US Pat. No. 10,363,825

METHOD, BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND VEHICLE FOR CHARGING AWAKENING

BORGWARD TRADEMARK HOLDIN...

1. A battery management system, comprising:a wake-up module, configured to generate a wake-up signal when the battery management system is in one of a dormant and a power-off state and an external charging plug is connected with a charging interface; and
a power management module, configured to conduct a power supply circuit between a battery module and a preset function module in the battery management system when receiving the wake-up signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,819

METER CLUSTER ASSEMBLY

1. A meter cluster assembly, comprising:a meter cluster body including
a wall defining an open space,
a trench on a proximal edge of the wall, the trench having a discontinuous channel along a length of the trench,
at least one tab attachment location at predetermined positions not in the discontinuous channel,
a lip disposed on an aspect of the proximal edge of the wall, adjacent to a portion of the trench,
a tactile feature disposed on a visible surface of the lip,
a clip disposed on a hidden surface of the lip, opposite the tactile feature; and
a bezel including
a finished surface projecting radially from a visible aspect,
a plurality of fins projecting radially from a hidden aspect, and
at least one tab projecting from the hidden aspect.

US Pat. No. 10,363,805

HANDLING STRUT

BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED, ...

1. A handling strut for a vehicle, the handling strut formed of at least two strut members; a first strut member for connection to a powertrain and a second strut member for connection to a structural member of the vehicle; wherein one of said strut members comprises a bushing and the other strut member comprises a shaft arranged to extend through an aperture in the bushing; wherein the aperture through the bushing is wider than the shaft, a predetermined air gap is provided between the shaft and the bushing, and the first strut member is decoupled from the second strut member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,804

VEHICLE ELECTRICALLY DRIVING ASSEMBLY

Jing-Jin Electric Technol...

1. A vehicle electrically driving assembly, connected to vehicle axle half shafts of a vehicle, whereinthe vehicle electrically driving assembly comprises: an electric motor, a speed reducer, an electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch and a differential;
the speed reducer is provided with multiple stages of gears, an input shaft and an intermediate shaft;
the differential is connected between the vehicle axle half shafts;
the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch is installed on the intermediate shaft of the speed reducer; and
when the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch is in engagement, a driving force of the electric motor is transmitted to the vehicle axle half shafts via the speed reducer and the electromagnetic law clutch, to provide the driving force to the vehicle;
the speed reducer comprises: a first stage driving gear, a first stage driven gear, a second stage driving gear and a second stage driven gear, and the gears of the same stage are in engagement; and
the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch comprises: a fixed face tooth, a movable face tooth, a solenoid assembly and a return elastic assembly, and when the solenoid assembly is powered off, the return elastic assembly drives the movable face tooth to reset, the return elastic assembly is a spring, an elastic sheet, a diaphragm spring or a spring assembly, and the spring assembly comprises several springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,791

AXLE UNIT FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

SAF-HOLLAND GMBH, Bessen...

1. An axle assembly for commercial vehicles, comprising:a linkage element having a first end and a second end;
a first axle element, wherein the linkage element extends between the first axle element and a vehicle frame, the linkage element is pivotably coupled to the vehicle frame at the first end and coupled to the first axle element near the second end; and
a second axle element, wherein the first and second axle elements are pivotably supported from the vehicle frame by the linkage element;
wherein the first axle element extends mainly along a tube axle and is fixed on a first side of the linkage element between the first and second ends of the linkage element;
wherein the second axle element is at least partially rotationally symmetric around a stub axle and is fixed at a second side of the linkage element between the first and second ends of the linkage element;
wherein the tube axle and the stub axle are spaced one from the other in an area of the linkage element;
wherein a supporting section is provided, which is configured as an integral one-piece part with the linkage element, so that a suspension element is supported in a way that a first surface of the suspension element is overlapped or intersected at least in parts by at least one of the tube axle and the stub axle;
wherein both the first axle element and the second axle element are directly and materially bonded to the linkage element;
wherein the stub axle in the area of the linkage element is spaced from the tube axle by a vertical distance v;
wherein the stub axle in the area of the linkage element is spaced from the tube axle by a horizontal distance h; and
wherein the ratio of the horizontal distance h to the vertical distance v is in the range of about 0 to about 5.

US Pat. No. 10,363,789

TOP MOUNT ASSEMBLY WITH BUSHING HAVING INTEGRAL ANTI-VIBRATION FEATURE

The Pullman Company, Mil...

9. A suspension mount for coupling a first component and a second component of a vehicle, the suspension mount comprising:a housing including a bore and a first shoulder, the housing adapted to be coupled to the first component of the vehicle;
an elastomeric bushing including a bore adapted to receive the second component of the vehicle, the elastomeric bushing including a first portion, a spaced apart ring portion, and a web portion interconnecting the ring portion and the first portion, wherein the ring portion, the web portion and the first portion are integrally formed with one another; and
a cap including a peripheral portion having a second shoulder, wherein the elastomeric bushing is positioned within the housing with the ring portion being engaged with the first shoulder, the first shoulder cooperating with the second shoulder to trap the ring portion between the housing and the cap and provide a seal and vibration isolator therebetween, wherein the first portion of the elastomeric bushing includes a conically shaped outer surface and the cap includes a complimentarily shaped surface in engagement therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,363,786

BALL SOCKET ASSEMBLY WITH A LOW FRICTION BEARING

Federal-Mogul Motorparts ...

7. A socket assembly, comprising:a housing with an inner bore which extends along a central axis from a closed first end to an open second end;
a ball stud including a ball portion that is disposed in said inner bore of said housing and including a shank portion which projects out of said housing through said open second end;
a backing bearing disposed in said inner bore and slidably supporting said ball portion of said ball stud;
a pair of thrust washers disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said closed first end of said housing and said backing bearing and operatively supporting said backing bearing to allow low friction rotation of said backing bearing relative to said housing;
one of said thrust washers being in direct contact with said backing bearing;
a washer spring disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said thrust washers and said closed first end of said housing;
wherein the one of said thrust washers that is not in direct contact with said backing bearing is in direct contact with said washer spring; and
wherein said backing bearing is able to move in a radial direction within said inner bore of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,783

TIRE SENSOR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY, VEHICLE WHEEL BALANCER, COMBINATION TIRE SENSOR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY AND WHEEL BALANCER, METHOD FOR MOUNTING A TIRE SENSOR TO A VEHICLE PART, AND METHOD FOR BALANCING A VEHICLE WHEEL

ITIRE, LLC, Rock Hill, S...

1. A combination vehicle tire sensor assembly and in-tire wheel balancer adapted for residing inside a pneumatic tire mounted on a wheel rim of a motor vehicle, said combination comprising:a flexible mounting cable secured to said sensor assembly, and adapted for extending circumferentially within an annular space formed between the tire and wheel rim;
a counterweight secured to said mounting cable a spaced distance from said sensor assembly; and
a substantially hollow balancer belt adjacent said sensor assembly and counterweight, and defining a circumferentially-extending exterior groove designed for receiving and locating said mounting cable, and a circumferentially-extending interior cavity adapted for containing a wheel-balancing medium.

US Pat. No. 10,363,746

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a liquid ejection head that includes a member having an ejection port and a flow path communicating with the ejection port and a substrate having an energy generating element configured to eject a liquid supplied from the flow path through the ejection port, the method comprising:a step of providing a positive photosensitive resin layer on a substrate;
a step of heat-treating the positive photosensitive resin layer on the substrate;
a step of forming a mold material having a pattern of the flow path by subjecting the heat-treated positive photosensitive resin layer on the substrate to exposure and development;
a step of covering the mold material on the substrate with a negative photosensitive resin layer for forming the member;
a step of forming the ejection port communicating with the mold material by subjecting the negative photosensitive resin layer covering the mold material to i-line irradiation and development treatment; and
a step of forming the flow path communicating with the ejection port by removing the mold material from the substrate,
wherein the positive photosensitive resin layer includes a light absorbing agent that is nonvolatile at a temperature of the heat treatment of the positive photosensitive resin layer, and
the light absorbing agent has “a light absorbance (a1) at a wavelength of 365 nm” and “an average light absorbance (a2) in a wavelength range of 280 nm or more to 330 nm or less”, and an absorbance ratio A is 1.0 or less where the absorbance ratio A is a ratio a2/a1.

US Pat. No. 10,363,735

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus for enabling a printing execution unit to execute image printing, the printing execution unit comprising a print head including a plurality of nozzle groups, the plurality of nozzle groups including a first nozzle group and a second nozzle group, the image processing apparatus comprising a controller configured to perform:acquiring target image data;
determining a direction of moving of the print head among a forward direction and a reverse direction in a main scanning direction for band image data included in the target image data; and
causing the printing execution unit to alternately repeat an ejection process and a moving process for enabling the printing execution unit to print a target image represented by the target image data, the ejection process for ejecting color materials onto a print medium by moving the print head in one of the forward direction and the reverse direction to form a band image represented by corresponding band image data along the main scanning direction using the plurality of nozzle groups,
the ejection process includes a first ejection process and a second ejection process,
the first ejection process for ejecting, by moving the print head in the forward direction, a first color material from the first nozzle group onto a first specific position of the print medium followed by a second color material from the second nozzle group,
the second ejection process for ejecting, by moving the print head in the reverse direction, the second color material from the second nozzle group onto a second specific position of the print medium followed by the first color material from the first nozzle group, and
the moving process for moving the print medium in a sub-scanning direction relative to the print head,
wherein the controller determines the direction of moving of the print head by:
determining whether an L-th (L is an integer of 2 or greater) band image formed by an L-th ejection process satisfies a first color condition, the first color condition associated with a color difference between a first image to be printed and a second image to be printed, the first image being printed by the first ejection process in the forward direction using a pixel included in L-th band image data representing the L-th band image, and the second image being printed by the second ejection process in the reverse direction using a pixel included in the L-th band image data representing the L-th band image,
determining whether the L-th band image satisfies a second color condition, the second color condition representing that a predetermined number or more of pixels in a specific color range are included in another band image different from the L-th band image, a pixel of the pixels being associated with a color difference between a color to be printed using the pixel in the first ejection process in the forward direction and a color to be printed using the pixel in the second ejection process in the reverse direction, the specific color range being a color range including a color represented by a pixel in the L-th band image;
determining, as the direction of moving of the print head in the L-th ejection process, a same direction as the direction of moving of the print head in the ejection process for another band image including the predetermined number or more of the pixels in a case where it is determined that both of the first color condition and the second color condition are satisfied; and
determining, as the direction of moving of the print head in the L-th ejection process, an opposite direction to moving of the print head in an (L?1)-th ejection process in a case where it is determined that at least one of the first color condition and the second color condition is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,363,734

METHOD FOR MAKING LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATES

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, R...

1. A method for providing a lithographic printing plate, comprising the steps in the order of:A) providing an on-press developable, negative-working lithographic printing plate precursor comprising a substrate and a negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer;
B) imagewise exposing the on-press developable, negative-working lithographic printing plate precursor to infrared radiation to form an imaged lithographic printing plate precursor having infrared radiation exposed and infrared radiation non-exposed regions in an imaged surface of the negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer;
C) without any prior wet processing, mounting the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor onto a lithographic printing press comprising:
a plate cylinder for holding the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor,
an inking system capable of supplying a lithographic printing ink to the imaged surface,
a dampening system capable of supplying a fountain solution to the imaged surface,
a blanket cylinder capable of transferring the lithographic printing ink from the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor,
an impression cylinder capable of pressing one or more printing papers onto the blanket cylinder, and thus transferring the lithographic printing ink from the blanket cylinder onto the one or more printing papers, and
a printing paper feeding system for supplying the one or more printing papers to the impression cylinder;
D) engaging the dampening system;
E) causing not more than 20 revolutions of the plate cylinder;
F) engaging the inking system;
G) causing not more than 20 revolutions of the plate cylinder;
H) feeding printing papers for at least 1 and up to and including 30 revolutions of the plate cylinder until the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor is fully developed to become a functioning lithographic printing plate having ink-accepting image regions substantially corresponding to the infrared radiation exposed regions and non-ink-accepting hydrophilic non-image regions substantially corresponding to the infrared radiation non-exposed regions; and
I) operating the lithographic printing press beyond the revolutions of the plate cylinder required for completing step E) to produce a desired number of lithographically printed papers,
wherein the lithographic printing plate precursor comprises:
(i) a substrate having a planar surface, and
(ii) a negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer disposed over the planar surface of the substrate,
wherein the (i) substrate comprises:
an aluminum-containing plate having a grained and etched planar surface;
an inner aluminum oxide layer disposed on the grained and etched planar surface, the inner aluminum oxide layer having an average dry thickness (Ti) of at least 650 nm and up to and including 3,000 nm; and comprising a multiplicity of inner micropores having an average inner micropore diameter (Di) of less than 15 nm;
an outer aluminum oxide layer disposed on the inner aluminum oxide layer, the outer aluminum oxide layer: comprising a multiplicity of outer micropores having an average outer micropore diameter (Do) of at least 15 nm and up to and including 30 nm; having an average dry thickness (To) of at least 130 nm and up to and including 650 nm; and having a micropore density (Co) of at least 500 micropores/?m2 and up to and including 3,000 micropores/?m2, wherein the ratio of the average outer micropore diameter (Do) to the average inner micropore diameter (Di) is greater than 1.1:1, and the average outer micropore diameter (Do) in nanometers and the micropore density (Co) in micropores/?m2, are further constrained by the porosity (Po) of the outer aluminum oxide layer according to the following equation:
0.3?Po?0.8wherein Po is 3.14(Co)(Do2)/4,000,000; andoptionally, a hydrophilic coating comprising one or more hydrophilic polymers, which hydrophilic coating is disposed on the outer aluminum oxide layer at a dry coverage of at least 0.0002 g/m2 and up to and including 0.1 g/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,363,732

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING SLICE FILES FROM NATIVE CAD GEOMETRIES

1. A computer-implemented method for improving the production of an object by an additive manufacturing machine, the computer implemented method comprising:performing with an electronic processing element the actions of—
receiving a computer-aided design model having a native and/or neutral format,
determining a desired resolution for each of one or more dimensions,
slicing the computer-aided design model by determining an intersection of a build-slice plane with the computer-aided design model to create one or more computer-aided design slice files having a slice format,
evaluating the one or more computer-aided design slice files to determine whether the desired resolution has been achieved,
if the desired resolution has been achieved, sending the one or more computer-aided design slice files to the additive manufacturing machine for use in producing the object, and
if the desired resolution has not been achieved, determining a new desired resolution and re-slicing the computer-aided design model; and
producing the object with the additive manufacturing machine using the one or more computer-aided design slice files received from the electronic processing element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,731

EJECTOR DEVICE

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. An ejector device for ejecting droplets of viscous fluids, comprising:one or more ejectors comprising an ejector layer that spans a hollow area, the ejector layer having a first surface and an opposing second surface arranged to receive a viscous material with viscosity between 20 and 50,000 centipoise, the ejector layer comprising a radiation absorber material configured to thermally expand without phase transition in response to heating by activation radiation transmitted to the first surface, the ejector layer comprises multiple layers including a first layer having a first coefficient of thermal expansion, CTE1, and a second layer having a second coefficient of thermal expansion, CTE2, wherein CTE2>CTE1, wherein thermal expansion of the ejector layer causes displacement of the ejector layer and ejection of the material from the second surface of the ejector layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,728

METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF LABELS, AND MULTI-LAYER COMPOSITE

1. A method for producing labels, wherein each label has a plurality of sheets adhesively connected with one another in respective first surface area regions of respective basic label surface areas of the labels and lie on one another in respective second surface area regions of the respective basic label surface areas, wherein the method comprises the following:step a) imprinting of a carrier web, comprising printing an anti-adhesion layer onto the carrier web in a frame region provided for a waste matrix, wherein the frame region surrounds the basic label surface areas, and in the first surface area regions of the basic label surface areas,
step b) application of a number of material webs to the carrier web and/or one on top of another, as well as imprinting this number of material webs,
wherein the number of material webs serves for production of a number of lowermost sheets of each label and comprises either a single material web or a plurality of material webs,
wherein each material web of the number of material webs is first applied individually and then imprinted, and
wherein an anti-adhesion layer is imprinted onto a last material web of the number of material webs in third surface area regions, which are disposed between the first surface area regions and the frame region and/or between the second surface area regions and the frame region,
step c) implementation of a punch or other severing of a material web of this number of material webs between the third surface area regions and the first and/or second surface area regions, and
step d) completion of each label by application and imprinting an outermost material web intended as an outermost sheet of the labels, and by carrying out a frame punch or other severing of all the material webs,
wherein in step d), the frame punch is carried out in such a manner that a waste matrix can be severed and/or is severed from the first , second and/or third surface area regions, and that a laterally projecting section of the outermost sheet of the respective label is formed in the third surface area regions, in each instance, wherein the laterally projecting section projects laterally beyond the number of lowermost sheets of the respective label.

US Pat. No. 10,363,727

THERMALLY-BONDED MULTILAYER PADS FORMED FROM WIDE WEBS

1. An in-line method for manufacturing a plurality of multilayer pads, comprising the steps of:providing a web of fusible base-pad-forming material;
providing a web of fusible intermediate barrier-layer-forming material;
providing a web of fusible handle-forming material;
at a first bonding station, fusing a portion of the base-pad-forming material to the barrier-layer-forming material to form a base layer and intermediate layer precursor;
at a second bonding station, fusing the handle-forming material to the base layer and intermediate layer precursor, while leaving at least one portion of the handle-forming material free with reference to a pad to be formed to form an uncut pad precursor web; and
cutting through the pad precursor web to form a multilayer pad.

US Pat. No. 10,363,726

SEPTUMIZATION OF HONEYCOMB SANDWICHES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A device for septumizing a core of honeycomb cells, comprising:a perforated sheet including a plurality of septums respectively adapted to be inserted into the honeycomb cells, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of septums comprises an array of septums; and
a nested septum within in at least one septum in the array of septums, such that the nested septum comprises perforated sides that angle, relative to sound waves that propagate into the core from the perforations in an inner facesheet, such that every side of each septum joins at a tip of each septum.

US Pat. No. 10,363,720

LAMINATED GLASS AND METHOD OF MOUNTING LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A laminated glass comprising a first laminated glass member, a second laminated glass member and an interlayer film arranged between the first laminated glass member and the second laminated glass member,the interlayer film being provided with an infrared ray reflection layer which reflects infrared rays, a first resin layer which is arranged on a first surface side of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a polyvinyl acetal resin, a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent and an oxidation inhibitor, and a second resin layer which is arranged on a second surface side opposite to the first surface of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a polyvinyl acetal resin, a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent, an oxidation inhibitor and heat shielding compounds,
the first layer further containing one or more heat shielding compounds or not containing a heat shielding compound,
the heat shielding compounds of the second resin layer comprising metal oxide particles and at least one of a phthalocyanine compound, a naphthalocyanine compound, and an anthracyanine compound,
the content in % by weight of the one or more heat shielding compounds in the first resin layer is smaller than the content in % by weight of the heat shielding compounds in the second resin layer by 005% by weight or more,
the content of the oxidation inhibitor in 100% by weight of the first resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 2% by weight or less and the content of the oxidation inhibitor in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 2% by weight or less,
the content of the metal oxide particles in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 6% by weight or less,
the first laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the first resin layer in the interlayer film, the second laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the second resin layer in the interlayer film, and the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the first laminated glass member and the first resin layer being higher than the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the second laminated glass member and the second resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,718

ADHESIVE SHEET AND ADHESIVE SHEET PRODUCTION METHOD

LINTEC CORPORATION, Itab...

1. A pressure sensitive adhesive sheet, comprising:a supporting substrate;
a pressure sensitive adhesive layer (X) formed on the supporting substrate;
a continuous void-containing layer formed on the pressure sensitive adhesive layer (X) and including a composition comprising: fine particles which are not silica particles; and a pressure sensitive adhesive; and
a pressure sensitive adhesive layer (Y) formed on the continuous void-containing layer,
wherein a median diameter of the fine particles is from 0.001 to 100 ?m,
voids present among the fine particles form continuous voids included in the continuous void-containing layer, and
the continuous void-containing layer has a mass concentration of the fine particles of from 45 to 100%,
wherein the pressure sensitive adhesive in the continuous void-containing layer is at least one selected from the group consisting of a rubber pressure sensitive adhesive, a silicone pressure sensitive adhesive, and an acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,363,716

SHREDDING AND BALING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A shredding and baling apparatus comprising:a shredding assembly comprising:
an intake hopper for receiving material to be shredded, said intake hopper having an open bottom portion for allowing shredded material to freely pass therethrough;
a shredding mechanism comprising a cutting drum rotatable along a rotational axis and oriented along a horizontal axis, the cutting drum being positioned in a central portion of said intake hopper and capable of free rotation through said open bottom portion thereof;
a plurality of cutting teeth arranged spirally and carried on an outer portion of said cutting drum;
a means for conveying operatively connected to and disposed below said shredding mechanism, the front of said means for conveying being aligned with the front of said shredding mechanism, whereby shredded material is gravity fed from said shredding mechanism onto said means for conveying;
said means for conveying being operatively connected to and terminating above a baling assembly such that shredded material may be carried to and gravity fed into said baling assembly, said baling assembly comprising:
a housing having a fixed member and a pivoting door member, said housing defining a baling cavity on an inside portion thereof;
a series of rotatable rollers positioned within said housing, and wherein a first set of said rollers are rotatably attached within said fixed member of said housing, and a second set of said rollers are rotatably attached within said pivoting door member of said housing;
a series of belts disposed about said rollers, so that said belts may rotate about said rollers;
a drive mechanism attached to said housing and operatively connected to at least one of said rollers, wherein said drive mechanism rotates said at least one roller that is operatively connected thereto;
a baler hopper attached to an upper portion of said housing for receiving shredded material, wherein said baling material is fed through said baler hopper into said shredded chamber;
a wrap feeder disposed on an outer portion of said housing, said wrap feeder being used to feed a wrap material to said baling cavity to wrap around a bale of baling material after said bale has been formed therein;
a power unit for powering said shredding assembly, said baling assembly, and said means for conveying, said power unit comprising;
at least one hydraulic motor operative connected to at least one hydraulic pump and at least one hydraulic line, said at least one hydraulic line operatively connecting each of said shredding assembly, said baling assembly, and said means for conveying; and
a computer operationally connected to said power unit for automating and controlling said apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,715

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING RETREADED TIRES

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method of forming a retreaded tire comprising:providing a tread having a top side configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation and a bottom side configured to attach to an annular tire carcass configured for receiving the tread, the tread including a recessed groove recessed below the top side of the tread;
arranging the tread around an outer circumference of the tire carcass in a desired position to form an assembled retreaded tire;
arranging a removable circumferential band around the assembled retreaded tire positioned overtop the recessed groove and the top side of the tread where the circumferential band has an axial width less than a lateral width of the top side of the tread, where the circumferential band is separated from the recessed groove by a thickness of tread material between the recessed groove and the top side of the tread, and whereby the circumferential band provides an additional thickness of material above the recessed groove, where the circumferential band is substantially formed of an elastomeric material having an unstretched circumference smaller than the circumference of the assembled retreaded tire that is expanded prior to and for arrangement around the retreaded tire;
placing a curing membrane around an outer circumference of the tread, an outer circumference of the circumferential band, and at least a portion of the tire carcass; and,
curing the retreaded tire with the circumferential band arranged between the tread and the curing membrane, where the recessed groove is a void arranged along the bottom side of the tread and a shape of the void after the step of curing the retreaded tire is substantially the same as before the step of curing the retreaded tire.

US Pat. No. 10,363,713

TIRE VULCANIZING APPARATUS

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire vulcanizing apparatus comprising:a vulcanizing bladder inflatable in an inner space of an unvulcanized tire to press the unvulcanized tire against a vulcanizing mold;
a center device for holding the vulcanizing bladder;
a supplier for supplying fluid to the vulcanizing bladder;
a discharger for discharging the fluid in the vulcanizing bladder;
the vulcanizing bladder comprising a first bladder configured to contact with an inner circumferential surface of the unvulcanized tire and a second bladder arranged inside the first bladder,
the fluid including a first fluid to be supplied between the first bladder and the second bladder and a second fluid to be supplied to an inside of the second bladder, and
at least one of an inner circumferential surface of the first bladder and an outer circumferential surface of the second bladder being provided with a guide groove extending in a tire axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,712

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING POLARIZING PLASTIC LENS

EHS LENS PHILIPPINES, INC...

1. A method of manufacturing a polarizing plastic lens, which comprises:subjecting a polarizing film to curved surface processing to impart a convex surface shape to a first side of the polarization film and a concave surface shape to the side of the polarization film that is opposite to the first side of the polarization film;
a reversing step of reversing the convex surface shape into a concave surface shape by pressing the polarizing film that has been curved surface processed;
a casting mold assembling step of assembling a casting mold having a cavity within which the reversed polarizing film is positioned with the reversed polarizing film, an upper mold, a lower mold, and a sealing member that maintains a spacing between the upper mold and the lower mold; and
forming a polarizing plastic lens comprising the polarizing film positioned within a plastic lens substrate, the polarizing plastic lens being prepared via a single molding operation that includes polymerizing and curing a curable composition that has been cast into the cavity to provide the plastic lens substrate within which the polarizing film is positioned, wherein
the plastic lens substrate of the polarizing plastic lens is not formed prior to the polymerization and curing of the curable composition that has been cast into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,711

METHOD OF MAKING CONTACT LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A method of making a contact lens, the method comprising:(i) providing a first master mould for producing a first mould half and a second master mould for producing a second mould half;
(ii) producing at least one precursor mould comprising the first mould half and the second mould half, wherein the first mould half is for providing a first lens surface having at least one optical feature and the second mould half is for providing a second lens surface which requires lathing to provide at least one added optical feature;
(iii) producing a moulded precursor contact lens in each of the at least one precursor mould, wherein the step of producing the lens results in at least one identifiable undesirable attribute;
(iv) identifying the at least one undesirable attribute on the moulded precursor contact lens;
(v) determining the extent of the at least one undesirable attribute;
(vi) providing at least one lens producing mould formed from the first master mould and second master mould, each lens producing mould having a first mould half and a second mould half, wherein the first mould half is for providing a first lens surface having at least one optical feature and the second mould half is for providing a second lens surface which requires lathing to provide at least one added optical feature;
(vii) producing the contact lens in at least one lens producing mould;
(viii) removing the second mould half, whereby the contact lens remains positioned on the first mould half; and
(ix) lathing the second lens surface using a lathe tool, wherein the path of the lathe tool is controlled by a computer programme, and wherein the computer programme adjusts the path to compensate for the undesirable attribute of the moulded precursor contact lens identified in step (iv),
wherein the at least one undesirable attribute comprises an eccentricity of the precursor test contact lens from the centre of the of the mould half, and the eccentricity is characterized by defining an angle and magnitude of offset.

US Pat. No. 10,363,709

COMPOSITE LAYUP TOOLS FOR AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE BARRELS, METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE LAYUP TOOLS, AND AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE BARREL SECTIONS FORMED UTILIZING THE LAYUP TOOLS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a fuselage barrel assembly of an aircraft, the method comprising:providing a first fuselage barrel section that includes a first joint portion, wherein the first joint portion has a first interior joint surface that has a first inner circumferential length;
providing a second fuselage barrel section that includes a second joint portion, wherein the second joint portion has a second interior joint surface that has a second inner circumferential length;
providing a splice ring that has a splice ring outer surface that has a splice ring outer circumferential length;
operatively aligning the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section such that the first joint portion faces toward the second joint portion;
locating the splice ring within both the first joint portion and the second joint portion while translating the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section toward one another; and
operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section to the splice ring, wherein the operatively attaching includes:
(i) initially operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section at a pair of initial attachment points that is proximate a bottom center line reference direction of the fuselage barrel assembly; and
(ii) subsequently operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section at a plurality of pairs of subsequent attachment points by operatively attaching at a given pair of subsequent attachment points on a given side of the pair of initial attachment points and at a corresponding pair of subsequent attachment points on an opposite side of the pair of initial attachment points prior to attaching at another pair of subsequent attachments points that is farther from the pair of initial attachment points than the given pair of subsequent attachment points.

US Pat. No. 10,363,707

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-LINE CONTROLLING THE ULTRASONIC WELDING OF PLASTIC COMPONENTS OF AN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

1. A system (1) for in-line controlling the ultrasonic welding of plastic components (F, S, B) of an electronic cigarette, said plastic components (F, S, B) being welded one to the other at a welding zone (Z) so as to define a welded group (G); the plastic components (F, S, B) being conformed in such a way that the welded group (G) comprises an air passage duct (P) having a first open end (E1) and a second open end (E2);the system (1) being characterized in that it comprises:
a chamber (2) for receiving the welded group (G);
closure means (3), for closing the first open end (E1) of the air passage duct (P) of the welded group (G);
air supplying means (6) for supplying air into the chamber (2) determining the introduction of air in the air passage duct (P) through its second open end (E2);
air exiting means (4, 40), arranged for connecting the welding zone (Z) with the outside of the chamber (2), allowing the possible exit of air outside the chamber (2);
continuous pressure control and adjustment means (5), arranged between the air supplying means (6) and the second open end (E2) of the air passage duct (P) for continuously controlling and regulating the air pressure that enters in the air passage duct (P), in order to keep a fixed air pressure;
an air passage nozzle (7) having a determined cross section, interposed between the continuous pressure control and adjustment means (5) and the second open end (E2) of the air passage duct (P), through which the air passes; and
a pressure sensor (8), connected to the chamber (2), for detecting an air back pressure generated in the chamber (2) after the introduction of air into the air passage duct (P).

US Pat. No. 10,363,705

DETERMINING A PRINTING ANOMALY RELATED TO A 3D PRINTED OBJECT

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions, the instructions comprising:one or more instructions that, when executed by one or more processors of a device, cause the one or more processors to:
obtain measurement data concerning a three-dimensional (3D) printed object,
wherein the 3D printed object has a plurality of physical elements that comprise a plurality of different physical attributes,
wherein the plurality of physical elements and the plurality of different physical attributes are designed to exhibit one or more printing capabilities of a 3D printer that printed the 3D printed object;
process the measurement data to determine one or more printing anomalies relating to one or more physical elements, of the plurality of physical elements, and one or more physical attributes of the plurality of different physical attributes;
generate a set of instructions to permit the 3D printer to be adjusted to address the one or more printing anomalies,
the set of instructions including an instruction to check one or more physical components of the 3D printer,
the one or more physical components of the 3D printer including at least one of:
 a motor,
 a gear,
 a filament,
 a spool,
 a band,
 a print head,
 an extruder,
 a fan,
 a heating element, or
 a nozzle; and
cause an action to be performed based on generating the set of instructions,
the action including at least one of:
perform a calibration action concerning the one or more physical components,
perform a correction action concerning the one or more physical components, or
perform a reset action concerning the one or more physical components.

US Pat. No. 10,363,699

METHOD OF FORMING AND SETTING HEADSPACE WITHIN A CONTAINER

1. A method for forming and filling a container with liquid, the container being formed from a preform located within a mold and the method utilizing a hydraulic blow molding device that is coupled to a source of the liquid, which is used as the blow molding medium, the hydraulic blow molding device having a blow nozzle, a seal pin and a member, the method comprising:advancing the member from a retracted position to a position within the preform;
after the member has initiated advancement into the preform, engaging the blow nozzle in fluid tight communication with an open end of the preform as to provide a sealing engagement of the blow nozzle with the preform; and
opening the seal pin and injecting the liquid blow medium into the preform so as to form the container after the sealing engagement of the blow nozzle with the preform;
during injection of the liquid blow medium, retracting the member to a first headspace position;
with the member in the first headspace position, closing the seal pin after forming the container;
after closing the seal pin, moving the member to a second headspace position, the second headspace position being closer to the finish than the first headspace setting position and reducing pressure within the formed container to ambient; and
with the member in the second headspace position, breaking sealing engagement of the blow nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,698

MACHINE FOR FORMING AND FILLING CONTAINERS COMPRISING A FIRST CLOSED LOOP AND A SECOND CLOSED LOOP HAVING A COMMON PART

1. A machine for forming and filling successive containers from a preform with liquid as the forming medium, the machine comprising a plurality of forming stations, each forming station having a main station and an elementary station which are coupled together to form the forming station, wherein the machine includes a series of elementary stations moving along a first closed loop and a series of main stations moving along a second closed loop, the first closed loop and the second closed loop having at least one common part wherein the main stations are coupled with the elementary stations and at least a distinct part wherein the main stations are separated from the elementary stations.

US Pat. No. 10,363,696

PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF EMBOSSED FILMS BASED ON PLASTICIZED POLYVINYL ACETAL

Kuraray Europe GmbH, Hat...

1. A process for embossing a film comprising plasticized polyvinyl acetal to provide a non-stochastic roughness Rz of 20 to 100 ?m on at least one surface, comprising:a. extruding a plasticised polyvinyl acetal to a film with a stochastic roughness of at least one surface of Rz =1 to 70 ?m,
b. embossing the at least one surface of the film obtained in step a) with channels having a depth of 5-50 ?m, a width of 10-200 ?m and a pitch of 50-2500 ?m, having elevations between the channels, wherein the stochastic roughness of the surface of the elevations between the channels is at most 20% lower than the stochastic roughness of the film obtained in step a).

US Pat. No. 10,363,695

MOLD MOVEMENT CONTROL MECHANISM AND MOLD HAVING THE SAME

SHEN YUAN PRECISION MOLD ...

1. A mold movement control mechanism comprising:a base module;
an engaging member;
an abutting portion;
a coupling member;
a pushing portion;
a first moving member;
a second moving member; and
a third moving member;
the base module is configured to assemble the engaging member, the abutting portion, the coupling member, the pushing portion, the first moving member, the second moving member, and the third moving member;
the engaging member is configured to move relative to the base module along a travel direction from a first engaging position to a moved engaging position via an engaging member travel, the engaging member is configured to rotate about an engaging axis between an engagement position and a release position when the engaging member is located at the moved engaging position, the engaging member is configured to be restricted at the engagement position by the base module when the engaging member is at the first engaging position and during the engaging member travel;
the abutting portion is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction, the abutting portion and the engaging member are configured to engage with each other when the engaging member is at the engagement position in a manner that the abutting portion and the engaging member are moved simultaneously during the engaging member travel, the abutting portion and the engaging member are configured to disengage when the engaging member is located at the release position;
the first moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the second moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the third moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the coupling member and the pushing portion are configured to engage with each other; and
wherein the engaging member is rotatably disposed on one of the first moving member and the second moving member, the abutting portion is disposed on the other one of the first moving member and the second moving member, the coupling member is rotatably disposed on the third moving member, and the pushing portion is disposed on the second moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,694

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PLATE-INTEGRATED GASKET

NOK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method of manufacturing a plate-integrated gasket that includes a plate having an upper major surface and a lower major surface, and a gasket main body made of a rubber material formed on the upper major surface thereof, the method comprising the steps of:forming a plurality of discrete potting portions made of the rubber material on the upper major surface of the plate at predetermined intervals along a peripheral edge of the plate at locations that correspond to a location at which the gasket main body will be formed on the upper major surface of the plate;
after forming the plurality of discrete potting portions on the plate, placing the plate in a metal mold that includes a pair of split molds that collectively define a cavity that is configured for receipt of the rubber material that forms the gasket main body, pinching the plate such that an inner surface of one of the pair of split molds that faces the upper major surface of the plate contacts the discrete potting portions and an inner surface of the other of the pair of split molds that faces the lower major surface of the plate contacts the peripheral edge of the plate, and clamping the mold; and
after clamping the mold, providing the rubber material in a liquid form into the cavity and then curing the rubber material.

US Pat. No. 10,363,692

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID SUPPLY MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method for molding a liquid supply member by using a first mold and a second mold which are capable of being opened and closed relative to each other and in which the first mold is capable of being slid relatively to the second mold, the method comprising:a first molding step of performing injection molding to form a first component part of the liquid supply member and a second component part of the liquid supply member other than the first component part at different positions from each other, with the first and the second molds closed relative to each other;
a step of relatively moving the first mold and the second mold in a first direction to open the mold;
a step of retracting the second component part in a second direction;
a step of sliding the first mold with respect to the second mold in a third direction;
an abutting step of sliding the second component part in a fourth direction, which is opposite to the second direction, and bringing the second component part and the first component part into contact with each other; and
a second molding step of performing injection molding to join the first component part and the second component part with the first and the second molds closed relative to each other,
wherein the first direction, the second direction, and the third direction are orthogonal to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,363,691

METALLIC RESIN MOLDING OF ANNULAR COMPONENTS WITHOUT VISIBLE KNIT LINE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A method of orienting metallic resin flakes at a Class A surface of a knit line of an annular component comprising:heating a core mold component defining a lower surface of an injection mold set corresponding to a lower surface of the annular component to a base temperature;
heating a cavity mold component defining an upper surface of the injection mold set corresponding to the Class A surface of the annular component to a higher temperature than the base temperature;
causing faces of two streams of metallic resin, including the metallic resin flakes, injected into the injection mold set to come together at the knit line;
causing metallic resin flakes to flow into an inboard overflow cavity through an inboard gate positioned adjacent the knit line;
causing metallic resin flakes to flow into an outboard overflow cavity through an outboard gate positioned adjacent the knit line;
wherein the causing metallic resin flakes to flow into the inboard overflow cavity and into the outboard overflow cavity comprises causing unoriented flakes to be replaced by oriented flakes at the Class A surface of the knit line;
wherein the higher temperature is between about 175 degrees Fahrenheit and about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,690

METHOD FOR PREPARING A CHITOSAN-BASED POROUS LAYER

1. A method for preparing a chitosan-based porous layer which has been compressed, neutralized and washed, comprising the following steps:a) preparing a chitosan solution free of any other polymer, including a chitosan concentration ranging from 1.0% to 5% by weight, relative to a total weight of the solution and having a pH from 3 to 5,
b) pouring the chitosan solution into a mold in order to form a layer,
c) lyophilizing the layer obtained in b) to obtain a porous layer,
d) compressing the porous layer obtained in c) to obtain a compressed porous layer including a density of greater than or equal to 0.65 g/cm3,
e) neutralizing the compressed porous layer obtained in d) by using a NH4OH solution comprising a NH4OH concentration ranging from 0.6 to 2 mold to obtain a neutralized compressed porous layer, and,
f) subjecting the neutralized compressed porous layer obtained in e) to one or more washing steps.

US Pat. No. 10,363,689

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FLUORESCENT SILICONE FILM

1. A method of manufacturing a fluorescent silicone film comprising of the following steps in the order named:A. mixing optical silicone and fluorescent powders so as to produce a mixture of the optical silicone and the fluorescent powders;
B. adding liquid to the mixture;
C. vacuuming and degassing the mixture with the liquid;
D. feeding the mixture with the liquid into an accommodation cavity of a mold;
E. placing the mold into a planetary centrifugal mixer so as to centrifuge the mixture with the liquid in the accommodation cavity of the mold;
F. forming a fluorescent silicone film in the accommodation cavity; and
G. solidifying and removing the fluorescent silicone film from the mold;
wherein in the step of A, the optical silicone and the fluorescent powders are mixed at a ratio of 100:10 to 100:25;
wherein in the step of C, the accommodation cavity is closed after feeding the mixture with the liquid; and wherein in the step of F, the fluorescent silicone film has a silicone layer and a fluorescent powder layer which are formed in the accommodation cavity in a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) manner.

US Pat. No. 10,363,686

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MELTING AND DISPENSING THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An apparatus for melting thermoplastic material, the apparatus comprising:a heated manifold defining:
an upper surface receiving particles of thermoplastic material from a hopper;
a plurality of cavities extending downward from the upper surface, each of the plurality of cavities having an inlet and an outlet, the inlets of the plurality of cavities being defined in the upper surface, and the plurality of cavities being spaced apart from one another;
a pump supply passage for receiving molten thermoplastic material from the outlets of the plurality of cavities and for supplying the molten thermoplastic material to a pump; and
a discharge passage for receiving pressurized molten thermoplastic material from the pump, the discharge passage being in fluid communication with a dispenser; and
at least one heating element disposed within the heated manifold, the at least one heating element transferring heat substantially throughout the heated manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,683

DIGITAL DECORATING MACHINE FOR CERAMIC PRODUCTS

PROJECTA ENGINEERING S.R....

1. A digital decorating machine for ceramic products, comprising at least a conveyor, to transport the products to be decorated (P) along a feed direction (A), and a plurality of decoration modules, positioned over said conveyor and adjacent to each other along said feed direction (A), said modules comprising respective printing heads provided with nozzles for ejecting a fluid to be delivered on the surface of the products to be decorated (P), said conveyor comprising at least a movable member for supporting the products to be decorated (P), for translating them along said feed direction (A), wherein said conveyor comprises at least a supporting surface, located along a respective flank of said movable member, said supporting surface comprising a plurality of predetermined positioning zones for the removable engagement of respective coupling portions of said decoration modules,wherein each of said modules comprises a box, including said coupling portions, and housing all components required to operate the module, and
wherein said box is a sealed unit and it is associated with respective means for generating overpressure, to provide a pressurized and air-conditioned environment inside an inner volume of said box.

US Pat. No. 10,363,680

SUPPORT REMOVAL TOOL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE

General Electric Company,...

1. A machine system comprising:a press machine having a press member controllably movable along a path adjacent a component surface of a laser-sintered component;
a cutting surface moveable by the press member along a cutting path and having a cutting surface shape complementary to a component surface shape of the component surface, the cutting surface having at least one cutting edge positioned to separate at least one laser-sintered support from the component surface as the cutting surface moves along the cutting path; and
at least one pin projecting forward from the cutting surface along the cutting path and aligned with an opening defined by the at least one laser-sintered support, whereby the at least one pin extends through the opening prior to the cutting surface separating the at least one laser-sintered support.

US Pat. No. 10,363,679

WATER BEARING AND FOOD CUTTING ASSEMBLY

Lamb Weston, Inc., Eagle...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a housing for rotationally mounting a spindle body having a rotational axis, a supply of water, the housing including a first radial bearing proximate to a first thrust disc of the spindle body and a second radial bearing proximate to a second thrust disc of the spindle body, the first thrust disc including first opposing surfaces extending radially from the rotational axis of the spindle body and a first circumferential surface between the first opposing surfaces, and the second thrust disc including second opposing surfaces extending radially from the rotational axis of the spindle body and a second circumferential surface between the second opposing surfaces, and the spindle body having an interior passage extending along its rotational axis and a tube within the interior passage, around which the spindle body rotates;
directing the water through first fluid passages extending from a first port in the housing through the first radial bearing to the spindle body and across the first opposing surfaces and the first circumferential surface to the spindle body, and through second fluid passages extending from a second port in the housing through the second radial bearing to the spindle body and across the second opposing surfaces and the second circumferential surface to the spindle body, and through a third fluid passage between the spindle body and the tube;
rotating the spindle body while the water is directed through the first fluid passages and the second fluid passages and the third fluid passage to create a water film between the housing and the spindle body and between the spindle body and the tube that reduces friction between the housing and the spindle body and the tube; and
cooling the housing and the spindle body and the tube with the water.

US Pat. No. 10,363,677

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CUTTER DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a cutter that includes a first blade and a second blade, wherein the second blade is rotatable about a rotation center, wherein the cutter cuts a printing medium by causing the first blade to be in frictional contact with the second blade, wherein the second blade is rotatable and is moved in response to the frictional contact;
wherein the first blade is positioned on a first blade side of the second blade when in the frictional contact,
wherein the rotation center of the second blade is disposed on the first blade side with respect to a moving surface of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,675

KNIFE AND SHEATH

WHG Properties, LLC, Nor...

12. A sheath and knife combination, comprising:a knife having a tang and a blade;
a sheath including:
a main body having a least a top face, a front face, and a pair of side faces, the front face being wider than the side faces and comprising a window formed therein;
a cavity defined by the main body, the cavity having an opening in the top face, the cavity being sized and shaped to receive at least the blade of the knife, wherein the window adjoins the cavity; and
a latch disposed in the front face of the main body, the latch being spring loaded and having a projection at least partially positionable within the cavity by way of the window,
wherein the latch comprises a button and a latch pin, the button being at least partially disposed in the top face of the sheath, and the latch being configured to be pivotable about the latch pin when a force is applied to the button.

US Pat. No. 10,363,671

HORIZONTAL MULTI-JOINT ROBOT AND ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot comprising:a pedestal;
a first arm connected to the pedestal and be able to rotate around a first axis;
a second arm connected to the first arm and be able to rotate around a second axis;
a shaft slideably supported by the second arm such that the shaft is movable in a direction parallel to the second axis;
a supporting portion provided at the pedestal, the supporting portion having a surface orthogonal to the first axis and overlapping the first axis when viewed from a direction of the first axis; and
a duct connects between the second arm and the supporting portion, wherein
the duct is able to rotate around the first axis and is able to rotate around the second axis,
a height of the duct in the direction of the first axis is less than a height of the shaft, and
a first thickness of the supporting portion intersecting the first axis is less than a second thickness of the first arm intersecting the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,670

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC BENDING OF INFLATABLE STRUCTURES

1. An air beam configured to be dynamically moved, the air beam comprising:an inflatable gas bladder;
a first braided tube substantially surrounding the gas bladder;
a plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements that extend substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the first braided tube, wherein for each variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements, a portion of the variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along a free braid section of the first braided tube is configured to be adjustable in length independently of any other variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements;
a plurality of actuators, each actuator from the plurality of actuators coupled to a corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements and configured to operably shorten the portion of the corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along the free braid section sufficiently to bend a first predetermined portion of the first braided tube in a first predetermined direction and to a first predetermined angle
wherein at least one of the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements is braided into the first braided tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,669

ANATOMICAL ROBOT

1. An anatomical robot including: at least a first structure element and a second structure element, at least a first compelling element and a second compelling element, and a pull cord system; each of said structure elements having at least a first contacting surface at a longitudinal end of said respective structure elements, said first contacting surface of said first structure element being one of concave or convex and said first contacting surface of said second structure element being the other of concave or convex and being proximate said first contacting surface of said first structure element and receiving said first contacting surface of said first structure element and forming a mating pair; each said compelling elements spanning between and connected to said first structure element and said structure element of said mating pair and compelling said contact surfaces to remain in contact; and said pull cord system including at least a first pull cord attached to said first structure element, and at least a first pull cord pulling device, said first pull cord and said first pull cord pulling device permitting flexing of said first structure element with respect to said second structure element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,667

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT OF OBJECT LOCATION IN THREE DIMENSIONS

AUTODESK, INC., San Rafa...

1. A computer-implemented method of determining a location of an object that is being manipulated or processed by a robot, the method comprising:capturing a digital image of the object while the object is disposed by the robot within an imaging space, wherein the digital image includes a direct view of the object and a reflected view of the object;
detecting a visible feature of the object in the direct view and the visible feature of the object in the reflected view;
computing a first location of the visible feature in a first direction based on a position of the visible feature in the direct view;
computing a second location of the visible feature in a second direction based on a position of the visible feature in the reflected view; and
causing the robot to move the object to a processing station based at least in part on the first location and the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,363,666

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH HAPTIC CUTTING TOOL

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A robotic system, comprising:a control system including a user interface device;
a slave device which is controlled by the control system, the slave device including
a robotic grasping device formed of a base and at least one finger which is movable to facilitate grasping of objects, the finger pivotally mounted to the base at a proximal end and having an elongated length which extends away from the rigid base to a distal end;
at least one sensor which senses a force applied to the finger; and
a cutting tool attached to the base of the robotic grasping device, the cutting tool including a first cutting jaw arranged to pivot on a pivot axis in a direction away from the finger of the robotic grasping device and towards a second cutting jaw when the finger applies a pushing force on the first cutting jaw;
wherein forces exerted on the first or second cutting jaw are sensed with the at least one sensor during a first predetermined range of finger motion associated with a cutting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,363,664

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling a robot which holds and moves an object, the apparatus comprising:a processor,
wherein the processor acquires, from a measurement apparatus, a three-dimensional coordinate of a plurality of objects measured in distance by the measurement apparatus,
acquires a position in an oblique direction inclining with respect to a measuring direction of a distance from the measurement apparatus to the object for the three-dimensional coordinate of the plurality of objects, and
determines an order to hold the plurality of objects by the robot based on the position in the oblique direction and outputs an information representing the order, and
wherein one of the axes of the three-dimensional coordinate is a measuring direction of the distance from the measurement apparatus to an object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,663

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CRADLE THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a cradle; and
an electronic device capable of being placed on the cradle and including a hemispherical surface, wherein the electronic device includes:
a camera module configured to acquire an image;
a sensor module configured to sense an orientation of the electronic apparatus;
a processor configured to determine a target orientation of the electronic apparatus based on the acquired image; and
a communication module configured to transmit information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic apparatus and information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic apparatus to the cradle for the electronic apparatus and wherein the cradle includes:
a communication unit configured to receive the information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic device and the information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic device from the electronic device;
a plurality of driving legs, each of which is arranged to contact with the hemispherical surface of the electronic device;
a driver configure to rotate the plurality of driving legs; and
a controller configured to control the driver to rotate at least one driving leg among the plurality of driving legs to move the electronic device to the determined target orientation, based on the information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic device and the information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,662

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELF-CONTAINED INDEPENDENTLY CONTROLLED MODULAR MANUFACTURING TOOLS

MTM Robotics, LLC, Mukil...

1. A system, comprising:a plurality of self-contained modular end-effector assemblies, each self-contained modular end-effector assembly including:
an actuator mount configured to removably engage an actuator suited to maneuver any modular end-effector assembly coupled thereto;
an interface configured to communicate with a master control system remote from each self-contained modular end-effector assembly that is capable of controlling the actuator;
an end-effector disposed in each self-contained modular end-effector assemblies and configured to accomplish a manufacturing function; and
a local controller disposed in each self-contained modular end-effector assembly and configured to control the respective end-effector independent of the master control system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,661

CONTROL DEVICE, ROBOT, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A control device which controls a robot having a moving part, the control device comprising:a processor configured to cause an end effector provided on the moving part to move an insertion object, bring the insertion object into contact with an insertion hole provided in the insertion target object in a state where the insertion object is tilted from a center axis of the insertion hole, and subsequently insert the insertion object into the insertion hole, wherein
the processor is configured to move a position of a reference site moving with the moving part to a target position, and control to move the position of the reference site to the target position while the insertion object is inserted into the insertion hole,
the end effector includes a screwdriver,
the insertion object is a screw attached to the screwdriver, and
the processor is configured to move the position of the reference site in the insertion direction at a speed which is set based on a product of a number of rotations per unit time of the screwdriver and a lead for the screw.

US Pat. No. 10,363,660

ROBOT SYSTEM CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, ROBOT SYSTEM, AND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diagnosis apparatus for diagnosing a failure of an articulated robot, the articulated robot including a plurality of links connected by joints, a plurality of motors each configured to drive a corresponding one of the joints, and a plurality of encoders each configured to output a value based on a rotational angle of a corresponding one of the motors, the diagnosis apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to determine presence or absence of a failure in the articulated robot by analyzing a magnitude and a direction of a force acted on each of the joints based on an output value of each of the plurality of encoders and an output value of each of the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,363,658

ANGLE DETECTION METHOD, ANGLE DETECTION APPARATUS, ROTATION DRIVE APPARATUS, ROBOT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An angle correcting method performed by an apparatus provided with a first shaft, a power transmission unit, and a second shaft which are connected, and also provided with a first encoder for obtaining a first rotation angle of the first shaft and a second encoder for obtaining a second rotation angle of the second shaft, the angle correcting method comprising:obtaining first rotation angle data from the first encoder, wherein the first rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the first shaft that were detected by the first encoder;
obtaining second rotation angle data from the second encoder, wherein the second rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the second shaft that were detected by the second encoder;
generating correction data for the second encoder by interpolating sampling points of a detection error of the second encoder, wherein each of the sampling points of the detection error indicates a difference between a rotation angle detected by the second encoder and a physical rotation angle of the second shaft, and wherein the interpolating is performed by linear interpolation or sine wave estimation interpolation using the sampling points of the detection error; and
obtaining corrected second rotation angle data by correcting the second rotation angle data using the correction data for the second encoder.

US Pat. No. 10,363,657

MULTI-AGENT COORDINATION UNDER SPARSE NETWORKING

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first robotic device, a first time-parameterized path for the first robotic device, wherein the first time-parameterized path comprises a first timeline of expected locations of the first robotic device;
receiving, by the first robotic device, an indication of a second robotic device having a second time-parameterized path that overlaps with the first time-parameterized path at a first location, wherein the second time-parameterized path comprises a second timeline of expected locations of the second robotic device;
executing, by the first robotic device, a first portion of the first time-parameterized path before reaching the first location, wherein execution of the first portion corresponds to a first rate of progress of the first robotic device along the first time-parameterized path;
receiving, by the first robotic device, a communication signal from the second robotic device indicating a second rate of progress of the second robotic device along the second time-parameterized path;
determining a difference in progress compared to a coordinated timeline between the first rate of progress and the second rate of progress; and
modifying, by the first robotic device, execution of the first time-parameterized path based on the determined difference in order to avoid a collision between the first robotic device and the second robotic device at the first location.

US Pat. No. 10,363,655

UPHOLSTERY INTERIOR INSTALLATION TOOL

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A panel installation tool comprising:a first portion configured to releasably engage with a panel;
a second portion attached to the first portion and configured to releasably engage a structural component to retain the first portion with respect to the structural component; and
a location indicator positioned at the first portion and configured to enable marking on a panel surface a location through which a retaining element may be used to retain the panel to the structural component, wherein the first portion is transformable between an open configuration and a closed configuration relative to the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,654

TOOL ORGANIZER AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A method of making an organizer for maintaining one or more items, the method comprising the following steps:providing a depressible core having a flat upper surface and a lower surface wherein the upper surface of the depressible core maintains a depressed shaped of a depression after the depression is formed in the depressible core by the one or more items;
coating the flat upper surface of the core with a tacky adhesive while the upper surface is flat,
disposing a sheet of stretchy fabric covering material when the upper surface of the depressible core is flat so that when one or more items is placed on the sheet of stretchy fabric covering material and the one or more items are pressed or tapped into the stretchy fabric cover covering material, the depressible core and the stretchy fabric covering material simultaneously forms the depression in the upper surface of the depressible core and shapes the sheet of stretchy fabric covering material into a shape of the one or more items.

US Pat. No. 10,363,651

HAMMER ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A hydraulic hammer comprising:an elongated housing;
a removable head assembled on an end of the elongated housing and defining a chamber for holding a pressurized gas, the head including a wall extending transverse thereto and configured to abut the housing and defining a gas discharge passage extending between the chamber and the housing;
a fastener configured to removably attach the head to the housing;
a piston arranged for reciprocating movement within the head and the housing; and
an elastomeric plug positioned in the gas discharge passage and configured to move or deform under pressure of the pressurized gas in the chamber upon loosening of the fastener and removal or separation of the head from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,650

DRIVING TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A driving tool comprising:a driver that strikes a driven member when moved in a driving direction;
a weight device that moves in a direction opposite to a moving direction of the driver; and
a rack and pinion mechanism that is disposed between the driver and the weight device and by which the weight device moves in the direction opposite to the moving direction of the driver, wherein:
the rack and pinion mechanism includes a driving-side rack gear, a driven-side rack gear, a driving-side pinion gear with which the driving-side rack gear is engaged, and a driven-side pinion gear with which the driven-side rack gear is engaged, the driving-side rack gear is configured to move the driver and the driven-side rack gear is configured to move the weight device;
the driving-side pinion gear and the driven-side pinion gear are coaxially supported so as to be rotatable relative to each other within a predetermined angle range; and
an elastic member is interposed between the driving-side pinion gear and the driven-side pinion gear so as to elastically absorb a relative rotation of the driving-side pinion gear with respect to the driven-side pinion gear.

US Pat. No. 10,363,648

APPARATUS, COMPONENTS, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR USE IN SELECTIVELY TEXTURING CONCRETE SURFACES

C.J. Spray, Eagan, MN (U...

1. A method of providing a surface portion of an architectural precast concrete wall panel with an abraded texture, the method including a step of:receiving, in a spray chamber of a factory, an uninstalled architectural precast concrete wall panel formed from cement and aggregate and having a thickness of at least three inches;
selecting or defining a predetermined texture to be abraded into a selected surface portion of the architectural precast wall panel with an aqueous-based particulate abrasive mixture by:
defining a motion path for controlling the motion of a dispenser; and
defining one or more selected speeds of the dispenser along the motion path; and
spraying the selected surface portion of the architectural precast concrete wall panel with the aqueous-based particulate abrasive mixture from the dispenser along the motion path at the one or more selected speeds and pressures to at least partially abrade the selected surface portion to provide the predetermined texture.

US Pat. No. 10,363,645

CONTROLLER AND CONVEYANCE SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

10. A conveyance system comprising:an actuator that conveys a workpiece;
a sensor that detects the workpiece; and
a controller for outputting a drive signal to the actuator while referencing a sensor signal received from the sensor,
the controller including:
an external interface that includes an actuator output part and a sensor input part, the actuator output part receiving drive information for controlling the actuator, and transmitting the drive signal to the actuator in accordance with the drive information, and the sensor input part receiving the sensor signal from the sensor and generating sensor information in accordance with the sensor signal;
a settings input part that receives input of a control program and constraint-condition setting information from a user, the control program being a program for generating the drive information while referencing the sensor information, and the constraint-condition setting information being instruction information that is associated with the control program to change a constraint condition assumed between the workpiece and the actuator;
a control-program execution part that processes the control program and includes a constraint-condition change instruction processor that issues a constraint-condition change instruction in accordance with the constraint-condition setting information;
a constraint-condition change part that manages the constraint condition in accordance with the constraint-condition change instruction issued by the constraint-condition change instruction processor;
a workpiece simulation part that estimates an amount of movement of the workpiece from the drive information and estimates a current position of the workpiece by adding the amount of movement to a previous position of the workpiece, the drive information being generated by the control-program execution part and generated for, among the at least one actuator, an actuator that is assumed to be constrained by the workpiece under the constraint condition managed by the constraint-condition change part;
a sensor simulation part that uses information about the current position of the workpiece estimated by the workpiece simulation part to generate sensor simulation information that simulates the sensor information; and
an input/output switching part that has at least a sensor simulation mode as an operation mode,
wherein in the sensor simulation mode, the input/output switching part transmits the drive information generated by the control-program execution part to at least the workpiece simulation part and transmits the sensor simulation information generated by the sensor simulation part as alternate information of the sensor information to the control-program execution part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,641

MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool configured to machine a target workpiece by using a tool detachably attached to a spindle, the machine tool comprising:a revolving-type turret including a plurality of grips provided along a circumferential direction thereof, each of the plurality of grips being configured to hold the tool attached to the spindle;
a first rotary shaft configured to rotate about a swing axis of the turret;
a second rotary shaft having a longitudinal axis extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the first rotary shaft, and configured to rotate the turret about a revolving axis;
a motor configured to rotate the first rotary shaft;
a power transmission unit including a first gear arrangement connected to the first rotary shaft and a second gear connected to the second rotary shaft, the second gear being configured to be meshed with the first gear arrangement; and
a rotation prohibition unit configured to, when the turret is swung about the swing axis, prohibit rotation of the second rotary shaft about the revolving axis in order to swing the second rotary shaft about the first rotary shaft, wherein:
the first gear arrangement of the power transmission unit comprises two first gears;
the two first gears are disposed away from each other so as to be face-to-face with each other, one first gear of the two first gears is unrotatably connected to the first rotary shaft, and another first gear of the two first gears is rotatably connected to the first rotary shaft;
the second gear is configured to be meshed with the two first gears between the two first gears;
the rotation prohibition unit is a power switching member connected to the first rotary shaft unrotatably but movably in an axial direction of the first rotary shaft, the rotation prohibition unit being configured to, when the turret is swung about the swing axis, be moved in the axial direction and come into abutment against the another first gear to thereby enable rotation of the two first gears in a same direction and prohibit rotation of the second rotary shaft about the revolving axis, and when the turret is revolved about the revolving axis, be moved away from the another first gear to thereby enable rotation of the second rotary shaft about the revolving axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,639

LIFTING DEVICES AND METHODS OF OPERATING THE SAME

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

7. A method of operating a lifting device, said method comprising:engaging a component using a clamp mechanism of the lifting device; and
selectively protracting a locator mechanism of the lifting device such that a datum feature of the locator mechanism contacts a destination datum feature of a pallet to properly position the engaged component on the pallet,
wherein the destination datum feature of the pallet includes at least one datum pin and the datum feature of the locator mechanism includes a datum sleeve, said method further comprising inserting one of the at least one datum pins into the datum sleeve when positioning the engaged component on the pallet,
wherein, when the datum sleeve receives the datum pin, the locator mechanism transmits a signal to a computing device of the lifting device to indicate proper positioning of the engaged component on the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,638

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SCREWING PROCESS

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for controlling a screwing process, comprising:during the screwing process screwing a screw into a component with an electrical screwing device;
detecting during the screwing process an actual course of at least one process parameter of the screwing;
testing whether the actual course has a pattern indicating an abrupt spike in torque later in the screwing process, which pattern predicts an error of the screwing process;
terminating the screwing process early when the actual course has said pattern;
placing of a new screw; and
performing a new screwing process.

US Pat. No. 10,363,637

MOLDING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A molding system for assembling a part by displacing a workpiece, which is gripped by a hand of a robot, toward a mold of an injection molding machine, while rotating the workpiece and a molded article, which is supported on the mold, relative to each other, whereby the molded article and the workpiece are screw-engaged with each other, the molding system comprising:a rotation detector configured to detect a relative rotational amount between the molded article and the workpiece;
an assembled state judging unit configured to judge whether an assembled state of the assembled part corresponds to a predetermined state or not; and
a control unit configured to relatively rotate and displace the molded article and the workpiece until the rotational amount detected by the rotation detector exceeds a predetermined rotational amount and until the assembled state determined by the assembled state judging unit becomes the predetermined state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,636

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING A MECHANICAL FORCE FOR DRIVING A PRESSING DEVICE FOR PRESS FITTINGS

1. A device for transmitting a mechanical force for press fittings comprising:a storage container for a hydraulic fluid;
a pump cylinder with a pump piston;
a working cylinder with a working piston, wherein the working piston's displacement in the working cylinder is greater than the pump piston's displacement in the pump cylinder;
a first line connecting the storage container to the pump cylinder, wherein a non-return valve prevents a return flow of the hydraulic fluid from the pump cylinder into the storage container;
a second line connecting the pump cylinder to the working cylinder, wherein a non-return valve prevents a return flow of the hydraulic fluid from the working cylinder into the pump cylinder;
a third line connecting the working cylinder to the storage container, wherein a switching valve opens and closes the third line;
a fourth line with a pressure limiting valve that branches off in the direction of flow after the non-return valve of the second line and a control line that connects the pressure limiting valve to the switching valve; and
wherein the switching valve has a mechanical plunger, wherein the working piston is arranged in such a way that the working piston, during a return stroke, actuates the mechanical plunger and closes the switching valve.

US Pat. No. 10,363,635

SYSTEMS FOR REMOVING ITEMS FROM A CONTAINER

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

17. A method, comprising:causing, with a controller, a first handler of a pick tool and a second handler of the pick tool to be in contact with an inventory item, wherein the pick tool includes:
a first finger comprising a first segment and a second segment movably connected to an end of the first segment, the first handler being connected to an end of the second segment opposite the end of the first segment, and
a second finger disposed opposite the first finger and moveable relative to the first finger;
causing, with the controller, the first handler to apply a first force to the item, in a first direction toward the second handler;
causing, with the controller, the second handler to apply a second force to the item, in a second direction toward the first handler, wherein the second force is substantially equal to the first force; and
causing the first handler and the second handler to rotate, during application of the first force and the second force to the item, wherein rotation of the first handler and the second handler causes movement of the item in a lifting direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,634

DEPOSITED STRUCTURE WITH INTEGRAL COOLING ENHANCEMENT FEATURES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for forming a metallic structure having an aperture with a bend, comprising:providing a main tool having a formation surface corresponding to a desired structure shape of the metallic structure;
attaching a removable tool having a shape corresponding to a desired aperture shape of the aperture with the bend to the main tool;
depositing a layer of material on the formation surface using a cold-spray technique;
removing the removable tool from the layer of material such that the layer of material defines the aperture with the bend;
forming a base layer of material on the formation surface using the cold-spray technique prior to attaching the removable tool to the main tool; and
positioning a temporary tool into a slot defined by the main tool prior to forming the base layer of material on the formation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,633

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AT LEAST ONE METAL TURBINE ENGINE PART

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of fabricating a turbine engine blade for a turbine engine, the method comprising:a) casting a metal alloy by centrifuging into a permanent metal mold for making a blank, the permanent metal mold rotating about an axis during the casting;
b) obtaining a cast blank of elongate shape and of section that is circular or polygonal; and
c) machining the blank to make the turbine engine blade by removing material of the blank to reveal all exterior features of the turbine engine blade,
wherein the metal alloy is TiAl-based,
wherein the permanent metal mold includes a plurality of housings extending radially from the axis and being regularly spaced around the axis,
wherein the cast blank is initially in a form of a wheel including a plurality of radial blanks in which radially inner ends of the radial blanks are secured to a common central hub, and
wherein the blank obtained in step b) is tubular, with at least one turbine engine blade being machined from a thickness of a tubular wall of the blank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,632

TIME OF FLIGHT CAMERA FOR WELDING MACHINE VISION

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A machine-vision-assisted welding system comprising:welding equipment;
a first Time of Flight (ToF) camera operable to generate a three-dimensional (3D) depth map of a welding scene, wherein the first ToF camera is configured to capture a 3D map of an actual bead stack up;
digital image processing circuitry operable to extract welding information from said 3D depth map and compare the 3D map of the actual bead stack-up to a desired weld geometry; and
circuitry operable to control a function of said welding equipment based on said extracted welding information and said comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,363,630

LASER PROCESSING APPARATUS AND LASER PROCESSING METHOD FOR PERFORMING LASER PROCESSING WHILE CONTROLLING REFLECTED LIGHT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A laser processing method performed in a laser processing apparatus which outputs a laser beam from a processing head to a workpiece, to perform laser processing while controlling reflected light of the output laser beam to a prescribed value or less, the laser processing method comprising the steps of:before performing laser processing for the workpiece, increasing laser power stepwise from laser power lower than laser power included in a processing condition of the laser processing, to emit a laser beam from a laser oscillator, and measuring reflected light by a reflected light sensor;
deciding an output condition for decreasing reflected light based on a measured value of the reflected light and the prescribed value; and
decreasing reflected light before performing the laser processing by irradiating the workpiece with a laser beam for a predetermined period of time on the decided output condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,629

MITIGATION OF PARTICLE CONTAMINATION FOR WAFER DICING PROCESSES

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A method of dicing a wafer having a plurality of integrated circuits thereon, the method comprising:dicing the wafer into a plurality of singulated dies disposed above a dicing tape;
subsequent to dicing the wafer into the plurality of singulated dies, forming a material layer over and between the plurality of singulated dies above the dicing tape; and
expanding the dicing tape, wherein a plurality of particles is collected on the material layer during the expanding.

US Pat. No. 10,363,627

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING LOCATION SERVICES FOR A WELDING POWER SUPPLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding power supply comprising:power conversion circuitry configured to convert an input power into an output power for a welding operation;
wireless communication circuitry configured to wirelessly communicate with a portable electronic device via wireless communications; and
a controller configured to:
pair the portable electronic device with the welding power supply in the wireless communications;
control operation of the power conversion circuitry based at least in part on commands received wirelessly from the portable electronic device via the wireless communications;
receive, via the wireless communications circuitry, first location data representative of a location of the portable electronic device; and
set second location data representative of a location of the welding power supply equal to the first location data, wherein the second location data is stored in a memory device of the welding power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,363,626

CONTROL METHOD FOR MIG/MAG-WELDING AND WELDING EQUIPMENT APPLYING THIS METHOD

ESAB AB, (SE)

16. A control method for MIG/MAG-welding with presence of short-circuiting droplets between an electrode end and a workpiece, the method comprising:measuring a short-circuiting time duration;
measuring an arc time duration;
calculating a period time duration by summing the arc time duration and the short-circuiting time duration;
determining a short-circuit percentage as a ratio of the measured short circuit-time duration over the period time duration;
determining a difference between the short-circuit percentage and a set value; and
generating an output signal to control energy supplied to the electrode based at least in part on the determined difference between the short-circuit percentage and the set value, by:
determining whether the period time duration exceeds a threshold value;
in response to determining that the period time duration exceeds the threshold value, decreasing the energy supplied regardless of the short-circuiting percentage;
in response to determining that the period time duration does not exceed the threshold value:
increasing the energy supplied in response to the determined short-circuit percentage exceeding the set value; and
decreasing the energy supplied in response to the determined short-circuiting percentage being less than the set value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,625

HIGH-CURRENT-DENSITY GAS-SHIELDED ARC WELDING

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

1. A method for high-current-density gas-shielded arc welding, the method comprising:performing pulsed arc welding with a flux-cored wire as an electrode wire, and the flux-cored wire comprises
a steel sheath; and
a flux filled in the sheath, and
the flux-cored wire has a flux filling rate of 10 to 25 percent by mass based on the total mass of the wire and contains carbon (C) in a content of 0.08 percent by mass or less, silicon (Si) in a content of 0.5 to 1.5 percent by mass, manganese (Mn) in a content of 1.5 to 2.5 percent by mass, and titanium (Ti) in a content of 0.1 to 0.3 percent by mass,
wherein the pulsed arc welding is carried out by passing a pulsed current so that a pulse peak current density during a pulse peak time Tp is 400 to 950 A/mm2, a pulse base current density during a pulse base time Tb is 200 A/mm2 or more and differs from the pulse peak current density by 200 to 400 A/mm2, and an average current density is 350 to 750 A/mm2, and
wherein the average current density is calculated by dividing an average of the pulsed current during the pulsed arc welding by a sectional area of a current path in the flux-cored wire and calculating the average of the pulsed current during the pulsed arc welding using the formula Ia=(Ip Tp+Ib Tb)/(Tp+Tb), where Ia is the average of the pulsed current, Ip is a pulse peak current, Ib is a pulse base current, Tp is a duration of the pulse peak current, and Tb is a duration of the pulse base current.

US Pat. No. 10,363,623

DESOLDERING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A method for removing solder from a printed circuit board, comprising the steps of:providing a solder removal tool, said solder removal tool further comprising:
a hollow shaft adapted for one-handed gripping by a user, said hollow shaft having a first end and a second end opposite said first end;
an extensible rod extensible from said first end of said shaft; and
a metal punch extending outward from said second end of said hollow shaft;
pushing said extensible rod through molten solder in a hole in a printed circuit board;
breaking off a portion of said extensible rod so that said broken-off portion remains in said hole in said printed circuit board; and
pushing said broken portion of said extensible rod through said hole using said metal punch.

US Pat. No. 10,363,622

ELECTRODE FOR AN ELECTRO-EROSION PROCESS AND AN ASSOCIATED METHOD THEREOF

General Electric Company,...

1. An electrode for an electro-erosion process, comprising:a shaft comprising a channel, a plurality of first openings, and a plurality of second openings, wherein each opening of the plurality of first and second openings is connected to the channel;
a body coupled to the shaft, wherein the body comprises a plurality of main-flushing channels, wherein each main-flushing channel is connected to a corresponding first opening;
a plurality of machining-inserts spaced apart from each other along a circumferential direction of the electrode and detachably coupled to a peripheral end portion of the body, wherein each machining-insert comprises at least one third opening connected to a corresponding main-flushing channel;
an insulated layer disposed on a top surface and a bottom surface of the body; and
a flushing cover disposed on the body and coupled to the shaft, wherein the flushing cover comprises a plurality of side-flushing channels and a plurality of fourth openings, wherein each side-flushing channel is connected to a corresponding second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,619

RECIPROCATING SAW BLADE

1. A reciprocating saw blade comprising:an elongated body having a front end portion, a rear end portion, an elongated cutting edge extending from the front end portion to the rear end portion and defining a longitudinal axis, and an opposite non-cutting back edge extending from the front end portion to the rear end portion, the body having a thickness of approximately 0.89 mm to approximately 1.15 mm; and
a tang coupled to the rear end portion, the tang being configured to be coupled to a tool holder of a powered reciprocating saw,
wherein the cutting edge comprises a plurality of teeth and gullets, the teeth having straight side faces, a kerf width from approximately 1.29 mm to approximately 1.56 mm and being arranged in a pattern of alternating tooth pitch of a smaller first tooth pitch and a larger second tooth pitch, each tooth having a zero or positive rake angle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,614

LASER LEVEL, BATTERY PACK AND SYSTEM

1. A laser comprising:a housing;
at least one laser generator supported by the housing and configured to emit at least one laser beam;
a battery receiving portion configured to selectively receive a first battery pack and a second battery pack, the first and second battery packs providing power for the laser generator when received in the battery receiving portion;
wherein the first battery pack is configured to be coupleable to at least one of a drill, an impact driver, a saw and a sander; and the second battery pack is configured to be blocked from coupling from the at least one of the drill, the impact driver, the saw and the sander to which the first battery pack is coupleable;
wherein the first battery pack includes first battery cells with a first chemistry;
wherein the second battery pack includes second battery cells with a second chemistry, different from the first chemistry;
wherein the second battery cells comprises alkaline cells;
wherein the first battery pack includes a first set of receptacles for providing access to a first set of terminals;
wherein the second battery pack includes a second set of receptacles for providing access to a second set of terminals; and
wherein the first set of receptacles includes a greater number of receptacles than the second set of receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,612

POWERED DRILL APPARATUS

1. A portable power drill unit comprising an operational axis having a chuck means at one end and a substantially cylindrical or frusto-conical twist throttle handle at the other end, wherein an engine means to power said chuck means is located between said ends, and wherein rotation of the handle in the direction of forward rotation of the chuck means decreases the drill speed, and rotation of the handle in the direction of reverse rotation of the chuck means increases the drill speed, whereby reaction forces created by a jammed auger rotated by said chuck means decrease the drill speed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,611

ROTATION TOOL HAVING FUNCTION OF FIXING WORKPIECE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool for machining a workpiece having a cross-sectional shape in which an outer shape becomes gradually smaller along an axial direction, the machine tool comprising: a rotation tool mounted to a spindle through a tool holder; and a workpiece support member fixed to a table; wherein the rotation tool includes a cutter holding portion which is fixed to the tool holder and to which blade portion is fixed; a fixing device which fixes the workpiece to the workpiece support member by pressing the workpiece, the workpiece support member includes a hole that is formed so as to match the outer shape of the workpiece and in which the workpiece is disposed, the blade portion is disposed at a tip end of the cutter holding portion on a side toward the workpiece, the fixing device includes a movement portion formed to be movable translationally along an axis parallel with the spindle in the interior of the cutter holding portion, a pressing device which presses the movement portion to a side toward the workpiece, a shaft portion rotatably supported relative to the movement portion and disposed coaxially with the spindle, and a pressing portion which is disposed at a tip end of the shaft portion and presses an inner surface of the workpiece, the pressing portion is formed in a plate shape so as to correspond to a shape of a portion of the workpiece with which the pressing portion comes into contact, and the workpiece is fixed to the workpiece support member solely by the pressing portion of the fixing device and when the pressing portion presses the workpiece toward the workpiece supporting member so that the fixing device fixes the workpiece to the workpiece supporting member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,610

WHEEL BOLT HOLE CHAMFER DEVICE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A wheel bolt hole chamfer device, being composed of a base, a support frame, a lower servo motor, a first shaft, bearing seats, a turntable, five stop blocks, five pairs of guide rails, strong springs, five sliding blocks, a cylinder, a guide post, a lifting table, an upper servo motor, a second shaft, a driving friction wheel, driven shafts, driven friction wheels, chamfer cutters, a left feeding cylinder, a right feeding cylinder, vertical guide posts, a feeding platform, corner cylinder pressure claws, axial positioning blocks and radial positioning blocks;wherein:
the five stop blocks and the five pairs of guide rails are uniformly distributed about a center of the turntable, the five stop blocks and the five pairs of guide rails being all fixed on the turntable, the five sliding blocks being respectively mounted on the five pairs of guide rails, and the five sliding blocks being connected with the five stop blocks via the strong springs;
the cylinder and the guide post being fixedly mounted in the center of the turntable, an output end of the cylinder being connected with the lifting table to control up-down motion of the lifting table, the upper servo motor being fixed on the lifting table, an output end of the upper servo motor being connected with the second shaft, and the driving friction wheel being conical and mounted on the second shaft; a driven shaft of the driven shafts being mounted on each sliding block of the five sliding blocks, a driven friction wheel of the driven friction wheels being mounted on the driven shaft, the driven friction wheels being inversely conical and matched with the driving friction wheel, and a chamfer cutter of the chamfer cutters being mounted at a top of each driven shaft of the driven shafts;
the cylinder driving the lifting table to move up, the driving friction wheel being able to be driven to move up, and pitch diameters of the chamfer cutters being able to be adjusted via taper fit of the driving friction wheel and the driven friction wheels; the upper servo motor being started to drive the driving friction wheel to rotate, and the chamfer cutters being able to rotate via fit of the driving friction wheel and the driven friction wheels; and the pitch diameter adjustment and the rotating drive of the chamfer cutters being integrated.

US Pat. No. 10,363,608

COPPER PASTE FOR JOINING, METHOD FOR PRODUCING JOINED BODY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. Copper paste for joining, comprising:metal particles; and
a dispersion medium,
wherein the metal particles include sub-micro copper particles having a volume-average particle size of 0.12 ?m to 0.8 ?m, and micro copper particles having a volume-average particle size of 2 ?m to 50 ?m,
a sum of the amount of the sub-micro copper particles contained and the amount of the micro copper particles contained is 80% by mass or greater on the basis of a total mass of the metal particles, and
the amount of the sub-micro copper particles contained is 30% by mass to 90% by mass on the basis of a sum of a mass of the sub-micro copper particles and a mass of the micro copper particles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,607

ADDITIVE LAYER MANUFACTURING

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A method for the manufacture of a component of defined geometry from two or more materials using a powder bed ALM process, the method comprising:providing a bed of a first powdered material,
selectively fusing portions of the first powdered material to build up a first three dimensional portion of the component geometry,
fusing, from the first powdered material, a powder containment bund comprising a single separating wall separating the first powdered material completely from a second powdered material whereby to contain unfused first powdered material,
providing a bed of the second powdered material onto the powder containment bund and selectively fusing portions of the second powdered material to build up a second three dimensional portion of the component geometry,
removing unfused first powdered material from a first side of the containment bund and removing unfused second powder from a second side of the containment bund, and
subsequently removing parts of the containment bund which do not form part of the defined geometry of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,606

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE GENERATIVE PRODUCTION OF A COMPONENT

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A device for the generative production of a component of a gas turbine engine, comprising:a frame and a platform defining at least a portion of a working chamber;
a laser for the layerwise local hardening of an initial material disposed in a portion of the working chamber, configured and arranged to produce the component layerwise in a direction of layer construction; and
a movable induction heating arrangement with a first inductor having a first electrical loop and a second inductor having a second electrical loop for induction tempering regions of the working chamber;
wherein the first electrical loop of the first inductor is nested inside the second electrical loop of the second inductor, at least in one operating position, and
wherein the second inductor is disposed on a slider, the slider being adjustably mounted on the frame, and the first inductor is disposed on a carriage, the carriage being slidably mounted on the slider; and
wherein the slider disposes layerwise initial material in the working chamber and displaces horizontally the second inductor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,605

MOLD HALVES WITH METAL-MATRIX COMPOSITE AT FEATURE AREAS

National Research Council...

1. A mold half comprising a mold body defined at least in part by a single piece of aluminum or aluminum alloy mold material, the single piece defining a mold cavity by a cavity surface having a shape for imparting to a part of a molded article, the cavity surface including a feature area comprising a layer of a metal-matrix composite (MMC) formed integrally therein, the MMC comprising an aluminum-nickel alloy matrix having WC particles embedded therein or an aluminum matrix having TiC particles embedded therein, and the cavity surface defined by the aluminum or aluminum alloy away from the feature area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,603

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT AND AN APPARATUS FOR WORKING THE METHOD

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

14. A powder deposition apparatus for producing a component, the apparatus comprising:an annular stack of heating elements, the annular stack of heating elements forming an enclosed chamber, each heating element of the annular stack of heating elements comprising a heater embedded in a thermally conductive matrix;
a base plate accommodated within the annular stack of heating elements;
a plurality of insulating elements interleaved between the heating elements, such that each insulating element of the plurality of insulating elements is positioned between axial ends of the thermally conductive matrix of adjoining heating elements, the plurality of insulating elements being positioned such that a radially inner surface of the conductive matrix of each heating element is not insulated;
a mechanism operable to deposit a plurality of layers of a powder material onto the base plate, the radially inner surface of the conductive matrix of each heating element is configured to directly contact the powder material contained within the enclosed chamber; and
a laser energy source operable to selectively fuse a portion of the deposited layer,
wherein successive layers of the powder material are deposited onto the base plate, with a predetermined clearance being maintained between the annular stack of heating elements and the component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,600

MOLD ASSEMBLY, MANUFACTURING METHOD AND ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE HOUSINGS

6. A method of manufacturing a rotating electrical machine housing produced from a mold comprising:forming a mold comprising a top part, a bottom part, a first side part, a second side part and a center part;
attaching a bracket portion extending from a peripheral surface of the center part to a top part recess formed in an inner surface of the top part;
assembling the bottom part to the center part;
engaging two sets of first and second shoulders extending from the peripheral surface of the center part into first and second side part recesses, respectively, formed in an inner surface of each of the first side part and the second side part;
positioning box-shaped extensions formed in inner surfaces of the first and second side parts, respectively, over the peripheral surface of the center part; and
depositing cast metal in the formed mold;
wherein the first side and the second side parts have a symmetric profile; and
wherein the first side part and the second side part are mounted laterally and externally onto the peripheral surface of the center part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,595

CEMENTED CARBIDE NECKING TOOL

1. A necking tool for manufacturing of metal beverage cans, the necking tool being a cemented carbide comprising in wt % about 18 WC, about 30 TiC, about 27 TiN, about 12 NbC, from 1 Cr3C2 to 2 Cr3C2 and about 14 Co.

US Pat. No. 10,363,591

BENDING AID FOR A PRESS BRAKE

1. A support device for a press brake, comprising:(a) a base frame;
(b) at least one connecting plate arranged on the base frame for securing the support device on the press brake and defining a perpendicular connecting plane;
(c) a drive unit comprising a crank;
(d) a lever linkage system connected to the drive unit and comprising a parallel kinematic system, the lever linkage system comprising
a first main lever arm with a first rotary joint and a second rotary joint separated from the first rotary joint by a first standard interval and
a second main lever arm with a third rotary joint and a fourth rotary joint arranged parallel to the first main lever arm, the third rotary joint being separated from the fourth rotary joint by a second standard interval,
wherein the first main lever arm and the second main lever arm are mounted on the base frame by the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint,
wherein the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint lie in a main bearing plane;
(e) a support plate arranged on the lever linkage system and comprising a bearing surface positionable between a first end position and a second end position;
(f) a first support arm parallel to the main bearing plane and mounted on the first main lever arm and the second main lever arm by the second rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint, the first support arm comprising a part projecting over the fourth rotary joint;
(g) a second support arm;
(h) a positioning drive comprising a rotary drive connected to the crank;
(i) a rocker joined to the rotary drive;
(j) a fifth rotary joint arranged on the part of the first support arm projecting over the fourth rotary joint; and
(k) a sixth rotary joint, a seventh rotary joint, an eighth rotary joint, and a ninth rotary joint;
wherein the first standard interval between the first rotary joint and the second rotary joint is equal to the second standard interval between the third rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint and the second rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint are spaced further from the perpendicular connecting plane than the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint;
wherein the support plate is mounted on the first support arm by the fifth rotary joint;
wherein the support plate is connected by the sixth rotary joint to the second support arm;
wherein the second support arm is connected parallel to the first support arm by the seventh rotary joint to the first main lever arm or the second main lever arm and the seventh rotary joint is arranged along a straight line extending through the first rotary joint and the second rotary joint or extending through the third rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint; and
wherein the rocker is connected by the eighth rotary joint to the crank and by the ninth rotary joint to the lever linkage system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,590

SHAPE CORRECTION LEVELER DRIVE SYSTEMS

1. A shape-correction leveler drive system, comprising:a lower work roll drive system, the lower work roll drive system further comprising:
a lower work roll drive motor associated with a set of lower work rolls of a shape-correction leveler, the set of lower work rolls divided into an entry work roll cluster and an exit work roll cluster,
distribution gearing interposed between the lower work roll drive motor and the set of lower work rolls, the distribution gearing having an entry side output shaft and an exit side output shaft,
a pinion gear box interposed between the distribution gearing and the set of lower work rolls, the pinion gearbox adapted to engage the output shafts of the distribution gearing and to drive the entry work roll cluster separately from the exit work roll cluster, and
a variable clutch associated with the entry side work roll cluster;
an upper work roll drive system, the upper work roll drive system further comprising:
an upper work roll drive motor associated with a set of upper work rolls of the shape-correction leveler, the set of upper work rolls divided into an entry work roll cluster and an exit work roll cluster,
distribution gearing interposed between the upper work roll drive motor and the set of upper work rolls, the distribution gearing having an entry side output shaft and an exit side output shaft,
a pinion gear box interposed between the distribution gearing and the set of upper work rolls, the pinion gearbox adapted to engage the output shafts of the distribution gearing and drive the entry work roll cluster separately from the exit work roll cluster, and
a variable clutch associated with the entry side work roll cluster; and
a controller in communication with the variable clutch associated with each of the lower work roll drive system and the upper work roll drive system, the controller programmed to monitor an amount of total input torque provided by each of the respective drive motors and to adjust an amount of slippage of the associated variable clutches, so as to control a torque load applied to the entry work roll cluster of each set of lower and upper work rolls of the shape-correction leveler and thereby produce an equal sharing of load between the entry work roll cluster and exit work roll cluster of each set of lower and upper work rolls.

US Pat. No. 10,363,588

EXTRUSION APPARATUS

Aisin Keikinzoku Co., Ltd...

1. An extrusion apparatus comprising:an extruder;
a run-out table that supports an extruded material that has been extruded from the extruder;
a feed roller that is provided so as to be able to come in rolling contact with the extruded material that is situated on the run-out table;
a pulling roller that is provided at a given interval from the feed roller so as to be able to come in rolling contact with the extruded material that has been fed by the pulling roller on the run-out table and pulls the extruded material; and
a cooling section that cools the extruded material at a position between the feed roller and the pulling roller and applies a tensile force to the extruded material while the extruded material advances from the feed roller to the pulling roller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,586

LARGE-AREA SELECTIVE ABLATION METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of using a laser ablation system to clean an area of a surface with a laser beam, having a target fluence and a target irradiance, the area comprising scan regions, each having a scan width, the method comprising:using a controller of the laser ablation system to determine, based on one or more characteristics of the area of the surface, a traverse scan speed, a laser-beam average power, a laser pulse repetition rate, a laser pulse width, and a laser-beam spot area of the laser beam for each one of the scan regions to achieve the target fluence and the target irradiance of the laser beam when scanning each one of the scan regions with the laser beam, wherein a first scan width of at least one of the scan regions is different from a second scan width of another one of the scan regions; and
using the controller to cause a scanning head of the laser ablation system to sequentially scan each one of the scan regions of the area with the laser beam at the target fluence and the target irradiance, and wherein the controller causes the scanning head to:
scan the at least one of the scan regions with the first scan width, wherein the scanning head achieves the target fluence and the target irradiance when scanning the at least one of the scan regions; and
subsequently scan a different one of the scan regions with the second scan width, wherein the controller causes an adjustment in at least one of the traverse scan speed, the laser-beam average power, the laser pulse repetition rate, the laser pulse width, and the laser-beam spot area so that the scanning head achieves the target fluence and the target irradiance when scanning the different one of the scan regions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,585

CLEANING SOLUTION, METHOD OF REMOVING A REMOVAL TARGET AND METHOD OF ETCHING A SUBSTRATE USING SAID CLEANING SOLUTION

TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD...

1. A cleaning liquid comprising:(A1) 3-methoxy-3-methyl-1-butanol
(A2) diethylene glycol monomethyl ether;
(B) tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide; and
water,
wherein the content [a1] of (A1) 3 methoxy-3-methyl-1-butanol is greater than 40% by mass and 65% by mass or less with respect to the mass of the cleaning liquid,
and wherein a ratio [a1/(a1+a2)] of the content [a1] of the (A1) 3 methoxy-3-methyl-1-butanol to a total of the content [a1] and the content [a2] of the (A2) diethylene glycol monomethyl ether compound is 65% to 95% by mass.

US Pat. No. 10,363,583

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PARTICULATE CONTROL FROM MOVING WEBS

1. A method of controlling dust from a moving web, the method comprising:traversing a web in a machine direction, wherein the traversing web generates dust;
providing a dust control platform positioned adjacent the web, wherein the dust control platform comprises:
an accumulation surface, wherein the accumulation surface comprises a plurality of apertures extending through the accumulation surface, and wherein the accumulation surface comprises an external surface and an internal surface;
an accumulation chamber positioned adjacent the accumulation surface, wherein the accumulation chamber comprises a first end portion and a second end portion;
a collection chamber positioned adjacent the second end portion of the accumulation chamber;
a plurality of vanes positioned adjacent the internal surface of the accumulation surface;
a drive member operatively engaged with the plurality of vanes;
wherein the dust generated by the traversing web passes through the apertures of the accumulation surface of the dust control platform;
accumulating the dust in the collection chamber;
activating the plurality of vanes such that the plurality of vanes are positioned in a closed configuration;
activating a vacuum source operatively connected to the accumulation chamber; and
removing the dust from the accumulation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,363,582

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SORTING

Key Technology, Inc., Wa...

1. A method of sorting comprising:providing a source of a product to be sorted, which includes of a plurality of individual items each having a multitude of internal and external characteristics, and wherein the multitude of internal and external characteristics are selected from a group including color; light polarization; light fluorescence; light reflectance; light scatter; light transmittance; light absorbance; surface texture; translucence; density; composition; structure and constituents, and wherein the multitude of internal and external characteristics can be detected and identified, at least in part, with electromagnetic radiation which is spectrally reflected, refracted, fluoresced, emitted, absorbed, scattered or transmitted by the multitude of internal and external characteristics of each of the plurality of individual items;
conveying the plurality of individual items along a path of travel, and through an inspection station, and selectively illuminating and irradiating the plurality of individual items with electromagnetic radiation and contemporaneously collecting the electromagnetic radiation which is reflected, refracted, fluoresced, emitted, absorbed, scattered and/or transmitted from or by each of the plurality of individual items;
providing a plurality of selectively energizable illumination sources and orienting the illumination sources along a single focal plane within the inspection station, and selectively energizing the illumination sources so that the selectively energized illumination sources emit electromagnetic radiation that illuminates and irradiates the individual items passing through the inspection station;
providing a plurality of selectively actuated electromagnetic radiation detection devices, and positioning the respective electromagnetic radiation detection devices along the single focal plane within the inspection station, and collecting the electromagnetic radiation which is reflected, refracted, fluoresced, emitted, absorbed, scattered and/or transmitted from or by each of the plurality of individual items passing through the inspection station, and wherein each of the plurality of selectively actuated electromagnetic radiation detection devices, upon collection of the electromagnetic radiation generates an interrogation signal, and wherein the plurality of selectively energizable illumination devices, when energized simultaneously, emit electromagnetic radiation which interferes in the operation of at least one of the plurality of selectively actuated electromagnetic radiation detection devices, and enhances a contrast, as the individual items pass through the inspection station.

US Pat. No. 10,363,580

RECOVERY HOPPER TROUGH FOR VIBRATORY SEPARATOR AND METHOD

M-I L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a vibratory separator having a top deck, a middle deck, and a bottom deck; and
a collection trough coupled to at least one of the top deck, the middle deck, and the bottom deck, the collection trough comprising:
a collection container having an inlet configured to receive a material retained on the at least one of the top deck, the middle deck, and the bottom deck and a sloped surface configured to guide the material from the inlet to an outlet of the collection container;
a discharge end opposite with respect to the inlet of the collection container such that a flow path is provided from the outlet of the collection container to the discharge end and through the discharge end, wherein the discharge end is configured to convey guided material from the outlet of the collection container; and
a pressure differential generator, having a tapered nozzle with an exit end, positioned below the outlet of the collection container such that the exit end of the tapered nozzle is provided directly below the outlet of the collection container and within the flow path between the outlet of the collection container and the discharge end, when the collection trough is coupled to the at least one of the top deck, the middle deck, and the bottom deck.

US Pat. No. 10,363,579

APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING USABLE CROP FROM INTERMIXED DEBRIS

Crary Industries, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for separating usable crop from intermixed debris, the apparatus comprising:a movable support;
a conveying system on the movable support configured to convey usable crop in a processing path from an upstream input location to a downstream output location;
at least a first separating system on the movable support configured to cause separation of debris intermixed with usable crop in a first manner as usable crop is conveyed in the processing path;
a vacuum system on the movable support downstream of the first separating system and configured to generate a low pressure volume which causes additional debris intermixed with the usable crop to be drawn away from the usable crop by vacuum; and
a collection container on the movable support configured to accumulate debris drawn away from the conveying usable crop,
wherein the movable support, conveying system, at least first separating system, vacuum system, and collection container define a unit that can be advanced over an underlying surface through the movable support to relocate the apparatus,
wherein the apparatus further comprises an evacuating system on the movable support, the evacuating system configured to create a low pressure volume in a space in the collection container.

US Pat. No. 10,363,577

METHOD AND APPARATUSES FOR SCREENING

Derrick Corporation, Buf...

1. A vibratory screening machine, comprising:a first wall member having a compression assembly attached thereto;
a second wall member opposite the first wall member;
a concave support surface located between the first and second wall members;
a guide assembly having at least one mating surface; and
a screen assembly having a support structure including side members and a guide surface configured to mate with the at least one mating surface of the guide assembly, and a screening material secured to the support structure,
wherein the compression assembly is configured to assert a force against at least one of the side members and deform the screen assembly into a concave shape against the concave support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,574

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, PROBE, AND ULTRASONIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:a vibrating film;
a piezoelectric body disposed on one surface of the vibrating film; and
a horizontal electrode structure in which electrodes are disposed at a predetermined gap therebetween on the piezoelectric body and extend across an upper and side surface of the piezoelectric body such that the electrodes are disposed directly on the one surface of the vibrating film,
wherein the vibrating film includes a recess portion in a portion corresponding to the predetermined gap in plan view, and
wherein the recess portion is formed in a second surface of the vibrating film from the one surface of the vibrating film where the piezoelectric body is disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,573

VIBRATION MOTOR WITH DUAL U-SHAPED ELASTIC MEMBERS WITH FIXING PORTIONS TO A YOKE

AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a shell,
a vibrator accommodated in the shell,
a stator accommodated in the shell, and
an elastic member suspending the vibrator in the shell;
wherein one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a magnetic circuit unit, and the other one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a coil,
wherein the elastic member is a sheet-like spring, and a plane where the elastic member is located is perpendicular to a vibrating direction of the vibrator; the elastic member is of a U-shape, and comprises a first fixing portion and a second fixing portion which are respectively fixed to the vibrator and spaced from each other, a third fixing portion located between the first fixing portion and the second fixing portion and fixed to the shell, a first deforming portion which connects the third fixing portion with the first fixing portion, and a second deforming portion which connects the third fixing portion with the second fixing portion, two elastic members are provided, the third fixing portions corresponding to the two elastic members are arranged directly facing each other, and the first deforming portion and the second deforming portion of two elastic members are parallel to and spaced from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,363,571

SELF-VENTING NOZZLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A self-venting nozzle adapted to vent a gas entrained in a fluid to an atmosphere, the nozzle comprising:a nozzle inlet end;
a nozzle outlet end;
a nozzle wall extending between the nozzle inlet end and nozzle outlet end and having an interior surface defining a fluid channel surrounding a nozzle flow axis; and
one or more vent passageways providing fluid communication between the fluid channel and the atmosphere, wherein the one or more vent passageways comprise grooves in the interior surface, and
wherein the nozzle comprises a mating portion adapted to connect to a dispenser and wherein the one or more vent passageways extend along at least a portion of the mating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,570

PAINT BAKING METHOD AND DOOR OFFSET DEVICE FOR VEHICLE BODY COATING PROCESS

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A paint baking method for a vehicle body including a main shell body and a side door, wherein a hinge is attached to a hinge fastening part of the side door and a hinge fastening part of the main shell body in a finished vehicle state, the paint baking method comprising:attaching a door offset member to the hinge and one of either the hinge fastening part of the main shell body or the hinge fastening part of the side door so that a distance between the hinge fastening part of the main shell body and the hinge fastening part of the side door in a state in which the door offset member is attached is longer than a distance between the hinge fastening part of the main shell body and the hinge fastening part of the side door in the finished vehicle state; and
while in the state in which the door offset member is attached, conveying the vehicle body while exposing the vehicle body to a hot air atmosphere to bake a wet coating film applied to the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,569

APPLICATORS AND SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERING A GLUTINOUS SUBSTANCE TO A WORKPIECE FROM AN END-EFFECTOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An applicator for delivering a glutinous substance to a workpiece from an end-effector, the applicator comprising:a body, comprising:
a first channel that comprises an inlet portion, comprising an inlet through which the glutinous substance enters the applicator, and an outlet portion, comprising an outlet, through which the glutinous substance exits the outlet portion, wherein the inlet portion is communicatively coupled with the outlet portion and at least a part of the inlet portion is oriented at an angle to the outlet portion, wherein the angle is other than 180 degrees;
a second channel, having an interior surface and communicatively coupled with the first channel and coaxial with the outlet portion of the first channel; and
a sensor port, communicatively coupled with the first channel; a plunger, comprising:
a gate, wherein the gate is movable within the outlet portion of the first channel between, inclusively, an open position, allowing the glutinous substance to flow from the inlet of the first channel to the outlet of the first channel and a closed position, preventing the glutinous substance from flowing from the inlet of the first channel to the outlet of the first channel; and
a plug, movable within the second channel, so that the plug is slidable against the interior surface of the second channel, and configured to prevent the glutinous substance from flowing from the first channel into the second channel when the plug is in a first position, corresponding with the open position of the gate, and to allow the glutinous substance to flow into the second channel from the first channel when the plug is in a second position, corresponding with the closed position of the gate;
an actuator, selectively operable to move the plunger such that the gate moves between, inclusively, the open position and the closed position and the plug moves between, inclusively, the first position and the second position; and
a sensor, communicatively coupled with the first channel via the sensor port and configured to detect at least one characteristic of the glutinous substance in the first channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,568

JETTING DISCRETE VOLUMES OF HIGH VISCOSITY LIQUID

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An adhesive dispensing system, comprising:an adhesive dispensing module having an inlet and an outlet, the adhesive dispensing module receiving hot melt adhesive having a viscosity between 100 centipoise to 20,000 centipoise through the inlet at a low pressure between 5 psi to 40 psi and rapidly developing high pressure between 100 psi and 2500 psi at the outlet;
a pressure container containing a supply of hot melt adhesive and configured to melt or maintain a heated temperature of the hot melt adhesive, and further configured to provide the hot melt adhesive to the adhesive dispensing module at the low pressure;
a low pressure liquid passageway communicating between the adhesive dispensing module and the pressure container; and
a piston configured to impact a recess of a nozzle to jet hot melt adhesive from an outlet of the nozzle as a discrete volume toward a substrate due to the momentum of the impact between the piston and the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,363,567

APPARATUSES FOR APPLYING A GLUTINOUS SUBSTANCE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A nozzle for applying a bead of a glutinous substance to a surface of an object, the nozzle comprising:a body, comprising an inlet opening and an outlet opening, wherein the inlet opening and the outlet opening are joined by a channel, the body comprising rail guides;
a first guide, coupled to the body;
a gate, translatably coupled to the body, the gate comprising rails, wherein the rails of the gate are slidingly received by the rail guides of the body, wherein movement of the gate relative to the body controls:
flow of the glutinous substance through the outlet opening, and
width of the bead;
a second guide, coupled to the gate; and
a biasing member, coupled to the body and to the gate, wherein the biasing member urges the gate toward the first guide.

US Pat. No. 10,363,564

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE FLOW DISTRIBUTION OF SOLID PARTICLES

General Electric Technolo...

1. A coal pulverizer, comprising:a grinding mechanism configured to transform raw coal into pulverized coal;
a classifier configured to receive the pulverized coal from the grinding mechanism and to generate a swirling flow of coal, the classifier being further configured to reject coarse particles of the pulverized coal from the swirling flow;
a turret arranged generally above the classifier, the turret having a frusto-conical body and a plurality of static vanes arranged interior to the body and extending inwardly from an interior sidewall of the body; and
a plurality of coal outlet pipes in fluid communication with the interior of the turret;
wherein a body of each of the vanes has a twisted shape, a leading edge, and a trailing edge, the twisted shape of the body of the vanes at the leading edge being configured to generally match the flow of coal at a bottom of the turret, wherein the leading edge is narrower than the trailing edge, and wherein a pitch angle of each of the vanes is set to coincide with a coal particle flow within the turret,
wherein the vanes are configured to guide the swirling flow of coal as it enters the turret, and to divide the swirling flow into a plurality of controlled flows that are communicated to a plurality of coal outlet pipes, wherein the number of vanes is equal to the number of coal outlet pipes in the pulverizer and wherein each of the leading edges is located adjacent to the bottom of the turret and each of the trailing edges is located adjacent to a top of the turret and a respective one of the coal outlet pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,563

GRINDER PLATE AND TOOL FOR REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION THEREOF

1. A system for a food grinder, the system comprising:a grinder plate configured to be installed within a food grinder, the grinder plate having a disk-shaped body with a first face, a second face, and a side, the disk-shaped body defining:
a central cylindrical aperture extending from the first face to the second face, the central aperture coaxial with a central axis of the disk-shaped body;
a plurality of material-passing apertures extending from the first face to the second face, the material-passing apertures disposed between the central aperture and the side; and
a first one or more screw threads defined in the central aperture; and
a tool for removing the grinder plate from or installing the grinder plate into a food grinder, the tool having an elongated body defining:
a first end having a cylindrical geometry;
a second one or more screw threads on an external surface proximate the first end, wherein an axis of the second one or more screw threads is aligned with a central longitudinal axis of the elongated body; and
at least one of:
a head defining a plurality of flat surfaces disposed as sides of a regular polygon, the regular polygon having a center aligned with the central axis of the elongated body; or
one or more handles extending from the elongated body, the one or more handles projecting outward in a perpendicular direction to the central axis of the elongated body,
wherein the first one or more screw threads are configured to mate with the second one or more screw threads.

US Pat. No. 10,363,562

APPARATUS TO REDUCE SIZE OF MATERIAL

1. An apparatus to reduce size of a light, dry, fibrous material comprisinga ring element arranged around an axis and configured to rotate about the axis, the ring element including a plurality of tool modules detachably coupled to the ring element around an inner circumference of the ring element,
an impeller mounted for rotation about the axis and spaced radially inward of the ring element to form a shearing area between the ring element and the impeller, the impeller including a plurality of tool modules detachably coupled to the impeller around an outer circumference of the impeller, and
identical size reduction tools detachably connected to the tool modules of the ring element and tool modules of the impeller, each of the size reduction tools (i) including a tangential leg extending primarily along a tangent plane relative to inner circumference of the ring element and the outer circumference of the impeller and facing the shearing area and (ii) a radial leg extending from the tangential leg radially away from the shearing area relative to the axis to form a L-shape,
wherein each of the tangential legs is sized to have an arc length along the tangent plane that is greater than 3° (i) of the inner circumference of the ring element to which it is coupled or (ii) of the outer circumference of the impeller to which it is coupled, and
wherein each of the tangential legs is sized to have an arc length along the tangent plane less than 18° (i) of the inner circumference of the ring element to which it is coupled or (ii) of the outer circumference of the impeller to which it is coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,363,561

APPARATUS FOR SHREDDING OF WASTE

1. An apparatus for shredding a pre-defined amount of waste, the apparatus comprising:a main frame that supports a body of the apparatus, wherein the main frame having a plurality of balance points and the body including a single through-chamber for shredding waste;
a single rotating core for shredding, masticating and grinding the pre-defined amount of waste,
the rotating core is mounted on the main frame and is horizontally positioned for rotation along a longitudinal axis of the rotating core, the rotating core comprising:
a single main shaft symmetrically positioned along the longitudinal axis of the rotating core,
the main shaft is mechanically coupled to a motor shaft of an electric motor through a radial bearing and double row mobile pulley assembly, such that the main shaft includes a first and a second flywheel;
the main shaft comprises a first distal end and a second distal end symmetrically distanced from a center of the main shaft;
one or more support blocks radially extended to form an exterior surface of the rotating core, and the one or more support blocks radially extended to form an exterior surface of the rotating core, and the one or more support blocks are transverse to the longitudinal axis of the rotating core and are aligned along the longitudinal axis of the rotating core with a gradual first pre-defined range of angular separation; and
one or more blades adjustably mounted to a mounting surface of the one or more support blocks,
each blade of the one or more blade is positioned in a staggered orientation about the longitudinal axis of the rotating core and
each blade of the one or more blade is staggered at a second pre-defined range of angular separation;
the body is mechanically linked to the main frame through a linkage plate,
the linkage plate is horizontally positioned on a main plate, and includes a plurality of openings;
a plurality of rubber spacers are positioned between the linkage plate and the main frame at each of the plurality of balance points
the body is configured to support the rotation of the rotating core, the body comprising:
a plurality of vertical blades mounted within the body, wherein each of the plurality of vertical blades is curved to symmetrically contour the rotating core along a vertical axis;
a plurality of horizontal blades mounted on the body, wherein each of the plurality of horizontal blades being aligned with the one or more shaft blades along a horizontal axis;
a first cooling chamber mechanically connected to a first end of the body; and
a second cooling chamber mechanically connected to a second end of the body, wherein the first cooling chamber and the second cooling chamber being mechanically coupled to a cooling system;
a hopper mounted vertically mounted on the body, wherein the hopper comprises an ingress cross-sectional opening for receiving the pre-defined amount of waste, and an egress cross-sectional opening for transferring the pre-defined amount of waste inside the rotating core and wherein the ingress cross-sectional opening of the hopper is wider than the egress cross-sectional opening of the hopper;
a first set of mash double row ball bearings symmetrically positioned near the first distal end of the main shaft, wherein the first set of mash double row ball bearings being enclosed in a first bearing cover coincidently placed around the longitudinal axis; and
a second set of mash double row ball bearings symmetrically positioned near the second distal end of the main shaft, wherein the second set of double row ball bearings being enclosed in a second bearing cover coincidently placed around the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,560

SYSTEM AND METHODS OF PRESERVING INTEGRITY AND SECURELY TRANSPORTING BIOLOGICAL SPECIMENS TO A DEPOSITORY AND DEVICES FOR SECURELY STORING BIOLOGICAL SPECIMENS

1. A storage unit for securely holding one or more enclosures enclosing one or more biological specimens until said enclosures are removed from said storage unit for transport to a depository wherein subsequent analysis of said biological specimens can transpire; said storage unit comprising:a) a lower section and an upper section, wherein said upper section comprises a pivotable deposit-only gate for receiving temporary deposits of said enclosures such that after deposit onto and closure of said pivotable deposit-only gate, said enclosures drops into said lower section;
b) a door and lock combination allowing removal of said enclosures from said storage unit;
c) a communications module;
d) one or more hardware components in communication with said communications module; said one or more hardware components selected from the group consisting of an enclosure detection sensor capable of detecting entry of said enclosures into said lower section, an internal temperature sensor, said door lock and lock combination comprising an energy source status monitor, an open/close sensor for said door, a door opening signal receiver, an electrically or manually actuated lock for said door, a gate movement sensor and/or a holder for temporarily holding said enclosures detector positioned about a lower section for detecting said holder;
e) an energy source; and
f) an ultraviolet light positioned within said storage unit and operably connected to said door, wherein, when said storage unit does not contain any of said enclosures, and said door is closed, said ultraviolet light is activated, for a predetermined time, to reduce microbial growth.

US Pat. No. 10,363,559

APPARATUS FOR THE SEPARATION OF PLASMA

Boehringer Ingelheim Inte...

1. An apparatus (1) for absorbing blood (19) and separating blood components as a sample liquid (2), comprising:a carrier (6) defining a base of the apparatus and having a lower boundary surface,
a feed device (13) spaced away from the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6) in a direction opposite to an input direction for receiving the blood (19) into the feed device (13),
a separating device (15) for separating the blood components as the sample liquid (2), the separating device (15) being spaced away from the carrier (6) in the direction opposite to the input direction, the separating device (15) including a first surface facing the blood (19) as the blood (19) is received into the feed device (13) and a second surface opposite to the first surface and facing towards the lower boundary surface, where a volume is defined between the second surface of the separating device (15) and the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6),
a channel (3), in fluid communication with the volume, which takes up the sample liquid (2) exclusively by capillary forces,
a filling device for filling the channel (3) with the sample liquid (2) in an inlet or feed region (18) of the channel (3), and
an insert (35) disposed in the volume between the second surface of the separating device (15) and the lower boundary surface of the carrier (6), where the insert (35): (i) is at least partially annular about an axis defined by the input direction, (ii) includes respective inner and outer cylindrical surfaces about the axis, and (iii) includes longitudinally disposed notches running on at least one of the inner and outer surfaces of the cylinder in directions parallel to the input direction of introducing the blood.

US Pat. No. 10,363,558

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SERIAL PROCESSING OF MULTIPLE NUCLEIC ACID ASSAYS

Canon U.S. Life Sciences,...

1. A system for serial processing of nucleic acid assays, comprising:a microfluidic cartridge comprising an interface chip having at least one inlet port and microfluidic channel and a separate reaction chip coupled to the interface chip, the reaction chip having at least one microfluidic channel ending in a T-junction, the T-junction in fluid communication with an associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip;
a flow control module comprising a first pumping system configured to selectively apply pneumatic pressures to the at least one microfluidic channel of the interface chip and a second pumping system to apply a pneumatic pressure to control assay fluid flow through the reaction chip;
the flow control module being configured to:
(a) draw a first fluid into the microfluidic channel of the interface chip via the inlet port of the interface chip and stop the first fluid in the interface chip when the T-junction is loaded with the first fluid;
(b) create a first fluid segment in the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip by drawing the first fluid from the associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip into the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip;
(c) draw a second fluid into the microfluidic channel of the interface chip via the inlet port of the interface chip while maintaining the position of the first fluid segment in the reaction chip and stop the second fluid in the interface chip when the T-junction is loaded with the second fluid; and
(d) create a second fluid segment in the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip by drawing the second fluid from the associated microfluidic channel of the interface chip into the microfluidic channel of the reaction chip;
a temperature measurement and control system configured to control and measure a temperature of one or more portions of the at least one microfluidic channel of the reaction chip; and
a fluorescence imaging system comprising one or more illumination elements and an imaging sensor and configured to create images of fluorescent emissions from materials within the at least one microfluidic channel of the reaction chip.

US Pat. No. 10,363,557

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE FOR ANALYSIS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body comprising a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the body comprising:
a plurality of processing chambers comprising a first processing chamber and a second processing chamber, each processing chamber comprising an opening proximate the first end;
a first reservoir disposed in selective fluid communication with the first processing chamber via a first fluid pathway;
a second reservoir disposed in selective fluid communication with the first processing chamber via a second fluid pathway and in selective fluid communication with the second processing chamber via a third fluid pathway;
a first filter disposed in the body between at least a portion of the first processing chamber and the second reservoir;
wherein the first fluid pathway and the second fluid pathway pass through the first filter;
wherein the first filter has a first surface oriented in the first and second fluid pathways toward the first processing chamber;
a second filter disposed in the body between at least a portion of the second processing chamber and the second reservoir;
wherein the third pathway passes through the second filter;
wherein the first filter has a first surface oriented in the third fluid pathway;
a first one-way valve disposed between the first filter and the first reservoir, the first one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the first processing chamber and the first reservoir; and
a second one-way valve disposed in the second fluid pathway between the first filter and the second reservoir, the second one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the first processing chamber and the second reservoir; and
a third one-way valve disposed in the third fluid pathway between the second filter and the first reservoir, the third one-way valve providing selective fluid communication between the second processing chamber and the first reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,363,556

AUTOMATED EXPERIMENT APPARATUS AND AUTOMATED EXPERIMENT METHOD USING THE SAME

1. An automated experiment apparatus, comprising:a pressure vessel having an opening to define a sample receiving chamber therein, the pressure vessel including a vessel flange having a circular outer shape with a radius about a central axis of the pressure vessel;
a sample holding member configured to hold a sample to be accommodated in the sample receiving chamber, the sample holding member including a holder flange having an outer circular shape of the same radius as the vessel flange and configured to make contact with the vessel flange to close the opening;
a sensing unit configured to sense at least one of an upper position and a lower position of the sample holding member;
a plurality of clamps configured to air-tightly engage the holder flange of the sample holding member and the vessel flange of the pressure vessel wherein each of the plurality of clamps includes a clamp head having a groove configured to engage with the holder flange and the vessel flange and an actuator connected to the clamp head;
a clamping sensor configured to sense a top dead point of the clamp head at which the clamp head is fully pushed out by the actuator to air-tightly engage the holding flange;
a gas transfer unit having a gas supplier and a gas discharger connected to the sample holding member and configured to supply or discharge a gas into or from the pressure vessel;
a heating unit configured to heat the sample receiving chamber;
a pressure sensor configured to measure an internal pressure of the pressure vessel;
a user interface configured to receive an input from an user; and
a controller configured to receive the input signal from the user interface and the sensing signal from a sensing unit to control in response to the input signal and the sensing signal, the actuator of each of the clamps to cause the clamp head to make a transverse movement in a radial direction of the vessel flange to engage the holder flange and the vessel flange to engage the holder flange and the vessel flange, to control in response to a clamping sensor signal received from the clamping sensor, the gas transfer unit to supply the gas to the pressure vessel until the internal pressure of the pressure vessel reaches a predetermined reaction pressure as indicated by a pressure sensor signal from the pressure sensor, to control in response to the pressure sensor signal from the pressure sensor, the heating unit to heat the sample receiving chamber, and to control the gas transfer unit to discharge the gas from the sample receiving chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,363,555

POLYMER COMPOUND FOR CONDUCTIVE POLYMER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A dopant polymer for a conductive polymer, having(i) one or more repeating units “a” represented by the following general formula (1),

wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 represents a fluorine atom or a trifluoromethyl group, “m” represents an integer of 2 to 4, and a number of “a” repeating units as a proportion of a total number of all repeating units in the dopant polymer satisfies 0 (ii) at least one repeating unit “b” represented by the following general formula (2),

wherein a number of “b” repeating units as a proportion of the total number of all repeating units in the dopant polymer satisfies 0 wherein the dopant polymer for the conductive polymer has a weight average molecular weight in the range of 1,000 to 500,000.

US Pat. No. 10,363,552

HONEYCOMB FIRED BODY, HONEYCOMB FILTER, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HONEYCOMB FIRED BODY

IBIDEN CO., LTD., Ogaki-...

1. A honeycomb fired body comprising:a plurality of cells in each of which one end is plugged and which serve as channels of exhaust gas; and
porous cell partition walls defining the cells
wherein the honeycomb fired body is formed of SiC,
the plurality of cells include peripheral cells located at an outermost peripheral region of the honeycomb fired body and inner cells located more inward than the peripheral cells,
all the inner cells have the same cross-sectional shape that is a rectangle in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof,
each peripheral cell is defined by the cell partition walls and an outer wall forming a periphery of the honeycomb fired body,
the cell partition walls in contact with the outer wall each have a thick wall region where the wall thickness gradually increases toward the outer wall,
the cross-sectional shape of the peripheral cells in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof is a shape formed by reducing the rectangular cross-sectional shape of the inner cells to obtain a reduced rectangle and chamfering or rounding two corners of the reduced rectangle,
the cross-sectional area of each peripheral cell in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof is 60 to 69.5% of the cross-sectional area of each inner cell in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof,
the cell partition walls include inter-peripheral-cell cell partition walls each located between the peripheral cells and inter-inner-cell cell partition walls each located between the inner cells, and
the minimum thickness of the inter-peripheral-cell cell partition walls is greater than the thickness of the inter-inner-cell cell partition walls.

US Pat. No. 10,363,550

MESOPOROUS MATERIAL-COATED COBALT-BASED CATALYST FOR FISCHER-TROPSCH SYNTHESIS AND METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME

WUHAN KAIDI ENGINEERING T...

1. A catalyst, comprising:elemental cobalt;
a carrier, the carrier comprising silica; and
a selective promoter, the selective promoter comprising zirconium; wherein:
the elemental cobalt and the selective promoter are disposed on a surface of the carrier;
outer surfaces of the elemental cobalt and the selective promoter are coated with a shell layer comprising a mesoporous material; and
a hydrophobic organic compound is disposed on an exterior surface of the shell layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,545

POROUS COORDINATION POLYMER AND HYDROGEN MOLECULE STORAGE METHOD, HYDROGEN STORAGE DEVICE, HYDROGEN MOLECULE SEPARATION METHOD AND HYDROGEN PURIFIER USING THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A porous coordination polymer, whereinthe porous coordination polymer is formed of unit lattices;
each of the unit lattices has a shape of a cube having eight vertexes and twelve sides;
each of the vertexes of the unit lattices consists of a Zn4O cluster;
each of the sides of the unit lattices consists of a ?OOC—C?C—COO? group; and
the inside of at least a part of the unit lattices is empty.

US Pat. No. 10,363,543

GAS DRIVEN FLUID TRANSPORT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A fluid transport system comprising:a gas pressure source;
a reservoir pressure vessel having a first volume with a first fraction of a liquid and a gas disposed therein and pressurized by the gas pressure source;
a first valve disposed in a first interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the gas pressure source and the reservoir pressure vessel to selectively control a flow of the gas between the gas pressure source and the reservoir pressure vessel;
a metered pressure vessel having a second volume with a second fraction of the liquid and the gas disposed therein and pressurized by the reservoir pressure vessel;
an outlet;
a second interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the reservoir pressure vessel and the metered pressure vessel providing liquid from the reservoir pressure vessel to the metered pressure vessel;
a third interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the metered pressure vessel and the outlet providing a metered liquid flow from the metered pressure vessel to the outlet;
a second metered pressure vessel having a third volume pressurized by the reservoir pressure vessel with a third fraction of the liquid and the gas provided by the reservoir pressure vessel; and
a fourth interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the reservoir pressure vessel and the second metered pressure vessel; and
a fifth interruptible flow path connecting fluidly the second metered pressure vessel and the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,532

MODULE FOR A COATING APPARATUS FOR GRANULAR BODIES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A module for a coating apparatus for granular bodies (1), the module comprising:a rotatable, hollow cylindrical drum (2) that is an accommodation unit for accommodating the granular bodies (1),
wherein within the drum (2) at least one moveable separating element (8) is disposed on an end side of the drum (2) such that transfer of the granular bodies (1) into the drum (2) and/or out of the drum (2) is achievable in a defined manner by a movement of the at least one moveable separating element (8);
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is movable from a closed position to an open position, wherein, in the closed position, a closed subregion of an underside of the at least one moveable separating element (8) lies radially flush against an inner wall of the drum (2) or is arranged radially offset at a distance from the inner wall of the drum (2) via a gap measuring less than an external diameter of each of the granular bodies (1), and in the open position, the closed subregion on the underside is spaced apart from the inner wall of the drum (2) and, in this said open position of the at least one moveable separating element (8), there is an opening in the lower region between the underside of the respective at least one moveable separating element (8) and the inner wall of the drum (2), through which said opening the granular bodies (1) are arranged to pass, and
wherein the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation (54) to bring the at least one moveable separating element (8) from the closed position into the open position, and the at least one moveable separating element (8) is configured so as to leave a clear space above the closed subregion, and on the end sides of the drum (2) there are elements (6, 7) to which a second drum (2) of at least one second module (3, 5) is connectable in order to form the coating apparatus, and/or to which a closure element (59) is connectable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,531

BEVERAGE PRODUCING SYSTEM COMPRISING A DISPOSABLE CONTAINER

1. A beverage preparation system for providing hot or cold beverages comprising:a beverage dispenser having at least one electromagnet and a control unit for controlling said electromagnet;
at least one disposable container for beverage ingredients which are adapted for being replaceable and insertable into the beverage dispenser, wherein the disposable container includes a reservoir and a dispensing means having an anchor which is arranged to be movable between an open position and a closed position on the dispensing means, and
wherein the anchor is moveable between the open position and the closed position by a magnetic field generated by the at least one electromagnet,
wherein the anchor is arranged on the dispensing means and the anchor opens the dispensing means when in the open position for a continuous through flow of beverage ingredients out of the reservoir and through the dispensing means, and
wherein the disposable container includes an unmovable counter anchor for the anchor whereby magnetic field lines flow in a bundled arrangement and orientate over a front face of the counter anchor in a longitudinal direction of the anchor, and
wherein the counter anchor is fixed within the dispensing means.

US Pat. No. 10,363,530

WIRELESS BLENDING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPO...

1. A blending device comprising:a blender base comprising a housing, a motor having a drive shaft, at least one sensor, and a wireless controller disposed within the housing and operatively communicating via a wireless signal, and wherein the at least one sensor is disposed within or on the housing; and
a container operatively coupled to the blender base, wherein the container is coupled with a blade assembly comprising a splined coupler that is operatively driven by the drive shaft, and
wherein the at least one sensor measures a weight of an ingredient added to the container when the container is coupled to the blender base, and
wherein the wireless controller operatively sends, receives, or sends and receives the wireless signal to or from a wireless device according to a communications protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,363,529

METHOD OF MIXING CROSSLINKING BLENDS IN TOTES FOR USE TO CROSSLINK POLYMER MODIFIED ASPHALTS

1. A method of mixing a crosslinking blend in a portable tote for use to crosslink polymer modified asphalts comprising the steps of providing a portable tote, said tote comprising a rigid tank having a top portion, a bottom portion and a sidewall, defining a tank interior, and having an air mixing system fixedly attached to the tank, said air mixing system containing a hollow wand partially disposed in the interior of the tank, said wand having a proximal end and a distal end, said proximal end exiting the tank but fixedly attached to tank, said tote further comprising a bottom frame supporting said tank, said bottom frame configured to be lifted by a fork lift, said distal end of said wand having at least one accumulator plate positioned thereon, said accumulator plate positioned adjacent the interior bottom portion; said tank having stored therein a crosslinking blend suitable for use to crosslink polymer modified asphalt;said method further comprising the steps of attaching a pulsed gas controller to said proximal end of said wand; attaching a source of compressed gas to said controller; activating said controller to thereby cause mixing of said crosslinking blend by pulsing gases out of the accumulator into the crosslinking blend for a sufficient period of time; discharging said crosslinking blend from the interior of said tank, and removing said controller from said wand, thereby leaving said wand attached to said tank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,526

ENTRY MIXING ELEMENTS AND RELATED STATIC MIXERS AND METHODS OF MIXING

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An entry mixing element for mixing an incoming fluid flow having first and second unmixed components arranged to define a transverse flow cross-section perpendicular to a flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, the entry mixing element having a central axis aligned with the flow direction of the incoming fluid flow, the entry mixing element comprising:an entry dividing wall extending parallel to the central axis; and
a planar front panel comprising an upper front panel portion and a lower front panel portion, the planar front panel being arranged at a leading edge of the entry dividing wall and extending generally transverse to the central axis,
wherein the entry dividing wall and the planar front panel are positioned to divide the incoming fluid flow into a first fluid flow portion and a second fluid flow portion, each of the first and second fluid flow portions containing an amount of the first component and an amount of the second component,
wherein the planar front panel and the entry dividing wall define an upper fluid gate in a first quadrant of the planar front panel through which the first fluid flow portion is directed, and define a lower fluid gate in a second quadrant of the planar front panel through which the second fluid flow portion is directed,
wherein the upper front panel portion has a first edge that partially defines the lower fluid gate and a second edge opposite the first edge that partially defines an upper fluid slot that extends from the upper fluid gate,
wherein the lower front panel portion has a first edge that partially defines the upper fluid gate and a second edge opposite the first edge that partially defines a lower fluid slot that extends from the lower fluid gate, and
wherein the entry dividing wall and the planar front panel are configured to divide the incoming fluid flow into the first and second fluid flow portions in any rotational orientation of the entry mixing element about its central axis relative to the transverse flow cross-section of the incoming fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,363,523

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING APPARATUS

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. An exhaust gas purifying apparatus for installation in a vessel,comprising:
a seawater introduction pipe configured to introduce, via a pump interposed therein, unprocessed seawater;
an electrolyzed alkaline water generator which is connected to the seawater introduction pipe and includes a cathode and an anode, the electrolyzed alkaline water generator being configured to electrolyze the unprocessed seawater introduced therein by the seawater introduction pipe through application of a voltage across the cathode and the anode so as to generate electrolyzed alkaline water from the unprocessed seawater;
an exhaust gas absorption tower, exhaust gas being introduced into, and exhausted from, the exhaust gas absorption tower;
an electrolyzed alkaline water supply line through which the electrolyzed alkaline water is supplied from the electrolyzed alkaline water generator to the exhaust gas absorption tower; and
a spray nozzle connected with the electrolyzed alkaline water supply line to receive the electrolyzed alkaline water and being provided inside the exhaust gas absorption tower, the exhaust gas purifying apparatus being configured to spray the electrolyzed alkaline water through the spray nozzle to purify the exhaust gas through gas-liquid contact between the sprayed electrolyzed alkaline water and the exhaust gas introduced into the exhaust gas absorption tower.

US Pat. No. 10,363,522

AIR IONIZATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

IONaer International Ariz...

1. A method of removing contaminants from air, the method comprising the steps of:(a) activating an ion generator to generate more negative ions than positive ions, wherein the ion generator comprises: (i) a stainless steel ion dispenser configured to receive electrical current responsive to operation of a control system, (ii) an inner electrode electrically coupled to the ion dispenser, the inner electrode comprising a perforated aluminum sheet, (iii) a glass tube disposed at least partially around the inner electrode, and (iv) an outer electrode disposed at least partially around the glass tube, the outer electrode comprising a tubular stainless steel mesh screen;
(b) operating a fan to move air past the ion generator so the air acquires negative ions; and
(c) passing the air with acquired negative ions through an ozone removal catalyst at least partially surrounding the ion generator to remove ozone from the air.

US Pat. No. 10,363,521

FILTER DEVICE, CONTROL VALVE COMPRISING THE FILTER DEVICE, AND FUEL CELL SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA SAGINOMI...

1. A filter device disposed in a moist fluid passage of a system, the filter device comprising:a fluid introducing path via which a fluid that flows in the moist fluid passage is introduced into a filter room from an area below the filter room;
a filter including a filter member permeating the fluid introduced from the fluid introducing path into the filter room and removing foreign matter in the introduced fluid, wherein the filter is located in the filter room;
at least one of:
a first water pooling portion, which is disposed at a first position lower than the filter member on a sidewall side of a bottom of the filter room and on a periphery of the filter, or
a second water pooling portion, which is disposed at a second position lower than the filter member of the filter; and
a fluid discharge path via which a fluid that passed the filter is discharged,
wherein a gap size between the filter and a sidewall of the filter room is configured to allow at least one of a first water level of first water, which is collected from the fluid and is stored in the first water pooling portion, or a second water level of second water, which is collected from the fluid and is stored in the second water pooling portion, to reach a level higher than a lower end surface of the filter member, the lower end surface of the filter member is located opposite to an upper end of the filter, and the upper end of the filter is connected to the fluid discharge path.

US Pat. No. 10,363,520

DRYING CARTRIDGE FOR OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Tesla, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. A gas drying device comprisinga two-piece housing comprising a fixed portion and a detachable portion;
a threaded male connector built into the fixed portion, the threaded male connector having a female restraining nut operable to restrain the fixed portion against the wall of an electric box when the threaded mail connector is inserted into a knockout formed in a wall of the box;
a gasket positioned between the restraining nut and the wall of the box;
a molecular sieve contained within the two-piece housing so that openings in the sieve are open to the ambient atmosphere within the two-piece housing when the housing is closed; and
a volume of desiccant contained within the molecular sieve, wherein at least a portion of the detachable portion comprises a window allowing viewing of the molecular sieve without detaching it from the fixed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,519

AQUEOUS ALKANOLAMINE COMPOSITION AND PROCESS FOR THE SELECTIVE REMOVAL OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE FROM GASEOUS MIXTURES

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A process for selectively removing hydrogen sulfide from a gas mixture comprising hydrogen sulfide comprising the step of contacting the gaseous mixture with a lean aqueous alkanolamine solution that excludes an acid or acid-forming material characterized as a strong acid that includes an organic or inorganic acid having a pKa of 8 or less and that consists of:(i) an amino compound with the formula:
R1R2NCH2CH(OH)CH2OH
wherein R1 and R2 independently represent methyl, ethyl, propyl, or isopropyl groups,
(ii) bis(2-hydroxyethyl)methylamine,
(iii) water,
and
(iv) optionally an additive that is one or more of a physical solvent, an antifoaming agent, an antioxidant; a corrosion inhibitor, a film former, a chelating agent, or a pH adjuster, provided that the additive is not the acid or an acid-forming material.

US Pat. No. 10,363,517

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DEHYDRATE HIGH ACID GAS STREAMS USING MEMBRANES IN AN OIL AND GAS PROCESSING PLANT

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A system for de-bottlenecking an integrated oil and gas production plant including hydrogen sulfide removal and sour-gas injection, comprising:a water-selective membrane for receiving a teed stream comprising water-saturated sour gas containing 1-50% hydrogen sulfide by volume and forming a first retentate stream depleted in water and a first permeate stream enriched in water;
a hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane for receiving the first retentate stream to form a second retentate stream depleted in hydrogen sulfide and a second permeate stream enriched in hydrogen sulfide;
one or more gas processing plants for receiving the second retentate stream and further processing the second retentate stream to produce sales gases; and
a permeate compressor for compressing the second permeate stream and injecting the second permeate stream into an underground formation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,516

FLEXIBLE ADSORBENTS FOR LOW PRESSURE DROP GAS SEPARATIONS

ExxonMobil Research and E...

7. A cyclical pressure swing adsorption process comprising;providing a first adsorbent bed and a second adsorbent bed;
providing a third adsorbent bed disposed between the first adsorbent bed and the second adsorbent bed; wherein the third adsorbent bed shares a first flexible boundary with the first adsorbent bed and a second flexible boundary with the second adsorbent bed; wherein the first adsorbent bed and second adsorbent beds, respectively, have a first and second rigid boundary opposite the first and second flexible boundary;
feeding the first adsorbent bed and the second adsorbent bed with a feed gas comprising a contaminant gas and a product gas at a feed pressure of 10 bara (1.0 MPaa) to 40 bara (4.0 MPaa);
adsorbing the contaminant gas onto the first and second adsorbent beds to produce an effluent stream with a higher concentration of the product gas and a lower concentration of the contaminant gas than the feed gas;
reducing the pressure in the first and second adsorbent beds to a pressure from about 1.0 bara (about 0.1 MPaa) to about 4.0 bara (about 0.4 MPaa);
purging the first and second adsorbent beds with a purge stream to produce a purge stream comprising a higher concentration of the contaminant gas and a lower concentration of the product gas than the feed gas; and
repressurizing the first and second adsorbent beds to a pressure of 10 bara (1.0 MPaa) to 40 bara (4.0 MPaa);
wherein at the conclusion of the feeding, adsorbing, and repressurizing acts, the third adsorbent bed is at a lower pressure than the first and second adsorbent beds; and wherein at the conclusion of the reducing and purging acts, the third adsorbent bed is at a higher pressure than the first and second adsorbent beds.

US Pat. No. 10,363,515

ATMOSPHERIC NEGATIVE IONIZER

1. A system, for removal pollutants from air in environment, the system comprising:an upper half portion;
a lower half portion forming an interior of the system together with an upper half;
hoses, connected to one or more of the upper half and the lower half and configured to flow the air from the environment to the interior;
tourmaline filters, positioned in the lower half and comprising tourmaline; transparent solar windows, positioned in the upper half and configured to receive sunlight from the environment and to direct the sunlight at the tourmaline filters in an adjustable manner, thereby controlling temperature of the tourmaline inside the tourmaline filters; and
water nozzles, positioned in the interior and configured to dispense water within the interior and onto the tourmaline filters at a controlled speed and a controlled direction, wherein the water nozzles have a controllably adjustable diameter,
wherein the system is configured
to form negative ions and artificial precipitation scavenging within the interior and using a combination of the sunlight, the water, and the tourmaline when the tourmaline is at least heated by the sunlight or pressurized by the water disposed from the water nozzles, and
using the negative ions and the artificial precipitation scavenging, to attract the pollutants from the air thereby removing the pollutants from the air in accordance with a natural air remediation, while the air passes through the interior.

US Pat. No. 10,363,514

PROTECTING AN OPTICAL PARTICLE SENSOR FROM PARTICULATE DESPOSITS BY THERMOPHORESIS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A particle sensor comprising:an input flow channel for receiving a gas flow with entrained matter to be sensed;
a thermophoretic arrangement to induce a thermophoretic particle movement from a first region of the input flow channel to a second region of the input flow channel, the first region being warmer than the second region; and
a sensor comprising a particle sensor component which is located in, or downstream of the first region of the input flow channel;
wherein the first region of the input flow channel couples to a first output flow region and the second region of the input flow channel couples to a second output flow region.

US Pat. No. 10,363,513

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING FLUTED FILTRATION MEDIA HAVING TAPERED FLUTES

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for forming fluted media comprising:(a) a first roll comprising a plurality of first roll projections and first roll recesses wherein the first roll provides alternating first roll projections and first roll recesses and wherein at least one of the first roll projections comprises at least two media contact areas separated by a media relaxation area;
(b) a second roll comprising a plurality of second roll recesses and second roll projections wherein the second roll provides alternating second roll recesses and second roll projections; and
(c) the first roll projections, the first roll recesses, the second roll recesses, and the second roll projections are constructed to interact to provide a bite, that, when filtration media passes through the bite, provides the filtration media with a repeating pattern of flutes wherein the repeating pattern of flutes comprises a tapered cross sectional area;
wherein the media contact areas of the first roll comprise a peak contact area configured to form a sharp peak in the fluted media and a ridge contact area configured to form a ridge in the fluted media, the peak being the highest point on the flute and the ridge having a height less than the height of the peak, the peak contact area and ridge contact area providing a coining force between second roll projections on the second roll; and
wherein the media relaxation area of the first roll is defined by the distance between the media contact areas having a gap between the first and second rolls that is greater than the thickness of the media to be fluted.

US Pat. No. 10,363,510

CLIMATE CONTROL FILTER MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MONITORING THE USEFUL LIFE OF A CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM FILTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

10. A method of monitoring useful life of a climate control system filter of a motor vehicle, comprising:periodically setting, by a control module having a control software or a dedicated microprocessor, a climate control system to a filter test configuration;
testing, by said control module, said useful life of said climate control system filter; and
indicating, by an indicator, when said climate control system filter needs changing/cleaning.

US Pat. No. 10,363,509

AIR FILTER CONDITION SENSING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An air filter comprising:filter media comprising a downstream side and an upstream side;
an absolute pressure sensor attached to the downstream side of the filter media adapted to measure downstream pressure while air is moved through the filter media; and
circuitry coupled to the sensor, the circuitry configured to receive pressure data from the sensor representative of the condition of the filter media and wirelessly transmit such data, wherein the sensor does not rely on the monitoring of airflow through a bypass through or around the filter media.

US Pat. No. 10,363,506

FILTER ELEMENT AND FILTER ARRANGEMENT

1. A filter element (3), comprising:an oval filter body (4) of filter medium elongated in a longitudinal direction (LR) having a central axis (MA) arranged extending through a center of the oval filter body (4), the oval filter body having:
an outer circumferential contour (29) of the oval filter body (4) of filter medium is formed by curvature contour sections and straight contour sections;
wherein the curvature contour sections include:
a first curvature contour section and a second curvature contour section are convex and have a first radius curvature,
wherein the first curvature contour section and the second curvature contour section form opposite sides of the outer circumferential contour of the oval filter body (4) of filter medium;
wherein the straight contour sections include:
a first straight contour section and a second straight contour section,
wherein the first straight contour section and the second straight contour section form opposite sides of the outer circumferential contour of the oval filter body (4) of filter medium;
a first end plate (7) having radially inner contour forming a receiving opening (11) extending through the first end plate (7), the first end plate (7) secured to a first axial end of the oval filter body (4),
wherein a radially outer contour of the first end plate (7) runs parallel to the outer circumferential contour of the oval filter body (4);
a circumferential sealing device (4) arranged on outer surface (9) of the first end plate, between the radially outer contour of the first end plate and the radially inner contour of the first end plate, the circumferential sealing device (4) configured to radially seal the filter element (10) off from a filter holder (2) into which the filter element (3) is receivable,
wherein the sealing device (3) has two first sealing device curvature sections (35, 36) arranged one facing the other; and
two second sealing device curvature sections (38, 39) arranged one facing the other,
wherein the first sealing device curvature sections (35, 36) each have a first radius of curvature (R35, R36),
wherein the second sealing device curvature sections (38, 39) each have a second radius of curvature (R38, R39),
wherein the second radius of curvature of the second sealing device curvature sections is larger than the first radius of curvature of the first sealing device curvature sections (35, 36), and
wherein the two second sealing device curvature sections are each arranged between and connected at opposing ends to adjacent ones of the two first sealing device curvature sections, forming a continuous materially integral oval sealing device surrounding the radially inner contour of the first end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,504

FILTER DEVICE FOR FILTERING LIQUIDS

1. A filter device for filtration of a freeze susceptible liquid, comprising:a cylindrical filter element comprising:
a ring-shaped filter bellows having an open central interior extending axially along and encircling a central axis of the cylindrical filter element, wherein a radially outer wall of the ring-shaped filter bellows is a radially outer wall of the cylindrical filter element;
an annular upper end disk fixed onto an axial end face of the ring-shaped filter bellows, the annular upper end disk having a central flow opening extending through the annular upper end disk into the open central interior;
a lower end disk fixed onto an opposite axial end face of the ring-shaped filter bellows, the lower end disk closing off the open central interior at the lower end disk;
a tubular support body arranged within the open central interior, the tubular support body elongated along the central axis;
the tubular support body arranged within the open central interior, the tubular support body having a circumferential wall in the form of a cage having a plurality of web members;
a cylindrical, non-tubular body having a circumferentially closed radial outer surface and opposing closed axial end surfaces together defining and enclosing a continuous cylindrical block of elastically deformable material forming a cylindrical body of elastically deformable material;
wherein the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material is arranged on the central axis, entirely between the annular upper end disk and the lower end disk, and entirely within the open central interior, the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material filling a central interior portion of the open central interior along the central axis, the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material having a material volume filling at least 40% of the open central interior when in an undeformed state;
wherein the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material is arranged entirely within the open central interior, the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material spaced axially away from both the annular upper end disk and the lower end disk;
wherein the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material has an outer diameter that substantially matches an interior diameter of the tubular support body, such that the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material is supported on and directly against a radially inner side of the tubular support body;
wherein an annular gap for liquid flow is formed between a radial outer surface of the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material and a radial inner side of the cylindrical filter element;
wherein the tubular support body is arranged within the annular gap;
wherein the cylindrical body of elastically deformable material forms a compensation element which is adapted to compress in volume as the freeze susceptible liquid in the open central interior freezes and expands.

US Pat. No. 10,363,503

FOLDABLE MULTI-STAGE WATER FILTER SYSTEM

1. A reconfigurable foldable water filtration system, comprising:a plurality of filter cartridge receivers, each filter cartridge receiver having a rectangular horizontal cross section having two opposing long sides and two opposing short sides, and each one of the plurality of filter cartridge receivers being configured to receive a filter cartridge at a bottom of the filter cartridge receiver in a vertical direction;
the plurality of filter cartridge receivers being joined in a series at corresponding corners of adjacent filter cartridge receiver wells, wherein the filter cartridge receivers are joined in a manner that allows the filter cartridge receivers to move horizontally relative to each other about a joint at the corresponding corners; and
the plurality of filter cartridge receivers being alternatively configurable in a flat configuration and a folded configuration and moveable between the flat and folded configurations, wherein in the flat configuration the plurality of filter cartridge receivers are arranged in a line with their long sides parallel to the line, and wherein in the folded configuration the plurality of filter cartridge receivers are arranged in line with their short sides parallel to the line.

US Pat. No. 10,363,502

ELECTROMAGNETIC SENSOR FOR ACTIVE MONITORING OF FILTER MEDIA WITHIN A FILTRATION SYSTEM

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A filter sensor to be used with a filter media contained in a filter housing, comprising:an antenna;
a controller electrically coupled to the antenna and configured to drive an electric signal through the antenna to generate an electromagnetic signal,
wherein the antenna is configured to electromagnetically couple to the filter media via near-field coupling and configured to encompass the filter media,
wherein the controller is configured to detect a characteristic of the antenna, wherein the characteristic of the antenna varies in response to a change of the filter media, and wherein the controller is further configured to determine an indicator indicative of a remaining filter capacity of the filter media based on the characteristic of the antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,363,498

SYSTEM FOR BIOLOGICAL AEROBIC ACTIVATED SLUDGE PROCESS WITH HYDRODYNAMIC SOLID SEPARATION

1. A system for biological aerobic activated sludge treatment with hydrodynamic solid separation, comprising:a) a biological reaction system, wherein contact of an effluent occurs with microorganisms and dissolved oxygen, and subsequent absorption and metabolization of dissolved pollutants, the biological reaction system using a biological reactor (2) comprising a container and a system for the dissolution of air or oxygen, comprising equipment for jet aeration in a liquid, the equipment for jet aeration further comprising:
a liquid ejector (30) having at least one nozzle, that generates hydraulic turbulence by increasing velocity of the liquid per nozzle, wherein a gas is dissolved in the liquid;
a gas ejector (23) receiving the gas and the liquid, under pressure, generating partitioning of the gas and producing gas microbubbles, the gas microbubbles subsequently being discharged into a mixed liquid present in the biological reactor (2), dissolving oxygen in the liquid via diffusion; and
a gas generator (24) comprising an atmospheric air blower, the gas generator having an oxygen concentration greater than atmospheric concentration, or a liquid oxygen-containing cryogenic tank, wherein the oxygen is converted into gas by an atmospheric vaporizer to supply a dissolution system;
b) a hydrodynamic solid separation system, wherein an effluent containing dissolved solids from the biological reactor (2) is transferred to and separated using a hydrodynamic solid separator device (4) installed within the biological reactor (2) and upstream of a gravitational settlor tank (9), wherein a resulting sludge is recycled to the biological reactor, the hydrodynamic solid separator device comprising:
a collector housing (3) comprising a walled structure delimiting an interior of the hydrodynamic separator and allowing installation of at least a second system of the separator, wherein the effluent to the hydrodynamic separator from the biological reactor (2) passes through the collector housing (3), through a multiplicity of holes (5) on a side of the collector housing bordering the biological reactor;
a decanted water liquor collector system (7) that collects a mixed decanted liquid from the hydrodynamic separator while having a minimal hydraulic dragging upon a mass of suspended solids;
a system for collecting of mixed liquor with sedimented solids, collecting a maximum possible mass of suspended solids within the hydrodynamic separator (4), the system comprising a sludge collector (6) having a multiplicity of tubes, the tubes having a multiplicity of sludge collection holes (21) distributed throughout a cross-section of a bottom of the hydrodynamic separator (4); and
a centrifugal hydraulic pump (200), comprising a suctioning element for suctioning the mixed liquor from the mixed liquor with sedimented solids collecting system through a first discharge pipeline (22), discharging the liquor through a second discharge pipeline (11) connected to the biological reactor (2) and passing through the system for the dissolution of air or oxygen; and
c) a gravitational sedimentation of solids system, comprising the sedimentation of solids not separated in the hydrodynamic separator, wherein solids not separated in the hydrodynamic separator are sedimented through gravity using the gravitational settlor tank, and the sludge remaining recycled to the biological reactor, the gravitational settlor tank comprising:
a liquor distribution system connected to the hydrodynamic separator, comprising a tubular device (32) receiving flow from the decanted water liquor collection system through a connected pipeline (10), reducing velocity of the flow and distributing an inlet flow downwardly;
a bottom sludge collector comprising a sloping wall (13) having a maximum angle of 60° to an opposite wall, wherein the sludge sedimented within the sludge collector slides by gravity to a point of collection;
a sludge storage and pumping system, comprising a sludge storage compartment (20) interconnected to a bottom of the gravitational settler by a pipeline (14) and equipped with a centrifugal pump (15) to collect and recycle the sludge to the biological reactor, simultaneously discarding a portion of the sludge through another pipeline (18) having a flow rate controlled by a valve (19); and
a decanting water collection system, comprising a spillway (16) and a decanted and treated water disposal pipeline (17).

US Pat. No. 10,363,495

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTO DISTILLING LIQUIDS AT STRICTLY DEFINED CONDITIONS REGARDLESS OF COMPOSITION

1. A distillation assembly for distillation of liquid samples at atmospheric pressure, said distillation assembly comprising:a flask having a round bottom, a neck portion and a top opening;
a stopper for covering the top opening of said flask;
a heating element in thermal communication with said flask for heating said flask;
a first thermal radiation detector in optical connection with said flask;
a second thermal radiation detector in optical connection with said flask;
a temperature detector traversing said stopper;
a plurality of collimators having an aperture there through, said plurality of collimators housing said first and said second thermal radiation detectors;
a condenser connected to said flask at one end of said condenser;
a receiving vessel/collector in communication with said condenser, said receiving vessel/collector for receiving distillate; and
a base plate for supporting said flask, said base plate having an aperture in the center thereof and positioned between said flask and said heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,494

DEVICE FOR DISTRIBUTING GAS AND LIQUID IN CATALYTIC DISTILLATION COLUMNS

IFP Energies nouvelles, ...

1. A reactive distillation column comprising alternating catalytic zones (8) and distillation zones (B) in which:at each of the catalytic zones (8), a liquid is introduced upstream of said catalytic zones (8) via a central liquid collector comprising a cylindrical or parallelepipedal portion (3) followed by a tubular portion (4) which brings the liquid into a liquid distribution zone (5) located below the catalytic zones (8), said distribution zone (5) having a cross-section that is the same as said catalytic zone,
the liquid then passing through the catalytic zone in upflow mode and being evacuated from said catalytic zone via a peripheral zone (6) abutting a wall of the column or via a system of vents (10) passing through the catalytic zone,
a gas bypasses a catalytic zone (C) via a dedicated peripheral zone (7) or via an array of vertical vents (9) which discharge above an upper level of liquid weirs (12),
the central collector (3) being provided with an overflow device the height H of which, precisely defined as the maximum height of liquid between a level in the weirs (12) of a liquid layer (11) and the top of the overflow device of the central collector (3), has a value of 0.2 m to 2 m.

US Pat. No. 10,363,491

MODULAR TOY VEHICLE WITH DRIVE MECHANISM

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. A modular toy vehicle comprising:a first body portion having a first end and a second end, and defining a first chamber between the first end and the second end of the first body portion, the first body portion including a first elastic member in the first chamber;
a second body portion having a first end and a second end, and defining a second chamber between the first end and the second end of the second body portion, the second body portion including a second elastic member in the second chamber, the first end of the second body portion being releasably coupled to the second end of the first body portion to orient the first chamber and the second chamber in series, and releasably couple the first elastic member and the second elastic member in series;
a front portion coupled to the first end of the first body portion, the front portion including at least one wheel coupled thereto; and
a rear portion coupled to the second end of the second body portion, the rear portion including at least one wheel coupled thereto, the rear portion including an actuator operably connected to the first elastic member disposed within the first chamber and the second elastic member disposed within the second chamber and configured to wind the first and second elastic members to store energy, wherein the energy stored in the elastic members drives the toy vehicle along a support surface when released.

US Pat. No. 10,363,490

INTERACTIVE PAPER BIRD TOY AND FOLDING METHOD

1. A folding method for forming a toy bird character comprising the steps of:a. providing a carrier sheet with a toy bird character design, wherein the toy character design includes:
i) a body panel having a first end and a second opposite end,
ii) a triangular neck panel coupled to the body panel about a first fold indicating line, and
iii) a head element having a first head panel coupled to the neck panel about a second fold indicating line and a second head panel coupled to the neck panel about a third fold indicating line, wherein each head panel includes a proximal top feather portion and a distal beak portion;
b. separating the toy character design from the carrier sheet;
c: folding the toy character design to form the toy bird character by bending the neck panel rearwardly relative to the body panel about the first fold indicating line, bending the first and second head panels about the second and third fold indicating lines, respectively, such that the panels cross each other at the proximal top feather portions and then bringing the distal beak portions into alignment and affixing them together to form a movable head of the toy bird character and bending the body panel forwardly relative to the bending of the neck panel and affixing the first and second ends to define a body of the toy bird character, and
d. providing an aperture in the body configured to receive fingers of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,363,488

DETERMINING HIGHLIGHTS IN A GAME SPECTATING SYSTEM

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system, comprising:one or more computing devices configured to implement a game spectating service configured to stream a plurality of broadcasts received from a plurality of broadcaster devices to a plurality of spectator devices, wherein each broadcast includes video showing game play of a respective broadcaster participating as a player in a game executing on one of a plurality of game systems;
one or more computing devices configured to implement a highlight service configured to:
receive game event data from the plurality of game systems according to an application programming interface (API) to the highlight service, wherein the game event data received from a given game system indicates one or more notable events in a game executing on the respective game system as determined from the respective game event data, and wherein the game event data includes participant highlight tags that indicate one or more participant-specified notable events in the game;
determine a plurality of highlight segments from the plurality of broadcasts, wherein one or more of the plurality of highlight segments are determined according to the received game event data and the participant highlight tags, wherein each highlight segment includes a portion of a respective broadcast showing a notable event from a respective game, and wherein the one or more highlight segments are determined based at least in part on a corresponding participant highlight tag and satisfying a spectator voting threshold; and
provide access to at least some of the plurality of highlight segments for viewing by spectators via game spectating clients executing on the plurality of spectator devices.

US Pat. No. 10,363,487

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING GAME LEVEL ATTRIBUTES BASED ON PLAYER SKILL LEVEL PRIOR TO GAME PLAY IN THE LEVEL

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:calculating, via at least one hardware processor, a player skill level for a player based at least on a plurality of game moves in a first game level completed by the player;
prior to detecting game play of the player in a second game level that allows a finite number of second level game moves, modifying, based on the player skill level, a first attribute of the second game level, the first attribute comprising a rate of appearance of a particular type of virtual object;
detecting game play of the player in the second game level;
while the player has played an amount of game moves less than the finite number of allowed second level game moves:
identifying a difference between a current rate of progression of the player through the second game level and a reference rate of progression for the second game level; and
due to the difference, causing display during game play of the player in the second game level of at least one of a number of instances of the particular type of virtual object according to the rate of appearance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,485

OPACITY METHOD AND DEVICE THEREFOR

KING.COM LTD., St. Julia...

1. A method comprising the following implemented by at least one processor of a device, said at least one processor being in communication with a user interface and at least one memory:displaying on a display of said device a display area for a game having a plurality of game objects displayed at game object positions;
displaying a first object having a transparency factor at a first location, said first object overlying at least one of said plurality of game objects;
detecting a trigger event;
modifying at least one of said transparency factor of said first object, a transparency factor of a game pointer, and a transparency factor of at least one game object; and
displaying at least one of said first object, said game pointer, and said at least one game object with said at least one modified transparency factor;
wherein the transparency factor of the first object is set to a transparency level such that at least one of the game objects is visible through the first object; and
wherein the first object comprises a message offering one or more game objects or elements to a player of the game for use in the game.

US Pat. No. 10,363,484

GENERATING GAME CONFIGURATIONS

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer system comprising:a processor;
a memory device holding an instruction set executable on the processor to cause the computer system to perform operations comprising:
generating a new game configuration by:
accessing, in a game configuration library, a set of rules for a prior game configuration of a word forming game, the set of rules defining operations for composing a gameboard comprising a set of selectable tiles, the set of rules being applicable to the set of selectable letter tiles; and
changing at least a portion of the set of rules based at least in part on a range of scores of a group of players that previously played the virtual game according to the prior game configuration;
generating a game configuration quality score for the new game configuration, the generating of the game configuration quality score comprising calculating a game configuration heuristic based at least in part on the range of scores of the group of players and based at least in part on a plurality of word counts for respective words, wherein each word count represents how many times the group of players have played the corresponding word; and
adding the new game configuration to a set of game configurations in the game configuration library data structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,483

METHODOLOGY FOR EQUALIZING SYSTEMIC LATENCIES IN TELEVISION RECEPTION IN CONNECTION WITH GAMES OF SKILL PLAYED IN CONNECTION WITH LIVE TELEVISION PROGRAMMING

Winview, Inc., Carmel, C...

1. A method of preventing a first set of participants of a game of skill or chance or other entertainment at a live event from having an advantage over a second set of participants of the game of skill or chance or other entertainment watching the live event by receiving online content comprising:a. determining a site that serves a set of Internet-enabled mobile devices at a venue site;
b. determining the set of Internet-enabled mobile devices that are utilizing the site of the venue site;
c. determining a subset of Internet-enabled mobile devices within the set of Internet-enabled mobile devices that are located within the venue site; and
d. generating one or more separate groups of competitions based on the subset of Internet-enabled mobile devices within the set of Internet-enabled mobile devices that are located within the venue site.

US Pat. No. 10,363,482

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CLOUD EXECUTING MINI-GAMES AND SOCIAL TAGGING

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for processing mini-games executed in a game cloud system, comprising:providing, on a server, a plurality of mini-games, created based on a video recording of a game play for a game title, wherein and each of the plurality of mini-games is defined from a portion selected from the video recording, the portion is associated with state data produced during said game play of the game title, the state data identifies actions taken to produce scenes present in the video recording from the game title,
identifying, for each of the mini-game, the state data to enable functionality in each mini-game, the portion is is used to identify parts of the executable code of the game title, and each part of the executable code for each mini-game is identified using pointers to access code from the executable code of the game title, wherein the plurality of mini-games are sharable to a social network; and
detecting user interactions with ones of the plurality of mini-games that are shared in the social network, wherein user interaction with each mini-game causes construction of the mini-game using the executable code of the game title and the state data;
ranking the mini-games based on the user interactions;
wherein user interactions include game play of said ones of the plurality of mini-games via streaming execution by the game cloud system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,481

SYSTEM FOR MULTI-USER COMMUNICATIONS USING DISCRETE VIDEO GAME PLATFORMS

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game-playing system comprising:a plurality of game-playing devices, each game-playing device being configured to execute, using a processor thereof, game software, the game software including instructions to establish a unique gaming environment for the game-playing device on which it is being executed, the respective gaming environments each including resident characters and being based at least in part on random data; and
at least one physically movable, portable handheld object including non-volatile read/write memory that tangibly stores game character-related data usable in connection with the game software, the at least one object being intermittently coupleable to individual ones of the game-playing devices, wherein the at least one object is not a game-playing device in the plurality of game-playing devices;
wherein a first game-playing device from the plurality of game-playing devices executing game software thereon is configured to present a first gaming environment and, consistent with player-interaction with the game software being executed thereon:
read character-related data from the at least one object to activate an avatar in the first gaming environment, the avatar having attributes defined at least in part by the read character-related data and being usable in the first gaming environment conditioned on the at least one object being coupled to the first game-playing device,
modify the character-related data,
write the modified character-related data to the at least one object, and
make the avatar unavailable in the first gaming environment, responsive to decoupling of the at least one object from the first game-playing device, the first game-playing device still permitting player-interaction with the first gaming environment even though the at least one object is no longer coupled thereto;
wherein a second game-playing device from the plurality of game-playing devices, different from the first game-playing device, executing game software thereon, is configured to present a second gaming environment that is different from the first gaming environment and:
responsive to the at least one object being coupled to the second game-playing device after the modified character-related data has been written to the at least one object, read the modified character-related data from the at least one object to activate the avatar in the second gaming environment, the avatar now having modified attributes defined at least in part by the read modified character-related data and now being usable in the second gaming environment conditioned on the at least one object being coupled to the second game-playing device, and
further modify the modified character-related data, consistent with player-interaction with the game software being executed on the second game-playing device;
wherein the at least one object is manufactured to include a human-perceivable visual appearance that correlates with how the avatar is to be displayed in the gaming environments presented by the respective game-playing devices;
wherein successive coupling operations involving the at least one object enable a further character, different from the avatar, to be made available in the gaming environments of successively coupled-to game-playing devices without human game-player knowledge of at least the initial transfer to the at least one portable object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,480

GAMING MACHINE WITH A CURVED DISPLAY

Video Gaming Technologies...

1. A gaming machine comprising:a cabinet;
a curved video display device comprising at least one display portion, the at least one display portion including an opening within the at least one display portion, wherein a peripheral device is mounted within the opening and accessible by a user of the gaming machine; and
a processor programmed to display, on the at least one display portion of the curved video display device, a graphic adjacent to the peripheral device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,479

METHODS FOR CONTROLLER PAIRING WITH ASSIGNED DIFFERENTIATING COLOR/PLAYER

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method of pairing controllers to a base computing device comprising:establishing communication between a first and second controller and the base computing device, the communication identifying each of the first and second controllers as active;
receiving a pairing initiation signal, at the base computing device, from each of the first and second controllers, the pairing initiation signal from each of the first and second controllers being generated respectively in response to physical contact between the first and second controllers, the physical contact being a tap between the first and second controllers and the tap is detected respectively by an accelerometer of each of the first and second controllers;
determining, at the base computing device, that the pairing initiation signal from each of the first and second controllers correlate in time to each other and responsively setting the first and second controllers as paired to a first player; and
transmitting, from the base computing device, instructions to one of the first or second controllers to cause a light of the first controller to illuminate in a first color and a light of the second controller to illuminate in the first color.

US Pat. No. 10,363,478

MOBILE FREEWHEELING PLAYING CARD CART

1. A freewheeling playing card cart, comprising: a base, wherein said base comprises a tray having at least two playing card compartments on a top of said tray, wherein said playing card compartments are configured to accept and retain a stack of playing cards, wherein said playing card compartments comprise a generally rectangular shape; at least three swivel wheels attached to said base such that said base is configured to roll on said wheels in any direction in a 360 degree radius; and wherein said playing card cart is free-wheeling, wherein said playing cart is configured to be used on a table top; wherein said cart comprises one or more handles, and wherein said base defines a plane and said one or more handles are located at opposing ends of said base and extend vertically and normal to said plane.

US Pat. No. 10,363,477

BODY PROTECTIVE PADDING WITH NON-BURSTING GAS CELLS

1. A hip protective pad comprising:a brief for retention on a waist and legs of a user;
a left base hard shell is attached to an outside surface of a left side of said brief;
a left inside padding is retained behind said left base hard shell on an inside surface of said brief;
a right base hard shell is attached to an outside surface of a right side of said brief;
a right inside padding is retained behind said right base hard shell on an inside surface of said brief;
an inside surface of at least one left outside gas cell layer is attached to an outside surface of said left base hard shell, said at least one left outside gas cell layer includes a left base sheet and a left cell sheet, a plurality of left gas cells are created by joining said left cell sheet to said left base sheet; and
an inside surface of at least one right outside gas cell layer is attached to an outside surface of said right base hard shell, said at least one right outside gas cell layer includes a right base sheet and a right cell sheet, a plurality of right gas cells are created by joining said right cell sheet to said right base sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,476

OBJECT TRACKING SYSTEM PERFORMANCE DISPLAY

ISOLYNX, LLC, Haverhill,...

1. A computer-implemented tool that displays performance of an athlete tracking system that receives signals from a tracking tag located within a tracking area to determine locations of the tracking tag and an error condition due to at least one of a hardware error of the tracking system, a hardware error of the tracking tag, and a configuration error of the tracking system, the tool comprising:a processor;
a non-transitory memory communicatively coupled with the processor; and
a visual plotting module implemented as machine-readable instructions stored within the memory and executable by the processor to display on a graphical representation of at least part of the tracking area: (a) a sequence of non-error symbols corresponding to the determined locations of the tracking tag, and (b) an error symbol corresponding to a last-known location, of the determined locations, immediately prior to the error condition, the error symbol indicating the error condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,475

ATHLETICISM RATING AND PERFORMANCE MEASURING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of processing athletic sensor data comprising:receiving through a first wireless communication link of a first portable base unit, performance data of a first athlete collected by at least one sensor during the first athlete's performance of an athletic activity during a first time frame, wherein the receiving is conducted during at least a portion of the first time frame;
processing the performance data of the first athlete at the first base unit by seamlessly integrating the collected performance data into an automatically calculated athletic performance score for the first athlete for the performance of the athletic activity utilizing performance data received from the at least one sensor collected during the first time frame of the athletic performance;
receiving through a first wireless communication link of a second portable base unit, performance data of a second athlete collected by at least one sensor during the second athlete's performance of the athletic activity during a second time frame, wherein the receiving is conducted during at least a portion of the second time frame;
processing the performance data of the second athlete at the second base unit by seamlessly integrating the collected performance data into an automatically calculated athletic performance score for the second athlete for the performance of the athletic activity utilizing performance data received from the at least one sensor collected during the second time frame of the athletic performance;
automatically applying performance data from the first time frame and the second time frame to a sport-specific athleticism rating equation to generate a sport-specific performance score for each of the first athlete and the second athlete;
receiving performance data from a third athlete during performance of a sport-specific activity during a third time frame, and in response, processing the performance scores of the first athlete and the second athlete to determine which of the first and the second athlete should replace the third athlete in the sport-specific activity; and
outputting a determination of a selection of either the first athlete or the second athlete to replace the third athlete in the sport-specific activity occurring during the third time frame.

US Pat. No. 10,363,474

INFORMATION-PRESENTATION STRUCTURE WITH IMPACT-SENSITIVE COLOR CHANGE BY LIGHT EMISSION

1. An information-presentation (“IP”) structure comprising an object-impact (“OI”) structure having an exposed surface for being impacted by an object during an activity, the OI structure comprising a variable-color (“VC”) region which extends to the exposed surface at a surface zone and normally appears along it largely as a principal color during the activity, an impact-dependent (“ID”) portion of the VC region responding to the object impacting the surface zone at an ID object-contact (“OC”) area spanning where the object contacts the surface zone by temporarily emitting light suitable for forming color different from the principal color if the impact meets threshold impact criteria such that the ID portion temporarily appears along an ID print area of the surface zone largely as changed color materially different from the principal color, the OC area being capable of being of substantially arbitrary shape, the print area at least partly encompassing, at least mostly outwardly conforming largely to, and being largely concentric with the OC area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,472

TRAINING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CUING A JUMPER ON A JUMP OVER A CROSSBAR

1. A training system for a jumper on a jump path over a crossbar comprising:a sensor near the crossbar for sensing the jumper along a direction paralleling the crossbar and for producing a plurality of data points representative of the lowest edge of the jumper in the vicinity of the crossbar at a given time;
a computer coupled to said sensor for receiving the plurality of data points and programmed for calculating therefrom an extrapolated curved flight path for the sensed lowest edge of the jumper and for producing a cuing signal if the extrapolated flight path of the sensed lowest edge of the jumper reaches a predetermined minimum distance from the crossbar; and
a cuing device coupled to said computer for receiving the cuing signal and for cuing the jumper during the jump that the predetermined distance has been reached such that the jumper can react during the jump.

US Pat. No. 10,363,468

SPORTS SHAFT WITH STIFFENING BUMPER

SPORT MASKA INC., Montre...

1. A sports shaft comprising:an elongated body having a perimeter defined by four main walls defining a rectangular cross-section and interconnected through four edge walls, the edge walls being spaced apart around the perimeter;
a respective bumper covering and extending along at least part of a length of the edge walls, a cross-sectional area of the respective bumper being less than or equal to that of the elongated body, and the respective bumper having a crescent cross-sectional shape;
wherein the main and edge walls without the respective bumper have a first stiffness along the at least part of the length of the at least one of the edge walls;
wherein a combination of the respective bumper with the at least one of the edge walls has a second stiffness along the at least part of the length of the at least one of the edge walls which is greater than the first stiffness; and
wherein the respective bumper has a stiffness along the at least part of the length of the at least one of the edge walls which is greater than the first stiffness.

US Pat. No. 10,363,467

TETHERABLE GOLF TEE AND TEEING SYSTEM

1. A golf tee, comprising:a body including a first end for inserting into an external surface and a second end opposite the first end; and
a crown located on the second end, the crown configured for resting a golf ball thereon,
wherein:
the body further includes a first aperture and a second aperture located between the first end and the second end for tethering the golf tee to another object,
the first aperture is located at a first position on the body,
the second aperture is located at a second position on the body,
the second position is closer to the first end than the first position,
the body includes a hollow portion extending from the second end to at least the second position, and
the crown includes a third aperture to access the hollow portion of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,466

GOLF CLUB HEADS WITH CAVITIES AND INSERTS AND RELATED METHODS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising:
a strikeface at a front of the golf club head;
a backface opposite the strikeface;
a heel region;
a toe region opposite the heel region;
a sole;
a rear portion at a rear of the golf club head; and
a cavity located between the backface and the rear portion, the cavity comprising:
a face side wall comprising a portion of the backface;
a rear side wall opposite the face side wall, the rear side wall comprising a recess extending from the heel region to the toe region;
a bottom wall between the face side wall and the rear side wall; and
a width measured from the face side wall to the rear side wall;
and
an insert received within the cavity;
wherein:
the insert comprises:
a first component comprising a back surface configured to be adjacent to the rear side wall of the golf club head, a front surface opposite the back surface, a bottom surface, a top surface opposite the bottom surface, a toe-region side, a heel region side opposite the toe-region side, and an elastically deformable material; and
a retainer comprising a top surface, a bottom surface and a plastically deformable material, the retainer is configured to be removably received within the first component of the insert without the use of threads;
wherein the retainer of the insert comprises a width greater than the width of the cavity and a width of the first component of the insert;
wherein when the insert is received in the cavity, the retainer is bent to create a U-shape within the cavity;
wherein the bent retainer exerts a retaining force on the face side wall and the rear side wall to retain the insert in the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,465

GOLF CLUB AND GOLF CLUB HEAD STRUCTURES

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a golf club head body having a crown,
a sole,
a toe portion,
a heel portion,
a rear portion, and
a ball striking face configured for striking a golf ball,
the club head body defining an interior chamber,
a first receptacle connected to the golf club head body,
the first receptacle comprising a first tube having an opening on the sole and a first length extending from the sole toward the crown,
wherein the first tube has a portion that is exposed to an exterior of the club head;
and a first weight member configured to be received by the first receptacle, the first weight member being elongated and having a first end and a second end,
with a second length defined between the first and second ends,
wherein the first end is heavier than the second end, and the second length generally corresponds to the first length,
wherein the first receptacle has internal threads configured to secure the first weight member within the first receptacle, and
wherein the first weight member is configured to be inserted into and removed from the first receptacle, and
the first weight member is further configured to be flipped such that the heavier first end can be located proximal the crown or proximal the sole to adjust a spin rate of the golf ball generated after the ball striking face strikes the golf ball; and
a second receptacle connected to the golf club head body,
the second receptacle comprising a second tube having an opening on the sole and a third length extending from the sole toward the crown,
wherein the second tube has a portion that is exposed to an exterior of the club head;
and a second weight member configured to be received by the second receptacle, the second weight member being elongated and having a third end and a fourth end,
with a fourth length defined between the third and fourth ends,
wherein the third end is heavier than the fourth end, and the fourth length generally corresponds to the third length,
wherein the second receptacle has internal threads configured to secure the second weight member within the second receptacle, and
wherein the second weight member is configured to be inserted into and removed from the second receptacle, and
the second weight member is further configured to be flipped such that the heavier third end can be located proximal the ball striking face or proximal the rear portion to adjust the spin rate of the golf ball generated after the ball striking face strikes the golf ball.

US Pat. No. 10,363,464

PUTTER WITH INTEGRAL SIGHTLINE AND SOLE PLATE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A putter comprising:a putter body having a striking face member, a body comprised of a plurality of spaced apart body portions extending rearward from a back surface of the striking face member that form an upper surface that is visible to a player when in the address position and a bottom surface that is not visible to the player when in the address position, and
a sole plate that is coupled to the bottom surface of the body,
wherein the body comprises at least one aperture between the spaced apart body portions and the sole plate includes a plurality of integral sightlines that protrude vertically from the sole plate through the aperture such that they are above the upper surface of the spaced apart body portions and are visible to the player in the address position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,462

GOLF BALLS HAVING FOAM, HOLLOW, OR METAL CENTER AND PLASTICIZED THERMOPLASTIC CORE LAYER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball, comprising a core assembly and cover having at least one layer, the core assembly comprising:i) an inner core layer comprising a metal material, the inner core having an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core center), the Hinner core surface being greater than the Hinner core center to provide a positive hardness gradient, the inner core having a diameter in the range of about 0.100 to about 1.100 inches; and
ii) an outer core layer formed from a plasticized thermoplastic composition comprising;
a) an acid copolymer of ethylene and an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid, optionally including a softening monomer selected from the group consisting of alkyl acrylates and methacrylates;
b) a plasticizer; and
c) a cation source present in an amount sufficient to neutralize from about 0 to about 100% of all acid groups present in the composition; and
d) a rubber compound present in an amount greater than 50% by weight based on the combined weight of the acid copolymer and rubber;
the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core layer and having a thickness in the range of about 0.200 to about 1.200 inches and having an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC) and a midpoint hardness (Hmidpoint of OC), the Houter surface of OC being greater than the Hmidpoint of OC to provide a positive hardness gradient,
wherein the diameter of the inner core is less than the thickness of the outer core layer and the center hardness of the inner core (Hinner core center) is in the range of about 30 Shore C to about 65 Shore C and the outer surface hardness of the outer core layer (Houter surface of OC) is in the range of about 40 Shore C to about 85 Shore C to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,363,461

MULTI-PIECE SOLID GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A multi-piece solid golf ball comprising a core, a cover and an intermediate layer therebetween,wherein the core, a sphere composed of the core and the intermediate layer which peripherally encases the core (intermediate layer-encased sphere), and the ball have respective surface hardnesses, expressed in terms of Shore D hardness, which satisfy the relationship
ball surface hardness?surface hardness of intermediate layer-encased sphere?core surface hardness;
the thickness of the cover is not more than 1.2 mm, and
the core has a hardness profile which, expressed in terms of JIS-C hardness, satisfies the following relationships:
20?core surface hardness (Cs)?core center hardness (Cc),
5?[hardness at a position 5 mm from core center (C5)?core center hardness (Cc)]>0, and
[core surface hardness (Cs)?core center hardness (Cc)]/[hardness at a position midway between core surface and core center (Cm)?core center hardness (Cc)]?4.

US Pat. No. 10,363,460

MULTI-PIECE SOLID GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A multi-piece solid golf ball comprising a core of at least one layer, a cover of at least one layer, and at least one intermediate layer interposed between the core and the cover, wherein the core has a deflection when compressed under a final load of 1,275 N (130 kgf) from an initial load state of 98 N (10 kgf) of at least 4.0 mm, the intermediate layer material has a melt flow rate (MFR) of at least 2.5 g/10 min, the intermediate layer has a thickness of from 1.0 to 1.8 mm, the cover is composed primarily of polyurethane, the cover has a thickness of from 0.5 to 1.0 mm, the cover has a Shore D hardness of at least 55, the sum of the intermediate layer thickness and the cover thickness is not more than 2.2 mm, and the value obtained by subtracting the Shore D hardness of the intermediate layer material from the Shore D hardness of the cover material is from ?10 to 0, andwherein the core is formed of a rubber composition comprising:
(a) a base rubber,
(b) an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid and/or a metal salt thereof,
(c) a crosslinking initiator, and
(d) a metal carboxylate in which the carboxylic acid bonded to metal is of two or more different types and at least one of the carboxylic acids has 8 or more carbon atoms, the component (d) being selected from the group consisting of zinc monostearate monopalmitate, zinc monostearate monomyristate, zinc monostearate monolaurate, zinc monopalmitate monomyristate, zinc monopalmitate monolaurate, zinc monostearate monoacrylate, zinc monostearate monomethacrylate, zinc monostearate monomaleate, zinc monostearate monofumarate, zinc monopalmitate monoacrylate, zinc monopalmitate monomethacrylate, zinc monopalmitate monomaleate, zinc monopalmitate monofumarate, zinc monomyristate monoacrylate, zinc monomyristate monomethacrylate, zinc monomyristate monomaleate, zinc monomyristate monofumarate, zinc monolaurate monoacrylate, zinc monolaurate monomethacrylate, zinc monolaurate monomaleate and zinc monolaurate monofumarate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,458

METHODS FOR TREATING GOLF BALLS HAVING A THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANE COVER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A method for forming a coated golf ball, comprising the steps of:providing a golf ball comprising at least one core layer and an outer cover layer, wherein the outer cover layer is formed from a thermoplastic polyurethane composition;
applying a mixture comprising: i) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of multi-functional amines, imines, and isocyanates; and ii) solvent, to the outer cover layer;
applying a first polyurethane coating comprising unreacted isocyanate groups and having an isocyanate index of at least about 115 to the outer cover layer;
treating the golf ball with heat; and
applying a second polyurethane coating to the outer cover of the golf ball to form a coated golf ball.

US Pat. No. 10,363,457

GOLF BALLS WITH AERODYNAMIC SUBSURFACES

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core;
a cover surrounding the core;
an exterior surface provided on the cover having an exterior radius R0;
at least a first subsurface having a first perimeter and a subsurface radius R1 and at least two dimples located solely within the first subsurface,
wherein the first subsurface is offset from the exterior surface by a value ?1 such that R1=R0??1 and ?1 is between about 0.009 and about 0.020 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,363,455

EXERCISE MACHINE AND CROSS TRAINER

1. An exercise system to provide a full body cardiovascular and upper body work out comprising:at least one piece of adjustable weight training apparatus;
a mountable cardiovascular machine;
wherein the at least one piece of adjustable weight training machine is configured with and directly connected to the mountable cardiovascular machine;
wherein the adjustable weight training apparatus comprises, support equipment, resistance cables, cable pulleys, weight handles and weight plates wherein the weight training apparatus is adjusted by a user whom has mounted the mountable cardiovascular machine;
wherein the user adjusts the amount of weight the user desires to undertake in upper body exercise by selecting the number of weight plates the user desires;
wherein the adjustable weight training apparatus is adjusted by the user so that the apparatus is positioned over the user's head, at a midway position or in a lowered position;
wherein the exercise system apparatus further comprises weight trays designed to hold at least two free weights;
wherein the weight trays are configured in the front section of the mountable cardiovascular machine in front of the user within reach of the user;
wherein weight trays are also attached to the mountable cardiovascular machine and positioned on both sides of the user within reach of the user;
wherein the exercise system further comprises an “app” uploaded onto a smart or mobile device;
wherein the “app” provides the user with a rate that the user engages in cardiovascular exercise and also directs the user as to the upper body exercises to be undertaken using the adjustable weight training apparatus;
wherein the user engages in cardiovascular exercise while simultaneously engaging in upper body weight training thereby engaging in a full body workout including both cardiovascular and upper body exercises.

US Pat. No. 10,363,454

PORTABLE FITNESS MONITORING METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for providing audible output to a user during an athletic activity using a portable fitness monitoring device, comprising the steps of:the portable fitness monitoring device receiving user input comprising selecting a tone indicating a desired style of audio feedback;
the portable fitness monitoring device generating a data array based on the user input;
the portable fitness monitoring device selecting an audio feedback file package based on the user input, and processing the selected audio feedback file package to provide audible output to the user during the athletic activity, wherein the processing comprises generating an audio feedback phrase based on an association between the data array and an index source;
the portable fitness monitoring device providing preliminary audio coaching prior to commencement of the athletic activity in a first tone of audio feedback; and
the portable fitness monitoring device providing coaching feedback during the athletic activity in a second tone of audio feedback that differs from the first tone.

US Pat. No. 10,363,452

ELASTIC EXERCISE DEVICE

1. An arm and chest exercise device comprising:first and second arm cuffs configured to respectively encircle an upper portion of a user's left and right arms; and
a central elastic member of generally rectangular shape, the first and second arm cuffs being attached to opposite ends in a longitudinal direction of the central elastic member, the central elastic member having a length sufficient to extend across a chest of the user, the central elastic member comprising a rubber sheet having a width, length and thickness where the width and length are at least ten times the thickness;
wherein the rubber sheet is expansible in a first direction between the first and second arm cuffs and expansible in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, expansibility of the rubber sheet in the first direction being substantially equal to expansibility of the rubber sheet in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,451

CROSS-TRAINING TREADMILL

1. A cross-training treadmill comprises:a treadmill;
a first weight-engaging pulley mechanism;
a second weight-engaging pulley mechanism;
a first guide channel;
a second guide channel;
a power source;
the treadmill comprises a processing unit, a first lateral edge, a treadmill belt track, and a second lateral edge;
the first weight-engaging pulley mechanism and the second weight-engaging pulley mechanism each comprise a slidable base;
the treadmill belt track being positioned in between the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge;
the first guide channel being positioned adjacent the first lateral edge;
the second guide channel being positioned adjacent the second lateral edge;
the slidable base of the first weight-engaging mechanism being slidably positioned along the first guide channel;
the slidable base of the second weight-engaging pulley mechanism being slidably positioned along the second guide channel;
the power source being electrically connected to the processing unit;
the treadmill further comprises a control housing;
the first guide channel and the second guide channel each comprise a proximal end, a channel body, and a distal end;
the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge each comprise a terminal end;
the channel body extending from the proximal end to the distal end;
the terminal end of the first lateral edge being positioned adjacent the distal end of the first guide channel;
the terminal end of the second lateral edge being positioned adjacent the distal end of the second guide channel; and
the control housing being connected to the terminal ends.

US Pat. No. 10,363,449

EXERCISE DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

Campbelle Limited, Timar...

1. An exercise device, including:i. an elongate support element;
ii. a pivot adjustably positioned at an intermediate point along the length of the elongate support element, wherein the position of the pivot along the length of the elongate support element is adjustable in order to adjust a level of assistance or resistance provided by the device;
iii. one or more lower body supports mounted on the elongate support element on a first side of the pivot; and
iv. one or more upper body supports mounted on the elongate support element on a second side of the pivot.

US Pat. No. 10,363,448

LIQUID BUOYANCE MUSCLE TRAINING DEVICE

1. A liquid buoyancy muscle training device, comprising:a liquid receiving tank;
a buoyantly submergible member, which is provided therein with a regulation chamber, which selectively receives and holds liquid and gas to allow the buoyantly submergible member to selectively float in liquid contained in the liquid receiving tank;
at least one bottom pulley, which is mounted inside the liquid receiving tank such that the buoyantly submergible member is floating above the bottom pulley;
a rope, which has a first end, a second end, and an intermediate section connected between the first end and the second end, the first end being connected to a bottom of the buoyantly submergible member, the intermediate section being wrapped around the bottom pulley, the second end being arranged to extend upward to project outside the liquid receiving tank;
a liquid regulation tank, which is connected through a liquid supply tube to the regulation chamber of the buoyantly submergible member such that liquid is allowed to flow between the liquid regulation tank and the regulation chamber through the liquid supply tube; and
a gas supplier, which is connected through a gas supply tube to the regulation chamber of the buoyantly submergible member, the gas supply tube comprising a gas valve mounted thereto, the gas supplier being operable to supply gas through the gas supply tube into the regulation chamber, the gas valve being operable to selectively open and close in order to selectively discharge the gas from the regulation chamber through the gas supply tube to adjust a ratio between the liquid and gas contained in the regulation chamber.