US Pat. No. 10,427,650

SELF-CLEANING SYSTEM FOR INTERIOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A self-cleaning system for an interior of a motor vehicle, comprising:a photoactive self-cleaning surface;
a sun shade;
a sun shade actuator displacing said sun shade between a first opened position and a first closed position; and
a controller configured to open said sun shade when sunlight is directed so as to impinge upon said photoactive self-cleaning surface and promote cleaning.

US Pat. No. 10,427,648

FILM HINGE FOR A WINDSHIELD WIPER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device for a vehicle, comprising a wiper blade (2) havingan elongated top part (10), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
an elongated bottom part (12), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
a plurality of connecting elements (18) connecting the top part (10) and the bottom part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured to allow for a movement of the top part (10) and of the bottom part in relation to one another with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2),
a film hinge (20) disposed between one of the connecting elements (18) and one of the top part (10) or the bottom part (12), wherein the film hinge is configured to flex and resiliently deform based on relative movement of the top and bottom parts (10, 12), and the connecting element (18) is configured to pivot relative to the one of the top part (10) or the bottom part (12) as the film hinge (20) flexes and resiliently deforms, wherein the film hinge has a first end fixed to the one of the top part (10) or bottom part (12), and a second opposite end fixed to an end of the connecting element (18) wherein the film hinge (20) has a thickness that is less than a thickness of the connecting element (18), and
a stop device (50), which is configured to delimit a rotational movement of the one of the connecting elements (18) via the film hinge in relation to the one of the top part (10) or the bottom part (12) wherein the stop device (50) is a cutout in the top part (10) or the bottom part (12), wherein the cutout is defined by a first vertical wall, a second vertical wall disposed opposite the first vertical wall, and a horizontal wall extending between the first and second vertical walls, wherein the film hinge extends vertically from the horizontal wall and parallel to the first and second walls in an unstressed state.

US Pat. No. 10,427,647

WINDSCREEN WIPER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device (100) for a vehicle, with a fastening element (52), comprisinga mounting element (40), which is configured to be mounted on the fastening element (52), and
a wiper blade (2) with
an elongate upper part (10), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
an elongate lower part (12), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
a plurality of connecting elements (18) connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), and wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured in order to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part relative to each other with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), wherein the connecting elements (18) substantially have a thickness of greater than or equal to 0.4 millimeter,
a wiper-blade-side fastening part (20), wherein the wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) is configured such that, by means of a rotation of the wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) relative to the mounting element (40) a portion of the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) extends into and rotates relative to the mounting element (40), and an engagement can be formed in order to connect the wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) to the mounting element (40), wherein the entire wiper blade is configured to rotate to form the engagement and connect the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) to the mounting element (40), wherein the wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) has at least one engagement element (21) which is configured in order to form an engagement with at least one securing element (41) of the mounting element (40), and wherein the at least one securing element (41) is of spiral shape.

US Pat. No. 10,427,646

FRAMELESS WIPER BLADE

1. A frameless wiper blade for a vehicle comprising:a wiping element holder comprising two longitudinal parallel slots and a rectangular notch at one end of each slot, two openings and four recesses on the ends of the wiping element holder, the two openings being disposed along a central axis of the wiping element holder;
an element for attachment to a wiper arm, and end caps for attaching at least two flexible wiping elements;
the at least two flexible wiping elements being mounted in the wiping element holder;
the wiping element holder being mounted to an internal longitudinal groove of the element for attachment to the wiper arm and affixed therein with the aid of two parallel symmetrically disposed projecting lips of the element for attachment to the wiper arm,
wherein the wiping element holder is secured by means of two openings and four recesses on the ends of the wiping element holder to which end caps are secured in a snapping manner by vertical protrusions, the vertical protrusions being disposed on an internal wall of an open end and a closed end of the end caps.

US Pat. No. 10,427,645

MULTI-SENSOR PRECIPITATION-CLASSIFICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a camera outputting image data;
a windshield;
an accelerometer outputting accelerometer data characterizing vibration of the windshield;
an artificial neural network trained to classify meteorological precipitation in an environment of the vehicle using the image data and the accelerometer data as inputs; and
at least one actuator controlling at least one function of the vehicle based on classifications made by the artificial neural network;
wherein the artificial neural network includes a plurality of classifiers, each classifier of the plurality of classifiers being trained to detect a type of precipitation corresponding to the each classifier, each classifier being configured to take as inputs the accelerometer data and the image data and configured to output a decision indicating whether the type of precipitation corresponding to the each classifier is present; and
wherein each classifier is further configured to apply weights of the each classifier to the accelerometer data and the image data such that the weights of one classifier of the plurality of classifier are different from the weights of another classifier of the plurality of classifiers.

US Pat. No. 10,427,643

DEFENSE AGAINST RELAY ATTACK IN PASSIVE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEMS

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

1. A system comprising:a first unit associated with an object to be secured against unauthorized access, the first unit comprising a first transceiver and first processing circuitry coupled to the first transceiver; and
a second unit comprising a second transceiver and second processing circuitry coupled to the second transceiver; wherein
the first and second units are configured to establish a bidirectional wireless communication link between the first and second units;
following establishment of the bidirectional wireless communication link, the first and second units are configured to exchange messages;
for at least one of the messages received at the first unit, the first processing circuitry is configured to measure a first received signal strength indicator (RSSI) value of the received message and send the first RSSI value in a subsequent message to the second unit;
for at least one of the messages received at the second unit, the second processing circuitry is configured to measure a second RSSI value of the received message and send the second RSSI value in another subsequent message to the first unit; and
at least one of the first and second processing circuitry is configured to determine whether a relay attack is occurring in response to a comparison of the first and second RSSI values.

US Pat. No. 10,427,640

LOAD-LIMITING SEATBELT ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A seatbelt assembly comprising:a seatbelt retractor;
a D-ring spaced from the seatbelt retractor;
a support disposed between the D-ring and the seatbelt retractor;
a webbing retractably engaged with the seatbelt retractor and moveable relative to the support; and
a magnet and a conductive material adjacent the magnet, one of the magnet and the conductive material being fixed to the support and the other of the magnet and the conductive material being moveable by the webbing relative to the support.

US Pat. No. 10,427,637

DEPLOYABLE ROOF CONTAINMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A deployable containment system for a vehicle roof panel, the system comprising:a pair of guide channels installed along two parallel edges of an opening through the vehicle roof panel, each guide channel of the pair having a first end and a second end;
a housing mounted to the first end of the pair of guide channels;
a shield configured to deploy from the housing and travel along the pair of guide channels so as to cover at least a portion of the opening; and
an actuator disposed in a substantially parallel relationship to both an external side of one guide channel of the pair and externally along one edge of the parallel edges of the opening, wherein one end of the actuator is in proximity to the first end of the one guide channel of the pair and a second end of the actuator is in proximity to a point along the external side of the one guide channel of the pair, wherein the actuator is outside the perimeter of the opening, and wherein the actuator is configured to deploy the shield from the housing such that the shield moves parallel to the elongated length of the actuator after a deployment event.

US Pat. No. 10,427,636

LATERAL RETENTION MEMBER

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

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a frame;
a first pair of wheels connected to the frame;
a second pair of wheels connected to the frame;
a motor supported by the frame and operatively connected to at least one of the pair of wheels;
a cockpit in the frame;
a first seat disposed in the cockpit;
a bed in the frame longitudinally rearward of the cockpit, the bed having at least one side wall;
a second seat disposed in the bed, the second seat having a seat base and a seat back, the seat back having a storage position and a seating position; and
a lateral retention member fixed to and extending upwardly from and vertically above an upper edge of the at least one side wall of the bed, at least a portion of the lateral retention member being disposed higher than the seat base and forward of the seat back of the second seat when in the seating position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,635

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING FRONT PASSENGER SEAT

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

1. A method for adjusting a front passenger seat in a motor vehicle, comprising the steps of:identifying a user identification apparatus proximate to the motor vehicle;
accessing a user profile associated with the user identification apparatus, the user profile including a predetermined home position for the front passenger seat;
determining whether the front passenger seat is occupied; and
adjusting a position of the front passenger seat to the predetermined home position if the front passenger seat is not occupied.

US Pat. No. 10,427,634

AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTABLE AIRBAG SYSTEM

13. An adjustable airbag system for a vehicle, the system comprising:an airbag assembly having an inflatable airbag within an airbag housing, and
an airbag housing orientation mechanism operatively coupled to the airbag housing, the airbag housing orientation mechanism being structured to enable control of an orientation of the airbag housing so as to enable deployment of the airbag to cushion an occupant positioned in either one of a driver side or a front passenger side of the vehicle,
wherein the airbag housing orientation mechanism includes a mounting base, wherein the airbag housing is pivotably connected to the mounting base,
the adjustable airbag system further comprising an airbag housing positioning mechanism structured to be operatively coupled to a portion of a vehicle, wherein the mounting base is structured to be coupled to the airbag housing positioning mechanism, wherein the airbag housing positioning mechanism is structured to be operable to move the mounting base in directions perpendicular to a fore-aft axis of the vehicle, and
wherein the airbag housing positioning mechanism comprises an x-y positioning stage.

US Pat. No. 10,427,632

BOWED ROTOR NACELLE COOLING

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing;
a vent disposed in the housing; and
a shape-memory alloy (SMA) element coupled to the vent and configured such that when a temperature in the housing exceeds a threshold, the SMA element changes shape to actuate the vent;
wherein air flows through the vent to cool an inside of the housing when the vent is actuated; and
wherein:
the housing is an engine pylon, an electronics and equipment bay on an aircraft, or a battery container, or
the apparatus is a nacelle in combination with a gas turbine and the housing is the nacelle, or
the housing includes a grille covering a portion of an automobile engine.

US Pat. No. 10,427,626

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a first constant voltage generation circuit and a second constant voltage generation circuit each configured to output a respective constant voltage to at least one of a central processing unit (CPU) and an integrated circuit (IC);
a first high voltage detection circuit configured to detect that the first constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than a first reference voltage;
a second high voltage detection circuit configured to detect that the second constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than a second reference voltage;
a first switch that is arranged between the at least one of the CPU and the IC and the first constant voltage generation circuit, and is configured to cut off a voltage output to the at least one of the CPU and the IC from the first constant voltage generation circuit when the first high voltage detection circuit detects that the first constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than the first reference voltage;
a second switch that is arranged between the at least one of the CPU and the IC and the second constant voltage generation circuit, and is configured to cut off a voltage output to the at least one of the CPU and the IC from the second constant voltage generation circuit when the second high voltage detection circuit detects that the second constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than the second reference voltage; and
an output circuit configured to selectively output the larger of an output voltage of the first switch and an output voltage of the second switch to the at least one of the CPU and the IC, wherein
the first reference voltage is larger than a rated voltage of the first constant voltage generation circuit,
the second reference voltage is larger than a rated voltage of the second constant voltage generation circuit,
a rated power of the first constant voltage generation circuit is different from a rated power of the second constant voltage generation circuit,
the first high voltage detection circuit is configured to output a first detection result to the at least one of the CPU and the IC,
the second high voltage detection circuit is configured to output a second detection result to the at least one of the CPU and the IC,
the at least one of the CPU and the IC is configured to receive, from the first high voltage detection circuit, the first detection result that the first constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than the first reference voltage and to adjust a power consumption of the at least one of the CPU and the IC according to the first detection result, and
the at least one of the CPU and the IC is configured to receive, from the second high voltage detection circuit, the second detection result that the second constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than the second reference voltage, and to adjust the power consumption of the at least one of the CPU and the IC according to the second detection result.

US Pat. No. 10,427,625

AUTOMOBILE PART FOR ACOUSTIC SCREENING AND ITS PRODUCTION PROCESS

AUTONEUM MANAGEMENT AG, ...

1. An automobile part for acoustic screening made of fibrous material with different areas of density or rigidity, and comprising at least one passage through the automobile part, the passage having a low-density area adapted to accept a fixed or mobile through unit, wherein the low-density area comprises flexible lips delimited by a longitudinal groove ending in two transverse grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,427,624

FIBROUS AUTOMOTIVE CLADDING

AUTONEUM MANAGEMENT AG, ...

1. A multilayer air permeable automotive trim part for noise attenuation comprising:at least two fibrous layers;
at least one air permeable intermediate film layer between the at least two fibrous layers; and
wherein the at least one of the fibrous layers is a mixture of fibers consisting of 10 to 40% of binder fibers, 10 to 70% of recycled fibers and 10 to 70% of self-crimped fibers, and wherein the total amount of fibers adds to 100% by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,427,622

CONSOLE WITH GROUNDED TRIM RING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle console comprising:a trim ring disposed over a periphery of a housing, wherein the trim ring comprises a polymeric material and is electrically conductive and grounded; and
a proximity switch assembly retained in the housing, comprising:
a proximity sensor proximate a sensing pad for generating an activation field,
wherein the sensing pad is proximate the trim ring.

US Pat. No. 10,427,619

ELECTRONIC DEVICE SUPPORT FOR VEHICLES

SmartTray International, ...

1. A support for holding a portable electronic device in a vehicle comprising:a body having a first end and a second end;
a first wall rotatably mounted to the body proximate the second end of the body by one or more rotatable mounts;
a second wall adjacent the first wall and rotatably mounted to the body by one or more second rotatable mounts; and
an induction charger;
wherein the first wall and the second wall are independently rotatable.

US Pat. No. 10,427,616

ACCESSORY ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. An accessory attachment system, said system comprising:a fastening key, the fastening key comprising:
an accessory retention cap;
a stem extending from the retention cap, the stem structured and operable to be inserted through a key aperture in an accessory to be attached to a vehicle; and
at least one bit fixedly disposed within and extending laterally from a distal end portion of the stem;
a tubular stand-off fixture disposable adjacent an accessory portal provided in the vehicle, the stand-off fixture having a hollow elongated body with an internal lumen extending therethrough that is sized and shaped to receive, and allow to pass therethrough, the stem and at least one bit; and
a locking bracket fixedly connectable to a distal end of the stand-off fixture, the locking bracket comprising:
a base plate;
a keyhole disposed through the base plate, the keyhole structured and operable to receive the stem distal end portion and the at least one bit therethrough; and
at least one inclined securing structure extending exteriorly from a back side of the base plate and disposed along at least a portion of a circumference of the locking bracket keyhole, the at least one inclined securing structure structured and operable to engage the at least one bit and thereby interlock the fastening key with the locking bracket,
wherein the stand-off fixture is structured and operable to receive the fastening key therethrough when the fastening key is interlocked with the locking bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,427,614

ARTICLE RACK ADAPTED FOR USE WITH PICKUP TRUCK

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

17. An article rack comprising:a base mountable to a top rail of a truck box and including a pair of spaced apart first and second flanges;
a linkage including a pair of opposing first and second sidewalls and a support member extending between the sidewalls, wherein, at a first end of the linkage, the first and second sidewalls are pivotally connected to the first and second flanges, respectively;
first and second arms pivotally connected to the first and second sidewalls, respectively, at a second end of the linkage;
a drive mechanism including a first wheel fixed to the first flange, a second wheel fixed to the first arm, an axle rotationally coupling the second wheel to the second arm, and an endless loop trained around the wheels such that pivoting of the linkage about the base pivots the arms about the linkage; and
an article support attached to the first and second arms.

US Pat. No. 10,427,613

CUPHOLDER ASSEMBLIES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cupholder assembly comprising:a fixed cupholder disposed within a console; and
a reversible cupholder, provided with a pull tab, pivotally attached with and nested within the fixed cupholder, and configured to be
pulled inside out by the pull tab such that a surface of the reversible cupholder in contact with the fixed cupholder when nested defines an interior cavity of the reversible cupholder when inside out, and
positioned next to the fixed cupholder.

US Pat. No. 10,427,612

VEHICLE DOOR

Ford Otomotiv Sanayi Anon...

1. A vehicle door, comprising:an inner panel;
a trim panel portion connected to said inner panel and having an inner surface facing said inner panel; and
at least one holding device for an object disposed on said inner surface whereby said trim panel portion is pivotable between a closed position adjacent said inner panel and an open position, in which said holding device is accessible, wherein a storage space for said object to be held by said holding device is provided in said closed position and said open position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,611

STORAGE FOR SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seating assembly comprising:a seat; and
a seatback having a rear portion that includes a panel with an elongated member for retaining a passenger item, wherein the elongated member comprises an exposed portion configured to retain the passenger item and a concealed portion within the panel, wherein the panel comprises a first part and a second part, wherein the concealed portion of the elongated member is retained between the first part and the second part, wherein the second part is fixed to the first part, and wherein the second part includes an opening that provides access to the exposed portion of the elongated member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,610

ACCESSORY TRAY FOR A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle having an accessory storage tray, comprising:a front passenger seat having a seat pan and a seat cushion; and
an accessory tray positioned under a front portion of the seat cushion when the accessory tray is in a closed position, the accessory tray having a first end coupled to the seat pan adjacent to a console via a pivot mechanism and a second free end held in the closed position by a latch;
the pivot mechanism including a spring-loaded release mechanism, that when operated, releases the latch and allows the spring-loaded release mechanism to move the accessory tray from the closed position to an open position;
wherein, as the accessory tray pivots via the pivot mechanism, the second free end of the accessory tray moves toward a front driver seat to the open position where the accessory tray is adjacent to the console to receive an accessory item.

US Pat. No. 10,427,607

HORIZONTAL RETRACTABLE RUNNING BOARD WITH HIGH LOAD CAPACITY

Birinci Otomotiv Sanayi V...

1. A retractable running board (A) comprising a supplementary step (21) that facilitates getting in/out of a vehicle (B) for the passengers in public transportation vehicles (B) for transporting passengers, passenger cars, and vehicles (B) with high ground clearance; characterized by:at least one driving member (1) supplying the driving force required by the system,
at least one drive shaft (7) transferring the driving force received from the driving member (1) to the system,
at least two flanges (13) in which the driving shaft (7) is embedded and which assist the system to be mounted in the vehicle (B),
at least two levers (25) that are engaged with the flanges (13) and capable of performing rotational movement in y axis (y) perpendicular to the ground being actuated by the drive shaft (7),
step brackets (22) which are fixed on the supplementary step (21) and capable of performing rotational movement in y axis (y) perpendicular to the ground relative to each other at the other end of the lever (25) which is not fasten to the flange (13), and
an engine connecting piece (32) located between said driving member (1) and supplementary step (21) and an angle (33) mounted to the back surface of the vehicle mounting bracket (4).

US Pat. No. 10,427,605

MOVEABLE REAR VIEW MIRROR COMPRISING ACTIVE MATERIAL

1. A rear view mirror for use in a motor vehicle, comprising:a support element having a reflective element attached to a first side; and
a frame element detachably attached to a second side of the support element which is located opposite the first side, wherein the frame element comprises an adjusting element, wherein the adjusting element is adapted to connect the rear view mirror to a stationary support arm holding the rear view mirror and wherein the adjusting element is further adapted to move the rear view mirror that comprises both the support element having the reflective element and the frame element relative to the stationary support arm, and wherein the frame element comprises active material to move the rear view mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,427,604

VISION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vehicular vision system, said vehicular vision system comprising:a driver-side exterior mirror assembly configured for mounting at a driver side of a vehicle equipped with said vehicular vision system;
wherein said driver-side exterior mirror assembly comprises a driver-side mirror reflective element that, with said driver-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, has a field of view at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, when viewed by a driver of the equipped vehicle, rearward of the equipped vehicle;
wherein the field of view of said driver-side mirror reflective element is adjustable by the driver via a driver-side driver-operable actuator of said driver-side exterior mirror assembly;
wherein said driver-side exterior mirror assembly comprises a driver-side camera that, with said driver-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, has at least a rearward field of view at the driver side of the equipped vehicle;
wherein, with said driver-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, the rearward field of view at the driver side of the equipped vehicle of said driver-side camera supplements the field of view of said driver-side mirror reflective element when said driver-side mirror reflective element is viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said driver-side camera views at least a blind spot region adjacent the driver side of the equipped vehicle when said driver-side mirror reflective element is adjusted by the driver via said driver-side driver-operable actuator to provide the driver with the driver's desired rearward view at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, the blind spot region adjacent the driver side of the equipped vehicle being outside the field of view at the driver side of the equipped vehicle of said driver-side mirror reflective element when said driver-side mirror reflective element is viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle;
a passenger-side exterior mirror assembly configured for mounting at a passenger side of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly comprises a passenger-side mirror reflective element that, with said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, has a field of view at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, when viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle, rearward of the equipped vehicle;
wherein the field of view of said passenger-side mirror reflective element is adjustable by the driver via a passenger-side driver-operable actuator of said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly;
wherein said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly comprises a passenger-side camera that, with said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, has at least a rearward field of view at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said passenger-side camera, with said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, is operable to capture passenger-side image data;
wherein, with said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, the rearward field of view at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle of said passenger-side camera supplements the field of view of said passenger-side mirror reflective element when said passenger-side mirror reflective element is viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said passenger-side camera views at least a blind spot region adjacent the passenger side of the equipped vehicle when said passenger-side mirror reflective element is adjusted by the driver via said passenger-side driver-operable actuator to provide the driver with the driver's desired rearward view at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, the blind spot region adjacent the passenger side of the equipped vehicle being outside the field of view at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle of said passenger-side mirror reflective element when said passenger-side mirror reflective element is viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle;
an interior rearview mirror assembly configured for mounting at an interior portion of the equipped vehicle, wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises an interior mirror reflective element that, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle, provides a rearward field of view to the driver when viewing said interior rearview mirror assembly;
wherein said interior mirror reflective element of said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises an electrochromic interior mirror reflective element having a partially light transmissive and partially light reflecting mirror reflector;
a video display disposed behind said partially light transmissive and partially light reflecting mirror reflector of said interior mirror reflective element, wherein, when said video display is displaying video images, the displayed video images are viewable through said partially light transmissive and partially light reflecting mirror reflector of said interior mirror reflective element, and wherein, when said video display is not displaying video images, said video display is covert behind said partially light transmissive and partially light reflecting mirror reflector of said interior mirror reflective element;
wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle, said video display is operable to display video images derived from driver-side image data captured by said driver-side camera;
wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle, said video display is operable to display video images derived from passenger-side image data captured by said passenger-side camera;
wherein said video display comprises a driver-side display portion and a passenger-side display portion;
wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle and with said video display disposed at said interior rearview mirror assembly, said driver-side display portion is located closer to said driver-side exterior mirror assembly than said passenger-side display portion;
wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle and with said video display disposed at said interior rearview mirror assembly, said passenger-side display portion is located closer to said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly than said driver-side display portion;
wherein said driver-side display portion of said video display displays video images derived from driver-side image data captured by said driver-side camera and does not display video images derived from any passenger-side image data captured by said passenger-side camera; and
wherein said passenger-side display portion of said video display displays video images derived from passenger-side image data captured by said passenger-side camera and does not display video images derived from any driver-side image data captured by said driver-side camera.

US Pat. No. 10,427,603

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A display control device comprising:a viewpoint conversion unit which converts a viewpoint of images captured by a plurality of cameras mounted on an own vehicle to obtain viewpoint converted images as viewed from above the own vehicle;
a steering determination unit which determines whether a steering angle of a wheel of the own vehicle is equal to or greater than a predetermined value;
an image correction unit which, when the steering angle is equal to or greater than the predetermined value, creates a corrected image by processing a viewpoint converted image of the wheel in the viewpoint converted image so that display of the image of the wheel is suppressed;
an image synthesis unit which synthesizes the corrected image and at least one of the viewpoint converted images that is different from the corrected image to create a synthesized image; and
a display control unit which displays the synthesized image and an image of the own vehicle at the position of the own vehicle on a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,597

SAFETY ARRANGEMENT

INNOTRAFIK OY, Helsinki ...

1. A safety system comprising a vehicle identifier arranged in connection with a moving vehicle or work machine and capable of radio communication and, arranged in an operating connection therewith, an alarm unit, and a personal identifier arranged in connection with a moving unit and capable of radio communication, the personal identifier comprising an alerting device for warning of vehicles or work machines in the area, and said alarm unit comprising warning equipment for warning of moving units in the area, wherein:the vehicle identifier and/or the personal identifier is configured to determine a distance between the vehicle identifier and the personal identifier based on at least one signal transmitted between the vehicle identifier and the personal identifier;
the vehicle identifier is configured to activate the warning equipment in response to the determined distance between the vehicle identifier and the personal identifier being less than a threshold value determined in advance for the vehicle identifier;
the personal identifier is configured to activate the alerting device in response to the determined distance between the vehicle identifier and the personal identifier being less than a threshold value determined in advance for the personal identifier;
the safety system further comprising a counter radio capable of radio communication, wherein the counter radio is configured to broadcast a spherical signal, and wherein the personal identifier is configured to determine a distance between the personal identifier and the counter radio based on the at least one signal transmitted between the personal identifier and the counter radio; and
wherein the personal identifier is configured to interrupt the transmission of the at least one signal transmitted between the vehicle identifier and the personal identifier and the activation of the alerting device and warning equipment, in response to the determined distance between the personal identifier and the counter radio being less than a threshold value determined in advance for the counter radio.

US Pat. No. 10,427,596

VEHICLE DIRECTIONAL INDICATOR FOR AUTONOMOUS AND NON-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

1. A vehicle directional indicator system for indicating the directional travel intentions of a vehicle, the system comprising: an ignition system; a directional signal circuit for receiving power when the ignition is keyed on; a power source for transporting the power; a thermal flasher for receiving the power from said power source; a directional indicator associated with a steering column for the vehicle for dynamically indicating direction of intended travel, whereby said directional indicator dynamically indicates a straight non-passive ahead directional intention for the vehicle in addition to dynamically indicating a left turn or a right turn directional intention for the vehicle whereby said vehicle is anywhere within the range of fully autonomous to non-autonomous.

US Pat. No. 10,427,595

ILLUMINATING VEHICLE ASSEMBLY AND ILLUMINATION METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An illuminating vehicle assembly, comprising:a lens having a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and at least one edge connecting the first side to the second side, wherein the first side is spaced a distance from the second side along an axis that extends from the first side to the second side, wherein the at least one edge establishes an outer perimeter of the lens;
a diffuser beneath the lens, the first side of the lens facing the diffuser, the diffuser including a plurality of light redirecting features, the plurality of light redirecting features comprising depressions within the diffuser, the depressions each opening to a surface of the diffuser that faces the first side of the lens; and
a light source configured to emit light that passes through the diffuser to illuminate the lens, the light source disposed laterally outside the outer perimeter relative to the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,427,592

CAR LIGHT SENSOR WARNING FOR HEADLIGHTS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of controlling exterior lights on a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving an input indicative of a desired mode of operation of the exterior lights from a user-selectable input device, the user-selectable input device including an on-setting, an off-setting, and an automatic-setting;
receiving sensor data indicative of a level of visibility outside the vehicle;
comparing the sensor data to a first threshold;
automatically activating the exterior lights while the user-selectable input device is positioned in the automatic-setting in response to determining that the level of visibility is less than the first threshold;
generating, by an electronic processor, a notification indicative of an improper positioning of the user-selectable input device when the sensor data indicates that the level of visibility is less than the first threshold and the user-selectable input device is positioned in the off-setting;
comparing the sensor data to a second threshold, the second threshold being lower than the first threshold; and
automatically activating the exterior lights while the user-selectable input device is positioned in the off-setting in response to determining that the level of visibility is less than the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,590

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HIGH LAMP OF VEHICLE

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

1. An apparatus for controlling a high lamp of a reference vehicle, comprising:a camera photographing a rear side of a target vehicle in front of the reference vehicle;
a brightness measurer measuring an entire average brightness of an image of the rear side of the target vehicle photographed by the camera, measuring the brightness of a backlight area of the target vehicle in the image and measuring the brightness of a non-backlight area of the target vehicle in the image; and
a controller configured to:
turn on a brightness adjusting function of the high lamp and adjust a brightness of the high lamp in order to remove glare to the eyes of a driver of the target vehicle, when the entire average brightness at the rear side of the target vehicle is greater than a predetermined reference brightness of the image of the rear side of the target vehicle,
determine whether the backlight area of the target vehicle exists in the image,
determine whether a brightness difference between the backlight area and the non-backlight area of the target vehicle is greater than a reference value, when the backlight area exists in the image,
turn off the brightness adjusting function and control the high lamp when the brightness difference between the backlight area and the non-backlight area of the target vehicle is greater than the reference value,
control the high lamp of the reference vehicle in order to remove glare to the eyes of the driver of the target vehicle, caused by light of the high lamp of the reference vehicle, and
control the high lamp of the reference vehicle in order to remove glare to the eyes of a driver of the reference vehicle, caused by light of the high lamp of the reference vehicle reflected from a rear view mirror of the target vehicle,
wherein the controlling of the high lamp is one of adjusting the brightness of the high lamp, turning-off of the high lamp and adjusting an angle of the high lamp.

US Pat. No. 10,427,589

WORK LIGHTING FOR A MACHINE, AND MACHINE HAVING THE WORK LIGHTING

1. A work lighting for a machine for generating an adaptive working illumination, comprising a plurality of lighting arranged in the form of a light-emitting matrix used to generate the working illumination, and at least one central adjuster for separately adjusting the working illumination of the individual lighting in the light-emitting matrix,wherein
at least one environment detector is arranged for detecting environmental signals and for generating at least one control signal based on the detected environmental signals,
the adjuster comprises a controller for at least controlling or regulating the working illumination of the individual lighting in the light-emitting matrix, and
the controller adjusts the working illumination of at least one of the lighting depending on the at least one control signal of the at least one environment detector,
wherein the work lighting further comprises a head-tracking system for capturing viewing information of a user of the work lighting and generating at least one head-tracking control signal based on the captured viewing information, wherein the controller adjusts the working illumination of at least one of the lighting depending on the at least one control signal of the at least one environment detector and depending on the at least one head-tracking control signal of the head-tracking system.

US Pat. No. 10,427,587

FRONT LIGHT BAR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

NAADE, Inc., Laredo, TX ...

1. A front light bar assembly for the front of a motor vehicle having a front bumper and front grill, comprisinga main frame comprising a front tubular member and a mounting plate permanently fastened to an upper portion of the front tubular member, the front tubular member extending across a majority of a width of the front grill and having two opposing ends inclined toward a rear of the vehicle, the mounting plate having a plurality of fastener holes extending therethrough;
two vehicle mounting members connected to the main frame and having a rearward end configured to releasably connect to the motor vehicle, each vehicle mounting member extending in a rearward direction a distance sufficient to connect to the motor vehicle and position the main frame above the front bumper and in front of the front grill;
a light box releasably fastened to and extending below the main frame, the light box having a front panel with an elongated opening over 12 inches long and over one inch high and having a mounting bracket on each opposing end of the elongated opening for mounting one end of a light bar, the light box having a height short enough that the front panel fits between the main frame and the front bumper;
wherein the light box further comprises two opposing end panels connected to the front panel and extending in a downward and rearward direction, with a bottom edge on each end panel that inclines upward toward a bottom of the main frame;wherein the light box is connected to the bottom of the mounting plate by four bolts on each side of the mounting plate, with two of those four bolts connecting one of the mounting brackets to the mounting plate, and the remaining two of those four bolts connecting one of the end panels to the mounting plate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,585

ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY DEVICE FOR AT LEAST ONE LED AND AT LEAST ONE ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, COMPRISING A CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING THE ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY EQUIPPED WITH AN INSERT

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. Electrical power supply device for at least one light source of a light emitting diode type and at least one electronic component, comprising:a circuit for driving the electrical power supply of the at least one light source, the circuit comprising at least one electrical conductor track and a housing for accommodating an insert; and
the insert in an electrically conducting material, said insert being inserted in the housing and comprising a first end portion electrically connected to the at least one electrical conductor track, and a second end portion suited to being electrically connected to at least one electronic component so as to supply electrical power to the at least one electronic component,
wherein the first end portion is in a material different from the second end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,584

LAMP APPARATUS

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. A lamp apparatus, comprising:a light source;
optics comprising an inlet configured to receive light irradiated from the light source, an outlet configured to discharge the light inputted from the inlet and comprising a plurality of facets formed thereon, and an optical connector connecting the inlet and the outlet;
wherein the inlet is formed in a concave shape toward the outlet;
wherein the inlet comprises: a first inlet formed in a concave shape toward the outlet, and formed in a ring shape such that the circumference of the first inlet is connected to the optical connector;
a second inlet formed in an aspheric concave shape toward the outlet, such that the circumference of the second inlet is connected to an inner circumferential surface of the first inlet;
a light guide positioned between the light source and the optics, and configured to guide the light irradiated from the light source toward the optics; and
a support configured to support the optics or the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,427,583

SECURING CARGO FOR RAIL TRANSPORT USING POLYMER FOAM MATERIAL

1. A method comprising:placing a plurality of cargo units in a railcar; and
placing a plurality of cargo restraint panels in the railcar,
wherein, after placement of the plurality of cargo units and the plurality of cargo restraint panels in the railcar, the plurality of cargo units and the plurality of cargo restraint panels are arranged, in a front to rear direction of the railcar, in alternating groups of one or more cargo units, of the plurality of cargo units, separated by one or more cargo restraint panels, of the plurality of cargo restraint panels, and
wherein each cargo restraint panel, of the plurality of cargo restraint panels, comprises:
a foam component having at least one polymer foam sheet, the foam component including a foam component front face, a foam component rear face, and a plurality of foam component side faces, wherein the plurality of foam component side faces are located between the foam component front face and the foam component rear face,
a first fibrous reinforcing material bonded to and substantially covering the foam component front face and the foam component rear face, and
a spun-bonded second fibrous material, different from the first fibrous reinforcing material, covering the foam component side faces.

US Pat. No. 10,427,582

LOAD CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A load control device, comprising:a load handling device for picking and releasing objects of load;
at least one camera configured to recognize one or more objects of load in the load handling device;
a computer for generating load data based on the visual information obtained from the at least one camera; and
reference data stored or accessed by the computer;
wherein, the computer is designed to generate a signal indicative of a conflict between the load data and the reference data.

US Pat. No. 10,427,580

CARGO TANK ASSEMBLIES WITH GROUND LEVEL ACCESS

Wabash National, L.P., L...

1. A cargo tank assembly comprising:a cargo tank configured for transport of pressurized materials;
a plurality of access ports for the cargo tank, including a manway and one or more of an inlet port to fill the cargo tank, an outlet port to empty the cargo tank, a cleaning port, and an inspection port;
a vapor recovery system, including a vapor-recovery fitting configured to attach to an external conduit to discharge vapor from the cargo tank;
a cabinet arranged to enclose the plurality of access ports and the vapor-recovery fitting, the cabinet thereby providing ground-level access to the plurality of access ports and the vapor-recovery fitting; and
a housing with an outer jacket that is spaced apart from the cargo tank;
wherein the cabinet is arranged to provide ground-level access to within the outer jacket;
wherein the vapor recovery system includes a vapor-recovery port at a top end of the cargo tank and vapor-recovery piping that extends outside of the cabinet between the vapor-recovery fitting and vapor-recovery port; and
wherein the outer jacket encloses the vapor-recovery piping and the vapor-recovery port.

US Pat. No. 10,427,579

HYDRAULIC BALE TRAILER

1. A hydraulic bale trailer comprising:a frame, where the frame is elongate and has a long axis;
an axle caddy, where the frame is connected to the axle caddy such that the frame is capable of tilting on its long axis;
a lock assembly connected to the axle caddy such that the lock assembly is capable of preventing the frame from tilting when the lock assembly is in an engaged position;
a hydraulic assembly with a first end and a second end, where the first end is connected to the frame and the second end is connected to the axle caddy and where the hydraulic assembly is capable of releasing the lock assembly from the engaged position to a disengaged position, allowing the frame to tilt; and
a pendulum assembly, where the first end of the hydraulic assembly is connected to the frame via the pendulum assembly and where the pendulum assembly comprises:
a pendulum box extending downward from the frame; and
a pendulum pivotally mounted within the pendulum box such that the pendulum is capable of pivoting freely within the pendulum box along a plane lying perpendicular to the long axis of the frame, where the first end of the hydraulic assembly is pivotally connected to a distal end of the pendulum such that actuating the hydraulic assembly causes the pendulum to pivot within the pendulum box.

US Pat. No. 10,427,578

SIDE-BY-SIDE UTILITY VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A utility vehicle configured to support at least an operator and a rear passenger, comprising:a plurality of ground-engaging members;
a frame assembly supported by the plurality of ground-engaging members and including a longitudinally-extending frame member, a first seat support member supported by the longitudinally-extending frame member, and a second seat support member positioned longitudinally rearward of the first seat support member and supported by the longitudinally-extending frame member;
a front seating area including the first seat support member and a front seat configured to be supported by the first seat support member;
a rear seating area positioned longitudinally rearward of the front seating area, and the rear seating area includes the second seat support member and a rear seat configured to be supported by the second seat support member; and
a rear floorboard sized to support a foot of the rear passenger within the rear seating area, and the rear floorboard is positioned below the first seat support member, and at least the first seat support member is supported by the longitudinally-extending frame member independent of the rear floorboard.

US Pat. No. 10,427,577

INTERIOR TRIM ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A DEPLOYABLE SUPPORT SUB-ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS...

1. An interior trim assembly for a vehicle interior of a motor vehicle comprising:an interior trim panel having a first outer surface for facing the vehicle interior and a second outer surface on a side opposite the first outer surface, the interior trim panel having an opening formed therethrough extending from the first outer surface to the second outer surface; and
a deployable support sub-assembly coupled to the interior trim panel and including:
a support layer; and
a first moveable arm coupled to the support layer and including a first arm section and a second arm section pivotably coupled to the first arm section, wherein the first and second arm sections cooperate to move the support layer from a stowed position adjacent to the second outer surface, behind and substantially covered by the interior trim panel through the opening to a deployed position adjacent to the first outer surface of the interior trim panel for exposing to the vehicle interior.

US Pat. No. 10,427,576

SEAT RECLINING APPARATUS

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A seat reclining apparatus for a reclining seat including a seat cushion and a seatback,wherein, when a reclining mechanism of said seat reclining apparatus is provided between said seat cushion and said seatback, said seatback is supported to be capable of tilting forward and rearward relative to said seat cushion and has a moving range including: a lockable range, in which the reclining mechanism operates to allow an angle of said seatback relative to said seat cushion to be adjusted; and an unlock range in front of said lockable range, in which a non-operating state of said reclining mechanism is maintained, and
wherein said seat reclining apparatus comprises:
a stopper which is movable between a forward-tilt restriction position to stop said seatback at an intermediate stop position in said unlock range and a restriction release position to allow said seatback to tilt forward beyond said intermediate stop position, is situated at said forward-tilt restriction position when said seatback tilts toward said intermediate stop position from said lockable range side, and is movable from said forward-tilt restriction position to said restriction release position in a state where said seatback stops at said intermediate stop position; and
a holding mechanism which keeps holding said stopper in said restriction release position until said seatback returns to said lockable range from a state where said seatback tilts forward beyond said intermediate stop position following a movement of said stopper from said forward-tilt restriction position to said restriction release position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,575

REMOVABLE HEAD RESTRAINT BUN FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headrest assembly, comprising:a front panel having a base portion and a support portion extending upwardly from the base portion, wherein the support portion of the front panel includes a mounting surface having a mounting aperture disposed therethrough;
a rear panel having a base portion and a support portion extending upwardly from the base portion, wherein the support portion of the rear panel includes a mounting aperture configured to align with the mounting aperture of the front panel in assembly;
a support member having first and second legs interconnected by an upper cross member, wherein the front panel is directly coupled to the rear panel around the support member in assembly; and
a headrest bun releasably coupled to the mounting surface of the support portion of the front panel.

US Pat. No. 10,427,572

HEADREST FOLDING DEVICE

Woobo Tech Co., Ltd., Py...

1. A headrest folding device comprising:a main bracket mounted in a seat back or a headrest;
a stay, mounted in any one of said seat back and said headrest, being rotated with respect to said main bracket so as to be moved between an upright (unfolding) position and a folding position;
a lock link having one end supported by said main bracket through a first hinge shaft and an other end engaged with a horizontal bar of said stay;
a first twisted coil spring having one end supported by said main bracket and an other end supported by said horizontal bar of said stay;
a release lever having one end supported by said main bracket through a second hinge shaft;
a ratchet which is rotatably supported by said main bracket through a line shaft, and wherein contact thereof with said lock link is released by said release lever;
a second twisted coil spring having one end supported by said main bracket and an other end supported by said release lever; and
an operating member configured to apply operating force to the other end of said release lever.

US Pat. No. 10,427,569

ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR A SEAT

KONGSBERG AUTOMOTIVE, INC...

1. An assembly for use in a seat having a seat frame, said assembly comprising:a seat support adapted for adjustable suspension in the seat frame, with said seat support adjustable in a first adjustment direction and a second adjustment direction opposite said first adjustment direction;
a chassis mounted on said seat support;
a screw drive supported on said chassis for rotation in a first rotational direction and in a second rotational direction opposite said first rotational direction;
an actuator operably coupled to said screw drive to selectively generate said rotation of said screw drive;
a drive block in threaded engagement with said screw drive such that said rotation of said screw drive in said first rotational direction translates said drive block along said chassis in a first translational direction and rotation of said screw drive in said second rotational direction translates said drive block along said chassis in a second translational direction opposite said first translation direction;
a first cable having first and second segments with said first segment adapted for attachment to the seat frame, and said second segment having first and second portions with said first portion engaging said chassis and said second portion affixed to said drive block;
a second cable having first and second segments with said first segment adapted for attachment to the seat frame, and said second segment having third and fourth portions with said third portion engaging said chassis and said fourth portion affixed to said drive block; wherein said second and fourth portions concurrently translate with said drive block in said first translational direction when said screw drive operates in said first rotational direction adjusting said seat support in said first adjustment direction and wherein said second and fourth portions concurrently translate with said drive block in said second translational direction when said screw drive operates in said second rotational direction adjusting said seat support in said second adjustment direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,567

AIR CHANNEL FOAM PAD WITH THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE TAPE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat cushion assembly comprising:a first foam pad defining a ventilating column disposed therethrough;
a topper pad disposed over the first foam pad;
a second foam pad disposed adjacent the first foam pad, the second foam pad and the first foam pad defining a flow channel in fluid communication with the ventilating column;
a thermally conductive tape including a thermoelectric device disposed between the first foam pad and the topper pad, wherein the thermoelectric device is disposed near an end of the ventilating column; and
an air mover moving air from an air intake of the flow channel to an air exhaust of the flow channel, wherein the flow channel extends beneath the thermally conductive tape to deliver air to the ventilating column and the bottom of the thermoelectric device to cool or heat the thermoelectric device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,566

VEHICLE SEAT COMPRISING AN ADDITIONAL VOLUME FOR LEVELLING AND STABILIZATION

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. A vehicle seat comprising a device for levelling and stabilising the vehicle seat, the vehicle seat comprising an upper seat element, which can be moved relative to a lower seat element by a first air spring and on which a mass can be arranged, the lower and the upper seat element being arranged at a predetermined distance from one another, and the first air spring being fluidically connected to an additional volume of an additional volume module by a first fluid connection, and the internal pressure of the first air spring being controllable by the additional volume module,wherein the device comprises a limited auxiliary volume, which is fluidically coupled to the additional volume by means of a fluid conveying unit and a second fluid connection, it being possible, when the distance between said seat elements changes due to a shift in weight on the upper seat element, to change the internal pressure of the additional volume and, indirectly, of the first air spring by a fluid being conveyed between the auxiliary volume and the additional volume by means of the fluid conveying unit in order to compensate for the change in distance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,565

VEHICULAR SEAT EQUIPPED WITH CUSHION AIRBAG DEVICE, AND CUSHION AIRBAG

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular seat comprising:a cushion panel disposed to extend in a seat front-rear direction and to form a bottom portion of a seat cushion;
an inflator configured to operate to produce gas, the inflator being provided in the seat cushion; and
a cushion airbag configured to expand due to the gas supplied from the inflator and to push up a range including portions of a seat occupant from thighs to hip points in an expansion end state, the cushion airbag being provided over the cushion panel,
wherein the cushion airbag is set such that a push-up force in rear right and left regions corresponding to right and left hip joints to right and left lower ischium portions of the seat occupant in the expansion end state is lower than a push-up force in a rear center region present between the rear right and left regions in the expansion end state.

US Pat. No. 10,427,562

VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY HAVING EXTENDABLE HEADREST PANEL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seat-base;
a seatback pivotally coupled to the seat-base and operable to a forwardly-folded position that arranges the seatback over the seat-base;
a headrest coupled to the seatback by a connecting feature; and
a panel assembly directly coupled to the connecting feature, wherein the panel assembly slidably extends to a position forward of the headrest when the seatback is in the forwardly-folded position, and wherein the panel assembly is offset from the seatback such that the seatback and the panel assembly are free of overlap in a vertical plane when the seatback is in the forwardly-folded position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,556

BACKREST ADJUSTER FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. A vehicle seat comprisinga seat bottom adapted to couple to a floor of a vehicle to move relative to the floor of the vehicle,
a backrest frame coupled to the seat bottom and arranged to extend upwardly away from the seat bottom, and
a backrest adjuster including a hinge coupled to the backrest frame, a movable plate coupled to the hinge to move relative to the backrest frame and adapted to support an upper back of a passenger resting on the vehicle seat, and a drive mechanism arranged to extend between and interconnect the backrest frame and the movable plate to cause the movable plate to move between a back position in which a backrest is positioned proximate to the backrest frame and a forward position in which the backrest is positioned forward of the backrest frame,
wherein the backrest adjuster further comprises a backrest support arranged to extend between and interconnect the movable plate and the hinge and the backrest support moves with the movable plate between the back and forward positions,
wherein the hinge comprises a deformable grommet and a portion of the backrest support extends through an aperture formed in the deformable grommet.

US Pat. No. 10,427,555

CONVEYANCE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A conveyance seat, comprising:a seat cushion having i) a fixed portion arranged on a seat cushion frame, and ii) a movable portion that is movable relative to the fixed portion for adjustment of a length of the seat cushion, wherein the conveyance seat further includes:
a movable portion side engagement portion arranged on the movable portion and fixed relative to the movable portion;
a fixed portion side engagement portion installed on the fixed portion, configured to move between a locking position where the fixed portion side engagement portion engages with the movable portion side engagement portion to bring the movable portion into an unmovable state and an unlocking position where the fixed portion side engagement portion is released from the movable portion side engagement portion to bring the movable portion into a movable state; and
a driving portion, arranged on the movable portion, for moving the fixed portion side engagement portion from the locking position to the unlocking position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,552

EXPANDABLE SEAT FOR A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An expandable seat for a vehicle, comprising:a support structure movable between expanded and contracted states and forming a seating region that is greater in size when in the expanded state than in the contracted state, wherein the support structure tapers laterally;
a flexible covering movably coupled to the support structure, the support structure and the flexible covering cooperating to ensure that the flexible covering covers the seating region of the support structure when the support structure is in the expanded state, and in the contracted state; and
a carrier assembly coupling a free end of the flexible covering to the support structure and allowing the free end of the flexible covering to move relative to the support structure as the support structure moves between the expanded state and the contracted state.

US Pat. No. 10,427,550

METHOD FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED VEHICLE WITH THE AID OF A CHARGING CABLE, CHARGING CABLE AND RESIDUAL CURRENT ARRANGEMENT FOR DETECTING A DIRECT CURRENT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

5. A charging cable, designed to charge an electrically operated vehicle, the charging cable including an in-cable control and protecting device configured to:identify a charging process of the electrically operated vehicle to be performed, via the charging cable; and
perform a calibration of a residual current arrangement for detecting a direct current prior to performing the charging process.

US Pat. No. 10,427,548

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC VEHICLE

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. An electric vehicle charging device for use in charging a corresponding electric vehicle electrically connected to the electric vehicle charging device, the electric vehicle charging device comprising:control circuitry structured to selectively allow the electric vehicle charging device to charge the electric vehicle;
a circuit protection unit structured to provide circuit protection between the electric vehicle and a power source, the circuit protection unit including first separable contacts electrically connected between the electric vehicle and the power source and an operating mechanism structured to trip open the separable contacts in response to a fault being detected in power flowing to the electric vehicle, wherein the fault is at least one of an overcurrent fault and an arc fault; and
a processing unit having a memory with a routine stored therein which, when executed by the processing unit causes the processing unit to:
estimate a charging length of time needed for the electric vehicle to reach a fully charged state;
determine a maximum delay length of time as a difference between a predetermined length of time and the charging length of time, wherein the predetermined length of time is defined by a predetermined start time and a predetermined end time;
randomly select a random delay length of time that is less than or equal to the maximum delay length of time; and
control the control circuitry to prevent the electric vehicle charging device from charging the electric vehicle for a random delay period and to allow the electric vehicle charging device to charge the electric vehicle starting when the random delay period ends, wherein the random delay period starts at the predetermined start time and lasts the random delay length of time.

US Pat. No. 10,427,544

VEHICLE DRIVING FORCE CONTROL APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle driving force control apparatus mounted in a vehicle provided with a plurality of drive sources, and a plurality of power transmission mechanisms configured to transmit power from the plurality of drive sources to a plurality of wheels or a plurality of sets of wheels, the vehicle driving force control apparatus comprising:a ratio determination unit configured to determine a target ratio at which a required driving force applied to the vehicle is to be distributed to the plurality of wheels or the plurality of sets of wheels; and
a command unit configured to command the plurality of drive sources to output power such that driving force distributed in accordance with the target ratio is generated in the plurality of wheels or the plurality of sets of wheels,
wherein the ratio determination unit comprises a reference determining module configured to determine a reference ratio that serves as a reference for a distribution ratio of the required driving force, an allowable range setting module configured to set an allowable range in which a predetermined allowable width is added to the reference ratio, and a ratio selecting module capable of selecting, from the allowable range, a distribution ratio having a running energy loss that is at least less than the running energy loss of the reference ratio, and
the distribution ratio selected by the ratio selecting module is made the target ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,427,543

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A motor control apparatus comprising:a motor;
a transmission disposed adjacent to the motor or in a vicinity of the motor;
an oil temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of lubricating oil of the transmission;
a cooling mechanism configured to cool the motor with a refrigerant;
a refrigerant sensor configured to detect a temperature of the refrigerant; and
a controller configured to control a torque of the motor,
wherein the controller:
limits the torque of the motor based on the temperature of the lubricating oil detected by the oil temperature sensor when an elapsed time since the cooling mechanism drives is shorter than a predetermined time, and
limits the torque of the motor based on the temperature of the refrigerant detected by the refrigerant sensor when the elapsed time is longer than the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,427,542

MOBILE BODY

Murata Machinery, Ltd., ...

1. A moving body configured to move along a magnetic pole path having a magnetic pole section in which a plurality of pairs of magnetic poles including a north pole and a south pole are arranged and a magnetic pole absent section lacking a magnetic pole, the moving body comprising:a plurality of linear motors including a first linear motor driven by magnetic interaction with magnetic flux of the magnetic pole path:
a position detection sensor configured to detect a position of the moving body;
a first electrical angle detection sensor disposed at a position different from the position detection sensor in a path direction of the magnetic pole path and configured to detect an electrical angle of the first linear motor; and
a control unit configured to, when one of the position detection sensor and the first electrical angle detection sensor is positioned at the magnetic pole absent section, use an other of the position detection sensor and the first electrical angle detection sensor both to detect a position of the moving body and detect an electrical angle of the first linear motor.

US Pat. No. 10,427,540

SELF PROPELLED BATTERY COOLING SYSTEM TO EXTEND THE RIDE-RANGE OF AN ELECTRIC BIKE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A product comprising:a battery cell;
a housing containing the battery cell and including a side wall that is closed and faces in a forward direction relative to operation of the product; and
a cooling assembly comprising an impeller disposed in the housing and configured to circulate air in the housing and a turbine disposed outside the housing and configured to be driven by air movement,
wherein the impeller includes a number of blades configured to draw inflow and direct return flow over the battery pack,
wherein the turbine is connected with the impeller through the side wall so that the turbine and impeller rotate together in response to the air movement.

US Pat. No. 10,427,539

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

1. A connector system comprising:a first connector assembly having a first mating end and a first non-mating end comprising:
a first housing;
a first central member disposed within the first housing; and
a first sleeve disposed between the first central member and the first housing;
wherein the first sleeve is slidably coupled to the first housing, the first sleeve slidable along an axial direction relative to the first central member; and
a second connector assembly having a second mating end and a second non-mating end, the second mating end configured to engage the first mating end without a compressible portion being in contact with a surface of either the first mating end or the second mating end, the connector assembly comprising:
a second housing;
a second central member disposed within the second housing; and
a second sleeve disposed between the second central member and the second housing; wherein the second sleeve is slidably coupled to the second housing, the second sleeve slidable along the axial direction;
wherein the connector system, when in a connected state, comprises the first connector assembly coupled to the second connector assembly, which forms a flow channel defined by at least (1) a first sloped surface on the first sleeve, (2) a first sloped surface on the first central member, (3) a second sloped surface on the second sleeve, and (4) a second sloped surface on the second central member; and
wherein the connector system, when in a disconnected state, comprises the first connector assembly separated from the second connector assembly, the first and second sleeves close the first and second flow channels, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,427,538

VEHICLE THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH VORTEX TUBE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A thermal management system for a vehicle comprising:a vortex tube configured to generate hot and cold airstreams;
a valve including hot and cold air inlets connected to the vortex tube to receive the hot and cold airstreams, respectively, and including a vent and a valve outlet; and
a high-voltage electrical component connected to the valve outlet by conduit to receive one of the hot and cold airstreams to thermally regulate the component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,537

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a power converter electrically coupled to an auxiliary battery;
a current sensor configured to measure a current flowing through the auxiliary battery; and
a controller programmed to command an output voltage of the power converter to a voltage that is a maximum of (i) target voltages associated with electrical loads that are electrically coupled to the auxiliary battery and activated, (ii) a battery charging voltage when a demand for auxiliary battery charging is present, and (iii) a float voltage associated with the auxiliary battery and, responsive to the output voltage being commanded to the float voltage, control the current by adjusting the float voltage such that a predetermined current flows to the auxiliary battery.

US Pat. No. 10,427,536

METHOD FOR ESTIMATION OF THE REHABILITATION TIME OF THE PERFORMANCE OF A TRACTION BATTERY OF A HYBRID VEHICLE

RENAULT s.a.s, Boulogne-...

1. A method for estimating a duration of a battery performance rehabilitation phase for a traction battery of a hybrid vehicle including a combustion engine and at least one electric motor, comprising:activating the battery performance rehabilitation phase when a power available in the battery is below a required minimum power level to launch the vehicle from a stop using only the electric motor until a target speed at which the combustion engine can cut in, said phase making it possible to bring said battery to state-of-charge and temperature conditions enabling the battery to supply said required minimum power level;
supplying a model of operation of the battery including, in a plane (BSOC, T) where BSOC denotes a state of charge of the battery and where T denotes a temperature of the battery, an isopower curve representing, in said plane, operating points of the battery enabling the battery to substantially deliver said required minimum power level to launch the vehicle from a stop using only the electric motor until the target speed at which the combustion engine can cut in, said curve separating the operating points making it possible to deliver a power level above the required minimum power level from the operating points enabling the battery to deliver only a power level below the required minimum power level; and
estimating the duration of said battery performance rehabilitation phase, which represents the duration for the battery to be charged from the power available to the required minimum power level to launch the vehicle from a stop using only the electric motor until the target speed at which the combustion engine can cut in, from said model of operation supplied.

US Pat. No. 10,427,533

METHOD OF PROVIDING HYDROGEN FUEL CELL VEHICLE CHARGING SERVICE

Hylium Energy, Inc., Seo...

1. A method of providing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle charging service, performed by a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle charging service providing server connected to a user terminal and a plurality of charging-vehicle terminals, the method comprising:(a) analyzing a fuel usage pattern of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle related to the user terminal, predicting a fuel charging time of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on the basis of the fuel usage pattern,
determining a fuel usage pattern on the basis of data regarding a daily moving distance and a daily fuel usage of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle; and
determining a date when the amount of fuel of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is expected to decrease to a predetermined reference amount or less on the basis of the fuel usage pattern,
wherein the fuel usage pattern is periodically updated;
(b) when the fuel charging time is reached, determining a charging location and a charging-performing vehicle terminal on the basis of location information of the user terminal, and providing the user terminal with a charging alarm including information regarding the charging location and the charging-performing vehicle terminal; and
(c) providing the charging-performing vehicle terminal with the information regarding the user terminal and the charging location when a charging request is received from the user terminal in response to the charging alarm.

US Pat. No. 10,427,531

SCALABLE INDUCTIVE CHARGING STATION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A floor unit for generating an electromagnetic charging field for transmission of electrical energy to a vehicle, the floor unit comprising:a first interface configured to receive electrical energy in the floor unit in the form of a direct current;
an alternating current generator configured to convert the direct current into an alternating current;
a primary coil configured to generate the electromagnetic charging field from the alternating current;
a sensor configured to detect measuring data with respect to a state of the floor unit; and
a communication unit configured to transmit data, based on the measuring data, to a charging unit, wherein the charging unit is configured to deliver the electrical energy to the floor unit in the form of the direct current.

US Pat. No. 10,427,528

VEHICLE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine configured to drive a plurality of wheels of the vehicle via a drive train during operation;
a waste heat utilization device configured to drive an electric generator by converting a waste heat generated by the internal combustion engine during operation;
wherein the generator is electrically connected to an on-board electrical system comprising an electric energy store and at least one electric consumer;
an electric motor, the electric motor coupled to the drive train to provide an additional drive;
wherein the generator is configured to convert kinetic energy generated by the waste heat utilization device into electrical energy and to provide the electrical energy to at least one of the on-board electrical system and to the electric motor during operation;
wherein the electric motor is configured to convert electrical energy provided at least by one of the electric energy store of the on-board electrical system and the generator into kinetic energy and couples the same into the drive train;
wherein, in an operating state where an amount of energy stored in the electric energy store maximally corresponds to a predetermined threshold value, the waste heat utilization device and the generator are in an inactive state where no waste heat is supplied to the waste heat utilization device from the internal combustion engine and the generator generates neither electrical energy nor kinetic energy, and the electric motor is in a generator operation where the electric motor generates electrical energy and provides the electrical energy to the on-board electrical system.

US Pat. No. 10,427,527

ELECTRIC DIRECT DRIVE FOR AIRCRAFT PROPULSION AND LIFT

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus of an aircraft propulsion system, comprising:a prime mover of an aircraft coupled to a generator;
an electric motor electrically coupled to the generator; and
a bi-directional power converter coupled to the generator and an energy storage device,
wherein the energy storage device is selectively coupled to the electric motor such that when emergency power is demanded the bi-directional power converter inverts DC power from the energy storage device to AC power for the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,427,525

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MOTOR VEHICLE COMFORT SYSTEM

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. A method for controlling a motor-vehicle comfort system, wherein control takes place with the aid of a touch-sensitive display-and-operating area assigned to the comfort system, the method comprising:generating, in at least one operating mode, a virtual representation of at least one body giving a three-dimensional impression in a first position on the touch-sensitive display-and-operating area; and
displaying at least one function capable of being implemented by the comfort system on a surface of the body;
representing a plurality of bodies giving the three-dimensional impression, spaced from one another, on the display-and-operating area; and
assigning functions from a functional area of the comfort system to one or more bodies,
wherein the body is rotatable using a horizontal swipe gesture about a vertical axis and a vertical swipe gesture about a horizontal axis to select a surface of the body to perform assignment of a function implemented by the comfort system,
wherein, as a result of rotation about the horizontal axis, the body is moved into a different position in which at least one other function capable of being implemented by the comfort system is displayed on the visible surface of the body,
wherein, as a result of rotation about the vertical axis, the body is moved into a different position in which at least one value of a function capable of being implemented by the comfort system is displayed on the visible surface of the body,
wherein assigning functions comprises assigning functions to a body of the plurality of bodies based on a position of at least one other body of the plurality of bodies, and
implementing, by the comfort system, the at least one function and the at least one value of the function currently displayed on the display-and-operating area.

US Pat. No. 10,427,522

VEHICLE CONTROL WEARABLE APPARATUS, VEHICLE DRIVEABILITY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE OPERATION

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A vehicle control wearable apparatus, comprising:a detector configured to detect an intoxicating substance intake level of a potential driver of a vehicle;
a vehicle operation state controller coupled to the detector and configured to receive the intoxicating substance intake level from the detector;
an anticircumvention device coupled to the vehicle operation state controller; and
a first data transceiver coupled to the vehicle operation state controller;
wherein the vehicle operation state controller is configured to conduct a comparison between the intoxicating substance intake level and a first threshold level, and control the first data transceiver to send a blocking signal based on a first result of the comparison at a first time point; the blocking signal controlling the vehicle in a blocked state thereby prevents the potential driver from driving the vehicle;
the vehicle operation state controller is configured to control the anticircumvention device to render the vehicle control wearable apparatus unremovable from the potential driver based on the first result of the comparison; and
the first result of the comparison indicates that the intoxicating substance intake level is greater than the first threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,427,520

HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM AND METHOD USING SPLIT SHAFT POWER TAKE OFF

Power Technology Holdings...

1. A vehicle drive system for a vehicle including a first prime mover, a first prime mover driven transmission, and a rechargeable energy source, the vehicle drive system comprising:a power take-off (PTO) connected to the first prime mover configured to rotate a PTO interface at a first speed;
a gear box connected to the PTO at the PTO interface and configured to rotate at a second speed at an upper output interface when the PTO interface rotates at the first speed, wherein the second speed is higher than the first speed; and
an electric motor in direct or indirect mechanical communication with the first prime mover driven transmission through the PTO and the gear box, wherein the electric motor can receive power from the first prime mover driven transmission via the upper output interface of the gear box.

US Pat. No. 10,427,519

INSULATED TANK

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,512

GAP SEAL FOR A FLEXIBLE TONNEAU COVER ASSEMBLY

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,510

GLASS RUN SEALING MEMBERS INCLUDING HINGED SEALING PROJECTION STRUCTURES FOR VEHICLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,508

PICKUP CAB MOUNT PACK

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,504

ELECTRICALLY SWITCHABLE MOTOR-VEHICLE GLAZING

1. An electrically switchable motor vehicle glazing for a window of a motor vehicle adapted to change at least one optical property of the vehicle glazing for the window in response to an electrical signal, said motor vehicle having a body, comprising:a one-piece housing connected to a drive housing or cable drum housing of a vehicle window regulator of the motor vehicle, without fastening devices to join said one-piece housing to said drive housing or cable drum housing, wherein said one-piece housing and drive housing or cable drum housing together remain substantially stationary relative to the body;
a control or regulation unit removably insertable into and held in the one-piece housing and thereby segregated from other components of the vehicle window regulator, said control or regulation unit being configured for feeding the electrical signal for opening and closing the vehicle glazing; and
a line adapted to transmit the electrical signal from the control or regulation unit to a window pane holder of the vehicle glazing, wherein a distal end of the line includes a plug that directly inserts into the control or regulation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,427,501

OUTLET DEVICE

Faurecia Innenraum System...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,499

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,497

AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,496

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

BERGSTROM, INC., Rockfor...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,487

SUSPENSION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A suspension device for a vehicle, comprising first and second suspensions for respectively suspending, from a vehicle body, first and second wheels arranged separately from each other in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and an electronic control device, wherein:the electronic control device is configured to set a first product as a product ((Xs2/F1)·(F1/F)) of a sensitivity (Xs2/F1) (s is Laplacian) represented by a first transmission force (F1), which is a force received by the vehicle body from the first wheel, and a displacement (X) of the vehicle body in the vehicle longitudinal direction when a first longitudinal force (F) is input to the first wheel and a first transmission force characteristic (F1/F) of the vehicle, which is a ratio of the first transmission force (F1) to the first longitudinal force (F);
the electronic control device is configured to set a target complex spring constant as a complex spring constant in the vehicle longitudinal direction of the second suspension in a case where an evaluation indication value correlating with a square ({(Xs2/F1)·(F1/F)}2) of the first product takes a minimum value out of values that are likely to be taken by the evaluation indication value in a predetermined frequency range (fl to fh) set in advance so as to include a peak frequency (fs) corresponding to a peak value of the first transmission force characteristic; and
the electronic control device is configured to adjust a magnetic fluid in an internal space of a rubber bush in the suspension device in order to set the complex spring constant in the vehicle longitudinal direction of the second suspension to the target complex spring constant.

US Pat. No. 10,427,485

METHOD OF OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,483

ADJUSTABLE RIDE HEIGHT, VEHICLE, SYSTEM AND KIT

ALA HOLDINGS, LLC, Clift...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,482

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

HUTCHINSON, Paris (FR)

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,481

MOTOR VEHICLE WHEEL SUSPENSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,479

TRAILER STEERING APPARATUS AND METHOD

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,478

TOW BALL ADAPTOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,476

TIRE FOR A HEAVY DUTY VEHICLE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,475

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising a plurality of projections formed on a surface of a tire side portion at an interval in a tire circumferential direction, whereina thickness of the projection is smaller than a width of a top surface of the projection in a tire circumferential direction, the thickness is a distance from the surface of the tire side portion to the top surface of the projection,
the width of the projection is 10 mm or more, and
the interval of the projections is 3 times or more and 10 times or less as large as the thickness of the projection,
wherein the projection has a downward gradient surface portion formed on an end portion region of the top surface of the projection on a trailing side in a tire rotational direction, the downward gradient surface portion having a downward gradient toward the surface of the tire side portion as extending toward the trailing side in the tire rotational direction gradually decreasing the thickness, and
wherein said downward gradient surface portion extends at the downward gradient downward from the top surface of the projection to a top end of a rear side surface of the projection, the top end of the rear side surface being at a height above the surface of the tire side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,474

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising projections on a surface of a tire side portion, whereineach projection includes a top surface, a front side surface which is a side surface at a tire rotational direction side, a front edge portion where the top surface and the front side surface intersect with each other and an outer end surface which is a side surface at a tire outer radial direction side,
the front edge portion of the projection intersects at an angle to a straight line extending in a tire radial direction as viewed in a tire width direction,
a tip angle made by the top surface and the front side surface on the edge portion of the projection is equal to or less than 100°,
the outer end surface includes a projecting portion having an inclination side surface which is inclined in a tire rotating reverse direction toward a tire outer radial direction,
wherein the inclination side surface of the projecting portion intersects at an intersection point on the outer end surface displaced from the front side edge portion in a tire circumferential direction,
wherein the projections include more than three kinds of projections having different lengths hn in a tire circumferential direction, and
wherein the more than three kinds of projections have differing front edge portion inclination angles.

US Pat. No. 10,427,471

TREAD COMPRISING VOIDS FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING VEHICLE TIRE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,468

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,464

PNEUMATIC TIRE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,463

PNEUMATIC TIRE HAVING A DUAL LAYER TREAD

1. A pneumatic tire comprising a carcass and a tread located radially outward of the carcass and extending between the tire sidewalls; the tread providing a radially outermost tread running surface; the tread comprising a first tread layer comprising a first rubber compound and a second tread layer comprising a second rubber compound; wherein the second tread layer is located radially adjacent to the first tread layer; wherein the first rubber compound is compositionally distinct from the second rubber compound; wherein the second tread layer comprises one or more integrally formed extensions of the second tread layer extending radially outwardly toward the tread running surface; wherein each of the integrally formed extensions of the second tread layer comprises a circumferentially continuous groove and a reinforcement zone disposed on a side of the groove;wherein the first rubber compound comprises less than 50 phr of filler, a first rubber with a glass transition temperature above ?25° C., and a second rubber with a glass transition temperature below ?40° C.; and
the second rubber compound comprises a diene base elastomer, from 50 to 120 phr of a filler, wherein at least 20 phr of the filler is a high surface area carbon black having an iodine adsorption number of at least 100 g/kg, from 1 to 45 phr of a methylene acceptor, from 1 to 25 phr of a methylene donor, and from 1 to 30 phr of at least one additive selected from the group consisting of carbamic resins, liquid diene based polymers having a number average molecular weight ranging from 1000 to 25000, and aromatic hydrocarbon resins.

US Pat. No. 10,427,454

HUB UNIT HAVING BRAKE DISK

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A hub unit having a brake disk comprising:a fixing shaft disposed along a rotation center shaft;
a hub body rotatably disposed at the fixing shaft through a bearing, the hub body having space inside;
a brake disk fixed in the hub body by a bracket and formed in a circumference direction on a basis of the fixing shaft;
a fixing member formed to extend toward a vertical direction to a lengthwise direction of the fixing shaft, wherein one side of the fixing member is fixed to the fixing shaft;
a caliper formed at the other side of the fixing member, wherein a part of the brake disk is inserted into the caliper; and
a brake pad, wherein both inside surfaces of the brake pad are configured to contact with both side surfaces of the brake disk,
wherein a body expansion portion is formed at the hub body, and an outer diameter of the body expansion portion is capable of becoming larger, and
the caliper is disposed inside the body expansion portion, and
wherein one end of the fixing member is fixed to the fixing shaft,
the other end of the fixing member extends toward outside in a radial direction in the body expansion portion, and
the brake disk is disposed in parallel with the fixing member and extends toward inside of the caliper.

US Pat. No. 10,427,439

SUBSTRATE MARKING FOR SEALING SURFACES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a housing having a surface and a recess that extends from the surface, the recess having walls that extend to a terminus surface, wherein the walls are observable only from a location that is outside of the housing at a viewing angle that is non-orthogonal to the surface; and
a mark laser etched on at least one wall and having physical characteristics corresponding to a laser beam impinging the at least one wall at the viewing angle, wherein when the mark is observed at the viewing angle, the mark has an appearance corresponding to the laser beam impinging the surface at an angle that is orthogonal to the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,435

PRINTING INDICIA INDICATING AN INTENDED LOCATION OF A FOLD LINE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A print apparatus comprising:a printing unit; and
a controller to control the printing unit to print a media sheet with at least one indicia indicating an intended location of a fold line, wherein the media sheet is to be folded along the fold line;
wherein the controller is to control the printing unit to print the at least one indicia to provide an offset gauge such that, when the media sheet is folded along a formed fold line, the indicia to provide an indication of lateral and angular offsets between the intended location of the fold line and the formed fold line; and
wherein the controller is to control the printing unit to print a registration mark to indicate a registration or mis-registration of the printing unit and the media sheet, wherein the registration mark comprises a plurality of corner markings disposed at a corner of the media sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,427,432

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

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,430

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a first roller configured to feed a sheet;
a second roller configured to convey the sheet fed by the first roller;
a print head configured to print an image on the sheet conveyed by the second roller based on printing data;
a detection unit configured to detect an edge of the sheet; and
processor and memory configured to function as:
a control unit configured to perform a forming operation for forming an overlap state in which a leading edge of a succeeding sheet is overlapping with a preceding sheet; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether to perform a first conveyance operation for conveying the succeeding sheet to a printing start position at which printing of the succeeding sheet by the print head is started while keeping the overlap state or a second conveyance operation for conveying the succeeding sheet to the printing start position with an interval between a trailing edge of the preceding sheet and the leading edge of the succeeding sheet,
wherein the control unit controls the first roller and the second roller to perform a skew correction operation of the succeeding sheet by abutting the leading edge of the succeeding sheet against the second roller which stops before the trailing edge of the preceding sheet passes the second roller in a case in which the determination unit determines to perform the first conveyance operation.

US Pat. No. 10,427,429

METHOD FOR PROTECTING PRINTED DATA

1. Method (400) for protecting printed data on a transfer film (12) of a heat-transfer printer (100) for a plastic card (10) comprising a print head (112), the protection method (400) comprising:a first printing step (402) during which the transfer film (12) and the plastic card (10) advance simultaneously over a printing length L0 under the print head (112) and during which the print head heats according to a text to be printed,
a rewinding step (404) during which the transfer film (12) is rewound over a rewinding length L0+/?d different from the printing length L0, and during which the plastic card (10) is brought upstream of the print head (112),
a subsequent printing step (408) during which the transfer film (12) and the plastic card (10) advance simultaneously over another printing length under the print head (112) and during which the print head (112) heats according to the text to be printed, and
an ejection step (410) during which the plastic card (10) is expelled from the printer (100).

US Pat. No. 10,427,424

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,422

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a movement amount acquiring device which acquires a movement amount of the printing apparatus with respect to a printing medium;
a printer which performs printing on the printing medium; and
a processor which is operable to:
adjust a length of a print image to be printed on the printing medium along a first direction to a value that does not exceed a length of a print area which is set on the printing medium along the first direction, the length of the print area being set based on a first movement amount acquired by the movement amount acquiring device when the printing apparatus is moved relative to the print area along the first direction; and
cause the printer to print the print image whose length has been adjusted on the printing medium when the printing apparatus is moved relative to the print area along a second direction that is different from the first direction, the print image being printed on the printing medium so as to extend in a direction along the first direction,
wherein in causing the printer to print the print image, the processor reads print data of the print image whose length has been adjusted in an order corresponding to the second direction when the printing apparatus is moved relative to the print area along the second direction,
wherein the processor outputs an error notification when the first movement amount has exceeded a preset printing length, and
wherein the processor cancels the error notification when an acquired length becomes equal to or less than the preset printing length as the printing apparatus is moved in the second direction after the first movement amount has exceeded the preset printing length, the acquired length being acquired by subtracting a second moving amount, which is an amount by which the printing apparatus is moved in the second direction after the first movement amount has exceeded the preset printing length, from the first moving amount.

US Pat. No. 10,427,416

RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,412

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID REFILLING CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a print head configured to eject a liquid;
a liquid storage unit including a liquid injection port protruding in a first direction through which the liquid is injected, and a pressing member provided inside the liquid injection port, the liquid storage unit storing the liquid to be supplied to the print head;
a first shape portion extending by a first length from an opening of the liquid injection port in the first direction and being formed with a first width in a circumferential direction of the opening;
a second shape portion extending by a second length shorter than the first length from the opening of the liquid injection port in the first direction and being formed with a second width shorter than the first width in the circumferential direction of the opening; and
a liquid refilling container configured to refill the liquid into the liquid storage unit, the liquid refilling container including a liquid pour-out port through which the liquid is poured out, a sealing member configured to seal the liquid pour-out port, an inclined portion having a tip at which the liquid pour-out port is formed, a third shape portion enabled to engage with the first shape portion, and a fourth shape portion enabled to engage with the second shape portion,
wherein a distance between the third shape portion and an opening of the liquid pour-out port is less than a distance between the fourth shape portion and the opening of the liquid pour-out port, and
wherein, in a case where the first shape portion engages with the third shape portion and the second shape portion engages with the fourth shape portion, the pressing member presses the sealing member to open the liquid pour-out port,
wherein in a case where the first shape portion and the third shape portion engage with each other, and the second shape portion and the fourth shape portion do not engage with each other, the pressing member does not press the sealing member,
wherein the first shape portions are formed at positions for which a positional relation relative to a center of the liquid pour-out port remains the same regardless of the type of the liquid stored in the liquid storage unit, and the second shape portions are formed at positions for which the positional relation varies depending on the type of the liquid stored in the liquid storage unit,
wherein in a case where a type of the liquid to be stored in the liquid storage unit is different from a type of the liquid stored in the liquid refilling container, the first shape portion engages with the third shape portion and the second shape portion does not engage with the fourth shape portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,411

INK-JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink-jet printing apparatus comprising:a print head having a discharge port face provided with a first discharge port having a first diameter and a second discharge port having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter, the print head being configured to perform a printing operation on a recording medium;
a cap configured to cover the discharge port face;
a suction unit connected to the cap, configured to suck ink from the print head when the cap covers the discharge port face, and capable of performing a first suction operation sucking ink at a first strength and a second suction operation sucking ink at a second strength higher than the first strength;
a control unit configured to cause the suction unit to perform the suction operation; and
a determining unit configured to determine a printing operation to be performed by the print head among a plurality of printing operations including a first printing operation performing printing on a recording medium using at least the second discharge port and a second printing operation performing printing on a recording medium using the first discharge port without using the second discharge port,
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines to perform the first printing operation, the control unit causes the suction unit to perform the first suction operation and the second suction operation before the first printing operation, and
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines to perform the second printing operation, the control unit causes the suction unit to perform the first suction operation and not to perform the second suction operation before the second printing operation and causes the suction unit to perform the second suction operation after the second printing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,427,410

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND DETECTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head that ejects ink for printing;
a maintenance unit configured to perform a maintenance operation of the print head;
a waste ink tank having an absorber that absorbs ink discharged by the maintenance unit;
a detecting unit provided on the absorber and configured to detect ink;
a first counting unit configured to count an amount of ink discharged to the waste ink tank for every first period of time;
a second counting unit configured to count an amount of ink discharged to the waste ink tank after the detecting unit detects ink; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether an amount of ink in the waste ink tank is equal to or greater than a predetermined amount,
wherein the determining unit makes determination based on an amount of ink counted by the first counting unit over a past second period of time before a point when the detecting unit detects ink and an amount of ink counted by the second counting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,427,408

PRINTHEAD MAINTENANCE APPARATUS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printhead maintenance apparatus comprising a pump, a current monitor and processing circuitry, wherein:the pump is to increase a pressure in a printhead;
the current monitor is to monitor a current consumption of the pump; and
the processing circuitry is to determine a rate of change of current consumption of the pump and to compare the rate of change of current consumption to a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,405

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS AND INK-JET PRINTER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,403

REAL-TIME LINEFEED MEASUREMENT OF INKJET PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for an image forming apparatus to print an image on a print medium, wherein the image forming apparatus includes a print head having a head sensor configured to sense information from the image printed on the print medium, the method comprising:printing a first swath of the image on the print medium by the print head;
capturing, by the head sensor, a first target image from the printed first swath;
comparing the first target image to a reference image for the first swath based upon the image;
determining a head sensor position deviation based on a relative shift between the first target image and the reference image, wherein the head sensor position deviation shows a vertical shift between a position of the head sensor and a position of a predetermined section of the print head;
repositioning the print head relative to the print medium on which the first swath is printed by at least one line feed distance in a feed direction which intersects the scan direction;
capturing, by the head sensor, a second target image from the printed first swath;
determining a line feed error based upon the second target image while compensating the head sensor position deviation; and
printing a second swath of the image on the print medium while compensating the line feed error.

US Pat. No. 10,427,401

PRINTHEAD RECOVERY

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,396

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY UNIT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,394

METHOD FOR CURING RESIN COMPOSITION

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,392

FUNCTIONAL COMPOSITE FILM AND QUANTUM DOT FILM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,388

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

ARAKAWA CHEMICAL INDUSTRI...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,382

COMPOSITE EPOXY MATERIAL WITH EMBEDDED MWCNT FIBERS AND PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING

King Abdulaziz University...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,381

LAMINATED METAL SHEET FOR CONTAINER

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, T...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,380

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

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,376

ERGONOMIC PUNCTURE-RESISTANT PADS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,375

ARCHITECTED MATERIALS FOR ENHANCED ENERGY ABSORPTION

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,373

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DUAL TIRE BUFFING AND HANDLING

Bridgestone Bandag, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,372

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

Toyo Tire Corporation, I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,369

MOLDED ARTICLE EXTRACTOR AND METHOD

Bridgestone Bandag, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,359

ANCHORING A JOINING ELEMENT IN AN OBJECT

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

1. A method of anchoring a joining element in an object, the method comprising the steps of:providing a joining element, the joining element comprising an anchoring portion for in-depth anchoring in the object, and a head portion proximally of the anchoring portion, the head portion having a lateral outer surface with a well-defined structure, the lateral outer surface comprising at least one ridge or at least one groove or both, at least one ridge and at least one groove, the joining element comprising a thermoplastic material at least on a surface of the anchoring portion;
positioning the joining element relative to the object in a manner that the anchoring portion reaches into an opening of the object or is placed adjacent a mouth thereof; and
pressing the joining element towards a distal direction and at the same time coupling mechanical vibration energy into the joining element by a tool in an amount and for a time sufficient for liquefaction of a portion of the thermoplastic material to cause interpenetration of the thermoplastic material into structures of the object,
wherein the method comprises leaving the lateral outer surface of the head portion intact.

US Pat. No. 10,427,357

SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY UNIT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,353

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING USING STIMULI-RESPONSIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE POLYMERS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,351

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

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,345

CONTINUOUS FABRICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGHLY ALIGNED POLYMER FILMS

Massachusetts Institute o...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,344

MOLDING SYSTEM FOR PREPARING AN INJECTION MOLDED FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITE ARTICLE

Coretech System Co., Ltd....

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,341

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM WITH USER-ADJUSTABLE VARIABLES

IMFLUX INC., Hamilton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,339

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

UBE MACHINERY CORPORATION...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,336

PERIODIC STRUCTURED COMPOSITE AND ARTICLES THEREFROM

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,333

FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURE

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,331

SCALABLE MANUFACTURING OF SUPERHYDROPHOBIC STRUCTURES IN PLASTICS

The Regents of the Univer...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,329

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

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,328

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING BULKED CONTINUOUS FILAMENT FROM RECYCLED PET

Aladdin Manufacturing Cor...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,320

TREE GIRDLING TOOL

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,317

BATTERY-POWERED PORTABLE CUTTING TOOLS

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,316

FOOD PROCESSOR WITH ADJUSTABLE BLADE ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,314

APPARATUS FOR CUTTING PRODUCTS

FAM, Kontich (BE)

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,313

SYSTEMS FOR BUTTERING AND TOASTING BREAD

Creator, Inc., San Franc...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,312

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,308

WIRE BODY PROCESSING STRUCTURE FOR ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,307

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

Lam Research Corporation,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,306

MULTIMODAL OBJECT IDENTIFICATION

X Development LLC, Mount...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,304

ROBOTIC CHARGER ALIGNMENT

POWERHYDRANT LLC, Westwo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,301

ROBOT SYSTEM AND ROBOT CONTROLLER

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,300

ROBOT PROGRAM GENERATION FOR ROBOTIC PROCESSES

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,299

DEVICE FOR ROBOT, ROBOT CONTROL DEVICE, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,298

ROBOT SYSTEM DISPLAYING INFORMATION FOR TEACHING ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,289

MULTI-POSITION UTILITY HOOK ASSEMBLY FOR A TOOL

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,286

MULTI-USE AX

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,284

FASTENER DRIVING TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,283

OIL FILTER REMOVER

TOP WELL TOOLS INDUSTRIAL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,282

ROTARY IMPACT TOOL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,281

DYNAMIC OFF-AXIS TORQUE WRENCH COMPENSATION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,280

ADJUSTABLE GRIPPING TOOL

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,277

IMPACT WRENCH HAVING DYNAMICALLY TUNED DRIVE COMPONENTS AND METHOD THEREOF

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,276

TORQUE MULTIPLIER MODULE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,273

METHOD FOR THE DRESSING OF A MULTI-THREAD GRINDING WORM BY MEANS OF A DRESSING ROLL

KAPP WERKZEUGMASCHINEN GM...

1. A method for the dressing of a multi-thread grinding worm by means of a dressing roll, wherein the grinding worm has at least two screw channels which are arranged parallel to another, which screw channels extend helically around an axis of the grinding worm and wherein the dressing roll has at least two adjacent dressing profiles which are arranged along an axis of the dressing roll, wherein the dressing profiles of the dressing roll are guided simultaneously through adjacent screw channels of the grinding worm during the dressing of the grinding worm, wherein the method comprises the steps:a) execution of a first partial dressing process at which the dressing profiles of the dressing roll are guided simultaneously through a first set of adjacent screw channels of the at least two screw channels of the grinding worm;
b) execution of at least one second partial dressing process at which the dressing profiles of the dressing roll are guided simultaneously through a second set of adjacent screw channels of the at least two screw channels of the grinding worm, wherein the second set adjacent screw channels are offset in the direction of the axis of the grinding worm by at least one screw channel of the grinding worm relative to the first set of adjacent screw channels,
wherein the dressing roll has a dressing profile with a first diameter and at least one dressing profile with a second diameter which are arranged adjacent to another, wherein the first diameter is bigger than the second diameter, and a width of the dressing profile with the second diameter in the direction of the axis of the dressing roll is smaller than a width of the dressing profile with the first diameter, wherein the dressing roll has the dressing profile with the first diameter which is flanked on both sides by the dressing profile with the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,427,271

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

KAPP WERKZEUGMASCHINEN GM...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,269

POLISHING APPARATUS AND POLISHING METHOD

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,267

MACHINE AND PROCESSES FOR FITTING CABLE BUSHINGS

SCHLEUNIGER HOLDING AG, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,265

ROTATING TABLE DEVICE

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,260

MACHINE TOOL

STAR MICRONICS CO., LTD.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,254

FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING FOR AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for manufacturing a structure, the method comprising:independently driving each drivable support in a first plurality of drivable supports from a first location to a second location;
attaching each drivable support in the first plurality of drivable supports to a different point along a first side of the structure at the second location;
independently driving each drivable support in a second plurality of drivable supports to the second location;
attaching each drivable support in the second plurality of drivable supports to a different point along a second side of the structure at the second location, wherein the first plurality of drivable supports attached to the structure and the second plurality of drivable supports attached to the structure form a drivable support system for the structure;
holding the structure in a desired position using the drivable support system;
placing first support structures between each of the first plurality of drivable supports to create a first platform at the second location; and
placing second support structures between each of the second plurality of drivable supports to create a second platform at the second location.

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. 10,427,249

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. 10,427,247

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. 10,427,244

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. 10,427,232

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.