US Pat. No. 10,509,176

DEFORMABLE MIRROR AND CAPACITIVE ACTUATOR ARRAY CONTROLLER

Teilch, LLC, Portola Val...

1. A controller for a capacitive actuator array of a deformable mirror comprising:a stackable, printed circuit board assembly (PCBA);
the stackable, PCBA further comprising:
a distributed microcontroller (MCU) architecture comprising a main microcontroller unit and a plurality of slave microcontroller units communicatively coupled to said main microcontroller unit;
a plurality of high-voltage sample-and-hold IC's (HV S&H), each slave microcontroller of said plurality of slave microcontrollers supplying control signals to at least one capacitive actuator in said actuator array;
at least one input for receiving data embodying instructions for controlling actuators of the actuator array; and
a memory containing program instructions for driving said capacitive actuator array controller.

US Pat. No. 10,509,173

OPTICAL NOTCH FILTER SYSTEM WITH INDEPENDENT CONTROL OF COUPLED DEVICES

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. An optical notch filter system comprising:a first racetrack resonant waveguide structure, positioned to enable an input light signal to couple from a first waveguide;
a second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, positioned to enable the input light signal to couple between the first racetrack resonant waveguide structure and the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, and further positioned to enable a first output light signal to couple from the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure to a second waveguide;
a first primary heating unit, positioned to heat a first primary region including a first portion of the first racetrack resonant waveguide structure and a first portion of the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, to change a central frequency and a passband width for the system to select a wavelength comprising the first output light signal;
a third racetrack resonant waveguide structure, positioned to enable the input light signal to couple between the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure and the third racetrack resonant waveguide structure, and further positioned to enable a second output light signal to couple from the third racetrack resonant waveguide structure to a third waveguide; and
a second primary heating unit, positioned to heat a second primary region including a first portion of the third racetrack resonant waveguide structure and a second portion of the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, to change a central frequency and a passband width for the system to select a wavelength comprising the second output light signal, and
wherein the first primary heating unit is controlled by a first primary controller and the second primary heating unit is controlled by a second primary controller.

US Pat. No. 10,509,158

2D PUPIL EXPANDER USING HOLOGRAPHIC BRAGG GRATING

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A device comprising:a waveguide; and
a super grating, wherein:
the super grating comprises a plurality of gratings;
the plurality of gratings are superimposed;
the plurality of gratings are each configured to couple light out of the waveguide; and
the super grating varies spatially so that the super grating has a first set of pitches at a first location and a second set of pitches at a second location to out couple some wavelengths of light for a given input angle from the waveguide at the first location and out couple other wavelengths of light for the given input angle from the waveguide at the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,509,156

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICES

Excellence Optoelectronic...

1. A light emitting device, comprising:a printed circuit board;
a reflection layer formed on said printed circuit board;
a light guide layer formed on said reflection layer; and
one or more light sources provided on one or more sides of said light guide layer to allow light to enter said light guide layer from said one or more sides,
wherein said light guide layer is bendable into curves of different sizes;
wherein a plurality of microstructures is configured on said bendable light guide layer; and
wherein the number of said plurality of microstructure with at least one round surface disposed on a large curve is more than the number of said plurality of microstructure with at least one flat surface disposed on said large curve, whereas the number of said plurality of microstructure with at least one round surface disposed on a small curve is less than the number of said plurality of microstructure with at least one flat surface disposed on said small curve.

US Pat. No. 10,509,155

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR CURVED WAVEGUIDES INTEGRATED WITH CURVED EYEGLASS LENSES

North Inc., Kitchener, O...

1. A transparent combiner for use in a wearable heads-up display, the transparent combiner comprising:a molded curved eyeglass lens comprising:
a molded curved waveguide portion that includes a first planar area and a second planar area; and
a first additional molded lens portion physically coupled to the first planar area of the molded curved waveguide portion to provide a substantially uniform curvature over a surface of the molded curved eyeglass lens;
a planar out-coupler physically coupled to the first planar area of the molded curved waveguide portion in between the molded curved waveguide portion and the first additional molded lens portion; and
a planar in-coupler physically coupled to the second planar area of the molded curved waveguide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,509,154

LIGHTING APPARATUS HAVING AN OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE AND A PLURALITY OF LIGHT INTERACTING STRUCTURES AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

Nanyang Technological Uni...

1. A lighting apparatus comprising:at least one light source configured to provide a source light;
an optical waveguide optically coupled to the at least one light source, the optical waveguide having at least one input region through which the source light enters the optical waveguide for propagation within the optical waveguide; and
a plurality of light interacting structures arranged within the optical waveguide, the plurality of light interacting structures adapted to interact with the source light to provide an illumination light emitted from the optical waveguide to an ambient environment,
wherein a concentration of the plurality of light interacting structures increases, along a length portion of the optical waveguide, in a longitudinal direction away from the at least one input region, and
wherein the concentration of the plurality of light interacting structures increases, along a width of the optical waveguide, in a transverse direction from an outer region of the optical waveguide to an inner region of the optical waveguide, the transverse direction being perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,509,151

WIRE GRID POLARIZER, DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A wire grid polarizer, comprising:a substrate having a wire pattern area and a non-wire pattern area;
a plurality of conductive wire patterns formed parallel to one another formed on the substrate in the wire pattern area but not in the non-wire pattern area,
wherein each of the conductive wire patterns includes a first conductive wire pattern disposed on the substrate in the wire pattern area but not in the non-wire pattern area, an insulating wire pattern disposed on the first conductive wire pattern in the wire pattern area, a second conductive wire pattern disposed on the insulating wire pattern in the wire pattern area but not in the non-wire pattern area, wherein the second conductive wire patterns do not contact each other in the wire pattern area; and
a first conductive pattern disposed on the substrate in the non-wire pattern area but not in the wire pattern area, an insulating pattern disposed on the first conductive pattern in the non-wire pattern area but not in the wire pattern area, and a second conductive pattern disposed on the insulating pattern in the non-wire pattern area but not in the wire pattern area,
wherein the second conductive pattern contacts the second conductive wire patterns at a boundary between the wire pattern area and the non-wire pattern area,
wherein the first conductive wire pattern and the second conductive wire pattern are electrically insulated from each other,
wherein the first conductive pattern is longer than the second conductive pattern in a first direction along which the first conductive wire patterns extend,
wherein the first conductive pattern has a different length from each of the first conductive wire patterns in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein the second conductive pattern has a different length from each of the second conductive wire patterns in the second direction,
wherein the first conductive wire pattern, the insulating wire pattern and the second conductive wire pattern have a substantially same shape, and
wherein the first conductive pattern includes a same material as the first conductive wire pattern, the insulating pattern includes a same material as the insulating wire pattern and the second conductive pattern includes a same material as the second conductive wire pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,509,150

WIRE GRID POLARIZER AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A wire grid polarizer, comprising:a base substrate;
a plurality of conductive wire patterns which protrude from the base substrate and are arranged side-by-side with one another; and
a hydrophobic layer on at least one of the conductive wire patterns,
wherein a plurality of conductive wire patterns with the hydrophobic layer disposed thereon is repeatedly arranged between each pair of adjacent conductive wire patterns with no hydrophobic layer disposed thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,509,148

IRRADIATION MARKING OF RETROREFLECTIVE SHEETING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A prismatic retroreflective sheeting comprising:a front side; and
a back side including a first set of cube corner elements having a first property, and a second set of the cube corner elements have a second property, different from the first property;
wherein the first set of cube corner elements form a normally nearly invisible mark that can be seen when viewed with coaxial illumination.

US Pat. No. 10,509,141

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A FRACTURE APERTURE IN A WELLBORE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for determining a fracture aperture of at least a fracture in a wellbore, wherein the method comprises:Measuring a resistivity of the wellbore with a downhole tool in a wellbore for obtaining an image of the wellbore,
Detecting at least a fracture in the wellbore,
Calculating a fracture aperture of the detected fracture according to a predetermined model of the wellbore, the model being set up based on at least an hypothesis relative to the configuration of the wellbore,
Estimating a first correction to the predetermined model when a first hypothesis is not met,
Estimating a second correction to the predetermined model when a second hypothesis is not met,
Based on at least a measured parameter relative to the wellbore and on the first and second corrections, determining an uncertainty range for the fracture aperture
taking a drilling, completion or cementing action in view of the fracture aperture and the uncertainty range.

US Pat. No. 10,509,140

BOREHOLE SHAPE CHARACTERIZATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method, comprising:measuring a shape of a borehole with a well-logging tool to provide a measured borehole shape;
using a processor and associated memory located downhole, (i) comparing the measured borehole shape against a catalog of hole shapes stored in the downhole memory so as to identify a matching catalog shape, and (ii) determining a size parameter associated with the measured borehole shape, wherein comparing the measured borehole shape against the catalog comprises sequentially comparing the measured borehole shape against a plurality of catalog shapes in an order that depends at least in part on complexity of the catalog shapes.

US Pat. No. 10,509,135

STRUCTURED DETECTORS AND DETECTOR SYSTEMS FOR RADIATION IMAGING

Minnesota Imaging and Eng...

1. A PET detector system comprising:a first detector subsystem comprising a first plurality of detector modules configured in a ring, the first subsystem of detector modules adapted to generate first output characterizing radiation incident thereon;
a second detector subsystem comprising a second plurality of detector modules, the second subsystem of detector modules adapted to generate second output characterizing radiation incident thereon; and
imaging electronics configured to convert the first and second output into PET images of first and second regions of a body, respectively;
wherein each of the detector subsystems comprises a first layer of scintillator elements extending in a first direction, a second layer of scintillator elements extending in a second direction, and an intermediate layer defined between the first and second layers, the intermediate layer configured to modulate light sharing between the first layer of scintillator elements and the second layer of scintillator elements.

US Pat. No. 10,509,132

FLASH MEMORY-BASED RADIATION SENSING

Board of Trustees of the ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:an output interface;
a sensing circuit;
a flash memory coupled to the sensing circuit, wherein the sensing circuit is configured to detect a change of value of at least one cell of the flash memory;
a processor coupled to the output interface, sensing circuit and flash memory, wherein the processor is configured to execute instructions;
a device memory coupled to the processor and having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
receive a measurement indicative of an amount of radiation exposure of the flash memory, the measurement based on the detected change of value of at least one cell of the flash memory by the sensing circuit;
compare, at the electronic device, the measurement with a radiation exposure threshold;
generate, at the electronic device, an output indicative of the comparison; and
provide, via the output interface, an output indicative of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,509,131

HARDWARE FRONT-END FOR A GNSS RECEIVER

TRIMBLE INC., Sunnyvale,...

1. A GNSS antenna assembly, comprising:a multilayer antenna board containing an L1 patch antenna of a first width, an L2 patch antenna of a second width that is greater than the first width, a ground plane of a third width that is equal to or greater than the second width, and one or more electrical contact pads on a first surface of the antenna board, the contact pads being in conductive contact with the ground plane of the antenna board;
a ground plane board containing a ground plane of a fourth width that is greater than the third width and one or more electrical contact pads on a first surface of the ground plane board, the contact pads being in conductive contact with the ground plane of the ground plane board;
wherein the contact pads of the antenna board and the contact pads of the ground plane board are in conductive contact with each other,
wherein a plurality of additional contact pads is provided on the antenna board, and
wherein the L1 patch antenna is conductively coupled to one or more of the plurality of contact pads of the antenna board via a conductor that passes through the ground plane of the antenna board within plated vias.

US Pat. No. 10,509,128

PROGRAMMABLE PATTERN OPTICAL PROJECTOR FOR DEPTH DETECTION

K Laser Technology, Inc.,...

1. An apparatus comprising:an array of lasers mounted on a substrate that produce a plurality of laser beams;
an array of lenses mounted in front of the array of lasers, each lens in the array of lenses being shaped to modify one of the plurality of laser beams to collimate the laser beam or substantially collimate the laser beam by focusing the laser beam at a fixed distance, producing a laser beam pattern;
a first multiple beam grating mounted to intercept the laser beam pattern to both duplicate the laser beam pattern to produce duplicated laser beam patterns and direct the duplicated laser beam patterns onto an object; and
a rotational element coupled to the first multiple beam grating to rotate the first multiple beam grating to produce a variety of different laser beam patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,509,126

METHOD FOR DRIVING A TIME-OF-FLIGHT SYSTEM

1. A method for driving a Time-of-Flight (ToF) system for use with an illumination system configured to illuminate a scene with a modulated signal, the ToF system having an imaging sensor comprising a plurality of pixels to detect a reflected modulated signal reflected from the scene, at least one pixel of the plurality of pixels comprising a first pair of taps and a second pair of taps, wherein each tap in the first pair of taps and the second pair of taps comprises a detection region and a control node surrounding the detection region, the method comprising, for each pixel of the at least one pixel:driving the first pair of taps to detect the reflected modulated signal during a first predetermined number of cycles of the modulated signal, wherein driving the first pair of taps comprises applying a first driving voltage signal to a first control node of a first tap in the first pair of taps and applying a second driving voltage signal to a second control node of a second tap in the first pair of taps, wherein the second voltage signal includes voltage pulses 180° out of phase with light pulses in the modulated signal; and
subsequent to driving the first pair of taps, driving the second pair of taps to detect the reflected modulated signal during a second predetermined number of cycles of the modulated signal, wherein driving the second pair of taps comprises applying a third driving voltage signal to a third control node of a third tap in the second pair of taps and applying a fourth driving voltage signal to a fourth control node of a fourth tap in the second pair of taps, wherein the third voltage signal includes voltage pulses 90° out of phase with the light pulses in the modulated signal.

US Pat. No. 10,509,123

NONLINEAR INTERMODULATION DISTANCE DETERMINATION SYSTEM

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. A distance determination system comprising:a transmitter configured to transmit a pair of pulses formed by a first pulse at a first frequency and a second pulse at a second frequency, wherein the pair of pulses has a corresponding pre-determined distance measuring a separation between the transmitter and a location removed from the transmitter;
a receiver configured to receive audio signals; and
a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to:
detect whether an intermodulation product of the first pulse and the second pulse is present and above a threshold amplitude in an audio signal received by the receiver; and
determine, based at least in part on whether the intermodulation product of the first pulse and the second pulse is detected to be present and above a threshold amplitude, whether a distance to a surface removed from the transmitter is greater than the distance corresponding to the pair of pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,509,117

CONTINUOUS WAVE (CW) RADAR SYSTEM FOR PHASE-CODED TIME DELAYED TRANSMIT-RECEIVE LEAKAGE CANCELLATION

The United States of Amer...

1. A method of transmitting a continuous wave phase-modulated random radar signal and processing echo returns comprising:generating the continuous wave phase-modulated random radar signal by:
generating a random subcode ?i;
producing a polyphase subcode ?i corresponding to the random subcode ?i where the polyphase subcode ?i is a member of a set of polyphase subcodes having N number of members;
transmitting a modulated subcode ??i from an antenna system during a subpulse width ? where ? is a measure of time, and where the modulated subcode ??i is an electromagnetic signal having a phase over the subpulse width ?, where the phase is based on the random subcode ?i;
generating a phase conversion parameter (?i??i) using the random subcode ?i and the polyphase subcode ?i and providing the phase conversion parameter (?i??i) to a plurality of range gates comprising two or more range gates RGj, where j is an integer unique to each range gate RGj and j is greater than or equal to 1, by providing the phase conversion parameter (?i??i) to the each individual range gate RGj following a delay Dj after transmission of the modulated subcode ??i from the antenna system, where the delay Dj is unique to the each individual range gate RGj; and
repeating the generating the random subcode ?i step, the producing the polyphase subcode ?i step, the transmitting the modulated subcode ??i step, and the generating the phase conversion parameter (?i??i) using the random subcode ?i and the polyphase subcode ?i and providing the phase conversion parameter (?i??i) step, thereby transmitting the continuous wave phase-modulated random radar signal; and
receiving an echo return of the continuous wave phase-modulated random radar signal and processing the echo return using the plurality of range gates RGj, thereby processing echo returns.

US Pat. No. 10,509,116

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING LOCATION USING PHASE DIFFERENCE OF ARRIVAL

DecaWave, Ltd., (IE)

1. In an ultra-wideband (UWB) system comprising a UWB transmitter adapted to transmit a signal, and a UWB receiver having first and second antennae separated by a first distance, d, a method comprising the steps of:1.1 using the first antenna to receive the transmitted signal;
1.2 using the second antenna to receive the transmitted signal; and
1.3 using the receiver to:
1.3.1 develop a range, r, between the transmitter and a selected one the first and second antennas;
1.3.2 develop a first phase value as a function of the complex baseband impulse response of the transmitted signal received by the first antenna;
1.3.3 develop a second phase value as a function of the complex baseband impulse response of the transmitted signal received by the second antenna;
1.3.4 develop a path difference value, p, as a function of the first and second phase values; and
1.3.5 develop an (x,y) location of the transmitter relative to the receiver as a function of d, r and p.

US Pat. No. 10,509,115

POSITION ESTIMATION METHOD, POSITION ESTIMATION DEVICE, AND POSITION ESTIMATION SYSTEM

LAPIS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., ...

1. A position estimation method comprising:acquiring, from a plurality of receivers that receive a plurality of received signal strengths of radio waves transmitted from a transmitter and transmit the plurality of received signal strengths, the plurality of received signal strengths;
in a case in which a plurality of distances between the transmitter and the plurality of receivers are calculated based on the plurality of received signal strengths, and a position of the transmitter is estimated by using the plurality of distances, and in a case in which a distance among the plurality of distances is smaller than a predetermined threshold, performing a first correction processing by estimating a position of a receiver from among the plurality of receivers corresponding to the distance smaller than the predetermined threshold as a position of the transmitter; and
in a case in which the position of the transmitter is estimated by using three shortest distances of the plurality of distances, and a sum of two arbitrary distances of the three shortest distances is less than a distance between two receivers from among the plurality of receivers corresponding to the two arbitrary distances, performing a second correction processing by estimating an intersection obtained by extending the two arbitrary distances with a same magnification as the position of the transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,509,107

DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SIMULATING AT LEAST ONE ECHO SIGNAL OF AN ELECTROMAGNETIC SIGNAL

1. A device for simulating at least one echo signal of a signal, said device comprising:an input for receiving the signal;
a signal manipulation unit; and
an output for transmitting the signal processed by said signal manipulation unit that is connected to said input via an input line and to said output via an output line, said signal manipulation unit being configured to add a delay to the signal, to change the frequency of the signal and/or to change the amplitude of the signal, said device further comprising;
a first bandwidth changing unit that is positioned in said input line, said first bandwidth changing unit being configured to decrease the frequency bandwidth of the signal, said device further comprising a second bandwidth changing unit that is positioned in said output line, said first bandwidth changing unit being configured to increase the frequency bandwidth of the signal processed.

US Pat. No. 10,509,106

METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A RADAR SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A radar system, comprising:a main channel;
a reference channel formed symmetrically in relation to the main channel;
a first oscillator configured to generate a first input signal, which is fed into an antenna in the main channel, a reflected portion of the first input signal being fed to a first mixer in the main channel;
a second directional coupler in the reference channel, the second directional coupler being coupled to the first oscillator and being configured to feed the first input signal from the first oscillator to a second mixer in the reference channel;
a second oscillator coupled to the first mixer and the second mixer, the second oscillator configured to generate a second input signal having a frequency which differs from the first input signal in a defined manner, and being configured to feed the second input signal to the first mixer and the second mixer;
a first analog to digital (A/D) converter coupled to an output of the first mixer and configured to convert an analog signal output by the first mixer to a first digital signal;
a second A/D converter coupled to an output of the second mixer and configured to convert an analog signal output by the second mixer to a second digital signal; and
a digital control unit configured to compare the first digital signal from the first A/D converter with the second digital signal from the second A/D converter, and to automatically determine a calibration coefficient as a function of the comparison to dimension a terminating impedance of the reference channel as a function of the comparison so that the output signals of the main channel and of the reference channel have identical properties, the digital control unit further configured to automatically convert the calibration coefficient to a control signal; and
a digital impedance tuner in the reference channel which receives the control signal from the digital control unit and configured to set the terminating impedance of the reference channel using the control signal from the digital control unit to an impedance corresponding to the calibration coefficient so that the output signal of the main channel and of the reference channel have identical properties.

US Pat. No. 10,509,104

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR SYNCHRONIZATION OF RADAR CHIPS

Analog Devices Global Unl...

1. A radar system with synchronized timing, the radar system comprising:a first radar chip including a first analog-to-digital converter (ADC) circuit and a first phase-locked loop (PLL) configured to process a reference clock signal to generate a first ADC clock signal that controls timing of the first ADC circuit, wherein the first radar chip is further configured to generate an ADC synchronization signal based on timing of the first ADC clock signal and to generate a ramp synchronization signal based on timing of the reference clock signal such that the ADC synchronization signal and the ramp synchronization signal are generated in different timing domains; and
a second radar chip configured to receive the reference clock signal and to process the ADC synchronization signal and the ramp synchronization signal to synchronize the second radar chip to the first radar chip.

US Pat. No. 10,509,101

STREET LIGHTING COMMUNICATIONS, CONTROL, AND SPECIAL SERVICES

1. A street lighting system, comprising:a radio frequency (RF) street lighting control system comprising a plurality of communication links in a 57-64 GHz frequency range;
a plurality of street lights having a luminaire, a luminaire associate, a support pole, and a power line operatively coupled to the luminaire and the luminaire associate;
a communication module within the luminaire associate that is communicatively coupled to the RF street lighting control system; and
a steerable millimeter wave radar communicatively coupled to the communications module, wherein the millimeter wave radar has a Doppler processor combined with polarimetric processing capability, further wherein the polarimetric processing is performed on a millimeter wave energy returned to the millimeter wave radar.

US Pat. No. 10,509,099

METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT IMPROVING REAL TIME LOCATION SYSTEMS WITH MULTIPLE LOCATION TECHNOLOGIES

Zebra Technologies Corpor...

1. A method of tracking a participant moving into and outside of a monitored area, the method comprising:receiving location data calculated based on blink data transmitted by a location tag associated with the participant;
receiving sensor position calculation data calculated based on sensor data transmitted by a sensor associated with the participant;
determining, by a processor, a location of the location tag based on the location data;
selecting the location for the participant when the location tag is in the monitored area;
determining, by the processor, a position of the sensor based on the sensor position calculation data; and
selecting the position for the participant when the sensor is outside the monitored area.

US Pat. No. 10,509,095

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHARING LOCATION OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A location sharing system of a vehicle comprising:a vehicle device configured to monitor and provide location information and state information of the vehicle;
a plurality of service nodes configured to provide a location-based service based on the location information of the vehicle; and
a location sharing server configured to:
set a first sharing period of time and a target service node for providing a location sharing service between the vehicle device and the plurality of service nodes;
transmit the location information of the vehicle to the target service node during the first period of sharing time; and
determine a remaining period of time in the first period of time for restarting the location sharing service between the vehicle device and the target service node depending on a determination result of the remaining period of time, when a switch from an ignition off state of the vehicle to an ignition on state of the vehicle is determined based on the vehicle state information.

US Pat. No. 10,509,093

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAST SYSTEM ACQUISITION AND CHANNEL ESTIMATION

FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, I...

1. A method for operating a transmit-receive point (TRP), the method comprising:generating, by the TRP, a different spatial domain to time domain transform (STT) symbol for each antenna element in an antenna array; and
transmitting, by the TRP, the STT symbols using the antenna array to sweep a beam along a first plane in the time domain.

US Pat. No. 10,509,092

ELECTRON PARAMAGNETIC RESONANCE DOSIMETER, METHODS OF MANUFACTURE, AND METHODS OF USE

ADA FOUNDATION, Chicago,...

1. A dosimeter for EPR dosimetry systems, comprising:a carbonated hydroxyapatite cement formed by mixing in a ratio of a range of about 0.5 to 5.0 powder-to-liquid ratio:
a cement powder comprising one or more calcium phosphate compounds,
one or more carbonate compounds, and
a cement liquid comprising a disodium phosphate solution to form a hardened mass; and
the hardened mass, when irradiated by a radiation source, capable of producing a spectrally clean EPR spectrum, wherein the carbonate content is in a range of about 3% by weight to about 10% by weight of the hardened mass.

US Pat. No. 10,509,084

MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD EMPLOYING A DIGITAL SQUID

Hypres, Inc., Elmsford, ...

1. A magnetic resonance system comprising:a plurality of antennas, each configured to concurrently receive a broadband electromagnetic signal representing magnetic resonance emissions from a volume of tissue over a range of magnetic field strengths to produce a corresponding broadband electronic signal;
a plurality of digitizers, each configured to receive and digitize the corresponding broadband electronic signal from a respective antenna at a rate of at least 1 gigasample per second to produce a broadband digitized electronic signal; and
at least one processor configured to receive the respective broadband digitized electronic signal from each of the plurality of digitizers, to perform at least one spatial processing algorithm, and to produce an output selectively dependent on a spatial characteristic of the magnetic resonance emissions from a volume of tissue over a range of magnetic field strengths.

US Pat. No. 10,509,083

MAGNETIC RESONANCE TOMOGRAPHY UNIT WITH TRANSMITTING UNIT AND SELECTOR AND METHOD FOR OPERATION

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A magnetic resonance tomography unit comprising:a controller;
a transmitter comprising a plurality of transmitting antennae;
a selector including a switching matrix and a positioning device configured to position the plurality of transmitting antennae in predetermined different relative positions to a patient; and
a high-frequency unit having a signal output in signal connection with the transmitter,
wherein the magnetic resonance tomography unit is configured to irradiate high-frequency energy into only a first region of a plurality of different regions in the patient using the selector and the plurality of transmitting antennae,
wherein the switching matrix is configured to bring a signal output of the high-frequency unit into signal connection with a non-empty subset of multiple transmitting antennae of the plurality of transmitting antennae.

US Pat. No. 10,509,079

INVERTER TEST APPARATUS

TOSHIBA MITSUBISHI-ELECTR...

1. An inverter test apparatus configured to test a first single-phase inverter, the inverter test apparatus comprising:a DC power supply configured to supply a DC power to the first single-phase inverter;
a second single-phase inverter which is connected to a DC side of the first single-phase inverter;
an inductor which is connected between an AC side of the first single-phase inverter and an AC side of the second single-phase inverter;
a first controller configured to control an AC voltage of the first single-phase inverter to be at a constant amplitude and a constant frequency;
a current detector configured to detect a current which flows through the inductor;
a phase command value computation module configured to compute a phase command value of the second single-phase inverter so as to follow the current detected by the current detector to a current amplitude command value; and
a second controller configured to control a phase of the second single-phase inverter, based on the phase command value computed by the phase command value computation module,
wherein the phase command value computation module computes a root-mean-square value from the current detected by the current detector, computes a conducting current amplitude from the root-mean-square value, subtracts the conducting current amplitude from the current amplitude command value, performs a proportional-plus-integral control such that a result of subtraction becomes zero, and computes the phase command value from a result of the proportional-plus-integral control.

US Pat. No. 10,509,071

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ALIGNING PROBE CARD IN SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE TESTING

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

13. An alignment method for probe card in testing system alignment, comprising:providing a probe card with a plurality of probe needles having their distal ends on a reference plane;
providing a light from both the upper side and lower side of the reference plane;
using a camera to image the probe needles; and
performing a probe card alignment process according to the image generated by the camera; and
testing semiconductor devices using the aligned probe card being electrically connected to a test head,
wherein the test head comprises a cover with a recess formed thereon, and a backlight unit for providing the light from the upper side of the reference plane is positioned in the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,509,069

INSPECTION DEVICE

FUJI CORPORATION, Chiryu...

1. An inspection device provided on a mounting machine that picks up a component supplied from a component supply device and mounts the component on a board, the inspection device comprising:a pair of measuring elements configured to measure electrical characteristics of the component by sandwiching the component between a pair of opposing surfaces by being brought closer to each other in a first direction, and to release the component from the pair of opposing surfaces by being separated from each other; and
an air supply device configured to, in a case in which the pair of measuring elements are separated, supply air to at least one of the pair of opposing surfaces, wherein
the air supply device includes an air passage with an opening facing the one of the pair of opposing surfaces, and
the air passage includes a jetting passage that extends in a second direction that is inclined with respect to the first direction as it approaches the one of the pair of opposing surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,509,068

TEST DEVICE FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM HAVING SOLAR CELL STRING

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A test device that tests a solar cell string in which a plurality of solar cell modules in which a bypass diode is connected in parallel to one or more solar cells are connected in series when the solar cell string does not generate electric power, the test device comprising:an application part configured to apply a disconnection position identification signal which is an electrical signal including an AC component to between a positive electrode and a negative electrode of the solar cell string; and
a disconnection position identifying part configured to identify a bypass diode with a disconnection fault on a basis of at least one of an AC component of a voltage generated between a frame ground and the positive electrode of the solar cell string and an AC component of a voltage generated between the frame ground and the negative electrode by application of the disconnection position identification signal.

US Pat. No. 10,509,067

METHOD FOR AC ARC FAULT DETECTION USING MULTIDIMENSIONAL ENERGY POINTS

Mersen USA Newburyport-MA...

1. A method for detecting arc faults in an AC circuit using arc fault detection circuitry communicatively coupled to a data acquisition device, the data acquisition device including a voltage measurement device, comprising:(a) measuring via the data acquisition device an AC voltage signal of the AC circuit to obtain one cycle of the AC voltage signal, and providing the measured AC voltage signal to the arc fault detection circuitry;
(b) obtaining by the arc fault detection circuitry a left-hand energy summation value and a right-hand energy summation value from the measured AC voltage signal, wherein the left-hand energy summation value is determined by summing left-hand energy values left of a zero-crossing and the right-hand energy summation value is determined by summing right-hand energy values right of the zero-crossing;
(c) obtaining by the arc fault detection circuitry a differential left-hand energy summation value and a differential right-hand energy summation value, wherein the differential left-hand energy summation value and differential right-hand energy summation value respectively indicate changes in the left-hand energy summation value and the right-hand energy summation value;
(d) obtaining by the arc fault detection circuitry a total energy summation value for use in generating stable arc boundaries, wherein the total energy summation value is a sum of the left-hand energy summation value and the right-hand energy summation value;
(e) determining by the arc fault detection circuitry whether both the differential left-hand energy summation value and the differential right-hand energy summation value are simultaneously inside their respective transient arc boundaries, wherein if both the differential left-hand energy summation value and the differential right-hand energy summation value are simultaneously inside their respective transient arc boundaries, then setting a potential arc flag;
(f) determining by the arc fault detection circuitry whether both the left-hand energy summation value and the right-hand energy summation value are simultaneously inside a stable arc boundary, wherein if both the left-hand energy summation value and the right-hand energy summation value are simultaneously inside the stable arc boundary, then setting the potential arc flag;
(g) detecting by the arc fault detection circuitry an arc fault if a predetermined number of consecutive potential arc flags are set; and
(h) repeating steps (a) through (g) a plurality of times to monitor for arc faults.

US Pat. No. 10,509,066

TECHNIQUE FOR INSULATION MONITORING IN VEHICLES

1. A device for determining insulation resistances in a motor vehicle, comprising:a detection device which is configured, in at least two measuring intervals, to detect a respective operating state of at least one power converter of the motor vehicle, which is conductively connected to a traction energy store;
a measuring device with a measuring terminal, which is conductively connected or connectable to at least one DC voltage pole of an electric traction energy store of the motor vehicle, and a ground terminal, which is conductively connected or connectable to a reference potential of the motor vehicle, wherein the measuring device is configured, in the at least two measuring intervals, to respectively measure a conductance between the measuring terminal and a ground terminal; and
a calculation device, which is configured to determine the insulation resistances as a function of at least two measured conductances and at least two operating states detected.

US Pat. No. 10,509,058

CURRENT SENSOR USING MODULATION OF OR CHANGE OF SENSITIVITY OF MAGNETORESISTANCE ELEMENTS

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. A magnetic field sensor, comprising:a first magnetoresistance element having a first maximum response axis and having a first pinning layer with a first magnetic direction perpendicular to the first maximum response axis;
a second magnetoresistance element having a second maximum response axis parallel to the first maximum response axis and having a second pinning layer with a second magnetic direction perpendicular to the second maximum response axis;
a first magnetic field generator disposed proximate to the first magnetoresistance element, the first magnetic field generator configured to generate a first AC magnetic field experienced by the first magnetoresistance element and parallel to the first maximum response axis; and
a second magnetic field generator disposed proximate to the second magnetoresistance element, the second magnetic field generator configured to generate a second AC magnetic field experienced by the second magnetoresistance element and parallel to the second maximum response axis,
wherein the magnetic field sensor is responsive to a sensed current passing through a current conductor, the current conductor comprising:
a first current conductor portion disposed proximate to the first magnetoresistance element; and
a second current conductor portion disposed proximate to the second magnetoresistance element, wherein the first current conductor portion is configured to generate a first current conductor magnetic field experienced by the first magnetoresistance element in response to the sensed current passing through the current conductor, wherein the second current conductor portion is configured to generate a second current conductor magnetic field experienced by the second magnetoresistance element in response to the sensed current passing through the current conductor, wherein the first current conductor magnetic field is perpendicular to the first maximum response axis, and wherein the second current conductor magnetic field is perpendicular to the second maximum response axis.

US Pat. No. 10,509,056

PROBE CARD FOR A TESTING APPARATUS OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES, PARTICULARLY FOR EXTREME TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS

TECHNOPROBE S.P.A., Cern...

1. A probe card for a testing apparatus of electronic devices, comprising:at least one testing head which houses a plurality of contact probes, each contact probe having at least one contact tip adapted to abut onto a respective contact pad of a plurality of contact pads of a device under test,
a support plate configured to support the testing head,
a stiffener associated with the support plate,
an intermediate support connected to the support plate and adapted to provide a spatial transformation of distances between contact pads on opposite faces of the intermediate support, and
a support joined with the intermediate support, wherein:
the intermediate support is made of a material compatible with technologies for printed circuits and having a thermal expansion coefficient greater than 10×10?6° C.?1 and the support is made of a metallic material having a thermal expansion coefficient smaller than 6×10?6° C.?1,
the support plate includes an opening into which at least part of the support is positioned, and
the support is positioned on a central area of the intermediate support and the support plate is connected to the intermediate support at a peripheral area of the intermediate support that extends outwardly beyond the support.

US Pat. No. 10,509,053

RADIO FREQUENCY PROBE AND METHODS FOR FORMING

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A radio frequency (RF) probe comprising:a main body extending from a probe housing, the main body comprising a length corresponding to a pressure factor generated by the RF probe; and
a contact portion integrally formed with the main body and extending radially from the main body, wherein the contact portion includes a tip having a predetermined diameter corresponding to the length of the main body, and wherein at least a portion of the tip has a spherical outer surface, and the tip extends from the contact portion at a predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,509,052

SMART VIBRATION WAFER WITH OPTIONAL INTEGRATION WITH SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING TOOL

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A system comprising:a test wafer, the test wafer including:
a platform, the platform sized to be carried by an end effector of a wafer handling robot in a semiconductor processing tool,
a first accelerometer, and
a second accelerometer; and
a controller including one or more processors and a memory operably connected with the one or more processors, wherein:
the first accelerometer and the second accelerometer are biaxial or triaxial accelerometers,
the first accelerometer and the second accelerometer are positioned on the platform at spaced-apart locations along a common axis that crosses the center of gravity of the test wafer when viewed along a direction perpendicular to the platform, and
the memory stores computer-executable instructions for controlling the one or more processors to:
obtain acceleration data generated by the first accelerometer and the second accelerometer, wherein the acceleration data includes (a) data from the first accelerometer indicative of magnitudes of acceleration along a first axis of the first accelerometer parallel to the common axis and a second axis of the first accelerometer perpendicular to the first axis and (b) data from the second accelerometer indicative of magnitudes of acceleration along a first axis of the second accelerometer parallel to the common axis and a second axis of the second accelerometer perpendicular to the first axis, and
determine rotational acceleration in the plane of the platform about the center of gravity of the test wafer using the acceleration data.

US Pat. No. 10,509,039

INTEGRATED PHOSPHOR NANOPARTICLE MARKING AGENT, AND FLUORESCENT IMMUNOSTAINING EMPLOYING SAME

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A phosphor-integrated nanoparticle labeling agent comprising a set composed of:a probe biological substance which is linked to a first binding group substance via a polymer-derived spacer having a length of 30 ? to 1,000 ?, the probe being capable of specifically binding to a biomolecule, wherein the probe biological substance is an antibody, the polymer-derived spacer is a polyethylene glycol (PEG), and the probe biological substance and the first binding group substance are covalently linked to the polymer-derived spacer; and
a phosphor-integrated nanoparticle which comprises a second binding group substance capable of specifically binding to said first binding group substance, the phosphor-integrated nanoparticle being a melamine resin particle having a fluorescent dye immobilized inside or on a surface of the particle, and the surface of the particle having a surface amination treatment via formic acid and aminopropyltrimethoxysilane.

US Pat. No. 10,509,032

ASSAY DEVICE AND METHOD

ALERE SWITZERLAND GMBH, ...

1. A device comprising:an inlet in fluid connection with a first portion of a channel, the inlet configured to receive a first liquid;
a second portion of the channel connected to the first portion of the channel at a junction;
magnetically susceptible particles disposed in the first portion of the channel;
a capillary stop at the junction, wherein at the junction the cross sectional area of the first portion of the channel is less than the cross sectional area of the second portion of the channel, and wherein the junction of the first and second portions of the channel is substantially orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the first portion of the channel and the longitudinal axis of the second portion of the channel, and wherein the first and second portions of the channel have a common longitudinal axis, wherein the capillary stop is configured to form, with the first liquid received by the inlet, a liquid interface at the junction;
a reservoir containing a quantity of second liquid and configured to deliver second liquid released from the reservoir into the second portion of the channel such that the second liquid flows towards the junction; and
at least one sensor configured on the second portion of the channel to detect a signal from the second liquid, and
wherein the device is configured to direct the flow of the second liquid across the face of the first liquid at the interface in a direction substantially orthogonal to the direction of flow of the first liquid in the first portion of the channel immediately before the interface.

US Pat. No. 10,509,031

QUALITY/PROCESS CONTROL OF A LATERAL FLOW ASSAY DEVICE BASED ON FLOW MONITORING

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostic...

1. A method for processing a lateral flow assay device, the lateral flow assay device comprising a substrate having at least one sample addition zone, a first detection zone downstream of the at least one sample addition zone, at least one wash zone down stream of the at least one sample addition zone and up stream of the first detection zone, and at least one wicking zone disposed downstream of the first detection zone wherein the at least one wicking zone includes a second detection zone, each of the zones being fluidly connected along a flow path in which a sample flows from the at least one sample addition zone to the at least one wicking zone, said method comprising the steps of:adding a quantity of a sample to the at least one sample addition zone of the lateral flow assay device;
combining the sample and a reagent, wherein the sample and reagent may be combined prior to the adding of the sample to the at least one sample addition zone or on the assay device, the reagent including a detection material that produces a detectable signal that flows through the remainder of the lateral flow assay device along the flow path; and
triggering a process-related wash event including a dispense of at least one wash fluid into the at least one wash zone based upon the detection of the detectable signal in at least the first detection zone and a second signal at the second detection zone.

US Pat. No. 10,509,030

ARTIFICIAL CELL MEMBRANE COMPRISING SUPPORTED LIPID BILAYER CONNECTED WITH PROBES HAVING CONTROLLABLE MOBILITY AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING INTERACTION BETWEEN MOLECULES USING THE SAME

BioNano Health Guard Rese...

1. An artificial cell membrane, comprising:a substrate; and
a supported lipid bilayer (SLB) disposed on the substrate, wherein the supported lipid bilayer, within which some or all lipids are capable of shifting position, comprises a plurality of molecules of a first lipid bound with a first ligand and a third lipid bound with a plurality of molecules of a third ligand which is the same as or different from the first ligand,
a first metal particle comprising a second ligand specifically binding to the first ligand at a density of 100 to 100,000/?m2, wherein the first metal particle is bound to at least two of the plurality of molecules of the first lipids through the binding between the first ligand and the second ligand, so as to decrease the mobility of the first metal particle in the supported lipid layer to 0 to 0.5×10?8 cm2/s, and
a second metal particle comprising a fourth ligand specifically binding to the third ligand, wherein the second metal particle binds to at least one of the plurality of molecules of the third lipids through the interaction between the third ligand and the fourth ligand, and has higher mobility than that of the first metal particle.

US Pat. No. 10,509,029

MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A measurement device, comprising:a droplet forming part configured to form aerosol-like liquid droplets from a liquid in which a fluorescent substance specifically bondable to detection target particles and a specimen are mixed with each other;
a droplet sorting part configured to sort and select droplets having a diameter smaller than a predetermined value from the droplets formed by the droplet forming part; and
a measurement part configured to irradiate light onto the droplets selected by the droplet sorting part and configured to measure the fluorescence intensity of the droplets, the measurement part including a case body through which the droplets selected by the droplet sorting part flow, a light-emitting part irradiating the light to the cased body, and a light-receiving part receiving fluorescent light from the fluorescent substance when the light is irradiated to the case body,
wherein the droplet sorting part includes a spray chamber configured to sort and select the droplets having the diameter smaller than the predetermined value using an inertial force, and supply only the droplets having the diameter smaller than the predetermined value to the measurement part,
wherein the droplet sorting part is configured to sort and select droplets having a diameter of less than 20 ?m, and
wherein the spray chamber includes a central chamber body having a cylindrical inner surface, a main pipe communicating between the droplet forming part and the droplet sorting part, the main pipe being connected to the cylindrical inner surface in such an orientation as to extend in a tangential direction of the cylindrical inner surface so that the droplets introduced into the central chamber body through the main pipe are guided along the cylindrical inner surface under the inertial force and are caused to swirl in a circumferential direction while droplets having a diameter equal to or larger than the predetermined value impinge the cylindrical inner surface and are removed, and only the droplets having the diameter smaller than the predetermined value are supplied toward the measurement part.

US Pat. No. 10,509,025

POOR PHYSICAL CONDITION DETERMINATION DEVICE, METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORED WITH PROGRAM

Tanita Corporation, Toky...

1. A poor physical condition determination device comprising:ketone concentration acquisition section that acquires a ketone concentration measurement measuring ketone excreted from a user;
a determination section that is programmed to determine an occurrence of excessive dieting based on at least one ketone concentration measurement measured in the past and including the ketone concentration measurement; and
an output section that outputs a determination result by the determination section, wherein:
the determination section is programmed to determine the occurrence of excessive dieting based on a difference or ratio between the ketone concentration measurement measured a previous time and the ketone concentration measurement measured this time, and elapsed time from the previous measurement to the current measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,509,018

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CONDUCTING ASSAYS AND HIGH THROUGHPUT SCREENING

California Institute of T...

1. A method comprising:a) providing a microfluidic device comprising flow channels;
b) providing a sample, wherein the sample comprises cells;
c) introducing the sample into a plurality of said flow channels of the microfluidic device so as to store the cells in a plurality of holding areas, such that there are a plurality of said holding areas in which a single cell is retained wherein each holding area is a segment of a flow channel formed by actuation of at least two valves;
d) detecting said single cells in the microfluidic device; and
e) treating said single cells with a detergent.

US Pat. No. 10,509,007

MEASUREMENT OF GASES

Aeroqual Limited, Auckla...

1. Apparatus comprising:an instrument adapted for measurement of one or more target gases in a sample of ambient air, further comprising:
an input for the sample of ambient air,
a first path having a first inlet and a first outlet,
at least one additional second path having a second inlet and a second outlet,
at least one multiple-way valve having a first input port connected to the first outlet, having a second input port connected to the second outlet and having an output port,
a connection connected to the output port,
a electrochemical gas sensor connected to the connection for receiving the sample of ambient air,
a humidity buffer directly connected between the output port of the multiple-way valve and the electrochemical gas sensor,
a flow inducer connected to the instrument for flowing the one or more target gases with the sample of ambient air in the first and the second paths through the multiple-way valve, the connection and the electrochemical gas sensor,
a selective gas scrubber in the second path for removing a target gas from the sample of ambient air,
a gas flow divider configured as a T having an inlet gas flow port at a bottom of the T and an outlet gas flow port at a top of the T for selectively supplying the sample of ambient air to the first input port or the second input port, and
wherein the bottom of the T is connected to the input for the sample of ambient air and wherein one end of the top of the T is connected to the first inlet and another opposite end of the top of the T is connected to the second inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,509,006

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MEASURING THE PROPERTIES OF MACROMOLECULES

Axbio Inc., Santa Clara,...

1. A macromolecule measurement device, comprising:an electronic sensing structure;
an interface structure overlying the electronic sensing structure;
a macromolecule measurement structure overlying the interface structure, wherein the macromolecule measurement structure comprises a plurality of macromolecule measurement cells; and
a fluid control structure overlying the macromolecule measurement structure,
wherein each of the electronic sensing structure, the interface structure, the macromolecule measurement structure, and the fluid control structure are sealed from the external environment using semiconductor fabrication methods such that internal volumes of the device can maintain a vacuum to 1E10?7 Pa.

US Pat. No. 10,509,002

WIRELESS SENSING DEVICES AND METHOD FOR DETECTING HYDRATION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An RF hydration sensor in an assembly, comprising:a substrate;
an antenna disposed on the substrate;
an RF circuit electrically coupled to the antenna, the RF circuit comprising a processor;
a thermal source electrically coupled to the RF circuit for changing a thermal condition of a target area; and
a sensing element thermally coupled to the thermal source for sensing a temperature of the thermal source, such that when the thermal source is thermally coupled to the target area, the RF hydration sensor wirelessly receives a first power having a first form from a transceiver, the RF circuit transforms the first power to a second power having a second form different from the first form and delivers the second power to the thermal source, the sensing element senses a time variation of the thermal source temperature, and the processor determines a hydration indicator indicating a hydration level of the target area based on the sensed time variation of the thermal source temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,508,998

METHODS FOR 2-COLOR RADIOGRAPHY WITH LASER-COMPTON X-RAY SOURCES

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A method, comprising:providing an x-ray beam from a laser-Compton x-ray source, wherein said x-ray beam is produced by colliding only one laser beam with an electron beam wherein said x-ray beam includes a first beam region having an energy that is greater than the k-shell absorption edge of a test element and wherein said x-ray beam further includes a second beam region having an energy that is less than the k-shell absorption edge of said test element;
directing said x-ray beam onto a first location on an object;
detecting first energy of said first beam region and second energy of said second beam after portions of each have transmitted through said first location;
calculating the difference between said first energy and said second energy pattern; and
displaying said difference.

US Pat. No. 10,508,995

THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE INSPECTION DEVICE, THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE INSPECTION METHOD, THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE INSPECTION PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM AND RECORDING EQUIPMENT

Keyence Corporation, Osa...

1. A three-dimensional image inspection device for conducting outer appearance inspection, based on height information of an inspection object, the three-dimensional image inspection device comprising:a first head part that applies measurement light to the inspection object at a first incident angle, and receives reflected light reflected from the inspection object at a first reflection angle;
a second head part that applies measurement light to the inspection object at a second incident angle, and receives reflected light reflected from the inspection object at a second reflection angle;
a three-dimensional data generation part configured to generate first three-dimensional data, based on first light receiving amount data obtained from the first head part, and generates second three-dimensional data, based on second light receiving amount data obtained from the second head part in accordance with a principle of triangulation;
a composed image generation part configured to compose the first three-dimensional data and the second three-dimensional data, and generate a three-dimensional composed image having information in a height direction;
a display part configured to display the three-dimensional composed image composed by the composed image generation part;
a composition mode selection from a user interface screen to enable selection of a first composition mode or a second composition mode when the composed image generation part generates the three-dimensional composed image, wherein the first composition mode is a reliability priority mode that determines a pixel of the composed image where both the first three-dimensional data and the second three-dimensional data are a valid pixel, and the second composition mode is a measurement priority mode that determines a pixel of the composed image where one of the first three-dimensional data or the second three-dimensional data is a valid pixel; and
an inspection part configured to conduct the outer appearance inspection of the inspection object, based on the three-dimensional composed image composed by the composed image generation part.

US Pat. No. 10,508,993

BIO-CHIP PACKAGE WITH WAVEGUIDE INTEGRATED SPECTROMETER

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A bio-chip package comprising:a substrate;
an image sensor in a first layer on the substrate;
a waveguide in optical communication with a grating coupler, the waveguide and grating coupler being in a second layer on first layer;
a third layer over the second layer; and
a cavity having sidewalls defined by the third layer, the cavity extending over the waveguide, wherein
image sensor being configured to detect a change in the wavelength of light passing through the waveguide, the change caused by a coupling between the light and a fluid accommodated within the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,508,990

AUTOMATED AND ACCURATE DROP DELAY FOR FLOW CYTOMETRY

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...

1. A method of selecting a desired drop delay in a flow cytometer, wherein the desired drop delay is representative of an elapsed time between when particles pass through an interrogation point in a stream formed by the flow cytometer and when a droplet containing the particles separates from the stream at a droplet separation point, the method comprising:operating the flow cytometer to provide a stream with calibration particles to form droplets during a plurality of drop delay periods that each have a different selected drop delay from a range of potential selected drop delays, wherein the selected drop delay governs the timing of intervals when a charge is applied to the stream during the drop delay period by the flow cytometer to create charged droplets;
deflecting the charged droplets during the plurality of drop delay periods;
collecting non-deflected droplets during each drop delay period in waste tubing to form a waste stream in the waste tubing;
illuminating the waste stream in the waste tubing to cause scattered light or fluorescent emissions of the calibration particles in the waste stream associated with each drop delay period;
sensing the scattered light or fluorescent emissions from the calibration particles with a detector in association with each drop delay period;
collecting data regarding a number of calibration particles sensed in the waste stream in association with each of the plurality of drop delay periods using the sensed scattered light or fluorescent emissions;
determining which selected drop delay from the range of potential selected drop delays results in the lowest rate of calibration particles in the waste stream based on the number of calibration particles sensed in the waste stream; and
using the determined selected drop delay from the range of potential selected drop delays as the desired drop delay.

US Pat. No. 10,508,987

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE CALIBRATION OF IRRADIANCE SENSORS OF A SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM

Also Energy, Inc., Bould...

1. A method of analyzing and calibrating an irradiance sensor of a photovoltaic (PV) system, comprising:estimating a value of irradiance received at the PV system for a time and a date and based on a latitude, a longitude, and an elevation of the PV system;
measuring a value of irradiance received at the PV system for the time and the date by the irradiance sensor;
filtering the measured irradiance value using one or more of a threshold filter, a curve fit filter, and a correlation filter to generate a filtered irradiance value;
generating an irradiance weighted average for the irradiance sensor by comparing the filtered irradiance value to the estimated irradiance value; and
adjusting values of irradiance measured by the irradiance sensor with the irradiance weighted average to compensate for error of the irradiance sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,508,976

GAS SAMPLING DEVICE AND METHOD

ADVANCED MICRO INSTRUMENT...

1. A gas sampling device comprisinga liquid separator block, a gas analyzer block, and a metering valve connected together to provide a gas passageway through the blocks and metering valve from an inlet to an outlet along a predetermined flow path through the device,
said gas analyzer block and liquid separator block each having planner faces that are adjacent and in contact with and abutting each other, and
said gas analyzer block and liquid separator block each including a passageway leg of the gas passageway, said passageway legs each respectively terminating in an opening in the exterior faces of said gas analyzer block and liquid separator block,
said flow path proceeding from the inlet through the liquid separator block, and then through the gas analyzer block and out the outlet through sealed connection points along the passageway where faces of the adjacent gas analyzer block and liquid separator block abut and contact each other and the openings in their respective faces are aligned,
thereby eliminating tubing connections between adjacent blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,508,973

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE REFRACTIVE INDEX PROFILE OF A CYLINDRICAL OPTICAL OBJECT, PARTICULARLY A PREFORM FOR AN OPTICAL FIBER

1. Method for determining a radial refractive-index profile of a cylindrical optical object which has a cylinder longitudinal axis around which at least one layer k with a layer radius rk and with a layer refractive index nk extends radially symmetrically, the method comprising:measuring a deflection angle distribution ?(y), measuring of the deflection angle distribution ?(y) comprising directing an entry beam at an entry point into the cylindrical optical object in a direction transverse to the cylinder longitudinal axis, wherein deflection angle ? is defined as the angle between an exit beam relative to the entry beam, and y is the distance between the cylinder longitudinal axis and the entry point of the entry beam in a Cartesian coordinate system; and
reconstructing the refractive index profile therefrom on the basis of a model, the model comprising the following measures:
(a) adjusting the measured deflection angle distribution ?(y), including an extreme value determination of the deflection angle distribution and including regions of a refractive index step, wherein an adjusted deflection angle distribution ??(y) is obtained and wherein the adjusting of the measured deflection angle distribution comprises a correction in which the origin of the deflection angle distribution is adjusted,
(b) transforming the adjusted deflection angle distribution ??(y) into an adjusted refractive-index profile n?(r),
(c) evaluating the adjusted refractive-index profile n?(r) for fixation of orientation values, the orientation values comprising an orientation value r*k for the layer radius and an orientation value n*k for the layer refractive index of a hypothetical refractive-index profile n*(r),
(d) creating a simulated refractive-index profile n?(r) by generating a simulated deflection angle distribution ??(y) on the basis of the hypothetical refractive-index profile n*(r) with the orientation values r*k and n*k, and transforming said deflection angle distribution into the simulated refractive-index profile n?(r),
(e) fitting the simulated refractive index profile n?(r) to the adjusted refractive-index profile n?(r) by iterative adaptation of the orientation values r*k and n*k, wherein a fitted, simulated refractive-index profile n*(r)fit is obtained which is defined by adapted parameters r*k,fit and n*k,fit, and
(f) obtaining the refractive index profile as the hypothetical refractive-index profile with the adapted parameters r*k,fit and n*k,fit.

US Pat. No. 10,508,967

LEAK ISOLATION SYSTEM

American Sterilizer Compa...

1. A leak detection system for use in a vacuum sterilization chamber, the vacuum sterilization chamber having an inner surface in which one or more openings are defined such that one or more piping sections are respectively connected to the vacuum sterilization chamber through the openings, the leak detection system comprising:an elongated flexible tubing having one or more ends respectively dimensioned to connect to the openings;
one or more connectors respectively connected to the ends, the connectors being respectively dimensioned to sealingly engage the openings and to respectively communicate passages through the elongated flexible tubing with the piping sections, one or more of the connectors being inner surface connectors respectively comprising expansion members, the expansion members being respectively dimensioned to expand into sealing engagement with the openings and surface engagement with the inner surface defining the openings;
a sensing device attached to the elongated flexible tubing operable to measure changes in pressure in the piping sections; and
valves disposed relative to the sensing device and within the elongated flexible tubing, the valves being operable to selectively isolate one or more of the openings from others of the openings to enable the sensing device to measure the pressure changes in one or more of the piping sections respectively corresponding with the isolated openings.

US Pat. No. 10,508,959

FORCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

ACTIVBODY, INC., Aliso V...

1. A force measurement system, comprising:a housing body comprising a plurality of surface regions configured to receive forces exerted thereupon, wherein at least two individual ones of the plurality of surface regions are configured to move relative to one another responsive to application of the forces;
one or more force sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the forces;
a power supply; and
an electronics assembly including one or more processors, wherein the electronics assembly is operatively coupled to the one or more force sensors and the power supply, and wherein the force sensors, the power supply, and the electronics assembly are housed by the housing body;
wherein the one or more processors are configured by machine readable instructions to:
process the sensor output signals to convert provided voltages into force values; and
communicate the force values to a remote computing device not housed by the housing body; and
wherein the one or more force sensors comprise a plurality of load cells using strain gauges, wherein the load cells are spaced apart in peripheral regions of the housing body so as to provide a force sensing area corresponding to a shape and/or size of one or more of the plurality of surface regions and comprising an area where the force values are substantially the same regardless of a location in the force sensing area where the forces are received, and wherein the plurality of load cells comprise cantilever beams each having a fixed end and a free end, the system further comprising:
a frame assembly to which the plurality of load cells are fixedly attached, wherein the frame assembly is housed within, and floating with respect to, the housing body; and
a plurality of activation members located such that at least one activation member is positioned between the free end of each cantilever beam and the housing body.

US Pat. No. 10,508,957

THERMAL DETECTION CIRCUIT

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A circuit comprising:a first differential input pair and a second differential input pair, wherein
the first differential input pair is configured to be activated according to an output of the second differential input pair, and the second differential input pair is configured to be activated according to an output of the first differential input pair, and
the first differential input pair and the second differential input pair each comprising an input configured to receive an output signal;
a capacitive element configured to be charged according to the output of the first differential input pair, and configured to be discharged according to the output of the second differential input pair, in order to generate the output signal;
a first switching unit coupled between the first differential input pair and a first active load, and configured to be turned on by at least one control signal for controlling a switching circuit to couple the capacitive element to be charged and discharged alternately; and
a second switching unit coupled between the second differential input pair and a second active load, and configured to be turned on by the at least one control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,508,956

TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION DEVICE AND ELECTRIC DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A temperature estimation device for estimating a temperature of an inductor component in an electric device connected to a DC power supply, the temperature estimation device comprising:a first calculation unit which receives a device inside temperature of the electric device, provides a first lag period to the device inside temperature, and outputs a reference estimation temperature of the inductor component;
a second calculation unit which calculates a first temperature change amount of the inductor component on the basis of detection values of voltage and current between the DC power supply and the electric device, provides a second lag period to the first temperature change amount, and outputs a resultant value;
a third calculation unit which adds the output from the second calculation unit, to the reference estimation temperature, to calculate a first estimation temperature of the inductor component;
a first prediction unit which predicts, on the basis of the first estimation temperature, a second temperature change amount of the inductor component from the first estimation temperature over a predetermined period; and
a second prediction unit which adds the second temperature change amount to the first estimation temperature, to predict a second estimation temperature of the inductor component.

US Pat. No. 10,508,954

TEMPERATURE DETECTING DEVICE FOR A GAS TURBINE POWER PLANT AND GAS TURBINE POWER PLANT COMPRISING SAID TEMPERATURE DETECTING DEVICE

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. Temperature detecting device for a gas turbine power plant, the temperature detecting device comprising:at least one optical probe configured to detect a parameter indicative of a temperature;
at least one capsule configured to define a camera inside which the optical probe is housed;
a plurality of optical probes and a plurality of capsules, each capsule configured to define a camera inside which a respective optical probe is housed, each optical probe having an optical fiber with a tip configured to collect radiations inside the camera of the capsule, wherein at least one of the plurality of capsules is a black body; and
a main body configured to support the plurality of capsules and shaped to define a main camera which houses at least a portion of a main optical fiber,
wherein each optical fiber of the plurality of optical probes extends into the main body and connects to the portion of the main optical fiber housed in the main body along a respective probe axis that is not parallel with the main axis of the main body, the main optical fiber extends along a main axis of the main body, and each optical fiber of the plurality of optical probes extends along the respective probe axis.

US Pat. No. 10,508,950

TRANSPARENT MEASURING PROBE FOR BEAM SCANNING

Primes GmbH Mebtechnik fu...

1. A device for scanning a light beam, comprising a body, a probe area and a detector,wherein the body consists of an optically transparent material and comprises a light beam entry surface, a light beam exit surface and a detection light exit surface and wherein the light beam entry surface and the light beam exit surface are for the most part smooth and polished, wherein the body includes the probe area,
wherein the probe area has light-deflecting structuring,
wherein the detector is configured to detect at least a portion of the by the probe area deflected beam portion from the light beam, where the body and the light beam are movable in two different directions of movement perpendicular to the axis of the light beam relative to each other, and
wherein the probe area has a shape whose two-dimensional projection on a surface perpendicular to the axis of the light beam has approximately the same dimensions in the two directions of movement perpendicular to the axis of the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,508,949

DATA ACQUISITION DEVICE FOR OPTICAL COMPENSATION

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A data acquisition device for optical compensation comprising:a platform for carrying an LCD display panel; and
a linear image linear acquisition module located above the platform, the linear image acquisition module being of a linear structure and movable relative to the platform, and the linear image acquisition module is configured to collect luminance information of one or more lines of pixels of the LCD display panel at once,
where the linear image acquisition module is movable relative to the platform in a single one-dimensional direction, and an extending direction of the linear image acquisition module is perpendicular to a movement direction thereof relative to the platform,
where the single one-dimensional direction is a linear direction parallel to an extension direction of the platform, and
where the luminance information is data for the optical compensation of the LCD display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,947

BODY OF LEVEL GAUGE WITH ELECTRICAL LEAD EXTENDING THERETHROUGH

Luxembourg Patent Company...

1. A gauge body for a container for pressurized gas, said gauge comprising:a mounting surface for mounting the body to the container;
an inner side in contact with the pressurized gas when mounted on the container;
an outer side opposite to the inner side with regard to the mounting surface, the outer side being outside of the container when the body is mounted on the container;
an electrical lead extending in a gas tight manner through the body from the inner side to the outer side;
wherein, the electrical lead comprises a metallic rod and a bushing around the rod, the bushing being mounted in a gas tight manner on the body;
wherein the electrical lead comprises a glass annulus between the metallic rod and the bushing, the glass annulus forming a gas tight barrier between the rod and the bushing;
wherein the bushing is housed in a bore of the body, the bore forming a passageway between the inner side and the outer side;
wherein the bushing comprises a collar that rests on a shoulder portion of the bore; and
wherein the bore comprises a first portion housing the bushing, and a second portion of a larger diameter than the first portion, the shoulder portion being located between the first and second portions, the second portion housing a retainer of the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,508,939

FLOW IMAGING AND MONITORING FOR SYNCHRONIZED MANAGEMENT OF WIDE AREA DRAINAGE

GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED ...

1. A flow monitoring system comprising:(a) one or more acoustic modules configured to acquire intrinsic acoustic signature patterns of the flow;
(b) one or more image acquisition modules; and
(c) an on-site computing system,
wherein the flow monitoring system provides characterization and measurement of flow associated with open channel stormwater and/or wastewater drainage, and the acoustic modules do not use artificially produced sound to monitor flow.

US Pat. No. 10,508,938

FIBER OPTICAL FABRY-PEROT FLOW TEST DEVICE AND TEST METHOD WITH LOCAL BENDING DIVERSION STRUCTURE

Tianjin University, Tian...

1. A fiber optical Fabry-Perot flow test device with local bending diversion structure, consisting of a main body, wherein the main body comprises an inlet flange, a test tube and an outlet flange which are successively connected from left to right, the test tube having linear ends and an arc-shaped middle portion, a fiber optical Fabry-Perot pressure sensor with a diaphragm provided at high-pressure-side and a fiber optical Fabry-Perot pressure sensor with a diaphragm provided at low-pressure-side, which are respectively arranged with an optical transmission fiber internally and are communicated with the test tube, being provided on upper and lower sides of an arc-shaped wall in the middle portion of the test tube along the symmetric axis thereof; and the fiber optical Fabry-Perot pressure sensor at high-pressure-side is connected to a first circulator which is connected to a first light source and a first optical signal demodulation system, and the first optical signal demodulation system is connected to a first linear array CCD camera, and the fiber optical Fabry-Perot pressure sensor at low-pressure-side is connected to a second circulator which is connected to a second light source and a second optical signal demodulation system, the second optical signal demodulation system is connected to a second linear array CCD camera, both an output terminal of the first linear array CCD camera and an output terminal of the second linear array CCD camera are connected to an input terminal of a signal conditioning and acquisition circuit, and an output terminal of the signal conditioning and acquisition circuit is connected to a data processing unit, wherein both the fiber optical Fabry-Perot pressure sensor at high-pressure-side and the fiber optical Fabry-Perot pressure sensor at low-pressure-side are fixedly connected to the test tube through an auxiliary connecting device which is designed as a hollow cylinder, and the auxiliary connecting device comprises a fixed connection structure, a sealing structure and a gland packing layer, which are successively arranged from outside to inside.

US Pat. No. 10,508,937

ULTRASONIC FLOW METER

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A pipeline system, comprising:a fluid conduit that includes a first pipe portion having a first wall with a first interior surface and defining a first flow path and a second pipe portion having a second wall with a second interior surface and defining a second flow path, wherein the first pipe portion and second pipe portion are arranged in a substantially perpendicular arrangement with the first flow path and second flow path being in fluid connection; and
a flow meter including:
a controller;
a first ultrasonic transducer coupled to the controller and enclosed within the first pipe portion;
a second ultrasonic transducer coupled to the controller and enclosed within the first pipe portion, wherein the first ultrasonic transducer is configured to transmit first ultrasonic waves having a first frequency in a first direction along the first flow path when a fluid is present in the fluid conduit and the second ultrasonic transducer is configured to receive the first ultrasonic waves when transmitted by the first ultrasonic transducer;
a third ultrasonic transducer coupled to the controller and enclosed within the second pipe portion;
wherein the controller is configured to produce a flow rate measurement in response to the receiving of the first ultrasonic waves by the second ultrasonic transducer;
wherein the first ultrasonic transducer is further configured to transmit second ultrasonic waves having a second frequency into at least one of the first wall of the first pipe portion or the second wall of the second pipe portion, the second ultrasonic waves representing first communication data;
wherein the third ultrasonic transducer is configured to transmit third ultrasonic waves into at least one of the first wall of the first pipe portion or the second wall of the second pipe portion, wherein the third ultrasonic waves have a third frequency that is lower than the first frequency and represents second communication data; and
wherein at least one of the first communication data or the second communication data includes the flow rate measurement produced by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,508,931

MOTOR AND RESOLVER THEREOF

JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNAT...

1. A resolver comprising:a resolver stator comprising a plurality of resolver stator teeth and resolver stator windings wound around the resolver stator teeth;
a resolver rotor comprising a resolver rotor core received in a space surrounded by the resolver stator teeth and capable of rotating around a shaft axis;
wherein the resolver stator windings comprises:
a plurality of first output windings wound around each of the resolver stator teeth by a first number of turns;
a plurality of second output windings wound around each of the resolver stator teeth by a second number of turns; and
a plurality of exciting windings wound around each resolver stator teeth by a third number of turns;
wherein the resolver rotor core is in an annular shape, and the outer radius R at any one point of peripheral surface of the resolver rotor core meets:

RS is an inner radius of the resolver stator core,
Rmax is a maximum outer radius of the resolver rotor core,
Rmin is a minimum outer radius of the resolver rotor core,
? is an angle position of the any one point; and
p is the number of pole pairs of the resolver rotor core.

US Pat. No. 10,508,928

ADAPTIVE DOWNLOAD OF MAP INFORMATION

1. A method, comprising:obtaining, by a processor of a vehicle, a route from a start location to a destination location for the vehicle;
acquiring, by the processor, projected environmental information associated with a first portion in the route the vehicle is expected to traverse, the projected environmental information indicating low visibility in the first portion in the route;
acquiring, by the processor, projected network availability information associated with a second portion in the route the vehicle is expected to traverse; and
determining, by the processor, whether to download map information associated with the first portion of the route based on (1) the projected environmental information and (2) the projected network availability information.

US Pat. No. 10,508,926

PROVIDING NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS WHILE DEVICE IS IN LOCKED MODE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A system for displaying navigation instructions on a device, the system comprising:one or more processors;
a display screen; and
a non-transitory machine-readable medium storing a program which when executed by at least one of the one or more processors provides navigation instructions on the display screen, the program comprising sets of instructions for:
receiving a message while the display screen is turned off and the device is in a locked mode;
automatically turning on the display screen;
displaying a message notification on a display area of the display screen for a preset length of time;
after the preset length of time, removing the message notification from the display area;
receiving a touch gesture on the display screen without unlocking the device; and
in response to receiving the touch gesture, displaying the message without unlocking the device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,923

VEHICLE POSITION ESTIMATION DEVICE, VEHICLE POSITION ESTIMATION METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle position estimation device comprising:a controller programmed to:
detect a position of a target present in a periphery of a vehicle;
detect an amount of movement of the vehicle;
store positions of the target as target position data, based on detected amounts of movements of the vehicle;
acquire map information including the positions of the target from a map database;
group a portion of the stored target position data into a group according to turning states of the vehicle and, based on amounts of movements of the vehicle when the target position data are detected, set an adjustment range for the group; and
by matching the stored target position data with the positions of the target in the map information based on the adjustment range, estimate a vehicle position of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,508,922

ROAD BOUNDARY DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD, AND VEHICLE USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A road boundary detection system comprising:an optical scanner configured to emit a light to an object to acquire measurement data reflected from the object;
a parameter space generator configured to:
generate a parameter space by extracting a plurality of contact points and extracting a distance and an angle of each of the plurality of contact points based on the measurement data; and
extract a plurality of straight lines including a first straight line and second straight lines in order of a priority on each of the plurality of straight lines, wherein a higher priority is given to each of the plurality of straight lines including more of the extracted contact points;
a score calculator configured to calculate a score of the first straight line by assigning a cumulative score of the parameter space to first contact points included in the first straight line and to second contact points included in the second straight lines, the second contact points having the same angle as the first contact points; and
a road boundary determiner configured to recognize a road boundary by selecting a straight line among the extracted straight lines according to the calculated score of each of the extracted straight lines,
wherein the score calculator calculates the score of the first straight line by assigning a plus (+) score to each of the first contact points included in the first straight line and by assigning a minus (?) score to each of the second contact points included in the second straight lines.

US Pat. No. 10,508,919

COMPOSITE SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A composite sensor comprising:a first sensor that outputs a first sensor signal according to a detection subject;
a second sensor that outputs a second sensor signal according to a detection subject different from the detection subject of the first sensor;
a circuit board that is electrically connected to the first sensor and the second sensor; and
a mount member that has a surface above which the first sensor, the second sensor and the circuit board are disposed;
a first shield pattern that functions as a noise shield of the circuit board;
a second shield pattern that functions as a noise shield of the first sensor; and
a third shield pattern that functions as a noise shield of the second sensor, wherein:
the first shield pattern has an impedance lower than the second shield pattern and the third shield pattern; and
the second shield pattern and the third shield pattern are electrically connected to each other through the first shield pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,508,918

VEHICLE COMPASS SYSTEM WITH HEATED WINDSHIELD COMPENSATION

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A vehicle directional heading system suitable for use in a vehicle, said vehicle directional heading system comprising:a forward viewing camera disposed at an upper central region of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said vehicle directional heading system;
said forward viewing camera viewing to the exterior of the equipped vehicle through a heatable localized region of the windshield;
wherein the heatable localized region of the windshield comprises a heating element disposed thereat, and wherein the heating element is heated by an electrically resistive material of the heating element passing an applied electric current when the heating element is electrically powered;
a compass system comprising a compass sensor and associated compass circuitry;
wherein said compass circuitry, responsive to an output of said compass sensor indicative of sensed magnetic fields, is operable to determine a directional heading of the equipped vehicle;
wherein, when the heatable localized region is heated via the electrically resistive material of the heating element passing an applied electric current, a magnetic signature is generated;
wherein said compass sensor of said compass system senses said magnetic signature; and
wherein said compass circuitry determines a vehicle directional heading of the equipped vehicle that is compensated for said magnetic signature.

US Pat. No. 10,508,916

LASER LEVEL

1. A laser level including a top surface and a bottom surface parallel to each other, and a main body to be installed with a plurality of vials, characterized in that: one end of the level main body has an integrally extended configuration of a base, said base is pivotally connected to one end of the connector, while the other end of the connector is bound with a laser module, so that the laser module can freely rotate around the pivot between the connector and the base to adjust the projection angle of the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,508,915

METHOD FOR GENERATING A 3D COMBINED MODEL THAT REPRESENTS A SCENE

1. Method for generating a 3D combined model that represents a scene (1), in which scene (1) base members (11) are attached to scene elements (2) and wherein each base member (11) is associated with a respective reference point (23), which method comprises the steps of:acquiring the coordinates in an external geodetic frame of said reference points (23);
detachably connecting first reference members (20), comprising primary means (21), to said base members (11) in predetermined positional relationships;
acquiring at least one 3D primary model that represents the scene (1), which 3D primary model comprises a plurality of primary model elements, some of which represent points on the scene elements (2) and some of which represent points on said primary means (21), wherein each primary model element is assigned measured primary physical property values in the form of coordinates in a local three-dimensional coordinate system of the corresponding point;
wherein the method comprises the steps of:
acquiring at least one secondary model that represents the scene (1), which secondary model comprises a plurality of secondary model elements, some of which represent points associated with scene elements (2) and some of which represent points associated with secondary means (41; 62), connected to said base members (11) in predetermined positional relationships, wherein each secondary model element is associated with at least one measured secondary physical property value associated with the corresponding point;
processing the acquired information to generate a 3D combined model that represents the scene (1), wherein at least some combined model elements are associated with known coordinates in the external geodetic frame, and wherein at least some combined model elements are associated with both first and second measured physical property values.

US Pat. No. 10,508,910

OPTICAL MODULE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

ADVANCED SEMICONDUCTOR EN...

1. An optical module, comprising:a carrier;
a light source disposed on an upper side of the carrier;
an optical sensor disposed on the upper side of the carrier; and
a housing disposed on the upper side of the carrier over the light source and the optical sensor, the housing defining a first aperture exposing at least a portion of the light source and defining a second aperture exposing at least a portion of the optical sensor, an outer sidewall of the housing comprising at least one singulation portion adjacent to the upper side of the carrier and substantially perpendicular to the upper side of the carrier,
wherein the first aperture defines a first space between the housing and the light source and the second aperture defines a second space between the housing and the optical sensor;
wherein the singulation portion of the housing is a first portion of the housing, the housing further comprises a second portion, and a surface of the singulation portion of the housing is rougher than a surface of the second portion of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,906

METHOD OF MEASURING A PARAMETER AND APPARATUS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method of determining a parameter of a patterning process applied to an object comprising two features, the method comprising:irradiating the two features of the object with a radiation beam;
receiving at least a portion of the radiation beam scattered from the two features of the object, the at least a portion of the radiation beam comprising a first portion comprising at least one diffraction order and a second portion comprising at least one diffraction order that is different from a diffraction order of the first portion;
moderating a phase difference between the first and second portions;
combining the first and second portions such that they interfere to produce a time dependent intensity signal; and
determining the parameter of the patterning process from a contrast of the time dependent intensity signal.

US Pat. No. 10,508,905

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING CAVITIES AND USE OF THE DEVICE FOR DETERMINING ROLLER ALIGNMENTS

1. A device for measuring cavities, comprising:a main body;
at least one first distance sensor mounted on the main body and rotatable about an axis of rotation for contactlessly measuring distances in a radial direction with respect to the axis of rotation;
a holder for fixing the device within the cavity in a position in which the main body has an orientation in which the axis of rotation of the first distance sensor coincides substantially with a center axis of the cavity; and
at least one second distance sensor, arranged on the main body, configured to contactlessly measure distances in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation, the axis of rotation passing through a detection area of the second distance sensor,
wherein the device is configured and arranged for determining an alignment of at least one first roller, which is mounted rotatably about a first roller axis of rotation, with respect to at least one second roller, which is mounted rotatably about a second roller axis of rotation parallel to the first roller axis of rotation;
the device being configured and arranged at a position in which the main body assumes an orientation in which the axis of rotation of the first distance sensor is parallel with reference to a plane formed by the first roller axis of rotation and the second roller axis of rotation;
the first distance sensor being configured and arranged to measure at least one distance from an end face of the first roller;
the device being displaced along the axis of rotation; and
the first distance sensor being configured and arranged to measure at least one distance from an end face of the second roller.

US Pat. No. 10,508,901

FUNCTIONAL ASSEMBLY, DISPLAY DEVICE AND TERMINAL

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. A functional assembly, comprising: a sensor unit, a first light-guiding component and a camera, the sensor unit comprising an emitter and a receiver; the emitter being configured to emit probe light; the first light-guiding component being configured to introduce the probe light and transmit the probe light to the outside through a lens of the camera; the receiver being configured to receive detection light through the lens of the camera, the detection light being formed by reflection of the probe light against an obstacle;wherein the first light-guiding component is located between the sensor unit and the camera, a light-emitting surface of the first light-guiding component is parallel with a light-emitting surface of the camera, and a light-emitting surface of the emitter and a light-entering surface of the receiver both face a light-entering surface of the first light-guiding component.

US Pat. No. 10,508,896

MEASUREMENT SUBSTRATE AND A MEASUREMENT METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A measurement substrate for measuring a condition pertaining in an apparatus for processing production substrates during operation thereof, the measurement substrate comprising:a body having dimensions similar to that of a production substrate so that the measurement substrate is compatible with the apparatus;
a plurality of sensor modules in the body, the plurality of sensor modules arranged in a two-dimensional array, each sensor module comprising:
a sensor configured to generate an analog measurement signal, the sensor comprising at least a temperature sensor or a strain sensor,
an analog to digital converter configured to generate digital measurement information from the analog measurement signal, and
a module controller configured to output the digital measurement information; and
a central control module configured to receive the digital measurement information from each of the module controllers and to communicate the digital measurement information to an external device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,888

REINFORCED FABRIC

1. A reinforced fabric, used in the making of clothes and bags and comprising an inner lining cloth, protective cloth arranged on one side of said inner lining cloth, outer lining cloth arranged on one side of said protective cloth opposite to said inner lining cloth, and bulletproof cloth arranged between said protective cloth and said outer lining cloth, wherein an accommodation space just for the configuration of said bulletproof cloth is formed between said protective cloth and said outer lining cloth, and the density of said protective cloth is equal to or larger than 1.3 g/cm3,wherein said protective cloth is attached to the one side of said inner lining cloth with a layer of adhering glue; and
wherein said protective cloth that is attached to said inner lining cloth with said adhering glue is at least partly spaced from said outer lining cloth to define said accommodation space therebetween and said bulletproof cloth is removably received in said accommodation space to be located between said protective cloth and said outer lining cloth.

US Pat. No. 10,508,886

HOLSTER SUPPORT WITH COLLAPSIBLE STABILITY BAR FOR PROVIDING BED-SIDE OR CHAIR-SIDE SUPPORT OF A HANDGUN HOLSTER FOR RAPID AND SAFE ACCESS TO A HANDGUN

1. A holster support for bed-side or chair-side support of a handgun holster having a clip, the holster support comprising:a T-shaped member, the T-shaped member including two tubular members attached to each other in right angle relationship, a first tubular member having a perpendicular 1½? long shaft secured at the center of the first tubular member configured to attach a second tubular member in perpendicular relationship; and
a holster support bracket, connected to the T-shaped member, the holster support bracket configured to support a holster having a clip at a downward direction, thereby facilitating smooth and easy access to a handgun in the holster, while ensuring that the muzzle of the handgun is directed safely towards the floor.

US Pat. No. 10,508,884

TRIGGER ASSEMBLY OF A CROSSBOW

Combis Sport Enterprise C...

1. A trigger and safety apparatus for a crossbow that comprises a stock and a string for projecting an arrow that includes a nock, wherein the trigger and safety apparatus comprises:a box inserted in the stock, and comprising an aperture, a passageway and two slots;
a string hook comprising a rear portion, a front portion, a middle portion connected to an internal portion of the box so that the string hook is movable between a hooking position where the front portion of the string hook hooks the string and a releasing position where the front portion of the string hook releases the string wherein the string hook is moved to the locking position when the string is loaded;
a first spring for biasing the string hook to the releasing position;
a trigger connected to the stock;
a lever comprising an upper portion inserted in the box and a lower portion extending from the box via the aperture;
a second spring for biasing the lever;
a connector for connecting the trigger to the lever;
a restraining element inserted in and connected to the box by a pivot, and comprising:
a first branch including an upper end in contact with the rear portion of the string hook as the string hook is in the hooking position, wherein the rear portion of the string hook exerts a force on the upper end of the first branch of the restraining element toward the pin;
a second branch; and
a third branch in contact with the upper portion of the lever;
a third spring for biasing the second branch of the restraining element so that the upper end of the restraining element abuts against the rear portion of the string hook to keep the string hook in the hooking position and that the restraining element prevents the lever from pivoting;
a safety element comprising two sliding portions movably inserted in the box so that the safety element is movable between a locking position and an unlocking position, an intermediate portion interconnecting the two sliding portions, a locking portion extending from the intermediate portion, and two handles extending out of the box from the two sliding portions through the slots; and
a stopper inserted in the box, and comprising an upper portion and a rear portion; and
a fourth spring biasing the stopper so that the upper portion of the stopper is inserted in the passageway and that the rear portion of the stopper abuts against the lever;
wherein the locking portion abuts against the upper portion of the lever to hinder movement of the lever when the safety element is in the locking position, wherein the locking portion allows the lever to move when the safety element is the unlocking position, and wherein the third spring abuts against the second branch of the restraining element so that the third branch of the restraining element tends to push the upper portion of the lever from the locking portion of the safety element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,883

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FIREARM RECOIL SIMULATION

Haptech, Inc., New Orlea...

1. A simulation system, comprising:a body;
a linear motor including a sliding mass, the linear motor attached to the body; and
a controller in communication with the linear motor and controlling movement of the sliding mass to thereby produce a force on the body that simulates a haptic effect,
wherein the controller is configured to simulate the haptic effect to include one or more predetermined force vs. time profiles, each characterized by a respective recoil impulse.

US Pat. No. 10,508,881

MOUNT FOR HOLDING AND LOCKING A FIREARM

Donald J. Peterson, Fort...

1. A method for holding and locking a firearm, which has a magazine well and a magazine locking catch extendable through a magazine catch opening into said magazine well, to a device that has a top portion configured to conform to a shape of said magazine well and a slidable pin that aligns with said magazine catch opening, comprising the following steps:inserting the device into the magazine well of the firearm; and
allowing the magazine locking catch of the firearm to engage the device and secure the device in position while the slidable pin is in a first position allowing movement of the magazine locking catch through the magazine catch opening.

US Pat. No. 10,508,880

FIREARM ROTATION LIMITER AND METHOD

6. An apparatus comprising:a firearm comprising an upper assembly and a sub-assembly; and
a rotation block comprising a housing; a sliding abutment coupled to the housing and coupled to an actuator; and an attachment coupled to the housing and coupled to the upper; wherein the sliding abutment is configured to move relative to the housing;
wherein the sliding abutment is configured to move between a first position and a second position; in the first position, the sliding abutment prevents full rotation of the upper assembly in relation to the sub-assembly by abutting the sub-assembly after a partial rotation of the upper assembly in relation to the sub-assembly; and in the second position, the sliding abutment does not interfere with the rotation of the upper assembly in relation to the sub-assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,508,878

BLAST SHIELD ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

1. A blast shield attachment system, comprising:a collar having one or more locking notches formed at least partially therethrough and one or more engagement pins extending therefrom; and
a blast shield having a collar receiving recess, wherein one or more engagement grooves extend from a first end of said blast shield, wherein one or more levers are pivotably attached or coupled to said blast shield, wherein each lever is pivotable for releasable engagement with a corresponding one of said locking notches of said collar, and wherein when at least a portion of said collar is appropriately received within said collar receiving recess, at least one of said one or more engagement pins is aligned within at least one of said one or more engagement grooves and each said lever is releasably engaged with a corresponding one of said locking notches of said collar.

US Pat. No. 10,508,877

SUPPRESSOR WITH SELECTABLE VENTING

1. An apparatus, comprising:a vent tube formed with a bore extending from a first end of said vent tube to a second end of said vent tube, and said vent tube formed with a plurality of vent tube apertures, each of said vent tube apertures passing through an outer surface of said vent tube into said bore;
a shroud tube rotatably coupled to said vent tube, said shroud tube formed with a plurality of shroud apertures, each of said shroud apertures passing through an outer surface of said shroud tube into an interior void formed in said shroud tube, and said vent tube positioned within said interior void;
a spring interposed between an end of said shroud tube and said first end of said vent tube, said spring positioned to urge said end of said shroud tube away from said first end of said vent tube;
a rear cap attached to said vent tube, the rear cap configured for attachment to a muzzle of a firearm; and
an indexing mechanism configured for selectively holding said vent tube and said shroud tube in an open-vent configuration with said shroud apertures in fluid communication with said bore in said vent tube through said vent tube apertures and a closed-vent configuration with said vent tube apertures blocked by a solid wall of said shroud tube.

US Pat. No. 10,508,876

OPERATING MODE SELECTION MECHANISM AND METHOD FOR A FIREARM

1. An apparatus for a selective fire firearm, comprising:a selectively enabled electronic firing system including an electronic actuator that is operable to fire the firearm in response to a pull of a trigger of the firearm and the electronic firing system being enabled by activation of a switch;
a selector mechanism including a mode selector movable between a safety mode position to prevent firing of the firearm, a semi-automatic firing mode position to enable a semi-automatic firing of the firearm, an automatic firing mode position to enable automatic firing of the firearm, and an electronic firing mode position; and
a detent mechanism engaged to the selector mechanism, wherein the selector mechanism is configured to selectively position the detent mechanism into and out of engagement with the switch so that activation of the switch by the detent mechanism occurs with the mode selector in the electronic firing mode position, wherein activation of the switch enables the electronic firing system so the pull of the trigger actuates the electronic actuator to fire the firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,508,875

APPARATUS FOR LOADING CARTRIDGES INTO A FIREARM MAGAZINE

QUIK MAG, INC., Tucson, ...

1. A self-loading firearm magazine comprising:a housing comprising a top end and a bottom end;
a magazine spring disposed within said housing:
a carrier plate disposed on a first end of said magazine spring: an attachment pin disposed on said carrier plate;
a pull string having a first end and a second end, wherein said first end is attached to said attachment pin;
a motor disposed adjacent said bottom end of said housing;
a pulley connected to said motor;
wherein:
said second end of said pull string is attached to said pulley.

US Pat. No. 10,508,870

B-TUBE REFORM FOR IMPROVED THERMAL CYCLE PERFORMANCE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A tube for a heat exchanger, the tube comprising:an upper portion;
a base portion spaced from the upper portion; and
a wall depending downwardly from the upper portion toward the base portion, the wall spaced from the base portion in a first section of the tube and the wall contacting the base portion in a second section of the tube to form a partition, wherein the tube is formed by bending a first end region of a sheet toward a second end region of the sheet to form a tubular structure including the upper portion and the base portion, wherein the first end region of the sheet cooperates with the second end region of the sheet to form the wall, wherein the first end region and the second end region of the sheet each contact the base portion in the second section of the tube, and wherein the first end region and the second end region are each spaced from the base portion in the first section while also overlapping each other in a height direction of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,508,869

METHOD FOR EVALUATING LIFTING FORCE IN A HEAT EXCHANGER

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A method comprising:moving a first fluid substantially vertically upward in a heat exchanger, the first fluid being a two-phase flow comprising a gas phase and a liquid phase, the gas phase having a gas temperature and the liquid phase having a liquid temperature;
the gas phase applying a lifting force to the liquid phase, the lifting force acting in opposition to a downward force of the liquid phase;
determining that the lifting force of the gas phase is insufficient to lift the liquid phase based on whether a first absolute value of a time derivative of a hot end approach of the heat exchanger exceeds a predefined primary threshold value and/or on whether a second absolute value of a time derivative of pressure drop of the first fluid over the heat exchanger exceeds a predefined primary limit value; and
increasing at least one of a flow rate of the gas phase, the gas temperature or the liquid temperature to increase the lifting force of the gas phase when the determining determines that the first absolute value exceeds the predefined primary threshold value and/or when the determining determines that the second absolute value exceeds the predefined primary limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,508,867

CORROSION RESISTANT COAXIAL HEAT EXCHANGER ASSEMBLY

Dometic Sweden AB, Solna...

1. A coaxial heat exchanger assembly, comprising:a one-piece tee formed of one of copper, or copper-alloy, or brass, or brass-alloy, or a combination of copper and brass, or a combination of copper-alloy and brass-alloy, or a combination of any of the foregoing, said tee having a first port, a second port and a third port;
one of said first port or said second port having a tapered portion which tapers in diameter from a larger size to a smaller size, said tapered portion formed integrally with said tee, and wherein said one of said first port or second port comprises an interference fit compression fitting;
said third port receives a refrigerant tube;
the other of said first port or second port receives a coaxial heat exchanger including an inner conduit of a first material which is relatively more resistant to corrosion, and an outer jacket of a second material which is relatively less resistant to corrosion;
said compression fitting comprising an adapter disposed about an outer surface of said smaller size of said tapered portion, said adapter having a stop, a first flange extending in a first direction from said stop and a second flange extending in a second direction from said stop, said first flange having an inner dimension that differs from said second flange;
a ring disposed over said second flange, wherein the second flange passes through said ring;
an anaerobic sealant disposed on an inner surface of said second flange;
wherein said refrigerant tube provides a refrigerant to flow on an outside of said inner conduit, and wherein said inner conduit is configured to receive a more corrosive fluid;
wherein said inner conduit extends through said tee and said first port and said compression fitting is free of a brazing of said inner tube to said tee, while said second port and said third port comprise at least one of brazing or a high temperature high pressure resin.

US Pat. No. 10,508,866

REFRIGERANT TO WATER HEAT EXCHANGER

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchanger outer conduit;
at least one heat exchanger inner conduit disposed within the heat exchanger outer conduit to allow a liquid to flow between the heat exchanger outer conduit and the at least one heat exchanger inner conduit, the at least one heat exchanger inner conduit comprising:
a first tubular member including a first wall thickness, a first inner surface and a first outer surface having a first outer diameter; and
a second tubular member including a second wall thickness, a second inner surface and a second outer surface having a second outer diameter, wherein the second tubular member is coaxially disposed within the first tubular member;
wherein the first inner surface includes continuous enhancements formed longitudinally therein, and the second inner surface includes continuous enhancements formed longitudinally therein,
wherein the second outer surface is in contact with the enhancements on the first inner surface,
wherein the first wall thickness is 0.015 inch or less, and
wherein the second wall thickness is 0.015 inch or less.

US Pat. No. 10,508,864

EVAPORATIVE COOLING IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED HEAT EXCHANGERS

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A method of evaporative cooling in an environmental control system, the method comprising:forcing a liquid into a channel disposed within a portion of a heat exchanger, wherein the heat exchanger comprises:
a plate with an external surface, wherein the external surface completely bounds an entirety of an interior of the plate;
the channel disposed in the heat exchanger, wherein the channel passes through a portion of the interior of the plate; and
a nozzle integrally disposed in the heat exchanger, wherein the nozzle extends through a portion of the external surface and is fluidly connected to the channel, wherein the nozzle is configured to transport a liquid from the channel, through the external surface, and to distribute the liquid onto a portion of the external surface of the heat exchanger;
transporting the liquid through the channel;
delivering the liquid to the nozzle;
ejecting the liquid from the nozzle;
distributing the liquid ejected from the nozzle onto the external surface of the heat exchanger; and
evaporating the liquid into passing cooling air.

US Pat. No. 10,508,860

VACUUM DRYING SYSTEM AND VACUUM DRYING METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A vacuum drying system, comprising:a vacuum drying chamber configured to dry a substrate in vacuum;
a support platform, which is used to support the substrate, wherein the support platform comprises a plurality of sub-platforms arranged along a predetermined direction and wherein the support platform comprises has gaps between adjacent sub-platforms;
a mechanical arm which comprises a plurality of strip structures at positions corresponding to the gaps, wherein the mechanical arm is used to place the substrate onto the support platform or move the substrate out of the support platform;
a plurality of support bars, wherein a width of the support bar is equal to a width of the gap, a length of the support bar is equal to a length of the gap, and the plurality of support bars are configured in such a manner that surfaces of the plurality of support bars facing the substrate are flush with a support surface of the support platform when the plurality of support bars are inserted into the gaps, thereby a force on the substrate is even during a supporting process; and
a control unit, which is configured to control the mechanical arm and the plurality of support bars to move out of the gaps of the support platform or move into the gaps of the support platform;
wherein the support platform, the mechanical arm, the plurality of support bars and the control unit are arranged within the vacuum drying chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,508,856

REFRIGERATOR DOOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator door, comprising:a front panel that is made of a steel material, that is disposed at a front side of the refrigerator door, and that defines a front appearance of the refrigerator door, the front panel defining a first through-hole and comprising an input unit;
a door liner that defines a rear appearance of the refrigerator door;
a frame disposed at a rear surface of the front panel;
a touch sensor assembly coupled to the rear surface of the front panel at a position corresponding to a location of the input unit;
a cover display configured to support the touch sensor assembly;
a frame display coupled to the cover display; and
a display unit that is coupled to the frame display, that is configured to emit light through the first through-hole,
wherein the cover display has a first portion configured to seat the touch sensor assembly and a second portion positioned between the front panel and the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,508,855

REFRIGERATOR

1. An air-cooled refrigerator, comprising:a housing;
a freezing inner container, a temperature-variable inner container and a refrigerating inner container disposed in the housing at intervals in an up and down direction, wherein a wall of the temperature-variable inner container is provided with a temperature-variable air inlet, a wall of the refrigerating inner container is provided with a refrigerating air inlet, and a wall of the freezing inner container is provided with an air outlet;
a foaming layer filled in a space between the housing and the freezing inner container, the temperature-variable inner container and the refrigerating inner container;
an embedded member disposed in the foaming layer;
an electrical damper provided to the embedded member and located in the foaming layer, the electrical damper being provided with a cold air inlet and a first cold air outlet and a second cold air outlet in communication with the cold air inlet;
a freezing air-outlet passage having a first end connected with the air outlet and a second end connected with the cold air inlet; and
a temperature-variable air-inlet passage and a refrigerating air-inlet passage, the temperature-variable air-inlet passage having a first end connected with the first cold air outlet and a second end connected with the temperature-variable air inlet, the refrigerating air-inlet passage having a first end connected with the second cold air outlet and a second end connected with the refrigerating air inlet;
wherein the embedded member has a mounting cavity, the mounting cavity having an open end, and at least a part of the electrical damper is disposed in the mounting cavity;
wherein a wall of the mounting cavity is provided with a horizontal groove and a vertical groove, and an outer surface of the electrical damper is provided with a horizontal convex rib and a vertical convex rib, wherein at least a part of the horizontal convex rib is disposed in the horizontal groove, and at least a part of the vertical convex rib is disposed in the vertical groove;
wherein a shape of the horizontal convex rib is adapted to a shape of the horizontal groove, and a shape of the vertical convex rib is adapted to a shape of the vertical groove;
wherein the horizontal groove comprises a first sub-groove disposed to a first side wall of the mounting cavity, a second sub-groove disposed to a second side wall of the mounting cavity, and a third sub-groove disposed to a rear wall of the mounting cavity, the third sub-groove having a first end connected with an end of the first sub-groove and a second end connected with an end of the second sub-groove, wherein the vertical groove is disposed in the rear wall of the mounting cavity, and the vertical groove intersects with the third sub-groove to form a cross; and
the horizontal convex rib comprises a first convex sub-rib disposed to a first side face of the electrical damper and fitted in the first sub-groove, a second convex sub-rib disposed to a second side face of the electrical damper and fitted in the second sub-groove, and a third convex sub-rib disposed to a rear surface of the electrical damper and fitted in the third sub-groove, the third convex sub-rib having a first end connected with an end of the first convex sub-rib and a second end connected with an end of the second convex sub-rib, wherein the vertical convex rib is disposed to the rear surface of the electrical damper and the vertical convex rib intersects with the third convex sub-rib to form a cross.

US Pat. No. 10,508,850

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VAPOUR COMPRESSION SYSTEM IN A FLOODED STATE

1. A method for controlling a vapour compression system, the vapour compression system comprising a compressor unit, a heat rejecting heat exchanger, an ejector, a receiver, at least one expansion device and at least one evaporator arranged in a refrigerant path, the vapour compression system further comprising a liquid separating device arranged in a suction line of the of vapour compression system, the liquid separating device comprising a gaseous outlet connected to the inlet of the compressor unit and a liquid outlet connected to a secondary inlet of the ejector, the method comprising the steps of:allowing at least one evaporator to be operated in a flooded state,
detecting a flow rate of refrigerant from the liquid separating device to the secondary inlet of the ejector, and determining whether or not the flow rate is sufficient to remove liquid refrigerant produced by the evaporator(s) being allowed to be operated in a flooded state from the liquid separating device, and
in the case that it is determined that the flow rate of refrigerant from the liquid separating device to the secondary inlet of the ejector is insufficient to remove liquid refrigerant produced by the evaporator(s) being allowed to be operated in a flooded state from the liquid separating device, increasing the flow rate of refrigerant from the liquid separating device to the secondary inlet of the ejector, and/or decreasing a flow rate of liquid refrigerant from the evaporator(s) to the liquid separating device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,845

REFRIGERATION CYCLE SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle system comprising:a first refrigeration circuit that is connected to a first compressor, a first condenser, a first pressure reduction device, and a first evaporator, and through which refrigerant circulates;
a second refrigeration circuit that is connected to a second compressor, a second condenser, a second pressure reduction device, and a second evaporator, and through which the refrigerant circulates;
a first bypass passage connecting a first portion of the first refrigeration circuit, which is between the first evaporator and the first compressor, to a first portion of the second refrigeration circuit, which is between the second evaporator and the second compressor; and
a second bypass passage connecting a second portion of the first refrigeration circuit, which is between the first condenser and the first pressure reduction device, to a second portion of the second refrigeration circuit, which is between the second condenser and the second pressure reduction device, wherein
the first refrigeration circuit includes a third valve disposed between the first evaporator and the first compressor and configured to control a passage of the refrigerant,
the second refrigeration circuit includes a fourth valve disposed between the second evaporator and the second compressor and configured to control a passage of the refrigerant,
the first portion of the first refrigeration circuit extends between the first evaporator and the third valve,
the first portion of the second refrigeration circuit extends between the second evaporator and the fourth valve, and
the first portion of the second refrigeration circuit does not include the second compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,508,842

HEAT PUMP DEVICE WITH SEPARATELY SPACED COMPONENTS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

16. A heat pump device, comprising:a compressor configured to compress refrigerant;
a motor configured to drive the compressor;
a shell housing the compressor and the motor;
a discharge muffler being outside of the shell;
a first pipe connecting the compressor to the discharge muffler;
a first heat exchanger including a refrigerant inlet, the first heat exchanger being configured to exchange heat between the refrigerant and a liquid heating medium;
a second pipe connecting the discharge muffler to the refrigerant inlet of the first heat exchanger;
a housing having a first space and a second space therein; and
a blower,
wherein the shell, the first heat exchanger, and the discharge muffler are disposed in the first space,
wherein the blower is disposed in the second space,
wherein the discharge muffler is entirely located within a space between the shell and the first heat exchanger,
wherein the heat pump device further comprises an evaporator configured to evaporate the refrigerant,
wherein the heat pump device further comprises a bulkhead configured to separate the first space and the second space from each other, the evaporator being located in the second space,
wherein the heat pump device further comprises a thermal insulating material positioned so as to at least partially cover the discharge muffler and the first heat exchanger,
wherein the thermal insulating material includes a first section at least partially located in a space between the bulkhead and the discharge muffler or the first heat exchanger and also includes a second section not having a portion located in a space between the bulkhead and the discharge muffler or the first heat exchanger, and
wherein the first section has higher thermal resistance than the second section.

US Pat. No. 10,508,836

FURNISHING TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM EMPLOYING AN ELECTROCHEMICAL COMPRESSOR

Xergy Inc., Harrington, ...

1. A furnishing temperature control system employing an electrochemical heat transfer device comprising:a) a furnishing;
b) a controller;
c) a working fluid comprising hydrogen;
d) a first electrochemical hydrogen compressor comprising:
i) an anode;
ii) a cathode;
iii) a proton exchange membrane;
iv) a power supply coupled to the anode and cathode to create an electrical potential across the anode and cathode to transfer the hydrogen across the proton exchange membrane from the anode to the cathode;
e) a first reservoir comprising metal hydride forming alloy;
f) a first heat transfer device coupled to said first reservoir and coupled to said furnishing;
g) a second reservoir comprising a metal hydride forming alloy,
h) a second electrochemical hydrogen compressor;
i) a second heat exchange device coupled to the said second reservoir;
i) set of conduits to fluidly connecting the first electrochemical hydrogen compressor with the first heat transfer device the second heat transfer device;
wherein the set of conduits forms a closed loop of conduits coupling the first reservoir with the first and second electrochemical hydrogen compressors and the second reservoir with the first and second electrochemical hydrogen compressor;
wherein the working fluid is configured to flow from the first reservoir through the first electrochemical hydrogen compressor to the second reservoir and subsequently from the second reservoir though the second electrochemical hydrogen compressor back to the first reservoir;
wherein the electrochemical hydrogen compressor transfers hydrogen from said first reservoir to the second reservoir and wherein hydrogen is desorbed from the metal hydride in said first reservoir and wherein hydrogen is absorbed by the metal hydride in said second reservoir;
k) a desiccant unit that is coupled with the set of conduits to receive the working fluid and remove moisture, said desiccant unit comprising:
a desiccant;
a desiccant bypass valve;
wherein when the desiccant bypass valve is open, the working fluid bypasses the desiccant unit, and
wherein when the desiccant bypass valve is closed, the working fluid enters into the desiccant unit from the closed loop of conduits to remove moisture from the working fluid;
wherein heat is transferred between the first heat exchange device and said first reservoir and wherein heat is transferred between the second reservoir and the second heat exchange device;
wherein at least one of the first or second reservoirs comprise a desiccant; and
wherein the electrochemical heat transfer device controls a temperature of a furnishing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,835

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a compressor;
a condenser;
an internal heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between a refrigerant at different pressures;
a refrigerant reservoir configured to store the refrigerant;
a first pressure reducing valve;
a refrigerant flow path in which the refrigerant flows through an evaporator, the compressor, the condenser, the internal heat exchanger, the refrigerant reservoir, the first pressure reducing valve, and the evaporator in this order;
a first pipe extending from the condenser to the refrigerant reservoir;
a second pressure reducing valve provided on the first pipe between the internal heat exchanger and the refrigerant reservoir;
a second pipe extending from the refrigerant reservoir to the first pressure reducing valve; and
a third pressure reducing valve provided on the second pipe between the refrigerant reservoir and the internal heat exchanger, wherein
the internal heat exchanger is configured to exchange heat between a high pressure refrigerant located in the first pipe between the condenser and the second pressure reducing valve, and a low pressure refrigerant having a pressure lower than a pressure of the high pressure refrigerant located in the second pipe between the refrigerant reservoir and the first pressure reducing valve.

US Pat. No. 10,508,829

WATER HEATER

Rinnai Corporation, Nago...

1. A water heater comprising a casing including a casing body having an opening in a front portion, and a door configured to open and close the opening, whereinthe casing accommodates:
a burner body including a flat burner having a downward combustion surface;
a fan case being in communication with the burner body and lying on its side;
a vertical shaft fan disposed in the fan case and configured to supply a mixture gas containing combustion air and fuel gas to the burner body; and
an ignition electrode disposed below the flat burner, wherein
the burner body includes:
a main burner body unit having an introduction port through which the mixture gas is supplied in a substantially central portion of an upper surface thereof, and the flat burner on a lower surface thereof; and
an introducing unit being in communication with the introduction port, protruding upward from the upper surface of the main burner body unit, and laterally having an inlet port being in communication with the fan case, wherein
an inner surface of an opposite wall section facing the inlet port in a peripheral wall of the introducing unit has a substantially vertical surface, and
a discharging portion of the ignition electrode is disposed within a projection plane when the peripheral wall of the introducing unit is projected downwardly.

US Pat. No. 10,508,822

HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM PROVIDING REMOTE ROOM TEMPERATURE CONTROL

1. A home automation system, comprising:one or more remote thermostats, each of said remote thermostats including an environmental sensor array configured to sense temperature and humidity;
one or more remote intelligent fans; said one or more remote intelligent fans includes a network interface configured to transmit said environmental data over local area network and said one or more remote intelligent fans includes a display, a motion sensor, a carbon monoxide sensor, and a security camera;
at least one thermostat controller in electrical communication with an HVAC system;
wherein said remote thermostats, said intelligent fans, and said thermostat controller are in electrical communication over a local area network;
wherein said thermostat controller receives, over said local area network, computer-readable environmental data from said one or more remote thermostats corresponding to said temperature and said humidity; and
wherein said thermostat controller conditionally controls said intelligent fans and said HVAC system based on said environmental data received from said remote thermostats; and
wherein said thermostat controller is in electrical communication with the security system wherein said thermostat controller is configured to receive security data from said one or more remote fans corresponding to activation of said motion sensors and wherein said thermostat controller conditionally controls said security system based on said security data; and
wherein said one or more intelligent fans includes a network interface configured to receive instructions from said thermostat controller.

US Pat. No. 10,508,820

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING WATER DROPLETS FOR AIR HUMIDIFICATION AND A HUMIDIFICATION SYSTEM WITH SUCH DEVICES

16. A system for humidification or adiabatic cooling of several compartments, such as rooms or cabinets or terrariums, comprising a water conduit leading to the several compartments, devices according to claim 1 being connected in series to the water conduit and being arranged to release droplets into the respective compartment, and comprising at least one humidification sensor, and in particular one humidification sensor per compartment, that controls one or several devices by sending its signals to a corresponding controller of said devices.

US Pat. No. 10,508,812

PRE-FILM LIQUID FUEL CARTRIDGE

General Electric Company,...

1. A pre-film liquid fuel cartridge, comprising:a fluid conduit defining a primary liquid fuel passage for a liquid fuel;an injection tip extending radially and circumferentially across a downstream end of the fluid conduit, the injection tip defining a plurality of inner fuel ports and a plurality of outer fuel ports in fluid communication with the primary liquid fuel passage;a pre-film tip having a forward end proximate to the injection tip and an aft end disposed axially downstream from the forward end, the pre-film tip having an outer side defining an inner pre-filming surface downstream from the plurality of inner fuel ports, the inner pre-filming surface terminating at a first shear edge;
an outer pre-filming surface defined downstream from the plurality of outer fuel ports, the outer pre-filming surface terminating at a second shear edge; and
wherein the first and second shear edges are relatively oriented so that a first pre-filmed liquid fuel sheet exiting the first shear edge intersects with a second pre-filmed liquid fuel sheet exiting the second shear edge.

US Pat. No. 10,508,807

REMOTE BURNER MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A remote burner monitoring system comprising:one or more burners mounted in a furnace, each burner including:
integrated sensors; and
an instrument enclosure positioned toward a rear of the burner distal from the furnace, the instrument enclosure containing:
a data collector corresponding to the burner for receiving and aggregating data from the integrated sensors of the burner, and
a local transmitter for transmitting the data aggregated by the data collector;
a data center configured and programmed to receive the data from each of the local transmitters; and
a server configured and programmed to store at least a portion of the data, to convert the data into a display format, and to provide connectivity to enable receipt and transmission of data and the display format via a network including at least one of a wired network, a cellular network, and a Wi-Fi network;
wherein the data collector of each of the burners is programmed to provide power to individual sensors only when data is to be collected, based on one or both of a combination of sensed data and a periodic schedule, and taking into account the specific requirements of each of the individual sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,508,806

SPRAY NOZZLE ASSEMBLY FOR STEAM-DESUPERHEATING, STEAM-DESUPERHEATING DEVICE USING SAME, AND METHOD OF STEAM-DESUPERHEATING USING SAME

NIHON KOSO CO., LTD., To...

1. A probe-type steam-desuperheating device comprising:a feeding pipe for feeding cooling fluid, having a lower end and an upper end;
a nozzle holder attached to a lowermost tip of the lower end of the feeding pipe;
a cooling fluid inlet port disposed at the upper end of the feeding pipe;
a flange provided on the feeding pipe, for attaching the feeding pipe to a steam pipe, said feeding pipe being attached indirectly to the steam pipe solely via and at the flange; and
a nozzle assembly, for spraying cooling fluid into the steam pipe, attached to the nozzle holder in a manner such that an axis of the plug element is parallel to an axis of the steam pipe,
wherein the nozzle assembly comprises:
a nozzle body defining a seating area and having an opening defining a flow passage extending through the seating area, through which flow passage, cooling fluid is sprayed in the steam-desuperheating device;
a plug element movably attached to the nozzle body in the opening and selectively movable between closed and open positions relative to the opening, wherein the plug element is seated against the seating area to close the flow passage in the closed position, and the plug element is away from the seating area to open the flow passage in the open position, wherein a spray angle of the cooling fluid is defined by an angle of the flow passage with respect to an axis of the plug element; and
a splitter member fixed to a front face of the plug element downstream of the seating area, said splitter member having at least one splitter arm extending across the flow passage as viewed from the front of the plug element to deflect flow of fluid sprayed through the flow passage, wherein the splitter arm is disposed apart from an outer periphery of the opening,
wherein a length of the feeding pipe between the flange and the nozzle holder is set such that the axis of the plug element is aligned substantially with the axis of the steam pipe,
wherein the nozzle holder is disposed in a direction such that the front face of the plug element faces an upstream direction of steam flowing through the steam pipe, and the splitter arm extends in a direction in which the feeding pipe extends from the nozzle holder in a manner such that the cooling fluid sprayed from the nozzle assembly into the upstream direction of steam is deflected to pass around the feeding pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,508,805

T-BAR FOR SUSPENDED CEILING WITH HEAT DISSIPATION SYSTEM FOR LED LIGHTING

JLC-TECH IP, LLC, Weston...

1. A T-bar for a suspended ceiling, the T-bar comprising:an elongated rigid spine extending from a first terminal end to a second terminal end;
a fixed anchor attached to the elongated rigid spine on at least one of the first or second terminal ends;
a lower portion of the elongated rigid spine including a first rest shelf portion and a second rest shelf portion, the first rest shelf portion extending from the elongated rigid spine in a first lateral direction, the second rest shelf portion extending from the elongated rigid spine in a second lateral direction, the second lateral direction being opposite the first lateral direction, the first and second rest shelf portions and elongated rigid spine forming a cross-sectional form of the T-bar from the first terminal end to the second terminal end, the cross-sectional form of the T-bar configured for placement of the suspended ceiling above the lower portion of the elongated rigid spine;
at least one light source adjacent a bottom side of each the first and second rest shelf portion and attached to the first or second rest shelf portion;
a light source covering adapted and configured to cover the at least one light source and to be located below the first and second rest shelf portions, the light source covering configured to allow passage of light illuminating from the light source through the light source covering; and
a first side wall extending downward from a bottom side of the first rest shelf portion and extending from a first terminal end of the first rest shelf portion to a second terminal end of the first rest shelf portion, and a second side wall extending downward from a bottom side of the second rest shelf portion and extending from a first terminal end of the second rest shelf portion to a second terminal end of the second rest shelf portion, the first and second side walls and the bottom sides of the first and second rest shelf portions forming a light housing to contain the at least one light source of the T-bar.

US Pat. No. 10,508,802

LED LAMP WITH OUTLINE OF LAMP NECK AND OUTLINE OF HEAT SINK

JIAXING SUPER LIGHTING EL...

1. An LED (light emitting diode) lamp comprising:a lamp shell including a lamp head, a lamp neck and a sleeve, the lamp head connects to the lamp neck which connects to the sleeve;
a passive heat dissipating element having a heat sink connected to the lamp shell, wherein the heat sink comprises fins and a base, the sleeve of the lamp shell is located in the heat sink, the lamp neck projects from the heat sink, height of the lamp neck is at least 80% of height of the heat sink;
a power source having a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the power source is disposed in both the lamp neck and the lamp head of the lamp shell, and the second portion of the power source is disposed in the heat sink of the passive heat dissipating element;
a light emitting surface connected to the heat sink of the passive heat dissipating element and comprising LED chips electrically connected to the power source, wherein the light emitting surface and the heat sink are connected to form a heat transferring path from the LED chips to the passive heat dissipating element;
a first heat dissipating channel formed in a first chamber of the lamp shell for dissipating heat generated from the power source while the LED lamp is working, and the first chamber is located between bottom of the LED lamp and an upper portion of the lamp neck; and
a second heat dissipating channel formed in the heat sink and between the fins and the base of the heat sink for dissipating the heat generated from the LED chips and transferred to the heat sink;
wherein the first heat dissipating channel comprises a first end on the light emitting surface to allow air flowing from outside of the LED lamp into the first chamber, and a second end on the upper portion of the lamp neck of the lamp shell to allow air flowing from inside of the first chamber out to the LED lamp;
wherein the second heat dissipating channel comprises a third end on the light emitting surface to allow air flowing from outside of the LED lamp into the second heat dissipating channel, and flowing out from spaces between every adjacent two of the fins;
wherein a third aperture is located in a central region of the light emitting surface, and the third aperture forms an air intake of both the first heat dissipating channel and the second heat dissipating channel;
wherein a lateral outline of the LED lamp detours around the axis of the LED lamp 360 degrees to turn around to form a contour of the LED lamp, the outline includes an outline of the lamp neck and an outline of the heat sink, the outline of the lamp neck is a concave curve, the outline of the heat sink is a convex curve, the radius of curvature of the outline of the lamp neck is greater than the radius of curvature of the outline of the heat sink.

US Pat. No. 10,508,800

LIGHT BUTTON DEVICE

Waters Industries, Inc., ...

1. A compact light device comprising:a housing having an interior that is sealed to be substantially waterproof;
a power source disposed in the housing interior and having anode and cathode surfaces;
a light emitting diode disposed within the housing interior and having a first lead spaced from one of the anode and cathode surfaces, and a second lead continuously electrically engaged with the other of the anode and cathode surfaces;
a switch device mounted to the housing outside the sealed interior thereof; and
a cam actuator member of the switch device configured to be shifted between an off configuration and an on configuration such that in the on configuration, the cam actuator member deflects an adjacent portion of the housing so as to also deflect the first lead in the sealed housing interior into electrical engagement with the one of the anode and cathode surfaces to energize the light emitting diode.

US Pat. No. 10,508,790

INTRA-CANOPY LED GROW LIGHT

LIFTED LED, LLC, Rio Ran...

1. A grow light comprising:an elongated structure configured to be positioned horizontally within a canopy of plants, the elongated structure comprising a single tubular structure;
a reflective film disposed within the elongated structure;
a single light engine disposed on a first end of the elongated structure configured to emit a preselected wavelength of light and further comprising a Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) comprising narrow optics, wherein the single light engine comprises an electronic housing, the housing positioned at one end of the single tubular structure and located outside of the plant canopy, and electronics for activating light emitting diodes (LEDs) and power supply within the housing and located outside of the plant canopy; and
a reflector on a second end of the elongated structure.

US Pat. No. 10,508,787

VEHICLE LIGHTING MODULE WITH OVERLAPPING LIGHT PATTERNS

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A vehicle lighting module comprising first and second optical units, each having a light source and a light distribution forming portion configured to control an optical path of light emitted from the light source, wherein the first and second optical units are configured to form first and second light distribution patterns in front, respectively,horizontal illumination widths of the first and second light distribution patterns are substantially equal,
the first light distribution pattern has a first cutoff line extending horizontally at an upper end edge of a light distribution region that illuminates an oncoming traffic lane and a second cutoff line extending horizontally at an upper end edge of a light distribution region that illuminates a travel lane,
the second light distribution pattern has a first cutoff line extending horizontally at an upper end edge of a light distribution region that illuminates the oncoming traffic lane and a second cutoff line extending horizontally at an upper end edge of a light distribution region that illuminates the travel lane,
the light distribution forming portion of each of the first and second optical units has a shade member configured to form the first and second cutoff lines by blocking part of an optical path of light,
the shade member of the first optical unit and the shade member of the second optical unit have different shapes,
the first cutoff line of the first light distribution pattern is positioned above the first cutoff line of the second light distribution pattern, and
the second cutoff line of the first light distribution pattern is positioned below the second cutoff line of the second light distribution pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,508,784

MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS LED NIGHT LIGHT

1. A multiple function LED night light, comprising:at least one LED;
at least one first optical element;
a built-in fixed and non-pivotal outer front lens or second optical element,
wherein the at least one first optical element includes at least one of:
(i) an elongate member or tube;
(ii) a cone;
(iii) an annular piece having multiple levels, diameters, rings, reflective pieces or refractive pieces; or
(iv) an at least partially cylindrical shape,
wherein the first optical element causes a spotlight beam from the at least one LED to spread out into a plurality of light beams incident on (a) an inner surface of the front lens or second optical element, or (b) an inner wall of the night light to provide uniform brightness illumination through the front lens or second optical element;
wherein the night light further includes at least one electrical circuit connected to at least one prong to deliver electricity from a home wall power source to the at least one LED and to at least one added function device, and
wherein the at least one added function device includes a color LED or a second light device to provide light functions that are in addition to the uniform brightness illumination provided by the light beams incident on the front lens or second optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,783

FLUSH MOUNT FIXTURE

Nicor, Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:a housing comprising a housing inside, a housing top surface, a plurality of mounting holes, a plurality of array attach holes, a plurality of clip fastener holes, and a closed cylindrical section, wherein the housing has circular symmetry around a housing axis of rotation, and wherein the housing inside is within the closed cylindrical section;
a driver board attached to the housing top surface, wherein the driver board comprises a circuit board and at least one electrical component, wherein the circuit board is single sided and comprises a populated side and a blank side, wherein the at least one electrical component is mounted on the populated side, and wherein the blank side is closer to the housing than the populated side;
a trim comprising a trim rim, a trim flat, a narrowing section, and a widening flange, wherein the trim has circular symmetry around the housing axis of rotation, wherein the trim is a unitary piece, wherein the trim rim surrounds the trim flat, wherein the trim flat surround the narrowing section, wherein the narrowing section extends in an upward direction from the trim flat, and wherein the widening flange extends upward from the narrowing section;
a plurality of clips attached inside of the closed cylindrical section and configured to releasably hold the widening flange within the housing inside; and
a light engine comprising the driver board, a LED array, an array cover, a reflector, and a lens, wherein the LED array and array cover are attached to the housing and inside the housing and configured such that light from the LED array passed through the array cover and thence from the housing, wherein the reflector is cone shaped and configured to reflect LED light out of the housing, wherein the lens is attached to the trim by a plurality of lens tabs, wherein the light engine is configured to shine LED light through the lens and out of the lighting fixture, wherein the array cover is a single piece of polycarbonate that is at least 2.5 mm thick.

US Pat. No. 10,508,781

LIGHT BAR ASSEMBLING DEVICE AND LIGHT BAR ASSEMBLING METHOD USING THE SAME

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A light bar assembling device, comprising:a rotating platform provided with bonding process positioning carriers for a back plate to be bonded with the light bar and pressing process positioning carriers for the back plate bonded with the light bar, wherein each of the bonding process positioning carriers has a groove that matches a side edge of the light bar to be mounted, and each of the pressing process positioning carriers has a boss that matches a body shape of the back plate bonded with the light bar; and
a press drive module disposed at an outside of the rotating platform and comprising a pressing head,
wherein the press drive module is configured to drive the pressing head to stretch out in a plane parallel to a rotation plane of the rotating platform to perform a pressing operation on the light bar bonded at the back plate, when the pressing process positioning carrier carrying the back plate bonded with the light bar rotates along with the rotating platform to be aligned with the press drive module.

US Pat. No. 10,508,780

MODULAR LIGHTING SYSTEM

ARTEMIDE S.P.A., (IT)

1. A modular lighting system comprising:at least one module and auxiliary components which can be assembled together, the module comprising:
a support core extending along an axis;
a plurality of LEDs arranged on at least one face of the support core and axially spaced along the axis; and
a light body positioned in front of the LEDs and at least partly around the LEDs;
wherein the modules and the auxiliary components are joined to one another by respective concealed mechanical and electrical connection devices, the connection devices being completely housed and concealed inside at least one of:
the modules; or
the auxiliary components; and
wherein the modules and the auxiliary components have respective lighting surfaces which transmit light emitted by the LEDs and which are continuously joined to one another and conceal the connection devices.

US Pat. No. 10,508,773

SMART PACKAGE

ENTEGRIS, INC., Billeric...

1. A fluid supply package, comprisinga pressure regulated fluid storage and dispensing vessel including at least one pressure regulated disposed in an interior volume of the fluid storage and dispending vessel,
a fluid dispensing assembly coupled to the vessel and configured to enable discharge of fluid from the vessel under dispensing conditions, and
an informational augmentation device disposed on the fluid storage and dispensing vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,767

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MOUNTING ELECTRICAL DEVICE TO JUNCTION BOX

Viza Electronics Pte. Ltd...

1. A method for mounting an electrical device to a junction box, the method comprising:coupling a mounting plate to the junction box;
coupling at least one electrical wire from the junction box to at least one electrical wire of the electrical device;
moving a coupler plate coupled to the electrical device toward the mounting plate and passing at least one pin of the coupler plate at least partially through a slot in the mounting plate, such that a side of the mounting plate and a side of the coupler plate are facing one another;
rotating the coupler plate relative to the mounting plate, such that the coupler plate and the mounting plate are engaged with one another via engagement between the at least one pin of the coupler plate and the mounting plate; and
coupling a hanger to the mounting plate and the coupler plate to support the coupler plate from the mounting plate via the hanger before coupling the at least one electrical wire from the junction box to the at least one electrical wire of the electrical device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,765

EXTENDIBLE TRIPOD LEG

THE VITEC GROUP PLC, Ric...

1. An extendable leg for a tripod, the extendable leg comprising two or more leg-stages, each leg-stage moveable axially relative to one or more other leg-stages of the two or more leg-stages to lengthen or shorten the extendable leg;a first clamp assembly mounted on a first leg-stage, the first clamp assembly including a leg brake moveable between a first leg-stage locking position and a second leg-stage release position;
actuation means fixed to a second leg-stage, the actuation means controlling movement of the leg brake between the first leg-stage locking position and the second leg-stage release position;
wherein the first clamp assembly is operable to releasably prevent relative movement of the first leg-stage and the second leg-stage when the extendable leg is at a desired length;
the extendable leg further comprising a cable operably connected at a first end to the actuation means and at a second end to the leg brake of the first clamp assembly, such that operation of the actuation means causes the cable to move the leg brake thereby allowing for relative movement between the actuation means and the leg brake.

US Pat. No. 10,508,762

ASSEMBLY OF A FLEXIBLE TUBE AND A FITTING BODY AND A METHOD THEREOF

Brian B. Kim, Denton, TX...

1. An apparatus for joining a rigid tube and a flexible tube, the apparatus comprising:a fitting body comprising:
a shoulder portion extending out, the shoulder portion comprising a cavity and a threaded portion on an outer surface, and
the guide tube extending from the fitting body through the cavity in the same direction as the threaded portion, the guide tube for engaging with the flexible tube;
a sealing assembly arrangement coaxially over the flexible tube and engaged with the fitting body, the sealing assembly arrangement configured to clamp down against the outer surface of the flexible tube at multiple locations due to radial pressure, the sealing assembly comprising a compression nut comprising an inner threaded portion configured to engage with the threaded portion of the fitting body, a first taper portion for reducing an inner diameter of the compression nut, and a second taper portion at a lateral distance from the first taper portion for further reducing the inner diameter of the compression nut;
a ferrule configured to engage with the shoulder of the fitting body and clamp down at a first location of the outer surface of the flexible tube due to radial pressure caused by the compression nut being moved toward the fitting body;
a first collet configured to clamp down at a second location of the outer surface of the flexible tube due to radial pressure caused by the compression nut being moved toward the fitting body, the ferrule and the first collet forming a combination collet; and
a second collet configured to clamp down at a third location on the outer surface of the flexible tube due to radial pressure caused by the compression nut being moved toward the fitting body.

US Pat. No. 10,508,759

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN INSULATED FLOWPATH ASSEMBLY

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method of manufacturing a flowpath assembly, comprising:electronically modeling the flowpath assembly having a first conduit co-extending along a centerline and radially surrounded by a second conduit with a void defined and radially between the first conduit and the second conduit;
additive manufacturing simultaneously the first conduit, the second conduit and a support structure engaged between and connecting the first conduit and the second conduit; and
depositing an insulating material in the void during the additive manufacturing of the first conduit, the second conduit and the support structure;
wherein the additive manufacturing of the first conduit, the second conduit and the support structure and the depositing the insulating material all include depositing of a powder and the flowpath assembly is electronically modeled into a plurality of slices, each slice having a portion of the first conduit, the second conduit, the support structure and the insulating material, and a first slice of the plurality of slices is manufactured in-part through melting and solidification of the powder before proceeding to the manufacture of a next successive slice of the plurality of slices, and the insulating material is not melted.

US Pat. No. 10,508,750

HAMMER UNION BACK PRESSURE REGULATOR

DDS Investments, LLC, Ju...

1. A back pressure regulator, comprising:a regulator body defining a flow inlet, a flow outlet, and a flow passage communicating the flow inlet with the flow outlet;
a bonnet coupled to the regulator body with a hammer union nut;
a flow restrictor assembly configured to prevent flow from the flow inlet to the flow outlet until a predetermined pressure is reached at the flow inlet;
a flow control member configured to adjust the predetermined pressure, the flow control member and an inner surface of the bonnet defining an annular space therebetween; and
a lip seal filling the annular space.

US Pat. No. 10,508,749

VALVE OF A HYDRAULICALLY STRIKING DEVICE

Doofor Oy, Nokia (FI)

1. A valve of a hydraulically striking device comprisinga housing comprising a moving member being seated inside the housing to be moved in a reciprocating manner by means of a hydraulic fluid, wherein the moving member comprises an inner space,
wherein the valve comprises at least a first return space and a first pressure space provided, in the axial direction, at a distance from one another on an inner surface of the housing facing the moving member,
wherein the rest of the inner surface of the housing in the same axial positions of the first return space and the first pressure space forms guide surfaces that are concentric with the moving member and against the moving member and that are arranged for centering the moving member,
wherein the pressure space and the return space are axial grooves made in the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,748

CONTROL VALVE

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A control valve comprising:a casing that has
a tube portion in which an outflow opening for a fluid is formed, and
a first shaft support wall and a second shaft support wall which respectively block both end opening portions of the tube portion in an axial direction;
a rotor that has
a rotary shaft which includes a first side end portion rotatably supported by the first shaft support wall via a first bearing and a second side end portion rotatably supported by the second shaft support wall via a second bearing, and
a valve tube portion which surrounds the rotary shaft and in which a communication opening communicating with the outflow opening in accordance with a rotation of the rotary shaft is formed;
a first sealing ring that is disposed between a position on an inner side of the first bearing in the axial direction on the first shaft support wall and the rotary shaft; and
a second sealing ring that is disposed between a position on an inner side of the second bearing in the axial direction on the second shaft support wall and the rotary shaft,
wherein the first side end portion of the rotary shaft is formed into a stepped shape having a first stepped surface which is able to come into contact with the first bearing from the inner side in the axial direction,
wherein the second side end portion of the rotary shaft is formed into a stepped shape having a second stepped surface which is able to come into contact with the second bearing from the inner side in the axial direction,
wherein areas of the first side end portion and the second side end portion projected in the axial direction are set to be equal to each other,
wherein open-to-atmosphere portions which allow portions on outer sides of the first sealing ring and the second sealing ring in the axial direction to be open to the atmosphere are respectively formed on the first shaft support wall and the second shaft support wall,
wherein a plurality of outer side penetration holes is formed on an outer side of one of the open-to-atmosphere portions in a radial direction, and
wherein inner diameters of the outer side penetration holes and the one of the open-to-atmosphere portions are smaller than gaps between the casing and the valve tube portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,747

APPARATUS TO BIAS SPOOL VALVES USING SUPPLY PRESSURE

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing of a spool valve, the housing having a supply port, a first adjacent port, a second adjacent port, a first outside port, and a second outside port, the first and second adjacent ports disposed on opposite sides of the supply port, the first adjacent port disposed between the first outside port and the supply port, the second adjacent port disposed between the second outside port and the supply port;
a spool within the housing, the spool having a first land, a second land, and a third land, a position of the spool within the housing defining a flow path through the spool valve for a fluid received at the supply port, a variable input force acting on a first end of the spool to urge the spool in a first direction within the housing, a biasing force acting on a second end of the spool to urge the spool in a second direction within the housing opposite the first direction, when the position of the spool corresponds to a null position: (1) the first land blocks a first opening associated with the first outside port, (2) the second land blocks a second opening associated with the supply port, and (3) the third land blocks a third opening associated with the second outside port;
a first fluid line to carry the fluid at a supply pressure to the supply port of the housing; and
a second fluid line branching off the first fluid line to carry the fluid at the supply pressure to the second end of the spool, the biasing force based on the supply pressure of the fluid, the variable input force based on a range of proportions of the supply pressure of the fluid, the range of proportions of the supply pressure including a first proportion, a second proportion that is greater than the first proportion, and a third proportion that is greater than the second proportion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,746

SPOOL VALVE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

10. A method of preventing deformation of a spool valve housing adjacent a control port, comprising:providing a land of a spool with a guiding section comprising a plurality of circumferentially spaced guiding surfaces being substantially flush and contiguous with the circumferential surface of the land and a web defined by a radially extending planar surface that is radially inward of the circumferential surface of the land and connects the plurality of guiding surfaces, wherein the web also defines a connecting surface that connects adjacent ones of the plurality of guiding surfaces and that is recessed radially inward from the circumferential surface to expose a portion of the metering edge between the plurality of guiding surfaces to the groove, such that the guiding section allows fluid communication between the groove and the metering edge of the land;
disposing the spool within a spool cavity in the spool valve housing such that the circumferential surface of the land and the guiding surfaces are in sliding contact with an inner surface of the housing that defines the spool cavity, such that when the metering edge opens the control port the inner surface of the housing is supported by the contact with the guiding surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,508,745

VALVE ASSEMBLY

THE OILGEAR COMPANY, Tra...

1. A valve assembly comprising:an upper sleeve; the upper sleeve comprises: a working port located through the side of the upper sleeve, the working port configured to supply hydraulic fluid to an output; and a vent port located through the side of the upper sleeve, the vent port configured to vent hydraulic fluid from the valve assembly;
a lower sleeve coupled to the upper sleeve, the lower sleeve comprising:
a bottom face;
a side;
a supply port extending through the side of the lower sleeve; and
a pilot port extending through the bottom face of the lower sleeve; and
a poppet operable between a first position and a second position, the poppet contained within the upper sleeve and the lower sleeve, the poppet comprising:
a first end;
a second end spaced from the first end;
a side adjacent one of the first end and the second end;
a central cavity extending from the first end of the poppet towards the second end of the poppet; and
a hydraulic port extending from the side of the poppet into the central cavity, the hydraulic port configured to receive hydraulic fluid at a first flow rate from the supply port and to supply hydraulic fluid to the central cavity at a second flow rate less than the first flow rate;
wherein the upper sleeve further comprises a poppet receiver configured to receive the first end of the poppet;
wherein the central cavity and the poppet receiver facilitate accumulation of hydraulic fluid inside the central cavity and the poppet receiver; and
wherein the poppet is gradually biased towards the second position as hydraulic fluid is accumulated in the central cavity and the poppet receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,508,744

GATE VALVE WITH FULL-BORE PROTECTIVE SLEEVE

VALVEWORKS USA, INC., Bo...

1. A gate valve, comprising:a bonnet;
a monolithic valve body to which the bonnet is connected, the monolithic valve body defining first and second external surfaces, the second external surface being perpendicular to the first external surface, the bonnet engaging the first external surface, the monolithic valve body comprising:
a passage formed in the first external surface along a first longitudinal center axis to define a cylindrical internal region in the monolithic valve body, the cylindrical internal region defining a first interior surface in the monolithic valve body, the first interior surface extending circumferentially about the first longitudinal center axis;
a first fluid bore formed in the second external surface along a second longitudinal center axis, the first fluid bore intersecting the cylindrical internal region and defining a second interior surface in the monolithic valve body;
a first annular recess formed in the second interior surface and defining a third interior surface in the monolithic valve body, the third interior surface extending circumferentially about the second longitudinal center axis and adjoining the first interior surface;
a second annular recess formed in the second interior surface, the second annular recess defining a fourth interior surface in the monolithic valve body;
a first annular shoulder defined in the monolithic valve body outside of the cylindrical internal region and located between:
the first interior surface defined in the monolithic valve body by the cylindrical internal region; and
the second interior surface defined in the monolithic valve body by the first fluid bore;
and
a second annular shoulder defined in the monolithic valve body outside of the cylindrical internal region and located between:
the first annular shoulder; and
the second interior surface defined in the monolithic valve body by the first fluid bore;
a first seat element extending within the first annular recess and the cylindrical internal region, the first seat element defining:
a second fluid bore defining a fifth interior surface in the first seat element; and
a third annular recess formed in the fifth interior surface and defining a sixth interior surface in the first seat element, the sixth interior surface being aligned flush with the fourth interior surface;
and
a first protective sleeve extending within the second and third annular recesses on opposing sides of the first annular shoulder;
wherein the second and third annular recesses have first and second inside diameters, respectively, the first and second inside diameters being substantially equal;
wherein the first protective sleeve comprises opposing first and second end portions;
wherein the first end portion of the first protective sleeve extends within the second annular recess;
wherein the second end portion of the first protective sleeve extends within the third annular recess;
wherein the first end portion of the first protective sleeve defines a first outside diameter of the first protective sleeve;
wherein the second end portion of the first protective sleeve defines a second outside diameter of the first protective sleeve;
wherein the first outside diameter at the first end portion of the first protective sleeve is equal to the second outside diameter at the second end portion of the first protective sleeve;
wherein the first protective sleeve defines an inside circumferentially-extending surface and an outside circumferentially-extending surface radially spaced from the inside circumferentially-extending surface; and
wherein the first protective sleeve is devoid of any openings extending radially therethrough from the outside circumferentially-extending surface to the inside circumferentially-extending surface.

US Pat. No. 10,508,741

COUPLING DEVICE FOR THE ROTARY COUPLING OF A PIVOT SHAFT OF A FLAP DIAPHRAGM OF AN EXHAUST GAS FLAP WITH A DRIVE ELEMENT

1. An exhaust gas flap for an exhaust gas stream of an internal combustion engine, the exhaust gas flap comprising:a flap tube;
a pivot shaft;
a flap diaphragm carried in the interior of the flap tube on the pivot shaft and rotatable about a pivot axis;
a pivot drive with a drive element driving the pivot shaft; and
a coupling device coupling the drive element with the pivot shaft for joint rotation of the drive element and the pivot shaft about the pivot axis, the coupling device comprising:
a first coupling part with a first coupling area configured to couple with the pivot shaft; and
a second coupling part with a second coupling area configured to couple with the drive element, wherein the first coupling part and the second coupling part are in a rotary coupling positive-locking meshing state with one another and are made of spring material and are supported on one another in a direction of the pivot axis in the coupled state, such that the first coupling area is prestressed in a direction of the pivot shaft and the second coupling area is prestressed in a direction of the drive element, and that the pivot shaft is prestressed by the coupling device in the direction away from the drive element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,740

ROTARY SEALING ARRANGEMENT

Trelleborg Sealing Soluti...

1. A rotary feed-through, the rotary feed-through having a rotatably mounted machine part and a machine part that forms a bearing for the rotatably mounted machine part, the rotary feed-through comprising:a first machine part forming a seal-accommodating structure;
a second machine part having a surface forming a sealing surface; and
at least one rotary seal arranged in said seal-accommodating structure for sealing off a high-pressure, rotary feed-through area from a low-pressure area between said first and second machine parts, wherein a fluid that is under positive pressure relative to the low-pressure area is introduced through said sealing surface and through the rotary feed-through area, from one of said first and second machine parts into an other one of said first and second machine parts,the rotary seal comprising:a support element, said support element being essentially rigid and positionally stable with respect to said first machine part; a rubber-elastically deformable contact body in contact with said support element on the high-pressure area side; and a sealing ring made from PTFE and having a sealing edge, said sealing ring having a wide side on each side of said sealing edge and a seal seat edge area facing away from said sealing edge, said wide sides being interconnected via said seal seat edge area, wherein said contact body is at least partially disposed between at least one of said wide sides of said sealing ring and said support element, said support element extending, at least in a supporting area, obliquely with respect to an axial direction of the rotatably mounted machine part, said contact body and said sealing ring having a mutual contact area extending along at least one wide side of said sealing ring from said seal seat edge area towards said sealing edge and terminating proximate said sealing edge, wherein said contact body does not contact said sealing surface of said second machine part, and said contact body extends in a radial direction below said seal seat edge area of said sealing ring, said first machine part, said second machine part, said support element, said contact body and said sealing ring all being disposed, structured and dimensioned such that, in the supporting area, said sealing ring is pressed away from said sealing surface by said contact body and, when exposed to a fluid pressure lying below a threshold pressure, said sealing edge seats on said sealing surface in the rotary feed-through area without exerting a pressing load or such that said sealing edge is separated from said sealing surface and, in the event of the fluid pressure exceeding the threshold pressure, said sealing ring and said sealing edge are directly pressed by the fluid, in opposition to internal elastic forces of said contact body, towards said sealing surface and against said contact body throughout said mutual contact area to seat in a sealing manner on said sealing surface, said sealing ring thereby being in loose contact with said contact body and not permanently connected thereto, wherein, in consequence of said loose contact, a relative position of said sealing ring with respect to said contact body is first fixed by frictional forces between said sealing ring and said contact body throughout said mutual contact area, which are generated by the fluid pressure when that fluid pressure exceeds the threshold pressure, said first machine part, said second machine part and said rotary seal thereby being disposed, structured and dimensioned to permit radial displacement of said sealing ring relative to said contact body and away from said rotatably mounted machine part as long as the fluid pressure does not exceed the threshold pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,508,734

METHOD FOR OPERATING A TRANSMISSION DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND CORRESPONDING TRANSMISSION DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a transmission device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a driving gear is selected from a driving gear quantity and set to a transmission, wherein in a normal operating mode, the driving gear quantity is compiled from a specified number of driving gears contained in a total driving gear quantity, wherein the total driving gear quantity contains all of the driving gears of the transmission, and wherein the driving gear quantity is compiled as a function of at least one state variable of the motor vehicle, and wherein the driving gear is selected independently from the compiling of the driving gear quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,508,732

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A shift device comprising:a supporting body that is provided at a vehicle body side;
a shift body that is supported by the supporting body and that is moved to change a shift position;
a detection section that is provided at the shift body;
a printed wiring board that is provided at the supporting body and that detects the detection section so as to detect the shift position of the shift body;
a facing portion that is provided at the shift body;
a facing hole that is provided so as to penetrate the printed wiring board; and
an insertion hole that is provided through the supporting body,
wherein a pair of the facing portions and a pair of the facing holes are respectively provided, and one of the facing portions and one of the facing holes have central axes respectively,
wherein the one of the facing portions is movable relatively with respect to the one of the facing holes from a non-coaxial position with the one of the facing holes to a coaxial position with the one of the facing holes, and the one of the facing portions is disposed at the coaxial position with the one of the facing holes when the shift body has been moved to a specific position,
wherein another of the facing portions is movable relatively with respect to another of the facing holes from a non-facing position with the other of the facing holes to a facing position with the other of the facing holes, and the other of the facing portions is disposed at the facing position with the other of the facing holes when the shift body has been moved to the specific position,
wherein the insertion hole is disposed between the one of the facing portions and the one of the facing holes or between the other of the facing portions and the other of the facing holes when the shift body has been moved to the specific position,
wherein sizes of the one of the facing holes and the other of the facing holes are different, and
wherein the one of the facing portions and the one of the facing holes have a same minimum diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,508,728

RESIN SIDE COVER FOR TRANSMISSION CASE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A resin side cover for a transmission case, the resin side cover configured to be mounted on a vehicle and disposed on the transmission case at a front side of the vehicle, the resin side cover constituting a vehicle front side surface section of an oil storage section in which oil is stored in the transmission case, the resin side cover comprising:a protrusion disposed above an oil surface of the oil stored in the oil storage section, the protrusion protruding toward the front side of the vehicle and constituting the foremost section of the transmission case; and
a fragile section disposed between the protrusion and the oil surface of the oil,
wherein a longitudinal axis of the fragile section extends transversely in a lateral direction across the resin side cover.

US Pat. No. 10,508,727

DRIVE SYSTEM AND DRIVE SUB-ASSEMBLY FOR DRIVING A SHAFT

SPX Flow, Inc., Charlott...

1. A drive sub-assembly for driving a shaft, the drive sub-assembly comprising:a hub extending from a first end face to a second end face along a longitudinal axis, the hub having an outer circumferential surface arranged to engage a first bearing assembly and a first inner circumferential surface arranged to engage an output shaft, the first bearing assembly comprising a first inner race, first rollers, and a first outer race;
a second bearing assembly comprising a second inner race, second rollers, and a second outer race;
a gear attached to the second end face of the hub, the gear having a second inner circumferential surface that is arranged to directly engage the second outer race; and
a housing assembly, wherein the outer circumferential surface defines:
a first recess proximate to the first end face; and
a shoulder between the first recess and the second end face along the longitudinal axis, wherein the first inner race and the first rollers are mounted on the shoulder, wherein the first outer race and second inner race are attached to said housing assembly, and wherein the first inner circumferential surface defines a second recess proximate to the second end face.

US Pat. No. 10,508,722

ELECTRIC LINEAR MOTION ACTUATOR AND ELECTROMECHANICAL BRAKE SYSTEM

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric linear motion actuator comprising:a housing;
a cylindrical outer ring member having a center axis, and mounted in the housing;
a rotary shaft arranged on the center axis of the outer ring member, and configured to be rotated by an electric motor;
a carrier including opposed first and second disks configured to be rotatable about the rotary shaft, and a plurality of pillar members retaining the first and second disks at a predetermined distance from each other;
a plurality of planetary rollers mounted between an outer diameter surface of the rotary shaft and an inner diameter surface of the outer ring member, and rotatably supported by the carrier;
wherein the outer ring member is formed, on the inner diameter surface of the outer ring member, with a helical rib, and each of the planetary rollers is formed, in an outer diameter surface of the planetary roller, with either circumferential grooves or a helical groove in which the helical rib is engaged; and
a plurality of thrust roller and retainer assemblies each mounted between one of the planetary rollers and a surface of the first disk of the carrier that is opposed to the one of the planetary rollers such that thrust loads applied to the planetary rollers are supported by the respective thrust roller and retainer assemblies,
wherein the electric linear motion actuator is configured such that when the rotary shaft rotates, due to frictional contact of the planetary rollers with the rotary shaft, the planetary rollers rotate about axes of the respective planetary rollers while revolving around the rotary shaft so that the outer ring member and the carrier axially linearly move relative to each other; and
wherein the electric linear motion actuator further comprises a common annular raceway disk common to all of the thrust roller and retainer assemblies, the common annular raceway disk being mounted between the thrust roller and retainer assemblies and a surface of the first disk that is opposed to the thrust roller and retainer assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,508,720

ADAPTER ASSEMBLY WITH PLANETARY GEAR DRIVE FOR INTERCONNECTING ELECTROMECHANICAL SURGICAL DEVICES AND SURGICAL LOADING UNITS, AND SURGICAL SYSTEMS THEREOF

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An adapter assembly for selectively interconnecting a surgical loading unit that is configured to perform a function and a surgical device that is configured to actuate the surgical loading unit, the surgical loading unit including an axially translatable drive member, and the surgical device including a plurality of rotatable drive shafts, the adapter assembly comprising:a housing configured and adapted for connection with the surgical device;
an outer tube extending distally from the housing to a distal end portion configured and adapted for connection with the surgical loading unit, the distal end portion of the outer tube including a switch having a tab extending distally from a distal end of the switch and an extension extending inwardly toward a center of the outer tube; and
a firing assembly supported within the housing and the outer tube, the firing assembly including:
a firing shaft including a proximal end configured for operative engagement with a rotatable drive shaft of the plurality of rotatable drive shafts of the surgical device;
a bevel gear assembly including a proximal end in mechanical engagement with a distal end portion of the firing shaft;
a ring gear disposed within the distal end portion of the outer tube;
a sun gear disposed at a distal end of the bevel gear assembly within the ring gear;
a plurality of planetary gears disposed around and meshingly engaged with teeth of the sun gear and teeth of the ring gear;
a spider plate operably coupled to the plurality of planetary gears;
a spider gear operably coupled to the spider plate and disposed proximal of the ring gear; and
a distal gear disposed on a shaft extending distally from the spider plate, the distal gear being operatively engageable with the axially translatable drive member of the surgical loading unit,
the switch being movable between a proximal position in which the tab is disengaged from the ring gear and the extension is engaged with the spider gear such that the spider plate is held stationary to allow the plurality of planetary gears to rotate the distal end portion of the outer tube, and a distal position in which the tab is engaged with the ring gear and the extension is disengaged from the spider gear such that the ring gear is held stationary to allow the plurality of planetary gears to effect a function of the surgical loading unit.

US Pat. No. 10,508,717

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train apparatus of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:an input shaft receiving an engine torque;
an output shaft outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth rotation element, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh rotation element, an eighth rotation element, and a ninth rotation element;
a fourth planetary gear set having a tenth rotation element, an eleventh rotation element, and a twelfth rotation element;
a fifth planetary gear set having a thirteenth rotation element, a fourteenth rotation element, and a fifteenth rotation element;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the second rotation element and the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the fourteenth rotation element and the output shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the third rotation element and the fourth rotation element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the eighth rotation element and the thirteenth rotation element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the ninth rotation element;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the eleventh rotation element and the fifteenth rotation element;
a seventh shaft fixedly connected to the first rotation element and the fifth rotation element;
an eighth shaft fixedly connected to the sixth rotation element, the seventh rotation element, and the tenth rotation element; and
a ninth shaft fixedly connected to the twelfth rotation element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,716

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR A VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft for receiving an input torque;
an output shaft for outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first, a second, and a third rotational element;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth, a fifth, and a sixth rotational element;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh, an eighth, and a ninth rotational element;
a fourth planetary gear set having a tenth, an eleventh, and a twelfth rotational element;
a fifth planetary gear set having a thirteenth, a fourteenth, and a fifteenth rotational element;
a first shaft fixedly connected with the second rotational element and fixedly connected with the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected with the fourteenth rotational element and fixedly connected with the output shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected with the third rotational element and the fifth rotational element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected with the sixth rotational element and the tenth rotational element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected with the eighth rotational element, the eleventh rotational element, and the fifteenth rotational element;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected with the twelfth rotational element; and
a plurality of additional shafts, each of which is selectively connected to a transmission housing and fixedly connected to a corresponding rotational element of the first, second, third, and fifth planetary gear sets, the corresponding rotational element being not fixedly connected with any of the first to sixth shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,508,709

VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DESIGNING THE SAME

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A vibration damping device including a support member that rotates, together with a rotary element to which torque from an engine is transferred, about a center of rotation of the rotary element, a restoring force generating member that is coupled to the support member and that is swingable as the support member rotates, and an inertial mass body that is coupled to the support member via the restoring force generating member and that swings, with motion of the restoring force generating member, about the center of rotation as the support member rotates, whereinmoments of inertia J1, J2, mass m, and distances L3 and L4 are determined so that torque fluctuation of an object for which vibration is to be damped, which is derived based on angular displacement ? and angles ? and ? obtained by solving the following expressions (1) and (2), is equal to a target value
[Expression 1]
J1·?+(J2+m?L42)·(?+?)+m·L32·(?+??·?+??·?2)+m·L4·L3·[2·?+(1+??)·?+??·?2]·cos(???)?m·L4·L3·[2·(?+?)+(1+??)·?]·(1???)·?·sin(???)+k·?=Td·cos ?·r  (1)
(J2+m?L42)·(?+?)+m·L32·??·(?+??·?+??·?2)+m·L4·L3·[(1+??)·?+2·??·?+??·?2]·cos(???)+m·L4·L3·[(?+?)2???·?2]·(1+??)·sin(???)=0  (2)
where “L3” represents a distance between a center of gravity of the restoring force generating member and a fulcrum of swinging of the restoring force generating member with respect to the inertial mass body,
“L4” represents a distance between the fulcrum and the center of rotation,
“J1” represents a moment of inertia of the rotary element and the support member,
“J2” represents a moment of inertia of the inertial mass body,
“m” represents mass of the restoring force generating member,
“k” represents stiffness of a system from the engine to the rotary element,
“?” represents an angular velocity of steady rotation of the rotary element,
“?” represents angular displacement of the rotary element from a steady rotation state,
“?” represents an angle formed by a reference line defined on the support member and extending in a radial direction of the support member through the center of rotation and a line segment from the fulcrum of swinging of the restoring force generating member with respect to the inertial mass body to the center of gravity of the restoring force generating member,
“?” represents an angle formed by the reference line and a line segment from the center of rotation to the fulcrum,
“Td” represents torque that is transferred from the engine to the rotary element, and
“?” represents a frequency of vibration that is transmitted from the engine to the rotary element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,708

TORQUE FLUCTUATION INHIBITING DEVICE

EXEDY CORPORATION, Neyag...

1. A torque fluctuation inhibiting device configured to inhibit torque fluctuations in a rotor to which a torque is inputted, the torque fluctuation inhibiting device comprising:a mass body disposed to be rotatable in accordance with the rotor and be rotatable relative to the rotor; and
a plurality of centrifugal elements radially movable, each of the plurality of centrifugal elements disposed to receive centrifugal force generated by rotation of the rotor and the mass body,
wherein each of the plurality of centrifugal elements is provided with a respective cam follower,
each of the plurality of centrifugal elements is provided with and guided by a respective pair of guide members while supported by one of the rotor and the mass body, the respective cam follower is disposed on a respective first straight line connecting the respective pair of guide members,
each of the plurality of centrifugal elements has a respective first circumferential end and a respective second circumferential end opposite and spaced from the respective first circumferential end,
for each of the plurality of centrifugal elements, a respective first one of the respective pair of guide members is disposed at the respective first circumferential end and a respective second one of the respective pair of guide members is disposed at the respective second circumferential end,
for each of the plurality of centrifugal elements, each of the respective pair of guide members is separated by a respective gap from a respective guide protrusion extending from the rotor such that each of the plurality of centrifugal elements is rotatable about a respective center of the respective cam follower, and
for each of the plurality of centrifugal elements, a respective cam is provided on the other of the rotor and the mass body and the respective cam interacting with the respective cam follower to define a respective cam mechanism, the respective cam mechanism converting the centrifugal force into a respective circumferential force by the respective cam follower moving along the respective cam when a relative displacement is produced between the rotor and the mass body in a rotational direction, the respective circumferential force directed to reduce the relative displacement.

US Pat. No. 10,508,707

BEARING SYSTEM

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A bearing system comprising:in particular for bearing a motor vehicle assembly at a motor vehicle body, a fluid operating chamber that is in flow connection, by way of at least one fluid channel, with a fluid equilibration chamber, which is present in a housing of the bearing system, wherein the fluid operating chamber and the fluid equilibration chamber are separated by a separating element, in which the at least one fluid channel is present, wherein the separating element is decoupled from the housing by means of an elastic element, which surrounds the separating element in the peripheral direction, wherein the housing has a cover, which accommodates the fluid equilibration chamber, and a supporting part, which holds a spring element of the bearing system, wherein the cover engages between the supporting part and the elastic element in such a way that, as viewed in the radial direction with respect to a central longitudinal axis of the bearing system, the elastic element, the cover, and the supporting part follow one another in succession, wherein an elastic membrane is fastened to the separating element, which membrane separates a fluid damping chamber rheologically from the fluid operating chamber, wherein the fluid damping chamber is in flow connection, by way of a throttle channel, with an outer surrounding of the bearing system, wherein the fluid damping chamber is arranged in the separating element, and wherein the throttle channel is arranged in a protrusion, which is at least annularly encompassed by the fluid equilibration chamber and protrudes towards the separating element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,706

STOPPER AND ANTIVIBRATION UNIT

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A antivibration unit in which a stopper is mounted to an antivibration device adapted to connect a first bracket with a second bracket,the antivibration device including:
an axial inside member having an axial end portion fixed to the first bracket,
a cylindrical outside member disposed on an external peripheral side of the inside member and having an external peripheral face fixed to the second bracket, and
an antivibration base body connected to the external peripheral face of the inside member and to an internal peripheral face of the outside member and including a rubber-like elastic body,
the stopper including:
a stopper in a form of a plate and mounted to the antivibration device, the stopper being adapted to regulate a movement of the outside member relative to the inside member and including a rubber-like elastic body, the stopper comprising:
a mounting hole passing through from a surface to a rear surface and into which the inside member is inserted; and
a plurality of surface ribs and a plurality of rear surface ribs disposed between the first bracket and at least one of the second bracket or the outside member,
wherein
the plurality of the surface ribs respectively protrude from the surface and are linearly disposed,
the plurality of the rear surface ribs, on the rear surface, respectively protrude from between the surface ribs and are linearly disposed, and
in a predetermined region in a circumferential direction of the mounting hole, intervals between the surface ribs adjacent to each other and intervals between the rear surface ribs adjacent to each other are set to be constant throughout an entire length in an extending direction in which the surface ribs and the rear surface ribs extend;
wherein
in a non-load state of the antivibration device, the stopper is free from a contact with at least one of the first bracket and the second bracket and the outside member.

US Pat. No. 10,508,704

AIR SPRING FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. An air spring for a motor vehicle comprising:a load receiver;
a roll-off piston;
a rolling bellows filled with a gas under pressure, a first end of the rolling bellows being connected to the load receiver and a second end of the rolling bellows being fastened to the roll-off piston, wherein the load receiver and the roll-off piston are moveable relative to one another based at least in part on a force impinging on the load receiver toward the roll-off piston;
a sensor device arranged inside the rolling bellows by which a distance between the load receiver and the roll-off piston can be detected and a corresponding electric signal can be generated;
a sensor track of the sensor device;
a pressure piece extending in a direction of the roll-off piston arranged at the load receiver; and
a sensor body configured as a permanent magnet that is movably drivable directly or indirectly along the sensor track of the sensor device by an end region of the pressure piece facing the roll-off piston,
wherein the sensor device generates an electric signal corresponding to a position of the sensor body on the sensor track,
wherein the sensor track is arranged concentric to a rotational axis of a shaft on a sensor track support, and the sensor body is arranged at an end of the shaft remote of the pressure piece.

US Pat. No. 10,508,703

LATERAL SUPPORT ELEMENTS, GAS SPRING ASSEMBLIES, SUSPENSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Firestone Industrial Prod...

19. A gas spring assembly comprising:a flexible wall having a longitudinal axis and extending peripherally about said longitudinal axis between a first end and a second end spaced longitudinally from said first end, said flexible wall including an inner surface and an outer surface with said inner surface at least partially defining a spring chamber; and,
a lateral support element including an element wall with an exterior surface and an interior surface that at least partially defines an element chamber;
a portion of said flexible wall extending around said lateral support element and permanently attached along said exterior surface said element wall such that said lateral support element is at least partially embedded within said flexible wall.

US Pat. No. 10,508,701

VEHICLE SUSPENSION BUSHING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

The Pullman Company, Mil...

1. A vehicle suspension bushing assembly including:an inner sleeve extending longitudinally between a first inner sleeve end and a second inner sleeve end, said inner sleeve defining a longitudinal axis;
a bearing extending annularly about said inner sleeve;
an intermediate sleeve extending annularly about said bearing;
an outer sleeve extending annularly about said intermediate sleeve in a radially spaced relationship;
a bushing including a body portion that is disposed radially between said outer sleeve and said intermediate sleeve;
at least one axial retainer extending annularly about one of said first inner sleeve end and said second inner sleeve end, said axial retainer being separate from and not contiguously formed with said bushing and longitudinally moveable relative to said inner sleeve between an uncompressed position and a compressed position; and
said at least one axial retainer having a preload feature that is resilient and operable to deflect from an unbiased position when said axial retainer is in said uncompressed position to a biased position when said axial retainer is in said compressed position, said preload feature of said axial retainer operably applying a longitudinal preload force to at least one of said intermediate sleeve and said bearing in said biased position.

US Pat. No. 10,508,699

FLOATING ROTOR DISC BRAKE WITH MARCEL EXPANDER RING ATTACHMENT

PERFORMANCE FRICTION CORP...

1. A floating disc brake assembly, comprising:a disc brake rotor comprising an outer friction ring, an inner circumferential flange having a plurality of rotor tabs spaced about the flange and a continuous circumferential groove about the inner circumferential flange;
a hat comprising a cylindrical axial body having axially opposed first and second ends, an outer circumference, a rotor mounting flange extending radially about the outer circumference and having a plurality of rotor mounting tabs, the plurality of rotor mounting tabs spaced about the rotor mounting flange and forming slots interspersed therebetween, the slots structured and arranged for receiving the rotor tabs, and a continuous circumferential groove about the outer circumference of the axial body, structured and arranged to align with the circumferential groove of the disc brake rotor; and
at least one expander ring structured and arranged to fit within the circumferential grooves of both the rotor and the hat.

US Pat. No. 10,508,692

PROPELLER SHAFT AND PROPELLER SHAFT PRODUCTION METHOD

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A propeller shaft for transmitting rotation from a drive source of a vehicle to a drive wheel of the vehicle, the propeller shaft comprising:a shaft section adapted to be provided between a first shaft on a drive source's side and a second shaft on a drive wheel's side;
an outer circumferential portion provided on the shaft section and formed with an inside circumferential surface defining an inside cavity;
an inner circumferential member provided in the outer circumferential portion and formed with an inside circumferential surface defining an inside cavity;
a plurality of balls provided between the outer circumferential portion and the inner circumferential member;
outer engagement grooves which are formed in the inside circumferential surface of the outer circumferential portion in a manner to extend along a rotation axis of the shaft section and which are arranged to receive the balls and thereby to regulate relative rotation between the balls and the outer circumferential portion around the rotation axis of the shaft section;
inner engagement grooves which are formed in an outside circumferential surface of the inner circumferential member, and which are arranged to receive the balls and thereby to regulate relative rotation between the balls and the inner circumferential member around the rotation axis of the shaft section;
an internally splined portion which is formed in the inside circumferential surface of the inner circumferential member and which is adapted to be engaged with an externally splined portion of a mating shaft which is one of the first shaft and the second shaft;
a sleeve receiving portion which is formed in the inner circumferential member on an outward side toward the mating shaft and which is shaped to enlarge the inside cavity of the inner circumferential member so that an inside diameter of the inner circumferential member is greater in the sleeve receiving portion than in a region in which the internally splined portion is formed;
a sleeve member including a tubular main portion which extends axially from an outward end to an inward end, and includes an insert portion formed to extend from the inward end toward the outward end and inserted into the sleeve receiving portion of the inner circumferential member and an inside circumferential surface defining an inside cavity into which the mating shaft is to be inserted, the inside circumferential surface of the sleeve member being covered with a coating higher in rust resistance than a material of the tubular main portion; and
an annular seal member provided between the sleeve member and the mating shaft,
wherein the sleeve member includes an inward side taper portion tapered to decrease an inside diameter of the tubular main portion gradually to an inward end of the insert portion which extends in an inward direction toward the shaft section to the inward end of the insert portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,682

COMPOSITE TORQUE TUBE END FITTING ATTACHMENT METHOD

Moog Inc., East Aurora, ...

1. A composite tube assembly comprising:a tube formed of a wound fiber-reinforced composite material;
a metallic end fitting including a stem and a transmission coupling at a distal end of the stem;
the stem including a grip region having a plurality of external surfaces;
a plurality of individual compression inserts;
wherein each of the plurality of external surfaces is associated with only one of the plurality of compression inserts, and each of the plurality of compression inserts is associated with only one of the plurality of external surfaces;
wherein an end portion of the tube is wound around the grip region of the stem and the compression inserts;
wherein the plurality of external surfaces are flat surfaces; and
wherein each of the plurality of compression inserts has a circular segment shape including a planar base facing a respective one of the plurality of flat external surfaces and a rounded surface intersecting with the planar base, and the end portion of the tube wound around the compression inserts has a round outer cross-sectional shape.

US Pat. No. 10,508,680

CONNECTING STRUCTURE OF END PIECE AND OUTER CABLE IN BOWDEN CABLE AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING THE SAME

Yamato Industrial Co., Lt...

1. A method for connecting an end piece and an outer cable in a Bowden cable comprising:a flexible inner wire;
a flexible outer cable that has the inner wire inserted therethrough and that guides sliding movement thereof, the outer cable comprising a liner that is made of a synthetic resin and directly guides sliding of the inner wire, a hollow shield that houses and retains the liner, and an outer skin that is made of a synthetic resin and covers an outer periphery of the shield, wherein the shield is formed from a hollow strand that is formed by twisting a plurality of metal individual wires arranged so as to be in intimate contact with each other around the liner, the outer skin is removed to expose an end part of this hollow strand, the end part of this hollow strand is increased in diameter to form a first flare part in which the metal individual wires of the shield are separated, an end part of the liner is also increased in diameter to form a second flare part that is adjacent to the first flare part and
an end piece that is connected to one end portion of the outer cable and has the inner wire inserted therethrough, the end piece comprising a mounting part for fixing and supporting the end piece on a support member, and a bent pipe part for covering and surrounding an outer periphery of said one end portion of the outer cable in a state in which the outer cable is curved;
said method comprising a step of forming the mounting part and the bent pipe part as a unit by injection molding, the end piece being injection molded so as to envelop said first and second flare parts, wherein a synthetic resin as a material of this end piece is made to enter between the metal individual wires of the shield;
wherein a cavity having at least a mounting part-molding cavity part and a bent pipe part-molding cavity part for molding the mounting part and the bent pipe part respectively are formed between a plurality of molding elements dividedly forming a molding device used in said injection molding,
wherein said injection molding is carried out so that the synthetic resin in a molten state is injected into the cavity in a state in which said one end portion of the outer cable is fitted into at least the bent pipe part-molding cavity part of the cavity, and a shape-retaining core material having flexibility is inserted into the liner of the outer cable,
and wherein a base end of the shape-retaining core material is joined to at least some of the molding elements, and the shape-retaining core material is inserted into the liner of the outer cable prior to said injection molding from an extremity side of the shape-retaining core material.

US Pat. No. 10,508,677

TAPERED THREAD CONNECTION PAIR

1. A tapered-thread connection pair, comprising an external thread and an internal thread in a threaded connection with each other; wherein the external thread is defined on a main body, and the internal thread is defined in a connection hole; the external thread comprises an outside helical surface and a first end helical surface; a shape of the outside helical surface is the same as a shape of a lateral surface of a first solid of revolution formed by using a first right trapezoid as a generatrix, rotating uniformly around a cathetus of the first right trapezoid which is coincident with a center axis of the main body, and synchronously, axially and uniformly moving the first right trapezoid along the center axis of the main body; a shape of the first end helical surface is the same as a shape of helical end surface with a same direction as an axial moving direction of the first solid of revolution; the internal thread comprises an inside helical surface and a second end helical surface; a shape of the inside helical surface is the same as a shape of a lateral surface of a second solid of revolution formed by using a second right trapezoid as a generatrix, rotating uniformly around a cathetus of the second right trapezoid which is coincident with a center axis of the connection hole, and synchronously, axially and uniformly moving the second right trapezoid along the center axis of the connection hole; a shape of the second end helical surface is the same as a shape of helical end surface with a same direction as an axial moving direction of the second solid of revolution; a first cone angle (?1) is formed between outside helical surfaces; a second cone angle (?2) is formed between inside helical surfaces; the external thread is in a geometrical shape of a helical external cone; the outside helical surface is a helical external conical surface of the helical external cone; the first end helical surface is a helical end surface of the helical external cone; the internal thread is in a geometrical shape of a helical internal cone; the inside helical surface is a helical internal conical surface of the helical internal cone; the second end helical surface is a helical end surface of the helical internal cone; the outside and inside helical surfaces are matched with each other and are centralized under the guiding of a helix until interference contacting; the internal and external cones are sized until interference fitting; a helical external thread line is formed between two adjacent outside helical surfaces; an external helix guide angle (?1) is defined as an angle between an inclined surface formed by a highest point and a lowest point of the external thread line and an axis of the external thread; a helical internal thread line is formed between two adjacent inside helical surfaces; an internal helix guide angle (?2) is defined as an angle between an inclined surface formed by a highest point and a lowest point of the internal thread line and an axis of the internal thread; self-locking capability, leak-tightness, loading capability of the tapered thread connection pair is determined by values of the first cone angle (?1) of the outside helical surfaces and a second cone angle (?2) of inside helical surfaces; and fastening and connecting functions are realized by sizing of internal and external cones until interference fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,508,674

COLLAPSIBLE BED FOUNDATION

1. A mattress foundation, comprising:a headboard end panel assembly having a first end and a second end;
a footboard end panel assembly having a first end and a second end;
a left side panel assembly having a first end and a second end; and
a right side panel assembly having a first end and a second end,
wherein the first end of the left side panel assembly slidably attaches to the first end of the headboard end panel assembly via a first corner piece that slidably attaches to an inside surface of each of the left side panel assembly and the headboard end panel assembly, such that the first corner piece is entirely interior to the left side panel assembly and the headboard end panel assembly, the second end of the left side panel assembly slidably attaches to the first end of the footboard end panel assembly via a second corner piece that slidably attaches to an inside surface of each of the left side panel assembly and the footboard end panel assembly, such that the second corner piece is entirely interior to the left side panel assembly and the footboard end panel assembly, the first end of the right side panel assembly slidably attaches to the second end of the headboard end panel assembly, and the second end of the right side panel assembly slidably attaches to the second end of the footboard end panel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,508,673

SECURING DEVICE FOR A FURNITURE FITTING

JULIUS BLUM GMBH, Hoechs...

1. A securing device for securing a furniture fitting to a piece of furniture, wherein the furniture fitting can be secured to the piece of furniture with the securing device selectively with a left-hand furniture fitting side or a right-hand furniture fitting side, the securing device comprising:a connecting element, wherein the connecting element has two connecting element regions for securing the furniture fitting to the piece of furniture, and
a securing body having a through opening, wherein the securing body is adapted to be positioned in an interior of the furniture fitting between the left-hand furniture fitting side and the right-hand furniture fitting side, the connecting element is at least partly in the through opening, and the connecting element is moveable relative to the securing body,
wherein the connecting element has at least one abutment element which is limitedly moveable relative to the connecting element,
wherein the connecting element has two abutments fixed with respect to the connecting element, the two abutments being adapted such that one of the two abutments bears against the at least one abutment element in an assembly position, and
wherein, in the assembly position, one of the two connecting element regions is adapted to project beyond the left-hand furniture fitting side or the right-hand furniture fitting side.

US Pat. No. 10,508,671

MULTI-ORIENTABLE STRUT CHANNEL SUPPORT SYSTEM

1. A strut channel support system comprises:a first brace;
a second brace;
a fastening mechanism;
the first brace and the second brace each comprise a U-shaped channel, a base, a fastener-engagement point, and a strut-attachment feature;
the base being terminally connected to the U-shaped channel;
the fastener-engagement point being centrally integrated into the base;
the strut-attachment feature being integrated into the U-shaped channel;
the fastener-engagement point of the first brace and the fastener-engagement point of the second brace being mechanically coupled to each other by the fastening mechanism;
the first brace, the second brace, and the fastening mechanism being arranged into a rotational configuration;
the base of the first brace being positioned parallel and adjacent to the base of the second brace;
the base of the first brace and the base of the second brace being pressed against each other by the fastening mechanism; and
a central axis of the U-shaped channel being oriented to the base at an acute angle.

US Pat. No. 10,508,670

STRUCTURAL MEMBER AND JOINT

Robert G. Tegel, Huntley...

1. A joint for joining structural elements, comprising:a primary element, formed as an elongate member;
a first bore extending transversely through opposing sides of said elongate member;
a tension bore extending inwardly from a surface of said primary element and intersecting said first bore; and
a compression bore, defined coaxial with said tension bore extending inwardly from an opposite surface of said primary element and intersecting said first bore;
a secondary element adapted to be received in said first bore, said secondary element having an aperture defined through a transverse dimension thereof and substantially coaxial with said tension bore and said compression bore;
a tension element, adapted to be received through said tension bore, aperture, and said compression bore: and
a compression element, operably connected to said tension element, wherein said compression element and said tension element are operable to urge said secondary element in abutment with an inner surface of said first bore.

US Pat. No. 10,508,667

HINGE CLAMP FOR A BICYCLE FRAME AND OTHER STRUCTURES

1. A clamp assembly adapted to clamp a hinge assembly of a folding bicycle, said hinge clamp comprising:a bolt, said bolt comprising a bolt head;
a handle coupled to said bolt, said handle comprising a first end and a second end, said handle adapted to turn said bolt, said handle adapted to slide over the bolt head in a first rotary configuration relative to the bolt, said handle to be constrained under the bolt head in a second rotary configuration relative to the bolt; and
a clamp plate, said clamp plate comprising:
a central plate portion;
an upper ridge extension extending from an upper area of said central plate portion;
a lower ridge extension extending from a lower area of said central plate portion; and
a hole through said central plate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,664

GAS CYLINDER ACTUATOR WITH OVERTRAVEL SAFETY DEVICE

1. A gas cylinder actuator with overtravel safety device, comprising:a tubular containment jacket,
two opposite heads for closing said tubular jacket, with corresponding sealing elements between the heads and the jacket, a first head provided with a through passage hole for a stem-piston, and a second opposite head,
a stem-piston,
between said tubular jacket, said opposite heads and said stem-piston there being a chamber for pressurized gas, wherein said tubular jacket has, at at least one of the portions affected by one of said opposite heads, a lightened portion that is preset to be deformed in case of compression in an axial direction, allowing the relative movement of a corresponding head of said opposite heads toward the inside of said tubular jacket so as to form a gas discharge passage between the jacket, the corresponding head and the corresponding sealing element, wherein the portion of tubular jacket affected by a head is constituted by the portion of the tubular jacket that is affected by the second head, said lightened portion being formed at the end of said tubular body that rests on a corresponding wider perimetric edge of said second head.

US Pat. No. 10,508,661

GAS TURBINE COMPRESSOR

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A compressor for a gas turbine, the compressor comprising:a plurality of arrays of flow-directing elements serially disposed in a through flow direction from a compressor inlet to a compressor outlet;
the plurality of arrays including at least one upstream mistuned array of flow-directing elements and at least one downstream mistuned array of flow-directing elements each having at least two types of flow-directing elements differing structurally from one another, and
all of the rotor blades of a furthest downstream rotor blade array, in the through flow direction, and downstream of the downstream mistuned array of flow-directing elements, being mutually identically constructed.

US Pat. No. 10,508,659

COMPRESSOR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A compressor, comprising:a compressor housing having a surge slit and a choking slit that are sequentially disposed along an axial direction of a compressor wheel;
an internal sleeve configured to be provided on the compressor housing to guide a flow of gas introduced into the compressor wheel, form a concentric axis with the compressor wheel, and be rotatable on the concentric axis but unmovable along the axial direction;
an external sleeve configured to be provided on an external side of the internal sleeve concentrically with the internal sleeve and be linearly movable along the axial direction with respect to the compressor housing but unrotatable;
a rotation interlocking device rotating the internal sleeve depending on an axial linear movement of the external sleeve;
a selection slit provided on the external sleeve to communicate with the surge slit or communicate with the choking slit depending on the axial linear movement of the external sleeve; and
a plurality of vanes provided on an internal side of the internal sleeve wherein the vanes are rotated depending on the axial linear movement of the external sleeve to adjust the flow of the gas introduced into the compressor wheel,
wherein the plurality of vanes are provided at a front of the compressor wheel to surround a circumferential internal side of the compressor wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,658

AIR CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An air cleaner, comprising:an air cleaning module including a main fan and a discharge guide provided with a discharge grill through which air passing through the main fan is discharged; and
an air flow controller provided at a top surface of the air cleaning module and including:
a housing including a housing body in which an air discharge outlet provided at an upper opening of the housing body is formed and an introduction grill provided at a lower portion of the housing body;
an air flow controller fan provided within the housing body and the introduction grill, the housing being movable from an initial horizontal position in which the air flow controller directs air flow in a vertical direction to an inclined position in which the air flow controller directs air flow in a diagonal direction, wherein the introduction grill is laid on the discharge grill such that air discharged through the discharge grill is introduced into the introduction grill, and wherein the air flow controller fan within the housing moves with the housing from the initial horizontal position in which position the air flow of the air flow controller fan is directed in the vertical direction to the inclined position in which position the air flow of the air flow controller fan is directed in the diagonal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,508,657

STATOR COMPONENT OF VACUUM PUMP

Edwards Japan Limited, C...

1. A stator component of a vacuum pump, wherein the stator component is an annular stator component housed in a pump case as a component of the vacuum pump that exhausts gas taken in by rotation of a rotor in the pump case, whereinthe stator component configures an outlet-side gas passage,
a gap is formed between an outer circumferential surface of the stator component and an inner circumferential surface of the pump case, with the stator component being housed in the pump case,
the stator component is produced by a casting,
the stator component contacts the pump case when the stator component deforms just at breaking elongation of the stator component, and
the gap satisfies the following condition:
2d/D??max
wherein
D: Outer diameter of the stator component
d: Width of the gap; and
?max: Breaking elongation of the stator component.

US Pat. No. 10,508,656

CIRCULATING PUMP UNIT AND SOLAR THERMAL PLANT

1. A circulation pump assembly comprising:a circulation pump, a fluid storage being connected to the circulation pump assembly via a heating circuit;
an electric drive motor;
a control device integrated into the circulation pump assembly; and
at least one internal temperature sensor arranged in the circulation pump assembly to detect a temperature of a medium delivered by the circulation pump assembly and issue a corresponding temperature signal to the control device, wherein the control device comprises one or more electronic components configured, on the basis of the temperature signal of the internal temperature sensor, to determine the approximate temperature of fluid in the fluid storage, wherein the control device is configured in a manner such that with a standstill of the electric drive motor, on the basis of a temperature signal which is issued previously by the internal temperature sensor on operation of the electric drive motor, in the further temporal course, the one or more electronic components being further configured to determine the approximate temperature of the fluid in the fluid storage connected to the circulation pump assembly via the heating circuit, wherein no temperature sensor is arranged in or on the fluid storage.

US Pat. No. 10,508,654

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND DEVICE FOR COOLING

Lenovo (Beijing) Limited,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a motor body;
a shaft extending through the motor body and configured to rotate in response to operation of the motor body, wherein the shaft comprises a first through-hole extending axially between a first end of the shaft and a second end of the shaft, the first through-hole being configured to receive a fluid to cool the motor body; and
a housing having a second through-hole and a third through-hole opposite the second through-hole, wherein the first end of the shaft extends through the second through-hole and the second end of the shaft extends through the third through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,508,652

AXIAL FAN FOR CONVEYING COOLING AIR, IN PARTICULAR FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

MAHLE International GmbH,...

1. An axial fan for conveying cooling air for an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle, the axial fan comprising:a hub; and
a plurality of fan blades arranged on the hub, the plurality of fan blades extending radially outward, and each of which has a trailing blade edge, a contour of the trailing blade edge of the fan blades extending curved in a circumferential direction with respect to a plane spanned by an axis of rotation of the axial fan and a longitudinal extent of the fan blade,
wherein in a radial extent of the trailing blade edge, the contour of the trailing blade edge is divided into a first, second, and third section,
wherein the second section is a middle section that is substantially straight, and the first and third sections are each curved sections and each join respective ends of the second section, the first section being an outer section facing away from the hub and the third section being an inner section joining the hub, and
wherein the first section extends over a greater portion of a radial extent of the fan blade than the second section and the third section.

US Pat. No. 10,508,643

TOOL AND A METHOD FOR MOVING A WIND TURBINE DRIVETRAIN COMPONENT

1. A horizontal axis wind turbine, comprising:a nacelle including a nacelle structure;
a rotor defining a rotational axis;
a drivetrain component connected to the rotor; and
a tool for moving the drivetrain component in the nacelle, the tool including:
at least one drive unit for moving the component in relation to the nacelle in a direction parallel to the rotational axis of the rotor, wherein the at least one drive unit generates a motive force that causes the movement of the component in relation to the nacelle, and
a plurality of position adjustment devices adapted to be located between the nacelle structure and the component, and distributed so that rotational movement of the component can be provided by coordinated control of the position adjustment devices, wherein at least one of the position adjustment devices is arranged below an uppermost aspect of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,508,641

WAVE ENERGY GENERATION APPARATUS

Xianle Gao, Beijing (CN)...

1. A wave energy generation apparatus comprising multiple sets of wave energy collecting units, wherein a single set of the wave energy collecting unit comprises:an energy collecting assembly for collecting wave energy, comprising a potential energy collecting assembly for collecting potential energy of wave and a kinetic energy collecting assembly for collecting kinetic energy of wave, wherein the potential energy collecting assembly comprises a buoyancy compartment, and a hydraulic cylinder hinged to the buoyancy compartment; and
a positioning assembly for positioning of the buoyancy compartment, comprising a vertical position-restricting assembly constituted by the hydraulic cylinder for restricting a position of the buoyancy compartment;
wherein:
the positioning assembly further comprises a horizontal positioning assembly which horizontally positions the buoyancy compartment,
the horizontal positioning assembly comprises at least one pole fixed vertically on the sea floor,
the buoyancy compartment is connected to the at least one pole by a connecting element,
the buoyancy compartment is a housing having a longitudinal cross-section in a form of transversely set elongated ellipse or spindle,
a guide rudder is hinged or rotatively connected to a front end of the buoyancy compartment outside of the buoyancy compartment, and
inside of the buoyancy compartment a guide rudder drive unit is provided for driving the guide rudder to deflect with respect to the main body of the buoyancy compartment based on received control commands.

US Pat. No. 10,508,638

IGNITION DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An ignition device of an internal combustion engine comprising:an ignition coil having a primary coil through which a primary current flows and a secondary coil in which a secondary current is produced with a change in the primary current;
an ignition plug to which a secondary voltage generated at the secondary coil is applied to produce a discharge; and
an ignition control unit that controls ignition operation of the ignition plug,whereinthe ignition control unit includes:
a secondary voltage detecting unit that detects the secondary voltage;
a secondary current adjusting unit that adjusts, in each cycle, an amount of the secondary current after initiating the discharge;
a discharge extension detecting unit that detects an amount of extension of the discharge; and
a short determination unit that determines whether a discharge-short has occurred based on the secondary voltage detected by the secondary voltage detecting unit,
the ignition control unit is configured to control, in each cycle, the secondary current adjusting unit to repeatedly perform a first step that decreases the secondary current when the extension amount detected by the discharge extension detecting unit is a predetermined extension amount or more, and a second step that increases the secondary current when the short determination unit determines that a discharge-short has occurred; and
the ignition control unit is configured to decrease, in the first step, the secondary current while keeping the secondary current higher than a predetermined lower current limit.

US Pat. No. 10,508,629

ASSEMBLING STRUCTURE FOR INTAKE MANIFOLD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An assembling structure for an intake manifold that is provided between a first cylinder head on a first bank-side and a second cylinder head on a second bank-side in a V-shaped internal combustion engine and is configured to supply intake air from outside to a first suction port of the first cylinder head and a second suction port of the second cylinder head, the assembling structure comprising:a first downstream portion including a first downstream passage connected with the first suction port, the first downstream portion being connected with the first cylinder head;
a second downstream portion including a second downstream passage connected with the second suction port, the second downstream portion being connected with the second cylinder head;
an upstream portion including a first upstream passage and a second upstream passage, the upstream portion being connected with upstream sides of the first downstream portion and the second downstream portion in an intake airflow direction, the first upstream passage communicating with the first downstream passage, the second upstream passage communicating with the second downstream passage;
a connecting member that connects the first downstream portion and the second downstream portion with each other; and
a plate-shaped stay, wherein
the connecting member is fixed to the first downstream portion and the second downstream portion by a bolt, and
an other member that is a member other than the intake manifold is fixed to the intake manifold through the stay at least either between the connecting member and the first downstream portion, or between the connecting member and the second downstream portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,627

ANTI-ICING DEVICE FOR INTAKE MANIFOLD

HYUNDAI KEFICO CORPORATIO...

1. An anti-icing device for an intake manifold to prevent moisture from freezing in a blow-by gas that flows from a crankcase of an engine into a plenum chamber of the intake manifold through a gas inlet via a Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) nipple due to a temperature difference with a fresh air supplied into the plenum chamber through a fresh air inlet, the anti-icing device comprising:a guide member disposed within the plenum chamber, and for inducing the blow-by gas discharged from the gas inlet toward inside of the plenum chamber in a direction that is away from the fresh air inlet in order to retard a contact with the fresh air; and
an engaging member for fixing the guide member to the intake manifold,
wherein the engaging member comprises:
an engaging boss portion integrally injection-molded with the guide member; and
a boss receiving portion provided in the intake manifold,
wherein the engaging boss portion is configured to be coupled to the boss receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,626

AUXILIARY POWER UNIT INLET ASSEMBLY WITH FILTER

1. An inlet assembly for an auxiliary power unit for an aircraft, the assembly comprising:a duct configured to provide fluid communication from an environment of the aircraft to an inlet of an engine of the auxiliary power unit; and
a filter received in and extending across the duct, the filter including:
a first filter portion permeable to air, the first filter portion extending from a side wall of the duct across only part of a span of the duct and defining a transverse edge in the duct,
a second filter portion permeable to air extending in a downstream direction along the duct from the transverse edge to a downstream end located downstream of the transverse edge, the first and second filter portions being non-parallel, and
a collection member impermeable to water extending from the downstream end across a remainder of the span of the duct, the second filter portion and the collection member being non-parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,625

AIR CLEANER FOR VEHICLE

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

1. An air cleaner for a vehicle, comprising:a cleaner case;
a cleaner element stored within the cleaner case so as to separate an inside of the cleaner case into a purified chamber and an unpurified chamber; and
first and second intake ducts connected to the cleaner case so as to suck external air to the unpurified chamber,
wherein a connection part of the first intake duct with respect to the cleaner case is disposed in a front half portion of one of a left half portion and a right half portion of the cleaner case, the first intake duct including a first air inlet port opening forward in an on-vehicle state,
a connection part of the second intake duct with respect to the cleaner case is disposed in a rear half portion of an other of the left half portion and the right half portion of the cleaner case, the second intake duct including a second air inlet port opening rearward in the on-vehicle state,
the first intake duct is formed so as to include a first air outlet port and curve in an up-down direction as seen in a side view, the first air outlet port opening rearward in an inside of the unpurified chamber, and
the second intake duct is formed so as to include a second air outlet port and curve in a right and left direction as seen in a plan view, the second air outlet port opening forward in the inside of the unpurified chamber,
wherein, in the on-vehicle state, the first air inlet port is disposed at a front side of a front end of the cleaner case, and
the second intake duct is connected to a cover member of the cleaner case at a rear side of the connection part of the first intake duct with respect to the cover member, the second intake duct including the second air inlet port at a front side of a rear end of the cleaner case.

US Pat. No. 10,508,623

FILTER SYSTEM WITH AN INSULATING BODY, INSULATING BODY, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN INSULATING BODY

1. A filter system for filtering a fluid, comprising:a filter housing comprising:
an axially elongated housing outer wall surrounding an interior chamber;
an end wall closing an axial end of the axially elongated housing outer wall of the filter housing; and
a housing connection port arranged centrally on the end wall of the filter housing and projecting axially outwardly away from the filter housing;
wherein the connection port is a fluid inlet or fluid outlet of the filter housing;
an exchangeable hollow filter element arranged in the interior chamber of the filter housing, a hollow interior of the exchangeable hollow filter element connected to the housing connection port;
an insulating body formed of a flat insulation material;
wherein the flat insulation material is a multilayer material comprising:
a fabric layer and/or a support layer;
a heat reflecting layer forming an infrared mirror, reflecting infrared radiation away from the filter housing;
the insulating body arranged on the outer walls of the filter housing so as to surround an outer contour of the filter housing, the insulating body forming a heat shield reducing convective heat transfer and reflecting infrared radiation away from the filter housing;
wherein the insulating body at the end wall of the filter housing forms a conic projection, the conic projection projecting axially outwardly from the end wall of the filter housing and enclosing the housing connection port in the insulating body.