US Pat. No. 10,457,228

CABLE AND WIRE HARNESS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A cable, comprising:a plurality of electric wires;
a tape member wound around an assembled article that is formed by twisting the plurality of electric wires; and
a sheath covering the tape member,
wherein a surface roughness of the tape member is different between a surface on an assembled article side and a surface on a sheath side and, the surface on the sheath side has a larger surface roughness than the surface on the assembled article side.

US Pat. No. 10,457,227

WIRING STRUCTURE

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A wiring structure comprising:a wiring member that is made of resin and has a wiring surface; and
an electrical wire that includes a portion routed along the wiring surface and a portion led out from the wiring member, the portion led out having an end portion to which a connector is to be attached,
wherein a positioning/fixing portion is provided integrally with the wiring member at a position in the vicinity of a lead-out position on the wiring surface of the wiring member, the electrical wire being led out from the lead-out position,
the wiring structure further comprises a band member that includes a band body portion that is wound around an outer circumferential surface of the electrical wire, and a base portion that has a lock hole through which the band body portion is inserted and that locks the band body portion, and
the positioning/fixing portion has an insertion space that is located inside walls that stand upright on the wiring surface and into which the base portion is fitted, and has a coupling member holding piece that stands upright and extends in a top-bottom direction from the wiring surface side and a slit is disposed between the coupling member holding piece and a side wall so as to make the coupling member holding piece bendable so as to pivot about the wiring surface side, and a standing end of the coupling member holding piece is provided with an anti-separation protrusion that is claw-shaped and protrudes toward the insertion space.

US Pat. No. 10,457,226

ACOUSTICAL ABSORBER HAVING A BODY AND AT LEAST ONE SERRATED WASHER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An acoustical absorber, comprising:a body made from a sound insulating material having a first material density D1; and
a first serrated washer made from a composite material having a second material density D2 where D1

US Pat. No. 10,457,225

LIGHT WEIGHT ACOUSTIC TRIM PART

AUTONEUM MANAGEMENT AG, ...

1. Multilayer Automotive trim part for noise attenuation comprising at least two fibrous layers and at least one air permeable intermediate film layer between the at least two fibrous layers, whereby all layers together have a variable thickness characterized in that at least for an area with a thickness between 4 and 12.5 mm the overall air flow resistance (AFRoverall) and the overall density relate as follows 1500

US Pat. No. 10,457,224

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE AND ORNAMENTAL MEMBER

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

1. A vehicle body structure including a door and an ornamental member attached to an outer surface of an outer edge portion of the door,wherein the ornamental member includes an inner member and an outer member, the inner member includes:
an attachment portion pasted to the outer surface by a pasting unit; and
an extending portion that extends from the attachment portion beyond the outer edge portion, the extending portion including a parallel surface which is parallel to the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,221

RAMP SYSTEMS AND METHODS THEREOF

1. A ramp and mount system comprising:at least one ramp; and
a mount comprising a vehicle-engagement portion and a ramp-engagement portion, wherein the vehicle-engagement portion is removably attached to a bracket of a wheeled vehicle and the at least one ramp is configured for removable engagement with the ramp-engagement portion, wherein the vehicle-engagement portion comprises a pair of spaced-apart engagement fingers for removable engagement with a portion of the wheeled vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,218

CARGO FLOOR SYSTEM INCLUDING A RETRACTABLE FLOOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A retractable floor assembly, comprising:a floor pan including a recessed storage compartment holding a spare tire and wheel;
a guide track recessed within said floor pan and overlying said recessed storage compartment;
a retractable floor adjacent to the floor pan, said retractable floor including a plurality of bars connected together by a plurality of hinges and adapted to slide along said guide track; and
a drive mechanism displacing said retractable floor between a stowed position and a deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,217

EASY STEP

1. A universal easy step configured for being mechanically associated with a surface of any one of a plurality of step systems wherein each step system defines at least one first step-element comprising a top step-surface and an opposing bottom step-surface and a plurality of step-surface-voids defining void patterns therethrough, wherein said step system further comprises a second step-element about 20 inches above said first step-element, said universal easy step comprising:an integral frame defining an open box structure comprising a top plate, a bottom plate, a right side plate and a left side plate wherein a first end of said top plate is mechanically associated with a first end of said bottom plate by said right side plate and wherein a second end of said top plate is mechanically associated with a second end of said bottom plate thereby defining said open box structure having a frame height about 7 inches to about 10 inches between said top plate and said bottom plate and wherein said bottom plate defines an attachment element aperture configured to adjustably receive an attachment element and wherein said right side plate and said left side plate are the same length so that the top plate is parallel to the bottom plate and wherein said attachment element aperture is disposed between the side plates and wherein one of said right side plate or said left side plate further defines a second attachment mechanism defining a hook feature for securing said bottom plate to said top step-surface without hardware modifications;
a first attachment element extending through said attachment element aperture and moveably associated with said attachment element aperture and wherein said first attachment element is further configured for being extended through on of said plurality of surface-voids defined by a first step-element of any one of a plurality of step systems to secure said bottom plate to the top step-surface of said first step-element without hardware modifications.

US Pat. No. 10,457,216

TIGHT BEZEL TO GLASS FIT MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display assembly comprising:a bezel comprising a polymeric material; and
an electro-optic element comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having an edge extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the first substantially transparent substrate; and
a second substrate,
wherein the bezel is integrally molded with at least the first substantially transparent substrate, and
wherein the polymeric material comprises at least one material that reduces an effective coefficient of thermal expansion of the bezel such that the first substantially transparent substrate and the bezel have a difference in coefficient of thermal expansion of from about 5 ppm to about 50 ppm.

US Pat. No. 10,457,214

METHOD FOR FOLDING IN A MOTOR VEHICLE EXTERIOR MIRROR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:folding in an exterior mirror of a motor vehicle having a door with a rear-mounted hinge, the exterior mirror folded in when the door is opened and when a speed at which the door is opened is less than a predefined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,457,211

DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A display control method for a vehicle having a front pillar, the method comprising:obtaining, from a camera, an image of a region about the vehicle, the region including a driver's blind spot caused by the front pillar of the vehicle;
extracting, from the obtained image, an image of the driver's blind spot in a shape of a curved display that is provided along a curved interior surface of the front pillar; and
causing the curved display to display the extracted image,
wherein, when a door of the vehicle is in an open state, the obtaining, the extracting and the causing the curved display to display the extracted image are not performed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,207

SOUND GENERATOR SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A sound generator system of a vehicle, comprising:a housing with an interior space formed therein;
a cover that encloses the housing;
an exciter inserted the interior space and having a plurality of yokes and a magnetic;
a coil positioned adjacent to the exciter and configured to cause the exciter to vibrate when current is applied thereto;
a main shaft with a first end connected to the housing; a second end penetrating the cover, exposed to an outside, and penetrated and installed into the exciter; and to finally output the vibration generated by the exciter; and
an elastic portion installed adjacent to the exciter and configured to deliver the vibration generated by the exciter to the main shaft,
wherein the elastic portion includes a first plate spring that increases an elastic force and a spacer that maintains the first plate spring and the exciter to be spaced from each other at a predetermined distance,
wherein the housing is formed with a fastening portion that protrudes toward the interior space side and the main shaft is formed with an extension portion that extends in the radial direction, and the first plate spring is interposed between the fastening portion and the extension portion to be fixable, and
wherein the fastening portion is formed with a fastening space therein that has a cross-shaped cross groove, and a first end of the main shaft is protruded and formed with a cross protrusion having a shape that corresponds to the cross groove to prevent the main shaft from being rotated and separated upon the vibration of the exciter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,205

ASSISTED TRAILER ALIGNMENT SYSTEM

Robotzone, LLC, Winfield...

1. A system to aide in vehicle left-right alignment, the system comprising:a vertical line generator configured to project a vertical line;
a proximity detector configured to detect a vehicle and in response to the vehicle detection actuate the vertical line generator to begin projecting the vertical line; and
a guidance marker configured to be placed on the vehicle such that when the guidance marker is in a known configuration with the vertical line, the vehicle is properly left-right aligned.

US Pat. No. 10,457,204

VEHICLE ILLUMINATED DISPLAY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a transparency, comprising;
a substantially transparent exterior substrate;
a substantially transparent interior substrate;
an interlayer positioned between the exterior and interior substrates;
a first plurality of perovskites positioned between the interior substrate and the interlayer; and
a second plurality of perovskites positioned between the interior substrate and the interlayer, wherein the first and second pluralities of perovskites are disposed as a matrix of pixels, and wherein each pixel of the matrix of pixels is independently activated to display different messages; and
a first series of concentrated light sources positioned distal to the transparency to emit a first light on the first and second pluralities of perovskites through the substantially transparent interior substrate, wherein the first plurality of perovskites are configured to emit light having a wavelength of from about 620 nm to about 750 nm in response to the first light.

US Pat. No. 10,457,203

VEHICLE SEAT

RUSPA OFFICINE S.P.A., R...

1. A vehicle seat comprising a support structure and a first and a second shaped panel supported by the support structure and respectively forming the seat and the backrest of the seat, the support structure comprises a first and a second side support element which extend along opposite sides of the seat and is a single piece;each side support element comprises a first rectilinear section and a second rectilinear section interconnected with said first section through a folded joining area,
each first rectilinear section is provided with a first elongated groove that extends along the entire length of the section; the first grooves are opposite one another and house respective first side lips of the first panel, which is held between the first and the second support elements;
each second rectilinear section is provided with a second elongated groove that extends along the entire length of the section; the second grooves are opposite to one another and house respective second side lips of the second panel, which is held between the first and the second support elements;the said support structure further comprises:a first upper C-shaped connection element comprising a substantially rectilinear central portion and two curved end portions provided with integral appendices, respectively, stably inserted in an end portion of a second rectilinear section;
a second lower C-shaped connection element comprising a substantially rectilinear central portion and two curved end portions provided with integral appendices, respectively, stably inserted in an end portion of a first rectilinear section;
wherein the first upper C-shaped and the second C-shaped connection elements stably connect the first side support element and the second side support element;
wherein the second panel has a lower end edge positioned on the side facing the upper edge, opposite to the first connection element; said lower end edge directly hooks onto an end edge of the first panel which is positioned on the opposite side with respect to the edge opposite the second lower C-shaped connection element; and the first and the second panels overlap each other at the contact area between the two edges.

US Pat. No. 10,457,202

VEHICLE CABIN INTERIOR LIGHTING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle cabin interior lighting device comprising:a light source that emits light;
a polarizing member that converts the emitted light into p-polarized light; and
a projection portion that is provided at an upper portion of an instrument panel, and onto which the p-polarized light is projected, and that reflects the projected p-polarized light without changing its polarization characteristics, and that causes the projected p-polarized light to be incident on a front windshield glass at Brewster's angle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,194

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. An illumination device comprising:a coherent light source that emits a first coherent light beam and a second coherent light beam;
an optical device that diffuses the first coherent light beam to illuminate a first illumination zone and diffuses the second coherent light beam to illuminate a second illumination zone;
a timing control unit that individually controls incidence timing of the first coherent light beam and the second coherent light beam on the optical device or illumination timing of the first illumination zone and the second illumination zone; and
a scanning unit that scans the optical device with at least one of the first coherent light beam and the second coherent light beam from the coherent light source,
wherein the optical device includes a first diffusion region on which the first coherent light beam is incident, and a second diffusion region on which the second coherent light beam is incident,
the first diffusion region is capable of illuminating the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident first coherent light beam,
the second diffusion region is capable of illuminating the second illumination zone that is at least partially different from the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident second coherent light beam,
the first diffusion region includes a plurality of first element diffusion regions, the first element diffusion regions illuminating respective first partial regions in the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident first coherent light beam, the first partial regions being respectively illuminated by the first element diffusion regions at least partially different from one another, and
the second diffusion region also includes a plurality of second element diffusion regions, the second element diffusion regions illuminating respective second partial regions in the second illumination zone by diffusion of the incident second coherent light beam, the second partial regions being respectively illuminated by the second element diffusion regions at least partially different from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,457,193

VEHICLE LAMP AND VEHICLE LAMP CONTROL SYSTEM

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle lamp, comprising:a first light source that is configured to emit laser light and in which the laser light generated by the first light source is emitted forward from an emission end, directly to a portion of a front side of the vehicle lamp in which the laser light exits the vehicle lamp; and
a light-shielding member that shields the emission end from light from above to at least a horizontal position in front of the emission end toward the front side of the vehicle lamp, wherein
the laser light exits the vehicle lamp below the horizontal position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,192

LOAD SECURING BAG FOR A PICKUP TRUCK

1. A bag defining an interior comprising:a top;
a bottom;
a first side;
a second side;
a third side;
a fourth side;
a first upper transverse retention strap secured to said top comprising:
a first upper transverse retention strap first end comprising:
a first spring loaded attachment hook at a first distal end;
a first length adjustment mechanism adjacent said first spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a first fastener adjacent said first length adjustment mechanism;
a first upper transverse retention strap second end comprising:
a second spring loaded attachment hook at a second distal end;
a second length adjustment mechanism adjacent said second spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a second fastener adjacent said second length adjustment mechanism;
a second upper transverse retention strap secured to said top adjacent said first upper transverse retention strap comprising:
a second upper transverse retention strap first end comprising:
a third spring loaded attachment hook at a third distal end;
a third length adjustment mechanism adjacent said third spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a third fastener adjacent said third length adjustment mechanism;
a second upper transverse retention strap second end comprising:
a fourth spring loaded attachment hook at a fourth distal end;
a fourth length adjustment mechanism adjacent said fourth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a fourth fastener adjacent said fourth length adjustment mechanism;
a third upper transverse retention strap secured to said top, adjacent said second upper transverse retention strap comprising:
a third upper transverse retention strap first end comprising:
a fifth spring loaded attachment hook at a fifth distal end;
a fifth length adjustment mechanism adjacent said fifth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a fifth fastener adjacent said fifth length adjustment mechanism;
a third upper transverse retention strap second end comprising:
a sixth spring loaded attachment hook at a sixth distal end;
a sixth length adjustment mechanism adjacent said sixth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a sixth fastener adjacent said sixth length adjustment mechanism;
a first upper longitudinal strap secured to said top and perpendicularly secured across said first transverse retention strap, said second transverse retention strap and said third transverse retention strap comprising:
a first upper longitudinal strap first end comprising a seventh spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a first upper longitudinal strap second end secured to an edge of said top;
a second upper longitudinal strap secured to said top, adjacent said first upper longitudinal strap and perpendicularly secured across said first transverse retention strap, said second transverse retention strap and said third transverse retention strap comprising:
a second upper longitudinal strap first end comprising an eighth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a second upper longitudinal strap second end secured to an edge of said top adjacent said first upper longitudinal strap second end;
an opening having an opening fastener disposed upon at least one side of said bag;
wherein said opening is configured to removably retain an article of luggage therein; and,
wherein said bag is configured to be removeably secured within a truck bed by securement of each of said first spring loaded attachment hook, second spring loaded attachment hook, third spring loaded attachment hook, fourth spring loaded attachment hook, fifth spring loaded attachment hook, sixth spring loaded attachment hook, seventh spring loaded attachment hook and eighth spring loaded attachment hook to a corresponding tie down anchor disposed about said truck bed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,191

TARP COVER SYSTEM WITH SUPPORT BOW CONFIGURATION FOR REDUCING STRESS ON TARP MATERIAL

Shur-Co, LLC, Yankton, S...

1. A system comprising:a container having a top opening, opposite sides and opposite ends, the container having a pair of spaced side walls and a pair of spaced end walls extending between the side walls, at least one of the side walls defining a sidewall plane; and
a cover apparatus for selectively covering the top opening of the container, the cover apparatus having a closed condition closing the top opening and an open condition permitting access to the top opening, the cover apparatus comprising:
a roll tube movably mounted on the container and extending generally between the ends of the container and being oriented generally parallel to the side walls of the container;
a cover tarp having at least a portion rolled about the roll tube, the cover tarp being substantially completely unrolled from the roll tube and being extended across the top opening when the cover apparatus is in the closed condition, the cover tarp being substantially completely rolled about the roll tube and being retracted to one of the sides of the container when the cover apparatus is in the open condition;
at least one bow member configured to support the cover tarp in the closed condition of the cover assembly, the bow member being elongated and extending from one said side of the container to the other said side of the container across the top opening of the container; and
the bow member being positioned in a substantially vertically-oriented bow plane, the bow plane being oriented at an oblique angle to the sidewall plane of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,457,189

EXPANDABLE COMPACT CAMPING TRAILER

1. An expandable compact camping trailer comprising:a trailer body comprising a base with wheels and a trailer hitch connection attached thereto, walls extending upward from the base, an entry way door with a doorframe built into at least one of the walls, and a roof closing a top of the trailer body defining an interior of the trailer body;
an expandable module built into at least one of the walls of the trailer body, wherein when the expandable module is slid into the interior of the trailer body, the expandable module is positioned within a top half of a portion of the trailer body; and
a pivotable stove attached to a range pivot cylinder built into the doorframe,
wherein the pivotable stove is designed to pivot from a first position entirely within the trailer body to a second position entirely outside of the trailer body.

US Pat. No. 10,457,188

SHIPPING CONTAINER RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

1. A shipping container recreational vehicle comprising:a shipping container made of corrugated weathering steel, and forming an interior of the shipping container recreational vehicle;
an extension portion, the extension portion having a first non-extended position and a second extended position, and wherein the shipping container recreational vehicle has a first width of about 2.4 meters when the extension portion is in the first non-extended position, and a second width of about 5 meters when the extension portion is in the second extended position;
at least one stove coupled to the shipping container, the stove coupled to a propane line, and a compartment for storage of a propane tank, the compartment being vaportight to the interior of the shipping container recreational vehicle;
at least one plumbing fixture coupled to the shipping container, the at least one plumbing fixture having backflow contamination prevention, a trap, and a vent;
at least one electrical receptacle coupled to the shipping container, the at least one electrical receptacle electrical receptacle comprising a ground fault protected electrical receptacle; and
a subfloor permanently affixed to the shipping container, the subfloor comprising a chassis with a plurality of steel I-beams welded to the chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,457,187

PIVOTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ELECTRICAL DEVICE

Harmar Mobility, LLC, Sa...

1. A pivoting system for a device mounted on a cargo platform, a cargo pivot pivotably coupling the cargo platform with a cargo support, the cargo support coupled to a structure, the cargo pivot pivotably coupling the cargo platform between a general vertical position and a general horizontal position, the pivoting system, comprising:a base coupled to the cargo support;
a frame coupled to the cargo platform;
a linkage rod extending between a proximal end and a distal end and slidably engaging with the cargo platform;
a proximal pivot pivotably coupling said proximal end of said linkage rod to said base;
said proximal pivot and the cargo pivot defining a proximal linkage having a proximal distance therebetween;
an electronic device for receiving an electric current and sending electric signals;
a device pivot pivotably coupling said electronic device to said frame;
a distal pivot pivotably coupling said distal end of said linkage rod to said electronic device;
said distal pivot and said device pivot defining a distal linkage having a distal distance therebetween; and
said proximal distance and said distal distance causing pivoting of said electronic device between the general vertical position and the general horizontal position for defining a lower general horizontal position in said electronic device in the general horizontal position and an upper general horizontal position in said electronic device in the general vertical position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,186

PNEUMATIC PLATFORM TOW TRUCK WITH HINGE

1. A cargo truck comprising:a chassis,
front axle with front wheels attached thereto;
rear axle with rear wheels attached thereto;
a cab mounted on a front portion of the chassis;
a cargo bed mounted on a rear portion of the chassis, said cargo bed comprising a platform having a front portion which is rigidly connected to a rear portion such that an upper surface of the rear portion extends downwardly at a fixed angle relative to an upper surface of the front portion, said fixed angle remaining constant irrespective of whether the cargo bed in a tilted position or a non-tilted position;
at least one inflatable member positioned under the front portion of the cargo bed, said inflatable member being inflatable to an inflated configuration that causes the entire platform to move to the tilted position and thereafter deflatable to a deflated position which allows the cargo bed to assume the non-tilted position;
first and second loading ramps which are stowable in stowed positions in or below a rear portion of the cargo bed and alternately extendable from said stowed positions to deployed positions wherein they extend to the ground When the cargo bed is in the tilted position, said first and second loading ramps differing in length such that the first and second loading ramps, when extended to their deployed positions, have different angles of incline from the ground to the rear portion of the cargo bed; and
at least one additional inflatable member which, when inflated, is configured to exert pressure on the first and second loading ramps when in their stowed positions so as to deter rattling or unintended movement of the loading ramps while the truck is in transit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,177

ARMREST

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. An armrest comprising:a base;
an arm support pivotal on the base about a pivot axis in two opposite pivot directions between a first end position and a second end position;
a latch for locking the arm support pivotally relative to the base in at least one pivot position, the latch having an angularly and axially movable array of axially extending first teeth rotationally fixed on the arm support or base and an angularly immovable array of axially extending second teeth that can be releasably engaged with the first teeth, the first teeth being movable between a locked position meshing with the second teeth and inhibiting pivoting of the arm support in at least one of the directions and a released position clear of the second teeth and allowing pivoting of the arm support in the one direction and oppositely the other direction;
spring means urging the first teeth into the locked position;
a control element operatively engageable with the first teeth in a predetermined angular position of the arm support for moving the first teeth into the released position; and
a manually operable actuating element separate from the control element and including axially extending arms connected to the first teeth for moving the first teeth into the released position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,175

CUSHION WITH SPATIALLY VARYING LATTICE STRUCTURES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A seat structure configured to support an occupant, the seat structure comprising:a suspension; and
a seat cushion arranged adjacent to the suspension,
wherein the seat cushion defines a plurality of variable effective property regions, wherein at least one of the plurality of variable effective property regions includes a regular periodic lattice structure, and
wherein the plurality of variable effective property regions includes a first modulus region including a first lattice structure having a first elasticity tensor and a second modulus region including a second lattice structure having a second elasticity tensor that is different than the first elasticity tensor.

US Pat. No. 10,457,166

VEHICLE SEAT

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion for a person to sit on;
a seat back erected at a rear end of the seat cushion;
a support leg provided on the seat cushion to support weight related to the seat cushion;
a respective slide mechanism located at each of a left side part and a right side part of the vehicle seat to move the seat cushion and the seat back along a front/back direction,
the vehicle seat having a tip-up function to rotate the seat cushion so that a front part of the seat cushion is in a higher position than a rear part of the seat cushion and a seating surface of the seat cushion and a front surface of the seat back face each other, wherein
the support leg has a right erect part, a left erect part and a connecting member,
the right erect part and the left erect part are provided on right and left sides of the seat cushion and are located so as to extend along an upward/downward direction with the seat cushion set in the seating position,
the connecting member extends along a right/left direction and connects a lower end of the right erect part and a lower end of the left erect part,
a respective leg holding member is located on a part of each of the slide mechanisms which moves along with the seat cushion and the seat back, the leg holding member being disposed to hold the connecting member of the support leg between the right erect part and the left erect part.

US Pat. No. 10,457,164

SEAT-OCCUPANCY AND OCCUPANT-CLASS DETECTOR FOR MOTOR-VEHICLE SEAT

1. A seat-occupancy and occupant-class detector for a vehicle seat having a back part and a seat part, the detector comprising:an insulated but conductive surface element mounted on the seat part of the vehicle seat roughly parallel to a seat cushion thereof;
signal-generating means for feeding to the surface element an electrical measuring signal forming an electrical field extending from the seat part into the back part; and
first and second receiving electrodes in the backrest at different spacings from the surface element but vertically level with each other such that the field formed by the surface element induces different voltages in the receiving electrodes;
a third electrode vertically offset in the seat back from the first and second electrodes and at a different spacing from the surface element than the first and second electrodes; and
evaluating means connected to the first and second electrodes for forming a quotient from the voltages induced therein, whereby the quotient indicates whether or not the seat is occupied, the evaluating means also being connected to the third electrode and comparing the voltages induced in the second and third electrodes to determine whether an occupant of the seat is oriented parallel to the seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,457,162

VEHICULAR OCCUPANT DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular occupant determination apparatus comprising:a load detection portion that detects a load of either a left part or a right part of a seat portion of a vehicle seat in a vehicle;
an occupant determination portion, provided in at least one ECU, that determines any one of occupant types on the vehicle seat based on the load detected by the load detection portion, and maintains or transits a determination result of the occupant types;
an acceleration detection portion that detects an acceleration in a width direction of the vehicle, the acceleration being generated in the vehicle;
a transition prohibition portion, provided in the at least one ECU, that prohibits a transition of the determination result of the occupant types in a transition prohibition state;
a drive state detection portion that detects a drive state of the vehicle to generate a detection value;
a prohibition release portion, provided in the at least one ECU, that releases the transition prohibition state so as to enable the transition of the determination result: and
a buckle switch that detects a wearing of a seatbelt by an occupant,
wherein:
the at least one ECU determines whether the acceleration in the width direction is greater than a predetermined acceleration threshold,
the at least one ECU also determines whether the vehicle is driving based on the detection value from the drive state detection portion,
the at least one ECU further also determines whether the wearing of the seatbelt is performed based on a signal from the buckle switch, and
the prohibition release portion permits the determination result to transit in response to a determination that the acceleration in the width direction is greater than the predetermined acceleration threshold, a determination that the vehicle stops and a determination that the seatbelt is not worn.

US Pat. No. 10,457,161

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR UNATTENDED CHILD DETECTION

1. A method for ascertaining whether a sleeping child is present within an automotive vehicle using a radar sensor system, the radar sensor system comprising a transmitter, at least one sensor, and processing circuitry, the method comprising:illuminating, using the transmitter, at least one occupiable position within the vehicle with radiation, the radiation exhibiting at least one frequency;
generating, using at least one sensor, radar sensor signals from radiation reflected as a result of the transmitted radiation; and
carrying out, using the processing circuitry, the following steps:
generating, based on the radar sensor signals, a first indicator value, the first indicator value indicating a degree of motion associated with the occupiable position;
determining whether the first indicator value satisfies a first predetermined criteria;
when the first indicator value satisfies the first predetermined criteria, generating, based on radar sensor signals, a second indicator value indicating a degree of repetitive pattern within the radar sensor signals, wherein the second indicator value is, or is derived from, the product of multiple breathing indices, each breathing index being related to breathing rate; and
determining that the sleeping child is present with respect to the at least one occupiable position within the automotive vehicle if the second indicator value satisfies a second predetermined criteria.

US Pat. No. 10,457,160

POWER CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A power control device for a vehicle in which an electric motor for driving the vehicle to travel is supplied with power from a battery and a power generation unit configured to consume fuel to generate power, the power control device comprising:a remaining fuel amount detection unit configured to detect a remaining fuel amount of the power generation unit that supplies power to the electric motor driving the vehicle;
a power generation start determination unit configured to perform a power generation start determination of the power generation unit;
a power generation control unit configured to control a power generation output of the power generation unit; and
a charging rate detection unit configured to detect a current charging rate of the battery,
wherein the power generation control unit sets a target charging rate of the battery in such a manner that the target charging rate decreases as the remaining fuel amount decreases after the power generation start determination is performed, and controls the power generation output based on a difference between the target charging rate and the current charging rate, and
wherein the power generation control unit decreases the target charging rate in such a manner that the remaining fuel amount reaches an attainment target remaining fuel amount, which is a remaining fuel amount required when travelling of the vehicle ends, and the target charging rate reaches an attainment target charging rate, which is a charging rate remaining when traveling of the vehicle ends, simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,457,159

POWER SHARE CONVERTER FOR CONNECTING MULTIPLE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS

Motiv Power Systems, Inc....

1. A system comprising:a first energy storage system having a first terminal and a second terminal, wherein the second terminal of the first energy storage system is coupled to a zero-voltage reference node;
a second energy storage system having a first terminal and a second terminal, wherein the second terminal of the second energy storage system is coupled to the zero-voltage reference node;
a first power converter having an ESS-side node and two share nodes, wherein the ESS-side node of the first power converter is coupled to the first terminal of the first energy storage system;
a second power converter having an ESS-side node and two share nodes, wherein the ESS-side node of the second power converter is coupled to the first terminal of the second energy storage system, wherein the first share node of the second power converter is coupled to the first share node of the first power converter, and wherein the second share node of the second power converter is coupled to the second share node of the first power converter; and
a power supply or load connected between at least one share node and the zero-voltage reference node, wherein each of the first power converter and the second power converter is configured to withstand less than a maximum ESS voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,457,157

MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A motor drive device comprising:an electric motor;
a controller configured to control a torque of the electric motor, or a quantity of state corresponding to the torque; and
a torque transmitter configured to transmit the torque of the electric motor to a wheel of a vehicle, wherein
the controller includes a torque fluctuation inhibiting section configured to inhibit torque fluctuation in the electric motor, and
the torque fluctuation inhibiting section includes an execution determination section configured to determine whether or not to inhibit the torque fluctuation in the electric motor, based on a result of comparison between an estimated value of a torque fluctuation frequency in the electric motor, and one or both of transmission characteristics of the torque transmitter and vibration characteristics in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,155

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARGING ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE LOW-VOLTAGE BATTERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A charging system for a vehicle comprising:a controller programmed to, responsive to receiving parameters indicative of a full charge level of a traction battery and a depleted charge level of an auxiliary battery coupled to a power converter while a charger is coupled to a power source, decouple the traction battery from the power converter and the charger and reduce a charger output voltage supplied to the power converter to charge the auxiliary battery.

US Pat. No. 10,457,154

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A PARAMETER MAP FOR ESTIMATING AN OPERATION CONDITION OF AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A method for determining a parameter map using a processor and associated memory, the parameter map used for estimating an operation condition for an energy storage device comprising a battery for an electric vehicle or a hybrid electric vehicle, the method comprising:receiving from a sensor a parameter value related to an operation condition of the energy storage device;
determining a first parameter value of a parameter related to the operation condition of the energy storage device and a variance of the first parameter value, the first parameter value being related to a current operating point of a parameter map comprising at least two operating points each having a related parameter value of the parameter;
for the current operating point, estimating an updated parameter value and an updated variance of the first parameter value, the update being an update over time;
for at least a portion of operating points of the parameter map, estimating an updated parameter value and an updated variance of each of the parameter values using a correlation model including correlation between the parameter value at the current operating point and each of the parameter values at the operating points in the portion of operating points in the parameter map;
based on the updated parameter values and updated variances, updating the parameter map by replacing the parameter values with the updated parameter values and the variances with the updated variances at the respective operating point;
estimating the operation condition of the energy storage device based on the updated parameter map; and
controlling an energy storage device current based on the estimated operation condition.

US Pat. No. 10,457,149

CONTACTLESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM AND POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power transmission device, comprising:a power transmission unit configured to contactlessly transmit electric power to a vehicle;
a communication device configured to communicate with the vehicle,
the vehicle including a resonance circuit for power reception configured to contactlessly receive the electric power output from the power transmission unit,
the power transmission unit being configured to be able to form a plurality of resonance circuits for power transmission having circuit configurations different from each other,
the communication device being configured to receive information about the resonance circuit for power reception from the vehicle; and
a control device configured to control the power transmission unit to form a resonance circuit in the power transmission unit based on the information from the vehicle received by the communication device,
the power transmission unit including a switching circuit for selectively forming a resonance circuit for power transmission having any of an S configuration, a P configuration, an SP configuration, and a PS configuration,
each of the resonance circuit for power reception and the plural kinds of resonance circuit for power transmission including a coil and a capacitor,
in the S configuration, a capacitor is connected in series with the coil,
in the P configuration, a capacitor is connected in parallel with the coil,
in the SP configuration, another capacitor is connected in series with a circuit having the P configuration, and
in the PS configuration, another capacitor is connected in parallel with a circuit having the S configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,457,147

CONTROLLING OPERATION OF ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES TRAVELING ON INDUCTIVE ROADWAY TO INFLUENCE ELECTRICAL GRID

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for influencing the efficiency of an electrical grid, comprising:coordinating operation of a first electrified vehicle and a second electrified vehicle traveling along an inductive roadway and having opposite power needs in a manner that influences an amount of energy supplied by the electrical grid during an inductive roadway event; and
adding energy from the first electrified vehicle to the inductive roadway and then from the inductive roadway to the second electrified vehicle when the first electrified vehicle is traveling along an area of expected power absorption of the inductive roadway and the second electrified vehicle is traveling along an area of expected power usage of the inductive roadway.

US Pat. No. 10,457,146

VEHICLE INTERIOR PANEL WITH THERMAL FEEDBACK

Faurecia Interior Systems...

1. A panel for use in an interior of a vehicle, the panel comprising:an outer surface that faces the interior of the vehicle when installed in the vehicle, the outer surface having an interaction area; and
a heat transfer device in thermal communication with the interaction area,
wherein the panel is configured to communicate information about a vehicle system to an occupant of the vehicle when the occupant touches the interaction area via a perceptible temperature differential between the interaction area and an adjacent area of the outer surface, the heat transfer device being operable to provide the temperature differential,
wherein the panel is a touch panel configured to change an operating parameter of the vehicle system in response to the occupant touching the outer surface, wherein the heat transfer device operates to change the temperature of the interaction area to communicate the changed operating parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,144

REAL TIME PREDICTION DEVICE

1. A real time prediction device comprisinga means to acquire data from inside or outside a human being for one or more time periods in the past to obtain an acquired data set, wherein the data is a level of drowsiness or an ocular parameter indicative for drowsiness,
a computer means configured to model the acquired data set as a geometric Brownian motion (GBM) random process model or an Ito process (IP) random process model to obtain a fitted random process model,
a computer means configured to predict in real time a state of drowsiness of the human being using the fitted random process model to obtain a predicted state of drowsiness of the human being, and
an output for processed data or the predicted state.

US Pat. No. 10,457,141

CONTROL METHOD FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE, CONTROL APPARATUS FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE, AND FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A control method for a four-wheel drive vehicle, the four-wheel drive vehicle including:a driving shaft configured to transmit a driving force of a drive source in a fore-and-aft direction of the vehicle;
a driving force connecting/disconnecting apparatus configured to connect or disconnect the driving force from the drive source toward the driving shaft; and
a driving force transmission apparatus configured to transmit the driving force from the driving shaft toward wheels in a disconnectable and adjustable manner,
the four-wheel drive vehicle being configured such that the driving force is transmitted to the wheels via the driving force connecting/disconnecting apparatus and the driving force transmission apparatus in a four-wheel drive mode and the transmission of the driving force that is performed by both of the driving force connecting/disconnecting apparatus and the driving force transmission apparatus is interrupted in a two-wheel drive mode, wherein
the driving force transmission apparatus includes:
a first rotational member configured to rotate along with rotation of the driving shaft, the first rotational member including a first meshing portion;
a second rotational member arranged so as to be coaxially rotatable relative to the first rotational member;
a friction clutch configured to transmit the driving force between an output rotational member and the second rotational member, the output rotational member being configured to output the driving force toward the wheels;
a friction member configured such that its rotation relative to one rotational member out of the first rotational member and the second rotational member is restricted, and configured to generate a frictional force by being brought into contact with the other rotational member;
a clutch member fitted to an external portion of the second rotational member, the clutch member including a second meshing portion configured to directly mesh with the first meshing portion; and
a movement mechanism configured to move the friction member and the clutch member relative to the first rotational member and the second rotational member, and
the clutch member is movable between a coupled position where the first meshing portion and the second meshing portion are meshed to couple the first rotational member and the second rotational member so that the first rotational member and the second rotational member are not rotatable relative to each other and a decoupled position where at least one of the first meshing portion and the second meshing portion is not meshed to allow the first rotational member and the second rotational member to rotate relative to each other,
the control method for a four-wheel drive vehicle comprising, when the two-wheel drive mode is switched to the four-wheel drive mode while the four-wheel drive vehicle is traveling, reducing a difference in rotation speeds of the first rotational member and the second rotational member by the frictional force between the friction member and the other rotational member, and then moving the clutch member from the decoupled position to the coupled position in a state in which an engagement force of the friction clutch is set to an engagement force that allows the output rotational member and the second rotational member to rotate relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,139

FUEL CAP AND SPRING ASSEMBLY

1. A fuel tank cap comprising:a body that defines a top expanse;
a shoulder extending downwardly from said top expanse, said shoulder defining a slot therein and an interior of said body;
a biasing member having at least a portion of said biasing member positioned within said slot;
a fastening device extending through said shoulder, extending through said slot, and extending through said biasing member so as to secure said biasing member within said slot, and said fastening device extending inwardly into said interior of said body;
wherein said biasing member includes a second portion extending outwardly from said slot and into said interior of said body in a nominal, unbiased condition, and wherein said second portion of said biasing member is positioned within said slot in a biased condition.

US Pat. No. 10,457,138

SELF-SEALING LIQUID BLADDERS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A self-sealing liquid bladder comprising a liquid bladder having a plurality of layers defining a volume, wherein the layers include a hydrocarbon impermeable material layer that is inert to a liquid hydrocarbon and at least one sealing layer that is conformally arranged to span a surface area of the hydrocarbon impermeable material layer and that is separated from the volume by the hydrocarbon impermeable material layer, wherein the at least one sealing layer includes a plurality of shape changing structures that change geometry upon absorption of the liquid hydrocarbon in the bladder, wherein the plurality of shape changing structures are a plurality of fibers that include a first material that is a liquid hydrocarbon absorbent material capable of expanding upon absorption of the liquid hydrocarbon, wherein the liquid hydrocarbon absorbent material is selected from one or more of hydrocarbon encapsulated polymers, plant fibers, synthetic elastomers, super absorbent polymers, and polyolefins, and wherein the plurality of fibers is capable of expanding as a result of the first material absorbing the liquid hydrocarbon to a size sufficient to at least partially fill a hole in the hydrocarbon impermeable material layer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,137

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING OPENING/CLOSING OF SHUTTER FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A system for controlling opening/closing of a shutter for a vehicle, the shutter being disposed at an opening section through which outside air is introduced into a driving source housing chamber that houses a driving source of the vehicle, the system comprising:a temperature sensor that detects a temperature in the driving source housing chamber or a temperature of the driving source; and
a control device configured to provide:
an opening/closing control unit that brings the shutter into an open state when the temperature detected by the temperature detecting unit exceeds a predetermined threshold, and brings the shutter into a closed state when the temperature is equal to or lower than the threshold; and
a traveling state predicting unit that includes a map information acquiring section that acquires map information related to a map around the vehicle, and a path information acquiring section that acquires path information related to paths on which the vehicle travels, and predicts a traveling state of the vehicle after a lapse of a predetermined time based on the map information acquired by the map information acquiring section and the path information acquired by the path information acquiring section,
the opening/closing control unit including a threshold changing section that changes the threshold based on the traveling state of the vehicle after the lapse of the predetermined time predicted by the traveling state predicting unit,
wherein the traveling state predicting unit includes a prediction period changing section that changes a prediction period with which the traveling state of the vehicle is predicted, based on the map information and the path information, and
wherein the prediction period changing section sets the prediction period to be shorter than normal time when a prediction that the traveling state of the vehicle frequently changes is made, and sets the prediction period to be longer than the normal time when a prediction that the traveling state of the vehicle is monotonous is made.

US Pat. No. 10,457,136

SINGLE SHOT INJECTION MOLDED ARTICLE

GDC, Inc., Goshen, IN (U...

1. A baffle for regulating air flow around a radiator in a vehicle, the baffle comprising a substantially planar base portion, an edge portion for contacting a surface of the radiator, and a transition portion between the base portion and the edge portion, the base portion and the edge portion being of monolithic construction, the base portion having a base portion thickness, and the edge portion having an edge portion thickness that is less than the base portion thickness and wherein the baffle includes a substantially continuous taper down in thickness from the base portion through the transition portion to the edge portion, such that the edge portion deforms when it mates with the surface of the radiator while the base portion remains substantially rigid.

US Pat. No. 10,457,131

TRANSMISSION FOR ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE, ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TRANSMISSION

Punch Flybrid Limited, N...

1. An energy storage and recovery system comprising an energy storage device coupled to a transmission for transmitting torque between the energy storage device and an energy source and/or sink, the transmission comprising a clutch control system and a transmission ratio adjuster, the transmission ratio adjuster including a first clutch and a second clutch in parallel with one another, each of the first and second clutches being arranged to transmit torque while slipping substantially continuously during a respective period when the other of the first and second clutches is not transmitting torque; andthe clutch control system being arranged to control the first and second clutches so as to transfer drive from one of the first and second clutches to the other by reducing the torque transmitted by said one of the first and second clutches at the same time as increasing the torque transmitted by the other of the first and second clutches so that there is a period of time in which both of the first and second clutches transmit torque while slipping, and controlling the first and second clutches so as to keep the total torque transmitted to the energy source/sink by the first and second clutches substantially at a predefined level or within a predetermined range throughout the said period of time in which both of the first and second clutches transmit torque while slipping.

US Pat. No. 10,457,129

MULTI CONFIGURABLE HALF TOP ASSEMBLY

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A top system for a four-door Jeep type vehicle having a cargo area rear of a rear seating portion of said vehicle, said cargo area juxtaposing rear wheel wells of said vehicle, said cargo area being closed by a pivotal rear cargo gate, said vehicle having parallel spaced roll bars with a horizontal portion adjacent at least a rear seating portion of said vehicle and said roll bars having an inclined portion slanted towards said cargo area, said top comprising:parallel spaced apart C pillars, said C pillars including a front vertical column and a rear vertical column, said rear column having a perpendicularly connected seat belt pass-through extending towards a longitudinal centerline of said vehicle, said C pillars also having longitudinal extending bottom plates connecting said front and rear columns, said bottom plate extending beyond said rear column, and said C pillar also including a top plate connecting said front and rear columns along a top end of said front and rear columns and said C pillars including pivotally connected sealing plates for sealing a top end of a rear door, said sealing plates being connected to said C pillar front column and also being connected to said roll bars;
a vertical rear window extending between said C pillar rear columns, said rear window having a cutout portion for allowance of passage of a seat belt;
a fabric cover providing a top deck extending over a front and said rear seating portion of said vehicle, said cover also covering said C pillars and said rear window;
a rear bow connecting said C pillars' rear columns adjacent a bottom end of said columns; and
a tonneau cover for said rear cargo area providing a flat surface enclosure of said rear cargo area.

US Pat. No. 10,457,126

OPEN-AIR CAR CANOPY AND COVER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATION

1. An open-air car canopy and cover assembly, the assembly comprising:a rotatable supporting bracket defined by a multiple ribs joined at a pivot portion, the pivot portion pivotally connecting the rotatable supporting bracket to an open rear section of an open-air car, the ribs supporting a upper panel, a rear panel, and a pair of side panels,
whereby the panels at least partially cover the open rear section the open-air car when the rotatable supporting bracket is disposed in a deployed position,
whereby the upper panel and the rear panel drape between the ribs when the rotatable supporting bracket is disposed in an undeployed position,
whereby the side panels are generally limp and folded when the rotatable supporting bracket is disposed in an undeployed position;
a tensioned hinge member fitted into the pivot portion of the rotatable supporting bracket, the tensioned hinge member creating tension at the pivot portion,
whereby the tension fixedly disposes the rotatable supporting bracket at or between the deployed and undeployed positions;
a roof mount detachably attaching the rotatable supporting bracket to a roof support structure of a roof on the open-air car, the roof mount being generally elongated, the roof mount comprising a first end having a curved flange hooking the roof support structure, the roof mount further having a second end defined by a channel;
a plurality of metallic tensioned hooks being defined by a mount end attached to the roof mount, the metallic tensioned hooks further being defined by a free end hooking the roof support structure, the free end of the metallic tensioned hooks and the curved flange of the roof mount engaging the roof support structure from opposite sides,
whereby the opposing positions of the curved flange and the free end of the metallic tensioned hooks creates tension that retains the rotatable supporting bracket to the roof support structure;
an upper pocket encapsulating the upper panel and the rotatable supporting bracket in the undeployed position,
whereby the upper pocket helps retain the upper panel and the rotatable supporting bracket near the roof support structure;
a rear flap extending from the rear panel of the canopy, the rear flap being defined by a lower hem having a plurality of rear flap fastening members, the rear flap being foldable towards the roof,
whereby the rear flap carries the rear panel for attachment to the roof support structure,
whereby the rear flap fastening members detachably couple to the metallic tensioned hooks or near the roof support structure; and
a pair of lateral flaps extending from the side panels of the canopy, the lateral flaps being defined by a hem having a plurality of lateral fasteners, the lateral flaps being foldable rearwardly towards the rear section of the open-air car,
whereby the lateral flaps carry the side panels for attachment to the rear panel,
whereby the lateral fasteners detachably couple to corresponding fasteners at or near the rear panel.

US Pat. No. 10,457,125

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TEMPORARY CARGO BED COVER

Michael DelCharco, Jacks...

1. A method of sealing a cargo bed of a vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:a) extending a first sheet of a membrane with an adhesive layer on a first side of the membrane across a cargo bed to a first receiving surface comprising a side extension generally perpendicular to the cargo bed and proximate to the cargo bed;
b) affixing the first sheet of the membrane to the first receiving surface of the cargo bed by applying pressure to a second side of the first sheet of membrane thereby adhering the adhesive layer to the first receiving surface proximate to the cargo bed;
c) extending a second sheet of the membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane across the cargo bed to a second receiving surface comprising the side extension generally perpendicular to the cargo bed and proximate to the cargo bed thereby covering at least a portion of the cargo bed and covering an overlap portion of the first sheet of membrane with a portion of the second sheet of membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane;
d) applying pressure to the second side of the second sheet of membrane towards the second receiving surface thereby adhering the second sheet of membrane to the second receiving surface and also adhering a portion of the second sheet of membrane to the overlap portion of the first sheet of membrane;
e) extending a third sheet of membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane across the cargo bed to a third receiving surface comprising the side extension generally perpendicular to the cargo bed and proximate to the cargo bed, thereby covering a third portion of the cargo bed and covering an overlap portion of the second sheet of membrane with a portion of the third sheet of membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane; and
f) adhering a third sheet of the membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane to a third receiving surface proximate to the cargo bed and to an overlap portion of the second sheet of membrane by applying pressure to a second side of the second portion of membrane towards the third receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,121

ENCAPSULATED FIXED WINDOW MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

HUTCHINSON SEALING SYSTEM...

1. An encapsulated fixed window module for a motor vehicle, comprising:a fixed window pane having an exterior surface, an interior surface, and a peripheral edge extending between said exterior and interior surfaces,
an overmolded trim strip extending along at least a portion of said peripheral edge, said overmolded trim strip being secured by overmolding onto said at least a portion of said peripheral edge, said overmolded trim strip having an exterior edge, an interior edge, and peripheral edges extending between said exterior and interior edges, at least in a peripheral region of said fixed window pane, one of the peripheral edges of said overmolded trim strip covering at least in part said peripheral edge of said fixed window pane, and
at least in a peripheral region of said fixed window pane, an esthetic component covering at least a portion of said exterior edge and extending along at least a portion of said overmolded trim strip, said esthetic component having an esthetic exterior face,
wherein, at least in a peripheral region of said fixed window pane, at least one of said exterior edge and said esthetic exterior face is substantially coplanar with said exterior surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,120

AIR OUTLET FOR ARRANGEMENT IN THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An air outlet, comprising:an elongated housing having a flow channel;
an outflow element crossing the flow channel and rigidly arranged on a longitudinal end of the housing;
an insert pivotably mounted with an arched outer surface on a correspondingly formed arched section of an inner wall of the housing and arranged offset to the outflow element in the longitudinal direction of the housing;
an actuating element that protrudes into the flow channel pivotably mounted on the outflow element and mechanically coupled to the insert, the actuating element protrudes with an actuating end from the outflow element and is coupled to the insert with an opposite adjusting end; and
a throttle arranged upstream in the flow channel, the throttle coupled to the adjusting end via a first universal joint and a second universal joint, the first universal joint coupled to the second universal joint with a length compensation element, the second universal joint coupled to a control rod, the throttle including a plurality of fins each arranged parallel to each other and pivotably coupled to the housing, each fin of the plurality of fins having a rotational axis that is transverse to the longitudinal direction of the housing, each of the plurality of fins coupled to the control rod such that a rotation of the actuating element pivots each of the plurality of fins relative to the housing, with a first pair of the plurality of fins coupled to the control rod via a first driver and a second pair of the plurality of fins coupled to the control rod via a second driver, the control rod having a first end opposite a second end, the first end coupled to the first driver and the second end coupled to the second driver, the control rod extends along an axis that is transverse to the longitudinal direction of the housing, and the plurality of fins includes a first fin adjacent to a second fin, a third fin adjacent to a fourth fin, the second fin adjacent to the third fin, with the first driver coupled to the first fin and the third fin via at least one first extension arm and the second driver coupled to the second fin and the fourth fin via at least one second extension arm.

US Pat. No. 10,457,119

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon-s...

1. An air conditioning system for motor vehicles, comprising:a blower configured to blow an air into a vehicle room;
a PTC heater configured to heat the air blown into the vehicle room, the PTC heater having a heat generation amount adjusted by PWM duty ratio control;
a blower air volume change amount measurement unit configured to measure a blower air volume change amount per unit time during a predetermined time period starting from a time point at which the air volume of the blower per unit time is initially changed; and
a controller configured to correct a PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater in view of the blower air volume change amount per unit time measured by the blower air volume change amount measurement unit,
wherein the controller is configured to receive an air volume control signal from an air volume change detection unit upon a determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time,
wherein the controller is configured to determine that the air volume of the blower has been changed per unit time and that the heat generation amount of the PTC heater is to be changed upon an inputting of the air volume control signal to the controller from the air volume change detection unit,
wherein, upon the controller determining the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, the controller is configured to enter a heater precedent control mode,
wherein the heater precedent control mode includes the controller configured to detecting a PWM duty ratio compensation value corresponding to the blower air volume change per unit time measured by the blower air volume change amount measurement unit, and
wherein the controller is configured to, upon the determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, correct the PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater in view of the blower air volume change amount per unit time and the PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater,
wherein the controller is configured to set a first target heating temperature based on an ejection air temperature of a vehicle room inputted from an ejection air temperature detection sensor and applies a PWM duty ratio corresponding to the first target heating temperature to the PTC heater, thereby controlling the heat generation amount of the PTC heater, and
wherein the controller is configured to, upon the determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, change the first target heating temperature to a second target heating temperature and control the heat generation amount of the PTC heater in conformity with the second target heating temperature before the ejection air temperature of the vehicle room is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,113

VEHICLE EXTREME TEMPERATURE SAFETY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

12. A method of preventing excessive thermal stress exposure to an occupant of a vehicle, the method comprising:providing a system comprising:
an occupancy sensor;
an occupant body temperature sensor configured to detect a body surface temperature of the occupant;
an actuator; and,
a controller configured to receive signals from the occupancy sensor and from the occupant body surface temperature sensor;
receiving an occupant present signal from the occupancy sensor;
determining an occupant body core temperature based on a signal from the occupant body surface temperature sensor; and
activating the actuator when the determined occupant body core temperature falls outside a preset temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,457,112

CONFIGURABLE EVAPORATOR UNIT AIR OUTLETS FOR A SECONDARY HVAC SYSTEM

Thermo King Corporation, ...

1. A configurable evaporator unit for a secondary heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that provides conditioned air within a cabin portion of a vehicle, the configurable evaporator unit comprising:an evaporator compartment that includes an evaporator coil for conditioning air;
a blower assembly that houses an evaporator blower for directing conditioned air out of the configurable evaporator unit, the blower assembly including:
a front side surface, a back side surface, a top side surface, a bottom side surface, and a left or right side surface, and
a plurality of blower openings for directing conditioned air out of the blower assembly, the plurality of blower openings disposed on at least two of the front side surface, the back side surface, the top side surface, the bottom side surface, and the left or right side surface; and
a housing that houses the evaporator compartment and the blower assembly adjacent to the evaporator compartment, the housing including:
a front side, a back side, a top side, a bottom side, and a left or right side, and
a plurality of housing openings disposed on at least two of the front side, the back side, the top side, the bottom side, and the left or right side, and
wherein the conditioned air is directed from the plurality of blower openings to multiple of the plurality of housing openings, at least one of the multiple of the plurality of housing openings is blocked from directing conditioned air out of the configurable evaporator unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,111

CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a heat pump including a cabin loop having a compressor, an exterior heat exchanger, a first expansion device therebetween, an interior heat exchanger, and a second expansion device between the interior and exterior heat exchangers, and including a battery loop having a battery chiller and a third expansion device selectively connecting the cabin loop and the battery chiller in fluid communication;
a traction battery;
a battery coolant loop including a radiator and a conduit, configured to circulate coolant through the radiator, the battery chiller, and the traction battery, wherein the battery coolant loop is connected to the heat pump only at the battery chiller; and
a controller programed to, in response to the heat pump being in dehumidification mode, close the third expansion device to inhibit refrigerant flow to the battery chiller.

US Pat. No. 10,457,108

NON-LINEAR STIFFNESS ACTUATOR FOR VEHICLE SUSPENSION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A non-linear stiffness actuator for a suspension corner employed in a vehicle having a vehicle body and a road wheel, the non-linear stiffness actuator comprising:an actuator housing;
an actuator shaft configured to transmit an actuator force to the road wheel;
a primary elastic member assembly arranged between the actuator housing and the actuator shaft and configured to exert a primary elastic member force along the actuator shaft; and
a secondary elastic member assembly configured to exert a variable secondary elastic member force acting between the actuator housing and the actuator shaft, wherein the variable secondary elastic member force is configured to selectively contribute to and subtract from the primary elastic member force to thereby facilitate the non-linear stiffness of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,457,106

DEVICE FOR LEVEL ADJUSTMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

18. A level adjustment device for a vehicle, comprising:a screw drive that includes:
an adapter sleeve that axially supports a spindle that includes a flange, wherein the flange is directed radially inwards towards the spindle, wherein the adapter sleeve is configured to decouple to a cylinder utilizing an elastic element; and
a nut configured to move up and down in an axial direction on the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,103

METHOD FOR DETERMINING TIRE INSTALLATION LOCATION, TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

Silergy Semiconductor Tec...

1. A method of determining installation positions of tires, the method comprising:a) measuring, by a magnetic sensor provided in each tire in the same manner, a first magnetic field strength in a first direction and a second magnetic field strength in a second direction, wherein said first direction is a circumferential or axial direction of said tire and said second direction is a radial direction of said tire;
b) acquiring, by a controller, a first magnetic field strength sampling value of said tire by sampling said first magnetic field strength received from said magnetic sensor;
c) acquiring, by said controller, a second magnetic field strength sampling value of said tire by sampling said second magnetic field strength received from said magnetic sensor;
d) calculating, by said controller, a difference between said first magnetic field strength sampling value and said second magnetic field strength sampling value of said tire;
e) determining, by said controller, whether said installation position of said tire is on the left side or the right side of a vehicle according to a change trend of said calculated difference of said tire; and
f) providing said installation position of said tire to a communication component, wherein said magnetic sensor, said communication component, and said controller receive a power supply from a power management circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,096

FLANGED WHEEL HUB FOR WHEEL HUB BEARINGS

1. A flanged wheel hub for flanged hub bearing units, the wheel hub comprises:a tubular body supporting the bearing units and being coaxial with an axis (A), and a flange, which is transverse to the axis (A), is provided with a plurality of threaded through holes that are distributed around the axis (A), and includes:
an outer annular mounting surface, and
an inner surface that is axially faced towards an outer ring of the bearing units; the flange having a respective basic axial thickness (SAF), and providing, for each threaded through hole, a respective radial arm, which is arranged on the inner surface of the flange facing the outer ring and has a respective axial thickness (SAB) to act as a strengthening element of the flange at least in correspondence of the threaded through holes;
the flanged wheel hub being forged in one piece together with the flange and the arms, and wherein
for each threaded through hole, an annular boss, which is also forged in one piece with the flanged wheel hub and is arranged around, and crossed by, the relative threaded through hole for the purpose of increasing the mechanical strength characteristics of the flanged wheel hub.

US Pat. No. 10,457,090

EXPANDABLE PACKAGE FILLER OR ORNAMENT

1. An expandable filler, comprising: a stack of about 30 to about 60 parallel sheets, each sheet comprising a flexible material having a respective thickness less than about 2 mil and defining at least one cut through the thickness of the sheet, the at least one cut extending from a peripheral edge of the sheet to a location radially inward of the peripheral edge of the sheet, the at least one cut defining a peninsula portion of the sheet proximate the location radially inward of the peripheral edge of the sheet and a generally spiral shaped strip extending continuously from the peninsula portion to a peripheral end portion located along the peripheral edge of the sheet, wherein the generally spiral shaped strips of the respective sheets are coextensive with each other and, in an initial configuration, collectively occupy a first volume, the generally spiral shaped strips being configured to entangle with at least some of each other in response to shaking to form, in an expanded configuration, a cushioning packing material having a volume greater than the first volume, and wherein the generally spiral shaped strips are fastened together in intimate contact at only the peripheral end portion of each of the generally spiral shaped strips.

US Pat. No. 10,457,089

METHOD OF MARKING A SOLID STATE MATERIAL, AND SOLID STATE MATERIALS MARKED ACCORDING TO SUCH A METHOD

Master Dynamic Limited, ...

17. An article formed from solid state material having a non-optically detectable identifiable mark on the outer surface of the article, wherein said mark includes a plurality of recesses extending into said article from the outer surface of the article and wherein the maximum width of the etched portions of is less than 200 nm such that the identifiable mark is non-optically detectable in the visible light spectrum and is viewable in the ultra-violet (UV) spectrum and wherein said mark is viewable in the ultra-violet spectrum irrespective of the distribution or uniformity of the etched potions in relation to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,084

ANTI-OFF AND REPLENISHED STICKY NOTES WITH MAGNETIC CHASSIS WHICH CAN BE SLID AND PLACED ERECTLY ON METAL PLANE

1. A reusable anti-falling magnetic base capable of sliding and standing on a magnetic plane for sticky notes, comprising a magnetic base, and characterized in that the magnetic base comprises, at a bottom of the magnetic base, magnet sheets holes for holding small magnets; wherein portions of side rims of the magnetic base are provided with an oblique angle; whereby the sticky notes connected in the magnetic base stand and fix at the oblique angle on a magnetic surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,079

INK, INKJET RECORDING METHOD, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

17. An image forming apparatus comprising:a recording medium;
an applying device configured to apply an ink to the recording medium to form an image; and
a rolling-up device configured to roll up the recording medium in a roll form to form an image recorded matter;
wherein the recording medium is continuous paper,
wherein the ink includes an organic solvent and a coloring material,
wherein the image recorded matter has a tackiness power of from 80 to 110 nN.

US Pat. No. 10,457,078

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR PRODUCT USING PERMEABLE MEDIUM

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A manufacturing method, comprising:an image printing step of forming an image by inkjet printing on a permeable medium based on a processing data;
a cutting step of cutting the permeable medium into parts in shapes based on the processing data after the image is printed on the permeable medium by inkjet printing in the image printing step; and
an assembling step of assembling the parts into a product,
wherein the image printing step using an ink for image printing, and the ink containing a heat-producible composition that generates heat when being irradiated with ultraviolet light and a solvent, and the ink is able to be dried and fixed after the solvent is vaporized from the ink heated by the heat generated by the heat-producible composition when being irradiated with the ultraviolet light,
by an irradiation of the ultraviolet light, the solvent is vaporized to an extent that the image printed on the permeable medium does not smear, and a maximum energy of the irradiation of the ultraviolet light is an energy which does not cause the ink to be burned, and
the image printing step uses an ink for image printing selected from latex inks, solvent-diluted UV-curable inks, and water-soluble UV-curable dye inks, wherein a temperature range of the ink irradiated by the irradiation of the ultraviolet light is 60° C.˜170° C.

US Pat. No. 10,457,074

INKJET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An inkjet printer, comprising:a table on which a recording medium is to be placed;
an ink head that is located above the table and discharges ink toward the recording medium placed on the table;
a carriage that has the ink head mounted thereon and is movable in a main scanning direction; and
an air blower that is mounted on the carriage and blows air toward the recording medium; wherein
the air blower includes:
a case including an inlet opening through which external air is taken inside, an outlet opening through which the external air, taken inside through the inlet opening, is discharged outside, and an opening in a portion facing the table, the case being located at least to one side of the ink head in the main scanning direction;
a fan that is located in the case, absorbs the external air through the inlet opening and sends air through the outlet opening toward the recording medium placed on the table;
a heater that is located in the case and heats the air sent from the fan; and
a heat radiation layer that is exposed outside through the opening and radiates at least a portion of heat generated by the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,457,073

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:a reaction liquid adhesion step of ejecting from an ink jet head, a reaction liquid in the form of liquid droplets containing an aggregating agent which aggregates a color ink composition so as to adhere the reaction liquid to a recording region of a recording medium which is a non-absorptive recording medium or a low-absorptive recording medium; and
a color ink adhesion step of ejecting the color ink composition in the form of liquid droplets from an ink jet head so as to adhere the color ink composition to the recording region of the recording medium to which the reaction liquid is adhered,
wherein in the reaction liquid adhesion step, while ejecting the liquid droplets, the ink jet head is scanned a plurality of times so as to be moved relatively with respect to the recording medium;
an adhesion amount of the reaction liquid to the recording region after a single scan by the ink jet head relative to the recording medium is 0.1 to 2 mg/inch2; and
a total adhesion amount of the reaction liquid to the recording region after the ink jet head is scanned the plurality of times is 1 to 4 mg/inch2.

US Pat. No. 10,457,072

PROCESSING OBJECT REFORMING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, PROCESSING OBJECT REFORMING SYSTEM, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PRINTED MATTER

1. A processing object reforming apparatus comprising:a plasma processing unit that acidifies at least a surface of a processing object comprising paper or film, the processing object having a polymer upon its surface, by processing the surface of the processing object by using plasma, causing a chemical reaction between polymers, disposed at the surface, and the plasma; and
a control unit that controls the plasma processing unit to plasma-process the processing object with a plasma energy amount based on a type of material that is included at the surface of the processing object;
wherein the plasma processing unit comprises at least one discharge electrode that generates the plasma, and
the control unit controls the plasma processing unit to plasma-process the processing object with the plasma energy amount by adjusting a voltage value of a voltage pulse to be applied to the at least one discharge electrode or adjusting the number of the discharge electrodes to which the voltage pulse is to be applied.

US Pat. No. 10,457,071

OBJECT HOLDER WITH PNEUMATIC CLAMPING FRAME FOR A DIRECT-TO-OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An object holder for retaining at least one object in a direct-to-object print system, the object holder comprising:a moving frame configured to traverse a support member positioned substantially parallel to a plane formed by at least one print head of the direct-to-object print system;
at least one collapsible membrane configured to be retained within the moving frame, wherein the at least one collapsible membrane is at least partially filled with a plurality of granules, and further wherein the at least one collapsible membrane is configured to collapse at least partially around the at least one object when a volume of air is withdrawn from the at least one collapsible membrane; and
at least one inflatable bladder associated with at least one interior surface of the moving frame, wherein the at least one inflatable bladder is configured to be inflated to retain the at least one collapsible membrane within the moving frame when air is withdrawn from the at least one collapsible membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,457,068

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO TRAPPING PROCESS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING INSTRUCTIONS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING TRAPPING PROCESS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a storage configured to store image data; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to execute:
receiving image data configured such that a plurality of pixel arrays each including a plurality of pixels are arranged in a main scanning direction, the plurality of pixel arrays being aligned in a sub scanning direction which is perpendicular to the main scanning direction;
setting a determination area having a particular number of pixels within a particular area of three lines or more in the sub scanning direction and three pixels or more in the main scanning direction;
sequentially selecting a plurality of pixels within the determination area as color determination pixels;
determining whether a color determination pixel of the selected color determination pixels has a chromatic color;
determining black pixels including:
determining whether a first pixel adjacent to the color determination pixel is black; and
determining whether a second pixel apart from the color determination pixel with one or more intermediate pixels therebetween is black;
determining execution of trapping processes including:
determining that a first trapping process to add a color component of the color determination pixel to the first pixel is to be executed when the controller determines that the color determination pixel has a chromatic color and the first pixel is black; and
determining that a second trapping process to add the color component of the color determination pixel to the second pixel is to be executed when it is determined that the color determination pixel has a chromatic color, the second pixel is black, and the intermediate pixels located between the color determination pixel and the second pixel are black;
executing trapping processes including:
executing the first trapping process on a pixel on which the first trapping process is determined to be executed; and
executing the second trapping process on a pixel on which the second trapping process is determined to be executed;
restricting execution of trapping processes including:
restricting execution of the second trapping process on the pixel on which the first trapping process is determined to be executed,
wherein a position of the second pixel within the determination area varies depending on the color determination pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,457,066

IMAGE TRANSFORMATIONS BASED ON DEFECTS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system, comprising:a print engine to print a plurality of images on a medium, wherein each one of the plurality of images is printed on a respective ribbon of a plurality of ribbons on the medium, wherein each one of the plurality of ribbons comprises an elongated strip on the medium to receive a respective image that is repeated end-to-end along the elongated strip; and
a controller communicatively coupled with the print engine, the controller to:
detect a failure that results in a defect in a first image of the plurality of images in the respective ribbon of the first image while the print engine is printing the plurality of images,
perform an affine transformation on a second image in the respective ribbon of the first image in response to the failure that is detected to produce a transformed second image, wherein the controller is to perform the affine transformation of the second image by performing a 180-degree rotation of the second image that is repeated for each second image that is printed within the respective ribbon, and
instruct the print engine to print the transformed second image in the respective ribbon of the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,457,065

LIQUID CONTAINER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid container configured to be mounted to a carriage that reciprocates in an X direction, the liquid container comprising:an upper wall and a bottom wall opposed to each other in a Z direction that intersects with the X direction;
a first side wall and a second side wall opposed to each other in a Y direction that intersects with the X direction and the Z direction;
a third side wall and a fourth side wall opposed to each other in the X direction;
a liquid supply port provided in the bottom wall;
a first chamber provided on a +Z direction side that is an upper wall side in the Z direction;
a second chamber provided on a ?Z direction side that is a bottom wall side in the Z direction;
a partition wall configured to part the first chamber from the second chamber; and
a connecting hole configured to connect the first chamber with the second chamber, wherein
the second chamber is connected with the liquid supply port,
the first chamber is connected with the liquid supply port via the connecting hole and the second chamber,
the second chamber includes a return flow path that is turned back along the X direction,
a liquid contained in the first chamber is flowed from the connecting hole through the return flow path to the liquid supply port, and
the return flow path includes a first flow path in which the liquid flows from the third side wall toward the fourth side wall, and a second flow path in which the liquid flows from the fourth side wall toward the third side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,457,064

LIQUID CONSUMPTION APPARATUS HAVING CARTRIDGE, CARTRIDGE ATTACHMENT SECTION PROVIDED WITH TANK, AND CONSUMING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid consumption apparatus comprising: a first cartridge; a second cartridge; a cartridge attachment section; and a consuming device,each of the first cartridge and the second cartridge being a cartridge which comprises:
a first storage chamber storing a liquid; and
a supply portion configured to supply the liquid stored in the first storage chamber,
the cartridge attachment section comprising:
a connecting portion configured to be connected with and disconnected from the supply portion of a selected one of the first cartridge and the second cartridge; and
a tank having a second storage chamber configured to store the liquid supplied from the first storage chamber through the supply portion and the connecting portion connected with the supply portion,
the consuming device being configured to consume the liquid stored in the second storage chamber;
the supply portion of a cartridge and the connecting portion being connected together in a case where the cartridge is inserted into the cartridge attachment section in an inserting direction that is parallel to a first direction,
the supply portion of the cartridge and the connecting portion being separated from each other in a case where the cartridge is detached from the cartridge attachment section in a detaching direction that is opposite to the inserting direction,
the first cartridge comprising a wall defining both of a first base part and a first protruding part, the first protruding part protruding in the inserting direction from part of the first base part that is defined in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the first storage chamber of the first cartridge extending over insides of both of the first base part and the first protruding part,
the second cartridge comprising a wall defining at least the first base part, the first storage chamber of the second cartridge being provided in an inside of the at least the first base part,
in a case where the wall of the second cartridge defines both of the first base part and the first protruding part, the first protruding part of the second cartridge having a protruding amount smaller than that of the first protruding part of the first cartridge,
the first storage chamber of the second cartridge having an internal volume smaller than that of the first storage chamber of the first cartridge,
the tank comprising a wall defining a second base part and a second protruding part, the second protruding part protruding in the detaching direction from part of the second base part that is defined in the second direction,
wherein, in a state where the supply portion of either one of the first cartridge and the second cartridge is connected to the connecting portion,
as viewed in the first direction, the first base part is overlapped with both of the second base part and the second protruding part; and
as viewed in the second direction, the first base part is not overlapped with the second base part, and is not overlapped with the second protruding part,
wherein, in a state where the supply portion of the first cartridge is connected to the connecting portion,
as viewed in the first direction, the first protruding part is overlapped with the second base part, but is not overlapped with the second protruding part; and
as viewed in the second direction, the first protruding part is overlapped with the second protruding part, but is not overlapped with the second base part.

US Pat. No. 10,457,054

PREVENTING DETERIORATION IN AESTHETIC APPEARANCE OF A PRINTED RESULT WITHOUT REDUCTION OF PRINTING SPEED

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a printing processing program for executing steps on a computing device, said computing device included in an operating terminal for operating a printer comprising a thermal line head that includes a plurality of heat generation elements and is configured to form dots on respective print lines divided by print resolution on a fed print-receiving medium, and an energizing device configured to selectively control drive of said plurality of heat generation elements according to print data,said steps comprising:
a dot pattern generation step for generating a binarized dot pattern including on-dots to be printed and off dots not to be printed corresponding to said print data;
a line specification step for determining whether or not an on-dot ratio represented by the number of on-dots/(the number of on-dots+the number of off-dots), or the number of on-dots, is equal to or greater than a threshold value for each print line in said binarized dot pattern generated in said dot pattern generation step, and for specifying at least one print lines equal to or greater than said threshold value;
a labeling step for separately identifying a plurality of dot groups such that the on-dots adjacent to each other form one dot group in said binarized dot pattern generated in said dot pattern generation step;
a dot group specification step for specifying at least one first dot groups including said at least one print lines specified in said line specification step among the plurality of groups identified in said labeling step; and
a density reduction process step for executing a predetermined density reduction process of making a density at the time of print formation of said on-dots included in said first dot groups specified in said dot group specification step lower than a density at the time of print formation of said on-dots included in at least one second dot groups other than the first dot groups.

US Pat. No. 10,457,047

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING A PLURALITY OF INKJET PRINT MODULES

MOUVENT AG, Solothurn (C...

1. Mounting assembly for mounting a plurality of inkjet print modules in an adjoining relationship along a longitudinal direction of the mounting assembly, comprisinga) a linear guide extending in the longitudinal direction for supporting the plurality of modules such that the modules are movable along the linear guide;
b) for each of the plurality of modules a carrier for mounting an inkjet print head including an array of nozzles formed on a nozzle face on a nozzle face side of the print module, wherein the carriers are supported on the linear guide such that they are movable along the linear guide;
c) wherein at least one of the carriers comprises a first adjustment mechanism for adjusting a distance of the carriers of two adjoining modules of the plurality of modules, the first adjustment mechanism comprising a first control member having an operating section for mechanically cooperating with a tool for adjusting the distance;
d) wherein at least one of the carriers further comprises a second adjustment mechanism for adjusting an angle position of the inkjet print head mounted to the carrier with respect to an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, the second adjustment mechanism comprising a second control member having an operating section for mechanically cooperating with a tool for adjusting the angle position;
wherein the operating sections of the control members of the first and of the second adjustment mechanism are accessible from the nozzle face side of the print module.

US Pat. No. 10,457,045

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS HAVING PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENTS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, comprising:a plurality of piezoelectric elements disposed on an element-disposed surface of a flow-passage defining member so as to be arranged in a first direction;
a protective cover disposed on the element-disposed surface so as to cover the plurality of piezoelectric elements and including a top wall portion opposed to the plurality of piezoelectric elements and two side wall portions connected respectively to opposite end portions of the top wall portion in a second direction parallel to the element-disposed surface and orthogonal to the first direction;
a plurality of wires drawn respectively from the plurality of piezoelectric elements to an outside of the protective cover in the second direction and extending on an outer surface of the top wall portion of the protective cover, the plurality of wires comprising (a) a plurality of first wires extending toward a first side of the protective cover in the second direction and (b) a plurality of second wires extending toward a second side, opposite to the first side of the protective cover in the second direction, the plurality of first wires comprising a plurality of lower portions extending on the element-disposed surface of the flow-passage defining member and a plurality of upper portions extending on the outer surface of the top portion of the protective cover;
a plurality of terminals disposed on the outer surface of the top wall portion and connected respectively to the plurality of wires; and
a driver electrically connected to the plurality of terminals,
wherein a distance in the first direction between two of the plurality of upper portions of two of the plurality of first wires is larger than a distance in the first direction between two of the plurality of lower portions of the two of the plurality of first wires.

US Pat. No. 10,457,044

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a plurality of recording element substrates each having an energy generating element configured to generate energy for discharging liquid from a discharge port; and
a sealing member with which a surround of each of the plurality of recording element substrates is filled,
wherein each of the plurality of recording element substrates includes a recessed portion on an end surface that faces a neighboring recording element substrate, and in the recessed portion, a gap between neighboring recording element substrates is wider than a gap between element surfaces on which the energy generating element is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,457,043

PIEZOELECTRIC PRINT HEAD AND PIEZOELECTRIC INK JET PRINTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric print head, comprising:a piezoelectric element;
a nozzle that ejects liquid when the piezoelectric element is driven;
a switch that switches between supply and non-supply of a driving signal for driving the piezoelectric element to the piezoelectric element;
a history-information memory that holds history information indicating history of ON or OFF of the switch; and
a switch-operation stop controller that stops a switch operation that causes the switch to be turned OFF from ON or to be turned ON from OFF, in accordance with the history information.

US Pat. No. 10,457,042

INKJET HEAD AND INKJET DEVICE USING SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An inkjet head, comprising:(i) multiple discharge units, each including
a nozzle that discharge a liquid droplet,
a first pressure chamber that is connected to the nozzle,
a supply-side second pressure chamber and a discharge-side pressure chamber that are connected to the first pressure chamber,
a supply-side third pressure chamber that is connected to the supply-side second pressure chamber,
a discharge-side third pressure chamber that is connected to the discharge-side second pressure chamber,
an energy-generating element that imparts a discharge force to a liquid inside the first pressure chamber,
a supply-side first throttle part that is provided between the first pressure chamber and the supply-side second pressure chamber,
a discharge-side first throttle part that is provided between the first pressure chamber and the discharge-side second pressure chamber,
a supply-side second throttle part that is provided between the supply-side second pressure chamber and the supply-side third pressure chamber, and
a discharge-side second throttle part that is provided between the discharge-side second pressure chamber and the discharge-side third pressure chamber;
(ii) a supply-side common flow channel that connects the supply-side third pressure chambers in the respective multiple discharge units; and
(iii) a discharge-side common flow channel that connects the discharge-side third pressure chambers in the respective multiple discharge units.

US Pat. No. 10,457,039

PRINTHEAD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead including a plurality of print elements, a drive circuit configured to drive the plurality of print elements, a logic circuit configured to receive input data for driving the plurality of print elements in synchronism with a clock, and a detection circuit configured to detect whether the input data input to the logic circuit includes an error and output a result of the detection;
an output unit configured to output the data to the printhead in synchronism with the clock;
an input unit configured to input a result detected in the detection circuit of the printhead and output from the printhead;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust the clock based on the result detected in the detection circuit of the printhead input by the input unit; and
a control unit configured to control the output by the output unit by using the clock adjusted by the adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,036

METHODS FOR COMPENSATING FOR THERMAL EXPANSION DURING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Thermwood Corporation, D...

1. An additive manufacturing method, comprising:forming a part using additive manufacturing;
measuring a first size of the part at a first temperature;
bringing the part to a second temperature, different than the first temperature;
measuring a second size of the part at the second temperature;
comparing the first size to the second size to calculate a coefficient of thermal expansion;
bringing the part to the first temperature; and
trimming the part using a tool path that compensates for the coefficient of thermal expansion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,034

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DECREASING TIME FOR PRINTING LAYERS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS AND FOR ENHANCING COLOR FIDELITY AT THE SURFACE OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A system comprising:a first plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a first material having a first color;
a second plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a second material having a second color, the first color being different than the second color;
a third plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a third material having a third color, the third color being different than the second color and the first color;
at least one actuator operatively connected to the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors; and
a controller operatively connected to the at least one actuator, the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors, the controller being configured to:
identify an average number of material drops per voxel for each material in each layer of an object to be manufactured;
convert image data for the object to material drop data for each voxel of each layer to identify a number of material drops for the first material, a number of material drops for the second material, and a number of material drops for the third material in each voxel of each layer, the conversion to the material drop data being performed using a first function of (1) a distance between each voxel in each layer and a closest surface of the object, (2) a sum of the average number of first material drops per voxel in each layer, the average number of second material drops per voxel in each layer, and the average number of third material drops per voxel in each layer, and (3) a target value for the sum of the average number of first material drops, the average number of the second material drops, and the average number of the third material drops per voxel in each layer; and
operate the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors using the converted material drop data to eject a number of drops of the first material, a number of drops of the second material, and a number of drops of the third material identified by the converted material drop data to form the voxels of each layer of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,457,032

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SEPARATING A PLURALITY OF DIRECTED SELF-ASSEMBLED DIAMAGNETIC COMPONENTS

SelfArray, Inc., Troy, N...

1. A method for separating a plurality of diamagnetic components, the method comprising:contacting a release substrate to the plurality of diamagnetic components, the plurality of diamagnetic components including a non-diamagnetic component affixed to a diamagnetic portion by a first adhesive; and
removing the release substrate, the non-diamagnetic component being affixed to a final substrate by a second adhesive and the release substrate being affixed to the diamagnetic portion by a third adhesive, and wherein the removing removes the diamagnetic portion and at least a portion of the first adhesive from the non-diamagnetic component.

US Pat. No. 10,457,029

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY APPARATUS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. An apparatus for manufacturing a display apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a support;
a first stage arranged on the support, the first stage being configured to move linearly and to receive a film member thereon;
a second stage spaced apart from the first stage, and arranged on the support, the second stage being configured to move linearly and to receive a display panel thereon;
an adhesive belt spaced from the support, the adhesive belt being configured to selectively adhere to the film member;
a tension maintenance portion arranged on the support, the tension maintenance portion being configured to ascend and descend and to maintain a tension of the adhesive belt; and
a pressing portion under the tension maintenance portion, the pressing portion being configured to move linearly and to press the adhesive belt toward one of the first stage and the second stage.

US Pat. No. 10,457,028

LAMINATING APPARATUS AND LAMINATING METHOD

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method of laminating an adhesive film on a convex surface of a curved or bent cover window, which has a single convex surface, a first flat plane on a first side of the convex surface, and a second flat plane on a second side of the convex surface and coupled to the first flat plane by the convex surface, by using a laminating apparatus, the method comprising:seating the cover window on a first frame such that the first flat plane of the cover window contacts a first plate of the first frame, and the second flat plane of the cover window contacts a second plate of the first frame;
seating a portion of the adhesive film above the first plate of the first frame;
moving a roller portion along a second frame guiding rotation of the first plate at an outer periphery of the first plate to contact with an upper portion of the first plate;
rotating the first frame about a rotation shaft while the second frame is fixed; and
moving the roller portion along the second frame to contact with an upper portion of the second plate of the first frame.

US Pat. No. 10,457,027

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING COMPOSITE BUILDING BOARDS USING THERMOPLASTIC FILMS

CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.,...

1. A system for manufacturing building boards along a production line, the system comprising:a roll of a first glass mat, the first mat having interior and exterior surfaces;
a coating apparatus and a supply of a hot melt thermoplastic, the coating apparatus being configured to apply a thin layer of the hot melt thermoplastic on the exterior surface of the first glass mat;
guide rollers for inverting the first glass mat after the application of the hot melt thermoplastic, the guide rollers configured to allow the applied thermoplastic coating to partially cool;
a series of forming tables positioned downstream of the coating apparatus, the guide rollers configured to deliver the first mat with the thermoplastic coating to a forming table, wherein the adhered thermoplastic coating faces the forming table and the interior surface of the first mat is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,024

COMPOSITE MATERIAL WITH COATING MATERIAL

MEHLER TEXNOLOGIES GMBH, ...

1. A composite material comprising a carrier material, wherein:the carrier material is coated on a first surface with a first coating material and on a second surface with a second coating material,
the composite material has links of coating material which run from the first surface of the carrier material to the second surface of the carrier material,
a starting area of the links, which starts from the first surface of the carrier material, accounts for 1% to 70% of the area of the first surface, and
45 to 95% of the first surface of the carrier material is coated by the first coating material, and/or 45 to 95% of the second surface of the carrier material is coated by the second coating material.

US Pat. No. 10,457,017

METHOD OF FORMING A LAYERED COMPOSITE ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A composite fiber layer that couples to another composite fiber layer, the composite fiber layer comprising:a main body including a plurality of composite fibers; and
a plurality of layer-securing pins secured to the main body, wherein the plurality of layer-securing pins are separate and distinct from one another, wherein the plurality of layer-securing pins are configured to mechanically connect the main body to the other composite fiber layer, wherein each of the plurality of layer-securing pins comprises:
an annular ring; and
a plurality of legs extending from the annular ring, wherein the annular ring is exposed through an outer surface of the main body, and wherein the plurality of legs extend into the main body, wherein the annular ring adhesively bonds via curing to another annular ring of the other composite fiber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,015

MESH MATERIAL FOR FLEXIBLE STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF FABRICATING SAME

Tru-View LLC, Wichita, K...

1. A method of fabricating a hunting blind, the method comprising:weaving polyester yarn into a mesh fabric having a plurality of apertures;
coating both sides of the mesh fabric with acrylic;
drying the acrylic-coated fabric;
coating both sides of the acrylic-coated fabric with a mixture of silicone and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA);
drying the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric;
printing a camouflage pattern on a first side of the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric and printing a dark color on a second side of the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric with a heat transfer printing process;
cutting the printed fabric into a suitable size for the hunting blind; and
assembling the cut fabric into the hunting blind.

US Pat. No. 10,457,014

SHAPE-FORMABLE APPARATUS COMPRISING FIBROUS MATERIAL

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A shape-formable apparatus comprising:a first state in which the apparatus is formable, such that the apparatus can be formed into a desired shape;
a second state in which the apparatus has the desired shape and is less formable than in the first state;
an envelope defining a chamber, the envelope formed of a gas-impermeable material;
a port positioned to fluidly couple the chamber with ambience; and
one or more layers of fibrous material positioned in the chamber, wherein the fibrous material is less formable when the apparatus is in the second state than when the apparatus is in the first state,
wherein at least one of the layers of fibrous material includes at least one of:
a fiber having portions movable relative to one another within the same layer of fibrous material, at least when the apparatus is in the first state, and
a plurality of fibers that are movable relative to one another within the same layer of fibrous material, at least when the apparatus is in the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,457,013

COMPOSITE SHEET AND CARGO CONTAINER COMPRISING SAME

1. A non-rigid composite sheet comprising in order(i) a first component having an areal weight of from 88 to 678 gsm comprising a first woven fabric having an areal weight of from 70 to 508 gsm, the fabric comprising continuous filament yarns having a tenacity of at least 11 g/dtex and a first polymeric layer
(ii) a second component having an areal weight of from 120 to 430 gsm comprising a paper positioned adjacent to the first fabric of the first component and the second fabric of the third component, the paper further comprising aramid fibers, a polymeric binder and mica, and
(iii) a third component having an areal weight of from 88 to 678 gsm comprising a second woven fabric having an areal weight of from 70 to 508 gsm, the fabric comprising continuous filament yarns having a tenacity of at least 11 g/dtex and a second polymeric layer, the second fabric of the third component being adjacent to the paper of the second component,
wherein
(a) the yarns of the first and second fabrics comprise aromatic polyamide, aromatic copolyamide, glass fiber or carbon fiber, and
(b) the polymer of the first polymeric layer of the first component and second polymeric layer of the third component is polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylenenaphthalate, polyacrylonitrile, fluoropolymer, polyimide, polketone, polyimide, polysulfone, polyarylene sulfide, liquid crystal polymer, polycarbonate or an ionomer,
wherein the polymeric binder of the paper is present in an amount of from 45-60 weight percent based on the combined weight of aramid fiber plus binder present in the paper.

US Pat. No. 10,457,011

COMPOSITE COLUMNAR STRUCTURE HAVING CO-BONDED REINFORCEMENT AND FABRICATION METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of making a strut, comprising:fabricating a composite laminate core;
fabricating a sleeve reinforcement;
assembling the sleeve reinforcement encircled over the composite laminate core, the sleeve reinforcement comprising a plurality of corrugation ridges that are inwardly facing relative to the composite laminate core and that are parallel to each other along a longitudinal orientation, and wherein the plurality of corrugation ridges is pressed into and depresses portions of the composite laminate core; and
fabricating an outer skin over the sleeve reinforcement.

US Pat. No. 10,457,008

MODULAR SCREW PRESS

Rio Tinto Alcan Internati...

1. A screw press for separating liquid from a solid-liquid mixture, said screw press comprising:a generally tubular body having axially spaced-apart inlet section and outlet section, and a filter section between said inlet section and outlet section; said filter section having liquid passages; and
a rotatable screw mounted in said tubular body for conveying the solid-liquid mixture from the inlet section to the outlet section while compressing the solid-liquid mixture and forcing at least part of a liquid content thereof to be expelled out of the tubular body through said liquid passages of said filter section;
characterized in that the generally tubular body and the rotatable screw are both of modular construction, the filter section of the tubular body comprising at least first and second serially interconnectable filter sections, the rotatable screw having at least first and second serially interconnectable screw sections respectively disposed in said first and second filter sections for joint rotation as a unitary component, and in that the first and second screw sections have a continuous screw flight having a flight outside diameter, the at least first and second screw sections being detachably coupled to one another by a coupling provided at said flight outside diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,007

MULTI-STEP BEAD FORMER

Bartell Machinery Systems...

1. An apparatus for forming a tire bead, the apparatus comprising:a rotatable bead former having a front portion and a back portion, the rotatable bead former comprising:
a first step comprising a first diameter, the first step having at least a first bead-engaging surface circumnavigating an axis and configured to receive a first tire bead;
a second step located closer to the back portion than the first step, the second step comprising a second diameter different than the first diameter, the second step having a second bead-engaging surface circumnavigating the axis and configured to receive a second tire bead; and
a first bore extending from a back surface of the bead former in a direction towards the front portion to a location located beneath the first step, the bore being offset relative to a rotational axis of the rotatable bead former.

US Pat. No. 10,457,000

FLOW AID FOR INFUSION STRUCTURE, INFUSION STRUCTURE COMPRISING A FLOW AID AND METHOD FOR INFILTRATING FIBRE MATERIAL WITH RESIN

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A flow aid for an infusion structure for infiltrating fibre material with resin to produce a fibre composite component, comprising:a resin-impermeable upper layer comprising an areal expanse;
a lower layer comprising an areal expanse, the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer being joined together in a peripheral region of the flow aid and providing a flow space between the two layers, and the lower layer comprises at least one outlet for discharging resin out of the flow aid into an interior of the infusion structure; and
an inlet for feeding the resin into the flow space, wherein the inlet opens into a central longitudinal channel which leads to transverse channels branching off therefrom,
wherein the transverse channels are formed by at least one connection point between the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer, and
wherein the at least one connection point is provided such that the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer are kept apart from one another at a defined distance which varies over an extent of the flow aid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,999

POSITIONING MEMBER FOR POSITIONING A SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT, METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT, AND SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A positioning system, comprising:a semifinished product;
a processing plant configured to process the semifinished product;
a supporting element on which the semifinished product is disposed;
at least one positioning means that extends vertically from the supporting element; and
a positioning member configured to position the semifinished product on the at least one positioning means of the processing plant, wherein
the positioning member is connectable to the semifinished product and has at least one arranging element that contacts the positioning means.

US Pat. No. 10,456,998

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A PLASTIC PROFILE

1. A method for the production of a curved plastic profile (10) having a continuous reinforcement (11) from strands (13) or woven fabrics, wherein a mold (20, 34, 34) is moved counter to a production direction (19) of the plastic profile (10) along a portion of the plastic profile (10), and the plastic profile (10) herein is retained by at least one holding means that, when viewed in the production direction (19), is positioned ahead of the mold (20, 34, 34), comprising forming the mold (20, 34, 34) from at least two mold parts (14, 15, 29, 30, 32, 33) that in relation to the cross section of the plastic profile (10) are split and that are moved in a temporally offset manner counter to a production direction (19) of the plastic profile (10) along a portion of the plastic profile (10).

US Pat. No. 10,456,996

TANK MANUFACTURING METHOD AND TANK

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A manufacturing method of a tank including a tubular body portion, and dome-shaped side end portions formed on both sides of the body portion, the manufacturing method comprising:impregnating reinforced fibers with a thermoplastic resin to obtain a fiber-reinforced resin sheet,
heating the fiber reinforced resin sheet impregnated with the thermoplastic resin at a temperature of a softening point of the thermoplastic resin or higher to melt the thermoplastic resin,
winding the fiber reinforced resin sheet, in a state where the thermoplastic resin is melted, several times around a peripheral surface of a cylindrical core or a liner in a direction perpendicular to an axial center of the core to form a tubular compact serving as at least part of the body portion, and heating is not carried out at the cylindrical core, and
forming the side end portions in the tank by heating dome-shaped side end members and the tubular compact so that the side end members are fused to the tubular compact,
the side end members containing the thermoplastic resin as a main material, and
a width of the fiber reinforced resin sheet is larger than a length of the core or a length of the liner.

US Pat. No. 10,456,995

LAYING UNIT, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENT

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A laying unit for producing a fiber composite component, comprising:a drive device which is formed for magnetic cooperation with a running face, wherein the running face provides a magnetic field and/or is ferromagnetic, to advance the laying unit on the running face,
wherein the drive device comprises at least one ferromagnetic mass element which holds the laying unit on the running face during cooperation with the running face providing a magnetic field and/or which drives the laying unit in a predetermined advancement.

US Pat. No. 10,456,993

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING A NANOPORE IN A LIPID BILAYER

Roche Sequencing Solution...

1. A method of forming a nanopore in a lipid bilayer including:determining by a processor that a lipid bilayer is formed in a nanopore cell based on a first measurement from a sensing circuit;
in response to the determination that the lipid bilayer is formed and after nanopore forming molecules are deposited on the lipid bilayer, controlling by the processor a source to apply an agitation stimulus level to the lipid bilayer for up to one second, causing a disruption in the lipid bilayer that tends to facilitate the formation of nanopores in the lipid bilayer; and
controlling by the processor the source to apply a checking stimulus level following the agitation stimulus level to the lipid bilayer and determining that a nanopore has been formed based on a second measurement received from the sensing circuit sensing in response to the checking stimulus level, wherein an absolute magnitude of the agitation stimulus level is greater than an absolute magnitude of the checking stimulus level.

US Pat. No. 10,456,992

MODULAR USER-CONFIGURABLE MULTI-PART 3D LAYERING SYSTEM AND HOT END ASSEMBLY

Stacker, LLC, Plymouth, ...

1. A layer deposition system to form a plurality of 3D products simultaneously, the system comprising:a deposition frame housing having first opposing lateral members extending orthogonal to a first axis, and second opposing lateral members extending orthogonal to a second axis coplanar with and orthogonal to the first axis;
a carriage assembly extending between the first opposing lateral members and parallel to the first axis;
a substrate surface extending between the first opposing lateral members and between the second opposing lateral members;
a plurality of deposition modules, each separated from adjacent ones of the plurality of deposition modules by user-predetermined spacings, and operable to deposit material through a nozzle to form a three dimensional product supported by the substrate surface;
a plurality of attachment interfaces that each releasably attach a corresponding one of the plurality of deposition modules to the carriage assembly,
a first axis drive coupled to synchronously displace the plurality of deposition modules a predetermined distance along the first axis;
means for releasably ganging the plurality of deposition modules directly to a common x-axis drive mechanism at the user-predetermined spacings, wherein the first axis drive comprises the common x-axis drive mechanism,
a second axis drive coupled to synchronously displace the plurality of deposition modules a predetermined distance along the second axis; and,
a third axis drive couple to synchronously create a relative displacement between each of the plurality of deposition modules and the substrate surface along a third axis orthogonal to both the first axis and the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,988

JOINING STRUCTURE OF RESIN MEMBER FOR VEHICLE BODY AND STUD BOLT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A joining structure of a resin member for a vehicle body and a stud bolt, comprising:a resin member for a vehicle body that structures a portion of a vehicle body;
a stud bolt that is made of metal and is structured to include a shaft portion at which a male screw portion is formed, and a flange portion that is plate-shaped and is provided integrally with the shaft portion at one end portion of the shaft portion; and
a resin member for mounting that includes:
a flange-adjacent portion, which is covered by the flange portion and is adjacent to a surface of the flange portion which surface is at a side opposite the shaft portion; and
an extending portion, which is continuous with the flange-adjacent portion and extends-out from a peripheral edge portion of the flange portion as seen in a plan view, the resin member being formed of a resin through which ultraviolet rays can be transmitted and is provided integrally with the flange portion, and a mounting surface portion, which is provided at a side opposite the stud bolt, of the resin member for mounting being joined via an ultraviolet curable adhesive to the resin member for a vehicle body, and at least one of concave portions and convex portions being provided at a portion, which structures the flange-adjacent portion, of the mounting surface portion,
wherein a spherical concave portion, which is spherical and covers a range that overlaps at least the flange portion as seen in a plan view and whose peak portion is positioned at a position overlapping the shaft portion as seen in a plan view, is formed at the mounting surface portion, and a plurality of hemispherical convex portions, which are hemispherical and are convex toward a side of the resin member for a vehicle body, are provided at a position of the spherical concave portion which position overlaps the peripheral edge portion of the flange portion as seen in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,456,985

FRICTION STIR WELDING OF THERMOPLASTICS

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A method for manufacturing components, the method comprising:joining a first edge of a thermoplastic-containing first component part and a second edge of a thermoplastic-containing second component part to one another without any overlap; and
connecting the first edge and the second edge by friction stir welding, the friction stir welding including rubbing a rotating friction stir welding pin against at least one metal object, wherein the at least one metal object is incorporated into the first and/or the second component part in a form of one or more wires, fragments, balls, a foil and/or a metal sheet,
wherein, prior to joining, the method comprises driving the metal object into the thermoplastic-containing first and/or second component part, and/or applying the metal object in a form of a metal layer to the thermoplastic-containing first and/or second component part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,983

THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL PROGRAM OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS

TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOC...

1. A three-dimensional laminating and shaping apparatus comprising:a material ejector that ejects a material of a three-dimensional laminated and shaped object onto a shaping table on which the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object is shaped;
a light beam irradiator that irradiates the ejected material with a light beam;
a data acquirer that acquires monitoring data used to monitor a shaping state of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object during shaping of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object; and
a shaping quality estimator that estimates shaping quality of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object based on the monitoring data,
wherein said monitoring data includes a diameter of a molten pool and a property data of a light from the molten pool,
wherein said shaping quality estimator estimates a decreasing of the shaping quality of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object from a combination of whether the diameter of the molten pool has been changed or not and whether the property data of the light from the molten pool has been changed or not, when at least one of the diameter of the molten pool and the property data of the light from the molten pool has been changed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,977

PRINTING HEAD, PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTED ARTICLE

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

9. A method of printing an article, comprising:depositing a textured layer of a printing material on a receiving surface, the textured layer including features protruding from a main surface of the textured layer for interlocking with a subsequent layer, wherein depositing the textured layer comprises laterally moving a printing head including a nozzle and a texturing member across the receiving surface, the nozzle comprising an outlet shaped to form the features for interlocking with the subsequent layer; and
depositing the subsequent layer on the receiving surface, wherein the subsequent layer interlocks with the features protruding from the main surface of the textured layer,
wherein the texturing member defines the outlet to have a polygonal outline comprising a plurality of corners having an angle less than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,456,976

METHODS TO IDENTIFY ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED PARTS

Fisher Controls Internati...

1. A method of manufacturing a part, comprising:layering a first set of layers of a first material via an additive manufacturing technique, the first material having a first density; and
layering a second set of layers of the first material via the additive manufacturing technique, the second set of layers to form a void embedded internally in the part, the void forming a first indicium, wherein the first indicium aligns with a second indicium on an external surface of the part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,973

BLOW MOLDING APPARATUS AND BLOW MOLDING METHOD

DISCMA AG, Hunenberg (CH...

1. A blow molding method of supplying a pressurized liquid into a bottomed tubular preform fitted to a mold used for blow molding and molding the preform into a shape conforming to a cavity of the mold, the blow molding method comprising:a liquid supply step of supplying a pressurized liquid into the preform through a blow nozzle fitted to a mouth tubular portion of the preform by using a plunger pump; and
a peak pressure control step of changing an actuation rate and an actuation force of the plunger pump during the supply of the pressurized liquid into the preform to regulate a peak pressure of the liquid supplied into the preform to be from 3.5 MPa to 5.0 MPa,
wherein, in the peak pressure control step, upon an elapse of a predetermined time period from a start of the supply of the pressurized liquid into the preform, the actuation rate and the actuation force of the plunger pump are changed to values that are lower than those before the elapse of the predetermined time period so as to lower a pressure of the pressurized liquid supplied into the preform,
and wherein the predetermined time period from a start of a supply of a pressurized liquid into the preform to when the actuation rate and the actuation force of the plunger pump are changed is between 0.228 seconds and 0.5 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,456,968

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTER WITH MULTI-NOZZLE EXTRUDERS AND DISPENSERS FOR MULTI-NOZZLE EXTRUDERS AND PRINTHEADS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional object printer comprising:a multi-nozzle extruder comprising:
a plurality of nozzles, each nozzle in the plurality of nozzles being configured to emit an extrusion material; and
a plurality of channels, each channel in the plurality of channels being connected to one nozzle in the plurality of nozzles in a one-to-one correspondence and configured to provide the extrusion material to the one nozzle;
a first extrusion material supply having a spool configured to hold a filament of an extrusion material; and
a first dispenser comprising:
an inlet configured to receive the extrusion material from the first extrusion material supply;
an outlet configured to direct the extrusion material received from the first extrusion material supply to one channel in the plurality of channels in the multi-nozzle extruder when positioned in alignment with the one channel;
a cutter positioned proximate to the inlet of the first dispenser, the cutter configured to separate a first portion of the filament that enters the one channel in the plurality of channels from a second portion of the filament in the first extrusion material supply; and
an actuator configured to move the outlet into alignment with at least two channels in the plurality of channels at different times to supply the extrusion material from the first extrusion material supply to the at least two channels in the plurality of channels at the different times.

US Pat. No. 10,456,967

INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding machine having a safety door that can be opened and closed, comprising:a door driving unit configured to open and close the safety door;
a presence detector configured to detect whether or not an operator or object is present within a door operating space of the safety door, or within a predetermined vicinal area of the safety door including the door operating space; and
a controller configured to control the door driving unit with a reference control amount in order to perform a closing operation of the safety door,
wherein during a time it is detected by the presence detector that an operator or object is present within the vicinal area outside of the door operating space, the controller causes a control amount that controls the door driving unit to decrease from the reference control amount and performs the closing operation of the safety door, and
during a time it is detected by the presence detector that an operator or object is present within the door operating space, the controller temporarily stops the closing operation of the safety door.

US Pat. No. 10,456,966

HOLLOW-BODY MOLDING DEVICE

TOYODA IRON WORKS CO., LT...

1. A hollow body molding device that forms a hollow molded body in a main cavity of a mold having in its one end a pressure port including a floating core by injecting molten resin through an injection gate into the main cavity having an outlet in its other end, and then pressure-injecting pressurized fluid through the pressure port into the main cavity to move the floating core toward the outlet through the molten resin injected into the main cavity so as to extrude the molten resin through the outlet and discharge the extruded molten resin into a waste cavity, the hollow body molding device comprising:a floating core accommodating portion that is located between the outlet of the main cavity and a communication passage leading to the waste cavity and adjoins the main cavity and that accommodates the floating core moved to the outlet by the pressurized fluid,
an inside diameter of the floating core accommodating portion being smaller than an outlet diameter of the main cavity and being larger than an outside diameter of the floating core,
wherein a product core is connected to the floating core so as to adjoin the pressure port side of the floating core, and when the floating core is accommodated in the floating core accommodating portion, the product core remains in the other end of the main cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,456,965

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COMPOSITE

Enplas Corporation, Sait...

1. A method of manufacturing a composite, the composite including at least one functional part including a cured product of a liquid resin composition, and a holding part including a resin composition which is different from the liquid resin composition and configured to hold the at least one functional part, the method comprising:preparing the holding part including the resin composition which is different from the liquid resin composition, the holding part further including two or more through holes or recesses formed therein;
disposing the holding part as an insert member in a metal mold such that the two or more through holes or recesses are communicated with a cavity of the metal mold; and
integrally molding two or more functional parts, respectively disposed in the two or more through holes or recesses, and a connecting part connecting the two or more functional parts and joined to the holding part by charging a liquid resin composition to the cavity and curing the liquid resin composition, wherein:
the holding part further includes one or more groove parts formed to be communicated with the two or more through holes or recesses on a surface on which the connecting part is joined, the one or more groove parts being configured to be capable of functioning as a runner for guiding the liquid resin composition to the two or more through holes or recesses, and
wherein the integrally molding the two or more functional parts and the connecting part, the liquid resin composition is charged to the cavity through the one or more groove parts.

US Pat. No. 10,456,962

HEAT-INSULATING WALL, AND HEAT-INSULATING HOUSING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for producing a heat-insulating housing, the method comprising:forming a heat-insulating space using a wall body; and
filling the heat-insulating space with a mixture of a plurality of polyols having different compositions, a polyisocyanate, a foaming agent and powder,
wherein a thermosetting urethane resin is formed by a polymerization reaction of the polyol mixture and the polyisocyanate,
a plurality of cells are formed in the thermosetting urethane resin,
a first through-hole is formed so as to extend through the thermosetting resin located between neighboring cells; and
a second through-hole is formed at an interface between the thermosetting resin and the powder,
the second through-hole is formed due to the powder being incompatible with the thermosetting urethane resin.

US Pat. No. 10,456,960

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREMENTALLY FORMING A COMPOSITE PART

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for incrementally forming a composite part, the system comprising:a forming mandrel that includes a forming surface, wherein a surface profile of the forming surface corresponds to a surface profile of the composite part, and further wherein the forming surface is configured to receive a ply of composite material; and
a forming machine including:
(i) a forming bladder that defines an internal volume, wherein a length of the forming surface is greater than a corresponding length of the forming bladder;
(ii) a pressure-regulating device configured to regulate a pressure within the internal volume; and
(iii) a positioning device, wherein the positioning device includes a linear guide that extends along the length of the forming surface, and further wherein the positioning device is configured to operatively translate the forming bladder along the linear guide to selectively position the forming bladder relative to the forming surface at a plurality of selected locations spaced-apart along the length of the forming surface;
wherein the forming bladder is configured to be inflated to a forming pressure and to selectively and operatively press the ply of composite material against the forming surface at each of the plurality of selected locations to conform corresponding portions of the ply of composite material to the surface profile of the forming surface and at least partially define the composite part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,952

TIRE CURE MOLD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A tire cure mold comprising:a tread molding face that comes in contact with a tread face of a tire set in a cavity;
a protruding portion for forming a groove portion and protruding inward in a tire diametrical direction from the tread molding face;
a depression for forming a groove bottom projection and formed by recessing a top face of the protruding portion;
a first vent hole open in the tread molding face;
a second vent hole open in a bottom face of the depression; and
a spring vent mounted in the second vent hole.

US Pat. No. 10,456,950

METHOD OF FORMING TOPPING SHEET AND APPARATUS THEREOF

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A topping sheet forming method comprising:a feeding and division step of feeding a textile original fabric, obtained by weaving longitudinally aligned tire cords into a cord fabric by use of weft yarns and the textile original fabric comprises at least one surface which has not been topped with rubber, and simultaneously cutting off the weft yarns in predetermined widthwise positions to divide the textile original fabric into a plurality of narrow textile original fabrics; and
a topping step of topping at least one surface of each of the narrow textile original fabrics, which is fed by the feeding and division step, with unvulcanized rubber to form a narrow topping sheet whose width is narrower than the width of the textile original fabric,
wherein in the feeding and division step, the textile original fabric is fed from a cylindrically wound original fabric roll, and the textile original fabric is divided by a wire wound on the original fabric roll in a predetermined winding angle range.

US Pat. No. 10,456,948

COMPONENT, METHOD FOR CONNECTING WOOD ELEMENTS, COMPUTER PROGRAM

Timber Structures 3.0 AG,...

1. Ceiling comprising a plurality of wood elements forming the ceiling, wherein the plurality of wood elements comprises a first wood element, a second wood element and a third wood element, wherein the first wood element comprises a first main fiber direction and a third main fiber direction, wherein the second wood element comprises a second main fiber direction and a fourth main fiber direction, wherein the third wood element comprises a fifth main fiber direction and a sixth main fiber direction, wherein the first main fiber direction, the second main fiber direction and the fifth main fiber direction are parallel, wherein the third main fiber direction, the fourth main fiber direction and the sixth main fiber direction are parallel, wherein the first main fiber direction, the second main fiber direction, the third main fiber direction, the fourth main fiber direction, the fifth main fiber direction and the sixth main fiber direction are parallel to a plane of the ceiling, wherein the first wood element has a first side cutting through the first main fiber direction and a second side cutting through the second main fiber direction, wherein the second wood element has a first side cutting through the second main fiber direction, wherein the third wood element has a first side cutting through the fifth main fiber direction, wherein the first wood element on the first side has at least one area with the first main fiber direction formed by at least one first timber layer of the first wood element and at least one area with the third main fiber direction formed by at least one second timber layer of the first wood element, wherein the first wood element on the second side has at least one area with the first main fiber direction formed by the at least one first timber layer of the first wood element and at least one area with the third main fiber direction formed by the at least one second timber layer of the first wood element, wherein the second wood element on the first side has at least one area with the second main fiber direction formed by at least one first timber layer of the second wood element and at least one area with the fourth main fiber direction formed by at least one second timber layer of the second wood element, wherein the third wood element on the first side has at least one area with the fifth main fiber direction formed by at least one first timber layer of the third wood element and at least one area with the sixth main fiber direction formed by at least one second timber layer of the third wood element, wherein the second side of the first wood element is parallel to the first main fiber direction, wherein the second wood element has a second side parallel to the second main fiber direction,wherein the first side of the first wood element is adhesively bonded to the first side of the second wood element with a distance between the first side of the first wood element and the first side of the second wood element, wherein the distance is greater than 0.3 mm, wherein a gap created by the distance between the first side of the first wood element and the first side of the second wood element is filled with adhesive, wherein the at least one area of the first side of the first wood element with the first main fiber direction is adhesively bonded with the at least one area of the first side of the second wood element with the second main fiber direction, wherein the at least one area of the first side of the first wood element with the third main fiber direction is adhesively bonded with the at least one area of the first side of the second wood element with the fourth main fiber direction, wherein the first side of the first wood element has the shape of a plane surface and the first side of the second wood element has the shape of a plane surface, wherein the first side of the first wood element is adhesively bonded to the first side of the second wood element without a further wood element being adhesively bonded to the second side of the first wood element and the second side of the second wood element for creating a load-bearing connection between the first wood element and the second wood element,
wherein the second side of the first wood element is adhesively bonded to the first side of the third wood element with a distance between the second side of the first wood element and the first side of the third wood element, wherein the distance is greater than 0.3 mm, wherein a gap created by the distance between the second side of the first wood element and the first side of the third wood element is filled with adhesive, wherein the at least one area of the second side of the first wood element with the third main fiber direction is adhesively bonded with the at least one area of the first side of the third wood element with the sixth main fiber direction, wherein the at least one area of the second side of the first wood element with the third main fiber direction is adhesively bonded with the at least one area of the first side of the third wood element with the sixth main fiber direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,943

MACHINES AND METHODS FOR CUTTING PRODUCTS AND IMPELLERS THEREFOR

Urschel Laboratories, Inc...

1. An impeller adapted to be coaxially mounted within an annular-shaped cutting head for rotation about a vertical rotational axis thereof in a rotational direction relative to the cutting head, the impeller comprising:a base and a ring spaced axially from each other, the ring defining an entrance to the impeller that surrounds the rotational axis of the impeller;
one or more intermediate plates disposed between the base and the ring and comprising at least a first intermediate plate so as to define at least first and second tier levels within the impeller, the first intermediate plate being closer to the entrance of the impeller than any other of the intermediate plates, the first tier level being between the ring and the first intermediate plate, the second tier level being between the first intermediate plate and the base, the first intermediate plate having an annular shape that defines an opening that is concentric with the rotational axis of the impeller, is smaller than the entrance in the ring, and defines a passage between the first and second tier levels and through which products are able to pass to enter the second tier level beneath the opening from the first tier level, the passage being disposed on and encompassing the rotational axis of the impeller such that the rotational axis of the impeller lies within the passage, the first intermediate plate functioning as a baffle whereby a fraction of the products entering the impeller through the entrance is captured within the first tier level as a result of encountering and being deflected by the first intermediate plate and a second fraction of the products entering the impeller passes through the opening in the first intermediate plate and is captured within the second tier level beneath the opening of the first intermediate plate;
paddles disposed between the base and the ring, at least a portion of each paddle being disposed within at least one of the first and second tier levels, each of the paddles having a radially outer extremity adjacent an outer perimeter of the impeller, an oppositely-disposed radially innermost extremity, and a face between the radially innermost and outer extremities and facing the rotational direction of the impeller; and
pockets defined within each of the first and second tier levels, each pocket being disposed between a pair of the paddles that are immediately adjacent each other in the rotational direction of the impeller, the pockets being delimited in an axial direction of the impeller by the base, the ring, and at least the first intermediate plate;
wherein the first intermediate plate includes a planar portion that surrounds the passage through the first intermediate plate, and the planar portion of the first intermediate plate surrounds a frustoconical flange that extends in the axial direction from the planar portion and surrounds the passage through the first intermediate plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,941

DUAL KNIFE FOOD CUTTER

1. A dual knife food cutter apparatus configurable into a cutting configuration and a storage configuration, the dual knife food cutter apparatus comprising:a first blade comprising
a substantially planar portion comprising
a cutting edge,
a substantially planar front side,
an inside edge,
an outside edge, and
a substantially planar back side opposite of the front side, and
a handle portion opposite to the cutting edge, the handle portion having a first handle length, the handle portion comprising
a grip portion with a larger cross section than the distance between the front side and the back side,
a handle connection element, and
an elongated slot sized to allow insertion of the cutting edge of the second blade;
a second blade comprising
a substantially planar portion comprising
a cutting edge,
a substantially planar front side,
an inside edge,
an outside edge, and
a substantially planar back side opposite of the front side, and
a handle portion opposite to the cutting edge, the handle portion having a second handle length, the handle portion comprising
a grip portion with a larger cross section than the distance between the front side and the back side,
a handle connection element, and
an elongated slot sized to allow insertion of the cutting edge of the first blade;
wherein in the cutting configuration, the inside edge of the first blade abuts the inside edge of the second blade, the cutting edge of the first blade and the cutting edge of the second blade form a substantially contiguous combined cutting edge; and
wherein in the storage configuration, the cutting edge of the first blade is inserted into the slot of the handle portion of the second blade and the cutting edge of the second blade is inserted into the slot of the handle portion of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,456,939

CELL CUTTING DEVICE FOR DISPLAY DEVICES

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A cell cutting device for cutting a mother substrate for display devices that includes a plurality of cells, the cell cutting device comprising:a fixing unit configured to have the mother substrate fixed thereto during a cutting process, and configured to move the mother substrate in a first direction during the cutting process;
a cutter configured to cut the mother substrate in a second direction that is a cutting direction of the mother substrate, the cutter facing a first surface of the mother substrate during the cutting process;
a cutter driving unit fixed to the cutter, the cutter driving unit being configured to drive the cutter during the cutting process;
a buffer member arranged facing a second surface of the mother substrate, opposite the first surface, the buffer member being positioned to correspond to the cutter during the cutting process; and
a support member arranged on an opposite side of the buffer member from the second surface of the mother substrate such that the buffer member is interposed between the second surface of the mother substrate and the support member during the cutting process, wherein:
a portion of the support member that faces the buffer member has a width in the first direction that is smaller than a width of the mother substrate in the first direction, and
the buffer member has a width in the cutting direction that is equal to or greater than a width of the cutter in the cutting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,938

SHEATH AND KNIFE SEPARATION CONTROL STRUCTURE

1. A sheath (10) and knife (20) separation control structure, comprising:a sheath (10) formed of a first sheath shell (11) and a second sheath shell (12), said sheath (10) comprising a knife blade accommodation chamber (14) and a stop block (16);
a knife (20) comprising a knife blade (21) accommodated in said knife blade accommodation chamber (14) of said sheath (10) and a stop portion (23) stoppable by said stop block (16) of said sheath (10); and
a clamping control unit (3) comprising a clamp (30) pivotally connected to said sheath (10), a first clamping portion (35) and a second clamping portion (36), said first clamping portion (35) and said second clamping portion (36) being adapted for clamping said first sheath shell (11) and said second sheath shell (12) of said sheath (10) so that said stop block (16) of said sheath (10) is stopped against said stop portion (23) of said knife (20) to lock said knife (20) to said sheath (10), wherein said stop portion (23) of said knife (20) is movable to push away said stop block (16) of said sheath (10) for allowing separation of said knife (20) from said sheath (10) when said first clamping portion (35) and said second clamping portion (36) of said clamping control unit (3) are unclamped from said first sheath shell (11) and said second sheath shell (12) of said sheath (10).

US Pat. No. 10,456,937

GUARD ELEMENT FOR USE IN A HAIR CUTTING UNIT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A guard element for use in a hair cutting unit as a guard for a movable hair cutting element of the hair cutting unit, which guard element is generally cup-shaped and comprises a disc-shaped base and an annular wall, whereinthe disc-shaped base comprises a central axis and a peripheral section which is curved when seen in a central cross-section of the guard element comprising the central axis; and
the annular wall comprises a main part and a flange-shaped part; and wherein
the main part of the annular wall has a substantially upright orientation with respect to the disc-shaped base and comprises a straight section, which is uncurved when seen in the central cross-section and which is connected to the peripheral section of the disc-shaped base, and the main part of the annular wall is partially bent when seen in the central cross-section; and
the flange-shaped part of the annular wall comprises an outwardly bent section, which is bent outwardly relative to the central axis when seen in the central cross-section, and a free end section;
wherein the outwardly bent section of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall interconnects the main part of the annular wall and the free end section of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall; and
wherein the annular wall is reinforced based on a design where a smallest inner periphery of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall has a diameter which is smaller than a diameter of a largest inner periphery of the straight section of the main part of the annular wall.

US Pat. No. 10,456,932

CONDUCTION PATH STRUCTURE OF ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A conduction path structure of a robot, comprising:a structural mechanism which functions as a support and has plural conductor portions formed side by side along a circumferential direction so as to form a rigid skeletal portion surrounding an inner area of the structural mechanism;
an actuator that operates the structural mechanism; and
a conduction path through which driving power and/or a control signal is supplied to the actuator, wherein
the conduction path is comprised of the plural conductor portions.

US Pat. No. 10,456,930

VACUUM EJECTOR DEVICE

PIAB AB, Taby (SE)

1. A vacuum ejector device for generating at least partial vacuum to be supplied to a gripping member, comprising a device body having an elongated shape along a longitudinal axis A, the vacuum ejector device comprisesan air inlet port provided at a first end of the device body and being structured to receive pressurized air from a pressurized air supply source via a pressurized air tube,
a vacuum connection port provided at a second end of the device body, opposite said first end, in fluid communication to a vacuum duct, the vacuum connection port is structured to receive and connect one end of a vacuum tube that in its turn is in fluid communication to said gripping member, wherein said air inlet port and said vacuum connection port are arranged essentially along said longitudinal axis A, and structured such that said pressurized air tube and said vacuum tube are essentially in-line and oriented along said longitudinal axis A,
a vacuum generating duct in fluid communication to said air inlet port, and at least one vacuum generating member positioned at or in or partially in the vacuum generating duct, the vacuum duct connects to and is in fluid communication with the vacuum generating duct and terminates at said vacuum connection port, said vacuum generating member is configured to generate at least partial vacuum to said vacuum duct when the pressurized air supply is activated,
a movable sealing and venting element is provided and is structured to selectively substantially close and seal, in a sealing position, said vacuum duct when the air supply is activated, and to open or vent said vacuum duct to release or vent via a venting duct, in a venting position, the vacuum within the gripping member when the vacuum source or air supply is deactivated, characterized in that the sealing and venting element is arranged essentially at said longitudinal axis A, and that the venting duct is arranged and provides for fluid communication between the sealing and venting element and a venting outlet port provided at a long side of said elongated device body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,927

HANDLING ROBOT CONTROL SYSTEM

Guosong Ge, Jinhua, Zhej...

1. A handling robot control system comprises a base;an air balance cavity set in the base;
an air pump fixedly arranged at the middle of the air balance cavity;
air valves symmetrically disposed in two sides of the end walls of the air balance cavity;
pistons symmetrically disposed in two sides of the air balance cavity,
wherein piston rods are fixedly set at the middle of lower end faces of the pistons,
wherein lower end faces of the piston rods penetrate through the base and extend into the outer space and are fixedly connected with a support block, and one end face, which is close to the air pump, of the support block is rotationally connected with a rotating shaft,
wherein a scroll wheel is fixedly set on the rotating shaft;
a fixed block fixedly set at the middle of a lower end face of the base,
wherein a first transmission cavity is set in the fixed block,
wherein a driving motor is fixedly disposed in the first transmission cavity;
wherein a first bevel gear is fixedly arranged on a lower end face of an output shaft in the driving motor,
wherein a second bevel gear is engaged with and set on the one end face of the first bevel gear;
wherein a rotating rod penetrates through and is set on the second bevel gear;
connection cavities with the opening towards outside are symmetrically disposed in two sides of the first transmission cavity,
wherein the two end faces of the rotating rod respectively penetrate through the first transmission cavity and stretch into the connection cavities and are fixedly connected with couplings respectively;
wherein one end, away from the first transmission cavity, of the coupling, is fixedly connected with a connecting shaft;
spring grooves symmetrically set in two sides of the base on an upper side of the fixed block,
wherein a slider is set in the spring groove;
a compression spring fixedly arranged on an upper end face of the slider,
wherein the other end of the compression spring is fixedly connected to an upper end face of the spring groove;
wherein a connection rod is fixedly set at the middle of a lower end face of the slider,
wherein a connection block is fixedly connected to a lower end face of the connection rod;
wherein a communicated cavity with an opening facing downwards is set in the connection block,
wherein communicated first slots are symmetrically disposed in the connection block;
wherein one end, away from the coupling, of the connecting shaft, penetrates through the first slot and the cavity and is rotationally connected with the connection block through a bearing;
a first gear fixedly set on the connecting shaft,
wherein a second gear is engaged with and is set on a lower end face of the first gear;
a second slot which communicates with two sides arranged on a lower side of the first slot,
wherein one end, close to the fixed block, of the rotating shaft, penetrates through the second slot and the second gear and is rotationally connected with the connection block through a bearing;
first grooves with upward openings symmetrically disposed in the two sides of an upper end face of the base,
wherein a first fixed rod is fixedly set between two end walls of the first grooves;
a first rotating handle rotationally connected to the first fixed rod;
a first sliding groove arranged between the first grooves;
a first slide rail fixedly set on a lower end wall of the first sliding groove,
wherein first sliders in slide fit are symmetrically disposed in two sides of the first slide rail,
wherein a second rotating handle is rotationally connected to the first slider;
a guide chute communicated with the one side of the first sliding groove;
a sliding groove communicated with the one side of the guide chute;
a first slide rack fixedly set on the one end face of the first slider on the one side;
a second slide rack fixedly set on the one end face of the first slider on the other side,
wherein a mesh gear driven by a motor is engaged between the one end face of the second slide rack and the other end face of the second slide rack;
the driving motor is operated to drive the first bevel gear to rotate, and the second bevel gear drives the rotating rod to rotate, and through the transmission of the coupling and the connecting shaft, the first gear is rotated, so that the second gear drives the scroll wheel to rotate, thereby driving the device to move to the position where the cargoes need to be carried.

US Pat. No. 10,456,925

GRIPPER FINGER AND GRIPPER

Thermo Fisher Scientific ...

1. A finger for a gripper, comprising:an optical fiber,
a longitudinal body, means for attaching the body to an actuator and two longitudinal claws at the end opposite to the means for attachment, the claws being spaced apart so that there is an elongated gap between the claws, and
a groove on the surface of the finger for accommodating the optical fiber, wherein the optical fiber extends partially into the elongated gap.

US Pat. No. 10,456,922

INTERACTIVE MOBILE PLATFORM CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A robot intelligent platform, comprising a processor configured to cause the robot intelligent platform to:establish a first wireless link with a mobile terminal, wherein the mobile terminal is configured with a lightweight software, the lightweight software being provided within a client app installed on the mobile terminal, and the mobile terminal is configured to receive a user instruction via the lightweight software, the lightweight software being configured to convert the user instruction into a control command;
establish a second wireless link with a household robot configured to automatically clean a room of a household;
receive, via the first wireless link, the control command from the mobile terminal;
transcode the control command to output an executable command for execution by the household robot to automatically clean the room; and
transmit, via the second wireless link, the executable command to the household robot;
wherein the processor is further configured to cause the robot intelligent platform to:
communicate, over a third wireless link, with a cloud platform;
receive, from the cloud platform, over the third wireless link, user behavior habit information; and
generate the executable command according to the user behavior habit information; and, wherein
the user habit behavior information is generated by the cloud platform via the user instruction transmitted from the mobile terminal to the cloud platform, wherein the generation of the user habit behavior information by the cloud platform comprises: deep learning the user instruction to obtain the user behavior habit information.

US Pat. No. 10,456,920

PROXIMITY ROBOT BLADE DETECTION AND AUTO RETRACTION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A system to process semiconductor wafers, the system comprising:an end effector adapted to handle a semiconductor wafer, the end effector being capable of moving in a first direction;
a proximity sensor attached to the end effector, the proximity sensor outputting a first sensor signal if a distance between the end effector and an object separated from the end effector in the first direction is less than or equal to a first predetermined distance; and
a controller to move the end effector in the first direction, the controller being responsive to the first sensor signal to slow a movement of the end effector in the first direction,
wherein the proximity sensor further outputs a second sensor signal if the distance between the end effector and the object in the first direction is less than or equal to a second predetermined distance, the second predetermined distance being less than the first predetermined distance, and
wherein the controller is responsive to the second sensor signal to stop movement of the end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,917

ROBOT SYSTEM INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF ROBOTS, ROBOT CONTROLLER AND ROBOT CONTROL METHOD

FANUC CORPORARATION, Yam...

1. A robot system including a leading robot and a following robot, the robot system being configured to teach coordinated control in which the leading robot gripping a first workpiece and the following robot gripping a second workpiece are independently moved to a predetermined position, and then, the following robot is operated while following a motion of the leading robot and while maintaining a relative position/orientation between the first and second workpieces, the robot system comprising:a first detecting section configured to detect a first gripping misalignment of a taught position/orientation of the leading robot relative to a predetermined first position/orientation;
a first correcting section configured to correct the position/orientation of the leading robot based on the first gripping misalignment;
a second detecting section configured to detect a second gripping misalignment of a taught position/orientation of the following robot relative to a predetermined second position/orientation; and
a second correcting section configured to correct the position/orientation of the following robot based on at least the second gripping misalignment,
wherein, when the coordinated control is carried out, a teaching point of the following robot is calculated based on both the position/orientation of the leading robot corrected by the first correcting section and the position/orientation of the following robot corrected by the second correcting section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,914

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A WORK OFFSET

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving an indication to determine a work offset for a robot operating in a work environment, wherein the work offset describes a location and an angular orientation of a working plane of the work environment relative to a base plane of the robot;
in response to the indication, identifying the working plane within the work environment;
controlling an arm of the robot to cause the arm of the robot to reach a threshold distance from three points of the working plane based on sensor data from a proximity sensor on the arm of the robot;
determining three respective positions of the robot when the arm of the robot is within the threshold distance of the three points of the working plane;
based on the three respective positions of the robot, determining respective point locations of the three points of the working plane relative to the base plane; and
determining the location and angular orientation of the working plane relative to the base plane based on the determined respective point locations of the three points of the working plane.

US Pat. No. 10,456,910

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS COMPRISING PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLERS AND METHODS OF TEACHING THEREWITH

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. An educational system comprising:at least one robotic device having at least five degrees of freedom and motors for moving the robotic device in at least five axes; and
programmable controllers configured to interact with the robotic device, each of the programmable controllers comprising:
a microcontroller;
a memory device;
an interface for remotely accessing the programmable controller; and
means for interfacing with an external microcontroller of another of the programmable controllers;
wherein a first of the programmable controllers is a programmable robotic controller comprising means for controlling movement of the robotic device in the five axes, the programmable robotic controller comprising means for monitoring and controlling axis positions of the robotic device using feedback obtained from the robotic device, the means for monitoring and controlling the axis positions of the robotic device comprising at least one diode functionally connected to current sensing lines of the motors of the robotic device, means for monitoring commutator switching of the motors while the motors are in operation; and means for determining distance of movement of the robotic device based on the commutator switching.

US Pat. No. 10,456,902

HANDLE GRIP AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME

M.J. Huner LLC, Chicago,...

1. A handle grip comprisinga handle;
at least two lengths of cording circumscribing the handle forming at least one space between the at least two lengths of cording;
a woven layer; and
a liquid hardener permeating the woven layer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,899

METHOD FOR SETTING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER OF A HANDHELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a handheld power tool according to at least one operating parameter, comprising:recording a first characteristic variable using an external sensor unit that is spaced apart from the power tool;
transmitting the first characteristic variable to an external data processing unit that is spaced apart from the power tool;
processing the first characteristic variable using the external data processing unit into at least one first parameter output;
transmitting the at least one first parameter output from the external data processing unit to an internal control unit of the power tool;
calculating at least one operating parameter of the handheld power tool using the internal control unit based on the at least one first parameter output;
setting the at least one operating parameter on the power tool; and
operating the power tool according to the at least one operating parameter that is based on the first characteristic variable,
wherein the first characteristic variable is an ambient characteristic variable, and
wherein the ambient characteristic variable is at least one of a temperature characteristic variable and an atmospheric humidity characteristic variable.

US Pat. No. 10,456,896

COMPACT PULLEY PULLER

1. A compact pulley puller comprisinga cylinder having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a hollow interior, and an internal diameter;
a piston having a circular periphery, a piston diameter that is less than the internal diameter of the hollow cylinder, a first piston side and a second piston side opposite the first piston side, the first piston side being between the second piston side and the first end of the cylinder, and the second piston side being between the first piston side and the second end of the cylinder, and the piston being disposed and moveable lineraly within the hollow interior of the cylinder; and a seal at the circular periphery of the piston and extending to the cylinder;
a first gland at the first end of the cylinder, the first gland having an exterior side, an interior side opposite the exterior side, and a first central aperture, the first central aperture being concentric with the cylinder;
a second gland at the second end of the cylinder, the second gland having an exterior side, an interior side opposite the exterior side, and a second central aperture, the second central aperture being concentric with the cylinder;
a plurality of ports in the cylinder extending to the hollow interior of the cylinder, including a first port adjacent to the first gland, and a second port adjacent to the second gland;
a rod having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, a first half and a second half, the first half of the rod projecting from the first piston side and the second half of the rod projecting from the second piston side, and the first end of the rod extending through the first central aperture of the first gland, and the second end of the rod extending through the second central aperture of the second gland, the rod being concentric with the cylinder; and
a first hub clamp attached to the exterior side of the first gland, the first hub clamp including a first sleeve having a proximal end attached to the exterior side of the first gland and a distal end opposite the proximal end, the first sleeve being concentric with the first central aperture, a first flange at the distal end of the sleeve, the first flange having a proximal side and a distal side opposite the proximal side of the first flange, the proximal side of the first flange being between the distal side of the first flange and the exterior side of the first gland, and a first sleeve aperture extending through a portion of the first sleeve, and a first flange aperture extending through a portion of the first flange in alignment with the first sleeve aperture, and the first end of the rod being linearly movable between the exterior side of the first gland and the distal side of first flange of the first hub clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,456,892

MANHOLE COVER LIFTING TOOL

Manup Key Limited, (GB)

1. A manhole cover lifting tool, the tool comprising an elongate body and a shaft which is arranged to slide relative to the body, the tool further comprising coupling means for slidably coupling the shaft with the body and means disposed on the shaft for detachably coupling the shaft with a manhole cover, wherein the shaft is restricted to slide through a pre-defined range along the body characterised wherein the coupling means comprises a pin, which extends substantially transverse to the shaft, and a first and second elongate channel formed within the body and wherein the pin is arranged to extend through an aperture formed within a proximal region of the shaft and the first and second channels, such that the shaft is permitted to slide relative to the body through a distance corresponding to a length of the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,456,890

ABRASIVE ARTICLE HAVING SHAPED SEGMENTS

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive article, comprising:a body; and
a plurality of Z-shaped abrasive segments extending axially from a face of the body,
wherein at least one of the Z-shaped segments comprises a plurality of outer peripheral serrations formed in an outer circumferential wall of the at least one Z-shaped segment.

US Pat. No. 10,456,888

ABRASIVE MATERIAL AND PRODUCTION METHOD OF ABRASIVE MATERIAL

BANDO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES...

1. An abrasive material comprising a substrate and an abrasive layer laminated on a front face side of the substrate, whereinthe abrasive layer comprises a binder comprising an inorganic substance as a principal component, and abrasive particles dispersed in the binder,
a front face of the abrasive layer comprises a plurality of regions provided through dividing by grooves,
a part of the abrasive particles projects from a surface of the binder, and
a maximum peak height (Rp) on the front face of the abrasive layer is no less than 2.5 ?m and no greater than 70 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,456,886

POROUS CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING PADS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method of forming a porous polishing pad, comprising:depositing a plurality of composite layers with a 3D printer to reach a target thickness, wherein depositing the plurality of composite layers comprises:
dispensing one or more droplets of a curable resin precursor composition onto a support;
dispensing one or more droplets of a porosity-forming composition onto the support, wherein at least one component of the porosity-forming composition is removable to form pores in the porous polishing pad; and
exposing the dispensed one or more droplets of the curable resin precursor composition and the dispensed one or more droplets of the porosity-forming composition to at least one of an annealing process, a rinsing process, or both to remove the at least one component of the porosity-forming composition to form the pores in the porous polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,456,882

FIXTURE FOR THIN-WALLED WORKPIECE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A fixture for a thin-walled workpiece, comprising two clamping devices, each of the two clamping devices further comprising:a metal carrier, further including:
a carrying portion, having a carrying surface; and
a supporting portion, located on the carrying portion, having a stair portion at a top thereof, the stair portion having a plane surface and a standing surface having a slope; and
a clamper, further including:
a metal clamping portion, having an end formed as an inclined surface, the inclined surface having another slope identical to the slope of the standing surface; and
a damping portion, having at least two elastic layers and at least one metal layer laminated in an interlacing arrangement and having the same slope as the inclined surface, one of the at least two elastic layers being connected with the inclined surface of the metal clamping portion, each of the at least one elastic layer being made of an elastic non-metallic material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,879

REAR SHOCK TRAM GAUGE

1. A device for measuring a distance between an upper shock mount and a lower shock mount of a motorcycle comprising:a. a rod comprising measurement scales;
b. a slider configured to be positioned on the rod, wherein the slider is used for determining measurement information of the motorcycle;
c. a cap positioned on the rod, wherein the cap further comprises a lower shock mount adapter configured to fit on/in a lower shock system of the motorcycle, wherein the cap is mounted to the lower shock system of the motorcycle using the lower shock mount adapter and sliding the slider to align a crown nut adapter with an upper shock mount of the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,876

MOBILE PIPE CUTTING STATION

1. A self-contained mobile pipe-cutting station, the station comprising an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) container including: a pipe cutting room comprising a first exterior door for egress to an ambient environment at a first end and an interior door at a second end, respectively, of the pipe cutting room and an at least one ISO portal door for egress to the ambient environment on the first end; a temperature controlled clean room separated from the pipe cutting room with a steel wall with the interior door therethrough, the pipe cutting room housing a plurality of components therein including: a rail system extending substantially a length of the pipe cutting room, and slidably mounted on a ceiling of the pipe cutting room, a powered hoist and a powered trolley moveably mounted on the rail system, a pipe conveyor mounted on a floor and aligned with the rail system to provide a hallway between the first exterior door and the interior door, a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) pipe cutter and a powered exterior conveyor, the powered exterior conveyor removably housed in the hallway and for locating outside the ISO container, the clean room housing a plurality of components therein including: a CNC pipe cutter electrical control box which is in electrical communication with the CNC pipe cutter, a computer which is in electronic communication with the CNC pipe cutter and includes a data management system, a heating and air conditioning unit, a dust extraction duct in fluid communication with the pipe cutting room, and a dust and fume collector removably housed in the clean room for locating outside the ISO container and in fluid communication with the dust extraction duct.

US Pat. No. 10,456,873

WELDING WIRE FOR GAS PROTECTIVE WELDING OF REDUCED ACTIVATION MARTENSITIC/FERRITIC STEEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hefei Institutes of Physi...

1. A welding wire for gas protective welding of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel, comprising of: a welding wire having chemical components of weight percentages (wt %) of C: 0.10˜0.15, Cr: 8.0˜9.0, W: 1.0˜1.6, V: 0.15˜0.25, Ta: 0.10˜0.17, Mn: 0.50˜0.70, Si: 0˜0.05, N: 0˜0.02, O, Ni, Cu, Al, and Co: 0˜0.01 respectively, P, S, Ag, Mo, and Nb: 0˜0.005 respectively, and balance of Fe.

US Pat. No. 10,456,872

LEAD-FREE SOLDER ALLOY, ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

TAMURA CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A lead-free solder alloy consisting of:2% by weight or more and 4% by weight or less of Ag;
0.5% by weight or more and 0.7% by weight or less of Cu;
3% by weight or more and 5% by weight or less of Sb;
0.01% by weight or more and 0.03% by weight or less of Ni; and Sn.

US Pat. No. 10,456,869

LASER PROCESSING DEVICE HAVING PREPROCESSING CONTROLLER AND LASER PROCESSING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A laser processing device having a laser oscillator, a storage unit configured to store a processing program and processing conditions including an output condition of the laser oscillator, and a controller configured to issue a command to perform laser processing in accordance with the processing program, the laser processing device being configured to perform laser processing by irradiating a workpiece with a laser beam from the laser oscillator, the laser processing device comprising:a light quantity measuring unit configured to measure the light quantity of light reflected or emitted from a processing point irradiated with the laser beam from the laser oscillator;
a first storage unit configured to store high output conditions, which are previously found by an experiment or calculation in accordance with at least some of the processing conditions and which include an irradiation intensity and irradiation time, at which the workpiece is melted, changed in shape, or denatured;
a second storage unit configured to store low output conditions, which are previously found by an experiment or calculation in accordance with at least some of the processing conditions and which include the irradiation intensity and irradiation time, at which the work piece is not melted, changed in shape, or denatured;
a preprocessing controller which performs the following sequence steps:
issues a first command to perform preprocessing of a the workpiece under the high output conditions, issues a second command to irradiate the workpiece with the laser beam from the laser oscillator under the low output conditions, issues a third command to measure a first light quantity measured by the light quantity measuring unit after the workpiece is irradiated with the laser beam from the laser oscillator under the low output conditions, issues a fourth command of whether to start the laser processing, based on the measured first light quantity, and the laser processing including at least one of piercing, cutting, welding, or marking of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,456,867

MICRO-FORGING BY A GENERATIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A method for the additive manufacture of components by depositing material layers by layer-by-layer joining of powder particles to one another and/or to an already produced pre-product or substrate, via selective interaction of the powder particles with a high-energy beam, comprising the steps of:for smoothing a surface of the component being produced running crosswise to the deposited material layers in between the deposition of two layers of the component, the complete edge region of the last layer introduced, which runs along a surface of the component being produced, is compacted by laser shock peening or ultrasonic impact treatment in a direction of action that has a directional component parallel to the build-up direction of the layers, and/or at least one edge region of a surface of the component is compacted by laser shock peening or ultrasonic impact treatment in a direction of action that has a directional component parallel to the normal line of the surface,
wherein the laser shock peening or the ultrasonic impact treatment in between the deposition of two layers of the component takes place exclusively in the edge region of a surface of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,866

PROCESS FOR LASER-ASSISTED TOOL BUILD AND REPAIR

Magna International Inc.,...

1. A process for building a tool, the tool shaped to define a forming surface, which is configured for forming a shaped product having a desired shape, the process for building the tool comprising:providing a support body fabricated from a first material;
machining a portion of the first material from the support body so as to define a first portion of the forming surface of the tool; and
depositing onto the support body a feature defining a second portion of the forming surface of the tool, comprising:
depositing a layer of a second material onto the first material of the support body;
depositing a layer of a third material onto the layer of the second material; and
depositing a layer of a fourth material onto the layer of the third material, the layer of the fourth material defining the second portion of the forming surface of the tool, wherein the first material, the second material, and the third material have different material properties.

US Pat. No. 10,456,851

WELDING SYSTEM WITH POTTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding-type system comprising:an input circuit disposed to receive input power and to provide intermediate power;
a power circuit, having a power control input and at least one switch responsive to the control input, and wherein the power circuit is disposed to receive intermediate power and provide welding type output power;
a controller, having a set point input and a control output, wherein the control output is connected to the power control input;
wherein a first subset of components from at least one of the power circuit, input circuit and controller are disposed on a first circuit board; wherein the adhesive is a different material from the potting compound, and wherein the power circuit further includes a second subset of components; and
a potting barrier affixed to the first circuit board using at least an adhesive, and wherein the first subset of components are mounted on the circuit board within the potting barrier; and
potting compound in the entire area within the potting barrier and on the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,456,849

COMPOSITE COMPONENT HAVING ANGLED BRAZE JOINT, COUPON BRAZING METHOD AND RELATED STORAGE MEDIUM

General Electric Company,...

1. A composite component comprising:a metal alloy component including a main body, the main body having:
a wall having an inner surface and an outer surface; and
a slot extending at least partially through the wall, the slot including an angled main body interface in the wall;
a coupon coupled with the slot, the coupon having an angled coupon interface complementing the angled main body interface, wherein the coupon has a larger diameter (LD) spanning the slot across the outer surface of the main body; and a smaller diameter (SD) spanning the slot across an inner surface of the main body, wherein the LD is defined by:
LD=((2*Z)/tan ?)+SD
wherein Z=a thickness of the wall and ?=an angle of the angled main body interface and the angled coupon interface, as measured from a plane coincident with the outer surface of the main body; and
a braze joint coupling the coupon to the main body at the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,456,847

CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

Kyocera Corporation, Kyo...

1. A cutting tool comprising:an insert comprising:
a first surface,
a second surface, and
a cutting edge located at an intersection of the first surface and the second surface; and
a holder extending from a front tip to a rear tip and being capable of rotating about a rotational axis, and comprising:
a pocket comprising:
a placement portion where the insert is positioned; and
a recessed portion positioned further forward in the rotational direction than the placement portion;
a first inflow port that opens within the holder;
an outflow port positioned at the pocket,
a first flow path positioned in the interior of the holder and extending from the first inflow port to the outflow port; and
a second flow path extending from the outflow port to the recessed portion, wherein a direction of the second flow path intersects the recessed portion,whereinthe recessed portion comprises:
a first portion having a curved surface shape positioned at an inner side of the holder, and
a second portion having a cylindrical shape positioned outside of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,845

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

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:an upper surface comprising a first side part;
a lower surface comprising a second side part;
a side surface located between the upper surface and the lower surface;
an upper edge being located at the first side part and comprising a first upper edge and a second upper edge; and
a lower edge being located at the second side part and comprising a first lower edge and a second lower edge;
wherein a central axis is an imaginary line through a center of the upper surface and a center of the lower surface,
wherein the first lower edge is located below the second upper edge and the second lower edge is located below the first upper edge,
wherein the side surface comprises
a first surface extending downward from the second upper edge,
a second surface extending upward from the first lower edge,
a third surface extending downward from the first upper edge, and
a fourth surface extending upward from the second lower edge,
wherein the first surface and the fourth surface are located along the central axis,
wherein the second surface is in inclination and in departure from the central axis as going from the lower surface toward the upper surface, and
wherein the third surface is in inclination and in departure from the central axis as going from the upper surface toward the lower surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,844

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool, comprising:a tool body that is made of a tungsten carbide cemented carbide or a titanium carbonitride cermet; and
a hard coating layer that is deposited on a surface of the tool body,
wherein the hard coating layer has a lower layer that is formed on the surface of the tool body and an upper layer that is formed on the lower layer,
(a) the lower layer is made of a Ti compound layer, which has an average total layer thickness of 3 to 20 ?m, and is composed of two or more of a TiC layer, a TiN layer, a TiCN layer, a TiCO layer, and a TiCNO layer, the Ti compound layer including at least one TiCN layer,
(b) the upper layer is made of an Al2O3 layer, which has an average layer thickness of 2 to 20 ?m and has an ?-type crystal structure in a chemically deposited state,
(c) regarding Al2O3 crystal grains of the entire upper layer, in a coincidence grain boundary distribution graph showing ratios of coincidence grain boundaries formed of the respective constituent atom-sharing lattice point type, to the whole coincidence grain boundary length in the range of ?3 to ?29, a highest peak is present in ?3 in the range of ?3 to ?29, and a distribution ratio of ?3 in the range of ?3 to ?29 is 70% or more, when electron beams are irradiated to the individual crystal grains in a measurement range of a polished cross-section by using a field-emission-type scanning electron microscope and an electron beam backward scattering diffraction device to measure an orientation of a normal line of each of crystal lattice planes having a corundum hexagonal crystal lattice, a crystal orientation relationship between the adjacent crystal lattices is calculated based on the measurement result, a distribution of lattice points (referred to as “constituent atom-sharing lattice points”) where each of constituent atoms of a crystal lattice interface shares one constituent atom between the crystal lattices is calculated, and distribution ratios of individuals of ?N+1 are calculated when ?N+1 represents the constituent atom-sharing lattice point type in which there are N lattice points sharing no constituent atoms between the constituent atom-sharing lattice points (here, N is any even number equal to or more than 2 in the corundum hexagonal close-packed crystal structure, but in a case where the upper limit of N is 28 from the viewpoint of distribution frequency, even numbers 4, 8, 14, 24, and 26 do not exist), and
(d) a ratio of a grain boundary having a constituent atom-sharing lattice point type of ?3 continuing from an interface between the lower layer and the upper layer to an outermost surface of the upper layer is 60% or more of a grain boundary having a constituent atom-sharing lattice point type of ?3 distributed in the Al2O3 crystal grains of the entire upper layer, and
wherein an outermost surface layer of the lower layer (a) is made of a TiCN layer having a layer thickness of at least 500 nm or more and contains oxygen only in a depth region with a depth of up to 500 nm from an interface between the TiCN layer and the upper layer, except for oxygen as inevitable impurities, and an average content of the oxygen contained in the depth region is 1 to 3 atom % of a total content of Ti, C, N, and O contained in the depth region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,841

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL IN WHICH HARD COATING LAYERS EXHIBITS EXCELLENT CHIPPING RESISTANCE

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprising:a tool body, wherein
a hard coating layer is formed on a surface of the tool body made of any of tungsten carbide-based cemented carbide, titanium carbonitride-based cermet, and a cubic boron nitride-based ultrahigh-pressure sintered body,
(a) the hard coating layer includes at least a layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride of Ti and Al, having an average layer thickness of 1 to 20 ?m,
(b) the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride includes at least a phase of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure,
(c) the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride includes at least an upper layer in which a periodic compositional variation in Ti and Al is present in crystal grains having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure, and a lower layer in which a periodic compositional variation in Ti and Al is not present in crystal grains having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure,
(d) in a case where the upper layer is expressed by the composition formula: (Ti1-xAlx)(CyN1-y), an average amount Xavg of Al in the total amount of Ti and Al and an average amount Yavg of C in the total amount of C and N (where both Xavg and Yavg are atomic ratios) respectively satisfy 0.70?Xavg?0.95 and 0?Yavg?0.005, and
(e) in a case where the lower layer is expressed by the composition formula: (Ti1-uAlu)(CvN1-v), an average amount Uavg of Al in the total amount of Ti and Al and an average amount Vavg of C in the total amount of C and N (where both Uavg and Vavg are atomic ratios) respectively satisfy 0?Uavg<0.70 and 0?Vavg?0.005.

US Pat. No. 10,456,838

METHOD FOR PRODUCING METAL NANOPARTICLES

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

1. A method for preparing a metal nanoparticle, the method comprising:forming a solution comprising a solvent, a metal salt which provides a metal ion or an atomic group ion comprising the metal ion in the solvent, one or more surfactants which form micelles in the solvent, an amino acid, and a halide; and
forming the metal nanoparticle by adding a reducing agent to the solution,
wherein the metal nanoparticle comprises one or more bowl shaped particles comprising one or more metals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,831

DETECTION OF BLOCKAGE IN INTERNAL PASSAGES OF GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENTS

United Technologies Corpo...

18. A method of inspecting an article formed by investment casting using a ceramic inner core, comprising the steps of:receiving the article with the ceramic inner core removed, the article having a first and a second passage formed by the ceramic inner core;
moving a first filler material into the first passage, and moving a second filler material into the second passage; and
inspecting the article for a presence of an apparent residual core within said first passage and said second passage, and identifying a location of the apparent residual core from said core based upon an identification of whether the location of the apparent residual core is in the first or second filler materials; and
wherein said first filler material has a different atomic weight than said second filler material, and wherein said different atomic weights are both greater than an atomic weight of the component material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,825

METHOD FOR PRESS-ROLLING A TIMEPIECE MAINSPRING

Nivarox-FAR S.A., Le Loc...

1. A method for press-rolling a mainspring, from a wire having an eye with a first curvature pre-formed in a first operation, comprising:using a roller press comprising a first support and guide means to exert a force on said wire in a first contact area of the wire, the first contact area being located between a second and a third contact area of said wire with a second and a third support and guide means, respectively, in a second operation to wind, beyond said eye, an accumulation area with a second curvature opposite to the first curvature of said eye, said first contact area being on a first side of the wire and the second and third contact areas being on a second side of the wire opposite to said first side, and
advancing the wire and, during the advance of said wire, gradually moving the position of said first contact area in a direction toward said second and third contact areas, to vary a press-rolling diameter from a first minimum value to a second maximum value at a neck junction between said accumulation area and said eye;
wherein said first contact area is located between the second and third contact areas in a longitudinal direction of said wire.

US Pat. No. 10,456,823

BOND FIXTURE COMPOSITE SPLICE FAIRING ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A bond fixture comprising:a frame that defines a chamber for receiving a component;
at least one bladder assembly mounted to the frame and extending into the chamber to apply a pressure to an adjacent surface of the component;
a caul assembly separate from the frame and from the at least one bladder, the caul assembly being positionable about the component and receivable adjacent an interior surface of the at least one bladder assembly within the chamber, wherein the caul assembly includes a heater operable to heat a localized portion of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,821

FINE BLANKING CAM DIE

MAGNA POWERTRAIN INC., C...

1. A method of fine blanking a slug from a workpiece, the method comprising:positioning a fine blanking cam die between a moveable ram and a base of a press;
positioning a sheet metal workpiece between an axially moveable punch and laterally moveable cam dies;
advancing the punch toward the workpiece and partially piercing the workpiece as the punch travels into the workpiece 20-25% of its thickness;
translating at least one of the cam dies toward the slug to decrease a clearance between the cam dies and the punch after the punch has traveled into the workpiece 20-25% of its thickness such that the cam dies apply a side force to the slug material being formed as the punch continues to travel through the workpiece; and
advancing the punch through the workpiece to separate the slug from the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,456,820

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED MEMBER

Nippon Steel Nisshin Co.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a molded member by carrying out multi-stage drawing on a base metal sheet, the molded member comprising: a tubular body; and a flange formed at an end portion of the tubular body,wherein the multi-stage drawing comprises:
preliminary drawing for forming a preliminary body having a body element from the base metal sheet;
at least one compression drawing performed after the preliminary drawing using a mold, the mold comprising: a die having a pushing hole; a punch for being inserted into the inside of the body element to push the body element into the pushing hole; and a compressing device that applies a compressive force along a depth direction of the body element to a circumferential wall of the body element, the at least one compression drawing forming the tubular body by drawing the body element while applying the compressive force to the body element; and
at least one finishing ironing performed after the at least one compression drawing;
wherein the compressing device comprises a lifter pad, the lifter pad comprising: a pad portion which is disposed at an outer circumferential position of the punch so as to face the die, and on which a lower end of the circumferential wall of the body element is placed; and an urging portion, the urging portion being configured to support the pad portion from below and enable a supporting force for supporting the pad portion to be adjusted;
wherein the at least one compression drawing is performed without the pad portion machos arriving at a bottom dead center;
wherein the supporting force acts upon the body element as the compressive force when performing the compression drawing of the body element; and
wherein in the at least one finishing ironing process, an ironing ratio Y is defined by the following equation:

in which:
cre represents clearance of a mold used for the finishing ironing; and
tre represents an average thickness of the circumferential wall of the body element before the finishing ironing; and
a ratio X of a curvature radius r of a shoulder portion of a die of the mold used for the finishing ironing to the average thickness tre of the circumferential wall of the body element before the finishing ironing is defined as:
X=r/tre; and
wherein the ironing ratio Y is determined so as to satisfy the following equation with respect to the ratio X:
0

US Pat. No. 10,456,818

SIMPLE PRE-CONTROL OF A WEDGE-TYPE ROLL-GAP ADJUSTMENT OF A ROUGHING STAND

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES GE...

1. An operating method for a rolling mill processing in succession a plurality of flat items of metal rolling stock, the method comprising:feeding a first flat item of the plurality of flat items through a plurality of roll stands of the rolling mill via a first feed path;
roughing down the first flat item in at least one stand of the plurality of roll stands during at least one roughing pass with a first value of a wedge setting then finish-rolling the roughed down first flat item in finishing passes;
registering a first thickness wedge produced for the first flat item after the finish-rolling of the first flat item;
comparing the first thickness wedge of the first flat item with a first target wedge, and determining a deviation of the first thickness wedge from the first target wedge;
based on the deviation and on the first value of the wedge setting, determining a new value of the wedge setting for the at least one roughing pass;
adjusting the wedge setting in the course of the at least one roughing pass in accordance with the new value of the wedge setting for a next flat item of the plurality of flat items to be rolled next, so that the next flat item is roughed down in the at least one roughing pass with the new value of the wedge setting; and
during the roughing down of the plurality of flat item in one of the roll stands, placing lateral guides and/or edgers against the flat items in front or upstream of and/or behind or downstream of the roll stand, such that the lateral guides and/or edgers exert transverse forces on the respective flat items of rolling stock for preventing a saber-type formation in the rolling stock in the course of roughing down;
wherein the adjusting of the wedge setting is such that the wedge setting is proportional to the thickness wedge existing in the finish-rolled respective flat item.

US Pat. No. 10,456,815

INJECTOR NEEDLE CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Bluebonnet Foods, L.P., ...

1. A food injection needle cleaning system, comprising:a fluid tank containing a fluid substance;
a pump coupled to the fluid tank;
at least one chamber comprising at least one tubular bore passing through the at least one chamber and a fluid substance inlet in fluid flow communication with the at least one tubular bore and the pump;
a needle receiver movably engageable with a first opening of the at least one tubular bore;
at least one first compressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that a press member bears upon the at least one first compressible member;
at least one substantially incompressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that the at least one first compressible annular member bears upon the at least one substantially incompressible annular member; the at least one substantially incompressible annular member having a fluid substance opening in fluid flow communication with the fluid substance inlet of the at least one chamber;
at least one second compressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that the at least one substantially incompressible annular member bears upon the at least one second compressible annular member;
an end cap having a waste opening passing therethrough, the end cap sealing a second opening of the at least one tubular bore of the at least one chamber; and
each of the at least one first compressible annular member, the at least one substantially incompressible annular member, the at least one second compressible annular member and the waste opening have inner diameters configured to accept a food injection needle therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,456,811

LIM WEIGHT SORTER

Laitram, L.L.C., Harahan...

1. A conveyor comprising:a conveyor belt advancing along a carryway path in a direction of belt travel, the conveyor belt having a plurality of electrically conductive rollers rotatable in a lateral direction transverse to the direction of belt travel;
a linear stator adjacent to the conveyor belt in a roller-activation zone extending along the carryway path from a zone entrance to a zone exit;
wherein each of the electrically conductive rollers, acting as a rotor, forms with the linear stator a constant-torque linear-induction motor that rotates the rollers in the lateral direction in the roller-activation zone so that objects conveyed on the conveyor belt are propelled by the rotation of the rollers to exit the roller-activation zone with a speed parallel to the lateral direction that is inversely proportional to the weights of the objects;
a sensor sensing the conveyed objects and making measurements of their lateral acceleration, lateral speed, or lateral displacement along the carryway downstream of the zone entrance of the roller-activation zone for conversion of the measurements into object weights.

US Pat. No. 10,456,809

VIBRATING SCREEN FOR AN INLET HOPPER OF A CONVEYOR

1. A vibrating screen in combination with an inlet hopper of a conveyor for screening particulate material fed into the inlet hopper, the inlet hopper comprising:side walls which define upper edges of the inlet hopper, the upper edges being disposed around a periphery of the inlet hopper and delimiting an inlet opening at or adjacent a top of the inlet hopper;
the side walls having upper portions which locate the upper edges at respective tops of the upper portions;
the side walls further including inner shoulders extending inwardly from the upper portions of the side walls at locations spaced below the upper edges, the inner shoulders defining upper support surfaces and terminating at edges spaced inwardly from the upper portions that delimit an opening sized smaller than the inlet opening;
the vibrating screen comprising:
a screen spanning longitudinally between first and second screen ends and laterally between opposing screen sides which join the first and second screen ends, the screen having openings sized to receive at least individual particles of the particulate material therethrough;
a mounting assembly arranged for removably mounting to the inlet hopper of the conveyor;
a suspension system resiliently supporting the screen on the mounting assembly such that the screen spans across at least a portion of the inlet opening;
a vibrating device arranged for vibrating the screen relative to the inlet hopper of the conveyor;
the mounting assembly comprising a frame removably supported on the inner shoulders of the side walls of the inlet hopper;
the frame defining a bottom surface along a periphery of the frame that is disposed in removable contact with the upper support surfaces of the inner shoulders;
an inner side of the frame defined inwardly of the bottom surface delimiting an opening through which the particulate material can pass from the screen to the inlet hopper; and
an outer side of the frame defined outwardly of the bottom surface and opposite to the inner side being sized and shaped in a manner substantially matching the upper portions of the side walls of the inlet hopper so that the outer side of the frame is substantially disposed in removable contact with the upper portions of the side walls to resist movement of the frame relative to the inlet hopper when the screen is vibrating.

US Pat. No. 10,456,808

SELECTIVE DEPOSITION OF METALS, METAL OXIDES, AND DIELECTRICS

ASM IP Holding B.V., Alm...

1. A method for selectively depositing a dielectric material on a dielectric surface of a substrate relative to a metal surface of the same substrate, the method comprising:at least one deposition cycle comprising alternately and sequentially contacting the substrate with a precursor and a reactant, and
wherein the metal surface is treated to inhibit deposition of the dielectric material thereon prior to the at least one deposition cycle, and
wherein the dielectric material is selectively deposited on the dielectric surface relative to the metal surface with a selectivity of at least 80%.

US Pat. No. 10,456,802

ATOMIZING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA MITSUBIHSHI-ELECT...

1. An atomizing apparatus that forms a solution into a mist, said atomizing apparatus comprising:a container that accommodates said solution;
a mist generator that forms said solution into a mist;
an inner hollow structure that is located in said container and has a hollow inside;
a gas supplying unit that is located in said container and supplies a gas into a gas supply space being a space enclosed by an inner surface of said container and an outer surface of said inner hollow structure; and
a connecting portion that connects said hollow of said inner hollow structure and said gas supply space,
wherein a speed of the gas output from the connecting portion into said hollow of said inner hollow structure is faster than a speed of the carrier gas output from the gas supplying unit into said gas supply space,
the gas supplying unit includes a single gas supply port through which the gas enters into the gas supply space, and
wherein a dimension between an inner wall surface of said container and an outer wall surface of said inner hollow structure in said gas supply space around said connecting portion is smaller than a dimension between the inner wall surface of said container and the outer wall surface of said inner hollow structure in said gas supply space around said gas supplying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,799

FLUID PRODUCT DISPENSING DEVICE

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. A fluid dispenser device comprising: a reservoir (10) containing fluid; a dispenser head (20) that is provided with a dispenser orifice (21); dispenser means (30) for dispensing at least a fraction of said fluid through said dispenser orifice (21); and passage means (40) for connecting said reservoir (10) to said dispenser orifice (21) on actuation of said dispenser means (30), said passage means (40) including a hollow needle (41) that penetrates into said reservoir (10) on actuation of said dispenser means (30), said needle (41) being fastened in a needle support (60) that is itself fastened in said dispenser head (20); the dispenser device being characterized in that said needle support (60) includes blocking means (65, 66) that, in the rest position, co-operate with said reservoir (10) so as to prevent it from moving axially relative to said head (20).

US Pat. No. 10,456,793

CARTRIDGES AND DISPENSER DEVICES FOR JETS OF WATER INCORPORATING SUCH CARTRIDGES

NIKLES TEC ITALIA S.r.l.,...

1. A cartridge to be housed in a cartridge seat made in a device body of a dispenser device for jets of water, comprising:a cartridge body, comprising a first compartment and a second compartment, said second compartment being separated from said first compartment by a watertight separation septum, the cartridge body comprising an entry aperture for the entry of a flow of water into the first compartment and at least one exit aperture opening toward the outside environment for the exit of the flow of water from the first compartment;
a generator housed in said first compartment, said generator being suitable for being driven by a flow of water which crosses said first compartment from the entry aperture to the at least one exit aperture; and
at least one electronic device housed in said second compartment suitable for generating a secondary effect perceivable by a user, said electronic device being powered electrically by the generator, the second compartment being separated from the external environment by a separation element suitable for allowing transmission of said secondary effect towards the outside environment, wherein
the cartridge body comprises a cylindrical shape with a cartridge axis (X),
the entry aperture and the separation element are provided at opposite ends of the cartridge body along the cartridge axis (X),
the first compartment is superposed on the second compartment along the cartridge axis (X), and
the at least one exit aperture of the water is directed radially with respect to the cartridge axis (X).

US Pat. No. 10,456,791

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CONTACTLESS OPTICALLY-INDUCED DIELECTROPHORESIS FOR SEPARATION OF CIRCULATING TUMOR CELLS

Ace Medical Technology Co...

1. A method for performing contactless optically-induced dielectrophoresis (ODEP) for separation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), the method comprising the steps of:(1) obtaining blood with suspected CTCs;
(2) adding at least one fluorescent antibody that binds to the CTCs into the blood to form stained blood;
(3) injecting the stained blood with the at least one fluorescent antibody into a sample receiving member of an ODEP device wherein the ODEP device includes a first conductive glass and a second conductive glass, the first conductive glass includes a transverse main channel and a longitudinal micro channel joining the main channel at a cell separation zone, and the first conductive glass includes a first hole and a second hole aligned with two ends of the main channel respectively, a third hole aligned with one end of the microchannel that is distal to the cell separation zone, the sample receiving member disposed on and aligned with the first hole, an exhaust discharge member disposed on and aligned with the second hole, a target collection member disposed on and aligned with the third hole, and a controller including an optical projection device and an image fetch device;
(4) performing fluorescent image identification by immunofluorescent microscopic observation using the optical projection device and the image fetch device to identify and distinguish the CTCs bound to the at least one fluorescent antibody from pseudo positive target cells that have fluorescent expression and lack cell nuclei;
(5) trapping the identified CTCs bound to the at least one fluorescent antibody in the ODEP device by creating an image pattern by projecting a light image and then generating an ODEP force;
(6) separating the trapped CTCs from other non-CTCs at the cell separation zone;
(7) collecting the trapped CTCs in the target collection member; and
(8) obtaining the collected CTCs from the target collection member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,790

MACHINE FOR TREATING INFECTIOUS WASTE, IN PARTICULAR MEDICAL WASTE

TESALYS, Lyons (FR)

1. A machine for treating waste, comprising:a waste loading receptacle for loading waste, comprising walls defining the waste loading receptacle,
a shredding assembly for shredding said waste, including a shredder, and a pusher making it possible to push the waste toward the shredder, the pusher including a plate and an actuator for actuating the plate in the receptacle;
the receptacle has a constant cross-section between a waste loading opening and a communication opening with the shredder, the waste loading opening being an upper opening; and
the plate is translatable in the waste loading receptacle, parallel to the axis along which the receptacle has said constant cross-section, the plate having an edge wall and having dimensions such that only an interstice exists between the edge wall of the plate and the walls defining said waste loading receptacle; the plate is movable between a withdrawn position, where the plate is able to be freed from said waste loading opening, and an end-of-travel position, where the plate is situated adjacent said communication opening;
the machine comprises a sealing gasket within the waste loading receptacle movable between a retracted position and a sealing position;
wherein in the retracted position, the sealing gasket does not hinder the mobility of the plate in the waste loading receptacle, and in the sealing position, the sealing gasket fills the interstice and produces, in said end-of-travel position of the plate, sealing between the plate and the walls of said receptacle;
wherein, in the withdrawn position, the pusher is completely housed in a cover of the machine, the cover being movable between a position covering the waste loading opening, in which the cover closes the opening, and a retracted position, in which the cover does not hinder the loading of waste in said receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,789

PIPETTE WASH

DOUGLAS SCIENTIFIC, LLC, ...

1. A method of washing an array of pipette tips comprising:providing a dispensing jet system including the array of pipette tips;
lowering the array of pipette tips into a wash basin comprising an array of flush ports, the wash basin positioned on a shiftable wash valve plate comprising an array of valves, the shiftable wash valve plate enabled to work with a vacuum source to control vacuum timing;
generating a vacuum and shifting the wash valve plate such that the residual biological material in the array of pipette tips is evacuated through the array of flush ports and the array of valves; and
running a wash cycle comprising:
raising the array of pipette tips from the wash basin;
filling the wash basin with a primary wash fluid;
lowering the array of pipette tips into the wash basin;
running a pipette tip cleansing cycle using dispensing pipette piston cycles of the dispensing jet system to aspirate and dispense the wash fluid in the pipette tips; and
generating a vacuum such that the primary wash fluid in the array of pipette tips and the wash basin is evacuated through the array of flush ports; and
positioning a vacuum conduit above the wash basin, the vacuum conduit coupled to a vacuum source to remove vapors from above the wash basin during the wash cycle and/or after the wash cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,787

REAGENT COMPONENT DISPENSING CAPS FOR REAGENT CONTAINERS USED IN AUTOMATED CLINICAL ANALYZERS

Instrumentation Laborator...

1. A device for storing reagent components in an automated clinical analyzer, comprising:a container lid, said container lid comprising,
a cylindrical wall about a longitudinal central axis, the cylindrical wall defining a lumen,
a first opening to the lumen at a first end of the cylindrical wall,
a second opening to the lumen at a second end of the cylindrical wall
a portion of the lumen defining a reagent chamber 62 configured to store one or more reagents,
wherein the cylindrical wall further comprises internal threads 30 extending from the first end 20 to the second end 22 of the cylindrical wall;
a cylindrical member 40 positioned within the lumen and confined between and shorter than the distance between the first and second ends, said cylindrical member 40 comprising external threads 50 configured to operatively engage the internal threads 30 of said cylindrical wall and thereby to move the cylindrical member along the central longitudinal axis within the lumen, and wherein said engagement between the internal threads 30 and said external threads 50 form a gas-tight seal between the first opening of the lumen and the reagent chamber 62;
a breakable seal 60 positioned at the second end 22 of cylindrical wall extending across the second opening of the lumen, wherein the reagent chamber 62 is bounded by the cylindrical wall, the cylindrical member 40 and the breakable seal 60; and
an attachment structure 75 joined to the second end of the cylindrical wall, the attachment structure 75 including an engagement portion shaped for receiving a mating engagement portion of a container 72 at an opening of the container 72 and retaining the cylindrical wall and the breakable seal 60 in a fixed position against the container 72 such that the breakable seal 60 seals the opening of the container 72.

US Pat. No. 10,456,786

SEPTUMS AND RELATED METHODS

ABBOTT LABORATORIES, Abb...

1. A septum comprising:a first surface;
a membrane coupled to at least a portion of the first surface;
a second surface opposite the first surface; and
ribs extending between the membrane and the second surface, the first surface spaced apart from the second surface by the ribs, each rib having a first end coupled to the membrane and a second end extending between a first edge of the second surface and a second edge of the second surface, a height of each rib defined between the membrane and the second surface, the ribs and the membrane to form a seal prior to penetration by a probe, wherein the second end is curved and has a parabolic cross-sectional shape having a vertex, and wherein the vertex is in a plane, and the first edge of the second surface and the second edge of the second surface are in the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,456,784

SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR ANALYSIS OF SAMPLES

OPKO Diagnostics, LLC, W...

1. A device comprising:a first component comprising a first channel formed in a first material and including at least a first port, the first channel including at least one portion having a cross-sectional dimension greater than 200 microns, wherein the first material has a water vapor permeability of less than about 5.0 g·mm/m2·d;
a second component comprising a second channel formed in a second material and including at least a second port, the second channel including at least one portion having a cross-sectional dimension less than 200 microns, wherein the first material is different from the second material;
a fluidic connector that can be connected to the first and second components, the fluid connector comprising a fluid path including a fluid path inlet and a fluid path outlet, wherein upon connection, the fluid path inlet fluidically connects to the first port and the fluid path outlet fluidically connects to the second port to allow fluid communication between the first and second channels,
wherein the first and second channels are not in fluid communication with one another absent connection via the fluidic connector,
wherein the first and second components are substantially planar and lie on top of one another, and
wherein both the first port and the second port are accessible from a top surface of the first component or the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,783

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

Click Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing;
a sample input module enclosed by the housing, the sample input module defining a sample input volume that receives an input sample;
a solid control organism within the sample input volume, the solid control organism being nonpathogenic to humans and being rehydrated and mixed with the input sample when the input sample is conveyed from the sample input volume;
an amplification module coupled within the housing and configured to receive the input sample, the amplification module defining a reaction volume and including a heater, the amplification module configured to amplify a control nucleic acid within the control organism to produce a control amplicon along with amplification of a target nucleic acid within the input sample to produce a target amplicon;
a reagent formulated to produce a first signal indicating a presence of the target amplicon and a second signal indicating a presence of the control amplicon; and
a detection module that receives an output produced by the amplification module including the target amplicon and the control amplicon, the detection module including a first detection surface and a second detection surface, the first detection surface configured to interact with the target amplicon such that when the detection module contains the reagent the first signal is produced from the first detection surface, the second detection surface configured to interact with the control amplicon such that when the detection module contains the reagent the second signal is produced from the second detection surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,782

DENSITY PHASE SEPARATION DEVICE

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A separation assembly for enabling separation of a fluid sample into first and second phases, comprising:a collection container having a first end, a second end, and a sidewall extending therebetween, the collection container defining a longitudinal axis between the first end and the second end; and
a mechanical separator comprising a separator body having a through-hole defined therein and a sealing perimeter defined on an exterior surface of the separator body, the separator body adapted to transition from a first initial position in which the through-hole is oriented in an open position for allowing fluid to pass therethrough, to a second sealing position in which the through-hole is oriented in a closed position for preventing fluid from being received therethrough, upon applied centrifugal force,
wherein, in the second sealing position, the sealing perimeter sealingly engages a portion of the sidewall of the collection container to prevent fluid from passing between the mechanical separator and the sidewall and to prevent fluid from passing through the through-hole, and
wherein the sealing perimeter has a first diameter in a direction parallel to a through-axis of the through-hole, and a second diameter in a direction perpendicular to the through-axis of the through-hole, and the first diameter is less than the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,781

FLUID INSPECTION DEVICE

SKYLA CORPORATION HSINCHU...

1. A fluid inspection device, comprising:at least one channel including a top channel surface and a bottom channel surface, wherein a first spacing is formed therebetween;
at least one chamber communicating with the at least one channel from which a fluid flows into the at least one chamber and including a top chamber surface, a bottom chamber surface and a fluid-filling area, the fluid-filling area is a portion of the at least one chamber filling with the fluid communicating with the at least one channel, wherein a second spacing is formed between the top chamber surface of at least a portion of the fluid-filling area and the bottom chamber surface corresponding to the at least a portion of the fluid-filling area; and
a through opening communicating with the at least one chamber and an outside of the fluid inspection device,
the second spacing of the at least one chamber is smaller than the first spacing of the at least one channel,
wherein the top chamber surface comprises a top sub surface, a top protruding surface and a first join surface connecting the top sub surface and the top protruding surface, and a first step is formed between the top protruding surface and the first join surface,
the bottom chamber surface comprises a bottom sub surface, a bottom protruding surface and a second joint surface connecting the bottom sub surface and the bottom protruding surface, and a second step is formed between the bottom protruding surface and the second join surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,764

CATALYST BED CONFIGURATION FOR OLEFIN PRODUCTION

Borealis AG, Vienna (AT)...

1. A catalyst bed configuration for conversion of ethene and n-butene to propene comprisingat least one main catalyst bed comprising
a) at least one first catalyst component comprising a metathesis catalyst, and
b) at least one second catalyst component comprising a catalyst for double bond isomerisation, whereby the first and second catalyst are admixed with each other, and
at least one catalyst pre-bed arranged upstream of the at least one main catalyst bed consisting of at least one compound selected from the group of alkaline earth oxides,
wherein
the mass ratio of the at least one catalyst pre-bed and the at least one main catalyst bed is between 1:2 and 1.5:1, wherein a mass ratio of 1:1.6 of catalyst pre-bed and main catalyst bed in case of magnesium oxide as catalyst pre-bed and a mixture of magnesium oxide and tungsten oxide on a silica carrier in a ratio of 7:1 as main catalyst bed for the disproportion of pentene is disclaimed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,762

MACHINE FOR MIXING AND CONVEYING A ROAD APPLICATION MIXTURE AND THE METHODS OF USE THEREOF

Juneau County, a Wisconsi...

1. A system comprising:a hopper for containing a solid;
a pump for pumping a liquid;
an auger casing having an auger casing interior and an auger casing exterior, said auger casing having a liquid inlet for introducing an amount of said liquid into said auger casing interior from said pump and a solid inlet for introducing an amount of said solid into said auger casing interior from said hopper, said auger casing also having an auger casing discharge; and
an auger enclosed within and completely surrounded by said auger casing; said auger mixing and conveying said liquid and said solid within said auger casing wherein said auger has a first flight section and a second flight section, said amount of said liquid entering said auger casing interior through said liquid inlet, said liquid inlet being located at a start of said second flight, wherein said first flight section has a first flight section pitch and said second flight section has a second flight section pitch, wherein said second flight second pitch is greater than said first flight section pitch, whereby said solid is conveyed at a faster rate of speed in said second flight section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,761

MIXER-CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A MIXER-CONTAINER INCLUDING A TELESCOPIC SHAFT

SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS,...

1. A method for assembling a mixer-container intended for receiving a biopharmaceutical fluid for mixing, wherein:a container is provided having a flexible wall defining an inner space suitable for filling with biopharmaceutical fluid, the container comprising:
a mixing device comprising at least one shaft having an adjustable length along a main axis, and
at least one first bearing attached to the wall, the shaft extending at least into the inner space from the first bearing,
a rigid outer containment device for the container is provided,
a drive motor located outside the container is provided, the motor being suitable for rotating the shaft of the mixing device,
the container is placed in the rigid outer containment device, the rigid outer containment device comprising a bottom wall and a peripheral wall defining a housing adapted to receive the container, the flexible wall of the container being arranged on the bottom wall of the rigid outer containment device, and
the length of the shaft along the main axis is adjusted to position the shaft facing the motor to enable the motor to rotate the shaft.