US Pat. No. 10,479,043

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FLUTING A WEB IN THE MACHINE DIRECTION

HBK FAMILY, LLC, Unionto...

1. A method of forming a longitudinally-corrugated web, comprising: gradually and uniformly introducing into a web of medium material an array of longitudinal flutes of a first geometry as the web travels along a web-travel pathway in a machine direction, wherein at any selected location along said web-travel pathway said longitudinal flutes define a sine wave that propagates in a cross-machine direction and has a constant zero-crossing point, and after introduction of said first-geometry flutes into said web, introducing therein longitudinal corrugations having a lower amplitude and higher frequency than said first-geometry flutes.

US Pat. No. 10,479,042

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PLASTIC POUCHES

Mamata Machinery Pvt. Ltd...

1. A machine for making plastic pouches having three gussets comprising:a. a panel plastic film unwinding means adapted to provide a panel plastic film;
b. a folding device adapted to longitudinally fold in half the panel plastic film;
c. a pair of guide rollers adapted to receive the folded panel plastic film and to transport the folded panel plastic film longitudinally;
d. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the folded panel plastic film and to further transport it in longitudinal direction;
e. a slitter adapted to slit into top and bottom halves the folded panel plastic film along the longitudinal fold and to create an initial gap substantially the same as a thickness of the slitter between the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
f. a means to enlarge the gap between the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
g. a side gusset plastic film unwinding means adapted to provide a side gusset plastic film;
h. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the side gusset plastic film unwound from the side gusset plastic film unwinding means and to transport the side gusset plastic film in a transverse direction;
i. a means to longitudinally fold the side gusset plastic film such that the folded portions are on the top and the combined width of the folded top portions is substantially same as the width of the bottom portion;
j. a creasing device adapted to maintain the crease at the folds in the unwound folded side gusset plastic film;
k. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the folded side gusset plastic film and to transport it further in transverse direction;
l. a means to cut the folded side gusset plastic film into side gusset pieces having a length less than or equal to the width of the top and bottom halves of the folded panel plastic film;
m. a pair of index rollers adapted to intermittently transport in the transverse direction the side gusset pieces such that the side gusset pieces are placed through the enlarged gap between the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film at a predetermined distance from each other;
n. a transverse sealing means to seal the side gusset pieces along the length of the side gusset pieces with the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film such that at least the edges of the folded top portions of the side gusset piece are sealed with the bottom surface of the top half of the panel plastic film and at least the corresponding middle of the bottom portion of the side gusset piece is sealed with the top surface of the bottom half of the panel plastic film;
o. a means to pull the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film away from each other at the location of the side gusset creating a folded top portion of the top half of the panel plastic film that is substantially perpendicular to the greater parts of the top half of the panel plastic film and a folded bottom portion of the bottom half of the panel plastic film that is substantially perpendicular to the greater parts of the bottom half of the panel plastic film and to transform the shape of the end of the side gusset piece into a rhomboid-like shape having rounded front and rear corners;
p. a means to push inwards the front and rear corners of the rhomboid-like shaped end of the side gusset piece and to form two vertical edges that are substantially parallel to the vertical axis of the rhomboid-like end and to transform the rhomboid-like end into a rhomboid creating new front and rear corners of the rhomboid, the rhomboid shaped end being substantially perpendicular to the greater parts of the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
q. a bottom gusset plastic film unwinding means adapted to provide a bottom gusset plastic film;
r. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the unwound bottom gusset plastic film and to transport the unwound bottom gusset plastic film in the transverse direction;
s. a pair of index rollers adapted to transport in the transverse direction the bottom gusset plastic film;
t. a turn bar adapted to reorient the bottom gusset film to be transported in the longitudinal direction and to be substantially in contact with the full face of the rhomboid shaped ends of the side gusset pieces and the folded top and bottom portions of the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
u. a sealing means to seal along the vertical edges within the rhomboid shaped ends of the side gusset pieces, the sealing extending beyond the vertical edges up to the edges of the folded top and bottom portions of the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
v. a means to collapse into equal top and bottom halves the bottom gusset film sealed with the rhomboid shaped end of the side gusset and the top and half folded portions of the top and bottom panel plastic film;
w. a sealing means to longitudinally seal the top edge of the bottom gusset film with the edge of the top half of the panel plastic film and the bottom edge of the bottom gusset film with the edge of the bottom half of the panel plastic film;
x. at least one sealing means to transversely further seal the top edge of the side gusset piece with the top half of the panel plastic film and the bottom edge of the side gusset piece with the bottom half of the panel plastic film, the seal also sealing the edges of the side gusset piece with the corresponding contacting edges of the bottom gusset film;
y. a means to transversely cut along substantially the middle of the length of the side gusset pieces and top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film.

US Pat. No. 10,479,040

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PRIMARY DRIVE OF A FINE BLANKING PRESS

Feintool International Ho...

1. A hydraulically driven fine blanking press, comprising a base; a main cylinder chamber formed in the base; a main piston disposed in the main cylinder chamber so as to carry out a stroke movement of the main piston along a vertical stroke axis between a lower dead point and an upper dead point, the piston including a radially outwardly extending protrusion having upper and lower faces; an upper and a lower hydraulic pressure chamber formed in the base, each of the upper and lower hydraulic pressure chambers being comprised of interior faces of the main cylinder chamber and exterior faces of the main piston including the protrusion and wherein the upper hydraulic pressure chamber includes the upper face of the protrusion and the lower hydraulic pressure chamber includes the lower face of the protrusion whereby the upper hydraulic pressure chamber acts on the upper face of the protrusion to push the main piston toward the lower dead point and the lower hydraulic pressure chamber acts on the lower face of the protrusion to push the main piston toward the upper dead point; a table supported by the main piston; respective fast stroke cylinders formed in the base and respective double-acting fast stroke pistons each received in a respective one of the fast stroke cylinders and each fast stroke piston comprising partitioning structure having an upper surface and a lower surface, the partitioning structure partitioning the fast stroke cylinder in which the fast stroke piston is received into an upper hydraulic pressure chamber which acts on the upper surface of the partitioning structure of the fast stroke piston to push the fast stroke piston downwards and a lower hydraulic pressure chamber which acts on the lower surface of the partitioning structure of the fast stroke piston to push the fast stroke piston upwards to a target position; respective piston rods each connecting to the table; an internal hydraulic system formed in the base; a hydraulic system external of the base and connected to the internal hydraulic system and including a hydraulic pump, a hydraulic fluid collection tank provided with a tank valve, a high pressure accumulator and a central control unit that sets the hydraulic fluid to a predetermined working pressure; the internal hydraulic system comprising a hydraulic fluid upper channel connecting with the upper hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston, a hydraulic fluid lower channel connecting with the lower hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston, and a hydraulic fluid bypass channel connecting between the hydraulic fluid upper channel and the hydraulic fluid lower channel; a pressure-controlled proportional valve connecting with the external hydraulic system and with the hydraulic fluid lower channel and the hydraulic fluid bypass channel; a vent channel connecting with the upper hydraulic pressure chamber of the main piston and, via the tank valve, with the hydraulic fluid collection tank; a hydraulic fluid supply channel connecting the hydraulic fluid lower channel, via a hydraulic fluid branch channel branching from the hydraulic fluid supply channel, to the external hydraulic system; and a hydraulic fluid branch channel branching from the hydraulic fluid supply channel and connected to the external hydraulic system, whereby the fine blanking press is controlled by the internal hydraulic system as follows: the fast stroke piston is pushed upwards toward its target position by hydraulic pressure in the lower hydraulic pressure chamber for the fast stroke piston while the pressure-controlled proportional valve is open and the main piston carries out a stroke movement from the lower dead point toward but not reaching the upper dead point during which the hydraulic fluid is displaced from the upper hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston to the lower hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston through the hydraulic fluid upper channel, the hydraulic fluid lower channel and the hydraulic fluid bypass channel; and when the fast stroke piston reaches its target position, the pressure-controlled proportional valve closes and the main piston is caused to effect a power stroke to the upper dead point by the hydraulic fluid being supplied through the hydraulic fluid supply channel and the hydraulic fluid bypass channel to the lower hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston and being discharged from the upper hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston to the hydraulic fluid collection tank via the tank valve.

US Pat. No. 10,479,035

METHOD FOR MANAGING THE PRODUCTION CYCLE OF A PLANT IN A PROCESS FOR BUILDING TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A method for managing the production cycle of a plant for building a tyre for vehicle wheels:feeding a plurality of anchoring annular structures, each comprising a bead ring and a filling insert, to a basket within a storage region, wherein the basket feeds the anchoring annular structures in succession to a predetermined picking-up position in three dimensional space, said predetermined picking-up position does not change if anchoring annular structures of the plurality of anchoring annular structures have differing diameters;
supporting each anchoring annular structure in the basket by a respective supporting member, each supporting member includes an abutment wall comprising a pair of coplanar fins separated from one another by a recess,
wherein each anchoring annular structure is supported by the respective supporting member at a respective support portion that is defined by a single circular sector at an upper portion of the anchoring annular structure's internal circumference, and
wherein an uppermost support portion of each anchoring annular structure spans a corresponding recess of its respective supporting member;
picking up a first anchoring annular structure of the plurality of anchoring annular structures from its uppermost support portion by inserting a gripper into the first anchoring annular structure's corresponding recess of its respective supporting member when the first anchoring annular structure reaches the predetermined picking-up position; and
carrying with said gripper the first anchoring annular structure by its uppermost support portion to a processing station associated with a forming drum.

US Pat. No. 10,479,031

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INFILTRATING A FIBER PREFORM

THYSSENKRUPP FEDERN UND S...

1. A method of infiltrating with a matrix material a fiber preform for a component of fiber composite material, wherein the method comprises:(a) applying an elastic overlay to the fiber preform, the fiber preform being dry,
(b) expanding the elastic overlay by creating an unoccupied gap that surrounds the fiber preform between a surface of the fiber preform and the elastic overlay,
(c) introducing the matrix material directly into the unoccupied gap through a casting line which comprises a casting-line connection piece connected to the elastic overlay to distribute the matrix material over the surface of the fiber preform, and
(d) thereafter pressing the elastic overlay onto the fiber preform to cause the matrix material to infiltrate the fiber preform, wherein a tubular, elastic overlay is used, and wherein the tubular elastic tube is applied to the fiber preform such that the elastic tube is drawn over a hollow-profile auxiliary body.

US Pat. No. 10,479,016

POLYCARBONATE PANEL HAVING SHALLOW BENDS

1. A method for forming multiple bends into a panel comprising the steps of:providing first and second opposing and elongated dies, the first die having in cross section a projecting profile and the second die a recessed profile extending between a pair of outer edge portions for receiving the projecting profile;
heating a surface of at least one of the first and second dies to a temperature up to 110° F.;
providing the panel of a polycarbonate material at an ambient temperature and advancing the panel to a first location between the first and second elongated dies so that a surface of the panel is placed into proximity with the heated surface, resulting in a temperature increase of the panel while retaining its structural rigidity;
displacing the projecting profile into the recessed profile to compress a portion of the panel sandwiched between the dies and to initially deform the panel;
pinching the sandwiched portion of the panel at first and second interior locations between the dies;
forming the panel by stretching and further bending the panel in the die at the pinch locations to define a thinned portion of the panel and in order to alter a molecular structure of the panel between the pinch locations resulting in strengthening of the panel;
separating the dies and subsequently advancing the panel to at least a second location and repeating of the steps of displacing, pinching and forming the panel in order to reform the panel to exhibit multiple strengthened bends.

US Pat. No. 10,479,015

METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR BLOWING A CONTAINER IN A BLOWING MOULD

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. An apparatus for manufacturing a container in a blowing mold, the apparatus comprising a blowing mold including a first side half and a second side half, the first side half comprises a first side half mold face, and the second side half comprises a second side half mold face, the first side half mold face and the second side half mold face are in contact with each other along a joint plane when the blowing mold is in a closed position, the blowing mold configured to enclose a blown container, the blown container having at least one transverse dimension in a longitudinal cross-section including a longitudinal axis and a member configured to move the first side half and the second side half apart along a transverse direction to separate the first side half mold face from the second side half mold face, the first side half and the second side half configured to be moved completely apart from the joint plane over an overall distance that is less than the greatest transverse dimension of the blown container and that enables extraction of the blown container from the blowing mold.

US Pat. No. 10,479,014

FORMING HEAD WITH INTEGRATED SEAL PIN/STRETCH ROD AND VARIOUS SEALING GEOMETRIES

1. A hydraulic blow molding system for forming a container from a preform by injecting a liquid product into the preform thereby expanding the preform into the shape of the container, the hydraulic blow molding system comprising:a forming head including a nozzle body, the nozzle body defining a central passageway terminating in an exit orifice, the central passageway defining a central axis;
a source of liquid product coupled to the forming head and in communication with the central passageway and the exit orifice;
a mold assembly having interior surfaces cooperating to define a mold cavity in the shape of the plastic container;
an integrated seal pin/stretch rod located within the forming head and being moveable between a closed position and an opened position, in the closed position a sealing portion of the integrated seal pin/stretch rod being in sealing engagement with a portion of the forming head so that the exit orifice is closed and the liquid product is prevented from being injected into the preform, in the opened position the sealing portion of the integrated seal pin/stretch rod being disengaged from the portion of the injection head so that the exit orifice is open and the liquid product injected into the preform.

US Pat. No. 10,479,013

NOZZLE FOR EXTRUDING A PREFORM TUBE

Harald Feuerherm, Troisd...

1. An assembly for extruding a hollow tubular preform, the extrusion assembly comprising:a mandrel extending along a vertical axis;
an annular nozzle body spacedly radially surrounding the mandrel;
a holding ring having an upper end axially slidable in the nozzle body, braced axially downwardly against the nozzle body, and having a lower end spaced radially inward from and shiftable limitedly radially relative to the nozzle body;
a nozzle ring having an upper end axially slidable in the holding ring, braced axially downwardly against the nozzle body, and having a radially deflectable lower end kinematically coupled to the lower end of the holding ring and forming an annular extrusion gap with the mandrel;
adjustment means for moving the nozzle ring and the mandrel parallel to the axis relative to each other by programmable adjustment motions to impart a varying wall thickness to the hollow tubular preform extruded through the gap;
a first positioner engageable with the lower end of nozzle ring and operable to radially deflect the lower end thereof; and
a second positioner engageable radially with the lower end of the holding ring for radially deflecting same.

US Pat. No. 10,479,010

METAL PRODUCT HAVING INTERNAL SPACE FORMED THEREIN AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

INSSTEK, INC., Daejeon (...

1. A metal product having an internal space formed therein, the metal product comprising:a body part having a first space formed therein;
a space formation member having a second space formed therein, mounted on the body part to be communicated with the first space of body part to form the internal space therein; and
a finishing part forming an exterior by covering the space formation member in a state in which the space formation member is mounted on the body part;
wherein the body part includes a mounting groove having the space formation member mounted therein, and the space formation member has only a part thereof mounted in the mounting groove and a remaining part thereof exposed outwardly of the body part,
wherein the body part and the finishing part form an exterior of the metal product, the space formation member is not exposed to an external surface of the body part and the finishing part, and the finishing part is built up to be metallically bonded to the body part and the space formation member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,005

COMPOSITE MOLDED ARTICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kai...

1. A composite molded article comprising:a thermoplastic resin continuous fiber composite material comprising a continuous reinforcement fiber (A) and a thermoplastic resin (B); and
a thermoplastic resin composition,
wherein the thermoplastic resin continuous fiber composite material is bonded to the thermoplastic resin composition via a bonding surface,
wherein a bonded part between the thermoplastic resin continuous fiber composite material and the thermoplastic resin composition has a tensile strength which is 0.35 times or more as strong as a tensile strength of the thermoplastic resin composition,
wherein the bonded part between the thermoplastic resin continuous fiber composite material and the thermoplastic resin composition has a convexo-concave structure where the material and the composition are mixed with each other, and
wherein a length L of an interface at the bonding surface between the thermoplastic resin continuous fiber composite material and the thermoplastic resin composition; and a thickness t of the composite molded article satisfy a relation of L>1.8t.

US Pat. No. 10,479,001

ROTARY DEVICE AND SPHERICAL RECEIVING DEVICE FOR RECEIVING AT LEAST ONE ROTATIONAL MOLD

Roto Evolution GmbH, Cri...

1. A spherical receiving device (1) for receiving at least one rotational mold, which is configured and intended to be driven to rotate in a rotational device by means of a drive wheel (7) rolling on the outer side (2) of the spherical receiving device (1), wherein the receiving device (1) has at least one guiding device (3) which causes the drive wheel (7) rolling on the outer side (2) of the spherical receiving device (1) to follow a predetermined rolling path on the outer side (2) of the spherical receiving device (1).

US Pat. No. 10,479,000

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAMPLE STORAGE DEVICE AND SAMPLE STORAGE DEVICE

1. A method for manufacturing a sample storage device having at least one charging chamber to count fine particles contained in a sample charged in the charging chamber, the method comprising:preparing a pattern forming mold which has an engraved pattern part for forming at least a sidewall of the charging chamber, on an upper surface thereof, wherein the engraved pattern comprises a grid pattern, wherein the engraved pattern part include a sidewall pattern for forming the sidewall of the charging chamber, and a plurality of line patterns spaced apart from one another by a predetermined interval at a region outside the sidewall pattern;
pouring a predetermined amount of a liquid UV curable resin to be accommodated in the engraved pattern part, on the upper surface of the pattern forming mold;
seating a first light-transmitting substrate on the upper surface of the pattern forming mold and pressing them to each other;
radiating UV with the liquid UV curable resin accommodated in the engraved pattern part and thereby curing the liquid UV curable resin;
separating the first light-transmitting substrate which has the sidewall of the charging chamber formed as the liquid UV curable resin is cured, from the pattern forming mold; and
forming the charging chamber by adhering a second light-transmitting substrate to a surface of the first light-transmitting substrate on which the sidewall is formed,
wherein the second light-transmitting substrate has an introducing part and an discharging part, the introducing part is configured to receive the sample comprising the fine particles into the charging chamber, the discharging part is configured to permit the sample or air in the charging chamber to leave the charging chamber, and the introducing part and the discharging part span an entirety of a thickness of the second light-transmitting substrate, and
wherein the first light-transmitting substrate comprises a grid scale corresponding to the grid pattern of the forming mold.

US Pat. No. 10,478,994

FABRICATING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method of fabricating a three-dimensional object, comprising:depositing a layer of build material;
depositing a coalescing agent onto the layer of build material according to a slice of three-dimensional model data; and
irradiating the coalescing agent with microwave radiation such that the coalescing agent converts the microwave radiation into heat to coalesce the build material in which the coalescing agent was deposited;
wherein irradiating the coalescing agent comprises irradiating the coalescing agent with a first microwave radiation to partially coalesce the build material prior to irradiating the coalescing agent with a second relatively more intense microwave radiation to fully coalesce the build material.

US Pat. No. 10,478,991

ENTRY SHEET FOR DRILLING AND METHOD FOR DRILLING PROCESSING USING SAME

MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL C...

1. An entry sheet for drilling comprising:a metallic foil; and
a layer of a resin composition, the layer formed on the metallic foil without interposing an adhesion layer, wherein
a surface of the layer of the resin composition, the surface being in contact with the metallic foil, has a dispersion term ?SD of a surface free energy in a range from 27.0 to 37.0 mJ/m2 and a polar term ?SP of the surface free energy in a range from 0 to 5.0 mJ/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,478,990

PUNCHING DEVICE WITH ILLUMINATED RECEIVING PLATE

Hamilton Bonaduz AG, Bon...

1. A punching device for processing samples applied to a sample card, the punching device comprising:a movable gripper unit;
an image capturing device;
at least one punching head having a punch and a lower die, wherein the punch is movable between a rest position in which it is away from the lower die and a punching position in which it is close to the lower die, and wherein the punching head has a receiving opening into which a sample card is introducible by means of the movable gripper unit and is positionable relative to the punching head;
a punching drive which is couplable or coupled to the punch of the punching head and by way of which the movement of the punch between the rest position and the punching position is driven, wherein the punching head is set up such that a sample piece punched out of the sample card can be dispensed at an outlet opening of the lower die into a receiving recess in a receiving container arranged beneath the punching head;
a receiving plate supporting the receiving container and having a light source illuminating at least a part of the receiving plate, wherein the light source is arranged such that at least a part of the receiving container located on the receiving plate can be illuminated from the direction of the receiving plate; and
an image processing device configured to use data about positioning of the receiving container relative to the image capturing device to determine an analysis set of receiving recesses of the receiving container in an analysis region being a part of the receiving container, said analysis region being changeable by moving the receiving container relative to the image capturing device,
wherein the image processing device is further configured to detect outlines of the receiving recesses in the analysis set and to determine the positions thereof, and is further configured to detect sample pieces contained in the receiving recesses in the analysis set.

US Pat. No. 10,478,989

ANVIL COVER INSTALLATION

DICAR, INC., Pine Brook,...

1. An assembly comprising:an anvil cylinder comprising a horizontal lock channel;
a die cylinder comprising a plurality of mounting points for installing respective cutting components;
a sleeve comprising a magnetic component configured to removably magnetically attach to the die cylinder, wherein the sleeve covers at least one of the plurality of mounting points;
an anvil cover disposed on the anvil cylinder; and
a motor to cause rotation of the anvil cylinder, wherein the rotation of the anvil cylinder causes the sleeve to generate a pressing force on the anvil cover to force a locking component of the anvil cover into the horizontal lock channel of the anvil cylinder to secure the anvil cover on the anvil cylinder,
wherein when the sleeve is removed from the die cylinder, one or more cutting components are installed at one or more of the plurality of mounting points, and wherein the anvil cylinder with the anvil cover securely installed thereon provides a platform for a cutting operation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,988

METHOD OF CONVEYING TISSUE LOGS IN A SAW CONVEYOR WITH INDEPENDENT LANE CONTROL CUTTING AND VARIABLE CONVEYOR FLIGHT LENGTH

PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE ...

1. A method comprising:receiving a first tissue log in a lane of a conveyor;
with a first log advancement member, advancing the first tissue log in the lane of the conveyor for cutting with a tissue log saw;
receiving a second tissue log in the lane of the conveyor when the first tissue log has advanced sufficiently in the lane to accommodate the second tissue log in the lane; and
with a second log advancement member, advancing the second tissue log in the lane of the conveyor for cutting with the tissue log saw independently of the step of advancing the first tissue log in the lane.

US Pat. No. 10,478,987

CUTTING MODULE OF CUTTING MACHINE FOR WINDOW COVERING

Nien Made Enterprise Co.,...

1. A cutting module of a cutting machine for trimming a window covering, wherein the window covering comprises a covering material; comprising:a main body, wherein the main body has two opposite sides, which are a first side and a second side, respectively; the main body has a through hole communicating the first side and the second side, wherein the through hole is adapted to be passed through by the covering material of the window covering;
a blade, which has a cutting edge, wherein the blade is provided corresponding to the second side of the main body, and is movable back and forth along a sliding path; the cutting edge passes over the through hole as the blade slides, and therefore is adapted to cut off a part of the covering material beyond the second side when the covering material passes through the through hole; and
an elastic holding member, which is provided corresponding to the through hole, and is adapted to exert an elastic force on the covering material when the covering material passes through the through hole to be trimmed, whereby to maintain the covering material at a predetermined position where the covering material does not contact at least a wall of the through hole;
wherein the elastic holding member has two elastic plates which are adapted to provide the elastic force to the covering material passing through the through hole by being deformed, whereby to maintain the covering material at the predetermined position;
wherein the two elastic plates are provided on the first side of the main body on opposite sides of the through hole, respectively, to provide the elastic force on opposite sides of the covering material, wherein the elastic plates are configured to deform by the covering material toward the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,478,986

MANDOLINE SLICER

1. A mandoline slicer, comprising:a frame having two opposed side walls and a food support surface positioned between the two opposed side walls;
a blade opening provided on the food support surface;
a blade assembly which is mounted with a cutting blade thereon and movably received within the frame;
a slicing thickness adjustment mechanism engaging, the blade assembly with the frame and configured to vertically move the blade assembly relative to the food support surface between an operating position where the cutting blade is exposed above the food support surface for a vertical distance for slicing and a resting position where the cutting blade is positioned coplanar with or below the food support surface;
the blade assembly is spring-loaded by springs disposed on a top side of the blade assembly and abutting against the food support surface to bias the blade assembly away from the food support surface when the blade assembly is in the resting position;
the blade assembly comprises two opposed blade assembly side walls and a blade seat positioned between the two opposed blade assembly side walls for receiving the cutting blade, and each of the two opposed blade assembly side walls has a corresponding notch at a lower side thereof; the slicing thickness adjustment mechanism comprises a blade assembly axle which passes through two corresponding blade assembly axle openings at the two side walls so that each of a first end and a second end of the blade assembly axle protrudes outward from the corresponding side wall and connects to a knob rotatably mounted at the corresponding side wall; an eccentric cam is provided near each of the first and the second end of the blade assembly axle, wherein the eccentric cams are configured to abut against the notches so as to overcome the spring biasing force exerted to the blade assembly and move the blade assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,985

MACHINE FOR CUTTING CARDBOARD TUBES

FUTURA S.P.A., Capannori...

1. A machine for cutting cardboard tubes, the machine comprising:a cutting unit comprising a carriage on which is mounted a blade and a support element for supporting a cardboard tube to be transversely cut by the blade, wherein said support element allows the tube to slide along a predetermined direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the tube and to rotate about the longitudinal axis, wherein said carriage is adapted to move bidirectionally such that the blade moves parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tube, said support element having a part where said cutting unit is arranged, said part being movable from and towards the blade to maintain the tube spaced from the blade and, respectively, for approaching the tube to the blade during a cutting phase.

US Pat. No. 10,478,983

SNAP-OFF DOUBLE-EDGED RAZOR BLADE

DORCO CO,. LTD., Seoul (...

1. A double-edged razor blade, comprising:a first unit blade having a first cutting edge;
a second unit blade having a second cutting edge;
a first connecting portion connecting one side of the first unit blade with one side of the second unit blade;
a second connecting portion connecting the other side of the first unit blade with the other side of the second unit blade;
a pair of first notches forming a boundary between the first unit blade and the first and the second connecting portions, and guiding breakage of the first unit blade, wherein a direction along which each notch of the pair of first notches extends forms an acute angle with a direction along which the first cutting edge extends; and
a pair of second notches forming a boundary between the second unit blade and the first and the second connecting portions, guiding breakage of the second unit blade, wherein a direction along which each notch of the pair of second notches extends forms an acute angle with a direction along which the second cutting edge extends.

US Pat. No. 10,478,982

COMPLIANT OR ROLLABLE CUTTING SURFACE AND CUTTING DEVICE

Lee Innovations, LLC, Ch...

1. A cutting apparatus for cutting filaments from a filamentous surface comprising:a roller comprising,
a rigid body,
a compliant outer peripheral surface surrounding the rigid body,
a flexible cutting surface disposed at the outer peripheral surface, the cutting surface including a plurality of slots, and
a handle that supports the rigid body to permit free movement of the body; wherein each of the plurality of slots includes at least one of a protruding cutting edge and a pair of opposing cutting edges forming a sharp-edged aperture, the sharp-edged aperture being pressure activated to change shape from an open configuration to a closed configuration as the flexible cutting surface moves across the filamentous surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,964

ROBOT FIXING SYSTEM AND ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot fixing system comprising:a base member having a front surface in which an insertion hole is formed;
a power transmission member configured to supply a rotational driving force to a movable part, which is supported on the base member in a rotatable manner about a first axis of rotation, by rotating about a second axis of rotation while opposing the front surface, a through hole being formed in the power transmission member to extend parallel to the second axis of rotation in a penetrating manner at a position separated from the second axis of rotation by a distance equal to a distance from the second axis of rotation to the insertion hole; and
a fixing pin configured to be simultaneously inserted into the through hole and the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,478,957

MODULAR TOOL HAVING A RIFLE BULLET CASING AS THE HANDLE

1. A multipurpose tool comprising:a handle, a connection and an instrument;
wherein the connection removably attaches the instrument to the handle;
wherein the handle forms a grip that allows the multipurpose tool to be manipulated by hand;
wherein the instrument forms the working element of the multipurpose tool;
wherein the handle comprises the cartridge of a bullet;
wherein the cartridge is further defined with a rim, a body, a shoulder, a neck, and a mouth;
wherein in the working tip of the instrument is selected from the group consisting of a screw driver, a socket, a knife sharpener, a bit extension, and a cleaning rod, and a fire starter;
wherein the fire starter further comprises a steel cylinder, an epoxy and magnesium insert, and a flint striker;
wherein the steel cylinder comprises a cylindrical steel tube;
wherein the flint striker is a device that provides a flint surface;
wherein when the flint striker is struck against the steel cylinder sparks are created that are used to ignite the epoxy and magnesium insert;
wherein the epoxy and magnesium insert is a solid material formed from a resin comprising a mixture of epoxy and magnesium;
wherein the epoxy and magnesium insert is formed as a cylindrical structure that is sized such that the epoxy and magnesium insert may be inserted into the steel cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,478,951

DEVICE, MODULAR CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSERTING AN ELASTIC RING INTO AN INNER GROOVE

OHRMANN MONTAGETECHNIK GM...

1. A device for inserting an elastic ring into an inner groove in a workpiece opening, said device having:at least two retainers that are circumferentially spaced apart from one another and can slide into the workpiece opening with regard to an axial insertion direction (B), each of said retainers having a radially outwards open recess for retaining regions on the ring,
wherein the device is configured so that the ring that sits in the recesses can deform between its retaining regions to form a wavy shape, seen in a lateral view, in order to form trailing, curved regions,
at least one slider for pushing the trailing, curved regions in the direction towards the inner groove, wherein the device is configured such that the slider can be moved into the workpiece opening in a trailing manner with respect to the recesses, and
wherein a mouthpiece is provided with a guiding aperture for the ring to be pushed through in the direction towards the workpiece and for deforming the ring, wherein the retainers together with the inserted ring and the slider can be pushed axially through the guiding aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,949

WRENCH ASSEMBLIES

1. A wrench assembly, comprising:a first member, the first member includes a first wrenching component and a first handle;
a second member, the second member includes a second wrenching component and a second handle;
the first handle is sufficiently hollow to enable the second handle to be inserted into the first handle;
a switch, the switch is mounted to the first handle and includes a proximal extremity, a distal extremity, and an engagement member, the switch is configured to move between an engaging position of the engagement member and a disengaging position of the engagement member, the proximal extremity is in an undepressed position when the engagement member is in the engaging position, the proximal extremity is in a depressed position when the engagement member is in the disengaging position, and the proximal extremity is exteriorly operable by hand for movement between the undepressed position and the depressed position;
a complemental engagement member carried by the second handle;
the second handle is configured to act on the distal extremity of the switch to move the switch from the engaging position of the engagement member to the disengaging position of the engagement member, when the second handle is inserted into the first handle to a partially installed position;
the switch is configured to move from the disengaging position of the engagement member to the engaging position of the engagement member releasably engaging the engagement member to the complemental engagement member disabling the second handle from being withdrawn from the first handle, when the engagement member registers with the complemental engagement member when the second handle is inserted into the first handle beyond the partially installed position to an installed position;
the switch is configured to move from the engaging position of the engagement member to the disengaging position of the engagement member releasing the engagement member from the complemental engagement member enabling the second handle to be withdrawn from the first handle, when the second handle is in the installed position and when the proximal extremity of the switch is moved from the undepressed position to the depressed position;
the switch further includes a projection between the proximal extremity and both the engagement member and the distal extremity, and is mounted pivotally to the first handle at the projection for pivotal movement between the engaging position of the engagement member and the disengaging position of the engagement member; and
the second handle is configured to about the projection when the second handle advances through the first handle to the installed position from the partially installed position before the switch moves from the disengaging position of the engagement member to the engaging position of the engagement member, disabling the second handle from advancing through the first handle beyond the installed position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,948

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INSTALLING NETWORK HARDWARE IN SERVER RACKS

DKNXT, Inc., Houston, TX...

1. A tool for assisting in the installation of a device in a rack including an aperture having a width, the tool comprising:a body having an arch shape, the body including a first leg and a second leg;
a tilt lock attached to the body, the tilt lock comprising an elongated element extending past at least one side of the body proximate to a leveler configured to support the device; and
one or more lips each attached to a corresponding leg, each lip extending laterally outwardly from the body such that a combined width of the one or more lips is less than the width of the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,942

NOZZLE CARRIER FOR A TOOL GRINDING MACHINE

ISOG TECHNOLOGY GMBH, We...

1. A coolant nozzle carrier configured to be mounted to a grinding machine, the grinding machine having a grinding spindle defining a rotational axis, the grinding spindle being configured to support and drive a grinding disc, the coolant nozzle carrier comprising:at least two coolant nozzles configured to provide a fluid coolant to the grinding disk;
at least a center leg and two side legs each being attached to the center leg, wherein
each of the two side legs supports at least one of the at least two coolant nozzles,
the two side legs extend in a plane and embrace a space dimensioned to receive the grinding disc;
and
at least one of a pivotable attachment and hinges, wherein at least one of the following conditions is satisfied:
a) the side legs are pivotably attached to the center leg with said pivotable attachment, and
b) each of the side legs comprises a corresponding hinge and a corresponding free end, said hinge enabling said free end of the side legs to pivot outward;
wherein the at least one of the pivotable attachment and hinges are configured to provide a stop to define a minimum distance between the two side legs; and
wherein the two side legs are spring loaded against the stop.

US Pat. No. 10,478,941

PAD CONDITIONER HAVING REDUCED FRICTION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

EHWA DIAMOND IND. CO., LT...

1. A pad conditioner having reduced friction, comprising:a substrate having a plurality of protrusions having different heights which are formed upwards and separated from each other by a same distance on part or all of one surface of the substrate, each of tops of the protrusions forming a plane parallel to the surface of the substrate; and
a diamond layer disposed on the plurality of protrusions or on the entire surface having the protrusions,
wherein a diamond crystalline structure of the diamond layer has a (1,0,0) growth plane,
wherein the diamond layer is deposited using Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) under conditions including a filament temperature of 1900˜2000° C. and a substrate temperature of 1000˜1100° C., and
wherein the plurality of protrusions comprise a first height group comprising a plurality of first protrusions having a first height, a second height group comprising a plurality of second protrusions having a second height, and a third height group comprising a plurality of third protrusions having a third height, in which the second height is lower than the first height, the third height is lower than the second height, and a difference between the first height and the second height is 10˜70 ?m,
wherein each of the second protrusions of the second height group and each of the third protrusions of the third height group are formed such that only one of the second protrusions and only one of the third protrusions are disposed between a pair of first protrusions of the first height group in any direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,934

INSTRUMENTED TOOL POST, AND ASSOCIATED TOOL HOLDER

CENTRE TECHNIQUE DES INDU...

1. A tool post of a machine tool suitable for receiving a cutting insert for machining of a workpiece, comprising:at least one sensor which determines a parameter representing a cutting action between a workpiece to be machined and a cutting insert; and
a service case electrically connected to the sensor and including a battery and a printed circuit supplied with current by said battery, said printed circuit bearing, at least in part, a radio transmission unit and the case being formed from a bottom and from a cover which can be separated,
wherein the battery is borne by the cover and the printed circuit by the bottom, or vice versa, and
wherein the tool post further comprises a sealing joint inserted between the cover and the bottom to reinforce mechanical isolation between the battery and the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,478,933

ANGLE GRINDER, POWER TOOL AND BRAKING METHOD THEREOF

Nanjing Chervon Industry ...

1. An angle grinder, comprising:a motor comprising a rotor and windings;
a power supply for supplying power to the motor;
a main switch for turning on/off an electrical connection between the windings of the motor and the power supply;
an output shaft driven by the rotor to rotate;
a rotor brake circuit for slowing down the rotor of the motor when the windings are short circuited or reverse connected;
an output shaft brake circuit for producing a magnetic field to slow down the output shaft; and
a controller for detecting whether the rotor brake circuit short circuits or reverse connects the windings;
wherein when the windings are short circuited or reverse connected for a time which reaches a preset value, the output shaft brake circuit produces the magnetic field to slow down the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,478,932

MACHINING CENTER

Buffalo Machinery Company...

1. A machining center comprising:a machine bed having
a top surface,
a bottom surface that is opposite to said top surface,
a machining zone that is defined between said top and bottom surfaces,
a transferring zone that is defined between said top and bottom surfaces, said machining zone and said transferring zone being arranged in a first direction, and
a gate that is disposed between said machining and transferring zones;
a work table unit mounted in said machining zone of said machine bed;
a sliding unit mounted to said top surface, being slidable along a first sliding axis which extends in the first direction, and including a tool spindle that is movably disposed above said work table unit;
a first driving unit mounted in said transferring zone and extending in the first direction;
a conveying member disposed between said first driving unit and said bottom surface of said machine bed, and movably mounted to said first driving unit;
a second driving unit co-movably mounted to said conveying member; and
a loading seat movably mounted to said second driving unit;
wherein said first driving unit is operable for driving said conveying member to move along a conveying axis which extends in the first direction, thereby driving said loading seat to move along first adjusting axes which extend in the first direction between said transferring and machining zones via said gate; and
wherein said second driving unit is operable for driving said loading seat to move along second adjusting axes which extend in a second direction, which are perpendicular to the first direction, and which are substantially vertical.

US Pat. No. 10,478,931

WORKPIECE ATTACHMENT/REMOVAL DEVICE

DMG MORI CO., LTD., Nara...

1. A workpiece attachment/removal device attached to a machine tool, the machine tool including a bed, a saddle provided on the bed, a spindle head provided on the saddle, a spindle rotatably supported by the spindle head and holding a tool at a front end thereof, a pair of right and left columns erected on the bed before the saddle and spaced apart in an X-axis direction which is a lateral direction of the bed, and a table supported on front surfaces of the pair of columns to be movable along a vertical Y-axis, the workpiece attachment/removal device unloading a workpiece placed on the table and loading a workpiece onto the table, the workpiece attachment/removal device comprising:a guide mechanism disposed along the X-axis before the table;
a first placement table and a second placement table disposed at right and left sides of the table behind the guide mechanism; and
a transfer mechanism moving along the X-axis while being guided by the guide mechanism,
the transfer mechanism including:
a base engaged with the guide mechanism and provided to be movable along the X-axis;
a linear drive part moving the base along the X-axis direction;
a pair of clamping arms provided perpendicularly to the X-axis to be openable and closable by separating from each other and approaching each other, the pair of clamping arms each having at a tip end thereof a clamping portion for clamping a workpiece and being disposed such that the clamping portions thereof are located at the table side;
a clamping drive part opening and closing the pair of clamping arms; and
a turning drive part supporting the pair of clamping arms on the base and turning the pair of clamping arms only in a plane perpendicular to the X-axis such that the clamping portions thereof pivot between a lower position and an upper position,
the pair of clamping arms being configured to be moved along the X-axis direction by the linear drive part so as to pass above each of the table, the first placement table, and the second placement table, and being configured to carry out release of a clamped workpiece and clamping of a workpiece by opening and closing thereof when they have been turned so that the clamping portions thereof are positioned at the lower position, and
the transfer mechanism being configured to execute an operation of clamping a workpiece placed on the table with the clamping arms and unloading the workpiece onto the second placement table, and an operation of clamping a workpiece placed on the first placement table with the clamping arms and loading the workpiece onto the table.

US Pat. No. 10,478,928

METHOD OF INSTALLATION AND MANUFACTURING OF A STACK PIPE HEAT EXCHANGER WITH INTEGRAL CONNECTORS

1. A method of installing a drain water heat recovery exchanger for pre-heating water to be heated using a solar, electric or combustion energy hot water heater or to be sent to the cold-water line of a hot-water-consuming apparatus, the method comprising:providing a drain water heat recovery exchanger including:
a copper pipe with an integral copper pipe fitting with a diameter that is smaller than a non-fitting portion of said copper pipe of said drain water heat recovery exchanger and an integral copper pipe outlet fitting with a diameter that is smaller than said non-fitting portion of said copper pipe of said drain water heat recovery exchanger, wherein each of said fittings is fashioned from said copper pipe of said drain water heat recovery exchanger by at least one of rotary-forming, roll-forming, crimping and die-pressing said copper pipe to include barbs for a male plastic pipe connection; and
a core waste water drain tube;
cutting out a portion of a vertical drain water pipe of a building;
inserting said drain water heat recovery exchanger into said drain water pipe at a position of said cut-out portion of said drain water pipe;
connecting said core waste water drain tube to said drain water pipe; and
selecting additional copper pipes or cross-linked polyethylene pipes for connecting to said fittings, and
when said cross-linked polyethylene pipes are selected, connecting a first one of said fittings to a cold-water supply using a first cross-linked polyethylene pipe of said cross-linked polyethylene pipes, and connecting a second one of said fittings to an inlet of a hot water heater, a hot water tank or a cold-water line of a hot-water-consuming apparatus using a second cross-linked polyethylene pipe of said cross-linked polyethylene pipes by making a bend in a length of said second cross-linked polyethylene pipe between said second one of said fittings and said inlet of said hot water heater, said hot water tank or said cold-water line of said hot-water-consuming apparatus; and
when said additional copper pipes are selected, cutting said fittings to remove a portion of said copper pipe including said barbs, soldering a copper pipe fitting to each end of said copper pipe of said drain water heat recovery exchanger, and connecting a first additional copper pipe of said additional copper pipes and a second additional copper pipe of said additional copper pipes to respectively each of said copper pipe fittings, wherein said first additional copper pipe is connected or connectable to a cold-water supply and said second additional copper pipe is connected or connectable to an inlet of a hot water heater, a hot water tank or a cold-water line of a hot-water-consuming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,478,927

DEVICE FOR ASSEMBLING CAMS ON A CAMSHAFT PIPE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A device for assembling cams on a camshaft pipe of a camshaft, comprising:a first gripper and a second gripper each configured for gripping and holding a respective cam during assembly, wherein the first gripper and the second gripper receive the respective cam in a common direction and are movable in a common direction into alignment with respect to the camshaft pipe, and the second gripper grips and holds the respective cam that is pivoted by 90° with respect to an orientation of the respective cam in the first gripper; and
wherein the second gripper comprises a U-shaped seat and a U-shaped holder, and the U-shaped holder is movable axially and radially with respect to the U-shaped seat.

US Pat. No. 10,478,920

DUAL WALL COMPONENTS FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINES

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A method for producing a dual wall component for a gas turbine engine, the method comprising:depositing powder feedstock at predetermined positions on an inner wall,
applying a first directed energy beam onto the powder feedstock to create pedestals and form inner weld joints between an outer surface of the inner wall and the pedestals,
positioning an outer wall on the pedestals, and
welding the pedestals to an inner surface of the outer wall by applying a second directed energy beam onto an outer surface of the outer wall at predetermined positions corresponding to the pedestals to form outer weld joints between the inner surface of the outer wall and the pedestals.

US Pat. No. 10,478,918

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL FILM

ZEON CORPORATION, Chiyod...

1. A method for producing an optical film comprising a cutting step of performing irradiation with a laser light onto a layered body having a support and a resin layer provided on the support to cut the resin layer, whereinin the cutting step, the irradiation with the laser light is performed such that
a beam of the laser light has a flat energy distribution, and
a distance between a focus of the laser light and a receiving point of the laser light on a surface of the resin layer where the laser light is received is 0.1 to 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,916

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR JOINING COMPONENTS WITH FRICTION PINS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of joining components, comprising:applying force along an axis, via a friction pin, to a first substrate, wherein the friction pin has a first portion with a constant first diameter and a second portion with a constant second diameter, and the second diameter is greater than the first diameter, such that there is a step between the first portion and the second portion of the friction pin;
frictionally melting a portion of the first substrate adjacent the first portion of the friction pin by rotating the friction pin about the axis at a first speed within the first substrate;
applying force along the axis, via the friction pin, to a second substrate;
frictionally melting a portion of the second substrate adjacent the first portion of the friction pin by rotating the friction pin at a second speed within the second substrate while the second portion of the friction pin is melting a portion the first substrate, wherein the second speed is different from the first speed; and
embedding a portion of the friction pin within the first substrate and the second substrate, such that the first substrate and the second substrate are joined with the friction pin,
wherein the first substrate is formed from a first material and the second substrate is formed from a second material, different from the first material, and the first material has a higher melting temperature than the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,478,909

MACHINE FOR MACHINING WORKPIECES

GLEASON SWITZERLAND AG, ...

1. A machine for machining workpieces, includinga) a machine frame;
b) a honing ring carrier which is mounted on the machine frame and in which a honing ring or a honing ring blank is clampable and rotationally drivable about its central axis;
c) workpiece spindle module having a workpiece spindle; wherein a workpiece which is to be machined with the honing ring clamped in the honing ring carrier is mountable in the region of a free end of the workpiece spindle; and
d) in addition to the workpiece spindle, a grinding module configured for use with a grinding wheel for generating a toothing in the honing ring blank as a result of grinding the honing ring blank,
wherein the grinding wheel is not an externally toothed tool that is specific to the toothing to be generated in the honing ring blank, and
wherein the grinding module is arranged in such a manner on the machine frame that a grinding wheel of the grinding module can be positioned relative to the honing ring carrier inside a truly three-dimensional space.

US Pat. No. 10,478,901

CUTTING INSERT, CUTTING TOOL, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:a first surface comprising a corner part and a first side and a second side each extending from the corner part;
a second surface connected to the first surface; and
a cutting edge located at a region where the first surface intersects with the second surface, wherein
the cutting edge comprises:
a first cutting edge located at the first side,
a second cutting edge located at the second side, and
a third cutting edge located at the corner part;
the third cutting edge comprises:
a first part connected to the first cutting edge, and
a second part located between the first part and the second edge;
the first cutting edge and the third cutting edge are provided with a honing in a front view of the first surface;
a honing width of the first part is constant; and
a honing width of the second part decreases as approaching the second cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,895

POROUS ALUMINUM SINTERED COMPACT AND METHOD OF PRODUCING POROUS ALUMINUM SINTERED COMPACT

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A porous aluminum sintered compact comprising a plurality of aluminum substrates sintered to each other,wherein the aluminum substrates are made of aluminum fibers or both of aluminum fibers and an aluminum powder,
a fiber diameter of the aluminum fiber is in a range of 50 ?m or more and 1000 ?m or less,
a junction in which the plurality of aluminum substrates are bonded to each other includes a Ti—Al compound and a eutectic element compound including a eutectic element capable of eutectic reaction with Al, and
a plurality of pillar-shaped protrusions projecting toward an outside are formed on outer surfaces of the aluminum substrates, and the pillar-shaped protrusions include the junction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,893

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING USING A SELECTIVE RECOATER

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus comprising:a build unit comprising a powder dispenser, a first gas zone positioned immediately over a work surface, a second gas zone contained by an enclosure, a recoater blade, and an irradiation emission directing device, the powder dispenser comprising a powder storage area and at least a first and second gate, the first gate operable by a first actuator that allows opening and closing the first gate, the second gate operable by a second actuator that allows opening and closing the second gate, and each gate adapted to control the dispensation of powder from the powder storage area onto a work surface, the at least first and second gate arranged along the width of the powder dispenser, wherein the build unit moves in an x and y direction over a build envelope.

US Pat. No. 10,478,890

METHODS OF BILLET CASTING

Nucor Corporation, Charl...

1. A method of billet casting comprising the steps of:a. assembling a billet caster with a shroud, the shroud comprising an upper portion and a lower portion wherein the upper portion forms a nozzle, and wherein the shroud extends from a tundish to above a meniscus of molten metal in a mold such that the shroud does not contact the molten metal in the mold;
b. delivering the molten metal from a ladle and into the tundish;
c. delivering the molten metal from the tundish through the shroud and to the mold wherein the shroud extends from the tundish to above the meniscus of molten metal in the mold, the shroud inhibiting contact between the molten metal and air;
d. casting the molten metal into billets in the mold and cooling the billets below the mold with a coolant spray to form cooled billets;
e. delivering the cooled billets to a runout table to be cut to length.

US Pat. No. 10,478,889

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PORTABLE RIVETING MACHINE, AND ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PORTABLE RIVETING MACHINE

1. A method for operating an electrically-operated portable riveting machine, the method comprising:providing an electrically-operated portable riveting machine comprising:
a housing,
a rivet setting mechanism arranged in the housing, the rivet setting mechanism being configured to set rivet elements into workpieces to be connected,
a collecting vessel,
a delivery duct configured so that spent rivet mandrels created during a setting of the rivet elements are delivered into the collecting vessel,
an actuation switch,
a spent rivet mandrel determination device configured to determine a number of the spent rivet mandrels in the collecting vessel, the spent rivet mandrel determination device comprising an electronic counting device which is configured to count a number of actuations of the electrically-operated portable riveting machine by the user via the activation switch so as to determine the number of the spent rivet mandrels delivered into the collecting vessel therefrom, and
a user information device configured to inform a user when it is necessary to empty the collecting vessel; and
informing the user when it is necessary to empty the collecting vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,886

STAMPING METHOD AND STAMPING APPARATUS

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A forming method for stamping a workpiece with a stamping apparatus to obtain a processed product from a portion of the workpiece, the processed product having a body portion, an outer peripheral portion formed in an outer periphery of the body portion, and a recess formed in the body portion, the method comprising:forming the body portion in the workpiece with a die such that the recess is formed in the body portion;
forming ratchets on an inner wall surface of the recess with teeth that are defined on an outer periphery of the die;
engaging, from a lower side of the workpiece, a restraint member with the formed ratchets in the recess to restrict deformation of the formed recess and the formed ratchets of the body portion; and
forming the outer peripheral portion while the restraint member restricts deformation of the formed recess and the formed ratchets of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,883

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ROBOTIC ROLLER HAMMING

FerRobotics Complaint Rob...

1. An apparatus for robotic roller hemming with a manipulator, and with a roller hemming apparatus that comprises:a frame;
a first roller and a second roller, which, when in operation, contact opposite sides of a workpiece and are mounted movably relative to the frame;
at least one first actuator mechanically coupled to the frame and to at least one of the first and the second rollers and is controlled so that, over the first and the second rollers, opposing process forces lying approximately along one effective line of force are applied to the opposite sides of the workpiece,
wherein the first and the second rollers are movable along the effective line of force by the at least one first actuator,
wherein the first and the second rollers are mounted onto the frame so as to allow compensation of an incorrect positioning of the roller hemming apparatus relative to the workpiece by moving the first and the second rollers relative to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,478,878

EXTRUSION PRESS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Manchester Copper Product...

1. An extrusion press system comprising:a mandrel bar having a first end and a second end, the first end for receiving a billet having a hole therethrough and the second end coupled to a mandrel bar tip;
a plurality of cooling elements configured to be clamped to the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of cooling elements having a respective port through which cooling fluid is delivered into an interior of the mandrel bar for cooling the mandrel bar tip, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of cooling elements are clamped to the mandrel bar;
a plurality of gripping elements configured to grip the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of gripping elements comprising moveable grips for securing in place and preventing rotation of the mandrel bar, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of gripping elements are gripping the mandrel bar; and
a rotating extrusion die, rotating at a speed between 200 RPM and 1000 RPM, configured to receive the billet from a centering insert having a frictional surface that frictionally engages the billet to prevent the billet from rotating prior to entry of the billet into the rotating extrusion die,
wherein the mandrel bar tip is positioned within the rotating die.

US Pat. No. 10,478,874

LOCAL AIR CLEANER

KOKEN LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A local air cleaning apparatus comprising:a push hood including an air flow opening face that blows out a uniform air flow; and
a guide provided on a side of the push hood covering an entire outer peripheral outline portion of the air flow opening face and extending from the side thereof having the air flow opening face to a downstream side of the uniform air flow to form an opening face at an end portion of the downstream side,
wherein the push hood is arranged such that the uniform air flow blown out from the air flow opening face passes through inside the guide and then collides with an air collision face on a downstream side of the opening face of the guide; the opening face of the guide is spaced apart from and opposite to the air collision face to form an open region between the opening face of the guide and the air collision face;
the uniform air flow blown out from the air flow opening face collides with the air collision face to flow outside the open region, so as to cause a number of dust particles inside the guide and inside the open region to be lower than a number of dust particles of other regions, and wherein
the local air cleaning apparatus further includes a device for measuring pressures inside the guide and inside the push hood;
the guide includes a moving portion capable of changing a position of the entire outer peripheral outline portion;
when the distance between the opening face of the guide and the air collision face decreases by moving the moving portion to lengthen the guide length, the device for measuring pressures measures the pressure rise in the guide due to the decrease of the distance, and the flow velocity of the uniform air flow is decelerated; and
when the distance between the opening face of the guide and the air collision face increases by moving the moving portion to shorten the guide length, the device for measuring pressures measures the pressure drop in the guide due to the increase of the distance, and the flow velocity of the uniform air flow is accelerated.

US Pat. No. 10,478,873

VENTILATION CABINET

E3 Green Technology Co., ...

1. A system, comprising:a fume hood and a top module above the fume hood, the fume hood comprising
a hood including an upper portion; a lower portion; a work chamber; a rear wall; a front wall formed with an opening toward an indoor environment;
an air supply system, configured to connect to a building air supply channel to supply air to the work chamber;
an air exhaust system, configured to connect to a building air exhaust channel to discharge air that enters the work chamber, wherein
the air supply system comprises a first air supply outlet in the upper portion of the hood and inside the front wall for supplying air into the work chamber, a second air supply outlet in the lower portion of the hood for supplying air into the work chamber, and a third air supply outlet in the upper portion of the hood and outside the front wall for supplying air into the work chamber and toward the lower portion of the hood;
a first air supply channel located on the upper portion of the hood and configured to connect an air supply blower and an air supply valve to the first air supply outlet;
a second air supply channel located on the lower portion of the hood and configured to connect the air supply blower and the air supply valve to the second air supply outlet;
a third air supply channel located on the upper portion of the hood and configured to connect the air supply blower and the air supply valve to the third air supply outlet;
a sliding window located between the first air supply channel and the third air supply channel, and configured to slide within the front opening and for adjusting an open area of the front opening; and
a hollow left side wall and a hollow right side wall, wherein the first air supply channel, the second air supply channel and the third air supply channel are communicated through the hollow left and right side walls;
the top module comprising the air supply blower and the air supply valve for the air supply system and an air exhaust blower and an air exhaust valve for the air exhaust system,
wherein the air supply blower and the air exhaust blower are power adjustable blowers, the air supply valve and the air exhaust valve are opening degree changeable valves, and wherein,
the fume hood further comprises:
a position sensor for detecting a position of the sliding window, an air velocity transducer for detecting velocity of air entering into the work chamber from the front opening, an infrared detector for detecting whether operators are in a disposed region; and
a control unit, that connects with the position sensor, the air velocity transducer, the air supply valve and the air exhaust valve, and adjusts the opening degree of the air supply valve and the opening degree of the air exhaust valve based on detections of the position sensor and detections of the air velocity transducer,
wherein the air exhaust system further comprises an air exhaust region, which is provided on the upper portion of the hood and close to the rear wall of the hood, said air exhaust region extending in a left and a right width direction of the hood, and configured to connect with the air exhaust blower and the air exhaust valve, and
wherein the lower portion of the hood includes at least one hood base, the hood base including an inner cavity that connects with the air exhaust region through a hood base air exhaust channel, said hood base air exhaust channel disposed in at least one of the hollow left and right side walls and extending along an up and down direction closing to the rear wall.

US Pat. No. 10,478,871

SIDE-OPENING SLEEVE VALVE

1. A side opening sleeve valve, including:a) an inner barrel comprising a cylindrical wall having an axis, and a single shaped opening through the wall that has a longer size along the axis of the inner barrel, and
b) an outer barrel comprising a cylindrical wall having an axis, and a single shaped opening through the wall, that has a longer size along the axis of the outer barrel, where the inner barrel is disposed co-annularly and rotatably within the outer barrel between a first open position where the single shaped opening in the inner barrel overlaps with the single shaped opening in the outer barrel to form a side opening into the side-opening sleeve valve, and a second closed position where the single shaped opening of the inner barrel and the single shaped opening of the outer barrel do not overlap.

US Pat. No. 10,478,869

METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR REDUCING MICROBIAL CONCENTRATION AND/OR BIOFILM FORMATION

DABNEY PATENTS, L.L.C., ...

1. A device for reducing microbial concentration in a hydrocarbon or for reducing biofilms formed in a hydrocarbon, on the surface of the hydrocarbon, or on the surface of equipment involved in the storage, transport or processing of the hydrocarbon, comprising:a hydrocarbon container;
an oxidizing agent introducing component for introducing a liquid composition oxidizing agent compound to hydrocarbon to be treated, and
at least one radiation emitting component for creating radiation of certain wavelengths arranged inside the hydrocarbon container, the at least one radiation emitting component being one of (i) a floating mat having a density to enable flotation at an interface between hydrocarbon content and water accumulated in the hydrocarbon container, (ii) a mat that rests on the bottom of the hydrocarbon container, or (iii) a lining layer on a wall of the hydrocarbon container,
wherein the liquid composition comprising the oxidizing agent compound functions together with the radiation of certain wavelengths to lead to a synergistic reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,868

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SURFACE NANOPARTICLE MEASUREMENT

APPLIED MATIERIALS, INC.,...

1. A particle collection apparatus for counting particles present on a processing tool component, the apparatus comprising:a particle collector configured to collect particles from the processing tool component, the particle collector comprising:
a body;
a probe head coupled to the body, the probe head having a probe body and a controlled spacing element, wherein the controlled spacing element is coupled to the probe body and is configured to form a manifold between the probe body and the processing tool component, wherein the controlled spacing element is a filter ring; and
an ionizer mesh ring disposed in the manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,478,867

TREATMENT LIQUID SUPPLY DEVICE USING SYRINGE, AND WET TREATMENT DEVICE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A wet treatment device comprising:a stage including a locking piece for holding a wafer;
a treatment liquid supply device, comprising:
a syringe that sucks and discharges a treatment liquid onto the wafer that is arranged in the stage;
a treatment liquid tank that is filled with the treatment liquid;
a filling pipe that has one end connected to the treatment liquid tank and the other end connected to the syringe, and causes the treatment liquid filled in the treatment liquid tank to be sucked into the syringe;
a supply pipe that has one end connected to an intermediate section of the filling pipe and the other end disposed at a predetermined supply position, and supplies the treatment liquid discharged from the syringe to the predetermined supply position; and
an opening/closing valve that is attached to a connection position of the supply pipe and the filling pipe, and is capable of controlling opening/closing of each of the supply pipe and the filling pipe; and
a nozzle having a cylindrical shape, the nozzle being arranged so as to oppose the stage concentrically with the locking piece, the treatment liquid being supplied from the treatment liquid supply device to the nozzle,
wherein the nozzle is formed to have an outside diameter dimension equal to or larger than an inside diameter dimension of the locking piece.

US Pat. No. 10,478,857

PIEZOELECTRIC TRANSDUCERS USING MICRO-DOME ARRAYS

FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., ...

1. A piezoelectric transducer, comprising:a vibrating element comprising a drive electrode, a reference electrode, and a piezoelectric element disposed between the drive electrode and the reference electrode; and
a base supporting the vibrating element on a first surface of the base and including integrated circuitry electrically connected to the drive electrode and the reference electrode of the vibrating element,
wherein the drive electrode, the reference electrode, and the piezoelectric element each include a respective flexible portion and a respective stationary portion connected to the respective flexible portion,
wherein the flexible portions of the drive electrode, reference electrode, and piezoelectric element are suspended over a same area of the first surface and are curved in a first direction relative to the first surface of the base in the absence of an applied voltage between the drive electrode and the reference electrode,
wherein the flexible portions of the reference electrode, drive electrode, and piezoelectric element deflect in response to a driving voltage applied between the drive electrode and the reference electrode,
wherein the transducer has an exposed outer surface facing a direction pointing from the base to the vibrating element, and the exposed outer surface of the transducer includes an outer surface of the vibrating element or an outer surface of a flexible film covering the outer surface of the vibrating element, and
wherein the exposed outer surface of the transducer device deflects in conformity with the deflection of the flexible portions of the reference electrode, drive electrode, and piezoelectric element,
wherein the base has a cavity formed in the first surface, and the flexible portions of the reference electrode, drive electrode, and piezoelectric element are suspended over the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,851

APPLICATOR FOR A FLUID INGREDIENT AND METHOD OF ACTIVATING AN APPLICATOR

SULZER MIXPAC AG, Haag (...

1. An applicator for a fluid ingredient, comprising:at least one storage chamber, the storage chamber having an outlet end with an initially sealed outlet via which a fluid ingredient is capable of being output;
at least one first predetermined breaking point or line configured in or at the storage chamber; and
an actuation mechanism arranged at the storage chamber, the actuation mechanism having at least one activation part capable of being displaced relative to the outlet end and by which at least one part or section of the storage chamber is capable of being axially displaced to activate the at least one first predetermined breaking point or line, upon activation of the applicator, the actuation mechanism actuated by at least one of a rotation of the at least one activation part and an axial movement of the at least one activation part, the actuation mechanism comprises a first threaded section configured to engage a second threaded section in the storage chamber to bring about both the rotation and the axial movement of the at least one activation part, upon the activation of the applicator, and
the storage chamber comprises at least two parts, an outlet part comprising the outlet and a sealing part inserted into the outlet part via an activation end, with an end of the sealing part being remote from the outlet end and sealing off the storage chamber so as to provide an airtight storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,848

APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING A COVER FROM BEING DRAWN INTO A JOINT OF A PAINT ROBOT

TD INDUSTRIAL COVERINGS, ...

1. An apparatus for preventing a cover from being drawn into a joint of a paint robot, the paint robot including first and second portions rotatable relative to one another about an axis of the joint, the apparatus comprising:a mounting ring for circumferentially surrounding the first portion of the paint robot such that the axis passes through the mounting ring, the mounting ring including a first portion and a second portion removably attachable to the first portion, the first and second portions of the mounting ring each extending through approximately 180 degrees so as to cooperatively define a complete circle; and
first and second blocking members carried by the first and second portions of the mounting ring, respectively, the first blocking member including a first blocking portion axially extending from a first attachment portion, the second blocking member including a second blocking portion axially extending from a second attachment portion, the first and second blocking portions operative to prevent a cover from begin drawn into the joint of the paint robot,
wherein the first and second blocking members include a first plurality of bristles and a second plurality of bristles, respectively, each bristle of the first and second pluralities of bristles extending generally parallel to the axis, and
wherein the first and second pluralities of bristles are configured to prevent the cover from being drawn into the joint of the paint robot.

US Pat. No. 10,478,836

WATER OUTPUT DEVICE CAPABLE OF REGULATING WATER OUTPUT SPRAY

RUNNER (XIAMEN) CORP., X...

1. A water output device capable of regulating water output spray, comprising:a water channel switching mechanism;
an outer chamber;
an inner chamber, disposed inside the outer chamber;
an upper chamber, used to supply water to the inner chamber and the outer chamber;
a water output panel, disposed on the outer chamber;
a plurality of rotation panels, disposed evenly on the water output panel to form into a ring, on the respective rotation panels is provided with slant water output holes, and water is supplied to the rotation panel from the inner chamber; and
a driving mechanism, disposed in the inner chamber, to drive all the rotation panels into rotation synchronously,
wherein the driving mechanism includes a sun gear disposed in a center of the inner chamber, and a planetary gear disposed fixedly on a side wall of the rotation shaft engaging the sun gear;
wherein the water channel switching mechanism includes a seal plate separating the upper chamber into an upper part and a lower part; on the seal plate is provided with a water passage hole; on a lower surface of the seal plate is provided with a lug penetrating through the upper chamber for controlling rotation of the sun gear; on an upper surface of the seal plate is provided with a water input tube; on a bottom portion of a side wall of the water input tube is provided with a water output port; an upper end of the water input tube penetrating through a water seal seat is connected to the water supply pipe line; while a driving lever is sleeved around an upper end of the water input tube, for driving the water input tube into rotation, such that when the driving lever is moved to drive the seal plate into rotation, the water passage hole is connected to and in communication with the first water input hole and the second water input hole in sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,478,832

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TREATING A MIXTURE OF EXPANSION GAS AND FILLING PRODUCT FOAM IN A BEVERAGE FILLING PLANT

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A method for treating a mixture of an expansion gas and a fill product foam in a beverage filling plant, comprising the steps of:removing the mixture of the expansion gas and the fill product foam from a fill product;
introducing the mixture into a closed separation container after the mixture is removed from the fill product; and
extracting the expansion gas out of the closed separation container via suction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,826

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOVERY OF VALUABLE CONSTITUENTS FROM STEEL-MAKING SLAG FINES

Fritz Enterprises, Inc., ...

1. A system for recovering relatively iron-rich material from slag fines, the system including:a magnetic classifying station for receiving a first batch of material and separating the particles in the first batch into magnetic and non-magnetic groups;
a first size classifying station for receiving a second batch including the nonmagnetic group, and separating the particles in the second batch into a group of particles of size greater than or equal to about 10 mm and a group of particles of size less than about 10 mm;
a milling station for receiving a third batch including the group of particles of size less than about 10 mm and milling the particles in the third batch;
a second size classifying station for receiving the third batch and separating the particles in the third batch into a group of particles of size greater than or equal to about 1 mm and a group of particles of size less than about 1 mm; and
a hydraulic fluidized bed density separator for receiving a fourth batch including the group of particles of size less than about 1 mm and separating the particles in the fourth batch into a group of particles having a density in the range of about 5.0-6.0 g/cm3 and a group of particles having a density in the range of about 2.3-2.7 g/cm3.

US Pat. No. 10,478,821

OPTICAL DENSITY INSTRUMENT AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING THE SAME

BIOMERIEUX, INC., Durham...

1. An optical density instrument comprising:a handheld unit having a top and a bottom and further comprising:
an optical test platform having an open top and a cavity configured to receive at least a portion of a first sample tube and a bottom portion positioned within the handheld unit such that the first sample tube extends above the top of the handheld unit when inserted in the optical test platform;
an emitter positioned within the handheld unit at the bottom portion of the optical test platform such that the emitter is configured to emit light into the cavity, and wherein the emitter is configured to emit light into the first sample tube when the first sample tube is inserted in the optical test platform;
at least one sensor positioned in optical communication with the emitter via the cavity, such that the at least one sensor is configured to receive the emitted light from the cavity, and such that the at least one sensor is configured to receive light emitted by the emitter and passing through the first sample tube when the first sample tube is inserted in the optical test platform; and
an illumination light positioned at the bottom portion of the optical test platform and configured to illuminate the cavity such that light emitted by the illumination light is configured to illuminate the first sample tube when the first sample tube is inserted in the optical test platform; and
a base station having at least a handheld unit receiving portion,
wherein the handheld unit is configured to operably couple to the base station both when the handheld unit engages the handheld unit receiving portion and when the handheld unit is separated from the base station.

US Pat. No. 10,478,808

SYNTHESIS OF OXYGEN-MOBILITY ENHANCED CEO2 AND USE THEREOF

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

17. A method of making the catalyst of claim 1, the method comprising:(a) obtaining a solution comprising a redox-metal salt and a salt of tin (Sn), niobium (Nb), lanthanum (La), bismuth (Bi), indium (In) or gallium (Ga), or any combination thereof solubilized in the solution, wherein the weight ratio of the redox-metal salt to the salt of the Sn, Nb, La, Bi, In or Ga, or any combination thereof present in the solution is at least 5:1;
(b) impregnating a metal oxide core, a clay core, or a zeolite core, with the solution to obtain an impregnated material;
(c) drying and calcining the impregnated material to obtain a core-shell structure having:
(i) a metal oxide core, a clay core, or a zeolite core; and
(ii) a shell surrounding the core, wherein the shell has a redox-metal oxide phase formed from the redox-metal salt and Sn, Nb, La, Bi, In or Ga, or any combination thereof formed from the salt thereof that is incorporated into the lattice framework of the redox-metal oxide phase; and
(d) depositing one or more active metals on the surface of the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,478,806

PROCESS AND CATALYST SYSTEM FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH QUALITY SYNGAS FROM LIGHT HYDROCARBONS AND CARBON DIOXIDE

Carbon Recycling Solution...

1. A nickel-based, solid solution catalyst for producing syngas, wherein the solid solution catalyst is not coated on a substrate, and wherein the catalyst is in contact with CO2, CH4 and H2O, and wherein the catalyst is capable of producing syngas with a pre-selected ratio of H2/CO, and wherein the H2/CO ratio is capable of being varied based on the production process used to produce the syngas, wherein the nickel-based, solid solution catalyst comprises only one transition metal, and wherein the transition metal is nickel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,805

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AMMONIA COMBUSTION CATALYST AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING HEAT GENERATED BY AMMONIA CATALYST COMBUSTION

National University Corpo...

1. A supported catalyst comprising:a support body which is formed by a catalyst composition being supported by a carrier,
wherein the catalyst composition consists of an oxide of copper or a combination of an oxide of copper with at least one metal selected from the group consisting of silver, gold, iridium, platinum, palladium, rhodium, and ruthenium,
the carrier consists of 10Al2O3.2B2O3, and
the amount of the catalyst composition based on 100% by mass of the carrier is 4% by mass or more.

US Pat. No. 10,478,803

GLASS ARTICLE PROVIDED WITH PHOTOCATALYST FILM, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING GLASS ARTICLE, AND COATING LIQUID

NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPAN...

1. A coating liquid for producing a photocatalyst film, comprising:silicon oxide particles;
titanium oxide particles;
ethylene glycol; and
a binder source as a source of a binder material whose main component is silicon oxide,
wherein the ratio among the mass of the silicon oxide particles, the mass of the titanium oxide particles, and the mass of the binder material in terms of SiO2 is 72 to 79:13 to 18:8 to 12,
the silicon oxide particles have an average particle diameter of 50 nm to 150 nm, the titanium oxide particles have an average particle diameter of 5 nm to 20 nm, and the average particle diameter of the silicon oxide particles is five times or more of the average particle diameter of the titanium oxide particles,
the binder source is silicon alkoxide, and
a concentration of the ethylene glycol in the coating liquid is 5 to 15% in terms of mass.

US Pat. No. 10,478,799

HEAT TRANSFER IN A POLYMERIZATION REACTOR

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

1. A reactor comprising:a continuous tubular shell comprising a thickness and a thermal conductivity, wherein the continuous tubular shell defines a continuous loop; wherein a ratio of the thermal conductivity to the thickness is greater than or equal to about 120 BTU·hr?1·ft?2·° F.?1; and
a slurry disposed within the continuous tubular shell, wherein the slurry comprises solid particulate olefin polymer and a diluent, and wherein the volume fraction of the solids in the slurry is greater than about 0.65.

US Pat. No. 10,478,794

BI-MODAL RADIAL FLOW REACTOR

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

1. A bi-modal radial flow reactor comprising:a cylindrical outer housing surrounding at least five cylindrical, concentric zones, including at least three annulus vapor zones and at least two catalyst zones, wherein the at least two catalyst zones comprise an outer catalyst zone and an inner catalyst zone, and wherein the at least three annulus vapor zones comprise an outer annulus vapor zone, a middle annulus vapor zone, and a central annulus vapor zone, and wherein the outer catalyst zone is intercalated with the outer annulus vapor zone and the middle annulus vapor zone, and wherein the inner catalyst zone is intercalated with the middle annulus vapor zone and the central annulus vapor zone; and
a manifold configured to introduce a feed vertically into a bottom end of each of one or two of the at least three annulus vapor zones, and remove a product from a bottom end of each of the one or two remaining of the at least three annulus vapor zones.

US Pat. No. 10,478,791

STIRRING DEVICE

Sumitomo Heavy Industries...

1. A stirring device configured to stir a material having fluidity to obtain a stirred object material, comprising:a stirred tank, of which an inner peripheral wall has a circular shape in cross section, and at least one flow impeller and at least one shearing impeller that are located inside the stirred tank and configured to be rotatable independently of each other,
wherein rotational centers of the flow impeller and the shearing impeller are coaxially provided,
the flow impeller is provided along the inner peripheral wall of the stirred tank and comprises a flow impeller body having a band shape configured to rotate around a vertical axis to form at least a flow directed toward a lower side in the material existing in the stirred tank,
the shearing impeller comprises a rotatable circular disk part and a plurality of shearing teeth provided at intervals in a circumferential direction of the circular disk part,
each of the plurality of shearing teeth is configured to collide with the material by rotation of the shearing impeller to impart a shearing force to the material,
the shearing force breaks droplets of the material for segmentalization when the stirring device is used for emulsification, and
the shearing impeller is provided in one stage or a plurality of shearing impellers are provided in multiple stages in a vertical direction of the stirred tank at a lower part of the stirred tank, and the shearing impeller or the plurality of shearing impellers are provided on a radially inward side of the flow impeller in the stirred tank and on a position contacting the flow formed by the flow impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,478,779

HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE MODULE

KOLON INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A hollow fiber membrane module comprising:a housing including a first fluid inlet, a first fluid outlet, a second fluid inlet, and a second fluid outlet;
diaphragms each extending from an inner surface of the housing thereby partitioning an inner space of the housing into a plurality of sections;
a vacant porous tube disposed in each of the plurality of sections, the vacant porous tube having closed ends and including a plurality of pores formed on a side surface thereof; and
a hollow fiber membrane bundle disposed in every each of the plurality of sections, the hollow fiber membrane bundle including a plurality of hollow fiber membranes so that a first fluid flows inside the hollow fiber membranes and a second fluid flows outside the hollow fiber membranes,
wherein each of the diaphragms has at least one fluid flow hole through which the second fluid flows.

US Pat. No. 10,478,777

FORMED SHEET MEMBRANE ELEMENT AND FILTRATION SYSTEM

FIBRACAST LTD., Hannon (...

1. A filtration module comprising (a) a plurality of generally planar membrane devices placed side by side in a bundle but spaced apart by gaps between the membrane devices, each of the plurality of membrane devices comprising (i) two sheets of a substrate material, at least one of the sheets of substrate material having a plurality of depressions extending to an edge of the at least one of the sheets of substrate material, the two sheets of substrate material bonded together along their edges parallel to the plurality of depressions, wherein the plurality of depressions form a plurality of internal channels between the two sheets of substrate material, the plurality of internal channels being open to a first edge of the membrane device and (ii) a filtration membrane material coated on outer surfaces of the membrane device; and, (b) a first header having a permeate receptacle, wherein the first edge of each of the plurality of membrane devices is connected to the first header with the plurality of internal channels in communication with the permeate receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,478,772

PROCESS TO DECOUPLE REGENERATION GAS COMPRESSOR FROM REGENERATION GAS TREATING

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method for continuously treating a regeneration gas stream used to regenerate a molecular sieve adsorption vessel, comprising:cooling the regeneration gas stream in a cooler to a temperature suitable to condense liquids in the regeneration gas stream;
in a separator, removing liquids condensed in the regeneration gas stream;
compressing the regeneration gas stream in a compressor;
flowing the regeneration gas stream through the cooler, the separator, and the compressor when the compressor is operational; and
flowing the regeneration gas stream through the cooler and the separator but not the compressor when the compressor is not operational, thereby enabling continuous treatment of the regeneration gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,478,766

HONEYCOMB FILTER

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A honeycomb filter comprising:a pillar-shaped honeycomb substrate including a porous partition wall that defines a plurality of cells extending from an inflow end face to an outflow end face;
an inflow side plugging portion disposed at the inflow end face of the honeycomb substrate to plug open ends of outflow cells that are a part of the plurality of cells; and
an outflow side plugging portion disposed at the outflow end face of the honeycomb substrate to plug open ends of inflow cells other than the outflow cells of the plurality of cells, wherein
the honeycomb substrate includes the partition wall that defines two of the inflow cells by division, and
an average of plugging lengths LOUT of the outflow side plugging portions disposed in the inflow cells of the honeycomb substrate is larger than an average of plugging lengths LIN of the inflow side plugging portions disposed in the outflow cells of the honeycomb substrate by 1.0 to 4.0 mm, and
the average plugging lengths LOUT is 3.5 to 7.0 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,763

WATER FILTER

US Water Filters, Inc., ...

1. A water filter comprising:a housing having a water inlet and a water outlet on a first end, and
a pair of replaceable carbon elements contained within the housing, each carbon element having a water inlet near an outside diameter and a water outlet near a center, both the water outlet and water inlet of the pair of replaceable carbon elements being on a first end of each carbon element and each of the carbon element inlets being in fluid communication with the housing water inlet and each of the carbon element outlets being in fluid communication with the housing water outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,478,762

FLUID QUALITY MONITORING AND FILTRATION SYSTEM

Cummins Filtration IP, In...

1. A method of monitoring a fluid within a fluid filter assembly, comprising:integrating a sensor probe into a filter element of the fluid filter assembly by mounting the sensor probe to an endplate of the filter element, wherein the sensor probe comprises a first chamber and a second chamber, and wherein the second chamber of the sensor probe includes a chemically reactive material whose electrical properties change as a result of at least one property of the fluid being filtered;
exposing the first and second chambers of the sensor probe to the fluid;
measuring a first conductance or capacitance of the fluid in the first chamber;
measuring a second conductance or capacitance of the fluid in the second chamber; and
comparing the first conductance or capacitance to the second conductance or capacitance to determine a characteristic of the fluid or fluid quality parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,478,758

FILTER MEDIA WITH FIBRILLATED FIBERS

1. A filter media comprising:a fiber web including glass fibers and fibrillated fibers, the fiber web having a basis weight of between about 10 and about 1000 g/m2 and a thickness of between about 0.10 mm and about 50.0 mm, wherein the average Canadian Standard Freeness level of fibrillation of the fibrillated fibers is between 100 and 850, wherein the fiber web has a mean flow pore size of between about 5 microns and 20 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,478,748

DUAL CHANNEL CONNECTOR UNITS, DEVICES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS INCLUDING THE SAME

SoClean, Inc., Peterboro...

1. A connector unit comprising:an inlet passageway and an outlet passageway, the inlet passageway comprising a first proximal end and a first distal end and the outlet passageway comprising a second proximal end and a second distal end;
a second connector portion comprising a first body comprising a first wall having a first inward facing surface, a first outward facing surface, and an end surface, the first body further comprising a first passageway; and
a fourth connector portion configured to be inserted into the first passageway, the fourth connector portion comprising a second body comprising a second wall having a second inward facing surface, a second outward facing surface;wherein:at least a portion of the inlet passageway is disposed in the fourth connector portion;
at least a portion of the outlet passageway is disposed between the first inward facing surface and the second outward facing surface, such that at least a portion of the outlet passageway is disposed radially around the inlet passageway;
the second connector portion further comprises self drilling elements that are integral with or coupled to the end surface of the first wall; and
the connector unit is configured to be installed into and span a portion of a compartment such that the first and second proximal ends are located outside the compartment and the first and second distal ends are located inside the compartment when the connector unit is installed.

US Pat. No. 10,478,747

CLOSED LOOP CHILLED SOLVENT FEED FOR CANNABINOID EXTRACTION

Nextleaf Solutions Ltd., ...

1. A system for feeding chilled solvent through ground cannabis plant material to extract cannabinoids therefrom, comprising:a cooling system comprising:
a heat exchanger; and
a cooling tank for holding the solvent, wherein the solvent is cooled by the heat exchanger;
centrifuge having a cooling jacket and chamber for holding the ground cannabis plant material, wherein the cooling jacket is mounted around the centrifuge;
a first fluid connection between the cooling tank and the cooling jacket for transferring solvent from the cooling tank to the cooling jacket;
a pump in the first fluid connection that transfers solvent from the cooling tank to the cooling jacket;
a second fluid connection between the cooling jacket and the cooling tank for transferring solvent from the cooling jacket to the cooling tank; and
a third fluid connection, to the chamber, for transferring solvent from the cooling tank to the chamber;
wherein the third fluid connection comprises either:
a valve located in the first fluid connection between the pump and the cooling jacket and a fluid connection from the valve to the chamber; or
a fluid connection from the cooling tank to a second pump and a fluid connection from the second pump to the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,746

PROCESS AND PLANT FOR PRODUCING A SOLID PRODUCT

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A process for producing a solid product and a liquid product, comprisinga. conveying an optionally pre-treated finely divided starting material to a heating unit,
b. heating by direct steam injection the starting material to obtain a heated starting material, the heating by direct steam injection occurring while the finely divided starting material is located in the heating unit,
c. conveying the heated starting material directly, and in the absence of heat transfer from heat exchanger surfaces to the starting material, from the heating unit to a separation unit,
d. separating the heated starting material into the solid product and an aqueous liquid through operation of the separation unit,
e. heating and pressurizing the aqueous liquid after the separating of the heated starting material into the solid product and the aqueous liquid, and
f. reducing the pressure of the aqueous liquid thereby generating steam and the liquid product, the reducing of the pressure of the aqueous liquid occurring immediately after the heating and the pressurizing of the aqueous liquid,
wherein the steam generated in step f is returned to step b and is directly injected into the finely divided starting material to perform the heating by the direct steam injection.

US Pat. No. 10,478,744

RAILWAY BOGIE WITH A WINTERPROOF PIPING AND WIRING PROTECTING IMPACT GUARD

Alstom Transport Technolo...

1. A railway bogie, comprising:one or more operative components for the operation of the railway bogie; and
a first impact guard and a second impact guard protecting the one or more operative components from flying debris under wintery conditions, wherein each of the first and second impact guards comprises a plurality of fastening holes and each of the plurality of first and second impact guards is fastened to one of the end beams via the holders or brackets using bolts, washers and nuts and the fastening holes,
wherein the impact guard is made of a high density polyethylene (HDPE),
the impact guard is a solid milled slat,
the impact guard includes a base and at least one stiffening ridge extending at a substantially right angle from the periphery (P) of the base,
the railway bogie includes a bogie frame with two side beams and two end beams extending between the side beams, and
the impact guard is fastened to one of the end beams.

US Pat. No. 10,478,740

FUSIBLE TOY BEAD CREATING APPARATUS

EPOCH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A fusible toy bead creating apparatus comprising:a table comprising a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface and having a plurality of penetration holes penetrating from the first surface to the second surface to allow fusible toy beads to be placed on the first surface;
a receiver comprising a receiving surface arranged to face the first surface of the table and configured to receive the fusible toy beads by reversing the receiver together with the table to move the fusible toy beads for drying;
a tray, wherein the tray is positioned opposite the second surface side of the table; and
a hinge that connects the table and the tray.

US Pat. No. 10,478,738

TOY DUCK

ON THE SPOT MANUFACTURING...

1. A toy duck comprising:a main body having a cavity for containing water, which is made of plastic and shaped as a duck;
a nozzle disposed on the main body for spraying water in case the main body is pressed externally;
a hole at the bottom of the main body for receiving a piston assembly; and
a piston assembly disposed in the hole for sealing the main body so as to prevent water from leaking from the main body, and allowing complete drainage of water from the cavity when the toy duck is disposed on a horizontal panel to keep the duck toy clean and hygienic.

US Pat. No. 10,478,725

GAME MACHINE AND PROGRAM

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINM...

1. A game machine comprising:one or more computer readable memories that store one or more software components that include computer executable program instructions; and
one or more computers that execute the computer executable program instructions to cause the one or more computers to:
accept one or more game operations;
accept a bet operation specifying an amount of game value to be consumed;
determine whether or not the one or more game operations that are accepted satisfy one or more predefined skill conditions;
consume a game value in case that it is determined that the one or more game operations that are accepted satisfy the one or more predefined skill conditions; and
change the one or more predefined skill conditions,
wherein the one or more computers execute the computer executable program instructions to further cause the one or more computers to determine whether or not the one or more game operations that are accepted satisfy the one or more predefined skill conditions that have been changed.

US Pat. No. 10,478,715

PROJECTILE LAUNCHING GAME

1. A projectile launching apparatus comprising:a frame, wherein the frame comprises:
a base portion;
a front; and,
an upper portion;
a target, wherein the target comprises:
a rim;
a projectile receiver;
an inner rim; and,
a plurality of spokes, wherein each spoke comprises:
an inner end; and,
an outer end;
wherein the inner ends are attached to the inner rim; and,
wherein the outer ends are attached to the rim; and,
a launcher, wherein the launcher comprises:
a projectile saddle, wherein the projectile saddle comprises:
a front surface; and,
a rear surface; and,
a plurality of resilient cords;
a means for attaching the plurality of resilient cords to the upper portion; and,
a means for attaching the plurality of resilient cords to the projectile saddle;
wherein the plurality of resilient cords are attached to the upper portion;
wherein the plurality of resilient cords are attached to the projectile saddle;
wherein the front surface is configured to receive a projectile;
wherein the projectile receiver is attached to the rim;
wherein the rim is attached to the upper portion;
wherein the target is attached to the front of the frame;
wherein the launcher launches a projectile through an area; and,
wherein the area is above the target and the area is within the upper portion of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,478,707

MOTION ANALYSIS METHOD AND MOTION ANALYSIS DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A display device that receives an output of an inertial sensor associated with a golf club held by a user, comprising:a processor that determines from the output of the inertial sensor a first plane including (a) a first straight line that extends in an extending direction of a shaft portion of the golf club, and (b) a second straight line showing a ball hitting direction, and determines a second plane based on a user's static position holding the golf club, a ball-hitting position and a ball hitting direction; and
a display that displays on a screen an image of the first plane, the second plane and the golf club simultaneously,
wherein the first and second planes are visually displayed in a three-dimensional space, and wherein the second plane is determined in three dimensions based upon coordinates of a shoulder of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,478,697

SOCCER TRAINING APPARATUS

1. A soccer training apparatus configured to be disposed on the front of a user's chest and above a user's hips, the apparatus comprising:a backing plate, the backing plate having a body surface disposable towards the user's chest and above the user's hips, a frontal surface opposite to the body surface, a first side positioned between the body surface and the frontal surface and a second side positioned opposite to the first side between the body surface and the front surface, the backing plate further comprising a first hinge pin positioned on the first side and extending outwardly from the first side and a second hinge pin positioned on the second side and extending outwardly from the second side;
a sight shield coupled to the backing plate, the sight shield extending perpendicularly away from the backing plate and in an orientation parallel to the user's hips to block downward line of sight and the sight shield further comprising a first hinge receptor and a second hinge receptor spaced apart from the first hinge receptor, the first hinge receptor configured with a first opening to receive the first hinge pin of the backing plate and the second hinge receptor configured with a second opening to receive the second hinge pin of the backing plate;
a first harness aperture located on the backing plate at a position above the sight shield;
a second harness aperture located on the backing plate at a position below the sight shield;
a harness, wherein the backing plate is coupled to the harness, and wherein the harness is configured to be worn on the chest of the user;
a plurality of ribs extending away from the backing plate, wherein a rib channel is formed between two adjacent ribs of the plurality of ribs; and
wherein sight shield is coupled to the backing plate and between two adjacent ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,478,696

REHABILITATION EXERCISE DEVICE

CPY 2 LLC, Naples, FL (U...

1. A rehabilitation apparatus comprising:a proximal end opposite a distal end, with a proximal rigid member disposed at the proximal end, and a distal rigid member disposed at the distal end;
a drag chute spanning from the proximal end to the distal end, the drag chute being coupled to each of the proximal rigid member and the distal rigid member;
a support rod secured to each of the proximal rigid member and the distal rigid member, the support rod spanning along a longitudinal axis of the drag chute from the proximal end to the distal end of the rehabilitation apparatus;
a proximal coupling element coupled to the support rod and disposed adjacent to the proximal rigid member, the proximal coupling element defining an aperture through which a user's limb can be inserted;
a distal coupling element coupled to the support rod and disposed between the proximal coupling element and the distal end of the rehabilitation apparatus, the distal coupling element including an outer housing defining an aperture, and a handle coupled to and disposed interior of the outer housing, the handle at least partially extending from the outer housing toward the aperture, such that the user's limb can grasp the handle to swing the rehabilitation apparatus, and such that the drag chute provides resistance when the rehabilitation apparatus travels through air during a rehabilitation exercise; and
an adjustment bolt in communication with the distal coupling element and the support rod, the adjustment bolt having a locked orientation and an unlocked orientation, in which in the locked orientation, the adjustment bolt exerts pressure on the distal coupling element to secure the distal coupling element to the support rod, and in which in the unlocked orientation, the adjustment bolt reduces pressure exerted on the distal coupling element, such that the distal coupling element can slidably translate with respect to the support rod.

US Pat. No. 10,478,695

INSTRUMENTED BATTING SYSTEM

Sports Sensors, Inc., Ci...

1. A batting system comprising:a batting tee assembly that includes:
a ball rest having a top configured to hold a ball in a stationary position;
a first radar device having a first emission point located below the top of the ball rest and configured to emit a first radar beam having a first radar vector from the first emission point; and
a second radar device having a second emission point located below the top of the ball rest, the second radar device configured to emit a second radar beam having a second radar vector from the second emission point, the second radar vector being oriented in a different direction than the first radar vector,
the second radar device being offset horizontally from the first radar device so that a horizontal distance between the second radar device and the ball rest is greater than the horizontal distance between the first radar device and the ball rest.

US Pat. No. 10,478,690

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS HAVING A PLURALITY OF SENSORS FOR DETECTING ONE OR MORE SWING PARAMETERS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An inertial measurement unit, comprising:an output device;
an accelerometer;
a gyroscope; and
an application-specific integrated circuit comprising discrete hardware components configured to perform at least:
receive sensor data from the accelerometer and gyroscope coupled to an object in motion between a first time instant and a second time instant;
extract an acceleration measurement and an angular rate measurement from the sensor data;
identify, from the angular rate measurement, a gyroscope saturation event corresponding to an output of the gyroscope reaching a physical limitation of hardware of the gyroscope;
calculate an estimated output error using the received sensor data, wherein the estimated output error includes a saturation function that takes account of the gyroscope saturation event;
input the estimated output error into a system of motion equations for the object, wherein the system of motion equations includes an estimate of a gyroscope bias estimated without using static leveling;
solve the system of motion equations;
output functions for an input force, an input torque, a roll angle, and a pitch angle from the solved system of motion equations; and
calculate and output to the output device, a position of the object in motion between the first time instant and the second time instant using the functions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,685

ACCESSORY RACK FOR A GOLF CART

1. A method of securing one or more golf bags in a golf cart where the golf cart has a fold-out rear seat area that forms a flat utility transport area defined between side rails when folded-out, the side rails being perpendicular to a seating area and also to a rear bumper area of the golf cart and being spaced apart from one another by a distance which defines the flat utility transport area of the golf cart, the method comprising the steps of:first, folding-out the rear seat area of the golf cart to form the flat utility transport area;
providing an accessory rack for securing a golf bag within the utility transport area so formed, the accessory rack having a centrally located support beam and a pair of bag receiving elements in spaced apart fashion at each of opposite ends of the centrally located support beam, the bag receiving elements defining a pair of generally U-shaped openings;
providing a pivot leg for attaching the centrally located support beam to a selected side rail of the transport area so that the centrally located support beam is oriented perpendicular to the side rails of the golf cart by the pivot leg, the pivot leg having an inner extent attached to the support beam at a pivot point and having an oppositely arranged outer extent which terminates in an attachment bracket which engages the selected side rail of the transport area of the cart;
wherein the centrally located support beam has a longitudinal foot piece arranged generally perpendicular to the support beam at an outer extent thereof opposite the pivot leg which rests on the flat utility transport area defined between the side rails when the rack is in place on the golf cart, the support beam also having a bag support plate which extends upwardly and slightly outwardly from the foot piece for supporting an end of a golf bag in use;
mounting the accessory rack within the utility transport area of the cart, the accessory rack being mounted in temporary fashion within the utility transport area so that it can be easily and conveniently removed when desired;
placing the golf bag on the accessory rack within the U-shaped openings on the support beam.

US Pat. No. 10,478,679

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Taylor Made Golf Company,...

21. A golf club, comprising:a shaft;
a body defining an interior cavity, a sole portion positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head, a crown portion positioned at a top portion, and the body also having a forward portion and a rearward portion and a maximum above ground height;
a face positioned at the forward portion of the body;
a gap defined in the sole adjacent the face and extending into the interior cavity of the club head and a portion of the sole being located between the face and the gap; and
a sleeve for adjustably securing the shaft to the golf club head to selectively adjust at least one of a loft angle, lie angle and face angle of the club head;
wherein, the golf club head has a center of gravity (CG) projection of less than about 3 mm above a center of the face;
wherein a coefficient of restitution of the golf club head measured at the center of the face is 0.80 or greater;
wherein a mass of the golf club head is between about 185 grams and about 245 grams;
wherein a maximum dimension from the forward portion to the rearward portion is greater than about 75 mm;
wherein the golf club head has an above ground center-of-gravity location Zup measured in mm;
wherein the golf club head has a moment of inertia about the center-of-gravity z-axis Izz measured in kg-mm2;
wherein the golf club head has a moment of inertia about the center-of-gravity x-axis Ixx measured in kg-mm2;
wherein Izz and Ixx are related to the above ground center-of-gravity location Zup by the equation:
Ixx+Izz?20·Zup+165;
wherein the club head has a balance point located on the face and the balance point is no more than 3 mm above of a geometric center of the face;
wherein the club head has a center of gravity located no more than 30 mm horizontally rearward of the geometric center of the face, a coefficient of restitution (COR) of no less than 0.80 as measured at the balance point on the face, and a characteristic time measured at the geometric center of the face of no less than 218 microseconds; and
wherein the club head has a height less than 46 mm and a volume less than 210 cm3.

US Pat. No. 10,478,675

MULTI-LAYER CORE GOLF BALL

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A three-layer golf ball consisting essentially of:an inner core layer having a diameter of from 0.500 inches to 1.580 inches and formed from a first thermoset rubber composition;
an outer core layer having a thickness of from 0.005 inches to 0.300 inches and a surface hardness of from 50 Shore C to 90 Shore C and formed from a highly neutralized polymer composition, wherein the highly neutralized polymer composition comprises:
an acid copolymer of ethylene and an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid;
a non-acid polymer selected from ethylene-alkyl acrylates and ethylene-alkyl methacrylates and present in an amount of greater than 50 wt %, based on the combined weight of the acid copolymer and the non-acid polymer;
an organic acid or salt thereof; and
a cation source present in an amount sufficient to neutralize greater than 80% of all acid groups present in the composition; and
a single layer cover.

US Pat. No. 10,478,674

GOLF BALL COMPRISING A VERY-LOW MELT FLOW INNER COVER LAYER COMPOSITION

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core;
an inner cover layer comprising a first thermoplastic composition and having a thickness of about 0.005 inches to about 0.40 inches and a surface hardness of about 70 Shore D or less; and
an outer cover layer comprising a thermoplastic polyurethane and having a thickness of about 0.01 inches to about 0.075 inches and a surface hardness of about 20 Shore D to about 60 Shore D;
wherein the first thermoplastic composition comprises a first melt flow index at 280° C. under a 10-kg load of less than about 35 g/10 min and a second melt flow index at 265° C. under a 5-kg load of less than about 10 g/10 min.

US Pat. No. 10,478,668

ACTIVITY MONITORING BASE STATION

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A device for monitoring a plurality of individuals, the device comprising:a base station in communication with a plurality of sensors worn by the plurality of individuals during a fitness activity, the base station comprising:
a housing comprising:
a top central opening located at a proximal end of the housing,
a bottom central opening located at a distal end of the housing,
a ventilation channel comprising a ventilation channel wall defining the top central opening, the bottom central opening, and a through hole extending through the housing between the top central opening and the bottom central opening, and
a sloped circumferential wall located at the proximal end of the housing and configured to funnel water into the top central opening and through the ventilation channel;
a control module disposed within the housing around an outer surface of the ventilation channel wall and configured to monitor the plurality of individuals; and
a heat sink disposed within the ventilation channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,664

EXERCISE APPARATUS WITH DIVERGENT/CONVERGENT MOTION ALONG THE SYMMETRIC SEMI ELLIPTICAL ROUT

1. An exercise apparatus comprising:a base frame;
an upper synchronized mechanism positioned at an upper end of the base frame and comprising two link mechanisms, each of the two link mechanisms positioned at a left and a right side of said upper end of the base frame symmetrically, each of said two link mechanisms comprising a rotatable link having a front end rotatably mounted to the base frame, a middle link having a front end pivotally connected to a rear end of the rotatable link such that motion of the middle link causes rotation of the rotatable link, said middle link having a rear end operatively associated with the base frame such that said rear end of the middle link having an oscillating motion, the middle link having a section distal from the rear end of the middle link, said section distal from the rear end of the middle link moves on a semi elliptical route, and two gears, said two gears are configured to synchronize said two link mechanisms, each of said two link mechanisms enabling a respective hand of a user's hands to move along a respective semi elliptical routes, the user's hands move forward/backward in a same direction longitudinally and have a laterally divergent/convergent motion while the user's hands are at a nearest point in relation to a middle section of the base frame and have a laterally convergent/divergent motion while the user's hands are at a farthest point in relation to said middle section of the base frame;
two handlebars, each of the two handlebars has a bottom end connected to said section distal from the rear end of said middle link of a respective one of the two link mechanisms and configured to be driven by a respective hand of the user's hands;
a lower synchronized mechanism positioned at said a lower end of the base frame and comprising two crank link mechanisms, each of the two crank link mechanisms positioned at, a left and a right side of the lower end of the base frame symmetrically, each of said two crank link mechanisms comprising a rotatable crank link having a front end rotatably mounted to the base frame, a middle crank link having a front end pivotally connected to a rear end of the rotatable crank link such that motion of the middle crank link causes rotation of the rotatable crank link, said middle crank link having a rear end operatively associated with the base frame such that said rear end of the middle crank link having the oscillating motion, the middle crank link having a section distal from the rear end of the middle crank link, said section distal from the rear end of the middle crank link moves along a semi elliptical route, and two gears, said two gears of the lower synchronized mechanism are configured to synchronize said two crank link mechanisms, each of said two crank link mechanisms enabling a respective foot of the user's feet to move along a respective semi elliptical route, the user's feet move forward/backward in the same direction longitudinally and have a laterally divergent/convergent motion while the user's feet are at a nearest point in relation to said middle section of the base frame and having laterally convergent/divergent motion while the user's feet are at a farthest point in relation to the middle section of the base frame;
two foot pedals, each of the two foot pedals has a middle section connected to said section distal from the rear end of said middle crank link of a respective one of the two crank link mechanisms and configured to be driven by a respective foot of the user's feet;
a power transmission system positioned at the middle section of the base frame transferring power between said upper and lower synchronized mechanisms, said power transmission system is configured to synchronized said upper and lower synchronized mechanisms so that the user's feet move in an opposite direction of the user's hands longitudinally, said power transmission system transferring power from said upper and lower synchronized mechanisms to a flywheel while increasing a speed ratio;
a slide unit positioned at said lower end of the base frame supporting said two foot pedals and maintaining a straight orientation of said two foot pedals longitudinally during an exercise; and
a controlling means including a computerized device showing heart rate and burned calories of the user, the flywheel positioned at said middle section of the base frame, and a magnetic brake positioned at said middle section of the base frame adjusting resistance force on the flywheel, wherein adjusting said resisting force determines the effort required of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,478,657

WEIGHT LIFTING PLATE

1. A weight lifting plate comprisinga) a body having a first side, a second side, and a center of gravity;
b) a shaped central aperture disposed in said body, said shaped central aperture having a length and a width;
i) wherein said length is longer than said width;
ii) wherein said shaped central aperture has a substantially rectangular cross section;
c) one or more ball bearings disposed in said body and extending at least partially into said shaped central aperture; and
d) wherein said center of gravity of said weight lifting plate is disposed within said shaped central aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,654

JUMP ROPE WITH QUICK-ADJUST HANDLE

1. A Jump rope with quick-adjust handle, the jump rope comprising a rope (1) and two handles (2) attached to ends of the rope (1),wherein each of the handles (2) comprises: a handhold (3), a head (4), which is attached to said handhold and which has attachment means, operable at will, to one of the ends of the rope, and a device for fixing the attachment means to said head;
wherein the head (4) has the form of an elongated revolution body, is attached by one of its ends to the handhold, and at its other end the head has a cylindrical hole (42) with an axis that coincides with a revolution axis of the head and which is adapted to house the attachment means in its interior; andwherein the attachment means comprise: a first through-hole (43) for the passage of the rope (1) arranged on the revolution surface of the head (4), a cylindrical push button (5), which has on its cylindrical surface a second through-hole (51) for the passage of the rope and a spring (6) placed between a bottom of the cylindrical hole (42) and the push button, which exerts a pressure on said cylindrical push button (5); and in that the fixing device, of the attachment means to the head, comprises: a threaded hole arranged on the revolution surface of the head and which is offset 90° with respect to the first through-hole, a recess arranged on the cylindrical surface of the push button, a length of which is smaller than a length of said push-button and that it is offset 90° with respect to the second through-hole, and a grub screw (7) adapted to be introduced in said threaded hole, and the tip of which is adapted to butt with upper and lower edges of said recess.

US Pat. No. 10,478,637

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIMITING CHEMOTHERAPY-INDUCED ALOPECIA

Hair Science Systems LLC,...

1. A cold cap for use in limiting chemotherapy-induced hair loss in a patient, said cap adapted for connecting to a chiller unit for circulating chilled fluid through the cap and receiving pressurized air for supplying compression to the scalp of a patient, wherein said cap comprises:at least three layers of fluid impermeable material which are sealingly attached around their periphery so as to form a cooling fluid chamber configured to cool the scalp when chilled fluid is circulated through the cooling fluid chamber, and an air chamber configured to apply compression to the scalp when pressurized air is supplied to the air chamber;
fluid inlet and outlet conduits in fluid communication with said cooling fluid chamber and configured for detachable attachment to a fluid outlet and a fluid inlet of the chiller unit;
air inlet tubing in communication with said air chamber;
a first internal seal that seals said at least three layers to one another, said first internal seal spaced inwardly of the sealed periphery of said at least three layers so as to provide additional support and define a serpentine flow pattern within said cooling fluid chamber, thereby defining a flow pattern by which chilled fluid can be circulated over and about the patient's head so as to provide generally uniform cooling of the patient's scalp; and
second and third internal seals located along opposite sides of said cap, said second and third internal seals extending inwardly from the sealed periphery of said at least three layers, such that each of said second and third internal seals together with an adjacent portion of said sealed periphery define regions within said cap that are not in fluid communication with said cooling fluid chamber;wherein said cap is adapted to be worn by the patient such that the cap extends in surrounding relationship to and conforming to the patient's scalp, with said regions not in fluid communication with said cooling fluid chamber extending over the patient's ears such that cooling is not applied to the patient's ears during use.

US Pat. No. 10,478,636

LIGHT THERAPY DEVICE FOR RHINITIS OR TYMPANITIS TREATMENT

EVORAY CO. LTD., Cheongj...

1. A light therapy device, comprising:a housing including a hanging part configured to lie over a user's nose, a pair of accommodating parts connected to both sides of the hanging part, respectively and accommodating a light source, and a pair of bridge parts connected to the pair of accommodating parts, respectively and provided to lie over a user's ear, each of the accommodating parts including an end thereof, the ends of the accommodating parts being positioned under the hanging parts and being opposite to each other;
wherein the light source comprises a pair of light sources positioned inside the pair of accommodating parts respectively and emitting light for treatment;
a pair of rhinitis treatment optical guides detachably coupled with the ends of the accommodating parts, having a shape protruding from the ends of the accommodating parts so that the rhinitis treatment optical guides continue to be inserted in user's nostrils when the hanging part lies over the user's nose after inserting the rhinitis treatment optical guides into the user's nostrils and guiding the light emitted from the pair of light sources to an outside of the housing;
a battery positioned inside the housing and configured to supply power to the light sources; and
a control substrate positioned inside the housing and configured to include a switch for controlling the power to be supplied to the light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,478,634

AESTHETIC METHOD OF BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURE TREATMENT BY MAGNETIC FIELD

BTL Medical Technologies ...

1. A method for toning muscles in a patient using time-varying magnetic fields, the method comprising:placing a first applicator comprising a magnetic field generating coil in contact with a patient's skin or clothing at a body region of the patient, wherein the body region is an abdomen or a buttock;
coupling the first applicator to the patient with an adjustable flexible belt so that the belt holds the first applicator to the patient's skin or clothing;
providing energy to the magnetic field generating coil in order to generate a time-varying magnetic field; and
applying a magnetic fluence of 50 T cm2 to 1,500 T cm2 to the body region,
wherein the time-varying magnetic field is applied to the body region with a magnetic flux density sufficient to cause a muscle contraction in the body region.

US Pat. No. 10,478,632

INTELLIGENT SYNCH MODE FOR DEFIBRILLATION

Physio-Control, Inc., Re...

1. A defibrillator comprising:a plurality of operating modes including a synchronous shock operating mode and an asynchronous shock operating mode;
a heart rhythm detector that detects the heart rhythm of a shock recipient;
a manual mode controller that sets the defibrillator in the synchronous shock operating mode or the asynchronous shock operating mode;
a shock module that causes the defibrillator to deliver a shock to the shock recipient according to the operating mode of the defibrillator; and
an automatic mode controller that sets the defibrillator to the synchronous shock operating mode or the asynchronous shock operating mode depending on the detected heart rhythm of the shock recipient.

US Pat. No. 10,478,623

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NON-INVASIVELY CONTROLLING AUTONOMIC NERVE ACTIVITY

Indiana University Resear...

13. A system for controlling nerve activity in a subject, the system comprising:a plurality of electrodes configured for placement at locations proximate to nerves innervating a subject's skin;
a signal generator configured to generate electrical stimulations; and
a processor configured to direct the signal generator to deliver, using the plurality of electrodes, an electrical stimulation configured to control a sympathetic nerve activity by remodeling at least one neural structure in the subject, the electrical stimulation delivered to the neural structure via the nerves innervating the subject's skin.

US Pat. No. 10,478,621

RETRACTABLE LEAD SYSTEMS

General Electric Company,...

1. A retractable lead system comprising:a cup disposed proximate a vacuum end of the retractable lead system, the cup defining a cavity and a contact reception seat, the contact reception seat defining a spherical portion having a contact reception spherical radius;
a spherical contact disposed within the contact reception seat, the spherical contact defining a contact spherical radius that corresponds to the contact reception spherical radius, the spherical contact configured to be electrically coupled to an interior lead disposed within a vacuum environment; and
a plunger comprising an ambient contact and a retractable contact disposed on opposite ends of the plunger, the ambient contact disposed proximate an ambient end of the retractable lead system, the plunger configured to be actuated between an open position at which the retractable contact is retracted from the spherical contact and a closed position at which the retractable contact is coupled with the spherical contact.

US Pat. No. 10,478,616

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL TARGET LOCALIZATION FROM MACROELECTRODE RECORDINGS AND MONITORING SPINAL CORD FUNCTION

Greenville Neuromodulatio...

1. A method of determining a distance to a target in a patient, comprising:stimulating for a first time, with a stimulating device, the patient's peripheral nervous system;
recording, using a macroelectrode recording electrode inserted within a region of interest in the patient, a field potential evoked from the first stimulation;
calculating, using at least one processor, the evoked potential from the first stimulation;
advancing, with a drive, the macroelectrode recording electrode along a trajectory;
stimulating for a second time, with the stimulating device, the patient's peripheral nervous system;
recording, using the macroelectrode recording electrode, a field potential evoked from the second stimulation;
calculating, using at least one processor, the evoked potential from the second stimulation;
determining, using at least one processor and based at least on the evoked potential from the first stimulation and the evoked potential from the second stimulation, a position along a path travelled by the macroelectrode recording electrode corresponding to a largest evoked potential;
determining, using at least one processor, a distance r from the position along the macroelectrode recording electrode path corresponding to the largest evoked potential to a source of the largest evoked potential in a plane orthogonal to a long axis of the macroelectrode; and
determining, using at least one processor, whether r is less than a predetermined threshold Y, and wherein the predetermined threshold Y is a radius of an effective volume of tissue activation with an intended therapeutic brain stimulation for an intended target of the brain stimulation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,597

MEDICAL CATHETER WITH DEFLECTION PULL RING AND DISTAL TIP ATTACHMENT APPARATUS

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A catheter assembly, comprising:a distal tip having an axis and including a tip element and a mounting shaft wherein said mounting shaft has an axial passageway extending therethrough and an inner surface that includes a protrusion;
an elongate member having a distal end thereof extending into said axial passageway of said mounting shaft wherein said elongate member bears against said protrusion of said mounting shaft; and
a reinforcement element positioned within a hollow interior of said elongate member that compresses said elongate member against said inner surface of said mounting shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,478,593

CATHETER HUB WITH REMOVABLE EXTENSIONS

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A catheter comprising:a hub having an outer housing defining a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the distal end of the outer housing defines an opening into an inner space defined by the outer housing, and disposed within the inner space is a distal connector, and wherein the proximal end of the housing defines a proximal connector for coupling to an intravenous catheter tube;
a self-sealing septum disposed within the opening defined by the distal end of the outer housing, such that the self-sealing septum forms a barrier for the distal connector; and
an extension tube assembly, wherein the extension tube assembly includes an extension tube and a locking key-type connector for coupling the extension tube to the distal connector through the self-sealing septum,
wherein the extension tube assembly includes a luer that is separated into a plunger and a luer taper,
wherein the plunger is formed integrally with the locking key-type connector and remains isolated from a fluid path, and
wherein the plunger extends further than the luer taper to engage with and displace the self-sealing septum.

US Pat. No. 10,478,590

SLEEP ASSISTANCE DEVICE FOR MULTIPLE USERS

Bose Corporation, Framin...

1. A sleep assistance device comprising:a housing;
a first contactless biometric sensor, integrated into the housing, for determining at least one of a heart rate, a respiratory rate, a presence, or movement of a first user;
a processor;
memory; and
a speaker;
wherein said processor is configured to:
detect a sleep state of the first user by reading signals from said first contactless biometric sensor based on at least one of a detected change in the first user's heart rate, body movement, respiration, or presence;
detect a sleep state of a second user by reading signals from a second contactless biometric sensor, not integrated into the housing, based on at least one of a detected change in the second user's heart rate, body movement, respiration, or presence;
initiate a first wind-down routine upon detecting a sleep-readiness state of one of the first user or the second user, the first wind-down routine comprising at least one of playing relaxing sounds or playing a respiration entrainment sound; and
play noise-masking sounds upon detecting that one of the first user or the second user has fallen asleep,
wherein the processor is configured to play the sounds of the first wind-down routine for the first user and play the noise-masking sounds simultaneously for the second user, and
wherein at least one of the noise-masking sounds or the sounds of the first wind-down routine mask the other from being heard by at least one of the first or the second user,
wherein the noise-masking sounds mask the first wind-down routine from being heard by the second user, and the sounds of the first wind-down routine mask the noise-masking sounds from being heard by the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,478,583

LIMB FOR BREATHING CIRCUIT

1. A method for manufacturing a limb for a breathing circuit comprising:providing a flexible breathing conduit having a first conduit end and a second conduit end and having a wall thickness less than 50 ?m,
locating a reinforcing mesh having a first mesh end and a second mesh end, over the outside of the flexible breathing conduit,
locating an elongate reinforcing member having a first member end and a second member end, lying freely within the flexible breathing conduit, along a non-tortuous path from the first conduit end of the flexible breathing conduit to the second conduit end of the flexible breathing conduit,
fixing a first end connector with the first conduit end of the flexible breathing conduit, the first member end of the elongate reinforcing member, and the first mesh end of the reinforcing mesh, and
fixing a second end connector with the second conduit end of the flexible breathing conduit, the second member end of the elongate reinforcing member, and the second mesh end of the reinforcing mesh, wherein the flexible breathing conduit, the reinforcing mesh, and the elongate reinforcing member are fixed only at the first end connector and the second end connector.

US Pat. No. 10,478,580

NASAL CANNULA ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED PARTS

1. A nasal cannula assembly for administering a breathable gas to a user, the nasal cannula assembly comprising:a nasal cannula comprising:
a first section comprising a first material, and
a second section comprising a second material;
a manifold with a manifold connection comprising a rigid material relative to the first material, wherein the manifold connection is substantially C or U shaped;
wherein the first section is relatively softer than the second section,
wherein the first section and second section are commensurately or complimentarily shaped or configured to communally receive the substantially C or U shaped manifold connection for delivery of a gas to the user,
wherein the nasal cannula comprises a body defining an open cavity configured to receive the substantially C or U shaped manifold connection for delivery of the gas to the user, the first section defining at least a portion of the open cavity, wherein the substantially C or U shaped manifold connection has a concave surface forming the C or U shape and an opposite surface, wherein the body covers the concave surface and the opposite surface when the substantially C or U shaped manifold connection is received within the body;
a rear portion of said body being, in-use, substantially adjacent to the user's septum region, the rear portion being substantially compliant or deformable in response to a pressure applied by the user to said rear portion, wherein the rear portion defines at least a part of a rear wall of the open cavity, formed as a pillow section to be substantially adjacent to the user's septum region in-use, the rear portion being one or more of: a substantially thinned wall section of the body, or a substantially elasticised wall section of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,577

TRACHEAL APPLICATOR AND CORRESPONDING USE

1. A tracheal applicator:wherein said applicator comprises a curved tube-shaped adapter having a circular diameter which at one end comprises a conical constriction, which protrudes into the interior of the adapter, for a plug-in connection with a tracheal cannula and at the other end is provided with a trumpet-shaped opening, three radially extending crosspieces protruding into the interior of the adapter in the trumpet-shaped opening in order to serve as a three-point reception for centrally holding and securing a connecting piece of the tracheal applicator and to simultaneously form three ventilation openings,
wherein the connecting piece comprises a rotationally symmetric tube constricted in a nozzle-like manner for channeling a FiO2 flow coming from a high flow therapy device, a part of the connecting piece protruding into the adapter comprising a bottleneck-shaped tapering at one end of the connecting piece and being provided with a seal at the tapered end and comprising several radially distributed and radially extending outlet openings in direct contact with said seal, and the other end of the connecting piece being conically tapered in order to be coupled to a connecting tube of the high flow therapy device by pressing.

US Pat. No. 10,478,574

NASAL ADMINISTRATION

OptiNose AS, Oslo (NO)

1. A method of treating a subject by delivering a pharmaceutical composition to a nasal airway of the subject, comprising:fitting a mouthpiece to a mouth of the subject;
fitting a nosepiece unit to a first nostril of the subject, wherein the nosepiece unit comprises:
a nosepiece which is configured to guide the nosepiece unit into a first nasal passageway of the subject;
a delivery channel which is fluidly connected between the mouthpiece and the nosepiece, such that an exhalation air flow can be delivered from the mouthpiece through the delivery channel, and through the nosepiece when the subject exhales through the mouthpiece; and
a supply unit which is configured to deliver a dose of the pharmaceutical composition;
exhaling with an exhalation breath of the subject through the mouthpiece to cause closure of an oropharyngeal velum of the subject, wherein the exhalation breath of the subject produces the exhalation air flow which exceeds a predetermined flow rate and flows through the first nostril of the subject and into the first nasal passageway of the subject, around a posterior margin of a nasal septum of the subject and into a second nasal passageway of the subject, and out of a second nostril of the subject;
delivering, during a time when the exhalation breath of the subject produces the exhalation air flow, the dose of the pharmaceutical composition to the nasal airway of the subject such that at least 30% of the dose of the pharmaceutical composition, as initially deposited in the nasal airway of the subject, is deposited at an upper posterior region of the nasal airway of the subject, which is posterior of a nasal valve of the subject and above an inferior meatus of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,478,571

DELIVERY APPARATUS AND ACCOMPANYING SYSTEM FOR THE APPLICATION OF A MEDICAL AGENT TO A TREATMENT SITE AND METHOD FOR USE OF SAME

Dualams, Inc., Dallas, T...

1. A delivery apparatus for the application of a medical agent to a treatment site, the medication delivery apparatus comprising:a housing, the housing being sized so as to be securable to a hand-held medical device;
a reservoir configured to contain the medical agent, the reservoir disposed in fluid communication with a supply channel and a circulation channel;
a nebulization housing including a lower chamber and an upper chamber;
the lower chamber being disposed in fluid communication with the supply channel and the circulation channel;
an upper channel being disposed in fluid communication with an airflow channel and a delivery channel;
an ultrasonic transducer positioned in the lower chamber, the ultrasonic transducer configured to generate, upon energization, ultrasonic energy;
a control valve interposed between a source of positive pressure air and the airflow channel, the control valve configured to selectively apply air to the airflow channel;
the reservoir, the supply channel, the circulation channel, the nebulization housing, the airflow channel, the delivery channel, and the control valve being located in the housing;
the control valve being controllable by a controller, the controller being externally positioned on the housing;
a first operational state of the control valve, wherein the control valve is open, wherein the medical agent is configured to circulate from the reservoir to the lower chamber, wherein the ultrasonic transducer is configured to apply ultrasonic energy to the medical agent, thereby producing a nebulized medical agent adapted to be carried by the application of air to the delivery channel; and
a second operational state of the control valve, wherein the control valve is closed, wherein the medical agent is configured to circulate from the reservoir to the lower chamber, wherein the ultrasonic transducer is configured to apply ultrasonic energy to the medical agent, thereby producing a nebulized medical agent adapted to remain in the upper chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,567

CHILD RESISTANT SYRINGE

1. A syringe assembly comprising:a housing having a cavity for receiving an associated fluid therein and having a dispensing opening communicating with the cavity through which the associated fluid is selectively dispensed;
a plunger assembly operatively connected to the housing and including a piston and a shaft connected to the piston for selectively dispensing the associated fluid from the housing dispensing opening; and
a container that receives the housing and plunger assembly, the container having a first opening at a first end that selectively receives a removable cap thereon and covers the dispensing opening when the cap is secured to the container and allowing access to the dispensing opening when the cap is removed from the container, and second opening at a second end that opens to the plunger assembly shaft, wherein the shaft is dimensioned so that the shaft does not extend through the container second opening, wherein the shaft includes a stop member that selectively engages a surface of the container adjacent the second opening to limit movement of the shaft through the container second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,478,565

ASSEMBLY FOR A DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE AND DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. An assembly for a drug delivery device, the assembly comprising:a housing;
a rotatable clutch member of an elongate shape, the clutch member comprising a clutch feature at a proximal end of the clutch member and teeth at a distal end of the clutch member, wherein the clutch member is axially movable with respect to the housing between a first position and a second position different from the first position;
a further clutch member, wherein the assembly is configured such that,
when the clutch member is in the first position, a clutch engagement established between the clutch feature and the further clutch member is engaged, and
when the clutch member is in the second position, the clutch engagement is released;
a clicker member comprising teeth matching the teeth of the clutch member, the teeth of the clicker member and the teeth of the clutch member forming a coupling between the clutch member and the clicker member;
a counter clicker configured to interact with the clicker member to form a clicker mechanism; and
a spring element arranged between the clicker member and the clutch member, the spring element arranged to move the clutch member towards the first position and away from the clicker member so that the clutch member is rotatable with respect to the clicker member,
wherein the assembly is configured such that,
when the clutch member is in the first position, the clutch member is rotated with respect to the clicker member and the counter clicker rotates with respect to the clicker member, and
when the clutch member is in the second position, a rotation of the clutch member with respect to the clicker member is prevented by the coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,478,564

INJECTION DEVICE

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. An injection device comprisinga housing containing a cartridge;
a dose setting mechanism being operable in a first direction to set a dose during dose setting;
a piston rod being adapted to cooperate with a piston to eject the dose from the cartridge during dose dispensing;
a first clicker component rotationally fixed to the housing, the first clicker component being displaceable relative to the housing between a dose setting position and a dose dispensing position, the dose setting position being proximal to the dose dispensing position, and the first clicker component being stationary in the dose dispensing position during the dose dispensing; and
a second clicker component rotatable relative to the housing during the dose dispensing,
wherein the first clicker component and the second clicker component are adapted to contact each other only near an end of the dose dispensing to provide an audible and/or tactile feedback to a user, the audible and/or tactile feedback being provided only if the injection device is in a dose dispensing mode in which the first clicker component is in the dose dispensing position, and
wherein the first clicker component and the second clicker component are configured not to engage one another when the injection device is in a dose setting mode to prevent the audible and/or tactile feedback from being generated.

US Pat. No. 10,478,555

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LUMBAR CEREBROSPINAL FLUID ACCESS AND TREATMENT

1. An implantable system for chronic access to cerebrospinal fluid, said system comprising:A multilumen bidirectional fluid flow catheter configured for chronic implantation and placement along a cerebrospinal fluid pathway, wherein said multilumen bidirectional fluid flow catheter comprises a plurality of fluid outlets, and a plurality of fluid inlets
said multilumen bidirectional fluid flow catheter configured to connect, via tunneling, to an assembly comprising at least one finger pumpable dome configured for chronic subcutaneous implantation, each said at least one finger pumpable dome having dual functions of fluid reservoir and pump;
wherein said multilumen bidirectional fluid flow catheter and said at least one finger pumpable dome are further configured to allow simultaneous, bidirectional, cerebrospinal fluid access and cerebrospinal fluid exchange.

US Pat. No. 10,478,548

HOSPITAL SUPPORT POLES WITH ONBOARD POWER UNITS

Skytron, LLC, Grand Rapi...

1. A medical accessory support pole, comprising:an elongate pole body defining a longitudinal pole axis;
a plurality of wheels attached to the pole body; and
an onboard power unit held by the pole body, comprising:
a housing having a downwardly extending cylindrical channel surrounding a segment of the pole body, the housing further including a neck that angles out to a receptacle surface and then merges into a vertical segment that extends up and/or down a vertical distance to define a cord compartment;
a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart electrical receptacles; and
a power cord in electrical communication with the electrical receptacles extending outward from the housing;
wherein the cord compartment is rotatable inside the housing about the longitudinal pole axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,544

MEDICAMENT PREPARATION AND TREATMENT DEVICES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS

NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC., L...

1. A fluid circuit for preparation of a medicament for renal replacement therapy, comprising:a concentrate container containing acid concentrate connected for flow communication, through a first pumping tube segment, to a medicament supply line that has been capped and sterile-sealed at an outlet end thereof;
a bicarbonate cartridge containing dry bicarbonate buffer compound, the bicarbonate cartridge being of a type that admits water in a cartridge inlet thereby forming a saturated bicarbonate solution which is received at a cartridge outlet, the cartridge outlet being connected for flow communication, through a second pumping tube segment, to the medicament supply line; and
a water inlet line, capped and sterile-sealed, connected for flow communication, through a third pumping tube segment, to the medicament supply line and connected for flow communication to the bicarbonate cartridge inlet;
the first, second, and third pumping tube segments being supported by a circuit cartridge which orients, aligns, and exposes for access the first, second, and third pumping tube segments with respective actuators of a predefined medicament preparation device;
the circuit cartridge containing a first concentration sensor station positioned in said medicament supply line downstream of a first junction where the first pumping tube segment connects to the medicament supply line;
the circuit cartridge containing a second concentration sensor station positioned in said medicament supply line downstream of both said first junction and a second junction where the second pumping tube segment connects to the medicament supply line, wherein
each of said concentration sensor stations includes a liquid conductivity sensor and a temperature sensor portion,
the temperature sensor portion includes a flow chamber with a flat surface to permit a temperature sensor to be placed against said flat surface of a predefined sensor of the predefined medicament preparation device, and
the entire fluid circuit is sterile.

US Pat. No. 10,478,541

CENTRIFUGAL PUMP FOR MEDICAL USE AND ARTIFICIAL HEART ASSIST DEVICE HAVING CENTRIFUGAL PUMP FOR MEDICAL USE

HI-LEX CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A centrifugal pump for medical use, comprising:a rotating shaft;
a pump substrate that has a driving unit configured to rotate the rotating shaft;
a housing that has an inlet and an outlet and that forms a pump chamber with the pump substrate, the pump chamber through which a body fluid sucked from the inlet flows; and
an impeller that is housed in the pump chamber and that is configured to use the rotating shaft as an axis,
wherein the pump substrate has a magnetism generating source,
the rotating shaft protrudes into the pump chamber from the pump substrate, and is pivotally supported on the pump substrate,
a space is formed between the pump substrate and the impeller and a space is formed between the pump substrate and the rotating shaft, and
a magnetic fluid is configured to seal an outer periphery side of the impeller in the space formed between the pump substrate and the impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,478,533

VACUUM ASSISTED IRRIGATION PUMP

Megadyne Medical Products...

1. A device for the pressurization of fluid for medical procedures, the device comprising:a flexible chamber, the flexible chamber being configured to be associated with a fluid reservoir;
first and second compressive members associated with the flexible chamber, at least portions of the flexible chamber and the second compressive member being disposed on opposing sides of the first compressive member such that the first compressive member is disposed at least partially between the flexible chamber and the second compressive member, the second compressive member being configured to move closer to the first compressive member as a result of a decrease in a volume of the flexible chamber, wherein decreasing the volume of the flexible chamber draws the second compressive member closer to the first compressive member;
a conduit configured to provide fluid communication between an exterior and an interior of the flexible chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,529

MAGNESIUM ALLOY WITH ADJUSTABLE DEGRADATION RATE

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method of producing a composition comprising a Mg matrix and nanosized precipitates; wherein the composition has a Zn content ranging from 0.1 wt. % Zn to 2.0 wt. % Zn; a Ca content ranging from 0.2 wt. % Ca to 0.5 wt. % Ca; a content of one or more other elements; and a remainder content being Mg; wherein the nanosized precipitates are less noble or more noble than the Mg matrix, or a mixture thereof, the method comprising the steps of:(a) casting a mixture containing (i) magnesium having a purity of at least 99.96 wt. %; (ii) from 0.1 wt. % to 2.0 wt. % zinc having a purity of at least 99.9 wt. %; and (iii) from 0.2 wt. % to 0.5 wt. % calcium metal having a purity of at least 99.9 wt. %;
(b) solution heat treating of the cast alloy at two different temperatures wherein a first temperature is below an eutectic temperature of Mg—Zn and a second temperature is above the eutectic temperature of the ternary Mg—Zn—Ca system to thereby form a MgZnCa alloy containing from 0.1 wt. % Zn to 2 wt. % Zn, and a calcium content ranging from 0.2 wt. % to 0.5 wt. %, and having a content of one or more other elements, with the remainder being Mg,
(c) age heat treating between 100° C. and 300° C. to create dispersed nanosized precipitates prior to extrusion;
(d) extruding the alloy into a desired shape; and
(e) low temperature annealing of the shaped alloy at about 150° C. to about 250° C.

US Pat. No. 10,478,510

PLANT VIRUS PARTICLES FOR DELIVERY OF ANTIMITOTIC AGENTS

CASE WESTERN RESRVE UNIVE...

1. A method of treating lymphoma in a subject in need thereof: comprising ay administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of an anti-lymphoma virus particle, the anti-lymphoma virus particle comprising a tobacco mosaic virus particle linked to an antimitotic agent, wherein the antimitotic agent is covalently conjugated to the exterior of the plant virus particle.

US Pat. No. 10,478,454

TREATMENT OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE (AD) WITH ALUMINUM OXYHYDROXIDE

AFFIRIS AG, Vienna (AT)

1. A method for treating Alzheimer's Disease (AD), the method comprising administering a pharmaceutical preparation to an AD patient, said pharmaceutical preparation comprising a European Pharmacopoeia grade aluminum oxyhydroxide in an amount of at least 1.2 mg as a single effective ingredient to treat AD.

US Pat. No. 10,478,453

STABLE, HIGHLY PURE L-CYSTEINE COMPOSITIONS FOR INJECTION AND METHODS OF USE

Exela Pharma Sciences, LL...

1. A stable L-cysteine composition for parenteral administration, comprising:L-cysteine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof and/or hydrate thereof in an amount from about 10 mg/mL to about 100 mg/mL;
Aluminum (Al) in an amount from about 1.0 parts per billion (ppb) to about 250 ppb;
L-cystine in an amount from about 0.001 wt % to about 2.0 wt % relative to L-cysteine;
pyruvic acid in an amount from about 0.001 wt % to about 2.0 wt % relative to L-cysteine;
a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, comprising water;
headspace oxygen that is from about 0.5% v/v to 4.0% v/v from the time of manufacture to about 1 month from manufacture when stored at room temperature;
dissolved oxygen present in the carrier in an amount from about 0.1 parts per million (ppm) to about 5 ppm from the time of manufacture to about 1 month from manufacture when stored at room temperature,
wherein the composition is enclosed in a single-use container having a volume of from about 10 mL to about 100 mL.

US Pat. No. 10,478,431

METHODS FOR TREATING A CYTOMEGALOVIRUS INFECTION

The J. David Gladstone In...

1. A method for inhibiting cytomegalovirus (CMV) replication in a cell infected with CMV, the method comprising contacting the cell with an effective amount of a bisbenzimidazole compound to inhibit CMV replication in the cell, wherein the bisbenzimidazole compound has the structure of formula (I)
wherein:
R is OH, —O—CH2CH3 or N(CH3)2.

US Pat. No. 10,478,428

COMBINATION THERAPY FOR CANCER TREATMENT

Ipsen Biopharm Ltd., (GB...

1. A method of treating a patient having a solid tumor, the method comprisingi) administering to the patient liposomal irinotecan once every two weeks; and
ii) administering a Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase (PARP) inhibitor daily for 3 to 10 days between consecutive administrations of the liposomal irinotecan wherein the PARP inhibitor starting at least 2 days after the liposomal irinotecan and ending at least 1 day prior to the administration of additional liposomal irinotecan, wherein the patient has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

US Pat. No. 10,478,423

SUBSTITUTED INDAZOLE DERIVATIVES ACTIVE AS KINASE INHIBITIORS

NERVIANO MEDICAL SCIENCES...

1. A compound of formula (I):
wherein:
Ar is a group selected from

wherein:
R1 is A, NR6R7, OR8, SOnR9, COR10, nitro, cyano or an optionally substituted group selected from C3-C6 cycloalkyl and heteroaryl;
R2, R3, R4 and R5 are independently hydrogen, halogen, nitro, cyano, SOnR9, COR10, NR11R12, OR13 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl and heterocyclyl wherein:
A is a straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl substituted with a group selected from an optionally substituted heterocyclyl, an optionally substituted heteroaryl, SOnR9, COR10, NR11R12 and OR13;
R6 is hydrogen or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl;
R7 is hydrogen, SOnR9, COR10, a substituted straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl or
R6 and R7, taken together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bound, may form an optionally substituted heterocyclyl group;
R8 is hydrogen, A, COR10 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl, wherein A is as defined above;
R9 is NR11R12 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl;
R10 is hydrogen, NR11R12, OR13 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl;
R11 and R12 are independently hydrogen, SOnR9, COR10 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl, wherein R9 and R10 are as defined above, or
R11 and R12, taken together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bound, may form an optionally substituted heterocyclyl group;
R13 is hydrogen, COR10 or an optionally substituted group selected from straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkenyl, straight or branched C2-C6 alkynyl, C3-C6 cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, aryl and heteroaryl, wherein R10 is as defined above;
n is 0, 1 or 2;
X is an optionally substituted straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl;
Y is oxygen;
Z is an optionally substituted straight or branched C1-C6 alkyl;
Ar? is an optionally substituted aryl or an optionally substituted heteroaryl;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,478,415

KETONE BODIES TO PROTECT TISSUES FROM DAMAGE BY IONIZING RADIATION

TDELTAS LIMITED, Thame O...

1. A method of protecting animal tissue from damage caused by radiation exposure, comprising contacting the tissue of a subject in need thereof with a therapeutically effective amount of an agent, wherein the agent is:
wherein n and m are 3; or

wherein n is 3;
thereby protecting the tissue from radiation damage.

US Pat. No. 10,478,380

GLASS CONTAINERS WITH IMPROVED STRENGTH AND IMPROVED DAMAGE TOLERANCE

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A coated glass container comprising:a borosilicate glass body having a Type 1 chemical durability according to USP 660 (2011), at least a class A2 base resistance or better according to ISO 695, and at least a type HGB2 hydrolytic resistance or better according to ISO 719, the glass body having an interior surface and an exterior surface and a wall extending therebetween, wherein the glass body forms the interior surface of the coated glass container and wherein the coated glass container does not comprise a boron-rich layer on the interior surface of the glass body;
a lubricous coating having a thickness of less than 100 microns positioned on at least a portion of the exterior surface, wherein:
the portion of the exterior surface of the coated glass container with the lubricous coating has a coefficient of friction that is at least 20% less than an uncoated glass container formed from the same glass composition and the coefficient of friction does not increase by more than 30% after undergoing a depyrogenation cycle at a temperature of about 260° C. for 30 minutes and abrasion under a 30 N load;
the lubricous coating can be pyrolized at temperatures less than or equal to 300° C. in a time period of less than or equal to 1 hour;
a horizontal compression strength of the coated glass container is at least 10% greater than an uncoated glass container formed from the same glass composition and the horizontal compression strength is not reduced by more than 20% after undergoing a heat treatment at a temperature of about 260° C. for a period of time of 30 minutes and abrasion under a 30 N load;
the lubricous coating is a polymer; and
a surface region extending over the inner surface and having a persistent surface homogeneity such that the glass body is resistant to delamination such that for a discrete point on the inner surface of the glass body, an extrema of a surface concentration of each constituent component of the glass composition in the surface region at the discrete point is greater than or equal to about 70% and less than or equal to about 130% of the same constituent component in the surface region at any second discrete point on the inner surface of the glass body when the glass body is in an as-formed condition.

US Pat. No. 10,478,379

BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE CONTAINMENT SYSTEM AND LABEL

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A biological sample containment system, comprising:a container for containing a biological sample, the container having a top and a bottom disposed opposite the top; and
a label capable of being affixed to the container, the label comprising:
a first side;
a second side, the label affixable to the container by the second side, the second side includes a first readable information portion comprising a fill line indicator and a second readable information portion comprising a barcode indicator above the first readable information portion;
a first top edge portion, a second bottom edge portion opposite and substantially parallel to the first top edge portion, a third edge portion, and fourth edge portion, the third and fourth edge portions each extending from the first top edge portion to the second bottom edge portion,
wherein the third edge portion and the fourth edge portion are each longer than the first top edge portion and the second bottom edge portion,
wherein the barcode indicator is disposed between the fill line indicator and the first top edge portion,
wherein the top of the container is disposed adjacent the first top edge portion,
wherein the bottom of the container is disposed adjacent the second bottom edge portion,
wherein with the label affixed to the container, at least one of the first readable information portion and the second readable information portion is readable through a portion of the container, and
wherein with the label affixed to the container and with the biological sample filled within the container to the fill line indicator, the second readable information portion is readable through a portion of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,478,378

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL ELECTRO-SPOON NEEDLE THERAPEUTIC APPARATUS

Qiang Tang, Harbin, Heil...

1. A multi-functional electro-spoon needle therapeutic apparatus, comprising a top cover, a plurality of locating pieces, two fixed lids, a rear cover, a plurality of electro-spoon needles, and an adjustment mechanism; the plurality of locating pieces being mounted on the top cover and the rear cover respectively, each of the locating pieces being provided with a long groove; the two fixed lids being fixed on the top cover and the rear cover respectively, the locating pieces being respectively held between the top cover and one of the fixed lids and between the rear cover and the other of the fixed lids; the rear cover being arranged behind the top cover and connected to the top cover through the adjustment mechanism; the electro-spoon needles being mounted in the long grooves of the locating pieces and movable along the long grooves respectively; wherein each of the electro-spoon needles includes a needle bar, an electrode member, a hollow screw, a locking nut, a silicone plug, and a cap; the electrode member is held at a bottom of the hollow screw and is in contact with the needle bar; the locking nut is screwed to the hollow screw; the silicone plug is a flexible silicone plug accommodated in the hollow screw, the silicone plug elastically holds the needle bar; the needle bar is vertically inserted through the locking nut, the silicone plug, the hollow screw and the electrode member; and the cap is disposed on a top of the needle bar.

US Pat. No. 10,478,377

PRECAST TUB

1. A precast tub comprising:at least one perimeter side wall having an interior surface, an exterior surface, a bottom edge and a top edge;
a floor extending from the bottom edge of the at least one perimeter side wall to enclose a bottom portion of the precast tub;
said at least one perimeter side wall and floor being constructed out of precast concrete;
a plumbing system encased within said concrete of said at least one perimeter side wall;
an electrical system encased within said concrete of said at least one least one perimeter side wall; and
a connection manifold located on the exterior surface of said at least one perimeter side wall wherein said plumbing system and said electrical system are connected to said connection manifold to allow said plumbing system and said electrical system to be connected to outside power sources.

US Pat. No. 10,478,374

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO INCREASE SURVIVAL WITH FAVORABLE NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION AFTER CARDIAC ARREST

ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION,...

1. A system for treating a patient in cardiac arrest comprising:a guidance device configured to provide feedback to a user to compress a patient's chest at a rate of between about 90 and 110 compressions per minute and at a depth of between about 4.5 centimeters per compression to about 6 centimeters per compression;
a pressure regulation system comprising a pressure-responsive valve that is adapted to be coupled to a patient's airway, wherein the pressure-responsive valve is configured to remain closed during successive chest compressions in order to permit removal of at least about 200 ml of air from the lungs, and wherein the pressure-responsive valve is configured to remain closed until the negative pressure within the patient's airway reaches about ?7 cm H2O to ?18 cm H2O, at which time the pressure-responsive valve is configured to open to provide respiratory gases to flow to the lungs through the pressure-responsive valve.

US Pat. No. 10,478,371

MEDICAL REHAB BODY WEIGHT SUPPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL FORCE SENSING AND MOTION CONTROL

Gorbel, Inc., Fishers, N...

1. A system for supporting weight-bearing therapies of a person, comprising:a movable support unit operatively associated with and moveable along or relative to a support system, the movable support unit being movable along a path;
at least a first drive associated with the movable support unit, said first drive moving the movable support unit along the path;
an actuator attached to the movable support unit, said actuator including a second drive for driving a rotatable drum, said drum having a first end of a strap attached thereto, said strap wound in an overlapping coil fashion about an outer surface of the drum, and a second end of the strap being coupled to a support harness attached to support the person;
a first sensor configured to measure a magnitude and a direction of a horizontal force applied to the movable support unit via the strap;
a second sensor configured to measure, as a tensile force, at least a magnitude of a vertical force applied to the strap;
a control system configured to receive signals from the first and second sensors and a user interface, the control system configured to control, in response to the received signals, the movement of at least the first and second drives to facilitate the support during movement of the person, where the control system dynamically adjusts the amount of support provided to the person by moving the movable support unit horizontally along the track to follow the person and by dynamically altering the vertical force applied to the person via the strap, the drum and the second drive; and
a database for storing data representative of the operation of the system, said database being associated with the control system and where the user interface directs queries to said database, said system providing, in response to a query, at least one report selected from the group consisting of: a patient record, task outcomes, session outcomes, and historical comparisons.

US Pat. No. 10,478,362

DEVICE FOR REPOSITIONING BONE FRACTURE FRAGMENTS

MAQUET GMBH, Rastatt (DE...

1. A device for repositioning bone fracture fragments, comprising:a carrier assembly;
a first arm assembly attached to the carrier assembly, the first arm assembly configured to hold a first bone fracture fragment;
a second arm assembly comprising a first end attached to the carrier assembly, and a second end extending away from the carrier assembly, the second end having a holder assembly that is configured to hold at least one Schanz screw to hold a second bone fracture fragment;
an actuator assembly configured to adjust the second arm assembly; and
an operating assembly configured to control an adjustment of the second arm assembly via the actuator assembly;
wherein the operating assembly is a manually operable operating assembly disposed in a region of the second end of the second arm assembly and configured to undergo no movement with respect to the holder assembly of the second arm assembly, or with respect to the at least one Schanz screw when present, when the second arm assembly is adjusted via the actuator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,361

PERSON LIFTING DEVICES AND METHODS FOR OPERATING PERSON LIFTING DEVICES

1. A person lifting device comprising:a lift actuator operatively connected to an accessory coupling, whereby the lift actuator raises and lowers the accessory coupling;
at least one imaging sensor; and
an electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the lift actuator and the at least one imaging sensor, the electronic control unit comprising a processor and a non-transitory memory storing a computer readable and executable instruction set which, when executed by the processor:
collects, with the at least one imaging sensor, at least one image of a person to be lifted with the person lifting device;
determines, automatically with image analysis software stored on the electronic control unit and based on the at least one image, a characteristic of the person to be lifted with the person lifting device; and
determines, automatically with the electronic control unit and based on the determined characteristic, an identification of a lift accessory for attachment to the accessory coupling, wherein the characteristic comprises a weight of the person to be lifted.

US Pat. No. 10,478,357

BANDAGE AND MEDICAL FABRICS DISPENSERS

Rowan University, Glassb...

1. A dispenser comprising:a case defining a first opening extending therethrough;
a supply reel rotatably mounted within the case and having a hub;
a take-up reel rotatably mounted within the case and having a hub, the supply and the take-up reels being rotatably coupled such that a rotation of one of the reels drives a rotation of the other reel;
a drive device comprising one or more gears and configured to rotate at least one of the supply and the take-up reels to unwind or rewind a belt thereon, wherein the belt is capable of carrying a plurality of adhesive fabrics or tapes on a first face thereof; and
an activation device configured to slide along an outside surface of the case to advance a portion of one of the plurality of adhesive fabrics or tapes out of the opening;
wherein the dispenser is configured to extend the belt from the hub of the supply reel to a separation point at or beyond the opening and thence to the hub of the take-up reel, whereby each adhesive fabric can be separated from the belt as the belt advances to frictionally pass the separation point and beyond the opening from the supply reel toward the take-up reel;
wherein the case defines a second opening and a third opening, and the belt comprises first strip and a second strip, with the adhesive fabrics interposed there in between, wherein the dispenser is further configured to unwind the belt from the supply reel and extend through the first opening so that the first and second strips are split outside the first opening, and configured to channel back the first strip to the case through the second opening and wind the first strip onto the take-up reel and channel back second strip to the case through the third opening and wind the second strip onto the take-up reel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,355

ABSORBENT CORE

GRUPE P.I. MABE, S.A. DE ...

1. An absorbent core for use in a disposable absorbent article having a upper surface and a lower surface, a front portion, a rear portion and a crotch portion, two longitudinal edges and two transverse edges, wherein the absorbent core is formed of three layers: an upper layer, an intermediate layer and a lower layer, such that:the upper and lower layers are comprised by a homogeneous mixture of fibers of absorbent material and particles of superabsorbent material and the particles of superabsorbent material are present in the upper and lower layers in a concentration lower than 25% by weight, wherein the upper and lower layers are not comprised 100% by fibers of absorbent material,
the intermediate layer is comprised by fibers of absorbent material homogeneously mixed with particles of superabsorbent material and has three zones with different specific weights: an acquisition-distribution zone; one or more transition zones; and one or more anti-leakage zones, in which the specific weight in g/m2 of absorbent material plus superabsorbent material of the acquisition-distribution zone of the intermediate layer is 75% to 100% greater than the specific weight in g/m2 of absorbent material plus superabsorbent material of the one or more anti-leakage zones, the specific weight in g/m2 of absorbent material plus superabsorbent material of the acquisition-distribution zone of the intermediate layer is 30 to 50% greater than an average specific weight of absorbent material plus superabsorbent material of the one or more transition zones, and the specific weight expressed in g/m2 of superabsorbent material plus absorbent material of the one or more transition zones of the intermediate layer gradually decreases towards the transverse edges of the core.

US Pat. No. 10,478,354

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH A FLUID-ENTANGLED BODY FACING MATERIAL INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF HOLLOW PROJECTIONS

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An absorbent article comprising:an outer cover;
a body facing material; and
an absorbent body disposed between the outer cover and the body facing material,
wherein the body facing material comprises a fluid-entangled laminate web comprising:
a first layer comprising a first plurality of fibers and having a first surface and an opposed second surface, wherein the first layer has a basis weight of between about 10 grams per square meter and about 40 grams per square meter;
a second layer comprising a second plurality of fibers and having an inner surface and an opposed outer surface, wherein portions of the second surface of the first layer are in contact with the inner surface of the second layer, wherein at least a portion of the first plurality of fibers or the second plurality of fibers are fluid-entangled with at least a portion of the other of the first plurality of fibers or the second plurality of fibers;
a plurality of hollow projections formed from at least a portion of the second plurality of fibers, the plurality of hollow projections extending from the outer surface of the second layer in a direction away from the first layer; and
a and area, wherein the plurality of hollow projections are surrounded by the land area.

US Pat. No. 10,478,353

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING A FOLDED WAIST

1. A pull-on wearable article comprising:a front region;
a back region opposite the front region;
a crotch region disposed between the front region and the back region, wherein the crotch region comprises two opposing longitudinal edges;
a chassis comprising an absorbent core extending from the front region to the back region, the absorbent core comprising a front end edge and a back end edge;
wherein the front region extends laterally outward beyond side edges of the chassis and the back region extends laterally outward beyond side edges of the chassis;
wherein the front region comprises a first front edge and a second front edge and the back region comprises a first back edge and a second back edge;
wherein a portion of the front region and a portion of the back region abut to form a first seam and a second seam such that the front region and the back region are configured to form a continuous belt, a first leg opening, and a second leg opening;
wherein at least one of the front region and the back region comprise an elastic member;
a folded continuous belt portion comprising a fold and including at least a first outer nonwoven layer of the front region and at least a second outer nonwoven layer of the back region, wherein the folded continuous belt portion extends about a circumference of the continuous belt when positioned on the wearer, and wherein the folded continuous belt portion comprises an upper edge in the front and back regions such that a distal end of each of the first outer nonwoven layer and the second outer nonwoven layer is disposed between the upper edge and the front and back end edges of the absorbent core, respectively; and
wherein the folded continuous belt comprises a first portion extending laterally between the first seam and the second seam and extending longitudinally between the upper edge and the distal end of the first outer nonwoven layer, the first portion has a first longitudinal distance measured from the upper edge to the distal end of the first outer nonwoven layer;
wherein the folded continuous belt comprises a second portion extending laterally between the first seam and the second seam and extending longitudinally between the upper edge and the distal end of the second outer nonwoven layer, the second portion has a second longitudinal distance;
wherein each of the first front edge, the second front edge, the first back edge, and the second back edge extend in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to at least one of the distal end of the first outer nonwoven layer and the distal end of the second outer nonwoven layer;
wherein the first longitudinal distance is substantially uniform relative to the second longitudinal distance;
wherein the first seam comprises discrete spaced bonds extending in the longitudinal direction from the first leg opening to the upper edge;
wherein the second seam comprises discrete spaced bonds extending in the longitudinal direction from the second leg opening to the upper edge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,350

MALE INCONTINENCE ARTICLE HAVING AN ABSORBENT CUP

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A male incontinence article comprising:a liquid permeable liner positioned to contact a male user's penis when the article is worn by the male user, the liner having a peripheral edge;
a liquid impermeable outer cover having a peripheral edge;
an absorbent core disposed between the liner and the outer cover, the absorbent core having a peripheral edge; and
a barrier positioned adjacent the peripheral edges of the liner and the outer cover, wherein the barrier is coextensive with the peripheral edges when the article is in a use configuration, the barrier including an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface being configured to engage the male user's skin and form a seal, wherein the barrier lies on the liner such that the entire inner surface of the barrier is in contact with the liner.

US Pat. No. 10,478,332

MAGNETIC OPERATING MICROSCOPES AND METHODS OF TREATMENT AND DIAGNOSIS USING THE SAME

EMMETROPE OPHTHALMICS LLC...

1. A device selected from an operating microscope with an attached magnet or an attachable magnet that is configured for attachment to the operating microscope, wherein the attached magnet, or the attachable magnet when attached to the operating microscope, is configured to allow a patient's tissue to be viewed through the operating microscope while at the same time permitting the creation of an intraocular magnetic field of sufficient magnitude and direction to move a magnetic therapeutic agent, a magnetic diagnostic agent, or both, that is positioned inside the tissue to a target location within the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,478,330

OSTOMY APPLIANCE

Salts Healthcare Limited,...

1. An ostomy appliance having:first and fourth walls connected to each other at or near their peripheries, the first wall having a stoma-receiving opening;
second and third walls positioned in between the first and fourth walls;
a waste collecting cavity defined between either the first and second walls or between the first, second and fourth walls;
a second cavity defined between the second and third walls;
a third cavity defined between the third and fourth walls;
a first gas flow path in the second wall, wherein the first gas flow path permits waste gases to pass through the second wall from the waste collecting cavity to the second cavity;
a second gas flow path in the third wall, wherein the second gas flow path permits waste gases to pass through the third wall from the second cavity to the third cavity; and
a third gas flow path in the fourth wall, wherein the third gas flow path permits waste gases to escape through the fourth wall from the third cavity,
wherein the second and third walls are connected to each other at their peripheries and connected to each other by at least one additional connection located at a lower portion of the second and third walls to define a liquid flow path which permits liquid within the second cavity to flow into the waste collecting cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,327

POSTURAL RECOVERY GARMENT DEVICE SYSTEM

IFGCURE HOLDINGS, LLC, L...

1. A wearable garment device for correcting a wearer's posture, the garment device comprising:a mesh anterior portion;
a mesh posterior portion;
a bottom edge defined along a bottom of said mesh anterior and mesh posterior portions;
said mesh anterior portion connected to said mesh posterior portion along first and second vertical seams;
a right sleeve;
a left sleeve;
said right sleeve connected to said mesh anterior portion and said mesh posterior portion along a right sleeve seam;
said left sleeve connected to said mesh anterior portion and said mesh posterior portion along a left sleeve seam; and
a single elastic strap extending horizontally from a lower portion of said right sleeve seam to a lower portion of said left sleeve seam along said mesh posterior portion and parallel to said bottom edge of the wearable garment device,
wherein, in use, said elastic strap is configured to extend along two scapulae of a wearer and across an upper posterior portion of the wearer's torso, and wherein said strap is configured to correct the wearer's posture by pulling the scapulae into postural alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,478,323

BIODEGRADABLE STENT AND SHAPE MEMORY EXPANDING METHOD THEREFOR

SUNTECH CO., LTD., Seoul...

1. A shape memory extending method of a biodegradable stent, comprising:providing a stent made of a biodegradable polymer on an external surface of a balloon of a first balloon catheter;
extending an outer diameter of the stent by applying a first pressure to the balloon of the first balloon catheter to produce a stent with an extended outer diameter;
providing the stent with the extended outer diameter on an external surface of a balloon of a second balloon catheter; and
reducing the extended outer diameter of the stent, by crimping the stent while applying a second pressure to the balloon of the second balloon catheter;
wherein the step of extending the outer diameter of the stent is conducted at a temperature range of 55 to 180° C.; and
wherein the second balloon catheter is provided in crimping equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,478,315

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INJECTING BONE GRAFT SUBSTITUTE AND OTHER MATERIALS

The University of Toledo,...

1. A metering delivery apparatus comprising:a body portion having a drive housing that supports an actuator drivetrain and receiver end;
a material containment vessel configured to dispense a quantity of material and supported on the receiver end such that a portion of the vessel is secured to the body portion and another portion of the vessel is moveable relative to the body portion;
an actuator having a first end connected to the actuator drivetrain and a second end configured to connect to and support the moveable portion of the vessel in both of a dispensing movement that exerts pressure on the material and a retracting movement that relieves pressure applied to the material; and
a control unit that receives actuator parameter inputs and includes a sensor to detect a signal of at least one of a pressure level and a time period, the sensor providing the detected signal to the control unit such that the control unit operates the actuator between the dispensing and retracting movements based on the detected signal and the actuator parameter inputs;
wherein the control unit includes a central processing unit (CPU) configured to receive the actuator parameter inputs and determine whether the detected signal is above or below a signal threshold value to operate the actuator and a display unit to display actuator operation parameters;
wherein the control unit includes a current sensor circuit configured to monitor a power consumption level of the actuator; and,
wherein the current sensor circuit detects at least one of an electrical current level flowing through the actuator and a voltage drop across the actuator during the dispensing and retracting movements, the circuit including an amplifier and a resistor, the CPU having an algorithm that determines the actuator power consumption from a voltage drop measurement from the actuator and a current level passing through the resistor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,311

MEDICAL DEVICES INCLUDING TITANIUM SURFACE TREATMENT

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A surgical implant comprising:a body sized and configured to be inserted in a disc space, the body comprising an upper surface and a lower surface, wherein at least one of the upper surface and lower surface comprises a surface treatment which contains primary cavities and secondary cavities, the primary cavities being larger than the secondary cavities, wherein the primary cavities have an average length ranging from 20-500 micrometers, and wherein the surface treatment comprises recasted material adjacent to a plurality of the primary cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,478,305

STEERABLE LESION EXCLUDING HEART IMPLANTS FOR CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

BioVentrix, Inc., San Ra...

1. A method for treating a heart, the heart having a first chamber bordered by a septum and a wall, wherein the chamber comprises a left ventricle of the heart, the heart having a second chamber separated from the first chamber by the septum, the method comprising:providing a perforation device having a distal tip that is configured to deliver electrosurgical energy to heart tissue to enable the perforation device to penetrate through the heart tissue;
penetrating, via the perforation device, the septum at a first location selected for deployment of an implant;
penetrating, via the perforation device, the wall at a second location selected for the deployment of the implant;
controllably steering the perforation device between the first location and the second location; and
deploying the implant by affixing a first anchor of the implant adjacent the penetration of the septum, affixing a second anchor of the implant adjacent the penetration of the wall, and applying tension between the first anchor and the second anchor;
wherein the tensioned members are tensioned sufficiently to bring the wall and septum into engagement, and thereby effectively exclude a region of the wall and septum from the left ventricle with scar tissue extending along the excluded region.

US Pat. No. 10,478,278

SURGICAL ARTICLES AND METHODS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A system for treating urinary incontinence, the system comprising:a multi-piece implant including a support portion piece and an extension portion piece, the support portion piece including a tissue support portion sized and shaped for placement to support a urethra, the extension portion piece including a proximal end, a distal end, and a tissue fastener, the extension portion piece being adjustably connected to the support portion piece at an adjusting engagement; and
an adjusting tool including a proximal end portion, a shaft, and a distal end portion, the distal end portion of the adjusting tool including a surface configured to engage the support portion piece, the shaft including a moveable holder configured to move along at least a portion of a length of the shaft, the movable holder configured to engage the proximal end of the extension portion piece and move the proximal end in a proximal or distal direction along the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,478,273

DENTAL DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY CLEANING A PERSON'S ORAL CAVITY

1. A dental device for cleaning user's teeth, gums, tongue and roof of the mouth of the user, comprising a mouthpiece shaped to fit or approximate the user's mouth, and to fit in the user's mouth, said device including one or a pore vibratory elements for vibrating portions of the device relative to the user's teeth, and/or gums, and including one or more brushes driven by the one or more vibratory elements, wherein at least some of the brushes are located on an exterior wall of the mouthpiece and extend to clean the gums, tongue and roof of the mouth of the user when the device is in use.

US Pat. No. 10,478,271

ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE FOR DISTALIZATION AND/OR SPACE CLOSURE

1. An orthodontic system for distalization and space closure, comprising:an anterior orthodontic appliance comprising two bonding pads contoured for attaching to a lingual side of a patient's teeth; two spaced apart elongated vertical connectors attaching a netted structure to the two bonding pads in a mesial-distal direction apical to the two bonding pads, the netted structure and the two spaced apart elongated vertical connectors being rigidly formed; wherein the netted structure comprises a body having a first engaging structure and a second engaging structure, each of said first and second engaging structures is comprised of at least one of a hole, a hook, a stop, and a combination thereof;
a posterior orthodontic appliance spaced from the anterior orthodontic appliance, said posterior orthodontic appliance having two ends and a central portion with at least one opening; and
at least one force delivering component configured to be selectively attached to the first engaging structure or the second engaging structure of the netted structure, securing the central portion of the posterior orthodontic appliance to the netted structure of the anterior orthodontic appliance such as to deliver a desired level and direction of force vectors to a dentition; wherein first force vectors are present when the at least one force delivering component is secured to the first engaging structure in the netted structure, and second force vectors are present when the at least one force delivering component is secured to the second engaging structure in the netted structure, wherein the first force vectors and the second force vectors have different values of level and direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,270

DENTAL ARCH AND AIRWAY EXPANDER DEVICE AND METHOD

1. An orthodontic appliance for treatment of a patient, comprising:a. left and right attachment units, structured to be secured respectively to left and right molars, joined together by an expandable frame;
b. wherein said expandable frame includes first and second selectively expandable arms, each joined to one of said left and right attachment units and being joined together by a selectively expandable anterior bridge, said selectively expandable anterior bridge, when expanded, pushes said first and second selectively expandable arms further apart;
c. wherein each said first and second selectively expandable arms includes:
i. an arm shaft having a first end attached to one of said left and right attachment units and a second end having a head expanded in transverse dimension;
ii. an arm sheath, receiving said head expanded in transverse dimension, which is captured by a narrowed sheath exit;
iii. an arm position-adjustable block, positioned on said arm shaft, outside of said arm sheath, and including a position lock;
iv. an arm spring positioned around said arm shaft and having a first end joined to said arm sheath and a second end joined to said arm position-adjustable block;
d. wherein said selectively expandable anterior bridge includes:
i. a first bridge shaft attached to said arm sheath of said first selectively expandable arm, said first bridge shaft having a bend and supporting a bridge sheath;
ii. a second bridge shaft attached to said arm sheath of said second selectively expandable arm, and bending inwardly toward said bridge sheath, and having an expanded in transverse dimension head, retained in said bridge sheath by a narrowed exit;
iii. a bridge position-adjustable block, positioned on said second bridge shaft, outside of said bridge sheath, and including a position lock;
iv. a bridge spring positioned around said second bridge shaft and having a first end joined to said bridge sheath and a second end joined to said bridge position-adjustable block;
e. whereby a user-selectable force, chosen from a set of two alternative force applications that consists of:
i. a force application of pushing rearward; and
ii. a force application of pulling forward may be applied to either molar by changing the position of either arm position-adjustable block, to place either arm spring into a state selected from a set of two alternative states that consist of:
i. a state of compression and;
ii. a state of tension; and
f. whereby a user-selectable force, chosen from a set of two alternative force applications that consists of:
i. a force application of pushing outward; and
ii. a force application of pulling inward may be applied to both molars by changing the position of said bridge position-adjustable block, to place said bridge spring into a state selected from a set of two alternative states that consist of:
i. a state of compression; and
ii. a state of tension.

US Pat. No. 10,478,266

ILLUMINATED SURGICAL PROBE HAVING MULTIPLE OPTICAL FIBERS

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. An illuminated surgical probe system, comprising:a surgical probe having a probe needle;
a first optical fiber incorporated onto the probe needle, wherein a distal end of the first optical fiber projects a first beam of illumination light over a tip of the probe needle when activated;
a second optical fiber incorporated onto the probe needle, wherein a distal end of the second optical fiber projects a second beam of illumination light over the tip of the probe needle when activated;
a third optical fiber incorporated onto the probe needle, wherein a distal end of the third optical fiber projects a third beam of light over the tip of the probe needle to perform a distance measurement between the probe needle and a patient's retina when activated, wherein the distance measurement is displayed or audibly presented to aid a user in positional awareness of the probe needle with respect to the patient's retina; and
a processor that, based on the distance measurement, automatically toggles the illumination light between the first beam having a first numerical aperture that facilitates vitreous visualization and the second beam having a second numerical aperture that facilitates background illumination, wherein the second numerical aperture is larger than the first numerical aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,264

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR APPLYING LIGHT IN OCULAR AND PERIOCULAR AREAS

LUMENIS LTD., Yokneam (I...

1. A method of protecting ocular tissue during application of light energy, the method comprising:providing a handpiece having a light energy device, the handpiece having a tip having a shielding extension configured to be inserted posterior to an eyelid;
inserting the shielding extension behind the eyelid prior to applying light energy to the eyelid;
applying light energy from the light energy device to the eyelid;
wherein the light energy device comprises an LED; and
wherein the shielding extension is comprised of a sufficiently thermally insulative material such that heat from a target tissue is prevented from reaching ocular tissue located posterior to the eyelid in a quantity that would damage the ocular tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,478,256

ROBOTICS TOOL BAILOUTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical tool, comprising:a housing having a plurality of motor-driven drive gears;
an elongate shaft extending distally from the housing;
an end effector coupled to a distal end of the elongate shaft;
at least first and second actuation assemblies, each actuation assembly being coupled to one of the plurality of motor-driven drive gears such that each of the motor-driven drive gears is configured to drive a corresponding actuation assembly, the first actuation assembly being configured to operate a first function of the end effector, and the second actuation assembly being configured to operate a second function of the end effector that is different than the first function; and
at least first and second bailout mechanisms, the first bailout mechanism being selectively engageable with the first actuation assembly and being configured to be manually driven to subsequently drive the first actuation assembly, and the second bailout mechanism being selectively engageable with the second actuation assembly and being configured to be manually driven to subsequently drive the second actuation assembly, the first bailout mechanism including a first one-way gear, the second bailout mechanism including a second one-way gear, each of the first and second one-way gears being configured to be rotatable in only one direction to drive the corresponding first and second actuation assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,253

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SURGICAL GUIDANCE BASED ON POLARIZATION-SENSITIVE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBAD...

1. A system comprising:a laser emitting linearly polarized light; one or more fiber couplers; an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) reference arm including a first quarter wave plate (QWP); an OCT sample arm including a second QWP; one or more polarization beam splitters (PBS); a first detector and a second detector for each of the one or more PBSs,
the linearly polarized light being split between the OCT reference arm and the OCT sample arm by the one or more fiber couplers, the OCT reference arm configured to: reflect reference polarized light back to the one or more fiber couplers after the reference polarized light passes twice through the first QWP; and the OCT sample arm configured to scan polarized light across a sample after the linearly polarized light passes through the second QWP; and convey sample light from the sample back through the second QWP to the one or more fiber couplers,
the one or more fiber couplers further interfering the reference polarized light with the sample light into combined light, and conveying the combined light to the one or more PBSs, the one or more PBSs splitting the combined light into first polarization state light and second polarization state light, the first polarization state light detected by the first detector, and the second polarization state light detected by the second detector,
wherein light is conveyed between optical components using polarization-maintaining (PM) optical fibers,
wherein respective PM optical fibers conveying the light between the one or more fiber couplers and each of the OCT reference arm and the OCT sample arm comprises: respective fiber pigtails optically connected to the one or more fiber couplers using a connector-free optical connection, and
wherein one or more of the respective fiber pigtails is respectively connected to the OCT reference arm and the OCT sample arm using a respective connector-free optical connection.

US Pat. No. 10,478,245

ENERGIZABLE ATTACHMENT FOR SURGICAL DEVICES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical system, comprising:a surgical instrument, including:
a housing;
a shaft extending distally from the housing; and
an end effector assembly disposed at a distal end of the shaft, the end effector assembly defining a distal end; and
a selectively engagable energizable surgical attachment, including:
an outer sheath defining a proximal end and a distal end and including an internal surface defining a lumen extending longitudinally through the outer sheath, the outer sheath configured for positioning about the shaft of the surgical instrument;
an energizable rod member coupled to the outer sheath, wherein the outer sheath and the energizable rod member are configured to translate about the shaft of the surgical instrument between a retracted position, wherein the entire outer sheath and the entire energizable rod member are proximally-spaced from the distal end of the end effector assembly, and a deployed position, wherein the outer sheath and the energizable rod member extend distally from the distal end of the end effector assembly, the energizable rod member and the outer sheath rotatable relative to the surgical instrument in both the retracted position and the deployed position;
a connector attachment disposed towards the proximal end of the outer sheath, the connector attachment electrically coupled to the energizable rod member; and
at least one o-ring disposed within the lumen of the outer sheath and coupled to the internal surface of the outer sheath, the at least one o-ring configured to establish a fluid-tight seal between the outer sheath and the shaft of the surgical instrument and to bias the outer sheath towards a stationary position relative to the shaft of the surgical instrument,
the proximal end of the outer sheath of the energizable surgical attachment spaced apart from a distal-most end of the housing of the surgical instrument in both the retracted and deployed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,243

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING TONSILLECTOMY AND ADENOIDECTOMY PROCEDURES

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

7. A method of surgery, comprising:grasping tissue between tissue-contacting surfaces of first and second jaw members of an end effector assembly, the tissue contacting surface of the second jaw member having a width that extends directly from a first outer edge of the second jaw member to a second outer edge of the second jaw member;
supplying energy to at least one of the tissue-contacting surfaces to treat the tissue that is grasped between the tissue-contacting surfaces of the first and second jaw members of the end effector assembly; and
cutting adjacent tissue disposed outside of an area defined between the tissue-contacting surfaces with a member extending from the first jaw member, wherein the member is fixed from movement relative to the tissue-contacting surface of the first jaw member, wherein grasping the tissue also affects cutting the adjacent tissue, and wherein supplying the energy is performed after grasping the tissue and after cutting the adjacent tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,478,235

SURGICAL TOOL

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A surgical tool comprising:a housing;
a motor positioned within the housing;
a sleeve portion coupled to the housing;
a spline drive positioned within the sleeve portion;
a motor shaft coupled to the motor, a proximal end of the motor shaft extending through an opening in the spline drive;
a hex drive output gear, a distal end of the motor shaft extending through an opening in the hex drive output gear; and
an output shaft, the sleeve portion being moveable relative to the housing between a first position in which the output shaft is spaced apart from the motor shaft and a second position in which the output shaft engages the motor shaft,
wherein splines of the spline drive engage a channel within the sleeve portion such that the splines move radially outward and are coupled with a lip portion of the hex drive output gear as the sleeve portion moves from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,232

INTERSPINOUS PROCESS DEVICE AND METHOD

NuVasive Specialized Orth...

1. An interspinous process device configured for placement between adjacent spinous processes on a subject's spine comprising:a housing comprising: a lead screw fixedly secured at one end thereof, a first mounting surface, and an upward facing hook pivotally coupled to the first mounting surface configured to configured to cradle a lower portion of a first spinous process, the upward facing hook configured to be pivoted between a low-profile configuration during insertion and a deployed configuration, and the upward facing hook having a stop configured to abut the first mounting surface to hold the upward facing hook static in the deployed configuration;
a magnetic assembly at least partially disposed within the housing, the magnetic assembly comprising:
a hollow magnet having a longitudinally extending bore defining an inner surface, the hollow magnet configured for rotation within the magnetic assembly, the hollow magnet comprising an internally threaded insert affixed to the inner surface of the bore, the internally threaded insert configured to coaxially engage with the lead screw; and
a downward facing hook pivotally coupled to a second mounting surface of the magnetic assembly, the downward facing hook configured to cradle an upper portion of a second spinous process, the downward facing hook configured to be pivoted between a low-profile configuration during insertion and a deployed configuration, and the downward facing hook having a stop configured to abut the second mounting surface to hold the downward facing hook static in the deployed configuration;
wherein an externally applied magnetic field rotates the hollow magnet, and wherein rotation of the hollow magnet in a first direction effectuates telescopic movement of the magnetic assembly out of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,478,231

SPINAL IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A spinal implant comprising:a body including opposite first and second surfaces and opposite top and bottom surfaces, the top and bottom surfaces extending from the first surface to the second surface, the body including an inner surface that defines a passageway that extends through the top and bottom surfaces, the body further including a bay that extends into the first surface; and
a locking element comprising a screw and a fixation element, the screw being positioned within the passageway and including a non-threaded proximal portion and a threaded shank extending from the proximal portion, the proximal portion having a maximum diameter that is greater than a maximum diameter of the shank, the shank defining a longitudinal axis, the fixation element being coupled directly to the proximal portion such that the fixation element is translatable relative to the body along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,229

PIVOTAL BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLY WITH BOTTOM LOADED INSERT AND PIVOTLESS RETAINER

Roger P. Jackson, Prairi...

1. A pivotal bone anchor assembly for securing an elongate rod to a bone, the pivotal bone anchor assembly comprising:a shank having an upper capture portion and an anchor portion extending distally from the upper capture portion for fixation to the bone;
a receiver having a top, a bottom, and a longitudinal axis extending from the top to the bottom, a base defining a chamber communicating with the bottom of the receiver through a bottom opening, and a first pair of upstanding arms extending upwardly from the base to define a first channel opening onto the top of the receiver and configured to receive the elongate rod, the first channel communicating with the chamber, the chamber having an upper cylindrically shaped expansion portion with a first diameter and a lower cylindrically shaped locking portion with a second diameter smaller than the first diameter, the locking portion further defined in part by an upwardly-facing seating surface extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis;
an insert having a second pair of upstanding arms defining a second channel opening onto a top of the insert and configured to receive the elongate rod, the insert being uploaded into the receiver chamber through the bottom opening, the insert having an outer surface that is slidably engageable with a longitudinal alignment structure formed in the receiver to prevent rotation between the insert and the receiver and to maintain the second channel in alignment with the first channel; and
an open retainer ring having a top surface, a bottom surface, an internal surface, and an external surface, and having a gap extending entirely through the ring from the top surface to the bottom surface and from the internal surface to the external surface, the retainer ring being uploaded into the receiver chamber through the bottom opening after the insert and positionable within the receiver chamber,
wherein the shank upper capture portion is uploadable into the receiver chamber through the bottom opening after the insert and the retainer ring, in which the upward loading motion of the shank upper capture portion along the longitudinal axis urges the retainer ring into expansion within the upper cylindrically shaped expansion portion, after which the retainer ring resiliently returns to a non-expanded state within the lower cylindrically shaped locking portion so as to capture the shank upper capture portion within the receiver chamber, and
wherein the insert is configured to engage the shank upper capture portion, with the retainer ring being seated against the upwardly-facing seating surface, so as to lock the shank with respect to the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,478,227

ORTHOPEDIC FIXATION DEVICES AND METHODS OF INSTALLATION THEREOF

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Au...

1. A modular tulip system for spine stabilization, said system comprising:a first tulip assembly comprising a first tulip element and a second tulip element separated from the first tulip element, wherein the first tulip element is configured to be received modularly over a first bone fastener, wherein the first tulip element comprises a first pair of arms defining a first channel and the second tulip element comprises a second pair of arms defining a second channel, wherein a bridge extends between the first pair of arms and the second pair of arms, wherein the first pair of arms and the second pair of arms are formed monolithically with the bridge;
a first locking cap assembly configured to be received in the first channel between the first pair of arms and a second locking cap assembly configured to be received in the second channel between the second pair of arms; and
a first rod member configured to be received in the first tulip assembly via the first tulip element,
wherein the first pair of arms and the second pair of arms are positioned in a vertical direction such that the first rod member can be downwardly deposited into the first pair of arms, and
wherein the first tulip element has an exposed opening for receiving a first bone fastener while the second tulip element of the first tulip assembly does not have an exposed opening for receiving a bone fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,478,225

TOOL COMPRESSED INSERT FOR CLOSURE INDEPENDENT LOCKING OF A PIVOTAL BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLY

Roger P. Jackson, Prairi...

1. A pivotal bone anchor assembly for securing an elongate rod to a bone with a closure via closure independent locking with an insert compressing tool, the pivotal bone anchor assembly comprising:a receiver having a base defining a cavity communicating with a bottom opening, and a pair of upright arms extending upwardly from the base to define an open channel for receiving the elongate rod, the open channel communicating with the cavity to define a central bore, the pair of upright arms including:
opposed inward-facing surfaces having a discontinuous helically wound closure-mating structure formed therein; and
outward-facing surfaces having receiver tool engagement structures formed therein for releasable overlapping engagement with the insert compressing tool;
a bone anchor having a capture portion pivotally disposed within the receiver cavity and an anchor portion extending distally from the capture portion and through the receiver bottom opening for fixation to the bone; and
a compression insert at least partially disposed within the receiver center bore and having an upper surface configured for engagement with the elongate rod, the insert having a central opening and upward-facing surfaces on tool engagement structures positioned radially outward from the central opening,
wherein the the receiver tool engagement structures and the insert upward-facing tool engagement structures are configured for simultaneous non-threadable engagement and downward compressing engagement, respectively, by the insert compressing tool, thereby applying a downward force to independently lock a position of the bone anchor with respect to the receiver prior to securing the elongate rod within the receiver open channel via the closure, and
wherein the closure is positionable within the channel while the position of the bone anchor with respect to the receiver is so independently locked by the insert compressing tool.

US Pat. No. 10,478,222

METHOD OF SECURING PERIANAL SUPPORT DEVICE

Stetrix, Inc., Oakland, ...

1. A method of inhibiting perianal tissue distention of a patient during a child birthing process, comprising:providing a support member having an engagement surface configured for engaging perianal tissue of the patient as the patient pushes during at least a portion of the child birthing process;
positioning the engagement surface in a first supporting position in engagement with the perianal tissue of the patient prior to delivery of a child;
securing the support member in the first supporting position relative to the perianal tissue; and
maintaining the first supporting position of the support member on at least a portion of perianal tissue during at least one push of the child birthing process.

US Pat. No. 10,478,211

FEATURES TO PROMOTE REMOVAL OF DEBRIS FROM WITHIN ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An instrument, comprising:(a) an ultrasonic blade, wherein the ultrasonic blade defines a distal opening, wherein the ultrasonic blade is operable in a first mode to emulsify tissue that is distally positioned relative to the ultrasonic blade, wherein the ultrasonic blade is further operable in a second mode to transect and seal tissue that is transversely positioned relative to the ultrasonic blade;
(b) a first fluid port in fluid communication with the distal opening of the ultrasonic blade;
(c) an irrigation member having an irrigation opening positioned adjacent to a distal end of the ultrasonic blade;
(d) a second fluid port in fluid communication with the irrigation opening of the irrigation member; and
(e) a fluid communication assembly fluidly connected to the first and second fluid ports and having a fluid inlet port and a suction inlet port respectively configured to connect to a fluid source and a suction source, wherein the fluid communication assembly is configured to:
(i) couple the first fluid port with the fluid inlet port for distally directing a fluid from the fluid source from the first fluid port toward the distal opening,
(ii) couple the first fluid port with the suction inlet port for proximally directing a suction to the suction source from the distal opening toward the first fluid port, and
(iii) couple the second fluid port with the fluid inlet port for distally directing the fluid from the fluid source from the second fluid port toward the irrigation opening.

US Pat. No. 10,478,209

DEFLECTABLE SHAVER TOOL

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A surgical tool comprising:a blade comprising:
a rotatable cutting shaft comprising a distal cutting end and a proximal non-cutting end, and
an outer sheath coaxially surrounding the rotatable cutting shaft, including a cutting window at the distal cutting end, at least a portion of the outer sheath being deflectable;
an actuator coupled to a proximal end of the outer sheath and comprising:
a first slider surrounding a portion of the circumference of the outer sheath, and
a second slider surrounding an opposite portion of the circumference of the outer sheath:
a handpiece comprising a suction portion;
a first wire operatively coupled at its proximal end to the first slider and at its distal end to the outer sheath at a distal end of the outer sheath and a second wire operatively coupled at its proximal end to the second slider and at its distal end to the outer sheath at the distal end of the outer sheath;
wherein the first wire and the second wire deflect the deflectable portion when the actuator is manipulated; and
wherein the outer sheath is operatively coupled to an anchoring ring at the distal cutting end and wherein the anchoring ring is located between the outer sheath and the rotatable cutting shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,478,207

SURGICAL GRASPER

Vanderbilt University, N...

1. A surgical grasper comprising:a first handle arm;
a second handle arm coupled to the first handle arm; and
a lock that locks relative movement between the first and second handle arms, the lock including:
a first ratchet arm fixed to the first handle arm;
a second ratchet arm coupled to the second handle arm;
a pusher element slidably coupled to the second ratchet arm that moves the second ratchet arm toward and away from the first ratchet arm; and
a lockout element releasably coupled to the pusher element that locks a position of the pusher element.

US Pat. No. 10,478,203

SNARE INSTRUMENT WITH SNARE STRUCTURE FORMED FROM A TUBE SECTION

1. A snare instrument comprisingan enclosure; and
a snare structure placed in the enclosure, where the snare structure is formed by a tube section that extends from a proximal end of a proximal base portion to a distal end of a distal snare portion, the tube section including:
a plurality of open slits formed in the distal end of the tube section, with each open slit extending a distance L in an axial direction toward the proximal base portion, and
a plurality of closed wire sections, with each closed wire section located between a first open slit of the plurality of open slits and a second open slit of the plurality of open slits adjacent to the first open slit, where each closed wire section is formed by a channel opening, and the channel opening is spaced a distance Bd away from the distal end of the tube section such that the closed wire section is closed at the distal end of the tube section by a curved wire section, where the curved wire section has a radius of curvature R;
wherein the channel opening is semi-circular and the radius of curvature R of the curved wire section is at least a factor of 2.5 greater than the distance Bd;
wherein the snare structure is movable between a snaring position characterized by the snare structure moved forward in a distal direction out of the enclosure and a securing position characterized by the snare structure moved back in a proximal direction into the enclosure;
wherein, when in the snaring position, the snare structure forms a cup shape having a distal snare opening that is approximately circular;
wherein n is defined as a number of the plurality of open slits, and a circumferential length of the distal snare circular opening is 70% or more of the product of 2 nL.

US Pat. No. 10,478,199

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR DIAGNOSING AND TREATING INTERVERTEBRAL DISC DEGENERATION

Trinity Orthopedics, LLC,...

1. A method of accessing an intervertebral disc located within an intervertebral disc space adjacent a vertebra having a pedicle, a vertebral body and a vertebral endplate, the method comprising:positioning a first cannula within the vertebra substantially along an axis of the pedicle, the cannula coursing, at least in part, along a first curvilinear path at a first trajectory through at least a portion of the vertebral body to the vertebral endplate;
advancing a translatable flexible curvilinear bone penetrating instrument through a lumen of the first cannula; and
penetrating the vertebral endplate with the translatable flexible curvilinear bone penetrating instrument to enter into the intervertebral disc space thereby creating a first defect in the vertebral endplate at a first location;
repeating the positioning, the advancing, and the penetrating steps thereby creating a plurality of additional defects in the vertebral endplate at additional unique locations;
wherein trajectories of additional curvilinear paths are the same as or different from the first trajectory of the first curvilinear path.

US Pat. No. 10,478,196

COMPRESSION DEVICE AND PRESSURE SENSOR FOR TREATMENT OF ABNORMAL UPPER ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER FUNCTIONALITY

The Medical College of Wi...

1. A compression device for reducing pharyngeal reflux in a subject, the compression device comprising:a frame;
a clasp;
a strap having a first end section attached to the frame and an opposite second end section attached to the clasp, a length of the strap between the first end section and the second end section being adjustable; and
a cushion disposed on the frame, wherein the clasp is configured to engage at least a portion of the frame, such that the clasp fastens the strap to the frame to position the cushion over a cricoid of the subject and to apply a predetermined amount of pressure to the cricoid in order to reduce pharyngeal reflux in the subject while allowing the subject to open an upper esophageal sphincter of the subject for other physiological events;
an adjustment mechanism for moving the cushion toward or away from the frame, wherein the adjustment mechanism comprises a plate and a position adjustor movably attached to the plate, the position adjustor being located on a first side of the frame, the plate having a first surface and an opposite second surface, the first surface of the plate being attached to the cushion, the second surface of the plate being in contact with a second side of the frame; and
wherein the clasp is configured to unfasten the strap from the frame and to refasten the strap to the frame to reapply the predetermined amount of pressure to the cricoid.

US Pat. No. 10,478,195

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF VASCULAR DEFECTS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A vascular occlusion device for treating an aneurysm, wherein a neck of the aneurysm opens to a blood vessel, the device comprising:a proximal portion having a mesh configured to be positioned within the aneurysm;
a distal portion including a directing region having:
a proximal terminus that coincides with a proximal terminus of the distal portion,
a distal terminus, wherein the directing region extends along a first direction that runs through the proximal terminus and the distal terminus, and
a length measured along the first longitudinal direction between the proximal terminus and the distal terminus; and
an intermediate mesh portion between the proximal and distal portions that, when in a deployed configuration, forms a preset bend in the device that orients the first longitudinal direction of the directing region at an angle to a portion of the proximal portion adjacent the intermediate mesh portion, wherein the angle is between about 45 degrees and about 135 degrees, and
wherein, when the device is being pushed distally out of a delivery catheter into the aneurysm, the directing region directs the distal portion to inhibit the distal portion from exiting the aneurysm through the neck such that the proximal portion crosses the neck and generally remains within the aneurysm,
wherein the device is configured to be implanted within the aneurysm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,194

OCCLUSIVE DEVICES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An implant for occluding a target area of a patient's vasculature, comprising:a frame comprising a lattice formed of a first plurality of braided filaments that define a first plurality of openings, the first openings having a pore size of from about 1 ?m to about 400 ?m, the frame comprising a distal region and a proximal region, the frame being expandable from a compressed configuration to an expanded configuration in which the frame has a generally spherical shape, and wherein the first plurality of filaments are coupled together at a hub disposed at a proximal end of the frame;
a first mesh component coupled to the frame along at least a first portion of the proximal region, the first mesh component comprising a second plurality of braided filaments that define a second plurality of openings, the second pluralities of filaments and openings collectively defining a mesh porosity permitting blood flow therethrough, the mesh porosity being less than a porosity of the frame, such that blood flow into the implant is more restricted along the proximal region than along the distal region of the frame; and
a second mesh component coupled to the frame along at least a second portion of the proximal region, the second portion differing from the first portion, the second mesh component comprising a third plurality of braided filaments that define a third plurality of openings,
wherein a proximal end of the implant is configured to be detachably coupled to a delivery device.

US Pat. No. 10,478,191

BUTTRESS ATTACHMENT FOR CIRCULAR STAPLING DEVICE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An anvil assembly, comprising:a circular anvil head having a first engaging feature and supporting a crush ring member;
an anvil cap having a second engaging feature that connects with the first engaging feature of the anvil head to secure the anvil cap to the anvil head, the anvil cap being movable relative to the anvil head between an approximated position and an unapproximated position, the crush ring member being spaced from the second engaging feature when the anvil cap is disposed in the approximated position and movable into engagement with the second engaging feature to move the anvil cap to the unapproximated position; and
a circular anvil buttress member including a body portion and an extension portion that extends from the body portion, the body portion supported on a tissue engaging surface of the anvil head, the extension portion being secureable between the anvil cap and the anvil head when the anvil cap is disposed in the approximated position, the extension portion being releasable from between the anvil cap and the anvil head when the anvil cap is disposed in the unapproximated position so that the body portion separates from the tissue engaging surface of the anvil head.

US Pat. No. 10,478,183

ADJUNCT RELEASE FOR SURGICAL STAPLERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities on a tissue-facing surface thereof, each staple cavity having a staple disposed therein that is configured to be deployed into tissue, and the cartridge body having a plurality of connection cavities separate from the plurality of staple cavities on the tissue-facing surface;
an adjunct disposed on the tissue-facing surface of the cartridge body, the adjunct having a plurality of protrusions disposed on an adjunct surface configured to contact the tissue-facing surface, the plurality of protrusions being configured to extend into and engage with the plurality of connection cavities; and
a plurality of drivers disposed within the cartridge body, each driver having at least one adjunct releasing mechanism located thereon such that the plurality of drivers are configured to drive the plurality of protrusions of the adjunct out of the plurality of connection cavities and cause the adjunct to detach from the cartridge body when the plurality of drivers are advanced into the staple cavities to deploy the staples.

US Pat. No. 10,478,180

SLITTED TISSUE FIXATION DEVICES AND ASSEMBLIES FOR DEPLOYING THE SAME

EndoGastric Solutions, In...

1. A method for mounting a fastener onto a deployment wire, comprising:providing a fastener and a deployment wire, the fastener including a first member and a second member, connecting the first member to the second member by a connecting member that is not the deployment wire, only the first member having a through channel dimensioned to be slidingly received on the deployment wire and a slit configured to be made larger so that the deployment wire can be snapped onto and released from the through channel;
the slit having a first elongated edge and a second elongated edge, the first and second elongated edges being spaced apart; and
snapping the deployment wire through the slit and into the through channel by moving the first and second elongated edges farther apart to accommodate the deployment wire.