US Pat. No. 10,112,855

BIOFILTRATION WITH ENHANCED SLUDGE HANDLING

6. A method of constructing a water treatment system comprising the steps of:a. providing a floating media filter comprising (i) a filter chamber having a volume to accommodate filter media, and (ii) a sludge outlet;
b. providing a sludge concentration/storage basin comprising (i) at least one wall separating the sludge basin from the floating media filter chamber; and (ii) a sludge inlet;
c. connecting the sludge outlet of the floating media filter to the sludge inlet of the storage basin via a sludge line such that fluid is moved through the sludge line by a backwash cycle of the media filter without a pump or closeable valve interfacing with the sludge line;
d. providing a charge chamber for storing air, the charge chamber including: (i) an air outlet for admitting air into the filter chamber; and (ii) an air inlet;
e. fluidly connecting the charge chamber to the filter chamber; and
f. providing a trigger for selectively allowing the passage of air through the air outlet of the charge chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,112,852

RDPREHEATING WATER JACKETS

RDP Technologies, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for producing slaked lime slurry comprising:a programmable control system;
a slaking vessel having at least one support location that is provided with at least one load cell, wherein the load cell provides a load cell signal indicative of a total weight of the slaking vessel and its contents, said load cell communicating with said programmable control system such that said load cell signal can be received by said programmable control system;
slaking vessel temperature sensing means for sensing the temperature of the contents of said slaking vessel, wherein said slaking vessel temperature sensing means provides a slaking vessel temperature signal indicative of the temperature of the contents of said slaking vessel, said slaking vessel temperature sensing means communicating with said programmable control system such that said slaking vessel temperature signal can be received by said programmable control system;
means for charging water into the slaking vessel, said programmable control system communicating with said means for charging water into the slaking vessel, said programmable control system stopping the charging of water into said slaking vessel when said load cell signal indicates that a predetermined weight of water has been charged into said slaking vessel, wherein the water charged into said slaking vessel has a temperature;
means for mixing the content of said slaking vessel;
water temperature control means for controlling the temperature of the water charged into said slaking vessel, said water temperature control means communicating with said programmable control system, said programmable control system controlling said water temperature control means such that the temperature of the water charged into said slaking vessel is within a predetermined water temperature range;
means for charging lime feed stock into the slaking vessel, said programmable control system communicating with said means for charging lime feed stock into the slaking vessel, said programmable control system stopping the charging of lime feed stock into said slaking vessel when said load cell signal indicates that a predetermined weight of lime feed stock has been charged into said slaking vessel, thereby allowing a slaking reaction to take place; and
means for discharging the contents of said slaking vessel; said programmable control system communicating with said means for discharging the contents of said slaking vessel, said programmable control system monitoring the temperature of the contents of said slaking vessel using said slaking vessel temperature signal, said programmable control system operating said means for discharging the contents of said slaking vessel to discharge the contents of said slaking vessel when the temperature of the contents of said slaking vessel remains within a predetermined temperature range for a predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,112,851

PERCHLORATE REMOVAL FROM AQUEOUS INDUSTRIAL LIQUIDS

Toxsorb Ltd., (IL)

1. A process for precipitating a water-insoluble perchlorate salt from an aqueous solution, the process comprising:mixing a water-soluble compound of formula (I) into an aqueous solution comprising at least 10 ppm perchlorate ions to obtain a mixed aqueous solution, the molar ratio of said water-soluble compound of formula (I) and said perchlorate ions being at least 1:1, the water-soluble compound of formula (I) being:

wherein
R is a —(C3-C18)alkyl;
R1 and R2 are each independently selected from H and —(C1-C6)alkyl;
R3 is one or more substituent, each independently selected from H, —(C1-C6)alkyl, —(C1-C6)alkoxy, —NHCO(C1-C6)alkyl, —OH, and —NH2;
and X is a balancing anion selected from the group consisting of a halide, a nitrate and a hydroxide; and
allowing said water-insoluble perchlorate salt to flocculate and precipitate out of the mixed aqueous solution.

US Pat. No. 10,112,849

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING CONTAMINATED WASTEWATER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system for treating contaminated wastewater from a buffer tank (1), comprising a feed line (3) that leads into a separator (5) and a discharge line (10) that leaves the separator (5), wherein the discharge line (10) leads into a working tank (11), wherein an access line (16) extends from the working tank (11) into a filtration system (18) which has a permeate outlet line (19) and a concentrate outlet line (17), wherein the buffer tank (1) is connected to the feed line (3) via an inlet check valve (2), wherein the permeate outlet line (19) is connected to the feed line (3) in a controllable manner in order to feed permeate back to the feed line (3), wherein the working tank (11) is connected to the feed line (3) via a return line (13), wherein a return check valve (12) is arranged in the return line (13), wherein the concentrate outlet line (17) extends from the filtration system (18) and into the working tank (11), wherein the permeate outlet line (19) is connected to the working tank (11) via a return flow line (26), wherein the system includes a heavy metal analyzer (22) in communication with the permeate outlet line (19), and wherein a precipitant line (14) opens into the feed line (3) downstream of the return line (13).

US Pat. No. 10,112,848

EMULSION EXTRACTION AND PROCESSING FROM AN OIL/WATER SEPARATOR

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of emulsion extraction and processing from a subsea oil/water separator, comprising:detecting an emulsion level in the subsea oil/water separator, or detecting a composition of an emulsion stream leaving the subsea oil/water separator;
combining the emulsion stream with a first portion of a liquid/liquid jet pump discharge stream to create a diluted emulsion;
dynamically adjusting a dilution of the diluted emulsion by adding comparatively more or less of the first portion of the liquid/liquid jet pump discharge stream to the emulsion stream or vice versa, and wherein the dilution is controlled at least in part based on the emulsion level in the subsea oil/water separator or a composition of the emulsion stream;
passing at least a portion of the diluted emulsion to the liquid/liquid jet pump;
passing a recycle stream to the liquid/liquid jet pump;
combining the recycle stream and the at least a portion of the diluted emulsion in the liquid/liquid jet pump to create the liquid/liquid jet pump discharge stream;
separating a second portion of the liquid/liquid jet pump discharge stream into a water underflow stream comprising water and a reject stream comprising oil; and
passing at least a portion of the water underflow stream to the liquid/liquid jet pump, as the recycle stream, via a recirculation line.

US Pat. No. 10,112,847

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING LIQUID CONTAINING IMPURITIES

PARKSON CORPORATION, For...

1. An apparatus for treating a liquid containing impurities, comprising:a filtering chamber for receiving liquid containing impurities, the filtering chamber including a lower portion containing granular media and configured to permit the granular media to interact with the liquid containing impurities, thereby removing impurities from the liquid to produce filtrate;
a filtrate section in fluid communication with the filtering chamber for receiving the filtrate, the filtrate section being in fluid communication with a first outlet for outflow of the filtrate;
a gas supplying system for delivering gas to the granular media in the filtering chamber for transport of a portion of the granular media to a granular media washer;
a reject section in fluid communication with the granular media washer for receiving a reject mixture comprising liquid and impurities from the granular media washer, the reject section being in fluid communication with a second outlet for outflow of a portion of the reject mixture; and
a control unit that is configured to determine a condition of transport of the portion of the granular media by determining whether a level of reject mixture in the reject section exceeds a predetermined threshold,
wherein, upon determining that the level of reject mixture in the reject section exceeds the predetermined threshold, the control unit is configured to send a command signal to the gas supplying system to control delivery of gas to the portion of the granular media.

US Pat. No. 10,112,846

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HIGH-PURITY VANADIUM TETRAOXIDE POWDER

INSTITUTE OF PROCESS ENGI...

1. A system for producing high-purity vanadium tetraoxide powder, comprising a feeding device, a low temperature chlorination fluidized bed, a rectification and purification device, a gas phase hydrolyzation fluidized bed, a high-purity vanadium pentoxide feeding device, a reduction fluidized bed, a tail gas washing absorber, an induced draft fan and a chimney;wherein the feeding device comprises an industrial grade vanadium pentoxide hopper, an industrial grade vanadium pentoxide screw feeder, a carbon powder hopper and a carbon powder screw feeder;
the low temperature chlorination fluidized bed comprises a chlorination bed feeder, a chlorination fluidized bed body, a chlorination bed cyclone separator, a flue gas heat exchanger, a flue gas condenser, a chlorination bed acid-seal tank and a chlorination bed spiral slag-discharging device;
the rectification and purification device comprises a distilling still, a rectifying column, a distillate condenser, a reflux liquid collecting tank, a silicon-containing vanadium oxy-trichloride storage tank, a rectification section acid-seal tank, a high-purity vanadium oxytrichloride condenser, and a high-purity vanadium oxytrichloride storage tank;
the gas phase hydrolyzation fluidized bed comprises a hydrolyzation bed air purifier, a hydrolyzation bed gas heater, a vanadium oxytrichloride nozzle, a gas phase hydrolyzation fluidized bed body, a hydrochloric acid tail gas absorber, and a high-purity vanadium pentoxide discharger;
the high-purity vanadium pentoxide feeding device comprises a high-purity vanadium pentoxide hopper and a high-purity vanadium pentoxide screw feeder;
the reduction fluidized bed comprises a reduction bed nitrogen gas purifier, a reduction bed gas heater, a reduction bed feeder, a reduction fluidized bed body, a reduction bed cyclone separator and a high-purity vanadium tetraoxide hopper;
wherein a feed outlet at the bottom of the industrial grade vanadium pentoxide hopper is connected with a feed inlet of the industrial grade vanadium pentoxide screw feeder; a feed outlet at the bottom of the carbon powder hopper is connected with a feed inlet of the carbon powder screw feeder; and a feed outlet of the industrial grade vanadium pentoxide screw feeder and a feed outlet of the carbon powder screw feeder are both connected with a feed inlet of the chlorination bed feeder through a pipeline;
a feed discharge opening of the chlorination bed feeder is connected with a feed inlet at the upper part of the chlorination fluidized bed body through a pipeline; a gas inlet at the bottom of the chlorination bed feeder is connected with a nitrogen gas source main pipe through a pipeline; the chlorination bed cyclone separator is provided at the center of the top of the expansion section of the chlorination fluidized bed body; a gas outlet at the top of the chlorination bed cyclone separator is connected with a hot flue gas inlet of the flue gas heat exchanger through a pipeline; a cold flue gas outlet of the flue gas heat exchanger is connected with a gas inlet of the flue gas condenser through a pipeline; a gas outlet of the flue gas condenser is connected with a gas inlet of the chlorination bed acid-seal tank through a pipeline; a gas outlet of the chlorination bed acid-seal tank is connected with a gas inlet of the tail gas washing absorber through a pipeline; a slag-discharge opening at the lower part of the chlorination fluidized bed body is connected with a feed inlet of the chlorination bed spiral slag-discharging device through a pipeline; a gas inlet at the bottom of the chlorination fluidized bed body is connected with a hot gas outlet of the flue gas heat exchanger through a pipeline; and a cold gas inlet of the flue gas heat exchanger is connected with a chlorine gas source main pipe, the nitrogen gas source main pipe and a compressed air main pipe through pipelines, respectively;
a liquid outlet at the bottom of the flue gas condenser is connected with a feed inlet of the rectifying column through a pipeline; a steam outlet of the distilling still is connected with a steam inlet of the rectifying column through a pipeline; a backflow inlet of the distilling still is connected with a liquid reflux outlet at the bottom of the rectifying column through a pipeline; a gas outlet at the top of the rectifying column is connected with a gas inlet of the distillate condenser through a pipeline; a liquid outlet of the distillate condenser is connected with a liquid inlet of the reflux liquid collecting tank through a pipeline; a reflux liquid outlet of the reflux liquid collecting tank is connected with a reflux liquid inlet at the top of the rectifying column through a pipeline; a feed discharge opening of the reflux liquid collecting tank is connected with an inlet of the silicon-containing vanadium oxytrichloride storage tank through a pipeline; an exhaust gas outlet of the silicon-containing vanadium oxytrichloride storage tank is connected with a gas inlet of the rectification section acid-seal tank through a pipeline; a gas outlet of the rectification section acid-seal tank is connected with a gas inlet of the tail gas washing absorber through a pipeline; a rectificate outlet of the rectifying column is connected with a gas inlet of the high-purity vanadium oxytrichloride condenser through a pipeline; a liquid outlet of the high-purity vanadium oxytrichloride condenser is connected with a liquid inlet of the high-purity vanadium oxytrichloride storage tank through a pipeline; and an underflow outlet is provided at the bottom of the distilling still;
a gas inlet of the hydrolyzation bed air purifier is connected with the compressed air main pipe through a pipeline; a gas outlet of the hydrolyzation bed air purifier is connected with a gas inlet of the hydrolyzation bed gas heater, a gas inlet of the vanadium oxytrichloride nozzle, and a gas inlet at the bottom of the high-purity vanadium pentoxide discharger through pipelines, respectively; a combustion-supporting wind inlet and a fuel inlet of a combustion nozzle of the hydrolyzation bed gas heater are respectively connected with the compressed air main pipe and a fuel main pipe through pipelines; the gas inlet of the hydrolyzation bed gas heater is connected with a ultrapure water main pipe through a pipeline; a gas outlet of the hydrolyzation bed gas heater is connected with a gas inlet at the bottom of the gas phase hydrolyzation fluidized bed body through a pipeline; a liquid outlet of the high-purity vanadium oxytrichloride storage tank is connected with a vanadium oxytrichloride inlet of the vanadium oxytrichloride nozzle through a pipeline; a gas outlet at the top of the expansion section of the gas phase hydrolyzation fluidized bed body is connected with a gas inlet of the hydrochloric acid tail gas absorber through a pipeline; a hydrochloric acid solution outlet is provided at the bottom of the hydrochloric acid tail gas absorber; a gas outlet of the hydrochloric acid tail gas absorber is connected with a gas inlet of the tail gas washing absorber through a pipeline; a feed outlet at the upper part of the gas phase hydrolyzation fluidized bed body is connected with a feed inlet of the high-purity vanadium pentoxide discharger through a pipeline; and a feed discharge opening of the high-purity vanadium pentoxide discharger is connected with a feed inlet of the high-purity vanadium pentoxide hopper through a pipeline;
a feed outlet at the bottom of the high-purity vanadium pentoxide hopper is connected with a feed inlet of the high-purity vanadium pentoxide screw feeder; and a feed discharge opening of the high-purity vanadium pentoxide screw feeder is connected with a feed inlet of the reduction bed feeder through a pipeline;
a gas inlet of the reduction bed nitrogen gas purifier is connected with the nitrogen gas source main pipe through a pipeline; a gas outlet of the reduction bed nitrogen gas purifier is connected with a gas inlet of the reduction bed gas heater and a gas inlet at the bottom of the reduction bed feeder through pipelines, respectively; a combustion-supporting wind inlet and a fuel inlet of a combustion nozzle of the reduction bed gas heater are respectively connected with the compressed air main pipe and the fuel main pipe through pipelines; a gas inlet of the reduction bed gas heater is connected with a high-purity hydrogen main pipe through a pipeline; a gas outlet of the reduction bed gas heater is connected with a gas inlet at the bottom of the reduction fluidized bed body through a pipeline; a feed discharge opening of the reduction bed feeder is connected with a feed inlet at the lower part of the reduction fluidized bed body through a pipeline; the reduction bed cyclone separator is provided at the center of the top of the expansion section of the reduction fluidized bed; a gas outlet of the reduction bed cyclone separator is connected with the tail gas treatment unit through a pipeline; and a feed discharge opening at the upper part of the reduction fluidized bed body is connected with a feed inlet of the high-purity vanadium tetraoxide hopper through a pipeline;
a gas outlet of the tail gas washing absorber is connected with a gas inlet of the induced draft fan through a pipeline; and a gas outlet of the induced draft fan is connected with a gas inlet at the bottom of the chimney through a pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,112,844

CALCIUM CARBONATE MICROPARTICLES AND PROCESSES FOR PREPARING THEM

NIPPON PAPER INDUSTRIES C...

1. A process for preparing calcium carbonate particles having an average primary particle size of less than 1 ?m, comprising synthesizing calcium carbonate while injecting under pressure a liquid into a reaction solution in a reaction vessel, wherein the pressure in the vessel is from 0.05 MPa to 0.9 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,112,842

PROCESS TO PRODUCE MAGNESIUM COMPOUNDS, AND VARIOUS BY-PRODUCTS USING SULFURIC ACID IN A HCL RECOVERY LOOP

1. A process for extracting magnesium sulfate from magnesium-bearing ores, comprising the steps of:(a) leaching the magnesium-bearing ores with HCl to obtain a slurry containing chloride compounds;
(b) filtering the slurry to obtain a liquor containing the chloride compounds and silica;
(c) purifying the liquor by increasing the pH by adding a neutralizing agent to produce a brine chloride solution enriched in magnesium containing precipitated iron and impurities;
(d) filtering the brine chloride solution to extract the precipitated iron and impurities;
(e) neutralizing the brine chloride solution to extract nickel by adding a base, to produce an enriched magnesium chloride brine; and
(f) adding the enriched magnesium chloride brine to sulfuric acid to form magnesium sulfate and hydrochloric acid.

US Pat. No. 10,112,841

METHOD FOR CATALYTIC AMMONIA SYNTHESIS UNDER CONCENTRATED SOLAR ENERGY AND CATALYSTS

CENTRAL CHINA NORMAL UNIV...

10. The method of claim 9, further comprising:impregnating the obtained active ingredient into an promoter solution so as to obtain the catalyst after drying in an oxygen-free atmosphere or in vacuum.

US Pat. No. 10,112,837

CARBON ALLOTROPES

Lyten, Inc., Sunnyvale, ...

1. A carbon aggregate comprising:at least two connected multi-walled spherical fullerenes; and
layers of graphene coating the connected multi-walled spherical fullerenes.

US Pat. No. 10,112,833

METHOD FOR PREPARING ALUMINUM NITRIDE

NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVER...

1. A method for preparing aluminum nitride, consisting of steps of:(a) injecting a nitrogen-containing gas and a pure aluminum material into a pulverizing chamber operating in vacuum in a high-temperature jet mill by a high-pressure air to form a high-speed airflow;
(b) melting the pure aluminum material into a liquid status of the pure aluminum in the pulverizing chamber in the high-temperature jet mill;
(c) allowing the liquid status of the pure aluminum material to react with the nitrogen and form aluminum nitride on the surface of the pure aluminum material in the pulverizing chamber in the high-temperature jet mill;
(d) pulverizing the formed aluminum nitride into aluminum nitride powder and removing the aluminum nitride powder from the surface of the pure aluminum material by the high-speed airflow in the pulverizing chamber in the high-temperature jet mill;
(e) exposing the remaining liquid status of the pure aluminum material to the nitrogen-containing gas in the pulverizing chamber in the high-temperature jet mill; and
(f) repeating steps (c) to (e) in the pulverizing chamber in the high-temperature jet mill until all the liquid status of the pure aluminum material is completely consumed.

US Pat. No. 10,112,832

OZONE GENERATOR

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

7. An ozone generator comprising;a first dielectric discharge tube, consisting of a glass tube, having a closed end and an open end, and including an electrode formed on an inner surface thereof,
a first sealing lid, consisting of stainless steel or ceramics, including a main body part and a cylinder part which are connected each other, covering the open end of the first dielectric discharge tube and fixed to the first dielectric discharge tube with an adhesive,
a second dielectric discharge tube, consisting of a glass tube, having a closed end and an open end, and including an electrode formed on an inner surface thereof,
a second sealing lid, consisting of stainless steel or ceramics, including a main body part and a cylinder part which are connected each other, covering the open end of the second dielectric discharge tube and fixed to the second dielectric discharge tube with an adhesive, and
a grounding electrode, arranged concentrically with the first dielectric discharge tube and the second dielectric discharge tube;
wherein
the first dielectric discharge tube and the second dielectric discharge tube are arranged to include the closed ends facing each other,
an inside diameter of the cylinder part of the first sealing lid is larger than an outside diameter of the first dielectric discharge tube, and
an inside diameter of the cylinder part of the second sealing lid is larger than an outside diameter of the second dielectric discharge tube.

US Pat. No. 10,112,830

SHAPED CATALYST FOR SOUR GAS SHIFT REACTIONS AND METHODS FOR USING THEM

Clariant Corporation, Lo...

1. A catalyst material in the shape of an annular solid, the annular solid having a cross-sectional shape havinga lateral outer surface;
a single hole in the annular solid, the hole defining a lateral inner surface of the annular solid, the lateral outer surface and the lateral inner surface defining an annular wall, wherein the annular wall has a minimum wall thickness in the range of 1.5 mm to 3 mm;
an average width in the range of about 3.3 mm to about 10 mm as measured through the geometrical center of the cross-sectional shape of the solid; and
a length measured in a direction parallel to the hole, the length being in the range of about 2 mm to about 30 mm;
wherein the minimum ratio of wall thickness to width measured along the line of the wall thickness is at least about 0.3 to about 0.45,
wherein the catalyst material comprises one or more catalytically-active metal species, the catalytically-active metal species including cobalt and molybdenum species,
wherein the catalyst material comprises a carrier material that is aluminum oxide or aluminum oxide in combination with magnesium oxide, wherein the carrier material is at least about 75% aluminum oxide, and
wherein the catalyst material has a BET surface area of about 50 to about 400 m2/q.

US Pat. No. 10,112,826

METHOD FOR FORMING MICRO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SYSTEM (MEMS) DEVICE STRUCTURE

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method for forming a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) device structure, comprising: forming a recess in a first substrate; depositing a dielectric layer on the first substrate and filling the recess, wherein an entirety of the dielectric layer has a substantially planar top surface; bonding a second substrate on the dielectric layer, wherein an entire bottom surface of the second substrate is in direct contact with the substantially planar top surface of the dielectric layer; etching a portion of the second substrate to form a MEMS structure, wherein the MEMS structure has a plurality of openings; and etching a portion of the dielectric layer to form a cavity below the openings.

US Pat. No. 10,112,823

SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURES AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF

SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURI...

1. A method for fabricating a MEMS device, comprising:providing a first wafer having a trench on a top surface of the first wafer and a fixed electrode on the bottom of the trench;
providing a second wafer with a polishing stop layer, a sacrificial layer, and a movable electrode on a top surface of the second wafer;
bonding the first wafer and the second wafer with the top surface of the first wafer facing the top surface of the second wafer and the movable electrode on the second wafer located above the trench on the first wafer;
removing the second wafer by polishing the second wafer from a backside of the second wafer until reaching the polishing stop layer; and
releasing the movable electrode by removing a portion of the polishing stop layer and the sacrificial layer to form the MEMS device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,822

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method, comprising:bonding a first substrate to a second substrate, wherein a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) structure is in a space between the first substrate and the second substrate;
etching the second substrate to form at least one through hole;
forming a first metal layer over the second substrate;
forming an anti-stiction layer on a surface of the MEMS structure and the first metal layer;
removing the anti-stiction layer from the first metal layer by performing a thermal treatment to the first metal layer; and
sealing the at least one through hole of the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,819

EXTRACTOR TUBE

1. The extractor tube assembly for a beverage container, comprising:an extraction tube; and
a first extractor tube element and a second extractor tube element;
the first extractor tube element having a first contact surface extending radially outwards from an exterior surface of the extraction tube, the first contact surface being positioned and arranged so as to abut a second surface of the second extractor tube element, wherein the first contact surface has at least one protrusion, the at least one protrusion tapering into a contact point for reducing a contact area between the first extractor tube element and the second extractor tube element and for creating space between the abutting first and second extractor tube elements to facilitate cleaning.

US Pat. No. 10,112,818

LIQUID DISPENSING TAP AND CLOSURE ASSEMBLY THEREFOR

Scholle IPN Corporation, ...

1. A liquid dispensing tap comprising:a body having an inner cavity, with an inlet configured to be attached to a spout in fluid tight engagement, an outlet spaced apart from the inlet and an actuator assembly having a user actuatable control button and a manipulating rod extending into the inner cavity; and
a closure assembly positionable within the inner cavity of the body, the closure assembly further comprising:
a stirrup attached to the body in fixed engagement, the stirrup defining a stirrup plane, the stirrup including a first spring mounting brace on a first side of the stirrup, and a second spring mounting brace on a second side of the stirrup, the first spring mounting brace and the second spring mounting brace being oblique to the stirrup plane and extending from a top surface of the stirrup;
a closure member having an actuator engagement structure slidably engageable with the manipulating rod, and an plug member structurally configured to be engageable with the outlet in sealed engagement, the closure member movable along a closure axis, the closure axis being substantially perpendicular to the stirrup plane; and
a spring assembly biasing the closure member into sealed engagement with the outlet, comprising a first spring and a second spring, the first spring having a first end extending from a first side of the closure member and a second end extending from the first spring mounting brace, the first spring member having an inner leg region and an outer leg region substantially parallel to the inner leg region, with a central curved region therebetween, with the inner region being substantially perpendicular to the first spring mounting brace, and the second spring having a first end extending from a second side of the closure member and a second end extending from the second spring mounting brace, the second spring member having an inner leg region and an outer leg region substantially parallel to the inner leg region, with a central curved region therebetween, with the inner region being substantially perpendicular to the second spring mounting brace.

US Pat. No. 10,112,815

HIGH REACH LIFTING BIG BALE FORK ATTACHMENT

1. A high reach lifting big bale fork attachment for a wheel loader or other bale handling equipment comprising: a rear coupler and slide assembly, slidably attached to a sliding mast assembly, said mast assembly slidably attached to a front bale rack assembly; a plurality of actuators operatively connected to and between said slide assembly and said mast assembly, a plurality of actuators operatively connected to and between said mast assembly and said front bale rack assembly, and a loader attachment adapter attached to said rear coupler and slide assembly wherein said rear coupler and slide assembly further comprising a straight C-channel; said sliding mast assembly further comprising a mast I-beam having a straight rear rail and a convex arced front rail, said rear rail and said front rail joined together by an I-web bridging member; said front bale rack assembly further comprising a front concave arced C-channel; and said straight C-channel slidingly receives and retains said straight rear rail, and said front concave arced C-channel slidingly receives and retains said arced front rail.

US Pat. No. 10,112,814

VERTICAL CIRCADIAN HORTICULTURE CONVEYOR

Power Greenhouse Integrat...

1. A vertical horticulture conveyor system for growing plants, said system including:a path of travel defined by a pair of spaced apart continuous roller chains, the pair of spaced apart continuous roller chains being in parallel alignment, each of the pair of spaced apart continuous roller chains comprising a plurality of coupled pivoting links, the path of travel including a top section having a first end and an opposite second end, a bottom section having a first end and an opposite second end, a descending section extending from the second end of the top section to the second end of the bottom section, and an ascending section opposite the descending section and extending from the first end of the top section to the first end of the bottom section; and
a motor operably coupled to at least one of the pair of spaced apart continuous roller chains and causing the links of the pair of spaced apart continuous roller chains to move in unison along the path of travel; and
a plurality of plant trays, each tray being removably attached to and suspended upright between the pair of spaced apart continuous chains; and
a floor with first and second openings, the ascending section of the path of travel extending through the first opening, and the descending section of the path of travel extending through the second opening; and
a space above the floor being illuminated, and a space below the floor being substantially devoid of illumination; and
the bottom section of the path of travel being in the space below the floor, and the top section of the path of travel being in the space above the floor; and
the path of travel including an above-floor portion of the ascending section of the path of travel in the space above the floor, and a below-floor portion of the ascending path of travel in the space below the floor, an above-floor portion of the descending section of the path of travel in the space above the floor, and a below-floor portion of the descending path of travel in the space below the floor.

US Pat. No. 10,112,811

SYSTEM ARRANGEMENT OF LIFTING MECHANISMS AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SYSTEM ARRANGEMENT

M.A.T. Malmedie Antriebst...

1. A system arrangement for lifting mechanisms comprising:at least one drive motor (1, 1?);
at least one cable drum (2, 2?) connected thereto;
a reduction transmission (3) arranged between the drive motor (1, 1?) and the cable drum (2, 2?);
an automatic overrun shutdown freewheel (6);
at least one safety brake (4, 4?), and
at least one active motor locking assembly (5, 5?) to hold the load when the drive motor (1, 1?) is slowed down; a stator ring gear (20) fixedly connected to a housing of the drive motor (1, 1?), the stator ring gear (20) having a face tooth arrangement (21) operative in an axial direction; and a rotor ring gear (22) non-rotatably arranged on a motor shaft (15) of the drive motor (1, 1?), the rotor ring gear (22) being axially displaceable thereon and having an equivalent face tooth arrangement (23); wherein the rotor ring gear (22) is coupleable to the stator ring gear (20) to lock the drive motor (1, 1?).

US Pat. No. 10,112,809

RELIABLE SPOOLING FOR A MOTORIZED LIFTING/PULLING DEVICE

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. An apparatus comprising:a motor;
a drum rotated by the motor to draw in or let out a line from the drum, the drum comprising a groove formed in an outer surface thereof to accommodate the line; and
a roller tracking and extending into the groove immediately over the line in order to push the line into the groove, wherein the roller is rotated to assist the drum in spooling the line onto and off of the drum.

US Pat. No. 10,112,805

PALLET-PULLING DEVICE

1. A pallet-pulling device comprising:a skid puller, a bridle chain, and a clevis grab hook;
wherein the pallet-pulling device is used to pull a pallet out of an elevated shipping container;
wherein the skid puller comprises a plurality of ribs, a backing plate, a pull plate, a bolt, and a nut;
wherein the skid puller is coupled to the pallet by hooking a leading edge of the pull plate behind an upper board on the pallet;
wherein the skid puller is decoupled from the pallet by lifting the bridle chain and allowing the pull plate to drop from behind the upper board.

US Pat. No. 10,112,804

ESCALATOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An escalator system, wherein the escalator system is configured to:drive an escalator, via a control unit, in response to a signal received from a user interface located in a first pit in a first end of the escalator; and
stop movement of the escalator in response to detection, via a detector, of opening of an access cover plate covering a second pit in a second end of the escalator, wherein the detector communicates the detection to the control unit,
wherein the detector is electrically connected to the control unit,
wherein the detector is configured to detect whether the access cover plate in the second end of the escalator is open or closed, and
wherein the escalator system is configured to, after said stop, in response to signals received from said user interface, activate an inspection mode, to continue driving the escalator irrespective of whether the access cover plate in the second end of the escalator is open or closed during the continued driving.

US Pat. No. 10,112,803

PROTECTION ASSEMBLY FOR ELEVATOR BRAKING ASSEMBLY SPEED SENSING DEVICE AND METHOD

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A brake assembly for an elevator system comprising:a guide rail configured to guide movement of an elevator car;
a safety brake operatively coupled to the elevator car and having a brake surface configured to frictionally engage the guide rail; and
a safety brake actuation mechanism operatively coupled to the safety brake and configured to actuate the brake member to a braking position, the safety brake actuation mechanism comprising:
a sensing device disposed at a distance from the guide rail to determine a speed of the elevator car relative to the guide rail; and
a first rigid plate having an inner edge disposed at a distance from the guide rail that is less than the distance that the sensing device is spaced from the guide rail, said first rigid plate configured to prevent the sensing device from contacting debris disposed on the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,112,802

ELEVATOR SERVICE PERSON COLLISION PROTECTION SYSTEM

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator car collision protection system comprising:a first antenna configured to be worn by a person entering a hoistway;
a first trio of transceivers located a first selected distance away from a first impact wall of the hoistway, the first trio of transceivers being configured to detect a first clearance between an elevator car within the hoistway and the first trio of transceivers and a second clearance between the first antenna and the first trio of transceivers; and
an alarm configured to activate when a collision risk level exceeds a selected risk level, wherein the collision risk level is determined in response to the first clearance and the second clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,112,801

ELEVATOR INSPECTION APPARATUS WITH SEPARATE COMPUTING DEVICE AND SENSORS

1. An elevator inspection apparatus, comprising:a commercially available off-the-shelf computing device comprising a computing processor for running computer programs, an electronic memory used by said computing processor while running a computer program, an electronic storage for indefinitely storing data files and computer programs, an electronic display for displaying graphics to a user, a power source, and an interface for communicating with and providing power to a physically separate sensor package;
a sensor package, physically separate from said computing device, comprising a sensor for measuring the acceleration of the elevator car, a door sensor for determining the position of the elevator door, an altimeter for measuring the altitude of the elevator car, and an interface for communicating with and receiving power from said computing device;
a communication mechanism between said computing device and said sensor package whereby said communication mechanism provides two-way communications between said computing device and said sensor package, and said communication mechanism provides power from said computing device to said sensor package;
a computer program stored in said electronic storage and running in said computing processor that repetitively requests acceleration measurements, door positions, and altitude measurements from said sensor package and analyzes said acceleration measurements, door positions, and altitude measurements, and manages the functions of said elevator inspection apparatus;
whereby said computer program computes the beginnings and ends of every trip of the elevator car so that the user need not indicate the beginnings and ends of any trip to said elevator inspection apparatus; and said computer program computes the accelerations, velocities, jerks, door positions, landings, trip start times, trip end times, trip directions, and trip durations of the elevator car for every trip, displays the results of the computations on said electronic display, and stores the results and times of the computations for every trip in said electronic storage so that the number of results that are stored is limited only by the size of said electronic storage.

US Pat. No. 10,112,800

BRAKE, AND ELEVATOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A brake, comprising:a frame part of the brake;
an armature part movably supported on the frame part, the armature part being configured to be movable between a braking position and a releasing position;
a limit switch attached to the frame part, a switching state of the limit switch changing at an operating point of the limit switch; and
a measuring pin movably supported on the frame part of the brake, the measuring pin being separate from the armature part and being connected to the limit switch, and being configured to engage by movement of the armature part in an operating direction of the limit switch, in an operating range between the braking position and the releasing position,
wherein, in the operating range, the operating point of the limit switch is configured to divide into sections of the operating range, the switching state of the limit switch in a first section indicating the braking position and the switching state of the limit switch in a second section indicating the releasing position,
wherein both the measuring pin and the limit switch are disposed in a space formed in the frame part of the brake, and
wherein a length of the measuring pin is less than a length of the space.

US Pat. No. 10,112,798

SPOOL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

PLOMBCO INC., Salaberry-...

1. A spool comprising:a rotation axis;
a proximal side orthogonal to the rotation axis;
a distal side orthogonal to the rotation axis with an intervening distance with the proximal side to receive a strip of material therebetween;
a central opening coaxial with the rotation axis and extending through the spool between the proximal side and the distal side;
an axial slot axially extending through the spool and radially extending from the central opening for slidably receiving therein a locking member when the spool is engaged by a support shaft;
a locking member receiver radially located and recessed in the distal side of the spool for securing therein the locking member radially extending from the support shaft; and
a recessed portion adjacent to the central opening in the distal side of the spool and communicating with the central opening between the axial slot and the locking member receiver, the recessed portion restricting an angular pivotal movement of the locking member when the locking member has been axially engaged through the axial slot and extending through the spool toward the distal side of the spool for securing the locking member in the locking member receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,112,795

DEVICE FOR CLOSING THE TAIL END OF A ROLL OF WEB MATERIAL, AND METHOD

MTORRES TISSUE S.R.L., (...

1. A device for closing a tail end of a roll of web material comprising:a feeding path of the roll to be closed;
a closing station along the feeding path of the roll for closing the tail end of the roll;
in the closing station of the tail end of the roll, two rollers forming a cradle for receiving the roll and a closing member for closing the tail end;
an assembly rotating around a rotating axis transverse with respect to the feeding path, and comprising groups of arms arranged with respect to one another angularly displaced around said rotation axis, each arm comprising a front part configured to eject the roll from the cradle and a back part, configured to hold subsequent rolls along the feeding path, thus preventing them from entering in the closing station until the roll has been ejected from said cradle, a one-step rotation of said rotating assembly causing ejection of the closed roll from the cradle and allowing one subsequent roll to be closed to enter said cradle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,793

OPENING METHOD AND DEVICE THEREOF

1. An opening method, comprising:restraining an outer peripheral surface of a metal coil of a wound metal sheet with a plurality of restraining rolls;
disposing an opening blade body and contacting a blade tip of the opening blade body onto the outer peripheral surface of the metal coil;
rotating the metal coil in an opposite direction to a take-up direction of the metal coil to insert the blade tip inside the metal sheet from a leading end portion of the metal sheet to separate the leading end portion of the metal sheet from the metal coil using the opening blade body; and
continuing rotation of the metal coil in the opposite direction to support an inner peripheral surface of the metal sheet at a load action point of the metal sheet at which the inner peripheral surface of the metal sheet is supported by a supporting portion of the opening blade body using the opening blade body with the leading end portion of the metal sheet in a free state so as to satisfy the following Equation (1) and Equation (2):

wherein:
U is an opening radial direction dimension, from the load action point of the metal sheet to the outer peripheral surface of the metal coil, in mm;
K is a radial direction permissible dimension at the load action point position, from the inner peripheral surface of the metal sheet to the outer peripheral surface of the metal coil, in mm;
Yp is a yield stress of the metal sheet, in kgf/mm2;
Z is a section modulus of the metal sheet (=(?) bt2), in mm3, wherein b is a width of the metal sheet, in mm, and t is a plate thickness of the metal sheet, in mm;
R is a metal coil radius r from which one-half of the plate thickness t of the metal sheet has been subtracted (r ?(1/2 ) t), in mm;
E is a Young's modulus of the metal sheet, in kgf/mm2;
I is a second moment of area of the metal sheet, in mm4; and
? is an angle in radians about an axis of the metal coil from the load action point to a portion restrained by a nearest restraining roll of the restraining rolls that is nearest to the load action point along a rewind direction of the metal coil.

US Pat. No. 10,112,792

BANKNOTE HANDLING APPARATUS

GLORY LTD., Himeji-shi (...

1. A banknote handling apparatus that performs at least one of a banknote depositing process and a dispensing process and transports a banknote along a transport path, comprising:at least one transport member that is slidable along a widthwise direction of the transport path and transports the banknote in both forward and reverse directions along the transport path;
a banknote detection unit that detects a position of the banknote in the widthwise direction of the transport path; and
a control unit that calculates an amount of movement of the at least one transport member based on a position of the banknote in the widthwise direction of the transport path detected by the banknote detection unit and performs a control so as to slide the at least one transport member by the calculated movement amount when the banknote is transported by the at least one transport member, wherein
the at least one transport member is arranged in at least one first guide portion that constitutes the transport path,
the at least one first guide portion is slidable along the widthwise direction of the transport path integrally with the at least one transport member,
the at least one first guide portion comprises a pair of first guide portions arranged so as to be separated from each other, in which the transport path is formed between the pair of first guide portions, and
the pair of first guide portions is slidable such that a first distance between the pair of first guide portions on an inlet of the transport path arranged between the pair of first guide portions and a second distance between the pair of first guide portions on an outlet thereof are respectively changed.

US Pat. No. 10,112,789

CONTACT INTERFACE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A contact interface, comprising:a first contact member including a first contact surface with a first material subsurface and a second material subsurface, the first contact member including longitudinally spaced proximal and distal first surface ends,
the second material subsurface protruding transversely above the first material subsurface at a portion of the first contact surface spaced longitudinally apart from the proximal and distal first surface ends; and
a second contact member including a second contact surface to slide in contact with the first contact surface;
wherein the first material subsurface comprises a first material, the second material subsurface comprises a second material, and the second material has a lower hardness than the first material, and further wherein the second contact member comprises a tip of a pivotally mounted swing arm, the swing arm rotating to slide the second contact surface along the first contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,786

FEEDING MEMBRANE FOR GRAVEL BLOWER

1. An article of manufacture, comprising:a gravel blower feeding tube, said gravel blower feeding tube comprising a deformable membrane, said deformable membrane comprising an elastomeric tube, said elastomeric tube having a converging portion having an inlet and a tubular portion having an outlet,
said converging portion provided in the shape of a truncated conoid,
said tubular portion having a flexible sidewall, said flexible sidewall elastically displaceable laterally a distance of at least one (1) inch.

US Pat. No. 10,112,785

TRANSFER MECHANISM FOR USE WITH A FOOD PROCESSING SYSTEM

Lyco Manufacturing Inc., ...

1. A transfer mechanism for transferring food product from a compartment of a food processing system, the transfer mechanism comprising:a conduit including a first end portion configured to be in communication with the compartment and a second end portion, wherein food product in the compartment enters the first end portion;
a liquid discharge positioned substantially within the conduit between the first end portion and the second end portion; and
a pressurized fluid source in communication with the liquid discharge, the pressurized fluid source operable to propel a liquid through the liquid discharge into the conduit and toward the second end of the conduit without propelling food product through the pressurized fluid source, wherein the liquid propelled toward the second end of the conduit moves the food product from the first end portion of the conduit toward the second end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,782

MOTOR DRIVEN ROLLER SUPPORT

Dematic Corp., Grand Rap...

20. A motor driven roller support assembly comprising:a motorized roller, said motorized roller having a cylindrical outer surface with said motorized roller including an internal motor configured to provide driving rotation whereby said outer surface rotates;
a support frame, said motorized roller being mounted to said support frame; and
a roller support, said roller support including a support wheel;
wherein said support wheel engages said outer surface of said motorized roller.

US Pat. No. 10,112,781

CONTAINER AUTOROTATION DEVICE AND CONTAINER AUTOROTATION METHOD

LEADWAY (HK) LIMITED, Ho...

1. A container autorotation device, comprising a conveying rack, at least one container base and a driving component, wherein the conveying rack is used for conveying a plurality of containers; the container base is connected with the conveying rack; the driving component is used for driving the container base to autorotate; the container base comprises a container clamping end and a driving end, and whereinthe driving component comprises a motor and a clamping part driven by the motor; a slot matched with the driving end is formed in the clamping part; when the driving end moves into the slot and stays, the driving end is driven by the clamping part to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,780

FLEXIBLE AND ADJUSTABLE ROLLER SCRAPERS

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

1. A processor for processing solid objects, comprising:a frame;
a plurality of rollers extending in a longitudinal direction mounted to the frame;
a plurality of receptacles hanging at a first end of the plurality of rollers above the rollers, each receptacle including a slot with an open top;
a plurality of scrapers mounted to the frame, each scraper comprising a longitudinally extending base receiving a flexible blade that hangs down and contacts an associated roller, the base having a first mounting tab at a first end of the base, the first mounting tab including a connector extending in the longitudinal direction that is received in a slot of a corresponding receptacle, so that the position of each scraper is adjustable relative to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,112,778

CONVEYOR DRIVE AND SYSTEM FOR UNIT HANDLING CONVEYORS

Nor-Tech Industrial Corp....

1. A conveyor system comprising:at least one zone, each zone including:
a plurality of rollers rotatably mounted to a conveyor frame,
a motor assembly having a rotor, a stator, a shaft and a motor housing, the rotor and the stator disposed within the motor housing, the motor housing having a first end and a second end, the shaft extending from the first end,
a motor drive controller disposed within a motor annex, the motor annex mounted to the second end of the motor housing, the motor drive controller mounted to an inside surface of a wall of the motor annex, and
a motor bracket affixed to the conveyor frame and to an outside surface of the wall of the motor annex, whereby the motor bracket provides a heat path to the conveyor frame for heat generated by the motor drive controller, the heat path not extending through the motor housing.

US Pat. No. 10,112,777

TRANSPORT SYSTEM POWERED BY SHORT BLOCK LINEAR SYNCHRONOUS MOTORS

MagneMotion, Inc., Deven...

1. A transport system, comprisingA. a guideway including a plurality of coreless propulsion coils disposed along a region in which one or more vehicles are to be propelled,
B. one or more vehicles disposed on the guideway, each containing a magnetic flux source,
C. electronic power and control circuitry that excites the propulsion coils independently so as to propel the one or more vehicles along the guideway.

US Pat. No. 10,112,776

DEVICE FOR DISTRIBUTING PRODUCTS IN ROLL

TISSUE MACHINERY COMPANY ...

1. A device for distributing products to feed lines, comprising at least:a plurality of outfeed channels each configured for feeding a succession of products along a first feed direction; the plurality of outfeed channels being located at a first level;
a plurality of infeed channels, configured to receive single or lines of products and feed the products, along a second feed direction; the plurality of infeed channels being positioned at a second level,
a plurality of pairs of carriages defining respective housing pockets;
a track configured in the form of a closed, ring-shaped path to define a lower operating section and an upper operating section and on which move the plurality of pairs of carriages along a direction transverse to the first and second feed directions; the track being interposed between the plurality of outfeed channels and the plurality of infeed channels in such a way as to position at least along a lower operating section, and in predetermined sequences, a first number of pairs of carriages which can be faced towards corresponding outfeed channels for picking up at least one corresponding product and, at least along an upper operating section, a second number of pairs of carriages which can be faced towards the plurality of infeed channels for releasing at least one corresponding product.

US Pat. No. 10,112,775

CONVEYOR SYSTEM, OPERATING SYSTEM USING CONVEYOR SYSTEM, AND METHOD

Baker Hughes, a GE Compan...

1. An operating system comprising:a material receiving member including a blender;
a high pressure fracturing pump configured to receive hydraulic fracturing fluid from the blender; and
a conveyor system including:
a head portion;
a tail portion;
a looped belt having a conveying portion and a retreating portion movable through the conveyor system, each of the conveying portion and the retreating portion having an interior surface and an exterior surface, the exterior surface of the conveying portion configured to convey materials;
a conveying portion cover extending from the tail portion to the head portion of the conveyor system, the conveying portion of the belt disposed within the conveying portion cover, the retreating portion of the belt disposed exteriorly of the conveying portion cover from the head portion to the tail portion, the conveying portion cover having a convex sliding surface from the tail portion to the head portion and a tubular shape from the tail portion to the head portion; and
a discharge portion;
wherein the interior surface of the conveying portion of the belt is slidable along the sliding surface of the conveying portion cover from the tail portion to the head portion of the conveyor system, at least a substantial portion of the interior surface of the conveying portion of the belt contacting the sliding surface of the conveying portion cover, the conveying portion of the belt being nested within the conveying portion cover, and the conveyor system is telescopic; and material carried by the conveying portion of the belt is deposited into the material receiving member.

US Pat. No. 10,112,773

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ARCHIVING AND RETRIEVING SPECIMENS

University of Kansas, La...

1. A system for archiving and retrieving specimens, comprising:an archival structure including an input location and an output location, wherein the input location is the same as the output location;
at least one storage module, the at least one storage module including a plurality of receptacles configured for receiving and storing specimens, the receptacles including at least one support element;
at least one specimen movement mechanism, wherein the specimen movement mechanism is configured to move a specimen from the input location to a storage location on one receptacle of the plurality of receptacles, wherein the specimen movement mechanism is a robotic arm;
a receptacle positioning component configured to position the one receptacle of the plurality of receptacles to a location accessible by the specimen movement mechanism; and
a software program, wherein the software program is configured to receive information regarding the storage location of the specimen and store the information on a computer readable storage medium of a computer system.

US Pat. No. 10,112,770

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING A FLOATING ROOF DISPOSED IN A STORAGE TANK

Delta P Technology Intern...

1. A cribbing system, comprising:a first vertical riser;
a second vertical riser;
a first horizontal base span;
a first horizontal cap span;
a first base member having a first vertical base receptacle and a first horizontal base receptacle, wherein the first vertical base receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first vertical riser and the first horizontal base receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first horizontal base span;
a second base member having a second vertical base receptacle and a second horizontal base receptacle, wherein the second vertical base receptacle is configured to selectively receive the second vertical riser and the second horizontal base receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first horizontal base span;
a first cap member having a first vertical cap receptacle and a first horizontal cap receptacle, wherein the first vertical cap receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first vertical riser and the first horizontal cap receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first horizontal cap span;
a second cap member having a second vertical cap receptacle and a second horizontal cap receptacle, wherein the second vertical cap receptacle is configured to selectively receive the second vertical riser and the second horizontal cap receptacle is configured to selectively receive the first horizontal cap span; and
a grounding strap having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the grounding strap is coupled to one or more of the first vertical riser, second vertical riser, first horizontal base span, first horizontal cap span, first base member, second base member, first cap member, and second cap member, and wherein the first vertical riser, second vertical riser, first horizontal base span, first horizontal cap span, first base member, second base member, first cap member, and second cap member are electrically conductive.

US Pat. No. 10,112,768

HOLLOW DISPENSING HEAD

1. A container containing a cosmetic product and provided with a dispensing head for dispensing the cosmetic product, the dispensing head comprising:a body having a crown of annular shape extending along a dispensing axis, the body being open at its two opposite axial ends in the dispensing head; and
an engaging part extending along the dispensing axis and being open at its two opposite axial ends in the dispensing head, the engaging part at least partially defining a dispensing orifice for dispensing the cosmetic product, the engaging part being inserted into the crown.

US Pat. No. 10,112,767

FAN SPRAY STRUCTURE FOR USE IN DISPENSING ACTUATOR

APTARGROUP, INC., Crysta...

1. In an actuator (18) for actuating a valve (16) on a container (14) for dispensing a fluent product from the container (14), the actuator (18) including a dispensing flow path (58) to direct fluent product from the valve (16) to an exterior of the actuator (18) via an exit orifice (64) located at an end of the flow path (58), and a post (70) defining a portion of the flow path (58), the post (70) extending along and centered on a longitudinal axis (72) and having an end face (74) adjacent said exit orifice (64), an improvement comprising:a flow channel (100) extending laterally across the end face (74) of the post (70), the flow channel (100) being symmetric about a lateral axis (102) extending transverse to the longitudinal axis (72) of the post (70), a portion of the flow channel (100) directly communicating with said exit orifice (64) to direct the fluent product from the flow channel (100) into the exit orifice (64);
wherein the exit orifice (64) is symmetric about the lateral axis (102) of the post (70).

US Pat. No. 10,112,766

INTELLIGENT INSULATION CUP

1. An intelligent insulation cup, comprising: an intelligent cup cover, an insulation cup body and a wireless charging base (1); wherein the intelligent cup cover is buckled on the insulation cup body and is in wireless transmission connection with the wireless charging base (1);the intelligent cup cover is formed by fixedly connecting a skull headdress (2), a battery accommodating cavity (3) and a display cup cover (4) which are arranged from top to bottom successively, wherein a storage battery is disposed in the battery accommodating cavity (3);
the display cup cover (4) is a bowl-shaped cavity structure, and a time-temperature display dial plate (5) is disposed on an outer wall of a side surface; the time-temperature display dial plate (5) is successively provided with a hour circle (6), a minute circle (7) and a second circle (8) from top to bottom; 1-24 numerical display windows are evenly distributed on the hour circle (6); 1-60 numerical display windows are evenly distributed on the minute circle (7); 60 circular display windows are evenly distributed on the second circle (8); an annular lamp bead circuit board (9) corresponding to the time-temperature display dial plate (5) is disposed on an inner wall of the side surface of the display cup cover (4); the annular lamp bead circuit board (9) is electrically connected with three-color LED lamp beads (10) with luminous colors used to represent liquid temperature; and the three-color LED lamp beads (10) are disposed correspondingly to the display windows;
a bowl-shaped sealing barrier chip (11) and a bottom mouth plug (12) are disposed in the cavity of the display cup cover (4); a plug (13) is disposed on the top end of the bottle mouth plug (12), and a temperature sensor is disposed on the bottom; the bowl-shaped sealing barrier chip (11) is provided with a through hole corresponding to the plug (13); a jack corresponding to the plug (13) is disposed on the top end in the cavity of the display cup cover (4); the plug (13) penetrates through the through hole and is matched with the jack; the bottle mouth plug (12) is fixedly connected with the time-temperature display dial plate (5); the display cup cover (4) is buckled with the insulation cup body through the bottle mouth plug (12); the bottle mouth plug (12) is connected with the insulation cup body through a thread; and the bowl-shaped sealing barrier chip (11) is fixed to the cavity of the display cup cover (4), and the inner cavity of the display cup cover (4) and the bowl-shaped sealing barrier chip (11) form a sealing cavity for sealing the annular lamp bead circuit board (9);
a control mainboard (17) is disposed in the sealing cavity; a wireless receiving unit, a timing unit, a temperature measurement unit, a contact sensing unit and an analysis processing unit are disposed on the control mainboard (17); and the control mainboard (17) is electrically connected with the storage battery, the lamp bead circuit board (9) and the temperature sensor respectively;
the insulation cup body comprises a bottle body (18) and a bottle bottom (19); the bottle bottom (19) is fixedly connected to the bottom end of the bottle body (18); the bottle body (18) is composed of a touch-sensitive outer layer, an insulation layer and a liner successively from outside to inside; a snakelike anti-skid substance (20) is inlaid to the touch-sensitive outer layer; the touch-sensitive outer layer is electrically connected with the control mainboard (17); and a stereographic pentagram mark (21) is inlaid to the center of the cup bottom (19);
the wireless charging base (1) comprises a wireless transmission apparatus and a time adjustment apparatus (22); and the wireless transmission apparatus and the time adjustment apparatus (22) are electrically connected.

US Pat. No. 10,112,764

POUCH WITH INCORPORATED LOSS OF INTEGRITY INDICATOR, METHOD FOR MAKING SUCH A BAG, AND METHOD FOR USING SAME

SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS,...

1. A method for producing a pouch with an incorporated and active loss of integrity indicator, the pouch including:a first flexible, closed, inner casing made of at least one non-porous plastic material with a high-capacity gas barrier, delimiting a first space, forming a first space pouch configured to accommodate a fluid biopharmaceutical product or device, the inner casing including
first introduction means for introducing the biopharmaceutical product or device into the first space pouch, and
first evacuation means for subsequently evacuating the biopharmaceutical product or device from the first space pouch, the first introduction means and the first evacuation means being in an inactive closed state;
a second, closed, outer casing made of at least one non-porous plastic material with a high-capacity gas barrier, delimiting a second space in which the first space pouch is located for detection of a loss of integrity of the first space pouch including
second introduction means for preliminarily introducing the first space pouch into the second space, and
second evacuation means for evacuating the first space pouch from the second space, the second introduction means and the second evacuation means being in the inactive closed state;
a spacer means interposed between the first space pouch and the second casing, an inner surface of the second casing being configured to not conceal a zone of loss of integrity of an outer surface of the first space pouch, the spacer means being or including porous material;
at least one tracer gas that is located respectively in one of the first space or in the second space, the second space being outside of the first space pouch, having a higher partial pressure than a pressure in the other of the first space and the second space; and
an incorporated loss of integrity indicator including at least one colorimetric detector that detects the at least one tracer gas, the at least one colorimetric detector being responsive to a concentration of the tracer gas in an environment in which the detector is located, by switching from a first color to a second color that is different from the first color, the at least one colorimetric detector being located in one or more of the second space outside of the first space pouch and in the first space,
the colorimetric detector being configured to visually indicate one of the first color, signifying that the first space pouch has kept its integrity, and the second color, signifying that the first space pouch has lost its integrity, after the pouch with the incorporated loss of integrity indicator is manufactured and at least before the time when the first space pouch is evacuated, extracted, or removed from the second casing and the biopharmaceutical product or device is introduced into the first space pouch, and
the colorimetric detector being configured to detect the at least one tracer gas when the first space pouch is devoid of the biopharmaceutical product or device and when the second, closed, outer casing is maintained in a closed state, the method comprising:
providing the first flexible casing made of the at least one non-porous plastic material with the high-capacity gas barrier, delimiting the first space, forming the first space pouch that can accommodate the biopharmaceutical product or device, the first flexible casing including the first introduction means and the first evacuation means;
providing the second casing made of the at least one non-porous plastic material with the high-capacity gas barrier, the second casing including the second introduction means and the second evacuation means,
providing the spacer means;
providing the at least one selected tracer gas;
providing the at least one colorimetric detector of the at least one tracer gas that is responsive to the concentration of the at least one tracer gas in the environment in which the colorimetric detector is located, by switching from the first color to the second color that is different from the first color;
introducing the first space pouch into the second casing;
interposing the spacer means between the first space pouch and the second casing in such a way that the inner surface of the second casing does not conceal the zone of possible loss of integrity of the outer surface of the inner space pouch; and
introducing the at least one selected tracer gas into the one of the first space and the second space outside of the inner space pouch, with the higher partial pressure than a pressure in the other of the first space and the second space outside of the inner space pouch, the at least one colorimetric detector of the at least one tracer gas being placed in one of the first space and the second space outside of the inner space pouch; and
closing the inner space pouch and the second casing.

US Pat. No. 10,112,761

PACKAGE HAVING INTEGRAL TAB WITH FINGER HOLE OPENING FEATURE

Hollister Incorporated, ...

1. A package, comprising a sheet material having first and second side panels and upper and lower panels, the sheet material being wrapped into a three-dimensional configuration wherein the first and second side panels are placed in confronting relation to define a fin having a longitudinal free edge and opposed end free edges, at least a portion of the side panels parallel to the longitudinal free edge of the fin being adhered to one another to define a fin seal extending between the longitudinal free edge and a terminal line parallel to the longitudinal free edge, portions of the upper and lower panels being placed in confronting relation and said portions of the upper and lower panels being adhered to one another to define first and second end seals, and a starter line formed in the fin at a location intermediate the end free edges extending from the longitudinal free edge of the fin toward the upper panels wherein the starter line directs tearing of the package parallel to the longitudinal free edge.

US Pat. No. 10,112,759

SINGLE DOSE MATERIAL AND APPLICATOR PACKAGE

Centrix, Inc., Shelton, ...

3. A single dose material and applicator package for dispensing a dental material comprising:a plastic tray;
an applicator well having a longitudinal length with a first end and a second end and a bottom formed in said plastic tray, said applicator well having a first lateral dimension over a majority of the longitudinal length;
a material well formed in said plastic tray adjacent the first end;
a ramp formed in said material well;
a finger depression formed in the bottom of said applicator well adjacent said material well and extending into said applicator well;
a front applicator channel formed in said finger depression;
an applicator support depression formed in the bottom of said applicator well adjacent the second end of said applicator well and extending into said applicator well;
a rear applicator channel formed in said applicator support depression;
a wider portion of said applicator well formed adjacent an end of said applicator well, said wider portion having a second lateral dimension greater than the first lateral dimension of the majority of the longitudinal length of said applicator well, whereby a finger of a user is capable of passing through said wider portion;
an applicator having an applicator handle and an applicator brush placed within the applicator well and positioned on top of said finger depression and said applicator support depression and held in a central position by said front applicator channel and said rear applicator channel;
a dental material placed within said material well;
a flange formed in a top surface of said tray forming a plane; and
a cover removably affixed to said flange,
whereby said cover seals the applicator and the material within the tray and upon removing said cover said applicator is capable of being pivoted on said applicator support depression upward by a user by placing a finger through said wider portion of said applicator well and pushing downward on a distal end of the applicator handle forcing the applicator brush away from said applicator well.

US Pat. No. 10,112,758

PRODUCT PACKAGING CONTAINING A SOLID PRODUCT BLOCK

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A product packaging containing a solid product block for a dispenser system, comprising:a solid product block having a top, sides, and a bottom;
a handling means attached to the top of the solid product block and including a protective plate having an outside shape corresponding to the shape of the top of the solid product block; and
a wrapping means enclosing the solid product block and arranged between the top of the solid product block and the protective plate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,755

REUSABLE CABLE TIES

1. A flexible strap comprising:wherein the flexible strap comprises a base structure, a plurality of slots, and a plurality of pegs;
wherein the plurality of slots are formed within the base structure;
wherein the plurality of pegs are attached to the base structure;
wherein the flexible strap is a self-attaching strapping apparatus;
wherein the flexible strap trusses filamentary materials together;
wherein the flexible strap forms a loop through which the filamentary materials are inserted before the flexible strap is tightened to form a truss;
wherein the reusable cable attaches to itself to form a loop in a detachable manner;
wherein the loop is further defined with a diameter and a perimeter;
wherein the diameter of the loop is adjustable;
wherein the filamentary materials are inserted through the loop;
wherein the truss is formed by adjusting the flexible strap to reduce the diameter of the loop such that the flexible strap applies a force against the filamentary materials;
wherein the base structure is a rounded rectangular strip;
wherein the base structure is formed as a strip from flexible metal strapping of constant thickness;
wherein the base structure forms the perimeter of the loop trusses the filamentary material;
wherein the loop is an enclosed ring structure that is formed by the base structure when the plurality of pegs are inserted through one or more slots selected from the plurality of slots;
wherein the loop forms the truss;
wherein the span of the diameter of the loop is adjusted through the selection of the one or more slots selected from the plurality of slots;
wherein the size of the truss is adjusted by adjusting the span of the diameter of the loop;
wherein the base structure is further defined with a length direction, a width direction, and a thickness direction;
wherein the length direction refers to the dimension of the base structure with the greatest span of distance;
wherein the width direction refers to the dimension of the base structure that is perpendicular to the length direction;
wherein the width direction combines with the length direction to form the planar surface of the base structure with the greatest surface area;
wherein the thickness direction refers to the dimension of the base structure that is perpendicular to both the length direction and the width direction;
wherein the base structure is further defined with a primary face and a secondary face;
wherein the primary face refers to the face of the base structure that is formed in the length direction and the width direction;
wherein the secondary face refers to the face of the base structure that is formed in the length direction and the width direction that is distal from the primary face;
wherein the primary face is the face of the base structure upon which the plurality of pegs are mounted;
wherein the plurality of slots comprises a plurality of rectangular block shaped negative spaces;
wherein each slot selected from the plurality of slots is identical;
wherein the negative space that forms each of the plurality of slots is formed in the thickness direction of the base structure from and through the primary face to the secondary face;
wherein each slot selected from the plurality of slots is formed with an inner dimension that is measured in the length direction and the width direction;
wherein each of the plurality of slots are positioned such that the center of each of the plurality of slots forms a straight line that is parallel to the length direction;
wherein the center to center distance in the length direction of a first set of adjacent slots selected from the plurality of slots is equal to the center to center distance in the length direction of any second set of adjacent slots selected from the plurality of slots;
wherein each of the plurality of pegs is an individual peg that projects perpendicularly away from the primary face of the base structure;
wherein each of the plurality of pegs is identical;
wherein the individual peg is formed with an outer dimension in the length direction and the width direction;
wherein each individual peg is inserted into a slot selected from the plurality of slots for the purpose of forming the loop;
wherein each individual peg selected from the plurality of pegs is positioned on the primary face of the base structure such that the center of each individual peg is aligned with the centers of the individual pegs remaining in the plurality of pegs to form a straight line that is parallel to the length direction of the base structure;
wherein the center to center distance in the length direction of a first set of adjacent individual pegs selected from the plurality of pegs is equal to the center to center distance in the length direction of any second adjacent set of individual pegs selected from the plurality of pegs;
wherein the center to center distance in the length direction of any set of adjacent individual pegs selected from the plurality of pegs is equal to an integer multiple of the center to center distance in the length direction of any set of adjacent slots selected from the plurality of slots;
wherein the integer multiple is a positive integer that is greater than or equal to one;
wherein the line formed by each of the centers of the plurality of pegs is aligned in the width direction with the line formed by the centers of each of the plurality of slots;
wherein each individual peg comprises a plate and a headpiece;
wherein the headpiece attaches to the plate;
wherein the plate is further defined with a plate height;
wherein the plate is a rectangular block structure that projects perpendicularly away from the primary face of the base structure;
wherein the plate attaches to the primary face of the base structure in the manner of a cantilever;
wherein the plate is further defined with a free end;
wherein the plate height is the span of the distance from the primary face to the free end of the plate as measured in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,754

BOTTLE INCLUDING A SAFETY CORKING

Pernod Ricard, Paris (FR...

1. A bottle containing a beverage, such as an alcoholic beverage, said bottle comprising:a body having a neck on an upper end, the neck of the bottle ending with a mouth for receiving a plug; and
a safety corking comprising:
a security label having a first part adhered to the plug and a second part adhered on the neck of the bottle; and
a cover covering at least partially the plug and at least one part of the neck of the bottle, said cover further covering at least one part of the security label;
wherein the security label further includes:
a lower portion projecting from a lower edge of the cover and bearing a first readable code representing a unique identifier of the bottle; and
an upper portion covered by the cover, the upper portion being adhered to the plug and bearing a second readable code representing a unique identifier of the plug.

US Pat. No. 10,112,753

LID ATTACHMENT MEMBER

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-shi...

1. A lid attachment member comprising:a metal plate that is equipped with an attachment hole to which a lid of a container is to be attached;
a raised or recessed seal portion that is formed at, and continuously all the way around, an outer peripheral portion of the metal plate; and
a resin member that is integrally formed on the outer peripheral portion of the metal plate, covers the seal portion, and has a back surface side that is configured to be welded to an open portion of the container, wherein
the seal portion is an annular groove formed at at least one of a front surface or a back surface of the metal plate, and
an angle between a groove bottom surface of the annular groove and a groove wall surface at an outer peripheral side of the annular groove is equal to or less than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,112,752

TUMBLER LID WITH RESERVOIR AND REPETITIVE MEASURING AND DISBURSEMENT MECHANISM

Toddy Tech, LLC, Bozeman...

1. A lid for a beverage container comprising:a refillable reservoir section,
a measuring channel having a proximal aperture and a distal aperture,
a reciprocating sealing mechanism for selectively blocking the proximal aperture and distal aperture,
an actuating mechanism mechanically joined with the reciprocating sealing mechanism controls movement of the reciprocating sealing mechanism,
a drinking access,
wherein the refillable reservoir section and the reciprocating sealing mechanism cooperate to receive and enclose an additive within the lid,
the drinking access having a wall partitioning the drinking access from the additive within the lid,
the lid permitting disbursement into the beverage container of the additive from the distal aperture in measured and repeatable quantities.

US Pat. No. 10,112,750

BEVERAGE CONTAINER SEALING SYSTEM

Anheuser-Busch, LLC, St....

1. A sealing closure for a beverage container, comprising:a crown defining a bottom surface;
a liner comprising an oxygen scavenger coupled to the crown such that a top surface of the liner contacts the bottom surface of the crown, the liner being formed by molding a deformable, resilient material; and
printed indicia on a bottom surface of the liner, the printed indicia formed by applying an ink to the bottom surface of the liner, the crown and the liner being configured to seal a beverage container containing a beverage such that the bottom surface of the liner and the printed indicia are exposed to the beverage.

US Pat. No. 10,112,746

DETACHABLE DISPENSING SYSTEMS FOR CONTAINERS

GBS Holdings LLC, Oak Ri...

1. A detachable dispensing system for a container, the system comprising:a handling portion comprising an outer ring configured to selectively secure and, alternatively, remove the handling portion about a dispensing opening of the container and an inner ring defining a circular aperture within the handling portion;
a hollow member comprising a top end and a base end, the hollow member slideably disposed within the circular aperture and selectively positionable between a recessed position in which the top end is proximate the handling portion and the base end extends away from the handling portion and toward the container and, alternatively, an extended position in which the top end extends away from the handling portion and the container and the base end is substantially flush with either (i) the dispensing opening of the container or (ii) the inner ring of the handling portion,
wherein the top end comprises a first engaging element for engaging at least a portion of the inner ring of the handling portion and preventing the top end of the hollow member from moving through the handling portion into the container when the hollow member is in the recessed position, and
wherein the base end comprises a second engaging element for engaging at least a portion of the inner ring of the handling portion and fixing the hollow member to the handling portion when the hollow member is in the extended position; and
an extendible spout at least partially disposed in the hollow member and connected to the hollow member, the extendible spout comprising,
a proximal end and a proximal opening, the proximal end connected to the hollow member,
a distal end and a distal opening, the distal end configured to extend from and retract at least partially into the hollow member, and
a discharge passage that extends from the proximal opening to the distal opening,
wherein the extendible spout is configured to dispense a pourable material from the container through the distal opening when the handling portion is engaged about the dispensing opening of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,112,745

SELECTIVELY ACCESSIBLE CONTAINER APPARATUS, HINGE ASSEMBLY WITH A SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY FILAMENT, AND METHODS

Autosplice, Inc., San Di...

1. A selectively accessible container apparatus, comprising:a container comprising a container lid; and
a hinge assembly coupled to the container and the container lid, the hinge assembly comprising:
first and second outer housing elements configured to house a plurality of internal components therein, the plurality of internal components comprising:
a shape memory alloy (SMA) filament;
a pull rod, the pull rod configured to be communicatively coupled with the SMA filament;
an inner ratchet element and a complementary outer ratchet head, where upon activation of the SMA filament, the pull rod is configured to pull the inner ratchet element away from the complementary outer ratchet head, thereby enabling the container lid to be actuated with respect to the container; and
a return spring configured to return the inner ratchet element so as to communicatively engage the complementary outer ratchet head upon deactivation of the SMA filament.

US Pat. No. 10,112,741

INFLATABLE PACKAGING WITH ADHESIVE SEALS

PREGIS INNOVATIVE PACKAGI...

18. An inflatable packaging element, comprising:a first wall defined by a first film ply and a second film ply that is sealed to the first ply by one or more ply seals, wherein the one or more ply seals define an inflation chamber between the first and second plies, and wherein the inflation chamber is inflatable with and configured to contain a fluid;
a second wall; and
one or more wall seals that seal the second wall to the first wall on a side of the first wall exterior to the chamber to form a container and define a containment space between the first and second walls to receive an article therein,
wherein at least a first seal of the one or more ply seals or the one or more wall seals is formed using an adhesive, and a second seal of the one or more ply seals or the one or more wall seals is formed by heat sealing across said first seal.

US Pat. No. 10,112,739

METHOD OF PRODUCTION OF FABRIC BAGS OR CONTAINERS USING HEAT FUSED SEAMS

AMERIGLOBE, LLC, Lafayet...

1. A method of producing a flexible polypropylene fabric bulk bag, of the type that can hold 2,000 to 4,400 pounds of bulk material, with heat fused seams or joints that are stitch hole free, comprising:a. providing a plurality of highly oriented polypropylene woven fabric pieces, wherein at least one of said fabric pieces has a coated side with a bonding coating that has propylene elastomers, elastomers or combinations thereof and that is operable to form a seam or joint for the bag when melted, and wherein at least one of the fabric pieces has a coated side with a standard polypropylene fabric coating that is different from the bonding coating, the standard polypropylene fabric coating having a majority percentage of polypropylene and a small percentage of polyethylene;
b. forming an overlapped area by positioning the at least one fabric piece that has the coated side with the bonding coating so that the bonding coating faces the standard polypropylene fabric coating on the at least one fabric piece having said standard polypropylene fabric coating; and
c. applying heat and pressure to the overlapped area formed in step “b” to melt the bonding coating in the overlapped area and to form a bond between the bonding coating and the standard polypropylene fabric coating and a stitch hole free joint or seam for the bulk bag, wherein said bond has strength to maintain the said 2,000 to 4,400 pounds of bulk material within the bag without breaking and wherein the joint or seam has the following directly adjacent layers: (i) polypropylene fabric, (ii) bonding coating, (iii) standard coating; and (iv) polypropylene fabric; and
d. forming one or more additional overlapped areas as desired between selected fabric pieces to be joined of the plurality of highly oriented polypropylene woven fabric pieces, and applying heat and pressure to the one or more additional overlapped areas to form one or more bonds between standard polypropylene fabric and bonding coatings to establish one or more additional stitch hole free bag joints.

US Pat. No. 10,112,738

POURER DEVICE

1. A pourer device for a bottle having a neck which defines a bottle opening, the pourer device comprising:a mount portion for detachable attachment to an external surface of a bottle, and
a guide chute mounted to the mount portion and disposed in use to receive liquid flow from the bottle opening, the guide chute shaping liquid flow from the bottle opening into a narrower flow,
wherein the guide chute comprises a pivot mount at a lower surface, said pivot mount being attached to the mount portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,735

PACKAGE UNBUNDLING SYSTEM

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An automatic unbundling system, comprising:an input unit configured to receive polywrapped bundles each including a plurality of items;
a conveyor system configured to transport the polywrapped bundles;
an automatic unwrapping machine configured to receive each of the bundles from the conveyor system and unwrap each of the bundles, including centering and clamping each bundle, wherein the conveyor system then transports the unwrapped plurality of items away from the automatic unwrapping machine; and
a loose stack accumulator configured to receive, combine, and stack the unwrapped plurality of items from successive bundles.

US Pat. No. 10,112,734

COLLAPSIBLE MATERIAL COLLECTION APPARATUS

1. A collapsible material collection apparatus for a container, comprisinga receiving funnel defined by a funnel floor, a left funnel wall, and a right funnel wall;
a support frame defined by a support frame base, a left support frame, and a right support frame;
a left connection frame;
a right connection frame;
a connection means connecting the left connection frame to the left support frame and the right connection frame to the right support frame;
a coupling means coupling the left connection frame with the right connection frame;
wherein the receiving funnel further comprises a receiving end that converges to a discharging end;
wherein the receiving end is relatively wider than the discharging end;
wherein the support frame is configured next to the receiving funnel;
wherein the left funnel wall is configured to be foldable inwardly with respect to the funnel floor;
wherein the right funnel wall is configured to be foldable inwardly with respect to the funnel floor;
wherein the left support frame is configured to be foldable outwardly with respect to the left funnel wall;
wherein the right support frame is configured to be foldable outwardly with respect to the right funnel wall; and
wherein the left support frame and the right support frame are configured so that the left support frame and the right support frame are retractable inwardly or expandable outwardly relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,112,730

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR REMOTE MONITORING DRONES AND AERIAL VEHICLES FOR SECURITY AND HEALTH MONITORING PURPOSES

1. A method for remote identifying an aerial vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:receiving a signal of an instantaneous location of the vehicle, with respect to a reference point in three spatial coordinates x, y, z, from a radio frequency radar system, a laser radar system, or a camera based surveillance system;
receiving a signal of an instantaneous rotating speed of one or more propellers of the vehicle from an optical tachometer device directed to the vehicle, a vibration based speed-recognition system, or a camera based speed-recognition system;
receiving a signal that includes one or more propeller characteristics of the vehicle from a camera based recognition system or from a vibration based recognition system;
wherein the one or more propeller characteristics include one or more of a number of propellers for the vehicle, a number of blades for each propeller, a propeller's diameter, a propeller's material, a propeller's pitch, a propellers shape, a propeller's design factor, the vehicle's size, the vehicle's type, a surface area of control surfaces of the vehicle, and a propeller's efficiency;
recording, via a processor, successive samples of a pre-determined duration of the instantaneous location and the instantaneous rotating speed and at least one of the one or more propeller characteristics in a digital memory;
solving, via the processor, a dynamic equation of motion model of the vehicle using the recorded successive samples of the following measurements: the instantaneous location of the vehicle, the instantaneous rotating speed of propellers of the vehicle, and at least one of the one or more propeller characteristics of the vehicle;
wherein the dynamic equation of motion model is solved, via the processor, by a least squares or Bayesian method in order to estimate dynamic model parameters;
wherein the dynamic model parameters include a vehicle mass and a speed-thrust characteristic curve of at least one propeller;
matching, via the processor, the vehicle mass and the speed-thrust characteristic curve of at least one propeller to a pre-stored database of different vehicle manufacturers models to identify a vehicle model; and
matching, via the processor, the vehicle model and the speed-thrust characteristic curve of at least one propeller, to a pre-stored database of deteriorated levels of the vehicle to identify a degradation level of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,728

DRONE CHARGING STATIONS

1. A charging system, comprising;a drone having electrically-powered motors;
a passenger pod carried beneath the drone and detachable from the drone, the passenger pod having a rechargeable battery enabled to power the electrically-powered motors of the drone;
a base structure connected to a power grid;
a row of substantially planar wireless charging pads supported by the base structure; and
a computerized controller enabled to communicate with the drone and to initiate, control and stop charging power;
wherein, as the drone carrying the passenger pod approaches the row of substantially planar charging pads, the computerized controller directs the moving drone into a path bringing a charging receiver pad of the passenger pod carried by the drone, and connected to the battery of the passenger pod, into proximity with the row of substantially planar charging pads, and directs the drone to move the carried passenger pod along the row of charging pads, keeping the charging receiver pad of the passenger pod in proximity to the row of charging pads, managing speed and direction of the moving drone along the path, as charging of the battery of the passenger pod is accomplished.

US Pat. No. 10,112,725

ELECTRICALLY HEATED FILTER SCREENS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An electrically heated filter screen for a fuel system, comprising:a first heating body including:
a first heater element with a surface;
a first metallic layer with an inner surface; and
a first insulating layer sandwiched between said first heater element surface and the inner surface of said first metallic layer;
a second heating body including:
a second heater element with a surface;
a second metallic layer with an inner surface; and
a second insulating layer sandwiched between said second heater element surface and the inner surface of said second metallic layer;
a filter screen formed by the coupling of said first and second heating bodies, said filter screen having at least one aperture;
wherein said filter screen is transversely disposed within a fuel line section having an upstream and a downstream relative to said filter screen, each of said insulating layers having an exterior surface that is exposed to flowing fuel and each of said metallic layers extending from said insulating layers in an upstream direction to protect said filter screen from damage caused by objects in the flowing fuel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,722

POWER CONTROL FOR PROPELLER-DRIVEN AIRCRAFT

Unison Industries LLC, J...

1. A method of controlling an engine for a propeller-driven aircraft, comprising:setting while the propeller-driven aircraft is stationary on the ground an initial constant power limit, wherein the initial constant power limit is associated with a maximum allowable thrust for the propeller-driven aircraft;
operating the engine while maintaining the initial constant power limit and while a predetermined aircraft condition is not satisfied;
receiving an indication that a predetermined aircraft condition has occurred indicating that the propeller-driven aircraft is in flight;
setting an updated constant power limit above which the engine power is automatically reduced, wherein the updated constant power limit is greater than the initial constant power limit; and
operating the engine with the updated constant power limit when the propeller-driven aircraft is in flight.

US Pat. No. 10,112,720

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A HOMOGENEOUS THERMOPLASTIC LEG SUPPORT

Reliant Worldwide Plastic...

1. A leg support comprising:a thermoplastic composite leg support element;
at least one reinforcing element disposed on the thermoplastic composite leg support element, the at least one reinforcing element being chemically compatible with the thermoplastic composite leg support element; and wherein a homogeneous chemical bond is formed between the thermoplastic composite leg support element and the at least one reinforcing element, wherein the thermoplastic composite leg support element comprises an integral thermoplastic positioning system;
a plurality of apertures formed through the thermoplastic composite leg support element, wherein at least one of said at least one reinforcing elements penetrate the plurality of apertures; and
wherein said thermoplastic composite leg support element comprises a thermoplastic, and wherein said at least one reinforcing element comprise a thermoplastic, and wherein the thermoplastic for the thermoplastic composite leg support is the same as the thermoplastic for said at least one reinforcing element.

US Pat. No. 10,112,719

DEPLOYABLE CLEARANCE PANEL SYSTEM, METHOD, AND ASSEMBLY FOR A MONUMENT WITHIN AN INTERNAL CABIN OF AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A monument configured to be positioned within an internal cabin of a vehicle, the monument comprising:a deployable portion, wherein the deployable portion is configured to move from a non-deployed state into a deployed state when a force that meets or exceeds a predetermined threshold is exerted into the monument, the deployable portion comprising a deployable clearance panel within a monument wall assembly, the clearance panel being configured to move from the non-deployed state into the deployed state when the force that meets or exceeds a predetermined threshold is exerted into the monument wall assembly, the clearance panel comprising one or more bracing members that prevent the clearance panel from moving from the deployed state back to the non-deployed state, the one or more bracing members pivotally or slidably coupling the clearance panel to a fixed wall, and the one or more bracing members being configured to slide or pivot into an outwardly deployed position that prevents the clearance panel from moving from the deployed state back to the non-deployed state.

US Pat. No. 10,112,714

SIGNALING PRINT LOCATIONS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle, comprising:an electromagnetic radiation (EMR) sensor to detect a signal indicative of a direction of emission of the signal, the detected signal corresponding to a grid on a printed target;
a controller to determine a location of the unmanned aerial vehicle based on the grid; and
a nozzle to eject a substance based on the direction of emission and the location.

US Pat. No. 10,112,713

BACK MOUNTED FLIGHT MACHINE

1. A back mounted flight machine comprising:a frame comprising a connecting bracket, a pair of lateral arms extending from the connecting bracket, and an engine mounted on each of the lateral arms in a selected and variable position;
a harness mounted on the connecting bracket of the frame and between the pair of lateral arms;
a fastening mechanism for connecting the harness to the connecting bracket of the frame to permit relative movement between the harness and the frame in a plurality of orientations; and
a pair of retractable barriers formed between the harness and the engines, the retractable barriers been movable between a first extended position between the harness and the engines, and a second retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,712

MULTI-USE UAV DOCKING STATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method to deliver packages via an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the method comprising:receiving a package at a facility;
mapping, via a central control, a first flight path for a first UAV from the facility to a final destination of the package;
sending instructions from the central control to the first UAV to follow the first flight path;
receiving, at the central control, weather data from one or more weather stations;
determining, by the central control and based on the weather data, that a weather event exists along the first flight path;
receiving, at the central control, a current position of the first UAV;
identifying, with the central control, an intermediate docking station from the current position of the first UAV;
mapping, via the central control, a second flight path for the first UAV from the current position to the intermediate docking station;
sending instructions from the central control to the first UAV to follow the second flight path to the intermediate docking station in response to determining the weather event exists along the first flight path;
sending instructions from the central control to the first UAV to hold at a landing platform at the intermediate docking station and at least one of: to receive a first energy source from a charging station at the intermediate docking station, to deposit the package at the intermediate docking station, or to receive a second package at the intermediate docking station;
determining, by the central control, a flight range of the first UAV, the flight range based at least in part on at least one of the first UAV receiving the first energy source, depositing the package, or receiving the second package;
mapping, via the central control and based at least in part on determining the flight range, a third flight path for the first UAV from the intermediate docking station to the final destination of the package; and
sending instructions from the central control to the first UAV instructing the first UAV to follow the third flight path.

US Pat. No. 10,112,711

AIRCRAFT DEPLOYMENT AND RETRIEVAL OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) deployment and retrieval system comprising:an aircraft having
a grappling device, and
a carousel adapted to receive and store a plurality of UAVs and positionable for deployment of a selected UAV,
each UAV in said plurality of UAVs having
a hooking device adapted for engagement by the grappling device;
a mission controller receiving a mission requirement and selecting a respective one of said plurality of UAVs;
a carousel controller responsive to the mission controller for aligning the respective one UAV for deployment; and,
a grappling device controller responsive to the mission controller for retrieving a UAV with the grappling device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,710

MOTOR VEHICLE WITH CAPTIVE AIRCRAFT

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A motor vehicle system, comprising:a motor vehicle including an aircraft support portion;
an actively propelled unmanned aircraft configured to be selectively supported on the aircraft support portion;
a computer vehicle control system configured to actively control operation of a driving system of the motor vehicle in real-time while the aircraft is airborne and acquiring data, the computer vehicle control system configured to control operation of the driving system by using data acquired by the aircraft in real-time, the computer vehicle control system configured to generate a travel route of the vehicle; and
an aircraft control system configured to receive the travel route of the vehicle from the computer vehicle control system and to cause the aircraft to be propelled according to the travel route of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,709

VIBRATION CONTROL WITH ACTIVE LAG DAMPER

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

17. A method to control vibratory forces exerted on an aircraft hub assembly via a plurality of rotor blades, comprising:attaching a damper to each of the plurality of rotor blades; and
controlling a dynamic spring rate of each of the dampers associated with the plurality of rotor blades by individual pump systems for each of the dampers;
wherein each damper is a closed loop control system that uses feedback sensors to inform a control computer of the damper properties and performance which is then used to determine an appropriate action of the pump system to adjust the dynamic spring rate of the damper to achieve optimum performance.

US Pat. No. 10,112,708

WEIGHT EFFICIENT SERVO ATTACHMENT SCHEME FOR RIGID COAXIAL ROTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A rotary wing aircraft comprising:an airframe;
a main rotor system configured to rotate about a first axis of rotation;
a first stationary swashplate operably coupled to at least one first blade of the main rotor system; and
a mounting assembly for connecting the main rotor system to the airframe and holding a first servo which moves the first stationary swashplate, the mounting assembly comprising:
a leg having a first end attachable to the main rotor system and a second end attachable to the airframe, the leg being generally bent such that the first end of the leg is arranged at an angle to the second end of the leg so as to transmit forces between the main rotor system and the airframe; and
a bracket connected to a central portion of the leg, a portion of the bracket extending within an opening formed between the leg and the airframe, the bracket including a notch configured to receive the first servo, wherein when the first servo is positioned within the notch, a free end of the first servo is operably coupled to the first stationary swashplate and the leg reacts forces generated by the first servo into the main rotor system and the airframe; and
wherein operation of the first servo adjusts a pitch of the at least one first blade via the first stationary swashplate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,706

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES FOR COLLABORATION

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. An aerial vehicle comprising:a frame;
a propulsion system coupled to the frame and configured to propel the aerial vehicle in response to a command from a remote device;
a screen pivotably coupled to the frame;
an image output device movably mounted to the frame, wherein the image output device is configured to project an image onto the screen; and
a controller configured to:
operate a communication module to communicate with the remote device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,705

OFF-BOARD GYROCOPTER TAKE-OFF SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

1. A method for operating a gyrocopter, comprising:restraining the gyrocopter from vertical and lateral movement via at least one restraint;
releasably coupling a transmission device between the gyrocopter and an off-board power source;
pre-rotating a fixed-pitch lift rotor of the gyrocopter via the power source and the transmission while the transmission, power source and restraint are fixed to a portable base;
releasing the transmission from the gyrocopter; and
releasing the gyrocopter for vertical movement to allow the gyrocopter to lift under a force provided by the lift rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,112,702

HARD-LANDING DETECTION SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

12. A hard-landing detection system of a landing gear assembly of an aircraft, the hard-landing detection system comprising:a wheel assembly;
a shock strut mechanically coupled to the wheel assembly and to landing gear structure of the landing gear assembly;
a stroke position sensor coupled to the shock strut;
a gas pressure sensor coupled to the shock strut;
a controller having a processor; and
a tangible, non-transitory memory configured to communicate with the processor, the tangible, non-transitory memory having instructions stored thereon that, in response to execution by the processor, cause the hard-landing detection system to perform operations comprising:
measuring, by the processor and via the stroke position sensor, a stroke profile of the shock strut;
measuring, by the processor and via the gas pressure sensor, a gas pressure in a gas chamber of the shock strut;
calculating, by the processor, multiple time dependent functions based on the stroke profile of the shock strut and based on the gas pressure, wherein the stroke profile and the gas pressure are the only time dependent measurements used in this calculating; and
comparing the multiple time dependent functions to respective predetermined thresholds to determine whether the landing event is hard.

US Pat. No. 10,112,700

MULTI-MODE MOBILITY MICRO AIR VEHICLE

Orbital Research Inc., C...

1. A multi-mode mobility micro air vehicle (MAV) self-containedly comprising:an aerodynamic body capable of flight, the surface of the aerodynamic body having aerodynamic controls;
an aerodynamic propulsion system; and
at least one retractable leg adapted to deploy from an initial position enclosed within the aerodynamic body, and thereafter cyclically extend and contract under power to effect a directed hopping motion in conjunction with the aerodynamic propulsion system and the aerodynamic controls
wherein the multi-mode mobility MAV is capable of flying, safely landing, and hopping to a new orientation or position on the retractable leg.

US Pat. No. 10,112,699

METHOD OF PRELOADING AN AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY, A PRELOADING TOOL AND AN AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY

Safran Landing Systems UK...

1. A method of preloading an aircraft assembly for fitting a preloading linkage, the aircraft assembly comprising:a strut mounting joint;
a landing gear strut movably coupled to the strut mounting joint so as to be movable between a deployed condition, for take-off and landing, and a stowed condition for flight, the landing gear strut including a first link attachment joint arranged to be coupled to a first fitting of the preloading linkage;
a second link attachment joint arranged to be coupled to a second fitting of the preloading linkage; and
a first tool attachment joint mechanically coupled to the landing gear strut to define a load path between the first tool attachment joint and the strut;
the method comprising:
actuating a variable length preloading tool coupled between the first tool attachment joint and an anchor point having a known spatial relationship with respect to the aircraft assembly to cause the tool to change from:
a first extension state in which the landing gear strut is in a default, deployed position and where the distance between the first link attachment joint and the second link attachment joint is a default distance, to
a second extension state in which the landing gear strut is moved from the default, deployed position and where the distance between the first and second link attachment joints substantially corresponds to the preloaded distance between the first and second fittings of the preloading linkage.

US Pat. No. 10,112,698

DEPLOYMENT MECHANISM

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATI...

1. A deployment mechanism, comprising a hinged mechanism that stows in a stacked configuration and deploys in a level configuration, whereinthe hinged mechanism includes an inner wing mount and an outer wing mount,
the inner wing mount is deployable by a pretensioning of a spring assembly,
the pretensioning of the spring assembly is transferred through a torque tube attached to the inner wing mount, and
the inner wing mount, the outer wing mount and the torque tube are mounted to a mount with a single pin assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,696

STABILIZER SACRIFICIAL SURFACES

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An aircraft comprising;a fuselage;
a propulsion system mounted within an aft end of the fuselage, the propulsion system comprises a first gas turbine engine having a first core engine disposed along a first core engine axis and a second gas turbine engine including a second core engine disposed along a second core engine axis, the first core engine axis is angled relative to the second core engine axis, wherein a first fan section is driven by the first core engine and a second fan section is driven by the second core engine and both the first fan section and the second fan section are disposed aircraft forward of corresponding one of the first core engine and the second core engine; and
a tail extending from the fuselage, the tail including a horizontal stabilizer supported on a vertical stabilizer, the horizontal stabilizer including at least one sacrificial control surface and primary control surfaces, wherein a burst zone is defined about the propulsion system that encompasses the sacrificial control surface, the sacrificial control surface including a defined frangible connection configured to break the sacrificial control surface away from the tail responsive to a strike from debris, wherein the primary control surfaces maintain aircraft controllability upon the sacrificial control surface breaking away from the tail.

US Pat. No. 10,112,692

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TRIM POSITION OF PROPULSION DEVICE ON A MARINE VESSEL

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A method of controlling trim position of a propulsion device on a marine vessel, the method comprising:receiving a running trim position for the propulsion device;
receiving at least one of a steering input value or a roll angle of the marine vessel;
determining a magnitude of the steering input value or a magnitude of the roll angle of the marine vessel;
determining an adjusted trim position based on the magnitude of the steering input value or the magnitude of the roll angle of the marine vessel; and
operating a trim actuator based on the adjusted trim position to decrease the trim angle of the propulsion device below the running trim position while the marine vessel is turning.

US Pat. No. 10,112,689

WATERCRAFT POSITIONING SYSTEM

4. A marine watercraft lift system for raising watercraft located near a seawall, bulkhead, pier, or other impediment out of the water having a hull with a bow and stern out of the water comprising powered hull support rollers that can be rotated clockwise and counter clock wise to move the hull forward or backward once the hull is out of the water.

US Pat. No. 10,112,687

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONVERSION OF FLOATING DRILLING PLATFORM TO FLOATING PRODUCTION PLATFORM

TECHNIP FRANCE, Courbevo...

1. A system of conversion of an offshore floating platform for hydrocarbon production, comprising:a drilling offshore floating platform comprising:
a topsides having a drilling moonpool formed therethrough and configured for drilling a well;
at least three columns coupled to the topsides, the columns extending above a water level and below the water level during operations; and
at least two pontoons coupled to the columns, the pontoons having buoyancy and extending at least partially below the water level; and
a riser support module suspended below the drilling moonpool of the topsides and fixedly coupled to the topsides, the module being a non-water tight truss and configured to support at least one riser that extends through the drilling moonpool and the riser support module to convert the drilling offshore floating platform without the riser support module to a production offshore floating platform having the riser support module using the same drilling moonpool,
wherein a structural column of the truss forms a riser pull tube, the riser pull tube configured to allow the at least one riser to pass therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,112,685

BUOYANT STRUCTURE

Jurong Shipyard PTE LTD.,...

1. A buoyant structure comprising:a. a hull having a main deck, an upper cylindrical section, an upper conical section, and a neck section;
b. a lower conical section that extends from the neck section, wherein the upper conical section engages a cylindrical neck; the upper cylindrical section extending downwardly from the main deck; the upper conical section located below the upper cylindrical section and extending downwardly while tapering inwardly and maintained to be above a water line for a transport depth and partially below the water line for an operational depth of the buoyant structure, and wherein the upper conical section has a gradually reducing diameter from a diameter of the upper cylindrical section;
c. a lower ellipsoidal section extending from the lower conical section;
d. an ellipsoid keel extending from the lower ellipsoidal section; and
e. a fin-shaped appendage secured to a lower and an outer portion of the exterior of the ellipsoid keel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,681

BICYCLE SPROCKET SUPPORTING MEMBER AND BICYCLE SPROCKET ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket assembly comprising:a bicycle sprocket supporting member including
an outer peripheral surface including at least one sprocket engaging spline; and
an inner peripheral surface including at least one hub engaging spline; and
at least one sprocket configured to be axially movable on the outer peripheral surface of the sprocket supporting member before the bicycle sprocket assembly becomes an assembled state.

US Pat. No. 10,112,678

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member including
a first end to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar, and
a second end opposite to the first end;
an operating member pivotally coupled to the base member about a first pivot axis;
a hydraulic unit coupled to the operating member to operate a bicycle component in response to an operation of the operating member;
an electrical switch to be activated by an input operation from a user;
a wireless communicator electrically connected to the electrical switch to wirelessly transmit a signal to an additional component in response to the input operation; and
a power supply electrically connected to the wireless communicator to supply electrical power to the wireless communicator, the hydraulic unit at least partly overlapping with at least one of the wireless communicator and the power supply when viewed from a first direction parallel to the first pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,112,675

MOBILE BODY

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

1. A mobile body including a vehicle body having a seat section for an operator and freely tiltable in a roll direction with respect to a road surface, front and rear wheels disposed spaced apart from each other in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body, an actuator capable of causing a moment in the roll direction to act on the vehicle body, and a control device configured to control the actuator, the control device comprising:a center-of-gravity displacement degree index value determining section which determines a center-of-gravity displacement degree index value based on an observed value of a motional state of the mobile body, the center-of-gravity displacement degree index value representing an estimate of a degree of displacement of a center of gravity of the operator seated on the seat section in a lateral direction of the vehicle body from a prescribed reference position with respect to the vehicle body, said displacement of the center of gravity of the operator seated on the seat section in the lateral direction of the vehicle body from the prescribed reference position with respect to the vehicle body corresponding to one of a lean-in state of the operator on the vehicle body and a lean-out state of the operator on the vehicle body; and
a control input determining section which determines a control input for controlling the actuator in accordance with the determined center-of-gravity displacement degree index value to reduce the degree of displacement of the center of gravity of the operator indicated by the determined center-of-gravity displacement degree index value,
wherein
the control device being configured to control the actuator in accordance with the determined control input,
the observed value of the motional state used in the center-of-gravity displacement degree index value determining section includes an observed value of an inclination state quantity representing a state of inclination of the vehicle body,
the center-of-gravity displacement degree index value determining section is configured to determine the center-of-gravity displacement degree index value successively,
the center-of-gravity displacement degree index value determining section includes a function of calculating an estimate of the inclination state quantity through a computation using the determined center-of-gravity displacement degree index value, and
the center-of-gravity displacement degree index value determining section is further configured to update the center-of-gravity displacement degree index value based on a deviation between the calculated value of the inclination state quantity and the observed value of the inclination state quantity,
the computation carried out by the center-of-gravity displacement degree index value determining section is a computation based on a dynamic model which expresses dynamics of the mobile body by dynamics of a mass system which has an inverted pendulum mass point and a contact ground surface mass point, the inverted pendulum mass point moving in a horizontal direction above a contact ground surface with which the mobile body comes into contact, in accordance with a change of an inclination angle in the roll direction of the vehicle body and a change of a steering angle of a steered wheel among the front and rear wheels, the contact ground surface mass point moving horizontally on the contact ground surface with which the mobile body comes into contact, in accordance with the change of the steering angle of the steered wheel and independently of the change of the inclination angle in the roll direction of the vehicle body, and
the computation carried out by the center-of-gravity displacement degree index value determining section is a computation based on a dynamic model which expresses dynamics of the mobile body by dynamics of a system formed of a mass point located at an overall center of gravity of the mobile body and inertia in a direction about an axis in the longitudinal direction of the mobile body.

US Pat. No. 10,112,674

FOLDING SYSTEM FOR BICYCLE STEERING TUBE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A product comprising a tube that has a first component and a second component, a hinge enabling the first and second components to fold relative to one another so that the tube is foldable, wherein the tube includes an outer wall with an opening and the lever is disposed in the opening, a latch securing the first and second components in an unfolded position, the latch including a lever with a latch hook, and comprising a striker, the first and second components secured through engagement of the latch hook with the striker.

US Pat. No. 10,112,672

FRAME MECHANISM FOR A VEHICLE WITH AT LEAST THREE WHEELS

1. A frame mechanism for a vehicle with at least three wheels, comprising:a vehicle frame assembly;
a first wheel frame assembly including
a first wheel frame unit which has a fork assembly that is connected to said vehicle frame assembly, and a shock absorbing assembly that is connected to said fork assembly,
a swing arm which has a swiveling center that is pivotably connected to said shock absorbing assembly such that left and right ends of said swing arm are swingable around said swiveling center and movable together with said shock absorbing assembly in an up-and-down direction,
two synchronizing levers which are located at left and right sides of said fork assembly and below said swing arm, each of said synchronizing levers having a pivot end that is journalled on said first wheel frame unit, and a transmitting end that is opposite to said pivot end in a front-and-rear direction,
two first wheels, each of which is journalled on said transmitting end of a respective one of said synchronizing levers, and
two linking shafts, each of which has an upper pivot end that is pivoted to a respective one of said left and right ends of said swing arm, and a lower pivot end that is pivoted to a respective one of said synchronizing levers so as to transmit movement of said respective synchronizing lever to said swing arm; and
a second wheel frame assembly including a second wheel frame unit which is connected to said vehicle frame assembly and which is spaced apart from said first wheel frame unit in the front-and-rear direction, and at least one second wheel which is journalled on said second wheel frame unit to cooperate with said first wheels to support said vehicle frame assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,670

CASE AND MOUNT SYSTEM FOR HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE

ROKFORM IP LLC, Irvine, ...

1. A mountable case system for a mobile electronic device, comprising:a case configured to be selectively connectable to the mobile electronic device and retain the electronic device within an interior space of the case, the case comprising a rear portion that is positioned along a rear surface of the electronic device and a side portion extending from the rear portion and being positioned adjacent at least a portion of a top, bottom, left and right sides of the electronic device;
wherein the rear portion of the case comprises an attachment region defining an opening having a periphery, wherein the periphery of the opening defines at least a first case tab, a second case tab, a third case tab and a fourth case tab, wherein each of the case tabs are separated by one of a plurality of access spaces;
a mount comprising a mounting base and an interlocking member, the mount having a first surface, the interlocking member comprising a first mount tab, a second mount tab, a third mount tab and a fourth mount tab, wherein the interlocking member is attached to the mounting base and spaced from the first surface, the mount further comprising at least a first projection and a second projection, the first projection and the second projection being circumferentially offset from each of the mount tabs and extending away from the first surface toward the interlocking member such that contacting surfaces of the first projection and the second projection are located in a position above the first surface;
wherein, in use, the mount tabs are passed through a respective one of the access spaces and wherein, upon relative rotation between the case and the mount to an interlocking position, the mount tabs engage the case tabs to removably interlock the case with the mount, and wherein each of the first projection and the second projection defines a stop surface that is configured to contact a respective one of the first case tab, the second case tab, the third case tab and the fourth case tab when the case is moved relative to the mount from the interlocking position toward a direction tending to remove the case from the mount;
wherein each of the first projection and the second projection are in contact with one of the first case tab, the second case tab, the third case tab and the fourth case tab when the case and the mount are in the interlocking position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,669

VERSATILE BICYCLE LIGHT MOUNTING SYSTEM

1. In combination with a bicycle seat, a rear bicycle light mounting system, comprising:a light assembly including a light housing with a fixture secured at rear of the housing, the fixture comprising a generally horizontal ball arm with a ball formed at each end, the ball arm and the two balls being fixed in position relative to the light housing,
a pair of clamp mounts, each with an adjustable two-legged clamp at one end configured to grip one of said balls, one such clamp secured onto each ball of the fixture so that when tightened the clamp will prevent rotation of the clamp mount about each ball, thus enabling positioning of the clamp mounts and the light housing at desired orientations, each clamp mount having threaded tightening means for tightening the clamp to fix the clamp mount at the desired orientation,
each clamp mount having an opposite end with a second clamp, and the tightening means comprising a machine screw engaged in a threaded bore or nut at a position between the opposed clamps for drawing the two leas toward one another so that both clamps on the clamp mount are tightened with a single operation, and
wherein the light housing holds a rear bicycle light, with said second clamps at said opposite ends of the clamp mounts being clamped onto a pair of spaced apart seat rails at rear underside of the bicycle seat.

US Pat. No. 10,112,668

HEAD LAMP DEVICE OF STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A head lamp device of a straddle-type vehicle, the head lamp device comprising:a housing;
a pair of light units which are disposed at right and left sides, respectively, in a rightward and leftward direction in a state in which the pair of light units are accommodated in the housing, and emit light in a forward direction;
a pair of support point members which support the pair of light units, respectively in such a manner that the pair of light units are rotatable;
a pair of first tilt members which tilt the pair of light units, respectively in a first direction with respect to the housing in such a manner that the pair of support point members are support points; and
a pair of second tilt members which tilt the pair of light units, respectively in a second direction with respect to the housing in such a manner that the pair of support point members are support points,
wherein the pair of support point members are disposed in outward regions, respectively, of the housing in the rightward and leftward direction, and the pair of first tilt members and the pair of second tilt members are disposed in a center region of the housing in the rightward and leftward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,667

BICYCLE STORAGE DEVICE

1. A bicycle stand, comprising:a frame defining a plurality of bike receiving recesses;
a plurality of lockable containers, the number of lockable containers being equal to the number of bike receiving recesses, each of said plurality of lockable containers being located above a respective one of the plurality of bike receiving recesses, each of the plurality of lockable containers having an access door and being sized to receive at least a bicycle helmet;
an externally lockable latch on the access door of each of the plurality of lockable containers, the lockable latch securing the access door in a closed secured state to create a secured interior of a respective one of the plurality of lockable containers; and
a plurality of flexible cables each associated respectively with one of the plurality of lockable containers, the plurality of lockable containers each including a plurality of passageways in a bottom wall, both ends of each said flexible cable breaching into the secured interior of the lockable container through the plurality of passageways in the bottom wall with the access door in the closed secured state while a central portion of the flexible cable is external to the respective one of the plurality of lockable containers;
wherein an interior lock securing the at least one end of the flexible cable is held entirely within the secured interior of the respective one of the plurality of lockable containers with the access door in the closed secured state; and
wherein at least one of the plurality of passageways in the bottom wall is formed between a side wall and the bottom wall of the respective one of the plurality of lockable containers.

US Pat. No. 10,112,664

CLIMBING ROBOT VEHICLE

ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY, Han...

1. A climbing robot vehicle capable of climbing a wall, comprising:a vehicle; and
a sucking mechanism in connection with the vehicle, the sucking mechanism further comprising a hollow cylinder body and a cover plate connected to the hollow cylinder body via a plurality of first blocks,
wherein the inner wall of the hollow cylinder is provided with tangential nozzles,
wherein a first exhaust duct is formed by a space between the plurality of first blocks,
wherein a second exhaust duct is formed between the hollow cylinder body and the wall, and
wherein each of the first exhaust duct and the second exhaust duct connects the interior of the hollow cylinder body with the outer peripheral environment respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,112,663

TRACK ASSEMBLY FOR TRACTION OF AN OFF-ROAD VEHICLE

Camso Inc., Magog (CA)

1. A track assembly for a vehicle, the track assembly comprising:a track that is elastomeric and comprises a ground-engaging outer side; and
a plurality of track-contacting wheels for driving and guiding the track around the track-contacting wheels, the track-contacting wheels including:
a drive wheel for driving the track;
a leading idler wheel and a trailing idler wheel spaced from one another in a longitudinal direction of the track assembly; and
a plurality of roller wheels for rolling on a lower run of the track and disposed between the leading idler wheel and the trailing idler wheel in the longitudinal direction of the track assembly, wherein: each roller wheel is rotatable about an axis of rotation transversal to a widthwise direction of the track assembly; and a first one of the roller wheels and a second one of the roller wheels are spaced from one another in the longitudinal direction of the track assembly and movable relative to one another in a heightwise direction of the track assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,662

TRACK ROLLER FRAME ASSEMBLY FOR TRACK TYPE MACHINES

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. A track roller frame assembly for a track type machine, comprising:a first track roller frame,
a second track roller frame, the first track roller frame slidably received in the second track roller frame, the second track roller frame having an outer surface and an opening; and
an assembly for adjusting a gap between the first track roller frame and the second track roller frame, the assembly for adjusting the gap including:
a first plate coupled to the outer surface of the second track roller frame;
a resilient pad extending through the opening of the second track roller frame and abutting the first plate and the first track roller frame; and
one or more shims arranged between the first plate and the second track roller frame.

US Pat. No. 10,112,659

UTILITY VEHICLE WITH CARGO BED

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:a chassis; and
a cargo bed disposed behind a riding space,
the cargo bed being located above the chassis and having a bottom wall portion on which a cargo is placed, and
an entirety of the bottom wall portion extending so as to be inclined downward toward a rear side in a normal position of the cargo bed where the cargo bed is located on the chassis and the utility vehicle is supported on a horizontal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,657

SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR A CABIN OF A MINING VEHICLE

DUX MACHINERY CORPORATION...

1. A cabin for a mining vehicle, comprising:a cabin body having a plurality of interconnected walls and a floor attached to the walls, the walls and the floor defining an interior volume of the cabin body to receive within the interior volume an operator of the mining vehicle; and
a cabin suspension system having a plurality of suspension units to support the cabin body with respect to the mining vehicle, at least two of the suspension units being pivot suspension units, each pivot suspension unit being pivotably mountable to the cabin body and being fixedly mountable to the mining vehicle, the cabin body being pivotable relative to the mining vehicle about a common pivot axis defined by the pivot suspension units, each pivot suspension unit having an attenuation member to attenuate a pivot movement of the cabin body relative to the mining vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,656

TRUCK BODY ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

ALTEC INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A truck bed assembly comprising:a truck bed composite floor,
wherein the truck bed composite floor attaches to chassis frame rails of a truck and includes a surface which spans at least a distance between the chassis frame rails of the truck; and
wherein the composite floor includes twin sheets of thermoformed thermoplastic formed using twin sheet thermoforming, wherein one of the twin sheets of thermoformed thermoplastic is an exposed walking surface of the truck bed assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,655

STRUCTURAL REINFORCEMENT FOR VEHICLE UPPER REAR CORNER PANEL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle body reinforcement assembly comprising:a pillar member between a rear quarter window opening and liftgate opening;
a roof cross member extending along a liftgate opening upper portion; and
an upper corner member disposed between the pillar member and the cross member and including a bead formation defining an arc portion substantially congruent to a curved liftgate opening corner and having ends each spaced from one of the pillar member and the cross member.

US Pat. No. 10,112,654

C-PILLAR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE BODY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle C-pillar assembly comprising:a C-pillar;
a rear quarter extension for mounting to the C-pillar and including an arc portion; and
a rocker panel for mounting to the rear quarter extension to define a horizontal joint therebetween and including a notch providing space for the arc portion to extend upward along the C-pillar.

US Pat. No. 10,112,652

THREE-WHEELED VEHICLE CRUMPLE ZONE

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A three-wheeled vehicle crumple zone, comprising:a triangular, single-sided swing arm coupling a wheel to a frame of the vehicle at an end-most portion of the vehicle, wherein the swing arm comprises:
a u-shaped frame yoke coupling the swing arm to the frame; and
an angled wheel yoke coupling the wheel to the swing arm, the wheel yoke extending from the frame yoke at an angle ranging from 40 to 70 degrees, such that the frame yoke, the wheel yoke, and a centerline axis extending perpendicularly from the frame yoke form a right triangle,
wherein the angle is such that a collision force required to reduce the angle is less than a force required to bend the frame where the frame yoke couples to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,112,651

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle body front structure comprising:left and right front side frames that each have a closed sectional shape and that each extend in a front-rear direction;
left and right floor frames that continuously extend rearward from the left and right front side frames, respectively, and
a subframe supported by the front side frames and the floor frames,
wherein each of the front side frames and a corresponding one of the floor frames constitute an upper horizontal portion that substantially horizontally extends, an inclined portion that extends rearward from a rear end of the upper horizontal portion so as to be inclined downward, and a lower horizontal portion that substantially horizontally extends rearward from a rear end of the inclined portion,
wherein a boundary between the upper horizontal portion and the inclined portion is an upper curved portion having a curved shape,
wherein a boundary between the inclined portion and the lower horizontal portion is a lower curved portion having a curved shape,
wherein a horizontal wall-shaped first reinforcing member extends rearward from the upper horizontal portion,
wherein a vertical wall-shaped second reinforcing member extends from a rear end of the first reinforcing member to a bottom wall of the inclined portion,
wherein the bottom wall of the inclined portion, the first reinforcing member, and the second reinforcing member constitute a triangular sectional portion having a triangular sectional shape in side view in the vicinity of the upper curved portion,
wherein the vehicle body front structure further comprises a front subframe support that supports the subframe under the triangular sectional portion, and
wherein the first reinforcing member substantially horizontally extends rearward from a bottom wall of the upper horizontal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,646

TURN RECOVERY HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE FOR TRAILER BACKUP ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer coupled therewith, comprising:an input receiving a backing command corresponding with a desired non-zero vehicle-trailer curvature and outputting a control signal based on the desired vehicle-trailer curvature;
a controller:
receiving the control signal; and
generating a vehicle steering command for achieving the desired vehicle-trailer curvature and calculating a zero-angle recovery distance from the desired vehicle-trailer curvature based on the control signal in parallel with generating the vehicle steering command; and
an interface outputting an indication of the zero-angle recovery distance.

US Pat. No. 10,112,645

TRAVELING VEHICLE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A traveling vehicle comprising:a traveling machine body supported by a pair of left and right driving wheels;
a pair of left and right motors connected to the pair of left and right driving wheels, respectively, and configured to independently drive the pair of left and right driving wheels, respectively;
a riding part disposed behind the traveling machine body, connected to the traveling machine body, configured to enable riding of a worker, and including a leg placing surface on which the worker places his/her leg when riding;
a handle formed with a grip part configured to enable gripping by the worker who is riding on the riding part, the handle being connected to the traveling machine body so as to be swingable left and right about a swing fulcrum with respect to the traveling machine body, and provided at such a position that a height of the swing fulcrum is at most a half of a height from the leg placing surface to the grip part, and is higher than a height of the leg placing surface;
a swinging operation detection sensor configured to detect a leftward and rightward swinging operation amount of the handle; and
a controller configured to control operation of the pair of left and right motors based on a detection value by the swinging operation detection sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,112,643

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An electric power steering device for driving an electric motor using an assist command value calculated on the basis of a detection result of a torque sensor for detecting a steering torque input from a steering wheel, comprising:a phase advance correction unit configured to advance a phase of a steering torque signal detected by the torque sensor;
a specific frequency extraction unit configured to extract a component in a specific frequency band out of the steering torque signal detected by the torque sensor;
a gain multiplication unit configured to correct a steering torque signal computed on the basis of an output signal of the phase advance correction unit and an output signal of the specific frequency extraction unit such that the steering torque signal reaches a limit value set by a limiter by multiplying the steering torque signal by a gain; and
an addition unit configured to add an assist correction command value calculated on the basis of an output signal output from the gain multiplication unit to the assist command value.

US Pat. No. 10,112,642

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS AND STEERING CONTROL METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A steering control apparatus comprising: a processor configured to detect an angle of a pinion gear that is positioned in a front wheel, a column torque, and a motor current; the processor configured to estimate a road surface frequency that is generated by a road on which a vehicle travels based on at least one of the angle of the pinion gear, the column torque, or the motor current; the processor configured to estimate a rack force based on at least one of the angle of the pinion gear, the column torque, or the motor current; and a control unit configured to extract road surface information that is contained in the rack force based on the road surface frequency, and configured to control a steering apparatus based on the road surface information and the rack force, wherein the frequency estimating unit estimates the road surface frequency that is transferred to the column torque by using change information of the column torque depending on time.

US Pat. No. 10,112,641

GUIDE TUBE FOR A STEERING SHAFT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Adval Tech Holding AG, N...

1. A guide tube for the rotatable mounting of a steering spindle of a motor vehicle,wherein the guide tube is rolled cylindrically from a single metal sheet portion and is connected at an axial contact point, and
wherein the guide tube has elements for the definably axially displaceable fastening in a bearing unit,
wherein the elements are configured in the form of at least two beads, which are distributed over the circumference, are axially running, and are formed circumferentially on both sides by ribs that broaden the cylinder circumference, which beads are shaped in the metal sheet portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,637

RETRACTABLE TRAY FOR SHOPPING CART

Unarco Industries LLC, W...

1. A retractable tray comprising:a tray member including a supporting surface and having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a mounting structure configured to be connected to a wall of a shopping cart basket; and
a connecting structure connected to the tray member and moveably connected to the mounting structure such that the tray member can move between an extended position, where the first end of the tray member is positioned adjacent the mounting structure and configured to be positioned adjacent the wall of the shopping cart basket and the second end of the tray member is extended outwardly from the mounting structure and configured to extend into the shopping cart basket, such that the supporting surface is configured to support an article above a floor of the shopping cart basket, and a retracted position, where the tray member is positioned so that both the first end and the second end of the tray member are configured to be positioned adjacent the wall of the shopping cart basket, and the supporting surface is configured to extend along the wall,
wherein the mounting structure comprises a first mount and a second mount spaced horizontally from each other, and the connecting structure comprises first and second connecting members connected to the tray member, wherein the first connecting member moveably engaged with the first mount and the second connecting member is moveably engaged with the second mount,
wherein the mounting structure further comprises a mounting member that forms the first and second mounts and extends between the first and second mounts, wherein the mounting member is configured for connection to the wall of the shopping cart basket, and
wherein the mounting member is formed of a single piece of metal wire configured to extend horizontally along the wall of the shopping cart basket, the metal wire having first and second projections that are configured to extend inwardly into the shopping cart basket to form the first and second mounts.

US Pat. No. 10,112,635

FREIGHT CART

1. A freight cart comprising a carriage (1) as well as a bucket (2) and a handle (3) which are respectively located on front and rear sides of the carriage (1), characterized in that the bucket (2) is pivotally connected to the carriage (1), a double connecting rod assembly (5) for driving the bucket (2) to rotate relative to the carriage (1) is also provided on the carriage (1), the double connecting rod assembly (5) is pivotally connected to the bucket (2) and the carriage (1) respectively and forms a linkage mechanism together with the bucket (2) and the carriage (1), the handle (3) is transmissively connected to the double connecting rod assembly (5), and the handle (3) is operated to make the linkage mechanism drivable to rotate the bucket (2) relative to the carriage (1) and switch the bucket (2) between a storage position and a discharge position,wherein the freight cart further comprises a locking mechanism, the locking mechanism includes a first locking member (61) and a second locking member (62), and
wherein the first locking member (61) is pivotally connected to the carriage (1), and the second locking member (62) is fixed relative to the handle (3).

US Pat. No. 10,112,631

RAIL VEHICLE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A rail vehicle, comprising:at least one bogie with a bogie frame supported resiliently on sets of wheels;
a superstructure resiliently supported on said at least one bogie and mounted rotatably about a vertical axis, said superstructure having an under frame;
a removal device for removing snow and/or ice, said removal device being arranged between said under frame and said bogie frame;
said removal device having an inclined sliding surface disposed to at least partially cover said bogie frame;
said removal device having an upwardly oriented breaker edge rigidly connected to said bogie frame and facing toward said under frame, said breaker edge causing an accumulation of snow and/or ice on said under frame to be broken up upon being penetrated by said breaker edge when said bogie frame together with said breaker edge move relative to said under frame.

US Pat. No. 10,112,630

BOGIE FRAME FOR A RAILWAY VEHICLE, ASSOCIATED BOGIE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A BOGIE FRAME

Alstom Transport Technolo...

1. A bogie frame for a railway vehicle comprising:at least two stringers, each of the stingers comprising, two flanks and at least one central core, the central core of a stringer linking the two flanks of the stringer to each other; and
at least one transverse tube linking the two stringers to each other;
wherein each of the two flanks of each stringer and the central core of each stringer are formed of a single piece of a cut metal sheet which are substantially planar and not folded.

US Pat. No. 10,112,629

SIDE FRAME AND BOLSTER FOR A RAILWAY TRUCK AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Nevis Industries LLC, Wi...

1. A side frame of a railway car truck, the side frame comprising:a forward pedestal jaw for mounting a first wheel assembly;
a rearward pedestal jaw for mounting a second wheel assembly;
a first side frame column and a second side frame column, the first and second side frame columns defining a bolster opening;
a first rib positioned on an inner side of each of the first and second side frame columns opposite to a bolster side of the respective side frame column, the first ribs each extending substantially from a first side of the side frame to a second side of the side frame; and
a first opening defined in each side frame column, each of the first openings extending from the bolster side to the inner side of each respective side frame column, wherein the first openings extend through the first ribs and are sized to receive a bolt for securing a wear plate to the bolster side of the side frame column.

US Pat. No. 10,112,628

ANTI-ROLLING DEVICE OF RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

4. The anti-rolling device according to claim 1, wherein each of the first bearing device and the second bearing device is fixed to the second attachment target so as to close the internal space from an outside in the width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,627

AIR SPRING AND RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An air spring comprising:an upper surface plate;
a lower surface plate opposing the upper surface plate;
an elastic film airtightly coupling a peripheral portion of the upper surface plate and a peripheral portion of the lower surface plate to each other to form an air chamber inside the air spring;
an elastic supporting member connected to the lower surface plate; and
an exhaust passage forming member, an exhaust passage being formed at the exhaust passage forming member and including an exhaust passage inlet and an exhaust passage outlet,
the exhaust passage inlet being open to an outside of the air chamber when a clearance between the upper surface plate and the lower surface plate in an upward/downward direction falls within a predetermined allowable range and being open to an inside of the air chamber when the clearance exceeds the predetermined allowable range,
the exhaust passage outlet being open to an atmosphere,
the exhaust passage forming member is provided through the upper surface plate or the lower surface plate so as to be relatively displaceable from a position where the exhaust passage inlet opens to the outside of the air chamber to a position where the exhaust passage inlet opens to the inside of the air chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,112,626

RAIL VEHICLE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A rail vehicle comprising:a plurality of items of equipment provided within a compartment, the compartment having a first side wall and a second side wall that oppose each other and extend in a forward/rearward direction of the rail vehicle;
an air-conditioner that conditions air flowing within the items of equipment or within a housing that accommodates the items of equipment; and
a duct system that delivers air between the air-conditioner and the items of equipment, the duct system comprising a delivery duct feeds the air to the items of equipment and a return duct that returns the air to the air-conditioner from the items of equipment;
wherein the return duct is positioned above the delivery duct;
wherein the delivery duct comprises (i) a first extension that extends along the forward/rearward direction of the rail vehicle and that is adjacent to the first side wall, and (ii) a second extension that extends along the forward/rearward direction of the rail vehicle and that is adjacent to the second side wall;
wherein the return duct comprises (i) a first extension that is positioned above the first extension of the delivery duct, extends along the forward/rearward direction of the rail vehicle, and is adjacent to the first side wall, and (ii) a second extension that is positioned above the second extension of the delivery duct, extends along the forward/rearward direction of the rail vehicle, and is adjacent to the second side wall; and
wherein the first and second extensions of the delivery duct, and the first and second extensions of the return duct, are positioned above a central portion of the compartment in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,625

UNIVERSAL MULTI-ROLE AIRCRAFT PROTOCOL

1. An aircraft control system comprising:an interface to provide an input to a flight computer representative of a first flight regime; and
a switch, the switch including a lock that selectively permits the interface to provide a second input to the flight computer representative of a second flight regime.

US Pat. No. 10,112,624

CABLE CAR SYSTEM

Innova Patent GmbH, Wolf...

6. A cable car system, comprising:a hauling cable extending between stations of the system and being guided over supporting pulleys and reversing pulleys in the stations;
vehicles to be coupled to said hauling cable along a route between the stations and decoupled from said hauling cable upon entering the stations, whereupon said vehicles are guided through the stations along guide rails to enable passengers to embark and disembark, and said vehicles are once more coupled to said hauling cable on exiting the stations;
a supporting frame disposed on at least one supporting structure in a respective station;
a plurality of control tires mounted on said supporting frame in the stations, said control tires including decelerating tires disposed to decelerate said vehicles upon entering a respective station, conveying tires disposed to move said vehicles through the station, and accelerating tires for accelerating said vehicles towards a speed of said hauling cable before being coupled to said hauling cable;
a pivotally mounted rocker carrying at least one of said supporting pulleys and a drive belt connected between said at least one supporting pulley and at least one of said control tires for driving said control tires by way of said at least one supporting pulley in the respective station, wherein a drive of said control tires is diverted from said hauling cable by way of said at least one supporting pulley and said drive belt;
said pivotally mounted rocker carrying said at least one supporting pulley being mounted on said supporting structure for said supporting frame; and
said at least one supporting structure for said supporting frame consisting of a support column and a cross beam disposed thereon, said cross beam having two ends and said at least one rocker being mounted at one of said two ends of said cross beam.

US Pat. No. 10,112,622

METHOD OF OPERATING A VEHICLE ACCORDING TO A REQUEST BY A VEHICLE OCCUPANT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for operating a vehicle equipped with:at least one main sensor unit whose measurement signal is characteristic of a main driver's request of a vehicle occupant with respect to influencing of a driving behavior of the vehicle, represented by a movement of a hand or a foot of the vehicle occupant,
at least one secondary sensor unit whose measurement signal is characteristic of a secondary driver's request of the vehicle occupant with respect to influencing of the driving behavior of the vehicle, represented other than by the movement of the hand or the foot of the vehicle occupant, and
at least one actuator which influences the driving behavior of the vehicle as a function of an actuation signal,
wherein the method comprises the acts of:
as a function of the main driver's request represented by he measurement signal of the main sensor and as a function of the secondary driver's request represented by the measurement signal of the secondary sensor, determining a resulting driver's request with respect to the influencing of the driving behavior of the vehicle;
in a case of a neutral value of the main driver's request, assigning the secondary driver's request to the resulting driver's request and, otherwise, assigning the main driver's request to the resulting driver's request; and
generating the actuation signal as a function of the resulting driver's request.

US Pat. No. 10,112,621

WEARABLE DEVICE, VEHICLE FOR COMMUNICATING WITH THE WEARABLE DEVICE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A wearable device comprising:a communicator configured to perform a communication with a vehicle;
a detector configured to detect a user's biological information; and
a controller configured to perform a power save mode when vehicle speed information is received via the communicator, convert the power save mode into a normal mode when first determination information of drowsy driving is received via the communicator during the power save mode, secondly determine whether current driving is a drowsy driving based on the detected biological information during the normal mode, and when the drowsy driving is determined, allow second determination information of drowsy driving to be transmitted to the vehicle so that the second determining information is output from the vehicle,
wherein the first determination information of drowsy driving is information transmitted from the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,620

DRIVE ASSIST APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A system comprising:a drive assist apparatus for assisting a driver driving a vehicle that travels by using an electric power charged in a battery installed thereon and by using a driving power other than the electric power charged in the battery,
an electric power sensor configured to determine second information regarding the electric power charged in the battery, and
a driving power other than the electric power sensor configured to determine first information regarding the driving power other than the electric power charged in the battery, wherein
the drive assist apparatus includes:
a display configured to display a vicinity map including a current position of the vehicle; and
a microprocessor configured to:
receive (A) the first information from the driving power other than the electric power sensor and (B) the second information from the electric power sensor;
determine (1) a maximum travelable range of the vehicle using the electric power charged in the battery based upon the second information and (2) a maximum travelable range of the vehicle using (i) the driving power other than the electric power charged in the battery in combination with (ii) the electric power charged in the battery based on the first and second information; and
superimpose and display the determined (1) maximum travelable range of the vehicle using the electric power charged in the battery and the determined (2) maximum travelable range of the vehicle using (i) the driving power other than the electric power charged in the battery in combination with (ii) the electric power charged in the battery in a distinguishable manner on the vicinity map of the display,
the determined (1) maximum travelable range of the vehicle using the electric power charged in the battery is displayed as a first area on the vicinity map,
the determined (2) maximum travelable range of the vehicle using (i) the driving power other than the electric power charged in the battery in combination with (ii) the electric power charged in the battery is displayed as a second area on the vicinity map,
the distinguishable manner is a visual distinctiveness between the displayed first and second areas, and
the second area is greater than and includes the first area.

US Pat. No. 10,112,619

TIRE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND TIRE MANAGEMENT METHOD

Komatsu Ltd., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A tire management system that assigns work to each of a plurality of vehicles and manages a loaded state of a tire mounted on each of the vehicles that perform the assigned work, the tire management system comprising:an overload vehicle detection unit configured to detect an overload vehicle in which a tire load of the work assigned to each of the vehicles exceeds a predetermined tire load set in the tire itself of the vehicle;
a work contents changing processing unit configured to perform, when the overload vehicle is detected, processing of changing work contents of the overload vehicle such that the tire load of the overload vehicle becomes equal to or less than the predetermined tire load; and
a predicted tire load calculation unit configured to obtain a planned work at a planning stage, the planned work being assigned to each of the vehicles, the planning stage being a stage before each of the vehicles starts the assigned planned work, and calculate a predicted tire load of the planned work in the planning stage assigned to each of the vehicles,
wherein the overload vehicle detection unit detects an overload vehicle in which the predicted tire load exceeds the predetermined tire load, and
the work contents change processing unit performs, when the overload vehicle is detected, processing of changing the work contents in the planning stage of the overload vehicle such that the predicted tire load of the overload vehicle becomes equal to or less than the predetermined tire load.

US Pat. No. 10,112,618

TRAFFIC POLLUTION INDICATOR

Rimalu Technologies, Inc....

1. A traffic pollution indicator for a vehicle comprising:one or more uncalibrated sensors that output a signal varying with time, representing variations in an aggregate concentration of gases with time of one or more types of pollution, without carrying at any time any information on any absolute gas concentration;
a microcontroller that receives the signal and generates a digital representation of the signal;
a wireless communication device that transmits the digital representation to a display device;
an enclosure housing at least the microcontroller; and
a mount attached to the enclosure and comprising one or more air vent engagement elements for attaching the enclosure to an air vent of the vehicle;
wherein the display device comprises a screen and receives the digital representation from the wireless communication device and presents a visual representation of the digital representation on the screen;
wherein the signal is only generated when at least one of the variations in the aggregate concentration exceeds a predefined or calculated threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,112,617

DAMPING CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A damping control device for an electric vehicle having a transmission provided between a motor and drive wheels, the damping control device comprising:a shift vibration suppression unit that subtracts a compensation torque component for suppressing vibration caused by shifting from a compensation torque for suppressing vibration caused by disturbance of a rotational speed of a motor to control an output torque of the motor; and
the damping control device comprising:
a transmission ratio second-order differentiation calculating unit that calculates a second-order differential of a transmission ratio of the transmission,
the shift vibration suppression unit carries out the control of the output torque of the motor, when an absolute value of the second-order differential is equal to or greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,112,616

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a vehicle provided with a power transmission device,the power transmission device including
a first clutch,
a dog clutch, and
a second clutch,
the power transmission device configured to be selectively switched between a first power transmission path and a second power transmission path, the first power transmission path and the second power transmission path being arranged in parallel, such that i) when the first clutch is engaged and the dog clutch is engaged, power from a drive power source is transmitted through the first power transmission path and ii) when the second clutch is engaged, power from the drive power source is transmitted through the second power transmission path, and
the control device comprising
an electronic control unit configured to
i) acquire a front-rear rotation speed difference which is the difference between a rotation speed of the dog clutch on an upstream side in a power transmission direction and a rotation speed of the dog clutch on a downstream side in the power transmission direction, and
ii) when the front-rear rotation speed difference becomes equal to or greater than a predetermined value after a start of clutch-to-clutch gear shift control, perform complete release control of the first clutch, the clutch-to-clutch gear shift control being control for releasing the first clutch and engaging the second clutch from a state where the first clutch is engaged and the dog clutch is engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,112,615

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF REACTING TO WHEEL SLIP IN A TRACTION VEHICLE

19. A vehicle traction control system for a vehicle having vehicle components including a prime mover, at least one wheel for providing tractive effort on a support surface and being capable of slipping, and a transmission having an input side operably coupled to the prime mover and an output side operably coupled to the at least one wheel, the traction control system comprising:a controller operable to react to wheel slip by automatically activating a plurality of reactions for reducing wheel slip, wherein at least two reactions of the plurality of reactions adjust different vehicle components in response to wheel slip, wherein the plurality of reactions are tiered to respond to increasing wheel slip such that the controller is operable to activate each reaction sequentially in a predetermined order, the predetermined order being in order of increasing wheel slip, and wherein the controller is configured to include an independent exit threshold associated with each reaction of the plurality of reactions such that the controller deactivates each reaction of the plurality of reactions in response to the wheel slip dropping to the respective exit threshold, wherein the exit thresholds are programmable or preprogrammable into the controller independently from the predetermined order of activation.

US Pat. No. 10,112,614

DRIVE PLANNING DEVICE, TRAVEL ASSISTANCE APPARATUS, AND DRIVE PLANNING METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A drive planning device comprising:a drive planning processor configured to plan a driving operation plan for a subject vehicle traveling on a route, the drive planning processor configured to:
set one or more candidate stop positions for the subject vehicle to make a stop, using determination results for relationships between the subject vehicle and a plurality of events which the subject vehicle encounters in a time-series manner when traveling on a first route, the one or more candidate stop positions being set for respective events; and
plan a driving operation plan for a scene which the subject vehicle encounters using determination results for relationships between the subject vehicle and the plurality of events which the subject vehicle encounters at the one or more candidate stop positions,
wherein, when another vehicle merges into the first route at a position of the one or more candidate stop positions from a second route having a point of intersection with the first route and a speed of the other vehicle is a specified speed or less, the drive planning processor determines stopping at another candidate stop position that is located at an upstream side adjacent to the position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,613

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING TORQUE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:outputting torque from a powertrain to satisfy a driver torque demand;
responsive to a nonzero torque demand resulting in vehicle standstill, applying a friction brake to maintain the vehicle standstill and reducing output torque of the powertrain during friction brake application;
maintaining application of the friction brake for a predetermined duration of time following a shift from a motive transmission gear to a non-motive transmission gear; and
responsive to the driver torque demand deviating from the nonzero torque demand by more than a predetermined amount, satisfying driver torque demand using the powertrain and releasing the friction brake.

US Pat. No. 10,112,612

COORDINATED ACTUATION OF VEHICLE STOP MODES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine operable in an auto stop-start (SS) mode, wherein the engine is configured to auto stop and auto start in the SS mode;
a transmission operable in an idle load reduction (ILR) mode, wherein engagement of a forward clutch is disposed in an alternate first gear state in the ILR mode; and
a controller operably connected to the engine and the transmission, wherein the controller is configured to command the engine to operate in the SS mode when a speed of the vehicle is below a predetermined threshold unless one or more SS inhibit conditions are present, and wherein the controller is further configured to, when one or more SS inhibit conditions are present, inhibit operation of the engine in the SS mode and to command the transmission to operate in the ILR mode unless one or more ILR inhibit conditions are present.

US Pat. No. 10,112,611

ADAPTIVE VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF ALTERING A CONDITION OF A VEHICLE USING THE SAME

1. An adaptive vehicle control system comprising:one or more processors;
one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or snore processors; and
machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that cause the adaptive vehicle control system to perform at least the following when executed by the one or more processors:
determine an autonomous operation profile of a target vehicle positioned in a vehicle operating environment, wherein the vehicle operating environment comprises a roadway having one or more lanes;
determine an autonomous operation profile of one of more neighboring vehicles positioned within the vehicle operating environment;
compare the autonomous operation profile of at least one of the one or more neighboring vehicles with the autonomous operation profile of the target vehicle; and
alter a condition of the target vehicle such that the autonomous operation profile of the target vehicle matches an autonomous operation profile of an individual neighboring vehicle of the one or more neighboring vehicles positioned in the same lane as the target vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,610

REGIONAL ADJUSTMENT FOR DRIVER ASSISTANCE FUNCTIONS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An adaptive control system for a host vehicle, the system comprising:a distance sensor;
a location sensor;
a user interface; and
a controller including an electronic processor and a memory, the controller communicatively coupled to the distance sensor, the location sensor, and the user interface, the controller configured to
receive a control signal from the user interface indicative of a desired mode of operation of the vehicle control system, the desired mode of operation of the vehicle control system including an adaptive cruise control mode, a blind spot monitoring mode, and both the adaptive cruise control mode and the blind spot monitoring mode;
receive a distance signal from the distance sensor indicative of a distance between the host vehicle and another vehicle;
receive a location signal from the location sensor indicative of a location of the host vehicle, wherein the location is at least one selected from the group consisting of a rural area, an urban area, and neither a rural area nor an urban area;
generate an operating tolerance for a driver assistance function that is greater than, less than, or equal to a normative operating tolerance based on the location of the host vehicle, wherein the operating tolerance is a following distance or a distance threshold for the distance between the host vehicle and the another vehicle when the another vehicle is in a blind spot of the host vehicle; and
perform the driver assistance function associated with the desired mode of operation, the driver assistance function incorporating the operating tolerance.

US Pat. No. 10,112,609

COLLISION AVOIDANCE APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A collision avoidance apparatus that is mounted to an own vehicle and which controls the own vehicle to avoid collision with an object that is present ahead of the own vehicle and detected by a detector that is mounted to the own vehicle and detects the object ahead of the own vehicle, the collision avoidance apparatus comprising:a control unit, including a microcomputer, that is connected to the detector and configured to perform a collision avoidance process,
the collision avoidance process comprising:
determining whether or not the object is present ahead of the own vehicle;
when the control unit determines that the object ahead is present, determining whether or not the own vehicle will have a collision between the object ahead and the own vehicle and whether or not a corner is present ahead of the own vehicle; and
when the control unit determines that the corner is not present and when a predetermined collision avoidance condition is established, changing a travelling direction of the own vehicle to avoid collision between the object ahead and the own vehicle, the predetermined collision avoidance condition indicating that the own vehicle is in a state in which the travelling direction of the own vehicle is required to be changed, wherein
when the control unit determines that the corner is present, the control unit does not perform a travelling direction change of the own vehicle by steering.

US Pat. No. 10,112,608

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE MOUNTED ON VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A vehicle control device provided in a vehicle, the device comprising:a communication unit;
a sensor;
a display; and
a processor configured to output driving-related information of an adjacent vehicle on the display upon satisfaction of a preset condition, the outputted driving-related information being determined by using at least one of the communication unit and the sensor,
wherein the outputted driving-related information is at least one of first information related to driving of the adjacent vehicle when received through the communication unit or second information related to driving of the adjacent vehicle when sensed by the sensor, and
wherein the processor is configured to output both the first information and the second information on the display when the first information and the second information are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,112,605

METHOD FOR ENFORCED DISCHARGE OF A HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for enforced discharge of a hybrid vehicle, the method comprising:determining whether enforced discharge is requested;
speed-controlling a motor connected to an engine so as to transmit power to the engine to reduce speed of the motor to zero revolutions per minute (rpm);
stopping the engine connected to the speed-controlled motor when the enforced discharge is requested; and
performing enforced discharge control for enforced-discharging a voltage of a high-voltage system when the engine is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,112,604

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE AND CORRESPONDING MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle, said motor vehicle comprising a hybrid drive device having an electric machine, an internal combustion engine and a particle filter assigned to the electric machine, said method comprising:temporarily operating the combustion engine for regenerating the particle filter, wherein in a first operating mode the regenerating is only initiated when a navigation device determines that an electric driving region to be driven through by the motor vehicle lies ahead in which electric driving region an operation of the internal combustion engine and/or a regeneration of the particle filter is not desired.

US Pat. No. 10,112,603

FRONT END MOTOR-GENERATOR SYSTEM AND HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE OPERATING METHOD

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A front end motor-generator controller for control of a hybrid electric arrangement for an internal combustion engine of a vehicle having an integrated switchable coupling at a front of the engine arranged to selectively engage a front end of an engine crankshaft on an engine-side of the coupling to an engine accessory drive on a drive-side of the integrated switchable coupling, comprising:a front end motor-generator control module programmed to
determine an operating state of the vehicle based on operating state information received from at least one of a vehicle sensor and another controller of the vehicle;
determine from the determined operating state a current operating priority, wherein the current operating priority is one of:
meeting a safety requirement, the safety requirement including at least a requirement to maintain a first amount of stored compressed air for safe operation of a pneumatic brake system of the vehicle,
meeting an energy store requirement, the energy store requirement including at least a requirement to maintain a state of charge of an energy store above first state of charge level,
meeting an engine operating requirement, the engine operating requirement including at least a requirement to maintain an engine operating parameter within an operating limit, the engine operating parameter including at least an engine coolant temperature, and
meeting a driver comfort requirement, the driver comfort requirement including at least a requirement to maintain a climate condition of a passenger compartment of the vehicle in a desired temperature range;
select an operating mode of the hybrid electric arrangement based on the determined current operating priority, wherein the determined operating mode is one of a plurality of motor-generator operating modes, the plurality of motor-generator operating modes including at least one of an electrical energy generating mode, an engine accessory drive torque generating mode, a supplemental engine torque generating mode, and an idle mode; and
control operation of the motor-generator and the integrated switchable coupling to implement the selected operating mode, including commanding the integrated switchable coupling into one of an engaged state in which torque is transferable between the motor-generator and the crankshaft, and a disengaged state in which the motor-generator is disengaged from the crankshaft and torque from the motor-generator is transferable to the drive-side of the integrated switchable coupling to drive the engine accessory drive to drive at least one engine accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,112,602

DRIVING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A driving system for a vehicle, comprising:a drive source;
a driven portion, which is driven by the drive source to propel the vehicle;
a wet multiple disc connection/disconnection unit, which is provided on a power transmission path between the drive source and the driven portion, and which is configured to put the power transmission path in a disconnected state or in a connected state by being released or applied; and
a connection/disconnection unit controller, which is configured to control a release and an application of the connection/disconnection unit, wherein
the driving system further comprises a time counter, which is configured to obtain a continuous applied time that is an elapsed time from a start of a latest application of the connection/disconnection unit,
the connection/disconnection unit controller releases the connection/disconnection unit when the continuous applied time obtained by the time counter is equal to or greater than a predetermined time,
the driving system further comprises a unidirectional power transmitting unit, which is provided in parallel to the connection/disconnection unit on the power transmission path between the drive source and the driven portion, and which is configured so that the unidirectional power transmitting unit is engaged when a rotational power of a drive source side in one direction is inputted into a driven portion side, is disengaged when a rotational power of the drive source side in the other direction is inputted into the driven portion side, is disengaged when a rotational power of the driven portion side in the one direction is inputted into the drive source side, and is engaged when a rotational power of the driven portion side in the other direction is inputted into the drive source side, and
when the continuous applied time obtained by the time counter is equal to or greater than the predetermined time in a case of the drive source generating the rotational power in the one direction, the connection/disconnection unit controller waits to release the connection/disconnection unit until the rotational power in the one direction becomes substantially zero.

US Pat. No. 10,112,601

DRIVING DEVICE FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving device for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:a transmission unit configured to output a rotation of an engine while changing a rotating speed of the engine; and
a rotating electric machine, wherein
the rotating electric machine is configured to supply a torque to the engine through the transmission unit for increasing the rotating speed of the engine at the time of starting up of the engine,
in a high load state of the rotating electric machine, the engine is started up with the transmission unit in an overdrive state, and
in a state other than the high load state, a gear shift stage of the transmission unit is selected in accordance with a travel condition of the hybrid vehicle and then the engine is started, and
the high load state of the rotating electric machine is a state where a high damping torque is needed while the hybrid vehicle travels by using the rotating electric machine, or a state where a high damping torque is needed after the starting up of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,112,600

SELF-PROPELLING WORK MACHINE AND METHOD FOR BRAKING SUCH A WORK MACHINE

Liebherr-Components Biber...

1. A self-propelling work machine, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an electric drive having at least one electric motor, a generator drivable by the internal combustion engine and supplying the electric drive with electrical energy, and at least one auxiliary unit coupled to the internal combustion engine;
a braking apparatus configured to provide a regenerative braking by the electric drive;
a feedback apparatus for feeding back electrical motor braking power from the electric motor to the internal combustion engine via the generator; and
a controller with computer readable instructions stored on non-transitory memory for adjusting an electrical load of the at least one auxiliary unit of the internal combustion engine based on the electrical motor braking power fed back to the internal combustion engine via the generator.

US Pat. No. 10,112,599

DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine that outputs to a gearbox or transmission having a plurality of gear ratio steps, wherein in a traction mode driven by the internal combustion engine, shiftable driving gears are provided, wherein from a starting gear to a highest driving gear, the gearbox has at least one gear ratio step that provides an overrun gear that cannot be engaged in the traction mode, but only in an overrun mode in which the vehicle drags the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,112,598

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ENGINE TORQUE OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine and a motor selectively coupled by a clutch; and
a controller programmed to,
responsive to driver-demanded torque exceeding a maximum torque of the motor and the clutch being locked, confine rates of output torque increase of the engine to a limit having a first value, and
responsive to the driver-demanded torque being satisfied, reduce the limit to a second value.

US Pat. No. 10,112,597

AUTOMATIC DRIVE MODE SELECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle comprising:at an engine, propelling the vehicle;
responsive to a vehicle speed exceeding a predetermined threshold, switching, by a controller, the vehicle from a charge deplete mode to a charge sustain mode; and
while the vehicle speed exceeds the predetermined threshold, responsive to a range of a battery exceeding an expected drive distance, switching, by the controller, the vehicle from the charge sustain mode to the charge deplete mode.

US Pat. No. 10,112,596

HYBRID VEHICLE OPERATING STRATEGY DURING LOSS OF MOTOR CONTROLLABILITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine and an electric machine coupled to a gearbox; and
a controller programmed to, for a period of time defined by a state of charge of a traction battery being less than a threshold and responsive to a loss of speed feedback of the electric machine, operate the engine and gearbox to cause current to flow from the electric machine to the traction battery through passive operation of a power inverter.

US Pat. No. 10,112,594

BRAKE CYLINDER PRESSURE MAINTENANCE VALVES FOR FREIGHT CAR BRAKE EQUIPMENT

Amsted Rail Company, Inc....

1. A freight car brake system, comprising:a brake pipe;
an auxiliary reservoir;
an emergency reservoir;
a brake cylinder; and
a brake control valve connected to the brake pipe, the auxiliary reservoir, the emergency reservoir, and the brake cylinder, the brake control valve comprising a valve for maintaining brake cylinder pressure, the valve comprising:
a first diaphragm defining a first side and a second side;
a second diaphragm defining a first side and a second side;
a first port for receiving pressure from one of the emergency reservoir or a control volume, the first port in fluid communication with the first side of the first diaphragm;
a second port for receiving pressure from the brake pipe, the second port in fluid communication with the second side of the first diaphragm;
a third port for receiving pressure from the brake cylinder, the third port in fluid communication with the second side of second diaphragm;
a piston coupled to the second diaphragm, the piston comprising a stem extending into the second side of the second diaphragm; and
a biasing element disposed in the first side defined by the second diaphragm, the biasing element configured to bias the piston towards the second side of the second diaphragm.

US Pat. No. 10,112,592

BRAKING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A BREAKING DEVICE

1. An actuation device for a vehicle brake, comprising:an actuation device in the form of a brake pedal,
at least one piston cylinder unit which is connected to the vehicle brake via a hydraulic brake circuit to supply pressure medium to the brake circuit and to apply pressure on the vehicle brake, and
an electromotive drive for the piston cylinder unit,
wherein the at least one piston cylinder unit includes a piston arranged to be directly driven by the electromotive drive, wherein said piston is arranged to supply pressure medium, via a first pressure chamber, to the brake circuit in a controlled manner in both movement directions of the piston, forward stroke and return stroke, and
wherein a further piston is provided in at least one piston-cylinder unit, wherein the further piston is hydraulically driven and is configured to transfer pressure of the directly-driven piston to a second pressure chamber, wherein the second pressure chamber is connected to a further brake circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,112,591

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An apparatus for operating a vehicle, comprising:a coupling device designed to decouple a speed sensor from a primary energy supply of a primary control of a primary brake-control system, and to couple the speed sensor to a secondary energy supply; and
a control device designed to control the coupling device as a function of an error signal of the primary control so that in response to an error of the primary control, the speed sensor is able to be decoupled from the primary energy supply and coupled to the secondary energy supply.

US Pat. No. 10,112,589

BRAKE SYSTEM HAVING A BLENDING CAPABILITY

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A brake system for a motor vehicle, said brake system comprising:a first brake circuit associated to a first vehicle axle;
a second brake circuit associated to a second vehicle axle and separate from the first brake circuit;
a hydraulic brake including a master cylinder, said master cylinder comprising a first brake piston supplying the first brake circuit with hydraulic brake pressure, and a second brake piston supplying the second brake circuit with hydraulic brake pressure, said first and second brake pistons being rigidly connected to each other;
an electric motor operably connected to the first vehicle axle and configured to operate as a recuperator;
a blending device configured to withdraw hydraulic fluid from the first brake circuit during a recuperation phase of the electric motor;
a partition wall formed in the master cylinder between the first and second brake pistons to subdivide the master cylinder into a first pressure chamber which is associated to the first brake piston, and a second pressure chamber which is separate from the first pressure chamber and associated to the second brake piston; and
a floating piston operably connected to the first and second brake circuits by way of a valve to disable or enable a hydraulic communication between the first and second brake circuits with one another depending on whether a pressure difference exists between the first pressure chamber and the second pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,112,588

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:a collision detection unit configured to detect that a vehicle collides against an object outside the vehicle;
a brake control unit configured to carry out a post-collision brake control for automatically braking the vehicle when the collision detection unit detects the collision; and
a prediction unit configured to predict a yaw generation probability which is a degree of generation of yaw generated to the vehicle when the post-collision brake control is carried out, based on a collision direction and a collision position of the vehicle with respect to the object outside the vehicle, after the collision has been detected by the collision detection unit and before the post-collision brake control is carried out by the brake control unit,
wherein, when the yaw generation probability predicted by the prediction unit is high, the brake control unit suppresses to carry out the post-collision brake control in comparison with a case that the yaw generation probability is low.

US Pat. No. 10,112,587

ELECTRONIC BRAKING SYSTEM

HYSTER-YALE GROUP, INC., ...

1. A vehicle braking system, comprising:a service brake pedal;
a sensing device configured to monitor a position of the service brake pedal;
a processing device configured to control an amount of braking force provided by the vehicle braking system as a function of the position of the service brake pedal;
a return spring operatively coupled to the service brake pedal and configured to provide a substantially linear pedal effort feedback during an initial range of motion of the service brake pedal;
a damping device that operates in compression as the service brake pedal is depressed, wherein the damping device is configured to provide a substantially non-linear pedal effort feedback during a subsequent range of motion of the service brake pedal; and
a sensor arm operatively coupled to the service brake pedal and configured to be displaced during both the initial range of motion of the service brake pedal and the subsequent range of motion of the service brake pedal, and wherein the sensing device is configured to monitor the position of the service brake pedal based on the displacement of the sensor arm.

US Pat. No. 10,112,586

BRAKE PEDAL INTERFACING WITH HYDROSTATIC DRIVE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A system for stopping an agricultural vehicle, comprising;a first user interface operable to provide a first command signal corresponding to a desired travelling speed of the agricultural vehicle;
a second user interface operable to generate a second command signal corresponding to a desired braking of the agricultural vehicle; and
a controller configured to receive each of the first and the second command signals and to generate a third command signal to a hydrostatic drive unit for the agricultural vehicle as a function of the first and second command signals;wherein:the controller generates an interlock disabling the hydrostatic rive unit when the first command signal indicates the first user interface is not a neutral position and the second command signal exceeds a predefined threshold; and
the controller releases the interlock when the first command signal indicates the first user interface is at the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,584

WIPING DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR WIPING DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE PANE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiping device, with a spoiler unit (22a-22p) produced in a co-extrusion process, wherein the spoiler unit (22a-22p) has two separate harder spoiler part elements (34a-34p) separated from one another by an open gap along a wiping direction (88a) and a softer spoiler part element (32a-32p) coupled to each of the two harder spoiler part elements (34a-34p), and wherein each of the harder spoiler part elements (34a-34p) conceals a respective portion of the softer spoiler part element (32a-32p) along the wiping direction (88a-88p), so that the harder spoiler part elements (34a-34p) protect the softer spoiler part element from damage on opposite sides of the softer spoiler part element along the wiping direction (88a-88p), and further comprising a separate holding element (12a-12p) coupled to the spoiler unit (22d-22p), wherein the holding element (12a-12p) includes a longitudinal guide channel (14a) sized to receive a spring element (16a-16p) along a longitudinal direction, wherein the longitudinal guide channel (14a) is spatially offset from the open gap, such that the entire spoiler unit (22a-22p) is spaced above the longitudinal guide channel (14a) along a vertical direction (102a) that is perpendicular to both the longitudinal direction and the wiping direction (88a), wherein the holding element (12a-12p) includes side walls (52a, 54a) and channel walls (36a, 38a) that extend perpendicular to the side walls (52a, 54a), wherein the side walls (52a, 54a) and the channel walls (36a, 38a) define boundaries of the longitudinal guide channel (14a) and are configured to guide the spring element (16a-16p) in the longitudinal guide channel (14a), wherein the holding element (12a-12p) includes two L-shaped fixing elements (18a, 20a) that extend from the channel walls (36a, 38a), wherein the fixing elements include upper portions that extend along the wiping direction, wherein the upper portions include free ends (24a, 26a) that are received in the spoiler unit (22a-22p), wherein the free ends face away from one another, and wherein a distance between the free ends along the wiping direction defines a width of the holding element that is greater than a width of any other portion of the holding element along the wiping direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,583

WIPER BLADE ASSEMBLY

Cap Corporation, Gyeongs...

1. A wiper blade assembly comprising:a contact member; and
an elastic member which supports the contact member, wherein the elastic member comprises a body and a central portion which is located in a central area of the body, wherein the body comprises
a first body portion which extends from the central portion in a first direction, and a first end located at an end of the first body portion,
a second body portion which extends from the central portion in a second direction, and a second end located at an end of the second body portion, and
a first point located between the central portion and the first end and a second point located between the central portion and the second end, wherein the first point is any one of 1/3through 3/4 points of the first body portion from the central portion, and the second point is any one of 1/3 through 3/4 points of the second body portion from the central portion,
wherein the wiper blade assembly is coupled with a wiper arm configured to press the wiper blade assembly against a surface to be wiped such that there is an application of force generating pressing pressure, first pressing pressure is evenly distributed in an area from the first point to the second point, pressing pressure in an area from the first point to the first end is greater than the first pressing pressure, and pressing pressure in an area from the second point to the second end is greater than the first pressing pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,112,582

WINDSHIELD CLEANING SYSTEM AND METHOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

10. A vehicle assembly comprising:a windshield;
a fluid applicator configured to spray fluid on the windshield;
an image device configured to capture an infrared image of the windshield;
a computer in communication with the fluid applicator and the image device, the computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the computer to:
acquire a first infrared image of the windshield;
actuate the fluid applicator to spray the fluid onto the windshield;
acquire a second infrared image of the windshield after actuating the fluid applicator and before causing wipers to wipe the windshield;
generate a third image by subtracting the first infrared image from the second infrared image, the third image indicating a change in temperature of the windshield;
identify a windshield cleaning condition based at least in part on the third image;
and
actuate an output device based on the identified windshield cleaning condition.

US Pat. No. 10,112,581

REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

1. A remote control system for a vehicle, the remote control system comprising:a transponder configured to communicate with a mobile device; and
a controller comprising a processing unit configured to:
detect a condition from the vehicle;
generate a notification in response to the detected condition;
transmit the notification to the mobile device;
receive an authentication signal from the mobile device in response to the notification, the authentication signal being generated by the transponder; and
perform a vehicle function based on the authentication signal.

US Pat. No. 10,112,580

VEHICLE KEY CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME AND VEHICLE KEY CONTROL METHOD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle key control apparatus comprising:a communicator receiving a response signal from a vehicle key receiving a search signal transmitted from a vehicle, wherein the response signal comprises an x-axis reception strength, a y-axis reception strength, and a z-axis reception strength; and
a controller determining a position of the vehicle key on the basis of at least one among the x-axis reception strength, the y-axis reception strength, and the z-axis reception strength,
wherein the controller stores information regarding the position of the vehicle key beforehand by mapping the position to a reference x-axis reception strength, a reference y-axis reception strength, and a reference z-axis reception strength corresponding thereto,
wherein the reference x-axis reception strength, the reference y-axis reception strength, and the reference z-axis reception strength are used to determine the position of the vehicle key by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,112,579

VEHICLE ANTITHEFT SYSTEM AND VEHICLE SECURITY DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle antitheft system comprising:a house security device including
a detection unit configured to detect an event triggering an alarm of a predetermined security unit installed in a house, and
a transmission unit configured to transmit a notification indicating that the triggering event has occurred when the triggering event is detected by the detection unit; and
a vehicle security device including
a reception unit configured to receive the notification transmitted from the transmission unit of the house security device, and
a function control unit configured to control a vehicle antitheft function depending on whether the notification is received by the reception unit,
wherein the function control unit is configured to allow use of a regular vehicle key to start the vehicle or unlock the vehicle in response to the function control unit not receiving the notification from the reception unit, and
wherein the function control unit is further configured to prohibit use of the regular vehicle key to start the vehicle or unlock the vehicle directly in response to the detection unit of the house security device detecting that the event triggering the alarm has occurred based on receiving the notification at the function control unit of the vehicle security device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,578

ELECTRICAL STEERING COLUMN LOCK FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

U-SHIN DEUTSCHLAND ZUGANG...

1. An electrical steering column lock for an automotive vehicle capable of locking and unlocking a steering column comprising:a bolt capable of moving for locking and for unlocking the steering column;
a cam wheel intended to rotate according a first rotation axis and to cooperate with the bolt for controlling the bolt movement; and
an assembly for determining the rotation position of the cam wheel while the cam wheel is rotating;
wherein the assembly for determining the rotation position of the cam wheel comprises a Hall effect position sensor and a magnet;
wherein the magnet is a disc with several blades protruding in a radial direction, to enable the magnet to closely follow the rotation of the cam wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,577

AUTOMATIC SEAT BELT RETRACTOR

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An automatic seat belt retractor comprising:a belt reel configured to wind a seat belt;
a sensor configured to permanently record a rotational speed of the belt reel, wherein the sensor cooperates with an element speed-coupled to the belt reel for recording the rotational speed;
a brake unit configured to selectively decelerate the seat belt from being unwound in a first direction from the belt reel with a restraining force on the seat belt in a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
a control module configured to control the brake unit such that the restraining force on the seat belt is a function of the rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,112,575

PUBLIC SAFETY SMART BELT

1. A smart belt system comprising:an elongated belt;
a GPS component coupled to the belt configured to track the location and movement of the belt;
a microprocessor coupled to the belt in communication with at least one device;
logic instructions executing by the microprocessor configured to monitor and regulate at least one of the activities of the at least one device and location and movement data generated by the GPS component;
a memory configured for storing the logic instructions and coupled to the belt and accessible by the microprocessor;
a wireless data communications system coupled to the belt and configured to wirelessly communicate with an external data communications system;
a data storage component coupled to the belt and accessible by the microprocessor for storing at least one of activity data of the at least one device and the location and movement data of the belt generated by the GPS component;
a bus disposed within the belt configured to conduct at least one of electricity and data to at least one of the microprocessor, the GPS component, the memory, the data storage component, the wireless data communications system, and the at least one device; and
a rechargeable power supply coupled to the belt and configured for providing electrical power to the bus, microprocessor, memory, wireless data communications system, GPS component, data storage component, and the at least one device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,573

ROTATABLY SUPPORTED AIRBAG

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An assembly comprising:a base having a pinion;
an airbag supported by the base;
a rack configured to engage the pinion; and
a pyrotechnic device configured to move the rack relative to the base and cause the rack to engage the pinion and rotate the base upon actuation of the pyrotechnic device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,572

AIR-BAGS

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. An air-bag for a motor vehicle comprising:first and second layers of fabric, the first and second layers being superimposed, each of the first and second layers being woven from a plurality of yarns, the first and second layers of fabric being connected to each other at least partially through interweaving of the yarns of the first and second layers with each other;
at least one inflatable region, in which the first and second layers of fabric are substantially not connected to each other, so that gas can be introduced into a space between the first and second layers to inflate the inflatable region; and
at least one non-inflatable region, the non-inflatable region including an area over which, for one of the first and second layers of fabric, there is a first number of crossing points of yarns that form the one of the first and second layers of fabric, and there is a second number of connections between the first and second layers, wherein at each connection a yarn of the one layer of fabric extends across to the other layer and passes over a far side of the a yarn of the other layer, and wherein the second number is no more than 0.0033 times the first number.

US Pat. No. 10,112,571

OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An occupant protection device mountable on a vehicle for catching a head of an occupant seated in a seat of the vehicle with an inflatable airbag when a collision or a potential collision is detected, the airbag comprising:a front panel section inflatable and deployable in front of a backrest of the seat in such a manner as to be opposed to the backrest for catching the head when the head moves forward;
a left panel section inflatable and deployable between a vicinity of a left edge of the backrest and a vicinity of a left edge of the front panel section for catching the head when the head moves towards the left; and
a right panel section inflatable and deployable between a vicinity of a right edge of the backrest and a vicinity of a right edge of the front panel section for catching the head when the head moves towards the right, wherein:
the left panel section and right panel section extend rearward from left and right edges of the front panel section such that the left panel section, front panel section and right panel section form a generally U shape as viewed from above at full deployment of the airbag;
the airbag comprises, in each of the left panel section and right panel section, a frame inflatable region that is inflatable in an inverse-U shape at an upper edge region of each of the left panel section and right panel section, the frame inflatable region including a rear edge inflatable region deployable at a rear edge region of each of the left panel section and right panel section, a front edge inflatable region deployable at a front edge region of each of the left panel section and right panel section and a ceiling edge inflatable region deployable in such a manner as to connect upper ends of the rear edge inflatable region and front edge inflatable region and having gas communication with the rear edge inflatable region and front edge inflatable region; and
the airbag further comprises a regulating member that prevents the frame inflatable regions of the left panel section and right panel section from moving in a separating direction at airbag deployment.

US Pat. No. 10,112,570

SEAT SUPPORTED AIRBAG

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An assembly comprising:a seat back having a bottom, a top, and a midpoint between the bottom and the top;
an airbag supported by the seat back and inflatable to an inflated position;
a first tether connecting the airbag to a first side of the seat back and a second tether connecting the airbag to a second side of the seat back; and
in the inflated position the airbag extends from the top to a location between the midpoint and the bottom and defines a cavity with an opening facing the bottom and away from the seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,112,569

VEHICLE SEAT WITH SIDE AIRBAG APPARATUS

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle seat with a side airbag apparatus, comprising:a seat frame, which forms a framework of a seat back and includes
a pressure receiving plate arranged at a center in a vehicle width direction, and
an outer frame portion, which is separated from and surrounds the pressure receiving plate,
the side airbag apparatus, which includes an airbag and an inflator, wherein the airbag and the inflator are installed in an outer side section of the seat back, and the airbag includes
a main inflation portion, which is configured to be inflated with inflation gas supplied from the inflator and project from the seat back to be deployed forward between a side wall of the vehicle and an occupant leaning against the seat back in a normal posture, and
an auxiliary inflation portion, which is configured to, prior to deployment of the main inflation portion outside the seat back, be inflated on a front side of the pressure receiving plate in the seat back with inflation gas from the inflator, thereby pushing the occupant toward an inner side, and
an entry preventing portion, which prevents the auxiliary inflation portion being inflated from entering a gap between the outer frame portion and the pressure receiving plate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,568

LOW MASS PASSENGER AIRBAG

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An airbag system for a vehicle having an instrument panel, the airbag system comprising:an airbag module configured to be supported by the instrument panel, the airbag module including:
a fabric housing having a top panel and one or more side panels extending from the top panel; and
an airbag disposed within the fabric housing, the airbag movable between an undeployed position and a deployed position,
wherein in the undeployed position, the one or more side panels include a folded portion configured to extend in an unfolding action as the airbag is inflated and deployed, and wherein the unfolding action of the one or more side panels directs an expansion of the airbag in a desired direction; and
a support bracket coupled to the airbag module, the support bracket configured to couple to the instrument panel and including a main body portion and a pair of opposed side plates.

US Pat. No. 10,112,567

KNEE BOLSTER OF GLOVE BOX FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A knee bolster provided on a glove box for a vehicle,comprising:
a composite-material reinforced plate installed on a front surface of the glove box with which knees of a passenger collide when a vehicle collision occurs,
wherein the composite-material reinforced plate is formed of a plurality of composite-material sheets, in which continuous fibers are oriented in one direction, the plurality of composite-material sheets being stacked in a predetermined pattern on a basis of a continuous-fiber orientation, and
wherein the composite-material sheets stacked to form the composite-material reinforced plate comprise a composite-material sheet having continuous fibers oriented to extend in a transverse direction thereof, a composite-material sheet having continuous fibers oriented to extend in a longitudinal direction thereof, and a composite-material sheet having continuous fibers oriented to extend in an inclined direction thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,112,566

COLLISION PREVENTION SYSTEM

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A collision prevention system for preventing a collision of a following vehicle into a host vehicle, the collision prevention system comprising:a sensor unit configured to acquire predetermined information that affects behavior of the host vehicle;
a warning device configured to issue a warning toward the following vehicle; and
a control device configured to control an operation of the warning device;
the control device
defining a collision danger level X such that a larger value indicates an increased possibility of the following vehicle colliding into the host vehicle due to the behavior of the host vehicle, and defining a proximity Pr such that a larger value indicates a shorter inter-vehicle distance or indicates a greater relative velocity between the host vehicle and the following vehicle,
calculating the collision danger level X, a change amount ?X/?t of the collision danger level X, and the proximity Pr, based on an output signal from the sensor unit,
when the change amount ?X/?t of the collision danger level X and a predetermined threshold value Kxa have a relationship ?X/?t when the change amount ?X/?t of the collision danger level X and the threshold value Kxa have a relationship Kxa??X/?t, the control device changing the first threshold value Kpr of the proximity Pr to a second threshold value Kpr? that is lower than the first threshold value Kpr and actuating the warning device under conditions that the collision danger level X and the threshold value Kx have a relationship Kx?X and the proximity Pr and the second threshold value Kpr? have a relationship Kpr??Pr.

US Pat. No. 10,112,565

OCCUPANT PROTECTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An occupant protecting device for a vehicle, comprising:a pretensioner applying tension to a webbing that is configured to restrain an upper body of a vehicle occupant seated in a vehicle seat;
a motor configured to vibrate a contact portion to which the vehicle occupant contacts;
a single operating section operating the motor in a case in which an instruction to operate the motor is received, and operating the pretensioner in a case in which an instruction to operate the pretensioner is received; and
a control section, in a case in which the contact portion is to be vibrated, outputting an instruction to operate the motor to the operating section, and, in a case in which the pretensioner is to be operated, outputting an instruction to operate the pretensioner to the operating section, wherein:
in a case in which the control section predicts the collision of the own vehicle, and the motor is operating, the control section outputs an instruction to stop the motor to the operating section, and thereafter, the control section outputs the instruction to operate the pretensioner to the operating section, and
the operating section stops the motor in a case in which the instruction to stop the motor is received.

US Pat. No. 10,112,564

CRASHBOX

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A crash box for a vehicle comprising a body-side end face in the form of a first wall, a bumper-side end face in the form of a second wall, and a plurality of supporting walls extending in a longitudinal direction of the crash box between, and joined with, the body-side end face and the bumper-side end face and running in different planes, wherein at least one of the body-side end face and the bumper-side end face forms a vault so that the supporting walls have lengths that vary and are shortest at a middle of the crash box, wherein the vault is configured so that loads are transferred through the first and second walls to first build in the middle of the crash box.

US Pat. No. 10,112,562

DEFORMATION ELEMENT ARRANGEMENT AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING A DEFORMATION ELEMENT ARRANGEMENT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A deformation element arrangement for a motor vehicle, comprising:a deformation element, and
a vibration-generating device coupled with the deformation element, wherein
the vibration-generating device is arranged and constructed such that, when required, the deformation element is set in vibration so that a deformation behavior and/or a flow behavior of the deformation element is varied in accordance with a requirement condition,
the deformation element comprises an elastic shell filled with a thixotropic material or a rheopectic material.

US Pat. No. 10,112,561

BUMPER UNIT OF VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A bumper unit of a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of bumper beams arranged in a width direction of the vehicle, each of the bumper beams being coupled at both ends thereof to a vehicle body;
a bumper reinforcement member configured as a molded synthetic-resin base, the base being formed with a plurality of through-holes in the width direction of the vehicle such that the bumper beams penetrate the base via the through-holes; and
a strengthening band formed of reinforcement fiber tows, the strengthening band being configured to surround the exterior of the bumper reinforcement member,
wherein the strengthening band and bumper reinforcement member are formed of different materials, and
wherein the bumper reinforcement member is located only at a central portion of the bumper beams.