US Pat. No. 10,889,215

MAT ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE OF SEATBACK AND VEHICLE SEAT

Adient Engineering and IP...

1. A mat attachment structure of a seatback for attaching a mat to a seatback frame, the mat configured to receive a force from a back of an occupant leaning against the seatback, the mat attachment structure comprising:a guide wire attached to the mat, the guide wire provided, at a distal end part thereof, with a straight portion which extends in a longitudinal direction of the seatback frame on a tip side of the seatback frame or a root side thereof; and
a through-hole which is formed in the seatback frame and through which the straight portion is insertable in the longitudinal direction, wherein
the through-hole is provided, at a periphery thereof, with a protruding part which includes a high protruding portion protruding in a burring shape on an insertion outlet side of the straight portion and a low protruding portion formed adjacent to the high protruding portion with a protruding height smaller than that of the high protruding portion, and
the mat attachment structure is configured so that:
a first movement of the mat associated with an occupant's seating action allows the straight portion to be moved in a de-insertion direction while coming into contact with the high protruding portion; and
a contact position between the straight portion and the protruding part moves toward the low protruding portion as the amount of movement of the mat gets larger apart from the amount of movement of the first movement.

US Pat. No. 10,889,214

PNEUMATIC FOUR WAY LUMBAR

1. A lumbar support system for a seat backrest, the lumbar support system comprising:a carrier having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the carrier movable along a guidewire with respect to the seat backrest in a first direction and in a second direction opposite the first direction;
a first bladder coupled to the first end of the carrier; and
a second bladder coupled to the second end of the carrier,
wherein the first bladder is inflatable to move the carrier in the first direction, and
wherein the second bladder is inflatable to move the carrier in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,889,213

CLIP AND METHOD FOR ATTACHING AND TENSIONING SEAT DRESS COVERS

1. A dress cover attachment clip, comprising:a clamp adapted to receive a rigid seat part therein, the clamp comprising:
i. a first part;
ii. a second part continuous with and perpendicular to the first part;
iii. a third part continuous with and perpendicular to the second part the third part parallel with and spaced apart from the first part; and
iv. a flexible part hinged at one end to an end of the third part opposite the second part, the flexible part positioned on an inside of the clamp and having a free end extending in a direction toward the second part, the flexible part biased in a direction of the first part, wherein in use the rigid seat part is adapted to be held between the first part and the flexible part when the rigid seat part is engaged in the clamp;
a fourth part attachable to a seat dress cover; and
a hinge, separate from a hinged connection of the flexible part to the third part, connecting the fourth part to the third part, the hinge comprising a thinned region that is thinner than each of the third part and the fourth part, the hinge configured to allow the fourth part to be folded over toward the third part outside of the clamp and maintain bias of the fourth part away from the third part, wherein the clamp, the fourth part, and the hinge are formed as one-piece.

US Pat. No. 10,889,212

VENTILATION SEAT FOR VEHICLES

HYUNDAI TRANSYS INC., Se...

1. A ventilation seat for vehicles comprising:a ventilation mat comprising an air intake and a channel configured to move air inhaled through the air intake;
a pad disposed on the ventilation mat, the pad comprising at least one ventilation hole configured to communicate with at least a part of the channel of the ventilation mat;
a covering layer disposed on the pad, the covering layer configured to discharge the air moved through the at least one ventilation hole of the pad to the outside of a seat back; and
at least one exhaust hole formed through the ventilation mat and spaced apart from the channel of the ventilation mat, the at least one exhaust hole configured to communicate with the covering layer, wherein the covering layer comprises:
an air permeable filter foam disposed on the pad; and
a cover configured to cover the air permeable filter foam and exposed to the outside,
wherein a plurality of fine holes is formed through the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,889,211

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a seat member comprising a seat back, a seat cushion, and a seat frame supporting the seat cushion, the seat cushion and the seat back being configured to incline forward in a front-rear direction of a vehicle to be stacked and stored on a floor of a vehicle body; and
a door member disposed on a vehicle-width directional outer side relative to the seat member; and
a load transmission member disposed in the door member and configured to transmit a side collision load to the seat frame being in a non-stored condition at a side collision,
wherein the load transmission member is disposed higher than an upper surface of the seat back in a stored condition in which the seat member is stacked on the floor,
wherein the door member comprises an inner frame disposed on a vehicle-width directional inner side; and a stiffener disposed on the vehicle-width directional outer side relative to the inner frame, and
wherein the inner frame and the stiffener form a closed cross section on the vehicle-width directional outer side relative to the load transmission member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,210

APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE AND A VEHICLE

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. Apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a lid for covering an opening of a container, the lid having a first face facing in a first direction and a second face facing in a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a panel pivotally attached to the lid to enable the panel to pivot between a stowed orientation, in which the panel extends alongside the first face of the lid, and a first deployed orientation, in which the panel extends at a positive angle to the first face of the lid;
a cushion member; and
a cushion attachment mechanism attaching the cushion member to the lid, wherein the cushion attachment mechanism is arranged to enable the cushion member to move between a stowed position and a deployed position and the cushion attachment mechanism is arranged to enable the cushion member to move between the stowed position in which the cushion member resides alongside the second face of the lid and the deployed position in which the cushion member extends away from the lid substantially parallel to the second face.

US Pat. No. 10,889,209

ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT

1. Adjustment mechanism for motor vehicle seat, comprising a first component able to move relative to a second component along a first degree of freedom, and comprising:at least a first and a second sensor which are mounted on the first component,
at least one plurality of protuberances provided on the second component, said protuberances being spaced apart from one another along the first degree of freedom,
said first sensor being mounted facing at least one plurality of protuberances so as to be able to detect the presence or absence of a protuberance facing said first sensor during a relative movement of the first and second components along the first degree of freedom,
said second sensor being mounted facing at least one plurality of protuberances so as to be able to detect the presence or absence of a protuberance facing the second sensor during a relative movement of the first and second components along the first degree of freedom,
the sensors being positioned so that there is a phase difference between the signals detected by the two sensors,
the adjustment mechanism further comprising an electronic control unit able to determine a direction of movement of the components in relation to one another, from said detected phase difference, wherein:
said first and second sensors are facing the same plurality of protuberances,
an inter-sensor distance, corresponding to a distance between said first and second sensors along the longitudinal direction, being different both from a length of a pattern or patterns, and from an integer multiple of said length of the pattern or patterns,
the length of said pattern or of each of said patterns corresponding to a sum of a length of a protuberance and a length of a space between said protuberance and an adjacent protuberance of said plurality of protuberances along the first degree of freedom.

US Pat. No. 10,889,208

TRACK ASSEMBLY

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A track assembly, comprising;a track;
a lever including a rotational axis substantially parallel to the track;
a support member connected to the lever; and
wherein the lever rotates about the rotational axis between a first position and a second position;
the lever is configured to engage the track in a longitudinal direction when the lever is in the first position;
and the lever is configured to contact an inner surface of the track in a lateral direction when the lever is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,207

LONGITUDINAL ADJUSTER AND VEHICLE SEAT

1. A longitudinal adjuster for a vehicle seat, the longitudinal adjuster comprising:at least one rail pair formed from a first seat rail for connection to a seat frame side part and from a second seat rail for connection to a vehicle structure,
wherein the seat rails of the rail pair are displaceable relative to one another in a longitudinal direction and engage one another;
a first bracket element fixed to the first seat rail; and
a second bracket element fixed to the second seat rail, wherein the first bracket element and the second bracket element are spaced apart from one another in a normal state, and engage into one another, in reaction to a predefined force action in a crash state,
wherein the first bracket element has a connection portion, which is connectable to a rearwardly directed surface of a seat frame side part.

US Pat. No. 10,889,206

STATION BUILDING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND CHARGED-STATE DETECTION METHOD

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A station building power supplier that converts regenerative power generated by a regenerative brake of a direct current (DC)-fed train, into alternating current (AC) power, and supplies the AC power to a station load side, the station building power supplier comprising:a first circuit breaker to disconnect a connection with the DC-fed train side;
a second circuit breaker to disconnect a connection with the station load side;
a power converter disposed between the first circuit breaker and the second circuit breaker to convert the regenerative power into the AC power;
a housing grounded, to house the power converter; and
a charged-state detector connected between a railway track on which the DC-fed train runs and the housing to detect a charged state of the housing, the railway track grounded at a location different from a ground location of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,889,205

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES WITH AN ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN

QuantumScape Corporation,...

1. A thermal management system for a vehicle with an electric drivetrain, the system comprising:a battery system comprising at least one battery cell having a cycle life of at least 100 cycles, and an optimal operating temperature of 75° C. or higher;
an internal combustion engine (ICE);
at least one heat exchanger;
a shared thermal circuit thermally coupling the battery system and the ICE, comprising:
a working fluid,
at least one valve for directing the working fluid in the following direction:
from the battery system to the ICE,
from the ICE to the heat exchanger, and
from the heat exchanger to the battery system; and
a control system for controlling the heat exchange between the ICE and the battery system, wherein the control system actuates the at least one valve;
wherein the working fluid of the shared thermal circuit is shared among the battery system, the ICE, and optionally other components.

US Pat. No. 10,889,204

VEHICLE THERMAL MANAGEMENT FLOW CONTROL ASSEMBLY AND FLOW CONTROL METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A flow control assembly, comprising:an inlet duct that opens to a duct opening within a side of a cargo bed, the inlet duct configured to communicate a flow of air to a heat exchange module that manages thermal energy levels of a traction battery; and
a flow control structure that is moved relative to the duct opening to selectively restrict or permit the flow of air entering the inlet duct through the duct opening.

US Pat. No. 10,889,203

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM WITH REDUNDANCY AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A power supply system for a vehicle, the system comprising:a battery pack comprising at least two parallel strings of battery cells, each string forming a battery having a first output voltage;
a switch mechanism configured to connect one of the at least two batteries to a first battery pack output terminal, wherein the first battery pack output terminal is connected to a first power consumer; and
a multichannel DC/DC converter having an input terminal connected to the first battery pack output terminal, the multichannel DC/DC converter comprising a plurality of outputs, wherein at least one of the plurality of outputs is configured to provide a second voltage, the second voltage being lower than the first voltage, and wherein the at least one output of the multichannel DC/DC converter is connected to a second power consumer, wherein the multichannel DC/DC converter comprises a first control unit configured to control a first subset of outputs of the multichannel DC/DC converter and a second control unit configured to control a second subset of outputs of the multichannel DC/DC converter, the second subset being different from the first sub set.

US Pat. No. 10,889,202

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle power supply system comprising:a motor generator connected to a wheel of a vehicle;
a first circuit to which a first power storage device is connected;
a second circuit to which a second power storage device is connected;
a power converter that transfers power to and from the motor generator and is connected to the first circuit or the second circuit;
a voltage converter that converts a voltage between the first circuit and the second circuit;
a second power storage parameter acquisition unit that acquires a value of a second power storage parameter increasing in accordance with a current amount of power storage of the second power storage device; and
a charging and discharging control device that controls charging and discharging of the first and second power storage devices by operating the power converter and the voltage converter,
wherein the vehicle power supply system further comprises a permission unit that permits or prohibits execution of electrical pass control for charging the second power storage device with power discharged from the first power storage device,
the charging and discharging control device executes the electrical pass control in a case where the value of the second power storage parameter is equal to or less than a predetermined value and the electrical pass control is permitted by the permission unit, and
the permission unit does not permit the execution of the electrical pass control during regenerative deceleration in which regenerative electric power generated in the motor generator is supplied to at least one of the first power storage device and the second power storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,889,201

POWER REDUNDANCY SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A power supply redundancy system, comprising:a DCDC converter, a first side of the DCDC converter being connected to a first battery having a first voltage;
a first switch provided between a second battery having a second voltage different from the first voltage and a second side of the DCDC converter;
a load operating with the second voltage, and having at least two power input terminals one of which is connected to the second battery and another of which is connected to the second side of the DCDC converter; and
a controller monitoring a voltage of the second battery by turning on the first switch, and when the voltage of the second battery becomes equal to or lower than a first reference value, switching off the first switch and allowing the DCDC converter to output the second voltage from the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,889,200

VEHICLE ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle electric power generation apparatus comprising:an electric power generator coupled to a wheel via a power transmission path; a first electric power storage coupled to the electric power generator; a second electric power storage coupled to the electric power generator and coupled to the first electric power storage in parallel; a first voltage detector configured to detect a terminal voltage of the first electric power storage; a second voltage detector configured to detect a terminal voltage of the second electric power storage; and an electric power generation controller configured to; set, as a first allowable voltage, an upper limit value of the terminal voltage of the first electric power storage; set, as a second allowable voltage, an upper limit value of the terminal voltage of the second electric power storage; when the electric power generator is to be controlled in a regenerative electric power generation state, raise a generated voltage derived from the electric power generator to a first generated voltage, wherein the first generated voltage is higher than both of the first allowable voltage and the second allowable voltage; after the generated voltage is raised to the first generated voltage, when the terminal voltage of the first electric power storage is lower than the first allowable voltage and the terminal voltage of the second electric power storage is lower than the second allowable voltage, further raise the generated voltage; and after the generated voltage is raised to the first generated voltage, when the terminal voltage of the first electric power storage is equal to or higher than the first allowable voltage or the terminal voltage of the second electric power storage is equal to or higher than the second allowable voltage, lower the generated voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,889,199

DETERMINING A CHARGING REQUIREMENT FOR AN ENERGY STORAGE MEANS OF A VEHICLE

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A method for determining a charging requirement for an energy storage means of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining a routine of use of charge of the energy storage means;
predicting what the state of charge of the energy storage means will be at completion of an event based on the routine, wherein the event is one or more of: a defined time period of future driving of the vehicle; or a defined distance of future driving of the vehicle;
determining a charging requirement for the energy storage means based on the prediction;
providing an output to a user of the vehicle indicative of a time at which an increase in the state of charge of the energy storage means will be required based on the determined charging requirement; and
providing an affirmative or negative output to the user based on the determined charging requirement,
wherein the affirmative output indicates that an increase in the state of charge of the energy storage means will not be required for completing the event based on the predicted state of charge at completion of the event not being in a charge-depleted state,
wherein the negative output indicates that an increase in the state of charge of the energy storage means will be required for completing the event based on the predicted state of charge at completion of the event being in a charge-depleted state, and
wherein when the affirmative or negative output is provided based on one or more of: the vehicle entering a key-on state; a departure location; a pre-determined departure time; or a pre-determined time of day.

US Pat. No. 10,889,198

OPTIMIZING TRAVEL TIME USING ROUTE INFORMATION

Invently Automotive Inc.,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor interface configured to receive sensor data samples during operation of a vehicle;
memory configured to store said sensor data samples over a number of points in time; and
a processor configured to (i) analyze said sensor data samples stored in said memory to detect a historical pattern of said vehicle and (ii) determine time efficient operational parameters for said vehicle in response to (a) a destination and (b) an estimated travel time to said destination, wherein (i) said estimated travel time is based on predicted conditions of said vehicle indicated by said historical pattern, (ii) said time efficient operational parameters are selected to decrease said estimated travel time and (iii) at least one of said sensor data samples comprises telemetry data;
wherein (i) said processor is further configured to (a) determine an estimated power consumption based on said predicted conditions, (b) determine a time efficient estimated power consumption based on said time efficient operational parameters and (c) select time-power efficient operational parameters and (ii) said time-power efficient operational parameters are selected based on a balance between an amount of time to reach said destination and an amount of power consumed by said vehicle to reach said destination.

US Pat. No. 10,889,197

STATE OF CHARGE BATTERY MONITORING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A battery monitoring system comprising:a controller programmed to decrease a charge voltage of a battery to a defined value to cause the battery to discharge responsive to a state of charge (SOC) of the battery being greater than a threshold and not discharge responsive to the SOC being less than the threshold; and
an evaluation unit programmed to generate an alarm signal responsive to absence of discharge of the battery during the decrease of the charge voltage of the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,889,196

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE SERVICING AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT

1. A system, comprising:a memory that stores computer executable components;
a processor that executes computer executable components stored in the memory, wherein the computer executable components comprise:
a cleaning component that interfaces with an autonomous cleaning apparatus configured to clean an autonomous vehicle situated at a point of distribution (POD), wherein the cleaning component determines a cleaning procedure that is recommended to clean the autonomous vehicle;
a service component that interfaces with an autonomous service apparatus configured to service the autonomous vehicle, wherein the service component determines a servicing procedure that is recommended to service the autonomous vehicle; and
a charging component that interfaces with an autonomous charging apparatus configured to charge the autonomous vehicle utilizing an energy storage device that is recharged in response to a determination that a demand for energy is below a defined threshold, wherein the charging component determines a charging procedure that is recommended to charge the autonomous vehicle,
wherein the cleaning component further determines a clean time indicative of an estimated time to clean the autonomous vehicle according to the cleaning procedure, wherein the charging component further determines a charge time indicative of an estimated time to charge the autonomous vehicle according to the charging procedure, and wherein the service component further determines a servicing time indicative of an estimated time to service the autonomous vehicle according to the servicing procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,889,195

VOLTAGE CONVERSION DEVICE, VEHICLE USING VOLTAGE CONVERSION DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VOLTAGE CONVERSION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A voltage conversion device that is connected to a power supply device and is configured to increase a voltage input from the power supply device, the voltage conversion device comprising:a conversion circuit configured to convert the voltage from the power supply device;
an input unit configured to input an amount of electric power generated by the power supply device; and
a control unit configured to receive the amount of electric power generated from the input unit and to control the conversion circuit,
wherein the control unit includes
an upper-limit current calculating circuit configured to calculate an upper-limit current value using a relationship which is determined based on an increase in temperature of the conversion circuit due to operation of the conversion circuit, the upper-limit current value being an upper limit value of a current which is able to be output from the conversion circuit, and
a lower-limit voltage control circuit configured to calculate a lower-limit voltage of the conversion circuit based on the amount of electric power generated by the power supply device and the upper-limit current value and to perform control such that a voltage on an output side of the conversion circuit is higher than the lower-limit voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,889,194

CONTACT CHARGING METHOD AND CONTACT CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. An electric vehicle comprising a charging arm accommodated in a side portion of the electric vehicle and having a charging head including an electrode power reception unit at a position facing toward a corresponding power line of a power supplying device, the charging arm being configured to extend out in a vehicle widthwise direction so that the electrode power reception unit contacts with the corresponding power line of the power supplying device provided at a position facing the side portion of the electric vehicle along a running direction of the electric vehicle to charge an electrical storage device for driving in the electric vehicle, whereinthe charging head of the charging arm is attached to a front end of an arm member configured to extend in the vehicle widthwise direction,
the charging head of the charging arm is joined to the arm member through a first suspension formed of springs attached respectively to upper and lower sides of the arm member,
the electrode power reception unit is partially covered by a casing, and
the charging head comprises a third suspension elastically deformable in the vehicle widthwise direction such that the third suspension urges the charging head outwardly in the vehicle widthwise direction, and
the electrode power reception unit has only a positive electrode power reception unit and a negative electrode power reception unit for power reception.

US Pat. No. 10,889,193

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE AND CHARGING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electrically-propelled vehicle comprising:a traction battery; and
a conductive charging pad disposed beneath the vehicle and electrically coupled to the battery to transfer power from at least one contact extension disposed at a charge station, wherein a height from ground of the charging pad is configured to cause electrical engagement of the contact extension as a result of the vehicle entering a parking space proximate the charge station, and wherein the at least one contact extension includes a cap portion arranged to hinge to an open position when engaged with the charging pad to expose a conductive tip of the contact extension that passes electrical charge.

US Pat. No. 10,889,192

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ELECTRICAL ENERGY IN A VEHICLE

Jenoptik Advanced Systems...

1. An apparatus for providing electrical energy in a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a main energy store for storing electrical energy;
an additional energy store for additionally storing electrical energy;
an apparatus connection for connecting at least one electrical component to the apparatus;
a main switch relaying a voltage provided by the main energy store to the apparatus connection;
an additional switch relaying a voltage provided by the additional energy store through the main switch to the apparatus connection; and
a control device for switching the main switch and the additional switch between a first switching state and a second switching state,
wherein, in the first switching state, the apparatus connection is supplied with the voltage provided by the main energy store, and not the voltage from the additional energy store,
wherein, in the second switching state, the apparatus connection is supplied with the voltage provided by the additional energy store, and not the voltage from the main energy store, and
wherein the additional switch connects a supply voltage connection of the additional energy store to the apparatus connection via at least one relay of the main switch, the additional energy store being chargeable from the main enemy store.

US Pat. No. 10,889,191

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR LIMITING TORQUE IN A BEV

Ford Global Technologies,...

18. A system for an electrically propelled vehicle, comprising:an energy storage device supplying power to one or more electric machines;
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory to:
during a first accelerator pedal tip-in when an output power limit of the energy storage device is lower than a threshold, deliver a reduced torque from the one or more electric machines to vehicle wheels, the reduced torque lower than a deliverable torque output from the electric machines.

US Pat. No. 10,889,190

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM

LSIS CO., LTD., Gyeonggi...

1. An apparatus for controlling an electric vehicle charging system, the apparatus comprising:a battery management system configured to provide information associated with a state of charge of a plurality of batteries;
a plurality of magnetic switches, each connected to the respective plurality of batteries;
an initial charging unit configured to initially charge the plurality of batteries and configured to limit a peak current while initially charging the plurality of batteries;
a converter unit configured to convert AC voltage applied from a power system into DC voltage for supply to the batteries;
a DC circuit breaker disposed between the plurality of magnetic switches and the converter unit and configured to prevent overcurrent from being introduced to the batteries;
an AC circuit breaker disposed between the converter unit and the power system and configured to prevent overcurrent from being introduced to the power system; and
a control unit to which at least one of the plurality of batteries is connected via at least one of the magnetic switches,
wherein at least one of the magnetic switches connecting the at least of one of the plurality of batteries is turned on during the initial charging of the plurality of batteries,
wherein the control unit is configured to charge each of the plurality of batteries up to a first preset voltage by voltage control,
wherein the control unit is configured to charge the plurality of batteries up to a preset percentage of a second preset voltage by current control once charged to the first preset voltage, and to then charge the plurality of batteries up to the second preset voltage by voltage control, and
wherein the first preset voltage is lower than a full charge voltage and the second preset voltage is the full charge voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,889,189

BRAKING FORCE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A braking force control apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a friction braking device, including a hydraulic circuit and wheel cylinders for each of a left and right front wheel and a left and right rear wheel, configured to impart friction braking forces to the left and right front wheels and the left and right rear wheels;
a regenerative braking device including at least one of
a front wheel regenerative braking device, including an electric motor, a speed reducer, and an inverter, that is configured to apply regenerative braking forces to the left and right front wheels, and
a rear wheel regenerative braking device, including a motor generator and a rear wheel differential gear unit, that is configured to apply regenerative braking forces to the left and right rear wheels; and
the braking force control apparatus further comprising a control unit, including a processor programmed to:
control the friction braking device and the regenerative braking device so that a total of the regenerative braking forces becomes a target braking force of the vehicle when the target braking force of the vehicle is equal to or less than a maximum regenerative braking force of the regenerative braking device,
control the friction braking device and the regenerative braking device so that the total of the regenerative braking forces becomes the maximum regenerative braking force and the total of the friction braking forces becomes a difference between the target braking force of the vehicle and the maximum regenerative braking force when the target braking force of the vehicle is larger than the maximum regenerative braking force,
calculate a first target pitch gain of the vehicle so that a pitch gain of the vehicle changes in accordance with a difference between the target braking force of the vehicle and the total of the regenerative braking forces when the target braking force of the vehicle exceeds the maximum regenerative braking force and the target braking force increases or decreases while remaining at a value that is larger than the maximum regenerative braking force,
control a front-rear wheel distribution ratio of the friction braking force so that the pitch gain of the vehicle becomes the first target pitch gain and a total of the friction braking forces becomes a difference between the target braking force of the vehicle and the maximum regenerative braking force, and
wherein the pitch gain is a gain of a braking force with respect to a pitch angle of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,188

DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE WITH INDEPENDENTLY DRIVEN WHEELS

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A drive control device for a vehicle, the vehicle being equipped with the drive control device, the vehicle including left and right motors that independently drive left and right drive wheels, respectively, the drive control device comprising:an ECU configured to generate and output a command torque;
an inverter device having a power circuit unit and a motor controller, the power circuit including an inverter configured to convert DC power into AC power, the motor controller being configured to perform torque control of the motor via the power circuit unit in accordance with the command torque supplied from the ECU;
left and right rotation speed detectors configured to detect rotation speeds of the respective left and right motors; and
an overrevolution prevention controller configured to change the command torques for the respective left and right motors so as to reduce the rotation speeds of the left and right motors when at least one of the rotation speeds of the left and right motors detected by the left and right rotation speed detectors exceeds a predetermined rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,889,187

ON-VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND A STATE DETECTING METHOD FOR BATTERY CONTAINED IN ON-VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

GS Yuasa International Lt...

1. An on-vehicle power supply system, comprising:a main battery,
a sub battery connected in parallel with the main battery,
a voltage adjuster which controls a voltage of power supplied from the main battery and the sub battery, and
a state detector which detects a state of the sub battery,
wherein:
the state detector comprises:
a first calculating unit which obtains a first internal resistance that contains a reaction resistance and a parts resistance of the sub battery,
a second calculating unit which obtains a second internal resistance that contains a reaction resistance of the sub battery, and
a state determining unit which determines a state of the sub battery,
the first calculating unit calculates the first internal resistance based on a voltage drop amount and an inrush current of the sub battery when supplying power to a load,
the second calculating unit calculates the second internal resistance based on a relation between a voltage and a current of the sub battery when forcedly discharging the sub battery by controlling the voltage adjuster immediately after calculating the first internal resistance and thereafter once or more, and
the state determining unit determines the state of the sub battery based on the first internal resistance and a transition of the second internal resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,889,186

SUSPENSION MOTION CHARGING ARRANGEMENT

SAF-HOLLAND, Inc., Muske...

1. A vehicle suspension arrangement, comprising:a mounting member configured to mount to a vehicle frame assembly;
a trailing arm having a first end pivotably coupled to the mounting member and a second end;
an axle assembly coupled to the second end of the trailing arm such that the second end of the trailing arm travels in a vertical direction between a raised position and a lowered position as the axle assembly moves in a vertical direction;
an air spring arrangement biasing the second end of the trailing arm from the vehicle frame assembly; and
a charging arrangement having a first portion operably coupled with the second end of the trailing arm such the first portion is fixed for vertical movement with the second end of the trailing arm, and a second portion that is operably coupled with the vehicle frame assembly such that the second portion is fixed for vertical movement with the vehicle frame assembly, wherein the charging arrangement is configured to generate an electrical charge when the first portion of the charging arrangement moves relative to the second portion of the charging arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,889,185

DRIVE SWITCHING MECHANISM OF UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

3. A drive switching mechanism of a utility vehicle, the drive switching mechanism comprising:a drive switching device that switches a drive condition of the utility vehicle by a clutch; and
a control unit that controls the drive switching mechanism, wherein:
the drive switching device switches a plurality of drive conditions by using the clutch;
the control unit permits the drive switching device to switch a drive condition when a rotation difference of the clutch becomes equal to or smaller than a predetermined value;
the drive switching device fixes a propeller shaft to an input pinion of a final reduction device; and
the control unit calculates the rotation difference of the clutch by using a vehicle speed sensor that detects rotation of a gear included in a transmission and rotating with the propeller shaft, and a ring gear rotation sensor that detects rotation of a ring gear rotating with the input pinion.

US Pat. No. 10,889,184

ALL-WHEELS DRIVE ARRANGEMENT WITH LOW INPUT TORQUE ESPECIALLY FOR THE SKID-STEER LOADERS

KOVACO Electric, a.s., P...

1. An all-wheel drive arrangement for a skid-steer loader, the drive arrangement comprising:a control unit that comprises a battery, a frequency converter, and an electric joystick, the control unit being configured for controlling the drive arrangement,
exactly two wheels disposed on both sides of the vehicle;
a plurality of planetary gearings arranged such that a separate planetary gearing is connected to each wheel, wherein each planetary gearing is linked to the other planetary gearing on a same side of the vehicle by an infinite gear member in the form of a belt, and
two electric motors, one for each side of the vehicle, each electric motor being connected to the battery and each electric motor being connected to the infinite gear member on a respective side of the vehicle, wherein the one motor on each side of the vehicle drives both wheels on the respective side by transferring torque from the infinite clear to the planetary clearings on the respective side.

US Pat. No. 10,889,183

ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE

Textron Inc., Providence...

1. An off-road utility vehicle comprising:a chassis;
a passenger compartment supported by the chassis, the passenger compartment comprising a passenger seating structure;
a rollover protection structure connected to the chassis and disposed around at least a portion of the passenger compartment;
a driveline comprising:
a prime mover mounted to the chassis forward of the passenger structure;
a transmission mounted to the chassis rearward of the passenger structure;
a rear differential;
a front differential; and
a plurality of drive-shafts, including a first drive shaft, a second drive shaft, and a third drive shaft; the first drive shaft extending between the prime mover and the transmission, the second drive shaft extending between the transmission and the rear differential, and the third drive shaft extending between the transmission and the front differential, wherein at least a portion of the third drive shaft extends under the passenger compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,889,182

PORTAL BOX ASSEMBLIES AND WET BRAKE SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES

High Lifter Products, Inc...

1. A portal box assembly for mounting a wheel of a vehicle having a drive axle, comprising:a portal box housing configured for mounting on the vehicle, the portal box housing having a housing interior;
a lift kit and gear reduction system in the housing interior of the portal box housing, the lift kit and gear reduction system including:
an input gear configured to be drivingly engaged by the drive axle on the vehicle;
an output gear drivingly engaged by the input gear, the output gear disposed in offset or spaced-apart relationship to the input gear; and
a spindle drivingly engaged by the output gear, the spindle configured to drivingly engage the wheel of the vehicle; and
a wet brake system in the housing interior of the portal box housing, the wet brake system deployable between a brake release configuration and a braking configuration applying a braking force to the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,181

INTEGRATED FILL SYSTEM AND METHOD

WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES IN...

1. A support system for a vehicle, comprising:a container that is configured to house a compressed gas, the container has a first end and a second end opposite thereto;
a housing for the container;
one or more bracket assemblies that is configured to support the container within the housing, the one or more bracket assemblies includes a coupling member that couples to a chassis of a vehicle and a member that supports a portion of the housing;
a threaded male portion on the first end that is coupled to a female portion on a first neck mount, wherein the threaded male portion mates with the female portion;
the second end inserted into a second neck mount to enable movement based on a pressure change or a temperature change;
the housing releaseably coupled to the member of the one or more bracket assemblies and the housing encases the container, the first neck mount, the second neck mount;
a fill line having a first end and a second end, the first end is coupled to the first end of the container via a first valve, wherein the first valve is configured to allow flow of the compressed gas into the container;
a first receptacle that is coupled to the second end of the fill line and positioned through the housing, the first receptacle is configured to receive at least one of the compressed gas or a nozzle that dispenses the compressed gas at a first rate of flow into the container; and
a first cap that is configured to removeably mate with the first receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,180

TILTABLE ACTIVE AIR FLAP ASSEMBLY

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A tiltable active air flap assembly for controlling air flow through a radiator grille to an engine room of a vehicle, the tiltable active air flap assembly comprising:an air flap unit having a plurality of air flaps arranged parallel to each other and configured to rotate simultaneously, such that when the plurality of air flaps is in an open configuration, running wind flows into the engine room through the radiator grille of the vehicle, and when the plurality of air flaps is in a closed configuration, running wind is blocked from the engine room;
a drive motor;
a power transmission means for transmitting rotational force of the drive motor to any one of the plurality of air flaps; and
an tilting means operably connected to a driving gear and coupled to at least one of the plurality of air flaps, and including an output gear configured to move any one of an upper end and a lower end of the air flap unit along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle when each of the air flaps rotates to close the radiator grille,
wherein:
the output gear is coupled to a rotating shaft of any one of the air flaps and a curved rack gear configured to mesh with one side of the output gear and installed fixedly in a housing, and
the output gear comprises a pinion part to which rotational force of the drive motor is input and a sector gear part formed integrally with the pinion part and meshed with the curved rack gear.

US Pat. No. 10,889,179

SHUTTER GRILL

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

1. A shutter grill provided for an air-intake opening formed on an outer surface of a vehicle, comprising:a frame that has an opening portion and is fixed to a member forming the outer surface; and
a fin capable of opening and closing the opening portion inside the frame,
wherein
the frame includes an upper-lower displacement portion that allows the frame to be displaced in an upper-lower direction at a time of a vehicle collision,
the frame has a left frame and a right frame which are connected by the upper-lower displacement portion,
the left frame and the right frame are fixed to the member forming the outer surface,
the upper-lower displacement portion is a frame joint portion that allows the left frame and the right frame to be displaced in the upper-lower direction,
the frame is fitted around the air-intake opening.
the frame joint portion is a spherical joint,
the spherical joint is formed by semispherical portions having openings at front sides,
the fin includes a left fin capable of opening and closing the opening portion of the left frame and a right fin capable of opening and closing the opening portion of the right frame, and
the left fin and the right fin are connected by a fin joint portion inside the semispherical portions.

US Pat. No. 10,889,178

IN-WHEEL MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An in-wheel motor drive device, comprising:a wheel hub bearing portion having an inner ring integrally rotating with a wheel, an outer ring facing the inner ring via a radial gap, a plurality of rolling elements interposed in the radial gap, and a hub attachment arranged on a more outer diameter side than the outer ring and mounted and fixed to the outer ring;
a motor portion driving the inner ring;
a casing housing a rotation transmission path from a motor rotation shaft of the motor portion to the inner ring;
a suspending bracket having an upper joining seat portion and a lower joining seat portion joinable with a suspension device and an intermediate portion connecting the upper joining seat portion and the lower joining seat portion; and
fixing means for mounting and fixing the suspending bracket to the hub attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,889,177

DRIVE APPARATUS HAVING A CLUTCH DEVICE, DRIVE SYSTEM HAVING SAID DRIVE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE DRIVE SYSTEM

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A drive apparatus for a hybrid vehicle having an internal combustion engine, comprising:a crankshaft for outputting a drive power;
a torsional oscillation reducing device, which is configured so as to reduce torsional oscillations and so as to transmit drive power from the crankshaft in a direction of a drivable wheel of the motor vehicle; and
a clutch assembly having a clutch input side, a clutch output side, a positive-locking clutch and a frictional-locking clutch, wherein
the transmission of torque from the clutch input side to the clutch output side and therefore from the crankshaft to the drivable wheel is selectively producible,
the transmission of torque from the clutch input side to the clutch output side is rendered possible as soon as at least one of the two clutches is closed,
the torsional oscillation reducing device is arranged downstream of the clutch assembly with regard to the transmission of torque from the crankshaft in the direction of the drivable wheel, and
the clutch input side is non-rotatably connected to the crankshaft and the clutch output side is non-rotatably connected to the torsional oscillation reducing device.

US Pat. No. 10,889,176

DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTORCYCLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A drive device for a motorcycle, comprising:an internal combustion engine having a first end side and a second end side located opposite the first end side; and
an adapter unit having a coupling end side and a connection end side located opposite the coupling end side,
wherein
the end sides of the internal combustion engine and the adaptor assembly are oriented in each case perpendicularly to spindles and shafts of the internal combustion engine and of the adapter unit,
the adapter unit is arranged on the internal combustion engine such that the first end side of the internal combustion engine and the coupling end side of the adaptor assembly abut one another, and
the connection end side of the adaptor assembly has at least two connection geometries for different electric drive assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,889,175

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS OF HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A power transmission apparatus for a hybrid electric vehicle having power sources of an engine and a motor/generator, the power transmission apparatus comprising:an input shaft configured to receive an engine torque;
a compound planetary gear set formed by a combination of first and second planetary gear sets and including first, second, third, fourth, and fifth rotation elements;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the first rotation element, fixedly connected to the motor/generator, and selectively connected to the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the second rotation element and selectively connected to the input shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the third rotation element and selectively connected to a transmission housing;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the fourth rotation element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connecting the fifth rotation element and an output gear;
a sixth shaft selectively connected to the second shaft and the fourth shaft and selectively connected to the transmission housing;
a plurality of engagement elements including at least one clutch and at least one brake; and
an engagement unit selectively connecting the sixth shaft to the second shaft or the fourth shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,889,174

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle having an engine and a motor generator as power sources of the vehicle, and a battery supplying or receiving electric power to or from the motor generator, the control apparatus performing torque assist using the motor generator during operation with power of the engine, the control apparatus comprising:a setting unit that:
sets an upper limit guard value to limit a command value of the motor generator to a base value, such that a ratio of a shaft power to an electric power consumption of the battery is not less than a predetermined value, when providing the torque assist, the ratio of the shaft power to the electric power consumption of the battery being a ratio according to a total loss including (i) a first power loss caused in the motor generator, and (ii) a second power loss of at least one of (1) a power loss due to internal resistance of the battery and (2) a power loss caused in a wiring between the battery and the motor generator, and
subsequently corrects the upper limit guard value during operation of the hybrid vehicle based on whether at least one parameter selected from a group of an accelerator degree opening, a state of charge of the battery, and an engine speed is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold; and
a limiting unit that limits an output of the motor generator by limiting a command value of the motor generator based on the upper limit guard value, when providing the torque assist, wherein the upper limit guard value is calculated based on the base value with the following formula:
upper limit guard value=base value×Ka×Kb×Kc,
wherein:
Ka is an accelerator correction coefficient calculated based on the accelerator degree opening;
Kb is a battery correction coefficient calculated based on the state of charge of the battery; and
Kc is an engine correction coefficient calculated based on the engine speed.

US Pat. No. 10,889,173

POWERTRAIN

Textron Inc., Providence...

1. A transaxle system for a golf car, said system comprising:a transaxle, the transaxle comprising
a plurality of mounting flanges fixedly mountable to at least one axle tube of the golf car, the at least one axle tube housing at least one wheel axle, the transaxle operably couplable to the at least one wheel axle; and
an annular transaxle mounting collar that is one of fixedly mounted to or integrally formed with a housing of the transaxle; and
a mating interface that is mountable to the annular transaxle mounting collar, the mating interface structured and operable to have an integrated internal combustion engine-transmission unit of the golf car mounted thereto such that the annular mating interface is interstitially disposed between the annular transaxle and the integrated internal combustion engine-transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,889,172

MOUNTING PORTION STRUCTURE OF DOOR MIRROR

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

1. A mounting portion structure of a door mirror, comprising:a door-side panel;
a door mirror having a mirror base attached to the door-side panel and a mirror seal disposed between the mirror base and the door-side panel; and
a door weatherstrip attached to an outer edge portion of a door and configured to close a space between the door and a door opening section of a vehicle body,
wherein a concave section at least a part thereof is formed by an outer edge portion of the mirror seal and that opens toward a side of the door is provided at an inner side of a front edge portion of the mirror base, and
the door weatherstrip has a wind entering restriction wall that crosses a front side of the door-side panel and protrudes in a vehicle outer side than the door-side panel, and that is inserted into the concave section.

US Pat. No. 10,889,171

VEHICLE DOOR ASSEMBLY WITH WEATHERSTRIP AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. An assembly for use in a vehicle door, the assembly comprising:a weatherstrip that includes a mounting member that extends along a length axis of the weatherstrip, the mounting member including a side wall that extends along the length axis,
the side wall includes a weatherstrip datum formation;
an end cap covering the weatherstrip datum formation and a portion of the side wall that is adjacent to the mounting member; and
a door flange that is configured to integrate with an inner door panel, the door flange includes a flange datum formation,
the weatherstrip datum formation engages the flange datum formation so as to position the weatherstrip relative to the door flange, and
the end cap covers the flange datum formation and engages the door flange.

US Pat. No. 10,889,170

DEFLECTOR DEVICE AND ROTATION BIASING DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

12. A rotation biasing device comprising:a holder that supports a rotating member; and
a spring member that is interposed between the holder and the rotating member and thereby rotationally biases the rotating member, wherein
an engaging piece that has a claw portion engaging with an edge portion of a mounting hole of a base member formed at a fixing position at which the holder is fixed is disposed with respect to the holder, and
a pressed portion of the engaging piece against which the spring member pressing the holder is pressed and that thereby reinforces an engagement state of the claw portion with the edge portion of the mounting hole is disposed with respect to the engaging piece.

US Pat. No. 10,889,169

TOUCH RELEASE HANDLE

Truck Accessories Group, ...

1. A truck bed cover comprising:a release assembly that includes:
at least one rod located adjacent at least a portion of the truck bed cover;
at least one electronic actuator;
wherein the at least one rod is coupled to the at least one electronic actuator;
at least one latch;
wherein the at least one electronic actuator is configured to selectively move the at least one latch;
a switch, that when engaged sends a signal to the at least one electronic actuator that causes the at least one latch to unlatch from the truck bed section;
wherein the at least one rod and the at least one electronic actuator also serve as part of a mechanical override system that selectively unlatches at least a portion of the truck bed cover from the truck bed section;
wherein the mechanical override system comprises:
a link operatively coupled to the truck bed cover and configured to move relative thereto;
wherein the at least one rod moves when the link is moved to mechanically cause the at least one electronic actuator to manually move the latch to unlatch the at least the portion of the truck bed cover from the truck bed section as an alternative to moving the latch by electrically moving the at least one electronic actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,889,168

SWITCH FOR PLATFORMS

1. A turret switch for a moveable platform comprising:a front plate;
a back plate;
a turret track; and
a switch comprising:
a trigger coupled with a trigger weight and a cam; and
a latch removably coupled with a latch receiver pin.

US Pat. No. 10,889,167

SUNROOF DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof device comprising:a panel bracket that has a guide portion extending in an opening-and-closing movement direction of a movable panel capable of opening and closing an opening portion disposed with respect to a roof panel and that holds the movable panel;
a sliding bracket that slidably engages with the guide portion; and
a support member that, while being coupled to the panel bracket via the sliding bracket and thereby changing a coupling position of the support member with the panel bracket according to an opening-and-closing movement position of the movable panel, supports the panel bracket, wherein
on a sliding contact surface of the sliding bracket with the guide portion, a plurality of groove portions extending in a sliding direction of the sliding bracket along the guide portion are disposed,
a storage portion for lubricant is disposed on the sliding contact surface, and
the groove portions are formed in such a way as to extend from the storage portion.

US Pat. No. 10,889,166

ROLL SHADE DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A roll shade device comprising:a fixed shaft which is fixed to a roof of a vehicle and extends in a vehicle width direction;
a flexible rotation shaft into which the fixed shaft is inserted;
a light shielding sheet whose first terminal end portion as a terminal end portion on one side is fixed to the rotation shaft, and which is in an unfolded state where light passing through a light transmitting portion provided to the roof is blocked or is in a winding state where light is allowed to pass according to movement of a second terminal end portion as a terminal end portion on an other side; and
a torsion spring which is accommodated between the fixed shaft and the rotation shaft, which is in one of states including a state where a first leg portion of the torsion spring is hooked to a center of the fixed shaft in the vehicle width direction and a second leg portion of the torsion spring is hooked to a movable side spring holding member which is fixed to a tip end portion of the rotation shaft in the vehicle width direction so that the second leg portion is integrally rotated with the rotation shaft and a state where the first leg portion is hooked to a tip end portion of the fixed shaft in the vehicle width direction and the second leg portion is hooked to the movable side spring holding member fixed to a center of the rotation shaft in the vehicle width direction so as to be integrally rotated with the rotation shaft, and which biases the rotation shaft in a rotation direction in which the light shielding sheet is wound so that twist of the rotation shaft becomes symmetrical in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,889,165

VEHICLE DOOR ASSEMBLY

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

1. A door assembly for selectively opening and closing first and second openings in a vehicle frame assembly, the first opening extending between a first side frame member and a second side frame member, and the second opening extending between the second side frame member and a third side frame member, the door assembly including:a front door assembly that extends along the first opening and between the first and second side frame members, the front door assembly is movably connected to the vehicle frame between an opened position and a closed position to selectively open and close the first opening, the front door assembly includes a front portion and a rear portion, the rear portion terminates in a longitudinal direction of the frame assembly at a rear edge, and at least a portion of the rear edge is spaced away from the second side frame member in the longitudinal direction toward the first side frame member; and
a rear door assembly that extends along the second opening and between the second side and third side frame members, the rear door assembly is movably connected to the vehicle frame between an opened position and a closed position to selectively open and close the second opening, the rear door assembly includes a front portion and a rear portion, the front portion terminates in a longitudinal direction of the frame assembly at a front edge, the front edge is adjacent to the rear edge of the front door, and at least a portion of the front edge is spaced away from the second side frame member in the longitudinal direction toward the first side frame member such that at least a portion of the front edge of the rear door assembly is located between the rear edge of the front door assembly and the second side frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,164

FLOW HEATER

BorgWarner Ludwigsburg Gm...

1. A flow heater, comprising:a housing having an inlet and an outlet;
a plate shaped heating insert arranged in the housing and defining a flow path from the inlet to the outlet;
the plate shaped heating insert comprising first and second heating plates and a plate support arranged between the first and second heating plates, wherein the first and second heating plates are arranged on opposite sides of the plate support and define a dry space between the first and second heating plates, and wherein liquid flowing along the flow path contacts outward facing surfaces of the first and second heating plates; and
the first and second heating plates each comprising a substrate plate carrying a resistive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,889,163

HEAT PUMP SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A heat pump system comprising:a heat pump cycle that includes
a compressor configured to compress and discharge refrigerant,
a first heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between high-pressure refrigerant discharged from the compressor and heat medium,
a decompressor configured to decompress the refrigerant flowing out of the first heat exchanger, and
an outside heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between low-pressure refrigerant decompressed by the decompressor and outside air;
a heat medium circulation circuit that includes
a pump configured to pump the heat medium, and
a second heat exchanger configured to heat heating target fluid by exchanging heat between the heat medium flowing out of the first heat exchanger and the heating target fluid; and
a processor, wherein
the processor is programmed to:
control an opening degree of the decompressor;
control a pumping capacity of the pump;
determine whether frost is formed on the outside heat exchanger;
perform a defrosting operation to defrost the outside heat exchanger when frost is formed on the outside heat exchanger;
increase the opening degree in the defrosting operation;
increase the pumping capacity in the defrosting operation with increase of a required heating capacity required for heating the heating target fluid such that heat of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor is transferred to the heat medium in the first heat exchanger within a range in which a temperature of the refrigerant flowing into the outside heat exchanger is capable of melting the frost formed on the outside heat exchanger; and
increase the pumping capacity in the defrosting operation with increase of an outlet side refrigerant temperature of the refrigerant flowing out of the first heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,889,162

VEHICLE COMPONENT COOLING THROUGH DIRECTED HVAC COOLING AND OPERATION

1. A system for vehicle component cooling in a vehicle, comprising:a main body defining a passenger compartment configured to support passengers of the vehicle;
a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit located upstream from the passenger compartment and configured to output conditioned air into the passenger compartment;
a vehicle component configured to generate heat and having a component temperature;
a cooling channel located downstream from the HVAC unit and having an inlet located in the passenger compartment such that the passenger compartment is located upstream from the cooling channel and an outlet configured to output the conditioned air from the passenger compartment towards the vehicle component;
at least one sensor configured to detect data corresponding to the component temperature of the vehicle component; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the HVAC unit, the vehicle component, and the at least one sensor, and configured to control the HVAC unit to increase or decrease a cabin temperature to adjust the component temperature based on the detected data.

US Pat. No. 10,889,161

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

1. An electric vehicle including an electric motor, a power storage device electrically connected to the electric motor, and a control device controlling the electric motor and the power storage device, comprising:a refrigerant circuit which includes a compressor compressing and discharging a sucked refrigerant, an outdoor heat exchanger exchanging heat between the refrigerant and external air, a first indoor heat exchanger disposed between the compressor and the outdoor heat exchanger and exchanging heat between the refrigerant and internal air, a first expansion valve disposed between the first indoor heat exchanger and the outdoor heat exchanger and capable of decompressing the refrigerant, a second expansion valve disposed between the outdoor heat exchanger and the compressor and capable of decompressing the refrigerant, and a second indoor heat exchanger disposed between the second expansion valve and the compressor and exchanging heat between the refrigerant and the internal air,
wherein, when a remaining capacity of the power storage device becomes equal to or larger than a predetermined value, the control device repeats an operation of performing the other of a first operation of decompressing the second expansion valve and a second operation of decompressing the first expansion valve after performing one thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,889,160

METHOD FOR CONDITIONAL NATURAL VENTILATION OF VEHICLE INTERIOR AND VEHICLE THEREBY

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for natural ventilation of a vehicle interior, comprising steps of:determining, by a controller, formation of an interior negative pressure in an interior space while driving of a vehicle is maintained as an internal air mode,
determining, by the controller, an over-production of a harmful gas in an exhaust gas using an air-to-fuel ratio or an Accelerator Position Scope (APS), when an air conditioning system is in operation;
mixing an exterior air into the interior space so as to mitigate the interior negative pressure in the internal air mode; and
after mixing the exterior air, determining an elimination of the over-production of the harmful gas and blocking the exterior air,
wherein before the step of determining the formation of the interior negative pressure and the determination of the over-production of the harmful gas in the exhaust gas, checking a Throttle Position Scope (TPS) and a vehicle speed together with an air-to-fuel ratio, an Accelerator Position Scope (APS), a catalyst temperature, a cooling water temperature, an LNT front end temperature, a DPF regeneration, an EGR Duty, and a SCR front end temperature using an emission data of the exhaust gas; and determining whether an operation status of the air conditioning system is in the internal air mode.

US Pat. No. 10,889,159

DRIVING DEVICE COMPRISING AN ACTUATOR ALLOWING TO DRIVE THE DRIVING DEVICE

FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUST...

1. A control device of vehicle interior equipment, comprising:a body;
at least one movable element that is movable according to at least a first degree of freedom with respect to the body;
at least one actuator for moving the movable element relative to the body according to the first degree of freedom; and
at least one secondary control device for controlling a function of the control device, a switch of the secondary control device being movable between an open position in which the function is deactivated, and a closed position in which the function is activated;
wherein the actuator is movable according to a second degree of freedom relative to the body between a spaced apart position in which the actuator does not interact with the secondary control device, and a control position in which the actuator actuates the switch between its open position and its closed position, and
wherein the actuator is mounted on an actuating element that is mounted in at least one support mounted on the body, the actuating element and the support being movable according to the second degree of freedom with respect to the body between a spaced apart position and an activation position, the support actuating the switch in said activation position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,158

MOTOR VEHICLE INCLUDING A CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH ACCUMULATOR, AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a powertrain;
a climate control system configured to meet a thermal conditioning demand, the climate control system including an accumulator and a compressor driven by the powertrain; and
a controller in electronic communication with the climate control system, the controller configured to selectively command the climate control system to charge the accumulator when an amount of energy available to the compressor from the powertrain is in excess of an amount of energy required to meet the thermal conditioning demand.

US Pat. No. 10,889,157

BATTERY COOLING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A battery cooling system for a vehicle, the battery cooling system comprising:a first cooling device including a first radiator and a first water pump connected through a first coolant line and circulating a first coolant in the first coolant line to cool at least one electrical component and at least one motor mounted on the first coolant line;
a second cooling device including a second radiator and a second water pump connected through a second coolant line and circulating a second coolant in the second coolant line;
a battery module mounted on a battery coolant line configured to be selectively connectable to the second coolant line through a valve mounted between the battery coolant line and the second coolant line; and
a chiller mounted on the battery coolant line and through which the second coolant passes, connected to a refrigerant line of an air conditioning device through a refrigerant connection line connected to the refrigerant line, and configured for making the second coolant which selectively flows exchange heat with a refrigerant supplied from the air conditioning device through the refrigerant connection line to control a temperature of the second coolant,
wherein a condenser provided in the air conditioning device is connected to each of the first and second coolant lines so that the first coolant circulated in the first coolant line and the second coolant circulated in the second coolant line pass through the first and second cooling devices, respectively,
wherein the refrigerant passing through the condenser via the refrigerant line exchanges heat with the first coolant supplied through the first coolant line and exchanges heat with the second coolant supplied through the second coolant line,
wherein the air conditioning device includes:
an HVAC module including an evaporator connected to the refrigerant line and having a door for controlling outside air passing through the evaporator to selectively flow to the evaporator;
a compressor connected to the evaporator through the refrigerant line;
a first expansion valve mounted on the refrigerant line connecting the condenser and the evaporator; and
a second expansion valve mounted on the refrigerant connection line, and wherein the valve selectively connects the second coolant line and the battery coolant line between the second radiator and the chiller,
wherein a first branch line, a first end of which is connected to the valve and a second end of which is mounted on a portion of the battery coolant line by bypassing the chiller and the battery module, is selectively connectable to the chiller and the battery module by operation of the valve, and
wherein a second branch line is mounted on first and second portions of the second coolant line by bypassing the valve and configured for separating the battery coolant line and the second coolant line.

US Pat. No. 10,889,156

SUSPENSION BEARING UNIT AND SUPPORT STRUT EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A UNIT

Aktiebolaget SKF, Gothen...

1. A suspension bearing unit for a motor vehicle, comprising:an upper cup intended to be installed in an upper member integral with the body shell of the vehicle,
a lower cup intended to form a supporting means for a suspension spring,
a bearing interposed between the upper cup and the lower cup in rotation in relation to each other about a principal axis, and
at least one seal made of thermoplastic material and of essentially annular form, the seal comprising a base molded in an essentially annular hollow housing provided on a face of a first element from among the lower and upper cups, the seal also comprising at least one sealing lip of essentially annular form extending from the base in order to come into sliding contact with a portion of the second element from among the upper and lower cups, the seal being adapted to protect the bearing from the ingress of water or polluting particles,
wherein the hollow housing comprises a plurality of protruding ribs spaced apart circumferentially, the ribs protruding into the base of the seal.

US Pat. No. 10,889,155

DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING THE HEIGHT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE BODY

1. A device for adjusting a height of a motor vehicle body, the device comprising an actuator for actuating a height-adjustable spring seat of a suspension spring, the actuator including a support plate, a pin for connecting the device to the vehicle body, said pin passes with an actuator-side pin section thereof through a support eye of the support plate, and an elastomer support arranged at least on a vehicle body-side axial end of the support plate between the support plate and a flange provided on the pin.

US Pat. No. 10,889,154

SPRING DEVICE FOR A MOTOR-VEHICLE WHEEL SUSPENSION

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A motor vehicle wheel suspension comprising:a spring device provided on each respective wheel side of the motor vehicle, the spring device comprising:
a first leaf spring made of fiber-reinforced plastic; and
a second leaf spring made of fiber-reinforced plastic, which is shorter than the first leaf spring and together with the first leaf spring forms a V-shaped structure, which, in a region of joined ends, has a first fastening device for a vehicle-body-side support and at a free end of the first leaf spring, a second fastening device is provided for wheel-side support and at a free end of the second leaf spring, a third fastening device is provided for vehicle-body-side support,
wherein, on each wheel side, the first and second leaf springs each extend in a vehicle transverse direction or extend at an angle of at most +/?15° from the vehicle transverse direction when viewed in a horizontal plane, and
wherein the spring device provided on each wheel side has a coupling member that extends from the vehicle-body-side connection of the first fastening device in the direction of the vehicle center, such that the coupling member provides an extension of a length of the spring device in the direction of the vehicle center, wherein the coupling member of each wheel side are interconnected to one another at the vehicle center by a joint to reduce the mutual compression of the spring devices.

US Pat. No. 10,889,153

TRAILER HITCH COVER ASSEMBLY

1. A trailer hitch cover assembly, comprising:an inflatable object;
a first attachment plate disposed within the inflatable object;
a second attachment plate disposed in physical contact with, but external to, the inflatable object;
a housing comprising a receiver, and dimensioned to be received by a trailer hitch receiver; and
wherein a coupler is attached to said first attachment plate, extend outwardly from the first attachment plate through a surface of the inflatable object, extend through the second attachment plate, and intermesh with the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,889,152

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS TO DETERMINE VEHICLE TIRE WEAR

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a vehicle controller configured to:
determine, based on data associated with operation of a vehicle, behavior of one or more drivers of the vehicle that causes tire wear;
calculate, based on the behavior, a condition of a tire of the vehicle; and
generate, via an output device, a notification indicating the condition of the tire to a user,
wherein the vehicle controller is further configured to determine a number of occurrences of the behavior and calculate a tread depth in one or more areas of the tire based on the number of occurrences.

US Pat. No. 10,889,151

METHOD FOR CAPTURING THE STATE OF WEAR OF AT LEAST ONE VEHICLE TYRE

1. A method for capturing the state of wear of at least one vehicle tire on a vehicle, the method comprising:capturing at least one measurement signal with at least one sensor device of the vehicle;
determining a quantity of water striking at least one section of the vehicle by means of at least one precipitation detection device;
capturing a measurement value of the water thrown up from the road by at least one tire to be monitored by means of at least one additional sensor device;
calculating at least one standard value for the measurement value of the water thrown up measured with the additional sensor device from the quantity of water determined with the aid of the precipitation detection device; and
comparing the measured measurement value with the calculated standard value,
wherein a conclusion is drawn about the state of wear of at least one vehicle tire from the comparison of the measured measurement value with the calculated standard value.

US Pat. No. 10,889,150

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion being provided with a plurality of circumferentially and continuously extending main grooves that comprise a pair of crown main grooves disposed on each side of the tire equator and a pair of shoulder main grooves disposed axially outside the crown main grooves, wherein a first land portion is formed between the crown main grooves and a pair of second land portions are each formed between the respective shoulder main groove and the crown main groove on each side of the tire equator;
a plurality of recesses being provided on the first land portion, the recesses comprising a plurality of recesses provided on a first axial side edge of the first land portion and a plurality of recesses provided on a second axial side edge of the first land portion that is axially opposite to the first axial side edge;whereineach recess provided on the first axial side edge is arranged so as not to overlap with each projected region of each recess provided on the second axial side edge, wherein each projected region is projected onto the first axial side edge in an axial direction of the tire,
each second land portion is provided with
a plurality of lug grooves extending axially outwardly from the crown main groove and terminating within the second land portion,
a plurality of lateral grooves extending axially inwardly from the shoulder main groove and terminating within the second land portion and
a second recess provided between a pair of circumferentially adjacent lug grooves on an edge on the side of the crown main groove of the second land portion,whereinthe lug grooves and the lateral grooves are arranged alternately in a circumferential direction of the tire,
the lateral grooves comprise an inclined portion having an angle with respect to the circumferential direction of the tire wherein the angle gradually decreases axially inwardly, and the second land portion is provided with a connection sipe connecting between the second recess and the inclined portion,
the second recess comprises a substantially triangular recess bottom surface, the recess bottom surface being smoothly connected to a ground contact surface of the second land portion, and 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,
the recess bottom surface comprises a first side extending on a sidewall of the second land portion, a second side to define a boundary with respect to the ground contact surface, and a third side disposed between the first side and the second side, and the first side has a length greater than that of the third side.

US Pat. No. 10,889,149

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion comprising a contact patch which occurs when the tire is mounted on a standard wheel rim with a standard pressure and loaded with a certain tire load at zero camber angle; and
the contact patch, on a respective tire load, defining a ratio Lc/Ls of a crown contact circumferential length Lc at an axial center of the contact patch to a shoulder contact circumferential length Ls at an axial location of 80% of an axial maximum width of the contact patch, wherein
the ratio Lc/Ls upon being loaded with 40% of a standard tire load is equal to or less than 125% of the ratio Lc/Ls upon being loaded with 70% of the standard tire load,
the ratio Lc/Ls upon being loaded with 40% of the standard tire load is in a range of 120% to 150%, and
the ratio Lc/Ls upon being loaded with 70% of the standard tire load is in a range of 120% to 150%.

US Pat. No. 10,889,148

AIRLESS TIRE

1. An airless tire comprising:a hub configured for attachment to an axle;
a hub support extending away from the hub, the hub support comprising a rim having a radially outward rim face, the radially outward rim face comprising a rim face opening;
a heel configured around the hub and connected at a distal end of the hub support, the heel comprising an elastomer base oriented in a ring around a circumference of the hub support, wherein at least a portion of the heel protrudes through the rim face opening and at least a portion of the rim face extends axially over a portion of the heel; and
a plurality of elastomeric tubes extending radially outward from the heel, wherein each of the plurality of elastomeric tubes comprises a first end face and a second end face, wherein each of the plurality of elastomeric tubes has a similar cross-section at the first end face and the second end face, the first end face and the second end face oriented such that each of the plurality of elastomeric tubes is aligned along a radial line extending from the hub and through the heel, wherein the second end face is a ground contacting surface, wherein a portion of the plurality of elastomeric tubes are submerged in the elastomer base.

US Pat. No. 10,889,146

TIRE OBJECT PROVIDED WITH AN ELASTOMER LAYER MADE OF A THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMER IN THE FORM OF AN (A-B-(A-METHYLSTYRENE-CO-B))N-B-C BLOCK COPOLYMER

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A pneumatic object provided with an elastomer layer which is gastight to inflation gases, said elastomer layer comprising, as predominant elastomer, a thermoplastic elastomer in the form of a block copolymer which comprises:(a) an elastomeric block comprising at least units derived from isobutylene, and having a glass transition temperature of less than or equal to ?20° C., and
(b) one or more thermoplastic blocks, the one or more thermoplastic blocks each comprising at least one first block consisting of units derived from at least one polymerizable monomer and at least one second block, said at least one second block being a random copolymer consisting of units derived from ?-methylstyrene and of units derived from ?-pinene,
wherein a content of units derived from ?-pinene ranges from 0.5 to 25 mol % relative to the number of moles of units of the block copolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,889,145

PAINT BRUSH SUSPENSION LID

1. A paintbrush suspension lid tor a paint can comprising:an annular base having a first opening;
an annular top having a second opening,
a sidewall extending continuously between the first and second opening;
a resilient circular brush holder insert reversibly insertable into the second opening, the insert having a resealable perforation for selectively positioning therein a paint brush handle;
a cap reversibly attachable over the second opening, the cap having an attachment ring attachable to the lid;
a securing ring reversibly insertable into the second opening above the insert and attachment ring; and
means for sealing the annular base to the upper circular edge of a paint can, wherein the lid has a circular horizontal cross-section which decreases in diameter from the base to the top, further comprising a bottom seat recessed, into the second opening for supporting the insert and securing ring.

US Pat. No. 10,889,144

DECORATIVE PANEL SYSTEM

ALEX-ANDRITE DESIGN INC.,...

1. A method of forming a decorative panel, comprising:a) providing a display panel comprising a groove in and at least partly surrounding the display panel along perimeter surfaces of the display panel that are orthogonal to front and rear surfaces of the display panel;
b) providing a retaining frame comprising a supporting surface for transversely supporting the display panel, the retaining frame comprising an outer perimeter face forming a side edge of the frame supporting a return flange dimensioned to be disposed substantially parallel with the groove and forwardly of the supporting surface thereby to form a channel;
c) inserting the return flange of the retaining frame into the groove of the display panel thereby to support the display panel within the channel, and
d) affixing the retaining frame around the display panel to fix the display panel in position with respect to the retaining frame, the display panel being replaceable by disassembling at least a portion of the frame to allow the display panel to be inserted into the frame or removed from the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,889,143

REFILLABLE WRITING INSTRUMENT

1. A writing instrument (100) comprising:one or more slave reservoir (103), having a reducing cross-sectional area facilitating fluid flow towards nib;
one or more master reservoir (101);
one or more slave reservoir gate (102) comprising at least one of one or more blocking element (109), one or more blocking element seat (111), one or more gates (110), one or more covers (107, 108) and a combination thereof, wherein the one or more slave reservoir gate (102) provides a connection between the one or more master reservoir (101) and the one or more slave reservoir (103);
wherein displacement of the one or more covers (108) within a guide cover (107) when the one or more slave reservoir (103) is filled with a predefined level of fluid;
wherein the displacement of the one or more covers (107) stop the fluid supply to the one or more slave reservoir (103);
wherein the one or more blocking element (109) rests over the one or more blocking element seat (111) thereby restricting return flow of the fluid to the one or more master reservoir (101), from the one or more slave reservoir (103) to the one or more master reservoir (101).

US Pat. No. 10,889,142

ORGANIZER WITH AN INTERCHANGEABLE CLOSURE STRAP SYSTEM

1. A device for storing and transporting personal items, the device comprising:a folder having a first cover foldably attached to a second cover;
a plurality of slots extending through the first cover of the folder; and
a strap removably engageable with each individual slot of the plurality of slots, wherein:
the strap comprises a first strap end designed to be inserted through the individual slot of the plurality of slots and extend outward therefrom, defining a free end that removably engages with the second cover and a second strap end comprising an anchor designed to prevent the strap from completely passing through the individual slot; and
the anchor has a greater width than a width of the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,889,141

MULTIPLE HIDDEN IMAGE SECURITY DEVICE

ROLIC AG, Zug (CH)

1. An optical security device including a stack comprising:a first optical retarder layer with an orientation pattern encoding a first image,
a second optical retarder layer with an orientation pattern encoding a second image, and
a polarizer between the two retarders, the polarizing area overlapping at least with a part of each retarder pattern,
wherein the first image becomes optimally visible when an external polarizer is held adjacent to the first optical retarder layer with the polarization direction oriented in a first direction,
characterized in that the orientation pattern in the first optical retarder layer encodes for a third image, which becomes optimally visible when an external polarizer is held adjacent to the first optical retarder layer with the polarization direction oriented in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,889,140

SECURITY ELEMENT OR DOCUMENT AND PROCESS OF PRODUCING THE SAME

KBA-Notasys SA, Lausanne...

1. A security element or document comprising:a substrate with first and second sides and comprising at least one window region made of a substantially transparent material;
a micro-optical structure provided on the first side of the substrate and extending over at least a part of the at least one window region;
a printed feature printed on the second side of the substrate over at least a part of the at least one window region, the printed feature being provided in register with the micro-optical structure to produce an optically-variable effect upon looking at the printed feature from the first side of the substrate through the micro-optical structure and the at least one window region; and
a protective layer acting as a printable primer layer and provided on the second side of the substrate over the at least one window region and over the printed feature,
wherein the protective layer covers the printed feature when seen from the second side of the substrate and further acts as a contrast-enhancing layer for the optically-variable effect,
wherein the printed feature is a multicolour feature,
wherein the protective layer is a layer having a substantially uniform appearance that closely matches that of a portion of the substrate that does not include the printed feature, and
wherein the protective layer covers only a portion of the second side of the substrate outside of the at least one window region in addition to covering the at least one window region.

US Pat. No. 10,889,139

SECURITY DOCUMENT WITH ATTACHED SECURITY DEVICE WHICH DEMONSTRATES INCREASED HARVESTING RESISTANCE

1. A security document, comprising:a security substrate;
a security device,
wherein the security device comprises an array of image icons, an optical spacer and an array of focusing elements, wherein the array of focusing elements projects a synthetically magnified image of image elements within the array of image icons,
wherein the array of focusing elements is disposed on the optical spacer and comprises a polymeric material; and
a structural weakness element,
wherein the security device is coupled to the security substrate,
wherein the structural weakness element comprises a set of perforations extending through the array of focusing elements,
wherein the structural weakness element is not visible in reflected light; and
wherein the structural weakness element does not affect the synthetically magnified image of image elements projected by the array of focusing elements.

US Pat. No. 10,889,138

FOAM BOOK

1. A book comprising:a front cover, wherein the front cover comprises a front base layer and a front decorative layer, wherein the front base layer comprises a first front face portion, a second front face portion, and a front free edge, and wherein the front decorative layer is adhered on the second front face portion;
a rear cover, the rear cover having a rear base layer and a rear free edge; and
a binding layer, the binding layer extending across the rear base layer and along the first front face portion of the front base layer, wherein the binding layer is adhered with the rear base layer and the first front face portion, wherein the front decorative layer extends from the front free edge and across the second front face portion and abuts the binding layer,
wherein the binding layer has a binding layer thickness where the binding layer extends along the first front face portion, wherein the front decorative layer has a front decorative layer thickness, and wherein the binding layer thickness is substantially equal to the front decorative layer thickness, and wherein the abutment of the binding layer and the front decorative layer forms a continuous surface.

US Pat. No. 10,889,137

TAPE CARTRIDGE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A tape cartridge for mounting to a tape printer, comprising:a ribbon feeding core on which an ink ribbon is wound for being fed, the ribbon feeding core including:
a core body that winds the ink ribbon; and
a shaft engaging part formed at an end portion of the core body, the shaft engaging part being configured to engage a feeding-side driving shaft of the tape printer when the tape cartridge is mounted to the tape printer, the shaft engaging part protruding in an axial direction of the core body from an end surface of the core body and having a crown shape in which a plurality of convex portions and a plurality of concave portions are alternately arranged side by side in a circumferential direction, each convex portion being disposed at a distal end portion in the axial direction with a guide slope configured to guide a spline convex part of the feeding-side driving shaft into the concave portion when the tape cartridge is mounted to the tape printer, and the shaft engaging part engaging a rotation stop part that stops rotation of the ribbon feeding core when the tape cartridge is not mounted to the tape printer, a bottom surface of each concave portion being positioned axially inward from the end surface of the core body; and
a ribbon winding core that winds the ink ribbon fed from the ribbon feeding core.

US Pat. No. 10,889,136

PRINTING TARGET HOLDER, PRINTER, HEATER, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A printing target holder comprising a platen configured to hold a printing target portion of a printing target in a flat state, and to hold a non-printing target portion of the printing target in a recessed state relative to the flat state, the printing target portion to which printing is applied, and the non-printing target portion to which printing is not applied, the platen including:a support face disposed on a top side of the platen, the support face configured to support the printing target portion of the printing target; and
an escape portion disposed on the top side of the platen that is lower in height than, and recessed in, the support face, the escape portion configured to recess the non-printing target portion of the printing target.

US Pat. No. 10,889,135

PAPER FEEDING MECHANISM

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A paper feeding mechanism for an automatic document feeder having an upper tray for storing paper, a lower tray for receiving paper, a base connecting the upper tray to the lower tray, and a cover pivotally connected to the upper tray, the mechanism comprising:a housing provided within the base and being movable relative to the base; and
a transmission having a gripping position for transporting paper from the upper tray to the lower tray along a path around an exterior of the housing, including a lower path portion between the base and the housing, and a release position in which the housing is separated from the base, releasing the paper in the lower path portion between the base and the housing and allowing a paper jam along the path to be remedied;
at least one spring for biasing the housing away from the lower tray to place the transmission in the release position;
the cover being pivotable between a first condition that prevents relative movement between the housing and the base to maintain the transmission in the gripping position to a second condition that allows the housing to move relative to the upper tray and the lower tray to place the transmission in the release position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,134

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a print medium;
a printing head configured to print an image on a print medium and configured to be movable between a first position at which the printing head performs a printing operation on a print medium conveyed by the conveyance unit, and a second position to which the printing head is retreated from the first position;
a discharge unit to which to discharge a print medium conveyed by the conveyance unit;
a sensing unit configured to sense conveyance trouble of a print medium conveyed by the conveyance unit;
a conveyance control unit configured to, upon sensing by the sensing unit of conveyance trouble during the printing operation by the printing head, control the conveyance unit to stop conveyance, to a print position for the print operation, of a print medium in the conveyance trouble and continue a discharge operation for conveying a print medium located downstream of the print medium in the conveyance trouble to the discharge unit; and
a notification control unit configured to cause a notifying device to give a notice with respect to the sensed conveyance trouble to a user,
wherein in response to sensing by the sensing unit of the conveyance trouble during the printing operation, (1) the printing head moves from the first position to the second position in parallel with the discharge operation by the conveyance unit and (2) after movement of the printing head to the second position, the notification control unit causes the notifying device to give the notice with respect to the sensed conveyance trouble.

US Pat. No. 10,889,133

DUAL PARTICLE INKJET PRINTER

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a liquid ejector system configured to eject liquid droplets towards a medium;
a particle delivery system configured to deliver particles to the medium, the particles configured to combine with at least some of the liquid droplets and change at least one property of the liquid droplets, the particle delivery device configured to deliver the particles after or substantially simultaneously as the liquid droplets are ejected;
a curing device configured to cure the combination of the liquid droplets and the particles onto the medium using a combination of two or more of a ultraviolet (UV) curing process, a thermal curing process, and a solvent evaporation process; and
a controller configured to independently control the liquid ejector system and the particle delivery system.

US Pat. No. 10,889,132

MACHINE FOR DIGITAL PRINTING ON TAPE

UTECO CONVERTING S.P.A., ...

1. A machine for digital printing on tape, which comprises: a frame that supports means of entraining at least one tape along an advancement path and is provided with at least one printing assembly, which comprises at least one ink-jet printing head, downstream of said printing assembly, along the advancement direction of said tape, there being at least one assembly for drying inks applied to said tape, wherein said drying assembly comprises: a temperature-adjustable drum for supporting and entraining said tape, wherein said drum has, in a side wall thereof, at least one channel for conveying a temperature control fluid, adhesion means adapted to allow the retention in adhesion of said tape on an outer lateral surface of said drum, wherein said adhesion means comprise a plurality of openings defined at the outer lateral surface of said drum and connected to further aspiration means in order to ensure a retention of said tape in adherence to said drum,hot air emitter means which face at least one portion of the outer lateral surface of said drum and
further comprising a plurality of aspiration channels wherein the plurality of aspiration channels are defined within the side wall of the drum, and wherein the plurality of aspiration channels are substantially parallel to the outer lateral surface of the drum.

US Pat. No. 10,889,131

IRRADIATION DEVICE, EXPANSION DEVICE, AND SHAPING SYSTEM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An expansion device, comprising:a tray on which a thermally expandable sheet is disposed;
an irradiator configured to irradiate the thermally expandable sheet disposed on the tray with electromagnetic waves; and
a driver that, while the irradiator is being caused to emit the electromagnetic waves, moves the irradiator along the thermally expandable sheet disposed on the tray, thereby causing the thermally expandable sheet to distend; wherein
the irradiator includes a lamp guard provided with a plurality of openings, and
all intersections formed by outer shapes of the plurality of openings do not overlap as viewed in an irradiator movement direction that is a direction of movement of the irradiator caused by the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,889,130

DEVICE FOR PRINTING A CLOSURE DEVICE FOR CONTAINERS

SACMI IMOLA S.C., Imola ...

1. A device for printing a closure device for containers which comprises a safety capsule, wherein said closure device comprises a first body and a second body each of which has a respective relative positioning element configured to be arranged and/or oriented with respect to each other in a predetermined position, said printing device comprising: a supporting device configured for at least one of said bodies, a detection device configured for detecting a position or orientation of the relative positioning element of the body supported by said support device, and a device for digital printing of at least one portion of the body supported by said supporting device in order to perform a printing operation in a predetermined position and/or with a predetermined orientation with respect to the position and/or orientation of the respective relative positioning element, said first body comprising an outer cap of said safety capsule which is provided with coupling means for coupling to a neck of a container, and said second body comprising an inner element which is configured to be arranged inside said outer cap and is adapted to be removably associated with an opening of said container, said first and second bodies comprising at least one reference element, which is arranged or oriented in a predetermined manner with respect to the respective relative positioning elements, said at least one reference element being chosen from a group that comprises:a three-dimensional portion of the respective body that can be detected by said detection device;
a two-dimensional region of the respective body that can be detected by said detection device;
a magnetic element which is embedded in or associated with the respective body that can be detected by said detection device;
a metallic element which is embedded in or associated with the respective body that can be detected by said detection device; and
an element made of a material that is different from the one that constitutes the respective body, which is embedded in or associated with the respective body that can be detected by said detection device;
the detection device being configured to determine the orientation of the relative positioning element on the basis of said reference elements.

US Pat. No. 10,889,129

CARD PRINTING USING THERMAL TRANSFER PRINT RIBBON WITH RADIATION CURABLE INK

Entrust Datacard Corporat...

1. A plastic card printing method, comprising:inputting a plastic card having a front surface and a back surface into a thermal transfer print station of a plastic card printing system, the thermal transfer print station is configured for thermal transfer printing using a thermal transfer print ribbon having radiation curable ink;
printing onto at least one of the front or back surface by transferring a portion of the radiation curable ink from the thermal transfer print ribbon onto the front or back surface;
after printing onto the front or back surface, mechanically transporting the plastic card to a radiation curing station;
applying radiation to the printed radiation curable ink in the radiation curing station to cure the radiation curable ink printed on the front or back surface so that the printing has an abrasion resistance value of at least about 400 cycles; and
outputting the plastic card from the plastic card printing system without applying a protective laminate or coating over the printing.

US Pat. No. 10,889,128

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER

LANDA CORPORATION LTD., ...

1. An intermediate transfer member (ITM) for use with a printing system, the ITM comprising:(a) a support layer; and
(b) a release layer having an ink reception surface for receiving an ink image, and a second surface opposing said ink reception surface, said second surface attached to said support layer, said release layer formed of an addition-cured silicone material;said ink reception surface is adapted to satisfy at least one of the following structural properties:(i) a receding contact angle of a droplet of distilled water on said ink reception surface is at most 60°;(ii) for a droplet of distilled water deposited on said ink reception surface, a 10 second dynamic contact angle (DCA) is at most 108°;and wherein said release layer has at least one of the following structural properties:(1) said addition-cured silicone material consisting essentially of an addition-cured silicone, or containing, by weight, at least 95% of said addition-cured silicone;(2) functional groups make up at most 5%, by weight, of said addition-cured silicone material.

US Pat. No. 10,889,127

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, DEFECTIVE NOZZLE DETECTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a liquid discharge head having at least one nozzle array including a plurality of nozzles configured to discharge liquid, the plurality of nozzles lined in a nozzle array direction;
a two-dimensional image sensor to capture an image formed by the liquid discharge head; and
circuitry configured to:
divide the plurality of nozzles into a plurality of nozzle units;
form a pattern including a plurality of unit patterns arranged in a staggered manner, the plurality of unit patterns formed with the liquid discharged from the plurality of nozzle units, respectively,
each of the plurality of unit patterns being smaller in size than an image capture range of the two-dimensional image sensor and including a number of columns of lines extending in a direction perpendicular to the nozzle array direction, the number of columns being not smaller than twice of a number of the at least one nozzle array;
capture an image of each of the plurality of unit patterns using the two-dimensional image sensor;
obtain red, green, and blue (RGB) data per unit pixel position of each of the plurality of unit patterns through capturing by the two-dimensional image sensor;
detect largest contrast data in the RGB data;
use the largest contrast data to identify a position of each of the plurality of nozzles; and
determine, based on the largest contrast data for each of the plurality of nozzles, whether each of the plurality of nozzles is defective.

US Pat. No. 10,889,126

METHOD OF PRINTING SWATHS OF AN IMAGE ON A SUBSTRATE

CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING...

1. A method for printing an image on a substrate in a plurality of adjacent swaths extending in a main scanning direction, said method comprising the step of:determining a position of a boundary between adjacent swaths based on a content of an image to be printed,
wherein the step of determining the position of the boundary includes searching for a minimum in a relation between an optical density of the image to be printed and a position in a sub-scanning direction normal to the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 10,889,125

PRINTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printer comprising:an ink tank having a mark at a side surface of the ink tank;
a print head performing printing by using ink in the ink tank;
a photoelectric conversion device provided outside the side surface having the mark among side surfaces of the ink tank, and detecting light from the ink tank in a period during which a light source emits light; and
a processing unit determining a position of an interface of the ink based on an output of the photoelectric conversion device and detecting an amount of ink in the ink tank based on a position of the mark and the position of the interface.

US Pat. No. 10,889,124

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head that ejects a liquid accommodated in a liquid container;
a detection unit that detects a remaining amount of the liquid accommodated in the liquid container; and
a control unit that operates in a first mode and a second mode, wherein
in the first mode, the control unit prohibits ejection of the liquid from the liquid ejecting head when the detection unit detected that the remaining amount of the liquid accommodated in the liquid container became smaller than a predetermined threshold value, and
in the second mode, the control unit allows ejection of the liquid from the liquid ejecting head with an instruction from a user as a requirement when the detection unit detected that the remaining amount of the liquid accommodated in the liquid container became smaller than the predetermined threshold value,
the control unit sets a total amount of the liquid allowed to be ejected from the liquid ejecting head to a predetermined amount larger than the predetermined threshold value when transition from the first mode to the second mode occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,889,123

INK REFILL CONTAINER, INK REFILL SYSTEM, AND INK REFILL ADAPTER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An ink refill container configured to refill ink to an ink tank that is provided withan ink storage chamber configured to store ink;
a needle having a flow passage formed therein, the passage communicating with the ink storage chamber; and
a receiving surface that is provided with a hole-shaped ink inlet including the needle and in which the needle is arranged, and a pair of concave portions continuous to the ink inlet so as to sandwich the ink inlet, the receiving surface extending in a direction that intersects a direction in which the needle extends, the ink refill container comprising:
a container main body configured to store ink; and
an ink outlet-forming portion that is connected to the container main body,
wherein the ink outlet-forming portion comprises:
an ink outlet configured to allow insertion of the needle;
a convex portion that extends in a direction along a central axis of the ink outlet, protrudes further than the ink outlet in a direction opposing the container main body in the direction of the central axis of the ink outlet, and is configured to be inserted into the concave portions; and
a positioning portion that is located closer to the container main body than a top end of the convex portion is to the container main body in the direction along the central axis, and when viewed from the ink outlet in the direction of the central axis, located outside in a radial direction of the ink outlet, and is configured to abut against the receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 10,889,122

ACCESSING MEMORY UNITS IN A MEMORY BANK

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printhead component comprising:a memory bank associated with a fluid ejection die of a printhead, the memory bank having a plurality of memory units arranged in the form of a matrix, the matrix having a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns; and
a bank select transistor common to the plurality of memory units, wherein the bank select transistor is to facilitate accessing a memory unit of the plurality of memory units based on a bank select signal.

US Pat. No. 10,889,121

LIQUID DISPENSER

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A liquid dispenser for dispensing liquid into a liquid reservoir with reduced foam formation, the liquid dispenser comprising a baffle element, a guiding element a discharge element, and a hinge between the baffle element and the guiding element to adjust an angle therebetween;wherein the baffle element is to receive liquid, the guiding element is to guide liquid from the baffle element to the discharge element, and the discharge element is to discharge liquid into the liquid reservoir; and
wherein the baffle element, the guiding element and the discharge element are arranged in cascade to flow liquid from the baffle element to the discharge element, and wherein the baffle element and the guiding element are vertically spaced from one another and the discharge element and the guiding element are vertically spaced from one another to form a waterfall-structure for the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,889,120

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:a tank configured to store ink therein, the tank being formed with a filling port for filling ink;
a cap configured to be attached to the filling port so as to close the filling port;
a cap detector configured to detect whether the cap is attached to the filling port;
a notification device configured to output particular information;
an ink remaining amount detection sensor configured to detect whether an ink remaining amount of the tank is smaller than a particular amount; and
a controller configured to control the notification device to output a warning, in response to determining based on a detection signal of the cap detector that a particular period or longer has elapsed in a state where the cap is detached from the filling port,
wherein the controller is configured to control the notification device to output a warning in response to determining based on detection signals of the cap detector and the ink remaining amount detection sensor that the ink remaining amount of the tank is smaller than the particular amount when the cap is detached from the filling port and that the particular period or longer has elapsed since the cap is detached from the filling port, regardless of whether ink has been filled into the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,889,119

WIPING DEVICE, WIPING MEMBER, LIQUID DISCHARGING DEVICE, AND WIPING METHOD

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A wiping device comprising:a wiping member configured to wipe a nozzle forming surface of a liquid discharging head that discharges a liquid from a nozzle, the wiping member comprising fabric; and
a pressing member configured to press the wiping member to the liquid discharging head,
wherein the wiping member satisfies the following relationship 1:
0.8<(Sb/Ss)<1.2,   relationship 1,
where, at 60 seconds after a coloring liquid containing a coloring material and distilled water is dripped onto a surface of the wiping member in contact with the nozzle forming surface and Ss represents a spreading area of the coloring material on the surface of the wiping member in contact with the nozzle forming surface and Sb represents a spreading area of the coloring material on a surface of the wiping member not in contact with the nozzle forming surface.

US Pat. No. 10,889,118

WIPER BLADE POSITIONS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A wiper system comprising:a first wiper blade;
a second wiper blade oriented parallel to the first wiper blade; and
a cam coupled to the first wiper blade to move the first wiper blade to a first wipe position when the cam is in a first cam position, and the cam coupled to the second wiper blade to move the second wiper blade to a second wipe position when the cam is in a second cam position, wherein the first wipe position has a first interference height relative to a print head carriage, and the second wipe position has a different second interference height relative to the print head carriage, and wherein the first wiper blade at the first wipe position is to apply a first force to clean the print head carriage based on the first interference height, and the second wiper blade at the second wipe position is to apply a different second force to clean the print head carriage based on the second interference height.

US Pat. No. 10,889,117

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ATTENUATING THE DRYING OF INK FROM A PRINTHEAD DURING PERIODS OF PRINTER INACTIVITY

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A capping station for storing printheads during periods of printhead inactivity comprising:a receptacle having at least one wall and a floor configured to enclose a volume partially, the at least one wall of the receptacle having a first opening and the floor having an opening;
a seal mounted to an upper surface of the at least one wall of the receptacle;
a vacuum source operatively connected through the first opening to the volume within the receptacle;
a transducer operatively connected through the first opening to the volume within the receptacle, the transducer being configured to vibrate air within the volume within the receptacle;
a valve, the valve being configured to open and close the opening in the floor selectively;
an actuator operatively connected to the receptacle, the actuator being configured to move the receptacle bidirectionally; and
a controller operatively connected to the actuator, the valve, the transducer, and the vacuum source, the controller being configured to operate the actuator to move the receptacle in a first direction and engage the seal with a printhead housing that surrounds a printhead faceplate, operate the valve to close the opening in the floor, operate the vacuum source to apply a vacuum to the volume enclosed by the printhead faceplate, the at least one wall, and the floor when the seal engages the printhead housing, and operate the transducer to fluctuate ink menisci within a plurality of nozzles in the printhead faceplate.

US Pat. No. 10,889,116

IMAGE PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image printing method comprising the step of:applying at least two inks that contain a color pigment, resin particles, and water onto a printing medium by ejecting the inks using an inkjet printing apparatus,
wherein the inkjet printing apparatus includes at least two printing line heads sequentially arranged in a printing medium conveying direction, each of the printing line heads comprising a row of ejection units,
the printing medium is plain paper or a high-absorbency printing medium,
the printing medium having a water absorption coefficient Ka of 0.1 mL/(m2·ms1/2) or more,
a rub fastness additive is contained in a first ink ejected from at least a first printing line head that is located at an uppermost-stream position in the printing medium conveying direction of the at least two printing line heads,
the content of the rub fastness additive in a second ink ejected from a printing line head that is located at a position downstream of the first printing line head in the printing medium conveying direction is less than the content of the rub fastness additive in the first ink, and
in the printing medium to which the first ink and the second ink are applied, the color pigment in the first ink and the color pigment in the second ink are fixed in this order from a side of a surface to which the first ink and the second ink are applied.

US Pat. No. 10,889,115

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD HAVING A WIRING SUBSTRATE WITH SURFACE WIRINGS CONNECTED AT BOTH ENDS VIA THROUGH-WIRINGS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a drive element driven by a drive signal supplied thereto;
an actuator substrate provided with the drive element;
drive circuit chip that controls a supply of the drive signal to the drive element;
a wiring substrate that propagates a source signal to the drive circuit chip and propagates the drive signal to the drive element, the wiring substrate having first and second surfaces facing outwardly opposite to each other; and
a first wiring through which the source signal is input to the wiring substrate via an input electrode on the first surface of the wiring substrate,
wherein the wiring substrate has:
a first side and a second side that is longer than the first side;
a second wiring formed on the first surface and extending from one end to the other end of the wiring substrate along a first direction, the second side of the wiring substrate being along the first direction;
a third wiring formed on the second surface and extending from the one end to the other end of the wiring substrate along the first direction, the second wiring partially overlapping the third wiring in a plan view;
a first through wiring formed in the wiring substrate at the one end and electrically connecting between the second and third wirings;
a second through wiring formed in the wiring substrate at the other end and electrically connecting between the second and third wirings;
a first output electrode formed on the first surface at the other end;
a second output electrode formed on the second surface at the other end; and
a third through wiring formed in the wiring substrate at the other end and electrically connecting between the first and second output electrodes,
wherein the input electrode is formed on the second wiring at a position between the one end and the other end,
the source signal travels from the first wiring to the second wiring via the input electrode, from the second wiring to the third wiring via the first and second through wirings, and from the second wiring to the drive circuit chip, and
the drive signal travels from the drive circuit chip to the first output electrode to the second output electrode via the third through wiring, and from the second output electrode to the drive element.

US Pat. No. 10,889,114

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting unit including a pressure chamber substrate defining at least one pressure chamber filled with a reactive ink, a channel substrate attached to the pressure chamber substrate and defining a supply channel through which the reactive ink is supplied to the pressure chamber, and at least one nozzle communicating with the pressure chamber, wherein the channel substrate includes an aperture formed therein that is closed by an elastic compliance film that forms a portion of the supply channel and elastically deforms to absorb pressure fluctuations in the supply channel;
a piezoelectric element that changes a capacity of the pressure chamber when an electric signal is supplied to the piezoelectric element; and
a flexible wiring substrate at which a signal wire for supplying the electric signal to a connection terminal of the piezoelectric element is formed, wherein
the elastic compliance film is formed of a para-aramid resin, and
the connection terminal and the signal wire are electrically connected to each other by solder.

US Pat. No. 10,889,113

RECORDING ELEMENT BOARD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RECORDING ELEMENT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording element board having a plurality of heat-generating resistor elements arranged in a row, each of the plurality of heat-generating resistor elements comprising:a heat-generating resistor layer to be electrically powered for generating heat to energize liquid contained in a pressure chamber to be arranged beside the heat-generating resistor layer in order to cause the pressure chamber to eject the liquid therefrom;
at least a pair of first electrodes formed as vias connected to a surface of the heat-generating resistor layer at a side opposite to the pressure chamber, the pair of first electrodes feeding electrical power to a first part of the heat-generating resistor layer to form a first heat-generating region between the pair of first electrodes; and
at least a pair of second electrodes connected to the surface of the heat-generating resistor layer at a side facing the pressure chamber, the pair of second electrodes feeding electrical power to a second part of the heat-generating resistor layer to form a second heat-generating region between the pair of second electrodes, wherein surfaces of the pair of second electrodes located at the side facing the pressure chamber being inclined so as to gradually reduce the thickness thereof toward respective ends thereof,
wherein each of the heat-generating resistor elements has a common electrode connected to the heat-generating resistor layer so as to be commonly used both when the first heat-generating region is formed and when the second heat-generating region is formed; and
wherein the common electrode is formed as a via and arranged between the pair of first electrodes in a plan view of the recording element board.

US Pat. No. 10,889,112

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a plurality of element substrates including a first element substrate and a second element substrate, each of the first element substrate and the second element substrate having a heating element array in which a plurality of heating elements producing heat energy for liquid ejection by energization is arrayed, an electrically conductive protection layer covering the plurality of heating elements, an insulating layer arranged between the plurality of heating elements and the electrically conductive protection layer, and a connecting terminal for connecting to the outside;
a first flexible wiring substrate including a first wiring electrically connected with the conductive protection layer of the first element substrate via the connecting terminal of the first element substrate;
a second flexible wiring substrate including a second wiring electrically connected with the conductive protection layer of the second element substrate via the connecting terminal of the second element substrate; and
an electrical wiring substrate including a common wiring electrically connected with the first wiring and the second wiring.

US Pat. No. 10,889,111

METHOD AND PRINTER FOR REDUCING INTENSITY FLUCTUATIONS

Canon Production Printing...

1. An inkjet printer, comprising:a print head including a central region having a plurality of central region nozzles and, at least at one edge, and an edge region having at least one first edge region nozzle, wherein no ink ejection is produced by the at least one first edge region nozzle in a printing operation of the inkjet printer, and wherein the at least one first edge region nozzle is associated with no column of a print image in the printing operation of the inkjet printer; and
a controller that, in the printing operation, is configured to simultaneously:
(a) activate different central region nozzles of the plurality of central region nozzles based on print data for respective different columns of the print image to print dots of the print image, line by line, onto a recording medium; and
(b) activate the at least one first edge region nozzle, during the activation of the different central region nozzles for printing of the print image, with a non-ejection pulse without ink ejection such that no single dot of the print image is printed by the at least one first edge region nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,110

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DROPLET DEPOSITION

XAAR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, ...

1. A method for depositing droplets onto a medium utilizing a droplet deposition apparatus, the method comprising:receiving, at the droplet deposition apparatus, input data for releasing droplets, the droplet deposition apparatus comprising an array of fluid chambers separated by interspersed walls, each fluid chamber communicating with an aperture for the release of droplets of fluid and each of the walls separating two neighboring chambers;
assigning, based on the input data, each of the chambers within the array as either firing chambers or non-firing chambers so as to produce bands of one or more contiguous firing chambers separated by bands of one or more contiguous non-firing chambers; and
actuating the walls of at least a subset of the chambers such that:
for at least one non-firing chamber, one wall is stationary while the other is moved; and
for each firing chamber the walls move with opposing senses, wherein:
each of the walls is actuable such that in response to a first voltage, the respective wall will deform so as to decrease the volume of a first one of the chambers and increase the volume of a second one of the chambers, and in response to a second voltage, the respective wall will deform so as to cause an opposite effect on the volumes of the first and the second chambers; and
the resulting droplets forming bodies of fluid disposed on a line on the medium, the bodies of fluid being separated on the line by respective gaps for each of the bands of non-firing chambers, a size of each gap corresponding in size to the respective band of non-firing chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,889,109

TEMPERATURE SENSING IN A PRINTHEAD USING PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATORS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A drive circuit comprising:an input voltage generator configured to apply a step voltage that transitions between a first input voltage and a second input voltage when applied to a piezoelectric actuator of a printhead; and
a temperature detector configured to determine a temperature measurement at a location of the piezoelectric actuator within the printhead based on a voltage response of the piezoelectric actuator in response to the step voltage once.

US Pat. No. 10,889,108

PRINT HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT CONTROL CIRCUIT

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A print head comprising:a first piezoelectric element that includes a first electrode supplied with a drive signal and a second electrode supplied with a reference voltage signal and is displaced by a difference in electric potential between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a second piezoelectric element that includes a third electrode supplied with the drive signal and a fourth electrode supplied with the reference voltage signal and is displaced by a difference in electric potential between the third electrode and the fourth electrode;
a cavity that is filled with a liquid ejected from a nozzle along with the displacement of the first piezoelectric element and the second piezoelectric element;
a vibration plate that is disposed between the cavity and the first piezoelectric element and the second piezoelectric element;
a first switch circuit that switches between supplying and not supplying the drive signal to the first electrode;
a second switch circuit that switches between supplying and not supplying the drive signal to the third electrode;
a third switch circuit that switches between electrically connecting and not electrically connecting the first electrode and the third electrode; and
a NOR circuit,
wherein the NOR circuit receives inputs of
a first control signal for controlling the first switch circuit and switching between supplying and not supplying the drive signal to the first electrode, and
a second control signal for controlling the second switch circuit and switching between supplying and not supplying the drive signal to the third electrode, and
wherein the NOR circuit outputs a third control signal for controlling the third switch circuit and switching between electrically connecting and not electrically connecting the first electrode and the third electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,889,107

PRODUCT ALIGNMENT USING A PRINTED RELIEF

TRACER IMAGING LLC, Ossi...

1. A method of forming an alignment grid to register a prefabricated lenticular sheet with a rectilinear print raster of a printing device, comprising:determining a physical pitch of a lenticulated face of the lenticular sheet; and
printing a pattern of raised parallel lines upon a substrate, wherein the pattern of raised lines has a pitch substantially equal to a physical pitch of the lenticulated face and are configured for reception within valleys formed between lenticules of the lenticulated face for deterring movement of the lenticular sheet across an axis of the lenticules.

US Pat. No. 10,889,106

FORMATION OF A CREASE AND AN IMAGE ON MEDIA

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A method of forming an image and a crease on media by an image forming system, the method comprising:forming a crease formation pattern on an impression paper received by an impression member, which crease formation pattern forms a crease in the media along which the media is to be folded;
forming the image on an image forming blanket of an intermediate transfer member by a print unit; and
pressing the media against the impression member by the image forming blanket to transfer the image onto the media and to establish contact with the crease formation pattern to form the corresponding crease on the media during the transfer of the image to the media.

US Pat. No. 10,889,105

APPARATUS AND PROCESS FOR PREPARING A FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING SLEEVE

BIESSSE EQUIPMENT SOLUTIO...

1. An apparatus for preparing a flexographic printing sleeve, comprising a support structure which comprises:first support means, which defines a workstation for rotatably supporting a first flexographic printing sleeve having a preset axis, for said first sleeve to rotate about its axis, relative to said support structure;
first motor means associated with said first support means, for rotating said first sleeve supported in said workstation, about its axis;
wherein:
second support means for rotatably supporting a coil with a double-sided adhesive tape,
first feeding and guiding means for unwinding the double-sided adhesive tape from said roll and directing said double-sided adhesive tape to the surface of said first sleeve supported in said workstation, to thereby cover the outer surface of said first sleeve with said double-sided adhesive tape and prepare said first sleeve supported in said workstation to the application of photopolymers,
second detection means for detecting, on the outer surface of said first sleeve, a first axial section of the surface that has already been covered by said double-sided adhesive tape and for instantaneously detecting a position of a circumferential edge of the head end of said first axial section that has been already covered, and a next contiguous axial section of double-sided adhesive tape being designed to be juxtaposed to said circumferential edge to cover a further section of said first sleeve;
second motor means for moving said double-sided adhesive tape that is being fed on the surface of said first sleeve in a first direction of displacement, having one component parallel to the axis of said sleeve supported in said workstation, and a displacement of said double-sided adhesive tape that is being fed to said first sleeve in said first direction of displacement corresponds to an axial displacement of the point of application of said double-sided adhesive tape on the surface of said first sleeve supported in said workstation, and
second feedback control means for determining and instantaneously controlling feedback of actuation of said second motor means according to the instantaneous position assumed by the circumferential edge of the head end of said first axial section that has been already covered, as instantaneously detected by said second detection means to thereby determine, on the outer surface of said first sleeve, a circumferential point of application of a next contiguous axial section of double-sided adhesive tape required to cover a further axial section of said first sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,889,104

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PRINTED CAN LID

ARDAGH METAL BEVERAGE EUR...

1. Method for manufacturing a printed can lid of a can with a digital printing method; comprising at least the following steps:(a) making available a shell with an outer face and an inner face, wherein the shell has, at least on the outer face, at least one structure which predefines a first orientation of the shell, and therefore a first position of a printed image which is to be applied to the outer face;
(b) making available a control unit and a printed image, wherein the printed image can be processed in the control unit, and wherein in the control unit there are a multiplicity of printed images which are each rotated by a predefined angular value;
(c) making available at least a first digital printing unit with at least one printing head; wherein the printed image which is made available by the control unit can be printed onto the outer face with the printing head;
(d) detecting the first orientation of the shell by the control unit;
(e) determining a first position of the printed image which is to be applied, as a function of the detected first orientation; and
(f) making available a printed image which is generated computationally as a function of the first position in the control unit, for the at least one first digital printing unit, wherein a printed image which is oriented in a way matching the first orientation by the control unit is selected and is made available for the first digital printing unit; and
(g) printing the printed image which is made available by the control unit onto the outer face with the printing head, wherein the printed image which is made available by the control unit is printed onto the outer face in the first position with the printing head.

US Pat. No. 10,889,103

SCREEN PRINTER AND SCREEN PRINTING METHOD

FUJI CORPORATION, Chiryu...

1. A screen printer for screen printing a viscous fluid loaded on an upper surface of a stencil using a squeegee, the screen printer comprising:a stencil edge section holding member configured to hold an edge section of the stencil;
a board holding member configured to hold a board;
a board holding member raising and lowering device configured to raise and lower the board holding member to and from a printing position set at a specified height for screen printing and a lower position that is lower than the printing position;
a stencil supporting member provided independently from the board holding raising and lowering device and configured to support from below a portion of the stencil outside of a printing region of the stencil that is used when performing screen printing, the edge section of the stencil being held by the stencil edge section holding member;
a squeegee raising and lowering device configured to raise and lower the squeegee to and from a contact position at which the squeegee contacts the upper surface of the stencil of which the edge section is held by a stencil edge holding member and a separation position that is higher than the contact position; and
a control device configured to control the board holding member raising and lowering device and the squeegee raising and lowering device such that the squeegee arrives at the contact position before the board holding member holding the board is raised to the printing position in a screen printing preparation phase.

US Pat. No. 10,889,102

WORKPIECE REFERENCING SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF REFERENCING WORKPIECES SUPPORTED BY A WORKPIECE CARRIER

ASM ASSEMBLY SYSTEMS SING...

1. A support member for supporting a workpiece thereon, wherein the support member comprises a support and a body which includes a support surface which provides stable support for the workpiece thereon and a resilient coupling which resiliently couples at least part of the body relative to the support, such that the at least part of the body is displaceable relative to the support in at least a horizontal orient from a first, unbiased position to a second, biased reference position, and, when released, the at least part of the body returns to the first, unbiased position, wherein the body of the support member includes a stem which extends therethrough from the at least part of the body, and wherein the stem extends to the support surface, whereby a vacuum or reduced pressure source is applied to the support surface, such as to fix a supported workpiece at a defined position thereon,wherein the at least part of the body is displaceable in the vertical orient, such as to allow adjustment of the vertical or Z-axis position of the support member, and
wherein the at least part of the body is lockable at a referenced vertical or Z-axis position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,101

SCREEN PRINTER INCLUDING CLAMP DEVICE TO GRIP BOARD

FUJI CORPORATION, Chiryu...

1. A screen printer comprising:a squeegee device configured to spread from above solder paste on a stencil in which is formed a printing pattern;
a clamp device configured to grip a board conveyed to a position below the stencil by a board conveyance member that is flat and provided with a board holding portion in a central opening portion, the clamp device gripping the board via the board conveyance member, the board conveyance member including multiple positioning protrusions extending upward and provided around the central opening portion at positions based on external dimensions of the board;
a board supporting device configured to support the board from below and move the board in a vertical direction inside the clamp device; and
a raising and lowering device configured to move the board supported inside the clamp device in the vertical direction and position the board at a printing position,
wherein the clamp device is provided with a board printing guide member configured to be removably attached to an upper end of a pair of clamp members configured to sandwich the board conveyance member in a widthwise direction, the board printing guide member being formed with an opening portion in a central position thereof and configured such that the board raised from the board conveyance member by the board supporting device and arranged inside the opening portion is aligned with a top surface of the board printing guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,100

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN IMAGE STRUCTURE

1. A method for the production of a 3D image structure according to a print image specification,wherein
the subsequent steps are performed:
a) provision of a base body for the acceptance of an image structure,
b) generation of a 3D image structure on the base body such that a print image layer is configured with the 3D image structure on the base body, wherein the 3D image structure is additively generated by a printing form machine, wherein the 3D image structure is configured layer by layer to the base body, wherein according to step b) the image structure is generated in the printing form machine, wherein a carrier layer is additively generated by the printing form machine and the carrier layer is configured with the print image layer to the base body, and wherein the print image layer comprises a lower hardness than the carrier layer in order to ensure an optimal contact pressure during a printing process.

US Pat. No. 10,889,099

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC SUPPORT DEVICE GENERATION

Plethora Corporation, Sa...

1. A method for automated fixture generation, comprising:receiving a virtual part, the virtual part comprising a plurality of virtual features;
determining a set of potential part orientations;
for each potential part orientation of the set:
determining a retention side of the virtual part based on the orientation;
generating a virtual fixture based on the virtual features extending from the retention side; and
determining a confidence score for the virtual fixture;
selecting an orientation from the set of potential part orientations based on the confidence score for the corresponding virtual fixture; and
generating machining instructions for manufacturing a physical analog of the virtual part based on the orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,889,098

METHOD, DATA PROCESSING DEVICE, AND MACHINE TOOL FOR GENERATING DIMENSIONAL TOOL PATHS AND CONTROL SIGNALS FOR MATERIAL DISPOSITIONING

MACHINE TOOL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method for generating control data for manufacturing a product having a designated shape using an additive manufacturing technology, the control data including a path of a nozzle for supplying a material,the method for generating the control data comprising:
generating shape data of the designated shape to form a virtual stock corresponding to the product;
determining a cutting path for a virtual cutting of the virtual stock having the designated shape by a tool until the virtual stock is finally formed into only chips;
calculating an amount of the chips removed from the virtual stock by the virtual cutting along the cutting path by determining an amount of an overlapped range between the tool and the virtual stock;
determining the path of the nozzle for implementing the additive manufacturing technology along the path of the nozzle based on the cutting path by temporally reversely reproducing the cutting path; and
determining at least one of a motion speed of the nozzle, an amount of supply of the material, and an output of laser emitted to the material based on the amount of the chips removed from the virtual stock.

US Pat. No. 10,889,097

WAFER DEBONDING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A debonding apparatus for debonding a pair of bonded substrates, comprising:a wafer chuck configured to hold the pair of bonded substrates on a chuck top surface;
a pair of separating blades including a first separating blade and a second separating blade placed at edges of the pair of bonded substrates, wherein the first separating blade has a first thickness that is smaller than a second thickness of the second separating blade; and
a flex wafer assembly configured to pull the pair of bonded substrates upwardly to separate a second substrate from a first substrate of the pair of bonded substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,889,096

PAPER-SCRIM-FOIL CORE HAVING EXTRUDED POLYPROPYLENE RESIN

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A facer used as protective covering for an insulation product, the facer comprising:a metallic foil layer;
a scrim layer;
a paper layer positioned adjacent the scrim layer;
a polypropylene material forming a polypropylene layer positioned adjacent the paper layer and heat bonded to an exposed surface of the paper layer such that a portion of the polypropylene extends into pores of the paper layer to assist in coupling the polypropylene material to the paper layer, the polypropylene layer forming the outermost material layer of the facer; and
a treatment on an exposed surface of the polypropylene layer by plasma or enhanced plasma.

US Pat. No. 10,889,095

LAMINATION STRUCTURE AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Gifu Plastic Industry Co....

1. A lamination structure comprising a hollow plate that is made of a thermoplastic resin and includes a plurality of cells formed inside the hollow plate and a metal component that is bonded to the hollow plate, wherein:the hollow plate includes a plastic recess that is thermally deformed by the metal component;
the metal component is bonded to the plastic recess; and
in the plastic recess, a solidified resin pool is formed in the hollow plate.

US Pat. No. 10,889,094

METHOD FOR MAKING A THIN PADDING FROM STABILIZED FIBERS, FOR CLOTHING ARTICLES, QUILTS AND SLEEPING BAGS

FISI FIBRE SINTETICHE S.P...

1. A method for making a padding from stabilized synthetic fibers, for clothing articles, quilts and sleeping bags, said method comprising:providing a synthetic fiber lap having opposed surfaces by mixing synthetic recycled fibers with thermobonding fibers, wherein all said synthetic recycled fibers and said thermobonding fibers are in a mutually mixed and random arrangement throughout said synthetic fiber lap;
conveying said synthetic fiber lap;
applying a liquid thermoplastic resin on only said opposed surfaces of said synthetic fiber lap simultaneously while said synthetic fiber lap is being conveyed, said liquid thermoplastic resin being a dispersion of a resin selected from vinyl, acryl, polyurethane, styrene and natural resins;
recovering excess thermoplastic resin of said liquid thermoplastic resin applied during said step of applying said liquid thermoplastic resin and recycling said excess thermoplastic resin and applying said excess thermoplastic resin in said step of applying said liquid thermoplastic resin to form a thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap;
conveying said thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap simultaneously during said step of conveying said synthetic fiber lap;
providing an oven adapted to heat said thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap by IR radiation;
arranging a pair of adjustable steel plates inside said oven;
heating said thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap simultaneously during said step of conveying said thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap by continuously conveying said thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap through said oven and simultaneously continuously conveying said thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap between said steel plates arranged inside said oven; and
reducing a thickness of said thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap and smoothing said opposed surfaces of said thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap while said thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap is being simultaneously continuously conveyed through said oven and between said steel plates and simultaneously heated by IR radiation to cross-link said thermoplastic resin in a drying step to provide a calendering effect on said thermoplastic resin coated synthetic fiber lap and thereby making said padding.

US Pat. No. 10,889,093

DIMENSIONALLY STABLE RECYCLABLE PLASTIC PACKAGE

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A sheet comprising:a polymeric multi-layer structure comprising:
a plurality of layers including an uppermost layer and a lowermost layer, each of the plurality of layers having a stress value;
wherein the stress value of at least two of the plurality of layers are non-zero and different from one another; and
wherein the multi-layer structure has a net stress value that is less than the greater stress value of the plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 10,889,092

LAMINATED BARRIER FILM AND EDGE-COVERING STRIP FOR PACKAGING

1. A packaging container comprising:(a) overlapping laminated sheets of a packaging material, wherein a longitudinal edge of at least one of the sheets faces towards the inside of the packaging container, and
(b) an edge-covering, heat-sealable barrier strip, laminated to an innermost, heat sealable product-contacting layer of the packaging container, wherein the edge-covering, heat sealable barrier strip covers the longitudinal edge so that the longitudinal edge is not exposed to contents inside of the packaging container, and wherein the edge-covering heat-sealable barrier strip is made from a laminated barrier film comprising:
(i) a base layer comprising a first coating of an amorphous diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating on a first side of the base layer,
(ii) a first outermost liquid tight, heat sealable polymer layer on the first side of the coated base layer in contiguous contact with the first DLC coating, and
(iii) a second outermost liquid tight, heat sealable polymer layer on the opposite, second side of the base layer.

US Pat. No. 10,889,090

CARBOXY-FUNCTIONAL, POLYETHER-BASED REACTION PRODUCTS AND AQUEOUS BASECOAT MATERIALS COMPRISING THE REACTION PRODUCTS

BASF Coatings GmbH, Muen...

7. A polyether-based reaction product, obtained by reacting(a) trimellitic anhydride
with
(b) at least one polyether of formula (I)

wherein
R is a C4 alkylene radical and n is selected accordingly such that the polyether (b) possesses a number-average molecular weight of from 1000 to 2900 g/mol,
wherein a molar ratio of (a) to (b) ranges from 0.45/1 to 0.55/1 and the polyether-based reaction product has an acid number of 10 to 30 mg KOH/g.

US Pat. No. 10,889,089

STRETCHABLE FILM, STRETCHABLE LAMINATE AND ARTICLE COMPRISING SAME

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A stretchable film, comprising a laminated film of a plurality of elastomer layers,wherein the stretchable film comprises an elastomer layer (A1), an elastomer layer (B), and an elastomer layer (A2) in the stated order,
wherein the elastomer layer (A1) and the elastomer layer (A2) are arranged as outer layers, and
wherein each of the elastomer layer (A1) and the elastomer layer (A2) contains a fatty acid amide and a metal soap,
wherein a content of the fatty acid amide in the elastomer layer (A1) and a content of the fatty acid amide in the elastomer layer (A2) are each from 0.75 wt % to 4 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,889,088

FLEXIBLE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a flexible sensor, comprising:performing a stretching process on flexible and plastic rubber to form a substrate layer;
depositing a conductive material on the substrate layer to form a conductive layer;
forming a conductive contact and a passivation layer on the conductive layer; and
connecting the conductive contact with a wire for conducting inducted current,
wherein the flexible and plastic rubber comprises thermo-plastic rubber;
wherein performing the stretching process on the flexible and plastic rubber to form the substrate layer comprises:
forming a film layer from the thermo-plastic rubber; and
performing stretching and bending processes on the formed film layer repeatedly until bubbles and gaps in the film layer are exposed, wherein the stretching process comprises transverse inflating stretching and longitudinal pulling stretching; and
wherein forming the passivation layer on the conductive layer comprises:
passivating the conductive layer with the polyimide to form the passivation layer.

US Pat. No. 10,889,087

HIGH TG MONOLITHIC POLY(VINYL ACETAL) SHEET

Solatia Inc., St. Louis,...

1. A monolithic interlayer sheet formed from a composition comprising:(A) poly(vinyl acetal) resin in an amount of at least 60 wt.% based on the weight of the composition, wherein the Mw of the poly(vinyl acetal) resin does not exceed 150,000; and
(B) a plasticizer in an amount of from 5 to 20 parts per one hundred parts of said poly(vinyl acetal) resin;
wherein said interlayer sheet has a Tg of at least 46° C. and a melt flow index (“MFI”) of at least 0.65 grams/10 minutes when measured at 190° C. at a load of 2.16 kilograms, and
wherein the interlayer sheet has a modulus E? at 40° C. of at least 400,000,000 pascals and has a thickness of at least 5 mils.

US Pat. No. 10,889,085

PLASTIC ASSEMBLY, METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME, AND ARTICLES COMPRISING THE SAME

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A vehicle component, comprising:a thermoplastic element having a thermoplastic element first surface and a thermoplastic element second surface, wherein the thermoplastic element has a first coefficient of thermal expansion;
a structural element defining an opening, wherein the structural element has a structural element first surface and a structural element second surface, wherein the thermoplastic element is in the opening, wherein the structural element has a second coefficient of thermal expansion, wherein the first coefficient of thermal expansion and the second coefficient of thermal expansion differ by greater than or equal to 10%; and
an elastic anisotropic bonding element comprising elongated members in a matrix;
wherein the structural element includes the opening defined by a perimeter; wherein the bonding element is located on the structural element first surface and surrounding the opening forming a frame region;
wherein the thermoplastic element second surface of the thermoplastic element is bonded to the structural element first surface of the structural element via the elastic anisotropic bonding element and wherein the thermoplastic element spans the opening of the structural element;
wherein greater than or equal to 75% of the elongated members are oriented substantially parallel to within ±45° of a portion of the perimeter of the thermoplastic element to which the particular members are adjacent.

US Pat. No. 10,889,084

SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS HAVING JOINED PORTIONS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first portion having a first material and a first interface surface, the first portion being magnesium; and
a second portion having a second material, the second portion having a second interface surface, the second interface surface of the second portion connected to the first interface surface of the first portion, and a gap between the first portion and the second portion of between 1 and 500 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,889,083

SYNTHETIC PEEL OUT ID CARD AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A form with a removable card, the form comprising:a first planar form layer having a first side, a second side, a width, and a thickness extending from the first side to the second side, the first planar form layer having at least one aperture and including a plurality of embossed dots, the at least one aperture through the thickness from the first side to the second side, the at least one aperture bordered by a continuous cut through the form layer;
a first planar layer of synthetic material, the first planar layer of synthetic material having a first side and a second side, the first side including an adhesive to adhesively adhere to the second side of the first planar form layer extending the width of the first planar form layer and over the at least one aperture;
a second planar layer of synthetic material forming the removable card, the second planar layer of synthetic material having a first side and a second side, the second planar layer of synthetic material placed within the aperture, the second side adhered to the first side of the first planar layer of synthetic material within the at least one aperture; and
a controlled depth cut, the controlled depth cut through the first planar synthetic material thickness extending from the second side to the first side and within the perimeter of the second planar layer of synthetic material.

US Pat. No. 10,889,082

LAMINATED STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A laminated structure comprising:a first layer covering a substrate and partly covering a raised portion existing on the substrate, wherein a first seam is formed inside the first layer, starting from a part at which the raised portion rises from the substrate; and
a second layer covering the first layer and a remaining portion of the raised portion not covered by the first layer, wherein a second seam is formed inside the second layer, wherein the first seam and the second seam are discontinuous, and wherein a third seam is formed inside the second layer at a point where the first layer partly covering the raised portion ends.

US Pat. No. 10,889,081

MULTI-LAYERED PIPE AND A METHOD FOR FORMING A MULTI-LAYERED PIPE

Wavin B.V., Zwolle (NL)

1. A multi-layered pipe comprising a wall having a polyolefin inner layer and a barrier layer being an outer layer relative to the polyolefin inner layer, the barrier layer being formed of a non-metallic barrier material, which barrier material has relative to polyolefin an enhanced resistance to permeation therethrough of hydrocarbon molecules, the pipe further comprising a protective layer being an outer layer relative to the barrier layer, the pipe further comprising a peelable layer between the polyolefin inner layer and the barrier layer, the peelable layer being formable around the polyolefin inner layer by means of extrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,889,080

INSTANT SET-UP BULK CONTAINER

INNOVATIVE DESIGN CONCEPT...

1. A container for holding bulk material, the container comprising:a plurality of interconnected panels, including opposed first and second side panels;
opposed first and second bottom flaps extending from respective bottom edges of respective first and second side panels;
a first tab extending from a distal end of the first bottom flap and a first tab finger extending from the first tab so as to define a first hook; and
a second tab extending from a distal end of the second bottom flap and a second tab finger extending from the second tab so as to define a second hook,
wherein the container is movable between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration,
wherein the first and second bottom flaps are generally parallel with the first and second side panels when the container is in the stowed configuration,
wherein the first and second bottom flaps are approximately horizontal and the plurality of interconnected panels extend approximately vertically from the first and second bottom flaps when the container is in the deployed configuration such that the plurality of interconnected panels and the first and second bottom flaps, together, define an interior area having a generally enclosed bottom and an open top, and
wherein the first and second hook are configured to interlock with each other so as to hingedly couple the distal ends of the first and second bottom flaps to each other such that as the first and second side panels are translated relative to each other while the container is moved between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration, the first and second bottom flaps are rotated relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,889,079

FORMING TOOL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PACKAGING

1. A method for producing a packaging, the method comprising the steps of:providing a pre-punched material sheet from which a sub-area has been punched out incompletely such that the sub-area is connected to a residual area of the material sheet through a plurality of retaining lugs;
positioning the pre-punched material sheet on top of a female die part of a forming tool such that the sub-area of the material sheet at least partially covers an opening of a forming cavity of the female die part;
clamping the residual area of the material sheet in position against a contact surface of the female die part;
sucking the sub-area of the material sheet onto an insert within the forming cavity using a vacuum while the insert is at a first position, wherein the insert is vertically movable in the forming cavity of the female die part between the first position and a second position; and
moving the insert from the first position in a displacement direction further into the forming cavity toward said second position to draw the sub-area of the material sheet into the forming cavity and form the material sheet into a packaging trough.

US Pat. No. 10,889,078

OPTICAL SPACER INCLUDING CONTROLLED LOCATED APERTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

OmniVision Technologies, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical lens assembly including an optical spacer, the method comprising:dispensing thermal glue within a mold, the mold being disposed on a substrate top-surface of a mold substrate, and including a plurality of pillars, each of the plurality of pillars having (a) a first surface at a first height above the substrate top-surface, (b) a pillar top-surface at a second height above the substrate top-surface that exceeds the first height, (c) a first width at the first height, and (d) a second width at the second height that is less than the first width;
pressing the thermal glue using an optical spacer substrate to generate the optical spacer including an aperture having an aperture-width determined by the second width;
releasing the mold from the optical spacer;
stacking the optical spacer onto a lens plate including plurality of lenses and a lens plate substrate, the aperture being aligned to one lens, of the plurality of lenses, a diameter of the one lens exceeding the aperture-width;
wherein the step of stacking includes adhering a surface of the optical spacer opposite the optical spacer substrate to the lens plate substrate; and
removing the optical spacer substrate to generate the optical lens assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,889,077

DIE FOR CASTING JUNCTIONS OF A COATING OF A PIPELINE

SAIPEM S.p.A., San Donat...

1. A die comprising:a tubular wall which extends about an axis;
a plurality of centering devices configured to align the tubular wall such that the axis of the tubular wall with a longitudinal axis of a pipeline;
a first annular wall arranged at one end of the tubular wall;
a first plurality of vent openings arranged along the tubular wall within a first designated distance of the first annular wall, wherein each of the first plurality of vent openings comprises:
a hole defined by the tubular wall, and
an insert of porous material which is configured to enable air to pass through the hole and stop a flow of polymer material;
a second annular wall arranged at an opposite end of the tubular wall;
a second plurality of vent openings arranged along the tubular wall within a second designated distance of the second annular wall, wherein each of the second plurality of vent openings comprises:
a hole defined by the tubular wall, and
an insert of porous material which is configured to enable air to pass through the hole and stop a flow of polymer material; and
at least one feeding port configured to supply polymer material into an annular-shaped closed compartment formed about a tubular joint portion of the pipeline when the die is coupled to the pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,889,076

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN SHAPED PRODUCT

Teijin Limited, Osaka (J...

1. A method for producing a fiber-reinforced resin shaped product, by mold clamping and press-molding a molding material containing reinforcing fibers and a thermoplastic resin as a matrix in molds having an upper mold and a lower mold, the method comprising:disposing the molding material, which is heated and is in a plastic state, between the upper mold and the lower mold;
initiating the mold clamping to apply a force in a substantially mold clamping direction to a certain site of the molding material;
starting deformation of the molding material in the substantially mold clamping direction;
applying a force in the substantially mold clamping direction to a fixing site which is present in at least a part of a substantially outer peripheral end portion of the molding material but is different from the certain site;
pressing and fixing the fixing site; and
completing the mold clamping to obtain a fiber-reinforced resin shaped product having an edge portion,
wherein the molds have a cavity formed by the upper mold and the lower mold during the mold clamping, and have a pinching portion at which the cavity has a smaller thickness than a substantially central portion of the cavity, the pinching portion being formed at a substantially outer peripheral end portion of the cavity, and
the molding material is disposed in the molds so that at least a part of the substantially outer peripheral end portion of the molding material in a plastic state is pinched by the pinching portion at the cavity during the mold clamping, thereby applying a force in the substantially mold clamping direction to the fixing site at the substantially outer peripheral end portion of the molding material,
wherein in the mold clamping, a pinching constant Kp (MPa·cm2/kN) defined by Expression (p) is less than 0.5:
{(Pinching portion maximum pressure (MPa))×(pinching portion area (cm2))/10}/(mold clamping force (kN))=pinching constant Kp (MPa·cm2/kN)  (p).

US Pat. No. 10,889,075

OPTIMIZATION OF LAYUP PROCESS FOR FABRICATION OF WIND TURBINE BLADES USING MODEL-BASED OPTICAL PROJECTION SYSTEM

TPI COMPOSITES, INC., Wa...

1. A method for fabrication of a wind turbine blade comprising:receiving at least one specification for a blade design, the blade design including a plurality of core panels;
creating a mold, the mold configured for forming the blade and having a plurality of reflective targets included therein;
generating a 3D manufacturing model of the blade design, the manufacturing model including a plurality of core panels;
extracting at least one optical projection file from the manufacturing model, the optical projection file(s) having coordinates for projection of a marking(s) within a mold and digital coordinates for the reflective targets;
calibrating an optical projection apparatus;
wherein calibration includes comparing the projected marking to the digital location of the reflective target, wherein the digital location of the reflective target is different than the physical location of the reflective target; and
wherein the calibration is performed while the mold is at a temperature above room temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,889,074

FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITE MATERIAL MOLDING AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Mitsubishi Chemical Corpo...

1. A method for manufacturing a fiber-reinforced composite material molding, comprising:a step (A) for forming a plurality of partial preforms, each having a partial shape obtained by dividing the three-dimensional shape of a target fiber-reinforced composite material molding, by cutting a prepreg sheet containing reinforcing fibers and a matrix resin composition, and by preshaping the cut prepreg pieces;
a step (B) for forming a preform having the three-dimensional shape of the target fiber-reinforced composite material molding by combining and integrating the plurality of partial preforms; and
a step (C) for producing a fiber-reinforced composite material molding by compression-molding the preform,
wherein the step (B) includes arranging a foamable material between the partial preforms only at an abutting or overlapping portion thereof and its vicinity when they are combined; and
wherein the foamable material is a foamable resin film comprising an epoxy resin composition of which epoxy resin content is 50 mass % or greater relative to the total mass of the epoxy resin composition.

US Pat. No. 10,889,073

CONTROLLABLE MULTI-CELLED BLADDERS FOR COMPOSITES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system comprising:a first forming tool;
a second forming tool;
a bladder comprising:
a casing that encloses an internal volume; and
walls within the bladder that subdivide the internal volume into cells that are airtight with respect to each other;
a laminate comprising carbon fiber layers placed in direct contact with a first surface of the bladder between the bladder and the first forming tool, and additional carbon fiber layers placed in direct contact with a second surface of the bladder between the bladder and the second forming tool;
a source of pressurized gas;
ducting that independently couples the source with each of the cells; and
a controller configured to control inflation of the bladder by selectively inflating individual cells of the bladder, while the bladder is sandwiched between layers of the laminate that are each held in position by the first and second forming tools.

US Pat. No. 10,889,072

METHOD FOR PRE-PREG MANUFACTURING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of making a composite part, the method comprising:covering a mold tool for a composite part with a parting film, the parting film comprising:
a polymer sheet having a first major surface and a second major surface; and
a first adhesive disposed on the first major surface of the polymer sheet, the first adhesive adhering the polymer sheet to the mold tool;
laying up at least one layer of pre-preg on the parting film covering the mold tool to form a laid-up composite part;
removing the laid-up composite part from the parting film; and
repeating the laying up and the removing the laid-up composite part a plurality of times without removing the parting film from the mold tool.

US Pat. No. 10,889,071

DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING FILAMENT THREE-DIMENSIONAL BONDED MEMBER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FILAMENT THREE-DIMENSIONAL BONDED MEMBER

airweave inc., Aichi (JP...

1. A device for manufacturing a filament three-dimensional bonded member, the device comprising:a molten filament supply device which supplies a plurality of molten filaments;
a three-dimensional structure formation device which receives and then cools and solidifies the molten filaments so as to form a filament three-dimensional bonded member; and
a controller which controls the molten filament supply device and the three-dimensional structure formation device,
wherein a plurality of hardness index measurement devices is provided in the three-dimensional structure formation device and arranged in different positions along a width direction of the filament three-dimensional bonded member, each of the plurality of hardness index measurement devices is configured to measure a hardness index of the filament three-dimensional bonded member in the corresponding position that is brought into a cooled state by the three-dimensional structure formation device, and
the controller is configured to use information of the measurement of the plurality of hardness index measurement devices that is fed back during production of the filament three-dimensional bonded member and thereby performs feedback control for controlling at least one of the molten filament supply device and the three-dimensional structure formation device so as to reduce a variation in hardness of the formed filament three-dimensional bonded member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,070

COMPOSITE MATERIAL INCLUDING UNIDIRECTIONAL CONTINUOUS FIBERS AND THERMOPLASTIC RESIN

Teijin Limited, Osaka (J...

1. A method of producing a shaped product comprising:cold-pressing a composite material, wherein the cold-pressing comprises:
putting the composite material into a mold; and
closing the mold to produce the shaped product,
wherein the composite material consists of:
carbon fibers that are unidirectional continuous fibers optionally covered with a sizing agent; and
a thermoplastic resin,
wherein the composite material before the cold-pressing has a thickness of 0.3 mm or more,
when the composite material is observed from a direction perpendicular to a continuous fiber direction, a cross section of the carbon fibers included in the composite material satisfies Expression (1) and (2):
n1/N?0.1  Expression (1),
and
p<0.01  Expression (2),
wherein N represents the number of carbon fibers included in the composite material,
n1 represents the number of carbon fibers in which less than 50% of the surface is covered with at least one of the thermoplastic resin and the sizing agent,
p represents a ratio of the number of carbon fibers which are not substantially covered with any of the thermoplastic resin and the sizing agent,
number of voids in the shaped product is smaller than number of voids in the composite material,
the composite material before the cold-pressing satisfies Expression (3):
0.001?(1?dc/(dr*(Vr/100)+df*(Vf/100)))?0.1  Expression (3), and
a density dm of the shaped product satisfies Expression (4):
0?(1?dm/(dr*(Vr/100)+df*(Vf/100)))?0.08  Expression (4),
wherein Vr represents a volume ratio (%) of thermoplastic resin included in the composite material,
Vf represents a volume ratio (%) of carbon fibers included in the composite material,
dr represents a density of thermoplastic resin,
df represents a density of carbon fibers, and
dc represents a density of the composite material.

US Pat. No. 10,889,069

FIBRE-REINFORCED PLASTIC MATERIAL

Michael Stips Ferdinand R...

1. An insert part (18) for producing a component (10) made of fiber-reinforced plastic by placing at least one fiber mat (16, 28) and the insert part (18) in a mold (12) and embedding the at least one fiber mat (16, 28) and the insert part (18) with a matrix material (34), the insert part (18) being a completely closed and stable capsule (22) so that no matrix material (34) can enter an interior of the capsule (22), and the completely closed capsule (22) having an opening (38) closed by a removable cover that enters the opening of the capsule (22) embedded in the matrix material (34), and whereby the completely closed capsule (22) is provided with a fastening element integrated and encapsulated in the capsule (22) for attachment of a fastening means in the interior of the capsule (22).

US Pat. No. 10,889,068

ROTATIONAL POSITION ERROR COMPENSATION OF PRINT HEADS IN A 3D PRINTER AND METHODS THEREOF

Stratasys, Inc., Eden Pr...

1. A 3D printer comprising:a print head configured to form layers of a 3D part;
a head gantry carrying the print head and configured to operably move the print head along tool paths;
at least one head gantry actuator coupled to the head gantry and configured to move the print head in a plane;
a print head actuator coupled to the print head and configured to move the print head in a direction substantially orthogonal to the plane;
a sensor fixedly mounted to the print head and configured to output a first signal that is directly or indirectly related to an acceleration of the print head;
a gyroscope fixedly mounted to the print head and configured to output a second signal related to a rotational position of the print head; and
a controller configured to determine a rotational position error of the print head in real time relative to a predetermined position based on the first signal and the second signal and to output one or more signals to the at least one head gantry actuator and/or the print head actuator using real time feedback control to compensate for the rotational position error of the print head.

US Pat. No. 10,889,067

TENSION-WOUND SOLID STATE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATI...

1. A tension-wound solid-state additive manufacturing system, comprising:a tension-wound system comprising a feedstock system and a shape fixture, the tension-wound system configured to feed a feedstock from the feedstock system and to wind the feedstock under tension in successive layers around the shape fixture to allow the feedstock to form a shape represented by the shape fixture, the shape fixture having an outside surface defining a plurality of laterally offset notches, wherein each layer of the feedstock is disposed against an adjacent notch of the plurality of laterally offset notches and each layer of feedstock is laterally offset from a previous layer of the feedstock; and
a solid-state joining tool, at least a portion of which is configured to extend through the feedstock to additively join the successive layers of the feedstock.

US Pat. No. 10,889,066

APPARATUS FOR FABRICATING AN ELASTIC NONWOVEN MATERIAL

DUKANE IAS, LLC, St. Cha...

1. An apparatus for fabricating an elastic nonwoven material, said apparatus comprising:a first bonding module; and
a second bonding module positionable in close proximity to the first bonding module, wherein at least one of the first bonding module and the second bonding module has a face with a width dimension and a circumferential axis and is rotatable about a rotation axis, the face having a plurality of ridges, each of the ridges having a plurality of interspaced lands and notches, and each of the ridges having a width and a length that is longer than the width, the ridges being spaced circumferentially about the face, wherein the ridges extend across the face by less than the width dimension, are oriented obliquely relative to the circumferential axis, and are positioned such that at least two ridges overlap along the circumferential axis such that continuous running contact is provided between the at least two ridges and one of the first and second bonding modules when rotated about the rotation axis, wherein each of the lands and each of the notches are oriented parallel to the circumferential axis and obliquely relative to the ridges.

US Pat. No. 10,889,065

TUBE JOINING DEVICE

Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tube joining device that fuses an end of a first tube and an end of a second tube in an aseptic condition, comprising:a plate-shaped cutting member;
means for heating said cutting member;
a first tube holding portion that is capable of holding a first tube on a first side of the cutting member;
a second tube holding portion that is capable of holding a second tube on a second side of the cutting member;
a tube superimposing portion that causes the first tube holding portion and the second tube holding portion to approach each other to dispose the first tube and the second tube in a superimposed manner; and
a switching mechanism that is capable of switching the second tube holding portion from a state in which the second tube is held to a state in which the second tube is released,
wherein the switching mechanism applies a first biasing force for maintaining the state in which the second tube is held, and applies a second biasing force for maintaining the state in which the second tube is released, the second biasing force being applied when the first tube holding portion and the second tube holding portion approach each other.

US Pat. No. 10,889,064

PROCESS FOR LASER WELDING OF CROSSLINKED POLYETHYLENE

Mercury Plastics LLC, Mi...

1. A process for laser welding crosslinked polyethylene components, comprising the following steps:providing a transmissive crosslinked polyethylene component;
providing an absorptive crosslinked polyethylene component;
expanding an end of the transmissive crosslinked polyethylene component;
inserting an end of the absorptive crosslinked polyethylene component into the expanded end of transmissive crosslinked polyethylene component;
contracting the expanded end of the transmissive crosslinked polyethylene component using shape memory to form a compressive contact with the end of the absorptive crosslinked polyethylene component; and
directing a laser beam through the transmissive crosslinked polyethylene component onto an outer surface of the absorptive crosslinked polyethylene component,
wherein the step of contracting the expanded end of the transmissive crosslinked polyethylene component using shape memory creates a mechanical bond between the transmissive crosslinked polyethylene component and the absorptive crosslinked polyethylene component,
wherein the step of directing a laser beam creates a thermal fusion bond between the transmissive crosslinked polyethylene component and the absorptive crosslinked polyethylene component.

US Pat. No. 10,889,063

METHOD OF FORMING A TEXTURED EFFECT ON A SUBSTRATE

NEOLT ASIA PTE LTD, Sing...

1. A method of forming a textured effect on a substrate, the method comprising the steps of:a) creating a data file of an image to be formed as the textured effect on the substrate, the data file comprising at least one print image and a number of times specified for printing of the at least one print image;
b) preparing the data file for surface deposition by a printer;
c) providing the substrate on the printer;
d) printing, with the printer, the at least one print image in the data file on the substrate using a clear ink to form a layer of ink;
e) UV curing, with the printer, the layer of ink; and
f) repeating steps (d) and (e) for every print image of the at least one print image for the number of times specified in the data file so that the image formed as the textured effect on the substrate comprises a plurality of layers of printed and UV cured clear ink, wherein the substrate comprises glass.

US Pat. No. 10,889,062

CREATE A SURFACE IDENTIFIER USING A SHAPE MEMORY MATERIAL

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A computing system, comprising:a storage to store information about surface identifier properties including a first value of a property associated with a first phase and a second value of a property associated with a second phase;
a manufacturing device; and
a processor to:
access the surface identifier properties that are stored; and
create a surface identifier using a shape memory material, including causing the manufacturing device to position the shape memory material to create the surface identifier, wherein the shape memory material causes the surface identifier to have the first value of the property when the shape memory material is in the first phase, and wherein the shape memory material causes the surface identifier to have the second value of the property when the shape memory material is in the second phase, wherein the shape memory material comprises an alloy that has an austenite phase and a martensite phase as the first phase and the second phase.

US Pat. No. 10,889,061

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:circuitry configured to:
acquire default design information of a product, wherein
the default design information includes three-dimensional information of the product, and
the three-dimensional information of the product includes apices;
measure a three-dimensional shape of a target for which the product is to be adapted;
acquire target information of the target based on the measurement;
edit the default design information based on the target information;
one of enlarge or reduce, based on the edited default design information, a space between the apices in the three-dimensional information of the product to obtain first modified design information;
determine a first texture amount per unit area in the edited default design information;
determine a second texture amount per unit area in the first modified design information;
compare the first texture amount per unit area and the second texture amount per unit area;
generate second modified design information of the product by one of addition of a new apex to the three-dimensional information of the product or deletion of an existing apex from the apices of the three-dimensional information of the product, wherein the one of the addition of the new apex or the deletion of the existing apex is based on the comparison; and
generate first design information for the target based on the second modified design information of the product.

US Pat. No. 10,889,060

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED INTEGRATED HANDLING PROTECTION

Rosemount Aerospace Inc.,...

1. A component having integral handling protection, the component comprising:a main body;
a fragile portion of the main body; and
a removable portion of the main body positioned and configured to protect the fragile portion during handling of the component;
wherein the fragile portion comprises a tip extending away from an upstream end of the main body a first length;
wherein the removable portion comprises a collar at least partially encircling the tip and extending from the upstream end a second length;
wherein the second length is greater than the first length; and
wherein the tip includes crenellations forming a plurality peaks and valleys.

US Pat. No. 10,889,059

GENERATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A build module comprising:a housing having a top and a bottom;
a build material chamber in the housing to hold build material, the build material chamber having an opening for build material to be expelled from the build material chamber to a build material distributor;
a build chamber positioned near the top of the housing, the build material chamber being positioned beneath the build chamber in the housing, the build chamber comprising a moveable support member, wherein the build material distributor is to supply successive layers of the build material onto the moveable support member from the build material chamber, the build module being removably insertable into and removably coupled to a build receiver of an additive manufacturing system to allow the additive manufacturing system to solidify a portion of the successive layers received onto the moveable support member during the solidification process of the build material, and wherein the moveable support member separates the build material chamber from the build chamber to block build material from the above the build material chamber from being received into the build material chamber during a solidification process of the build material; and
a first fastener member attached to the housing, wherein the first fastener member is to removably couple to a second fastener member attached to the build receiver of the additive manufacturing system.

US Pat. No. 10,889,058

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING AT AMBIENT TEMPERATURE

Thermwood Corporation, D...

1. An additive manufacturing method, comprising:heating solid material provided as a plurality of pellets within a barrel of an extruder;
receiving the heated material from the extruder with a gear pump;
pumping the heated material to a nozzle by the gear pump;
depositing a bead of the heated material on a vertical worktable to form a vertically-deposited bead of material having a diameter greater than about 0.5 inches;
horizontally compressing the vertically-deposited bead of material with a compression roller of an additive manufacturing apparatus in which heat-generating components are positioned entirely upstream of the compression roller; and
actively cooling the vertically-deposited bead of material while the vertically-deposited bead of heated material is deposited, and while horizontally compressing the vertically-deposited bead of material with the compression roller.

US Pat. No. 10,889,057

MATERIAL SETS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

10. A 3-dimensional printing system, comprising:a powder bed comprising an amorphous polymer powder;
a fluid jet printer comprising a reservoir of a coalescent fluid comprising a viscosity reducing agent, said reservoir fluidly coupled to a fluid ejector to print the coalescent fluid onto the powder bed, wherein the fluid jet printer further comprises a reservoir of a thermal coalescent fluid comprising a thermal fusing agent capable of absorbing electromagnetic radiation to produce heat, said reservoir of thermal coalescent fluid fluidly coupled to a second fluid ejector to print the thermal coalescent fluid onto the powder bed; and
an electromagnetic radiation fusing source to emit electromagnetic radiation sufficient to fuse amorphous polymer powder that has been printed with the coalescent fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,889,056

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR EMBEDDING HEATING CIRCUITS INTO ARTICLES MADE BY ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING AND ARTICLES MADE THEREFROM

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. An article made by additive manufacturing comprising of at least one heating element embedded in the article during the additive manufacturing process, wherein the article has a layered structure comprising a material with anisotropic thermal conductivity, and the at least one heating element is located in a layer of the layered structure wherein the layer of the layered structure is chosen such that heating path of the at least one heating element is based on the local orientation of the material with anisotropic thermal conductivity and geometry of the article with respect to temperature gradients.

US Pat. No. 10,889,055

DEVICE, SPECIAL PAPER, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SHAPED ARTICLES

VOXELJET AG, Friedberg (...

1. A special paper, which is suitable for producing a three-dimensional body from individual layers, which includes the following properties:a. a variable tendency to be dissolved by printing with a medium;
b. a capacity of the special papers to bind to each other due to an activation in the areas defined by printing; and
c. a solubility of the unbound special paper due to the action of a suitable solvent, heat and/or mechanical energy;wherein the special paper comprises:i. a water soluble polymer including polyvinyl alcohol; and
ii. a short cellulose fiber, a naturally occurring substance, a metal, a stone, a mineral, or a ceramic.

US Pat. No. 10,889,054

SACRIFICIAL PYROLYSIS METHOD FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED CERAMICS

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

1. A sacrificial substrate for utilization in stereolithography, the sacrificial substrate comprising a sacrificial substrate polymer, in which a first side of the sacrificial substrate is configured to be attached to a build platform, and a second side of the sacrificial substrate is configured to be attached to a preceramic photopolymer part,wherein the sacrificial substrate polymer has a melting, pyrolysis, sublimation, combustion, or decomposition temperature lower than the lowest reaction temperature of the preceramic photopolymer part.

US Pat. No. 10,889,053

CUSTOM SURGICAL DEVICES AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

RESTOR3D, INC., Durham, ...

1. A method for producing disposable, radiopaque devices comprising:normalizing a quantity of barium sulfate particles, wherein normalizing comprises milling and sieving the quantity of barium sulfate particles;
mixing a substantially homogenous photo-curable mixture comprising approximately 1-10% weight percent of the normalized barium sulfate particles and approximately 90-99% weight percent of a photo-curable resin, wherein:
the photo-curable mixture has a higher viscosity than the photo-curable resin;
the photo-curable resin comprises a pre-cure ultimate tensile strength between about 12.0-32.0 MPa; and
the photo-curable resin comprises a pre-cure heat deflection temperature less than or equal to about 35 degrees Celsius;
3D printing the photo-curable mixture in a particular shape by:
mixing the photo-curable mixture via a wiper arm; and
printing the photo-curable mixture in the particular shape;
curing the 3D-printed photo-curable mixture in the particular shape by heating the 3D-printed photo-curable mixture and bathing the 3D-printed photo-curable mixture in light to create a radiopaque device comprising a first ultimate bending strength and a first bending yield strength; and
autoclaving the radiopaque device, wherein:
the autoclaved, radiopaque device comprises:
a second ultimate bending strength and a second bending yield strength;
an ultimate tensile strength between about 26-32 MPa; and
a tensile yield strength between about 16-25 MPa;
the second ultimate bending strength is greater than the first ultimate bending strength; and
the second bending yield strength is greater than the first bending yield strength.

US Pat. No. 10,889,052

IMPRINT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ARTICLE, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:a voltage source;
a mold holding unit configured to hold the mold;
a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate; and
a plate member provided on at least either one surface of a peripheral region of a region covered by the mold of the mold holding unit and a peripheral region of a region covered by the substrate of the substrate holding unit,
wherein a first electrode and a second electrode are provided on a surface of the plate member,
wherein each of the first electrode and the second electrode is applied with electric potential having different polarity with each other so that an electric field is formed between the first electrode and the second electrode, and
wherein the voltage source applies a positive potential with respect to the ground potential to the first electrode, and applies a negative potential with respect to the ground to the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,889,051

HIGH-PRESSURE TANK FABRICATION METHOD

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A high-pressure tank fabrication method comprising:a pre-form fabrication step, including winding dry fiber bundles with different thicknesses onto a liner in a state in which the dry fiber bundles with different thicknesses are adjacent to one another; and
a molding step, including disposing the pre-form fabricated in the pre-form fabrication step in a mold and injecting resin,
wherein the pre-form fabrication step includes at least winding the dry fiber bundles with different thicknesses onto the liner by hoop winding in the state in which the dry fiber bundles with different thicknesses are adjacent to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,889,050

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE OF A LINEAR PANEL

Hunter Douglas Industries...

1. A method of forming a linear panel from a thermoformable fibrous material by a continuous process, the method comprising:continuously drawing an elongate strip of thermoformable fibrous material in a processing direction through a heating station, said material comprising a plurality of fibers, a first portion of the plurality of fibers having a first melting temperature and a second portion of the plurality of fibers having a second melting temperature that is less than the first melting temperature;
heating said material within said heat station to a temperature of greater than or equal to the second melting temperature and less than the first melting temperature such that the second portion of the plurality of fibers melt without melting the first portion of the plurality of fibers;
forming said heated material into a desired panel shape as said heated material passes through a heated mould of said heating station, said heated mould including a plurality of form blocks spaced apart from one another in the processing direction, with each form block comprising a heated plate defining a different cut-out shape such that, when said material passes through said heated mould, said material passes through each of said plurality of form blocks to progressively change a shape of said material; and
continuously drawing said material through a cooling unit in order to cool said material after said material has been formed into the desired panel shape.

US Pat. No. 10,889,049

THERMOFORMED PART COMPRISING A DETACHABLE PART AND A PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A PART

APLIX, Le Cellier (FR)

1. A shaped part comprising:at least one thermoformed sheet of plastic material, the thermoformed sheet comprising an upper surface and an opposing lower surface; and
at least one detachable part, the detachable part comprising a base and a fastening component located within or on the base, the fastening component capable of being fastenable to and detachable from an other part, wherein the base comprises an outer side having an outermost point and an opposing lower side having a lowermost point, the outer side being connected to the lower side by at least one side surface, wherein the at least one side surface defines an overhang comprising a portion formed by the outer side of the base and extending a distance (d) measured from an innermost point on the side surface,
wherein the at least one detachable part is connected to the at least one thermoformed sheet by crimping, the base being at least partially surrounded by the at least one thermoformed sheet forming a recess therein, a portion of the lower surface of the at least one thermoformed sheet covering the outer side of the base and at least a portion of the at least one side surface of the base, achieving the crimping by folding of the at least one thermoformed sheet under the overhang defining a crimping zone, wherein a thickness (ts) of the at least one thermoformed sheet in the crimping zone is less than an average thickness (t) of the least one thermoformed sheet outside the crimping zone and the distance (d) of the overhang being greater than the average thickness (t) of the at least one thermoformed sheet outside the crimping zone,
wherein a distance (H2) measured from the lowermost point of the base to a portion of the lower surface of the at least one thermoformed sheet adjacent to the base and outside the crimping zone is greater than or equal to the average thickness of the at least one thermoformed sheet outside the crimping zone.

US Pat. No. 10,889,048

TAMPER EVIDENT CLOSURE FOR CONTAINER

RING CONTAINER TECHNOLOGI...

1. A container comprising:a lid consisting of a threaded portion and a tamper band coupled to the threaded portion;
a body defining a longitudinal axis and a horizontal axis that extends perpendicular to the longitudinal axis;
a neck extending vertically upward from the body of the container;
a neck wall comprising wall portions of the neck extending from the container body that extend above and below a tamper bead, the tamper bead protruding radially outward from wall portions of the neck wall and configured to engage the tamper band when the lid is mounted to the neck, the wall portions comprising portions of the neck radially above and below the tamper bead, the lid comprising an inner surface that directly engages an outer surface of the neck wall, the lid comprising a recess that extends into the inner surface, the recess defining a breakaway portion, the tamper band being attached to a bottom of the lid by the breakaway portion, the tamper bead comprising, in a direction extending from a top end of the container to a bottom end of the container:
a top surface extending transversely from an upper wall portion of the neck wall in a non-vertical direction;
a side surface extending downward from the top surface in a vertical direction, the lid being spaced apart from the side surface when the tamper band engages the tamper bead; and
an interface surface extending toward a lower wall portion of the neck wall from a bottom of the side surface in a non-vertical direction, the interface surface extending at an angle between 5° and 12° relative to the horizontal axis;
wherein a length of the side surface extending vertically from the top surface to the interface surface defines a second length;
wherein a length of the tamper bead begins from an outer surface of the upper wall portion where the upper wall portion meets the top surface and extends perpendicularly from the upperwall portion to an outermost portion of the side surface that is most horizontally distant from the upper wall portion defines a third length; and
wherein a ratio of the second length divided by the third length is in the range of 1.3 to 3.0.

US Pat. No. 10,889,047

MULTILAYER PLASTIC BOTTLES WITH MINERAL FILLER AND FOAMED LAYER FOR IMPROVED RECYCLABILITY

The Clorox Company, Oakl...

1. A method of forming a blow-molded plastic article, including multiple layers, the method comprising:(a) providing a polymeric material as a multilayer parison, the polymeric material comprising a polyolefin;
(b) conveying the polymeric material in a downstream direction in an extruder;
(c) introducing a mineral filler material comprising: calcium carbonate into the extruder to be mixed with at least a first layer of the multilayer parison of the polymeric material; and
(d) introducing a foaming agent into the extruder to at least a second layer of the multilayer parison to form a mixture of foaming agent and the polymeric material in the second layer; and
(e) subjecting the mixture of foaming agent and polymeric material to blow-molding conditions to form a cellular foamed blow-molded article; and
(f) wherein the cellular blow-molded article comprises:
(i) the first layer that is not cellular foamed comprising: polymeric material and about 8% to 35% by weight of the mineral filler; and
(ii) the second layer different from the first layer, comprising: polymeric material and the foaming agent.

US Pat. No. 10,889,046

DUAL COLOR BLOW MOLDING PROCESS

LIFETIME PRODUCTS, INC., ...

1. A method, comprising:extruding plastic of a first color and plastic of a second color to form a parison comprising melted plastic, wherein the parison includes an inner layer comprising the plastic of the first color, and the parison also includes an outer layer comprising the plastic of the second color, and wherein during and/or after the extruding, the plastic of the first color blends together with the plastic of the second color so that a portion of the parison comprises a blend of the plastic of the first color and the plastic of the second color;
placing the parison in a mold; and
inflating the parison to create a blow molded structure.

US Pat. No. 10,889,045

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING DRAW RESONANCE IN PLANTS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PLASTIC FILM

1. A system for reducing draw resonance of a melt of plastic material in molten state, leaving an extrusion group of a plant for production of plastic films, comprising:at least one thermostatically-controlled cylinder, having an embracement angle of the melt on the thermostatically-controlled cylinder; and
means for adjusting the embracement angle based on one or more of:
process rate, the process rate comprising a linear movement speed of a plastic film, or
temperature measured in proximity of or in correspondence with a clamping area of said melt in a thermoforming, calibration and cooling group included in said plant and positioned downstream of said system,
wherein temperature regulation of said thermostatically-controlled cylinder is performed by adjusting temperature between 10 and 200° C. and flow rate of a heat-transfer fluid in gaseous state that flows from one or both bases of said cylinder and exits from holes provided on at least part of a mantle of said thermostatically-controlled cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,889,044

METHOD OF PRINTING PARTS IN A LAYERWISE MANNER WITH ONE OR MORE INTERNAL WOVEN PANELS UNDER TENSION

Stratasys, Inc., Eden Pr...

1. A method of producing a part printed in a layer-wise manner the method comprising the steps of:providing a pre-fabricated starter piece with a first course of loops;
printing a layer of a part by extruding one or more flowable thermoplastic materials about the existing course of loops such that an upper surface of the layer is at a selected height on the existing course of loops;
knitting a next course of loops to the existing course of loops to form a portion of an internal woven reinforcement network;
printing a next layer of the part by extruding one or more flowable thermoplastic materials about the next course of loops such that an upper surface of the next layer is at a selected height on the next course of loops, wherein the next course of loops extends above the structure being printed and may function as an existing course of loops for subsequent knitting steps;
repeating the knitting and printing steps to create an internal woven reinforcement network within the printed part until the part is completed;
engaging the starter piece from a first end of the completed part;
engaging a course of loops extending from a second end of the completed part with a tensioning device;
heating the part to a temperature where the material is flowable;
tensioning the reinforcement network by applying a force to pull the starter piece and the tensioning device in opposite directions from each other to place the internal woven reinforcement network into tension; and
cooling the part to a temperature where the thermoplastic material solidifies such that the internal woven structure remains in tension.

US Pat. No. 10,889,043

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLEANING AN EXTRUDER FOR ELASTOMER MIXTURES

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A device comprising:a frame;
a barrel supported by the frame, the barrel having a longitudinal axis X-X? and including an elastomeric-mixture feed inlet and an outlet that opens directly into an extrusion die mounted on a support;
a screw supported by the frame, the screw being rotatable about the axis X-X? when the screw is rotationally driven by a driver; and
an automatic coupling mechanism,
wherein the frame is movably mounted to slide along a fixed guiding rail, such that the frame is translationally movable along the rail with respect to the die and the support in a direction parallel to the axis X-X? between (1) a first position, in which the barrel and the die are in sealed contact with each other in order to allow the elastomeric mixture to pass through the die, and (2) a second position, in which the barrel is moved away from the die in order to allow cleaning to be performed,
wherein a parting line between the barrel and the die is axisymmetric with respect to the axis X-X?,
wherein the automatic coupling mechanism enables a locking and a unlocking of the barrel and the die, to allow the frame to move between the first and second positions when the barrel and the die are unlocked,
wherein the automatic coupling mechanism comprises a screw-nut system that includes (a) a first ring surrounding the barrel, (b) a second ring secured to the support and surrounding the die, the second ring being structured to collaborate with the first ring, and (c) a rotational driver for causing relative rotational turning between the first and second rings,
wherein the first ring comprises a plurality of inclined ramps,
wherein the second ring comprises a plurality of inclined ramps,
wherein the screw-nut system is configured such that when the barrel and the die are locked, (a) the first ring is radially within the second ring and (b) surfaces of the inclined ramps of the first ring bear on surfaces of the inclined ramps of the second ring,
wherein the inclined ramps of the first ring are first tenons that are uniformly distributed along a circumference of the first ring,
wherein the inclined ramps of the second ring are second tenons that are uniformly distributed along a circumference of the second ring,
wherein the first tenons of the first ring are structured to be axially slidable in spaces between the second tenons of the second ring when the automatic coupling mechanism is in an unlocked state,
wherein the second ring is rotatably secured to the support,
wherein the rotational driver comprises a latch-lock lever device that connects the second ring in an articulated manner to a rod of a translational-actuation actuating cylinder,
wherein the actuating cylinder is mounted so as to be pivotable about a hinge attached to the support,
wherein the latch-lock lever device comprises (1) a first link coupled via a pivot and a flange to the second ring, the pivot having an axis parallel to the axis X-X? and (2) a second link coupled via a pivot to the support, the pivot having an axis parallel to the axis X-X?,
wherein the first link and the second link are arranged to pivot at a common articulation whose axis is parallel to the axis X-X?,
wherein when the actuating cylinder is driven to extend the rod, the rod applies pressure to the articulation which causes the second ring to rotate with respect to the support and with respect to the first ring, thereby causing the automatic coupling mechanism to lock, and
wherein when the actuating cylinder is driven to retract the rod, the rod applies a pulling force to the articulation which causes the second ring to rotate with respect to the support and with respect to the first ring, thereby causing the automatic coupling mechanism to unlock.

US Pat. No. 10,889,041

METHOD, DEVICE AND WORK STATION FOR APPLYING PROTECTIVE SHEETING OF POLYMER MATERIAL TO A PIPELINE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING SUCH A METHOD

SAIPEM S.P.A., San Donat...

1. A field joint coating method comprising:driving a carriage along an annular path about a pipeline;
positioning an end extrusion die with respect to the pipeline, wherein the end extrusion die is fitted to the carriage and comprises a mounting face configured to fit to an extrusion head and two walls converging from the mounting face to an extrusion port, the end extrusion die defines an extrusion channel having at least one substantially straight portion extending along an axis which forms an angle of incidence of less than 30° with a line tangential to the pipeline, and the defined extrusion channel terminates at the extrusion port;
adjusting the position of the extrusion port with respect to the pipeline between a minimum radial distance of 10 mm and a maximum radial distance of 20 mm;
heating the end extrusion die based on a polymer material of which a protective sheeting is made;
extruding and winding a profile of the protective sheeting of the polymer material about a coated cutback of the pipeline via the end extrusion die, wherein a cross section of the extruded protective sheeting has a first width and the cross section of the wound protective sheeting has the first width; and
compressing, directly downstream from the end extrusion die and using a first pressure roller that is less than 50 mm away from the end extrusion die, the protective sheeting on the pipeline such that the protective sheeting adheres to the pipeline, wherein a time lapse between expulsion of the cross section of protective sheeting from the end extrusion die and the compression of said cross section of protective sheeting by the first pressure roller is less than one second.

US Pat. No. 10,889,040

METHOD OF PRODUCING A GLUELESS DUSTLESS COMPOSITE FLOORING MATERIAL SYSTEM

John B. Troendle, Haraha...

1. A method of producing a glueless dustless composite flooring material, comprising the steps:(i) forming a waterproof flooring base layer by:
(a) providing a PVC resin mixture free of compressed cellulose material and adhesive and having fusion-compatible materials, by mixing PVC resin and the fusion-compatible materials, yielding the PVC-resin mixture;
(b) fusing the PVC-resin mixture by application of heat and continued mixing;
(c) cooling the fused PVC-resin mixture;
(d) delivering the cooled fused PVC-resin mixture to another area for further processing;
(e) extruding the delivered cooled fused PVC-resin mixture at elevated temperature and pressure;
(f) mold forming the extruded PVC-resin mixture into a sheet of said flooring base layer; and
(g) cooling the sheet of said flooring base layer;
(ii) forming a waterproof flooring face layer, by:
(a) providing a PVC decorative polymer film and a PVC wear-resistant polymer film; and
(b) adding the PVC wear-resistant polymer film atop of said PVC decorative polymer film;
(iii) hot-melt overlaying of said flooring face layer and said flooring base layer, yielding a sheet-form base-and-face subassembly;
(iv) conditioning said sheet-form base-and-face subassembly;
(v) coating said sheet-form base-and-face subassembly with a UV-curing plastic resin, thereby forming a waterproof flooring coating layer;
(vi) UV curing said coating of UV-curing plastic resin by exposure to UV light, yielding a finished-large-sheet assembly;
(vii) profile processing said finished-large-sheet assembly, yielding multiple composite-flooring-material segments of desired size and shape, thereby producing a waterproof floor covering free of water-based materials;
(viii) inspecting said composite-flooring-material segments; and
(ix) packing said composite-flooring-material segments;
where forming of said flooring face layer and forming of said flooring base layer can be performed simultaneously, yielding a supply of both for the step of hot-melt overlaying of said flooring face layer and said flooring base layer;
where said step of hot-melt overlaying of said flooring face layer and said flooring base layer accommodates an essentially continuous supply of said flooring face layer and said flooring base layer, and produces an essentially continuous supply of said sheet-form base-and-face subassembly;
where said step of conditioning said sheet-form base-and-face subassembly can be accomplished without slowing or stopping the pace of the essentially continuous supply of said sheet-form base-and-face subassembly;
where said step of coating said sheet-form base-and-face subassembly can be accomplished at the pace of the essentially continuous supply of said sheet-form base-and-face subassembly; and
where said step of UV curing said coating can be accomplished at the pace of the essentially continuous supply of said sheet-form base-and-face subassembly.

US Pat. No. 10,889,039

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A MATERIAL STRAND

1. A method of manufacturing a material strand for sealing, trimming or fastening of doors or windows of a motor vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:a) extrusion of an extruded strand;
b) prior to forming a transport unit, testing the extruded strand after the extrusion, thereby identifying first segments comprising manufacturing defects and second segments being free from manufacturing defects;
c) prior to forming the transport unit, cutting out the first segments from the extruded strand, thereby causing cut faces at the second segments;
d) prior to forming the transport unit, cutting out the second segments from the extruded strand which have a length less than a predetermined minimum distance (?d), the minimum distance (?d) being long enough to form a sealing strip or a trim strip;
e) prior to forming the transport unit, joining cut faces of second segments which have a length equal to or longer than the minimum distance (?d) to obtain a joint and to form a material strand, the joint having a position within the material strand, wherein the minimum distance (?d) is maintained between the positions of adjacent joints;
f) prior to forming the transport unit, identifying the position of each joint; and
g) forming the transport unit having a predetermined maximum length by winding the material strand.

US Pat. No. 10,889,038

PRODUCTION PLANT FOR PRODUCING A MULTIPLICITY OF ARTICLES, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AND/OR MONITORING THE PRODUCTION PLANT

1. A method for controlling and/or monitoring a production plant for producing a multiplicity of articles, wherein the production plant includes:at least one machine tool;
two machine tool parts, the two machine tool parts cooperate with each other and the two machine tool parts interact with the machine tool for producing an article;
two Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) transponders, each of which is connected to a corresponding one of the two machine tool parts;
at least two RFID reading devices which are arranged at a distance from one another and from the machine tool; and
at least one control device which is connected to the RFID reading devices via data lines, wherein the method has the following method steps of:
determining the locations of the two machine tool parts at a first time by means of the first RFID reading device and/or by means of the second RFID reading device, wherein determining the locations of the two machine tool parts at a first time includes that at most one of the two machine tool parts has been installed in the at least one machine tool;
determining the locations of the two machine tool parts at a second time, which temporally follows the first time, by means of the first RFID reading device and/or by means of the second RFID reading device, wherein determining the locations of the two machine tool parts at a second time includes determining that both of the two machine tool parts have been installed in the at least one machine tool; and
having determined that both of the two machine tool parts have been installed in the at least one machine tool outputting at least one control signal by means of the control device to indicate whether production is permissible.

US Pat. No. 10,889,037

ACTUATOR COOLING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Synventive Molding Soluti...

1. An injection molding apparatus (5) comprising a clamp plate (80), a heated manifold (20), an actuator (10) interconnected to a valve pin (17) drivable along an axis (A), a mold (300) and a cooling device (500) that cools the actuator, wherein when assembled the clamp plate (80) and the mold (300) are interconnected and spaced apart from each other, the manifold (20) is disposed between the clamp plate (80) and the mold and the actuator (10) is mounted in thermally conductive communication with the manifold (20),the actuator (10) comprising a thermally conductive housing body (12) that is mounted in direct heat or thermally conductive contact with one or more mounts that are insulators (60, 50) that prevent or retard the communication or conduction of heat from the heated manifold (20) through the insulators (50, 60) to the lateral surface (12ls) of the actuator body (12) the insulators (60, 50) in turn being mounted in direct heat conductive contact or communication with the manifold (20),
the cooling device (500) comprising a heat transmitter comprised of an arm (502) comprised of a thermally conductive material having a distal end surface (502a) for making thermally conductive contact with the clamp plate (80),
the arm (502) being mounted to the housing body (12) of the actuator in an arrangement wherein the distal end surface (502a) of the arm (502) is movable toward and away from the actuator (10),
the arm (502) having a proximal surface (502b, 502s) adapted to be disposed in slidable thermally conductive contact with a complementary surface (12ls) of the actuator that is spaced laterally (12ld) from the axis (A) for transmitting heat from the housing body (12) to the proximal surface (502b, 502s) and the distal end surface (502a) of the arm (502),
the clamp plate (80), the mold (300), the manifold (20), the actuator (10) and the heat transmitter (500) being assemblable together in an arrangement wherein the proximal surface (502b, 502s) of the arm (502) slides along the complementary surface (12ls) of the actuator and the distal end surface (502a) of the arm (502) is in thermally conductive engagement with the clamp plate (80) at least when the manifold (20) is heated to an elevated operating temperature.