US Pat. No. 10,189,660

AUXILIARY MEDIA UNIT TRANSPORTER FOR MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICES

ZIH Corp., Lincolnshire,...

1. A media processing device having a housing, the media processing device comprising:a motorized media unit transporter configured to drive a media unit along a media processing path defined within the housing between an unprocessed media unit source and a processed media unit output;
an auxiliary media unit transporter including a roller, a converter fixedly connected to the roller, and a bias member connected to the converter;
the auxiliary media unit transporter configured to:
(i) in a first operating mode:
receive the media unit from the motorized media unit transporter into engagement with the roller to drive the roller and the converter concurrently; and
via rotation of the converter, deform the bias member from a resting position to a primed position; and
(ii) in a second operating mode:
initiated upon rotation of the converter in the first operating mode to a bias release position, propel the media unit by releasing the bias member from the primed position to drive rotation of the converter and the roller concurrently as the bias member returns to the resting position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,659

PAPER SHEET HANDLING APPARATUS AND PAPER SHEET HANDLING METHOD

GLORY LTD., Himeji-shi, ...

1. A paper sheet handling apparatus comprising:a first transporting unit configured to transport a plurality of paper sheets in a stacked state in a horizontal state;
a second transporting unit configured to receive and transport the stacked paper sheets transported by the first transporting unit, the second transporting unit including a sandwiching unit that has an upper sandwiching member and a lower sandwiching member and is configured to sandwich the stacked paper sheets received from the first transporting unit and release the stacked paper sheets, and a holding member configured to hold edges on a lower side of the stacked paper sheets released from the sandwiching unit; and
a feeding unit configured to feed the stacked paper sheets transported by the second transporting unit one by one, wherein
the sandwiching unit is configured to move so that the stacked paper sheets being sandwiched by the sandwiching unit are inclined from the horizontal state so as to make an angle to a horizontal plane while the edges on the lower side of the stacked paper sheets are held by the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,658

STACKING DEVICE FOR STACKING VALUE DOCUMENTS

1. A stacking apparatus for stacking value documents which are individually transported to the stacking apparatus by a transport system along a transport path at a transport velocity, the stacking apparatus comprising:a stack deposit device for receiving a stack of the value documents, and
a braking device for braking the value documents which were individually transported to the stacking apparatus by the transport system, wherein the braking device is arranged immediately before the stack deposit device along the transport path of the value documents,whereinthe braking device has a transport shaft and a braking shaft oriented parallel thereto, between which the respective value document is transported through,
on the transport shaft there is mounted at least one driving roller, which is firmly mounted on the transport shaft, and there is mounted at least one roller rotatably supported on the transport shaft, and
on the braking shaft there is mounted at least one cam roller, which is firmly mounted on the braking shaft, and there is mounted at least one eccentric roller,
wherein the at least one eccentric roller has an eccentric core firmly mounted on the braking shaft in an eccentric position, and
wherein a cam of the cam roller and the eccentric core of the eccentric roller are mounted on the braking shaft at a mutual angular offset such that by a rotation of the braking shaft it can be attained that
the cam of the cam roller can be brought into engagement with the opposing rotatably supported roller so that a value document transported through therebetween is clamped between the cam of the cam roller and the rotatably supported roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,656

SHINGLE WITH REINFORCED NAIL ZONE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A roofing shingle comprising:an overlay sheet including a mat and an asphalt coating applied to the mat, and defining an upper headlap portion and a lower tab portion;
an underlay sheet including a mat and an asphalt coating applied to the mat, the underlay sheet having a front surface secured to the overlay sheet such that a region of the underlay sheet overlaps a region of the headlap portion of the overlay sheet; and
a reinforcement material having an interior surface secured directly to the asphalt coating on the headlap portion of the overlay sheet without extending into the tab portion to provide a reinforced nail zone along a longitudinal axis of the shingle, wherein the reinforcement material is configured to improve nail pull-through, with the reinforcement material and the headlap portion providing a nail pull-through value that is greater than an otherwise identical shingle having no such reinforcement material;
wherein the interior surface of the reinforcement material is treated using one of a coating, adhesive, corona treatment, etching, perforations, and surface roughening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,655

TRANSPORTING APPARATUS

1. A transporting apparatus, comprising a track and at least one movable element movable along said track, said movable element comprising a supporting body, said track comprising a first guiding surface and a further first guiding surface facing towards said supporting body, a second guiding surface and a further second guiding surface facing away from said supporting body, and a third guiding surface arranged transversally to said first guiding surface and said second guiding surface and a further third guiding surface arranged transversally to said further first guiding surface and said further second guiding surface, wherein said movable element comprises a first couple of rollers slidably coupled to said first guiding surface, a further first couple of rollers slidably coupled to said further first guiding surface, a second couple of rollers slidably coupled to said second guiding surface, a further second couple of rollers slidably coupled to said further second guiding surface, a third couple of rollers slidably coupled to said third guiding surface and a further third couple of rollers slidably coupled to said further third guiding surface, andfurther comprising four rotation units each supporting a group of three rollers, each group of three rollers comprising a roller belonging to said first couple of rollers or to said further first couple of rollers, a further roller belonging to said second couple of rollers or, respectively, to said further second couple of rollers and a still further roller belonging to said third couple of rollers or, respectively, to said further third couple of rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,189,647

BELT-ON-BELT DRIVES FOR STEEPLY-SLOPED PORTIONS OF LONG CONVEYORS

THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL S...

1. A conveyor system, at least one portion of the conveyor system traversing a continuous slope sufficiently steep such that tensile forces associated with overcoming the effects of the continuous slope are several times larger per unit length of run than tensile forces per unit length of run due to main frictional resistance of the conveyor system, the conveyor system comprising:an external belt defining a continuous loop, the continuous loop traversing the entire route of the conveyor system and configured to carry material load to be transported across the entire route;
an external drive having a first torque output;
at least one internal belt positioned inside the continuous loop of said external belt and traversing at least a portion of the continuous slope, an upper side of said at least one internal belt configured to operably engage an underside of said external belt so as to frictionally drive a portion of said external belt;
wherein said at least one internal belt has a tensile capacity sufficient to move at least a mass of the material load that is disposed over said at least one internal belt, and said external belt further has a tensile capacity sufficient to move substantially a mass of the material load that is not disposed over said at least one internal belt; and wherein a longitudinal stiffness of said at least one internal belt is at least as stiff as a longitudinal stiffness of said external belt; and
an internal drive having a second torque output, wherein the first torque output is approximately equal to the torque required to move a total mass of the portion of said external belt not resting on said at least one internal belt and the second torque output is approximately equal to the torque required to move a total mass of the portion of said external belt resting on said at least one internal belt.

US Pat. No. 10,189,643

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A CHECK / EXCEPTION STATION

Express Scripts Strategic...

15. A method comprising:supplying, through a feed conveyor, a plurality of containers to a holding area;
picking, with a robot, a container among the plurality of containers within the holding area;
distributing the picked container to a manual section including a plurality of handling areas;
transporting the picked container from the robot to a handling area among the plurality of handling areas using a delivery conveyor; and
transporting the picked container from the handling area back towards the robot using a return conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,562

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND OPERATIONS THEREOF

SZ DJI Technology Co., Lt...

1. A multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a central body comprising an upper housing member and a lower housing member, the upper housing member and the lower housing member forming a central cavity, wherein the central cavity is configured to house one or more electrical components configured to control the operation of the UAV;
one or more branch housing members extending from the central body, the one or more branch housing members each comprising an upper branch housing member and a lower branch housing member, and
one or more electrical components disposed inside the central cavity, wherein the one or more electrical components (1) are configured to control the operation of the UAV, and (2) comprise at least a flight control module and an inertial measurement unit (IMU);
a magnetometer attached onto a landing stand at a position sufficiently distal from the one or more electrical components to effect a reduction of interference from said one or more electrical components, wherein the landing stand extends away from the body of the UAV and is configured to bear weight of the UAV when the UAV is not airborne;
wherein the one or more branch housing members are configured to support one or more actuator assemblies, each actuator assembly comprising an actuator configured to effect movement of the UAV, wherein the thrust of the one or more actuator assemblies is oriented in a vertical direction relative to the central body, and
wherein at least a portion of each of the lower branch housing members extends beneath at least a portion of the corresponding actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,558

OPTIMIZED NACELLE PROFILE AND PLENUM SHAPE FOR BOUNDARY LAYER INGESTION ACTIVE LAMINAR FLOW CONTROL

Rohr, Inc., Chula Vista,...

1. A nacelle of an aircraft, comprising:a surface that is profiled such that during cruise flight operation lines of constant static pressure of a boundary layer around the nacelle in a given region are not in a single plane that is normal to an engine axis and are wavy; and
a plurality of ribs, each of the ribs being associated with and tracing a respective one of the lines of constant static pressure;
a first of the ribs having a longitudinal centerline that extends circumferentially about the engine axis and follows a first one of the lines of constant static pressure, and the longitudinal centerline is displaced axially back and forth relative to the engine centerline as the first of the ribs extends along the longitudinal centerline away form a bottom end of the nacelle and towards a top end of the nacelle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,512

MECHANICAL CONTROL LINKAGE

Clark Equipment Company, ...

1. A control linkage between an operator input assembly in a cab of a power machine and an actuator coupled to a frame of the power machine, the control linkage comprising:a junction mechanism configured to make a connection between the operator input assembly and the actuator when the cab is moved to an operating position relative to the frame of the power machine, and configured to break the connection between the operator input assembly and the actuator when the cab is moved to a service position relative to the frame of the power machine, the junction mechanism including a first junction portion operably coupled to the operator input assembly and a second junction portion operably coupled to the actuator, wherein the junction mechanism includes an engagement portion having a pair of fingers defining a tapered opening coupled to one of the first junction portion and the second junction portion, and an engagement portion having a protrusion coupled to the other of the first junction portion and the second junction portion such that the protrusion is guided into the tapered opening by the pair of fingers when the cab is moved from the service position to the operating position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,486

RAILCAR WITH NESTED SLIDING GATES

Trinity North American Fr...

1. A railcar system comprising:a railcar; and
a nested sliding gate assembly disposed within the railcar, and comprising:
an upper deck comprising a plurality of holes;
a lower deck positioned below the upper deck, and comprising a plurality of discharge ports; and
a driving system operably coupled to the lower deck, wherein:
the driving system is configured to position the lower deck in a first position with respect to the upper deck,
the holes of the upper deck and the discharge ports of the lower deck do not align when the lower deck is in the first position,
the driving system is configured to position the lower deck in a second position with respect to the upper deck, and
the holes of the upper deck and the discharge ports of the lower deck at least partially align when the lower deck is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,427

VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A DISPLAY THEREIN

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An automated vehicle supporting autonomous or self-driving, the vehicle comprising:sensors;
a display including a display area formed on a glass of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
cause the display to display data obtained via at least one of the sensors on the display area based on an operation mode of the vehicle and vehicle passenger information; and
cause the display to not display the data obtained via the at least one of the sensors when the operation mode is an automatous or self-driving mode in which a driver is not required.

US Pat. No. 10,189,426

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING FPGA BOARD IN DRIVERLESS VEHICLE

BEIJING BAIDU NETCOM SCIE...

1. A method for operating a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) board in a driverless vehicle, comprising:collecting driving scenario information on a driving scenario of the driverless vehicle;
determining, based on the driving scenario information, a speed at which the driverless vehicle executes a computing operation in the driving scenario wherein the computing operation is executed for realizing a function of the driverless vehicle, and is executed at different speeds in different driving scenarios;
comparing the speed with a speed threshold; and
switching a working mode of the FPGA board in the driverless vehicle for executing the computing operation to reduce power consumption of the FPGA board, in response to the speed being lower than the speed threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,189,399

INTEGRATION OF DEPTH MAP DEVICE FOR ADAPTIVE LIGHTING CONTROL

1. A light system comprising:a time-of-flight image sensor configured to generate a zone distance measurement;
a control unit configured to receive the zone distance measurement and to generate a control signal based on the zone distance measurement; and
a light unit configured to adapt an output of the light unit based on the control signal, wherein the time-of-flight image sensor comprises a distributed network of time-of-flight image sensors and the light unit comprises a distributed network of light units, wherein each of the distributed network of time-of-flight image sensors is arranged to be physically discrete from each of the distributed network of light units and located between adjacent ones of the distributed network of light units.

US Pat. No. 10,189,397

LUMINANCE REGULATION IN EDGE REGIONS

OSRAM GmbH, Munich (DE)

1. A method for operating an illumination apparatus, having at least two light-emitting devices, which are arranged next to one another separated by a gap and each have a multiplicity of light-emitting elements, byindividually driving all light-emitting elements of each light-emitting device,
measuring a gap width of the gap and/or a luminance in the gap, and
controlling or regulating in each case a luminance of one or more of the light-emitting elements which are arranged directly at the gap in dependence on the gap width and/or on the luminance in the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,189,392

VEHICLE CENTER CONSOLE WORKING SURFACE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A center console for a vehicle comprising:a lid having a first release lever that releasably engages with a latch; and
a pivoting assembly comprising a working surface that is deployable while the lid is in a closed position, the pivoting assembly being independently operable from the lid and having a second release lever that releasably engages with the latch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,391

ADJUSTABLE LIE-FLAT SEAT

Zodiac Seats US LLC, Gai...

1. A passenger seat comprising:a seat back comprising at least one seat back actuator, a rigid back seating surface, and a plurality of moveable back panels, the plurality of moveable back panels comprising at least a portion of the rigid back seating surface, wherein:
the at least one seat back actuator is disposed behind the rigid back seating surface and immediately adjacent to a rear side of at least one of the moveable back panels;
the plurality of moveable back panels are configured to move between a deployed configuration and a retracted configuration due to movement of the at least one seat back actuator, the plurality of moveable back panels being substantially flat and flush with the rigid back seating surface in the retracted configuration; and
at least two edges of each of the plurality of moveable back panels are attached to adjacent portions of the rigid back seating surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,389

SYSTEM WITH A PIVOTABLE ARMREST AND A LOCKING AID

ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING...

1. A system comprising:a bracket device comprising a connecting element;
a pivotable armrest; and
a locking aid, wherein the armrest is articulated on the bracket device so as to be pivotable about a primary axis and can be transferred reversibly between a usage position and a stowage position via a transition position, wherein the armrest is connected rotationally conjointly to the connecting element, wherein the locking aid is arranged on the connecting element, wherein the locking aid is in frictionally engaging contact with the bracket device at a contact point or along a contact surface, wherein the locking aid is configured such that the frictionally engaging contact between the bracket device and the locking aid in a transition position is greater than that in the usage position or in the stowage position or both in the usage position and in the stowage position, the locking aid comprising a displaceable part, the displaceable part being displaceable relative to the connecting element along an offset direction, wherein a spring element is, at a first end, arranged substantially positionally fixedly relative to the connecting element, wherein the spring element is connected at a second end to the displaceable part, wherein the bracket element is configured such that the spacing between the first end of the spring element and the contact point or the contact surface is smaller in the transition position than in the usage position or stowage position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,388

SECURED FOLD-OUT COMPONENT OR SECURED ARMREST

1. A vehicle seat fold-out component, the fold out component comprising:a component or an armrest rotatable about an axis of rotation from a stowage position into a use position;
a locking element, the component or the armrest being securable in the stowage position by the locking element in the event of an accident, wherein, in the event of an accident, the locking element rotates about an axis of rotation from an actuating position into a locking position, the locking element being provided in the form of a locking element cam disk
a component or armrest cam disk provided on the component or the armrest.

US Pat. No. 10,189,386

SEAT BELT COVER

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

1. A seat for a motor vehicle, comprising:a seat base;
a seat back extending upwardly from a rear portion of the seat base;
a seat belt, a portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back;
an emergency locking retractor in an outboard side of the seat back, the seat belt being threaded through the emergency locking retractor; and
a cover covering the emergency locking retractor and the portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back, comprising:
a first cover piece covering a first side of the emergency locking retractor and the portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back; and
a second cover piece covering a second side of the emergency locking retractor and the portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back wherein a first portion of the second cover piece is styled in a shape of a seat trim and forms a portion of an exterior of the seat back, and a second portion of the second cover piece is covered by the exterior of the seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,189,385

VEHICLE SEAT

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat part having a seat surface for a seat occupant, said seat part comprising two side parts between which a cross tube extends along a pivot axis; and
an adjustment mechanism comprising a plurality of rockers which are pivotably coupled to said seat part,
said cross tube being divided into a long tube element and at least a first short tube element,
said long tube element having a tube section extending along a longitudinal direction between said two side parts of said seat part and being inserted into first and second openings of said side parts,
said first short tube element having a tube section extending along a longitudinal direction and two bead sections formed on the short tube element at a certain axial distance to each other and radially protruding with respect to the tube section,
said first short tube element being connected in a torsionally locked manner both to a first end of said long tube element and to a first rocker of the plurality of rockers,
said first rocker having a planar section and a first opening formed in the planar section, wherein the first short tube element extends through the first opening with the bead sections abutting the planar section of the first rocker for axially fixing the first short tube element to the first rocker, which is arranged between said two bead sections, and
a front end of said first short tube element, which faces a first side part of said two side parts and abuts said first side part, forming a spacer between said first side part and said first rocker.

US Pat. No. 10,189,383

VEHICLE SEAT

13. A vehicle seat comprising a seat segment which comprises:a first seating space having a first backrest which can be pivoted about a pivot axis which extends in the transverse direction; and
a second seating space having a second backrest which can be pivoted about the pivot axis, the second backrest comprising a substantially upright use position and a non-use position;
a locking device arranged on the second backrest; and
a curved locking member provided on the first backrest, wherein the locking device comprises at least one axial pin with a longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axis being substantially perpendicular to a vertical direction and inclined relative to the transverse direction and not perpendicular to a travel direction when the second backrest is in the substantially upright use position, the longitudinal axis being substantially perpendicular to the travel direction and inclined relative to the transverse direction and not perpendicular to the vertical direction when the second backrest is in the non-use position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,382

VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle seat assembly, comprising:a seat portion having a passenger receiving surface configured and shaped to contact a portion of a passenger seated there-against, at least a portion of the passenger receiving surface coinciding with a first plane, the seat portion having a resilient cushioning material disposed therein with a recessed area being defined within the resilient cushioning material and being open to the passenger receiving surface;
a tether wire for securing child seat located within the recessed area; and
a tether cover assembly having a housing defining a door opening, a first door and a second door, the first door being pivotal about a first pivot axis and the second door being pivotal about a second axis between respective closed positions concealing the tether wire and the door opening and open positions exposing the tether wire and the door opening, each of the first pivot axis and the second pivot axis each being defined by corresponding pivot shafts fixed to the housing adjacent to the door opening, the housing being installed within the recessed area such that with the doors in their respective closed positions the first and second doors are parallel to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,381

SAFETY BELT ASSEMBLING DEVICE CAPABLE OF ASSEMBLING A CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM WITH A VEHICLE SEAT

Wonderland Switzerland AG...

1. A safety belt assembling device capable of assembling a child restraint system with a vehicle seat, the safety belt assembling device comprising:a child restraint connected with the child restraint system, the child restraint having a sunken structure;
a panel rotatably disposed on the child restraint and adapted to press a safety belt of the vehicle seat inside the sunken structure; and
a fastener mechanism, comprising:
a locking rod disposed inside the sunken structure;
at least one latching hook rotatably disposed on the panel and utilized to detachably catch on the locking rod; and
a releasing actuator rotatably disposed on the panel and connected with the latching hook, the releasing actuator being rotated from a flush position to a protruding position to disengage the latching hook from the locking rod.

US Pat. No. 10,189,380

CHILD-SEAT MOUNTING SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle-seat mounting system, for securing a child seat in a vehicle, comprising:a collapsible vehicle seat comprising a vehicle seat back configured to be movably connected to a vehicle-seat base;
a vehicle-seat-back securing structure being connected to, or part of, a rear side of the vehicle seat back, the vehicle-seat-back securing structure comprising at least two alignment structures configured to attach directly to the vehicle seat back, wherein the alignment structures are configured and arranged to mate securely with child-seat securing structures positioned at or connectable to a bottom surface of a child seat corresponding in size and shape to the vehicle-seat-back securing structure; and
a cover apparatus, wherein the cover apparatus is movably connected to the vehicle seat back to be readily movable between:
a covering position, in which the cover apparatus covers the vehicle-seat-back securing structure and the child seat cannot connect to the vehicle-seat-back securing structure; and
an exposing position in which the vehicle-seat-back securing structure is exposed and the child seat is able to connect to the vehicle-seat-back securing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,379

SEAT-POSITION SENSING

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

22. A vehicle seat sensor system for detecting a position of the vehicle seat, the vehicle seat sensor system comprisinga vehicle seat including a seat bottom, a seat back coupled to the seat bottom to move relative to the seat bottom, and a track including a stationary rail adapted to couple to a floor included in a vehicle in a fixed position relative to the floor and a movable rail coupled to the seat bottom in a fixed position relative to the seat bottom and coupled to the stationary rail to cause the seat bottom and seat back to move back and forth relative to the stationary rail,
a tag reader coupled to the stationary rail in a fixed position relative to the stationary rail and configured to receive tag location data indicative of a position of the vehicle seat, the tag reader including an optical transmitter configured to transmit an optical signal and an RF receiver configured to receive a RF signal, and
a location tag coupled to the movable rail to move therewith and configured to transmit tag location data to the tag reader, the location tag including an optical receiver configured to receive the optical signal and power the tag based on the optical signal, an RF transmitter configured to transmit the tag location data to the tag reader via the RF signal in response to receiving the optical signal and,
a microelectromechanical device configured to provide haptic feedback to an occupant of the vehicle seat in response to receiving the optical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,189,378

MOTOR VEHICLE SEATING ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle seating arrangement comprising:a pair of outboard seats spaced apart to define therebetween a gap; and
a central seat having a backrest and a seat base fitted in the gap and supported solely by the two outboard seats, wherein the seat base is mounted on a seat support member having recesses on a side to connect the seat support member to support pins forming part of a slide mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,189,377

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTMENT OF AN ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A seat assembly comprising:a first member;
a second member located proximate to the first member; and
an adjustment system for adjustably positioning the first and second members of the seat assembly, the adjustment system including:
at least one positioning mechanism operatively connected to one or more of the first member and the second member,
at least one actuator connected to the at least one positioning mechanism,
a control assembly including a control region, one or more guide surfaces extending from the control region, one or more areas formed on the control region and extending at least partially about an outer periphery of the one or more guide surfaces, and at least one capacitive switch cooperating with at least one of the one or more areas and at least one of the one of the more guide surfaces, wherein the at least one capacitive switch is configured to send at least a first signal when a user activates the at least one capacitive switch, and
a controller in communication with the at least one capacitive switch and the at least one actuator, wherein the controller is configured to receive at least the first signal from the at least one capacitive switch and generate an activation signal to activate the at least one actuator in response to at least the first signal,
wherein the one or more guide surfaces and one or more areas of the control assembly are formed on the control region to represent the first member and second member of the seat assembly to guide the user to the at least one capacitive switch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,376

ACTUATOR FOR A VEHICLE SEAT, AND VEHICLE SEAT

1. An actuator for a vehicle seat, the actuator comprising:a housing;
a motor which is fixed to the housing and which has a motor shaft;
a transmission, which is connected at an output side to the motor by means of the motor shaft;
an actuator output drive, which is connected at an output side to the transmission;
a control unit, wherein the actuator output drive has an output element, which is moved in a direction of an end position from a starting position by rotating the motor shaft in a first direction of rotation, wherein the direction of rotation of the motor shaft can be reversed from the first direction of rotation to an opposite second direction of rotation by means of the control unit whereby the output element is moved from the end position in the direction of the starting position, and the actuator has a slide, which can be moved relative to the housing and which can be driven during a movement of the output element from the starting position in the direction of the end position; and
a position sensor for detecting at least one position of the slide, the actuator output drive having a spindle, along which the output element and the slide are movable, the spindle being in thread engagement with the output element, and the spindle passing through a through hole in the slide so as not to cause direct linear motion of the slide.

US Pat. No. 10,189,375

FITTING FOR FIXING AN OBJECT ON A RAIL

1. A fitting (P1, P2) for fixing an object on a rail, comprising a sliding body (1) and a retainer (2), the retainer is movably coordinated with the sliding body (1), the retainer (2) is placed in a lowered and a raised position relative to the rail, and a holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) is provided, wherein the holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) is arranged to be movable relative to the retainer (2), wherein a connection element (11) is provided to movably connect the sliding body (1) and the retainer (2), and wherein the connection element (11) has a threaded segment (14), which engages with a threaded borehole (15) of the sliding body (1), and wherein the connection element (11) furthermore comprises a head (12) having a recess (29) for engaging with a tool, and further comprising a first force storing element (21.1) for pushing the retainer (2) toward the lowered position, interlocking structures (17, 18) on the holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) and the retainer (2) for engaging with each other in an engaged position to fix the retainer (2) in the raised position, and a second force storing element (21.2) for pushing the holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) toward the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,374

SYSTEM FOR FOLDING SEATS IN A VEHICLE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A system for changing the position of seats in a vehicle having forward seating and rearward seating, said rearward seating comprising at least one seat having a deployed configuration and a folded configuration, the system comprising:a control unit configured to, upon initiation of a movement of said rearward seating between said deployed and folded configurations:
detect a position of said forward seating;
control movement of said forward seating to a first safe position in which no part of the forward seating lies within a first volume defined by all positions that any part of the rearward seating may occupy between said deployed and folded configurations; and
control movement of the forward seating back to said detected position if such movement would not cause it to collide with said rearward seating;
wherein the control unit is configured to cause at least a first portion of the movement of the rearward seating between said configurations to be performed simultaneously with the movement of the forward seating, and wherein the control unit is configured to:
check whether the forward seating is within said first volume when said first portion of the movement is completed; and
when the forward seating is in the first volume when the first portion of the movement is completed, wait for the forward seating to exit the first volume before continuing with the movement of the rearward seating.

US Pat. No. 10,189,373

SEAT ARRANGEMENT

ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING...

1. A seat arrangement, comprising:a first seat adjacent to a curb side of a vehicle with said first seat movable from a deployed position to a stored position;
a second seat;
a third seat, said first seat being smaller than each of said second seat and said third seat;
wherein said first seat is stored in said second seat in said stored position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,372

BOND PIN ASSEMBLY FOR CONNECTING CONNECTION CABLES

Youxue Qui, Shenzhen (CN...

1. A bond pin assembly for connecting a connection cable with a rail, comprising:a bond pin that is inserted into a through hole in the rail, said bond pin having a transition portion and a screw portion, a diameter of one end of the transition portion being larger than a diameter of the other end of the transition portion, the end of the transition portion having a smaller diameter being connected with the screw portion;
a conductive sleeve that is provided between the bond pin and a wall of the through hole of the rail,
a nut that is screwed on the screw portion to fasten an end of the connection cable between the nut and a side wall of the rail, and
a conductive gasket that is provided between the end of the connection cable and the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,189,371

ELECTRICALLY-POWERED VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An electrically-powered vehicle, comprising:a high voltage battery configured to store electric power for travelling the electrically-powered vehicle;
a charger configured to output charge current to the high voltage battery, the charger including a first housing and a first circuit board accommodated in the first housing; and
a second housing including a first face, a second face opposed to the first face in a first direction, and a space defined between the first face and the second face that accommodates the high voltage battery,
wherein the first face comprises a low stiffness portion having stiffness lower than a stiffness of the second face, and
wherein the low stiffness portion is fastened to the charger at different locations that are disposed separately from each other in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,370

ELECTRICAL SOURCE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONVERTER SWITCH TEMPERATURE CONTROL

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrical source control apparatus which is configured to control an electrical source system,the electrical source system comprising:
a first electricity storage apparatus;
a second electricity storage apparatus; and
an electrical power converter having a plurality of switching elements including at least four switching elements which are electrically connected in series, each of the plurality of switching elements being located in both of a first electrical power conversion path and a second electrical power conversion path, the first electrical conversion path passing through the first electricity storage apparatus and being used to perform an electrical power conversion with the first electricity storage apparatus, the second electrical conversion path passing through the second electricity storage apparatus and being used to perform an electrical power conversion with the second electricity storage apparatus,
the electrical source control apparatus comprising a controller,
the controller being programmed to:
select one switching element from at least two switching elements of the plurality of switching elements, the at least two switching elements constituting an upper arm or lower arm that is selected from the plurality of switching elements to perform the electrical power conversion with one of the first and second electricity storage apparatuses in a single operation mode based on a determination to perform the electrical power conversion with a selected one of the first and the second electricity storage apparatuses; and
control the electrical power converter to change a switching state of the selected one switching element while keeping a switching state of another one of the at least two switching elements which is different from the selected one switching element in an ON state to perform the electrical power conversion with the selected one of the first and the second electricity storage apparatus,
the controller being programmed to newly select the one switching element from the at least two switching elements and perform the electrical power conversion with the at least two switching elements such that a difference between temperatures of the at least two switching elements when the switching state of the newly selected one switching element is changed is smaller than the difference between the temperatures of the at least two switching elements when the switching state of the selected one switching element continues to be changed, when it is determined that a temperature of at least one of the at least two switching elements satisfies a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,189,369

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING MOTORS

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of controlling a plurality of motors provided in a vehicle, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a state of charge of a battery configured to store a power supplied to each motor of the plurality of motors;
calculating, by the controller, a present current consumption of each motor of the plurality of motors when the state of charge of the battery is equal to or less than a predetermined reference value; and
resetting, by the controller, a power supply to each motor of the plurality of motors, based on the present current consumption of each motor of the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,189,368

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, TRANSPORTATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A power supply system comprising:a first energy storage having a first power density and a first energy density, a first charge rate indicating a charge rate of the first energy storage;
a second energy storage having a second power density higher than the first power density and a second energy density lower than the first energy density, a second charge rate indicating a charge rate of the second energy storage;
a power transmission electric circuit via which an electrical load is connected to the first energy storage and to the second energy storage; and
circuitry configured to
control the power transmission electric circuit in a first mode when the second charge rate is higher than a second switching threshold while controlling the power transmission electric circuit in a second mode, a ratio of a first electric power amount of an electric power to be supplied from the first energy storage to the electrical load and a second electric power amount of an electric power to be supplied from the second energy storage to the electrical load being changed in accordance with the first charge rate at least in the first mode among the first mode and the second mode, and
control the power transmission electric circuit in the second mode when the second charge rate is lower than a first switching threshold lower than the second switching threshold while controlling the power transmission electric circuit in the first mode, the second electric power amount in the second mode being smaller than the second electric power amount in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,366

BATTERY SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A battery system comprising:a lithium-ion secondary battery that employs a two-phase coexistence type positive electrode active material; and
a controller that:
calculates a distribution of concentration of lithium in an active material in the lithium-ion secondary battery based on a diffusion coefficient and a boundary condition,
calculates an average concentration of lithium in the active material based on the calculated distribution of concentration of lithium, and
calculates a state of charge (SOC) corresponding to the calculated average concentration based on a corresponding relationship between the average concentration and an SOC of the lithium-ion secondary battery, wherein
the controller corrects the diffusion coefficient in accordance with history data indicating a charge/discharge state of the lithium-ion secondary battery in a predetermined period to a present time, by multiplying a reference value of the diffusion coefficient by a correction coefficient corresponding to the history data, and
wherein the history data is updated every time the lithium-ion secondary battery is charged or discharged.

US Pat. No. 10,189,364

NON-CONTACT ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, CHARGING STATION, AND VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A non-contact electric power transmission system transmitting electric power between a vehicle and a charging station in a non-contact manner,the charging station comprising:
a plurality of power transmission devices configured to transmit the electric power in the non-contact manner;
a station control unit configured to transmit a first message for inquiring whether or not the vehicle is parked at a location provided with one of the power transmission devices, after charging is completed;
the vehicle comprising:
a power reception device configured to receive the electric power in the non-contact manner; and
a vehicle control unit configured to transmit a second message for informing that the vehicle is parked, when receiving the first message,
when alignment between one of the plurality of power transmission devices and the power reception device is completed, the vehicle control unit being configured to perform pairing processing between the vehicle and the charging station, the pairing processing being performed for causing the charging station to specify with which of the plurality of power transmission devices the power reception device is aligned,
after the pairing processing is completed, the vehicle control unit being configured to receive from the charging station information for specifying the power transmission device with which the alignment is performed,
the first message including the information for specifying the power transmission device,
when a transmission device specified by the information received after the pairing processing corresponds to a transmission device specified by the first message received, the vehicle control unit being configured to transmit the second message including the received information for specifying the power transmission device,
when the station control unit does not receive the second message after transmitting the first message, the station control unit being configured to determine that the vehicle is not parked at the location provided with the one of the plurality of power transmission devices.

US Pat. No. 10,189,362

VEHICLE CHARGING STATION HAVING DEGRADED ENERGY STORAGE UNITS FOR CHARGING AN INCOMING VEHICLE AND METHODS THEREOF

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

1. A charging station comprising:at least one energy storage unit; and
a controller determining a time before a vehicle arrives at the charging station and calculating a power to be supplied by the at least one energy storage unit and a power to be supplied by a power grid based on the time before the vehicle arrives at the charging station, wherein the at least one energy storage unit is powered based on a predetermined table having percentage and kilowatt hour fills for each of the at least one energy storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,361

CHARGING AND DISCHARGING CURRENT QUANTITY DISPLAY DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A charging and discharging current quantity display device for an electric vehicle, comprising:a power-feed unit having a charging port; and
an electricity storage unit which is charged by electric power supplied from an external power supply through the charging port;
a current sensor detecting a charging and discharging current quantity of the electricity storage unit;
a current quantity display unit that includes a plurality of indicators arranged at the power-feed unit and indicates the magnitude of the charging and discharging current quantity of the electricity storage unit by changing lighting states of the indicators; and
a current quantity display controller controlling a lighting state of each of the indicators in accordance with the current quantity detected by the current sensor,
wherein the indicators are arranged around the charging port, and
wherein the current quantity display controller controls the lighting states of the indicators such that each of the indicators blinks sequentially in one direction and changes the direction in which each of the indicators blinks sequentially, between when the battery is being charged and when the battery is being discharged.

US Pat. No. 10,189,360

ELECTRIC CHARGING SYSTEM

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An electric charging system that connects an electric charger and an electric vehicle via a charging cable and charges an electric storage device mounted on the electric vehicle, the electric charging system comprising:an electric charger, comprising:
a power converter configured to convert AC power received from an external power source to DC power, and comprising a positive electrode and a negative electrode electrically connected to two power supply lines, respectively,
a supply-side voltage sensor connected to the two power supply lines and configured to detect supply voltage values,
a charging controller comprising a supply-side processor communicable with a vehicle controller mounted on the electric vehicle and the supply-side voltage sensor, and
a housing accommodating the power converter, the supply-side voltage sensor, and the charging controller, and provided outside of and separately from the electric vehicle; and
a charging cable comprising:
a free edge including power supply connectors electrically connected to the power converter with the two power supply lines, the power supply connectors being connectable to charging connectors of the electric vehicle,
a fixed edge fixed to the housing, and
an elongated portion extended between the free edge and the fixed edge, and provided outside of and separately from the electric vehicle;
wherein the supply-side processor is configured to:
when the power supply connectors are connected to charging connectors of the electric vehicle, cause the electric charger to supply the DC power to the electric vehicle through the charging cable at detected supply voltage values, cause the electric vehicle to receive the DC power at receiving side voltage values, and receive the detected supply voltage values from the supply-side voltage sensor;
generate detected supply voltage data indicating a change of the detected supply voltage values with respect to time;
generate processed supply voltage data by subjecting the detected supply voltage data to a filtering process;
when the power supply connectors are connected to the charging connectors of the electric vehicle, communicate with the vehicle controller, and receive receiving side voltage data indicating a change of the receiving side voltages with respect to time from the vehicle controller;
by temporarily varying a change rate of the detected supply voltage values with respect to time, generate a first feature point corresponding the varying of the change rate in the processed supply voltage data at a first time, and generate a second feature point corresponding the varying of the change rate in the receiving side voltage data at a second time;
calculate a time lag between the first time and the second time;
calculate a voltage difference between the supply voltage and the receiving side voltage based on the time lag, the processed supply voltage data and the receiving side voltage data; and
cause the electric charger to terminate supplying the DC power to the electric vehicle after determining that a charge state of the electric vehicle has reached a determination value.

US Pat. No. 10,189,359

TRANSMITTING NOTIFICATION MESSAGES FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING NETWORK

CHARGEPOINT, INC., Campb...

1. A method performed on a charging station network server which manages a plurality of charging stations, the method comprising:receiving subscriber notification message preferences for a subscriber of electric vehicle charging service which indicate a set of one or more events of interest which the subscriber wishes to receive notification messages for, wherein at least one of the set of events of interest is charging session related;
receiving a set of one or more contact points associated with the subscriber;
authorizing the subscriber to use one of the plurality of charging stations;
receiving data associated with the subscriber from that one of the plurality of charging stations, the data indicating a charging session has been established for an electric vehicle associated with the subscriber; and
responsive to detecting the at least one of the set of the events of interest for the subscriber that is charging session related and which is related to the established charging session, transmitting a notification message for that event of interest to at least one of the set of contact points associated with the subscriber.

US Pat. No. 10,189,358

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A power supply device comprising:a first boost converter electrically connected to an electric load;
a second boost converter electrically connected to the electric load and connected in parallel with the first boost converter to the electric load;
a power storage device connected in common to the first boost converter and the second boost converter; and
a controller configured to (i) use the first boost converter to execute voltage control and (ii) use the second boost converter to execute power control, the voltage control being executed for performing a voltage boosting operation such that a voltage to be applied to the electric load is set at a target voltage, and the power control being executed for, when required power required at least for the electric load cannot be supplied to the electric load from only a single boost converter executing the voltage control, supplying electric power to the electric load while setting part of the required power as a target power,
the controller being configured to
calculate a first stress value and a second stress value, the first stress value quantitatively showing a stress that is caused by the voltage boosting operation of the first boost converter and that is accumulated in a component included in the first boost converter, the second stress value quantitatively showing a stress that is caused by the voltage boosting operation of the second boost converter and that is accumulated in a component included in the second boost converter,
when the first stress value is greater than the second stress value, use the second boost converter to execute the voltage control and use the first boost converter to execute the power control,
perform no switching from the voltage control using the first boost converter to the voltage control using the second boost converter when a magnitude of a difference between the first stress value and the second stress value is less than a threshold value even if the first stress value is greater than the second stress value, and
set the threshold value to be smaller as at least any one of the first stress value and the second stress value is larger.

US Pat. No. 10,189,357

REDUCED RIPPLE CONVERTER FOR HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A powertrain for a vehicle comprising:a DC/DC converter, including an inductor and output capacitor, coupled between a traction battery and an electric drive unit; and
a controller configured to, in response to an electrical connection between the vehicle and an AC grid, couple the output capacitor and inductor in series and across terminals of the traction battery to absorb reactive power from the AC grid.

US Pat. No. 10,189,356

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

15. A vehicle control method comprising:determining a slip of each of wheels;
calculating a base distribution torque to be distributed to front and rear wheels on the basis of requested torques and a base distribution ratio of torques between the front and rear wheels, and changing the base distribution ratio on the basis of a result of the slip determination when the slip is detected;
decreasing the base distribution torque on the basis of the result of the slip determination in a manner that a rotation speed of a slipping wheel that is slipping becomes equal to a target rotation speed;
redistributing a decreased torque amount of the slipping wheel that is slipping to the base distribution torque of non-slipping wheels that are not slipping: and
changing the base distribution ratio of torques based on an actual distribution ratio of torques, between the front and rear wheels, before and after the decrease of the base distribution torque.

US Pat. No. 10,189,355

SAFETY DEVICE FOR A BATTERY CONTACTOR IN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A safety device (4) for a contactor (2) which is connected between a secondary battery and an electrical power supply system, the safety device comprising:at least one electronic evaluation unit (6) connected to at least one electrical component of the secondary battery by means of a communication connection (5), and
at least one safety switch (8) driven by way of the electronic evaluation unit (6) and arranged in an electrical control circuit (7) of the contactor (2),
wherein the electronic evaluation unit (6) is configured to
receive at least one component-specific item of actual information (12), which is an unambiguous actual identifier of the electrical component of the secondary battery, from the electrical component by means of the communication connection (5),
compare the received item of actual information (12) with at least one item of target information which is an unambiguous target identifier stored in the electronic evaluation unit (6), and
drive the safety switch (8) depending on a result of the comparison in such a way that said electronic evaluation unit closes the safety switch (8) when the item of actual information (12) corresponds to the item of target information, and opens the safety switch (8) when the item of actual information (12) does not correspond to the item of target information.

US Pat. No. 10,189,354

BATTERY SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAID BATTERY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a battery system (1) having multiple battery cells (8) and a battery management system for monitoring and controlling the battery cells (8), wherein the battery management system comprises a main control device (2), a first measuring chain (34) having a first plurality of measuring chips (40, 42), and a second measuring chain (36) having a second plurality of measuring chips (40, 42), wherein the first and second plurality of measuring chips (40, 42) are configured to ascertain, in a redundant manner, measured data at the battery cells (8) and in each case to perform diagnoses at the battery cells (8), and a cell balancing procedure of the battery cells (8), the method comprising:establishing a hierarchy state of the first and second measuring chains (34, 36) by a control channel (44) of the battery system (1);
wherein in the event of the failure of one of the measuring chains (34, 36) the battery system (1) transfers into a reduced availability mode and the control channel (44) establishes the hierarchy state such that the other measuring chain (34, 36) ascertains the measured data, performs the diagnoses and performs the cell balancing procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,352

INTELLIGENT SAFETY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

1. A smart safety and emergency-assistance system for a vehicle comprising:means for automatic Global System for Mobile communications/General Packet Radio Services/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (GSM/GPRS/UMTS) radio/tele-communication for enabling transmission of data and of an alarm;
a data recording device;
a first set of a plurality of sensors comprising an electrocardiogram sensor, weight sensors, infrared sensors, a sensor for a baby car seat of the vehicle, ultrasound sensors;
means for automatic driving and management of the vehicle, said means for automatic driving and management interfacing with said plurality of sensors, wherein said vehicle and an occupant present on board the vehicle is monitored for an occurrence of one or more predetermined distress events via the plurality of sensors, wherein during an occurrence of the one or more predetermined distress events, said system instantaneously sends, via said means for automatic driving and management of the vehicle, a communication indicating a state of emergency for the occupant of the vehicle, said communication being sent while the occupant is driving the vehicle or in a passive condition in which the vehicle is stationary and in a non-powered state with or without an ignition key being inserted in an ignition lock of the vehicle, and records in the data recording device, at pre-set time intervals, data regarding the monitored distress event; and wherein a vehicle micro-telephone and GSM/GPRS/UMTS radio/tele-communication means transmit data recorded on the data recording device and via a cellphone of the occupant of the vehicle to at least one of designated emergency contacts stored in the occupant's cellphone, a remote digital archive and operating centers of emergency-service providers and authorities; and
a bracelet including a bracelet data recording device and a second set of the plurality of sensors, said bracelet being worn by the occupant of the vehicle, said second set including a bracelet data recording device and at least a portion of sensors which are redundant to the first set of sensors, said bracelet being in electronic communication with the vehicle in a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth mode of operation to activate an alarm signal for requesting emergency intervention on behalf of the occupant when one of the one or more predetermined distress events is detected, said emergency intervention including sending a message to at least one of an emergency contact stored in the cell-phone of the occupant, the remote digital archive and operating centers of emergency-service providers and authorities; wherein said bracelet detects and monitors for malfunctioning of specific component elements of the system on-board the vehicle, and wherein at least one of said second set of sensors of the bracelet and bracelet data recording device are activated in order to compensate and guarantee operation of vehicle devices present on board the vehicle, the bracelet data recording device transmitting recorded data to the remote digital archive at predetermined intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,189,351

AGITATOR TRUCK

BYD Company Limited, She...

1. An agitator truck, comprising:a frame;
a first axle assembly and a second axle assembly disposed along a front-rear direction in a spaced manner on the frame, wherein the second axle assembly comprises two vehicle axle assemblies that are disposed along the front-rear direction in a spaced manner; and
a suspension system, wherein each of the vehicle axle assemblies is connected to the frame through the suspension system, wherein:
each of the vehicle axle assemblies includes an axle case assembly comprising an axle case component, and two half axles located inside the axle case component; and
at least one of the two vehicle axle assemblies is an electric drive axle assembly comprising an electric power assembly, wherein the electric power assembly comprises:
a transmission having a transmission case fixed to the axle case component;
a power motor fixed onto the transmission case; and
a differential supported on the transmission case and located inside the axle case component.

US Pat. No. 10,189,350

FUEL DRIP RETENTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system, comprising a computer comprising a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions such that the processor is programmed to:actuate one of a pump or a starter motor to generate a vacuum in an evaporation line between a fuel nozzle receiving port and a vapor canister upon determining that fuel has stopped flowing into a fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 10,189,349

SHUTTER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A shutter device for a vehicle, which adjusts an amount of air flowing from an outside of a vehicle surface to an inside thereof the shutter device comprising:a frame member having an opening provided therein and a frame-side pivot member, and mounted on the vehicle;
a fin extending in a first direction; and
a fin-side pivot member, which is pivotally engaged with the frame-side pivot member to pivotally support the fin on the frame member to be pivotable in the opening of the frame member,
wherein the fin-side pivot member is provided independently from the fin, and the fin-side pivot member is fixed to the fin,
wherein the fin has a uniform sectional shape in the first direction, and
wherein the fin includes an engaging part having a uniform sectional shape throughout the fin in the first direction, and the fin-side pivot member is engaged with the engaging part.

US Pat. No. 10,189,348

MOTOR VEHICLE UNDERTRAY TRIM PANEL HAVING AN AIR INLET

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle undertray trim panel comprising an air inlet which is delimited toward a vehicle engine compartment and toward a roadway by an upper and a lower flat element, respectively, which flat elements extend arcuately rearward and upward in the direction of the engine compartment, in which components to be cooled of the vehicle are situated, wherein the upper flat element runs, starting from a front end which lies in a vehicle longitudinal direction, in front of an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle and below a front radiator, approximately horizontally and at a spacing below an oil sump of the internal combustion engine and then in a continuously steeper curve to its rear end which lies behind the oil sump and which is adjoined by a planar air ram plate which extends by a small amount substantially vertically upward, and then ends substantially freely in the engine compartment, and wherein the lower flat element runs, from a front end which lies in the vehicle longitudinal direction behind the rear end of the upper flat element, in a steeper curve than the upper flat element rearward and upward to a rear end which lies even further rearward and substantially higher than the rear end of the upper flat element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,347

ENGAGING DEVICE FOR WHEEL AND WHEEL SET HAVING REMOVABLE POWER MODULE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. An engaging device for a wheel, comprising:a wheel hub located in a center of a wheel, wherein the wheel hub has a plurality of engaging holes; and
a transmitting member having a plurality of grooves, wherein an elastic member is provided in each of the grooves in such a way that one end of each elastic member is connected to one of the grooves and the other end of each elastic member is connected to an engaging member, wherein
the shapes of the engaging members and the engaging holes correspond to each other, such that the engaging members fit into the engaging holes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,346

PLANETARY MULTI-STAGE TRANSMISSION

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A planetary multi-stage transmission for a vehicle, comprising:a housing (9);
at least one electric motor (EM);
three planetary gear sets including a first planetary gear set (RS1), a second planetary gear set (RS2) and a third planetary gear set (RS3);
a drive (An) connectable by a zeroth shift element (K0) to a first shaft (1);
an output (Ab) connected to a second shaft (2);
four additional shafts including a third shaft (3), a fourth shaft (4), a fifth shaft (5) and a sixth shaft (6); and
a plurality of additional shift elements including a first shift element (K1), a second shift element (K2), a third shift element (K3), a fourth shift element (K4) and a fifth shift element (B1), the plurality of additional shift elements actuatable to provide at least eight forward gears (G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7, G8);
wherein a first element of the first planetary gear set (RS1) is connected to the housing (9), the first shaft (1) is permanently connected to a second element of the first planetary gear set (RS1), a rotor (10) of the electric motor (EM) is connected to a third element of the first planetary gear set (RS1), and the third element of the first planetary gear set (RS1) is connectable by one or more of the plurality of additional shift elements to at least one element of one or more of the second and third planetary gear sets (RS2, RS3).

US Pat. No. 10,189,344

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first rotary electric machine;
a second rotary electric machine configured to output power to a drive wheel;
a power transmission unit including an input element and an output element, the input element being configured to receive power from the internal combustion engine, the output element being configured to output power input to the input element, and the power transmission unit being configured to switch between a non-neutral state where power is transmitted between the input element and the output element and a neutral state where power is not transmitted between the input element and the output element;
a differential unit including a first rotating element, a second rotating element and a third rotating element, the first rotating element being connected to the first rotary electric machine, the second rotating element being connected to the second rotary electric machine and the drive wheel, the third rotating element being connected to the output element, and the differential unit being configured such that, when rotation speeds of any two of the first rotating element, the second rotating element and the third rotating element are determined, a rotation speed of the remaining one of the first rotating element, the second rotating element and the third rotating element is determined;
a clutch configured to switch between an engaged state where power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine and a released state where transmission of power from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine is interrupted, power from the internal combustion engine being transmitted to the first rotary electric machine through at least one of a first path or a second path, the first path being a path through which power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine via the power transmission unit and the differential unit, and the second path being a path through which power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine, the second path being different from the first path and not including the differential unit, and the clutch being provided in the second path; and
a controller configured to control the internal combustion engine, the first rotary electric machine, the power transmission unit and the clutch, the controller being configured to: (i) set the power transmission unit to the neutral state, (ii) set the clutch to the engaged state, and (iii) then start the internal combustion engine by increasing a rotation speed of the internal combustion engine with the use of the first rotary electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,343

CASE STRUCTURE OF POWER EQUIPMENT UNIT

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A case structure of a power equipment unit which accommodates a power equipment mounted in a vehicle and is disposed in a power equipment unit accommodating part provided on a floor panel, the case structure comprising:a case body having an upper portion opened to accommodate the power equipment;
a lid member which covers the upper portion of the case body; and
a cover member which is attached to the lid member and covers at least an opening part formed in the lid member, wherein
the cover member has an intake port which takes in air from outside,
a levee wall is provided in front of the intake port,
the lid member is provided with a cover member disposing part having a recess shape concaved from an upper surface of the lid member,
the cover member is disposed in the cover member disposing part such that the intake port is located higher than the upper surface, and
an upper end of the levee wall is located above an imaginary line passing through a lower end of the intake port from an intersection between the upper surface of the lid member and the cover member disposing part in a sectional view.

US Pat. No. 10,189,342

BALL-BALANCING ROBOT AND DRIVE ASSEMBLY THEREFOR

The Regents of the Univer...

12. A ball-balancing robot, comprising:a ball having a ball surface and a reference axis extending through a centroid of the ball;
three omniwheel assemblies, each omniwheel assembly comprising a motor having a motor axle and an omniwheel configured to rotate around the motor axle;
a chassis configured for supporting the three omniwheel assemblies at 120° spacings with the motor axles oriented at an angle a relative to the reference axis and the omniwheels rotated at an angle ? to define mutually-orthogonal planes, wherein each omniwheel frictionally contacts the ball surface to convert rotational motion of the motor axle to torque on the ball;
a frame extending upward from the chassis;
a control assembly disposed on the frame, the control assembly comprising an electronic controller for selectively and independently activating the omniwheel assemblies; and
a power supply for powering the motors and the control assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,341

TOP OF A CONVERTIBLE VEHICLE COMPRISING PANEL BOWS

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A top of a convertible vehicle, comprising a top cover and a top linkage which is adjustable between a closed position covering a vehicle interior and a storage position uncovering the vehicle interior toward the top and which has a linkage arrangement on each of its two sides with respect to a vertical longitudinal center plane of the top, each linkage arrangement being pivotably mounted on a respective main bearing, which is fixed to the vehicle, via a main multi-joint arrangement comprising two main links, a rear bow realized as a panel bow being mounted on each of the bilaterally arranged linkage arrangements via a rear link arrangement, said rear bow being arranged at the rear when the top linkage is in the closed position and extending in the transverse direction of the top, wherein the two bilaterally arranged rear link arrangements are each actuable by a drive lever which drives the respective rear link arrangement in a first opening phase starting from the closed position while the main multi-joint arrangement is static and which drives the respective rear link arrangement in the opposite direction of the respective main multi-joint arrangement in a second opening phase, and wherein the top linkage comprises at least four panel bows.

US Pat. No. 10,189,340

FOLDING TONNEAU COVER APPARATUS

Agri-Cover, Inc., Jamest...

1. A tonneau cover apparatus for removable attachment about a top of a perimeter of a cargo box of a pickup truck, the top perimeter of the cargo box including a forward end, two opposing sidewalls and a tailgate, the tailgate being positioned rearward of the forward end and having an open position and a closed position, the tonneau cover apparatus comprising:a support frame assembly for attachment to the cargo box, the support frame assembly having two opposing side rails, wherein each of the respective side rails can be secured to one of the respective opposing sidewalls; and
a cover assembly including a plurality of rigid panels; wherein the plurality of rigid panels includes first and second panels; the first and second panels being flexibly secured to one another by a flexible hinge; each of the rigid panels having a thickness of from about 0.020 inches to about 0.200 inches and the flexible hinge is made from a fiber reinforced polymeric material that can withstand deformation without breaking or cracking; and wherein the cover assembly includes a plurality of elongated support members; wherein each of the plurality of elongated support members is secured to an underside of one of the plurality of rigid panels to stiffen the respective rigid panel.

US Pat. No. 10,189,339

TONNEAU COVER SYSTEM FOR A CARGO BED OF A VEHICLE

Rugged Liner, Inc., Owos...

1. A tonneau cover system comprising:a first side rail;
a second side rail, where each of the first side rail and the second side rail are adapted to be mounted to a vehicle; and
a plurality of panels coupled to the first side rail and the second side rail, where the plurality of panels comprise:
a first panel;
a second panel spaced from said first panel;
a third panel adjacent said second panel;
a spacer bar disposed between said first panel and the second panel with said spacer bar being fixed to said first side rail and said second side rail, the spacer bar including a channel;
a mounting mechanism connected to the spacer bar, the mounting mechanism including:
a housing disposed within the channel of the spacer bar, the housing having an opening and a closed end;
a bracket pivotably connected to the housing so that the bracket is movable between a locked position where a portion of the bracket is located proximate to the closed end and a stowed position where a portion of the bracket is located within the opening;
wherein said first panel is pivotally coupled to said spacer bar to enable said first panel to pivot relative to said spacer bar while said spacer bar remains fixed to said first side rail and said second side rail;
wherein said third panel is pivotally coupled to said second panel to enable said third panel to pivot relative to said second panel and to permit said third panel to be located over said second panel while said spacer bar remains fixed to said side rails to define an intermediate folded position of said tonneau cover system; and
a hinge assembly mounted between said second panel and said spacer bar to enable said second panel and said third panels to pivot relative to said spacer bar as a unit from said intermediate folded position to a final folded position located over said spacer bar and a portion of said first panel while said spacer bar remains fixed to said first side rails and said second side rail.

US Pat. No. 10,189,338

FOLDING TOP FOR A CABRIOLET VEHICLE

MAGNA Car Top Systems Gmb...

1. A folding top for a cabriolet vehicle, the folding top comprising:a top linkage having a storm linkage, the storm linkage having an upper storm rod and a lower storm rod which are connected to one another in an articulated manner;
a top cover;
a roof kinematic system to move the top linkage between a closed position and an open position, the roof kinematic system being including a four-bar linkage kinematic system having a first link, a second link, and a first drive member to drive the first link;
a tensioning hoop assigned to the top linkage and to which the top cover is connected;
a tensioning hoop kinematic system to move the tensioning hoop and to which the roof kinematic system is connected such that, during a movement of the roof kinematic system, the tensioning hoop performs an adjusting movement, the tensioning hoop kinematic system including a guide link and a coupling link connected in an articulated manner to the second link, a first bearing point to connect the guide link at a first end region to the coupling link in an articulated manner, and a second bearing point to connect the guide link at a second end region thereof to the tensioning hoop in an articulated manner; and
a control device to adjustably move the storm linkage between a locked position, in which the tensioning hoop is loaded by the storm linkage, and an unlocked position, the control device including a four-rod linkage and a second drive member, the four-rod linkage having an upper toggle lever and a lower toggle lever which are connected to one another in an articulated manner, the upper toggle lever being connected in an articulated manner to the lower storm rod, and the lower toggle lever being connected in an articulated manner between the second drive member and a body of the cabriolet vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,337

COMPOSITE LIFTGATE

Magna International Inc.,...

1. A composite liftgate system, comprising:an inner panel formed of a structural thermoplastic composite material;
an outer panel adhesive bonded to the inner panel, said outer panel having a finished surface;
at least one first channel that extends horizontally, at least one other channel that extends in a diagonal direction and a plurality of structural reinforcement ribs, at least one of said plurality of structural reinforcement ribs extending from at least one longitudinal side of said at least one other channel, all integrally molded into the inner panel to manage loads applied to the inner panel; and
at least a pair of steel reinforcement brackets connected by adhesive to the inner panel to add structure and strength to the inner panel;
wherein the inner panel further comprises at least one second channel, wherein the at least one first channel is located in the at least one second channel; and
wherein the at least one other channel is at least one first pair of channels that extend diagonally upward in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,336

GLAZING UNIT COMPRISING A PROFILED CLIP-FASTENING BEAD HAVING A HOLE

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A vehicle glazing unit comprising a glazed element having an outer face, an edge face and an inner face, said glazing unit comprising, along at least a part of a bottom edge, a profiled bead attached to said glazed element and comprising a groove for clip-fastening a covering piece on said profiled bead, said covering piece comprising, as seen in cross section, a barbed hook that passes into said groove during clip-fastening, said profiled bead being situated against said edge face of said glazed element, said profiled bead comprising, as seen in cross section, an inner leg situated beneath said inner face of said glazed element, wherein the bottom edge comprises two bottom parts disposed symmetrically on either side of a vertical axis that is centered along a length of the vehicle glazing unit, wherein the inner leg extends along said two bottom parts and comprises (a), in a region of a first of the two bottom parts a first hole void of solid material and passing through said inner leg and (b), in a region of a second of the two bottom parts, a second hole void of solid material and passing through said inner leg, and wherein the first and second holes are each centered lengthwise on a bottommost point of said profiled bead.

US Pat. No. 10,189,335

FILTER

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A filtration material for filtering a contaminated air stream, comprising:a first layer comprising a first three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers including a first plurality of cells, the first plurality of cells including an extracellular matrix comprising ?-glucan and chitin, the first layer configured to preclude passage of solid materials of the contaminated air stream;
a second layer fluidly downstream of the first layer comprising a second three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers including a second plurality of cells, the second plurality of cells including an extracellular matrix including ?-glucan and chitin, the second layer configured to preclude passage of solid materials of the contaminated air stream, the second layer being adhered to the first layer; and
a polymer mixture coating the first layer and the second layer, the polymer mixture including a polymer and an antioxidant, the polymer configured to mitigate exposure of the first three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers and the second three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers to glucanases and chitaneses, the polymer further configured to begin thermally degrading at or above a predetermined temperature, the antioxidant being included at an amount sufficient to mitigate the polymer from thermally degrading below the predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,189,334

REGISTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A register comprising:a bezel having an air outlet formed therein;
a retainer having an air flow path along which an air flow toward the air outlet occurs and which communicates with the air outlet;
a movable fin for changing a blowout direction of air sent into the air flow path of the retainer and blown out from the air outlet, the movable fin having an upstream end and a downstream end;
a pair of rotational shafts for rotatably supporting the movable fin, the rotational shafts being formed at side ends of the movable fin and positioned at a downstream side along an air flow direction on the side ends; and
a fixed fin positioned near the air outlet of the bezel, the fixed fin having an upstream side and a downstream side;
wherein the downstream end of the movable fin is arranged near an edge position of the fixed fin positioned at the upstream side along the air flow direction, the downstream end and the edge position of the fixed fin being separated with a clearance therebetween,
wherein both upper and lower surfaces of the movable fin each include a concave surface which gradually curves from the upstream end to the downstream end, and
wherein a thickness of the movable fin narrows from the upstream end of the movable fin to a minimum thickness along the airflow direction at a position between the upstream end and the downstream end of the movable fin, and the thickness of the movable fin thickens from the minimum thickness from the position to the downstream end.

US Pat. No. 10,189,333

METHOD OF MODIFYING A HEAVY DUTY TRUCK AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

14. A method of modifying a primary air conditioning loop of a heavy duty truck, the primary air conditioning loop having a compressor, a condenser mounted within an engine bay of the truck, an evaporator, and a cooling fan belt-driven by an engine of the truck mounted within the engine bay adjacent a radiator of the truck, the method comprising:removing the condenser from the engine bay;
removing the belt-driven cooling fan from the engine bay;
installing a remote condenser on the truck external from the engine bay on a back of a cab of the truck, the remote condenser in fluid communication with the primary air conditioning loop of the truck, the remote condenser including one or more electrically powered condenser fans mounted adjacent to the condenser;
installing an electric cooling assembly in the engine bay adjacent to the radiator of the truck, the electric cooling assembly comprising four electrically powered cooling fans oriented in a 2×2 arrangement and surrounded by a shroud;
installing a control unit in electrical communication with the one or more cooling fans, wherein the control unit activates or deactivates one or more of the electrically powered cooling fans based on cooling needs of the engine;
installing a manual activation switch for activating the one or more electrically powered cooling fans of the electric cooling assembly;
removing an oil cooler from the engine bay of the truck; and
installing a remote oil cooler at a location that is external to the engine bay of the truck.

US Pat. No. 10,189,331

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

JAPAN CLIMATE SYSTEMS COR...

1. A vehicle air conditioner comprising:a heat pump
including a compressor configured to compress refrigerant, a downstream indoor heat exchanger disposed inside a vehicle compartment, an upstream indoor heat exchanger disposed in a portion of the vehicle compartment upstream of the downstream indoor heat exchanger in a flow direction of air, and an outdoor heat exchanger disposed outside the vehicle compartment, and
configured such that the compressor, the downstream indoor heat exchanger, the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and the outdoor heat exchanger are connected together through a refrigerant pipe; and
an indoor air conditioner
housing the downstream indoor heat exchanger and the upstream indoor heat exchanger,
including an air blower configured to send air-conditioning air to the downstream indoor heat exchanger and the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and
configured to generate conditioned air to supply the conditioned air into the vehicle compartment,
wherein the refrigerant pipe includes
a low-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe connected to the upstream indoor heat exchanger and configured to supply only low-temperature refrigerant to the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and
a high-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe connected to the upstream indoor heat exchanger and configured to supply only high-temperature refrigerant to the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and
the heat pump further includes
an air conditioning controller configured to switch the heat pump among a plurality of operation modes including
an air-heating operation mode in which the downstream indoor heat exchanger and the upstream indoor heat exchanger serve as radiators and the outdoor heat exchanger serves as a heat absorber, and
an air-cooling operation mode in which the upstream indoor heat exchanger serves as a heat absorber, the downstream indoor heat exchanger serves as a radiator, and the outdoor heat exchanger serves as a radiator, and
a flow path switcher configured to switch a refrigerant flow path such that high-temperature refrigerant from the downstream indoor heat exchanger flows through the high-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe in the air-heating operation mode and that low-temperature refrigerant from the outdoor heat exchanger flows through the low-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe in the air-cooling operation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,330

AUXILIARY AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR A SLEEPER CAB OF A TRUCK

1. In combination:a truck having an engine, a direct current battery system, a conventional air conditioning system operated by the engine, an operator's cab having a rearward end, and a sleeper cab at the rearward end of the operator's cab with the sleeper cab having an interior, a first side wall, a second side wall, a rear wall with interior and exterior sides, a floor, and a bunk bed positioned above the floor of the sleeper cab;
an auxiliary alternating current air conditioning system for supplying cool air to said interior of said sleeper cab only when the truck engine is not running, comprising:
(a) a 12 volt direct current condenser and fan mounted on said exterior side of said rear wall of said sleeper cab;
(b) an alternating current air conditioner unit mounted in said sleeper cab;
(c) said direct current condenser and fan being operatively connected to said alternating current air conditioner unit;
(d) an electrical inverter electrically connected to said direct current battery system which inverts direct current electricity from said direct current battery system of said truck to alternating current electricity;
(e) said inverter being electrically connected to said air conditioner unit which supplies alternating current thereto;
(f) an auxiliary control which is operatively connected to said air conditioner unit which controls the operation of said air conditioner unit;
(g) an inverter control electrically connected to said inverter which controls said inverter;
(h) said air conditioner unit having at least one cool air conduit extending therefrom into said interior of said sleeper cab;
an air manifold positioned on said air conditioning unit and is in communication with said air conditioning unit; and
said cool air conduit being in communication with said air manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,189,329

DAMPING FORCE ADJUSTING MECHANISM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A damping force adjusting mechanism comprising:a case that houses an operating fluid;
a sealing member that separates an inside of the case into a first fluid chamber and a second fluid chamber;
a housing that holds the sealing member and houses the sealing member in the case;
a damping valve that is housed inside the housing and performs control of opening and closing between the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber;
a first pilot chamber and a second pilot chamber which are separately formed inside the housing with the damping valve therebetween;
a first communication passage that causes the first fluid chamber to communicate with the first pilot chamber;
a second communication passage that causes the second fluid chamber to communicate with the second pilot chamber;
a first fixed orifice that is interposed in the first communication passage;
a second fixed orifice that is interposed in the second communication passage;
a control chamber that is formed inside the housing and communicates with the first pilot chamber and the second pilot chamber;
a control valve that is housed inside the control chamber, separates the control chamber into a first control chamber communicating with the first pilot chamber and a second control chamber communicating with the second pilot chamber, and selects a flow of the fluid from the first control chamber to the second control chamber or a flow of the fluid in a reverse direction with respect to the flow of the fluid in accordance with magnitudes of fluid pressures inside the first control chamber and the second control chamber;
an actuator that controls electrical driving of the control valve and controls the fluid pressure inside the first pilot chamber or the second pilot chamber;
a first relief valve that has a valve member having the first fixed orifice and being seated on an opening portion of the first communication passage, and a relief spring for biasing the valve member in a direction of closing the opening portion of the first communication passage; and
a second relief valve that has a valve member having the second fixed orifice and being seated on an opening portion of the second communication passage, and a relief spring for biasing the valve member in a direction of closing the opening portion of the second communication passage.

US Pat. No. 10,189,327

SPRING MODULE WITH NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE STIFFNESS SPRINGS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A strut assembly for a suspension corner employed in a vehicle having a vehicle body and a road wheel, the strut assembly comprising:a damper; and
an elastic unit having at least one spring module acting in concert with the damper to suspend the vehicle body relative to the road wheel, wherein the at least one spring module has a positive stiffness spring arranged in parallel with a negative stiffness spring;
wherein the positive stiffness spring is a Belleville spring segment and the negative stiffness spring is a buckling beam segment.

US Pat. No. 10,189,326

ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A FRAME ELEMENT AND A CONNECTING ELEMENT, AND METHOD FOR SECURING A CONNECTING ELEMENT TO A FRAME ELEMENT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An assembly, comprising:a frame element of a motor vehicle;
a connecting element, provided for attaching a component, and
a fiber winding configured to non-displaceably secure the connecting element to the frame element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,325

AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An amphibious vehicle, comprising:an engine;
at least one land traveling device;
at least one water propelling device;
a power distribution device configured to distribute power outputted from the engine between land travel power which is to be supplied to the at least one land traveling device and water propulsion power which is to be supplied to the at least one water propelling device;
a slippage-amount detection device configured to detect a slippage amount of the at least one land traveling device relative to ground; and
a controller configured to adjust at least the land travel power, of the land travel power and the water propulsion power, on the basis of the slippage amount detected by the slippage-amount detection device,
wherein the controller is configured to reduce the land travel power and increase or maintain unchanged the water propulsion power, if the slippage amount detected by the slippage-amount detection device is greater than a threshold while the land travel power and the water propulsion power are supplied respectively to the at least one land traveling device and the at least one water propelling device for landing from water to land.

US Pat. No. 10,189,324

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COUPLING A MOTOR VEHICLE TO A TRAILER

1. A method for coupling a motor vehicle having a trailer coupling to a coupling element of a trailer with at least partially automatic actuation of the motor vehicle, the motor vehicle includes a surroundings sensor system, at least one axle, and an air suspension system, the method comprising:acquiring, from the surroundings sensor system, data;
checking, using the data obtained by the surroundings sensor system, when the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is at a level which is suitable for coupling, in comparison with the coupling element of the trailer; and
controllably adjusting a level of the at least one axle of the motor vehicle by way of the air suspension system based on the acquired data;
wherein when, in comparison with the coupling element of the trailer, the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is at a level which is suitable for coupling, automated maneuvering takes place into a position in which the coupling element of the trailer is located above the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle; and
wherein after the position in which the coupling element of the trailer is located above the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is reached, a controlled change in level takes place at the at least one axle in such a way that the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle engages into the coupling element of the trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,322

DEVICE FOR DISASSEMBLING A TIRE FROM A WHEEL RIM AND A METHOD OF DISASSEMBLING A TIRED WHEEL

BUTLER ENGINEERING AND MA...

1. A device for dismounting a tired wheel having a wheel rim and a tire mounted on the wheel rim, comprising:a support member,
a bill or lever-shaped disassembling tool having one end thereof articulated to said support member, and the other work end thereof substantially hook-shaped, whereby said disassembling tool can be angularly displaced between a first insertion position between the tire bead of the tire and edge of the wheel rim and a second engagement and extraction position of the tire bead,
comprising an interception element for holding said tool in an engagement and extraction position wherein the interception element is carried either by said support member or by said disassembling tool and arranged to intercept said tool or said support member, respectively, when said disassembling tool reaches said engagement and extraction position, said interception element comprising an elastically loaded pin, wherein during the angular displacement between said first insertion position and the second extraction position and upon reaching the second extraction position, the elastically loaded pin is energized to lock said tool in said second extraction position, and thereby preventing any backwards angular movement of said tool.

US Pat. No. 10,189,321

AIR MAINTENANCE TIRE SYSTEM COMPONENT PROTECTOR

1. A protector for components of an air maintenance tire system, the components of the air maintenance tire system including an annular air tube being mounted to a tire, a mounting member being secured to a sidewall of the tire and connected to the annular air tube, and at least one flexible connecting tube extending between the mounting member and a valve housing to enable fluid communication between the annular air tube and the valve housing, the protector comprising:a first end disposed proximate a connection of the at least one connecting tube to the mounting member and being secured to the mounting member;
a second end disposed proximate the valve housing and being secured to the valve housing, whereby the protector covers at least an outboard surface of the at least one connecting tube for a length of the connecting tube extending between the mounting member and the valve housing; and
a mid-portion disposed between the first end and the second end, the protector being formed with a taper extending from the first end to the mid-portion, and with a taper extending from the second end to the mid-portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,320

ON-WHEEL AIR MAINTENANCE SYSTEM

1. An air maintenance system comprising:a rotating inner ring secured to a vehicle wheel;
a stationary outer ring maintaining a constant angular position;
an occlusion roller rotationally fixed to the stationary outer ring, the occlusion roller having a protruding portion centered axially at a radially outer surface of the occlusion roller with axially outer portions of the occlusion roller being radially recessed from the protruding portion and supported by bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring;
spacer rollers rotationally fixed to the stationary outer ring and rotationally supported by the bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring; and
a flexible tube defining a pump cavity, the air maintenance system pumping a fluid from the ambient environment into a pneumatic tire by applying an occluding force against the flexible tube, periodically occluding portions of the pump cavity,
the spacer rollers having axially outer surfaces for rotational support by bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring and a recess centered axially at the outer surface of the spacer rollers for avoiding any contact between the spacer rollers and the flexible tube.

US Pat. No. 10,189,319

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Jianzhong Fu, Rockville,...

1. A passenger car tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) comprising:a processor, wherein the processor is configured to:
determine a safety condition of a specific tire of the passenger car, based on deviations from a load-dependent tire pressure standard that is configured dynamically based on a real-time load of the specific tire measured by at least one load sensor; and
determine the load-dependent tire pressure standard by looking up a database comprising a plurality of tire pressure standards correlating respectively with a plurality of loads for the specific tire;
an indication device configured to provide at least one of a visual, audio, or heptic indication of the safety condition of the specific tire; and
a plurality of sensors configured to collect data of the tire load;
wherein:
the safety condition comprises a tire deformation limit;
the TPMS is a non-FMVSS138 system; and
the plurality of sensors are disposed at seats of the passenger car to measure occupancy of the passenger car to thereby indirectly measure the tire load data.

US Pat. No. 10,189,318

PNEUMATIC TIRE HAVING SPECIFIED GROUNDING TREAD

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising: a carcass layer; a belt layer being disposed on a periphery of the carcass layer; a tread rubber including a cap tread and an undertread; a pair of side wall rubbers; a pair of rim cushion rubbers; and a rubber grounding tread that is exposed to a road contact surface of the tread rubber and penetrates the cap tread and the undertread to contact the belt layer in an electrically conductive manner;the grounding tread including a widened portion having a cross-sectional area that widens toward a contact surface with the belt layer at a contact portion with the belt layer;
the widened portion of the grounding tread having a profile shape that bulges outward in a tire width direction;
the undertread including a thickened portion that has a gauge that increases toward each contact surface with the grounding tread at the portion of the grounding tread penetrating the undertread; and
a gauge G1 of a flat portion of the undertread and a gauge G2 of the thickened portion of the undertread have a relationship of 1.5?G2/G1?2.5.

US Pat. No. 10,189,317

PNEUMATIC TIRE HAVING TWISTED BEAD CORDS

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire having twisted bead cords comprising a carcass comprising a carcass ply extending from a tread portion through a sidewall portion to a bead core of a bead portion; whereinthe bead core is made of axially inner and outer core pieces, and a radially inner end portion of the carcass ply is held between the inner and outer core pieces without turning-up around the bead core;
the inner and outer core pieces are each formed of a helical body by each helically winding a bead cord made of a plurality of twisted steel wires around a tire axis from radially inward to outward; and
in the inner core piece, a twisting direction of the bead cord around the cord axis is in a direction that is the same as a winding direction of the bead cord around the tire axis in a side view from an axial outward of the tire, and
in the outer core piece, a twisting direction of the bead cord around the cord axis is in a direction that is opposite of a winding direction of the bead cord around the tire axis in a side view from an axial outward of the tire;
wherein a twisting direction of a sheath in the inner core piece around the cord axis and a twisting direction of a sheath in the outer core piece around the cord axis are the same direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,315

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire having a vehicle inner/outer orientation when mounted on a vehicle, comprising: a plurality of protrusions provided on a vehicle inner side on an inner tire side portion in a tire circumferential direction, wherein the vehicle inner side is facing toward the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle; a plurality of recesses provided on a vehicle outer side on an outer tire side portion, wherein the vehicle outer side is facing away from the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle; and indicators on the inner tire side portion or the outer tire side portion, the indicators indicating the vehicle inner/outer orientation for the pneumatic tire when mounted on the vehicle;a height of projection of the protrusions from the tire side portion being more than 4 mm and not more than 10 mm, the protrusions being formed elongated, a bending rigidity in a lateral direction satisfying a range not less than 0.1 MPa·mm4 and not more than 10,000 MPa·mm4, and an inclination of the protrusions in the longitudinal direction with respect to the tire radial direction satisfying a range ±60°.

US Pat. No. 10,189,314

PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising a tread portion on which land portions are formed by main grooves extending in a tire circumferential direction and lateral grooves extending in a tire width direction, wherein at least one stepped portion whose height is gradually decreased on a downstream side in a water drain direction is formed on at least one portion of a groove wall which forms the land portion;wherein the groove wall has a tapered surface which is gradually inclined toward a groove bottom side as the groove wall extends toward the inside of the groove from an open end of the groove, wherein the stepped portion is formed on the tapered surface; and
wherein the tapered surface is formed on the groove wall which forms the lateral groove.

US Pat. No. 10,189,313

TIRE COMPRISING AN IMPROVED TREAD

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire adapted to be mounted on a mounting rim of a vehicle wheel and having a predetermined direction of mounting on a vehicle, comprising a tread extending between an outboard axial edge and an inboard axial edge, the inboard axial edge being the edge intended to be mounted on the side facing the body shell of the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle in the predetermined direction of mounting, the distance between the outboard axial edge and the inboard axial edge of the tread in the new state defining a width L of the tread;wherein the tread comprises N circumferential ribs, N being a whole number greater than or equal to 4, separated by N?1 circumferential grooves each one comprising two lateral walls, the mean axial distance between the two lateral walls of each groove being greater than or equal to 5 mm and less than or equal to 20 mm;
wherein the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread extends, which is configured to be in contact with a road surface, in any radial section and over the entire radial depth of the tread, from a first axial position, of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is greater than or equal to 0.95·L, to a second axial position, of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is less than or equal to 0.6·L;
wherein the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread comprises a first portion made from a first rubber composition and a second portion axially adjacent to the first portion and made from a second rubber composition different from said first rubber composition, wherein the second axial position is an outboard lateral wall of the groove adjacent to the second portion of the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread;
wherein the first portion extends, in any radial section and over the entire radial depth of the tread, from said first axial position to a third axial position of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is greater than or equal to 0.8 L and less than or equal to 0.85 L, the second portion of the circumferential rib extending from said third axial position to said second axial position, wherein the ribs other than the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread are the second rubber composition;
wherein said first and second rubber compositions comprise at least one elastomer and at least one reinforcing filler comprising a carbon black, the carbon black representing a percentage greater than or equal to 50% and less than or equal to 100% of weight of all of the reinforcing filler, and
wherein said first rubber composition has:
an elastic modulus at 300% deformation which is greater than 1.1 times and less than or equal to 2.1 times the elastic modulus at 300% deformation of said second rubber composition;
a Shore A hardness which is greater than or equal to 0.95 times and less than or equal to 1.20 times the Shore A hardness of said second rubber composition;
a complex modulus G* at 60° C. which is greater than or equal to 1.00 times and less than or equal to 2.10 times the complex modulus G* at 60° C. of said second rubber composition.

US Pat. No. 10,189,312

TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a carcass toroidally extending between a pair of bead portions;
an inclined belt formed by two inclined belt layers including cords that extend at an inclination angle of equal to or greater than 35° and equal to or smaller than 90° relative to a tire circumferential direction and a circumferential belt formed by one or more circumferential belt layers including cords that extend at an inclination angle of 5° or less relative to the tire circumferential direction, the inclined belt and the circumferential belt being provided at an outer side of a crown portion of the carcass in a tire radial direction; and
a tread disposed at an outer side of the circumferential belt in the tire radial direction;
wherein the circumferential belt has a higher tire circumferential direction rigidity per unit width in a central region including a tire equator than in other regions;
in a region of a surface of the tread including at least the tire equator, the tread includes a land portion continuous in the tire circumferential direction;
when an internal pressure of the pneumatic tire is set to 250 kPa or higher, a sectional width SW and an outer diameter OD of the pneumatic tire satisfy either one of the following relational expressions:
SW/OD?0.26 and SW<165 mm, or
OD?2.135×SW+282.3 mm and SW?165 mm; and
a width of the central region in a tire width direction, centered on a tire equator, is between 0.2 and 0.6 times a width of the circumferential belt in the tire width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,311

AIRLESS TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An airless tire, comprising:a plurality of tire pieces comprising a first tire piece and a second tire piece such that the first tire piece and the second tire piece are integrated in alignment in a tire axial direction; and
a coupling portion configured to couple one of a first inner periphery portion and a second inner periphery portion to an axle,
wherein the first tire piece comprises a first tread ring, the first inner periphery portion and a plurality of first spokes such that the first tread ring has a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface, the first inner periphery portion is formed on a radial direction inner side of the first tread ring, and the plurality of first spokes is connecting the first tread ring and the first inner periphery portion, the second tire piece comprises a second tread ring, the second inner periphery portion, and a plurality of second spokes such that the second tread ring has a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface, the second inner periphery portion is formed on a radial direction inner side of the second tread ring, and the plurality of second spokes is connecting the second tread ring and the second inner periphery portion, the first inner periphery portion includes a first cylindrical portion formed on a tire radial direction inner side of the plurality of first spokes, and a first flange portion projecting on an inner peripheral side of the first cylindrical portion and configured to be fixed to the coupling portion, and the second inner periphery portion includes a second cylindrical portion formed on a tire radial direction inner side of the plurality of second spokes, and a second flange portion projecting on an inner peripheral side of the second cylindrical portion and configured to be fixed to the coupling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,310

AIRLESS TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An airless tire comprising:a tread ring having a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface;
a hub positioned on a radial direction inner side of the tread ring and configured to be fixed to an axle; and
a spoke structure connecting the tread ring and the hub,
wherein the tread ring includes a tread rubber layer, a first reinforcing cord layer, a second reinforcing cord layer and a shear rubber layer such that the tread rubber layer has the ground contact surface, the first reinforcing cord layer is positioned on a radial direction inner side of the tread rubber layer, the second reinforcing cord layer is positioned on a radial direction inner side of the first reinforcing cord layer, and the shear rubber layer is positioned between the first reinforcing cord layer and the second reinforcing cord layer, the first reinforcing cord layer comprises a first array layer comprising a plurality of first reinforcing cords, and a first topping rubber portion covering the first array layer, the second reinforcing cord layer comprises a second array layer comprising a plurality of second reinforcing cords, and a second topping rubber portion covering the second array layer, each of the first topping rubber portion and the second topping rubber portion has an inner topping rubber portion adjacent to the shear rubber layer, and an outer topping rubber portion, and at least one of the first topping rubber portion and the second topping rubber portion has the inner topping rubber portion formed of a rubber composition comprising a rubber component such that the rubber component comprises a butadiene rubber in a content rate in a range of 10 to 100% by mass, an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid metal salt in an amount in a range of 10 to 80 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by mass of the rubber component, and a peroxide.

US Pat. No. 10,189,309

WHEEL BEARING ASSEMBLY

ILJIN GLOBAL CO., LTD., ...

1. A wheel bearing assembly, comprising:a wheel hub fastened to a vehicle wheel so as to rotate as a unit and having a ring-shaped fastening portion; and
a brake disc having a ring-shaped fastening portion fastened to the fastening portion of the wheel hub,
wherein the fastening portion of the wheel hub protrudes radially outward, the fastening portion of the brake disc protrudes radially inward, and the fastening portion of the wheel hub and the fastening portion of the brake disc are fastened to each other while being axially overlapped,
wherein the wheel hub includes a cylindrical portion and a flange portion formed to extend radially outward from the cylindrical portion and to continuously extend in a circumferential direction, and
wherein the fastening portion of the wheel hub is formed at a radial outer edge of the flange portion so as to protrude radially outward.

US Pat. No. 10,189,308

DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING AT LEAST ONE DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first drive assembly,
a second drive assembly, and
a wheel axle having a first axle member and a second axle member,
wherein the axle members are arranged in a lengthwise direction relative to an axis of rotation of at least one of the first axle member and the second axle member on sides of the first drive assembly and the second drive assembly lying opposite to one another,
wherein the first axle member is coupled to the first drive assembly and the second axle member is coupled to the second drive assembly so that torque is transmitted,
wherein the first drive assembly and the second drive assembly are arranged axis-parallel to each another,
wherein the drive device has a first transmission for transmitting torque between the first drive assembly and the first axle member and a second transmission for transmitting torque between the second drive assembly and the second axle member,
wherein the first transmission and the second transmission are each designed as a spur or helical gear transmission with at least one transmission stage, and
wherein a displacement of the first axle member relative to the first drive assembly is executed in a crosswise direction with respect to the axis of rotation of the first axle member by a rotation of the at least one transmission stage of the first transmission, or in that a displacement of the second axle member relative to the second drive assembly is executed in the crosswise direction with respect to the axis of rotation of the second axle member by a rotation of the at least one transmission stage of the second transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,189,307

WHEEL ASSEMBLIES

GEO Plastics, Los Angele...

13. An assembly comprising:a pin sleeve configured to contain a retaining member and a biasing element;
a wheel mounting sleeve including an axle bore configured to receive an axle;
an annular rib extending radially outward from the wheel mounting sleeve at a position longitudinally spaced from the pin sleeve; and
a spacer extending longitudinally from the wheel mounting sleeve, the spacer monolithically formed with the wheel mounting sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,189,306

REAR HUB AND BICYCLIC AXLE

Canyon Bicycles GmbH, Ko...

1. A rear hub comprising:a hub body rotatably supported on a hub axle,
a sprocket carrier rotatably supported on the hub axle, and
a freewheel mechanism for axially coupling the hub body and the sprocket carrier,
further comprising a decoupling element for decoupling the hub body and the sprocket carrier,
wherein the decoupling element is actuated by a manual actuating element which is connected with an actuating mechanism on a bicycle handlebar.

US Pat. No. 10,189,302

WHEEL TRIM

ZANINI AUTO GRUP, S.A., ...

1. A wheel trim (1) comprising:a base element (2) provided with holes (3); and
a cover element (4) placed on said base element (2), the cover element (4) being linked with the base element (2) by a speed activation element (5) and said cover element (4) being movable between a rest position, in which the holes (3) are not covered by the cover element (4), and an active position, in which the holes (3) are completely or partially covered by the cover element (4), when a rotating speed of the wheel is higher than a preset speed,
wherein the cover element (4) is also linked with the base element (2) by a temperature activation element (6) which moves the cover element (4) to said rest position when a temperature sensed by said temperature activation element (6) is higher than a preset temperature,
wherein a first end of each of the temperature activation element (6) and the speed activation element (5) is fixed to the base element (2) and a second end of each of the temperature activation element (6) and the speed activation element (5) is linked to the cover element (4) by an arm (10), a second end of the arm (10) being movable inside a groove (7) ,provided in the base element (2).

US Pat. No. 10,189,301

WHEEL SPIDER WITH ASSEMBLED SPOKE ELEMENTS AND CONNECTION OF WHEEL SPIDER TO RIM WELL

THYSSENKRUPP CARBON COMPO...

1. A wheel made of fiber composite material, the wheel comprising:a rim comprising a rim well and rim flanges;
a hub comprising a first force application element and a second force application element;
a first spoke element comprising first spoke element fiber composite material;
a second spoke element comprising second spoke element fiber composite material, the first spoke element being formed separate from the second spoke element to define a separately formed first spoke and a separately formed second spoke, the first spoke extending from a first area of the hub to a first area of the rim, wherein the first spoke is connected to the rim by a first positive-locking connection or by a first positive-locking connection and a first material connection in material bond, the second spoke extending from a second area of the hub to a second area of the rim, wherein the first spoke is connected to the rim by a second positive-locking connection or by a second positive-locking connection and a second material connection in material bond, the second area of the rim being located at a circumferentially spaced location from the first area of the rim with respect to a circumferential direction of the rim, the first spoke comprising a first spoke fiber reinforcement comprising at least one first spoke textile strand, the second spoke comprising a second spoke fiber reinforcement comprising at least one second spoke textile strand, the first spoke comprising a first spoke distal end portion and a first spoke proximal end portion, the first spoke distal end portion being adjacent to the rim, the first spoke proximal end portion being adjacent to the hub, the first spoke proximal end portion comprising a first spoke surface, the second spoke comprising a second spoke distal end portion and a second spoke proximal end portion, the second spoke distal end portion being adjacent to the rim, the second spoke proximal end portion being adjacent to the hub, the second spoke proximal end portion comprising a second spoke surface, the second spoke surface engaging the first spoke surface, wherein the second spoke surface is located circumferentially adjacent to the first spoke surface with respect to the circumferential direction, wherein the first spoke proximal end portion and the second spoke proximal end portion are arranged between the first force application element and the second force application element, wherein the first spoke proximal end portion and the second spoke proximal end portion are fixed by at least the first force application element and the second force application element, at least one of the first force application element and the second force application element comprising pins, the pins being arranged between the spokes and the pins extending to another one of the first force application element and the second force application element, wherein the first force application element is connected to the second force application element via the pins.

US Pat. No. 10,189,300

DECORATIVE WPC PANEL COMPRISING A LOW-POROUS PROFILED EDGE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

1. A method for producing a decorative panel, comprising the steps of: providing a plate-shaped carrier made of a WPC (wood plastic composite) material comprising wood particles and plastic;forming a profile in at least one edge of the plate-shaped carrier by milling using a milling head;
subjecting a surface of the profile to a thermal treatment to at least partially melt the WPC material in the region of the profile and seal the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,299

SYSTEM FOR MOUNTING A COVERING UPON A FRAME

Tracer Imaging LLC, Ossi...

1. A frame for maintaining a region of a fabric piece in a substantially planar state, comprising:a plurality of rails, each of said rails having a geometrical profile extended in a linear direction, said rails each having a first end face and a second end face, and
a plurality of corner pieces, each of said corner pieces including a slot formed partially through said corner piece at a miter angle, wherein the plurality of corner pieces exclusively define all corners of the frame and are separate parts relative to the plurality of rails, each slot being defined and formed only in a respective corner piece and not in the plurality of rails.

US Pat. No. 10,189,298

DEVICE FOR HOLDING AND TILTING A CONTAINER

1. An apparatus, comprising:a top plate, the top plate having a proximate end and a distal end;
a hinge assembly, wherein the proximate end of the top plate is located proximate to the hinge assembly and the distal end of the top plate is located on an opposite end from the proximate end;
a bottom plate, wherein the top plate is hingedly coupled to the bottom plate by the hinge assembly, the bottom plate having a proximate end and a distal end, wherein the proximate end of the bottom plate is located proximate to the hinge assembly and the distal end of the bottom plate is located on an opposite end from the proximate end;
a leg extending outwardly away from the bottom plate, wherein the leg is coplanar with the bottom plate, and wherein the leg is connected to the bottom plate near the distal end of the bottom plate;
a hook connected to a top end of a bungee cord, wherein the bungee cord is adapted to extend upwardly from a top surface of the top plate; and
a retaining wall, wherein the retaining wall protrudes upwardly from the top surface of the top plate, and wherein the retaining wall extends around at least a portion of a perimeter of the top plate,
wherein the top plate is rotatable relative to the bottom plate,
and wherein the apparatus is adapted to hold a container, the container being positionable on the top surface of the top plate and at least partially enclosed by the retaining wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,297

WALL APPLIQUé

18. A wall appliqué comprising:a body portion consisting of a single layer having a front side and a back side wherein the body portion is a polyurethane material that is not a cross-linked polyethylene foam and sized and shaped to be used as architectural embellishment for a wall wherein the body portion has a thickness that is greater than .033 inches and less than ?? and has a Shore hardness of 10-60 and wherein the body portion is configured to be cut with handheld scissors; and
an adhesive portion comprising an adhesive layer wherein the adhesive portion is directly on the back side of the single-layer body portion wherein the adhesive layer is configured to bond the body portion to a wall by applying pressure to the body portion when the body portion is positioned on a wall wherein the adhesive portion is co-extensive with the back side of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,296

INSTRUMENT, SUCH AS A WRITING PEN, MAKE-UP PEN, TOOL OR TOY AND METHOD FOR USING SUCH AN INSTRUMENT

1. An instrument, said instrument comprising:a body adapted for being grasped by a user;
at least two modules, each module being independent of the other module(s), including an active portion and being movable relatively to the body; and
for each module, a mechanism for guiding the module in translation and in rotation along the body, the module being movable relatively to the body successively in a translation parallel to a first axis and in a rotation around a second axis which is perpendicular to the first axis and which is secured to the body, between a rest configuration wherein the active portion of the module is housed in the body and a use configuration wherein the active portion of the module protrudes out of the body,wherein both modules or two of the modules are positioned on either side of a same arm of the body, which extends along the first axis from a base of the body as far as one end of the body, the respective active portions of both of these modules being housed in the base in the rest configuration and extending along the first axis beyond the end of the body in the use configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,189,295

LAYER ELEMENT

1. A method for manufacturing a partially demetallized layer element, comprising the steps of:supplying a layer element, having
a carrier substrate with a face having at least one first and one second region, wherein the first region has a first structure which is different from a second structure of the second region, and at least one metal layer arranged on the face of the carrier substrate; and
removing the metal layer by exciting surface plasmon polaritons by means of electromagnetic radiation in the first region having the first structure;
wherein the metal layer in the second region is not removable by the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons that contribute to the removing of the metal layer in the first region on account of the first structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,294

ARRAYS OF INDIVIDUALLY ORIENTED MICRO MIRRORS FOR USE IN IMAGING SECURITY DEVICES FOR CURRENCY AND BRAND AUTHENTICATION

LUMENCO, LLC, Englewood,...

1. A visual display assembly useful as a security element on paper and coin currency, and product labels, comprising:a substrate; and
on a surface of the substrate, an array of micro mirrors receiving ambient light and, in response, displaying an image in a plane spaced a distance apart from the surface of the substrate, wherein the image comprises a plurality of pixels and wherein the array of micro mirrors includes for each of the pixels a different set of the micro mirrors each having a reflective surface oriented, in a fixed manner with a body of each of the micro mirrors rotated about at least one of first and second rotation axes extending through the body, to reflect the ambient light toward a point on the plane corresponding to one of the pixels, wherein each of the different sets concurrently reflect the ambient light to concurrently generate the plurality of pixels, and wherein a voxel is created at each of the points on the plane via intersection of two or more beams of the reflected ambient light and wherein each of the created voxels produces an effect of a point source of light floating above the surface of the substrate in the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,293

ANTI-COUNTERFEIT MEDIUM AND VERIFICATION METHOD

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. An anti-counterfeit medium comprising:a support member including a first portion having optical transparency;
a first retardation layer facing the first portion and including a plurality of regions whose slow axis directions are different from each other;
a polarizing layer facing the first retardation layer at a position of the first portion; and
a second retardation layer facing the first retardation layer with the polarizing layer interposed therebetween, the second retardation layer including a plurality of regions whose slow axis directions are different from each other, wherein
the first retardation layer, the polarizing layer, and the second retardation layer are attached to the support member,
the anti-counterfeit medium comprises only the polarizing layer as a polarizer,
a portion out of the anti-counterfeit medium where the first portion, the first retardation layer, the polarizing layer, and the second retardation layer form a stacked structure has optical transparency, and
the anti-counterfeit medium is configured such that
the anti-counterfeit medium displays a first image when observing a portion of the anti-counterfeit medium corresponding to the stacked structure with an unaided eye in a state in which the first retardation layer is located between the polarizing layer and an observer, and a reflector is located behind the anti-counterfeit medium, and
the anti-counterfeit medium displays a second image different from the first image when observing the portion of the anti-counterfeit medium corresponding to the stacked structure with the unaided eye in a state in which the second retardation layer is located between the polarizing layer and the observer, and the reflector is located behind the anti-counterfeit medium.

US Pat. No. 10,189,292

METHOD FOR THE SURFACE APPLICATION OF A SECURITY DEVICE TO A SUBSTRATE

1. A fibrous sheet material having opposing surfaces and a recessin one opposing surface, which comprises:
a fibrous sub-region disposed beneath the recess, and an immediate adjoining bulk-region disposed next to the recess and the sub-region;
a surface applied security device disposed in the recess; and
an interface between the surface applied security device and the one opposing surface,
wherein the surface applied security device has been introduced during a wet stage of a paper manufacturing process where a fibrous web was sufficiently consolidated as a fully formed wet web, wherein by introducing the security device at this wet stage of the paper manufacturing process, the security device has been adequately forced into the fibrous web to further consolidate fibers in the sub-region rather than displacing them, wherein a water level and/or a moisture level of the sufficiently consolidated fibrous web ranged from about 60% to about 90% by weight, based on a total weight of the fibrous web, when the surface applied security device was introduced.

US Pat. No. 10,189,291

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUPPORT FOR THERMAL TRANSFER IMAGE-RECEIVING SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMAL TRANSFER IMAGE-RECEIVING SHEET

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

14. A thermal transfer image-receiving sheet comprising a substrate layer composed of a substrate, an adhesive layer composed of a melt-extruded resin, a porous layer composed of a porous film, and a color material-receiving layer that are layered in the order mentioned, whereinthe substrate and the porous film are laminated by the melt-extruded resin while passing the substrate and the porous film between a pair of rollers, the pair of rollers comprising a press roller and a cooling roller having a spacing d therebetween, and a midpoint defined along the spacing d between the press roller and the cooling roller; wherein,
a difference (d?h) between the spacing d between the rollers and a total thickness h of the substrate layer, the adhesive layer, and the porous layer is 20 ?m or more and 50 ?m or less; and
wherein a die is arranged above a position between the midpoint and the cooling roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,290

PRINTER AND RECORDING MEDIUM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a feeding roller configured to feed a print-receiving medium that has plural pages arranged on the print-receiving medium along a length direction of the print-receiving medium, each of the pages including a print area, and has non-print areas each disposed between respective two adjacent pages of said plural pages;
a driving motor configured to drive said feeding roller; and
a printing head including plural heat generating elements that is arranged along a direction perpendicular to a feeding direction of said feeding roller and is configured to form at least dots in each print line formed by dividing said print-receiving medium in said feeding direction at a print resolution, said printing head being configured to form a print on said print-receiving medium,
the printer being configured to sequentially execute printing using said feeding roller and said printing head in cooperation with each other for each of said plural pages of said print-receiving medium,
said printer further comprising:
a motor temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of said driving motor;
a processor; and
a first memory,
said first memory storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by said processor, cause said printer to perform:
a forcible cooling determination process for determining whether a detected temperature detected by said motor temperature detector reaches a forcible cooling temperature predetermined in advance in a state that said printing head executes the printing on said print area;
a first discontinuation control process for discontinuing said printing to execute forcible cooling, by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller at a timing that it is determined that said detected temperature reaches said forcible cooling temperature by said forcible cooling determination process;
a first resuming control process for resuming said printing while doubly forming dots on said print line of said print-receiving medium on which dots are formed last at least immediately before discontinuing said printing by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller when said detected temperature is decreased to a forcible cooling cancellation temperature predetermined in advance after a start of an execution of said forcible cooling by said first discontinuation control process;
a between-page cooling determination process for determining whether said detected temperature reaches a between-page cooling temperature that is lower than said forcible cooling temperature in a state that said printing head faces said non-print area;
a second discontinuation control process for discontinuing said printing to execute between-page cooling, by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller in a state that said printing head faces said non-print area at a timing that it is determined that said detected temperature reaches said between-page cooling temperature by said between-page cooling determination process; and
a second resuming control process for resuming said printing by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller when said detected temperature is decreased to between-page cooling cancellation temperature predetermined in advance after a start of an execution of said between-page cooling by said second discontinuation control process.

US Pat. No. 10,189,289

TAPE INCLUDING LABEL PART AND ATTACHMENT PART SEPARABLE THEREFROM AND TAPE CARTRIDGE ACCOMMODATING THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape comprising:a release sheet having an elongated rectangular shape, the release sheet having a length in a first direction greater than a length in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a main label portion affixed to the release sheet and containing a fold line extending in the first direction, the main label portion having a center portion in the second direction where the fold line extends in the first direction; and
a subordinate label portion affixed to the release sheet and arrayed with the main label portion in the first direction,
the subordinate label portion being separate from the main label portion and having a length in the second direction not more than a length from one end in the second direction of the main label portion to the fold line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,288

REJECTED MEDIA UNIT STORAGE FOR MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICES

ZIH Corp., Lincolnshire,...

1. A media processing device, comprising:a housing having an opening to provide access to a cassette removably supported within the housing;
a media unit holder configured to receive a rejected media unit driven between the opening and a body of the cassette along a media reject path, the media unit holder including:
a first deck having a first support surface between the body of the cassette and the opening, the first support surface facing the opening; and
a second deck mounted within the housing and having a second support surface, the media unit holder configured to receive the rejected media unit to support (i) a leading portion of the rejected media unit on the first deck, and (ii) a trailing portion of the rejected media unit on the second deck, wherein the first and second decks are configured to receive the rejected media unit for removal of the rejected media unit via the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,287

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:an ejection head provided with a plurality of nozzles and configured to eject a liquid from the nozzles to a paper sheet to perform printing;
a paper sheet transport roller configured to transport the paper sheet to an ejection position of the ejection head by rotating while pinching the paper sheet;
an inverting portion configured to curve and invert the paper sheet in order to print on a second surface of the paper sheet after printing on a first surface of the paper sheet;
a pinch portion configured to pinch the paper sheet with the inverting portion; and
a rotation control unit configured to control rotation of the paper sheet transport roller,
wherein, after printing on the first surface of the paper sheet, the rotation control unit performs a decurling process including a rotation stop control to stop rotation of the paper sheet transport roller for a predetermined time in a state in which a length from a position in which the paper sheet is pinched by the pinch portion to a forward end of the second surface of the paper sheet is equal to or shorter than a distance from a position in which the paper sheet is pinched by the paper sheet transport roller to an uppermost stream nozzle of the ejection head.

US Pat. No. 10,189,286

CONVEYANCE APPARATUS OF WEB PRINT MEDIUM

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey a web and arranged downstream of an inkjet head for ejecting ink to the web in a conveyance direction of the web;
a conveyance motor configured to drive the conveyance roller;
a back tension roller arranged upstream of the inkjet head in the conveyance direction and configured to apply a tension to a portion of the web located under the inkjet head in cooperation with the conveyance roller;
a conveyance speed detector configured to detect a conveyance speed of the web;
a brake configured to apply a braking force to the back tension roller; and
a controller configured to control the conveyance motor and the brake,wherein the controller is configured tobased on the conveyance speed of the web detected by the conveyance speed detector, control a value of a drive control parameter of the conveyance motor such that the conveyance speed of the web is equal to a target speed, the drive control parameter being a parameter for controlling power supplied to the conveyance motor,
calculate an output torque of the conveyance motor corresponding to the value of the drive control parameter, and
adjust the braking force of the brake such that a difference between the calculated output torque of the conveyance motor and an output torque of the brake is equal to a target torque difference corresponding to a target tension of the tension of the web.

US Pat. No. 10,189,285

SELF-STRIP MEDIA MODULE

1. A module, comprising:a peel bar rotatable from a first position on a discharge side of a platen roller to a second position on a feed side of the platen roller and to a third position on the discharge side of the platen roller;
wherein, when the peel bar is in the second position, media is fed over the peel bar and between the platen roller and a mid-chassis of a printer;
wherein, when the peel bar is rotated from the second position to the third position after the media is fed over the peel bar and between the platen roller and the mid-chassis, the peel bar pulls the media over the platen roller and over itself;
wherein the printer comprises a thermal printhead configured to be lowered onto the media over the platen roller and to print on media, the media comprising a series of labels adhered to a liner; and
wherein, when the printer advances the media over the peel bar when the peel bar is in the third position, the labels are stripped from the liner as the media advances around the peel bar and the printer advances the liner around the peel bar and over the platen roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,284

TAPE CASSETTE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape cassette, comprising:a housing having a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, a front wall, a first wall, a second wall, and a third wall, the first wall, the second wall, and the third wall being positioned between the front wall and the rear wall in a first direction orthogonal to the front wall and the rear wall, an arm portion including the front wall, the first wall, and the third wall, the arm portion having a tape feed exit located on an end of the arm portion in a second direction parallel to the front wall and the bottom wall, the first wall and the second wall forming an arm-opening extending in a third direction from the bottom wall to the top wall between the first wall and the second wall in the first direction, the third wall being positioned between the front wall and the first wall in the first direction, the third direction being orthogonal to the first and the second directions;
a tape, a portion of the tape being included within the arm portion, a different portion of the tape being exposed through the tape feed exit, the tape being configured to be fed to the tape feed exit in the second direction;
a rear indentation indented from a rear portion of the bottom wall toward the top wall up to a ceiling surface, the ceiling surface being parallel to the top wall and the bottom wall, the ceiling surface being between the top wall and the bottom wall in the third direction;
a plurality of front indicator portions positioned opposite of the portion of the tape with respect to the third wall in the first direction, the plurality of front indicator portions including a first type and a second type, the first type being defined on a surface of the front wall, the second type having an elevation with respect to the front wall in the first direction and exposing a portion of the third wall, positions of the plurality of front indicator portions corresponding to a type of the tape; and
a rear indicator portion formed on the ceiling surface, a position of the rear indicator portion indicating a color of characters, the rear indicator portion being one of a pressing portion or a non-pressing portion,
wherein the plurality of front indicator portions and the rear indicator portion are positioned between a first virtual line and a second virtual line, the first virtual line extending in the first direction and intersecting the tape feed exit, and the second virtual line extending in the first direction and intersecting an upstream end of the arm-opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,282

PRINTER AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING MULTI-PASS PRINTING

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a print executing unit including:
a conveying mechanism configured to convey a sheet in a conveying direction;
a print head having a plurality of nozzles arranged in the conveying direction, each of the plurality of nozzles being configured to eject an ink droplet to form a dot on the sheet; and
a main scanning mechanism configured to execute a main scan by moving the print head in a main scanning direction perpendicular to the conveying direction; and
a controller configured to control the print executing unit to perform a multi-pass printing for printing a target image on the sheet with a plurality of pass processes, the plurality of pass processes forming a plurality of partial images respectively, two partial images formed with successive two pass processes overlapping partially, wherein K-number of active nozzles consecutively arranged are selected from the plurality of nozzles for each of the plurality of pass processes, dot recording rates of the K-number of active nozzles decreasing at an upstream gradient from a nozzle having a maximum dot recording rate among the dot recording rates of the K-number of active nozzles toward a most-upstream nozzle of the K-number of active nozzles in the conveying direction, the dot recording rates of the K-number of active nozzles decreasing at a downstream gradient from a nozzle having the maximum dot recording rate toward a most-downstream nozzle of the K-number of active nozzles in the conveying direction,
wherein the controller is further configured to control the print executing unit to perform:
executing an (A)-print process in which the conveying mechanism conveys the sheet and a pass process is executed with KA number of active nozzles;
executing, before the (A)-print process is executed, a (B)-print process in which the conveying mechanism conveys the sheet and a pass process is executed with KB number of active nozzles, KB being smaller than KA; and
executing, after the (B)-print process is executed before the (A)-print process is executed, a (C)-print process in which the conveying mechanism conveys the sheet and at least two pass processes are executed with KC number of active nozzles, KC being greater than or equal to KB and smaller than KA,
wherein the (C)-print process includes:
a (C1)-pass process with KC1 number of active nozzles as the KC number of active nozzles, the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC1 number of active nozzles used in the (C1)-pass process being smaller than the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KB number of active nozzles used in the (B)-print process, the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC1 number of active nozzles used in the (C1)-pass process being the same as the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KB number of active nozzles used in the (B)-print process; and
a (C2)-pass process with KC2 number of active nozzles as the KC number of active nozzles, the (C2)-pass process being executed after the (C1) pass process, the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC2 number of active nozzles used in the (C2)-pass process being the same as the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KA number of active nozzles used in the (A)-print process, the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC2 number of active nozzles used in the (C2)-pass process being smaller than the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KB number of active nozzles used in the (B)-print process, KC1 being smaller than KC2.

US Pat. No. 10,189,280

CORRUGATED-BOARD MACHINE

BHS Corrugated Maschinen-...

1. A corrugated-board machine for manufacturing corrugated board, comprisinga) a material-web output device for outputting a material web,
b) an inkjet printing device disposed downstream of the material-web output device for printing at least one imprint on the material web, and
c) an overcoating arrangement, disposed downstream of the inkjet printing device, for overcoating the printed material web at least in regions, the overcoating arrangement comprising a varnishing unit for substantially full-faced overcoating a printed side of the material web with at least one overcoating layer, the varnishing unit comprising at least one overcoat-application roller for applying the at least one overcoating layer on the printed side of the material web, the overcoating arrangement further comprises an inkjet-varnishing device for inkjet-varnishing the printed material web in regions with at least one inkjet-varnish region, the at least one inkjet-varnish region covers the at least one imprint at least in regions in order to increase its gloss effect at least in regions;
an inkjet-varnishing control device for position control of the at least one inkjet-varnish region on the printed material web, the positioning control taking place on the basis of markings of the printed material web, the inkjet-varnishing control device communicating scaling/size values to the inkjet-varnishing device for matching the at least one inkjet-varnish region to the at least one imprint, the inkjet-varnishing control device being configured to match a size of the at least one inkjet-varnish region to the at least one imprint by receiving corresponding information which is based on distance measurements of the markings on the material web.

US Pat. No. 10,189,278

HIGH-TURNAROUND, CLOSED-LOOP, DIRECT TO GARMENT PRINTING

1. A printing apparatus for direct-to-garment printing, comprising:a plurality of pallets movable along a closed-loop path, each pallet configured to secure a fabric substrate having a printable surface; and
a plurality of stations positioned along the closed-loop path, wherein each pallet stops at each station for a preset dwell time, and wherein the plurality of stations comprises:
an operator station configured for receiving and securing the fabric substrate onto one of the plurality of pallets to provide access to the printable surface of the fabric substrate;
one or more pretreatment stations configured for pretreating at least a portion of the printable surface of the fabric substrate with a pretreatment fluid;
one or more heating stations configured for heating and drying the pretreated printable surface of the fabric substrate; and
one or more printing stations configured for printing an image on the dried pretreated printable surface of the fabric substrate to form a printed fabric product.

US Pat. No. 10,189,277

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRETREATING AND PRINTING TEXTILE SURFACES

Aeoon Technologies GmbH, ...

1. Device for pretreating and printing textile surfaces havingat least one pallet for accommodating and holding a textile to be printed, wherein, for the purpose of printing, the textile is provided on a printing face,
a pretreatment means, by means of which the textile can be pretreated prior to printing, wherein on the textile a pretreatment fluid is applied in a pretreatment area,
a printing means having at least one print head, by means of which the textile can be printed with a printed image in the pretreatment area,
a movement means, by means of which the at least one pallet can be moved relative to the pretreatment means and the printing means, and
a programmable control means, by means of which the printing means, the pretreatment means and/or the movement means can be controlled,whereina detection means is provided, by means of which the textile can be detected, and
the detection means is connected to the programmable control means, wherein, depending on the detected textile, the pretreatment area can be applied individually onto a partial area of the printing face of the textile.

US Pat. No. 10,189,276

TAPE PRINTING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A tape printing device that is vertically long and is able to be operated by being handheld, comprising:a main key operating portion; and
a plurality of groups of keys positioned on the main key operation portion on a front surface of the tape printing device,
wherein the plurality of groups of keys comprises a first group of keys having a high frequency of operations and a second group of keys having a low frequency of operations,
wherein the first group of keys having a high frequency of operations is disposed at a position near to a center of gravity in a longitudinal direction of the tape printing device, and the second group of keys having a low frequency of operations is disposed at a position distant from the center of gravity in the longitudinal direction of the tape printing device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,275

TREATMENT SEGMENT WITH A COUPLING SECTION AND DEVICE FOR PRINTING CONTAINERS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. A treatment segment for printing on containers, said treatment segment comprising a coupling section for securing said treatment segment on a revolving and drivable transport element such that said treatment segment can be exchanged, wherein said treatment segment comprises at least one of a retention-and-centering unit for securing a container on said treatment segment and a receiver for retaining and releasing a retention-and-centering unit, wherein said coupling section is a component of a support structure that runs, at least in sections, in an interior of said treatment segment enclosed by a housing, and wherein said housing is retained, at least indirectly, on said support structure, wherein said support structure comprises at least one first coupling-element on which at least two spaced apart bearing sections are formed, wherein said bearing sections each have pairs of bearing surfaces that are configured such that an alignment of said treatment segment in relation to the transport element takes place through said bearing surfaces in two orthogonal spatial directions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,274

PRINTER, AND METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer comprising:a thermal head having a plurality of heating elements arranged in an arrangement direction, the thermal head being configured to selectively energize the plurality of heating elements, thereby applying thermal energy to a print medium, wherein the print medium is configured to develop a first color when supplied with a quantity of thermal energy per unit area that is equal to or more than a first quantity and equal to or less than a second quantity and to develop a second color when supplied with a quantity of thermal energy per unit area that is equal to or more than a third quantity more than the second quantity;
a conveyor configured to convey the print medium in a conveyance direction perpendicular to the arrangement direction of the heating elements; and
a controller configured to perform a particular process comprising:
while controlling the conveyor to convey the print medium, controlling the thermal head to apply a fourth quantity of thermal energy per unit area to a first area of the print medium; and
while controlling the conveyor to convey the print medium, controlling the thermal head to apply a fifth quantity of thermal energy per unit area to a second area of the print medium, the second area including an overlapping area that overlaps and positionally coincides with at least a part of the first area in the conveyance direction, each of the fourth quantity and the fifth quantity being more than the first quantity and less than the second quantity, a sum of the fourth quantity and the fifth quantity being less than the third quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,189,273

HEAD UNIT HAVING NOZZLE CHIPS ARRANGED SIDE BY SIDE AND LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A head unit comprising:nozzle chips which are arranged side by side in a first direction, each of the nozzle chips having a jetting surface and nozzles aligned in a predetermined direction parallel to the jetting surface and crossing both of the first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a holder configured to hold the nozzle chips from a side opposite to the jetting surface of each of the nozzle chips; and
a fixing plate to which the nozzle chips are fixed and which is arranged on a side facing the jetting surface of each of the nozzle chips,
wherein the holder has first walls arranged in the second direction so as to sandwich the nozzle chips therebetween,
each of the first walls has first projections formed on a lower surface thereof facing the fixing plate, and
the first projections make contact with the fixing plate and
wherein two nozzle chips included in the nozzle chips are exposed from the holder in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,272

CORRECTION VALUE ACQUIRING METHOD FOR INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS, AND AN INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Screen Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A correction value acquiring method for inkjet printing apparatus, an inkjet printing apparatus with an inkjet head for dispensing ink droplets to a printing medium to form images thereon, the inkjet head including a plurality of head modules each having a plurality of nozzles for dispensing the ink droplets, and drive circuits provided for the respective head modules for driving the nozzles, the method being arranged to obtain correction values for the drive circuits, the method comprising the following steps:a testing chart forming step for forming a testing chart in one printing job, the testing chart including a first line segment group having a plurality of first line segments formed in a direction perpendicular to a transport direction of the printing medium, by causing the drive circuit of a head module acting as reference among the head modules to output a reference drive signal for obtaining a reference density, and a second line segment group having a plurality of second line segments formed in the direction perpendicular to the transport direction of the printing medium, by causing the drive circuits of the head modules other than the head module acting as reference to output the reference drive signal and drive signals with a plurality of different correction values added to the reference drive signal;
an identifying step for comparing density of each first line segment and density of each second line segment based on the testing chart, and identifying a second line segment having a matching density; and
a correction value acquiring step for acquiring a correction value corresponding to the second line segment identified.

US Pat. No. 10,189,269

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head configured to discharge first black ink, second black ink having a higher surface tension than the first black ink, and color ink having a lower surface tension than the second black ink;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a target portion of a first area to be subjected to recording with a black ink on a recording medium is an edge portion adjoining a second area to be subjected to recording with at least the color ink; and
a control unit configured to control a recording operation to record an image on the recording medium by discharging ink from the recording head,
wherein the control unit controls the recording operation to discharge both the first and the second black ink to the target portion determined to be the edge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,268

SOLVENT OR INK CONTAINER PLUG

DOVER EUROPE SARL, Verni...

1. A solvent or ink container plug including:a cylindrical base having an upper side and a lower side, the lower side being configured to face an inside of a container when the container is closed by the plug; and
a connection portion, connected to the upper side of the cylindrical base, the connection portion comprising at least two connection tips,
wherein the cylindrical base comprises a first aperture and a second aperture provided at the lower side of the cylindrical base,
wherein the first aperture and second aperture are each in communication with a corresponding one of the two connection tips, and
wherein the connection portion has a side dimension, measured in a plane perpendicular to an axis of introducing the plug onto or into the container, that is smaller than the cylindrical base.

US Pat. No. 10,189,267

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, LIQUID EJECTING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid chamber which communicates with a nozzle for ejecting liquid;
an inflow path which is connected to the liquid chamber;
a liquid supply unit which supplies the liquid to the inflow path;
an outflow path which is connected to the liquid chamber, and through which the liquid is caused to flow out from the liquid chamber;
a moving object which causes the liquid to be ejected from the nozzle by reciprocating toward the nozzle in the liquid chamber; and
an actuator which causes the moving object to reciprocate,
wherein, at least in an ejecting state in which the liquid is continuously ejected from the nozzle due to reciprocating of the moving object, a flow path resistance of the outflow path is larger than that of the inflow path.

US Pat. No. 10,189,266

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, comprising:a nozzle through which fluid is ejected or purged;
a pressure regulating valve arranged upstream of the nozzle,
wherein the pressure regulating valve is configured to open in response to an open/close pressure differential of the fluid across the pressure regulating valve, and
wherein the pressure regulating valve is configured to controllably regulate the open/close pressure differential; and
a controller configured to:
when a suction pump is being operated to perform a first purging operation comprising creating a first negative pressure through suctioning by the suction pump to purge the fluid through the nozzle, control the pressure regulating valve to set the open/close pressure differential of the pressure regulating valve to a first value.

US Pat. No. 10,189,264

LIQUID SUPPLY UNIT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid supply unit configured to be attachable to and detachable from a liquid ejection device that comprises an electrode assembly and an engaged part, the liquid supply unit comprising:a lower wall having a liquid supply port;
an upper wall opposed to the lower wall;
a first vertical wall intersecting the lower wall and the upper wall;
a second vertical wall intersecting the lower wall and the upper wall and opposed to the first vertical wall;
a third vertical wall intersecting the lower wall, the upper wall, the first vertical wall and the second vertical wall;
a fourth vertical wall intersecting the lower wall, the upper wall, the first vertical wall and the second vertical wall and opposed to the third vertical wall;
an inclined surface extending outward and upward from the second vertical wall such that the second vertical wall has a vertically extending section below the inclined surface;
a plurality of contact portions arrayed in an array direction on the inclined surface, the contact portions being electrically connectable with the electrode assembly; and
an engagement part that is engageable with the engaged part,
wherein the engagement part is located above the inclined surface on the second vertical wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,262

CLEANING LIQUID, CONTAINER, INKJET PRINTING METHOD, INKJET PRINTING DEVICE, AND SET OF INK AND CLEANING LIQUID

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A cleaning liquid for rinsing an ink adhering to an article comprising:water; and
a first organic solvent,
wherein a liquid mixture of the water and the first organic solvent has a Hansen solubility parameter including a hydrogen bond term of 10.0 (cal/cm3)1/2 or less,
wherein the ink includes water, a second organic solvent, a polyurethane resin particle, and a polysiloxane surfactant having an HLB value of 8 or less,
wherein the polyurethane resin particle accounts for 5 percent by mass or more of a total amount of the ink.

US Pat. No. 10,189,261

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WIPING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a wiper;
a wiping surface configured to be wiped with the wiper;
a plurality of nozzles provided in the wiping surface;
a drive element for discharging liquids from the nozzles; and
a moving mechanism configured to cause the wiper and the wiping surface to relatively move,
wherein, in a moving direction of the wiper with respect to the wiping surface, a distance between an edge of the wiping surface on an upstream side in the moving direction and the nozzle disposed on the most upstream side is shorter than a distance between an edge of the wiping surface on a downstream side in the moving direction and the nozzle disposed on the most downstream side,
wherein the wiping surface has a first region in which the nozzles are arranged and a second region in which no nozzles are arranged,
wherein the wiper is configured to move with respect to the wiping surface at a slower speed in the second region than in the first region,
wherein the wiper is shorter in length in a direction intersecting with the moving direction than a length of the wiping surface in the direction intersecting with the moving direction, and
wherein the wiper relatively moves a plurality of times from the edge of the wiping surface on the upstream side to the edge of the wiping surface on the downstream side, for wiping the wiping surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,260

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head having a plurality of nozzles through which an ink composition containing an inorganic pigment is ejected, a nozzle surface having nozzle orifices, and a liquid-repellent film disposed on the nozzle surface;
an absorbing member that absorbs the ink composition containing the inorganic pigment from the nozzle orifices and the nozzle surface; and
an actuating mechanism including a pressing member that presses the absorbing member and the nozzle surface relative to each other,
wherein the actuating mechanism moves at least one of the absorbing member and the recording head relative to the other to perform a cleaning operation in which the ink composition is removed from the nozzle surface with the absorbing member, and
the absorbing member contains an impregnation liquid in an amount of 10% to 200% by mass based on 100% by mass of the absorbing member, the impregnation liquid having a surface tension of 45 mN/m or less during the cleaning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,189,259

JOINING METHOD, APPARATUS OF MANUFACTURING JOINED BODY, JOINED BODY, INK JET HEAD UNIT, AND INK JET TYPE RECORDING APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A joining method, comprising:applying a joining material to a transfer medium, the joining material joining a first member and a second member;
increasing a viscosity of the joining material that applied to the transfer medium than the viscosity of the joining material in applying the joining material to the transfer medium;
transferring the joining material to the first member; and
joining the first member and the second member by the joining material that transferred to the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,258

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus, comprising:a plurality of recording heads each having at least a nozzle array from which droplets of an ink are discharged;
a pair of units for subsequent treatment that apply an energy to the droplets discharged from the plurality of recording heads onto a recording medium to exercise subsequent treatment for dots formed with the ink; and
a controller that, while reciprocating the plurality of recording heads along a first direction, prompts the plurality of recording heads to discharge the droplets onto the recording medium at timings of forward and backward scans being performed in order to obtain an image formed with the dots on the recording medium,
wherein two or more than two of the plurality of recording heads being disposed in a staggered arrangement in the first direction and a second direction intersecting the first direction,
the pair of units for subsequent treatment being disposed along the second direction and spaced at an interval with the plurality of recording heads being interposed therebetween,
a respective one of the pair of units for subsequent treatment having a length in the second direction greater than or equal to an ink-dischargeable extent in the second direction of the plurality of recording heads in one scan, and
two or more than two nozzle arrays of the plurality of recording heads, from which droplets of a same color ink are discharged, being disposed symmetrically with respect to an intermediary line extending along the second direction and passing through center of the interval between the pair of units for subsequent treatment that are spaced apart;
wherein the plurality of recording heads comprises at least a pair of recording heads having two or more than two nozzle arrays disposed in parallel to each other from which droplets of different color inks are discharged, and
the two or more than two nozzle arrays are disposed symmetrically with respect to the intermediary line for each color of the droplets;
the plurality of recording heads comprise: a plurality of pairs of recording heads,
one of the pairs of recording heads disposed downstream in the second direction are spaced apart by a longer distance in the first direction, and another one of the pairs of recording heads disposed upstream in the second direction are spaced apart by a shorter distance in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,257

PRINT BAR STRUCTURE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A print bar structure, comprising:a beam having two flanges connected by a web and a planar surface along a longitudinal edge of each flange;
a printhead mounting structure attached to the beam along the planar surfaces to mount a printhead;
a fluid flow structure positioned between the flanges to carry printing fluid to the printhead mounting structure, the fluid flow structure being distinct from the beam; and
multiple printheads mounted to the printhead mounting structure and arranged end to end in a staggered configuration in which each printhead overlaps an adjacent printhead.

US Pat. No. 10,189,256

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a head comprising a plurality of introduction openings and a plurality of sets of nozzles, each set of nozzles corresponding to each of the plurality of introduction openings, the head receiving a corresponding liquid from each of at least one of the plurality of introduction openings and ejecting the corresponding liquid through the corresponding set of nozzles while moving in a scanning direction, the plurality of introduction openings being arranged in a direction parallel to the scanning direction;
a plurality of liquid retention portions that are arranged in a direction that intersects the scanning direction and that retain a plurality of liquids, the plurality of liquid retention portions feeding the plurality of liquids to the plurality of introduction openings of the head;
a mounting portion in which the plurality of liquid retention portions are mounted; and
a plurality of flow channels that are provided in the mounting portion and supply the liquid to the head from the plurality of liquid retention portions,
wherein:
the plurality of liquid retention portions include a black liquid retention portion that retains a black liquid, and
among flow channel lengths of the plurality of flow channels, a flow channel length of a flow channel that supplies the black liquid is shortest.

US Pat. No. 10,189,255

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND RECORDING DEVICE

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a flow passage member comprising:
a plurality of discharge holes;
a plurality of pressurizing chambers respectively connected to the plurality of discharge holes;
a plurality of first flow passages respectively connected to the plurality of pressurizing chambers and supplying the plurality of pressurizing chambers with liquid respectively;
a second flow passage commonly connected to the plurality of first flow passages;
a plurality of third flow passages respectively connected to the plurality of pressurizing chambers and collecting liquid in the plurality of pressurizing chambers respectively; and
a fourth flow passage including a damper and commonly connected to the plurality of third flow passages; and
a plurality of pressurizing sections respectively pressurizing liquid in the plurality of pressurizing chambers,
wherein a flow passage resistance in the plurality of third flow passages is lower than a flow passage resistance in the plurality of first flow passages, and
wherein a space facing the fourth flow passage via the damper is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,254

DROPLET EJECTING HEAD AND DROPLET EJECTING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A droplet ejecting head, comprising:a board having a first surface and a second surface;
a pressure chamber in the board and having an opening on a first surface side of the board through which a solution can be supplied to the pressure chamber;
a nozzle through which solution supplied from the pressure chamber can be ejected, the nozzle being disposed on a second surface side of the board opposite the first surface side;
an actuator configured to cause a pressure change in the pressure chamber in response to an electrical signal supplied from a drive circuit by changing a volume of the pressure chamber; and
a solution holding container on the first surface side of the board, the solution holding container having a solution inlet for receiving solution and a solution outlet for supplying solution to the pressure chamber via the opening, wherein
the drive circuit is configured to:
set the electrical signal at a first voltage level at a start of a droplet ejection process for ejecting solution through the nozzle,
change the electrical signal from the first voltage level to a second voltage level during the droplet ejection process,
set the electrical signal to a third voltage level during a time period after changing the electrical signal from the first voltage level to the second voltage level, the time period being equal to a primary natural oscillation period of the actuator when the pressure chamber and the nozzle are filled with solution, and
set the electrical signal to the first voltage level after the time period has elapsed,
the second voltage level when applied to actuator causing the pressure chamber to expand in volume from a volume of the pressure chamber when the first voltage level is applied to the actuator, and
the third voltage level being in a range between the first voltage level and the second voltage level or equal to the second voltage level.

US Pat. No. 10,189,253

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate; and
an ejection orifice-forming member formed on the substrate and including an ejection orifice configured to eject liquid and a liquid channel communicating with the ejection orifice,
wherein the ejection orifice-forming member includes an ejection orifice-forming member layer A, an intermediate water-repellent layer, and an ejection orifice-forming member layer B in this order from a substrate-side of the member,
the ejection orifice-forming member includes a protrusion protruding into the ejection orifice, and
the ejection orifice-forming member includes a water-repellent projection portion that is at least a portion of the intermediate water-repellent layer and that projects farther into the ejection orifice than the ejection orifice-forming member layer A and the ejection orifice-forming member layer B.

US Pat. No. 10,189,251

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus, comprising:a recording head configured to discharge ink to a recording medium;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to temperature of the recording head;
a conveying unit configured to convey a recording medium;
a mode selecting controller which performs selecting of one recording mode from a plurality of recording modes at least including
(i) a first recording mode for printing a first surface of a recording medium and a second surface of a recording medium, the second surface being continuously fed to a recording position being recorded by the recording head after the first surface by the conveying unit and being recorded upon next after the first surface, and
(ii) a second recording mode where a period from finishing of recording onto the first surface to starting of recording onto the second surface is shorter than the period in the first recording mode;
a heating controller which performs heating of the recording head so as
(i) not to heat the recording head during the period from finishing of recording onto the first surface to starting of recording onto the second surface in the first recording mode, and
(ii) to heat the recording head, on the basis of information relating to the temperature of the recording head by driving a heating element to adjust a temperature of the recording head, during the period from finishing of recording onto the first surface to starting of recording onto the second surface in the second recording mode; and
a recording controller which performs recording onto the first surface and the second surface by the recording head in accordance with the selected recording mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,248

PRINTHEAD WITH MICROELECTROMECHANICAL DIE AND APPLICATION SPECIFIC INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A print head assembly (PHA), comprising:a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) die mounted to a substrate, the die comprising:
an opening defined in the die;
a plurality of nozzles adjacent to the opening in fluid communication with the opening; and
a pad to receive electrical control signals; and
an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) mounted to the substrate to processes image data received by the ASIC into electrical signals defining firing patterns, comprising:
a communication link; and
a plurality of transmission lines that transmit the electrical signals to the MEMS die.

US Pat. No. 10,189,247

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting section that ejects liquid in response to a drive signal;
a non-contact power transmission circuit that transmits power in a non-contact manner by using the first frequency band;
a drive signal generation circuit that generates the drive signal by using a second frequency band including a portion of the first frequency band, the second frequency band being different from the first frequency band; and
a case body that surrounds the drive signal generation circuit and the non-contract power transmission circuit and includes a first surface and a second surface that faces the first surface,
wherein the drive signal generation circuit is arranged at a position closer to the first surface than to the second surface, and
wherein the non-contact power transmission circuit is arranged at a position closer to the second surface than to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,246

JETTING DEVICE WITH FILTER STATUS DETECTION

6. A method of detecting an obstruction status of a filter in a jetting device, the jetting device comprising an ejection unit arranged to eject droplets of a liquid, the ejection unit comprising a nozzle, a liquid duct connected to the nozzle, and an electro-mechanical transducer arranged to create an acoustic pressure wave in the liquid in the duct, and the jetting device further comprising a circuit configured to measure the electric response of the transducer, said method comprising the steps of:ejecting droplets from the nozzle in order to create an increased demand for liquid in the duct;
creating an acoustic pressure wave in the duct of the ejection unit by energizing the transducer with or without ejecting another droplet;
recording changes in the electric response of the transducer that represent pressure fluctuations induced by the acoustic pressure wave in the form of a time-dependent function P(t); and
judging the obstruction status of the filter on the basis of said time-dependent function P(t).

US Pat. No. 10,189,245

METHOD AND AN ASSEMBLY FOR SUBLIMATION TRANSFER PRINTING

SPGPrints B.V., Boxmeer ...

1. A method for sublimation transfer printing comprising in sequence the continuous steps of:feeding a web of carrier from a feed mechanism in a machine direction to a carrier transport unit of a sublimation transfer printer provided with multiple digital printing stations,
synchronizing the speed of carrier with the movement of said transport unit;
positioning carrier on said transport unit;
depositing sublimation ink or inks onto carrier whilst synchronizing the speed of carrier with the deposition of the sublimation ink or inks;
removing carrier from transport unit and passing carrier with deposited sublimation ink or inks together with a web of substrate material to be printed from a feed mechanism through a heat press at sublimation conditions,
transferring the sublimation ink or inks onto the substrate material, and
collecting the printed substrate material and used carrier from outlet,
wherein the digital printing stations extend transversally to the machine direction and cover the width of carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,189,244

METHOD FOR SELECTING A FORMAT FOR A SECTION TO BE PRINTED

Hewlett-Packard Gesellsch...

1. A method for producing a print product including selecting a print section format for a section to be printed having at least one signature, the steps comprising:selecting, by a processor, a print section layout that divides the section to be printed in a running direction and in a transversal direction into adjacent units;
assigning the at least one signature which includes pages in a page format of the print product to a unit of the adjacent units;
determining border regions outside of the at least one signature, longitudinal dimensions in a running direction of the at least one signature, and transversal dimensions in a transversal direction of the at least one signature, wherein at least one of the border regions adjoins an adjacent border region for an adjacent page;
implementing a fold-over outside of at least one of the border regions;
calculating an optimal longitudinal dimension from the sums of the longitudinal dimensions and the border regions adjoining in the running direction, the fold-over outside of at least one of the border regions in the running direction, and a percentage of a difference between a longitudinal dimension and a minimum longitudinal dimension;
calculating an optimal transversal dimension from the sums of the transversal dimensions and the border regions adjoining in the transversal direction, and a percentage of a difference between a transversal dimension and a minimum transversal dimension; and
selecting the print section format so that the longitudinal dimension of the print section format is at least equal to the optimal longitudinal dimension and the transversal dimension of the print section format is at least equal to the optimal transversal dimension;
imprinting the section to be printed;
collating the at least one signature for the imprinted section; and
cutting the imprinted and collated section into page format to form the print product.

US Pat. No. 10,189,243

PRINTING TRANSFERABLE COMPONENTS USING MICROSTRUCTURED ELASTOMERIC SURFACES WITH PRESSURE MODULATED REVERSIBLE ADHESION

1. An apparatus for printing transferable components, the apparatus comprising:a stamp comprising an elastomeric post protruding therefrom, the post having a surface configured for contact with a respective transferable component and including three-dimensional relief features protruding therefrom;
a transfer printing tool head including the stamp mounted thereon; and
a controller configured to operate the transfer printing tool head to press the stamp including the post protruding therefrom against the respective transferable component on a donor substrate with a first pressure to mechanically deform the relief features and a region of the post between the relief features such that the post contacts the respective transferable component over a first contact area, retract the stamp from the donor substrate such that the respective transferable component is adhered to the stamp, press the stamp including the respective transferable component adhered thereto against a receiving substrate with a second pressure that is less than the first pressure such that the post contacts the component over a second contact area that is smaller than the first contact area, and retract the stamp from the receiving substrate to delaminate the respective transferable component from the stamp and print the respective transferable component onto the receiving substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,189,242

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:depositing a segment of a continuous flexible line along a print path, wherein the continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a thermosetting resin component that is not fully cured; and
while advancing the continuous flexible line toward the print path, delivering a ring of a predetermined or actively determined amount of curing energy that intersects at least a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line at a controlled rate after the segment of the continuous flexible line is deposited along the print path to at least partially cure at least the portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line to a desired level of cure; and
wherein the ring of the curing energy is delivered by at least one galvanometer mirror-positioning system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,241

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:pushing a continuous flexible line through a delivery guide using a feed mechanism, wherein the continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a thermosetting-epoxy-resin component that is partially cured, and wherein the feed mechanism comprises opposing rollers and a scraper in contact with at least one of the opposing rollers;
depositing, via the delivery guide, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path;
removing, using the scraper, residue of the thermosetting-epoxy-resin component, produced by the engagement between the opposing rollers and the continuous flexible line as the opposing rollers rotate to selectively translate the continuous flexible line to push the continuous flexible line through the delivery guide; and
collecting, into a collection reservoir, the residue of the thermosetting-epoxy-resin component, removed by the scraper.

US Pat. No. 10,189,240

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:applying a liquid photopolymer resin to a non-resin component to create a continuous flexible line by pulling the non-resin component through a vessel, containing a volume of the liquid photopolymer resin, wherein the continuous flexible line comprises the non-resin component and a photopolymer-resin component that comprises at least some of the liquid photopolymer resin, applied to the non-resin component;
routing the continuous flexible line into a delivery guide;
pushing the continuous flexible line out of the delivery guide using a feed mechanism, wherein the feed mechanism comprises opposing rollers and a scraper that is in contact with at least one of the opposing rollers;
removing, using the scraper, residue of the photopolymer-resin component, produced by the engagement between the opposing rollers and the continuous flexible line as the opposing rollers rotate to translate the continuous flexible line to push the continuous flexible line through the delivery guide;
collecting, into a collection reservoir, the residue of the photopolymer-resin component, removed by the scraper;
depositing, via the delivery guide, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path; and
delivering curing energy at least to a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,239

ABILITY TO THREE-DIMENSIONALLY PRINT AN APERTURE MASK ON A MULTI SPECTRAL FILTER ARRAY

MATERION CORPORATION, Ma...

7. A three-dimensional inkjet printer, comprising:a tray comprising a vacuum chuck configured to support an associated prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array; and
a print block, comprising:
at least one inkjet head in fluid communication with a reservoir for storing associated photopolymer resin, the at least one inkjet head configured to deposit the associated photopolymer resin onto a surface of the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array forming an aperture mask thereon, and
at least one ultraviolet lamp for illuminating deposited photopolymer resin on the surface of the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array, wherein the vacuum chuck is further configured to locate a start position of the at least one inkjet head relative to the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array,
wherein the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array comprises a plurality of optical filter elements of different optical filter types, the optical filter elements having slanted sidewalls, the optical filter elements bonded together at the slanted sidewalls to form an optical filter array.

US Pat. No. 10,189,238

EXPOSURE MOLDING DEVICE AND EXPOSURE MOLDING METHOD THEREOF

TECO IMAGE SYSTEMS CO., L...

1. An exposure molding device, comprising:an exposure tank having a first surface and a second surface, wherein photosensitive liquid is accommodated within the exposure tank;
a working platform disposed relative to the first surface; and
an optical system disposed relative to the second surface and comprising:
a light emission element emitting light along an optical path; and
an optical assembly comprising:
a light transparent element disposed on the optical path;
a first optical element disposed behind the light transparent element on the optical path;
a first transmission mechanism disposed along a first direction, and connected with the first optical element for driving the first optical element to move along the first direction;
a second optical element disposed between the light transparent element and the first optical element on the optical path; and
a first optical compensating element and a second optical compensating element disposed between the light transparent element and the second optical element on the optical path, wherein the first optical compensating element is disposed parallel to the first optical element, and the second optical compensating element is disposed parallel to the second optical element,
wherein after the light is transmitted through the light transparent element, the light is reflected to the exposure tank by the first optical element, such that the photosensitive liquid is exposed and molded on the working platform.

US Pat. No. 10,189,237

FEEDSTOCK LINES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF AN OBJECT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A feedstock line for additive manufacturing of an object, the feedstock line having a feedstock-line length and an exterior surface, defining an interior volume of the feedstock line, and comprising:elongate filaments, extending along at least a portion of the feedstock-line length;
a resin, covering the elongate filaments; and
optical direction modifiers, each extending along only a portion of the feedstock-line length; and
wherein:
the optical direction modifiers are covered by the resin and are interspersed among the elongate filaments;
each of the optical direction modifiers has an outer surface;
each of the optical direction modifiers is configured such that when electromagnetic radiation strikes the outer surface from a first direction, at least a portion of the electromagnetic radiation departs the outer surface in a second direction that is at an angle to the first direction to irradiate, in the interior volume of the feedstock line, the resin that, due at least in part to the elongate filaments, is not directly accessible to the electromagnetic radiation, incident on the exterior surface of the feedstock line;
the optical direction modifiers comprise partial-length optical waveguides;
each of the partial-length optical waveguides comprises a partial-length optical core;
the partial-length optical core of each of the partial-length optical waveguides comprises a first partial-length-optical-core end face, a second partial-length-optical-core end face, opposite the first partial-length-optical-core end face, and a partial-length peripheral surface, extending between the first partial-length-optical-core end face and the second partial-length-optical-core end face; and
each of the partial-length optical waveguides is configured such that when the electromagnetic radiation enters the partial-length optical core via at least one of the first partial-length-optical-core end face, the second partial-length-optical-core end face, or the partial-length peripheral surface, at least a portion of the electromagnetic radiation exits the partial-length optical core via the partial-length peripheral surface to irradiate, in the interior volume of the feedstock line, the resin that, due at least in part to the elongate filaments, is not directly accessible to the electromagnetic radiation, incident on the exterior surface of the feedstock line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,236

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR MAGNETIC SURFACE COVERINGS

Golconda Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A system for finishing a wall comprising:a set of modular wall covering units comprising an inner attractant layer and a decorative outer layer;
a magnetic underlayment comprising an isotropic magnetic sheeting, the magnetic underlayment having been heat treated, wherein the heat treatment of the magnetic underlayment is at 158 degrees Fahrenheit for seven days; and
a support layer comprising a wall board, an insulation layer, and a covering layer, the support layer being substantially vertical relative to a floor when installed in a structure;
wherein the magnetic underlayment is secured to the support layer forming a combined magnetic surface assembly for receiving and supporting the set of modular wall covering units, and the set of modular wall covering units are adapted to be releasably secured to the combined magnetic surface assembly with the inner attractant layer facing the magnetic underlayment, and wherein the weight of the set of modular wall covering units, when installed in a vertical orientation, is supported by the combined magnetic surface assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,234

MACHINE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR BUILDING BOARD

ONEDAY WALL AB, Orebro (...

1. A machine for finishing building boards which are essentially shaped as cuboids including a primary main side and opposite thereto a secondary main side each having a relatively large delimitation area and four edge sides each having a relatively small delimitation area, the machine comprising:a conveyor line configured to receive incoming body elements for building boards and transport the body elements in a working direction along a set of processing stations in the machine;
a first processing station of said set of processing stations comprises laterally operating processing means configured to, by gluing, apply a first edge strip, of a female type, along a first edge side of said four edge sides in such a manner that the first edge strip is brought in parallel with the primary main side; and
a second processing station of said set of processing stations comprises vertically operating processing means configured to:
apply, by gluing, a primary surface layer which covers the entire primary main side and the primary side of the first edge stripe, and thereafter
apply a vertical pressure over the body element and the first edge stripe across the working direction while the body element and the first edge stripe pass the second processing station in such a manner that the primary side of the first edge stripe is brought in level with the primary main side of the body element when passing through the second processing station.

US Pat. No. 10,189,233

METHOD FOR FIXING RESIN TUBE TO DIE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR RESIN-TUBE COVERED ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for fixing a resin tube inserted in a cylindrical die to the die, comprising:(a) placing the resin tube inside the cylindrical die so that both end portions of the resin tube protrude from both ends of the die; and
(b) folding back the end portions of the resin tube protruding from the both ends of the die onto an outer peripheral surface of the die,
wherein step (b) includes the following steps (i), (ii), and (iii):
(i) providing a diameter expanding unit having a plurality of diameter expanding claws which are movable in a radial direction between a diameter reduced position to be insertable in the resin tube and a diameter expanded position to extend the resin tube so that an inner diameter of the resin tube is larger than an outer diameter of the die, and which extend in an axial direction orthogonal to the radial direction;
placing the diameter expanding unit so that the axial direction is substantially parallel to a center axis of the die;
inserting the diameter expanding claws at the diameter reduced position into one end portion of the resin tube protruding from one of the ends of the die; and
moving the diameter expanding claws to the diameter expanded position to expand a diameter of the one end portion of the resin tube so that an inner diameter of the one end portion is larger than the outer diameter of the die;
(ii) moving the diameter expanding unit and the die relative to each other so that the diameter expanding unit approaches the other end portion of the resin tube while keeping the one end portion of the resin tube in a diameter expanded state by the diameter expanding claws; and
(iii) applying a pressing force toward the other end portion of the resin tube to an end surface of the one end portion of the resin tube; disengaging the one end portion of the resin tube kept in the diameter expanded state with the diameter expanding claws from the diameter expanding claws; and shifting the one end portion of the resin tube onto the outer peripheral surface of the die.

US Pat. No. 10,189,232

ELECTRONIC DEVICE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

NHK SPRING CO., LTD., Ka...

1. An electronic device manufacturing apparatus which manufactures an electronic device including electronic components fixed by a conductive adhesive agent, the apparatus comprising:a conveyor which conveys a work to which uncured conductive adhesive agent is applied;
a plurality of heaters opposed to the conveyor, the heaters being arranged at intervals;
a gas supply source which supplies an inert gas to each of the heaters;
a narrow path part including a narrow path formed locally along a locus in which the conductive adhesive agent passes, the narrow path part being disposed between the heaters and the conveyor to gather the inert gas passing through the heaters; and
a plurality of guide parts connecting the heaters and the narrow path part to guide the inert gas passing through the heaters to the narrow path,
wherein:
each of the guide parts includes a gas dispersion member which stores heat from a connected heater and disperses the inert gas passing through the connected heater,
each gas dispersion member includes a plurality of wire meshes layered in a direction of a flow of the inert gas, and
each of the pluralities of wire meshes includes at least two wire meshes of different permeabilities.

US Pat. No. 10,189,230

METHOD FOR FORMING COPPER FILM

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A method for forming a copper film, the method comprising:forming a base film along a surface of an insulating film of an object, the base film being one of a titanium nitride film, a tungsten film or a tungsten nitride film; and
forming a copper film on the base film of the object having the insulating film and the base film after cooling the object to a temperature of 209 K or less.

US Pat. No. 10,189,229

SURFACE-TREATED STEEL SHEET

1. A surface-treated steel sheet comprising:a base steel sheet;
a surface treatment layer which is formed on at least one surface of the base steel sheet and which consists of an oxide layer and a metal layer; and
a chemical conversion layer which is formed on a surface of the surface treatment layer,
wherein the surface treatment layer contains Zn in an adhered amount of 0.30 g/m2 to 2.00 g/m2 and Ni in an adhered amount of 0.03 g/m2 to 2.00 g/m2, wherein the adhered amount of Ni is equal to or lower than the adhered amount of Zn,
the oxide layer is formed on a surface of the metal layer and is between the chemical conversion layer and the metal layer,
wherein distribution curves of emission intensities of Fe atoms, Zn atoms, and Ni atoms are obtained respectively by performing a glow discharge spectrometry in a range from a surface of the chemical conversion layer, which is used as a measurement start position, to a position at 1 ?m from the surface of the surface treatment layer in a depth direction, which is used as a measurement end position,
the emission intensity of the Fe atoms at an interface between the oxide layer and the metal layer is 20% or less of a maximum emission intensity of the Fe atoms in the measured range,
the emission intensity of the Ni atoms at the interface is 20% or less of a maximum emission intensity of the Ni atoms, and
a first range in which the emission intensity of the Zn atoms is 60% or higher of a maximum emission intensity of the Zn atoms and a second range in which the emission intensity of the Ni atoms is 60% or higher of the maximum emission intensity of the Ni atoms overlap in the depth direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,228

ASYMMETRIC PROCESSING METHOD FOR REDUCING BOW IN LAMINATE STRUCTURES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A laminate structure comprising a first substrate, a second substrate, and an interlayer attaching the first and second substrates,wherein the second substrate is a glass substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface, the first surface having a compressive stress less than a compressive stress of the second surface;
wherein the interlayer is positioned in direct contact with the second surface of the second substrate;
wherein a coefficient of thermal expansion of the first substrate is different than a coefficient of thermal expansion of the second substrate; and
wherein a minimum radius of curvature of the laminate structure at a temperature ranging from about ?20° C. to about 90° C. is at least about 40 times greater than a maximum dimension of the laminate structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,227

TAILORED PANEL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of manufacturing a panel assembly, the method comprising:forming a plurality of bonds between a first sheet material and a second sheet material of a laminated sheet to bond the first and second sheet materials in a face to face relationship to form a preform, the plurality of bonds defining a closed perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials and an open perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials, wherein the open perimeter region is formed to define a structural load path for transmitting a force between a first location of the panel assembly and a second location of the panel assembly;
forming the preform into a predefined shape of the panel assembly;
applying a pressurized fluid through at least one inlet coupled in fluid communication with the open perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials of the preform to expand the preform, wherein the pressurized fluid expands the open perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials, wherein the first and second sheet materials expand in an opposing direction thereby defining an expanded open perimeter region, and wherein the closed perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials remains vacant of the pressurized fluid such that the closed perimeter region is not expanded; and
filling the expanded open perimeter region defined between the first and second sheet materials with a non-gaseous filler material.

US Pat. No. 10,189,226

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MICRO-TRUSS STRUCTURE

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

1. A three-dimensional micro-truss structure comprising:a plurality of first polymer waveguide struts extending along a first direction;
a plurality of second polymer waveguide struts extending along a second direction;
a plurality of third polymer waveguide struts extending along a third direction; and
a plurality of fourth polymer waveguide struts extending along a fourth direction,
wherein the first, second, third, and fourth polymer waveguide struts interpenetrate one another at a plurality of nodes, the plurality of nodes defining a plane,
wherein each of the first, second, and third directions extends at a non-perpendicular angle with respect to the plane, the plane being substantially perpendicular to the fourth direction,
wherein the first, second, and third polymer waveguide struts that extend from the same node on the same side of the plane define a three-dimensional volume, and
wherein the fourth polymer waveguide strut that extends from the same node on the same side of the plane extends into the three-dimensional volume.

US Pat. No. 10,189,225

HOSE WITH OPTIMIZED STEEL WIRE REINFORCEMENT LAYERS

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A hose for conveying fluids under pressure comprising an elastomer core tube, at least two reinforcement layers at distinct reinforcement layer radii, said reinforcement layers being radially separated by intermediate elastomer material layers and an outer protective layer covering the outermost reinforcement layer,wherein at least two of said reinforcement layers comprise steel wires helically wound around the axis of said hose,
wherein the steel wires of the radially outermost steel wire reinforcement layer have the highest E-ratio of the at least two reinforcement layers, the steel wires of the innermost steel wire reinforcement layer have the lowest E-ratio of the at least two reinforcement layers differing from said highest E-ratio, whereby the E-ratio of any steel wire reinforcement layer is not lower than the E-ratio of any inner laying steel wire reinforcement layer, said E-ratio being equal to the ratio of the tensile strength over the elongation at break of said steel wire,
wherein said E-ratio is between 70,000 N/mm2 up to 200,000 N/mm2 for the radially outermost steel wire reinforcement layer and between 30,000 N/mm2 and 120,000 N/mm2 for the radially innermost steel wire reinforcement layer,
wherein said steel wires of at least the innermost steel wire reinforcement layer have crimps or bends for altering said E-ratio, while said steel wires of at least the outermost steel wire reinforcement layer are free of bends or crimps,
wherein said steel wires of at least the innermost and outermost steel wire reinforcement layer are of the same diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,224

METHODS FOR MAKING RUBBER BALES

Karltex Machine, Inc., O...

1. A method of forming a rubber bale, comprising:inserting, into a press chamber of a bale assembly, compressible rubber materials;
closing the press chamber;
compressing, in the press chamber, the compressible rubber materials with a bolster assembly to form a rubber bale, the bolster assembly including:
a first coupling portion;
a second coupling portion removably attached to the first coupling portion by one or more coupling bolts, the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion cooperatively defining an arc shaped cavity for receiving a hydraulic rod,
an island portion removably attached to the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion by a plurality of island bolts that run through either the first coupling portion, the second coupling portion, or both and into the island portion; and
a bolster cap removably attached to the island portion by a plurality of retainer bolts, the retainer bolts each including a non-circular head attached to a frustum, the head having a substantially planar surface, the frustum attached to a threaded shaft distal the head, the bolster cap including a plurality of countersunk bores that receive the retainer bolts, the countersunk bores having complementary shapes to those of the retainer bolts;
opening the press chamber; and
ejecting the rubber bale from the press chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,189,220

CALCULATION SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING AN OPHTHALMIC LENS

Essilor International, C...

1. A calculation system for manufacturing an ophthalmic lens, comprising:a processor;
a set of calculation modules 1 to N, N being an integer higher than 1, each calculation module being implemented by the processor and associated to a partial calculation in relation with a manufacturing process of said ophthalmic lens, each calculation module activated independently and asynchronously from another calculation module,
a managing program implemented by a memory and the processor, wherein the memory stores sequences of instructions that are accessible to the processor and executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
receive input data from a remote device, the input data being related to the manufacturing process of said ophthalmic lens and/or to an ophthalmic lens manufacturing system that manufactures the ophthalmic lens,
calculate output data related to the manufacturing process of said ophthalmic lens from the input data, through one or several iteration(s) of:
determining several calculation modules to activate,
determining an order of activation of the several calculation modules to be activate,
activating the determined several calculation modules, in accordance with the determined order of activation, and
transmit, to the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system, an indication that the output data have been calculated, and make the output data available to the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system,
the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system manufacturing the ophthalmic lens based on the output data received by the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,219

METHOD OF FABRICATING A CERAMIC ARTICLE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A resin transfer molding process comprising:inserting a ceramic article within a bladder defining a part cavity;
inserting the bladder into a second cavity with a fixed geometry;
pressurizing the bladder against the ceramic article by filling the bladder with a liquid material; and
injecting resin into the ceramic article within the bladder with the bladder against the ceramic article to maintain resin within the ceramic article during curing.

US Pat. No. 10,189,215

LAYING DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR THE LAYING DOWN OF FIBRE TAPES

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

6. A method for automated laying down of fibre tapes on a surface by controlling a laying device according to claim 1, the method comprising:arranging a laying head and a creel on individually controllable head and creel positioning devices, respectively; and
tracking movements of the laying head with the creel and creel positioning device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,214

FREESPACE COMPOSITE MANUFACTURING PROCESS AND DEVICE

Composite Cluster Singapo...

1. A movable apparatus for forming a thermo-softening part, the apparatus comprising:a stationary base structure of the thermo-softening part, the stationary base structure defining a first side and a second side disposed opposite from the first side
a first placement unit that comprises:
at least one first roller, the first roller configured to move in a first predetermined path conforming to the first side of the stationary base structure of the thermo-softening part, and
a first heat source, and
a second placement unit that comprises at least one second roller, which corresponds to the at least one first roller, the second roller configured to move in a second predetermined path conforming to the second side of the stationary base structure, and
wherein:
the first heat source is provided for heating an elongated thermo-softening material to a predetermined temperature, and
the at least one first roller and the at least one second roller are configured to compress the thermo-softening material and the stationary base structure, the at least one first roller configured to press the thermo-softening material to the first side of the stationary base structure, the at least one second roller configured to press against the second side of the stationary base structure opposite from the at least one first roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,213

METHOD AND MANUFACTURING UNIT FOR PRODUCING FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL COMPONENTS

Broetje-Automation GmbH, ...

1. A method for producing fiber composite material components comprising the following steps:providing a manufacturing unit to apply a fiber composite material to a component mould,
wherein the manufacturing unit has a positioning device and an application tool arranged thereon,
wherein the positioning device comprises a robot which has at least four pivot axes for the application tool,
wherein the positioning device to position the application tool relative to the component mould has a plurality of drive motors, which are activatable by a control device, the plurality of drive motors comprising a drive motor associated with each of the at least four pivot axes, and
wherein the manufacturing unit has at least two height profile measuring sensors, each with a detection range directed onto the component mould;
applying a first web of the fiber composite material to the component mould;
measuring a height profile in such a way that at least a part of the applied first web is located in the detection range of one of the height profile measuring sensors; and
applying a second web of the fiber composite material to the component mould in such a way that the control device activates at least one of the drive motors depending on the measured height profile, wherein the control device is operable to activate the at least one of the drive motors based on only one of the at least two height profile measuring sensors;
wherein the first and second webs are applied in opposite application directions,
wherein the at least two height profile measuring sensors comprise a first height profile measuring sensor and a second height profile measuring sensor arranged next to one another on the application tool such that the detection range of the first height profile measuring sensor is spaced apart from the detection range of the second height profile measuring sensor during application of the first and second webs;
wherein the first height profile measuring sensor measures a height profile of a previously applied web when the application tool is traveling in a first direction;
wherein the second height measuring sensor measures a height profile of a previously applied web when the application tool is traveling in a second direction;
wherein the application tool is rotated through 180° relative to the positioning device upon a change in the application direction;
wherein at least a part of a previously applied web is located in the detection range of one of the first and second height profile measuring sensors and not in the detection range of the other of the first and second height profile measuring sensors when the application tool is traveling in each of the first and second directions; and
wherein each of the first and second height profile measuring sensors is configured as a light section sensor configured to contactlessly measure the height profile of a previously applied web using a light section method comprising projecting a light line on the previously applied web and detecting a reflection of the light line, wherein the light line projected by each of the first and second height profile measuring sensors defines the detection range of each respective height profile measuring sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,212

POROUS STAMP MATERIAL FOR LASER PROCESSING, POROUS STAMP USING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Glory Industry Co., Ltd.,...

1. A porous stamp material consisting of a porous substance having continuous pores having 10-60 ?m pore diameter and comprising a non-crosslinked thermoplastic resin and 50-250 parts by weight of hydroxylated compound with respect to 100 parts by weight of the thermoplastic resin, wherein the starting temperature of dehydration of the hydroxylated compound is 100 to 500° C.

US Pat. No. 10,189,207

SONOTRODE

1. A sonotrode comprising:a head which defines a sealing surface elongated along a first direction orthogonal to a second direction; and
at least one first slot which extends through said head transversally to said first direction;
wherein said at least one first slot extends parallel to a third direction inclined to both said first direction and second direction;
said first direction defining a first angle with said second direction;
said sonotrode further comprising a pair of second slots which extend along respective fourth directions inclined with respect to both said first direction and said second direction; and
said fourth directions being symmetric with respect to a symmetry plane of said sonotrode parallel to said second direction and defining, each, a second angle with said plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,206

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR REPAIRING DISCREPANT WELDS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method, for repairing a weld, the method comprising:providing a first weld-repair tool comprising an extended portion and a cavity adjacent the extended portion,
providing at least partially joined workpieces, wherein at least one workpiece contains a polymer material, the workpieces being joined by a discrepant weld comprising an insufficient primary portion and an ancillary portion positioned at a periphery of the insufficient primary portion or directly adjacent the insufficient primary portion;
positioning the first weld-repair tool and the workpieces so that the extended portion of the first weld-repair tool contacts a proximate workpiece of the workpieces, and the cavity aligns generally with the ancillary portion; and
delivering welding energy from the first weld-repair tool, via the extended portion, to the proximate workpiece in contact with the first weld-repair tool, causing the energy to melt the ancillary portion thus forming an enlarged ancillary portion that adjoins the insufficient primary portion and repairing the discrepant weld.

US Pat. No. 10,189,205

PRINTER HEAD Z-AXIS ALIGNMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM

NORTHWORKS AUTOMATION, IN...

1. A z-axis calibration system for a three-dimensional printer comprising:a controller determining a zero position for a three-dimensional printer printhead in an x-axis and a y-axis, as well as finding an initial position for position of the printhead in the z-axis;
a hotend of the printhead for deposition of printing material, the hotend connected to the printhead via a connector moveable in the z-axis, the hotend including an arm extending outward therefrom;
an optical sensor assembly including an emitter and a detector, the optical sensor assembly directly affixed to the printhead, where at the initial position in the z-axis, the arm of the hotend extends in-between the emitter and the detector; and
wherein the controller calibrates a starting position for the printhead based on z-axis movement of the printhead distinct from the hotend as facilitated by the connector, causing z-axis displacement of the arm on the hotend, the z-axis displacement allowing the detector to detect a change in light from the emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,200

TOOLING, SYSTEM, AND PROCESS FOR INJECTION STRETCH BLOW MOLDED CONTAINER WITH INTEGRAL HANDLE

1. Stretch blow station tooling for stretch blowing at least one parison into a molded article, with such parison including a handle, said tooling comprising:at least one blow mold including first and second blow mold halves shiftable between an open position and a closed position,
wherein said first and second blow mold halves each include a body cavity surface formed therein, and wherein said first and second blow mold halves each include a handle-supporting channel formed therein,
wherein in the closed position, said body cavity surfaces of said first and second blow mold halves are aligned to define a blow cavity for receiving a main body of the parison, wherein in the closed position, said handle-supporting channels of said first and second blow mold halves are aligned to define a handle-supporting cavity for receiving a main portion of the handle,
wherein when the parison is positioned within the blow mold, the main portion of the handle is received within the handle-supporting cavity and an end portion of the handle extends into the blow cavity; and
a plunger assembly including a plunger configured to be selectively positioned within said blow cavity,
wherein when said plunger is positioned within said blow cavity, said plunger is configured to contact the end portion of the handle of the parison so as to force the end portion of the handle towards the main body of the parison.

US Pat. No. 10,189,189

MOLDING METHOD AND MOLD THEREFOR

KAGA SANGYO CO., LTD., N...

1. A method of molding a product by rotating a mold, comprising:(i) filling a liquid synthetic resin material into the mold;
(ii) disposing the mold, which has been filled with the liquid synthetic resin material in step (i), in a vacuum interior of a housing of a mixer; and
(iii) driving the mixer to subject the mold in the vacuum interior to a planetary motion, thereby agitating the synthetic resin material while degassing it and generating an agitated/degassed synthetic resin material in the mold and thereby molding the product by rotational molding,
wherein the planetary motion is generated by driving the mixer to cause the mold to orbit about an orbital axis and simultaneously rotate about a rotational axis, wherein the rotation axis is eccentric from the orbital axis and is tilted relative to the orbital axis.

US Pat. No. 10,189,187

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED SPRAY FOAM FABRICATION

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) a robotic arm;
(b) a tool module; and
(c) one or more computers;wherein(i) the robotic arm supports the tool module, which tool module comprises a nozzle and a subtractive fabrication tool, the nozzle and the subtractive fabrication tool being positioned in different locations within the tool module, and
(ii) the one or more computers are programmed to control the robotic arm and tool module in such a way that
(A) the nozzle performs spraying, which spraying comprises the nozzle spraying foam, layer by layer according to a CAD model, to fabricate walls of a mold configured to contain a casting material while the casting material cures,
(B) the subtractive fabrication tool performs removal of material from the mold according to the CAD model, which removal of material comprises removing foam material sprayed from the nozzle, and
(C) the robotic arm positions and orients the tool module in such a way that the nozzle and subtractive fabrication tool conduct the foam spraying and the removal of material, respectively, according to the CAD model.

US Pat. No. 10,189,179

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TUBULAR CONCRETE PRODUCTS

1. A system for producing tubular concrete products in a casting method using a plurality of upright casting molds, wherein each of the plurality of upright casting molds have an upright outer mold and a mold core arranged in the upright outer mold, the system configured to perform steps comprising:a) at least one demolding station for removing the upright outer mold from one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one demolding station and for removing a cured tubular concrete product from the mold core of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one demolding station,
b) at least one cleaning station for cleaning the mold core of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one cleaning station and for cleaning the upright outer mold of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one cleaning station,
c) at least one mold assembly station for assembling another of the plurality of upright casting molds from the cleaned upright outer mold and the cleaned mold core,
d) at least one filling station for filling the another of the plurality of assembled upright casting molds with concrete;
e) wherein a mold conveyor is configured to convey the another of the plurality of upright casting molds filled with concrete at the at least one filling station to a mold releasing position,
f) wherein a transport device is configured to transport the another of the plurality of upright casting molds from the mold releasing position to a curing zone and from the curing zone to a mold feeding position,
g) wherein the mold conveyor is further configured to convey the another of the plurality of filled upright casting molds from the mold feeding position to the at least one demolding station,
h) repeating steps a through b for the another of the plurality of filled upright casting molds to form a further of the plurality of upright casting molds in step c;
i) repeating steps d through g for the further of the plurality of upright casting molds, wherein the curing zone is configured to store the plurality of filled upright casting molds;
and wherein the system further comprises a fabrication zone having a plurality of fully automated fabrication stations to convey the plurality of upright casting molds between the fabrication stations.

US Pat. No. 10,189,172

METHOD OF REUSING REMNANT PREPREG FRAMEWORK

1. A method of reusing prepreg material comprising:providing a broad prepreg material comprised of reinforcing fibers impregnated with a resin matrix;
cutting out one or more geometric shapes from the broad prepreg material to make a component, leaving behind at least one piece of remnant prepreg material;
defining a pattern for cutting said piece of remnant prepreg material to form a single continuous strip of said remnant prepreg material; and
cutting the piece of remnant prepreg material to form the single continuous strip thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,189,171

SCISSOR CUTTER

1. A scissor cutter, comprising:a first cutting member including
a first pivot portion pivotal about a pivot axis of said scissor cutter,
two first offset portions respectively connected to two opposite sides of said first pivot portion, which are opposite to each other with respect to the pivot axis and along a lengthwise direction of the scissor cutter perpendicular to the pivot axis,
a first cutting portion that is connected to said first pivot portion and one of said first offset portions and extends away therefrom along the lengthwise direction and that has a first contact face, and
a first handle portion that is connected to said first pivot portion and the other of said first offset portions and that extends oppositely of said first cutting portion;
a second cutting member including
a second pivot portion pivotally connected to said first pivot portion,
two second offset portions respectively connected to two opposite sides of said second pivot portion, which are opposite to each other with respect to the pivot axis and along the lengthwise direction,
a second cutting portion that is connected to said second pivot portion and one of said second offset portions and extends away therefrom along the lengthwise direction and that has a second contact face, and
a second handle portion that is connected to said second pivot portion and the other of said second offset portions and that extends oppositely of said second cutting portion; and
a pivot extending through and interconnecting said first and second pivot portions;
wherein said first and second contact faces contact each other along a shear plane, said second pivot portion, said first cutting portion and said first offset portions are located at a first side of the shear plane, and said first pivot portion, said second cutting portion and said second offset portions are located at a second side of the shear plane, and
wherein, when said first and second pivot portions pivotally move with respect to each other, said first offset portions respectively abut against said second offset portions along said shear plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,165

ACTUATORS WITH CONFORMING SLEEVES

President and Fellows of ...

24. A method for mechanical actuation, comprising:using an actuator including at least one actuator body that defines a chamber and at least one sleeve covering part of the actuator body; and
pumping fluid into the chamber defined by the actuator body, causing the actuator body to deform where the actuator body is not covered by the sleeve, while the sleeve limits the actuator body from deforming where the sleeve covers the actuator body.

US Pat. No. 10,189,162

MODEL GENERATION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MODEL GENERATION METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A model generation method for execution by a model generation apparatus, the model generation method comprising:inputting a three-dimensional shape model of a target object including (1) plane geometric features and (2) line geometric features;
setting a plurality of positions and orientations of a viewpoint, the viewpoint being used to observe the three-dimensional shape model of the target object, and sequentially selecting one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint;
calculating, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint set in the setting and for the plane geometric features and the line geometric features, respectively, a degree of change of a relationship between image features of an image to be observed at the viewpoint and each of the plane geometric features and the line geometric features of the three-dimensional shape model when the selected position and orientation of the viewpoint or a position and orientation of the target object is changed; and
generating a hierarchical cluster of plane geometric features and a hierarchical cluster of line geometric features, separately, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint, by setting each of the plane geometric features and each of the line geometric features as an initial cluster in a lowest layer, and sequentially merging a pair of clusters in a current layer to generate a cluster in a higher layer based on similarity of the degree of change of the relationship calculated for the pair of clusters.

US Pat. No. 10,189,161

CALIBRATION SYSTEM AND CALIBRATION METHOD CALIBRATING MECHANICAL PARAMETERS OF WRIST PART OF ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A calibration system calibrating parameters of a mechanical model representing a wrist part of a robot utilizing a target fastened at a hand of the robot at a predetermined position with respect to a joint closest to the hand, the target being able to be changed in position and posture by the robot, and an imaging device set around the robot, the calibration system comprising:a preliminary position generating part using a position of the robot when the target is arranged at a position where the target is included in a field of vision of the imaging device as an initial position and changing the posture of the target without changing the position of the target to generate a plurality of positions of the robot as a plurality of preliminary positions,
a target detecting part using an image of the target at the image acquired by the imaging device as the basis to acquire information on the position of the target on the image and the distance between the target and the imaging device,
an end point position storing part using the plurality of preliminary positions as starting points, making the robot move translationally so that the positions of the target detected by the target detecting part become predetermined positions and the distances become predetermined distance, and storing the positions of the robot after the translational movement as end points, and
a parameter calculating part using the positions of the end points stored by the end point position storing part as the basis to calculate the parameters of the mechanical model.