US Pat. No. 10,921,142

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SUN-AWARE VEHICLE ROUTING

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

16. A computing system configured to operate an autonomous vehicle based at least on image data generated by an image capture device that is coupled to the autonomous vehicle, the computing system comprising:one or more processors;
a non-transitory computer readable medium; and
program instructions stored on the non-transitory computer readable medium and executable by the one or more processors to:
determine an expected position of a sun relative to a geographic area in which the autonomous vehicle will travel to reach a target location;
determine a position of an object in the geographic area based on map data;
based at least on the expected position of the sun relative to the geographic area, make a determination that travel of the autonomous vehicle through one or more locations within the geographic area is expected to result in the sun being proximate to the object within a field of view of the image capture device from a perspective of the image capture device;
in response to making the determination, generate a route for the autonomous vehicle in the geographic area based at least on the route avoiding travel of the autonomous vehicle through the one or more locations; and
operate the autonomous vehicle to travel in accordance with the generated route.

US Pat. No. 10,921,141

GEO-TAGGED MOBILE NETWORK INFORMATION FOR INTELLIGENT NAVIGATION

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus for providing wireless connectivity based routing for a vehicle, comprising:a user interface configured to receive one or more specifications of wireless connectivity services of interest, the one or more specifications of wireless connectivity services of interest being associated with wireless content services of interest on a trip to a destination, wherein the user interface is further configured to receive a navigation request to the destination, and to display a recommended route to the destination;
a communications interface, configured to obtain external geotagged wireless connectivity data for various geolocations or other geolocations from one or more remote databases;
a local database configured to (a) store local geotagged wireless connectivity data for the various geolocations, collected by one or more geotagged wireless connectivity scanners disposed in the vehicle, and (b) store the obtained external geotagged wireless connectivity data for the various geolocations or the other geolocations from the one or more remote databases; and
a route determination engine coupled to the user interface, the communications interface, and the local database, configured to locally determine the recommended route to be displayed by the user interface in view of the one or more specifications of wireless connectivity services of interest on the trip to the destination and the local geotagged wireless connectivity data for the various geolocations stored in the local database without being dependent on availability of the external geotagged wireless connectivity data for the various geolocations or the other geolocations obtained via the communications interface;
wherein the route determination engine is further configured to locally determine when one or more geolocations along the recommended route: (a) are absent from one or both of the local geotagged wireless connectivity data and/or the external geotagged wireless connectivity data, (b) comprise less than a pre-defined quantity of the local geotagged wireless connectivity data and/or the external geotagged wireless connectivity data, or (c) are different beyond a external geotagged wireless connectivity data, and when one or more of (a), (b), or (c) occur, the route determination engine controls the one or more geotagged wireless connectivity scanners to collect additional local geotagged wireless connectivity data at each of the one or more geolocations while the vehicle is located at the one or more geolocations, the local database is further configured to store the additional local geotagged wireless connectivity data, and the communications interface is further configured to transmit the additional local geotagged wireless connectivity data to the one or more remote databases; and
wherein the user interface, the local database, the communications interface, and the route determination engine are disposed in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,921,140

NAVIGATING DRIVERS TO SERVICE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FROM A SIMPLIFIED TRANSPORTATION REQUEST DEVICE

LYFT, INC., San Francisc...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at one or more servers via a passenger computing device paired to a transportation request device, configuration information for the transportation request device, the configuration information comprising one or more passenger preferences associated with transportation requests transmitted from the transportation request device to the one or more servers;
receiving, from the one or more servers, a transportation request from the transportation request device;
in response to receiving the transportation request, accessing, by the one or more servers, an account of a user corresponding to the transportation request device and the passenger computing device to identify the one or more passenger preferences comprising a geographic location stored as a preset pickup location associated with the transportation request device; and
transmitting, from the one or more servers to a driver computing device, navigation data comprising the preset pickup location to fulfill the transportation request submitted by the transportation request device.

US Pat. No. 10,921,139

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MACHINES USING OPERATOR ALERTNESS METRICS

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A method comprising:determining a first task for completion at a worksite, completion of the first task requiring one of a plurality of machines to traverse along a first route;
determining a second task for completion at a worksite, completion of the second task requiring the one of the plurality of machines to traverse along a second route;
determining a first route score for the first route, the first route score being at least in part indicative of a difficulty of traversing along the first route;
determining a second route score for the second route, the second route score being at least in part indicative of a difficulty of traversing along the second route;
receiving sensor data generated by a sensor associated with a first machine of the plurality of machines;
determining, based at least in part on the sensor data, an alertness metric associated with an operator of the first machine;
based at least in part on the alertness metric, the first route score, and the second route score, determining the first task for completion by the first machine;
sending, to an electronic device associated with the operator of the first machine, information about the first route;
receiving confirmation information indicative of the first machine traversing along the first route;
receiving updated sensor data generated by the sensor while the first machine is travelling along the first route;
determining, based at least in part on the updated sensor information, an updated alertness metric associated with the operator of the first machine;
based at least in part on the updated alertness metric meeting or exceeding a threshold alertness metric, determining a third task requiring the first machine to traverse along an updated route, the updated route comprising a third route from a current location to a first destination having a third route score or a fourth route from the current location to a second destination having a fourth route score;
sending, to the electronic device, information about the updated route;and receiving updated confirmation information indicative of the machine performing the third task.

US Pat. No. 10,921,138

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE VIRTUAL REALITY NAVIGATION SYSTEM

1. A device comprising:circuitry configured to:
receive output from a plurality of sensors,
receive a current position of a vehicle,
display the vehicle via a display at a first predetermined amount of time in the future based on the output from the plurality of sensors and the current position of the vehicle,
receive a selection for a first alternate route,
determine if the first alternate route is available,
display the vehicle executing one or more maneuvers to reach the first alternate route when the first alternate route is available, and
display the vehicle on the first alternate route in a position corresponding to the first predetermined amount of time in the future when the first alternate route is available.

US Pat. No. 10,921,137

DATA GENERATION METHOD FOR GENERATING AND UPDATING A TOPOLOGICAL MAP FOR AT LEAST ONE ROOM OF AT LEAST ONE BUILDING

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A data generation method for generating and updating a topological map of a room in a building in surroundings of a vehicle, by the vehicle, the method comprising:determining a position of the vehicle with current GPS data in front of an entrance to the building;
assessing motion characteristic of the vehicle based on data from in-vehicle acceleration sensors, yaw rate sensors and odometers;
assessing a trajectory of the vehicle in a space of the building based on the assessed motion characteristic of the vehicle;
determining a motion characteristic error when leaving from the building by the vehicle based on comparison with current GPS data; and
correcting the assessed trajectory of the vehicle for the motion characteristic error caused by permanently integrating accelerations, yaw rates and odometer data with aid of an error model that retroactively determines individual partial errors along the assessed trajectory as a function of driving maneuvers performed, and the determined partial errors.

US Pat. No. 10,921,136

EFFICIENT PROCESSING FOR VECTOR TILE GENERATION

Mapbox, Inc., San Franci...

1. A method for generating vector tiles for map data comprising:receiving a plurality of map features from a database of raw map data, each map feature comprising geometry data and property data;
storing the property data of the plurality of map features in a property store;
generating a set of zoom data based on the geometry data, the set of zoom data organized into a plurality of zoom levels, each zoom level of the zoom data comprising at least a subset of the plurality of map features;
mapping map features of the set of zoom data to a plurality of tiles, the plurality of tiles comprising a set of tiles for each of the plurality of zoom levels; and
for each tile of the plurality of tiles:
clipping map features mapped to the tile based on a boundary of the tile;
encoding the clipped map features to a vector format; and
merging the encoded clipped map features with the stored property data corresponding to the encoded clipped map features included in the tile to build a vector tile.

US Pat. No. 10,921,135

REAL-TIME MAP GENERATION SCHEME FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES BASED ON PRIOR DRIVING TRAJECTORIES

BAIDU USA LLC, Sunnyvale...

1. A computer-implemented method for dynamically generating a real-time map for use by an autonomous driving vehicle, the method comprising:receiving, from a server by the autonomous driving vehicle to travel on a segment of a road, data indicating a reference line for a lane on the segment of the road, wherein the reference line is a center line of the lane, and is derived from prior driving path data collected by a plurality of vehicles that travelled in the lane on the segment of the road;
determining lane boundaries of the lane based on perception data, wherein the perception data is collected in real time by the autonomous driving vehicle;
generating the real-time map based on the lane boundaries and the reference line, wherein the real-time map covers a size of the segment of the road determined based on a speed of the autonomous driving vehicle;
generating a path and a plurality of driving parameters based on the reference line in the real time map and objects perceived by the autonomous driving vehicle; and
controlling, by a processor, the autonomous driving vehicle on the segment of the road using control commands generated from the plurality of driving parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,921,134

ROAD GEOMETRY MATCHING WITH COMPONENTIZED JUNCTION MODELS

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A method comprising:identifying a plurality of predefined road component models;
determining a first characteristic for at least one of the plurality of predefined road component models, the first characteristic including at least a segment type;
determining a second characteristic for at least one of the plurality of predefined road component models;
receiving map data representing lanes of a road junction having the first characteristic and the second characteristic;
selecting a subset of the plurality of road component models to characterize the road junction based on the first characteristic and the second characteristic;
modeling the road junction using the set of the plurality of road component models according to a first code for the first characteristic and a second code for the second characteristic;
calculating a route through the road junction based on the map data and the first characteristic or the second characteristic; and
displaying the road junction in association with the calculated route.

US Pat. No. 10,921,133

LOCATION CALIBRATION BASED ON MOVEMENT PATH AND MAP OBJECTS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method comprising:obtaining movement path data that specifies a location of a mobile article over time within a geographical area having an infrastructure feature;
determining by machine logic based on map data and based on the movement path data calibrated location data of the mobile article, wherein the determining based on map data and based on the movement path data calibrated location data of the mobile article includes using map data that specifies coordinate location data of the infrastructure feature, wherein the determining by machine logic based on map data and based on the movement path data includes examining a candidate calibrated movement path produced by a first candidate offset to determine whether the candidate calibrated movement path intersects with coordinates of the infrastructure feature specified in the map data and based on an intersection being observed examines a second candidate calibrated movement path produced by a second candidate offset to determine whether the second candidate calibrated movement path intersects with coordinates of the infrastructure feature specified in the map data; and
providing one or more output based on the determining.

US Pat. No. 10,921,132

METHOD TO DETERMINE SEARCH AREA FOR A PERSON OF INTEREST BASED UPON PAST ROUTE INFORMATION FROM SEARCHERS

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A method for determining a new search area for a person of interest, the method comprising:receiving at a server from a first mobile device associated with a first searcher, a first indication that the first searcher has identified a person of interest and, responsively, requesting first route information from the first mobile device;
receiving, by the server, the first route information from the first mobile device;
receiving at the server from a second mobile device associated with a second searcher, a second indication that the second searcher has identified the person of interest and, responsively, requesting second route information from the second mobile device;
receiving, by the server, the second route information from the second mobile device;
determining, by the server, a new search area for the person of interest based at least in part upon the received first route information and second route information, wherein a size of the new search area is determined, based on one of i) a determined distance between a location of the first indication and a location of the second indication and ii) a determined difference in time between receiving the first indication and the second indication; and
sending, by the server, the new search area for the person of interest to a further group of searchers.

US Pat. No. 10,921,131

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MAPS

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A system for generating an interactive map with spots, the system comprising:one or more processors;
one or more client devices; and
one or more storage devices storing instructions that, when executed, configure the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
receiving a map request of a venue, the map request comprising first location data associated with the venue;
transmitting a map data file for the venue, the map data file comprising a presentation of a plurality of spots in the venue, the spots being associated with confidence levels;
receiving an add-spot request, the add-spot request comprising:
data of an additional spot to be added to the map data file;
second location data associated with the additional spot; and
verification data;
determining a confidence level for the additional spot by comparing the add-spot request with stored add-spot requests;
modifying the map data file to include a representation of the additional spot when the confidence level is above a threshold; and
transmitting the modified map data file to at least one of the one or more client devices,
wherein
the at least one of the one or more client devices is configured to generate a first graphical user interface (GUI) displaying the modified map data file, the first GUI comprising:
a map section displaying an interactive map of the venue, the map section comprising a plurality of seat buttons corresponding to the plurality of spots, each of the seat buttons being associated with a corresponding uniform resource identifier (URI);
a message button; and
an update section.

US Pat. No. 10,921,130

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AN INDOOR PEDESTRIAN ORIGIN-DESTINATION MATRIX AND FLOW ANALYTICS

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A method comprising:determining, via an outdoor positioning technology, that at least one probe device has entered a point-of-interest (POI);
switching from the outdoor positioning technology to an indoor positioning system to determine indoor location data associated with the at least one probe device when the at least one device traverses from outside the POI to inside the POI;
determining one or more clusters of trajectories of the at least one probe device based on the indoor location data and outdoor location data associated with the at least one probe device, the trajectories extending from areas outside the POI to at least one of a plurality of sub-POIs located within the POI;
processing the one or more clusters, the one or more trajectories, or a combination thereof to generate an origin-destination (OD) matrix, wherein the OD matrix represents an indoor movement of the at least one probe device among the plurality of sub-POIs located within the POI; and
providing the OD matrix as an output.

US Pat. No. 10,921,129

DISTRIBUTED INDOOR POSITIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

OSENSE TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A distributed indoor positioning system, comprising:a map data loading module configured to load indoor map data corresponding to a place where a user is located;
an image capturing module configured to capture, through a camera of a user device, an indoor image corresponding to the place where the user is located, and generate an image stream;
an image dimensionality reduction module configured to compress the image stream, reduce dimensionality of the image stream, and generate a dimensionality-reduced image; and
a comparison module configured to obtain, from the indoor map data in the map data loading module, corresponding indoor map data according to the dimensionality-reduced image, and determine a position of the user according to the corresponding indoor map data.

US Pat. No. 10,921,128

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAPPING UNDERGROUND OR INTERIOR DRONE ROUTES

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A computer-implemented method for mapping a plurality of underground passageways for drone routing comprising:collecting, by at least one sensor, location data for a plurality of entry points, a plurality of exit points, or a combination thereof to the plurality of underground passageways, wherein the plurality of entry points facilitates an entry of a drone into the plurality of underground passageways and the plurality of exit points facilitates an exit of the drone from the plurality of underground passageways,
storing, by a processor, the location data as one or more data records of a geographic database,
wherein the at least one sensor, the processor, the geographic database, or a combination thereof is connected to a communication network,
wherein the geographic database further includes digital map data representing the plurality of underground passageways,
wherein the geographic database is associated with schedule-data for non-drone traffic,
wherein the geographic database and the schedule-data for non-drone traffic are used to determine at least a portion of a route through the plurality of underground passageways for the drone, and
wherein at least the portion of the route is configured to be outputted to the drone to control the drone.

US Pat. No. 10,921,127

AUGMENTED REALITY BASED ELECTRONIC DEVICE TO PROVIDE LOCATION TAGGING ASSISTANCE IN AN INDOOR OR OUTDOOR AREA

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

11. An electronic device, comprising:an image-capture unit;
a depth sensor; and
circuitry configured to:
determine a reference point in a defined indoor area based on a selection of a first location on an application interface rendered at the electronic device;
track a path of the electronic device in the defined indoor area with respect to the determined reference point;
compute a second location of the electronic device in the defined indoor area based on the tracked path from the reference point;
compute a position of an object in a specified geographic coordinate system based on depth information of the object and a distance of the second location of the electronic device from the reference point, wherein
the depth information is acquired from the depth sensor at the second location of the electronic device, and
the object is in the defined indoor area and is viewed through the image-capture unit;
determine augmented reality content for the object based on the position of the object in the specified geographic coordinate system, wherein
the augmented reality content is associated with a specific access level of a plurality of access levels, and
the specific access level corresponds to a level of restriction on access of the augmented reality content; and
annotate the object with the determined augmented reality content based on the specific access level.

US Pat. No. 10,921,126

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NAVIGATION USING PULSARS

United States of America ...

1. A navigation system comprising:at least one microantenna arranged as an array;
said at least one microantenna detecting magnetic field components of PULSARs;
an oscillator connected to said at least one microantenna, for determining times of arrival (TOAs) of said radio frequency energy at said array; and,
a processor, said processor computing a terrestrial position of said system using said TOAs and known celestial positions of said PULSARs as inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,921,125

OPTICAL GYROSCOPE

IMEC VZW, Leuven (BE)

1. An optical gyroscope comprising:an optical cavity configured for receiving a first optical signal such that the first optical signal propagates within the optical cavity according to a clockwise mode of the optical cavity or a counter-clockwise mode of the optical cavity,
an extractor configured for extracting a portion of the first optical signal from the optical cavity, an amplitude of the portion of the first optical signal depending on a carrier wavelength of the first optical signal according to a first spectral transmittance curve comprising a first plurality of transmission peaks,
a readout channel configured for spectrally modifying the portion of the first optical signal and configured for detecting optical power levels of the modified portion of the first optical signal, the readout channel comprising an interferometric device having associated therewith a second spectral transmittance curve comprising a second plurality of transmission peaks, the interferometric device being adapted for spectrally aligning a second transmission peak on the second spectral transmittance curve with a first transmission peak on the first spectral transmittance curve, wherein a difference in free spectral ranges associated with the second spectral transmittance curve and the first spectral transmittance curve is such that a spectral modification, determined by a spectral product obtained from the second spectral transmittance curve and from the first spectral transmittance curve, produces a spectral Vernier effect in a wavelength region of interest, and wherein the difference between the free spectral ranges is greater than any spectral widths associated with the first plurality of transmission peaks or the second plurality of transmission peaks in the wavelength region of interest, and
a detector optically coupled to an output of the interferometric device.

US Pat. No. 10,921,124

METHOD FOR OPEN-LOOP COMPENSATION OF A MEMS GYROSCOPE

InvenSense, Inc., San Jo...

1. A method for open-loop compensation of a microelectromechanical (MEMS) gyroscope, said method comprising:receiving a digitized drive voltage amplitude of a MEMS gyroscope;
determining a percentage change in quality factor of the MEMS gyroscope based at least in part on the digitized drive voltage amplitude and a stored trim value of the MEMS gyroscope; and
compensating for an effect of the change in the quality factor of the MEMS gyroscope based at least in part on the percentage change in quality factor.

US Pat. No. 10,921,123

PITCH/ROLL ANNULUS GYROSCOPE WITH SLANTED QUADRATURE TUNING ELECTRODES AND RELATED FABRICATION METHODS

Georgia Tech Research Cor...

1. A bulk acoustic wave resonator apparatus, comprising:a resonator member having an annulus shape; and
at least one anchor structure coupling the resonator member to a substrate,
wherein a perimeter of the resonator member is at least partially defined by respective sidewalls that are slanted at an angle of about 30° to about 60° relative to a surface of the resonator member adjacent the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,921,121

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING CALIBRATION VALUES FOR ATMOSPHERIC SENSORS THAT PROVIDE MEASURED PRESSURES USED FOR ESTIMATING ALTITUDES OF MOBILE DEVICES

NextNav, LLC, Sunnyvale,...

1. A method for determining calibration values for atmospheric sensors that provide measured pressures used for estimating altitudes of mobile devices, the method comprising:for different periods of time, determining an uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimate associated with an unstable pressure sensor and a calibrated reference-level pressure estimate associated with a stable pressure sensor;
determining if the uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimates include any uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimate that should not be used when calibrating the unstable pressure sensor;
if the uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimates do not include any uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimate that should not be used when calibrating the unstable pressure sensor, determining a calibration value for the unstable pressure sensor using all of the uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimates; and
if the uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimates include an uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimate that should not be used when calibrating the unstable pressure sensor:
identifying at least one uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimate that should not be used when calibrating the unstable pressure sensor; and
determining a calibration value for the unstable pressure sensor using all of the uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimates except any identified uncalibrated reference-level pressure estimate that should not be used when calibrating the unstable pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,921,120

BENDING AND KINKING DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A detection system, comprising:first and second sensors surface-mounted antiparallel along a bendable structure, the bendable structure configured to kink at different locations, and the first and second sensors having bending responses that increase with increasing amounts of bending, and that are increasingly sensitive along their lengths; and
a control module communicatively connected with the first and second sensors, the control module configured to:
receive the bending responses at a first time and a second time subsequent to the first time;
in response to identifying that the bending responses are indicative of unkinked bending at the first time and indicative of kinked bending at the second time, identify the formation of a kink; and
in response to identifying the formation of the kink, identify the location of the kink based on the bending responses at the first time.

US Pat. No. 10,921,119

THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Industrial Technology Res...

1. A three dimensional image measurement system, comprising:a first optical system adapted to output a structural light beam and a zero order light beam, wherein an angle exists between the structural light beam and the zero order light beam, and the first optical system performs an optical operation to project the structural light beam to a three dimensional object to obtain three dimensional information of the three dimensional object; and
a second optical system adapted to receive the zero order light beam and perform another optical operation by using the zero order light beam,
wherein the first optical system comprises a plurality of optical elements, and a value of the angle between the structural light beam and the zero order light beam is determined according to a plurality of position parameters of the optical elements, wherein the plurality of optical elements comprises a diffractive optical element and a beam shaping element, and the value of the angle between the structural light beam and the zero order light beam is determined according to a position parameter of the diffractive optical element and a position parameter of the beam shaping element,
wherein the diffractive optical element is disposed on a first reference plane, the structural light beam is projected onto a second reference plane to form a structured light pattern, the second reference plane is a plane on which a surface of the three dimensional object being projected by the structural light beam to form the structured light pattern is located, a distance between the first reference plane and the second reference plane is D, a distance between a center position of a vertical projection of the beam shaping element on the second reference plane and the structured light pattern is d, and the angle between the structural light beam and the zero order light beam is ?, wherein the distance D, the distance d, and the angle ? satisfy a first equation d=D×tan ?.

US Pat. No. 10,921,116

DETERMINING DEVICE CURVATURE IN SMART BENDABLE SYSTEMS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An electronic device comprising:a bendable display; and
logic, implemented at least partly in fixed-functionality hardware, to:
determine at least one of a change in a duration of time for a signal to transmit through the bendable display or a change in a resonance frequency of an electrical signal injected into the bendable display;
determine an amount of bending of the bendable display based on the at least one of the change in a duration or the change in the resonance frequency;
compare the amount of bending to a threshold; and
generate a warning if the amount of bending exceeds the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,921,115

TOOL MEASURING DEVICE HAVING INDEPENDENT HEAD TILT AND ALIGNMENT AND HYBRID PANTOGRAPH-TO-OPTICAL INNER DIAMETER MEASUREMENT

INTEGRATED PACKAGING SOLU...

1. A measuring device for measuring tools for making cylindrical bodies, such tools including dies and punches, the measuring device comprising:a mounting surface having punch and die fixtures attached thereto, the die fixtures dimensioned and configured to allow attachment of such dies thereto and the punch fixtures dimensioned and configured to allow attachment of such punches thereto;
a plurality of LED micrometer transmitters oriented so as to emit vertical light beams, the vertical light beams partially striking at least one such tool, such one tool casting at least one vertical shadow;
a plurality of LED micrometer receivers oriented so as to measure the vertical light beams.

US Pat. No. 10,921,114

OPTICAL DISPLACEMENT METER

KEYENCE CORPORATION, Osa...

1. An optical displacement meter of a light sectioning method which measures a profile of an X-Z cross section of a measuring object conveyed in a Y direction based on a principle of triangulation, the optical displacement meter comprising:a light source which irradiates the measuring object with slit light having a width in an X direction;
an image sensor that receives reflected light from the measuring object, the image sensor having a plurality of pixels two-dimensionally arranged in a U direction corresponding to the X direction and a V direction corresponding to a Z direction, and outputting a light receiving amount of the reflected light by the plurality of pixels, wherein the width of a light spot brought by the reflected light to the image sensor becomes a width that extends over a plurality of pixels;
a detecting unit which detects, as a peak position, a position of a pixel in the V direction that is a peak of the light receiving amount for each of a plurality of pixel rows arranged in the U direction; and
a generating unit which generates a profile of the X-Z cross section from each position of the plurality of pixel rows in the U direction and the peak position in the V direction,
wherein the image sensor outputs a light receiving amount after executing binning to make a resolution in the V direction lower than a resolution in the U direction by applying the binning only in the V direction.

US Pat. No. 10,921,113

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTICAL MEASUREMENTS IN A ROTARY MACHINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:a measurement system, comprising:
a common light source;
a plurality of light sensors; and
a controller coupled to the common light source and the plurality of light sensors, wherein the controller is configured to monitor one or more parameters between a rotor and a casing at least partially based on an interruption or a transmission of light from the common light source to the plurality of light sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,921,112

REFLECTANCE CONFOCAL MICROSCOPY OF BLOOD CELLS

1. A method for determining details of the morphology of blood cells, the method comprising:obtaining at least one confocal image showing at least a portion of a blood cell from a sample of said blood cells located in the focal region of an illuminating beam of a reflectance confocal microscopy system;
identifying in said at least one confocal image, an imaged optical interference pattern;
comparing said imaged optical interference pattern with simulated optical interference patterns calculated from the interaction of an illuminating optical beam with three dimensional models of blood cells, each three dimensional model having its own known morphology; and
based on said comparison, determining details of the morphology of said imaged blood cell.

US Pat. No. 10,921,111

DETECTING DEVICE, DETECTING METHOD, LIQUID CRYSTAL DROPPING APPARATUS, AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DROPPING METHOD

HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTR...

1. A detecting device, configured to detect a volume of an uneven region of a color filter substrate in a display area, and comprising at least one collection unit and a processing circuit, wherein:the collection unit is configured to obtain a surface image of the color filter substrate in the display area, and output the obtained surface image to the processing circuit; and
the processing circuit is connected to the collection unit and configured to process the surface image to obtain the volume of the uneven region of the color filter substrate in the display area, wherein the processing circuit comprises a separation circuit, a calculation circuit, and a summary circuit, wherein:
the separation circuit is configured to obtain, from the surface image, size parameters of color film layers in a plurality of pixel regions;
the calculation circuit is connected to the separation circuit and configured to receive the size parameters of the color film layers in the plurality of pixel regions obtained by the separation circuit, and calculate step differences between the color film layers of different colors; and
the summary circuit is connected to the calculation circuit and configured to calculate the volume of the uneven region of the color filter substrate in the display area based on the step differences between the color film layers of different colors.

US Pat. No. 10,921,110

STRAIN GAUGE

MINEBEA MITSUMI Inc., Na...

1. A strain gauge comprising:a flexible resin substrate;
resistors each formed of a film that includes Cr, CrN, and Cr2N; and
a functional layer formed of a metal, an alloy, or a metal compound, the functional layer being in a lower surface of the resistors,
wherein an element included in the functional layer is diffused into the film,
wherein the resistors include a first resistor formed on one side of the substrate; and a second resistor formed on another side of the substrate,
wherein the first resistor and the second resistor are arranged such that grid directions of the first resistor and the second resistor intersect in a plan view, and
wherein a gauge factor of the strain gauge is 10 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,921,109

SELF-CALIBRATING SENSOR FOR SIMULTANEOUS MEASUREMENT OF RUB DEPTH AND RUNNING CLEARANCE IN A JET ENGINE

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A sensor for simultaneously determining a maximum rub depth and running clearance of a plurality of blade tips in a jet engine, the sensor comprising:a circuit comprising a reactive component and a resistive component comprising resistor portions each indicative of a rub depth when the resistive component is positioned in a layer of abradable material near the blade tips;
a power input connected to receive DC current from a power source to power the circuit; and
a sensor output connected to provide a current signal from the circuit to a signal measurement device configured to generate an indication of the current signal;
where the reactive component generates an AC component in the current when the blade tips move in proximity with the reactive component;
where, the resistor portions are severed when the blade tips rub into the abradable material causing a change in the DC current due to a change in resistance at the resistive component, and an amplitude of the AC component indicates a running clearance as the blades move in proximity to the reactive component; and
where the signal measurement device is configured to indicate a blade speed based on a frequency of the AC component.

US Pat. No. 10,921,108

METHOD FOR MONITORING A MAGNETIC BEARING APPARATUS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for monitoring a magnetic bearing device for an electric rotating machine, said method comprising:arranging a first pair of at least essentially diametrically opposed sensors and a second pair of at least essentially diametrically opposed sensors in offset relation about an angle;
determining a distance between each of the sensors and a body of rotation arranged inside the first and second pairs of sensors;
determining a first average distance from distance values of the first pair of sensors and a second average distance from distance values of the second pair of sensors;
capturing a first change in the first average distance;
capturing a second change in the second average distance;
comparing the first and second changes; and
outputting a warning signal when a difference between the first and second changes exceeds a limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,921,107

LENS-MEASURING MACHINE AND LENS-MEASUREMENT METHOD

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. A lens-measuring machine comprising:a table rotatable around a rotation axis;
a lens holder configured to hold a workpiece in a form of a lens, the lens holder being placed on the table so that an optical axis of the lens becomes orthogonal to the rotation axis;
a contact tip configured to contact a lens measurement surface defined at a part of a surface of the lens;
an angle sensor configured to detect a rotary angle of the table;
a displacement detector configured to detect a displacement of the contact tip; and
a data processor configured to calculate coordinates information of the lens measurement surface in a form of polar coordinates whose origin is at the rotation axis based on the displacement of the contact tip for every rotary angle of the table; and convert the calculated polar coordinates to Cartesian coordinates.

US Pat. No. 10,921,106

POLYMER AMMUNITION AND CARTRIDGE HAVING A CONVEX PRIMER INSERT

True Velocity IP Holdings...

1. A primer insert for a polymer ammunition cartridge comprising:a top surface;
a bottom surface opposite the top surface;
a coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, wherein the coupling element comprises an interior surface and an exterior surface, wherein the interior surface comprises:
a convex transition region that transitions from the bottom surface to a second segment wherein the transition region has an overall convex shape;
a first segment extending from the second segment and terminates at a tip, wherein the first segment has a first segment distance from 0.02 to 0.18 inches and the second segment has a second segment distance from 0.02 to 0.18 inches, wherein the second segment has a second segment angle from +3 to ?3 degrees relative to the first segment angle and the first segment has a first segment angle from +6 to ?6 degrees from perpendicular to the top surface;
a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface;
a primer flash aperture positioned in the primer recess through the bottom surface; and
a flash aperture groove in the primer recess and positioned around the primer flash aperture and adapted to receive a polymer overmolding through the primer flash aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,921,105

PRODUCT AND METHOD TO DECREASE TORSIONAL LOADS INDUCED IN SABOTS AND RIDERS IN RIFLED GUN BORES

Simulations, LLC, East G...

1. A sabot for a sub-caliber projectile, comprising:a plurality of forward petals, each having a front surface and a rear surface, and a plurality of aft petals, each having a front surface and a rear surface, and
a slip mechanism comprising slip plates mounted to at least one of:
the rear surfaces of the forward petals, and
the front surfaces of the aft petals,
the slip plates being configured to contact an adjacent surface prior to launch and to enable the forward petals to angularly accelerate at a slower rate than the projectile upon launch of the projectile.

US Pat. No. 10,921,104

ROTATION INHIBITED PROJECTILE TIP

1. An apparatus configured for inhibiting relative rotation of projectile components, said apparatus comprising:a jacket defining at least a portion of an external surface of a projectile, said jacket defining a bearing surface proximate a first end;
a core disposed inside said jacket;
a tip proximate a second end of said jacket, said tip having a stem protruding from a surface of said tip, said stem being an elongated member having a circumference, a portion of said stem disposed inside said core; and
a rotation inhibitor disposed on a surface of said stem, said rotation inhibitor including a plurality of first grooves, said plurality of first grooves spaced apart equally around said circumference of said stem; said rotation inhibitor engaging said core inside said jacket whereby said stem is inhibited from rotating about a longitudinal axis of said stem where such rotation of said stem is relative to said core.

US Pat. No. 10,921,103

AIR DRIVEN PROJECTILE

Shooting Edge Technology,...

1. A system for propelling an elongate projectile from an air gun having a rifled bore, comprising:a cylinder disposed about a back end of an elongate projectile, said cylinder having a front side and a back side and substantially parallel sidewalls, said cylinder further comprising an annular groove circumscribing the cylinder between the front and back sides, wherein the elongate projectile is configured to be placed back-side-first into an air gun;
a front tapered section disposed about a front of the annular groove, a non-tapered section disposed rearward of the front tapered section, and a tapered rearward section disposed rearward of the non-tapered section;
a resilient annular member disposed within the annular groove, said resilient annular member having a first position in a biased state within the non-tapered section of the annular groove, a second position in a non-biased state about the front tapered section, and a third position in a non-biased state about the tapered rearward section;
wherein when the resilient member is in the first position, the resilient member engages an internal sidewall of a rifled bore of the air gun, and when the elongate projectile is propelled outward through the rifled bore of the air gun, frictional engagement between the resilient member and the rifled bore moves the resilient member to the third position causing the elongate projectile to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,921,102

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BROADHEAD ARCHERY

1. Apparatus for broadhead archery, comprising:a tip having a plurality of edges adapted to penetrate hard tissue;
a body having a forward end, an aft end, and a longitudinal cavity, the tip being located on the forward end;
a plurality of articulating blades pivotally mounted on the body to swing between an extended position and a backwardly folded position, each of the articulating blades having a leading edge and a trailing edge;
a resilient device for urging the plurality of articulating blades to move toward the extended position, in the absence of external force on the leading edges of the plurality of articulating blades the resilient device being arranged to fully extend the articulating blades and later allow them to fold backwardly in response to the leading edge of each of the articulating blades encountering an external force in excess of a predetermined magnitude, the resilient device being mounted in the longitudinal cavity; and
one or more longitudinally and angularly fixed blades mounted on the body behind the plurality of articulating blades, the resilient device comprising:
a spherical pushing element; and
a spring for pressing the spherical pushing element against the trailing edge of each of the articulating blades, the spring being operable to urge the spherical pushing element to move forward toward the forward end of the body, forward motion of the spherical pushing element causing it to move along the trailing edge of each of the plurality of articulating blades and swing each of them toward the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,921,101

MULTI-PIECE POLYMER AMMUNITION CARTRIDGE

TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS...

1. A polymeric ammunition having a 2 piece case comprising:an primer insert comprising a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole aperture positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and a groove positioned around the primer flash hole aperture in the primer recess;
a polymeric middle body comprising a polymeric body extending from a body coupling over at least a portion of the primer insert, wherein the polymeric body is molded over the cylindrical coupling element and into the primer flash hole aperture and into the groove to form a primer flash hole;
a polymer nose comprisinga generally cylindrical neck having a projectile aperture at a first end;an outer shoulder surface that extends from the generally cylindrical neck;an outer shoulder angle defined by the angle between the outer shoulder surface and the generally cylindrical neck;an inner shoulder surface on the inside of the polymer nose opposite the outer shoulder surface, wherein the inner shoulder surface extends to an inner side surface;an inner shoulder angle defined by the angle between the inner shoulder surface and the generally cylindrical neck wherein the inner shoulder angle is greater than the outer shoulder angle;a nose junction formed at the shoulder, wherein the nose junction comprises a groove in the outer shoulder surface connected to an outer skirt surface that extends from the groove to a blunt skirt tip, wherein the outer skirt surface and the inner side surface meet at the blunt skirt tip, wherein a skirt angle is formed between the groove and the outer skirt surface is between 40 and 140 degrees and wherein the inner side surface extends to the blunt skirt tip;a diffuser comprising a diffuser aperture positioned in the primer recess to align the diffuser aperture with the primer flash hole;
a primer inserted into the primer recess;
a propellant at least partially filling the propellant chamber; and
a bullet frictionally fitted in the bullet-end aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,921,100

MULTI-PIECE POLYMER AMMUNITION CARTRIDGE

TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS...

1. A polymeric ammunition having a 2 piece case comprising:a primer insert comprising a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole aperture positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and a groove positioned around the primer flash hole aperture in the primer recess;
a polymeric middle body comprising a polymeric body extending from a body coupling over at least a portion of the primer insert, wherein the polymeric body is molded over the cylindrical coupling element and into the primer flash hole aperture and into the groove to form a primer flash hole;
a polymer nose comprising
a generally cylindrical neck having a projectile aperture at a first end;
a shoulder comprising a shoulder top connected to the generally cylindrical neck opposite a shoulder bottom; and
a nose junction positioned around the shoulder bottom, wherein the nose junction is a nose groove and a skirt connected circumferentially adjacent to the nose groove to extend away from the shoulder bottom to a skirt point, wherein the nose junction and the skirt are adapted to mate to the body coupling to form a flush fit between the skirt point and the polymeric middle body, wherein the nose junction is a half lap junction with the skirt on the inside of the polymer nose;
a diffuser comprising a diffuser aperture positioned in the primer recess to align the diffuser aperture with the primer flash hole;
a primer inserted into the primer recess;
a propellant at least partially filling the propellant chamber; and
a bullet frictionally fitted in the bullet-end aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,921,099

SINGLE-HAND OPERABLE CLAMPING MECHANISM

Action Target Inc., Prov...

1. A target clamp for holding targets comprising:a retainer;
a mounting frame;
a target engagement face connected to the mounting frame,
the mounting frame and target engagement face being pivotably movable and selectively disposable adjacent the retainer, the target clamp having a first, open position, wherein the target engagement face is held away from the retainer and a second, closed position, in which the target engagement face is moved close to the retainer; and
a biasing element engaging the mounting frame to selectively bias the target engagement face in the first, open position, and the second, closed position; and
wherein the retainer includes a hole or slot and wherein the target engagement face further comprises at least one projection which extends into the hole or slot in the retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,921,098

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING EXPLOSIVES

ISENTECH Co., Ltd., Gyeo...

1. An explosive detection system comprising:a suction nozzle having a suction port for introducing air containing explosive particles at one end thereof;
a discharge nozzle having a discharge port for discharging air at one end thereof;
a sensing block in which a detection material capable of detecting explosive particles in the air is disposed;
a sensor unit for emitting light to the sensing block and outputting a sensing signal;
a first guide pipe connected to other end of the suction nozzle and guiding the air introduced through the suction nozzle to the sensing block in which the detection material is disposed;
a suction force generating unit formed at the other end of the discharge nozzle and to suck air through the suction port and to provide a suction force for sucking air into the sensing block and discharging the air to a discharge port formed at one end of the discharge nozzle;
a second guide pipe formed between the sensing block and the suction force generating unit and discharging the air introduced into the sensing block by the suction force generated by the suction force generating unit to the discharge port of the discharge nozzle, and
a controller for determining whether explosive particles are present in the air using the sensing signal,
wherein the explosive detection system further includes a first connection pipe having one end connected to the sensing block and other end connected to the first guide pipe,
wherein a diameter of a portion connected to the suction nozzle in the first guide pipe is larger than a diameter of a portion connected to the first connection pipe,
wherein the first guide pipe is formed in a zigzag shape so as to have a width larger than height of the sensing block,
wherein the explosive detection system further includes a second connection pipe having one end connected to the sensing block and other end connected to the second guide pipe,
wherein the second guide pipe is formed in a zigzag shape so as to have a width larger than the height of the sensing block.

US Pat. No. 10,921,097

SELF DEFENSE RING

1. A self-defense ring assembly, comprising:a ring body;
a chamber within the ring body containing a pressurized repellant, the chamber having an opening;
a conduit within the ring body, the conduit having a first end and a second end, the first end in communication with the opening;
a nozzle located on a surface of the ring body, the nozzle in communication with the second end of the conduit; and
a button located on the ring, the button having a portion of the conduit passing through the button, the button selectively translating the portion of the conduit, the button is spring biased to maintain the portion of the conduit in a disconnected position from the conduit, wherein the button acts to form a barrier to prevent discharge of the pressurized repellant prior to depressing it.

US Pat. No. 10,921,096

MOUNTING AND FASTENING SYSTEM AND MOUNTING ADAPTER

Robert E. Stewart, Farmi...

1. A mounting and fastening system, comprising:a first component including:
a first outboard surface including a mounting boss having a cylindrical outward surface and an externally sloped surface, and having a threaded hole with a threaded hole axis;
a second component including:
a second inboard surface facing the first outboard surface of the first component;
a second outboard surface; and
a second tapered surface extending between the second outboard and inboard surfaces and that tapers in an axially inboard and radially inward direction; and
a mounting adapter to adapt mounting of the second component with respect to the first component, and including:
a radially inward portion including a cylindrical throughbore having a throughbore axis;
an inboard end including an adapter inboard surface extending transversely with respect to the throughbore axis, a cylindrical inboard counterbore in the adapter inboard surface in communication with the cylindrical throughbore, and a countersink between the cylindrical inboard counterbore and the adapter inboard surface;
an outboard end including an adapter outboard surface extending transversely with respect to the throughbore axis; and
a radially outward portion having a tapered outward surface that tapers in an axially inboard and radially inward direction;
wherein the tapered outward surface of the mounting adapter cooperates with the second tapered surface of the second component such that the adapter inboard surface of the mounting adapter faces the first outboard surface of the first component, and wherein the countersink of the mounting adapter cooperates with the corresponding externally sloped surface of the first component and the cylindrical inboard counterbore of the mounting adapter cooperates with the cylindrical outward surface of the mounting boss of the first component to resist side loads.

US Pat. No. 10,921,094

PERSONAL TACTICAL SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED BALLISTIC FRAME

TYR Tactical, LLC, Peori...

1. A tactical system comprising:a frame body comprising:
a bottom edge disposed opposite a top edge,
a set of side edges extending linearly from the bottom edge,
a set of tapered edges connecting the set of side edges to the top edge, the set of tapered edges, the set of side edges, the top edge, and the bottom edge forming a peripheral edge of a frame body sized and shaped for receipt into a pocket formed by a first side of a protective vest exposed to an outside environment and a second side facing inwardly, the frame body configured to provide independent structural support to the protective vest,
an opening defined through the frame body;
a pin adapter comprising a base and a pin installable through the opening of the frame body;
an electrical system comprising a cable one or more ports in communication with at least one of electrical or communication lines; and
a pin receiver coupled to an end of the cable, the pin receiver configured to receive the pin of the pin adapter to couple the electrical system to the frame body.

US Pat. No. 10,921,093

MOTION TRACKING, ANALYSIS AND FEEDBACK SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMANCE TRAINING APPLICATIONS

Virtual Sports Training, ...

1. A firearms motion capture and analysis system, comprising:a motion sensor for detecting and reporting data related to the motion of a firearm held by a user;
software disposed on a personal communications device for receiving data from the motion sensor and transmitting the data to a host server; and
software disposed on the host server for receiving the transmitted data and analyzing the transmitted data by comparing the transmitted data to reference data stored on a database on the host server, the host server software being further adapted to transmit analyzed data back to the personal communications device;
wherein the software on the personal communications device is adapted to communicate the analyzed data to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,921,092

VIEWFINDER WITH MOBILE RED DOT AND ILLUMINATOR

FN Herstal S.A., Herstal...

1. A movable red dot sight comprising a first fixed light source and a first reflective plate, the first fixed light source generating a first collimated light beam that is projected onto the first reflective plate in order to materialize a reticle or red dot that is visible to a shooter of the weapon in reflection from the first reflective plate and the first collimated light beam being projected onto the first reflective plate by way of a rotatable mirror the angle of inclination of which with respect to the first collimated light beam is adjustable, wherein said movable red dot sight further comprises a second fixed light source that generates a second collimated light beam that is initially parallel to the first collimated light beam and that is steered by said rotatable mirror toward a second reflective plate placed at an angle of 90° to the first reflective plate in order to illuminate/designate a target.

US Pat. No. 10,921,091

HOLOGRAPHIC WEAPON SIGHT

1. A optic sight apparatus for a weapon comprising:an electro-optical sight unit configured to project a reticle image for a sight setting of the optic sight apparatus;
a controller electrically connected to the electro-optical sight unit; and
a switching apparatus connected to the controller unit, the switching apparatus configured to:
transmit a sighting control signal to the controller unit;
determine a zero sight setting corresponding to the sighting control signal; and
automatically change a current sight setting of the optic sight apparatus to one of a predetermined plurality of stored zeroed sight settings of the optic sight apparatus corresponding to the sighting control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,921,090

MOUNTING ADAPTER FOR SELF-LOADING FIREARMS

24. A firearm adapter comprising:a barrel-side section including holes that extend horizontally through the barrel-side section to couple the barrel-side section to a retention device on a barrel of a firearm, the barrel-side section including a parallel extension on a rear surface; and
a receiver-side section positioned opposite the parallel extension, the receiver-side section including a recess to receive a guide of a receiver of the firearm to allow longitudinal displacement of the receiver-side section with respect to the firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,921,089

SHAPED CHARGES FOR FOCUSING A FLUID MASS

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A shaped charge for focusing a fluid mass comprising:a plastic shell having a surface with a geometric shape configured to support a shape-conforming explosive, wherein the geometric shape comprises:
a truncated cone having an open distal end and a closed proximal end, the closed proximal end having a smoothly-curved concave shape;
an outer circumference with a plurality of cut-outs radially spaced around the outer circumference;
wherein the geometric shape is axially-symmetric about a central longitudinal axis;
a cylindrical plastic body having an interior volume for containing a liquid and the plastic shell, the cylindrical plastic body having:
a plastic body closed distal end having a geometric shape that is substantially matched to the concave shape of the plastic shell closed proximal end;
a plastic body proximal end that faces the plastic body distal end;
wherein the plastic shell is concentrically positioned to the cylindrical plastic body with respect to the central longitudinal axis;
a channel extending through the cylindrical plastic body proximal end and terminating at the plastic shell surface at a contact position coincident with the central longitudinal axis, wherein the channel is configured to accommodate a detonator.

US Pat. No. 10,921,088

DOUBLE LOCK CONNECTOR

Gregory E. Summers, Madi...

1. A connector, comprising(a) abase having an end portion having a conical configuration and a radially smooth contact surface;
(b) a fitting containing a chamber configured to receive, said base end portion, a portion of an outer surface of said fitting containing a plurality of teeth;
(c) a first locking assembly for connecting said fitting with said base end portion; and
(d) a second locking assembly for connecting said fitting with said base end portion independent of said first locking portion, said second locking assembly including a plate removably connected with said base adjacent said end portion, said plate including a plurality of teeth which interlock with said teeth of said fitting when said plate is connected with said base.

US Pat. No. 10,921,087

DOUBLE LOCK CONNECTOR

Gregory E. Summers, Madi...

1. A connector, comprising(a) a base having an end portion having a conical configuration and a radially smooth contact surface;
(b) a fitting containing a chamber configured to receive said base end portion;
(c) a first locking assembly for connecting said fitting with said base end portion; and
(d) a second locking assembly for connecting said fitting with said base end portion independent of said first locking portion.

US Pat. No. 10,921,086

LINE-BASED LIMB CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ARCHERY BOWS

Krysse AS, Oslo (NO)

13. An archery limb control system comprising:an energy resource configured to be supported by an archery bow, wherein the archery bow comprises a first limb, a second limb, and a draw cord coupled to the first and second limbs, wherein the draw cord is configured to propel a projectile toward a target;
an actuator operatively coupled to the energy resource;
a driver configured to receive a force in response to an actuation of the actuator, wherein the force is derived from the energy resource, wherein the driver comprises:
a first flexible line coupled to the first limb; and
a second flexible line coupled to the second limb,
wherein, in response to the force, the first and second flexible lines are configured to put the first and second limbs in a condition to cause the draw cord to propel the projectile toward the target.

US Pat. No. 10,921,085

WIDE STRING GROOVE CAM

MCP IP, LLC, Sparta, WI ...

15. An archery bow rotatable member comprising:a body arranged to rotate about an axis;
a string groove extending around a perimeter of the body, the string groove comprising a first depth portion and a second depth portion, the first depth portion comprising a valley and having a first width, the second depth portion oriented above the first depth portion, the second depth portion comprising opposed parallel sidewalls that define a second width greater than the first width;
wherein the first depth portion comprises a flared opening.

US Pat. No. 10,921,084

ARCHERY BOW

MCP IP, LLC, Sparta, WI ...

11. An archery bow comprising:a riser supporting a first limb and a second limb;
the first limb supporting a first axle, the first axle supporting a first rotatable member, the first limb comprising a first length portion and a second length portion, the first length portion located closer to the riser than the second length portion, the first length portion comprising a first thickness, the second length portion comprising a second thickness, the second thickness being greater than the first thickness, the first axle extending through second length portion;
the second limb supporting a second axle, the second axle supporting a second rotatable member;
a bowstring extending between the first rotatable member and the second rotatable member; and
a fastener extending through the second length portion, the fastener located between the first axle and the first length portion, the fastener applying a compressive force to the first limb.

US Pat. No. 10,921,083

ATTACHMENT ARRANGEMENT FOR A GUN MODULE ON A CARRIER

BAE SYSTEMS BOFORS AB, K...

1. An attachment arrangement for a gun module of a carrier, having a fixedly mounted ca r frame, comprising at least two elongated frame portions, and the attachment arrangement comprising an intermediate beam, on which the gun module can be arranged, a subframe for arranging on the carrier frame, and a pair of interacting mounting plates, a first one of the mounting plates being arranged at a rearward end of the subframe and and a second one of the mounting plates being arranged at a forward end of the intermediate beam for a connection between them, the first one of the mourning plates being provided with one or more depressions, while the second mounting plate being provided with one or more protrusions whose form, size and position correspond to the form, size and position of the one or more depressions on the first mounting plate, wherein the first and second mounting plates are arranged substantially parallel to each other transverse to a longitudinal direction of the subframe.

US Pat. No. 10,921,082

SPRING LOADED QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM

BACKLANZ LIMITED, Inverc...

1. A spring-loaded quick release mechanism which allows a first component and a second component to be connected and disconnected quickly with a push button release; the first component is a mounting bracket comprising a ball pin of specific length and an attachment; the second component is a quick release latch consisting of a spring, and a push button release; wherein the first and second components are connected and firmly held together by the force of the spring on the ball pin allowing rotation between the components, the push button release permits quick disconnection of the first and second components; the first component is attached to a fire arm and the second component is attached to bipod or a tripod.

US Pat. No. 10,921,081

HOUSING FOR A FIREARM WITH AN EXCHANGEABLE BARREL

STEYR ARMS GmbH, Kleinra...

1. A housing for a firearm with an exchangeable barrel which has a barrel root, comprising:a bushing into which the barrel root of the exchangeable barrel may be inserted in an axial direction,
wherein the bushing has a slot in the axial direction and a clamping device for bringing the slot from a starting position, in which the slot is uninfluenced by the clamping device, into a narrowed position,
wherein the bushing is configured to receive the barrel root in a press-fitting manner when the slot is in the starting position,
wherein the bushing has a spreading device for bringing the slot from the starting position into an expanded position,
wherein a common actuating element is provided for the clamping device and the spreading device,
wherein the bushing has two legs each of which is embodied on one side of the slot,
wherein the clamping device is formed by said legs and at least one tensioning screw that is rotatably borne by a screw head of the tensioning screw on one of said legs and that engages with a thread of the tensioning screw in a female thread of the other of said legs,
wherein the slot may be brought from the starting position into the narrowed position by tightening the tensioning screw,
wherein the spreading device is formed by said legs, the tensioning screw, and an axial bearing that axially fixes the tensioning screw in the aforesaid one of said legs,
wherein the slot may be brought from the starting position into the expanded position by loosening the tensioning screw,
wherein the axial bearing is formed by a countersunk bore with a circumferential groove and a ring received in the circumferential groove, and
wherein the screw head is axially fixed in the countersunk bore by the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,921,080

SUPPRESSOR DESIGN

Gladius Suppressor Compan...

1. A suppressor comprising:a muzzle endcap on a proximal end of the suppressor;
a muzzle end cap insulation disc located in an interior of the suppressor positioned distally from the muzzle end cap;
an inner tube adjacent the insulation tube in the interior of the suppressor;
an outer tube, wherein an insulating material is located between the inner tube and the outer tube, which circumferentially surrounds the interior of the suppressor;
an inner blast baffle spacer toward the proximal end of the suppressor and a main baffle toward the distal end of the suppressor, all encircled by the inner tube;
a main expansion chamber toward the distal end of the suppressor, wherein the main expansion chamber contains the main baffle;
an exit end cap insulation disc in the interior of the suppressor proximal to the exit end cap;
an exit end cap on a distal end of the suppressor, which engages the outer tube;
wherein the muzzle end cap insulation disc, the exit end cap insulation disc and the insulating material between the inner and outer tube comprise the same insulation.

US Pat. No. 10,921,079

MAGAZINE RETENTION DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED AIMING SYSTEM

Full Forward Technologies...

20. A magazine retention device, comprising:a body portion that extends along a longitudinal axis of said body portion, wherein at least one cavity is defined within said body portion, wherein said at least one cavity is operable to receive at least a portion of a magazine at least partially therein, wherein a front sight extends from said body portion and a rear sight extends from said body portion, and wherein said front sight and said rear sight are aligned substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis of said magazine retention device; and
an attachment portion that extends from said body portion to allow said magazine retention device to be attached or coupled to a rail element, such that said longitudinal axis of said magazine retention device is substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of said rail element.

US Pat. No. 10,921,078

FIREARM HAVING A DELAY MECHANISM

BROWNING, Morgan, UT (US...

17. An automatic action for a firearm comprising:a bolt that reciprocates between a forward position and a backward position; and
a delay mechanism including an arm member that is substantially parallel to a lengthwise axis of the bolt when the bolt is in the forward position and non-parallel to the lengthwise axis of the bolt when the bolt is in the backward position, the delay mechanism increasing the time it takes the bolt to reciprocate between the forward position and the backward position.

US Pat. No. 10,921,077

BOLT HOLD OPEN MECHANISM SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING IT

F.M. Products Inc., Bois...

1. A bolt hold open mechanism assembly comprising:a connector rod configured to rotate from a first angular position to a second angular position, wherein the connector rod comprises a first end and a second end;
a follower lever associated with the first end of the connector rod, wherein at least a portion of the follower lever is configured to move from an inactive position to an active position; and
a bolt stop, wherein at least a portion of the bolt stop is configured to move from an open position to a blocking position;
wherein the connector rod rotates from the first angular position to the second angular position and away from a magazine follower when the at least the portion of the follower lever moves to the active position;
wherein the at least the portion of the bolt stop moves to the blocking position when the connector rod rotates to the second angular position.

US Pat. No. 10,921,076

MAGWELL ADAPTER WITH SEAR SPRING ATTACHMENT MECHANISM

NIGHTHAWK CUSTOM LLC, Be...

1. A magwell adapter for a firearm having a grip section, comprising:an outer body frame configured to removably couple with a mainspring housing of the firearm; and
a sear spring attachment member coupled to the outer body frame and comprising a sear spring aperture configured to receive an attachment tab of a sear spring,
wherein the magwell adapter is configured to be removably coupled to a grip section of a firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,921,075

MAGAZINE FOR FIREARM

31. A method for assembling a firearm magazine comprising:providing a magazine housing defining a horizontal centerline axis, a vertical centerline axis, and an interior cavity configured to hold a spring biased stack of ammunition cartridges, the housing comprising a front wall, a rear wall, and a pair of opposing lateral sidewalls each including a first plurality of first mounting teeth separated by first gaps;
providing a floor plate comprising opposing lateral sidewalls each including a second plurality of second mounting teeth separated by second gaps;
positioning the floor plate below the magazine housing;
vertically inserting the second teeth of the floor plate through the first gaps of the magazine housing by moving the floor plate and magazine housing together;
sliding the floor plate forward on the magazine housing; and
positioning the second teeth of the floor plate above the first teeth of the magazine housing;
wherein the floor plate cannot be vertically withdrawn from the magazine housing.

US Pat. No. 10,921,074

METHOD FOR OPERATING GUN HAVING MULTI-DRIVE LINK FEED SYSTEM

Daycraft Weapon Systems, ...

1. A method of feeding of rounds of ammunition from an ammunition belt to a gun and positioning rounds for firing within the gun, the gun having a barrel for guiding fired rounds, the method including the steps of:selectively rotating a chain drive about a track;
mounting a main geneva wheel for rotation proximate to the chain drive;
rotating the main geneva wheel through a first partial rotation, and through a second partial rotation, for each rotation of the chain drive about the track;
mounting a belt feed geneva wheel for rotation proximate to the main geneva wheel for being periodically rotated thereby;
providing a round extractor for engaging and extracting rounds of ammunition;
coupling the belt feed geneva wheel to a rotating belt feeder for periodically feeding a round of ammunition into the round extractor;
providing a rotatable bolt feed rotor;
transferring an extracted round of ammunition from the round extractor to the bolt feed rotor;
mounting a round positioning geneva wheel for rotation proximate to the main geneva wheel for being periodically rotated thereby; and
coupling the round positioning geneva wheel with the bolt feed rotor to move an extracted round of ammunition into alignment with the barrel of the gun.

US Pat. No. 10,921,073

FIREARM SYSTEM AND METHOD

Forward Defense Munitions...

5. A charge block assembly for a firearm system comprising:a bobbin comprising:
a bore,
a propellant chamber,
a projectile, and
a propellant;
wherein the projectile is positioned within the bore;
wherein the projectile comprises a first end positioned adjacent to the propellant;
wherein at least a portion of the bobbin is wound with a winding; and
wherein the winding is configured to form a reinforcement cylinder encasing the propellant chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,921,072

FUNCTIONAL COATINGS ENHANCING CONDENSER PERFORMANCE

NBD NANOTECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A method of manufacturing a coated condenser tube comprisinga. contacting a condenser tube with an aqueous solution of metal particles having a concentration of less than or equal to about 0.5 mM, to provide a metal nanoparticle coated surface; and
b. contacting the metal nanoparticle coated surface with a top coating mixture comprising a perfluorinated compound or a polymer-based compound,
wherein the coated condenser tube has a water contact angle of about 90° to about 115°.

US Pat. No. 10,921,071

HEAT EXCHANGERS

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A method of manufacturing a counter-flow heat exchanger core, the method comprising:forming a heat exchanger core body using additive manufacturing, wherein the heat exchanger core body includes an inner wall and an outer wall radially outward and spaced apart from the inner wall, wherein a first flow path is defined within the inner wall and a second flow path is defined between the inner wall and the outer wall, wherein the heat exchanger core body includes a primary flow inlet, a primary flow outlet and a middle portion therebetween, wherein the inner and outer walls are concentric at the primary flow inlet of the heat exchanger core body, wherein the inner wall defines a first set of channels extending axially from the primary flow inlet to the middle portion of the heat exchanger core body diverging away from a radial center of the heat exchanger core body, and wherein the inner wall and the outer wall define a second set of channels extending axially from the primary flow inlet to the middle portion of the heat exchanger core body converging toward the radial center of the heat exchanger core body, wherein a diameter of the heat exchanger core at the primary flow inlet is smaller than a diameter of the heat exchanger core in the middle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,921,070

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR LIQUID COOLING

QUANTA COMPUTER INC., Ta...

7. A server rack for housing a server computer system, the server rack comprising:a rack frame having a slot;
a sled configured to retain the server computer system and be inserted into the slot, the sled having a dock configured to fluidly connect to the server computer system;
a liquid cooling manifold system extending a height of the rack frame, the liquid cooling manifold system having a first liquid manifold and a second liquid manifold; and
a first connector assembly being connected to the first liquid manifold and a second connector assembly being connected to the second liquid manifold, each of the first connector assembly and the second connector assembly having:
a pipe configured to connect to the respective liquid manifold, the pipe having a flexible portion configured to accommodate at least one of lateral or vertical manipulation of the pipe while the pipe remains connected to the respective liquid manifold; and
a first connector and a second connector configured to form a liquid-tight connection when coupled together, one of the first connector and the second connector being connected to a distal end of the pipe and the other of the first connector and the second connector being connected to the dock,
wherein the sled being inserted into the slot causes the first connectors to couple with the second connectors, and form a liquid-tight connection to fluidly connect the dock to the liquid cooling manifold system, and
wherein (1) a proximal end of the pipe is a straight portion that connects the pipe to the respective liquid manifold, and the flexible portion is at the distal end of the pipe, or (2) the pipe includes a first straight portion and a second straight portion, the first straight portion connecting the pipe to the respective liquid manifold and the second straight portion connecting the pipe to the one of the first connector and the second connector at the distal end of the pipe, wherein the flexible portion is between the first straight portion and the second straight portion.

US Pat. No. 10,921,069

STACKING-TYPE HEADER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING STACKING-TYPE HEADER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A stacking-type header comprising:a first plate having a first through-hole;
a second plate having a plurality of second through-holes;
a third plate in which a flow path that communicates between the first through-hole and the second through-holes is formed, the third plate being disposed between the first plate and the second plate;
a first pipe including a first end portion inserted into the first through-hole;
a plurality of second pipes each including a second end portion inserted into a corresponding one of the second through-holes; and
brazing portions provided between the first plate and the third plate, between the second plate and the third plate, between the first through-hole and the first pipe, and between the second through-holes and the second pipes,
wherein the first pipe includes a first expanded portion in the first end portion, the first expanded portion having an outer peripheral surface pressed against and in direct contact with an inner peripheral surface of the first through-hole,
wherein each of the second pipes includes a second expanded portion in the second end portion, the second expanded portion having an outer peripheral surface pressed against and in direct contact with an inner peripheral surface of a corresponding one of the second through-holes, and
wherein the first pipe includes a first large diameter portion in a section thereof that is not inserted into the first through-hole, the first large diameter portion having an outer diameter larger than an inner diameter of the first through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,921,068

INTEGRATED HEAT EXCHANGER

Hanon Systems, Daejeon (...

1. An integrated heat exchanger comprising:a header tank in which a header and a tank are coupled to each other to form a space in which a heat exchange medium is stored and flows, and a gasket is interposed between the header and the tank to seal a portion that the header and the tank are coupled to each other,
wherein an inner space of the header tank is partitioned such that first space portions are formed between regions in which the heat exchange medium flows, and the first space portions are in communication with an external space of the header tank at the portion that the header and the tank are coupled to each other,
wherein the header has a gasket seating groove formed in an edge portion thereof;
wherein the gasket has a circumference portion inserted into the gasket seating groove and having both ends of a pair of bridges spaced apart from each other in a length direction and connected to the circumference portion;
wherein the tank has a coupling portion formed on an opened end portion thereof which is in close contact with the circumference portion of the gasket, and coupled to the header to form a space through which the heat exchange medium flows; and
a pair of baffles formed inside the tank to be spaced apart from each other in the length direction, and that is in close contact with the pair of bridges of the gasket to partition the inner space formed by the coupling between the header and the tank, and
wherein a first space A1 between the pair of baffles and an external space A2 of the header tank is in communication with each other through a gap G between the gasket seating groove of the header and the coupling portion of the tank,
wherein the gasket has a cutout portion in which a portion of the circumference portion is removed at a position between the pair of baffles, and
wherein the gasket has a connecting portion connecting the pair of bridges to each other to maintain an interval between the pair of bridges at a position of the circumference portion spaced inwardly in the width direction, and
wherein the connecting portion is disposed outside the gasket seating groove of the header and the connecting portion is disposed at a position spaced inwardly in the width direction from an inner sidewall of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,921,067

WATER-COOLING RADIATOR STRUCTURE WITH INTERNAL PARTITION MEMBER

Asia Vital Components Co....

1. A water-cooling radiator structure with an internal partition member comprising:a water block unit and
a water-cooling radiator unit contacting a heat source via the water block unit and including a first water-receiving plate defining a first inner space receiving a working fluid flowed thereinto, a water inlet connected directly to the water block unit and the first inner space, and a water outlet connected directly to the water block unit and the first inner space; and the working fluid flowing into the first inner space via the water inlet and leaving the first inner space via the water outlet; and the first inner space of the first water-receiving plate is provided with at least one first partition to horizontally divide the first inner space into a plurality of independent water chambers,
wherein the at least one first partition includes a first partition member located between the first and a second water chamber to separate them from each other and to horizontally divide the first inner space of the first water-receiving plate into a first water chamber and a second water chamber located above the first water chamber; the first water chamber being provided with a first flow passage therein while the second water chamber being provided with a second flow passage therein,
wherein the first water-receiving plate includes a first partitioning rib provided in the first water chamber to vertically divide the same into a first zone communicable with the water inlet and a second zone communicable with the water outlet, and the first partition member is provided with a first communicating element and a second communicating element; the first communicating element communicating the first zone of the first water chamber with the second water chamber, and the second communicating element communicating the second zone of the first water chamber with the second water chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,921,066

ENHANCED HEAT DISSIPATION MODULE, COOLING FIN STRUCTURE AND STAMPING METHOD THEREOF

GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORAT...

2. An enhanced heat dissipation module, comprising:a first cooling fin having at least one first tapered tunnel protruding outwards, wherein the first tapered tunnel has two first side walls and a first upper wall, and the first upper walls extends integrally and bridges the two first side walls; and
a second cooling fin having at least one second tapered tunnel protruding outwards, wherein the second tapered tunnel has two second side walls and a second upper wall, and the second upper walls extends integrally and bridges the two second side walls;
wherein the two first side walls and first upper wall of the first tapered tunnel and the second upper wall of the second tapered tunnel jointly completely encircle and form a flow guide channel;
wherein the first cooling fin and the second cooling fin are respectively provided with a first window and a second window, and each of the first window and the second window has two opposite sides, the two side walls of the first tapered tunnel integrally extend outwards from the two sides of the first window, respectively, and the two side walls of the second tapered tunnel integrally extend outwards from the two sides of the second window, respectively; and
wherein a right angle is respectively formed between the first side walls and the first upper wall and the second side walls and the second upper wall.

US Pat. No. 10,921,065

HEAT EXCHANGER FIN

Rheem Manufacturing Compa...

1. A heat exchanger fin comprising:a base having a fin leading edge and a fin trailing edge and a substantially flat base plane extending between the fin leading edge and the fin trailing edge, wherein the fin is configured such that the fin leading edge is upstream of the fin trailing edge during use and wherein the base comprises a plurality of apertures each configured to receive a heat transfer tube;
a first louver coupled to the base at a first end and a second end of the first louver and comprising a leading edge and a trailing edge, wherein the first louver leading edge and the first louver trailing edge are spaced apart from the base plane a first distance, and wherein the first louver leading edge is convex and the first louver trailing edge is concave; and
a first winglet-type vortex generator coupled to the base and located between the fin leading edge and the first louver leading edge.

US Pat. No. 10,921,064

HEAT STORAGE APPARATUS, METHOD FOR STORING HEAT, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HEAT STORAGE APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for producing a heat storage apparatus, comprising:arranging a metal material composed of a metal, a metal oxide, or an alloy at a position where the metal material comes into contact with a heat storage material that forms a clathrate hydrate by cooling;
bringing a solution that causes pitting corrosion into contact with a surface of the metal material with which the heat storage material comes into contact, to form a plurality of holes in the surface; and
stopping the pitting corrosion.

US Pat. No. 10,921,063

HEAT DISSIPATION UNIT

Asia Vital Components Co....

1. A heat dissipation unit comprising:a main body having an upper plate and a lower plate, the upper and lower plates being correspondingly overlapped and mated with each other to together define an airtight chamber and made of a material selected from a group consisting of titanium, titanium alloy, commercial pure titanium and ceramics, a working fluid being contained in the airtight chamber, one face of the lower plate comprising a capillary structure, the capillary structure formed by means of laser processing and composed of multiple channels, the channels extending in a horizontal transverse direction and longitudinal direction of the lower plate; and
a mesh body attached to the face of the lower plate or a multiple mesh bodies overlapped with each other and securely connected with the lower plate, the mesh body having a network with a plurality of meshes, the mesh bodies being made of the same material or different materials in combination with each other;
wherein the channels of the capillary structure having shapes that are different from those of the network of the mesh body.

US Pat. No. 10,921,062

COOLING FAN AND HEAT DISSIPATING MODULE INCLUDING THE SAME

INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOL...

1. A cooling fan, comprising:a base having a base protrusion;
a tube fixed to the base and surrounded by the base protrusion;
a bearing disposed in the tube;
a stator fixed to the base;
a rotor pivoted to the bearing; and
a plurality of fan blades connected to the rotor, each of the fan blades having a first notch, the base protrusion passing through the first notch of each of the fan blades when the rotor is rotating;
wherein the number of the base protrusions is plural, and the base protrusions pass through the first notch of one of the fan blades together.

US Pat. No. 10,921,061

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MONITORING CHARACTERISTICS OF A FURNACE PROCESS IN A FURNACE SPACE AND PROCESS MONITORING UNIT

OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY, Es...

1. A method for monitoring characteristics of a furnace process in a furnace space limited by a furnace shell of a metallurgical furnace comprising:a first providing step for providing a furnace aperture extending through the furnace shell,
a second providing step for providing a process monitoring unit comprising a frame, a plurality of linearly movable monitoring devices each configured to move linearly with respect to the frame, wherein each of said plurality of linearly movable monitoring devices is configured to monitor a respective characteristic of said furnace process in the furnace space, a plurality of first moving means each configured to linearly move one linearly movable monitoring device of said plurality of linearly movable monitoring devices with respect to the frame, and second moving means for moving each of said plurality of first moving means between a first position and a second position with respect to the furnace shell,
a mounting step for mounting the process monitoring unit on the metallurgical furnace outside the furnace space and on at least one of a furnace roof or a furnace steel structure above the furnace roof of the furnace shell,
a first moving step for moving one first moving means of said plurality of first moving means by means of the second moving means with respect to the furnace shell from the first position into the second position, where said one first moving means of said plurality of first moving means is able to move one linearly movable monitoring device of said plurality of linearly movable monitoring devices linearly through the furnace aperture in the furnace shell,
a second moving step for moving said one linearly movable monitoring device of said plurality of linearly movable monitoring devices by means of said one first moving means of said plurality of first moving means in said second position vertically through the furnace aperture in the furnace shell at least partly into the furnace space,
a monitoring step for monitoring characteristics of the furnace process in the furnace space by means of said one linearly movable monitoring device of said plurality of linearly movable monitoring devices,
a third moving step for moving said one linearly movable monitoring device of said plurality of linearly movable monitoring devices by means of said one first moving means of said plurality of first moving means in said second position linearly through the furnace aperture in the furnace shell out of the furnace space, and
a fourth moving step for moving said one first moving means of said plurality of first moving means by means of the second moving means with respect to the furnace shell from the second position into a third position, where said one first moving means of said plurality of first moving means is unable to linearly move said one linearly movable monitoring device of said plurality of linearly movable monitoring devices linearly through the furnace aperture in the furnace shell.

US Pat. No. 10,921,060

FURNACE ASSEMBLY FOR A METAL-MAKING PROCESS

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A furnace assembly for a metal-making process, comprising:an electric arc furnace configured for flat bath operation and having a bottom, and
an electromagnetic stirrer configured to be arranged underneath the bottom of the electric arc furnace to enable stirring of molten metal in the electric arc furnace,
wherein a metal-charging region is located off-center with respect to a center point of the bottom of the electric arc furnace, and
wherein the electromagnetic stirrer includes coils configured to generate a traveling magnetic field in a first direction along a stirring direction axis when fed with a respective AC current, wherein the electromagnetic stirrer is configured to be arranged relative to a central plane extending through the center of the electric arc furnace and through a tapping hole or spout of the electric arc furnace so that the stirring direction axis is at an angle relative to the central plane, wherein the stirring direction axis intersects the central plane.

US Pat. No. 10,921,059

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A DRYER SYSTEM

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A dryer system, comprising:a plenum configured to receive air from an air source; and
an air knife structure comprising a first air knife section and a second air knife section,
wherein:
the plenum comprises an inner surface and an outer surface,
the inner surface comprises a first inner wall, a second inner wall, and a ceiling connecting the first inner wall and the second inner wall,
the first air knife section is configured to be coupled to at least the first inner wall of the plenum, and
the second air knife section is configured to be coupled to at least the second inner wall of the plenum that is opposite to and faces the first inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,921,058

FULLY AUTOMATIC CONVECTION CURRENT VACUUM FREEZE DRYING METHOD

VINAMIT USA LLC, Tigard,...

1. A method for vacuum freeze drying a product using an apparatus including a dryer unit, an ice condenser unit equipped with a plurality of elongated heat exchange tubes having radially arranged fins, a refrigerator unit, a vacuum pump unit, a cooling tower unit, a heater unit, a controller unit, and a memory device, said method comprising:selecting specific freeze drying settings of said product stored in said memory device;
loading said specific freeze drying settings into said controller unit for controlling of said apparatus;
performing a convection current freeze drying process which comprises accelerating a freezing rate in said ice condensing unit by using said plurality of elongate heat exchange tubes having radially arranged fins;
determining whether said convection current freeze drying process is operated in accordance to said specific freeze drying settings using a plurality of sensors and said controller unit to obtain sensed freeze drying settings, if sensed freeze drying settings are different from said specific freeze drying settings, then readjusting said sensed freeze drying settings using said controller unit, and
if said sensed freeze drying settings are correct then packaging said product.

US Pat. No. 10,921,057

SUBSTRATE DRYING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate drying method for drying a front surface of a substrate having a pattern, the substrate drying method comprising:a sublimation-agent-liquid-film placing step of placing a liquid film of a liquid sublimation agent on the front surface of the substrate;
a high vapor-pressure liquid supply step of supplying a high vapor-pressure liquid that has vapor pressure higher than the sublimation agent to a rear surface that is a surface on a side opposite to the front surface in the substrate;
a vaporizing/cooling step of, after the liquid film of the sublimation agent is placed on the front surface of the substrate, stopping supplying the high vapor-pressure liquid, and, as a result, losing vaporization heat in response to vaporization of the high vapor-pressure liquid, and, as a result, cooling the sublimation agent, and, as a result, solidifying the liquid film of the sublimation agent, and, as a result, forming a sublimation-agent film on the front surface of the substrate; and
a sublimating step of sublimating the sublimation-agent film.

US Pat. No. 10,921,056

COATED MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DRYING COATED MEDICAL DEVICES

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A method for drying a medical device, the method comprising:disposing a medical device within a drying apparatus;
wherein the medical device includes a metallic stent or a polymeric stent;
wherein the drying apparatus includes a variable frequency microwave heating device;
wherein the medical device includes a substrate, the substrate including an active pharmaceutical ingredient and a solvent; and
shielding one or more sections of the medical device;
heating the medical device with the drying apparatus, wherein heating evaporates at least a portion of the solvent and results in crystal formation of at least a part of the active pharmaceutical ingredient, wherein the crystal formation has a substantially uniform crystal structure and results in molecules of the active pharmaceutical ingredient at least partially having a parallel alignment,
wherein heating the medical device with the drying apparatus includes cycling the variable frequency microwave heating device across the frequency band.

US Pat. No. 10,921,055

METHOD OF COOLING A BEVERAGE CONTAINER

PepsiCo, Inc., Purchase,...

1. A method of cooling a beverage container in a retail setting, the method comprising:detecting a beverage container in a cup holder, wherein the cup holder is part of a cooling engine supported by a frame configured for placement in the retail setting, the cup holder in thermally conductive contact with the beverage container through a gap filler;
determining a temperature of the beverage container;
cooling, by a cooling device, the beverage container to a selected temperature; and
after cooling the beverage container to the selected temperature, storing the beverage container in an insulated storage chamber separate from the cooling engine to prevent warming,
wherein the insulated storage chamber is supported by the frame, and wherein the cooling engine is mounted to the frame outside of the insulated storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,921,054

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a main body having a storage chamber;
a door opening or closing the storage chamber; and
a dispenser provided at the door,
wherein the dispenser comprises:
a dispenser housing having:
a top surface;
a bottom surface; and
a recessed surface that is defined between the top surface and the bottom surface, and is recessed backward into the door to define a container accommodation space;
an ice chute forwardly protruding from the recessed surface and downwardly extending from the top surface to be disposed in the container accommodation space, the ice chute having:
a front surface;
both side surface defined at both side edges of the front surface, the side surfaces being spaced apart from both side edges of the dispenser housing; and
a bottom surface having an ice discharge hole; and
a water chute provided at a front end of the ice discharge hole of the ice chute;
a push pad located in the container accommodation space; and
a control panel unit mounted on the front surface of the ice chute, the control panel unit comprising:
a display part; and
a dispensing mode selection part.

US Pat. No. 10,921,053

DOMESTIC APPLIANCE COMPRISING ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR RECESSED GRIP

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A household appliance, comprising:a door having a recessed handle;
an illumination device for shining light onto said recessed handle, said illumination device having a projection device for projecting information onto said recessed handle; and
said recessed handle being set up as an operating device having at least one actuation region for operating the household appliance, wherein labeling information is projected onto said at least one actuation region for labeling said at least one actuation region, by way of said projection device.

US Pat. No. 10,921,052

REFRIGERATOR AND ELEVATION DEVICE FOR REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. An elevation device for a refrigerator, comprising:a lower frame configured to be fixed to a bottom of a drawer, the drawer being configured to insert into and withdraw from the refrigerator;
an upper frame disposed vertically above the lower frame and configured to support an object stored in the drawer; and
a lifting assembly comprising:
a pair of first rods comprising a first rod, the pair of first rods having a first end rotatably coupled to the lower frame and a second end configured to translate along the upper frame; and
a pair of second rods comprising a second rod, the pair of second rods having a first end rotatably coupled to the upper frame and a second end configured to translate along the lower frame,
wherein the second rod is rotatably coupled to the first rod, and crosses the first rod,
wherein the first rod or the second rod is connected to a driving device via the first end of the first rod or the second rod, with the driving device disposed outside the upper frame and outside the lower frame and configured to transmit power,
wherein the pair of first rods and the pair of second rods are configured to, based on the power transmitted from the driving device, rotate about their respective first ends to elevate the upper frame relative to the lower frame,
wherein the elevation device further comprises a rotation shaft that passes through the lower frame, that protrudes from the lower frame to an outside of the lower frame, and that is configured to be connected to the driving device at the outside of the lower frame, and
wherein the first rod is configured to rotate about the rotation shaft at the first end of the first rod.

US Pat. No. 10,921,051

ILLUMINATED SHELF FOR REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerated appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction, the vertical, lateral and transverse directions being mutually perpendicular, the refrigerated appliance comprising:an insulated cabinet extending from a top to a bottom along the vertical direction, the cabinet also extending from a left side to a right side along the lateral direction and from a front to a back along the transverse direction, a chilled food storage chamber defined within an interior of the insulated cabinet, an opening for receipt of food items defined in a front portion of the chilled food storage chamber, and a rear wall defined in a back portion of the chilled food storage chamber, the rear wall comprising a material that is at least partially opaque or semi-transparent;
an illuminated chamber defined within the cabinet behind the rear wall, the illuminated chamber separated from the food storage chamber by the at least partially opaque or semi-transparent material of the rear wall, the illuminated chamber comprising at least one light source positioned to emit light into the illuminated chamber; and
a shelf selectively mountable in one of a plurality of positions within the food storage chamber, the shelf comprising a light-transmitting body in optical communication with the illuminated chamber through the rear wall when the shelf is mounted within the food storage chamber, such that light from the light source of the illuminated chamber travels through the light-transmitting body whereby an edge of the shelf is illuminated by the light, and the shelf also comprising an opaque trim member adjacent to the light-transmitting body, the opaque trim member configured to provide a light guide for light from the illuminated chamber when the shelf is mounted within the food storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,921,050

SUPPORT ASSEMBLY FOR APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A vacuum insulated appliance, comprising:an outer wrapper;
an inner liner positioned within the outer wrapper;
a ladder rack coupled to the inner liner, wherein the ladder rack includes first and second sidewalls coupled together via a connecting wall that defines a plurality of apertures;
an adapter member including a hook configured to extend through an aperture of the plurality of apertures when coupled to the ladder rack;
a locking member that engages inner surfaces of the first and second sidewalls of the ladder rack, wherein the locking member has first and second arms that extend parallel to one another, and wherein each of the first and second arms includes a distal engagement portion that extends perpendicular to the first and second arms;
a cantilever support coupled to the adapter member and extending outward from the ladder rack;
a rail assembly coupled to an upper surface of the cantilever support;
a spacer coupled to an end of the cantilever support and abutting an inner liner surface; and
a storage feature coupled to the rail assembly and operable between stowed and deployed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,921,049

PUSH-THROUGH CONDITIONED AIR VESTIBULE AND CONTROLLER

HCR Inc., Lewistown, MT ...

1. A push through conditioned air vestibule unit configured to be positioned and provide access between a first room and a second room, the first room being warmer than the second room, the unit comprising:an air vestibule having a top side, a bottom side, a first lateral side, and a second lateral side, the top, bottom and first and second lateral sides forming a passage through the unit;
a plurality of movable barrier members mounted to the top side and extending toward the bottom side, and configured to reduce external air flow through the passage;
a first lateral side supply or return air duct and a second lateral side supply or return air duct, the first lateral side air duct configured to supply air to or return air from the top side from the first lateral side, the second lateral side air duct configured to bring air to the top side from the second lateral side;
an air moving device configured to receive or supply air from the first and second lateral side return air ducts and to move air into the passage;
a temperature conditioning device configured to adjust the temperature of air moved into the passage;
an external thermal sensor positioned outside of the passage and configured to measure a temperature in the first room;
an internal thermal sensor configured to measure a temperature within the passage;
an external humidity sensor positioned outside of the passage and configured to measure humidity in the first room;
an internal humidity sensor configured to measure humidity within the passage;
a system controller in communication with the external and internal thermal sensors and the external and internal humidity sensors, the system controller configured to determine a partial pressure of moisture vapor internal to the passage using the temperature and humidity measured only in the passage and a partial pressure of moisture vapor of the first room using the temperature and humidity measured only in the first room, and to increase the temperature of air moved into the passage using the temperature conditioning device if the partial pressure of moisture vapor internal to the passage is not greater than or equal to the partial pressure of moisture vapor of the first room only.

US Pat. No. 10,921,048

REFRIGERATOR DOOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator door comprising:a front panel that is made of a steel material and that defines a front appearance of the refrigerator door, the front panel defining a plurality of first through holes and comprising an input unit;
a door liner that is coupled to the front panel and that defines a rear appearance of the refrigerator door;
a cap decoration unit that seals a side surface between the front panel and the door liner;
a frame attached to a rear surface of the front panel, the frame defining a first space within a second space that is defined by the front panel, the door liner, and the cap decoration unit;
a display assembly disposed inside of the first space between the frame and the front panel and configured to emit light through the plurality of first through holes;
a touch sensor assembly disposed between the front panel and the display assembly, the touch sensor assembly being fixed to the rear surface of the front panel at a position corresponding to the input unit and a reinforcement member disposed at the rear surface of the front panel and configured to reinforce a strength of the front panel, the reinforcement member being disposed higher than the touch sensor assembly,
wherein the cap decoration unit defines a communication hole configured to allow access to the second space, and comprises a cap cover configured to block the communication hole.

US Pat. No. 10,921,047

HOME APPLIANCE DEVICE

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A home appliance device, comprising:a machine compartment having at least one wall section, the wall section having a slot formed therein;
a compressor which is arrangeable inside the machine compartment; and
a fixation unit for removably mounting the compressor to the wall section the fixation unit having a rail attached to the compressor, the rail having a hook, the hook configured for being received in the slot and displaceable in a longitudinal direction of the rail into a mounted position engaged with an edge of the slot for removably securing the rail to the wall section.

US Pat. No. 10,921,046

METHOD FOR DEFROSTING AN EVAPORATOR OF A SEALED SYSTEM

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for defrosting an evaporator of a sealed system, the method comprising:determining that a defrost cycle is needed to remove frost from the evaporator;
initiating the defrost cycle in response to determining that the defrost cycle is needed;
stopping the defrost cycle;
determining, after the defrost cycle has been stopped, that the defrost cycle failed to defrost the evaporator;
repeating the defrost cycle until a predetermined number of defrost cycles have been performed; and
preventing further operation of the sealed system if the predetermined number of defrost cycles have been performed unsuccessfully.

US Pat. No. 10,921,045

ROLL-BONDED EVAPORATOR AND METHOD OF FORMING THE EVAPORATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a freezer compartment;
a freezer door configured to selectively seal the freezer compartment;
a refrigeration system configured to chill the freezer compartment, the refrigeration system including:
a roll-bonded evaporator being formed from a first sheet and a second sheet roll bonded together in face to face relationship and having a length, a width, a proximal end and a distal end, a conductive heater located between the sheets, and a refrigerant passageway system including a refrigerant channel, a refrigerant inlet and a refrigerant outlet, with the refrigerant channel being formed in a path extending from the inlet to the outlet and across a majority of the length and width of the evaporator and having at least one portion formed in a serpentine shape, the conductive heater being formed in a path with a first end located between the refrigerant inlet and the refrigerant outlet at the proximal end and wherein the conductive heater passes through the first sheet at the distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,921,044

REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A method for controlling a refrigerator, comprising:detecting a temperature of an evaporator of the refrigerator by an evaporator temperature sensor that is located adjacent to an inlet of the evaporator, the inlet being configured to introduce refrigerant into the evaporator;
operating a heater of the refrigerator in a first mode to increase the temperature of the evaporator of the refrigerator to a predetermined temperature, the first mode comprising a continuous operation of the heater;
determining a period of time taken to increase the temperature of the evaporator to the predetermined temperature;
determining whether the period of time is within a reference period of time;
based on a determination that the period of time is outside of the reference period of time, maintaining operation of the heater in the first mode;
based on a determination that the period of time is within the reference period of time, operating the heater in a second mode that is different from the first mode; and
terminating operation of the heater in the first mode or in the second mode based on the temperature of the evaporator corresponding to the predetermined temperature,
wherein operating the heater in the second mode comprises repeating activation and deactivation of the heater, and
wherein repeating activation and deactivation of the heater comprises:
turning on the heater for an on-time period and turning off the heater for an off-time period, and
maintaining a ratio of the off-time period to the on-time period at a constant value.

US Pat. No. 10,921,043

MODULAR HEAT TRANSFER SYSTEM

Tippmann Engineering, LLC...

1. A pallet rack assembly comprising:a pallet rack having a plurality of bays, each bay having:
a bay width sized to receive a palletized product assembly including a pallet with a plurality of stacked cases received thereon;
a bay height sized to receive the palletized product assembly; and
a bay depth sized to receive at least two of the palletized product assembly, such that each bay defines a rearward bay and a forward bay sized to receive the palletized product assembly; and
a modular air handler assembly received in at least one of the plurality of bays, the air handler assembly comprising:
an enclosure having a first airflow aperture facing toward the forward bay and a second airflow aperture facing away from the forward bay, the first airflow aperture of the enclosure sized to be substantially or completely blocked by the palletized product assembly when the palletized product assembly is positioned in the forward bay;
an air handler in fluid communication with the second airflow aperture of the enclosure, such that the air handler is operable to drive air through the palletized product assembly via the first airflow aperture when the air handler is activated; and
a frame assembly about the enclosure, the frame assembly comprising:
a base frame comprising a pair of base uprights on either side of the first airflow aperture, the base frame having a lower attachment point configured for attachment to the pallet rack; and
a telescoping frame comprising a pair of telescoping uprights slidably connected to the pair of base uprights, the telescoping frame having an attachment point configured for attachment to the pallet rack.

US Pat. No. 10,921,042

METHOD FOR REDUCING CONDENSER SIZE AND POWER ON A HEAT REJECTION SYSTEM

ROLLS-ROYCE NORTH AMERICA...

1. A heat transfer system comprising:a primary fluid; and
a primary fluid flow path, said primary fluid disposed in said primary fluid flow path, said primary fluid flow path comprising:
a heat exchanger having an inlet and an outlet, wherein said heat exchanger transfers heat into said primary fluid;
a compressor having a compressor inlet and a compressor outlet, wherein said compressor inlet is downstream of and coupled to said heat exchanger outlet by a heat-exchanger-compressor conduit;
a condenser having a condenser inlet and a condenser outlet, wherein said condenser inlet is downstream of and coupled to said compressor outlet by a compressor-condenser conduit, wherein said condenser transfers heat out of said primary fluid; and
a thermal energy storage (TES) section, said TES section comprising:
an inlet and an outlet, wherein said TES section inlet is downstream of and coupled to said condenser outlet by a condenser-TES-section conduit, and said TES-section outlet is upstream of and coupled to said heat exchanger inlet by a TES-section-heat-exchanger conduit;
a TES unit having an inlet and outlet, wherein said TES unit inlet is downstream of and coupled to said TES section inlet by a TES-section-TES-unit-inlet conduit and said TES unit outlet is upstream of and coupled to said TES Section outlet by a TES-unit-TES-section-outlet conduit;
a first pressure regulating valve downstream of said TES unit; and
a second pressure regulating valve upstream of said first pressure regulating valve and downstream of said condenser;
wherein said second pressure regulating valve maintains said primary fluid at said condenser outlet at a first state when the heat transferred into a portion of said primary fluid by said heat exchanger is equal to or less than the heat transferred out of said portion of said primary fluid by said condenser, and
wherein said first pressure regulating valve maintains said primary fluid at said TES unit outlet at said first state when the heat transferred into a portion of said primary fluid by said heat exchanger is greater than the heat transferred out of said portion of said primary fluid by said condenser, and
wherein said TES section maintains said primary fluid at said TES section outlet as a liquid-vapor mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,921,041

MOVABLE PLATEN COOLING APPARATUS AND MOVABLE PLATEN COOLING SYSTEM

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A movable platen cooling apparatus for cooling a movable platen that holds an object in a vacuum chamber, the cooling apparatus comprising:a compressor;
a cold head fixed to the vacuum chamber and including a cooling part disposed in the vacuum chamber;
a refrigerator gas supply line including a branching part, and supplying a refrigerant gas from the compressor to the cold head;
a refrigerator gas exhaust line including a merging part, and exhausting the refrigerant gas from the cold head to the compressor;
a first gas inflow line branching off from the refrigerator gas supply line at the branching part to connect to a first movable platen flow path such that the refrigerant gas flows from the compressor into the movable platen, the first gas inflow line including a heat exchange part thermally coupled to the cooling part;
a first gas outflow line connected to the first movable platen flow path such that the refrigerant gas flows out from the movable platen to the compressor, and merging with the refrigerator gas exhaust line at the merging part;
a second gas inflow line branching off from the refrigerator gas supply line at the branching part to connect to a second movable platen flow path such that the refrigerant gas flows from the compressor into the movable platen, the second gas inflow line being disposed to thermally non-coupled with the cooling part; and
a second gas outflow line connected to the second movable platen flow path such that the refrigerant gas flows out from the movable platen to the compressor, and merging with the refrigerator gas exhaust line at the merging part.

US Pat. No. 10,921,040

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a main body including a first storage chamber, a second storage chamber and a third storage chamber;
a compressor connected with a compressor suction path and a compressor discharge path;
a condenser connected with the compressor discharge path and a condenser outlet path; a first evaporator to cool the first storage chamber and connected with a first evaporator inlet path and a first evaporator outlet path;
a second evaporator to cool the second storage chamber and connected with a second evaporator inlet path and a second evaporator outlet path;
a third evaporator to cool the third storage chamber and connected with a third evaporator inlet path and a third evaporator outlet path;
a valve connected with the condenser outlet path and the first evaporator inlet path, the second evaporator inlet path and the third evaporator inlet path; and
a controller to control the compressor and the valve based on at least one mode,
wherein:
the first evaporator inlet path is directly connected to the valve and the first evaporator outlet path is directly connected to the compressor suction path downstream of the third evaporator,
the second evaporator inlet path is directly connected to the valve and the second evaporator outlet path is directly connected to the first evaporator inlet path, and
the third evaporator inlet path is directly connected to the valve and the third evaporator outlet path is directly connected to the compressor suction path.

US Pat. No. 10,921,039

FOOD STORAGE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to
control a display to display an image obtained by photographing an inside of the refrigerator,
in response to an object of a plurality of objects included in the displayed image being selected, generate a capture image of the selected object,
in response to a command for generating a tag user interface (UI) for tagging the selected object being received, control the display to display an input UI for receiving information to be included in the tag UI,
generate the tag UI based on the information being received by the input UI, and
control the display to display the generated tag UI in association with the capture image.

US Pat. No. 10,921,038

ACCESS PANEL

Carrier Corporation, Pal...

1. A system forming a vent assembly for use with a transport refrigeration unit, the system comprising:a molded tub comprising:
a base;
a sidewall extending from the base; and
a mounting flange extending from the sidewall;
a pre-molded expanded material insert within the tub; and
a cover over the insert,wherein:the molded tub has a first port and a second port;
the insert has a first passageway in communication with the tub first port and a second passageway in communication with the second port; and
the system further comprises a rotary gate mounted to rotate around a gate axis between:
a closed condition blocking flow through the first passageway and the second passageway; and
an open condition allowing flow through the first passageway and the second passageway,
a position sensor of the rotary gate is mounted in the pre-molded expanded material insert.

US Pat. No. 10,921,037

CRYOGENIC LIQUID CHILLER WITH MULTI-FILL POINTS OPTIMIZED FOR EFFICIENCY, CAPABILITY, AND VERSATILITY

Reflect Scientific Inc., ...

1. A cryogenic liquid chiller to cool a liquid, comprising:a vessel to receive the liquid to be cooled;
a first heat exchanger located near the bottom of the vessel and having a cryogenic input port with parallel cryogenic paths, said first heat exchanger having concentric coils with first and second vertical paths connected thereto;
a cryogen valve;
one or more additional heat exchangers each having concentric coils with separate flow paths coupled in parallel to the cryogen valve further coupled to a pressurized cryogen source with parallel cryogenic paths in relation to the first heat exchanger and the one or more additional heat exchangers, wherein the first heat exchanger has a plurality of concentric heat exchange coil sections with different diameters nested inside each other with a predetermined submerged height;
a circulation pump to circulate the liquid in the vessel;
a motor providing a fill pump to move the liquid into the vessel from a liquid source in one direction and in a second direction providing a drain pump to move the liquid out of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,921,036

STAND-ALONE ICE MAKING APPLIANCE HAVING INSULATING OR SEALING FEATURES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

17. A stand-alone ice making appliance defining a plurality of mutually-orthogonal directions, the mutually-orthogonal directions including a lateral direction, a transverse direction, and a vertical direction, the stand-alone ice making appliance comprising:an outer casing defining an internal cavity, the internal cavity including a first primary opening and a second primary opening through which the internal cavity may be accessed;
a pump disposed within the outer casing to actively flow water therethrough;
a water tank selectively positioned within the internal cavity through the second primary opening in fluid communication with the pump, the water tank comprising
a plurality of walls defining a storage volume to receive water upstream from the pump, one wall of the plurality of walls being positioned across the second primary opening to restrict access to the internal cavity,
a fluid outlet defined through one wall of the plurality of walls, the fluid outlet being in fluid communication between the storage volume of the water tank and the pump,
a biased sealing plug paired with the fluid outlet, the biased sealing plug being urged toward the fluid outlet to selectively restrict fluid communication therethrough, and
a perforated plate positioned over the biased sealing plug between the storage volume of the water tank and the fluid outlet;
a plug prong fixed within the outer casing and selectively mated with the biased sealing plug to urge the biased sealing plug away from the fluid outlet;
an ice maker, the ice maker in fluid communication with the storage volume of the water tank to receive water therefrom; and
a container selectively positioned within the internal cavity through the first primary opening, the container defining a storage volume to receive ice from the ice maker.

US Pat. No. 10,921,035

CLEAR ICE MAKING APPLIANCE AND METHOD OF SAME

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

9. A method of forming substantially clear ice comprising the steps of:providing an icemaker within a refrigerated appliance, the icemaker comprising:
an ice mold having a full capacity comprising a plurality of ice wells;
a motor operably connected to the ice mold and capable of rotating the ice mold; and
a fill tube fluidly connected to a source of household water;
filling the ice mold with a seed fill of water which is about 20% of the full capacity of the ice mold;
rotating the ice mold clockwise from about 30 degrees to about 50 degrees from horizontal and thereafter pausing for first period of time of at least about 3 seconds;
rotating the ice mold counter-clockwise from about 30 degrees to about 50 degrees from horizontal and thereafter pausing for a second period of time of at least about 3 seconds;
rotating the ice mold back to a substantially horizontal position;
filling the ice mold with water to the full capacity of the ice mold; and
freezing the water in the ice mold.

US Pat. No. 10,921,034

REFRIGERATION CYCLE DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A refrigeration cycle device comprising:a compressor that compresses and discharges a refrigerant;
a radiator that dissipates heat from the refrigerant;
a decompression device that decompresses the refrigerant;
an evaporator that evaporates the refrigerant; and
a heat storage member provided in a refrigerant flow passage through which the refrigerant circulates, the heat storage member being made of a strongly correlated electron-based solid material that stores or dissipates heat by undergoing a phase transition between a metal and an insulator, the heat storage member having a plurality of holes extending from an inlet side to an outlet side of the heat storage member, and the heat storage member being configured to store and dissipate heat by the strongly correlated electron-based material directly contacting the refrigerant circulating through the plurality of holes extending from the inlet side to the outlet side of the heat storage member, wherein
during a normal operation, the heat storage member stores heat contained in high-pressure refrigerant that circulates through the refrigerant flow passage from a discharge side of the compressor, and
during a defrosting operation, the heat storage member dissipates heat into the refrigerant that circulates through the refrigerant flow passage leading to the evaporator and to heat and remove frost formed on the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 10,921,033

HORIZONTAL GAS-LIQUID SEPARATOR FOR AIR CONDITIONER, AND AIR CONDITIONER

1. A horizontal gas-liquid separator for an air conditioner, comprising:a housing defining a cavity, the cavity has a gas outlet formed in a top of the cavity and a liquid outlet formed in a bottom of the cavity, a minimum distance between the gas outlet and a left sidewall of the cavity being denoted by L1, and a minimum distance between the liquid outlet and the left sidewall of the cavity being denoted by L2; and
a refrigerant inlet pipe located on the left side wall of the housing and having an end extending into the cavity, a distance between an end face of the end of the refrigerant inlet pipe and the left sidewall being denoted by L3, and the L3 being greater than or equal to the L1, the L3 being greater than or equal to the L2;
wherein an inner diameter of the gas outlet is denoted by D5, a maximum vertical distance between the gas outlet and the left sidewall of the cavity is denoted by La, and the La, the L3 and the D5 satisfy: D5?La?L3+D5/2.

US Pat. No. 10,921,032

METHOD OF AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING REFRIGERANT PRESSURE IN HVAC SYSTEMS

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

16. A heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, comprising:a receptacle;
a first tube comprising a first end and a second end, the first tube coupled to a manifold at the first end and coupled to the receptacle at the second end, the manifold coupled to a condenser of the HVAC system and configured to receive refrigerant from at least one outlet of a first pass of tubing for routing refrigerant through the condenser;
wherein the receptacle is in fluid communication with the at least one outlet of the first pass of tubing through the condenser via the first tube, the first tube configured to form a conduit for refrigerant migration into the receptacle in response to, at least, one or more high refrigerant pressures within the HVAC system, and the first tube configured to form a conduit for refrigerant draining from the receptacle in response to, at least, one or more low refrigerant pressures within the HVAC system;
a first valve coupled to the first tube, the first valve configured to permit refrigerant to migrate into or drain from the receptacle when open, the first valve further configured to prevent refrigerant to migrate into or drain from the receptacle when closed;
wherein the second end of the first tube is disposed at a position vertically higher than the first end of the first tube; and
wherein refrigerant within the receptacle drains from the receptacle via the first tube in response to, at least, the force of gravity.

US Pat. No. 10,921,031

HEAT PUMP WITH A GAS TRAP, METHOD FOR OPERATING WITH A GAS TRAP, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A HEAT PUMP WITH A GAS TRAP

EFFICIENT ENERGY GMBH, F...

1. A heat pump comprising:a condenser for condensing compressed working vapor;
a gas trap coupled to the condenser via a foreign gas feed inlet and comprising:
a housing comprising a foreign gas feed entrance;
a working liquid feed inlet into the housing; and
a working liquid discharge outlet from the housing; and
a gas pump for pumping off gas from the housing,
wherein the housing, the working liquid feed inlet and the working liquid discharge outlet are configured such that during operation of the heat pump, a working liquid flow takes place, within the housing, from the working liquid feed inlet to the working liquid discharge outlet,
wherein the working liquid feed inlet is coupled to the heat pump so as to direct, during operation of the heat pump, working liquid which is colder than a working vapor to be condensed within the condenser,
wherein the housing is arranged perpendicularly or obliquely in a direction of the operation of the heat pump, the working liquid feed inlet being arranged above the working liquid discharge outlet, and
wherein the foreign gas feed entrance is arranged below the working liquid feed inlet and above the working liquid discharge outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,921,030

THERMAL ENERGY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION

ERDA MASTER IPCO LIMITED,...

20. A method of operating a thermal energy system, the thermal energy system comprising a first thermal system, the method comprising the steps of:(a) providing a first thermal system having a heating demand;
(b) providing a first heat exchanger system coupled to a first remote heat source containing a working fluid;
(c) providing a second heat exchanger system to be coupled to ambient air as a second heat source;
(d) flowing fluid around a fluid loop interconnecting the first thermal system, the first heat exchanger system and the second heat exchanger system to receive heat simultaneously from the first and second heat sources; and
(e) selectively altering an order of the first heat exchanger system and the second heat exchanger system in relation to a fluid flow direction around the fluid loop.

US Pat. No. 10,921,029

TEST CHAMBER

WEISS UMWELTTECHNIK GMBH,...

1. A test chamber (10) for conditioning air, comprising a test space (12) which serves to receive test material and which can be closed off from the surroundings and which is temperature-insulated, and a temperature control device (11) for controlling the temperature of the test space, the temperature control device allowing a temperature in a temperature range of 80° C. to +180° C., to be established within the test space, the temperature control device having a cooling device (16) comprising a cooling circuit (17) with a refrigerant, a heat exchanger (18) disposed in the test space, a compressor (19), a condenser (20), and an expansion element (21), wherein the refrigerant is an azeotropic or zeotropic refrigerant mixture of a mass percentage of carbon dioxide of 0.2 to 0.8 and a mass percentage of pentafluoroethane of 0.1 to 0.4, the refrigerant having a relative CO2 equivalent of <3000, with respect to 20 years.

US Pat. No. 10,921,028

SOLAR STRUCTURE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method, comprising:receiving configuration input for a solar structure comprising (i) a solar module and (ii) a reflector array arranged around the periphery of the solar module in a non-rectangular configuration, wherein the reflector array comprises a plurality of solar reflectors whose orientation with respect to the solar module can be changed, wherein the reflectors of the reflector array arranged in a non-rectangular configuration produce a reflection profile where reflected light is reflected onto only the solar module;
the configuration input comprising (i) a geographical location of the solar structure, (ii) module configuration input specifying dimensions of the solar module and the number of solar cells within the solar module, and (iii) reflector configuration input identifying the number of solar reflectors within the reflector array and dimensions of each of the solar reflectors;
identifying the position of the sun relative to the solar structure;
determining, for each solar reflector and based upon the identified position of the sun and the configuration input, an angle between the solar reflector and the solar module corresponding to a predetermined power gain for the solar module, wherein the determining comprises (i) for each of the solar reflectors, identifying the corresponding area of the solar module that is illuminated by the solar reflector and (ii) totaling the contributions from each of the solar reflectors to calculate an irradiance for each of the number of solar cells within the solar module;
adjusting the angles of at least some of the solar reflectors with respect to the solar module to angles determined to correspond to the predetermined power gain using at least one actuator, coupled to each solar reflector, that provides actuation of the solar reflector in a direction fore and aft with respect to the solar module; and
dynamically clustering, responsive to adjusting the at least some of the solar reflectors and based upon calculating the irradiance for each of the number of solar cells, the number of solar cells within the solar module into no more than a maximum number of a plurality of strings, wherein, within a given of the plurality of strings, each solar cell connected together within a given of the plurality of strings has an irradiance similar to that of other solar cells within the given string, wherein dynamically clustering comprises electrically connecting each solar cell within a given string together using switching circuits, wherein at least one of the plurality of strings comprises a set of solar cells having a non-linear path between a beginning connection point of the at least one of the plurality of strings and a terminal connection point of the at least one of the plurality of stings, wherein the maximum number of the plurality of strings is identified based upon a statistical irradiance profile for the geographical location.

US Pat. No. 10,921,027

SOLAR THERMAL CONCENTRATOR AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A concentrator tube extending from a distal end to a proximal end, the concentrator tube comprising:a trough shaped reflector portion extending between the proximal end and the distal end and defining an upper opening, the reflector portion configured to concentrate light from a source onto an absorber;
a light transmissive aperture member closing the upper opening of the trough shaped reflector portion, the light transmissive aperture member formed integrally with the trough shaped reflector portion through an extrusion process such that a volume enclosed by the concentrator tube is formed as whole via the extrusion process, wherein the tube concentrates light incident through the aperture member at angles to an optic axis less than an acceptance angle with an optical efficiency greater than 80%; and
the absorber located within the tube;
wherein:
the reflector portion is configured such that substantially any radiation energy emitted from the absorber onto the reflector portion is either directed to the source or directed back to the absorber; and
each end of the concentrator tube is sealed such that the concentrator tube encloses the volume between the trough shaped reflector portion, the light transmissive aperture member, and the sealed ends of the concentrator tube, the volume being substantially evacuated, and
the reflector portion and the aperture member are formed by rolling a mandrel on an outside surface of a softened glass tube.

US Pat. No. 10,921,026

HEATING HEAT-SOURCE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

NORITZ CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A heating heat-source apparatus, comprising:a heating structure configured to heat a thermal medium;
a heating circulating path configured to circulate the thermal medium heated by the heating structure between a heating terminal and the heating heat-source apparatus upon performance of a heating operation;
a plurality of input circuits configured to receive a plurality of pieces of heating demand information independent of each other;
a setting part configured to set one input circuit of the plurality of input circuits to a use state;
a control part configured to control the heating structure on the basis of heating demand information from the input circuit in the use state while receiving specified information for specifying the input circuit in the use state set by the setting part; and
a reporting part,
wherein each of the plurality of pieces of heating demand information is provided to the corresponding input circuit as voltage information having a predetermined voltage range,
each of the plurality of input circuits is configured to output a voltage value based on the provided voltage information to the control part, and
the control part reports an abnormality using the reporting part when the voltage value output from the input circuit in the use state deviates from an output voltage range output by the input circuit specified in the specified information, wherein each of the plurality of input circuits comprises a conversion circuit configured to convert the voltage information into a voltage that is able to be input to the control part and output the converted voltage to the control part,
the conversion circuit is configured such that the predetermined voltage range of the voltage information is reduced to be narrower than a voltage range that is able to be input to the control part, and
when the voltage information is not input, a voltage value inside the voltage range that is able to be input to the control part and outside the output voltage range is output to the control part.

US Pat. No. 10,921,025

HOT WATER TANK

NATIONAL MACHINE GROUP, ...

1. A water heater comprising:a water tank having an interior volume, comprising:
an input line for receiving water into the water tank; and
an output line for dispensing heated water from the water tank; and
a flow-through heating element having an elongated channel passing through the bottom wall of the water tank, comprising:
a first opening outside of the water tank for receiving water from the water tank; and
a second opening located within the interior volume for re-injecting water heated by the flow-through heating element into the water tank;
wherein the flow-through heating element creates an upward water pressure that induces the flow of water from the first opening to the second opening by the application of heat.

US Pat. No. 10,921,024

DRAIN FEATURE FOR A JUNCTION BOX OF A WATER HEATER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A water heater appliance, comprising:a casing having a top cover and a wrapper coupled with the top cover;
a tank positioned within the casing and defining a chamber for heating water;
a heating source in thermal communication with the tank for selectively heating water within the chamber;
a junction box mounted to the top cover, the junction box having a floor defining an outlet, the floor of the junction box being positioned at a bottom portion of the junction box; and
a drain conduit connected to the outlet for draining fluid from the junction box.

US Pat. No. 10,921,023

SYSTEM FOR AIR-CONDITIONING AND HOT-WATER SUPPLY

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A system for air-conditioning and hot-water supply and configured to selectively perform a cooling operation and a heating operation, comprising:an outdoor unit having a compressor and an outdoor heat exchanger;
at least one or more indoor units each of which is connected to the outdoor unit and includes an indoor heat exchanger;
a hot-water supply unit connected to the outdoor unit so as to be arranged in parallel to the at least one or more indoor units and including a refrigerant-water heat exchanger;
a controller configured to, upon occurrence of a request for hot-water supply from the hot-water supply unit while the cooling operation is being performed by at least one indoor unit among the at least one or more indoor units, transmit to each of the at least one indoor units performing the cooling operation, a fan-stop command to stop a fan arranged at each of the at least one indoor units and then to start the heating operation in accordance with the request.

US Pat. No. 10,921,022

HEATING DEVICE

1. A heating device comprising:a housing having an opening and surrounding an interior space, wherein the housing includes a reflective surface is on an inner surface of the housing, such that infrared radiation is confined to the interior space,
a fan arranged in proximity to the housing,
a heating element arranged in the housing, and
a heat distribution element arranged in the housing and in proximity to the heating element, the heat distribution element being perforated by several holes that are formed in the heat distribution element and evenly distributed across the heat distribution element, wherein the several holes forming perforations on the heat distribution element define a free space that is free of other elements,
wherein:
the heating element is adapted to generate heat,
the heat distribution element is adapted to transfer the heat generated by the heating element to air in the interior space, and
the fan is adapted to provide a flow of air through the interior space of the housing such that the air is heated and the heated air leaves the housing through the opening;
wherein the heat distribution element is formed with several perforated plates, wherein the perforated plates pairwise encircle an acute angle.

US Pat. No. 10,921,021

MODULAR BLOOD WARMER

WWT Technischer Geraeteba...

1. A blood warmer comprising:an inlet for blood;
an outlet for blood;
a first heating plate;
a second heating plate;
an exchangeable rigid conductor for the blood, wherein said rigid conductor is directly or indirectly fluidically connected to said inlet and said outlet, said rigid conductor being disposed between said first heating plate and said second heating plate;
a medium, said medium having a higher thermal conductivity than air and being at least partially statically disposed in an intermediate space which remains between said rigid conductor and said first heating plate and/or which remains between said rigid conductor and said second heating plate, wherein said intermediate space is defined by a surface roughness of said first heating plate, of said second heating plate and/or of said rigid conductor; and
a bag disposed between said first and said second heating plates and next to said intermediate space, wherein said medium is disposed in said bag such that said medium is pressed out of said bag and enters said intermediate space when said first and said second heating plates are brought together.

US Pat. No. 10,921,020

AIR FILTER COMPRISING FRAME WITH BOWED INNER EDGE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A framed air filter, comprising:an air filter media comprising a generally rectangular perimeter with four major edges;
and,
a frame comprising four frame portions, each frame portion being mounted on one of the four major edges of the air filter media and with neighboring frame portions meeting to form corners of the frame,
wherein at least one of the frame portions is provided by a frame piece that comprises first, second, third and fourth panels that are foldably connected by fold lines, which single frame piece is wrapped in a generally rectangular configuration so that the fourth panel comprises a forward terminal end that is abutted proximal a rearward major surface of the first panel,
wherein the fourth panel provides an inner sidewall of the frame portion and the first panel provides a front wall of the frame portion, and wherein a segment of a border area of the air filter media is sandwiched between the forward terminal end of the fourth panel and the rearward major surface of the first panel,
and, wherein the third panel provides a rear wall of the frame portion, which rear wall exhibits an inner edge that is provided by a fold line that foldably connects the third panel to the fourth panel, and wherein the inner edge of the rear wall is bowed so as to exhibit a bowing ratio of from at least 0.5 mm, to about 2.0 mm, of bow per 10 cm of length of the frame portion.

US Pat. No. 10,921,019

CEILING CONCEALED AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A ceiling concealed air-conditioning apparatus comprising:a box-shaped air-conditioning apparatus body having an open bottom; and
an exterior panel attached to a lower part of the air-conditioning apparatus body, wherein
the exterior panel comprises a panel body covering the open bottom of the air-conditioning apparatus body; and a panel unit removably attached to a lower part of the panel body,
the panel body includes an opening at an area where the panel unit is attached to the panel body, and further includes a string hanger to hang a string at a corner of the opening, the string hanger being integral with the panel body and protruding to an inside of the opening, and
the panel unit includes a holding part to hold the string on a surface of the panel unit facing the panel body, the holding part being integral with the panel unit, one end of a loop of the string being held by the holding part and an other end of the loop of the string being hung on the string hanger to connect the panel body and the panel unit with the string, and the opening is provided so as to face a working space of the air-conditioning apparatus body, wherein
a distance between a distal end of the string hanger and a face of the opening is larger than a diameter of the string under tension and smaller than a natural diameter of the string.

US Pat. No. 10,921,018

SELF-SEALING VENT ASSEMBLY

8. A method of manufacturing a resealable vent, the method comprising:locating a plurality of retaining members within or adjacent to a plurality of bead holes having a matrix configuration within a bead container;
placing a plurality of beads of a hydrophilic substance in respective bead holes of the plurality of bead holes; and
securing a vent cover over the bead container and the plurality of retaining member to define a housing, the vent cover having a plurality of vent holes, each vent hole disposed above a respective bead hole of the bead holes to define a discrete passage through the housing to permit a fluid to flow through the housing, each retaining member configured to retain the bead within the respective bead hole, each bead defined to operationally expand from a contracted state to an expanded state within the respective bead hole in order to constrict the flow of the fluid through the housing,wherein the flow of fluid through the housing occurs through each bead hole and around the respective bead and,wherein when each bead operationally expands it blocks the flow around the bead in the respective bead hole.

US Pat. No. 10,921,017

SYSTEMS, APARATUSES, AND METHODS OF AIR CIRCULATIONS USING COMPACT ECONOMIZERS

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. An economizer, comprising:an economizer plenum,
a partition member separating the economizer plenum into a return chamber and a mixing chamber, the return chamber and the mixing chamber being fluidically connected,
a return air fan disposed within the return chamber,
an air return inlet disposed within the return chamber,
an air exhaust outlet disposed within the return chamber and on a first wall of the economizer plenum,
an air supply outlet disposed within the mixing chamber, and
a fresh air inlet disposed within the mixing chamber and on a second wall of the economizer plenum, the second wall opposing the first wall, and the second wall being parallel to the first wall,
wherein the partition member includes an angled section with angle ?,
the angle ? is configurable to allow variable placement of the fresh air inlet so that the air exhaust outlet and the fresh air inlet overlap each other along the length direction of the first wall and of the second wall to obtain compactness of the economizer plenum.

US Pat. No. 10,921,016

INTEGRATED CONTROL BOX FOR HVAC UNITS

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A control box configured to connect to heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, comprising:an outer housing;
a divider wall located within the outer housing and separating a high voltage section of the control box and a low voltage section of the control box;
a controller disposed within the low voltage section;
first wiring extending from the controller to the HVAC equipment via a first passage formed in the outer housing to enable the controller to control operation of the HVAC equipment;
second wiring extending between the low voltage section and the high voltage section via a second passage formed in the divider wall to enable supply of electrical power to the controller via the high voltage section; and
a cover configured to engage the outer housing to cover the low voltage section while exposing the high voltage section, wherein the cover comprises a main face and a lower flange that extends from the main face, wherein the lower flange is configured to be aligned with the divider wall when the cover is coupled to the divider wall.

US Pat. No. 10,921,015

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADJUSTMENT OF HEAT EXCHANGER POSITION

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system, comprising:a heating coil; and
an actuation system configured to couple to the heating coil, wherein the actuation system comprises an actuator and a tether configured to extend between the actuator and the heating coil, wherein the actuator is configured to retrieve and release the tether to rotatably position the heating coil in a first orientation crosswise to an airflow path in a heating mode and to rotatably position the heating coil in a second orientation substantially removed from the airflow path in a cooling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,921,014

SMART THERMOSTAT POWER CONTROL APPARATUS

1. A smart thermostat power and control apparatus, the control apparatus comprising:a first integrated smart thermostat (400a) and a first switch element (426a);
the first integrated smart thermostat (400a) including a first diode (501a) and at least one switch (816) connected to at least one terminal wherein the first diode (501a) is configured to electrically connect to a second diode (502) in the first switch element (426a), and the first diode (501a) is further configured to conduct at least one rectified 24 VAC control voltage signal from the first integrated smart thermostat (400a) to the second diode (502) in the first switch element (426a); and
the first switch element (426a) comprising:
the second diode (502) configured to electrically connect to at least one first switch device, the first diode (501a), and a COM B terminal (411a) of the first integrated smart thermostat (400a), wherein the second diode (502) is configured to conduct at least one signal selected from the group consisting of: the at least one rectified 24 VAC control voltage signal from the first diode (501a) to energize the at least one first switch device, and a first rectified current signal (651) to charge a battery (404) of the first integrated smart thermostat (400a);
a third diode (503) configured to electrically connect to the COM B terminal (411a) of the first integrated smart thermostat (400a) and further configured to conduct a second rectified current signal (652) to charge the battery (404) of the first integrated smart thermostat (400a); and
the at least one first switch device configured to conduct at least one output control voltage signal based on receiving the at least one rectified 24 VAC control voltage signal from the first diode (501a), wherein the at least one output control voltage signal is selected from the group consisting of: a millivolt signal (554), and at least one 24 VAC control voltage signal.

US Pat. No. 10,921,013

ACTUATOR WITH STROKE DISPLACEMENT SETTING VIA A STROKE LIMITING ATTACHMENT

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. An actuator comprising:an actuator housing having a first engagement feature;
a driver;
a motor located within the actuator housing and configured to rotate the driver; and
a stroke limiting component coupled to the driver and having a second engagement feature,
wherein one of the first and second engagement features is a channel and another of the first and second engagement features is a protrusion, the protrusion configured to fit within the channel to define a stroke of the actuator based at least in part on a length of the channel or a length of the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,921,012

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPRESSOR OPTIMIZATION AND SYSTEM CYCLING USING AMBIENT AIR FOR COOLING OR HEATING

EnTouch Controls Inc., R...

1. A method for operating an HVAC system comprising a heat exchanging coil, one or more compressors, and an HVAC controller, the method comprising:receiving, at the HVAC controller, a temperature request for a climate controlled space;
determining a basis air temperature of the climate controlled space using at least one sensor in the climate controlled space;
determining an ambient air temperature;
determining a return air temperature using a return air sensor;
determining based on the ambient air temperature and the return air temperature that a mixture of ambient air and return air can be used to fulfill the temperature request;
restricting operation of a compressor;
supplying the mixture of ambient air and return air to the climate controlled space;
determining a supply air temperature using a sensor in the supply airstream;
determining a current temperature of the climate controlled space; and
adjusting the supply air temperature by turning the compressor off and on to extract a maximum amount of energy from the heat exchanging coil and modulate the supply air temperature based on at least the determined supply air temperature, the determined current temperature of the climate controlled space, and the determined ambient temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,921,011

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENT AIRFLOW CONTROL IN HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING, AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A method for controlling flow rate in a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) system including one or more compressors and one or more blowers, comprising:determining whether the HVACR system is in a partial load condition;
determining, using a processor, an operational flow rate by:
determining a compressor power consumption as a function of a flow rate, based on efficiency data for the one or more compressors;
determining a blower power consumption as a function of the flow rate, based on airflow power consumption data for the one or more blowers;
determining the flow rate having a value for a sum of the compressor power consumption and the blower power consumption that is less than a sum of the compressor power consumption and the blower power consumption at a rated minimum speed of the one or more blowers; and
setting the flow rate having the value for a sum of the compressor power consumption and the blower power consumption as the operational flow rate; and
when the HVACR system is in the partial load condition and at least one of the one or more compressors are in operation, operating the one or more blowers of the HVACR system at the determined operational flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,921,010

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH SIMULATION AND USER ACTION REINFORCEMENT MACHINE LEARNING

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A method for controlling energy usage of one or more building devices associated with a building space, the method comprising:simulating, by one or more processing circuits, one or more operating values of the one or more building devices for a plurality of environmental conditions by varying the one or more operating values;
determining, by the one or more processing circuits, penalties associated with the one or more operating values of the one or more building devices by detecting and recording user behavior that causes a value of at least one of the plurality of environmental conditions of the building space to change, determining the penalties comprising increasing a number of the penalties associated with a first set of the one or more operating values responsive to detecting the user behavior that causes the value of one or more of the plurality of environmental conditions associated with the first set of the one or more operating values to change;
selecting, by the one or more processing circuits, one or more selected operating values from the one or more operating values based on one or more predicted environmental conditions and a penalty probability associated with each of the one or more operating values, wherein the penalty probability is based on the number of the penalties; and
operating, by the one or more processing circuits, the one or more building devices to control a physical condition of the building space based on the one or more selected operating values.

US Pat. No. 10,921,009

PORTABLE THERMOSTAT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A thermostat system, comprising:a portable thermostat configured to measure a first environmental condition of a first local environment of the portable thermostat, wherein the portable thermostat includes a user interface configured to receive, via selection of a user-selectable indicator displayed on the user interface, an input identifying the portable thermostat as a primary device of the thermostat system, wherein the user-selectable indicator is configured to indicate whether the portable thermostat is the primary device;
a control base configured to couple with and support the portable thermostat and to measure a second environmental condition of a second local environment of the control base; and
communication circuitry of the control base configured to control operation of a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system based on the first environmental condition of the first local environment when the portable thermostat is identified as the primary device and to control operation of the HVAC system based on the second environmental condition of the second local environment when the portable thermostat is not identified as the primary device.

US Pat. No. 10,921,008

INDOOR COMFORT CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH MULTI-PARTY ACCESS

Braeburn Systems LLC, Mo...

1. An indoor comfort control for controlling an indoor comfort system, the indoor comfort control comprising:i) a processing unit;
ii) a display device operatively coupled to said processing unit;
iii) a wireless transceiver operatively coupled to said processing unit, said wireless transceiver adapted to communicate with a wireless router to access the Internet;
iv) a specialized indoor comfort control computer program running on said processing unit;
v) said specialized indoor comfort control computer program adapted to:
1) receive a remote connection request from a third-party mobile communication device over the Internet to form a connection between said indoor comfort control and said third-party mobile communication device, said connection request corresponding to a third-party request, wherein:
a) said third-party request is initiated by a principal communication device and indicates an access date and time, an access time limit and said indoor comfort control;
b) said third-party mobile communication device is not said principal communication device;
c) said connection corresponds to said access date and time and is subjected to said access time limit for said third-party mobile communication device to access said indoor comfort control, and wherein
d) said third-party mobile communication device is adapted to confirm said third-party request to a cloud server system over the Internet;
2) receive a command from said third-party mobile communication device remotely over the Internet through said cloud server system, wherein said command directs said indoor comfort control to perform an action or return data;
3) process said command; and
4) provide a response to said command to said third-party mobile communication device remotely over the Internet through said cloud server system.

US Pat. No. 10,921,006

GREEN HVAC FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS/WAREHOUSES/MULTI LEVEL RESIDENTIALS

1. A system for regulating temperature between a higher elevation and a lower elevation of a single-story room of a building, the system comprising:a duct;
a higher elevation air blower system for moving higher elevation air into the lower elevation or exchanging the higher elevation air with outside air from an exterior of the building; wherein the higher elevation air blower system comprises at least one higher elevation blower that blows air in different directions, wherein the at least one higher elevation blower is located in the duct; and
a lower elevation air blower system for moving lower elevation air into the higher elevation or exchanging the lower elevation air with the exterior air from outside the building; wherein the lower elevation air blower system comprises at least one lower elevation blower that blows air in different directions, wherein the at least one lower elevation blower is located in the duct;
wherein the higher elevation blower system and the lower elevation blower system are powered by renewable energy generated from solar panels or a wind turbine;
wherein the higher elevation air blower system and the lower elevation air blower system are operated to regulate the temperature such that:
(i) the lower elevation air blower system blows the lower elevation air to the exterior of the building or draws the outdoor air into the lower elevation; and
(ii) the higher elevation air blower system blows the higher elevation air to the exterior of the building or draws the outdoor air into the higher elevation; and
(iii) the higher elevation air blower system moves the higher elevation air into the lower elevation simultaneously as the lower elevation air blower system moves the lower elevation air into the higher elevation.

US Pat. No. 10,921,005

METHOD OF OPERATING A HUMIDIFYING MODULE, HUMIDIFYING MODULE, AND INCUBATOR OR CLIMATIC CHAMBER WITH HUMIDIFYING MODULE

Binder GmbH, Tuttlingen ...

5. A humidifying module, comprising:a closed container comprising:
an interior subdivided into a steam volume and a liquid volume, wherein the steam volume is arranged above a water level of the liquid volume determined by a water fill level;
a water inlet;
a steam outlet specifying a maximum water level;
a heating device arranged in the interior of the closed container such that the heating device is partially submerged under the water level and the heating device protrudes partially out of the water level even with maximum filling of the container with water;
a temperature sensor positioned on an outer wall of the closed container in the area of the steam volume, within the steam volume or within the heating device; and
a control circuit that controls a water supply through the water inlet and controls a heat output of the heating device.

US Pat. No. 10,921,004

ANTIVIRAL AIR-FILTERING LIGHTING DEVICE

Aleddra Inc., Renton, WA...

1. A lighting device comprises:a housing;
two light sources comprising a first light source and a second light source;
an airway;
an air filter in the airway;
an air circulation mechanism corresponding to the airway;
wherein, in operation:
the housing houses the two light sources, the at least one airway, and the air filter,
the first light source emits predominantly visible light (>400 nm) and accounts for 100% of a light output of the lighting device,
the second light source is concealed inside the housing and has no contribution to the light output of the lighting device,
the at least one airway has an air inlet and an air outlet,
the air circulation mechanism sucks an ambient air through the air inlet, forces the air through the air filter, and releases the air through the air outlet,
the air filter traps airborne microbials on a surface thereof and has an antiviral photocatalytic coating on the surface,
the second light source is positioned adjacent to the air filter and activates a photocatalyst material in the antiviral photocatalytic coating, and
the airborne microbials trapped by the air filter are decomposed by the activated photocatalyst material in the antiviral photocatalytic coating.

US Pat. No. 10,921,003

SELF-POWER AIR REFRESHER SYSTEM

National Tsing Hua Univer...

1. A self-power air refresher system comprising:an air refresher apparatus comprising:
a fan;
a filter located on an air-outlet path of the fan to allow air introduced via the fan to pass therethrough; and
an energy storage device connected to the fan; and
a plant microbial fuel cell (PMFC) disposed on the air-outlet path, comprising:
soil contained in a container, the soil having microorganisms therein;
a plant planted in the soil in the container and generating electrons by interaction between roots of the plant and the microorganisms near the roots;
a first electrode disposed in the soil at a bottom of the container and electrically connected to the energy storage device; and
a second electrode disposed in the soil relative to the first electrode or on a surface of the soil and electrically connected to the energy storage device, wherein
the first electrode and the second electrode collect the electrons to generate power and transmit the power to the energy storage device so as to enable the energy storage device to supply the power to the fan, and
the air that has passed through the filter enters the soil of the PMFC, and is filtered by the plant then discharged from the container.

US Pat. No. 10,921,001

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION OF LIQUID DESICCANT IN MEMBRANE MODULES IN LIQUID DESICCANT AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

7AC Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A heat exchanger for use in a desiccant air conditioning system, comprising:a plurality of membrane-covered structures facing each other in a generally parallel arrangement and being spaced apart to define air channels therebetween through which an air flow to be treated by the desiccant air conditioning system can flow, each of said membrane-covered structures comprising:
a structure having a hollow interior portion defining a heat transfer fluid channel through which a heat transfer fluid can flow, said structure also having one or more outer hydrophobic polymer surfaces; and
one or more hydrophobic polymer membranes covering the one or more outer surfaces of the structure to define a liquid desiccant gap therebetween through which a liquid desiccant can flow, each membrane being heat sealed to the outer surface of the structure at discrete locations spaced apart by less than 50 mm on the outer surface to define liquid desiccant flow channels, wherein the liquid desiccant flow channels have a channel height measured from the outer surface to the membrane not exceeding 0.5 mm; and
a liquid desiccant pressure regulator connected to a liquid desiccant inlet of the heat exchanger, said pressure regulator configured to maintain a positive pressure at the liquid desiccant flow channels not exceeding a given preset value at a flow rate sufficient to fill each of the liquid desiccant flow channels across a given range of liquid desiccant temperature and concentration conditions, said liquid desiccant pressure regulator configured to divert a portion of the liquid desiccant flowing to the heat exchanger to a liquid desiccant tank in order to maintain a constant liquid desiccant pressure at the liquid desiccant flow channels.

US Pat. No. 10,921,000

LIMITING OPERATION OF A HVAC SYSTEM FOR LOW-NOISE MUNICIPALITIES

Trane International Inc.,...

1. A sound level control system comprising:a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system comprising a controller and an outdoor unit comprising a compressor and an outdoor fan; and
a communication device located at a predefined distance from the outdoor unit and communicatively coupled to the HVAC system, wherein the communication device comprises a processor and a sound sensor, wherein the processor is configured to:
receive first sound level measurements from the sound sensor in response to operating the outdoor unit in one of a cooling mode or heating mode;
determine a first rotational speed of the compressor based on the first sound level measurements;
determine a second rotational speed of the outdoor fan based on the first sound level measurements; and
transmit the first rotational speed and the second rotational speed to the controller,
wherein the controller is configured to:
receive the first rotational speed and the second rotational speed;
control the compressor to operate at or below the first rotational speed during a first time period;
control the outdoor fan to operate at or below the second rotational speed during the first time period;
receive an instruction related to selective control of the outdoor unit during the first time period;
selectively control the compressor to rotate at or below the first rotational speed, and the outdoor fan to rotate at or below the second rotational speed during the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,920,999

OUTDOOR UNIT FOR AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An outdoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:a partition plate for partitioning an inside of a casing in a rightward-and-leftward direction to form a fan chamber in which a heat exchanger and an air-sending fan are installed, and a machine chamber in which a compressor is arranged;
an electrical component unit arranged in an upper portion of the machine chamber;
a fan motor configured to drive the air-sending fan to rotate and including a lead wire which is led to the electrical component unit; and
a fan motor support positioned between the heat exchanger and the air-sending fan and configured to fix the fan motor, wherein the fan motor support includes
a pair of support columns arranged apart from each other in the rightward-and-leftward direction and extend in an upward-and-downward direction,
motor mounting surfaces, wherein each motor mounting surface is formed in a middle of the pair of support columns in the upward-and-downward direction, and each motor mounting surface is configured to mount the fan motor,
an intermediate transverse plate provided above or below the motor mounting surfaces in the middle of the pair of support columns in the upward-and-downward direction and extending across the pair of support columns in the rightward-and-leftward direction, and
a rightward-and-leftward direction guide piece formed to project in a direction toward the fan motor from a motor-facing surface of the intermediate transverse plate and from a position above or below the fan motor in a vertical direction and spaced apart from the fan motor in a state in which the fan motor is mounted to the motor mounting surfaces, wherein the rightward-and-leftward direction guide piece includes
a rightward-and-leftward direction guide groove formed to be opened in a direction opposite to the machine chamber in the rightward-and-leftward direction and recessed in a direction toward the machine chamber, and the rightward-and-leftward direction guide groove is configured to change a wiring path of the lead wire hooked thereto to a direction toward the machine chamber from the upward-and-downward direction, and
a guide portion having the rightward-and-leftward direction guide groove and a projection end of the rightward-and-leftward direction guide piece,
wherein, in the guide portion, the projection end is positioned closer to a front side of the outdoor unit than the intermediate transverse plates, and the projection end is inclined with respect to a horizontal direction in the direction toward the fan motor.

US Pat. No. 10,920,998

OUTDOOR UNIT FOR AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An outdoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus, the outdoor unit comprising:a body frame having, in a side face, an air inlet from which outside air is suctioned, the body frame including a hanger-receiving portion in an upper part, the hanger-receiving portion including a beam-like supporting part;
an outdoor heat exchanger including a first heat exchanger provided inside the body frame and extending along the air inlet, and a second heat exchanger extending along an inner surface of the first heat exchanger;
a hanging portion including a first hanger element engaging with the first heat exchanger, and a second hanger element engaging with the second heat exchanger; and
a connecting element connecting the hanger-receiving portion and the hanging portion to each other,
wherein the outdoor heat exchanger is
supported by the hanger-receiving portion through the hanging portion and the connecting element.

US Pat. No. 10,920,997

INTELLIGENT WATER TANK HEATING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

PowerQ, Montreal (CA)

1. A heating management system for a hot-water tank, the system comprising:a first temperature sensor for measuring a first temperature of water in a first portion of the tank;
a second temperature sensor for measuring a second temperature of the water in a second portion of the tank;
a controller comprising a processor, a solid state relay and a computer readable memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the controller to:
a) compare the first temperature to a first set point;
b) when the first temperature is less than the first set point, control current to a first heating element in the first portion of the tank to operate the first heating element in a first series of pulsed cycles, until the first temperature attains the first set point;
c) after the first temperature attains the first set point, compare the second temperature to a second set point;
d) when the second temperature is less than the second set point, control current to a second heating element in the second portion of the tank to operate the second heating element in a second series of pulsed cycles, until the second temperature attains the second set point; and
e) maintain the first and second temperatures at the respective set points by controlling current to the respective heating elements such that the first and second heating elements operate sequentially in pulsed cycles;
wherein:
each pulsed cycle consists of a pulse interval and a cycle interval, the pulse interval defined as a first interval of time during which the controller sends current to the heating element to heat the heating element to a maximal temperature, and the cycle interval defined as a sum of the pulse interval and a second interval of time during which the controller does not send current to the heating element and the heating element dissipates residual heat to the water; and
the controller decreases the pulse interval and increases the cycle interval of each pulsed cycle with increasing water temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,920,996

DETECTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF DOMESTIC HOT WATER USE

SUEZ GROUPE, Paris la De...

1. A method (P) for detecting use of domestic hot water by an equipment (200) using water during a reference duration by analyzing data related to water volumes passing through a water meter (400) disposed upstream of a water distribution system (300) feeding said equipment, said method comprising:a first step of receiving (E1) a first datum, noted V?1, representing the maximum fluid volume measured by the water meter during a first predetermined duration, called a short duration, noted ?1, during the reference duration,
a second step of receiving (E1?) a second datum, noted V?2, representing the maximum fluid volume measured by the water meter during a second predetermined duration, called a long duration, noted ?2, during the reference duration,
a step of detecting (E2) a use of domestic hot water, a use of domestic hot water being said “detected” when:
on the one hand, a first condition is fulfilled, according to which the first datum V?1 is higher than or equal to a first characteristic threshold chosen between 10 and 20 litres, and
on the other hand, a second condition is fulfilled, according to which the second datum V?2 is higher than or equal to a second characteristic threshold, said second characteristic threshold being higher than or equal to the first characteristic threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,920,995

WASTE-LIQUID HEAT RECOVERY

16. A method for transferring heat energy from a waste-liquid, comprising:receiving waste-liquid in a first container;
transferring heat energy from waste-liquid in the first container to a first target fluid located in an at least one heat exchange element;
transferring waste-liquid from the first container to a further container;
selectively operating at least one heat pump element to transfer heat energy from waste-liquid in the further container to a further target fluid; and
selectively operating at least one selectively operable exit-valve element for respectively allowing or preventing waste-liquid to exit from the further container.

US Pat. No. 10,920,994

HEATED FLOOR PANELS

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A heater panel comprising:a core;
a heater/dielectric layer including a positive thermal coefficient (PTC) heater layer between a pair of dielectric layers; and
a structural facing, wherein the heater/dielectric layer is bonded directly between the core and the structural facing, wherein the heater/dielectric layer is bonded directly to the core without any intervening layers aside from an adhesive or bonding agent, and wherein the heater/dielectric layer is bonded directly to the structural facing without any intervening layers aside from an adhesive or bonding agent.

US Pat. No. 10,920,993

SYSTEM, METHOD AND A FILTER FOR VENTILATION

ENJAY AB, Furulund (SE)

1. A ventilation system configured to be self-cleaning, wherein said ventilation system comprises:a filtration unit configured to filter exhaust air led through it by at least one air duct;
a condensation chamber configured to collect condensation water from the exhaust air; wherein the condensation chamber is comprised in a battery part of a heat pump, the battery part being configured to extract energy from the passing air;
a heating element configured to heat the condensation water to a temperature equal to or above 65 degrees Celsius; and
a sprinkler system configured to sprinkle the condensation water in one or more of the filtration unit, at least one of the at least one air duct, and/or the condensation chamber, wherein the ventilation system is thus configured to provide a self-cleaning of the ventilation system utilizing the condensation water;
wherein the sprinkler system comprises at least one sprinkler nozzle for sprinkling the condensation water in the filtration unit; and
wherein the filtration unit comprises at least one centrifugal separation filter, wherein the at least one sprinkler nozzle is arranged for sprinkling the condensation water inside the at least one centrifugal separation filter, wherein the condensation water will follow the same trajectories as grease particles within the exhaust air follow during filtration.

US Pat. No. 10,920,992

COOKER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A cooker, comprising:a heating coil;
a housing accommodating the heating coil;
a top plate provided on the housing;
a partition defining a storage in the housing and below the heating coil and including a first part of the partition extending parallel to the top plate and a second part of the partition extending perpendicularly to the first part of the partition;
a first facing wall facing the first part of the partition with a gap defined between the first facing wall and the first part of the partition;
a second facing wall facing the second part of the partition with a gap defined between the second facing wall and the second part of the partition;
a heat-insulating layer provided between the first part of the partition and the first facing wall; and
a heat-insulating layer provided between the second part of the partition and the second facing wall, wherein
the heat-insulating layers each have a lower thermal conductivity than a thermal conductivity of a corresponding one of the first facing wall and the second facing wall,
the housing or the top plate has an exhaust vent communicating with an inside of the housing,
in a state where the cooker is seen in a direction perpendicular to an open face of the exhaust vent, at least part of the first facing wall is overlapped by at least part of the exhaust vent, and
the first facing wall is configured to guide air in the housing to the exhaust vent.

US Pat. No. 10,920,991

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE TARGETED CONVEYING OF INFORMATION TO CUSTOMERS USING COOKING APPLIANCES AND/OR TO COOKING APPLIANCES OF A COOKING APPLIANCE MANUFACTURER

CONVOTHERM-ELEKTROGERATE ...

1. A method for the targeted communication of information to a person using at least one cooking appliances or to at least one cooking appliance comprising the following steps:determining (a) the utilization behavior of the person using the at least one cooking appliance or (b) the operating behavior of the at least one cooking appliance by the cooking appliance manufacturer;
storing the specific utilization behavior of (a) the person using the at least one cooking appliance or (b) the operating behavior of the at least one cooking appliance or cooking appliances at the cooking appliance manufacturer;
receiving of information by the cooking appliance manufacturer (a) sent by cooperating partners of the cooking appliance manufacturer or (b) determined in an internal manner at the cooking appliance manufacturer;
evaluating the received information by the cooking appliance manufacturer, taking into consideration the stored utilization behavior or operating behavior, to determine which information received or determined might be of interest to the person using the at least one cooking appliance or to the cooking appliance; and
communicating evaluated information that might be of interest to the person using the at least one cooking appliance or to the respective cooking appliance by the cooking appliance manufacturer.

US Pat. No. 10,920,990

DRIVING DEVICE OF STOVE SAFETY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

1. An improved driving device of stove safety protective equipment being a driving device having a main body connected to a stove safety protective equipment and driving a knob to rotate, the driving device comprising a driving body, a first driving member, a clutch body, and a second driving member and a driving tooth disc;wherein the knob is combined with the driving tooth disc and mounted and affixed to an ignition switch rotation shaft of the stove, the driving tooth disc is rotatably mounted in the main body, and the driving body is disposed within the main body and includes a driving motor and an output shaft;
wherein the driving motor outputs torque to the output shaft, the first driving member is mounted on the output shaft of the driving body for rotation therewith, one side of the first driving member having at least one first spiral tooth axially protruding therefrom, the clutch body including a transmission member and a carrier, and the transmission member being disposed on the output shaft of the driving body and being rotatable thereon and adjoining the first driving member; and
wherein one side of the transmission member has at least one second spiral tooth axially protruding therefrom, the second spiral tooth being engaged with the first spiral tooth of the first driving member, a side of the transmission member opposite to the one side having the at least one second spiral tooth having at least one first engagement tooth, the carrier being slidably positioned in the main body adjacent the first driving member and having a containing slot formed therein and into which the transmission member is received, the second driving member being located in a positioning slot formed in the main body and being rotatable about an axis thereof, one side of the second driving member having at least one second engagement tooth axially protruding therefrom toward the transmission member, the at least one second engagement tooth being disposed in correspondence to the at least one first engagement tooth of the transmission member of the clutch body, and an opposing side of the transmission member having a driving gear meshingly engaged the driving tooth disc to thereby complete the improved driving device of stove safety protective equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,920,989

KILN AND HEATING METHOD THEREOF

Ten Wing Scientific Co., ...

1. A kiln, comprising:a stove, including a cavity, an entry, and an air outlet, wherein the cavity includes a front section and a rear section; the front section communicates with the entry, while the rear section is away from the entry; a top wall surface of the front section tilts downwardly toward the entry; the air outlet is located between a top of the front section and the entry;
a combustion device, disposed in the rear section of the cavity and including at least one burner, a supporting assembly, and an infrared ray generation assembly, wherein the at least one burner includes a flame outlet; flames are generated from the flame outlet by burning gas via the at least one burner; the supporting assembly includes a cover plate which is disposed above the at least one burner and includes at least one hollow portion; the infrared ray generation assembly is mounted to the supporting assembly and is located above the cover plate; the infrared ray generation assembly is heated by the flames generated by the at least one burner to generate infrared ray; the infrared ray generation assembly includes an emission surface which is corresponding to the at least one hollow portion and adapted to emit the infrared ray; and an exhaust pipe, communicating with the air outlet;
wherein the supporting assembly includes another cover plate which is joined to the cover plate, and the two cover plates jointly form a containing space therebetween; the infrared ray generation assembly is disposed in the containing space.

US Pat. No. 10,920,988

KILN

Ten Wing Scientific CO., ...

1. A kiln, comprising:a stove, including a cavity, an entry, and an air outlet, wherein the cavity includes a front section, a middle section, and a rear section; the front section communicates with the entry; the middle section is disposed between the front section and the rear section; the rear section is away from the entry; a top wall surface of the front section tilts downwardly toward the entry; a top wall surface of the rear section tilts downwardly from the middle section toward a direction away from the entry; the air outlet is located between a top of the front section and the entry;
a heat source, disposed in the rear section of the cavity and including a heating assembly adapted to generate heat for heating the cavity, wherein the heating assembly is located at a position which is higher than a half of a distance between a top and a bottom of the middle section of the cavity; and
an exhaust pipe, wherein the stove includes a chamber, an air guide structure, and a heat storage member; an interior of the chamber forms the cavity, and the chamber includes the entry and the air outlet; the air guide structure is disposed at the top of the front section of the cavity, and the air guide structure communicates with the air outlet; the exhaust pipe is located above the air guide structure; the heat storage member covers an exterior of the cavity which is corresponding to the top of the front section of the cavity, and contacts the air guide structure;
wherein the stove includes a thermal insulation structure; the thermal insulation structure covers an exterior of the cavity which is corresponding to the rear section and the middle section so as to make a temperature of the middle section is higher than that of the front section;
wherein the thermal insulation structure includes a heat conduction layer, a heat storage layer, and a reflection layer; the heat conduction layer contacts the cavity; the heat conduction layer is disposed between the reflection layer and the heat conduction layer; a thermal conductivity of the heat conduction layer is greater than that of the heat storage layer;
wherein the thermal insulation structure further includes another reflection layer and a thermal insulation layer; the thermal insulation layer is disposed between the reflection layer and said another reflection layer; a thermal conductivity of the thermal insulation layer is equal to or smaller than that of the heat storage layer;
wherein the thermal insulation structure further includes a barrier layer which is disposed between the thermal insulation layer and said another reflection layer.

US Pat. No. 10,920,987

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BURNING SOLID FUEL

MF FIRE, INC., Baltimore...

1. A solid fuel burning device, comprising:a burn chamber base having a burn chamber base first surface, the burn chamber base first surface being capable of supporting a combustible solid fuel thereon;
at least two burn chamber walls, each of the burn chamber walls having a first end and a second end, the second end of each of the burn chamber walls being disposed on the burn chamber base first surface, each of the burn chamber walls having a burn chamber wall inner surface and a burn chamber wall outer surface, the burn chamber wall inner surface of each of the burn chamber walls being radially spaced, and oppositely facing, from the burn chamber wall outer surface of a corresponding burn chamber wall, the burn chamber wall inner and outer surfaces of each of the burn chamber walls both extending longitudinally between the first and second ends of each of the burn chamber walls, each of the burn chamber walls having a first longitudinal edge and an oppositely disposed second longitudinal edge, at least one of the burn chamber walls being radially offset with respect to another of the burn chamber walls such that the first longitudinal edge of the one of the burn chamber walls is radially adjacent to, and spaced apart from, the second longitudinal edge of the other burn chamber wall;
an interior burn chamber being defined by the burn chamber wall inner surface of each of the burn chamber walls and the burn chamber base first surface, collectively; and
at least two longitudinally extending air inlets being formed in the space between the first longitudinal edge of at least one of the burn chamber walls and the second longitudinal edge of another burn chamber wall, each of the longitudinally extending air inlets tangentially directing an entry of air into the interior burn chamber;
wherein air flowing through the longitudinally extending air inlets into the interior burn chamber induces an interior swirl of air about a central longitudinal axis in the interior burn chamber, the interior swirl of air in the interior burn chamber causing a flame of a combusting solid fuel to swirl about the central longitudinal axis in the interior burn chamber,
wherein the interior burn chamber has a substantially constant cross-sectional area longitudinally therewithin.

US Pat. No. 10,920,986

GAS TURBINE COMBUSTOR BASE PLATE CONFIGURATION

MITSUBISHI POWER, LTD., ...

1. A combustor comprising:a plurality of first burners extending along an axis and spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction;
a base plate having support openings configured to respectively support the plurality of first burners and a plurality of through-holes configured to eject base plate air to flow from the through-holes toward a side downstream of the base plate;
a plurality of extension pipes supported by the base plate to correspond to the first burners and configured to guide a pre-mixed gas ejected from the first burners toward the side downstream of the base plate; and
a base plate aft extension section configured to change a direction of at least some of the base plate air ejected from the through-holes and to guide and further eject the base plate air ejected from the through-holes toward a further downstream side of the base plate,
wherein the plurality of through-holes are formed in a region between ones of the support openings adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction,
wherein the base plate air extension section is formed by a plurality of pipe bodies respectively installed to correspond to at least one of the plurality of through-holes,
wherein the plurality of pipe bodies are arranged in the region, and are extending from a surface of a downstream side of the base plate toward the side downstream of the base plate,
wherein the extension pipes extend toward the side downstream of the base plate, and
wherein the plurality of pipe bodies extend toward the side downstream of the base plate such that respective downstream end portions of the plurality of pipe bodies are disposed slightly upstream of an opening section of a downstream side of the extension pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,920,985

FUEL LANCE COOLING FOR A GAS TURBINE WITH SEQUENTIAL COMBUSTION

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. A fuel lance for injecting a gaseous and/or a liquid fuel and air into an axial hot gas flow flowing through a sequential combustor of a gas turbine, said fuel lance comprising:at least one finger extending into said axial hot gas flow in a longitudinal direction that is perpendicular to said axial hot gas flow,
wherein said at least one finger is configured as a streamlined body which has a streamlined cross-sectional profile,
wherein said streamlined body has two lateral surfaces arranged to be parallel to said axial hot gas flow, joined at their upstream side by a leading edge and joined at their downstream side forming a trailing edge,
wherein a plurality of nozzles are distributed along said trailing edge,
wherein means for impacting a mixing quality and reducing pressure loss in said sequential combustor are provided at a region around the trailing edge of said streamlined body,
wherein said streamlined body includes an enclosing outer wall defining said streamlined cross-sectional profile,
wherein within said enclosing outer wall there is provided a longitudinally extending air plenum for a distributed introduction of the air into said at least one finger, said longitudinally extending air plenum having a first distance from said enclosing outer wall, defining a first interspace,
wherein said longitudinally extending air plenum is provided with a plurality of distributed impingement cooling holes, such that the air exiting through said plurality of distributed impingement cooling holes impinges on an inner side of the enclosing outer wall at a region around the leading edge of said streamlined body, wherein the air is mixed with the gaseous and/or the liquid fuel after exiting through the plurality of distributed impingement cooling holes,
wherein said plurality of distributed impingement cooling holes each have a hole diameter between 1.2 mm and 1.8 mm, and said plurality of distributed impingement cooling holes are arranged at said longitudinally extending air plenum with a first pitch ratio, the first pitch ratio being a distance between two holes of said plurality of distributed impingement cooling holes and the hole diameter of any one of the two holes and being between 3 and 10,
wherein a height of the first interspace between said longitudinally extending air plenum and said enclosing outer wall perpendicular to said enclosing outer wall increases beginning from said leading edge towards said trailing edge of said streamlined body,
wherein within said enclosing outer wall there is provided a longitudinally extending gas plenum for a distributed introduction of the gaseous fuel into said at least one finger, said longitudinally extending gas plenum being arranged in a middle between said leading edge and said trailing edge with a second distance from said enclosing outer wall, defining a second interspace,
wherein a plurality of distributed pin fins are arranged on the inner side of said enclosing outer wall of said streamlined body at a region around said longitudinally extending gas plenum for convective cooling of said enclosing outer wall by the air flowing from said longitudinally extending air plenum to said region around the trailing edge through said second interspace between said longitudinally extending gas plenum and said enclosing outer wall, wherein the plurality of distributed pin fins are entirely downstream of said first interspace with respect to the air flowing from said longitudinally extending air plenum to said region around the trailing edge.

US Pat. No. 10,920,984

AIRBLAST FUEL NOZZLE

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A fuel swirler for a fuel nozzle in a gas turbine engine, the fuel swirler comprising:a fuel swirler body having an upstream portion and a downstream portion;
an inlet section at the upstream portion of the fuel swirler body, the inlet section having a fuel manifold for fluid communication with a fuel source;
an outlet section at the downstream portion of the fuel swirler body; and
one or more fuel flow passages extending from the fuel manifold to the outlet section;
wherein each of the one or more fuel flow passages has a cross-sectional area transverse to a direction of fluid flow in which the cross-sectional area continuously converges from the fuel manifold toward the outlet section.

US Pat. No. 10,920,983

COUNTER-SWIRL DOUBLET COMBUSTOR WITH PLUNGED HOLES

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus for providing combustion, comprising:an inner liner and an outer liner extending circumferentially around an engine centerline axis thereby forming a combustion chamber therebetween;
a dome extending between the inner and outer liners and having a plurality of fuel nozzle ports configured to each receive a corresponding one of a plurality of fuel nozzles, each of the plurality of fuel nozzle ports having a port centerline axis extending axially therethrough;
a first outer plunged inlet hole and a second outer plunged inlet hole that form an outer doublet in the outer liner, the first and second outer plunged inlet holes of the outer doublet having respective outer transition surfaces connecting the outer liner to corresponding outer radial surfaces extending in a first radial direction toward the engine centerline axis and into at least a first portion of the combustion chamber; and
a first inner plunged inlet hole and a second inner plunged inlet hole that form an inner doublet in the inner liner, the first and second inner plunged inlet holes of the inner doublet having respective inner transition surfaces connecting the inner liner to corresponding inner radial surfaces extending in a second radial direction away from the engine centerline axis and into at least a second portion of the combustion chamber,
wherein the outer doublet and the inner doublet are offset to opposing first and second lateral sides of one of the plurality of fuel nozzle ports such that the first and second outer plunged inlet holes of the outer doublet are on the first lateral side, respectively about a first pair of radial axes perpendicular to the engine centerline axis and that pass through a first continuous surface of the inner liner on the first lateral side, and the first and second inner plunged inlet holes of the inner doublet are on the second lateral side, respectively about a second pair of radial axes perpendicular to the engine centerline axis and pass through a second continuous surface of the outer liner on the second lateral side,
wherein the outer doublet is one of a plurality of outer doublets and the inner doublet is one of a plurality of inner doublets;
wherein each of the plurality of outer doublets and each of the plurality of inner doublets are respectively arranged to the port center axis of each of the plurality of fuel nozzle ports;
wherein the plurality of outer doublets and the plurality of inner doublets are the only inlet holes of the outer liner and the inner liner, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,920,982

BURNER MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEMS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method comprising:igniting oil or gas with a burner during a burning operation;
monitoring the burning operation with a camera, wherein monitoring the burning operation includes:
acquiring image data for a flame of the burner via the camera;
analyzing the acquired image data to detect image features indicative of combustion of the oil or gas via the burner;
controlling the burning operation to alter combustion of the oil or gas based on the detected image features indicative of combustion of the oil or gas; and
monitoring and controlling the burner at a wellsite with a well testing apparatus deployed at the wellsite, the well testing apparatus being coupled to wellhead equipment installed at a well and comprising the burner.

US Pat. No. 10,920,981

BURNER HEAD FOR EXHAUST GAS PROCESSING APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME, COMBUSTION CHAMBER FOR EXHAUST GAS PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD AND MAINTENANCE METHOD OF THE SAME

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A burner head that constitutes a combustion chamber for an exhaust gas processing apparatus by being attached to an upper portion of a combustion chamber main body, the burner head comprising:a chassis which comprises a cylindrical portion with a lower opening, a fastening module for removably fastening to the combustion chamber main body being provided in the chassis;
a fuel nozzle that blows fuel into the cylindrical portion;
a combustion supporting gas nozzle that blows combustion supporting gas into the cylindrical portion;
a processing gas nozzle that blows processing gas into the cylindrical portion; and
a pilot burner that ignites the fuel and/or the combustion supporting gas, wherein
the fuel nozzle, the combustion supporting gas nozzle, and the processing gas nozzle are located on an identical plane perpendicular to an axis line of the cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,920,980

CONVECTION CONVEYOR OVEN MANIFOLD AND DAMPER SYSTEM

THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION,...

1. A gas manifold for a convection conveyor oven, the gas manifold comprising:an elongated housing defining a longitudinal axis and an interior volume extending along the longitudinal axis, the elongated housing having a wall that at least partially encloses the interior volume;
a gas inlet in fluid communication with the interior volume, the gas inlet extending through the wall;
a plurality of gas outlets in fluid communication with the interior volume, the plurality gas outlets extending through the wall and spaced apart along the longitudinal axis;
a plurality of seat inserts, wherein each one of the plurality of seat inserts is configured to be removably coupled with one of the plurality of gas outlets;
a plurality of valve openings formed in the wall and spaced along the longitudinal axis, wherein each one of the valve openings is aligned opposite one of the plurality of gas outlets; and
at least one valve removably coupled to the wall and aligned with a first valve opening of the plurality of valve openings, wherein the at least one valve is aligned with a first gas outlet of the plurality of gas outlets, and wherein the at least one valve has a first position in which a first seat insert of the plurality of seat inserts is not in fluid communication with the gas inlet,
wherein the at least one valve includes a valve body that extends into the interior volume to block a flow of gas into the first seat insert.

US Pat. No. 10,920,978

CHEMICAL DISPENSING SYSTEM FOR TREATING FLUID IN BOILER/COOLING SYSTEMS

CONDOR TECHNOLOGIES, a di...

1. A kit for the treatment of fluid in boiler and cooling water systems, the kit comprising:a fluid container including a first region and a second region, the fluid container configured to enclose one or more chemical agents within the first region and second region for treatment of standing fluids or recirculating fluids;
a fluid connector configured for engagement with the fluid container,
an injection tube configured for fluid communication with the fluid container;
a port formed on the second region of the fluid container configured for receipt of the fluid connector;
a fluid container support for suspending the fluid container at a desired height; and
a hose end support member configured to support at least one portion of a hose at a desired height above the standing fluids or recirculating fluids to be treated, wherein the hose end support member is at least partially constructed of a buoyant material designed to maintain a region of the hose above the standing fluids or the recirculating fluids at a predetermined height.

US Pat. No. 10,920,977

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING AND CONTROLLING INCINERATION FACILITY AND SOLID FUEL BOILER AND MANAGING LIFE CYCLE OF FACILITY THROUGH HEAT EXCHANGE AND DESIGN PROGRAM AND OPERATION MODE ANALYSIS OF OPERATOR

NEC POWER CO., LTD., Chu...

1. A method for diagnosing and controlling an incineration facility and solid fuel boiler and managing the life cycle of a facility through a heat exchange and a design program and an operation mode analysis of an operator, comprising:a first step wherein an operation value of an incineration facility is stored in a database, which includes a primary amount of combustion air, a secondary amount of combustion air, a fire grate moving speed, a temperature, an emission gas amount, and a steam amount which are all detected at every predetermined time interval by an incineration furnace operating sensor and provided via a MMI (Man Machine Interface) and are all outputted during the operation by an operator, and a design value (a) based on the design of the incineration facility calculated via a heat balance and design program, and an measured actual value (b) based on the operation of the incineration facility constructed in accordance with the design are inputted in a database at the same time interval as the operation value; and
a second step wherein the design value, the measured actual value and the operation value are extracted by a server based on the data stored in a database in the first step, and data are extracted in the form of a graph and a table wherein the operation value, the design value and the measured actual value can be comparable,
wherein in the first step, a target value of the operator is set and stored by the database, and in the second step, the target value and the operation value set in the first step through the server are compared, and a result of the target achievement of the operation value is extracted, and
wherein in the second step, among the values detected by the incineration facility operating sensor, a current detection value generating by the operation of the operator and the just previous detection value are compared, and if the current detection value is different from a just previous detection value, it is determined as an operation by the operator, thus extracting the operation time of the operator.

US Pat. No. 10,920,976

HELMETS WITH LIGHTING AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS FOR HELMETS

1. A helmet with lighting, comprising:a helmet shell;
a plurality of light sources secured to the helmet shell, a source of power for powering the plurality of light sources, a controller for controlling the power provided to the plurality of light sources and electrical conduits for communicating between the plurality of light sources, the source of power and the controller; wherein the source of power comprises a plurality of curved, sheet-like batteries arranged within an interior of the helmet shell and along an interior surface of the helmet shell, and wherein a radius of curvature of each of the batteries approximates or is the same as a radius of curvature of the helmet shell or a support structure at the location at which the battery is mounted;
an external layer applied to the helmet shell; and
an internal layer applied to the helmet shell;
wherein at least the plurality of light sources and the electrical conduits are encapsulated between the external layer and the internal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,920,975

CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT LIGHT FIXTURE

Autronic Plastics, Inc., ...

1. A light fixture for a controlled environment ceiling application, the light fixture comprising:an enclosure that includes an aluminum housing and a lens frame;
an LED light source carried by the enclosure; the LED light source having an LED circuit board;
the LED light source being mounted directly to the aluminum housing such that the housing functions as a conductive heat sink for the LED circuit board; and
wherein the aluminum housing includes an integral aluminum LED mount that defines a substantially vertical surface when the light fixture is mounted in the ceiling; the LED light source being mounted to the substantially vertical surface of the integral aluminum LED mount.

US Pat. No. 10,920,974

INTELLIGENTLY-CONNECTED VEHICLE LED HEADLIGHT USING GRAPHENE

HUZHOU MINGSHUO OPTOELECT...

1. An intelligently-connected vehicle LED headlight using graphene, comprising an imaging lens assembly, an LED light source and a heat dissipation assembly, wherein the imaging lens assembly is connected to the LED light source, and the LED light source is connected to the heat dissipation assembly, the heat generated by the LED light source is dissipated by the heat dissipation assembly, and the light of the LED light source is changed by the imaging lens assembly, the imaging lens assembly enables the light emission manner to be a way of horizontally emitting light by imaging, wherein the heat dissipation assembly comprises a super-heat-conducting vapor chamber, a radiator, and a graphene heat-conducting glue, and the LED light source, the graphene heat-conducting glue and the super-heat-conducting vapor chamber are provided inside a housing of the radiator.

US Pat. No. 10,920,973

LED LAMP

JIAXING SUPER LIGHTING EL...

1. An LED (light emitting diode) lamp comprising:a lamp shell;
a passive heat dissipating element having a heat sink connected to the lamp shell, wherein the heat sink comprises fins and a base;
a power source disposed in the lamp shell; and
a light board connected to the base of the passive heat dissipating element and comprising LED chips in an array arrangement electrically connected to the power source;
wherein a chamber of the lamp shell is formed with a first heat dissipating channel, the first heat dissipating channel has a first air inlet at a first end of the lamp shell, a second end of the lamp shell has at least a heat dissipating hole;
wherein a second heat dissipating channel is formed in the heat sink and between the fins and base, the second heat dissipating channel has a second air inlet, such that air flows from outside of the LED lamp into the second air inlet and passes through the second heat dissipating channel, and flows out from spaces between every adjacent two of the fins;
wherein the ratio of power of the LED lamp to heat dissipating area of the heat sink is 1:22 ?26.

US Pat. No. 10,920,972

HYBRID LIGHT EMITTING DIODE TUBE

LEDVANCE LLC, Wilmington...

1. A lamp comprising:a light source including at least one string of light emitting diodes on a printed circuit board present within a tube body;
end caps having pin contacts on each end of the tube body;
an electrical isolation switch mounted on at least one of the end caps, wherein the electrical isolation switch provides shock protection from the lamp when installed into a ballast free fixture; and
driver electronics including a filament detector portion provided by a passive resistance capacitor (RC) circuit that simulates the filament load of a fluorescent lamp when installed into a ballast containing fixture, wherein the driver electronics comprises a delay circuit between the filament detector portion and the light source, the delay circuit includes at least one gated MOSFET transistor, wherein when the gated MOSFET transistor is OFF the circuit is open for high voltage start up consistent with the filament load of the fluorescent lamp at start up, and after the high voltage start up the gated MOSFET transistor is ON for post start up operation of the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,920,971

LED LIGHTING METHODS AND APPARATUS

Wangs Alliance Corporatio...

1. Apparatus for outdoor lighting comprising:a ground-anchorable lower housing;
a monolithic upper housing that is supported the lower housing;
an LED light source in the monolithic upper housing;
an LED driver that is in the monolithic upper housing and is configured to:
provide power to the LED light source; and
be adjusted from outside the monolithic upper housing by a dimming control;
a slotted cylinder disposed inside of and coaxial with the monolithic upper housing; and
a beam-angle changing lens that is repositionable in the slotted cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,920,970

SUSPENDED LIGHTGUIDE LUMINAIRE WITH LINEAR SOUND BAFFLES

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

1. A luminaire comprising:a first acoustic panel having a first wide portion and a first narrow portion;
a second acoustic panel having a second wide portion and a second narrow portion;
a lightguide located between the first acoustic panel and the second acoustic panel, the lightguide extending from the first acoustic panel adjacent the first narrow portion and extending from the second acoustic panel adjacent the second narrow portion;
a frame disposed between the first acoustic panel and the second acoustic panel, the frame securing the lightguide; and
one or more light emitting diodes (LEDs) attached to the frame and adjacent to an edge of the lightguide, the one or more LEDs oriented to emit light into the edge of the lightguide.

US Pat. No. 10,920,969

LIGHTED SIGN

NEBULAE LLC, Marshall, T...

1. An electronic light emitting sign, comprising:a plurality of light sources arranged and physically secured to a back substrate, wherein each of the plurality of light sources are secured to the back substrate by a sleeve secured to the back substrate;
a front sign face having an indicia surface, wherein the front sign face is secured to the back substrate by a grommet having a cylindrical structure with an indentation around a body, portion of the grommet, wherein a protrusion through the sleeve engages the grommet and physically secures the front sign face and the back substrate;
wherein light is emitted from the fight sources and is visible emanating from a center portion of the grommets.

US Pat. No. 10,920,968

LED LIGHTING ASSEMBLY

LUMILEDS LLC, San Jose, ...

1. An LED lighting assembly comprising:a reflector unit comprising a plurality of reflector regions and an aperture;
an LED carrier at least partially disposed in the aperture in the reflector unit;at least one LED arrangement on the LED carrier, the at least one LED arrangement having an optical center; anda first positioning part on the LED carrier and a second positioning part on the reflector unit, the first positioning part and the second positioning part being complimentary to position the LED carrier relative to the reflector unit, the first positioning part and the second positioning part being in the same plane as the optical center of the LED arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,920,967

NEON LAMP END CAP BOOT AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION

1. An end cap boot for neon lamps comprising:a first end cap cover having a back wall, a side wall, and an interior pocket extending the entire length of the back wall and the entire width of the side wall, and a second end cap cover having a back wall, a side wall, and an interior pocket extending the entire length of said back wall and the entire width of said side wall, said first and second end cap covers being connected; wherein in a first position the first and second end cap covers are aligned end to end, and in a second position the first and second end cap covers overlay each other with the distal end of a neon lamp located therebetween and within the interior pockets of the first and second end cap covers, the distal end of the neon lamp being fully encapsulated by the end cap covers.

US Pat. No. 10,920,966

PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICE WITH MOUNTING FEATURES

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

19. A method of lighting a space with a portable lighting device including a light source, a base, and a plurality of tabs pivotally coupled to the base, the method comprising:inserting at least a portion of the base into an electrical box;
moving the plurality of tabs from a stored position to a deployed position to engage the plurality of tabs with an interior of the electrical box, wherein the engagement between the plurality of tabs and the interior of the electrical box couples the portable lighting device to the electrical box; and
connecting an electrical cable to the portable lighting device to power the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,920,965

UTILITY DROP LIGHT WITH AUTOMATIC SHIELDING LIGHT TUBE

1. A utility drop light comprising:an outer translucent light tube having a first end and a second end;
an inner translucent light tube having first and second ends aligned with the first and second ends of the outer translucent light tube respectively;
a light source positioned within the inner translucent light tube between said first and second ends thereof; and
a light shield affixed to and extending from the first end of the inner translucent light tube to the second end of the inner translucent light tube and positioned between said outer translucent light tube and said light source; said light shield being rotatable relative to said outer translucent light tube and being weighted such that the light shield is always positioned above the light source relative to the earth.

US Pat. No. 10,920,964

ADJUSTABLE LUMINAIRE

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

1. A luminaire comprising:a cylindrical upper body comprising an upper wall of varying height and a light module, the upper wall forming an upper angled opening, the light module configured to emit light along a light emitting axis;
a cylindrical intermediate body, the cylindrical upper body rotatably attached at the upper angled opening to the cylindrical intermediate body, the cylindrical intermediate body comprising an intermediate wall of varying height, the intermediate wall forming an intermediate angled opening and an intermediate lower opening, wherein the cylindrical upper body is rotated about a first axis extending through the intermediate angled opening; and
a base, the cylindrical intermediate body rotatably attached at the intermediate lower opening to the base, the base comprising a light emitting opening for emitting light from the light module.

US Pat. No. 10,920,963

LIGHT FIXTURE HAVING FIXED ANGULAR POSITION AND LAMP MODULE FOR LIGHT FIXTURES

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A light fixture comprising:an elongated housing including a first end configured to be coupled to a support member in a cantilevered manner and a second end spaced apart from the first end, the housing including an upper surface, a first side, and a second side, a housing axis extending between the first end of the housing and the second end of the housing and oriented at an acute angle relative to a horizontal plane; and
a plurality of lamp units supported in the housing to emit light therefrom, each lamp unit positioned proximate a lower surface of the housing opposite the upper surface, each lamp unit oriented toward the first end of the housing, the lamp units inhibiting light emitted from the lamp units from leaving the housing in a direction parallel to the horizontal plane and away from the first end of the housing;
wherein the plurality of lamp units includes a first lamp unit and a second lamp unit, the first lamp unit having a first bracket and a first light emitter, the second lamp unit having a second bracket and a second light emitter, the first bracket coupled to the second bracket;
wherein the second bracket is coupled to the first bracket such that a portion of the second bracket is in direct overlapping contact with a portion of the first bracket, wherein the first light emitter and the second light emitter are oriented in the same orientation, the second light emitter being laterally offset from the first light emitter and vertically offset from the first light emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,920,962

METHOD AND LIGHT SOURCE FOR GENERATING A TAILORED SPECTRUM LIGHT OUTPUT

Ocean Optics, Inc., Larg...

1. A method for generating uniformly distributed and diffuse light within an acceptance cone of an optical fiber or to a cosine connector with a tailored spectrum using an integrating space completely enclosed by multiple surface elements each having interior surfaces, the method comprising:shining light from one or more differing wavelength light sources located on said interior surfaces of one or more said multiple surface elements of said integrating space;
wherein said interior surfaces of each of said one or more selected multiple surface elements of said integrating space is coated with a broad wavelength reflecting material that reflects all incident light back into said integrating space or one or more selected phosphors that absorb light at a particular wavelength and re-emit all light back into said integrating space at a longer, wavelength; and,
collecting said generated uniformly distributed and diffuse light with a tailored spectrum through one or more light output ports located on one or more multiple surface elements of said integrating space and directing said collected light to within said acceptance cone of said optical fiber or to said cosine connector,
wherein said integrating space is an integrating polyhedron geodesic sphere.

US Pat. No. 10,920,961

LIGHTING UNIT

MACHINE SHOP HOLDINGS LTD...

1. A lighting unit comprising:a mount for a plasma light source,
a reflector having an open end for directing light forwardly from the light source,
at least one removable light-conditioning element,
a cassette arranged to house the at least one removable light-conditioning element for conditioning light from the light source,
at least one frame member supporting the cassette in front of the forward open end of the reflector, and the cassette having a side openable for receiving entry of the at least one removable light-conditioning element into the cassette for conditioning the light from the light source, and
the light-conditioning element and the reflector both provide shielding against radio-frequency radiation from the plasma light source.