US Pat. No. 10,889,037

ACTUATOR COOLING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Synventive Molding Soluti...

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

US Pat. No. 10,889,036

CAST MOULD FOR MANUFACTURING CONTACT LENSES OR INTRAOCULAR LENSES

INNOVALENS B.V., Eindhov...

1. An injection mould for forming a cast mould, comprising:a first injection mould half;
a second injection mould half; and
at least one injection mould cavity formed between the first injection mould half and second injection mould half, the at least one injection mould cavity comprising the following connected cavities:
a central part cavity centered on a longitudinal central axis (A);
a bearing ring cavity radially outward of the central part cavity; and
a connecting cavity fluidly connecting the central part cavity to the bearing ring cavity, wherein an axial height of the connecting cavity is less than 0.1 times an axial height of the central part cavity at the longitudinal central axis (A);
a plunger in the first injection mould half, the plunger movable along the longitudinal central axis (A), the plunger having an end face facing the at least one injection mould cavity and forming a boundary of the central part cavity; and
a spring urging the plunger toward the second injection mould half, wherein
the cast mould is formed by injecting a flowable material into the entire injection mould cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,889,035

METHOD FOR MOLDING THREE-DIMENSIONAL FOAM PRODUCTS USING A CONTINUOUS FORMING APPARATUS

CENTURY-BOARD CORPORATION...

1. A method of forming molded foam materials using a continuous forming apparatus comprising the steps of:providing a continuous forming apparatus comprising a first endless belt comprising an inner surface and an outer surface, a second endless belt comprising an inner surface and an outer surface, a first plurality of cleats and a second plurality of cleats opposed to the first plurality of cleats, wherein the first plurality of cleats comprise a three-dimensional abutment surface to provide support to the first endless belt, wherein the second plurality of cleats comprise a three-dimensional abutment surface to provide support to the second endless belt, and wherein the cleats are positioned with a transverse gap of about 0.1 inches between the first plurality of cleats and the second plurality of cleats, a first support surface supporting the first plurality of cleats, a second support surface supporting a second plurality of cleats, and a drive mechanism for imparting motion to the first endless belt, the second endless belt, the first plurality of cleats and the second plurality of cleats;
introducing a composite material into a mold cavity defined at least in part by the inner surface of the first endless belt and the inner surface of the second endless belt;
moving the composite material in a plane substantially parallel to the inner surface of the first endless belt and the inner surface of the second endless belt; and
curing the composite material to form a molded foam material.

US Pat. No. 10,889,034

METHOD OF FORMING AN ARTICLE

Bockatech, Ltd., Hunting...

1. A method of forming an article, the method comprising:(a) providing a mould having an outer part and an inner part, the outer part having a first cavity-forming surface and the inner part having a second cavity-forming surface;
(b) closing the mould thereby defining a cavity between the first and second cavity-forming surfaces wherein, at least one region of the cavity defining an annular cross-section of the cavity between outer and inner circumferential edges of the cavity, the first cavity-forming surface is such that a distance between the first cavity-forming surface and the second cavity-forming surface alternates between a first distance and a second distance around at least a portion of thea circumference of the at least one region, the first distance being greater than the second distance;
(c) injecting a molten plastic composition comprising a polymer and a blowing agent into the cavity;
(d) allowing the molten plastic composition to form, in the said at least one region, a first solid skin adjacent to and in contact with the first cavity-forming surface and having a first circumferential length, and a second solid skin adjacent to and in contact with the second cavity-forming surface and having a second circumferential length, wherein the molten plastic composition between the first and second solid skins remains molten, to form, respectively where the distance between the first cavity-forming surface and the second cavity-forming surface alternates between the first distance and second distance, alternating first and second thicknesses of the molten plastic composition, each first and second thickness comprising the first and second solid skins with molten plastic composition therebetween;
(e) opening the mould before the molten plastic composition between the first and second solid skins has solidified, thus allowing the molten plastic composition between the first and second solid skins, and the molten plastic composition at the alternating first and second thicknesses of the molten plastic composition, to expand by foaming, wherein said opening comprises removing the outer part of the mould so that the first solid skin is no longer in contact with the first cavity-forming surface, while maintaining the second solid skin in contact with the second cavity-forming surface.

US Pat. No. 10,889,033

SHEET-LIKE MEMBER FORMING METHOD AND APPARATUS

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

1. A sheet-like member forming method of deforming a sheet-like member into a predetermined shape, the method comprising:a first step of pushing the sheet-like member into a first mold portion formed in a concave shape in a first direction of a first mold, in the first direction by a first pushing member, to be formed in a first shape along a shape of the first mold portion; and
a second step of pushing the sheet-like member of the first shape, in a state of being pushed in the first mold portion, into a second mold portion penetrating in a second direction different from the first direction of the second mold, in the second direction by a second pushing member so as to be pushed out from the first mold, to be formed in the predetermined shape along a shape of the second mold portion,
wherein the second mold portion is formed to be inclined so that a width in a third direction becomes narrower from an upstream side to a downstream side in a pushing direction as the second direction of the sheet-like member, and in the second step, the sheet-like member is formed in the predetermined shape along a shape of a downstream side end portion of the second mold portion, and
wherein the second mold portion includes a guide portion and a bent convex portion, the guide portion formed to be inclined to reduce a width in the first direction, and the bent convex portion formed to guide one end portion of the sheet-like member in the third direction toward outside of the other end portion thereof, the guide portion and the bent convex portion being formed so that the one end portion of the sheet-like member and the other end portion thereof are bent linearly in the third direction when being guided, and the one end portion overlaps the other end portion in the first direction and the third direction when the sheet-like member of the first shape in which the one end portion and the other end portion are linear and parallel, is pushed into the second mold in the second direction, and in the second step, the sheet-like member is deformed along a shape of the guide portion and is formed in the predetermined shape in which the one end portion overlaps the other end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,889,032

METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A LAMINATED MOULDED PART

INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE ...

1. A method for producing a laminated moulded part, comprising steps of:pressure moulding a blank to form a moulded part in a moulding cavity between a first moulding tool unit and a second moulding tool unit, wherein the moulded part is pressure moulded from the blank being provided as a fibrous non-woven fabric mat;
delivering a plastic from an injection moulding unit to the first moulding tool unit through an injection moulding channel of the first moulding tool unit;
injection moulding the plastic delivered from the injection moulding unit to the first moulding tool unit onto a rear face of the moulded part in at least one localized region of the moulded part;
introducing a laminating film into the moulding cavity after the pressure moulding of the blank and the injection moulding of the at least one localized region;
bonding the laminating film to a front face of the moulded part in the moulding cavity; and
wherein the bonding of the moulded part with the laminating film comprises a pressure laminating of the moulded part with the laminating film in the moulding cavity between the first moulding tool unit and a third moulding tool unit, wherein a moulding surface of the third moulding tool unit is set back by a thickness of the laminating film relative to a moulding surface of the second moulding tool unit.

US Pat. No. 10,889,031

METHOD OF CURING A POLYMERIC FORM AND CURING DEVICE FOR POLYMERIC MATERIALS USING THERMAL EXPANSION

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method of curing a polymeric form, the method comprising the steps of:arranging an uncured polymeric form along a base member, the base member being at least semi-rigid at least when in a curing configuration;
arranging a thermal expansion member in close relation to the uncured polymeric form and either on a side of the uncured polymeric form opposite the base member or between the uncured polymeric form and the base member;
arranging a constraining member relative to the base member such that the thermal expansion member and the uncured polymeric form are both positioned between the constraining member and the base member, the thermal expansion member and the uncured polymeric form being enclosed within a curing chamber formed by the base member, the constraining member, and one or more side members when in a curing arrangement, the side members being separable from each of the base member and the constraining member, the constraining member maintaining a constant position in relation to the base member with the constraining member being at least semi-rigid at least when in a curing configuration;
heating the thermal expansion member to expand the thermal expansion member in size into an expanded state, where in the expanded state the thermal expansion member applies pressure to the uncured polymeric form with both the base member and the constraining member being in an at least semi-rigid curing configuration;
maintaining expansion of the thermal expansion member in the expanded state to maintain the application of pressure to the uncured polymeric form while the uncured polymeric form is being cured to form a cured polymeric form;
curing the uncured polymeric form to form the cured polymeric form; and
separating the cured polymeric form and the thermal expansion member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,030

MEMBRANE SURFACE HYDROPHOBICITY THROUGH ELECTRO-HYDRODYNAMIC FILM PATTERNING

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A method of creating a hydrophobic polymer membrane surface, comprising:depositing a polymer material onto a heated carrier;
using the heated carrier, transporting the polymer material past an electrode field generator;
generating an electric field adjacent the carrier;
using the electric field to form a pattern in the polymer material to form a patterned polymer membrane;
rinsing the patterned polymer membrane in a first bath; and
setting the pattern into the patterned polymer membrane in a second bath.

US Pat. No. 10,889,029

METHODS OF AUGMENTING, REDUCING, AND REPAIRING BONE WITH THERMOPLASTIC MATERIALS

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method for preparing a modified polycaprolactone composition for hardware fixation as part of fracture treatment, comprising:blending a polycaprolactone composition with a radiopacifier to create a modified composition;
shaping the modified composition into a first shape; and
inducing a shape memory property to the modified composition;
after the inducing step, heating the modified composition above a melting temperature thereof so that the modified composition achieves a second shape deformed from the first shape;
cooling the modified composition below the melting temperature, the modified composition having a recrystallization rate higher than the polycaprolactone composition; and
cooling the modified composition below the melting temperature so that the modified composition transitions from the second shape to a shape that approximates the first shape.

US Pat. No. 10,889,028

MECHANICAL SUPPORT TOOLING AND/OR MANDREL FOR COMPOSITE PART CURING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

17. A method of fabricating a composite part, the method comprising:applying a part layup to a mandrel, wherein the mandrel comprises:
a housing;
a plurality of tool segments within the housing, and each tool segment comprising (i) a plurality of components positioned to create a central opening within the tool segment, and (ii) at least one expander positioned in the central opening of the tool segment, wherein the at least one expander has a width that increases along a length of the at least one expander, and a narrow end of the at least one expander is positioned in the central opening;
a plurality of joint linkages coupling the plurality of tool segments in a sequential manner, wherein the plurality of joint linkages allow for movement of the plurality of tool segments with respect to each other; and
an actuator positioned through the plurality of tool segments and coupled to the plurality of joint linkages, wherein the actuator moves respective expanders into respective central openings of the plurality of tool segments causing respective plurality of components to expand the housing and to retract the respective expanders from the respective central openings causing the respective plurality of components to collapse the housing;
operating the actuator to move respective expanders into respective central openings of the plurality of tool segments causing respective plurality of components to expand the housing to provide a rigid surface for support within an internal cavity of the composite part;
curing the part layup to form the composite part;
after curing, operating the actuator to move respective expanders into respective central openings of the plurality of tool segments causing respective plurality of components to retract the respective expanders from the respective central openings causing the respective plurality of components to collapse the housing; and
removing the mandrel from the internal cavity of the composite part.

US Pat. No. 10,889,027

SHAPING MOLD FOR FORMING A POROUS STARCH CONTAINER

JS GreenLife Technology C...

1. A shaping mold for forming a porous starch container, comprising:a porous female mold having a plurality of small holes which communicates with each other so that the porous female mold is breathable and thus has the function of pressure release; the porous female mold being formed with a cavity;
a porous male mold having a plurality of small holes which communicate with each other so that the porous male mold is breathable and thus has the function of pressure release; wherein the porous male mold contains a male mold plate and a protrusion; the protrusion extends from a bottom of the male mold plate; the porous male mold has at least one longitudinal penetrating hole penetrating the male mold plate and the protrusion; and
wherein when the porous male mold is combined to the porous female mold, a shaping space is formed between the protrusion of the porous male mold and the cavity of the porous female mold for forming a porous starch container; the shaping space is communicated to the longitudinal penetrating hole so as to communicate with external space;
an enclosing mold enclosing the porous female mold and the porous male mold; and
the enclosing mold including an upper mold and a lower mold; the upper mold having a hollow space at a lower side thereof which has a shape capable of tightly enclosing an outer side of the porous male mold; a lateral side of the upper mold being formed with a plurality of transversal penetrating holes; an upper side of the upper mold being formed with a vent hole which is positioned corresponding to that of the longitudinal penetrating hole; when the porous female mold separates from the porous male mold, air can vent out from the vent hole; an upper side of the lower mold is formed with a hollow space interior of which has a shape capable to tightly enclose an outer side of the porous female mold; a lateral side of the lower mold being formed with a plurality of transversal penetrating, holes; in assembly, the upper mold is tightly adhered to the lower mold.

US Pat. No. 10,889,026

MOLDING APPARATUS AND PROCESS

Knauf Insulation, Inc., ...

1. A method of making a molded mineral wool insulation product using a molding process comprising:inserting an uncured blank in a mold cavity formed in a mold system, the uncured blank including mineral wool fiber and uncured binder,
transferring heat from a first and/or second mold unit of the mold system to a cool pressurized gas to establish a hot pressurized gas therefrom, the first and second mold unit defining the mold cavity, the first and/or second mold unit being heated with hot oil, electrical resistance, heated platens, or any combination thereof, and the first and/or second mold unit being formed to include a passageway in fluid connection with a source of the cool pressurized gas and to include an array of holes formed in the first and/or second mold unit that are arranged to open into the passageway to cause the hot pressurized gas to be communicated from the passageway into the mold cavity, said heat transfer performed by causing the cool pressurized gas to flow through the passageway so that heat is transferred from the heated first and/or second mold unit to the cool pressurized gas so as to cause the hot pressurized gas to be established therefrom prior to the hot pressurized gas entering the mold cavity,
wherein the cool pressurized gas is compressed air;
injecting the hot pressurized gas into the mold cavity; and
transferring heat by convection from the hot pressurized gas to the uncured blank while transferring heat by conduction from the first and/or second mold unit to the uncured blank to cause the uncured binder to cure and establish a cured product therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,889,025

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN MOLDING MATERIAL, AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN MOLDING MATERIAL

Mitsubishi Chemical Corpo...

1. A method for manufacturing a sheet-shaped fiber-reinforced resin molding material comprising a plurality of cut fiber bundles and a resin impregnated between filaments of the plurality of the cut fiber bundles, the method comprising:drawing out from a bobbin and opening a consecutive fiber bundle to form an open fiber bundle which is spread by the opening in a width direction and is in a flat state,
splitting the open fiber bundle in the width direction, thereby obtaining a plurality of separated fiber bundles that form a fiber bundle aggregate, wherein the separated fiber bundles of the fiber bundle aggregate are partially and intermittently separated at an interval in a longitudinal direction of the consecutive fiber bundle, wherein an intermittent separation in the longitudinal direction of the consecutive fiber bundle is performed such that the following condition (3) is satisfied:
0.9?a/(a+b)<1  (3),
wherein a represents a length of a separated part in the consecutive fiber bundle and b represents a length between intermittently separated parts in the consecutive fiber bundle,
collecting the fiber bundle aggregate, thereby obtaining at least one integrated material,
drawing the separated fiber bundles of the fiber bundle aggregate out from the at least one integrated material,
cutting the drawn and separated fiber bundles at an interval in a longitudinal direction, thereby obtaining the plurality of the cut fiber bundles, and
dropping and spreading the plurality of the cut fiber bundles on a first resin sheet comprising a first resin to form a sheet-shaped fiber bundle group; and
laminating and pressurizing a second resin sheet comprising a second resin on the sheet-shaped fiber bundle group and impregnating the sheet-shaped fiber bundle group with the first resin and the second resin to obtain the sheet-shaped fiber-reinforced resin molding material.

US Pat. No. 10,889,024

WALL SAW AND INTERCHANGEABLE ASSEMBLIES FOR WALL SAWS

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

1. An interchangeable concrete cutting chainsaw cutting assembly adapted for installation upon a drive assembly in exchange for a removed, different type cutting head assembly, said chainsaw cutting assembly comprising: a housing having fasteners that releasably attach said housing to a drive assembly in an installed configuration; a ratio transmission comprising a plurality of interconnected rotatable members, each rotatable member having a mounting shaft positioned at a fixed location on said housing by a bearing assembly; said plurality of rotatable members comprising a round, disk-shaped driven member and a round, disk-shaped cutting chain drive member, said driven member having a circumference at least twice as long as a circumference of the cutting chain drive member; said driven member having a receiver that interconnects with a driveshaft of the drive assembly in the installed configuration whereby said driven member is rotated by the drive assembly; a chain bar attached to said housing; a drive sprocket and nose sprocket, at least one of which is rotatably mounted on said chain bar and a cutting chain suspended on said drive sprocket and nose sprocket for circulation about said chain bar; and said cutting chain drive member operatively interconnected with said drive sprocket whereby rotation of said cutting chain drive member rotates said drive sprocket, wherein the housing can be rotated in relation to a swivel by a drive element.

US Pat. No. 10,889,023

FIBER REINFORCED AEROGEL INSULATION AND METHOD THEREFOR

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

13. A pipe insulation product comprising:coarse fibers having an average fiber diameter of greater than 6 microns;
microfibers having an average fiber diameter of less than 6 microns;
aerogel particles; and
a binder that bonds the coarse fibers, the microfibers, and the aerogel particles together to form a fiber reinforced aerogel composite;
wherein a ratio of a weight of the aerogel particles and a combined weight of the coarse fibers and the microfibers is between about 2:1 and about 5:1.

US Pat. No. 10,889,022

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SPECIFICALLY INFLUENCING THE TECHNOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF INDIVIDUAL REGIONS OF A SHEET-LIKE MATERIAL, A PRE-COMPACTED MATERIAL NONWOVEN OR A MATERIAL FIBRE CAKE

FLOORING TECHNOLOGIES LTD...

1. A device for influencing technological properties of individual regions of a sheet-like material comprising:a) a workbench, on which the sheet-like material, a pre-compacted material nonwoven or a material fiber cake is placed and is fixed thereto,
b) an applicator comprising:
i) a housing, which is sealed off with respect to a surface of the sheet-like material, the material nonwoven or the material fiber cake,
ii) at least one application nozzle, arranged in the housing, for applying an improving medium to the surface,
iii) a pressure generator for generating a positive pressure, by means of which the improving medium can be pressed into the sheet-like material, the material nonwoven or the material fiber cake, and
c) optionally, a compression press for compressing the material nonwoven or the material fiber cake to form a sheet of the desired thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,889,021

CHAINSAW COMPRISING A SCRAPER

11. A chainsaw, comprising:a) a housing being made of a plastic or metal material, a rear hand guard located at a back end of said housing, a front hand guard located a front end of said housing, wherein said front hand guard is a rectangular member with an opening, said housing further including a front handle, a guide bar extending from said front end of said housing, said guide bar including a nose at a distal end, wherein said guide bar is further includes a saw chain having a plurality of teeth which is located around the perimeter of said guide bar, said housing including an electric drive motor in communication with said saw chain and said guide bar to provide a rotating motion;
b) a spike attachment including a first casing and a second casing each having a rectangular shape with four perimeter sides, said first casing and said second casing having a center portion which include fasteners which couple said housing, wherein one of said four perimeter sides of said first casing includes a first spike portion, wherein one of said four perimeter sides of said second casing includes a second spike portion, wherein said first spike portion and said second spike portion includes a plurality of spikes extending from a side, wherein said first spike portion and said second spike portion each includes a first spike and a last spike, said last spike of said first spike portion and said second spike portion being an elongated spike having a length greater than a length of said plurality of spikes, wherein said first spike portion is removably coupled from said first casing, wherein said second spike portion is removable coupled from said second casing, wherein said last spike of said first spike portion includes a first opening, wherein said last spike of said second spike portion includes a second opening;
c) a rod having a cylindrical shape with an interior surface having internal threading, said rod having a first end and a second end each with a circular opening;
d) a fastener having a head mounted thereon, wherein said fastener is a cylindrical member with an outer surface, wherein said outer surface includes a threading portion extending half of a length of said fastener from said head, wherein said fastener includes a smooth portion extending half of said length of said fastener from said threading portion, a lock washer placed between said fastener and said rod;
e) a scraper made of a metal material extending from said rod, said scraper being a wedge member, wherein said scraper is provided at an angle pointedly facing outward in a direction corresponding to a direction of said plurality of spikes, wherein said scraper includes a length being greater than a length of said elongated spike of said first spike portion and said second portion, wherein said rod is mounted between said first casing and said second casing, said circular openings of said rod aligning with said first opening of said first casing and said second opening of said second casing, said fastener inserted through said first opening into said circular opening of said first end and protrudes out said circular opening of said second end and said second opening so that said internal threading engages said threading portion of said outer surface; and
f) a base plate connected to said scraper, to said last one of said plurality of spikes of said first casing, and to said last one of said plurality of spikes of said second casing.

US Pat. No. 10,889,020

DUAL FLEXGRIP ARRANGEMENT

1. A tool holder plate arrangement for adjustably securing one or more tools with respect to a second tool holder plate, comprising:a tool gripper arrangement for holding each tool, the tool gripper arrangement including tool gripper opening in the tool holder plate, a single adjustment bolt bore adjacent the tool gripper opening with an adjustment gap therebetween, the single adjustment bolt bore arranged in alignment with the adjustment gap and between a pair of gripper claws;
a non-linear flexure slot arrangement having a proximal end extending between diametrically opposed sides of the adjustment bolt bore, wherein a nonlinear flexure slot arrangement has a distal end extending to diametrically opposed sides of the diameter of the tool gripper opening and spaced apart therefrom, each flexure slot, the single adjustment bolt bore and the tool gripper opening each having wall portions defining a portion of the gripper claw;
a single adjustment bolt having a longitudinal axis, the adjustment bolt arranged within the single adjustment bolt bore having a lower end engaged with a nut, wherein adjustment of the single adjustment bolt changes the size of the adjustment gap between the flexible gripper claws.

US Pat. No. 10,889,019

AUTOMATIC SIM PUNCH AND METHOD

1. A data carrier puncher for removing detachable parts of data carriers, the data carrier puncher comprising:a punch housing that receives a data carrier with at least one detachable part, the punch housing including:
a form changing part aperture that corresponds to a size of a particular detachable part configured to be removed from the data carrier, the form changing part aperture configured to permit the particular detachable part to pass therethrough; and
one or more projections be disposed off-center from a central axis of the punch housing, the one or more projections corresponding to one or more notches on an edge of a primary card body of the data carrier;
a switch disposed adjacent to the one or more projections, the switch, when activated, causing removal of the detachable part from the data carrier; and
a punch operably connected to the switch, when activated by the switch, the punch breaking at least one fixing portion connecting the detachable part to the data carrier in response to activation of the switch,
wherein the one or more projections are configured to permit the data carrier to engage the switch to prevent improper activation of the switch and damage to an integrated circuit component of the at least one detachable part.

US Pat. No. 10,889,018

ROTARY KNIFE BLADE WITH DOUBLE BEVELED INSIDE SURFACE

1. An annular blade for a rotary knife, wherein the knife includes a housing for supporting the blade, said blade comprising:a support section configured to be rotatably supported on the housing for rotational movement about an axis; and
an annular inner blade surface that terminates at a cutting edge,
said inner blade surface including first and second sections, with the first section extending from the cutting edge and the second section being located further from the cutting edge than the first section,
said first and second sections of the inner blade surface being angled relative to one another,
said inner blade surface generally tapering inwardly toward the cutting edge,
said first and second sections of the inner blade surface cooperatively defining an obtuse angle therebetween,
said first section defining a first angle relative to an imaginary plane transverse to the axis,
said second section defining a second angle relative to the imaginary plane, said second angle being greater than the first angle, and
said second angle being at least about ten degrees greater than the first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,017

SAFETY RAZOR AND HANDLE THEREFOR

1. A safety razor comprising: a handle; a head on one end of the handle, said head mounted to the handle and adapted to hold a razor blade and having a top plate and a bottom plate; and a slot configured on the bottom plate, with the slot configured and dimensioned for receiving a first portion of the razor blade which terminates at a blade edge and for holding the blade edge under tension at a single, fixed, predetermined angle with respect to the bottom plate; wherein the top plate of the head is further configured to hold the blade in the slot to lock the blade in place with the blade edge at the predetermined angle, wherein the bottom plate has a bottom surface opposite the top plate, and the handle is vertically mounted to the bottom surface of the bottom plate.

US Pat. No. 10,889,016

ROTARY RAZOR

BIC VIOLEX S.A., Anoixi ...

1. A wet shaving device comprising:a handle extending generally along a first axis;
a motor configured to be rotated about the first axis, the motor being disposed in the handle;
an actuator configured to vary a speed of the motor;
a rotary blade module having at least one cutting element, the rotary blade module configured to rotate about a third axis that is substantially perpendicular to the first axis;
a razor housing extending away from the handle and generally along the third axis, wherein the rotary blade module is disposed within the razor housing; and
a drive train assembly including at least one shaft operatively coupling the motor and the rotary blade module, wherein the at least one shaft is configured to transfer a rotational movement of the motor to the rotary blade module, wherein the at least one shaft of the drive train assembly includes a first shaft, a second shaft connected to the first shaft, and a third shaft connected to the second shaft,
the first shaft includes a first end and a second end, the first end is connected to the motor and the second end includes a bevel gear to facilitate connection to a first end of the second shaft and rotation of the first shaft with respect to the second shaft,
the second shaft being connected to a first end of the third shaft and the third shaft including a second end that is sealingly connected to the rotary blade module.

US Pat. No. 10,889,015

HAIR CUTTING SCISSORS

NOVACOIFF, Saint Sebasti...

1. A pair of scissors, comprising:two shears mounted to pivot about an axis, each of said shears comprising a blade extended by shanks, said blades extending in a closed position of the pair of scissors along a longitudinal axis of the pair of scissors,
a first shank of the shanks, bends and extends from said longitudinal axis at an acute angle of 35° to 60°, said bend being in a first plane containing said longitudinal axis,
the first shank being covered at least in part by a grip, said grip in the form of an elongate body, suitable for being inserted transversely between two fingers of a user's hand to a position in which said elongate body bears against a crook where said user's fingers join together, the grip having a lateral opening and, at the end of the elongate body adjacent to said opening, a bearing zone for a distal phalange of at least one of the fingers between which the grip is suitable for being inserted,
a second shank of said shanks, being terminated by a half-ring forming a cradle for receiving a thumb,
wherein the first shank is of rectangular or square cross-section and has two portions, a first portion between said pivot axis and a mid-shank curve, and a second portion between said mid-shank curve and a free end,
said first shank also initially bending out of a second plane, also including said longitudinal axis but being perpendicular to said first plane, away from said longitudinal axis at angle lying between 35° to 70°, and further having a second bend in said second plane between said first and second portions, said bend between said first and second portions of said first shank forming an angle lying in the range 80° to 120° curving back towards said longitudinal axis,
and wherein the grip is elastically deformable having its lateral opening extended into an inside of the grip forming a sheath into which at least the free end and second portion of the first shank can be inserted in a position-adjustable manner by a sliding movement,
and wherein an end of the cradle on the second shank, closer to the first shank, has a bend towards the inside of the cradle so as to form an abutment for retaining the thumb.

US Pat. No. 10,889,014

ROLLING UTILITY KNIFE

APEX BRANDS, INC., Apex,...

1. A utility knife comprising:a body portion including a sleeve portion at a first end thereof and a heel portion at a second end thereof; and
a blade that extends from the sleeve portion,
wherein the body portion comprises a wheel assembly including a wheel rotatably disposed about a hub, the wheel being configured to support the utility knife during a cutting operation relative to a material being cut,
wherein the wheel is disposed on the hub to enable axial movement of the wheel to change an alignment of the wheel relative to the blade, and
wherein the hub defines a channel inside which the wheel rotates, and wherein a width of the channel and a width of the wheel are defined to enable the wheel to lie in a same plane with the blade or lie in a different plane than the blade responsive to the axial movement of the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,889,013

CUTTING DEVICE

Slice, Inc., San Jose, C...

1. A cutting device, comprising:a housing assembly including a housing defining a longitudinal axis of the cutting device;
a cutting assembly that is movably disposed in the housing, the cutting assembly being movable in a direction defined by the longitudinal axis, between a retracted position and an extended position relative to the housing; and
an urging member disposed between the housing assembly and the cutting assembly;
wherein the cutting assembly includes a cutting member;
wherein the housing assembly includes an end assembly, which is actuatable in the direction of the longitudinal axis, and a movable member that is movable relative to the end assembly and the cutting assembly, the movable member disposed between the end assembly and the cutting assembly and engaging both the end assembly and the cutting assembly;
wherein when the end assembly is actuated, the urging member biases the cutting assembly in the direction of the longitudinal axis toward the retracted position;
wherein when the end assembly is actuated, the end assembly rotates the movable member about the longitudinal axis; and
wherein the cutting assembly includes both an end portion, which is rotatably received by a wall portion of the movable member, and a protruding portion that protrudes from the cutting assembly, the end portion being disposed between the wall portion and the protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,889,012

MACHINE TOOL

OKUMA CORPORATION, Aichi...

1. A machine tool that removal-machines a workpiece by means of a tool, comprising:a workpiece spindle device that holds the workpiece;
a tool spindle device that holds the tool that removal-machines the workpiece;
a robot provided in a machining chamber; and
a cleaning mechanism that is disposed inside a recess defined in a side of the machining chamber and cleans the robot by removing an adhering substance which adheres to the robot, the recess being sized such that at least a part of the robot enters the recess, wherein
when the robot is cleaned, at least a part of the robot moves relative to the cleaning mechanism and enters the recess, and
the cleaning mechanism cleans the at least a part of the robot that is located in the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,889,011

ACTUATOR, ROBOT ARM AND ROBOT

INNFOS DRIVE (BEIJING) TE...

1. An actuator, comprising: a motor, comprising a housing, a motor stator and a motor rotor, wherein the motor stator is disposed to the housing, the motor rotor is rotatably connected to the housing, and the motor rotor covers the motor stator; a position encoder, disposed to the motor rotor; a reducer, connected to the motor rotor, and configured to adjust a rotation speed output from the motor rotor; and a motor driver, disposed on the housing, and electrically connected to the motor;wherein the reducer comprises a primary inner ring gear, a primary sun gear, a primary planetary gear, a primary output rotary disc, a first hollow annular member, and a second hollow annular member; the primary planetary gear is disposed on a surface of the primary output rotary disc and is rotatable relative to the primary output rotary disc; the primary sun gear and the primary planetary gear are disposed in the primary inner ring gear; the primary planetary gear is in mesh with the primary sun gear and the primary inner ring gear respectively, and a primary drive shaft is extended on the primary sun gear, the primary drive shaft is connected to the motor rotor; the first hollow annular member is disposed on the primary inner ring gear, the second hollow annular member is disposed on the first hollow annular member, and the first hollow annular member and the second hollow annular member both surround the primary output rotary disc.

US Pat. No. 10,889,010

GRASPING MECHANISM AND GRASPING DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A grasping device comprising:a body portion;
a grasping mechanism arranged at one end of the body portion,
the grasping mechanism comprising:
a first grasping piece, and
a second grasping piece pivotably coupled with the first grasping piece by a pivot such that one end of the second grasping piece is opened and closed with respect to the first grasping piece about a pivoting axis, the second grasping piece having a slot formed so as to be offset proximally from the pivot and to extend proximally towards a proximal end;
a pulley comprising a shaft extending parallel to the pivoting axis the shaft being slidably disposed in the slot such that the pulley moves along the slot distally towards the pivot and proximally towards the proximal end; and
a wire wound around the pulley, one portion of the wire being secured to the body portion at a fixing position, the fixing position being arranged to be proximal to the first grasping piece and the second grasping piece, the shaft of the pulley being between the fixing position and the pivot in the longitudinal direction, and an other portion of the wire extending proximally so as to be pulled in a proximal direction towards the proximal end;
wherein the shaft of the pulley is provided at a position that makes the pulley move in the slot towards the proximal end when the other portion of the wire is pulled such that the pulley generates a rotational moment that makes the second grasping piece pivot in the closing direction about the pivoting axis to close the second grasping piece with respect to the first grasping piece.

US Pat. No. 10,889,009

TRANSFER HEAD

POINT ENGINEERING CO., LT...

1. A transfer head transferring micro LEDs from a first substrate to a second substrate, the transfer head comprising:a grip member; and
dams provided at a bottom surface of the grip member,
wherein the grip member is an anodic oxide film having vertical pores formed by anodizing a metal,
wherein the anodic oxide film is provided with through-holes formed by etching the anodic oxide film, a width of each of the through-holes being wider than a width of each of the vertical pores,
wherein each of the through-holes is provided at an inside of each of the dams, and
wherein the micro LEDs are gripped onto the grip member by a suction force generated inside the dams through the through-holes.

US Pat. No. 10,889,008

AUTOMATED DISPENSING MACHINE ADOPTING LOCAL COVERAGE TYPE SUCKER ARRAY AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Chongqing University, Ch...

1. An automated dispensing machine adopting local coverage type sucker array, comprising a rack, wherein a medicine obtaining device and a medicine weighing and discharging device are arranged on the rack;wherein the medicine obtaining device comprises a guide rail horizontally arranged on the rack, a slide arranged on the guide rail, a first linear driver arranged on the rack to drive the slide to move along the guide rail, a vacuum medicine sucking mechanical arm located below the slide and a second linear driver arranged on the slide to drive the vacuum medicine sucking mechanical arm to move up and down; the vacuum medicine sucking mechanical arm comprises a local coverage type base plate connected with the second linear driver and vacuum suckers arranged on the local coverage type base plate in form of an array; each vacuum sucker is provided with an air pipe independently connected with an air source, and the air pipe connected with each vacuum sucker is provided with a vacuum generator and a first electromagnetic valve;
wherein the medicine obtaining device is provided with a medicine placing station and at least two medicine obtaining stations along the guide rail; the medicine obtaining device further comprises a position sensor for detecting a route of the first linear driver to each medicine obtaining station; at each medicine obtaining station, the vacuum medicine sucking mechanical arm locally covers an opening surface of a medicine storage box in a direction of the guide rail and fully covers the opening surface of the medicine storage box in a direction vertical to the guide rail; and
wherein the medicine weighing and discharging device comprises a weighing sensor arranged on the rack and a medicine receiving groove arranged on the weighing sensor; the medicine receiving groove is located below the medicine placing station on the guide rail; the medicine receiving groove is longitudinally parallel with the guide rail; two longitudinal ends of the medicine receiving groove are respectively provided with a front medicine discharging opening and a back medicine discharging opening; the front medicine discharging opening is used for discharging a medicine to the medicine storage box; the back medicine discharging opening is used for discharging the medicine out of a cabinet; and the medicine weighing and discharging device further comprises a medicine discharging mechanism arranged on the rack and used for discharging the medicine in the medicine receiving groove from the front medicine discharging opening and the back medicine discharging opening.

US Pat. No. 10,889,007

END EFFECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR HOLDING A WORKPIECE

Broetje-Automation GmbH, ...

1. An end effector arrangement comprising:an end effector for a manipulator and a control for the end effector,
wherein the end effector has a tool arrangement having a plurality of gripper devices for holding a workpiece over a tool surface,
wherein at least one gripper device has a Bernoulli gripper unit, which has a discharge unit for channeling a flow from the Bernoulli gripper unit between gripper device and workpiece surface in a manner such that, in a region between gripper device and workpiece surface, the flow generates a low static pressure for holding the workpiece,
wherein at least one gripper device has a different gripper unit, which holds the workpiece according to a physical principle which differs from that of the Bernoulli gripper unit,
wherein the control is designed such that, during the holding of the workpiece, it switches the end effector between holding the workpiece by at least one Bernoulli gripper unit and holding the workpiece with at least one different gripper unit and,
wherein the end effector has an actuating arrangement, the adjustment of which enables the gripper devices of the tool arrangement to be adjusted relative to each other, wherein the end effector has a carrier arrangement on which the gripper devices forming the tool arrangement are arranged and wherein, by the actuating arrangement, the gripper devices are adjustable with respect to each other via an adjustment of the carrier arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,889,006

SUCTION DEVICE, SUCTION SYSTEM AND HANDLING EQUIPMENT

HKC CORPORATION LIMITED, ...

1. A suction device, comprising:a base having a first end surface;
at least three suction nozzles disposed on the first end surface, wherein a load bearing region is defined by the at least three suction nozzles;
a driving assembly configured to adjust the area of the load bearing region, wherein the driving assembly is fixed to the base;
wherein, the first end surface is provided with a groove, the groove is provided with a first wall, a second wall opposite to the first wall, and a bottom connecting the first wall with the second wall; the first wall extends toward an inner side of the groove and forms a first extension, the second wall extends toward the inner side of the groove and forms a second extension, a slot is formed between the first extension and the second extension, and an extending direction of the slot is same as an extending direction of the groove;
a second chamber is defined by the groove, the first extension and the second extension; and
the suction nozzle is provided with a fixing plate adapted to the slot, a sliding block is provided in the second chamber and configured to slide along the groove, and the fixing plate is arranged to pass through the slot and in fixed connection with the sliding block.

US Pat. No. 10,889,005

MICROSTRUCTURE ARRANGEMENT FOR GRIPPING LOW COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION MATERIALS

Hoowaki LLC, Greenville,...

1. A microstructure arrangement for gripping a low coefficient of friction material comprising:a substrate disposed on a gripping surface wherein the substrate has a higher Young's modulus than the low coefficient of friction material to be gripped;
a first set of pillars disposed on the substrate with each pillar having a cross section area in the range of 10 ?m2 to 400 ?m2, a height relative to the substrate in the range of 10 ?m to 400 ?m, and a pitch determined from the center of the pillars in the range of 20 ?m to 1000 ?m;
a second set of pillars disposed on said first set of pillars with each pillar of said second set of pillars having a cross section area less than that of the pillars in said first set of pillars;
wherein said second set of pillars are defined by pillars each having a cross section width from 0.5 ?m to 100 ?m, a height of from 1 ?m to 100 ?m, and a pitch determined from the center of the second set of pillars in the range of 1 ?m to 200 ?m;
wherein said first and second set of pillars are configured to cooperate to have the physical property of a grip force in excess of 50.0N with a contact area of 25% or less, as determined by the friction testing method; and,
wherein said first and second set of pillars are configured to cooperate to have a coefficient of friction in the range of about 0.7 to about 1.4.

US Pat. No. 10,889,003

ROBOT SYSTEM, ROBOT CONTROLLER, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA ...

13. A method for controlling a robot, comprising:storing position information indicating, for a robot controller, a position of each of measured robot postures in a robot work environment in which a robot is configured to work;
obtaining a measured position of each of the measured robot postures based on a detection result obtained by a sensor;
correcting the position information of each of the measured robot postures based on the measured position; and
setting a plurality of corrected coordinate systems that is based on respective work origins, each of the corrected coordinate systems being set based on a transformation combination of a shear transformation and a translation.

US Pat. No. 10,889,002

MULTI-DEVICE ROBOT CONTROL

X-Tend Robotics Inc., Mi...

1. A system comprising:a processing device; and
a memory coupled to the processing device and storing instructions that, when executed by the processing device, cause the system to perform operations comprising:
receiving, at a robot, one or more inputs;
providing, by the robot, the one or more inputs to a personal assistant;
receiving, by the robot and from the personal assistant, one or more commands directed to an external device;
determining, by the robot, a connectivity status of the external device;
based on (a) the one or more commands and (b) the connectivity status of the external device, maneuvering the robot in relation to a location associated with the external device; and
initiating a transmission of one or more instructions from the robot to the external device.

US Pat. No. 10,889,001

SERVICE PROVISION SYSTEM

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

11. A service control server used in a service provision system in which, at a location where one or more service devices are installed, the one or more service devices and a movable device cooperate to provide a user with a service, whereinthe service control server manages device information on each of the one ore more service devices, and
when device information indicating if any of the one or more service devices available to the movable device in a state of the movable device is requested from the movable device,
the service control server acquires the device information in the state of the movable device
responds to the movable device with the acquired device information,
on a condition that a specific service device of the one or more service devices is unavailable due to device control parameters, the movable device requests service device control to a device control server, and
the device control server using the service device control changes a state of the unavailable specific service devices to an available state.

US Pat. No. 10,889,000

MEDICAL TELE-ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH A MASTER REMOTE STATION WITH AN ARBITRATOR

TELADOC HEALTH, Purchase...

1. A robotic teleconferencing system, comprising:a first teleconferencing device and a second teleconferencing device that each have a camera that can generate an image and be remotely controlled in at least three degrees of freedom, a monitor, a speaker, and a microphone that can generate audio;
a first remote station that can access said first and second teleconferencing devices, said first remote station including a camera, a monitor that can receive said image from said first or second teleconferencing devices, a microphone and a speaker that can produce audio provided by said first or second teleconferencing devices;
a second remote station that can access said first and second teleconferencing devices, said second remote station including a camera, a monitor that can receive said image from said first and second teleconferencing devices, a microphone and a speaker that can produce audio provided by said first and second teleconferencing devices; and,
a server coupled to said first and second teleconferencing devices and said first and second remote stations, said server allows exclusive access to said first teleconferencing device by said first remote station wherein said image and audio from said first teleconferencing device is provided to said first remote station and said image and audio are not provided to said second remote station and even though said second remote station is prevented from accessing said first teleconferencing device said server allows said second remote station to access said second teleconferencing device.

US Pat. No. 10,888,999

HANDLING GAIT DISTURBANCES WITH ASYNCHRONOUS TIMING

Boston Dynamics, Inc., W...

1. A method comprising:identifying, by a control system for a robot, an estimated swing time for a swing phase of a gait pattern, the swing phase comprising a swing forward state when a respective foot of the robot has a forward velocity along a swing trajectory and a step down state when the respective foot of the robot approaches a ground surface from a swing height of the swing trajectory;
determining that an actual swing time for a first foot of a first leg of the robot to execute the swing phase exceeds the estimated swing time; and
when the actual swing time for the first foot exceeds the estimated swing time:
transitioning control of a second foot of a contralateral leg of the robot from a stance phase to the swing phase by disengaging ground reaction force control of the second foot;
lifting the second foot to execute the swing phase of the gait pattern for the second foot; and
executing ground reaction force control for the first foot of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,888,998

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR VERIFYING ONE OR MORE SAFETY VOLUMES FOR A MOVABLE MECHANICAL UNIT

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A method for verifying one or more safety volumes for a mechanical unit with respect to an environment of the mechanical unit, wherein the mechanical unit is moveable and a world-coordinate system is defined in relation to the mechanical unit and in relation to the environment of the mechanical unit, the method comprising:storing a description of one or more safety volumes defined in relation to the world-coordinate system, and repeatedly:
determining a position and an orientation of a portable display unit in relation to the world-coordinate system;
determining a graphical representation of the safety volumes based on the description of the safety volumes and the position and the orientation of the portable display unit;
overlaying the graphical representation of the safety volumes on a view of a real environment of the mechanical unit to provide a composited augmented reality image; and
displaying the augmented reality image on the portable display unit;
wherein at least one of said safety volumes is a moving safety volume having a size and position that depends on a velocity and a position of a critical part of the mechanical unit;
wherein the method further comprises repeatedly:
obtaining the velocity and the position of the critical part of the mechanical unit;
determining the moving safety volume for the critical part of the mechanical unit based on the velocity and the position of the critical part; and
storing a description of the moving safety volume defined in relation to the world-coordinate system.

US Pat. No. 10,888,997

DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING ROBOT MOTIONS USING PROPULSIVE FORCE

1. A robot comprising:a robot body (100) having a predetermined shape formed through a frame (120);
thrusters (200) each of which is located inside the robot body (100) and generates a propulsive force so as to haul the whole or partial weight of the robot body (100);
posture control modules (300) each of which is located between the robot body (100) and the thruster (200) and rotates the robot body (100) with respect to the thruster (200); and
a controller (400) which controls the thruster (200) and the posture control module (300),
wherein the robot body (100) comprises at least two thrusters (200) and the posture control modules (300) each corresponding to one of the thrusters (200), and the frame (120) is formed to be deformable, and
the controller (400) controls the operation of each of the posture control modules (300) while maintaining a direction of the propulsive force of each of the thrusters (200), so that the robot body (100) is rotated with respect to each of the thrusters (200) by the corresponding posture control module (300), and thus the frame (120) is deformed and the posture of the robot is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,888,996

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH INTUITIVE MOTION CONTROL

THINK SURGICAL, INC., Fr...

1. A robotic system comprising:a base adapted to be mobile on a floor at a first location;
a manipulator attached to said base and configured to assist with a surgical procedure;
at least one sensor associated with said manipulator, said at least one sensor detecting a trajectory of an external disturbance on said manipulator;
a controller to convert the trajectory detected by said at least one sensor to an input signal; and
a drive system that receives the input signal, and in response to the input signal powers said base to move the base and the manipulator from the first location to another location on the floor corresponding to the trajectory of the external disturbance.

US Pat. No. 10,888,995

GRIPPING METHOD, GRIPPING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A gripping method for gripping an object using a multi-fingered hand provided with a plurality of fingers, comprising:obtaining, using a three-dimensional measurement sensor, three-dimensional information comprising range information for a predetermined area that contains the object, the range information comprising distances from the three-dimensional sensor;
in response to the predetermined area including an area for which the three-dimensional information cannot be obtained, classifying the predetermined area into a measured area and at least one unmeasured area based on the three-dimensional information, and interpolating the at least one unmeasured area using a smaller one of distances obtained from the range information at two positions on a horizontal axis extending along a direction in which the fingers are opened and closed, the two positions being adjacent to the at least one unmeasured area with the at least one unmeasured area interposed therebetween;
deciding a distance between the plurality of fingers based on the range information included in the obtained three-dimensional information and range information obtained through the interpolation of the at least one unmeasured area; and
controlling the multi-fingered hand to grip the object with the decided distance between the fingers.

US Pat. No. 10,888,994

ACTUATOR FOR SUBSEA AND WET ENVIRONMENTS

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF T...

1. An actuator comprising:an input end and an output end;
an output plate at the output end;
a brushless motor configured to generate a torque at the output plate;
a harmonic gearset connected to the brushless motor;
a hollow tube attached to the output plate and configured to rotate with the output plate, the hollow tube having an output encoder disk at the input end, the output encoder disk configured to rotate with the hollow tube;
an absolute magnetic output encoder at the input end, configured to read a position of the output encoder disk, thereby obtaining a position of the output plate;
an input encoder disk at the input end and attached to a rotor of the brushless motor;
an absolute magnetic input encoder at the input end, configured to read a position of the input encoder disk;
a magnetic brake configured to brake the brushless motor;
a circular magnetic shield between the magnetic brake and the absolute magnetic output encoder, configured to shield the absolute magnetic output encoder from magnetic interference by the magnetic brake;
a plurality of ball bearings configured to allow the brushless motor to rotate relative to the actuator;
a plurality of circular seals configured to seal an inside of the actuator from a liquid environment outside the actuator; and
a plurality of clamps configured to compress the plurality of circular seals.

US Pat. No. 10,888,993

ASSEMBLY FOR DRIVING WAIST OF ROBOT AND ROBOT HAVING THE SAME

UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP, Sh...

1. An assembly for driving a waist of a humanoid robot to rotate with respect to a chest of the humanoid robot, the assembly comprising:a support assembly fixed in the chest;
a servo mounted to the support assembly;
a rotating member fixed to the waist and rotatable when driven by the servo; and
a connecting member;
wherein the servo comprises an output shaft coaxially connected to the rotating member via the connecting member;
wherein the connecting member comprises a first shaft, a second shaft and a limiting portion located between and connected to the first shaft and the second shaft, the first shaft is coaxially connected to the output shaft of the servo, the second shaft is coaxially connected to the rotating member, and the support assembly defines a receiving groove having upper and lower sides and configured to receive the limiting portion therein so as to prevent axial movement of the limiting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,888,992

ROBOT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA ...

1. A robot system comprising:a workpiece supplier to revolve a workpiece about a workpiece turning axis to transfer the workpiece from an exchange position to a work position;
a work robot comprising:
a base; and
a robot arm to perform a work on the workpiece at the work position, the robot arm comprising:
a turnable head provided at an end of the robot arm and connected to the base turnably about an arm turning axis, the arm turning axis crossing the workpiece turning axis; and
a support connecting the workpiece supplier and the base,
wherein the support stands at a position separated by a first distance from the workpiece turning axis in a direction substantially perpendicular to the workpiece turning axis.

US Pat. No. 10,888,991

MOBILE ROBOT

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, ...

1. A mobile robot comprising:a linear motion shaft extending in an arrangement direction of process areas;
a movable body linearly movable in a horizontal direction along the linear motion shaft;
a robot including:
a base attached to the movable body and being movable in a vertical direction with respect to the movable body;
a first arm having a proximal end part which is rotatable about a first vertical shaft and coupled to the base; and
a first motor configured to generate a driving force to drive the first vertical shaft;
a cover housing the robot therein and having an opening that faces the process areas;
an electric device unit having electric components;
a transport mechanism configured to linearly move the movable body; and
an elevating mechanism configured to perform an elevating operation to move the base in the vertical direction, wherein the robot is housed in the cover during moving between the process areas, and performs, in front of the process areas, a predetermined operation including an action to move an arm end toward the process areas through the opening,
the electric device unit is disposed inside the cover and upward of the robot in the vertical direction,
the transport mechanism is disposed downward of the robot in the vertical direction,
the first motor is arranged such that an end part of a rotation shaft of the first motor faces downward in the vertical direction,
the cover includes a partition plate separating a first housing space in which the electric device unit is housed and a second housing space in which the robot is housed,
the partition plate has a protrusion protruding in a direction from the second housing space toward the first housing space,
the protrusion provides a motor housing space in the second housing space, the motor housing space being capable of housing therein at least one part of the first motor, and
the at least one part of the first motor is housed in the motor housing space when the base is moved to an uppermost position in the vertical direction by the elevating operation.

US Pat. No. 10,888,990

HOT STICK DEVICE WITH PUSH BUTTON CONNECTOR AND RELATED METHODS

1. A hot stick device comprising:an insulated shaft having a proximal end, and a distal end opposing said proximal end;
a tool connector comprising
a connector body comprising
a proximal end coupled to said distal end of said insulated shaft,
a distal end, and
first and second opposing longitudinal sides extending between said proximal end and said distal end of said connector body,
said first longitudinal side of said connector body comprising a first interlocking interface,
said distal end defining a through passageway extending between said first and second opposing longitudinal sides,
a fastener having a head, and a threaded shaft extending in said through passageway,
a first threaded nut threadingly engaging said threaded shaft, and
a spring device coupled between said head and said second longitudinal side; and
an accessory tool comprising a second interlocking interface to engage with said first interlocking interface and coupled between said first threaded nut and said connector body;
said head of said fastener configured to
longitudinally compress said spring device against said second longitudinal side, and
longitudinally extend said threaded shaft and said first threaded nut thereon, thereby lifting said accessory tool and disengaging said first and second interlocking interfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,888,989

ELECTRICAL DEVICE

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. An electrical power tool comprising:an elongated tool main body that (1) contains an electric motor, (2) has a longitudinal axis in a forward-backward direction and (3) includes (a) a front portion in the forward-backward direction that is configured to have a tip tool attached to the front portion and (b) a battery attachment member at a rear portion in the forward-backward direction;
a battery pack attached to the battery attachment member; and
overhanging elements positioned on both sides of the battery pack in a first lateral direction that is orthogonal to the forward-backward direction; wherein;
the overhanging elements include (1) a first portion that is fixedly attached to the tool main body, (2) an end portion that (a) is not connected to the tool main body and (b) is configured to not contact the tool main body unless a predetermined load is applied to the overhanging elements, and (3) a loop portion that (a) connects the first portion and the end portion and (b) is spaced from the tool main body and the battery pack;
the battery pack has a back surface in the forward-backward direction; and
the overhanging elements do not overlap the back surface in the forward-backward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,888,988

POWER TOOL

Positec Power Tools (Suzh...

1. A power tool, comprisinga housing comprising a first head housing, a second head housing, a first motor housing, and a second motor housing, the first motor housing fixedly connected to the first head housing, the second motor housing fixedly connected to the second head housing;
a motor received in the housing, the motor including a motor shaft, the first motor housing configured to mount the motor; and
an output shaft driven by the motor and used for mounting a cutting tool, the first head housing configured to receive a portion of the output shaft, the first head housing having a maximal length L along an axial direction of the output shaft, a plane where an axis of the output shaft is positioned defined as a middle plane, an axis of the motor shaft disposed in parallel with or in the middle plane;
a number N greater than one of vibration damping elements disposed between the first head housing and the second head housing and on at least one side of the middle plane, each vibration damping element comprising a vibration damping part contacting the first head housing and the second head housing, and a sum of lengths of the N vibration damping parts along the axial direction of the output shaft larger than or equal to 0.2L and smaller than or equal to L; and
a motor housing vibration damping device disposed between the first motor housing and the second motor housing, the motor housing vibration damping device and the N vibration damping elements defining at least one triangle on one side of the middle plane.

US Pat. No. 10,888,987

POWER TOOL SKI SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A power tool ski comprising:a bridge;
a first side wall coupled, to a first edge of the bridge;
a second side wall coupled to a second edge of the bridge opposite the first, edge of the bridge;
wherein the bridge, the first side wall, and the second side wall comprise an upper surface configured to receive a base of a power tool;
wherein the bridge, the first side wall, and the second side wall form an opening configured to permit a power cord to pass therethrough; and
wherein the first side wall and the second side wall are configured to elevate the base of the power tool from a work surface when coupled to the base of a power tool and configured to prevent contact between the base of the power tool and the work surface when coupled to, the base of the power tool; and
a securing mechanism located distal from the upper surface and configured to detachably couple the power tool ski to the base of the power tool, the securing mechanism further comprising:
a first block;
a second block; and
a receiving shelf coupling the first block to the second block.

US Pat. No. 10,888,986

HAMMER DRILL

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A hammer drill comprising:a housing;
a first ratchet fixed to the housing;
a spindle rotatably supported by the housing about an axis;
a second ratchet coupled for co-rotation with the spindle, the second ratchet being engageable with the first ratchet in response to rearward displacement of the spindle to impart a hammering action on the spindle while the spindle rotates;
a thrust bearing for absorbing an axial load on the spindle in response to the rearward displacement of the spindle, the thrust bearing including an arm extending away from the axis; and
a selector ring including a post extending toward the arm, the selector ring being rotatable between a first position in which the post is engageable with the arm of the thrust bearing to thereby limit the rearward displacement of the spindle and prevent engagement of the first and second ratchets, and a second position in which the post is misaligned with the arm of the thrust bearing to permit the rearward displacement of the spindle and engagement of the first and second ratchets,
wherein the housing includes a longitudinal slot, and wherein the arm of the thrust bearing is slidably received in the slot to substantially inhibit rotation of the thrust bearing relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,888,985

FASTENER PUSHER WITH AN IMPROVED WORKPIECE-CONTACT ELEMENT

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A workpiece-contact element comprising:an attachment side having one or more fastener-stabilizing-assembly-receiving cavity surfaces directly connected to a surface of the attachment side and defining a fastener-stabilizing-assembly-receiving cavity;
a workpiece-contact surface;
an outer cylindrical side surface; and
one or more fastener-exit surfaces defining a fastener-exit throughbore having a longitudinal axis and extending through the workpiece-contact surface,
wherein the workpiece-contact surface forms a protrusion extending away from the attachment side,
wherein the workpiece-contact surface is formed between the one or more fastener-exit surfaces defining the fastener-exit throughbore and the outer cylindrical side surface,
wherein the workpiece-contact surface radiates outwardly from the fastener-exit throughbore to the outer cylindrical side surface, the workpiece-contact surface comprising:
(a) a first at least partially annular flat section transverse to the longitudinal axis and having a first height from the attachment side,
(b) a second at least partially annular flat section transverse to the longitudinal axis and having a second height from the attachment side, said second height being greater than the first height, and
(c) a third at least partially annular section directly connecting the first flat section and the second flat section and extending away from the first flat section toward the longitudinal axis, wherein the second section, the third section, and the first section are directly connected in a linear progression extending away from the fastener-exit throughbore and ending at the outer cylindrical side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,888,984

FASTENER DRIVING TOOL

Pao Shen Enterprises Co.,...

1. A fastener driving tool comprising:a housing having a pivot axle, a torque forming axle disposed rearwardly of said pivot axle, and a fastener striking opening at a forward end of said housing;
a striking member mounted in said housing for reciprocal movement along a striking axis in an upper-and-lower direction, said striking member having a lower striking end which faces said fastener striking opening, and an upper driven end which is formed with an engaged slot;
an elongated leaf spring disposed in said housing and having an engaging end which engages with said engaged slot, and a flexible section which extends rearwardly from said engaging end;
an anchoring unit releasably anchoring said flexible section; and
a press handle pivotably mounted in said housing, and having a forward resisting end which is pivotably connected with said anchoring unit about a connecting axis, a rearward effort end which is opposite to said forward resisting end, an elongated guide slot which is interposed between said forward resisting end and said rearward effort end and in which said pivot axle is movably engaged, and a fulcrum portion which is disposed rearwardly of said elongated guide slot and in proximity to said torque forming axle, said press handle being configured to be pivotally movable relative to said pivot axle from a ready position, where said lower striking end of said striking member is in close proximity to said fastening striking opening and said anchoring unit anchors said flexible section, through an intermediate position, where, through a moving engagement of said fulcrum portion with said torque forming axle, said anchoring unit is moved upwardly and rearwardly through said forward resisting end to cause resilient deflection of said leaf spring and load said leaf spring with an accumulated biasing energy for said striking member, to a striking position, where said anchoring unit abuts against and is counteracted upon said pivot axle to be disengaged from said leaf spring, and said leaf spring is freed to release the biasing energy to move said lower striking end of said striking member downward toward said fastener striking opening.

US Pat. No. 10,888,983

POWERED NAILER WITH POSITIVE PISTON RETURN

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A powered nailer comprising:a cylinder having a first volume;
a driving element reciprocatable within the cylinder between a pre-firing position and a fastener driving position;
an outer wall partially defining a combustion chamber;
a reciprocating valve element exterior to and surrounding the outer wall, wherein the reciprocating valve element defines a valve opening that aligns with a port of the outer wall when the reciprocating valve element is in an open position, and wherein the valve opening is unaligned with the port of the outer wall when the reciprocating valve element is in a closed position; and
a return chamber in fluid communication with the cylinder and having a second volume, the ratio of the second volume to the first volume being at least 1:1,
wherein the return chamber is configured to:
receive a supply of pressurized air through a plurality of openings, the pressurized air generated by the driving element as the driving element moves from the pre-firing position to the fastener driving position, and
release the pressurized air through the plurality of openings into the cylinder to act on an underside of the driving element to return the driving element to the pre-firing position.

US Pat. No. 10,888,982

COMBUSTION CHAMBER FOR A GAS-POWERED FIXING TOOL

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A gas-powered fastener-driving tool comprising:a combustion or precombustion chamber;
a valve comprising a body that is mobile within the combustion or precombustion chamber between a first closed position and a second open position, wherein the body defines two opposing orifices at longitudinal ends of the body, wherein the orifices form part of a bore defined through the body that enables gas to pass longitudinally through both orifices of the body of the valve into the combustion or precombustion chamber;
a spring configured to bias the body to the second open position; and
a trigger mounted to a handgrip, wherein the trigger is actuatable to cause the body to move from the second open position to the first closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,888,981

POWER TOOL HAVING LATCHED PUSHER ASSEMBLY

1. A fastening device, comprising:a nosepiece assembly adapted to receive a fastener from a magazine;
a pusher assembly adapted to have an engaged state and a retracted state;
a power source adapted to power a fastener driving mechanism which can drive the fastener into a workpiece when triggered;
a microprocessor which executes a machine readable code and can process a data which indicates when the nosepiece assembly is not properly or completely connected to the magazine;
a sensor providing the data;
a recess into which the pusher is reversibly retracted at least in part when a pusher assembly knob is moved to reversibly retract a pusher to achieve the retracted state;
wherein the pusher is adapted to contact a fastener and to impart a force upon the fastener in a direction toward the nosepiece assembly when the pusher assembly is in the engaged state.

US Pat. No. 10,888,980

ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A SUPPORT BRACKET, WHICH DIVERTS REACTION TORQUES, AND A POWER SCREWDRIVER

1. An assembly comprising:a support bracket (1) configured to divert reaction torques;
a power screwdriver (2) comprising a drive part (3) and a gear housing (4) comprising an output shaft (7) extending forwardly out of the gear housing (4) in a longitudinal direction of the output shaft (7);
the gear housing (4) comprising an external spline (8) extending peripherally around the gear housing (4), wherein the external spline (8) comprises teeth (9) with tips lying on a circle of a first diameter;
the gear housing (4) comprising a peripheral groove (10) arranged rearwardly of the external spline (8) and extending about a periphery of the gear housing (4), wherein the peripheral groove (10) comprises a groove bottom (11) and the groove bottom (11) lies on a second diameter (D1) which is smaller than the first diameter (D2), wherein the teeth (9) extend rearwardly up to the peripheral groove (10);
the support bracket (1) comprising a fastening portion (15) and further comprising a support foot (18), wherein the fastening portion (15) comprises an annular fastening flange (16) comprising an internal spline (16a);
the support foot (18) arranged laterally offset from the output shaft (7) and configured to be placed against an external counter bearing;
the internal spline (16a) of the annular fastening flange (16) cooperating with the external spline (8) of the gear housing (4) such that the support bracket (1) is rotationally fixed relative to the gear housing (4);
a fixing apparatus comprising a locking element (20) arranged on the annular fastening flange (16) and configured to assume a blocking setting or a release setting, wherein, in the blocking setting, the locking element (20) extends partially or completely into the groove (10) and locks the support bracket (1) to the gear housing (4) in the longitudinal direction;
the fixing apparatus further comprising an actuating element (21) and a compression spring (30), wherein the actuating element (21) comprises a pin (31) comprising a longitudinal axis, wherein the longitudinal axis is arranged tangentially relative to the annular fastening flange (16) and wherein the pin (31) is displaceable in a direction of the longitudinal axis and tangentially to the annular fastening flange (16) in the annular fastening flange (16), wherein the pin (31) is pretensioned against the compression spring (30) arranged at a first end of the pin (31) in the longitudinal direction, wherein the pin (31) comprises a recess (35), wherein the recess (35) extends in a radial direction relative to the longitudinal axis and is configured to partially receive the locking element (20) in the release setting.

US Pat. No. 10,888,979

LOCKABLE SOCKET INSERT, INSERT TOOL AND INSERT LOCK AND METHOD OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

1. A tool/lockable socket insert assembly and insert lock, comprising:a tool/lockable socket insert assembly including a socket insert having an insert axis, a cylindrical tool body comprising a free end, a shaft end, and a tool bore extending inwardly from the free end, and a cylindrical key shaft attached to the shaft end comprising a length, a shaft surface, and a plurality of circumferentially spaced key members disposed along a portion of the length and protruding radially outwardly away from the shaft surface, the cylindrical tool body, tool bore, and cylindrical key shaft concentric about the insert axis, the tool/lockable socket insert assembly also including a socket tool having a regular polygon-shaped tool body and attached to the socket insert;
a cylindrical insert lock comprising an outer end configured for disposition toward a fastener pocket, a drive pocket end configured for disposition toward a drive pocket, an outer surface, and a keyway opening; and
a socket including a regular polygon-shaped fastener pocket structured to receive the socket tool body therein in a slidable nested mating engagement,
wherein the socket insert is rotatable so that the key members of the plurality of key members are insertable into the keyway opening, and wherein the socket tool is attached to the socket insert such that the socket tool body is not insertable into the fastener pocket when the key members are rotated so as to be insertable into the keyway opening.

US Pat. No. 10,888,978

SOCKET WRENCH

Albertson Enterprises, LL...

1. A socket wrench for rotating a socket comprising:a handle,
a head joined to the handle,
the head including an inside cylindrical wall surrounding a bore,
a body located within the bore of the head,
a socket holder joined to the body for accommodating a socket,
a permanent magnet retained on the socket holder for holding the socket on the socket holder,
the body including a plurality of ramps facing the inside cylindrical wall of the head,
each ramp having opposite end sections,
a roller located between each ramp and the inside cylindrical wall of the head and engageable with each ramp and inside cylindrical wall,
a first member operable to selectively shift each roller adjacent to the opposite end sections of the ramp adjacent to each roller,
a second member rotatably mounted on the head operably connected to the first member to rotate the first member,
a plurality of first permanent magnets mounted on the body,
a plurality of second permanent magnets mounted on the second member,
the plurality of first permanent magnets having the same polarity as the plurality of the second permanent magnets whereby repulsive magnetic forces exist between adjacent plurality of the first and second permanent magnets, and
the plurality of the first permanent magnets on the body and the plurality of the second permanent magnets on the member being located relative to each other whereby the repulsive magnetic forces between the adjacent plurality of the first and second permanent magnets retain the member in a selected shifted position to locate each roller adjacent an end section of a ramp whereby oscillating movements of the handle results in intermittent rotation of the body and socket holder.

US Pat. No. 10,888,977

SUCTION DEVICE

ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY, Han...

1. A suction device, comprising:a shell, including a chamber disposed therein, the chamber including an opening;
a fan disposed in the chamber;
a power component for driving the fan to rotate, the power component disposed on the shell; and
a fluid source holding an additional fluid, the additional fluid different from a first fluid originally present in the chamber, the fluid source connected to the chamber, and wherein the additional fluid of the fluid source flows into the chamber to occupy a volume in the chamber and at least partially forces the first fluid originally present in the chamber out of the chamber, and the fan drives fluids in the chamber to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,888,976

SUCTION CUP UNIT FOR GRIPPING WORKPIECES

Biesse S.p.A., Chiusa di...

1. A suction cup unit for gripping workpieces, wherein said suction cup unit comprises a suction cup member carried by a support body, and wherein the support body of the suction cup member also carries a vacuum generating device configured to autonomously generate a vacuum to be applied to the suction cup member,said suction cup unit being characterized in that said vacuum generating device includes:an ejector-effect device, comprising a nozzle configured to generate a vacuum at a nozzle auxiliary outlet when a flow of pressurized air is fed through said nozzle,
a reservoir of pressurized air connected to said nozzle,
at least one electrically-operated valve interposed in the connection between the reservoir of pressurized air and the nozzle, for controlling communication between the reservoir and the nozzle, and
a line for connecting said nozzle to said suction cup member, in order to transmit a vacuum to said suction cup member when pressurized air is fed from said reservoir through said nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,888,975

VICE

1. A vice including:a first body, which includes a first jaw;
a second body, which includes a second jaw opposite the first jaw, wherein between the first jaw and the second jaw is formed a first clamping gap;
a linear actuator, which is arranged to move the second body in the operating direction of the linear actuator in relation to the first body such that the first clamping gap changes in the operating direction of the linear actuator;
a third body, which is connected by an axis to the first body;
the third body includes a third jaw, which is adapted to rotate around the axis;
the first body includes a fourth jaw opposite the third jaw; wherein between the third jaw and the fourth jaw is formed a second clamping gap;
the second body includes a first sliding surface oblique in relation to the operating direction of the linear actuator; and
the third body includes a second sliding surface, which is adapted to slide against the first sliding surface such that the movement of the linear actuator causes the rotation of the third body around the axis and the second clamping gap changes in a direction different from the operating direction of the linear actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,888,974

JEWELRY TOOL

1. A jewelry tool comprising: a case having a front face and aback face and a peripheral edge connecting the front face to the back face an extendable and automatically retracting tether housed inside the case and including a free end of the tether that extends outside the case through a hole in the peripheral edge of the case; a tooling strip mounting unit is attached to a tooling strip, the tooling strip mounting unit being connected to the free end of the tether and configured to releasably attach the tooling strip to the free end of the tether; a spring housed inside the case, the spring connected to an end of the tether opposite the free end, the spring having a pull tension for loads and friction for a targeted degree of abrading and tooling of jewelry with the tooling strip; and wherein the jewelry tool comprises the tooling strip which is attached to the mounting unit, wherein the tooling strip is selected from the group consisting of: an abrasive strip, a fabric polishing strip, and a saw.

US Pat. No. 10,888,973

METHODS OF MAKING METAL BOND ABRASIVE ARTICLES AND METAL BOND ABRASIVE ARTICLES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of making a metal bond abrasive article, the method comprising the sequential steps:a) a subprocess comprising sequentially:
i) depositing a layer of loose powder particles in a confined region, wherein the loose powder particles comprise higher melting metal particles and abrasive particles, and wherein the layer of loose powder particles has substantially uniform thickness;
ii) jetting a liquid binder precursor material onto at least one predetermined region of the layer of loose powder particles;
iii) converting the liquid binder precursor material into a binder material that bonds together the loose powder particles in the at least one predetermined region to form a layer of bonded powder particles;
b) independently carrying out step a) a plurality of times to generate an abrasive article preform comprising the bonded powder particles and remaining loose powder particles, wherein the abrasive article preform has a predetermined shape, and wherein in each step a), the loose powder particles are independently selected, and the liquid binder precursor material is independently selected;
c) separating substantially all of the remaining loose powder particles from the abrasive article preform;
d) infusing the abrasive article preform with a molten lower melting metal, wherein at least some of the higher melting metal particles do not completely melt when contacted by the molten lower melting metal; and
e) solidifying the molten lower melting metal to provide the metal bond abrasive article.

US Pat. No. 10,888,972

DRY ICE CONTAINER FOR DRY ICE CLEANING DEVICES

ICS ICE CLEANING SYSTEMS ...

1. A dry ice container for a cleaning device comprising:a container for dry ice pellets, the container comprising a lid on an upper side and provided with at least two pellet openings for drawing out said dry ice pellets on a lower side of the container to send drawn out pellets to the cleaning device, wherein the container has a bottom sloped towards the at least two pellet openings;
a linear-movable member arranged in a chamber at the bottom of the container above the at least two pellet openings and transversely to a central vertical axis of the container, wherein the linear-movable member has the shape of a gutter with an open top for catching ice pellets from the container and a bottom surface in which at least two groups of a plurality of member openings are formed, wherein at least one pellets plowing element is positioned on the linear-movable member between the at least two groups of member openings thereby separating the at least two groups of member openings, wherein each group of separated member openings moves over a respective one of the pellet openings for allowing the ice pellets in the linear-movable member to pass from the member openings into the respective pellet opening, wherein the linear-movable member is connected to a piston of a pneumatic cylinder; and
a tubular body for supplying auxiliary air, the tubular body extending through the container transversely to the central vertical axis of the container and having a first end outside the container, a second end outside the container and an intermediate section inside the container, the first end connected to a source of auxiliary air, the intermediate section having at least one opening serving as a first outlet of auxiliary air arranged facing the bottom of the container, and the second end has an opening serving as a second outlet of residual auxiliary air; and
wherein the pellet openings are in communication with a collector, the collector having an outlet for transferring the pellets to the cleaning device.

US Pat. No. 10,888,971

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MACHINING AN INNER DIAMETER OF BORED STRUCTURES USING AN ABRASIVE JET

ORMOND, LLC, Auburn, WA ...

1. A method of changing a bore profile of a bore of a bored structure, comprising:receiving first data indicating an initial bore profile of the bored structure and second data from an input device indicating a desired bore profile of the bored structure;
rotating one of an abrasive jet apparatus and the bored structure about an axis of rotation relative to an other of the abrasive jet apparatus and the bored structure;
positioning the abrasive jet apparatus within the bore of the bored structure; and
responsive to the first data and the second data:
(i) moving the abrasive jet apparatus along a first direction within the bore of the bored structure, wherein the first direction is a direction along or parallel to a central axis of the bore,
(ii) controlling a rate of rotation of the one of the abrasive jet apparatus and the bored structure,
(iii) directing an abrasive mixture as an abrasive jet from a nozzle portion of the abrasive jet apparatus in a second direction different than the first direction, the abrasive jet forming a recess on a target surface of the bore of the bored structure, and the abrasive mixture is a mixture of a pressurized liquid and abrasive particles,
(iv) measuring dimensions of the recess formed on the target surface using a non-contact sensor,
(v) determining whether the measured dimensions of the recess are acceptable based on the desired bore profile of the bored structure, and
(vi) if the measured dimensions of the recess are determined to be not acceptable based on the desired bore profile of the bored structure, repeating steps (i)-(iii) to adjust one or more dimensions of the recess on the target surface.

US Pat. No. 10,888,970

SHARPENING DEVICE

Sky Tooling Limited, Poo...

1. A portable sharpening device comprising:a body portion comprising a surfacing member, an upper wall, a lower wall, and two side walls, wherein the upper wall, lower wall, and two side walls define a mouth;
wherein the mouth is in communication with the surfacing member;
wherein the upper wall, the lower wall, and the two side walls are configured to guide an object to be sharpened towards the surfacing member;
wherein the device is arranged to sharpen a face of the object to be sharpened by relative movement between the surfacing member and the object to be sharpened;
wherein the body portion further comprises at least three lateral guiding fingers located on the lower wall of an inner portion of the mouth and spaces exist between adjacent lateral guiding fingers of the at least three lateral guiding fingers, wherein the at least three lateral guiding fingers extend toward but do not contact the upper wall so that the object to be sharpened is received between at least one lateral guiding finger and the upper wall;
wherein the plurality of lateral guiding fingers are arranged to locate the face of the object to be sharpened in an orientation substantially parallel to the surfacing member; and
wherein the relative movement is created manually by a user.

US Pat. No. 10,888,969

MACHINING SYSTEM

FUJI CORPORATION, Chiryu...

1. A machining system comprising:a single base unit; and
multiple working machine modules which are mounted on the single base unit and are arranged in an arrangement direction,
wherein each of the multiple working machine modules includes a machine tool module, the machine tool module including a modularized machine tool, and each of the multiple working machine modules is capable of being drawn out from the single base unit along a track extending in an intersecting direction that intersects with the arrangement direction,
wherein arrangement regions, each of which being a virtual space demarcated on the single base unit, are arranged in parallel in the arrangement direction without a space therebetween such that the arrangement regions are adjoining each other, widths of the arrangement regions in the arrangement direction being equal to each other, and only one working machine module exists in each arrangement region,
wherein a length of an interval in the arrangement direction between centers of two adjacent working machine modules each occupying a single arrangement region is equal to the width of the single arrangement region in the arrangement direction,
wherein in the arrangement direction, a location of an end of an endmost arrangement region and a location of an end of the single base unit are the same,
wherein the tracks of the single base unit include rail pairs provided parallel to the arrangement direction and extending in the intersecting direction, and a number of rail pairs provided on the single base unit corresponding to a number of the working machine modules mounted on the single base unit, and
wherein at least one of the machine tool modules includes a horizontal spindle type module that performs a process on a work using a tool, and the horizontal spindle type module includes:
a spindle, which is arranged such that a longitudinal axis thereof extends in the intersecting direction, and
a chuck, said chuck being attached to the spindle and being configured to grip the work such that said work is able to be set in rotation by the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,888,968

MILLING MACHINE CALIBRATION METHOD, AND ARTICLE OF MANUFACTURE

D4D Technologies, LLC, R...

1. A method of calibrating a toolpath control system in a milling machine, the milling machine comprising a work area that includes at least one spindle to which a milling tool is attached, and a mandrel to which a block to be milled is attached, comprising:securing a calibration fixture in the mandrel, the calibration fixture configured as a cube and having at least one surface comprising a set of features configured in a predetermined pattern;
probing the calibration fixture to register a position of each of the set of features on the surface;
using information associated with the positions of the set of features to generate a set of transformations; and
using the set of transformations to identify spindle-mandrel spatial relationships for one or more orientations of the mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,888,967

TOOL STRIP MARK GENERATOR CAPABLE OF MEASURING APPLIED FORCE AND METHOD OF MEASURING APPLIED FORCE USING THE SAME

REPUBLIC OF KOREA (NATION...

1. A tool strip mark generator capable of measuring applied force, the tool strip mark generator comprising:a bottom surface on which at least a portion of a target surface made of a material capable of generating a tool strip mark, which is a tool-scraped stripe, is formed;
a rotating member configured to be rotatable in a state of being spaced apart from the bottom surface by a set rotation angle with respect to a rotation axis on a virtual plane spaced apart from the bottom surface by a certain distance;
a moving member movable on the bottom surface at a set moving speed by laterally coupling the rotating member to a coupling portion spaced apart from the bottom surface by a certain distance so as to be rotatable;
a force sensor attached to one side of an outer peripheral surface of the rotating member and sensing force which is applied when a tool strip mark is generated on the target surface by inserting the tool;
a measurer configured to measure an output signal of the force sensor and calculate information about the applied force; and
a display configured to display information about the applied force calculated by the measurer.

US Pat. No. 10,888,966

MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool for machining a workpiece, the machine tool comprising:a spindle configured to rotate a holder mounted with a tool used for machining;
one or more moving shafts configured to move the holder and/or a work base on which the workpiece is placed;
a torque measurement unit configured to measure driving torque of the spindle and/or the one or more moving shafts;
a reference value calculation unit configured to use, as a reference value, the driving torque measured by performing a no-load operation by rotating the spindle in a normal state;
a torque comparison unit configured to compare, to the reference value, the driving torque measured by performing a no-load operation by rotating the spindle before actual machining; and
an alarm unit configured to determine whether to issue an alarm on the basis of results of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,888,965

CONSTANT TEMPERATURE WATER SUPPLY APPARATUS

DISCO CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. Constant temperature water supply apparatus that supplies constant temperature water to a processing apparatus including a spindle unit configured to have a motor that rotates a spindle to which a processing tool is mounted at high speed and including a holding table that holds a workpiece, the constant temperature water supply apparatus comprising:unit temperature adjustment means that circulates cooling water and adjusts a temperature of the spindle unit; and
processing water temperature adjustment means that adjusts a temperature of processing water supplied to the processing tool, wherein
the unit temperature adjustment means includes a pump that delivers the cooling water to the spindle unit, a chiller that cools the cooling water, a first pipe that connects the pump and the chiller, a second pipe that connects the chiller and a cooling water inlet port of the spindle unit, and a third pipe that connects a cooling water outlet port of the spindle unit and the pump,
the processing water temperature adjustment means includes a processing water pipe that has one end connected to a water source and supplies the processing water from an opening on a side of other end to the processing tool, a heat exchanger disposed on the processing water pipe, a fourth pipe that connects the heat exchanger and the second pipe, and a fifth pipe that connects the heat exchanger and the third pipe and returns the cooling water used in the heat exchanger to the third pipe, and
the processing water is cooled by the cooling water cooled by the chiller.

US Pat. No. 10,888,964

CHUCK MECHANISM

SANOH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD...

1. A system comprising:a chuck mechanism and a swivel drive mechanism;
the chuck mechanism comprising:
a horizontally arranged shaft;
a frame provided at a distal end of the shaft and extending transversely to a longitudinal axis of the shaft, the frame inducting opposing ends provided on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis of the shaft;
a pair of link members each having a bent portion protruding inwardly toward the longitudinal axis of the shaft and being swingably supported at the bent portions respectively on opposite sides of the frame, and each of the link members having a front part and a rear part extending from the bent portion;
parallel link members each having a rear end rotatably supported on the opposite sides of the frame and each extending parallel to one of the front parts of the pair of link members;
a pair of clamp members having clamp surfaces arranged opposite each other, each clamp member being rotatably supported at a distal end of one of the link members and at a distal end of one of the parallel link members;
the swing drive mechanism configured to swing the rear parts of the pair of link members in directions where the rear parts move apart from and closer to each other, wherein
the swing drive mechanism comprises a cylindrical member fitted on and sliding along an outer surface of the shaft in the longitudinal axis of the shaft and having connecting link members extending outwardly, short link members extending between and rotatably coupled to respective rear ends of the pair of link members and to the connecting link members, and an electric cylinder configured to slide the cylindrical member along the shaft, and
a swing rod having a lower end, an upper end and a midpoint;
the electric cylinder includes a rod that drives lineally a the lower end of the swing rod having the upper end rotatably supported at the midpoint, swing motion of the swing rod is received by a flange provided on an outer periphery of the cylindrical member so that the cylindrical member slides along the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,888,963

BLADE ASSEMBLING METHOD AND BLADE ASSEMBLING DEVICE FOR TORQUE CONVERTER

KANAE KOGYO Co., Ltd., S...

1. A blade assembling method for a torque converter for assembling a blade having a plurality of claws at an outer edge thereof to a shell having multiple sets of groove lines at respective positions along a circumferential direction thereof, the plurality of claws mutually corresponding to a plurality of grooves constituting the respective groove lines, the blade assembling method comprising:holding the blade by blade holding means and relatively moving the blade with respect to the shell, to thereby perform initial fitting by inserting at least one of the claws of the blade into a corresponding groove in the groove line of the shell, and after the insertion of the at least one of the claws by the initial fitting, arranging a remaining claw of the blade on a near side of a corresponding groove of the shell along a movement direction in which the remaining claw of the blade moves with respect to the corresponding groove in the circumferential direction of the shell; and
further relatively moving the blade held by the blade holding means in the movement direction with respect to the shell, and sliding the remaining claw of the blade toward the corresponding groove and inserting the remaining claw so as to fall in the corresponding groove while pressing the remaining claw downwardly against an upper surface of the shell by a holding force of the blade holding means, to thereby insert all the plurality of claws into all the corresponding grooves, respectively, wherein
when the blade held by the blade holding means is relatively moved with respect to the shell during the initial fitting, the at least one of the claws of the blade is arranged on the near side of the corresponding groove of the shell along a movement direction in which the at least one of the claws of the blade moves with respect to the corresponding groove in the circumferential direction of the shell, and thereafter, the at least one of the claws is slid in the direction toward the corresponding groove and inserted so as to fall in the corresponding groove while being pressed downwardly against the upper surface of the shell by the holding force of the blade holding means,
the blade holding means is formed by an elastic member which bends by an amount corresponding to elastic deformation to displaceably hold the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,888,962

METHODS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for additively manufacturing an object from a metal powder, the method comprising:distributing a first stratum of the metal powder in a powder-containment compartment, having a powder-bed volume at least partially delimited by a build platform;
melting a first selected portion of the first stratum of the metal powder in the powder-bed volume by exposing the first selected portion of the first stratum of the metal powder to electromagnetic energy from an electromagnetic energy source while moving the electromagnetic energy source along a first predetermined path in a polar coordinate system to form at least a portion of a first layer of the object; and
removing the metal powder from the powder-bed volume after forming the first layer and a selected number of additional layers of the object through powder-removal vents, located in the build platform and defining a passage through the build platform,
wherein the electromagnetic energy source is movable in a linear travel path along a linear rail and the linear rail is one of rotatable or revolvable in a horizontal plane about a vertical axis A.

US Pat. No. 10,888,961

JOINING MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING JOINED BODY

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A joining material comprising:a first metal powder including Sn or an alloy containing Sn; and
a second metal powder having a higher melting point than the first metal powder, the second metal powder including
a Cu—Ni alloy in which a proportion of Ni is 5 wt % to 30 wt %,
a Cu—NiCo alloy in which a total of a proportion of Ni and a proportion of Co is 5 wt % to 30 wt %, or
a Cu—NiFe alloy in which a total of a proportion of Ni and a proportion of Fe is 5 wt % to 30 wt %, and
a 90% volume grain size D90 of the second metal powder is 0.1 ?m to 4 ?m, and
a proportion of a weight of the second metal powder to a weight of the first metal powder is 0.05 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,888,959

CU CORE BALL, SOLDER JOINT, SOLDER PASTE AND FORMED SOLDER

Senju Metal Industry Co.,...

1. A Cu core ball comprising:a Cu ball, and
a solder layer for covering a surface of the Cu ball,
wherein the Cu ball contains at least one element selected from a group of Fe, Ag and Ni in a total amount of 5.0 ppm by mass or more to 50.0 ppm by mass or lower, S in an amount of 0 ppm by mass or more to 1.0 ppm by mass or lower, P in an amount of 0 ppm by mass or more to less than 3.0 ppm by mass, and remainder of Cu and inevitable impurities,
wherein the Cu ball contains purity which is 99.995% by mass or higher to 99.9995% by mass or lower, and sphericity which is 0.95 or higher, and
wherein the solder layer includes Ag in an amount of more than 0% by mass to 4.0% by mass or less, Cu in an amount of more than 0% by mass to 3.0% by mass or less, and remainder of Sn.

US Pat. No. 10,888,958

HYBRID HIGH TEMPERATURE LEAD-FREE SOLDER PREFORM

INDIUM CORPORATION, Utic...

1. A solder preform, consisting essentially of:a central core layer consisting of a Bi alloy having a solidus temperature above 260° C.; and
an adhesion layer coated over the central core layer, the adhesion layer consisting of a second solder alloy or metal having a solidus temperature below 245° C., wherein the second solder alloy or metal is Sn, a Sn alloy, a Bi alloy, In, or an In alloy,
wherein the central core layer has a thickness between 1 and 8 mils, the adhesion layer has a thickness between 0.1 and 52 microns, and the thickness of the adhesion layer relative to the thickness of the core layer is configured such that there are no phases having a melting temperature below 260° C. left inside a solder joint formed by reflow soldering the solder preform at a temperature above 260° C.

US Pat. No. 10,888,957

SOLDERING MATERIAL

Senju Metal Industry Co.,...

1. A soldering material comprising:a spherical or cylindrical core that provides a space between a joining object and an object to be joined; and
a covering layer coating the core and comprising Sn or a solder alloy primarily including Sn, wherein the Sn content of the covering layer is equal to or greater than 90 mass %,
the soldering material having lightness greater than or equal to 62.5 in L*a*b* color space subsequent to a heating storage test performed for 72 hours in a temperature-controlled bath at 150° C. set in a room with a temperature of 25° C. and 40% humidity,
the soldering material, prior to the heating storage test, having lightness greater than or equal to 65 in the L*a*b* color space and yellowness less than or equal to 7.0 in the L*a*b* color space,
wherein the core is coated with a layer comprising one or more elements selected from the group consisting of Ni and Co, and is then coated with the covering layer.

US Pat. No. 10,888,956

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GRAIN REFINEMENT AND GENERAL CONTROL OF GRAIN MORPHOLOGY IN LASER ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A system for forming a material layer, comprising:an optical light source for generating an optical beam;
a beam shaping subsystem configured to receive and shape the optical beam to generate a complex beam intensity profile having an elliptical shaped beam intensity profile, the elliptical shaped beam intensity profile being used to selectively melt at least portions of a powder bed of powder particles residing on a substrate during formation of a material layer, as at least one of the optical light source or the powder bed is moved;
a computer for controlling the optical light source; and
the elliptical shaped beam intensity profile further being controlled by the computer such that the computer determines whether a longitudinal axis thereof is to be orientated either parallel or perpendicular to a path of travel of the optical beam, to control microstructures within the material layer formed during solidification of the melted powder particles, to tailor a desired portion of the microstructure to form equiaxed grains in at least a portion of the material layer.

US Pat. No. 10,888,955

AVOIDING HOT CRACKS DURING LASER WELDING OF A WORKPIECE STACK-UP ASSEMBLY OF ALUMINUM ALLOY WORKPIECES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of laser welding a workpiece stack-up assembly that includes at least two aluminum alloy workpieces, the method comprising:providing a workpiece stack-up assembly that includes at least a first aluminum alloy workpiece and a second aluminum alloy workpiece that overlap one another to establish a faying interface between the workpieces, the first aluminum alloy workpiece providing an accessible top surface of the workpiece stack-up assembly;
transmitting a laser beam at the accessible top surface of the workpiece stack-up assembly to create a keyhole within the workpiece stack-up assembly and a molten aluminum alloy weld pool that surrounds the keyhole, the keyhole and the molten aluminum alloy weld pool traversing at least the faying interface established between the first and second aluminum alloy workpieces, the laser beam having a power level;
advancing the laser beam relative to the accessible top surface of the workpiece stack-up assembly to convey an impingement point of the laser beam along a weld path that includes a beginning portion and an ending portion so as to translate the keyhole and the surrounding molten aluminum alloy weld pool along a corresponding route within the workpiece stack-up assembly, the laser beam being advanced along the weld path at a travel speed and, further, the laser beam having a line energy, which is defined by the equation EL=PL/SL, wherein EL is the line energy of the laser beam, PL is the power level of the laser beam, and SL is the travel speed of the laser beam; and
controlling the power level of the laser beam during at least one of an initial stage or a final stage of advancing the laser beam along the weld path, the initial stage covering advancement of the laser beam along the beginning portion of the weld path and the final stage covering advancement of the laser beam along the ending portion of the weld path, wherein controlling the power level during at least one of the initial or final stages of advancing the laser beam along the weld path limits the line energy of the laser beam to being no greater than 10% above the line energy of the laser beam during an intermediate stage of advancing the laser beam along the weld path, the intermediate stage covering advancement of the laser beam along a middle portion of the weld path between the beginning and ending portions.

US Pat. No. 10,888,954

METHOD FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING A LASER CUTTING PROCESS

1. A method for monitoring a laser cutting process on a workpiece, the method comprising:capturing, by an image capturing apparatus, an image of a region of the workpiece to be monitored,
detecting, by an evaluation apparatus, material boundaries of the workpiece using the captured image, wherein the detected material boundaries include a cutting front upper edge of a workpiece surface facing an incident laser beam and a cutting front lower edge of a workpiece surface facing away from the incident laser beam; and
determining, by the evaluation apparatus, a cutting front angle of the laser cutting process based on a geometric relationship between at least two of the detected material boundaries, the at least two of the detected material boundaries including the cutting front upper edge and the cutting front lower edge.

US Pat. No. 10,888,953

LASER PROCESSING DEVICE

PANASONIC INDUSTRIAL DEVI...

1. A laser processing device comprising:a trigger sensor configured to detect multiple workpieces sequentially conveyed by a workpiece conveying device at a workpiece detection position, and output a trigger signal every time a workpiece is detected;
a laser marker device configured to sequentially perform printing processing with respect to the workpiece if the workpiece is conveyed to a printing position based on the trigger signal; and
an encoder configured to output a pulse signal such that a number of pulses corresponds to a workpiece conveying distance of the workpiece conveying device,
wherein the laser marker device comprises:
a free running counter configured to output a free count value obtained by counting the number of pulses in the pulse signal;
a FIFO memory configured to sequentially store the free count value as a trigger timing count value every time the trigger signal is output; and
a printing control unit configured to sequentially read out the trigger timing count value from the FIFO memory in order of storage, recognize a position of the workpiece to be printed next, and perform the printing processing with respect to the workpiece if the workpiece is conveyed to the printing position.

US Pat. No. 10,888,952

RACK AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A RACK FOR A STEERING GEAR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

thyssenkrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A method for producing a rack for a steering gear of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:providing a toothed segment and a shaft segment;
aligning the toothed segment and the shaft segment on a longitudinal axis; and
connecting axial joining faces of the toothed segment and the shaft segment that are directed towards one another by friction welding at a welding joint, wherein for friction welding the method comprises
bringing the axial joining faces into frictional contact by way of a contact pressure force at a level of an initial friction force,
rotating the toothed segment and the shaft segment for friction relative to one another about the longitudinal axis,
performing thermal input friction by way of an input force that is 5 to 12 times the initial friction force,
mutually compressing the axial joining faces by way of a contact pressure force,
moving the toothed segment and the shaft segment toward one another in an axial direction by a predefined joining path, wherein the axial joining faces are mutually compressed until the predefined joining path has been reached by way of a welding force that is 10 to 20 times the initial friction force, and
holding the toothed segment and the shaft segment in position without friction,
wherein a heat-affected zone, as measured from the welding joint, has an axial width of at most 0.5 times a segment diameter of the toothed segment or the shaft segment, the method comprising heating the heat-affected zone to at most 250° C.

US Pat. No. 10,888,951

METHOD FOR PRODUCING METAL MEMBER

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A method for producing a metal member, comprising the steps of:preparing a first member made of a first metal and having a recessed portion formed therein, and a second member made of a second metal having a smaller deformation resistance than the first metal;
joining the first member and the second member;
the step of joining the first member and the second member including steps of
increasing temperatures of the first member and the second member by relatively rotating the second member with respect to the first member while relatively pressing the second member against the first member with at least a part of the second member being received in the recessed portion, and
stopping the relative rotation of the second member with respect to the first member and cooling the first member and the second member with the members being pressed against each other,
wherein the first member includes a recessed portion bottom surface defining the recessed portion, and a recessed portion side surface defining the recessed portion and extending in a direction perpendicular from the recessed portion bottom surface, and
wherein, before beginning rotation, the second member is pressed against the recessed portion bottom surface and an outer peripheral surface of the second member is spaced from the recessed portion side surface; and
machining the first member and the second member after the step of joining the first member and the second member such that the recessed portion side surface is removed, wherein the first member and the second member are machined so that outer peripheral surfaces of the first member and the second member are smooth and continuous.

US Pat. No. 10,888,950

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTEGRATED WELDING OF METAL MATERIALS

1. A welding system comprising:a transducer for generating mechanical vibrations in response to one or more first voltages;
a first power supply electrically coupled to the transducer and providing the one or more first voltages to the transducer;
wherein the generated mechanical vibration is mechanically coupled from the transducer to multiple workpieces having:
an oxide layer located at an interface between the multiple workpieces, and
impedances associated with each of the multiple workpieces
a heat generation circuit for generating electrical current in response to one or more second voltages, the heat generation circuit comprising a power transformer, a capacitor bank, and a pulse transformer;
a second power supply electrically coupled to the heat generation circuit and providing the one or more second voltages to the heat generation circuit;
wherein the generated electrical current is directed from the heat generation circuit to the multiple workpieces;
a workpiece mount mechanically coupled to the transducer and electrically coupled to the heat generation circuit, the workpiece mount including electrodes mechanically coupling the generated mechanical vibration and electrically coupling the generated electrical current to the multiple workpieces; and
a controller for controlling timing of the transducer and the heat generation circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,888,949

SPOT WELDING ELECTRODE HAVING MOVABLE PRESSING MEMBERS AND SPOT WELDING METHOD USING SAME

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A spot welding machine welding a set of sheets including a superposed plurality of metal sheets by resistance spot welding,said spot welding machine comprising:
a pair of electrode tips with front end parts to be pressed against said set of sheets,
a pair of pressing members arranged around said electrode tips and with front end parts to be pressed against said set of sheets,
a first power supply,
first drive mechanisms and second drive mechanisms, and
a pressing force control part having a compressed air supply, wherein
said pair of electrode tips are arranged facing each other so as to be able to sandwich said set of sheets between them,
said pair of pressing members are arranged facing each other so as to be able to sandwich said set of sheets between them,
said pair of electrode tips are connected to said first power supply and said first drive mechanisms, said first drive mechanisms driving said pair of electrode tips in the axial direction of said electrode tips and making said pair of electrode tips stop at any positions and giving pressing forces pressing said pair of electrode tips against said set of sheets,
said pair of pressing members are connected to said second drive mechanisms, said second drive mechanisms driving said pair of pressing members in the axial direction of said electrode tips and making said pair of pressing members stop at any positions and giving pressing forces pressing said pair of pressing members against said set of sheets, and
said pressing force control part is connected to said first drive mechanisms and said second drive mechanisms and independently controls the pressing forces given by said first drive mechanisms and the pressing forces given by said second drive mechanisms,
said spot welding machine is further provided with a second power supply, and
said pressing members are composed of a conductor and connected to said second power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,888,948

METHOD FOR JOINING AT LEAST TWO STRUCTURAL PARTS

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for joining at least two components, comprising:providing an auxiliary joining element having a hollow shaft and a head; in a setting step driving the shaft of the auxiliary joining element into a first component so as to maintain a residual material thickness of the first component; and in a joining step materially bonding the head of the auxiliary joining element with a second component, wherein the head of the auxiliary joining element at a topside thereof has an at least partially upward bulged dome-shaped material thickening extending over a planar parallel circumferential ring shoulder spaced apart from an outer rim of the head, wherein at an element base of the auxiliary joining element which faces away from the head, the auxiliary joining element has a ring contour which is adapted for placement on the first component so as to form a ring shaped contact zone for preparation of the setting step, said ring contour configured as an annular circumferential acute-angle contact edge, said annular circumferential acute-angle contact edge being radially inwardly offset from an outer wall of the hollow shaft and defining an opening of a hollow dome shaped space of the hollow shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,888,947

WORKPIECE-BASED SETTING OF WELD PARAMETERS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding system, comprising:a visual acquisition system comprising an imaging device configured to acquire a visual representation of a workpiece and to convert the visual representation into data representative of the visual representation; and
a workpiece recognition component comprising processing circuitry configured to:
identify one or more characteristic geometric features of the workpiece based on the data;
compare the one or more characteristic geometric features of the workpiece to a plurality of known workpieces stored in a first database to match the workpiece to a matching known workpiece of the plurality of known workpieces stored in the first database;
when partial matches are identified between the workpiece and two or more of the plurality of known workpieces, identify weld settings stored in a second database associated with the two or more of the plurality of known workpieces stored in the first database;
determine a weld parameter set based on the weld settings associated with the two or more of the plurality of known workpieces; and
send the weld parameter set to a welding power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,888,946

TIG GUN POWER PIN FOR WELDING DEVICE OR SYSTEM AND MULTI-PROCESS WELDER WITH A SINGLE GAS FLOW PATH

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Sa...

1. A welding system, comprising:a multi-process power supply comprising a power output connection for a MIG torch and a controller, wherein the controller is configured to command shielding gas and welding current to be provided to the power output connection, and wherein the power output connection is configured to provide the shielding gas and the welding current to the MIG torch when the MIG torch is connected to the power output connection;
a TIG torch assembly comprising a TIG torch and a control member for controlling a level of the welding current, wherein the control member is in circuit communication with the controller of the multi-process power supply when the control member is connected to the multi-process power supply;
a TIG power pin for alternatively connecting the TIG torch to the power output connection of the multi-process power supply, such that the power output connection is configured to provide the shielding gas and the welding current to the TIG torch when the TIG power pin connects the TIG torch to the power output connection;
wherein the controller is configured to set the multi-process power supply to a TIG welding mode when at least one of the control member and the TIG power pin is connected to the multi-process power supply such that at least one of the shielding gas and the welding current is not provided to the TIG torch through the power output connection until a user engages the control member,
wherein the power output connection comprises a female connection portion, wherein the TIG power pin comprises an insertion portion that is disposed within the female connection portion when the TIG power pin is connected to the power output connection and a body portion that extends from the female connection portion when the TIG power pin is connected to the power output connection, and wherein the insertion portion comprises at least one flow channel or port that aligns with a gas port of the power output connection when the TIG power pin is connected to the multi-process power supply, and
wherein the TIG power pin comprises a sleeve that covers the body portion when the TIG power pin is connected to the power output connection.

US Pat. No. 10,888,945

WELDING POWER SUPPLY WITH REGULATED BACKGROUND POWER SUPPLY

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding power supply comprising a background circuit, the welding power supply comprising:a power supply capable of outputting a first power output;
an energy storage device configured to be charged by the first power output to a programmable first voltage level capable of being regulated to one of a plurality of voltage levels;
a fast acting switch coupled to the energy storage device and configured to switch to restrict or allow voltage discharge from the energy storage device to a welding output; and
a control circuit coupled to the power supply and the fast acting switch, configured to selectively activate the power supply to output the first power output when the energy storage device is not charged to the regulated first voltage level, and further configured to actuate the fast acting switch to allow voltage discharge of the energy storage device from the regulated first voltage level to a controlled second voltage level to supply power to the welding output when a transient high voltage event is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,888,944

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF USING CONSUMABLE WITH WELD PUDDLE

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

1. A method of controlling filler wire, the method comprising:heating at least one workpiece with a high energy heat source to create a molten puddle on a surface of said at least one workpiece, wherein said high energy heat source comprises a laser power supply;
feeding a filler wire into said molten puddle;
preheating said filler wire with a wire power supply prior to said filler wire entering said molten puddle;
advancing each of said high energy heat source and said filler wire in a travel direction to deposit said filler wire on said at least one workpiece;
moving said high energy heat source in at least a first direction during said advancing of said high energy heat source where said at least first direction is different from said travel direction;
controlling at least movement of said high energy heat source in said at least first direction to obtain a desired shape, profile, height, size, or an admixture of a bead formed by said molten puddle;
receiving, by a sensing and control unit, information from said laser power supply and said wire power supply;
controlling, by said sensing and control unit, movement of said filler wire in at least a second direction that is different from said travel direction to thereby control a rate of cooling of said molten puddle based on said information;
wherein said movement of said high energy heat source in said at least first direction includes at least one of a back and forth motion that is in-line with said travel direction, a circular motion, and an elliptical motion.

US Pat. No. 10,888,943

VISCOUS FLUID SUPPLY DEVICE

FUJI CORPORATION, Chiryu...

1. A viscous fluid supply device comprising:a storage tray configured to store viscous fluid;
an ejection device configured to eject the viscous fluid to the storage tray;
a squeegee configured to adjust a film thickness of the viscous fluid by contacting the viscous fluid ejected to the storage tray by the ejection device; and
a first moving device configured to relatively move the storage tray and the squeegee,
wherein the ejection device includes an ejection port configured to eject the viscous fluid, and a second moving device configured to relatively move the ejection port and the storage tray,
the first moving device is a device configured to rotate the storage tray,
the viscous fluid supply device includes a control device configured to control operation of the ejection device, and
the control device controls the operation of the ejection device such that the viscous fluid is ejected by a larger amount to a portion nearer to an outer edge of the storage tray when the viscous fluid is ejected by the ejection device to the storage tray not storing the viscous fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,888,942

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BRAZING

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Sa...

1. A brazing operation system, the system comprising:a programmable processor-based user interface having a first display region, a second display region, a third display region, and a fourth display region, where
the user interface is programmed for the first display region to accept user inputs related to a first gas, including a first pressure and any one of a first micrometer valve setting and a first flow rate for the first gas,
the user interface is programmed for the second display region to accept user inputs related to a second gas, including a second gas type, a second pressure and any one of a second micrometer valve setting and a second flow rate for the second gas,
the user interface is programmed for the third display region to display a gas ratio between the first and second gases based on the user inputs in each of the first and second display regions, and
the user interface is programmed for the fourth display region to display a flame type, a flame energy value, and a relative temperature of a flame to be created by the first and second gases; and
a programmable processor-based control system coupled to the user interface,
wherein the control system is programmed to determine either the first micrometer valve setting not input or the first flow rate not input based on the user inputs from the first display region, and programmed to determine either the second micrometer valve setting not input or the second flow rate not input based on the user inputs from the second display region,
wherein the control system is further programmed to determine the gas ratio based on the user inputs from the first and second display regions and display the gas ratio in the third display region, and
wherein the control system is programmed to determine each of the flame type, the flame energy value, and the relative temperature of a flame based on at least two of the user inputs from the first display region, the user inputs from the second display region, the gas ratio, and the second gas type, and display each of the flame type, the flame energy value, and the relative temperature of a flame in the fourth display region.

US Pat. No. 10,888,941

POWER SEMICONDUCTOR MODULE

HITACHI POWER SEMICONDUCT...

1. A power semiconductor module comprising:an insulating substrate;
a front surface electrode and a back surface electrode respectively fixed to a front surface and a back surface of the insulating substrate with a front surface brazing material interposed between the front surface electrode and the insulating substrate and a back surface brazing material interposed between the back surface electrode and the insulating substrate;
a power semiconductor chip connected to the front surface electrode with a front surface solder interposed between the power semiconductor chip and the front surface electrode;
a back surface solder formed on a side of the back surface electrode opposite to a side facing the back surface of the insulating substrate;
a metal base on which the back surface solder is disposed to fix the back surface electrode with the back surface solder interposed between the metal base and the back surface electrode;
a solder flow resistance portion formed on a surface of the metal base on which the back surface solder is disposed;
an insulating case housing the insulating substrate, the front surface electrode, the back surface electrode, the power semiconductor chip, and the metal base; and
an insulating resin filled in the insulating case,
wherein, the front surface solder, the front surface electrode, the front surface brazing material, the insulating substrate, the back surface brazing material, the back surface electrode, and the back surface solder are stacked in a vertical direction,
wherein a difference between a position in a lateral direction of an end portion of the back surface brazing material and a position in a lateral direction of an end portion of the insulating substrate is smaller than a difference between a position in the lateral direction of an end portion of the back surface solder and the position in the lateral direction of the end portion of the insulating substrate, and
wherein the difference between the position in the lateral direction of the end portion of the back surface solder and the position in the lateral direction of the end portion of the insulating substrate is smaller than a difference between a position in the lateral direction of an end portion of the back surface electrode and the position in the lateral direction of the end portion of the insulating substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,888,940

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SAW TOOTH MILLING TO PREVENT CHIP FRAUD

CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC...

1. A chip fraud prevention system comprising:a device including a chip, the chip at least partially encompassed in a chip pocket,
wherein the chip pocket comprises one or more shapes configured to create an uneven cutting process for chip removal, the one or more shapes including one or more peaks and one or more valleys,
wherein one or more connections are communicatively coupled to one or more surfaces of the chip, and
wherein the one or more connections are placed between at least one of the one or more peaks or one or more valleys, or any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,888,939

MITER SAW

Nanjing Chervon Industry ...

1. A miter saw, comprising:a base;
a worktable arranged on the base and defining a worktable plane;
a cutting head formed with or connected to an operating member operable by a user, wherein the cutting head further comprises a circular saw blade rotatable around a first axis and a motor for driving the circular saw blade; and
a fence arranged on the worktable;
wherein the cutting head is connected with a first guiding member configured to guide chips to be discharged, the fence is formed with a guiding portion, the cutting head is operative to rotate around a second axis parallel to the worktable plane, and in response to the cutting head rotating around the second axis, the guiding portion is operative to guide the first guiding member to cross the fence.

US Pat. No. 10,888,938

CUTTING MACHINE

Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., ...

1. A cutting machine comprising:a cutting portion comprising:
a motor;
a motor housing accommodating the motor therein;
an output shaft rotatable upon rotation of the motor, a cutting blade being detachably attachable to the output shaft;
a battery serving as a power source of the motor; and
a battery attachment portion including a pair of rail portions with which the battery is detachably attachable and engageable;
a base having a contact surface on which a workpiece is configured to be placed; and
a swing support mechanism connected to the base and the cutting portion, the swing support mechanism including a swing shaft extending in parallel to the output shaft, the swing support mechanism supporting the cutting portion such that the cutting portion is swingable about the swing shaft in a first direction between a top dead center and a bottom dead center, the first direction being a direction parallel to a side surface of the cutting blade,
wherein the battery is attachable to the battery attachment portion by slidingly moving the battery in a second direction relative to the battery attachment portion, the second direction crossing the first direction,
wherein the cutting blade is rotatable about a rotational axis, and
wherein the motor is provided such that a rotational shaft of the motor is inclined relative to the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,888,937

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEVERING AND INSERTING COLLATED T-NUTS

STAFAST PRODUCTS, INC., ...

1. An apparatus for severing a T-Nut in combination with a common metal strip of T-Nuts having a plurality of T-Nuts one of which is an endmost T-Nut, comprising:each of said T-Nuts of said strip of T-Nuts being integrally formed with said common metal strip and connected together at a centrally located frangible portion with a next adjacent T-Nut;
each of said centrally located frangible portions of said common metal strip of T-Nuts is a weakened portion;
each of said T-Nuts includes a bore therein and a prong;
a mechanism to feed and sever said endmost T-Nut from said common metal strip of T-Nuts;
said mechanism includes a positioning member, an advancement finger, and said endmost T-Nut being in engagement with said positioning member;
said positioning member is an abutment;
said advancement finger of said mechanism includes a notched surface, said prong includes a surface which is reciprocally shaped with respect to said notched surface of said advancement finger;
said notched surface of said advancement finger engages said reciprocally shaped surface of said prong driving said common metal strip of T-Nuts into said engagement with said abutment;
a cutting blade positioned vertically below the position of said centrally located frangible portion when said endmost T-Nut is in engagement with said positioning member; and,
a shearing ram having a guide finger positioned axially in line with said bore in said endmost T-Nut and adapted to move said common metal strip of T-Nuts including said endmost T-Nut vertically from an upper to a lower position to engage said centrally located frangible portion of said endmost T-Nut with said cutting blade and sever said endmost T-Nut from said common metal strip of T-Nuts.

US Pat. No. 10,888,936

WIRE CUTTING TOOL

1. A cutting tool comprising:a housing;
a head assembly disposed on the housing, the head assembly carrying a first blade;
a cam drive mechanism disposed within the housing, the cam drive mechanism carrying a second blade opposed to the first blade;
a motor for driving the cam drive mechanism; and
a battery pack electrically connected to the motor, the battery pack being removably attached to the housing,
wherein the cam drive mechanism moves the second blade towards the first blade, so that a wire disposed between the first and second blades receives a cutting force of less than 12 kiloNewton, wherein the cam drive mechanism comprises a spindle driven by the motor, a radial cam fixed to the spindle, a roller assembly contacting the radial cam, and a shuttle connected to the roller assembly, the shuttle being movable in a reciprocating motion and carrying the second blade, the radial cam having a return cam portion integrally formed thereon, which contacts a cam follower plate attached to the shuttle.

US Pat. No. 10,888,935

KEY DUPLICATING MACHINE

1. A key duplicating machine, the key duplicating machine for duplicating notches of an original key to a key blank and comprising:a base assembly having:
a base;
a first direction; and
a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a first clamp fixed on the base of the base assembly; the first clamp used for clamping the original key; the notches of the original key extending in the first direction of the base assembly;
a second clamp fixed on the base of the base assembly, and disposed apart from the first clamp; the second clamp used for clamping the key blank;
a second sliding table slidably mounted on the base, and the second sliding table being movable relative to the base in a direction perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction;
a second driving mechanism mounted between the base and the second sliding table, and the second driving mechanism driving the second sliding table to move relative to the base; the second driving mechanism having:
a second manual operating part being a lever pivotally mounted on the base; a drive slot formed in one end of the lever; and
a dowel pin protruding from a side of the second sliding table; the dowel pin extending in the first direction from the side of the sliding table, and slidably mounted in the drive slot; wherein a position of the second sliding table relative to the base is determined by a pivoting angle of the lever;
a first sliding table slidably mounted on the second sliding table, and being movable along the first direction or the second direction relative to the second sliding table; the first sliding table is located next to the first clamp and the second clamp;
a first driving mechanism mounted between the base assembly and the first sliding table; the first driving mechanism driving the first sliding table to move along the first direction or the second direction relative to the base assembly; and the first driving mechanism having a first manual operating part;
a cutting module pivotally mounted on the first sliding table, and having:
a swing table pivotally mounted on the first sliding table;
a guiding element fixed on the swing table, the guiding element protruding from a side of the swing table facing in the first direction; the guiding element corresponding in position to the original key;
a cutting element rotatably mounted on the swing table, the cutting element protruding from the side of the swing table facing in the first direction; a rotational axis of the cutting element extending parallel to each of the first and second directions; the cutting element corresponding in position to the key blank; and
a motor fixed on the swing table and driving the cutting element to rotate;
wherein a center of gravity of the cutting module is located between the second clamp and a pivoting axis of the cutting module, such that the cutting module rotates in a direction in which the guiding element and the cutting element move towards a top surface of the first sliding table, thereby the guiding element selectively abutting against one of the notches of the original key; wherein when the guiding element abuts against one of the notches of the original key, the cutting element cuts the key blank.

US Pat. No. 10,888,934

MACHINING SYSTEM AND MACHINING METHOD

HIRATA CORPORATION, Kuma...

1. A machining system comprising:a machining unit configured to machine an upper edge and a lower edge of a planar work held in a horizontal orientation; and
a moving apparatus including a motor as a driving source and configured to move the machining unit,
the machining unit comprising
a rotating tool configured to rotate about an axis in a vertical direction and machine the work,
an upper surface abutting member configured to be abutted against an upper surface of the work when machining the work by the rotating tool,
an end face abutting member configured to be abutted against an end face of the work between the upper edge and the lower edge when machining the work by the rotating tool, and
a vertical moving unit including a motor as a driving source and configured to change a position of the upper surface abutting member in the vertical direction with respect to the rotating tool, and
the rotating tool comprising
a machining portion main body,
a first machining portion provided on a lower side of the machining portion main body and configured to machine the upper edge of the work, and
a second machining portion provided on an upper side of the machining portion main body and configured to machine the lower edge of the work,
wherein the upper surface abutting member is a member including an insertion portion into which the rotating tool is inserted,
the insertion portion comprises a hole,
the upper surface abutting member includes an abutting portion abutted against the upper surface of the work, and
the abutting portion projects downward from a lower surface of the upper surface abutting member and is annular so as to surround the insertion portion, the abutting portion having a lower end that has a semicircular sectional shape.

US Pat. No. 10,888,933

TOOL BIT REPLACEABLE ROTARY CUTTING TOOL AND ROTARY CUTTING METHOD AND TOOL BIT MOUNTING METHOD THEREOF

Zhejiang Xinxing Tools Co...

1. A tool bit replaceable rotary cutting tool, comprising a tool bit and a tool bar, the tool bit being detachably connected with the tool bar, the tool bit and the tool bar having the same axis, the tool bar being provided with a blade portion and a shank portion along the axis and the blade portion being connected with the tool bit , the tool bit comprises a cutting edge, a chisel edge chip removal surface, a contact surface , a tool bit screw hole, a circumferential cutting margin, a convex V-shaped positioning surface and a central positioning cylinder, wherein the cutting edge and the chisel edge chip removal surface are arranged at the top of the tool bit , the contact surface and the circumferential cutting margin are arranged on the lateral surface of the tool bit along the axis , the tool bit screw hole is formed in the tool bit in a penetration manner and penetrates through the contact surface, and the convex V-shaped positioning surface and the central positioning cylinder are arranged at the bottom of the tool bit ; the tool bar comprises a chisel edge avoiding surface, a torque support surface, a screw hole, a concave V-shaped positioning surface, a central positioning hole, a cooling passage, a cooling hole, a cooling guide groove, a main chip groove and an auxiliary chip groove, the chisel edge avoiding surface is connected with the chisel edge chip removal surface, the chisel edge avoiding surface and the chisel edge chip removal surface are converged with the main chip groove and/or the auxiliary chip groove, the torque support surface contacts with the contact surface, the screw hole is formed in an end portion of the tool bar in the penetration manner and penetrates through the torque support surface, a screw penetrates through the screw hole and the tool bit screw hole to fix the tool bit to the tool bar , the concave V-shaped positioning surface forms positional correspondence with the convex V-shaped positioning surface, the central positioning hole forms positional correspondence with the central positioning cylinder, the convex V-shaped positioning surface contacts with the concave V-shaped positioning surface, the central positioning cylinder is positioned in the central positioning hole, and a depth of the central positioning hole is larger than an axial length of the central positioning cylinder; the tool bar is provided with the at least one main chip groove and one auxiliary chip groove along the axis, an internal helical angle of the main chip groove comprises a first helical angle and a second helical angle, an angle of the first helical angle is different from an angle of the second helical angle, and the main chip groove extends to the cutting edge of the tool bit; and the cooling passage for delivering a coolant during drilling is formed in the tool bar, two cooling guide grooves distributed along a direction of the axis are formed in an outer wall surface of the end portion of the tool bar , and a cooling hole is formed in one inner end of each cooling guide groove;wherein the tool bit is fixed to the tool bar through the screw, and an angle formed by the screw and a plane where the tool bit is located is 60° to 90°;wherein the angle of the first helical angle in the main chip groove is ?1=20° to 30° and the angle of the second helical angle is ?2=5° to 15°; andwherein the cooling passage is provided with a main passage in the tool bar along the axis , and an end portion, extending to be close to the central positioning hole, of the main passage is divided into two branches which extend to the cooling holes in the two cooling guide grooves respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,888,932

ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR MICRODRILLING A TUBE

1. A method of drilling a hole in a tube including an outer wall having opposing open ends and forming an inner channel, the method comprising the steps of:filling the inner channel with water;
wrapping the tube around a drilling mandrel in a helix shape;
orienting the opposing open ends upward;
freezing the water in the inner channel so as to form ice therein;
plunging a drill bit into the outer wall while the tube is wrapped around the drilling mandrel so as to remove material from the outer wall; and
retracting the drill bit from the outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,888,931

CUTTING TOOL

NEJILAW INC., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A cutting tool for performing cutting with respect to an external workpiece while relatively feeding the external workpiece in a predetermined direction, the external workpiece being shaft-supported to relatively rotate, the cutting tool comprising:a cutting section with a tool edge;
a base section provided as one piece with or separate from the cutting section;
a chip-guiding wall starting near the tool edge and being formed on an outer circumferential surface of the base section to extend in a direction away from the tool edge, the chip-guiding wall configured to interfere with a chip from the external workpiece and guide the chip in the direction away from the tool edge; and
a discharge direction restricting face formed near the tool edge and configured to face a relative feeding direction of the external workpiece and the tool edge.

US Pat. No. 10,888,930

PISTON GROOVE MACHINING TOOL

1. A tool for machining a groove of a rotation-symmetric component, comprising a piston of an internal combustion engine, wherein the machining is carried out by a rotation of the tool around an axis of symmetry of the rotation-symmetric component to be machined, the tool comprising:at least one arm configured to at least partially partially surround a circumference of the rotation-symmetric component;
a machining device arranged on the at least one arm, wherein the machining device is configured to machine the groove;
at least one adjusting device, wherein the at least one adjusting device is configured to: adjust a contact force of the at least one machining device on the rotation-symmetric component, and adapt the tool to different diameters of the rotation-symmetric component, wherein the at least one adjusting device comprises a first and a second half shell, wherein a distance between the first and second half shells is adjustable by a first control element and locked by a second control element.

US Pat. No. 10,888,928

METHOD OF PRODUCING COMPOSITE COMPONENTS USING SINTER FIT

GKN Sinter Metals, LLC, ...

1. A method of sinter fitting an aluminum powder metal compact around a steel core to form a composite component, the method comprising the sequential steps of:compressing an aluminum powder metal to form an aluminum powder metal compact having an opening formed therein, wherein the aluminum powder metal is a pure aluminum powder metal or is an aluminum alloy powder metal;
inserting the steel core in the opening of the aluminum powder metal compact whereby an inter-component clearance is initially established in a space between the aluminum powder metal compact and the steel core; and
sintering the aluminum powder metal compact with the aluminum powder metal compact in place around the steel core to form the composite component, the composite component including a sintered aluminum powder metal section that is formed by sintering the aluminum powder metal compact and further including a steel core section comprising the steel core, whereby the sintering step results in a dimensional shrinkage of the aluminum powder metal compact as the sintered aluminum powder metal section is formed by sintering such that the sintered aluminum powder metal section of the composite component shrinks onto the steel core section to cause a mechanical interference fit between the sintered aluminum powder metal section and the steel core section to join the sections together;
wherein the steel core is a rivet having a flange on one end.

US Pat. No. 10,888,927

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A HYBRID CYLINDRICAL STRUCTURE

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A method of manufacturing a multi-material tubular structure comprising:spinning a can to forces of greater than 1G;
depositing a powdered material into the can during the spinning step with a powder injector moving relative to the can during powder deposition, wherein the depositing step includes moving the powder injector axially with an actuator as the can fills with the powdered material; and
compacting the powdered material within the can to provide a tubular structure.

US Pat. No. 10,888,926

SHAPING DEGRADABLE MATERIAL

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method comprising:pressing a plurality of particulate materials to form a billet, wherein the plurality of particulate materials comprises aluminum and one or more metals selected from a group consisting of alkali metals; alkaline earth metals; group 12 transition metals; and basic metals having an atomic number equal to or greater than 31,
wherein at least one of the particulate materials is reactive and degradable in an aqueous solution;
extruding the billet to form an extrudate; and
forming a degradable component from the extrudate,
wherein the extruding step comprises controlling a temperature-time profile of the extruding step by controlling a ram speed of an extruder ram during the extruding step such that incipient melting does not occur to an extent to alter surface roughness of the extrudate.

US Pat. No. 10,888,925

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

VELO3D, INC., Campbell, ...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional object, comprising:(a) transforming a first pre-transformed material to a first transformed material to print one or more layers of hardened material as part of the three-dimensional object that is printed layerwise, which one or more layers define a layering plane indicative of a layerwise printing of the three-dimensional object;
(b) transforming a second pre-transformed material to a second transformed material to print at least a portion of an overhang of the three-dimensional object, wherein a vector normal to a surface at a point on an exterior surface of the overhang that intersects (i) the layering plane or (ii) a plane parallel to the layering plane, forms an angle with respect to the layering plane, which second transformed material comprises a porous matrix; and
(c) using an energy beam to densify the second transformed material.

US Pat. No. 10,888,924

CONTROL FOR POWDER FUSION

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A powder processing machine comprising:a work bed;
a powder deposition device operable to deposit powder in the work bed;
at least one energy beam device operable to emit an energy beam with a variable beam power and direct the energy beam onto the work bed with a variable beam scan rate to melt and fuse regions of the powder; and
a controller operable to dynamically control at least one of the beam power or the beam scan rate to change how the powder melts and fuses, the controller configured to determine whether an instant set of process parameters falls within a defect condition or a non-defect condition and adjust at least one of the beam power or the beam scan rate responsive to the defect condition such that the instant set of process parameters falls within the non-defect condition, the instant set of process parameters including an instant temperature at an instant location of the energy beam in the work bed, and the instant temperature is based, at least in part, on an edge factor that represents an instant location of the energy beam in the work bed relative to an edge of a component being formed from the powder.

US Pat. No. 10,888,923

MANUFACTURING MACHINE

DMG MORI CO., LTD., Yama...

1. A manufacturing machine capable of additive manufacturing, the manufacturing machine comprising:a connecting part configured to be connectable to a machine tool selected from a plurality of machine tools each being capable of subtractive manufacturing;
an additive manufacturing head configured to be positioned in a machining area of the machine tool and discharge a material, when the connecting part is connected to the machine tool, the additive manufacturing head being configured to perform additive manufacturing by discharging material powder and emitting a laser beam to a workpiece;
an electrical connector configured to be connected to the machine tool for transmitting, from the machine tool, a control signal for the additive manufacturing head, when the connecting part is connected to the machine tool;
a dolly on which the connecting part and the additive manufacturing head are mounted;
a material powder feeder mounted on the dolly and configured to feed material powder to the additive manufacturing head; and
a laser oscillator mounted on the dolly and configured to generate a laser beam to be emitted to a workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,888,922

CASTING APPARATUS AND CASTING METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

6. A casting method for producing castings using the casting apparatus of claim 1, comprising a step of providing the casting apparatus of claim 1;a step of connecting said gas-introducing opening to a sprue of a mold into which a melt has been poured;
a step of conveying the mold to which said gas-introducing opening is connected, while introducing a gas into the mold through said gas-introducing opening; and
a step of detaching said gas-introducing opening from the sprue;
wherein in said conveying step, said gas-introducing opening connected to said sprue moves following the mold being conveyed.

US Pat. No. 10,888,921

MULTI-POSITION PARALLEL PRESSURIZED CASTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LARGE ALUMINUM ALLOY CASTINGS

NO.59 RESEARCH INSTITUTE ...

17. A multi-position parallel pressurized casting method for large aluminum alloy castings, comprising a casting device, wherein the casting device comprises a platform; a top surface of the platform is a working surface, and a bottom surface of the platform is provided with holding furnaces; a number of the holding furnaces is two or more, and each holding furnace of the two or more holding furnaces is connected to a liquid filling port corresponding to the working surface through a lift device, and the each holding furnace achieves an independent liquid level pressurized control or a synchronization liquid level pressurized control in any combination by a lift control system; and a cover body is also provided on the working surface, the cover body and the working surface form a sealed working chamber, and an vacuum-pumping system and an inert gas replacement system for the working chamber and/or the each holding furnace are further provided; wherein the multi-position parallel pressurized casting method for large aluminum alloy castings comprises the following steps:1) preparation before pouring: transferring a refined aluminum melt to four holding furnaces through a quantitative delivery device, inserting a lift tube lower portion into a liquid lifting port of the each holding furnace, and locking a lift tube lower section with the each holding furnace with a bolt; moving the each holding furnace to a lower part of a frame platform through a furnace body walking mechanism, then, through a furnace body lifting mechanism, completing connections and sealings between an air inlet and outlet port of the each holding furnace and an inlet and outlet passage mechanism, and between a lift tube upper section and the lift tube lower section; placing a resin sand mold on the frame platform and compressing the resin sand mold with a pressure plate, using a sealing gasket to ensure that the resin sand mold and the lift tube are sealed; connecting electrode contacts, covering the working chamber, and driving a locking ring to lock the resin sand mold by four cylinder piston mechanisms;
2) synchronous negative pressure and inert gas replacement: opening an interconnection valve between the each holding furnace and the working chamber, performing a vacuuming and an inert gas replacement in the working chamber, firstly, opening a solenoid valve of a vacuum line, using a vacuum pump to perform the vacuuming, when a vacuum degree is reduced to 40-60 KPa, closing the solenoid valve to stop the vacuuming; opening a solenoid valve of an inert gas line, opening a Ar gas station, filing the each holding furnace and the working chamber with Ar gas, when a pressure rises to 120-150 KPa, closing the solenoid valve of the inert gas line to realize the inert gas replacement; finally, closing the interconnection valve between the each holding furnace and the working chamber;
3) melt quality correction: opening a magnetic homogenization device, generating a constant magnetic field in an iron core, wherein the iron core is placed in a preset structure, magnetic lines are scattered in a particular shape in space, under an action of a rotation motor, generating a rotating magnetic field to make the refined aluminum melt move under an action of an applied rotating magnetic field, achieving a purpose of a magnetic homogenization;
4) synchronous pre-mold filling: calculating pre-mold filling pressures of four lift tube devices according to a theoretical formula P=?hg firstly, and then carrying out the synchronous pre-mold filling of the four lift tube devices, firstly, opening a pressure control module of a first holding furnace, raising a liquid level of the lift tube to a position of an electrode contact mark, closing the pressure control module of the first holding furnace by a feedback signal of an A/D module; then opening pressure control modules of a second holding furnace, a third holding furnace, and a fourth holding furnace in sequence for the synchronous pre-mold filling; finally, raising liquid levels of aluminum melts of the four lift tube devices to a same level;
5) multi-position synchronous liquid lifting: according to a initially set liquid pressure pressurization process curve, opening the pressure control module for an initial pressurization, using the electrode contacts to capture liquid surface information, feeding back the liquid surface information to a multi-position synchronous mold filling control system through the A/D module, and adjusting pressurization rates of the four holding furnaces and ensuring that the castings are simultaneously lifted through the pressure control module, when the aluminum melt flows to a top of the resin sand mold, a top signal light is lighted up, and a mold filling is completed;
6) secondary pressure solidification: during a crusting pressurization stage, increasing a pressure of the aluminum melt in the each holding furnace, and a crystal holding time is 15-30 s, so that a shell of 3-5 mm is formed in a surface layer of the aluminum melt; during a crystallization pressurization stage, according to structural characteristics of the castings, the castings are continuously and fully fed through the lift tube device and a pouring system under an action of a melt pressure; a crystallization holding time is about 1500-1800 s, ensuring that the castings are fully solidified under pressure; and
7) pressure relief: after a crystallization retention time is over, closing the pressure control modules of the first holding furnace, the second holding furnace, the third holding furnace and the fourth holding furnace, opening a holding furnace exhaust valve, and directly discharging compressed air; opening a working chamber exhaust valve to discharge the Ar gas in the working chamber into a Ar gas recovery station for a recycling treatment; when pressures of the each holding furnace and the working chamber are less than 3 KPa, the locking ring is driven to open by the four cylinder piston mechanisms, the working chamber and a cast mold are removed, and the each holding furnace and the lift tube are lowered to a bottom through a furnace body lifting system; and then exiting a working area through a horizontal moving mechanism to perform a cleaning treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,888,920

MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CONTINUOUS CASTING MACHINE

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

7. A continuous casting machine comprising:a tundish configured to contain a quantity of molten metal;
a mold fluidly coupled with the tundish so as to receive molten metal from the tundish and configured to partially cool molten metal and to form the metal into a strand;
a strand guide roll assembly including a plurality of rolls spaced apart generally along a travel path of the strand from an input end located adjacent to the mold to an output end; and
a monitoring and control system including:
a plurality of sensors each coupled with a separate one of the plurality of rolls so as to be spaced apart generally along the travel path, each one of the plurality of sensors being configured to sense magnitude of a load on a coupled roll; and
a logic circuit coupled with each one of the sensors so as to receive input from each sensor corresponding to sensed load magnitude, the logic circuit being configured to determine from the sensor input a general position on the travel path at which the strand substantially solidifies and configured to generate a control signal for adjusting a process parameter of the continuous casting machine so as to adjust the solidification position from a determined position toward a desired solidification position.

US Pat. No. 10,888,919

CORE FORMING DEVICE AND CORE FORMING METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

5. A core forming method comprising:supplying raw materials of a core to a kneading tank;
kneading the raw materials in the kneading tank;
injecting a kneaded material including the raw materials kneaded in the kneading tank into a mold by a piston, and forming the core; and
determining a supply amount of the raw materials supplied to the kneading tank, based on a difference between a position of the piston upon completion of injection and a reference position of the piston determined in advance, wherein
an amount of the raw materials corresponding to the kneaded material injected into the mold is calculated based on the difference between the position of the piston upon completion of injection and the reference position of the piston determined in advance, and the supply amount of the raw materials is determined.

US Pat. No. 10,888,918

STACKED AND CORED LOCATOR BRAKE CALIPER

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A brake caliper mold for molding a brake caliper, the brake caliper mold comprising:a first mold section;
a second section half;
a core member configured to form a piston bore, the core member comprising:
a tower configured to form a tower window in a bridge of the brake caliper and
a piston bore extension to form a piston bore of the brake caliper; and
four lateral locator forming surfaces located on the tower, each of the four lateral locator forming surfaces configured to form a separate lateral data reference surface on the brake caliper, the lateral data reference surfaces capable of being used for subsequent machining of the brake caliper to predetermined tolerances,
wherein, the brake caliper mold is configured to form a rotor space in the brake caliper wherein a brake rotor is received when the brake caliper is installed on a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,888,917

CO-FORGED GOLF CLUB HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A method of forging a golf club head comprising:begin by pre-forging a cylindrical billet, made out of a first material, to create a body portion comprising one or more cavities into said body portion of said golf club head,
at least partially filling said one or more cavities with a second material to create a weight adjustment portion;
providing a cap to at least partially encase said weight adjustment portion within said one or more cavities; and
finalize by post-forging said body portion containing said weight adjustment portion to create said golf club head,
wherein said weight adjustment portion is retained within said one or more cavities of said golf club head via said cap.

US Pat. No. 10,888,916

TORSION BEAM MANUFACTURING METHOD, TORSION BEAM MANUFACTURING APPARATUS, AND TORSION BEAM

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A torsion beam manufacturing method for manufacturing a torsion beam which is provided with a uniformly shaped closed cross-sectional portion in which a cross section orthogonal to a longitudinal direction is a closed cross section having a substantial V-shape or a substantial U-shape with a pair of ear portions, and a shape changing portion which leads to the uniformly shaped closed cross-sectional portion and in which a shape of the closed cross section changes progressively away from the uniformly shaped closed cross-sectional portion, the torsion beam manufacturing method comprising:thickening to form a pair of thickened portions in at least the shape changing portion by pressurizing each of the pair of ear portions from outside against swelling of the pair of ear portions in a state where both outer surfaces of each of the pair of ear portions are supported.

US Pat. No. 10,888,915

DEVICE FOR APPLYING A PRESSING FORCE, AND A PAIR OF PRESSING JAWS

GUSTAV KLAUKE GMBH, Rems...

1. A device configured to apply a pressing force to a workpiece, the device comprising:a housing having first and second pressing jaw receiving areas;
a hydraulic piston-cylinder assembly movably mounted in the housing, the hydraulic piston-cylinder assembly having a third pressing jaw receiving area;
a first pressing jaw configured to be mounted in either of the first and second pressing jaw receiving areas; and
a second pressing jaw mounted in the third pressing jaw receiving area, wherein the pressing jaws are configured to engage with the workpiece during an actuation of the hydraulic piston-cylinder assembly,
wherein the first, second and third receiving areas are arranged linearly one behind the other.

US Pat. No. 10,888,914

ADJUSTMENT ASSEMBLY FOR A PRESS APPARATUS

Eaton Corporation, Cleve...

20. A variable crimp machine for crimping fittings on hoses, the variable crimp machine comprising:a first frame including an upper actuator mount and a lower crimp ring;
an actuator that mounts at the upper actuator mount, the actuator including a driven component that reciprocates linearly along an actuation axis which extends between the upper actuator mount and the lower crimp ring, the driven component including a lower end positioned below the upper actuator mount;
a second frame that attaches to the lower end of the driven component, the second frame defining a crimp die set mounting location;
an actuator adjustment assembly including a dial rotatably coupled to the driven component and that rotates about the actuation axis, the actuator adjustment assembly also including a barrel coupled to the driven component and positioned along the actuation axis within the dial, the dial being configured to move axially relative to the barrel along the actuation axis as the dial is rotated about the actuation axis;
the barrel including a first set of axially spaced-apart hose size markings corresponding to a first type of hose and a second set of axially spaced-apart hose size markings correspond to a second type of hose;
the dial including a first set of circumferentially spaced-apart hose size markings corresponding to the first type of hose and a second set of circumferentially spaced-apart hose size markings corresponding to the second type of hose, wherein the first set of circumferentially spaced-apart hose size markings are used in concert with the first set of axially spaced-apart hose size markings to adjust the actuator for use with the first type of hose, and wherein the second set of circumferentially spaced-apart hose size markings are used in concert with the second set of axially spaced-apart hose size markings to adjust the actuator for use with the second type of hose; and
a pinch point hat coupled to the second frame and at least partially surrounding the dial thereby restricting access to a lower end of the dial.

US Pat. No. 10,888,913

CONTAINER, AND SELECTIVELY FORMED SHELL, AND TOOLING AND ASSOCIATED METHOD FOR PROVIDING SAME

Stolle Machinery Company,...

1. Tooling for forming a shell, the tooling comprising:an upper tool assembly including an upper pressure sleeve;
the upper pressure sleeve including a lower end defining a pressure concentrating forming surface;
a lower tool assembly cooperating with the upper tool assembly to form material disposed therebetween into the shell, the shell including a center panel, a circumferential chuck wall, an annular countersink between the center panel and the circumferential chuck wall, and a curl extending radially outwardly from the chuck wall;
wherein the upper tool assembly and the lower tool assembly move between a separated, first position, wherein the upper tool assembly is spaced from the lower tool assembly, and a forming position, wherein the upper tool assembly is immediately adjacent the lower tool assembly to selectively stretch the material of at least one predetermined portion of the shell relative to at least one other portion of the shell, thereby providing a corresponding thinned portion;
the upper tool assembly includes an tipper die shoe, a riser body, and a hybrid bias generating assembly;
the riser body coupled to the die shoe, the riser body defining a pressure chamber;
the upper pressure sleeve movably disposed in the riser body pressure chamber;
the upper pressure sleeve movable between an extended, first position, wherein the upper pressure sleeve lower end is more spaced from the upper die shoe, and a retracted, second position, wherein the upper pressure sleeve lower end is less spaced from the upper die shoe;
the hybrid bias generating assembly operatively coupled to the upper pressure sleeve; and
wherein the hybrid bias generating assembly controls the movement of the upper pressure sleeve as the upper tool assembly and the lower tool assembly move between the first position and the forming position.

US Pat. No. 10,888,912

SLEW-ACTUATED PIERCING OF RADIAL WALL

Inno-Spin LLC, Phillipsb...

1. A slew-actuated stamping station, comprising:an expandable core configured to apply radially outward pressure to a radially inward facing surface of a radial wall;
at least one slew-actuated punch for piercing, along a radially inward direction, a respective hole in the radial wall;
a drive ring;
at least one punch holder, each connecting one or more of the at least one slew-actuated punch to the drive ring;
a guide for guiding each of the at least one punch holder toward the radial wall;
a first slew for rotating the drive ring to drive each of the at least one punch holder along the guide to pierce the radial wall with each of the at least one slew-actuated punch;
a punch body attached to respective one or more of the at least one slew-actuated punch, the guide being configured to guide the punch body; and
a lever connecting the punch body to the drive ring, the lever being coupled to (a) the punch body via a proximate joint that allows the lever to pivot relative to the punch body, and (b) the drive ring via a distal joint that allows the lever to pivot relative to the drive ring, such that the drive ring, when being rotated by the first slew, moves the punch body along the guide.

US Pat. No. 10,888,911

FORMING MACHINE FOR SPINNING/FLOW FORMING AND METHOD FOR SPINNING/FLOW FORMING

Leifeld Metal Spinning AG...

1. A forming machine for spinning/flow forming of a workpiece, havinga machine bed,
a headstock,
a main spindle rotatably mounted on the headstock, with a flow forming mandrel which is provided to receive the workpiece,
a support which carries at least one machining tool and which is axially displaceable relative to the main spindle in a longitudinal direction of the machine bed,
a main spindle drive for driving in rotation the main spindle, and
a feed drive for displacing the support,
wherein
the main spindle drive has at least two drive motors, each with a drive pinion, and
the main spindle has at least one driving gear, which is driven by the drive pinions of the drive motors.

US Pat. No. 10,888,910

MACHINING METHOD FOR BURRED FLAT HOLES IN METAL PLATES

T.RAD CO., LTD., Tokyo (...

1. A machining method for a burred flat hole in a metal plate, comprising:a first step of pressing an overhanging punch having a flat cross-section orthogonal to a pressing direction onto a surface of a metal plate to form an overhang portion that is flat in the cross-section;
a second step of pressing a perforating punch having a flat cross-section orthogonal to the pressing direction onto a bottom surface of the formed overhang portion to form a planar flat hole portion in the portion; and
a third step of pressing a burring punch onto a peripheral edge portion of the formed hole portion to form a burring by pulling up the portion,
wherein:
each of the overhanging punch and the perforating punch has a pair of side surfaces that are parallel to the pressing direction and are positioned at both ends in a longitudinal direction (hereinafter, referred to as a “major axis direction”) of the cross-section and a pair of side surfaces that are positioned at both ends in a width direction (hereinafter, referred to as a “minor axis direction”) of the cross-section; and
difference (7n?2n) between the side surface gap 7n at both ends in the major axis direction of the cross-section of the burring punch and the side surface gap 2n at both ends in the major axis direction of the cross-section of the overhanging punch is set to be smaller than difference (7m?2m) between the side surface gap 7m at both ends in the minor axis direction of the cross-section of the burring punch and the side surface gap 2m in the minor axis direction of the cross-section of the overhanging punch, that is, (7n?2n)<(7m?2m).

US Pat. No. 10,888,909

ROLLING MILL POURING REEL

Primetals Technologies US...

1. A pouring reel for forming a hot rolled long product into an annular coil, comprising:a central mast lying on a vertical axis;
a cylindrical tub surrounding and cooperating with said mast to form an annular chamber;
a coil plate defining a bottom of said chamber;
said central mast, cylindrical tub and coil plate being rotatable in unison about said vertical axis;
an entry nozzle having a delivery end arranged to direct said product downwardly into said chamber for accumulation on said coil plate as a series of superimposed rings forming said coil;
said coil plate being movable downwardly along said axis and relative to said central mast and said cylindrical tub to accommodate the increasing height of the coil being formed in said chamber; and
vertically extending conveying elements circumferentially spaced around an interior surface of said cylindrical tub, said conveying elements being traversable downwardly and synchronously with said coil plate.

US Pat. No. 10,888,908

MAGNETICALLY THROTTLED LIQUEFIER ASSEMBLY

Stratasys, Inc., Eden Pr...

1. A method for building a three-dimensional object in a layer-by-layer manner with an additive manufacturing system comprising:heating a build chamber of the additive manufacturing system to a selected elevated temperature;
heating a metal feedstock in an extrusion line of the additive manufacturing system, wherein the metal feedstock is heated to an elevated temperature such that the metal feedstock is melted into a flowable state, wherein the extrusion line comprises a flow channel;
generating a first magnetic field along a portion of a length of the extrusion line, the magnetic field lines being perpendicular to a flow direction of the extrusion line in a first direction;
generating a second magnetic field along a portion of a length of the extrusion line, the magnetic field lines being perpendicular to a flow direction of the extrusion line in a second direction opposite the first direction; passing a current through the heated metal feedstock flowing through the flow channel;
flowing the heated metal feedstock through the flow channel positioned within the first and second magnetic fields such that eddy currents are generated in the flowable metal feedstock that create resistive forces to the first and second magnetic fields to create backpressure that induces an increased viscosity in the flowable metal feedstock;
controlling the flow rate of the heated metal feedstock through the flow channel for extrusion based on the relationship of the strength of the first and second magnetic fields and the electrical current passed to the heated metal feedstock;
extruding the magnetically throttled heated metal feedstock from a deposition head of the additive manufacturing system onto a build platform of the additive manufacturing system or previously printed layers in a predetermined pattern to form the layers of the three-dimensional object; and
solidifying the heated metal to provide a re-solidified metal layer of the three-dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,888,907

MIXED JET DESCALING DEVICE AXIALLY AND ECCENTRICALLY ARRANGED FOR INNER WALL OF PIPE

1. A mixed jet descaling device for descaling an inner wall of a metal pipe, said mixed jet descaling device comprising:a support rod configured to be used inside the metal pipe, wherein said support rod comprises a single tortuous rod having a first support portion and a second support portion extending from an end of the first support portion by bending the support rod spatially, wherein each axis of the first and second support portions are parallel and eccentric relative to a central axis of the support rod;
at least two spray nozzle units are fixed on the support rod, each spray nozzle unit comprising at least two jet spray nozzles configured to spray a mixed abrasive medium to remove metal oxide scales formed on the inner wall of the metal pipe during hot rolling or heat treatment, wherein the spray nozzle units are mounted on each of the first and second support portions of the support rod along a lengthwise direction thereof in axially eccentric positions relative to the central axis, and an angle is formed between an axial direction of the jet spray nozzles and the central axis of the support rod, wherein each jet spray nozzle is oriented at a non-perpendicular angle relative to the respective axis of the first or second support portion on which each spray nozzle is mounted, the jet spray nozzles are configured in a diverging manner with the respective axis of the first and second support portions as a respective center; and
wherein the mixed jet descaling device is arranged inside the metal pipe without being in contact with the metal pipe, wherein the jet spray nozzles form a matrix of mixed abrasive medium, wherein said matrix provides a descaling zone capable of covering a circumferential surface of the inner wall of the metal pipe, and wherein a straight relative movement between the jet spray nozzles and the metal pipe remove the metal oxide scales formed on the inner wall of the metal pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,888,906

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PIERCER PLUG

1. A method of manufacturing a piercer plug comprising the steps of:preparing a plug body including a tip portion and a cylindrical portion having a hole usable to attach a bar and located rearward of the tip portion;
forming a build-up layer on a surface of the tip portion; and
heating the plug body such that a temperature of the tip portion with the build-up layer formed thereon is not lower than an austenite transformation temperature and a temperature of the cylindrical portion is lower than the austenite transformation temperature,
the build-up layer being formed of an Ni—W alloy containing 25 to 50 mass % W and 1 to 5 mass % Cr.

US Pat. No. 10,888,904

METHOD FOR CLEANING DRINK FILLING SYSTEM

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. An apparatus for filling a drink comprising:a drink supply pipe line for supplying a drink to a filling machine,
an apparatus for performing CIP (Cleaning in Place) and SIP (Sterilizing in Place) for the drink supply pipe line and the filling machine,
an aseptic chamber surrounding at least the filling machine, and
an apparatus for performing COP (Cleaning out of Place) and SOP (Sterilizing out of Place) for the aseptic chamber,
wherein the apparatus for performing CIP and SIP and the apparatus for performing COP and SOP are configured to be operated simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,888,903

WASHING APPARATUS FOR 3D-PRINTED ARTICLES

1. A washing apparatus for a 3D-printed article for removing support material from the article comprising:a glove isolation cabinet provided with a liquid-discharging nozzle to enable an operator to spray an article located in the cabinet with a washing liquid and a drain;
a first filter arrangement that receives washing liquid discharged from the cabinet via the drain and through which the washing liquid drains under the influence of gravity;
a first pump; and
a second filter arrangement comprising at least one filter cartridge through which liquid that has passed through the first filter arrangement is pumped by the first pump;
characterised in that the first filter arrangement is located in a trough in which washing liquid that has passed through the first filter arrangement accumulates whereby, in use, one or more filters of the filter arrangement are submerged to ensure filtered-out residue remains submerged in liquid, wherein the trough comprises a weir plug over which the washing liquid flows in order to be pumped out of the trough by the first pump.

US Pat. No. 10,888,902

CLASSIFICATION METHOD AND APPARATUS

1. A method for object classification, the method comprising the steps of:guiding a continuous stream of objects from a transport mechanism directly into an unsupported path, along which said object stream is fed through a detection region;
emitting electromagnetic radiation along a first direction for illuminating said detection region, which emitted electromagnetic radiation forms a radiation band extending in a direction orthogonal to said first direction;
optically scanning said detection region to detect electromagnetic radiation reflected by the at least one object in the detection region by viewing said detection region along a second direction,
wherein the first direction and the second direction have a cross-section in the detection region and forms an angle relative each other within the range of 3°-80°;
analyzing the information from the optical scanning; and
classifying objects from the object stream based on the analysis of the reflection information from the optical scanning;
wherein the step of analyzing the information from the optical scanning comprises analyzing the objects based on the intensity and spread of the detected radiation from the optical scanning and wherein the step of analyzing the information from the optical scanning comprises comparing the information to information in a lookup table and/or comparing the information to thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,888,901

SORTING OR CLASSIFYING MACHINES

1. An optical sorting or classifying machine for sorting or classifying product, comprising a housing which includes an internal region, a chute which has a guide surface and is supported by the housing, an illumination unit for illuminating product as delivered on and/or from the chute, and at least one detector for detecting product as delivered on and/or from the chute; wherein the chute is pivotably coupled to the housing about a first pivot between a first, operative configuration, in which the chute extends across the internal region and prevents access or entry into the internal region by an operator, and a second, stowed configuration, in which an operator can access or enter the internal region.

US Pat. No. 10,888,900

ROCK BOX SPLITTER

M-l L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

1. A splitter for a gyratory sifter, comprising:a top surface defining an inlet configured to receive material fed to the splitter;
a bottom surface opposing the top surface and being solid in form such that any of the material flow fed to the splitter is prevented from exiting a bottom of the splitter; and
a cylindrical sidewall coupled to the top surface and the bottom surface and perpendicularly extending away from the bottom surface and the top surface, the cylindrical sidewall and the bottom surface defining a reservoir coaxial with the inlet and configured to retain at least a portion of the material flow fed to the splitter;
wherein the cylindrical sidewall includes one or more openings, each opening corresponding to a deck on a gyratory sifter.

US Pat. No. 10,888,899

MODULAR STAR FOR GRADING, CLEANING, AND TRANSPORTING PRODUCE

NW Polymers, Hillsboro, ...

1. A modular star system for grading, cleaning, and transporting produce, comprising:opposing, first and second hub modules having opposing, tapered surfaces;
plural finger modules separated by the first and second hub module;
wherein each finger module has finger members that are color-coded to indicate a characteristic of the finger module chosen from the group consisting of material composition and geometric shape; and
wherein the finger and first and second hub modules are disposed on a shaft that has a long axis and is configured to rotate about the long axis, wherein outer surfaces of either of the finger or hub modules are color-coded to indicate the characteristic, and wherein the outer surfaces are substantially perpendicular to the long axis of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,888,898

SHIELDED ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER AND IMAGING SYSTEM EMPLOYING THE SAME

ENDRA Life Sciences Inc.,...

1. An ultrasound transducer comprising:at least one piezoelectric element configured to convert received acoustic signals into an electric potential;
a shield connectable to ground and overlying the at least one piezoelectric element through which the acoustic signals pass before being received by the at least one piezoelectric element, the shield having acoustic conductivity and electrical attenuation characteristics that enable the acoustic signals to propagate therethrough while reducing a 100 volt per centimeter electric field to below a threshold level so that the piezoelectric element is exposed to a threshold electrical potential at least less than or equal to 10 ?V; and
a housing accommodating the at least one piezoelectric element and shield.

US Pat. No. 10,888,897

TRANSDUCER, TRANSDUCER ARRAY, AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

CTS Corporation, Lisle, ...

1. A transducer comprising:a transducer element including a plate defining a through-hole;
a piezoelectric bender including at least first and second wafer layers stacked together; and
a circumferentially extending collar positioned between the plate of the transducer element and the piezoelectric bender in a relationship with a first peripheral end face of the collar abutted against an exterior surface of one of the first and second wafer layers of the piezoelectric bender and a second opposed peripheral end face of the collar abutted against an exterior surface of the plate of the transducer element with the circumferentially extending collar surrounding the through-hole defined in the plate of the transducer element and the collar defining a closed interior cavity between the plate of the transducer element and the piezoelectric bender in communication with the through-hole defined in the plate of the transducer element;
whereby the first and/or second wafer layers are adapted to bend at a resonant frequency and generate ultrasonic waves flowing from the first and/or second wafer layers through the closed collar interior cavity and through the plate through-hole and create an in-air pressure pattern and in-air acoustic field at a location spaced from the transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,888,895

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A THIN FILM, METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MAGNETIC DISK, METHOD FOR PRODUCING A NANOIMPRINT MOLD, AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A THIN FILM

SHOWA DENKO K.K., Tokyo ...

1. A film production method that is a method for producing a thin film on a surface of a workpiece, the method comprising the steps of:disposing the workpiece in a chamber;
supplying a process gas into the chamber with an inside of the chamber being maintained at a predetermined pressure; and
applying concurrently (i) light having an energy between 3 eV and 10 eV to the surface of the workpiece to cause photoelectrons to be emitted from the surface of the workpiece, and (ii) an AC electric field to the surface of the workpiece so that molecules of the process gas in a vicinity of the surface of the workpiece are partially decomposed by the photoelectrons and absorbed onto the surface of the workpiece, so as to produce the thin film on the surface of the workpiece,
wherein the partially decomposed molecules retain the original chemical structure of the molecules,
wherein the AC electric field has an electric field intensity causing a Townsend discharge to occur without generating a glow discharge plasma in the chamber, and
wherein a DC bias voltage is not used in the film production method.

US Pat. No. 10,888,894

METHOD OF APPLYING COATING LIQUID TO AN OPTICAL FIBER

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method of processing an optical fiber, comprising the steps of:drawing an optical fiber in a drawing direction along a process pathway through a coating chamber, the coating chamber comprising a coating liquid, the coating liquid coating the optical fiber, the optical fiber entering the coating chamber through a guide die and exiting the coating chamber through a sizing die; and
directing a separate flow of the coating liquid through the coating chamber in a direction transverse to the direction of the drawing direction of the optical fiber, the separate transverse flow of the coating liquid sweeping across and through the process pathway of the optical fiber to mix with the coating liquid in the coating chamber;
wherein the separate transverse flow of the coating liquid is flowed in the transverse direction at a rate greater than 0.1 cm3/s; and
wherein the separate transverse flow of the coating liquid is introduced into the coating chamber at an inlet and the separate transverse flow of the coating liquid is removed from the coating chamber at an outlet opposite the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,888,893

SLOT DIE WITH ACTIVELY CONTROLLED COATING WIDTH

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a die body including a cavity, the cavity having an opening on a dispensing side thereof; and
one or more movable components disposed on the dispensing side of the die body and outside of the opening of the cavity of the die body to define at least a portion of a dispensing slot adjacent to and substantially parallel to the opening of the cavity,
wherein the one or more movable components are movable with respect to the opening of the die body to allow a width of the dispensing slot along a cross direction to be dynamically adjustable,
wherein at least one of the one or more movable components includes an abutting surface to define the dispensing slot, and a shim is attached to the abutting surface and movable along with the at least one of the one or more movable components back and forth along the cross direction, the shim is positioned to be substantially parallel to the opening of the cavity of the die body such that when the shim moves, the shim at least partially blocks the opening of the cavity to dynamically adjust the width of the dispensing slot.

US Pat. No. 10,888,892

PROTECTING HOLE IN COMPONENT DURING COATING PROCESS USING PLUG WITH WATER SOLUBLE LAYER

General Electric Company,...

1. A plug for retaining a hole in a component during a coating process, the plug comprising:a water insoluble core; and
a water soluble layer surrounding at least a portion of an outer surface of the water insoluble core, the water soluble layer engaging an internal surface of the hole during the coating process.

US Pat. No. 10,888,891

ATOMISER ASSEMBLY

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUT...

13. A method of spray drying a particulate substance from a slurry of the particulate substance suspended in a fluid, the method comprising generating a dispersion of particles from the slurry using an atomiser device, the atomiser device comprising an energy generator having an active face, a channel device having a channel comprising a bore extending parallel to an axis of the channel, with a channel inlet and a channel outlet, wherein the channel device comprises a plate having opposite inlet and outlet surfaces on which the channel inlet and channel outlet are respectively disposed, and wherein the channel is filled by a gas, and a fluid delivery device having a fluid outlet, the method comprising:separating the inlet surface of the plate from the active face of the energy generator by a gap of 0.1 mm to 0.35 mm, the gap being filled with a gas;
generating an energy wave from the energy generator;
passing the energy wave generated by the energy generator into the channel inlet and through the bore of the channel and emitting the energy wave from the channel outlet, wherein the energy wave has a frequency selected from the range of frequencies consisting of 20 kHz to 70 kHz;
establishing a standing wave in the energy wave within the channel;
axially separating the channel outlet from the energy generator by a distance;
flowing the fluid through the fluid delivery device, and discharging the fluid from the fluid outlet into a transition zone of the energy wave formed outside the channel outlet, the transition zone having an acoustic impedance gradient at the interface between the interior of the channel and the exterior of the channel;
reflecting the incident energy wave back into the channel towards the energy generator from the acoustic impedance gradient in the transition zone; and
drying the dispersion of particles.

US Pat. No. 10,888,890

CLEANING DEVICE, COMPRESSED AIR SYSTEM, CLEANING METHOD

WABCO GMBH, Hannover (DE...

1. A cleaning device for selectively bombarding a surface with a media sequence of at least a first medium and a second medium, the cleaning device comprising:a nozzle configured to bombard the surface with the second medium;
a cleaning valve having a holding port, a pressure port, a plunger, and a pressure outlet;
an accumulator configured to store the first medium which is loaded with an accumulator pressure; and
a changeover valve configured to selectively create a connection between a first medium supply line and a holding line connected to the holding port,
wherein the pressure outlet is configured to bombard the surface with the first medium in pulse-like fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,888,889

SYSTEM HAVING A DOSING DISPENSER FOR DISPENSING PASTY OR VISCOUS MATERIAL

1. A system having a dosing dispenser for dispensing of pasty or viscous material, comprising:an elongated housing
a cartridge adapted to accommodate a column of viscous material slidingly engaged within the housing;
an applicator disposed at one end of the housing configured for material discharge;
a pump unit disposed between the cartridge and the applicator;
an actuator associated with the housing and configured to execute a pump stroke by displacing the cartridge;
a shutter button closing a housing end opposite the applicator;
a piston insertable into the cartridge, wherein the piston has a front face configured to abut against an end of the column of viscous material that is opposite the pump unit;
wherein the shutter button is comprised of an end with a substantially cylindrical wall extending therefrom that defines an interior cavity and a central punch extending from the end, wherein a portion of the central punch is located in the interior cavity, wherein the central punch is interconnected to a piston sleeve of the piston, and wherein a coefficient of friction between the piston and the inner wall of the cartridge less than a coefficient of friction between the piston sleeve and the punch of the shutter button; and
wherein the piston is operatively interconnected to the shutter button such that the piston axially projects from the shutter button when inserted into the cartridge, wherein when the piston abuts the column of viscous material, which ceases further insertion of the piston into the cartridge, the shutter button can be pushed further onto the piston up to a rest position in the cartridge, in which a locking ball disposed between the front face of the piston and the shutter button is located in a sealing position.

US Pat. No. 10,888,888

UTILITY BUCKET LID

1. A utility bucket lid for the pressurized discharge of a fluid contained within a bucket, said bucket lid comprising:a top surface, a bottom surface, a rigid support member positioned against the top surface and/or a rigid support member positioned below the bottom surface, the rigid support member adding sufficient strength to the bucket lid to support and attach an electric pump to said bucket lid;
said pump has: i) an inlet hose having a suction opening, ii) a discharge hose having a discharge opening, and iii) a pressure switch that turns off power to said pump when predetermined pressure setting is reached; the utility bucket lid also having a rigid pipe passing through the bucket lid and also passing through the rigid support member wherein said rigid pipe has a top end, a bottom end, a first hole, and a second hole, wherein the first hole is located above said top surface and said second hole is located proximate the bottom end of said rigid pipe, wherein the first hole provides an opening for passing said inlet hose into said rigid pipe and into said bucket and said inlet hose exits said rigid pipe's second hole wherein the rigid pipe positions said suction opening of said inlet hose proximate the bottom of the bucket; said rigid pipe also having a top end located above the first hole; the bucket lid also having a multi-positional fluid manifold wherein said fluid manifold is comprised of a first end, a second end, an inlet fitting wherein said discharge opening of said discharge hose is connected to said inlet fitting of said fluid manifold, and said fluid manifold also having a discharge fitting and a valve wherein said valve having an inlet port and an outlet port wherein said valve's inlet port is connected to said fluid manifold's discharge fitting and wherein the outlet port of said valve is threaded to provide a means of connecting a hose and/or spray nozzle; the fluid manifold also having a first plug between the first end and said inlet fitting, and a second plug between said second end and an outlet fitting wherein said plugs provide a leak proof cavity within said fluid manifold and wherein the first end extends beyond the first plug and the second end extends beyond the second plug.

US Pat. No. 10,888,887

ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASHER WITH FOLDING HANDLE

1. A pressure washer, comprising:a water pump;
an electric motor coupled to the water pump and configured to drive the water pump;
a frame having a first end portion and a second end portion;
a ground fault circuit interrupter in electrical communication with the electric motor and received within a cradle formed outside a housing at least partially enclosing the electric motor and the water pump;
a handle having a first end portion and a second end portion; and
a rotating joint rotatably coupling the first end portion of the handle to the second end portion of the frame, wherein the rotating joint includes a locking mechanism to selectively lock the handle in a position relative to the frame,
wherein the locking mechanism comprises:
a pair of joint bodies, each having a hole extending through each of the joint bodies;
a shaft extending through the hole of each said joint body; and
a lever including a cam, wherein the lever is rotatably coupled to the shaft;
wherein the handle is configured to rotate between a storage position and an extended position, wherein in the storage position the second end portion of the handle is positioned above the first end portion of the frame such that the electric motor, the ground fault circuit interrupter, and the water pump are located within a volume defined by the first and second end portions of the handle and the frame, and wherein in the extended position the second end portion of the handle is spaced apart from the frame; and
wherein when the lever is rotated to a first position, the cam rotates to press against one of the pair of joint bodies to force the joint bodies to interlock and prevent rotation of the handle, and wherein when the lever is rotated to a second position, the cam rotates to allow the pair of joint bodies to separate and allow rotation of the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,888,886

MODULAR COLD-SPRAY RECEIVER

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. An adapter for connecting a cold-spray nozzle to a cold-spray machine, comprising:a receiver having a first end and a second end and defining an internal space for receiving the cold-spray nozzle;
an end cap engageable with the first end of the receiver for securing the cold-spray nozzle in the receiver and having an opening aligned with an outlet of the cold-spray nozzle; and
a threaded connection at the second end of the receiver, the threaded connection being configured for connection to the cold-spray machine, wherein the end cap has a first inner diameter section configured to match an outside diameter of the cold-spray nozzle, and a second inner diameter section configured to match an outside diameter of the receiver and further comprising a first inwardly facing groove in the first inner diameter section, a first seal positioned in the first inwardly facing groove to seal against the cold-spray nozzle, a second inwardly facing groove in the second inner diameter section, and a second seal in the second inwardly facing groove to seal against the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,888,885

REDUCTANT NOZZLE WITH SWIRLING SPRAY PATTERN

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A nozzle, comprising:a first end;
a second end located opposite the first end along a longitudinal direction, the longitudinal direction being parallel to a longitudinal axis of the nozzle, wherein the second end defines a plurality of spray outlet apertures having a first cross-sectional area;
an exterior surface extending between the first end and the second end;
an interior surface including a bottom end surface, a top end surface, and a sidewall surface disposed between the bottom end surface and the top end surface along the longitudinal direction;
a first inlet channel extending along the longitudinal direction;
a nozzle wall having a thickness extending from the exterior surface to the first inlet channel along a radial direction, the radial direction being transverse to the longitudinal direction; and
a second inlet channel defined within the nozzle wall and extending along the longitudinal direction,
the bottom end surface, the top end surface, and the sidewall surface defining an interior cavity within the nozzle,
the bottom end surface defining a first inlet aperture facing toward the top end surface along the longitudinal direction, the first inlet channel being fluidly coupled to the interior cavity via the first inlet aperture,
the sidewall surface defining a second inlet aperture therethrough, the second inlet aperture facing radially inward toward the interior cavity, the second inlet channel being fluidly coupled to the interior cavity via the second inlet aperture, the second inlet aperture being disposed between the interior cavity and the second inlet channel along the radial direction,
the top end surface defining a plurality of spray inlet apertures, wherein individual spray inlet apertures of the plurality of spray inlet apertures are fluidly connected to corresponding spray outlet apertures of the plurality of spray outlet apertures via individual spray channels of a plurality of spray channels, and wherein the plurality of spray apertures have a second cross-sectional area that is greater than the first cross-sectional area.

US Pat. No. 10,888,884

DUAL PUMP HAND CLEANER FOAM DISPENSER

OP-Hygiene IP GmbH, Nied...

1. A method of operation of a hand cleaner foam dispenser to dispense a foamed mixture,the method comprising providing the dispenser comprising:
a first reservoir containing a first fluid;
a first pump arrangement operative to draw the first fluid from the first reservoir and to draw first air from the atmosphere and to simultaneously discharge the first fluid and the first air through a first foam inducing member into a final mixing chamber;
a second reservoir containing a second fluid;
a second pump arrangement operative to draw the second fluid from the second reservoir and to draw second air from the atmosphere and to simultaneously discharge the second fluid and the second air through a second foam inducing member into the final mixing chamber;
the final mixing chamber open to a discharge outlet via an outlet passageway; and
an outlet foam inducing member across the outlet passageway,
the method further comprising:
operating the first pump arrangement to draw the first fluid from the first reservoir and to draw the first air from the atmosphere and to simultaneously discharge the first fluid and the first air through the first foam inducing member into the final mixing chamber,
operating the second pump arrangement to draw the second fluid from the second reservoir and to draw the second air from the atmosphere and to simultaneously discharge the second fluid and the second air through a second foam inducing member into the final mixing chamber,
operating the first pump arrangement and the second pump arrangement to simultaneously discharge the first fluid and the first air through the first foam inducing member into the final mixing chamber and the second fluid and the second air through the second foam inducing member into the final mixing chamber, forcing the flow of the first fluid, the first air, the second fluid and the second air simultaneously from the final mixing chamber through the outlet foam inducing member and out the discharge outlet as a final product onto a person's hand,
providing as the first fluid a first alcohol and water solution with not greater than 40% v/v alcohol and providing as the second fluid a second alcohol and water solution with greater than 40% v/v alcohol, and
selecting (a) a relative volume of the first alcohol to water in the first fluid, (b) a relative volume of the second alcohol to water in the second fluid, (c) a volume of the first fluid discharged into the final mixing chamber, and (d) a volume of the second fluid discharged into the final mixing chamber compared to the volume of the first fluid discharged into the final mixing chamber such that in the final product discharged from the final mixing chamber through the outlet foam inducing member and out the discharge outlet has a volume ratio of alcohol to water greater than 40:60;
including providing the first fluid to include a first foaming agent, the first foaming agent provided in the first fluid comprises a base amount plus an additional excess amount, the base amount being an amount of the first foaming agent required to foam the first fluid as it passes through the first foam inducing member,
wherein the excess amount of the first foaming agent is sufficient to foam the second fluid if the second fluid included the excess amount of the first foaming agent when the second fluid is passed through the second foam inducing member.

US Pat. No. 10,888,883

NOZZLE ARRANGEMENT

SOFTHALE NV, Diepenbeek ...

1. A nozzle arrangement for an inhaler for administering a medicament by inhalation for atomizing a fluid flow, the nozzle arrangement being designed for atomizing a fluid flow, which is supplied under pressure, into fine particles, comprising:a conical element with an upper surface, a lower surface and an outer surface which is adjacent to the upper and the lower surface, wherein the outer surface has a multiplicity of grooves extending between the lower surface and the upper surface; and
a counter element which is provided with a recess and is designed to receive the conical element, the recess of the counter element having an inner surface such that the multiplicity of grooves are at least partially covered by the inner surface in order to form a multiplicity of channels;
wherein the multiplicity of channels define outputs in the upper surface in order to let out a respective fluid jet which strikes against at least one other fluid jet in a region spaced apart from the upper surface of the conical element in order thus to atomize the fluid flow in the form of a cloud,
wherein the conical element is moveable along an axis defined for the conical element by tensioning or releasing the tension of a spring mechanism, in order to increase or to reduce an effective cross section of the nozzle arrangement,
wherein the multiplicity of grooves are radially aligned along the conical element and form at least one pair of diametrically opposed channels oriented to converge in order to atomize the fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,888,882

DEVICE FOR SPRAYING A PRODUCT

1. Device for spraying a product, said device comprising:a container containing the product, and
a dispensing head comprising a body, and an endpiece, attached to the body,
the body and the endpiece being configured to allow the product to be sprayed through outlet orifices about a longitudinal axis (Y) of the endpiece, in at least two different directions,
the dispensing head comprising at least first and second chambers, the first and second chambers being concentric chambers, through which the flow of product successively passes before emerging from the outlet orifices,
wherein the flow of product emerging from the endpiece has undergone at least two changes of direction of flow,
in which the endpiece comprises a stem allowing it to be fixed to the body, the stem comprising at least one longitudinal passage for the product to pass from the body towards the endpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,888,881

VARIABLE INERTIAL PARTICLE SEPARATOR

Cummins Filtration IP, In...

1. An inertial particle separator comprising:a housing defining a central compartment, the housing comprising an inlet and a dust port;
an inner body coupled to the housing, the inner body comprising a central tube having a first end extending into the central compartment and a second end defining an outlet; and
a poppet positioned adjacent to the first end of the central tube, the poppet movable or deformable between a closed position, in which the first end is blocked, and an open position, in which the first end is at least partially unblocked, the poppet being biased to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,888,880

CONICAL DISK HAVING A CHECK VALVE, AND A CENTRIFUGE ROTOR, A CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATOR, AND A METHOD OF SEPARATION USING THE CONICAL DISK

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A centrifuge rotor for a centrifugal separator, the centrifuge rotor comprising:a stack of conical disks: and
a spindle having a central axis of rotation around which the conical disks are concentrically provided,
wherein each conical disk has an outward surface and an inward surface, and comprises a central opening,
wherein the stack of conical disks comprises a plurality of interspaces between adjacent conical disks,
wherein the interspaces comprise first interspaces for separation of the relatively heavy phase from the relatively light phase, and at least one second interspace provided adjacent to one of the first interspaces, and
wherein a check valve is provided in the at least one second interspace for closing the at least one second interspace in an inward direction towards the central axis of rotation, and permitting opening of the at least one second interspace in an outward direction, opposite to the inward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,888,879

SEPARATOR ARRANGEMENT FOR CLEANING GAS

ALFDEX AB, Landskrona (S...

18. A pre-separation unit for a centrifugal separator for cleaning gas containing contaminants, said pre-separation unit comprising:a pre-separation inlet having a cross-sectional area and permitting supply of the gas to be cleaned;
a pre-separation outlet having a cross-sectional area for permitting supply of gas from the pre-separation unit to the inlet of the centrifugal separator, wherein the cross-sectional area of the pre-separation inlet is larger than the cross-sectional area of the pre-separation outlet; and
a first chamber, and a second chamber arranged downstream of said first chamber, and a third chamber between the first chamber and the second chamber;
a first partition wall dividing the first chamber from the third chamber, the first partition wall having a through hole allowing the gas to flow from the first chamber to the third chamber; and
a second partition wall dividing the third chamber from the second chamber, the second partition wall having a through hole allowing the gas to flow from the third chamber to the second chamber,
wherein the first chamber, second chamber and third chamber are arranged for permitting through flow of gas through the pre-separation unit, and
wherein the second chamber has a larger volume than the first chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,888,878

METHODS, SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR MANIPULATING PARTICLES

Sartorius Stedim North Am...

1. An apparatus for manipulating particles, the apparatus comprising:a rotor rotatable at a speed about an axis, the rotor having an outer periphery and front and rear opposite sides;
at least one chamber mounted on the rotor, each chamber having an inlet and an opposed outlet;
an umbilical assembly rotatable about the axis, the umbilical assembly comprising:
a curvilinear guide connecting to the rear side of the rotor;
a flexible conduit residing in the guide; and
first and second elongate passageways for each chamber extending through the conduit, wherein the first passageway is in fluid communication with the inlet of a respective chamber and the second passageway is in fluid communication with the outlet of the respective chamber; and
a drive mechanism configured to rotate the umbilical assembly at about one-half the speed of the rotor;
wherein each chamber comprises a substantially conical body portion and a flange extending about at least a portion of a perimeter of the conical body portion, the flange defining a plane and the conical body portion extending outwardly from the plane, the flange including an inlet fluid path that is external to the conical body portion and extends around at least a portion of the perimeter of the conical body portion to the chamber inlet and an outlet fluid path that extends from the chamber outlet, and wherein the first elongate passageway is in fluid communication with the flange inlet fluid path and the second elongate passageway is in fluid communication with the flange outlet fluid path,
wherein each chamber is configured to allow fluid flow therethrough while the rotor and the chamber rotate about the axis such that a force of fluid flowing from the inlet to the outlet opposes a centrifugal force created by the rotation of the rotor and the chamber,
wherein a fluid flow path from the inlet to the outlet is perpendicular to the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,888,877

SEPARATION OF MINERALS BY SPECIFIC GRAVITY

Jody G. Robbins, Phoenix...

1. A device for separating minerals by specific gravity, the device comprising:a centrifuge configured to rotate about an axis, the centrifuge comprising an inner chamber, a collection region comprising an outer chamber, and a flow path between the outer chamber and the inner chamber to convey a mineral-containing material from the inner chamber to the collection region;
an energy injection module configured to couple to the collection region to provide oscillating energy into the collection region, wherein the centrifuge, the collection region and the energy injection module are configured to settle minerals out of the mineral-containing material and stratify the minerals by specific gravity; and
wherein material collects in the collection region, wherein the material has a mass, and wherein the device further comprises at least one sensor that measures the mass of material collected in the collection region.

US Pat. No. 10,888,876

VALVE

WEIR MINERALS AUSTRALIA L...

1. A dart valve for use in controlling fluid flow in a flotation processing circuit, the valve comprising:a valve body;
an inlet to the valve body;
an outlet from the valve body;
a member which is arranged in use to control fluid flow from the inlet to the outlet;
a bypass opening which facilitates fluid flow in one or both of two modes:
(i) in the first mode from the inlet to the bypass opening; and
(ii) in the second mode from the bypass opening to the outlet; and
isolation valves which are associated with each of the outlet, inlet, and bypass opening.

US Pat. No. 10,888,875

ELECTRODES FORMED FROM 2D MATERIALS FOR DIELECTROPHORESIS AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UTILIZING THE SAME

Regents of the University...

1. A device for applying a dielectrophoretic force on a particle, the device comprising:a cell defining at least one channel for confining the particle;
a first electrode and a second electrode electrically isolated from the first electrode, at least one of the first and second electrodes being formed from a two-dimensional (2D) material providing an atomically sharp edge; and
a dielectric layer between the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein the first and second electrodes are arranged sufficiently close to one another and sufficiently close to the channel such that application of a sufficient voltage across the first and second electrodes generates an electric field in at least part of the channel, the electric field having an electric field gradient sufficient to apply the dielectrophoretic force on the particle in the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,888,874

METHODS FOR SEPARATION OF MAGNETIC NANOPARTICLES

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Aubur...

1. A method of separating magnetic nanoparticles, the method comprising the step of placing the magnetic nanoparticles in a periodic magnetic field, wherein the periodic magnetic field varies between a first magnetic field strength and a second magnetic field strength that is higher than the first magnetic field strength, andfurther comprising the step of applying a flowing fluid to the magnetic nanoparticles subsequent to the step of placing the magnetic nanoparticles in a periodic magnetic field, and
further comprising the step of capturing fractionated layers of magnetic nanoparticles that are released during the applying step.

US Pat. No. 10,888,873

COMPACT NOISE ENCAPSULATION FOR MOBILE PROCESSING DEVICES

Metso Minerals, Inc., He...

1. A mobile processing device having a material processing unit; a power unit; a frame; and a noise encapsulation for said material processing unit, wherein the noise encapsulation is attached to the frame and wherein the noise encapsulation comprises two cover elements, each of said cover elements being pivotable between an open position providing access to the material processing unit and a closed position wherein the cover elements can be interconnected to create an encapsulation for the material processing unit, said encapsulation having a roof and side walls, wherein said material processing unit is a mobile crusher having a crusher unit, and wherein it further comprises a crusher cavity cover element, wherein said crusher cavity cover element is pivotable around a horizontal axis between an open position in which access is provided to the crusher cavity and a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,888,872

GROOVED CHAMBER FOR A FOOD-PRODUCT SEPARATION MACHINE

PROVISUR TECHNOLOGIES, IN...

1. A separation assembly for a food product separating machine configured to separate meat product from bone product, the assembly comprising:a chamber defined by a circumferential side wall, a longitudinal axis, and a radius;
a plurality of apertures disposed in the circumferential side wall;
at least one V-shaped groove disposed along an inner surface of the circumferential side wall, the V-shaped groove defined by a vertex, two legs extending from the vertex, and an angle bisector of the vertex; and
the V-shaped groove formed in the inner surface such that the angle bisector is tilted relative to the radius of the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,888,871

FOOD WASTE DISPOSER

Skybest Electric Applianc...

1. A food waste disposer, comprising a food conveying section, a grind and discharge section and a motor section used for driving the grind and discharge section to execute a grinding process;wherein the motor section comprises a universal motor, the universal motor comprises a control device for controlling a rotation speed of the universal motor, and the control device comprises a rectifier bridge circuit module for converting an AC power signal into a DC power signal;
wherein the control device further comprises a controller, a drive circuit, and a rotation speed detector, the rotation speed detector is connected with the controller and configured to transmit a detected rotation speed signal to the controller; the controller is connected with the drive circuit and configured to transmit different control signals to the drive circuit after perform judgment based on the detected rotation speed signal; and the drive circuit is configured to output corresponding power source voltage of different values to the universal motor, varied with the different control signals; and
the rotation speed detector comprises a sensing circuit, and the sensing circuit comprises a magnet ring coaxially configured on a motor shaft of the universal motor and an inductive element that coordinates with the magnet ring for detecting the rotation speed of the universal motor.

US Pat. No. 10,888,870

GRINDER USING INDUCED ELECTRIC FIELD

LG Chem, Ltd.

1. A method of dispersing and grinding conductive materials using induced electric fields, the conductive materials comprising carbon nano fibers (CNFs) or carbon nano tubes (CNTs), the method comprising:rotating a grinding unit of a grinder, the grinding unit having a plurality of protrusions disposed on an outer circumferential surface thereof, the protrusions having a cylindrical spike mill structure in which the grinding unit has a cylindrical shape and the protrusions extend from the outer circumferential surface thereof;
generating the induced electric fields from a power unit disposed in the grinding unit, the induced electric fields attaching the conductive materials to the grinding unit, the conductive materials being given directionality by the induced electric fields, the conductive materials being aligned by the induced electric fields in a direction perpendicular to the grinding unit; and
dispersing and grinding the conductive materials attached to the grinding unit using beads contained within a chamber disposed outside the grinding unit, the conductive materials being ground by being disposed between the protrusions and the beads when the grinding unit rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,888,869

DEVICES FOR RESETTING POSITIONS OF GRINDING WHEELS IN GRINDERS

GRUPPO CIMBALI S.p.A., B...

1. A grinder for grinding beans of plant-based products and generating a ground powder, the grinder comprising:a grinding chamber;
a wheel motor having a shaft defining an axial direction;
a rotating grinding wheel and a stationary grinding wheel housed in the grinding chamber, wherein the rotating grinding wheel is connected to the shaft of the wheel motor and is configured to rotate around the axial direction, and wherein the stationary grinding wheel is stationary against rotation and is configured to axially move in both ways in the axial direction; and
a device for resetting position of the rotating grinding wheel and the stationary grinding wheel;
wherein the device comprises:
a mechanism for axially moving the stationary grinding wheel;
an electric motor, coupled to the mechanism, for actuating the mechanism; and
means for stopping the electric motor as soon as a contact state is detected between the stationary grinding wheel and the rotating grinding wheel, wherein the means comprises a current intensity meter for measuring current intensity absorbed by the electric motor and a switch for cutting off power to the electric motor upon detection of a value of the current intensity absorbed by the electric motor representative of a zero-distance state between the stationary grinding wheel and the rotating grinding wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,888,868

FEEDING CENTER PLATE IN A PULP OR FIBER REFINER

Valmet AB

1. A pulp or fiber refiner including a rotor, a center plate for said rotor, a stator having an entrance opening, and a refining area limited to the space between said rotor and said stator peripheral to said center plate, said center plate having a surface opposite and corresponding to said entrance opening in said stator provided with at least one feeding wing for directing lignocellulose-containing material flowing through said entrance opening in said stator onto said surface towards a periphery of the center plate, and between the refining surfaces between the rotor and the stator whereinsaid at least one feeding wing is an elongated protrusion extending between a first end and a second end, said second end of said at least one feeding wing being arranged further away from a center of the center plate than said first end of said at least one feeding wing, and said second end of said at least one feeding wing being displaced relative to said first end of said at least one feeding wing in a direction opposite to a direction of rotation of the rotor and the center plate,
said surface is provided with at least one counter-feeding wing for directing steam flowing along said surface towards the center of the center plate,
wherein said at least one counter-feeding wing is an elongated protrusion extending between a first end and a second end, said second end of said at least one counter-feeding wing being arranged further away from the center of the center plate than said first end of said at least one counter-feeding wing and closer to the center of the center plate than said first end of said at least one feeding wing, and said second end of said at least one counter-feeding wing being displaced relative to said first end of said at least one counter-feeding wing in a same direction as the direction of rotation, for directing steam to flow along said at least one counter-feeding wing in a direction having a component directed towards the center of the center plate, when the center plate is rotating in the direction of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,888,867

CRUSHING DEVICE PROVIDED WITH AN EXHAUST SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CRUSHING HETEROGENEOUS CHUNKS OF MATERIAL

OIJENSE BOVENDIJK B.V., ...

1. A crushing device configured to crush heterogeneous chunks of material, said crushing device comprising a jaw crusher provided with two jaws, wherein at least one of said two jaws moves reciprocally toward the other of said two jaws and away from the other of said two jaws when in use, so as to crush material that is present between said two jaws, and wherein said two jaws define a crushing space together with two bounding elements extending beside said two jaws, parallel to a direction of reciprocation of at least one of said two jaws, a supply device configured to supply the material to be crushed to the jaw crusher and a discharge device configured to discharge material processed, which is at least partially crushed, by the jaw crusher, wherein the material flows from the supply device, through the crushing space, to the discharge device in a downstream direction of flow, wherein the crushing device comprises a housing that encloses the jaw crusher, at least one first ventilation device provided with an air outlet opening that opens into the crushing space, which first ventilation device is configured to blow air under pressure between said two jaws of the jaw crusher device such that it then flows in upstream direction into the crushing space, and a first exhaust device which, when in use, exhausts air mixed with fine material produced by the jaw crusher from the housing, wherein the exhaust device is configured to convey the fine material mixed with the air to a collecting location.

US Pat. No. 10,888,866

LIQUID DIRECTING SAMPLE CONTAINER

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus comprising:a liquid directing sample container comprising:
a well comprising:
sides having a non-circular profile, the non-circular profile having interior angles, at a first target location and a second target location within the well, that are smaller than other interior angles of the non-circular profile to wick liquid towards the first target location and towards the second target location, wherein the sides of the well have a profile having a first corner adjacent the first target location and a second corner adjacent the second target location; and
a floor having first and second portions, wherein the first portion is sloped to direct liquid towards the first corner and a first discharge port adjacent the first target location and the second portion is sloped towards the second corner and a second discharge port adjacent the second target location.

US Pat. No. 10,888,865

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SAMPLE COLLECTION

Coyote Bioscience Co., Lt...

1. A device for collecting a sample from a subject for nucleic acid amplification, comprising:a collection vessel that includes reagents necessary for nucleic acid amplification, wherein said collection vessel is adapted to accept at least one swab containing said sample;
a cap integrated with said collection vessel and having a channel extending therethrough to permit said at least one swab to be deposited in said collection vessel, wherein said channel is closable upon rotation of said cap; and
at least one cutting member that severs a longitudinal portion of a stem of said at least one swab extending through said channel upon rotation of said cap,
wherein said collection vessel and/or said cap are dimensioned such that upon depositing said at least one swab in said collection vessel, said stem of said at least one swab extends through said channel, and
wherein upon rotation of said cap, said at least one cutting member severs a longitudinal portion of said stem of said at least one swab extending through said channel to provide said at least one swab sealed in said collection vessel and in contact with said reagents necessary for nucleic acid amplification.

US Pat. No. 10,888,864

ELECTROCHEMICAL METABOLIC ACTIVITY DETECTING DEVICE

The Governing Council of ...

1. A device for detecting metabolic activity of target cells in a sample comprising a fluid solution, the device comprising:a plurality of individual nanoliter wells, each well being aligned along a respective longitudinal axis comprising:
an inlet for receiving the sample at a first longitudinal end of the well;
an outlet permitting exiting of the fluid solution from a second longitudinal end of the well opposite to the first longitudinal end;
a microfilter positioned near the outlet for inhibiting the target cells from exiting the well through the outlet; and
electrodes in the well for sensing an electrochemical state of contents in the well;
a first channel perpendicular with the longitudinal axis of each well, the first channel being in fluid communication with all the inlets of the wells; and
a second channel, separate from the first channel, perpendicular with the longitudinal axis of each well, the second channel being in fluid communication with all the outlets of the wells;
wherein the first and second channels are each configured to enable introduction of a sealing fluid across all the inlets and all the outlets, respectively, to seal each well.

US Pat. No. 10,888,863

ONE-STEP PROTEIN ANALYSIS USING SLANTED NANOFILTER ARRAY

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A biomolecular sorter comprising:a) a first substrate;
b) a second substrate affixed to a surface of the first substrate;
c) at least one sample inlet on the surface of the first substrate upstream from a first preconcentration region;
d) at least one sample outlet on the surface of the first substrate downstream from a first separation region;
e) the first preconcentration region comprising a plurality of first nanochannels having a shallow depth and a plurality of second nanochannels having a deep depth, and said plurality of first and plurality of second nanochannels are in fluid communication with each other and the at least one sample inlet;
f) the first separation region comprising a plurality of first nanochannels having a shallow depth and a plurality of second nanochannels having a deep depth, and said plurality of first and plurality of second nanochannels are in serial fluid communication with each other, downstream from the first preconcentration region and upstream from the at least one sample outlet;
g) a first conduit for applying an electrostatic force field or hydrodynamic force field to the nanochannels of the first preconcentration region and the nanochannels of the first separation region;
h) a second conduit for applying the electrostatic force field or hydrodynamic force field to the nanochannels of the first separation region and the nanochannels of the first preconcentration region;
wherein the depths of said nanochannels of the first preconcentration region and the nanochannels of the first separation region are between about 2 nm and 10 ?m, and said nanochannels of the first preconcentration region are linear and are angled at between about 115 degrees and 155 degrees relative to the electrostatic or hydrodynamic force field so as to cause concentration of specific molecule species within the first preconcentration region, and said nanochannels of the first separation region are linear and are angled at between about 15 degrees and 75 degrees, relative to the electrostatic or hydrodynamic force field so as to cause separation of specific molecule species within the first separation region, and an unbroken plane exists between the surface of the first substrate and a surface of the second substrate such that the unbroken plane is in fluid communication with the nanochannels of the first preconcentration region and the nanochannels of the first separation region.

US Pat. No. 10,888,862

ACCELERATION-PRIMED VALVING SYSTEM FOR CENTRIFUGAL MICROFLUIDICS

Radisens Diagnostics Limi...

1. A microfluidic system for processing biological samples comprising:a holding chamber adapted for holding a fluid and to be rotated on a platform about a central axis, wherein the holding chamber is dimensioned to have an inner radial wall of radius (R1) and outer radial wall of radius (R2) from the central axis, said holding chamber comprising an outlet through which fluid flow is controlled by an acceleration-primed valve system, wherein the acceleration-primed valve system comprises a capillary valve and an outlet channel, the capillary valve comprising an innermost portion that is radially inward, (R3), of the outermost portion of the holding chamber, (R2), and wherein the capillary valve is primed by a force generated by a tangential acceleration of the platform, wherein the capillary valve is positioned such that upon rotating the platform about the central axis at any speed the capillary valve is innermost to a meniscus of the fluid within the holding chamber when under centrifugal force.

US Pat. No. 10,888,861

MICROFLUIDIC FLOW CONTROL AND DEVICE

STRATEC Consumables Gmb, ...

16. A method of manufacturing a microfluidic flow controller,the method comprising:
fabricating a substrate having formations defining two or more substrate fluid channels having channel fluid ports which are open at an outer surface of the substrate; and
positioning a flexible layer over the substrate, the flexible layer having formations defining a flexible fluid channel that is formed as one or more indentations or recesses in the flexible layer so that, when the flexible layer is positioned over the substrate so as to cover at least the channel fluid ports, the flexible fluid channel provides a fluid communication path between the channel fluid ports; and
one or more control formations protruding from the upper surface of the flexible layer providing an activation area which is directly accessible for an external actuator and has a greater width than the flexible fluid channel, wherein the one or more control formations are positioned with respect to the flexible fluid channel so that when a force is applied to the activation area of the one or more control formations, the flexible fluid channel is deformed.

US Pat. No. 10,888,860

SAMPLE TRANSFER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SAMPLE TRANSFER

HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE INC., ...

1. A sample transfer device, comprising:a first block comprising a first port and a second port;
a second block comprising a third port and a fourth port;
a slider located between the first block and the second block, wherein the slider is configured to slide from a first position to a second position and vice versa;
at least one stopper configured to limit movement of the slider in linear direction to thereby align the channels and ports in at least one of the first and second positions;
wherein both in the first position and in the second position a first straight channel is formed between the first port and the third port and a second straight channel is formed between the second port and the fourth port.

US Pat. No. 10,888,859

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE OF MULTIPLE TUBE DEVICES

BIOTIX, INC., San Diego,...

1. A method for manufacturing a multiple tube fluid processing device, comprising:injecting a moldable polymer into a mold configured to manufacture a multiple tube fluid processing device, wherein the device comprises:
a first tube comprising a first tube wall, a first tube bottom, a first tube opening, a first tube exterior surface and first tube interior surface;
a second tube comprising a second tube wall, a second tube bottom, a second tube opening, a second tube exterior surface and a second tube interior surface; and
a junction between the first tube and the second tube, which junction comprises a portion of the first tube exterior surface in connection with a portion of the second tube exterior surface, and which junction comprises a junction opening between the first tube interior surface and the second tube interior surface; and
which first tube wall comprises a region of reduced wall thickness comprising a panel or window; and
removing the device from the mold after the polymer has hardened or substantially hardened, wherein the polymer is not polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

US Pat. No. 10,888,858

PIPETTING DEVICE, PIPETTE TIP COUPLER, AND PIPETTE TIP: DEVICES AND METHODS

Hamilton Company, Reno, ...

1. A pipette tip coupling device for coupling a pipette tip to a pipette device, the pipette tip coupling device comprising:a shank having a proximal end face and a widest shank portion with a shank diameter;
a coupler body having a proximal coupler end surface and a widest coupler body portion with a coupler body diameter;
wherein the coupler body is distal to the shank, and wherein the coupler body diameter is greater than the shank diameter;
a distal stem portion;
a distal end plate;
an open-ended interior circumscribing surface forming an open passageway extending longitudinally from the proximal end face through the distal end plate;
a proximal elastomeric element disposed around the shank and adjacent to the proximal coupler end surface; and
a distal elastomeric element disposed around the distal stem portion and adjacent to the distal end plate.