US Pat. No. 10,168,857

VIRTUAL REALITY FOR COGNITIVE MESSAGING

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:obtaining, by a computing device, a virtual reality space that is based on a physical venue;
creating, by a collider tool of the computing device, an enhanced virtual reality space by inserting one or more colliders into the virtual reality space, wherein the placement of the one or more colliders by the collider tool in the enhanced virtual reality space maps to a placement of one or more beacons in the physical venue, and the one or more colliders have a scaled perimeter matching a range of the one or more beacons in the physical venue;
initiating, by the computing device, a virtual tour of the enhanced virtual reality space by a virtual user remote from the physical venue;
sensing, by the computing device, that the virtual user has virtually collided with one of the one or more colliders in the enhanced virtual reality space during the virtual tour;
sending, by the computing device, a request for event information associated with the one or more beacons in the physical venue to a remote messaging server based on the sensing that the virtual user has virtually collided with the one of the one or more colliders, wherein the request includes information regarding the physical venue associated with the virtual reality space, an identifier indicating that an event was triggered in the virtual reality space, and information regarding the one of the one or more colliders;
receiving, by the computing device, the event information from the remote messaging server based on the request for event information; and
displaying content associated with the event information to a user of the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,168,856

GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR MANAGING THREE DIMENSIONAL DATASET

International Business Ma...

1. A method implemented by an information handling system that includes a processor and a memory accessible by the processor, the method comprising:displaying, on a two dimensional (2D) screen, a gyroscopic graphical user interface (GUI) that provides three dimensional (3D) control of a simulated 3D scene displayed on the 2D screen, wherein the gyroscopic GUI comprises a 2D rotational control and one or more 3D rotational controls that are each separately responsive to interactions performed by a user, and wherein a selected 3D rotational control is an elliptical-shaped control centered in the gyroscopic GUI and an angle with respect to an x-axis of the gyroscopic GUI control;
receiving, at the selected 3D rotational control, a 3D rotational gesture from the user; and
adjusting the 3D scene displayed on the 2D screen in response to the received gesture, wherein the adjusting comprises altering an x, a y, and a z coordinates of an object included in the 3D scene based on the angle and an extent of the 3D rotational gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,168,842

CONDUCTIVE SUBSTRATE, CONDUCTIVE SUBSTRATE LAMINATE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING CONDUCTIVE SUBSTRATE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING CONDUCTIVE SUBSTRATE LAMINATE

SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO....

1. A conductive substrate, comprising:a transparent base material;
an adhesion layer; wherein the adhesive layer comprises an Ni—Cu alloy and oxygen, and a first surface of the adhesion layer formed on at least one of surfaces of the transparent base material;
a metal layer; wherein a first surface of the metal layer formed on a second surface of the adhesion layer;
a blackened layer formed on a second surface of the metal layer by a wet method.

US Pat. No. 10,168,823

DATA DRIVER CIRCUIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE USING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A data driving circuit, comprising:a controller configured to generate a storing control signal which controls a memory storing direction and a read control signal which controls a memory reading direction, the memory storing direction and the memory reading direction determined according to a rotation signal which includes rotation information of the display device;
a memory in which a sensing signal corresponding to a touch state of one or more touch sensors is configured to be stored in accordance with the storing control signal; and
an image renderer to read the sensing signal according to the memory reading direction of the read control signal and to combine a first image data signal with the sensing signal so as to generate a second image data signal,
wherein:
the storing control signal includes first through fourth storing control signals,
the read control signal includes a first read control signal,
the controller is further configured to direct storage of the sensing signal in the memory in accordance with the first through fourth storing control signals, and
the image renderer is further programmed to read the sensing signal in accordance with the first read control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,168,821

MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A mobile terminal comprising:a main body shaped to cover at least one area of a wrist;
a display disposed on a front surface of the main body;
a sensing unit configured to sense orientation of the display changeable according to movement of the wrist, the sensing unit comprising a flatness sensing sensor disposed on one surface of the display and configured to measure flatness of the wrist; and
a controller configured to:
cause the display to display a first execution screen of a first application on a first display area of the display;
cause the display to display a pop-up window, indicating an event related to a second application that is different from the first application, on the first display area when the event occurs while the first execution screen is displayed on the first display area;
select a second display area of the display based on flatness of the wrist measured by the flatness sensing sensor and a direction that the wrist faces when a first rotation of the wrist is sensed by the sensing unit, the first rotation corresponding to a rotation by a preset angle in a first direction;
cause the display to display a second execution screen of the second application that includes information related to the event on the second display area in response to the first rotation of the wrist while the first execution screen is continuously displayed on the first display area when the second execution screen is displayed on the second display area;
determine whether to display the second execution screen on the first display area screen or to stop the displaying of the second execution screen in response to a second rotation of the wrist, the second rotation corresponding to a rotation in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction;
cause the display to display the second execution screen, instead of the first execution screen, on the first display area in response to the second rotation when a preset touch input is sensed on the second display area prior to the second rotation;
cause the display to display the first execution screen on a third display area of the display when the second execution screen is displayed on the first display area in response to the preset touch input and the second rotation; and
cause the display to continue displaying the first execution screen on the first display area, terminating the displaying of the second execution screen on the second display area, in response to the second rotation when the preset touch input is not sensed on the second display area prior to the second rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,168,801

ELECTRONIC PEN AND ELECTRONIC PEN SYSTEM

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. An electronic pen comprising:a battery which can be charged wirelessly from outside the electronic pen;
a first antenna circuit which is electrically connected to the battery, the first antenna circuit comprising a first antenna;
a pen nib;
a plurality of first sensors which senses whether the pen nib has contact with a surface;
a second sensor which detects movement of the pen nib on the surface;
a control circuit which is electrically connected to the plurality of first sensors and the second sensor; and
a memory which is electrically connected to the control circuit,
wherein the pen nib is between the plurality of first sensors, and
wherein the second sensor is a capacitance type acceleration sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,168,786

GESTURE GUIDANCE DEVICE FOR MOVING PLATFORM, GESTURE GUIDANCE SYSTEM FOR MOVING PLATFORM, AND GESTURE GUIDANCE METHOD FOR MOVING PLATFORM

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A gesture guidance device for a moving platform, comprising:a processor and memory configured to,
detect a position and a shape of a hand of an operator based on information detected by a sensor that detects the hand of the operator,
calculate an emphasis level in accordance with a difference between a combination of the position and the shape of the hand of the operator and another combination of a predetermined position for performing a gesture operation and a predetermined shape of a hand for the gesture operation,
calculate a deviation direction of the position of the hand with respect to a center of a gesture performance region predetermined for performing the gesture operation or a point on an extension line that extends from the center of the gesture performance region to the operator, and
control, every time the processor calculates the emphasis level in response to detection of the hand of the operator by the sensor, a notification device to display an icon of an operation object intended for the gesture operation, with transparency corresponding to the calculated emphasis level and with a planar distribution of the transparency that is deviated from a center of the display icon, depending on the calculated deviation direction, to thereby guide the hand of the operator to the predetermined position and the predetermined shape of a hand for the gesture operation.

US Pat. No. 10,168,777

DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND TERMINAL DEVICE

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A display control method, applied to a terminal device comprising a transmissive liquid crystal display (LCD), a backlight side of the transmissive LCD having a mechanical structure, and the method comprising:detecting an operating status of the terminal device;
turning off the transmissive LCD of the terminal device when the terminal device is in a standby state;
controlling the transmissive LCD to be in a transparent state to display the mechanical structure on the backlight side of the transmissive LCD when the transmissive LCD is turned off;
receiving a notification message that comprises a priority attribute, the priority attribute indicating whether the notification message has a low priority or a high priority; and
keeping the transmissive LCD turned off and not providing any indication that the notification message was received when the notification message has the low priority.

US Pat. No. 10,168,775

WEARABLE MOTION SENSING COMPUTING INTERFACE

1. An apparatus, comprising:a sensor configured to detect movement and generate first movement data related to at least part of a detected movement in at least one spatial plane and second movement data related to at least part of a detected movement that is indicative of a tapping motion;
a messaging unit configured to create a message that is configured to include movement information based at least in part upon one of the first movement data and the second movement data;
a transmitter in data communication with the messaging unit and configured to transmit the message;
a touch sensor area configured to send, based at least in part on detection of a touch, an activation signal to the messaging unit; and
a housing configured to at least partially enclose at least one of the sensor, the messaging unit, and the transmitter, and including a finger grip configured to secure the housing to a human finger.

US Pat. No. 10,168,771

USER EYE-GAZE BASED DERIVATION OF ACTIVITY STREAM PROCESSING AUGMENTATIONS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:determining from text and image content, using iteratively at least one of text analysis or image analysis in combination with eye-gaze analysis of a user viewing existing activity stream content of an activity stream of social network postings published by a social networking website, a content subject matter area of interest to the user according to frequencies of occurrence of different words identified within the text and image content according to one or more of the text analysis and the image analysis at different content locations viewed by the user within the existing activity stream content of the activity stream of social network postings;
configuring user-specific activity stream content augmentations applicable to new activity stream content viewed by the user that comprises the content subject matter area of interest to the user determined according to the frequencies of occurrence of the different words and images from the iterative use of the at least one of the text analysis or the image analysis in combination with the eye-gaze analysis; and
augmenting, within the activity stream of social network postings using the configured user-specific activity stream content augmentations, portions of the new activity stream content determined to comprise the content subject matter area of interest to the user;
where augmenting the portions of the new activity stream content comprises changing an appearance of the portions of the new activity stream content to attract attention of the user to the augmented portions within the new activity stream content.

US Pat. No. 10,168,764

ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT ENSURES REDUCED POWER CONSUMPTION AND HIGH SPEED SWITCHING OF POWER MODES AND RECORDING MEDIUM

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An electronic device comprisinga hardware element that includes a power mode switching unit that switches power modes of the electronic device,
wherein the power mode includes:
a normal mode;
a weak power-saving mode whose power consumption is lower than a power consumption of the normal mode and which enables the electronic device to respond to a specific input;
a strong power-saving mode whose power consumption is lower than the power consumption of the weak power-saving mode and which causes the electronic device to be unable to respond to the specific input; and
a power-saving temporary mode that is temporarily switched every time a specific timing arrives while a condition in which the specific input occurs is unsatisfied in the strong power-saving mode and which causes the electronic device to be unable to respond to the specific input,
the power-saving temporary mode has a power consumption lower than the power consumption of the weak power-saving mode due to a reduced power consumption of at least a part of the hardware element in the power-saving temporary mode compared with the power consumption in the weak power-saving mode,
the power consumption of the strong power-saving mode is lower than the power consumption of the power-saving temporary mode due to a reduced power consumption of at least a part of the hardware element in the strong power-saving mode compared with the power consumption in the power-saving temporary mode,
the power mode switching unit switches to the weak power-saving mode when the condition in which the specific input occurs becomes satisfied in the strong power-saving mode, and
the power mode switching unit switches to the weak power-saving mode without returning to the strong power-saving mode when the condition in which the specific input occurs becomes satisfied in the power-saving temporary mode.

US Pat. No. 10,168,757

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ADAPTIVELY MANAGING POWER

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a first interface for communicating with a first external electronic device functionally connected to the electronic device;
a second interface for receiving power supplied by a second external electronic device; and
a processor configured to:
receive power from the first external electronic device electrically connected to the electronic device through the first interface;
determine whether the second external electronic device is electrically connected to the electronic device through the second interface;
generate state information if the second external electronic device is connected to the electronic device;
transmit the state information to the first external electronic device through the first interface;
receive power from the second external electronic device through the second interface when the power reception from the first external electronic device is stopped in response to the transmission of the state information; and
supply at least a part of the power to the first external electronic device through the first interface.

US Pat. No. 10,168,752

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING A SUSTAINED THERMAL POWER ENVELOPE COMPRISING MULTIPLE HEAT SOURCES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method for determining a thermal power envelope for a portable computing device, the method comprising:(a) determining a first set of operating points for a first component in a portable computing device;
(b) determining a second set of operating points for a second component in the portable computing device; and
(c) generating an individual sustained thermal power envelope (S-TPE) for the first component in the portable computing device by:
(c)(i) setting the first component to a first current operating point in the first set of operating points;
(c)(ii) while maintaining the first component at the first current operating point, setting the second component to a second current operating point in the second set of operating points;
(c)(iii) collecting power consumption data and skin temperature data from a plurality of temperature sensors in the portable computing device while the first component is operating at the first current operating point in the first set of operating points and the second component is operating at the second current operating point in the second set of operating points;
(c)(iv) repeating (c)(ii), and (c)(iii) for each of the second set of operating points for the second component; and
(c)(v) repeating (c)(i), (c)(ii), and (c)(iii) for each of the first set of operating points for the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,168,751

METHOD OF EXECUTING AN APPLICATION ON A DISTRIBUTED COMPUTER SYSTEM, A RESOURCE MANAGER AND A DISTRIBUTED COMPUTER SYSTEM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

12. A Resource Manager for managing a plurality of computers in a high-performance computer system, the computers being coupled together to execute a single monolithic application, each of the computers being allocated a respective portion of the application including code sections comprising executable code and corresponding to different application states including a compute-intensive state, a data transfer state, and a wait state for coordination with other computers, and each of the computers operable in one of a plurality of power configurations, the Resource Manager comprising:a communications module for exchanging messages with a Resource Manager Proxy in each computer of the high-performance computer system;
a state monitor responsive to notifications from Resource Manager Proxies to determine changes of application states in the computers and assess an overall state of the application, the notifications generated by the Resource Manager Proxies from annotations in the code sections of the portion of the application allocated to the computer, the annotations added as mark up for reporting purposes to the executable code and indicative of the application state; and
a power configurer responsive to an assessment by the state monitor to determine a power configuration for an individual computer of the high-performance computer system;
wherein the communications module being arranged to inform the power configuration to the Resource Manager Proxy of the computer.

US Pat. No. 10,168,748

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF AN INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM USING ESTIMATES OF LINEAR AIRFLOW VELOCITY BASED ON CUBIC FLOW RATE AND AIRFLOW AREA

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of temperature sensors configured to sense temperatures at a plurality of locations associated with an information handling system;
a cooling subsystem comprising at least one cooling fan configured to generate a cooling airflow in the information handling system; and
a thermal manager communicatively coupled to the plurality of temperature sensors and the cooling subsystem and configured to:
determine an amount of power provided to a subsystem of the information handling system;
based on at least the amount of power provided to the subsystem, estimate a thermal condition proximate to the subsystem; and
set a speed of the at least one cooling fan based on the estimated thermal condition and a required cubic airflow rate associated with the subsystem, wherein the required cubic airflow rate is determined based on a required linear airflow velocity associated with the subsystem and a net cross-sectional area through which the cooling airflow travels;
wherein:
the required linear airflow velocity associated with the subsystem is a required linear airflow velocity of one of a plurality of slots each configured to receive a respective card; and
wherein the required linear airflow velocity of the one of the plurality of slots is based on at least one of: (i) required linear airflow velocity for a worst case slot of the plurality of slots, (ii) whether the slot is populated with a respective card, (iii) a form factor of the respective card, (iv) a lane width of the respective card; and (v) an average required linear airflow velocity of one of the plurality of slots.

US Pat. No. 10,168,746

HINGE MECHANISM FOR A COMPUTING DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

9. A computing device comprising:a display member;
a base member; and
a hinge mechanism to pivotally connect he display and base members along an axis, the hinge mechanism comprising:
a guide rail fixed to the display member, wherein the guide rail comprises a pin;
a base block fixed to the base member;
a rotary element to constrain the guide rail to the base block, wherein the guide rail and the base block are concentric along the axis, and, the guide rail is to rotate around the base block; and
a rotation assembly comprising a slot on one end to receive the pin of the guide rail in order to link the guide rail to the rotation assembly, wherein a rotational axis of the rotation assembly is offset from the axis, and the rotation assembly is to provide a level of resistance to a torque provided when the guide rail is to rotate around the base block.

US Pat. No. 10,168,739

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE DISPLAY MODULES

ACER INCORPORATED, New T...

1. An electronic device with multiple screen modules, comprising:a first screen module, comprising:
a first screen; and
a first frame configured to contain the first screen and comprising:
a first side, a second side, a third side and a fourth side, wherein the first side of the first frame is opposite to the second side of the first frame and the third side of the first frame is opposite to the fourth side of the first frame;
a first pivot structure disposed on the first side and the second side of the first frame on a first central axis so as to allow the first screen to rotate around the first central axis;
a second pivot structure disposed on the third side of the first frame;
a third pivot structure disposed on the fourth side of the first frame; and
a fourth pivot structure disposed on the second side of the first frame;
a second screen module, comprising:
a second screen; and
a second frame configured to contain the second screen and comprising:
a first side, a second side, a third side and a fourth side, wherein the first side of the second frame is opposite to the second side of the second frame and the third side of the second frame is opposite to the fourth side of the second frame;
a fifth pivot structure disposed on the first side and the second side of the second frame on a second central axis so as to allow the second screen to rotate around the second central axis; and
a sixth pivot structure disposed on the third side of the second frame and pivotally connected to the second pivot structure of the first frame;
a third screen module, comprising:
a third screen; and
a third frame configured to contain the third screen and comprising:
a first side, a second side, a third side and a fourth side, wherein the first side of the third frame is opposite to the second side of the third frame and the third side of the third frame is opposite to the fourth side of the third frame;
a seventh pivot structure disposed on the first side and the second side of the third frame on a third central axis so as to allow the third screen to rotate around the third central axis; and
an eighth pivot structure disposed on the third side of the third frame and pivotally connected to the third pivot structure of the first frame; and
a host comprising a ninth pivot structure pivotally connected to the fourth pivot structure of the first frame.

US Pat. No. 10,168,728

POWER NETWORK SYSTEM, POWER IDENTIFICATION METHOD, AND POWER ROUTER

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A power network system comprising:a plurality of power cells each comprising a power router for an asynchronous connection with an external power system, wherein
the power router comprises:
a DC (direct current) bus whose voltage is controlled to be maintained at a voltage level;
a plurality of input/output terminal parts, having one end connected to the DC bus and another end communicatively coupled to a connection partner, each of the plurality of input/output terminal parts allowing flow of power between the DC bus and the connection partner to flow bi-directionally; and
a control unit for controlling the plurality of input/output terminal parts, wherein a plurality of power routers including at least a first power router and a second power router are connected through respective input/output terminal parts in a multi-stage configuration,
in a state where:
one input/output terminal part in the first power router is a first power transmission source;
one input/output terminal part in the second power router is a second power transmission source; and
another input/output terminal part in the second power router is a power transmission destination,
a predetermined amount of power is transmitted to the input/output terminal part of the power transmission destination through a first input/output terminal part, the input/output terminal part of the second power transmission source, and the DC bus in the second power router, the first input/output terminal part being an input/output terminal part among the plurality of input/output terminal parts in the second power router that receives power from the first power transmission source, and
the power network system comprises power information about power in the input/output terminal part of the power transmission destination, the power information including:
identification information of the first power transmission source; and
an intermediate measurement value, the intermediate measurement value being a measurement value of power received in the first input/output terminal part in a predetermined time period, and wherein,
the power network system further comprises a central control device connected to the plurality of power routers through a network, wherein
the input/output terminal part measures received power and notifies the control unit of the measured measurement value,
the control unit generates a measurement tag including the notified measurement value, a measurement time period, identification information of the measured input/output terminal part, and identification information of the power router, and transmits the generated measurement tag to the central control device, and
the central control device generates the power information based on the measurement tag received from the control unit of each power router through which the predetermined amount of power is transmitted, and wherein
the control unit transmits the measurement tag to the central control device while making the status of the measurement tag an undetermined status, and
the central control device changes the status of the received measurement tag to a determined status when there is no abnormality related to an input/output terminal part corresponding to the measurement tag in a measurement time period included in the measurement tag, and stores that measurement tag into a storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,168,724

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING REFERENCE VOLTAGES

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a multiplexer configured to receive a plurality of voltages and provide a selected voltage;
an operational amplifier configured to receive the selected voltage at a non-inverting input and provide a first reference voltage from an output;
a resistor coupled to the output of the operational amplifier;
a first adjustable resistor coupled to the resistor, wherein a second reference voltage is provided from between the resistor and the first adjustable resistor;
a capacitor coupled to the output of the operational amplifier and between the resistor and the first adjustable resistor; and
a second adjustable resistor coupled to the first adjustable resistor and to an inverting input of the operational amplifier, the second adjustable resistor configured to maintain a constant current through the resistor.

US Pat. No. 10,168,720

LINEAR POWER SUPPLY AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING SAME

Rohm Co., Ltd., Kyoto (J...

1. A linear power supply comprising:a P-channel or PNP first output transistor connected between an input terminal of an input voltage and an output terminal of an output voltage;
an N-channel or NPN second output transistor connected in parallel to the first output transistor; and
a control circuit arranged to switch between a first mode and a second mode in accordance with the input voltage, the first mode using the first output transistor as the output transistor to generate the output voltage from the input voltage, and the second mode using the second output transistor as the output transistor to generate the output voltage from the input voltage,
wherein
the control circuit includes:
a first control unit arranged to generate a first control voltage according to the input voltage so as to supply the first control voltage to the first output transistor, and
a second control unit arranged to generate a predetermined second control voltage so as to supply the second control voltage to the second output transistor, and
the first control unit includes
an upper side current source connected between the input terminal of the input voltage and a control terminal of the first output transistor so as to generate an upper side current,
a lower side current source connected between the control terminal of the first output transistor and a ground terminal so as to generate a lower side current, and
an input voltage monitoring unit arranged to turn on/off the upper side current source in accordance with the input voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,168,719

DIGITAL LOW DROPOUT REGULATOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A digital low dropout regulator, comprising:a voltage comparator, a counter, a decoder, a PMOSFET array, and a divider;
an output terminal of said voltage comparator is connected with a first input terminal of the counter, an output terminal of the counter is connected with an input terminal of the decoder, and an output terminal of the decoder is connected with an input terminal of the PMOSFET array, output terminals of the PMOSFET array are respectively connected with a positive input terminal of the voltage comparator and a first input terminal of the divider, an output terminal of the divider is connected to a second input terminal of the counter, and a negative input terminal of the voltage comparator receives a reference voltage;
said voltage comparator is configured to receive an actual voltage that is output by the PMOSFET array through the positive input terminal, receive a reference voltage through the negative input terminal, compare the actual voltage and the reference voltage to obtain a level signal, and transmit the level signal to the counter;
said divider is configured to calculate based on an output voltage pre-configured for said PMOSFET array and an actual voltage output by said PMOSFET array in at least two clock cycles to obtain a first value and transmit said first value to the counter, wherein the first value corresponds to a number of PMOSFETs in the PMOSFET array controlled by the decoder;
said counter is configured to generate a control signal based on said level signal and said first value and transmit said control signal to said decoder;
said decoder is configured to receive a control signal transmitted by said counter and control a number of transistors, which are switched on, in the PMOSFET array according to the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,168,716

VALVE POSITION DEMAND SYSTEMS AND METHODS

General Electric Company,...

14. A method, comprising:obtaining a turbine system data measurement, comprising a discharge pressure error;
determining which range of a steady-state range, a diverging range, or a transient range the turbine system data measurement falls within;
controlling operation of a valve of the turbine system in a full-freeze mode when the data measurement falls within the steady-state range;
controlling the operation of the valve of the turbine system in a semi-freeze mode when the data measurement falls within the diverging range; and
controlling the operation of the valve of the turbine system in a full-operation mode when the data measurement falls within the transient range;
wherein the full-operation mode:
enables operation of the valve at a first predetermined rate;
enables selective operation of the valve from a full open position to a full closed position, and from the full closed position to the full open position;
or both;
wherein the full-freeze mode:
suspends operation of the valve for a pre-determined interval, such that no actuation of the valve occurs during the full-freeze mode; and
wherein the semi-freeze mode:
enables operation of the valve at a second predetermined rate less than the first predetermined rate;
enables selective operation of the valve from less than the full open position to less than the full closed position, and from less than the full closed position to less than the full open position;
or both.

US Pat. No. 10,168,705

AUTOMATIC TUNING OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE COST FUNCTIONS BASED ON HUMAN DRIVING DATA

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method to automatically tune cost function gains of an autonomous vehicle motion planning system, the method comprising:partitioning, by a central computing device, a training dataset into a plurality of partitions, wherein each of the plurality of partitions comprises data descriptive of one or more humanly-executed motion plans that were executed by one or more human drivers during one or more previous humanly-controlled vehicle driving sessions, wherein the partitioning, by the central computing device, the training dataset into the plurality of partitions comprises:
defining, by the central computing device, a quantity of the partitions and a number of examples to be included in each partition;
generating, by the central computing device, an integer array that has a same length as a total number of training examples included in the training dataset so that each training example corresponds to a respective element in the integer array, and wherein, for each of the plurality of partitions, an index of the partition is repeated within the integer array as many times as the number of training examples that are to be included in the partition;
randomly shuffling, by the central computing device, the integer array; and after the randomly shuffling the integer array, assigning, by the central computing device, each training example to the partition indicated by the index included in the element of the integer array that corresponds to the training example;
launching, by the central computing device, a plurality of computing nodes;
performing, by each of the plurality of computing nodes, the following operations on the respective data descriptive of the one or more humanly-executed motion plans included in a respective one of the plurality of partitions to generate a respective local set of gains;
obtaining data descriptive of one of the humanly-executed motion plans that was executed by one of the one or more human drivers during one of the one or more previous humanly-controlled vehicle driving session;
generating an autonomous motion plan based at least in part on a data log that includes data collected during the previous humanly-controlled vehicle driving session, wherein generating the autonomous motion plan comprises evaluating one or more cost functions, the one or more cost functions including a plurality of gain values;
evaluating an objective function that provides an objective value based at least in part on a difference between a first total cost associated with the humanly-executed motion plan and a second total cost associated with the autonomous motion plan, wherein evaluating the objective function comprises:
inputting the humanly-executed motion plan into the one or more cost functions of the autonomous vehicle motion planning system to determine the first total cost associated with the humanly-executed motion plan;
inputting the autonomous motion plan into the one or more cost functions of the autonomous vehicle motion planning system to determine the second total cost associated with the autonomous motion plan;
determining at least one adjustment to at least one of the plurality of gain values of the one or more cost functions that reduces the objective value provided by the objective function;
aggregating, by the central computing device, local sets of gains generated by the plurality of computing nodes to generate a final set of gains;
using, by a vehicle computing system, the final set of gains to generate an additional autonomous motion plan for an autonomous vehicle; and
controlling, by the vehicle computing system, the autonomous vehicle to execute the additional autonomous motion plan.

US Pat. No. 10,168,684

POWER PROFILE MANAGEMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A power usage prediction and voltage modification method comprising:retrieving, by a computer processor of a mobile computing system, first power consumption data comprising a power consumption level for each power consumption device of a first plurality of power consumption devices at a first specified location, wherein said mobile computing system comprises stored first input data associated with a first user of said first plurality of power consumption devices;
monitoring, by said computer processor, usage of plumbing fixtures at said first specified location;
determining, by said computer processor based on results of said monitoring, a plumbing usage deviation value indicating that at least one plumbing fixture of said plumbing fixtures has not been used for a specified time period;
monitoring, by said computer processor via a security system, motion detectors at said first specified location;
detecting, by said computer processor based on results of said monitoring said motion detectors, motion of individuals at said first specified location;
additionally detecting, by said processor, an arming status of said security system;
generating, by said computer processor based on a received first mobile usage portfolio associated said first user and said first plurality of power consumption devices, said plumbing usage deviation value, results of said detecting, results of said additionally detecting, and said first power consumption data, a first load usage prediction report associated with said first user and said first plurality of power consumption devices;
transmitting, by said computer processor to a power provider utility for analysis, said first load usage prediction report;
determining, by said processor, that a frequency signal associated with a supply voltage retrieved from a power grid is fluctuating; and
disabling in response to said analysis of said first load usage prediction report and said determining that said frequency signal is fluctuating, by said computer processor controlling a relay of said mobile computing system, power to at least one power consumption device of said first plurality of power consumption devices thereby modifying a load on said power grid such that faster power grid response times are achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,168,669

TIMELINE USER INTERFACE

Amer Sports Digital Servi...

1. An apparatus comprising at least one processing core, at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code being configured to, with the at least one processing core, cause the apparatus at least to:obtain at least one of a sunrise time and a sunset time for a current location of the apparatus, the current location being determined from a satellite position receiver;
obtain a plurality of calendar events occurring during a same day from a calendar application;
display a time axis on a screen, and display, relative to the time axis at parts of the time axis that are selected based on scheduled times of day of the calendar events, a plurality of symbols, the symbols corresponding to at least two of the plurality of calendar events, and
display, relative to the time axis, at least one of:
an indication of sunrise corresponding to the sunrise time in connection with a part of the time axis corresponding to the sunrise time, and
an indication of sunset corresponding to the sunset time in connection with a part of the time axis corresponding to the sunset time.

US Pat. No. 10,168,664

PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING PROTRUSION TO RECEIVE A FORCE FOR MOVING A DEVELOPER ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a developing roller for developing a latent image on the photosensitive drum, the developing roller being movable relative to the photosensitive drum between (i) a first position in which the developing roller is positioned proximate to the photosensitive drum such that the developing roller can develop the latent image on the photosensitive drum and (ii) a second position in which the developing roller is spaced from the photosensitive drum; and
a protrusion including a bar configured to receive a force to move the developing roller from the first position to the second position, with the bar extending a greater distance in an axial direction of the developing roller than the distance the bar extends in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the developing roller,
wherein the process cartridge is configured such that, when the photosensitive drum is positioned on a downward side of the process cartridge with an axis of the photosensitive drum positioned downward from an axis of the developing roller and when the developing roller is positioned in the first position, the protrusion is positioned downward from the developing roller.

US Pat. No. 10,168,654

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image carrying member;
a developing device which develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrying member with a developer containing a toner and a lubricant;
a cleaning unit which cleans the image carrying member by pressing in contact with the image carrying member; and
a hardware processor which
obtains, with respect to each of sections formed by dividing a surface of the image carrying member in a rotating shaft direction of the image carrying member, a partial coverage indicating a percentage of a developer adhesion area from electrostatic latent image writing information for a predetermined period about the section,
obtains, as lubricant amount information on a lubricant amount in the developing device, an overall coverage which is a sum of the partial coverages of the respective sections,
sets a developer supply amount for a patch to be formed outside an image forming region on the image carrying member, based on (i) the partial coverage calculated for a section having the partial coverage of a predetermined value or less among the sections and (ii) the overall coverage,
sets the developer supply amount in such a way as to be larger as the overall coverage is higher and to be smaller as the partial coverage of the section is higher, and
causes the developing device to supply the set developer supply amount of the developer so that the patch is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,168,650

FIXATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A fixation device comprising:a belt member having a tubular shape with an inner circumferential surface and an outer circumferential surface, and provided to be rotatable;
a heating member arranged to face the inner circumferential surface of the belt member;
a lubricant supply device including
a lubricant holding member that includes a lubricant holding portion that holds a lubricant, an outer surface, and at least one passage extending from the lubricant holding portion to the outer surface, and
a lubricant pressurizing member that pressurizes the lubricant held in the lubricant holding portion;
a biasing member applying a biasing force causing the lubricant pressurizing member to pressurize the lubricant; and
a rotational member provided being rotatable and configured to contact with the outer circumferential surface of the belt member.

US Pat. No. 10,168,649

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A fixing device comprising:an endless fixing rotator having an inner circumferential surface adhered with a lubricant;
a nip formation pad disposed inside a loop of the fixing rotator;
a pressure rotator pressed against the nip formation pad via the fixing rotator to form a nip through which an image is fixed on a recording medium; and
a lubricant transfer structure that includes at least one groove to transfer the lubricant toward a center area in a width direction perpendicular to a rotational direction of the fixing rotator, the at least one groove being disposed to extend outward from the center area at least to one or more outer edge of the fixing rotator in the width direction, and an outermost end of the at least one groove in the width direction is covered by the fixing rotator.

US Pat. No. 10,168,633

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE COLOR GAMUT ENLARGEMENT MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, for forming an image on a recording medium based on image data, comprising:an image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is formed;
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer for developing the electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member; and
a controller configured to be capable of executing a normal mode in which the electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member is developed by setting a peripheral velocity ratio of the developer bearing member to the image bearing member to a prescribed peripheral velocity ratio, and a color gamut enlargement mode in which a color gamut of an image to be formed on the recording medium is enlarged as compared to the normal mode by setting the peripheral velocity ratio of the developer bearing member to the image bearing member to a higher peripheral velocity ratio than the peripheral velocity ratio in the normal mode,
wherein the controller is configured to identify whether or not image color gamut information included in the image data is within a range for the normal mode, and execute the normal mode for forming an image in a case where the image color gamut information is within the range, and execute the color gamut enlargement mode in a case where the image color gamut information is outside of the range.

US Pat. No. 10,168,607

LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL APPARATUS, LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL METHOD, AND PROJECTOR

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

22. A projector, comprising:a plurality of light emitting units;
a light modulation device configured to modulate light from the plurality of light emitting units;
a projection optical system configured to project the modulated light obtained based on the modulation of the light by the light modulation device;
a controller configured to transmit an instruction value to adjust a light amount of at least one light emitting unit, wherein the instruction value is a rate of the light amount with respect to a maximum light amount; and
a plurality of drivers, wherein each driver of the plurality of drivers is configured to:
obtain the transmitted instruction value; and
determine a driving value of each light emitting unit of the at least one light emitting unit, based on the instruction value and a function of the driving value, wherein the function drives the corresponding light emitting unit of the at least one light emitting unit and the light amount, and wherein the function is set for each light emitting unit of the at least one light emitting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,168,595

ELECTRODEPOSITION ELEMENT AND MIRROR DEVICE

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. An electrodeposition element comprising:a first substrate including a first base substrate made of a first material, a first member arranged on the first base substrate and made of a second material different from the first material, and an electrode arranged above the first member;
a second substrate arranged opposite to the first substrate and including an electrode;
an electrolyte layer arranged between the electrodes of the first substrate and the second substrate, the electrolyte layer including an electrodeposition material that contains silver; and
a mirror arranged on a surface of the first substrate at a side away from the electrolyte layer,
wherein the first member has a micro-prism shape including concavities and convexities, and
wherein, when a voltage is applied between the electrodes of the first substrate and the second substrate such that the first substrate side is negative and the second substrate side is positive, a reflective surface made of a silver thin film and reflecting light, which is incident from a direction normal to the first and second substrates, in a direction not parallel to the incident direction of the light is formed above the electrode of the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,168,586

ELECTRICALLY TUNABLE OPTICAL PHASE MODULATION ELEMENT

LIQXTAL TECHNOLOGY INC., ...

1. An electrically tunable optical phase modulation element, comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate, disposed opposite to the first substrate;
a liquid crystal layer, disposed in between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein the liquid crystal layer is adapted to have an effect of an optical phase modulation in an optically active region;
a plurality of first stripe electrodes, disposed in between the first substrate and the liquid crystal layer, wherein a voltage of each of the plurality of first stripe electrodes is independently controlled;
a first anti-mosaic layer, disposed in between the first substrate and the liquid crystal layer;
a first insulating layer, disposed in between the plurality of first stripe electrodes and the first anti-mosaic layer, such that the plurality of first stripe electrodes and the first anti-mosaic layer are electrically insulated from each other;
a plurality of second stripe electrodes, disposed in between the second substrate and the liquid crystal layer, wherein an extension direction of the plurality of first stripe electrodes intersects with an extension direction of the plurality of second stripe electrodes, and a voltage of each of the plurality of second stripe electrodes is independently controlled;
a second anti-mosaic layer, disposed in between the second substrate and the liquid crystal layer;
a second insulating layer, disposed in between the plurality of second stripe electrodes and the second anti-mosaic layer, such that the plurality of second stripe electrodes and the second anti-mosaic layer are electrically insulated from each other;
and
a controlling circuit, electrically connected to each of the plurality of first stripe electrodes and each of the plurality of second stripe electrodes; and
wherein the first anti-mosaic layer and the second anti-mosaic layer are single anti-mosaic layers that cover the optically active region entirely, and the first anti-mosaic layer is disposed in between the plurality of first stripe electrodes and the liquid crystal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,168,579

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:an alignment film formed by imidizing an alignment film varnish including a first compound and a second compound; and
an electrode having a surface of Indium Tin Oxide;
wherein
the alignment film has a first surface contacting a liquid crystal layer, and a second surface contacting the electrode,
the first compound includes photodegradable polymer,
the second compound includes polyamide acid,
the second compound has a higher affinity with an Indium Tin Oxide than the first compound,
the alignment film includes a first polymer formed by imidizing the first compound and a second polymer formed by imidizing the second compound, and
the first polymer and the second polymer are phase-separated so as to dispose the first polymer on the first surface side and the second polymer on the second surface side.

US Pat. No. 10,168,577

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLGOY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display panel, comprising:a first substrate comprising a first base substrate, a first alignment film disposed on the first base substrate, and a plurality of first alignment adjustment structures disposed between the first base substrate and the first alignment film, in which the first alignment film includes a plurality of first portions corresponding to the plurality of first alignment adjustment structures respectively;
a second substrate arranged opposite to the first substrate and comprising a second base substrate, a second alignment film disposed on the second base substrate, and a plurality of second alignment adjustment structures disposed between the second base substrate and the second alignment film, in which the second alignment film includes a plurality of second portions corresponding to the plurality of second alignment adjustment structures respectively; and
a liquid crystal layer disposed between the first alignment film and the second alignment film, wherein
each first alignment adjustment structure includes a first surface facing the first alignment film, and a fluctuation direction of the first surface and a fluctuation direction of each of the first portions are consistent with the alignment direction of liquid crystal molecules in the liquid crystal layer induced by the first alignment film;
each second alignment adjustment structure includes a second surface facing the second alignment film, and a fluctuation direction of the second surface and a fluctuation direction of each of the second portions are consistent with the alignment direction of the liquid crystal molecules in the liquid crystal layer induced by the second alignment film;
within one sub-pixel, alignment directions of the liquid crystal molecules induced by the first alignment film are identical, and alignment directions of the liquid crystal molecules induced by the second alignment film are identical.

US Pat. No. 10,168,576

DISPLAY SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A transflective liquid crystal display panel comprising a transmissive region and a reflective region, comprising a first display substrate and a second display substrate opposed to each other, a liquid crystal layer being filled between the first display substrate and the second display substrate;alignment structures for a first alignment film formed on the first display substrate and a second alignment film formed on the second display substrate being configured such that phase delay of a light beam after passing through the transmissive region matches that of a light beam after passing through the reflective region when no voltage is applied to the liquid crystal display panel,
wherein the alignment structures for the first and second alignment films are configured such that an effective refractive index of the liquid crystal layer in the transmissive region is substantially twice that of the liquid crystal layer in the reflective region,
wherein, a reflection layer is formed on the second display substrate in the reflective region, and the alignment structures for the first and second alignment films are configured such that pretilt angles of liquid crystal molecules of the liquid crystal layer in the reflective region with respect to the second display substrate sequentially increase from the second display substrate to the first display substrate in a direction perpendicular to the second display substrate,
wherein, the transmissive region and the reflective region are adjacent to each other,
wherein, when no voltage is applied to the liquid crystal display panel, liquid crystal molecules closest to the second alignment film in the transmissive region and liquid crystal molecules closest to the second alignment film in the reflective region are substantially the same in alignment orientation and have a same non-zero pretilt angle; when a voltage is applied to the liquid crystal display panel, all the liquid crystal molecules in both the transmissive region and the reflective region are substantially perpendicular to the first display substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,168,560

METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN ACTIVE FILTERING DEVICE

Essilor International, C...

1. A method of controlling an active filtering device comprising an active filter and a filter controller arranged to control the active filter, the method comprising:obtaining a wearer location;
obtaining a luminous cartography relating to light sources in an environment of the wearer, the luminous cartography depending at least on the location of the wearer;
determining at least one part of a light exposure profile of the wearer based at least on the luminous cartography and on the wearer location; and
controlling an active filter by the filter controller according to the determined light exposure profile of the wearer.

US Pat. No. 10,168,550

SACCADE AND VERGENCE TRACKING FOR DISTANCE AUTO FOCUS ADJUSTMENT

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of forming a lens, comprising:forming a plurality of components on a lower substrate by forming a plurality of spacers directly on the lower substrate and positioning a respective component on each of the plurality of spacers;
sealing the plurality of components on the lower substrate with a sealing layer;
forming an upper substrate over the sealing layer; and
polishing the lower substrate to a lower lens curvature.

US Pat. No. 10,168,542

POLARIZED PIXELATED FILTER ARRAY WITH REDUCED SENSITIVITY TO MISALIGNMENT FOR POLARIMETRIC IMAGING

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A method of fabrication of a polarized pixelated filter array to selectively polarize electromagnetic radiation for use with a pixelated detector having dimensions in the x and y directions for which sub-arrays of three or more pixelated detector pixels P are read out and processed to form a polarimetric image, said method comprising:selecting a size of a filter sub-array having dimensions in the x and y directions to include three or more filter pixels Q where Q>=P;
defining a non-zero probability distribution pma(x,y) that models the misalignment of the filter sub-array in the x and y directions relative to the pixelated detector as a random variable with a range of misalignment in the x and y directions;
defining a merit function including at least a first term W1*E(CN) where W1 is a weight and E(CN) is an expected value of a condition number (CN) of a data reduction matrix for the filter sub-array over the range of misalignment;
evaluating the merit function for a plurality of candidate filter sub-arrays, each grouping of P pixels in a candidate filter sub-array including at least two pixels that impart a linear polarization of different angular values;
selecting the candidate filter sub-array that minimizes the merit function; and
fabricating the polarized pixelated filter array comprising one or more of the selected candidate filter sub-arrays for use with the pixelated detector.

US Pat. No. 10,168,535

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An optical element comprising:a plurality of mirrors that are provided in parallel to each other with an interval therebetween and reflect a part of image light and external image;
a first transmittance member that is interposed between adjacent two mirrors of the plurality of mirrors; and
a second transmittance member that is provided on one of an incidence side and an exit side of the image light and the external image with respect to the first transmittance member,
wherein a surface of one transmittance member opposite to the other transmittance member among the first transmittance member and the second transmittance member is an incidence surface on which the image light and the external image are incident via a light guiding body,
wherein a surface of the other transmittance member opposite to the one transmittance member is an exit surface from which the image light and the external image are exited to an observer side,
wherein each of the plurality of mirrors is disposed so as to be inclined with respect to the incidence surface, and
wherein the plurality of mirrors include a first mirror and a second mirror whose width is narrower than a width of the first mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,168,534

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUGMENTED REALITY

Essilor International, C...

1. A see-through head-mounted device for a wearer, comprising:a display system for display and visualization of computer-generated information content by the wearer; and
a see-through element configured to be positioned in front of at least one eye of the wearer, through which the wearer visualizes a visual field from an environment of the wearer;
wherein the see-through element comprises a selective optical filtering means configured to at least partially hide the display system and the information content displayed by the display system from a view of an outside observer, while retaining see-through properties for the visual field of the wearer, and
wherein, to at least partially hide the display system, the selective optical filtering means comprises a high-reflection coating configured to selectively reflect at least one wavelength that, in the absence of the high-reflection coating, renders the display system visible from a point of view of the outside observer,
wherein the see-through head-mounted device is a pair of eyeglasses, and the see-through element comprises a pair of ophthalmic corrective lenses;
wherein the display system comprises a light-guide optical element embedded into one of the pair of ophthalmic lenses;
wherein the selective optical filtering means comprises a high-reflection coating provided at the front of the lens in which the light-guide optical element is embedded, wherein the high-reflection coating is such that:
to at least partially hide the display system from the view of the outside observer:
R1 is greater than or equal to R2, within a visible wavelength range or at least a part thereof, for each incidence angle, with 5 percent being less than or equal to R1 and R1 being less than or equal to 97 percent; and
to at least partially hide the display system and the information content displayed by the display system from the view of the outside observer:
R1 is greater than or equal to at least one of an average of R2 and E and a maximum of R2 and E within the visible wavelength range or at least a part thereof for each incidence angle, for an incident light with a light intensity level greater than or equal to that of a light emitted by the see-through element, with 5 percent being less than or equal to R1 and R1 being less than or equal to 97 percent;
wherein:
R1 comprises a reflection rate of the incident light stemming from the environment of the wearer on the front side of the high-reflection coating;
R2 comprises a reflection rate of the incident light stemming from the environment of the wearer by the see-through element; and
E comprises a light intensity directly emitted by the see-through element towards the environment of the wearer.

US Pat. No. 10,168,528

ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:a bendable bending portion provided on an insertion portion inserted into a subject;
an operation portion consecutively connected to a proximal end of the insertion portion, the operation portion being operated by an operator to bend the bending portion;
a frame body fixed in the operation portion;
a first elongated member connected to the bending portion, inserted into the insertion portion and the operation portion, and moved by operating the operation portion;
a second elongated member connected to the bending portion, inserted into the insertion portion and the operation portion, and moved by operating the operation portion;
a guide member configured to separately arrange the first elongated member and the second elongated member and guide the movement of the first elongated member along with the frame body;
a first plate-like member arranged to face the guide member to guide the second elongated member along with the guide member; and
an engagement portion formed on the guide member and including a restriction surface for restricting movement of the first plate-like member in a direction away from the guide member, the restriction surface causing the first plate-like member to engage with the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,168,523

IMAGE GENERATING SYSTEM, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image generating system, comprising:a plurality of illuminators;
an image sensor on which a target object is to be placed; and
at least one control circuit,
wherein the image generating system generates a focal image of the target object on a virtual focal plane located between the plurality of illuminators and the image sensor,
wherein the plurality of illuminators sequentially illuminate the target object,
wherein the image sensor acquires a captured image of the target object each time the plurality of illuminators illuminate the target object, and
wherein the at least one control circuit
(a) acquires information on the focal plane located between the plurality of illuminators and the image sensor,
(b) carries out the following (c) through (f) for each of a plurality of pixels constituting the focal image,
(c) carries out the following (d) through (f) for each of positions of the plurality of illuminators,
(d) calculates a position of a target point, the target point being a point of intersection of a straight line connecting a position of the pixel on the focal plane and the position of the illuminator and a light receiving surface of the image sensor,
(e) calculates a luminance value of the target point in the captured image acquired when the target object is illuminated from the position of the illuminator on the basis of the position of the target point on the light receiving surface of the image sensor,
(f) applies the luminance value of the target point to a luminance value of the pixel,
(g) generates the focal image of the target object on the focal plane by using a result of applying the luminance value at each of the plurality of pixels, and
(h) outputs the generated focal image of the target object.

US Pat. No. 10,168,519

LIGHT SHEET GENERATOR

Applied Scientific Instru...

1. A system for generating a light sheet for use in a microscope, the system comprising:a housing including four elongate internal chambers in sequential communication with each other and containing an optics system, such that a first chamber contains a first lens, a second chamber extends from the first chamber and contains a second lens, a third chamber extends from the second chamber, and a fourth chamber extends from the third chamber and contains a third lens, each chamber having a respective long axis; and
a laser source mount at a first end of the housing, the mount configured to receive a laser source and direct a laser beam down the long axis of the first chamber;
wherein the first lens is configured to focus the laser beam onto a first mirror, the second lens is configured to collimate the laser beam after reflecting from the first mirror, the second mirror is configured to scan such that the collimated laser beam is steered back and forth within a plane in a fan shape, and the third lens is configured to collimate the fan shaped laser beam into a light sheet; and
wherein the long axes of each pair of consecutive chambers form an acute angle, such that the four chambers collectively form a zig-zag pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,168,515

OPTICAL MAGNIFICATION DEVICE WITH A PAIR OF BISTABLE DEFORMABLE REFLECTORS

BAE Systems PLC, London ...

1. An optical magnification device comprising:at least one pair of optically aligned deformable reflectors; and
a controller for said deformable reflectors;
wherein each reflector pair has at least two configurations,
wherein selection of a first and a second configuration of said one or more deformable reflector pairs provides pre-defined magnification states, such that in each pre-defined magnification state one reflector in a given one of the reflector pairs is substantially concave and the other reflector in the same reflector pair is substantially convex,
wherein said each deformable reflector pair comprises a first deformable reflector and a second deformable reflector,
wherein the first deformable reflector is optically aligned with the second deformable reflector,
wherein the pair of reflectors are operably linked, such that causing the first reflector to deform from a first state to a second state causes the concomitant deforming of the second reflector from its first to second state,
wherein the deformable reflectors are bistable reflectors configured to maintain both the first state and the second state while no force is applied on said deformable reflectors, and
wherein the reflectors in each pair are located at distance d apart from each other, where d?f1+f2, f1 is the focal length associated with the first state, and f2 is the focal length associated with the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,168,513

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A zoom lens consisting of, in order from an object side:a first lens group that has a positive refractive power;
a second lens group that has a positive refractive power;
a third lens group that has a negative refractive power;
a fourth lens group that has a positive refractive power; and
a fifth lens group that has a positive refractive power,
wherein the first lens group and the fifth lens group remain stationary with respect to an image plane during zooming,
wherein the second lens group, the third lens group, and the fourth lens group are moved by changing distances between the lens groups and adjacent groups in a direction of an optical axis during zooming, and are positioned to be closer to the image side at a telephoto end than at a wide-angle end,
wherein a stop is provided between the fourth lens group and the fifth lens group, and
wherein Conditional Expression (1) is satisfied,
0.1 where fw is a focal length of the whole system at the wide-angle end, and
f4 is a focal length of the fourth lens group.

US Pat. No. 10,168,497

SELF-ALIGNMENT FOR APPARATUS COMPRISING PHOTONIC DEVICE

RWTH Aachen, (DE)

1. A method to fabricate an apparatus,wherein the apparatus comprises
a photonic device with at least a first waveguide having a light-conducting core layer bounded by at least one cladding layer, and
at least a second waveguide having a light-conducting core layer bounded by at least one cladding layer,
wherein the first waveguide is aligned to couple with the second waveguide, wherein alignment of the first waveguide with the second waveguide with respect to at least one axis C coincides with at least one stop area of the photonic device resting on a stop surface of a corresponding support structure on a substrate, wherein the at least one stop area is a stop in a recess from a surface of the photonic device,
the method comprising:
at least one of the recess is formed by etching of the photonic device or the support structure is formed by etching of the substrate, wherein each of the etching of the photonic device and the etching of the substrate is selective with respect to at least one interface between two materials in respectively the photonic device or the substrate; and
at least one of the core layer of the first waveguide or the core layer of the second waveguide is deposited by selective area growth,
in which the selective area growth includes
removing a dielectric layer to expose at least one of a first surface of a first semiconductor material of the first waveguide or a first surface of a second semiconductor material of the second waveguide and create at least one of a growth window at the first surface of the first waveguide or a growth window at the first surface of the second waveguide, and
at least one of growing a third semiconductor material in the growth window at the first surface of the first waveguide or growing a fourth semiconductor material in the growth window at the first surface of the second waveguide,
wherein at least one of (i) a first thickness of the core layer of the first waveguide in the vicinity of the recess is different from a second thickness of the core layer in the first waveguide or (ii) a first thickness of the core layer of the second waveguide in the vicinity of the support structure is different from a second thickness of the core layer in the second waveguide.

US Pat. No. 10,168,496

OPTICAL MODULE IMPLEMENTING WITH OPTICAL SOURCE, OPTICAL MODULATOR, AND WAVELENGTH DETECTOR, AND A METHOD TO ASSEMBLE THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A method of assembling an optical module that includes an optical source, a beam shifter, an optical component, a concentrating lens, and a housing, the optical source generating an optical beam, the beam shifter having a parallelepiped block having an input surface facing the optical source and an output surface facing the concentrating lens, the input surface and the output surface extending in parallel to each other, the optical component being optically coupled with the optical beam, the concentrating lens being configured to concentrate the optical beam on the optical component, the housing having a bottom and being configured to enclose the optical source, the concentrating lens, and the optical component therein, the method comprising steps of:disposing the beam shifter between the optical source and the concentrating lens, the beam shifter aligning an optical axis of the optical beam measured from the bottom of the housing to an optical axis of the optical component; and
optically coupling the optical beam output from the beam shifter with the optical component by aligning the concentrating lens,
wherein the step of disposing the beam shifter includes steps of:
evaluating a level difference between the optical axis of the beam output from the optical source measured from the bottom of the housing and an optical axis of the concentrating lens;
calculating an angle of the input surface against the bottom of the housing from the level difference, a thickness between the input surface and the output surface, and a refractive index of the parallelepiped block; and
disposing the beam shifter as tilting by the angle.

US Pat. No. 10,168,482

MICRO-FILTER STRUCTURES FOR WAVELENGTH DIVISION MULTIPLEXING IN POLYMER WAVEGUIDES

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A wavelength division multiplexing filter, comprising:an optical dielectric filter comprising a plurality of dielectric layers, said optical dielectric filter having a high reflectivity at a first wavelength and a high transmissivity at one or more additional wavelengths, wherein the plurality of dielectric layers comprise a structure of layers following the pattern L-[M/2-H-M/2]N-L, where L layers comprise a first dielectric material, H layers comprise a second dielectric material, M/2 layers comprise a mixture of the first and second dielectric material and have a thickness half that needed to provide reflectivity at the first wavelength, and N is a number of repetitions for the structure in brackets.

US Pat. No. 10,168,477

INTEGRATION OF PHOTONIC, ELECTRONIC, AND SENSOR DEVICES WITH SOI VLSI MICROPROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

13. A method for fabricating an integrated structure comprising:forming a very large scale integration (VLSI) structure including a semiconductor layer at a top of the VLSI structure;
removing at least a portion of the semiconductor layer from the VLSI structure; and
attaching an upper layer to the top of the VLSI structure, wherein said upper layer is primarily composed of a material that has at least one of a higher resistivity or a higher transparency than said semiconductor layer and said upper layer includes a mounting location for at least one of a photonic device or an electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,168,475

ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION BONDING FOR HETEROGENEOUS INTEGRATION OF PHOTONICS AND ELECTRONICS

Juniper Networks, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:forming a compound semiconductor;
depositing a film of protection material on a side of the compound semiconductor using vapor deposition;
forming a silicon on insulator (SOI) wafer, the SOI wafer comprising one or more waveguides;
forming a bonded structure by placing the side of the compound semiconductor on the SOI wafer and applying heat, the side of the compound semiconductor placed such that the film of protection material is in contact with the SOI wafer;
applying acid etchants to the bonded structure, the protection material protecting the side of the compound semiconductor from the acid etchants.

US Pat. No. 10,168,456

OPTICAL STACK COMPRISING ADHESIVE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An optical stack comprising a first optical film comprising a plurality of structures comprising an optically active portion designed primarily to provide optical gain bonded to a second optical film with a light-transmissive adhesive layer such that a portion of the structures penetrate the adhesive layer and a separation is provided between the adhesive layer and the first surface, wherein the adhesive layer comprises an interpenetrating network of the reaction product of a polyacrylate component and a polymerizable monomer having functional groups and a molecular weight less than 150 g/mole per functional group, the peel strength of the optical stack is at least 50 grams force/inch and the stack exhibits a decrease in optical gain of no greater than 5% when the optical stack is conditioned at 65° C. and 95% relative humidity for 200 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,168,449

CORRECTING COMPUTER MODEL WEATHER FORECASTS USING A HYBRID ANALOG METHOD WITH DYNAMIC TIME WARPING

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving a new weather forecast;
performing a temporally coherent analog modeling process to identify a historical weather forecast that matches the new weather forecast;
updating the new weather forecast based on historical weather observations at points in time in the historical weather forecast, the updating comprising:
shifting a point in time in the historical weather forecast based on a factor determined by a previously executed dynamic time warping (DTW) of the historical weather forecast and the historical weather observations; and
modifying the new weather forecast based on the historical weather observations at the shifted point in time;
anticipating a utility demand based on the new weather forecast; and
purchasing utility supplies based on the utility demand.

US Pat. No. 10,168,439

DATA CORRECTING USING PHOTOPEAK MONITORING DURING IMAGING

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A method, comprising:obtaining a first photopeak location for at least one crystal in a detector;
receiving image data from the at least one crystal, wherein the at least one crystal generates the image data during a current imaging procedure;
processing the image data using the first photopeak location;
determining a second photopeak location for the at least one crystal, wherein the second photopeak location is determined from the image data;
determining a difference between the first photopeak location and the second photopeak location;
reprocessing the image data using the second photopeak location when the difference between the first photopeak location and the second photopeak location exceeds a predetermined threshold; and
generating an image using the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,168,434

REFERENCE SIGNAL GENERATION DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, MOVING OBJECT, DATA COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND TERRESTRIAL DIGITAL COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A reference signal generation device comprising:a receiver that is configured to receive a reference signal;
a first oscillator that includes an atomic oscillator, the first oscillator including a sweeping-result output circuit that is configured to output a sweeping result signal, the sweeping result signal corresponding to a resonance signal obtained by performing frequency sweeping in the first oscillator;
a first phase comparator that is configured to compare a signal output from the first oscillator and the reference signal in phase so as to output a first phase comparison signal;
a second oscillator that is configured to generate a signal to be output outwardly;
a second phase comparator that is configured to compare the signal output from the first oscillator and the signal output from the second oscillator in phase so as to output a second phase comparison signal; and
a determination circuit that is configured to receive the sweeping result signal, the first phase comparison signal, and the second phase comparison signal,
wherein
the determination circuit is configured to determine a failure state of the atomic oscillator based on the sweeping result signal and at least one of the first phase comparison signal and the second phase comparison signal.

US Pat. No. 10,168,425

CENTRALIZED VEHICLE RADAR METHODS AND SYSTEMS

GM Global Technology Oper...

10. A mobile platform comprising:a body comprising a front portion of the mobile platform and a rear portion of the mobile platform;
a plurality of distributed radar units configured around the body of the mobile platform, each of the plurality of distributed radar units configured to obtain respective radar signals, each of the plurality of distributed radar units disposed at a different respective location of the mobile platform, at least one of the plurality of distributed radar units disposed on the front portion of the mobile platform and at least one of the plurality of distributed radar units disposed on the rear portion of the mobile platform; and
a centralized radar processing unit disposed inside the body, the centralized radar processing unit coupled to each of the plurality of distributed radar units, and configured to directly process the radar signals from each of the plurality of distributed radar units;
wherein:
the mobile platform comprises an automotive vehicle that includes a hood and a trunk;
at least one of the plurality of distributed radar units is disposed on the hood;
at least another of the plurality of distributed radar units is disposed on the trunk;
a first one of the plurality of distributed radar units is disposed on a passenger side of the hood;
a second one of the plurality of distributed radar units is disposed on a driver side of the hood;
a third one of the plurality of distributed radar units is disposed on a passenger side of the trunk; and
a fourth one of the plurality of distributed radar units is disposed on a driver side of the trunk.

US Pat. No. 10,168,419

POLARIMETRIC RADAR FOR OBJECT CLASSIFICATION AND SUITABLE METHOD AND SUITABLE USE THEREFOR

ASTYX GmbH, Ottobrunn (D...

1. A polarimetric radar, comprising:a transmission assembly comprising transmission antennas that emits circularly polarized waves during operation of the polarimetric radar; and
a receiver assembly that receives reflected components of the circularly polarized wave using an antenna assembly during operation of the polarimetric radar,
wherein the receiver assembly comprises a plurality of two-channel receivers which, during operation, simultaneously receive clockwise- and anticlockwise-rotating circularly polarized signal components with a common phase center which are provided for digital beam shaping downstream of the antenna assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,168,417

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRACKING LOCATION IN INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system, comprising:a control system, comprising:
a processor configured to:
receive a first signal from a light source within an industrial facility, wherein the first signal comprises a unique identification code configured to indicate at least a partial identity of a human resource within the industrial facility;
determine a proximity of the human resource with respect to the light source based at least in part on a received signal strength indicator (RSSI) of the first signal;
generate an indication of a location of the human resource within the industrial facility based on the determined proximity of the human resource to the light source;
an electronic hardhat configured to be worn by the human resource, and wherein the electronic hardhat is configured to transmit a second signal to the light source; and
wherein the processor is configured to generate a signal to trip or shut down one or more industrial machines within the industrial facility based on the determined proximity of the human resource to the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,168,409

UNIVERSAL PHANTOM STRUCTURE FOR QUALITY INSPECTIONS BOTH ON COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY AND ON MAGNETIC RESONANCE TOMOGRAPHY

1. A phantom structure configured to acquire test images and to perform quality inspection on CT or MRT equipment, said phantom structure comprising:a parallelepiped-shaped container divided into sections by internal walls, said sections including:
a first parallelepiped-shaped section divided into two first compartments by a first partition, said two first compartments each having a mutually different volume;
a second parallelepiped-shaped section diagonally divided into at least two second compartments by at least one second partition so that said at least two second compartments are triangular prisms; and
a third parallelepiped-shaped section divided into four third compartments by two mutually transversal third partitions.

US Pat. No. 10,168,406

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPTIMIZING A MAGNETIC RESONANCE SEQUENCE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for optimizing operating a magnetic resonance (MR) sequence for operating an MR apparatus, the said MR sequence comprising a plurality of pre-set gradient switching sequences with a plurality of pre-set slew rates, said MR apparatus comprising gradient coils, said method comprising:providing a computer with an MR sequence comprising a plurality of pre-set gradient switching sequences for said gradient coils, each having at least one pre-set slew rate;
in said computer, automatically evaluating the respective pre-set slew rates of said pre-set gradient switching sequences;
in said computer, defining at least one optimizing measure for said MR sequence from said evaluation of said pre-set slew rates;
in said computer, automatically optimizing the MR sequence according to said at least one optimizing measure defined by said evaluation of said pre-set slew rates, in order to generate an optimized MR sequence comprising a plurality of optimized gradient switching sequences each with at least one optimized slew rate, with said optimized slew rates being respectively optimized according to said defined optimizing measure, in comparison to said pre-set slew rates in the MR sequence provided to the computer, so that pre-set slew rates in a first subset of said pre-set slew rates in the MR sequence provided to the computer are reduced, and pre-set slew rates in a second subset of said plurality of pre-set slew rates in the MR sequence provided to the computer are increased; and
generating control signals in said computer corresponding to the optimized MR sequence, and operating said MR apparatus with said control signals in order to acquire MR data from a subject, with said gradient coils operated, at respectively different times in said optimized MR sequence, with said reduced slew rate and with said increased slew rate, and reconstructing image data from the MR data, and displaying said image data as an MR image of the subject at a display screen in communication with said computer.

US Pat. No. 10,168,404

METHOD AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPARATUS FOR ESTABLISHING A RESONANT FREQUENCY

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for automated establishment of at least one resonant frequency in a magnetic resonance (MR) scanner, comprising:from a control computer, operating an MR scanner to acquire at least one MR signal from protons in a subject situated in the MR scanner;
in said control computer, Fourier transforming said MR signal to obtain a spectrum;
in said control computer, identifying resonant peaks in said spectrum;
in said control computer, counting a number of said resonant peaks in said spectrum in order to identify a numerical value of said number of resonant peaks in said spectrum;
in said control computer, determining at least one resonant frequency dependent on said numerical value of said number of resonant peaks;
from said control computer, generating and emitting an electronic signal said MR scanner to operate at said at least one resonant frequency in order to excite nuclear spins in said protons in said subject at said at least one resonant frequency and thereby obtaining further MR signals resulting from the nuclear spins having been excited at said at least one resonant frequency; and
in said control computer, reconstructing image data from said further MR signals, said image data representing selected protons that corresponds to the selected nuclear spins, and displaying said image data at a display as an MR image of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,168,374

POWER DISTRIBUTION UNIT AND ALARM METHOD APPLIED IN THE SAME

International Business Ma...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first socket configured to receive a plug, the first socket having a first power end and a first ground end, and the first socket disposed at a base;
a first AND gate having a first input end and a second input end, and the first input end is electrically connected to a first output end of a first inverter;
a first switch positioned proximal to the first power end, the first switch having a first end and a second end, the first end is electrically connected to a third input end of the first inverter, the first end and the third input end are together electrically connected to a preset power, and the second end is grounded;
a second switch positioned proximal to the first ground end, the second switch having a third end and a fourth end, the third end is electrically connected to the second input end, the third end and the second input end are together electrically connected to the preset power, and the fourth end is grounded; and
a second output end of the first AND gate to output an alarm signal responsive to the first switch being short when the plug is electrically connected to the first power end and the second switch being open when the plug is electrically disconnected from the first ground end.

US Pat. No. 10,168,355

RADIO FREQUENCY TEST SOCKET AND RADIO FREQUENCY TEST CABLE

ZTE CORPORATION, Shenzhe...

1. A device for mobile phone radio frequency test, comprising:a radio frequency test socket, wherein the radio frequency test socket comprises: a radio frequency test base; a connection apparatus fixed in the radio frequency test base; and a first elastic apparatus and a second elastic apparatus, wherein the first elastic apparatus and the second elastic apparatus are fixed in the radio frequency test base, and elastically connected to the connection apparatus respectively;
a radio frequency test cable, wherein the radio frequency test cable comprises: a radio frequency test plug fixed at an end of the radio frequency test cable; and an insulated push pin apparatus which is installed on a side of the radio frequency test plug and is longer than the radio frequency test plug; and
a test circuit, configured to test, through the radio frequency test cable and the radio frequency test socket, a first test apparatus and a second test apparatus respectively, wherein the first test apparatus and the second test apparatus are connected to the first elastic apparatus and the second elastic apparatus in the radio frequency test socket respectively,
wherein the test circuit comprises a first test sub-circuit configured to disconnect the radio frequency test cable from the second test apparatus by urging the insulated push pin apparatus against the second elastic apparatus, and utilize a connection between the radio frequency test plug and the connecting apparatus, so as to test the first test apparatus connected to the first elastic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,168,354

SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPE

Shimadzu Corporation, Ky...

1. A scanning probe microscope comprising:a condensing optical system which includes a laser beam source, a collimator lens configured to convert laser beam from the laser beam source into parallel beam, and a focus lens configured to condense the laser beam converted into the parallel beam;
a cantilever provided with a reflecting surface which reflects the laser beam from the condensing optical system; and
a detector which detects the laser beam reflected by the cantilever,
the condensing optical system including a cylindrical lens barrel having the laser beam source fixed to one end thereof, and a cylindrical lens mount which is coaxially disposed inside the lens barrel and has the collimator lens fixed to an end portion on a side close to the laser beam source and the focus lens fixed to an end portion on an opposite side,
the lens mount being configured to be movable in an axis direction with respect to the lens barrel by a screw groove engraved on an outer circumferential surface of the lens mount and an inner circumferential surface of the lens barrel,
wherein a ring-shaped elastic member is attached between the outer circumferential surface of the lens mount and the inner circumferential surface of the lens barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,168,305

CONTAINER SCREENING SYSTEM AND METHOD

BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITU...

1. An apparatus for detecting a presence of a container comprising a sample and determining a condition of the sample, comprising:a holder for supporting the container comprising the sample;
a radio frequency (RF)transmitter configured to transmit an RF signal at the holder;
an RF receiver configured to receive a reflected RF signal of the RF signal;
and memory comprising data representative of a baseline reflected RF signal;
and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to:
transform the reflected RF signal into a frequency domain as a transformed reflected waveform;
transform the baseline reflected RF signal into the frequency domain as a transformed baseline waveform;
determine a ratio of the transformed reflected waveform to the transformed baseline waveform;
compare the ratio relative to a predetermined threshold to determine whether the container is being supported by the holder;
and evaluate the reflected RF signal relative to the baseline reflected RF signal to determine the condition of the sample wherein the condition is one of a hazardous condition or a non-hazardous condition.

US Pat. No. 10,168,292

NANOSCALE CALORIMETER ON CHIP AND RELATED METHODS AND DEVICES

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF T...

1. An article comprising: an array of calorimeter devices, wherein the calorimeter devices each comprise:at least one fluidic enclosure disposed on a microfluidic chip, wherein the fluidic enclosure is substantially gas impermeable and consists essentially of substantially gas impermeable material;
at least one first chamber and at least one second chamber, wherein the first chamber and the second chamber are disposed within and enclosed by the fluidic enclosure, wherein the first chamber and the second chamber are not vacuum encapsulated, wherein each of the first chamber and the second chamber contain have at most a nanoliter scale volume of up to 100 nL, and wherein the first chamber and the second chamber have a chamber height of 50 microns or less;
at least two microfluidic channels connected to the first chamber and at least two microfluidic channels connected to the second chamber;
at least one thermal sensor disposed between the chip and the first and second chambers, wherein the thermal sensor is adapted to measure a temperature differential between the first and second chambers,
wherein the at least one thermal sensor comprises a plurality of thermocouples connected in series, and wherein the thermal sensor provides about 1?K to about 100 ?K temperature resolution;
at least one heater in thermal communication with at least one of the first chamber or the second chamber; and
at least one photodiode connected to the first chamber and at least one photodiode connected to the second chamber, and wherein the photodiode is located off-chip with respect to the microfluidic chip.

US Pat. No. 10,168,278

TOTAL PROTEIN MEASUREMENT USING WHOLE BLOOD REFRACTOMETRY

Instrumentation Laborator...

1. A method for measuring total protein in whole blood, the method comprising:performing refractometry on a whole blood sample; and
determining a total protein content of the whole blood sample based on the refractive index, wherein the performing the refractometry comprises directing a refractometer at the whole blood sample and determining a refractive index of the whole blood sample, wherein determining the refractive index comprises:
sensing an intensity of refracted light for each of a plurality of pixel locations across a surface to generate an angular spectrum image of the sample; and
determining a boundary location on the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,168,261

STRUCTURE FOR ACHIEVING DIMENSIONAL STABILITY DURING TEMPERATURE CHANGES

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A sample holding stage for a measurement instrument, the sample holding stage comprising:a sample holder comprising:
a sample platform having an upper surface upon which a sample may be placed and a lower surface disposed below the upper surface; and
a tubular support stem having a stem upper portion that is rigidly affixed to the lower surface of the sample platform and a stem lower portion disposed below the stem upper portion;
a support structure comprising:
a base member that is rigidly affixed to the stem lower portion;
a tubular wall member having a wall lower portion that is rigidly affixed to the base member and a wall upper portion disposed above the wall lower portion; and
a lip member affixed to the tubular wall member, the lip member having a central opening; and
a housing comprising:
a central bore into which are received the base member and the tubular wall member of the support structure; and
an upper ledge at least partially surrounding an upper portion of the central bore,
wherein the lip member of the support structure is rigidly affixed to the upper ledge of the housing,
wherein the tubular support stem of the sample holder is disposed inside the tubular wall member of the support structure,
wherein at least a portion of the sample platform of the sample holder is disposed inside the central opening of the lip member of the support structure,
wherein the sample platform can move axially with respect to the tubular wall member of the support structure due to thermal expansion or contraction,
wherein the base member of the support structure can move axially with respect to the housing due to thermal expansion or contraction, and
wherein the net axial displacement of the upper surface of the sample platform with respect to the upper ledge of the housing due to thermal expansion or contraction is no greater than 10 nanometers per degree change in temperature over a range of 25° C. to 1000° C.

US Pat. No. 10,168,246

METHODS OF SELECTING OPTICAL FIBERS THAT MEET BANDWIDTH REQUIREMENTS AT DIFFERENT WAVELENGTHS

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method of determining from a set of like optical fibers which of the optical fibers meet a short-wavelength bandwidth requirement BWRS at a short-wavelength ?S and a target-wavelength bandwidth requirement BWRT at a target wavelength ?T>?S, the method comprising:a) obtaining a short-wavelength bandwidth BWS from differential mode delay (DMD) measurement data at the short wavelength ?S;
b) determining a peak wavelength ?P for each optical fiber;
c) calculating a target-wavelength bandwidth BWT at the target wavelength ?T using the determined peak wavelength; and
d) determining which fibers from the set of fibers satisfy the conditions BWRS

US Pat. No. 10,168,233

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING SENSOR

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor including a plurality of sense nodes;
a plurality of first latch circuits including a plurality of first input nodes and a plurality of first output nodes, respectively, the plurality of first input nodes coupled to the plurality of sense nodes, respectively;
a plurality of second latch circuits including a plurality of second input nodes and a plurality of second output nodes, respectively, the plurality of second input nodes coupled to the plurality of first output nodes, respectively; and
a selector including a plurality of third input nodes coupled respectively to the plurality of first output nodes, a plurality of fourth input nodes coupled respectively to the plurality of second output nodes and a plurality of third output nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,168,225

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING EXTRASOLAR LASER PULSES

1. A method, comprising:detecting an extrasolar laser pulse;
observing the extrasolar pulse;
characterizing the extrasolar pulse, and
confirming the data related to characterizing the pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,168,221

UNCOOLED, HIGH SENSITIVITY SPECTRAL SELECTIVE INFRARED DETECTOR

Board of Trustees of the ...

1. An infrared (IR) detector comprising:a combination of a radio frequency (RF) resonator and a metamaterial absorber, comprising:
a bottom electrode to provide acoustic excitation;
a piezoelectric layer connected to the bottom electrode and suspended over a cavity defined within a semiconductor substrate; and
a top layer, comprising a mid-IR metamaterial, connected to the piezoelectric layer, wherein the top layer and the piezoelectric layer are sized to impedance match with a particular IR wavelength, to minimize reflection and maximize absorption of the particular IR wavelength, and thus make the top layer polarization sensitive to the particular IR wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,168,210

SNAPSHOT-TYPE POLARIZED HYPERSPECTRAL CAMERA AND AN IMAGING METHOD

Institute of Remote Sensi...

1. A snapshot-type polarized hyperspectral camera, characterized in that, it comprises polarizers, an image sensor and a spectra filter, the spectra filter being located on the image sensor, and the polarizers being located on one side of the image sensor;three polarizers are stuck into a first region, a second region and a third region of a channel with a preset wavelength at a first preset angle, a second preset angle and a third preset angle, respectively, the channel is divided into four regions, and the polarizers are used to shield and transmit incident light, so as to obtain light signals with different polarizing angles;
the image sensor is used to receive the light signals with different polarizing angles, which are obtained by the three polarizers, and convert the light signals with different polarizing angles into electric signals;
the spectra filter is used to receive the electric signals converted by the image sensor, and filter the electric signals, so as to obtain high-frequency electric signals with the preset wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,168,209

MODULAR IMAGING SPECTROMETER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

1. A modular imaging spectrometer assembly comprising:an all-reflective foreoptics assembly positioned to receive electromagnetic radiation from a scene and produce a real exit pupil, the all-reflective foreoptics assembly having a first f-number;
a first imaging spectrometer including a first all-reflective optical assembly configured to receive and disperse the electromagnetic radiation into a first plurality of spectral bands at a first image plane, the first imaging spectrometer having a second f-number that is independent of the first f-number, wherein the first all-reflective optical assembly includes:
a first plurality of collimating optics to receive and collimate the electromagnetic radiation from the at least one slit aperture to produce first collimated electromagnetic radiation,
a first dispersive element positioned to receive the first collimated electromagnetic radiation from the first plurality of collimating optics and disperse the first collimated electromagnetic radiation into the first plurality of spectral bands, and
a first plurality of focusing optics to focus the dispersed electromagnetic radiation at the first image plane;
a second imaging spectrometer spatially separated from the first imaging spectrometer, the second imaging spectrometer including a second all-reflective optical assembly configured to receive and disperse the electromagnetic radiation into a second plurality of spectral bands at a second image plane, the second imaging spectrometer having a third f-number that is independent of the first f-number, wherein the second all-reflective optical assembly includes:
a second plurality of collimating optics to receive and collimate the electromagnetic radiation from the at least one slit aperture to produce second collimated electromagnetic radiation,
a second dispersive element positioned to receive the second collimated electromagnetic radiation from the second plurality of collimating optics and disperse the second collimated electromagnetic radiation into the second plurality of spectral bands; and
a second plurality of focusing optics to focus the dispersed electromagnetic radiation at the second image plane; and
at least one slit aperture interposed between the all-reflective foreoptics assembly and the first imaging spectrometer and the second imaging spectrometer, the at least one slit aperture being positioned to receive the electromagnetic radiation from the real exit pupil and direct the electromagnetic radiation to the first imaging spectrometer and the second imaging spectrometer.

US Pat. No. 10,168,208

LIGHT AMOUNT DETECTION DEVICE, IMMUNE ANALYZING APPARATUS AND CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM APPARATUS THAT EACH USE THE LIGHT AMOUNT DETECTION DEVICE

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A light amount detection device comprising:an amplifier that performs amplification processing of amplifying a detection signal from a light detection unit for detecting light;
an A/D converter that performs A/D conversion processing of converting the detection signal amplified by the amplifier into a digital signal to output the digital signal;
a base voltage calculation part that performs base voltage calculation processing of, for the output signal from the A/D converter, calculating, as a base voltage, a time average value of signal components each having a voltage lower than a predetermined base threshold value;
a base correction processing part that performs base correction processing of offsetting the output signal from the A/D converter in such a manner that the base voltage calculated by the base voltage calculation part becomes 0;
a dark current calculation part that performs dark current calculation processing of, for an output signal from the base voltage calculation processing part in a non-input state in which light is not input into the light detection unit, calculating, as a dark current pulse, a signal component having a voltage higher than a predetermined signal detection threshold value;
a threshold value processing part that performs threshold value processing of, for the output signal from the base voltage calculation processing part, calculating, as a detection light pulse, a signal component having a voltage higher than a predetermined signal detection threshold value; and
a light emission signal amount calculation part that performs light emission signal amount calculation processing of calculating a light emission signal amount by subtracting, from the signal component of the detection light obtained by the threshold value processing, a time average value of the signal components of the dark current obtained by the dark current calculation processing.

US Pat. No. 10,168,205

OPTICAL SENSING MODULE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. An optical sensing module, comprising:a light source adapted to provide a radiation beam emergent from the optical sensing module;
a sensing device disposed with a displacement from the light source; and
a first lens disposed above the sensing device, the first lens having an optical axis, the optical axis extending through a geometric center of the first lens and vertical to a plane on which the light source and the sensing device are disposed,
wherein the optical axis of the first lens is offset from a geometric center of the sensing device along a direction perpendicular to a direction from the light source to the sensing device by a predetermined distance,
wherein the sensing device is adapted to receive an object beam passing the first lens,
the first lens has a light incident plane, a light emergent plane opposite to the light incident plane, and a connecting plane connecting the light incident plane and the light emergent plane, and an included angle between the connecting plane and the optical axis is larger than 0 degree and smaller than 75 degrees to reduce an area of the optical sensing module along the direction perpendicular to the direction from the light source to the sensing device.

US Pat. No. 10,168,204

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING WATERPROOFING OF THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing;
a speaker disposed inside the housing; and
a processor disposed inside the housing and configured to:
control the speaker to output a reference signal in the form of a sound,
receive a feedback signal corresponding to the reference signal outputted in a resonance space inside the housing,
determine a lowest resonant frequency from the feedback signal, and
determine whether the electronic device is waterproofed based on whether a value of the lowest resonant frequency is within a preset range.

US Pat. No. 10,168,194

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DRIVING A MULTI-OSCILLATOR SYSTEM

Analog Devices, Inc., No...

1. A method of detecting a physical quantity from a sensor, the sensor having a plurality of oscillation members including at least a first oscillation member and a second oscillation member, the method comprising:driving the first oscillation member with a first drive signal having a first drive frequency in a first time interval and a second drive frequency in a second time interval;
driving the second oscillation member with a second drive signal;
receiving a first incoming signal representing an oscillation frequency of the first oscillation member;
receiving a second incoming signal representing an oscillation frequency of the second oscillation member; and
detecting the physical quantity based on the oscillation frequency of the first oscillation member and the oscillation frequency of the second oscillation member.

US Pat. No. 10,168,190

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A mobile device comprising:a sensor configured to measure an environmental factor and obtain first data based on the measured environmental factor;
a communication module configured to receive, from at least one external mobile device, second data obtained by the at least one external mobile device;
a processor configured to generate environment information on an area in which the mobile device is located, calculated from the first data and the received second data; and
an output module configured to display the environment information,
wherein the first data, the second data and the environment information are associated with the same environmental factor including at least one of temperature, humidity, concentration of carbon dioxide, atmospheric pressure, and an ultraviolet index on the area in which the mobile device is located,
wherein the mobile device requests second data from the at least one external mobile device through a provision server, and
wherein the mobile device receives, from the provision server, at least one second data obtained by the at least one external mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,168,185

CIRCUIT BOARDS AND ELECTRONIC PACKAGES WITH EMBEDDED TAMPER-RESPONDENT SENSOR

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of fabricating an electronic circuit comprising:providing a multilayer circuit board;
providing an enclosure mounted to the multilayer circuit board within a groove in the multilayer circuit board; and
providing a tamper-respondent sensor embedded within the multilayer circuit board, the tamper-respondent sensor defining, at least in part, a secure volume associated with the multilayer circuit board, and comprising:
multiple tamper-respondent layers within the multilayer circuit board, the multiple tamper-respondent layers being spaced apart, parallel layers within the multilayer circuit board that facilitate defining the secure volume, at least in part, within the multilayer circuit board, and the multiple tamper-respondent layers comprising:
at least one tamper-respondent picture frame-type layer encircling the secure volume within the multilayer circuit board, a tamper-respondent picture frame-type layer of the at least one tamper-respondent picture frame-type layer comprising one or more conductive trace lines extending horizontally around the tamper-respondent picture frame-type layer within the multilayer circuit board and encircling the secure volume within the multilayer circuit board, wherein the one or more conductive trace lines of the tamper-respondent picture frame-type layer encircling the secure volume within the multilayer circuit board are encircled or intersected by the groove in the multilayer circuit board; and
at least one tamper-respondent mat layer forming a base of the secure volume within the multilayer circuit board, the at least one tamper-respondent picture frame-type layer being disposed over the at least one tamper-respondent mat layer.

US Pat. No. 10,168,173

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING VISUAL LANDMARKS IN INITIAL NAVIGATION

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method for providing initial navigation guidance, the method comprising:determining, by one or more processors, a route from a current location of a portable device to a destination, the route including a sequence of directed sections;
generating, by the one or more processors, navigation instructions to guide a user of the portable device along the route to the destination, including, in response to determining that the portable computing device is at rest at the current location:
identifying candidate navigation landmarks perceptible within a 360-degree range of the current location of the portable device,
selecting, from among the candidate navigation landmarks, a navigation landmark disposed in a direction substantially opposite to the direction of the first one in the sequence of directed sections, and
generating an initial instruction in the navigation instructions, the initial instruction referencing the selected navigation landmark; and
causing the initial navigation instruction to be provided via a user interface of the portable device.

US Pat. No. 10,168,167

PURPOSEFULLY SELECTING LONGER ROUTES TO IMPROVE USER SATISFACTION

VIA TRANSPORTATION, INC.,...

1. An automated ridesharing dispatch system, comprising:a communications interface configured to:
receive ride requests from a plurality of users, wherein each ride request includes a starting point and a desired destination;
receive from a plurality of communication devices associated with a plurality of ridesharing vehicles, indications of current locations of the plurality of ridesharing vehicles;
memory configured to store a plurality of rules including a rule to select a fastest route for guiding a ridesharing vehicle, and a rule for reducing backtracking, even in instances where backtracking would result in shorter travel time; and
at least one processor configured to:
assign the plurality of users to a common ridesharing vehicle;
use the stored plurality of rules to determine a route for the ridesharing vehicle other than the fastest route, the determined route is selected to account for the rule for reducing backtracking and includes a plurality of pick-up and drop-off locations associated with the starting points and desired destinations of the plurality of users;
in order to reduce backtracking, direct the ridesharing vehicle along the determined route other than the fastest route; and
receive real time traffic data and calculate an expected travel-time change associated with users currently riding in the ridesharing vehicle when the ridesharing vehicle is directed along a route with backtracking as compared to a route with reduced backtracking.

US Pat. No. 10,168,165

DRIVER GUIDANCE FOR GUIDED MANEUVERING

Modular Mining Systems, I...

1. A system, comprising:a position sensor configured to identify a location of a vehicle;
an interface device configured to generate feedback; and
a controller connected to the position sensor and the interface device, the controller being configured to:
identify a destination for the vehicle,
determine a location of the destination, the location of the destination being at least partially determined by a location of a shovel and a loading radius of the shovel,
determine a heading of the destination, the heading of the destination being at least partially determined by an orientation of a bucket of the shovel when the bucket is positioned over the destination,
compare the location of the vehicle to the location of the destination to determine a location difference,
compare a heading of the vehicle to the heading of the destination to determine a heading offset, and
generate feedback on the interface device, wherein the feedback is determined by the location difference and the heading offset.

US Pat. No. 10,168,145

THREE DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional shape measurement apparatus comprising:a processor configured to execute instructions which cause the three-dimensional shape measurement apparatus to function as units comprising:
(1) a projection unit configured to project a stripe pattern including a light portion and a dark portion to a measurement area;
(2) a photographing unit configured to photograph a target object in the measurement area while the stripe pattern is projected by the projection unit, wherein the photographing unit has a single image sensing element and a single focus position;
(3) a detection unit configured to detect an edge position representing a boundary between a light portion and a dark portion based on an image photographed by the photographing unit; and
(4) a measurement unit configured to measure a three-dimensional shape of the target object based on the edge position detected by the detection unit,
wherein a focus position of the photographing unit is set farther than a position which is determined as being closest to an axis going through a center of a projection range of the projection unit, among a plurality of positions on an axis going through a center of a photographing range of the photographing unit, when observed from the photographing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,168,141

METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AIR POLLUTION SOURCES BASED ON AEROSOL RETRIEVAL AND GLOWWORM SWARM ALGORITHM

1. A method for identifying air pollution sources based on aerosol retrieval and a glowworm swarm algorithm, comprising steps of:S1: acquiring a satellite remote sensing image and a digital map of a corresponding region;
S2: acquiring a wind direction and a wind speed of the corresponding region of the satellite remote sensing image, to obtain a wind speed vector speedwind;
S3: retrieving (Aerosol Optical Depth) AOD values from the satellite remote sensing image, to obtain an AOD result image;
S4: gridding the AOD result image into M×N image blocks, calculating an average AOD value of pixels included in each image block; gridding the digital map of the corresponding region into M×N image blocks, obtaining coordinates Ek of an image block corresponding to an enterprise k based on enterprise coordinates, where k=1, 2, . . . , K, and K represents the number of enterprises;
S5: tracing pollutant sources using a method based on (Glowworm Swarm Optimization) GSO, which comprises steps of:
S5(1): setting an initial luciferin level Li(0) of each glowworm to be the same, taking coordinates of each pixel block as an initial location xi(0) of the glowworm, taking an average AOD value corresponding to the pixel blocks as an attribute value Ai of the glowworm, and setting an initial value rdi(0) of a neighborhood of each glowworm, i=1, 2, . . . , Q, Q=M×N;
S5(2): setting an iteration number t=1;
S5(3): calculating a luciferin level of a glowworm of a t-th generation according to the following equation:
Li(t)=(1??)Li(t?1)+?F(xi(t))
where t is the iteration number, i is an index of the glowworm, Li(t) is a luciferin level of a glowworm i of the t-th generation, Li(t?1) is a luciferin level of the glowworm i of a (t?1)-th generation, ? is a luciferin decay constant, ??(0,1), ? is a luciferin enhancement constant, F(xi(t)) is an objective function value of the glowworm i at a current location xi(t), and the objective function is calculated according to the following equation:

where dik(t) is a distance between the glowworm i at the current location xi(t) and the coordinates Ek of the enterprise k;
S5(4): for each glowworm i, respectively calculating a moving probability pij(t) to another glowworm j in a neighborhood Ni(t) thereof; selecting the glowworm j, to which the glowworm i is to move for this time, using a roulette rule, and marking with an index j?, and then updating the location of the glowworm i according to the following equation:

where xj?(t) is a location of the glowworm j? of the t-th generation, S is a moving step size, and ? ? represents solving an Euclidean norm;
?attribute is a glowworm similarity correction factor calculated as follows: firstly in a neighborhood Ni(t) of the glowworm i, a glowworm j* with a closest attribute value Ai to the glowworm i is searched and then ?attribute is calculated:

where sa is a predetermined step size, xj*(t) is a location of the glowworm j* of the t-th generation;
?wind is a wind speed and wind direction correction factor, and calculated as: ?wind=sw·speedwind, where sw is a scaling factor;
S5(5): in condition that the iteration number t=T, T being a maximum predetermined iteration number of times, taking a current location of each glowworm as a source location Xi0 thereof, and terminating the iteration; otherwise proceeding to step S5(6);
S5(6): updating a neighborhood radius rdi(t+1) of each glowworm, then letting t=t+1, and returning to step S5(3);
S6: obtaining a radius Rk of a pollution coverage area of the enterprise according to the coordinates Ek of the image block corresponding to the enterprise;
S7: according to the radius Rk of the pollution coverage area and the source location xi0 of each glowworm, taking the enterprise k as an enterprise producing pollutants corresponding to the glowworms in the pollution coverage area thereof, calculating an AOD corresponding to the glowworms in the pollution coverage area thereof;
identifying the enterprise k as a pollution source;
determining a pollution index of the enterprise k, wherein the pollution index represents a pollution level of the enterprise k; and
using the determined pollution index to evaluate a pollution situation of the enterprise k.

US Pat. No. 10,168,070

HVAC BOOT AND GRILLE ASSEMBLY

Havaco Technologies Incor...

1. A boot and grille assembly for an HVAC system which can be installed through wallboard, or the like, said assembly comprising:a) a boot having a radially extending flange and at least one vane adjustably secured inside said boot;
b) a quick-connect fastener extending through said flange, said quick-connect fastener readily engaging a back side of the wallboard and securing said boot to the wallboard;
c) a decorative grille adapted for securing to said boot; and
d) a securement knob threaded into the boot for attaching said decorative grille to said boot, said securement knob having a hollow core;whereby an operating rod can be inserted through said hollow core to adjust said at least one vane.

US Pat. No. 10,168,067

DETECTING AND HANDLING A BLOCKED CONDITION IN THE COIL

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A controller for a heating, ventilating, and cooling (HVAC) system, comprising:an interface configured to receive feedback data from a fan of the HVAC system;
a memory operable to store a fan model and a plurality of thresholds; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the memory and the interface, the processor operable to:
determine a virtual sensor measurement based at least in part upon the feedback data from the fan and the fan model, the virtual sensor measurement indicating the static pressure across a coil of the HVAC system;
determine that the virtual sensor measurement is greater than at least one of a group consisting of a frost threshold and a fouling threshold;
in response to determining that the virtual sensor measurement is greater than at least one of a group consisting of the frost threshold and the fouling threshold, determine a blocked condition on the coil;
determine that the virtual sensor measurement is greater than the frost threshold;
determine that an outdoor temperature is less than a freezing threshold;
determine that the HVAC system is running a heating mode;
in response to determining that the virtual sensor measurement is greater than the frost threshold and that the outdoor temperature is less than the freezing threshold and that the HVAC system is running in a heating mode, determine that the blocked condition on the coil is a frosted coil; and
in response to determining that the blocked condition on the coil is the frosted coil, instruct the HVAC system to initiate a defrost cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,168,064

ULTRASONIC HUMIDIFIER

1. An ultrasonic humidifier comprising:a base chamber having a first floater;
a water reservoir coupled to the base chamber having a second floater; and
a top water tank disposed on top of the water reservoir;
wherein the second floater is positioned at an upper portion of the water reservoir coupled to the top water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,168,048

DUAL FUEL BURNER PRESSURE SWITCH SHUT OFF MECHANISM

GHP Group, Inc., Niles, ...

1. In a dual fuel fire burner assembly to which at least two kinds of gaseous fuel can be supplied, the dual fuel fire burner assembly adapted to receive at least two sources of fuel, each source of fuel providing a distinctive fuel having a source pressure that differs from the source pressure of the other source of fuel, with a fuel selector operable to place the burner assembly in condition for use of a selected fuel, the two sources of fuel being controlled through a main controller valve, the burner assembly comprising:a pressure detector which detects pressure of the fuel source and provides a fuel pressure indication of the fuel pressure, the pressure detector coupled to an electrical pressure switch;
a tine associated with the fuel selector which provides a tine indication of the fuel selected, the tine coupled to an electrical selector switch;
a parallel electrical circuit comprising the pressure switch and the selector switch, the pressure switch adapted to open or close a first branch of the parallel circuit based upon the fuel pressure indication and the selector switch adapted to open or close a second branch of the parallel electrical circuit based upon the tine indication, wherein the two switches close the main controller valve to shut off fuel supply if the fuel pressure indication does not match the tine indication.

US Pat. No. 10,168,032

EXTERIOR LAMP MOUNTING ADAPTOR

1. A mounting adaptor for an electric light fixture to be mounted on a surface, the mounting adaptor comprising:a base and a joining member each having an interfacing face, one of the base and the joining member comprising on its interfacing face a groove, the other one of the base and the joining member comprising on its interfacing face a lip adapted to cooperate with the groove thereby providing a capability to assemble releasably the joining member with the base;
the base comprising a mounting element adapted to mount the base to the surface;
the joining member comprising a joint element adapted to mount the electric light fixture to the joining member; and
a locking mechanism adapted to lock the base and the joining member in a mounted position relatively to each other, wherein the locking mechanism comprises a resilient member moving from an unlocked position to a locked position during an assembly of the joining member with the base.

US Pat. No. 10,168,006

BACKLIGHT MODULE

Au Optronics Corporation,...

1. A backlight module, comprising:a light source suitable for emitting a first light and have an optical axis; and
an optical film group comprising an optical wavelength conversion film adapted to receive the first light and to convert the first light into a second light with different wavelength, the optical wavelength conversion film comprising a first portion and second portions, wherein the first portion of the optical wavelength conversion film is located in the optical axis of the light source, the second portions of the optical wavelength conversion films are respectively located in two sides of the optical axis of the light source, a quantity of the first light received per unit area of the first portion of the optical wavelength conversion film is greater than a quantity of the first light received per unit area of the second portions of the optical wavelength conversion film, and an optical wavelength conversion efficiency of the first portion of the optical wavelength conversion film with respect to the first light is smaller than an optical wavelength conversion efficiency of the second portions of the optical wavelength conversion film with respect to the first light.

US Pat. No. 10,167,948

HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A hydraulic control system for a transmission of a motor vehicle, the hydraulic control system comprising:a pressure regulation subsystem in fluid communication with a pump for providing pressurized hydraulic fluid;
a manual valve assembly in direct fluid communication with the pressure regulation subsystem, wherein the manual valve assembly is moveable by an operator of the motor vehicle between at least a park position, a neutral position, a drive position, and a reverse position;
a default disable valve assembly in direct fluid communication with the manual valve assembly;
a solenoid in direct fluid communication with the default disable valve assembly; and
a default select valve assembly in direct fluid communication with the default disable valve assembly,
wherein the manual valve assembly is in direct fluid communication with the default disable valve assembly which is in direct fluid communication with the solenoid and the default select valve assembly, wherein the solenoid enables the default disable valve assembly to enable three default modes of operation and the default select valve assembly selects between two of the three default modes of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,946

ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION RANGE SELECTION SYSTEM INCLUDING A BEZEL WITH LOCATING FEATURES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a console trim plate;
a shifter bezel coupled to the console trim plate;
a shifter coupled to the shifter bezel, wherein the shifter includes a shifter body and a shifter handle movably coupled to the shifter body;
a plurality of shock absorbers interconnecting the shifter bezel and the shifter in order to align the console trim plate with the shifter bezel; and
wherein each of the shock absorbers includes a first disc, a second disc and a bar interconnecting the first disc and the second disc.

US Pat. No. 10,167,942

SPEED REDUCING EQUIPMENT WITH TORQUE SPLITTER, AND CASING THEREOF

1. A speed reducer with torque splitting comprising:a casing comprising three overlapping metallic casing parts having holes: first, second and third metallic casing parts, each presenting vertical walls provided with ribs;
roller bearings disposed in the holes of the casing parts; and
rotatable shafts contained within the casing, each rotatable shaft having a shaft center line being the axis of rotation of the shaft;
the speed reducer attached to a foundation surface;
wherein one of the rotatable shafts is an inlet pinion shaft with two dentates, each dentate has a helix direction different from one another;
wherein the closing between the first and second casing parts forms an inclined planar surface with regard to the foundation surface;
wherein the closing between the second and third casing parts is formed by three planar surfaces, two of which are parallel with the foundation surface, and the other of which is orthogonal with the foundation surface; and
wherein each shaft center line lies on one of:
the inclined planar surface between the first and second casing parts; and
the two planar surfaces between the second and third casing parts parallel with the foundation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,167,938

COMPACT PLANETARY DIFFERENTIAL

1. A compact planetary differential, comprising:a drive input ring gear having external teeth;
a planet gear carrier having first and second axial sides connected rotationally fixed to the drive input ring gear;
first planet gears located on the first axial side of the planet gear carrier, and second planet gears located on the second axial side of the planet gear carrier, the first and second planet gears being arranged in intermeshing pairs, and the planet gear carrier including interface openings through which the respective intermeshing pairs of the first and second planet gears contact one another;
first and second pin plates located respectively on the first and second axial sides of the planet gear carrier, the first and second pin plates including aligned openings at a position for each of the first planet gears and each of the second planet gears;
pinion shafts extend through the aligned openings in the first and second pin plates and pinion shaft openings in the planet gear carrier, a single one of the first or second planet gears being rotatably supported on each respective one of the pinion shafts;
a first sun gear located on the first axial side of the planet gear carrier that engages the first planet gears; and
a second sun gear being located on the second axial side of the planet gear carrier that engages the second planet gears.

US Pat. No. 10,167,932

LOADING CAM DEVICE AND FRICTION ROLLER-TYPE SPEED REDUCER

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A loading cam device comprising:a circular plate-shaped cam plate including one axial side surface which is a first cam surface having concaves and convexes in a circumferential direction;
a disc including one axial side surface which faces the first cam surface and is a second cam surface having concaves and convexes in a circumferential direction;
a circular ring-shaped retainer provided between the first cam surface and the second cam surface; and
a plurality of balls provided to contact the first and second cam surfaces at each rolling surface thereof while being rollably held in the retainer,
wherein projections protruding towards the cam plate and the disc are provided on both axial side surfaces of the retainer at a plurality of positions at which phases of the projections in the circumferential direction are offset from pockets for holding the respective balls, and one axial surfaces of the cam plate and the disc are formed with concave portions at portions facing the respective projections, the concave portions having an axial depth deepest at a center portion thereof in the circumferential direction and becoming shallower towards both end portions thereof in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,912

PLATE ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING FLOATING WEAR LININGS FOR MULTI-DISK BRAKE SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING VIBRATION IN A MULTI-DISK BRAKE SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

9. A multi-disk brake system comprising:a plurality of adjacent stator-rotor pairs comprising a plurality of friction disks;
a pressure plate at a first end of the plurality of adjacent stator-rotor pairs and adjacent a front rotor thereof;
an end plate at a second end of the plurality of adjacent stator-rotor pairs and adjacent an aft rotor thereof; and
a floating plate wear liner mounted against at least one of the pressure plate or the end plate by a pair of internally-mounted wheel bearings, wherein the pair of internally-mounted wheel bearings are at a radially outer portion and a radially inner portion of the pressure plate and the floating plate wear liner.

US Pat. No. 10,167,906

CLUTCH ASSEMBLY HAVING A HYDRAULICALLY ACTUATE PISTON AND LATCHING DEVICE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A clutch assembly for a transmission, comprising:a first clutch member extending along a central axis;
a second clutch member co-axially spaced from the first clutch member, wherein the second clutch member is axially slidable in a first axial direction to engage the first clutch member and in a second axial direction to disengage from the first clutch member;
a spring biasing the second clutch member in one of the first axial direction and the second axial direction;
a piston selectively actuatable to move the second clutch member in the other of the first axial direction and the second axial direction, thereby overcoming a biasing force of the spring; and
a latching device to selectively lock the piston in at least one of a first position when the second clutch member is in the first axial direction and in a second position when the second clutch member is in the second axial direction, wherein the latching device includes a selectively retractable locking pin and the piston has an external surface defining a slot to receive the locking pin, thereby locking the piston in the first position or the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,903

DUAL CLUTCH

1. A duplex clutch for coupling a drive shaft of a motor vehicle to at least one of a first transmission input shaft or a second transmission input shaft of a motor vehicle transmission, the duplex clutch comprising:a first partial clutch for coupling the drive shaft to the first transmission input shaft, with the first partial clutch comprising a first counter plate, at least one first intermediate plate axially displaceable in reference to the first counter plate, and a first compression plate axially displaceable in reference to the first counter plate and to the first intermediate plate for compressing first friction linings of a first clutch disk between the first counter plate and the first intermediate plate as well as between the first intermediate plate and the first compression plate;
a second partial clutch for coupling the drive shaft to the second transmission input shaft, with the second partial clutch comprising a second counter plate, at least one second intermediate plate axially displaceable in reference to the second counter plate, and a second compression plate axially displaceable in reference to the second counter plate and to the second intermediate plate for compressing second friction linings of a second clutch disk between the second counter plate and the second intermediate plate as well as between the second intermediate plate and the second compression plate;
a first actuating cup for displacement of the first compression plate; and
a second actuating cup, embodied stiffly, for the displacement of the second compression plate,
wherein the first and second partial clutches are actuated directly without any lever movements, and
the first actuating cup engages the first compression plate without any pivotal motion, and the second actuating cup engages the second compression plate without any pivotal motion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,900

TAPER ROLLER BEARING

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A taper roller bearing comprising:an inner ring that includes a small flange that is positioned on a first side in an axial direction and that protrudes to an outer side in a radial direction, and a large flange that is positioned on a second side in the axial direction and that protrudes to the outer side in the radial direction;
an outer ring that is positioned on the outer side in the radial direction of the inner ring;
a plurality of taper rollers that are positioned between the inner ring and the outer ring; and
an annular cage that holds the plurality of taper rollers at an interval in the circumferential direction,
wherein:
the cage includes a small-diameter annular portion that is positioned on one side of the cage, a large-diameter annular portion that is positioned on an opposite side of the cage and on the outer side in the radial direction of the large flange, and a plurality of column portions that link the small-diameter annular portion and the large-diameter annular portion with each other, and
a labyrinth structure, which suppresses a flow of lubricating oil from inside the taper roller bearing to outside the taper roller bearing, is provided between the large flange and the large-diameter annular portion, the labyrinth structure including an annular enlarged space portion that is disposed axially between a flange surface of the large flange and a radially inward surface of the large-diameter annular portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,869

WASTEWATER AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM WITH MONITORED SAMPLE TUBE FILL LEVEL

Wuhan China Star Optoelec...

1. A wastewater monitor and analysis system, comprising a self-priming pump, a first sample pipe and a container, which is a Parshall flume tank, containing a sample to be tested, and the first sample pipe connects the self-priming pump and the container, and the self-priming pump transports the sample to be tested in the container to the first sample pipe, whereinthe wastewater monitor and analysis system further comprises a fluid supplementation device connected with the first sample pipe, and a default level value is preset in the fluid supplementation device, and the fluid supplementation device monitors a level of the sample to be tested in the first sample pipe, and extracts the sample to be tested from the container to supplement the sample to be tested to the first sample pipe as the level value of the sample to be tested in the first sample pipe is lower than the default level value to ensure that the self-priming pump normally work and to ensure that the wastewater monitor and analysis system normally and constantly perform monitoring.

US Pat. No. 10,167,859

HYDRAULIC VALVE COVER ASSEMBLY

Nabors Industries, Inc., ...

1. A mud pump fluid end valve cover assembly, comprising:a threaded ring attachable to a fluid end module and configured to receive a screw gland;
an outside housing surrounding the threaded ring and providing an offset between the fluid end module and a top end portion of the fluid end valve cover;
a spring positioned between the top end portion and the threaded ring and biased to provide a downward biasing force on the threaded ring toward the fluid end module, wherein the screw gland in the threaded ring translates the downward biasing force to a reaction force applied against a valve plug of the fluid end module; and
a piston positioned at a base of the threaded ring and configured to actuate to overcome the downward biasing force and lift the threaded ring from the fluid end module to reduce the reaction force of the screw gland against the valve plug.

US Pat. No. 10,167,854

SHAPE MEMORY ARTICLE WITH HEAT-GENERATING MICROCAPSULE

International Business Ma...

1. A shape memory article, comprising:a shape memory material that transitions to a first shape from a second shape when a temperature of the shape memory material exceeds a threshold temperature; and
a plurality of microcapsules in thermal contact with the shape memory material, wherein
each microcapsule in the plurality of microcapsules has a first compartment, a second compartment, and an isolating structure separating the first and second compartments, wherein the isolating structure is rupturable in response to a stimulus, the first compartments each contain a first component, and the second compartments each contain a second component that reacts with the first component to produce heat.

US Pat. No. 10,167,837

MOBILE TELEPHONE FOR REMOTE OPERATION

1. A method for operating a remote keyless system installed on an automobile, the method comprising:executing a first executable program on a first mobile telephone, the executing of the first executable program enabling said first mobile telephone to passively communicate with said remote keyless system to control a first group of functions of said remote keyless system when execution of said first executable program is automatically detected proximate to said remote keyless system, and
executing a second executable program on a second mobile telephone different that the first mobile telephone, the executing of the second executable program enabling said second mobile telephone to passively communicate with said remote keyless system to control a second group of functions of said remote keyless system when execution of said second executable program is automatically detected proximate to said remote keyless system and simultaneous with the detection of said execution of said first executable program, wherein said second group of functions comprises one or more, but less than all, of said first group of functions;
wherein said first group of functions comprises door lock, door unlock and remote start, and wherein said second group of functions comprises door lock and door unlock but not remote start.

US Pat. No. 10,167,834

HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL PUMP INCLUDING A DISCHARGE VALVE WITH A VALVE BALL AND A VALVE BODY

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A high-pressure fuel pump, comprising:a discharge valve that includes:
a valve ball; and
a valve body that includes:
a sealing section on which a sealing seat is present, and
a guide section in which the valve ball is guided;
wherein:
the guide section includes a plurality of axially protruding webs between which first flow paths are formed; and
an opening, which faces radially outwardly, is present between two adjacent ones of the webs.

US Pat. No. 10,167,819

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE WATER INJECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:adjusting an amount of water injection into an engine responsive to a torque ratio at a current spark timing relative to a torque ratio at borderline knock, and further based on sensed humidity in an engine intake manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,167,815

THRUST REVERSER OF A TURBOFAN POD COMPRISING A SINGLE CONTROL FOR MOVABLE COWLINGS AND A VARIABLE NOZZLE

1. A thrust reverser of a bypass turbojet engine nacelle comprising:movable cowls which move backwards relative to a front fixed structure in order to uncover fixed or movable cascade vanes of the thrust reverser;
a variable section secondary nozzle connected to the movable cowls by axial guide rails;
cylinders mounted on the fixed front structure in order to effect a controlled axial displacement of both the movable cowls and the secondary nozzle, wherein the cylinders are directly connected to the secondary nozzle; and
locks positioned on and moving with the movable cowls, each one of the locks comprising two positions, controlled by an actuator, causing alternately a locking onto the front fixed structure or a locking onto a control member of the secondary nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,803

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING PROGNOSIS OF FUEL DELIVERY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An engine comprisinga plurality of combustion cylinders configured to burn a fuel to power the engine;
a plurality of fuel injectors, each arranged to deliver fuel from a fuel tank to one of the plurality of combustion cylinders; and
a controller programmed to
adjust a fuel trim signal gain based on sensing exhaust flow downstream of the combustion cylinders,
monitor a cumulative misfire count for each of the plurality of combustion cylinders, and
issue a prognosis message identifying a state of health of at least one of the plurality of fuel injectors in response to a fuel trim signal gain exceeding an adjustment threshold and a cumulative misfire count greater than a misfire threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,167,802

METHOD FOR INJECTION VALVES

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A method for operating an internal combustion engine with one or more injection valves having nozzle needles activated by a respective piezo actuator, the method comprising:actuating a particular piezo actuator in a pulse-width-modulated manner;
recording the T on and/or T off switching times of the pulse-width-modulated piezo output stage of the particular piezo actuator;
evaluating the recorded switching times to derive a position of the nozzle needle of the injection valve associated with the particular piezo actuator; and
using the derived positions to control actuation of the particular piezo actuator during operation of the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,167,801

NVH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM BASED ON FLOOR VIBRATION FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for managing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) based on floor vibration for a vehicle, the system comprising:a vibration sensor, which is disposed on a floor of the vehicle and is configured to detect a vibration value thereof;
a control module, which controls an operation of a vibration generating device of the vehicle in response to the vibration value detected by the vibration sensor; and
a display module, which is configured to receive a message and to display information,
wherein when the vibration value detected by the vibration sensor exceeds a predetermined first threshold value, the control module is configured to decrease the vibration by adjusting a driving parameter of the vibration generating device of the vehicle, and
wherein when the vibration value detected by the vibration sensor exceeds a predetermined second threshold value, the control module is configured to generate and output a notice message including information inducing a check of an NVH system and to transmit the notice message to the display module.

US Pat. No. 10,167,797

CONTROL SYSTEM OF ENGINE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A control system of an engine, the control system controlling, by using a tumble flow, a behavior of fuel that is directly injected into a combustion chamber formed inside a cylinder of the engine, the control system comprising:a fuel injector for directly injecting the fuel into the combustion chamber;
an intake port configured to generate the tumble flow within the combustion chamber; and
a processor configured to:
control an ignition plug of the engine to ignite after a top dead center on compression stroke of the cylinder in a cold state of the engine; and
control the fuel injector to inject the fuel in a three-stage injection at an intake-stroke injection timing designed to be on intake stroke of the cylinder, a compression-stroke-early-half injection timing designed to be in an early half of the compression stroke, and a compression-stroke-latter-half injection timing designed to be in a latter half of the compression stroke,
wherein the processor controls the fuel injector to inject the fuel toward a vortex center of the tumble flow above an anti-injector-side inclined surface of a crown surface of the combustion chamber at the compression-stroke-early-half injection timing.

US Pat. No. 10,167,796

GASOLINE PARTICULATE FILTER REGENERATION STRATEGY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of regenerating a gas particulate filter in a motor vehicle comprising the steps of:determining a pressure drop through a gas particulate filter to determine a necessity of regeneration,
determining a soot level in the gas particulate filter from the pressure drop,
determining if a soot level in the gas particulate filter is above a first predetermined value and providing a first driver information message,
determining if a soot level in the gas particulate filter is above a second, higher predetermined value and providing a second driver information message,
determining a temperature of inlet gasses to the gas particulate filter, adjusting at least one of a first set of engine operating parameters if the temperature is below a threshold temperature to increase the temperature,
adjusting a second set of engine operating parameters if the temperature is above a threshold temperature to burn particulates in the particulate filter, and
continuing to operate under the second set of engine operating parameters until a predetermined condition is met.

US Pat. No. 10,167,784

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING SHAFT SHEAR EVENT

1. A method of detecting a break of a turbine-driven shaft of a gas turbine engine during operation of the gas turbine engine, the method comprising:detecting a first axial acceleration of a component of the gas turbine engine other than the turbine-driven shaft, the first axial acceleration having a magnitude equal to or exceeding a preset threshold and a first direction along a longitudinal axis of the turbine-driven shaft;
after detecting the first axial acceleration of the component, detecting a second axial acceleration of the component, the second axial acceleration having a second direction along the longitudinal axis of the turbine-driven shaft and opposite the first direction; and
initiating a shutdown of the gas turbine engine after detecting the second axial acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,167,781

IGNITER ASSEMBLY

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. An igniter assembly for a combustion system of a gas turbine engine, the igniter assembly including:an igniter plug having a tip which, in use, is located at an aperture in a wall of a flame-tube of the combustion system such that the tip can provide an electrical discharge to ignite an air-fuel mixture within the flame-tube; and
a substantially annular igniter boss which is located on the wall of the flame-tube at the aperture to encircle the tip, wherein
the igniter boss has a slot formed therein at one side of the tip, an entrance of the slot receiving air from outside the flame-tube and an exit of the slot having a rectangular flow cross-section that delivers the air as a sheet-shaped flow over the tip, the slot being tapered such that a thickness of the slot narrows from an entrance of the slot to an exit of the slot, the thickness of the slot being defined by opposing surfaces, and the slot having a width in a circumferential direction of the boss,
the opposing surfaces defining the thickness of the slot are an outer surface of the wall of the flame-tube and a sloping surface of the boss, and
one side of the slot is bounded by the outer surface of the wall of the flame-tube, and a side of the slot opposing the one side of the slot is bounded by the sloping surface of the boss.

US Pat. No. 10,167,771

EBULLIENT COOLING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An ebullient cooling device comprising:a coolant passage configured to be formed inside an internal-combustion engine, and to allow a coolant that cools the internal-combustion engine by boiling to flow therethrough;
an expander configured to be driven by the coolant that has boiled in the internal-combustion engine;
a condenser configured to be located at a downstream side of the expander, and to cool the coolant that has passed through the expander;
an oil cooler configured to cool a cooling object by heat exchange with the coolant;
and
a control valve,
wherein a low-pressure region including the expander and the condenser and a high-pressure region other than the low-pressure region are formed in a path through which the coolant circulates,
a passage connecting to a part through which a liquid-phase coolant flows and a passage connecting to the low-pressure region are coupled to the oil cooler,
a passage is configured to diverge from the passage connecting to the low-pressure region and to be communicated with the coolant passage formed inside the internal-combustion engine, and
the control valve is configured to switch between a state where a passage leading to the low-pressure region is opened to permit the oil cooler to operate in an ebullient cooling state and a state where a passage leading to the coolant passage formed inside the internal-combustion engine is opened to permit the oil cooler to operate in a liquid cooling state, the control valve being located in a point at which the passage diverges from the passage connecting to the low-pressure region.

US Pat. No. 10,167,769

TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HYBRID POWERTRAIN AND METHOD OF OPERATING A TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A temperature control system for a hybrid powertrain, comprising:a first coolant circuit for controlling a temperature of a first drive device of the hybrid powertrain;
a second coolant circuit for controlling a temperature of a second drive device of the hybrid powertrain, said second coolant circuit having a first subcircuit, connected in a heat-transmitting manner to a drive unit of the second drive device, and a second subcircuit, connected at least temporarily in a heat-transmitting manner to an enemy store for the drive unit of the second drive device, said first and second subcircuits being operable separately from one another; and
a coolant duct connected to the first drive device in a heat-transmitting manner, said coolant duct being fluidly connected in a first operating mode with the first coolant circuit in the absence of a fluid communication with the second coolant circuit, and fluidly connected in a second operating mode with the second coolant circuit in the absence of a fluid communication with the first coolant circuit,
wherein the first coolant circuit includes an air conditioning circuit and a cooling circuit configured for operation independently from the air conditioning circuit, said coolant duct being part of the cooling circuit at least temporarily.

US Pat. No. 10,167,766

REVERSE FIN COOLING FAN

1. An engine assembly, comprising:a crankcase;
a shaft rotatably coupled to the crankcase and defining a rotational axis;
a blower housing including an internal space; and
a cooling fan disposed within the internal space and coupled to the shaft, wherein the cooling fan is positioned to rotate with the shaft about the rotational axis, the cooling fan comprising:
a plate defining an upper surface and a lower surface;
a band having an inner band radius and an outer band radius; and
a plurality of reversed fins extending between the band and the upper surface of the plate, the plurality of reversed fins extending between a root adjacent to the rotational axis and a tip adjacent to the outer band radius, each of the reversed fins offset at an angle measured in a counterclockwise direction from a plane passing through the rotational axis and the tip to a plane passing through the root and the tip when viewed from above the cooling fan;
wherein a space between the blower housing and the tip varies linearly along a height of each of the plurality of reversed fins.

US Pat. No. 10,167,756

MUFFLER FOR AN EXHAUST SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

1. A muffler for an exhaust system of an internal combustion engine, the muffler comprising:a housing comprised of a circumferential wall;
two base walls connected to the circumferential wall, wherein at least one resonator chamber is defined by the circumferential wall and the two base walls and is provided in the housing;
at least one resonator pipe with a first pipe end and with a second pipe end, the resonator pipe being connected to one of the base walls in an area of a first opening in the one of the base walls or traverses the one base wall such that the first pipe end lies outside of the resonator chamber, or the resonator pipe being connected to one of the base walls in the area of the first opening in the one of the base walls and traverses the one base wall such that the first pipe end lies outside of the resonator chamber, the second pipe end being fixed to another of the base walls, wherein a bulge formed on the another of the base walls engages into the resonator pipe at the second pipe end, the second pipe end being in flush contact with the another of the base walls, the resonator pipe comprising an interior space, at least a portion of the bulge being arranged in the interior space.

US Pat. No. 10,167,747

SHEET METAL LOCKING COVER FOR A CAM PHASER

1. A cam phaser, comprisinga stator;
a rotor positioned in the stator;
a cover plate positioned on a first side of the stator;
a locking cover positioned on a second side of the stator;
a locking pin assembly configured to selectively lock the rotor in a position relative to the stator;
a plurality of aligned first openings which extend through the stator, the cover plate, and the locking cover;
a plurality of fasteners respectively inserted in the plurality of aligned first openings; and
a plurality of aligned central openings forming a throughbore,
wherein the locking cover includes a body made of sheet metal having a first axial side, a second axial side, the plurality of first openings extending from the first axial side to the second axial aide, and a second opening extending from the first axial side to the second axial side that is adapted to receive at least a portion of the locking pin assembly, and a boss surrounds the second opening, and
wherein the body includes a web portion and a plurality of reinforcing portions which are thicker than the web portion, and the plurality of reinforcing portions includes the boss which surrounds the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,167,727

GAS TURBINE ENGINE BLADE CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for manufacturing a gas turbine engine blade containment system, comprising:providing a cylindrical casing being made of a first material; and
depositing a second material onto the casing that coaxially surrounds the casing to form a ring, at least a portion of the ring metallurgically bonded to the casing and a gap positioned between the casing and the ring, wherein a sheet metal core is positioned between the casing and the ring and a rib is connected to at least some portion of the sheet metal core and extending through the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,167,726

COMPONENT CORE WITH SHAPED EDGES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A gas turbine engine component, comprising:an airfoil section extending from a platform;
a cooling passage located in at least one of said airfoil section and said platform, said cooling passage including a first wall and an opposed second wall bounding said cooling passage, said first wall having a plurality of first surface features and said second wall having a plurality of second surface features;
wherein said plurality of first surface features and said plurality of second surface features are arranged such that a width of said cooling passage varies along a length of said cooling passage, said plurality of first surface features having a first profile, and said plurality of second surface features having a second, different profile;
wherein said plurality of first surface features are spaced apart from said plurality of second surface features;
wherein said plurality of second surface features includes three surface features each having an elongated profile that protrudes from said second wall into said cooling passage; and
wherein said plurality of first surface features includes a waveform surface, said waveform surface is curved, and said plurality of first surface features are arranged to define a sinusoidal geometry changing in frequency and amplitude along the length of the cooling passage.

US Pat. No. 10,167,723

THERMALLY ISOLATED TURBINE SECTION FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section;
a combustor fluidly connected to the compressor section by a primary flow path, wherein the primary flow path is defined by an inner diameter flow path wall and an outer diameter flow path wall;
a turbine section fluidly connected to the combustor by the primary flow path, wherein the turbine section includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion having at least two turbine stages, each stage in the at least two turbine stages including a rotor, and the primary flow path through the first portion having a high pressure relative to a pressure of the primary flow path through the second portion during standard engine operations;
a cooling plenum radially inward of the primary flow path, wherein the cooling plenum is defined by a forward wall, a shaft, an aft wall, and the inner diameter flow path wall, and wherein air in the cooling plenum is substantially thermally isolated from air in the primary flow path;
a first rotor of the at least two turbine stages and a second rotor of the at least two turbine stages, the first rotor and the second rotor each extending radially into the cooling plenum, the first rotor comprising a first root portion and a first flange extending from the first root portion, the second rotor comprising a second root portion and a second flange extending from the second root portion, the first root portion positioned forward of the second root portion, the first flange, and the second flange including a second substantially radially aligned hole configured to allow fluid to pass through the second flange, wherein a portion of the second flange is positioned radially inward of the first rotor, and wherein a radial plane extends through the second substantially radially aligned hole and the first root portion of the first rotor, the radial plane being perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the gas turbine engine;
a fore seal disposed between a radially inward end of said forward wall and the first rotor, wherein the fore seal is an axial non-contact seal;
an aft seal disposed between said aft wall and the second rotor, wherein said aft seal prevents fluid flow into said cooling plenum; and
a tangential on board injection system fluidly connected to the cooling plenum and configured to provide cooling air to a radially outward portion of a forward face of the first rotor such that cooling air provided by the tangential on board injection system to the cooling plenum flows from the radially outward portion of the forward face of the first rotor to a radially inward portion of the forward face of the first rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,167,719

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EVALUATION OF ROCK PERMEABILITY, POROSITY, AND FLUID COMPOSITION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

16. A system comprising:a fluid processing unit that removes one or more rock samples from a drilling fluid that has been circulated in a well bore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation; and
a rock sample analysis system configured to pass a cleaning fluid through one of the rock samples at a flow rate and a differential pressure so that the cleaning fluid extracts at least a portion of one or more naturally occurring formation fluids from the rock sample in an effluent comprising the cleaning fluid and the portion of the one or more naturally occurring formation fluids, the rock sample analysis system comprising equipment configured to allow a calculation to be analytically performed by performing an extrapolation using a weighting factor equal to an inverse of a mass fraction of the cleaning fluid to determine a viscosity of the effluent, a density of the effluent, a mass of the effluent, and obtain one or more rock sample analysis measurements selected from the group consisting of: the flow rate of the cleaning fluid, the differential pressure of the cleaning fluid, one or more properties of the cleaning fluid, and wherein the one or more naturally occurring formation fluids comprise one or more fluids that reside in a subterranean formation from which the rock sample was taken.

US Pat. No. 10,167,702

ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A system for generating electrical power for down hole electrical devices of a drill string, comprising:an input shaft coupled to an impeller of a mud turbine, the input shaft configured to be rotationally driven by fluid flow in association with the impeller;
an output shaft to be rotationally driven by the input shaft;
a coupling that couples the input shaft to the output shaft, the coupling configured to transmit a predefined torque before slipping; and
an electrical generator coupled with the output shaft, wherein the electrical generator is to be electrically connected to a primary electrical load and a secondary electrical load, the secondary electrical load including a variable load that varies based on an output of the electrical generator to maintain a minimum load on the electrical generator such that a torque transmitted by the coupling can be maintained approximately at the predefined torque after the coupling slips.

US Pat. No. 10,167,684

HIGH PRESSURE MULTIBORE JUNCTION ASSEMBLY

Halliburton Energy Servic...

19. A method for completion of a lateral wellbore, comprising:drilling a main wellbore;
drilling the lateral wellbore;
lowering a multibore junction assembly into the main wellbore to a depth at which a pressure in the main wellbore is about or greater than 6,000 PSI, the multibore junction assembly comprising a body threadably connected to each of a tubular main leg and a tubular lateral leg, wherein the main leg has a first diameter and the lateral leg has a second diameter;
securing the main leg within the main wellbore;
positioning the lateral leg through the lateral wellbore;
entering the main leg or the lateral leg with a tool;
completing the lateral wellbore by re-entering the tool through the lateral leg into the lateral wellbore, the completion of the lateral wellbore being performed at the pressure of about or greater than 6,000 PSI;
and
stabilizing the main leg relative to the lateral leg with a stabilizer as the multibore junction assembly is lowered into the main wellbore, wherein the stabilizer is adapted to be coupled to the tubular main leg or the tubular lateral leg, wherein the stabilizer entirely surrounds one of the first diameter or the second diameter and partially surrounds the other one of the first diameter or the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,167,680

MULTI-LEAD QUICK CONNECT THREADED CONNECTION

Hunting Energy Services, ...

1. A threaded connection for connecting a removable downhole tool assembly to a drill string, the threaded connection comprising:a downhole end portion configured to interface with the removable downhole tool assembly;
an up-hole end portion opposed to the downhole end portion, the up-hole end portion being configured to interface with the drill string as part of a torque-less coupling, the up-hole end portion including:
a female end member with a non-threaded, first circumferential surface having a first median inner diameter and a non-threaded, second circumferential surface having a second median inner diameter that is larger than the first diameter;
a threaded tapered section that extends between the first and second non-threaded, circumferential surfaces, the threaded tapered section including threads thereon;
wherein the downhole end portion includes a male end member with a with a non-threaded, first circumferential surface having a first median outer diameter and a non-threaded, second circumferential surface having a second median outer diameter that is larger than the first diameter;
a threaded tapered section that extends between the first and second non-threaded, circumferential surfaces, the threaded tapered section including threads thereon;
wherein at least selected ones of the non-threaded, first and second circumferential surfaces on the male and female end members are slightly tapered;
wherein the threads on the threaded tapered sections of the male and female end members make up a multi-lead thread form;
wherein the male end member comprises an adapter body which includes a first connection structure provided at a first end of the adapter body, wherein the adapter body has a second end defining a second, male connection structure, wherein the second, male connection structure defines a tapered threaded section having major and minor outer diameters and wherein the adapter body defines an intermediate region between the first connection structure and the second male connection structures, and wherein a plurality of drive flats are provided at the intermediate region;
wherein the female end member has a plurality of drive flats which are alignable with the drive flats provided on the intermediate region between the first and second connection structures of the adapter body; and
wherein the multi-lead thread form on the male end member provided at the second end of the adapter body is designed to threadedly engage the mating multi-lead thread form provided in the female end member and wherein the multi-lead thread forms are timed such that when the connection is threaded together and the drive flats on the adapter body contact the drive flats on the starter rod, the flats do not match up so that there is a miss-match of the drive flats.

US Pat. No. 10,167,677

FLOTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

William von Eberstein, M...

1. An apparatus for reducing a load force applied to a platform by a tubular string during inner string cementing operations comprising:a flotation module having a top end, a bottom end, an outer surface, and an internal core made of a buoyant material, the internal core forming an inner bore wall for accommodating the tubular string, the flotation module including:
a first section having a C-shaped interior profile and including a base portion interconnecting a first leg portion having an end face and a second leg portion having an end face;
a second section having a C-shaped interior profile and including a base portion interconnecting a first leg portion having an end face and a second leg portion having an end face;
an interlocking means configured to slidably engage the first and second sections into an operative arrangement about the tubular string by detachably interlocking the end faces of the first and second leg portions of the first section to the end faces of the first and second leg portions of the second section;
wherein the interlocking means includes:
a first projection extending from the end face of the first leg portion of the first section, the first projection having a contoured profile with a smaller diameter proximal section and a larger diameter distal section;
a first recess positioned within the end face of the first leg portion of the second section, the first recess shaped to slidably receive the contoured profile of the first projection and provide an interlocking dovetail joint between the first and second sections; and
wherein the outer surface of the flotation module includes one or more grooves extending from the bottom end to the top end, the one or more grooves each providing a pathway for passage of a circulation fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,674

METHODS OF FABRICATING POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND BY FUNCTIONALIZING DIAMOND NANOPARTICLES, GREEN BODIES INCLUDING FUNCTIONALIZED DIAMOND NANOPARTICLES, AND METHODS OF FORMING POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND CUTTING ELEMENTS

BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED...

1. A method of fabricating polycrystalline diamond, comprising:functionalizing surfaces of diamond nanoparticles with fluorine;
combining the functionalized diamond nanoparticles with a polymer to form a mixture;
forming the mixture comprising the functionalized diamond nanoparticles and the polymer into a sheet, the sheet comprising the functionalized diamond nanoparticles dispersed within the polymer; and
subjecting the sheet comprising the functionalized diamond nanoparticles dispersed within the polymer to high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) conditions to form inter-granular bonds between the diamond nanoparticles, wherein carbon atoms of the polymer bond with one or more of the diamond nanoparticles to promote formation of the inter-granular bonds between the diamond nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 10,167,671

POWER SUPPLY FOR A TOP DRIVE

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A top drive system comprising:a top drive;
a tool unit having a power consumer; and
a non-hydraulic power supply having a wireless power coupling from the top drive to the tool unit having:
a wireless power coupling interface member comprising a first ferrite segment and a first coil; and
a wireless power coupling shaft member comprising a second ferrite segment and a second coil, wherein first and second ferrite segments are configured to align with one another, thereby aligning an induced magnetic field between the first and second coils;
wherein:
the power consumer is configured to receive power from the non-hydraulic power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,167,656

RETRACTABLE HANDLE SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A retractable handle system for a vehicle, comprising:an electric actuator disposed inside a door panel;
a driving member configured to be rotated in forward and reverse directions by receiving rotational force of the electric actuator;
a driving arm provided to be rotated in the forward and reverse directions by the rotation of the driving member and blocked by the driving member from being rotated in a state in which an operation of the electric actuator is stopped so as to maintain a stored state and a pop-up state of a handle; and
the handle which is supported by and coupled to the driving arm and configured to be moved by the forward and reverse rotations of the driving arm so as to be placed in the stored state in which the handle is retracted into the door panel in order to lock a door, or in the pop-up state in which the handle protrudes toward an outside of the door panel in order to enable an operation of opening the door,
wherein the electric actuator, the driving member, the driving arm, and the handle are disposed in a housing that is fixedly mounted inside the door panel, and as a guide device that allows the handle to be guided in the housing along an operation trajectory, a protrusion, which protrudes from the handle, and a guide groove, which is formed in the housing to allow the protrusion to be inserted into and guided by the guide groove, are provided.

US Pat. No. 10,167,643

PROTECTO UNIT FOR A SLIDING DOOR FRAME

1. A protector unit adapted to protect a sliding door frame having a sill plate and a sill riser and wherein the sill plate has a plurality of roller tracks comprising: a sill plate cover having an upper surface and a lower surface and a sill riser cover, a first connection element positioned on said upper surface of said sill plate cover and a second connection element positioned on said sill riser cover such that when the first connection element is mated with the second connection element a rigid unitary protector unit is formed to protect the sliding door frame, wherein the sill riser cover is an inverted U-shaped flexible member having a first leg and a second leg, said first connection element positioned on said sill plate cover is a groove defined by a pair of walls extending upwardly from the upper surface thereof and said second connection element of the sill riser cover is the first leg of the sill riser cover wherein the first leg slides into the groove on the sill plate cover, and wherein the sill plate cover has a plurality of channel members extending from the lower surface thereof for stabilizing the protector unit when placed on the sill plate and wherein said plurality of channel members correspond to said plurality of roller tracks on the sill plate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,613

HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A hydraulic drive system of a construction machine, comprising:a pump that supplies hydraulic oil to a boom cylinder and a turning hydraulic motor;
a regenerative hydraulic motor that is coupled to the pump and to which the hydraulic oil discharged from the boom cylinder at a time of boom lowering and/or the hydraulic oil discharged from the turning hydraulic motor at a time of turning deceleration is/are led;
an engine that drives the pump;
an alternator mounted to the engine and operable to rotate an output shaft of the engine when electric power is supplied to the alternator;
an electrical storage device connected to the alternator;
a power converter interposed between the alternator and the electrical storage device, the power converter being switched between a servo-on state in which electric power transmission between the alternator and the electrical storage device is enabled and a servo-off state in which electric power transmission between the alternator and the electrical storage device is disabled; and
a controller that switches the power converter to either the servo-on state or the servo-off state and that controls, when switching the power converter to the servo-on state, the power converter either in a charging mode of adjusting electric power transmitted from the alternator to the electrical storage device or in a discharging mode of adjusting electric power transmitted from the electrical storage device to the alternator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,611

HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR DRIVE SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A hydraulic excavator drive system comprising:a cylinder that drives a moving part that is an arm or a bucket;
a control valve connected to the cylinder by a head-side supply/discharge line and a rod-side supply/discharge line;
a hydraulic pump that supplies hydraulic oil to the cylinder via the control valve;
a load detector that detects a pressure of the hydraulic oil discharged from the hydraulic pump or a pressure of the hydraulic oil supplied to the cylinder through the head-side supply/discharge line;
a bypass line that branches off from the rod-side supply/discharge line and connects to a tank;
a restrictor that blocks and opens the bypass line;
a controller that controls the restrictor such that, when the hydraulic oil is supplied to the cylinder through the head-side supply/discharge line, the restrictor blocks the bypass line if the pressure detected by the load detector is lower than a predetermined value, and opens the bypass line if the pressure detected by the load detector is higher than or equal to the predetermined value; and
a position detector that detects a position of the moving part, wherein
the controller:
controls the restrictor such that the restrictor blocks or opens the bypass line in accordance with the pressure detected by the load detector if the controller determines, based on a detection result from the position detector, that a center of gravity of the moving part is distant from an operator cab than a vertical line that passes through a swinging center of the moving part; and
controls the restrictor such that the restrictor opens the bypass line regardless of the pressure detected by the load detector if the controller determines, based on the detection result from the position detector, that the center of gravity of the moving part is closer to the operator cab than the vertical line that passes through the swinging center of the moving part.

US Pat. No. 10,167,610

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A construction machine comprising:an undercarriage;
an upperstructure that is turnably provided on the undercarriage;
an engine room that is provided on the upperstructure;
a reducing agent tank that is disposed in a radiator space adjacent to the engine room, and stores a reducing agent;
an engine, a cooling fan that rotates by driving of the engine, an injector that injects the reducing agent to exhaust gas exhausted from the engine, and a reducing agent hose that connects the injector and the reducing agent tank, which are provided in the engine room; and
a heat exchanger that is disposed between the reducing agent tank and the cooling fan, performs heat exchange by cooling air generated by rotation of the cooling fan to cool the engine, the construction machine comprising
a bracket for placing the heat exchanger, the bracket being composed of a strength member having a substantially U-shaped cross-section opened downward, having a first side plate section facing a side of the radiator space on which the reducing agent tank is disposed, a second side plate section facing inside of the engine room, and a top plate section connecting the first side plate section and the second side plate section, wherein
a first cutout section for allowing the reducing agent hose to be inserted, and a second cutout section for allowing the reducing agent hose to be inserted are provided in the first side plate section and the second side plate section, respectively, and
a portion of the reducing agent hose passes through the first cutout section and the second cutout section to be wired in an internal space of the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,167,608

APPARATUS FOR BI-DIRECTIONAL LOAD TESTING OF DRIVEN PILES AND INJECTION PILES, AND METHOD THEREOF

WILL N WELL PROPERTY SDN ...

1. An apparatus for carrying out bi-directional load testing of open ended driven piles and injection piles utilizing a hydraulic jack comprising:i) a first cylindrical shaped hollow body having an open upper end, an open lower end and an opening on its side wall for receiving a hydraulic connection, the first hollow body having a means for securing a hydraulic jack comprising:
a first hub member having an upward apex and a base for attaching the top of a hydraulic jack,
a plurality of fin members each having an outer edge which is parallel to the axis of the first hollow body, a top edge which is parallel to the upper end of the first hollow body and having a length corresponding to the inner radius of the first hollow body, an inner edge corresponding to the apex of the first hub member, a bottom edge which is parallel to the base of the first hub member, wherein in assembled form, the plurality of fin members are attached to the inner wall of the first hollow body, extend radially from the inner wall of the first hollow body and converge at the axis of the first hollow body,
ii) a second cylindrical shaped hollow body having an open upper end and an open lower end, the second hollow body further comprising:
a second hub member having a downward apex and a base for attaching the base of a hydraulic jack,
a plurality of fin members each having an outer edge which is parallel to the axis of the second hollow body, a bottom edge which is parallel to the lower end of the second hollow body and having a length corresponding to the inner radius of the second hollow body, an inner edge corresponding to the apex of the second hub member, and a top edge which is parallel to the upper end of the second hollow body, wherein in assembled form, the plurality of fin members are attached to the inner wall of the second hollow body, extend radially from the inner wall of the second hollow body and converge at the axis of the second hollow body,
wherein the inner and outer diameters of the first hollow body and the second hollow body respectively correspond to one another, and
iii) a third cylindrical shaped hollow body having an open upper end and an open lower end, the third hollow body having an outer diameter corresponding to the inner diameter of the first hollow body and the second hollow body, and capable of being axially received by both the first hollow body and the second hollow body,
wherein in assembled state, the upper end of the second hollow body abuts against the lower end of the first hollow body, the third hollow body is received by both the first and second hollow bodies, and the lower end of the third hollow body abuts the top edge of the plurality of fin members of the second hollow body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,600

PARTICLE REMOVING ARRANGEMENT FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

1. A particle removing arrangement adapted to remove particles from the upper contact surface of an electric rail comprised in an electric highway by the use of an airflow, where the particle removing arrangement is arranged in front of a current collector of a vehicle, where the particle removing arrangement comprises an inlet opening for inlet of air and an outlet opening for outlet of air, wherein the inlet opening is directed in a forward direction and the outlet opening is directed in a sideway to rearward direction in relation to the driving direction of the vehicle, and where the particle removing arrangement creates a particle removing airflow from a forward movement of the vehicle, wherein the particle removing arrangement has a first low, active position where the particle removing arrangement is positioned adjacent the upper contact surface of the electric rail and a second idle position where the particle removing arrangement is positioned above the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,599

PLOW BLADE WEAR MEMBER

Lakin General Corporation...

1. A plow blade wear member attachable to a rear attachment plate that is attached to a plow blade of a plow blade assembly, said plow blade wear member comprising:an elongated curved body formed from a tire and having:
a top edge,
a bottom edge,
a right side edge,
a left side edge,
a front concave surface, and
a rear convex surface, and
being flexible enough to bend backward against its natural curvature a distance toward the rear attachment plate when the elongated curved body is attached to the rear attachment plate such that when the elongated curved body engages a first discontinuity protruding from a travel surface at a force level above a designated force level, the backward bending of the elongated curved body said distance toward the rear attachment plate reduces a gap between the elongated curved body and the rear attachment plate,
said elongated curved body defining a series of attachment openings that enable the elongated curved body to be removably attached to the rear attachment plate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,587

METHOD AND MACHINE FOR TREATING TEXTILE FABRICS WITH AN ADJUSTABLE AIR FLOW

BIANCALANI S.R.L., Prato...

1. A machine for treating a textile fabric with air, the machine comprising:a tunnel for pneumatically transporting the, textile fabric, the tunnel comprising openings;
impact grilles facing the openings of the tunnel;
a means for injecting the air into the tunnel above and/or below the textile fabric and the means for injecting the air comprising at least one diverting valve located substantially half way along the tunnel and the means for injecting the air having two channels which are oriented to direct air flow entering the tunnel in one direction or the other another direction, the at least one diverting valve comprising an adjustable baffle adapted to shut off access to each of the two channels wholly and configured to partly shut one of the two baffles and simultaneously partly shut another of the two baffles, thereby dividing the air flow into two unequal components with a flow from the one channel, directed towards one end of the tunnel, being larger and a flow from the other channel, directed in an opposite direction towards another end of the tunnel, being smaller.

US Pat. No. 10,167,567

HIGH RESISTANCE VIRTUAL ANODE FOR ELECTROPLATING CELL

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A high resistance virtual anode for an electroplating cell, comprising:a first layer comprising a plurality of first holes through the first layer; and
a second layer over the first layer and comprising a plurality of second holes through the second layer, wherein:
the first layer comprises a rotatable central portion and a rotatable peripheral portion surrounding the rotatable central portion,
a first portion of the first holes are through the rotatable central portion of the first layer, and
a second portion of the first holes are through the rotatable peripheral portion of the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,549

HEAT-RESISTANT COMPOSITE MATERIAL PRODUCTION METHOD AND PRODUCTION DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, Koto-ku...

1. A method of producing a heat-resistant composite material using chemical vapor deposition or chemical vapor infiltration, the method comprising:accommodating a base material in a reaction furnace; and
causing precursor gas, additive gas, and carrier gas to flow in the reaction furnace to deposit silicon carbide on the base material for film formation,
wherein
the precursor gas comprises tetramethylsilane, and
the additive gas comprises hydrogen chloride,
wherein a mole ratio ? of tetramethylsilane to hydrogen chloride satisfies 1

US Pat. No. 10,167,532

METHOD FOR ISOLATING RARE EARTHS AND/OR ADJACENT METAL ELEMENT(S) CONTAINED IN THE MAGNETIC PHASE OF PERMANENT MAGNETS

1. A process for isolating rare earth metals and ancillary metal element(s) distinct from rare earth metals present in a magnetic phase of magnets or derived products, comprising:(i) having a material forming said magnetic phase available in the form of a demagnetized powder, with a mean particle size of less than or equal to 700 ?m, devoid of contamination with nonconstituent particles of said magnetic phase;
(ii) dissolving said powder from stage (i) in an acid medium comprising a first quantity of acid and supplemented with at least one oxidizing agent capable of adjusting the ancillary metal element(s) to an oxidation state compatible with their consecutive precipitation in stage (iii), in the presence of hydroxide ions, at a pH strictly of less than 7, to form a first solution;
(iii) precipitating the ancillary metal element(s) in the hydroxide state to form a metal hydroxide precipitate by adding at least one hydroxylated base to the first solution obtained on conclusion of stage (ii), under pH conditions such that the rare earth metals are in a dissolved form;
(iv) isolating the metal hydroxide precipitate formed on conclusion of stage (iii), and optionally recovering it, leaving a second solution that is depleted in, and optionally devoid of, ancillary metal element(s);
(v) precipitating the rare earth metals in an oxalate state from the second solution obtained on conclusion of stage (iv) by adding a second quantity of acid comprising an oxalic acid to said second solution; and
(vi) recovering said rare earth metals in a form of a precipitate of rare earth metal oxalate,
wherein the process does not include an oxidation heat treatment step.

US Pat. No. 10,167,530

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HOT PRESS FORMED PART, AND HOT PRESS FORMED PART

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A method of manufacturing a hot press formed part by hot pressing a coated steel sheet that is obtained by forming a Zn-based coating layer on a surface of a steel sheet, the method comprising:heating the coated steel sheet to a temperature range of 750° C. or more and 1000° C. or less;
cooling a surface of the coated steel sheet; and
hot press forming the coated steel sheet under a condition that a surface temperature of the coated steel sheet is 400° C. or less and an average temperature of the coated steel sheet is 500° C. or more.

US Pat. No. 10,167,514

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING PROPORTIONS OF DISTINCT CELL SUBSETS

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for identifying at least one of a plurality of cell populations in a sample, said method producing a significance value for said identification and comprising:a) providing a sample comprising said plurality of cell populations;
b) processing said sample to generate a feature profile from said sample, wherein said feature profile comprises a gene expression profile, protein-protein interaction profile, protein phosphorylation profile, cellular electrical activity profile, chromatin modification profile, chromosome binding profile, enzymatic activity profile, metabolite profile, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra, electromagnetic radiation absorbance or emission spectra, circular dichroism spectra, Raman spectra, mass spectra, or chromatograms, or a combination thereof;
c) processing said feature profile, using a deconvolution module, to identify said at least one of said plurality of cell populations in said sample; and
d) processing said feature profile, using a significance value module, to produce said significance value for said identification.

US Pat. No. 10,167,487

METHODS, CELLS AND REAGENTS FOR PRODUCTION OF ISOPRENE, DERIVATIVES AND INTERMEDIATES THEREOF

1. A method for synthesizing 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA comprising:enzymatically converting 4-methyl-2-oxopentanoate to 3-methylbut-2-enoyl-CoA by:
(a) enzymatically converting 4-methyl-2-oxopentanoate to 3-methylbutanal; enzymatically converting 3-methylbutanal to 3-methylbutanoate; and enzymatically converting 3-methylbutanoate to 3-methylbutanoyl-CoA;
(b) enzymatically converting 4-methyl-2-oxopentanoate to 3-methylbutanoyl-CoA; or
(c) both (a) and (b);
enzymatically converting 3-methylbutanoyl-CoA to 3-methylbut-2-enoyl-CoA;
enzymatically converting 3-methylbut-2-enoyl-CoA to 3-methyl-glutaconyl CoA; and
enzymatically converting 3-methyl-glutaconyl-CoA to 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA.

US Pat. No. 10,167,433

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING DIESEL FROM A HYDROCARBON STREAM

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for producing diesel from a hydrocarbon stream comprising:hydrocracking a hydrocarbon feed stream over hydrocracking catalyst in the presence of hydrogen to provide a hydrocracked effluent stream;
separating said hydrocracked effluent stream into a hydrocarbonaceous vaporous hydrocracked stream and a liquid hydrocracked stream;
hydrotreating said hydrocarbonaceous vaporous hydrocracked stream over hydrotreating catalyst in the presence of hydrogen, all provided in the vaporous hydrocracked stream, to provide a hydrotreated effluent stream;
separating said hydrotreated effluent stream into a vaporous hydrotreated stream and a liquid hydrotreated stream; and
stripping said liquid hydrotreated stream to provide a product stream comprising ultra low sulfur diesel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,426

REACTIVE PERPENDICULAR ALIGNED ORGANOSILICON MATERIAL AND MANUFACTURE METHOD OF LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...

1. A manufacture method of a liquid crystal display panel, comprising following steps:step 1, providing a CF substrate, a TFT substrate, and a liquid crystal mixture;
wherein a first electrode is disposed on a surface of a side of the CF substrate, a second electrode is disposed on a surface of a side of the TFT substrate;
the liquid crystal mixture comprising liquid crystal molecules, reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon materials, and reactive monomers, wherein a general structural formula of the reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon material is A-R, A is —SiCl3; R represents a linear chained or a branched chained alkyl group with 5˜20 C atoms, a CH2 group in the alkyl group is substituted by a phenyl group, a naphthenic base, —CONH—, —COO—, —O—CO—, —S—, —CO— or —CH?CH—, or a F atom or a Cl atom substitutes for a H atom in the alkyl group;
dropping the liquid crystal mixture on a surface of a side of the TFT substrate whereon the second electrode disposed by a liquid crystal dropping process, gluing frame adhesive on margins of a surface of a side of the CF substrate whereon the first electrode disposed, pasting the CF substrate and the TFT substrate in vacuum;
meanwhile, a CI atom in the reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon material and —OH on a surface of the substrate forming a hydrogen bond, leading to array perpendicularly on the substrate, in order to make liquid crystal molecules be perpendicular to the CF substrate and the TFT substrate;
step 2, UV radiating for solidification and heating for solidification of the frame adhesive, in the process of heating for solidification of the frame adhesive, —Si—Cl in the reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon material and —OH on surfaces of the CF substrate and the TFT substrate reacting, removing HCl to form a —Si—O— bond, which can anchor the reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon material on surfaces of the CF substrate and the TFT substrate by means of a —Si—O— bond;
step 3, applying voltage to two sides of the liquid crystal mixture by the first electrode and the second electrode, redirecting liquid crystal molecules;
step 4, applying voltage to two sides of the liquid crystal mixture and simultaneously radiating UV light on the liquid crystal mixture to polymerize the reactive perpendicular aligned organosilicon materials and the reactive monomers on surfaces of the CF substrate and the TFT substrate, in order to anchor liquid crystal molecules;
step 5, removing voltage from the two sides of the liquid crystal mixture, making liquid crystal molecules to engender a pre—tilt angle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,421

PHENOL-ALKOXYLATE CO-SOLVENT SURFACTANT COMPOSITION

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A method of converting an unrefined petroleum acid into a surfactant, the method comprising:(i) contacting a petroleum material with an aqueous composition comprising water, an anionic surfactant, an alkali agent, and a co-solvent having the formula
whereinR1 is independently hydrogen or unsubstituted C1-C4 alkyl;
R2 is independently hydrogen or unsubstituted C1-C2 alkyl; and
n is an integer from 1 to 30, thereby forming an emulsion in contact with the petroleum material;
wherein the co-solvent is present in an amount of from 0.25% to 3% by weight, based on the weight of the aqueous composition, wherein the aqueous composition has a salinity of at least 5,000 ppm and a pH of from 9.5 to 12, and wherein the anionic surfactant consists essentially of one or more anionic surfactants that are not alcohol phosphate surfactants or phosphate alkyl ester surfactants, and
(ii) allowing the unrefined petroleum acid within an unrefined petroleum material to enter into the emulsion, thereby converting the unrefined petroleum acid into the surfactant.

US Pat. No. 10,167,362

DOPING-INDUCED CARRIER DENSITY MODULATION IN POLYMER FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTORS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of fabricating an organic field effect transistor (OFET), comprising:forming a source contact and a drain contact to a channel comprising semiconducting polymers;
providing a dielectric between the semiconducting polymers and a gate;
doping the semiconducting polymers that interface with the source contact;
doping the semiconducting polymers that interface with the drain contact; and
wherein the doping of the semiconducting polymers that interface with the source contact and the doping of the semiconducting polymers that interface with the drain contact dopes the semiconducting polymers with one or more doping concentrations that:
increase linearity of the OFET's current-voltage (IV) curve, for voltages applied between the source contact and the drain contact in a range of 0 and +/?5 V, and
do not change the channel's resistance, defined as Rs/W, to within 4% as compared to before the doping, where Rs is the channel's series resistance and W is the channel's width.

US Pat. No. 10,167,333

NEUTRALIZING HUMAN MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES AGAINST HEPATITIS B VIRUS SURFACE ANTIGEN

1. An antibody or fragment thereof capable of specifically binding to the Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and having Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) neutralizing activity, wherein said antibody or fragment thereof comprises a light chain CDR1 region comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 5, a light chain CDR2 region comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 6, a light chain CDR3 region comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 7, a heavy chain CDR1 region comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 8, a heavy chain CDR2 region comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 9 and a heavy chain CDR3 region comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 10.

US Pat. No. 10,167,308

HIGHLY EFFICIENT SYNTHESIS OF LONG RNA USING REVERSE DIRECTION APPROACH

ChemGenes Corporation, W...

1. A process of synthesizing an RNA oligonucleotide of the following formula:
wherein:
B is a member selected from the group consisting of adenine, cytosine, guanine, uracil, 6-oxopurine, 5-methyl-cytosine, 5-methyl-uracil, 5-fluro-uracil, 7-deaza-adenine, 7-deaze-adenine and 5-fluro-cytosine;
n is an integer from 100 to about 200;
L is a nucleoside, or a non-nucleoside ligand wherein the non-nucleoside ligand is a member selected from the group consisting of cholesterol with a linker or a spacer, biotin, ethyleneglycol, glycerol, a polyethyelenglycol, a hexaehtyleneglycol, an amino linker, a disulfide linker, a peptide linker, a polypeptide linker, a protein, a flurophore, a quencher dye, one or more 2?,5?-linked deoxynucleoside unit, one or more 2?,5?-linked ribonucleoside unit, and one or more 2?,5?-linked deoxyribose unit,
wherein L is attached at the 3?-end of the RNA nucleotide through an intervening phosphate; and
the process of synthesizing the RNA oligonucleotide is in a direction from the 5?-end to the 3?-end of the RNA nucleotide, and the process comprises the steps of:
(a) taking a nucleoside solid support represented by Formula 2:

wherein:
M is a linker represented by the formula Y—C(O) and optionally connected to a solid support suitable for oligonucleotide synthesis,
wherein Y is a hydrocarbon diradical moiety having a length between 2 carbons and 20 carbons, and Y is selected from the group consisting of alkyl, alkenyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, and aralkyl, and the hydrocarbon diradical moiety optionally comprises intervening —O—, —S—, —S(O)2— —C(O)— and —NR6— where R6 is a hydrogen radical, or a substituted C1 to C20 alkyl or a substituted aralkyl;
W is selected from the group consisting of an oxygen diradical, an N—H diradical, and a fluorine radical, and R is selected so that:
if W is an oxygen diradical, then R is tert butyl dimethyl silyl (TBDMS) or triisopropylsilyl oxymethylene (TOM); and
if W is an N—H diradical, then R is of the form R5x, where x is selected from the group consisting of fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc), trifluoroacetyl, acetyl, alkanoyl and aroyl; and
if W is a fluorine radical, then R is not present;
B is selected from the group consisting of nucleoside base radicals consisting of 9-(N6-benzoyladeninyl)-, 9-(N6-acetyladeninyl)-, 9-(N6-tert-butyl phenoxyacetyladeninyl)-, 9-(N6-phenoxyacetyladeninyl)-, 9-(N6-isopropyl phenoxyacetyladeninyl)-, 1-(N6—(N,N-dimethylformamidinyl)adeninyl), 1-(N4-benzoylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-acetylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4—(N,N-dimethylformamidinyl)cytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-phenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-tert-butylphenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-isopropyl phenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, 9-(N2-isobutylguaninyl)-, 9-(N2-tert butyl phenoxyacetylguaninyl)-, 9-(N2-isopropyl phenoxyacetylguaninyl)-, 1-(N4-phenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-tert butyl phenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-isopropyl phenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, and 1-uracilyl-; or
B is a modified nucleoside base radical selected from the consisting of 1-(N4-benzoyl-5-methylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-—(N,N-dimethylformamidinyl)-5-methylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-acetyl-5-methylcytosinyl)-, 1-(5-methyl-uracilyl)-, 1-(5-fluoro-uracilyl)-, 1-(N4-benzoyl-5-fluorocytosinyl)-, 9-(N6-benzoyl-7-deazaadeninyl)-, 9-(N6—(N,N-dimethylformamidinyl)-7-deazaadenyl)-, 9-(N2-isobutyl-7-deazaguaninyl)-, and 9-(N2—(N,N-dimethylformamidinyl)-7-deazaguaninyl)-;
Z is a member selected from the group consisting of dimethoxy triphenyl (DMT), monomethoxy triphenyl (MMT) and trimethoxy triphenyl (TMT);
(b) placing a phosphoramidite represented by Formula 1 on a oligonucleotide synthesizer;

wherein
Y is an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom;
W is selected from the group consisting of an oxygen diradical, an N—H diradical, and a fluorine radical; and R4 is selected so that:
if W is an oxygen diradical, then R4 is tert butyl dimethyl silyl (TBDMS) or triisopropylsilyl oxymethylene (TOM); and
if W is an N—H diradical, then R4 is of the form R5X, where x is selected from the group consisting of fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc), trifluoroacetyl, acetyl, alkanoyl and aroyl; and
if W is a fluorine radical, then R4 is not present;
B is selected from the group consisting of nucleoside base radicals consisting of 9-(N6-benzoyladeninyl)-, 9-(N6-acetyladeninyl)-, 9-(N6-tert-butyl phenoxyacetyladeninyl)-, 9-(N6-phenoxyacetyladeninyl)-, 9-(N6-isopropyl phenoxyacetyladeninyl)-, 1-(N6—(N,N-dimethylformamidinyl)adeninyl), 1-(N4-benzoylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-acetylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4—(N,N-dimethylformamidinyl)cytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-phenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-tert-butylphenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-isopropyl phenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, 9-(N2-isobutylguaninyl)-, 9-(N2-tert butyl phenoxyacetylguaninyl)-, 9-(N2-isopropyl phenoxyacetylguaninyl)-, 1-(N4-phenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-tert butyl phenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-isopropyl phenoxyacetylcytosinyl)-, and 1-uracilyl-; or
B is a modified nucleoside base radical selected from the consisting of 1-(N4-benzoyl-5-methylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4—(N,N-dimethylformamidinyl)-5-methylcytosinyl)-, 1-(N4-acetyl-5-methylcytosinyl)-, 1-(5-methyl-uracilyl)-, 1-(5-fluoro-uracilyl)-, 1-(N4-benzoyl-5-fluorocytosinyl)-, 9-(N6-benzoyl-7-deazaadeninyl)-, 9-(N6—(N,N-dimethylformamidinyl)-7-deazaadenyl)-, 9-(N2-isobutyl-7-deazaguaninyl)-, and 9-(N2—(N,N-dimethylformamidinyl)-7-deazaguaninyl)-;
Z is a member selected from the group consisting of dimethoxy triphenyl (DMT), monomethoxy triphenyl (MMT) and trimethoxy triphenyl (TMT);
R1 is an alkyl or aryl radical;
R2 is an alkyl or aryl radical; and
R3 is cyanoethyl, alkyl or aryl radical;
B is hydrogen or a nucleobase that is optionally functionalized at each primary amine with an amine protecting group;
(c) removing the protecting group Z from the nucleoside solid support represented by Formula 2;
(d) performing the process of RNA synthesis by coupling the nucleoside of Formula 2 and the phosphoramidite of Formula 1 in the oligonucleotide synthesizer using a mixture of ancillary regents to result in an oligonucleotide having at least one protecting group;
(e) providing a phosphoramidite with the L group;
(f) adding the phosphoramidite with the L group at the end of the oligonucleotide to result in an oligonucleotide having the L group;
(g) detaching the oligonucleotide having the L group from the solid support;
(h) removing the at least one protecting group from the oligonucleotide;
(i) removing a silyl protecting group to result in the oligonucleotide;
(j) participating the oligonucleotide; and
(k) analyzing the oligonucleotide for purity determination,
wherein the mixture of ancillary reagent in step (d) comprises phenoxy acetic anhydride/tetrahydrofuran/pyridine), 10% N-methylimidazole/tetrohydrofuran), 3% trichloroacetic acid in toluene, 0.05 M iodine/pyridine/water/tetrahyrofuran and 5-ethylthio-1-H-tetrazole at 0.35 M in acetonitrile.

US Pat. No. 10,167,298

PSEUDOPOLYMORPHS OF AN HCV NS5A INHIBITOR AND USES THEREOF

1. A crystalline form of the compound having the structure:
wherein said crystalline form is selected from the following forms: Form A (methanolate), Form B (ethanolate), Form C (1-propanolate), Form D (2-propanolate), Form E (acetonate), Form F (1-butanolate), Form G (ethylene glycolate), Form H (propylene glycolate), Form I (methyl isobutyl ketone/propylene glycol mixed solvate), Form J (hydrate) and Form K (1,5-naphthalene disulfonic acid salt).

US Pat. No. 10,167,279

COMPOUNDS AND COMPOSITIONS AS RAF KINASE INHIBITORS

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. A compound, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, of formula I or II:in which:L is selected from NHC(O)— and —C(O)NH—;
Y1 is selected from N and CH;
Y2 is selected from N and CH;
Y3 is selected from N and CH;
Y4 is selected from N and CR8; wherein R8 is selected from H, hydroxy-ethoxy, 3-hydroxyoxetan-3-yl, 2,3-dihydroxypropoxy, bis(hydroxy-ethyl)-amino, 4-hydroxy-piperidin1-yl, hydroxy-ethyl-amino, 4-amino-4-methylpiperidin-1-yl, 2-oxooxazolidin-3-yl, methoxy and methyl;
Y5 is selected from N and CR1;
or R1 and the nitrogen of Y4 form a 5 member unsaturated ring containing and additional heteroatom selected from N, O and S;
or R1 and R8 together with the ring to which they are both attached form 2H-benzo[b][1,4]oxazin-3(4H)-one substituted with one to two R20 groups independently selected from methyl and hydroxy-ethyl;
or R8 and Y3 together with the ring to which they are both attached form 1H-benzo[d]imidazole substituted with methyl;
R1 is selected from H, ethoxy, isopropoxy, methoxy-ethyl-amino, (2-hydroxyethyl)(methyl)amino, (1-hydroxypropan-2-yl)amino, methoxy-ethoxy, hydroxy-ethoxy, methoxy, (2-hydroxypropyl)amino, (tetrahydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)oxy, (tetrahydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)oxy, (1-ethylpiperidin-4-yl)oxy and pyrazolyl; wherein said pyrazolyl can be unsubstituted or substituted with 1 to 2 methyl groups; each
R2a is independently selected from hydrogen and OH;
R2b is selected from H, methyl, halo, fluoro-methyl, hydroxy, hydroxymethyl, difluoromethyl, formyl, methoxy and cyano;
R3 is selected from:
whereinindicates the point of attachment with L;R4 is selected from H, methyl, hydroxy-ethyl, hydroxy-propyl and 2,3-dihydroxypropyl;
R15 is selected from —CF3, methoxy, —C(CH3)2F, —CF2CH2F, —C(CH3)2CN, —C(CH3)F2, —CHF2, —C(CH3)2OH, t-butyl, 1-cyanocyclopropyl, 2-(trifluoromethyl)cyclopropyl, —C(F2)C2H5, methyl-sulfonyl, 4-ethylpiperazin-1-yl, —C(CH3)2NH2 and dimethyl-amino-methyl;
R16 is selected from H, halo, hydroxy, dimethyl-amino, hydroxy-methyl, amino-methyl, —C(CH3)2NH2 and —CF3; or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof; with the proviso that a compound of formula II is not 2-(2-cyanopropan-2-yl)-N-(4-methyl-3-(1-methyl-6-oxo-5-(tetrahydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-1,6-dihydropyridazin-3-yl)phenyl)isonicotinamide or 2-(2-fluoropropan-2-yl)-N-(4-methyl-3-(1-methyl-6-oxo-5-(tetrahydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-1,6-dihydropyridazin-3-yl)phenyl)isonicotinamide.

US Pat. No. 10,167,277

ACTIVATORS OF CLASS I HISTONE DEACETLYASES (HDACS) AND USES THEREOF

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A compound of Formula (B):or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, tautomer, stereoisomer, or prodrug thereof, wherein:each of XB1, XB3, and XB4 is independently oxygen, sulfur, NRB4a, or C(RB4b)2, wherein RB4a is hydrogen, a nitrogen protecting group, or optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl, and each occurrence of RB4b is independently hydrogen, halogen, or optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl, or two RB4b groups are joined to form an optionally substituted, carbocyclic or heterocyclic ring;
XB2 is nitrogen or CRB2a, wherein RB2a is hydrogen, halogen, or optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl;
each instance of RB1 is independently halogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted alkynyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, —ORB1a, —N(RB1a)2, —SRB1a, —C(?O)RB1a, —C(?O)ORB1a, —C(?O)SRB1a, —C(?O)N(RB1b)2, —OC(?O)RB1a, OC(?O)ORB1a, —OC(?O)SRB1a, —OC(?O)N(RB1b)2, —NRB1bC(?O)RB1b, —NRB1bC(?O)ORB1a, —NRB1bC(?O)SRB1a, —NRB1bC(?O)N(RB1b)2, —SC(?O)RB1a, —SC(?O)ORB1a, —SC(?O)SRB1aSC(?O)N(RB1b)2, —C(?NRB1b)RB1a, —C(?NRB1b)ORB1a, —C(?NRB1b)SRB1a, —C(?NRB1b)N(RB1b)2, —OC(?NRBb)RB1a, —OC(?NRB1b)ORB1a, —OC(?NRB1b)SRB1a, —OC(?NRB1b)N(RB1b)2, —NRB1bC(?NRB1b)RB1b, —NRB1bC(?NRB1b)ORB1a, —NRB1bC(?NRB1b)SRB1a, NRB1bC(?NRB1b)N(RB1b)2, —SC(?NRB1b)RB1a, —SC(?NRB1b)ORB1a, —SC(?NRB1b)SRB1a SC(?NRB1b)N(RB1b)2, —C(?S)RB1a, —C(?S)ORB1a, —C(?S)SRB1a, —C(?S)N(RB1b)2, —OC(?S)RB1a, OC(?S)ORB1a, —OC(?S)SRB1a, —OC(?S)N(RB1b)2, —NRB1bC(?S)RB1b, —NRB1bC(?S)ORB1a, —NRB1bC(?S)SRB1a, —NRB1bC(?S)N(RB1b)2, —SC(?S)RB1a, —SC(?S)ORB1a, —SC(?S)SRB1a, SC(?S)N(RB1b)2, —S(?O)RB1a, —SO2RB1a, —NRB1bSO2RB1a, —SO2N(RB1b)2, —CN, —SCN, or —NO2, wherein each occurrence of RB1a is independently hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted alkynyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, or optionally substituted heteroaryl, and each occurrence of RB1b is independently hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted alkynyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, or a nitrogen protecting group when attached to a nitrogen atom, or two RB1b groups are joined to form an optionally substituted heterocyclic ring;
each of RB2, RB3, RB4, and RB5 is independently hydrogen, halogen, or optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl;
RB6 is hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted alkynyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, —N(RB6b)2, or —SRB6a, wherein RB6a is hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted alkynyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, or optionally substituted heteroaryl, and each occurrence of RB6b is independently hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted alkynyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, or a nitrogen protecting group, or two RB6b groups are joined to form an optionally substituted heterocyclic ring; and
p is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4;
provided that the compound is not of the formula:

US Pat. No. 10,167,264

SUBSTITUTED PYRIMIDINES USEFUL AS EGFR-T790M KINASE INHIBITORS

Jiangsu Medolution Ltd, ...

1. A compound according to Formula I:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, solvate, stereoisomer or tautomer thereof, wherein
R1 is hydrogen, C1-C6 alkoxy, F, Cl, or CF3;
R2 is C1-C6 alkyl or C(O)R3; and
R3 is C1-C6 alkyl;
with the proviso that when R1 is C1-C6 alkoxy, R2 is not C(O)R3.

US Pat. No. 10,167,259

ALLOSTERIC INHIBITORS OF PROTEASOME AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

The Board of Regents of t...

1. A compound of the formula:wherein:A1 is

wherein:
A2 is —O—;
A3 is alkanediyl(C?6), alkenediyl(C?6), or a substituted version of either of these groups;
R2 is

wherein:
Y1, Y5, Y6, Y7, Y8, and Y9 are each independently hydrogen, hydroxy, phosphate, halo, alkyl(C?12), alkoxy(C?12), acyloxy(C?12), heteroaryl(C?12), acyl(C?12), alkylamino(C?12), dialkylamino(C?12), or a substituted version of any of these groups, and Y2 and Y4 are alkoxy(C?12) or substituted alkoxy(C?12), and Y3 is alkoxy(C<12);
R3 is hydrogen, alkyl(C?8), or a substituted alkyl(C?8); and
R1 is

wherein:
X6 is hydrogen or hydroxy;
X7 is O, NH, or C(R5)2;
X8 is hydrogen, hydroxy, phosphate, halo, alkyl(C?6), alkoxy(C?6), acyloxy(C?6), heteroaryl(C?12), acyl(C?6), alkylamino(C?6), dialkylamino(C?6), or a substituted version of any of these groups;
X9, X10, X11, and R5 are each independently hydrogen, hydroxy, phosphate, halo, alkyl(C?12), alkoxy(C?12), acyloxy(C?12), heteroaryl(C?12), acyl(C?12), alkylamino(C?12), dialkylamino(C?12), or a substituted version of any of these groups.

US Pat. No. 10,167,236

METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN INORGANIC COATING TO AMMONIUM NITRATE-BASED PARTICLES

YARA INTERNATIONAL ASA, ...

20. A method for reducing caking of an ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer, the method comprising applying the inorganic coating according to 13 on a particulate ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,226

ANTI-STATIC AGENT FOR GLASS FIBER INSULATION

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A composition comprising:ground glass fiber trimmings, wherein the ground glass fiber trimmings are formed from trimming edges of a batt or roll formed from glass fibers;
a polyether antistatic agent, wherein the polyether antistatic agent has a molecular weight of less than about 2000; and
a dedusting agent, wherein the dedusting agent comprises less than 0.3% by weight of the composition.

US Pat. No. 10,167,219

ECOLOGICAL BIOWATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM

1. An ecological biowater purification system comprising at least one water purification tank that comprises:a water inlet that admits a water flow into each water purification tank of the at least one water purification tank;
a water outlet that discharges the water flow from each water purification tank of the at least one water purification tank;
a water purification device comprising a plurality of water purification pools that communicate with one another and that include:
a sedimentation pool that communicates with the water inlet;
an anaerobic pool that communicates with the sedimentation pool;
an anoxic pool that communicates with the anaerobic pool;
a level-1 biological filter pool that communicates with the anoxic pool; and
a level-2 biological filter pool that communicates with the level-1 biological filter and that communicates with the water outlet, each pair of adjacent water purification pools of the plurality of water purification pools having a baffle board and communication hole combination to facilitate communication with one another, each water purification pool of the water purification pools being provided with a carrier that contains a stuffing material for water purification and that is configured to be replaceable;
a suction device that comprises a plurality of suction nozzles, each suction nozzle of the plurality of suction nozzles being disposed on a respective bottom of each water purification pool; and a plurality of suction pipes, each suction pipe of the plurality of suction pipes being connected to one suction nozzle of the plurality of suction nozzles so as to discharge precipitates out of a respective water purification pool of the at least one water purification pools;
a first backflow device including a water pump connected between the level-2 biological filter pool and the sedimentation pool to cause a portion of water contained in the level-2 biological filter pool to flow back to the sedimentation pool; and
a second backflow device including a water pump connected between (1) the level-1 biological filter pool and the level-2 biological filter pool and (2) the anaerobic pool to cause a portion of water contained in the level-1 biological filter pool and in the level-2 biological filter pool to flow back to the anaerobic pool,
wherein, when the at least one water purification tank comprises more than one water purification tank, the outlet of one water purification tank is connected to the inlet of another water purification tank.

US Pat. No. 10,167,214

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GAS-DISPERSION-RETURN-SLUDGE-BASED WASTEWATER TREATMENT

1. A system for gas-dispersion-return sludge-based wastewater treatment, comprising:a sedimentation vessel into which wastewater comprising inorganic solids and solid organic materials is pumped and in which at least some of the inorganic solids settle from the wastewater;
an adjustment vessel into which the wastewater from the sedimentation vessel is pumped and which comprises anaerobic organisms that solubilize at least some of the solid organic materials within the wastewater;
an aerobic reaction vessel into which the wastewater from the adjustment vessel is pumped and in which the wastewater pumped from the adjustment vessel mixes with a gas-dispersion return sludge to form a mixed liquor, the gas-dispersion return sludge comprising at least one reactive gas a portion of which is dissolved and a portion of which is in a state of ultra-fine bubbles, the gas-dispersion return sludge further comprising aerobic microorganisms that immobilize the solubilized organic materials within the mixed liquor as activated sludge using the at least one dissolved reactive gas, wherein at least some of the ultra-fine bubbles dissolve within the mixed liquor upon a consumption of the dissolved portion of the reactive gases by the aerobic microorganisms;
a sludge sedimentation vessel into which the mixed liquor is pumped from the aerobic reaction vessel and in which the mixed liquor is separated into a supernatant and the activated sludge;
a sludge storage vessel into which the activated sludge from the sludge sedimentation vessel is pumped, wherein at least some of the activated sludge from the sludge collection vessel is pumped to a line atomizer as a return sludge;
a gas generator configured to generate the at least one reactive gas;
the line atomizer configured to form the gas-dispersion return sludge by rendering at least a portion of the at least one reactive gas generated by the gas generator into the ultra-fine bubbles within the return sludge, wherein a portion of the ultra-fine bubbles dissolves within the return sludge, the line atomizer further configured to pump the gas-dispersion return sludge solely into the aerobic reaction vessel; and
a controller interfaced to the sludge storage vessel, the line atomizer, and the gas generator, the controller configured to receive data comprising at least one of a desired degree of purification of the wastewater, a desired speed of purification of the wastewater, and an amount of the wastewater to be purified, and to control the amount of the gas-dispersion return sludge pumped into the aerobic reaction vessel based on the received data.

US Pat. No. 10,167,213

AERATION CONTROL VALVE SYSTEM WITH BYPASS GAS RELEASE PASSAGE FOR WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR USING SAME

R.E. Proscott Co, Inc., ...

1. An aeration control valve system for use with a water treatment tank, the aeration control valve system comprising:a supply water inlet passage configured to receive water from a water supply;
a service water outlet passage configured to direct water to a service water system;
first and second tank passages configured to direct water in to or out of the water treatment tank;
a gas passage fluidly coupled to the first tank passage and configured to allow gas to pass to the water treatment tank;
a drain outlet passage configured to direct water from the water treatment tank to a drain;
a valve cycle actuator configured to provide fluid connections between the passages based on different positions of the valve cycle actuator during different operation cycles; and
a bypass gas release passage extending from a point beyond a flow region of water flowing from the supply water inlet passage and configured to allow gas to be released from the water treatment tank to the gas passage or to the drain outlet passage, during a gas release cycle, while bypassing the water flowing from the supply water inlet passage through the first tank passage.

US Pat. No. 10,167,187

PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR HAVING AN ELONGATED GROOVE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a substrate; and
a first functional element disposed on the substrate and having a sensor and an outer edge,
wherein the sensor includes all sensing portions, wiring, and electrodes for the first functional element, and the outer edge is defined by an imaginary line encircling the sensor having all sensing portions, wiring, and electrodes, the outer edge being the portion of the first functional element outside of the imaginary line in a plan view, and
wherein the outer edge includes at least two separate first grooves formed spaced apart in a top surface of the outer edge of the first functional element, each of the first grooves being elongated in a first direction in the plan view, and each of the first grooves being vacant.

US Pat. No. 10,167,186

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A POCKETED SPRING UNIT

Harrison Spinks Component...

1. A method for the production of a pocketed spring, the method comprising the steps of, at each step-wise advancement feeding, in the direction of advancement, a row of pre-compressed springs into positions between upper and lower layers of fabric or other material using a spring inserter, step-wise advancing said material and said springs and then welding together said lengths of fabric or other material so as to encapsulate a row of springs in a plurality of discrete pockets each containing a spring at each step-wise advancement, each row being oriented substantially perpendicularly to the direction of advancement.

US Pat. No. 10,167,185

FILLING ADAPTER HAVING A COAXIAL VALVE

1. A filling adapter for the initial filling of vehicle containers with operating substances during vehicle manufacturing, wherein the filling adapter is equipped with a hose pack, wherein the filling adapter is equipped with a coaxial valve in the region of its adapter head, which coaxial valve, starting from the inlet cross section, is initially provided with a first flow contour extending parallel to a longitudinal axis of the valve, the adapter head having a body with a ninety degree bend such that the first flow contour transitions to a second flow contour that extends at a right angle to the longitudinal axis of the valve towards the outlet cross section, wherein a circular conical deflector plate is fixedly mounted to an inner wall of the adapter head at the transitional section from the first flow contour extending in parallel to the longitudinal axis of the valve to the second flow contour extending at a right angle to the longitudinal axis of the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,177

CRANE, AND CRANE CONTROL METHOD

1. A crane including travel devices which are arranged on opposite sides with a gap in a transverse direction crossing a travel direction and a crane structure which is supported by the travel devices, the travel devices each including a travel wheel, a motor which transmits power to the travel wheel, an inverter which is connected to the motor and which controls a rotation speed of the motor, and a controller which gives a command of the rotation speed to the motor via the inverter, whereineach of the inverters includes a torque measurement unit which measures a torque generated in the motor to which the inverter is connected and a control unit which reduces the rotation speed in the command from the controller to the motor such that the greater a value of the torque obtained by the torque measurement unit is, the greater a ratio of reduction with respect to the rotation speed in the command is,
a control of each of the control units is performed within a range in which a ratio of the torque measured by the torque measurement unit is greater than 0% and less than 150% with respect to a rated torque of the motor to which the inverter is connected, and
the inverters independently perform measurement with the torque measurement units and the control with the control units.

US Pat. No. 10,167,176

AUTOMATIC ERECTING OF A CRANE

1. A method for automatic telescoping of a boom system of a crane having at least one telescopic boom, and having a rope and a winch for pivoting the boom, the method comprising:measuring with a first sensor an actual value of a boom angle of the boom forming an acute angle relative to a horizontal plane;
actuating, automatically, the winch based on the measured boom angle;
measuring with a second sensor an actual value of a guying frame angle of a guying frame forming an acute angle relative to the horizontal plane;
determining, based on the measurements of the boom angle and the guying frame angle, an intermediate angle between the guying frame and the boom; and
actuating, automatically, the winch based on the intermediate angle between the guying frame and the boom, and wherein the crane is a mobile crane.

US Pat. No. 10,167,173

PRIORITIZING THE DIRECTION OF A DIRECTIONAL PEDESTRIAN MOVER (DPM) IN REAL TIME, BASED ON PREDICTED PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC FLOW

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method to prioritize a direction of movement of a directional pedestrian mover (DPM) based on predicted pedestrian traffic flow, the method comprising:obtaining, by a pedestrian flow detector, a first predicted pedestrian traffic flow relative to the direction of movement of the DPM, and a second predicted pedestrian traffic flow in a different direction relative to the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, the pedestrian flow detector receiving information from a plurality of sensors,
wherein a majority of the first, or second, predicted pedestrian traffic flow may include a threshold value of a group of detected pedestrians;
calculating, by a pedestrian arrival time calculator, a time for a majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and a majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, to reach at least one access point of the DPM, the pedestrian arrival time calculator receiving information from the plurality of sensors,
wherein changing the direction of movement of the DPM is based on determining that the time for the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM is less than the time for the majority of the first pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM;
obtaining, by the plurality of sensors, an average pedestrian density information, for the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, from respective locations and to at least one access point of the DPM;
obtaining, by the plurality of sensors, an average pedestrian travel speed, for the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, from the respective locations and to the at least one access point of the DPM;
obtaining, by the plurality of sensors, estimated distance information, for the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, from the respective locations and to the at least one access point of the DPM;
obtaining, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, one or more schedule of events, at a given venue, that may affect the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, from the respective locations and to the at least one access point of the DPM; and
obtaining, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, an estimated direction of the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and an estimated direction of the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, from the respective locations and to the at least one access point of the DPM;
determining, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, a first time factor by dividing estimated distance information, for the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, by an average pedestrian travel speed, for the majority of the first predicted traffic flow;
determining, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, a second time factor by dividing estimated distance information, for the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, by an average pedestrian travel speed, for the majority of the second predicted traffic flow;
adding, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, an additional time factor to the second time factor to accommodate the time it takes to change the direction of movement of the DPM;
adding, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, an additional time factor to the second time factor to accommodate the time it takes for all pedestrians on the DPM to exit the DPM before changing the direction of movement of the DPM;
determining, by a processor, that the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow exceeds the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow;
determining, by the processor, that the time for the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM is less than the time for the majority of the first pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM, the processor comprising executable instructions for:
providing a warning, using visual, audio, or other indicators, that the direction of movement of the DPM is about to change;
closing at least one access point to the DPM; and
changing the direction of movement of the DPM to accommodate the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, based on the determining that the time for the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM is less than the time for the majority of the first pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM.

US Pat. No. 10,167,155

FIXTURE TO SUPPORT REEL-TO-REEL INSPECTION OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES OR OTHER COMPONENTS

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. An apparatus comprising:a fixture configured to receive multiple reels that are each configured to receive a tape in or on which components to be inspected are located;
wherein the fixture comprises:
a base configured to be secured to a support;
a shaft;
one or more motors mounted to the shaft and configured to rotate the reels; and
one or more joints coupling the shaft and the base, wherein the one or more joints are configured to allow (i) rotation of the shaft about a longitudinal axis of the shaft to change an orientation of the shaft with respect to the base and (ii) rotation of the shaft to change a direction at which the shaft extends away from the base such that the tape is movable into and out of a path of radiation that is generated by a radiation source.

US Pat. No. 10,167,148

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DUSTPROOF COVER

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit which forms an image on paper being conveyed on a paper conveyance path provided in a device main body;
a paper loading base on which manual-feed paper is loaded, the paper loading base having a lower end rotatably supported on at least one outer surface portion of the device main body, the paper loading base configured to be opened from an upper end thereof, and the paper loading base configured to be disposed at a desired oblique angle or in an overhang state;
a manual-feed paper conveying unit which is disposed in a position corresponding to the paper loading base in the device main body and configured to convey the manual-feed paper loaded on the paper loading base onto the paper conveyance path one by one;
a dustproof cover which entirely covers paper stored in the paper loading base when the paper loading base is in the overhang state, the dustproof cover including,
a base which engages with the paper loading base, and
an opening-and-closing cover which is rotatably connected to the base and is opened upwardly, wherein the base includes,
a pair of base-side lateral surface parts detachably engaging with a pair of lateral portions of the paper loading base in a direction of a rotation axis of the paper loading base in the overhang state, and
a base-side upper surface part of which both ends integrally connect the pair of base-side lateral surface parts;
first protrusions provided on both lateral portions of an upper surface of the paper loading base at desired positions corresponding to the base; and
second protrusions respectively corresponding to the first protrusions and provided on respective lower end surfaces of the pair of base-side lateral surface parts at positions closer to the device main body than the first protrusions, wherein
the second protrusions are provided to be in contact with the first protrusions when the dustproof cover moves in an overhang direction without being lifted.

US Pat. No. 10,167,143

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MOVING TRANSPORT ELEMENTS IN A CONTAINER TREATMENT SYSTEM

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A method for adapting motion profiles of a plurality of individually controllable transport elements for transporting containers in a container treatment system along a transport path, wherein the plurality of transport elements are movably arranged on the transport path, comprising:determining a treatment state of at least one container carried along by a first transport element among the plurality of transport elements,
wherein the first transport element is moved by means of at least one of an open- or closed-loop control unit of the container treatment system as part of a stream of transport elements,
wherein a motion profile of the first transport element is adapted by means of the open- or closed-loop control unit in response to the determined treatment state, the motion profile being one of the motion profiles of the plurality of individually controllable transport elements,
wherein determining the treatment state of the container carried along by the first transport element comprises comparing the determined treatment state with a predetermined desired treatment state, and
wherein the motion profile of the first transport element in case of a deviation of the determined treatment state from the predetermined desired treatment state is adapted such that a distance of the first transport element from a second transport element directly preceding the first transport element in the stream is reduced to a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,167,138

METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF PROPPANT TO A FRAC SITE

Can Do Logistics LLC, Be...

1. A method for delivering a proppant to a site of a well being fraced, the method including the following steps:modifying a standard cargo container into a modified cargo container by inserting a hopper module through a side door of said standard cargo container, wherein a base of the hopper module defines an area substantially equal to a bottom inside surface of said standard cargo container, wherein a cargo area of said modified cargo container is defined by inner surfaces of both said modified cargo container and said hopper module;
sliding a top hatch of said modified cargo container in a first horizontal direction from a closed position to an opened position, wherein the top hatch is aligned with a top opening;
loading a proppant into said modified cargo container through said top hatch thereon into the cargo area located inside said modified cargo container;
sliding said top hatch of said modified cargo container in a second horizontal direction from said opened position to said closed position;
transporting said modified cargo container with said proppant therein to said site;
lifting said modified cargo container with said proppant therein above a bulk sand container with a rough terrain container handler, said lifting performed from above via at least four points of contact between said modified cargo container and said rough terrain container handler;
opening a bottom hatch of the lifted modified cargo container to empty said proppant into said bulk sand container, said opening step performed by sliding said bottom hatch of said modified cargo container in a first horizontal direction from a closed position to an opened position wherein the bottom hatch is aligned with a bottom opening;
sliding said bottom hatch of said modified cargo containers in a second horizontal direction from said opened position to said closed position, wherein a user utilizes at least one control panel to effectuate sliding of the top hatch and the bottom hatch;
setting the empty modified cargo container aside with said rough terrain container handler; and repeating said lifting, opening, sliding and setting aside steps with other full modified cargo containers with said rough terrain container handler.

US Pat. No. 10,167,131

CONTENT DISPENSING CONTAINER APPARATUS

1. A container for dispensing contents, the container comprising:a first container portion comprising: an opening to access the contents, a first container portion top, a first container portion bottom, a first container portion inner surface, and a first container portion outer surface;
a second container portion to contain at least a portion of the contents, the second container portion comprising: a second container portion top, a second container portion bottom, a second container portion inner surface, a second container portion outer surface, and a cam surface;
a tab extending inwardly from the first container portion inner surface and engaging the second container portion; and
a rotating cam portion, rotatably engaged with the cam surface, the rotating cam portion comprising a grasp ring;
the second container portion encompassed by the first container portion and forming an internal chamber within the first container portion; and
the second container portion movable relative to the first container portion between the first container portion bottom and the first container portion top to elevate at least some of the contents contained within the second container portion;
wherein as the second container portion is elevated from the first container portion bottom toward the first container portion top, the tab engages the second container portion bottom, preventing the second container portion from moving downward beyond the tab toward the first container portion bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,167,127

CYLINDRICAL BOTTLE WITH BOTTOM

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A bottle formed of a synthetic resin material and having a bottomed cylindrical shape, the bottle comprising:a bottom wall portion of a bottom portion, the bottom wall portion including:
a grounding portion that is located at an outer circumferential edge of the bottle,
a rising circumferential wall portion that is continuous with the grounding portion on a radially inner side of the grounding portion and that extends upward, and
a movable wall portion that protrudes from an upper end of the rising circumferential wall portion on a radially inner side of the rising circumferential wall portion,
wherein:
a connected portion connects the rising circumferential wall portion with the movable wall portion,
the movable wall portion is movable upward around the connected portion,
a plurality of ribs are radially disposed around a bottle axis on the movable wall portion,
the ribs include a plurality of main recesses, which are each recessed upward, and a connection recess,
the main recesses of the plurality of main recesses are arranged at predetermined intervals in a radial direction of the bottle,
the connection recess connects adjacent main recesses of the plurality of main recesses that are adjacent to each other in the radial direction of the bottle,
a bottom surface of the connection recess is convex toward a bottom side of the bottle, and
a depth ratio D2/D1 is greater than 2/9 and less than 1 such that D2 is a depth of the connection recess and D1 is a depth of each main recess of the plurality of recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,167,115

SEALABLE CONTAINER ASSEMBLY WITH INTERNAL, REMOVABLE PANEL AND SPOUT

Buddeez, Inc., Wentzvill...

1. A container assembly comprising:a container having an interior volume and a top opening providing access into the interior volume;
a panel with a spout, the panel being supported by the container in the interior volume of the container for movement of the panel horizontally between a first position of the panel in the interior volume where the panel is secured to the container against vertical movement of the panel relative to the container and a second position of the panel in the interior volume where the panel is unsecured from the container for vertical movement of the panel relative to the container out of the interior volume of the container; and,
a lid removably attachable to the container over the top opening of the container with the panel supported by the container in the interior volume of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,167,105

APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURE OF PACKAGING CONTAINER WITH RECLOSABLE CONNECTION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

DISC GRAPHICS INC., Haup...

1. A method of manufacturing a reclosable container comprising:traversing a sheet of packaging material along a container forming device, wherein the sheet of packaging material includes a first segment, a second segment, a third segment, a fourth segment, a fifth segment, a sixth segment, and a seventh segment in order;
applying a magnet at the second segment;
applying a slug at the seventh segment;
applying glue in one or more locations on the sheet; and
folding the sheet of packaging material to form the reclosable container along a common border between the second segment and the third segment so that the magnet is aligned with the slug forming a reclosable connection, the second segment overlaps with the third segment, and the first segment overlaps with the fourth segment, the seventh segment, and at least a portion of the fifth segment.

US Pat. No. 10,167,067

VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS AND VESSEL INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vessel propulsion apparatus comprising:a duct including a stator;
a propeller including a rim that includes a rotor facing the stator and defining an electric motor in combination with the stator, and a blade on an inner side in a radial direction of the rim;
a fluid bearing provided on the duct, and that defines a gap into which surrounding water is introduced between the fluid bearing and the rim, and is water-lubricated with respect to the rim due to water introduced into the gap from the surroundings; and
a motor controller configured or programmed to drive the electric motor by rotation speed control in a rotation speed control region in which an output command is not more than a predetermined value, and drives the electric motor by torque control in a torque control region in which an output command is more than the predetermined value.