US Pat. No. 10,427,651

UNDERCARRIAGE SPRAYER

1. An undercarriage sprayer comprising:a plurality of nozzle blocks aligned side-by-side, each of the nozzle blocks including a lateral channel therethrough and an upward-facing nozzle cap, each of the nozzle blocks including a discrete opening for each of the nozzle caps, respectively, wherein each of the nozzle blocks includes a central section through which the lateral channel is formed and in which the nozzle cap and the discrete opening is disposed, and wherein in use as an undercarriage sprayer, each of the nozzle caps is flush with or below a top surface of the central section; and
a conduit extending between each of the lateral channels in fluid communication with each of the nozzle caps,
wherein the nozzle blocks are spaced from one another such that the undercarriage sprayer can be folded or rolled on itself.

US Pat. No. 10,427,650

SELF-CLEANING SYSTEM FOR INTERIOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A self-cleaning system for an interior of a motor vehicle, comprising:a photoactive self-cleaning surface;
a sun shade;
a sun shade actuator displacing said sun shade between a first opened position and a first closed position; and
a controller configured to open said sun shade when sunlight is directed so as to impinge upon said photoactive self-cleaning surface and promote cleaning.

US Pat. No. 10,427,649

SAFETY COUPLING FOR FIN RAY WIPER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windscreen wiper device for a vehicle, comprising a fastening element (50) fixed on a drive shaft (130), and a wiper blade (2) withan elongated upper part (10), which is configured at least partially flexibly,
an elongated lower part (12), which is configured at least partially flexibly,
a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extension (8) of the wiper blade (2), and wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured in order to enable a movement of the upper part (10) and the lower part relative to one another with a component of movement along a longitudinal extension (8) of the wiper blade (2),
a fastening part (30) on a wiper blade side, and
a coupling device, wherein the fastening part (30) on the wiper blade side and the fastening element (50) are connectable to one another via the coupling device for conjoint rotation until a defined torque value is exceeded, wherein the fastening part (30) and the fastening element (50) are completely released from one another when the defined torque value has been exceeded, wherein the coupling device includes a coupling element (21) and a guide element (210) configured to bear against the coupling element (21) when the defined torque value has not been exceeded, wherein the coupling element (21) is movably mounted on the fastening element (50) and is configured to extend through an opening of the guide element (210) when the defined torque value has not been exceeded, wherein the guide element (210) and the coupling element (21) are arranged such that when the guide element (210) is torqued past the defined torque value relative to the coupling element (21) about an axis that is perpendicular to the longitudinal extension (8) and also perpendicular to a drive axis of the drive shaft (130), the coupling element (21) moves with respect to the fastening element (50) and slips out of the opening of the guide element (210).

US Pat. No. 10,427,648

FILM HINGE FOR A WINDSHIELD WIPER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device for a vehicle, comprising a wiper blade (2) havingan elongated top part (10), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
an elongated bottom part (12), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
a plurality of connecting elements (18) connecting the top part (10) and the bottom part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured to allow for a movement of the top part (10) and of the bottom part in relation to one another with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2),
a film hinge (20) disposed between one of the connecting elements (18) and one of the top part (10) or the bottom part (12), wherein the film hinge is configured to flex and resiliently deform based on relative movement of the top and bottom parts (10, 12), and the connecting element (18) is configured to pivot relative to the one of the top part (10) or the bottom part (12) as the film hinge (20) flexes and resiliently deforms, wherein the film hinge has a first end fixed to the one of the top part (10) or bottom part (12), and a second opposite end fixed to an end of the connecting element (18) wherein the film hinge (20) has a thickness that is less than a thickness of the connecting element (18), and
a stop device (50), which is configured to delimit a rotational movement of the one of the connecting elements (18) via the film hinge in relation to the one of the top part (10) or the bottom part (12) wherein the stop device (50) is a cutout in the top part (10) or the bottom part (12), wherein the cutout is defined by a first vertical wall, a second vertical wall disposed opposite the first vertical wall, and a horizontal wall extending between the first and second vertical walls, wherein the film hinge extends vertically from the horizontal wall and parallel to the first and second walls in an unstressed state.

US Pat. No. 10,427,647

WINDSCREEN WIPER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device (100) for a vehicle, with a fastening element (52), comprisinga mounting element (40), which is configured to be mounted on the fastening element (52), and
a wiper blade (2) with
an elongate upper part (10), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
an elongate lower part (12), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
a plurality of connecting elements (18) connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), and wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured in order to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part relative to each other with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), wherein the connecting elements (18) substantially have a thickness of greater than or equal to 0.4 millimeter,
a wiper-blade-side fastening part (20), wherein the wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) is configured such that, by means of a rotation of the wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) relative to the mounting element (40) a portion of the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) extends into and rotates relative to the mounting element (40), and an engagement can be formed in order to connect the wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) to the mounting element (40), wherein the entire wiper blade is configured to rotate to form the engagement and connect the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) to the mounting element (40), wherein the wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) has at least one engagement element (21) which is configured in order to form an engagement with at least one securing element (41) of the mounting element (40), and wherein the at least one securing element (41) is of spiral shape.

US Pat. No. 10,427,646

FRAMELESS WIPER BLADE

1. A frameless wiper blade for a vehicle comprising:a wiping element holder comprising two longitudinal parallel slots and a rectangular notch at one end of each slot, two openings and four recesses on the ends of the wiping element holder, the two openings being disposed along a central axis of the wiping element holder;
an element for attachment to a wiper arm, and end caps for attaching at least two flexible wiping elements;
the at least two flexible wiping elements being mounted in the wiping element holder;
the wiping element holder being mounted to an internal longitudinal groove of the element for attachment to the wiper arm and affixed therein with the aid of two parallel symmetrically disposed projecting lips of the element for attachment to the wiper arm,
wherein the wiping element holder is secured by means of two openings and four recesses on the ends of the wiping element holder to which end caps are secured in a snapping manner by vertical protrusions, the vertical protrusions being disposed on an internal wall of an open end and a closed end of the end caps.

US Pat. No. 10,427,645

MULTI-SENSOR PRECIPITATION-CLASSIFICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a camera outputting image data;
a windshield;
an accelerometer outputting accelerometer data characterizing vibration of the windshield;
an artificial neural network trained to classify meteorological precipitation in an environment of the vehicle using the image data and the accelerometer data as inputs; and
at least one actuator controlling at least one function of the vehicle based on classifications made by the artificial neural network;
wherein the artificial neural network includes a plurality of classifiers, each classifier of the plurality of classifiers being trained to detect a type of precipitation corresponding to the each classifier, each classifier being configured to take as inputs the accelerometer data and the image data and configured to output a decision indicating whether the type of precipitation corresponding to the each classifier is present; and
wherein each classifier is further configured to apply weights of the each classifier to the accelerometer data and the image data such that the weights of one classifier of the plurality of classifier are different from the weights of another classifier of the plurality of classifiers.

US Pat. No. 10,427,644

APPARATUSES, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR ESTABLISHING A RADIO CONNECTION ON THE BASIS OF PROXIMITY INFORMATION

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. An apparatus for a vehicle key, the apparatus comprising:a first interface to communicate with a vehicle control system;
a second interface to communicate via a radio connection; and
a control module to:
receive proximity information from the vehicle control system via the first interface, and
establish a radio connection via the second interface in response to a determination that the proximity information indicates spatial proximity of the vehicle key to the vehicle control system,
wherein a vehicle comprises the vehicle control system, and wherein the spatial proximity of the vehicle key to the vehicle control system corresponds to a presence of the vehicle key inside the vehicle, and
wherein the vehicle performs a learning operation inside of the vehicle to register a mobile device inside the vehicle in response to a determination that the vehicle key is inside the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,643

DEFENSE AGAINST RELAY ATTACK IN PASSIVE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEMS

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. A system comprising:a first unit associated with an object to be secured against unauthorized access, the first unit comprising a first transceiver and first processing circuitry coupled to the first transceiver; and
a second unit comprising a second transceiver and second processing circuitry coupled to the second transceiver; wherein
the first and second units are configured to establish a bidirectional wireless communication link between the first and second units;
following establishment of the bidirectional wireless communication link, the first and second units are configured to exchange messages;
for at least one of the messages received at the first unit, the first processing circuitry is configured to measure a first received signal strength indicator (RSSI) value of the received message and send the first RSSI value in a subsequent message to the second unit;
for at least one of the messages received at the second unit, the second processing circuitry is configured to measure a second RSSI value of the received message and send the second RSSI value in another subsequent message to the first unit; and
at least one of the first and second processing circuitry is configured to determine whether a relay attack is occurring in response to a comparison of the first and second RSSI values.

US Pat. No. 10,427,640

LOAD-LIMITING SEATBELT ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A seatbelt assembly comprising:a seatbelt retractor;
a D-ring spaced from the seatbelt retractor;
a support disposed between the D-ring and the seatbelt retractor;
a webbing retractably engaged with the seatbelt retractor and moveable relative to the support; and
a magnet and a conductive material adjacent the magnet, one of the magnet and the conductive material being fixed to the support and the other of the magnet and the conductive material being moveable by the webbing relative to the support.

US Pat. No. 10,427,639

AIRBAG SYSTEMS WITH PASSIVE VENTING CONTROL

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag assembly comprising:an airbag cushion formed of one or more panels that define an inflatable chamber configured to receive inflation gas to inflate the airbag cushion;
a first vent in a first panel of the one or more panels of the airbag cushion, the first vent comprising a first aperture defined through the first panel;
a first loop coupled to an interior surface of the airbag cushion within the inflatable chamber at the first panel of the airbag cushion;
a shear tether, wherein a first end is looped through the first loop, a second end opposite the first end is looped through a second loop, and the shear tether is configured to be drawn taut by expansion of the airbag cushion during inflation;
a peel tether releasably coupled to the shear tether at a first end of the peel tether, wherein a second end of the peel tether, opposite the first end, is coupled to a bottom portion of the airbag cushion, and the peel tether is configured to be drawn taut as the airbag cushion continues to expand after the shear tether is drawn taut; and
a releasable coupling to releasably couple the first end of the peel tether to the first and second ends of the shear tether, the releasable coupling configured to resist a shear force transverse to the first panel to maintain the shear tether drawn taut, the shear force produced by expansion of the airbag cushion drawing the shear tether taut, the releasable coupling further configured to release in response to a peel force transverse to the shear force, the peel force produced by expansion of the airbag cushion drawing the peel tether taut.

US Pat. No. 10,427,638

FRONTAL AIRBAG ASSEMBLIES FOR REDUCING ROTATIONAL VELOCITY OF A HEAD OF AN OCCUPANT

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An inflatable airbag cushion comprising:a main panel including:
a pair of flaps that each at least partially defines a lobe of a pair of lobes to inflate to extend rearward from a rear face of the airbag cushion; and
a central receiving area disposed between the pair of flaps to provide an impact surface between the pair of lobes to receive an occupant;
a pair of side panels that each couple to an edge of the main panel, each side panel of the pair of side panels including a flap that couples to a flap of the pair of flaps of the main panel to define a lobe of the pair of lobes; and
a pair of vertical tethers coupled at a first end to a forward portion of the airbag and coupled at a second end to the rear face separated by a tether offset distance horizontally along the rear face, each tether of the pair of vertical tethers coupled to the rear face with a vertical orientation,
wherein, in the inflated deployed state, the pair of vertical tethers draw the central receiving area of the main panel to define the impact surface between the lobes, and
wherein the pair of vertical tethers couple to the rear face by a pair of seams arranged in symmetric curves extending in a generally vertical direction with respect to the airbag cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,637

DEPLOYABLE ROOF CONTAINMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A deployable containment system for a vehicle roof panel, the system comprising:a pair of guide channels installed along two parallel edges of an opening through the vehicle roof panel, each guide channel of the pair having a first end and a second end;
a housing mounted to the first end of the pair of guide channels;
a shield configured to deploy from the housing and travel along the pair of guide channels so as to cover at least a portion of the opening; and
an actuator disposed in a substantially parallel relationship to both an external side of one guide channel of the pair and externally along one edge of the parallel edges of the opening, wherein one end of the actuator is in proximity to the first end of the one guide channel of the pair and a second end of the actuator is in proximity to a point along the external side of the one guide channel of the pair, wherein the actuator is outside the perimeter of the opening, and wherein the actuator is configured to deploy the shield from the housing such that the shield moves parallel to the elongated length of the actuator after a deployment event.

US Pat. No. 10,427,636

LATERAL RETENTION MEMBER

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

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a frame;
a first pair of wheels connected to the frame;
a second pair of wheels connected to the frame;
a motor supported by the frame and operatively connected to at least one of the pair of wheels;
a cockpit in the frame;
a first seat disposed in the cockpit;
a bed in the frame longitudinally rearward of the cockpit, the bed having at least one side wall;
a second seat disposed in the bed, the second seat having a seat base and a seat back, the seat back having a storage position and a seating position; and
a lateral retention member fixed to and extending upwardly from and vertically above an upper edge of the at least one side wall of the bed, at least a portion of the lateral retention member being disposed higher than the seat base and forward of the seat back of the second seat when in the seating position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,635

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING FRONT PASSENGER SEAT

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

1. A method for adjusting a front passenger seat in a motor vehicle, comprising the steps of:identifying a user identification apparatus proximate to the motor vehicle;
accessing a user profile associated with the user identification apparatus, the user profile including a predetermined home position for the front passenger seat;
determining whether the front passenger seat is occupied; and
adjusting a position of the front passenger seat to the predetermined home position if the front passenger seat is not occupied.

US Pat. No. 10,427,634

AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTABLE AIRBAG SYSTEM

13. An adjustable airbag system for a vehicle, the system comprising:an airbag assembly having an inflatable airbag within an airbag housing, and
an airbag housing orientation mechanism operatively coupled to the airbag housing, the airbag housing orientation mechanism being structured to enable control of an orientation of the airbag housing so as to enable deployment of the airbag to cushion an occupant positioned in either one of a driver side or a front passenger side of the vehicle,
wherein the airbag housing orientation mechanism includes a mounting base, wherein the airbag housing is pivotably connected to the mounting base,
the adjustable airbag system further comprising an airbag housing positioning mechanism structured to be operatively coupled to a portion of a vehicle, wherein the mounting base is structured to be coupled to the airbag housing positioning mechanism, wherein the airbag housing positioning mechanism is structured to be operable to move the mounting base in directions perpendicular to a fore-aft axis of the vehicle, and
wherein the airbag housing positioning mechanism comprises an x-y positioning stage.

US Pat. No. 10,427,632

BOWED ROTOR NACELLE COOLING

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing;
a vent disposed in the housing; and
a shape-memory alloy (SMA) element coupled to the vent and configured such that when a temperature in the housing exceeds a threshold, the SMA element changes shape to actuate the vent;
wherein air flows through the vent to cool an inside of the housing when the vent is actuated; and
wherein:
the housing is an engine pylon, an electronics and equipment bay on an aircraft, or a battery container, or
the apparatus is a nacelle in combination with a gas turbine and the housing is the nacelle, or
the housing includes a grille covering a portion of an automobile engine.

US Pat. No. 10,427,630

CENTRALLY-MOUNTED GROUND-ROD DRIVER FOR UTILITY VEHICLE

Altec Industries, Inc., ...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:a chassis presenting a central area; and
a centrally-mounted ground-rod driver system secured to the chassis at the central area, including—
a ground-rod;
a driver assembly configured to drive the ground-rod into an underlying surface under the chassis; and
a grounding cable associated with the ground-rod so as to allow an electrical discharge through the grounding cable, through the ground-rod, and into the underlying surface,
wherein the ground-rod is driven in beneath the central area of the chassis such that a radius of electrified ground of the underlying surface is away from a utility worker.

US Pat. No. 10,427,626

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a first constant voltage generation circuit and a second constant voltage generation circuit each configured to output a respective constant voltage to at least one of a central processing unit (CPU) and an integrated circuit (IC);
a first high voltage detection circuit configured to detect that the first constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than a first reference voltage;
a second high voltage detection circuit configured to detect that the second constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than a second reference voltage;
a first switch that is arranged between the at least one of the CPU and the IC and the first constant voltage generation circuit, and is configured to cut off a voltage output to the at least one of the CPU and the IC from the first constant voltage generation circuit when the first high voltage detection circuit detects that the first constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than the first reference voltage;
a second switch that is arranged between the at least one of the CPU and the IC and the second constant voltage generation circuit, and is configured to cut off a voltage output to the at least one of the CPU and the IC from the second constant voltage generation circuit when the second high voltage detection circuit detects that the second constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than the second reference voltage; and
an output circuit configured to selectively output the larger of an output voltage of the first switch and an output voltage of the second switch to the at least one of the CPU and the IC, wherein
the first reference voltage is larger than a rated voltage of the first constant voltage generation circuit,
the second reference voltage is larger than a rated voltage of the second constant voltage generation circuit,
a rated power of the first constant voltage generation circuit is different from a rated power of the second constant voltage generation circuit,
the first high voltage detection circuit is configured to output a first detection result to the at least one of the CPU and the IC,
the second high voltage detection circuit is configured to output a second detection result to the at least one of the CPU and the IC,
the at least one of the CPU and the IC is configured to receive, from the first high voltage detection circuit, the first detection result that the first constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than the first reference voltage and to adjust a power consumption of the at least one of the CPU and the IC according to the first detection result, and
the at least one of the CPU and the IC is configured to receive, from the second high voltage detection circuit, the second detection result that the second constant voltage generation circuit has outputted a voltage equal to or more than the second reference voltage, and to adjust the power consumption of the at least one of the CPU and the IC according to the second detection result.

US Pat. No. 10,427,625

AUTOMOBILE PART FOR ACOUSTIC SCREENING AND ITS PRODUCTION PROCESS

AUTONEUM MANAGEMENT AG, ...

1. An automobile part for acoustic screening made of fibrous material with different areas of density or rigidity, and comprising at least one passage through the automobile part, the passage having a low-density area adapted to accept a fixed or mobile through unit, wherein the low-density area comprises flexible lips delimited by a longitudinal groove ending in two transverse grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,427,624

FIBROUS AUTOMOTIVE CLADDING

AUTONEUM MANAGEMENT AG, ...

1. A multilayer air permeable automotive trim part for noise attenuation comprising:at least two fibrous layers;
at least one air permeable intermediate film layer between the at least two fibrous layers; and
wherein the at least one of the fibrous layers is a mixture of fibers consisting of 10 to 40% of binder fibers, 10 to 70% of recycled fibers and 10 to 70% of self-crimped fibers, and wherein the total amount of fibers adds to 100% by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,427,622

CONSOLE WITH GROUNDED TRIM RING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle console comprising:a trim ring disposed over a periphery of a housing, wherein the trim ring comprises a polymeric material and is electrically conductive and grounded; and
a proximity switch assembly retained in the housing, comprising:
a proximity sensor proximate a sensing pad for generating an activation field,
wherein the sensing pad is proximate the trim ring.

US Pat. No. 10,427,621

VEHICLE TETHER CLIP

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

1. A vehicle tether clip comprising:a base part comprising a pair of hooks having latch jaws that are inserted and latched into a mounting hole of a pillar panel;
a sliding part coupled to the base part and mounted to a coupling bracket of a pillar trim; and
female screw holes formed through the hooks.

US Pat. No. 10,427,620

STUMP GRINDER GUARD

1. A support assembly for transporting, with a motor vehicle, a stump grinder having a stump grinder wheel, the support assembly comprising:a base, wherein the support assembly is not mounted to the stump grinder;
first and second sidewalls attached to the base, the first and second sidewalls extending perpendicularly upwards from the base;
first and second end-walls attached to the first and second sidewalls and to the base, wherein the first and second end-walls extend perpendicularly upwards from the base;
a channel formed between the first and second sidewalls, the channel extending from the first end-wall to the second end-wall, wherein the channel forms an elongated receiving space that is configured to receive a circular disk shape of the stump grinder wheel;
a liner disposed within the channel, wherein the liner includes a shape that conforms to a generally circular shape of the stump grinder wheel, wherein the liner includes a piece of shock-absorbing or cushioning material that is configured to prevent damage from the stump grinder wheel during transport of the stump grinder; and
first and second angled pieces disposed within the channel, the first and second angled pieces forming a receiving space for receiving the stump grinder wheel, wherein the receiving space is generally concave in an upwards direction, wherein the first angled piece limits movement of the stump grinder wheel in a first longitudinal direction relative to the motor vehicle, wherein the second angled piece limits movement of the stump grinder wheel in a second longitudinal direction relative to the motor vehicle, and wherein the first and second angled pieces support the liner.

US Pat. No. 10,427,619

ELECTRONIC DEVICE SUPPORT FOR VEHICLES

SmartTray International, ...

1. A support for holding a portable electronic device in a vehicle comprising:a body having a first end and a second end;
a first wall rotatably mounted to the body proximate the second end of the body by one or more rotatable mounts;
a second wall adjacent the first wall and rotatably mounted to the body by one or more second rotatable mounts; and
an induction charger;
wherein the first wall and the second wall are independently rotatable.

US Pat. No. 10,427,617

ADJUSTABLE INTERFACE MOUNT FOR A WORK VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An interface mount for a work vehicle, comprising:a first mounting arm comprising:
a lower body member extending between a mounting portion disposed at a first end of the first mounting arm, and a first mating portion disposed at a second end of the first mounting arm, wherein the lower body member is configured to mount to a base bracket at the mounting portion, wherein the lower body member includes a bend disposed between the first end and the second end; and
a first mating flange extending substantially orthogonally outward from the lower body member, such that the lower body member and the first mating flange form a substantially T-shaped cross section that follows a curvature of the bend, wherein the first mating flange comprises a plurality of apertures disposed proximate the second end of the first mounting arm; and
a second mounting arm comprising:
an upper body member extending between a second mating portion disposed at a first end of the second mounting arm, and an interface mounting portion disposed at a second end of the second mounting arm, wherein the first mating portion of the lower body member and the second mating portion of the upper body member have matching contours; and
a second mating flange extending substantially orthogonally outward from the upper body member, such that the upper body member and the second mating flange form a substantially L-shaped cross section, wherein the second mating flange comprises a plurality of elongated slots;
wherein the first mounting arm and the second mounting arm are configured to slide relative to one another between an expanded position and a contracted position, and wherein each of the plurality of apertures is configured to align with a respective elongated slot of the plurality of elongated slots and receive a fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,427,614

ARTICLE RACK ADAPTED FOR USE WITH PICKUP TRUCK

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

17. An article rack comprising:a base mountable to a top rail of a truck box and including a pair of spaced apart first and second flanges;
a linkage including a pair of opposing first and second sidewalls and a support member extending between the sidewalls, wherein, at a first end of the linkage, the first and second sidewalls are pivotally connected to the first and second flanges, respectively;
first and second arms pivotally connected to the first and second sidewalls, respectively, at a second end of the linkage;
a drive mechanism including a first wheel fixed to the first flange, a second wheel fixed to the first arm, an axle rotationally coupling the second wheel to the second arm, and an endless loop trained around the wheels such that pivoting of the linkage about the base pivots the arms about the linkage; and
an article support attached to the first and second arms.

US Pat. No. 10,427,613

CUPHOLDER ASSEMBLIES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cupholder assembly comprising:a fixed cupholder disposed within a console; and
a reversible cupholder, provided with a pull tab, pivotally attached with and nested within the fixed cupholder, and configured to be
pulled inside out by the pull tab such that a surface of the reversible cupholder in contact with the fixed cupholder when nested defines an interior cavity of the reversible cupholder when inside out, and
positioned next to the fixed cupholder.

US Pat. No. 10,427,611

STORAGE FOR SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seating assembly comprising:a seat; and
a seatback having a rear portion that includes a panel with an elongated member for retaining a passenger item, wherein the elongated member comprises an exposed portion configured to retain the passenger item and a concealed portion within the panel, wherein the panel comprises a first part and a second part, wherein the concealed portion of the elongated member is retained between the first part and the second part, wherein the second part is fixed to the first part, and wherein the second part includes an opening that provides access to the exposed portion of the elongated member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,610

ACCESSORY TRAY FOR A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle having an accessory storage tray, comprising:a front passenger seat having a seat pan and a seat cushion; and
an accessory tray positioned under a front portion of the seat cushion when the accessory tray is in a closed position, the accessory tray having a first end coupled to the seat pan adjacent to a console via a pivot mechanism and a second free end held in the closed position by a latch;
the pivot mechanism including a spring-loaded release mechanism, that when operated, releases the latch and allows the spring-loaded release mechanism to move the accessory tray from the closed position to an open position;
wherein, as the accessory tray pivots via the pivot mechanism, the second free end of the accessory tray moves toward a front driver seat to the open position where the accessory tray is adjacent to the console to receive an accessory item.

US Pat. No. 10,427,609

VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPONENT

Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao ...

1. A component for a vehicle interior configured to stow an article comprising:(a) a base;
(b) a bin coupled to the base comprising a receptacle into which the article can be stowed and configured to move relative to the base in a direction to open from a retracted position to an extended position for access to the bin; and
(c) a mechanism configured to guide movement of the bin relative to the base;
wherein the mechanism is configured to guide movement of the bin relative to the base along a direction generally parallel to the direction to open;
wherein the mechanism comprises a set of gears coupled to an axle; a set of gears coupled to the base; and a set of gear racks;
wherein the set of gears coupled to the base comprises a set of dampers configured to engage the set of gears coupled to the axle and the set of gear racks.

US Pat. No. 10,427,607

HORIZONTAL RETRACTABLE RUNNING BOARD WITH HIGH LOAD CAPACITY

Birinci Otomotiv Sanayi V...

1. A retractable running board (A) comprising a supplementary step (21) that facilitates getting in/out of a vehicle (B) for the passengers in public transportation vehicles (B) for transporting passengers, passenger cars, and vehicles (B) with high ground clearance; characterized by:at least one driving member (1) supplying the driving force required by the system,
at least one drive shaft (7) transferring the driving force received from the driving member (1) to the system,
at least two flanges (13) in which the driving shaft (7) is embedded and which assist the system to be mounted in the vehicle (B),
at least two levers (25) that are engaged with the flanges (13) and capable of performing rotational movement in y axis (y) perpendicular to the ground being actuated by the drive shaft (7),
step brackets (22) which are fixed on the supplementary step (21) and capable of performing rotational movement in y axis (y) perpendicular to the ground relative to each other at the other end of the lever (25) which is not fasten to the flange (13), and
an engine connecting piece (32) located between said driving member (1) and supplementary step (21) and an angle (33) mounted to the back surface of the vehicle mounting bracket (4).

US Pat. No. 10,427,606

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLIES WITH ANISOTROPIC POLYMER LAMINATES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A switchable mirror system (SMS) for use in a vehicular rearview assembly equipped with a light source transmitting light from within the rearview assembly through said SMS to a field-of-view (FOV) outside the assembly, the SMS comprising:at least two electro-optic (EO) cells defined by at least three sequentially disposed spaced-apart glass substrates, a first EO-cell corresponding to an outside portion of the rearview assembly and a second EO-cell disposed between the first EO-cell and the light source,
wherein the first EO-cell is adapted to be a switchable linear absorptive polarizer that attenuates light reflected from the second EO-cell, and does not substantially attenuate light transmitted from the light source through the second EO-cell,
wherein said SMS has a reflectance value that is gradually variable in response to changes in voltages applied to the first EO-cell, and as measured in said FOV in ambient light, and
wherein thicknesses of said at least three substrates are chosen to provide for a weight of said SMS per unit area of less than 2.0 grams per cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,427,605

MOVEABLE REAR VIEW MIRROR COMPRISING ACTIVE MATERIAL

1. A rear view mirror for use in a motor vehicle, comprising:a support element having a reflective element attached to a first side; and
a frame element detachably attached to a second side of the support element which is located opposite the first side, wherein the frame element comprises an adjusting element, wherein the adjusting element is adapted to connect the rear view mirror to a stationary support arm holding the rear view mirror and wherein the adjusting element is further adapted to move the rear view mirror that comprises both the support element having the reflective element and the frame element relative to the stationary support arm, and wherein the frame element comprises active material to move the rear view mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,427,604

VISION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vehicular vision system, said vehicular vision system comprising:a driver-side exterior mirror assembly configured for mounting at a driver side of a vehicle equipped with said vehicular vision system;
wherein said driver-side exterior mirror assembly comprises a driver-side mirror reflective element that, with said driver-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, has a field of view at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, when viewed by a driver of the equipped vehicle, rearward of the equipped vehicle;
wherein the field of view of said driver-side mirror reflective element is adjustable by the driver via a driver-side driver-operable actuator of said driver-side exterior mirror assembly;
wherein said driver-side exterior mirror assembly comprises a driver-side camera that, with said driver-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, has at least a rearward field of view at the driver side of the equipped vehicle;
wherein, with said driver-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, the rearward field of view at the driver side of the equipped vehicle of said driver-side camera supplements the field of view of said driver-side mirror reflective element when said driver-side mirror reflective element is viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said driver-side camera views at least a blind spot region adjacent the driver side of the equipped vehicle when said driver-side mirror reflective element is adjusted by the driver via said driver-side driver-operable actuator to provide the driver with the driver's desired rearward view at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, the blind spot region adjacent the driver side of the equipped vehicle being outside the field of view at the driver side of the equipped vehicle of said driver-side mirror reflective element when said driver-side mirror reflective element is viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle;
a passenger-side exterior mirror assembly configured for mounting at a passenger side of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly comprises a passenger-side mirror reflective element that, with said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, has a field of view at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, when viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle, rearward of the equipped vehicle;
wherein the field of view of said passenger-side mirror reflective element is adjustable by the driver via a passenger-side driver-operable actuator of said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly;
wherein said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly comprises a passenger-side camera that, with said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, has at least a rearward field of view at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said passenger-side camera, with said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, is operable to capture passenger-side image data;
wherein, with said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly mounted at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, the rearward field of view at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle of said passenger-side camera supplements the field of view of said passenger-side mirror reflective element when said passenger-side mirror reflective element is viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said passenger-side camera views at least a blind spot region adjacent the passenger side of the equipped vehicle when said passenger-side mirror reflective element is adjusted by the driver via said passenger-side driver-operable actuator to provide the driver with the driver's desired rearward view at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, the blind spot region adjacent the passenger side of the equipped vehicle being outside the field of view at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle of said passenger-side mirror reflective element when said passenger-side mirror reflective element is viewed by the driver of the equipped vehicle;
an interior rearview mirror assembly configured for mounting at an interior portion of the equipped vehicle, wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises an interior mirror reflective element that, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle, provides a rearward field of view to the driver when viewing said interior rearview mirror assembly;
wherein said interior mirror reflective element of said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises an electrochromic interior mirror reflective element having a partially light transmissive and partially light reflecting mirror reflector;
a video display disposed behind said partially light transmissive and partially light reflecting mirror reflector of said interior mirror reflective element, wherein, when said video display is displaying video images, the displayed video images are viewable through said partially light transmissive and partially light reflecting mirror reflector of said interior mirror reflective element, and wherein, when said video display is not displaying video images, said video display is covert behind said partially light transmissive and partially light reflecting mirror reflector of said interior mirror reflective element;
wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle, said video display is operable to display video images derived from driver-side image data captured by said driver-side camera;
wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle, said video display is operable to display video images derived from passenger-side image data captured by said passenger-side camera;
wherein said video display comprises a driver-side display portion and a passenger-side display portion;
wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle and with said video display disposed at said interior rearview mirror assembly, said driver-side display portion is located closer to said driver-side exterior mirror assembly than said passenger-side display portion;
wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle and with said video display disposed at said interior rearview mirror assembly, said passenger-side display portion is located closer to said passenger-side exterior mirror assembly than said driver-side display portion;
wherein said driver-side display portion of said video display displays video images derived from driver-side image data captured by said driver-side camera and does not display video images derived from any passenger-side image data captured by said passenger-side camera; and
wherein said passenger-side display portion of said video display displays video images derived from passenger-side image data captured by said passenger-side camera and does not display video images derived from any driver-side image data captured by said driver-side camera.

US Pat. No. 10,427,603

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A display control device comprising:a viewpoint conversion unit which converts a viewpoint of images captured by a plurality of cameras mounted on an own vehicle to obtain viewpoint converted images as viewed from above the own vehicle;
a steering determination unit which determines whether a steering angle of a wheel of the own vehicle is equal to or greater than a predetermined value;
an image correction unit which, when the steering angle is equal to or greater than the predetermined value, creates a corrected image by processing a viewpoint converted image of the wheel in the viewpoint converted image so that display of the image of the wheel is suppressed;
an image synthesis unit which synthesizes the corrected image and at least one of the viewpoint converted images that is different from the corrected image to create a synthesized image; and
a display control unit which displays the synthesized image and an image of the own vehicle at the position of the own vehicle on a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,602

OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR ENHANCING DISPLAY VIEWING COMFORT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An optical system for a vehicle, comprising:a rearview display configured to display an image of an area behind the vehicle; and
a positive optical device in optical communication with the rearview display such that the image displayed by the rearview display is projected to a virtual image plane that is spaced apart from the positive optical device by a predetermined virtual image distance in order to minimize an accommodation and a convergence of vehicle operator's eyes when the vehicle operator's eyes switch focus between the rearview display and an object located outside and in front of the vehicle;
wherein the positive optical device is a Fresnel lens;
wherein a distance from the Fresnel lens to the rearview display is less than a focal length of the Fresnel lens in order to minimize the accommodation and the convergence of the vehicle operator's eyes when the vehicle operator's eyes switch focus between the rearview display and the object located outside and in front of the vehicle;
wherein a relative location of a virtual image generated by the Fresnel lens and the rearview display introduced by the Fresnel lens is expressed as follows:
L?do+|di|>L
where:
L is a distance from the vehicle operator's eyes to the rearview display;
do is a distance from the Fresnel lens to the rearview display; and
di is a distance from the Fresnel lens to a virtual image generated by the Fresnel lens, and the distance from the Fresnel lens to a virtual image generated by the Fresnel lens is equal to the predetermined virtual image distance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,601

WORKING MACHINE

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

1. A working machine including an illumination device and an information providing unit, said illumination device and said information providing unit being disposed between an operator and a front of said working machine, said illumination device being disposed so as to illuminate an area ahead of the working machine and said information providing unit providing information to the operator,wherein the information providing unit includes an indicator device that emits an indicator light indicating the information, an emitting direction of the indicator light deviating from an optical axis of an illuminating light of the illumination device;
wherein the indicator device is disposed on the illumination device and emits the indicator light to a region outside of the area ahead of the working machine that is illuminated by the illumination device,
wherein the region is located between a front of the working machine and the area illuminated by the illumination device, and
wherein the front of the working machine blocks the light from the illumination device so as to form a shadow in said region to which the indicator light is emitted.

US Pat. No. 10,427,600

MOTOR VEHICLE SOUND GENERATOR SYSTEM

Faurecia Emissions Contro...

1. A motor vehicle sound generator system comprises:a housing in which a loudspeaker is accommodated, wherein the housing includes at least a first orifice and a second orifice, and wherein the first and second orifices each have a sound transmission member provided thereon, and wherein the first orifice is arranged in a front side region of the loudspeaker and the second orifice is arranged in a rear side region of the loudspeaker as viewed in an axial direction of the loudspeaker;
a first sound outlet opening that is associated with the first orifice; and
a second sound outlet opening that is associated with the second orifice, wherein sound exits into open air through the first and second sound outlet openings, and wherein the first and second sound outlet openings are free of exhaust gas flow.

US Pat. No. 10,427,599

SEAT ILLUMINATING SYSTEM

COELUX S.R.L., Lomazzo (...

1. A seat illuminating system for illuminating a target region by optically imitating natural sunlight illumination, the seat illuminating system comprising:a seat arrangement having a seat surface and a target region defined for a person sitting on the seat surface;
a mounting structure spatially fixed with respect to the seat arrangement;
a reflector unit mounted at the mounting structure and comprising a reflective surface and a luminous layer configured to diffuse at least some impinging light components to thereby homogenously emit diffuse light at a first color, wherein the luminous layer extends in front of the reflective surface and comprises a front area section of the reflector unit through which the diffuse light is emitted, wherein the front area section faces the target region and extends up to a first boundary; and
a light projector mounted at the mounting structure, wherein the light projector is configured to generate a light beam that illuminates the entire front area section such that at least a portion of the light beam passes through the luminous layer before and after being reflected by the reflective surface, thereby forming an illuminating light beam at a second color directed onto the target region, the second color being associated with a direct light correlated color temperature,
wherein the first color is associated with a diffuse light correlated color temperature that is larger than the direct light correlated color temperature of the illuminating light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,427,598

HEAD-UP DISPLAY DEVICE AND VEHICLE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A head-up display device comprising:a display device that emits light to form a display image;
a first optical member that first reflects light emitted from the display device;
one or more second optical members that reflect or transmit the reflected light of the first optical member to project a virtual image; and
an adjuster that adjusts a position of the first optical member to adjust a projection distance of the virtual image,
wherein the first optical member is positioned such that incident light to the first optical member is non-parallel to a normal of the first optical member, and
wherein the display device shifts a display position of the display image in its display area in accordance with a position of the first optical member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,597

SAFETY ARRANGEMENT

INNOTRAFIK OY, Helsinki ...

1. A safety system comprising a vehicle identifier arranged in connection with a moving vehicle or work machine and capable of radio communication and, arranged in an operating connection therewith, an alarm unit, and a personal identifier arranged in connection with a moving unit and capable of radio communication, the personal identifier comprising an alerting device for warning of vehicles or work machines in the area, and said alarm unit comprising warning equipment for warning of moving units in the area, wherein:the vehicle identifier and/or the personal identifier is configured to determine a distance between the vehicle identifier and the personal identifier based on at least one signal transmitted between the vehicle identifier and the personal identifier;
the vehicle identifier is configured to activate the warning equipment in response to the determined distance between the vehicle identifier and the personal identifier being less than a threshold value determined in advance for the vehicle identifier;
the personal identifier is configured to activate the alerting device in response to the determined distance between the vehicle identifier and the personal identifier being less than a threshold value determined in advance for the personal identifier;
the safety system further comprising a counter radio capable of radio communication, wherein the counter radio is configured to broadcast a spherical signal, and wherein the personal identifier is configured to determine a distance between the personal identifier and the counter radio based on the at least one signal transmitted between the personal identifier and the counter radio; and
wherein the personal identifier is configured to interrupt the transmission of the at least one signal transmitted between the vehicle identifier and the personal identifier and the activation of the alerting device and warning equipment, in response to the determined distance between the personal identifier and the counter radio being less than a threshold value determined in advance for the counter radio.

US Pat. No. 10,427,596

VEHICLE DIRECTIONAL INDICATOR FOR AUTONOMOUS AND NON-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

1. A vehicle directional indicator system for indicating the directional travel intentions of a vehicle, the system comprising: an ignition system; a directional signal circuit for receiving power when the ignition is keyed on; a power source for transporting the power; a thermal flasher for receiving the power from said power source; a directional indicator associated with a steering column for the vehicle for dynamically indicating direction of intended travel, whereby said directional indicator dynamically indicates a straight non-passive ahead directional intention for the vehicle in addition to dynamically indicating a left turn or a right turn directional intention for the vehicle whereby said vehicle is anywhere within the range of fully autonomous to non-autonomous.

US Pat. No. 10,427,595

ILLUMINATING VEHICLE ASSEMBLY AND ILLUMINATION METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An illuminating vehicle assembly, comprising:a lens having a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and at least one edge connecting the first side to the second side, wherein the first side is spaced a distance from the second side along an axis that extends from the first side to the second side, wherein the at least one edge establishes an outer perimeter of the lens;
a diffuser beneath the lens, the first side of the lens facing the diffuser, the diffuser including a plurality of light redirecting features, the plurality of light redirecting features comprising depressions within the diffuser, the depressions each opening to a surface of the diffuser that faces the first side of the lens; and
a light source configured to emit light that passes through the diffuser to illuminate the lens, the light source disposed laterally outside the outer perimeter relative to the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,427,594

DECELERATION ALERT DEVICE AND METHOD

J-MEX, Inc., Science Par...

1. An alert device for a moving device having a variable acceleration, the alert device comprising:a sensing unit including an accelerometer, and sensing the variable acceleration to generate a plurality of acceleration data;
a data processing unit employing a moving average algorithm, determining a first plurality of acceleration data samples and a second plurality of acceleration data samples respectively corresponding to two different predetermined sample sizes from the plurality of acceleration data based on the moving average algorithm to calculate a first plurality of sample averages similar to a second-low pass filter associated with a plurality of deceleration data, a plurality of pedal acceleration data, a plurality of acceleration errors and a second plurality of sample averages similar to a first-low pass filter associated with the plurality of acceleration errors, and as serving as a band-pass filtering function to obtain a plurality of sample average differences between the first and the second pluralities of sample averages, so as to eliminate the plurality of acceleration errors and reveal the plurality of deceleration data and the plurality of pedal acceleration data; and
a motion analysis unit analyzing the plurality of sample average differences based on a predetermined check algorithm to distinguish the plurality of pedal acceleration data and obtain a derived resultant value, and performing a data comparison between the derived resultant value and a predetermined threshold value to generate a comparison result.

US Pat. No. 10,427,593

VEHICLE LIGHT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a pair of light assemblies disposed on opposing sides of a rear portion of a vehicle, wherein each light assembly includes a housing and a lens;
a plurality of light sources disposed in the housing and configured to create a first predefined illumination pattern; and
a controller configured to selectively activate a first illumination pattern from one of the pair of housings corresponding to a direction of a vehicle steering wheel rotation, the first illumination pattern configured to illuminate an area vehicle forwardly and rearwardly of the light assembly, wherein the plurality of light sources progressively illuminate from an inboard first portion of the plurality of light sources to a second portion of the plurality of light sources outboard of the first portion as the steering wheel is rotated in one direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,592

CAR LIGHT SENSOR WARNING FOR HEADLIGHTS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of controlling exterior lights on a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving an input indicative of a desired mode of operation of the exterior lights from a user-selectable input device, the user-selectable input device including an on-setting, an off-setting, and an automatic-setting;
receiving sensor data indicative of a level of visibility outside the vehicle;
comparing the sensor data to a first threshold;
automatically activating the exterior lights while the user-selectable input device is positioned in the automatic-setting in response to determining that the level of visibility is less than the first threshold;
generating, by an electronic processor, a notification indicative of an improper positioning of the user-selectable input device when the sensor data indicates that the level of visibility is less than the first threshold and the user-selectable input device is positioned in the off-setting;
comparing the sensor data to a second threshold, the second threshold being lower than the first threshold; and
automatically activating the exterior lights while the user-selectable input device is positioned in the off-setting in response to determining that the level of visibility is less than the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,590

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HIGH LAMP OF VEHICLE

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. An apparatus for controlling a high lamp of a reference vehicle, comprising:a camera photographing a rear side of a target vehicle in front of the reference vehicle;
a brightness measurer measuring an entire average brightness of an image of the rear side of the target vehicle photographed by the camera, measuring the brightness of a backlight area of the target vehicle in the image and measuring the brightness of a non-backlight area of the target vehicle in the image; and
a controller configured to:
turn on a brightness adjusting function of the high lamp and adjust a brightness of the high lamp in order to remove glare to the eyes of a driver of the target vehicle, when the entire average brightness at the rear side of the target vehicle is greater than a predetermined reference brightness of the image of the rear side of the target vehicle,
determine whether the backlight area of the target vehicle exists in the image,
determine whether a brightness difference between the backlight area and the non-backlight area of the target vehicle is greater than a reference value, when the backlight area exists in the image,
turn off the brightness adjusting function and control the high lamp when the brightness difference between the backlight area and the non-backlight area of the target vehicle is greater than the reference value,
control the high lamp of the reference vehicle in order to remove glare to the eyes of the driver of the target vehicle, caused by light of the high lamp of the reference vehicle, and
control the high lamp of the reference vehicle in order to remove glare to the eyes of a driver of the reference vehicle, caused by light of the high lamp of the reference vehicle reflected from a rear view mirror of the target vehicle,
wherein the controlling of the high lamp is one of adjusting the brightness of the high lamp, turning-off of the high lamp and adjusting an angle of the high lamp.

US Pat. No. 10,427,587

FRONT LIGHT BAR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

NAADE, Inc., Laredo, TX ...

1. A front light bar assembly for the front of a motor vehicle having a front bumper and front grill, comprisinga main frame comprising a front tubular member and a mounting plate permanently fastened to an upper portion of the front tubular member, the front tubular member extending across a majority of a width of the front grill and having two opposing ends inclined toward a rear of the vehicle, the mounting plate having a plurality of fastener holes extending therethrough;
two vehicle mounting members connected to the main frame and having a rearward end configured to releasably connect to the motor vehicle, each vehicle mounting member extending in a rearward direction a distance sufficient to connect to the motor vehicle and position the main frame above the front bumper and in front of the front grill;
a light box releasably fastened to and extending below the main frame, the light box having a front panel with an elongated opening over 12 inches long and over one inch high and having a mounting bracket on each opposing end of the elongated opening for mounting one end of a light bar, the light box having a height short enough that the front panel fits between the main frame and the front bumper;
wherein the light box further comprises two opposing end panels connected to the front panel and extending in a downward and rearward direction, with a bottom edge on each end panel that inclines upward toward a bottom of the main frame;wherein the light box is connected to the bottom of the mounting plate by four bolts on each side of the mounting plate, with two of those four bolts connecting one of the mounting brackets to the mounting plate, and the remaining two of those four bolts connecting one of the end panels to the mounting plate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,586

HEAD LAMP DEVICE OF VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A head lamp device of a vehicle, the head lamp device comprising:a pair of lamp units arranged in a direction perpendicular to a forward and rearward direction of a vehicle body, each of the pair of lamp units including at least one light emitting element, one of a pair of reflectors which reflect light emitted from the at least one light emitting element, and a heat sink thermally coupled to the at least one light emitting element;
a lighting circuit unit which is supplied with electric power from a power supply and lights the at least one light emitting element; and
a lamp case accommodating the light emitting element and the pair of reflectors,
wherein the at least one light emitting element is an LED element,
wherein at least a portion of the lighting circuit unit is disposed in a gap formed between the pair of lamp units in the direction in which the pair of lamp units are arranged,
wherein the lighting circuit unit is disposed between two heat sinks in the direction in which the pair of lamp units are arranged,
wherein the light emitting elements of the pair of lamp units are supplied with electric power by the lighting circuit unit, and
wherein the lighting circuit unit is fastened to a center of a wall member of the lamp case, the wall member being disposed at a rear portion of the lamp case and extending in the direction in which the pair of lamp units are arranged, the center of the wall member being a center in the direction in which the pair of lamp units are arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,427,585

ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY DEVICE FOR AT LEAST ONE LED AND AT LEAST ONE ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, COMPRISING A CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING THE ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY EQUIPPED WITH AN INSERT

VALEO ILUMINACION, Marto...

1. Electrical power supply device for at least one light source of a light emitting diode type and at least one electronic component, comprising:a circuit for driving the electrical power supply of the at least one light source, the circuit comprising at least one electrical conductor track and a housing for accommodating an insert; and
the insert in an electrically conducting material, said insert being inserted in the housing and comprising a first end portion electrically connected to the at least one electrical conductor track, and a second end portion suited to being electrically connected to at least one electronic component so as to supply electrical power to the at least one electronic component,
wherein the first end portion is in a material different from the second end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,584

LAMP APPARATUS

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. A lamp apparatus, comprising:a light source;
optics comprising an inlet configured to receive light irradiated from the light source, an outlet configured to discharge the light inputted from the inlet and comprising a plurality of facets formed thereon, and an optical connector connecting the inlet and the outlet;
wherein the inlet is formed in a concave shape toward the outlet;
wherein the inlet comprises: a first inlet formed in a concave shape toward the outlet, and formed in a ring shape such that the circumference of the first inlet is connected to the optical connector;
a second inlet formed in an aspheric concave shape toward the outlet, such that the circumference of the second inlet is connected to an inner circumferential surface of the first inlet;
a light guide positioned between the light source and the optics, and configured to guide the light irradiated from the light source toward the optics; and
a support configured to support the optics or the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,427,583

SECURING CARGO FOR RAIL TRANSPORT USING POLYMER FOAM MATERIAL

1. A method comprising:placing a plurality of cargo units in a railcar; and
placing a plurality of cargo restraint panels in the railcar,
wherein, after placement of the plurality of cargo units and the plurality of cargo restraint panels in the railcar, the plurality of cargo units and the plurality of cargo restraint panels are arranged, in a front to rear direction of the railcar, in alternating groups of one or more cargo units, of the plurality of cargo units, separated by one or more cargo restraint panels, of the plurality of cargo restraint panels, and
wherein each cargo restraint panel, of the plurality of cargo restraint panels, comprises:
a foam component having at least one polymer foam sheet, the foam component including a foam component front face, a foam component rear face, and a plurality of foam component side faces, wherein the plurality of foam component side faces are located between the foam component front face and the foam component rear face,
a first fibrous reinforcing material bonded to and substantially covering the foam component front face and the foam component rear face, and
a spun-bonded second fibrous material, different from the first fibrous reinforcing material, covering the foam component side faces.

US Pat. No. 10,427,581

TRAILER FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING HEAT EXCHANGER TUBE BUNDLES

Austin Industrial Service...

8. A trailer for transporting a heat exchanger bundle comprising:a base frame having at least a first longitudinal support member and a second longitudinal support member;
a wheel assembly coupled to the base frame;
a seal pan configured to capture debris falling from the heat exchanger bundle, the seal pan comprising:
a central plate positioned between the first longitudinal support member and the second longitudinal support member and extending along a length of the base frame, wherein the central plate is positioned below a top surface of the first longitudinal support member and below a top surface of the second longitudinal support member, and wherein the central plate, the first longitudinal support member and the second longitudinal support member define a channel along the length of the trailer; and
at least two slide plates configured to interface with, and move longitudinally relative to, the trailer, wherein a bottom surface of each of the at least two slide plates comprises: an indented portion, a first flat portion on a first side of the indented portion, and a second flat portion on a second side of the indented portion, wherein, as each of the at least two slide plates is interfaced with the trailer, the indented portion resides within the channel, the first flat portion slidably engages a top surface of the first longitudinal support member, and the second flat portion slidably engages a top surface of the second longitudinal support member, and wherein an upper surface of each of the at least two slide plates comprises a concave shape configured to support the heat exchanger bundle during placement of the heat exchanger bundle on, removal of the heat exchanger bundle from, or transport of the heat exchanger bundle while on, the trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,427,580

CARGO TANK ASSEMBLIES WITH GROUND LEVEL ACCESS

Wabash National, L.P., L...

1. A cargo tank assembly comprising:a cargo tank configured for transport of pressurized materials;
a plurality of access ports for the cargo tank, including a manway and one or more of an inlet port to fill the cargo tank, an outlet port to empty the cargo tank, a cleaning port, and an inspection port;
a vapor recovery system, including a vapor-recovery fitting configured to attach to an external conduit to discharge vapor from the cargo tank;
a cabinet arranged to enclose the plurality of access ports and the vapor-recovery fitting, the cabinet thereby providing ground-level access to the plurality of access ports and the vapor-recovery fitting; and
a housing with an outer jacket that is spaced apart from the cargo tank;
wherein the cabinet is arranged to provide ground-level access to within the outer jacket;
wherein the vapor recovery system includes a vapor-recovery port at a top end of the cargo tank and vapor-recovery piping that extends outside of the cabinet between the vapor-recovery fitting and vapor-recovery port; and
wherein the outer jacket encloses the vapor-recovery piping and the vapor-recovery port.

US Pat. No. 10,427,579

HYDRAULIC BALE TRAILER

1. A hydraulic bale trailer comprising:a frame, where the frame is elongate and has a long axis;
an axle caddy, where the frame is connected to the axle caddy such that the frame is capable of tilting on its long axis;
a lock assembly connected to the axle caddy such that the lock assembly is capable of preventing the frame from tilting when the lock assembly is in an engaged position;
a hydraulic assembly with a first end and a second end, where the first end is connected to the frame and the second end is connected to the axle caddy and where the hydraulic assembly is capable of releasing the lock assembly from the engaged position to a disengaged position, allowing the frame to tilt; and
a pendulum assembly, where the first end of the hydraulic assembly is connected to the frame via the pendulum assembly and where the pendulum assembly comprises:
a pendulum box extending downward from the frame; and
a pendulum pivotally mounted within the pendulum box such that the pendulum is capable of pivoting freely within the pendulum box along a plane lying perpendicular to the long axis of the frame, where the first end of the hydraulic assembly is pivotally connected to a distal end of the pendulum such that actuating the hydraulic assembly causes the pendulum to pivot within the pendulum box.

US Pat. No. 10,427,577

INTERIOR TRIM ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A DEPLOYABLE SUPPORT SUB-ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS...

1. An interior trim assembly for a vehicle interior of a motor vehicle comprising:an interior trim panel having a first outer surface for facing the vehicle interior and a second outer surface on a side opposite the first outer surface, the interior trim panel having an opening formed therethrough extending from the first outer surface to the second outer surface; and
a deployable support sub-assembly coupled to the interior trim panel and including:
a support layer; and
a first moveable arm coupled to the support layer and including a first arm section and a second arm section pivotably coupled to the first arm section, wherein the first and second arm sections cooperate to move the support layer from a stowed position adjacent to the second outer surface, behind and substantially covered by the interior trim panel through the opening to a deployed position adjacent to the first outer surface of the interior trim panel for exposing to the vehicle interior.

US Pat. No. 10,427,575

REMOVABLE HEAD RESTRAINT BUN FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headrest assembly, comprising:a front panel having a base portion and a support portion extending upwardly from the base portion, wherein the support portion of the front panel includes a mounting surface having a mounting aperture disposed therethrough;
a rear panel having a base portion and a support portion extending upwardly from the base portion, wherein the support portion of the rear panel includes a mounting aperture configured to align with the mounting aperture of the front panel in assembly;
a support member having first and second legs interconnected by an upper cross member, wherein the front panel is directly coupled to the rear panel around the support member in assembly; and
a headrest bun releasably coupled to the mounting surface of the support portion of the front panel.

US Pat. No. 10,427,574

VEHICLE HEADREST SLIDING DEVICE

Woobo Tech Co., Ltd., Py...

1. A headrest sliding device comprising:a lower side bracket wherein teeth are formed along the front to rear direction and being fixed to a stay;
a front side link whose lower portion is rotatably connected to a front side of the lower side bracket through a first front side hinge shaft;
a rear side link whose lower portion is rotatably connected to a rear side of the lower side bracket through a first rear side hinge shaft;
a left side link and a right side link connected to a left upper side and a right upper side of the front side link and the rear side link through a second front side hinge shaft and a second rear side hinge shaft, respectively;
a return spring for applying a restoring force to the front side link with respect to the lower side bracket;
a ratchet disposed in either one of the left side link and the right side link so as to be engaged with the teeth, and being supported by a hinge shaft of the ratchet having a rotation axis along the left to right direction;
a release protrusion formed in the ratchet and disposed almost in parallel with the hinge shaft of the ratchet; and
a release lever which is supported at either one of the left side link and the right side link wherein the ratchet is supported, and releases the gearing state by lifting up the release protrusion when an external force is applied thereto,
wherein the release lever comprises:
a release link supported at the release support plate through a third hinge shaft;
a release bottom plate formed in a first end of the release link and disposed in a lower surface of the release protrusion; and
a pressing plate, formed in a second end of the release link, to which the external force is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,427,572

HEADREST FOLDING DEVICE

Woobo Tech Co., Ltd., Py...

1. A headrest folding device comprising:a main bracket mounted in a seat back or a headrest;
a stay, mounted in any one of said seat back and said headrest, being rotated with respect to said main bracket so as to be moved between an upright (unfolding) position and a folding position;
a lock link having one end supported by said main bracket through a first hinge shaft and an other end engaged with a horizontal bar of said stay;
a first twisted coil spring having one end supported by said main bracket and an other end supported by said horizontal bar of said stay;
a release lever having one end supported by said main bracket through a second hinge shaft;
a ratchet which is rotatably supported by said main bracket through a line shaft, and wherein contact thereof with said lock link is released by said release lever;
a second twisted coil spring having one end supported by said main bracket and an other end supported by said release lever; and
an operating member configured to apply operating force to the other end of said release lever.

US Pat. No. 10,427,569

ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR A SEAT

KONGSBERG AUTOMOTIVE, INC...

1. An assembly for use in a seat having a seat frame, said assembly comprising:a seat support adapted for adjustable suspension in the seat frame, with said seat support adjustable in a first adjustment direction and a second adjustment direction opposite said first adjustment direction;
a chassis mounted on said seat support;
a screw drive supported on said chassis for rotation in a first rotational direction and in a second rotational direction opposite said first rotational direction;
an actuator operably coupled to said screw drive to selectively generate said rotation of said screw drive;
a drive block in threaded engagement with said screw drive such that said rotation of said screw drive in said first rotational direction translates said drive block along said chassis in a first translational direction and rotation of said screw drive in said second rotational direction translates said drive block along said chassis in a second translational direction opposite said first translation direction;
a first cable having first and second segments with said first segment adapted for attachment to the seat frame, and said second segment having first and second portions with said first portion engaging said chassis and said second portion affixed to said drive block;
a second cable having first and second segments with said first segment adapted for attachment to the seat frame, and said second segment having third and fourth portions with said third portion engaging said chassis and said fourth portion affixed to said drive block; wherein said second and fourth portions concurrently translate with said drive block in said first translational direction when said screw drive operates in said first rotational direction adjusting said seat support in said first adjustment direction and wherein said second and fourth portions concurrently translate with said drive block in said second translational direction when said screw drive operates in said second rotational direction adjusting said seat support in said second adjustment direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,567

AIR CHANNEL FOAM PAD WITH THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE TAPE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat cushion assembly comprising:a first foam pad defining a ventilating column disposed therethrough;
a topper pad disposed over the first foam pad;
a second foam pad disposed adjacent the first foam pad, the second foam pad and the first foam pad defining a flow channel in fluid communication with the ventilating column;
a thermally conductive tape including a thermoelectric device disposed between the first foam pad and the topper pad, wherein the thermoelectric device is disposed near an end of the ventilating column; and
an air mover moving air from an air intake of the flow channel to an air exhaust of the flow channel, wherein the flow channel extends beneath the thermally conductive tape to deliver air to the ventilating column and the bottom of the thermoelectric device to cool or heat the thermoelectric device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,566

VEHICLE SEAT COMPRISING AN ADDITIONAL VOLUME FOR LEVELLING AND STABILIZATION

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. A vehicle seat comprising a device for levelling and stabilising the vehicle seat, the vehicle seat comprising an upper seat element, which can be moved relative to a lower seat element by a first air spring and on which a mass can be arranged, the lower and the upper seat element being arranged at a predetermined distance from one another, and the first air spring being fluidically connected to an additional volume of an additional volume module by a first fluid connection, and the internal pressure of the first air spring being controllable by the additional volume module,wherein the device comprises a limited auxiliary volume, which is fluidically coupled to the additional volume by means of a fluid conveying unit and a second fluid connection, it being possible, when the distance between said seat elements changes due to a shift in weight on the upper seat element, to change the internal pressure of the additional volume and, indirectly, of the first air spring by a fluid being conveyed between the auxiliary volume and the additional volume by means of the fluid conveying unit in order to compensate for the change in distance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,565

VEHICULAR SEAT EQUIPPED WITH CUSHION AIRBAG DEVICE, AND CUSHION AIRBAG

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular seat comprising:a cushion panel disposed to extend in a seat front-rear direction and to form a bottom portion of a seat cushion;
an inflator configured to operate to produce gas, the inflator being provided in the seat cushion; and
a cushion airbag configured to expand due to the gas supplied from the inflator and to push up a range including portions of a seat occupant from thighs to hip points in an expansion end state, the cushion airbag being provided over the cushion panel,
wherein the cushion airbag is set such that a push-up force in rear right and left regions corresponding to right and left hip joints to right and left lower ischium portions of the seat occupant in the expansion end state is lower than a push-up force in a rear center region present between the rear right and left regions in the expansion end state.

US Pat. No. 10,427,564

DIRECTED IMPACT ABSORPTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Mobius Protection Systems...

1. An impact absorption device for a vehicle's seat, comprising:a vertical support;
at least one spirally wound energy absorbing element produced by introducing a cut of a specified width into a manufactured tubular element, configured to absorb impact energy by plastic elongation or compression, hingedly connectable to the seat and hingedly connected to the vertical support; and
at least four rods hingedly connectable to the seat and hingedly connected to the vertical support, the rods positioned to geometrically guide a relative motion of the seat, when connected thereto, with respect to the vertical support upon impact, and to direct the impact energy absorption by the at least one energy absorbing element.

US Pat. No. 10,427,563

SEAT ASSEMBLY HAVING A PIVOT RESTRAINT MECHANISM THAT LIMITS SEAT BACK MOVEMENT

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seat assembly comprising:a seat bottom having a seat bottom frame and a seat bottom trim cover that covers the seat bottom frame;
a seat back that is pivotal about an axis with respect to the seat bottom, the seat back having a seat back frame and a seat back trim cover that covers the seat back frame; and
a belt that has a first end that is coupled to the seat bottom frame and a second end that is coupled to the seat back frame, wherein the belt limits pivotal movement of the seat back about the axis away from the seat bottom, wherein the belt is disposed completely inside the seat assembly such that the seat back trim cover and seat bottom trim cover completely cover the belt; and
a sleeve that is provided with the seat back trim cover, the seat bottom trim cover, or the seat back trim cover and the seat bottom trim cover and the belt is received in the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,427,562

VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY HAVING EXTENDABLE HEADREST PANEL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seat-base;
a seatback pivotally coupled to the seat-base and operable to a forwardly-folded position that arranges the seatback over the seat-base;
a headrest coupled to the seatback by a connecting feature; and
a panel assembly directly coupled to the connecting feature, wherein the panel assembly slidably extends to a position forward of the headrest when the seatback is in the forwardly-folded position, and wherein the panel assembly is offset from the seatback such that the seatback and the panel assembly are free of overlap in a vertical plane when the seatback is in the forwardly-folded position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,561

VEHICULAR SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vehicular seat, comprising:a seat main body having a seat back which is a backrest part, and a seat cushion which is connected to the seat back and is a seating part, wherein the seat main body is configured to be housed in a housing position formed in a vehicle body floor;
right and left lower rails that are mounted to the vehicle body floor and extend in a seat front to back direction;
right and left upper rails that are slidably mounted along the lower rails and support the seat main body;
a reclining device that is arranged at a height position which overlaps the upper rails in an up and down direction and pivotably supports the seat main body from a vehicle body floor side of the seat main body;
a support base mounted to the right and left upper rails that supports the seat main body; and
a connecting bracket that connects a lower end portion of the seat back and the reclining device;
wherein the connecting bracket is mounted further to an outside in a seat width direction than the reclining device and arranged at a position to sandwich the reclining device between the support base and the connecting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,427,558

SAFETY SEAT FOR USE IN VEHICLES AND CONVERTIBLE AS A PUSHCHAIR

1. A safety seat, comprising:a seat portion mounted to a backrest portion, a wheel base assembly mounted under said seat portion, said wheel base assembly includes a retractable front wall having a rear face, a rear wall, and two side walls, thereby defining a perimeter having an interior space therein; said wheel base assembly includes a pair of first wheel members each mounted to one of said two side walls and extending away from said seat portion; a pair of second wheel members mounted to the rear face of said retractable front wall; a first switch is in communication with said pair of first wheel members and is configured to raise said pair of first wheel members within said interior space and said perimeter upon being actuated; a second switch is in communication with said pair of second wheel members and is configured to raise said pair of second wheel members within said interior space and said perimeter upon being actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,427,556

BACKREST ADJUSTER FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. A vehicle seat comprisinga seat bottom adapted to couple to a floor of a vehicle to move relative to the floor of the vehicle,
a backrest frame coupled to the seat bottom and arranged to extend upwardly away from the seat bottom, and
a backrest adjuster including a hinge coupled to the backrest frame, a movable plate coupled to the hinge to move relative to the backrest frame and adapted to support an upper back of a passenger resting on the vehicle seat, and a drive mechanism arranged to extend between and interconnect the backrest frame and the movable plate to cause the movable plate to move between a back position in which a backrest is positioned proximate to the backrest frame and a forward position in which the backrest is positioned forward of the backrest frame,
wherein the backrest adjuster further comprises a backrest support arranged to extend between and interconnect the movable plate and the hinge and the backrest support moves with the movable plate between the back and forward positions,
wherein the hinge comprises a deformable grommet and a portion of the backrest support extends through an aperture formed in the deformable grommet.

US Pat. No. 10,427,555

CONVEYANCE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A conveyance seat, comprising:a seat cushion having i) a fixed portion arranged on a seat cushion frame, and ii) a movable portion that is movable relative to the fixed portion for adjustment of a length of the seat cushion, wherein the conveyance seat further includes:
a movable portion side engagement portion arranged on the movable portion and fixed relative to the movable portion;
a fixed portion side engagement portion installed on the fixed portion, configured to move between a locking position where the fixed portion side engagement portion engages with the movable portion side engagement portion to bring the movable portion into an unmovable state and an unlocking position where the fixed portion side engagement portion is released from the movable portion side engagement portion to bring the movable portion into a movable state; and
a driving portion, arranged on the movable portion, for moving the fixed portion side engagement portion from the locking position to the unlocking position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,554

OCCUPANT SUPPORT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. An occupant support comprisinga vehicle seat including a seat bottom and a seat back, the vehicle seat configured to support an occupant thereon,
a support unit coupled to the vehicle seat and configured to move relative to the vehicle seat to support the occupant in one of a compressed posture, in which the occupants thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine are generally c-shaped, and an expanded posture, in which the occupants thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine are generally s-shaped, and
a motion-control unit configured to provide means for controlling movement of the support unit relative to the vehicle seat between the compressed posture and the expanded posture in response to a posture of the occupant to promote movement of the occupant as the occupant changes between the compressed posture and the expanded posture.

US Pat. No. 10,427,552

EXPANDABLE SEAT FOR A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An expandable seat for a vehicle, comprising:a support structure movable between expanded and contracted states and forming a seating region that is greater in size when in the expanded state than in the contracted state, wherein the support structure tapers laterally;
a flexible covering movably coupled to the support structure, the support structure and the flexible covering cooperating to ensure that the flexible covering covers the seating region of the support structure when the support structure is in the expanded state, and in the contracted state; and
a carrier assembly coupling a free end of the flexible covering to the support structure and allowing the free end of the flexible covering to move relative to the support structure as the support structure moves between the expanded state and the contracted state.

US Pat. No. 10,427,551

VEHICLE SEAT CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A method for converting a van vehicle rear seating system from an OEM vehicle seating system to a customized seating system wherein the OEM vehicle seating system has OEM seats and has a plurality of spaced apart OEM seat legs, each seat leg having a forward seat connection portion and a rear seat connection portion to which the OEM seats are attached and the seat legs being attached to the vehicle floor by an OEM attachment structure and the seat leg forward seat connection portion having an upward extending forward support member terminating in a forward flange portion defined by spaced apart forward mounting flange plates defining an axially extending front receiving space and the rear seat connection portion having an upward extending rear support member terminating in a rear flange portion defined by spaced apart rear mounting flange plates defining an axially extending rear receiving space; the front receiving space and the rear receiving space being axially aligned, the method comprising:providing an adapter base having an axial portion and a lateral portion, the axial portion comprising at least one axial member extending axially from a frontal end to a rearward end and adapted to have the frontal end secured to the forward seat connection portion and the rearward end secured to the rear seat connection portion, said at least one axial portion of the adapter base having a vertical height defined by oppositely facing surfaces, said oppositely facing surfaces being spaced apart to fit into both the rear receiving space and the front receiving space respectively and the lateral portion comprising a pair of axially spaced apart lateral members extending in parallel laterally defining a forward lateral member and a rear lateral member and being connected respectively to the frontal end of the at least one axial member and to the rearward end of the at least one axial member;
removing one or more OEM seats from respective OEM seat legs of the OEM seats;
attaching the adapter base to at least one of the respective OEM seat legs by attaching the frontal end of the at least one axial member to a respective forward seat connection portion of the at least one respective OEM seat leg and the rearward end of the at least one axial member to a respective rear connection portion of the at least one OEM seat leg;
whereby the pair of axially spaced apart lateral members will extend laterally;
providing one or more replacement seats, each replacement seat having axial forward and rearward securing portions located to be secured respectively to the forward and rearward lateral members; and
attaching the one or more replacement seats to the mating lateral members.

US Pat. No. 10,427,550

METHOD FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED VEHICLE WITH THE AID OF A CHARGING CABLE, CHARGING CABLE AND RESIDUAL CURRENT ARRANGEMENT FOR DETECTING A DIRECT CURRENT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

5. A charging cable, designed to charge an electrically operated vehicle, the charging cable including an in-cable control and protecting device configured to:identify a charging process of the electrically operated vehicle to be performed, via the charging cable; and
perform a calibration of a residual current arrangement for detecting a direct current prior to performing the charging process.

US Pat. No. 10,427,548

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC VEHICLE

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. An electric vehicle charging device for use in charging a corresponding electric vehicle electrically connected to the electric vehicle charging device, the electric vehicle charging device comprising:control circuitry structured to selectively allow the electric vehicle charging device to charge the electric vehicle;
a circuit protection unit structured to provide circuit protection between the electric vehicle and a power source, the circuit protection unit including first separable contacts electrically connected between the electric vehicle and the power source and an operating mechanism structured to trip open the separable contacts in response to a fault being detected in power flowing to the electric vehicle, wherein the fault is at least one of an overcurrent fault and an arc fault; and
a processing unit having a memory with a routine stored therein which, when executed by the processing unit causes the processing unit to:
estimate a charging length of time needed for the electric vehicle to reach a fully charged state;
determine a maximum delay length of time as a difference between a predetermined length of time and the charging length of time, wherein the predetermined length of time is defined by a predetermined start time and a predetermined end time;
randomly select a random delay length of time that is less than or equal to the maximum delay length of time; and
control the control circuitry to prevent the electric vehicle charging device from charging the electric vehicle for a random delay period and to allow the electric vehicle charging device to charge the electric vehicle starting when the random delay period ends, wherein the random delay period starts at the predetermined start time and lasts the random delay length of time.

US Pat. No. 10,427,546

VEHICLE AND A CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle comprising:a driving motor including a stator and a rotor;
an inverter configured to drive the driving motor;
a battery which is rechargeable;
a sensor configured to detect a position of the rotor; and
a controller configured to change the position of the rotor based on whether the position of the rotor detected by the sensor is identical to a predetermined position, and to control the inverter such that the battery is charged after the position of the rotor changes.

US Pat. No. 10,427,544

VEHICLE DRIVING FORCE CONTROL APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle driving force control apparatus mounted in a vehicle provided with a plurality of drive sources, and a plurality of power transmission mechanisms configured to transmit power from the plurality of drive sources to a plurality of wheels or a plurality of sets of wheels, the vehicle driving force control apparatus comprising:a ratio determination unit configured to determine a target ratio at which a required driving force applied to the vehicle is to be distributed to the plurality of wheels or the plurality of sets of wheels; and
a command unit configured to command the plurality of drive sources to output power such that driving force distributed in accordance with the target ratio is generated in the plurality of wheels or the plurality of sets of wheels,
wherein the ratio determination unit comprises a reference determining module configured to determine a reference ratio that serves as a reference for a distribution ratio of the required driving force, an allowable range setting module configured to set an allowable range in which a predetermined allowable width is added to the reference ratio, and a ratio selecting module capable of selecting, from the allowable range, a distribution ratio having a running energy loss that is at least less than the running energy loss of the reference ratio, and
the distribution ratio selected by the ratio selecting module is made the target ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,427,543

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A motor control apparatus comprising:a motor;
a transmission disposed adjacent to the motor or in a vicinity of the motor;
an oil temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of lubricating oil of the transmission;
a cooling mechanism configured to cool the motor with a refrigerant;
a refrigerant sensor configured to detect a temperature of the refrigerant; and
a controller configured to control a torque of the motor,
wherein the controller:
limits the torque of the motor based on the temperature of the lubricating oil detected by the oil temperature sensor when an elapsed time since the cooling mechanism drives is shorter than a predetermined time, and
limits the torque of the motor based on the temperature of the refrigerant detected by the refrigerant sensor when the elapsed time is longer than the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,427,542

MOBILE BODY

Murata Machinery, Ltd., ...

1. A moving body configured to move along a magnetic pole path having a magnetic pole section in which a plurality of pairs of magnetic poles including a north pole and a south pole are arranged and a magnetic pole absent section lacking a magnetic pole, the moving body comprising:a plurality of linear motors including a first linear motor driven by magnetic interaction with magnetic flux of the magnetic pole path:
a position detection sensor configured to detect a position of the moving body;
a first electrical angle detection sensor disposed at a position different from the position detection sensor in a path direction of the magnetic pole path and configured to detect an electrical angle of the first linear motor; and
a control unit configured to, when one of the position detection sensor and the first electrical angle detection sensor is positioned at the magnetic pole absent section, use an other of the position detection sensor and the first electrical angle detection sensor both to detect a position of the moving body and detect an electrical angle of the first linear motor.

US Pat. No. 10,427,541

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle comprising:a vehicle body frame;
a rear wheel unit swingably supported on the vehicle body frame via a pivot, the rear wheel unit comprising a rear wheel;
a fuel cell unit supported on the vehicle body frame;
a fuel tank extending rearwardly from the fuel cell unit over the rear wheel unit;
a secondary cell that is charged with electric power from the fuel cell unit;
an electric motor disposed in the rear wheel unit for driving the rear wheel; and
a controller for controlling electric power supplied to the electric motor;
wherein the secondary cell and the controller are disposed below the fuel cell unit at a position forward of the rear wheel unit.

US Pat. No. 10,427,540

SELF PROPELLED BATTERY COOLING SYSTEM TO EXTEND THE RIDE-RANGE OF AN ELECTRIC BIKE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A product comprising:a battery cell;
a housing containing the battery cell and including a side wall that is closed and faces in a forward direction relative to operation of the product; and
a cooling assembly comprising an impeller disposed in the housing and configured to circulate air in the housing and a turbine disposed outside the housing and configured to be driven by air movement,
wherein the impeller includes a number of blades configured to draw inflow and direct return flow over the battery pack,
wherein the turbine is connected with the impeller through the side wall so that the turbine and impeller rotate together in response to the air movement.

US Pat. No. 10,427,539

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

1. A connector system comprising:a first connector assembly having a first mating end and a first non-mating end comprising:
a first housing;
a first central member disposed within the first housing; and
a first sleeve disposed between the first central member and the first housing;
wherein the first sleeve is slidably coupled to the first housing, the first sleeve slidable along an axial direction relative to the first central member; and
a second connector assembly having a second mating end and a second non-mating end, the second mating end configured to engage the first mating end without a compressible portion being in contact with a surface of either the first mating end or the second mating end, the connector assembly comprising:
a second housing;
a second central member disposed within the second housing; and
a second sleeve disposed between the second central member and the second housing; wherein the second sleeve is slidably coupled to the second housing, the second sleeve slidable along the axial direction;
wherein the connector system, when in a connected state, comprises the first connector assembly coupled to the second connector assembly, which forms a flow channel defined by at least (1) a first sloped surface on the first sleeve, (2) a first sloped surface on the first central member, (3) a second sloped surface on the second sleeve, and (4) a second sloped surface on the second central member; and
wherein the connector system, when in a disconnected state, comprises the first connector assembly separated from the second connector assembly, the first and second sleeves close the first and second flow channels, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,427,538

VEHICLE THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH VORTEX TUBE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A thermal management system for a vehicle comprising:a vortex tube configured to generate hot and cold airstreams;
a valve including hot and cold air inlets connected to the vortex tube to receive the hot and cold airstreams, respectively, and including a vent and a valve outlet; and
a high-voltage electrical component connected to the valve outlet by conduit to receive one of the hot and cold airstreams to thermally regulate the component.

US Pat. No. 10,427,537

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a power converter electrically coupled to an auxiliary battery;
a current sensor configured to measure a current flowing through the auxiliary battery; and
a controller programmed to command an output voltage of the power converter to a voltage that is a maximum of (i) target voltages associated with electrical loads that are electrically coupled to the auxiliary battery and activated, (ii) a battery charging voltage when a demand for auxiliary battery charging is present, and (iii) a float voltage associated with the auxiliary battery and, responsive to the output voltage being commanded to the float voltage, control the current by adjusting the float voltage such that a predetermined current flows to the auxiliary battery.

US Pat. No. 10,427,536

METHOD FOR ESTIMATION OF THE REHABILITATION TIME OF THE PERFORMANCE OF A TRACTION BATTERY OF A HYBRID VEHICLE

RENAULT s.a.s, Boulogne-...

1. A method for estimating a duration of a battery performance rehabilitation phase for a traction battery of a hybrid vehicle including a combustion engine and at least one electric motor, comprising:activating the battery performance rehabilitation phase when a power available in the battery is below a required minimum power level to launch the vehicle from a stop using only the electric motor until a target speed at which the combustion engine can cut in, said phase making it possible to bring said battery to state-of-charge and temperature conditions enabling the battery to supply said required minimum power level;
supplying a model of operation of the battery including, in a plane (BSOC, T) where BSOC denotes a state of charge of the battery and where T denotes a temperature of the battery, an isopower curve representing, in said plane, operating points of the battery enabling the battery to substantially deliver said required minimum power level to launch the vehicle from a stop using only the electric motor until the target speed at which the combustion engine can cut in, said curve separating the operating points making it possible to deliver a power level above the required minimum power level from the operating points enabling the battery to deliver only a power level below the required minimum power level; and
estimating the duration of said battery performance rehabilitation phase, which represents the duration for the battery to be charged from the power available to the required minimum power level to launch the vehicle from a stop using only the electric motor until the target speed at which the combustion engine can cut in, from said model of operation supplied.

US Pat. No. 10,427,534

INFRARED AUTOMOBILE CHARGING SYSTEM

SHENZHEN DANSHA TECHNOLOG...

8. An infrared automobile charging system comprising:a photovoltaic battery panel installed at a bottom of a vehicle;
a camera module;
a first actuating device connected with the camera module;
an infrared light source;
a second actuating device connected with the infrared light source;
a LED light disposed under the vehicle, on/off status and color of the LED light indicating remaining power and charging status of the photovoltaic battery panel; and
a controller being connected with the camera module, the first actuating device, the infrared light source and the second actuating device;
the controller being configured to control the first actuating device to rotate, and through the first actuating device control the camera module to capture a preset pattern disposed at the bottom of the vehicle;
after the camera module has captured the preset pattern disposed at the bottom of the vehicle, the controller being configured to control the second actuating device to rotate accordingly so that the infrared light source projects infrared light to the photovoltaic battery panel and thereby charge the photovoltaic battery panel;
wherein:
the camera module, the first actuating device, the infrared light source, the second actuating device and the controller are disposed on or below a ground;
the controller is configured to choose a first optimal charging scheme that is suitable to the photovoltaic battery panel based on the preset pattern captured by the camera module by analyzing the preset pattern, deriving model information of the photovoltaic battery panel from the preset pattern, searching in a first database and according to the search result obtaining and executing the first optimal charging scheme;
the controller is configured to determine remaining power and charging status of the photovoltaic battery panel according to real time image of the LED light captured by the camera module, and obtain and execute a second optimal charging scheme through searching in a second database; and
the preset pattern is dynamically displayed and configured to change under different conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,427,533

METHOD OF PROVIDING HYDROGEN FUEL CELL VEHICLE CHARGING SERVICE

Hylium Energy, Inc., Seo...

1. A method of providing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle charging service, performed by a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle charging service providing server connected to a user terminal and a plurality of charging-vehicle terminals, the method comprising:(a) analyzing a fuel usage pattern of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle related to the user terminal, predicting a fuel charging time of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on the basis of the fuel usage pattern,
determining a fuel usage pattern on the basis of data regarding a daily moving distance and a daily fuel usage of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle; and
determining a date when the amount of fuel of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is expected to decrease to a predetermined reference amount or less on the basis of the fuel usage pattern,
wherein the fuel usage pattern is periodically updated;
(b) when the fuel charging time is reached, determining a charging location and a charging-performing vehicle terminal on the basis of location information of the user terminal, and providing the user terminal with a charging alarm including information regarding the charging location and the charging-performing vehicle terminal; and
(c) providing the charging-performing vehicle terminal with the information regarding the user terminal and the charging location when a charging request is received from the user terminal in response to the charging alarm.

US Pat. No. 10,427,532

ON-BOARD AND WIRELESS VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEMS WITH SHARED COMPONENTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a low voltage battery;
a traction battery; and
an on-board charging system (OBCS) and a wireless power transfer system (WPTS) each configured to selectively use a same synchronous rectifier such that the synchronous rectifier rectifies output of the OBCS and rectifies output of the WPTS to provide power to the traction battery, wherein the synchronous rectifier is configured to transfer power from the low voltage battery to the traction battery.

US Pat. No. 10,427,531

SCALABLE INDUCTIVE CHARGING STATION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A floor unit for generating an electromagnetic charging field for transmission of electrical energy to a vehicle, the floor unit comprising:a first interface configured to receive electrical energy in the floor unit in the form of a direct current;
an alternating current generator configured to convert the direct current into an alternating current;
a primary coil configured to generate the electromagnetic charging field from the alternating current;
a sensor configured to detect measuring data with respect to a state of the floor unit; and
a communication unit configured to transmit data, based on the measuring data, to a charging unit, wherein the charging unit is configured to deliver the electrical energy to the floor unit in the form of the direct current.

US Pat. No. 10,427,528

VEHICLE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine configured to drive a plurality of wheels of the vehicle via a drive train during operation;
a waste heat utilization device configured to drive an electric generator by converting a waste heat generated by the internal combustion engine during operation;
wherein the generator is electrically connected to an on-board electrical system comprising an electric energy store and at least one electric consumer;
an electric motor, the electric motor coupled to the drive train to provide an additional drive;
wherein the generator is configured to convert kinetic energy generated by the waste heat utilization device into electrical energy and to provide the electrical energy to at least one of the on-board electrical system and to the electric motor during operation;
wherein the electric motor is configured to convert electrical energy provided at least by one of the electric energy store of the on-board electrical system and the generator into kinetic energy and couples the same into the drive train;
wherein, in an operating state where an amount of energy stored in the electric energy store maximally corresponds to a predetermined threshold value, the waste heat utilization device and the generator are in an inactive state where no waste heat is supplied to the waste heat utilization device from the internal combustion engine and the generator generates neither electrical energy nor kinetic energy, and the electric motor is in a generator operation where the electric motor generates electrical energy and provides the electrical energy to the on-board electrical system.

US Pat. No. 10,427,527

ELECTRIC DIRECT DRIVE FOR AIRCRAFT PROPULSION AND LIFT

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus of an aircraft propulsion system, comprising:a prime mover of an aircraft coupled to a generator;
an electric motor electrically coupled to the generator; and
a bi-directional power converter coupled to the generator and an energy storage device,
wherein the energy storage device is selectively coupled to the electric motor such that when emergency power is demanded the bi-directional power converter inverts DC power from the energy storage device to AC power for the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,427,526

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a power source;
an energizing arm including a fixed end connected rotatably with respect to a vehicle body, a free end configured to be capable of being displaced in a vehicle widthwise direction accompanying rotation at the fixed end, and a conductive member arranged between the fixed end and the free end, and within the conductive member, the fixed end side being connected electrically with the power source;
an angle detector configured to detect an angle of rotation of the energizing arm;
a contact detector configured to detect contact of the free end with respect to external power lines; and
a posture control device configured to control the vehicle body;
wherein during traveling of the electric vehicle, when the contact detector detects contact of the free end, the posture control device is configured to control the vehicle body so that the angle of rotation of the energizing arm approaches a target angle of rotation or a range of target angles of rotation,
wherein when the energizing arm is not in contact with the external power lines, an angle of rotation of the energizing arm reaches an initial deployment target angle, which is set to a maximum value of an arm angle, and
wherein the energizing arm approaches the external power lines in a state of projecting out farthest from the vehicle body of the vehicle in a predetermined angular velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,427,525

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MOTOR VEHICLE COMFORT SYSTEM

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. A method for controlling a motor-vehicle comfort system, wherein control takes place with the aid of a touch-sensitive display-and-operating area assigned to the comfort system, the method comprising:generating, in at least one operating mode, a virtual representation of at least one body giving a three-dimensional impression in a first position on the touch-sensitive display-and-operating area; and
displaying at least one function capable of being implemented by the comfort system on a surface of the body;
representing a plurality of bodies giving the three-dimensional impression, spaced from one another, on the display-and-operating area; and
assigning functions from a functional area of the comfort system to one or more bodies,
wherein the body is rotatable using a horizontal swipe gesture about a vertical axis and a vertical swipe gesture about a horizontal axis to select a surface of the body to perform assignment of a function implemented by the comfort system,
wherein, as a result of rotation about the horizontal axis, the body is moved into a different position in which at least one other function capable of being implemented by the comfort system is displayed on the visible surface of the body,
wherein, as a result of rotation about the vertical axis, the body is moved into a different position in which at least one value of a function capable of being implemented by the comfort system is displayed on the visible surface of the body,
wherein assigning functions comprises assigning functions to a body of the plurality of bodies based on a position of at least one other body of the plurality of bodies, and
implementing, by the comfort system, the at least one function and the at least one value of the function currently displayed on the display-and-operating area.

US Pat. No. 10,427,523

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING DRIVING MODES OF A VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A method for displaying driving modes of a vehicle, wherein the vehicle can be operated in at least two different driving modes, in whichit is determined, via an ascertaining unit, whether the vehicle is being operated in a first or a second driving mode, wherein in the first driving mode a second actuator conducts a first action and in the second driving mode a first actuator conducts the first action; a first graphical element, which represents the first actuator and a second graphical element, which represents the second actuator are generated on a display surface, and depending on whether the vehicle is in the first or the second driving mode, a first graphical action element, which represents the first action, is generated with at least one of the first and second graphical element, wherein the first graphical action element is assigned visually to one of the two graphical elements to illustrate, which of the actuators is responsible for conducting the first action.

US Pat. No. 10,427,522

VEHICLE CONTROL WEARABLE APPARATUS, VEHICLE DRIVEABILITY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE OPERATION

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A vehicle control wearable apparatus, comprising:a detector configured to detect an intoxicating substance intake level of a potential driver of a vehicle;
a vehicle operation state controller coupled to the detector and configured to receive the intoxicating substance intake level from the detector;
an anticircumvention device coupled to the vehicle operation state controller; and
a first data transceiver coupled to the vehicle operation state controller;
wherein the vehicle operation state controller is configured to conduct a comparison between the intoxicating substance intake level and a first threshold level, and control the first data transceiver to send a blocking signal based on a first result of the comparison at a first time point; the blocking signal controlling the vehicle in a blocked state thereby prevents the potential driver from driving the vehicle;
the vehicle operation state controller is configured to control the anticircumvention device to render the vehicle control wearable apparatus unremovable from the potential driver based on the first result of the comparison; and
the first result of the comparison indicates that the intoxicating substance intake level is greater than the first threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,427,521

ACCELERATION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An acceleration device comprising:a support portion that has a communication passage, which communicates between an inside of the support portion and an outside of the support portion, wherein the support portion is installable to a vehicle body;
a shaft that is rotatably supported by the support portion;
a boss portion that is located on a radially outer side of the shaft and is rotatable integrally with the shaft in the communication passage;
a depressible portion that is connected to the boss portion and is depressible by a driver;
a rotational angle sensing device that is operable to sense a rotational angle of the shaft relative to the support portion;
an urging portion that urges rotation of the shaft in an accelerator closing direction; and
a first plurality of projections and a second plurality of projections that are formed at only one of:
a boss portion outer wall, which is located at a radially outer side of the boss portion; or
a communication passage inner wall, which is an inner wall of the support portion that forms the communication passage and is opposed to the boss portion outer wall, wherein:
the first plurality of projections and the second plurality of projections project from the boss portion outer wall in a radially outward direction or project from the communication passage inner wall in a radially inward direction; and
in a vertical cross-section, which is perpendicular to a rotational axis of the shaft, the first plurality of projections is placed on one radial side of the rotational axis, and the second plurality of projections is placed on an opposite radial side of the rotational axis, which is opposite from the one radial side of the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,427,519

INSULATED TANK

1. An apparatus, comprising:a tank having an outer surface and tank corners; and
panels of insulative material, the panels positioned over substantially the entire outer surface of the tank and extending adjacent to one another to form seams extending parallel to and along the tank corners, wherein the panels have edges corresponding to a thickness of the panels and faces that confront, face and extend opposite to corresponding portions of the outer surface of the tank, the panels comprising:
a first multidimensional panel, wherein the faces of the first multidimensional panel are joined at first panel corners; and
a second multidimensional panel, wherein the faces of the second multidimensional panel are joined at second panel corners, wherein the first panel corners and the second panel corners extend parallel to and along the tank corners, wherein the faces of the first multidimensional panel and the faces of the second multidimensional panel directly contact one another and overlap one another in multiple non-parallel planes.

US Pat. No. 10,427,518

WORK VEHICLE

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A work vehicle comprising:an engine serving as a driving source;
a traveling section configured to drive on a basis of power of the engine; and
a transmission section configured to transmit the power of the engine to the traveling section,
wherein a traveling body is configured by coupling left and right front frames and left and right rear frames in a back-and-forth direction, and an operator's seat is supported on the traveling body with a support mount interposed therebetween,
wherein a pair of left and right fuel tanks are distributed into left and right sides of the traveling body, a tank support plate to support the fuel tanks from below is made up of a pair of front and rear transverse frames extended leftward and rightward below the left and right rear frames and a pair of left and right tank mounting plates on which the front and rear transverse frames are held in the back-and-forth direction on both left and right sides, and the left and right fuel tanks are respectively mounted and secured onto the left and right tank mounting plates, and
wherein the support mount and the front transverse frame are coupled to each other by a coupling bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,427,516

DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first drive assembly, which is an internal combustion engine, a second drive assembly, which is an electric motor, a first epicyclic gear train having a first transmission element, a second transmission element, and a third transmission element, and a driven shaft of the drive device, wherein the first drive assembly is coupled to the first transmission element, the second drive assembly is coupled to the second transmission element, and the driven shaft is coupled to the third transmission element via a change gear transmission having a single input from the first epicyclic gear train and a single output at the driven shaft, wherein the first transmission element is configured to be braked by a braking device, wherein the first epicyclic gear train has a locking clutch for coupling of the second transmission element and the third transmission element to each other, and wherein the braking device has a freewheel that permits a rotational movement of the first transmission element in a first direction of rotation and prevents it in a second direction of rotation that is opposite to the first direction of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,427,515

TRANSMISSION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND DRIVE TRAIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A transmission (G) for a motor vehicle, comprising:an input shaft (GW1);
an output shaft (GW2);
first, second, and third planetary gear sets (P1, P2, P3); and
first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth shift elements (03, 06, 07, 14, 15, 57),
wherein the planetary gear sets (P1, P2, P3) each comprise a first element (E11, E12, E13), a second element (E21, E22, E23), and a third element (E31, E32, E33), the first element (E11, E12, E13) of the respective planetary gear set (P1, P2, P3) is a sun gear, the second element (E21, E22, E23) of the respective planetary gear set (P1, P2, P3) is a carrier in the case of a minus gear set or a ring gear in the case of a plus gear set, the third element (E31, E32, E33) of the respective planetary gear set (P1, P2, P3) is the ring gear in the case of the minus gear set or the carrier in the case of the plus gear set,
wherein the output shaft (GW2) is permanently connected to the third element (E31) of the first planetary gear set (P1) and to the second element (E23) of the third planetary gear set (P3),
wherein the second element (E21) of the first planetary gear set (P1) is permanently connected to the third element (E32) of the second planetary gear set (P2),
wherein a first coupling (V1) is between the first element (E13) of the third planetary gear set (P3) and a rotationally fixed element (GG) of the transmission (G), a second coupling (V2) is between the second element (E22) of the second planetary gear set (P2) and the third element (E33) of the third planetary gear set (P3), one of the first coupling or the second coupling (V1, V2) is a rotationally fixed connection and the other of the first coupling or the second coupling (V1, V2) is a connection which is shiftable by the first shift element (03),
wherein the second element (E21) of the first planetary gear set (P1) is rotationally fixable by engaging the second shift element (06),
wherein the first element (E11) of the first planetary gear set (P1) is rotationally fixable by engaging the third shift element (07),
wherein the input shaft (GW1) is connectable to the second element (E22) of the second planetary gear set (P2) by engaging the fourth shift element (14),
wherein the input shaft (GW1) is connectable to the first element (E12) of the second planetary gear set (P2) by engaging the fifth shift element (15), and
wherein the first element (E12) of the second planetary gear set (P2) is connectable to the first element (E11) of the first planetary gear set (P1) by engaging the sixth shift element (57).

US Pat. No. 10,427,514

ENGINE MOUNT

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An engine mount apparatus comprising:a mount housing which has an internal space therein;
a partition device which partitions the internal space into an upper space and a lower space;
a nozzle device having a nozzle plate wherein the nozzle device is provided in the upper space and allows a fluid to selectively pass through the nozzle plate;
an upper diaphragm which is mounted to an upper surface of the nozzle plate and defines an upper liquid chamber with the nozzle device;
a core which is configured to penetrate the partition device, and has an upper portion disposed in the upper space, and a lower portion disposed in the lower space;
a lower diaphragm which extends from and is coupled to the upper portion of the core a lower surface of the nozzle plate, and defines a lower liquid chamber with the nozzle device;
a rubber member which is provided in the upper space, and is configured to connect the upper portion of the core and the partition device; and
a support bracket of which a first side is disposed in the lower space so as to penetrate a lateral side of the mount housing, and fastened to the lower portion of the core,
wherein a movement of the support bracket is restricted by a first stopper which is formed to protrude upwards from the support bracket and is configured to contact with the partition device when the support bracket moves upward by a predetermined distance and a second stopper which is configured to contact with a lower surface of the mount housing when the support bracket is configured to move downward by a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,512

GAP SEAL FOR A FLEXIBLE TONNEAU COVER ASSEMBLY

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

1. A flexible tonneau cover assembly, comprising:a side rail positioned on a side wall of a cargo box of a motor vehicle;
a sliding element slidably received in the side rail;
a front rail removably attached to the sliding element; and
a gap seal for sealing a space between the sliding element and the front rail, the gap seal comprising:
an extension extending from a first side of the gap seal, the extension being disposed in the front rail;
a first lip extending from a second side of the gap seal, the first lip having a distal edge making sealing contact with the sliding element and a bottom edge making sealing contact with the side wall of the cargo box; and
a notch in the bottom edge of the first lip, wherein the notch allows the first lip to freely move along the side wall of the cargo box as the sliding element moves longitudinally forward and rearward.

US Pat. No. 10,427,511

RUN SEAL FOR VEHICLE WINDOW AND SEALING MODULE INCORPORATING MEANS FOR GUIDING THE WINDOW IN THE SEAL AND AN ELEMENT OF THE DOOR FRAME

HUTCHINSON, Paris (FR)

1. An elastomer run seal suitable for receiving a sliding window of a motor vehicle side door, the sliding window being mounted laterally flush with an outer surface of a vertical edge element of a frame of the motor vehicle side door adjacent to the sliding window, said vertical edge element being chosen from among an upright of said frame and a vertical outer trim equipping said frame, the elastomer run seal comprising at least an ascending strand and a top strand, said at least one ascending strand having, in a single piece: (i) an axially outer branch able to be mounted sealably in contact with said vertical edge element and the sliding window, (ii) an axially inner branch able to be mounted on said frame, and (iii) a connecting branch connecting said axially outer branch to said axially inner branch, the elastomer run seal comprising a groove able to receive, by vertical sliding, a member which is configured to guide the sliding window and which is secured to an inner face of the sliding window,wherein said groove is formed on said axially outer branch and is positioned so as to be next to said vertical edge element.

US Pat. No. 10,427,510

GLASS RUN SEALING MEMBERS INCLUDING HINGED SEALING PROJECTION STRUCTURES FOR VEHICLES

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle door comprising a door body portion, a door frame portion and a door window that is retractable from the door frame portion and extendable into the door frame portion, the door frame portion comprising an upper portion comprising a glass run channel that receives an upper edge of the door window with the door window in a closed configuration; and
a glass run sealing member located in the glass run channel, the glass run sealing member including an exterior side including an interior face that faces toward the glass run channel, the glass run sealing member comprising a hinged sealing projection structure including an inboard sealing member extending from the interior face into the glass run channel and an inboard sealing sub-member connected to the inboard sealing member;
a reinforcement member that is located within the inboard sealing member and the inboard sealing sub-member;
wherein the inboard sealing sub-member rotates into contact with an exterior side of the door window as the inboard sealing member moves with an upper edge of the door window as the door window enters the glass run channel, the reinforcement member rotates with the inboard sealing member and the inboard sealing sub-member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,508

PICKUP CAB MOUNT PACK

1. A vehicle comprising:a cab for carrying passengers;
a bed extending from a rear portion of the cab and having opposed first and second sidewalls; and
a cover comprising:
a rigid member connected to the first and second sidewalls of the bed;
a flexible portion fabricated from a flexible sheet and having a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion fixedly securable to the cab, the second end portion fixedly securable to the rigid member;
a structure attached to the opposed first and second sidewalls;
wherein the flexible portion is supported on the structure and any rigid support structure fixedly attached to the opposed first and second sidewalls is not fixedly attached to the cab so that forces from the cab are not transferred between the cab and the truck bed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,507

DUAL TILT SUNROOF STRUCTURE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A dual tilt sunroof structure for tilting a dual sunroof, comprising:a front glass panel and a rear glass panel disposed on a roof panel;
front sleds and rear sleds moving on guide rails disposed at both sides of the roof panel; and
front carriages and rear carriages fixed to both ends of the front and rear glass panels, respectively, to integrally move with the glass panels,
wherein when the dual sunroof is tilted, the front sleds and the rear sleds are moved backward to respectively come in contact with supports formed at first ends of the front carriages and supports formed at first ends of the rear carriages.

US Pat. No. 10,427,506

SUNROOF DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof device comprising:two guide rails, which are arranged in opposite edges of an opening formed in a roof of a vehicle in a width direction of the vehicle such that at least parts of the guide rails are non-parallel with each other;
two sliding members, which are slidable along the guide rails;
two support members, which are respectively attached to a front portion and a rear portion of a movable panel that selectively opens and closes the opening;
movable members, each of which is fixed to one of the sliding members, wherein each of the movable members has a front end and a rear end that are supported by the corresponding one of the support members to be movable in the vehicle width direction;
a front-side rotating body and a rear-side rotating body, which are respectively rotationally supported by the front portion and the rear portion of the movable panel;
two front-side transmission members, each of which has an end fixed to a front end of one of the movable members and another end coupled to the front-side rotating body such that distances from a center of the movable panel in the vehicle width direction to the respective front ends of the two movable members are equal to each other; and
two rear-side transmission members, each of which has an end fixed to a rear end of one of the movable members and another end coupled to the rear-side rotating body such that distances from the center of the movable panel in the vehicle width direction to the respective rear ends of the two movable members are equal to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,427,505

ROOF MODULE FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROOF MODULE

ROOF SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH...

1. A sun roof module adapted to be placed in a vehicle body structure of a motor vehicle, the sun roof module including an RTM frame and a Class-A covering layer, which at least partially covers the frame and is made of polyurethane, the Class-A covering layer being fiber-free, wherein the RTM frame includes a fiber mat, and wherein the fiber mat is free from seams at least in the region of the Class A covering layer.

US Pat. No. 10,427,503

VEHICLE WINDOW ASSEMBLY WITH DISPLAY

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A window assembly for a vehicle, said window assembly comprising:a glass window panel;
a display device disposed at an interior surface of said glass window panel;
wherein said display device is operable to backlight or illuminate at least one icon or alphanumeric character, and wherein, with said window assembly mounted at a vehicle, and when the at least one icon or alphanumeric character is backlit or illuminated, the at least one icon or alphanumeric character is viewable through said glass window panel by a person exterior the vehicle; and
wherein, with said window assembly mounted at the vehicle, said display device is activated to display an icon responsive to determination that an in-cabin temperature of the vehicle is above a threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,427,502

VEHICLE AIR FRESHENER MODULE

1. An air freshener module comprising:a hollow body housed rearward of a vehicle dashboard, the body having at least opposing sidewalls, an interior space, an air inlet at a rear of said body and an air outlet at the front of said body, wherein the air inlet is connected to and in fluid communication with a vehicle air duct, and said interior space defines an air passageway extending between said air inlet and said air outlet;
at least one valve carried by the body and configured to control the passage of air through the air passageway between said air inlet and said air outlet, wherein said at least one valve comprises a throttle plate disposed in said air passageway proximate to said air inlet and selectively pivotal with respect to said body between an open position and a closed position; and
a receptacle carried by the body and selectively removable from said body, the receptacle having a front panel, a rear panel, and a mid panel interposed between said front panel and said rear panel, said mid panel substantially parallel to said front panel and defining in combination with said front panel and said rear panel a front compartment and a rear compartment for holding an air freshener element, wherein said receptacle is pivotal with respect to said body about an axis substantially parallel to and substantially at a bottom edge of said front panel, wherein said receptacle is disposed at said air outlet and movable with respect to said body between an open position in which the receptacle and the front and rear compartments extend frontward of the vehicle dashboard providing access to said front compartment and said rear compartment of said receptacle from in front of said vehicle dashboard, and a closed position in which the receptacle and the front and rear compartments are housed within the interior space of the body and rearward of the vehicle dashboard and access to said front compartment and said rear compartment of said receptacle from in front of said vehicle dashboard is obstructed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,501

OUTLET DEVICE

Faurecia Innenraum System...

1. Outlet device for ventilation of a vehicle interior by generating an outlet flow, the outlet device comprising a housing with:an outer air guide surface which extends between an air inlet orifice and an air outlet orifice lying contrary to the air inlet orifice with respect to a housing axis of the housing, wherein the outer air guide surface extends continuously around the housing axis,
an inner air guide surface which extends continuously around the housing axis and is spaced away from and faces toward the outer air guide surface, wherein the inner air guide surface and the outer air guide surface form an outlet flow channel, wherein an end section of the outlet flow channel which forms the air outlet orifice comprises at least a first circumferential section and a second circumferential section which are disposed with regard to the housing axis in a circumferential distance to each other, wherein imaginary extensions of the first circumferential section and the second circumferential section from and outward of the air outlet orifice meet each other in an intersection point which lies outside the housing at the side of the air outlet orifice, so that, caused by an inlet air flow which passes the air inlet orifice, a first air flow component flowing through the first circumferential section and a second air flow component flowing through the second circumferential section deflect each other after exiting the housing,
an airflow adjustment member which has a cross-sectional diameter perpendicular to the housing axis at a position along the housing axis which is smaller than a cross-sectional diameter of the outlet flow channel at the same position along the housing axis, and which is movable in a direction across the housing axis for obstructing an air flow in one of the first or second circumferential section and for changing the ratio of the volumetric flows of the first and second air flow component and thereby the direction of the outlet flow, and
a guiding device for guiding the airflow adjustment member in a direction across the housing axis.

US Pat. No. 10,427,500

CENTRALIZED ENERGY MODULE FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A centralized energy (CE) module for a vehicle, comprising:a base plate;
a compressor mounted on the base plate and compressing a refrigerant;
a condenser mounted on the base plate at a location spaced apart from the compressor, the condenser heat-exchanging the compressed refrigerant supplied from the compressor with a coolant which flows into the condenser to condense the refrigerant;
an evaporator disposed on the base plate at a location spaced apart from the condenser, evaporating the refrigerant supplied from an expansion valve, which is integrally mounted, through heat-exchange with the coolant which flows into the evaporator, and supplying the evaporated refrigerant to the compressor; and
an accumulator connected with the evaporator through the expansion valve, and supplying only a low-temperature and low-pressure gas refrigerant among the evaporated refrigerant to the compressor while the gas refrigerant passing through the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 10,427,499

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle air conditioner mounted to a vehicle having an idle stop controller, the idle stop controller performing an idle stop control that stops an engine when the engine comes into an idle state, the vehicle air conditioner comprising:a compressor that is operated by the engine, the compressor drawing a refrigerant and discharging the refrigerant;
a radiator that dissipates heat of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor;
a pressure reducer that decompresses and expands the refrigerant, which flows to the pressure reducer after dissipating the heat in the radiator;
a cooling heat exchanger that cools an air, which is blown into a vehicle compartment, by using the refrigerant, which flows to the cooling heat exchanger after being decompressed and expanded in the pressure reducer;
a temperature detector that detects a temperature of the cooling heat exchanger;
a controller configured to output a request to the idle stop controller when the engine is operated, the request prohibits the idle stop control until the temperature of the cooling heat exchanger falls to a temperature that enables the cooling heat exchanger to cool the air and a required cooling time elapses; and
an insolation amount detector detecting an insolation amount, wherein
the prohibition request output part extends the required cooling time as the insolation amount increases.

US Pat. No. 10,427,498

RADIANT HEATER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A radiant heater comprising:a substrate part formed by electrical insulation material to provide a surface; and
a heating part which is supported by the substrate part to extend along the surface, and emits radiant heat by generating heat in response to a power supply, wherein
the heating part is set to reach a radiation temperature for emitting the radiant heat which makes a human feel warmth, and wherein
a pair of electrodes supported by the substrate part to be extended along the surface, wherein
the heating part includes a plurality of heating wires which are made by material with high specific resistance higher than the pair of electrodes, and are connected in series at least partially between the pair of electrodes, and wherein
the plurality of heating wires are electrically connected in parallel at least partially between the pair of electrodes, and wherein
the heating part has a thermal resistance which is set so that, when an object contacts the surface, a temperature of the heating part where the object contacts falls to a reduced temperature lower than the radiation temperature, and
further comprising a connecting part formed of the same material as the electrodes, the connecting part connects the plurality of heating wires in series, wherein the connecting part is arranged at a turn part where current changes flowing direction, and wherein the connecting part has an electric specific resistance of the material which is lower than the electric specific resistance of the material of the heating wires.

US Pat. No. 10,427,497

AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioner for a vehicle, capable of performing air-heating of a vehicle interior, the air conditioner comprising:a vapor compression refrigeration cycle including a compressor that compresses and discharges a refrigerant, and a condenser that exchanges heat between the high-pressure refrigerant discharged from the compressor and ventilation air to be blown into a space to be air-conditioned;
a heating heat exchanger that heats the ventilation air before passing through the condenser, by using a heat source other than the refrigeration cycle;
an operation mode switching unit configured to switch between a first air-heating mode of stopping an operation of the compressor and heating the ventilation air by the heating heat exchanger and a second air-heating mode of operating the compressor and heating the ventilation air by at least the condenser;
a heat-exchange adjuster configured to adjust an amount of heat exchange between the high-pressure refrigerant and the ventilation air in the condenser; and
a heat-exchange controller configured to control the heat-exchange adjuster, wherein
when the operation mode switching unit switches from the first air-heating mode to the second air-heating mode, the heat-exchange controller controls the heat-exchange adjuster to decrease the amount of heat exchange between the high-pressure refrigerant and the ventilation air in the condenser if a condition satisfies in which temperature of the refrigerant in the condenser is equal to or lower than a temperature of the ventilation air heated by the heating heat exchanger before passing through the condenser, as compared to a case where the temperature of the refrigerant in the condenser exceeds the temperature of the ventilation air heated by the heating heat exchanger before passing through the condenser.

US Pat. No. 10,427,496

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY MANAGING CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS OF A FLEET OF VEHICLES

BERGSTROM, INC., Rockfor...

1. A method for simultaneously managing climate control systems of a fleet of vehicles, comprising:at a fleet server, remote from the fleet of road vehicles, having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors:
receiving, from each vehicle of a plurality of vehicles in the fleet of road vehicles, at least one parameter relaying information about a performance of a climate control system of the respective vehicle, each climate control system having a distinct electrically-driven heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system;
determining, based on the at least one parameter from each vehicle, an efficient operational setting for at least one vehicle of the fleet of vehicles; and
transmitting an operational setting instruction to the at least one vehicle to control the climate control system of the at least one vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,495

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE

SANDEN HOLDINGS CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle air conditioning device comprising:a compressor which compresses a refrigerant;
an air flow passage through which air to be supplied to a vehicle interior flows;
a radiator which lets the refrigerant radiate heat to heat the air to be supplied from the air flow passage to the vehicle interior;
a heat absorber which lets the refrigerant absorb heat to cool the air to be supplied from the air flow passage to the vehicle interior;
an outdoor heat exchanger disposed outside the vehicle interior to let the refrigerant absorb heat; and
control means,
the vehicle air conditioning device executing at least a heating mode in which the control means lets the refrigerant discharged from the compressor radiate heat in the radiator, decompresses the refrigerant by which heat has been radiated, and then lets the refrigerant absorb heat in the outdoor heat exchanger,
wherein on the basis of a difference ?TXO=(TXObase?TXO) between a refrigerant evaporation temperature TXObase of the outdoor heat exchanger in non-frosting and a refrigerant evaporation temperature TXO of the outdoor heat exchanger, the control means corrects an operation mode in accordance with increase of the difference ?TXO.

US Pat. No. 10,427,493

MODULAR HVAC SYSTEM

Caterpillar Underground M...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) module, for an HVAC system, mountable to a work machine, the HVAC module comprising:a housing defining a first air port and a second air port communicable with ducting on the work machine for conveying air into and out of an operator cab of the work machine;
an HVAC evaporator disposed within the housing, the first air port being fluidly coupled with the second air port via the HVAC evaporator; and
a pivotal mounting assembly for pivotably attaching the housing to the work machine,
wherein the housing is moveable between an operating position where the the first air port is in contact with a ducting interface on the work machine, and a maintenance position, where the housing is pivoted upwards to disconnect from the ducting interface of the work machine to allow access to underlying components of the work machine,
wherein the housing includes an upper lid disposed on a lower box, an external surface of the upper lid facing away from the lower box along an upward vertical direction,
wherein an aperture of the first air port faces a downward vertical direction, the downward vertical direction being opposite the upward vertical direction,
wherein the aperture of the first air port is arranged to mate with one opening of an inlet opening and an outlet opening, on the work machine, the one opening of the inlet opening and the outlet opening facing the upward vertical direction,
wherein the upper lid includes a hood portion, and
wherein the aperture of the first air port is at least partly defined by the hood portion of the upper lid.

US Pat. No. 10,427,492

VEHICLE HAVING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND A WASTE-HEAT COLLECTING HOUSING

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an exhaust manifold configured to conduct exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine into an engine-side portion of an exhaust system;
a waste-heat collecting housing;
a heat accumulator,
wherein
the waste-heat collecting housing is arranged to at least partially surround at least one of the exhaust manifold and the engine-side portion of the exhaust system, such that air in the waste-heat collecting housing is heatable by waste heat from the at least one of the exhaust manifold and the engine-side portion of the exhaust system,
the waste-heat collecting housing has an air inlet configured to receive the air to be heated by the waste heat into the waste-heat collecting housing and a first air outlet configured to conduct the air heated by the waste heat from the waste-heat collecting housing,
the first air outlet is connected via an air duct to the heat accumulator, and
the heat accumulator is configured to receive heat from the air heated by the waste heat.

US Pat. No. 10,427,489

HVAC APPARATUS FOR AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) apparatus for a vehicle,wherein an internal volume is divided into upper and lower regions, blowing the air to a defrost vent wherein a front seat face vent is made through the upper region, and blowing the air to a front seat foot vent,
wherein a rear seat vent is made through the lower region,
wherein cold air passing through an evaporator and warm air passing through a heat exchanger are mixed in each of the upper and lower regions, and
wherein a horizontal partition wall is configured to divide the internal volume into the upper and lower regions and is formed at a height at which the heat exchanger is bisected, to guide the air into the upper region and the lower region, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,427,485

METHOD OF OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A method of operating a motor vehicle (1) with a chassis system (6) having at least two vibration dampers (2, 3, 4, 5), the method comprising the following steps:carrying out a body control and a wheel control with the chassis system (6);
providing an energy control arrangement;
controlling the energy supply for the chassis system (6) with the energy control arrangement (7);
predetermining a maximum value for a peak load of the energy supply; predetermining a maximum value for a continuous load of the energy supply;
using a value between 400 W and 600 W as the maximum value for the peak load of the energy supply; and/or
using a value between 100 W and 300 W as the maximum value for the continuous load of the energy supply.

US Pat. No. 10,427,482

LINKING ARM, FOR EXAMPLE FOR A VEHICLE WHEEL SUSPENSION, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

HUTCHINSON, Paris (FR)

1. A link arm adapted to connect a first structure or mass to a second structure or mass, wherein the arm comprises housings respectively adapted to receive a first linkage joint to the first structure or mass and at least one second linkage joint to the second structure or mass, wherein the arm comprises:a stiffening portion which is formed of a first thermoplastic or thermosetting matrix composite material reinforced with fibers and which comprises a peripheral rim of the arm, and
an anti-buckling portion which is interposed in the stiffening portion and which extends from the rim over substantially the entire arm,
characterized in that the fibers are continuous and are united in the form of a main continuous coiled skein of the first fibers extending along the rim, which encloses the anti-buckling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,481

MOTOR VEHICLE WHEEL SUSPENSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A wheel suspension for a motor vehicle comprising:a control arm including a control arm portion and a spring portion;
said control arm portion made at least partly of fiber-reinforced plastic and having a wheel connecting point for a wheel carrier and at least one superstructure connecting point for a vehicle superstructure, for mounting pivotally about a pivot axis;
said spring portion made at least partly from fiber-reinforced plastic and rigidly connected by a moment resisting connection to the control arm portion; and
a spring connecting point spaced from said pivot axis connecting said spring portion to the vehicle superstructure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,479

TRAILER STEERING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A method for steering a towed vehicle, where a towing vehicle has a center axis extending a length of the towing vehicle and at least a front axle and rear axle, and the towed vehicle has a center axis extending a length of the towed vehicle and at least a front axle with steerable wheels and a rear axle, a first hitch point is secured to the towing vehicle at a position on the center axis of the towing vehicle and rearward of the rear axle of the towing vehicle, and a second hitch point is secured to the towed vehicle at a position on the center axis of the towed vehicle and forward of the front axle of the towed vehicle, the method comprising the steps:a. providing a tow bar having a first end and a second end;
b. connecting the first end of the tow bar to the first hitch point, wherein the first end of the tow bar pivots horizontally and vertically relative to the first hitch point;
c. connecting the second end of the tow bar to the second hitch point, wherein the second end of the tow bar pivots horizontally and vertically relative to the second hitch point;
d. associating an encoder with the first end of the tow bar and using the encoder to measure a first angle between the center axis of the towing vehicle. and a line interconnecting the first and second hitch points;
e. associating an encoder with the second end of the tow bar and using the encoder to measure a second angle between the center axis of the towed vehicle and the line interconnecting the first and second hitch points; and
f. inputting data to a servomechanism to steer at least the steerable wheels associated with the front axle of the towed vehicle at a third angle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,478

TOW BALL ADAPTOR

1. A tow ball adaptor comprising:a plate;
a first hole positioned through said plate proximate to a first end of said plate, said first hole being complementary to a tow ball coupled to a vehicle;
a coupler coupled to said plate proximate to said first hole, said coupler being configured for coupling to the tow ball;
a cutout extending into said plate from a second end of said plate, said cutout being complementary to an implement hitch;
a plurality of third holes positioned through said plate, said plurality of third holes extending linearly between said first hole and said cutout, said third holes being complementary to a pair of orifices positioned singly in upper and lower tongues of the implement hitch; and
wherein said first hole is positioned through said plate such that said first hole is configured for inserting the tow ball for coupling said plate to the vehicle, wherein said coupler is positioned on said plate such that said coupler is configured for coupling to the tow ball for retaining the tow ball in said first hole, wherein said cutout is positioned in said plate such that said cutout is configured for inserting the implement hitch, wherein said third holes are positioned in said plate such that each said third hole is positioned for selectively aligning with the pair of orifices for inserting a hitch pin for coupling the implement hitch to the plate such that the implement is coupled to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,477

CHAIN FOR MOUNTING ON A VEHICLE TIRE

pewag Schneeketten GmbH, ...

1. A chain comprising a sliding block chain for mounting on a vehicle tire, wherein the chain comprises a chain mesh which is disposed on at least a tread of the vehicle tire in a mounted state of the chain, wherein the chain mesh comprises a plurality of chain strands, wherein each chain strand of the plurality of chain strands comprises a plurality of chain links, wherein each chain link of the plurality of chain links comprises two essentially straight longitudinal legs disposed parallel to one another, wherein each chain strand of the plurality of chain strands comprises a first strand end link and a second strand end link, wherein each of the first and second strand end links are connected to one of the first and second strand end links of another of the plurality of chain strands by a connecting ring, the connecting ring having a width that is larger than an internal width of each of the first and second strand end links, thereby preventing the connecting ring from tilting relative to the first and second strand end links,wherein each chain link of the plurality of chain links is positioned obliquely in the mounted state of the chain positioned on the tread at alternately positive and negative angles with respect to the tread, wherein at least one chain link of the plurality of chain links is provided with wear elements,
wherein each wear element comprises a wear web, wherein the wear web is fixedly connected to each chain link of the plurality of chain links, and wherein the wear web extends parallel to the longitudinal legs of the chain links, and
wherein the width of the connecting ring consists of a radial distance between an outer perimeter of the connecting ring and an inner perimeter of the connecting ring.

US Pat. No. 10,427,476

TIRE FOR A HEAVY DUTY VEHICLE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire comprising:two beads intended to come into contact with a wheelrim,
a carcass reinforcement anchored in each bead,
each bead comprising at least one internal annular insert disposed radially outwardly of and containing a bead reinforcing circumferential element, wherein the at least one internal annular insert consists of a rubber composition comprising:
an elastomer matrix based on at least one polyisoprene having a majority of cis-1,4-enchainments,
between 45 and 60 parts per hundred parts by weight of elastomer, phr, of a reinforcing filler comprising a reinforcing inorganic filler, the reinforcing inorganic filler including silica, the silica is in a content of from 43 to 55 phr by weight of the elastomer and has a BET specific surface area of between 155 and 185 m2/g,
a coupling agent for bonding the reinforcing inorganic filler to the elastomer, and
a vulcanization system,
wherein the coupling agent is an at least bifunctional organosilane or an at least bifunctional polyorganosiloxane, or a silane polysulphide corresponding to the following general formula (I):
Z-A-Sx-A-Z,   (I)wherein:x is an integer from 2 to 8;
the A symbols, which are identical or different, represent a divalent hydrocarbon radical;
the Z symbols, which are identical or different, correspond to one of the three formulae below:

wherein:
R1 radicals, which are substituted or unsubstituted and identical to or different from one another, represent a C1-C18 alkyl, C5-C18 cycloalkyl or C8-C18 aryl group;
R2 radicals, which are substituted or unsubstituted and identical to or different from one another, represent a C1-C18 alkoxyl or C5-C18 cycloalkoxyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,427,473

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising:sidewall portions;
an axially outwardly protruding protector provided in an outer surface of at least one of the sidewall portions, the protector composed of patterned unit protrusions which are independent from each other and arranged at intervals in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein a radially outer end of the protector is positioned at a height in a range between 0.75 times and 0.85 times a cross sectional height of the tire, each height measured in a tire radial direction from a bead base line,
wherein each of the patterned unit protrusions comprises a first protruding portion, a second protruding portion and a third protruding portion,
wherein each of the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion extends in the tire radial direction and have a radially inner end and a radially outer end and are spaced apart from each other in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein the third protruding portion connects between the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion, and
wherein a radial dimension of the first protruding portion is greater than a radial dimension of the second protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,471

TREAD COMPRISING VOIDS FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING VEHICLE TIRE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A tread for a tire of a civil engineering work vehicle intended to carry very heavy loads with at least 20 tons at the rated pressure per tire, comprising:said tread having a wearable thickness of material EMU measured between a tread surface that is intended to come into contact with the ground and a wear limit;
said tread surface extending circumferentially all around the tire and being axially bounded by edge parts defining a maximum width for said tread;
said tread comprising solid parts forming raised elements delimited by circumferential grooves and transverse grooves intersecting said circumferential grooves;
each solid part comprising a contact face and, opening onto said contact face, at least one cavity of maximum depth at least greater than 30% of said wearable thickness EMU;
each cavity opening onto said contact face when new and being delimited by a wall surface and a bottom surface;
each wall surface delimiting said cavity intersecting said contact face along a corner edge contour having a geometry comprising a major axis AA extending across said cavity and a minor axis BB extending across said cavity;
a length of said major axis AA being at least equal to 1.5 times a length of said minor axis BB when new; and
wherein for any tread surface down to a predefined level of wear, said predefined level of wear being less than a depth of each cavity, said corner edge contour of each cavity considered on said tread surface is such that an angle made by said major axis AA and a circumferential direction is at least equal to 0 degrees and at most equal to 40 degrees, and
wherein from said predefined wear level onwards, said angle made by said major axis A? A? and said circumferential direction is greater than 40 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,427,469

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion being provided with at least one circumferentially and continuously extending main groove to separate
a first land portion located on one side of the main groove and
a second land portion located on the other side of the main groove, wherein the second land portion is provided with a lug groove having one end connected to the main groove and the other end terminates within the second land portion; and
a set of recesses comprising
a plurality of first recesses provided on a first edge of the first land portion wherein the first edge faces the main groove, wherein each of the first recesses forms a substantially tetrahedron void surrounded by four triangular surfaces that comprise a first surface located on a ground contact surface of the first land portion, a second surface located on a groove wall of the main groove, a third surface forming a bottom side of the recess, and a fourth surface facing the second surface, wherein the fourth surface has a first side located on the ground contact surface and is defined as being between the first side and a second side, the recess bottom surface extending toward a bottom of the first recess while increasing a depth of the first recess and reducing a width of the recess bottom surface in the axial direction of the tire from the ground contact surface toward the bottom, and
a plurality of second recesses provided on a second edge of the second land portion wherein the second edge faces the main groove, wherein each of the second recesses comprises a substantially triangular recess bottom surface, the recess bottom surface being smoothly connected to a ground contact surface of the second land portion, the recess bottom surface extending toward a bottom of the second recess while increasing a depth of the second recess and reducing a width of the recess bottom surface in the axial direction of the tire from the ground contact surface toward the bottom,
each second recess being arranged so as not to overlap each projected region in which each first recess is projected onto the second edge in an axial direction of the tire,
wherein the lug groove is arranged so as to overlap with one of the projected regions of the first recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,427,468

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a plurality of main grooves provided to extend in a tire circumferential direction;
a shoulder land portion between a shoulder-side main groove positioned outside in a tire width direction among the plurality of main grooves and a ground contact end; and
a sub-groove provided on the shoulder land portion at the inside of a width direction center of the shoulder land portion in the tire width direction and extending in the tire circumferential direction, the shoulder land portion being divided into an inner portion inside the sub-groove in the tire width direction and an outer portion more outside the sub-groove in the tire width direction,
wherein the shoulder land portion protrudes to the outside of a tire reference profile line in a normal direction of the tire reference profile line on a cross-section in the tire width direction and a protrusion height at a sub-groove side end of the outer portion is higher than a protrusion height at a sub-groove side end of the inner portion, and
wherein, assuming that the protrusion height at the sub-groove side end of the inner portion is H1, the protrusion height at the sub-groove side end of the outer portion is H2, a length of the inner portion along the tire reference profile line is D1, and a length of the outer portion along the tire reference profile line is D2, a following relational expression is satisfied:
D2/D1?H2/H1?1.2×D2/D1.

US Pat. No. 10,427,464

PNEUMATIC TIRE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising a tread portion and tire side regions, the tread portion having an asymmetrical tread pattern and a pair of tread halves, the tread halves extending between a tire equatorial plane and respective outer ends in the tire width direction of the tread portion, respectively, and having different negative ratios,wherein the tread portion has short fibers fixed to at least a portion of a tire inner peripheral surface of the tread portion, the short fibers are situated only in one of the tread halves with a higher negative ratio, and the tread half with a higher negative ratio has a short-fiber fixation area ratio of 50% or more, and
wherein short fibers are also fixed to at least a portion of a tire inner peripheral surface of the tire side regions.

US Pat. No. 10,427,462

THIN REINFORCED PRODUCT AND TIRE COMPRISING SAID PRODUCT

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire comprising:a crown surmounted by a tread,
two sidewalls,
two beads, each sidewall connecting each bead to the crown,
a carcass reinforcement anchored in each of the beads and extending through the sidewalls as far as the crown, and
a crown reinforcement interposed radially between the carcass reinforcement and the tread,
wherein the tire is a passenger vehicle tire, and
wherein the crown reinforcement is a reinforced product comprising:
an elastomer matrix,
several reinforcing elements embedded in the elastomer matrix, the reinforcing elements being arranged side by side in a main direction, each reinforcing element comprising:
several filamentary elements, and
at least one communal sheath collectively coating the filamentary elements and comprising at least one layer of a thermoplastic polymer composition,
wherein a mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.95 mm;
wherein a pitch P at which the reinforcing elements are laid in the main direction is less than or equal to 2.5 mm;
wherein the ratio R1=ODO/E of the mean minimum thickness ODO of elastomer present on the sheath to the mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.17, the mean minimum thickness of elastomer ODO and mean thickness E of the reinforced product being measured in a direction substantially perpendicular to the main direction;
wherein the ratio R2=B/E of the mean minimum thickness B of elastomer separating two successive reinforcing elements in the main direction to the mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.3;
wherein each filamentary element has a mean bulk D in the direction substantially perpendicular to the main direction, and wherein the ratio R3=D/E of the mean bulk D to the mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.6.

US Pat. No. 10,427,454

HUB UNIT HAVING BRAKE DISK

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A hub unit having a brake disk comprising:a fixing shaft disposed along a rotation center shaft;
a hub body rotatably disposed at the fixing shaft through a bearing, the hub body having space inside;
a brake disk fixed in the hub body by a bracket and formed in a circumference direction on a basis of the fixing shaft;
a fixing member formed to extend toward a vertical direction to a lengthwise direction of the fixing shaft, wherein one side of the fixing member is fixed to the fixing shaft;
a caliper formed at the other side of the fixing member, wherein a part of the brake disk is inserted into the caliper; and
a brake pad, wherein both inside surfaces of the brake pad are configured to contact with both side surfaces of the brake disk,
wherein a body expansion portion is formed at the hub body, and an outer diameter of the body expansion portion is capable of becoming larger, and
the caliper is disposed inside the body expansion portion, and
wherein one end of the fixing member is fixed to the fixing shaft,
the other end of the fixing member extends toward outside in a radial direction in the body expansion portion, and
the brake disk is disposed in parallel with the fixing member and extends toward inside of the caliper.

US Pat. No. 10,427,452

WHEEL RIM WITH A RIM BASE MADE OF FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

THYSSENKRUPP CARBON COMPO...

1. A wheel rim, comprising:a rim base of fiber composite material, and
a wheel disk connected to the rim base at a radial marginal area, and wherein
the wheel disk is present as a single piece and only the marginal area of the wheel disk comprises at least two partial layers on each of which a substantially axially extending, contoured joint zone is formed, the at least two joint zones together being connected to the rim base in a substantially entire area of a drop center of the rim base and conforming to a contour of the rim base in the substantially entire area of the drop center,
and wherein:
a joint zone of a partial layer is present in interrupted form in circumferential direction of the wheel disk.

US Pat. No. 10,427,446

TRANSFER FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A TRANSFER FILM

OVD KINEGRAM AG, Zug (CH...

1. A transfer film comprising a transfer layer detachably arranged on a carrier layer, wherein the transfer layer has at least one first color layer, and wherein the at least one first color layer comprises at least one binder and at least first pigments, the color appearance of which changes depending on the observation angle, wherein the at least one first color layer is present in at least one first area of the transfer layer and no color layer is present in at least one second area of the transfer layer, wherein the transfer layer has a first compensation layer which covers the at least one first area of the transfer layer and covers the at least one second area of the transfer layer, andwherein the transfer layer further comprises:
at least one replication varnish layer disposed between the first color layer and the carrier layer;
a primer layer disposed between the first color layer and the at least one replication varnish layer; and
at least one first stabilizing layer disposed between the at least one replication varnish layer and the carrier layer.

US Pat. No. 10,427,432

MEASURING DEVICE, MEASURING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING PRINTING STATIONS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus comprising a measuring device for use in calibrating a print head that prints upon containers in a rotary printing machine, said measuring device comprising a receiving device, a link, and a receiving holder, wherein said receiving device detects measurement information indicative of a value, wherein said value is selected from the group consisting of a position of a position-modifiable component of a printing station having a print head whose position is adjustable by a motor and an orientation of a position-modifiable component of a printing station having a print head whose orientation is adjustable by a motor, wherein said link is configured for transferring said measurement information from said receiving device, wherein said receiving holder is configured to introduce said receiving device into a structure that holds said receiving device at a defined position relative to said position-modifiable component, and wherein said structure is selected from the group consisting of a container-holding device and a receiving element for a container-holding device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,426

RECORDING APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A hand-held recording apparatus comprising:a recording section to record an image on a recording material in moving in a scanning direction;
a housing to house the recording section; and
an indicator movable between an indication position at which the indicator opposes the recording material and indicates a recording area in which the image is recorded by the recording section and a retracted position at which the indicator is retracted from the indication position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,424

ESTIMATING A REMAINING AMOUNT OF A CONSUMABLE RESOURCE BASED ON A CENTER OF MASS CALCULATION

1. A method comprising the steps of:detecting, by a media level detection module within a housing of a mobile printer, a first center of mass of the mobile printer based on a first signal from a sensor, the mobile printer comprising print media; and
determining, by the media level detection module, a remaining print media level based on comparing the first sensor signal indicating the first center of mass of the mobile printer to a second sensor signal indicating a second center of mass of the mobile printer associated with empty print media level and a third sensor signal indicating a third center of mass of the mobile printer associated with a full print media level.

US Pat. No. 10,427,416

RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A recording apparatus configured to perform recording to a recording medium by discharging liquid droplets from a head while moving the recording medium and the head relatively, the recording apparatus comprising:the head; and
a controller,
the controller being configured to:
based on received image data, discriminate a first region and a second region on the recording medium, the first region and the second region being adjacent in a moving direction of the recording medium with respect to the head, the first region being a region where an amount of the liquid droplets to be landed per unit area is less than a certain amount, and the second region being a region where an amount of the liquid droplets to be landed per unit area is greater than or equal to the certain amount;
set a boundary region that includes a boundary of the first region and the second region;
set a first discharge speed for a discharge speed of liquid droplets from the head to be landed to a first main region, the first main region included in the first region and positioned on an opposite side to the second region with respect to the boundary region;
set a second discharge speed slower than the first discharge speed for a discharge speed of liquid droplets from the head to be landed to a second main region, the second main region included in the second region and positioned on an opposite side to the first region with respect to the boundary region; and
set a discharge speed between the first discharge speed and the second discharge speed for a discharge speed of liquid droplets from the head to be landed to the boundary region.

US Pat. No. 10,427,405

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS AND INK-JET PRINTER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,404

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD CHIP, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

SII PRINTEK INC., Chiba-...

1. A liquid ejecting head chip comprising:an actuator plate in which a plurality of ejection channels and a plurality of non-ejection channels which extend in a first direction are alternately arranged at a distance in a second direction which is orthogonal to the first direction;
a cover plate which is stacked on an actuator plate-side first main surface of the actuator plate in a third direction which is orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction, so as to close the plurality of ejection channels and the plurality of non-ejection channels;
a common electrode which is formed on an inner surface of each of the ejection channels;
an individual electrode which is formed on an inner surface of each of the non-ejection channel; and
a connection wiring which is divided so as to be formed in at least 3 or more places in the second direction on the cover plate, and connects the common electrode to an external wiring,
wherein the connection wiring is formed at a tail portion of the cover plate, which extends out of one end surface of the actuator plate in the first direction, in a stacked state of the actuator plate and the cover plate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,402

PRINTING APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY UNIT FOR PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,401

PRINTHEAD RECOVERY

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,397

STRUCTURAL DESIGNS FOR STRETCHABLE, CONFORMAL ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECTS

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,396

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY UNIT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,395

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

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,394

METHOD FOR CURING RESIN COMPOSITION

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,393

AUTOMATED DOOR ASSEMBLY, PRESS, AND ADHESIVE THEREFOR

Masonite Corporation, Ta...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,387

PLASTIC BOARD WITH METAL NET

NEW-TEC INTEGRATION (XIAM...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,382

COMPOSITE EPOXY MATERIAL WITH EMBEDDED MWCNT FIBERS AND PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING

King Abdulaziz University...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,381

LAMINATED METAL SHEET FOR CONTAINER

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, T...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,378

COMPOSITE EPOXY MATERIAL WITH EMBEDDED SILICON CARBIDE AND ALUMINA NANOPARTICLES

King Abdulaziz University...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,375

ARCHITECTED MATERIALS FOR ENHANCED ENERGY ABSORPTION

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,373

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DUAL TIRE BUFFING AND HANDLING

Bridgestone Bandag, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,369

MOLDED ARTICLE EXTRACTOR AND METHOD

Bridgestone Bandag, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,361

FIBER-REINFORCED SHEET AND STRUCTURE

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,353

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING USING STIMULI-RESPONSIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE POLYMERS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,352

EXTRUSION-BASED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM AND METHOD

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,351

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

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,350

PREFORM HANDLING DEVICE, AND BLOW FORMING DEVICE

NISSEI ASB MACHINE CO., L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,349

COMPONENTS MOLDED WITH MOLDABLE CARBON FIBER AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,348

AUTOMATIC PROCESS CONTROL OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING DEVICE

Massachusetts Institute o...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,346

EXTRUDED REINFORCEMENTS

Zephyros, Inc., Romeo, M...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,345

CONTINUOUS FABRICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGHLY ALIGNED POLYMER FILMS

Massachusetts Institute o...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,344

MOLDING SYSTEM FOR PREPARING AN INJECTION MOLDED FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITE ARTICLE

Coretech System Co., Ltd....

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,343

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,342

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM WITH DISCRETELY-ADJUSTABLE VARIABLE CONTROL

IMFLUX INC., Hamilton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,341

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM WITH USER-ADJUSTABLE VARIABLES

IMFLUX INC., Hamilton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,339

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

UBE MACHINERY CORPORATION...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,338

HEATING CYLINDER COVER AND HEATING CYLINDER DEVICE OF INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

NISSEI PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,336

PERIODIC STRUCTURED COMPOSITE AND ARTICLES THEREFROM

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,335

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

MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,427,334

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

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

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