US Pat. No. 10,113,947

SEMICONDUCTOR ANALYSIS CHIP AND PARTICLE INSPECTION METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

17. A particle inspection method comprising:using a semiconductor analysis chip for detecting a particle in a sample liquid, the semiconductor analysis chip including a semiconductor substrate, a first flow channel formed in a surface portion of the semiconductor substrate and configured to receive the sample liquid, a second flow channel formed in a surface portion of the semiconductor substrate and configured to receive the sample liquid or an electrolyte electrolytic solution, part of the second flow channel contacting or intersecting the first flow channel, a micropore formed in a contact portion or an intersection of the first and second flow channels, and configured to permit the particle to pass therethrough, a first electrode provided in the first flow channel, a second electrode provided in the second flow channel, and a third electrode provided in the first flow channel downstream of the first electrode;
introducing the sample liquid into the first flow channel;
introducing the sample liquid or the electrolytic solution into the second flow channel;
applying, between the first and third electrodes, a voltage for generating an electroosmotic flow, to accelerate flow of the sample liquid in the first flow channel and to move the particle from an upstream side to a downstream side; and
applying a voltage between the first and second electrodes to detect a change in a current when the particle passes through the micropore, in order to detect a presence of the particle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,946

ROCK WETTABILITY DETERMINATIONS

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...

1. A method of assessing wettability of a reservoir rock, comprising:a) obtaining a first sample of a reservoir rock from a reservoir and cleaning said first sample;
b) saturating said first sample with a mineral oil or alkane and performing a first imbibition experiment;
c) plotting a first oil recovery plot against dimensionless time or square root of time;
d) obtaining a second sample of said reservoir rock that contains oil and water in a natural state and performing a second imbibition experiment;
e) plotting a second oil recovery plot against dimensionless time or square root of time;
f) obtaining a third sample of said reservoir rock and cleaning said third sample;
g) saturating said third sample with the crude oil of said reservoir and performing a third imbibition experiment;
h) plotting a third oil recovery plot against dimensionless time or square root of time;
i) adjusting said first, second and third oil recovery plots to a y intercept of zero; and
j) estimating the slopes of the adjusted first (m1), second (m2) and third (m3) oil recovery plots;
k) calculating a wettability index using:
wettability index=mx/(mvsww+mow)
 where mx is the slope of the imbibition curve from the core sample of interest m1, m2, or m3, mvsww is the slope of the imbibition curve of a Very Strongly Water-Wet (VSWW) core sample and mow is the slope of the imbibition curve of an oil-wet (ow) core sample.

US Pat. No. 10,113,945

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMBINING MEASUREMENTS OF PARTICLE CHARACTERISTICS USING LIGHT SCATTERING AND OPTICAL IMAGING

MICROTRAC INC., Montgome...

1. An apparatus which determines a particle size distribution from scattering measurements of particles and imaging of particles comprising:a) at least one light source which illuminates particles,
b) at least one scatter detector which detects light scattered from particles over a range of scattering angles,
c) a plurality of imaging detectors which detect an image of each of a plurality of particles,
d) means which determines a first particle size distribution from said detection of scattered light from particles,
e) means which determines a second particle size distribution from said detection of images of particles,
f) combining means which combines said first particle size distribution and said second particle size distribution to create a third particle size distribution with larger size range, wherein said third particle size distribution comprises three size regions which comprise a small size region, a size overlap region, and a large size region, wherein said third particle size distribution, in said small size region, is derived from a portion of said first particle size distribution, wherein said third particle size distribution, in said large size region, is derived from a portion of said second particle size distribution, and wherein said third particle size distribution, in said size overlap region, is derived from said first particle size distribution and said second particle size distribution, comprising the following means,
g) means which places said first particle size distribution and said second particle size distribution onto the same scale and/or onto the same size distribution parameter, and
h) means which combines said first particle size distribution and said second particle size distribution in said size overlap region to create said third particle size distribution in said size overlap region by utilizing a generally monotonic function of particle size.

US Pat. No. 10,113,944

CIRCUIT BOARD TESTING APPARATUS AND CIRCUIT BOARD TESTING METHOD

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A circuit board testing apparatus used in a bending test to a printed circuit board, wherein the circuit board testing apparatus comprises:a base frame;
a carrying platform located on an upper surface of the base frame, the carrying platform comprising a carrying curved surface, a first distance is formed between a central portion of the carrying curved surface and the upper surface of the base frame, a second distance is formed between two terminals of the carrying curved surface and the upper surface of the base frame, the second distance is greater than the first distance; and
a plurality of supporting components disposed in intervals, each of the supporting components comprising a supporting rod and a driving member, the driving member being fixed on the base frame, the supporting rods passing through the carrying curved surface, one terminal of the supporting rod being used to connect to the printed circuit board, another terminal of the supporting rod being connected to the driving member, the driving member driving the supporting rod to move in a direction perpendicular to the upper surface, and the driving member driving the supporting rod to move a displacement to fit the printed circuit board to the carrying curved surface so that the printed circuit board is bent and deformed.

US Pat. No. 10,113,942

METHOD OF SUPPRESSING BACKGROUND RISE IN COLOR REAGENT SOLUTION, COLOR REAGENT SOLUTION, REAGENT KIT, AND MEASURING APPARATUS

ARKRAY, Inc., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A color reagent solution, comprisingan oxidative color reagent of:
or a salt thereof,wherein:the color reagent solution is at a pH of lower than 2.0 and is capable of measuring a component of a sample where the component is a marker of a degree of oxidative stress of the sample; and
the degree of oxidative stress of the sample is reflected by a degree of coloration of the color reagent solution.

US Pat. No. 10,113,941

METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC REAL-TIME DIAGNOSTICS FOR EQUIPMENT THAT GENERATES VIBRATION AND STATIC EQUIPMENT

Dynamic Scientific Produc...

1. A method for automatic real-time diagnostics for equipment that generates vibration and static equipment comprising:a. installing a plurality of sensors on or mounted proximate to the equipment that generates vibration and static equipment, the plurality of sensors comprising a vibration sensor, and an acoustic emission sensor, and at least one of: a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, a current sensor, a level of liquid sensor, a rotation frequency sensor, additional acoustic emission sensors, a shaft position sensor, a linear deformation sensor, each of the plurality of sensors configured to transmit sensor data;
b. collecting sensor data using at least one peripheral intellectual measurement equipment (PIM) from the plurality of sensors, processing the sensor data by removing signal noise or averaging collected sensor data from a sensor over time, and then transmitting the processed sensor data as assembled data;
c. receiving sensor data and the assembled data using a plurality of diagnostic stations each diagnostic station with a diagnostic processor in communication with a diagnostic data storage and a diagnostic display and an enterprise network, each diagnostic station processor comparing the assembled data to threshold values for diagnostic features generating diagnostic information, and each diagnostic processor using a diagnostic passport and the assembled data to calculate diagnostic features and calculate technical states for each diagnostic feature of all or portions of the equipment that generates vibration and static equipment and generate diagnostic prescriptions for each diagnostic feature, the data storage having instructions to generate simultaneously a Monitor Executive Dashboard, a Trend Executive Dashboard, an Analysis Executive Dashboard, a Report Executive Dashboard, a System Executive Dashboard, and an Oscilloscope Executive Dashboard; and wherein
(i) the Monitor Executive Dashboard automatically uses the sensor data and the assembled data to generate the diagnostic information simultaneously for: (i) portions of equipment in a facility, (ii) individual equipment in a facility, (iii) groups of equipment in a facility, and (iv) all equipment in a facility as a visual presentation: for monitoring by worst operating condition of at least one of: the portions of equipment in the facility, the individual equipment in the facility; the groups of equipment in the facility, and all equipment in the facility;
(ii) the Trend Executive Dashboard automatically compares the diagnostic information to threshold values for diagnostic features and generates trends as a visual presentation;
(iii) the Analysis Executive Dashboard automatically presents the assembled data as a visual presentation of signals in data forms comprising: spectra, cepstrums, and wavelets; and simultaneously (a) calculates each diagnostic feature and (b) creates and edits diagnostic rules and configurations stored in the diagnostic data storage;
(iv) the Report Executive Dashboard automatically generates multiple reports using the diagnostic information based on preset user requests or according to a preset schedule for maintenance of equipment that produces vibration and static equipment;
(v) the System Executive Dashboard automatically generates a visual interface enabling monitoring, configuration and control of the plurality of peripheral intelligent measurement equipment, the plurality of diagnostic stations and the plurality of sensors; and
(vi) the Oscilloscope Executive Dashboard automatically generates a visual interface with a visual signal diagram of sensor data and operation parameters for channels and operational parameters for peripheral intellectual measurement equipment with synchronization in real time, when sensor data changes;
d. communicating with the plurality of diagnostic processors through at least one of: the enterprise network and the global communication network using an administrative processor with administrative data storage and administrative display, the administrative data storage having instructions for the administrative processor to automatically collect and store the diagnostic information and automatically compile the diagnostic information into a diagnostic database;
e. providing bidirectional communication with the plurality of diagnostic stations and the administrative processor to at least one client device with a client device processor, a client device data storage and client device display, each client device configured to present the diagnostic information by each of the Monitor Executive Dashboard, Trend Executive Dashboard, Analysis Executive Dashboard, Report Executive Dashboard, System Executive Dashboard and Oscilloscope Executive Dashboard generated by the diagnostic processor; and
wherein the method automatically generates real time diagnostic information from assembled data as a composite visualization of equipment in a facility by (i) portions of equipment in a facility, (ii) individual equipment in a facility, (iii) groups of equipment in a facility, and (iv) all equipment in a facility with the Monitor, Trend, Analysis, Report, System and Oscilloscope Executive Dashboards enabling a visualization of user selected diagnostic features, user selected trends, identification of equipment that generates vibration and static equipment, operational parameters enabling prediction of maintenance events associated with equipment that generates vibration and static equipment, while presenting the equipment that generates vibration as virtual images 21i-l, with each virtual image having at least one virtual tag representing diagnostic information providing simultaneous and automatic real time diagnostic analysis, real time equipment trend updating, proposed maintenance schedules, and real time viewing of maintenance activities on at least one portion of equipment that generates vibration and static equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,113,940

COUPLING DEVICE, PARTICULARLY FOR COUPLING DAMPING APPARATUS ON A TEST FRAME OF A TEST ARRANGEMENT AND TEST ARRANGEMENT WITH THE COUPLING DEVICE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A coupling device for coupling a damping apparatus to a test frame in a test arrangement for testing the damping apparatus, the coupling device comprising:an adjustment device having a coupling interface for coupling with the damping apparatus; and
a receiving device for coupling with the test frame and configured to receive the adjustment device;
wherein the coupling interface is variably configurable relative to the receiving device;
wherein the coupling interface is displaceable by the adjustment device in at least two rotational degrees of freedom and defines a coupling point arranged in fixed manner independently of the displacement of the adjustment device in the at least two rotational degrees of freedom.

US Pat. No. 10,113,939

TEST ARRANGEMENT FOR TESTING DAMPER DEVICES FOR DAMPING A FLAP THAT IS PIVOTABLE ABOUT A REAL PIVOT AXIS AND METHOD FOR TESTING THE DAMPER DEVICES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

16. A test arrangement for testing damper devices for damping a flap that is pivotable about a flap pivot axis comprising:a test stand with a pivot axis configured to simulate the flap pivot axis;
a test frame configured as a function model of the flap;
a connecting device for pivotably connecting the test frame to the test stand about the pivot axis;
a damper device operably coupled between the test stand and the test frame for dampened pivoting of the test frame about the pivot axis, wherein the test frame comprises at least two rails that extend away from the pivot axis;
a coupling device disposed on the test frame and configured to connect the damper device to the rail;
a first mass compensation device constrained outside the rails at a first distance from the pivot axis; and
a second mass compensation device with at least one weight component arranged between the rails by way of a holder, the weight component shiftably mounted on the rails between the pivot axis and the first mass compensation device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,938

TEST APPARATUS FOR SIMULATED TESTING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE ON AT LEAST ONE TEST BENCH, TEST BENCH WITH THE TEST APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SIMULATED TESTING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE ON AT LEAST ONE TEST BENCH WITH THE TEST APPARATUS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A test apparatus for simulated testing of a motor vehicle on at least one test bench, the test apparatus comprising:a frame structure having a plurality of beam members that cooperate to form a model of a body of the motor vehicle, the frame structure having a length and including:
a front frame section with a front axle model, the front frame section having a first coupling beam member;
a rear frame section with a rear axle model, the rear frame section having a second coupling beam member; and
a middle frame section arranged between the front frame section and the rear frame section, the middle frame section defined by a subplurality of beam members of the plurality of beam members, with the subplurality of beam members including a first beam member opposed from a second beam member, the first beam member coupled to the first coupling beam member and the second beam member coupled to the second coupling beam member; and
at least one stiffening element including at least two bending beams that are coupled to one another, the at least two bending beams coupled to the first beam member and the second beam member so as to extend between the first beam member and the second beam member of the middle frame section, the at least one stiffening element defining a bracing length that is adjustable relative to the middle frame section to vary a stiffness of the frame structure,
wherein the front frame section and the rear frame section are each movable relative to the middle frame section such that the length of the frame structure structure is variably adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,113,937

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING HOOK WEAR IN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A system for monitoring a gap size of a gap between a seal holder and an adjacent disk in a compressor section of a gas turbine wherein the compressor section includes a hook section, comprising:an imaging device that generates at least one image of the gap, wherein a calibration image of the gap is generated when the gas turbine is in a cold state to provide a calibration gap size and an operational image of the gap is generated when the gas turbine is in operation to provide an operational gap size and wherein wear is detected in the hook section when the operational gap size is less than the calibration gap size;
an enclosure that houses the imaging device wherein the enclosure includes an attachment portion; and
an access port formed in the compressor section to provide a view of the gap for the imaging device, wherein the attachment portion is attached to the access port.

US Pat. No. 10,113,935

DISTRIBUTED MULTI-CHANNEL COHERENT OPTICAL FIBER SENSING SYSTEM

NEC Corporation, (JP)

9. A duo-functionality sensor system for a fiber optic medium, comprising:a spatial mode converter configured to convert an input signal into a plurality of spatial modes;
a polarization multiplexer configured to polarization multiplex the input signal and a spatial mode multiplexer configured to spatial mode multiplex the input signal;
at least one spatial filter for configuring a forward propagating signal for transmission over the fiber optic medium; and
at least one additional spatial filter for performing distributed fault sensing on the input signal based on a backscatter of the input signal;
wherein the at least one spatial filter and the at least one additional spatial filter are further configured to apply, using the at least one spatial filter in a forward direction and the at least one additional spatial filter in a backward direction within the fiber optic medium, the plurality of spatial modes within the fiber optic medium to transmit the input signal and perform distributed fault sensing on the input signal.

US Pat. No. 10,113,934

INTEGRATED PHOTONIC-MIRROR TEST CIRCUIT

Oracle International Corp...

1. An integrated circuit, comprising a reflectivity test circuit, wherein the reflectivity test circuit includes:a first mirror;
a first photodetector that, during operation, measures a first optical power;
a first optical waveguide having a first end optically coupled to the first mirror and a second end optically coupled to the first photodetector;
a first optical coupler;
a first optical port that, during operation, selectively receives first input optical power;
a second optical port that, during operation, selectively receives second input optical power;
a second optical waveguide optically coupled to the first optical waveguide by the first optical coupler, wherein a first end of the second optical waveguide is optically coupled to the first optical port and a second end of the second optical waveguide is optically coupled to the second optical port;
a second optical coupler;
a second mirror;
a second photodetector that, during operation, measures a second optical power;
a third optical waveguide optically coupled to the second optical waveguide by the second optical coupler, wherein a first end of the third optical waveguide is optically coupled to the second mirror and a second end of the third optical waveguide is optically coupled to the second photodetector; and
control logic electrically coupled to the first photodetector and the second photodetector, wherein, during operation, the control logic determines a reflectivity of the first mirror based on a first ratio of the first optical power and the second optical power when the first input optical power is received on the first optical port.

US Pat. No. 10,113,933

LEAKAGE OIL DETECTOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A leakage oil detector system having:an ultraviolet light source that is arranged so as to irradiate an oil-filled device from a plurality of different incidence angles, is switched on and off at the respective incidence angles in sequence, and includes a wavelength exciting oil;
an imaging device to photograph said oil-filled device irradiated with ultraviolet light emitted from the ultraviolet light source when the ultraviolet light source is switched on;
a recorder to record respective images photographed by the imaging device;
an image processor to compare the respective images, judge a site where a light emitting position does not change always as a leakage oil site, and judge a site emitting light or not emitting light at different positions as a noise light site; and
a display to display the respective images.

US Pat. No. 10,113,932

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING BREAKAGE OF PIPING IN COMBINED POWER PLANTS

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A method for detecting breakage of piping in a combined power plant in which piping through which a second fluid circulates is disposed in a container through which a first fluid circulates for heat exchange between the first fluid and the second fluid, the method comprising the steps of:closing an outlet of the piping;
supplying the second fluid into the piping with a pump;
closing an inlet of the piping with the piping filled with the second fluid; and
determining breakage of the piping based on a change in pressure of the second fluid in the piping with the inlet and the outlet closed,
wherein breakage of the piping is determined based on a change in the pressure of the second fluid in the piping when the outlet of the piping is closed after the first fluid bypasses the container through a bypass line and the second fluid is supplied to the piping in the combined power plant during startup of the combined power plant.

US Pat. No. 10,113,931

PROBE MEASURING FORCE ADJUSTER

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. A probe measuring force adjuster, comprising:a frame;
a support moveable in a first direction and arranged separate from the frame;
a first spring having a first end fixed to a first end of the support, a second end fixed to the frame, and a principal surface facing the first direction;
a second spring having a first end fixed to a second end which second end is separated from the first end of the support in the first direction, a second end fixed to the frame, and a principal surface facing the first direction;
a first magnet provided to the first end of the support;
a second magnet provided to the second end of the support;
a third magnet provided to the frame and arranged separate from the first magnet so as to generate a magnetic force in the first direction between the first magnet and the third magnet; and
a fourth magnet provided to the frame and arranged separate from the second magnet so as to generate the magnetic force in the first direction between the second magnet and the fourth magnet,
wherein the first through fourth magnets are permanent magnets.

US Pat. No. 10,113,930

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE TOTAL PRESSURE IN THE CYLINDER OF AN ENGINE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A method for determining a total pressure in a cylinder (Pcyl) of an engine as a function of an angular position (crk) of a crankshaft (14) and from a quantity of fuel to be injected in possibly several injections, and for controlling a quantity of fuel injected into the engine, the method comprising:determining the pressure in the cylinder when there is no combustion, said pressure being called the pressure without combustion (Pcyl_m),
determining, for each injection (inji), a curve of sub-variation of pressure (?Pcomb_i) caused by a combustion of the fuel quantity injected during the injection (inji) in question, a shape of the curve being estimated as a function of the quantity of fuel (MFi) to be injected and of an angular position for start of injection (SOIi) of the corresponding injection,
determining the total pressure in the cylinder (Pcyl) by adding together the pressure without combustion (Pcyl_m) and the pressures given by the pressure sub-variation curves (?Pcomb_i) of each injection (inji),
adjusting an injector opening duration based on the total pressure of the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,113,928

PRESSURE SENSOR AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. A pressure sensor comprising:a substrate having a cavity therein, wherein the cavity extends from a top surface toward a bottom surface of the substrate;
a partition wall disposed in the substrate to surround the cavity, wherein the partition wall has an inner sidewall exposed by the cavity;
a substrate insulation layer disposed on the top surface of the substrate to cover the cavity;
a sensing unit disposed on the substrate insulation layer, wherein, when viewed in a plan view, at least a portion of the sensing unit overlaps the cavity; and
an encapsulation layer disposed on the substrate insulation layer to cover the sensing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,113,927

FLIP CHIP PRESSURE SENSOR ASSEMBLY

Honeywell International I...

1. A flip chip pressure sensor assembly, comprising:a substrate;
a pressure sensor die comprising a pressure sensing diaphragm, the die having a top side and a bottom side that is reverse to the top side, where the top side of the die is electrically connected to the substrate by flip chip mounting technology;
a cover defining an aperture disposed over the pressure sensor die, where the aperture defined by the cover aligns with the pressure sensing diaphragm to provide a path for pressure to be transmitted through the aperture to the bottom side of the pressure sensing diaphragm;
a seal between the cover and the pressure sensor die; and
a vent hole that communicates with an interior chamber of the flip chip pressure sensor assembly, wherein the interior chamber is defined at least in part by the cover, the pressure sensor die, and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,926

CERAMIC SENSOR MODULE INCLUDING DIAPHRAGM AND CYLINDRICAL PORTION INTEGRATED WITH THE DIAPHRAGM

NAGANO KEIKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A ceramic sensor module comprising:a diaphragm having a displacement portion capable of being displaced depending on a pressure of a target fluid to be introduced, the diaphragm having a top flat surface; and
a cylindrical portion integrated with the diaphragm, wherein
the displacement portion is disposed at a center of the diaphragm,
the cylindrical portion is disposed at an outer periphery of the diaphragm, the outer periphery surrounding the center of the diaphragm,
the top flat surface is opposite to a surface of the diaphragm where the target fluid comes into contact and the top flat surface comprises a planar central part and a planar outer circumferential portion surrounding the planar central part and connected to the planar central part, the planar central part being provided with a detection portion, wherein the planar central part is coplanar with the planar outer circumferential portion, and the planar central part is in direct contact with the planar outer circumferential portion;
an electronic component is disposed on the top flat surface, and
the electronic component comprises: a component body disposed away from the planar central part; and a lead frame having a base end and a tip end, the base end being connected to the component body, the tip end being directly bonded to the planar outer circumferential portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,925

MULTISTAGE SENSING DEVICE

NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVER...

1. A multistage sensing device comprising:a substrate;
a deformable unit having a first body disposed on said substrate, and a second body disposed on said first body and opposite to said substrate; and
a sensor unit including a first sensor element and a second sensor element that are disposed in said deformable unit, said first sensor element being disposed between said second sensor element and said substrate,
wherein said second sensor element is operable to measure deformation of said second body when an external force is applied to said deformable unit, and said first sensor element is operable to measure deformation of said first body when said first body is deformed by the deformation of said second body, and
wherein said first body is formed with a first space, and said second body is formed with a second space.

US Pat. No. 10,113,924

PLASMONIC NANOPARTICLE-BASED COLORIMETRIC STRESS MEMORY SENSOR

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

8. A method of forming a plasmonic nanoparticle-based colorimetric stress memory sensor, the method comprising:preparing bis(p-sulfonatophenyl)-phenylphosphine (BSPP) capped plasmonic nanoparticles;
assembling the BSPP capped plasmonic nanoparticles into a chain suspension;
mixing polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and the chain suspension into a homogenous mixture and drop casting the homogenous mixture onto a substrate; and
placing the mixture and substrate in a vacuum desiccator to allow evaporation of solvent from the mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,113,922

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND TRIPLE-AXIAL FORCE MEASUREMENT SENSOR THEREOF

Chung-Yuan Christian Univ...

1. A triple-axial force measurement sensor, comprising:a first sensing unit, comprising:
a first electrode, comprising:
an electrode main body;
a plurality of first extension columns, connected to the electrode main body;
a plurality of second extension columns, connected to the electrode main body;
a plurality of first electrode columns, connected to the plurality of first extension columns, wherein a plurality of first containing spaces are formed between any two neighboring first electrode columns, and formed between any one first electrode column and an adjacent electrode main body; and
a plurality of second electrode columns, connected to the plurality of second extension columns, wherein a plurality of second containing spaces are formed between any two neighboring second electrode columns, and formed between any one second electrode column and an adjacent electrode main body; and
a plurality of second electrodes, each second electrode comprising:
a third extension column; and
a plurality of third electrode columns, connected to the third extension column, wherein the plurality of third electrode columns are respectively located in each first containing space; and
a plurality of third electrodes, each third electrode comprising:
a fourth extension column;
a plurality of fourth electrode columns, connected to the fourth extension column, wherein the plurality of fourth electrode columns are respectively located in each second containing space; and
a second sensing unit, located under the first sensing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,113,921

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING MECHANICAL STRESS OF MACHINERY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system comprising:a magnetostriction-based drive coil configured to generate a magnetic field in a target material of industrial machinery using a drive signal;
a magnetostriction-based sensing coil configured to measure a change in magnetic permeability of the target material of the industrial machinery as a sensed signal; and
noise reduction circuitry configured to:
receive the drive signal;
receive the sensed signal; and
at least partially remove noise in the sensed signal that corresponds to the drive signal to generate an output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,113,920

THERMOCHROMIC EFFICIENCY INDICATOR

Chromatic Technologies, I...

1. A method of using a thermochromic indicator, comprising:monitoring a temperature within an interior space of a building with said thermochromic indicator comprising:
a substrate; and
a first indicium coupled to said substrate, said first indicium comprising a first thermochromic compound capable of undergoing a reversible first thermochromic compound color change upon exposure to a first temperature which is predetermined to indicate that a temperature affector which affects said temperature does not produce a desired effect;
wherein said desired effect is the maintenance of said interior space above said first temperature;
wherein said first thermochromic compound color change is retained even upon discontinuation of exposure to said first temperature to effectively record exposure to said first temperature;
wherein said first thermochromic compound color change indicates said temperature affector did not produce said desired effect;
subsequent to monitoring said temperature, capturing an image of said thermochromic indicator with a camera coupled to an electronic device;
executing one or more non-transitory computer-readable application programs to (i) determine whether said first thermochromic compound underwent said first thermochromic compound color change, (ii) determine whether said temperature affector produced said desired effect, and (iii) provide one or more options directed toward improving said temperature affector when said temperature affector does not produce said desired effect.

US Pat. No. 10,113,919

TEMPERATURE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A temperature sensor comprising:an insulation substrate;
a thin film thermistor portion formed on the insulation substrate; and
a pair of pattern electrodes formed on the insulation substrate with a pair of opposed electrode portions being arranged so as to be opposed to each other on the thin film thermistor portion,
wherein the thin film thermistor portion is made of a Ti—Al—N thermistor material,
the pair of pattern electrodes has a Ti—N bonding layer formed directly on the thin film thermistor portion and an electrode layer made of a noble metal formed on the bonding layer, and
the Ti—N bonding layer has a bondability to the thin film thermistor portion and the electrode layer, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,113,918

ARRANGEMENT OF A SENSOR FOR MEASURING THE TEMPERATURE OF A MEDIUM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A sensor arrangement for measuring a temperature of a medium in a motor vehicle, the arrangement comprising:a sensor having a sensor body and two connecting wires, including a first connecting wire and a second connecting wire;
said first connecting wire and a majority of said sensor body being disposed in direct contact with the medium and said second connecting wire being completely insulated from the medium.

US Pat. No. 10,113,917

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN SITU TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

Varian Semiconductor Equi...

1. A system for determining a temperature of a platen, comprising:the platen comprising at least one electrode;
a power supply to provide a clamping voltage and a clamping current to the at least one electrode, wherein the clamping voltage creates an electrical field that serves to clamp a workpiece to the platen;
a current sensor to monitor the clamping current; and
a controller configured to determine a temperature of the platen based on a parameter of the clamping current.

US Pat. No. 10,113,916

TEMPERATURE SENSING APPARATUS FOR HEAT EXCHANGER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A temperature sensing apparatus for a heat exchanger, comprising:a sensor bracket provided at an outer circumferential surface of a refrigerant pipe of the heat exchanger; and
a temperature sensor provided inside of the sensor bracket, and configured to be in contact with the outer circumferential surface of the refrigerant pipe when the sensor bracket is installed at the refrigerant pipe to sense a surface temperature of the refrigerant pipe, and wherein the sensor bracket includes:
a bracket body configured to completely enclose the temperature sensor and partially surround the outer circumferential surface of the refrigerant pipe,
a groove or a recess formed at an inner bottom surface of the bracket body to accommodate the temperature sensor, and
at least one pipe holder protruding from the bracket body and configured to latch onto the outer circumferential surface of the refrigerant pipe, wherein the bracket body includes at least one drain hole penetrating the bracket body from the inner bottom surface to an outer bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,915

NON-CONTACT TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT SENSOR

MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS...

1. A sensor package comprising:a substrate;
a thermopile sensor disposed over the substrate;
a reference thermopile sensor disposed over the substrate;
a reference temperature sensor disposed over the substrate and adjacent to the thermopile sensor and the reference thermopile sensor;
a lid assembly disposed over the thermopile sensor, the reference thermopile sensor, and the reference temperature sensor, the lid assembly comprising a transparent structure that passes electromagnetic radiation occurring in a limited spectrum of wavelengths; and
a thermo-optical shield, at least a portion of which is positioned between the transparent structure and one or more of the thermopile sensor, the reference thermopile sensor, or the reference temperature sensor, wherein the thermo-optical shield includes a thermal insulation layer and an electromagnetic blocker.

US Pat. No. 10,113,914

DIVIDED-APERTURE INFRA-RED SPECTRAL IMAGING SYSTEM

REBELLION PHOTONICS, INC....

1. An infrared (IR) imaging system, the imaging system comprising:an optical system comprising an optical focal plane array (FPA) unit, the optical system including components associated with at least two optical channels, said at least two optical channels being spatially and spectrally different from one another, the at least two optical channels positioned to transfer IR radiation incident on the optical system towards the optical FPA unit, the optical FPA unit comprising at least two groups of detector pixels disposed at a distance from at least two corresponding focusing lenses;
a first thermal reference at a first temperature;
a second thermal reference at a second temperature different from the first temperature, wherein radiation emitted from the first and the second thermal references is directed to at least one of the at least two groups of detector pixels simultaneously with radiation emitted from a scene viewed by the imaging system; and
electronics configured to:
dynamically calibrate the at least two groups of detector pixels to reduce a difference in measurements obtained using light from the first and the second thermal references received by at least one of the at least two groups of detector pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,113,913

SYSTEMS FOR COLLECTING THERMAL MEASUREMENTS OF THE FACE

Facense Ltd., Kiryat Tiv...

1. A system configured to take thermal measurements indicative of a physiological response, comprising:a frame configured to be worn on a user's head;
first, second, third, and fourth thermal cameras, which are physically coupled to the frame; wherein the frame is configured to hold the first, second, third, and fourth thermal cameras less than 15 cm away from the user's face;
the first and third thermal cameras are located to the right of the vertical symmetry axis that divides the face; the second and fourth thermal cameras are located to the left of the vertical symmetry axis; and the third and fourth thermal cameras are located at least 1 cm below the first and second thermal cameras, respectively;
the first thermal camera is configured to take thermal measurements of a first region of interest (THROI1), wherein ROI1 covers a portion of the right side of the user's forehead;
the second thermal camera is configured to take thermal measurements of a second ROI (THROI2), wherein ROI2 covers a portion of the left side of the forehead;
the third thermal camera is configured to take thermal measurements of a third ROI (THROI3), wherein ROI3 covers a portion of the right side of the user's upper lip; and
the fourth thermal camera is configured to take thermal measurements of a fourth ROI (THROI4), wherein ROI4 covers a portion of the left side of the user's upper lip.

US Pat. No. 10,113,912

THERMOPILE MODULE

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. An electronic device, comprising:an outer case having an opening;
a circuit substrate disposed inside the outer case;
a thermopile sensor chip disposed on the circuit substrate;
a filter structure disposed above the thermopile sensor chip;
a waterproof structure surroundingly connected between the filter structure and the outer case for sealing up the opening of the outer case;
wherein the waterproof structure includes a first waterproofing element, a second waterproofing element, and a support structure, the first waterproofing element is surroundingly connected onto the filter structure, the second waterproofing element is surroundingly connected onto the outer case, the support structure is disposed between the first waterproofing element and the second waterproofing element, and the support structure has a first support portion connected between the first waterproofing element and the second waterproofing element and a second support portion extended downwardly from the first support portion to contact the circuit substrate for supporting the second waterproofing element;
wherein the first waterproofing element has a first through hole, the second waterproofing element has a second through hole communicated with the opening of the outer case, the first support portion has a third through hole communicated between the first through hole and the second through hole, and the opening of the outer case and the first, the second, and the third through holes of the waterproof structure are filled with an infrared passing glue.

US Pat. No. 10,113,910

SENSOR-SYNCHRONIZED SPECTRALLY-STRUCTURED-LIGHT IMAGING

Digimarc Corporation, Be...

1. An apparatus comprising:an imaging apparatus for obtaining pixels sampled from a produce item in a scene, the pixels each comprising an N-dimensional spectral vector, where N is an integer greater or equal to four, and corresponding to a number of spectral values obtained per pixel, the spectral values obtained from capture of the pixels by an image sensor in response to pulsed illumination of the object by 4 or more different LED light sources;
a digital signal processing device in communication with the imaging apparatus for computing texture feature values of the pixels at plural spatial scales, sampled from different locations of the produce item;
a classifier for classifying the produce item based on the N-dimensional spectral vector and texture feature values of the pixels at plural spatial scales to identify a variety of the produce item in the scene, wherein the classifier is trained on N-dimensional spectral vector and texture feature values of varieties of each of different produce items to discriminate between the varieties of each of the different produce items,
the classifier configured to identify the variety of the produce item with a plural stage classifier, the plural stage classifier having a first stage classifier comprising one-versus-one classifiers to discriminate the N-dimensional spectral vector of the produce item for each of plural categories of produce, and a second stage classifier comprising one-versus-one classifiers to discriminate the N-dimensional spectral vector and texture feature values of the produce item for variety of produce within each of the plural categories; and
a display device configured to display identifying information of the variety of the produce item.

US Pat. No. 10,113,909

OPTICAL FILTER DEVICE, OPTICAL MODULE, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An optical filter device, comprising:an interference filter which includes a first substrate, a second substrate facing the first substrate and having a movable section that approaches and withdraws from the first substrate, a first reflective film provided on the first substrate, and a second reflective film provided on the movable section of the second substrate and facing the first reflective film;
a base section to which the interference filter is fixed; and
a fixing member which fixes at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate to the base section via at least one fixing position that is located at one surface side along a substrate thickness direction of the one of the first substrate and the second substrate,
wherein the fixing member has an elastic modulus of less than or equal to a first threshold at which the fixing member elastically deforms due to a stress that corresponds to a rotation of the interference filter that centers on the fixing position such that a first order resonance frequency of the interference filter in which the fixing position of the fixing member is used as a fixed end is less than or equal to half a value of a first order resonance frequency of the movable section.

US Pat. No. 10,113,908

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPTICAL AXIS ALIGNMENT MONITOR AND FEEDBACK CONTROL FOR A SPECTROMETER

The United States of Amer...

1. A monitoring and control system for a spectrometer, comprising:a single axis, wavelength-specific linear array detector column embedded in a two-dimensional (2-D) spectrometer detector array;
at least one optical alignment beacon positioned and directed along a central optical axis of an input aperture of an optical system;
wherein said beacon outputs illumination directed along a receiver optical path;
a fast steering mirror (FSM) provided in series with said optical axis of said beacon and an incoming ground scene radiance from said input aperture;
wherein said FSM alters optical pointing directions of radiance sources including said incoming ground scene radiance and said beacon illumination, in two axes including tip and tilt axes;
a turning mirror which reflects said radiance sources to focusing optics and a field stop slit of a field stop assembly;
wherein exiting radiance from said field-stop assembly is spectrally partitioned and directed orthogonal to a spatial cross-track image axis and focused onto said 2-D spectrometer detector array; and
wherein changes in tip and tilt optical axis motions are registered and parametrized to derive a feedback control signal from a feedback control system, for said FSM to provide corrective motions to image jitter and to restore focal plane image stability.

US Pat. No. 10,113,906

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MEASURING LIGHT

BlueLight Analytics, Inc....

1. A device comprising:a) a light diffusing element comprising:
an element comprising a top portion, a bottom portion, and a side portion, wherein said top portion comprises a screen, said bottom portion comprises an inner surface that is substantially hemispherical, and said side portion comprises an inner surface that is substantially cylindrical, and wherein said side portion is connected to said top portion and said bottom portion; and
an outlet port in said side portion, wherein said outlet port is substantially parallel to said top portion and is adjacent to said bottom portion, and wherein said outlet port is configured to receive a light conducting conduit,
wherein said light diffusing element prevents light from penetrating through said side portion or said bottom portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,905

RANDOM LIGHT COLLECTOR DEVICE

ADVA Optical Networking S...

1. A random light collector device comprising(a) a reflecting cavity configured to enclose a random light source that randomly transmits photons in essentially the whole solid angle of 4? steradian, the reflecting cavity having an inner wall adapted to reflect the photons in such a way that at least a portion of once or multiply reflected photons is directed to an output port of the reflecting cavity and
(b) a guiding means for directing the reflected photons and photons which are directly emitted to the output port and to a photodetector,
(c) wherein the guiding means is a hollow tube having an inner wall adapted to reflect the photons, and
(d) wherein a first end of the hollow tube is connected to or positioned adjacent to the output port of the reflecting cavity and wherein the photodetector is provided within the hollow tube or directly at or sufficiently close to a second end thereof in such a way that a sensitive area of the photodetector covers the whole cross-section of the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,113,904

OPTICAL SENSOR

SICK ENGINEERING GMBH, O...

1. An optical sensor comprising:a light transmitter for transmitting transmitted light beams into a measured zone;
a light receiver for receiving received light beams from the measured zone;
an evaluation unit for determining a property of the measured zone using the received light beams received by the light receiver;
at least one mirror unit for scattering the transmitted light beams and/or the received light beams, with the at least one mirror unit comprising a plurality of micromirror elements having an at least regionally reflective surface and comprising an electrode arrangement electrically connected to the micromirror elements; and
a control device that is configured to adjust the at least one mirror unit between at least two different functional states by controlling the electrode arrangement,
wherein the at least one mirror unit further comprises an at least substantially transparent substrate at which the micromirror elements are arranged; and wherein the control device is configured to temporarily set the at least one mirror unit into a transmission state in which the micromirror elements are in an open position and light radiation incident onto the at least one mirror unit moves past the micromirror elements through the transparent substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,903

AMBIENT LIGHT SENSOR CALIBRATION

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A system for calibrating a sensor of an electronic device, the system comprising:an illumination assembly comprising:
a first light emitter configured to emit first light having a first wavelength;
a second light emitter configured to emit second light having a second wavelength;
a first light combiner comprising a first exit port;
a first light diffuser positioned between the first light emitter and the first light combiner, the first light diffuser being configured to receive the first light and output first diffuse light; and
a second light diffuser positioned between the second light emitter and the first light combiner, the second light diffuser being configured to receive the second light and output second diffuse light; and
wherein the first light combiner is configured to:
receive the first diffuse light and to output the first diffuse light via the first exit port of the first light combiner; and
receive the second diffuse light and to output the second diffuse light via the first exit port of the first light combiner; and
an opaque housing comprising an interior region enclosing the illumination assembly, wherein the opaque housing is effective to reduce an amount of light from an exterior of the opaque housing from entering the interior region of the opaque housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,902

DETECTION OF SEISMIC SIGNALS USING FIBER OPTIC DISTRIBUTED SENSORS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A seismic event detection system in a well, comprising:a first fiber optic cable disposed in a borehole extending from an earth surface into a formation, the first fiber optic cable configured to react along its length to incident seismic signals originating: inside the borehole and propagating through the formation and the borehole or outside the borehole and propagating through the formation;
an optical source to launch optical pulses into the first fiber optic cable while the seismic signals are incident on the first fiber optic cable; and
a data acquisition system coupled to the first fiber optic cable to detect coherent Rayleigh noise (CRN) generated in response to the optical pulses to determine characteristics of the well based on the detected CRN.

US Pat. No. 10,113,901

METHOD FOR EVALUATING A TDR LIMIT LEVEL SWITCH

VEGA GRIESHABER AG, Wolf...

1. A TDR limit level switch, comprising:a measuring probe adapted to be immersed into a filling material, the probe detecting a measuring signal corresponding to a state of the probe;
a transmission unit and a receiving unit, the transmission unit being configured to produce a transmission pulse P0, to transmit the transmission pulse to the receiving unit via a first line and to couple the transmission pulse into the measuring probe via a second line; and
an evaluation unit evaluating the detected measuring signal, the detected measuring signal including at least two reflections P1, P2 of the transmission pulse P0 at locations of the measuring probe at which there is a jump in impedance,
wherein the probe has a coupling point at which the transmission pulse P0, from which the detected measuring signal results, is coupled into the probe, wherein the locations of the probe at which there is a jump in impedance are the location of the coupling point and of an end of the probe,
wherein the evaluation unit is configured to determine if the probe is surrounded by the filling material on the basis of the positions of the amplitudes of the least two reflections P1, P2 relative to the transmission pulse P0,
wherein the evaluation unit is configured to determine, when the probe is installed with a downward orientation, whether the time coordinate of a reference XR1 is greater than the time coordinate of the reflection P1 and that the measuring probe is covered by the filling material, and
wherein the evaluation unit is configured to determine, when the probe is installed with an upward orientation, whether the time coordinate of the reflection P2 is greater than the time coordinate of a reference XR2 and that the measuring probe is covered by the filling material.

US Pat. No. 10,113,899

APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING FILL LEVEL OF A FILL SUBSTANCE IN A CONTAINER WITH PROCESS ISOLATION HAVING AT LEAST TWO PLASTICS

1. An apparatus for determining or monitoring the fill level of a fill substance located in a container in a process, comprising:a signal producing unit, which produces high-frequency measuring signals;
an in-coupling/out-coupling unit, which couples the high-frequency measuring signals into an antenna unit, respectively out of the antenna unit; said antenna unit has a hollow conductor and an antenna element widening toward the fill substance; and
said antenna unit transmits the high-frequency measuring signals in the direction of the surface of the fill substance and receives echo signals reflected on the surface of the fill substance; and
a control/evaluation unit, which ascertains the fill level of the fill substance in the container based on travel time of the measuring signals, wherein:
in or on said antenna unit a process isolation is provided, which is at least approximately transparent for the high-frequency measuring signals and which protects said in-coupling/out-coupling unit against influences of the process;
said process isolation is an isostatically pressed, molded part, which is manufactured of at least two plastics having different physical and/or chemical properties; and
each of said at least two plastics is provided in respectively defined regions of said process isolation.

US Pat. No. 10,113,898

LIQUID LEVEL DETECTOR FOR OPEN VESSEL AND CLOSED VESSEL

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A liquid level detector, comprising:a detecting element having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, the first surface being opposed to a liquid to be detected, while being parallel to a height direction of liquid level;
a heating means provided to the second surface of the detecting element, the heating means being located on an outer side of the detecting element other than a side to which the first surface is opposed to detect the liquid;
a detection processing means performing a detection process for a liquid level of the liquid;
a single sensor unit configured with the detecting element, a length of the detecting element in a height direction of liquid level being equal to a detection range of liquid level;
a plurality of pairs of first and second via holes formed in the detecting element and penetrating an insulating substrate of a thermoplastic resin in a thickness direction; and
a plurality of pairs of first and second interlayer connection members provided for the pairs of first and second via holes, and embedded in the pairs of first and second via holes, the first interlayer connection members are formed of a different type of metal than the second interlayer connection members, wherein:
the heating means forms a heat flow passing through the detecting element from the second surface to the first surface, toward the liquid or a gas;
the detecting element has a structure in which the plurality of pairs of the first and second interlayer connection members are alternately connected in series;
the detecting element generates, in the first and second interlayer connection members alternately connected in series, an electromotive force corresponding to the heat flow passing through the detecting element, and outputs an electrical signal corresponding to the electromotive force to the detection processing means; and the detection processing means calculates a liquid level on the basis of an output value of the detecting element, and a relationship between an output value of the detecting element and a liquid level.

US Pat. No. 10,113,897

APPARATUS FOR CATCHING OIL DRIPS ASSOCIATED WITH USE OF AN OIL LEVEL GAUGE TOOL

1. Apparatus for catching and accumulating oil drips associated with use of an oil level gauge tool, the oil level gauge tool having a handle, a tape, a tape reel having a winding handle for winding the tape onto the tape reel, a tape frame for supporting the tape reel, and a plumb bob attached at an end of the tape, the apparatus comprising:a handle receiving portion capable of receiving and securing the handle of the oil level gauge tool;
a plumb bob receiving portion capable of receiving the plumb bob, also capable of catching and accumulating oil drips from the oil level gauge tool; and
a tape reel receiving portion capable of receiving the tape reel, also capable of catching oil drips from the oil level gauge tool.

US Pat. No. 10,113,896

LIQUID RESERVOIR WITH A PLURALITY OF LIQUID LEVEL DETECTION UNITS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A liquid reservoir comprising a plurality of liquid surface level detection units, whereineach of the liquid surface level detection units includes a plurality of self-heating sensors, which are positioned at different heights,
the liquid reservoir comprising an inflow pipe through which refrigerant flows into the liquid reservoir at an upper portion of the liquid reservoir,
one of the liquid surface level detection units is arranged horizontally farther from the inflow pipe than a remainder of the liquid surface level detection units, and the self-heating sensors of the one liquid surface level detection unit are located higher than the self-hating sensors of the remainder of the plurality of liquid surface level detection units.

US Pat. No. 10,113,895

REMOTE MONITORING FOR AUTOMATED FLOW METER

ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY ASSO...

1. A method for monitoring remote assets in real-time, the method comprising:sending a command from a server system over a wireless communication network to a control board that is communicatively coupled to a plurality of sensors, wherein the command instructs the control board to begin collecting data in real-time from the plurality of sensors at the remote assets at one or more locations, each sensor of the plurality of sensors measuring a flow volume of liquid at least one of the remote assets in real-time, and wherein the control board compiles data from the plurality of sensors into a packet;
receiving the packet sent from the control board over the wireless communications network to the server system, the packet including the sensor data collected in real-time concerning the flow volume of liquid at the at least one of remote assets in real-time;
executing instructions stored in a memory of the server system, wherein execution of the instructions by a processor of the server system examines the packet of the sensor data to:
identify each of the plurality of sensors associated with the packet,
extract the real-time sensor data from the compiled data, and
generate a display of a sensor listing, wherein each of the plurality of sensors are listed with its associated real-time flow volume measurement; and
storing the sensor data in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,113,894

GAS FLOW CHARACTERIZATION IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of characterizing gas flow within a housing of a machine, comprising:positioning one or more gas flow sensors in the housing wherein the one or more gas flow sensors are integral with a build plate;
introducing a gas flow into the housing;
using the one or more gas flow sensors to generate two or more gas flow measurements at spaced-apart locations within the housing; and
recording the two or more measurements to create a gas flow map.

US Pat. No. 10,113,890

MEASURING ARRANGEMENT HAVING A RAIL AND LINKAGE ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING AN ULTRASONIC FLOW MEASURING DEVICE IN A PIPE IN TILTED POSITION

1. A measuring arrangement, comprising:a pipe with a pipe axis and a pipe wall; and
an ultrasonic flow measuring device, wherein:
said ultrasonic flow measuring device has a sensor unit, which is fixed in a hole in said pipe, which hole is introduced essentially perpendicularly to said pipe axis into said pipe wall;
said sensor unit has a rail or a rod with a longitudinal axis;
said rail or said rod bears at least two ultrasonic transducers, defining a signal path;
said signal path extends parallel to or on the longitudinal axis of said rail or of said rod;
said signal path proceeds directly between said at least two ultrasonic transducers without reflections on said pipe wall;
said signal path is tilted from a perpendicular connecting line between a center point of said hole and said pipe axis after said rail or said rod is inserted into the pipe through the hole and maintaining the direct signal path between the at least two ultrasonic transducers; and
said rail or the rod is orientable in said pipe by a linkage.

US Pat. No. 10,113,889

QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NAVIGATION-ASSISTED PROCEDURES

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A calibration system for a tracking system, comprising:a channel block having a plurality of channels formed therein, the plurality of channels being configured to correspond to locations where treatment devices are inserted for treatment of a patient, the channels being dimensioned to restrict motion of the treatment devices; and
the tracking system configured to monitor a position of at least one treatment device inserted in at least one of the channels of the plurality of channels, the tracking system being configured to generate tracking data for the at least one treatment device as the treatment devices move through the plurality of channels for comparison from within a corresponding channel with an expected position based on the true positional data for the at least one treatment device from within the corresponding channel, the expected path data include one or more of a particular grid position a stepper setting, arbitrarily set data, and data from a surgical plan.

US Pat. No. 10,113,887

SCALE FOR A LENGTH MEASURING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Hamilton Bonaduz AG, (CH...

1. A scale for a length-measuring system for recording the absolute values of angles or distances, the scale comprising: (a) a printed circuit board including at least one track for identifying length information or angle information; and (b) a coding for identifying the scale, the coding having at least one coding element with at least two electrodes and a conductive connection between the electrodes on an insulator substrate, wherein the conductive connection is configured to be irreversibly destroyed by applying an electrical current.

US Pat. No. 10,113,886

METHOD FOR MONITORING A TRANSMISSION LINK

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

1. A method for transmitting error information in a data transmission signal, comprising:introducing, by a vehicle conditioning circuit, measured value pulses into the data transmission signal, the measured value pulses indicate a measured value detected by a sensor;
introducing, by the vehicle conditioning circuit, an, error indication pulse into the data transmission signal, the error indication pulse indicates that the measured value contains an error;
introducing, by the vehicle conditioning circuit, at least one evaluation information pulse into the data transmission signal, the at least one evaluation information pulse identifies the error in the measured value; and
in response to the error indication pulse indicating that the measured value contains an error, controlling, by the vehicle controller, a driver assistance system of the vehicle based on the at least one evaluation information pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,113,884

DIVERSITY IN MAGNETIC SENSORS

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A magnetic angle sensor, comprising:a first Wheatstone bridge circuit having a plurality of first magnetoresistive elements; and
a second Wheatstone bridge circuit having a plurality of second magnetoresistive elements,
wherein:
the plurality of second magnetoresistive elements have diversity with respect to the plurality of first magnetoresistive elements,
a width of meander stripes of the plurality of second magnetoresistive elements is less than a width of meander stripes of the plurality of first magnetoresistive elements, and
a ratio of an output signal of the second Wheatstone bridge circuit to an output signal of the first Wheatstone bridge circuit indicates a magnetic field strength.

US Pat. No. 10,113,880

CUSTOM PRINTING OF A TRAVEL ROUTE

FACEBOOK, INC., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:receiving, from a user device, a request for directions from an origin to a destination;
determining, using at least one processor, a route from the origin to the destination, wherein the route comprises driving directions for navigating from the origin to the destination;
providing, for display together on the user device:
a route map illustrating a graphical representation of the driving directions for the route; and
a narrative portion comprising a list of actions for instructing a user through the driving directions for the route;
detecting, using the at least one processor, a selection of a particular listed action from the displayed list of actions within the narrative portion; and
in response to the detected selection of the particular listed action, providing, for display together with the narrative portion, a detailed map that illustrates the particular listed action in detail.

US Pat. No. 10,113,879

HIERARCHY OF TOOLS FOR NAVIGATION

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A non-transitory machine readable medium storing a mapping application for execution by at least one processing unit, the mapping application comprising sets of instructions for:presenting, on a display screen, a first user interface (UI) page for providing automatic predicted-location notifications and providing a first UI affordance for a list of predicted locations, wherein the first UI page does not provide a UI affordance for receiving a search query;
responsive to a selection of the first UI affordance for the list of predicted locations, presenting, on a display screen, a second UI page for providing the list of predicted locations and providing a second UI affordance for a verbal search query, wherein the second UI page does not provide a UI affordance for displaying alphanumeric characters for entering a search query through character input; and
responsive to a selection of the second UI affordance, presenting, on a display screen, a third UI page for receiving the verbal search query and providing a third UI affordance for displaying alphanumeric characters for entering a search query through character input .

US Pat. No. 10,113,876

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CREATING AND USING A LOCATION IDENTIFICATION GRID

United States Postal Serv...

1. A method for creating a location identification grid, the method comprising:receiving information identifying a physical location of a device;
identifying an area corresponding to a plurality of pre-existing areas based at least in part on the physical location of the device;
selecting a pre-existing area included in the plurality of pre-existing areas and sub-dividing the pre-existing area into a first plurality of areas within the pre-existing area;
sub-dividing one of the first plurality of areas within the pre-existing area into a second plurality of areas within the one of the first plurality of areas;
associating delivery points contained within the second plurality of areas with identifiers corresponding to the first plurality of areas and the second plurality of areas;
storing the association in a database for access by a user; and
transmitting at least a portion of the identifiers to the device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,875

MODULE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A module comprising:a first substrate that includes a first sensor device;
a second substrate that includes a second sensor device, the first substrate including an electronic component which is electrically connected to the first sensor device and the second sensor device;
a third substrate that includes a third sensor device;
a fourth substrate that includes a digital circuit which is electrically connected to the electronic component;
a first connecting portion that connects the first substrate and the second substrate, and the first connecting portion being flexible;
a second connecting portion that connects the first substrate and the third substrate, and the second connecting portion being flexible;
a third connecting portion that connects the first substrate and the fourth substrate, and the third connecting portion being flexible; and
a supporting member that has a plurality of fixing faces,
wherein the first substrate has a first cut-out portion, and the first connecting portion connects to the first substrate within the first cut-out portion,
the first substrate has a second cut-out portion, and the second connecting portion extends from the second cut-out portion,
the first substrate has a third cut-out portion, and the third connecting portion extends from the third cut-out portion,
the second substrate has a fourth cut-out portion, and the first connecting portion extends from the fourth cut-out portion, and
the first substrate, the second substrate, the third substrate, and the fourth substrate each include apertures that mate with projections formed on the fixing faces of the supporting member when the first, second, and third connecting members are each bent to mate the first, second, third, and fourth substrates with the fixing faces, respectively, and
the first substrate and the second substrate are arranged horizontally in parallel with each other when attached to one of the fixing faces, respectively,
the third and fourth substrates are arranged vertically and orthogonal to each other when attached to one of the fixing faces, respectively, and
the first and second substrates are arranged orthogonal to each of the third and fourth substrates when attached to one of the fixing faces, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,113,874

DETECTION DEVICE, SENSOR, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND MOVING OBJECT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A detection device comprising:a drive circuit that receives a feedback signal from a vibrator and drives the vibrator;
a detection circuit that performs detection based on a signal from the vibrator and outputs detection data; and
a digital signal processing unit that performs digital filtering for the detection data from the detection circuit, the digital signal processing unit including a band elimination filtering circuit,
the band elimination filtering circuit comprising:
a multiplier;
a multiplication result register connected to the multiplier and configured to store multiplication result data of the multiplier;
an adder;
a first addition result register and a second addition result register connected to the adder and configured to store selectively addition result data of the adder;
a fifth selector connected to the multiplier and the adder and configured to select any one of the multiplication result data of the multiplier and the addition result data of the adder, and output;
an output register connected to the fifth selector and configured to store the output data of the fifth selector;
a first selector connected to an input and to the output register and configured to select any one of input data and the data of the output register, and output to the multiplier;
a second selector connected to a storage unit and configured to select any one of a plurality of filter coefficients stored in the storage unit, and output to the multiplier;
a third selector connected to the input and the multiplication result register and configured to select any one of the input data and data stored in the multiplication result register, and output to the adder; and
a fourth selector connected to the input, the first addition result register, and the second addition result register and configured to select any one of the input data and data stored in the first addition result register and the second addition result register, and output to the adder;
wherein the digital signal processing unit performs band elimination filtering, by way of the band elimination filtering unit, for attenuating a component of a detuning frequency ?f=|fd?fs| corresponding to a difference between a drive side resonance frequency fd and a detection side resonance frequency fs of the vibrator for the detection data.

US Pat. No. 10,113,871

SURVEYING POLE

LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG, Hee...

1. A surveying pole comprising:at least two pole sections being telescopically insertable into each other so that a height adjustment of the pole is provided;
a pointing tip at the lower end of the pole for setting the pole on a terrain point,
a position giving means arranged on the pole; and
a height measuring system for measuring the height of the position giving means relative to the terrain point, the height measuring system comprises:
a magneto-strictive wire placed inside of the pole;
a magnet interacting with the wire, the positioning of the magnet relative to the wire being linked to the height adjustment of the pole;
a sensor circuitry for emitting current pulses through the wire;
a signal transducer, in particular comprising a sensing coil, for transforming mechanical waves of the wire into electrical signals; and
a decoder for evaluating the signals and the current pulses, and therewith deriving the height of the position giving means.

US Pat. No. 10,113,870

MACHINE VISION SYSTEM FOR FORMING A DIGITAL REPRESENTATION OF A LOW INFORMATION CONTENT SCENE

Cognex Corporation, Nati...

1. A machine vision system, including:a) an image sensor configured to capture an image signal and process the image signal to output a binary measurement signal, the image signal indicative of light energy collected from a scene, the image sensor comprising
i) a pixel array of light sensitive pixels and dark pixels arranged by rows and columns, the pixel array comprising
A) an array of pixel output control busses in one-to-one correspondence with the rows of the pixel array, each of the pixel output control busses configured and arranged to provide a pixel output control signal to pixels on a respective row of the pixel array, and
B) an array of pixel column circuits in one-to-one correspondence with the columns of the pixel array, each pixel column circuit comprising
I) a pixel output bus configured and arranged to sum pixel output signals, and
II) a linear array of pixels, coupled in one-to one correspondence with the array of pixel control busses, the linear array of pixels comprising
 (a) a linear array of light sensitive pixels to receive a portion of the image signal, wherein each light sensitive pixel comprises
 (i) a respective light sensitive sensor that is responsive to light energy received by the light sensitive pixel,
 (ii) a respective transconductor that is coupled with the light sensitive sensor and configured to form a respective pixel output signal based on the light energy, and
 (iii) a respective output select circuit, coupled with a corresponding pixel output control bus of the array of pixel output control busses, to control coupling of the transconductor to the pixel output bus through which the light sensitive pixel provides the light energy-based pixel output signal to the pixel output bus,
 (b) a linear array of dark pixels, wherein each dark pixel lacks a light sensitive sensor and comprises
 (i) a respective transconductor that is responsive to an electrical reference signal received by the dark pixel and configured to form a respective pixel output signal based on the electrical reference signal, and
 (ii) a respective output select circuit, coupled with corresponding pixel output control bus of the array of pixel output control busses, to control coupling of the transconductor to the pixel output bus through which the dark pixel provides the electrical reference signal-based pixel output signal to the pixel output bus,
ii) a sampling pattern generator coupled with the pixel array, the sampling pattern generator configured to provide a sequence of the pixel output control signals to the array of pixel output control busses and also configured to provide the electrical reference signal to the dark pixels, wherein
A) each element of the sequence of the pixel output control signals corresponds to a row of a sampling pattern matrix, which is predetermined to form, through selective summing of the light energy-based and electrical reference signal-based pixel output signals on the pixel output busses of the array of pixel column circuits, an array of measurement coefficients in one-to-one correspondence with columns of the pixel array, each measurement coefficient of the array of measurement coefficients comprising information of the image signal represented in a non-canonical basis,
B) provision of the elements of the sequence to the array of pixel output control busses causes a measurement signal to be formed on the pixel output busses of the array of pixel column circuits, the measurement signal comprising a respective array of measurement coefficients for each row of the sampling pattern matrix, and
C) provision of the electrical reference signal to the dark pixels of the pixel array controls a contribution of the dark pixels to the measurement signal,
iii) a digitizer, coupled with the pixel output busses of the array of pixel column circuits, for binarizing the measurement signal to form a binary measurement signal; and
b) a digital processor, coupled with the image sensor to receive the binary measurement signal, the digital processor configured with
i) information regarding the sampling pattern matrix and the contribution of the dark pixels to the measurement signal,
ii) instructions for accessing, from the binary measurement signal, a column binary measurement vector corresponding to a particular column of the pixel array, and
iii) instructions for forming a digital pixel value corresponding to a light sensitive pixel of the particular column, the digital pixel value comprising information of the image signal as captured, by
A) finding a column signal vector that has a binary measurement space representation that is substantially correlated with the column binary measurement vector, and
B) processing the column signal vector, together with the contribution of the dark pixels to the measurement signal, to form the digital pixel value.

US Pat. No. 10,113,867

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL RECONSTRUCTION OF A SCENE BY IMAGE ANALYSIS

AREVA NP, Courbevoie (FR...

1. A device for the three-dimensional reconstruction of a scene by image analysis, comprising:an image acquisition device configured to capture images of the scene;
an analysis device configured to calculate a three-dimensional reconstruction of the scene from at least one image of the scene taken by the image acquisition device; and
a projection device configured to project a first light pattern and a second light pattern, which are complementary, on the examined scene, the first light pattern and the second light pattern being projected along separate projection axes forming a non-zero angle between the projection axes, so as to be superimposed while forming a uniform image with homogenous intensity in a projection plane, the analysis device being programmed to calculate a three-dimensional reconstruction from a measurement of the variation in the homogeneity of light intensity in each image of the scene.

US Pat. No. 10,113,863

VISCOSITY MEASURING METHOD

FEMTOBIOMED INC., Seongn...

1. A viscosity measuring method comprising:(i) a step of acquiring an image of a droplet in a static state without vibration;
(ii) a step of using a vibrator to vibrate the droplet, and acquiring an image of the droplet in a dynamic state in which the droplet is maximally extended in a horizontal direction or maximally extended in a vertical direction;
(iii) a step of obtaining the static curvature change rate of the droplet interface and the dynamic curvature change rate of the droplet interface from the images acquired in step (i) and (ii); and
(iv) a step of substituting the ratio of the static curvature change rate of the droplet interface to the dynamic curvature change rate of the droplet interface obtained by the following equation (3), into an interaction equation, adjusted for the vibrator, obtained by the following equation (4), to obtain the viscosity of the droplet

US Pat. No. 10,113,862

STRAIN SENSOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR STRAIN SENSOR

CMIWS CO., LTD., Kyoto (...

1. A strain sensor comprising:a base;
a plurality of supports provided in a state of protruding from the base and around which an optical fiber is wound;
one or a plurality of the optical fibers provided in a state of having parts directed to different directions each other between the supports as viewed from an opposite direction to the base; and
fixing materials to fix the optical fiber to the supports in a state in which tension is applied to the parts between the supports,
wherein the base comprises a plurality of island-shaped members on which each of the supports is provided respectively, and a connection to separably connect the island-shaped members.

US Pat. No. 10,113,860

INSPECTING A MULTILAYER SAMPLE

APPLEJACK 199, L.P., Mil...

1. A method for inspecting a multilayer sample, the method comprising:(b) emitting light from a broadband light source;
(c) receiving, at a beam splitter, the light and splitting, at the beam splitter, the light into first and second portions;
(d) directing, from the beam splitter, the first portion of the light toward a multilayer sample positioned a first optical distance from the beam splitter;
(e) directing, from the beam splitter, the second portion of the light onto a reflector positioned a second optical distance from the beam splitter;
(f) combining, at the beam splitter, the first portion of the light after being reflected from the multilayer sample and the second portion of the light after being reflected from the reflector;
(g) directing, from the beam splitter, the combined light toward a system for analyzing Fabry-Perot fringes;
(h) receiving, at a computer-controlled etalon filter included in the system for analyzing Fabry-Perot fringes, the combined light, filtering the combined light at the computer-controlled etalon filter, directing, from the computer-controlled etalon filter, the filtered light over a single-mode optical fiber, receiving, at a computer-controlled spectrograph included in the system for analyzing Fabry-Perot fringes, the filtered light over the single-mode optical fiber, and spectrally analyzing the filtered light using the computer-controlled spectrograph to determine a value of a total power impinging a slit of the system for analyzing Fabry-Perot fringes;
(i) determining an optical path difference (OPD) between an optical path of the first portion of the light and an optical path of the second portion of the light;
(j) recording an interferogram that plots the value versus the OPD for the OPD;
(k) performing (b)-(j) one or more additional times after decreasing the first optical distance by moving the multilayer sample closer to the beam splitter resulting in a different OPD; and
(l) using the interferogram for each of the different OPDs to determine the thicknesses and order of the layers of the multilayer sample.

US Pat. No. 10,113,859

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Screen Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. An imaging apparatus for tomographically imaging an imaging object carried in a carrier having an optically transparent wall surface, the imaging apparatus comprising:a light source which emits low-coherence light to be split into illumination light and reference light, the illumination light being incident on the imaging object via an object optical system and reflected by the imaging object, reflected light from the imaging object passing through the object optical system;
an imaging unit which detects interference light generated by an interference of the reflected light and the reference light, and outputs an interference signal corresponding to the interference light; and
a signal processor which obtains a reflected light intensity distribution of the imaging object along an incident direction of the illumination light based on the interference signal, wherein
the object optical system includes an objective lens and a light regulator,
the objective lens is arranged to face the wall surface, converges the illumination light to the imaging object via the wall surface and collects the reflected light from the imaging object emitted via the wall surface,
the light regulator is arranged on an optical path of the illumination light on a side opposite to the imaging object across the objective lens and has a light regulating surface formed with a transmission pattern in which a high transmission part for transmitting the illumination light at a relatively high transmittance and a low transmission part having a lower transmittance to the illumination light than the high transmission part are regularly arranged,
the transmission pattern is rotationally symmetric with respect to an optical axis of the objective lens and a point located at a position point-symmetric with an arbitrary point in the high transmission part with respect to a point where the optical axis of the objective lens intersects with the light regulating surface is included in the low transmission part, and
the light regulating surface is arranged at a focus position of the objective lens.

US Pat. No. 10,113,855

SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE THICKNESS OF A LAYER OF RUBBER FOR A TIRE

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A system for determining a thickness of a layer of rubber material of a tire, in which the layer of rubber material includes a joined face and a free face, the joined face being joined to an adjacent reinforcement made with at least one material having a magnetic permeability greater than a magnetic permeability of air, and the free face being in contact with air, the system comprising:a sensor configured to measure a distance D1 between the joined face and a portion of the sensor, wherein the sensor includes: a static magnetic-field source, and a sensitive element whose output signal is a function of a level of a local magnetic field, the sensitive element being positioned so that a magnetic-field strength measured by the sensitive element varies when the distance D1 decreases,
wherein the distance D1 is used to determine the thickness of the layer of rubber material, and
wherein (a) the static magnetic-field source includes a first magnetic-field source and a second magnetic-field source with identical poles facing each other on opposite sides of the sensitive element, or (b) the static magnetic-field source includes a ring-shaped magnetic-field source surrounding the sensitive element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,854

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING WALL ABRASION OF SOLID FILLER FEEDING WELL

CHINA UNIVERSITY OF MININ...

1. A device for detecting wall abrasion of a solid-filling feeding well, comprising a well wall abrasion detector, a horizontal displacement meter, a vertical displacement monitor, and a limit guide rod, wherein, one end of the limit guide rod is connected to the well wall abrasion detector, a signal output terminal of the well wall abrasion detector is connected to a signal input terminal of the horizontal displacement meter, and another end of the limit guide rod passes through the vertical displacement monitor for slidable setting, wherein: the well wall abrasion detector comprises several sets of detection arms, and each set of detection arms comprises a resistance strain displacement sensor, a signal amplifier, an electromagnet, a power supply, a displacement transfer rod, a fine-tuning nut, and a damage detection head, the resistance strain displacement sensor, power supply, and signal amplifier are fixed in each set of detection arms, respectively, the electromagnet is fixed on the resistance strain displacement sensor, one end of the displacement transfer rod is disposed at a position corresponding to the electromagnet, the other end of the displacement transfer rod is fixed to the damage detection head via the fine-tuning nut, the displacement transfer rod can extend and retract elastically along an axial direction, the power supply supplies power to the electromagnet, the signal output terminal of the resistance strain displacement sensor is connected to the signal input terminal of the signal amplifier, and the signal output terminal of the signal amplifier is connected to the signal input terminal of the horizontal displacement meter.

US Pat. No. 10,113,853

METHODS FOR POSITIONING RECHARGEABLE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SENSORS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of aligning tire pressure monitoring sensors on a vehicle, the method comprising:positioning front wheels on first and second dynamometers;
rotating a first one of the front wheels until a corresponding first one of the tire pressure monitoring sensors is positioned so that a secondary coil of the first one of the tire pressure monitoring sensors is parallel to the ground;
rotating a second one of the front wheels until a corresponding second one of the tire pressure monitoring sensors is positioned so that the secondary coil of the second one of the tire pressure monitoring sensors is parallel to the ground;
positioning rear wheels on the first and second dynamometers; and
aligning, with the first and second dynamometers, the tire pressure monitoring sensors of the rear wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,113,852

POINT-TO-POINT DISTANCE GAUGE, POINT-TO-POINT DISTANCE GAUGE SYSTEM, AND DISTORTION MEASUREMENT METHOD USING POINT-TO-POINT DISTANCE GAUGE SYSTEM

Body Shop Sano Co., Ltd.,...

1. A point-to-point distance gauge, comprising:a rod-like main body formed by fitting a plurality of cylindrical rods having different diameters with one another so as to be expandable to a desired length;
a spherical-tipped shaft provided on one end of the main body so as to be capable of being folded to a desired angle with respect to the main body and to be capable of maintaining the desired angle, a tip of the spherical-tipped shaft being formed in a spherical shape having a diameter larger than a shaft diameter; and
a conical-tipped shaft provided on the other end of the main body so as to be capable of being folded to a desired angle with respect to the main body and to be capable of maintaining the desired angle, a tip of the conical-tipped shaft being formed in a conical shape.

US Pat. No. 10,113,851

PROBE HEAD ROTATING MECHANISM

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. A probe head rotation mechanism situated between a spindle and a probe of a coordinate measurement device, the probe head rotation mechanism comprising:a main body frame supported by the spindle;
a rotor supported by the main body frame so as to be tiltable with respect to an axial center of the spindle;
a drive source supported by the main body frame and configured to drive the rotor, wherein a main body of the drive source is arranged away from lying on the axial center of the spindle, and an axial center of the drive source is oriented outward in a diameter direction of the spindle;
a drive source casing that houses the main body of the drive source; and
a heat buffer positioned between the drive source and the rotor and configured to absorb thermal conduction from the drive source to the rotor, the heat buffer including a thermal insulator positioned between the drive source casing and the main body frame and configured to support the drive source casing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,849

WHEELED DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE

TOP MEASURE INSTRUMENT CO...

1. A wheeled distance measuring device comprising:a longitudinal pole having a lower portion;
a housing attached to the lower portion of the longitudinal pole and having a fork extending from the housing;
a counter mounted in the housing and having a spindle having an end extending out of the housing and a gear mounted on the end of the spindle;
a wheel mounted rotatably on the fork of the housing and having an axle and a spur gear mounted on a free end of the axle;
a gear coupling mechanism mounted on the fork and having
a stem mounted rotatably on the fork, formed as a single piece, and having two ends;
an upper spur gear and a lower spur gear mounted respectively on the two ends of the stem, and the lower spur gear engaged with the spur gear on the axle of the wheel;
a transmission assembly mounted on the housing between the gear on the spindle of the counter and the upper spur gear and having multiple gear elements, wherein one of the gear elements is engaged with the gear on the spindle of the counter, another one of the gear elements is engaged with the upper spur gear, and all of the gear elements of the transmission assembly are spur gears.

US Pat. No. 10,113,848

BLAST MITIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A blast mitigation device, comprising a first inner bag configured to house an explosive; and a second outer bag wherein the first inner bag is housed freely in the second bag;structural connections between the first and the second bags are absent, the first bag comprising a first flexible tubular body made of textile material, provided with at least one first openable mouth at one end of said first flexible tubular body,the second bag comprising a second flexible tubular body made of textile material, provided with at least one second openable mouth at one end of said second flexible tubular body,each of said first and second mouths being closable by a respective zip fastener and wherein at least the second bag comprises one or more closure belts arranged transversely with respect to said openable mouth, such that in an assembled and use condition an end portion of the body of the corresponding bag is wound on itself, forming a roll, said zip fastener being wound inside said roll, said roll being kept in position by said at least one closure belt.

US Pat. No. 10,113,846

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING MUNITION SENSITIVITY

General Dynamics Ordnance...

17. A container comprising:a body structure including a wall defining a cavity configured to accept an energetic material, the body structure having a central region situated on a longitudinal axis defined between a first side region and a second side region, wherein the wall within the central region has a thickness that is less than a thickness of the wall within the first region and either less or equal to a thickness of the wall within the second side region; and
a strength reduction pattern formed at least partially within the central region of the wall such that the strength reduction pattern provides a preferred rupture path when the energetic material is subjected to an undesired external stimulus that is not associated with the use of the container and the energetic material in a weapon system, wherein the preferred rupture path diverges at least in part from the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,113,845

APPARATUS FOR SHIPPING COMPONENTS OF AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE

Ultratec Special Effects,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a hollow structure having a first compartment and a second compartment, wherein the first compartment stores a first explosive component, wherein the second compartment stores a second explosive component, and wherein the first compartment is separated from the second compartment by a separator;
fracturing the separator, wherein the fracturing comprises applying a compressive force by hand to the separator; and
mixing the first and second explosive components within the hollow structure, wherein the mixing comprises passing at least one of the explosive components through the fractured separator causing the first and second explosive components to mix, wherein mixing the first explosive component with the second explosive component produces an explosive compound.

US Pat. No. 10,113,844

MISSILE, CHEMICAL PLASM STEERING SYSTEM, AND METHOD

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATI...

8. A missile comprising:a missile body having a nose section, a forward section, an aft section and a tail section;
a computing device configured to control steering of the missile body in air; and
at least one missile segment comprising an external surface conforming to an external surface of the missile body, the at least one missile segment being integrated in the missile body, the at least one missile segment comprising:
a plurality of chemical plasma dispensing units (CPDUs) embedded in the external surface of the at least one missile segment and having a chemical plasma reactant (CPR), each respective CPDU being individually addressable so that a group of selected CPDUs in an area is ignited simultaneously to effectuate production of expanding hot gas energy to cause overpressure in a flow stream with gaseous reaction products over the missile body to provide an amount of a steering force to change one or more of six degrees of freedom at a location on the missile body which lags the area defined by the group of selected CPDUs.

US Pat. No. 10,113,843

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INITIATION OF BURIED EXPLOSIVES

Orica International Pte L...

1. An initiator apparatus (IA) for blasting, the apparatus including:a magnetic receiver including a magnetometer that receives a magnetic communication signal through the ground by detection of a magnetic field;
a controller, in electrical communication with the magnetic receiver, for processing the magnetic communication signal to determine a command for blasting;
a light source in electrical communication with the controller for generating a light beam to initiate a light-sensitive explosive (LSE) having a reaction time of less than 1 millisecond in accordance with the command; and
a data store with a group identifier (GID) code electronically stored, the GID code establishing a group of IAs to which this IA belongs.

US Pat. No. 10,113,842

UTILIZATION OF SPHEROIDIZED TUNGSTEN IN SHAPED CHARGE SYSTEMS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A shaped charge, comprising:a casing comprising spheroidized metal powder;
a liner disposed within an opening of the casing; and
an explosive disposed between the casing and the liner,
wherein the liner is formed by pressing graphite and a metal powder blend that comprises a spheroidized metal powder into a conical shape.

US Pat. No. 10,113,841

MODULAR SHOOTING TARGET

INTERACTIVE TACTICAL TRAI...

1. A modular shooting target for shooting practice comprising:at least a first target component and a second target component;
at least one trigger release element that is a frangible hub element, the at least one frangible hub element positioned within one of the first target component and the second target component; and
at least one connector element having a first end and a second end, the first end connected to the at least one frangible hub element in a fixed manner and the second end fixed to a secondary attachment point, the secondary attachment point located on one of the first target component and the second target component,
wherein the at least first target component is biased under tension to the at least one second target component by the at least one connector element such that when the at least one frangible hub element is fractured the at least first target component is no longer biased under tension to the at least one second target component thereby collapsing the modular shooting target.

US Pat. No. 10,113,840

REACTIVE TARGET FOR USE WITH FIREARMS

1. A reactive firearm target, comprising: an outer container including an outer receptacle and an interior surface, the outer container including at least one opening; an inner container within the outer receptacle of the outer container, exterior side surfaces of the inner container being spaced apart from interior side surfaces of the outer container, the inner container including an inner receptacle and an exterior surface; a fluid within the inner receptacle of the inner container, the fluid comprising a non-compressive material that, upon impacting being impacted by a projectile shot by a firearm, is capable of forcefully exiting the inner receptacle of the inner container; and a dispersal agent within the outer receptacle of the outer container, substantially filling a space between the interior side surfaces of the outer container and the exterior side surfaces of the inner container, the dispersal agent capable of being exposed through the at least one opening of the outer container, the dispersal agent comprising a compressive material that, upon being impacted by the fluid forcefully exiting the inner receptacle of the inner container, is capable of being visibly dispersed from the outer container.

US Pat. No. 10,113,839

SMALL UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE REPULSING APPARATUS

Disco Corporation, Tokyo...

1. An unmanned air vehicle repulsing apparatus for repulsing an unmanned air vehicle, comprising:a single capturing body adapted to capture the unmanned air vehicle; the capturing body having a capturing bullet, a gas generator and a detonator,
a net adapted to entangle the unmanned air vehicle,
a parachute adapted to reduce a failing speed of the unmanned air vehicle, and
a single wire coupled at one end to the capturing body; and
a capturing body launching apparatus adapted to launch the capturing body at the unmanned air vehicle and retrieve the unmanned air vehicle; the capturing body launching apparatus have an electric reel on the capturing body launch apparatus, another end of the wire being secured to the electric reel;
a radar device adapted to detect a distance to and a direction of the unmanned air vehicle,
wherein the radar device is adapted to determine whether or not the unmanned air vehicle is within a firing range, and
when the unmanned air vehicle is within the firing range, the capturing body launching apparatus launches the capturing body at the unmanned air vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,838

METHOD FOR WRAPPING OF CERAMIC TILES FOR ARMOR APPLICATIONS, A WRAPPED CERAMIC TILE FOR ARMOR APPLICATIONS AND AN ARMOR SYSTEM CONSTRUCTED WITH A WRAPPED CERAMIC TILE FOR ARMOR APPLICATIONS

VERCO MATERIALS, LLC, At...

1. A method of making an armor component, the method comprising:providing a tile having an obverse face, tile edge, and a reverse face;
wrapping the ceramic tile with a plurality of wrappers impregnated with a curable polymer to obtain a wrapped tile; and
forcing the curable polymer into microscopic surface cavities of the obverse face, tile edge, and the reverse face of the ceramic tile by isostatic pressing the wrapped tile to integrate the wrappers and the tile while curing the polymer,
wherein the tile includes rounded corners, and the plurality of wrappers include at least a first wrapper and at least a second wrapper, each wrapper having a central portion and a plurality of leaves of varying lengths surrounding and extending from the central portion, at least some of the leaves being shorter than other leaves;
placing the central portion of the first wrapper over the first side of the tile with the shorter leaves of the first wrapper being closer to the rounded corners of the tile;
folding the leaves of the first wrapper over to the second side of the tile;
placing the central portion of the second wrapper over the second side of the tile with the shorter leaves of the second wrapper being closer to the rounded corners of the tile; and
folding the leaves of the second wrapper over to the first side of the tile and the central portion of the first wrapper.

US Pat. No. 10,113,837

NON-CONTACT OPTICAL CONNECTIONS FOR FIREARM ACCESSORIES

N2 Imaging Systems, LLC, ...

1. A firearm accessory arrangement comprising:a firearm accessory including a transmit non-contact optical connection associated with a transmitter optical sub-assembly (TOSA) and a receive non-contact optical connection associated with a receiver optical sub-assembly (ROSA), wherein the ROSA and TOSA are both housed together in a single housing,
wherein the TOSA includes a light emitting element within the housing, a collimating lens in the housing, and a TOSA window in the housing, wherein the light emitting element, the collimating lens, and the TOSA window are configured so light can pass from the light emitting element, through the collimating lens, and out the TOSA window, and
wherein the ROSA includes a light detecting element within the housing, a focusing lens within the housing, and a ROSA window in the housing, wherein the light detecting element, the focusing lens, and the ROSA window are aligned so light can pass in through the ROSA window, through the focusing lens, and into the light detecting element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,836

MOVING TARGET ACTIVATED BY LASER LIGHT

1. An apparatus for detecting a strike of laser light, the apparatus comprising:(a) a body having an outer surface, a top, a bottom, and at least a portion of the outer surface being configured to permit laser light to pass through, the body having a first mode in which it does not vibrate and a second mode in which it vibrates;
(b) one or more printed circuit boards inside of the outer surface, wherein each printed circuit board has a plurality of light sensors configured to detect a laser light strike;
(c) a power source in electrical communication with the one or more circuit boards;
(d) a motor in electrical communication with the one or more circuit boards, the motor having: (i) a non-operating mode in which it does not receive power from the power source, and (ii) an operating mode in which it receives power from the power source and vibrates for a predetermined period, which causes the body to be in its second mode in which it vibrates, and wherein the motor switches from its non-operating mode to its operating mode when one or more of the light sensors detect a laser light strike;
(e) the motor at least partially retained in a motor sleeve and the motor sleeve is configured to vibrate when the motor vibrates; a top cap having a downwardly-extending retainer, and the motor sleeve is at least partially received in the downwardly extending retainer, such that when the motor vibrates, the motor sleeve, the retainer, and the top cap each vibrate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,835

FIREARM AND AN ALIGNMENT AID

1. A firearm, comprising:a barrel, wherein said barrel terminates at a muzzle and defines a longitudinal axis that extends from said muzzle coincident with an aim point of said firearm;
a front sight above said barrel, wherein said front sight comprises a front sight indicator;
a rear sight above said barrel and further from said muzzle than said front sight, wherein said rear sight comprises a rear sight indicator;
wherein when a user extends said firearm toward a target and below a line of sight between the user and the target,
said front sight indicator is visible to the user when said aim point of said firearm is above the target, and said front sight indicator is not visible to the user when said aim point of said firearm is at or below the target, and
said rear sight indicator is visible to the user when said aim point of said firearm is below the target, and said rear sight indicator is not visible to the user when said aim point of said firearm is at or above the target.

US Pat. No. 10,113,833

APPARATUS FOR SECURING A HOLSTER

8. A holster holder for clip-mounted holsters, the holder comprising:opposing mounting lips spaced apart from each other along a mounting plane, each mounting lip having at least one mounting hole normal to the mounting plane;
a landing extending between the opposing mounting lips;
the landing having a first beveled edge on a first side of the landing;
the landing having a second beveled edge on a second side of the landing that is situated opposite to the first side;
the beveled edges configured to facilitate easy engagement of a clip of the holster with the landing;
a plurality of offset components connecting the mounting lips to the landing, the offsets positioning the landing at a distance from the mounting plane;
a holster sensor being integrally attached to the landing;
the holster sensor configured to detect the clip engaged with the landing and to detect absence of the clip after engagement;
an alarm being electrically connected to the holster sensor;
the alarm triggered by the sensor detecting removal of the clip after engagement; and
the mounting lips, the offsets, and the landing capturing the clip of the holster when the mounting lips are affixed to a mounting surface via fasteners through the mounting holes.

US Pat. No. 10,113,830

PUMP-ACTION FIREARM WITH BOLT CARRIER LOCKING MECHANISM AND FOLDING BUTT STOCK

TROY INDUSTRIES, INC., W...

1. A butt stock for a firearm comprising:the butt stock arrangeable in a first configuration and a second configuration;
in the first configuration, the butt stock is configured to fold toward a first side of a receiver of the firearm into a first folded position along the first side of the receiver, and unfold away from the first side of the receiver of the firearm into an unfolded position rearward of the receiver; and
in the second configuration, the butt stock is configured to fold toward a second side of the receiver of the firearm into a second folded position along the second side of the receiver, and unfold away from the second side of the receiver of the firearm into the unfolded position rearward of the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,113,829

EFFICIENT HIGH-VELOCITY COMPRESSED GAS-POWERED GUN

1. An apparatus comprising:a lower receiver having a trigger assembly;
an upper receiver, coupled to the lower receiver, having a bolt assembly and an L-shaped slot, wherein the L-shaped slot has a long leg, a junction, and a short leg, and
wherein the bolt assembly interacts with the L-shaped slot;
the upper receiver having a rear end configured to couple with a compressed gas power source; and
a gas path from the compressed gas power source for firing a projectile through a barrel and for cocking the bolt assembly, the gas path entirely contained within the upper receiver;
wherein the gas path comprises:
a first segment, wherein the first segment provides a path for gas through the upper receiver past the bolt assembly toward a front end of the upper receiver, wherein the front end and rear end are on opposite ends of the upper receiver,
a second segment coupled to the first segment, wherein the second segment provides a path for gas extending toward the rear end for the upper receiver to an input side of a valve that is actuatable by the trigger assembly, and
a third segment coupled to an output side of the valve, wherein the third segment provides a path for gas into a barrel coupled to the upper receiver and into the bolt assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,113,826

FIREARM SUPPRESSOR

NG2 Defense, LLC, Americ...

1. A firearm suppressor comprising:an elongated core comprising at least one series of ports extending radially from a bore to an exterior surface of the core, where the at least one series of ports is disposed linearly along a longitudinal axis of the core, and where the elongated core comprises at least one trough formed in the exterior surface of the core;
a baffle sleeve disposed around the core, the baffle sleeve having a plurality of uninterrupted fluid pathways extending longitudinally along the exterior surface of the baffle sleeve and formed by interdigitated baffle ridges; and an outer tube disposed around the baffle sleeve; and
wherein the baffle sleeve further comprises a plurality of port openings that fluidly couple an interior surface of the baffle sleeve with an exterior surface of the baffle sleeve, and where at least one of the plurality of port openings is positioned such that the at least one of the plurality of port openings is aligned with at least one port of the at least one series of ports.

US Pat. No. 10,113,825

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ATTACHING A SECONDARY FIREARM TO A PRIMARY FIREARM

Kudzu Arms, LLC, Hogansv...

6. A firearm assembly, comprising:a primary firearm with a rail assembly; and
a secondary firearm with a rail mount attachable to the rail assembly of the primary firearm, wherein the secondary firearm comprises:
a body comprising at least one trigger group retaining pin hole and a bolt stop hole,
a housing disposed about the body, wherein the housing comprises at least one trigger group retaining pin aperture and/or a bolt stop aperture, and
at least one fastener disposed within at least one of the at least one trigger group retaining pin aperture and the at least one trigger group retaining pin hole and/or the bolt stop aperture and the bolt stop hole to fasten the housing to the body,
wherein the at least one fastener acts as a trigger group retaining pin and fastens the body and the housing together, or
wherein the at least one fastener acts as a boll stop and fastens the body and the housing together.

US Pat. No. 10,113,823

ELECTRONIC FIREARM

1. A method for firing a firearm, comprising:pulling a trigger to actuate an electronic actuator to disengage a sear assembly from a cocked hammer to allow the hammer to rotate to an un-cocked position and fire a first round;
re-engaging the hammer with the sear assembly in a cocked position; and
after re-engaging the hammer, actuating the electronic actuator in response to releasing the pulled trigger to disengage the sear assembly from the hammer in the cocked position to fire a second round, wherein pulling the trigger engages a switch electronically connected to the electronic actuator, and wherein the electronic actuator actuates in response to the switch being engaged by pulling the trigger and the electronic actuator actuates in response to the switch being disengaged when the trigger is released.

US Pat. No. 10,113,820

AMMUNITION MAGAZINE DEVICE

1. A firearm magazine device that reduces tension of a spring on a follower within a magazine, the device comprising:an adjustable plate that attaches to the magazine, the plate adjusting between a load position that reduces the tension of the spring on the follower and a use position that increases the tension of the spring on the follower;
a floor of the adjustable plate that provides a surface for placement of the spring to load the spring;
an attachment base secured to the magazine;
a tension aperture extending through the attachment base to the floor of the adjustable plate wherein the spring passes through the tension aperture to contact the floor;
an adjustment track of the attachment base wherein the adjustable plate adjusts along the adjustment track;
a locking position of the adjustment track wherein the locking position limits movement of the adjustable plate away from the follower; and
an attachment finger of the adjustment plate wherein the attachment finger moves within the adjustment track, the locking position of the adjustment track limiting movement of the attachment finger away from the follower.

US Pat. No. 10,113,815

METHOD OF FRICTION STIR WELDING A TUBE TO AN ELEMENT USING A TUBULAR ANVIL; STRUCTURE MANUFACTURED BY THIS METHOD

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A process of connecting a tube to an element, comprising:inserting an end of the tube into a hole in the element that extends from a first surface at a first side to a second surface at a second side of the element;
immobilizing the end of the tube with respect to the hole;
installing a tubular anvil into the end of the tube from the first side of the element, the tubular anvil having a flared end positioned at the first surface of the element;
friction stir welding the end of the tube, the flared end of the tubular anvil, and the element at the first side of the element to intermingle material of the tube, the tubular anvil and the element;
machining the first surface of the element to remove the friction stir weld between the end of the tube and the tubular anvil; and
removing the tubular anvil from the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,113,808

HEAT-DISSIPATING STRUCTURE HAVING SUSPENDED EXTERNAL TUBE AND INTERNALLY RECYCLING HEAT TRANSFER FLUID AND APPLICATION APPARATUS

1. A heat-dissipating structure with internally recycling gaseous heat transfer fluid, comprising:a suspended external tube (101) and at least one inner tube (103) installed within the external tube (101), the external tube (101) having an inner diameter that is larger than an outer diameter of the at least one inner tube (103), a space between the inner diameter of the external tube (101) and the outer diameter of the at least one inner tube (103) forming an exterior fluid path,
wherein the suspended external tube (101) and the at least one inner tube (103) each has a front end and a distal end,
wherein the front end of each of the suspended external tube (101) and the at least one inner tube (103) includes a front tube port through which the gaseous heat transfer fluid passes to or returns from an electric energy application device assembly (108),
wherein the distal end of the external tube (101) is closed and the distal end of the at least one inner tube (103) includes fluid holes or is spaced from the distal end of the external tube (101) to enable the gaseous heat transfer fluid to flow between the exterior fluid path and an interior fluid path within the at least one inner tube (103) and thereby provide a fluid circulation path for circulation of the recycling gaseous heat transfer fluid, and
at least one fluid pump (105) installed in at least one of the at least one exterior fluid path and the interior fluid path to control a flow direction of the gaseous heat transfer fluid in the fluid circulation path,
wherein the electric energy application device assembly (108) includes at least one heat transfer fluid path, a fluid inlet port, and a fluid outlet port, the fluid inlet port being connected to one of the front tube port of the external tube (101) and the front tube port of the inner tube (103), the fluid outlet port being connected to the other of the front tube port of the external tube (101) and the front tube port of the inner tube (103), and the at least one heat transfer fluid path being formed within the electric energy application device assembly (108) according to at least one of the following configurations:
(a) the at least one heat transfer fluid path extends through or past the electric energy application device assembly (108) from said front tube port of the at least one inner tube (103) to the front tube port of the external tube (101),
(b) the at least one heat transfer fluid path extends through or past a heat dissipater (104) of the electric energy application device assembly (108) from said front tube port of the at least one inner tube (103) to the front tube port of the external tube (101),
(c) the at least one heat transfer fluid path of the electric energy application device assembly (108) is connected to at least one heat transfer fluid path of the heat dissipater (104), and the respective heat transfer fluid paths of the electric energy application device (108) and heat dissipater (104) are connected to the respective front tube ports of the at least one inner tube (103) and external tube (101),
(d) the electric energy application device assembly (108) includes at least two internal heat transfer fluid paths (1081), or a U-shaped or L-shaped internal fluid path, connected through external tubes to form a fluid inlet port and a fluid outlet port respectively connected to the front tube ports of the at least one inner tube (103) and external tube (101),
(e) an exterior of the electric energy application device (108) is enclosed within a sealed housing, thereby forming a space between the electric energy application device (108) and the sealed housing to allow fluid to pass, said space being in communication with the front tube ports of the at least one inner tube (103) and the external tube (101) through at least one fluid inlet/outlet port,
(f) a sealed space allowing passage of the gaseous heat transfer fluid is formed between the electric energy application device assembly (108), the heat dissipater (104), and a housing of the electric energy application assembly (108) and the beat dissipater (104), said sealed space being in communication with the front tube ports of the at least one inner tube (103) and the external tube (101) through at least one fluid inlet/outlet port,
(g1) a sealed space allowing passage of the gaseous heat transfer fluid is jointly formed by a matched housing and an exterior of the electric energy application device assembly (108), and the electric energy application device assembly (108) and/or the heat dissipater (104) includes at least one heat transfer fluid path, one end of which is formed with a heat transfer fluid connection port connected to the front tube port of the at least one inner tube (103) and a second end of which is formed with a heat transfer fluid connection port in communication with the sealed space, the sealed space being in communication with the front port of the external tube (101) via a heat transfer fluid connection port of the sealed housing,
(g2) a sealed space allowing passage of the gaseous heat transfer fluid is jointly formed by a matched housing and an exterior of the heat dissipater (104), and the electric energy application device assembly (108) and/or the heat dissipater (104) includes at least one heat transfer fluid path, one end of which is formed with a heat transfer fluid connection port connected to the front tube port of the at least one inner tube (103) and a second end of which is formed with a heat transfer fluid connection port in communication with the sealed space, the sealed space being in communication with the front port of the external tube (101) via a heat transfer fluid connection port of the sealed housing, and
(g3) a sealed space allowing passage of the gaseous heat transfer fluid is jointly formed by a matched housing and an exterior of the electric energy application device assembly (108) and heat dissipater (104), and the electric energy application device assembly (108) and/or the heat dissipater (104) includes at least one heat transfer fluid path, one end of which is formed with a heat transfer fluid connection port connected to the front tube port of the at least one inner tube (103) and a second end of which is formed with a heat transfer fluid connection port in communication with the sealed space, the sealed space being in communication with the front port of the external tube (101) via a heat transfer fluid connection port of the sealed housing,
wherein the gaseous heat transfer fluid pumped by the at least one fluid pump (105) passes through the exterior fluid path to transfer heat from the electric energy application device assembly (108) and/or heat dissipater (104) to an external gaseous environment surrounding the external tube (101),
wherein the electric energy application device assembly (108) includes at least one of an illumination device, a photovoltaic or photoelectric generator device, a wind powered generator, a transformer, and electrical motor, and
wherein the inner tube (103) is made of a thermal insulating material, or the inner tube (103) includes a thermal insulating material on an inside or outside of the inner tube (103), and wherein the external tube (101) is made of a heat conductive material.

US Pat. No. 10,113,803

ROUND HEAT EXCHANGER

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

11. A heat exchanger for transferring thermal energy between a fuel and an oil, the heat exchanger comprising:a longitudinal axis; and
a plurality of plates positioned adjacent each other along the longitudinal axis such that the plurality of plates defines a cylinder, the plurality of plates including:
a first axial end plate defining an oil inlet and a fuel outlet,
a second axial end plate defining a fuel inlet and an oil outlet,
a first fuel laminate defining only one cavity through which the fuel flows radially inward, the only one cavity defined by the first fuel laminate being a first fuel cavity that is in fluid communication with and downstream from the fuel inlet such that at least some of the fuel flows into the first fuel cavity,
a first oil laminate adjacent the first fuel laminate and defining only one cavity through which the oil flows radially inward, the only one cavity defined by the first oil laminate being a first oil cavity that is in fluid communication with and downstream from the oil inlet such that at least some of the oil flows into the first oil cavity,
a fuel annulus plate separate from the first axial end plate comprising a first annulus cavity extending therethrough that is in fluid communication with the fuel inlet and the first fuel cavity such that the first fuel cavity is downstream from the first annulus cavity and the first annulus cavity is downstream from the fuel inlet, wherein the fuel flows in a single axial direction from the first axial end plate to the second axial end plate, and
an oil annulus plate separate from the second axial end plate comprising a second annulus cavity extending therethrough that is in fluid communication with the oil inlet and the first oil cavity such that the first oil cavity is downstream from the second annulus cavity and the second annulus cavity is downstream from the oil inlet, wherein the oil flows in a single axial direction from the second axial end plate to the first axial end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,795

DRYER CONVEYOR BELT TRACKING SYSTEM

1. A dryer comprising:a dryer housing having an input opening to a drying chamber and an output opening from the drying chamber;
a drive roller mounted to the dryer housing for rotational motion about an axis;
an idler roller mounted to the dryer housing and spaced from the drive roller;
an annular groove on one of the drive roller or the idler roller spaced inwardly from a lateral edge of the drive roller or the idler roller; and
at least one belt extending through the drying chamber entrained about the drive roller and the idler roller for reciprocal translational movement between a first position proximate the input opening outside the dryer chamber to a second position proximate the output opening outside the drying chamber in response to rotation of the drive roller, the belt having a protuberance extending above a surface of the belt and extending along a portion of a length of the belt and positioned in the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,113,784

DIRECT-CURRENT POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE, AIR CONDITIONER, AND REFRIGERATOR

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A direct-current power supply device that converts a first voltage that is an input voltage into a second voltage that is an output voltage, comprising:a first switching element and a second switching element wherein,
when transitioning an operation mode from a first mode in which on-duty of the first switching element and the second switching element is a first value to a second mode in which the on-duty of the first switching element and the second switching element is a second value larger than the first value,
the on-duty is changed from the first value to the second value, taking equal to or longer time than a first time and
after the on-duty reaches the second value, an operation cycle of the first switching element and the second switching element is extended in a stepwise manner to be longer than an operation cycle in the first mode while the on-duty is maintained at the second value.

US Pat. No. 10,113,783

AIR CONDITIONING MACHINE

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. An air conditioning machine comprising:a refrigerant circuit in which a compressor, a four-way switching valve, an indoor heat exchanger, an expansion valve, and an outdoor heat exchanger are circularly connected;
a refrigerant leakage sensor that senses leakage of a flammable refrigerant from the refrigerant circuit; and
a controller that carries out a heating operation mode, a cooling operation mode, and a pump down operation mode, wherein
the compressor includes
a cylinder chamber;
a compression member that is placed in the cylinder chamber and that compresses the flammable refrigerant; and
a discharge hole through which the flammable refrigerant compressed in the cylinder chamber is discharged, and
the controller is configured to, when a flammable refrigerant leak is sensed, automatically switch to the pump down operation mode such that the flammable refrigerant is accumulated in the outdoor heat exchanger by
forcibly starting a cooling operation;
automatically closing, after lapse of a predefined period of time, a liquid side valve through which the flammable refrigerant in a liquid phase flows;
automatically closing, after lapse of a second predefined period of time, a gas side value through which the flammable refrigerant in a gas phase flows; and
controlling the compressor so that the compression member stops at a position where the compression member overlaps at least a portion of the discharge hole when viewed in an axial direction of the cylinder chamber, at an end of the pump down operation.

US Pat. No. 10,113,772

GROUND CIRCUIT IN A LOW-ENERGY SYSTEM

1. A method for recovering energy in a ground circuit in a low-energy system, the ground circuit comprising a connection pipe (3), collection pipe system (2) and a return pipeline (4) for circulating a transfer fluid and for recovering energy, a flow of the transfer fluid being provided in the ground circuit for transferring the energy to a place where it is used, the method comprising the steps of:forming the collection pipe system (2) from a hollow profile (6) by coiling the hollow profile into at least one coil, the coil forming a coiled double-walled pipe having a substantially uniform cross section and the hollow profile (6) surrounding at least one flow space (11) formed in the collection pipe system by individual coils of the double-walled pipe touching;
conveying the transfer fluid along the hollow profile from the connection pipe (3) from a first end of the coiled pipe to a second end of the coiled pipe, a second end of the hollow profile being connected to the return pipeline (4) in order to control the flow of the transfer fluid further to a place where it is used;
arranging an outer surface of the collection pipe system (2) to be in contact with a surrounding source material containing thermal energy such that the thermal energy is transferred to the transfer fluid circulating in the coiled double-walled pipe substantially throughout the outer surface of the collection pipe system;
forming at least one additional coiled pipe of a different cross section than the coiled double-walled pipe;
arranging the coiled pipes in a nested and substantially concentric manner such that the coiled pipes form between them separate flow spaces (11), the innermost pipe cavity forming a flow space, the flow spaces extending throughout a length of the collection pipe system;
arranging both an outer surface and an inner surface of each hollow profile (6) of each coiled pipe to be in contact with the surrounding, energy-containing source material by conveying the flow of the energy-containing source material through the flow spaces (11) of the collection pipe system (2), and
distributing the flow of the transfer fluid into the flow spaces (11) by conveying the transfer fluid into a head pipe (22) interconnecting the flow spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,113,770

WARM AIR HEATER

RINNAI CORPORATION, Nago...

1. A warm air heater comprising:a burner which is disposed in a combustion chamber;
a fuel supply unit which supplies fuel gas to the burner;
an air supply passage which communicates the combustion chamber with outdoors;
a combustion fan which is disposed in the air supply passage, and supplies air in the outdoors to the combustion chamber through the air supply passage as combustion air;
an orifice which is provided in the air supply passage;
a differential pressure detection unit which detects differential pressure between front and rear of the orifice in the air supply passage;
a combustion control unit which rotates the combustion fan based on target combustion quantity of the burner, and causes the fuel supply unit to supply the fuel gas to allow the burner to burn;
an abnormality detection unit which detects presence and absence of an abnormality of the air supply passage based on the differential pressure detected by the differential pressure detection unit; and
a correction unit which, based on the differential pressure detected by the differential pressure detection unit, obtains an air density ratio which is a ratio of a mass flow rate of the combustion air with respect to a reference mass flow rate of combustion air in a reference state, and based on the air density ratio, obtains a first correction value for correcting a rotation speed of the combustion fan from a reference rotation speed of the reference state such that the rotation speed of the combustion fan increases as the ratio decreases; and
wherein
the correction unit, based on the air density ratio, obtains a second correction value for correcting a supply quantity of the fuel gas supplied by the fuel supply unit from a reference supply quantity of the reference state, such that the supply quantity of the fuel gas increases as the air density ratio decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,113,761

HYBRID VENTILATOR

CSR Building Products Lim...

1. A wind- or motor-driven ventilator having a rotational axis, comprising:a ventilator stator that is able to be mounted to a structure,
a ventilator rotor that is mounted to rotate with respect to the ventilator stator on the rotational axis when the ventilator rotor is caused to rotate by the wind, the ventilator rotor having one or more wind-drivable elements that are arranged so as to be substantially and directly exposed to the wind around a circumference of the rotor when in use,
a clutchless external rotor motor having an axis that is co-linear with the ventilator rotational axis, the external rotor motor comprising:
an external rotor that is mounted with respect to the ventilator rotor to be at least partially within the ventilator, and
a stator that is mounted with respect to the ventilator stator,
such that, when the motor is activated, the external rotor is caused to rotate, which causes the ventilator rotor to rotate with respect to the ventilator stator.

US Pat. No. 10,113,760

VENTILATION SYSTEM FOR CONTOURED ROOFS

1. A contoured roof ventilation system, comprising:a support structure;
a vent opening through the support structure located along a ridge of the roof;
a contoured roofing material located on the support structure defining a plurality of crests and valleys;
a first vent strip made of a vent material located on a first side of the vent opening along the ridge, and having a first surface complementary to the crests and valleys of the contoured roofing material in an installed position, and a plurality of longitudinally extending slots that extend parallel to the ridge to define at least three spaced apart first vent material ribbons of the vent material, and a second surface;
a second vent strip made of the vent material located generally parallel to the first vent strip on an opposite side of the roof ridge and having a first surface complementary to the crests and valleys of the contoured roofing material in an installed position, and a plurality of longitudinally extending slots that extend parallel to the ridge to define at least three spaced apart second vent material ribbons of the vent material, and a second surface;
at least one water barrier positioned above the second surfaces of the first and second vent strips and extending toward the ridge; and
cap pieces having a lower surface that contacts the second surfaces of the first and second strips or the water barrier located on the first and second strips.

US Pat. No. 10,113,752

CEILING-EMBEDDED AIR CONDITIONER WITH A BLOWOFF STRUCTURE BLOWING AIR TO ALL DIRECTIONS

FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED, ...

1. A ceiling-embedded air conditioner comprising:a casing main body embedded in a ceiling;
a decorative panel mounted on a bottom surface of the casing main body;
a turbo fan disposed in the casing main body;
a heat exchanger disposed in the casing main body to surround an outer periphery of the turbo fan;
a drain pan that is disposed in the casing main body along a bottom side of the heat exchanger and includes a foamed resin drain pan main body and a resin drain sheet integrated with the foamed resin drain pan main body on a side of the heat exchanger;
an air suction path that is disposed in a center of the drain pan in a horizontal direction and reaches the turbo fan;
an air blowoff path for conditioned air having passed through the heat exchanger, the air blowoff path being provided at four places along the sides surrounding the air suction path, wherein the sides are parallel to sides of the casing main body;
an air suction opening that is provided in the decorative panel and communicates with the air suction path; and
a rectangular air blowoff opening that is provided in the decorative panel and communicates with the air blowoff path, wherein
the air blowoff path is integrated with the drain pan, as a cuboidal shape having a pair of second side walls disposed with a predetermined space therebetween in parallel to the sides surrounding the air suction path and a pair of first side walls connecting ends of the second side walls, the second side wall being longer than the first side wall,
an airflow guide vane is provided in the air blowoff path to direct part of the blown airflow of the conditioned air toward a first side of the rectangular air blowoff opening,
an attachment portion formed of the same material as that for the drain sheet and configured to attach the airflow guide vane is provided at an inflow-side opening portion of the air blowoff path,
the airflow guide vane includes:
a base plate disposed along the second side walls;
a plurality of guide fins that is vertically erected from a surface of the base plate in parallel to one another with a predetermined space therebetween; and
a lock piece that is provided at an upper end of a back surface of the base plate and is locked in the attachment portion,
the attachment portion has a lock concave formed by recessing, in a thickness direction, part of the inflow-side opening of the air blowoff path, and
the lock piece is housed in the lock concave such that the lock piece is flush with an inflow-side upper end surface of an upper end portion of the air blowoff path.

US Pat. No. 10,113,750

VAPOR EXTRACTOR DEVICE COMPRISING A MOBILE VAPOR EXTRACTOR HOOD

1. A vapor extractor device, comprising:a vapor extractor hood;
a drive motor that moves the vapor extractor hood between a fully open position and a closed position, said drive motor being controlled to reduce a downward retraction speed of the vapor extractor hood between a predetermined first retraction position and a predetermined second retraction position when the vapor extractor hood is retracted, the first retraction position and the second retraction position being between the fully open position and the closed position; and
a spring that exerts an upward urging force on the vapor extractor hood only when the vapor extractor hood is between a predetermined third retraction position and the closed position, the third retraction position being the same as the first retraction position or between the first retraction position and the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,744

CERAMIC HEATER-TYPE GLOW PLUG

Bosch Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A ceramic heater-type glow plug comprising:a ceramic heater;
a metallic outer cylinder, one end side of which holds the ceramic heater and an other end side of which is inserted in and fixed to an inner hole of a housing,
one electrode of the ceramic heater on an outer circumferential surface of the ceramic heater and an other electrode at a rear end of the ceramic heater;
a first large-diameter lead section that is connected to the other electrode and has electrical conductivity;
a second large-diameter lead section that is connected to a rear end of the first large-diameter lead section and is made of an electrically conductive material that differs from the first large-diameter lead section;
an elastic member with electrical conductivity that is connected to a rear end of the second large-diameter lead section by welding; and
an external connection terminal that is connected to a rear end of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,113,743

MOTOR-DRIVEN CHIMNEY DRAFT SYSTEM

1. A motor-driven chimney draft system comprising:a flue gas inlet for receiving a flow of flue gases,
a flue gas outlet for discharging the flow of flue gases,
a flue gas compartment delimited by a flue gas compartment wall, the flue gas compartment being in fluid communication with the flue gas inlet and with the flue gas outlet,
a motor compartment delimited by a motor compartment wall, the motor compartment housing a motor having a motor shaft extending through the motor compartment wall and through the flue gas compartment wall, the motor shaft carrying an impeller situated in the flue gas compartment for driving the received flow of flue gases in a flow direction from the flue gas inlet to the flue gas outlet,
wherein the flue gas compartment wall and the motor compartment wall are arranged at a distance from and facing each other so as to define an air space oriented vertically therebetween and closed downwardly, the air space having a plurality of openings along a periphery of the air space at two opposite vertical sides and in an upward direction, allowing ambient air to flow through the air space from thermally induced natural convection, wherein the air space is separated from the flue gas compartment by the flue gas compartment wall,
such that the motor shaft, and thereby the motor, is cooled by the air flow through the air space both during operation of the motor and when the motor is inactive.

US Pat. No. 10,113,739

CONNECTOR FOR AN ELECTRONIC FAUCET

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. An electronic faucet comprising:a first faucet component supported on a first side of a mounting member, the first faucet component including a water outlet;
a light outlet operably coupled to the first faucet component and positioned on the first side of the mounting member;
a second faucet component supported on a second side of the mounting member, the second faucet component including a connector having a socket, and a first light source operably coupled to the connector for emitting light into the socket; and
a light pipe including an optical plug having an inlet opening in communication with the first light source, and an outlet opening in communication with the light outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,113,732

TREE TOPPER WITH TRUNK ATTACHABLE DEFORMABLE CONDUIT

Loominocity, Inc., Napa,...

1. An apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a load connector body having a connection face that is substantially square and protrudes from the load connecter body, wherein the load connection face comprises a load connector alignment feature formed with the load connection face;
a load common channel disposed substantially in a center of the load connection face;
a load power channel disposed on the load connection face at a predetermined radial distance from the load common channel, and adapted to carry operating power; and,
a plurality of load signal channels disposed on the load connection face at the predetermined radial distance from the load common channel, each of the plurality of load signal channels is adapted to carry independent control signal information,
wherein the load connector body is configured to pluggably couple to a first supply connector body comprising a first supply common terminal, a first supply power terminal, a first plurality of supply output terminals, and a first supply connector alignment feature configured to align to the load connector alignment feature such that the load power channel aligns with the first supply power terminal when the load connector is pluggably coupled to the first supply connector body; and,
wherein the load connector body is configured to pluggably couple to a second supply connector body comprising a second supply common terminal, a second supply power terminal, a second plurality of supply output terminals, a second supply connector alignment feature and a third supply connector alignment feature, wherein the second connector alignment feature is configured to align to the load connector alignment feature such that the load power channel aligns with the second supply power terminal when the load connector body is pluggably coupled to the second supply connector body, and the third connector alignment feature is configured to align to the load connector alignment feature such that the load power channel aligns with a first one of the second plurality of supply output terminals when the load connector body is pluggably coupled to the second supply connector body.

US Pat. No. 10,113,725

LIGHTING FIXTURE

Energy Bank Incorporated,...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:a driver housing assembly housing a driver;
a heat sink having a first end and a second end and a lighting source attached thereto;
a first mounting bracket; and
a second mounting bracket;
whereby the first end of the heat sink is coupled to the driver housing assembly through the first mounting bracket and the second end of the heat sink is coupled to the driver housing through the second mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,113,723

MULTI-PIECE FRAMES

Cooper Technologies Compa...

1. A frame piece of a frame for a luminaire, the frame piece comprising:a base;
an inner surface along a portion of the base;
at least one hanger bar coupling feature disposed on the base, wherein the at least one hanger bar coupling feature comprises a receiver that is configured to receive a hanger bar, wherein the hanger bar is used to mount the luminaire to a structure;
a first frame coupling feature disposed at a first end of the base; and
a second frame coupling feature disposed at a second end of the base,
wherein the first frame coupling feature is configured to mechanically couple to the second frame coupling feature of a first adjacent frame piece,
wherein the second frame coupling feature is configured to mechanically couple to the first frame coupling feature of a second adjacent frame piece,
wherein the inner surface forms a partial opening through which a light source component can traverse.

US Pat. No. 10,113,722

ROTATING MULTI-SOCKET LIGHT FIXTURE

1. A rotating multi-socket light fixture, comprising:a wheel, the wheel having a central axis;
a plurality of light bulb sockets mounted circumferentially on the wheel;
a plurality of light bulbs respectively removably received within the plurality of light bulb sockets;
a vertical support, the vertical support including at least one rail secured to the vertical support;
a rotational drive motor adjustably mounted on the at least one rail of the vertical support, the wheel being mounted on the rotational drive motor, the rotational drive motor driving rotation of the wheel about the central axis perpendicular to the vertical support, wherein the rotational drive motor is vertically adjustable with respect to the at least one rail of the vertical support; and
a vertical drive motor mounted on the vertical support for providing vertical translation of the rotational drive motor and of the plurality of light bulbs with respect to the vertical support, wherein the vertical translation is provided by:
upper and lower pulleys respectively mounted on upper and lower ends of the vertical support; and
a continuous belt extending between, and being rotationally driven by, the upper and lower pulleys, wherein the rotational drive motor is secured to the continuous belt such that driven rotation of the continuous belt drives the vertical translation of the rotational drive motor with respect to the vertical support, wherein the upper pulley is driven to selectively rotate by the vertical drive motor.

US Pat. No. 10,113,719

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Sakai Display Products Co...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a display panel configured to display an image;
a support plate which is disposed on a rear side of the display panel and supports a light source on a front surface of the support plate; and
a support member which is disposed between the support plate and the display panel, which is provided along an edge portion of the support plate, and which includes a square pipe with a rectangular cross section orthogonal to an axial direction of the square pipe,
wherein the square pipe comprises:
a first side part which is fixed at an edge part of the front surface of the support plate;
a second side part which is opposite to the first side part and located close to the display panel;
a third side part which connects the first side part and the second side part; and
a fourth side part which is opposite to the third side part and located closer to a center part of the support plate than the third side part and connects the first side part and the second side part, and
the support member is made up of a plurality of sheet metal members.

US Pat. No. 10,113,717

LOCKING STRUCTURE FOR LED LAMP

1. A locking structure for an LED lamp comprising: a casing, a substrate, at least one locking slot defined between the substrate and the casing, and at least one fixing element configured to fix the casing and the substrate;wherein the substrate includes a trench formed therein, and a profile of the trench corresponds to the casing so that the trench accommodates and retains with the casing;
wherein the at least one locking slot and the at least one fixing element are defined between a peripheral fence of the trench and a peripheral wall of the casing, and the at least one fixing element is inserted into the at least one locking slot so as to fix the casing and the substrate;
wherein the substrate includes the trench formed in a central portion thereof, and the trench has a contacting face arranged on a bottom thereof and the peripheral fence surrounding an inner wall of the trench, wherein a profile of the contacting face corresponds to the casing, and a depth of the trench is equal to a thickness of the casing;
wherein the casing includes a bottom surface, a side surface, and a top surface, wherein when the casing is accommodated in the trench of the substrate, the bottom surface of the casing contacts with the contacting face of the trench, the side surface of the casing abuts against the peripheral fence of the trench, and the top surface of the casing flushes with a top of the substrate; and
wherein a slit is defined between the side surface of the casing and the peripheral fence of the trench of the substrate, and the at least one locking slot is formed on two sides of the slit and accommodates the at least one fixing element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,708

EDGE LIGHTED PANEL

REV-A-SHELF COMPANY, LLC,...

1. A panel lighting system comprising:a planar translucent panel formed to include a channel extending along a periphery of the planar translucent panel between a top edge and a bottom edge of the planar translucent panel;
a flexible circuit board comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) sequentially mounted on a front planar surface of the circuit board;
an adhesive strip mounted on the front planar surface of the circuit board adjacent the LEDs, wherein the adhesive strip comprises a first adhesive layer and a second adhesive layer, the first adhesive layer and the second adhesive layer being mounted on opposing surfaces of the adhesive strip, the first adhesive layer coupling the adhesive strip to the planar translucent panel and the second adhesive layer coupling the adhesive strip to the flexible circuit board; and
a flexible heat conducting material coupled to a rear planar surface of the flexible circuit board to provide heat dissipation for the flexible circuit board;
wherein the planar translucent panel comprising a first ledge extending away from the top edge and a second ledge extending away from the bottom edge such that the first ledge and the second ledge cooperatively define the channel, and the circuit board is adhered to at least one of the first ledge and the second ledge by the adhesive strip to maintain the LEDs extended into the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,113,706

LASER LIGHTING DEVICE

1. A lighting device for vehicles, comprising:a laser light source;
an upstream light conducting device for generating a predetermined lighting function, said light conducting device including
a reflector positioned at an angle to the laser light source for deflecting light from the laser light source towards a main radiation direction, a focusing lens for focusing the light of the laser light source in the direction of the reflector, and a light guide for conducting light to generate a further light function, wherein the laser light source and the reflector are arranged in the main radiation direction behind the light guide, such that the light emitted by said laser light source passes through the light guide; and wherein the reflector is formed elongated and narrow, wherein it has a width of less than 6 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,113,696

INTEGRATED ON-BOARD LOW-PRESSURE ADSORBED NATURAL GAS STORAGE SYSTEM FOR AN ADSORBED NATURAL GAS VEHICLE

Adsorbed Natural Gas Prod...

1. An integrated low-pressure adsorbed gaseous fuel storage and delivery system for an internal combustion engine, said integrated system comprising:a) a fuel storage system that comprises:
i) a storage tank having an interior;
ii) an adsorbent within the interior of the storage tank to which gaseous fuel in the tank adsorbs, wherein the gaseous fuel, when in the storage tank, is at a tank pressure in a tank pressure range of about 1000 psi (6.9 MPa) to about 30 psi (0.21 MPa), wherein:
(a) the adsorbent has an initial working storage capacity of at least about 140 v/v % at a storage tank pressure of 900 psig (6.2 MPa);
(b) the adsorbent has a residual loss of storage capacity that is no more than 10%; and
(c) the adsorbent releases adsorbed gaseous fuel and any detectable odorant included in or with the gaseous fuel via a pressure differential between the tank pressure and a pressure out of the storage tank without the application of a vacuum to the tank or heat to the adsorbent;
b) a filter in fluid connection with the fuel storage system through which desorbed gaseous fuel from the storage tank is capable of being passed, wherein the filter comprises opening sizes that prevent particulate from the adsorbent or introduced into the storage tank with the gaseous fuel from leaving the storage tank, and wherein the desorbed gaseous fuel from the storage tank is capable of passing through the filter at a rate of at least 50 cubic feet of gaseous fuel per minute at 50 psi (0.34 MPa);
c) a pressure regulator capable of matching the flow of filtered gaseous fuel to a demand for the gaseous fuel by the internal combustion engine and of adjusting the pressure of the filtered gaseous fuel to an operating pressure that is in a range of about 30 psi (0.21 MPa) to 150 psi (1.03 MPa);
d) a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine, wherein the fuel injection system comprises one or more fuel injectors for delivering the regulated gaseous fuel from the storage tank to one or more combustion chambers of the internal combustion engine at or about the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio for the gaseous fuel; and
e) an electronic control module capable of operating the fuel injection system of the internal combustion engine so the one or more fuel injectors deliver the regulated gaseous fuel to the one or more combustion chambers of the internal combustion engine at or about the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio for the gaseous fuel.

US Pat. No. 10,113,660

FLOW METER

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A method for adjusting a flow rate of a fluid line, the method comprising:capturing an image of a drip chamber using an image sensor;
subtracting the image from a background image to thereby generate a difference image;
converting each pixel of the difference image to a first value where an absolute value of a respective pixel is beyond a predetermined threshold or to a second value where the absolute value of the respective pixel is less than the predetermined threshold to generate a converted difference image;
summing each row of the converted difference image to generate a plurality of summation values, wherein each summation value of the plurality of summation values corresponds to a respective row of the converted difference image;
examining a plurality of contiguous summation values within the plurality of summation values; and
adjusting a flow rate of fluid flowing through the fluid line in accordance with the examination of the plurality of contiguous summation values.

US Pat. No. 10,113,657

MULTIPLE VALVE REFRIGERANT LEAK PROTECTION DEVICE

PRESCOTT, INC., Twin Fal...

1. A multiple valve refrigerant leakage protection device comprising:(a) a ball valve section having an interior portion and exterior portion, including a ball valve housing and a rotatable handle located on said ball valve exterior portion, and a ball valve and a refrigerant flow-through channel located within said ball valve interior portion; and
(b) a Schrader valve section having an interior portion and an exterior portion, including a Schrader valve fitting and a spring-loaded pin located on said Schrader valve exterior portion, and an air chuck and a refrigerant flow-through channel located within said Schrader valve interior portion;
wherein said Schrader valve section further includes a threaded male pipe connection, and further wherein said ball valve section further includes a female threaded connection coupler, an adapter, a gasket having a pin depression section and flow through orifices, whereby said Schrader valve section threaded male pipe connection mates with said ball valve section female threaded connection coupler, and thereby integrating said ball valve section and said Schrader valve section into a single unit;
wherein said ball valve section and said Schrader valve section are integrated into a single combined unit, and when in use as a single combined unit prevent leakage of refrigerant during refrigerant drainage and fill operations.

US Pat. No. 10,113,651

SLIT VALVE ASSEMBLY HAVING A SPACER FOR MAINTAINING A GAP

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A slit valve assembly comprising:a slit valve body having a slit valve opening and a facing surface surrounding the slit valve opening;
a slit valve door for use in a slit valve assembly moveable between open and closed positions to respectively permit and block flow through the slit valve opening, the slit valve door having a facing surface for sealing against the facing surface of the slit valve body;
an actuation device that effectuates movement of the slit valve door;
an annular seal disposed in a first groove in one of the facing surface of the slit valve body and the facing surface of the slit valve door, and interposed between the facing surface of the slit valve body and the facing surface of the slit valve door to effectuate the sealing; and
a spacer interposed between the facing surface of the slit valve body and the facing surface of the slit valve door for maintaining a minimum gap between the facing surface of the slit valve body and the facing surface of the slit valve door when the door is in a closed position;
wherein the spacer is formed integral with the annular seal, extending radially outward therefrom and disposed at least partially in a second groove in said one of the facing surface of the slit valve body and the facing surface of the slit valve door; and
wherein the annular seal is made of a first material and the spacer is made of second material having relatively less elasticity than the first material; and
wherein the first and second grooves are radially separated by a land having a radially inner side surface forming a radially outer side of the first groove and a radially outer side surface forming a radially inner side of the second groove, and wherein the land has a relatively planar surface between the radially inner side surface and the radially outer side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,650

DUAL SEAT VALVE

Engip, LLC, Conroe, TX (...

1. A dual seat valve assembly comprising:a) a housing having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet,
b) a first valve seat and an axially movable plunger having a first valve surface located within the housing together forming a first valve,
c) a second valve seat concentric with the first valve seat and an axially movable second valve surface adapted to engage the second valve seat thereby together forming a second valve, and
d) a rupture disc quick disconnect assembly attached to the housing, and having first and second quick disconnect couplings that are connectable to first and second fittings on the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,647

SEALING STRIP FOR A SEALING DEVICE IN A MACHINE FOR PROCESSING A PAPER, CARDBOARD, OR TISSUE WEB

Voith Patent GmbH, Heide...

1. A sealing strip for a sealing device for sealing a pressure or vacuum zone of a suction roll, the sealing strip comprising:an upper side with a sealing face and a lubricant channel adjoining said sealing face, said lubricant channel being at least one groove-type depression formed in said sealing strip and extending in a longitudinal direction of said sealing strip;
wherein, on installation of said sealing strip in the roll, said sealing face and an opening of said groove-type depression face toward an inner side of a roller sleeve;
at least one supply line hooked up to said lubricant channel, said at least one supply line, at least in portions thereof, running within said sealing strip and delivering lubricant to between the inner side of the roller sleeve and said sealing face; and
said sealing strip having a length delimited by two ends and a respective wall integrally formed at each of said two ends delimiting a length of said lubricant channel.

US Pat. No. 10,113,633

GEARBOX PLANET SQUEEZE FILM DAMPER

General Electric Company,...

1. A planet gearbox for connection to a carrier of an epicyclic gearing arrangement that has only a single input and a single output and that includes a ring gear surrounding planet gears and a sun gear, the planet gearbox comprising:a support pin is configured to be fixed to the carrier, the support pin includes a hollow body that is defined by a cylindrical outer surface that is radially equidistant from a virtual central axis that extends in an axial direction, the support pin is further defined by an inner surface disposed opposite the cylindrical outer surface;
an inner ring is non-rotatably connected to the support pin and defines an inner surface opposed to the outer surface of the support pin, the inner ring defining an outer surface that defines at least one track, said at least one track defined in the outer surface being configured to receive and rotatably guide therein a plurality of cylindrical rollers; wherein the inner ring is defined by a forward end and an aft end that is spaced axially apart from the forward end, the squeeze film damper includes a forward grove defined in the forward end of the inner ring and extending circumferentially with respect to the virtual central axis; an outer ring defines;
an inner cylindrical surface that is disposed facing toward the at least one track, the outer ring defining an outer cylindrical surface that defines a gear tooth surface that is disposed facing toward the ring gear and that is configured to mesh with both the sun gear and the ring gear;
the respective plurality of cylindrical rollers rotatably disposed within said at least one track of the inner ring, and each of the plurality of cylindrical rollers rotatably contacting the inner cylindrical surface of the outer ring; and
a squeeze film damper disposed between the outer surface of the support pin and the inner surface of the inner ring.

US Pat. No. 10,113,632

BICYCLE SPROCKET WHEEL UNIT AND MOUNTING UNIT FOR COOPERATING WITH SPROCKET WHEELS

1. A mounting unit comprising:an integral ring-shaped plate which is made by way of pressing, the mounting unit including a hub connection hole defined in a center thereof, and comprising a first disk, a second disk and a third disk, the first, second and third disks sharing a center of the hub connection hole, an outer periphery of the second disk connected to the inner periphery of the third disk, an inner periphery of the second disk connected to the outer periphery of the first disk, the inner periphery of the second disk being shorter than the outer periphery of the second disk, the second disk being a cone-shaped face and protruding from a front face of the mounting unit, a first fixing portion formed on a front face of the third disk, a second fixing portion formed on a rear face of the third disk, the third disk having multiple fixing apertures defined therethrough which are evenly spaced apart from each other, the second disk having multiple third fixing portions formed on the outer periphery thereof, and the second disk having multiple fourth fixing portions formed on the inner periphery thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,113,631

AXLE ASSEMBLY HAVING RING GEAR WITH UNITARILY AND INTEGRALLY FORMED PORTION OF A BEARING RACE

1. An axle assembly comprising:a housing assembly;
an input pinion mounted to the housing assembly for rotation about a first axis;
a ring gear received in the housing and meshingly engaged with the input pinion;
a ring gear bearing that supports the ring gear for rotation relative to the housing assembly about a second axis, the ring gear bearing having an outer bearing race, an inner bearing race and a plurality of first bearing elements, the outer bearing race comprising a first race member and a second race member, the first race member being unitarily and integrally formed with the ring gear, the second race member being received into a circumferentially extending groove formed in the ring gear, the inner bearing race of the ring gear bearing being abutted against a shoulder formed on the housing assembly that is positioned along the second axis at a location that is between the first axis and the first bearing elements, the first bearing elements being engaged to the inner bearing race and the first and second race members of the outer bearing race; and
a differential assembly having a differential case and a pair of output members, the differential case being fixedly coupled to the ring gear such that the second race member of the outer bearing race is disposed along the second axis between the differential case and the ring gear;
wherein power transmission between the input pinion and the ring gear that drives the ring gear about the second axis in a first rotary direction generates a first thrust load that is directed along the second axis in a first direction, wherein power transmission between the input pinion and the ring gear that drives the ring gear about the second axis in a second rotary direction opposite the first rotary direction generates a second thrust load that is directed along the second axis in a second direction that is opposite the first direction, and wherein each of the first and second thrust loads is transmitted through the first bearing elements when the first and second thrust loads are transmitted between the ring gear and the housing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,113,630

DRIVE UNIT FOR SHIFTING A TORQUE BALANCE

Dana Automotive Systems G...

1. A drive unit for a vehicle, comprising:a motor;
a differential caging having a double planetary differential gear arrangement disposed therein, wherein the double planetary differential gear arrangement is in driving engagement with two output shafts;
a planetary carrier supporting the double planetary differential gear arrangement and in driving engagement with a first output shaft;
a first gear in driving engagement with the motor;
a second gear in driving engagement with the motor and planetary gears of the double planetary differential gear arrangement, wherein the first gear is capable of being over driven by the motor with respect to the second gear;
a first pinion coupled with a second pinion, wherein the first and second pinions are positioned between the motor and the first and second gears;
wherein the second pinion is in simultaneous driving engagement with the first and second gears;
a first variably engageable clutch disposed between the first gear and a second output shaft to selectively transfer torque from the first gear to the second output shaft; and
a second variably engageable clutch disposed between the first gear and the planetary carrier to selectively transfer torque from the first gear to the first output shaft via the planetary carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,113,629

SIDE PINION DIFFERENTIAL LOCKING MECHANISM

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A differential assembly comprising:a housing forming an interior space of the differential assembly;
a shaft extending into a portion of the interior space of the housing;
a side gear including an aperture, the side gear arranged within the interior space such that an end portion of the shaft is aligned with and extends through the aperture;
a sliding sleeve including a flat flange portion, the sliding sleeve configured to extend through the aperture and slide over the end portion of the shaft;
a pinion gear including a flat face portion and a plurality of pinion gear teeth circumferentially arranged around the pinion gear, the plurality of pinion gear teeth configured to mesh with a plurality of side gear teeth circumferentially arranged around the side gear;
a pinion gear cam portion extending axially away from the flat face portion; and
an actuator configured to actuate the sliding sleeve between a sleeve first position and a sleeve second position and the flat flange portion configured to interact with the pinion gear cam portion as the sliding sleeve moves between the sleeve first position and the sleeve second position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,627

DIFFERENTIAL ASSEMBLY WITH MULTI-PIECE CROSS-PIN

1. A differential assembly comprising:a case adapted to be supported for rotation about an output axis, the case defining a cavity;
a first side gear and a second side gear, the first and second side gears being disposed within the cavity and rotatable about the output axis relative to the case;
a first pinion gear, a second pinion gear, and a third pinion gear, the first, second, and third pinion gears being disposed within the cavity and meshingly engaged with the first and second side gears; and
a cross-pin assembly disposed within the cavity and coupled to the case for common rotation about the output axis with the case, the cross-pin assembly including:
a center spider;
a first pin disposed about a first axis and coupled to the center spider for axial translation relative to the center spider, the first pinion gear being supported by the first pin for rotation relative to the case about the first axis;
a second pin disposed about a second axis and coupled to the center spider for axial translation relative to the center spider, the second pinion gear being supported by the second pin for rotation relative to the case about the second axis; and
a third pin disposed about a third axis and coupled to the center spider for axial translation relative to the center spider, the third pinion gear being supported by the third pin for rotation relative to the case about the third axis;
wherein a proximal end of the first pin includes a first chamfered surface and a proximal end of the second pin includes a second chamfered surface, the first chamfered surface contacting the second chamfered surface to inhibit rotation of the first pin relative to the second pin.

US Pat. No. 10,113,626

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Voith Patent GmbH, Heide...

1. A transmission device for connecting an input shaft, which is connected at least indirectly to a drive unit, to an output shaft, which is connected at least indirectly to a work machine, the device comprising:a hydrodynamic converter formed with a working space to be filled with an operating medium and having at least one pump wheel disposed for rotation in a pump wheel shell, at least one turbine wheel and at least one stator with blading;
a superposition gear unit including at least one planetary gear unit, said at least one planetary gear unit having first, second and third elements including an annulus wheel, a sun wheel and a planet carrier with a plurality of planet wheels;
wherein one or both of said at least one pump wheel or the input shaft is coupled to said first element of said planetary gear unit, said second element of said planetary gear unit is coupled at least indirectly to said at least one turbine wheel, and the output shaft is connected to said third element of said planetary gear unit;
wherein said blading of said pump wheel has at least one adjustable blade and/or at least one multi-element blade with at least one adjustable blade segment;
an actuating device for actuating said at least one adjustable blade or adjustable blade segment, said actuating device including an actuator disposed axially outside said pump shell and a transmission mechanism connecting said actuator to said adjustable blade or at least one adjustable blade segment of said multi-element blade inside said pump wheel shell, wherein an adjusting force applied by said actuator is introduced into said transmission mechanism in accordance with one of the following possibilities or with a combination thereof:
in an axial direction, based on an axis of rotation of said pump wheel or said turbine wheel;
in a circumferential direction, about the axis of rotation of said pump wheel or said turbine wheel; and
said actuator being a single actuator having ring elements, which are arranged axially outside said pump wheel shell and coaxially with respect to the axis of rotation of said pump wheel, wherein a first ring element of said ring elements is connected to said at least one adjustable blade and/or at least one adjustable blade segment to transmit an actuating force or an actuating torque by way of said transmission mechanism, and said first ring element is rotatable relative to a second ring element of said ring elements in a circumferential direction of said input shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,625

SHIFT POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND TRAVEL POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A travel power transmission apparatus comprising:a shift power transmission device including a hydrostatic continuously variable shift section and a planetary power transmission section; the hydrostatic continuously variable shift section receiving drive force from an engine and outputting the drive force after changing speed of the drive force along an HST shift line by the continuously variable shift section; and the planetary power transmission section receiving and combining the drive force from the engine and the speed-changed drive force from the continuously variable shift section, and outputting the combined drive force after changing speed of the combined drive force along an HMT shift line by the continuously variable shift section;
the shift power transmission device further including a clutch mechanism switchable between an HST setting state in which HST power transmission is set for outputting the speed-changed drive force from the continuously variable shift section to a travel apparatus, and an HMT setting state in which HMT power transmission is set for outputting the combined drive force from the planetary power transmission section is outputted to the travel apparatus; and
a shift control module for performing shift control on a hydraulic pump of the continuously variable shift section and switch control on the clutch mechanism, based on a shift instruction from a shift operation device,
wherein the travel power transmission apparatus further comprises:
a swash plate angle sensor detecting a swash plate angle of the hydraulic pump; and
a shift swash plate angle setting module for setting, as a set shift swash plate angle of the hydraulic pump, the swash plate angle between a no-load swash plate angle and a load swash plate angle, wherein the no-load swash plate angle is achieved by the hydraulic pump in a shift state for outputting speed-changed drive force at a speed corresponding to an in-unison rotation achievement speed at which the continuously variable shift section achieves in-unison rotation of a sun gear, a carrier and a ring gear of the planetary power transmission section during the HST power transmission and no-load driving, and wherein the load swash plate angle is achieved by the hydraulic pump in a shift state for outputting the speed-changed drive force at a speed corresponding to the in-unison rotation achievement speed of the continuously variable shift section during the HST power transmission and set load driving; and
wherein the shift control module is configured to control the clutch mechanism to be switched from the HST setting state to the HMT setting state when the swash plate angle sensor detects the swash plate angle equal to the set shift swash plate angle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,624

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER AND LOCK-UP CLUTCH FOR HYDROKINETIC TORQUE-COUPLING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Valeo Embrayages, Amiens...

1. A hydrokinetic torque-coupling device for coupling a driving shaft and a driven shaft together, comprising:a casing rotatable about a rotational axis and having a locking surface;
a torque converter including an impeller wheel rotatable about the rotational axis and a turbine wheel disposed in the casing coaxially with the rotational axis, the turbine wheel disposed axially opposite to the impeller wheel and hydro-dynamically rotationally drivable by the impeller wheel;
a lock-up clutch including a locking piston axially moveable along the rotational axis to and from the locking surface of the casing, the locking piston having an engagement surface configured to selectively frictionally engage the locking surface of the casing to position the hydrokinetic torque-coupling device into and out of a lockup mode in which the locking piston is mechanically frictionally locked to the casing so as to be non-rotatable relative to the casing; and
a torsional vibration damper comprising
a torque input member including a radially oriented first retainer plate and at least one supporting member mounted thereto; and
a unitary radially elastic output member pivotable relative to and elastically coupled to the torque input member;
the radially elastic output member including an annular output hub coaxial with the rotational axis and rotatable relative the torque input member, and at least one curved elastic leaf integral with the output hub and configured to elastically and radially engage the at least one supporting member and to elastically bend in the radial direction upon rotation of the first retainer plate with respect to the radially elastic output member;
the at least one curved elastic leaf having a proximal end non-moveably connected to the output hub, a free distal end and a curved raceway portion disposed between the proximal and free distal ends of the at least one elastic leaf for bearing the at least one supporting member;
the annular output hub of the radially elastic output member being configured for directly and non-rotatably engaging the driven shaft; and
the locking piston of the lock-up clutch non-rotatably connected to the torque input member of the torsional vibration damper.

US Pat. No. 10,113,623

ORBITUAL CRANKSHAFT WITH EXTENDED CONSTANT VOLUME COMBUSTION CYCLE

1. An internal combustion engine comprising: a crankcase; a rotating crankshaft held by the crankcase and having at least two main journals in the crankcase; an orbiting body having an orbiting body axis and being rotatably affixed to the rotating crankshaft and offset from a central longitudinal axis of the crankshaft; at least one orbiting rod journal on the orbiting body and offset from the orbiting body axis, the at least one orbiting rod journal being rotatably affixed by a connecting rod to a piston within a cylinder; and at least two meshed gears in a 1:1 ratio linking the orbiting body to the crankcase such that rotation of the crankshaft causes orbiting of the at least one orbiting rod journal around the orbiting body axis and orbiting of the orbiting body around the central longitudinal axis of the crankshaft, wherein the orbiting of the at least one orbiting rod journal around the orbiting body axis combined with the orbiting of the orbiting body around the main journal, results in a period of substantially constant volume of a combustion chamber through the rotation of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,622

INTEGRALLY DRIVEN LINKAGE FOR INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT

Nor-Tech Industrial Corp....

1. An integrally driven linkage having a longitudinal axis comprising:a plurality of link members,
a plurality of substantially cylindrical axles interconnecting the link members, the link members being arranged along the longitudinal axis of a carrier into inner link members that are flanked on each side by outer link members, the outer link members extend between adjacent link members, a pair of apertures defined in each of the link members, the inner and outer link members being arranged such that they partly overlap with respective apertures in alignment, the inner and outer link members being interconnected by the transverse axles that are received in the aligned apertures, the inner link members each include a pair of opposed link plates that are received in the apertures of the inner link plates and serve to join together the opposed inner links, the axles being arranged so as to receive bearings upon which double sheaves may freely rotate, the axles being rotatable on the link members so as to allow the inner link members to articulate relative to the outer link members, the outer link members being configured so articulation is limited to one direction only.

US Pat. No. 10,113,621

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BALL SCREW AND BALL SCREW

NSK Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a ball screw, the method comprising:a seal fixing step of fixing a ring shaped seal to an attachment portion disposed in an end portion of a nut of the ball screw in an axis direction using a screw having a head; and
a concave portion forming step of forming a concave portion extending in a radial direction from an outer circumferential surface of the ring shaped seal,
wherein the attachment portion has an inner circumferential surface having a diameter larger than a diameter of an inner circumferential surface on which a spiral groove of the nut is formed,
a through hole is formed in the attachment portion, the through hole penetrating the attachment portion in the radial direction from an outer circumferential surface of the attachment portion to the inner circumferential surface of the attachment portion and having a bearing face for bearing the head of the screw,
the through hole includes a large-diameter portion on an outer circumference side, a small-diameter portion on an inner circumference side, and a conical portion communicating between the large-diameter portion and the small-diameter portion,
a diameter of the large-diameter portion is larger than a diameter of the head of the screw,
a diameter of the small-diameter portion is larger than an outer diameter of a male screw portion of the screw,
an inclined surface of the conical portion serves as the bearing face for bearing the head,
the concave portion forming step includes:
disposing the ring shaped seal in the attachment portion;
using a drill having a bit portion at a tip of a shank portion of the drill and an inclined surface formed in a boundary portion between the shank portion and the bit portion, the inclined surface corresponding the inclined surface of the through hole, a diameter of the bit portion being smaller than a diameter of the shank portion, the diameter of the shank portion being larger than the diameter of the small-diameter portion of the through hole and smaller than the diameter of the large-diameter portion; and
forming the concave portion in the ring shaped seal by inserting the drill into the through hole until a position where the inclined surface of the shank portion comes in contact with the inclined surface of the through hole, and
the seal fixing step includes matching positions of the attachment hole and the through hole with each other, and passing the screw through the through hole to engage the screw with the attachment hole to exert an outward-directed force in the radial direction on the ring shaped seal because of a force of the head pressing the bearing face to fix the ring shaped seal to the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,113,620

BALL RETURNING CIRCULATOR OF BALL SCREW

PMI PRECISION MOTION INDU...

1. A ball returning circulator of a ball screw having a nut, a screw and a plurality of balls, the ball returning circulator comprising:at least one ball access port, each of the at least one ball access port at one end of the circulator for releasing balls to come into or out from the circulator; and
at least one curved section having at least one opening distanced from the ball access port and at least one cover plate for closing the at least one opening;
wherein the ball returning circulator comprises two circulation tubes, each of the circulation tubes has one said ball access port, a connecting section, one said curved section and a ball engaging section, each said curved section having the opening is between the connecting section and the ball engaging section, and the connecting section of the circulation tube has at least one positioning wing frame on at least one side thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,113,619

LOCKING DEVICE AND LOCKING METHOD FOR THE TOOL HOLDER OF A DRILLING SYSTEM

1. A locking device (1) for locking a tool to a tool holder (3) of a rotary drilling rig, the locking device comprising a sleeve (10), a locking pin (9), a movement system, and a control system (2), the sleeve (10) and the locking pin (9) being configured such that the sleeve (10) engages around the locking pin (9) with positive locking such that the locking pin (9) can rotate in the sleeve (10) about a longitudinal axis of the locking pin (9) and can be displaced laterally parallel to the longitudinal axis, the locking pin (9) comprising at least one radially outwardly extending guide pin (12) which is guided in a slide in the sleeve (10), and the movement system having at least one electric motor (4) and at least one shaft, wherein the at least one shaft effects a relative rotation of sleeve (10) and locking pin (9) by force of the at least one electric motor (4), the locking device (1) further comprising a position monitoring system designed to monitor a position of the locking pin (9), the position monitoring system comprising at least one sensor or at least one pair of sensors (13) for measuring a position of the guide pin (12), and the position monitoring system being designed such that the position of the locking pin (9) is determined indirectly by measuring the position of the guide pin (12) via the at least one sensor or at least one pair of sensors (13).

US Pat. No. 10,113,617

PROPULSION SYSTEM

Perkins Engines Company L...

1. A propulsion system for providing a power output, said propulsion system comprising:a transmission configured to provide the power output, the transmission comprising at least one planetary gearbox;
at least one first energy conversion machine;
at least one power unit operable to selectively drive at least one of the transmission and the at least one first energy conversion machine;
at least one second energy conversion machine operable to selectively drive or be driven by the transmission;
a power transfer arrangement for transferring power between the first and second energy conversion machines; and
at least one coupling operable to selectively connect and disconnect the at least one power unit and the transmission such that the at least one power unit is operable to drive the at least one first energy conversion machine independently of the transmission,
wherein the at least one power unit is operable to selectively drive the transmission via at least one drive shaft, at least one transmission coupling, and at least one first kinematic connection element,
wherein the at least one power unit is operable to selectively drive the at least one first energy conversion machine via the at least one drive shaft and at least one second kinematic connection element, and
wherein the first and second kinematic connection elements are gears, and the propulsion system further comprises:
a first gear mounted on a power unit output shaft;
a second gear interconnected with the first gear and providing a rotatable input to the transmission;
a third gear mounted on the power unit output shaft; and
a fourth gear mounted on a first machine shaft and interconnected with the third gear, said first machine shaft providing an input or output to the at least one first energy conversion machine.

US Pat. No. 10,113,616

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION IN PLANETARY DESIGN FOR A VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A multi-speed transmission in planetary design for a vehicle, comprising:a transmission housing (10);
a first shaft (1), the first shaft (1) being a drive (An);
a second shaft (2), the second shaft (2) being an output (Ab);
at least five planetary gear sets (RS1, RS2, RS3, RS4, RS5);
at least seven additional shafts (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9); and
five shift elements (SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4, SE5), wherein through actuation of the shift elements, at least nine forward gears (G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7, G8, G9) and at least one reverse gear (R) are realized; and
wherein for the realization of each gear, two of the shift elements are open and at least three of the shift elements (SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4, SE5) are closed.

US Pat. No. 10,113,615

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:an input;
an output;
a first simple planetary gear set having a first sun gear, a first ring gear, and a first planet carrier;
a second simple planetary gear set having a second sun gear fixedly coupled to the first ring gear, a second ring gear, and a second planet carrier fixedly coupled to the input;
a third simple planetary gear set having a third sun gear coupled to the second ring gear, a third ring gear, and a third planet carrier;
a fourth simple planetary gear set having a fourth sun gear coupled to the third ring gear, a fourth ring gear fixedly coupled to the first planet carrier, and a fourth planet carrier fixedly coupled to the output;
a first brake configured to selectively hold the first sun gear against rotation;
a second brake configured to selectively hold the second sun gear against rotation; and
a first clutch configured to selectively couple the input to the fourth sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,113,614

DOOR OPENING/CLOSING DEVICE

Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corpor...

1. A door opening/closing device comprising:a motor; and
an output shaft arranged on a line extending from an axial center of the motor, power of the motor being transmitted to the output shaft via a gear train for deceleration, the door opening/closing device opening and closing a door via the output shaft by driving the motor, wherein
an eccentric distance between a position of center of gravity when the motor, the gear train, and the output shaft are assembled and an axial center of the output shaft is set smaller than two-tenths of a diameter of the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,613

PLANETARY GEAR MECHANISM AND POWER TRANSMISSION MEMBER THEREOF

Hiedkazu Atari, Tokyo (J...

1. A power transmission member provided as a power transmission member of a planetary gear mechanism configured to support, in a freely turnable manner, a planetary gear to be engaged with a sun gear and an internal gear, comprising:a planetary gear holding portion in which a planetary gear attachment portion to attach the planetary gear in a freely turnable manner is formed in a rotary shaft direction, a bearing portion to support, in a freely turnable manner, one end of the planetary gear attached to the planetary gear attachment portion is formed in a rotary shaft direction and communicates with the one end of the planetary gear attachment portion, and an open window is formed on a peripheral surface such that a tooth portion of the planetary gear attached to the planetary gear attachment portion projects from an outer peripheral surface;
a substantially cylindrical-shaped rotary shaft portion configured to communicate with the other end of the planetary gear holding portion, and having a rotation support hole that is formed in the rotary shaft direction and supports, in a freely turnable manner, the other end of the planetary gear attached to the planetary gear attachment portion; and
a sun gear holding portion having a sun gear insertion hole that is formed in a rotary shaft direction and is adapted to insert a shaft portion of the sun gear into a center shaft of the planetary gear holding portion in a freely turnable manner,
wherein the planetary gear holding portion, the rotary shaft portion, and the sun gear holding portion are formed as an integrated body, and
the planetary gear is inserted from an opening end portion of the rotary shaft portion, and is attached to the planetary gear attachment portion via the rotation support hole.

US Pat. No. 10,113,612

LINE TENSIONER

1. A method of tensioning a line using a line tensioner, the line tensioner comprising:a first attachment portion for releasably fixing to a line, the first attachment portion having a slot with two opposing surfaces extending in a first direction from a throat towards a mouth, the line being receivable via the mouth into releasable gripping engagement with the two opposing surfaces;
a bearing portion, the line being slidably engagable with the bearing portion for tensioning the line; and
a second attachment portion for releasably fixing to the line, the second attachment portion having a slot with two opposing surfaces extending in a second direction from a throat towards a mouth, the line being receivable via the mouth into releasable gripping engagement with the two opposing surfaces, the second direction being opposite to the first direction, the method comprising:
releasably fixing a first portion of the line to the first attachment portion;
engaging a second portion of the line with the bearing portion;
pulling a third portion of the line, the second portion of the line being between the first and third portions of the line, such that the second portion of the line slides along and bears against the bearing portion to tension the line; and
releasably fixing the third portion of the line to the second attachment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,611

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER AND ENGINE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A torsional vibration damper mounted at a crankshaft of an engine, comprising:a hub including:
a first mounting surface,
a second mounting surface opposite to the first mounting surface,
a first mounting hole configured to receive the crankshaft, and
at least one slot spaced apart from the first mounting hole;
an inertia ring; and
an elastomer element disposed between the hub and the inertia ring;
wherein the at least one slot is configured such that a center-of-gravity of the torsional vibration damper is offset from a central axis of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,610

METHOD FOR IMPROVED SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING EQUIPMENT TOOL PEDESTAL / PAD VIBRATION ISOLATION AND REDUCTION

1. A method for eliminating or substantially reducing process-inhibiting vibrations within a high-precision semiconductor device fabrication facility, comprising the steps of:supporting a high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment on a hybrid tool pedestal system within a building having a building structure susceptible to vibration transmission and that may be exposed to and susceptible to transmitting process inhibiting vibrations to said high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment, wherein said hybrid tool pedestal system comprises a multi-layered material construction formed of materials selected for isolating varying vibration frequencies by virtue of the combined isolation of said multi-layered material construction;
positioning said hybrid tool pedestal system on a raised floor, said raised floor for structurally separating a building floor from said hybrid tool pedestal system for providing a first portion of vibration isolation between the high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment and the building floor, said hybrid tool pedestal system comprising a plurality of base structures for positioning said hybrid tool pedestal system on said raised floor and an elevated structure for providing structural support and separating a high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment positioned on said elevated structure from said plurality of base structures;
separating said plurality of base structures from said raised floor using a plurality of first vibration isolation pads, said plurality of first vibration isolation pads comprising an adhesive pad, caulking, or a combination of adhesive pads and caulking;
positioning a plurality of first vertical support structures as a portion of said elevated structure and separating an upper structure of said elevated structure from at least selected ones of said plurality of base structures, said selected ones of said plurality of first vertical support structures further comprising a hollow portion capable of being filled;
filling at least a subset of said hollow portions with a vibration absorbing foam, said vertical support structure separating said base from said upper surface and further comprising concrete mix to reduce/isolate vibration and improve stiffness thereby absorbing vibrations transmitted to said first vertical support structures;
separating said plurality of first vertical support structures from said upper structure using a second vibration isolation pad comprising an adhesive pad, caulking, or a combination of adhesive pads and caulking;
wherein said first vibration isolation pads, said vibration absorbing foam, and said second vibration isolation pad coordinate to eliminate or substantially reduce the ability of vibrations from the building floor to reach high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment operating on said upper structure; and
further separating said second isolation pad from said upper structure using a vertical structural beam, said vertical structural beam connecting to said upper structure at a first joint and to said second isolation pad at a second joint; and
applying a vibration frequency isolation structure in the form of either an adhesive pad, caulking, or a combination of adhesive pad and caulking at said first joint for vibration isolating said upper structure from said vertical structural beam and at said second joint for vibration isolating said vertical structural beam from said second isolation pad for further preventing vibration isolating said semiconductor device fabrication process inhibiting vibrations at the building floor from affecting precision operation of the high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment on said upper structure, and
associating a heavy mass block between said plurality of base structures and said raised floor for vibration and sound reduction said heavy mass block comprising a first layer of sound dampening adhesive, a reinforced concrete block connecting to said first layer of sound dampening adhesive, a second layer of sound dampening adhesive position on said reinforced concrete block opposite said first layer of sound dampening adhesive, and a block of porous high strength metal connecting to said second layer of sound dampening adhesive, said first layer of sound dampening adhesive positioned between a clean room floor and said reinforced concrete block for first reducing in the vibration induced deflection from the clean room floor to said concrete block, said second layer of sound dampening adhesive for further reducing deflection transmitted from said reinforced concrete block to said porous high strength metal block, wherein deflection and vibration carried from a waffle concrete floor to the high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment becomes effectively isolated; and
further providing on said heavy mass block an electromagnetic interference (EMI) barrier for insulating or absorbing EMI for preventing EMI frequencies from adversely affecting operation of the high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment and further performing a degaussing step on said high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment for removing magnetic arc blow associated with said EMI barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,113,609

VIBRATION ISOLATING DEVICE FOR AN ELASTIC COUPLING OF TWO COMPONENTS

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A vibration isolating device that is adapted for an elastic coupling of a first component to a second component and for vibration isolation in predetermined frequency ranges between the first and second components, the vibration isolating device comprising at least a first and a second elastically deformable plate that are attached to each other in at least two separate connecting points, the first elastically deformable plate comprising a first curvature located in a region between the at least two separate connecting points and the second elastically deformable plate comprising a second curvature located in a region between the at least two separate connecting points, wherein the first and second curvatures are arranged such that a gap is defined between the first and second elastically deformable plates in the regions between the at least two separate connecting points, and wherein the first and second curvatures are adapted to be reduced in operation if a tension force that moves the at least two separate connecting points away from each other is applied to the vibration isolating device, and wherein the first and second curvatures are adapted to be increased in operation if a compression force that moves the at least two separate connecting points towards each other is applied to the vibration isolating device; wherein at least one of the first and second elastically deformable plates comprises an associated vibration isolation mass and in that the at least one of the first and second elastically deformable plates comprises an associated lever that is mounted to the at least one of the first and second elastically deformable plates, in the region of at least one of the first and second curvatures, of the at least one of the first and second elastically deformable plates, at least one associated lever being provided with a vibration isolation mass.

US Pat. No. 10,113,608

MOVABLE AXIAL ELEMENT FOR A ROTARY TOOL DAMPENING SYSTEM

SECO-E.P.B.(SOCIETE PAR A...

1. A movable axial element for a damping system, the axial element comprising:a rectilinear absorbent mass positionable in a housing;
a plurality of annular grooves arranged on a periphery of the absorbent mass, each of the grooves housing an elastic element, each of the elastic elements being arranged to bear against an internal wall of the housing, each of the plurality of grooves including a base formed by a shoulder of the absorbent mass, the grooves having variable widths along a portion of the shoulder of the absorbent mass, wherein an edge formed by a structure bearing an annular lip is mounted in a sliding manner on at least one part of the shoulder along at least one axis of the movable axial element to form an adjusting device integrated into the movable axial element to enable the control of a prestressing exerted by the annular lip on at least one of the elastic elements mounted on the periphery of the absorbent mass, the prestressing being generated without rotation of the annular lip relative to elastic element; and
at least one movable edge formed by a sliding washer separating two juxtaposed grooves, the sliding washer having internal dimensions corresponding to dimensions of the shoulder of the portion of absorbent mass.

US Pat. No. 10,113,605

OVERTRAVEL RELIEF ASSEMBLY FOR A GAS SPRING

DADCO, Inc., Plymouth, M...

1. A gas spring for forming equipment, comprising:a casing with an axially extending side wall, an open end, a transversely extending closed end wall axially spaced from the open end, and a pressure chamber defined in part by the side and end walls to receive a gas under pressure;
a bearing assembly received in the casing;
a piston rod slidably received in the bearing assembly for reciprocation between extended and retracted positions;
a piston rod seal received in the casing generally axially between the bearing assembly and the open end of the casing;
a piston retainer received in the casing and separate from and normally carried by the piston rod adjacent an end of the piston rod received in the casing and normally having at least a portion thereof extending circumferentially continuously around the piston rod;
a deforming member in the casing adjacent to the closed end wall of the casing, and having at least two circumferentially spaced apart legs projecting generally axially toward the retainer and underlying and at least slightly spaced from the retainer when the piston rod is forced into the pressure chamber to the maximum extent of its design intended normal operating retracted position of the piston rod; and
when the piston rod is forced into the casing into an overtravel position beyond its design intended maximum retracted position the retainer engages the legs and is plastically deformed; and
after such overtravel and the piston rod returns to its extended position the deformed retainer engages the bearing assembly and is fractured and separated from the piston rod.

US Pat. No. 10,113,604

SUSPENSION DAMPER

Fox Factory, Inc., Scott...

1. A vehicle damper comprising:a fluid filled cylinder;
a piston for movement within the cylinder, wherein said piston isolates a first volume in said cylinder from a second volume in said cylinder;
at least two compression ports formed in said piston;
at least two rebound ports formed in said piston;
at least one compression shim at least partially blocking said at least two compression ports;
at least one rebound shim at least partially blocking said at least two rebound ports; and
a compression bleed valve disposed within said piston, said compression bleed valve defining a one-directional compression bleed valve flow path disposed within said piston and fluidically coupling said first volume in said cylinder to said second volume in said cylinder, said one-directional compression bleed valve flow path fluidically coupled to said second volume at a location upstream of said at least one compression shim, with respect to fluid flow during a compression movement of said piston, said one-directional compression bleed valve flow path is not encumbered by said at least one compression shim.

US Pat. No. 10,113,603

GAS SPRING END MEMBER AS WELL AS GAS SPRING AND DAMPER ASSEMBLY AND SUSPENSION SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME

Firestone Industrial Prod...

1. A gas spring and damper assembly comprising:a damper assembly having a longitudinally-extending axis and including:
a damper housing including a housing wall extending axially between opposing first and second ends, said housing wall at least partially defining a damping chamber containing a quantity of damping fluid; and,
a damper rod assembly including an elongated damper rod and a damper piston secured along said elongated damper rod, said damper rod assembly operatively interengaged with said damper housing for reciprocal displacement relative thereto with said damper piston disposed within said damping chamber and at least a portion of said elongated damper rod projecting axially-outwardly from said first end of said damper housing; and,
a gas spring assembly including:
a first end member supported on said elongated damper rod in substantially fixed axial relation thereto;
a second end member supported on said damper housing in substantially fixed relation thereto, said second end member including at least one securement feature;
a flexible spring member secured between said first and second end members to at least partially define a spring chamber; and,
at least one securement device operatively engaging said damper housing, said at least one securement device operatively connected with said at least one securement feature of said second end member to retain said at least one securement device in operative engagement with said damper housing and thereby removably secure said second end member in said substantially fixed axial relation with said damper housing;
wherein said gas spring assembly includes a sealing element sealingly disposed between said second end member and said damper housing to fluidically isolate said spring chamber from an external atmosphere;
wherein said at least one securement feature and said at least one securement device are disposed in axially spaced relation to said sealing element such that said at least one securement feature and said at least one securement device are fluidically isolated from said spring chamber by said sealing element;
wherein said second end member includes an end member wall, and said at least one securement feature includes a threaded passage extending through said end member wall; and
wherein a wall thickness of said end member wall is greater proximate said sealing element than proximate said at least one securement feature.

US Pat. No. 10,113,602

LOAD CONTROLLING BOLTED FLANGE DEFORMABLE SPACERS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A deformable spacer for absorbing energy for a flange bolt, the deformable spacer comprising:a hollow cylindrical body having a first body end, a second body end, a body outer surface having a body outer diameter, a body inner surface having a body inner diameter and a body longitudinal axis;
a plurality of elongated slots extending through the hollow cylindrical body from the body inner surface to the body outer surface, wherein the plurality of elongated slots are circumferentially spaced about the hollow cylindrical body;
a first flange disposed at the first body end and having a first flange outer diameter that is greater than the body outer diameter; and
a second flange disposed at the second body end and having a second flange outer diameter that is greater than the body outer diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,113,601

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake device comprising:an electric motor;
a brake rotor;
a friction pad configured to come into contact with the brake rotor to generate a braking force;
a transmission mechanism configured to convert a rotary motion of the electric motor into a motion with which the friction pad generates the braking force;
a braking force command section configured to generate a command value of a target braking force by using an operation amount of a brake operation portion;
a braking force estimation section configured to obtain an estimated value of a braking force that presses the friction pad against the brake rotor;
a motor rotation angle detector configured to detect a rotation angle of the electric motor; and
a controller configured to control the electric motor according to the command value and the estimated value of the braking force,
wherein the controller is provided with a pad wear amount estimation section configured to estimate a wear amount of the friction pad,
wherein the pad wear amount estimation section estimates the wear amount of the friction pad at a present time by comparing a correlation between the motor rotation angle detected by the motor rotation angle detector and the braking force obtained by the braking force estimation section with a defined correlation between a motor rotation angle and a braking force when the friction pad is unworn, and
wherein the pad wear amount estimation section includes
a linearity determination section configured to determine a strength of linearity of the correlation between the braking force and the motor rotation angle from a change in a rate of change of one of the braking force and the motor rotation angle with respect to a rate of change of the other of the braking force and the motor rotation angle; and
a wear amount estimation section configured to estimate the wear amount of the friction pad from the braking force or the motor rotation angle at which the strength of linearity of the correlation that is determined by the linearity determination section is greater than or equal to a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,113,600

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING A LAYER ONTO A SURFACE OF A SOLID SUBSTRATE AND PRODUCTS FORMED THEREBY

ATS MER, LLC, Tucson, AZ...

1. A method for forming a vehicular brake rotor comprising a friction surface layer bonded to a surface of a solid metal substrate, the method comprising the steps of:(A) providing a solid metal substrate;
(B) employing a scanning plasma torch to direct a high temperature are plasma stream onto a surface of the substrate; said plasma stream comprising a metal selected from the group consisting of aluminum, cobalt, copper, iron, nickel, titanium, vanadium and zinc, or a metal alloy comprising two or more metallic elements, selected from the group consisting of aluminum, cobalt, copper, iron, nickel, titanium, vanadium, zinc, chromium, magnesium, manganese, niobium and silicon, a ceramic material in powder form selected from the group consisting of a metal carbide, a metal nitride, a metal silicide and an intermetallic composition, and an ionizable gas, said substrate forming an electrode and completing an electrical circuit with said plasma arc and a torch power supply, said plasma having sufficient energy to ionize the gas so as to heat and melt an area on a surface of the substrate; and
(C) causing a reaction between a melted metal in the area of the substrate and a metal or metal alloy in the plasma steam whereby to form a composite surface area incorporating the ceramic material in powder form on the substrate without any intervening layer; and
(D) moving the scanning plasma touch and repeating steps (B) and (C) to form a surface layer across a surface of the metal substrate, whereupon the ceramic material in powder form is directly bonded to the surface of the metallic substrate whereby to increase friction and enhance wear resistance of the surface of the metal substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,599

RETAINING BRACKET FOR DISC BRAKE CALIPER AND KIT INCLUDING THE SAME

1. A kit of retaining brackets for disc brakes, comprising:a first retaining bracket comprising:
a pair of substantially arcuate, parallel rods;
a pair of crossbeams extending between, and secured to, said pair of substantially arcuate, parallel rods; and
extending members extending from opposing ends of each of said parallel rods, the extending members adapted for securing said pair of substantially arcuate, parallel rods to a disc brake caliper; and
a second retaining bracket comprising:
a substantially trapezoidal plate having opposed first and second ends, a recess being formed in the first end adapted for receiving a rotor axle;
a flange secured to the second end of the substantially trapezoidal plate and extending substantially orthogonal thereto, the flange being adapted for positioning against an underside of the disc brake caliper; and
a pair of openings formed through the first end of the substantially trapezoidal plate for receiving a pair of threaded bolts for interconnection with the disc brake caliper.

US Pat. No. 10,113,598

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SENSORIZED BRAKING ELEMENT, IN PARTICULAR A BRAKE PAD AND A SENSORIZED BRAKE PAD OBTAINED THEREBY

ITT Italia S.r.l., (IT)

11. A sensorized brake element comprising:a supporting metal element, a damping and a thermally insulating layer arranged on the supporting metal element on the side of a first surface of the supporting metal element intended in use to face an element to be braked, including a disk or a drum of a vehicle, and a friction material block integrally supported by the supporting metal element on the side of the first surface and above the damping and thermally insulating layer;
at least one piezoceramic sensor below the damping and electrically insulating layer and fixed directly over the first surface of the supporting metal element, the at least one piezoceramic sensor designed to emit an electric signal when subjected to a mechanical stress wherein the at least one piezoceramic sensor is made from a piezoceramic material having a Curie temperature that is higher than 200° C.; and
an electric circuit configured to capture the electric signal and process the captured signal, wherein the electric circuit is made as an electrically insulated unit including at least one branching ending with respective electric contacts for the at least one piezoceramic sensor;
the at least one piezoceramic sensor being electrically and mechanically connected to the electric contacts arranged at the end of the at least one branching;
wherein the electric circuit and the at least one piezoceramic sensor are mechanically and integrally fixed to the first surface and said branching being made so as to position the at least one piezoceramic sensor at a predetermined point of the first surface in such a manner that the least one piezoceramic sensor is directly and completely embedded within the friction material block arranged onto and supported by the first surface with the interposition of the damping and thermally insulating layer; and
wherein the at least one piezoceramic sensor has an operating temperature equal to or higher than 200° C., and the at least one piezoceramic sensor self-generates the electric signal in response to the mechanical stress without the need of electric power.

US Pat. No. 10,113,596

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power transmission device that transmits a rotational driving force outputted from a driving source to a target device to be driven, the power transmission device comprising:a driving rotor rotated by the rotational driving force;
a driven rotor rotated with a rotary shaft of the target device;
an electromagnet that generates an electromagnetic force connecting the driven rotor and the driving rotor; and
a buffer member that dampens a shock caused when the driven rotor and the driving rotor are connected to each other, wherein:
the drive rotor has
an armature connected to the driving rotor by the electromagnetic force, and
a plate that applies a load to the armature in an axial direction of the rotary shaft,
the armature has a driven-side through hole passing through the armature in an axial direction of the rotary shaft;
the plate has a plate-side through hole passing through the plate in the axial direction of the rotary shaft; and
the buffer member has an overlapping portion disposed overlapping with the driven-side through hole when viewed in the axial direction of the rotary shaft in a state where the overlapping portion extends over an entire region of the plate-side through hole and covers the plate-side through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,113,595

CONCENTRIC V-GROOVE COUPLING

Ker-Train Holdings Ltd., ...

1. A coupling comprising:at least two inter-connected torque couplings, each comprising:
a pair of clutch end members, each said end member including a set of concentric V-grooves disposed on a respective face thereof;
a clutch centre member disposed between the respective clutch end members, the centre member being axially movable between the respective end members and including a pair of opposing surfaces, one of the opposing surfaces including a plurality of concentric V-grooves configured to mesh with the set of V-grooves of one of the respective end members, another of the opposing surfaces including a plurality of concentric V-grooves configured to mesh with the set of V-grooves of another of the respective end members; and
an actuator coupled to one of the end members and being configured to simultaneously couple the end members to the centre member by engaging the V-grooves of both of the respective end members with the V-grooves of the centre member,
wherein the centre member of one of the torque couplings comprises one of the opposing surfaces of the one torque coupling, another of the opposing surfaces of the one torque coupling and one of the end members of another of the torque couplings.

US Pat. No. 10,113,594

SAFETY DEVICE FOR CURTAIN CONTROLLER

Chen Tian Co., Ltd., Tai...

1. A safety device for a curtain controller, comprising:a base having a through hole;
a shaft sleeve disposed in the through hole and fixedly connected to a terminal end of a shaft adapted to extend from the curtain controller;
a sleeved shaft disposed on a surface of the shaft sleeve opposite to the connection of the shaft sleeve's connection to the terminal end of the shaft, wherein a diameter of the sleeved shaft is decreased along a direction away from the shaft to form a tapered cylinder having a first inclined surface;
at least one inserted slot disposed on the first inclined surface;
a first buckle part disposed on a bottom part of the base;
a bead chain wheel having a plurality of equiangularly disposed concave holes for accommodating beads of a bead chain;
a sleeving hole disposed on a surface of the bead chain wheel and facing the shaft sleeve, wherein a diameter of the sleeving hole fits the diameter of the sleeved shaft, a peripheral wall of the sleeving hole forming an oblique cone and having a second inclined surface to fit the first inclined surface;
at least one inserting block disposed on the second inclined surface of the sleeving hole to be corresponding to the at least one inserted slot;
a central bump disposed on a central shaft of the bead chain wheel;
a cover, wherein an upper part of the cover pivotally connects to an upper part of the base;
a second buckle part disposed on a lower part of the cover to correspondingly buckle with the first buckle part; and
a central concave hole disposed on an inner wall of the cover facing the bead chain wheel, wherein the central concave hole is disposed in correspondence with and in contact with the central bump,
wherein the sleeving hole of the bead chain wheel sleeves with the sleeved shaft of the shaft sleeve in the through hole of the base, and the second buckle part of the cover buckles with the first buckle part of the base for assembling of the safety device to prevent a neck of a user from being wound by the bead chain.

US Pat. No. 10,113,593

ENCODER WITH OIL GAS PREVENTION STRUCTURE

HIWIN MIKROSYSTEM CORP., ...

1. An encoder with oil gas prevention structure, comprising:a base, comprising a body and a through hole configured on the body;
a shaft, disposed within the though hole, and comprising a first section, a second section, and a shoulder wherein the shoulder is configured between the first section and the second section, and corresponding to the first section;
a bearing, holding the shaft and disposed within the through hole, and comprising an inner ring and an outer ring wherein the inner ring is set against the first section, and the outer ring is set against a circumference of the through hole;
a cover, holding the shaft and adjacent to the bearing, and comprising a sheet, a circular groove and a plurality of indentations wherein the circular groove is configured on one side of the sheet, and the circular groove is configured on the sheet and corresponds with the bearing; and
an encoding device, holding the shaft and the shaft is inserted through the cover, and comprising a code disc rotatably disposed on the shaft wherein the cover is located between the bearing and the code disc.

US Pat. No. 10,113,591

MAGNETIC FLUID SEALING STRUCTURE FOR HIGH-SPEED ROTATION

RAILWAY TECHNICAL RESEARC...

1. A magnetic fluid sealing structure for high-speed rotation for sealing a gap between a shaft member and a housing member disposed around the shaft member, which are rotatable, comprising:magnetic force generating means which is fixed to the housing member and generates a magnetic force;
magnetic pole members disposed on both sides in an axial direction of the magnetic force generating means; and
a magnetic fluid which is magnetically held between the magnetic pole members and the shaft member by the magnetic force of the magnetic force generating means and seals the gap therebetween,
wherein the shaft member has a plurality of different material layers concentrically laminated in a radial direction,
an outermost diameter layer of the shaft member, which holds the magnetic fluid, is made of a magnetic material,
the shaft member has a three-layer structure including the outermost diameter layer, an innermost diameter layer made of a good thermal conductive material having a higher thermal conductivity than that of the outermost diameter layer, and an intermediate layer provided between the innermost diameter layer and the outermost diameter layer,
the intermediate layer is made of a good thermal conductive material having a higher thermal conductivity than that of the outermost diameter layer, and
the innermost diameter layer is made of a high strength material having a higher strength than that of the intermediate layer.

US Pat. No. 10,113,590

BALL BEARING UNIT FOR TURBOCHARGER

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A ball bearing unit for a turbocharger, the ball bearing unit comprising:an outer ring that has a cylindrical shape, and that has an inner peripheral surface provided with an outer ring raceway surface at one end side and an outer ring raceway surface at another end side formed separately from each other in an axial direction;
a first inner ring that has a first inner ring raceway surface facing the outer ring raceway surface at the one end side;
a second inner ring that has a second inner ring raceway surface facing the outer ring raceway surface at the another end side;
a first machined retainer that holds a plurality of balls disposed between the outer ring raceway surface at the one end side and the first inner ring raceway surface; and
a second machined retainer that holds a plurality of balls disposed between the outer ring raceway surface at the another end side and the second inner ring raceway surface,
wherein the first machined retainer and the second machined retainer only rotates in one direction with the rotation of a turbine of the turbocharger,
at least one of the first machined retainer and the second machined retainer includes a plurality of pockets that hold the plurality of balls in a rollable manner in a circumferential direction, and each of the plurality of pockets has a diameter equal to or more than 1.03 times and equal to or less than 1.07 times of a diameter of a ball in the plurality of balls,
a groove is formed in an inner peripheral surface of a pocket included in the at least one of the first machined retainer and the second machined retainer, on a part of the inner peripheral surface located at a rotation direction side of the corresponding machined retainer in relation to a center position of the pocket, and is not formed at a side opposite from the rotation direction side of the corresponding machined retainer in relation to the center position of the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,113,588

SLIDE BEARING COMPRISING A PRIMER SYSTEM AS ADHESION PROMOTER

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A slide bearing comprising,a metal support;
a primer layer, wherein the primer layer consists of at least one silanol, an oligomeric condensate of at least one silanol, or combination thereof, wherein the at least one silanol is selected from the group having the formula

wherein x is 1 or 2, y is 0 or 1,
wherein R1 and R2 are the same or different and are selected from the group consisting of methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, i-propyl, and a functionalized alkyl group R?—(CH2)z, wherein z is at least 1;
an adhesive layer applied directly to the primer layer, wherein the adhesive layer is selected from the group consisting of perfluoroalkoxyethylene (PFA), tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoro(methyl vinyl ether) copolymer (MFA), ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), tetrafluoroethylene-hexafluoropropylene (FEP), and any combination thereof; and a sliding layer.

US Pat. No. 10,113,587

TURBOCHARGER THRUST BEARING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An improved turbocharger assembly comprising:a turbocharger housing;
a rotary assembly including a turbine and a compressor attached to one another by a shaft, said rotary assembly including a thrust surface; and
a thrust bearing disposed in the housing for opposing the thrust surface of the rotary assembly, said thrust bearing having a shaft aperture there through for receiving the shaft and defining a primary pad and a plurality of secondary pads that each define a land region being perpendicular to the rotational axis of the shaft and a slope region, the thrust bearing further defining a first bearing surface and a second bearing surface;
wherein the primary pad defines a primary surface area which is greater than a secondary surface area of each secondary pad in the plurality of secondary pads.

US Pat. No. 10,113,586

HYDRODYNAMIC AXIAL PLAIN BEARING

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A system comprising:a connecting rod comprising a thrust bearing at an interface between the connecting rod and a crankshaft, and where the thrust bearing is ring-shaped with a larger bevel having a larger angle located radially interior to a smaller bevel with a smaller angle relative to a surface of the crankshaft, and a plurality of lubricating grooves extending from an innermost circumference to an outermost circumference of the thrust bearing such that each bevel extends completely around an entire inner circumference of the thrust bearing except at locations of the plurality of lubricating grooves; and where a height of the larger bevel and the smaller bevel is uniform along a circumference of the thrust bearing between adjacent lubricating grooves of the plurality of lubricating grooves, and where the circumference is any circumference between the innermost and outermost circumferences.

US Pat. No. 10,113,585

CABLED BEARING

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A rolling element bearing comprising,a first bearing ring,
a second bearing ring,
at least one row of rolling elements disposed between raceway surfaces of the bearing rings,
a sensing element provided on a sensing surface of the first bearing ring, and a signal cable connected to the sensing element, wherein
the signal cable includes a cable connector that fits into a socket, and wherein the socket is at least partly integrated in a recess provided in an external surface of the first bearing ring, wherein
the recess is in communication with the sensing surface, and wherein
a signal coupling is arranged between the sensing element and the socket; and
one of the cable connector and the socket has an angled body section that is angled with a first angle ? relative to a longitudinal axis of the recess, such that the cable is guided out of the recess at an angle to a normal of the external surface in a substantially circumferential direction of the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,582

HYDRODYNAMIC BEARING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

Regal Beloit Australia PT...

1. A hydrodynamic bearing assembly comprising:a first member comprising a first engaging surface, wherein said first member is stationary in a non-operating mode of said bearing assembly and wherein said first member rotates about an axis in an operational mode of said bearing assembly;
a second member comprising a bore and a second engaging surface positioned adjacent said first engaging surface, wherein said second member is stationary in both the non-operating mode and the operational mode of said bearing assembly; and
a spacer member positioned within said bore and configured to engage said first member to define a first gap between said first engaging surface and said second engaging surface in the non-operational mode, wherein said spacer member extends into said first gap.

US Pat. No. 10,113,581

BODY ISOLATOR AND BOLT RETENTION ASSEMBLY

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A body isolator and bolt retention assembly for a body on a frame vehicle, the body isolator bolt retention assembly comprising:a body isolator including an outer sleeve, an inner sleeve, and a resilient material extending between and coupling the inner and outer sleeves together, the inner sleeve including a body coupling aperture extending therethrough and having a proximal end and a distal end;
internal bolt retention threads adjacent the proximal end of the body coupling aperture;
a bolt including a head and a shaft, the shaft having a proximal end adjacent the head and an opposite distal end, the bolt having cooperating external bolt retention threads adjacent the proximal end of the shaft and having external body coupling threads adjacent the distal end of the shaft, the external body coupling threads have a major diameter that is smaller than a minor diameter of the internal bolt retention threads to permit the external body coupling threads to pass through the internal bolt retention threads without requiring threaded engagement therebetween;
wherein the internal and cooperating external bolt retention threads are axially positioned relative to each other to enable the entirety of the external bolt retention threads to be threaded completely through the internal bolt retention threads to capture the bolt within the body coupling aperture in a captured floating configuration in which the external body coupling threads and the distal end of the shaft extend out of the distal end of the body coupling aperture and the bolt is allowed to float laterally within the body coupling aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,113,580

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR MANIPULATING SWAGING COLLARS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for delivering a collar concentrically in line with a central axis of a fastener and a working axis of a swager, the apparatus comprising:a collar feeder comprising a first end, a second end, an inlet at the first end, an outlet at the second end, and a through cavity in communication with the inlet and the outlet;
a contact element located at the second end of the collar feeder;
a cam surface configured to be stationary relative to the swager;
a cam follower coupled to the collar feeder, wherein:
the cam surface is configured to guide the cam follower, and
the cam follower is configured to be moveable along the cam surface;
a slider pivotally coupled to the collar feeder, wherein the slider is movable relative to the swager along the working axis of the swager;
means for biasing the slider relative to the swager along the working axis of the swager; and
at least one resilient flexure coupled to the collar feeder at the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,113,579

HYBRID COMPOSITE-METAL BREAKAWAY NUT FASTENER

NMC GROUP, INC., Pomona,...

1. A hybrid composite-metal breakaway nut fastener comprising:a head portion having a proximal end and a distal end defining a central axis, said head portion made of plastic and having a shape so as to mate to a tool so as to be rotated;
a nut portion including an exterior shell and a nut insert, said exterior shell made of plastic and having an annular shape so as to include a proximal end and a distal inlet coaxial to said central axis, said nut insert made of metal, having a circumferential exterior surface, proximal and distal ends, and a female threaded bore, said nut insert being concentrically affixed within said exterior shell so as to be able to receive a male threaded fastener through said distal inlet of said exterior shell into said female threaded bore of said nut insert; and
a thin walled section connecting and affixing said distal end of said head portion to said proximal end of said exterior shell; and
wherein said head portion, thin walled section, and exterior shell of said nut portion are a one piece construction of plastic.

US Pat. No. 10,113,578

BOLT FOR CLAMPING ADJOINING PARTS

1. A bolt for clamping adjoining parts, comprising:a bolt body adapted for insertion in openings of the adjoining parts from one side of the adjoining parts;
an actuator received in the bolt body and actuatable from one end of the bolt body;
a clamping mechanism mounted in the bolt body and interacting with the actuator, said clamping, mechanism including tilting elements which are configured to tilt out of the bolt body in opposition to a restoring force, when the actuator is actuated; and
an anti-rotation mechanism configured to prevent the tilting elements from rotating,
wherein the clamping mechanism includes balls, said actuator engaging the tilting elements via the balls, said anti-rotation mechanism being realized by providing each of the tilting elements with a notch for engagement by the balls.

US Pat. No. 10,113,577

LOCKING PIN AND GROMMET FASTENER ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener assembly comprising:a pin including at least one locking member or at least one reciprocal retaining feature; and
a grommet including the other of the at least one locking member or the at least one reciprocal retaining feature,
wherein the at least one locking member is configured to be securely retained by the at least one reciprocal retaining feature in a locked state in which the fastener assembly is configured to be inserted into an opening formed through a component, and wherein the at least one locking member is removed from the at least one reciprocal retaining feature in a securing state in which the fastener assembly is secured within the opening formed through the component,
wherein the at least one locking member comprises a column including at least one projection and having a T-shaped axial cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,113,576

CONNECTOR AND CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR USE IN TOY WEAPONRY

Alex Brands Buzz Bee Toys...

1. A connector system for use in toy weaponry, the system comprising:at least a first connector and a second connector of substantially identical configuration, the first and the second connectors being adapted to connect with a respective one of at least a first weapon and a second weapon; each of the connectors comprising:
a first end adapted to connect with a handle portion of the respective weapon; and
a second end having at least one engaging means;
wherein the at least one engaging means of the first connector is configured to be releasably engageable with the at least one engaging means of the second connector, such that the first and the second weapons are connectable to form substantially a single weapon assembly operable at one common handle;
wherein at least one of the first and the second connectors comprises a switch triggerable to electrically connect one or more signalling means provided at one or more of the first and the second weapons with a power source; and
wherein the one or more signalling means are provided at one or more blade portions of the one or more weapons.

US Pat. No. 10,113,575

CONNECTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING TWO PARTS

Franz Baur, Oberstaufen ...

1. A connecting device for connecting two parts, comprising:a first connecting element which is arrangeable on a first part and a second connecting element which is arrangeable on a second part,
wherein at least one of the first connecting element and the second connecting element comprises one or more non-self-cutting retaining projections, each of which has a curved supporting surface that is in the form of an arc of a circle in longitudinal section,
wherein the one or more retaining projections are introducible into a groove having a curved undercut surface and is in the form of an arc of a circle in longitudinal section,
wherein the one or more retaining projections are configured to engage in the groove,
wherein the first connecting element and the second connecting element are configured to provide a connection plane between the two parts to be connected when the first connecting element is engaged with the second connecting element;
wherein the connecting device forms a guidance device configured for guiding the two parts relative to each other, wherein the first connecting element comprises a guidance groove and wherein the second connecting element comprises a guidance element, wherein the guidance element is linearly displaceable along the guidance groove,
wherein the guidance groove comprises a camming guide for the guidance of the guidance element along a predetermined guide path, wherein the guide path is at varying spacings from the connection plane;
wherein the guide path has two maximum regions having an at least local maximum spacing from the connection plane.

US Pat. No. 10,113,574

WORKBENCH PANEL HOLDER CLAMP FIXTURE AND SYSTEM

1. A clamp fixture for affixing panels to a workbench, said clamp fixture comprising:a lower fixture portion that adjustably mates with an upper fixture portion and a lower end portion, wherein said upper fixture portion further comprises an upper end portion;
a biasing member connecting said upper end portion with said lower fixture portion, wherein said biasing member comprises a spring;
a lower clamp disposed on said lower end portion, wherein said lower clamp is operable to engage a bottom area of a workbench;
a first middle clamp and a second middle clamp disposed on said upper fixture portion, wherein said first middle clamp is operable to engage a top area of a workbench; and
an upper clamp disposed on said upper end portion;
wherein said lower clamp and said first middle clamp are adjustably separable relative to each other via said lower fixture portion to affix said clamp fixture to a workbench, and wherein said second middle clamp and said upper clamp are configured to hold a panel there between, wherein said upper end portion is separate from said upper fixture portion whereby said upper clamp and said second middle clamp are adjustably separable relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,113,573

SEQUENCING LOCKING MECHANISM FOR TELESCOGING STRUCTURES

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A passive locking mechanism for a telescoping structure, comprising:a stud fixed to a first panel section;
a lower pawl coupled to a second panel section;
an upper pawl coupled to the second panel section, the upper pawl operable to engage the lower pawl; and
a lock wedge coupled to a third panel section, the lock wedge being operable to engage the upper and lower pawls,
wherein, in a retracted position of the telescoping structure, the lower pawl is engaged with the lock wedge, such that the second panel section is locked in place relative to the third panel section, and
wherein the first panel section is free to move relative to the second panel section.

US Pat. No. 10,113,572

DEVICE HAVING TWO PARTS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A device comprising:a first part that comprises a first fastening tool (FT1) and a first receptor (R1); and
a second part that comprises a second receptor (R2) for engaging with the first fastening tool (FT1), and a movable latch (L) for engaging with the first receptor (R1),
wherein said first and second parts are arranged for being connected together by a single act of engaging the first fastening tool (FT1) with the second receptor (R2) to establish a first connection between the first and second parts, and to make the movable latch (L) engage with the first receptor (R1) to establish a second connection between the first and second parts, the second connection being spaced apart from the first connection, wherein both said first and second connections are completed in response to operating only said first fastening tool (FT1), wherein the first fastening tool (FT1) includes a bolt (B) locked by a clip ring (CR) in its construction to prevent the bolt (B) from becoming loose from the first fastening tool (FT1), wherein the first fastening tool (FT1) further includes a spring (S1), wherein the bolt (B) is spring-loaded via the spring (S1) and the clip ring (CR) so that the bolt (B) has no interference when the first part is positioned on top of the second part, and wherein the second receptor (R2) includes a nut (N), and further wherein the bolt (B) can be fastened to the nut (N) after the bolt (B) is pushed against the spring-loading of the spring (S1).

US Pat. No. 10,113,571

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR JOINING PANELS

1. A cabinet comprising:a plurality of cabinet panels coupled together to form a cabinet, at least two adjoining panels of said plurality of cabinet panels joined together by a rail lock and cleat tab joining structure comprising:
a flange strip extending from an adjoining side edge of each of said at least two adjoining panels, said flange strip comprising a plurality of cleat tabs along an edge of said flange strip, and
a rail lock having a plurality of taper locks, said rail lock comprising about a right angle bend along a rail lock center longitudinal axis, each cleat tab of a first panel of said at least two adjoining panels substantially aligned with each cleat tab of a second panel of said at least two adjoining panels to form a pair of aligned cleat tabs, said pair of aligned cleat tabs captured together by an interference fit with tapered edges of each corresponding taper lock to form a seam joining said first panel to said second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,113,570

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-SITU STATE MONITORING OF A HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

Mera AS, Haugesund (NO)

1. A monitoring system for in-situ monitoring of a state of a hydraulic oil system, the monitoring system comprising:a hydraulic oil inlet configured to couple to the hydraulic oil system;
a hydraulic oil outlet configured to couple to the hydraulic oil system;
a hydraulic circuit disposed between the hydraulic oil inlet and the hydraulic oil outlet, such that, during operational use of the hydraulic oil system, hydraulic oil of the hydraulic oil system flows from the hydraulic oil system via the hydraulic oil inlet to the monitoring system, and then through the hydraulic circuit of the monitoring system and then back to the hydraulic oil system via the hydraulic oil outlet;
at least one sensor unit disposed in the hydraulic circuit, wherein the at least one sensor unit is configured for measuring at least one property of the hydraulic oil within the hydraulic circuit in operational use of the monitoring system, and
a processor unit configured to read out at least one output of the at least one sensor unit and to determine a condition of the hydraulic oil running through the hydraulic circuit, wherein the processor unit is further configured to determine a representative of a state of the hydraulic oil system based upon the condition of the hydraulic oil and further configured to couple to a display device for displaying the representative.

US Pat. No. 10,113,568

RAM AIR TURBINE HYDRAULIC RELEASE MECHANISM

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A ram air turbine actuator release device to release a ram air turbine actuator, the ram air turbine actuator release device comprising:a lock bolt releasably engaged to the ram air turbine actuator;
a toggle comprising a toggle roller to engage the lock bolt, and a toggle pivot to couple the toggle to the ram air turbine actuator;
a hydraulic toggle actuator, comprising:
a housing;
a piston defining a first surface of a first hydraulic chamber and a second hydraulic chamber within the housing;
a solenoid valve disposed immediately adjacent to the housing and the first hydraulic chamber and in fluid communication with the first hydraulic chamber to define a second surface of the first hydraulic chamber, which is opposite the first surface of the first hydraulic chamber; and
a plunger coupled to the piston, wherein a pressure differential between the first hydraulic chamber and the second hydraulic chamber causes the piston to translate within the housing to thereby displace the plunger such that the plunger rotates the toggle to disengage the toggle roller from the lock bolt.