US Pat. No. 10,969,281

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An illumination apparatus structured to generate an interference fringe, comprising:an input arm structured to receive an input light beam from a light source;
a first output arm;
a second output arm;
a splitter structured to split the input light beam that has passed through the input arm into the first output arm and the second output arm;
a phase modulator structured to change a phase difference between output light beams respectively output from the first output arm and the second output arm; and
a phase detector structured to detect the phase difference between the output light beams respectively output from the first output arm and the second output arm based on a return light beam obtained by combining a first reflected light beam reflected by an end of the first output arm and a second reflected light beam reflected by an end of the second output arm.

US Pat. No. 10,969,280

TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT CORRECTION METHOD, ELECTRONIC SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GENERATING CORRECTION REGRESSION COEFFICIENT TABLE

National Chung-Shan Insti...

1. A temperature measurement correction method, for a temperature detection device, the temperature detection device comprising a case and a focal plane array module disposed on an inner of the case, the temperature measurement correction method comprising:measuring an ambient temperature, a temperature of the case and an operation temperature of the focal plane array module;
querying a correction regression coefficient table to obtain a first radiometric regression coefficient associated with system response of received external energy of the temperature detection device, a second radiometric regression coefficient associated with an absorption spectrum parameter of the temperature detection device, a third radiometric regression coefficient associated with a nonlinear correction parameter of the temperature detection device and a fourth radiometric regression coefficient associated with an offset parameter of the temperature detection device corresponding to the ambient temperature, the temperature of the case and the operation temperature of the focal plane array module;
utilizing the temperature detection device to sense infrared energy radiated from an object to generate an electrical signal; and
calculating an actual temperature value of the object according to the following equation:

where TO represents the actual temperature of the object, R represents the first radiometric regression coefficient, B represents the second radiometric regression coefficient, F represents the third radiometric regression coefficient, O represents the fourth radiometric regression coefficient, and VD represents a voltage value of the sensed electrical signal by the temperature detection device.

US Pat. No. 10,969,279

WATER COLOR PIGMENT SOLUTIONS FOR USE WITH REFLECTANCE-BASED DIAGNOSTIC ANALYZERS

Siemens Healthcare Diagno...

1. A color chart comprising:a surface material sized for insertion into a diagnostic analyzer, the surface material having one or more color swatches, wherein each color swatch comprises layers of a dried water color pigment solution providing a known color, wherein the water color pigment solution contains a suspension of water color pigment molecules.

US Pat. No. 10,969,278

SPECTROSCOPIC INSPECTION METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A spectroscopic inspection method of performing an inspection using a spectral image of an object captured by a spectral camera, comprising:an imaging step of imaging the object within an imaging range of the spectral camera using the spectral camera and acquiring the spectral image;
an inspection step of executing image processing on the spectral image and outputting a result of the image processing as an inspection result;
a signal transmission step of transmitting a signal for operation of the object based on the inspection result; and
a setting step of setting a work procedure of the imaging step, the inspection step, and the signal transmission step, wherein
the setting step sets the work procedure to execute the inspection step after the imaging step ends and execute the signal transmission step after the imaging step ends and before the inspection step ends.

US Pat. No. 10,969,277

SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR SPECTROSCOPY

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. Apparatus comprising:a plate having a slit, the slit configured to pass:
reflected light from an object to produce a passed light; or
transmissive light through the object to produce the passed light;
a spectrum dispersion device optically coupled to the slit, the spectrum dispersion device configured to provide a light spectrum responsive to the passed light;
a controller having a selection output;
a photodetector; and
a spatial light modulator having a selection input coupled to the selection output, the spatial light modulator comprising a first pixel group having a first reset input and a second pixel group having a second reset input, the first pixel group configured to receive a first portion of the light spectrum and the second pixel group configured to receive a second portion of the light spectrum, the first portion of the light spectrum having first dominant colors and the second portion of the light spectrum having second dominant colors, the second dominant colors different than the first dominant colors, and the spatial light modulator configured to:
cause the first pixel group to direct the first portion of the light spectrum to the photodetector responsive to a signal at the selection input; and
cause the second pixel group to direct the second portion of the light spectrum away from the photodetector responsive to a signal at the selection input; and
wherein the photodetector is configured to:
receive the first portion of the light spectrum; and
output an intensity signal responsive to the first portion of the light spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,969,276

DUAL-FREQUENCY-COMB SPECTROMETER AND SPECTROSCOPY METHOD FOR SPECTROSCOPIC INVESTIGATION OF A SAMPLE

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDER...

1. A dual-frequency-comb spectrometer, being configured for a spectroscopic investigation of a sample, comprisinga first frequency comb source device being configured for emitting a first sequence of laser pulses with a first repetition frequency along a first light path,
a second frequency comb source device being configured for emitting a second sequence of laser pulses with a second repetition frequency along a second light path, wherein the second repetition frequency has a frequency offset relative to the first repetition frequency and the second light path is configured to accommodate the sample to be investigated,
a first waveguide device being arranged in the first light path for receiving the first sequence of laser pulses and for creating a first frequency comb by supercontinuum generation,
a second waveguide device being arranged in the second light path for receiving the second sequence of laser pulses and for creating a second frequency comb by supercontinuum generation, wherein the second light path is configured for irradiating the sample with the second frequency comb,
a detector device being arranged in a third light path where the first and second light paths are combined, for simultaneously sensing the first frequency comb and the second frequency comb after an interaction with the sample, and
a computing device being arranged for receiving an output of the detector device and being configured for calculating spectroscopic properties of the sample based on the output of the detector device, wherein
each of the first and second waveguide devices is a multi-core waveguide with a multi-core waveguide section comprising at least two separate single core waveguides having field-coupling via a coupling gap therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,969,275

ON-CHIP SPECTROMETER EMPLOYING PIXEL-COUNT-MODULATED SPECTRAL CHANNELS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NanoLamda Korea, Daejeon...

1. A spectrum sensor comprising:an array of sensor pixels located on a substrate; and
a signal processing unit including L spectral channels, L being an integer greater than 7, wherein:
each of the sensor pixels comprises a stack of a respective photodetector and a respective optical filter configured to pass light within a respective transmission curve;
for each integer k from 1 to L, a k-th spectral channel receives an output signal from the sensor pixels including an optical filter proving a k-th transmission curve; and
at least one spectral channel among the L spectral channels has a greater number of sensor pixels than another spectral channel among the L spectral channels;
wherein the spectrum sensor comprises at least one feature selected from:
(i) a first feature wherein a ratio of a maximum number of sensor pixels per spectral channel to a minimum number of at least one sensor pixel per spectral channel is in a range from 1.1 to 30; or
(ii) a second feature wherein at least four of the L spectral channels are used as reference pixels which have no filters, covered by only transparent layer and receives full spectrum of input light, wherein reference pixels are used for optimal integration time calculation; or
(iii) a third feature wherein each photodetector in the array of sensor pixels comprises a same semiconductor material having a same photosensitive junction structure and has a same device area; or
(iv) a fourth feature wherein each optical filter is a plasmonic filter including a respective conductive material sheet and openings, particles, wires or pillars therethrough; or
(v) a fifth feature wherein for each integer k from 1 to L, each sensor pixel for the k-th spectral channel has a k-th detection efficiency, for a positive integer kp that is less than L+1, a kp-th detection efficiency is a maximum detection efficiency among all detection efficiencies of the sensor pixels, and at least one spectral channel among the L spectral channels has a greater number of sensor pixels than a total number of sensor pixels for the kp-th spectral channel.

US Pat. No. 10,969,274

METHOD FOR DETECTING WAVEFRONT ABERRATION FOR OPTICAL IMAGING SYSTEM BASED ON GRATING SHEARING INTERFEROMETER

Shanghai Institute of Opt...

1. A method for detecting wavefront aberration for optical imaging system based on grating shearing interferometer, comprising(1) placing an optical imaging system to be tested (3) in a grating shearing interferometer, a light source and illumination system (8) and a one-dimensional diffraction grating plate (1) are located on an object side of the optical imaging system to be tested (3), and a two-dimensional diffraction grating plate (4) is located on an image side of the optical imaging system to be tested (3); a first three-dimensional stage (2) is adjusted so that a one-dimensional diffraction grating plate (1) is located on an object plane of the imaging system to be tested (3); a second three-dimensional stage (5) is adjusted so that the two-dimensional diffraction grating plate (4) is located on the object plane of the imaging system to be tested (3);
(2) determining the phase-shifting amounts according to a shear ratio s of the grating shearing interferometer by firstly determining a maximum diffraction order as
and a diffraction order of the grating shearing interferometer system is in turn as follows: ±1, ±3, . . . , ±(2n?1) , wherein n is a total amount of positive high-order or a negative high-order in the grating shearing interferometer system,function ceil(X) returns a smallest integer greater than or equal to X, and function fix(X) returns a biggest integer less than or equal to X; then, according to n, a movement of the two-dimensional diffraction grating plate (4) when the interferogram is acquired is respectively determined as 0, ¼, ½, ¾ andcheckerboard grating period, wherein
(3) moving the first three-dimensional stage (2) so that a first grating (101) along an Y axis direction of a grating line on the one-dimensional grating diffraction plate (1) is moved to a position in a field of the object side of the optical imaging system to be tested (3); moving the second three-dimensional stage (5) so that a checkerboard grating on the two-dimensional diffraction plate (4) is moved to a position in a field of the image side of the imaging system to be tested (3), and the diagonal direction of the square is along the X axis direction or Y axis direction;
(4) moving the second three-dimensional stage (5) along the X axis direction according to the 0, ¼, ½, ¾ and
checkerboard grating period, whereinafter each movement, having a two-dimensional photoelectric sensor (6) to acquire a interferogram I?i, transmitting the interferogram I?i to a data processing unit (7), and obtaining a total of 3n+1 interferograms, wherein phase is calculated as follows:
obtaining 2a1 cos ? and 2a1 sin ? by solving linear equations (1) and (2), respectively, and obtaining a gradient phase of the X axis direction ?x as follows:

(5) moving the first three-dimensional stage (2) so that a second grating (102) along the X axis direction of a grating line on the one-dimensional grating diffraction plate (1) is moved to a position in a field of the object side of the optical imaging system to be tested (3); performing same periodic movement of the second three-dimensional stage (5) along the Y axis direction; after each movement, having the two-dimensional photoelectric sensor (6) to acquire a interferogram I?i, transmitting the shearing interferogram I?i to the data processing unit (7), and obtaining a total of 3n+1 interferograms; calculating 2a1 cos ? and 2a1 sin ? according to formula (1) and formula (2) to obtain a gradient phase of the Y axis direction ?y as follows:
and(6) unwrapping the gradient phase ?x of the X axis direction and the gradient phase ?y of the Y axis direction, and obtaining a differential wavefront ?Wx of the X axis direction and a differential wavefront ?Wy of the Y axis direction, respectively; using a wavefront reconstruction algorithm of shearing interference to obtain a wavefront aberration W of the optical imaging system to be tested (3),
wherein the grating shearing interferometer comprises
the light source and illumination system (8),
the one-dimensional diffraction grating plate (1),
the first three-dimensional stage (2),
the two-dimensional diffraction grating plate (4),
the second three-dimensional stage (5),
the two-dimensional photoelectric sensor (6), and
the computing unit (7),
wherein the light source and illumination system (8) outputs spatially incoherent light, the one-dimensional diffraction grating plate (1) is fixed on the first three-dimensional stage (2), the two-dimensional diffraction grating plate (4) is fixed on the second three-dimensional stage (5), the one-dimensional diffraction grating plate (1) comprises two sets of linear gratings with 50% duty-cycle, the two-dimensional diffraction grating plate (4) comprises a set of checkerboard gratings, an output of the two-dimensional photoelectric sensor (6) is connected with the computing unit (7);
an xyz coordinate is established as follows: Z axis direction of the xyz coordinate is along an optical axis direction of the grating shearing interferometer, the X axis direction of the xyz coordinate is along the grating line direction of the linear grating (102) on the one-dimensional diffraction grating plate (1), the Y axis direction of the xyz coordinate is along the grating line direction of the linear grating (101) on the one-dimensional diffraction grating plate (1), and set motion axes of the first three-dimensional stage (2) and the second three-dimensional stage (5) as the X axis, the Y axis, and the Z axis, respectively, and
the period of the one-dimensional grating on the one-dimensional diffraction grating plate (1) is equal to the period of the checkerboard grating on the two-dimensional diffraction grating plate (4) times a magnification of the optical imaging system to be tested (3).

US Pat. No. 10,969,273

ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER HAVING PROGRAMMABLE QUANTIZATION RESOLUTION

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) comprising a quantizer, the quantizer having a first quantization resolution for a first quantization operation subrange and a second quantization resolution for a second quantization operation subrange,wherein both of the first quantization resolution and the first quantization operation subrange is programmable;
wherein both of the second quantization resolution and the second quantization operation subrange is programmable; and
wherein the quantizer is configured to:
receive an input voltage; and
based on whether the input voltage belongs to the first quantization operation subrange or to the second quantization operation subrange, quantize the input voltage at the first quantization resolution or at the second quantization resolution to generate a digital output.

US Pat. No. 10,969,272

METHOD, SYSTEM, AND SENSOR ASSEMBLY FOR DETERMINING LIGHT COMPOSITION AT A TARGET LOCATION

Rensselaer Polytechnic In...

1. A method for determining light composition at a target location comprising:positioning a sensor assembly to retrieve light spectrum data at a target location, said sensor assembly comprising a housing including a first light sensor positioned in a first sub-housing, and a second light sensor positioned in a second sub-housing, the first light sensor having a first spectral sensitivity peak within a manufactured light spectral range, and the second light sensor having a corresponding second spectral sensitivity peak within a spectral range of daylight and outside said manufactured light spectral range;
measuring the radiant power density at said target location at a first and a second spectral range including said first and second spectral sensitivity peaks, respectively;
calculating an average overall quantity of light at said target location;
determining a phase of the daylight at said target location; and
determining a ratio of daylight to light from a manufactured light source at said target location;
wherein said sensor assembly is installed in said manufactured light source.

US Pat. No. 10,969,271

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND CALIBRATING ILLUMINANCE

QUANTA COMPUTER INC., Ta...

1. An illuminance calibrating device, comprising:a reference light source, generating light of a specified wavelength and a source illuminance, wherein the reference light source adjusts the source illuminance to be a first illuminance according to a control signal; and
an illuminance detecting device, comprising:
a shading plate, configured to lower the first illuminance to a first shading illuminance;
an illuminance detector, detecting the first shading illuminance to generate a first detection signal; and
a controller, generating the control signal and calculating a first ratio of the first illuminance to the first shading illuminance according to the first detection signal, wherein when the illuminance detecting device is configured to detect illuminance generated by a source-under-test, the illuminance detector determines, through the shading plate, that illuminance with the specified wavelength from the source-under-test is equal to a detected illuminance and generates a second detection signal, and the controller determines that the illuminance generated by the source-under-test is a product of the detected illuminance and the first ratio according to the second detection signal, wherein the detected illuminance is less than the first shading illuminance.

US Pat. No. 10,969,270

IMAGING DEVICES HAVING PIEZOELECTRIC TRANSCEIVERS

EXO IMAGING, INC., Redwo...

1. A micromachined ultrasonic transducer (MUT), comprising:a substrate;
a first electrode coupled to the substrate, wherein the first electrode that is symmetric with respect to a first axis and asymmetric with respect to a second axis that is normal to the first axis, the first axis extending along a direction where the first electrode has a longest dimension, the second axis passing through a midpoint between two ends of the first electrode on the first axis; and
a second electrode coupled to the substrate and non-co-planar with the first electrode,
wherein the first and second electrodes are separated from one another in a vertical direction, and
wherein the first electrode comprises a top electrode and the second electrode comprises a bottom electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,969,269

REMOTE VIBRATION SENSING THROUGH OPAQUE MEDIA USING PERMANENT MAGNETS

1. A method of sensing vibrations or displacements remotely, comprising:attaching a number of magnets to a number of vibrating objects;
placing a number of magnetic field sensors a specified distance from the number of magnets;
detecting, by the number of magnetic field sensors, changes in a magnetic field;
determining, by a number of processors, vibrational displacement of the number of vibrating objects according to a model that maps changes in the magnetic field to vibrations or spatial displacement; and
detecting a damage or a degradation to an object in the number of vibrating objects by detecting shifts in a natural frequency and changes in mode shapes of the number of vibrating objects.

US Pat. No. 10,969,268

WEIGHING SCALE WITH A TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY INCORPORATED IN THE LOAD RECEIVER PLATFORM SURFACE

Mettler-Toledo (Albstadt)...

1. A weighing scale for use on a retail store counter, comprising:a housing;
a load-receiving platform that is arranged on top of the housing; and
operating components that are enclosed in the housing, comprising:
at least one weighing cell;
a load-transmitting mechanical connection that couples each weighing cell to the load-receiving platform;
analog and digital weighing electronics that are operable to convert electrical weight signals of each weighing cell into digital weighing results; and
a central processing unit which is operable to lend program-controlled functionality to the weighing scale, and
a touchscreen display panel which is operable to display information to, and receive input from, a human operator, the touchscreen display panel comprising a layered arrangement in which a protective glass plate, a projected capacitive (PCAP) touch screen with a plurality of touch-sensing points, and a liquid crystal display are arranged on top of each other, such that at least a part of the touchscreen display panel is integrated in the load-receiving platform in horizontal orientation, with a top surface of the glass plate exposed and facing the human operator, and further that constructive features are present to prevent the occurrence of weighing errors due to electrical connections causing mechanical bypass forces between said at least one part of the touchscreen display panel that is integrated in the load-receiving platform and the operating components that are installed in the housing, wherein the top surface of the protective glass plate is operable to perform three functions, namely a first function as load-receiving surface of the weighing scale on which merchandise to be weighed can be placed by the human operator, a second function as touch field keyboard through which inputs are communicated to the weighing scale by the human operator, and a third function as display window through which information is delivered by the weighing scale to the human operator, and that, consequently, said layered assembly forms a combined load plate/touchscreen/display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,969,267

PARALLEL PLANAR WEIGHT SENSING DEVICE

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

11. A device comprising:a first part comprising:
a first portion; and
a second portion;
a second part comprising:
a third portion;
a fourth portion; and
a first engagement feature;
a first weight sensor that joins the first portion to the third portion; and
a second weight sensor that joins the second portion to the fourth portion.

US Pat. No. 10,969,266

WEIGH SCALE TECHNOLOGY

Intercomp Company, Medin...

1. A weigh scale, comprising a base for mounting the scale to an external surface, a load cell assembly connected to the base, and a platform connected to the load cell assembly, the platform being configured to engage a load to be weighed, wherein the load cell, assembly comprises a single point type load cell including an elongated beam body having a rectilinear configuration with first and second ends, the beam body having a flat top surface, first end of the beam body being connected to the base, the second end of the beam body being raised upwardly a predetermined distance from the remaining top surface, the second end of the beam body having a top surface which is connected to a bottom surface of the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,969,265

GAUGING INSTRUMENT INTENDED TO BE SEALINGLY MOUNTED ON A NOZZLE OF A TANK

1. A radar level gauge configured to be sealingly mounted on a nozzle of a tank, for determining a filling level of a product in said tank, said radar level gauge comprising:a transceiver configured to generate and transmit electromagnetic signals;
an antenna electrically connected to said transceiver and arranged to direct an electromagnetic transmit signal towards a surface of the product and to receive an electromagnetic surface reflection signal resulting from reflection of said electromagnetic transmit signal at said surface; and
processing circuitry connected to said transceiver for determining said filling level based on a relationship between said electromagnetic transmit signal and said electromagnetic surface reflection signal;
an outer rim of said antenna being configured to mate with said nozzle so as to face the product in the tank;
a dielectric filling member which is permeable to said electromagnetic signals, wherein said dielectric filling member is arranged in said antenna and having a radially extending collar portion which abuts the outer rim of said antenna, said dielectric filling member being substantially impermeable to the product and any further tank contents;
an annular spring element arranged between the outer rim of the antenna and the radially extending collar portion;
one or several fastening elements configured to secure the antenna to, and in mating relationship with, said nozzle, such that, when said antenna is secured to the nozzle, the radially extending collar portion is sandwiched between the outer rim of the antenna and the nozzle, and the annular spring element exerts a contact pressure on the collar portion against the nozzle to thereby ensure a process seal.

US Pat. No. 10,969,264

CAPACITIVE LEVEL SENSOR AND METHOD OF MEASURING THE LEVEL OF A MEDIUM

SICK AG, Waldkirch (DE)

1. A capacitive level sensor for measuring the level of a medium in a container, the capacitive level sensor comprising:a probe for immersion into the medium that has at least one measurement electrode for a capacitance measurement; and
a measurement and evaluation unit that is configured to determine a capacitance at the measurement electrode and to calculate a level from it,
wherein the probe has at least one reference electrode for a capacitance measurement independent of the level to thus compensate environmental influences on the capacitance measurement at the measurement electrode,
and wherein the probe has a plurality of consecutive segments in a longitudinal direction that each have at least one measurement electrode and at least one reference electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,969,263

FLUID METER

ENERGOFLOW AG, Olten (CH...

1. A fluid flow meter comprising:a cylindrical housing (1) having an inner chamber (2), which is designed in the form of a cylinder with a uniform rounding of a base of said inner chamber; said rounded base has an inwardly curved part and allows formation and deflection of a fluid flow;
a flow sensor (4), which is located inside the center of inner chamber (2) along its axis, for measuring the flow rate of a fluid;
an adapter (5) to adjust different diameters of the flow sensor (4) and a meter outlet opening (8) disposed at the rounded base, said adapter is arranged inside the center of the base of the inner chamber opposite to the rounded base with the inwardly curved part;
a flow preparation device (6) that separates and stabilizes the fluid flow, said flow preparation device; said flow preparation device is arranged at the base of the inner chamber (2) opposite the rounded base with the inwardly curved part;
an inlet channel (7) for the fluid flow flowing into the meter and passing through a a coarse filter (10), said inlet channel disposed at the rounded base;
an outlet channel (8) for the fluid flow flowing out of the meter, said outlet channel disposed at the rounded base; and
a fluid leak detection sensor (12) disposed on the cylindrical housing that is electrically connected with an electronic unit (9) and/or shut-off valve (11);
characterized in
that an inlet of the flow sensor (4) has a funnel-shaped form that forms a flow at the inlet of the flow sensor and connects with an inwardly curved part in form of a bell,
that the flow sensor (4) and the adapter (5) are adjustable and
that the adapter (5) can be adapted to the diameter of the flow sensor (4) used.

US Pat. No. 10,969,262

FILTERING CONTAINER WITH TIME-BASED CAPACITIVE FLOW MONITORING

LARQ, INC., Foster City,...

1. A filtering container with time-based capacitive flow monitoring, comprising:a hopper configured to receive a liquid, said hopper comprising
an inside wall in contact with said liquid; and
an outside wall not in contact with said liquid;
a filter coupled to said hopper and configured to remove one or more substances from said liquid to yield a filtered liquid;
a reservoir positioned in a vertical direction below said hopper, coupled to said filter and configured to receive and store said filtered liquid;
one or more horizontal capacitive sensor strips detachably coupled to said outside wall of said hopper and not in contact with said liquid and not in contact with said inside wall of said hopper, wherein
said one or more horizontal capacitive sensor strips do not extend vertically across a full height of said liquid in said hopper when said hopper is filled with said liquid, and each horizontal capacitive sensor strip of said one or more capacitive sensor strips comprises a horizontal strip length in a horizontal direction and a vertical strip width in a vertical direction, wherein said horizontal strip length is greater than said vertical strip width; and,
a processor configured to
receive capacitance data from each of said one or more horizontal capacitive sensor strips;
identify points in time in said capacitance data from said each of said one or more horizontal capacitive sensor strips, wherein each point in time of said points in time corresponds to an associated height of said liquid in said hopper;
calculate one or more flow metrics from said points in time, wherein said one or more flow metrics comprises flow rate of said liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,969,261

DEVICES AND SYSTEM FOR CHANNELING AND AUTOMATIC MONITORING OF FLUID FLOW IN FLUID DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS

Reliance Worldwide Corpor...

1. A fluid manifold for channeling fluid flow, the fluid manifold comprising:a first inlet tubular structure having a first inlet port and a plurality of first output tubular structures extending from the first inlet tubular structure for channeling fluid out of the first inlet tubular structure; and
a second inlet tubular structure having a second inlet port and a plurality of second output tubular structures extending from the second inlet tubular structure for channeling fluid out of the second inlet tubular structure,
each of the plurality of first output tubular structures extending transversally across the second inlet tubular structure, and each of the plurality of second output tubular structures extending transversally across the first inlet tubular structure.

US Pat. No. 10,969,260

MAGMETER AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

THOMPSON EQUIPMENT COMPAN...

1. A flow measurement system comprising:a primary and a secondary,with the primary comprising:a flow tube comprising metal with a magnetic system and at least one sensing electrode, and a flow tube liner comprising partially stabilized magnesium zirconia (MgPSZ) material;
wherein the liner is mechanically affixed to the tube via heat shrink and without the use of adhesives;
with the secondary comprising a power supply with a synchronized measurement circuitry; and
wherein the primary is tolerant of or configurable to electrical properties of the secondary and mates with the secondary.

US Pat. No. 10,969,259

FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE, METHOD OF CALIBRATING FLOW RATE OF FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE, FLOW RATE MEASURING DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MEASURING FLOW RATE USING FLOW RATE MEASURING DEVICE

FUJIKIN INCORPORATED, Os...

1. A method of calibrating a flow rate of a flow rate control device, in which the flow rate is calibrated based on comparison with a flow rate measured by a flow rate reference gauge, whereina predetermined permissible error range is set for a plurality of flow rate settings, and
a permissible error range of at least one specific flow rate setting among the plurality of flow rate settings is set to be smaller than the predetermined permissible error range,
wherein a calibration of the flow rate control device is performed before the flow rate control device is incorporated into a gas supply system,
the predetermined permissible error range for the plurality of the flow rate settings except for the at least one specific flow rate setting is defined as a continuous target range having a border line extending at constant or linearly expanding with respect to the flow rate, while the permissible error range of the at least one specific flow rate setting is set to have a discrete small target value against the predetermined permissible error range for the plurality of the flow rate settings, and
a calibration for the at least one specific flow rate setting is continued until an error is further reduced than errors in flow rate settings in the vicinity of the at least one specific flow rate setting.

US Pat. No. 10,969,258

NON-INVASIVE SENSOR IN A BLUFF BODY OF A VORTEX FLOWMETER

Micro Motion Inc., Bould...

1. A vortex flowmeter comprising:a flow tube configured to receive a flow of process fluid in a first direction;
a bluff body, disposed within the flow tube between a first end and a second end, configured to generate vortices in the flow of process fluid;
a first pair of sensors comprising a first pair of piezoelectric cables disposed within holes in the bluff body proximate a first side of the bluff body and spaced apart along the first side, the first pair of sensors configured to detect deformations within the bluff body resulting from vortices acting on the first side of the bluff body; and
a second pair of sensors comprising a second pair of piezoelectric cables disposed within holes in the bluff body proximate a second side of the bluff body and spaced apart along the second side, the second pair of sensors configured to detect deformations within the bluff body resulting from vortices acting on the second side of the bluff body.

US Pat. No. 10,969,257

ROTARY POSITION SENSOR WITH DUAL MAGNET ARRANGEMENT

HAMLIN ELECTRONICS (SUZHO...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first magnet including a first shielding member associated with a surface of the first magnet;
a second magnet including a second shielding member associated with a surface of the second magnet;
a housing, the first and second magnets disposed in the housing in a side-by-side arrangement, wherein the housing is a rotary position sensor housing, and the apparatus further comprises:
a first rotor disposed in the rotary position sensor housing, the first rotor individually rotatable in the rotary position sensor housing, and the first magnet disposed in the first rotor; and
a second rotor disposed in the rotary position sensor housing, the second rotor individually rotatable in the rotary position sensor housing, and the second magnet disposed in the second rotor; and
first and second springs disposed in the rotary position sensor housing, the first spring coupled to the rotary position sensor housing and positioned between the rotary position sensor housing and the first rotor and the second spring coupled to the rotary position sensor housing and positioned between the rotary housing and the second rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,969,256

MODULAR, PALLETIZED SYSTEM FOR A DEPLOYABLE SENSOR

PLATFORM AEROSPACE, INC.,...

1. A deployable sensor system, comprising:a pallet;
a moveable carriage moveably mounted on said pallet;
an arm having a first arm end adjacent said moveable carriage and a second arm end opposite said first arm end and defining a longitudinal axis extending from said first arm end toward said second arm end, said arm further comprising an upper collar having a first angled face and a lower collar having a second angled face mating with said first angled face; and
a sensor head rotatably mounted to said second arm end and defining a second longitudinal axis extending from said second angled face to a distal end of said sensor head;
wherein said sensor head is rotatable with respect to said arm to change an orientation of said first and second longitudinal axes from collinear to angled.

US Pat. No. 10,969,255

TIC ENVIRONMENTAL EVENT SENSOR

1. An environmental event device for sensing, communicating, and displaying environmental information in association with an asset, to capture changes in a sensor data in real time, and then log it for a future examination, comprising:a nickel sized ultra-thin circuit assembly having a microprocessor, a memory, a display, and a power source, said ultra-thin circuit assembly having a maximum dimension of one inch;
said ultra-thin circuit assembly containing an extremely compact array of both environmental sensors and physical sensors for producing the sensor data associated with said asset;
said sensor data being stored in said memory for the future examination;
said ultra-thin circuit assembly containing communication circuitry enabling local and wireless access to said sensor data;
said power source supplying power to said microprocessor, said memory, said display, and said communication circuitry; and
said communication circuitry including Bluetooth low energy (BTLE) and LoRa;
whereby said ultra-thin circuit assembly can capture the changes in said sensor data in the real time associated with said asset, and can then log said sensor data in said memory for the future examination.

US Pat. No. 10,969,254

FIBER BRAGG GRATING INTERROGATION AND SENSING SYSTEM AND METHODS COMPRISING A FILTER CENTERED AT A FIRST WAVELENGTH

ANALOG DEVICES, INC., No...

1. A method for measuring the interrogation a fiber Bragg grating comprising:illuminating a first and second photodetector with light from a light source;
disposing a filter between the light source and first photodetector, the filter centered a first wavelength;
filtering light incident on the filter;
measuring a filtered first intensity from the light incident on the first photodetector;
measuring a second intensity from the light incident on the second photodetector; and
calculating a change in the fiber Bragg grating using the measurement of the filtered first intensity and second intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,969,253

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING SHAPE PARAMETER(S) USING A SENSING FIBER HAVING A SINGLE CORE WITH MULTIPLE LIGHT PROPAGATING MODES

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. An optical interrogation system for a sensing fiber, the system comprising:interferometric apparatus to probe a single core of the sensing fiber over a range of predetermined wavelengths, the single core having multiple light propagating modes, and to detect measurement interferometric data associated with the multiple light propagating modes of the single core for each predetermined wavelength in the range; and
data processing circuitry to process the measurement interferometric data associated with the multiple light propagating modes of the single core to determine strain, bend, and twist parameters of the sensing fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,969,252

SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING AT LEAST ONE ROTATION PARAMETER OF A ROTATING MEMBER

NTN-SNR Roulements, Anne...

1. A system for determining at least one rotation parameter of a rotating member, the system comprising:a coder associated in rotation with the rotating member to move together with it, the coder comprising a body on which a magnetic track is formed for emitting a periodic magnetic signal representative of the rotation of the coder, the track exhibiting an alternation of North and South magnetic poles separated by i transitions, each of the transitions extending in an Archimedean spiral defined in polar coordinates with respect to the axis of rotation by the equation
Npp being the number of pairs of poles of the magnetic track and Lp the polar width of each of the poles along the radius of the coder, the angle ?i of rotation of the ith spiral with respect to the first spiral being equal towith i between 0 and 2·Npp?1;a rotation sensor to detect the periodic magnetic field emitted by the coder using several magnetic sensitive elements;
the system wherein the sensitive elements are distributed angularly along the magnetic track while forming between at least two sensitive elements an angle ? which is designed so that the signals delivered by the elements are in quadrature.

US Pat. No. 10,969,251

CALIBRATING POSITION SENSOR READINGS

CMR SURGICAL LIMITED, Ca...

1. A method of correcting a position reading from a position sensing arrangement, the position sensing arrangement comprising a disc having a magnetic ring with magnetic pole pairs and a magnetic sensor assembly comprising a magnetic sensor array configured to detect the magnetic pole pairs of the magnetic ring, the method comprising:for each pole pair of the magnetic ring, taking a calibration pole pair position reading with the magnetic sensor array, and generating a pole pair correcting function by comparing the calibration pole pair position reading with a model pole pair position reading;
averaging the pole pair correcting functions of the pole pairs of the magnetic ring to generate an average pole pair correcting function for the magnetic ring;
taking a position reading with the magnetic sensor array, the position reading comprising a plurality of pole pair position readings; and
generating a corrected position reading by deducting the average pole pair correcting function from each pole pair position reading.

US Pat. No. 10,969,250

ENHANCING SENSITIVITY AND ROBUSTNESS OF MECHANICAL ROTATION AND POSITION DETECTION WITH CAPACITIVE SENSORS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first structure, comprising capacitor plate structures on a first side of the first structure, wherein the capacitor plate structures are spaced along a first direction on the first side;
a second structure movable relative to the first structure along the first direction, the second structure having a second side facing the first side of the first structure;
an auxiliary conductive structure disposed on the second side of the second structure, wherein the auxiliary conductive structure is configured to move with the second structure in the first direction to selectively modify a capacitance associated with a first capacitor plate structure of the capacitor plate structures upon the auxiliary conductive structure being positioned proximate the first capacitor plate structures; and
an interface circuit configured to:
provide an excitation signal to the capacitor plate structures; and
receive a sense signal from the capacitor plate structures.

US Pat. No. 10,969,249

CAPACITIVE SENSING BUTTON ON CHIP

Cypress Semiconductor Cop...

1. An integrated circuit package comprising:a first sensor element arranged within the integrated circuit package; and
a controller arranged within the integrated circuit package and coupled to the first sensor element, wherein the controller is configured to:
convert a self capacitance of the first sensor element to a digital value; and
apply a signal to an output pin of the integrated circuit package based on the self capacitance.

US Pat. No. 10,969,248

CAPACITIVE SENSING AND HEATING SYSTEM FOR STEERING WHEELS OR SEATS TO SENSE PRESENCE OF HAND OF OCCUPANT ON STEERING WHEEL OR OCCUPANT IN SEAT

Gentherm Inc., Northvill...

1. A capacitance measuring system for detecting an occupant of a vehicle, comprising:a sensor/heater assembly arranged in at least one of a seat or a steering wheel of a vehicle and including:
a sensor; and
a heater arranged adjacent to the sensor; and
a measurement circuit configured to:
output an excitation signal to the measurement circuit and the sensor/heater assembly;
measure a resonant frequency of the measurement circuit and the sensor/heater assembly in response to the excitation signal;
determine at least one capacitance value based on the resonant frequency; and
determine whether a body part is in proximity to the sensor based on the at least one capacitance value;
wherein the measurement circuit includes:
an LC tank circuit;
an excitation circuit in communication with the LC tank circuit and configured to generate the excitation signal that is output to the LC tank circuit;
a frequency measurement circuit in communication with the LC tank circuit and configured to measure the resonant frequency in response to the excitation signal; and
a controller configured to:
trigger the excitation signal;
receive the resonant frequency;
determine the capacitance value based on the resonant frequency; and
determine whether the body part is in proximity to the sensor based on the capacitance value.

US Pat. No. 10,969,247

METHOD OF MEASURING A POSITION OF A MOVABLE BODY RELATIVE TO A FIXED BODY

1. A measurement method for measuring the position of a movable body that is movable relative to a fixed body, the measurement method making use of a measurement device comprising a fixed portion for securing to the fixed body and a movable portion for securing to the movable body, the fixed portion including a first printed circuit having formed thereon first tracks defining at least one emission pattern and also a plurality of measurement patterns, the movable portion including a second printed circuit having formed thereon second tracks defining at least one reception pattern and also at least one target pattern, the first and second printed circuits being coupled together electromagnetically in such a manner that, when the emission pattern is excited by an excitation signal, an induced signal is received by the reception pattern and is then re-emitted by the target pattern, the measurement patterns then picking up measurement signals that are representative of the position of the target pattern, and thus also of the second printed circuit, of the movable portion, and of the movable body, the measurement method comprising the steps of:determining a first measurement pattern that is the measurement pattern closest to the target pattern, the first measurement pattern picking up a first measurement signal that presents the greatest amplitude from among all the measurement signals;
determining a second measurement pattern that is the measurement pattern that is the next closest to the target pattern after the first measurement pattern, the second measurement pattern picking up a second measurement signal; and
defining the position of the target pattern as a function of the position of the first measurement pattern or of the second measurement pattern, and as a function of the first measurement signal and of the second measurement signal.

US Pat. No. 10,969,246

APPARATUS FOR SENSING ROTATING DEVICE

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. An apparatus for sensing a rotating body, comprising:a unit to be detected comprising a first pattern portion having first patterns and a second pattern portion having second patterns, and being configured to rotate around a rotating shaft;
a sensor module comprising a first sensor disposed opposite to the first pattern portion, a second sensor disposed opposite to the second pattern portion, a third sensor disposed opposite to the first pattern portion and disposed with the rotating shaft interposed with the first sensor, and a fourth sensor disposed opposite to the second pattern portion and disposed with the rotating shaft interposed with the second sensor; and
a rotation information calculator configured to calculate a first compensation sensing value based on a sum of a first sensing value of the first sensor and a third sensing value of the third sensor, and to calculate a second compensation sensing value based on a sum of a second sensing value of the second sensor and a fourth sensing value of the fourth sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,969,245

MAGNETIC MARKER DETECTION METHOD AND MAGNETIC MARKER DETECTION DEVICE

AICHI STEEL CORPORATION, ...

1. A magnetic marker detection method for detecting a magnetic marker laid on a road by using at least two or more magnetic sensors attached to a vehicle, the magnetic marker detection method including:generating a first magnetic gradient that is calculated by first-order difference operation, second-order difference operation, or higher-order difference operation targeted on magnetic measurement values acquired in a same measurement period by the at least two or more magnetic sensors such that magnetic noise uniformly acting on the at least two or more magnetic sensors are removed; and then
generating a filtered output value by suppressing or cutting off at least a low frequency component among changes in the first magnetic gradient in a travelling direction of the vehicle such that a disturbance magnetism changing in the travelling direction and derived from ends of a magnetism generation source larger in size than the magnetic marker is removed, wherein
at least part of input data of processing for detecting the magnetic marker is the filtered output value.

US Pat. No. 10,969,244

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first group of sensor coupling terminals to which a first group of sensors are coupled;
a second group of sensor coupling terminals to which a second group of sensors are coupled;
a first switch group which selectively outputs a signal input from the first group of sensor coupling terminals and a reference voltage, from an output terminal;
a second switch group which selectively outputs a signal input from the second group of sensor coupling terminals and the reference voltage, from an output terminal; and
a differential amplifier which has a first input terminal coupled to the output terminal of the first switch group and a second input terminal coupled to the output terminal of the second switch group, and amplifies and outputs a differential voltage between the first input terminal and the second input terminal,
wherein a number of switches included in the first switch group is equal to a number of switches included in the second switch group.

US Pat. No. 10,969,243

GAS METER QUERY METHOD BASED ON COMPOUND INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) AND IOT SYSTEM

CHENGDU QINCHUAN IOT TECH...

1. A gas meter query method based on a compound IoT comprising:reading, by a first gas meter of a plurality of gas meters, data information of a gas card;
determining, by the first gas meter of the plurality of gas meters, whether the data information of the gas card corresponds to a second gas meter that is different from the first gas meter; and
sending, by the first gas meter of the plurality of gas meters, based on the determination that the data information of the gas card corresponds to the second gas meter, the data information to a management platform via a sensor network platform.

US Pat. No. 10,969,242

NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND A VEHICLE INCLUDING THE NAVIGATION SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A navigation system comprising:a Coriolis vibratory gyroscope;
a voltage input supply configured to
supply a first voltage input to the Coriolis vibratory gyroscope at a first bias voltage, and
supply a second voltage input to the Coriolis vibratory gyroscope at a second bias voltage, the second bias voltage being different than the first bias voltage; and
a controller configured to detect a difference in responses of the Coriolis vibratory gyroscope to the first bias voltage and the second bias voltage, and determine a gyro rate of the Coriolis vibratory gyroscope as a function of the difference in responses and a correction term.

US Pat. No. 10,969,241

ACCELEROMETER-BASED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR QUANTIFYING STEPS

OPTUM LABS, LLC, Minneap...

18. A computer program product for counting steps from a plurality of accelerometer outputs of an accelerometer, the accelerometer generating the plurality of accelerometer outputs while being coupled to an individual, the computer program product comprising at least one non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having computer-readable program code portions stored therein, the computer-readable program code portions, when executed, are configured to:receive the plurality of accelerometer outputs;
determine a plurality of time periods, wherein each of the plurality of time periods is a time period;
determine readings based at least in part on the plurality of accelerometer outputs;
identify counted amplitudes, wherein each counted amplitude comprises a difference between a maximum reading and a minimum reading during a time period in which the maximum reading is greater than a rest threshold, wherein the rest threshold is determined by:
receiving readings for a period of rest,
identifying a rest maximum, wherein the rest maximum comprises a greatest reading generated by the accelerometer for the period of rest, and
determining the rest threshold based at least in part on the rest maximum;
determine an amplitude threshold for each of the plurality of time periods having a counted amplitude, wherein the amplitude threshold comprises a weighted average of two or more counted amplitudes; and
increment a counter responsive to the counted amplitude exceeding the amplitude threshold associated with the time period in which the counted amplitude occurred, wherein a number stored by the counter represents a number of steps taken by the individual.

US Pat. No. 10,969,240

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE SYSTEMS USING EXPERIENCE ATTRIBUTES

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

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling a vehicle system using experience attributes, the method comprising:receiving logistical data for a trip of a vehicle occupant in a vehicle;
estimating an estimated arrival time using the logistical data based on navigation data;
determining that the estimated arrival time will occur at least a threshold amount of time after a desired arrival time;
identifying an experience attribute based on the determination, wherein the vehicle system is an infotainment system and the experience attribute is a setting of the infotainment system; and
altering the infotainment system to prevent the estimated arrival time from being displayed based on the experience attribute in response to the determination that the estimated arrival time will occur at least the threshold amount of time after the desired arrival time.

US Pat. No. 10,969,239

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING A POINT OF INTEREST

BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TEC...

1. A system configured to operating an online on-demand service platform, comprising:a bus;
a storage medium electronically connected to the bus, including a set of instructions for determining a point of interest (POI); and
logic circuits in communication with the storage medium via the bus, wherein when executing the set of instructions, the logic circuits are configured to cause the system to:
receive, from a terminal, electronic signals including information relating to a target location associated with a user;
determine a target geocode value relating to the target location;
obtain a geocode structure for determining POIs, the geocode structure including a geocode tree structure;
obtain a search radius;
determine a searching coding length based on a coding length of the search radius and a coding length of the target geocode value;
determine at least one related geocode value in the geocode tree structure based on the target geocode value and the searching coding length by using a search technique; and
determine at least one POI relating to the target location based, at least in part, on the at least one related geocode value and the geocode structure.

US Pat. No. 10,969,238

ROUTE SEARCHING METHOD AND ROUTE SEARCHING DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A route searching device comprising:a setting unit configured to set a departure point and a destination of a vehicle;
an activity history acquisition unit configured to acquire a history of activities of a user of the vehicle;
a route searching unit configured to search for a driving route of the vehicle based on the departure point, the destination, and the history of activities; and
a route output unit configured to output the searched driving route,
wherein the route searching unit sets a predetermined region on a map in which the history of activities is accumulated as a first region and sets, as a second region, a region including the first region and further enlarged on a periphery of the first region based on the history of activities in the first region, so as to search for the driving route at least a part of which is in the second region excluding the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,969,237

DISTRIBUTED COLLECTION AND VERIFICATION OF MAP INFORMATION

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a mapping system from a device, a navigation request;
identifying, by the mapping system, potential routes in response to the navigation request;
determining a score indicative of a need for an update to the mapping information for each of the potential routes, wherein the score for each of the routes is determined according to a time elapsed since a last update to the mapping information for the route and a traffic volume for the route;
selecting a navigation route from the potential routes based in part on the score indicative of the need for an update to the mapping information; and
transmitting the navigation route to the device.

US Pat. No. 10,969,236

VEHICLE ROUTE CONTROL BASED ON USER-PROVIDED TRIP CONSTRAINTS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of determining a vehicle route, wherein the method comprises the steps of:receiving user inputs for a vehicle trip from a vehicle user via a human-machine interface, wherein the vehicle trip includes a start location and an end location, and wherein the user inputs include a nausea tolerance level set by the vehicle user as part of user trip parameters for the vehicle trip;
accessing geographical roadway map data for an area corresponding to the vehicle trip;
determining a plurality of potential routes for the vehicle trip based on the user trip parameters and the geographical roadway map data;
determining a cumulative nausea index score for potential nausea for each of the potential routes; and
selecting one of the potential routes as the vehicle route for the vehicle trip based on the cumulative nausea index score and also based on the nausea tolerance level set by the vehicle user as part of the user trip parameters for the vehicle trip.

US Pat. No. 10,969,235

SECURE DATA NAVIGATION

International Business Ma...

1. A method for secure data navigation, the method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, current travel data associated with a primary user traveling on a destination route;
determining, by the computing device, past travel data associated with the primary user on the destination route;
calculating, by the computing device, in response to determining that the past travel data associated with the primary user on the destination route exists, a reliability degree of the current travel data associated with the primary user on the destination route based on the past travel data associated with the primary user on the destination route; and
transmitting, by the computing device, a signal to a user device, the signal providing an instruction to display features of points of interest along the destination route according to one of a plurality of abstraction levels based on the reliability degree,
wherein each of the plurality of abstraction levels defines which of the features of the points of interest along the destination route are displayed, and different abstraction levels permit the display of different features of the points of interest along the destination route.

US Pat. No. 10,969,234

MULTIMODAL VEHICLE ROUTING SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH VEHICLE PARKING

1. A method for determining routing to a destination using a navigation system, wherein said routing employs one or more means of transportation with a first leg of the determined route being transportation by motor vehicle operated by the user and at least a second leg being by alternative means of transportation with an intermediate stop to park the motor vehicle at a parking location along the determined route, wherein one or more data stores accessible by the navigation system comprise information related to one or more of (i) travel times and tolls for vehicular traffic along road segments and intersections, (ii) mass transit information, (iii) parking information, (iv) pedestrian walkways, and (v) bike pathways, and wherein said navigation system comprises a processor and a memory containing an internal data store, the method comprising:selecting and entering into the internal data store:
an origin for the route,
a destination for the route,
a time of day, and
user route preferences and relative weighting of travel costs, and
determining one or more routes to the destination which includes parking in-route, using a computer processor and based on information from the one or more data stores and the user input and preferences, wherein said determining comprises:
determining, using a route-finding algorithm executed on the processor, an initial route to the destination in compliance with saved user preferences;
identifying available parking at destination within set cost parameters and returning available parking meeting set cost parameters;
if no available parking at destination within cost parameters, then—
identifying secondary parking along the initial route within secondary cost parameters and returning said identified secondary parking, and
determining, using the route-finding algorithm executed on the processor, one or more routes from the identified secondary parking to the destination via the alternative transportation means and returning to the user alternative transportation routes to the destination meeting set cost parameters; and
if no available secondary parking along the initial route, then—
conducting a parking search to identify available tertiary parking locations meeting corresponding cost parameters; and
determining, using the route-finding algorithm executed on the processor, alternative motor vehicle routes to identified tertiary parking locations and routes to the destination from the identified tertiary parking locations via alternative transportation means and returning to the user alternative motor vehicle routes and alternative transportation routes meeting set cost parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,969,233

TRAJECTORY DATA COMPRESSION

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method of trajectory data compression comprising:generating, in a computer processor system, spatial data for one or more moving objects;
projecting, by the computer processor system, the spatial data onto a network comprised of a plurality of defined trajectories, the network constraining movement of the one or more moving objects to the defined trajectories;
storing, by the computer processor system, the projected spatial data in a spatial data store, including,
for each of the one or more moving objects, storing in a spatial data table, an identification of the each moving object, and a link to one of the trajectories on which said each moving object moves;
storing, by the computer processor system, time series data in a time series store, including,
for each of the one or more moving objects, storing a time series data set in a time series table, the time series data set including an identification of the each moving object, a time value identifying a time, and position data identifying a position of the each moving object at said time; and
mapping spatial updates and queries into links stored in the spatial data table.

US Pat. No. 10,969,232

ALIGNMENT OF STANDARD-DEFINITION AND HIGH-DEFINITION MAPS

USHR INC., Livonia, MI (...

1. A map alignment method in an autonomous driving system, the method comprising:responsive to an input of one or more destinations, defining at least one route using waypoints from a standard definition (SD) map containing data for routes;
generating a graph, comprising nodes and edges, from a high definition (HD) map containing data to enable the autonomous driving system to monitor vehicle orientation in real time and to correct the orientation in real time, the graph related to at least part of the at least one route;
identifying the nodes and the edges that follow the at least one route;
converting the waypoints to the nodes using the graph; and
generating route segments from the defined at least one route, the generated graph, the identified nodes, the identified edges, and the converted waypoints.

US Pat. No. 10,969,231

MAP DATA UPDATE SYSTEM AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A map data update system for updating map data on a link-by-link basis, the map data update system comprising:a controller programmed to:
acquire an existing link which is a link indicated by existing map data and a new link which is a link indicated by new map data; and
update the existing link with the new link based on a shape of a portion of the existing link connected to an intersection and a shape of a portion of the new link corresponding to the existing link, the portion being connected to the intersection,
wherein the existing link is updated with the new link based on an existing angle as a connection angle at which two of the existing links are connected at an intersection and a new angle as a connection angle at which two of the new links corresponding to the two of the existing links are connected at the intersection,
wherein the existing angle is the connection angle in a case of exiting to each of the existing links as exit links from the existing links as an entry link, and the new angle is the connection angle in the case of exiting to each of the new links as exit links from the new link as an entry link, and
wherein the existing link is updated with the new link when a guidance direction in which a route guidance system guides a changes in a traveling direction corresponding to the existing angle differs from a guidance direction in which the route guidance system guides a change in the traveling direction corresponding to the new angle.

US Pat. No. 10,969,230

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM

MICWARE CO., LTD., Kobe ...

1. An information processing device for displaying information indicating a traveling area where a moving body can travel, the information processing device comprising:a display including a display screen that displays an image; and
a controller configured to cause the display to display a mesh image generated according to mesh information defined by a position coordinate,
wherein the mesh information includes a plurality of blocks each having a value relating to the traveling area,
wherein the controller manages a plurality of unit blocks corresponding to each of the plurality of blocks based on the mesh information,
wherein a respective one of the plurality of unit blocks is managed by the controller as an individual block, when the value of an adjacent unit block arranged in a predetermined direction among the plurality of unit blocks belongs to a different classification based on the mesh information,
wherein a respective one or more of the plurality of unit block is managed by the controller as a grouped block where a plurality of adjacent unit blocks arranged in a predetermined direction are integrated, when the values of the adjacent unit blocks arranged in a predetermined direction among the plurality of unit blocks belong to an identical classification based on the mesh information, and
wherein the controller displays each of the managed individual block and the managed grouped block with a display attribute in the mesh image.

US Pat. No. 10,969,229

CREATION AND USE OF ENHANCED MAPS

RED BEND LTD., Hod Hasha...

1. A computer implemented method of enhancing positioning of a moving vehicle based on visual identification of visual objects, comprising:obtaining from a location sensor a global positioning information indicating a measured geographic position of a moving vehicle and a movement vector of the moving vehicle;
capturing a plurality of images using at least one imaging device mounted on the moving vehicle to depict at least partial view of a surroundings of the moving vehicle;
selecting at least one image of the plurality of images captured by the at least one imaging device based on the movement vector;
obtaining from a visual data record, visual data of at least one visual object in the surrounding of the moving vehicle, based on the measured geographic position and the movement vector;
analyzing the at least one image to identify at least one visual object having a known geographical position obtained according to the global positioning information, from the visual data record, the at least one identified visual object is depicted in both said at least one image and the visual data record;
analyzing the at least one image to calculate a relative positioning of the moving vehicle with respect to the at least one identified visual object,
wherein the relative positioning is calculated based on triangulation and/or homographic transformation performed over the same visual object identified in two or more consecutive images captured by the at least one imaging device;
calculating an enhanced positioning of the moving vehicle, in real time during an operation of said location sensor, based on the relative positioning and the known geographical position of the at least one visual object; and
applying the enhanced positioning to a navigation system of the moving vehicle during said real time operation of said location sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,969,228

RELATIVE POSITION NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR MULTIPLE MOVING VEHICLES

NovAtel Inc., Calgary (C...

1. A navigation system for moving vehicles, the system comprising:A. a master navigation unit comprising:
1. a first Global Navigation Satellite Signal (GNSS) antenna;
2. a first GNSS receiver configured to process signals from the first GNSS antenna;
3. a first inertial navigation unit (INU) configured to receive first periodically updated data generated by the first GNSS receiver, at an output rate;
4. a transmitter configured to transmit, over a wireless link, master GNSS data and INU data from the master navigation unit; and
B. a rover navigation unit comprising:
1. a second GNSS antenna;
2. a second GNSS receiver configured to process signals received from the second GNSS antenna;
3. a second INU including one or more sensors and configured to receive second periodically updated data based on updated data from the first INU and a Real Time Kinematics (RTK) moving baseline vector determined using data from the first and second GNSS receivers, with the data from the first and second GNSS receivers;
4. a receiver configured to receive signals from the master navigation unit, the signals being transmitted over the link by the transmitter;
5. a processor configured to generate the RTK moving baseline vector from the first GNSS antenna to the second GNSS antenna, the processor further configured to
determine a post-update correction vector for the RTK baseline vector based on post-update first INU and second INU position information and determine a post-update inertial position correction using the post-update correction vector, and
model a movement of the master navigation unit between measurement epochs and update the post-update correction vector between the measurement epochs based on results of the modeling and sensor reading from the one or more sensors of the second INU; and
6. the second INU further configured to update its output with the post-update inertial position correction and to compute a position vector from the second INU to a designated location on the master navigation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,969,227

DISPLAY OF AIRCRAFT TIME ON TARGET ON MOBILE DEVICES

The Boeing Company, Hous...

1. A method of displaying, on a screen of a mobile device, time on target information for an aircraft in flight, the method comprising:displaying, on the screen of the mobile device, a map of a portion of Earth including a plurality of ground locations;
displaying, on the map, a current location of the aircraft;
displaying, on the map, a waypoint for a planned flight path of the aircraft between a departure point and a destination point;
displaying, in a first area of the screen overlapping the map, a symbol indicating the waypoint;
displaying, responsive to a selection of the symbol, a first pop-up window in a second area of the screen overlapping the first area of the screen, wherein the first pop-up window displays a current time of arrival of the aircraft at the waypoint and further displays an input area comprising a widget configured to receive a user input of a user-provided adjustment to the current time of arrival, the user-provided adjustment being a direct change to the current time of arrival; and
displaying, responsive to receiving the user input, a second pop-up window overlying the map in a third area of the screen, wherein the second pop-up window displays a recommendation to perform one of: increase speed, maintain speed, and decrease speed to achieve the user-provided adjustment, and wherein the second pop-up window further displays a second recommendation that indicates a numerical value of a recommended speed change for the aircraft to achieve the user-provided adjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,969,226

MULTI-IMU GUIDANCE SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR HIGH-ACCURACY LOCATION AND GUIDANCE PERFORMANCE IN GPS DENIED AND/OR DEGRADED ENVIRONMENTS

Orbital Research Inc., C...

1. A guidance system adapted for accurately providing location and guidance of a subject or an article in a global positioning system (GPS) denied and/or degraded environment, the system comprising:at least one printed circuit board (PCB) comprising an upper surface, a lower surface and a plurality of inertial measurement units (IMUs) mounted on at least one of the surfaces, each IMU having a signal and comprising at least one three-axis accelerometer and/or at least one three-axis gyroscope, the IMUs adapted to be coupled together via firmware;
a processor adapted to receive the signal from each IMU;
a communication element adapted to transmit data to a remote location for tracking by a remote user; and
an algorithm comprised in the processor, the algorithm adapted to synchronize the signals from each of the IMUs, and to provide at least one guidance metric representative of the absolute or relative location of a subject or article guided by the guidance system and based on the signals of each of the IMUs,
wherein the transmitted data comprises at least the at least one guidance metric.

US Pat. No. 10,969,225

ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. An electronic timepiece comprising:a first hand;
a second hand;
a magnetic sensor; and
a controller that calculates coordinates of a current position, reads out coordinates of a destination position from a storage, determines a direction toward the destination position from the current position based on the coordinates of the current position, the coordinates of the destination position, and an output from the magnetic sensor, and determines a distance between the current position and the destination position based on the coordinates of the current position and the coordinates of the destination position,
wherein the first hand indicates the direction, and the second hand indicates the distance.

US Pat. No. 10,969,224

PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR, PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR DEVICE, COMPOSITE SENSOR DEVICE, INERTIA MEASUREMENT DEVICE, VEHICLE POSITIONING DEVICE, PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, VEHICLE, AND OUTPUT SIGNAL ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF PHYSICAL QUANTITY

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A physical quantity sensor comprising:a substrate;
a movable body which is disposed to face the substrate in an X-axis direction, the X-axis direction being along an X-axis which is one of three axes that are orthogonal to each other and are the X-axis, a Y-axis and a Z-axis; and
a detection electrode which is provided on the substrate, and is disposed to face the movable body and to be aligned parallel to the Z-axis,
wherein the detection electrode includes a first detection electrode disposed to face the movable body, and a second detection electrode disposed to face the movable body,
a separation distance between the movable body and the second detection electrode is greater than a separation distance between the movable body and the first detection electrode,
vibration of the movable body has a drive vibration mode in which vibration parallel to the Z-axis and vibration parallel to the X-axis are combined, and
the detection electrode is divided into a first region and a second region by a straight line parallel to the Y-axis at a midpoint of the detection electrode in a direction parallel to the X-axis, and an area of the second detection electrode included in the first region is different from an area of the second detection electrode included in the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,969,223

POINT DETERMINATION AND PROJECTION DEVICE

GROOVE UNLIMITED, LLC, T...

1. A point determination and projection device, comprising:at least one angularly adjustable, remote distance measurement device;
a digital protractor operably engaging said at least one remote distance measurement device; and
a processor having computer executable code stored thereon configured to:
receive from said at least one remote distance measurement device a first distance measurement to a first point of interest in a first segment of a surface;
receive from said at least one remote distance measurement device a second distance measurement to a second point of interest in said first segment of said surface;
receive from said digital protractor an angle measurement of an angle having a vertex at said point determination and projection device and endpoints at said first point of interest and said second point of interest;
receive from said at least one remote distance measurement device a third distance measurement to a third point of interest in a second segment of said surface;
receive from said at least one remote distance measurement device a fourth distance measurement to a fourth point of interest in said second segment of said surface;
calculate a first location of a first segment targeted point of interest between said first point of interest and said second point of interest;
calculate a second location of a second segment targeted point of interest between said third point of interest and said fourth point of interest;
calculate a location of a surface targeted point of interest by summing a distance from said first point of interest in said first segment to said first segment targeted point of interest, and a distance from said third point of interest in said second segment to said second segment targeted point of interest; and
generate human discernable output indicative of a location of said surface targeted point of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,969,222

MEASUREMENTS OF AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT CHIP AND CONNECTED CHIP CARRIER TO ESTIMATE HEIGHT OF INTERCONNECT

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of manufacturing an integrated circuit chip assembly, comprising:defining a top reference plane from measurement heights of a plurality of top reference points on a top surface of a first substrate;
defining a bottom reference plane from measurement heights of a plurality of bottom reference points on a bottom surface of the first substrate;
adjusting data from the top reference plane and data from the bottom reference plane such that the top reference plane and the bottom reference plane are superposed to one another;
obtaining measurement heights of a first set of points on an external surface of a second substrate using an x, y, z coordinate measuring system in relation to data from the top reference plane;
calculating first distances between each measurement height of the first set of points on the external surface of the second substrate and the adjusted top reference plane;
obtaining measurement heights of a second set of points on the bottom surface of the first substrate using the x, y, z coordinate measuring system in relation to data from the bottom reference plane;
calculating second distances between each measurement height of the second set of points on the bottom surface of the first substrate and the adjusted bottom reference plane; and
calculating the height values of the gap or interconnect between the second substrate and the first substrate by subtracting a thickness of the second substrate and the second distances from the first distances for each set of corresponding points of the first set of points and the second set of points using a computing device,
wherein the measurement heights of the plurality of top reference points on the top surface of the first substrate are obtained by the x, y, z coordinate measuring system when the top surface of the first substrate faces toward the x, y, z coordinate measuring system, and wherein the measurement heights of the plurality of bottom reference points on the bottom surface of the first substrate are obtained by the x, y, z coordinate measuring system when the bottom surface of the first substrate faces toward the x, y, z coordinate measuring system.

US Pat. No. 10,969,221

ACTIVE DAMPING OF A MEASURING DEVICE

HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER...

1. A method for controlling of relative movement of a first structural component and a second structural component of a measuring device, the measuring device including a driving unit for providing movability of the first and second structural components relative to each other, wherein the method comprises:moving the structural components relative to each other according to desired movement by applying a controlling signal to the driving unit; and
filtering the controlling signal concerning a known frequency response related to a physical property of at least one of the structural components by use of a frequency-filter element,
wherein:
at least the second structural component is designed comprising a variable physical property,
the frequency-filter element is designed being adaptable with respect to a filterable frequency range,
the variable physical property of the second structural component is continuously monitored, and, based thereon, a change of the physical property is determined,
an actual frequency response of at least one of the structural components is derived based on the determined change of the physical property, wherein at least one relevant frequency region is determined, and
the filterable frequency range is continuously adapted according to the at least one relevant frequency region.

US Pat. No. 10,969,220

CHARACTERIZING A SAMPLE BY MATERIAL BASIS DECOMPOSITION

1. A method for characterization of a sample, the method comprising:acquiring, by circuitry comprising a memory and a detector connected to a processor, a spectrum transmitted through the sample, said spectrum being an energy spectrum defined by a number of photons transmitted through the sample in each channel of a plurality of energy channels located in an X spectral band and/or a gamma spectral band;
acquiring, by said memory, calibration spectra, wherein each of the calibration spectra corresponds to a calibration spectrum transmitted through a stack of gauge blocks, each gauge block of said stack consisting of a different calibration material, and said stack consisting of a different set of thicknesses for each of the gauge blocks;
calculating, by said circuitry, values of a likelihood function from said acquired calibration spectra and from the spectrum transmitted through the sample;
determining, by said circuitry, a maximum likelihood value from among the calculated values of the likelihood function, the determined maximum likelihood value corresponding to an acquired calibration spectrum corresponding to a stack of gauge blocks, each gauge block of the stack consisting of a different calibration material, the acquired calibration spectrum being most similar to the acquired spectrum transmitted through the sample; and
outputting, from the circuitry, a plurality of estimated characteristic thicknesses, each of the outputted estimated characteristic thicknesses being associated with a different calibration material, wherein each different calibration material making up a gauge block from the stack of gauge blocks of the acquired calibration spectrum corresponding to said determined maximum likelihood value, the method further comprising:
interpolating the calculated values of the likelihood function by a likelihood interpolation function, said interpolated calculated values being associated with combinations of predetermined thicknesses of respective calibration materials, such that for each respective calibration material a corresponding set of thicknesses is located within a first interval associated with the respective calibration material;
searching for a maximum among calculated values of said likelihood interpolation function, thicknesses associated with said maximum among the calculated values of the likelihood interpolation function forming approximate values of the plurality of estimated characteristic thicknesses of the respective calibration materials;
interpolating the calibration spectrum by a spectrum interpolation function depending on at least one variable, said at least one variable corresponding to a thickness of said each calibration material, and taking values located within a second respective interval, narrower than the first interval associated with the respective calibration material and centred on an approximate value of said approximate values; and
for each value of said spectrum interpolation function, calculating a value of the likelihood function and searching for a maximum among said calculated values of the likelihood function, thicknesses associated with the maximum among the calculated values of the likelihood function for each value of the spectrum interpolation function forming the plurality of estimated characteristic thicknesses of the respective calibration materials.

US Pat. No. 10,969,219

SCANNING SYSTEM AND SCANNING METHOD

Qisda Corporation, Taoyu...

1. A scanning system comprising:a scanner;
a host device communicating with the scanner; and
a display device communicating with the host device;
wherein when the host device is operated to select a scanning region and an object exists in the scanning region, the host device displays a 3D contour in the display device; the host device provides a predicted model corresponding to the object and the predicted model has at least one first characteristic parameter and the 3D contour; the scanner scans the object and transmits a plurality of scanned images of the object to the host device; the host device integrates the scanned images into a temporary image and the temporary image has at least one second characteristic parameter; the host device determines whether the at least one second characteristic parameter matches with the at least one first characteristic parameter; when the host device determines that the at least one second characteristic parameter matches with the at least one first characteristic parameter, the host device retains the temporary image and the host device displays the temporary image on the 3D contour in the display device to show a current scanning progress for the object in the scanning region; when the host device determines that the at least one second characteristic parameter does not match with the at least one first characteristic parameter, the host device abandons the temporary image.

US Pat. No. 10,969,218

MEDICINE PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE

YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD., O...

1. A medicine photographing device for photographing an image of a medicine, comprising:a placing part on which the medicine is to be placed;
a first camera provided on an upper side of the placing part;
a second camera provided on a lower side of the placing part;
an upper light source provided on the upper side of the placing part; and
a lower light source provided on the lower side of the placing part;
a placing item consisting of a transparent bottom and a wall provided around the bottom is set in the placing part;
a non-transparent ring provided on the vicinity of an inner wall in the bottom of the placing item and configured to prevent the medicine from being rolled toward the inner wall so as to reduce diffuse reflection of illumination light on the medicine caused by the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,969,217

ADAPTIVE CONTROL OF COATING THICKNESS

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, a geometry of a component in an uncoated state and a measured coating thickness of a test component in a coated state, wherein a test geometry of the test component in an uncoated state is substantially similar to the geometry;
determining, by the computing device, a simulated coating thickness based on the geometry and a first spray law comprising a plurality of first spray law parameters;
determining, by the computing device, a sticking factor based on a difference between the simulated coating thicknesses and the measured coating thickness;
iteratively:
adjusting, by the computing device, at least one first spray law parameter of the plurality of first spray law parameters to determine a respective subsequent spray law comprising a plurality of respective subsequent spray law parameters; and
determining, by the computing device, a respective subsequent difference between the measured coating thickness and a subsequent simulated coating thickness based on the geometry and the respective subsequent spray law;
selecting, by the computing device, a subsequent spray law from the plurality of respective subsequent spray laws based on the respective subsequent differences; and
controlling, by the computing device, a coating process based on the selected subsequent spray law to compensate for the difference.

US Pat. No. 10,969,216

ADAPTIVE CONTROL OF COATING THICKNESS

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, a geometry of a component, the geometry comprising a plurality of locations on a surface of the component;
determining, by the computing device, a first target trajectory comprising a first plurality of target trajectory points based on the plurality of locations and a second target trajectory comprising a second plurality of target trajectory points based on the plurality of locations, wherein the first trajectory and the second trajectory are offset in a first direction relative to each other, and wherein the plurality of first trajectory points and the plurality of second trajectory points are offset in a second direction relative to each other;
determining, by the computing device, a respective target coating thickness of a coating for each respective location of the plurality of locations based on a target coated component geometry and the geometry of the component; and
determining, by the computing device, a respective motion vector of a coating device relative to the component for each first target trajectory point of the plurality of first target trajectory points based on the first target trajectory and each second target trajectory point of the plurality of second target trajectory points based on the second target trajectory to define a path of the coating device to deposit the respective target coating thickness for each respective location.

US Pat. No. 10,969,215

ADAPTIVE CONTROL OF COATING THICKNESS

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, a first geometry of a component in an uncoated state and a second geometry of the component in a coated state;
determining, by the computing device, a first difference between the second geometry and a first simulated geometry, wherein the first simulated geometry is based on the first geometry and a first spray law, and the first spray law comprises a plurality of first spray law parameters;
iteratively:
adjusting, by the computing device, at least one first spray law parameter of the plurality of first spray law parameters to determine a respective subsequent spray law comprising a plurality of respective subsequent spray law parameters;
determining, by the computing device, a respective subsequent difference between the second geometry and a subsequent simulated geometry, wherein the subsequent simulated geometry is based on the first geometry and the subsequent respective spray law;
selecting, by the computing device, a subsequent spray law from the respective subsequent spray laws based on the respective subsequent differences; and
controlling, by the computing device, a coating process based on the selected subsequent spray law.

US Pat. No. 10,969,214

POSITION SENSOR WITH WIEGAND WIRE, POSITION MAGNET(S) AND RESET MAGNET

Joral LLC, Mukwonago, WI...

1. A position sensor comprising:a pulse generator comprising a pick-up coil wound around a Wiegand wire;
a position magnet; and
a reset magnet,
wherein the pulse generator and the position magnet are configured to move with respect to one another,
wherein the pulse generator and the reset magnet are configured to remain stationary with respect to one another, and
wherein a magnetic flux density of the position magnet is greater than a magnetic flux density of the reset magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,969,213

ARTICULATING LEVEL SYSTEMS

1. A level to assist determining orientation of a structure comprising:a first body portion having a top surface, a bottom surface and first and second end portions, said first end portion having a first slot;
a second body portion having a top surface, a bottom surface and first and second end portions, said second body portion having at least one vial chamber;
a bubble vial disposed within said at least one vial chamber;
said first body portion and said second body portion are rotationally coupled permitting said second body portion to articulate about an axis-of-rotation, relative to said first body portion, to multiple degrees between zero and ninety degrees;
said first body portion comprising a connector mechanism connected to said first body portion proximate said first end portion thereof for releasably interconnecting said first body portion with the structure, said connector mechanism comprising a structure engaging member comprising a threaded member having a contact tip, said threaded member movable between a first position and a second position and an operating member comprising a rotatable finger engaging member threadably interconnected with said threaded member and receivable within said first slot of said first end portion of said first body portion and being operably associated with said structure engaging member to move said structure engaging member from said first position to said second position;
said contact tip including a concave-surface portion to match a convex surface of the structure; and
said first body portion including a convex-surface portion, said concave-surface portion of said contact tip and said convex-surface portion of said first body portion cooperating to releasably retain the convex surface of the structure therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,969,212

MULTIPURPOSE MUNITION FOR PERSONNEL AND MATERIEL DEFEAT

U.S. Government as Repres...

1. A projectile for a medium caliber ammunition round, the projectile comprising:a nose assembly further comprising
a hardened penetrator positioned at a forward end of the nose assembly and further comprising a body having a conical portion and a stepped down cylindrical portion wherein a rear surface of the conical portion forms a support rim,
a nose body defining a hollow interior, the hollow interior receiving the cylindrical portion of the hardened penetrator in a forward opening and wherein is in contact with the support rim of the hardened penetrator, and
a support washer positioned between the support rim of the hardened penetrator and a forward surface of the nose body thereby offsetting the hardened penetrator from the nose body;
a warhead assembly rearward of the nose assembly and further comprising
a fragmenting body defining main cavity with a forward opening,
a point detonating fuze with a variable fuze delay partially housed within the main cavity of the fragmenting body and the hollow interior of the nose body, and
an explosive charge housed within the fragmenting body; and
wherein the support rim prevents rearward axial translation of the hardened penetrator and upon impact with a target, the support washer fails thereby allowing the hardened penetrator to translate rearward in an axial direction thereby engaging a fuze striker to initiate the fuze and detonate the explosive charge after the variable fuze delay.

US Pat. No. 10,969,211

SABOT WITH BIONIC STRUCTURES

Rheinmetall Waffe Munitio...

1. A sabot for a sub-caliber projectile, the sabot comprising bionic structures formed by a 3D production process in a defined manner and in a specifically directed manner during the production of the sabot,wherein the bionic structures are fully embedded and enclosed by material of the sabot.

US Pat. No. 10,969,210

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE TRAJECTORY OF AN ARROW

1. A method of adjusting the trajectory of the flight of an arrow used for hunting game, said method comprising the steps of:providing a bow having a sight calibrated for use with the arrow;
providing a compensator on a shaft of the arrow, the compensator having a diameter which is larger than a diameter of the shaft of the arrow;
wherein a thickness of the compensator is measured as the difference in the diameter of the compensator and the diameter of the shaft of the arrow, and wherein the thickness of the compensator is increased as the weight of the compensator increases so as to adjust the trajectory of the arrow to compensate for the additional weight;
nocking the arrow on the bow, the bow having an arrow rest;
resting the compensator on the arrow rest;
aiming the arrow at a target using the sight calibrated for use with the arrow without the compensator installed, as if the arrow did not have a compensator installed; and
firing the arrow at the target.

US Pat. No. 10,969,209

SEGMENTING PISTOL BULLET

OLIN CORPORATION, St. Lo...

1. A bullet comprising:a jacket, the jacket being generally cup-shaped with a closed rear end, an open front end, a generally cylindrical sidewall between the rear end and the front end with an inwardly tapering lip adjacent the front end;
a core disposed inside the jacket, the core being generally cylindrical with an axial passage extending from the rear end to the front end, and having a plurality of slits therein extending from the axial passage partway toward the exterior of the core, dividing the core into a plurality of separable segments joined by a web of material adjacent their outer surfaces; and
a tip, having a forwardly facing ogival surface tapering to a forward end, a rearwardly facing surface smoothly tapering to a generally cylindrical shank, the rearwardly facing surface conforming to the face of the core with the shank embedded in and frictionally engaging the core, and a rearwardly facing shoulder abutting the front end of the jacket forming a smooth transition therewith, and a plurality of notches formed in the forwardly facing ogival surface; each notch having a forward end adjacent the forward end of the tip, and a rear end rearward of the rearwardly facing shoulder and the front end of the jacket.

US Pat. No. 10,969,208

HYBRIDIZED FRAGMENTING PROJECTILE

Lehigh Defense, LLC, Qua...

1. A hybridized fragmenting projectile, comprising:a base having a central cavity;
at least two adjacent petals integrally formed with the base, surrounding the central cavity, and separated from each other by a slot having divergent surfaces, wherein the divergent surfaces intersect at a joint; and
a meplat;
wherein the projectile is configured to fragment upon impact with a target after being fired from a firearm, regardless of whether the projectile is fired at supersonic or subsonic speed.

US Pat. No. 10,969,207

MAGNETICALLY ENHANCED EMP GENERATING DEVICE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

18. A system comprising:an explosive;
charged-particle intercalated graphite, the charged-particle intercalated graphite being disposed at least partially around the explosive;
a non-geomagnetic magnetic field, the charged-particle intercalated graphite and the explosive are positioned within the non-geomagnetic magnetic field;
a detonator positioned adjacent to the explosive; and
an initiator configured to trigger the detonator.

US Pat. No. 10,969,206

RADIO FREQUENCY ANTENNA FOR USE IN THE CONFINES OF A BREECH

U.S. Government as Repres...

1. A munition cartridge comprising:a case defining an interior volume;
a fuzed projectile seated within the case;
a propelling charge housed within the interior volume of the case;
a radio frequency interface component for coupling received radio frequency energy from an exterior of the case to the interior volume of the case;
a transmitting antenna located within the interior volume of the case, the transmitting antenna in communication with the radio frequency interface and transmitting the received radio frequency energy throughout the interior volume;
a piccolo tube extending from an interior base of the case into the interior volume and wherein the transmitting antenna is disposed on a surface of the piccolo tube; and
a radio frequency ignitor for utilizing the transmitted radio frequency energy to ignite the propelling charge.

US Pat. No. 10,969,205

ELECTRICALLY-ACTIVATED PRESSURE VESSELS FOR FRACTURING FRANGIBLE STRUCTURES

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. An apparatus comprising:a structure;
a pressure device comprising:
a vessel bonded to a surface of the structure at a bonding location, the vessel having an interior space within the vessel and a bonding surface;
a gas-emitting material disposed within the interior space; and
an initiator arranged to activate the gas-emitting material; and
a bonding agent that bonds the bonding surface of the vessel to a surface of the structure, wherein upon activation of the gas-emitting material by the initiator, the pressure device is configured to produce a localized force that breaks the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,969,204

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PENETRATING STRUCTURES WITH REPOSITIONABLE SHAPED CHARGES

The United States of Amer...

1. An explosive device comprising:a charge container forming a body cavity;
an attachment collar forming a plurality of cavities and plurality of apertures, wherein each aperture of the plurality of apertures opens into a respective cavity of the plurality of cavities, wherein the attachment collar comprises a bottom face and is coupled to a first end of said charge container, said attachment collar further comprising a stand-off bracket system comprised of a knob, gear system and rail wherein said stand-off bracket system is coupled to said attachment collar of said explosive device allowing said penetrator to be raised and lowered within said charge container such that the distance between said penetrator and a target surface is adjustable;
an explosive load wherein the explosive load is inserted into said body cavity;
a wave shaper wherein said waver shaper is disposed within said body cavity;
a booster explosive wherein said booster explosive is disposed within said body cavity;
a charge top forming a first holding cavity and having a first aperture wherein said charge top is removably placed inside said charge container;
an initiator holder disposed within said charge top aperture forming a second holding cavity, wherein the initiator holder is removably placed within the first holding cavity;
a penetrator comprising a semi-spherical body comprising an exterior surface, an interior surface, and base rim, wherein the interior surface forms a penetrator cavity within said semi-spherical body and an aperture between the penetrator cavity and exterior of the penetrator; and
a plurality of connectors, where each connector is disposed within a respective attachment collar cavity of the plurality of attachment collar cavities such that a bottom face of each connector is even with the bottom face of the attachment collar.

US Pat. No. 10,969,203

ANTI-TERRORIST THREAT PROTECTION SYSTEM

1. An anti-terrorist protection system comprising:a mobile shelter comprising;
two metal or wooden panels, wherein the panels are joined along one edge of each at a 90 degree angle, wherein the panels can fold together to a collapsed state for storage;
at least one first level III+ armor plate embedded in the shelter; and,
a bullet-resistant piece of clear plastic installed in the shelter; and,
a projectile launching device and a flaming projectile:
wherein the launching device is configured to launch the flaming projectile, and,
wherein propellant powder used to launch the projectile is decreased by at least 50% to reduce a maximum trajectory of the projectile.

US Pat. No. 10,969,202

WEAPON SYSTEM

Wilcox Industries Corp., ...

1. A weapon system for a firearm having a barrel, the weapon system comprising:a powered accessory rail interface having an upper accessory rail and a lower accessory rail;
a first accessory device removably attachable to the upper accessory rail, the first accessory device configured to receive electrical power and data signals over the powered accessory rail interface;
a second accessory device removably attachable to the lower accessory rail, the second accessory device configured to receive electrical power and data signals over the powered accessory rail interface;
a power supply electrically coupled to the powered accessory rail interface; and
a first RFID reader.

US Pat. No. 10,969,201

FIREARM ACCESSORY MOUNT

Sellmark Corporation, Ma...

1. A mount for removably securing an accessory on a rail of a firearm, the rail including a first and a second opposing undercuts, the mount comprising:a clamp carried by a portion of the accessory, the clamp including a first and second generally opposing surfaces;
an opposing jaw formed on the first of the generally opposing surfaces of the clamp, the jaw configured to engage the first undercut on the rail;
a generally rectangular recess formed in the second of the generally opposing surfaces of the clamp in opposition to the opposing jaw, the recess including a plurality of surfaces and at least one of the surfaces extending generally perpendicularly to the opposing surface;
at least one movable jaw disposed in the recess and constrained by the surfaces of the recess to move generally linearly and along a generally straight path into and out of engagement with the rail;
a biasing member in the recess;
a retaining plate secured over the recess to retain the movable jaw and the biasing member in the recess wherein the biasing member acts between one of the surfaces of the recess and a surface of the movable jaw to urge the movable jaw into engagement with the second undercut on the rail opposite that engaged by the opposing jaw, wherein the mount and the accessory are attached and detached from the rail and the firearm by manipulating the accessory and the clamp to compress the biasing member and permit the movable jaw to move in and out of engagement with the second undercut on the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,969,200

SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR VISUALIZING A TARGET

1. A targeting system for visualizing a target, the targeting system comprising:a targeting assembly comprising a main body mountable to a weapon having a rail mount and an adjustable attachment rail selectively mountable to the main body, the main body supporting a visual assembly and a transmission assembly, wherein the adjustable attachment rail is movable towards or away from the main body to form a variable width profile being inverse of a profile of the rail mount, wherein the width of the variable width profile corresponds to a width of the rail mount profile, wherein mounting hardware extending from the main body to the adjustable attachment rail to aid with varying the width of the variable width profile is configured to mate with the rail mount of the weapon in a direction transverse to an elongate direction of the adjustable attachment rail to prevent rotational movement of the targeting assembly in relation to the rail mount; and
a viewing assembly in communication with the targeting assembly, the viewing assembly comprising a receiver assembly and a display assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,969,199

CROSSWIND CORRECTION FOR SNIPER RIFLE AIMPOINT

1. A portable integrated sniper system encased in a housing, said system adapted for transmitting and receiving short wave infrared (SWIR) light and designed to nullify a target at a range of at least a kilometer through an atmosphere with the SWIR light producing scintillations defining angular correlation scale of intensity fluctuations) (??/L), where ? is a wavelength of the SWIR light and L is a distance to the target, and defining intensity correlation scale of intensity fluctuations (??L) said system comprising:A) an optical transmitter designed to transmit SWIR light, comprising:
1) a dual-mode infrared laser, adapted to transmit pulsed and continuous laser beam directed to a target to produce:
a) a series of spots on the target in pulse mode to permit determination of range to the target,
b) a single spot illumination in continuous mode on the target lasting at least nine milliseconds,
2) a collimator adapted to produce an angular divergence (6) in the laser beam that exceeds the angular correlation scale of intensity fluctuations (??L) at the target caused by scintillations,
B) a SWIR video camera adapted to monitor scintillation measurements of two separate return laser beams reflected from the single spot,
C) a two-telescope optical receiver, comprising a photodiode and a video camera and comprising:
1) first telescope defining a receiver aperture and including a focusing lens defining an objective lens diameter D, wherein D does not exceed ??L;
2) a beam splitter adapted to split light, reflected from the target received by the first telescope, between:
a) the photodiode and
b) the SWIR video camera,
3) a second telescope defining a receiver aperture and including a focusing lens defining an objective lens diameter D, wherein D does not exceed ·??L; and reflecting optics to transmit light received by the second telescope to the SWIR video camera,
D) a processor programmed with an algorithm for:
1) analyzing signals recorded by the SWIR video camera corresponding to SWIR light collected by the two telescopes defining a first and second approximately parallel reflected laser beams and defining a first and a second wind measurement channels,
2) and calculating the spatial-temporal alto-covariance and cross-covariance of intensity fluctuations between the first and second reflected laser beams and determining path weighted average crosswinds from the scintillation measurements of the two reflected laser beams, and
E) a display device for displaying an offset aim point, wherein:
1) light reflected from the target and collected by the first and second telescopes, each telescope defining a center line of each of the two approximately parallel reflected laser beams and the center lines are separated by a predetermined distance and that predetermined distance is less than 2??/L, so that the crosswind:
2) can be determined from scintillation data produced only from the two laser beams reflected from the target and collected by the two telescopes,
3) the processor processes time varying electrical signals from the first and second wind measurement channels to determine a time delay from which a path- weighted average crosswind toward the target is calculated,
4) the processor calculates, based on the path-weighted average crosswind and range, an aim point offset and confidence circle, and
5) the offset aim point is displayed on the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,969,198

MULTI-FUNCTION GUNSIGHT

BUSHNELL INC., Overland ...

1. A multi-function gunsight for aiming a firearm, the firearm having a receiver with a barrel extending forwardly, the barrel having a bore and a gun bore axis, an upper rail mounted above the receiver and the barrel, the multi-function gunsight comprising:a body having a forward portion, a rearward portion, and a clamp portion for attachment to the upper rail of the firearm, the body defining a laser cavity formed in the forward portion;
a sight arm pivotally supported at the rearward portion of the body and pivotal about a sight arm pivotal axis between a deployed position and a reclined position, the sight arm having a sighting element establishing a sighting element axis when the gunsight is mounted on the upper rail of the firearm and the sight arm is in the deployed position;
a laser unit disposed in the laser cavity and generating a laser beam extending in a forward direction along a laser beam axis,
wherein the laser beam axis, the sighting element axis, and the gun bore axis are all generally coplanar.

US Pat. No. 10,969,197

WEAPON SIGHT

1. An open sight for use on a weapon such as a handgun, the open sight comprising:(A) a rear sight comprising:
(a) a housing;
(b) at least one rear sight aiming mark;
(c) two or more illumination sources disposed within the housing and configured, in use, to:
(i) project light forward from the rear sight; and
(ii) illuminate the at least one rear sight aiming mark; and
(B) a front sight comprising a rearward facing reflective surface configured, in use, to at least partially reflect light back from the rear sight;
wherein at least one of the two or more illumination sources projects light from the rear sight through an air gap between the housing of the rear sight and the front sight and onto the rearward facing reflective surface.

US Pat. No. 10,969,196

ROTATIONALLY DEPLOYED NON-BLOCKING FIREARM MIRROR ACCESSORY

1. An auxiliary target viewing assembly mountable to a target viewing device for use on a firearm for viewing a target comprising:a bearing and a sleeve each defining a central opening, where the sleeve is rotatably coupled about an outer circumference of the bearing, the bearing being mounted to the target viewing device;
a first and second armature, each with a first end portion rotatably coupled to an outer periphery portion of the sleeve; and
a reflector rotatably coupled to and between a second end portion of the first and second armatures, wherein the armatures and the reflector are angularly positionable into positions relative to a side of the target viewing device when not in use, or in positions relative to an end of the target viewing device, when in use.

US Pat. No. 10,969,195

TRANSLUCENT REFLECTIVE HAND GUN FRONT SIGHT

1. A translucent reflective hand gun front sight for aiming at a target, comprising:a) a translucent rectangular top portion having a vertical rear wall, a vertical front wall, a reflective horizontal top wall, a top front wall radiused transition portion forming an internal rectangular solid sight bead within the rectangular top portion, adapted to be placed on the target when viewed through the vertical rear wall, a vertical reflective right side wall and a vertical reflective left side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,969,194

SPITBALL GUN FOR USE WITH PAPER AMMUNITION

JAKKS Pacific, Inc., San...

1. A spitball gun for use with paper ammunition, comprising:a paper advancing chamber having an opening for receiving paper ammunition and an advancing mechanism for advancing paper through the paper advancing chamber;
a loading chamber for receiving paper from the paper advancing chamber;
an air tank fluidly connected with the loading chamber;
a barrel connected with the loading chamber, whereby paper loaded into the loading chamber is expelled from the barrel by air from the air tank;
a water tank fluidly connected with the loading chamber, the water tank having a water release mechanism; and
a sliding handle operably connected with the advancing mechanism and the water release mechanism, such that sliding motion of the sliding handle causes paper to be pulled through the paper advancing mechanism while water is released onto the paper from the water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,969,193

WATER GUN

SPYRA GMBH

1. A water gun comprising:a pressurized liquid source,
a supply line,
a valve,
a nozzle arrangement,
wherein:
the supply line fluidly connects the pressurized liquid source with the valve,
the nozzle arrangement is configured to eject liquid from the pressurized liquid source to an environment,
the valve is positioned in between the supply line and the nozzle arrangement and is configured to control a flow of the liquid from the pressurized liquid source in a flow direction from the supply line to the nozzle arrangement,
the valve includes a valve seat and a movably-supported valve body, the valve body having a first position, in which the valve body attaches to the valve seat in a sealing manner,
an electromechanical actuator coupled with the valve body and configured to displace the valve body substantially parallel to the flow direction into a second position,
a handle portion configured to grip the water gun,
a nozzle portion disposed to face away from the handle portion and including the nozzle arrangement, and
a pump device that includes
(a) a pump inlet in fluid communication with a liquid inlet of the water gun and
(b) a pump outlet in fluid communication with the pressurized liquid source, wherein the liquid inlet is arranged in the nozzle portion or adjacent to the nozzle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,969,192

CROSSBOW WITH CROSSING CABLE SYSTEM

Barnett Outdoors, LLC, T...

1. A crossbow, comprising:a stock;
a riser mounted to the stock;
a left upper mounting bracket having a distal end attached to a left upper side of the riser;
a right upper mounting bracket having a distal end attached to a right upper side of the riser;
a left lower mounting bracket having a distal end attached to a left lower side of the riser;
a right lower mounting bracket having a distal end attached to a right lower side of the riser;
a left rotatable cam assembly mounted to proximal ends of the left upper and left lower mounting brackets, the left cam assembly having a left cam body and a left helical take-up journal assembly;
a right rotatable cam assembly mounted to proximal ends of the right upper and left lower mounting brackets, the right cam assembly having a right cam body and a right helical take-up journal assembly;
a left limb attached to a distal end of the left upper and lower sides of the riser;
a right limb attached to a distal end of the right upper and lower sides of the riser;
a draw string wrapped around outer surfaces of the left and right cam assemblies with a left end of the draw string attached to the left cam assembly and a right end of the draw string attached to the right cam assembly, wherein the draw string extends between the left and right cam assemblies over the stock;
a first power cable wrapped around the right helical take-up journal assembly, a first end of the first power cable connected to the right cam assembly and a second end of the first power cable connected to a distal end of the left limb at a first connection point; and
a second power cable wrapped around the left helical take-up journal assembly, a first end of the second power cable connected to the left cam assembly and a second end of the second power cable connected to a distal end of the right limb at a second connection point,
wherein the first and second power cables extend across a centerline of the stock,
wherein the left cam body and the right cam body are vertically separated from the left and right limbs,
wherein a horizontal plane of the first connection point is substantially parallel to a horizontal plane of the left cam body, and
wherein a horizontal plane of the second connection point is substantially parallel to a horizontal plane of the right cam body.

US Pat. No. 10,969,191

CROSSBOW CAPABLE OF SWITCHING BETWEEN COMPOUND CROSSBOW AND RECURVE CROSSBOW

1. A crossbow capable of switching between a compound crossbow and a recurve crossbow, characterized by comprising a fore unit and a stock, wherein the stock comprises a stock body, the stock body is provided with a front end, the fore unit is provided with a mounting end, the mounting end of the fore unit is mounted on the front end of the stock body through a connecting bolt, and the mounting end and the front end are of detachable mounting structures,Wherein the fore unit is a compound riser unit, the compound riser unit and the stock are assembled to constitute a compound crossbow; alternatively, the fore unit is a recurve-bow unit, and the recurve-bow unit and the stock are assembled to constitute a recurve crossbow; the front end of the stock body comprises a cable slide horizontally formed at a front end of the stock body; the cable slide divides the front end of the stock body into an upper segment and a lower segment; the mounting end of the fore unit comprises a fixed block and an arrow-track block arranged on the fixed block; the arrow-track block is inserted in the cable slide and is in a fastened connection with the upper segment, and the fixed block is fixed with a connecting bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,969,190

SYSTEM FOR ELEVATED SPEED FIREARMS TRAINING

Conflict Kinetics Corpora...

1. A system for conditioning a trainee's firearms skills, comprising:a database including a plurality of training scenarios, each training scenario including a sequence of stimuli, the sequence of stimuli including objects with identifying markings for a trainee to recognize and respond to;
a display for showing to the trainee a presentation of the sequence of stimuli; and
a data processor for generating the presentation of the sequence of stimuli on the display;
a trainee interface including a recognition sensor that enables the trainee to provide a trainee response input based on recognition of the objects presented;
wherein the sequence of stimuli includes at least three phases of a first set of varied difficulty of engagement including initial, heightened, and intermediate provided by varying at least one of a stimuli type, a delay period, a movement pattern, and a movement speed:
a first phase presenting a first plurality of stimuli having an initial difficulty of engagement followed by a progressively increasing difficulty of engagement,
a second phase presenting a second plurality of stimuli having a heightened difficulty of engagement, wherein the heightened difficulty of engagement is fixed during the second phase, and
a third phase presenting a third plurality of stimuli having an intermediate difficulty of engagement that is lower than the heightened difficulty of engagement and is higher than the initial difficulty of engagement, wherein the intermediate difficulty of engagement is fixed during the third phase; and
wherein:
the data processor evaluates the trainee response input based on at least one of a reaction time and a recognition accuracy to provide performance reporting; and
the data processor sets for continuing conditioning of the trainee's firearms skills by the system a second set of varied difficulty of engagement provided by further varying the at least one of the stimuli type, the delay period, the movement pattern, and the movement speed based on the performance reporting.

US Pat. No. 10,969,189

WEAPON MAINTENANCE SYSTEM

Workshops for Warriors, ...

16. A weapon maintenance stand cover comprising:a top cover plate;
a wall structure extending away from an outer edge of the top cover plate and in a direction substantially perpendicular to a bottom surface of the top cover plate;
a flange extending outward from a bottom edge of the wall structure and around a perimeter of the wall structure, wherein the flange is sized to mate with a support flange of a weapon maintenance stand, and wherein the flange defines a first plurality of holes extending therethrough, the first plurality of holes arranged in a spaced-apart pattern around the flange that aligns with a subset of a second plurality of holes arranged around the support flange of the weapon maintenance stand; and
a first lifting structure and a second lifting structure attached to a top surface of the top cover plate and spaced apart from one another, wherein both the first lifting structure and the second lifting structure are sized to receive a forklift fork.

US Pat. No. 10,969,188

PISTOL SLIDE-MOUNTED SUPPRESSOR

1. A firearm suppressor configured for coupling to a firearm comprising:an elongate suppressor member having a passage there through;
a barrel bushing extending from an end of the elongate suppressor member with the barrel bushing configured for engaging with a barrel of a firearm, with the firearm including a recoil spring plug having a cap and including a slide with a locking key slot disposed therein;
a recess positioned below the barrel bushing and configured for receiving and retaining the cap of the recoil spring plug of the firearm, wherein the firearm suppressor is coupled to the firearm when the cap of the recoil spring plug of the firearm is retained in the recess and the barrel bushing is engaged with the barrel of the firearm; and
wherein the firearm suppressor further includes a release configured to press against the recoil spring plug of the firearm, wherein actuating the release pushes the recoil spring plug of the firearm away from the firearm suppressor, such that the firearm suppressor is removable from the firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,969,187

INERTIAL DECOUPLER FOR FIREARM SOUND SUPPRESSOR

1. An inertial decoupler for connecting a firearm sound suppressor to a firearm, the inertial decoupler comprising:a housing having a housing proximal end and a housing distal end, the housing sized and shaped to permit a projectile fired from the firearm along a shooting axis to pass the housing from the housing proximal end to the housing distal end when the inertial decoupler is connected to the firearm,
a spring supported by the housing,
a piston supported by the housing, the piston including a piston proximal end and a piston distal end, the piston defining a piston passage configured to permit a projectile fired from the firearm to pass from the piston proximal end to the piston distal end along a projectile axis along the piston passage when the inertial decoupler is connected to the firearm, the piston biased distally by the spring toward an at-rest position of the piston with respect to the housing, the piston defining a first spring engagement surface against which the spring bears to bias the piston toward the at-rest position, the piston being movable proximally with respect to the housing away from the at-rest position to deflect the spring responsive to firing of the firearm for temporarily decoupling the firearm sound suppressor from the firearm,
a spring retainer defining a second spring engagement surface against which the spring bears to bias the piston distally with respect to the housing, the spring retainer being configurable in a first preset position with respect to the piston and a second preset position with respect to the piston to change a distance between the first and second spring engagement surfaces when the piston is in the at-rest position,
wherein when the spring retainer is in the first preset position and the piston is in the at-rest position, the spring has a first spring preload, and wherein when the spring retainer is in the second preset position and the piston is in the at-rest position the spring has a second spring preload different than the first spring preload,
a first connection structure on the spring retainer and a second connection structure on the housing, the first and second connection structures being engageable with each other in the first preset position and the second preset position so that the distance between the first and second spring engagement surfaces, when the piston is at the at-rest position, changes by a fixed increment defined by the construction of the first and second connection structures; and
wherein at least one of the first and second connection structures has stops at different locations along the shooting axis and the stops are configured to retain the other of the first and second connection structures in one of the first preset position and second preset position.

US Pat. No. 10,969,186

FAST ACTION SHOCK INVARIANT MAGNETIC ACTUATOR FOR FIREARMS

1. An electromagnetic actuator for a firearm comprising:a central axis;
an annular stationary outer yoke circumscribing an interior central space;
a spool arranged in the central space and defining a longitudinal cavity extending along the central axis;
an electromagnetic coil wound around the spool;
an axially elongated rotating member disposed in the cavity of the spool about a pivot axis defining a center of rotation, the rotating member pivotably movable relative to the yoke between first and second actuation positions;
the rotating member configured to interface with a movable mechanical linkage of the firearm;
a pair of spaced apart first and second permanent magnets attached to the outer yoke or the rotating member and creating a static holding torque on the rotating member for maintaining the first or second actuation positions;
the yoke, permanent magnets, and rotating member collectively forming a first magnetic flux circuit and a second magnetic flux circuit;
wherein the rotating member is rotatable between the first and second actuation positions by changing a polarity of an electric current applied to the electromagnet coil.

US Pat. No. 10,969,185

SYSTEM FOR SIMULATING THE RELOADING OF A MAGAZINE IN A MAGAZINE FED HAND OPERATED DEVICE FOR A SIMULATION

Altered Mechanics, Westm...

1. An apparatus comprising:a magazine housing;
a magazine;
a sensor operative to detect whether the magazine is fully engaged in the magazine housing;
a magazine release mechanism operative to disengage the magazine; and
a magazine retention device operative to prevent the magazine from being fully ejected from the magazine housing when disengaged and retain the magazine in the magazine housing, and
wherein the sensor is further operative to determine whether the magazine retained in the magazine housing is fully re-engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,969,184

BOLT ACTION FIREARM RECEIVER ASSEMBLIES

DANIEL DEFENSE, INC., Bl...

1. A firearm receiver assembly, comprising:a receiver comprising at least two pillar apertures;
a chassis comprising a top portion, a bottom portion, and at least two pillar apertures; and
a bottom metal comprising a top side, a bottom side, and at least two pillars extend from the top side, wherein the at least two pillars are integral with the bottom metal,
wherein the chassis is sandwiched between the receiver and the bottom metal such that (i) the receiver is disposed about the top portion of the chassis, (ii) the bottom metal is disposed about the bottom portion of the chassis, and (iii) the at least two pillars of the bottom metal extend through the at least two pillar apertures of the chassis and the at least two pillar apertures of the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,969,183

CONFIGURABLE BLOWBACK BOLT SYSTEM

Gibbens Engineering Group...

7. A configurable blowback bolt system for use within a firearm, comprising:a two-part configurable bolt assembly, further comprising:
a bolt carrier, the bolt carrier further comprising:
a rear portion; and
a front portion, the front portion further comprising:
an opening for receiving a bolt therein; and
a longitudinal slot through the top thereof; and
an interchangeable bolt, coupled within the opening of the bolt carrier such that a longitudinal boss extending upward from the bolt extends upward through the longitudinal slot in the top of the bolt carrier, wherein the bolt is interchangeable with bolts of different configurations to accommodate pistol and rifle cartridges of different lengths and different calibers;
an interchangeable buffer, the buffer being disposed directly behind the bolt carrier such that the bolt carrier impacts the buffer, thereby dissipating recoil forces through the buffer upon discharge of the firearm, wherein the buffer is interchangeable with buffers of different configurations to accommodate pistol and rifle cartridges of different lengths and different calibers;
a firing pin through hole disposed longitudinally through the bolt for receiving a firing pin therethrough, wherein the firing pin through hole does not extend through the rear Portion of the bolt carrier;
a lateral aperture through the bolt carrier;
a lateral aperture through the bolt, wherein the lateral aperture through the bolt is aligned with the lateral aperture through the bolt carrier;
a threaded aperture that extends downward through the longitudinal boss of the bolt and into the lateral aperture of the bolt, wherein the threaded aperture is offset slightly to the rear of the lateral aperture of the bolt;
a connecting pin inserted through the lateral aperture of the bolt carrier and through the lateral aperture of the bolt, the connecting pin having a radial groove around the center thereof; and
a cone-point set screw threaded into the threaded aperture, the cone-point set screw engaging the connecting pin, thereby pressing the connecting pin and the bolt carrier forward while pressing the cone-point set screw and the bolt backward such that a forward-facing bearing surface of the bolt carrier is pressed tightly against a back surface of the bolt to secure the bolt to the bolt carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,969,182

SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIMFIRE RIFLE

FRANKLIN ARMORY HOLDINGS,...

1. A firearm comprising:a frame;
a barrel having a forward muzzle end and rear breech end attached to the frame;
the barrel defining a chamber in a breech face at the rear breech end;
the breech face defining a breech face plane;
a support ring protrusion surrounding the chamber and protruding rearwardly from the breech face plane;
the protrusion having a forward cylindrical portion adjacent to the breech face plane; and
wherein the support ring protrusion has a wall thickness measured in a radial direction from the chamber less than its protrusion amount; and
wherein the annular rear face of the support ring protrusion has a wall thickness less than or equal to 0.034 inch.

US Pat. No. 10,969,181

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING LACK OF COOLANT SUPPLIED TO COOLANT PUMP OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for diagnosing a lack of coolant, the method comprising:(a) determining whether a target revolution per minute (RPM) of a coolant pump is set to be constantly maintained for a first time, which is preset, or more;
(b) calculating an actual average RPM and an actual average driving current of the coolant pump for a second time, which is preset to be shorter than the first time, when the target RPM is set to be constantly maintained for the first time; and
(c) determining whether the coolant to be supplied to the coolant pump is insufficient, based on the actual average RPM and the actual average driving current,
wherein the calculating of the actual average RPM and the actual average driving current includes:
calculating the actual average RPM from actual RPMs measured by using a sensor and the actual average driving current from actual driving currents measured by using a current sensor, which the actual RPMs and actual driving currents of the coolant ump are measured by the preset number of times for the second time,
wherein the determining of whether the coolant to be supplied to the coolant pump is insufficient includes:
(c1) determining that an amount of the coolant is equal to or less a coolant insufficiency determining value, which is preset, when the actual average driving current is equal to or less than a reference diving current which is preset.

US Pat. No. 10,969,180

AIR-CONDITIONING UNIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air-conditioning unit comprising:an air-conditioning case in which an air passage is formed, the air passage allowing air to flow through the air passage; and
a heat exchanger disposed in the air passage and configured to perform heat exchange between a refrigerant and the air flowing through the air passage,
wherein:
the heat exchanger includes a plurality of tubes stacked in a tube stacking direction, extending in a tube longitudinal direction, and allowing the refrigerant to flow through the tubes, and a header tank extending in the tube stacking direction and connected to one end of each of the plurality of tubes;
the header tank includes a tank outer wall that separates an internal space of the header tank from the outside of the header tank and extends in the tube stacking direction;
the air-conditioning case includes a holder in which the header tank is held while being inserted in the holder;
the holder includes a first rib and a plurality of second ribs, the first and second ribs pressing the tank outer wall toward the internal space;
the first rib extends in the tube stacking direction;
the plurality of second ribs are each directly connected to and intersect with the first rib, extend from the first rib away from the tubes, and are arranged side by side at a predetermined inter-rib spacing in the tube stacking direction; and
the inter-rib spacing is larger than a length of the second ribs extending from the first rib away from the tubes in the tube longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,969,179

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EXCHANGING THERMAL ENERGY BETWEEN A DRAIN LIQUID AND A SOURCE LIQUID FOR HEATING OR COOLING

1. A system comprising:a refrigerant;
a source liquid and a drain liquid, wherein there is a temperature differential between the source liquid and the drain liquid;
two or more heat exchangers, the two or more heat exchangers comprising at least:
a first heat exchanger that facilitates an exchange of thermal energy from the drain liquid to the refrigerant, and
a second heat exchanger that facilitates an exchange of thermal energy from the refrigerant to the source liquid; and
a means for transporting the refrigerant in a cyclical pathway comprising the two or more heat exchangers.

US Pat. No. 10,969,178

HEAT EXCHANGER

Rinnai Corporation, Aich...

1. A heat exchanger to be disposed on a downstream side of a gas flow of combustion exhaust gas produced by a burner, the heat exchanger being connected to an inlet pipe for allowing a fluid to be heated by the combustion exhaust gas to flow in, and connected to an outlet pipe for allowing the fluid to flow out, the heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of heat exchange units stacked along a gas flow direction of the combustion exhaust gas,
wherein each of the plurality of heat exchange units has one of a rectangular shape or oval shape in plan view, and includes:
an internal space in which the fluid flows,
a plurality of gas vents penetrating the internal space so as not to communicate with the internal space and through which the combustion exhaust gas flows,
an inlet port for allowing the fluid to flow into the internal space, and
an outlet port for allowing the fluid to flow out from the internal space,
wherein adjacent heat exchange units of the plurality of heat exchange units have respective internal spaces in communication with each other via the outlet port of a first one of the adjacent heat exchange units and the inlet port of a second one of the adjacent heat exchange units such that the fluid flows from the internal space of the first one of the adjacent heat exchange units into the internal space of the second one of the adjacent heat exchange units, and
the inlet port and the outlet port of each of the heat exchange units are disposed at opposite ends with respect to a longitudinal direction of the respective heat exchange unit and are disposed to be offset with respect to a lateral direction of the respective heat exchange unit.

US Pat. No. 10,969,177

PIN FIN HEAT SINK WITH INTEGRATED PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL AND METHOD

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

8. A pin fin heat sink comprising:a plurality of pin fins extending from a base plate, at least one of the plurality of pin fins defining a hollow portion therein; and
an annular ring of metal foam material disposed within the hollow portion, the annular ring of metal foam material impregnated with a phase change material and defining a central cavity, the central cavity at least partially filled with phase change material, wherein the phase change material comprises paraffin wax.

US Pat. No. 10,969,176

HEAT EXCHANGER

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a header having a face plate defining a plurality of orifices, a top plate extending away from an end of the face plate, and a projection extending outward from the top plate;
a plurality of tubes, each extending into a respective one of the plurality of orifices; and
a reinforcement member having a backing plate that is secured to the top plate, a brace that extends from the backing plate and is secured to a first of the plurality of tubes via welding or brazing, and a protrusion extending outward from the backing plate and engaging the projection to restrict movement of the reinforcement member in a longitudinal direction relative to the tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,969,175

SETTER FOR FIRING, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE USING SETTER FOR FIRING

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A setter for firing in a plate which is used for firing a honeycomb formed body and interposed between the honeycomb formed body and a shelf plate, whereinthe setter for firing has a setter lower surface section facing the shelf plate, the setter lower surface section including:
a central region part formed by a region including a lower surface center of the setter lower surface section; and
a peripheral region part formed by a peripheral region of the central region part, and
the peripheral region part has at least four or more setter groove parts each having a recessed cross sectional shape and extending radially from the lower surface center respectively in a direction from a boundary with the central region part toward a setter outer circumferential section without intersecting another setter groove part.

US Pat. No. 10,969,174

ROASTING FURNACE, USE THEREOF AND METHOD FOR THE PROCESSING OF ORES OR CONCENTRATES

SADACI NV, Ghent (BE)

1. A roasting furnace for the processing ores or concentrates, comprising:a shaft extending in an axis direction;
an upper part; and
a lower part,
wherein said upper part and said lower part are separated by a bottom floor,
wherein said upper part, contains an outer wall, at least one first hearth stage, at least one second hearth stage, and at least one arm,
wherein said arm contains at least one tooth,
wherein said arm is connected to said shaft,
wherein said lower part contains a rotary mechanism and a bearing block,
wherein said bearing block is located under said shaft,
wherein at least one first rotary lifting system is contained in said roasting furnace for the displacement of said arm along the axis direction,
wherein said first rotary lifting system is a telescopic lifting system, and
wherein a distance x between two consecutive said stages is at least 1.000 m, wherein said distance x is measured along the axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,969,173

METHOD FOR CONTROLLED CONCENTRATION AND SOLIDS RECOVERY

Janak Ramanlal Shah, Mum...

1. A method comprising:operating a fluid-bed system for controlled concentration and recovery of solids,
fluidizing the solids in a fluidized bed, and
drying the solids;
wherein the fluid-bed system comprises a gas pressurizing module, a container module, and a vapor extraction module, in this order arranged from bottom to top of the fluid-bed system such that the container module is located between the gas pressurizing module and the vapor extraction module, wherein the container module is above the gas pressurizing module and the vapor extraction module is above the container module, wherein the gas pressurizing module produces a pressurized gas that is introduced into the container module;
wherein the container module comprises:
a first container that is provided with a first perforated base for movement of the pressurized gas,
a second container disposed in the first container so as to form a first continuous annular space on sides of the first container and the second container as well as to define a first space between the first perforated base of the first container and a base of the second container, and
a third container disposed inside the second container to define a second continuous annular space on sides of the second container and the third container as well as to define a second space between the base of the second container and a second perforated base of the third container, the second perforated base of the third container being provided with a passage;
wherein the first continuous annular space and the second continuous annular space are contiguous;
wherein the first continuous annular space and the second continuous annular space are closed at a top of the first continuous annular space and the second continuous annular space;
wherein the first perforated base of the first container is operably connected with an outlet of the pressurized gas;
wherein the gas pressurizing module, the container module and the vapor extraction module are fixed to each other to form an integrally connected fluid-bed system; and
wherein the first container has a first axis, the second container has a second axis, and the third container has a third axis, and the first axis, the second axis and the third axis are a same axis and are vertical.

US Pat. No. 10,969,172

UNIDIRECTIONAL MULTI-PATH LUMBER KILNS

USNR, LLC, Woodland, WA ...

1. A method of modifying a lumber dying system, wherein the lumber drying system includes an elongated enclosure having a first end, an opposite second end, one or more charge portals at each of said ends, a longitudinal axis that extends through the ends, one or more interior baffles or walls extending transverse to said longitudinal axis and defining at least a first and a second section of the elongated enclosure, a heater operatively coupled to the second section, first and second guide members disposed through the elongated enclosure on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis and defining first and second flow paths, respectively, that extend through the first and second sections, and one or more fans positioned to circulate heated air from the second section across at least the first flow path in the first section, the method comprising:operatively coupling a transport system with the lumber drying system, wherein the transport system includes one or more transport devices positioned along or between the flow paths and selectively operable to advance a first lumber charge in a first direction along the first flow path and to advance a second lumber charge in the first direction along the second flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,969,171

LYOPHILIZATION

Terumo BCT, Inc., Lakewo...

1. A method of lyophilizing material, the method comprising:pooling liquid in a container to create pooled liquid;
adding a photosensitizer to the pooled liquid;
exposing the pooled liquid with the photosensitizer to a light source to create a pathogen reduced liquid;
lyophilizing the pathogen reduced liquid, wherein the lyophilizing comprises:
cooling the pathogen reduced liquid to freeze a liquid component to create a solid;
subjecting the solid to a first pressure, which is less than atmospheric pressure; and
sublimating a portion of the solid.

US Pat. No. 10,969,170

DYNAMIC STATE CONFIGURATION FOR PADDLE PROCESSOR

KOMLINE-SANDERSON CORPORA...

1. A paddle processor comprising:a trough comprising an inlet to receive a feed of material and an outlet for exiting the material after processing;
rotational paddles disposed in the trough and configured to rotate about each other to move the material from the inlet to the outlet;
a temperature controller configured to transfer heat via one or more of the rotational paddles for processing the material within the trough;
an overflow weir which controls a rate at which the material exits the trough; and
a control system configured to dynamically adjust a height of the overflow weir based on a temperature of the material within the trough.

US Pat. No. 10,969,169

METHOD OF SEPARATING COMPONENTS OF A GAS

Sustainable Energy Soluti...

1. A method for separating components of a gas comprising:passing a feed gas stream into a vessel, wherein the feed gas stream comprises methane, carbon dioxide, and water;
cooling the feed gas stream in the vessel such that a portion of the methane, a first portion of the carbon dioxide, and a first portion of the water condense, resulting in a product stream and a depleted gas stream exiting the vessel;
wherein the vessel is a direct-contact exchanger that provides cooling by contact with a contact liquid stream;
separating the product stream into a solids product stream and a mixed contact liquid stream;
separating the contact liquid stream from the mixed contact liquid stream, resulting in a liquid product stream; and
separating the liquid product stream into a methane stream and a carbon dioxide stream.

US Pat. No. 10,969,168

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCED RECOVERY OF ARGON AND OXYGEN FROM A NITROGEN PRODUCING CRYOGENIC AIR SEPARATION UNIT

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method of separating air to produce one or more high purity nitrogen products in a cryogenic air separation unit with a total nitrogen recovery of 98 percent or greater, the method comprising the steps of:compressing a stream of incoming feed air to produce a compressed air stream;
purifying the compressed air stream in an adsorption based pre-purification unit configured to removing water vapor, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and hydrocarbons from the compressed air stream to producing a compressed and purified air stream;
splitting the compressed and purified air stream is split into at least a boiler air stream and a turbine air stream;
expanding the turbine air stream in a turboexpander to form an exhaust stream;
cooling the boiler air stream against a pumped oxygen stream to produce a cooled boiler air stream at a temperature suitable for rectification in a cryogenic distillation system and a gaseous oxygen product stream;
directing the cooled boiler air stream and the exhaust stream to the cryogenic distillation column system, the cryogenic distillation system having a higher pressure column and a lower pressure column linked in a heat transfer relationship via a condenser-reboiler, the cryogenic distillation column system also having an argon column arrangement operatively coupled with the lower pressure column, the argon column arrangement having at least one argon column and an argon condenser;
rectifying the cooled boiler air stream and the exhaust stream in the cryogenic distillation column system configured to produce a first oxygen enriched stream taken from a first location at the bottom of the lower pressure column having a first oxygen concentration greater than or equal to 99.5 percent oxygen, a second oxygen enriched stream taken from a second location a few stages above the first location and having a second oxygen concentration greater than 93 percent and lower than the first oxygen concentration, an oxygen enriched kettle stream from the bottom of the higher pressure column, a nitrogen overhead stream from the lower pressure column, and a condensed nitrogen stream from the condenser-reboiler;
rectifying an oxygen-argon stream extracted from the lower pressure column in the argon column arrangement, the argon column configured to produce an argon-enriched overhead that is directed to the argon condenser and a third oxygen enriched stream that is returned to the lower pressure column;
directing the first oxygen enriched stream to the argon condenser by opening a first valve while closing a second valve and thereafter condensing the argon-enriched overhead in the argon condenser against the first oxygen enriched stream to produce a crude argon stream, an argon reflux stream and an oxygen enriched waste stream and wherein the argon recovery in the crude argon stream is greater than 75 percent of the argon in the incoming feed air stream; and
directing the second oxygen enriched stream to the argon condenser by closing the first valve while opening the second valve and thereafter condensing the argon-enriched overhead in the argon condenser against the first oxygen enriched stream to produce a crude argon stream, an argon reflux stream and an oxygen enriched waste stream and wherein the argon recovery in the crude argon stream is greater than 30 percent of the argon in the incoming feed air stream.

US Pat. No. 10,969,167

APPARATUS FOR THE DISTILLATION OF AIR BY CRYOGENIC DISTILLATION

1. An apparatus for the distillation of air by cryogenic distillation comprising:an enclosure;
a first distillation column configured to operate at a first pressure;
a second distillation column configured to operate at a second pressure that is lower than the first pressure, the second distillation column being placed above the first distillation column and forming therewith a double column;
a subcooling heat exchanger configured to cool at least one liquid from the first distillation column upstream of the second distillation column and configured to warm a gaseous nitrogen stream from the second distillation column; and
an argon column configured to separate an argon enriched stream from the second distillation column and configured to produce an argon rich stream,
wherein the first distillation column, the second distillation column, the argon column and the subcooling heat exchanger are disposed within the enclosure,
wherein the subcooling heat exchanger is disposed directly underneath the first distillation column or the argon column.

US Pat. No. 10,969,166

INSERT FOR HARD COOLER

1. A hard cooler having:a closeable lid,
a rectangular-shaped cooling volume with an open top covered by said lid, wherein said hard cooler comprises at least two opposing walls, each wall of the at least two opposing walls comprising a horizontal ledge internal to the cooling volume such that the horizontal ledge is parallel to and below the open top,
a first lip or flange disposed at the open top, the first lip or flange having at least one molded tie-down slot formed in the first lip or flange, and
a cooler insert comprising:
a first chamber for containing items to be cooled, the first chamber comprising four attached or integrally formed walls, a first bottom member attached to or integrally formed with the walls, wherein a first volume is formed in the first chamber, the first chamber having an open top portion effective for providing liquid isolation between the first volume of the first chamber and the cooling volume of the cooler;
a second chamber for containing ice, the second chamber comprising four attached or integrally formed walls, a second bottom member attached to or integrally formed with the walls of the second chamber, wherein a second volume is formed in the second chamber, the second chamber having an open top portion effective for providing liquid isolation between the second volume of the second chamber and the cooling volume of the cooler, said second chamber being spaced-apart by a chosen first distance from said first chamber to permit more effective cooling of said first chamber and said second chamber;
a third chamber for holding cans or bottles, the third chamber comprising at least two vertically oriented cylindrically-shaped compartments tapered down toward the bottom, open at the top and bottom, and spaced-apart by a second chosen distance from said second chamber to permit more effective cooling thereof;
a removable cover for covering the open top portions of said first chamber and said second chamber;
an attachment or support member adapted to be inserted into the at least one tie-down slot and to be attached to said removable cover, whereby said removable cover is held in a horizontal orientation; and
wherein a lip or flange is formed near the top of said cooler insert, said lip or flange adapted for resting on the horizontal ledges of said hard cooler.

US Pat. No. 10,969,165

MICRO BOOSTER SUPERMARKET REFRIGERATION ARCHITECTURE

Emerson Climate Technolog...

1. A refrigeration system comprising:at least one first compressor fluidly connected to a first suction line and a first discharge line;
at least one second compressor fluidly connected to a second suction line and a second discharge line, the second suction line being fluidly connected to the first discharge line;
a condenser operable to receive refrigerant from the at least one second compressor;
an expansion valve operable to receive refrigerant from the condenser;
a first evaporator operable to receive refrigerant from the expansion valve and discharge refrigerant to the first suction line;
a second evaporator operable to receive refrigerant from the condenser and discharge refrigerant to the second suction line;
a first refrigeration case operable to be cooled by the first evaporator within a first temperature range or a second temperature range, the first temperature range being lower than the second temperature range;
a second refrigeration case operable to be cooled by the second evaporator within the second temperature range;
a bypass valve disposed between the first evaporator and the first suction line; and
a controller adapted to:
cool the first refrigeration case within the first temperature range by adjusting the expansion valve, operating the at least one first compressor, and moving the bypass valve to a first position in which the first suction line receives refrigerant from the first evaporator, and
cool the first refrigeration case within the second temperature range by adjusting the expansion valve, stopping operation of the at least one first compressor, and moving the bypass valve to a second position in which the second suction line receives refrigerant from the first evaporator and the at least one first compressor is bypassed.

US Pat. No. 10,969,164

SINGLE-SYSTEM AIR-COOLED REFRIGERATOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

QINGDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK...

1. A single-system air-cooled refrigerator, comprising a refrigerating compartment and a freezing compartment, wherein the refrigerator further comprises:a first air duct and a second air duct, which respectfully communicate with the refrigerating compartment and the freezing compartment;
a first air door and a second air door which open and close the first air duct and the second air duct respectively;
a refrigerating system, configured to supply cold air to the freezing compartment; and
a control system, configured to control opening and closing of the first air door and the second air door to implement a first working mode, a second working mode, or a third working mode of the refrigerator, wherein the first working mode is that the freezing compartment remains in a freezing condition and the refrigerating compartment remains in a refrigerating condition, the second working mode is that the freezing compartment is changed to keep a refrigerating condition, and the third working mode is that the refrigerating compartment is changed to keep a freezing condition;
wherein the refrigerating system comprises a freezing fan and a compressor, and when the refrigerator is in the first working mode or the second working mode, the control system controls the freezing fan to be shut down after controlling the compressor to be shut down for a preset delay time.

US Pat. No. 10,969,163

REFRIGERATOR AND HUMIDITY CONTROL METHOD

QINGDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK...

1. A refrigerator comprising a humidity controller, wherein the humidity controller comprises a container and a humidifier, the container receiving an agent for use of humidifying and being provided with an opening to supply the agent to the humidifier, the humidifier is stretchable and foldable, and the humidity controller further comprises an adjuster for adjusting an unfolding degree of the humidifier so as to adjust humidity in a moisture maintaining space;wherein the adjuster comprises a connector member and a rotator pivotably connected to the connector member; and
the humidity controller further comprises a housing, the housing comprises a bottom wall and side walls extending from the bottom wall, the bottom wall and the side walls together define a receiving chamber with an opening at the top portion; a first slide groove which extends horizontally is provided to one of the side walls of the housing, the rotator is located inside the receiving chamber of the housing, the connector member passes through the first slide groove and is connected with the rotator, the connector member slides along the extending direction of the first slide groove to adjust the unfolding degree of the humidifier.

US Pat. No. 10,969,162

REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for operating a refrigerator, the method comprising:performing, by a controller, a first recognition of a first food being placed into the refrigerator;
performing, by the controller, a second recognition of a second food being taken out from the refrigerator; and
displaying, on a display of the refrigerator, storage status information on remaining food in the refrigerator based on a result of the first recognition and a result of the second recognition,
wherein the performing of the first recognition comprises:
sensing opening of a door of the refrigerator;
urging a user to open only one door, when a plurality of doors of the refrigerator have been opened;
recognizing the first food;
sensing that all doors of the plurality of doors of the refrigerator have been closed; and
determining information on a location of the first food in the refrigerator according to a location of a door of the plurality of doors of the refrigerator that was last closed in the refrigerator.

US Pat. No. 10,969,161

REFRIGERATOR

HAIER SMART HOME CO., LTD...

1. A refrigerator, comprising a cabinet having a storage chamber, a door body slideably connected to the cabinet in a front-rear direction to open and close the storage chamber, and a drawer assembly located in the storage chamber, the drawer assembly comprising a first drawer, a first slide rail assembly slideably connecting the first drawer to an interior of the cabinet, a second drawer slideably connected to the interior of the cabinet and located below the first drawer, the second drawer being capable of moving forward along with the door body, wherein a first recess is disposed at a front end of one of an upper surface of opposed sidewalls of the second drawer and an underside of the first drawer, and a protrusion engaging with the first recess is disposed on the other; the first slide rail assembly comprises a guide rail connected in to the interior of the cabinet and having a slide groove, a slideway disposed on the first drawer, a front roller connected to a front end of the guide rail and engaging with the slideway, and a rear roller connected to a rear end of the slideway and engaging with the slide groove, the front end of the slideway being provided with an inclined portion extending obliquely upward from rear to front.

US Pat. No. 10,969,160

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet with a storage compartment that is defined by a front surface with an opening, a pair of side surfaces that are each configured to extend rearward from the front surface while facing each other, an upper surface that is configured to interconnect with upper ends of the side surfaces, a bottom surface that is configured to interconnect with lower ends of the side surfaces while facing the upper surface, and a rear surface that is configured to interconnect with the side surfaces, the upper surface, and the bottom surface while facing the opening;
a door hinged to the cabinet that is configured to open and close the opening;
a drawer that is disposed in the storage compartment, and that is configured to store goods;
a drawer guide that is disposed in the storage compartment, and that is configured to support the drawer to be movable in a forward-rearward direction;
a frame comprising a horizontal plate disposed at a lower side of the drawer and a side plate connected to the horizontal plate, the side plate comprising a vertical part perpendicular to the horizontal plate, the vertical part being configured to extend up to at least a height corresponding to the drawer and having a horizontal section that is configured to extend in a forward-rearward direction;
a link, having a front end turnably connected to the door and a rear end turnably connected to the horizontal plate, for moving the horizontal plate in response to turning of the door; and
an interlocking unit that is configured to connect the drawer to the vertical part such that the drawer is interlocked with the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,969,159

DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE APPARATUS

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A domestic refrigeration appliance apparatus, comprising:a storage unit defining at least one storage chamber for storing food, said storage chamber having an upper face and being open in a direction of said upper face of said storage unit, said storage chamber being movable out of the appliance apparatus in a removal direction, said storage chamber having a front side being a leading side in the removal direction, said upper face having a negative slope from said front side rearward;
a lid, which in at least one first storage state closes against said upper face for completely closing said storage chamber;
a ventilation unit which in at least one second storage state moves said lid relative to said storage unit lifting said lid from said upper face for ventilating said storage chamber, said ventilation unit having a pivot axis disposed at said front side of said storage chamber, said ventilation unit pivoting said lid about the pivot axis relative to said storage unit to ventilate said storage chamber, said ventilation unit having a transmission providing a lifting force by means of said transmission, said transmission having a cam mechanism with at least one driven cam and at least one guide driven by said driven cam, said at least one guide having a helical path defining a guide path along which said at least one driven cam slides, said driven cam performing a rotational movement for ventilating said storage unit, said ventilation unit further having at least one motor unit driving said driven cam; and
said guide connected to said lid in such a manner that said guide cannot be moved relative to said lid.

US Pat. No. 10,969,158

NO-FROST HOUSEHOLD REFRIGERATOR HAVING BAFFLE PLATE PROVIDING A SEAL IN RELATION TO THE BACK PANEL

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A household refrigerator, comprising:an inner container defining at least one receiving space having a loading opening for food, and having a back panel by which said receiving space is delimited at a rear of the refrigerator;
a no-frost unit;
an air channel disposed behind said back panel and connected to said no-frost unit, said air channel having at least one outlet opening for introducing cold air from said no-frost unit into said receiving space, and a suction opening for suction of air out of said receiving space with said no-frost unit, said outlet opening and said suction opening being disposed at different levels; and
a baffle plate having a leading edge facing said loading opening and a rear plate region opposite said leading edge, said baffle plate being disposed between said outlet opening and said suction opening in a height direction of the refrigerator, said baffle plate being disposed on said back panel and extending forwards from said back panel in the direction of said loading opening of said receiving space, so that the cold air blown into said receiving space by way of said outlet opening flows around said leading edge, said baffle plate has a receiver being a blind aperture formed in an underside of said baffle plate;
a separate profiled part, said rear plate region of said baffle plate being received in said separate profiled part, said separate profiled part having a coupling pin engaging in said receiver of said baffle plate.

US Pat. No. 10,969,157

REFRIGERATOR

QINGDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a refrigerator body having a cooling space, a first storage space, and a second storage space arranged below the first storage space;
an air duct assembly installed in the refrigerator body with the cooling space located at a rear side of the air duct assembly and the second storage space located at a front side of the air duct assembly, wherein the air duct assembly has an accommodating cavity, a plurality of air passages, and a plurality of air supply ports that face forwards to transport air to the second storage space; and the plurality of air passages comprises a first air passage and a plurality of second air passages; and
a branched air supply apparatus installed in the accommodating cavity, wherein the branched air supply apparatus has a peripheral wall portion extending in a longitudinal direction of the refrigerator body; a plurality of air outlets is arranged on the peripheral wall portion; and the plurality of air outlets comprises a first air outlet and a plurality of second air outlets; and wherein
the first air passage is configured to connect the first air outlet to the first storage space;
each of the second air passages is configured to connect one of the second air outlets to one or more of the air supply ports, and each of the second air outlets is connected with at least one of the second air passage; and
each one of a part of or all of the second air outlets is connected with at least two of the air supply ports, so that airflow flowing out of the second air outlet flows to two transverse sides of a rear portion of the second storage space, the air duct assembly comprises a rear housing portion and a front cover installed at a front side of the rear housing portion; the accommodating cavity and the plurality of air passages are defined by the rear housing portion and the front cover; and the plurality of air supply ports is arranged on the front cover.

US Pat. No. 10,969,156

REFRIGERATOR HAVING A SWITCHABLE CHAMBER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a main body having a freezing chamber, a switchable chamber and a refrigerating chamber, both the freezing chamber and the switchable chamber communicating with the refrigerating chamber;
a duct including a first duct through which the freezing chamber communicates with the refrigerating chamber and a second duct through which the switchable chamber communicates with the refrigerating chamber;
a damper to control flow of cold air through the duct;
a compressor connected with a compressor suction path and a compressor discharging path;
a condenser connected with the compressor discharging path and connected with a condenser discharging path;
a switchable chamber evaporator to cool the switchable chamber;
a freezing chamber evaporator connected with the switchable chamber evaporator through an evaporator connection path to cool the freezing chamber;
a switchable chamber capillary tube connected with the switchable chamber evaporator;
a bypass capillary tube connected with the evaporator connection path;
a valve connected with the condenser discharging path, the switchable chamber capillary tube and the bypass capillary tube to guide refrigerant flowing in the condenser discharging path to the switchable chamber capillary tube or the bypass capillary tube based on control from a controller;
a switchable chamber fan to blow cold air to the switchable chamber evaporator and to blow the cold air in the switchable chamber and to the duct; and
a freezing chamber fan to blow cold air to the freezing chamber evaporator and to blow the cold air in the freezing chamber and to the duct,
wherein the controller closes the damper when a temperature of the refrigerating chamber is satisfied,
wherein when the temperature of the refrigerating chamber is not satisfied and a target temperature of the switchable chamber exceeds a set temperature,
the controller opens the damper, and
the controller rotates the switchable chamber fan and the freezing chamber fan at different speeds regardless of satisfaction or non-satisfaction of the temperature of the switchable chamber and satisfaction or non-satisfaction of the temperature of the freezing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,969,155

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

17. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet defining a storage compartment;
a door to open or close the storage compartment; and
a cool air duct provided in the storage compartment to supply cool air, the cool air duct including:
a first cool air outlet and a second cool air outlet;
a damper having a top end that is rotatably mounted in the cool air duct, the damper being rotated around the top end to adjust a height of a lower end of the damper,
a first cool air passage having an inlet to receive cool air from the damper, the first cool air passage directing cool air to the first cool air outlet; and
a second cool air passage having an inlet positioned above the inlet of the first cool air passage, the second cool air passage directing cool air to the second cool air outlet,
a discharge duct coupled to the first cool air outlet and extending toward the door to discharge cool air toward the door,
wherein cool air is directed to the inlet of the first cool air passage when a height of the lower end of the damper is below a threshold, and cool air is directed to the inlet of the first cool air passage and the inlet of the second cool air passage when the height of the lower end of the damper is above the threshold, and
wherein the second first cool air outlet outputs cool air into the storage compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,969,154

ILLUMINATING INSTANT COLD PACK

1. A portable device comprising:an outer packet extending from a first end to a second end and comprising an outer wall and an inner wall, wherein at least part of the outer wall is translucent;
a first chemical and a second chemical contained in the outer packet;
a first inner packet located within the outer packet;
a third chemical and a fourth chemical contained within the first inner packet;
wherein combining the first chemical and the third chemical causes an endothermic reaction capable of lowering the temperature of the inner wall;
wherein combining the second chemical and the fourth chemical causes a reaction that generates light by chemiluminescence.

US Pat. No. 10,969,153

VALVE APPARATUS AND HOME APPLIANCE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A valve apparatus comprising:a housing having an inlet, a first outlet and a second outlet;
a first orifice having a first opening to communicate with the first outlet;
a second orifice having a second opening to communicate with the second outlet, the first and second orifices being provided in the housing;
a first plunger to open and close the first opening of the first orifice, and including a first body portion and a first lower portion coupled to a lower end portion of the first body portion; and
a second plunger to open and close the second opening of the second orifice,
wherein the first orifice includes a first contact portion to contact a bottom surface of the first lower portion of the first plunger and a first rib that surrounds a circumference of the first lower portion of the first plunger when the first opening of the first orifice is closed by the first plunger,
wherein an upper end of the first rib is positioned lower than an upper end of the first lower portion,
wherein the upper end of the first rib is positioned higher than an upper end of the first contact portion;
a recessed portion is defined between an inner periphery of the first rib and an outer periphery of the first contact portion, and
an outer diameter of the first orifice is equal to an outer diameter of the first rib.

US Pat. No. 10,969,152

ICE MAKER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An ice maker comprising:an ice making container including an ice-making cell;
a heating ice-separator comprising
a rotary shaft, and
a heating rod coupled to the rotary shaft, and configured to, with ice-making water filled into the ice-making cell, extend from above a water surface of the ice-making water so that at least a distal end of the heating rod extends into a center of the ice-making cell and to a bottom of the ice-making cell and thereby ice formation proceeds in the ice-making cell from lateral sides of an inner surface of the ice-making cell toward the heating rod located at the center of the ice-making cell, and, with at least the distal end extending into the ice-making water, to transfer heat to the ice-making water,
wherein the rotary shaft is configured to, with the distal end extending into the ice-making cell and at least some of the ice-making water having been formed into ice, rotate the heating rod so that the distal end no longer extends into the ice-making cell, to separate the ice from the ice-making cell or to separate the heating rod from the ice; and
a heater configured to supply heat to the heating rod.

US Pat. No. 10,969,151

ICE MAKING DEVICE AND METHOD OF INSPECTING THE SAME

NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION,...

8. A method of inspecting an ice making device comprising an ice making tray in which recessed parts for water storage are disposed upward; a temperature sensor that is fixed to a bottom surface of the ice making tray; and a drive unit comprising a case, a drive mechanism, which comprises a motor, disposed inside the case, and a sensor inspection circuit disposed inside the case,wherein a signal line that extends from the temperature sensor is connected to the drive unit and the drive unit performs an ice removal process of removing ice from the ice making tray when a temperature detected by the temperature sensor is equal to or lower than a set temperature, the method comprising:
performing, by the sensor inspection circuit disposed inside the case of the drive unit, a sensor inspection process of automatically inspecting whether the temperature sensor has an abnormality comprising a short circuit and disconnection and determining the content of the abnormality based on an inspection execution command.

US Pat. No. 10,969,150

REFRIGERATOR ADOPTING LINEAR COMPRESSOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

QINGDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK...

1. A control method of a refrigerator adopting a linear compressor, comprising:monitoring temperature of an evaporator of the refrigerator;
if a current temperature of the evaporator of the refrigerator is greater than or equal to a first preset temperature threshold, then invoking a noise reduction mode to actively reduce a heat exchange amount between the evaporator and a compartment of the refrigerator until the current temperature of the evaporator of the refrigerator is less than or equal to a second preset temperature threshold, and invoking a cooling mode to resume heat exchange between the evaporator and the compartment of the refrigerator back to the heat exchange amount before being reduced, wherein the first preset temperature threshold is higher than the second preset temperature threshold; and
in the noise reduction mode, controlling the linear compressor to turn on or turn off according to the temperature in the compartment of the refrigerator, setting a plurality of consecutive temperature intervals corresponding to an ambient temperature outside the compartment, setting operation parameters of the linear compressor corresponding to each interval, and operating the linear compressor according to corresponding operation parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,969,149

REFRIGERANT COMPRESSOR SYSTEM

BITZER Kuehlmaschinenbau ...

1. A refrigerant compressor system, including:a first refrigerant line that conducts expanded refrigerant,
a second refrigerant line that conducts compressed refrigerant,
at least one refrigerant compressor that is arranged between the first and the second refrigerant line and is driven by a motor,
and a control unit for operating the refrigerant compressor system, the control unit having a first central processing unit,
a plurality of input/output units are associated with a bus system that communicates with the first central processing unit that respectively controls the refrigerant compressor system,
wherein sensors, associated with the refrigerant compressor system, are associated with the plurality of input/output units that are associated with the bus system, and
wherein redundant sensors are associated with the sensors that are primarily provided for operation, and in that the redundant sensors are connected to different input/output units of the control unit from those sensors primarily provided for operation.

US Pat. No. 10,969,148

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING REFRIGERANT CONTAMINATION IN AN HVACR SYSTEM

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A system for detecting contamination of refrigerant in an HVACR system, comprising:a vapor space containing refrigerant gas, the vapor space being a fluid line included in a heat transfer circuit in the HVACR system; and
a detector, connected to the vapor space, detecting a speed of sound through the refrigerant gas in the vapor space to obtain a detected speed of sound, comparing the detected speed of sound with a reference speed of sound for uncontaminated refrigerant gas, and determining that a gaseous contaminant is present in the refrigerant gas of the vapor space when the detected speed of sound is different from the reference speed of sound, wherein
the detector includes:
a transducer outputting sound waves, and
the receiver receiving the sound waves after being reflected off a back surface of the vapor space, the receiver spaced being apart from the transducer, and
the detector measures a two-way travel time of the sound waves through the vapor space from the transducer to the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,969,147

MODULAR COOLING SYSTEM FOR HIGH-RISE BUILDING

Rheem Manufacturing Compa...

1. An air conditioning system for a building, the air conditioning system comprising:a condenser unit;
a compressor that is separate from the condenser unit and configured to be in fluid communication with the condenser unit, wherein the compressor is configured to be located at a first floor of the building that is greater than 200 feet below a location of the condenser unit at a second floor of the building;
an air handler configured to be in fluid communication with the condenser unit and the compressor, wherein the air handler is configured to be located at a third floor of the building that is below the first floor;
an expansion valve configured to be in fluid communication with the condenser unit and the air handler;
a solenoid valve configured to be in fluid communication with the condenser unit and the air handler, wherein the solenoid valve is configured to control the flow of a refrigerant from the condenser unit to the expansion valve, the solenoid valve being further configured to be in electrical communication with a circuit breaker of the air conditioning system, wherein when the circuit breaker is opened, the solenoid valve is configured to close to protect the expansion valve from damage during an off cycle of the air conditioning system; and
an oil separator configured to be located below the location of the condenser unit and in a path of a refrigerant traveling from the compressor toward the condenser unit, wherein the oil separator is located distal from the condenser unit and proximal to the compressor and wherein the oil separator is fluidly coupled to the compressor and to the condenser unit to separate oil from the refrigerant at the first floor.

US Pat. No. 10,969,146

REFRIGERANT DISTRIBUTOR FOR FALLING FILM EVAPORATOR

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A falling film evaporator comprising:an evaporator vessel;
a plurality of evaporator tubes disposed in the evaporator vessel through which a volume of thermal energy transfer medium is flowed;
a suction port extending through the evaporator vessel to remove vapor refrigerant from the evaporator vessel; and
a refrigerant distribution system disposed in the evaporator vessel to distribute a flow of liquid refrigerant over the plurality of evaporator tubes, the refrigerant distribution system including a vapor-liquid separator and a distributor located vertically between the vapor-liquid separator and the plurality of evaporator tubes, the refrigerant distribution system configured such that the vapor-liquid separator has a first height at the suction port and a second height greater than the first height at a longitudinal location other than at the suction port.

US Pat. No. 10,969,145

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HYBRID DEHUMIDIFICATION

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. An evaporator coil system, comprising:a segmented evaporator coil comprising a primary segment and a secondary segment;
a first plurality of evaporator circuit lines fluidly coupled to the primary segment;
a second plurality of evaporator circuit lines fluidly coupled to the secondary segment;
a suction line having a first connection fluidly coupled to the primary segment and a second connection fluidly coupled to the secondary segment;
a valve arranged on a discharge side of the segmented evaporator coil, wherein the valve is arranged downstream of the secondary segment and upstream of the first connection; and
the valve being in fluid communication with the secondary segment so as to selectively restrict refrigerant flow through the secondary segment while allowing flow of refrigerant through the primary segment.

US Pat. No. 10,969,144

THIN MULTI-CHANNEL HEAT EXCHANGER

1. A heat collection system, comprising:a rubber envelope comprising at least two ridges, defining one or more channels, the at least two ridges extending from a first edge of the rubber envelope to a second edge of the envelope;
a photovoltaic panel disposed over the rubber envelope and contacting the at least two ridges, the rubber envelope joined to the photovoltaic panel using epoxy;
an inlet manifold attached to the first edge of the rubber envelope and fluidically coupled to the one or more channels; and
an outlet manifold attached to the second edge of the envelope and fluidically coupled to the one or more channels, wherein the outlet manifold is configured to be fluidically connected to a suction pump such that liquid is suctioned out of the outlet manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,969,143

METHOD FOR DETECTING A NON-CLOSING WATER HEATER MAIN GAS VALVE

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A water heater system comprising:a water tank;
a main gas burner disposed proximate the water tank and configured to heat water within the water tank;
a main gas valve configured to control a flow of gas to the main gas burner;
a pilot gas burner disposed proximate the main gas burner such that the pilot gas burner is positioned to ignite the main gas burner;
a water temperature sensor thermally coupled to water within the water tank, the water temperature sensor outputting a water temperature signal representative of a sensed water temperature within the water tank;
a thermopile having a first portion positioned proximate a pilot flame produced by the pilot gas burner and a second portion positioned proximate a main burner flame produced by the main gas burner, the thermopile outputting a thermopile signal that is representative of a temperature difference between the first portion of the thermopile and the second portion;
a controller operably coupled with the main gas valve and configured to receive the thermopile signal from the thermopile and the water temperature signal from the water temperature sensor, the controller configured to cycle the main gas burner ON when the sensed water temperature falls to a temperature set point minus a dead band, and to cycle the main gas burner OFF when the sensed water temperature reaches the temperature set point;
wherein after the sensed water temperature reaches the temperature set point, and the controller cycles the main gas burner OFF, the controller is configured to monitor for a possible main gas valve non-closure condition where: (1) the sensed water temperature continues to rise; and (2) the thermopile signal from the thermopile reaches a stable state, and when the possible main gas valve non-closure condition is detected, the controller is configured to toggle the main gas valve ON and determine whether the thermopile signal from the thermopile changes from the stable state or not by at least a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,969,142

HEATING AND HOT WATER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

NORITZ CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A heating and hot water supply apparatus comprising:a heating device configured to heat a heat transfer medium;
a heating circulation path for circulating the heat transfer medium heated by the heating device when a heating operation is performed to and from a heating terminal;
a heat exchanger for hot water supply including a primary-side path and a secondary-side path for heat exchange between liquids;
a bypass path which branches from the heating circulation path and through which the heat transfer medium flows through the primary-side path of the heat exchanger for hot water supply without passing through the heating terminal when a hot water supply operation is performed and then joins the heating circulation path again;
a water inlet pipe that is connected to an input side of the secondary-side path;
a hot water delivery pipe that is connected to an output side of the secondary-side path;
a flow rate regulating valve configured to control a hot water flow rate of the hot water delivery pipe; and
a control unit configured to control the flow rate regulating valve so that the hot water flow rate does not exceed a reference limit flow rate when the hot water supply operation is performed,
wherein the reference limit flow rate is set on the basis of the smaller one between a maximum heating capacity of the heating device and a heating capacity of the heating device at which an output temperature of the heated heat transfer medium reaches an upper limit temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,969,141

REGULATING TEMPERATURE AND REDUCING BUILDUP IN A WATER HEATING SYSTEM

NGB INNOVATIONS LLC, Lyn...

1. A water heating apparatus comprising:a water container configured to heat water via a forced convection process by receiving the water through an inlet and passing water through an outlet; and
a plurality of positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heating elements arranged within the water container and configured to be immersed during the forced convection process,
wherein the plurality of PTC heating elements have a gap between each pair of adjacent PTC heating elements, and
wherein the gap is less than or equal to 1/15th of a length, in a direction of water flow, of one PTC heating element, or one of rows of the PTC heating elements, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,969,140

WATER BOILER

XIAMEN AQUASU ELECTRIC SH...

1. A water boiler, comprisingan inner tank;
a controller;
an electric heating pipe operable by the controller;
an upper cover; and
a lower cover attached to a mouth of the inner tank, the lower cover comprising an inlet pipe and an outlet pipe;
wherein an outlet port at a lower part of the inlet pipe is in communication with a lower part of the inner tank;
an inlet port of a lower part of the outlet pipe is in communication with an upper part of the inner tank; the lower cover is arranged beneath the upper cover;
an upper part of the inlet pipe passes through the upper cover;
a cavity is formed between the lower cover and the upper cover; the cavity is partitioned into an upper chamber and a lower chamber by a diaphragm;
the lower chamber is in communication with an outer space;
a separator is formed within an inner hole of the upper part of the inlet pipe; a through hole is arranged on a center of the separator;
a radial communication hole is defined in the inlet pipe under the through hole;
the radial communication hole is in communication between the upper chamber and the inner hole of the inlet pipe; and
the electric heating pipe is located at an outer bottom of the inner tank or is located within the inner tank.

US Pat. No. 10,969,139

WATER HEATER

1. A water heating device comprising:a tank, a water conduit, and an enhanced heating device;
wherein the enhanced heating device attaches to the tank;
wherein the water heating device is a combustion reaction based water heating apparatus;
wherein the water heating device is configured to heat fresh water;
wherein the tank stores the water during and after the heating process;
wherein the enhanced heating device: a) contains the combustion reaction; and,
b) transfers through the heat generated by the combustion reaction to the water contained within the tank;
wherein the tank comprises an insulating structure, a drain valve, and an overflow pipe;
wherein the drain valve and the overflow pipe attach to the drain valve;
wherein the enhanced heating device comprises a combustion chamber and a heat exchange apparatus;
wherein the heat exchange apparatus attaches to the combustion chamber;
wherein the heat exchange apparatus comprises a plurality of networked exhaust flues, a manifold, an exhaust pump, a discharge pipe, and a thermostat;
wherein the plurality of networked exhaust flues, the manifold, the exhaust pump, and the discharge pipe are fluidically interconnect;
wherein the thermostat attaches to the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,969,138

DRAIN PAN HANGER SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A drain pan system, comprising:a hanger system configured to support a drain pan under an appliance, the hanger system having:
a bracket configured to secure to a bottom surface of the appliance, the bracket having a first channel and a second channel;
a support configured to removably engage with the bracket and configured to secure the drain pan in a fixed position under the appliance, the support having:
an elongated body extending from a first end to a second end, the second end is configured to engage with the drain pan;
the first end having a first lip configured to releasably engage with the first channel and a second lip configured to releasably engage with the second channel;
wherein the support is configured to rest under the drain pan such that the drain pan is positioned under the appliance to catch any water.

US Pat. No. 10,969,137

DORMER VENT COVER

Dormer Shield, Inc., Pal...

1. A dormer vent covering device comprising:a dormer vent cover comprising:
a face, wherein the face is sized to cover a portion of an opening of a dormer vent; and
a lip extending substantially perpendicularly from a portion of an outer edge of the face, wherein the lip is shaped to correspond to an outer shape of the dormer vent; and
an attachment device, wherein the attachment device is detachably attachable to both an interior edge of the dormer vent and the dormer vent cover to attach the dormer vent cover to the dormer vent, wherein the attachment device comprises a clip comprising a first leg and a second leg, wherein the dormer vent is received between the first leg and the second leg, and wherein the second leg comprises a spring that presses the dormer vent against the first leg to fix the attachment device to the dormer vent via a friction fit.

US Pat. No. 10,969,136

VENTILATION SYSTEM FOR MANHOLE VAULT

NOVINIUM, INC., Kent, WA...

1. A system for use with a manhole vault and an external atmosphere outside the manhole vault, the manhole vault having an interior and a manhole opening providing access to the interior from outside the manhole vault, the interior containing an internal atmosphere, at least one undesired gas, and an alternating current (“AC”) power source, the system comprising:a manhole cover configured to be positioned within the manhole opening, the manhole cover having top and bottom surfaces with one or more through-holes extending therebetween, each of the one or more through-holes being in fluid communication with the external atmosphere at the top surface;
a ventilation pipe having a first opening, a second opening, and an interior through-channel that extends between the first and second openings, the first opening being positioned proximal to at least a selected one of the one or more through-holes at the bottom surface of the manhole cover when the manhole cover is positioned within the manhole opening and the ventilation pipe is positioned inside the manhole vault, the second opening being positionable in the interior of the manhole vault, the interior through-channel being configured to provide fluid communication between the internal atmosphere and the at least one selected through-hole in the manhole cover; and
an air moving device connectable to the AC power source in the interior of the manhole vault, the system being separate from the AC power source, the air moving device being configured to operate in a manhole environment when the air moving device is positioned entirely inside the interior of the manhole vault and is powered by AC power drawn from the AC power source, the manhole vault having a neck connected to a main chamber, the neck comprising the manhole opening that provides access to the interior from outside the manhole vault, the main chamber comprising a ceiling, the air moving device being connected to the ventilation pipe at a location that positioned the air moving device at least partially below the ceiling of the main chamber when the air moving device is operating inside the interior of the manhole vault, operation of the air moving device inside the interior of the manhole vault creating a flow comprising a portion of a first atmosphere of the interior and external atmospheres, the flow flowing through the interior through-channel of the ventilation pipe toward a different second atmosphere of the interior and external atmospheres, the flow causing a portion of the at least one undesired gas to exit the interior and enter the external atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,969,135

CENTRAL PLANT CONTROL SYSTEM WITH COMPUTATION REDUCTION BASED ON SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A controller for an energy plant having heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) devices, the controller comprising:a processing circuit comprising a processor and memory storing instructions executed by the processor, the processing circuit configured to:
generate gradient data indicating a gradient of operating performance of the energy plant with respect to values of a plurality of control variables of the HVAC devices;
determine, from the plurality of control variables, a reduced group of control variables of the HVAC devices based on the gradient data;
determine a set of values of the reduced group of control variables; and
operate the HVAC devices of the energy plant according to the determined set of values of the reduced group of control variables.

US Pat. No. 10,969,134

AIR CONDITIONER AND METHOD FOR SELF-CLEANING AIR CONDITIONER HEAT EXCHANGER

Qingdao Haier Air Conditi...

1. A method for self-cleaning an air conditioner heat exchanger, the method comprising:controlling, by a processor of an air conditioner, the air conditioner to enter a self-cleaning mode;
detecting, by a first temperature sensor of the air conditioner, an ambient temperature of a to-be-cleaned heat exchanger, and determining, by the processor, according to the detected ambient temperature, a target evaporating temperature of the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger;
adjusting, by the processor, according to a difference between the target evaporating temperature and an actual evaporating temperature of the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger, an evaporating temperature of the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger, and controlling, by the processor, the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger to frost, wherein the actual evaporating temperature of the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger is detected by a second temperature sensor; and
after a surface of the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger is covered with a frost layer or an ice layer, controlling, by the processor, the air conditioner to enter a defrosting mode of the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger,
wherein the target evaporating temperature is determined by the following formula:
T0=k*T?A or T0=T1, taking a smaller one of them, wherein
T0 is the target evaporating temperature, k is a calculating coefficient, and a value thereof is 0.7-1; A is a temperature compensation value, and a value thereof is 4-25° C.; T is the ambient temperature of the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger; and T1 is a predetermined constant selected from a range of ?10° C.?T1<0° C. to ensure that water vapor turns to water when air passes through the heat exchanger,
wherein adjusting, by the processor, according to a difference between the target evaporating temperature and an actual evaporating temperature of the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger, the evaporating temperature of the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger, and controlling the to-be-cleaned heat exchanger to frost comprises:
comparing a relationship between the target evaporating temperature and the actual evaporating temperature; and
adjusting an operating frequency of a compressor according to a comparison result,
wherein adjusting an operating frequency of a compressor according to a comparison result comprises:
when Te>T0+B2, increasing the operating frequency of the compressor;
when Te when T0?B1?Te?T0+B2, keeping current operating state, wherein Te is the actual evaporating temperature, B1 is a predetermined constant selected from a range of 1?20° C. to prevent non-uniform surface frosting due to too high of an actual evaporating temperature Te, and B2 is predetermined constant selected from a range of 1?10° C. to prevent poor surface frosting due to too low of an actual evaporating temperature Te,
wherein when Te>T0+B2, the operating frequency of the compressor may also be improved in the following manner:
when T0+B2 when Te>T0+B3, increasing the operating frequency of the compressor according to a rate of (b-dt)Hz/s, wherein B3 is a predetermined constant selected to be greater than B2 and to prevent a large deviation in the actual evaporating temperature Te from the target evaporating temperature T0, a, b, c and d are predetermined constants, a and c are selected to control the operating frequency to increase over time at a first rate, b and d are selected to control the operating frequency to increase over time at a second rate greater than the first rate, and t is adjusting time of a refrigerant flow.

US Pat. No. 10,969,133

METHODOLOGY OF OCCUPANT COMFORT MANAGEMENT IN BUILDINGS USING OCCUPANT COMFORT MODELS AND USER INTERFACES THEREOF

PASSIVELOGIC, INC., Holl...

1. An environmental control system, comprising:a plurality of occupant proxies, one or more non-human asset proxies, a comfort model, a meta-proxy, and an output function, wherein:
the comfort model comprises a mathematical equation of human comfort, the mathematical equation comprising or derived from predicted mean vote (“PMV”) and predicted percentage of dissatisfied (“PPD”);
the plurality of occupant proxies each comprise a comfort state of an individual occupant;
the one or more non-human asset proxies each comprise a comfort model for a non-human asset in or proximate to a building, the comfort model for the non-human asset comprising a mathematical equation of building asset comfort for the building, the mathematical equation of building asset comfort comprising one or more of an equipment environmental operation model, a metallic rust model, a building material moisture capacity model, a building material mold potential model, an animal comfort model, a plant health model, and a water freeze model;
the comfort state comprises a function of the comfort model;
the meta-proxy comprises a combined function of the plurality of occupant proxies and the one or more non-human asset proxies;
the output function comprises a building system control path for the building as a function of the meta-proxy; and
the output function receives the meta-proxy as an input and provides the building system control path as a path-based control output to control a building system for the building based on a combination of both the plurality of occupant proxies and the one or more non-human asset proxies.

US Pat. No. 10,969,132

DISTRIBUTED HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, comprising:a first control unit communicatively coupled to a first plurality of HVAC units and a first interactive display, wherein the first control unit controls HVAC services for a first zone;
a second control unit communicatively coupled to a second plurality of HVAC units and a second interactive display, wherein the second control unit controls HVAC services for a second zone; and
an HVAC control network, wherein the first control unit and the second control unit communicate over the HVAC control network using a Wi-Fi direct protocol;
wherein, the first control unit is operable to search for a Wi-Fi network, determine that a Wi-Fi network does not exist, and establish the HVAC control network as a primary communications network;
wherein the first control unit further comprises a USB port connected to a USB Ethernet dongle, the first control unit is further operable to connect to the Internet using the USB Ethernet dongle.

US Pat. No. 10,969,131

SENSOR WITH HALO LIGHT SYSTEM

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A wall mounted display and sensor unit for a building, the wall mounted display and sensor unit comprising:a sensor configured to sense an environmental condition;
a display;
a halo light emitting diode (LED) system comprising one or more LEDs configured to emit light around at least a portion of an outer edge of the wall mounted display and sensor unit; and
a processing circuit configured to receive one or more data streams, determine whether the one or more data streams indicate a building emergency condition, and operate the one or more LEDs of the halo LED system to indicate the building emergency condition to a user and configured to provide an indication of the environmental condition on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,969,130

OPERATING HEATING, VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS USING OCCUPANCY SENSING SYSTEMS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable medium having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to:receive first information describing a plurality of spaces of a building in a first format;
receive second information describing locations of a plurality of occupancy sensing fixtures in the building in a second format;
receive third information describing a plurality of HVAC devices that service the plurality of spaces of the building in a third format;
processing the first information, the second information and the third information to create a mapping between the plurality of spaces of the building, the plurality of occupancy sensing fixtures installed in the building, and the plurality of HVAC devices that service the plurality of spaces of the building, the mapping providing contextual information regarding which HVAC devices and which occupancy sensing fixtures govern comfort in which spaces of the building; and
modify an operation of the plurality of HVAC devices based on the mapping and responsive to a determination of occupancy in the plurality of spaces by the plurality of occupancy sensing fixtures.

US Pat. No. 10,969,129

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AIR CONDITIONER IN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of a server in an air conditioning system, comprising:determining a target temperature range to be applied to a first zone, the first zone being a zone for which air conditioning is to be controlled, the first zone being at least one zone of a plurality of zones including in a second zone;
predicting an indoor temperature for each of the plurality of zones;
predicting an operation efficiency of at least one first outdoor unit connected to first indoor units installed at the second zone; and
controlling operations of the first indoor units based on the target temperature range, the indoor temperature for each of the plurality of zones, and the predicted operation efficiency of the at least one first outdoor unit,
wherein the operation efficiency of the at least one first outdoor unit includes a ratio of consumed power of the at least one first outdoor unit to a difference between a first temperature change amount and a second temperature change amount of second indoor units connected to the at least one first outdoor unit,
wherein the first temperature change amount includes an indoor-temperature change amount of a third zone at which the second indoor units are installed if the second indoor units do not operate, and
wherein the second temperature change amount includes the indoor-temperature change amount of the third zone if the second indoor units operate.

US Pat. No. 10,969,128

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPTIMIZING CONTROL VARIABLES TO MINIMIZE POWER CONSUMPTION OF COOLING SYSTEMS

Vigilent Corporation, Oa...

1. An apparatus for controlling power consumption in a cooling system comprising:one or more processors;
one or more sensors, coupled to the one or more processors, that monitor one or more regulated environments and one or more chillers of the cooling system, wherein the one or more chillers regulate temperature of the one or more regulated environments; and
a storage device, coupled to the one or more processors, storing instructions that when executed by the one or more processors perform a method comprising:
gathering readings, from the one or more sensors, corresponding to current operating conditions;
retrieving, from a data store, previous sensor readings from the one or more sensors, wherein each sensor reading of the previous sensor readings is associated with a setting for at least one control variable of the cooling system;
determining, based on the readings and the previous sensor readings, previous settings for a plurality of control variables of the cooling system;
fitting, using the previous settings and costs corresponding to the previous settings, the previous settings to a function for cost minimization;
selecting values, based on the function, for the plurality of control variables with a minimum cost as optimized control variable values; andapplying the optimized control variable values to the plurality of control variables.

US Pat. No. 10,969,127

RESIDENTIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING SYSTEM

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A residential energy efficiency rating system, the system comprising:a customer data storage configured to store structure location information for each residence of a plurality of residences;
a historical device data storage configured to store heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment run-time information for each residence of the plurality of residences;
a weather data storage configured to store outdoor weather data, wherein the outdoor weather data comprises one or more of an outdoor temperature, an outdoor wind speed, and an outdoor humidity;
a residential structure data storage configured to store residential structure information for each residence of the plurality of residences, wherein the residential structure information comprises one or more of an age and a size of a respective residence of the plurality of residences;
a residential energy efficiency rating storage configured to store a residential energy efficiency for each respective residence of the plurality of residences;
a processor configured to implement a residential energy efficiency rating calculator connected to the customer data storage, the historical device data storage, the weather data storage, the residential structure data storage, and the residential energy efficiency rating storage and configured to, for each respective residence of the plurality of residences:
identify a plurality of cycles based on the HVAC equipment run-time information and the outdoor weather data;
select, from the plurality of cycles, a representative cycle for HVAC equipment at the respective residence;
calculate an HVAC cycle off-time duration for the representative cycle; and
determine, based on the structure location information for the respective residence and the HVAC cycle off-time duration, a residential energy efficiency for the respective residence, wherein, to determine the residential energy efficiency for the respective residence, the processor is configured to compare the HVAC cycle off-time duration and a plurality of HVAC cycle off-time durations for a plurality of other residences of the plurality of residences that are arranged in a residential area of the respective residence and wherein the residential energy efficiency for each respective residence of the plurality of residences forms a virtual energy audit for the plurality of residences for identifying a set of residences of the plurality of residences that would benefit from an in-person energy audit; and
wherein the processor is further configured to output, to a client application executed by one or more processors, the residential energy efficiency for a residence of the plurality of residences.

US Pat. No. 10,969,126

DIRECT EVAPORATIVE COOLING SYSTEM WITH PRECISE TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Munters Corporation, Sel...

10. An air handling system comprising:a movable evaporative media section movable between a closed position and an open position by linear translation, the movable evaporative media section including evaporative media and being configured to have water flow downwardly over outer surfaces of the evaporative media from a water supply, air being capable of flowing through the portion of the air handling system containing the movable evaporative media section in an air flow direction; and
a direct expansion refrigerant system including a condensing coil positioned downstream of the movable evaporative media section,
wherein, when the movable evaporative media section is in the open position, the movable evaporative media section exposes an opening directly to the air flow and is positioned to allow at least a portion of the air flow to flow around the movable evaporative media section, through the opening, and to the condensing coil.

US Pat. No. 10,969,125

AIR PURIFICATION SYSTEM

CLEAN AIR ZONE INC., Cor...

1. An air purification system comprising:a housing;
at least one fan coupled to the housing;
at least one container coupled to the housing;
at least one purification solution disposed in the housing;
at least one purification solution transfer system, wherein said at least one purification solution transfer system is configured to transfer said at least one purification solution from one region in said housing to another region so that said at least one purification solution flows along an inner surface of said at least one container; and
a plurality of cores, wherein said plurality of cores are substantially cylindrically shaped wherein said plurality of cores comprise at least a first inner core, and a second outer core wherein said inner core is disposed-inside of said outer core, and wherein said outer core is disposed inside of said at least one container, wherein said inner core and said outer core each have cylindrical side walls wherein said inner core has at least one hole in its side walls and said outer core has at least one hole in its side wall spaced opposite the at least one hole of the inner core.

US Pat. No. 10,969,124

VACUUM SWEEP DEHUMIDIFICATION SYSTEM

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI...

1. An apparatus for removing water vapor from gas, comprising:a membrane housing;
a membrane received by the housing, the membrane comprising a stack of membrane layers having at least six membrane layers, wherein intramembrane fractional spacing of open flow area to total area of the membrane is about 0.5 or greater;
a feed gas inlet that is upstream from the membrane and directs a feed gas at ambient pressure to perpendicularly contact and cross the membrane;
a feed gas outlet downstream of the membrane, where the feed gas has a pressure drop from the feed gas inlet to the feed gas outlet of less than 0.06 kPa;
a sweep gas inlet extending along the stack of membrane layers, the sweep gas inlet directing a sweep gas through and/or across the membrane;
a sweep gas outlet extending along the stack of membrane layers, the sweep gas outlet allowing the sweep gas to exit the membrane housing, each membrane layer extending between the sweep gas inlet and sweep gas outlet; and
wherein water vapor from the feed gas is drawn through and/or across the membrane and out of the membrane housing.

US Pat. No. 10,969,123

CONTROL OF RESIDENTIAL HVAC EQUIPMENT FOR DEHUMIDIFICATION

Trane International Inc.,...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the HVAC system comprising:at least one humidity sensor;
a heat exchanger configured to absorb heat;
an auxiliary heat source comprising one or more resistive electrical heat elements configured to generate heat by converting electrical energy into heat energy; and
a system controller configured to:
when a cooling demand signal is received, initiate operation of the HVAC system in a cooling mode, wherein the HVAC system in cooling mode is configured to seek to achieve a cooling mode dehumidification set point while absorbing heat with the heat exchanger;
when the cooling demand signal is not received, initiate operation of the HVAC system in an electric reheat dehumidification (ERD) mode in response to receiving a first signal indicating that a humidity level in a zone conditioned by the HVAC system has reached or exceeded an ERD upper limit, wherein the first signal is received from the humidity sensor, wherein the ERD upper limit represents a first preset relative humidity value, wherein ERD mode comprises absorbing heat with the heat exchanger while also generating heat with the auxiliary heat source; and
terminate operation of the HVAC system in the ERD mode before the humidity level in the zone reaches the cooling mode dehumidification set point, wherein the cooling mode dehumidification set point represents a second preset relative humidity value, wherein the cooling mode dehumidification set point is less than the ERD upper limit such that the system controller is configured to maintain the living space to lower humidity levels during cooling mode operation than during ERD mode operation, thereby limiting operation of the ERD mode.

US Pat. No. 10,969,122

AIR CONDITIONER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a housing having an inlet and an outlet, and first and second guide surfaces opposite each other and which together form an outlet passage along which air suctioned through the inlet travels to be provided to the outlet to be discharged through the outlet; and
a heat exchanger configured to heat-exchange the air suctioned through the inlet before being provided to the outlet; and
a guide member having a first end and a second end, and having a convex shape spanning from the first end to the second end, the guide member configured to slide along one of the first and second guide surfaces to move between
a first position at which the guide member convexly extends from the one of the first and second guide surfaces with the second end being closer than the first end to the outlet, and is thereby positioned to interfere with the air travelling through the outlet passage and
a second position at which the second end is further from the outlet than when the guide member is in the first position, wherein
the guide member has a first surface having the convex shape spanning from the first end to the second end, and a second surface, opposite the first surface, having a shape corresponding to a shape of the one of the first and second guide surfaces, and,
when the guide member is in the first position, the second surface abuts the one of the first and second guide surfaces, and the first surface convexly extends from the one of the first and second guide surfaces,
the guide member thereby being configured so that, when the guide member is in the first position, a direction of airflow of the air discharged through the outlet is different than when the guide member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,969,121

SUPPLY AIR DEVICE

Alme Solutions OY, Tampe...

1. A supply air device comprising:an outflow structure comprising a nozzle structure and an outflow channel structure, wherein the nozzle structure comprises a plurality of nozzles which at least in part are arranged at a bottom of the supply air device for supplying a primary air, and wherein the outflow channel structure comprises at least one outflow channel, a first end of which is arranged at a first distance from said plurality of nozzles so that a mixing chamber is formed between said plurality of nozzles and the first end of the at least one outflow channel and so that said plurality of nozzles supply the primary air towards the first end of the at least one outflow channel and wherein said primary air entrains a secondary air from outside the supply air device to flow to the mixing chamber to be mixed with the primary air in the mixing chamber before the primary air and the secondary air enter the at least one outflow channel through the first end of the at least one outflow channel and flow out of the supply air device through a second end of the at least one outflow channel,
wherein the first end of the at least one outflow channel is arranged to have at least one notch in a direction out of and substantially perpendicular to a directly abutting wall of the at least one outflow channel with the notch forming substantially 90° angle with the directly abutting wall of the at least one outflow channel at the first end, to increase an air circulating efficiency, and wherein a cross-sectional area of the at least one outflow channel, which is perpendicular to an air flow in the at least one outflow channel, remains constant along a length of the outflow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,969,120

HOT WATER UNIT FLUID SUPPLY CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

South East Water Corporat...

1. A hot water unit fluid supply control system comprising:a hot water unit;
a switching device coupled to the hot water unit, a rainwater tank and a potable water source, the switching device configured to selectively switch between a first state, which allows fluid communication between the hot water unit and the rainwater tank, and a second state, which allows fluid communication between the hot water unit and the potable water source; and
a control unit configured to:
receive fluid characteristic information associated with fluid in the hot water unit from one or more sensors; and
cause the switching device to assume the first or second state based on a comparison of a fluid characteristic parameter of the fluid characteristic information with requirements of the hot water unit, wherein the control unit is configured to activate a pump of the rainwater tank to cause a pressure change in fluid supply from the rainwater tank and thereby cause the switching device to assume the first state and to deactivate a pump of the rainwater tank to cause the switching device to assume the second state,
wherein at least one of the one or more sensors is configured to detect fluid temperature in the hot water unit, and wherein the fluid characteristic parameter comprises a temperature value.

US Pat. No. 10,969,119

HYBRID PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE AND RADIANT HEATING AND COOLING DEVICE WITH THERMAL STORAGE

King Abdulaziz University...

1. A hybrid photovoltaic and radiant heating and cooling device, comprising:a photovoltaic panel;
a radiant heating and cooling panel;
a first heat-exchanging pipe in direct contact with a back surface of the photovoltaic panel;
a second heat-exchanging pipe in direct contact with a back surface of the radiant heating and cooling panel; and
a thermal storage tank fluidly connecting the first and the second heat-exchanging pipes, wherein the tank is arranged between the first and second heat-exchanging pipes, and wherein the tank and the first and second heat exchanging pipes are between the photovoltaic panel and the radiant heating and cooling panel, all in a thickness direction,
wherein the photovoltaic panel, the radiant heating and cooling panel, the first heat-exchanging pipe, the second heating-exchanging pipe, and thermal storage tank are assembled together as a modular unit which is integratable into a wall, window, or roof of a building.

US Pat. No. 10,969,118

STEAM COOKING APPLIANCE

Electrolux Home Products,...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:a cooking chamber that defines an oven cavity;
a reservoir for holding water that is accessible from within the oven cavity;
a convection heating system comprising a convection heating element and a fan for guiding air across the convection heating element;
a reservoir heating system configured to heat the reservoir, the reservoir heating system comprising at least one reservoir heating element located below the oven cavity; and
a control system comprising a controller, the control system being configured to control the convection heating system and the reservoir heating system to perform a steam cooking operation in response to a user steam-cooking input,
wherein during the steam cooking operation the control system is configured to regulate the temperature of the air within the oven cavity by controlling the convection heating system independently of the reservoir heating system such that the control system does not actively control the reservoir heating system to regulate the temperature of the air.

US Pat. No. 10,969,117

EXTENDIBLE AND RETRACTABLE COOKING SMOKE SHIELDING AND GUIDING APPARATUS

1. A cooking smoke shielding and guiding apparatus comprising:a housing including an outer casing, a storing chamber defined in said outer casing and having a slot formed in an end portion of storing chamber, and a plurality of fixing elements formed on said outer casing adapted for fixing said outer casing on a kitchen object by said fixing elements;
a shielding plate slidably retractably stored in said storing chamber of said housing or slidably extended outwardly through said slot of said outer casing for shielding and guiding cooking smoke; and
a driving mechanism mounted in said storing chamber and operatively extending said shielding plate outwardly from said storing chamber, or operatively retracting said shielding plate inwardly into said storing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,969,116

RANGE HOOD

Ningbo Fotile Kitchen War...

1. A range hood, comprising:a housing with a left side plate and a right side plate;
a fan system with a motor and a rotary shaft;
a front plate with an air inlet obliquely disposed between the left side plate and the right side plate of the housing; and
a smoke deflector rotatably assembled on the air inlet, enabling the air inlet be open or close;
an oil guide plate with an air-intake hole obliquely disposed between the left side plate and the right side plate of the housing; wherein
the front plate is located in front of the oil guide plate covering the oil guide plate and disposed away from the oil guide plate;
the smoke deflector has a rotation center line and a free edge away from the rotation center line;
the fan system has air-intake ring which is disposed around in the air-intake hole;
during work, when the smoke deflector is opened to a maximum angle, a plurality of points fitting with a Fibonacci spiral line are arranged on a vertical section along the center of the rotary shaft of the motor;
a starting point of the Fibonacci spiral line is arranged on the inner surface of the front plate below the air inlet,
a top arc line at the top of the air-intake ring, a bottom arc line at the bottom of the air-intake ring are respectively tangent to a curve with a radius of Fibonacci sequence Fn-1;
and an endpoint of the free edge of the smoke deflector coincides with an endpoint of a curve with a radius of Fibonacci sequence Fn.

US Pat. No. 10,969,115

SMOKE FILTER DEVICE AND RANGE HOOD WITH THE SAME

Ningbo Fotile Kitchen War...

1. A smoke filter device, comprising:a plurality of oil filter sections (10) each having a middle portion and two ends, and
a screen plate (1), and the plurality of oil filter sections (10) are arranged in parallel on the screen plate (1) along a lengthwise direction of the screen plate (1),
wherein,
each oil filter section (10) has at least two filter holes (11), which are arranged in parallel along a lengthwise direction of the oil filter section (10); and
an area defined by each filter hole (11) gradually decreases from the middle portion of each oil filter section (10) to at least one end of the oil filter section (10).

US Pat. No. 10,969,114

COOKING APPLIANCE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:a body that defines a cooking chamber therein;
a door rotatably connected to the body and configured to open and close at least a portion of the cooking chamber;
a hinge mechanism that rotatably connects the door to the body; and
a control device disposed in the door,
wherein the control device comprises:
a control housing configured to accommodate one or more components of the control device, the control housing comprising a first sidewall that defines an air inlet, and a second sidewall that defines an air outlet,
an inlet-side cooling fan disposed at a first position of the control housing closer to the air inlet than the air outlet, and
an outlet-side cooling fan disposed at a second position of the control housing closer to the air outlet than the air inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,969,113

OVEN WITH STEAM WATER FLOW DIRECTORS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An oven, comprising:a cooking chamber;
a steam input arrangement for delivering steam into the cooking chamber and including an upright heat accumulator arrangement to which water is delivered to generate steam as the water comes into contact with the heat accumulator arrangement, the heat accumulator arrangement positioned alongside a wall surface of the oven;
wherein at least one water flow director is positioned to collect water that is flowing down past the heat accumulator arrangement along the wall surface and redirect the collected water away from the wall surface and back onto the heat accumulator arrangement; and
wherein the water flow director is in the form of an elongated rail member having an upwardly extending flange in contact with the wall surface;
wherein the heat accumulator arrangement includes at least a first heat accumulator element unit spaced vertically above a second heat accumulator element unit, wherein the water flow director is located between the first heat accumulator element unit and the second heat accumulator element unit so as to be positioned at an intermediate point along a height of the heat accumulator arrangement and at an intermediate point along a height of the wall surface, with the upwardly extending flange in contact with the wall surface and extending alongside a lower portion of first heat accumulator element unit;
wherein the water flow director includes a downwardly extending flange on a side of the heat accumulator arrangement that is spaced from the wall surface;
wherein the elongated rail member includes an upwardly facing channel for receiving collected water, the channel including one or more openings along its length for releasing the water back onto the heat accumulator arrangement, and the downwardly extending flange extends downwardly lower than a bottom of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,969,112

SWITCH FOR A COOKING APPLIANCE

Electrolux Home Products,...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:a heating element;
a first switch assembly electrically coupled to the heating element and configured to selectively operate the heating element at a first operating temperature; and
a second switch assembly electrically coupled to the heating element and configured to selectively operate the heating element at a second operating temperature that is greater than the first operating temperature,
wherein the cooking appliance further includes:
a timer configured to disengage the second switch assembly after the second switch assembly has been engaged for a predetermined amount of time, or
a proximity sensor configured to detect the presence or absence of a user within an area proximal to the appliance, wherein when the second switch assembly is engaged, the proximity sensor is configured to disengage the second switch assembly based on the detected presence or absence of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,969,111

METHOD FOR DISPLAYING PARAMETERS OF A COOKING PROCESS AND DISPLAY DEVICE FOR A COOKING APPLIANCE

RATIONAL AKTIENGESELLSCHA...

1. A method of displaying parameters of a cooking process, the method comprising the steps of displaying information window within an indicating window and displaying a cooking intelligence applied temporarily in said information window, wherein said information window is displayed at different positions within said indicating window as a function of at least one parameter of said cooking process.

US Pat. No. 10,969,110

UNIVERSAL HOUSING FOR A HOT SURFACE IGNITER

1. A universal housing for a hot surface igniter used for installation within an apparatus comprising:a base having a pair of electrical leads extending downwardly therefrom for electrical connection to the apparatus;
a holder having at least a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end comprising an insulated positive terminal extending downwardly therefrom for electrical connection to the base;
an igniter element fixedly mounted at the second end of the holder, and terminating in a protruding portion extending therefrom, the igniter configured to radiate heat upon receiving an electrical charge through the electrical connection in the base and positive terminal in the holder;
wherein the igniter element is substantially free of insulation along its entirety; and
wherein the holder and said base are removably interconnected together by a detachment means.

US Pat. No. 10,969,109

COMBINATION TYPE COOKER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A combination type cooker comprising:a top plate;
a case that defines an inner space covered by the top plate;
a barrier that partitions the inner space of the case into a first space and a second space;
a gas burner that is provided in the first space, the gas burner comprising a heat plate configured to be heated by combustion of gas;
an induction burner that is provided in the second space, and that is configured to heat a cooking container by induction;
a main fan that is provided at the first space and that is configured to blow air from an outside of the case to the first space to cool the first space;
an induction fan that is provided at the second space and that is configured to blow air from the outside of the case to the second space to cool the second space; and
a grille vent that is provided at a rear end of the top plate and that is configured to discharge air that has passed through the first space and the second space to the outside of the case.

US Pat. No. 10,969,108

HEAT DISSIPATION DESIGN FOR COMBUSTION DEVICES

Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc...

1. A combustion device that allows heat dissipation comprising:a body having a top end, a bottom end, a front end, and a rear end, with the top end and the bottom end on opposite ends along a vertical direction, and with the front end and the rear end on opposite ends along a horizontal direction, wherein the body defines a firebox, wherein the body includes a viewing window, an upper plate, a first air passage, and a second air passage, wherein the viewing window is adjacent to the front end of the body and in front of the firebox, wherein the upper plate is adjacent to a top side of the firebox that is adjacent to the top end of the body, wherein the first air passage is disposed on a side of the upper plate different from that of the firebox and extends from a first end that is adjacent to the rear end of the body to a second end that is adjacent to the front end of the body, wherein an outlet of the first air passage is at the second end of the first air passage and adjacent to the viewing window, wherein the second air passage is adjacent to a back side of the firebox that is adjacent to the rear end of the body and has a communication opening at an end communicated with the firebox, and wherein the communication opening extends along the vertical direction and is at a height higher than a height of a bottom side of the firebox and lower than a height of the top side of the firebox;
a burner disposed within and adjacent to the bottom side of the firebox; and
at least one flow partition disposed between the first and the second plates and within the second air passage, and wherein the at least one flow partition extends longitudinally along the vertical direction,
wherein the body includes plates at the rear end, wherein the plate includes a first plate and a second plate behind the first plate in a spaced relationship and the second air passage is disposed between the first and the second plates, wherein the first plate includes a front side facing the firebox and a back side facing the second plate, wherein the plate includes a third plate behind the second plate in a spaced relationship and a channel is disposed between the second and the third plates, and wherein the channel is communicated with the first air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,969,107

TURBINE ENGINE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A ROTATING DETONATION COMBUSTOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

10. A rotating detonation combustor comprising:a combustion chamber configured for a rotating detonation process to produce a flow of combustion gas;
an air plenum configured to contain a volume of air;
a flow passage coupled in flow communication between said combustion chamber and said air plenum and configured to channel an airflow from said air plenum, wherein said flow passage comprises a plurality of fuel mixing mechanisms, wherein said plurality of fuel mixing mechanisms comprise a plurality of corrugations formed in at least one sidewall of said flow passage;
a fuel inlet coupled in flow communication with said flow passage and configured to channel a fuel flow into said flow passage, wherein said plurality of fuel mixing mechanisms are positioned downstream of said fuel inlet and are configured to mix said airflow and said fuel flow within said combustion chamber; and
a combustor centerline extending through said air plenum, said flow passage, and said combustion chamber, wherein said air plenum comprises:
a pair of converging sidewalls that are both obliquely oriented with respect to said combustor centerline such that said sidewalls taper towards said flow passage;
an end wall coupled between said sidewalls wherein said end wall is curved between said sidewalls; and
an air inlet positioned between said end wall and said flow passage and oriented perpendicular to said combustor centerline.