US Pat. No. 10,114,440

APPLYING POWER MANAGEMENT BASED ON A TARGET TIME

Razer (Asia-Pacific) Pte....

1. An electronic device comprising:one or more processors;
a display coupled to the one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing instructions executable by the one or more processors, for programming the one or more processors to:
determine a target time to which a battery charge is to last;
determine, at a first time instance, a first current amount of the battery charge;
determine a first set of user activities likely to occur between the first time instance and the target time;
determine a first amount of the battery charge predicted to be depleted between the first time instance and the target time based on the determined first set of user activities;
based at least partially on the first amount of the battery charge predicted to be depleted, apply a first set of power management restrictions to a first set of resources of the electronic device for a first category of applications, and apply a second set of power management restrictions to a second set of resources of the electronic device for a second category of applications;
determine, at a second time instance subsequent to the first time instance, a second current amount of the battery charge;
determine a second set of user activities likely to occur between the second time instance and the target time;
determine a second amount of the battery charge predicted to be depleted between the second time instance and the target time based on the determined second set of user activities; and
based at least partially on the second amount of the battery charge predicted to be depleted, apply a third set of power management restrictions to the first set of resources of the electronic device for the first category of applications, and apply a fourth set of power management restrictions to the second set of resources of the electronic device for the second category of applications,
wherein the third set of power management restrictions is less restrictive than the first set of power management restrictions, and the fourth set of power management restrictions is less restrictive than the second set of power management restrictions.

US Pat. No. 10,114,437

PORTABLE DEVICE AND CALIBRATION METHOD THEREOF

MEDIATEK INC., Hsin-Chu ...

1. A portable device, comprising:a first processor, performing an initial procedure according to an operation clock with a first frequency value and an operation voltage with a first voltage value, and performing a calibration procedure according to the operation clock with a second frequency value and the operation voltage with a second voltage value when the initial procedure has been performed and a self-calibration event is present;
a storage unit; and
a second processor, detecting whether a specific function of the calibration procedure is being performed by the first processor,
wherein the second processor stores the second frequency value and the second voltage value into the storage unit after the calibration procedure is performed,
wherein the second voltage value is lower than the first voltage value, and the second frequency value is lower than the first frequency value.

US Pat. No. 10,114,434

HEAT DISSIPATION MODULE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Acer Incorporated, New T...

1. A heat dissipation module, disposed in an electronic device, the electronic device having a heat source, the heat dissipation module comprising:an evaporator, heat conducting to the heat source, wherein the evaporator has an inlet and an outlet;
a pipe, connecting to the inlet and the outlet to form a loop therewith, wherein a working fluid is filled in the loop;
a magnetic field generator, disposed outside of the evaporator, wherein the magnetic field generator comprises:
at least one first magnetic member, disposed outside the evaporator and adjacent to the inlet; and
at least one second magnetic member, disposed outside the evaporator and adjacent to the outlet; and
a plurality of magnetic powder, movably disposed in the evaporator, wherein the first magnetic member provides a constant magnetic field to limit the magnetic powder in the evaporator, the second magnetic member provides a variable magnetic field to drive the magnetic powder to change a position of the magnetic powder in the evaporator, the constant magnetic field generated by the first magnetic member and the variable magnetic field generated by the second magnetic member drive the magnetic powder to form a channel in the evaporator where the working fluid passes through, heat generated by the heat source is transmitted to the evaporator, and the working fluid in liquid phase absorbs the heat and is phase-transited to vapor phase and flows towards the pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,114,433

THERMAL MANAGEMENT ASSEMBLY

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRIS...

11. An apparatus comprising:a memory device including an upper notch and a lower notch;
a thermal management assembly coupled to the memory device via the upper notch,
wherein the thermal management assembly includes:
a first thermal management member including:
a first main region that is continuous and devoid of a through opening;
a first connection region that is discontinuous; and
a first top side;
a second thermal management member including:
a second main region;
a second connection region, wherein the second main region and the second connection region are continuous, and the second connection region includes a connection tab such that the first connection region and the second connection region are connected by the connection tab; and
a second top side;
a connection member to couple the first thermal management member and the second thermal management member to the memory device, wherein the first top side and the second top side are substantially flush with a top side of the memory device and the connection tab is located directly behind the connection member; and
a memory device socket electrically coupled to the memory device, wherein the memory device socket includes a retention clip receivable in the lower notch.

US Pat. No. 10,114,432

THERMAL CONTROL SYSTEM AND THERMAL CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

MEDIATEK INC., Hsin-Chu ...

1. A thermal control system for an electronic device, comprising:an integrated circuit;
a determining unit, for determining at least a first target thermal parameter for the integrated circuit;
a first adding unit, coupled to the integrated circuit and the determining unit, for receiving the first target thermal parameter and at least a first actual thermal parameter of the integrated circuit to generate at least a first error thermal parameter accordingly;
a first proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controlling unit, coupled to the first adding unit, for generating at least a second target thermal parameter according to the first error thermal parameter;
a second adding unit, coupled to the integrated circuit and the first PID controlling unit, for receiving the second target thermal parameter and at least a second actual thermal parameter of the integrated circuit to generate at least a second error thermal parameter accordingly; and
a second PID controlling unit, coupled to the second adding unit and the integrated circuit, for generating at least a performance level for the integrated circuit according to the second error thermal parameter;
wherein the electronic device comprises a central processing unit (CPU), a graphics processing unit (GPU), a battery, or an electronic device case, and the first target thermal parameter is a target temperature of the battery or a target temperature of the electronic device case, and the second target thermal parameter is a target temperature of the CPU or a target temperature of the GPU.

US Pat. No. 10,114,431

NONHOMOGENEOUS SERVER ARRANGEMENT

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A data center having nonhomogeneous servers interleaved within a rack comprising a first quantity of gaming optimized servers having a first hardware configuration and a second quantity of general processing optimized servers having a second hardware configuration that is different from the first hardware configuration, the first quantity of gaming optimized servers and the second quantity of general processing optimized servers being power balanced to use a substantially equal amount of power at peak power, and an amount of cooling available being insufficient to cool both the first quantity of gaming optimized servers and the second quantity of general processing optimized servers in active processing mode, wherein the first hardware configuration comprises a graphics processing unit (“GPU”) and the second hardware configuration does not include GPU, and wherein the first quantity of gaming optimized servers is designed for a workload with a peak usage during a first time period that does not substantially overlap with a second time period for which the second quantity of general processing optimized servers is designed, wherein interleaved with a rack means that the first quantity of gaming optimized servers and the second quantity of general processing optimized servers are arranged within the rack in an alternating arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,114,430

HEAT DISSIPATION STRUCTURE FOR MOBILE DEVICE

Asia Vital Components Co....

1. A heat dissipation structure for a mobile device, comprising:an element holding member including an element holding portion and a cooling module set in the element holding portion; the element holding portion having a first side and an opposite second side, and the cooling module being a unitary structure having a cold surface and an opposite hot surface; and the cooling module being set in the element holding portion with the cold surface and the hot surface being flush with the first side and the second side, respectively;
wherein the first side of the element holding portion has a plurality of electronic elements disposed thereon in the element holding member; and the electronic elements including at least one heat source; and the heat source being attached to or located abutting the cold surface of the cooling module;
wherein the second side of the element holding portion has at least one heat dissipation element held thereto; the at least one heat dissipation element being attached to or located abutting the hot surface of the cooling module; and the heat dissipation element being selected from a group consisting of a copper sheet, a vapor chamber, a heat pipe, a piece of graphite, and a piece of graphene; and
wherein the element holding member further includes a plurality of receiving spaces, which each of the receiving spaces has an open side and an opposite closed side, the electronic elements disposed in a first one of the receiving spaces on the first side of the element holding portion, and the at least one heat dissipation element disposed in a second one of the receiving spaces on the second side of the element holding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,114,429

DATA STORAGE DEVICE SECURING MECHANISM

HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECT...

1. A data storage device securing mechanism securing at least one data storage, comprising:a bottom plate;
two side plates connected to two sides of the bottom plate; and
a plurality of resilient members mounted on each side plate, each resilient member having a plurality of ends;
wherein each side plate defines a plurality of receiving grooves, a plurality of fasteners is configured to pass through the receiving grooves to be inserted into the data storage to slidably install the data storage in the data storage device securing mechanism, the resilient member is elastically deformed to abut against the fasteners to prevent the fasteners and the data storage from sliding along the receiving groove;when the data storage slides in the data storage device securing mechanism, the ends of the resilient member remain fixed to the side plate.

US Pat. No. 10,114,427

INPUT/OUTPUT MODULE BAFFLE AND MOTHERBOARD WITH THE SAME

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., T...

1. An input/output module baffle, adapted to an electronic device, the electronic device includes a motherboard and a casing, the motherboard is located inside the casing, the motherboard includes a connector module, the input/output module baffle comprising:a fixing plate including a plurality of retaining clips to clamp the fixing plate on the connector module;
a conductive component located between the fixing plate and the connector module; and
a frame located between the fixing plate and the casing, wherein the input/output module baffle further includes a baffle fastener to fasten the fixing plate on the connector module of the motherboard, the retaining clips further include a positioning opening, the baffle fastener further includes a positioning portion, and the positioning portion includes a positioning protrusion to position the baffle fastener in the positioning opening, wherein the baffle fastener further includes a connecting portion and a fastening portion, and the fastening portion is buckled on a back of the connector module.

US Pat. No. 10,114,426

FULL HEIGHT I/O BRACKET FOR LOW PROFILE EXPANSION CARD

Dell Products, L.P., Rou...

1. An expansion card for an information handling system, the expansion card comprising:a full height mounting bracket comprising a full height input/output (I/O) panel sized for insertion in an I/O panel frame of an enclosure;
a top mounting panel that is attached to and extends orthogonally away from the full height I/O panel; and
a low profile printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) physically attached to the full height I/O panel, wherein the low profile PCBA connects at a top section of the low profile PCBA to an adjacent bottom section of the top mounting panel to present a lower circuit edge for insertion into an internal I/O connector mounted on a bottom surface of the information handling system, and wherein the mounting bracket and the physically attached low profile PCBA define a full height expansion card for insertion into an information handling system that is configured to receive full height expansion cards, the expansion card being inserted in a downward vertical plane with the top mounting panel being above the low profile PCBA which is in turn above the internal I/O connector.

US Pat. No. 10,114,424

MULTI-PIVOT HINGE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computing device, comprising:a first portion and a second portion; and,
a sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly rotatably securing the first portion and the second portion, the sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly controlling sequential rotation around individual axes such that the sequential rotation starts at a first individual axis that is closer to the first portion than the second portion when rotating the first and second portions toward one another and starts at a second individual axis that is closer to the second portion than the first portion when moving the first and second portions apart.

US Pat. No. 10,114,423

HYBRID COMPUTING DEVICE, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A computing device, comprising:an enclosure arranged to support a display on a front of the enclosure; and
a cover mechanically coupled to the enclosure, the cover comprising:
a first portion,
an input device, the input device integrated into a first side of the first portion,
a second portion having at least one flexible seam, the at least one flexible seam to couple the second portion to the first portion to allow the second portion to adjustably pivot around the seam,
the first portion including the input device arranged to align with and conceal the display of the computing device in a closed configuration, the display and the input device arranged to be inaccessible and inoperable in the closed configuration, and
one or more grooves or ribs arranged on the first side of the first portion between the input device and the second portion, the one or more grooves or ribs to receive an edge of the enclosure in an open configuration to prevent the enclosure from sliding toward the input device.

US Pat. No. 10,114,422

COVER PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A cover panel, comprising:a heat sink layer;
an impact absorbing layer on the heat sink layer; and
an elastic pattern on at least one side of the impact absorbing layer.

US Pat. No. 10,114,421

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

PEGATRON CORPORATION, Ta...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a case, comprising a plurality of first components and a plurality of second components; the first components and the second components arranged alternately and pivoted each other; the first component comprising an accommodating slot, and the second component comprising a connecting part, at least one curved part, and at least one protrusion; the curved part connected to the connecting part and received in the accommodating slot of the adjacent first component, and the protrusion arranged at a side of the curved part opposite to a side connected to the connecting part; the first component and the second component being capable of pivoting in response to bending of the case to make the first component move relative to the second component between the connecting part and the protrusion to change a region where the curved part is received in the accommodating slot;
a flexible display panel, assembled with the case; and
at least one flexible circuit board, electrically connected to the flexible display panel and arranged in the case.

US Pat. No. 10,114,420

FLEXIBLE SCREEN EXTENSION STRUCTURE, FLEXIBLE SCREEN ASSEMBLY, AND TERMINAL

SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOG...

1. A flexible screen extension structure, comprising:a first panel comprising a first guiding mechanism;
a first sliding element slidably connected to the first guiding mechanism along a first direction, wherein under the guide of the first guiding mechanism, the first sliding element is slidable to a first position where the first sliding element is overlapped with the first panel, and to a second position where the first sliding element is at least partially misaligned with respect to the first panel;
a second panel comprising a second guiding mechanism;
a second sliding element slidably connected to the second guiding mechanism along a second direction, wherein under the guide of the second guiding mechanism, the second sliding element is slidable to a third position where the second sliding element is adjacent to the first panel, and to a fourth position where the second sliding element is far away from the first panel, and the second direction is parallel to the first direction; and
a first elastic element arranged between the first sliding element and the second sliding element;
wherein, when the first sliding element is located in the first position and the second sliding element is located in the fourth position, the first panel and the second panel are overlapped with each other, and the first elastic element provides an elastic force to cause the first sliding element and the second sliding element to get close to each other in a direction from the first panel towards the second panel; when the first sliding element is located in the second position and the second sliding element is located in the third position, the first panel and the second panel are kept side by side under the effect of the elastic force.

US Pat. No. 10,114,419

FLEXIBLE TOUCH PANEL AND FLEXIBLE DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A flexible display device, comprising:a flexible display panel;
a flexible touch panel overlapping the flexible display panel, comprising a flexible substrate, and comprising a touch sensor layer overlapping the flexible substrate, wherein the touch sensor layer comprises a touch sensor unit and a wiring unit electrically connected to the touch sensor unit;
an opaque blocking member;
an opaque covering member partially overlapping the opaque blocking member and concealing the wiring unit without concealing the touch sensor unit; and
a compensation film overlapping both the touch sensor unit and the wiring unit, positioned between the wiring unit and the opaque covering member, and partially overlapping the opaque blocking member,
wherein the opaque covering member is positioned between the opaque blocking member and the compensation film, and
wherein the compensation film enables a neutral plane associated with the flexible touch panel to be positioned in the touch sensor layer when the flexible touch panel is bent.

US Pat. No. 10,114,418

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a display; and
at least one processor operatively coupled to the display and configured to:
identify an operation state of the display,
control the display to display a first UI based on a first object in response to the identifying that the operation state is a first state, and
control the display to display a second UI based on the first object and a second object associated with the first object, at a portion adjacent to the first object, in response to the identifying that the operation state is a second state.

US Pat. No. 10,114,417

FOLDING MULTIMEDIA DISPLAY DEVICE

CFPH, LLC, New York, NY ...

1. A foldable mobile device comprising:a processor;
a display that is configurable into a plurality of configurations and is electronically coupled to the processor, in which the display comprises a plurality of portions adapted to display at least one electronic image, and in which at least two of the portions share a first axis and are movable about the first axis;
and a memory, in which the memory stores instructions which, when executed by the processor, direct the processor to:
determine whether the display has been configured into a first configuration corresponding to a first device;
generate for display on at least one of the plurality of portions of the display, a first content relating to the first device;
determine whether the display has been configured into a second configuration corresponding to a second device; and
generate for display, on at least one of the plurality of portions of the display, a second content relating to the second device, in which the second content differs from the first content.

US Pat. No. 10,114,416

PARABOLIC-SHAPED RECEPTACLE AND SUPPORT MECHANISM FOR A COMPUTING DEVICE

Language Line Services, I...

1. A parabolic-shaped receptacle comprising:a frame having a left side that has a left parabolic curvature and a right side that has a right parabolic curvature;
a receiver operably connected to the frame such that the receiver receives a computing device within the frame; and
one or more support mechanisms operably attached to a rear portion of the frame that support the computing device in a landscape mode or a portrait mode, wherein the one or more support mechanisms are positioned in fixed portions at the rear of the frame such that a first portion of the one or more support mechanisms supports the landscape mode and a second portion of the one or more support mechanisms supports the portrait mode.

US Pat. No. 10,114,415

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AUDIO SIGNALS

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. Apparatus comprising:one or more first microphones for providing audio signals from captured acoustic signals;
one or more conductive terminals for connection to one or more conductive terminals of an external cover device for receiving audio signals provided by one or more second microphones included with the external cover device; and
one or more processors coupled to the one or more first microphones and to the one or more conductive terminals and configured to perform audio processing on the audio signals from the one or more first microphones and/or from the one or more second microphones based on a control input, wherein the control input is provided in response to identifying, by the one or more processors, the connection of the external cover device, wherein the one or more processors is configured to perform audio processing on the audio signals at least from the one or more second microphones included with the external cover device based on the control input when the audio signals from the one or more second microphones are to be processed.

US Pat. No. 10,114,414

BAND MOUNTING STRUCTURE AND WEARABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing including a first plate, a second plate facing away from the first plate, and a side member surrounding a space between the first plate and the second plate;
a first band detachably mounted to the side member and shaped to wrap around a wrist of a user;
a display exposed through the first plate;
a processor positioned inside the space and electrically connected to the display;
a memory positioned inside the space and electrically connected to the processor; and
a mounting structure configured to connect the first band to the side member,
wherein the mounting structure includes:
a recessed structure formed in the side member, wherein the recessed structure includes a first surface, a second surface facing the first surface, a first hole formed in the first surface, and a second hole formed in the second surface, and facing the first hole, wherein an imaginary line extending from the first hole to the second hole defines a first axis;
a rotating member positioned to rotate around the first axis, the rotating member including a through-hole that includes an inner screw surface centered around the first axis;
a first rod extending along the first axis through a first portion of the first band, the first rod including a first end inserted into the first hole and a second end held by the rotating member such that the first rod does not move along the first axis while the rotating member rotates; and
a second rod extending along the first axis through a second portion of the first band, the second rod including:
a third end rotatably inserted into the second hole, and
an external screw surface engaged with the inner screw surface of the rotating member such that the second rod moves along the first axis while the rotating member rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,114,413

ELECTRONIC BAG AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOG...

1. An electronic bag comprising:a bag body equipped with a first strap;
a display screen arranged on an external surface of the bag body; and
a first touch panel arranged on the first strap and controlling the display screen to display different patterns by sensing different touch gestures;
wherein the first touch panel comprises a first touch sensor and a first controller, the first touch sensor sensing a touch gesture performed on the first touch sensor, and the first controller controlling the display screen to display a pattern corresponding to the touch gesture; and
wherein the pattern corresponding to the touch gesture is preset and stored in the first controller beforehand.

US Pat. No. 10,114,412

LAPDESK

1. A lapdesk comprising:a hard shell;
an ejection button; and
an embedded desk;
wherein the embedded desk is ejected from the hard shell case after the ejection button is pushed;
wherein the embedded desk is folded over a keyboard of a laptop to create a functional workspace.

US Pat. No. 10,114,411

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a body having a display unit;
a frame provided at the body, and having an upper surface, a lower surface formed to face the upper surface, and side surfaces;
a touch sensor formed at the frame; and
a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) connected to the touch sensor and provided at the lower surface of the frame,
wherein the upper surface includes a planar part formed in parallel to the lower surface, and a curved part inclined from an end part of the planar part towards an end of the lower surface, and
wherein the touch sensor is formed at the curved part so as to be spaced from the display unit, the display unit is mounted to the planar part, and the frame includes a laser direct structuring (LDS) material, and the touch sensor is formed as a metallic thin film,
wherein the touch sensor includes a plurality of touch regions adjacent to each other, and the plurality of touch regions are electrically connected to the FPCB by conductive lines, and
wherein the conductive lines are formed from a point on the curved part of the frame to a point on the lower surface of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,114,410

COVER

ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC., T...

1. A cover, adapted to an electronic device, the cover comprising:a first plate including a plurality of sub-plate areas, a plurality of crease areas and at least a flexible area, the plurality of sub-plate areas and the plurality of crease areas are alternately disposed on the first plate;
a second plate connected to the flexible area of the first plate;
an input device disposed on the second plate;
a connecting base disposed on the flexible area adjacent to the second plate, and
a plurality of fixing components disposed on at least one of the first plate and the second plate, wherein the plurality of fixing components includes at least one first fixing component disposed on the first plate and a plurality of seventh fixing components disposed on the connecting base, the connecting base and the electronic device are fixed to each other;
wherein the first plate is folded along at least one of the crease area to make the cover in a first state, in the first state, the seventh fixing components are fixed to the first fixing components, and wherein the first plate turns over relative to the second plate to make the cover in a second state.

US Pat. No. 10,114,409

PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE, PORTABLE TERMINAL AND COVER FOR PORTABLE TERMINAL

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A portable terminal device comprising:a portable terminal that is provided with a first housing, a second housing and a coupling unit that couples the first and second housings rotatably about a first axis; and
a cover that covers at least a portion of the portable terminal and that is foldable about a second axis parallel to the first axis,
wherein
a first end section of the second housing on the side opposite to the end section on the side of the first axis is installed on the cover rotatably about the second axis,
the first housing has a first display unit, and
the second housing has a second display unit,
the coupling unit couples the first and second housings so as to assume a first state in which a first display surface and a second display surface form a flat display surface extending from the first display surface to the second display surface, and a second state in which the first display surface and the second display surface face in mutually opposing directions,
the cover is provided with a first region and a second region, respectively on one side and the other side of the second axis, and in an open state of the cover, the first and second regions of the cover form substantially the same surface,
in the first state of the coupling unit, a rear surface of the second housing is covered by the first region of the cover which is in the open state, and
in the second state of the coupling unit, the first region of the cover which is in the open state covers the first display surface of the first housing, or the second region of the cover which is in the open state covers the second display surface of the second housing.

US Pat. No. 10,114,408

HIDDEN COMPARTMENT WITH PORTS FOR MINI PC OR PC STICK

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...

1. A display stand, comprising:a base supporting a dock;
the dock comprising:
a front comprising a ledge that accommodates a connectable element selected from the group consisting of a display panel and a display panel mount accessory;
a front face that extends upward from the front; and
a back face that is substantially opposite to the front face;
said back face comprising a cover that repositions to reveal an internal cavity disposed within the dock;
said dock further comprising a surface forming a wall of the internal cavity, said surface comprising one or more power and data connectors.

US Pat. No. 10,114,407

DATA TRANSFER BETWEEN CLOCK DOMAINS

NORDIC SEMICONDUCTOR ASA,...

1. A system for transferring a data signal from a first clock domain to a second clock domain, wherein the first clock domain comprises a first clock having a frequency greater than a frequency of a second clock in the second clock domain, the system comprising:a signal input for receiving an input signal from the first clock domain;
a checking circuit portion for receiving an input from the second clock to determine whether said second clock is in a part of its cycle away from a forthcoming transition, said checking circuit portion being clocked by the first clock; and
a transferring circuit portion for transferring the input signal to the second clock domain at a non-predetermined time if the checking circuit portion determines that the second clock is in part of its cycle away from a forthcoming transition.

US Pat. No. 10,114,406

COUNTERBALANCE UNIT

BAE SYSTEMS plc, London ...

1. An inceptor apparatus for an aircraft, the apparatus comprising:a control stick having a grip portion at one end of the control stick; and
a vibration damping counterbalance unit operatively coupled to an end of the control stick opposite the end having the grip portion, the vibration damping counterbalance unit including a wall defining a cavity, and a plurality of vibration damping masses housed within the cavity,
wherein the control stick is configured to pivot about a point between each end of the control stick.

US Pat. No. 10,114,405

SAFETY CONTROL LOCKOUT KNOB

Electrolux Home Products,...

1. A control knob for controlling the operation of a component of a household appliance, said control knob comprising:a body configured to be attached to a rotatable rod extending from said appliance to rotate about a longitudinal axis, and
a locking element for reversibly securing said body in at least one rotational position, said locking element movable between a first position and a second position, said locking element comprising a pin portion moveable in a longitudinal direction, a base attached to a first end of said pin portion and a leg extending from said base configured to be grasped by a user when actuating said locking element,
a second end of the pin portion engageable with a notch in said appliance to rotatably secure said body in said at least one rotational position when said locking element is in said first position, and said second end of said pin portion being disengageable from said notch to permit said body to be rotated when said locking element is in said second position, said locking element being biased into said first position, wherein rotation of said body from said at least one rotational position requires simultaneous application of a first force to said locking element to disengage said locking element from said notch and a second force to rotate said body,
said pin portion being slideable within said body and said leg being slideable adjacent an outer surface of said body, and
wherein a portion of said body is disposed between said pin portion and said leg.

US Pat. No. 10,114,404

HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM

The Charles Machine Works...

1. A work machine comprising:a chassis;
a work attachment disposed on a first end of the chassis; and
a work machine control system comprising:
a lever movable from a first lever position to a second lever position such that the work attachment is operable when the lever is in the first lever position and the work attachment is not operable when the lever is in the second lever position;
a lock configured to hold the lever in the first lever position;
a release mechanism configured to release the lock; and
a platform disposed on a second end of the chassis movable from a first platform position to a second platform position, wherein the platform contacts the release mechanism in the first platform position and does not contact the release mechanism in the second platform position; and
wherein the release mechanism releases the lock when the platform is in the first platform position.

US Pat. No. 10,114,403

VEHICLE PEDAL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI,...

1. A vehicle pedal device comprising:a support unit fixed to a vehicle body;
a hinge supported by the support unit;
a pad having the form of a rectangular plate, wherein the pad includes a lower longitudinal end pivotally supported by the hinge; and
an arm that is supported by the support unit and follows pivoting of the pad, wherein
the pad includes a first restriction portion,
the support unit includes a second restriction portion,
the first restriction portion and the second restriction portion cooperate with each other to restrict displacement of the pad in a lateral direction of the pad,
one of the first restriction portion and the second restriction portion is a socket that extends in a pivot direction of the pad,
the other one of the first restriction portion and the second restriction portion is a stopper that extends in the pivot direction, has the form of a projection, and is configured to be receivable in the socket,
one of the socket and the stopper includes a peripheral wall including a bulged portion bulged from the peripheral wall, and
the bulged portion extends in the lateral direction of the pad from the peripheral wall.

US Pat. No. 10,114,402

TOUCH-SENSITIVE CONTROL

AMS Neve Ltd., Burnley (...

1. A control comprising a cylindrical first touch-sensitive body comprising a first display element, the first display element adapted to display information relating to a parameter controlled by the first touch-sensitive body, andan annular second touch-sensitive body formed around a circumference of the first touch-sensitive body, the second touch-sensitive body comprising a second display element, the second display element adapted to display information relating to a parameter controlled by the second touch-sensitive body,
wherein both the first touch-sensitive body and the second touch-sensitive body are rotatable.

US Pat. No. 10,114,401

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A SERIAL BUS INTERFACE

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

1. A method of operating a charging port having a power connection and a first data connection, the method comprising:determining whether a compatible device is coupled to the charging port, wherein determining whether the compatible device is coupled to the charging port comprises determining whether a voltage of the first data connection is greater than a first threshold, monitoring the first data connection for a query after the voltage of the first data connection is determined to be greater than the first threshold, and determining that the compatible device is coupled to the charging port if the query is received on the first connection, wherein the query comprises a first serial data stream that comprises a plurality of consecutive symbols;
receiving a second serial data stream from the compatible device via the first data connection, wherein the second serial data stream comprises a plurality of symbols representing a request for a power supply voltage and/or current, and the first data connection is separate from the power connection; and
applying the requested power supply voltage and/or current to the power connection.

US Pat. No. 10,114,400

BAND-GAP REFERENCE CIRCUIT WITH CHOPPING CIRCUIT

Synopsys, Inc., Mountain...

1. A bandgap reference (BGR) circuit for generating a reference voltage, the BGR circuit comprising:an operational amplifier (op-amp) having a first op-amp input terminal and a second op-amp input terminal;
a current mirror circuit including first, second and third transistors having first terminals connected to a voltage source and having gate terminals coupled by way of a gate control line to at least one output node of the op-amp such that the first, second and third transistors are controlled to respectively pass first, second and third currents to first, second and third signal lines in response to an op-amp output signal generated by said op-amp and transmitted on said gate control line;
a first stage coupled to said current mirror circuit and configured to generate a negative temperature dependent voltage in response to at least one of said first, second and third currents, said negative temperature dependent voltage being coupled to at least one of said first and second op-amp input terminals;
a second stage coupled to said current mirror circuit and configured to generate a positive temperature dependent voltage in response to at least one of one of said first, second and third currents, said positive temperature dependent voltage being coupled to at least one of said first and second op-amp input terminals;
a third stage coupled to said current mirror circuit and configured to generate said reference voltage in accordance with at least one of the first, second and third currents;
a voltage chopping circuit coupled to said op-amp, said voltage chopping circuit configured to periodically alternately apply said negative temperature dependent voltage and said positive temperature dependent voltage to said first and second op-amp input terminals, and
a current chopping circuit connected to said first, second and third signal lines and configured to periodically alternately apply each of said first, second and third currents to said first, second and third stages such that transmission of each of said first, second and third currents is time-averaged between said first, second and third stages; and
a filter configured to filter out noise generated by operation of said at least one of the voltage chopping circuit and the current chopping circuit,
wherein said current chopping circuit comprises:
a three-phase clock generator configured to generate a second clock signal, a third clock signal, and a fourth clock signal such that only said second clock signal is asserted during a first phase of a three-phase cycle, such that only said third clock signal is asserted during a second phase of the three phase cycle, and such that only said fourth clock signal is asserted during a third phase of the three phase cycle, and
a three-phase switching circuit connected between said first, second and third signal lines and said first, second and third stages and configured such that said first, second and third signal lines are respectively coupled to said first, third and second stages during said first phase of said three-phase cycle, such that said first, second and third signal lines are respectively coupled to said second, first and third stages during said second phase of said three-phase cycle, and such that said first, second and third signal lines are respectively coupled to said third, first and second stages during said third phase of said three-phase cycle,wherein said three-phase clock generator is configured to generate said second, third, and fourth clock signals as a function of said first clock signal such that said second clock signal is asserted during an entire first phase of said first clock signal, said third clock signal is asserted during an entire subsequent second phase of said first clock signal, and said fourth clock signal is asserted during an entire subsequent third phase of said first clock signal.

US Pat. No. 10,114,399

DISTRIBUTED POWER DELIVERY SCHEME FOR ON-DIE VOLTAGE SCALING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an integrated circuit including a plurality of circuit blocks corresponding to different power domains;
a plurality of low dropout (LDO) voltage regulator circuits to supply power to respective power domains of the different power domains, wherein each individual LDO voltage regulator circuit includes:
(i) at least one power gate transistor enable a plurality of supply modes including a switched-on mode, a switched-off mode, and a variable voltage output mode, and
(ii) voltage regulation control circuitry to be enabled during the variable voltage output mode to regulate an output voltage from the at least one power gate transistor, wherein the voltage regulation control circuitry is to be disabled during the switched-on and switched-off modes.

US Pat. No. 10,114,398

MOBILE MICRO-GRID POWER SYSTEM CONTROLLER AND METHOD

Hunter Defense Technologi...

1. A method for controlling supply of electrical power to a micro-grid power system including a plurality of loads disconnected from utility power and individually capable of consuming electrical power when activated, and a plurality of power supplies operatively coupled to provide electrical power to the micro-grid when activated, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of consumption profiles via a communications interface, each individual consumption profile corresponding to a particular one of the plurality of loads;
determining a micro-grid load profile for the micro-grid power system based at least partially on the consumption profiles;
determining an active reserve power level for the micro-grid power system based at least partially on the consumption profiles;
obtaining power supply information including at least one power supply profile and power supply data for at least some of the power supplies via the communications interface; and
setting an activation state of one or more of the plurality of loads based at least partially on the power supply information, the determined micro-grid load profile and the determined active reserve power level.

US Pat. No. 10,114,397

COLD LOAD PICKUP SUPPORT THROUGH LOCAL CONDITION DETECTION

BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITU...

1. An apparatus comprising:an electric load on a circuit powering the electric load, the electric load storing thermal energy by heating or cooling a thermal mass; and
a load controller comprising a microprocessor or microcontroller programmed to perform operations including:
(i) detecting restoration of power after a power outage on the circuit powering the electric load;
(ii) determining a power outage time for the power outage via measuring a change in temperature of the thermal mass over the power outage;
(iii) determining a startup delay for the electric load based on the power outage time; and
(iv) in response to detecting restoration of power, delaying the restart of the electric load by the startup delay and thereafter restarting the electric load.

US Pat. No. 10,114,396

INDUCTION TYPE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND INTRUDING METAL DETECTION METHOD THEREOF

Fu Da Tong Technology Co....

1. A method used for an induction type power supply system, for detecting whether an intruding metal exists in a power transmission region of the induction type power supply system, the method comprising:interrupting at least one driving signal of the induction type power supply system to stop driving a supplying-end coil of the induction type power supply system;
detecting an attenuation status of a coil signal on the supplying-end coil when driving of the supplying-end coil is interrupted; and
determining whether the intruding metal exists in the power transmission region of the induction type power supply system according to the attenuation status of the coil signal;
wherein the step of determining whether the intruding metal exists in the power transmission region of the induction type power supply system according to the attenuation status of the coil signal comprises:
configuring a threshold voltage;
calculating a number of peaks reaching the threshold voltage in the coil signal after the at least one driving signal is interrupted; and
determining that the intruding metal exists in the power transmission region of the induction type power supply system when the number is smaller than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,114,395

EXPERT SYSTEM ANALYSIS FOR POWER MONITORING DEVICES

Electronic Systems Protec...

1. An apparatus comprising:a communication interface to communicate with a network;
a storage unit that stores a knowledge base containing logical rules on electric power data and explanation or recommendation information associated with the logical rules; and
a processor, coupled to the communication interface and the storage unit, to:
generate for display a user interface and receive via the user interface identification of input data descriptive of electricity conveyed through at least one power monitor;
responsive to the identification, and without activity by a human user:
obtain the input data from the power monitor over the network;
process the input data in a data file format into a logically-testable condition for electrical power using predetermined processing operations;
determine whether the logically-testable condition evaluates to true or not true for the input data; and
store or not store the logically-testable condition as a determinant for electrical power when the logically-testable condition evaluates to true or not true, respectively;
search the knowledge base for logical rules that are triggered by the determinant; and
generate for display the explanation or recommendation information associated with logical rules triggered by the determinant.

US Pat. No. 10,114,394

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONNECTION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a processing device and a memory device encoded with computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the processing device, are configured to:
receive, from a connection device having a connection terminal, entry information in which connection device identification information for identifying the connection device and communication device identification information for identifying a communication device connected to the connection terminal are associated with each other;
acquire connection device information related to the connection device based on the entry information, wherein, in a case where first entry information is stored in a storage section, and thereafter second entry information is received having connection device identification information in common with the first entry information and communication device identification information different from the first entry information, an invalid flag is set in the first entry information and the second entry information is stored in the storage section; and
transmit the connection device information to the communication device indicated by the communication device identification information, wherein the connection device comprises an outlet and the communication device comprises a plug that can be inserted into the outlet and wherein the connection device information transmitted to the communication device includes the connection device identification information and presentation information associated with the connection device identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,114,393

VOLTAGE REGULATOR WITH REFERENCE VOLTAGE SOFT START

ABLIC INC., Chiba-Shi, C...

1. A voltage regulator, comprising:a soft-start circuit configured to output a control signal that rises linearly at a start of power supply to the voltage regulator;
a reference voltage circuit comprising an analog switch transistor and a reference voltage regulator, the analog switch transistor having a gate controlled by the control signal from the soft-start circuit, a drain configured to receive a preliminary voltage from a voltage output terminal of the reference voltage regulator, and a source configured to output a reference voltage to a voltage control terminal of the reference voltage regulator, the reference voltage being used as a reference voltage for the voltage regulator to operate, the source of the analog switch transistor being connected directly, without any intervening switch, to the voltage control terminal of the reference voltage regulator, and,
wherein the analog switch transistor is turned on by the control signal from the soft-start circuit when the control signal exceeds a first threshold and operable as a source follower circuit to receive, at the drain, the preliminary voltage from the voltage output terminal of the reference voltage regulator and output, at the source, the reference voltage that linearly increases as the control signal from the soft-start circuit linearly increases, and
wherein the reference voltage regulator becomes operational to start regulating the reference voltage equal to a first predetermined potential (FIRST) when the linearly increasing reference voltage outputted at the source of the analog switch transistor exceeds a second threshold, the voltage regulator being operable to increase the preliminary voltage outputted to the drain of the analog switch transistor equal to a second predetermined potential (SECOND), when the reference voltage received from the source of the analog switch transistor decreases below the first predetermined potential (FIRST), to bring the reference voltage up to the first predetermined potential (FIRST), whereas decreasing the preliminary voltage outputted to the drain of the analog switch transistor equal to the second predetermined potential (SECOND), when the reference voltage received from the source of the analog switch transistor increases from the first predetermined potential (FIRST), to bring the reference voltage down to the first predetermined potential (FIRST), wherein the first predetermined potential (FIRST) and the second predetermined potential (SECOND) satisfy the following relationship, where D denotes a voltage drop caused by an ON-resistance of the analog switch transistor,
SECOND=FIRST+D.

US Pat. No. 10,114,392

VARIABLE RATIO CHARGE PUMP WITH PEAK CURRENT AND AVERAGE CURRENT LIMITING CIRCUITRY

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

9. A system comprising:a charge pump configured to operate in a plurality of modes including a first mode in which a multiplication ratio of an output voltage to an input voltage of the charge pump is a first ratio and a second mode in which the multiplication ratio is a second ratio greater than the first ratio; and
a controller configured to change a multiplication ratio of the charge pump between the first ratio and the second ratio by:
determining a first efficiency of the charge pump when the multiplication ratio is at the first ratio;
determining a second efficiency of the charge pump existing at a point in time in which the multiplication ratio is increased from the first ratio to the second ratio; and
based on the first efficiency and the second efficiency, determining at least one of a target output power and a target output voltage at which to change the multiplication ratio between the first ratio and the second ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,114,391

LOW-NOISE HIGH EFFICIENCY BIAS GENERATION CIRCUITS AND METHOD

pSemi Corporation, San D...

1. An apparatus for generating a steady state positive voltage signal (PVS) and a steady state negative voltage signal (NVS), including:a bias signal generation module (BSGM) for generating a steady state reference voltage signal (RVS), the RVS having a voltage level less than the PVS;
a positive signal generation module (PSGM) generating the PVS, the PSGM including a first capacitor, the PSGM employing the first capacitor to generate a portion of the PVS based on the RVS; and
a negative signal generation module (NSGM) generating the NVS, the NSGM including a second capacitor, the NSGM employing the second capacitor to generate a portion of the NVS based on the RVS.

US Pat. No. 10,114,390

FAN CONTROL SYSTEM, COMPUTER SYSTEM, AND FAN CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

WISTRON CORPORATION, New...

1. A fan controlling method, which is applied to a computer system with a heat generating electronic component to control a fan device, wherein the heat generating electronic component is a central processing unit, the method comprising:obtaining a temperature value of the computer system;
determining whether the temperature value of the computer system is larger than or equal to a predetermined temperature value;
if the temperature value of the computer system is larger than or equal to the predetermined temperature value, controlling a rotation speed of the fan device according to the temperature value and increasing the rotation speed of the fan device according to an increase of the temperature value;
if the temperature value of the computer system is smaller than the predetermined temperature value, further obtaining a current value of the central processing unit of the computer system to determine whether the current value of the computer system is larger than or equal to a predetermined current value, comprising:
by using a sensing resistor electrically connected to a power input end, receiving a power signal from the power input end;
by using a voltage regulator module electrically connected to the sensing resistor and the central processing unit, providing a required power signal to the central processing unit by the power signal and having a voltage difference signal according to a required current value of the central processing unit;
by using an amplifier electrically connected to the sensing resistor, amplifying the voltage difference signal;
by using a voltage follower electrically connected to the amplifier, receiving the voltage difference signal and separating an interference signal;
by using a digital to analog converter electrically connected to the voltage follower, converting the voltage difference signal to a digital voltage difference signal so as to know the current value;
and by using a management module electrically connected to a temperature sensing module, a current detecting module, and the fan device, if the temperature value of the computer system is smaller than the predetermined temperature value and the current value of the computer system is larger than or equal to the predetermined current value, increasing a rotation speed of the fan device according to an increase of the current value.

US Pat. No. 10,114,389

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A FLOW RATIO CONTROLLER USING FEEDBACK

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:determining a plurality of flow setpoint commands, each of the plurality of flow setpoint commands corresponding to one of a plurality of valves, wherein an array of mass flow controller (MFC) devices comprises the plurality of valves;
sending each of the plurality of flow setpoint commands to a corresponding one of the plurality of valves, wherein each of the plurality of flow setpoint commands causes a transient output flow of the corresponding one of the plurality of valves to reach a setpoint ratio;
determining a target setpoint, for each of the plurality of valves, that minimizes a pressure drop in the respective valve during the transient output flow;
receiving feedback from each of the plurality of valves;
determining that the target setpoints are not achieved based on the feedback;
determining a total error for the plurality of valves in the array of MFC devices, the total error being a sum of individual errors of respective values in the plurality of valves;
determining a desired total output flow of the plurality of valves in the array of MFC devices based on a current total output flow of the plurality of valves and the total error for the plurality of valves; and
changing the current total output flow to meet the desired total output flow by distributing, according to the setpoint ratio, the current total output flow symmetrically across the plurality of valves to provide symmetric transient output flows and to minimize the pressure drop in the respective valve of the plurality of valves during the symmetric transient output flows.

US Pat. No. 10,114,388

METHOD OF DEMAND MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF FLUID PIPE NETWORKS

RUBICON RESEARCH PTY LTD,...

1. A method of demand management and control of a pipe network;the pipe network being a computer controlled fluid network and of limited pressure head or gravity fed;
the pipe network including a plurality of outlet valves through which fluid is deliverable;
the valves being automated to maintain desired flows at the valves;
the method including:
maintaining a real time database within said computer controlled fluid network; and
receiving through a user interface a request for a delivery of the fluid from at least one of the valves;
the request including a flow rate and a time of the delivery;
the database being of predetermined parameters including flow schedules and capabilities of the plurality of valves;
the method further including
determining, using the predetermined parameters from the real time database, whether the network has hydraulic capacity to deliver the delivery; and
if said hydraulic capacity is available, monitoring and adjustably controlling the at least one valve and at least one other of the plurality of valves to deliver the delivery and to maintain the desired flows and manage pressure head within the fluid pipe network between predetermined limits;
The adjustably controlling including:
calculating, using the real time database, estimated positions for
the at least one of the plurality of valves; and
the at least one other of the plurality of valves;
adjusting to the estimated positions
the at least one of the plurality of valves; and
the at least one other of the plurality of valves in anticipation of a variation of pressure head in the fluid pipe network due to the delivery.

US Pat. No. 10,114,387

MASS FLOW CONTROLLER WITH NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION AND/OR USB INTERFACE TO RECEIVE POWER FROM EXTERNAL DEVICE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A mass flow controller comprising:an inlet for receiving fluid;
a flow path in which the fluid passes through the mass flow controller;
a near-field communication component configured to communicate with an external device and to receive power from the external device to power at least one of a memory, a configuration setting logic component, and a display of the mass flow controller;
a mass flow sensor for providing a signal corresponding to mass flow of the fluid through the flow path;
an valve for regulating a flow of the fluid out of an outlet of the mass flow controller; and
at least one processing component configured to execute instructions to perform operations comprising controlling the valve based on a desired mass flow rate;
wherein the near-field communication component is configured to cause the logic component to automatically execute another set of instructions to perform operations comprising:
adjusting a configuration parameter based on received input.

US Pat. No. 10,114,386

ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC SERVO VALVE CONTROL SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A control system comprising:an electro-hydraulic servo valve configured to move about a plurality of positions in response to receiving an analog bi-polar current signal;
an electronic field programmable gate array (FPGA) that generates first and second digital pulse width modulation (PWM) signals according to an adjustable duty cycle;
an electronic bridge circuit in electrical communication with the FPGA to convert the first and second digital PWM signals into the bi-polar current signal, the electronic bridge circuit is configured to drive a plurality of switching devices that output the bi-polar current signal in response to the first and second PWM signals, the duty cycle of the PWM signals controlling the average current level of the bi-polar current signal, the plurality of switching devices are configured as an H-bridge circuit, a first section of the plurality of switching devices generating the bi-polar current signal having a first polarity to move the electro-hydraulic servo valve in a first direction and a second section of the plurality of switching devices generating the bi-polar current signal having a second polarity opposite the first direction to move the electro-hydraulic servo valve in a second direction opposite the first direction; and
an electronic current sensing circuit in electrical communication with the bridge circuit, the current sensing circuit configured to generate a digital feedback signal indicating an average current level of the bi-polar signal; and
an electronic filter unit interposed between the H-bridge circuit and the electro-hydraulic servo valve,
wherein the FPGA controls the duty cycle based on at least the average current level indicated by the digital feedback signal, and
wherein the electronic current sensing circuit measures a voltage differential corresponding to the bi-polar current signal and generates an offset analog average current level signal indicating the average current level of the bi-polar current signal based on the voltage differential.

US Pat. No. 10,114,385

FLUID CONTROL VALVE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control valve, comprising:a valve seat portion;
a valve body capable of making or breaking contact with the valve seat portion by moving in a movement direction, wherein, in a condition of breaking contact, the valve body in its entirety is displaced from being in contact with the valve seat portion;
a fluid resistance; and
an upstream-side clamping member and a downstream-side clamping member that together comprise a pair of clamping members that clamps the fluid resistance,
wherein the fluid resistance and at least one of the upstream-side clamping member and the downstream-side clamping member enclose an in-valve space in which the valve body or at least part of an actuation member that moves the valve body is housed,
wherein fluid passing through a space between the valve seat portion and the valve body passes through the fluid resistance from the in-valve space and flows outside of the fluid control valve, or the fluid passes through the fluid resistance from outside of the fluid control valve and flows into the in-valve space, and
wherein the pair of clamping members clamps the fluid resistance along the movement direction of the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,114,384

FORMATION FLIGHT PATH COORDINATION OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Arrowonics Technologies L...

1. A method for implementation of a formation flight path coordination for a group of Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAVs) including a leader UAV and a plurality of follower UAVs in communication with the leader UAV, the method comprising the steps of:receiving formation commands for the UAVs of the group from a ground controller station (GCS), the formation commands including positional and velocity information for implementation by onboard processing systems, the formation commands received on a first communication channel established between the leader UAV and the GCS;
sending information from the formation commands by the leader UAV to the plurality of follower UAVs belonging to the leader UAV using a second communication channel established between the plurality of follower UAVs and the leader UAV, the second communication channel separate from the first communication channel;
receiving updated formation commands for the flight path from the GCS on the first communication channel; and
sending information from the updated formation commands by the leader UAV to the plurality of follower UAVs using the second communication channel.

US Pat. No. 10,114,382

FLEXIBLE COMMAND MODEL FOR AIRCRAFT CONTROL

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of implementing a flexible command model, the method comprising:receiving a pilot stick input;
generating an aircraft response to the pilot stick input that is a continuous blend of first and second response types and comprises time-varying coefficients set as a function of a magnitude of the pilot stick input and an aircraft state;
subjecting changes in the time-varying coefficients to a first non-linearity allowing for anti-symmetric control of transitions between the first and second response types;
calculating a differential equation of the time-varying coefficients based on selected integrator states;
applying the selected states of the differential equation to at least one additional non-linearity;
outputting an output of the differential equation of the time-varying coefficients as a desired aircraft response; and
controlling an aircraft based on the desired aircraft response.

US Pat. No. 10,114,381

EMERGENCY AUTOLOAD SYSTEM

Garmin International, Inc...

1. An aircraft Autoland device comprising:a memory operable to store one or more modules, terrain data including at least one terrain characteristic, and obstacle data including at least one obstacle characteristic; and
a processor coupled to the memory, the processor operable to execute the one or more modules to cause the processor to:
identify a plurality of potential destinations for an aircraft, each of the plurality of destinations having at least one attribute;
calculate a merit for each of the plurality of potential destinations based on the at least one attribute;
select a destination based upon the merit;
receive at least one of terrain data or obstacle data;
create a route from a current position of the aircraft to an approach fix associated with the selected destination, the route accounting for the at least one of the at least one terrain characteristic or the at least one obstacle characteristic;
cause the aircraft to traverse the route; and
cause the aircraft to land at the destination without requiring pilot intervention.

US Pat. No. 10,114,380

SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY AN INSTALLATION, HAVING A VEHICLE WHICH IS MANEUVERABLE ON A FLOOR

1. A system, comprising:a vehicle which is maneuverable on a floor, the vehicle including an RFID reading device, which is connected to an antenna SL, the antenna SL adapted to enter a coupling region of a floor-installed antenna, which is connected to a stationary RFID transponder, and data stored in the transponder being readable by the reading device;
wherein the data stored in the transponder includes information transmitted from at least one of the vehicle and another vehicle,
wherein at least one permanent magnet is situated on the floor or fixedly joined in the floor,
wherein the vehicle includes a sensor for detecting a direction of a magnetic field of the at least one permanent magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,114,379

POINT TO POINT MATERIAL TRANSPORT VEHICLE IMPROVEMENTS FOR GLASS SUBSTRATE

DPIX, LLC, Colorado Spri...

1. A method of operating a material transport vehicle (“MTV”), the method comprising:configuring a collision avoidance system resident on the MTV for:
accepting an input from a human operator proximate to the MTV for initiating forward motion of the MTV;
thereafter driving the MTV, by the human operator, through a clean room facility;
configuring a plurality of safety zones proximate to the MTV;
detecting an intrusion of an obstacle in the clean room facility into one of the plurality of safety zones;
limiting a maximum allowable forward motion of the MTV by an amount determined by the safety zone associated with the detected intrusion, wherein a maximum limitation of the allowable forward motion corresponds to an intrusion into a safety zone closest to the MTV and a minimum limitation of the allowable forward motion corresponds to an intrusion into a safety zone farthest from the MTV; and
limiting a maximum allowable turning motion of the MTV by an amount determined by the proximity of the safety zone to the MTV, wherein a maximum limitation of the allowable turning motion of the MTV corresponds to an intrusion into the safety zone farthest from the MTV and a minimum limitation of the allowable turning motion of the MTV corresponds to an intrusion into the safety zone closest to the MTV.

US Pat. No. 10,114,378

AUTOMATIC GUIDANCE SYSTEM WITH STABILITY CONTROL FOR AN AGRICULTURAL VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An agricultural vehicle, comprising:a plurality of actuators configured to control at least one system for turning the agricultural vehicle;
a spatial locating system;
one or more speed sensors;
one or more measurement devices; and
an automatic guidance system configured to navigate the agricultural vehicle, wherein the automatic guidance system comprises:
a receiver component configured to receive a first set of data from at least one of the spatial locating system, the one or more speed sensors, or the one or more measurement devices;
a calculation component configured to calculate a second set of data based on the first set of data;
a decision component configured to:
determine whether one of or both of a steering angle of the agricultural vehicle and a speed of the agricultural vehicle should be adjusted based on the first and second sets of data;
in response to a determination that one of the steering angle or speed of the agricultural vehicle should be adjusted, adjust the steering angle or speed of the agricultural vehicle, respectively; and
in response to a determination that both of the steering angle and speed of the agricultural vehicle should be adjusted, select a preferred vehicle action between adjusting the steering angle of the agricultural vehicle and adjusting the speed of the agricultural vehicle given the first and second sets of data; and
an actuation component configured to control the plurality of actuators to adjust the vehicle speed or steering angle of the agricultural vehicle in response to the decision component.

US Pat. No. 10,114,377

WORK MACHINE, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR GENERATING TRAVEL ROUTE OF WORK MACHINE, AND TRAVEL CONTROL SYSTEM OF WORK MACHINE

MAMIYA-OP CO., LTD., Tok...

1. A travel route generation system of generating a travel route of a work machine that performs predetermined work while traveling a route formed by linking ends of at least a plurality of substantially parallel routes through inversion routes in a work target zone, the ends being positioned at or near intersections of the routes and the periphery of the work target zone, the system comprising:a zone setting unit that sets a periphery of the work target zone and a periphery of an entry prohibited zone outside of the work target zone; and
a route generation unit that selects, for each of the inversion routes, an inside inversion route for the work machine to enter the inversion route in an inside direction of the work target zone, not an outside inversion route for the work machine to enter the inversion route in an outside direction of the work target zone, according to a positional relationship between the periphery of the work target zone and the periphery of the entry prohibited zone, wherein the inside inversion route is selected as the travel route.

US Pat. No. 10,114,376

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EDGE DUMPING OF MOBILE MACHINES

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A control system comprising:one or more sensors; and
a controller configured to:
receive a signal indicative of a current position of a machine on a work surface as the machine travels along a first direction;
initiate a scanning of the work surface, by using the one or more sensors, along the first direction when the machine is at a predetermined distance from a target area;
receive, from the one or more sensors, data, indicative of a contour of the work surface;
identify a raised contour and a contour edge within the target area based on the data indicative of the contour as the machine approaches the target area while traveling along a second direction,
the second direction being different from the first direction;
determine a location of the contour edge within the target area based on identifying the raised contour and the contour edge within the target area; and
control a positioning of the machine, within the target area and relative to the raised contour, such that tires of the machine coincide with the contour edge.

US Pat. No. 10,114,375

MOTION-CHARACTERISTIC BASED OBJECT CLASSIFICATION FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLE

Delphi Technologies, Inc....

1. An object-classification system for an automated vehicle, said system comprising:an object-detector that detects an object proximate to a host-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the object-detector, said controller configured to characterize a density of the object based on a motion-characteristic of the object caused by air-movement proximate to the object, and operate the host-vehicle to avoid striking the object with the host-vehicle when the density of the object is classified as dense.

US Pat. No. 10,114,374

EMERGENCY HANDLING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLE (ADV)

Baidu USA LLC, Sunnyvale...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:providing autonomous driving control for a vehicle using a primary decision system, wherein the primary decision system uses a first set of driving rules to provide the autonomous driving control;
providing an emergency decision system operating standby as a backup system to the primary decision system, wherein the emergency decision system uses a second set of driving rules to control the vehicle, wherein the second set of driving rules is different than the first set of driving rules;
recognizing an occurrence of an emergency handling event associated with the vehicle; and
in response to recognizing the occurrence of the emergency handling event, switching from the primary decision system to the emergency decision system to continue providing the autonomous driving control for the vehicle, without using the primary decision system, wherein the emergency decision system prioritizes a second set of driving rules over the first set of driving rules to provide the autonomous driving control.

US Pat. No. 10,114,373

NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH TRAJECTORY CALCULATION MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

Telenav, Inc., Santa Cla...

1. A method of operation of a navigation system comprising:determining detected information for representing a maneuverable object capable of self-propelled physical movement or displacement, detected using a device;
identifying a directional portion based on the detected information for representing directional portion controlling an object travel vector of the maneuverable object; and
calculating with a control circuit an estimated trajectory profile based on the directional portion for predicting movement of the maneuverable object, wherein the estimated trajectory profile includes a reference measurement, and wherein the reference measurement is calculated based on an angle relative to a surface of the maneuverable object.

US Pat. No. 10,114,372

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSPORTING A PAYLOAD

VECNA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.,...

19. An apparatus for transporting a payload carrying device, comprising:at least one payload carrying device having a plurality of leg supports in contact with the floor;
a fully autonomous vehicle in the form of an autonomous mobile robot for at least transporting the at least one payload carrying device to any position within a desired facility;
a connection device configured with at least one of the vehicle and the at least one payload carrying device for connecting the vehicle and the at least one payload carrying device with each other; and
a control unit for:
operating the connection device autonomously to connect the vehicle and the at least one payload carrying the device where, once connected with each other, the vehicle is configured to autonomously transport the at least one payload carrying device to a desired location; and
operating the connection device autonomously to disconnect the vehicle and the at least one payload carrying device once at the desired location where, once disconnected from the vehicle, the at least one payload carrying device is immobilized and when the vehicle and the at least one payload carrying device are connected with each other, the leg supports of the at least one payload carrying device are in contact with the floor so the at least one payload carrying device's weight rests on the floor rather than on the vehicle when the at least one payload carrying device is being transported to the desired location.

US Pat. No. 10,114,371

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a detector that detects a towing state of a subject vehicle;
a recognizing unit that recognizes surrounding situations of the subject vehicle;
a controller that performs automatic control in which at least one of acceleration-and-deceleration and steering of the subject vehicle is automatically controlled on the basis of the surrounding situations of the subject vehicle recognized by the recognizing unit; and
a changing unit that changes, if the detector defects that the subject vehicle is in a state of towing an object, details of control performed by the controller to restrict the automatic control compared to a case where the detector does not detect that the subject vehicle is in the state of towing the object.

US Pat. No. 10,114,370

MACHINE AUTOMATION SYSTEM WITH AUTONOMY ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A Machine Automation System (MAS) for a machine that includes an implement, the MAS comprising:a plurality of Vehicle Electronic Control Modules (ECMs) disposed on the machine;
a local transceiver disposed on the machine and configured to receive input control signals from off-board the machine, wherein the local transceiver is a wireless radio;
an Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) disposed on the machine and configured to enable operative communication between an Autonomy Electronic Control Module (AECM), at least some ECMs of the plurality of Vehicle ECMs, a Remote Shutdown Module (RSM), an environment monitoring system and the local transceiver, the Ethernet LAN including:
a plurality of communication channels configured to transfer data between two points;
a local router disposed on the machine and in operable communication with the local transceiver, a first switch, the RSM, and a second switch, the local router being in operable communication with the AECM and the environment monitoring system via the first switch, the local router being in operable communication with at least one Vehicle ECM of the plurality of Vehicle ECMs via the second switch, the local router being configured to receive and transmit the input control signals from the local transceiver to the AECM,
the first switch being in operable communication with the AECM and the environment monitoring system,
the second switch being in operable communication with the at least one vehicle ECM; and
a first Controller Area Network (CAN) disposed on the machine, the AECM and the at least one Vehicle ECM being in operative communication via the first CAN,
the AECM being disposed on the machine and being configured to:
receive the input control signals from the local router;
generate output control signals based on the input control signals; and
transmit the output control signals to at least one of the Vehicle ECMs, wherein the output control signals control an operation of the machine,
the environment monitoring system including a plurality of Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, a microphone and a plurality of Laser Detection and Ranging Systems (LADARS) disposed on the machine, each IP camera of the plurality of IP cameras being configured to transmit video data in a video stream to the local transceiver via the first switch and the router, the microphone being configured to capture audio data, and the LADARS being configured to transmit positioning data of the machine to the local transceiver via the first switch and the router, wherein the video stream from one IP camera of the plurality of IP cameras includes the audio data captured by the microphone,
the RSM being disposed on the machine and being configured to receive a safety control signal from off-board the machine,
the MAS being configured to operate advanced machine control features concurrently with execution of the input control signals received from off-board the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,114,369

IDENTIFYING INTEGRATED CIRCUIT ORIGIN USING TOOLING SIGNATURE

MICROSEMI SOC CORPORATION...

1. A method for identifying an individual integrated circuit as having been manufactured using pre-determined instances of known tooling, each instance having unique uncloneable variations in at least one electrical attribute as a result of their manufacture using the pre-determined instances of known tooling, the method comprising:providing a population of integrated circuits that were manufactured utilizing at least one pre-determined instance of the known tooling;
operating each integrated circuit from the population of integrated circuits and non-destructively measuring the at least one electrical attribute from each integrated circuit from the population of integrated circuits that were manufactured utilizing the at least one pre-determined instance of the known tooling, the at least one electrical attribute representing an uncloneable electrical parameter associated with individual circuit features of the integrated circuit resulting from the instances of known tooling, the electrical attribute obtained by directly electrically contacting the integrated circuit with a die prober and measuring an electrical parameter of at least one component of the integrated circuit;
deriving a signature of the at least one pre-determined instance of the known tooling from the at least one measured electrical attribute from the population of integrated circuits;
operating the individual integrated circuit and non-destructively measuring the at least one electrical attribute from the individual integrated;
storing the at least one electrical attribute from the individual integrated circuit in machine-readable form;
correlating the stored derived signature and the stored at least one attribute from the individual integrated circuit using electronically readable instructions running in a processor, the processor identifying the individual integrated circuit as having been manufactured using the at least one pre-determined instance of the trusted known tooling if the first data correlates to the signature by a predetermined threshold, else identifying the individual integrated circuit as not having been manufactured using the at least one pre-determined instance of the known tooling if the first data does not correlate to the signature by the predetermined threshold; and
the processor responding to the electronically readable instructions by outputting an alarm signal if the first data does not correlate to the signature by the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,114,367

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE UNIVERSAL INTEGRATION OF PLANT FLOOR ASSETS AND A COMPUTERIZED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Mtelligence Corporation, ...

1. A server platform for integrating a plurality of diverse plant floor equipment with at least one computerized management (CM) system, said server platform comprising:a processor;
a memory;
a plurality of plant floor drivers adapted to interface with a plurality of diverse plant floor data sources, the plurality of plant floor drivers configured to establish first communication links between said server platform and the plurality of diverse plant floor data sources, the plurality of diverse plant floor data sources configured to access information from a plurality of diverse plant floor equipment;
at least one CM system driver adapted to interface with said at least one CM system, said at least one CM system driver configured to establish a second communication link between said server platform and said at least one CM system;
a discovery application configured to:
discover from said plurality of diverse plant floor data sources, via said first communication links, at least one of a device object of a plurality of defined device objects and a device type of a plurality of defined device types, and import the discovered at least one of device object and device type into said server platform; and
discover from said at least one CM system, via said second communication link, at least one of a management object of a plurality of defined management objects and a management type of a plurality of defined management types, and import the discovered at least one of management object and management type into said server platform; and
one or more mapping applications configured to generate one or more mappings that relate (i) the imported at least one of device object and device type to (ii) said imported at least one of management object and management type.

US Pat. No. 10,114,366

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER FOR MANAGING MACHINING DATA AND MACHINING RESULT

FANUC Corporation, Minam...

1. A numerical controller configured to control a machine based on input data including a machining program and a machining condition, the numerical controller comprising:an operation execution unit configured to perform operation control of the machine based on the machining program and the machining condition and generate output data indicative of a result of the operation control;
a data storage unit configured to store project data comprising the input data and the output data associated with each other and version information including a difference between versions of the project data;
a data management unit configured to perform version management of the project data; and
a display device configured to display the project data,
wherein the data management unit is configured
to generate, when an operator selects a version of the project data, input data and output data corresponding to the version of project data selected by the operator, based on the project data and the version information of the project data stored in the data storage unit, and
to store, when the operator modifies the input data and performs operation control based on the modified input data, (i) a difference between the input data and the modified input data and (ii) a difference between the output data and output data indicative of a result of the operation control based on the modified input data, as new version information of the project data in the data storage unit,
the display device is configured to display, with respect to a plurality of versions of the project data selected by the operator, relationship data between the plurality of versions of the project data, the relationship data including one or more of (i) an indication of a change in the machining program between the versions of the project data, (ii) an indication of a change in the machining condition between the versions of the project data, and (iii) an indication of a change in a processing time of a block of the machining program between the versions of the project data, and
the machining condition is (i) a parameter associated with performing operation control of the machine based on the machining program or (ii) a coordinate value of an axis of the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,114,365

ANALYSIS DEVICE, ANALYSIS METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Yazaki Corporation, Mina...

1. An analysis method comprising:determining first attribute data for each member of a first wire harness;
determining first corresponding graphic data associated with the first attribute data, and first non-corresponding graphic data which is not associated with the first attribute data, wherein the first corresponding graphic data and the first non-corresponding graphic data are visually incorporated in a first product;
determining second attribute data for each member of a second wire harness;
determining second corresponding graphic data associated with the second attribute data, and second non-corresponding graphic data which is not associated with the second attribute data, wherein the second corresponding graphic data and the second non-corresponding graphic data are visually incorporated in a second product drawing;
storing attribute information of the second corresponding graphic data and function information of the second corresponding graphic data in association with one another for each member of the second wire harness;
generating an image of a part of or an entire wire harness by drawing corresponding graphic data of each member of the second wire harness, wherein generating the image of the part of or the entire wire harness includes:
generating a first portion of the image corresponding to a first member of the second wire harness;
applying an indicator to a stored first piece of second attribute data corresponding to the first member of the second wire harness; and
advancing to a stored second piece of the second attribute data not having the indicator;
adding visual representations of the second non-corresponding graphic data to the generated image of the part of or the entire wire harness; and
displaying the generated image,
wherein the first non-corresponding graphic data is compared with the second non-corresponding graphic data, and the second non-corresponding graphic data which completely matches the first attribute data and the second non-corresponding graphic data which does not completely match the first non-corresponding graphic data are displayed in a visually discriminable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,114,364

NUMERICAL-CONTROL-PROGRAM EDITING APPARATUS, NUMERICAL-CONTROL-PROGRAM EDITING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A numerical-control-program editing apparatus comprising:a machining-shape generating unit that generates, for each unit of machining, a three-dimensional machining shape including position information in a three-dimensional virtual space based on attribute information, which is dimension information or position information described for each unit of machining configuring a numerical control (NC) program;
an attribute processing unit that extracts the attribute information from the NC program and associates three-dimensional position information corresponding to a machining shape corresponding to the extracted attribute information with the extracted attribute information; and
a display-screen control unit that displays the NC program on a program display screen and displays, on a shape display screen, a projection drawing in which the machining shape arranged in the virtual space is obliquely projected according to the position information contained in the machining shape, and when receiving an input for editing the NC program via the program display screen, reflects content of the input on the NC program, wherein
the display-screen control unit displays the extracted attribute information in a position indicated by position information associated with the attribute information on the shape display screen, the position being on the projection drawing and adjacent to a portion of the machining shape corresponding to the extracted attribute information,
when plural kinds of attribute information are displayed in a manner overlapped with one another on the shape display screen, the display-screen control unit displays only one of the plural kinds of attribute information displayed in the manner overlapped with one another,
the unit of machining configuring the NC program includes a plurality of items in which the attribute information is described,
priority degrees are set in advance for each of the items, and
the display-screen control unit displays attribute information related to an item for which a highest priority degree is set among the plural kinds of attribute information displayed in the manner overlapped with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,114,363

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER CAPABLE OF PARTIAL CORRECTION OF MACHINING CYCLE

FANUC Corporation, Minam...

1. A numerical controller that generates a machining cycle configured by a plurality of blocks in response to a machining cycle generation command of a machining program, and controls a machine tool by executing the machining cycle, the numerical controller including a memory and a processor, the processor configured to perform a method comprising:selecting, from among the plurality of blocks of the machining cycle, a block to be corrected based on an operator selection of a tool path to be corrected;
correcting the selected block based on a correction received from an operator;
generating correction information of the block based on the correction received from the operator without unfolding the machining cycle into a code program; and
storing the correction information of the block,
wherein the machining cycle is generated based on the correction information of the block and the machining cycle is executed to control the machine tool.

US Pat. No. 10,114,362

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE PRODUCTION PROCESS OF A PRODUCT

1. A method for controlling a production process of a product by a system (600), the system being linked to a process control system for controlling the system, the method comprising the steps:a) determining a first n-tuple representative of current parameters of the product;
b) retaining the first n-tuple in a memory of the process control system;
c) displaying the product having the current parameters on a display device (100) of the process control system (10);
d) displaying on the display device control elements for selecting from a plurality of pre-defined process actions that are compatible to be performed on the product having the current parameters as retained in the first n-tuple, each pre-defined process action being representative of a first transformation matrix having matrix elements of a dimension that is compatible with the first n-tuple, the pre-defined process action and corresponding first transformation matrices being retained in the memory of the process control system;
e) selecting at least one selected process action from the plurality of pre-defined process actions;
f) applying the first transformation matrix corresponding to the selected process action to the first n-tuple to produce a second n-tuple of future parameters of the product and displaying the product having the future parameters of the second n- tuple on the display device of the process control system;
g) providing instructions representative of the matrix elements in the first transformation matrix of the selected process action to the system for performing a process step on the product corresponding to the process action, and
h) repeating the steps a) to g).

US Pat. No. 10,114,361

MACHINE TOOL COLLISION DETECTING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH COLLISION STRESS RELEASING DEVICE

NAKAMURA-TOME PRECISION I...

1. A machine tool collision detecting apparatus comprising:an emergency stop device which emergently stops a feed motor by outputting a collision detection signal when an operating load of a feed motor driving a movement unit reaches a collision detection setting load set by a setter; and
a collision stress releasing device which reversely rotates the feed motor only by a return amount set by a return amount setter after the emergency stop of the feed motor,
wherein the collision stress releasing device reversely rotates the feed motor only by the return amount set by the return amount setter based on a contact position of a member colliding with the movement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,114,360

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER

FANUC Corporation, Minam...

1. A numerical controller for controlling a machine tool based on a processing program, the numerical controller comprising:a detecting unit configured to detect one or more factors of a plurality of factors that cause a malfunction of the numerical controller that controls the machine tool, wherein causes of the malfunction of the numerical controller detected by the detecting unit include noises, an occurrence of impact, and an amount of times one or more factors of the plurality of factors is detected;
a storing unit configured to store, when the detecting unit detects the one or more factors of the plurality of factors, (i) information of a block of the processing program which is being executed when each detected factor occurred, (ii) each detected factor that caused the malfunction of the numerical controller, and (iii) information about each detected factor in association with each other; and
a display unit configured to display marking information about the one or more detected factors based on each stored detected factor that caused the malfunction of the numerical controller and the stored information about each detected factor, the marking information displayed at a location corresponding to the block of the processing program when each detected factor occurred based on the stored information of the block of the processing program, wherein the displayed marking information is at least one graphical icon, the at least one graphical icon based on the one or more factors of the plurality of factors, thereby providing an improved determination of the cause of malfunction of the numerical controller.

US Pat. No. 10,114,359

NUMERICAL CONTROL DEVICE FOR REALIZING HIGH-SPEED INPUT AND OUTPUT OF EXTERNAL SIGNAL IN SERVO CONTROLLER

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A numerical control device, comprising:a CPU which outputs a position command value for a servomotor;
an integrated circuit including
a servo controller connected to an amplifier driving the servomotor, wherein the servo controller outputs a current command value to the amplifier to drive the servomotor, and
an I/O unit which inputs and outputs an external signal;
a DSP which reads the position command value and performs control so as to move the servomotor to a position indicated by the position command value; and
an inter-device communication path connecting the CPU and the integrated circuit, wherein
the integrated circuit further includes:
a communication interface connected to the inter-device communication path;
an internal bus outside the I/O unit, and connecting the communication interface and the I/O unit; and
an internal communication path directly connecting the servo controller and the I/O unit to directly transmit a signal between the servo controller and the I/O unit without passing through the internal bus.

US Pat. No. 10,114,358

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

9. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by a processor of an information processing device that collects information on an operating state of a communication system formed of a master device that manages communication over a network and at least one slave device that is connected to the network and that is capable of performing communication processing as instructed by the master device wherein communication log entries regarding time information and a communication state are recorded in the master device and the slave device in accordance with the communication processing, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:acquiring ones of the communication log entries from at least one of the master device and the slave device;
rearranging the acquired ones of the communication log entries based on the time information; and
extracting, out of the rearranged acquired ones of the communication log entries, any communication log entry of the rearranged acquired ones of the communication log entries recorded within a predetermined period of time from an occurrence of a communication log entry of the rearranged acquired ones of the communication log entries, including communication abnormality information that indicates an occurrence of an abnormality in communication processing as the communication state.

US Pat. No. 10,114,357

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REMOTELY OPERATING A MACHINE TOOL BY MEANS OF A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE

1. A method for remotely controlling a machine tool comprising a stationary operating device that can operate in a control mode for controlling the machine tool or in a mode without control authorization, the method comprising:a) activating a first communication connection between a mobile communication device and the stationary operating device;
b) configuring the stationary operating device to operate in a mode without control authorization; and
c) transferring control authorization from the stationary operating device to the mobile communication device by configuring the mobile communication device to operate in a remote control mode for controlling the machine tool based on information that is accessible only locally at the machine tool,
wherein, the control authorization is transferred to the mobile communication device simultaneously or after the stationary operating device is configured to operate in the mode without control authorization, and wherein the control mode comprises safety-related functions that are not transferred to the mobile communication device when the control authorization is transferred from the stationary operating device to the mobile communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,114,356

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A PHYSICAL UNIT IN AN AUTOMATION SYSTEM

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A method for controlling a physical unit, the method comprising:cyclically generating a plurality of controlling outputs, wherein the plurality of controlling outputs is provided in a redundant manner;
applying a selected controlling output of the controlling outputs to the physical unit;
checking if at least the selected controlling output is correct; and
selecting a selected control unit whose controlling output was checked as correct to apply its controlling output to the physical unit in a subsequent cycle,
wherein the applying is performed before the step of checking, and in case the selected control unit has generated an invalid output, the selected control unit is replaced by another control unit before the next controlling cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,114,355

TECHNIQUES FOR FACILITATING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN NETWORKED NODES

ULTRA ELECTRONICS, Round...

1. A method of operating a communication system that includes multiple nodes, comprising:determining, by a control unit of a specific node, whether the specific node of the communication system is a start node;
in response to determining the specific node is the start node, initiating, by the control unit, transmission of a header over a communication link of the communication system for each frame period, wherein each frame period also includes a plurality of address segments each of which has an associated data number;
in response to determining the specific node is the start node, comparing, by the control unit, data numbers for address segments with associated I/O module address settings to determine if a data number is equal to one of the associated I/O module address settings; and
in response to determining the data number is equal to one of the associated I/O module address settings, initiating transmission, by the control unit, node configuration and data from an input module included in associated I/O modules or zeroes for an output module included in the associated I/O modules.

US Pat. No. 10,114,354

PERSONAL GROOMING APPLIANCE

BRAUN GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. A packaged personal grooming appliance unit, in combination with a packaging that at least partly houses the personal grooming appliance, comprising a personal grooming appliance includingan energy source;
an electronic circuit comprising at least one electric load;
a first sensor for providing a first signal indicating a relevant change of a first external condition;
wherein the personal grooming appliance is arranged to stay in a sleep mode in which the electronic circuit consumes at least a reduced average energy amount in comparison to an active mode and to initiate the active mode when the first signal indicating a change of the first external condition is received;
wherein the electronic circuit is arranged to perform a welcome routine in response to a first active mode initialization and a standard routine, different from the welcome routine, in response to receiving the first signal indicating a relevant change in the first external condition after the welcome routine has been performed, and
wherein the first sensor is sensitive to a change of the packaging condition comprising at least an opening of the packaging.

US Pat. No. 10,114,353

MODULAR DATA CENTER

BASELAYER TECHNOLOGY, LLC...

1. A modular data center comprising:a controller;
a data center control system configured to collect data center data associated with the modular data center via communication with one of the controller and a plurality of sensors; and
a data module connected to a power supply source, the power supply source comprising at least one of a power grid, a backup power source and a power module, wherein the power module comprises electronics equipment for conditioning and distributing power to the one or more data modules,
wherein the data module comprises:
a first enclosure defining a first internal space; and
a first sensor in the plurality of sensors, the first sensor in communication with at least one of the controller and the data center control system, and
wherein the first enclosure is configured to contain a heat exchanger configured to remove heat from air within the first enclosure of the data module, and
wherein a second sensor in the plurality of sensors in communication with the power supply source.

US Pat. No. 10,114,352

VARIABLE HEIGHT PLATFORM DEVICE

FELLOWES, INC., Itasca, ...

1. A variable height desktop workstation system comprising:a base;
a variable height platform;
a lift mechanism configured to move the variable height platform within a range of motion between a fully lowered position and a raised position, the lift mechanism comprising a plurality of articulated members and having a lower raising force leverage in a lower part of the range of motion and a higher raising force leverage in an upper part of the range of motion,
wherein the lift mechanism is configured to lift the variable height platform from the fully lowered position to the raised position by a lifting force in an upward direction; and
a secondary force assist device configured to provide an additional force to the lift mechanism directed to the variable height platform in the upward direction from the fully lowered position towards the raised position only in the lower part of the range of motion so as to compensate for the lower raising force leverage of the lift mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,114,351

SMART-HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM THAT SUGGESTS OR AUTMATICALLY IMPLEMENTS SELECTED HOUSEHOLD POLICIES BASED ON SENSED OBSERVATIONS

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A tangible, non-transitory, machine-readable medium, comprising machine-readable instructions configured to:suggest, automatically implement, or both suggest and automatically implement, one or more household policies to be implemented within a household environment;
determine monitoring capabilities, enforcement capabilities, or both of an inventory of smart devices within the household environment, and
suggest the one or more household policies based upon the monitoring capabilities, the enforcement capabilities, or a combination thereof of the inventory of smart devices, wherein the machine-readable instructions configured to determine the monitoring capabilities, the enforcement capabilities, or both comprises:
access a list of the monitoring capabilities, the enforcement capabilities, or both for each smart device in the inventory; and
aggregate the list of the monitoring capabilities, the enforcement capabilities, or both for each smart device in the inventory into an overall list of the monitoring capabilities, the enforcement capabilities, or both for all smart devices in the inventory; and
wherein the household policies comprise:
one or more input criteria that is derivable from at least one smart device within the household environment, the one or more input criteria relating to a characteristic of the household environment, a characteristic of one or more occupants of the household, or both; and
one or more outputs to be provided to at least one of the smart devices within the inventory of smart devices within the household environment based upon the one or more input criteria such that the at least one of the smart devices within the inventory of smart devices within the household environment operates in accordance with the one or more outputs.

US Pat. No. 10,114,350

DATA ACQUISITION AND POWER CONTROL PROGRAMMABLE CUSTOMIZABLE COMBINATORIAL TESTING POWER SENSING AND DISPLAY INSTRUMENTATION

The United States of Amer...

1. A controlled power supply system, comprising:a power supply component comprising a low drop out regulator and configured to provide a selectable, variable power output to an experiment, wherein the experiment comprises two or more sensors selected from the group consisting of temperature, heat flow, impedance spectroscopy, optical, microphone, magnetic, altimeter, gas, dust, humidity, and flow sensors;
a sensor interface unit comprising jumper selectable sensor interface circuitry configured to read a plurality of sensor inputs from the one or more sensors of the experiment; and
a microcontroller module configured to provide instructions to the power supply component, and further configured to receive the plurality of sensor inputs from the sensor interface unit and convert the sensor inputs into readable data, wherein the microcontroller module is implemented in a computer system that comprises instructions stored in a machine-readable medium and a processor that executes the instructions,
wherein the power supply, sensor interface unit, and microcontroller are integrated together as a single unit;
wherein the microcontroller is configured to condition the plurality of sensor inputs by receiving and interpreting resistive inputs and scaling voltage inputs; and
wherein the power supply component is configured to be controlled by a user in real-time such that the selectable, variable power output is controllable to provide any one of a constant or programmed voltage, a constant or programmed current, or a constant or programmed power.

US Pat. No. 10,114,349

MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS UTILIZED IN AN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION SYSTEM DISPLAYED AS A SINGLE APPLICATION

Rockwell Automation Techn...

1. A system, comprising:a memory that stores computer executable instructions; and
a processor that executes or facilitates execution of the computer executable instructions to at least:
display a manager application comprising a first display of a first application utilized in configuration of an industrial automation system at a first organizational location within the manager application and a second display of a second application utilized in the configuration of the industrial automation system at a second organizational location within the manager application; and
provide a common menu for use with the first application and the second application via the manager application,
wherein the manager application facilitates navigation between the first application and the second application,
wherein the manager application facilitates performance of an action by the first application and the second application in response to an input received by the manager application,
wherein the common menu comprises a common save command for the first application and the second application, the input is a selection of the common save command, and the action performed is concurrently saving a first application instance of the first application and a second application instance of the second application in response to the selection of the common save command,
wherein at least the first display of the first application is reduced in size in at least the first organizational location within the manager application in response to elimination of at least one menu of the first application based on the providing of the common menu,
wherein the first application instance of the first application comprises a visualization design of a visualization portion associated with a component of the industrial automation system, and the second application instance of the second application comprises a control design of a control portion of the component of the industrial automation system, wherein the visualization portion associated with the component corresponds to the control portion of the component, and
wherein visualization data, associated with the first application, a first file format, and a first type of hierarchy that is associated with the industrial automation system, is mapped to control data, associated with the second application, a second file format, and a second type of hierarchy that is associated with the industrial automation system, wherein the visualization data is associated with the visualization portion of the component and the control data is associated with the control portion of the component, and wherein the visualization data is a subset of data that is different from, and is not based on, the control data, and wherein the control data is not based on the visualization data.

US Pat. No. 10,114,348

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR CLOSED LOOP CONTROL OF A WORKSITE

1. A worksite management system, comprising:a communication system that includes a set of network components that transmit communications in a closed loop, two-way communication network among a plurality of pieces of equipment at a worksite and a remote processing facility, wherein the plurality of pieces of equipment perform different operations in a sequential upstream to downstream order such that an upstream operation output limits a downstream operation output;
a management and control system configured to receive, over the communication network, worksite operations data indicative of worksite operations currently being performed by the plurality of pieces of equipment in the sequential upstream to downstream order, and generate recommended adjustments to the worksite operations to inhibit operation bottle-necking, based on the worksite operations data in near real-time; and
a manager system that receives, over the communication network, the recommended adjustments and provides manager outputs, over the communication network, that adjust worksite operations in near real-time of at least one of the plurality of pieces of equipment at the worksite, based on the recommended adjustments.

US Pat. No. 10,114,347

ENERGY DISAGGREGATION TECHNIQUES FOR LOW RESOLUTION WHOLE-HOUSE ENERGY CONSUMPTION DATA

Bidgely Inc., Mountain V...

1. A method for learning an energy consumption signature associated with a specific appliance from low resolution energy consumption interval data associated with a specific house, comprising:receiving at a processor low-resolution energy consumption interval data corresponding to whole house energy consumption for the specific house, wherein the low-resolution energy consumption interval data is sampled periodically with periods ranging from minute to hourly;
selectively communicating by the processor with a first database comprising non-electrical information;
selectively communicating by the processor with a second database comprising training data, the training data comprised at least in part of high resolution energy consumption data received from a plurality of homes associated with appliances at least some of which are the same type as the specific appliance, wherein the high resolution energy consumption data is sampled periodically with periods of less than one minute;
wherein training data comprises at least in part feedback information by a user through an interactive user interface using interactive charts;
determining a correlation between the low-resolution energy consumption interval data with a sample of the high resolution training data;
based on at least in part on the correlation and the non-electrical information, making a determination that the specific appliance was running during the sample of the interval data;
identifying the energy consumption signature of the specific appliance, at least in part by estimating of the energy consumption by the specific appliance at a hourly, daily or monthly scale; and
performing an action of energy management by presenting information regarding the energy consumption signature of the specific appliance to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,114,346

CONFIGURATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONFIGURING AN AUTOMATION SYSTEM

SICK AG, Waldkirch (DE)

1. A configuration apparatus for configuring an automation system of a customer that comprises device components of one or more manufacturers,wherein at least one first user interface inputs user data in customer-specific terminology and stores the input user data in a data management sector, wherein the customer-specific terminology comprises a first data format in which the customer describes the user data and the user data comprise automation system operation data,
wherein a second user interface is provided for receiving the user data and has determination unit for determining configuration data from the user data,
wherein the second user interface has at least one mapping technique that prepares the user data stored in customer-specific terminology for the determination unit into manufacturer-specific terminology,
wherein the manufacturer-specific terminology comprises a second data format in which the manufacturer describes the configuration data and the configuration data comprise component operating data of the device components,
wherein the at least one mapping technique of the second user interface has a conversion technique that converts the customer-specific terminological user data into manufacturer-specific terminological data and provides them to the determination unit which creates the configuration data,
wherein a storage of the user data and a storage of the configuration data permits carrying out by the second user interface separately from the data management sector of the first user interface,
and wherein the first and second user interface each comprise at least one input mask; and wherein the input mask of the first user interface is to input the terminology of the customer and the input mask of the second user interface is to input the terminology of the manufacturer and therefore the customer does not have to read or become familiar with the manufacturer specific terminology.

US Pat. No. 10,114,345

SAFETY CONTROL FOR THE SECURE OPERATION OF A TECHNICAL PLANT AND METHOD OF OPERATING A SAFETY CONTROL

SICK AG, Waldkirch (DE)

1. A safety control for the secure operation of a technical plant, comprising:at least one input unit which receives a signal of at least one connected signal generator of the technical plant;
a control unit, comprising a CPU, for reading in the received signal and for generating a control command; and
at least one output unit which transmits the generated control command to at least one connected actuator of the technical plant,
wherein the input unit has a switching element at an input side thereof, the switching element connecting the at least one connected signal generator of the technical plant to the control unit, the switching element being periodically controlled at intervals discrete in time by means of the control unit and is configured in such a way that the switching element is actuated by means of the control unit by closing directly prior to the reading in of the received signal and actuated again by the control unit by opening after the reading in of the received signal, the at least one input unit receiving the signal of the at least one connected signal generator of the technical plant via the switching element at the input side of the at least one input unit.

US Pat. No. 10,114,343

TOUCH DEVICE WITH TOUCH FUNCTION

INTERFACE OPTOELECTRONIC ...

1. A touch device, comprising:a touch panel defining a touch area;
an external circuit configured to drive the touch panel;
a plurality of connection structures extending perpendicularly from edges of the touch panel, the plurality of connection structures being configured to transmit touch signals from the touch panel to the external circuit; and
a transmission element receiving the touch panel and the plurality of connection structures, the transmission element being electrically coupled the plurality of connection structures to the external circuit, the transmission element being configured to transmit signals between the touch panel and the external circuit;
wherein the transmission element comprises:
a plurality of first connection portions electrically coupled to the connection structures;
a plurality of second connection portions electrically coupled to the external circuit; and
a plurality of connection lines configured to electrically coupled the plurality of first connection portions to the plurality of second connection portions;
wherein the first connection portions, the second connection portion, and the connection lines are electrically conductive; and
wherein the transmission element further comprises a ring portion defining a center hole and a extending portion extending from the ring portion, the ring portion has a first surface forming wall of the center hole, the extending portion has a second surface away from the first surface, the plurality of first connection portions are disposed on the first surface, the plurality of second connection portions are disposed on the second surface, the plurality of connection lines are embedded in the transmission element.

US Pat. No. 10,114,342

WEARABLE DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A wearable device comprising:a main device including:
an analog watch that includes a time indicator that indicates time;
a driver that drives the time indicator according to a first control signal;
a first processor electrically connected to the driver to transmit the first control signal to the driver; and
a first connector; and
a mounting device including:
a touch screen that at least partially covers the time indicator and senses an input for adjusting the driver according to a second control signal;
a second processor electrically connected to the touch screen to receive the input from the touch screen; and
a second connector,
wherein the first control signal is based on the input, and
wherein the main device and the mounting device are configured to be separably coupled, such that:
when the mounting device is separated from the main device, there is no electrical connection between the mounting device and the main device, and the mounting device is configured to be coupled to the main device, and
when the mounting device is coupled to the main device, there is electrical connection to each other through the first connector connected to the second connector, and the mounting device is configured to be separated from the main device.

US Pat. No. 10,114,341

INERTIA SETTING OR POISING OF A TIMEPIECE SPRUNG BALANCE ASSEMBLY

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

1. A method for producing and for setting inertia of and/or for poising a sprung balance assembly mounted in a timepiece oscillator mechanism which includes, mounted on a plate carrying a balance spring stud via a balance cock, the sprung balance assembly including a balance pivoting about a pivot axis and a balance spring whose inner coil is fixed to the balance or to a collet mounted integrally with the balance and whose outer coil is fixed to the stud to be held in the plate or in the balance cock, the method comprising:selecting a re-machining technology for setting the inertia of and/or for poising the balance by removal of material, from among tool or abrasive machining or laser beam or plasma projection or liquid jet projection, the re-machining technology being implemented by a re-machining means including a means of ablation and/or of charging and/or of deformation and/or of heat treatment;
defining, according to the selection of the re-machining technology, a value of a first distance, forming a minimum distance between any point of the balance spring and a re-machining area for setting the inertia of and/or for poising the balance;
determining a peripheral surface for setting the inertia of and/or for poising the balance, at a periphery of the balance, as a re-machining area, any point of the surface being separated from the balance spring by at least the value of the first predefined distance, to prevent any modification of features of the balance spring during irreversible re-machining of the balance on the peripheral area for setting the inertia of and/or for poising the balance on the assembled sprung-balance assembly;
making the balance spring, prior to attachment to the balance, with the outer coil thereof bent and/or twisted on the attachment thereof to the balance spring stud to move an active end part of the outer coil away from the peripheral surface;
manufacturing the balance and the balance spring, and irreversibly assembling to each other by fixing the inner coil to the balance or to the collet mounted integrally with the balance;
fixing the outer coil in position to the balance spring stud which is immobilized by irreversible attachment with respect to the balance cock;
defining, according to the selected re-machining technology, a value of a second distance, greater than or equal to the first distance and forming the minimum distance between the balance spring stud and the peripheral surface separated from the balance spring stud by a value greater than a second predefined distance, to prevent any modification of features of the attachment of the balance spring to the balance spring stud during re-machining of the balance on the peripheral area for setting the inertia of and/or for poising the balance on the assembled sprung-balance assembly;
determining a value and location of any necessary re-machining operations for setting the inertia and/or for poising;
determining a limit of a trajectory of the re-machining means, the limit being a volume external to a first surface of revolution about the pivot axis and resting on a minimum radius of the peripheral surface and at a third distance from any active point of the balance spring, the determining including comparing the third distance to the first distance to ensure that the third distance is equal to or greater than the first distance, and the first surface is a cone with a first apex centered on the pivot axis and whose first apex angle is lower than a first predetermined value; and
performing the inertia setting and/or poising re-machining operations only on the peripheral surface according to the limit of the trajectory of the re-machining means.

US Pat. No. 10,114,340

OPTIMISED TIMEPIECE MOVEMENT

The Swatch Group Research...

11. A magnetic escape wheel arranged to pivot about a second pivot axis, and comprising magnetized areas at the periphery thereof, wherein said second magnetized areas are each substantially tangentially arranged, and in that said magnetic escape wheel includes compensating magnets, each said compensating magnet being arranged in proximity to a said second nearby tangential magnetized area and producing a leakage field in a different direction to that of the field of said second nearby tangential magnetized area, and the intensity of said leakage field being low compared to that of the field of said second nearby tangential magnetized area.

US Pat. No. 10,114,339

ANTI-SHOCK SYSTEM WITH ANGULAR LOCKING

1. A shock absorber device for an arbor of a timepiece element comprising:a support including a base cup surmounted by a peripheral rim delimited, opposite said cup, by an upper surface and including an outer wall, said cup and the rim defining together a housing;
at least one pivot module extending along an axis, said at least one pivot module being arranged inside said housing and able to cooperate with said arbor;
fastening means including a peripheral shoulder extending from the rim towards the axial center of the cup; and
elastic means being arranged between the pivot module and the shoulder to exert a stress on the pivot module,
wherein the elastic means include a spring ring provided with at least one radial extension extending towards the center of said ring and with at least two catches extending in an opposite direction, said shoulder including at least one notch to allow a mounting of said spring ring based on a bayonet system, and
wherein the shoulder includes, on either side of said at least one notch, a beak oriented towards the base cup allowing said elastic means to be locked in rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,114,338

EXTERIOR SUB-ASSEMBLY FOR A TIMEPIECE OR WATCH OR PIECE OF JEWELLERY

1. An exterior sub-assembly for a timepiece, or for a watch, or for a piece of jewellery, comprising a first component having rims protruding from a first skirt alternated with first recesses, and a second component including wings protruding from a second skirt alternated with second recesses, arranged to occupy a first disassembled position of insertion in which said first component (1) and said second component have a first angular orientation with respect to each other, or to occupy a second, assembled and locked position in which said first component and said second component have a second angular orientation with respect to each other, different from said first angular orientation, and are held axially in a bayonet fitting between at least two said rims and at least two said wings, characterized in that said sub-assembly comprises at least one third component in the form of a ring, which is inserted between said first component and said second component and comprising a ring-like element housed inside a groove comprised in at least said first component or said second component, and said third component includes at least one rotational stop, with respect to said first component or second component, and at least one radially recessed or respectively radially protruding resilient area, arranged to cooperate, in a plane passing into said groove, in an angular indexing and locking arrangement with a lug or respectively a housing, comprised in whichever of said first component and second component is free to rotate with respect to said third component.

US Pat. No. 10,114,337

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:an image-forming unit that forms an unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a fixing device that fixes the unfixed toner image on the recording material, the fixing device including a heating rotator and a pressure member that forms, together with the heating rotator, a nip portion at which the recording material is heated and conveyed;
a bias-applying unit that applies bias to the heating rotator; and
a control unit that controls the bias-applying unit,
wherein a plurality of image forming modes can be performed in a case where image formation is successively performed on a preceding recording material and a succeeding recording material, each of the plurality of image forming modes having a time interval between the preceding recording material and the succeeding recording material which is different from each other,
wherein the control unit executes a first control of the bias-applying unit such that bias having the same polarity as a toner of the unfixed toner image is applied while the recording materials are being conveyed at the nip portion, and a second control of the bias-applying unit such that bias having a polarity opposite to a polarity of the toner is applied while the recording materials are not being conveyed at the nip portion due to the time interval, and
wherein a switching time between start of switching from the second control to the first control and completion of the switching in the image forming mode in which the time interval is a first time interval is determined to be longer than in the image forming mode in which the time interval is a second time interval shorter than the first time interval.

US Pat. No. 10,114,336

CARTRIDGE MOUNTABLE TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge mountable to a main body of an image forming apparatus, the main body including a unit having a developer member for supplying a developer to the cartridge, the cartridge comprising:a frame; and
a photosensitive member rotatably supported by the frame, the photosensitive member being to be contacted with the developer member,
wherein the frame includes an opening through which a part of a surface of the photosensitive member is exposed outside, and
wherein in a factory default state of the cartridge, a first surface region of the photosensitive member is exposed and handling caution information is printed on at least a part of the first surface region of the photosensitive member, the first surface region of the photosensitive member including a second surface region that is to be contacted with the developer member.

US Pat. No. 10,114,335

PROCESS FRAME AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a drum unit supporting a photosensitive drum;
a development unit forming a toner image on the photosensitive drum; and
a process frame in which, after the development unit is installed along a predetermined installation direction, the drum unit is installed along the installation direction,
wherein the process frame includes:
a pair of two supporting parts supporting a pair of two supported parts provided in the development unit,
one of the supporting parts is configured so as to support one of the supported parts along a direction intersecting the installation direction and to restrict movement of one of the supported parts along the installation direction,
other of the supporting parts is configured to restrict movement of other of the supported parts along the installation direction when, after the other of the supported parts is supported along the installation direction, the drum unit is installed to the process frame.

US Pat. No. 10,114,334

DEVELOPING DEVICE WITH CASING HAVING UPPER AND LOWER COMPARTMENTS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A developing device, comprising:a developer bearer to bear developer;
a casing defining an upper compartment to contain the developer and a lower compartment disposed lower than the upper compartment, to contain the developer, the upper compartment and the lower compartment communicating with each other through a first communicating opening, through which the developer is conveyed upward, and a second communicating opening, the upper compartment and the lower compartment each including a developer-lifting range opposing the first communicating opening, the developer-lifting range of the upper compartment being larger in volume than the developer-lifting range of the lower compartment; and
a first conveyor and a second conveyor disposed in the upper compartment and the lower compartment, respectively, to convey the developer in a longitudinal direction of the developer bearer, the first conveyor and the second conveyor to circulate the developer between the upper compartment and the lower compartment through the first communicating opening and the second communicating opening,
wherein one of the upper compartment and the lower compartment is a supply compartment disposed adjacent to the developer bearer to supply the developer to the developer bearer,
each of the first conveyor and the second conveyor includes a blade to rotate to convey the developer,
each of the first conveyor and the second conveyor includes a shaft, and
a shaft diameter of the first conveyor is smaller than a shaft diameter of the second conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,114,333

UNIT ATTACHMENT-DETACHMENT MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THEREWITH

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A unit attachment-detachment mechanism, comprising,a unit attachable to and detachable from an apparatus main body in a horizontal direction; and
a pair of guide frames provided on the apparatus main body and slidably supporting a pair of side faces of the unit parallel to an attachment-detachment direction of the unit and arranged respectively at both sides in a unit width direction perpendicular to the attachment-detachment direction, the pair of frames being arranged at a predetermined distance from each other in the unit width direction,
wherein
the pair of frames respectively include guide rails which slidably support the side faces of the unit,
the side faces respectively have formed thereon engagement projections that engage with the guide rails,
the pair of guide rails has formed therein at least a pair of inclined portions along which the engagement projections move in an up-down direction, and
the pair of inclined portions is formed asymmetrically with each other in the unit width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,114,332

OPENING-CLOSING MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An opening-closing mechanism comprising:an opening-closing panel that is rotatably supported so as to be movable between a closed position, at which the opening-closing panel covers an opening in an apparatus body, and an open position, at which the opening-closing panel does not cover the opening;
an engagement member that is rotatably supported by the opening-closing panel and that engages with a member to be engaged provided on the apparatus body;
a link member that is rotatably supported by a rotating shaft provided on the apparatus body; and
a guide member that is supported by a support shaft on the opening-closing panel so that the guide member is rotatable in a rotation direction and movable in a direction that crosses the rotation direction, the guide member including:
a first guide surface configured to move while being in contact with the link member when the opening-closing panel moves to the closed position, and
a second guide surface adjacent to the first guide surface in the direction that crosses the rotation direction, the second guide surface being configured to move while being in contact with the link member when the opening-closing panel moves to the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,114,331

TRANSFER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A transfer device comprising:an image bearer to bear an image;
a rotatable body that forms a transfer nip with the image bearer to rotate in contact with a recording medium, the transfer nip where the image on the image bearer is transferred onto the recording medium;
a solid lubricant assembly including a solid lubricant and extending in a longitudinal direction of the rotatable body, the solid lubricant assembly to apply the solid lubricant to at least one of the rotatable body and the image bearer; and
a guide to guide the recording medium and position the solid lubricant assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,114,330

CLEANING APPARATUS WITH SCRAPING MEMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising:a plate-like scraping member which is in contact with a surface of a member to be cleaned in order to clean out residuals from the surface of the member to be cleaned;
a support member configured to support the plate-like scraping member;
a cleaning roller located in parallel with an image bearing member which bears toner, and positioned in contact with the image bearing member;
a recovery roller located in parallel with the cleaning roller and positioned in contact with the cleaning roller; and
a voltage application unit configured to generate an electric field by applying a voltage with a polarity opposite to that of the toner, the voltage application unit further configured to apply a bias voltage from 200 V to 2000 V to the recovery roller, wherein
the plate-like scraping member is in contact with a surface of the recovery roller, as the member to be cleaned, in order to clean out residuals from the surface of the recovery roller,
the support member comprises:
a supporting plate configured to support a base portion of the plate-like scraping member, the supporting plate arranged to allow contact between the supporting plate and the plate-like scraping member; and
a fixing plate located opposite the supporting plate at a distance (g) from the supporting plate to hold the base portion of the plate-like scraping member between the fixing plate and the supporting plate, the plate-like scraping member having a thickness (t), there being an empty space present between the plate-like scraping member and the fixing plate while the plate-like scraping member is in contact with the surface of the member to be cleaned, wherein
the empty space corresponds to g minus t, and the empty space is greater than t,
the support member causes a leading end of the plate-like scraping member to make contact with the surface of the member to be cleaned by making use of an edge of the supporting plate as a fulcrum,and whereinthe plate-like scraping member has a base length from a position of the fulcrum on the supporting plate to an engagement position at which the support member engages the plate-like scraping member, and the base length is capable of pivoting on the fulcrum and allows the plate-like scraping member to contact, with uniform contact pressure, the member to be cleaned,
the plate-like scraping member has a Young's modulus of 1 to 400 GPa,
a hardness of the recovery roller being equal to or higher than the hardness of the plate-like scraping member, and
the recovery roller having a surface roughness Rz of 0.25 to 2.00 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,114,329

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH CONTROLS PERIOD BETWEEN TRAILING EDGE OF PRECEDING SHEET AND LEADING EDGE OF NEXT SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming device configured to form an unfixed toner image on a sheet continuously conveyed;
a fixing device configured to fix the unfixed toner image formed by the image forming device on the sheet while conveying the sheet continuously conveyed from the image forming device, wherein the fixing device includes a first rotatable member of which a surface layer containing a fluororesin is brought into contact with a sheet surface having the unfixed toner image formed by the image forming device and a second rotatable member configured to form a nip portion in cooperation with the first rotatable member;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from an operator, an instruction of a mode to be executed among a plurality of modes including a first mode and a second mode; and
a controller configured to control conveyance of a sheet, according to the mode corresponding to the instruction received by the receiving unit,
wherein, in a case that the mode corresponding to the instruction received by the receiving unit is the first mode and image formation processing for continuously forming a toner image on a plurality of predetermined sheets is executed, the controller controls the conveyance of the sheet in the image formation processing so that a period from when a trailing edge of a preceding sheet passes through the nip portion till a leading edge of a next sheet reaches the nip portion is a first period, wherein, in the first period, a portion of the surface layer of the first rotatable member, which is brought into contact with the trailing edge of the preceding sheet, is brought into contact with an image area on the next sheet without being contact with a margin area on a leading edge side on the next sheet, and
wherein, in a case that the mode corresponding to the instruction received by the receiving unit is the second mode and the image formation processing is executed, the controller controls the conveyance of the sheet so that the period is a second period longer than the first period, wherein, in the second period, the portion of the surface layer of the first rotatable member, which is brought into contact with the trailing edge of the preceding sheet, is brought into contact with the margin area on the leading edge side on the next sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,114,328

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage portion configured to store a sheet stack including a plurality of sheets;
a setting unit configured to set a type of sheets that are stored in the storage portion, wherein the setting unit is settable with at least a first type representing an envelope having thickness that is different between a leading edge side and a trailing edge side in a feeding direction and a second type representing a sheet different from the envelope;
a lifting and lowering portion configured to move up and down the sheet stack stored in the storage portion;
a feeding portion configured to feed a sheet from the sheet stack stored in the storage portion;
a regulation member being movable and configured to regulate a position on a trailing edge side of the sheet stack stored in the storage portion in a feeding direction in which the feeding portion feeds a sheet;
a display unit configured to display information;
a trailing edge detection portion being movable together with the regulation member and configured to detect a sheet surface on the trailing edge side of the sheet stack; and
a control unit configured to perform a determining operation for determining whether the regulation member is positioned to an end surface on the trailing edge side of the sheet stack based on a result of detection by the trailing edge detection portion, and configured to cause the display unit to provide a warning display if it is determined that the regulation member is not positioned to the end surface,
wherein, in a case where the first type is set by the setting unit, the control unit does not cause the display unit to provide the warning display even if the sheet surface is not detected by the trailing edge detection portion, and
wherein, in a case where the second type is set by the setting unit, the control unit causes the display unit to provide the warning display if the sheet surface is not detected by the trailing edge detection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,114,327

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus operable in a simplex image forming mode for forming an image on a first side of a sheet and in a duplex image forming mode for forming images on the first side of the sheet and a second side of the sheet, which is reverse to the first side, the image forming apparatus comprising:a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on an image bearing member;
a sheet conveying unit configured to convey the sheet;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image, which is formed on the image bearing member, onto the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit;
a fixing unit configured to fix, on the sheet, the toner image transferred on the sheet;
a sheet reversing unit configured to reverse the sheet from the first side to the second side of the sheet, the toner image having been fixed on the first side, and to convey the sheet to the transfer unit again in the duplex image forming mode;
a sheet shifter configured to move the sheet in a width direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the sheet to be conveyed to the fixing unit;
a controller configured to determine, when a first toner image is to be formed on a first side of a first sheet, based on a plurality of positions to which a plurality of sheets, conveyed before the first sheet, are moved by the sheet shifter, a shift position corresponding to a passing position at which the first sheet is to pass the fixing unit in the width direction; and
a memory configured to store, when the first toner image is to be formed on the first side of the first sheet, the shift position of the first sheet determined by the controller,
wherein, when a second toner image is to be formed on a second side of the first sheet, the controller controls the sheet shifter such that the first sheet is moved to the shift position of the first sheet stored in the memory regardless of a shift position to which another sheet is moved by the sheet shifter before the second toner image is formed on the second side of the first sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,114,326

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PAPER DEVIATION COMPENSATION FUNCTION FOR COMPENSATING DEVIATION OF PAPER BASED ON IMAGE AREA DETERMINED ACCORDING TO IMAGE DATA FOR GIVEN PAGE OF A JOB AND IMAGE FORMABLE AREA OF IMAGE FORMING UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit for forming an image on a paper in accordance with image data of a job;
a paper transport path for transporting the paper;
a paper position sensor for measuring a position of the paper being transported in a direction across a paper transporting direction;
a deviation compensating mechanism for compensating a deviation of the paper by shifting the paper, which is being transported, in the direction across the paper transporting direction in preparation for image forming; and
a processor for controlling the image forming and the deviation compensation,
wherein the processor performs a function of receiving results measured by the paper position sensor, shifting the paper toward a paper shifting position in the direction across the paper transporting direction, and shifting an image forming position in the image forming in a main scanning direction so as to be aligned with the paper shifting position of the paper in the deviation compensation, in accordance with the measured results,
wherein a reference position of the deviation compensation of the paper is previously set;
wherein the processor determines a position of an image area in which the image is to be formed on the paper based on the image data for a given page of the job, the image area being defined by the image data for the given page;
wherein the processor determines whether the image area goes out of a range of an image formable area in the image forming unit, if the reference position is set as the paper shifting position and the image forming position is shifted to be aligned with the reference position which is set as the paper shifting position, by comparing the position of the image area which is defined by the image data for the given page with the reference position;
wherein the processor is capable of dynamically determining whether the image area goes out of the range of the image formable area in the image forming unit on a per page basis, in accordance with the image area which is defined by the image data for the given page; and
wherein, (A) in a case in which it is determined that the image area goes out of the range of the image formable area if the reference position is set as the paper shifting position and the image forming position is shifted to be aligned with the reference position which is set as the paper shifting position, (B) the processor determines a new position as the paper shifting position which is different from the reference position, based on the image area and the range of the image formable area, wherein the new position is determined such that the image area does not go out of the range of the image formable area when the new position is set as the paper shifting position and the image forming position is set to be aligned with the new position which is set as the paper shifting position.

US Pat. No. 10,114,325

SHEET MATERIAL FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A sheet material feeding apparatus comprising:a cassette configured to internally contain a sheet material;
a push-up plate that is mounted on an inner bottom surface of the cassette and that is a plate on top surface of which the sheet material is mounted;
a push-up plate displacement mechanism that is provided on the cassette and configured to include a plurality of push-up plate biasing members and to change a posture of the push-up plate using a biasing force of at least one of the push-up plate biasing members;
a width regulating member provided inside the cassette and configured to be displaced in a width direction intersecting with a feeding direction of the sheet material and to regulate a position of the sheet material in the width direction; and
a biasing member selecting mechanism that is provided on the cassette and includes a switching unit configured to switch application and release-application of the biasing force of at least one of the push-up plate biasing members to a posture change of the push-up plate, in interlocking with displacement of the width regulating member;
wherein the push-up plate displacement mechanism includes:
a rotation shaft that is arranged below the push-up plate and extends in the width direction of the sheet material;
a plurality of pivot levers to which an end of at least one of the push-up plate biasing members is separately connected and capable of rotating around an axial line of the rotation shaft, together with the rotation shaft; and
a push-up lever arranged below the push-up plate and configured to be attached on the rotation shaft and to change a posture of the push-up plate in accordance with rotation of the rotation shaft, and
the biasing member selecting mechanism is configured such that the switching unit includes a coupling member capable of performing engagement and disengagement of the pivot lever to which at least one of the push-up plate biasing members are connected, with the rotation shaft, and
the biasing member selecting mechanism includes:
an engagement biasing member configured to bias, on the switching unit, the pivot lever to which at least one of the push-up plate biasing members is connected, in a direction to engage with the rotation shaft; and
a disengagement lever configured to come in contact with the width regulating member, and configured to displace, on the switching unit, the pivot lever to which at least one of the push-up plate biasing members is connected, in a direction to disengage from the rotation shaft, by being displaced in interlocking with displacement of the width regulating member.

US Pat. No. 10,114,324

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ALLOWING CORRECTION OF GRADATION LEVEL

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion that forms a toner image on an image bearing member;
an adhesion amount sensor that measures the amount of toner adhering to the image bearing member;
a controller that controls the image forming portion and the adhesion amount sensor; and
a storage portion, wherein
in association with gradation levels of each color forming certain color space, the storage portion stores a target adhesion amount of toner to adhere to the image bearing member at each of the gradation levels as a target gradation level and a setting value of a control parameter used for control on the image forming portion at the target gradation level, and
the controller includes:
a first control processor that performs processing, the processing includes making the adhesion amount sensor measure an actual adhesion amount corresponding to the setting value and thereafter comparing a resultant measured value and the target adhesion amount and correcting the setting value if needed, in association with at least one of the target gradation levels as a subject; and
a second control processor that determines whether or not correction of the target adhesion amount associated with the subject target gradation level is necessary, and if the second control processor determines that the correction is necessary, the second control processor makes the image forming portion output a calibration image, which is used for correcting the target adhesion amount, and the calibration image is output while the first control processor performs the processing.

US Pat. No. 10,114,323

SHEET SIZE DETECTOR AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A sheet size detector to detect a sheet size of a recording medium, the sheet size detector comprising:a movable member configured to move in a sheet size detection direction to a position corresponding to the sheet size;
a magnetic flux detector including a coil disposed on a board face parallel to the sheet size detection direction, the coil configured to generate a magnetic flux in a direction perpendicular to the board face, the magnetic flux detector configured to output a signal corresponding to changes in magnetic flux in the direction perpendicular to the board face, the signal corresponding to the position of the movable member; and
a target configured to oppose the board face and including a material to affect the magnetic flux, a size of the target changing in the sheet size detection direction to change the magnetic flux in the direction perpendicular to the board face according to movements of the movable member such that an oscillation frequency of the magnetic flux detector continuously increases as the movable member moves in the sheet size detection direction or continuously decreases as the movable member moves in the sheet size detection direction.

US Pat. No. 10,114,322

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A fixing device comprising:a fixing belt rotatable in a rotation direction;
a pressure rotator pressed against the fixing belt to form a fixing nip between the fixing belt and the pressure rotator;
a polishing roller separably contacting the fixing belt, the polishing roller to slide over an outer circumferential surface of the fixing belt while the polishing roller is pressed against the fixing belt;
at least one support supporting and stretching the fixing belt; and
a polishing aid, disposed opposite the polishing roller via the fixing belt, to support and stretch the fixing belt,
the polishing roller being disposed opposite the polishing aid via the fixing belt to form a polishing nip between the polishing roller and the fixing belt while the polishing roller is pressed against the fixing belt,
the polishing roller to change a rotation locus of the fixing belt along at least a part of a circumferential face of the polishing roller, and
a contact area between the polishing roller and the fixing belt includes a first area that is the polishing nip and a second area that is not the polishing nip.

US Pat. No. 10,114,321

LUBRICATING DEVICE FOR BELT-SHAPED MEMBER, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A lubricating device for a belt-shaped member, the device comprising:a pair of belt holding members,
wherein each of the pair of belt holding members has a corresponding one of outer peripheral surfaces, is disposed at a corresponding one of end portions of the belt-shaped member in an axial direction of the belt-shaped member, and holds the belt-shaped member such that the belt-shaped member is rotatable,
wherein the lubricating device has first grooves,
wherein each of the first grooves extends in a peripheral direction in the outer peripheral surface of a corresponding one of the pair of belt holding members and holds a liquid lubricant existing on an inner surface of the belt-shaped member,
wherein the lubricating device has second grooves,
wherein each of the second grooves extends in the peripheral direction, is provided at a position in the outer peripheral surface of a corresponding one of the pair of belt holding members further to an outside than the first groove in the axial direction, and holds the liquid lubricant,
wherein the pair of belt holding members include respective flange portions provided at the respective end portions in the axial direction,
wherein each of the flange portions projects outward in a radial direction of the belt-shaped member, and
wherein the second groove is provided in the flange portion of each of the pair of belt holding members.

US Pat. No. 10,114,320

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:a heating body being rotated and heating a medium on which a toner image is formed;
a pressuring body forming a nip with the heating body, being rotated and pressuring the medium passing through the nip;
a lateral plate supporting one body of the heating body and the pressuring body rotatably;
a first supporting body swingably supported to the lateral plate and supporting other body being against the one body rotatably;
a second supporting body swingably supported to the lateral plate and including a rotatable roller;
a tensile spring connected between the first supporting body and the second supporting body at its both ends to pull the first supporting body to a side of the second supporting body;
an eccentric cam rotatably supported at a position between the first supporting body and the second supporting body in the lateral plate, making its outer circumference face come into contact with the roller, and being rotated to change a posture of the second supporting body and to extend and contract the tensile spring, and thereby, changing a nip pressure of the nip to a first pressure or a second pressure lower than the first pressure; and
a driving part including a gear train connected to the eccentric cam to transmit torque rotating the eccentric cam to the eccentric cam and a driving source driving the gear train;
wherein, in the outer circumference face, in a portion coming into contact with the roller between a first portion making the first pressure of the nip pressure and a second portion making the second pressure of the nip pressure, at least one depression receiving insertion of the roller is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,114,319

FIXING APPARATUS WITH COIL AND MOVABLE MAGNETIC BODY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COIL AND MOVABLE MAGNETIC BODY

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A fixing apparatus, comprising:a fixing belt including a conductive layer; and
an induced current generation section facing the fixing belt, comprising
a coil configured to generate a magnetic flux, and
a magnetic body facing the fixing belt across the coil,
wherein a part of the magnetic body facing an end in a width direction of the fixing belt is set as a movable magnetic body capable of moving in a width direction; and
wherein the movable magnetic body includes a plurality of movable magnetic bodies provided at ends in the width direction of the magnetic body, and
wherein pressing members configured to press the movable magnetic bodies positioned at the ends in the width direction of the magnetic body to move the movable magnetic bodies inward in the width direction are provided at an outside portion in the width direction of the magnetic body.

US Pat. No. 10,114,318

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus that heats an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:a heater including a first heat generating block, and a second heat generating block disposed adjacent to the first heat generating block in a longitudinal direction of the heater, the longitudinal direction being orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material; and
a power control portion that controls electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks, the power control portion being capable of controlling the electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks independently,
wherein, when the recording material passes the position of the heater, and in the longitudinal direction, when an entire range in which the second heat generating block is provided is a range in which the recording material passes and only a portion of a range in which the first heat generating block is provided is a range in which the recording material passes,
the power control portion controls the electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks so that electrical power Wd supplied to the first heat generating block is less than electrical power Wc supplied to the second heat generating block, and
wherein the power control portion controls the electrical power so that a ratio Wd/Wc of the electrical power Wd supplied to the first heat generating block to the electrical power Wc supplied to the second heat generating block decreases as a recording material passing range, in the range in which the first heat generating block is provided, decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,114,317

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a plurality of photosensitive drums, each of which is configured to form an electrostatic latent image on a surface thereof, and to carry a toner image;
an intermediate transfer belt disposed to face the plurality of photosensitive drums, and configured to circulatingly move in a predetermined circulating direction;
a plurality of primary transfer rollers, each of which is disposed to face a corresponding one of the plurality of photosensitive drums with respect to the intermediate transfer belt, and is configured to primarily transfer the toner image from the corresponding one of the plurality of photosensitive drums onto the intermediate transfer belt;
a support roller for supporting an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt at a position downstream of the plurality of primary transfer rollers in the circulating direction;
a secondary transfer roller disposed to face the support roller with respect to the intermediate transfer belt, and configured to secondarily transfer the toner image from the intermediate transfer belt onto a sheet;
a conductive contact member disposed to come into contact with the inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt between the support roller and a most-downstream primary transfer roller located on a most-downstream side among the plurality of primary transfer rollers in the circulating direction;
a primary transfer bias applying unit for applying a primary transfer bias voltage of a polarity opposite to a polarity of the toner to the plurality of primary transfer rollers;
a secondary transfer bias applying unit for applying a secondary transfer bias voltage of a same polarity as the polarity of the toner to the support roller; and
a contact-member bias applying unit for applying a bias voltage of a same polarity as the polarity of the primary transfer bias voltage or the polarity of the secondary transfer bias voltage to the contact member, wherein
the contact-member bias applying unit applies, to the contact member, the bias voltage such that leak current is allowed to flow from one of the support roller and the most-downstream primary transfer roller to the contact member, and flow of leak current from the other of the support roller and the most-downstream primary transfer roller to the contact member is prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,114,316

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image former that forms a toner image;
an intermediate transfer belt that carries the toner image formed by the image former;
a first winding corrector that corrects a winding of the intermediate transfer belt; and
a second winding corrector that assists the first winding corrector in correcting the winding of the intermediate transfer belt,
wherein the second winding corrector includes:
an auxiliary roller that stretches the intermediate transfer belt and is supported to be axially movable; and
an elastic member that is provided at each of axial ends of the auxiliary roller and urges the auxiliary roller toward an image center position.

US Pat. No. 10,114,315

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus which transfers toner images formed on an image bearing member to a transfer target medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:a drive shaft structured to transmit a rotation force to the image bearing member;
a drive coupling supported movably in an axial direction of the drive shaft and structured to couple the drive shaft and a flange of the image bearing member with play;
a taper coupling supported inside the drive coupling with play and structured to hold the drive shaft and the flange of the image bearing member; and
a pressing member structured to press the taper coupling in the axial direction of the drive shaft,
wherein the taper coupling comprises:
a tip portion having a tapered chuck structure and coming in surface contact with the drive shaft and the flange of the image bearing member by an elastic force of the tapered chuck structure and a pressing force of the pressing member; and
an axial portion having a cylindrical structure whose outer diameter is smaller than an inner diameter of the drive coupling; and
wherein the flange of the image bearing member comprises:
a convex portion and a concave portion that are each coupled with the drive coupling; and
a collet portion coupled with the taper coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,114,314

POWDER COLLECTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A powder collecting device comprising:an inlet through which powder flows in the powder collecting device;
a conveying screw to rotate about a rotational axis to convey the powder inside the powder collecting device, the conveying screw including:
a shaft; and
a screw portion spirally winding around the shaft; and
a flexible sheet including a plurality of strip portions divided by a plurality of slits spaced apart in an axial direction of the conveying screw, each of the strip portions including a contact portion to contact the shaft of the conveying screw, the contact portion shifted from an end of the flexible sheet and disposed below the rotational axis of the shaft of the conveying screw, and an end of the flexible sheet is below a lowest point of the shaft of the conveyance screw.

US Pat. No. 10,114,313

TONER CONVEYING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A toner conveying device comprising:a casing in which a conveyance path of toner is formed;
a conveyance screw supported by two support portions of the casing so as to be rotated in the conveyance path and convey the toner along the conveyance path; and
a low friction portion provided on a portion of an inner side surface of the casing facing the conveyance screw, the portion being located in a middle of the two support portions, the low friction portion having a lower friction coefficient with the conveyance screw than other portions of the inner side surface of the casing, wherein
in a region along a longitudinal direction of the conveyance screw including the low friction portion, a space between the low friction portion and the conveyance screw is narrower than a space between the conveyance screw and portions of the inner side surface other than the portion on which the low friction portion is provided, and
the portion of the inner side surface of the casing on which the low friction portion is provided is a recessed portion whose depth is equal to or smaller than a thickness of the low friction portion.

US Pat. No. 10,114,312

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND TONER CASE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a toner case; and
an attachment part to which the toner case is detachably attached,
wherein the toner case includes:
a case main body having a discharge port through which a toner is discharged; and
a discharge shutter movable between a first closing position where the discharge shutter closes the discharge port and a first opening position where the discharge shutter opens the discharge port,
the attachment part includes:
a housing having a replenishment port through which the toner discharged through the discharge port is introduced; and
a replenishment shutter movable between a second closing position where the replenishment shutter closes the replenishment port and a second opening position where the replenishment shutter opens the replenishment port,
wherein as the discharge shutter moves from the first closing position to the first opening position, the discharge shutter presses the replenishment shutter to move the replenishment shutter from the second closing position to the second opening position, and
as the discharge shutter moves from the first opening position to the first closing position, the discharge shutter presses the replenishment shutter to move the replenishment shutter from the second opening position to the second closing position,
wherein the discharge shutter includes:
a first pressing part; and
a second pressing part provided at an upstream side of the first pressing part in a moving direction of the discharge shutter from the first closing position to the first opening position,
the replenishment shutter includes:
a first pressed part; and
a second pressed part provided at an upstream side of the first pressed part in a moving direction of the replenishment shutter from the second closing position to the second opening position,
wherein as the discharge shutter moves from the first closing position to the first opening position, the first pressing part presses the first pressed part and the second pressing part presses the second pressed part,
wherein the toner case further includes a rotator rotating around a rotation axis, at least a part of the rotator being stored in the case main body,
the discharge shutter includes:
a main body part formed in a cylindrical shape extending along a rotation axis direction of the rotator, and opening and closing the discharge port;
a closing part which closes an end of the main body part at an outside in the rotation axis direction; and
an arm part arranged along an outer circumferential face of the main body part or the closing part,
wherein one end of the arm part in a longitudinal direction is connected to the outer circumferential face of the main body part or the closing part,
another end of the arm part in the longitudinal direction is free, and
the first and second pressing parts are protruded on an outer circumferential face of the arm part.

US Pat. No. 10,114,311

LIGHT EMITTING SUBSTRATE, PRINT HEAD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A light emitting substrate comprising:a transparent substrate;
a plurality of light emitting element groups which are formed by a first light emitting element on the transparent substrate and a second light emitting element over the first light emitting element; and
a control unit that controls light emitting of the first light emitting element and the second light emitting element of the plurality of light emitting element groups,
wherein amounts of light emitted from the plurality of light emitting element groups are uniform.

US Pat. No. 10,114,310

OPTICAL WRITING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. An optical writing device that drives a light-emitting element array of light-emitting elements, modulating light emitted therefrom according to a screening pattern that expresses an image as a dithered image, the optical writing device performing optical writing by focusing light emitted from the light-emitting element array through a lens array onto a surface of a photoreceptor, the optical writing device comprising:a screening processor configured to acquire a write start position for writing to the photoreceptor in a main scanning direction; and
a hardware processor configured to perform a control when the write start position corresponds to an i-th light-emitting element of the light-emitting element array, counting from a reference position that corresponds to a first light-emitting element in ascending numerical order of the light-emitting elements in the main scanning direction, i being a positive integer greater than 1, wherein the control unit supplies pixel values to the i-th light-emitting element onwards, the pixel values being assigned from pixels of the screening pattern from an i-th pixel onwards, counting from a leading pixel in ascending numerical order of the screening pattern in the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 10,114,309

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF ADJUSTING IMAGE FORMATION START POSITION IN MAIN SCANNING DIRECTION OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a generation unit configured to generate a scanning speed profile, which is information about a scanning speed for each main scanning position in a main scanning direction of a laser beam which scans a photoconductor surface; and
a derivation unit configured to derive a scanning position adjustment amount specifying a distance from a reference position in the main scanning direction of the laser beam to a write start position of the laser beam to the photoconductor surface based on the generated scanning speed profile in the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 10,114,308

CHARGE ROLLER POSITIONING

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

14. A device comprising:a charge roller;
a photoconductor imaging plate;
at least one positioning unit for positioning at least a first end of the charge roller to a first plurality of index positions;
a current sensor, for measuring an alternating current in a circuit comprising the charge roller and the photoconductor imaging plate when the at least the first end of the charge roller is at each of the first plurality of index positions, wherein the alternating current is proportional to a capacitance between the charge roller and the photoconductor imaging plate; and
a controller for:
determining a first index position of the first plurality of index positions with a greatest change in capacitance; and
calibrating a position of the charge roller based upon the first index position.

US Pat. No. 10,114,307

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VARIABLE GLOSS REDUCTION

ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, ...

1. A method for providing variable gloss reduction, comprising:printing an image onto a substrate by applying a toner layer to the substrate;
applying a selected combination of heat and pressure to the substrate with a textured roller to imprint a high frequency texture onto the toner layer, such that a specular gloss of the image is reduced, said high frequency texture comprising a pattern greater than or equal to 150 lines per inch;
applying a coating of a fuser oil to the substrate for forming a barrier between the toner layer and the textured roller, such that adhesion of the toner layer to the textured roller is prevented;
wherein applying the coating of the fuser oil comprises a wiper impregnated with the fuser oil applying the fuser oil directly to the textured roller.

US Pat. No. 10,114,305

LIQUID TONER CONTAINING A LOW SYMMETRY ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTING MATERIAL FOR PRINTING CONDUCTIVE TRACES

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A liquid toner for printing conductive traces, including:a carrier liquid; and
toner particles dispersed in the carrier liquid, the toner particles including an electrically conducting material and a dispersant embedded in a resin, the electrically conducting material having a shape of a flake, a fiber, or a tube.

US Pat. No. 10,114,303

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, whereinthe toner particle has a core-shell structure constituted by a core portion and a shell portion,
the core portion contains a binder resin and a wax, and
the shell portion contains a polyester resin A,
the polyester resin A comprising an isosorbide unit represented by formula (1)

the polyester resin A being a polymerization product obtained by condensation polymerization of:
(i) a dicarboxylic acid or anhydride thereof, wherein the dicarboxylic acid is selected from the group consisting of maleic acid, fumaric acid, itaconic acid, oxalic acid, malonic acid, succinic acid, dodecyl succinic acid, dodecenyl succinic acid, adipic acid, azelaic acid, sebacic acid, decane-1,10-dicarboxylic acid, phthalic acid, tetrahydrophthalic acid, hexahydrophthalic acid, tetrabromophthalic acid, tetrachlorophthalic acid, HET acid, himic acid, isophthalic acid, terephthalic acid, cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid and 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid,
(ii) an isosorbide represented by formula (2)

(iii) a divalent alcohol other than the isosorbide, wherein the divalent alcohol is selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,2-propylene glycol, 1,4-butanediol, 1,5-pentanediol, 1,6-hexanediol, diethylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, triethylene glycol, neopentyl glycol, bisphenol A, bisphenol F, ethylene oxide adducts of bisphenol A, propylene oxide adducts of bisphenol A, xylylene diglycol, 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol and hydrogenated bisphenol A, and
(iv) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a tricarboxylic acid, a tetracarboxylic acid, a tricarboxylic acid anhydride, and a tetracarboxylic acid anhydride, wherein the tricarboxylic acid is trimellitic acid or methylcyclohexene tricarboxylic acid, the tetracarboxylic acid is pyromellitic acid, the tricarboxylic acid anhydride is trimellitic acid anhydride or methylcyclohexene tricarboxylic acid anhydride, and the tetracarboxylic acid anhydride is pyromellitic acid anhydride,
the isosorbide unit is contained in a molar ratio of 1.58 to 10.50 mol % based on a total number of monomer units constituting the polyester resin A,
an acid value of the polyester resin A is 2.0 to 15.0 mgKOH/g,
a content of the polyester resin A is 1.0 to 10.0 mass parts based on 100.0 mass parts of the binder resin, and
when observing a cross-section of the toner using a transmission electron microscope (TEM), 0.25 ?(r/R)st?0.50, where (r/R)st is an arithmetic mean of twenty r/R calculations determined by:
(1) selecting twenty toner particle cross-sections, each of the twenty toner particle cross-sections has a major axis R (?m) that satisfies a relationship 0.9?R/D4?1.1 with respect to a weight-average diameter D4 (?m) of the toner as measured with a flow particle image measuring apparatus, and
(2) determining r/R for each of the twenty toner particle cross-sections, wherein the r (?m) denotes the largest major axis of a domain composed of the wax present in the one toner particle cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,114,302

PHOTOCONDUCTOR, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A photoconductor comprising:a support;
an undercoat layer overlying the support, the undercoat layer comprising a binder resin, a zinc oxide particle, and a salicylic acid derivative; and
a photosensitive layer overlying the undercoat layer, the photosensitive layer comprising a compound represented by the following formula (1):

where each of R1 and R2 independently represents an alkyl group or an aromatic hydrocarbon group.

US Pat. No. 10,114,301

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photoreceptor abutting against at least one selected from a charging member for charging the electrophotographic photoreceptor and a developer carrying member for supplying a developer to the electrophotographic photoreceptor with an abutting member therebetween, whereinthe electrophotographic photoreceptor has a first portion and a second portion being different from the first portion along the longitudinal direction of the photoreceptor and abuts against the abutting member in the second portion;
the electrophotographic photoreceptor includes a support, a charge generating layer containing a charge generation material, and a surface layer in this order;
the electrophotographic photoreceptor includes, in the first portion, an undercoat layer containing a polymer of a composition containing an electron transport material and a crosslinking agent so as to be contiguous with the surface of the charge generating layer facing the support; and
the electrophotographic photoreceptor includes, in the second portion, at least one of:
(i) an intermediate layer disposed between and so as to be contiguous with the support and the charge generating layer; and
(ii) an intermediate layer disposed between and so as to be contiguous with the charge generating layer and the surface layer, wherein
the intermediate layers each have a Martens hardness of 500 N/mm2 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,114,300

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An electromagnetic actuator comprising:a coil assembly comprising at least one coil;
a magnet assembly comprising a first and second magnet unit, each magnet unit comprising a magnetic yoke and a plurality of permanent magnets mounted to the magnetic yoke, the first and second magnet unit forming a magnetic circuit for receiving the coil assembly and, upon energizing of said coil, generating a force in a first direction; and
a holder for holding the magnet units, wherein the magnet units are rigidly mounted to the holder;
wherein a weight ratio of the magnet assembly over the coil assembly is smaller than a weight ratio of another magnet assembly over another coil assembly for which a ratio of force over electrical power is maximized, and
wherein the at least one coil comprises a first coil and a second coil, the coil assembly further comprising an inner cooling plate and two separate first and second outer plates, the inner cooling plate being arranged between the first and second coils to cool the first and second coils, the first and second coils and the inner cooling plate being stacked between the first and second outer cooling plates so that the first coil is arranged between the first outer cooling plate and the inner cooling plate and the second coil is arranged between the second outer cooling plate and the inner cooling plate.

US Pat. No. 10,114,299

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A lithographic apparatus for applying a desired pattern onto a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a compartment with a volume of gas;
a movable object within the compartment, wherein a movement of the movable object causes an acoustic disturbance in the gas in the compartment;
a reference frame on a boundary of the compartment;
a sensor mounted on the reference frame and configured to measure the object; and
an acoustic damper located outside the compartment and mounted on the reference frame, configured to damp the acoustic disturbance, and comprising:
a chamber, and
a perforated plate comprising a plurality of through-holes therein, the perforated plate being arranged between the chamber and the compartment,
wherein the reference frame comprises a passageway therethrough that is configured to allow communication between the compartment and the acoustic damper.

US Pat. No. 10,114,298

CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS COMPRISING A CONDITIONING SYSTEM

ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., V...

1. A conditioning system for a lithographic apparatus comprising a plurality of modules, the conditioning system comprising:a plurality of conditioning branches arranged such that different individual modules or subsets of modules out of the plurality of modules are each conditioned via a corresponding conditioning branch conveying a common conditioning medium for the plurality of modules;
a plurality of thermal actuators, each operable to locally alter the temperature of the common conditioning medium at one of the conditioning branches; and
a plurality of sensors, each operable to sense the temperature of the common conditioning medium at one of the conditioning branches,
wherein the conditioning system, with the lithographic apparatus, is operable to perform a calibration routine for calculating calibration offsets for the sensors, and
wherein the calibration routine comprises (i) bringing to a common location one or more uncalibrated sensors, a calibrated sensor, and a calibration medium, and calibrating the uncalibrated sensor(s) against the calibrated sensor, and/or (ii) bringing to a common location one or more uncalibrated sensors and a calibration medium of known temperature and calibrating the uncalibrated sensor(s) against the calibration medium of known temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,114,297

ACTIVE EYE-TO-EYE WITH ALIGNMENT BY X-Y CAPACITANCE MEASUREMENT

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A photolithography system, comprising:a slab;
a chuck disposed on the slab;
a plurality of image projection systems disposed over the slab, wherein each image projection system of the plurality of image projection systems includes a lens, wherein the lens includes a lens housing;
a first plurality of sensors each coupled to a corresponding lens housing of each image projection system of the plurality of image projection systems;
a plate disposed between the slab and the plurality of image projection systems, wherein the plate includes a plurality of openings; and
one or more targets coupled to the plate and disposed adjacent to each opening of the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,114,296

DRIVING SYSTEM AND DRIVING METHOD, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND EXPOSURE METHOD

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A driving system which drives a plant by giving control input, the system comprising:a first measuring instrument which measures a first controlled variable related to a position of a first section of the plant;
a second measuring instrument which measures a second controlled variable related to a position of a second section of the plant that shows a behavior including a resonance mode in opposite phase to a rigid-body mode that the first section shows; and
a controller which
obtains synthetic quantity (X,c=?X2+?X1) using measurement results of the first and the second controlled variables (X2, X1) by the first and the second measuring instruments and transfer function (?, ?),
obtains a third controlled variable by performing filter processing on the synthetic quantity (Xc) and one of measurement results (X2, X1) and by synthesizing a frequency band in which the resonance mode of the synthetic quantity (Xc) exists and a frequency band in which the resonance mode of the one of the measurement results (X2, X1) is non-existent, and
gives the control input obtained using the third controlled variable to the plant, wherein
the transfer function (?, ?) is decided so that a pole corresponding to the resonance mode included in each of transfer functions P2, P1 corresponding to the first and the second sections is canceled out in transfer function ?P2+?P1.

US Pat. No. 10,114,295

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A lithographic apparatus comprising:a substrate stage configured to support a substrate in an environment with an ambient gas;
a projection system configured to project a beam of radiation onto the substrate when supported on the substrate stage during an exposure phase;
a sensing system configured to sense a property of the substrate on the substrate stage during a sensing phase;
a reference system; and
a positioning system configured to determine a position of the substrate stage relative to the reference system via a path of radiation between the substrate stage and the reference system;
wherein:
the lithographic apparatus is configured to control the substrate stage to undergo movement relative to the reference system in the sensing phase and to undergo other movement relative to the reference system during the exposure phase;
at least the substrate stage or the reference system has an outlet system configured to provide a gas curtain of a barrier gas operative to reduce ingress of the ambient gas into a volume traversed by the path of radiation between the substrate stage and the reference system; and
the lithographic apparatus is configured to provide a characteristic of the gas curtain to be different in at least part of the sensing phase compared to in the exposure phase, wherein the characteristic comprises a spatial distribution of the barrier gas when exiting the outlet system and the lithographic apparatus is configured to provide the spatial distribution of the barrier gas when exiting the outlet system to be different in at least part of the sensing phase compared to in the exposure phase.

US Pat. No. 10,114,294

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPARTING DIRECTION-SELECTIVE LIGHT ATTENUATION

Carl Zeiss SMS Ltd., Kar...

1. A method for imparting direction-selective light attenuation to a photomask, the method comprising:assigning different attenuation levels to light rays of different directions of incidence;
computing an array of shading elements to attenuate the light rays with the assigned different attenuation levels, depending on the direction of incidence of the light rays; and
inscribing the array of shading elements within a substrate of the photomask.

US Pat. No. 10,114,293

ILLUMINATION SYSTEM AND PROJECTION OBJECTIVE OF A MASK INSPECTION APPARATUS

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Obe...

1. An illumination system of a mask inspection apparatus,wherein the illumination system is configured to, in operation of the mask inspection apparatus, illuminate a mask with an illumination bundle of rays which has a centroid ray; and
wherein the illumination system is further configured such that, during the operation of the mask inspection apparatus, said centroid ray has a direction dependent on the location of the incidence of the illumination bundle of rays on the mask, in which the centroid ray has at least two different directions for different locations of the incidence of the illumination bundle of rays on the mask, and there is a predetermined relationship between the direction of the centroid ray and the location of incidence of the illumination bundle of rays on the mask, such that the centroid ray has a first direction for a first location of incidence of the illumination bundle of rays on the mask, and the centroid ray has a second direction different from the first direction for a second location different from the first location of incidence of the illumination bundle of rays on the mask.

US Pat. No. 10,114,289

EXPOSURE HEAD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING AN EXPOSURE HEAD

1. An exposure head for use in an exposure apparatus for illuminating a surface, the exposure head comprising:a plurality of radiative sources for providing a plurality of beams,
an optical scanning unit arranged for receiving the beams and for directing the beams towards the surface for impinging each of the beams on an impingement spot, and
a rotation actuating unit connected to the optical scanning unit for at least partially rotating the optical scanning unit,wherein the impingement spots of the beams are scanned across the surface by said at least partial rotation of the optical scanning unit, wherein the optical scanning unit comprises a transmissive element, wherein the transmissive element is a polygon prism, the transmissive element including one or more facets for receiving the beams and for outputting the beams after conveying thereof through the transmissive element, for displacing the beams upon said rotation of the transmissive element for enabling the scanning of the impingement spots, the impingement spots thereby illuminating the surface in a pattern for forming an image.

US Pat. No. 10,114,288

SILICON-CONTAINING UNDERLAYERS

Rohm and Haas Electronic ...

10. A composition comprising: one or more curable silicon-containing polymers comprising a backbone comprising Si—O linkages; one or more organic blend polymers comprising as polymerized units one or more monomers of formula (1b) and one or more monomers of formula (2)wherein R5 is selected from the group consisting of a C4-30 organic residue bound to the oxygen through a tertiary carbon, and a C4-30 organic residue comprising an acetal functional group; each R1 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4haloalkyl, halo, and CN; and R2 is a monovalent organic residue having a lactone moiety; and one or more cure catalysts.

US Pat. No. 10,114,287

SILICONE SKELETON-CONTAINING POLYMER COMPOUND AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, CHEMICALLY AMPLIFIED NEGATIVE RESIST COMPOSITION, PHOTO-CURABLE DRY FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, PATTERNING PROCESS, LAYERED PRODUCT, AND SUBSTRATE

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A silicone skeleton-containing polymer compound comprising a repeating unit shown by the general formula (1) and having a weight average molecular weight of 3,000 to 500,000,wherein R1 to R4 may be the same or different and represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; “m” is an integer of 1 to 100; “a”, “b”, “c”, “d”, “e”, and “f” are each 0 or a positive number, and “g” and “h” are each a positive number, provided that a+b+c+d+e+f+g+h=1; X is a divalent organic group shown by the general formula (2); Y is a divalent organic group shown by the general formula (3); W is a divalent organic group shown by the general formula (4); and U is a divalent organic group shown by the general formula (5),wherein Z represents a divalent organic group selected from any ofthe dotted line represents a bond; “n” is 0 or 1; R5 and R6 each represent an alkyl group or alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms and may be the same or different; and “x” is 0, 1, or 2;wherein V represents a divalent organic group selected from any ofthe dotted line represents a bond; “p” is 0 or 1; R7 and R8 each represent an alkyl group or alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms and may be the same or different; and “y” is 0, 1, or 2;wherein the dotted line represents a bond; T represents an alkylene group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms or a divalent aromatic group; and R9 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group;wherein the dotted line represents a bond; T and R9 have the same meanings as defined above; and R10 represents a monovalent carboxyl-containing organic group.

US Pat. No. 10,114,286

PHOTORESIST AND METHOD

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

15. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:dispensing a photoresist onto a layer to be patterned, the photoresist comprising a polymer comprising:
a hydrocarbon backbone;
a cross-linking group bonded to the hydrocarbon backbone; and
a group which will decompose bonded to the hydrocarbon backbone;
generating an acid H+ within the photoresist, wherein the acid H+ causes the group which will decompose to decompose and also causes the cross-linking group to bond with a crosslinking agent and trap a group produced by the decomposition of the group which will decompose; and
developing the photoresist after the generating the acid H+, wherein the group produced by the decomposition of the group which will decompose is present during the developing.

US Pat. No. 10,114,285

SOLDER RESIST COMPOSITION, AND COVERED-PRINTED WIRING BOARD

GOO CHEMICAL CO., LTD., ...

1. A solder resist composition comprising:(A) a carboxyl group-containing resin;
(B) an epoxy compound;
(C) titanium dioxide;
(D) a photopolymerization initiator; and
(E) an antioxidant,
the component (B) containing a hydroquinone epoxy compound represented by following formula (1),

the component (D) containing (D1) a bisacylphosphine oxide-containing photopolymerization initiator and (D2) an ?-hydroxy alkylphenone-containing photopolymerization initiator,
R1, R2, R3, and R4 in the formula (1) being independently a methyl group, a hydrogen atom, or a t-butyl group; and
a melting point of the component (E) is within a range of 50 to 150° C.

US Pat. No. 10,114,284

METHOD FOR DESIGNING MASK SET, RECORDING MEDIUM, TEMPLATE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TEMPLATE

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A template comprising:a shot region to be imprinted onto a substrate, the shot region including:
chip regions; and
a scribe region, the scribe region being a region in which an imprint-alignment mark and another pattern are arranged, the scribe region including:
a first scribe region, the first scribe region being located in between the chip regions; and
a second scribe region, the second scribe region surrounding the chip regions, the second scribe region including:
a protruding region, the protruding region being a region in which a pattern is arranged; and
a depressed region, the depressed region being a region in which no pattern is arranged,
wherein, when viewed from the top, the protruding region and the depressed region are shaped to fit one another to constitute a scribe line between adjacent shot regions.

US Pat. No. 10,114,283

MASK PLATE, EXPOSURE DEVICE, AND EXPOSURE METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A mask plate, comprising a base plate and a plurality of patterns with openings arranged on the base plate, whereinthe base plate comprises a first region corresponding to a position where a developing agent has a low concentration in the case that a target substrate is to be developed, and a second region corresponding to a position where the developing agent has a high concentration in the case that the target substrate is to be developed; and
in the case that the target substrate is exposed using the mask plate, an amount of light beams passing through each pattern at the first region of the base plate is greater than an amount of the light beams passing through each pattern at the second region of the base plate, to compensate for a critical dimension at a position corresponding to the second region through the excessive light beams at the first region, thereby to enable an evenness value of the critical dimension to be greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,114,282

SAMPLING FOR OPC BUILDING

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method comprising:calculating simulated contours of one or more structures representing an integrated circuit (IC) design layout;
calculating evaluation cutlines along the simulated contours, each cutline corresponding to an evaluation site;
extracting one or more image parameters for the evaluation cutlines;
inter-structure coarse selection followed by intra-structure fine selection of evaluation sites;
calibrating an optical proximity correction (OPC) model for the IC design layout based on measurements at the selected evaluation sites; and
manufacturing an IC based on the calibrated OPC model.

US Pat. No. 10,114,279

VEHICLE HEADLAMP FOR PROJECTING DRIVING INFORMATION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A vehicle headlamp device comprising:a light source;
a reflection unit that reflects the light emitted from the light source having a plurality of light reflection sections for changing a path of the light;
a primary optical system that receives the light reflected by the reflection unit along a first path and emits the light as a high beam; and
an auxiliary optical system having a plurality of color patterns for changing a color of the light incident thereto that receives the light reflected by the reflection unit along a second path and projects the light onto a road.

US Pat. No. 10,114,278

LIGHT SPLITTING MODULE AND PROJECTION APPARATUS THEREOF

Qisda Corporation, Taoyu...

1. A light splitting module comprising:at least one first light source for emitting a first color light, the first color light comprising a first primary color light and a second primary color light;
at least one second light source for emitting a second color light, the second color light comprising a third primary color light;
a color wheel aligned with the first light source and the second light source for splitting the first color light and the second color light into a plurality of image forming lights in a duty cycle, the color wheel having a first color section, a second color section and a transparent section formed thereon, the first color section allowing the second color light and the first primary color light to pass through, the second color section allowing the second color light and the second primary color light to pass through; and
a modulator coupled to the first light source, the second light source and the color wheel for selectively modulating a first incidence time of the first color light on the first color section to adjust a first output ratio of the first primary color light in the plurality of image forming lights, modulating a second incidence time of the first color light on the second color section to adjust a second output ratio of the second primary color light in the plurality of image forming lights and modulating a third incidence time of the first color light on the transparent section to perform brightness adjustment of the plurality of image forming lights.

US Pat. No. 10,114,277

LIGHT SOURCE SYSTEM WITH A SWITCHING SYSTEM TO GENERATE TWO LIGHT BEAMS HAVING PRESET PROPORTIONS, AND RELATED PROJECTION SYSTEM

APPOTRONICS CORPORATION L...

1. A light source system, comprising:a light source;
a switching system for switching a light emitted by the light source into at least two light beams having preset proportions using either time division or light intensity division; and
a color wheel assembly disposed on light paths of the at least two light beams, wherein the color wheel assembly, under illumination of the at least two light beams, generates lights of different colors having preset proportions, wherein the light of different colors are configured to be modulated by a light modulation system and combined to form a projection image;
wherein the switching system is configured to adjust proportions of the at least two light beams based on parameters obtained from the projection image to adjust the proportions of the lights of different colors;
wherein the light modulation system includes three light modulators, and wherein the switching system comprises:
a light switch for switching the light emitted by the light source into a light that simultaneously includes both a first light beam and a second light beam, wherein the first light beam and the second light beam have different polarization states;
a controller for controlling a deflection angle of the light switch, wherein a ratio of an intensity of the first light beam and an intensity of the second light beam is a preset ratio, and wherein the controller is configured to adjust the preset ratio based on parameters of the projection image.

US Pat. No. 10,114,276

PHOSPHOR WHEEL, LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, AND PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A phosphor wheel, comprising:a disc-like substrate;
a phosphor layer on the substrate; and
a plurality of heat dissipation fins, wherein a first fin of the plurality of heat dissipation fins overlaps with a second fin of the plurality of heat dissipation fins when viewed in a direction orthogonal to a surface of the substrate,
wherein at least one of the plurality of heat dissipation fins has a rising section extending in a direction crossing the surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,114,274

HEAT DISSIPATING MODULE HAVING TURBULENT STRUCTURES

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. A heat dissipating module, adapted to use in a heat dissipation airflow along a flowing direction, comprising:a heat dissipation fin set, comprising a plurality of heat dissipation fins, wherein the heat dissipation fins are stacked on each other, each of the heat dissipation fins has a front side, a rear side opposite to the front side and at least one turbulent structure set, the turbulent structure set is located between the front side and the rear side and has a plurality of first turbulent structures, the first turbulent structures are arranged from the front side to the rear side in sequence, such that when the heat dissipating module used in the heat dissipation airflow, the heat dissipation airflow flows from the front side toward the turbulent structure set along the flowing direction, and passes through the turbulent structure set to flow toward the rear side, and an extending direction of each of the first turbulent structures is tilted relative to the flowing direction,
wherein the turbulent structure set further comprises a plurality of second turbulent structures, the second turbulent structures are arranged from the front side to the rear side in sequence and aligned with the first turbulent structures respectively, an extending direction of each of the second turbulent structures is tilted relative to the flowing direction, each of the first turbulent structures and the corresponding second turbulent structures are rendered in a V shape structure, each of the V shape structures has a narrow end, and each of the narrow ends face the front side,
wherein each of the first turbulent structures has a first end and a second end opposite to each other, each of the second turbulent structures has a third end and a fourth end opposite to each other, each of the first ends and the corresponding third ends constitute the corresponding narrow end, a distance between each of the narrow ends and the front side is smaller than a distance between the corresponding second end and the front side and smaller than a distance between the corresponding fourth end and the front side.

US Pat. No. 10,114,273

DEVELOPER SPREADING DEVICE, PRINTER, AND DIGITAL CAMERA WITH PRINTER

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A developer spreading device comprising:a film pack room into which an instant film pack is loaded, the instant film pack including a plurality of film units each having a developer pod containing a developer, a case which includes an exposure opening and a slit-shaped discharge port and accommodates the plurality of film units laminated on top of each other, and a film cover which lighttightly blocks the exposure opening by covering an exposure surface of the film unit and is ejected through the discharge port;
a transport roller pair that transports the film unit or the film cover discharged through the discharge port while pinching both side edge portions of the film unit or the film cover; and
a spreading roller pair that is disposed on a downstream side of the transport roller pair in a transport direction perpendicular to a width direction of the exposure surface, and spreads the developer into the film unit by crushing the developer pod,
wherein the case includes a pair of light shielding grooves formed in both sides of the exposure opening and an inner wall surface facing the film cover,
the film cover includes a pair of light shielding ribs which is inserted into the pair of light shielding grooves and extends in a discharge direction in a case where the film cover is discharged through the discharge port, and
the transport roller pair includes a capstan roller that includes a pair of roller members and a rotational shaft which holds the roller members, and a first distance which is a space between inner edges of the pair of roller members is greater than a second distance which is a space between outer edges of the pair of light shielding ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,114,272

CAMERA MODULE AUTOFOCUS ACTUATOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

ACTUATOR SOLUTIONS GMBH, ...

1. A camera module autofocus actuator comprising:a housing,
a movable lens carrier having a protrusion with an apex for lodging a shape memory alloy wire,
a shape memory alloy wire,
at least four spheres,
a bottom plate,
two electric terminals at a different height with respect to said protrusion apex,
a return elastic element,
wherein:
said bottom plate and said housing are fixed to each other, defining an autofocus main body,
said two electric terminals are fixed onto said autofocus main body,
said shape memory alloy wire is in contact with the lens carrier protrusion apex and its extremities are locked to the two electric terminals on the main body,
the housing and said movable lens carrier are aligned via at least two side channels defining at least two guide channels containing and holding said spheres,
said movable lens carrier is configured to house at least one lens having an optical axis parallel to the guide channels,
said return elastic element is mounted between the housing and the lens carrier, and the return elastic element exerts on the lens carrier a force only along a direction parallel to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,114,271

MOBILE DEVICE PHOTOGRAPHY APPARATUS FOR EVEN ILLUMINATION

SMPL Inc., Austin, TX (U...

1. An illuminating apparatus for a mobile computing device, comprising:a front shell comprising at least an outer surface, an inner open region, an open window portion, and a toroidal illuminating ring;
a rear shell comprising at least an outer surface and an inner open region;
wherein the open window portion comprises at least an open region of the front shell, configured to pass through the outer surface of the front shell and into the inner open region of the front shell;
wherein the illuminating ring comprises at least a component encircling at least a portion of the circumference of the front shell parallel to the plane of the front shell and affixed or integrally-formed as a portion of the outer surface of the front shell, and is configured to emit visible light;
wherein the front shell and the rear shell are configured to be releasably coupled to each other; and
wherein the inner open regions of the front and rear shells are configured to at least partially enclose the mobile computing device when so coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,114,270

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN OPTICAL LOGIC DEVICE

King Fahd University of P...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an input signal wave generator including
a first wave generator coupled to a first modulator configured to generate a first output, wherein the first modulator is configured to amplitude modulate the first output, and
a second wave generator coupled to a second modulator configured to generate a second output, wherein the second modulator is configured to amplitude modulate the second output,
wherein the input signal wave generator is configured to combine the first output and the second output at a first coupler generating a third output having a wavelength within an injection locking range of the first output, wherein the third output corresponds to the input signal wave generated by the input signal generator; and
a logic device configured to receive the input signal generated by the input signal wave generator, the logic device including
a laser configured to generate a fourth output at a first wavelength,
a third wave generator configured to generate a fifth output at a second wavelength, the second wavelength being identified based on an injection locking range of the first output, wherein the fifth output is coupled with the input signal at a second coupler and configured to stabilize the input signal,
a bandpass filter having a center frequency corresponding to the second wavelength, and
an optical circulator having a first port coupled to the input signal wave generator and the third wave generator, a second port coupled to the laser, and a third port coupled to the bandpass filter.

US Pat. No. 10,114,269

HETEROGENEOUS WAVEGUIDES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A heterogeneous waveguide configured to achieve nonlinear optical interactions, the heterogeneous waveguide including at least two materials in a cross-section, a first material having a nonlinear optical property for generating at least one new frequency by mixing one or more input optical waves, and a second material being patterned for defining a waveguide mode in the cross-section, the second material configured to achieve phase-matched interactions of waves along a propagation direction, such that optical modes are distributed between the first and second materials.

US Pat. No. 10,114,268

ACOUSTO-OPTIC DEVICE, AND LIGHT MODULATOR, OPTICAL SCANNER AND DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE ACOUSTO-OPTIC DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An acousto-optic device for modulating incident light comprising:an elastic-wave generating unit which generates an elastic wave;
an elastic medium to which the elastic wave generated in the elastic-wave generating unit is incident, a refractive index of the elastic medium being changed by the elastic wave;
a meta structure disposed on an upper surface of the elastic medium and configured to increase a refractive index change of the elastic medium by the elastic wave, the meta structure consisting of a first layer formed of a dielectric material and a second layer formed on the first layer and formed of a conductive material, wherein the second layer has a predetermined repetitive pattern repeated along a direction parallel to a surface of the first layer; and
an intermediate layer disposed between the elastic medium and the meta structure, the intermediate layer being formed of a conductive material and contacting the first layer;
wherein the intermediate layer is configured to further increase the refractive index change of the elastic medium by the elastic wave and have a thickness smaller than skin depth with respect to a wavelength of the incident light.

US Pat. No. 10,114,267

DISPLAY DEVICE WITH WATER-PROOF GLUE

E Ink Holdings Inc., Hsi...

1. A display device, comprising:a cover plate;
a display disposed on the cover plate, the display comprising an active array substrate having a front surface adjacent to the cover plate and a back surface opposite to the front surface;
a frame disposed on a peripheral area of the cover plate and surrounding the display to form a trench between the frame and the display;
a flexible circuit board comprising a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is attached to the front surface of the active array substrate, and the second portion is fastened to the cover plate in the trench; and
a water-proof glue filling the trench.

US Pat. No. 10,114,265

THIN-FILM DEVICES AND FABRICATION

View, Inc., Milpitas, CA...

1. An electrochromic device comprising:one or more material layers sandwiched between a first conductor layer and a second conductor layer; and
a taper on at least one underlying layer of the electrochromic device;
wherein the taper is formed via laser ablation and wherein the taper spans more than one edge of the at least one underlying layer; and
wherein the laser ablation comprises delivering laser radiation from the same side of a transparent substrate as that upon which the electrochromic device is fabricated or delivering laser radiation from the side of a transparent substrate opposite the side upon which the electrochromic device is fabricated.

US Pat. No. 10,114,263

DISPLAY DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A display device including a transmissive region and a reflective region, comprising:a liquid crystal element;
a transistor;
a scan line;
a signal line;
a layer that reflects visible light;
a first insulating layer; and
a coloring layer,
wherein:
the liquid crystal element includes a pixel electrode, a common electrode, and a liquid crystal layer,
the transistor includes a semiconductor layer, a gate, and a gate insulating layer,
the first insulating layer is provided between the pixel electrode and the transistor,
the first insulating layer includes an opening portion,
the pixel electrode is provided between the liquid crystal layer and the first insulating layer,
the common electrode is configured to transmit visible light,
the semiconductor layer includes a first region and a second region,
the first region overlaps the gate with the gate insulating layer therebetween,
the second region includes a first portion in contact with the pixel electrode and a second portion in contact with a side surface of the opening portion in the first insulating layer,
the second region has resistivity lower than resistivity of the first region,
the first portion is provided in at least one of the transmissive region and the reflective region,
the reflective region includes the layer that reflects visible light,
the layer that reflects visible light includes a portion between the liquid crystal layer and at least one of the scan line and the signal line,
the coloring layer overlaps the pixel electrode with the liquid crystal layer therebetween, and
a thickness of the coloring layer in the reflective region is greater than or equal to 40% and less than or equal to 60% of a thickness of the coloring layer in the transmissive region.

US Pat. No. 10,114,262

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COA ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND COA ARRAY SUBSTRATE

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...

1. A method for manufacturing a COA array substrate, comprising following steps:step 1, providing a TFT substrate, the TFT substrate comprising a base substrate, a TFT layer disposed on the base substrate, and a pixel electrode layer disposed on the TFT layer, wherein the pixel electrode layer comprises a plurality of red sub-pixel electrodes, green sub-pixel electrodes and blue sub-pixel electrodes disposed alternately;
black matrixes formed in interval regions of the plurality of red, green, blue sub-pixel electrodes on the TFT layer;
step 2, providing a counter electrode, a first electrolyte, a second electrolyte, and a third electrolyte; the counter electrode comprising an insulating substrate, and a plurality of counter electrode units disposed on the insulating substrate, the plurality of counter electrode units disposed correspondingly to the plurality of red, green, blue sub-pixel electrodes on the TFT substrate; the first electrolyte being a weak acidic solution containing a mixture of red quantum dots and chitosan, the second electrolyte being a weak acidic solution containing a mixture of green quantum dots and chitosan, the third electrolyte being a weak acidic solution containing a mixture of scattering particles and chitosan;
step 3, immersing the counter electrode and the TFT substrate into the first electrolyte altogether, forming a connecting circuit by linking the red sub-pixel electrodes on the TFT substrate and counter electrode units corresponding to the red sub-pixel electrodes on the counter electrode with a first wire and a first power source, the TFT substrate being an anode, the counter electrode being a cathode; after being electrified, a pH value of the first electrolyte close to the red sub-pixel electrodes on the TFT substrate increasing, making chitosan in the first electrolyte deposit on the red sub-pixel electrodes, the red quantum dots accompanied the chitosan depositing on the red sub-pixel electrodes, forming a plurality of red filter layers on the plurality of red sub-pixel electrodes respectively; controlling time of electrochemical deposition, disconnecting from the first power source when thickness of the red filter layers accumulated to be a certain value, taking out and cleaning the TFT substrate and the counter electrode;
step 4, immersing the TFT substrate and the counter electrode into the second electrolyte altogether, forming a connecting circuit by linking the green sub-pixel electrodes on the TFT substrate and counter electrode units corresponding to the green sub-pixel electrodes on the counter electrode with a second wire and a second power source, the TFT substrate being an anode, the counter electrode being a cathode; after being electrified, a pH value of the second electrolyte close to the green sub-pixel electrodes on the TFT substrate increasing, making chitosan in the second electrolyte deposit on the green sub-pixel electrodes, the green quantum dots accompanied the chitosan depositing on the green sub-pixel electrodes, forming a plurality of green filter layers on the plurality of green sub-pixel electrodes respectively; controlling time of electrochemical deposition, disconnecting from the second power source when thickness of the green filter layers accumulated to be a certain value, taking out and cleaning the TFT substrate and the counter electrode;
step 5, immersing the TFT substrate and the counter electrode into the third electrolyte altogether, forming a connecting circuit by linking the blue sub-pixel electrodes on the TFT substrate and counter electrode units corresponding to the blue sub-pixel electrodes on the counter electrode with a third wire and a third power source, the TFT substrate being an anode, the counter electrode being a cathode; after being electrified, a pH value of the third electrolyte close to the blue sub-pixel electrodes on the TFT substrate increasing, making chitosan in the third electrolyte deposit on the blue sub-pixel electrodes, the blue quantum dots accompanied the chitosan depositing on the blue sub-pixel electrodes, forming a plurality of blue filter layers on the plurality of blue sub-pixel electrodes respectively; controlling time of electrochemical deposition, disconnecting from the third power source when thickness of the blue filter layers accumulated to be a certain value, taking out and cleaning the TFT substrate and the counter electrode;
the step 3, the step 4, and the step 5 processed randomly; after the steps 3-5, a quantum dot color filter film comprising a plurality of red filter layers, green filter layers, and blue filter layers formed on the pixel electrode layer to manufacture a COA array substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,114,261

LIQUID CRYSTAL PANELS AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICES

Wuhan China Star Optoelec...

1. A liquid crystal panel, comprising: a plurality of data lines and a plurality of gate lines, the data lines extend along a first direction and are spaced apart along a second direction, the gate lines extend along the second direction and are spaced apart along the first direction, the liquid crystal panel comprises a first side, a second side, and a third side, the first side is opposite to the second side, and the direction from the first side toward the second side forms the first direction, the third side respectively intersects with the first side and the second side, the liquid crystal panel also comprises a data driving chip and at least one gate on array (GOA) circuit, the data driving chip is arranged to be close to the first side, and is configured to provide data signals to the data lines, one of the GOA circuits is arranged to be close to the third side, the GOA circuit comprises a plurality of GOA units, each of the GOA units comprises a signal buffer, the signal buffer is configured to buffer received gate driving signals, and to provide the buffered gate driving signals to the corresponding gate lines, dimensions of the signal buffer of each of the GOA unit are in an increasing order along a direction from the first side toward the second side, or numbers of the signal buffers of each of the GOA units are in the increasing order along the direction from the first side toward the second side, wherein when the dimensions of the signal buffer within each of the GOA unit are gradually increased along the direction from the first side to the second side, starting from the first GOA unit located close to the first side, N number of adjacent GOA units are defined as a GOA unit set, and different GOA unit sets comprise different GOA units, with respect to the same GOA unit set, the dimensions of the signal buffer are the same, with respect to different GOA unit sets, the dimensions of the signal buffer within the GOA unit set are linearly increased along the direction from the first side to the second side, wherein N is a positive integer.

US Pat. No. 10,114,260

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display device comprising a display region having a shape other than a rectangle and including a TFT substrate on which a scanning line, drain lines and video signal lead-out lines are formed, wherein:a selector is disposed between the drain lines and the video signal lead-out lines;
the scanning line is connected to a scanning circuit for supplying a scanning signal;
the scanning line and the video signal lead-out lines cross with each other;
the number of pixels in an extending direction of the scanning line in the display region is different from the number of pixels in an extending direction of the drain lines; and
the selector has selector TFTs, and a channel width of one of the selector TFTs corresponding to a row having a larger number of the pixels in the extending direction of the drain lines is larger than a channel width of another of the selector TFTs corresponding to a row having a smaller number of the pixels in the extending direction of the drain lines.

US Pat. No. 10,114,259

ARRAY SUBSTRATE, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Wuhan China Star Optoelec...

1. A manufacturing method of an array substrate, wherein the method comprises:exposing and developing metallic material deposited on a substrate by a first mask at a time, respectively obtaining a data line pattern and a light shield layer pattern separately disposed on a same layer;
forming a first insulating layer and an oxide semiconductor layer on the data line pattern and the light shield layer pattern in sequence, exposing and developing the oxide semiconductor layer deposited on the first insulating layer by a second mask at a time, obtaining a source electrode pattern, a drain electrode pattern, an oxide semiconductor layer pattern and a common electrode pattern respectively, wherein the oxide semiconductor layer pattern is capable of preventing influence of light completely subjected to shelter of the light shield layer pattern;
forming a second insulating layer and a gate electrode layer on the source electrode pattern, the drain electrode pattern, the oxide semiconductor layer pattern and the common electrode pattern in sequence, exposing and developing the second insulating layer by a third mask at a time, obtaining a second insulating layer pattern and a gate electrode pattern respectively, the second insulating layer pattern and the gate electrode pattern disposed on the oxide semiconductor layer pattern;
processing the source electrode pattern, the drain electrode pattern and the common electrode pattern without protection of the second insulating layer pattern and the gate electrode pattern by doping treatment, converting material of the source electrode pattern, the drain electrode pattern and the common electrode pattern from the oxide semiconductor material to conductive material, the source electrode pattern and the drain electrode pattern disposed adjacently to two sides of the oxide semiconductor layer pattern respectively, the common electrode pattern and the drain electrode pattern disposed separately;
forming an insulated interlayer deposition on the first insulating layer pattern, the source electrode pattern, the gate electrode pattern, the drain electrode pattern and the common electrode pattern, exposing and developing the interlayer deposition by a fourth mask at a time, forming a first contact hole, a second contact hole and a third contact hole throughout the interlayer deposition respectively, one end of the first contact hole extending to and penetrating the first insulating layer pattern to connect with the data line pattern, one end of the second contact hole and the source electrode pattern connected, one end of the third contact hole and the drain electrode pattern connected;
forming a transparent electrode layer on the interlayer deposition, fully filling the transparent electrode material in the first contact hole, the second contact hole and the third contact hole, exposing and developing the transparent electrode layer by a fifth mask at a time, obtaining a transparent electrode layer pattern and a pixel electrode pattern respectively, the transparent electrode layer pattern connected with the other end of the first contact hole and the other end of the second contact hole respectively, making the source electrode pattern to connect with the data line pattern electrically through the second contact hole, the transparent electrode layer pattern and the first contact hole, the pixel electrode pattern and the other end of the third contact hole connected, to achieve electrical connection of the pixel electrode pattern and the drain electrode pattern;
the common electrode pattern divided into a plurality of parts, or the common electrode pattern is integrated.

US Pat. No. 10,114,258

NARROW BEZEL DISPLAY DEVICE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A display device, comprising:a lower substrate having a display area and a non-display area;
an upper substrate corresponding to the lower substrate and including a black matrix (BM);
a bezel located on the non-display area and including a GIP driver, a plurality of signal transmission lines, a connection line connecting the GIP driver and the plurality of signal transmission lines, and a seal area having a sealant, in a direction being apart from one side of the display area;
a plurality of bridge patterns located on the non-display area and electrically connects the GIP driver and the connection line, and the connection line and the plurality of signal transmission lines, respectively; and
a plurality of shield patterns enclosing the plurality of bridge patterns,
wherein the plurality of shield patterns reduces an area in which the sealant and the plurality of bridge patterns are in directly contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,114,257

CONDUCTING FILM OR ELECTRODE WITH IMPROVED OPTICAL AND ELECTRICAL PERFORMANCE FOR DISPLAY AND LIGHTING DEVICES AND SOLAR CELLS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A solid state lighting element, comprising layers arranged in the following order:a first substrate;
a first electrode;
a light emitting material;
a second electrode; and
a second substrate,
wherein at least one of the first and second electrodes comprises:
a first transparent or semitransparent conductive layer;
a second transparent or semitransparent conductive layer; and
a transparent or semitransparent intervening layer located between the first and second conductive layers, wherein the intervening layer comprises an inorganic dielectric,
wherein the intervening layer includes electrically conductive transparent or semitransparent pathways extending through the intervening layer between and in contact with the first and second conductive layers,
wherein the first and second conductive layers each comprise a sheet of material and the first conductive layer is substantially coextensive with the second conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,114,256

ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. An array substrate, comprising:a substrate;
a plurality of scanning lines and a plurality of data lines arranged above the substrate, wherein the plurality of scanning lines intercepts the plurality of data lines to define a plurality of pixel regions;
a plurality of switch elements each disposed in close proximity to an intersection of one of the scanning lines and one of the data lines, wherein each of the plurality of switch elements comprises a gate electrode, a semiconductor layer, a source electrode and a drain electrode;
a plurality of pixel electrodes and a plurality of common electrodes, wherein each of the plurality of pixel electrodes comprises strip-type electrodes and two connecting end portions, wherein each of the connecting end portions is substantially parallel to the plurality of scanning lines,
and
wherein the strip-type electrodes each includes three portions: a first straight-line portion connecting to a second straight-line portion on one end and a third straight-line portion on another end, wherein the second straight-line portion and the third straight-line portion are parallel to each other; and
wherein each of the plurality of common electrodes is a planar electrode covering the scanning lines and the data lines between two adjacent pixel regions and has an opening exposing the switch elements in each said pixel region including the gate electrode, the semiconductor layer, the source electrode and the drain electrode;
a source-drain metal layer patterned on the substrate;
a planarization layer disposed on the source-drain metal layer;
a pixel electrode layer comprising the plurality of pixel electrodes patterned on the planarization layer;
a common electrode layer comprising the plurality of common electrodes patterned on the planarization layer; and
an alignment layer patterned above the common electrode, having an alignment direction substantially perpendicular to a scanning line direction;
wherein a first angle between a direction of the first straight-line portion and the alignment direction is in a range of 4 to 6 degrees, and wherein a second angle between a direction of the second straight-line portion and the third straight-line portion and the alignment direction is larger than the first angle; and
wherein the strip-type electrodes in two adjacent pixel regions at opposite sides of a scanning line are substantially symmetric.

US Pat. No. 10,114,254

PIXEL STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...

1. A pixel structure, comprising a backing plate, a first metal layer arranged on the backing plate, a first insulation layer arranged on the first metal layer and the backing plate, a semiconductor layer arranged on the first insulation layer, a second metal layer arranged on the semiconductor layer and the first insulation layer, a second insulation layer arranged on the second metal layer, the semiconductor layer, and the first insulation layer, and a transparent conductive layer arranged on the second insulation layer;wherein the first metal layer comprises a scan line;
wherein the semiconductor layer comprises a first active layer and a second active layer that are spaced from each other, and the first active layer and the second active layer are both arranged to be located above and correspond to the scan line;
wherein the second metal layer comprises a first data line, a first source electrode connected to one side of the first data line, a first drain electrode spaced from the first source electrode, a second data line, a second source electrode connected to one side of the second data line, and a second drain electrode spaced from the second source electrode;
wherein the first data line and the second data line are each arranged across over the scan line in a manner of being substantially perpendicular thereto; the first source electrode and the first drain electrode are respectively set in contact engagement with two opposite sides of the first active layer; and the second source electrode and the second drain electrode are respectively set in contact engagement with two opposite sides of the second active layer;
wherein the transparent conductive layer comprises a first pixel electrode and a second pixel electrode that are not connected to each other; and
wherein the second insulation layer comprises a first via formed therein and located above and corresponding to the first drain electrode and a second via formed therein and located above and corresponding to the second drain electrode, wherein the first pixel electrode is set in contact engagement with the first drain electrode through the first via and the second pixel electrode is set in contact engagement with the second drain electrode through the second via;
wherein the first pixel electrode comprises a vertical trunk electrode and a horizontal trunk electrode, which intersect each other in a manner of being perpendicular to each other, and four pixel electrode areas that defined by the perpendicular intersection between the horizontal trunk electrode and the vertical trunk electrode, each of the pixel electrode areas comprising a plurality of first strip-like branch electrodes that are connected to the horizontal trunk electrode or the vertical trunk electrode at an angle of ±45° or ±135° therebetween, the plurality of first strip-like branch electrodes of the four pixel electrode areas being arranged symmetric with respect to the horizontal trunk electrode and the vertical trunk electrode in a left-right direction and a top-down direction so as to form a pixel electrode configuration of superimposition of a “cross” and a “saltire”; and
wherein the second pixel electrode comprises a frame electrode located outside a periphery of the first pixel electrode and a plurality of second strip-like branch electrodes each connected to the frame electrode, the plurality of second strip-like branch electrodes being arranged and distributed in the four pixel electrode areas of the first pixel electrode and being also arranged to parallel and alternate with the first strip-like branch electrodes in each of the pixel electrode areas.

US Pat. No. 10,114,253

DISPLAY PANEL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND SUBSTRATE CURVING DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a display panel, comprising steps of:providing two substrates for forming the display panel;
arranging the two substrates opposite to each other, curving, by a substrate curving device, the two substrates at a predetermined curvature, and directly dripping liquid crystals into a space between the two curved substrates;
arranging the two curved substrates opposite to each other to form a cell subsequent to the dripping of the liquid crystals;
flatting, by the substrate curving device, the resultant display panel formed by arranging the two curved substrates opposite to each other to form a cell, and performing panel treatment processes to the flatted display panel, wherein the panel treatment processes comprise a testing of the flatted display panel; and
curving, by the substrate curving device, the flatted display panel to the predetermined curvature subsequent to the panel treatment processes;
wherein the substrate curving device comprises: a front-surface constraining plate configured to constrain a front surface of a substrate and lateral-surface constraining pins configured to constrain lateral surfaces of the substrate, wherein the front-surface constraining plate comprises a curved surface which has a predetermined curvature and which is in contact with the front surface of the substrate so as to fix the substrate thereon;
wherein the curved surface of the front-surface constraining plate is provided with a plurality of vacuum adsorption holes, a plurality of hollow rods in communication with the vacuum adsorption holes is arranged on the front-surface constraining plate, and each hollow rod is capable of being changed between a vacuumized state where the substrate is constrained onto the front-surface constraining plate so as to curve the substrate at the predetermined curvature, and an inflated state where the substrate is separated from the front-surface constraining plate so as to enable the substrate to be in a flat state.

US Pat. No. 10,114,252

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A liquid crystal display panel, comprising a color filter substrate and an array substrate opposite to each other, wherein a side of the color filter substrate facing the array substrate is provided thereon with a first photo spacer, a side of the array substrate facing the color filter substrate is provided thereon with a second photo spacer at a position corresponding to that of the first photo spacer, and an end of the first photo spacer far away from the color filter substrate and an end of the second photo spacer far away from the array substrate are capable of shifting relative to each other,wherein the first photo spacer and the second photo spacer have truncated cone structures, the end of the first photo spacer far away from the color filter substrate and the end of the second photo spacer far away from the array substrate are fitted to each other and
wherein a surface area of the end of the second photo spacer far away from the array substrate is larger than that of the end of the first photo spacer far away from the color filter substrate,
wherein alignment layers are provided on the color filter substrate and the first photo spacer, and on the array substrate and the second photo spacer, respectively, and
wherein a recessed structure is formed on a top surface of the alignment layer provided on the end of the second photo spacer far away from the array substrate by varying a thickness of the alignment layer, and the end of the first photo spacer far away from the color filter substrate is fitted in the recessed structure.

US Pat. No. 10,114,251

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY HAVING HOLDING MEMBER AND METHOD OF FABRICATING SAME

A.U. VISTA, INC., Milpit...

1. A pixel structure having a light transmitting region and a light shielding region, comprising:a first substrate having a counter electrode;
a second substrate having a plurality of signal lines, a pixel electrode, a thin-film transistor (TFT), a color filter layer and a bottom black matrix, wherein the color filter layer comprises a plurality of color filters;
a liquid crystal layer having liquid crystal molecules and formed between the first substrate and the second substrate; and
a holding member formed in the light shielding region and attached to the first substrate and the second substrate,
wherein the ratio of a projection area of the holding member to a projection area of the light shielding region is greater than 20%, and
wherein a projection of the holding member along a direction substantially perpendicular to the second substrate onto the color filter layer covers two adjacent ones of the color filters.

US Pat. No. 10,114,250

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A liquid crystal display comprising:a lower display panel including a lower polarizing plate disposed between a lower transparent substrate and a passivation layer of the lower display panel; and
an upper display panel including an upper polarizing plate disposed between an upper transparent substrate and a passivation layer of the upper display panel,
wherein at least one of the lower polarizing plate and the upper polarizing plate is a reflection type polarizing plate and includes a plurality of linear patterns arranged so as to be extended in one direction, a hydrophobic layer covering at least a portion of side wall portions of the linear patterns, and an interval part filled with air, and
wherein the interval part is disposed between the plurality of linear patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,114,249

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A liquid crystal display (LCD) panel, comprising:a first transparent substrate;
a second transparent substrate arranged opposite to the first transparent substrate;
a plurality of sub-regions arranged in a matrix, including at least one first sub-region and at least one second sub-region;
a first organic film layer formed on the first transparent substrate and a second organic film layer formed on the second transparent substrate;
a first alignment layer formed on the first transparent substrate and a second alignment layer formed on the second transparent substrate, wherein the first alignment layer is facing the second alignment layer;
a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between the first transparent substrate and the second transparent substrate;
a plurality of scanning lines and a plurality of data lines formed on the first transparent substrate or the second transparent substrate, wherein the scanning lines intersect with the data lines, defining a plurality of pixel regions;
a switching element placed close to an intersection of a scanning line and a data line; and
a plurality of pixel electrodes and a plurality of common electrodes formed in the pixel regions, wherein a pixel electrode or a common electrode includes a plurality of stripe-shaped electrodes,
wherein:
all the stripe-shaped electrodes disposed in a same pixel region extend along a same direction,
the first organic film layer has a first polarization axis in the at least one first sub-region, the second organic film layer has a second polarization axis in the at least one first sub-region, the first polarization axis has an angle ? with the second polarization axis, wherein 89°???91°,
the first organic film layer has a third polarization axis in the at least one second sub-region, and the second organic film layer has a fourth polarization axis in the at least one second sub-region,
the third polarization axis is different from the first third polarization axis, and the fourth polarization axis is different from the second polarization axis,
the first alignment layer and the second alignment layer both have a first alignment direction in the at least one first sub-region, and both have a second alignment direction in the at least one second sub-region,
the second alignment direction in the at least one second sub-region is different from the first alignment direction in the at least one first sub-region.

US Pat. No. 10,114,248

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A liquid crystal display panel, comprising:a first substrate and a second substrate arranged opposite to the first substrate, wherein the display panel includes a plurality of regions arranged in an array, and n regions form a region group, n being an integer and n?3;
a liquid crystal layer disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate;
a first alignment layer having a first alignment direction and disposed on the first substrate, the first alignment direction in each of the n regions being different;
a second alignment layer having a second alignment direction and disposed on the second substrate, the second alignment direction in each of the n regions being different, wherein the second alignment direction is same as the first alignment direction in a same region;
a first organic film layer having a first polarization direction and disposed on the first substrate, the first polarization direction in each of the n regions being different; and
a second organic film layer having a second polarization direction and disposed on the second substrate, the second polarization direction in each of the n regions being different,
wherein the first alignment directions of at least two regions of the n regions are perpendicular with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,114,244

CURVED DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., LTD....

1. A curved display device comprising:a display panel having a shape, and including a first segment, a second segment, and a third segment which are sequentially defined along an edge in the display panel;
a support member which is combined with the display panel and supports the curved shape of the display panel; and
a spacer placed in correspondence with the second segment of the first to third segments and disposed between the display panel and the support member,
wherein the display panel is curved with a first curvature radius along a first direction in the second segment, and the first and third segments are flat,
wherein a side of the display panel is defined along the first direction,
wherein the side of the display panel includes a curved line having the first curvature radius in the second segment, a first straight line in the first segment, and a second straight line in the third segment, the first straight line meets the curved line at a first point, and the second straight line meets the curved line at a second point spaced from the first point, and wherein the first straight line is tangent to the curved line at the first point, and the second straight line is tangent to the curved line at the second point.

US Pat. No. 10,114,238

ACTIVELY CONTROLLABLE COLOR USING HIGH CONTRAST METASTRUCTURES

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A photonic apparatus, comprising:a high contrast metastructure (HCM) having a plurality of high index grating structures; and
a transparent flexible film coupled to said high contrast metastructure (HCM);
wherein said high index grating structures of said high contrast metastructure (HCM) are disposed on, or within, said transparent flexible film in a combination forming a photonic device; and
wherein said combination of high contrast metastructure (HCM) and said transparent flexible film are configured so that the size of low index gaps between adjacent high index grating structures changes in response to compressive strain or tensile strain which results in change of reflectance and transmission angles causing a color change in said photonic device.