US Pat. No. 10,457,760

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID COMPOSITION AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING CATALYST LAYER-FORMING COATING LIQUID

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A process for producing a liquid composition, which comprisesholding a fluorinated polymer having —SO2F groups at from 140 to 160° C. for at least 45 minutes,
cooling it to less than 110° C. at a rate of at least 50° C./min,
converting the —SO2F groups in the fluorinated polymer to ion exchange groups to obtain a fluorinated polymer having ion exchange groups, and
mixing the fluorinated polymer having ion exchange groups and a liquid medium.

US Pat. No. 10,457,758

SUPPORTED ZIEGLER NATTA PROCATALYST FOR ETHYLENE POLYMERISATION

BOREALIS AG, Vienna (AT)...

1. Supported Ziegler-Natta procatalyst for ethylene polymerisation, comprising:(i) a procatalyst that includes
a) a Group 1 to 3 metal of the periodic table, in the range of 6.5 to 18 wt. %,
b) a Group 13 or 14 metal of the periodic table, in the range of 0.3 to 3.5 wt. %,
c) an internal donor selected from bi-(oxygen containing ring)
compounds of formula (I):

X is C or Si,
each R1 is the same or different and is hydrogen, a linear or branched C1 to C8-alkyl group, or a C3-alkylene group,
and each R2 to R5 are the same or different and are hydrogen,
a linear or branched C1 to C8-alkyl, or a C3-C8-alkylene group,
whereby two or more of R1 to R5 optionally form a ring,
n is the same for both oxygen-containing rings and is 1 or 2,
whereby the two oxygen-containing rings are individually saturated or unsaturated,
or an isomer mixture therefrom, and
d) a Group 4 to 6 metal of the periodic table, in the range of 2.0 to 7.0 wt %; and
(ii) an inorganic support.

US Pat. No. 10,457,684

[1,2,3]TRIAZOLO[4,5-D]PYRIMIDINE DERIVATIVES

Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., ...

1. A compound of formula (I)
wherein
R1 is a ring selected from phenyl, [1,2,5]oxadiazolyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl and isoxazolyl, wherein said ring is substituted with one or two substituents independently selected from alkyl, haloalkyl, halogen, alkenyl, haloalkyldiazirenyl, alkynyldiazirenylalkylaminocarbonyl, alkynyldiazirenylalkylaminoalkyl, alkynyldiazirenylalkyloxyalkyl, alkynyldiazirenylalkylamino, alkynyldiazirenylalkyloxy and cyano;
R2 and R3 are independently selected from hydrogen, halogen and hydroxyl;
or R2and R3 together with the carbon atom to which they are attached form diazirenyl;
provided that at least one of R1 or R2 and R3 is a group comprising diazirenyl; and
R4 is alkyl or phenylhaloalkyl;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,457,677

IMIDAZOLONYLQUINOLINES AND THE USE THEREOF AS ATM KINASE INHIBITORS

Merck Patent GmbH, Darms...

1. A method for the sensitisation of cancer cells to an anticancer agent or ionising radiation or a combination thereof, comprising administering to a subject in need thereof an effective amount of a compound of formula (IV) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, solvate, tautomer or stereoisomer thereof,whereinHet1 denotes pyrazolyl, which is unsubstituted or mono-, di- or trisubstituted, independently of one another, by Hal or A,
A in each case independently denotes unbranched or branched alkyl having 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 C atoms, in which, independently of one another, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 H atoms are optionally replaced by Hal,
Hal denotes F, Cl, Br or I, and
HET is 3-difluoromethoxy-5-fluoropyridin-4-yl, 3-fluoro-5-methoxypyridin-4-yl, 3-fluoro-5-fluoromethoxypyridin-4-yl, or 3-fluoro-5-(trideuteriomethoxy)pyridin-4-yl.

US Pat. No. 10,457,675

HISTONE DEACETYLASE INHIBITORS AND COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

CHDI Foundation, Inc., N...

1. A method for treating a condition or disorder mediated by at least one histone deacetylase in a patient in need thereof comprising administering to said patient a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of Formula I:or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,wherein:
R1 is —C(O)NH(OH) or —N(OH)C(O)R9;
R2 is aryl, heteroaryl, or heterocycloalkyl, each of which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 substituents independently chosen from halo, alkyl, cycloalkyl, haloalkyl, hydroxyl, alkoxy, and nitrile;
A is aryl or heteroaryl;
R3 is chosen from hydrogen, alkyl, halo, —NHSO2R10, C(O)NR11R12, NR11R12, nitrile, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, aralkyl, and heteroaralkyl, each of which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 substituents independently chosen from halo, alkyl, cycloalkyl, haloalkyl, hydroxyl, alkoxy, haloalkoxy, aryl, heteroaryl, and nitrile, wherein alkyl and alkoxy are optionally substituted with amino, (alkyl)amino or di(alkyl)amino;
R4 is absent or is chosen from hydrogen, alkyl, halo, —NHSO2R10, C(O)NR11R12, NR11R12, nitrile, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, aralkyl, and heteroaralkyl, each of which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 substituents independently chosen from halo, alkyl, cycloalkyl, haloalkyl, hydroxyl, alkoxy, haloalkoxy, aryl, heteroaryl, and nitrile, wherein alkyl and alkoxy are optionally substituted with amino, (alkyl)amino or di(alkyl)amino;
for each occurrence, R5, R6, R7, and R8 are independently chosen from hydrogen and lower alkyl;
R9 is hydrogen or lower alkyl;
R10 is lower alkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, or heteroaryl;
R11 and R12 are independently chosen from hydrogen, lower alkyl, alkoxy, lower haloalkyl and cycloalkyl, wherein alkyl and alkoxy are optionally substituted with amino, (alkyl)amino or di(alkyl)amino, and
m and m? are independently chosen from 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4, provided that 2?(m+m?)?4.

US Pat. No. 10,457,651

METHOD FOR PRODUCING 3-ALKYLSULFANYL-2-CHLORO-N-(1-ALKYL-1H-TETRAZOL-5-YL)-4-TRIFLUOROMETHYL-BENZAMIDES

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. Method for preparing 3-alkylsulphanyl-2-chloro-N-(1-alkyl-1H-tetrazol-5-yl)-4-trifluoromethylbenzamides of the general formula (I), comprising reacting 2,3-dichlorobenzotrifluoride (II) with a thiolate (IV) to give a 2-alkysulphanyl-3-chlorobenzotrifluoride (III),b) reacting the 2-alkysulphanyl-3-chlorobenzotrifluoride (III) with an organometallic reagent to give [2-chloro-3-(alkylsulphanyl)-4-(trifluoromethyl) phenyl] metal anion (V) and subsequently with a carboxylating reagent to give 3-alkylsulphanyl-2-chloro-4-trifluoromethylbenzoic acid (VI), and
c) effecting amidation with a 5-amino-1-alkyltetrazole (VII) with an activator in the presence of a base and an acyl transfer reagent to give 3-alkylsulphanyl-2-chloro-N-(1-alkyl-1H-tetrazol-5-yl)-4-trifluoromethylbenzamide (I):

and
d) where the substituents are as defined hereinbelow:
R1 is C1-C4-alkyl or phenyl substituted by s radicals selected from the group consisting of chlorine, fluorine, methoxy and ethoxy,
R2 is C1-C4-alkyl or phenyl substituted by s radicals selected from the group consisting of chlorine, fluorine, methoxy and ethoxy,
M1 is lithium, sodium or potassium,
M2 is Li, ZnX, MgX,
X is chlorine, bromine or iodine,
s is 0, 1, 2 or 3.

US Pat. No. 10,457,649

POLYMORPHS OF A MPGES-1 INHIBITING TRIAZOLONE COMPOUND

GLENMARK PHARMACEUTICALS ...

1. A process for the preparation of N-(4-chloro-3-(5-oxo-1-(4-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)-4,5-dihydro-1H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)benzyl)pivalamide (Compound of formula II) or a salt thereof,
which process comprises the steps of:
a) reacting 2-chloro benzoic acid with 2,2,2-trifluoro-N-(hydroxymethyl)acetamide to obtain a substantially pure compound of formula (VI)

b) converting the compound of formula (VI) to a compound of formula (IV)

c) reacting the compound of formula (IV) with oxalyl chloride and a compound of formula (V)

to obtain the compound of formula (III)

and
d) converting the compound of formula (III) to the compound of formula (II),
wherein the N-(4-chloro-3-(5-oxo-1-(4-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)-4,5-dihydro-1H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)benzyl)pivalamide is crystalline, having a characteristic X-ray diffraction pattern comprising peaks expressed in terms of 2?±0.2 at 5.66, 6.55 and 13.05.

US Pat. No. 10,457,647

AMINO PYRIMIDINE DERIVATIVES

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. A method of treating a disease which is treated by the modulation of Btk, wherein the method comprising administration of a therapeutically acceptable amount of a compound of formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein,
R1 is methyl or hydroxymethyl;
R2 is fluoro;
R3 is hydrogen;
R4 is hydrogen;
R5 is fluoro;
or R4 and R5 are attached to each other and stand for —CH2—CH2—, or —CH?CH—;
R6 is H and R7 is cyclopropyl;
R8, R9, R10 and R11 independently from each other stand for H, or C1-C6 alkyl; or any two of R8, R9, R10 and R11 together with the carbon atom to which they are bound may form a 3-6 membered saturated carbocyclic ring;
R and R? are H;
R12 is hydrogen or C1-C6 alkyl optionally substituted by halogen or C1-C6 alkoxy;
or R12 and any one of R8, R9, R, R?, R10 or R11 together with the atoms to which they are bound may form a 4, 5, 6 or 7 membered azacyclic ring, which ring may optionally be substituted by halogen, cyano, hydroxyl, C1-C6 alkyl or C1-C6 alkoxy;
n is 0 or 1; and
R13 is C2-C6 alkenyl optionally substituted by C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy; or C2-C6 alkynyl optionally substituted by C1-C6 alkyl or C1-C6 alkoxy,
and wherein the disease is selected from chronic autoimmune urticaria.

US Pat. No. 10,457,642

211-ASTATINE CONTAINING RADIOTHERAPEUTICS FOR THE TREATMENT OF CANCER

The Trustees of the Unive...

1. A compound of formula (I):wherein:m is 1 or 2;
n is 1 to 10;
R1 to R4 are at the 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, or 6-position of the benzene ring and, independently, H, C1 to C6 alkyl, C1 to C6 alkoxy, C1 to C6 haloalkyl, halogen, C1 to C6 fluoroalkoxy, C1 to C6 thioalkyl, C1 to C6 thio-haloalkyl, NH2, C1 to C6 aminoalkyl, or —(OCH2CH2)q—F;
q is 2 to 6;
or R1 and R2; R2 and R3; or R3 and R4 together form a 5- or 6-membered benzene ring substituted with H or 1 to 4 R5;
211At is at the 2-, 3-, 4-, 5- or 6-position of the benzene ring; and
R5 is H, C1 to C6 alkyl, C1 to C6 alkoxy, C1 to C6 haloalkyl, halogen, C1 to C6 fluoroalkoxy, C1 to C6 thioalkyl, C1 to C6 thio-haloalkyl, NH2, C1 to C6 aminoalkyl, or —(OCH2CH2)q—F;
with the proviso that two of R1-R4 and 211At do not occupy the same position on said benzene ring;or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or prodrug thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,457,627

PRODRUGS OF GAMMA-HYDROXYBUTYRIC ACID, COMPOSITIONS AND USES THEREOF

XW LABORATORIES INC., Gr...

1. A compound having the chemical structure shown in Formula (IA):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein,
Rg is hydrogen or C1 alkyl; and
Rh and Rf are independently hydrogen, unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 alkoxylcarbonyl, or C3-6 cycloalkoxylcarbonyl.

US Pat. No. 10,457,621

PROCESS FOR PREPARING ARYL KETONE

ETERNAL MATERIALS CO., LT...

1. A process for preparing a compound of formula (I), (II), (III) or (IV):
said process comprising photo-oxidizing a corresponding compound of formula (V), (VI), (VII) or (VIII):

in the presence of an oxidative system comprising at least one bromide compound, wherein:X1 represents —H, halo, —OH or —OR4;X2 represents —H, —OH, nitro, —N(R4)2, —NHR4, —R4, —OR4, —NR4OH, —ONHR4, Si(R4)3, —OSi(R4)3, —P(R4)2, —P(?O)(OR4)2, —P(?O)(R4)2, or a 5- or 6-membered nitrogen-linked heterocyclyl having one or two heteroatoms selected from N, O or S in which at least one heteroatom is N, with the proviso that when X1 represents —OH, X2 is not —OH or —OR4;R1 and R2 independently represent alkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, amino, amido, or an organic moiety comprising at least one of phosphor, oxygen, nitrogen and silicon, orR1 and R2, together with the carbon atom to which they attach, form a “—C?O” radical or a ring structure;R3 represents H, alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, amino or amido;t represents an integer from 1 to 5;G represents —H, halo, —OH, nitro, —N(R4)2, —NHR4, —R4, —OR4, —NR4OH, —ONHR4, —Si(R4)3, —OSi(R4)3, —P(R4)2, —P(?O)(OR4)2, —P(?O)(R4)2, or a 5- or 6-membered nitrogen-linked heterocyclyl having one or two heteroatoms selected from N, O or S in which at least one heteroatom is N;R4 represents alkyl or aryl;n, m and p independently represent an integer from 2 to 6;L1 represents an n-valent linking group;L2 represents an m-valent linking group; andL3 and L4 represent a p-valent linking group and can be the same or different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,608

MULTILAYER CERAMIC SUBSTRATE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A multilayer ceramic substrate comprising:a surface layer portion including a first layer;
an internal layer portion including a second layer and positioned inward of the surface layer portion and such that the first layer of the surface layer portion is next to the second layer of the internal layer portion; and
a surface layer electrode on a surface of the surface layer portion,
wherein a first thermal expansion coefficient of the first layer is lower than a second thermal expansion coefficient of the second layer,
the first layer and the second layer each contain:
a glass containing 40 weight % to 65 weight % of MO relative to a total weight of the glass, wherein MO is at least one selected from CaO, MgO, SrO, and/or BaO,
35 weight % to 60 weight % of alumina relative to a total weight of the glass and the alumina,
1 weight % to 10 weight % of at least one metal oxide selected from CuO and/or Ag2O relative to a total weight of the glass and the alumina, and
a first amount of the metal oxide in the first layer is more than a second amount of the metal oxide in the second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,596

OPTICAL SENSOR EMPLOYING A REFRACTIVE INDEX ENGINEERED METAL OXIDE MATERIAL

1. A method of sensing an analyte in an environment in a spatially distributed manner, comprising:providing an optical sensor device in the environment, the optical sensor device including an optical waveguide portion having a core, the core having a first refractive index, and a functional material layer coupled to the optical waveguide portion, the functional material layer being comprised of a material that in a bulk, fully dense form has a natural, non-engineered refractive index that is greater than the first refractive index, the functional material layer being structured to have an engineered second refractive index that is lower than the first refractive index, wherein the functional material layer is an engineered nanostructure material with a plurality of voids formed therein, wherein throughout the functional material layer a porosity of the functional material layer is uniform and a size and a shape of the voids is uniform such that the functional material layer is caused to have the engineered second refractive index and such that light scattering in the optical sensor device is minimized, wherein the functional material layer is a material wherein at least one of the engineered second refractive index of the functional material layer or the optical absorption of the functional material layer will change in response to a parameter relating to the analyte, and wherein the engineered second refractive index of the functional material layer and losses thereof are engineered as to permit interrogation of a desired length of the optical sensor device or a plurality of sensing locations along the optical sensor device using a spatially distributed sensing technique without employing a plurality of in-fiber optic components in the core of the optical sensor device; and
sensing a presence of or measuring the parameter relating to the analyte at a plurality of locations along the optical sensor device using the spatially distributed sensing technique without employing a plurality of in-fiber optic components in the core of the optical sensor device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,593

GLASS PLATE WITH FILM, TOUCH SENSOR, FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GLASS PLATE WITH FILM

NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO....

1. A glass sheet with a film, comprising a laminated film, which includes a plurality of films laminated together, formed on a glass sheet,wherein the laminated film includes an inorganic material film, which contains at least a noble metal, formed on a non-reformed surface of the glass sheet, and a plated metal film formed on the inorganic material film, and
wherein the laminated film is black when viewed from a glass sheet side.

US Pat. No. 10,457,589

LITHIUM SILICATE DIOPSIDE GLASS CERAMICS

Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Sch...

1. Lithium silicate-diopside glass ceramic which comprises 2.0 to 8.0 wt.-% P2O5 and comprises lithium silicate as main crystal phase and diopside as further crystal phase.

US Pat. No. 10,457,579

REACTOR AND REACTION SYSTEM BASED ON SUPERCRITCAL WATER OXIDATION, AND PHENOLIC WASTEWATER TREATMENT METHOD

GUANGZHOU INSTITUTE OF AD...

1. A reactor based on supercritical water oxidation, comprising an inner shell and an outer shell, wherein the inner shell is coaxially disposed in the outer shell;the inner shell is divided into two portions, namely an upper cylinder and a lower cone; the cylinder comprises an upper segment of imporous pipe (1411) and a lower segment of straight porous pipe (1404); and the cone is a conical porous wall (1407);
the outer shell comprises an upper connection flange, a middle straight pressure-bearing wall (1403) and a lower conical pressure-bearing wall (1409);
a first annular space is formed between the cylindrical portion of the inner shell and the straight pressure-bearing wall (1403) and the connection flange; a second annular space is formed between the conical porous wall (1407) and the conical pressure-bearing wall (1409); a separation ring (1405) is disposed between the first annular space and the second annular space; high-temperature evaporated water injection pipes (1402) are disposed on an upper portion of the straight pressure-bearing wall; low-temperature evaporated water injection pipes (1406) are disposed on an upper portion of the conical pressure-bearing wall (1409); and an outlet pipe (1408) is disposed at a bottom of the conical pressure-bearing wall (1409);
a nozzle pipe (1401) is coaxially disposed on the connection flange, and the nozzle pipe (1401) passes through a top center of the inner shell.

US Pat. No. 10,457,576

APPARATUS FOR REMOVAL OF IONS FROM WATER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

VOLTEA B.V., Sassenheim ...

1. An apparatus for removal of ions from water, the apparatus comprising:a carbon coated first current collector;
a second current collector;
a spacer in between the first and second current collectors to allow water to flow through the spacer in between the first and second current collectors;
a first charge barrier in between the carbon coated first current collector and the spacer to selectively allow anions or cations to flow through the first charge barrier; and
a second charge barrier coated onto the carbon coated first current collector and in contact with the first charge barrier, the second charge barrier being between 1 to 40 microns thick.

US Pat. No. 10,457,574

REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEMS WITH BUILT IN PRESSURE REGULATION

Topper Manufacturing Corp...

1. A reverse osmosis filtration system comprising, as a single self-contained assembly:a manifold assembly with a lower side to which parts of the reverse osmosis filtration system are attached, including a product water storage tank, cartridges that contain a reverse osmosis filtration membrane and other filters, and a control valve hydraulically controlling the operation of the reverse osmosis filtration system; and
a raw water pressure regulator contained within the self-contained reverse osmosis filtration system and coupled to the lower side of the manifold assembly, the raw water pressure regulator having a raw water inlet for coupling to a source of raw water and a pressure regulated outlet coupled to the manifold assembly;
the raw water pressure regulator operating independently of the control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,457,568

METHOD FOR DESALINATION

MURDOCH UNIVERSITY, Natio...

1. A method of removing dissolved elements from a liquid, the method comprising:a) heating the liquid in a first heating step using a first heat source;
b) introducing said heated liquid from the first heating step into a plurality of distillation steps for purifying the liquid heated by the first heating step, each of the plurality of distillation steps comprising at least one evaporation step and at least one condensation step, each of the plurality of distillation steps producing a distillate and a residual concentrate; and
c) a second heating step for heating an additional volume of liquid;
d) introducing heated liquid from the second heating step into a plurality of flashing chambers, each generating a volume of vapor;
wherein at least a portion of the vapor from at least one of the plurality of flashing chambers is introduced into at least one of the plurality of distillation steps through one of a plurality of inputs consisting of a first input and a series of subsequent inputs, the vapor being introduced having a higher temperature than the temperature in the distillation step that is being introduced into.

US Pat. No. 10,457,557

PROCESS FOR PREPARING GRAPHENE NANOPLATELETS

DIRECTA PLUS S.P.A., Lom...

1. A process for producing graphene nanoplatelets having a C/O ratio ?100:1, comprising the steps of:a) expanding flakes of intercalated graphite having a lateral size of ?500 ?m by exposing said flakes to a temperature from 1300 to 12000° C. for a time of less than 2 seconds and obtaining an expanded graphite,
b) dispersing said expanded graphite in a dispersing medium,
wherein said dispersing medium is water and said dispersion of said expanded graphite is carried out in the absence of a surfactant or in the presence of a surfactant in an amount not higher than 1% by weight of the weight of said expanded graphite, and
said dispersion of said expanded graphite in said dispersing medium is carried out directly after said step of expansion at high temperature by collecting said expanded graphite in said dispersing medium just after its formation:
c) subjecting said expanded graphite obtained from step b) to exfoliation and size reduction treatment by high pressure homogenization in a homogenizer in which the dispersion of said expanded graphite is pumped at a pressure above 35 MPa through one or more microchannels or necks having a transverse section of 500 ?m or less, whereby the particles of said expanded graphite are subjected to shear stresses and are caused to collide at an energy level from 10 to 200 Wh/g, and
d) obtaining a dispersion of said graphene nanoplatelets in said dispersing medium, wherein at least 90% of said graphene nanoplatelets have a lateral size (x, y) from 50 to 50,000 nm and a thickness (z) from 0.34 to 50 nm, the lateral size being greater than the thickness (x,y>z).

US Pat. No. 10,457,547

MULTI-LAYER, STRESS-ISOLATION PLATFORM FOR A MEMS DIE

DunAn Microstaq, Inc., A...

11. A method of attaching a MEMS pressure sensor die to a base, the method comprising:positioning a first attachment material preform on a base, wherein the first attachment material preform has a single, centrally formed opening therethrough and the base has a single bore defining a pressure port formed therein;
positioning a first platform on the first attachment material preform, the first platform formed from a solid material and having a single, centrally formed bore therethrough;
positioning a second attachment material preform on the first platform, wherein the second attachment material preform has a single, centrally formed opening therethrough;
positioning a MEMS pressure sensor die on the second attachment material preform, the MEMS pressure sensor die having a fluid port formed therein; and
heating the first and second attachment material preform in a re-flow process to attach the MEMS pressure sensor die to the first platform and to attach the first platform to the base;
wherein the first platform, the first attachment material preform, and the second attachment material preform cooperate to define an attachment platform, configured as a multi-layer, stress-isolation platform; and
wherein the centrally formed opening of the first attachment material preform, the centrally formed bore of the first platform, and the centrally formed opening of the second attachment material preform are aligned to define a pressurized fluid flow path between the pressure port formed in the base and the fluid port formed in the MEMS pressure sensor die.

US Pat. No. 10,457,538

WATER DISCHARGE DEVICE

Coway Co., Ltd, (KR)

1. A water discharge device comprising:a main body including a flow channel in which water flows and an outlet connected to the flow channel and the outside to allow water flowing in the flow channel to be discharged to the outside;
an opening and closing part including an opening and closing member movably provided in the flow channel to open and close an opening and closing hole formed in the flow channel; and
an operating part including a rotating rotary member and enabling the opening and closing member to move in the flow channel according to rotation of the rotary member in conjunction with the main body and the opening and closing part,
wherein the opening and closing part includes a movement switching member to which a connection part included in the opening and closing member is connected, the movement switching member moving in a length direction of the flow channel, while rotating according to rotation of the rotary member, and
wherein the movement switching member has a guide protrusion inserted into a guide hole formed in the main body to move and rotate, along the guide hole.

US Pat. No. 10,457,535

ROTARY DUMPSTER

ROURA MATERIAL HANDLING, ...

1. A rotary dumpster for maneuvering a receptacle via a rotary fork lift assembly that includes a pair of forks, the rotary dumpster comprising:a base constructed and arranged to support the receptacle when in an upright position;
a first sidewall projecting upward from the base when in the upright position; and
first and second fork tubes located on the first sidewall and constructed and arranged to respectively receive the pair of forks for generally moving the rotary dumpster between the upright position and a dumping position, wherein the second fork tube is spaced above the first fork tube when in the upright position, and each of the first and second fork tubes extend longitudinally along the first sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,457,533

ARTICULATED BOOM TELEHANDLER

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A telehandler comprising:a frame assembly;
a plurality of tractive elements rotatably coupled to the frame assembly;
an outrigger coupled to the frame assembly and selectively repositionable between a stored position and a deployed position, wherein in the deployed position the outrigger engages the ground to support a portion of a weight of the telehandler;
a cabin coupled to the frame assembly and configured to house an operator;
a boom assembly comprising:
a lower boom section having a proximal end pivotably coupled to the frame assembly and a distal end opposite the proximal end;
an intermediate boom section pivotably coupled to the distal end of the lower boom section; and
an upper boom section having a proximal end pivotably coupled to the intermediate boom section and a distal end configured to be coupled to an implement;
a locking mechanism selectively reconfigurable between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration, wherein the boom assembly is configured to move freely when the locking mechanism is in the unlocked configuration, and wherein, in the locked configuration, the locking mechanism is configured to couple the intermediate boom section to the frame assembly such that the locking mechanism limits rotation of the lower boom section relative to the frame assembly; and
a controller operatively coupled to the locking mechanism, wherein the controller is configured to prevent the locking mechanism from changing from the locked configuration to the unlocked configuration in response to at least one of:
a weight of a payload supported by the implement exceeding a first threshold weight;
an orientation of the frame assembly being offset more than a threshold angle from a level orientation;
the outrigger not being in the deployed position; and
the portion of the weight of the telehandler supported by the outrigger being less than a second threshold weight.

US Pat. No. 10,457,532

PNEUMATIC WHEEL LIFT SYNCHRONIZATION

Gray Manufacturing Compan...

1. A self-synchronizing wheel lift system configured to lift a vehicle using compressed air, said lift system comprising:a plurality of pneumatic wheel lifts; and
a lift control system programmed to automatically synchronize the heights of said wheel lifts during vehicle lifting without causing any of said wheel lifts to completely stop during vehicle lifting,
wherein each wheel lift includes a pneumatic three-way valve for controlling actuation of said wheel lift,
wherein said lift control system comprises an electrical control system programmed to generate a pneumatic three-way valve control signal for each of said wheel lifts in said lift system,
wherein each valve control signal comprises a pulse-width modulated signal that includes a period T, wherein for each period T said pulse-width modulated signal includes one on portion and one off portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,531

WINCH AND SAFETY DEVICE THEREOF

NINGBO CHINA WINCH CO., L...

1. A safety device of a winch, comprising:a power module;
a detection module;
a control module;
a display driving module; and
a display module;
wherein the display driving module is electrically connected to the display module; the display driving module and the detection module are electrically connected to the power module; the power module, the detection module and the display driving module are electrically connected to the control module;
wherein the control module is configured to convert a signal detected by the detection module into a control signal, and the control signal controls the display driving module to drive the display module to display;
wherein the power module includes a voltage boosting unit, a first voltage reducing and stabilizing unit, and a second voltage reducing and stabilizing unit,
wherein the first voltage reducing and stabilizing unit and the second voltage reducing and stabilizing unit are electrically connected to the voltage boosting unit, the first voltage reducing and stabilizing unit is electrically connected to the display driving module, the detection module and the control module are electrically connected to the second voltage reducing and stabilizing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,530

LIFT CRANE WITH MOVEABLE COUNTERWEIGHT

Manitowoc Cranes, LLC, M...

1. A mobile lift crane adapted to be configured in both a first configuration and a second configuration, the mobile lift crane comprising:a) a carbody;
b) moveable ground engaging members mounted on the carbody allowing the crane to move over the ground;
c) a rotating bed rotatably connected to the carbody about an axis of rotation; and
d) a boom pivotally mounted on the rotating bed and including a hoist line for handling a load;
e) a counterweight support frame connected to the rotating bed;
f) a moveable counterweight unit;
g) wherein in the first configuration,
i. a first mast is connected to the boom;
ii. a second mast pivotally is connected to the rotating bed, the second mast being connected to the first mast during at least a first pick, move, and set operation;
iii. a moveable counterweight support beam is coupled to the counterweight support frame and configured to move relative to the counterweight support frame while moving toward and away from the boom for use during the at least first pick, move, and set operation; and
h) wherein in the second configuration,
i. the first mast is absent from the mobile lift crane; and
ii. the mobile lift crane is configured such that it can perform at least a second pick, move, and set operation where the first mast is absent and the second mast is connected to the boom and the second mast can pivot in order to change the angle of the boom; and
i) wherein in the first and second configuration, the moveable counterweight unit is never supported by the ground other than indirectly by the moveable ground engaging members on the carbody during the at least first pick, move, and set operation and the at least second pick, move, and set operation;
m) wherein the mobile crane is adapted to be configured according to the first and the second configuration by at least:
the moveable counterweight unit adapted to (i) suspend below the rotating bed such that the moveable counterweight unit is operable to support counterweights positioned on opposing sides of the rotating bed and (ii) couple alternatively to the moveable counterweight support beam in the first configuration and to the counterweight support frame in the second configuration; and
the counterweight support frame adapted to couple alternatively to the moveable counterweight support beam and the moveable counterweight unit such that the moveable counterweight support beam is operable to move toward and away from the boom in the first configuration and the moveable counterweight unit is operable to move toward and away from the boom in the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,457,521

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ALTERNATIVELY INTERACTING WITH ELEVATORS

Inventio AG, Hergiswil (...

1. A method of operating an elevator installation, comprising:receiving an image signal at a computer from a video camera;
determining facial characteristics from a person's face data comprised in the image signal using the computer;
categorizing the facial characteristics into at least one of predefined emotion categories using the computer;
generating a control signal by the computer corresponding to the at least one of predefined emotion categories; and
operating the elevator installation an elevator controller in accordance with one of several operational modes, wherein the one of several operational modes is selected as a function of the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,457,520

FILM ROLL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FILM ROLL

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A film roll comprising:a cylindrical core; and
a film wound around an outer peripheral surface of the core,
the core including:
a ring-shaped outer peripheral part defining an outer diameter of the core;
a ring-shaped inner peripheral part, provided inside the outer peripheral part, defining an inner diameter of the core; and
a plurality of ribs which extend between the outer peripheral part and the inner peripheral part in a direction of a radius of the core so as to connect the outer peripheral part and the inner peripheral part,
the ring-shaped inner peripheral part and the ring-shaped outer peripheral part each being substantially uniform in thickness,
the core satisfying the following inequality:
D×0.0017+0.63 wherein D (mm) denotes a difference between the outer diameter of the core and the inner diameter of the core, T1 (mm) denotes a thickness of the outer peripheral part, and T2 (mm) denotes a thickness of the inner peripheral part.

US Pat. No. 10,457,516

SHEET STORAGE APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform printing on a sheet conveyed in a conveyance direction;
a discharge port configured to discharge the sheet on which printing has been performed by the printing unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive the sheet being discharged from the discharge port at a position below the discharge port; and
a sheet butting unit provided on an upstream side of the receiving unit with respect to the conveyance direction and configured to regulate movement of a front end of the sheet, wherein the sheet butting unit has a first surface provided facing the receiving unit and on which a plurality of projections are arranged, and a second surface provided above the first surface and on which a plurality of projections are arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,457,515

PAPER CONVEYANCE MECHANISM

STAR MICRONICS CO., LTD.,...

1. A paper conveyance mechanism capable of conveying paper in a conveying direction, drawn out from a roll paper formed by a long continuous paper wound in a roll shape with an inside surface of the paper on one side and another outside surface of the paper on the other side, comprising:an ironing part for correcting paper curl which is brought into contact with the outside surface of the paper while the paper is conveyed;
a pressing part which presses the inside surface of the paper to bend the paper at the ironing part; and
an arm engaged with an outer circumferential surface of the roll paper to be operated according to a change in a roll paper diameter of the roll paper,
wherein, when the roll paper diameter is above an upper limit setting value, the pressing part is kept stationary and keeping out of contact with the paper even when the arm is operated; and
wherein at least when the roll paper diameter is a certain value in a certain range below the upper limit setting value, the pressing part moves in a direction from the one side toward the other side in association with an operation of the arm while keeping in contact with the paper to reduce an interior angle formed in the paper in a bent state at the ironing part according to a decrease in the roll paper diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,511

ROTATING MEMBER, SHEET TRANSPORT DEVICE, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A rotating member comprising:a cylindrical or columnar rotating-member body that has one end portion and an outer circumferential surface and that is to be rotated;
identification information provided at the one end portion on the outer circumferential surface of the rotating-member body; and
a holding member that is provided at the one end portion of the rotating-member body, that holds the rotating-member body, and that has an inner circumferential surface in part of which a space not to be in contact with the outer circumferential surface of the rotating-member body is provided,
wherein the identification information is disposed in the space of the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,457,498

TRANSFER DEVICE AND TRANSFER METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A transfer device, comprising a first conveyance roller, a transfer roller and a second conveyance roller, whereinthe transfer roller includes a roller body and a plurality of first stamp contacts formed on and protruded from a peripheral surface of the roller body,
the first stamp contacts are able to absorb elements to be transferred,
an axis of the first conveyance roller, an axis of the transfer roller and an axis of the second conveyance roller are arranged in parallel with each other,
the transfer roller is interposed between the first conveyance roller and the second conveyance roller,
a first roll gap is formed between the first conveyance roller and the transfer roller to convey a medium substrate, and a second roll gap is formed between the second conveyance roller and the transfer roller to convey a target substrate, and
the transfer device further includes a driving mechanism configured to rotate the first conveyance roller, the transfer roller and the second conveyance roller.

US Pat. No. 10,457,495

OPERATION OF AN ACTIVE CONTROL ROLLER TOP CONVEYING ASSEMBLY

Rexnord Industries, LLC, ...

1. A method of turning an object on a conveyor assembly, the method comprising:supporting the object on first rollers of the conveyor assembly defining a first motion zone, wherein a first clutch is operably connected to the first rollers by a first roller axle, the first clutch including a first driven member fixed to the first roller axle and a first driving member adjacent to the first driven member, and second rollers of the conveyor assembly defining a second motion zone, wherein a second clutch is operably connected to the second rollers by a second roller axle, the second clutch including a second driven member fixed to the second roller axle and a second driving member adjacent to the second driven member, and wherein the first rollers and the second rollers move along a length of the conveyor assembly;
activating the first clutch such that the first driven member engages with the first driving member to drive the first roller axle to rotate the first rollers in a first direction when moving along the length of the conveyor;
activating the second clutch such that the second driven member engages with the second driving member to drive the second roller axle to rotate the second rollers in a second direction, opposite the first direction, when moving along the length of the conveyor; and
turning the object as a result of the relative rotation of the first rollers and the second rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,457,493

INDEXING CONVEYOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

SST Systems, Inc., Sturg...

1. A conveyor system comprising:a rail defining a path of conveyance;
a plurality of sequential work stations positioned along the path of conveyance;
a plurality of carriages slidable along the rail, the plurality of carriages including
a first carriage supporting a load through the plurality of sequential work stations, and
a second carriage in a leading or downstream position with respect to the first carriage, the second carriage being unloaded;
an indexing system adapted to drive the plurality of carriages in discrete steps, each step advancing the plurality of carriages by an index length equal to a length of each of the plurality of sequential work stations; and
a work station skipping device operable to engage the load and transfer the load from the first carriage to the second carriage for skipping over a predetermined one of the plurality of sequential work stations.

US Pat. No. 10,457,490

TRANSFER APPARATUS AND HOLDING APPARATUS

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A transfer apparatus, comprising:a base;
a first linear motion member supported by the base and movable in a first direction;
a second linear motion member supported by the first linear motion member and movable in a second direction crossing the first direction;
a moving conveyor supported by the second linear motion member and including a belt for conveying an article;
an extraction arm that extracts the article and places the article on the belt; and
a holding part, provided at an end of the extraction arm, that holds the article, the holding part including an elastic passive joint provided at the end of the extraction arm, and a first end member and a second end member connected to the elastic passive joint, the first end member and the second end member being held by the elastic passive joint to be approximately orthogonal to each other in a state where the first end member and the second end member are out of contact from the article, and to be approximately orthogonal or approximately parallel to each other in a state where the first end member and the second end member are in contact with the article.

US Pat. No. 10,457,482

METHOD FOR FETCHING A TARGET BIN STORED IN A STORAGE SYSTEM

Autostore Technology AS, ...

5. A storage system, comprising:a three-dimensional storage grid containing a plurality of bins stacked in vertical stacks;
supporting rails on the grid structure;
a plurality of vehicles controllably arranged to move on the supporting rails; and
a control device, wherein the control device is configured to enable fetching of a target bin stored in the storage system by:
controlling a plurality of non-target vehicles, wherein each of the non-target vehicles operates as an intermediate storage for a single bin located vertically above the target bin;
controlling a target vehicle to pick up the target bin; and
controlling the plurality of non-target vehicles and the target vehicle to be positioned adjacent to each other in a linear manner on the supporting rails, wherein the plurality of non-target vehicles and the target vehicle are the same type of vehicle able to lift only a bin at the time,
wherein the control device is configured to control each of the plurality of non-target vehicles to operate as intermediate storage for the single bin located vertically above the target bin by:
controlling the non-target vehicle to move to a target location above the target bin;
controlling the non-target vehicle to pick up a single bin from the vertical stack at the target location;
controlling the non-target vehicle to rest at a neighbour location; and
determining if the target bin has become an upper bin in the vertical stack at the target location, and if this is not true, repeating the controlling steps until the target bin has become the upper bin in the vertical stack at the target location.

US Pat. No. 10,457,479

NESTED LINER ASSEMBLY FOR A TRASH RECEPTACLE WITH LID

1. A nested liner assembly, comprising:a. a plurality of liners, a liner of the plurality of liners being inside a next liner of the plurality of liners, the liner having an edge defining an opening into an interior of the liner, the plurality of liners including an innermost liner and an outermost liner;
b. an insert operable to be inserted into a trash receptacle, the insert defining a channel and wherein the plurality of liners are configured to be removably attached to the insert, wherein the insert operable has an outer portion dimensioned to surround the trash receptacle, wherein the outer portion has a first end and a second end, and wherein the first end and the second end overlap;
c. a lifter dimensioned to fit into the channel; and
d. at least one lift strap attached to the lifter and operable to lift the lifter from the channel of the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,457,474

INDIVIDUAL PILL DISPENSER

T Graziano Product Develo...

1. A pill dispenser for dispensing a pill, said dispenser comprising:a container defining an interior cavity for storing pills to be dispensed terminating in an upper neck comprising a sidewall having a neck pill outlet through-aperture spanning less than half of a neck circumference; and
a cap comprising a cap top bearing a downwardly protruding peripheral cap wall, adapted to rotate about, and in close proximity to, an exterior of said container neck and a downwardly protruding central wall abutting a central cap chamber and wholly circumscribed within said peripheral cap wall; wherein said peripheral cap wall includes a cap pill outlet through-aperture; and wherein said central wall includes an outer surface bearing a latitudinally-recessed, pill cavity, spanning less than half of a cap circumference, longitudinally spanning to a nadir of said central wall, said pill cavity offset from said pill aperture, wherein said cap is adapted to occupy at least two positions about said neck: (i) a load position characterized by said neck pill outlet through-aperture being aligned with said cap pill cavity; and a (ii) dispense position, occupied subsequent to said pill load position, characterized by said cap pill outlet through-aperture being aligned with said neck pill outlet through-aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,457,472

COMBINATION MEDICINE CONTAINERS AND DISPENSERS

1. A combination medicament container and dispenser comprising:a cylindrical bottle having,
an interior area,
a lower cylindrical portion of a first diameter defining a lower interior area of the interior area of the cylindrical bottle, the lower cylindrical portion having a bottom,
an upper cylindrical portion in communication with the lower cylindrical portion, the upper cylindrical portion being of a second diameter that is greater than the first diameter of the lower cylindrical portion, the upper cylindrical portion having a top, and defining an upper interior area of the interior area of the cylindrical bottle,
a cutout in a side of the bottom of the lower cylindrical portion of the cylindrical bottle that provides external access to the lower interior area of the cylindrical bottle, with the upper interior area holding medicaments,
a plurality of axially extending grooves on an inside periphery of the upper cylindrical portion, and
a plate in the lower cylindrical portion above the cutout and having a slot of a graduated width surrounding a central hub, the central hub having a bore;
a cylindrical cup for holding medicaments, the cylindrical cup defining a cylindrical wall and having a central hole, a medicament hole with a graduated width perimeter radially adjacent the central hole, and a resilient tab extending axially along the cylindrical wall, the cylindrical cup situated on the plate such that the central hub of the plate is received in the central hole of the cylindrical cup, the resilient tab receivable in one of the plurality of axially extending grooves on the inside periphery of the upper cylindrical portion whereby the medicament hole can register with a portion of the slot with the graduated width to allow a medicament of a particular size within the cylindrical cup to fall through the medicament hole and the slot with the graduated width;
a cap rotatably situated on and over the top of the upper cylindrical portion of the cylindrical bottle; and
an indexer rotatably disposed in the lower interior area of the lower cylindrical portion of the cylindrical bottle and having a chute that registers with the slot with the graduated width when rotated and with the cutout when further rotated to dispense a single medicament of the medicaments within the upper interior area through the cutout of the lower interior area, and having a stem extending through the bore of the central hub of the plate and into the cap, wherein rotation of the cap rotates the indexer for dispensing a medicament through the cutout.

US Pat. No. 10,457,459

PACKAGE

XPO Logistics Supply Chai...

1. A package comprising:a first tray having at least one compartment defined by a first plurality of wall structures, wherein the first plurality of wall structures define a first opening;
a second tray having at least one compartment defined by a second plurality of wall structures, wherein the second plurality of wall structures define a second opening;
a hinge connecting the first tray and the second tray, the hinge configured to enable the first tray and the second tray to pivot relative to each other to an open position and a closed position; and
a display device comprising at least one perforated region configured to be removed to form at least one structure, wherein the at least one structure is configured to position an article
wherein when the package is in the closed position, the first opening of the at least one compartment of the first tray is oriented to face the second tray and the second opening of the at least one compartment of the second tray is oriented to face the first tray, and
wherein when the package is in the closed position, the display device is positioned between the first tray and the second tray in an interior portion of the package.

US Pat. No. 10,457,452

SAFETY CAPSULE FOR A CONTAINER

BORMIOLI PHARMA S.P.A., ...

1. A safety capsule for a container, comprising:i) a cap (2) for closing the container, said cap (2) being made of a plastic material and comprising a thread (20) for connection to the container;
ii) a cover (3) for said cap (2), said cover (3) comprising a base (30) and a lateral wall (31) that extends from said base (30); said base (30) and said lateral wall (31) overlying said cap (2), said base (30) being at the opposite end with respect to a zone (4) of the capsule in which an intactness band (8) is located; the intactness band (8) being designed to be connected with the container;
iii) a press-fit engagement means (5) that sets said cap (2) and said cover (3) into operative communication, enabling transmission of motion from the cover (3) to the cap (2) for a purpose of making it possible to unscrew said cap (2);
iv) means (6) for preventing extraction of the cover (3) from the cap (2), comprising a first connecting means (61) for connecting the cover (3) to the cap (2); said engagement means (5) and said first connecting means (61) being at least partly incorporated in said cap (2) and cover (3);
v) means for re-closing the cap on the container after it has been opened, comprising:at least a first flexible tab (23) incorporated in the cap (2) and projecting towards the lateral wall (31) of the cover (3); said first tab (23) surmounting a first part of the cap (2), a first concavity (24) being wedged between the first tab (23) and said first part of the cap (2);a second flexible tab (32) projecting from the lateral wall (31) of the cover (3) towards the cap (2); the second tab (32) surmounting one zone of the lateral wall (31) of the cover, a second concavity (33) being wedged between said second tab (32) and said zone of the lateral wall (31);a first direction of rotation of the cover (3) determining a simultaneous insertion of the first tab (23) in the second concavity (33) and an insertion of the second tab (32) in the first concavity (24) so as to enable the transmission of motion from the cover (3) to the cap (2), and the cap (2) to be screwed onto the container as a result;a second direction of rotation of the cover (3) determining a sliding of the first tab (23) over the second tab (32).

US Pat. No. 10,457,450

INTERGRAL, SINGLE MATERIAL CONTAINER CAP

DESARROLLOS TAMARIT PLAZA...

1. A cap, made from a single material, having a top surface, a cover adapted to fit the top surface, and a perimetric side wall configured to be fitted on an opening of a liquid container, with at least one liquid outlet for the exit of liquid from the liquid container and at least one air inlet, flush with the top surface of the cap, for the entrance of air into the container, comprisinga check valve configured to allow the entrance of air into the liquid container, and prevent the exit of the liquid from the liquid container; said check valve built into the cap and protruding inwardly from an inside of the top surface of the cap;
said check valve further comprising a tubular body with two ends, such that a first end is located in the at least one air inlet, and the second end opposite the first comprises contacting walls configured to close the tubular body when at rest; said contacting walls further configured to separate and open the tubular body when said check valve in use or when vacuum is created inside the container;
the perimetric side wall containing threads configured to screw the cap to the opening of the liquid container; wherein the cover, the check valve, the perimetric side wall, and the threads are an integral one-piece construction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,449

CONTAINER HINGE

Inline Plastics Corp., S...

1. A method of forming a plastic container comprising:providing a sheet of plastic material that is at least partially transparent;
forming a first portion including an outwardly extending peripheral flange;
forming a second portion including an outwardly extending peripheral flange, the first portion and the second portion defining a container volume; and
forming a hinge joining the peripheral flange of the first portion and the peripheral flange of the second portion, the hinge having a pivot line tangent to the peripheral flange of the first portion, wherein the flange of the first portion extends further than the flange of the second portion proximate each end of the pivot line to create a seamless periphery about the hinge relative to a periphery of the first portion when the container is closed,
wherein forming the hinge further comprises forming at least two inward facing arcuate perimeter segments, each arcuate perimeter segment formed adjacent to respective ends of the pivot line, wherein the pivot line is tangent to at least a portion of each arcuate perimeter segment.

US Pat. No. 10,457,442

COMPOSITE PALLET

INTEGRATED COMPOSITE PROD...

1. A rail-rackable composite pallet, comprising:a base layer comprising two or more thermoplastic base members, wherein each thermoplastic base member of the two or more thermoplastic base members defines a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein each thermoplastic base member of the two or more thermoplastic base members extends between a first end and a second end;
an intermediate layer comprising two or more thermoplastic intermediate members, wherein each thermoplastic intermediate member of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members defines a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein each thermoplastic intermediate member of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members extends between a first end and a second end;
two or more thermoplastic support blocks removably attached to the base layer proximate the first surfaces of the two or more thermoplastic base members and removably attached to the intermediate layer proximate the second surfaces of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members such that the two or more thermoplastic support blocks are positioned between the base layer and the intermediate layer, wherein the two or more thermoplastic support blocks separate the base layer from the intermediate layer;
wherein the two or more thermoplastic support blocks include a first support block and a second support block, the first support block having a first section with a first width extending between opposing outer surfaces of the first support block in the first section and a second section with a second width extending between opposing outer surfaces of the first support block in the second section, wherein the second width is different from the first width, the second support block having a substantially constant width extending between opposing outer surfaces of the second support block; and
a top layer comprising two thermoplastic top outside members removably attached to the intermediate layer proximate the first surfaces of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members, wherein each thermoplastic top outside member of the two thermoplastic top outside members defines a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein each thermoplastic top outside member of the two thermoplastic top outside members extends between a first end and a second end,
wherein at least some of the two or more thermoplastic base members, the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members, and the two thermoplastic top outside members are thermoplastic structural members, wherein each thermoplastic structural member comprises two or more ribs extending away from the second surface to a rib end portion between the first and second ends of the thermoplastic structural member, wherein each thermoplastic structural member comprises fiber dispersed in a thermoplastic material and each of the two or more ribs of the thermoplastic structural member comprises a continuous fiber bundle within each rib proximate the rib end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,437

LIGHTWEIGHT PLASTIC CONTAINER AND PREFORM

Plastipak Packaging, Inc....

1. A container assembly comprising:(i) a plastic blow molded container comprising:
a lower supporting base portion;
a sidewall portion extending upwardly from the base portion; and
a neck portion extending upwardly from the sidewall portion, the neck portion including a dispensing opening, positioned at a top of the neck portion, threads positioned below the dispensing opening, and a support flange positioned below the threads, the support flange having an upper surface and a lower surface; and
(ii) a closure configured to receive the threads;
wherein the container is formed of a material comprising polyethylene terephthalate (PET); the container is filled with a beverage; a weight of the neck portion from the lower surface of the support flange to a top of the dispensing opening is 2.3 grams or less; and a vertical distance from the lower surface of the support flange to a top of the dispensing opening, including the threads, is 0.450 inches or less.

US Pat. No. 10,457,432

APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING PACKAGES OF INFUSION PRODUCTS

1. An apparatus for producing packages of infusion products, said packages comprising a bag (3) filled with a dosed quantity of a product, a tag (4), and a length of thread (2) attached at opposite ends to said bag (3) and said tag (4) respectively, said apparatus comprising:a forming group (30,40) of said filled bag (3);
a feeding group (50) that feeds said filled bag after forming;
a cutting and feeding group (60) of said length of thread (2); and
a sewing head (70) of said length of thread (2) to said filled bag (3), wherein said feeding group (50), said cutting and feeding group (60), and said sewing head (70) are capable of rotating around respective rotation axes,
wherein said feeding group (50) of said filled bag also feeds said tag (4), and said sewing head (70) sews said length of thread (2) also to said tag (4), and
wherein said sewing head (70) peripherally carries one or more movable sewing units (80), said one or more sewing units (80) being caused, in succession, to move and interact with said cutting and feeding unit via a first tracking motion of said cutting and feeding unit (60), to receive said length of thread via a second tracking motion of said feeding group (50) of said filled bag and said tag (4), and to sew ends of said length of thread (2) received by said cutting and feeding (60) group, to said bag (3) and to said tag (4) carried in a continuous movement by said feeding group (50).

US Pat. No. 10,457,424

FLEXIBLE THERMAL-CONTROL MATERIAL, AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A flexible thermal-control material which is formed by laminating:a reflection layer which reflects solar light; and
an infrared radiation layer which radiates infrared light,
wherein the infrared radiation layer comprises a radiation crosslinked fluorine resin material, wherein
a support layer is further laminated on a surface of the reflection layer on the side opposite to the surface where the infrared radiation layer is laminated, and
the support layer is formed with a polyimide material or a polyester material.

US Pat. No. 10,457,422

WEIGHTS FOR WATER IMMERSION TESTING

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An apparatus for securing a rotor blade, comprising:a base having a length alignable along a length of the rotor blade, the rotor blade positioned against a set point;
a first slidable component configured to slide within the base along the direction of the length of the base;
a first clam shell assembly supported by the first slidable component and receptive of the rotor blade at the selected location of the rotor blade;
a second slidable component configured to slide within the base along the direction of the length of the base;
a second clam shell assembly supported by the slidable component and receptive of the rotor blade; and
an offset member secured to the base and configured to maintain the base at a distance from a set point for receiving the rotor blade at the first clam shell assembly and the second clam shell assembly, wherein a length of the offset member is selected to place a center of gravity of the received rotor blade at a midpoint between the first clam shell assembly and the second clam shell assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,457,421

DRONE DOCKING STATION AND DELIVERY SYSTEM

1. A drone docking station device comprising:A container with a motorized sliding door for accepting deliveries of a group of food items, groceries and/or parcels (e.g. goods); and
The container mounted to a building, house, post, porch, roof, window or existing mailbox;
A device mounted on the container for communicating with a drone
A letter slot allowing for one way deposits of mail;
A flood light energized by a motion detector for enhanced area security; and
A solar panel mounted on the docking stationWherein the container is mounted for ready access by persons to a building, house, post, porch, roof, window and/or existing mailbox.

US Pat. No. 10,457,420

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING MAINTENANCE AND SHELTER TO DRONE

Sharper Shape Oy, Espoo ...

1. An apparatus for providing maintenance and shelter to at least one drone, the apparatus comprising:at least one maintenance unit operable to provide maintenance to a drone that has arrived for maintenance;
a base structure fixed within a ground pit to a support, the base structure being configured for providing support to the at least one maintenance unit;
at least one landing structure suitable for the drone to land on, wherein each landing structure comprises a first actuator that is operable to move the at least one landing structure in relation to the base structure, so as to align the drone landed on the at least one landing structure with respect to the at least one maintenance unit, thereby enabling the at least one maintenance unit to provide maintenance to the drone; and
wherein the support is configured to lower and raise the apparatus into and out of the ground pit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,417

FLIGHT INSTRUMENT WARNING DISPLAY

Bell Textron Inc., Fort ...

1. A aircraft display, comprising:a calculation unit configured to receive inputs from one or more aircraft systems and to determine if warnings should be displayed based on current aircraft flight conditions and aircraft propulsion system parameters; and
a display unit configured to receive input from the calculation unit and to generate graphics for a flight instrument display, wherein the graphics comprise one or more warnings indicating a low power condition during low altitude flight or low airspeed flight,
wherein the graphics comprise one or more warning bands having a plurality of segments, each segment is associated with:
a different airspeed warning zone, and each zone is defined based upon a current aircraft power available and a current aircraft height above surface, or
a different altitude warning zone, and each zone is defined based upon a current aircraft power available and a current aircraft airspeed, or
a different power warning zone, and each zone is defined based upon a current aircraft airspeed and a current aircraft height above surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,415

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSISTING THE BRAKING OF AN AIRCRAFT

Airbus (S.A.S.), Blagnac...

1. A method for assisting braking of an aircraft on a runway, the method comprising automatically implementing steps of:computing, using a first computer installed onboard the aircraft, a minimum braking distance of the aircraft on the runway, for which the aircraft attains a target speed;
displaying a representation of the minimum braking distance on a screen of the first computer, such that a crew member of the aircraft can select one of one or more runway exits that is compatible with the minimum braking distance;
receiving, via a second computer installed onboard the aircraft, information from a ground station, the information comprising at least a list of different runway exits;
sending at least the list of different runway exits to a man-machine interface in the cockpit of the aircraft, the man-machine interface being associated with a processing unit included in avionic equipment of the aircraft;
before landing the aircraft on the runway, entering, by the crew member of the aircraft, an input of a target braking distance by the man-machine interface in the cockpit of the aircraft, wherein the target braking distance corresponds to a distance between the runway threshold and the selected runway exit, and wherein the target braking distance is greater than or equal to the minimum braking distance;
during entry, by the crew member, of the target braking distance:
displaying the list of different runway exits on a screen of the man-machine interface; and
receiving a selection, by an interactive element of the man-machine interface, of a runway exit in the list of different runway exits displayed on the screen of the man-machine interface;
engaging an automatic optimized braking mode of the aircraft so the aircraft attains a target speed when the aircraft reaches the selected runway exit; and
controlling a braking system of the aircraft after the landing of the aircraft on the runway, according to the automatic optimized braking mode, such that the aircraft attains the target speed when the aircraft arrives at the selected runway exit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,409

ADAPTIVE ENGINE EXHAUST SIGNATURE SUPPRESSOR

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

19. A method of changing performance of an aircraft, comprising:providing an exhaust system, comprising:
an engine exhaust plane associated with an entrance to the exhaust system;
an exhaust exit plane associated with an exit of the exhaust system;
a forward cap movable relative to the engine exhaust plane and configured to selectively intersect the engine exhaust plane;
an aft cap movable relative to the exhaust exit plane and configured to selectively intersect the exhaust exit plane; and
a centerbody disposed at least partially longitudinally between the forward cap and the aft cap, each of the forward cap and the aft cap being movable relative to the centerbody, wherein the forward cap, the aft cap, and the centerbody collectively form an interior space configured to be fed cooling air via at least one duct connected with the centerbody, wherein a position of the centerbody is fixed relative to the at least one duct; and
moving at least one of the forward cap and the aft cap through operation of a single movement production device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,387

AUTOGYRO WITH A STREAMLINED OUTER CONTOUR

Christoph Fraundorfer, N...

1. A gyroplane, comprising:a fuselage defining a forward end and a rear end displaced apart downstream from the forward end along a longitudinal direction of the fuselage;
a mast arranged between the forward end and the rear end of the fuselage, a free end of the mast extending away from the fuselage in a vertical direction;
a rotor arranged in a rotatable manner at the free end of the mast, the rotor being configured and disposed so that the rotor can be set in autorotation by an air flow flowing from the forward end toward the rear end of the fuselage and thereby generate lift transmitted to the fuselage via the mast;
a propeller configured and disposed in the area of the rear end of the fuselage and drivable to produce propulsion of the gyroplane;
a horizontal stabilizer arranged downstream of the propeller;
a strut connecting the horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage and including a first section that extends away from the propeller in the longitudinal direction;
a horizontal stabilizer extension disposed between the rear end of the fuselage and the horizontal stabilizer and extending in a coaxial manner with respect to the rear end of the fuselage, the horizontal stabilizer extension being spaced from the rear end of the fuselage in such a manner that a gap is formed between horizontal stabilizer extension and the rear end of the fuselage; and
wherein the rear end of the fuselage and the horizontal stabilizer extension together form a streamlined outer contour.

US Pat. No. 10,457,383

AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR ASSEMBLY

Safran Landing Systems UK...

1. An aircraft landing gear assembly comprising:a first part and a second part, the first and second parts being movably mounted with respect to one another;
a structural member pivotally coupled to the first part via a first joint, the structural member having a load reacting condition in which it inhibits relative movement between the first and second parts by reacting to a compressive load applied to it by the parts,
the first joint including a first bearing surface associated with the first part and a second bearing surface associated with the structural member, the first joint being arranged such that the first bearing surface mechanically couples with the second bearing surface during said compressive loading so as to define a load path between the first and second bearing surfaces by each bearing surface engaging a respective bearing counter-face; and
one or more springs,
wherein the first and second bearing surfaces each define male and/or female engagement formations arranged to engage with the respective first and second counter-faces to inhibit pivotal movement of the structural member relative to the first part when the first and second bearing surfaces are engaged in an interlocking condition with the respective first and second counter-faces, the one or more springs being arranged to urge the first and second bearing surfaces to assume a spaced condition in which they are relatively spaced from the respective first and second counter-faces so as to permit said pivotal movement of the structural member relative to the first part.

US Pat. No. 10,457,368

WATER PADDLE SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

1. A paddle comprising:at least one paddle blade coupled to a shaft;
a sleeve coupled over the shaft, the sleeve comprising a helical opening;
a locator pin coupled to the shaft and extending through the helical opening; and
a first handle fixedly coupled to the sleeve;
wherein the paddle blade is configured to rotate from a first position corresponding to the locator pin positioned at a first location in the helical opening to a second position corresponding to the locator pin positioned at a second location in the helical opening.

US Pat. No. 10,457,367

LATERAL THRUST DEVICE

17. A device for redirecting a portion of the reverse flow of a jet stream created by a watercraft having a first and a second engine, wherein said first and second engine each have a pump assembly, wherein said pump assembly has an impeller duct, an impeller housing, a nozzle and a first and second deflector nozzle having a reverse gate pivotably connected to said nozzle, said device comprising:a main body, fixed to said watercraft proximate said first deflector nozzle of said engine, having a first inlet and second inlet, a first outlet and a second outlet, and a first channel and second channel disposed therein;
wherein said first channel fluidly connects said first inlet to a first outlet;
wherein said second channel fluidly connects said second inlet to said second outlet;
wherein said first channel and said second channel intersect;
wherein said first channel is configured to redirect said portion of said reverse flow of said jet stream when said deflector nozzle is in position over said first inlet;
wherein when said first inlet of said first channel accepts said reverse flow, said first channel bends said reverse flow such that when said reverse flow exits said first outlet said reverse flow is primarily a lateral flow;
wherein said second channel is configured to redirect said portion of said reverse flow of said jet stream when said deflector nozzle is in position over said second inlet; and
wherein when said second inlet of said second channel accepts said reverse flow, said second channel bends said reverse flow such that when said reverse flow exits said second outlet said reverse flow is primarily a lateral flow.

US Pat. No. 10,457,358

MARINE SAFETY LIGHTING

Peter Granata Design, LLC...

1. A method for increasing visibility of a motorboat having an operating engine in the vicinity of other boats, comprising the steps of:providing a light emitting safety lighting device positioned in the bow area of the motorboat to controllably cast safety light in an outward direction from the motorboat;
connecting the safety lighting device with a power source, the engine of the motorboat, and a circuit; and
providing a switch in the circuit situated so at automatically energize and illuminate the light emitting safety lighting device with the power source in response to operation of the engine of the motorboat, whereby cast safety light from the safety lighting device increases visibility of the motorboat to other boats in the vicinity of the motorboat whenever the engine thereof is operating, for safety purposes.

US Pat. No. 10,457,356

METHOD FOR HANDLING A FAIRED CABLE TOWED BY A VESSEL

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A method for handling a cable that is faired by means of a fairing, said cable being towed by a ship on board which is there is carried a winch allowing the faired cable to be wound in and paid out through a faired-cable guide device, the method comprising:a first step of monitoring the cable, making it possible to detect whether the fairing is experiencing a double twist around the cable comprising an immersed full twist and an airborne full twist,
and, when a double twist is detected, a first step of hauling in the faired cable, during which step the faired cable is hauled in, the first hauling step being carried out in such a way that the immersed full twist at least partially leaves the water and does not enter the guide device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,352

BICYCLE FRAME, ELECTRIC BICYCLE AND ENERGY ACCUMULATOR

BIKETEC AG, Huttwil (CH)...

1. A Bicycle frame having at least one frame portion which is configured for the removable mounting of at least one separate energy storage device, characterized in that the frame portion configured for the removable mounting of the energy storage device has an asymmetric cross section with respect to a frame centre plane, wherein the frame portion has an L-shaped cross section at least along portions of the frame portion, which extend in a direction perpendicular to said L-shaped cross section, and wherein the cross section of the frame portion and the cross section of the energy storage device complement one another to form a substantially rectangular total cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,457,350

BICYCLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control system comprising:a power supply;
a first bicycle electric component electrically connected to the power supply to receive electrical power from the power supply;
a second bicycle electric component electrically connected to the power supply to receive electrical power from the power supply; and
a controller programmed
to monitor an electrical communication of the first bicycle electric component,
to place the first bicycle electric component in a suspend mode for a predetermined suspend period to reduce electrical power consumption upon the controller determining no electrical communication to or from the first bicycle electric component,
to stop electrical power from the power supply to the first bicycle electric component upon determining no electrical communication to or from the first bicycle electric component for a first predetermined inactivity period when an operation mode of the first bicycle electric component is in the suspend mode,
to monitor an electrical communication of the second bicycle electric component,
to stop electrical power from the power supply to the second bicycle electric component upon determining no electrical communication to or from the second bicycle electric component for a second predetermined inactivity period,
to individually and independently set the first predetermined inactivity period and the second predetermined inactivity period, and
to enable a user to individually and independently set the first and second predetermined inactivity periods to desired time periods.

US Pat. No. 10,457,349

VEHICLE COMPONENT

1. A vehicle component, comprising:a front frame adapted to support a rider's mass;
a four-bar linkage including a first link member and a second link member;
a swing arm including a first end and couplable to a rear wheel on an opposing end distal to the first end; and
an energy management system interposed between the front frame and the swing arm configured to convert at least 60% of kinetic energy imparted into the energy management system into potential energy over a range of 0% to 60% squat of the vehicle component;
the first link member and the second link member movably coupling the swing arm to the front frame and arranged to create an equipoise state between forces of inertia and acceleration;
wherein the acceleration is caused by a horizontal force applied to the opposing end of the swing arm.

US Pat. No. 10,457,339

MOTOR VEHICLE APPARATUS AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. An active wing apparatus for a motor vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a single drive portion configured to drive at least one threaded shaft;
a wing assembly configured to reversibly deploy in a first direction from a retracted condition to a deployed condition and reversibly expand telescopically along a second direction transverse to the first direction from a compact condition to an expanded condition, the wing assembly comprising a primary wing portion and at least one secondary wing portion, wherein the at least one secondary wing portion is coupled to the at least one threaded shaft; and
at least one lifting arm having a first end configured to rotate about a first pivot axis provided at a substantially fixed location and a second end coupled to the at least one threaded shaft;
wherein rotation of the at least one threaded shaft causes:
the second end of the at least one lifting arm to travel along the at least one threaded shaft causing pivoting of the at least one lifting arm about a second pivot axis at the second end causing raising or lowering of the wing assembly; and
the at least one secondary wing portion to reversibly expand from the primary wing portion telescopically along the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,323

HANDS-ON/-OFF DETECTION IN A STEER-BY-WIRE SYSTEM

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

5. A method for determining a contact state between a driver of a motor vehicle with a steer-by-wire steering system and a steering wheel of the steer-by-wire steering system, wherein the steer-by-wire steering system comprises a steering adjuster that is electronically controlled based on a driver's steering demands, a feedback actuator that transmits feedback effects of a road to the steering wheel, and a control unit that actuates the feedback actuator and the steering adjuster, the method comprising:determining a frequency spectrum of movement signals detected by sensors of the feedback actuator;
analyzing the frequency spectrum by determining damping of amplitudes of predetermined frequency ranges; and
estimating a driver's steering torque with a monitor of the feedback actuator, a model of the feedback actuator, and the movement signals.

US Pat. No. 10,457,322

MOTOR CONTROL UNIT AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A motor control unit that comprises a current command value calculating section that calculates a current command value of a motor applying a steering assist torque to a steering system of a vehicle, and a feedback section that controls a motor current flowing to said motor through a feedback mechanism based on said current command value, comprising:a control unit state detecting section that detects at least one state of said motor control unit, and outputs said state as a control unit state; and
a characteristic changing section that changes a setting of a closed loop response characteristic of said feedback section in real time depending on said control unit state;
wherein said characteristic changing section comprises:
a stationary gain calculating section that calculates a set value of stationary gain of said closed loop response characteristic depending on said control unit state;
a response frequency calculating section that calculates a set value of a response frequency of said closed loop response characteristic depending on said control unit state; and
a coefficient calculating section that calculates coefficients of a transfer function of a control section in said feedback section, said coefficients being used to achieve each set value of said stationary gain and said response frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,457,320

WATER DETECTION SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A water detection system for detecting a leak of water into an apparatus mounted on a vehicle, the water detection system comprising:a transmission-side unit provided in the apparatus mounted on the vehicle, the transmission-side unit including a water detection element configured to detect the water, a transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit an output signal of the water detection element, and a power source configured to supply power to the water detection element and the transmitter;
a reception-side unit spaced apart from the transmission-side unit, the reception-side unit including a receiver configured to receive the output signal wirelessly transmitted from the transmitter and a determination circuit configured to determine, based on the output signal received by the receiver, whether there is the leak of the water into the apparatus mounted on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,315

STEERING APPARATUS

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering apparatus comprising:an upper jacket having a first end in a column axis direction, the first end being coupled to a steering member;
a lower jacket slidably fitted externally on a second end of the upper jacket in the column axis direction;
a supporting member that is fixed to a vehicle body and that supports the lower jacket;
a clamping mechanism that holds the upper jacket in a position relative to the lower jacket by clamping the lower jacket to the upper jacket;
a holding member held by the upper jacket; and
a resistive force generating mechanism that is movable together with the holding member in the column axis direction and that slides, when the upper jacket moves relative to the lower jacket during a secondary impact, relative to at least one of the supporting member and the lower jacket so as to generate a resistive force against movement of the upper jacket, wherein
the resistive force generating mechanism includes a fixed portion fixed to the holding member, and an extension portion extending in the column axis direction and having a coupled portion that is coupled to the fixed portion at a predetermined location in the column axis direction,
the clamping mechanism clamps the lower jacket to the upper jacket via the supporting member and the extension portion, and
the resistive force generating mechanism further includes a coupling stiffness reducing mechanism that reduces coupling stiffness between the fixed portion and the coupled portion of the extension portion so as to facilitate, when the clamping mechanism clamps the lower jacket to the upper jacket, deflection of the coupled portion of the extension portion relative to the fixed portion in a lateral direction as seen from the column axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,308

CART

1. A cart, comprising a bottom frame, the bottom frame having a first transverse frame member and a longitudinal frame member, a first and a second back wheel, the first and second back wheel being connected to opposite ends of the first transverse frame member, a first front wheel mounted to the bottom frame, a carrier frame mounted to the bottom frame, a collapsing mechanism for bringing the carrier frame from a carrying position into a collapsed position, and a folding mechanism for folding the first and second back wheel and the first front wheel from a drive position into a stow position, the folding mechanism having a first and a second back wheel holder pivotably connecting the first and the second back wheel about essentially horizontal axes extending in a longitudinal direction of the cart to the opposite ends of the first transverse frame member, respectively, the folding mechanism further having a first slide block for sliding along the longitudinal frame member, a first guide unit connecting the first slide block to the first back wheel holder and a second guide unit connecting the first slide block to the second back wheel holder, the folding mechanism further having a connecting member connecting the carrier frame to the first slide block, the folding mechanism further having a first front wheel holder, the first front wheel holder pivotably connecting the first front wheel about an essentially horizontal axis extending in the longitudinal direction of the cart to the bottom frame, the folding mechanism further having a third guide unit for guiding the first front wheel holder, wherein the folding mechanism further comprises a longitudinal connecting arm connecting the first slide block to the third guide unit for the first front wheel holder.

US Pat. No. 10,457,302

EMERGENCY ACTION SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A LOCOMOTIVE

Railserve, Inc., Atlanta...

1. An emergency action device for use with a railcar or a locomotive, the device comprising:a user-based emergency action device transmitter with an emergency stop button; and
a locomotive transceiver in communication with the user-based emergency action device transmitter and located on the locomotive, the locomotive transceiver configured to stop a railcar or a locomotive without communication to a locomotive operator when a hazard is recognized and when the emergency stop button is pressed to immediately stop the locomotive and stop an unsafe movement of the locomotive,
wherein the locomotive transceiver receives a signal sent from the emergency action device transmitter when a crew member presses the emergency stop button, and the locomotive transceiver further sends an emergency stop signal directly to a relay valve for a set of brakes on the locomotive, wherein the relay valve causes air to be released from a brake pipe, thereby immediately applying the set of brakes and bringing the locomotive to an immediate stop, and further wherein the emergency action device is reset only when the crew member pushes the emergency stop button a second time, which sends a reset signal closing the relay valve and releasing the set of brakes, indicating that the unsafe movement of the locomotive has been resolved,
wherein the locomotive transceiver and the relay valve are configured to be responsive to and in communication with the emergency action device transmitter, wherein the emergency action device transmitter and the locomotive transceiver enables the crew member to stop the railcar or locomotive without communication to a locomotive operator when a hazard is recognized.

US Pat. No. 10,457,299

TRAIN STOP TIMER

Westinghouse Air Brake Te...

1. A train control system for a train including at least one locomotive or control car and, optionally, at least one railroad car, in a track network having a plurality of tracks, the system comprising:an operator interface on-board the at least one locomotive or control car configured to provide information to an operator of the train;
a wheel tachometer configured to provide an indication that the train is stopped; and
at least one computer programmed or configured to:
receive the indication that the train is stopped from the wheel tachometer;
continuously increment a counter in response to receiving the indication that the train is stopped; and
control the operator interface to output a current count of the counter to the operator of the train.

US Pat. No. 10,457,292

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING AN AUTOMATED MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating an automated motor vehicle, the method comprising:acquiring, by the controller, environmental data and navigation data of the motor vehicle, wherein the data includes a collision free region or corridor that marks a region in which the motor vehicle can move and in which a risk of collision with longitudinally adjacent vehicles is minimized, wherein the collision free region or corridor represents a prescribed region within which the target trajectory must be constituted;
ascertaining, by a controller, a target trajectory along which the motor vehicle is guided to a target speed or a target position;
ascertaining, by the controller, a tolerance region of the target trajectory based on the acquired data, wherein the tolerance region is around the target speed or the target position of the target trajectory, within which region the motor vehicle is permitted to deviate from the target speed or the target position, and wherein the tolerance region is located within the collision free region; and
guiding, by the controller, the motor vehicle in the tolerance region of the target trajectory;
wherein the guiding is performed according to prioritized criteria that includes: (a) at least one of a minimization of a change in acceleration of the motor vehicle and an energetic optimization of a propulsion at a first priority level, and (b) accurate guidance of the motor vehicle along the target trajectory at a second priority level that is lower than the first priority level.

US Pat. No. 10,457,290

HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A hybrid vehicle control device for a hybrid vehicle, wherein:the hybrid vehicle includes a driveline, wherein the driveline includes an engine, a motor, and a belt-type continuously variable transmission;
the belt-type continuously variable transmission includes a primary pulley, a secondary pulley, and a belt, wherein the belt is wound over the primary pulley and the secondary pulley, and configured to be clamped by a primary pulley pressure at the primary pulley and a secondary pulley pressure at the secondary pulley; and
the hybrid vehicle employs an HEV mode and an EV mode as drive modes, wherein the HEV mode employs the engine and the motor as drive sources, and wherein the EV mode employs the motor as a drive source without employing the engine as a drive source;
the hybrid vehicle control device comprising a pulley pressure correction control section configured to determine the primary pulley pressure and the secondary pulley pressure, based on an input torque component inputted to the belt-type continuously variable transmission, and a brake torque correction quantity as an inertia torque correction component, under brake-deceleration;
wherein the pulley pressure correction control section is further configured to set smaller the brake torque correction quantity under brake-deceleration with the EV mode selected than that with the HEV mode selected.

US Pat. No. 10,457,284

METHOD, DEVICE AND MOBILE USER APPARATUS FOR ADAPTING AN ENERGY SUPPLY OF A DRIVE SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for adapting an energy supply of a drive system of a vehicle, the method comprising the acts of:determining values of at least a first energy utilization characteristic variable (K_1) which represents a first energy utilization process in the vehicle, and determining values of at least one parameter (P_1) which represents at least one peripheral condition of the energy utilization in the vehicle during the first energy utilization process;
determining a mathematical relationship between at least one or more of the values of the at least one energy utilization characteristic variable (K_1) and the corresponding values of the parameters (P_1) of the at least one peripheral condition for the energy utilization, after which a profile data record (Rec) is made available which contains a data record and/or learning data on the basis of the at least one determined mathematical relationship;
as a function of the profile data record (Rec) which is made available, determining and making available at least one adaptation information item (AI) for adapting the energy supply of the drive system of said vehicle for a second energy utilization process; and/or
determining and making available an adaptation information item (AI) for adapting the energy supply of the drive system of a second vehicle for an energy utilization process; and
adapting the energy supply of the drive system of said vehicle for the second energy utilization process based on the at least one adaptation information item; and/or
adapting the energy supply of the drive system of the second vehicle for the energy utilization process based on the adaptation information item.

US Pat. No. 10,457,283

VEHICLE DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle driving assist apparatus mounted on an own vehicle, the vehicle driving assist apparatus comprising:an outside sensor mounted on the own vehicle, the outside sensor capturing images of environment outside the own vehicle, the images being captured one after another in chronological order, the images including a preceding vehicle that the own vehicle follows, the own vehicle following the preceding vehicle according to a travel trajectory generated based on a vehicle width center of the preceding vehicle;
a processor; and
at least one machine readable tangible medium storing instructions, which when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations comprising:
detecting, based on a current image of the captured images, a current first end position and a current second end position of the preceding vehicle in a vehicle width direction of the preceding vehicle;
comparing the current first end position to a reference first end position of the preceding vehicle, the reference first end position being a first end position of the preceding vehicle identified from a first previous image of the captured images, the first previous image captured prior to the current image;
comparing the current second end position to a reference second end position of the preceding vehicle, the reference second end position is a second end position of the preceding vehicle identified from the first previous image of the captured images;
determining whether an amount of change between the current first end position and the reference first end position exceeds a threshold value;
when the amount of change between the current first end position and the reference first end position of the preceding vehicle exceeds the threshold value, determining a current vehicle width center of the preceding vehicle based on the current second end position of the preceding vehicle;
updating, automatically by the vehicle driving assist apparatus, the traveling trajectory based on the determined current vehicle width center of the preceding vehicle; and
transmitting the updated traveling trajectory to control units of the own vehicle to allow the own vehicle to follow the preceding vehicle along the traveling trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,457,277

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

OPEL AUTOMOBILE GMBH, Ru...

1. A method for assistance to a driver of an ego-vehicle to avoid a vehicle collision, the ego-vehicle comprising an environmental sensor adapted to monitor the traffic environment around the ego-vehicle, a processor which receives data from the environmental sensor, and a control instrument configured to intervene in the directional or speed control of the ego-vehicle, the processor controlling the control instrument in response to information received from the environmental sensor; the method comprising:(1) monitoring the traffic environment around the ego-vehicle with the environmental sensor;
(2) determining if the ego-vehicle is in danger of colliding with an object in front of the ego-vehicle by calculating a time to collision (TC) of the ego-vehicle with the object;
(3) determining if the ego-vehicle is in a manual driving mode or an automated driving mode;
(a) if the vehicle is in an automated driving mode, then planning a control intervention of a control instrument of the ego-vehicle based on the predicted time to collision (TC), said control intervention comprising:
(i) determining if application of brakes of the vehicle at a first level of braking is sufficient to avoid collision with the object; and if so, controlling brakes to apply the brakes at the first level of braking to slow the ego-vehicle; and
(ii) if braking at said first level of braking is not sufficient to avoid collision with the object, then determining if it is feasible to steer the ego-vehicle to swerve around the object; whereby, if it is feasible to steer around the object, the processor controls the control instrument to swerve around the object, and, if it is not feasible to steer around the object, the processor controls the brakes at a second level of braking greater than the first level of braking; and
(b) if the vehicle is in a manual driving mode, then determining if the driver's hands are on the steering wheel or are likely on the steering wheel such that the driver is likely to execute a driver intervention; and if it is determined that the driver is not likely to execute a driver intervention, then planning a control intervention of a control instrument of the ego-vehicle based on predicted time to collision (TC), said control intervention comprising:
(i) determining if application of brakes of the vehicle at a first level of braking is sufficient to avoid collision with the object; and if so, controlling brakes to slow the ego-vehicle and
(ii) if braking at said first level of braking is not sufficient to avoid collision with the object, then determining if it is feasible to steer the ego-vehicle to swerve around the object; whereby, if it is feasible to steer around the object, the processor controls the control instrument to swerve around the object, and, if it is not feasible to steer around the object, the processor controls the brakes at a second level of braking greater than the first level of braking.

US Pat. No. 10,457,268

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DRIVE MOTOR FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A system of controlling a drive motor for a vehicle which includes an engine and the drive motor as power sources, the system comprising:a data detector including a plurality of sensors configured to detect a state data for controlling the drive motor; and
a vehicle controller configured to:
set a motor demand power and a gear stage based on the state data,
generate a motor demand torque based on the motor demand power and the gear stage,
detect a motor power and a motor torque of the drive motor after driving the drive motor,
check a motor temperature when the motor power and the motor torque are equal to the motor demand power and the motor demand torque, respectively, after driving the drive motor, and
change the gear stage based on the motor temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,457,266

SERIES HYBRID DRIVE UNIT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A series hybrid drive unit, in which a generator is driven by an engine, and a motor is operated by electricity generated by the generator to generate a torque to be delivered to drive wheels through a final reduction unit, comprising:an input member that is rotated by a torque of the engine, and that is arranged such that a rotational center axis thereof extends parallel to a rotational center axis of the generator,
wherein the generator and the motor are arranged such that the rotational center axis of the generator and a rotational center axis of the motor extend parallel to each other while keeping a predetermined clearance,
the final reduction unit is arranged such that a rotational center axis of the final reduction unit extends parallel to the rotational center axis of the motor,
the series hybrid drive unit further comprises:
a first wrapping transmission mechanism including a first drive sheave mounted on the input member, a first driven sheave mounted on the generator, and a first transmission member applied to the first drive sheave and the first driven sheave to transmit a torque therebetween; and
a second wrapping transmission mechanism including a second drive sheave mounted on the motor, a second transmission member applied to the second drive sheave, and a second driven sheave to which the second transmission member is applied and which transmits the torque to the final reduction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,265

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO FACILITATE BRAKE BLEEDING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a bleed controller to:
actuate a first valve between a first closed position and a first open position, the first valve connected to and operatively positioned between a pump and an end of a brake line, the pump connected to a reservoir;
actuate a second valve between a second closed position and a second open position, the second valve connected to and operatively positioned between the pump and a master cylinder, the master cylinder connected to the reservoir;
actuate a third valve between a third closed position and a third open position, the third valve connected to and operatively positioned between the master cylinder and the reservoir;
operate the pump to:
bleed the brake line when the first valve is actuated to the first open position and the second valve is actuated to the second closed position; and
bleed the master cylinder when the first valve is actuated to the first closed position, the second valve is actuated to the second open position, and the third valve is actuated to the third open position; and
cease the operating of the pump when a fluid level in the reservoir is below a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,457,264

ABNORMALITY DETECTION DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. An abnormality detection device configured to detect an abnormality of a brake system, comprising:a control target braking force related physical amount calculating portion configured to calculate a control target braking force related physical amount in accordance with an operation state of a brake operating member or a requirement from other system;
a braking force related physical amount obtaining portion configured to obtain a braking force related physical amount of an operating fluid controlled to become a control target braking force related physical amount calculated by the control target braking force related physical amount calculating portion from a braking force related physical amount sensor;
a state determining portion configured to perform a state determination for determining whether the control target braking force related physical amount is in a maintaining state that the control target braking force related physical amount is maintained at a constant value, in an increasing state that the control target braking force related physical amount is increasing, or in a decreasing state that the control target braking force related physical amount is decreasing;
a threshold value setting portion configured to set a threshold value that defines a permissible divergence range between the braking force related physical amount obtained by the braking force related physical amount obtaining portion and the control target braking force related physical amount calculated by the control target braking force related physical amount calculating portion;
a threshold value changing portion configured to change the threshold value so as to be closer to the control target braking force related physical amount calculated by the control target braking force related physical amount calculating portion in a stepwise manner when the state determining portion determines that the control target braking force related physical amount is in the maintaining state; and
an abnormality determining portion configured to determine the abnormality of the brake system when the braking force related physical amount obtained by the braking force related physical amount obtaining portion is deviated from the permissible divergence range.

US Pat. No. 10,457,261

ELECTRONIC BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. An electronic brake system comprising:a hydraulic pressure supply apparatus which generates a hydraulic pressure by using a piston operated by an electrical signal output corresponding to a displacement of a brake pedal, and includes a first pressure chamber provided at one side of a piston movably accommodated in a cylinder block to be connected to one or more wheel cylinders and a second pressure chamber provided at the other side of the piston to be connected to one or more wheel cylinders;
a first hydraulic passage communicating with the first pressure chamber;
a second hydraulic passage branched from the first hydraulic passage;
a third hydraulic passage branched from the first hydraulic passage;
a fourth hydraulic passage communicating with the second pressure chamber;
a fifth hydraulic passage branched from the fourth hydraulic passage to join with the second hydraulic passage;
a sixth hydraulic passage branched from the fourth hydraulic passage to join with the third hydraulic passage;
a first control valve provided on the second hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a second control valve provided on the third hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a third control valve provided on the fifth hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a fourth control valve provided on the sixth hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a first hydraulic circuit configured such that the second hydraulic passage or the fifth hydraulic passage is connected to two wheel cylinders, respectively; and
a second hydraulic circuit configured such that the third hydraulic passage or the sixth hydraulic passage is connected to two wheel cylinders, respectively,
wherein the first control valve to the fourth control valve are provided as check valves that allow the flow of oil in the direction from the hydraulic pressure supply apparatus to the wheel cylinders and blocks the flow of oil in the opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,256

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member;
an electrical switch disposed at the base member;
a brake operating member that is a single one-piece member and is movably coupled to the base member, the brake operating member including an operating structure movable relative to the base member in a first direction, the operating structure including:
a user interface movable relative to the base member in a second direction different from the first direction; and
a switch operating member provided fixedly on the user interface in the base member, the switch operating member being configured to contact the electrical switch to cause the electrical switch to provide an electric signal when the brake operating member is moved in the second direction regardless of a movement of the brake operating member in the first direction; and
a wireless communication unit connected to the electrical switch to transmit a wireless signal based on the electric signal.

US Pat. No. 10,457,250

MEMBER FOR A SYSTEM FOR CONNECTING A WIPER BLADE TO A WINDSCREEN WIPER ARM

1. A member for a connection system for connecting a wiper blade to a windscreen wiper arm, comprising:articulation means about an axis of pivoting and configured to interact with complementary means protruding from a second member of the connection system, wherein the articulation means is secured to the second member by the complementary means being coaxially inserted in the articulation means,
wherein the articulation means comprise at least one hole comprising at least two portions of a cylinder having radii, each portion having a constant radius along the axis of pivoting, and the radii of the at least two portions being different from each other, each portion forming a rotation bearing,
wherein said at least one hole traverses a flank of said member from one side of said member to an opposite side of said member, said flank being configured to be received in a housing of said second member, and
wherein said flank comprises lateral notches which extend from a ridge of the flank that delimit the flank and that open out in said at least one hole, wherein ramps of the complementary means bear on a surface of the lateral notches.

US Pat. No. 10,457,248

WEBBING TAKE-UP DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A webbing take-up device comprising:a spool on which a webbing worn by an occupant is taken up;
a motor that includes a rotor having a rotation shaft and a motor housing covering part of the rotor, the rotor being urged toward one side in an axial direction of the rotation shaft with respect to the motor housing; and
a transmission mechanism that includes:
a first helical gear that is fixed to the rotation shaft, and a second helical gear that meshes with the first helical gear and is rotated due to the first helical gear being rotated toward one side in a rotating direction together with the rotation shaft such that the spool is rotated,
wherein a helix angle of the first helical gear is set such that an axial direction force toward the one side in the axial direction of the rotation shaft acts on the first helical gear when the rotation shaft is rotated toward the one side in the rotating direction, and
wherein the motor further includes a magnet, the rotor being urged by the magnet toward the one side in the axial direction of the rotation shaft with respect to the motor housing.

US Pat. No. 10,457,247

SEAT BELT BUCKLE PRESENTER

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, Alf...

1. A belt buckle feeder comprising a stationary base (12) adapted to be fixedly mounted on the vehicle and a carriage (14) movable in a linear traversing direction (V) to a retracted position and to an extended position vis-à-vis the base (12), which carriage is connected to a belt buckle (20) via an intermediate plate (22; 122) provided between the belt buckle (20) and the carriage (14), wherein the intermediate plate (22; 122) is tightly connected to the belt buckle (20), and wherein as the carriage (14) moves in the linear traversing direction (V) to the extended position, the intermediate plate (22; 122) is moved in the linear traversing direction (V) by the carriage (14) and pivoted a predetermined degree with respect to the carriage (14) in a tilting direction (N) by a positive guidance so that in addition to the traversing movement of the carriage (14), the belt buckle (20) reversibly tilts along the tilting direction (N) from a home position to an inclined position, and wherein a spring element (42; 142) is provided which exerts a force (F) along the tilting direction (N) on the intermediate plate (22; 122).

US Pat. No. 10,457,244

AIRBAG DEVICE FOR A FRONT PASSENGER SEAT

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An airbag device for a front passenger seat adapted to be mounted on an instrument panel disposed in front of the front passenger seat of a vehicle, the airbag device comprising a housing adapted to be disposed in the instrument panel and an airbag which is housed in the housing in a folded-up configuration and deployable rearward for protecting a front seat passenger when fed with an inflation gas, a rear portion of the airbag as deployed serves as a passenger protection portion for protecting the passenger, the passenger protection portion comprising:a front-collision arresting plane that protects a head of the passenger as he moves forward in the event of a frontal collision of the vehicle;
an oblique-collision arresting plane that is disposed at least either on the left or on the right of the front-collision arresting plane in such a manner as to protrude rearward out of the front-collision arresting plane for protecting the head of the passenger as he moves diagonally forward in the event of an oblique collision or an offset collision of the vehicle; and
an arresting recess that is formed into a pocket opening at the rear end for receiving and arresting the head of the passenger, the arresting recess being disposed between the front-collision arresting plane and oblique-collision arresting plane.

US Pat. No. 10,457,243

KNEE AIRBAG ASSEMBLIES

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag assembly comprising:a housing to be mounted in a vehicle;
an inflatable knee airbag in a packaged state within the housing, the airbag to receive inflation gas to expand and deploy from the housing to a deployed state, the airbag comprising:
a vehicle-facing panel;
an occupant-facing panel coupled to the vehicle-facing panel to form a main inflatable chamber that provides a primary cushioning protection zone to a lower leg of an occupant of the vehicle, the occupant-facing panel and the vehicle-facing panel further coupled by a first tether extending substantially laterally along a width of the main inflatable chamber, wherein the first tether is offset from an upper portion of the occupant-facing panel in the deployed state;
an external chamber panel coupled to a rearward surface of the occupant-facing panel external to the main inflatable chamber to form an external inflatable chamber facing the occupant, wherein an upper portion of the external chamber is coupled to the occupant-facing panel beneath the first tether in the deployed state; and
one or more vents disposed through the occupant-facing panel to provide fluid communication between the main inflatable chamber and the external inflatable chamber and to communicate inflation gas from the main inflatable chamber to the external chamber,
wherein the one or more vents control timing of inflation of the external chamber to inflate the main inflatable chamber to fill a space between the vehicle and the lower leg of the occupant, and
wherein the one or more vents control timing of inflation of the external chamber to cause the external chamber to inflate on lateral sides of the lower leg of the occupant to limit lateral movement of the lower leg relative to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,240

GLOVE BOX RAIL WITH INTEGRATED AIRBAG SUPPORT

MAGNESIUM PRODUCTS OF AME...

1. A rail for supporting a glove box assembly and airbag canister, the rail comprising:a substantially planar body having an upper and lower surface, the upper surface defining a plurality of ribs;
a first rib and a second rib of the plurality of ribs to intersect at an intersection point;
a wall projecting from at least a portion of an outer periphery of the lower surface;
a first plurality of connection points disposed in the body, a first connection point of the first plurality of connection points to extend through the first rib and the second rib at the intersection point;
an airbag canister coupled to the rail at the first plurality of connection points without a housing disposed between the body and the airbag canister;
a second plurality of connection points configured to couple a glove box assembly to the rail; and
a first appendage extending from a first end of the body and a second appendage extending from a second end of the body, the first and second appendages configured to couple the rail to a dashboard assembly;
wherein the rail is integrally formed as a single component.

US Pat. No. 10,457,237

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN ACTIVATION VOLTAGE FOR A SAFETY UNIT FOR A VEHICLE, AND SAFETY DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for providing an activation voltage for a safety unit for a vehicle, the activation voltage being a limited, switchable (high/low-impedance) trigger high-side supply voltage, the device comprising:a supply terminal for applying a first supply voltage potential;
an activation terminal in the form of an output for outputting the activation voltage;
a control terminal for reading in a control signal;
a ground terminal for a second supply potential;
a pass-through switch with a control input, the pass-through switch being connected between the supply terminal and the activation terminal and designed for providing a conductive, low-impedance, connection between the supply terminal and the activation terminal when a first signal level is present at the control input, and for blocking the conductive connection between the supply terminal and the activation terminal when a second signal level is present at the control input;
a first control switch with a first terminal, a second terminal, and a control input, the first terminal being connected to the control input of the pass-through switch, the second terminal being connected to the activation terminal, and the control input being connected to the control input of the pass-through switch via a first resistor;
a second control switch with a first terminal, a second terminal and a control input, the first terminal being connected to the control input of the first control switch via at least one second resistor, the second terminal being connected to a second supply voltage potential, and the control input being connected to the supply terminal via at least one third resistor, and to the second supply voltage potential via a diode; and
a third control switch with a first terminal, a second terminal and a control input, the first terminal being connected to the control input of the second control switch, the second terminal being connected to the second supply voltage potential, and the control input being connected to the control terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,457,232

VEHICLE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle system that includes a plurality of electronic control units, the vehicle system comprising a main control electronic control unit configured toacquire an operating rate of each of a plurality of applications arranged in at least one of the electronic control units,
calculate a plurality of arrangement patterns in which the applications are arranged in the electronic control units,
calculate, based on the operating rate of each of the applications, a total electric power consumption of the electronic control units when each of the arrangement patterns is implemented, and
arrange the applications in at least one of the electronic control units in the arrangement pattern that has a least total electric power consumption among the arrangement patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,457,231

ELECTRONICS INSTALLATION SYSTEM, AIRCRAFT OR SPACECRAFT, AND METHOD

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An electronics installation system for an aircraft, comprising:a mechanical installation structure comprising:
a plurality of installation slots, each configured to receive a different electronic module, wherein each electronic module provides aircraft functions for operating the aircraft;
a first wiring configuration slot configured to receive wiring configuration modules, and a second wiring configuration slot configured to receive wiring configuration modules; and
a first power supply slot configured to receive a first power supply unit, and a second power supply slot configured to receive a second power supply unit;
a connection matrix comprising a plurality of data connections, wherein the connection matrix includes at least one data connection between each of the plurality of installation slots and the first wiring configuration slot, at least one redundant data connection between each of the plurality of installation slots and the second wiring configuration slot, at least one data connection between the first wiring configuration slot and the second wiring configuration slot, first power lines configured to connect a first group of the plurality of installation shots to the first power supply slot, and second power lines configured to connect a second group of the plurality of installation slots to the second power supply slot, wherein the first power lines are provided in a first power bus and the second power lines are provided in a second power bus;
a first wiring configuration module installed in the first wiring configuration slot and coupled to data connections of the first wiring configuration slot, the first wiring configuration module comprising reconfigurable internal interconnection paths providing direct data communication between specific data connections of the first wiring configuration slot, the internal interconnection paths providing data interconnections for direct data transmission between electronic modules installed in the plurality of installation slots, wherein changing the reconfigurable internal interconnection paths of the first wiring configuration module changes a wiring configuration of the plurality of installation slots;
a second wiring configuration module installed in the second wiring configuration slot and coupled to data connections of the second wiring configuration slot, the second wiring configuration module comprising reconfigurable internal interconnection paths for direct data transmission between the second wiring configuration module and electronic modules installed in the plurality of installation slots, wherein changing the reconfigurable internal interconnection paths of the second wiring configuration module changes the wiring configuration of the plurality of installation slots; and
at least one protection unit configured to protect electronic modules supplied by the first power bus and electronic modules supplied by the second power bus from failure of any of the electronic modules or failure of any of the wiring configuration modules, by separating a failed electronic module or a failed wiring configuration module from the first power bus and/or the second power bus.

US Pat. No. 10,457,230

STEERING WHEEL POWER ASSEMBLY

Symtec, Inc., Fridley, M...

1. A steering wheel power assembly for providing current to a steering wheel while allowing for infinite rotation of the steering wheel, the steeling wheel power assembly comprising;a base plate for connection to a steering assembly, the steering assembly fixed to a vehicle or a marine craft;
a brush holder assembly connected to the base plate, said brush holder assembly including a pair of brush mounts and a brush holder disk;
a slip ring assembly disposed to freely rotate within the brush holder assembly, said brush mounts in electrical contact with the slip ring assembly;
a hub connected to the steering wheel and containing a hollow shaft that engages the slip ring; and
an outer cover which connects to the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,457,229

BRANCH STRUCTURE AND WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A branch structure comprising:a trunk-line harness in which a plurality of trunk lines including a routing member having a rod conductor are disposed in parallel;
a branch-line harness that has a plurality of branch lines; and
a connection terminal that electrically connects a branch line of the plurality of branch lines to a trunk line of the plurality of the trunk lines by being joined to the trunk line,
wherein the connection terminal includes a connection plate portion which has a width dimension in an arrangement direction of the plurality of trunk lines smaller than the width of the trunk line in the arrangement direction, and a contact surface of the connection plate portion is joined in a state of being in surface contact with an outer peripheral surface of the rod conductor in the trunk line,
wherein the contact surface of the connection plate portion extends in the arrangement direction, and
wherein the connection plate portion is joined to the trunk line at a position where the connection plate portion is orthogonal to the arrangement direction of the plurality of trunk lines.

US Pat. No. 10,457,228

CABLE AND WIRE HARNESS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A cable, comprising:a plurality of electric wires;
a tape member wound around an assembled article that is formed by twisting the plurality of electric wires; and
a sheath covering the tape member,
wherein a surface roughness of the tape member is different between a surface on an assembled article side and a surface on a sheath side and, the surface on the sheath side has a larger surface roughness than the surface on the assembled article side.

US Pat. No. 10,457,221

RAMP SYSTEMS AND METHODS THEREOF

1. A ramp and mount system comprising:at least one ramp; and
a mount comprising a vehicle-engagement portion and a ramp-engagement portion, wherein the vehicle-engagement portion is removably attached to a bracket of a wheeled vehicle and the at least one ramp is configured for removable engagement with the ramp-engagement portion, wherein the vehicle-engagement portion comprises a pair of spaced-apart engagement fingers for removable engagement with a portion of the wheeled vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,207

SOUND GENERATOR SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A sound generator system of a vehicle, comprising:a housing with an interior space formed therein;
a cover that encloses the housing;
an exciter inserted the interior space and having a plurality of yokes and a magnetic;
a coil positioned adjacent to the exciter and configured to cause the exciter to vibrate when current is applied thereto;
a main shaft with a first end connected to the housing; a second end penetrating the cover, exposed to an outside, and penetrated and installed into the exciter; and to finally output the vibration generated by the exciter; and
an elastic portion installed adjacent to the exciter and configured to deliver the vibration generated by the exciter to the main shaft,
wherein the elastic portion includes a first plate spring that increases an elastic force and a spacer that maintains the first plate spring and the exciter to be spaced from each other at a predetermined distance,
wherein the housing is formed with a fastening portion that protrudes toward the interior space side and the main shaft is formed with an extension portion that extends in the radial direction, and the first plate spring is interposed between the fastening portion and the extension portion to be fixable, and
wherein the fastening portion is formed with a fastening space therein that has a cross-shaped cross groove, and a first end of the main shaft is protruded and formed with a cross protrusion having a shape that corresponds to the cross groove to prevent the main shaft from being rotated and separated upon the vibration of the exciter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,205

ASSISTED TRAILER ALIGNMENT SYSTEM

Robotzone, LLC, Winfield...

1. A system to aide in vehicle left-right alignment, the system comprising:a vertical line generator configured to project a vertical line;
a proximity detector configured to detect a vehicle and in response to the vehicle detection actuate the vertical line generator to begin projecting the vertical line; and
a guidance marker configured to be placed on the vehicle such that when the guidance marker is in a known configuration with the vertical line, the vehicle is properly left-right aligned.

US Pat. No. 10,457,204

VEHICLE ILLUMINATED DISPLAY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a transparency, comprising;
a substantially transparent exterior substrate;
a substantially transparent interior substrate;
an interlayer positioned between the exterior and interior substrates;
a first plurality of perovskites positioned between the interior substrate and the interlayer; and
a second plurality of perovskites positioned between the interior substrate and the interlayer, wherein the first and second pluralities of perovskites are disposed as a matrix of pixels, and wherein each pixel of the matrix of pixels is independently activated to display different messages; and
a first series of concentrated light sources positioned distal to the transparency to emit a first light on the first and second pluralities of perovskites through the substantially transparent interior substrate, wherein the first plurality of perovskites are configured to emit light having a wavelength of from about 620 nm to about 750 nm in response to the first light.

US Pat. No. 10,457,177

ARMREST

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. An armrest comprising:a base;
an arm support pivotal on the base about a pivot axis in two opposite pivot directions between a first end position and a second end position;
a latch for locking the arm support pivotally relative to the base in at least one pivot position, the latch having an angularly and axially movable array of axially extending first teeth rotationally fixed on the arm support or base and an angularly immovable array of axially extending second teeth that can be releasably engaged with the first teeth, the first teeth being movable between a locked position meshing with the second teeth and inhibiting pivoting of the arm support in at least one of the directions and a released position clear of the second teeth and allowing pivoting of the arm support in the one direction and oppositely the other direction;
spring means urging the first teeth into the locked position;
a control element operatively engageable with the first teeth in a predetermined angular position of the arm support for moving the first teeth into the released position; and
a manually operable actuating element separate from the control element and including axially extending arms connected to the first teeth for moving the first teeth into the released position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,176

CONVEYANCE SEAT

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

1. A conveyance seat comprising:a seat frame; and
a buffering body bridged over the seat frame and configured to elastically support a seated occupant;wherein:the buffering body has a linear member having both end portions attached to the seat frame, and a restriction member configured to support at least a portion of the linear member to restrict deflection of the portion of the linear member;
the linear member includes
first and second extending portions that extend in a seat right-to-left direction, and
a coupling portion coupling the first and second extending portions; and
the restriction member is made of a resin material, and supports the first and second extending portions;
the restriction member includes a plate-shaped horizontally-extending plate disposed substantially horizontal to extend in the seat right-to-left direction and a plate-shaped vertically-extending plate formed to stand upwardly from a back end portion of the horizontally-extending plate;
the linear member is supported by the horizontally-extending plate and the vertically-extending plate; and
the first and second extending portions are supported by the vertically-extending plate.

US Pat. No. 10,457,167

SEATBACK STRUCTURE HAVING PIVOTABLE UPPER SEATBACK SUPPORT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A seatback structure for a vehicle seat, comprising:a pair of lower side frames extending vertically;
a pair of upper side frames having lower end portions pivotally connected to upper end portions of the respective lower side frames around a laterally extending rotational center line;
an upper frame fixedly connected between upper ends of the upper side frames;
at least one actuator fixedly secured to one of the lower side frames and including an output end configured to move linearly along a length of the lower side frame; and
a link having an upper end pivotally connected to a part of the corresponding upper side frame and a lower end pivotally connected to the output end of the actuator;
wherein the upper end portion of the one lower side frame and the lower end portion of the corresponding upper side frame comprise plate members facing laterally each other in an overlying relationship, and at least partly interposing the link therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,457,165

PROVIDING A NOTIFICATION TO AN OCCUPANT USING A VEHICLE SEAT

1. A system for providing a notification of an upcoming acceleration to an occupant of a vehicle on a roadway, the system comprising:a camera, configured to monitor the occupant;
a seat;
one or more seat actuators, the one or more seat actuators being operatively connected to the seat;
a processor operatively connected to the one or more seat actuators; and
a memory operatively connected to the processor, the memory storing:
an acceleration identification module including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to
identify a direction and magnitude of vehicle acceleration corresponding to a maneuver associated with the vehicle;
a state tracking module including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to
track a state of the occupant based on data received from the camera; and
determine, based on the received data, whether a gaze of the occupant is directed towards the roadway; and
a seat actuation module including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to
determine a seat acceleration rate, relative to the vehicle, in a direction corresponding to the direction of the vehicle acceleration, the seat acceleration rate based on the magnitude of the vehicle acceleration for the maneuver and the state of the occupant, wherein the seat acceleration rate includes a first seat acceleration rate when the gaze of the occupant is not directed towards the roadway and a second seat acceleration rate when the gaze of the occupant is directed towards the roadway, the first seat acceleration rate being different than the second seat acceleration rate; and
generate a signal to activate the one or more seat actuators to move the seat at the determined seat acceleration rate.

US Pat. No. 10,457,162

VEHICULAR OCCUPANT DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular occupant determination apparatus comprising:a load detection portion that detects a load of either a left part or a right part of a seat portion of a vehicle seat in a vehicle;
an occupant determination portion, provided in at least one ECU, that determines any one of occupant types on the vehicle seat based on the load detected by the load detection portion, and maintains or transits a determination result of the occupant types;
an acceleration detection portion that detects an acceleration in a width direction of the vehicle, the acceleration being generated in the vehicle;
a transition prohibition portion, provided in the at least one ECU, that prohibits a transition of the determination result of the occupant types in a transition prohibition state;
a drive state detection portion that detects a drive state of the vehicle to generate a detection value;
a prohibition release portion, provided in the at least one ECU, that releases the transition prohibition state so as to enable the transition of the determination result: and
a buckle switch that detects a wearing of a seatbelt by an occupant,
wherein:
the at least one ECU determines whether the acceleration in the width direction is greater than a predetermined acceleration threshold,
the at least one ECU also determines whether the vehicle is driving based on the detection value from the drive state detection portion,
the at least one ECU further also determines whether the wearing of the seatbelt is performed based on a signal from the buckle switch, and
the prohibition release portion permits the determination result to transit in response to a determination that the acceleration in the width direction is greater than the predetermined acceleration threshold, a determination that the vehicle stops and a determination that the seatbelt is not worn.

US Pat. No. 10,457,159

POWER SHARE CONVERTER FOR CONNECTING MULTIPLE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS

Motiv Power Systems, Inc....

1. A system comprising:a first energy storage system having a first terminal and a second terminal, wherein the second terminal of the first energy storage system is coupled to a zero-voltage reference node;
a second energy storage system having a first terminal and a second terminal, wherein the second terminal of the second energy storage system is coupled to the zero-voltage reference node;
a first power converter having an ESS-side node and two share nodes, wherein the ESS-side node of the first power converter is coupled to the first terminal of the first energy storage system;
a second power converter having an ESS-side node and two share nodes, wherein the ESS-side node of the second power converter is coupled to the first terminal of the second energy storage system, wherein the first share node of the second power converter is coupled to the first share node of the first power converter, and wherein the second share node of the second power converter is coupled to the second share node of the first power converter; and
a power supply or load connected between at least one share node and the zero-voltage reference node, wherein each of the first power converter and the second power converter is configured to withstand less than a maximum ESS voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,457,152

CHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGING METHOD

PixArt Imaging Inc., Hsi...

1. A charging system, comprising:a charging apparatus; and
at least one guiding apparatus, comprising at least one light emitting device provided in at least one target apparatus;
wherein the charging apparatus moves to a charging location according to a light emitting state of the light emitting device, to charge the target apparatus;
wherein the charging apparatus determines a battery power of the target apparatus according to a light emitting pattern of the light emitting device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,149

CONTACTLESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM AND POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power transmission device, comprising:a power transmission unit configured to contactlessly transmit electric power to a vehicle;
a communication device configured to communicate with the vehicle,
the vehicle including a resonance circuit for power reception configured to contactlessly receive the electric power output from the power transmission unit,
the power transmission unit being configured to be able to form a plurality of resonance circuits for power transmission having circuit configurations different from each other,
the communication device being configured to receive information about the resonance circuit for power reception from the vehicle; and
a control device configured to control the power transmission unit to form a resonance circuit in the power transmission unit based on the information from the vehicle received by the communication device,
the power transmission unit including a switching circuit for selectively forming a resonance circuit for power transmission having any of an S configuration, a P configuration, an SP configuration, and a PS configuration,
each of the resonance circuit for power reception and the plural kinds of resonance circuit for power transmission including a coil and a capacitor,
in the S configuration, a capacitor is connected in series with the coil,
in the P configuration, a capacitor is connected in parallel with the coil,
in the SP configuration, another capacitor is connected in series with a circuit having the P configuration, and
in the PS configuration, another capacitor is connected in parallel with a circuit having the S configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,457,147

CONTROLLING OPERATION OF ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES TRAVELING ON INDUCTIVE ROADWAY TO INFLUENCE ELECTRICAL GRID

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for influencing the efficiency of an electrical grid, comprising:coordinating operation of a first electrified vehicle and a second electrified vehicle traveling along an inductive roadway and having opposite power needs in a manner that influences an amount of energy supplied by the electrical grid during an inductive roadway event; and
adding energy from the first electrified vehicle to the inductive roadway and then from the inductive roadway to the second electrified vehicle when the first electrified vehicle is traveling along an area of expected power absorption of the inductive roadway and the second electrified vehicle is traveling along an area of expected power usage of the inductive roadway.

US Pat. No. 10,457,144

REAL TIME PREDICTION DEVICE

1. A real time prediction device comprisinga means to acquire data from inside or outside a human being for one or more time periods in the past to obtain an acquired data set, wherein the data is a level of drowsiness or an ocular parameter indicative for drowsiness,
a computer means configured to model the acquired data set as a geometric Brownian motion (GBM) random process model or an Ito process (IP) random process model to obtain a fitted random process model,
a computer means configured to predict in real time a state of drowsiness of the human being using the fitted random process model to obtain a predicted state of drowsiness of the human being, and
an output for processed data or the predicted state.

US Pat. No. 10,457,141

CONTROL METHOD FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE, CONTROL APPARATUS FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE, AND FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A control method for a four-wheel drive vehicle, the four-wheel drive vehicle including:a driving shaft configured to transmit a driving force of a drive source in a fore-and-aft direction of the vehicle;
a driving force connecting/disconnecting apparatus configured to connect or disconnect the driving force from the drive source toward the driving shaft; and
a driving force transmission apparatus configured to transmit the driving force from the driving shaft toward wheels in a disconnectable and adjustable manner,
the four-wheel drive vehicle being configured such that the driving force is transmitted to the wheels via the driving force connecting/disconnecting apparatus and the driving force transmission apparatus in a four-wheel drive mode and the transmission of the driving force that is performed by both of the driving force connecting/disconnecting apparatus and the driving force transmission apparatus is interrupted in a two-wheel drive mode, wherein
the driving force transmission apparatus includes:
a first rotational member configured to rotate along with rotation of the driving shaft, the first rotational member including a first meshing portion;
a second rotational member arranged so as to be coaxially rotatable relative to the first rotational member;
a friction clutch configured to transmit the driving force between an output rotational member and the second rotational member, the output rotational member being configured to output the driving force toward the wheels;
a friction member configured such that its rotation relative to one rotational member out of the first rotational member and the second rotational member is restricted, and configured to generate a frictional force by being brought into contact with the other rotational member;
a clutch member fitted to an external portion of the second rotational member, the clutch member including a second meshing portion configured to directly mesh with the first meshing portion; and
a movement mechanism configured to move the friction member and the clutch member relative to the first rotational member and the second rotational member, and
the clutch member is movable between a coupled position where the first meshing portion and the second meshing portion are meshed to couple the first rotational member and the second rotational member so that the first rotational member and the second rotational member are not rotatable relative to each other and a decoupled position where at least one of the first meshing portion and the second meshing portion is not meshed to allow the first rotational member and the second rotational member to rotate relative to each other,
the control method for a four-wheel drive vehicle comprising, when the two-wheel drive mode is switched to the four-wheel drive mode while the four-wheel drive vehicle is traveling, reducing a difference in rotation speeds of the first rotational member and the second rotational member by the frictional force between the friction member and the other rotational member, and then moving the clutch member from the decoupled position to the coupled position in a state in which an engagement force of the friction clutch is set to an engagement force that allows the output rotational member and the second rotational member to rotate relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,136

SINGLE SHOT INJECTION MOLDED ARTICLE

GDC, Inc., Goshen, IN (U...

1. A baffle for regulating air flow around a radiator in a vehicle, the baffle comprising a substantially planar base portion, an edge portion for contacting a surface of the radiator, and a transition portion between the base portion and the edge portion, the base portion and the edge portion being of monolithic construction, the base portion having a base portion thickness, and the edge portion having an edge portion thickness that is less than the base portion thickness and wherein the baffle includes a substantially continuous taper down in thickness from the base portion through the transition portion to the edge portion, such that the edge portion deforms when it mates with the surface of the radiator while the base portion remains substantially rigid.

US Pat. No. 10,457,131

TRANSMISSION FOR ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE, ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TRANSMISSION

Punch Flybrid Limited, N...

1. An energy storage and recovery system comprising an energy storage device coupled to a transmission for transmitting torque between the energy storage device and an energy source and/or sink, the transmission comprising a clutch control system and a transmission ratio adjuster, the transmission ratio adjuster including a first clutch and a second clutch in parallel with one another, each of the first and second clutches being arranged to transmit torque while slipping substantially continuously during a respective period when the other of the first and second clutches is not transmitting torque; andthe clutch control system being arranged to control the first and second clutches so as to transfer drive from one of the first and second clutches to the other by reducing the torque transmitted by said one of the first and second clutches at the same time as increasing the torque transmitted by the other of the first and second clutches so that there is a period of time in which both of the first and second clutches transmit torque while slipping, and controlling the first and second clutches so as to keep the total torque transmitted to the energy source/sink by the first and second clutches substantially at a predefined level or within a predetermined range throughout the said period of time in which both of the first and second clutches transmit torque while slipping.

US Pat. No. 10,457,129

MULTI CONFIGURABLE HALF TOP ASSEMBLY

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A top system for a four-door Jeep type vehicle having a cargo area rear of a rear seating portion of said vehicle, said cargo area juxtaposing rear wheel wells of said vehicle, said cargo area being closed by a pivotal rear cargo gate, said vehicle having parallel spaced roll bars with a horizontal portion adjacent at least a rear seating portion of said vehicle and said roll bars having an inclined portion slanted towards said cargo area, said top comprising:parallel spaced apart C pillars, said C pillars including a front vertical column and a rear vertical column, said rear column having a perpendicularly connected seat belt pass-through extending towards a longitudinal centerline of said vehicle, said C pillars also having longitudinal extending bottom plates connecting said front and rear columns, said bottom plate extending beyond said rear column, and said C pillar also including a top plate connecting said front and rear columns along a top end of said front and rear columns and said C pillars including pivotally connected sealing plates for sealing a top end of a rear door, said sealing plates being connected to said C pillar front column and also being connected to said roll bars;
a vertical rear window extending between said C pillar rear columns, said rear window having a cutout portion for allowance of passage of a seat belt;
a fabric cover providing a top deck extending over a front and said rear seating portion of said vehicle, said cover also covering said C pillars and said rear window;
a rear bow connecting said C pillars' rear columns adjacent a bottom end of said columns; and
a tonneau cover for said rear cargo area providing a flat surface enclosure of said rear cargo area.

US Pat. No. 10,457,126

OPEN-AIR CAR CANOPY AND COVER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATION

1. An open-air car canopy and cover assembly, the assembly comprising:a rotatable supporting bracket defined by a multiple ribs joined at a pivot portion, the pivot portion pivotally connecting the rotatable supporting bracket to an open rear section of an open-air car, the ribs supporting a upper panel, a rear panel, and a pair of side panels,
whereby the panels at least partially cover the open rear section the open-air car when the rotatable supporting bracket is disposed in a deployed position,
whereby the upper panel and the rear panel drape between the ribs when the rotatable supporting bracket is disposed in an undeployed position,
whereby the side panels are generally limp and folded when the rotatable supporting bracket is disposed in an undeployed position;
a tensioned hinge member fitted into the pivot portion of the rotatable supporting bracket, the tensioned hinge member creating tension at the pivot portion,
whereby the tension fixedly disposes the rotatable supporting bracket at or between the deployed and undeployed positions;
a roof mount detachably attaching the rotatable supporting bracket to a roof support structure of a roof on the open-air car, the roof mount being generally elongated, the roof mount comprising a first end having a curved flange hooking the roof support structure, the roof mount further having a second end defined by a channel;
a plurality of metallic tensioned hooks being defined by a mount end attached to the roof mount, the metallic tensioned hooks further being defined by a free end hooking the roof support structure, the free end of the metallic tensioned hooks and the curved flange of the roof mount engaging the roof support structure from opposite sides,
whereby the opposing positions of the curved flange and the free end of the metallic tensioned hooks creates tension that retains the rotatable supporting bracket to the roof support structure;
an upper pocket encapsulating the upper panel and the rotatable supporting bracket in the undeployed position,
whereby the upper pocket helps retain the upper panel and the rotatable supporting bracket near the roof support structure;
a rear flap extending from the rear panel of the canopy, the rear flap being defined by a lower hem having a plurality of rear flap fastening members, the rear flap being foldable towards the roof,
whereby the rear flap carries the rear panel for attachment to the roof support structure,
whereby the rear flap fastening members detachably couple to the metallic tensioned hooks or near the roof support structure; and
a pair of lateral flaps extending from the side panels of the canopy, the lateral flaps being defined by a hem having a plurality of lateral fasteners, the lateral flaps being foldable rearwardly towards the rear section of the open-air car,
whereby the lateral flaps carry the side panels for attachment to the rear panel,
whereby the lateral fasteners detachably couple to corresponding fasteners at or near the rear panel.

US Pat. No. 10,457,119

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon-s...

1. An air conditioning system for motor vehicles, comprising:a blower configured to blow an air into a vehicle room;
a PTC heater configured to heat the air blown into the vehicle room, the PTC heater having a heat generation amount adjusted by PWM duty ratio control;
a blower air volume change amount measurement unit configured to measure a blower air volume change amount per unit time during a predetermined time period starting from a time point at which the air volume of the blower per unit time is initially changed; and
a controller configured to correct a PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater in view of the blower air volume change amount per unit time measured by the blower air volume change amount measurement unit,
wherein the controller is configured to receive an air volume control signal from an air volume change detection unit upon a determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time,
wherein the controller is configured to determine that the air volume of the blower has been changed per unit time and that the heat generation amount of the PTC heater is to be changed upon an inputting of the air volume control signal to the controller from the air volume change detection unit,
wherein, upon the controller determining the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, the controller is configured to enter a heater precedent control mode,
wherein the heater precedent control mode includes the controller configured to detecting a PWM duty ratio compensation value corresponding to the blower air volume change per unit time measured by the blower air volume change amount measurement unit, and
wherein the controller is configured to, upon the determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, correct the PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater in view of the blower air volume change amount per unit time and the PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater,
wherein the controller is configured to set a first target heating temperature based on an ejection air temperature of a vehicle room inputted from an ejection air temperature detection sensor and applies a PWM duty ratio corresponding to the first target heating temperature to the PTC heater, thereby controlling the heat generation amount of the PTC heater, and
wherein the controller is configured to, upon the determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, change the first target heating temperature to a second target heating temperature and control the heat generation amount of the PTC heater in conformity with the second target heating temperature before the ejection air temperature of the vehicle room is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,111

CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a heat pump including a cabin loop having a compressor, an exterior heat exchanger, a first expansion device therebetween, an interior heat exchanger, and a second expansion device between the interior and exterior heat exchangers, and including a battery loop having a battery chiller and a third expansion device selectively connecting the cabin loop and the battery chiller in fluid communication;
a traction battery;
a battery coolant loop including a radiator and a conduit, configured to circulate coolant through the radiator, the battery chiller, and the traction battery, wherein the battery coolant loop is connected to the heat pump only at the battery chiller; and
a controller programed to, in response to the heat pump being in dehumidification mode, close the third expansion device to inhibit refrigerant flow to the battery chiller.

US Pat. No. 10,457,105

AUTOMOBILE UNDERCARRIAGE COMPONENT

KOBE STEEL, LTD., Kobe-s...

1. An automobile undercarriage component comprising at least three elongated arms, each of said arms comprising:a web; and
a rib connected to the web in a direction parallel to the plane of the web and transverse to the direction of elongation of the web, the rib having an inner wall surface extending from the rib to terminate at a leading end which is the end of the rib farthest from the web in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the web;
wherein one of said three elongated arms is a first arm having a first one of said ribs;
wherein at least one of said three elongated arms is a second arm having a second one of said ribs;
wherein for each of said second ones of said ribs, the leading end of the respective second one of said ribs has a width in the direction parallel to the plane of the web and transverse to the direction of elongation of the arm which is narrower than the width of a leading end of the first one of said ribs, as an inner wall surface is disposed closer to an opposing outer wall surface in the respective second one of said ribs as compared to the first one of said ribs;
wherein the first one of said ribs includes a first inner wall surface formed and a first outer wall surface opposing the first inner wall surface, the first inner wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?a (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the first inner wall surface having a curvature radius R of Ra (mm), the first outer wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?b (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the first outer wall surface having a curvature radius R of Rb (mm), and a planar portion formed between the two angular portions having a width of ws (mm);
wherein the second one of said ribs includes a second inner wall surface and a second outer wall surface, the second inner wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?a? (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the second inner wall surface having a curvature radius R of Ra? (mm), the second outer wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?b? (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the second outer wall surface having a curvature radius R of Rb? (mm), and a planar portion formed between the two angular portions having a width of ws? (mm); and
wherein, when wa, wb, wa?, and wb? are defined to satisfy the equations wa=Ra×cos ?a?(Ra?Ra×sin ?a)×tan ?a, wb=Rb×cos ?b?(Rb?Rb×sin ?b)×tan ?b, wa?=Ra?×cos ?a??(Ra??Ra?×sin ?a?)×tan ?a?, and wb?=Rb?×cos ?b??(Rb??Rb?×sin ?b?)×tan ?b?, the difference L (mm) in width between the first one of said ribs and the second one of said ribs is expressed by the equation L={(wa?wa?)+(wb?wb?)+(ws?ws?)} and L>0.

US Pat. No. 10,457,103

METHOD FOR DETERMINING TIRE INSTALLATION LOCATION, TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

Silergy Semiconductor Tec...

1. A method of determining installation positions of tires, the method comprising:a) measuring, by a magnetic sensor provided in each tire in the same manner, a first magnetic field strength in a first direction and a second magnetic field strength in a second direction, wherein said first direction is a circumferential or axial direction of said tire and said second direction is a radial direction of said tire;
b) acquiring, by a controller, a first magnetic field strength sampling value of said tire by sampling said first magnetic field strength received from said magnetic sensor;
c) acquiring, by said controller, a second magnetic field strength sampling value of said tire by sampling said second magnetic field strength received from said magnetic sensor;
d) calculating, by said controller, a difference between said first magnetic field strength sampling value and said second magnetic field strength sampling value of said tire;
e) determining, by said controller, whether said installation position of said tire is on the left side or the right side of a vehicle according to a change trend of said calculated difference of said tire; and
f) providing said installation position of said tire to a communication component, wherein said magnetic sensor, said communication component, and said controller receive a power supply from a power management circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,101

PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TIRE

Continental Reifen Deutsc...

1. A pneumatic vehicle tire comprising:a radial ply casing;
a multi-ply belt and a profiled tread which, as viewed in the axial direction, has a central portion and two shoulder portions, wherein the shoulder portions are composed of a first rubber compound that has a lower dynamic modulus of elasticity E? at 55° C. and 8% elongation according to DIN 53513 than a second rubber in the central portion of the pneumatic tire profiled tread, and wherein the first rubber compound comprises a solution styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR) having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of between ?24° C. to 17° C. and the second rubber compound comprises an SSBR having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of between ?30° C. to ?25° C.; and,
wherein a base of the central portion has extensions positioned laterally substantially parallel to the tread substructure,
wherein the base of the central portion has extensions positioned radially within and over the width of the shoulder portions,
wherein separating each shoulder portion from the central portion is a shoulder-side circumferential groove that encircles the tire in a substantially rectilinear manner in the circumferential direction,
wherein each shoulder-side circumferential groove is bonded by a first groove flank on an inner side of the tread, a second groove flank on an outer side of the tread, and a third groove flank that is a groove base,
wherein the first groove flank and the second groove flank are inclined at an acute angle of up to 10 degrees with respect to the radial direction, and
wherein the first rubber compound comprises 40 phr of silica and 14 phr of carbon black, and wherein the second rubber compound comprises 96 phr of silica and 14 phr of carbon black.

US Pat. No. 10,457,096

FLANGED WHEEL HUB FOR WHEEL HUB BEARINGS

1. A flanged wheel hub for flanged hub bearing units, the wheel hub comprises:a tubular body supporting the bearing units and being coaxial with an axis (A), and a flange, which is transverse to the axis (A), is provided with a plurality of threaded through holes that are distributed around the axis (A), and includes:
an outer annular mounting surface, and
an inner surface that is axially faced towards an outer ring of the bearing units; the flange having a respective basic axial thickness (SAF), and providing, for each threaded through hole, a respective radial arm, which is arranged on the inner surface of the flange facing the outer ring and has a respective axial thickness (SAB) to act as a strengthening element of the flange at least in correspondence of the threaded through holes;
the flanged wheel hub being forged in one piece together with the flange and the arms, and wherein
for each threaded through hole, an annular boss, which is also forged in one piece with the flanged wheel hub and is arranged around, and crossed by, the relative threaded through hole for the purpose of increasing the mechanical strength characteristics of the flanged wheel hub.

US Pat. No. 10,457,087

SECURITY ELEMENT FORMED FROM AT LEAST TWO MATERIALS PRESENT IN PARTIALLY OR FULLY OVERLAPPING AREAS, ARTICLES CARRYING THE SECURITY ELEMENT, AND AUTHENTICATION METHODS

SICPA HOLDING SA, Prilly...

1. A security element comprising a first material MAT1 and a second material MAT2, which are formed in or on a substrate, in such a manner that areas occupied by MAT1 and MAT2 overlap partially or fully so that there are three areas recognizable: an area wherein MAT1, but not MAT2 is provided, an area wherein MAT2, but no MAT1 is provided, and an area wherein both MAT1 and MAT2 are provided,the first material MAT1 comprising a phosphorescent pigment (donor),
the second material MAT2 comprising a fluorescent dye or pigment (acceptor),
wherein the phosphorescent pigment present in MAT1 emits phosphorescence radiation in at least one first phosphorescence emission wavelength range ?1e upon excitation by electromagnetic radiation falling within a phosphorescence excitation wavelength range ?1a, and
the fluorescent dye or pigment present in MAT2 emits fluorescence radiation in at least one second fluorescence emission wavelength range ?2e upon excitation by electromagnetic radiation falling within an fluorescence excitation wavelength range ?2a of the fluorescent dye or pigment, and
said first phosphorescence emission wavelength range ?1e of the phosphorescent pigment present in MAT1 overlaps with the excitation wavelength range ?2a of the fluorescent dye or pigment present in MAT2, so that after irradiation of the security element with electromagnetic radiation within the phosphorescence excitation wavelength range ?1a, the emission of fluorescence radiation in the emission wavelength range ?2e is observable.

US Pat. No. 10,457,084

ANTI-OFF AND REPLENISHED STICKY NOTES WITH MAGNETIC CHASSIS WHICH CAN BE SLID AND PLACED ERECTLY ON METAL PLANE

1. A reusable anti-falling magnetic base capable of sliding and standing on a magnetic plane for sticky notes, comprising a magnetic base, and characterized in that the magnetic base comprises, at a bottom of the magnetic base, magnet sheets holes for holding small magnets; wherein portions of side rims of the magnetic base are provided with an oblique angle; whereby the sticky notes connected in the magnetic base stand and fix at the oblique angle on a magnetic surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,074

INKJET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An inkjet printer, comprising:a table on which a recording medium is to be placed;
an ink head that is located above the table and discharges ink toward the recording medium placed on the table;
a carriage that has the ink head mounted thereon and is movable in a main scanning direction; and
an air blower that is mounted on the carriage and blows air toward the recording medium; wherein
the air blower includes:
a case including an inlet opening through which external air is taken inside, an outlet opening through which the external air, taken inside through the inlet opening, is discharged outside, and an opening in a portion facing the table, the case being located at least to one side of the ink head in the main scanning direction;
a fan that is located in the case, absorbs the external air through the inlet opening and sends air through the outlet opening toward the recording medium placed on the table;
a heater that is located in the case and heats the air sent from the fan; and
a heat radiation layer that is exposed outside through the opening and radiates at least a portion of heat generated by the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,457,052

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a plurality of head arrays each including a plurality of liquid discharge heads to discharge a liquid from nozzles onto a medium;
a drum to rotate and convey the medium to a position facing the plurality of head arrays; and
a wiper to wipe the plurality of liquid discharge heads;
wherein each of the plurality of head arrays includes at least two lines of the plurality of liquid discharge heads spaced over a circumferential portion of the drum, and the plurality of liquid discharge heads are inclined at different angles in each of the two lines, and
the wiper includes a web having a width to cover the two lines of the plurality of liquid discharge heads, and the web includes a plurality of wiping surfaces
inclined at the different angles in accordance with the two lines of the plurality of liquid discharge heads.

US Pat. No. 10,457,034

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DECREASING TIME FOR PRINTING LAYERS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS AND FOR ENHANCING COLOR FIDELITY AT THE SURFACE OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A system comprising:a first plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a first material having a first color;
a second plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a second material having a second color, the first color being different than the second color;
a third plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a third material having a third color, the third color being different than the second color and the first color;
at least one actuator operatively connected to the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors; and
a controller operatively connected to the at least one actuator, the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors, the controller being configured to:
identify an average number of material drops per voxel for each material in each layer of an object to be manufactured;
convert image data for the object to material drop data for each voxel of each layer to identify a number of material drops for the first material, a number of material drops for the second material, and a number of material drops for the third material in each voxel of each layer, the conversion to the material drop data being performed using a first function of (1) a distance between each voxel in each layer and a closest surface of the object, (2) a sum of the average number of first material drops per voxel in each layer, the average number of second material drops per voxel in each layer, and the average number of third material drops per voxel in each layer, and (3) a target value for the sum of the average number of first material drops, the average number of the second material drops, and the average number of the third material drops per voxel in each layer; and
operate the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors using the converted material drop data to eject a number of drops of the first material, a number of drops of the second material, and a number of drops of the third material identified by the converted material drop data to form the voxels of each layer of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,457,027

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING COMPOSITE BUILDING BOARDS USING THERMOPLASTIC FILMS

CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.,...

1. A system for manufacturing building boards along a production line, the system comprising:a roll of a first glass mat, the first mat having interior and exterior surfaces;
a coating apparatus and a supply of a hot melt thermoplastic, the coating apparatus being configured to apply a thin layer of the hot melt thermoplastic on the exterior surface of the first glass mat;
guide rollers for inverting the first glass mat after the application of the hot melt thermoplastic, the guide rollers configured to allow the applied thermoplastic coating to partially cool;
a series of forming tables positioned downstream of the coating apparatus, the guide rollers configured to deliver the first mat with the thermoplastic coating to a forming table, wherein the adhered thermoplastic coating faces the forming table and the interior surface of the first mat is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,026

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING COMPOSITE SHEETS USING MULTIPLE LAMINATION

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe...

1. A device for producing a strip-shaped composite sheet that includes a plastic film disposed between two outer metal cover sheets, the device comprising:a first laminating device for laminating the plastic film between the two outer metal cover sheets, wherein the first laminating device includes two laminating rolls forming a first laminating gap;
a first heating zone positioned downstream of the first laminating gap, the first heating zone including heating means for heating the plastic layer film and the two outer metal cover sheets after a first laminating step in the first laminating gap to a laminating temperature;
a second laminating device positioned downstream of the first heating zone, wherein the second laminating device includes two laminating rolls forming a second laminating gap; and
a cooling zone positioned downstream of the second laminating gap.

US Pat. No. 10,457,023

BI-AXIALLY STRETCHED ARTICLE AND SILAGE FILM

SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CO...

1. A biaxially stretched article obtained by stretching a thermoplastic composition in a machine direction and a transverse direction at elevated temperature, said thermoplastic composition comprising:a polyolefin phase containing a polyolefin,
a starch phase containing thermoplastic starch,
compatibiliser selected from the group consisting of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymers, block saponified polyvinyl acetate and random terpolymers of ethylene, butylacrylate and maleic anhydride,
wherein the total of the polyolefin, the thermoplastic starch and the compatibiliser is more than 80 wt % of the weight of the thermoplastic composition; and
wherein the article has a layered morphology with alternating layers of starch phase and polyolefin phase, said layers of starch phase and polyolefin phase extending in machine direction and transverse direction;
wherein the thermoplastic composition comprises
from 10-70 wt % of the polyolefin
from 10-70 wt % of the thermoplastic starch
from 5-40 wt % of the compatibiliserthe weight percentages being based on the weight of the thermoplastic composition; andwherein the thermoplastic starch comprises borax at a concentration of 0.5 wt % to 8 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,457,014

SHAPE-FORMABLE APPARATUS COMPRISING FIBROUS MATERIAL

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A shape-formable apparatus comprising:a first state in which the apparatus is formable, such that the apparatus can be formed into a desired shape;
a second state in which the apparatus has the desired shape and is less formable than in the first state;
an envelope defining a chamber, the envelope formed of a gas-impermeable material;
a port positioned to fluidly couple the chamber with ambience; and
one or more layers of fibrous material positioned in the chamber, wherein the fibrous material is less formable when the apparatus is in the second state than when the apparatus is in the first state,
wherein at least one of the layers of fibrous material includes at least one of:
a fiber having portions movable relative to one another within the same layer of fibrous material, at least when the apparatus is in the first state, and
a plurality of fibers that are movable relative to one another within the same layer of fibrous material, at least when the apparatus is in the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,457,008

MODULAR SCREW PRESS

Rio Tinto Alcan Internati...

1. A screw press for separating liquid from a solid-liquid mixture, said screw press comprising:a generally tubular body having axially spaced-apart inlet section and outlet section, and a filter section between said inlet section and outlet section; said filter section having liquid passages; and
a rotatable screw mounted in said tubular body for conveying the solid-liquid mixture from the inlet section to the outlet section while compressing the solid-liquid mixture and forcing at least part of a liquid content thereof to be expelled out of the tubular body through said liquid passages of said filter section;
characterized in that the generally tubular body and the rotatable screw are both of modular construction, the filter section of the tubular body comprising at least first and second serially interconnectable filter sections, the rotatable screw having at least first and second serially interconnectable screw sections respectively disposed in said first and second filter sections for joint rotation as a unitary component, and in that the first and second screw sections have a continuous screw flight having a flight outside diameter, the at least first and second screw sections being detachably coupled to one another by a coupling provided at said flight outside diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,002

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING AN OBJECT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method for treating an object manufactured from a material having a defined melting temperature, wherein the method comprises the following steps:subjecting the object to hot isostatic pressing for reducing the porosity and increasing the density of the object, wherein the hot isostatic pressing comprises
arranging the object inside an interior cavity of a pressure chamber,
submerging the object in a liquid which is disposed inside the interior cavity and partially fills the interior cavity, such that the liquid has a free liquid surface above which a portion of the interior cavity is located,
heating the liquid to a first temperature below the melting temperature,
pressurizing the liquid by providing pressurized gas in a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface,
maintaining the object inside the liquid heated to the first temperature and pressurized by the pressurized gas, and
arranging the object outside the liquid in a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface,
subsequently heating the liquid to a second temperature above the melting temperature,
after the liquid has been heated to the second temperature, moving the object from a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface into the liquid and submerging the object again within the liquid for reducing the surface roughness of the object, and subsequently
withdrawing the object from the liquid and moving it into a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,001

METHOD FOR FORMING A MATRIX COMPOSITE LAYER AND WORKPIECE WITH A MATRIX COMPOSITE LAYER

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method comprising:forming a wall around a metallic surface such that the wall extends in a vertical direction from a plane formed by the metallic surface of a workpiece;
depositing a filler material in a walled area on the metallic surface;
depositing a plastic material on the filler material; and
performing a vacuum treatment of the filler material and the plastic material thereby forming a matrix composite layer disposed on the metallic surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,996

TANK MANUFACTURING METHOD AND TANK

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A manufacturing method of a tank including a tubular body portion, and dome-shaped side end portions formed on both sides of the body portion, the manufacturing method comprising:impregnating reinforced fibers with a thermoplastic resin to obtain a fiber-reinforced resin sheet,
heating the fiber reinforced resin sheet impregnated with the thermoplastic resin at a temperature of a softening point of the thermoplastic resin or higher to melt the thermoplastic resin,
winding the fiber reinforced resin sheet, in a state where the thermoplastic resin is melted, several times around a peripheral surface of a cylindrical core or a liner in a direction perpendicular to an axial center of the core to form a tubular compact serving as at least part of the body portion, and heating is not carried out at the cylindrical core, and
forming the side end portions in the tank by heating dome-shaped side end members and the tubular compact so that the side end members are fused to the tubular compact,
the side end members containing the thermoplastic resin as a main material, and
a width of the fiber reinforced resin sheet is larger than a length of the core or a length of the liner.

US Pat. No. 10,456,983

THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL PROGRAM OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS

TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOC...

1. A three-dimensional laminating and shaping apparatus comprising:a material ejector that ejects a material of a three-dimensional laminated and shaped object onto a shaping table on which the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object is shaped;
a light beam irradiator that irradiates the ejected material with a light beam;
a data acquirer that acquires monitoring data used to monitor a shaping state of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object during shaping of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object; and
a shaping quality estimator that estimates shaping quality of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object based on the monitoring data,
wherein said monitoring data includes a diameter of a molten pool and a property data of a light from the molten pool,
wherein said shaping quality estimator estimates a decreasing of the shaping quality of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object from a combination of whether the diameter of the molten pool has been changed or not and whether the property data of the light from the molten pool has been changed or not, when at least one of the diameter of the molten pool and the property data of the light from the molten pool has been changed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,974

PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION, METHODS FOR PRODUCING FILM, OPTICAL COMPONENT, CIRCUIT BOARD, AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT BY USING THE SAME, AND CURED PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a patterned film, the method comprising:a step of placing a photocurable composition on a substrate; a step of bringing the photocurable composition into contact with a mold in an atmosphere containing a 1,1,1,3.3-pentafluoropropane condensable gas, the mold having an original pattern for transferring a pattern shape;
a step of irradiating the photocurable composition with light to form a cured film; and
a step of separating the cured film and the mold from each other, wherein the photocurable composition is a photocurable composition used for performing imprint in an atmosphere containing a condensable gas, the photocurable composition comprising:
a component (A) which is a (meth)acrylate monomer; a component (B) which is a photopolymerization initiator; and a component (C) which is a mold releasing agent, wherein a saturated solubility of the component (C) in the condensable gas at 5 degrees (Celsius) and 1 atm is 5% by weight or less, the condensable gas being in a liquid state at 5 degrees (Celsius) and 1 atm.

US Pat. No. 10,456,968

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTER WITH MULTI-NOZZLE EXTRUDERS AND DISPENSERS FOR MULTI-NOZZLE EXTRUDERS AND PRINTHEADS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional object printer comprising:a multi-nozzle extruder comprising:
a plurality of nozzles, each nozzle in the plurality of nozzles being configured to emit an extrusion material; and
a plurality of channels, each channel in the plurality of channels being connected to one nozzle in the plurality of nozzles in a one-to-one correspondence and configured to provide the extrusion material to the one nozzle;
a first extrusion material supply having a spool configured to hold a filament of an extrusion material; and
a first dispenser comprising:
an inlet configured to receive the extrusion material from the first extrusion material supply;
an outlet configured to direct the extrusion material received from the first extrusion material supply to one channel in the plurality of channels in the multi-nozzle extruder when positioned in alignment with the one channel;
a cutter positioned proximate to the inlet of the first dispenser, the cutter configured to separate a first portion of the filament that enters the one channel in the plurality of channels from a second portion of the filament in the first extrusion material supply; and
an actuator configured to move the outlet into alignment with at least two channels in the plurality of channels at different times to supply the extrusion material from the first extrusion material supply to the at least two channels in the plurality of channels at the different times.

US Pat. No. 10,456,966

HOLLOW-BODY MOLDING DEVICE

TOYODA IRON WORKS CO., LT...

1. A hollow body molding device that forms a hollow molded body in a main cavity of a mold having in its one end a pressure port including a floating core by injecting molten resin through an injection gate into the main cavity having an outlet in its other end, and then pressure-injecting pressurized fluid through the pressure port into the main cavity to move the floating core toward the outlet through the molten resin injected into the main cavity so as to extrude the molten resin through the outlet and discharge the extruded molten resin into a waste cavity, the hollow body molding device comprising:a floating core accommodating portion that is located between the outlet of the main cavity and a communication passage leading to the waste cavity and adjoins the main cavity and that accommodates the floating core moved to the outlet by the pressurized fluid,
an inside diameter of the floating core accommodating portion being smaller than an outlet diameter of the main cavity and being larger than an outside diameter of the floating core,
wherein a product core is connected to the floating core so as to adjoin the pressure port side of the floating core, and when the floating core is accommodated in the floating core accommodating portion, the product core remains in the other end of the main cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,456,965

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COMPOSITE

Enplas Corporation, Sait...

1. A method of manufacturing a composite, the composite including at least one functional part including a cured product of a liquid resin composition, and a holding part including a resin composition which is different from the liquid resin composition and configured to hold the at least one functional part, the method comprising:preparing the holding part including the resin composition which is different from the liquid resin composition, the holding part further including two or more through holes or recesses formed therein;
disposing the holding part as an insert member in a metal mold such that the two or more through holes or recesses are communicated with a cavity of the metal mold; and
integrally molding two or more functional parts, respectively disposed in the two or more through holes or recesses, and a connecting part connecting the two or more functional parts and joined to the holding part by charging a liquid resin composition to the cavity and curing the liquid resin composition, wherein:
the holding part further includes one or more groove parts formed to be communicated with the two or more through holes or recesses on a surface on which the connecting part is joined, the one or more groove parts being configured to be capable of functioning as a runner for guiding the liquid resin composition to the two or more through holes or recesses, and
wherein the integrally molding the two or more functional parts and the connecting part, the liquid resin composition is charged to the cavity through the one or more groove parts.

US Pat. No. 10,456,962

HEAT-INSULATING WALL, AND HEAT-INSULATING HOUSING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for producing a heat-insulating housing, the method comprising:forming a heat-insulating space using a wall body; and
filling the heat-insulating space with a mixture of a plurality of polyols having different compositions, a polyisocyanate, a foaming agent and powder,
wherein a thermosetting urethane resin is formed by a polymerization reaction of the polyol mixture and the polyisocyanate,
a plurality of cells are formed in the thermosetting urethane resin,
a first through-hole is formed so as to extend through the thermosetting resin located between neighboring cells; and
a second through-hole is formed at an interface between the thermosetting resin and the powder,
the second through-hole is formed due to the powder being incompatible with the thermosetting urethane resin.

US Pat. No. 10,456,955

NUT FOR A CLAMPING MECHANISM OF A VULCANIZING PRESS, CLAMPING MECHANISM, VULCANIZING PRESS AND SUPPORT DEVICE FOR COMPONENTS OF A VULCANIZING PRESS

REMA TIP TOP AG, Poing (...

1. A nut for a clamping mechanism of a mobile vulcanizing press, the nut comprising:a nut body, which has a blind hole including an internal thread for receiving a tie bolt, and
a groove and an access bore in the nut body for receiving a fixing element, wherein:
the groove is arranged in a circumferential portion of the blind hole and the access bore connects an exterior side of the nut body to the groove,
a fixing element is arranged in the groove and the access bore in such a way that the fixing element occupies at least a sub-portion of the access bore and/or the groove, and
a fastening means is arranged in the access bore and the fixing element occupies at least a sub-portion of the access bore and it fully occupies the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,456,945

TOOL FOR MANUALLY OPERATING OSCILLATING MOTORIZED TOOL ACCESSORY

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A tool system, comprising:an accessory tool including a working end and a mounting end extending from the working end, the mounting end defining a plurality of openings arranged in a desired configuration;
an oscillating power tool including a first tool holder having a first mounting structure including a first plurality of protrusions arranged in the desired configuration and configured to be received by the plurality of openings to connect the mounting end of the accessory tool to the oscillating power tool; and
a handheld tool assembly including a second tool holder having a second mounting structure including a second plurality of protrusions arranged in the desired configuration and configured to be received by the plurality of openings to connect the mounting end of the accessory tool to the handheld tool assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,456,944

MULTIFUNCTION CUTTING TOOL GUIDE

Affinity Tool Works, LLC,...

1. A cutting tool guide system comprising:a base plate being unitary and having a top surface and a bottom surface, said top surface of said base plate top surface including connection points for connecting a power tool to said top surface of said base plate top surface;
said bottom surface having a first track extending longitudinally along said bottom surface of said base plate, said track being defined by first and second spaced walls protruding from said bottom surface of said base plate with at least one of said first and second spaced walls being movable with respect to said other first or second walls, said first track having a first axis extending along said first track;
said base plate defining a channel extending laterally along said bottom surface of said base plate, said channel having a second axis extending along said channel with said first axis intersecting said second axis at a right angle, said channel widening as it extends toward said bottom surface;
a rip straight edge having a second track with a groove extending along said second track and having a laterally extending rip guide whereby said rip straight edge engages said bottom surface of said base plate without touching said top surface of said base plate, said second track narrowing as it extends upward to said base plate bottom surface;
a locking member having a wedge engaged in said groove to pull said rip straight edge to said base plate, with said narrowing second track centering itself in said widening channel; and
whereby the power tool is attached to said base plate and positioned upon a straight edge with said base plate being movable along the straight edge to make a straight cut in a piece of material wherein the straight edge and said channel interacts to guide the power tool, or the power tool is attached to said base plate and said channel of said base plate is mounted to a guide and make a straight cut in a piece of material using the material's edge to guide said base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,937

GUARD ELEMENT FOR USE IN A HAIR CUTTING UNIT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A guard element for use in a hair cutting unit as a guard for a movable hair cutting element of the hair cutting unit, which guard element is generally cup-shaped and comprises a disc-shaped base and an annular wall, whereinthe disc-shaped base comprises a central axis and a peripheral section which is curved when seen in a central cross-section of the guard element comprising the central axis; and
the annular wall comprises a main part and a flange-shaped part; and wherein
the main part of the annular wall has a substantially upright orientation with respect to the disc-shaped base and comprises a straight section, which is uncurved when seen in the central cross-section and which is connected to the peripheral section of the disc-shaped base, and the main part of the annular wall is partially bent when seen in the central cross-section; and
the flange-shaped part of the annular wall comprises an outwardly bent section, which is bent outwardly relative to the central axis when seen in the central cross-section, and a free end section;
wherein the outwardly bent section of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall interconnects the main part of the annular wall and the free end section of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall; and
wherein the annular wall is reinforced based on a design where a smallest inner periphery of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall has a diameter which is smaller than a diameter of a largest inner periphery of the straight section of the main part of the annular wall.

US Pat. No. 10,456,936

ADJUSTABLE SPACING COMB, ADJUSTMENT DRIVE AND HAIR CUTTING APPLIANCE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An adjustment drive for an adjustable spacing comb for a hair cutting appliance comprising:a housing portion,
a cutting unit including a blade set,
the adjustable spacing comb including: a movable comb portion movable with respect to the housing portion of the hair cutting appliance, the adjustment drive, and a manually operable rotation element configured to receive manually applied rotary movements by a user, the rotation element being rotatingly mounted to the adjustment drive and supported at the housing portion of the hair cutting appliance, the rotation element being at least partially covered by the housing portion, wherein a circumferential portion of the rotation element is accessible through an opening portion of the housing portion,
the adjustment drive being manually operable by the rotation element, the adjustment drive comprising:
an actuator configured for actuating the movable comb portion of the adjustable spacing comb with respect to a blade set of the hair cutting appliance,
a rotary encoder directly coupled to the rotation element and configured to detect rotary movements of the rotation element applied by a user, the rotary encoder being further configured to output a respective user input signal corresponding to the detected rotary movements applied by the user to the rotation element, and
a control unit respectively coupled to the actuator and to the rotary encoder,
wherein the control unit is configured to convert the detected user input signal output from the rotary encoder into an actuator operating signal, output by the control unit to the actuator to enable the control unit to electronically control the movable comb portion in response to the detected user inputs,
wherein the control unit is further configured to move the movable comb portion in accordance with an adjustment position speed calculated as a function of a difference between relative positions between the rotation element and the movable comb portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,930

VACUUM EJECTOR DEVICE

PIAB AB, Taby (SE)

1. A vacuum ejector device for generating at least partial vacuum to be supplied to a gripping member, comprising a device body having an elongated shape along a longitudinal axis A, the vacuum ejector device comprisesan air inlet port provided at a first end of the device body and being structured to receive pressurized air from a pressurized air supply source via a pressurized air tube,
a vacuum connection port provided at a second end of the device body, opposite said first end, in fluid communication to a vacuum duct, the vacuum connection port is structured to receive and connect one end of a vacuum tube that in its turn is in fluid communication to said gripping member, wherein said air inlet port and said vacuum connection port are arranged essentially along said longitudinal axis A, and structured such that said pressurized air tube and said vacuum tube are essentially in-line and oriented along said longitudinal axis A,
a vacuum generating duct in fluid communication to said air inlet port, and at least one vacuum generating member positioned at or in or partially in the vacuum generating duct, the vacuum duct connects to and is in fluid communication with the vacuum generating duct and terminates at said vacuum connection port, said vacuum generating member is configured to generate at least partial vacuum to said vacuum duct when the pressurized air supply is activated,
a movable sealing and venting element is provided and is structured to selectively substantially close and seal, in a sealing position, said vacuum duct when the air supply is activated, and to open or vent said vacuum duct to release or vent via a venting duct, in a venting position, the vacuum within the gripping member when the vacuum source or air supply is deactivated, characterized in that the sealing and venting element is arranged essentially at said longitudinal axis A, and that the venting duct is arranged and provides for fluid communication between the sealing and venting element and a venting outlet port provided at a long side of said elongated device body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,928

VACUUM GRIPPER UNIT COMPRISING VACUUM PUMP

VTEC CO., LTD., Sasang-G...

1. A vacuum gripper unit including a vacuum pump, the vacuum gripper unit comprising:a vertical main body (11) having a common vacuum chamber (14) defined therein;
first and second mounting containers (12a and 12b) that are cylindrical members horizontally arranged on left and right sides of the main body to be parallel to each other, and provide an additional mounting space to the main body (11), the first and second mounting cylinders having a generally ‘H’-shape when seen from outside, including the main body (11) that connects centers thereof to each other, the first and second mounting cylinders having passages (15) respectively provided at first sides thereof that face each other and communicating with the common vacuum chamber; and
a suction pad (13) connected to a lower portion of the main body (11) so as to communicate with the common vacuum chamber (14),
wherein the first mounting container (12a) has the vacuum pump (16) inserted and mounted therein and operating to allow exhaust of air from the common vacuum chamber (14) so as to create a vacuum therein upon supply and discharge of compressed air, and
the second mounting container (12b) selectively has the vacuum pump (16) inserted and mounted therein or a release valve (20) inserted and mounted therein, the release valve being opened to allow air to flow into the common vacuum chamber (14) when the vacuum pump stops operating; and
wherein the vacuum pump (16) is a pipe vacuum pump in which first and second ends thereof are an inlet (17) and an outlet (18) for the compressed air, respectively, and a side wall thereof has a through hole (19) formed therein so as to communicate with the common vacuum chamber (14), and
the vacuum pump is mounted in the first mounting container (12a) in such a manner that the inlet (17) is inserted through a front insertion hole (23) of the first mounting container (12a) into a rear air supply hole (24) so as to communicate therewith, the vacuum pump being mounted in the second mounting container (12b) in the manner as above described.

US Pat. No. 10,456,927

HANDLING ROBOT CONTROL SYSTEM

Guosong Ge, Jinhua, Zhej...

1. A handling robot control system comprises a base;an air balance cavity set in the base;
an air pump fixedly arranged at the middle of the air balance cavity;
air valves symmetrically disposed in two sides of the end walls of the air balance cavity;
pistons symmetrically disposed in two sides of the air balance cavity,
wherein piston rods are fixedly set at the middle of lower end faces of the pistons,
wherein lower end faces of the piston rods penetrate through the base and extend into the outer space and are fixedly connected with a support block, and one end face, which is close to the air pump, of the support block is rotationally connected with a rotating shaft,
wherein a scroll wheel is fixedly set on the rotating shaft;
a fixed block fixedly set at the middle of a lower end face of the base,
wherein a first transmission cavity is set in the fixed block,
wherein a driving motor is fixedly disposed in the first transmission cavity;
wherein a first bevel gear is fixedly arranged on a lower end face of an output shaft in the driving motor,
wherein a second bevel gear is engaged with and set on the one end face of the first bevel gear;
wherein a rotating rod penetrates through and is set on the second bevel gear;
connection cavities with the opening towards outside are symmetrically disposed in two sides of the first transmission cavity,
wherein the two end faces of the rotating rod respectively penetrate through the first transmission cavity and stretch into the connection cavities and are fixedly connected with couplings respectively;
wherein one end, away from the first transmission cavity, of the coupling, is fixedly connected with a connecting shaft;
spring grooves symmetrically set in two sides of the base on an upper side of the fixed block,
wherein a slider is set in the spring groove;
a compression spring fixedly arranged on an upper end face of the slider,
wherein the other end of the compression spring is fixedly connected to an upper end face of the spring groove;
wherein a connection rod is fixedly set at the middle of a lower end face of the slider,
wherein a connection block is fixedly connected to a lower end face of the connection rod;
wherein a communicated cavity with an opening facing downwards is set in the connection block,
wherein communicated first slots are symmetrically disposed in the connection block;
wherein one end, away from the coupling, of the connecting shaft, penetrates through the first slot and the cavity and is rotationally connected with the connection block through a bearing;
a first gear fixedly set on the connecting shaft,
wherein a second gear is engaged with and is set on a lower end face of the first gear;
a second slot which communicates with two sides arranged on a lower side of the first slot,
wherein one end, close to the fixed block, of the rotating shaft, penetrates through the second slot and the second gear and is rotationally connected with the connection block through a bearing;
first grooves with upward openings symmetrically disposed in the two sides of an upper end face of the base,
wherein a first fixed rod is fixedly set between two end walls of the first grooves;
a first rotating handle rotationally connected to the first fixed rod;
a first sliding groove arranged between the first grooves;
a first slide rail fixedly set on a lower end wall of the first sliding groove,
wherein first sliders in slide fit are symmetrically disposed in two sides of the first slide rail,
wherein a second rotating handle is rotationally connected to the first slider;
a guide chute communicated with the one side of the first sliding groove;
a sliding groove communicated with the one side of the guide chute;
a first slide rack fixedly set on the one end face of the first slider on the one side;
a second slide rack fixedly set on the one end face of the first slider on the other side,
wherein a mesh gear driven by a motor is engaged between the one end face of the second slide rack and the other end face of the second slide rack;
the driving motor is operated to drive the first bevel gear to rotate, and the second bevel gear drives the rotating rod to rotate, and through the transmission of the coupling and the connecting shaft, the first gear is rotated, so that the second gear drives the scroll wheel to rotate, thereby driving the device to move to the position where the cargoes need to be carried.

US Pat. No. 10,456,922

INTERACTIVE MOBILE PLATFORM CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A robot intelligent platform, comprising a processor configured to cause the robot intelligent platform to:establish a first wireless link with a mobile terminal, wherein the mobile terminal is configured with a lightweight software, the lightweight software being provided within a client app installed on the mobile terminal, and the mobile terminal is configured to receive a user instruction via the lightweight software, the lightweight software being configured to convert the user instruction into a control command;
establish a second wireless link with a household robot configured to automatically clean a room of a household;
receive, via the first wireless link, the control command from the mobile terminal;
transcode the control command to output an executable command for execution by the household robot to automatically clean the room; and
transmit, via the second wireless link, the executable command to the household robot;
wherein the processor is further configured to cause the robot intelligent platform to:
communicate, over a third wireless link, with a cloud platform;
receive, from the cloud platform, over the third wireless link, user behavior habit information; and
generate the executable command according to the user behavior habit information; and, wherein
the user habit behavior information is generated by the cloud platform via the user instruction transmitted from the mobile terminal to the cloud platform, wherein the generation of the user habit behavior information by the cloud platform comprises: deep learning the user instruction to obtain the user behavior habit information.

US Pat. No. 10,456,920

PROXIMITY ROBOT BLADE DETECTION AND AUTO RETRACTION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A system to process semiconductor wafers, the system comprising:an end effector adapted to handle a semiconductor wafer, the end effector being capable of moving in a first direction;
a proximity sensor attached to the end effector, the proximity sensor outputting a first sensor signal if a distance between the end effector and an object separated from the end effector in the first direction is less than or equal to a first predetermined distance; and
a controller to move the end effector in the first direction, the controller being responsive to the first sensor signal to slow a movement of the end effector in the first direction,
wherein the proximity sensor further outputs a second sensor signal if the distance between the end effector and the object in the first direction is less than or equal to a second predetermined distance, the second predetermined distance being less than the first predetermined distance, and
wherein the controller is responsive to the second sensor signal to stop movement of the end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,909

MULTI-JOINT INDUSTRIAL ROBOT-BISPIR

Foshan Huashu Robotics Co...

1. A Multi-joint Industrial Robot, comprisingan upper arm (2) having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a first motor (5) arranged at the second end of the upper arm (2) and having a first output shaft (51);
a lower arm (3) having a third end rotationally connected to the second end of the upper arm (2) through the first output shaft (51) and a fourth end opposite the third end; and
a wrist (8), rotationally connected to the fourth end of the lower arm (3) through a transverse spindle (121), wherein the upper arm (2) and the wrist (8) are arranged on opposite sides of the lower arm (3) along an axial direction of the first output shaft (51); and
a first arm wire jacket (62) having a fifth end arranged at a first side of the upper arm (2) where the lower arm (3) rotates, and a sixth end connected to a second side of the upper arm (2) opposite the first side so that the first arm wire jacket (62) strides over the lower arm (3) and the upper arm (2) or is connected to a hole (9) arranged at the first side of the upper arm (2).

US Pat. No. 10,456,899

METHOD FOR SETTING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER OF A HANDHELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a handheld power tool according to at least one operating parameter, comprising:recording a first characteristic variable using an external sensor unit that is spaced apart from the power tool;
transmitting the first characteristic variable to an external data processing unit that is spaced apart from the power tool;
processing the first characteristic variable using the external data processing unit into at least one first parameter output;
transmitting the at least one first parameter output from the external data processing unit to an internal control unit of the power tool;
calculating at least one operating parameter of the handheld power tool using the internal control unit based on the at least one first parameter output;
setting the at least one operating parameter on the power tool; and
operating the power tool according to the at least one operating parameter that is based on the first characteristic variable,
wherein the first characteristic variable is an ambient characteristic variable, and
wherein the ambient characteristic variable is at least one of a temperature characteristic variable and an atmospheric humidity characteristic variable.

US Pat. No. 10,456,892

MANHOLE COVER LIFTING TOOL

Manup Key Limited, (GB)

1. A manhole cover lifting tool, the tool comprising an elongate body and a shaft which is arranged to slide relative to the body, the tool further comprising coupling means for slidably coupling the shaft with the body and means disposed on the shaft for detachably coupling the shaft with a manhole cover, wherein the shaft is restricted to slide through a pre-defined range along the body characterised wherein the coupling means comprises a pin, which extends substantially transverse to the shaft, and a first and second elongate channel formed within the body and wherein the pin is arranged to extend through an aperture formed within a proximal region of the shaft and the first and second channels, such that the shaft is permitted to slide relative to the body through a distance corresponding to a length of the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,456,889

SHEAR CUTTER WITH IMPROVED WEAR RESISTANCE OF WC—CO SUBSTRATE

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A method of forming a cutting element comprising:sintering together a plurality of metal carbide grains and a metal binder to form a substrate;
forming at least two binder gradients in the substrate; and
mounting an abrasive layer to the substrate at an interface,
wherein forming the at least two binder gradients comprises forming a binder gradient in a first region extending from the interface to a depth of the substrate wherein the amount of binder material decreases along at least one direction of the longitudinal axis of the substrate to form a first binder gradient, and
wherein forming the at least two binder gradients further comprises forming a binder gradient in a second region from the first region toward the opposite end of the substrate, wherein the second region comprises a radial binder gradient and a constant binder concentration along the longitudinal axis of the substrate to form a second binder gradient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,888

ABRASIVE MATERIAL AND PRODUCTION METHOD OF ABRASIVE MATERIAL

BANDO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES...

1. An abrasive material comprising a substrate and an abrasive layer laminated on a front face side of the substrate, whereinthe abrasive layer comprises a binder comprising an inorganic substance as a principal component, and abrasive particles dispersed in the binder,
a front face of the abrasive layer comprises a plurality of regions provided through dividing by grooves,
a part of the abrasive particles projects from a surface of the binder, and
a maximum peak height (Rp) on the front face of the abrasive layer is no less than 2.5 ?m and no greater than 70 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,456,886

POROUS CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING PADS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method of forming a porous polishing pad, comprising:depositing a plurality of composite layers with a 3D printer to reach a target thickness, wherein depositing the plurality of composite layers comprises:
dispensing one or more droplets of a curable resin precursor composition onto a support;
dispensing one or more droplets of a porosity-forming composition onto the support, wherein at least one component of the porosity-forming composition is removable to form pores in the porous polishing pad; and
exposing the dispensed one or more droplets of the curable resin precursor composition and the dispensed one or more droplets of the porosity-forming composition to at least one of an annealing process, a rinsing process, or both to remove the at least one component of the porosity-forming composition to form the pores in the porous polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,456,885

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A REFERENCING ELEMENT TO AN OPTICAL LENS MEMBER

Essilor International, C...

1. A method for providing a referencing element to an optical lens member, the method comprising:measuring a first optical surface of an optical lens member, the optical lens member comprising the first optical surface comprising a surface design associated with a first reference system including translational and rotational parameters and a second optical surface to be manufactured, the first and second optical surfaces being connected by an external periphery surface,
determining the first reference system, wherein the first reference system is determined according to the shape and orientation of the first optical surface, wherein the first reference system is unique to the first optical surface; and
adding a referencing element to the optical lens member, wherein the referencing element identifies the first reference system, the referencing element comprising at least a sub-surface element located between the first and second optical surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,456,881

MACHINE TOOL

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A machine tool, comprising a machine base, two guide rails and a movable main structure, the movable main structure slidably disposed on the machine base via the two guide rails, each of the two guide rails having a plurality of bearing surfaces facing and configured to guide the movable main structure, the machine tool having an X-axis, a Y-axis and a Z-axis perpendicular to one another, the Z-axis substantially parallel to an axis of a chuck of the machine tool, and the Y-axis substantially parallel to a sliding direction of the movable main structure with respect to the machine base;wherein normal directions of the plurality of bearing surfaces of the two guide rails are not parallel to the X-axis, the Y-axis, the Z-axis of the machine tool, and a reference line that passes through the two guide rails.

US Pat. No. 10,456,879

REAR SHOCK TRAM GAUGE

1. A device for measuring a distance between an upper shock mount and a lower shock mount of a motorcycle comprising:a. a rod comprising measurement scales;
b. a slider configured to be positioned on the rod, wherein the slider is used for determining measurement information of the motorcycle;
c. a cap positioned on the rod, wherein the cap further comprises a lower shock mount adapter configured to fit on/in a lower shock system of the motorcycle, wherein the cap is mounted to the lower shock system of the motorcycle using the lower shock mount adapter and sliding the slider to align a crown nut adapter with an upper shock mount of the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,873

WELDING WIRE FOR GAS PROTECTIVE WELDING OF REDUCED ACTIVATION MARTENSITIC/FERRITIC STEEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hefei Institutes of Physi...

1. A welding wire for gas protective welding of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel, comprising of: a welding wire having chemical components of weight percentages (wt %) of C: 0.10˜0.15, Cr: 8.0˜9.0, W: 1.0˜1.6, V: 0.15˜0.25, Ta: 0.10˜0.17, Mn: 0.50˜0.70, Si: 0˜0.05, N: 0˜0.02, O, Ni, Cu, Al, and Co: 0˜0.01 respectively, P, S, Ag, Mo, and Nb: 0˜0.005 respectively, and balance of Fe.

US Pat. No. 10,456,866

PROCESS FOR LASER-ASSISTED TOOL BUILD AND REPAIR

Magna International Inc.,...

1. A process for building a tool, the tool shaped to define a forming surface, which is configured for forming a shaped product having a desired shape, the process for building the tool comprising:providing a support body fabricated from a first material;
machining a portion of the first material from the support body so as to define a first portion of the forming surface of the tool; and
depositing onto the support body a feature defining a second portion of the forming surface of the tool, comprising:
depositing a layer of a second material onto the first material of the support body;
depositing a layer of a third material onto the layer of the second material; and
depositing a layer of a fourth material onto the layer of the third material, the layer of the fourth material defining the second portion of the forming surface of the tool, wherein the first material, the second material, and the third material have different material properties.

US Pat. No. 10,456,860

LASER BEAM MACHINE AND CALCULATION DEVICE FOR LASER BEAM MACHINE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A laser beam machine that irradiates a workpiece with one laser beam to perform laser machining, the laser beam machine comprising:a plurality of laser modules to generate beams, the laser modules having identification numbers representing an order of generating beams;
a light condenser to condense the beams generated from the laser modules to output the one laser beam;
a plurality of driving power supplies to supply power to the laser modules, respectively;
calculation circuitry to receive a machining condition and to calculate a driving condition for each of the laser modules according to the machining condition; and
power-supply control circuitry to cause the driving power supplies to supply power to the laser modules in accordance with the driving condition, wherein
the calculation circuitry sets an order of power supply to the laser modules to an order of the identification numbers and rearranges the identification numbers assigned to the laser modules in ascending order of integrated laser-output times of the beams generated by the laser modules to reduce differences in the integrated laser-output times.

US Pat. No. 10,456,859

LASER BEAM IRRADIATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE BY USING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A laser beam irradiation apparatus comprising:a laser source configured to emit light;
a collimator configured to collimate the emitted light;
a scanner configured to adjust the collimated light to change an irradiation direction thereof;
a first lens part configured to focus the adjusted light to irradiate a laser beam on a sealing part;
a camera configured to receive visible light passing through the scanner;
a heat sensing part configured to receive infrared (IR) light passing through the scanner; and
a control part configured to control a moving direction and an intensity of the laser beam,
wherein:
the moving direction follows a rotation motion;
the circumference of a path of the rotation motion is divided into a plurality of segments, each segment subtending the same angle of the rotation motion; and
the control part comprises a laser driver and is configured to vary an amount of power applied to produce the laser beam by the laser source in order to vary the intensity of the laser beam to be different in each of the plurality of segments independently of the motion of the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,456,853

ARC WELDING CONTROL METHOD

DAIHEN CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An arc welding control method comprising:alternating feeding of a welding wire between forward feeding and reverse feeding periodically according to a feeding rate pattern, the feeding rate pattern including a forward feeding amplitude, a reverse feeding amplitude, a forward feeding period and a reverse feeding period, the feeding rate pattern being stored in association with an average feeding rate setting value;
generating short-circuiting periods and arc periods to perform welding;
automatically correcting the feeding rate pattern; and
overwriting the feeding rate pattern, stored in association with the average feeding rate setting value, with the automatically-corrected feeding rate pattern upon completion of the welding,
wherein the automatically correcting the feeding rate pattern comprises:
detecting, by an encoder in a feeding motor that feeds the welding wire, a feeding rate of the welding wire;
calculating an average feeding rate of the welding wire based on the detected feeding rate of the welding wire;
calculating a difference between the calculated average feeding rate and the average feeding rate setting value; and
changing at least one of the forward feeding amplitude, the reverse feeding amplitude, the forward feeding period or the reverse feeding period based on the calculated difference, so that the calculated average feeding rate equals the average feeding rate setting value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,846

ROTARY TOOL FOR LOWER RECEIVER MANUFACTURING

80 Percent Arms Inc., Ga...

1. A rotary tool comprising:an adapter having a flared collar portion and a shaft portion, the flared collar portion including internal threads configured to be engaged with collet threads of a rotary power tool collet, the shaft portion of the adapter having a major diameter, and the internal threads having a internal diameter, the internal diameter being greater than the major diameter of the adapter; and
a milling tool having a cutter head and a shaft, the shaft engaged with the adapter by a thermal fit, the cutter head having a minor diameter less than the major diameter; and
wherein an overall length of the rotary tool is configured to be greater than a distance between a top surface of a buffer tower of a firearm lower receiver and a bottom of a trigger cavity of the firearm lower receiver such that the rotary tool can be coupled with the rotary power tool and the rotary power tool avoids the buffer tower when used to mill the trigger cavity of the firearm lower receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,456,844

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool, comprising:a tool body that is made of a tungsten carbide cemented carbide or a titanium carbonitride cermet; and
a hard coating layer that is deposited on a surface of the tool body,
wherein the hard coating layer has a lower layer that is formed on the surface of the tool body and an upper layer that is formed on the lower layer,
(a) the lower layer is made of a Ti compound layer, which has an average total layer thickness of 3 to 20 ?m, and is composed of two or more of a TiC layer, a TiN layer, a TiCN layer, a TiCO layer, and a TiCNO layer, the Ti compound layer including at least one TiCN layer,
(b) the upper layer is made of an Al2O3 layer, which has an average layer thickness of 2 to 20 ?m and has an ?-type crystal structure in a chemically deposited state,
(c) regarding Al2O3 crystal grains of the entire upper layer, in a coincidence grain boundary distribution graph showing ratios of coincidence grain boundaries formed of the respective constituent atom-sharing lattice point type, to the whole coincidence grain boundary length in the range of ?3 to ?29, a highest peak is present in ?3 in the range of ?3 to ?29, and a distribution ratio of ?3 in the range of ?3 to ?29 is 70% or more, when electron beams are irradiated to the individual crystal grains in a measurement range of a polished cross-section by using a field-emission-type scanning electron microscope and an electron beam backward scattering diffraction device to measure an orientation of a normal line of each of crystal lattice planes having a corundum hexagonal crystal lattice, a crystal orientation relationship between the adjacent crystal lattices is calculated based on the measurement result, a distribution of lattice points (referred to as “constituent atom-sharing lattice points”) where each of constituent atoms of a crystal lattice interface shares one constituent atom between the crystal lattices is calculated, and distribution ratios of individuals of ?N+1 are calculated when ?N+1 represents the constituent atom-sharing lattice point type in which there are N lattice points sharing no constituent atoms between the constituent atom-sharing lattice points (here, N is any even number equal to or more than 2 in the corundum hexagonal close-packed crystal structure, but in a case where the upper limit of N is 28 from the viewpoint of distribution frequency, even numbers 4, 8, 14, 24, and 26 do not exist), and
(d) a ratio of a grain boundary having a constituent atom-sharing lattice point type of ?3 continuing from an interface between the lower layer and the upper layer to an outermost surface of the upper layer is 60% or more of a grain boundary having a constituent atom-sharing lattice point type of ?3 distributed in the Al2O3 crystal grains of the entire upper layer, and
wherein an outermost surface layer of the lower layer (a) is made of a TiCN layer having a layer thickness of at least 500 nm or more and contains oxygen only in a depth region with a depth of up to 500 nm from an interface between the TiCN layer and the upper layer, except for oxygen as inevitable impurities, and an average content of the oxygen contained in the depth region is 1 to 3 atom % of a total content of Ti, C, N, and O contained in the depth region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,825

METHOD FOR PRESS-ROLLING A TIMEPIECE MAINSPRING

Nivarox-FAR S.A., Le Loc...

1. A method for press-rolling a mainspring, from a wire having an eye with a first curvature pre-formed in a first operation, comprising:using a roller press comprising a first support and guide means to exert a force on said wire in a first contact area of the wire, the first contact area being located between a second and a third contact area of said wire with a second and a third support and guide means, respectively, in a second operation to wind, beyond said eye, an accumulation area with a second curvature opposite to the first curvature of said eye, said first contact area being on a first side of the wire and the second and third contact areas being on a second side of the wire opposite to said first side, and
advancing the wire and, during the advance of said wire, gradually moving the position of said first contact area in a direction toward said second and third contact areas, to vary a press-rolling diameter from a first minimum value to a second maximum value at a neck junction between said accumulation area and said eye;
wherein said first contact area is located between the second and third contact areas in a longitudinal direction of said wire.

US Pat. No. 10,456,814

METHOD FOR TREATING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. A method of treating a sensor array, the sensor array including a plurality of sensors, a sensor of the plurality of the sensors including a sensor pad, a well structure defining a well array having a plurality of wells, a well of the plurality of wells disposed over each sensor of the sensor array and providing an opening to the sensor pad, a lid attached over the sensor array and the well structure and including a fluid port, a space defined between the lid and the well structure, the method comprising:applying a treatment solution through the fluid port into the space and waiting for a first period between 30 seconds and 30 minutes, the treatment solution entering the well and contacting the sensor pad, the treatment solution including an organo-silicon compound, an organic acid and an organic solvent, the organic solvent has a normal boiling point in a range of 36° C. to 345° C.;
applying a basic solution through the fluid port into the space and waiting for a second period between 20 seconds and 15 minutes, the basic solution entering the well and contacting the sensor pad; and
applying a rinse solution through the fluid port the rinse solution entering the well and contacting the sensor pad.

US Pat. No. 10,456,807

BEAD-APEX ASSEMBLY SYSTEMS

Bartell Machinery Systems...

1. A bead-apex assembly system, comprising:a bead forming system;
an apex application system; and
a supporting assembly; and
a separation system, the separation system including at least a first gripping element and a second gripping element configured to grip respective annular bead rings formed on a bead former of the bead forming system,
wherein the supporting assembly is located at least partially between the separation system and the apex application system,
wherein the supporting assembly includes a rotatable arm coupled to a chuck, wherein the chuck that is separate from, and movable relative to, the bead former of the bead forming system and the first and second gripping elements of the separation system,
wherein the first gripping element is movable axially relative to the second gripping element such that it is configured to space the respective annular bead rings in an axial direction such that they are positioned for receipt by the supporting assembly, and
wherein the supporting assembly includes at least two chucks for moving the respective annular bead rings from the separation system to the apex application system.

US Pat. No. 10,456,799

FLUID PRODUCT DISPENSING DEVICE

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. A fluid dispenser device comprising: a reservoir (10) containing fluid; a dispenser head (20) that is provided with a dispenser orifice (21); dispenser means (30) for dispensing at least a fraction of said fluid through said dispenser orifice (21); and passage means (40) for connecting said reservoir (10) to said dispenser orifice (21) on actuation of said dispenser means (30), said passage means (40) including a hollow needle (41) that penetrates into said reservoir (10) on actuation of said dispenser means (30), said needle (41) being fastened in a needle support (60) that is itself fastened in said dispenser head (20); the dispenser device being characterized in that said needle support (60) includes blocking means (65, 66) that, in the rest position, co-operate with said reservoir (10) so as to prevent it from moving axially relative to said head (20).

US Pat. No. 10,456,793

CARTRIDGES AND DISPENSER DEVICES FOR JETS OF WATER INCORPORATING SUCH CARTRIDGES

NIKLES TEC ITALIA S.r.l.,...

1. A cartridge to be housed in a cartridge seat made in a device body of a dispenser device for jets of water, comprising:a cartridge body, comprising a first compartment and a second compartment, said second compartment being separated from said first compartment by a watertight separation septum, the cartridge body comprising an entry aperture for the entry of a flow of water into the first compartment and at least one exit aperture opening toward the outside environment for the exit of the flow of water from the first compartment;
a generator housed in said first compartment, said generator being suitable for being driven by a flow of water which crosses said first compartment from the entry aperture to the at least one exit aperture; and
at least one electronic device housed in said second compartment suitable for generating a secondary effect perceivable by a user, said electronic device being powered electrically by the generator, the second compartment being separated from the external environment by a separation element suitable for allowing transmission of said secondary effect towards the outside environment, wherein
the cartridge body comprises a cylindrical shape with a cartridge axis (X),
the entry aperture and the separation element are provided at opposite ends of the cartridge body along the cartridge axis (X),
the first compartment is superposed on the second compartment along the cartridge axis (X), and
the at least one exit aperture of the water is directed radially with respect to the cartridge axis (X).

US Pat. No. 10,456,790

MACHINE FOR TREATING INFECTIOUS WASTE, IN PARTICULAR MEDICAL WASTE

TESALYS, Lyons (FR)

1. A machine for treating waste, comprising:a waste loading receptacle for loading waste, comprising walls defining the waste loading receptacle,
a shredding assembly for shredding said waste, including a shredder, and a pusher making it possible to push the waste toward the shredder, the pusher including a plate and an actuator for actuating the plate in the receptacle;
the receptacle has a constant cross-section between a waste loading opening and a communication opening with the shredder, the waste loading opening being an upper opening; and
the plate is translatable in the waste loading receptacle, parallel to the axis along which the receptacle has said constant cross-section, the plate having an edge wall and having dimensions such that only an interstice exists between the edge wall of the plate and the walls defining said waste loading receptacle; the plate is movable between a withdrawn position, where the plate is able to be freed from said waste loading opening, and an end-of-travel position, where the plate is situated adjacent said communication opening;
the machine comprises a sealing gasket within the waste loading receptacle movable between a retracted position and a sealing position;
wherein in the retracted position, the sealing gasket does not hinder the mobility of the plate in the waste loading receptacle, and in the sealing position, the sealing gasket fills the interstice and produces, in said end-of-travel position of the plate, sealing between the plate and the walls of said receptacle;
wherein, in the withdrawn position, the pusher is completely housed in a cover of the machine, the cover being movable between a position covering the waste loading opening, in which the cover closes the opening, and a retracted position, in which the cover does not hinder the loading of waste in said receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,784

SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR ANALYSIS OF SAMPLES

OPKO Diagnostics, LLC, W...

1. A device comprising:a first component comprising a first channel formed in a first material and including at least a first port, the first channel including at least one portion having a cross-sectional dimension greater than 200 microns, wherein the first material has a water vapor permeability of less than about 5.0 g·mm/m2·d;
a second component comprising a second channel formed in a second material and including at least a second port, the second channel including at least one portion having a cross-sectional dimension less than 200 microns, wherein the first material is different from the second material;
a fluidic connector that can be connected to the first and second components, the fluid connector comprising a fluid path including a fluid path inlet and a fluid path outlet, wherein upon connection, the fluid path inlet fluidically connects to the first port and the fluid path outlet fluidically connects to the second port to allow fluid communication between the first and second channels,
wherein the first and second channels are not in fluid communication with one another absent connection via the fluidic connector,
wherein the first and second components are substantially planar and lie on top of one another, and
wherein both the first port and the second port are accessible from a top surface of the first component or the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,781

FLUID INSPECTION DEVICE

SKYLA CORPORATION HSINCHU...

1. A fluid inspection device, comprising:at least one channel including a top channel surface and a bottom channel surface, wherein a first spacing is formed therebetween;
at least one chamber communicating with the at least one channel from which a fluid flows into the at least one chamber and including a top chamber surface, a bottom chamber surface and a fluid-filling area, the fluid-filling area is a portion of the at least one chamber filling with the fluid communicating with the at least one channel, wherein a second spacing is formed between the top chamber surface of at least a portion of the fluid-filling area and the bottom chamber surface corresponding to the at least a portion of the fluid-filling area; and
a through opening communicating with the at least one chamber and an outside of the fluid inspection device,
the second spacing of the at least one chamber is smaller than the first spacing of the at least one channel,
wherein the top chamber surface comprises a top sub surface, a top protruding surface and a first join surface connecting the top sub surface and the top protruding surface, and a first step is formed between the top protruding surface and the first join surface,
the bottom chamber surface comprises a bottom sub surface, a bottom protruding surface and a second joint surface connecting the bottom sub surface and the bottom protruding surface, and a second step is formed between the bottom protruding surface and the second join surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,776

METHOD OF FABRICATING A PHOTOCATALYST FOR WATER SPLITTING

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A method of fabricating a photocatalyst for water splitting, comprising the steps of:providing a first semiconductor in nanoparticle form;
mixing a first solution including an organic solvent with a second solution including an organic solvent to provide an electrospinning sol-gel, the first solution including a polymer and the second solution including a zinc salt;
adding the first semiconductor in nanoparticle form to the electrospinning sol-gel to provide a colloidal solution;
stirring the colloidal solution for a first period of time;
electrospinning the colloidal solution after the first period of time to provide an electrospun nanofiber mat;
drying the nanofiber mat under vacuum for a second period of time; and
calcinating the nanofiber mat to provide the photocatalyst for water splitting, wherein the photocatalyst for water splitting includes nanofibers of a second semiconductor doped with the nanoparticles of the first semiconductor, the first semiconductor including a narrow band gap semiconductor selected from the group consisting of ZnS, CdS, CuO, CuS, and In2O3, the second semiconductor including zinc oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,456,765

INJECTION DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR FOR INJECTING A HYDROCARBON FEEDSTOCK INTO A REFINING UNIT

TOTAL RAFFINAGE CHIMIE, ...

1. An injection device configured to atomize a liquid into droplets using a gas, the injection device comprising:a body having a longitudinal axis, a first end, and a second axially opposite the first end, wherein the body includes a gas inlet orifice at the first end, an atomized-liquid outlet orifice at the second end, an inner cavity extending axially from the gas inlet orifice to the atomized-liquid outlet orifice, and a liquid inlet orifice extending radially through the body from a radially outer surface of the body to the inner cavity,
a gas injection assembly extending axially through the inner cavity of the body, wherein the gas injection assembly includes a tube, a rod element coaxially disposed within the tube, and a gas flow path radially positioned between the rod element and the tube, wherein the gas flow path is configured to flow the gas axially through the gas injection assembly from the gas inlet orifice to a gas outlet orifice positioned within the inner cavity, wherein
a radially inner surface of the body defines a converging constriction having a throat disposed along the inner cavity and axially positioned between the gas outlet orifice of the gas injection assembly and the atomized-liquid outlet orifice,
a liquid flow path is radially positioned between the gas injection assembly and the body, and wherein the liquid flow path is configured to flow the liquid axially through the inner cavity from the liquid inlet orifice to the converging constriction, and
the gas outlet orifice extends axially from the gas flow path of the gas injection assembly and is configured to direct a stream of the gas axially toward the throat of the converging constriction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,750

MEMBRANE CARTRIDGE SYSTEM

1. A cartridge element comprising a bundle of hollow fiber type membranes aligned in a cylindrical cartridge tube, tube sheets at each end of the membrane bundle, and end caps at each end of the cartridge tube, whereinthe cartridge tube has a wall thickness of 0.5 to 10 mm and comprises at least one fluid inlet or fluid outlet opening arranged between the end caps,
the end caps are made of a polymeric material
the end caps are permanently fixed to the cartridge element,
the tube sheets comprise a potting resin and are permanently fixed to the cartridge element, and
at least one end cap is partially slid onto or into the cartridge tube, said end cap comprises a cylindrical section with an inner diameter which is wider than an outer diameter of the cartridge tube or a cylindrical section with an outer diameter which is narrower than an inner diameter of the cartridge tube, and said cylindrical section of the end cap comprises spacers that center the cap onto or into the cartridge tube and leave space between the cartridge tube and the cylindrical section of the end cap which can be filled with said potting resin.