US Pat. No. 10,427,445

ILLUMINATABLE ASSEMBLY

1. An illuminatable assembly comprising:a support configured to support a light-emitting panel provided by a mobile computing device; and
a plurality of sheets movably coupled to said support;
wherein each said sheet comprises a light transmission portion communicating between sheet front and back surfaces; and
wherein when said sheets dispose in a first position, said light transmission portions dispose in overlaying engagement to provide aligned light transmission portions.

US Pat. No. 10,427,444

METHOD FOR APPLYING AT LEAST ONE ENCLOSING ELEMENT TO A FLAT PRODUCT COMPOSITION, AND ENCLOSING ELEMENT APPLYING DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

FERAG AG, Hinwil (CH)

1. An enclosing element application device for performing a method for applying at least one enclosing element comprising an individual element made from paper, to a sheet-like product assortment comprising multiple products, including printed products or advertising material, comprising a transportation device for transporting the sheet-like product assortment that defines a transportation path running through an application unit, wherein the application unit is equipped with means for holding ready for use an enclosing element to be applied, comprising an individual element made from paper, at a predetermined point of the transportation path in a position where it crosses the transportation path, wherein stop means are provided, spaced apart on both sides of the transportation path, against which lies the enclosing element to be applied across the transportation path, and is supported in the direction of transportation in such a way that product assortments transported on the transportation path can be moved between the stop means, carrying enclosing elements along with them; andwherein the application unit is equipped with pressure means for pressing the carried-along enclosing element against side faces of a product assortment situated parallel to the transportation path, and arranged behind the stop means in the direction of transportation,
wherein the pressure means comprise an upper pressure brush and a lower pressure brush arranged essentially parallel to each other and parallel to the transportation path extending parallel to the transportation path, one above the other at a distance such that the ends of their bristles meet at the level of the transportation path, and that a product assortment transported on the transportation path through the application unit can be moved through between the upper pressure brush and the lower pressure brush.

US Pat. No. 10,427,443

LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATE PRECURSOR, METHOD OF PREPARING LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATE, AND LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING METHOD

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A lithographic printing plate precursor comprising:an aluminum support; and
an image recording layer on the aluminum support,
wherein the aluminum support includes an anodized film on a surface of the image recording layer side,
the anodized film has micropores extending in a depth direction from the surface of the anodized film on the image recording layer side,
an average pore diameter of the micropores in the surface of the anodized film is greater than 0 ?m and 0.03 ?m or less,
an average maximum diameter of the micropores inside the anodized film is in a range of 0.04 ?m to 0.30 ?m,
an average value A nm of thicknesses of surface opening portions starting from the surface of the anodized film and having a pore diameter inside the anodized film of greater than 0 ?m and 0.03 ?m or less and an average value B nm of thicknesses of internal maximum diameter portions in which pore diameters of the micropores inside the anodized film are in a range of 0.04 ?m to 0.30 ?m satisfy a relationship of 2.5?B/A?28.0,
the average value B of thicknesses of the internal maximum diameter portions is in a range of 500 nm to 2800 nm, and
the image recording layer contains an acid color former.

US Pat. No. 10,427,442

MULTI-PASS UV INKJET PRINTER FOR OUTPUTTING HIGH GLOSSY VARNISH AND PRINTING METHOD USING THE SAME

Great Computer Corporatio...

1. A multi-pass ultraviolet (UV) inkjet printer for outputting high glossy varnish including an inkjet module for performing a printing job by moving back and forth across the printer, the inkjet module having a varnish print head for outputting varnish on a substrate, the multi-pass UV inkjet printer comprising:a side UV light irradiation device provided at a side of the inkjet module, wherein a width of the side UV light irradiation device in a direction parallel with the varnish print head is less than a width of the varnish print head, and wherein the width of the area not overlapped by the varnish print head and the side UV light irradiation device in a direction perpendicular to the varnish print head is greater than the width of one pass; and
a front UV light irradiation device provided in front of the inkjet module not overlapping with the varnish print head,
wherein the side UV light irradiation device and the front UV light irradiation device are activated at the same time as the varnish is being outputted, and the UV irradiation power of the side UV light irradiation device is less than the UV irradiation power of the front UV light irradiation device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,441

THERMAL TRANSFER SHEET

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A thermal transfer sheet comprising:a substrate;
a peel-off layer adapted to remove a transfer layer of an intermediate transfer medium; and
a primer layer;
wherein the primer layer and the peel-off layer are provided in this order on the substrate;
wherein the primer layer is formed directly on a surface of the substrate and directly contacts both the substrate and the peel-off layer; and
wherein the primer layer contains at least one of alumina derived from sol-based inorganic particles having a primary particle size of 200 nm or less, a polyvinyl pyrrolidone type resin having a glass-transition temperature (Tg) of 150° C. or more, a polyester resin having a glass-transition temperature (Tg) of 100° C. or more, and a resin formed by curing a polyvinyl alcohol type resin.

US Pat. No. 10,427,440

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING COLOR IMAGING AND PRINT HEAD ALIGNMENT, COORDINATION, REGISTRATION AND/OR RE-REGISTRATION

VIRTUAL GRAPHICS, LLC, E...

1. A system configured to improve imaging of a substrate, the system comprising:a reveal substrate comprising:
a) an opaque polymer sensitive to at least one first application of at least one selected from heat, pressure and light, said opaque polymer becoming transparent upon being subjected to the at least one first application; and
b) a bottom substrate layer having one or more colored areas on a top surface thereof, said bottom substrate layer being disposed such that the one or more colored areas are obscured by the opaque polymer prior to being subjected to the at least one first application and are revealed after at least one portion of the opaque polymer is subjected to the at least one first application;
a print head configured to apply the at least one first application to the at least one portion of the opaque polymer when the reveal substrate moves in a moving direction pass the print head such that the one or more colored areas beneath the at least one portion of the opaque polymer are revealed to provide one or more image dots of the reveal substrate;
an optical sensor positioned downstream with respect to print head in view of the moving direction of the reveal substrate, wherein the optical sensor is configured to sense the one or more image dots provided by the revealed one or more colored areas when the reveal substrate moves in the moving direction pass the optical sensor; and
a computing and/or printing terminal in digital communication with the print head and the optical sensor and configured to determine alignment or misalignment of the reveal substrate and the print head based on the sensed one or more image dots provided by the revealed one or more colored areas of the reveal substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,439

SUBSTRATE MARKING FOR SEALING SURFACES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,438

ABNORMALITY DETECTION AND PROCESSING FOR IMAGE FORMING SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A control device, comprising:at least one controller comprising a hardware processor that:
receives image forming information including information showing an area to be cut in post processing provided in a paper sheet and information regarding an image formed in an image forming area, and read image information generated by a reading device reading an image formed on the paper sheet, and
detects an abnormality in an image formed on the paper sheet based on a comparison of the image forming information and the read image information;
wherein, when an abnormality is detected in the image forming area, the hardware processor generates control information for adjusting positions of the image forming area and the area to be cut in post processing such that the abnormality is included in the area to be cut, and
transmits the generated control information to an image forming device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,437

INK-JET PRINTER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An ink-jet printer, comprising:a carriage configured to move in a scanning direction;
a head including a nozzle, the head mounted on the carriage;
an encoder including:
a scale extending in the scanning direction and including a plurality of indicators formed at a predetermined interval in the scanning direction; and
a sensor mounted on the carriage, the sensor being configured to detect the indicators formed on the scale;
a memory; and
a controller configured to perform:
judging whether a recording medium is positioned at a facing area being capable of facing the carriage;
detecting an abnormal position on the scale in the scanning direction, under a condition that the controller judges that the recording medium is not positioned at the facing area, wherein detecting the abnormal position includes: moving the carriage in the scanning direction; generating abnormal-position information indicating the abnormal position on the scale, based on a result of detecting the indicators by the sensor during a movement of the carriage; and storing the abnormal-position information in the memory;
printing an image on the recording medium, under a condition that the controller judges that the recording medium is positioned at the facing area, wherein printing the image includes: controlling a velocity of the carriage based on a velocity parameter value of the carriage acquired from the result of detecting the indicators by the sensor, such that the carriage moves in the scanning direction at a first target velocity; and controlling the head to discharge a liquid from the nozzle toward the recording medium based on image data;
under a condition that the controller performs printing the image and that a detection position on the scale detected by the sensor is not same as the abnormal position in the abnormal-position information stored in the memory, comparing a velocity parameter value acquired when the sensor detects the detection position on the scale and a first threshold value corresponding to a velocity lower than the first target velocity at the time of printing the image; and
under a condition that the controller performs printing the image and that a detection position on the scale detected by the sensor is same as the abnormal position in the abnormal-position information stored in the memory, comparing a velocity parameter value acquired when the sensor detects the detection position on the scale and a second threshold value corresponding to a velocity lower than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,427,435

PRINTING INDICIA INDICATING AN INTENDED LOCATION OF A FOLD LINE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,434

PRINTING MODULE REPLACEMENT CART

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A transport cart comprising:a frame having a top at one end, and a bottom at a second end, opposite said top, and at least one frame element between said top and said bottom, wherein said top, said bottom, and said frame element are separate elements of said frame;
wheels connected to said bottom of said frame, said wheels contact a surface on which said transport cart travels;
a platform connected to said frame between said top and said bottom;
a height adjuster connected to said platform, said height adjuster moves said platform along said frame in opposite directions between said bottom and said top;
an alignment stop connected to said frame between said bottom and said top, said platform contacts said alignment stop when said platform is in a loading position on said frame between said bottom and said top;
platform slots connected to said platform, said platform slots are sized and shaped to match a size and shape of linear projections of a print module; and
clamps connected to said frame at said top and said bottom, said clamps are sized and shaped to connect to connection points of a printing device,
said platform slots are positioned by said platform to be aligned with housing slots of said printing device when said clamps connect said transport cart to said printing device and when said platform contacts said alignment stop and is in said loading position,
said linear projections of said print module are held by said housing slots when said print module is mounted within said printing device,
said clamps comprising arms moving on hinges to open and close, and
said arms open and close to lock said clamps to said printing device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,433

MOBILE PRINTER NETWORKING AND INTERFACING

Zebra Technologies Corpor...

1. A method of charging a battery pack using an apparatus, the apparatus including charging circuitry, the battery pack having a charging dock interface, the method comprising:querying, via a chemistry pin of the charging circuitry, the charging dock interface of the battery pack for a predetermined signal;
determining, by the charging circuitry, whether the battery pack is a smart battery based on receiving the predetermined signal via the chemistry pin;
in response to determining that the battery pack is a smart battery:
obtaining, by the charging circuitry, a first functional charging instruction from first memory of the battery pack; and
executing, by the charging circuitry, the first functional charging instruction to charge the battery pack; and
in response to determining that the battery pack is not a smart battery:
obtaining, by the charging circuitry, a second functional charging instruction from second memory within the apparatus; and
executing, by the charging circuitry, the second functional charging instructions to charge the battery pack.

US Pat. No. 10,427,431

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet supplying apparatus, comprising:a driving unit configured to cause a roll including a wound consecutive sheet to rotate in a first direction for feeding the sheet or a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a first sensor that detects a leading end portion of the sheet separated from an outer circumferential surface of the roll; and
a second sensor that detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the second sensor being positioned downstream of the first sensor with respect to a direction in which the sheet is fed, wherein
in a case in which the second sensor detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit causes the roll to rotate in the first direction, and
in a case in which the second sensor does not detect the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit causes the roll to rotate in the second direction, and when the first sensor detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit changes a rotation direction of the roll from the second direction to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,430

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,429

METHOD FOR PROTECTING PRINTED DATA

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,428

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus comprising:a transporting roller;
a driven roller facing the transporting roller to sandwich a recording medium between the driven roller and the transporting roller and to transport the recording medium in a transporting direction,
a roller holder rotatably supporting the driven roller and configured to move in an approaching-departing direction, along which the driven roller approaches and departs from the transporting roller, based on a thickness of the recording medium sandwiched between the driven roller and the transporting roller;
a first biasing member biasing the roller holder toward the transporting roller;
a recording portion including a nozzle which eject ink droplets;
a guide rail supporting the recording portion;
a first contact surface provided at a member attached to the guide rail and configured to contact a first surface of the recording medium; and
a second contact surface located below the first contact surface and configured to contact a second surface of the recording medium,
wherein the roller holder is configured to, when moving away from the transporting roller, move the second contact surface away from the first contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,427

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS WHETHER A PRINT MEDIUM RUNS OUT AND, DURING DOUBLE-SIDED PRINTING, DISCARDS IMAGE DATA TO BE PRINTED ON THE RUN OUT PRINT MEDIUM, AND RELATED PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to externally receive and to store image data used to print images;
a detection unit configured to detect presence and absence of a print medium fed from a feeding unit;
a print unit configured to read out, in accordance with detection of the print medium fed from the feeding unit by the detection unit, the image data for printing an image on the print medium, detected by the detection unit, from the storage unit, and to print the image on the print medium based on the image data;
a hold unit configured to hold a print medium, with an image being printed on a first surface, to print on a second surface, as a back surface of the first surface, in double-sided printing; and
a control unit configured to control, if the detection unit detects that a print medium fed from the feeding unit runs out, while the hold unit holds the print medium, with the image being printed on the first surface by the print unit, during execution of a sequence of the double-sided printing, data reading so as to read and to discard image data, corresponding to an image to be printed on the runout print medium, from the storage unit, to cause a conveyance unit to convey the held print medium from the hold unit to the print unit, and to cause the print unit to print an image on the second surface of the held print medium.

US Pat. No. 10,427,425

PRINTER AND CONTROL METHOD OF A PRINTER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A printer comprising:a roll paper support configured to support a core of a roll of paper, the paper being wound with an end thereof attached to the core;
a roll driver configured to rotate the core supported on the roll paper support and deliver the paper from a delivery point;
a conveyance device configured to convey the paper delivered from the delivery point;
a detection device configured to output a first detection value when tension produced on the paper delivered from the roll is greater than or equal to a threshold, and otherwise output a second detection value;
a controller configured to drive the roll driver in the direction delivering the paper from the core when the output of the detection device changes from the second detection value to the first detection value in response to rotation of the core by the roll driver, and
a printing mechanism configured to print on the paper conveyed by the conveyance device by a printhead, the printhead being disposed to the conveyance path through which the paper is conveyed;
the controller stopping printing by the printing mechanism after the output of the detection device changes from the second detection value to the first detection value.

US Pat. No. 10,427,423

RECORDING DEVICE DISCHARGE POSITION ADJUSTOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

Richoh Company, Ltd., To...

1. A recording device discharge position adjustor comprising:a recording device configured to discharge liquid droplets onto a recording medium;
an edge detector configured to detect a lateral edge position of the recording medium in a direction perpendicular to a recording medium conveyance direction prior to discharging the liquid droplets onto the recording medium, the edge detector including at least an upstream edge detector and a downstream edge detector configured to detect the recording medium at an upstream edge position that is upstream of the recording device and detect the recording medium at a downstream edge position that is downstream of the recording device, respectively, prior to discharging the liquid droplets onto the recording medium;
a discharge position adjustor configured to adjust a discharge position of the liquid droplets from the recording device relative to the recording medium;
a memory configured to store distance information, the distance information including a distance between the upstream edge detector and the recording device and a distance between the upstream edge detector and the downstream edge detector; and
a controller configured to,
convert the lateral edge position of the recording medium detected by edge detector to a converted edge position at a position of the recording device based on the upstream edge position, the downstream edge position and the distance information by,
subtracting the upstream edge position from the downstream edge position to determine a first variable,
dividing the distance between the upstream edge detector and the recording device by the distance between the upstream edge detector and the downstream edge detector to determine a second variable, and
multiplying the first variable by the second variable to determine the converted edge position; and
adjust the discharge position by instructing the discharge position adjustor to move the recording device laterally an adjustment amount prior to discharging the liquid droplets onto the recording medium, the adjustment amount corresponding to the converted edge position of the recording medium at the position of the recording device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,422

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,421

PRINTER AND DRYER FOR DRYING IMAGES ON COATED SUBSTRATES IN AQUEOUS INK PRINTERS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An aqueous ink printer comprising:at least one printhead configured to eject drops of an aqueous ink onto substrates moving past the at least one printhead to form aqueous ink images on the substrates;
a first substrate transport for moving substrates past the at least one printhead; and
a dryer configured to receive substrates from the first substrate transport and to hold a plurality of the substrates for a predetermined period of time to dry the aqueous ink images on the substrates before independently releasing each substrate in the plurality of substrates to a second substrate transport, the dryer holding each substrate at an orientation where one end of the substrate is at a higher gravitational potential than an opposite end of the substrate, the dryer comprising:
a housing;
a plurality of endless belts that are vertically oriented within a predetermined range of angles from an axis that is perpendicular to a horizontal plane of the first substrate transport, each endless belt being configured with a pivoting member at an end of the endless belt that is at a higher gravitational potential, each endless belt comprising:
a first electrically insulating layer;
a first electrically conductive layer positioned on the first electrically insulting layer, the first electrically conductive layer being electrically connected to electrical ground;
a second electrically insulating layer positioned on the first electrically conductive layer; and
a plurality of electrically conductive strips arranged in a predetermined pattern on the second electrically insulating layer to enable an electrostatic field to form at edges of the strips in response to the electrically conductive strips being electrically connected to an electrical voltage supply, the first and the second electrically insulating layers, the first electrically conductive layer, and the plurality of electrically conductive strips forming an electrostatic endless belt;
a plurality of actuators that are operatively connected to the pivoting members in a one-to-one correspondence; and
a controller operatively connected to the plurality of actuators, the controller being configured to operate the actuators to pivot the pivoting members selectively to enable substrates to move onto the endless belt associated with the pivoting member pivoted by the operated actuator or to prevent substrates from moving onto the endless belt associated with the pivoting member pivoted by the operated actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,427,420

PRINTER, PRINTING METHOD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR DECORATED OBJECT

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printer, comprising:a head that ejects a photo-curable ink;
a light irradiation device that irradiates the photo-curable ink with a light; and
a controller, configured to control an ejection amount of the photo-curable ink and a standby time between a timing of the photo-curable ink landing on a print medium and a timing of the light being irradiated,
wherein the controller comprising:
a first controller that prompts the printer to carry out a printing operation by an ejection amount v1 required of glossy-finish printing and with a standby time t1 required of glossy-finish printing;
a second controller that prompts the printer to carry out the printing operation by an ejection amount v2 required of matte-finish printing and with a standby time t2 required of matte-finish printing; and
a third controller that prompts the printer to carry out the printing operation by an ejection amount v3 and with a standby time t3,
wherein the ejection amount v3 being greater than the ejection amount v2 and less than or equal to the ejection amount v1,
wherein
in an entire of a print region of the print medium, the first controller is configured to prompt the head to eject the photo-curable ink by the ejection amount v1 set as a maximum ejection amount of the photo-curable ink from the head, and prompt the light irradiation device to start to irradiate the light after a duration of the standby time t1 long enough to flatten ink dots of the photo-curable ink that landed on the print medium, and the standby time t1 is a time that the ink dots start to merge into adjacent ink dots;
in a part or the entire of the print region of the print medium, the second controller is configured to prompt the head to eject the photo-curable ink by the ejection amount v2 which is approximately 60% of the maximum ejection amount, and prompt the light irradiation device to start to irradiate the light immediately after the ink dots of the photo-curable ink landed on the print medium, which is after a duration of the standby time t2 subsequent to landing of the ink dots, and the standby time t2 is shorter than the standby time t1;
in the entire of a print region of the print medium, the third controller is configured to prompt the head to eject the photo-curable ink by the ejection amount v3 set equal to the ejection amount v1, and prompt the light irradiation device to start to irradiate the light immediately after the ink dots of the photo-curable ink landed on the print medium, which is after a duration of the standby time t3 subsequent to landing of the ink dots, and the standby time t3 equals to the standby time t2, and the standby time t3 is shorter than the standby time t1.

US Pat. No. 10,427,418

HEAD DRIVE DEVICE, THERMAL PRINTER, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A HEAD DRIVE DEVICE

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A head drive device, comprising:a thermal head, which is configured to cause one of a first group of heat generators and a second group of heat generators having a smaller number of heat generators than the first group of the heat generators, to generate heat;
a capacitor configured to store power;
a control circuit programmed, based on printing data, to select whether to perform printing with use of the first group of the heat generators or to perform printing with use of the second group of the heat generators; and
a drive circuit programmed to:
supply power of a power source and the power stored in the capacitor to the thermal head when the first group of the heat generators are used; and
supply the power of the power source to the thermal head when the second group of the heat generators are used,
the control circuit being programmed to:
determine whether a predetermined amount of power is stored in the capacitor;
allow printing with use of at least a part of the first group of the heat generators when the control circuit determines that the predetermined amount of power is stored in the capacitor; and
allow printing with use of at least a part of the second group of the heat generators when the control circuit determines that the predetermined amount of power is not stored in the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,427,417

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND ARTICLES FOR LASER MARKING MACHINE-READABLE SYMBOLS

Datalogic IP Tech S.r.l.,...

7. A laser marking path generation system, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one nontransitory processor-readable medium communicatively coupled to the at least one processor and which stores at least one of processor-executable instructions or data that when executed by the at least one processor of the laser marking path generation system, cause the at least one processor to:
obtain machine-readable symbol data representative of a machine-readable symbol, the machine-readable symbol having a plurality of first type modules that collectively encode information of a first type and a plurality of second type modules that collectively encode information of a second type;
group the plurality of first type modules into one or more first type bounded areas, each first type bounded area including a continuous outer boundary;
group the plurality of second type modules into one or more second type bounded areas, each second type bounded area including a continuous outer boundary;
for each bounded area of the one or more first type bounded areas and second type bounded areas, generate a bounded area fill pattern comprising an outer boundary path line corresponding to the outer boundary of the bounded area and progressively smaller path lines offset from each other; and
generate a laser beam path that directs a laser beam to traverse the bounded area fill pattern for each of the first type bounded areas and the second type bounded areas by, for each bounded area, traversing each of the path lines of the bounded area fill pattern from a start point on a starting path line to an end point on an ending path line.

US Pat. No. 10,427,415

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:an ejection portion having a plurality of ejection ports configured to eject liquid supplied from a liquid storage portion defining a liquid storage space configured to store liquid; and
a circuit electrically connected to at least one of a bottom electrode and a side electrode, the circuit being configured to detect a capacitance between the bottom electrode and the side electrode, the bottom electrode being provided at a bottom surface of the liquid storage portion, the side electrode being provided at one side surface of the liquid storage portion and electrically isolated from the bottom electrode,
wherein an end portion of the bottom surface adjacent to the one side surface is slanted relative to a horizontal direction and forms an acute angle with the one side surface; and
wherein an end portion of the bottom electrode adjacent to the side electrode is provided at the end portion of the bottom surface, and forms an acute angle with a surface that is parallel to the side electrode and that extends upward from a tip end of the end portion of the bottom electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,427,413

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a plurality of liquid chambers each including,
an energy generating element that generates energy for ejecting a liquid,
an ejection opening that ejects the liquid, and
a liquid supply opening that supplies the liquid to the energy generating element,
the liquid flowing in a first direction in the plurality of liquid chambers, and the plurality of liquid chambers being arranged in a second direction that intersects the first direction; and
a plurality of first side walls that extend in the first direction and that form walls on both sides of the plurality of liquid chambers,
wherein each of the plurality of first side walls includes a fragmenting portion that fragments each of the plurality of first side walls in the first direction, or a section reducing portion that is a portion in which a section vertical to the first direction has been scaled down,
wherein the plurality of first side walls are shared by adjacent liquid chambers,
wherein a continuously extending second side wall that forms a dummy liquid chamber together with a first side wall of the plurality of first side walls is positioned at an end portion in the second direction, and
wherein the fragmenting portion or the section reducing portion is provided at a position that is closer to the liquid supply opening with respect to a center of the ejection opening in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,412

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID REFILLING CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,411

INK-JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,410

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND DETECTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,409

INKJET PRINTER

Brother Kyogo Kabushiki K...

1. An inkjet printer comprising:a head including a nozzle configured to eject pigment ink supplied from a tank during a print operation and during a purge operation;
a purge mechanism;
a tank receiving portion configured to removably receive the tank;
a tank detecting sensor; and
a controller configured to:
determine whether to control the purge mechanism to perform the purge operation for discharging the pigment ink from the nozzle;
when determining to control the purge mechanism to perform the purge operation, determine a remaining amount of the pigment ink remaining in the tank;
determine a discharge amount to be discharged from the nozzle when performing the purge operation based on the remaining amount of the pigment ink remaining in the tank;
control the purge mechanism to perform the purge operation based on the discharge amount;
determine whether time elapsed from when the tank detecting sensor detects the tank mounted on the tank receiving portion passes a predetermined period;
when the elapsed time passes the predetermined period, determine a total ejected amount of the pigment ink ejected from the nozzle during the predetermined period;
determine whether the total ejected amount is less than a reference amount; and
when the total ejected amount is less than the reference amount, control the purge mechanism to perform the purge operation,
wherein, when the remaining amount is greater than or equal to a predetermined amount, the discharge amount is greater than the discharge amount when the remaining ink amount is less than the predetermined amount,
wherein the reference amount is a minimum amount of the pigment ink required to be ejected during the predetermined period to prevent the nozzle from becoming clogged during the predetermined period,
wherein the controller is configured to:
measure a second time elapsed from when the elapsed time passes the predetermined period;
determine whether the second time passes a second predetermined period;
when the second time passes the second predetermined period, determine a second total ejected amount of the pigment ink ejected from the nozzle during the second predetermined period and determine whether the second total ejected amount is less than a second reference amount; and
when the second total ejected amount is less than the second reference amount, control the purge mechanism to perform the purge operation,
wherein a length of the second predetermined period is equal to a length of the predetermined period, and
wherein the reference amount is equal to the second reference amount.

US Pat. No. 10,427,408

PRINTHEAD MAINTENANCE APPARATUS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,407

PRINTER CIRCUIT BOARD FLUID EJECTION APPARATUS

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A method for making a fluid ejection apparatus, comprising:providing a printhead die having a first surface including at least one drop ejector and a back surface including at least one fluid passage opening;
forming a molding material on the back surface of the printhead die over the at least one fluid passage opening;
embedding the printhead die and the molding material in an encapsulant in a cavity in a printed circuit board;
removing at least a portion of the encapsulant at a back side of the printed circuit board to expose the molding material; and
removing the molding material to form a fluid feed slot through which fluid may flow to the at least one fluid passage opening in the printhead die.

US Pat. No. 10,427,406

PRINT BAR SENSORS

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A page wide print bar comprising:a plurality of ejection dies disposed along a longitudinal dimension of the page-wide print bar on a support element; and
a plurality of discrete sensors disposed at corresponding positions spaced from each other along the dimension of the support element, each sensor positioned to sense print characteristics of an image printed in an overlapping print zone on a print media that corresponds to two adjacent ejection dies of the plurality of ejection dies.

US Pat. No. 10,427,405

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS AND INK-JET PRINTER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,403

REAL-TIME LINEFEED MEASUREMENT OF INKJET PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,402

PRINTING APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY UNIT FOR PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a plurality of operating units including a printing unit that forms an image on a medium; and
a power supply unit that supplies power to the plurality of operating units, wherein the printing apparatus has a plurality of functions including a printing function of forming an image on a medium and is capable of executing printing with resolution of 300 dpi or more,
the power supply unit includes
a circuit substrate including
a first layer that is a surface layer being conductive,
a first wiring pattern formed of the first layer,
a second layer that is conductive and different from the first layer, and
a second wiring pattern formed of the second layer, and
first and second capacitors formed on the surface layer,
the first capacitor includes a first terminal and a second terminal,
the second capacitor includes a third terminal and a fourth terminal,
the circuit substrate includes
a first electrode connecting the first terminal of the first capacitor to the first wiring pattern,
a second electrode connecting the second terminal of the first capacitor to the second wiring pattern,
a third electrode connecting the third terminal of the second capacitor to the second wiring pattern, and
a fourth electrode connecting the fourth terminal of the second capacitor to the first wiring pattern, and
a first direction from the first terminal to the second terminal and a second direction from the third terminal to the fourth terminal are substantially parallel to a power transmission direction from a power supply component side of a power line to a load component side of the power line on the circuit substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,401

PRINTHEAD RECOVERY

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,400

PRINTHEAD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead comprising:a printing element;
a driving circuit configured to drive the printing element;
an analog signal processing circuit configured to process one or more analog signals;
a bias circuit configured to supply a bias voltage to the analog signal processing circuit; and
a control terminal to which a control signal is inputted,
wherein, in a state in which the analog signal processing circuit and the bias circuit are receiving a supply of power, it is possible to switch starting and stopping of at least one of the analog signal processing circuit and the bias circuit based on the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,427,399

APPARATUS FOR THREADING AN INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER OF A PRINTING SYSTEM

LANDA CORPORATION LTD., ...

1. An intermediate transfer member (ITM) for a printing system, the ITM comprising an endless belt formed by threading an elongate strip through the printing system and joining the two opposing ends of the strip at a seam, the two opposing ends including a leading end and a trailing end, the elongate strip comprising:a. a leading edge, such that when the strip is threaded through the printing system it is pulled from the leading edge; and
b. lateral formations provided along the edges of the strip, and adapted to be received in channels of the printing system so as to guide the strip and maintain it under lateral tension when driven by two drive members having respective laterally projecting grippers shaped for form-locking engagement with the lateral formations on the leading end,
wherein the two ends of the strip are formed with rebates for receiving a joining tape to form a seam, and are configured to be joined at a seam while maintaining the thickness of the intermediate transfer member uniform throughout the length of the seam.

US Pat. No. 10,427,398

SECURITY PRINTING PRESS HAVING AT LEAST ONE PRINTING ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A SQUEEGEE DEVICE

1. A security printing press having at least one printing assembly including a printing unit, by the use of which printing unit a sheet-type printing substrate can be printed on using a screen printing method, the printing unit having at least at one printing point formed between a screen cylinder and an impression cylinder, the at least one printing assembly having one or more drying units disposed downstream of the printing assembly on a printing substrate path, and having a squeegee device, which is part of the printing unit, which squeegee device comprisesa screen printing forme,
a squeegee, which is one of set against the screen printing forme in a thrown-on position (“ON”) and can be set against the screen printing forme in the thrown-on position (“ON”),
a bearing device, which enables a throwing-on and throwing-off movement of the squeegee between the thrown-on position (“ON”) of the squeegee and a thrown-off position (“OFF”) of the squeegee,
and a squeegee drive device, by the use of which squeegee drive device, the squeegee can be thrown on and off of the screen printing forme during operation of the printing unit, in a manner which is correlated to one of a press and a printing substrate phase position,whereinan inking aid (29) is provided, by the use of which inking aid, an opening of a pit, located on a lateral surface of the impression cylinder and a retaining device for printing substrate sheets, and located in the pit, can be at least partially covered, at least temporarily, at least in a trailing area of the opening, and
wherein the squeegee drive device includes a drive means, which can be controlled by a control device and by which the throwing-on and throwing-off movement of the squeegee one of can be and is brought about mechanically independently of the one of the press and the printing substrate phase position, and which squeegee drive device is configured to one of bring about and to enable a throwing on and throwing off of the squeegee in sequences that are different from one another, with one of phase positions and phase lengths that are different in relation to the length of the screen printing forme, the squeegee drive device comprising a cam mechanism which is driven by the drive means and by which the squeegee is thrown on and off, and wherein the control device controls the squeegee drive device to be driven at an angular speed which one of can be and is varied over the course of a full revolution of the cam disk.

US Pat. No. 10,427,397

STRUCTURAL DESIGNS FOR STRETCHABLE, CONFORMAL ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECTS

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A conformable stretchable electrically conductive structure comprising:an auxetic structure; and
a plurality of electrical conductors, at least some of the plurality of electrical conductors being incorporated as part of the auxetic structure;
wherein conformable, stretchable electrical interconnects are configured in consideration of a design of the auxetic structure and a placement of the electrical conductors incorporated within the auxetic structure, wherein the auxetic structure includes multiple auxetic layers having selectively incorporated ones of the plurality of electrical conductors, wherein stretchable electrical interconnects are located with at least some of the multiple auxetic layers, and wherein electrical contact is maintained between the multiple auxetic layers.

US Pat. No. 10,427,396

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY UNIT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,395

METHOD OF MAKING VACUUM INSULATED GLASS (VIG) WINDOW UNIT INCLUDING ACTIVATING GETTER

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A method of making a vacuum insulated glass (VIG) unit, the method comprising:having first and second glass substrates, a plurality of spacers and a seal provided between at least the first and second glass substrates, a cavity to be evacuated to a pressure less than atmospheric pressure located between at least the first and second glass substrates, and at least one getter provided in the cavity;
activating the getter via at least radiation emitted from outside of the cavity, when the getter is provided in the cavity;
wherein the cavity to be evacuated is located between the first and second glass substrates, and wherein a pump-out tube for evacuating the cavity extends in a direction substantially perpendicular to a major surface of at least one of the first and second glass substrates, and
wherein the pump-out tube extends through at least part of one of the first and second glass substrates, the pump-out tube being elongated so that the pump-out tube has a length longer than its width.

US Pat. No. 10,427,394

METHOD FOR CURING RESIN COMPOSITION

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,393

AUTOMATED DOOR ASSEMBLY, PRESS, AND ADHESIVE THEREFOR

Masonite Corporation, Ta...

1. A door press for pressing door assemblies,comprising:
a first die comprising a first fixed surface;
a first fixed shim having a first shim surface raised from the first fixed surface; and
a plurality of first movable shims, each first movable shim having a first movable shim surface, each of the first movable shims being movably connected to the first die to move between a raised position in which the first movable shim surface is substantially flush with the first shim surface and a lowered position in which the first movable shim surface is substantially flush with the first fixed surface,
wherein the first shim surface is rectangular in shape and has a length and a width, the first movable shims comprise a first set of shims which, when in the raised position, extend the length of the first shim surface, and a second set of shims which, when in the raised position, extend the width of the first shim surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,392

FUNCTIONAL COMPOSITE FILM AND QUANTUM DOT FILM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,388

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

ARAKAWA CHEMICAL INDUSTRI...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,387

PLASTIC BOARD WITH METAL NET

NEW-TEC INTEGRATION (XIAM...

1. A plastic board with metal net, comprising:a plastic board,
a metal net, and
an edge band, wherein the edge band is arranged along an edge of the plastic board and encases the edge of the plastic board and the metal net,
wherein
the metal net supports a bottom surface of the plastic board, and
the plastic board encases the metal net by vacuum forming to make the plastic board and the metal net form a composite structure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,386

SEMI-FINISHED PRODUCT MANUFACTURED FROM PREPREG, THREE-DIMENSIONAL PREFORMED BODY AND OVERMOLDED PART

Compagnie Plastic Omnium,...

1. A semi-product made of a prepreg, the semi-product comprising:at least a first prepreg layer and a second prepreg layer, and
a magnetic material layer between the first prepreg layer and the second prepreg layer,
wherein when thermoplastic resin contained in the first prepreg layer and the second prepreg layer is softened, the magnetic material layer retains magnetic properties thereof and can be attracted by a magnet,
wherein at least one prepreg layer of the first prepreg layer and the second prepreg layer has a cut-out portion, and the magnetic material layer is at least laid in at least one of the cut-out portions.

US Pat. No. 10,427,385

LOW REFLECTANCE OPTICAL WEB

Racing Optics, Inc., Las...

1. An optical web comprising:a substrate having a substrate refractive index, the substrate having an anterior side and an opposing posterior side;
an anterior coating including a first anterior layer applied to the anterior side of the substrate, the first anterior layer having a first anterior layer refractive index,
a posterior coating including a first posterior layer applied to the posterior side of the substrate, the first posterior layer having a first posterior layer refractive index,
wherein the substrate refractive index is greater than the first anterior refractive index and the first posterior refractive index and wherein the first anterior layer comprises a polymer with a low index of refraction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,384

INTERLAYER FILM FOR LAMINATED GLASS AND LAMINATED GLASS

KURARAY CO., LTD., Kuras...

1. An interlayer film for laminated glass, comprising at least one layer A containing a thermoplastic elastomer, whereinthe shear storage modulus of the layer A at 70° C. as measured by performing a dynamic viscoelasticity test at a frequency of 1,000 Hz in accordance with ASTM D4065-06 is 1 MPa or more, and a layer having a higher shear storage modulus than the layer A is provided on at least one surface of the layer A, and
at least one surface of the interlayer film for laminated glass is in a state of having been shaped.

US Pat. No. 10,427,383

COLD BENDING OF A LAMINATED GLAZING

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A process for preparing a bent glazed module comprising a metal framework and a twisted glass panel comprising a laminated glazing comprising twisted glass substrates separated by an interlayer made of polymer material, the method comprising:bending a panel comprising a laminated glazing comprising glass substrates separated by an interlayer made of polymer material simultaneously along two different directions by a force which causes it to take a shape of the metal framework, thereby providing the twisted glass panel; and then,
holding the panel in the shape with a holder, thereby providing the bent glazed module,
wherein the bending is carried out while the interlayer is at a temperature between 30 and 80° C.

US Pat. No. 10,427,382

COMPOSITE EPOXY MATERIAL WITH EMBEDDED MWCNT FIBERS AND PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING

King Abdulaziz University...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,381

LAMINATED METAL SHEET FOR CONTAINER

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, T...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,380

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

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,379

PRINTED SCAFFOLD STRUCTURE FOR HYBRID COMPOSITES

1. A hybrid composite material comprising:a first scaffold of first material including mechanical detent elements receiving a first composite material component to locate and retain the composite material component attached to the first scaffold including reinforcing fibers of a second material in a matrix of a third material; and
a second scaffold including second reinforcing fibers of a fourth material and a second composite material component in a matrix of a fifth material adhered to the reinforcing fibers adhered to the first scaffold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,378

COMPOSITE EPOXY MATERIAL WITH EMBEDDED SILICON CARBIDE AND ALUMINA NANOPARTICLES

King Abdulaziz University...

1. A stacked composite material comprising:at least two unidirectional glass fiber layers; and
at least three nanocomposite layers comprising nanofillers dispersed in a cured epoxy matrix, wherein the nanofillers are spherical aluminum oxide nanoparticles having a diameter between 1 nm and 40 nm;
wherein each glass fiber layer is sandwiched between two nanocomposite layers and the nanocomposite layers are formed integrally with the glass fiber layer,
wherein the at least two glass fiber layers are oriented to form thereby either a unidirectional stacked composite material or a quasi-isotropic stacked composite material, and
wherein a separation distance between any two adjacent glass fiber layers is between 2 mm and 10 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,427,376

ERGONOMIC PUNCTURE-RESISTANT PADS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,375

ARCHITECTED MATERIALS FOR ENHANCED ENERGY ABSORPTION

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,374

SEAMLESS SPACER FABRICS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A cover for an electronic device, comprising:a seamless fabric tube having opposing interior and exterior surfaces that surround a longitudinal axis;
a spacer fabric that lines the interior surface of the seamless fabric tube; and
an adhesive material interposed between the seamless fabric tube and the spacer fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,427,373

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DUAL TIRE BUFFING AND HANDLING

Bridgestone Bandag, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,372

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

Toyo Tire Corporation, I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,371

MOLDING ELEMENT FOR MANUFACTURING A NOISE REDUCING TREAD

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A mold employed for manufacturing a tread of a tire having a plurality of contacting elements delimited by a plurality of grooves and a connecting member connecting two side faces of adjacent contacting elements of the plurality of contacting elements, comprising:a molding element, comprising;
a molding surface for forming a contact face onto one of the plurality of contacting elements,
a rib for forming one of the grooves of the plurality of grooves between adjacent contacting elements, and at least two rib side faces forming the two side faces, and
the rib having a notching portion;
a guiding member made of a material different from a material of the molding element being received in the notching portion and having two opposite side faces shaped to form a part of the side faces of the contacting element and a top face shaped to form a part of a bottom of the groove;
wherein said material of the guiding member has a modulus at 10% elongation lower than that of the molding element;
the guiding member having a guiding slit extending from one of the two opposite side faces to the other of the two opposite side faces through the guiding member and radially from the top face; and
wherein at least one of faces of the notching portion allows the guiding member to be kept in place in the notching portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,370

MOLDING ELEMENT FOR MANUFACTURING A NOISE REDUCING TREAD

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A mold for a tread of a tire, the tread having a plurality of contacting elements delimited by a plurality of grooves, and a connecting member to connect two side faces of adjacent contacting elements of the plurality of contacting elements, the mold comprising:a molding element comprising;
a molding surface for forming a contact face of each of the plurality of contacting elements, and
a rib for forming one of the plurality of grooves, being between the adjacent contacting elements, the rib having a notching portion,
at least two rib side faces forming a set of side faces of one of the contacting elements;
a guiding member made of a material different from a material of the molding element;
wherein the guiding member is received in the notching portion and has two opposite side faces configured to form the set of side faces and a top face configured to form a part of a bottom of one of the plurality of grooves; and
said material of the guiding member has a modulus at 10% elongation lower than that of the molding element, and the guiding member has a guiding slit extending from one of the two opposite side faces to the other of the two opposite side faces through the guiding member and radially from the top face.

US Pat. No. 10,427,369

MOLDED ARTICLE EXTRACTOR AND METHOD

Bridgestone Bandag, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,368

MULTI-LAYER BODY

OVD Kinegram AG, Zug (CH...

1. A multi-layer body with a first layer with a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, wherein the first surface of the first layer defines a base plane spanned by coordinate axes x and y, wherein molded into the second surface of the first layer in a first area are a large number of facet faces, wherein each of the facet faces has a minimum dimension of more than 1 ?m and a maximum dimension of less than 300 ?m, wherein each of the facet faces is determined by the parameters: form F of the facet face, area size S of the facet face, spacing H of the centroid of the facet face from the base plane, position P of the centroid of the facet face in the coordinate system spanned by the x-axis and the y-axis, angle of inclination Ax of the facet face about the x-axis towards the base plane, angle of inclination Ay of the facet face about the y-axis towards the base plane and azimuthal angle Az of the facet face defined by the angle of rotation of the facet face about a z-axis perpendicular to the base plane, wherein one or more of the parameters F, S, H, P, Ax, Ay and Az of the facet faces arranged in the first area is varied pseudorandomly within a variation range predefined in each case for the first area, and wherein a reflective second layer is applied to each of the facet faces, wherein the angles of inclination Ax and Ay of the facet faces in the first area are in each case determined according to an additive superimposition of the angles of inclination Ax and Ay determined by a function F(x,y) with the pseudorandom variation of the angle of inclination Ax and/or the angle of inclination Ay within the respective variation range predefined for the first area of surface, wherein the function F(x,y) is chosen such that it varies the angles of inclination Ax and Ay to generate an optically variable first item of information.

US Pat. No. 10,427,367

RETRO-REFLECTIVE THREAD, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME AND A TEXTILE

U.S. Government as Repres...

1. A method of manufacturing a retro-reflective thread, the method comprising the steps of:forming a thread by:
a. forming a core comprising a first surface; andforming a plurality of fibers, each said fiber comprising a respective longitudinal axis and a respective surface and wherein said plurality of fibers are configured with their respective longitudinal axes substantially co-linearly aligned with one another and said plurality of fibers are interconnected in series around said core, each said fiber comprising a first material that is at least partially optically transmissive;b. removing said core to form a void, said core being removed such that a first part of said surface of each of said plurality of fibers faces into said void; and
c. delivering a reflective material in a fluid state into said void in a quantity sufficient to coat said first part of said surface of each of said plurality of fibers and solidifying said reflective material coating said first part of said surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,366

MANUFACTURING MICROLENS ARRAYS USING A PROGRESSIVE INDENT SYSTEM

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A system comprising:a die comprising a plurality of protrusions that protrude outwards from a surface of the die, each of the protrusions having a different priority that is based on a relative size of each protrusion, wherein the die is a unitary die;
an actuator coupled to the die, the actuator configured to stamp a substrate with one or more of the plurality of protrusions on the die in accordance with actuation instructions; and
a controller configured to:
generate actuation instructions that cause the actuator to stamp out a plurality of microlens molds into the substrate, where each microlens mold is generated by stamping, in a specific order based on priority, each of the plurality of protrusions on a same corresponding location on the substrate, and
provide the actuation instructions to control the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,427,365

HAND TEARABLE SHEETS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An article comprising a principal film, wherein:(a) the principal film comprises a first polymeric component comprising one or more polymers; and
(b) the principal film has: (1) first and second major faces; (2) a land portion wherein the principal film is capable of thermally-induced elastic recovery; and (3) one or more modification zones, each modification zone comprising a central portion and a rim portion surrounding the central portion and being surrounded by land portion, wherein the average thickness of each rim portion is greater than the average thickness of the land portion surrounding the modification zone, the average thickness of each central portion is less than the average thickness of the land portion surrounding the modification zone and is greater than zero, and wherein one or more segments of the principal film have a tear strength of about 100 gf/mil-thickness or less.

US Pat. No. 10,427,364

SMOOTHING OF A SURFACE OF AN ARTICLE FORMED FROM A PLASTIC

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for smoothing a surface of an article formed at least partially from a plastic, in particular a component of a motor vehicle, comprising:arranging the article in a vacuum-tight chamber;
reducing pressure in the chamber to a partial vacuum to at most 50 kPa;
admitting acetone into the chamber, wherein at least some of the acetone is vaporized and the acetone vapor is precipitated on a surface of the article;
allowing the precipitated acetone vapor to act on the article for at least 1 minute;
opening the chamber so that at least ambient pressure is in the chamber; and
removing the article from the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,427,363

WIND TURBINE BLADE HAVING A LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A method of making a wind turbine blade incorporating a lightning protection system, the method comprising:providing a wind turbine blade mould;
arranging a protruding element in the mould;
arranging an electrically conductive layer over the protruding element in the mould;
arranging one or more structural layers and/or structural components over the electrically conductive layer;
consolidating the layers under vacuum to form a blade shell having an integrated electrically conductive layer proximate an outer surface of the shell;
separating the protruding element from the blade shell to define a recess in the outer surface of the shell, with the electrically conductive layer extending into the recess;
providing an electrical component of the lightning protection system adjacent an inner surface of the shell; and
electrically connecting the electrically conductive layer to the electrical component via a connecting member;
wherein an end portion of the connecting member is housed in the recess such that a surface of the connecting member abuts the electrically conductive layer across an interface region inside the recess, and such that the end portion does not substantially protrude from the outer surface of the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,427,362

MOLDABLE NATURAL FIBER NONWOVEN WIRE HARNESS TROUGH AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION THEREOF

Federal-Mogul Powertrain ...

1. A method of constructing a nonwoven trough, comprising:blending natural cellulosic fibers and thermoplastic fibers together to form a mixture;
forming at least one nonwoven web from the mixture;
compression molding the at least one nonwoven web to form at least one nonwoven wall extending along a longitudinal axis, said at least one nonwoven wall having a midsection and opposite end portions and having a base and a pair of sidewalls extending upwardly from said base to provide said midsection with a generally U-shaped cross-section taken generally transversely to said longitudinal axis;
forming at least one flange extending laterally outwardly from the base and configuring the at least one flange for attachment to a vehicle member; and
further including bonding a scrim layer to an outer surface of the at least one nonwoven wall and diffusing the scrim layer into the at least one nonwoven wall to form an alloy region containing material of both the at least one nonwoven wall and the scrim layer.

US Pat. No. 10,427,361

FIBER-REINFORCED SHEET AND STRUCTURE

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A fiber-reinforced sheet comprising a resin and a fiber bundle, whereinthe fiber-reinforced sheet comprises a resin-unimpregnated fiber bundle portion having a surface not impregnated with the resin or a partially resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion having a surface not impregnated with the resin,
the fiber-reinforced sheet does not comprise or comprises a resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion having a surface impregnated with the resin,
the sheet has a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface,
the sheet comprises a sheet body portion and at least one ridge portion protruding from the sheet body portion toward the first surface, the ridge portion meaning only a protruding portion,
the sheet comprises the resin-unimpregnated fiber bundle portion or the partially resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion at at least one of the first surface and the second surface,
the ridge portion, which means only a protruding portion, comprises the resin-unimpregnated fiber bundle portion, the partially resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion or the resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion, and
the ridge portion, which means only a protruding portion, comprises the fiber contained in the resin-unimpregnated fiber bundle portion, the partially resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion or the resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,360

TOOL FOR FIXING A TEXTILE SLEEVE ABOUT AN ELONGATE MEMBER TO BE PROTECTED AND METHOD OF FIXING A PROTECTIVE TEXTILE SLEEVE ABOUT AN ELONGATE MEMBER

Federal-Mogul Powertrain ...

1. A tool for fixing a textile sleeve about an elongate member disposed therein, comprising:a clamp assembly having opposed clamp members pivotal about a pivot axis between open and closed states, each of said clamp members having a planar clamp surface extending lengthwise along a first axis away from said pivot axis to a free end of said clamp members, said planar clamp surfaces being configured for clamping abutment with the textile sleeve disposed lengthwise along a second axis, transverse to said first axis, across a width of each of said clamp surfaces, each of said planar clamp surfaces include a plurality of heating members operably connected to a source of power to be selectively heated, said heating members being supported for independent movement relative to one another to allow said planar clamp surfaces to become non-planar clamp surfaces by automatically conforming to an outer peripheral shape of a portion of the textile sleeve disposed between said clamp members.

US Pat. No. 10,427,359

ANCHORING A JOINING ELEMENT IN AN OBJECT

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,358

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A RIVET CONNECTION OF A FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a rivet connection of a fiber composite component, comprising:positioning a first component which contains a fiber composite material in an overlap joint with a second component;
laser-drilling a shared through-hole at least through the fiber composite material of the first component by at least one of single-pulse drilling, percussion drilling, trepanning or spiral drilling;
forming at least one conical entry to the through-hole using a laser beam that is initially widened or defocused, and subsequently less widened or less defocused;
inserting a rivet into the through-hole; and
fixing the rivet to the first component and to the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,357

SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY UNIT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,356

PLASTIC TANK HAVING A WELDED FRUSTO-CONICAL FLANGE JOINT

INFILTRATOR WATER TECHNOL...

1. A method of forming a plastic tank having a weld joint between a substantially annular flange of a tank base and a mating annular flange of a tank top, each flange having a faying surface, wherein said base and top are configured to mate at said flanges with each other along a lengthwise axis, for forming a weld joint therebetween which comprises:(a) providing said tank base and said tank top, wherein the faying surfaces of the flanges have mating frusto-conical shapes;
(b) positioning at least one weld element on at least one said flange faying surface, and mating the flanges of the base and the top with each other to form mated flanges and to capture the at least one weld element between the faying surfaces of the mated flanges, so that said at least one weld element may be heated, melted, and fused to said mated flanges, thereby to form a weld joint between the flanges; and,
(c) heating the at least one weld element to fuse said at least one weld element to said mated flange faying surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,427,355

TUBE END DETECTION

Georg Fischer Rohrleitung...

1. A method for detecting a characteristic of plastic tube ends of plastic tubes clamped in a butt welding machine, the method comprising:clamping plastic tubes in a butt welding machine, the plastic tubes having two opposing respective plastic tube ends which are to be welded together,
wherein the butt welding machine comprises a plane which can be introduced between the plastic tube ends and a heating mirror which can be introduced between the plastic tube ends, wherein at least one sensor is arranged on the plane and/or on the heating mirror,
tilting the plane into a position between the plastic tube ends,
tilting the heating mirror into a position between the plastic tube ends and removing the heating mirror from the position between the plastic heating tube ends,
wherein the plane and/or the heating mirror is tilted into position between the plastic tube ends by means of a controlled movement,
detecting a characteristic of the plastic tube ends with the at least one sensor during the controlled movement of the plane and/or the heating mirror by means of the at least one sensor arranged on the plane and/or on the heating mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,427,354

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRINTING THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) OBJECTS

STRATASYS LTD., Rehovot ...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional (3D) object and a support construction for the 3D object, the method comprising:generating 3D cross sectional digital data comprising a set of horizontal slices, wherein each of the slices includes one or more body regions representing a horizontal cross section of the 3D object, and at least each of some of the slices further includes one or more support regions being adjacent to the body regions and representing a corresponding horizontal cross section of the support construction;
manipulating the 3D digital data to create a set of shifted slices by performing vertical shifts between the body region and the support region of a same horizontal slice to create printing digital data, wherein at least each of some of the shifted slices include a body region of one of the horizontal slices together with a support region of another one of the horizontal slices; and
depositing, in layers, from printing heads, a body material and a support material based on the printing digital data, wherein in a same scan, droplets of the support material and droplets of the body material travel different distances.

US Pat. No. 10,427,353

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING USING STIMULI-RESPONSIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE POLYMERS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,352

EXTRUSION-BASED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM AND METHOD

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A method of manufacturing an object, the method comprising:extruding material from an extrusion head onto a non-planar surface of a three-dimensional tool, the extrusion head having an extrusion axis along which the material flows as it exits the extrusion head;
moving the extrusion head relative the tool as the material is extruded so that the material is deposited as a series of layers, wherein the material cures on or after deposition so that the layers are fused together, and
controlling the extrusion of the material and the relative movement so that the series of layers are shaped in accordance with a stored three-dimensional model of the object,
wherein at least some of the layers are non-planar layers, and the relative movement during the deposition of each non-planar layer includes at least an element of rotation which causes an orientation between the extrusion axis and the tool to change at the same time as the material is deposited,
wherein at least a first layer of the object is a non-planar layer that conforms to the shape of the three-dimensional tool, and
wherein at least a portion of the at least first layer of the object extends to an underside of the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,427,351

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

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,350

PREFORM HANDLING DEVICE, AND BLOW FORMING DEVICE

NISSEI ASB MACHINE CO., L...

1. A blow mold having a primary blow mold and a secondary blow mold, comprising:first and second blow base plates adapted to be fixed to first and second mold clamping plates of a mold clamping mechanism,
a first primary blow cavity split mold adapted to be fixed to the first blow base plate side;
a second primary blow cavity split mold adapted to be fixed to the second blow base plate side;
a first secondary blow cavity split mold adapted to be fixed to the first blow base plate side;
a second secondary blow cavity split mold adapted to be fixed to the second blow base plate side; and
the first and second blow base plates have first, second and third pressure receiving members,
wherein in a plan view, the first and second blow base plates have a longitudinal direction and have first and second end portions with respect to the longitudinal direction, the first and second pressure receiving members being provided at the first and second end portions of the first and second blow base plates, respectively, and the third pressure receiving member is provided at a center portion in the longitudinal direction of the first and second blow base plates, and
wherein in the plan view, the first and second primary blow cavity split molds are provided between the first pressure receiving member and the third pressure receiving member, and the first and second secondary blow cavity split molds are provided between the second pressure receiving member and the third pressure receiving member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,349

COMPONENTS MOLDED WITH MOLDABLE CARBON FIBER AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A structural component comprising:a body defining at least one hollow region, wherein the body comprises a carbon fiber composite comprising a plurality of substantially aligned continuous carbon fibers defining a major axis and a second axis perpendicular to the major axis, wherein the plurality of substantially aligned continuous carbon fibers comprise a plurality of discrete termination points staggered with respect to the second axis, wherein the plurality of substantially aligned continuous carbon fibers comprises one or more continuous carbon fibers having a length of greater than or equal to about 2 inches, wherein the one or more continuous carbon fibers comprise a plurality of discrete weak regions along the length of the one or more continuous carbon fibers, wherein the plurality of discrete weak regions comprise a composition that has an ultimate tensile strength that is at least 50% less than the ultimate tensile strength of the remainder of the length of the one or more continuous carbon fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,427,348

AUTOMATIC PROCESS CONTROL OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING DEVICE

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A system for automated processing control of a three dimensional printer device comprising:the three dimensional printer device for making an object;
an array of lights illuminating a manufacturing volume of the three dimensional printer device for dynamically creating object shadows for reconstructing a profile view from the point of view of each light in the array of lights; and
a camera with a view of a manufacturing volume of the three dimensional printer device to generate network accessible images of the object;
a layer-by-layer verification is used to detect errors on the images of the object during a printing process;
wherein the computer is programmed to stop the manufacturing process when the object is defective based on the images of the object using the layer-by-layer verification.

US Pat. No. 10,427,347

RAM EXTRUDING THIN PANELS OF UHMW POLYMERS

1. An apparatus for extruding a polymer resin, the apparatus comprising:a die having an inlet end and an outlet end;
a ram mounted for movement within the inlet end of the die from a retracted position to an extended position;
at least one hopper configured to introduce the polymer resin in a granular state into a resin inlet of the die in a plurality of specifically metered amounts which vary across a width of the resin inlet end of the die, wherein the resin inlet is proximate the inlet end of the die and downstream of the retracted position of the ram, wherein the at least one hopper comprises a plurality of feed tubes spaced along the width of the resin inlet of the die, each of the plurality of feed tubes comprising a distal end proximal to the resin inlet of the die and a proximal end in fluid communication with the hopper, wherein each of the plurality of feed tubes is independently moveable in a vertical direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the die to provide the plurality of specifically metered amounts of polymer resin which vary across the width of the resin inlet end of the die;
a plurality of thermal zones in the die spaced along a width and a length of the die;
means for heating certain of the plurality of thermal zones to a temperature above the crystalline melt temperature of the polymer resin; and
means for imparting movement of the ram along a longitudinal axis of the die to move the polymer resin from the resin inlet through the plurality of thermal zones and out from the outlet end of the die as an extrudate, the polymer resin being melted and compressed to form an extrusion profile of the die during progression through the thermal zones of the die,
wherein the polymer resin is extruded from the outlet end of the die at a temperature that is at or above the crystalline melt temperature of the polymer resin.

US Pat. No. 10,427,346

EXTRUDED REINFORCEMENTS

Zephyros, Inc., Romeo, M...

1. A method for making an insert, comprising the steps of:a. extruding a thermoplastic material to form a first column structure having a first profile;
b. extruding a thermoplastic material to form a second column having a second profile that is different from the first profile;
c. connecting the first column structure to the second column structure with a connector device so that the connector device is shaped to receive the first profile of the first column structure and the second profile of the second column structure;
wherein an activatable material is located onto at least a portion of one or more of the column structures and is activated by heat entering within the one or more column structures through one or more openings formed in one or more walls of the one or more column structures.

US Pat. No. 10,427,345

CONTINUOUS FABRICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGHLY ALIGNED POLYMER FILMS

Massachusetts Institute o...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,344

MOLDING SYSTEM FOR PREPARING AN INJECTION MOLDED FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITE ARTICLE

Coretech System Co., Ltd....

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,343

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding system, comprising:an injection molding machine, which comprises a mold and molds a molded article by means of the mold, and
a molded article transport device, which takes out the molded article from the mold and transports the molded article, and configured so that the molded article transport device and an operator share an area in common and perform cooperative work, the injection molding system comprising:
a holding force changing means for changing a holding force of the molded article transport device to hold the molded article; and
an external load detection means for detecting an external load applied to the molded article held by the molded article transport device,
wherein the holding force changing means is configured to reduce the holding force to a predetermined level or less in response to a detection of a predetermined or higher load by the external load detection means after the molded article is transported to the work area of the operator by the molded article transport device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,342

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM WITH DISCRETELY-ADJUSTABLE VARIABLE CONTROL

IMFLUX INC., Hamilton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,341

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM WITH USER-ADJUSTABLE VARIABLES

IMFLUX INC., Hamilton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,340

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A TOOTHED WHEEL WITH REINFORCING STRAPPING

JTEKT EUROPE, Irigny (FR...

1. A method for manufacturing a wheel, said method comprising:a step (a) of producing a carrier core by injection of a first polymer material in a first mold, wherein the carrier core extends from a radially inner wall forming a bore having a main axis, corresponding to an axis of rotation of the wheel, up to a radially outer peripheral edge, and
a coating step (b) during which a coating layer of a second polymer material is formed over the carrier core by an overmolding operation in order to form a rim about the peripheral edge, in the radial over-thickness of the radially outer surface of said peripheral edge,
wherein, during the step (a) of producing the carrier core, and before the injection of the first polymer material, a preformed reinforcing ring made of a third material is placed in the first mold, in a position substantially centered on the main axis, then is embedded, at least partially, in the mass of said first material which forms the peripheral edge while injecting the first material, wherein the third material is distinct from the first polymer material and from the second polymer material and has a Young's modulus greater than a Young's modulus of the first material and greater than a Young's modulus of the second material, and
wherein the reinforcing ring is formed by a reinforced tape made in a composite reinforcing material which comprises a frame made of continuous reinforcing fibers that extend along the perimeter of the reinforcing ring, according to a direction orthoradial to the main axis, said frame being embedded in a matrix made of thermoplastic polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,427,339

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

UBE MACHINERY CORPORATION...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,338

HEATING CYLINDER COVER AND HEATING CYLINDER DEVICE OF INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

NISSEI PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL...

1. A heating cylinder cover of an injection molding machine that covers a heating cylinder having a temperature control mechanism in which at least a plurality of heating units are provided on an outer circumferential surface of a heating cylinder body along an axial direction, the heating cylinder cover comprising:a heat-retaining cover part that is integrally provided with a cover body part and a plurality of partition parts, the cover body part being attached to the heating cylinder thereby forming a predetermined covered space between the cover body part and the temperature control mechanism and covering at least an upper half part of the heating cylinder, the partition parts projecting from an inner surface of this cover body part toward the temperature control mechanism and dividing the covered space into a plurality of closed spaces;
wherein the partition parts are set in different heating areas in the heating cylinder body, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,427,337

METHOD AND INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING INTUMESCENT REACTION PLASTIC MOLDED PARTS AND REACTION PLASTIC MOLDED PART

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A method for producing an intumescent plastic molded part that consists of a reaction plastic which contains intumescent additives and glass fibers, comprising the steps of:introducing the glass fibers into the intumescent additives in a mixing device and mixing the glass fibers evenly through the intumescent additives in the mixing device to form an additive mixture;
introducing components of the reaction plastic by a pump into a mixing chamber through a first inlet of the mixing chamber;
introducing the additive mixture from the mixing device into the mixing chamber through a second inlet of the mixing chamber;
flowing a mass of the components of the reaction plastic and the additive mixture out of the mixing chamber through an outlet of the mixing chamber and into an injection mold; and
hardening the mass in the injection mold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,336

PERIODIC STRUCTURED COMPOSITE AND ARTICLES THEREFROM

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,335

DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING UNEVEN-THICKNESS FILM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING UNEVEN-THICKNESS FILM

MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL C...

1. A device for manufacturing an uneven-thickness film comprising a first roller and a second roller for molding the uneven-thickness film, wherein:the first roller comprises a column-shaped portion and a disc-shaped portion; the second roller comprises a truncated-cone-shaped portion and a disc-shaped small-diameter portion;
the disc-shaped small-diameter portion having a diameter the same as a smaller-diameter face side of the truncated-cone-shaped portion;
the disc-shaped small-diameter portion smoothly connects with the truncated-cone-shaped portion on the smaller-diameter face side of the truncated-cone-shaped portion; and
a circumferential surface of the disc-shaped portion opposes a circumferential surface of the disc-shaped small-diameter portion and a thickness of the disc-shaped portion is substantially the same as a thickness of the disc-shaped small-diameter portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,334

GOLF BALL INCORPORATING COMPRESSION MOLDED LAYER AND METHODS AND TOOLING FOR MAKING

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A method of making a golf ball comprising the steps of:providing a length of extrudate having a width sufficient to be received within first and second half-shell molding cups;
cross-sectioning the extrudate at predetermined intervals along the length while progressing the extrudate along a plane that is perpendicular to a plane of rotation of a curved flying knife and forming a plurality of preforms, each having a cross-sectioned surface that is concave and curves inward toward a posterior end of the preform a curved depth that is greater than a depth created by a straight edge flying knife;
wherein the curved flying knife comprises:
an elongated body defining an inner end and a distal end; the inner end being rotatably connectable to a device for cross-sectioning a length of extrudate into a plurality of preforms;
a curved edge located on a first side of the elongated body and an opposing edge located on the opposite side of the elongated body; wherein each of the curved edge and the opposing edge extend between the inner end and distal end; and
wherein the curved edge curves away from the opposing edge at least at a location on the first side that contacts the extrudate and cross-sections it; and
depositing first and second preforms into a golf ball component mold, loading the mold into a mold press, closing the mold press, and forming first and second half-shell molding cups under sufficient heat and pressure;
wherein the cross-sectioned surfaces of the first and second preforms are face up in the golf ball component mold and form an inner surface of each half shell molding cup; and
mating first and second half-shell molding cups about a subassembly under sufficient heat and pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,333

FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURE

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,331

SCALABLE MANUFACTURING OF SUPERHYDROPHOBIC STRUCTURES IN PLASTICS

The Regents of the Univer...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,330

HYBRID LAY-UP MOLD

Ascent Aerospace, LLC, S...

1. A hybrid lay-up mold, comprising:an iron-nickel eggcrate structure;
an iron-nickel alloy interim working surface secured to the eggcrate structure, the eggcrate structure and interim working surface cooperating to define a base mold;
a carbon fiber composite material overlay bonded to the interim structure; and
wherein the lay-up mold is free of any mechanical attachments, the eggcrate structure being fabricated from welded together header boards, and the interim working surface being welded and atop the eggcrate structure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,329

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

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,328

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING BULKED CONTINUOUS FILAMENT FROM RECYCLED PET

Aladdin Manufacturing Cor...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,327

SEPARATION DEVICE AND SEPARATION METHOD

DAIKI CO., LTD., Tokyo (...

1. A separation device comprising:a first shredding unit that shreds a processing target containing a first material and a second material adhering to the first material;
a first separation unit that has a substantially cylindrical first tubular portion in which a large number of first holes that allow the second material contained in the processing target shredded by the first shredding unit to pass through without allowing the first material to pass through are formed, and that separates the second material passing through the first holes from the processing target by rotating the first tubular portion in a state in which the processing target shredded by the first shredding unit is accommodated in the first tubular portion;
a second shredding unit that shreds the processing target from which the second material passing through the first holes is separated by the first separation unit; and
a second separation unit that has a second tubular portion in which a large number of second holes that allow the second material contained in the processing target shredded by the second shredding unit to pass through without allowing the first material to pass through are formed, and that separates the second material passing through the second holes from the processing target by rotating the second tubular portion in a state in which the processing target shredded by the second shredding unit is accommodated in the second tubular portion,
wherein an inside of the first tubular portion is provided with a substantially cylindrical first rotating rod that has a central axis coinciding with a central axis of the first tubular portion and is rotatable about the central axis of the first rotating rod, and a first screw member that is helically provided around the first rotating rod and has a plurality of teeth formed in the first screw member,
an end portion of each of the teeth is constituted by a first side and a second side, the first side extending in a radial direction of the first tubular portion and the first rotating rod, the second side connecting an outer end of the first side to an inner end of the first side of a next tooth, and
the first rotating rod and the first screw member rotate such that the second side is located on a forward side with respect to a rotation direction of the first rotating rod and the first screw member and the first side is locatedon a rearward side with respect to the rotation direction in each of the teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,427,325

TWIN SCREW EXTRUDER FOR USE IN MANUFACTURING FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN COMPOSITION AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN COMPOSITION

THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LT...

1. A twin screw extruder comprising:a cylinder housing twin screws arranged in parallel;
a resin feed part configured to feed a molten thermoplastic resin;
an input port arranged on the cylinder, and configured to receive a reinforcing fiber, the reinforcing fiber being fed through the input port into the molten thermoplastic resin located in the resin feed part of the cylinder;
a discharge-side part arranged at one end of the twin screw extruder;
a kneading part provided closer to the discharge-side part than a midpoint of the twin screw extruder, and configured to knead the reinforcing fiber and the molten thermoplastic resin to manufacture a fiber-reinforced resin composition;
a conveying part provided between the input port and the kneading part and configured to convey the reinforcing fiber and the molten thermoplastic resin to the kneading part;
a fiber relaxing part configured by a screw element, a minimum outer peripheral length of which has a value smaller than that of the screw element configuring the conveying part, the fiber relaxing part being provided between the conveying part and the kneading part, and adjacent to the conveying part and the kneading part and
a pin that protrudes into an interior of the cylinder of the twin screw extruder,
wherein a tip clearance is a distance between one of the twin screws and the cylinder, and a screw clearance is a distance between outer edges of the twin screws in a cross-sectional view perpendicular to rotational axes of the twin screws, and the tip clearance is larger than the screw clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,324

SILICON CARBIDE INGOT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SILICON CARBIDE SUBSTRATE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A silicon carbide ingot comprising a first end surface and a second end surface opposite to the first end surface,the first end surface and the second end surface facing each other in a growth direction, the growth direction extending from the first end surface to the second end surface, a gradient of a nitrogen concentration in the growth direction being not less than 1×1016 cm?4 and not more than 1×1018 cm?4,
the first end surface being a (0001) plane, the second end surface being a (000-1) plane, the nitrogen concentration increasing along the growth direction from the first end surface to the second end surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,323

MIXING AND CONVEYING FACILITY FOR DRY BUILDING MATERIALS FROM A SUPPLY SILO

1. A mixing and conveying facility for dry building material, the facility comprising a first pipe (17), wherein said first pipe (17) is configured to receive dry building material from a supply silo (1), downstream which first pipe (17) a tempering and buffering container (10, 18) is arranged, such that said building material is processable into said tempering and buffering container (10, 18), said tempering and buffering container (10, 18) including a fitting (8) for adding water to the dry building material, and an inner, drivable stirrer, wherein said stirrer comprises a shaft (19, 12) from which a shovel means (20, 23) projects, and wherein the tempering and buffering container (10, 18) at the bottom runs out into a cone or channel, wherein the facility further comprises a second pipe (15) with a conveying screw (14) with its own drive (16) and a pumping hose (5), wherein the building material mixture processed in the tempering and buffering container (10, 18) is conveyable via said conveying screw (14) into said pumping hose (5) for application,characterized in that
the facility is configured for an arbitrarily settable mixing time of the quantity of building material to be conveyed out of the supply silo (1) in such a way that said second pipe (15) and said conveying screw (14) are arranged fittingly to the cone or channel of the said tempering and buffering container (10, 18) for co-acting upon interrupting the application process, in that the said conveying screw (14) in said second pipe (15) is operable in reverse mode such that said building material is constantly conveyed back and at the rear end is pressed upward-into said tempering and buffering container (10, 18), as there is otherwise no place for the said building material to escape.

US Pat. No. 10,427,322

LIGHT-ABSORBING MATERIAL FLYING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR FLYING LIGHT-ABSORBING MATERIAL, AND APPLICATIONS USING SAME

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A light-absorbing material flying apparatus comprising:a light-absorbing material that absorbs light; and
a light-absorbing material flying section configured to irradiate the light-absorbing material with an optical vortex laser beam corresponding to a light absorption wavelength of the light-absorbing material to fly the light-absorbing material by an energy of the optical vortex laser beam in a direction in which the optical vortex laser beam is emitted to attach the light-absorbing material on an attachment target.

US Pat. No. 10,427,321

METHOD AND INSTALLATIONS FOR PROCESSING A VENEER AND CORRESPONDING VENEER

Faurecia Interieur Indust...

1. Veneer compression station, for processing a veneer having two parallel opposed faces and comprising at least one lignocellulosic layer made of lignocellulosic fibers having a grain extending along the opposed faces of the veneer, the station comprising two contra-rotative rollers defining between them a nip and a stop located such that an edge of the veneer is biased against the stop when driven between the rollers, the veneer being pushed against the stop by the rollers such that a compressive force is applied by the rollers to a portion of the veneer located between the nip and the stop in a direction parallel with the opposed faces of the veneer so as to mechanically compress the lignocellulosic fibers, wherein the compressive force is sufficient to reduce a dimension of the veneer in said direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,320

TREE GIRDLING TOOL

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,319

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING NATURAL CORK FILM

Seoyon E-Hwa Co., Ltd., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a natural cork film, comprising:forming a cork layer by slicing a prepared natural cork material;
forming a fiber layer by attaching a fiber sheet to one surface of the cork layer;
pre-treating a lamination of the cork layer and the fiber layer for preventing discoloration of the cork layer; and
forming a resin layer by attaching a resin sheet to the fiber layer during the pre-treating a lamination of the cork layer and the fiber layer step;
wherein the pre-treating a lamination of the cork layer and the fiber layer step comprises decolorizing the cork layer of the lamination with a decolorant,
wherein the decolorizing is performed by impregnating the lamination with decolorant and agitating, and
wherein the decolorant is a hydrogen peroxide dilute solution comprising 20 wt. % to 50 wt. % of hydrogen peroxide with respect to a total weight of the hydrogen peroxide dilute solution wherein the hydrogen peroxide solution further comprises ammonia, and wherein a weight ratio ammonia to hydrogen peroxide is 1:20 to 1:5.

US Pat. No. 10,427,318

METHOD OF CREATING A WOOD-BASED FALSE STONE

1. A method of creating a wood-based false stone comprising:collecting a plurality of stems from a plant, the plant being a rabbit brush plant;
cutting each of the plurality of stems to a uniform length;
debarking each of the plurality of stems;
applying a dye to each of the plurality of stems;
allowing the dye to dry completely;
saturating the plurality of stems in a resin;
placing the plurality of stems in a mold;
compressing the plurality of stems within said mold;
removing the compressed plurality of stems from the mold;
cutting the compressed plurality of stems into a plurality of slices; and
shaping each of the plurality of slices into a plurality of cutouts.

US Pat. No. 10,427,317

BATTERY-POWERED PORTABLE CUTTING TOOLS

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,316

FOOD PROCESSOR WITH ADJUSTABLE BLADE ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,315

METHOD FOR CUTTING A PROCESS MATERIAL UNDER THE APPLICATION OF ULTRASONIC ENERGY AS WELL AS CUTTING DEVICE

A O SCHALLINOX GMBH, Sch...

1. A cutting device designed for cutting a process material with a drive device that is connected to a movable or rotatable blade, the cutting device comprising:an ultrasound unit that provides ultrasonic energy to an energy converter, the energy converter being connected to the movable or rotatable blade via a coupling element; and
a control unit that controls the ultrasound unit such that the frequency of the ultrasonic energy is keyed between at least a first operating frequency and a second operating frequency,
wherein keying between the first operating frequency and the second operating frequency is performed with a keying frequency in a range from 2 Hz to 500 Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,427,314

APPARATUS FOR CUTTING PRODUCTS

FAM, Kontich (BE)

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,313

SYSTEMS FOR BUTTERING AND TOASTING BREAD

Creator, Inc., San Franc...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,312

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,311

HANDHELD LIGHTING DEVICE WITH DETACHABLE KNIFE

SureFire, LLC, Fountain ...

1. A lighting device comprising:a housing configured to be gripped by a user;
a light source disposed at least partially within the housing and configured to project a light beam to illuminate an area of interest external to the housing;
a substantially L-shaped user control comprising a primary actuation surface disposed on a first axis of the L-shape and a secondary actuation surface disposed on a second axis of the L-shape, wherein each of the primary and secondary actuation surfaces are configured to operate the light source in response to corresponding first and second user actuations; and
a knife assembly comprising:
a sleeve,
a blade at least partially enclosed by the sleeve and coupled thereto, and
wherein the knife assembly is configured to selectively decouple from the housing to permit the user to selectively operate the lighting device with the knife assembly and without the knife assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,427,310

CUTTING DEVICE

1. A cutting device, comprising:a housing;
a carriage that is partially disposed in the housing and movable along a portion of a length of the housing, the carriage being movable between a first position and a second position along the portion of the length of the housing, the carriage extending further out of the housing in the second position as compared to the first position;
a cutting member that is removably disposable in the carriage;
a cover member that is removably attachable to the housing, the cover member including an aperture; and
an urging member having a first portion that is attached to the carriage and a second portion that is attached to the housing;
wherein the housing includes a locking member;
wherein when the carriage is in the first position and the cover member is attached to the housing, a portion of the locking member is movable into and out of the aperture of the cover member;
wherein when the carriage is in the second position and the cover member is attached to the housing, the portion of the locking member is locked in the aperture of the cover member so that the locking member locks the cover member to the housing; and
wherein the urging member urges the carriage to move from the second position toward the first position both when the cover member is attached to the housing and when the cover member is detached from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,427,309

MULTI-STAGE GRIPPER

1. A multi-element pneumatic gripper, equipped with a pump which enables operation of a suction cup, characterized in that the gripper consists of a multi-element pneumatic telescopic actuator (1), terminated on one side with a suction cup (2) with a weight (3) with a steel ball (4) inside the weight, and on the other side connected to a supply system (6), where an electromechanical pickup (5) is located at a base of a first element of the telescopic pneumatic actuator 1.

US Pat. No. 10,427,308

WIRE BODY PROCESSING STRUCTURE FOR ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,307

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

Lam Research Corporation,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,306

MULTIMODAL OBJECT IDENTIFICATION

X Development LLC, Mount...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,305

ROBOTIC CAMERA CONTROL VIA MOTION CAPTURE

AUTODESK, INC., San Rafa...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling a robot to generate multi-media content, the method comprising:generating, via a first set of one or more sensors, motion capture data based on one or more movements of an operator;
processing the motion capture data to generate control signals for controlling the robot, wherein a second set of one or more sensors is coupled to the robot;
transmitting the control signals to the robot to cause the robot to mimic the one or more movements of the operator; and
generating content associated with the one or more movements of the operator based on a plurality of image frames of the robot that are captured by the second set of one or more sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,427,304

ROBOTIC CHARGER ALIGNMENT

POWERHYDRANT LLC, Westwo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,303

SUBSTRATE DEPOSITION SYSTEMS, ROBOT TRANSFER APPARATUS, AND METHODS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE MANUFACTURING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An electronic device processing system, comprising:a mainframe housing including a transfer chamber, a first facet, a second facet opposite the first facet, a third facet, and a fourth facet opposite the third facet;
a first carousel assembly coupled to the first facet;
a second carousel assembly coupled to the third facet;
a first multi-position load lock coupled to the second facet, wherein the first multi-position load lock includes a first double height entrance, and further includes a first moveable lift body;
a first lift assembly coupled to the first moveable lift body;
a second load lock coupled to the fourth facet; and
a multi-axis robot comprising:
a first SCARA comprising:
a first upper arm adapted to rotate about a shoulder axis that extends through the first upper arm;
a first forearm rotationally coupled to and above the first upper arm at an outboard end of the first upper arm;
a first wrist member rotationally coupled to and below the first forearm at a first outer location of the first forearm; and
a first end effector coupled to the first wrist member, the first end effector disposed at a first height; and
a second SCARA comprising:
a second upper arm adapted to rotate about the shoulder axis, the shoulder axis also extending through the second upper arm;
a second forearm rotationally coupled to the second upper arm at an outboard end of the second upper arm, wherein the second forearm is positioned below the first forearm;
a second wrist member rotationally coupled to the second forearm at a second outer location of the second forearm; and
a second end effector coupled to the second wrist member, the second end effector disposed at a second height different from the first height;
wherein the first end effector of the first SCARA extends in a first direction away from the shoulder axis, wherein the second end effector of the second SCARA extends in a second direction away from the shoulder axis, and wherein the second direction is opposite the first direction and the first and second directions form substantially co-parallel lines of action;
wherein, at a first time, the first upper arm in a first extended position from the shoulder axis lies on a first plan view side of the substantially co-parallel lines of action and the second upper arm in a second extended position from the shoulder axis lies on a second plan view side of the substantially co-parallel lines of action, wherein the second plan view side is opposite the first plan view side;
wherein the first and second end effectors extend respectively in the first and second directions away from the shoulder axis along the substantially co-parallel lines of action at the first time such that the first and second end effectors respectively extend a distance from the shoulder axis sufficient to extend through a double height entrance of a process chamber and a double height entrance of a multi-position load lock respectively without extending the corresponding first or second wrist members therethrough;
wherein the multi-axis robot is adapted to operate in the transfer chamber to exchange substrates from both the first carousel assembly and the second carousel assembly; and
wherein the first moveable lift body includes a plurality of supports, and the first lift assembly is configured to position at least a selected one of the plurality of supports to engage the first end effector at the first height, the first height being within the double height entrance, and is further configured to position the selected one of the plurality of supports to engage the second end effector at the second height, the second height being within the double height entrance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,301

ROBOT SYSTEM AND ROBOT CONTROLLER

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,300

ROBOT PROGRAM GENERATION FOR ROBOTIC PROCESSES

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,298

ROBOT SYSTEM DISPLAYING INFORMATION FOR TEACHING ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,297

ROBOT OPERATION COMMAND SYSTEM, TABLET TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD OF TABLET TERMINAL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A control method of a tablet terminal configured to establish a wireless connection with one of multiple controllers each having identification information and transmit an operation signal for commanding operation of a robot to the wirelessly connected controller, wherein the tablet terminal is configured to be removably held in a base configured to be wiredly or wirelessly connected to one of the controllers,the control method comprising a step of preventing the robot from being operated by the operation signal when the identification information of the controller to which the base holding the tablet terminal is connected does not coincide with the identification information of the controller to which the tablet terminal is connected in a state where the tablet terminal is able to transmit the operation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,427,295

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REINFORCING PROGRAMMING EDUCATION THROUGH ROBOTIC FEEDBACK

Play-i, Inc., San Mateo,...

1. A system for reinforcing programming education through toy robot feedback, the system comprising:an application executing on a user device remote from a toy robot, the application configured to:
receive a series of programming inputs from a user at a programming interface application on the user device;
receive a stream of sensor data from the toy robot;
automatically generate a set of control instructions for the toy robot based on a programming input of the series and the stream of sensor data; and
sending the set of control instructions to the toy robot;
the toy robot, configured to:
retrieve a robot personality;
prior to receiving the set of control instructions from the user device, automatically control the toy robot based on the robot personality, independent of a connection between the user device and the toy robot;
stream sensor data to the user device;
receive the set of control instructions from the user device; and
in response to receiving the set of control instructions, operate the toy robot based on the set of control instructions and the robot personality.

US Pat. No. 10,427,294

PARALLEL LINK ROBOT AND PARALLEL LINK STRUCTURE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A parallel link robot, comprising:a fixation unit including a plurality of driving sources;
a movable section;
a plurality of first links connected to the plurality of driving sources;
a plurality of connection sections rotatably connected to the plurality of first links;
a plurality of second links rotatably connected to the plurality of first links via the plurality of connection sections;
a plurality of first shaft sections rotatably connected to the plurality of second links;
a plurality of third links rotatably connected to the plurality of second links via the plurality of first shaft sections; and
a plurality of second shaft sections, wherein
the plurality of third links are rotatably connected to the movable section via the plurality of second shaft sections,
the plurality of second shaft sections extends peripherally outward from the movable section,
the plurality of driving sources includes parallel output shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,427,293

SOFT EXOSUIT FOR ASSISTANCE WITH HUMAN MOTION

Prisident and Fellows of ...

1. A wearable exosuit, comprising:a first anchor element configured for positioning on a first body part of a person wearing the wearable exosuit;
a second anchor element configured for positioning on a second body part of the person wearing the wearable exosuit;
at least one actuator coupled to the first anchor element and the second anchor element and configured to apply a tensile force to the first anchor element and the second anchor element for generating a beneficial moment for assisting motion of a body joint disposed within or between the first anchor element and the second anchor element,
wherein at least one of the first anchor element and the second anchor element includes:
a base material configured for positioning against the respective body part of the person; and
at least one inextensible fabric component integrated with the base material extending from a connection point of the at least one actuator at the respective anchor element to a portion of the respective anchor element overlying a bony feature of the corresponding body part, thereby providing a force path through the inextensible fabric component in the respective anchor element configured to direct the tensile force to act upon the bony feature of the corresponding body part.

US Pat. No. 10,427,292

LINKED MICROMECHANICAL POSITIONING APPARATUS FOR REAL-TIME TESTING AND MEASUREMENT

Sensapex Oy, Oulu (FI)

1. A micromechanical positioning device, comprising:a micromechanical positioning actuator for causing movement of a probe with respect to a target;
a positioning controller, said positioning controller having an output, said output coupled to said actuator for controlling said movement; and
said positioning controller having a steering input wherein said steering input is arranged to be coupled to at least one other device over a local communication connection to receive one or more steering signals from said other device, wherein said other device is a micromechanical positioning device, a measurement device or a stimulus device operating on said target, wherein said local communication connection comprises a local communication network for carrying communication messages, wherein said steering input comprises a communications controller operatively connectable to said communication network, wherein said positioning controller is arranged to control said movement based on said steering signals from said other device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,291

MOVING ROBOT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A moving robot performing automatic traveling, the moving robot comprising:a main body;
a drive assembly moving the main body;
a sensor provided in the main body and configured to sense information related to a surface area or an obstacle;
a controller configured to control the drive assembly on the basis of the information sensed by the sensor; and
a cleaner head to clean the surface area,
wherein the drive assembly includes:
a plurality of pulleys;
a motor connected to any one of the plurality of pulleys and generating a driving force;
a belt in contact with and configured to rotate along the plurality of pulleys; and
a support shaft connected to at least two of the plurality of pulleys and configured to change a position of the at least two of the plurality of pulleys such that an area in which the belt is in contact with the surface area or the obstacle is equal to or greater than a reference area, and when the area in which the belt is in contact with the surface area or the obstacle is equal to or greater than the reference area, the main body passes along the surface area or over the obstacle to prevent slippage between the belt and the surface area or the obstacle,
wherein, in response to an external force applied to the drive assembly, at least one of a length of the support shaft, a position of the support shaft, and an angle between the support shaft and the main body is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,290

CRAWLER ROBOT FOR IN SITU GAP INSPECTION

General Electric Company,...

1. A robotic crawler comprising:an expandable body movable between a collapsed state and an expanded state;
a plurality of multidirectional traction modules removably connected to the expandable body, the multidirectional traction modules configured to engage opposed surfaces within an annular gap of a machine; and
a plurality of sensor modules removably connected to the expandable body and positioned by the plurality of multidirectional traction modules, the plurality of sensor modules including a plurality of sensor types to inspect the annular gap of the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,427,289

MULTI-POSITION UTILITY HOOK ASSEMBLY FOR A TOOL

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,288

HANDSAW

1. A handsaw comprising:a tooth blade rigidly fixed to a handle;
the handle comprising an elongated cavity;
the elongated cavity being capable of housing a marking pencil; and
a resilient bushing installed in an upper part of the elongated cavity in the handle, wherein an upper edge of the resilient bushing is bent outwards.

US Pat. No. 10,427,287

TOOL FOR ENHANCING TORQUE APPLICATION TO ROTATING TOOLS

1. An extension bar for increasing a torque force of a tool, wherein the extension bar comprises:a tube having an outer surface, a first end and a second end, wherein the first end comprises a hollow with an inner surface for receiving at least one portion of the tool, wherein the inner surface of the hollow comprises four bracing dogs, wherein the four bracing dogs are each affixed to the tool with a center threaded member and at least two outer threaded members, wherein the center threaded member of each respective bracing dog extends past an outer surface of the respective bracing dog, and wherein the at least two outer threaded members of each respective bracing dog terminate against the outer surface of the respective bracing dog,
wherein the center threaded members and the outer threaded members each extend through the inner surface of the tube to the outer surface of the tube, wherein the four bracing dogs and their respective outer threaded members exert pressure on the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,427,286

MULTI-USE AX

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,285

PUNCHING TOOL EQUIPPED WITH A GUIDE SLEEVE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. A punching tool for extracting an element to be punched from a hole of a part, the punching tool comprising:a body and
a rod oriented in a first direction and comprising a free end configured to cooperate with an element to be punched,
a guide sleeve containing a guide with a conduit extending from a first end face to a second end face and configured to rest against the part,
said conduit comprising a first portion which opens at the first end face and is configured to house the body of the punching tool and allow a translation movement of the body of the punching tool relative to the guide in the first direction between a rest position, in which the rod of the punching tool is positioned inside the conduit of the guide sleeve, and an active position, in which the rod of the punching tool protrudes relative to the second end face of the guide sleeve,
said conduit comprises a second portion having a diameter greater than a diameter of the first portion wherein the second portion opens at the second end face and is configured to house a part of the element to be punched.

US Pat. No. 10,427,284

FASTENER DRIVING TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,283

OIL FILTER REMOVER

TOP WELL TOOLS INDUSTRIAL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,282

ROTARY IMPACT TOOL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,281

DYNAMIC OFF-AXIS TORQUE WRENCH COMPENSATION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,280

ADJUSTABLE GRIPPING TOOL

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,279

SCREW INSTALLATION AID FOR HOLDING AND ALIGNING A SCREW

1. A screw installation aid for holding and aligning a screw in an inclined screw axis relative to the component to be screwed, with at least one screw guide, in which the screw is received in the inclined screw axis, and which has an opening through which a screwing tool can be advanced to the screw head coaxially to the screw axis, in order to install the screw in the component in its inclined position,wherein the screw installation aid can be adapted to the component in that it possesses first and second clamping blocks that are adjustable relative to one another, the adjacent inner sides of which limit a clamping width “w” and which, during the screwing process, clamp the component to be screwed,
wherein the screw installation aid encompasses a telescopic cross-member that comprises at least two support segments that can be adjusted coaxially to one another, the undersides of which facing the component to be screwed form a level and, before adaptation to the component, continuous support surface and with each of the undersides bearing one of the clamping blocks,
wherein the clamping blocks can be positioned from a home position to an opening position against the resistance of a spring device between both support segments,
wherein the at least one screw guide is enclosed in at least one of the support segments,
wherein the first support segment bears on its end surface a tubular pin, which extends in a longitudinal direction along the clamping axis, and the second support segment exhibits on its end surface an opening that receives the pin,
wherein the tubular pin of the first support segment is received inside a chamber of the second support segment and can be moved coaxially relative to the common clamping axis, and
wherein the tubular pin within its tube chamber houses a spring,which is supported at one of its ends on the inner end wall of the pin and at its other end on a driver arranged on the inner wall of the chamber of the second support segment.

US Pat. No. 10,427,278

DRIVING TOOL

Hong Ann Tool Industries ...

1. A driving tool comprising:a coupling component;
a driving component formed as one piece from a single material and coupled to the coupling component;
wherein the coupling component defines a first compartment and the driving component is received by the first compartment, wherein the first compartment includes a first receiving section and a second receiving section, wherein the driving component includes a first driving body portion, a second driving body portion, and a connecting portion integrally formed together, wherein the second driving body portion extends between the first driving body portion and the connecting portion, wherein the connecting portion includes an outer periphery inserted through the first receiving section and contacting and fixedly disposed with a tight interference fit in the second receiving section, wherein the connecting portion and the second receiving section are forced into the tight interference fit with each other such that the connecting portion and the second receiving section are unable to detach from each other, wherein the coupling component defines a second compartment extending from the second receiving section, wherein the second driving body portion includes a length inserted and disposed in the first receiving section, wherein the connecting portion includes a length protruding in the second compartment, and wherein the length of the connecting portion is shaped to form a retaining structure that has two opposite lateral sides spaced at a width greater than the first width and that abuts against an end wall of the second compartment, wherein the second compartment extends towards the slot past the retaining structures, wherein the first and second driving body portions are made to have a first hardness and the connecting portion is made to have a second a second hardness different from the first hardness, and wherein the second hardness is less than the first hardness.

US Pat. No. 10,427,277

IMPACT WRENCH HAVING DYNAMICALLY TUNED DRIVE COMPONENTS AND METHOD THEREOF

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,276

TORQUE MULTIPLIER MODULE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,275

VARIABLE GEAR RATIO RATCHET

Gauthier Biomedical, Inc....

1. A driving tool comprising:a) a housing having an open end;
b) a shaft operably connected to the housing and disposed at least partially within the open end;
c) a gear assembly at least partially disposed within the housing and engaged with the shaft;
d) a gear ratio switching mechanism engaged with the gear assembly; the switching mechanism including a collar slidably disposed along an exterior of the housing to slide in a linear axial direction with regard to the gear assembly and a number of teeth disposed on the collar and selectively connected to the gear assembly; and
e) at least one of a ratcheting mechanism or a torque limiting mechanism at least partially disposed within the housing and operably engaged with the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,427,272

ENDPOINT DETECTION WITH COMPENSATION FOR FILTERING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

16. A method of polishing, comprising:polishing a layer of a substrate;
monitoring the layer of the substrate with an in-situ monitoring system to generate a signal that depends on a thickness of the layer;
filtering the signal to generate a filtered signal;
determining an adjusted threshold value from an original threshold value and a time delay value representative of time required for filtering the signal; and
triggering a polishing endpoint when the filtered signal crosses the adjusted threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,427,271

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

KAPP WERKZEUGMASCHINEN GM...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,270

BELT SANDER ERGONOMIC ARTICULATING ARM BELT WITH BUTTON RELEASE, LOCK, AND SEALED HOUSING

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

1. A powered belt sander comprising:a housing containing an internal motor configured to drive a shaft about a drive axis; and
a belt arm having opposing rollers, each roller having a rotational axis, with an abrasive belt positioned thereon, one of the rollers comprising a drive roller operatively coupled to the shaft and the other roller positioned proximate a distal end of the belt arm, the abrasive belt being configured to translate about the rollers in response to input from the shaft,
wherein the belt arm pivots about the drive axis to angle the belt arm at one of a stowed position and a plurality of working positions,
wherein at the stowed position a line from the rotational axis of the drive roller to the rotational axis of the other roller is substantially parallel to a line between a first end and a second end of a grip portion of the housing, and at one or more of the plurality of working positions the line from the drive roller to the other roller is transverse to the line between the first end and the second end of the grip portion of the housing,
wherein the belt arm is fixedly connected to an engagement member extending radially inwardly toward the drive axis, the engagement member releasably engaging one of a plurality of indentations such that when the engagement member engages any one of the indentations the belt arm is positioned at one of the stowed position and the plurality of working positions.

US Pat. No. 10,427,269

POLISHING APPARATUS AND POLISHING METHOD

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,268

FINISHING DEVICE FOR FINISH MACHINING OF A WORKPIECE, IN PARTICULAR OF A CRANKSHAFT OR A CAMSHAFT

1. A finishing device for finish machining a workpiece, the device comprising:a first workpiece holder;
a rotary drive configured to rotate the workpiece about a workpiece axis;
a first finishing tool configured to machine a main bearing concentric to the workpiece axis;
a second finishing tool configured to machine an additional bearing;
a second workpiece holder arranged in an additional area outside a working area, the additional area being a portion of an interior of the finishing device that is adjacent to the working area in a direction of a transport axis,
wherein the finishing tools can be moved along the transport axis which extends via the working area defined by the first workpiece holder so that the finishing tools can be moved into the additional area.

US Pat. No. 10,427,267

MACHINE AND PROCESSES FOR FITTING CABLE BUSHINGS

SCHLEUNIGER HOLDING AG, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,266

METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING NOTIFICATION PERTAINING TO ACTIONABLE CONDITION OF ELECTRICAL SHOP TOOL

Snap-on Incorporated, Ke...

1. A method pertaining to an actionable condition of an electrical shop tool (EST), the method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, measurement data transmitted by a measurement device connected to the EST;
determining, by the one or more processors based on the measurement data, one or more individual jobs performed using the EST, wherein each individual job is based on at least two measurement data values of the measurement data;
determining, by the one or more processors, the actionable condition of the EST based on the one or more individual jobs performed using the EST;
determining, by the one or more processors, a notification indicative of the actionable condition; and
transmitting, by the one or more processors, the notification to a communication network, wherein the notification is addressed to a destination identifier associated with at least one of the measurement device and the EST,
wherein the measurement data comprise one or more sets of at least two measurements of a voltage differential associated with one or more electrical circuits connected to one or more sensors, and
wherein each of the one or more sets of at least two measurements represents one of the individual jobs performed using the EST.

US Pat. No. 10,427,265

ROTATING TABLE DEVICE

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,264

DEVICE FOR PASSING LUBRICANT OUT OF A LUBRICANT COLLECTING CONTAINER

1. A device for passing lubricant out of a lubricant collecting container of a machine or hydraulic system, in particular an internal combustion engine, to a lubricant pump, in particular for an oil circuit of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a lubricant intake pipe, and
a sedimentation container, which is connected fluidically to the lubricant intake pipe, wherein the sedimentation container has a turbulator arranged in the region of an inlet opening of the sedimentation container.

US Pat. No. 10,427,263

HAND-HELD CUTTER

YAMABIKO CORPORATION, To...

1. A hand-held cutter comprising:a disc-shaped cutting blade which is configured to rotate about a rotation shaft to cut a target;
a cutter body which rotatably supports the cutting blade;
a protection cover which is rotatable about the rotation shaft and covers a portion of the cutting blade; and
a pressing mechanism which is movable in parallel to the rotation shaft, and when positioned close to one side of the hand-held cutter, imposes and maintains restrictions on rotation of the protection cover by pressing the protection cover onto the cutter body or the cutter body onto the protection cover; wherein:
the pressing mechanism includes a biasing member which is configured to exert a biasing force to move the pressing mechanism toward the one side of the hand-held cutter;
the hand-held cutter is configured such that moving the pressing mechanism, against the biasing force of the biasing member, toward a side opposite to the one side of the hand-held cutter removes the restrictions on the rotation of the protection cover;
the pressing mechanism is movable in parallel to the rotation shaft by screwing movements;
the pressing mechanism includes a rod member of which one end is provided with a screwable portion and the other end thereof is fixed to a manipulation handle manipulatable by an operator,
the hand-held cutter further comprises a nut that includes a screw receiving portion which extends in parallel to the rotation shaft, and in which the screwable portion can be screwed toward and away from the cutter body, and
the biasing member has one end fixed to a support plate and the other end thereof fixed to the manipulation handle, and exerts the biasing force in a torsional direction in which the screwable portion is screwed toward the cutter body to cause the rod member to move toward the one side of the hand-held cutter.

US Pat. No. 10,427,262

MACHINE TOOL WITH ROTARY TABLE WITH SUPPRESSED DIVERGENCE BETWEEN ESTIMATE BRAKE LIFTTIME AND ACTUAL BRAKE LIFETIME

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool, comprising:a rotary table configured to mount a workpiece thereupon;
a brake configured to retain the rotary table at an indexed position;
a display;
a controller configured to calculate a disturbance torque imposed on the brake while the rotary table is retained by the brake; and
a memory configured to store a table in which a plurality of values of a first coefficient corresponds to a plurality of different sizes of the disturbance torque;
wherein
the controller is configured to, each time the disturbance torque is imposed on the brake,
calculate a size of the disturbance torque,
find a value of the first coefficient corresponding to the calculated size of the disturbance torque based on (i) the calculated size of the disturbance torque, and (ii) the table stored in the memory,
accumulate the found value of the first coefficient, and
cause the display to generate an indicator of necessity of a replacement of the brake in response to a determination that the value of the first coefficient accumulated over multiple times when the disturbance torque is imposed on the brake reaches a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,427,260

MACHINE TOOL

STAR MICRONICS CO., LTD.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,258

POSITIVE FEED TOOL WITH IMPROVED SHIFT FROM FORWARD TO RETRACT

APEX BRANDS, INC., Apex,...

1. A positive feed tool configured to operate in a first mode and a second mode, the feed tool comprising:an elongated spindle adapted to carry a tool bit and to rotate and to move axially along a feed path, the spindle configured to operate in a first mode to move axially along the feed path in a first direction and a second mode to move axially along the feed path in an opposing second direction;
first and second gears each operatively connected to the spindle;
a differential drive comprising an elongated shaft spaced laterally away from the spindle, a piston positioned on the shaft, and third and fourth gears positioned on the shaft;
a drive train that is engaged with the third gear to drive the differential drive;
the third gear and the first gear being engaged to rotate the spindle, and the fourth gear and the second gear being engaged to axially move the spindle;
a chamber positioned at the differential drive and comprising sidewalls, a closed end, and an opposing open end, the chamber positioned with the shaft extending into the open end and the piston positioned within the chamber;
an inlet that extends through the closed end of the chamber;
a magnet positioned on one of the piston and the closed end and a plate is positioned on the other of the piston and the closed end, the magnet and plate being magnetically attracted together to magnetically bias the piston towards the closed end of the chamber;
a poppet valve comprising a head and a stem and being positioned at the inlet to control fluid flowing through the inlet and into the chamber;
the differential drive being movable relative to the chamber between first and second positions to selectively move the spindle between the first and second modes, the first position comprising the piston in closer proximity to the closed end with the piston in contact with the head to position the head across the inlet, and the second position comprising the piston positioned a greater distance from the closed end with the head of the poppet valve spaced away from the inlet to allow fluid into the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,427,257

WHEEL MILLING WINDOW FIXTURE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A wheel milling window fixture, composed of a bottom plate, guide blocks, clamping slide blocks, mounting keys, hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic pipelines, connecting blocks, pressure claws, first rotating shafts, second rotating shafts, end face blocks, a mandrel, a mandrel seat, a locking jackscrew, a mandrel height adjusting post, a mandrel guide post, a mandrel guide post locking screw, a locking ring, circumferential positioning posts and circumferential slide blocks, wherein the bottom plate is fixed on a machine tool, the four guide blocks are fixed on the bottom plate, the clamping slide blocks slide in slots of the guide blocks, each end face block is fixed in a clamping slide block, the end face blocks and the clamping slide blocks are fixed on the bottom plate, the hydraulic cylinders are fixed on the clamping slide blocks by the mounting keys, the hydraulic pipelines are fixed on the hydraulic cylinders, the connecting blocks are fixed at the extension ends of the hydraulic cylinders, the pressure claws are articulated into holes of the connecting blocks via the first rotating shafts and simultaneously articulated to the end face blocks via the second rotating shafts, the mandrel seat is fixed on the bottom plate, the mandrel height adjusting post is in clearance fit in the hole of the mandrel seat, the mandrel guide post is in clearance fit in the hole of the mandrel height adjusting post, the locking ring and the mandrel guide post are locked by the mandrel guide post locking screw, the mandrel is fixed on the mandrel height adjusting post, and the circumferential positioning posts are fixed on the circumferential slide blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,427,256

PRINTED SUBSTRATE HOLDING DEVICE

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A printed substrate holding device, comprising: a base member including a recess portion including: a bottom portion; and a side wall portion, the bottom portion continuously located at a lowermost portion of the side wall portion, wherein the recess portion holds a printed substrate, the printed substrate having a rigidity, wherein the side wall portion includes a holding portion holding a first surface of the printed substrate, the bottom portion includes a supporting portion abutting and supporting a second surface of the printed substrate, the printed substrate slides on the bottom portion and is inserted between the supporting portion and the holding portion, and is held in the recess portion by bending both ends in an insertion direction of the printed substrate of a bottom surface portion opposite to the bottom portion of the base member, and the side wall portion includes a slit extending toward the bottom portion, wherein the slit is spreadable to elastically deform the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,255

PRODUCTION PLANT, PRODUCTION DEVICE AND PRODUCTION METHOD

KUKA Systems GmbH, Augsb...

1. A manufacturing facility for workpieces, the manufacturing facility comprising:a manufacturing zone comprising a plurality of automatic, program-controlled manufacturing systems;
a workpiece supply;
a tool supply configured to supply a plurality of application-specific tools;
a conveying mechanism flexibly linking the plurality of manufacturing systems to each other and to the workpiece supply and the tool supply;
wherein the conveying mechanism comprises a plurality of individually controllable conveying means and a network of conveying paths;
wherein the conveying means travel in the network of the conveying paths on freely programmable conveyor tracks;
the conveying means comprising autonomous, floor-bound driverless transport vehicles; and
at least one of the manufacturing systems comprising a plurality of application-flexible manufacturing devices distributed around a work station;
wherein at least one conveying path extends into the at least one manufacturing system and through the work station.

US Pat. No. 10,427,254

FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING FOR AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,253

MACHINE TOOL HAVING A WORKPIECE SUPPORT AND METHOD FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING A WORKPIECE SUPPORT OF A MACHINE TOOL

1. A machine tool for processing a workpiece, the machine tool comprisinga workpiece movement device; and
a workpiece support that supports both the workpiece during a processing operation and a workpiece remainder produced from the workpiece during the processing operation, wherein the workpiece support comprises a first support portion and an additional support portion;
wherein the first support portion comprises a loading-side support portion arranged in a loading region of the machine tool;
wherein the additional support portion is arranged to move relative to the loading-side support portion between the loading region and an unloading region of the machine tool, wherein the unloading region is offset in a horizontal direction from the loading region;
wherein the loading-side support portion is arranged to move in a vertical direction between a loading level and a bypass level located above the loading level;
wherein when the loading-side support portion is in the bypass level, the additional support portion is arranged to move into the loading region in a receiving position below the loading-side support portion for loading with the workpiece;
wherein when loaded with the workpiece, the additional support portion is arranged to move on the loading level from the receiving position in the loading region into the unloading region;
wherein when the additional support portion loaded with the workpiece and the loading-side support portion are both located on the loading level beside and in alignment with each other in the horizontal direction, the workpiece movement device is arranged to move the workpiece with a horizontal movement over the additional support portion and the loading-side support portion;
wherein after the workpiece processing operation, the additional support portion is arranged in an unloading starting position in the unloading region to support the workpiece remainder; and
wherein when the loading-side support portion is arranged on the bypass level, the additional support portion is arranged to move with an unloading movement from the unloading starting position in the unloading region into the receiving position in the loading region, leaving the workpiece remainder in the unloading region, thereby unloading the workpiece remainder.

US Pat. No. 10,427,252

ERGONOMIC WELDING ARM WITH A PLURALITY OF ARM LINKS AND JOINTS

ESAB AB, Gothenburg (SE)...

1. An ergonomic welding arm, comprising:a wire feeder portion;
a plurality of arm links coupled by a plurality of joints, each of the plurality of joints configured to allow the plurality of arm links to be rotated about an axis with respect to a directly adjacent arm link, wherein:
a distal end of the ergonomic welding arm is coupled, via the wire feeder portion, to a support for supporting the ergonomic welding arm;
a proximal end of the ergonomic welding arm is configured to engage a welding torch; and
a first arm link and a second arm link of the plurality of arm links include a plurality of holes positioned at spaced-apart intervals; and
a welding cable that is coupled to the wire feeder portion and the welding torch, and removably connected, by a plurality of clips, to an exterior of at least the first arm link and the second arm link so that the welding cable generally follows the plurality of arm links between the wire feeder portion and the welding torch, wherein each hole of the plurality of holes is configured to receive one or more of the plurality of clips so that the plurality of clips is positioned in a plurality of locations along the first arm link and the second arm link.

US Pat. No. 10,427,250

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WELDING WIRES FOR WELDING ZINC-COATED WORKPIECES

HOBART BROTHERS LLC, Tro...

1. A welding consumable, comprising:a metallic sheath comprising steel surrounding a granular core comprising between 0.4 wt % and approximately 4 wt % zinc, based on the weight of the welding consumable, wherein the zinc is disposed within the granular core of the welding consumable.

US Pat. No. 10,427,249

FLUX-CORED WIRE FOR GAS-SHIELDED ARC WELDING

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

1. A flux-cored wire for gas-shielded arc welding, which has a steel outer sheath filled with a flux, the flux-cored wire comprising, relative to a total mass of the wire:C: 0.01 mass % or more and 0.20 mass % or less;
Mn: 0.5 mass % or more and 5.0 mass % or less;
TiO2: 2.0 mass % or more and 10.0 mass % or less;
P: 0.050 mass % or less;
S: 0.050 mass % or less,
wherein:
the flux comprises:
Ni particles having a particle size of 106 ?m or less;
Ni particles having a particle size of more than 106 ?m; and
from 0.10 mass % or more and 5.00 mass % or less of Ni, relative to the total mass of the wire,
wherein a value of a ratio ?1/?2 is 0.50 or more and 1.00 or less, wherein ?1 (mass %) is a content of the Ni particles having a particle size of 106 ?m or less relative to the total mass of the wire, and ?2 (mass %) is a content of the Ni particles having a particle size of more than 106 ?m relative to the total mass of the wire.