A microfluidic analysis device, comprising:a capillary substrate,
at least one of a cover substrate adjacent to a cover side of the capillary substrate and a bottom substrate adjacent to a bottom side of the capillary substrate,
a capillary structure with at least one capillary, forming a hollow channel, in the interior of the capillary substrate or at the interface of the capillary substrate with the cover substrate or at the interface of the capillary substrate with the bottom substrate, and
a fluid-conducting arrangement for conducting a fluid through the capillary structure,
wherein
the at least one capillary includes a first capillary and a second capillary, and
the fluid-conducting arrangement is designed for conducting a non-compartmented first fluid in the first capillary and a second non-compartmented fluid in the second capillary entering the first capillary at an entry point, the first and second fluids being immiscible liquids, and compartmenting the first and second fluids at the entry point into sequential separate fluid-fluid segments by way of controlled positive pressure pulses relative to a pressure at the entry point, the positive pressure pulses being sequentially applied to each of the first and second capillaries.

US Pat. No. 10,427,156

FLUID ANALYSIS DEVICE

IMEC VZW, Leuven (BE)

1. A fluid analysis device, comprising:a sensing device for analyzing a fluid sample, comprising a micro-fluidic component for propagating the fluid sample and a microchip configured for sensing the fluid sample in the micro-fluidic component;
a sealed fluid compartment containing a further fluid, fluid-tight connected to the sensing device and adapted for providing the further fluid to the micro-fluidic component when the sealed fluid compartment is opened, wherein the sealed fluid compartment comprises a sacrificial element adapted to open the sealed fluid compartment towards the micro-fluidic component when the sacrificial element is destroyed;
a heating resistor positioned such that the sacrificial element is destroyed by heating, thereby opening the sealed fluid compartment; and
an inlet for providing the fluid sample to the micro-fluidic component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,155

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS INCLUDING A BASE INSTRUMENT AND A REMOVABLE CARTRIDGE

Illumina, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A system comprising:a removable cartridge having a cartridge housing and including a fluidic network disposed within the cartridge housing, the fluidic network to receive and fluidically direct a biological sample to conduct at least one of sample analysis or sample preparation, the removable cartridge having a plurality of stacked layers to form a sample channel, the sample channel in flow communication with a first port, the removable cartridge also including a flow-control valve that is operably coupled to the fluidic network, the flow-control valve comprising a valve cavity in flow communication with the first port, the flow-control valve movable from a first condition to a second condition relative to the valve cavity, wherein the first port permits flow of the biological sample through the valve cavity when the flow-control valve is in the first condition and wherein the first port is blocked to control flow of the biological sample through the valve cavity when the flow-control valve is in the second condition, the cartridge housing including a housing side that defines an exterior of the removable cartridge and permits operative access to the flow-control valve;
a base instrument having a control side to separably engage the housing side of the removable cartridge, the housing side and the control side collectively defining a system interface when the removable cartridge and the base instrument are engaged, the base instrument including a valve actuator that engages the flow-control valve through the system interface, wherein the valve actuator includes an elongated actuator body that extends through the housing side and into the cartridge housing; and
a detection assembly held by at least one of the removable cartridge or the base instrument, the detection assembly including an imaging detector and a reaction chamber that is in flow communication with the fluidic network, the imaging detector to detect designated reactions within the reaction chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,427,154

CHIP AND APPLICATION THEREOF

GeneMind Biosciences Comp...

1. A chip for single molecule sequencing, comprising a substrate and a base layer in contact with the substrate, whereinthe substrate comprises a first surface and a second surface which are arranged oppositely,
an array including multiple channels arranged on the first surface of the substrate at intervals,
two oppositely arranged side walls of each of the channels stretching along a longitudinal direction of a respective channel and intersecting at two ends of the respective channel to form two tapered tail ends with included angles, a distance between the two oppositely arranged side walls of each of the channels is a width of each of the channels, and the width of each of the channels is 1 to 2 mm, the distance between intersections of the two oppositely arranged side walls of each of the channels is a length of each of the channels, and the length of each of the channels is 50 to 75 mm; and
an inlet hole and an outlet hole connected with the second surface being respectively provided on the two tapered tail ends; and
the base layer comprises a transparent layer and a spacing layer arranged on a portion of a surface of the transparent layer between each of the channels, the spacing layer being a portion of the side walls of each of the channels,
the spacing layer is a polymethylglutarimide layer,
the spacing layer being in contact with the first surface of the substrate, and
grooves being provided on the spacing layer corresponding to positions where the channels are located.

US Pat. No. 10,427,153

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SEALING A PLURALITY OF RESERVOIRS OF A MICROCHIP ELEMENT WITH A SEALING GRID

Microchips Biotech, Inc.,...

1. A microchip element, comprising:a primary substrate comprising a plurality of reservoirs defined therein;
a single continuous sealing groove defined in the primary substrate and extending between and shared by all of the plurality of reservoirs; and
a sealing substrate comprising a single continuous sealing protrusion extending therefrom,
wherein the single continuous sealing protrusion corresponds to and is configured to mate with the single continuous sealing groove to form a hermetic bond between the primary substrate and the sealing substrate,
wherein the single continuous groove and the single continuous sealing protrusion extend around and are shared by each of the plurality of reservoirs, such that each reservoir does not have its own independent sealing ring,
wherein each of the plurality of reservoirs is defined by a closed end wall, an open end, and at least one sidewall extending between the closed end wall and the open end, and
wherein the sealing substrate comprises a first side, an opposed second side, and a plurality of apertures extending therethrough, wherein the first side comprises a plurality of electrically conductive reservoir caps which close off the plurality of apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,427,152

DISPOSABLE DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE WITH VENTED PRIMING FLUID PASSAGE FOR VOLUMETRIC CONTROL OF SAMPLE AND REAGENTS AND METHOD OF PERFORMING A DIAGNOSIS THEREWITH

WI, INC., Centennial, CO...

1. A disposable diagnostic device, comprising:a body having a sample receiving chamber, configured for receipt of a fluid sample, and an analysis chamber;
a rupturable fluid dispensing member operably fixed to said body and containing a fluid therein; and
a valve member coupled to said body for selective translatable movement from a first state to a second state, said valve member having a fluid passage extending between an inlet and an outlet with a hydroscopic, gas permeable first vent covering at least a portion of said fluid passage, said fluid passage being out of fluid communication with said sample receiving chamber and in fluid communication, upon said fluid dispensing member being ruptured, with said fluid in said fluid dispensing member while in said first state, said first vent preventing fluid from passing therethrough and allowing air to vent outwardly from said fluid passage while a priming volume of the fluid flows from said fluid dispensing member through said outlet into said fluid passage in said first state, said outlet of said fluid passage being brought into fluid communication with said sample receiving chamber and said inlet being brought into fluid communication with said rupturable fluid dispensing member in said second state to allow said priming volume of fluid within said fluid passage to transport the fluid sample to said analysis chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,427,151

PIPETTING DEVICE, PIPETTE TIP COUPLER, AND PIPETTE TIP: DEVICES AND METHODS

Hamilton Company, Reno, ...

1. A pipette tip coupling device for coupling and releasing a pipette tip to and from a pipette device, the pipette tip coupling device comprising:a shank having a proximal end face;
a coupler body having a proximal coupler end surface, wherein the coupler body is distal to the shank, and wherein a diameter of a widest portion of the coupler body is greater than a diameter of a widest portion of the shank;
a distal stem portion comprising:
a proximal neck; and
a distal end plate;
an open-ended interior circumscribing surface forming an open passageway extending longitudinally from the proximal end face through the distal end plate;
a proximal elastomeric element, the proximal elastomeric element disposed around the shank and adjacent to the proximal coupler end surface; and
a distal elastomeric element, the distal elastomeric element disposed around the proximal neck of the distal stem portion and adjacent to the distal end plate of the distal stem portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,150

PIPETTING APPARATUS FOR ASPIRATING AND DISPENSING LIQUIDS

1. A pipetting apparatus comprising:a pipetting unit,
a pipetting vessel detachably mountable on the pipetting unit at a coupling point for receiving a liquid from a storage vessel and dispensing the liquid into a receiving vessel,
a displacement unit arranged in the pipetting unit for taking up of liquid from the storage vessel and for dispensing the liquid from the pipetting vessel,
a holder to which the pipetting unit is mounted, the holder being mounted for movement,
a positioning device connected to the holder for moving the pipetting unit in conjunction with the holder,
a micrometering unit located on a platform and to which the holder is detachably connectable in a precisely defined relative position, and
an electronic control device having transmission means for electronically providing control commands, power supply and data between the electronic control device and individual components of the pipetting apparatus,
an electronic control unit for the micrometering unit, the electronic control unit being separate from said electronic control device,
wherein the holder has a coupling device and the micrometering unit has a counterpart coupling device that matches the coupling device for coupling of the pipetting unit, via the holder, to the micrometering unit, and
wherein at least one of the coupling device and the counterpart coupling device is switchable between a coupled position and a decoupled position for coupling the micrometering unit to the pipetting unit and uncoupling the micrometering unit from the pipetting unit,
wherein one of the holder or the micrometering unit has a contact device with at least one electrical contact element,
wherein the other of micrometering unit or the holder has a counterpart contact device, matching the contact device, the counterpart contact device being provided with at least one counterpart electrical contact element for making electrical contact with the contact element,
wherein the contact elements of the contact device are arranged so as to be movable between a contact position and a disconnected position due to movement of the coupling device, and
wherein when said contact elements are in the contact position, said electrical control unit of micrometering unit is electrically connected to the transmission means of electronic control device and wherein electrical contact electrically connects the micrometering unit to the electronic control device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,149

LABORATORY CABINET

Binder GmbH, Tuttlingen ...

1. A laboratory cabinet, comprising:a housing with an interior space;
an interior door that closes the interior space;
an exterior door;
an adjustable device;
wherein when the adjustable device is in a first position, the interior door opens together with the exterior door;
wherein when the adjustable device is in a second position, the exterior door is openable while the interior door remains closed, and the interior door opens independently of the exterior door; and
wherein the adjustable device is inaccessible when the exterior door is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,148

DETERGENT ALKYLATION CATALYST REGENERATION EFFLUENT RECYCLE

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for the regeneration of an alkylation reactor, comprising:taking an alkylation reactor unit off-line to create an off-line reactor, wherein the alkylation reactor unit comprises an alkylation catalyst and is operated to produce linear alkylbenzene by the alkylation of benzene with olefins;
passing a regenerant stream comprising an aromatic to an inlet port of the off-line reactor to regenerate the alkylation catalyst and generate a regenerant effluent, during a regeneration cycle; and
recycling a portion of the regenerant effluent directly to the inlet port of the off-line reactor, wherein the portion is greater than 10 vol % of the regenerant effluent.

US Pat. No. 10,427,143

ZSM-5, ITS PREPARATION AND USE IN ETHYLBENZENE DEALKYLATION

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. ZSM-5 crystals, prepared using L-tartaric acid and comprising a ZSM-5 crystallite having an average SAR at the edge of the crystallite and an average SAR at the centre of the crystallite, as determined using element maps produced from SEM/EDX or TEM/EDX elemental analysis, wherein a distribution profile is obtained from the elemental maps, and wherein the distribution profile displays structural variations in SAR distribution at the edge of the crystallite to SAR distribution at a centre of the crystallite, wherein the average SAR at the edge of the crystallite is higher than the average SAR at the centre of the crystallite, and wherein the average SAR at the edge of the crystallite is determined by (1) calculating an average of an SAR at three outermost points at each end of the distribution profile, and then (2) calculating an average of the values obtained at each end.

US Pat. No. 10,427,140

ITQ-49 MATERIAL, METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF AND USE OF SAME

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...


b) maintaining the mixture at a temperature between 80 and 200° C. until crystals of the material are formed;
c) recovering the crystalline material;
wherein the microporous crystalline material has the following chemical composition:
x X2O3 : yYO2: zZO2, wherein: X is a trivalent element selected from Al, B, Fe, In, Ga, Cr, or mixtures thereof; Y is a tetravalent element tetravalent selected from Ti, Sn, Zr, V or mixtures thereof; Z is a tetravalent element tetravalent selected from Si, Ge and mixtures thereof the value of (y+z)/x is comprised between 9 and infinity; the value of z/y is comprised between 10 and infinity; and an X-ray diagram shown in Table 3.

US Pat. No. 10,427,129

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING REACTIONS IN GASES USING SHOCKWAVES PRODUCED IN A SUPERSONIC GASEOUS VORTEX

LLT INTERNATIONAL (IRELAN...

1. A system configured for facilitating reactions in gases using shockwaves produced in a supersonic gaseous vortex, the system comprising:a gas source configured to provide one or more gases including a first gas to the system;
a heater configured to receive the first gas from the gas source, and increase a temperature and pressure of the first gas;
a reactor configured to facilitate chemical reactions of gases using shockwaves created in a supersonic gaseous vortex, the reactor comprising:
a rigid chamber having a substantially circular cross-section centered on a longitudinal axis that is normal to the cross-section, wherein the chamber is shaped as a cylinder;
a gas inlet configured to introduce a high-velocity stream of the first gas into the chamber, the gas inlet being disposed and arranged so that a stream of gas is directed substantially tangent to an internal surface of the substantially circular cross-section of the chamber and so as to effectuate a vortex of the stream of gas circulating within the chamber, the vortex rotating at a supersonic speed about the longitudinal axis of the chamber, wherein the gas inlet comprises a nozzle and a shockwave generation structure configured to generate shockwaves at the edges of the nozzle by a supersonic gas jet resonating with the opening of a cylindrical pipe positioned opposite the nozzle, to produce ultrasonic sound waves, wherein the shockwave generation structure comprises a capacitor discharge;
an outlet configured to emit output product from the chamber, the outlet being disposed at an opposite end of the chamber as the gas inlet, wherein the outlet is tapered; and
a storage tank configured to store the output product of the reactor, the storage tank being in fluid communication with the outlet of the reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,427,124

METHODS FOR CONTROLLING ASSEMBLY OF LIPIDS ON A SOLID SUPPORT

Nanyang Technological Uni...

1. A method of controlling adsorption of lipid vesicles onto a solid support comprising: tuning the steric-hydration force of the lipid vesicles and the surface of the solid support, and further tuning the electrostatic force between the surface of the lipid vesicles and the surface of the solid support, such that(i) the lipid vesicles rupture and form a bilayer membrane structure on the solid support; or
(ii) the lipid vesicles are stably adsorbed to the solid support; or
(iii) the adsorption of the lipid vesicles onto the solid support is inhibited.

US Pat. No. 10,427,123

HYDROGEN GENERATOR

NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNI...

1. A hydrogen generator comprising:a container configured to contain a solution of a soluble chemical fuel that reacts with a catalyst to generate hydrogen, the container having a gas outlet to allow generated hydrogen to leave the container;
a control cylinder having a first end attached to a top of the container and comprising
a piston configured to travel axially within the control cylinder, the piston separating the control cylinder into two chambers: a first chamber defined between the piston and the first end of the control cylinder, and a second chamber defined between the piston and a second end of the control cylinder,
a pole attached to the piston and extending into the container,
a catalyst holder provided within the container and connected to the pole, the catalyst holder configured to secure a solid piece of the catalyst that reacts with the soluble chemical fuel to generate hydrogen,
resilient means biasing the catalyst holder towards a bottom of the container, and
a gas inlet port configured to allow hydrogen into the first chamber;
a gas flow line in fluid communication with the gas outlet of the container, the gas flow line having
a first end in fluid communication with the gas inlet port of the control cylinder,
a second end configured to feed hydrogen generated in the container to a hydrogen-consuming device,
a two-way valve provided to allow fluid communication between the first end and the second end of the gas flow line to be selectably established or cut off, and
a drying channel provided between the gas outlet of the container and the gas flow line, the drying channel containing a drying agent therein,
wherein in use, a free end of the solid piece of the catalyst secured to the catalyst holder is immersed in the solution in the container, wherein rate of hydrogen generation in the container is determined by a depth of submergence of the catalyst in the solution, wherein gradual variation in the depth of submergence proportionately gradually varies amount of the catalyst in contact with the solution such that more hydrogen is generated when more of the catalyst is in contact with the solution and less hydrogen is generated when less of the catalyst is in contact with the solution, and wherein the depth of submergence is determined by demand for hydrogen by the hydrogen-consuming device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,122

DISPOSABLE PRE-FILLED HAND-OPERATED DUAL CHAMBER PRODUCT DISPENSING APPARATUS

Innovative Product Brands...

1. A mechanically operated substance dispensing apparatus comprising:a. a central section having an exterior sidewall surrounding an interior chamber, an interior front wall with an interior surface, a nozzle having a body with an interior chamber retaining mixing blades, an opening at a front end of the nozzle, a rear of the nozzle integrally formed with a collar retained at a distal end of the central section;
b. said interior chamber of said central section including a centrally located longitudinal interior dividing wall which extends from adjacent said interior surface of said interior front wall to a location between a first longitudinally movable rear wall and an aligned second longitudinally moveable rear wall;
c. said central section further includes two separate interior sealed and separated product dispensing chambers with a first interior product dispensing chamber bounded by one half of said interior surface, the central longitudinal interior dividing wall, said first longitudinally movable rear wall and said interior surface of a front wall of the central section with a first opening leading to the mixing blades, and the second interior product dispensing chamber bounded by one half of the interior surface, the centrally located longitudinal interior dividing wall, said second longitudinally movable rear wall and the interior surface of the front wall of the central section with a second opening leading to the mixing blades;
d. a rotatable base including an exterior circumferential wall with an interior sidewall surface, an interior chamber bounded by a bottom wall and the interior sidewall having interlocking teeth adjacent the bottom wall, the rotatable base rotatably retained on a proximal end of said central section;
e. said central section further including a gear retaining chamber between the aligned first movable wall and second movable wall and the rotatable base;
f. a first expandable gear within said gear retaining chamber and having a first main gear body with a first exterior sidewall including first exterior interlocking gear teeth adjacent a proximal end of said first main gear body including a first interior sidewall with interior threads encircling a first main interior channel, a first expandable gear including a first expander member having a sidewall with first expansion threads which engage the interior threads on the first interior sidewall, a first affixing member at its distal end affixed to said first longitudinally movable rear wall and the first exterior interlocking gear teeth engaging the rotatable base interlocking teeth; and
g. a second expandable gear within said gear retaining chamber and having a second main gear body with a second exterior sidewall including second exterior interlocking gear teeth adjacent a proximal end of said second main gear body including a second interior sidewall with interior threads encircling a second main interior channel, a second expandable gear including a second expander member having a sidewall with second expansion threads which engage the interior threads on the second interior sidewall, a second affixing member at its distal end affixed to said second longitudinally movable rear wall and the second exterior interlocking gear teeth engaging the rotatable base interlocking teeth;
h. wherein as the rotatable base is rotated, base interlocking gear teeth rotate and engage the first exterior interlocking gear teeth of the first main gear and cause it to rotate which causes the first expansion member to rotate and extend out of the first main gear body and push said first longitudinally movable rear wall into the first interior product dispensing chamber up to the interior surface of the first interior wall and simultaneously as the rotatable base is rotated, base interlocking gear teeth rotate and engage the second exterior interlocking gear teeth of the second main gear and cause it to rotate which causes the second expansion member to rotate and extend out of the second main gear body and push said second longitudinally movable rear wall into the second interior product dispensing chamber up to the interior surface of said first interior wall;
i. whereby, a first substance is placed in the first interior product dispensing chamber and a second product is placed in the second interior product dispensing chamber and the first and second substances are pushed into and combined by the mixing blades and exit through the opening in the front opening in the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,121

NON INTRUSIVE AGITATION SYSTEM

ASOCIACION CENTRO DE INVE...

1. A first inter-related product for non intrusive agitation of a fluid, suitable for cell culture, provided in the form of a device comprising:a container to contain directly or by a further second container the fluid, the container comprising an inner part, an outer part and walls, at least one of the walls comprising a first flexible element having an internal surface oriented towards the inner part of the container and an external surface oriented towards the outer part of the container,
main movable stirring means located inside the container to stir at least the fluid,
wherein,
the external surface of the first flexible element is to interfere mechanically with an external movable impulsion means thus creating a deformation on the internal surface of the first flexible element such that said deformation of the internal surface of the first flexible element has a mechanical interference with the main movable stirring means, and movement of such impulsion means is transmitted to the main movable stirring means by interposition of the first flexible element,
wherein the main movable stirring means comprises first protrusions, and at least one of the first protrusions are cylindrical protrusions, semicylindrical protrusions, semispherical protrusions, idle cylinders, idle spherical elements, retractile bars, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,427,120

METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC SPEED CONTROL OF AN ORBITAL SHAKER DEVICE TO DETERMINE ONE OF MORE STACKED OUT OF BALANCE ORBITAL SHAKER DEVICES

EPPENDORF AG, Hamburg (D...

1. Method for automatic speed control of an orbital shaker device (10, 11, 12) to determine one of at least two stacked orbital shaker devices (10, 11, 12) operating in an out of balance condition, the method comprising the steps of:a) Starting the first orbital shaker device (10); and
b) Accelerating the first orbital shaker device (10); and
c) Determining a vibration level of the first orbital shaker device (10); and
d) Automatically decreasing a speed of the first orbital shaker device (10) if the vibration level determined in step c) exceeds a predefined first threshold;
wherein the steps a) to d) are additionally executed for a second orbital shaker device (11) independently from the first orbital shaker device (10);
wherein the speeds of the orbital shaker devices are increased and/or decreased at different rates and thus not synchronously, such that the speed of the orbital shaker devices differs and the source orbital shaker device causing the out of balance condition can be determined.

US Pat. No. 10,427,119

BEVERAGE BLENDER SYSTEM

JOOSTER IP AG, Bielbenke...

1. A blender for blending ingredients from a container with a fluid comprising:a bottle comprising:
a blending chamber comprising an opening to receive the fluid and a shoulder about the opening;
a lid configured to couple with the bottle, the lid comprising:
a container receiver, wherein the container receiver is configured to receive the container containing the ingredients and position a lip of the container against the shoulder when the lid is coupled to the bottle, wherein the shoulder is configured to have a shape and size to receive and seat the lip, and wherein the container receiver is further configured to apply pressure to an end of the container to move the container towards the bottle when the lid is coupled to the bottle to thereby move the container towards the opening while the shoulder holds the lip stationary to discharge the ingredients from the container into the fluid in the blending chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,427,118

ULTRASONIC NUTRIENT MIXING REACTOR

Brisben Water Solutions L...

1. An ultrasonic mixing reactor system for mixing plant nutrients comprising:at least one pump fluidly coupled to a source of fluid bulk mixed plant nutrients,
said at least one pump discharge fluidly connected to a venturi nozzle device,
said venturi nozzle fluidly connected to a nozzle device having at least one annular shaped plate comprised of a plurality of apertures constructed and arranged to create cavitation,
said nozzle device discharge fluidly coupled to a first ultrasonic reactor, said first ultrasonic reactor comprised of a first container having a plurality of variable frequency ultrasonic transducers mounted within said first ultrasonic reactor for generating acoustic cavitation of said bulk mixed plant nutrients, said first container having a tube centrally disposed within said first container, said tube constructed and arranged to create a directional vortex for discharge of said fluid from said first ultrasonic reactor, said container having a plurality of plates mounted at a predetermined distance from said plurality of ultrasonic transducers constructed and arranged to deflect acoustic waves within said container,
said first ultrasonic reactor discharge fluidly connected to a second ultrasonic reactor comprised of a second container having a plurality of variable frequency ultrasonic transducers mounted within said second ultrasonic reactor for generating acoustic cavitation of said bulk mixed plant nutrients, said second container having a tube centrally disposed within said second container, said tube constructed and arranged to create a directional vortex for discharge of said fluid from said second ultrasonic reactor, said container having a plurality of plates mounted at a predetermined distance from said plurality of ultrasonic transducers constructed and arranged to deflect acoustic waves within said container,
said second ultrasonic reactor discharge fluidly coupled to plate static mixer constructed and arranged to create hydrodynamic mixing.

US Pat. No. 10,427,116

STIRRING WAND

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:a housing including a heating element, an interior cavity and an underside that defines a receptacle;
a stirring tower having a tower supporting foot that selectively extends into the receptacle of the housing to define an engaged position where the receptacle of the underside covers and surrounds the tower supporting foot;
a tower mixing arm that extends over the tower supporting foot and is rotationally coupled to the stirring tower, the tower mixing arm operable between a mixing position defined by a tower drive system being in operable communication with the tower mixing arm, and an idle position defined by the tower drive system being out of operable communication with the tower mixing arm, wherein the tower mixing arm in the mixing position is positioned within the interior cavity of the housing when the stirring tower is in the engaged position; and
a lid that engages the housing and selectively encloses the interior cavity, wherein the lid selectively covers a portion of the tower mixing arm in the mixing position when the stirring tower is in the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,115

AGROCHEMICALS PRE-DILUTION UNIT

FMC QUIMICA DO BRASIL LTD...

1. An agrochemical pre-dilution unit comprising: a mixing device (21) that receives water and agrochemical to be mixed, wherein the unit comprises (i) a first pump (18) having an outlet and an inlet for circulating water and agrochemical inside the mixing device to form a water and agrochemical mixture inside of the mixing device, (ii) a second pump (20) which communicates the mixing device (21) to an outlet pipe (S) for discharging the water and agrochemical mixture, and (iii) a third pump (19) having an inlet and an outlet, wherein the outlet is in communication with a top portion of at least one bulk container (2, 3, 4, 5) by a pipe (P) that is connected to at least one pipe (Qn), and wherein the inlet of the third pump communicates with a source of water, and wherein each pipe (Qn) includes a flow-interruption valve, wherein:the at least one bulk container (2, 3, 4, 5) is in communication with the inlet of the first pump (18) by at least a first pipe (G, H, I, J), wherein the at least first pipe (G, H, I, J) includes a pressure sensor (14, 16, 17);
the outlet of the first pump (18) is in communication with the mixing device (21) by a pipe (L), to supply agrochemical from the at least one bulk container (2, 3, 4, 5) to said mixing device (21); and
the unit comprises a Programmable Logical Central (PLC) that is placed in a PLC housing (9) to control addition of the agrochemical.

US Pat. No. 10,427,114

DOUBLE WALL FLOW SHIFTER BAFFLES AND ASSOCIATED STATIC MIXER AND METHODS OF MIXING

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. A method of mixing at least two components of a fluid flow with a static mixer including a mixer conduit and a plurality of mixing baffles including at least one flow shifter baffle defining a transverse flow cross-section perpendicular to the fluid flow along an entire length of the at least one flow shifter baffle, the method comprising:introducing the fluid flow having at least two components into an inlet end of the mixer conduit; and
forcing the fluid flow through the plurality of mixing baffles including the at least one flow shifter baffle to produce a mixed fluid flow by:
dividing the fluid flow with a double divider wall element into a central flow portion and first and second peripheral flow portions;
shifting the first and second peripheral flow portions around the transverse flow cross-section through the flow shifter baffle with a plurality of occluding walls;
guiding at least a portion of the central flow portion through an opening extending through a dividing panel that extends substantially perpendicular to the transverse flow cross-section;
shifting the central flow portion with the flow of the first and second peripheral flow portions towards an outer periphery of the transverse flow cross-section of the at least one flow shifter baffle; and
doubling a number of flow layers of the at least two components as a result of flow through the at least one flow shifter baffle, while maintaining a general orientation of the flow layers as the fluid flow moves through the at least one flow shifter baffle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,113

HORIZONTAL PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM USING STATIC BAFFLES IN A DISTRIBUTOR

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. An agricultural product delivery system, comprising:at least one particulate material supply compartment;
at least two particle delivery units configured to apply particulate material received from the at least one particulate material supply compartment;
a conveying system having at least one supply line with a first end operatively connected to the at least one particulate material supply compartment and a second end, the conveying system configured to provide a flow of particulate material from the at least one particulate material supply compartment along the at least one supply line to the at least two particle delivery units; and
at least one static distributor having a first end operatively connected to the second end of the at least one supply line and a second end operatively connected to the at least two particulate delivery unit, the at least one static distributor including:
a housing having an inlet, a number of outlets spaced from the inlet and first and second paced walls defining a flow channel therebetween with a central axis through the housing; and
a pair of diverging panels disposed within the housing and extending between the spaced walls, the pair of diverging panels defining baffles having a first end directed toward the first end of the at least one static distributor and a second end directed toward the second end of the at least one static distributor;wherein:the first end of the baffles being narrower than the second end of the baffles.

US Pat. No. 10,427,112

AERATION DEVICE FOR BIOREACTORS

SARTORIUS STEDIM BIOTECH ...

1. An aeration device for a bioreactor (25), comprising:a lower part (5) having an annular bottom wall (9), an outer circumferential wall (10) projecting up from the bottom wall (9), an inner circumferential wall (12) concentric with the outer circumferential wall (10) and projecting up from the bottom wall (9) and a circumferentially extending partition wall (11) concentric with the outer and inner circumferential walls (10, 12) and projecting up from the bottom wall (9) at a position between the outer and inner circumferential walls (10, 12) so that an outer aeration channel (7) is defined between the outer circumferential wall (10) and the partition wall (11) and an inner aeration channel (8) is defined between the partition wall (11) and the inner circumferential wall (12); and
an upper part (6) mounted to ends of the outer and inner circumferential walls (10, 12) and the partition wall (11) and opposed to the bottom wall (9) to define a housing (2) with the upper part (6) covering both the outer aeration channel (7) and the inner aeration channel (8), the upper part (6) having a lower surface facing into the outer aeration channel (7) and the inner aeration channel (8) and an upper surface opposite the lower surface, areas of the upper part (6) that cover the outer aeration channel (7) being formed with outer gas outlet openings (36) that are arranged circumferentially at equal intervals, each of the outer gas outlet openings (36) extending from the lower surface to the upper surface, all of the outer gas outlet openings (36) being spaced apart from one another at all locations on each outer gas outlet opening (36) from the lower surface to the upper surface and having a cross-sectional dimension at the upper surface that is the same for all of the outer gas outlet openings (36) and areas of the upper part (6) that cover the inner aeration channel (8) being formed with inner gas outlet openings (46) extending from the lower surface to the upper surface, minimum spacings between the inner gas outlet openings (46) being less than the intervals between the outer gas outlet openings (36), all of the inner gas outlet openings (46) being spaced apart from one another at all locations on each inner gas outlet opening (46) from the lower surface to the upper surface and having a cross-sectional dimension at the upper surface that is the same for all of the inner gas outlet openings (46) and that is different than the cross-sectional dimension of outer gas outlet openings (36), wherein the same cross-sectional dimension for all of the outer gas outlet openings (36) achieves a specified distribution of bubble sizes from the outer gas outlet openings (36) and the same cross-sectional dimension for all of the inner gas outlet openings (46) achieves a specified distribution of bubble sizes from the inner gas outlet openings (46) that is different from the specified distribution of bubble sizes from the outer gas outlet openings (36), the cross-sectional dimensions of the outer gas outlet openings (36) being at least three times the cross-sectional dimensions of the inner gas outlet openings (46).

US Pat. No. 10,427,111

GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE, METHOD OF PRODUCING GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE, GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE, AND GAS SEPARATOR

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A gas separation membrane which satisfies any one of the following Conditions 1, 3, and 4,Condition 1: a gas separation membrane which has a resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond, in which the resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond satisfies the following Expressions 1 and 2,
0.9?A/B?0.55, and  Expression 1
B?1.7  Expression 2
in Expressions 1 and 2, A represents an O/Si ratio that is a ratio of the number of oxygen atoms relative to the number of silicon atoms contained in the resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond at a depth of 10 nm from the surface of the resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond, and B represents an O/Si ratio that is a ratio of the number of oxygen atoms relative to the number of silicon atoms in the surface of the resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond,
Condition 3: a gas separation membrane which has a resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond, in which a minimum value Si0 of the proportion of peaks of Si2+ and Si3+ to peaks of all Si in ESCA depth analysis of the resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond is in a range of 1% to 40%, and
Condition 4: a gas separation membrane which has a resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond, in which positron lifetime ?3 of a third component in a case where the positron is implanted at a strength of 1 keV from the surface of the resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond is in a range of 3.40 to 4.20 ns,
and which further comprises a porous support A and satisfies the following Condition 2,
Condition 2: a gas separation membrane which includes a porous support A; and a resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond positioned on the porous support A,
wherein the compound having a siloxane bond includes at least a repeating unit represented by the following Formula (2) or a repeating unit represented by the following Formula (3),
the resin layer containing a compound having a siloxane bond includes a region GLi present in the porous support B and a region GLe present on the porous support B,
the thickness of GLe is in a range of 50 to 1,000 nm,
the thickness of GLi is 20 nm or greater and the thickness of GLe is in a range of 10% to 350%, and
a difference between the content of the repeating unit represented by Formula (3) described above in 20 nm of the GLe surface layer and the content of the repeating unit represented by Formula (3) described above in 20 nm of the GLi surface layer is in a range of 30% to 90%,

in Formulae (2) and (3) described above, R11 represents a substituent, the symbol “*” represents a binding site with respect to # in Formula (2) or (3) described above, and the symbol “#” represents a binding site with respect to * in Formula (2) or (3) described above.

US Pat. No. 10,427,107

HIGH-STRENGTH HOLLOW FIBER ZEOLITE MEMBRANE AND ITS PREPARATION METHOD

NANJING TECH UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A method for preparing a high-strength hollow fiber zeolite membrane, the method comprising the following steps:(1) preparing a crystal seed solution: preparing a zeolite suspension liquid from zeolite crystal seed particles and water, wherein the mass fraction of the zeolite crystal seed particles in the zeolite suspension liquid is 0.5-5%, then adding sodium silicate in the zeolite suspension liquid and stirring to obtain a crystal seed solution;
(2) crystal seed coating: obtaining a support having a multi-channel hollow fiber configuration, immersing said support in the crystal seed solution, extracting the support from the crystal seed solution, and drying the support to obtain a crystal-seeded support; and
(3) synthesis of the high-strength hollow fiber zeolite membrane: placing the crystal-seeded support in a zeolite membrane synthetic fluid, performing hydrothermal synthesis on the crystal-seeded support to form a product, taking the product out of the zeolite membrane synthetic fluid, washing the product to pH=7-9, and drying the product to obtain the high-strength hollow fiber zeolite membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,427,105

FILTER DEVICE

Nanostone Water Inc., Wa...

1. A filter unit for water filtration, comprising:at least two ceramic filter membranes;
at least one holding member for the at least two ceramic filter membranes, wherein the at least two ceramic filter membranes are shaped like plates and the membranes are parallel to each other, the at least two ceramic filter membranes have a filter-active outside and at least one inside removal conduit for filtered water;
the at least one holding member includes a frame;
the at least one holding member includes a collection chamber via which water exiting out of the at least one inside removal conduit can be removed;
the at least one holding member includes an end unit,
wherein the end unit is coupled with an outer portion of the frame, the at least two ceramic filter membranes are coupled with the frame, and the at least one inside removal conduit is communicatively connected with the collection chamber, and
wherein the frame includes an inner surface non-parallel relative to a longitudinal axis of the ceramic membrane, where a width of an opening of inner surface increases toward the end unit.

US Pat. No. 10,427,104

DOUBLE CROSSLINKED SODIUM ALGINATE/POLYVINYL ALCOHOL COMPOSITE NANOFILTRATION MEMBRANE AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF

KOREA RESEARCH INSTITUTE ...

1. A double crosslinked sodium alginate/polyvinyl alcohol composite nanofiltration membrane, comprising:a porous polymer support; and
a sodium alginate/polyvinyl alcohol blend coating layer formed on the porous polymer support and having a first crosslinking structure formed by complexation with divalent metal ions and a second crosslinking structure formed by acetalization with aldehyde groups;
wherein the porous polymer support may be any one selected from the group consisting of polysulfone, polyethersulfone, polyacrylonitrile, polyamide, polyimide, polyetherimide, polyetherether ketone, polyvinylidene fluoride, cellulose acetate and cellulose triacetate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,103

SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE AND REPAIRING METHOD THEREOF

Mitsubishi Chemical Corpo...

1. A separation membrane module comprising:a cylinder-shaped housing; and
a tubular separation membrane disposed in the housing, wherein:
a processing target fluid flows through the housing from its one end side to the other end side and a fluid which has permeated the tubular separation membrane flows through the tubular separation membrane and is taken out;
an end pipe is connected to one end portion of the tubular separation membrane;
the end pipe is supported by a support plate which is disposed so as to traverse the housing;
an end plug is connected to the other end portion of the tubular separation membrane; and
the separation membrane module further comprises a coming-out preventive member which prevents the end plug from coming out of the tubular separation membrane, wherein the separation membrane module further comprises, as the coming-out preventive member, a spring which pulls the end plug and the end pipe toward itself.

US Pat. No. 10,427,101

REVERSE OSMOSIS TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR RECOVERING ENERGY GENERATED BOTH AT BRINE AND PERMEATE SIDES DURING SEAWATER DESALINATION

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A reverse osmosis treatment system comprising:a reverse osmosis treatment device configured to separate first to-be-treated water into permeate and brine via reverse osmosis;
a branched portion at which second to-be-treated water is divided into third to-be-treated water and fourth to-be-treated water;
a first pump configured to pressurize the third to-be-treated water thus divided, thereby to feed fifth to-be-treated water having a higher pressure than to-be-treated water before divided into the third to-be-treated water;
a first energy recovery device configured to exchange pressures between the fourth to-be-treated water thus divided and the brine thus separated by the reverse osmosis treatment device, thereby to produce sixth to-be-treated water having a higher pressure than the fourth to-be-treated water;
a merging portion at which the fifth to-be-treated water and the sixth to-be-treated water are merged to produce the first to-be-treated water; and
a second energy recovery device configured to raise a pressure of the third to-be-treated water located at a downstream side of the branched portion with a pressure of the permeate thus separated by the reverse osmosis treatment device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,100

SORPTION ENHANCED REACTION TECHNOLOGY FOR INCREASED PERFORMANCE FROM AUTOMOTIVE CATALYSTS

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. A aftertreatment system for an engine, the aftertreatment system comprising:a diesel particulate filter;
a decomposition chamber;
a dosing module configured to dose reductant into the decomposition chamber; and
a catalyst component configured for nitrogen monoxide (NO) oxidation, the catalyst component being configured to receive a flow of NO-containing exhaust gas produced by the engine, to react the NO-containing exhaust gas with an amount of oxygen gas (O2) in a presence of a sorbent and a catalyst, wherein the sorbent is adapted to adsorb an amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) to exceed an equilibrium limitation of an NO oxidation reaction for the NO-containing exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 10,427,097

DESULFURIZATION ABSORPTION TOWER

Jiangnan Environmental Pr...

1. A method for constructing a desulfurization reactor for a flue gas to be cleaned, the method comprising:selecting, based on parameters of the flue gas that include an amount of the flue gas, a pressure of the flue gas, a sulfur dioxide concentration of the flue gas, and a chloride ion concentration of the flue gas, two or more stainless steel grades;
assembling on a desulfurization tower base a first reactor section including a first of the stainless steel grades; and
placing contiguous with the first reactor section a second reactor section including a second of the stainless steel grades.

US Pat. No. 10,427,095

DEVICE, PROCESS, AND CATALYST INTENDED FOR DESULFURIZATION AND DEMERCAPTANIZATION OF GASEOUS HYDROCARBONS

START-CATALYST LLC, Mosc...

1. A process of desulfurization and demercaptanization of gaseous hydrocarbons, comprising:passing a mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons comprising a starting amount of hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans and an oxygen-containing gas through a reactor loaded with an organic solution of a catalyst,
wherein the catalyst comprises mixed-ligand complexes of transition metals,
wherein the catalyst comprises at least 60 percent by weight of a mixture of an amine and an amide, and at most 40 percent by weight of a mixture of cupric and/or ferric halogenides, and
producing an end product having a residual mercaptan concentration of 10 ppm or less and a residual hydrogen sulfide concentration of 10 ppm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,427,092

LIGHT GAS SEPARATION FROM HYDROCARBONS FOR VARIABLE COMPOSITION FEED STREAMS

BRECOR HOLDINGS LLC, Wil...

1. A process for separating the components of a variable composition multi-component gas stream comprising light components and heavier hydrocarbon components, the process comprising:contacting the multi-component gas stream with a lean solvent in an absorber to produce a light component overhead stream and a rich solvent bottoms stream;
directing the rich solvent bottoms stream to a first flash vessel at a first constant reduced pressure to produce a vapor of which all or part of the vapor is routed to the absorber bottom stage and with the remaining vapor routed to the produced hydrocarbon product stream;
directing the rich solvent from the first flash vessel to a second flash vessel at further reduced second constant pressure to produce a vapor of which all, none, or part of the vapor is routed the absorber bottom stage with the remaining vapor routed to the produced hydrocarbon product stream; wherein if all of the produced vapor from the first flash vessel is routed to the absorber bottom stage then a part of the produced vapor from the second flash vessel must be routed to the absorber bottoms stage, or if part of the produced vapor from the first flash vessel is routed to the absorber bottoms stage then none of the produced vapor from the second flash vessel is routed to the absorber bottom stage;
directing the rich solvent from the second flash vessel to one or more reduced pressure flash vessels with the produced hydrocarbon vapor compressed and routed to the produced hydrocarbon stream,
recycling the regenerated lean solvent from the last, lowest pressure flash vessel through a pump to the absorber.

US Pat. No. 10,427,087

DEHUMIDIFIER APPARATUS AND DISPOSABLE CARTRIDGE THEREFOR

Willert Home Products, In...

1. A dehumidifier apparatus comprising:a housing comprising an interior space and a vent for permitting airflow into said interior space; and
a cartridge sized for removable insertion into said interior space of said housing, wherein said cartridge comprises:
a tray defining a first pocket and a second pocket;
a cover coupled to said tray, wherein said first pocket is coupled in fluid communication with said second pocket such that liquid may flow from said first pocket into said second pocket, wherein said cover comprises at least a first layer, said first layer being gas permeable and liquid impermeable; and
a desiccant material contained in said first pocket by said cover.

US Pat. No. 10,427,079

VARIABLE AIR FILTER ASSEMBLIES

FilterEasy, Inc., Raleig...

1. An air filter assembly for a heating and ventilation air conditioner (HVAC) system, the filter assembly comprising:a filter element having at least one variable dimension; and
a frame for engaging and supporting the filter element, the frame configured for being adjusted to accommodate the at least one variable dimension and secure the filter element therein,
wherein, the frame is positioned within an HVAC return to secure the filter element within an airflow of the HVAC system; and
wherein the filter element has a preformed fold pattern that facilitates reduction in two-dimensions.

US Pat. No. 10,427,077

COLLAPSIBLE PLEATED FILTER USING LATERALLY POSITIONED RETAINING MEMBERS

Columbus Industries, Inc....

1. A collapsible air filter comprising:(a) a pleated air filter media assembly having generally rectangular panels interconnected together in a pleated configuration with a first side panel at one side of the assembly and a second side panel at an opposite side of the assembly;
(b) first and second side members, the first side member mounted to the first side panel and the second side member mounted to the second side panel, wherein:
(i) a first cavity is formed between inner and outer legs on an upstream side of the first side member;
(ii) a second cavity is formed between inner and outer legs on an upstream side of the second side member;
(iii) a third cavity is formed between inner and outer legs on a downstream side of the first side member;
(iv) a fourth cavity is formed between inner and outer legs on a downstream side of the second side member; and
(c) at least one support inserted at a first support end in the first cavity, said at least one support inserted at a second, opposite support end in the second cavity, said at least one support maintaining a space between the first and second side members.

US Pat. No. 10,427,072

DEVICE FOR SEPARATING A MEDIUM COMPRISING A MIXTURE OF A SOLID PORTION AND A FLUID PORTION

Cubility AS, Sandnes (NO...

1. A device for separating a medium comprising a mixture of a solid portion and a fluid portion comprising a liquid, wherein the device comprises:a filter arrangement comprising a displaceable filter element having a surface with a plurality of openings adapted to allow the fluid portion to be disposed through the openings while maintaining the solid portion on the surface of the filter element;
an inlet for feeding the medium to the filter element; and
an outlet for discharging the solid portion from the surface of the filter element;
wherein the device further comprises an obstruction having an elastic element extending towards the surface of the filter element and being adapted to contact the surface of the filter element and simultaneously interact with the medium while the solid portion is being separated from the fluid portion when the medium is being displaced from the inlet to the outlet;
wherein the device further comprises means for providing a stream of drive fluid through the filter element, thereby acting on the fluid with a pressure that pushes the fluid through the openings of the filter element while maintaining the solid portion on the surface of the filter element; and
wherein the obstruction is provided with the means for providing a stream of drive fluid through the filter element.

US Pat. No. 10,427,067

CONTROLLING HEAT FLUX DURING DISTILLATION AND CONCENTRATION OF EXTRACT

EXTRACTCRAFT, LLC, Longm...

1. A system for controlling heat flux during distillation and concentration of plant extract, comprising:a distillation vessel configured for containing a mixture of solvent and plant extract;
a heat source configured for heating the distillation vessel and any mixture of solvent and plant extract contained therein;
a vacuum pump configured for adjusting pressure in the distillation vessel;
a user input element;
a microcontroller configured to, in response to selection of an initial distillation temperature with the user input element, control the heat source to output heat at a heat source initial target temperature to heat the distillation vessel to a distillation vessel initial target temperature and boil a mixture in the distillation vessel at the initial distillation temperature and an initial heat flux and initial distillation rate and to control the vacuum pump to set a distillation vessel initial target pressure within the distillation vessel; and
wherein the microcontroller is further configured to, in response to selection with the user input element of a modified distillation temperature different from the initial distillation temperature, change both the heat output from the heat source and the pressure set with the vacuum pump to boil the mixture in the distillation vessel at the modified distillation temperature and the initial heat flux.

US Pat. No. 10,427,066

MULTI-STAGE DISTILLATION SYSTEM, METHOD FOR THE OPERATION THEREOF

Thermal Purification Tech...

1. A multistage distillation system, comprising:a plurality of stages Si, where i=1, . . . n, wherein each stage Si works in a higher pressure and temperature range (? Pi, ? Ti) than its ensuing stage Si+1 during operation, wherein each stage Si includes a pressure-tight vessel Vi that contains an evaporator Ei and a condenser Ci, wherein each evaporator Ei includes a spray inlet for introducing and spraying added liquid into the evaporator Ei and a lower outlet for letting out liquid from the evaporator Ei and defines a steam space between the spray inlet and the lower outlet, wherein each condenser Ci includes a spray inlet for introducing and spraying added liquid into condenser Ci and a lower outlet for letting out liquid from the condenser Ci and defines a steam space between the spray inlet and the lower outlet;
a pressure-tight steam pipe disposed within each vessel Vi and connecting the steam space of each evaporator Ei with the steam space of each condenser Ci;
an evaporator circuit configured with the outlet of each evaporator Ei connected via a respective pressure-tight liquid line with the spray inlet of the next evaporator Ei+1 except that the outlet of the last evaporator En is connected by a respective pressure-tight liquid line with the spray inlet of the first evaporator E1;
a condenser circuit configured with the outlet of each condenser Ci connected via a respective pressure-tight liquid line with the spray inlet of the preceding condenser Ci?1 (i?1) except that the outlet of the first condenser C1 is connected with the spray inlet of the last condenser Cn; and
a pressure-tight steam line having a first end connected with one of the pressure-tight liquid lines between the condenser Ci and the condenser Ci?1 (i?1) or with the pressure-tight liquid line between the evaporators En and E1, and the pressure-tight steam line having a second end connected with a steam space having a higher pressure P during operation than the pressure in the pressure-tight liquid line to which the first end of the pressure-tight steam line is connected, so as to pressurize a liquid therein with a higher pressure and convey the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,427,062

WHEEL ASSEMBLY FOR COUNTERING AN ACTING GRAVITATIONAL FORCE

MP Development Limited, ...

15. A wheel assembly for a toy car, the wheel assembly comprising:a roller having an axis of rotation;
a first wheel portion having a peripheral surface that extends entirely around the axis of rotation, wherein
the first wheel portion projects radially outward with respect to the axis of rotation,
the peripheral surface of the first wheel portion includes
a first circumferential portion having a peripheral outer surface extending partially around the peripheral surface of the first wheel portion and that is sticky, and
a second circumferential portion having a peripheral outer surface extending partially around the peripheral surface of the first wheel portion and that is devoid of the sticky surface, wherein the first and second circumferential portions of the first wheel portion adjoin each other and extend entirely around the axis of rotation; and
a second wheel portion having a peripheral surface that extends entirely around the axis of rotation, wherein
the second wheel portion projects radially outward with respect to the axis of rotation,
the peripheral surface of the second wheel portion includes
a first circumferential portion having a peripheral outer surface extending partially around the peripheral surface of the second wheel portion and that is sticky, and
a second circumferential portion having a peripheral outer surface extending partially around the peripheral surface of the second wheel portion and that is devoid of the sticky surface, wherein
the first and second circumferential portions of the second wheel portion adjoin each other and extend entirely around the axis of rotation,
the first and second wheel portions are spaced apart on the roller, and
the first and second wheel portions rotate upon rotation of the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,427,061

PLUSH STUFFED WITH MOLDED OR SCULPTED FOAM

GENNCOMM, LLC, Tarzana, ...

1. A plush toy comprising:a foam inner formed into a character shape having at least one appendage and comprising a compressible foam material having an outer surface, the foam inner having a natural size when unconstrained;
a flexible outer covering shaped to and aligned with the character shape of the foam inner and entirely surrounding the foam inner and having an unconstrained size smaller than the natural size of the foam inner, the outer covering having an inner surface for contacting the foam inner, and an outer surface;
the plush toy having
a first uncompressed form with a natural size and shape, wherein the inner foam is constrained by the outer covering and does not achieve its natural size; and
a second, compressed form smaller than the unconstrained form;
wherein when the plush toy is compressed to the compressed form, upon release the plush toy expands to the uncompressed form with the natural size and shape of the plush toy.

US Pat. No. 10,427,060

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DECORATIVE ATTACHMENT SYSTEM FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE

GDI Day Three, LLC, Chan...

1. An attachment system for a medical device, comprising:a figurine having a receiving port recessed into the figurine; and
a one piece removable clip comprising:
an insertable section, comprising:
a curved end portion configured to be secured fully within the receiving port;
a first leg:
extending away from a first side of the curved end portion that is disposed within the receiving port when the curved end portion is secured within the receiving port; and
projecting outward from the receiving port when the curved end portion is secured within the receiving port;
a second leg:
extending away from a second side of the curved end portion that is disposed within the receiving port when the curved end portion is secured within the receiving port; and
projecting outward from the receiving port when the curved end portion is secured within the receiving port, wherein an open space:
 is formed between the first and second legs; and
 is at least partially disposed within the receiving port when the curved end portion is secured within the receiving port; and
a locking element disposed along at least one leg and configured to abut at least one internal sidewall of the receiving port to secure the removable clip to the figurine when the curved end portion is secured within the receiving port; and
a holding portion immediately adjacent to and extending outwardly from the first and second legs of the insertable section, wherein the holding portion is configured to receive the medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,058

PLAY STRUCTURE AND BRACKET FOR PLAY STRUCTURE

LEISURE TIME PRODUCTS, LL...

1. A play structure comprising:a main structure;
a swing set comprising:
a main beam member comprising a proximal end and a distal end;
a pair of leg members coupled with the distal end; and
at least one swing suspended from the main beam member between the proximal end and the distal end; and
an extension assembly comprising:
an extension block disposed between the main structure and the proximal end of the main beam member; and
a first bracket disposed on one side of the main beam member, the first bracket comprising:
a first flange comprising a proximal end and a distal end, the first flange coupled to each of the extension block and the proximal end of the main beam member; and
a second flange extending from the first flange at the proximal end of the first flange and coupled to the main structure such that the first bracket facilitates coupling of the extension block and the main beam member to the main structure, wherein:
the extension block has a first length; and
the first flange has a second length that is greater than the first length.

US Pat. No. 10,427,057

MULTI-USER SWING SET

Landscape Structures Inc....

1. A swing set comprising:a swing set frame;
a first swing comprising:
a first swing frame;
a first swing seat formed from a first belt that spans between two portions of the first swing frame;
a second swing comprising:
a second swing frame;
a second swing seat formed from a second belt that spans between two portions of the second swing frame;
a coupling bridge that couples the first swing to the second swing;
four swing coupling mechanisms, the first and second swing coupling mechanisms coupling the first swing to the swing set frame and the third and fourth swing coupling mechanisms coupling the second swing to the swing set frame; and wherein the first belt comprises a length such that a portion of the first belt hangs vertically lower than the coupling bridge, when the swing set is still.

US Pat. No. 10,427,056

SEATING DEVICE

BEC GmbH, Pfullingen (DE...

1. A seating device configured to be connected to a movement mechanism, the seating device comprising:at least one seat;
a fastening flange having a flange section configured to connect to the movement mechanism and at least one flange clamping receptacle configured to connect to said at least one seat;
at least two seat clamping receptacles each connected to one of said at least one seat;
at least one clamping device extending in the direction of a clamping axis;
said flange clamping receptacle being arranged between two of said at least two seat clamping receptacles;
said clamping device being configured to project through said two of said at least two seat clamping receptacles arranged on either side of said flange clamping receptacle; and,
said clamping device being further configured to clamp together said seat clamping receptacles and said flange clamping receptacles in the direction of said clamping axis.

US Pat. No. 10,427,054

COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR MARKETING AND SELLING FANTASY SPORTS AND/OR STOCK MARKET TEAMS

FANTASY INNOVATIONS, LLC,...

1. A computer program containing instructions for causing a computer to perform the method of:offering a fantasy team for sale by a team owner, wherein offering a fantasy team for sale includes defining a flexibility factor for the fantasy team by the team owner, where the flexibility factor is used to establish restrictions on substitutions in a team which may be made by the team owner without investor approval, where a higher flexibility factor allows greater substitution flexibility to the team owner;
viewing available fantasy team investment opportunities by an investor;
making an offer to buy a share of the fantasy team by the investor;
accepting the offer to buy the share of the fantasy team by the team owner; and
communicating fantasy team prize winnings to be shared with the investor by the team owner.

US Pat. No. 10,427,051

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SPORTS SIMULATION

Full-Swing Golf, Inc., C...

1. A system for computer generated sports simulation, the system comprising:a screen configured to have a sports object launched thereat and to display a future trajectory of the sports object thereon;
a projector configured to project the future trajectory of the sports object on the screen;
a launch area configured to have the sports object launched therefrom and toward the screen;
a first camera, wherein the first camera is positioned over the launch area and configured to capture one or more images of the launch area;
a second camera, wherein the second camera is positioned to capture one or more images of the sports object as the sports object travels from the launch area toward the screen;
at least a first sensor plane located between the launch area and the screen; and
a processor in data communication with the first camera, the second camera, and the first sensor plane, wherein the processor is configured to execute a set of instructions to perform a method comprising:
detecting the launch of the sports object;
capturing with the first camera one or more images of the illuminated launch area as the sports object is launched from the launch area;
sensing passage of the sports object through the first sensor plane using sensors and emitters located within the first sensor plane;
determining one or more components of the translational velocity of the sports object based at least on the sensed passage of the sports object through the first sensor plane and the captured one or more images of the launch area by the first camera;
determining one or more components of rotational velocity of the sports object;
computing the future trajectory of the sports object based on the one or more components of rotational velocity and the one or more components of translational velocity; and
displaying the future trajectory of the sports object on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,427,050

PERSONAL ITEMS NETWORK, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A system comprising:an output component;
a receiver operative to receive real performance data indicative of real performance metrics indicative of physical activity by a particular participant; and
a processor operative to:
associate a particular identification code to the received real performance data, wherein the particular identification code is unique to the particular participant;
for a virtual competition in which the particular participant is a competitor, determine the particular identification code for the particular participant;
access the received real performance data associated with the determined particular identification code;
adjust the virtual competition based on the accessed real performance data associated with the determined particular identification code; and
present information indicative of the adjusted virtual competition to the particular participant using the output component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,048

SECURE ANTI-CHEAT SYSTEM

Electronic Arts Inc., Re...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:as implemented by a user computing device configured with specific computer-executable instructions,
initiating execution of an application by a hardware processor of the user computing device, wherein at least a portion of the application is executed within a volatile memory of the user computing device;
executing a static loader included as part of the application;
establishing, using the static loader, a communication channel over a network with a backend anti-cheat system that executes on a separate computing system from the user computing device;
receiving a dynamic cheat detection module from the backend anti-cheat system over the communication channel;
loading the dynamic cheat detection module, obtained over the communication channel from the backend anti-cheat system, directly into the volatile memory of the user computing device;
executing the dynamic cheat detection module stored within the volatile memory of the user computing device;
using the dynamic cheat detection module, obtaining a cheat signatures payload over the communication channel from the backend anti-cheat system, wherein the cheat signatures payload comprises representations of portions of volatile memory indicative of execution of one or more cheat applications;
loading the cheat signatures payload into the volatile memory of the user computing device without storing the cheat signatures payload into a non-volatile memory of the user computing device; and
detecting whether the one or more cheat applications are executing on the user computing device by performing an anti-cheat detection process with respect to the application using at least the dynamic cheat detection module and the cheat signatures payload, wherein the one or more cheat applications are separate applications that at least in part execute concurrently with the application.

US Pat. No. 10,427,046

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GAME OBJECT AND ENVIRONMENT GENERATION

Take-Two Interactive Soft...

1. A system for executing a three-dimensional (3D) environment comprising:a rendering engine;
a core system logic communicatively coupled to the rendering engine;
an asset interface communicatively coupled to the core system logic, to a shop item asset store, and to a metadata asset store comprising a plurality of metadata records describing available assets, wherein each metadata record comprises an asset identifier, which identifies an asset, and a property tag, and wherein the shop item asset store comprises a plurality of shop items referenced by a shop item identifier and wherein each shop item is defined by one or more states and one or more triggers, at least one of said states being a base state, the one or more triggers being defined by a selected asset identifier of a selected metadata record and causing the shop item to change its state;
one or more environment systems communicatively coupled to the asset interface;
a script logic communicatively coupled to the asset interface;
wherein the asset interface is configured to receive a request for insertion of an asset into the 3D environment from the script logic or the environment systems and to use the received request to identify a metadata asset record based on the property tag of the metadata asset record; and
wherein the core system logic is configured to receive the metadata asset record or the asset identified by the metadata asset record from the asset interface and to instruct the rendering engine to load the asset identified by the metadata asset record into the 3D environment.

US Pat. No. 10,427,043

BICYCLE-TYPE GAME SIMULATION DEVICE

1. A bicycle-type game simulation device comprising:a crank pedal unit including a crankshaft, a pair of crank arms respectively fixed at one end thereof to opposite ends of the crankshaft so as to be angularly diametrically opposed to each other, a pedal shaft rotatably supported by a free end of each crank arm, and a crank pedal rotatably coupled to the pedal shaft;
a swing footrest horizontally rotatably installed to the crank pedal;
a swing detector configured to detect leftward/rightward rotation of the swing footrest and transmit a detected signal thereof; and
a forward-and-backward rotation detector configured to detect forward/reverse rotation of the crankshaft and transmit a signal thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,427,036

GAMES CONTROLLER

Ironburg Inventions Limit...

1. An apparatus for supplying user inputs to a computer program, comprising:a case; and
a plurality of controls located on a front and top of the apparatus;
the apparatus being shaped to be held in both hands of a user such that thumbs of the user are positioned to operate controls located on the front of the apparatus and index fingers of the user are positioned to operate controls located on the top of the apparatus; wherein
the apparatus further comprises at least one first additional control located on a back of the apparatus in a position operable by a middle, ring or little finger of the user, the at least one first additional control comprising an actuator disposed in overlying relationship with a first switch mechanism and a second switch mechanism, the actuator being pivotally coupled to the apparatus such that the actuator activates the first switch mechanism when rotated in a first direction and activates the second switch mechanism when rotated in a second opposing direction,
wherein the actuator comprises a void having opposing first and second walls, wherein the first wall provides an inner engaging surface facing towards a rear of the case for activation in the first direction and the second wall provides an outer engaging surface facing away from the rear of the case for actuation in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,032

EDUCATIONAL GAME BOX

Lonpos Braintelligent Co....

1. A educational game box, comprising:a first box body (1), including a first base (11) and a first building block base (12); wherein rear side and left and right sides of the first base (11) are provided with connected and upright first side walls (111), a first holding space (112) is located among the three first side walls (111), and the first building block base (12) covers the top of the first base (11), both ends of a rear side of the first building block base (12) are pin connected to both ends of rear side of the first base (11); the top surface of the first building block base (12) is provided with multiple first locating recess holes (121), and the holes are connected to each other;
an inserting holder (2), located in one end of the first box body (1), arranged with the three first side walls (111) to make the first holding space (112) square; the top surface of the inserting holder (2) is provided with a slot (21);
at least a card (3), one end of the card can be inserted in the slot (21), and a pattern (31) is printed on both sides of the card (3) respectively; and
a first building block set (4), comprising multiple building blocks, and each building block comprises multiple elements connected in one to form different shapes; the multiple building blocks can be laid in the first locating recess holes (121) of the first building block base (12) to fill all of the locating recess holes (121).

US Pat. No. 10,427,031

GAME SCORING AND TRACKING SYSTEM

Medal Sports (Taiwan) Cor...

1. A game scoring and tracking system, comprising:a playing surface;
a projectile configured for use on top of the playing surface;
a central unit located below the playing surface;
an at least one speaker communicatively coupled to the central unit;
a first end wall extending generally perpendicular from the playing surface;
a second end wall spaced apart from the first end wall;
a first side wall extending between the first end wall and the second end wall;
a second side wall spaced apart from the first side wall, extending between the first end wall and the second end wall;
a first corner illuminable indicia configured to connect the first end wall to the first side wall, the first corner illuminable indicia communicatively coupled to the central unit;
a second corner illuminable indicia configured to connect the second end wall to the first side wall, the second corner illuminable indicia communicatively coupled to the central unit;
a third corner illuminable indicia configured to connect the second end wall to the second side wall, the third corner illuminable indicia communicatively coupled to the central unit;
a fourth corner illuminable indicia configured to connect the first end wall to the second side wall, the fourth corner illuminable indicia communicatively coupled to the central unit;
a first goal located along the first end wall between the first corner illuminable indicia and the fourth corner illuminable indicia, the first goal configured to receive the projectile from the playing surface, and the first goal including a first at least one sensor communicatively coupled to the central unit; and
a second goal located along the second end wall between the second corner illuminable indicia and the third corner illuminable indicia, the second goal configured to receive the projectile from the playing surface, and the second goal including a second at least one sensor communicatively coupled to the central unit,
wherein the first at least one sensor detects the projectile entering the first goal and the second at least one sensor detects the projectile entering the second goal.

US Pat. No. 10,427,025

SKI TOTE

Brian Greenfield, Quebec...

1. A ski tote comprising:a short strap;
a snap clasp containing at least two elements, one element being fastened to one end of the short strap and another element being fastened toward the other end of the short strap with an adjusting piece of the short strap beyond the other element; and
a long strap longer than the short strap, with one end fastened to the short strap just inside of and immediately adjacent to one of the clasp elements and the other end fastened to the short strap just inside of the other of the clasp elements, the portion of the long strap between its attachments to the short strap being a continuous one-piece portion;
whereby the short strap can be placed about a pair of skis and locked there by engaging the clasp elements, the adjusting piece can be pulled to make the attachment about the skis snug and the long strap can be used for carrying the skis such that the claps elements may face away from the long strap.

US Pat. No. 10,427,023

SHOULDER PADS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

BSN SPORTS, LLC, Farmers...

1. Shoulder pads, comprising:a left torso pad and a right torso pad, each of the left and right torso pads including a chest portion, a back portion, and an arch portion, wherein each arch portion extends from a first end thereof to a second end thereof that is opposite of the first end;
wherein the first end of each arch portion is pivotably connected to the respective chest portion by a first fastener extending at least partially within a first opening in the arch portion, the first fastener being configured for movement relative to the first opening,
wherein the second end of each arch portion is pivotably connected to the respective back portion by a second fastener extending at least partially within a second opening in the arch portion, the second fastener being configured for movement relative to the second opening, and
wherein each arch portion is configured to rotate independently of the respective chest and back portions via the pivotable connections of the arch portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,022

STRIKING ASSEMBLY

BIG HIT HOLDINGS INC., T...

1. A striking assembly for martial arts training comprising:a base plate having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the base plate configured to be secured to a substrate external to the striking assembly;
a support unit comprising:
a support plate having a third side and a fourth side opposite the third side, the support plate coupled to the base plate and disposed such that the third side of the support plate is proximal to and faces the second side of the base plate; and
a post secured to the support plate, the post extending from the fourth side of the support plate in a direction away from the fourth side;
a striking unit comprising a main body having a recess for receiving a portion of the post of the support unit, the main body reversibly securable to the post, and a striking pad covering at least a portion of the main body, the striking pad configured to receive striking impacts;
three or more isolators coupling the support plate to the base plate, each isolator having a body being resiliently deformable, a first end of each isolator connected to the second side of the base plate, and a second end of each isolator connected to the third side of the support plate, the three or more isolators spaced such that one isolator is out of line with the other two isolators, the isolators resiliently deformable in response to a force originating from the striking impacts;
wherein in response to at least one of the striking impacts:
when the force is being applied during the at least one striking impact, the isolators are configured to resiliently deform in response to the force such that the striking unit and the support unit reversibly deflect relative to the base plate to create a deflection angle between a normal to the support plate and a normal to the base plate; and
when the force is discontinued at a conclusion of the at least one striking impact, the isolators are configured to resiliently return substantially to their undeformed dimensions to cause the striking unit and the support unit to rebound such that the normal to the support plate returns to being substantially parallel to the normal to the base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,021

COMBAT TRAINING DEVICE

1. A combat training device comprising:an elongated support having a rearward end, a forward end and a sleeve housing, the sleeve housing including a longitudinal bore;
the elongated support having a shoulder rest at the rearward end of the elongated support;
the elongated support having a socket at the forward end of the elongated support and a neck support removably engaged with the socket;
a punching target connected to the neck support; and
a punching member mounted to a forward end of a reciprocating support and longitudinally moveable relative to the punching target, the reciprocating support slidably disposed within the longitudinal bore of the sleeve housing.

US Pat. No. 10,427,019

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL THROWING GAME BOARD

David L. Schmidt, Zimmer...

1. A throwing game comprising:a panel assembly including:
a support frame;
a first panel and a second panel supported by the support frame, the first panel having an aperture through a first major surface, the first panel and the second panel being supported by the support frame in two configurations:
a first configuration wherein the first panel extends from the support frame forming a platform with a free end and wherein a second major surface of the second panel is disposed above the first major surface and is oblique or perpendicular to the first major surface, and
a second configuration wherein the first major surface of the first panel is coplanar with the second major surface of the second panel and wherein the first panel and second panel are adjustably spaced apart to vary a gap formed between side edges of the first major surface and the second major surface that face each other; and
a panel assembly support connected to the panel assembly to support at least one end of the panel assembly off a ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,018

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH SOUND DAMPING

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a face portion surrounded by a topline portion, a toe portion, a sole portion and a heel portion, the face portion comprising a front striking surface and a back surface;
a backbar portion extending upwardly from the sole portion behind the face portion;
a rear cavity located behind the face portion and defined by inner peripheral walls of the topline portion, the toe portion, the sole portion, and the heel portion; and
a badge coupled to the back surface of the face portion, the badge comprising a main body portion and at least one structural member extending outwardly from the main body portion, wherein the at least one structural member comprises an upper portion and a lower portion disposed between the topline portion and the sole portion, and wherein the at least one structural member has a maximum height above the main body portion in the range of 8 to 20 millimeters (mm) at the lower portion and a minimum height in the range of 2 to 8 mm at the upper portion;
wherein:
the badge is disposed within the rear cavity;
the main body portion of the badge further comprises a toe-side peripheral edge that is sized and shaped to conform to an inner peripheral wall of the toe portion;
the main body portion of badge further comprises a heel-side peripheral edge that is sized and shaped to conform to an inner peripheral wall of the heel portion;
the backbar portion includes at least one recess configured to receive the lower portion of the at least one structural member of the badge and a damping material; and
the damping material is disposed within the at least one recess of the backbar portion and between the lower portion of the at least one structural member of the badge and the backbar portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,017

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH USER ACTIVITIES INVOLVING SWINGING INSTRUMENTS

Arccos Golf LLC, Stamfor...

1. A sensor module adapted to be operatively coupled to a golf club and configured to detect a golf swing or an impact between the golf club and an object, the sensor module comprising:a power source configured to power the sensor module;
an inertial sensor operatively coupled to the power source and configured to output one or more electrical signals that correspond to a gravitational force sensed by the inertial sensor along a z-axis, the gravitational force sensed by the inertial sensor having a sensed magnitude and a sensed directional component; and
control circuitry operatively coupled to the power source, the inertial sensor, and the memory, the control circuitry including a processing device being configured to transition between a plurality of modes of operation to control power consumed by the processing device based one whether the sensed magnitude represented by the one or more electrical signals output by the inertial sensor is between a minimum threshold magnitude and a maximum threshold magnitude and whether the sensed directional component represented by the one or more electrical signals conforming to a specified directional component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,011

GROOVES OF GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GROOVES OF GOLF CLUB HEADS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A putter type golf club head comprising:a putter type club face defined by a toe end, a heel end, a top rail and a sole; and
a plurality of grooves disposed on the putter type club face between the top rail and the sole of the putter type club head, each groove extending between the toe end and the heel end;
wherein a deepest portion of at least one groove is defined by a generally planar bottom surface portion of the groove;
wherein the width of the grooves vary in a direction extending between the top rail and the sole, or in a direction extending between the heel end and the toe end;
wherein the plurality of grooves are separated by a plurality of land portions, and a width of the land portions varies in a direction extending between the top rail and the sole, or in a direction extending between the heel end and the toe end;
wherein a depth of a portion of the plurality of grooves is about 0.003 inch.

US Pat. No. 10,427,002

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR BALANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

Bioness Inc., Valencia, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a plate configured to support a user standing on the plate;
a plurality of fluid chambers, each fluid chamber from the plurality of fluid chambers configured to support at least a portion of the plate; and
an electronic assembly in communication with at least one sensor, the electronic assembly configured to (1) receive a signal from the at least one sensor indicative of at least one of a pressure or a fill volume of each fluid chamber from the plurality of fluid chambers and (2) determine a tilt angle of the plate relative to a reference plane based on the at least one of the pressure or the fill volume of each fluid chamber from the plurality of fluid chambers, the electronic assembly configured to define a current coordinate along a plane based on the tilt angle of the plate relative to the reference plane and to send a signal indicative of an instruction to graphically represent data associated with the current coordinate on a display of an electronic device,
in response to the current coordinate satisfying a criterion, the electronic assembly configured to send a signal operable to change the fill volume within at least one fluid chamber from the plurality of fluid chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,427,000

EXERCISE AND REHABILITATION DEVICE

1. A device for exercising or rehabilitating a hand, arm, shoulder or related joints of a user, comprising:a flat base plate having an upper side and a lower side;
a first flexible joint comprising a horizontally disposed pad having an upper side and a lower side, and a cylindrical portion having an upper end and a lower end, which extends upwardly from said horizontally disposed pad;
said horizontally disposed pad being secured to said flat base plate;
an elongated lower tube having an open lower end and an open upper end;
said cylindrical portion of said first flexible joint extending upwardly into said open lower end of said elongated lower tube and being secured to said open lower end of said elongated lower tube;
an elongated upper tube having an open upper end and a lower end;
said elongated upper tube telescopically slidably extending downwardly into said open upper end of said elongated lower tube;
a locking collar at said open upper end of said elongated upper tube for selectively locking said elongated upper tube in various telescopic positions with respect to said elongated lower tube;
an open hand support having an upper side and a lower side;
a second flexible joint having an upper end and a cylindrical portion which extends downwardly from said upper end of said second flexible joint;
said upper end of said second flexible joint being secured to said lower side of said open hand support; and
said cylindrical portion of said second flexible joint extending downwardly into said open upper end of said elongated upper tube and being secured thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,426,997

WEARABLE EXERCISE APPARATUSES

Jeffrey D. Stewart

1. A wearable footwear apparatus comprising:a step-up mechanism having a V-shaped expanded configuration and a compressed configuration, the step-up mechanism including
a self-expanding assembly for moving the set-up mechanism to the V-shaped expanded configuration, and
a locking device configured to keep the step-up mechanism in the V-shaped expanded configuration while a user steps onto the step-up mechanism, wherein the locking device is configured to unlock to allow the step-up mechanism in the V-shaped expanded configuration to begin collapsing after the step-up mechanism supports substantially all of the user's mass and in response to the user's body weight being transferred from a first section of the step-up mechanism to a second section of the step-up mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,426,994

EXERCISE DEVICE HANDLE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

TOTAL GYM GLOBAL CORP., ...

1. An exercise device handle for an exercise device, comprising:a handle tube including at least one straight portion, at least one bent portion, and opposite ends;
a stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) grip at both of the opposite ends of the handle tube, the SUP grip is at least twice as wide as the at least one straight portion, is bowed outward in a central portion, and is configured to be gripped by hands of a user in the same manner as gripping a grip on the end of a SUP paddle or a grip on the end of a canoe paddle, the SUP grip extending primarily in a Z direction, the at least one straight portion extending primarily in an X direction, and the at least one bent portion extending primarily in the X and Y directions, the at least one straight portion and at least one bent portion includes a central straight base portion;
an incurved portion that is concave up in a Y direction and transitions into an increased width portion that increases gradually in width in a Z direction, progressing from the incurved portion to the SUP grip.

US Pat. No. 10,426,993

TRACK-MOUNTED LEVER RELEASE EXERCISE RACK ACCESSORY MOUNT

Arsenal Strength LLC, Kn...

1. A quick disconnect exercise rack accessory apparatus comprising:an accessory for an exercise rack having a use portion and a mounting plate fixedly mounted to an end of the use portion;
an accessory carrier having a first side configured to mount to the exercise rack and a second side configured to connect to the accessory;
a slot formed in the second side of the accessory carrier having an open end, an inner section and an outer section in communication with the inner section;
wherein the accessory is removably mounted to the accessory carrier by sliding the mounting plate into the slot via the open end such that the mounting plate is located within the inner section of the slot and the accessory extends through the outer section of the slot; a safety stop disposed on the accessory carrier proximate the slot and being configured to move between a second position and a first position, wherein the safety stop is in the second position and the mounting plate is located within the slot, the mounting plate is configured to slide out of the slot freely, and wherein, when the safety stop is in the first position and the mounting plate is located within the slot, the safety stop engages the mounting plate and prevents the mounting plate from sliding out of the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,426,985

SPRINKLER DROP BRACKET FOR INTERSECTING DOWNLIGHT

Anvil International, LLC,...

7. A bracket assembly comprising:a main body, the main body comprising a first set of seating members extending downwards from the main body; and
a support arm extending laterally outward from the main body, the support arm comprising:
a shaft oriented perpendicular to the main body, and
a second set of seating members extending downwards from the shaft; and
wherein the main body defines a central opening, and wherein the central opening includes a laterally extending irregularity and is snail-shaped.

US Pat. No. 10,426,981

DEPLOYMENT UNIT FOR AN AVALANCHE RESCUE SYSTEM, USE OF AN ACTUATING HANDLE, AND DEPLOYMENT DEVICE

Matthias Werz, Engstinge...

1. A deployment unit for an avalanche rescue system configured with function unit, the deployment unit comprising:an actuating handle having a coupling piece connected thereto;
a coupling element that can be connected to the function unit of the avalanche rescue system; and
a handle holder;
wherein the coupling piece and the coupling element are displaceable together along a common longitudinal axis in a coupling channel in the handle holder and are held in a coupling connection by the coupling channel; and
wherein the coupling connection is releasable when the coupling piece, the coupling element or both exit from the coupling channel.

US Pat. No. 10,426,977

MOVING FLOOR FOR RADIOTHERAPY SYSTEM WITH CANTILEVER GANTRY ASSEMBLY

VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS PA...

1. A radiotherapy system comprising:an accelerator configured to provide a particle beam with an initial energy;
a support member operable to be coupled to an external supporting structure;
a cantilever gantry assembly coupled to said accelerator and said support member and comprising a gantry beamline configured to transport said particle beam, wherein said cantilever gantry assembly is configured to be supported by said support member in a cantilevered manner;
a beam nozzle coupled to said cantilever gantry assembly and configured to irradiate said particle beam onto a target object;
a moving floor configured to:
support a person;
move in a lateral plane in synchronization with rotation of said cantilever gantry assembly and perpendicular to a rotation axis of said cantilever gantry assembly; and
during movement in said lateral plane, maintain an opening that allows said beam nozzle to protrude therefrom and toward said target object when said cantilever gantry assembly is located below said lateral plane during rotation; and
a track configured to be affixed to an external wall and to support the moving floor, wherein said track comprises a continuous rail comprising a lateral portion configured to guide said moving floor to move in said lateral plane,
wherein the moving floor comprises two floor sections each configured to move in said lateral plane, and wherein further said opening is variable and corresponds to a gap between said two floor sections, and wherein each floor section comprises a plurality of floor segments interconnected in sequence by bogies, and wherein further each of said plurality of floor segments is configured to be supported by said continuous rail in a cantilevered manner through said bogies.

US Pat. No. 10,426,974

TREATMENT PLANNING SYSTEM

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A treatment planning system configured for determining a set of catheter or needle insertion positions to be used during treatment comprising:a computer processor configured to:
receive a medical image of a patient including a treatment target structure to be treated;
retrieve a set of predetermined standard patterns for catheter or needle insertion comprising a plurality of catheter or needle insertion positions, wherein the catheter or needle positions are positions from which inserted catheters or needles intersect the treatment target structure in a standardized patient; and
adapt one or more standard patterns of the set of predetermined standard patterns to a geometry of the patient with the treatment target structure to be treated with the catheters or needles by using a cost function, wherein the cost function comprises a penalty term for deviations of the adapted one or more standard patterns from a symmetry and/or shape of the adapted one or more standard patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,426,972

METHODS OF TREATING MELANOMA

MALIGNANT MELANOMA, LLC, ...

1. A method for treating cutaneous malignant melanoma in a subject comprising irradiating cutaneous malignant melanoma on the skin of the subject with at least two fractions of radiation per day, said fractions of radiation being selected from about 100 centiGray (cGy) or about 135 centiGray (cGy) and said fractions being separated by a time interval of at least about 0.5 hour.

US Pat. No. 10,426,969

MAGNETIC FIELD STIMULATION

The McLean Hospital Corpo...

1. A system comprising:a pulse generator; and
a magnetic coil comprising a first element, an inner surface of the first element forming at least a part of a spherical surface, the first element being in electrical communication with the pulse generator,
wherein a parameter of the magnetic coil is selected such that the coil produces a gradient magnetic field proximate to a region at least partially enclosed by the spherical surface, the gradient magnetic field inducing an electric field in air up to about 50 V/m.

US Pat. No. 10,426,967

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC TREATMENT OF NEUROLOGICAL INJURY OR CONDITION CAUSED BY A STROKE

Endonovo Technology, Inc....

1. A method for treating a neurological injury or condition caused by a stroke in a patient in need thereof, the method comprising:providing a treatment apparatus including
a signal generator connected to a circular wire applicator having a diameter that allows encircling the patient's head, and
a sensor configured to detect the patient's intracranial pressure;
placing the circular wire applicator over and around the patient's head and in proximity to a target region for treatment through the patient's skull;
activating the signal generator to generate a pulsed electromagnetic field in the circular wire applicator, wherein the pulsed electromagnetic field comprises a burst of between 15-40 MHz, wherein the burst repeats at between 0.01 and 100 Hz; and
reducing the patient's intracranial pressure by applying the pulsed electromagnetic field until the sensor detects that the patient's intracranial pressure has been reduced to a desired level.

US Pat. No. 10,426,966

WEARABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATOR (WCD) SYSTEM INFORMING PATIENT THAT IT WILL NOT SHOCK RESPONSIVE TO JUST-SELF-TERMINATED CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIA

WEST AFFUM HOLDINGS CORP....

1. A wearable cardioverter defibrillator (“WCD”) system, comprising: a support structure configured to be worn by a patient; a power source; an energy storage module configured to receive an electrical charge from the power source, and to store the received electrical charge; a discharge circuit coupled to the energy storage module, the discharge circuit controllable to discharge the stored electrical charge so as to cause a shock to be delivered to the patient while the support structure is worn by the patient; a discharge circuit coupled to the energy storage module, the discharge circuit controllable to discharge the electrical charge so as to cause a shock to be delivered to the patient; a measurement circuit configured to render physiological inputs from an ElectroCardioGram (ECG) signal of the patient; a user interface configured to output one or more human-perceptible indications; and a processor configured to: detect a cardiac arrhythmia of the patient from one of the physiological inputs; then determine, from a subsequent one of the physiological inputs, whether or not the detected cardiac arrhythmia is validated according to a validation criterion; and if the detected cardiac arrhythmia is not so validated, then cause a closing human-perceptible indication to be output, the closing human-perceptible indication configured to communicate to the patient that it was decided not to shock responsive to the detected cardiac arrhythmia, and to further control the discharge circuit to not deliver a shock for at least 25 min from when it was determined that the detected cardiac arrhythmia is not so validated; else if the detected cardiac arrhythmia is so validated, control the discharge circuit to instead deliver a shock within 2.5 min from when it was determined that the detected cardiac arrhythmia is so validated.

US Pat. No. 10,426,961

DYNAMIC STIMULATION ADJUSTMENT FOR IDENTIFICATION OF A NEURAL FULCRUM

LivaNova USA, Inc., Hous...

1. A neurostimulation system, comprising:an implantable medical device (IMD) comprising a neurostimulator coupled to an electrode assembly, the neurostimulator adapted to deliver stimulation signals to a patient, each stimulation signal comprising an ON time and an OFF time; and
a control system programmed to:
monitor a heart rate of a patient implanted with the IMD during delivery to the patient of a plurality of stimulation signals at a first frequency, each stimulation signal having at least one parameter setting different than parameter settings of the other stimulation signals in the plurality of stimulation signals, wherein monitoring the heart rate comprises monitoring a baseline heart rate during the OFF time periods of each stimulation signal and monitoring a heart rate response during the ON time periods of each stimulation signal, the heart rate response comprising a percentage change from the baseline heart rate;
compare the percentage change of the heart rate response for each of the plurality of stimulation signals to a first threshold and a second threshold less than the first threshold; and
deliver stimulation comprising one or more stimulation signals from the plurality of stimulation signals causing a percentage change of the heart rate response between the first and second thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,426,958

INTRANASAL STIMULATION FOR ENHANCED RELEASE OF OCULAR MUCINS AND OTHER TEAR PROTEINS

Oculeve, Inc., San Franc...

1. A method for increasing ocular mucin on an ocular surface of a subject, comprising:applying one or more active agents to the ocular surface prior to intranasally delivering an electrical stimulation to the subject, thereby increasing a density of goblet cells on the ocular surface, the one or more active agents comprising cyclosporine;
intranasally delivering the electrical stimulation to the subject after applying the one or more active agents to the ocular surface; and
stimulating release of the ocular mucin from the goblet cells,
wherein the increased density of goblet cells and the released ocular mucin from the goblet cells improves a condition of an eye of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,426,953

INTERVENTIONAL MEDICAL SYSTEMS, TOOLS, AND METHODS OF USE

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A delivery tool facilitating deployment of an implantable medical device, the device including an electronic controller, a hermetically sealed housing containing the controller, a fixation member, and an extension coupled to the controller, the extension extending from a proximal end of the housing, the extension including a sense electrode, and the tool comprising:a handle including a control member;
an elongate grasping mechanism including a tubular shaft and a pair of arms longitudinally movable within a lumen of the tubular shaft, each arm including a curved distal end protruding from a distal opening of the lumen of the shaft, at a distal end of the shaft, the curved distal ends being configured to spread apart from one another and to close together, via longitudinal movement of the arms within the lumen of the shaft, and the curved distal ends being configured to grip the extension of the device; and
an elongate deployment tube including a proximal end coupled to the control member of the handle, a distal-most portion, and a lumen extending from a proximal opening thereof at the proximal end of the deployment tube to a distal opening thereof that terminates the distal-most portion at a distal end thereof, the grasping mechanism extending within the lumen of the deployment tube such that an entirety of the deployment tube is longitudinally moveable with respect to the grasping mechanism by means of the control member of the handle,
wherein the lumen of the deployment tube, along a length of the distal-most portion, is sized to contain an entirety of the housing of the device and the fixation member together with the curved distal ends of the arms of the grasping mechanism gripping the extension of the device when the extension of the device extends proximally from the distal-most portion within the lumen of the deployment tube,
wherein a diameter of the lumen of the deployment tube along the length of the distal-most portion is greater than the diameter of the lumen of the deployment tube proximal of the distal-most portion, and
wherein the grasping mechanism is moveable outside the lumen of the deployment tube, distal to the distal opening thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,426,951

MEDICAL TOOL EMPLOYING A WARNING MECHANISM NOTIFYING THAT A ROTATIONAL LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED

PACESETTER, INC., Sylmar...

1. A medical tool comprising a handle including:a housing;
a torque portion operably coupled to the housing and rotatable relative to the housing, the torque portion including a shaft including an outer circumferential surface and a helical thread portion radially outwardly extending from the outer circumferential surface of the shaft;
a shuttle displaceable along the shaft via threaded interaction with the helical thread portion; and
a warning mechanism interacting with the shuttle that provides a tactile indication when the torque portion has rotated a number of rotations, the warning mechanism comprising a stop disposed between the shuttle and a structural element of the housing, the tactile indication being provided by the shuttle contacting the stop, wherein the medical tool is a delivery system for delivering a leadless pacemaker into cardiac tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,426,945

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR TRANSDERMAL STIMULATION OF THE OUTER EAR

Thync Global, Inc., Los ...

1. A wearable pinna transdermal electrical stimulation (TES) device for modifying a subject's cognitive state by applying TES to the subject's pinna, the device comprising:a first body adapted to be worn in a pinna region of a first ear;
a second body adapted to be worn in a pinna region of a second ear;
a first electrode on the first body;
a second electrode on the second body; and
a wearable TES controller coupled to the first and second bodies and comprising a power source, a processor, a timer, and a waveform generator, wherein the TES controller is adapted to deliver an asymmetric biphasic electrical stimulation signal of 10 seconds or longer between the first and second electrodes having a peak intensity of greater than 0.20 mA and a frequency of between 3 kHz and 50 kHz, wherein the TES controller is adapted to shift the frequency of the asymmetric biphasic electrical stimulation during the delivery of the asymmetric biphasic electrical stimulation in bursts of increased frequency or decreased frequency waveforms.

US Pat. No. 10,426,943

INSERT FOR LUER CONNECTION

Attwill Medical Solutions...

1. An insert for a luer-type catheter connection, comprising:a male end shaped for insertion into a female luer fitting of a catheter;
a female end shaped to receive and attach to a male luer nozzle of a fluid delivery device;
a fluid pathway connecting the female end and the male end;
a cartridge located in the fluid pathway; and
a patency agent held by the cartridge, wherein the patency agent comprises an antiseptic, wherein the cartridge is positioned for the patency agent to be released from the cartridge and into the catheter as a locking fluid flows through the fluid pathway and comes in direct contact with the patency agent to thereby lock the locking fluid and the patency agent within a lumen of the catheter, wherein the cartridge is sized and shaped such that locking fluid flows around the cartridge, and wherein the cartridge is sized and shaped to leave an intervening space between the cartridge and the male luer nozzle of the fluid delivery device when attached to the female end.

US Pat. No. 10,426,942

CONNECTION STRUCTURE FOR IV TUBE OF IV INFUSION SET

MEDILINE ACTIVE KOREA CO....

1. A connection structure for an IV tube of an IV infusion set, in which an outlet provided on an IV bag is connected to a drip chamber, the IV tube is connected to the drip chamber to allow an IV fluid to flow, an injection site for injecting the IV fluid into a patient is connected to an end of the IV tube, and a Y-port, a three-way stopcock, a filter, a luer lock, in addition to the drip chamber and the injection site are connected to the IV tube, the connection structure comprising:a connector provided on an outer circumferential surface of the IV tube to lock the IV tube, with at least one of the drip chamber, the injection site, the Y-port, the three-way stopcock, the filter, and the luer lock being connected to the IV tube,
wherein the connector is formed in an annular ring shape to be fitted over the outer circumferential surface of the IV tube, with an insertion part being provided in the connector to allow the IV tube to be inserted therein, and wherein an inner wall of the connector is tapered downward from a top end of the connector such that the IV tube firmly and directly contacts at least one of the drip chamber, the injection site, the Y-port, the three-way stopcock, the filter, and the luer lock at a bottom end of the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,426,939

DISPOSABLE LIQUID APPLICATOR SACHET

DAKLAPACK EUROPE B.V., L...

1. A disposable liquid applicator sachet, comprising:a base sheet and a top sheet, each of the base sheet and the top sheet having a reservoir sheet portion and an applicator sheet portion, and said top sheet being sealed onto said base sheet such that the reservoir sheet portions of said base sheet and said top sheet define therebetween a reservoir for holding a liquid, and the applicator sheet portions of said base sheet and said top sheet define therebetween a conduit, which conduit extends from the reservoir up to an outlet opening provided in the applicator sheet portion of the top sheet; and
an applicator pad, which applicator pad is attached to the applicator sheet portion of the top sheet, such that the applicator pad covers the outlet opening,
wherein the disposable liquid applicator sachet is folded with an applicator portion thereof onto a reservoir portion thereof, and wherein a sharp fold is present between the reservoir portion of the disposable liquid applicator sachet and the applicator portion of the disposable liquid applicator sachet, which sharp fold blocks the conduit to such an extent that the liquid held in the reservoir is prevented from flowing into the conduit,
wherein the applicator portion of the disposable liquid applicator sachet is sealed onto the reservoir portion of the disposable liquid applicator sachet in sealing zones, which sealing zones are located on opposite sides of the conduit, and which sealing zones extend up to the fold,
wherein the applicator portion of the disposable liquid applicator sachet comprises a tear line on each side of the conduit, which tear lines are each located between the conduit and a sealing zone and which tear lines extend from an edge of the applicator portion up to the sharp fold, and
wherein the applicator portion of the disposable liquid applicator sachet comprises a grip tab for pulling the applicator portion of the disposable liquid applicator sachet away from the reservoir portion of the disposable liquid applicator sachet, which grip tab is provided between the two tear lines at a distance from the fold, such that by pulling the grip tab away from the reservoir portion of the disposable liquid applicator sachet, the applicator portion tears along the tear lines and a part of the applicator portion of the disposable liquid applicator sachet, the part comprising the conduit and the outlet opening, can be unfolded to allow the liquid held in the reservoir to flow into the conduit and out of the outlet opening into the applicator pad.

US Pat. No. 10,426,930

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NEEDLE AND CATHETER ADVANCEMENT

Vascular Pathways, Inc., ...

1. A method, comprising:obtaining a medical device, comprising:
a catheter; and
a needle including a dilating element permanently attached to an exterior of the needle at a distal portion of the needle proximate a tissue-penetrating distal end thereof, the dilating element having an outer diameter equal to or greater than a diameter of an opening at a distal end of the catheter, the needle situated in a first medical device position such that at least a portion of the dilating element is in the opening and the tissue-penetrating distal end is distal of the opening;
penetrating a vein with the tissue-penetrating distal end of the needle;
moving the distal end of the catheter into the vein;
advancing the catheter into the vein over the needle; and
removing the needle from the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,426,928

STABILIZING DEVICE HAVING A SNAP CLAMP

Venetec International, In...

1. A retainer for securing a medical article to a patient, comprising:a base;
a first arcuate wall and a second arcuate wall that together define a channel designed to receive the medical article, the retainer having:
an open configuration wherein a first end of the first arcuate wall is spaced away from a first end of the second arcuate wall; and
a closed configuration wherein the first end of the first arcuate wall is adjacent the first end of the second arcuate wall,
wherein a second end of the first arcuate wall opposite the first end of the first arcuate wall is spaced away from the base in the open configuration and contacts the base in the closed configuration, the second end of the first arcuate wall hingedly connected to a second end of the second arcuate wall, the second end of the first arcuate wall moving parallel to a transverse axis when transitioning between the open configuration and the closed configuration;
a first support fixed to the base;
a second support fixed to the base;
a first flexible coupling connecting the first support to the first arcuate wall; and
a second flexible coupling connecting the second support to the second arcuate wall,
wherein the first flexible coupling and the second flexible coupling transition from a relaxed condition in the open configuration to a stretched condition in the closed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,426,926

GUIDE WIRE OR WORKING CATHETER WITH MODIFIED DRIVE SURFACE

CORINDUS, INC., Waltham,...

1. An elongated medical device with a modified drive surface for use with a drive mechanism of a robotic system, the elongated medical device comprising:an elongate body comprising a distal portion configured to navigate the lumen of a human body channel, and a proximate portion having a surface different from that of the distal portion and adapted to better interact with the driving mechanism than the surface of the distal portion;
wherein the surface of the proximate portion includes at least one of an optical or a magnetic marker.

US Pat. No. 10,426,925

MEDICAL DEVICES FOR THE IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT OF BODILY PASSAGES

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A method of treating tissue in a bodily passage wall defining a bodily passage and an ostium, the method comprising the steps of: introducing a first medical device having a first proximal end and a first distal end into said bodily passage such that the first distal end is disposed within said bodily passage, the first medical device comprising: an elongate member having an elongate member proximal end, an elongate member distal end, an elongate member first portion, an elongate member second portion, and defining an elongate member first lumen and an elongate member second lumen, the elongate member first portion extending from the elongate member proximal end towards the elongate member distal end to a location between the elongate member proximal end and the elongate member distal end, the elongate member second portion extending from the elongate member distal end towards the elongate member proximal end to the location between the elongate member proximal end and the elongate member distal end, the elongate member first portion attached to the elongate member second portion at the location between the elongate member proximal end and the elongate member distal end, the elongate member movable between a substantially straight configuration and a curved configuration a handle disposed on the elongate member and having a handle proximal end, a handle distal end, and an actuator moveable between an actuator first position and an actuator second position, in the actuator first position the elongate member is in the substantially straight configuration, in the actuator second position the elongate member is in the curved configuration, the handle disposed between the elongate member proximal end and the elongate member distal end such that a portion of the elongate member is positioned between the elongate member proximal end and the handle proximal end; and a wire member partially disposed within the elongate member first lumen and having a wire member first end attached to the actuator and a wire member second end attached to the elongate member; advancing the first medical device into said bodily passage; advancing the actuator from the actuator first position to the actuator second position such that the elongate member moves from the substantially straight configuration to the curved configuration; advancing the first distal end through said ostium defined by said bodily passage wall and into a sinus cavity; introducing a second medical device having a second proximal end and a second distal end into the elongate member second lumen such that the second distal end is disposed within the elongate member second lumen; advancing the second medical device through the elongate member second lumen such that the second distal end is disposed distal to the first distal end and in the sinus cavity; providing treatment using the second medical device; stopping the step of providing treatment using the second medical device; withdrawing the second medical device from the elongate member second lumen such that the second distal end is disposed proximal to the first proximal end; advancing the actuator from the actuator second position to the actuator first position such that the elongate member moves from the curved configuration to the substantially straight configuration; and withdrawing the first medical device from said bodily passage such that the first distal end is disposed outside of said bodily passage; wherein the elongate member first portion is rigid and the elongate member second portion is flexible relative to the elongate member first portion; wherein the elongate member first lumen extends from a first lumen first opening disposed between the elongate member proximal end and the elongate member distal end; and wherein the wire member extends through the first lumen first opening.

US Pat. No. 10,426,921

ADJUSTABLE STIFFNESS CATHETER

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. An adjustable stiffness catheter comprising:an inner elongate shaft having a distal end, a proximal end, a first outer surface, and a first outer diameter;
an intermediate elongated shaft having a distal end, a proximal end, a first lumen defining a first inner surface, a first inner diameter, and a second outer surface defining a second outer diameter,
wherein the first inner diameter is greater than the first outer diameter; and
an outer elongated shaft having a distal end, a proximal end, a second lumen defining a second inner surface and a second inner diameter,
wherein the second inner diameter is greater than the second outer diameter,
wherein the inner elongate shaft is at least partially received within the first lumen and is longitudinally moveable relative to the intermediate elongated shaft,
wherein the intermediate elongated shaft is at least partially received within the second lumen and is longitudinally moveable relative to the outer elongated shaft;
wherein the inner elongate shaft is positioned relative to the intermediate elongated shaft in a first arrangement;
wherein shifting the inner elongate shaft relative to the intermediate elongated shaft positions the inner elongate shaft relative to the intermediate elongated shaft in a second arrangement different from the first arrangement;
wherein the adjustable stiffness catheter has a first stiffness in the first arrangement;
and wherein the adjustable stiffness catheter has second stiffness in the second arrangement, the second stiffness being different from the first stiffness;
wherein shifting the inner elongate shaft relative to the intermediate elongated shaft includes rotating the inner elongate shaft;
wherein rotating the inner elongate shaft radially expands the inner elongate shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,426,919

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INDUCING NEGATIVE PRESSURE IN A PORTION OF A URINARY TRACT OF A PATIENT

Strataca Systems Limited,...

1. A system for inducing negative pressure in a portion of a urinary tract of a patient, the system comprising:(a) a ureteral catheter comprising a distal portion configured for insertion within the patient's kidney and a proximal portion;
(b) a bladder catheter comprising a distal portion configured for insertion within the patient's bladder and a proximal portion for application of negative pressure, the proximal portion configured to extend outside of the patient's body; and
(c) a pump external to the patient's body for application of negative pressure through both the bladder catheter and the ureteral catheter, which in turn causes fluid from the kidney to be drawn into the ureteral catheter, through both the ureteral catheter and the bladder catheter, and then outside of the patient's body.

US Pat. No. 10,426,914

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING HUMIDIFICATION DURING PRESSURE SUPPORT THERAPY

KONINKLIIKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A pressure support system configured to adjust humidity and/or temperature of a pressurized flow of breathable gas delivered to a subject, the pressure support system comprising:a pressure generator configured to generate a pressurized flow of breathable gas for delivery to an airway of the subject;
a humidifier configured to humidify the pressurized flow of breathable gas;
one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to one or more parameters of the pressurized flow of breathable gas;
a user interface configured to receive entry and/or selection of feedback information from the subject indicating a comfort level with the pressurized flow of breathable gas; and
one or more physical computer processors configured by computer readable instructions to:
control the pressure generator and the humidifier to deliver the pressurized flow of breathable gas to the subject according to a predetermined therapy regime based on the output signals;
receive feedback information entered and/or selected through the user interface;
make an automatic adjustment to the pressurized flow of breathable gas to enhance the comfort level of the subject, the automatic adjustment based on the received feedback information and the output signals, the automatic adjustment including adjustment of one or more of the pressure generator or the humidifier;
receive additional feedback information entered and/or selected through the user interface subsequent to the automatic adjustment; and
prompt the subject to manually adjust one or more of the pressure generator, the humidifier, or an ambient environment based on the additional feedback information.

US Pat. No. 10,426,910

CUSHION FOR MASK SYSTEM

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A patient interface for providing a supply of pressurized air to a patient to treat Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), the patient interface comprising:a rigid frame;
a soft cushion attached to the rigid frame, the soft cushion further comprising:
a nasal portion configured to seal at the patient's nose, the nasal portion further comprising at least one opening configured to direct the supply of pressurized air to the patient's nasal passages; and
a mouth portion configured to seal around the patient's mouth, the perimeter of the mouth portion further comprising a side wall, the mouth portion further comprising a membrane extending from the side wall and configured to seal with the patient's face, and the membrane forming an aperture configured to receive the patient's mouth and direct the supply of pressurized air to the patient's mouth;
an elbow assembly configured to connect the patient interface to an air delivery conduit; and
a headgear assembly configured to hold the rigid frame and the soft cushion in position on the patient's face,
wherein a flexible section of the perimeter of the mouth portion is relatively more flexible than the remainder of the mouth portion, and
wherein the side wall at the flexible section has a reduced thickness relative to the side wall around the remainder of the perimeter of the mouth portion.

US Pat. No. 10,426,903

AUTOMATIC TRIGGER MODULE AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE THEREOF

JOYETECH EUROPE HOLDING G...

4. An electronic cigarette, comprising:an automatic trigger module, comprising:
a sensor, having a first end and a second end which are opposite to each other;
a circuit board, having a first vent hole communicating with the first end of the sensor and a first connection;
a sealing seat, having a second vent hole communicating with the second end; and
a control board, having a second connection,
wherein the first end is located on the circuit board, and the second end is located in the second vent hole, and
wherein the automatic trigger module is detachably connected to the control board, and when the automatic trigger module is connected to the control board, the first connection and the second connection contact with each other to realize a transmission of signal.

US Pat. No. 10,426,892

MOTORIZED DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

SHL Medical AG, Zug (CH)...

1. A motorized drug delivery device configured to administer at least one pre-set dose of a medicament contained within a medicament container, the delivery device comprising:a user activation system;
a motor;
a gear train operatively coupled to the user activation system and the motor;
a piston plunger system operatively coupled to the gear train, the piston plunger system comprising a piston plunger and at least one plunger extension for extending a length of the piston plunger;
wherein the piston plunger system is configured to act on a stopper contained within the medicament container to deliver at least one pre-set dose of medicament,
wherein the user activation system comprises a mechanical automatic reset activation system that automatically resets the drug delivery device after administration of the pre-set dose, and wherein the mechanical automatic reset activation system includes a dispense button operatively coupled to a hook release.

US Pat. No. 10,426,888

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DOSE RATE REGULATION IN DRUG INFUSION TREATMENT

PHARMACOLOG I UPPSALA AB,...

1. A system for administering a drug solution by infusion, comprising:a drug container (1, 2) containing a label drug solution with a label concentration of a drug,
a drug delivery set comprising a fluid conduit (4, 6) connected to the drug container (1, 2), means for connecting the fluid conduit (4, 6) to a patient (8), a detection chamber in the fluid conduit (4, 6) between the drug container (1, 2) and the patient connection means, and adjustment means for setting an infusion rate corresponding to a predetermined dose rate of the drug based on the label concentration,
analytical detection means (5) for non-invasive determination in the detection chamber of the identity and concentration of the drug in fluid withdrawn from the drug container into to the fluid conduit, and
means (7) for preventing infusion of drug solution from the drug container if the label drug is not identified, and
a control unit (10) arranged to control the adjustment means and configured to calculate and set the adjustment means to an adjusted infusion rate in order to maintain the predetermined dose rate when the drug concentration determined in the detection chamber deviates from the label concentration of the drug,wherein said system further comprises a blood analysis system to measure the biological response to the actual dose rate, wherein information obtained therefrom is used as a variable in the dose rate setting.

US Pat. No. 10,426,884

CARTRIDGES AND SYSTEMS FOR OUTSIDE-IN FLOW IN MEMBRANE-BASED THERAPIES

Novaflux Inc., Princeton...

1. An outside-in flow filtration cartridge, comprising:a housing;
a plurality of fibers contained inside said housing, at least some of said plurality of fibers being hollow and being made of semi-permeable membranes having respective fiber lumens and fiber exteriors;
a first fluid flow compartment comprising said fiber lumens of said hollow fibers; and
a second fluid flow compartment comprising an inter fiber space bordering said fiber exteriors,
wherein said housing comprises a first housing port near a first end of said housing, and a second housing port near a second end of said housing,
wherein said second fluid flow compartment comprises an orbital distributor in communication with said inter fiber space,
wherein said outside-in flow filtration cartridge comprises a lateral-circumferential flow redirector comprising an edge, said edge being located between one of said housing ports and said plurality of fibers, said edge facing in a direction toward said one of said housing ports, wherein said lateral-circumferential flow redirector comprises a first smoothly curved concave surface that extends from said edge and blends smoothly with a first circumferential direction of said orbital distributor, and a second smoothly curved concave surface that extends from said edge and blends smoothly with a second circumferential direction of said orbital distributor, and
wherein said outside-in flow filtration cartridge is constructed to flow blood in the inter fiber space bordering said fiber exteriors.

US Pat. No. 10,426,881

ENHANCED BACKFLOW PREVENTION IN A HEMODIALYSIS DEVICE

Fresenius Medical Care Ho...

1. A hemodialysis system, comprising:a hydrochamber adapted to heat and remove air from water and to provide backflow protection, the hydrochamber including a first inlet located at a top portion thereof and a second inlet located at a bottom portion thereof;
a water circuit for water to flow from an external water source into the hydrochamber via a water inlet valve, the water inlet valve being connected to the first inlet located at the top portion of the hydrochamber via a first fluid flow path;
a spent dialysate circuit for a disinfecting agent to flow to the hydrochamber via a recirculation valve during a disinfectant operation; and
a drain valve disposed in the spent dialysate circuit;
wherein during the disinfectant operation, the hemodialysis system is adapted to replace a volume of the disinfecting agent exiting the spent dialysate circuit via the drain valve with a substantially equal volume of water via the water inlet valve; and
wherein the recirculation valve is directly connected to the hydrochamber via a second fluid flow path connected to the second inlet located at the bottom portion of the hydrochamber, the second fluid flow path being separate and independent of the first fluid flow path such that in response to a pressure drop at the external water source, the disinfecting agent is prevented from back-flowing through the water inlet valve.

US Pat. No. 10,426,880

VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE AND METHOD

MI-VAD, INC., Rochester,...

1. A ventricular assist device for a human heart comprising:a flow housing having a generally cylindrical wall with an inner surface defining a portion of a flow path, the flow housing having an outer surface and sized for placement within a blood vessel;
a stator disposable within the flow housing, the stator having a plurality of support struts operatively coupling the stator to the flow housing;
a rotor including an outer surface facing the inner surface of the cylindrical wall of the flow housing, the rotor rotatably coupled to the stator and rotatable with respect to the stator about a rotational axis, the rotor defined in part by at least one blade angled with respect to the rotational axis;
one of the rotor and the stator comprising a field magnet and the other of the rotor and the stator comprising windings;
a power source operatively coupled to the windings;
a controller operatively coupled to the power source to selectively control the power source to vary the rotational speed of the rotor; and
a vascular graft surrounding the flow housing and coupled to the flow housing, the vascular graft sized for placement within the blood vessel and arranged for coupling to the blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,426,877

BREAST MILK EXPRESSION APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

IMALAC, INC., Miami, FL ...

1. A breast milk expression apparatus comprising:an outer shell;
a plurality of circumferentially spaced inner pads coupled to the outer shell, the plurality of pads disposed under the outer shell, each pad having a radially inner concave surface configured to engage a breast of a user, and the pads configured for radial displacement, wherein each pad defines a circumferential channel extending longitudinally along a respective axis, and wherein in a configuration where the pads engage the breast of the user, the pads are disposed between the outer shell and the breast;
a compression unit coupled to the plurality of pads, configured to cyclically displace the pads radially inwardly against the breast to cause compression of the breast and, following compression of the breast, permitting the breast to expand and decompress, wherein the compression unit includes:
a cable banded about and extending longitudinally and coaxially through each circumferential channel of the plurality of pads, wherein the circumferential channels permit relative longitudinal movement of the cable relative to the pads, and
a drive unit coupled to the cable and the outer shell, the drive unit configured to tighten the cable about the pads to cause the pads to compress the breast and configured to loosen the cable about the pads, permitting the breast to expand and decompress.