US Pat. No. 10,112,508

HARNESS BOOSTER CAR SEAT CONVERTIBLE TO MULTIPLE SEPARATELY USABLE CONFIGURATIONS

EVENFLO COMPANY, INC., M...

1. A harness booster car seat comprising:a backrest booster having a seating surface thereon and a locking mechanism for releasably locking the backless booster thereto;
a backless booster capable of use independently from the backrest booster having a seating surface and an opening therein for slidingly receiving the seating surface of the backrest booster therein such that substantially all of the backrest booster seating surface is covered by the seating surface of the backless booster and an aperture through the seating portion thereof for receiving a center strap therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,112,507

SEAT RECLINING APPARATUS

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A seat reclining apparatus comprising:a base member provided on one of a seat cushion and a seatback;
a ratchet provided on the other of said seat cushion and said seatback, provided with an internal gear and allowed to rotate relative to said base member;
a first pawl which is supported to be movable relative to said base member in a radial direction about a rotation center point of said ratchet and moves between an engaged position, in which said first pawl is engaged with said internal gear, and a disengaged position, in which said first pawl is disengaged from said internal gear, said first pawl including a first limit portion; and
a second pawl which is supported to be movable relative to said base member in a radial direction about said rotation center point of said ratchet and moves between an engaged position, in which said second pawl is engaged with said internal gear, and a disengaged position, in which said second pawl is disengaged from said internal gear, said second pawl including a second limit portion,
wherein said ratchet comprises a first pawl-restriction portion which restricts movement of said first pawl to said engaged position by contact with said first limit portion and a second pawl-restriction portion which restricts movement of said second pawl to said engaged position by contact with said second limit portion,
wherein said second limit portion is positioned closer to a radially inner side than said first limit portion and said second pawl-restriction portion is positioned closer to said radially inner side than said first pawl-restriction portion,
wherein, in an unlocked range in which said ratchet can always rotate relative to said base member with said first pawl-restriction portion and said first limit portion radially facing each other, said second pawl-restriction portion and said second limit portion radially face each other in a specific range that is a portion of said unlocked range, and
wherein at least one of said second-pawl restriction portion and said second limit portion comprises a pressing portion which moves said second pawl to said disengaged position when said one of said second pawl-restriction portion and said second limit portion comes in contact with the other of said second pawl-restriction portion and said second limit portion in a rotational direction of said ratchet.

US Pat. No. 10,112,505

OCCUPANT PROFILING SYSTEM

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system for profiling a vehicle occupant, the system comprising:a vehicle control system, comprising:
a sensor fusion circuit coupled to a plurality of sensors installed a vehicle seat, the sensor fusion circuit to:
determine that a human occupant is seated in the vehicle seat;
sample a backrest sensor arrangement and a base cushion sensor arrangement of the vehicle seat to obtain backrest sensor data and base cushion sensor data, when the human occupant is determined to be seated in the vehicle seat;
sample, when the human occupant is determined to be seated in the vehicle seat, a height sensor to obtain height sensor data; and
statistically determine from the backrest sensor data, the base cushion sensor data, and the height sensor data, whether the human occupant matches a reference profile, the reference profile used as a baseline to identify the human occupant.

US Pat. No. 10,112,503

SEAT LOCKING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A vehicle seat system, comprising:a seat having:
a base; and
an elongated shaft extending from the base; and
a seat mount secured to a vehicle and configured to removably secured the seat to the vehicle, the seat mount having:
a body forming an inner cavity;
a slide bar configured to slide within the cavity of the body;
a spring disposed with the cavity and secured to the slide bar, the spring is configured to push the slide bar in a direction outside the cavity;
a plurality of channels formed on a top surface of the body, the plurality of channels is configured to receive the elongated shaft;
a plurality of arms pivotally attached to the slide bar, the plurality of arms is configured to pivots upon sliding motion of the slide bar and is configured to close an opening of the plurality of channels;
a quick-release device configured to engage with the slide bar, the quick-release device is configured to hold the slide bar in a fixed position; and
a pull device connected to the quick-release device, the pull device is configured to release the slide bar from the fixed position;
wherein the plurality of channels and the plurality of arms are configured to releasably secure the elongated shaft to the vehicle; and
wherein pulling the pull device releases the engagement of the slide bar from the quick-release device, which in turn pivots the plurality of arms as the slide bar slides within the body, which in turn opens the plurality of plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 10,112,502

VEHICLE BATTERY HEATING SYSTEM

1. A low voltage battery for an electric vehicle, the battery comprising:a plurality of electrochemical cells;
a heat source configured to increase a temperature of at least one of the plurality of electrochemical cells when the heat source is activated, wherein the heat source receives power from one or more of the plurality of electrochemical cells;
a control circuit configured to control activation of the heat source; and
a battery housing configured to enclose the plurality of electrochemical cells, the heat source, and the control circuit, wherein the control circuit is configured to control activation of the heat source based on one or more conditions of the battery housing.

US Pat. No. 10,112,501

POWER STORAGE DEVICE, POWER STORAGE SYSTEM, AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE

SONY CORPORATION, Minato...

1. A power storage device including:a power storage unit configured to include one or a plurality of cells;
a first controller configured to perform control relating to the power storage unit;
a first power line configured to supply a first power to be output from the power storage unit to a load of an external device;
a second power line configured to supply a second power smaller than the first power to a second controller included in the external device; and
a communication line configured to be used by the first and second controllers to communicate with each other,
wherein the first controller stops supplying the first power to the load when a voltage of the power storage unit falls below a first threshold and wherein the first controller stops supplying the second power to the second controller when the voltage of the power storage unit falls below a second threshold smaller than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,112,498

OVERHEAD CHARGING SYSTEMS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Proterra Inc., Burlingam...

1. A charging station for an electric vehicle, comprising:a charging mount configured to be positioned above a roof of the vehicle;
an positioning bar attached to the charging mount;
a pair of rigid arms rotatably coupled to opposite ends of the positioning bar, wherein each arm of the pair of rigid arms includes a first end coupled to the positioning bar at a pivot and a second end extending downward and away from the positioning bar;
a pair of collector braces to charge the vehicle, wherein each collector brace of the pair of collector braces (a) includes an electrically conductive surface for contact with a different electrode of a pair of electrodes on the roof of the vehicle, and (b) is mechanically connected to the second end of a different rigid arm of the pair of rigid arms.

US Pat. No. 10,112,497

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MONITORING USAGE OF A CHARGING STATION

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A method of monitoring usage of a charging station, comprising the steps of:collecting probe data from a plurality of electric vehicles, the probe data including charging activity history that includes an identification of each charging station at which charging occurred for each of the plurality of electric vehicles;
determining a usage value associated with a desired charging station based on the collected probe data including at least the charging activity history; and
providing the usage value associated with the desired charging station to a requesting electric vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,496

VEHICULAR WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM WITH PERFORMANCE MONITORING

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A wireless power transfer system for a vehicle, the system comprising:a primary side network including a transmitting coil and a plurality of primary magnetic cores, wherein the transmitting coil is coupled to the plurality of primary magnetic cores, and the transmitting coil is configured to receive power from a power supply;
a secondary side network including a receiving coil and a plurality of secondary magnetic cores, wherein the receiving coil is coupled to the plurality of secondary magnetic cores, and the secondary side network is configured to receive power from the primary side network by way of inductively coupling between the transmitting coil and the receiving coil;
a plurality of detection coils coupled to at least one of the primary magnetic cores or the secondary magnetic cores, wherein the plurality of detection coils output at least one voltage signal based on the inductively coupling between the transmitting coil and the receiving coil; and
a charge monitor controller determining a system diagnosis status based on the at least one voltage signal from the detection coils;
wherein the charge monitor controller stores a predetermined performance data and determines whether the transmitting coil and the receiving coil are misaligned relative to one another as the system diagnosis status based on the voltage signals from the detection coils and the performance data; and
wherein the plurality of detection coils are staggered along lengths of at least one of the primary magnetic cores and the secondary magnetic cores.

US Pat. No. 10,112,495

VEHICLE WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM INCLUDING AN INVERTER TO CONTROL A VOLTAGE INPUT TO A VEHICLE POWER CONVERTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle wireless charging system comprising:an inverter; and
at least one controller programmed to change a frequency output of the inverter to control a voltage input to a vehicle power converter to drive an impedance phase angle at an output of the inverter toward a predetermined angle and achieve a power demand at an output of the vehicle power converter according to an error between the voltage input and a voltage reference that is based on the power demand, a power output of the vehicle power converter, the impedance phase angle, and the predetermined angle and change the frequency output based on a rate of change of a weighted objective function configured to reduce an output power error of the vehicle power converter and an impedance phase angle error at an inverter output.

US Pat. No. 10,112,494

EV CONNECTOR HAVING VISUAL INDICATOR

CHARGE-AMPS AB, Stockhol...

1. An electric vehicle connector configured for charging an electric vehicle via an electric vehicle plug receptacle, said electric vehicle connector comprising:a body having
a first plug end configured to be coupled to the electric vehicle plug receptacle on the electric vehicle for charging; and
a second power cable end configured to be coupled to a power cable,
wherein the first end includes a terminal interface having one or more terminal receptacles for receiving one or more terminals positioned within the electric vehicle charging receptacle,
wherein the first plug end also includes a transparent visual indicator part having one or more light sources, and
wherein the transparent visual indication part encircles the one or more terminal receptacles to allow for viewing of the one or more light sources regardless of position of a viewer relative to the transparent visual indicator part.

US Pat. No. 10,112,493

CHARGE-DISCHARGE CONTROL DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A charge-discharge control device, comprising:a plurality of power converters capable of two-way power conversion to an input side of which a power source is connected and of which positive electrodes on the input side are connected to each other and negative electrodes on the input side are connected to each other;
a plurality of power storage devices connected to an output side of the power converters and provided one for each of the power converters; and
a controller to charge or discharge a power storage device of the power storage devices connected to the power converters by controlling output currents of the power converters,
wherein the controller charges each of the power storage devices by supplying, to each of the power storage devices, power acquired from the power source via each of the power converters when the controller acquires no warming-up operation command, and when the controller acquires a warming-up operation command, the controller performs warming-up operation to discharge at least one of the power storage devices and charge at least one other of the power storage devices using power discharged from the at least one of the power storage device and repeatedly performs the warming-up operation while changing at least any of the power storage devices among the power storage devices to discharge and the power storage devices to charge.

US Pat. No. 10,112,491

FLYWHEEL/BATTERY HYBRID ENERGY STORAGE AND POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. An apparatus for inertial storage and recovery on a vehicle, comprising:a flywheel energy storage system coupled to at least one drive motor and to a regenerative braking system in a hybrid or fully-electric vehicle;
a chemical energy storage device coupled to the regenerative braking system and to the flywheel energy storage system;
at least one current sensor for determining currents to and from the at least one drive motor, the flywheel energy storage system, and the chemical energy storage device;
a brake pedal position sensor for generating a brake pedal position value;
at least one wheel speed sensor for determining wheel speed;
a power flow controller configured for controlling the operation of said flywheel energy storage system;
wherein the flywheel energy storage system absorbs energy from the regenerative braking system during deceleration of the vehicle;
wherein the absorbed energy is temporarily stored by the flywheel energy storage system;
wherein said power flow controller is configured to estimate an amount of current to be generated from regenerative braking at determined wheel speeds based on receiving values from the brake pedal position sensor and the at least one wheel speed sensor, and sending a throttle signal to the flywheel energy storage system before a peak current value is reached from regenerative braking thus giving said flywheel energy storage system sufficient time to react and absorb peak current;
wherein the power flow controller is configured to transfer the stored energy to the drive motor for accelerating the vehicle, or to the chemical energy storage device, during deceleration and stopping, to extend charge duration based on levels of current determined from the at least one current sensor to increase charge efficiency and extend life of the chemical energy storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,490

HIGH VOLTAGE DEVICE FOR A RAIL VEHICLE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A high voltage device for a vehicle which at least during driving operation is supplied with electrical energy from a power system providing a high voltage, the high voltage device comprising:a main power switching unit;
at least one high voltage component, which by means of said main power switching unit can be electrically connected to the power system, and having at least one active section;
said at least one high voltage component being a voltage conversion device which serves, starting from the high voltage provided by the power system, to provide a voltage different therefrom;
a grounding switching device having at least one switch configured to assume a grounding position in which said switch grounds an electrical connection between said active section and said main power switching unit; and
said at least one high voltage component having a housing formed with a receiving region in which said switch is accommodated at least in said grounding position that grounds said at least one active section of said high voltage component, said housing enclosing said at least one active section of said at least one high voltage component.

US Pat. No. 10,112,489

METHOD OF CONTROLLING REGENERATIVE BRAKING COOPERATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of controlling a regenerative braking cooperation for an electric vehicle, the method comprising:a correction mode entering operation, of entering a correction mode when a braking quantity of a driver is detected by a pedal stroke sensor of the vehicle;
a first braking pattern analyzing operation, by a controller, of comparing an accumulated correction hydraulic pressure braking quantity with a predetermined first hydraulic pressure braking quantity, to analyze a braking pattern of the driver through the entering to the correction mode, the first braking pattern analyzing operation including a total required braking quantity determining operation;
a regenerative braking restriction requesting operation of, when the accumulated correction hydraulic pressure braking quantity is smaller than the first hydraulic pressure braking quantity, determining, by the pedal stroke sensor, that the driver has a gradual braking-centered braking pattern and transferring a signal for requesting a regenerative braking restriction of a motor to the controller; and
a hydraulic pressure braking operation, by the controller, of determining a correction hydraulic pressure braking quantity based on a braking quantity of the driver input into the pedal stroke sensor in a state where regenerative braking of the motor is restricted, and performing a hydraulic pressure braking according to the correction hydraulic pressure braking quantity,
wherein the total required braking quantity determining operation includes a second braking pattern analyzing operation, by the controller, in which when it is determined that a traveling distance of the vehicle in a state where the total required braking quantity is determined is equal to or larger than a predetermined distance, an accumulated general hydraulic pressure braking quantity according to the travelling distance equal to or larger than the predetermined distance is compared with a predetermined second hydraulic pressure braking quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,112,487

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MAINTAINING HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY CHARGING WITH DETECTED AUXILIARY BATTERY FAULT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electric vehicle (EV) auxiliary battery current fault system, comprising:a battery maintenance electronic control unit (ECU);
an auxiliary battery sensor communicatively coupled to an auxiliary battery and the battery maintenance ECU;
a voltage sensor communicatively coupled to a main battery and the battery maintenance ECU;
a battery isolation switch;
a low voltage bus communicatively coupled to at least one of the main battery, the auxiliary battery, the battery isolation switch, and a DC to DC converter; and
an auxiliary battery sensor and controller communicatively coupled to the auxiliary battery and the battery maintenance ECU.

US Pat. No. 10,112,485

CHASSIS MONITORING SYSTEM HAVING OVERLOAD DETECTION

1. A monitoring system for a rolling chassis, comprising:a tire sensor configured to generate a first signal indicative of a current tire condition of the rolling chassis;
a first load sensor associated with a first air spring of the rolling chassis configured to generate a second signal indicative of an actual load placed on the rolling chassis;
at least a second load sensor associated with a second air spring of the rolling chassis that is configured to generate a third signal indicative of the actual load on the rolling chassis; and
a controller in communication with the tire sensor and the load sensor, the controller being configured to:
determine based on the first signal a theoretical load that the rolling chassis is capable of supporting given the current tire condition;
make a first comparison of the actual load with the theoretical load; and
selectively generate a first alert based on the first comparison;
determine imbalanced loading of the rolling chassis based on the first and third signals; and
selectively generate a second alert based on the second comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,112,484

THROTTLE PEDAL

Orscheln Products L.L.C.,...

1. A throttle pedal assembly comprising:a unitary, one-piece housing having a first side wall, a second side wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall and a back wall which, in combination, define a main chamber and a sensor cavity adjacent said main chamber; said sensor cavity being separated from said main chamber by a common wall which isolates said sensor cavity from said main chamber; the main chamber being open to the front and bottom of the housing and being defined in part by the first side wall and common wall which are opposite each other; and the sensor cavity being open to the top wall and being defined in part by the second side wall and the common wall; said main chamber comprising a through hole in said side first wall and a blind bore in said common wall which is co-axial with said opening in said first wall;
a pedal assembly comprising a pedal, a pedal arm, and a head at an end of the pedal arm, the head being sized to be inserted into the housing main chamber; said head defining a passage which extends through said pedal head;
a pedal shaft, separate from said pedal assembly, sized to extend though said opening in said first wall of said housing, through said head passage, and to be received in said blind bore of said common wall; whereby said pedal shaft mounts said pedal assembly in said main chamber for pivotal motion of said pedal assembly relative to said main chamber about a pivot axis defined by said pedal shaft; said pedal shaft and said pedal assembly head being configured to be snappingly connected together; whereby said pedal assembly is being rotationally fixed relative to said pedal head and whereby said pedal assembly is mounted in said housing without the use of tools;
a magnet positioned on said pedal shaft such that when said pedal shaft is mounted in said housing, said magnet will be in said blind bore; said magnet being coaxial with said pivot axis such that said magnet rotates on said pivot axis as said pedal assembly rotates about said pivot axis;
a Hall effect sensor assembly mounted in the sensor cavity; the Hall effect sensor having a Hall chip; the cavity and Hall effect sensor assembly being respectively shaped, sized, and positioned in said sensor cavity such that the Hall chip is aligned with said pivot axis such that the Hall chip and the magnet lay on a common axis, and whereby the magnet rotates about the pivot axis relative to; and
a seal which closes the sensor cavity to prevent contaminants from entering the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,112,483

HYDRAULIC PUMP ASSEMBLY WITH FORWARD DRIVESHAFT CLEARANCE

HHG Holdings, LLC, Houst...

1. A vehicle mounted hydraulic pump assembly, comprising:a gearbox configured to be connected to a power take-off driven by a transmission of a four-wheel drive vehicle, the gearbox comprising:
a housing;
a plurality of vertically aligned gears contained within the housing, the plurality of gears including an input drive gear, at least one idler gear, and an output gear, the input drive gear being a same size as the output gear;
a pair of ball bearings associated with each gear;
an input shaft associated with the input drive gear;
an output shaft associated with the output gear, the output shaft being a female spline shaft configured to be disposed below a forward driveshaft associated with the transmission; and
a hydraulic pump connected to the gearbox and configured to be disposed forward of a transfer case associated with the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,112,482

POWER TRANSMITTING COMPONENT WITH FORK ACTUATOR

1. A power transmitting component comprising:an actuator housing;
a motor coupled to the actuator housing;
a transmission driven by the motor, the transmission being at least partially housed in the actuator housing;
a lead screw that is rotatable about a first axis, the lead screw being driven by the transmission;
a first rail extending along a second axis that is generally parallel to the first axis;
a second rail extending along a third axis that is generally parallel to the first axis;
a cradle assembly driven by the lead screw axially along the first axis, the cradle assembly comprising a cradle, a cradle body and a cradle spring, the cradle having a first cradle yoke that is slidably received on the first rail, the cradle body being received in the cradle and threadably coupled to the lead screw, the cradle spring resiliently coupling the cradle body to the cradle; and
a clutch fork slidably mounted on the second rail;
wherein movement of the cradle along the first rail coordinates movement of the clutch fork along the third axis.

US Pat. No. 10,112,481

POWER TRANSFER UNIT (PTU) ASSEMBLY WITH CYLINDER

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A power takeoff unit for an automotive vehicle being a normally front-wheel drive vehicle and convertible to an all-wheel drive vehicle comprising:an input shaft supported in a housing, said input shaft being torsionally connected with a transmission of said vehicle;
an output shaft concentric with said input shaft, said output shaft being torsionally connected with rear wheels of said vehicle;
a shift collar to selectively connect said input shaft with said output shaft;
a shift fork to translate said shift collar, said shift fork being slidably mounted in said housing and said shift fork having a main body with a bore generally parallel with said input shaft;
a cylinder connected with said housing;
a piston slidably mounted within said cylinder; and
a headed fastener with a shank extending through said shift fork main body bore, said fastener head engaging an end of said shift fork and said fastener shank being threadably engaged with said piston to capture said shift fork with said piston.

US Pat. No. 10,112,480

IN-WHEEL MOTOR UNIT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An in-wheel motor unit comprising;a housing supported by a vehicle body and disposed inside a wheel of a vehicle;
a motor supported by said housing and accommodated inside said housing;
a speed reducer comprising a rotating body configured to be rotated by said motor on an inside of said housing and an output shaft fixed to or integrated with said rotating body, penetrating an opening provided on a wall surface of said housing to extend to outside of said housing in an axle outward direction, and configured to integrally rotate with said wheel;
a hub bearing comprising an inner race fixed to a part of said output shaft positioned at an axle outward direction side of said rotating body and an outer race fixed to said housing, and rotatably supporting said output shaft with respect to said housing; and
a seal member fluid-tightly sealing a gap between said housing and said outer race,
wherein,
said inner race comprises a cylinder part, a part of which being disposed inside said housing and a flange part provided at an end part in said axle outward direction of said cylinder part,
said outer race comprises a cylinder part disposed inside said housing and a flange part provided at an end part in the axle outward direction of said cylinder part,
said flange part of said outer race is fixed to said wall surface of said housing by one or a plurality of fastening members, and said flange part of said inner race is fixed to a brake rotor disposed outside said housing,
said housing has a projecting part with a substantially cylindrical shape extending from said opening in an axle inward direction,
an outer peripheral surface of said cylinder part of said outer race abuts against an inner peripheral surface of said projecting part,
a part of said outer peripheral surface of said cylinder part of said outer race, said part abutting against said inner peripheral surface of said projecting part, includes a groove extending over a whole periphery of said cylinder part of said outer race, and
said seal member is disposed in said groove.

US Pat. No. 10,112,479

OBSTACLE-ADAPTIVE MECHANISM OF A MOVING DEVICE

1. An obstacle-adaptive mechanism of a moving device, the obstacle-adaptive mechanism comprising:a driving wheel connected to a driving gear;
a passive wheel connected to a passive gear;
a single intermediate gear disposed between the driving gear and the passive gear, wherein a diameter of the single intermediate gear is smaller than a diameter of the driving wheel and a diameter of the passive wheel, and the driving wheel drives the driving gear to rotate the intermediate gear, then the intermediate gear drives the passive gear to lead the passive wheel rotate with the driving wheel in the same direction; and
a driving unit connected to the driving wheel, wherein the driving unit drives the driving wheel to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,478

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO DETERMINE A RANGE FOR A VEHICLE

1. A method for estimating a range of a distance that a vehicle may travel without refueling, wherein said vehicle comprises a combustion engine and a fuel supply system associated with said combustion engine, wherein the vehicle also comprises a first main tank for receiving fuel, and a first fuel pump for transfer of fuel from said first main tank to said fuel supply system, wherein the method comprises:based on data relating to the road ahead of the vehicle and a first measure of a residual fuel in said first main tank, estimating a range for said vehicle;
based on said data relating to the road ahead of the vehicle, controlling a required fuel reserve.

US Pat. No. 10,112,477

TUBE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. A tube support assembly, comprising:an elongate member including a first end region, a second end region positioned opposite said elongate member from said first end region, and a central region positioned there between, said central region including a first exterior surface and a second exterior surface positioned opposite said elongate member said from first exterior surface, said first exterior surface including a first outwardly extending protrusion including a first aperture adapted to receive therein a first fuel tube and a second outwardly extending protrusion including a second aperture adapted to receive therein a second fuel tube, said central region further including a third aperture positioned between said first and second outwardly extending protrusions and being adapted to receive therein a fastener extending through said second exterior surface, said elongate member including a first fluid flow path communicating with said first aperture and said first end region and a second fluid flow path communicating with said second aperture and said second end region.

US Pat. No. 10,112,475

UTILITY VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A utility vehicle, comprising:a travel unit having a left-right pair of front travel apparatuses and a left-right pair of rear travel apparatuses;
an engine capable of driving first travel apparatuses being one of the pair of front travel apparatuses and the pair of rear travel apparatuses;
a motor capable of driving second travel apparatuses being the other of the pair of front travel apparatuses and the pair of rear travel apparatuses;
a transmission apparatus capable of performing a gearshift of driving force of the engine and transmitting the driving force to the first travel apparatuses;
an accelerator operation tool capable of operation to input a change in rotational speed of at least one of the engine and the motor;
a key switch capable of operation to input driving and stoppage of the engine;
a drive switching switch capable of operation input commands to drive and stop the motor;
a gearshift lever capable of operation input to perform a gearshift of the transmission apparatus; and
a forward-reverse travel switching means capable of operation input to switch between forward travel driving and reverse travel driving of the motor in the motor two-wheel drive mode; and
a control apparatus capable of switching between an engine two-wheel drive mode in which only the engine is driven, a motor two-wheel drive mode in which only the motor is driven, and a hybrid four-wheel drive mode in which the engine and the motor are both driven.

US Pat. No. 10,112,474

DRIVING SYSTEM

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

1. A driving system comprising:a motor that is connected to a wheel of a vehicle so as to transmit power to the wheel;
a power transmission device that is provided on a power transmission path between the motor and the wheel and that can change a power transmission capacity of the power transmission path by controlling an application force;
a motor controller that controls power that is generated by the motor; and
an application force controller that controls the application force of the power transmission device,
wherein the driving system further comprises an application force acquiring device that acquires a current application force which is an application force that the power transmission device is currently exerting, and
wherein when the motor controller receives a request for generation of power in such a state that the motor generates no power, the motor controller controls to permit or prohibit the generation of power of the motor based on the current application force and a necessary application force which is an application force of the power transmission device that is needed to transmit a maximum generation power of the motor in a current rotating state quantity which is a rotating state quantity that the motor is currently having.

US Pat. No. 10,112,473

TRANSMISSION, HYBRID DRIVETRAIN AND DRIVETRAIN FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A transmission, comprising:a transmission input shaft;
a transmission output shaft;
a main gear set, at least one power path formed between the transmission input shaft and the main gear set, the main gear set comprising a first planetary gear set, a second planetary gear set and four shafts;
at least one shift element, the at least one power path connectable through the at least one shift element to at least one of the four shafts of the main gear set, a third shaft of the main gear set connected to the transmission output shaft,
an auxiliary gear set, the auxiliary gear set comprising a planetary gear set and three shafts; and
an electric motor having a rotor and a stator, a first shaft of the auxiliary gear set connected to the rotor,
wherein a second shaft of the auxiliary gear set is constantly connected to a second shaft the main gear set or to the third shaft of the main gear set,
wherein, when the second shaft of the main gear set is constantly connected to the second shaft of the auxiliary gear set, the third shaft of the main gear set or a fourth shaft of the main gear set is constantly connected to a third shaft of the auxiliary gear set, and
wherein, when the third shaft of the main gear set is constantly connected to the second shaft of the auxiliary gear set, the fourth shaft of the main gear set is constantly connected to the third shaft of the auxiliary gear set.

US Pat. No. 10,112,472

DRIVE DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A drive device for a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle including an engine, a motor, the engine and the motor being arranged on different rotational axes, and a drive wheel,the drive device comprising:
a driven gear shaft arranged to rotate about the rotational axis shared with a rotor shaft of the motor, the driven gear shaft being connected to the rotor shaft of the motor in a manner capable of power transmission to the rotor shaft of the motor, and the driven gear shaft extending in a shaft direction toward a rotor shaft side;
a first bearing configured to support the rotor shaft to allow rotation of the rotor shaft;
a second bearing arranged on the driven gear shaft, the second bearing being arranged in a portion on the rotor shaft side of the driven gear shaft;
a driven gear configured such that power from the engine is transmitted to the driven gear,
the driven gear being provided on the driven gear shaft; and
an output shaft arranged to be rotatable about the rotational axis shared with the rotor shaft of the motor, the output shaft being connected to the rotor shaft in a manner capable of power transmission to the rotor shaft, and the output shaft being connected to the drive wheel in a manner capable of power transmission to the drive wheel, wherein
the rotor shaft, the driven gear shaft, and the output shaft are different shafts from each other, and
the power from the engine is transmitted through the driven gear shaft, the rotor shaft, and the output shaft to the drive wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,471

BATTERY-DRIVEN TRAVELING DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A battery-driven traveling device comprising:a framework section disposed on at least a bottom part of a vehicle body for ensuring strength of the vehicle body;
two slide rails being composed of a left slide rail and a right slide rail and being supported by the framework section and extending substantially horizontally;
a battery supporting member that is mounted to be insertable into the vehicle body and extractable from the vehicle body by using the two slide rails; and
a plurality of dampers are non-rotatably disposed on a path through which vibration of the vehicle body is transmitted from each of the slide rails to the battery supporting member for relaxing the vibration transmitted from the vehicle body to the battery while the device travels, wherein
the left slide rail is disposed on a left side of the battery supporting member and the right slide rail is disposed on a right side of the battery supporting member, and each of the dampers is disposed above or below the left slide rail or the right slide rail, wherein each of the dampers has an end that is attached to a portion of the respective left slide rail or right slide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,112,470

STRUCTURAL ENHANCEMENTS OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An electric vehicle comprising:a chassis frame including a first cross member, a second cross member spaced forward of the first cross member, and a third cross member spaced forward from the second cross member; and
a battery pack engaged to and disposed beneath the chassis frame, the battery pack including a support structure having a first tubular cross component co-extending with and engaged to the first cross member, a second tubular cross component spaced forward of the first tubular cross component and co-extending with and engaged to the second cross member, and a third tubular cross component spaced forward from the second tubular cross component and co-extending with and engaged to the third cross member.

US Pat. No. 10,112,469

ELECTRIC WORK VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. An electric work vehicle comprising:a left frame and a right frame spaced apart from each other in a vehicle lateral direction and extending in a vehicle fore/aft direction;
a battery assembly mounted between the left frame and the right frame;
a rear wheel unit including a left rear wheel mounted outward of the left frame in the vehicle lateral direction, and a right rear wheel mounted outward of the right frame in the vehicle lateral direction;
a left motor mounted outward of the left frame in the vehicle lateral direction and forward of an axis of the left rear wheel, the left motor being charged and powered by the battery assembly to transmit rotary driving power to the left rear wheel;
a right motor mounted outward of the right frame in the vehicle lateral direction and forward of an axis of the right rear wheel, the right motor being charged and powered by the battery assembly to transmit rotary driving power to the right rear wheel;
a left transmission case mounted outward of the left frame in the vehicle lateral direction, the left transmission case accommodating a left transmission for reducing and transmitting rotary power from an output shaft of the left motor to a left rear axle; and
a right transmission case mounted outward of the right frame in the vehicle lateral direction, the right transmission case accommodating a right transmission for reducing and transmitting rotary power from an output shaft of the right motor to a right rear axle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,468

GLASS RUN FOR AUTOMOBILE DOOR

Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd...

1. A glass run for an automobile door, the glass run being assembled from outside a cabin to a window frame which extends to define a window opening of the automobile door, and sealing a gap between the window frame and a window glass, the glass run comprising:a glass run body which is assembled to a glass run-mounting planar portion of the window frame, the glass run-mounting planar portion protruding toward the outside of the cabin,
wherein:
the glass run body includes:
a first planar portion having an outer end,
a second planar portion having an outer end, the second planar portion being separate and spaced apart from the first planar portion in a vertical direction of an automobile, the first and second planar portions each extending in a widthwise direction of the automobile to sandwich the glass run-mounting planar portion from both sides in a thickness direction thereof, and
a design portion having a surface that contacts each of and extends at least between the outer end of the first planar portion and the outer end of the second planar portion, the design portion forming a bridge between the separate first and second planar portions and forming part of appearance design of the automobile, the outer ends facing outside the cabin,
a material forming the first and second planar portions and a material forming the design portion respectively contain a resin as a main ingredient, and
the material forming the design portion is less rigid than the material forming the first and second planar portions.

US Pat. No. 10,112,467

SEALING ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE WINDOW

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A sealing arrangement for a vehicle window pane, comprising:a retaining rail configured with a guide rail and a spring leg,
wherein the guide rail and the spring leg form a latching channel, and
wherein the retaining rail is fastened to a window pane; and
a cover configured with a latching rail,
wherein the guide rail, together with the spring leg, surrounds the latching rail in the latching channel,
wherein the spring leg and the latching rail are oriented so as to latch parallel to each other,
wherein the cover makes contact, by means of a cover edge, with a glass edge of the window pane,
wherein the guide rail is configured with a spring element, the spring element being arranged and tensioned against a contact surface on the bottom of the cover, and
wherein the guide rail rests against the latching rail via a centering cam and, together with the cover edge, fixes and centers the cover in the latching channel, and
wherein the spring leg has a latching hook with a rounded surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,466

PIVOTING TONNEAU COVER SYSTEM FOR TRUCK

Extang Corporation, Ann ...

1. A tonneau cover system for a cargo box of a truck, the tonneau cover system comprising:a cover including a plurality of panels hingedly coupled together, the plurality of panels including a forward panel mountable adjacent a forward end of the cargo box, the forward panel comprising a forward edge, a rear edge, and a first side edge extending between the forward edge and the rear edge, wherein the cover is foldable between an extended configuration in which the cover extends along a first plane to overlie the cargo box and a folded configuration in which the plurality of panels are arranged in a stack on the forward panel; and
a pivot mechanism for attaching the cover to the cargo box, wherein the pivot mechanism includes:
a first link bar having an upper end pivotally connected to the forward panel adjacent the first side edge intermediate the forward edge and the rear edge at a first point located a first distance from the forward edge, and the first link bar having a lower end connectable to a sidewall of the cargo box and a first length, and
a second link bar having an upper end pivotally connected to the forward panel adjacent the first side edge intermediate the forward edge and the rear edge at a second point located a second distance from the forward edge greater than the first distance, and the second link bar having a lower end connectable to the sidewall of the cargo box and a second length greater than the first length,
wherein, with the cover in the folded configuration, the pivot mechanism is designed to move the stack from an initial stack configuration in which the forward panel is in the first plane to a storage stack configuration in which the forward panel of the cover extends upright along a second plane at an angle that is substantially perpendicular to the first plane, and to simultaneously move the forward edge of the forward panel rearwardly and above the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,112,465

VENTED TONNEAU COVER FOR A CARGO BED OF A PICKUP TRUCK

1. A vented tonneau cover for a cargo bed of a pickup truck, wherein the cargo bed of the pickup truck is defined by a pair of side walls having tops, respectively, and a tailgate to access the cargo bed of the pickup truck, wherein the top of each side wall of the cargo bed of the pickup truck has a pair of ends, wherein each end of the top of each side wall of the cargo bed of the pickup truck has a through bore therein, and wherein said vented tonneau covering comprising:a) netting for covering the cargo bed of the pickup truck; and
b) means for holding down the netting over the cargo bed of the pickup truck; wherein said netting is rectilinear-shaped; wherein said netting has a pair of axial boundaries; wherein said netting is for overlying the cargo bed of the pickup truck, while each axial boundary of said netting is for resting upon the top of a respective side wall of the cargo bed of the pickup truck, wherein said netting contains a plurality of through bores; wherein said plurality of through bores of said netting is for allowing the cargo bed of the pickup truck to vent and breathe.

US Pat. No. 10,112,464

ROLL-UP TONNEAU COVER SYSTEM WITH GROOVED SIDE RAILS

Retrax Holdings, LLC, Gr...

1. A tonneau cover system for a truck cargo box including a forward end and a rear end, and first and second side walls therebetween, the tonneau cover system comprising:first and second side rails attachable along the first and second side walls, respectively, of the cargo box, each side rail having a forward end comprising a rail track having a support surface and a plurality of linear grooves extending longitudinally along the side rail, the support surface and grooves having corresponding triangular cross-sectional shapes, the support surface providing a plurality of contact surfaces, and a one-piece metal component forming the rail track, including the grooves, the support surfaces, and the contact surfaces;
a storage track attachable adjacent the forward end of the cargo box with the storage track in alignment with the rail track;
a roll-up tonneau cover comprising a plurality of slats pivotally connected together, each slat having first and second end caps including a bearing surface that engages directly against the contact surfaces of the support surface of the first and second side rails, respectively, and a one-piece polymer component forming each end cap, including the bearing surface, and the bearing surface of the end caps being slidable against and along the contact surfaces of the support surfaces between a storage arrangement in which the slats are supported by the storage tracks to provide access to the cargo box, and a deployed arrangement in which the slats are supported by the support surfaces to cover the cargo box.

US Pat. No. 10,112,463

VEHICLE DOOR BEAM ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle door comprising:a door inner including a bottom end;
a beam having a first end and a second end spaced from each other along a longitudinal axis;
a bracket fixed to the door inner at the bottom end and the beam with the bracket between the door inner and the first end of the beam; and
wherein the beam has a cutout extending along the longitudinal axis at the first end; and
wherein the bracket includes a base, a platform fixed to the beam, and a ramp extending from the base to the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,112,461

PHOTOCATALYST DEVICE AND AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A photocatalyst device comprising:a body;
a first light source part including a substrate and an LED coupled to the substrate, the first light source part configured to irradiate ultraviolet light;
a catalyst part coupled to the body, the catalyst part configured to conduct a photocatalytic reaction with the ultraviolet light irradiated by the first light source part to generate a plurality of superoxygen radicals; and
a heat radiating part disposed on the first light source part, the heat radiating part configured to radiate the heat generated by the first light source part, wherein the heat radiating part includes a first radiating fin member disposed on a first side of the substrate, the first radiating fin member extending from the substrate in a direction toward the catalyst part.

US Pat. No. 10,112,460

HUMIDIFIER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A humidifier for supplying humidified air, which is humidified by water desorbed from an adsorbing material, to a humidification object space, the humidifier comprising:a heating part that heats air, which is supplied to the adsorbing material;
an adsorbing material module that includes the adsorbing material and that desorbs water, which is adsorbed in the adsorbing material, to air heated by the heating part; and
a cooling part that cools air humidified by the adsorbing material module, wherein:
at time of desorption to desorb water from the adsorbing material, the adsorbing material module desorbs water from the adsorbing material to air heated by the heating part, and then the cooling part cools the air to be supplied to the humidification object space as the humidified air; and
at time of adsorption to adsorb water of air into the adsorbing material, the cooling part cools air, and then water is adsorbed into the adsorbing material.

US Pat. No. 10,112,459

REGISTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A register comprising:a turning louver turnable with a cylindrical frame disposed inside a cylindrical retainer, and a plurality of movable fins including five movable fins axially supported on the turning louver radially from a centerline parallel to an air blowing direction turnably by radial pivots inside the cylindrical frame, wherein
on the centerline parallel to the air blowing direction inside the retainer, a ball joint with a ball is disposed, the ball is provided on a tip end of a shaft portion attached at a center of a support frame provided on a rear portion in the retainer, and the shaft portion and a ball joint support portion extend axially from the support frame
on the turning louver, a central axial support portion with a plurality of axial support portions including five axial support portions projected radially is disposed at a center of the cylindrical frame, and the central axial support portion is attached tiltably and turnably by fitting a ball hole provided at the center with the ball,
the five movable fins are axially supported at substantially even intervals inside the cylindrical frame so as to be turnable by the pivots in radial directions, and inner-side portions of the five movable fins are axially supported by the five axial support portions of the central axial support portion,
the five axial support portions are provided at even intervals to project radially from the central axial support portion of the turning louver, and the five movable fins are disposed at even intervals inside the cylindrical frame of the turning louver and configured so as to close an inside of the cylindrical frame when the five movable fins turn until they become substantially parallel to a cross section of the cylindrical frame,
an operation portion that is disposed in front of the central axial support portion is fitted turnably around the centerline of the turning louver, and the operation portion is linked to each of the five movable fins via a bevel gear mechanism, and
according to a turning operation of the operation portion around the centerline, the five movable fins turn around the five axial support portions of the central axial support portion via the bevel gear mechanism, and when the operation portion is moved in a radial direction of the cylindrical frame, the turning louver tilts around the ball in a state where the cylindrical frame and a retainer inner surface are not in contact with each other and the turning louver is supported by the ball joint.

US Pat. No. 10,112,457

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A VEHICLE HEATER AND VEHICLE HEATER

Webasto SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A method for producing a vehicle heater including a main body equipped with a non-intrinsically safe heat conductor layer, and a sensor device for detecting exceedances of a temperature threshold value, said method comprising:spraying a sensor layer onto a heat conductor layer of a main body of a vehicle heater forming a sensor device;
fixing said sensor layer onto the main body without exposing the main body to temperatures common in baking processes;
wherein the main body is at least one of a metal/air and a metal/liquid heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,112,456

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DAMPER ACTUATOR WITHOUT MICROCONTROLLER

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An actuator comprising:a motor configured to drive an external device to a determined position when the motor is energized;
a switching circuit configured to drive control signals to control voltage applied to energize the motor, the drive control signals comprising a drive active signal and a hold active signal and the switching circuit comprising:
a first semiconductor switch having a gate that receives a timer signal and a first semiconductor switch terminal connected to a reference voltage such that the first semiconductor switch drives high the hold active signal when the timer signal is not present on the gate of the first semiconductor switch; and
a second semiconductor switch having a gate connected to the first semiconductor switch terminal to receive the hold active signal and a second semiconductor switch terminal connected to the reference voltage such that the second semiconductor switch drives high the drive active signal when the hold active signal is not present on the gate of the second semiconductor switch; and
a motor circuit configured to energize the motor with a high voltage to drive the external device to the determined position and energize the motor with a low voltage to hold the external device in the determined position, wherein the motor circuit comprises:
a third semiconductor switch having a gate connected to the second semiconductor switch terminal to receive the drive active signal, wherein the third semiconductor switch is configured to energize the motor with the high voltage when the drive active signal is driven to high; and
a fourth semiconductor switch having a gate connected to the first semiconductor switch terminal to receive the hold active signal, wherein the third semiconductor switch is configured to energize the motor with the low voltage when the hold active signal is driven to high.

US Pat. No. 10,112,455

TORSION BEAM SUSPENSION

Yorozu Corporation, Yoko...

1. A torsion beam suspension having a first member including an opening whose section is formed to have a U-shape; and second members which are arranged in pair in a right and left direction when mounted on a vehicle and which contact the first member at an edge portion of the U-shaped section in the first member, the torsion beam suspension comprising:right and left trailing arms which extend in a front-rear direction of the vehicle and are capable of swinging vertically, the trailing arms being formed with a pair of component members arranged at the right and left of the first member when mounted on the vehicle and being formed with the pair of the second members; and
a U-shaped torsion beam whose section has an opening and which is arranged between the pair of component members,
wherein two or more types of rigidity adjustment portions, which adjust a rigidity from the trailing arms to the torsion beam when the torsion beam is twisted, are disposed with positions of the rigidity adjustment portions displaced from each other,
one of the rigidity adjustment portions is configured with a beam connection which connects with the torsion beam in the second member,
the beam connection includes two or more extension portions extending from a contact part at which the second member contacts the first member to a bottom of the U-shaped section of the torsion beam, and
the extension portions are configured astride the axis of the torsion beam to have different lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,112,454

CLOSING COVER WITH INTEGRATED PRESSURE RETENTION VALVE HOUSING FOR AIR SPRING APPLICATIONS

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A closing cover for an air spring comprising:a base having an end constructed and arranged to engage an end of an air spring;
a first portion integral with and extending axially from the base, the first portion defining a first internal space constructed and arranged to receive a portion of the air spring;
a second portion, integral with and extending axially from the first portion, the second portion defining a second internal space constructed and arranged to receive a main body of a pressure retention valve to thereby define an outer protective housing for the main body of the pressure retention valve, wherein the first internal space is substantially larger than the second internal space;
a spring-operated pressure retention valve inside the second internal space;
a wall, separate from and axially spaced from the end of the base, the wall separating the first internal space from the second internal space; and
a passageway extending through the wall and connecting the first internal space with the second internal space so that the pressure retention valve is exposed to pressure in the first internal space,
wherein the closing cover is in combination with an air spring of a vehicle, the cover being engaged with the air spring.

US Pat. No. 10,112,453

SHOCK ABSORBER

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

1. A shock absorber comprising:a cylinder that houses a liquid;
a partitioning portion that is provided in the cylinder so as to be movable in an axial direction and partitions a space in the cylinder into a first liquid chamber and a second liquid chamber;
a channel forming portion that forms a channel for a liquid flowing across the first liquid chamber and the second liquid chamber in conjunction with movement of the partitioning portion;
a valve that opens and closes a channel port of the channel in the channel forming portion to control a flow of the liquid through the channel;
a pressure chamber that houses the liquid and that enables a pressure of the liquid that has been housed to be changed; and
a pressing portion that uses a pressure in the pressure chamber to press the valve in a direction in which the valve closes the channel port, wherein the pressing portion comprises a contact member that contacts the valve and a pressure chamber forming member that forms the pressure chamber along with the contact member;
an advancing and retracting member that advances and retracts with respect to the pressure chamber to change the pressure of the liquid in the pressure chamber, wherein the advancing and retracting member comprises a shaft and the pressure of the liquid in the pressure chamber is configured to be changed by changing a volume of a portion of the shaft that is placed in the pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,112,452

TRAILER AND PACKAGING SYSTEM FOR TRAILER ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A trailer yaw sensing apparatus comprising:a housing configured for installation on a trailer, and defining apertures configured to engage fasteners for mounting yaw sensors in a plurality of orientations;
a yaw sensor including an external casing, and disposed within the housing; and
a socket defined by the housing, having no electrical connectors, configured to receive a trailer-to-vehicle electrical connector, and configured to remain non-energized when the connector is received therein.

US Pat. No. 10,112,450

TOW-HOOK ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A retractable tow-hook assembly, comprising:a vehicle frame and a bumper arranged thereon;
a cable wound around a disk within the bumper and attached to the frame;
a tow-hook arranged at an end of the cable and stored within the bumper during non-use and removed from the bumper and extendable via the cable during use; and
a clip fixed to an interior surface of the bumper and configured to selectively receive and secure the tow-hook.

US Pat. No. 10,112,449

BALL HITCH WITH LOCKING SWIVEL AND RAMP

1. A socket apparatus for connecting a towed vehicle to an upward extending hitch ball attached to a towing vehicle by lowering the socket apparatus onto the hitch ball, the apparatus comprising:a socket member defining a socket with an open bottom, and a rear end of the socket member adapted for attachment to the towed vehicle;
a ramp member attached to the socket member with a forward end of a lower surface of the ramp member located below a rear edge of the socket, the lower surface of the ramp member sloping downward and rearward from the forward end of the ramp member to a rearward end of the ramp member;
a securing mechanism movable from an open position, where the bottom of the socket is open to allow the hitch ball to enter the socket, to a closed position where the hitch ball is secured in the socket;
wherein an upper front edge of the ramp member is configured to substantially conform to an outer surface of the hitch ball such that when the hitch ball is fully inserted in the socket and the securing mechanism is in the closed position the hitch ball bears against the upper front edge of the ramp member when the towing vehicle tows the towed vehicle in a forward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,448

TIRE WHEEL POSITION DETECTION DEVICE AND TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A tire wheel position detection device applied to a vehicle having a vehicle body equipped with a plurality of tire wheels, each of the tire wheels having a tire, the tire wheel position detection device comprising:a transmitter attached to each of the tire wheels and including a first controller that creates and transmits a frame including unique identification information; and
a receiver attached to the vehicle body and including a second controller that performs tire wheel position detection through
receiving the frames transmitted from the transmitters through a reception antenna, and thereafter,
selecting, from the identification informations included in the frames, candidate identification informations indicating candidates to be registered, and
identifying, from the candidate identification informations, the candidate identification informations that match the transmitters attached to the tire wheels of the vehicle, and
storing the tire wheels and the identification informations of the transmitters attached to the tire wheels in association with each other,
wherein:
the transmitter includes an acceleration sensor that outputs a detection signal based on acceleration including a gravitational acceleration component, the gravitational acceleration component being varied by rotation of the tire wheel attached with the transmitter;
the first controller of the transmitter detects an angle of the transmitter based on the gravitational acceleration component included in the detection signal of the acceleration sensor and repeatedly transmits the frame at time points at which the angle is a predetermined transmission angle where an arbitrary circumferential position of the tire wheel that is centered with respect to a central axis of the tire wheel attached with the transmitter is an angle of 0 degrees;
the second controller of the receiver performs the tire wheel position detection through:
acquiring gear information indicative of tooth positions of gears based on detection signals of tire wheel velocity sensors, the tire wheel velocity sensors detecting passage of teeth of the gears rotating in coordination with the tire wheels, each gear having a circumferential surface with the tooth portions and portions between the tooth portions to alternately exhibit different magnetoresistance values, the tooth portions being conductive bodies;
setting a permissible range of variation based on the tooth positions at a time point of reception of the frame;
when the tooth positions at a time point of reception of the frame after the setting of the permissible range of variation are outside the permissible range of variation, eliminating the tire wheel from tire wheel candidates attached with the transmitter having transmitted the frame; and
identifying and registering a remaining tire wheel as the tire wheel attached with the transmitter having transmitted the frame; and
the second controller includes:
a provisional fixer that, before the registration, makes a provisional fixing of each individual candidate identification information when the tire wheel attached with the transmitter having transmitted the frame is identified based on the tooth positions being within the permissible range of variation;
a post-provisional-fixing determiner that, after the provisional fixing, determines whether the tooth positions at a time point of reception of the frame including the provisionally fixed candidate identification information are within the permissible range of variation;
a counter that, after the provisional fixing, measures the number of receptions of the frame including the provisionally fixed candidate identification information at which the tooth positions continue to remain within the permissible range of variation;
a first determiner that determines whether the number of receptions is equal to or greater than a first predetermined value; and
a register that, when the number of receptions is equal to or greater than the first predetermined value, definitely determines and registers the provisionally fixed candidate identification information as the identification information of the identified tire wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,447

VEHICLE SERVICING AND MONITORING METHOD AND SYSTEM

1. A method that allows for the capture of data related to the current air pressure of a tire and the correction of said air pressure using automatic tire measuring and tire inflation equipment for use at a tire inspection lane at an on-highway retail facility, comprising:a. identifying a vehicle by receiving vehicle identifying information from a vehicle, wherein said vehicle identifying information is received in a communication device;
b. associating vehicle pre-determined maintenance settings with said vehicle;
c. receiving said vehicle pre-determined maintenance settings through an electronic network, wherein said vehicle pre-determined maintenance settings are received based on said vehicle identifying information received;
d. performing maintenance on said vehicle based on said vehicle pre-determined maintenance settings, wherein said maintenance is performed by a maintenance tool;
e. interacting said maintenance tool with said vehicle and said communication device during the performance of maintenance so that the maintenance tool receives said pre-determined maintenance setting, interacts with the vehicle in accordance with the pre-determined maintenance settings and sends information on the maintenance to the communication device, and wherein maintenance includes correction of said air pressure of said tire, and said interaction includes measurement of the air pressure during said correction of said air pressure and transmittal of said measurement to said communication device; and
(f) updating a database with said information on the maintenance sent to the communications device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,445

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a carcass comprising a carcass ply extending between bead cores of bead portions through a tread portion and a pair of sidewall portions;
the carcass ply comprising a carcass cord having a heat shrinkage ratio of not less than 2.0%, where the heat shrinkage ratio is defined as a ratio y/x (%) of an amount of shrinkage “y” of the carcass cord under a no-load condition when left 5 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius to an original length “x” of the carcass cord;
each of the bead cores comprising an inner core disposed adjacently in contact with and axially inward of the carcass ply and an outer core disposed adjacently in contact with and axially outward of the carcass ply, wherein the carcass ply is interposed between the inner core and the outer core;
each of the outer core and the inner core consisting of a bead cord being wound a plurality of times in a circumferential direction of the tire in a spiral manner so as to overlie in a tire radial direction; and
the bead cord comprising an outermost layer having a plurality of filaments twisted together,
wherein, in one of the bead portions, when viewed in the tire axial direction from the one of the bead portions toward the other one of the bead portions, a winding direction of the bead cord from a radially inner end to a radially outer end thereof of each of the inner core and the outer core in the tire circumferential direction is counterclockwise,
the twisting direction of the outermost layer of the bead cord of the inner core is S-twist, and
the twisting direction of the outermost layer of the bead cord of the outer core is Z-twist.

US Pat. No. 10,112,444

WEAR AMOUNT DETECTION DEVICE FOR AUTOMOBILE TIRES

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A wear amount detection device for a tire of an automobile, the wear amount detection device detecting a wear amount of the tire, the wear amount detection device comprising:a rotation sensor configured to detect a rotation signal of a wheel so as to measure a speed of the automobile;
a signal processing unit configured to extract rotation speed fluctuations synchronized with the rotation, from the rotation signal detected by the rotation sensor, and to obtain, from the extracted rotation speed fluctuations, rotation speed fluctuation patterns over a plurality of rotations, each of the rotation speed fluctuation patterns including a rotation speed fluctuation synchronized with the corresponding rotation; and
a wear state determination unit configured to determine, in the obtained rotation speed fluctuation patterns, a component value induced by a characteristic embodied in the tire, the component value varying in accordance with a wear state of the tire, to estimate a wear state of the tire on the basis of the determined component value, and to output wear information,
wherein the wear state determination unit includes a relationship set portion configured to set a relationship between progressive states of wear of the tire and component values induced by the characteristic embodied in the tire, the value varying in accordance with a wear state of the tire, and
the characteristic includes at least one of the following characteristics (b), (c), (e), (h) and (i):
(b) a characteristic in a form in which an area or a pattern thereof changes as wear progresses;
(c) a characteristic that induces rotation speed fluctuations patterns which are different from each other depending on a wear amount;
(e) a characteristic including at least one characteristic structure formed by a tread pattern of the tire in a direction traversing a tread, the feature structure varying with wear;
(h) a characteristic configured such that the rotation speed fluctuation pattern changes to have a special fluctuation as wear progresses; and
(i) a characteristic including at least one characteristic portion, the characteristic including a groove formed in the tread of the tire in an initial state, the groove having a depth which decreases as wear progresses.

US Pat. No. 10,112,443

MOTOR VEHICLE TYRE

PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A., Mil...

1. A motor vehicle tyre comprising a tread band extending around an axis of rotation, comprising:a central annular portion which straddles an equatorial plane, and two annular shoulder portions arranged on axially opposite sides of the central annular portion,
the tread band having a void-to-rubber ratio of less than 10%;
the central annular portion having an axial extension less than 50% of lateral development of the tread band and comprising at least a pair of first grooves extending substantially longitudinally on opposite sides of the equatorial plane;
each shoulder portion having an axial extension less than 35% of the lateral development of the tread band and comprising a plurality of second grooves and a plurality of third grooves, each of the second and third grooves being spaced from the first grooves and extending substantially transversally forming an average angle with the equatorial plane of more than 90°,
wherein the central annular portion has a void-to-rubber ratio more than 0.15 and each of the first grooves consists of a first segment and a second segment which is inclined with respect to said first segment so as to form a concavity directed toward the equatorial plane,
the first segment of each first groove being shorter than the second segment and preceding the second segment in a tyre rolling direction,
each groove of the plurality of second grooves consisting of a substantially linear first segment and a substantially linear second segment, and an inclination angle of the first segment of each second groove with respect to the equatorial plane is smaller than that of the second segment of each second groove with respect to the equatorial plane,
each groove of the plurality of third grooves consisting of a substantially linear first segment and a substantially linear second segment, and an inclination angle of the first segment of each third groove with respect to the equatorial plane is greater than that of the second segment of each third groove with respect to the equatorial plane; and
the first grooves of each pair defining a central annular sub-portion straddling the equatorial plane substantially without grooves, the central annular sub-portion having a void-to-rubber ratio substantially equal to zero and an axial extension equal to at least 5% and at most 15% of the lateral development of the tread band.

US Pat. No. 10,112,442

NON-PNEUMATIC TIRE

Artic Investments S.A., ...

1. A tire (1) having a rotational axis and comprisinga rubber tread portion (2) extending in circumferential direction of the tire (1) and being provided for contacting a ground surface and
at least one truss ring (3) made of a rubber containing truss material having an E modulus of between 4-18 MPa and having
i) opposing first outer and second outer surfaces contacting and extending along the tread portion (2) for supporting the vehicle on the tread portion (2),
ii) first and second circumferential truss chords (5, 6) concentrically positioned with respect to the tread portion (2) forming, respectively, first and second truss chord members (10), wherein the first truss chord member is closer to the tread portion and the second truss chord member is closer to the rotational axis,
iii) a truss web (7) forming truss web members (9) located between and interconnecting the first and second truss chord members, and
iv) in the first outer surface extending along the rotational axis of the tire, a layer of multiple, adjacent triangular openings (8) each having first and second sides (19, 20) delimited by a pair of the truss web members (9) and a third side (21) delimited by the second circumferential truss chord member, wherein the ratio of the areas, at an outer surface of the truss ring (3), of the truss web members (9) with respect to the openings (8) between the truss web members (9) is comprised between 30/70 and 70/30, wherein the multiple triangular openings are positioned with respect to a tread pattern of the tread portion (2) having multiple lugs (13), such that the third sides of the openings are each positioned radially inward under’ a lug (13) of the tread pattern, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,112,441

RUBBER COMPOSITION AND PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A rubber composition comprising:a diene rubber,
a hydrocarbon wax,
cashew oil, and
a processing aid comprising at least one selected from the group consisting of a fatty acid metal salt, a fatty acid amide, a fatty acid ester and a fatty acid ester amide, wherein the processing aid has a proportion of constituent fatty acid having from 18 to 20 carbon atoms of from 20 to 60 mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,112,440

TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire comprising:at least a circular tire frame body that is formed from a resin material and has a layered structure, wherein the tire frame body includes at least one gas retaining layer, the gas retaining layer includes an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer and an elastomer, and the gas retaining layer is configured with the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer as a sea phase, and the elastomer as an island phase, with ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer dispersed in scattered dot shapes within the island phase of the elastomer.

US Pat. No. 10,112,439

VEHICLE WHEEL AXLE ASSEMBLY

1. A vehicle wheel axle assembly, comprising:an axle assembly including: (i) an axle sleeve that is rotationally stationary about an axial axis, including an axially extending opening therethrough and (ii) a control shaft extending within said axially extending opening that may be axially manipulated relative to said axle sleeve;
a frame element, including a first frame member that is rotationally stationary about said axial axis and a second frame member axially spaced from said first frame member by an axial gap;
wherein said control shaft includes an engagement end, and a control end axially distal from said engagement end that includes an enlarged head portion adjacent thereto with an axially inwardly facing grip face, and a shank portion extending between said engagement end and said grip face;
wherein said control shaft includes a first engagement surface axially proximal to said engagement end and a second engagement surface axially proximal to said control end, with an axial distance between said first engagement surface and said second engagement surface;
wherein said first frame member includes a first retaining surface;
wherein said second frame member includes an open slot, with an open entrance portion to radially receive said control shaft, and a second retaining surface;
wherein said axle sleeve is positioned within said axial gap;
wherein said control shaft is axially displaceable relative to said axle sleeve between:
(i) a retracted position, wherein said engagement end is in an axially inward orientation and said control shaft is radially disengaged from both said first frame member and said second frame member, and said hub assembly may be radially displaced relative to both said first frame member and said second frame member;
(ii) a pre-engaged position, wherein said engagement end is axially outward relative to said retracted position, and wherein said first engagement surface is axially overlapping said first retaining surface by a first overlap distance such that said first engagement surface is radially overlying said first retaining surface in a first radial engagement to radially retain said hub assembly with said first frame member, and said second engagement surface is axially overlapping said second retaining surface by a second overlap distance such that said second engagement surface is radially overlying said second retaining surface in a second radial engagement to radially retain said hub assembly with said second frame member; and
(iii) an engaged position wherein said axle assembly is secured to said first frame member by means of a multi-lead threadable engagement therebetween;
wherein said multi-lead threadable engagement may be manipulated between a threadably engaged arrangement serving to provide a securing means to secure said axle assembly to said frame element and a threadably released arrangement serving to remove said securing means; and
wherein said control shaft may be axially shuttled relative to said axle sleeve in an engaging direction corresponding to the axially outwardly direction of said engagement end and a retracting direction corresponding to the axially inwardly direction of said engagement end, and wherein, at least one of: (i) when said control shaft is axially shuttled in the engaging direction between said retracted position and said pre-engaged position, said first radial engagement and said second radial engagement are initiated generally simultaneously; and (ii) when said control shaft is axially shuttled in the retracting direction between said pre-engaged position and said retracted position, said first radial engagement and said second radial engagement are released generally simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,112,438

BEAD LOCK SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A locking system comprising:a bead lock ring including first holes and second holes;
a wheel center section having a third holes and fourth holes, the first holes being configured to align with the third holes, and the second holes being configured to align with the fourth holes, wherein the first holes and the third holes are different types of holes, and the second holes and the fourth holes are different types of holes;
coupling mechanisms being configured to be inserted into the first holes and third holes, and the second holes and fourth holes.

US Pat. No. 10,112,437

ELASTIC WHEEL FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES

CONSTRUCCIONES Y AUXILIAR...

1. An elastic wheel for railway vehicles, comprising:a tread;
a wheel center;
an axis (R) at the center of the wheel;
a retaining ring attached to the wheel center by means of attachment screws;
a V-shaped housing delimited by the tread, the wheel center and the retaining ring, for the insertion of an elastomer, in which the elastomer is formed by a plurality of V-shaped elastic blocks and the elastomer is compressed by the retaining ring towards the axis (R) of the wheel, the V-shaped housing comprising:
a vertex,
first and second inclined sections on which the V-shaped-elastic blocks are supported, the first and second inclined sections being connected at the vertex and extending away from the vertex in respective first and second directions, the first inclined section formed by an inclined surface of the retaining ring, the second inclined section formed by an inclined surface the wheel center,
a first oblique wall joined to the first inclined section, the first oblique wall formed by an oblique surface of the retaining ring,
a second oblique wall joined to the second inclined section, the second oblique wall formed by an oblique surface of the retaining ring,
a first vertical wall joined to the first oblique wall, the first vertical wall being perpendicular to the axis, the first vertical wall being formed by a vertical surface of the retaining ring,
a second vertical wall joined to the second oblique wall, the second vertical wall being perpendicular to the axis, the second vertical wall being formed by a vertical surface of the wheel center,
a first horizontal wall joined to the first vertical wall, the first horizontal wall being parallel to the axis, the first horizontal wall being formed by a first horizontal surface of the tread,
a second horizontal wall joined to the second vertical wall, the second horizontal wall being parallel to the axis, the second horizontal wall being formed by a second horizontal surface of the tread, and
a radially inwardly projecting portion between the first and second horizontal walls, between the first and second vertical walls, and between the first and second oblique walls, the radially inwardly projecting portion formed by a projecting surface of the tread,
wherein:
the first oblique wall and the retaining ring are located on a first side of a line that intersects the axis (R), is perpendicular to the axis (R), and passes through the vertex, and the second oblique wall is located on a second side of the line opposite the first side,
each of the first and second oblique walls forms an angle (?) of between 48° and 52° with respect to the axis (R) of the wheel,
the first inclined section is located on the first side of the line and disposed between the vertex and the first oblique wall,
the second inclined section is located on the second side of the line and disposed between the vertex and the second oblique wall, and
each of the first and second inclined sections forms an angle (?) of between 2° and 10° with respect to the axis (R) of the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,436

CENTRE-LOCK ATTACHMENT ARRANGEMENT FOR COMPOSITE WHEELS

Carbon Revolution Limited...

1. A centre-lock attachment arrangement configured to attach at least one composite wheel to a mount using a centre-lock fastener and a centre-lock fastening nut which can be fastened on the centre-lock fastener, the composite wheel including a central attachment area having a composite wheel central attachment aperture through which the centre-lock fastener is inserted, and a plurality of composite wheel fastener apertures annularly spaced around the composite wheel central attachment aperture, the centre-lock attachment arrangement including:a front element including a front element outer engagement surface configured to engage the centre-lock fastening nut, and a front element inner engagement surface configured to engage with an outer side of the central attachment area of the composite wheel, the front element including a front element attachment aperture through which the centre-lock fastener is inserted and a plurality of front element fastener apertures annularly spaced around the front element attachment aperture, said front element fastener apertures being complementary to the composite wheel fastener apertures of the central attachment area of the composite wheel;
a backing element including a backing element outer engagement surface configured to face the mount, and a backing element inner engagement surface configured to engage with an inner side of the central attachment area of the composite wheel, the backing element including a backing element attachment aperture through which the centre-lock fastener is inserted and a plurality of backing element fastener apertures spaced apart around the backing element attachment aperture, said backing element fastener apertures being complementary to the composite wheel fastener apertures of the central attachment area of the composite wheel; and
a plurality of elongate fasteners configured to be received through the plurality of front element fastener apertures and the plurality of backing element fastener apertures which are aligned, the plurality of elongate fasteners configured to clamp the front element and the backing element over and around the central attachment area of the composite wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,435

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FOLDERS HAVING UNDER-DIMENSIONS, A MACHINE FOR SUCH A MANUFACTURE, AND A CASSETTE FOR SUCH A MACHINE AND SUCH A MANUFACTURING METHOD

Bindomatic AB, Stockholm...

1. A method of manufacturing a first folder having a first width dimension using a folder manufacturing machine configured to manufacture a second folder having a second width dimension that is greater than the first width dimension, the first folder comprising a cover having two cover sides, a back between the cover sides, an adhesive on the inside of the back, and a bundle of sheets inserted between the two cover sides of the cover and one side edges of which are brought into abutment against the inside of the back and the adhesive, the method comprising:activating the adhesive by an activation device of the folder manufacturing machine for a predetermined time for the adhesion of the bundle of sheets of said first folder to the inside of the back; and
while the adhesive is activated for the adhesion of the bundle of sheets to the inside of the back, continuously or intermittently feeding the first folder through the folder manufacturing machine by a conveyer adapted to the second folder having the second width dimension, wherein said first folder is placed in a cassette having an inner dimension corresponding to said first width dimension and having an outer dimension corresponding to said second width dimension, and the cassette is moved through the folder manufacturing machine by said conveyer.

US Pat. No. 10,112,434

SHADOW IMAGE SECURITY FEATURE

Entrust Datacard Corporat...

1. A security document comprising:a core;
a portrait image of an intended holder of the security document applied to the core, the portrait image is visible on the security document;
a window area in the core, the window area includes a metalized foil layer disposed between two transparent layers;
a laser ablated image formed in the metalized foil layer in the window area, the laser ablated image is separate from the portrait image, the laser ablated image is of the intended holder of the security document, the laser ablated image being transparent, and the laser ablated image is visible from a front of the security document and visible from a rear of the security document.

US Pat. No. 10,112,432

SECURITY DEVICE

DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL L...

1. A security device comprising:a first transparent coloured element disposed in a first region of the device, the first transparent coloured element defining a first surface;
a second transparent colored element disposed in the first region of the device and being adjacent to the first transparent coloured element, the second transparent coloured element defining a second surface;
a first optically variable effect generating relief microstructure extending across the first surface of the first transparent coloured element and the second surface of the second transparent coloured element;
a third transparent coloured element disposed in a second region of the device, the second region being laterally offset and spaced apart from the first region, the third transparent coloured element defining a third surface;
a second optically variable effect generating relief microstructure extending across the third surface of the third transparent coloured element; and
a reflection enhancing layer extending: (i) across the first optically variable effect generating relief microstructure and following a first contour of the first optically variable effect generating relief microstructure, and (ii) across the second optically variable effect generating relief microstructure and following a second contour of the second optically variable effect generating relief microstructure, wherein
the reflection enhancing layer extending across the first and second optically variable effect generating relief structures are formed of an identical material, and
the reflection enhancing layer is provided in discrete portions in the first region and second region respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,112,431

METHODS, DEVICES AND IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT FOR A PERSON OR AN ANIMAL

1. Device for producing a document carrying an identification of a document bearer, person or animal, comprising:a detector to determine physical printing conditions regarding a printer used to mark of the document;
a sensor to obtain biometric data of the document bearer, person or animal;
an encoder to encode the biometric data to form a digital identification image comprising redundancies in a code;
the detector to determine physical characteristics of cells of at least one shape, according to the printing conditions, such that a proportion of cells is printed with a random print error that is greater than a predefined first value and less than a predefined second value;
an image encoder to form, in said at least one shape, an authentication image for the document, the authentication image comprising elementary cells whose content is representative of an encoded digital identification image; the image encoder is configured to perform a permutation of elementary cells by utilizing a hash function that utilizes a hashing key, and
the printer prints the authentication image and the digital identification image on the document, implementing the printing conditions determined to generate random print errors in the printed elementary cells of the authentication image, a copy of said at least one shape being detected by modification of an appearance of the elementary cells.

US Pat. No. 10,112,430

SECURITY ELEMENT AND SECURITY DOCUMENT

OVD KINEGRAM AG, Zug (CH...

1. A security element comprising a multi-layer film body, with a first area that is transparent in transmitted light,wherein the security element has a substrate which has, in the first area, one or more transmissive diffraction structures which display one or more optical security features when observed in transmitted light, and
wherein, in the first area, two or more different transmissive diffraction structures are arranged which, when observed in transmitted light against a light source radiating white light, display different color-change effects when the security element is tilted and/or turned, and
wherein, when a first side of the security element facing an observer is observed in transmitted light, against a light source which radiates white light parallel to a beam axis and is arranged on a second side of the security element opposite the first side of the security element, at least one of the one or more transmissive diffraction structures brings about a change in a color of a partial area of the first area which is covered with the one or more transmissive diffraction structures when the security element is tilted relative to the beam axis, wherein the partial area is patterned in the form of a motif, and
wherein the at least one transmissive diffraction structure comprises a relief structure formed in the first area, the relief structure having a relief depth of between 400 nm and 1700 nm and a grating period of between 500 nm and 1500 nm such that light incident on the second side of the security element in a beam direction perpendicular to a plane spanned by the second side of the security element is transmitted in the direction of the beam direction through the substrate largely unchanged in its color spectrum, wherein a change of the spectrum in the range of from 460 nm to 660 nm is less than 15%.

US Pat. No. 10,112,429

METHOD OF FORMING A COLOR LASER IMAGE, AND RESULTING DOCUMENT

1. A method of forming personalized color laser images from an assembly comprising:a transparent protection layer,
a printed latent image comprising color subpixels and non-colored surfaces that are organized in small areas that are uniformly distributed such that the printed latent image appears without any discernable image prior to application of a laser beam,
a laserable layer under the printed latent image, and
reflective means,
the method comprising passing the laser beam through the transparent protection layer, through the color subpixels of the printed latent image, and through the non-colored surfaces of the printed latent image to form gray levels in the laserable layer that cause the printed latent image to appear as a personalized color laser image,
wherein the transparent protection layer is laminated on the assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,428

SHAPING TOOL AND DEVICE FOR SHAPING BOOK COVERS

MUELLER MARTINI HOLDING A...

1. A shaping tool for a device for rounding a spine region and for shaping a folding region of a lying outstretched book cover, the folding region being adjacent on either side of the spine region, in accordance with a shape of a spine of a book block which subsequently forms a book together with the book cover, the shaping tool comprising:a fixed, convex central shaping strip; and
two convex outer shaping rails, which laterally adjoin the central shaping strip and are laterally adjustable according to a required rounding and width of the spine region of the book cover.

US Pat. No. 10,112,427

IMAGE DECOLORING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An image decoloring device comprising:a decoloring processing unit configured to remove a color of a decolorable colorant that forms an image on a sheet by applying heat to the sheet;
a sheet carrying unit configured to convey the sheet through the decoloring processing unit; and
a processor configured to:
determine a selection of a decoloring mode of the decoloring processing unit as one of a normal mode and a power-saving mode, and
control the decoloring processing unit and the sheet conveying unit to perform decoloring processing in accordance with the selected decoloring mode, wherein
when the selected decoloring mode is the normal mode, the processor performs the decoloring processing by controlling the decoloring processing unit to apply heat at a first temperature to the sheet and controlling the sheet carrying unit to convey the sheet through the decoloring processing unit at a first speed, and
when the selected decoloring mode is the power-saving mode, the processor performs the decoloring processing by controlling the decoloring processing unit to apply heat at a second temperature lower than the first temperature to the sheet and controlling the sheet carrying unit to convey the sheet through the decoloring processing unit at a second speed slower than the first speed.

US Pat. No. 10,112,425

AUTHENTICATION VALUE FOR A FLUID EJECTION DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluid ejection device, comprising:a plurality of analog devices; and
a storage element storing an authentication value based on electrical characteristics of a subset of the plurality of analog devices, wherein the authentication value stored in the storage element is encrypted.

US Pat. No. 10,112,424

PRINTING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO HOLD BATTERY

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing part configured to perform printing;
an accommodating portion having a recessed part configured to accommodate a battery configured to supply power to the printing part;
a cover movable between a first position to close the accommodating portion and a second position to open the accommodating portion, the cover having a specific surface configured to face the accommodating portion and an edge portion which is a contour of the cover;
a shaft portion extending in a first direction perpendicular to the specific surface;
a holding portion configured to hold the cover at the first position, the holding portion in its entirety having a gravity center thereof, the shaft portion passing through the gravity center; and
an engaging portion configured to engage with the holding portion, the holding portion comprising:
a first rotating member configured to rotate between a third position and a fourth position about the shaft portion, the first rotating member having an engaged part, the engaged part protruding outside the edge portion so that the engaged part engages with the engaging portion when the first rotating member is positioned at the third position, the first rotating member in its entirety being positioned inside the edge portion so that the first rotating member is separated from the engaging portion when the first rotating member is positioned at the fourth position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,423

OBJECT HOLDER FOR A DIRECT-TO-OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system, the object holder comprising:a container configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead of a direct-to-object print system;
a plurality of ferrous metal pieces in the container, an object to be printed being partially embedded in the metallic pieces; and
an electromagnet for generating a magnetic field to cause the metallic pieces to clump together thereby physically retaining the object.

US Pat. No. 10,112,422

METHOD OF ALIGNING A FIRST IMAGE ON A FIRST SIDE OF A MEDIUM AND A SECOND IMAGE ON A SECOND SIDE OF A MEDIUM

1. A method of aligning a first image on a first side of a medium and a second image on a second side of a medium, the first side and the second side facing away from each other, wherein the method comprises the steps of:using an imaging device for printing the first image and a discrimination feature comprising a discriminatory edge perpendicular to an alignment direction in a coordinate system of the medium on a first side of the medium while controlling the position of the medium with respect to a coordinate system of the imaging device based on a first set of feed parameters; and
using the imaging device for printing the second image and a plurality of features on the second side of the medium while controlling the position of the medium in the coordinate system of the imaging device based on a second set of feed parameters, the plurality of features comprising a first feature, a second feature and a third feature,
wherein each feature of the plurality of features has a first edge and a second edge parallel to the first edge and has a halfway coordinate between the first edge and the second edge, the halfway coordinate of the second feature being between the halfway coordinate of the first feature and the third feature, the first feature extending in a first range of coordinates in the alignment direction, the second feature extending in a second range of coordinates in the alignment direction, the third feature extending a third range of coordinates in the alignment direction, the first range overlapping with the second range and the second range overlapping with the third range,
wherein printing comprises controlling a printing position where the medium is to be colored, in the coordinate system of the imaging device, and
wherein when printing the discrimination feature and the plurality of features, the relative positioning of the medium in the coordinate system of the imaging device and controlling the printing position are arranged such that according to the first set of feed parameters and the second set of feed parameters the first edges of the features of the plurality of features are perpendicular to the alignment direction and the discriminatory edge overlaps the first edge of the second feature.

US Pat. No. 10,112,421

PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a conveyor configured to convey a medium comprising a transparent base layer and a separation layer stacked on each other in a stacking direction, wherein a plurality of regions are defined in the medium along a first direction orthogonal to the stacking direction, and wherein the plurality of regions comprise (i) a first region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is stickable, (ii) a second region which is located on one side of the first region in the first direction and in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is non-stickable, and (iii) a third region which is located on the one side of the second region in the first direction and in which at least a part of a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is stickable;
a printer configured to print a character on the medium conveyed by the conveyor, wherein the medium on which the character is printed is a printed medium; and
a controller configured to control the conveyor and the printer,
wherein the controller is configured to perform:
obtaining wrapping-manner information indicating which wrapping manner is to be used between (a) a first wrapping manner in which portions of the printed medium in the second region and the third region are wrapped around a wrapped member after a first surface of a portion of the transparent base layer of the printed medium in the first region and a first surface of a portion of the transparent base layer of the printed medium in the third region are stuck to each other such that the printed medium is located around the wrapped member and (b) a second wrapping manner in which the portions of the printed medium in the second region and the third region are wrapped around the wrapped member after the first surface of the portion of the transparent base layer of the printed medium in the first region is stuck to the wrapped member; and
changing control of the conveyor and the printer, depending upon whether the obtained wrapping-manner information indicates the first wrapping manner or the second wrapping manner.

US Pat. No. 10,112,420

FRAME LENGTH ADJUSTMENT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A frame length adjusting inkjet web press comprising:a plurality of printheads to print first and second marks into print frames on a media web as the web passes through a print zone, the first marks separated from the second marks across the web by a cross-web distance;
first and second sensors separated across the web by the cross-web distance, the first sensor aligned across the web with the first marks to sense the first marks as they pass by the first sensor, and the second sensor aligned across the web with the second marks to sense the second marks as they pass by the second sensor;
a first timer to measure a time T1 from the first sensor sensing a first mark and the second sensor sensing a second mark;
a second timer to measure a time T2 from the second sensor sensing the second mark and the first sensor sensing a next first mark; and
a controller to control a gap between the frames by regulating when the frames are printed on the web based on T1 and T2.

US Pat. No. 10,112,419

PRINTING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a conveyor configured to convey a recording medium in a conveying direction;
a liquid ejection head comprising a plurality of nozzles, the plurality of nozzles being arranged along the conveying direction to form a nozzle array;
a contact part configured to contact a surface of the recording medium that faces the liquid ejection head at a position upstream with regard to the conveying direction from a nozzle located at a most upstream position among the plurality of nozzles that form the nozzle array; and
a controller configured to control the conveyor and the liquid ejection head,
wherein the controller executes a plurality of printing processes, each one of the plurality of printing processes comprising a conveying action, in which the controller controls the conveyor to convey the recording sheet in the conveying direction, and an ejecting action, in which after the conveying action the controller controls the liquid ejection head to eject liquid from the plurality of nozzles toward the recording medium to print an image;
wherein the conveying action comprises:
a first conveying action, in which a first nozzle among the plurality of nozzles that form the nozzle array is designated to be a nozzle active at a most downstream position with regard to the conveying direction for the ejecting action, the first nozzle being located at a position downstream from the nozzle at the most upstream position with regard to the conveying direction, in the first conveying action the controller controlling the conveyor to convey the recording medium for a first conveyance amount based on print data; and
a second conveying action, in which a second nozzle among the plurality of nozzles that form the nozzle array is designated to be a nozzle active to print a most downstream part of the image that is to be printed in the ejecting action, the second nozzle being located at a position upstream from the first nozzle with regard to the conveying direction, in the second conveying action the controller controlling the conveyor to convey the recording medium for a second conveyance amount being smaller than the first conveyance amount for a nozzle shift amount, the nozzle shift amount being equal to a length between the first nozzle and the second nozzle along the conveying direction;
wherein the plurality of printing processes comprise:
at least one occurrence of a first printing process, the first printing process taking the first conveying action as the conveying actions; and
at least one occurrence of a second printing process, the second printing process taking the second conveying action as the conveying action;
wherein the controller further executes a length information obtaining process, in which length information related to a length of a non-printing region in the recording medium is obtained, the non-printing region being a region in which no image is printed and being reserved at a rim of an upstream side of the recording medium with regard to the conveying direction; and
wherein, in the second printing process, the controller designates the second within a contact range in which the recording medium is maintained contacted by the contact part at a point where the conveying action in a final one of the plurality of printing processes is completed, such that the longer the length of the non-printing region indicated in the obtained length information is, the closer nozzle closer to an upstream end of conveyance among the plurality of nozzles that form the nozzle array is designated to be the second nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,417

TRAY, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tray conveyed in a printing apparatus while holding a print medium being printed by a print unit of the printing apparatus, the tray comprising:a conveying tray configured to be conveyed by a conveyance unit of the printing apparatus; and
an adapter tray which is held at an inside part of the conveying tray in a replaceable manner, the adapter tray including a holding portion at which the print medium is held and an ink absorption portion positioned adjacent to the holding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,416

IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image recording device comprising:a housing;
a first tray detachably attached to the housing and comprising a first plate configured to support sheets thereon;
a second tray disposed below the first tray and comprising a second plate configured to support sheets thereon;
a first feeder configured to feed a sheet from the first tray;
a second feeder configured to feed a sheet from the second tray;
a recording unit disposed above the first tray and configured to record an image on a sheet;
a standing member disposed proximate to one end of the first plate of the first tray;
a movable guide member disposed below the recording unit and movable between a guide position and a non-guide position;
an upper member; and
an outer member comprising:
a lower outer portion opposing the standing member to define therebetween a first path and configured to guide, along the first path, a sheet fed from a second tray;
an intermediate outer portion partially defining a second path connected to the first path and configured to guide, along the second path, a sheet fed from the first tray and the sheet fed from the second tray; and
an upper outer portion opposing the upper member to partially define therebetween a third path connected to the second path and extending to the recording unit, and configured to guide, along the third path toward the recording unit, the sheet fed from the first tray and the sheet fed from the second tray,
wherein the outer member is movable relative to the housing to expose the standing member and the upper member, and
wherein the movable guide member is configured to, when located at the guide position, partially define a fourth path extending above the first tray and connected to the third path and guide a sheet along the fourth path to the third path, the movable guide member being movable to the non-guide position in a state where the first tray is detached from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,112,415

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a head comprising a nozzle line, the nozzle line having a plurality of nozzles aligned in a first direction, the nozzles being configured to eject a liquid onto a medium, wherein the liquid is cured on the medium by irradiation with electromagnetic waves;
a first irradiation portion, configured to irradiate the liquid which has landed on the medium with electromagnetic waves;
a second irradiation portion, configured to irradiate the liquid which has landed on the medium with electromagnetic waves; and
a carriage unit, configured to move the first irradiation portion and the second irradiation portion in a second direction transverse to the first direction; wherein the carriage unit further comprises a guide that is configured to vary the position of the second irradiation portion in the first direction on the carriage unit;
wherein, along the second direction, the first irradiation portion is positioned between the head and the second irradiation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,413

DRYER CONTROL IN A PRINTER

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A non-transitory processor readable medium having instructions thereon that when executed cause a controller to:monitor a temperature of a dryer in a printer, the dryer to dry printing fluid deposited on an article during a print job by blowing air heated by a heating element of the dryer into a drying path of the article;
continue to apply power to the heating element after executing a first print job and before executing a second, next consecutive print job until the temperature of the dryer exceeds a threshold temperature and the power has been applied to the heating element for a predefined minimum duration of time; and
turn off the power applied to the heating element while the printer is not printing the second print job after the temperature of the dryer exceeds the threshold temperature and the power has been applied to the heating element for the predefined minimum duration of time.

US Pat. No. 10,112,412

OBJECT HOLDER FOR A DIRECT-TO-OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An object holder for retaining an object in a direct-to-object print system, the object holder comprising:a back support configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead of a direct-to-object print system;
a top and bottom arm attached to the back support;
at least two support braces each attached to the top and bottom arms; and
at least one restraining bar slideably attached to the support braces so the bar can be lowered on the object between the top and bottom arms.

US Pat. No. 10,112,410

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:a printing section that prints an image on mediums with inks having a plurality of colors by an ink jet method;
a collection section that collects the mediums on which the image has been printed by the printing section;
an image data acquisition unit that acquires image data to be printed by the printing section;
a printed-medium-number information acquisition unit that acquires information about the number of mediums on which the image data acquired by the image data acquisition unit has been printed;
a color conversion processing unit that converts the image data into ink-amount data corresponding to the plurality of colors by using a look-up table in which combinations of the amounts of output inks corresponding to input color values are prescribed;
a look-up table storage section in which a plurality of look-up tables having different combinations of the amounts of inks are stored;
a look-up table selection unit that selects the look-up table, which is used by the color conversion processing unit, from the plurality of look-up tables, which are stored in the look-up table storage section, on the basis of the information about the number of printed mediums acquired by the printed-medium-number information acquisition unit, and selects a look-up table in which a total amount of ink after conversion is smaller as the number of printed mediums is increased; and
a print data generation unit that generates print data on the basis of the ink-amount data corresponding to the plurality of colors and generated by the color conversion processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,112,409

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a head including a plurality of nozzles which discharge a liquid with respect to a medium, the plurality of nozzles being arranged along a first direction, the plurality of nozzles being mutually exclusively divided into at least a first group and a second group, the first group being located directly adjacent to a first nozzle edge of the plurality of nozzles in the first direction, the second group including a center area of the plurality of nozzles in the first direction;
a scan mechanism configured to scan the head along a main scanning direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a medium transport mechanism configured to transport the medium in a sub scanning direction parallel to the first direction;
a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the computer-readable instructions so as to:
cause the scan mechanism to scan the head so that the head reciprocally moves along the main scanning direction while the processor causes the medium transport mechanism to periodically transport the medium in the sub scanning direction by the same distance so that an image is formed on the medium by the discharged liquid, the image being configured with a first region formed by a first recording and a second region formed by a second recording, the first and second regions being alternately arranged,
wherein the processor is configured to cause the head to eject the liquid from the first and second groups of the plurality of nozzles in the first recording,
the processor is configured to cause the head to eject the liquid from only the second group of the plurality of nozzles in the second recording, and
a first number of scan passes of the head in the first recording is larger than a second number of scan passes of the head in the second recording.

US Pat. No. 10,112,408

FLUID EJECTION DEVICE WITH FLUID FEED HOLES

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluid ejection device, comprising:a fluid ejection die having a fluidics layer to dispense fluid and a substrate with a front surface on which the fluidics layer is formed and a back surface to receive fluid;
an array of fluid feed holes each extending through the substrate from the back surface to the front surface to guide fluid to the fluidics layer, the substrate including a rib separating each fluid feed hole from an adjacent fluid feed hole;
an array of drop generators in the fluidics layer downstream of and parallel to the array of fluid feed holes;
a manifold formed in the fluidics layer, the fluid feed holes opening into the manifold, and the manifold extending along the drop generator array to supply fluid to the drop generators; and
multiple first pillars each positioned in the manifold on a rib between adjacent fluid feed holes.

US Pat. No. 10,112,407

FLUID EJECTION DEVICE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A fluid ejection device, comprising:a fluid slot;
a fluid ejection chamber communicated with the fluid slot;
a drop ejecting element within the fluid ejection chamber;
a fluid circulation channel communicated at a first end with the fluid slot and communicated at a second end with the fluid ejection chamber, the fluid circulation channel including a first portion, and the fluid circulation channel including a second portion;
a fluid circulating element within the first portion of the fluid circulation channel, the first portion of the fluid circulation channel having a first width at the fluid circulating element; and
a particle tolerant architecture within the second portion of the fluid circulation channel at the second end, the second portion of the fluid circulation channel having a second width greater than the first width at the particle tolerant architecture.

US Pat. No. 10,112,406

GEAR PUMP AND PRINTING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SAME

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A gear pump for transporting a fluid comprising:a pump casing; and
a gear assembly which is accommodated in the pump casing,
the gear assembly including
a driving gear,
a driven gear that meshes with the driving gear,
a driving gear shaft to which the driving gear is attached,
a driven gear shaft to which the driven gear is attached, and
a bearing frame that rotatably supports the driving gear shaft and rotatably supports the driven gear shaft,
the bearing frame including
a frame main body,
first and second driving side bearing portions which are provided in the frame main body and which support the driving gear shaft, and
first and second driven side bearing portions which are provided in the frame main body and which support the driven gear shaft,
the frame main body having first and second bearing support portions which are disposed away from each other in an axial direction of the driving gear shaft and a connecting portion which connects the first and second bearing support portions with respect to each other, the first driving side bearing portion and the first driven side bearing portion being provided in the first bearing support portion, the second driving side bearing portion and the second driven side bearing portion being provided in the second bearing support portion, the first and second bearing support portions and the connecting portion being integrally formed as a one-piece member.

US Pat. No. 10,112,405

REPLACEABLE LIQUID SUPPLY HAVING CUT OUTS AND LATCH

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A replaceable liquid supply to connect to a liquid dispenser, comprising:multiple compartments separated by single internal walls each compartment to hold a distinct liquid, and
multiple liquid outlets, each fluidically connected to one of the compartments, to supply respective liquids to corresponding dispenser inlets of distinct receiving slots of a dispenser, and
multiple clearance cut outs disposed at a pitch equal to a pitch of the outlets to accommodate protrusions of a dispenser, wherein the clearance cut outs are disposed between the compartments.

US Pat. No. 10,112,404

FLUIDIC EJECTION CARTRIDGE WITH MOLDED CERAMIC BODY

Funai Electric Co., Ltd.,...

1. A fluidic ejection cartridge comprising:a cartridge body having an upper portion, a lower portion, at least one sidewall, and a hollow cavity within the cartridge body defining a fluid reservoir;
a cartridge lid disposed over the upper portion of the cartridge body;
a cartridge bottom plate disposed under and sealed to the lower portion of the cartridge body; and
a cartridge nosepiece disposed under and sealed to the cartridge bottom plate, the nosepiece having at least one fluidic ejection chip in fluid flow communication with the fluid reservoir,
wherein the cartridge body, the cartridge lid, and the cartridge bottom each comprises ceramic, and wherein the cartridge body and cartridge lid are molded together as a unitary ceramic piece.

US Pat. No. 10,112,403

LIQUID CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid container comprising a containing chamber configured to contain a liquid, a supply port constructed for supply of the liquid into the containing chamber, and a cover member detachably attached to the supply port, whereinthe cover member includes a body portion located outside of the containing chamber and the supply port in a first state attached to the supply port;
the body portion includes a covering portion covering an opening surface of the supply port in the first state of the cover member, the body portion further including a support portion constructed for connecting the covering portion with another member in a second state of the cover member removed from the supply port, and a projecting portion projecting from the covering portion; and
in an attitude of the liquid container in a case where the cover member is to be removed from the supply port, the projecting portion projects only from below a gravity center of the covering portion in a gravity direction seen from a direction orthogonal to the opening surface in the first state of the cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,112,402

TANK AND LIQUID CONSUMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A tank for storing liquid to be supplied to a liquid consuming device, comprising:a casing;
a liquid chamber including a first chamber and a second chamber which are configured to store the liquid;
a communicating channel including a first communicating channel, a second communicating channel, and a third communicating channel, the communicating channel being located above the liquid chamber;
a liquid inlet port via which the liquid is poured into the first and second chambers;
a first communicating port communicating the first chamber and a first end of the first communicating channel;
a second communicating port communicating the first and second chambers;
an atmosphere open port communicating the third communicating channel and an outside of the tank;
a liquid outflow port via which the liquid stored in the first and second chambers is allowed to flow out of the first and second chambers and toward the liquid consuming device; and
a gas-liquid separating membrane located in the third communicating channel,
wherein a first end of the second communicating channel is communicated with the second chamber, and a second end of the second communicating channel is communicated with a second end of the first communicating channel, and
a first end of the third communicating channel is communicated with the second ends of the first and second communicating channels, and a second end of the third communicating channel is communicated with the atmosphere open port.

US Pat. No. 10,112,401

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejecting apparatus which includes a container holder on which a first liquid container and a second liquid container are detachably mounted, nozzles for ejecting the liquid supplied from each of the liquid containers, and an adjuster that is disposed at a position covered by the first liquid container and not covered by the second liquid container, the method comprising:ejecting liquid by the nozzles in a state in which the second liquid container is mounted without the first liquid container being mounted; and
adjusting the liquid ejecting apparatus by the adjuster based on an ejection result in the ejecting of the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,112,400

FLUID CARTRIDGE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method of installing a fluid cartridge in a fluid ejection system, the method comprising:inserting the fluid cartridge into a cartridge receiving structure of the fluid ejection system;
using a guide in a bottom face of the cartridge for guiding the cartridge along a straight line for connecting interfaces on a front face of the cartridge to the cartridge receiving structure, wherein the interfaces on the front face comprise an air interface and an ejector alignment interface disposed above an ink interface;
guiding and retaining a latch of the cartridge receiving structure with a latch stop and a latch track, disposed in the bottom face of the cartridge;
with guiding the cartridge with the guide in the bottom face of the cartridge, interfacing the air interface with an air input of the cartridge receiving structure, interfacing the ejector alignment interface with an ejector of the cartridge receiving structure and interfacing the ink interface with an ink pen of the cartridge receiving structure; and
after interfacing the ink interface and ink pen, interfacing an electrical circuit, located in the front face above the air interface, with an electrical interface of the cartridge receiving structure.

US Pat. No. 10,112,399

LIQUID CONTAINER, LIQUID CONSUMING APPARATUS, LIQUID SUPPLY SYSTEM AND LIQUID CONTAINER UNIT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid jet apparatus comprising a liquid jet head, a carriage carrying the liquid jet head in a side-to-side direction, a liquid flow channel, and a liquid container in fluid communication with the liquid jet head through the liquid flow channel, the liquid container including:a liquid containing chamber arranged along a front/back direction orthogonal to the side-to-side direction;
a liquid outlet port, from which the liquid contained in the liquid containing chamber flows to the liquid flow channel;
a liquid inlet port, through which the liquid is injected into the liquid containing chamber, the liquid inlet port having an end surface; and
a liquid inlet port formation surface upon which the liquid inlet port is formed;
wherein the liquid inlet port formation surface does not face in either a vertical direction or a horizontal direction relative to a normal posture of the liquid jet apparatus such that the liquid inlet port end surface also does not face in either the vertical direction or the horizontal direction relative to the normal posture of the liquid jet apparatus,
wherein the liquid container further includes a visible surface which allows a liquid level of the liquid in the liquid containing chamber to be visually recognized from outside, an upper limit indicating portion being formed on the visible surface, and
wherein the liquid inlet port includes a cylindrical portion having the end surface, the cylindrical portion tilting toward the upper limit indicating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,398

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid discharging apparatus comprising:a liquid jet head including a plurality of nozzles;
a receiving portion;
a tube pump including:
a tube defining at least a part of a liquid discharge flow passage connected with the receiving portion,
a casing having an inner peripheral wall forming a cylindrical space to contain the tube along the inner peripheral wall such that the tube arranged along the inner peripheral wall has an overlapped portion at which a part of the tube overlaps with another part of the tube in an axial direction of the cylindrical space, and
a pressing body configured to press the tube arranged along the inner peripheral wall toward the inner peripheral wall while rotating about a rotating shaft provided along a central axis of the cylindrical space; and
a controller configured to:
acquire present positional information of the pressing body; and
control the liquid jet head to perform flushing to jet liquid from the plurality of nozzles into the receiving portion, and control the tube pump to perform discharging the liquid jetted into the receiving portion, simultaneously;
wherein when performing the flushing and the discharging, the controller is configured to carry out selectively performing either a first flushing to jet the liquid at a predetermined jet amount from the plurality of nozzles or a second flushing to control the liquid jet head so as to jet less of the liquid than the predetermined jet amount; and
wherein when performing the flushing and the discharging simultaneously, the controller is configured to carry out either the first flushing when acquiring the present positional information indicating that the pressing body is not positioned to press the overlapped portion of the tube or the second flushing when acquiring the present positional information indicating that the pressing body is positioned to press the overlapped portion of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,112,397

LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid jetting apparatus configured to jet liquid toward a recording medium, comprising:a liquid jetting head including a liquid jetting surface and a plurality of nozzles arranged in the liquid jetting surface;
a carriage on which the liquid jetting head is mounted, and which is movable along a guide rail extending in a first direction parallel to the liquid jetting surface;
a cap configured to cover the plurality of nozzles;
a cap switching device configured to move the cap relative to the liquid jetting head in a second direction crossing the liquid jetting head and to perform switching between a capping state and an uncapping state, the capping state being a state in which the cap is in contact with the liquid jetting head to cover the plurality of nozzles, and the uncapping state being a state in which the cap is separated away from the liquid jetting head;
a carriage blocker configured to move between a first position at which the carriage blocker is not in contact with carriage, and a second position at which the carriage blocker is in contact with the carriage to block movement of the carriage in the first direction; and
a contacting portion which is located, in the uncapping state, at a third position at which the contacting portion is not in contact with carriage, and which is located, in the capping state, at a fourth position at which, under a condition that the carriage, of which movement in the first direction is blocked by the carriage blocker located at the second position, rotates around an axis perpendicular to the liquid jetting surface with the carriage blocker as a supporting point, the contacting portion is capable of contacting the rotating carriage,
wherein the contacting portion is configured to move integrally with the cap in a plane parallel to the liquid jetting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,396

INKJET RECORDING DEVICE AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An inkjet recording device comprising:a recorder which discharges ink from a plurality of recording elements disposed in each of a plurality of recording heads onto a recording medium, the ink changing a phase between a solid and a liquid;
a mover which causes the recording medium and the plurality of recording heads to move relative to each other; and
a hardware processor which performs record control causing each of the plurality of recording elements disposed in the plurality of recording heads of the recorder to perform an output operation of discharging or not discharging ink onto the recording medium which moves relative to the recording heads in a predetermined movement direction according to a pixel value of image data, wherein
the plurality of recording elements are disposed in the plurality of recording heads at predetermined intervals in a width direction orthogonal to the movement direction,
each of the plurality of recording heads overlaps with another recording head in the width direction in a predetermined end neighborhood range and is disposed at a different position from the another recording head in the movement direction,
the hardware processor performs the record control causing any of the recording elements belonging to each of a pair of recording heads which are disposed so as to overlap with each other to complementarily perform the output operation at each position in the width direction in the end neighborhood range, and
the complementary output operation is determined so that a downstream operation rate monotonically increases including a transient area of gradually increasing in a range of equal to or larger than a predetermined lower limit which is larger than 0 from an end side of a downstream recording head located downstream in the movement direction of the pair of recording heads in the end neighborhood range, the downstream operation rate being a rate of the output operation which is performed by the recording elements in the downstream recording head.

US Pat. No. 10,112,395

LATCHING SYSTEMS WITH LATCH HANDLE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A print bar system for an inkjet printer, the system comprising:a print bar comprising a receptor to receive a replaceable print head;
a latch pivotally mounted on the print bar to move between a lockable position and an open position;
a latch handle to, with a first movement, engage a latch member of the latch with a catch on the bar to lock the latch on the bar when the latch is in the lockable position; and
a latch electrical connector on the latch to engage a head electrical connector on the print head;
wherein, when the print head is installed in the receptor and the latch is in the lockable position, a second movement of the handle moves the latch to engage the latch electrical connector with the head electrical connector on the print head and to urge the print head into engagement with the receptor.

US Pat. No. 10,112,394

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD UNIT AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head unit comprising:a plurality of liquid ejecting heads that have a nozzle-forming surface; and
a unit base that comprises a bottom portion having a fixing surface to which the plurality of liquid ejecting heads are fixed, and a wall portion that extends from the bottom portion in a direction perpendicular to the fixing surface and that is continuous in a direction in which the plurality of liquid ejecting heads are aligned,
wherein the plurality of liquid ejecting heads each include a plurality of head main bodies that have nozzle openings through which ink is ejected,
wherein the bottom portion of the unit base has a thick portion thicker than a fixing portion provided with the fixing surface and is continuous in an alignment direction of the liquid ejecting heads.

US Pat. No. 10,112,393

NONCIRCULAR INKJET NOZZLE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An inkjet nozzle comprising an aperture with a noncircular shape defined by a polynomial equation comprising a general form of: (DX2+CY2+A2)2?4A2X2=B4, where A, B, C and D are constants.

US Pat. No. 10,112,392

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a plurality of substrates stacked in a stacking direction, the substrates including a nozzle substrate having a nozzle formed therein, liquid being ejected from the nozzle;
a channel formed in at least a part of the plurality of substrates, the channel guiding the liquid to the nozzle, the channel including:
a first channel extending in a first direction intersecting the stacking direction;
a curved section curved in a second direction, the second direction intersecting the first direction, the second direction containing a component of the stacking direction;
a second channel extending from the curved section in the second direction; and
a third channel extending from the second channel to the nozzle;
wherein the curved section has a wall formed in a corner portion, the wall intersecting both the first direction and the second direction, and
wherein the second channel is closer to the nozzle than the first channel in the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,391

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER ELEMENT, LIQUID DROPLET DISCHARGE HEAD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. An electromechanical transducer element comprising:a lower electrode formed directly or indirectly on one of a substrate and a base layer;
an electromechanical transducer film of a piezoelectric material formed on the lower electrode, the electromechanical transducer film having a {100}-oriented perovskite crystal structure; and
an upper electrode formed on the electromechanical transducer film,
wherein the electromechanical transducer film has characteristics such that a diffraction intensity peak profile of the film obtained by measurement in which a tilt angle (?) is changed, in a position (2?) where a diffraction intensity of a diffraction intensity peak profile corresponding to a {200} plane among diffraction intensity peak profiles of the film obtained by measurement according to an X-ray diffraction ?-2? method is the maximum, is capable of being separated into three peak profiles by peak separation, and when peak intensities of the three peak profiles are set to peak1, peak2, and peak3 and half-value widths of the three peak profiles are set to ?1, ?2, and ?3, a weighted average FWHMstd(?) of the peak intensities using the half-value widths ?1, ?2, and ?3 as weights (FWHMstd(?)=(?1×peak1+?2×peak2+?3×peak3)/(peak1+peak2+peak3)) is equal to or less than 12°.

US Pat. No. 10,112,390

PIEZOELECTRIC FLUID EJECTION ASSEMBLY

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A piezoelectric fluid ejection assembly, comprising:a micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) die including a plurality of nozzles;
a first application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) die electrically connected to the MEMS die, the first ASIC die comprising:
a plurality of driver amplifiers for respective nozzles of a first number of the plurality of nozzles, and
a plurality of unique waveform data generators to generate respective different waveforms for activating the nozzles of the first number of the plurality of nozzles; and
a second ASIC die electrically connected to the MEMS die, the second ASIC die comprising:
a plurality of driver amplifiers for respective nozzles of a second number of the plurality of nozzles, and
a plurality of unique waveform data generators to generate respective different waveforms for activating the nozzles of the second number of the plurality of nozzles.

US Pat. No. 10,112,389

INKJET HEAD AND COATING APPARATUS USING SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An inkjet head, comprising:multiple nozzles that each discharge droplets;
multiple pressure chambers that are each connected to the multiple nozzles, respectively, and that each generate pressures required for discharging of an ink;
a common chamber that supplies the ink to the multiple pressure chambers;
multiple discrete flow channels that each supply the ink to the respective multiple pressure chambers from the common chamber; and
an ink inlet from which the ink is supplied to the common chamber, wherein
resistant walls are provided correspondingly to respective inlets of the multiple discrete flow channels,
each of the pressure chambers is disposed in a lower portion of the respective resistance wall in a direction of gravity,
wherein the resistant walls have a triangular shape or an elliptical shape, are respectively different in height, and are located between the inlets.

US Pat. No. 10,112,388

LASER PRINTING METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING SAID METHOD

1. A method for printing with at least one ink, with the method comprising:focusing a laser beam so as to generate a cavity in an ink;
forming at least one ink droplet from a free surface of the ink film;
depositing the droplet onto a depositing surface of a receiving substrate positioned at a given distance from the film; and
orienting the laser beam in a direction opposite a gravitational force, with the free surface of the film being oriented upwards towards the depositing surface placed above the ink film;
wherein the distance separating the ink film and the depositing surface and/or the beam laser energy are so adjusted that kinetic energy of the droplet is almost equal to zero when the droplet contacts the depositing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,387

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising:a discharge port that discharges a liquid;
a pressure chamber that communicates with the discharge port;
an energy generating element that is disposed in the pressure chamber;
a supply path that supplies a liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a recovery path that recovers the liquid from the pressure chamber,
wherein the discharge port is provided with a plurality of projections that project towards a central portion of the discharge port from an inner peripheral edge of the discharge port,
wherein an interval between the projections at a location where the projections are closest to each other is 5 ?m or less, and
wherein the supply path and the recovery path are connected to the pressure chamber so as to allow a circulatory flow of a liquid flowing from the supply path to the recovery path via the pressure chamber to be generated.

US Pat. No. 10,112,386

NON-UNIFORM SPITTING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printer, comprising:a mounting system for a printhead having nozzles formed in a trench;
a memory to store different spit patterns for respective different types of printing fluid, wherein each respective spit pattern of the different spit patterns is non-uniform along a length that is based on a number of the nozzles of the trench; and
a controller to:
during pre-conditioning of the printhead:
select a spit pattern from among the different spit patterns stored in the memory dependent upon a type of the printing fluid used to form a user image, the selected spit pattern being a first spit pattern of the different spit patterns responsive to a first type of the printing fluid being used to form the user image, and the selected spit pattern being a different second spit pattern of the different spit patterns responsive to a different second type of the printing fluid being used to form the user image,
cause spitting of the printing fluid from the nozzles according to the selected spit pattern loaded from the memory while the nozzles of the printhead are off to one side of a media, before printing a pass of the user image onto the media, wherein the selected spit pattern is separate from the user image; and
after the pre-conditioning of the printhead, cause printing of the pass of the user image onto the media when the nozzles of the printhead are over the media.

US Pat. No. 10,112,385

AMBIENT TEMPERATURE BASED FLOW RATES

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system, comprising:a threshold engine to set a threshold flow rate of ink to a printhead mounted in a carriage, wherein the threshold flow rate of ink is set to an upper threshold flow rate that is comparatively greater than a base threshold flow rate when the measured ambient temperature associated with the printhead is above a predetermined upper temperature;
a measure engine to measure a flow rate of ink to the printhead; and
a velocity engine to cause a decrease in a velocity of the carriage in response to the flow rate of ink satisfying the threshold flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,384

ENHANCING TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION UNIFORMITY ACROSS A PRINTER DIE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method for enhancing temperature distribution uniformity across a printer die, wherein the printer die comprises a plurality of drop generators arranged in a plurality of columns, said method comprising:accessing a warming map that identifies the drop generators of the plurality of drop generators that are to be supplied with warming pulses to enhance temperature distribution uniformity across the printer die, wherein the warming map identifies a non-uniform distribution of the drop generators across a column of the plurality of columns, wherein the plurality of columns comprises a first column and a second column along a width of the printer die, wherein the drop generators arranged along the first column are arranged substantially parallel to the drop generators arranged along the second column, and wherein the non-uniform distribution of the drop generators includes a different distribution of drop generators along the first column as compared with the second column; and
implementing the warming map to supply the drop generators identified in the warming map as the drop generators that are to receive the warming pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,112,383

COMPENSATING PLATEN DEFECTS BASED ON PRINTHEAD-TO-PLATEN SPACING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a platen for supporting a print medium;
a carriage;
a sensor at least partially mounted to the carriage, wherein the sensor measures a printhead-to-platen spacing (PPS) along scanning axis during scanning; and
an integrated circuit comprising a dynamic compensation module and a PPS analysis module to delay firing of printing fluid drops from at least one printhead to compensate platen defects based on the measured PPS,
wherein the PPS analysis module is to:
compute a PPS profile by sampling the measured PPS at multiple positions along the scanning axis;
transform the computed PPS profile into a format associated with an input of the dynamic compensation module; and
provide the transformed PPS profile to the dynamic compensation module to delay the firing of printing fluid drops from the at least one printhead.

US Pat. No. 10,112,382

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING AQUEOUS PEARLESCENT DIGITAL PRINTING INK COMPOSITIONS USING DIGITAL OFFSET LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING TECHNIQUES

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A method for forming a plurality of variable pearlescent image elements or portions on image receiving media substrates, comprising:applying at least first image elements or portions on image receiving media substrates using at least one first ink from at least one first ink source for inked image formation on the image receiving media substrates in a single image forming device, the at least one first ink being a conventional imaging ink;
at least partially curing the at least first image elements or portions on the image receiving media substrates;
applying variable second image elements or portions on the image receiving media substrates with at least one variable data lithography device, the second image elements or portions being variable pearlescent image elements or portions and the at least one variable data lithography device including:
an imaging member with a reimageable surface supporting digital data reimaging for lithographic image transfer to an image receiving medium substrate;
a wetting solution source that deposits a layer of wetting solution on the reimageable surface;
an optical patterning subsystem that patterns a latent image according to received digital data in the layer of wetting solution through selective evaporation of the layer of wetting solution;
a second ink source that supplies a pearlescent ink to the reimageable surface to produce a pearlescent inked image from the patterned latent image for transfer of the variable pearlescent image elements or portions to the image receiving media substrates, the pearlescent ink including a solid particle pearlescent pigment component in a proportion of at least 30% by weight, and having an average particle size of greater than 15 microns, suspended in a solution in the pearlescent ink, the solution having a functional acrylate monomer, at least one dispersant, a thermal stabilizer, and a photo initiator system; and
final curing the pearlescent image elements or portions and the first image image elements or portions as image elements on the image receiving media substrates by a curing device to produce an output document that includes the variable pearlescent image elements or portions in different parts of the output document.

US Pat. No. 10,112,381

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATES USING UV-LED IRRADIATION

1. A method for producing flexographic printing plates, using as starting material a photopolymerizable flexographic printing element which at least comprises, arranged one atop another,a dimensionally stable support, and
at least one photopolymerizable, relief-forming layer, at least comprising an elastomeric binder, an ethylenically unsaturated compound, and a photoinitiator,
a digitally imagable layer,and the method comprises at least the following steps:(a) producing a mask by imaging the digitally imagable layer,
(b) exposing the photopolymerizable, relief-forming layer through the mask with actinic light, and photopolymerizing the image regions of the layer, and
(c) developing the photopolymerized layer by washing out the unphotopolymerized regions of the relief-forming layer with an organic solvent, or by thermal development, characterized in that
step (b) comprises two exposure steps (b-1) and (b-2), where in a first step (b-1) exposure with actinic light takes place with an intensity, at a surface of the flexographic printing element, of >100 mW/cm2 from a plurality of UV-LEDs and subsequently, in a second step (b-2), exposure takes place with actinic light with an intensity of <100 mW/cm2 from a UV radiation source other than UV-LEDs.

US Pat. No. 10,112,380

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:pushing a continuous flexible line through a delivery guide using a feed mechanism, wherein the continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a photopolymer-resin component that is partially cured, and wherein the feed mechanism comprises opposing rollers and a scraper in contact with at least one of the opposing rollers;
depositing, via the delivery guide, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path;
delivering curing energy at least to a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line deposited along the print path;
removing, using the scraper, residue of the photopolymer-resin component produced by the engagement between the opposing rollers and the continuous flexible line as the opposing rollers rotate to selectively translate the continuous flexible line to push the continuous flexible line through the delivery guide; and
collecting, into a collection reservoir, the residue of the photopolymer-resin component, removed by the scraper.

US Pat. No. 10,112,379

LARGE FORMAT ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC 3D PRINTER

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, R...

1. A method for constructing a three-dimensional part and a support structure with an electrophotography-based additive manufacturing system, the method comprising:a) providing a removable support material compositionally including support material particles;
b) providing a part material compositionally including part material particles;
c) developing a support layer of the support structure from the support material with a first electrophotography engine;
d) transferring the developed support layer from the first electrophotography engine to a transfer medium;
e) developing a part layer of the three-dimensional part from the part material with a second electrophotography engine;
f) transferring the developed part layer from the second electrophotography engine to the transfer medium, wherein the developed-part and support layers have a maximum printing width in a cross-track direction and a maximum printing length in an in-track direction corresponding to a maximum printable area for the first and second electrophotography engines, respectively;
g) moving the transfer medium with the transferred part layer and the transferred support layer into alignment with a first tile region of a layer transfusion assembly;
h) transfusing the transferred part layer and the transferred support layer to previously-printed layers in the first tile region of the layer transfusion assembly;
i) repeating steps c)-f) to form a second transferred part layer and a second transferred support layer on the transfer medium;
j) moving the transfer medium with the second transferred part layer and the second transferred support layer into alignment with a second tile region of the layer transfusion assembly, wherein the second tile region is laterally adjacent to the first tile region; and
k) transfusing the second transferred part layer and the second transferred support layer to previously-printed layers in the second tile region of the layer transfusion assembly; and
wherein the three-dimensional part is constructed in a three-dimensional part region including the first and second tile regions, the three-dimensional part region being larger than the maximum printable area for the first and second electrophotography engines, a portion of the three-dimensional part being constructed in the first tile region and a portion of the three-dimensional part being constructed in the second tile region such that the three-dimensional part has a footprint that is larger than the maximum printable area for the first and second electrophotography engines.

US Pat. No. 10,112,378

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ANTI-THEFT LABELS

Chem Etch Manufacturing I...

1. A method of manufacturing a marking strip for delivering an adhesive to a flat surface, the method comprising:providing a strip element removably joined to a liner element, the strip element comprising a laminate top coat, a film layer and an adhesive layer;
treating the strip element by removing at least one area of the liner element, removing at least one area of the film layer and removing at least one area of the adhesive layer, wherein the area removed from the liner element, the area removed from the film layer, and the area removed from the adhesive layer are substantially congruent with one another; and
separating the treated strip element from a sheet of other strip elements;
wherein the sheet has a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis, and the sheet is systematically drawn through a protective housing by a longitudinal force imposed along the longitudinal axis after one or more strip elements is treated, while a lateral force is imposed along the lateral axis, thereby reducing a risk of fire during treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,112,377

SUPPORTING MEMBER SEPARATION METHOD AND SUPPORTING MEMBER SEPARATION APPARATUS

TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD...

1. A supporting member separation method of separating a laminate formed by laminating a substrate, an adhesive layer, a release layer consisting of a fluorocarbon, wherein the fluorocarbon is film formed by a plasma chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method, and wherein the release layer loses, by absorbing light, strength or adhesiveness that the release layer has before being irradiated with light, and a supporting member in this order, the method comprising:irradiating the release layer with laser light which (i) is pulse-oscillated with a pulse having a pulse width of 20 ns or greater and 108.5 ns or less, (ii) has a frequency of 20 kHz or greater and 100 kHz or less, and (iii) is pulse light having an irradiation rate of 4000 mm/s or greater and 10000 mm/s or less; and
separating the substrate and the release layer from each other by breaking the release layer through applying a external force to the release layer after the release layer is irradiated with the laser light.

US Pat. No. 10,112,376

DEVICE MANUFACTURED BY ROOM-TEMPERATURE BONDING, DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND ROOM-TEMPERATURE BONDING APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A method of manufacturing a device, comprising:performing sputtering on a surface of a first substrate, such that sputtering ions directly emit to the first substrate and a second substrate;
attaching one or more metal elements onto the surface of said first substrate; and
bonding the second substrate to the surface of said first substrate at room temperature,
wherein the performing sputtering comprises sputtering ions missing the first substrate and the second substrate to emit to a metal emitter to sputter the metal emitter, and
wherein an interface element existence ratio of said one or more metal elements is 0.07 or above and 0.6 or below,
wherein the performing sputtering comprises sputtering ions to a substrate holding mechanism that supports the first and second substrates in a chamber, the substrate holding mechanism being made of metal, and wherein the substrate holding mechanism includes an upper stage that holds the first substrate and a lower stage that holds the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,374

INSERT FOR LOAD APPLICATION AND/OR ANCHORAGE OF VARIOUS COMPONENTS INTO RESPECTIVELY ONTO A COMPOSITE SANDWICH PANEL AND METHOD OF PRODUCING A LIGHTWEIGHT SUPPORT STRUCTURE COMPRISING THE SAME

RUAG Schweiz AG, Emmen (...

1. Insert (50) for load application and/or anchorage of various components into respectively onto a composite sandwich panel (5), the insert (50) comprising:a. a rotationally symmetric inner insert ring (51);
b. a rotationally symmetric outer insert ring (52) arranged concentrically with respect to said inner insert ring (51);
c. an insert connecting portion (53) connecting said inner insert ring (51) with said outer insert ring (52); and
d. an insert trench (54) provided between the outer insert ring (52) and the inner insert ring (51), wherein
e. the outer insert ring (52) comprises at least one channel (57) that extends from the insert trench (54) through the outer insert ring (52).

US Pat. No. 10,112,373

MULTI-LAYER METALLIC STRUCTURE AND COMPOSITE-TO-METAL JOINT METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of fabricating a composite structure, comprising:forming a first stack of metal sheets comprising adhering individual sheets, comprising metal, to each other;
laminating the first stack of metal sheets together by placing a layer of adhesive between each of the metal sheets; and
joining the first stack of metal sheets to a resin laminate along an edge of the resin laminate, the resin laminate comprising multiple plies and a fiber reinforcement, and forming a composite-to-metal joint comprising overlapping steps between the resin laminate and the first stack of metal sheets, a length of an overlap of the overlapping steps determined by a load requirement of an integrated attachment fitting, such that the composite-to-metal joint comprises a finger joint and a first metal ply in the first stack of metal sheets comprises a different metal from a second metal ply in the first stack of metal sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,112,372

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING COMPOSITE SHEETS WHILE FORMING A VACUUM BAG

1. A device for producing composite sheets, comprising:an evacuating device,
a vacuum-tight transporting surface for conveying the sheets to be laminated into the evacuating device and for conveying the sheets out of the evacuating device, and
a vacuum-tight release sheet that is transported along with the transporting surface,
the sheets to be laminated being placed between the transporting surface and the release sheet,
wherein
a seal that runs around the sheets, is transported along with the sheets and can be released is provided on the transporting surface and/or on the release sheet and allows evacuation of the space between the transporting surface and the release sheet and thus allows a vacuum bag containing the sheets to be formed in the evacuating device, and
wherein a vacuum is maintained in the vacuum bag when the sheets are transported by the transporting surface out of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,370

MULTILAYER SHRINK FILM MADE OF POLYESTER WITH IMPROVED PROCESSING PROPERTIES

1. A shrink film comprising a first and second exterior layer and a third layer arranged between the first and second layer, where the first layer comprises a first copolyester, the second layer comprises a second copolyester, and the third layer comprises a third copolyester, wherein each layer independently comprises more than 30% by weight of the first, second, and third copolyesters, respectively, based on the total weight of each layer, and optionally of one or more other polymers and additives, whereinthe first copolyester is comprised of diacid moieties and of diol moieties, at least 80 mol % of the diacid moieties are terephthalic acid moieties, and the diol moieties comprise from 70 to 90 mol % of ethylene glycol moieties and from 5 to 20 mol % of neopentyl glycol moieties;
the second copolyester is comprised of diacid moieties and of diol moieties, at least 80 mol % of the diacid moieties are terephthalic acid moieties, and the diol moieties comprise from 70 to 90 mol % of ethylene glycol moieties and from 5 to 20 mol % of neopentyl glycol moieties;
the third copolyester is comprised of diacid moieties and of diol moieties, at least 80 mol % of the diacid moieties are terephthalic acid moieties, and the diol moieties comprise from 60 to 90 mol % of ethylene glycol moieties and from 10 to 35 mol % of 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol moieties,
and the film has a degree of monoaxial or biaxial stretching of from 1.3 to 6 and shrinks in the direction of stretching by from 20 to 80% at a temperature of 75° C., as measured in accordance with DIN 53377.

US Pat. No. 10,112,367

HIGH-STRENGTH WIND-RESISTANT SKID-RESISTANT WATERPROOF UNDERLAYMENT

HANGZHOU EVERGREEN WATERP...

1. A high-strength wind-resistant skid-resistant waterproof underlayment, wherein the high-strength wind-resistance waterproof underlayment consists of:a first non-woven fabric layer, a first film layer, an asphalt layer, a felt layer, a second non-woven fabric layer, a second film layer and a third non-woven fabric layer; wherein:
the first non-woven fabric layer, the first film layer, the asphalt layer, the felt layer, the second non-woven fabric layer, the second film layer and the third non-woven fabric layer are laminated as one piece; and
the first film layer and the second film layer comprise waterproof elastic film layers, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,112,366

ALUMINUM THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Triforce Luggage, LLC, M...

1. A composite comprising:a patterned outer surface, wherein the patterned outer surface is latticed or is defined by a series of alternating peaks and valleys on at least one side of the composite;
a first layer formed of a transparent or translucent plastic material;
a second layer formed of a semi-rigid or rigid plastic material;
a third layer formed of a material having reflective properties on at least a side facing the first layer; and
a fourth layer formed from a colored material, the fourth layer being positioned between and directly touching the third layer and the first layer,
wherein the third layer is positioned between and directly touches the fourth layer and the second layer, and
wherein the fourth layer is transparent or translucent in whole to allow light penetrating therethrough to irradiate the third layer, thereby providing a colored effect to light reflecting off of the third layer back through the fourth layer and the first layer;
wherein the composite forms a main body section of a piece of luggage.

US Pat. No. 10,112,364

THERMALLY INSULATED PERSONAL ARTICLE AND SLEEPING BAG LINERS

1. An article having an inner article layer and an outer article layer to be worn by a mammal comprising a thermally insulating layer of a reflective metalized polymeric insulation material adjacent to at least one of said inner or outer article layers;said reflective metalized polymeric insulation material comprising a first bubble pack assembly including a first thermoplastic film having a plurality of portions wherein each of said portions defines a cavity and a second thermoplastic film in sealed engagement with said first film to provide a plurality of closed-cell cavities;
said reflective metalized polymeric insulation material further characterized in having a plurality of frusto-conically shaped apertures suitably sized and interposed between said closed-cell cavities such that said apparel has the narrower dimension of each of said frusto-conically shaped apertures oriented distal to said mammal so as to effect transference of moisture vapour through said apertures from interior said article without substantial ingress of external air through the apertures, each of said plurality of frusto-conically shaped apertures being defined by a proximal opening and a distal opening with a continuous perimeter aperture wall extending therebetween, said aperture wall being substantially linear and inclined between said proximal opening and said distal opening such that said proximal opening has a greater area than said distal opening; and
wherein within any thermally insulating layer of a reflective metalized polymeric insulation material having frusto-conically shaped apertures, the narrower dimension of each of said frusto-conically shaped apertures is oriented distal to said mammal.

US Pat. No. 10,112,362

ALVEOLAR MULTILAYER STRUCTURE HAVING A METAL COATING

AKX, SA, Alfortville (FR...

1. A thermally insulating structure, comprising:a multi-layer film including a first polymer layer and a metallized layer;
a second polymer layer joined to the multi-layer film; wherein a portion of the multi-layer film and a portion of the second polymer layer are joined at a plurality of disjoint zones positioned along rectilinear lines and disposed in an array, wherein the plurality of disjoint zones define a set of cells wherein each cell of the set of cells has four openings positioned between adjacent disjoint zones, wherein the four openings enable communication between each cell of the set of cells and four adjacent cells of the set of cells;
wherein the thermally insulating structure comprises:
a flattened state wherein the second polymer layer is compressed against the multi-layer film;
a deployed state wherein the second polymer layer is separated from the multi-layer film by a volume of gas while remaining joined at the plurality of the disjoint zones; and
at least one side edge that remains open to an ambient environment in both the flattened state and the deployed state.

US Pat. No. 10,112,361

CORE MATERIAL FOR SANDWICH PANEL, METHOD OF MOLDING CORE MATERIAL FOR SANDWICH PANEL, SANDWICH PANEL, AND METHOD OF MOLDING SANDWICH PANEL

KYORAKU CO., LTD., Kyoto...

1. A method of forming a sandwich panel including a core member made of a foamed thermo plastic interposed between two resin skin sheets, the rigidity of each of which is set to be higher than that of the core member, comprising the steps of:positioning a molten tubular core parison made of thermo plastic between opposed cavities of a first pair of split molds in such a way that molten tubular core parison protrudes around the cavities of the first pair of split molds, wherein the cavity of each of the first pair of split molds has a portion on which a plurality of protrusions provided in an independent and dispersed configuration and a portion on which no protrusions are provided, and wherein the protrusions have a truncated conical form in a thicknesswise direction,
closing the first pair of split molds to form a sealed space inside the first pair of split molds,
forming the molten tubular core parison in the sealed space inside the first pair of split molds into a core member, by the steps of:
pressurizing inside the molten tubular core parison in the sealed space inside the first pair of split molds, or sucking the molten tubular core parison through the first pair of closed split molds, to press opposite surfaces of the molten tubular core parison against the plurality of protrusions provided on the corresponding cavity of the first pair of split molds and form a plurality of recesses on the surface thereof, each of the recesses inwardly tapering in a converging manner to form an abutting portion at its most convergent portion and the recesses corresponding to the protrusions, to weld the abutting portion of each of the plurality of recesses of one of the surfaces of the molten tubular core parison and that of the corresponding recess of the other of the surfaces of the molten tubular core parison, the plurality of recesses being formed in an independent and dispersed configuration, with each of the plurality of recesses protruding inwardly in a truncated conical form in a thicknesswise direction of the tubular core parison from an opening in the surface of the tubular core parison toward an opposite surface thereof,
providing a groove on the surface of the core member, and
embedding a reinforcing member into the groove, wherein the reinforcing member is a pipe, wherein the core member includes, in the groove, first and second protrusions protruding from longitudinal ends of the groove, respectively, the second protrusion is shorter than the first protrusion, the one end of the pipe is first engaged with the first protrusion while the pipe is tilted, and thereafter another end of the pipe is engaged with the second protrusion by pushing the pipe into the groove, and the one end of the pipe does not contact the longitudinal end of the groove,
positioning the core member and the reinforcing member between the cavities of a second pair of split molds, the reinforcing member being embedded in the groove of the core member,
positioning two sheet-like skin parisons made of thermo plastic in molten states between the opposed cavities of a second pair of split molds so as to protrude around the cavities of the second pair of split molds,
moving the core member and the reinforcing member in a horizontal direction toward one of the second pair of split molds to press it against one of the two sheet-like skin parisons and weld the core member to the one of the two sheet-like skin parisons,
closing the second pair of split molds to form a sealed space inside the second pair of split molds with the core member being kept welded to the one of the two sheet-like skin parisons, and
forming the sheet-like skin parisons in the sealed space inside the second pair of split molds by means of irregularities provided on the cavity of each of the second pair of split molds by pressurizing inside the sealed space inside the second pair of split molds or sucking the sealed space through the second pair of closed split molds to weld the sheet-like skin parisons and the welding surfaces of the core member, whereby to create a sandwich panel in which the core member and the reinforcing member are interposed between two resin skin sheets formed by the sheet-like skin parisons, with a parting line being formed around peripheral edges of the welded sheet-like parisons with the core member and the reinforcing member being arranged inside two resin skin sheets,
wherein the tapering angle of each of the plurality of recesses is determined based on a relationship among the distance between the two resin skin sheets, a total adhesive area between each of the two resin skin sheets and the corresponding surface of the core member, and a total abutting area at which abutting surfaces of the core member are abutted against each other to obtain a required flexural rigidity for the sandwich panel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,360

APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING A PORTABLE DEVICE FOR SEAT BACK VIEWING

1. An apparatus for supporting a portable electronic device to facilitate seatback viewing, comprising:a generally flat back member;
at least one elongated connecting member punched from the generally flat back member and extending away therefrom, wherein extension of the at least one elongated connection member from the generally flat back member defines at least one aperture through the generally flat back member;
a bottom rest member operationally connected to the generally flat back member;
at least one side member operationally connected to the generally flat back member; and
at least one fastening member attached to the generally flat back member; wherein the generally flat back member, the bottom rest member, and the at least one side member are configurable to define a partially enclosed shelf, wherein the partially enclosed shelf is shaped to securely hold the portable electronic device;
wherein the generally flat back member, the at least one elongated connecting member, the bottom rest member, and the at least one side member are made of a non-rigid structural material;
wherein the apparatus includes a first configuration in which the generally flat back member, the at least one elongated connecting member, the bottom rest member, the at least one side member, and the at least one fastening member are portions of a single flat panel and are defined by patterns of manipulation locations in a single piece of cardboard;
wherein the apparatus includes a second configuration in which the single flat panel is manipulated to form the at least one elongated connecting member, the bottom rest member, the at least one side member, the at least one fastening member;
wherein, when in the second configuration, the at least one elongated connecting member is configured to be positioned between an airline seatback and a latched airline tray table;
wherein, when in the second configuration, the at least one elongated connecting member is configured to a suspended weight of the apparatus and the portable electronic device engaged with the partially enclosed shelf.

US Pat. No. 10,112,359

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING A CUP

MICHAEL HOERAUF MASCHINEN...

1. A method for manufacturing a cup, the method comprising:providing a conical sleeve and a pot-shaped base, the pot-shaped base having a base face and a circumferential wall which depends from the base face, the conical sleeve having a first end with a first opening and a second end with a second opening, the second opening being smaller than the first opening, the conical sleeve having a longitudinal axis passing through a first center of the first opening and a second center of the second opening;
inserting the pot-shaped base into the conical sleeve from the first end and through the first opening in a direction toward the second end of the conical sleeve;
at least partially covering a radially outer circumferential face of the circumferential wall of the pot-shaped base with an annular covering sleeve;
positioning the annular covering sleeve between the pot-shaped base and the conical sleeve;
maintaining the pot-shaped base at a connecting position along the longitudinal axis of the conical sleeve such that the pot-shaped base does not move relative to the conical sleeve along the longitudinal axis of the conical sleeve while in the connecting position, with the annular covering sleeve being initially between the pot-shaped base and the conical sleeve while the pot-shaped base is in the connecting position;
after the step of maintaining the pot-shaped base at the connecting position with the annular covering sleeve being initially between the pot-shaped base and the conical sleeve, removing the annular covering sleeve from between the conical sleeve and the pot-shaped base, with the pot-shaped base remaining at the connecting position during the step of removing the annular covering sleeve; and
connecting the radially outer circumferential face of the circumferential wall of the pot-shaped base and an inner side of the conical sleeve in a fluid-tight manner, wherein, during the step of connecting, the pot-shaped base remains in the connecting position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,357

METHOD FOR MAKING A HOLLOW OBJECT

SALOMON S.A.S., Metz-Tes...

1. A method for manufacturing a hollow object, from a material comprising threads mechanically bonded to one another to form a first shell, the method comprising:shaping the first shell on a support;
subsequent to said shaping, covering the first shell with a sealed membrane, the membrane having opposite sides that include a first-shell-contacting surface and a free surface opposite the first-shell-contacting surface;
creating a pressure difference on the opposite sides of the membrane, pressure on the first-shell-contacting surface of the membrane being less than pressure on the free surface of the membrane; and
simultaneous with or following the covering of the first shell, causing a change of state and/or the bonding of a plurality or all of the threads of the first shell;
wherein:
the hollow object is an article of footwear; and
the first shell extends lengthwise from a rear end to a front end, widthwise between a lateral side and a medial side, and height-wise from a base to an upper end.

US Pat. No. 10,112,355

SPORT BALL CASING WITH THERMOPLASTIC REINFORCING MATERIAL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a sport ball comprising:providing a plurality of casing panels including a first panel and a second panel;
the first panel having a first surface and an opposite second surface, the first surface formed, at least in part, of a first thermoplastic material, and the second surface including a first reinforcing layer formed of a second thermoplastic material, wherein the first panel includes a first flange area forming a first edge portion of the first panel;
the second panel having a third surface and an opposite fourth surface, the third surface formed, at least in part, of the first thermoplastic material, and the fourth surface including a second reinforcing layer formed of the second thermoplastic material, wherein the second panel includes a second flange area forming a second edge portion of the second panel;
turning the first flange area away from the first surface of the first panel;
turning the second flange area away from the third surface of the second panel;
abutting the first flange area and the second flange area; and
joining the first panel to the second panel by:
welding the first thermoplastic material in the first flange area to the first thermoplastic material in the second flange area, thereby forming a seam between the first panel and the second panel; and
welding the first reinforcing layer to the second reinforcing layer, thereby forming a continuous reinforcing strip that extends across the seam.

US Pat. No. 10,112,354

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TOUCH PANEL

WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELEC...

1. A method for manufacturing a touch panel, comprising the steps of:attaching a protective film on a surface of a flexible printed circuit board;
placing a touch sensor layer and the flexible printed circuit board connected to the touch sensor layer into a mold cavity constructed by a stationary mold board and a movable mold board of a cover lens mold and placing the touch sensor layer and the flexible printed circuit board on a surface of the stationary mold board;
injecting a melted plastic material into the mold cavity and pressing the melted plastic material by use of a pressing plate such that the plastic material is squeezed into the mold cavity;
removing, after the plastic material is molded, the movable mold board, and withdrawing the touch sensor layer and the flexible printed circuit board that are covered by the molded plastic material; and
removing the molded plastic material covering the flexible printed circuit board by tearing the protective film from the surface of the flexible printed circuit board so as to remove the molded plastic material formed on the protective film, the molded plastic material covering the touch sensor layer forming a cover lens.

US Pat. No. 10,112,353

ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A FIBER COMPOSITE WORKPIECE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An assembly for the production of a fiber composite workpiece comprising:a base tool, which includes a first tool part and a second tool part,
wherein the first and second tool parts can be arranged relative to one another in a closed position, in which they enclose an internal space, and in an open position, in which the internal space is open to a surrounding environment,
wherein the base tool is configured in such a way that a preform can be mounted in the internal space and maintained in a predetermined shape there, and
wherein the base tool includes a matrix connection to convey matrix material into the internal space,
a holding device, which is configured to hold the first tool part and the second tool part, in a relative closed position, and
a tool insert formed separate from the base tool,
wherein the tool insert is mounted in an internal space of the base tool, and
wherein the tool insert includes a cavity for accommodating a preform, and a shaping surface that faces the cavity, for maintaining the preform in a predetermined shape;
wherein the tool insert includes a first insert part and a second insert part,
wherein the shaping surface includes a first surface part and a second surface part,
wherein the first surface part is provided on the first insert part, and the second surface part is provided on the second insert part,
wherein the first and second insert parts are mounted in the internal space of the base tool in such a way that the first and second surface parts face one another and enclose the cavity between them, wherein the cavity corresponds to the shape of the fiber composite workpiece to be produced,
wherein the tool insert includes at least one of a third insert part and a fourth insert part, the third insert part lying against the first insert part and supporting the first insert part in relation to the base tool, and the fourth insert part lying against the second insert part and supporting the second insert part in relation to the base tool.

US Pat. No. 10,112,351

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SLIDE-ROOM FOR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

Composite Solutions, Inc....

1. A mandrel for use in molding a composite part, comprising:a side surface and a lower surface, the side surface and the lower surface having a common edge; and
a vacuum seal arrangement located along the lower surface and the side surface of the mandrel, the vacuum seal arrangement comprising a first seal and a second seal spaced apart from the first seal such that the first and second seals define a bounded area therebetween, the first and second seals extending from the side surface to the lower surface across the common edge such that the first seal, the second seal, and the bounded area are continuous across the common edge.

US Pat. No. 10,112,350

PORTABLE CURING SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for curing a workpiece to form a part, the method comprising:placing the workpiece over a mandrel having a shape selected for the part;
positioning the mandrel relative to a support structure and a retaining structure, wherein the retaining structure is supported on the support structure and the retaining structure removably supports the mandrel in which the retaining structure has a first side and a second side;
positioning a heating system relative to the retaining structure such that the heating system covers the mandrel at the first side of the retaining structure and at the second side of the retaining structure; and
curing the workpiece to form the part using heat generated by the heating system.

US Pat. No. 10,112,348

FIBER PLACEMENT SYSTEM

Ingersoll Machine Tools, ...

1. An automatic fiber placement system, comprising:a gantry including a cross rail between a first column and a second column, the cross rail extending past the second column;
a fiber placement head carried by the gantry;
wherein the gantry provides movement of the fiber placement head between at least a first working zone between the first and second columns and a second working zone located outside the second column;
wherein the first working zone is configured to provide a first mold structure;
wherein the second working zone is configured to provide a second mold structure;
wherein the fiber placement head is configured to apply fiber tows to the first mold structure when the fiber placement head is in the first working zone; and
wherein the fiber placement head is configured to apply fiber tows to the second mold structure when the fiber placement head is in the second working zone.

US Pat. No. 10,112,347

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPONENTS FROM A FIBER-REINFORCED COMPOSITE MATERIAL

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An apparatus for manufacturing components from a fiber-reinforced composite material by a generative layer construction process, comprising:a carrier arm,
a tool head fastened to the carrier arm and movable via the carrier arm in three spatial directions,
a control device,
the tool head comprising:
a feed device configured to feed to the tool head a semi-finished layer which comprises reinforcing fibers impregnated with a curable plastic material,
a shaping device configured, by a corresponding movement of the tool head, to apply to the semi-finished layer a force by means of which the semi-finished layer is brought into a desired shape, and
a curing device configured to introduce energy into the semi-finished layer brought into the desired shape via the shaping device, by means of which energy the plastic material contained in the semi-finished layer is cured,
the control device being configured to control the movement of the tool head as well as operations of the feed device, the shaping device and the curing device such that semi-finished layers are repeatedly fed, shaped, cured and stacked one on top of another, and the component to be manufactured is thereby constructed layer by layer,
wherein the shaping device comprises:
a first bearing element which is configured to support the semi-finished layer and, by a corresponding movement of the tool head, to apply to the semi-finished layer a pressure by means of which the semi-finished layer is brought into a desired shape, and
a second bearing element which is configured to support the semi-finished layer and, by a corresponding movement of the tool head, to apply to the semi-finished layer a pressure by means of which the semi-finished layer is brought into a desired shape.

US Pat. No. 10,112,346

PRINTING METHOD FOR LOW MELTING-POINT MATERIAL OF 3D PRINTER

XYZPRINTING, INC., New T...

1. A printing method for low melting-point material, used by a 3D printer having a nozzle and a printing platform, the printing method comprising:a) controlling the nozzle to move to a first printing position upon the printing platform corresponding to an internal-contour of a printing-layer;
b) after the step a, controlling the nozzle to start printing the internal-contour;
c) controlling the nozzle to stop printing after the internal-contour is printed completely, and controlling the stopped nozzle to move to a second printing position upon the printing platform corresponding to an exterior-contour of the printing-layer; and
d) controlling the stopped nozzle to start printing the exterior-contour after the step c;
e) controlling the nozzle to stop printing after the exterior-contour is printed completely;
f) controlling the stopped nozzle to move inwardly from the exterior-contour toward a space not upon the printing-layer and away from the exterior-contour by a threshold range after the step e; and
g) changing a related position between the nozzle and the printing platform upon a Z-axis.

US Pat. No. 10,112,345

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FORMING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS USING LINEAR SOLIDIFICATION WITH TRAVEL AXIS CORRECTION AND POWER CONTROL

Global Filtration Systems...

1. A method of making a three-dimensional object from a solidifiable material, comprising:moving a solidification energy source along a first direction;
progressively projecting solidification energy from the solidification energy source onto selected portions of the solidifiable material along a second direction while the solidification energy source moves along the first direction;
modulating the power provided to the solidification energy source to control the solidification power received by the selected portions of the solidifiable material along the second direction, wherein the step of modulating the power provided to the solidification energy source comprises providing a selectively switchable, variable amplitude analog voltage signal to a solidification energy source modulator, and the power of the solidification energy received by the selected portions of the solidifiable material onto which the solidification energy is projected is substantially constant along the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,344

MACHINE FOR REMOVING SUBSTRATE MATERIAL, FOR WASHING, AND FOR DRYING PARTS PRODUCED BY A 3-D PRINTER

Audubon Machinery Corpora...

1. A machine for processing a part produced by a 3-D printer, the part having a substrate, the machine comprising:a housing having a working chamber defined therein;
a support structure disposed at the bottom of the working chamber for supporting the part, the support structure having at least one opening defined therein;
a spray header disposed along at least a portion of the perimeter of the working chamber;
a pump configured and arranged to convey a washing fluid and a rinsing fluid at varying pressures through the spray header, wherein the washing fluid has chemical properties suitable for dissolving at least a portion of the substrate;
a heater for warming one or more of the washing and rinsing fluid;
wherein the fluid contacts the part and then passes through the opening in the support structure where it flows to the bottom of the working chamber to a fluid outlet; and,
wherein the spray header comprises an assembly of vertical and horizontal tubes having apertures defined therein.

US Pat. No. 10,112,343

ROBOT SYSTEM AND 3D PRINTER INCLUDING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A three-dimensional printer including a robot system, comprising:an extruder including a heating block that heats a filament and a nozzle to discharge the filament having been heated and melted in the heating block;
a base;
a forming plate attached to the base;
a lifter that moves the forming plate in a vertical direction, and
a robot system that moves the extruder over the forming plate in an X-axis direction and a Y-axis direction perpendicular to the vertical direction,
wherein the robot system includes:
a first motor capable of normal and reverse rotation;
a second motor capable of normal and reverse rotation and spaced apart from the first motor;
a plurality of pulleys coupled to rotating shafts of the first and second motors, respectively;
a frame;
a moving arm including a mount slidably mounted on the frame;
a carriage mounted on the moving arm such that the carriage is slidable in the Y-axis direction perpendicular to a slide direction, which is the X-axis direction, of the moving arm, wherein the extruder is installed at the carriage;
a belt wrapped around the pulleys and connected to the carriage; and
a plurality of idlers that guide the belt,
wherein the lifter includes:
a lifting motor provided between the first motor and the second motor with respect to the X-axis direction;
a screw extending downward from the lifting motor;
a lifting gear engaged with the screw to vertically move along the screw and coupled to the base;
at least one pair of vertical rods extending in the vertical direction wherein upper ends of the vertical rods are coupled to the frame;
lifting guides that vertically move along the pair of vertical rods and coupled to the base; and
a motor mount installed at an upper portion of the vertical rods and vertically spaced apart from the frame and positioned below the frame,
wherein the at least one pair of vertical rods includes:
a first vertical rod provided between the screw and the first motor with respect to the X-axis direction; and
a second vertical rod provided between the screw and the second motor with respect to the X-axis direction,
wherein the lifting motor is installed at the motor mount and provided between the frame and the motor mount,
wherein the motor mount limits an upward movement of the lifting guides by a distance equal to a distance that the motor mount is spaced apart from the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,112,342

METHOD FOR ANALYTICALLY DETERMINING SLS BED TEMPERATURES

Hexcel Corporation, Stam...

1. A method for determining a bed temperature setpoint for use with a powder in a selective laser sintering machine, comprising the steps of:providing a powder comprising a polymer for use in a selective laser sintering machine;
determining a melt curve for the powder in a temperature range between a temperature when the powder is a solid and a temperature when the powder is a liquid, the melt curve representing the energy required to increase the temperature of the powder in the temperature range using differential scanning calorimetry;
selecting a point on the melt curve at which the sample has a desired ratio of a liquid portion of the powder to a solid portion of the powder;
selecting a bed temperature setpoint in the temperature range by selecting the temperature that corresponds to the selected point on the melt curve.

US Pat. No. 10,112,341

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT MANUFACTURING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A three-dimensional object manufacturing method including a 3D object forming step of forming a three-dimensional object by discharging a UV curing type ink, carrying out UV irradiation on the discharged ink to form a layer, and overlapping a plurality of the layers; whereinthe 3D object forming step includes
with a model material and a support material adjacent to each other, the model material serving as the ink to become at least a part of the three-dimensional object and the support material serving as the ink that is at least disposed on a lower side of the model material in a vertical direction to support the model material,
a step of simultaneously planarizing a surface of the model material and a surface of the support material with a planarizing member before curing;
the three-dimensional object manufacturing method further includes
a support material removing step of removing the support material from the three-dimensional object after the 3D object forming step; and
a whitening suppressing solution applying step of applying a whitening suppressing solution for suppressing whitening of a surface of the three-dimensional object on the surface after the support material removing step; and
the whitening suppressing solution is a liquid containing:
a transparent liquid that makes the support material transparent, and
a film forming substance that forms a film on the surface by drying of the transparent liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,112,340

DEVICE AND PROCESS FOR MARKING AN OPHTHALMIC LENS WITH A PULSED LASER OF WAVELENGTH AND ENERGY SELECTED PER PULSE

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL, C...

1. A device for marking an ophthalmic lens, said ophthalmic lens being produced from at least one predetermined material, the device comprising:a laser configured to produce permanent engravings on the ophthalmic lens, the laser being configured to emit a focused pulsed beam of ultraviolet laser radiation, the focused beam having at least the following parameters:
a radiation wavelength comprised between 200 nm and 300 nm,
a pulse duration comprised between about 0.1 ns and about 5 ns, and
an energy per pulse comprised between about 5 ?J and about 100 ?J;
an optical assembly comprising
an F-theta lens disposed at an output of the optical assembly, the F-theta lens being configured to focus a beam of ultraviolet laser radiation onto a focal plane of the F-theta lens with a focused beam diameter in the focal plane of the order of about 20 ?m to about 50 ?m, and
an energy attenuator configured to regulate a fluence of the beam of ultraviolet radiation focused on a surface of the ophthalmic lens to be marked according to a plurality of operating modes of the attenuator that each define a determined fluence value; and
an afocal system disposed between the laser and the energy attenuator.

US Pat. No. 10,112,339

METHOD FOR MAKING AN ENCLOSURE

Extenet Systems, Inc., L...

1. An apparatus for housing at least one electrical component, the apparatus comprising:a top part being comprised of a first plastic inner body attached to a first plastic outer shell;
a bottom part being comprised of a second plastic inner body attached to a second plastic outer shell;
wherein the second inner body comprises a base with upwardly extending side walls and the second outer shell comprises a base with upwardly extending side walls;
wherein the second inner body is positioned within the second outer shell such that the walls of the second inner body are positioned within the side walls of the second outer shell;
wherein the second inner body includes a lip that extends downwardly from the upwardly extending side walls; and
wherein the lip is positioned within the upwardly extending side walls of the base of the second outer shell.

US Pat. No. 10,112,338

BLOW MOLDING DEVICE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A blow molding device comprising:a heater capable of heating by electromagnetic radiation and configured to heat a preform to a temperature appropriate for molding;
a spraying device having an opening which faces toward the preform and configured to spray the preform with an antimicrobial agent generating active oxygen or hydroxyl radical;
a forming device configured to stretch blow mold forming the preform into a bottle; and
an irradiation device including an ultrasonic waves irradiation portion which irradiates ultrasonic waves and a reflective plate disposed on a side opposite to the ultrasonic waves irradiation portion with respect to the molded bottle,
wherein, after the heater heats the preform, the anti-microbial agent is sprayed from the spraying device, and the heater sterilizes the preform which has become in a hot state by heating,
wherein, after the anti-microbial agent is sprayed, when stretch blow molding the preform in the forming device, the forming device additionally dries the antimicrobial agent retained on the preform in the hot state and additionally sterilizes the preform, and
wherein, simultaneously or after stretch blow molding of the preform, the irradiation device emits the ultrasonic waves to the reflective plate from the ultrasonic waves irradiation portion, and the anti-microbial agent remaining in the molded bottle is decomposed by the ultrasonic waves.

US Pat. No. 10,112,334

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY MANUFACTURING CURED MEMBRANES

Firestone Building Produc...

1. A method of continuously manufacturing a cured membrane, the method comprising:mixing EPDM rubber, filler, oil and curative within a mixing extruder to form a vulcanizable rubber composition;
subjecting the vulcanizable rubber composition to a reduced pressure by applying a vacuum to form a vulcanizable rubber composition with reduced levels of entrapped gases;
extruding the vulcanizable rubber composition with reduced levels of entrapped gases to form a continuous partially-cured extrudate, where said step of extruding takes place at a temperature between 120 and 160° C.;
calendaring the partially-cured extrudate to form a partially-cured membrane; and
curing the partially-cured membrane to form a substantially cured membrane, where said step of curing is devoid of elevated pressures.

US Pat. No. 10,112,333

SANITARY EXTRUDER HOOD

Schenck Process LLC, Kan...

1. An extruder hood configured to operate in a steady-state configuration and a non-steady-state configuration, said extruder hood comprising:an air inlet;
an extruder hood outlet;
an extruder discharge zone within an interior space of said extruder hood, wherein said extruder discharge zone is configured to receive extruded material; and
a distribution header comprising a pair of distribution arms, wherein said distribution header is configured to selectively receive air from said air inlet and to direct the air across said extruder discharge zone,
wherein in the steady-state configuration, said extruder hood is configured to direct air received from said air inlet through said pair of distribution arms and across said extruder discharge zone to cause extruded material to be ejected from said extruder hood via said extruder hood outlet,
wherein in the non-steady-state configuration, said extruder hood is configured to direct air received from said air inlet out of said extruder hood via said extruder outlet without being directed across said extruder discharge zone.

US Pat. No. 10,112,329

OVERMOLDED DISPOSABLE CUTLERY ARTICLES

Modern Packaging LLC, Ch...

1. A molded article of cutlery comprising:a first shot molded structure comprising a working end and an elongated handle support molded from a first plastic material and having top and bottom surfaces and a length which extends away from the working end, and a second shot molded structure including top and bottom handle portions that form the upper and lower surfaces of the handle on the handle support of the first shot molded structure;
wherein the first shot molded structure includes (a) a plurality of openings configured for allowing passage of second shot plastic material through the first molded structure to access both the top and bottom surfaces of the handle support, wherein the openings include one or more open slots located adjacent the sidewall at the end of the article that is furthest away from the working end, and (b) one or more sidewalls having a first height that extends above the top surface and about the perimeter of the elongated handle support extending to but not including the working end and located at least on each side of the top surface along the length of the handle support to provide a border around the perimeter of the handle support, with the sidewall(s) configured to surround or encompass a subsequently provided second shot molded structure on the top surface of the handle support, wherein the sidewall(s) have at least partially flat top surfaces to conform to mold surfaces and straight, curved or angled outer profiles.

US Pat. No. 10,112,328

FUEL TANK MADE OF POLYKETONE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

JPC Automotive Co., Ltd.,...

1. A method of manufacturing a fuel tank using polyketone, comprising:injection-molding an upper cover and a lower cover using an injection-molding machine;
placing the upper cover and the lower cover, injection-molded in the injection-molding, at a relatively high position and a relatively low position, respectively, and assembling the upper cover and the lower cover with each other; and
bonding contact surfaces between the upper cover and the lower cover, assembled with each other in the assembling, to each other using a laser beam,
wherein the upper cover and the lower cover, injection-molded by the injection-molding machine, are made of polyketone so as to improve rigidity thereof,
the method further comprises pressurizing an outer side surface of at least one of the upper cover and the lower cover using at least one roller between the assembling and the bonding,
the bonding is performed while the roller pressurizes the outer side surface of at least one of the upper cover and the lower cover in the pressurizing,
the upper cover and the lower cover have edges having shapes corresponding to each other such that one of the upper cover and the lower cover has a protruding portion formed on the edge thereof and a remaining one has an insertion recess formed in the edge thereof, into which the protruding portion is fitted, and
each of the protruding portion and the insertion recess has at least one support surface formed in one side surface thereof, the support surface being parallel to outer side surfaces of the upper cover and the lower cover so as to support a pressurization force of the roller pressurizing the outer side surface of at least one of the upper cover and the lower cover in the pressurizing,
wherein the injection-molding includes injection-molding an intermediate cover, the intermediate cover having insertion recesses formed therein, into which a lowermost edge of the upper cover and an uppermost edge of the lower cover are fitted,
the assembling includes assembling the intermediate cover between the upper cover and the lower cover, and
the bonding includes bonding contact surfaces between the upper cover and the intermediate cover to each other and bonding contact surfaces between the lower cover and the intermediate cover to each other using the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,112,327

HOUSING OF AN LED DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Lite-On Opto Technology (...

1. A method for manufacturing a housing of an LED display device, comprising:(a) providing a first mold assembly with a first formation cavity for injection molding a cover and a second mold assembly with a plurality of first molding projections for injection molding a plurality of first transparent members, filling a first material into the first formation cavity defined by the first mold assembly at a first position to form the cover with a plurality of first through holes, followed by moving the cover to a second position, filling a second material into a second formation cavity defined by the second mold assembly and the cover to seal one of the plurality of first through holes by forming a corresponding one of the first transparent members therein, each of the first molding projections of the second mold assembly projecting into a respective one of the first through holes and having a forming surface that faces the respective one of the first through holes and that is non-coplanar with a display side of the cover; and
(b) disposing an ink layer on the display side of the cover in such a manner that the ink layer covers the display side of the cover with the first transparent member, which is disposed in each of the first through holes and recessed from the display side, to remain uncovered and thereby exposed by the ink layer;
wherein the cover has a back side opposite to the display side and a lateral side interconnecting the display side and the back side, in process (a), the first mold assembly including a movable mold, a first stationary mold and a core mold extending through the movable mold, the movable mold, the first stationary mold and the core mold cooperatively defining the first formation cavity, and moving the cover along with the movable mold of the first mold assembly to the second position where the movable mold cooperates with the second mold assembly to clamp the cover therebetween; and
wherein, in process (a), the second mold assembly includes a second stationary mold to cover the back side of the cover and the movable mold, the first molding projections being disposed opposite to the second stationary mold and extending through the movable mold, an outer surface of the first transparent member in each of the first through holes being indented from the display side of the cover, and wherein the ink layer covers the display side of the cover while leaving the first transparent member in each of the first through holes exposed in process (b).

US Pat. No. 10,112,326

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN EDGING OF A FLAT EXTENDED PANEL

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A device for producing an edging of a flat extended panel, the device having:a molding tool;
a material dispenser which is movable in relation to the molding tool, for dispensing a material for the edging, wherein the molding tool has:
a first mold body having a holding region for the panel;
a second mold body having a holding region for the panel such that the panel is capable of being held by the first mold body and by the second mold body;
a third mold body which with the first mold body shares a common contact region, wherein the first mold body, the second mold body, and the third mold body are configured such that they conjointly with the panel surround a space in which the edging is configurable; and
an access duct to the space, the former being configured between the second mold body and the third mold body;
wherein an elastic lip seal is fixed to the second mold body and/or to the third mold body, so as to close and temporarily unblock the access duct.

US Pat. No. 10,112,325

CONCRETE FORMING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Goss Construction, Inc., ...

1. A method of forming a concrete spread footing in an excavation, the method comprising:providing a frame assembly comprising:
a frame configured to extend over the excavation from a first side of the excavation to an opposing second side of the excavation;
a form coupled to the frame, the form configured to define at least part of the shape of the concrete spread footing;
a reinforcement structure configured to reinforce the concrete spread footing, at least part of the reinforcement structure being disposed within the form; and
a template defining an inbed pattern over the form;
wherein the frame is configured to support the form and the reinforcement structure in suspension over the excavation;
wherein the frame comprises at least one attachment member configured to couple to the frame and the form, the at least one attachment member being disposed vertically below the template and spaced apart vertically from the template by a sufficient distance to allow workers' hands to access the space vertically between the at least one attachment member and the template.

US Pat. No. 10,112,324

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint method for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the method comprising:carrying the substrate into an imprint apparatus;
supplying the imprint material by using a supply unit;
removing, after the substrate is carried into the imprint apparatus, a whole or a portion of foreign particles adhering to a pattern of the mold formed on the mold when bringing an imprint material supplied to a member different from the substrate inside the imprint apparatus and the mold into contact, and curing the imprint material so as to form the pattern of the imprint material on the member; and
forming the pattern on the substrate that has been carried into the imprint apparatus, by using the mold from which the foreign particles are removed,
wherein a distance between the member and the supply unit when carrying the substrate into the imprint apparatus is shorter than a distance between the substrate and the supply unit when carrying the substrate into the imprint apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,112,322

NEGATIVE MOLD COMPRISING PREDEFINED FOAM BLOCKS FOR CASTING A COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE NEGATIVE MOLD

1. A method for producing a negative mold for casting a blade of a wind turbine component, comprising:providing a support structure; and
adjacently mounting a plurality of foam blocks onto the support structure such that a common surface contour of the plurality of foam blocks defines an outer surface of the wind turbine component, which is to be casted; and
wherein each foam block is taken from a predetermined number of different types of foam blocks, each of the different types of foam block is defined by a predetermined foam block size and foam block shape,
wherein each of the mounted foam blocks comprises at least one three-dimensionally contoured lateral surface, mated with complementary three-dimensionally contoured lateral surface of the adjacently mounted block.

US Pat. No. 10,112,321

HIGH-PRESSURE IN-FIBER PARTICLE PRODUCTION WITH PRECISE DIMENSIONAL CONTROL

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A fiber comprising:a fiber cladding material comprising a material selected from the group consisting of silica, a silicate, a borosilicate, and a phosphate glass, said fiber cladding material being disposed along a longitudinal-axis fiber length; and
a plurality of discrete and disconnected high-stress domains disposed as a sequence along a longitudinal line parallel to the longitudinal fiber axis in at least a portion of the fiber length, each high stress domain having an internal pressure of at least 0.1 GPa and comprising a domain material that is interior to and different than the fiber cladding material.

US Pat. No. 10,112,320

PROCESS FOR THE EXTRUSION OF PLASTICS TENDING TO ADHERENCE

1. A material extruder, comprising:a housing comprising an internal toothing formed by a plurality of housing teeth which extend along an axial extension of the housing, each housing tooth of the internal toothing extending radially from a root at a root circle inwardly to a top;
a central spindle disposed within said housing;
planetary spindles configured and disposed to rotate about said central spindle between said central spindle and said housing;
each of said planetary spindles comprising an external toothing configured to mesh with said internal toothing of said housing;
said housing comprising an inlet opening configured to permit feeding of material to be extruded into an interior of said housing; and
a feed guide being disposed at said inlet opening to guide material to be extruded into said inlet opening,
wherein at least one housing tooth extends axially along a regular height portion and a shortened height portion, and
wherein a regular height of the at least one housing tooth, defined by a radial distance from the root circle to the top of the at least one housing tooth at the regular height portion, is greater than a shortened height of the least one housing tooth, defined by a radial distance from the root circle to the top of the at least one housing tooth at the shortened height portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,319

BRICK CLAMP

1. A clamp for masonry work comprising:a base plate including a first workpiece bearing surface, wherein the base plate is configured to hold a plurality of work pieces directly onto the first bearing surface;
an upper arm weldment including a second workpiece bearing surface having an open and closed position with respect to the base plate, wherein when one of said workpieces is inserted between said base plate and said upper arm weldment and said upper arm weldment is in its said closed position, said one of said workpieces is clamped between said first and second workpiece bearing surfaces, said one of said workpieces is configured to be clamped in such a way as to not lose clamping force throughout a cutting and forming process;
a clamp operating device that is configured to transition the second workpiece bearing surface between said open and closed positions, wherein said closed position is defined by the first and second workpiece bearing surfaces being parallel and facing one another, and said open position defined by a first spacing of the first and second workpiece bearing surfaces in the open position being greater than a second spacing between the first and second workpiece bearing surfaces in the closed position;
the clamp operating device has an over center locking means comprising: an engagement lever that controls and moves said second workpiece bearing surface from the open to the closed position: a release lever that controls and moves said second workpiece bearing surface from the closed to the open position, and a spring return that assists in returning said upper arm weldment to said open position from said closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,318

PRESSING ASSEMBLY AND A METHOD FOR FORMING A DEPRESSION WITHIN A MOVING, WET GYPSUM BOARD

Saint-Gobain Placo SAS, ...

1. A method for forming a depression within a moving, wet gypsum board, the method comprising the steps of:providing a pressing assembly including a tapered die attached to a pressing head, the tapered die including a recess;
providing a gypsum board moving in a direction of travel at a first speed;
moving the pressing head in the direction of travel of the gypsum board, such that the speed of the pressing head in the direction of travel of the gypsum board substantially matches the first speed, while simultaneously causing the pressing head to move towards the gypsum board, to bring the recess into contact with a portion of the gypsum board, and
causing the tapered die to compress the gypsum board to substantially simultaneously form a depression on either side of a comparatively uncompressed gypsum board portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,317

NANOTUBE PARTICLE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A nanotube particle device comprising:a nanotube having a first end and a second end;
particle shooter, wherein the particle shooter is coupled to the first end of the nanotube and wherein the particle shooter is configured to shoot a particle from the nanotube to a target located beyond the second end of the nanotube;
a positioning mechanism, wherein the positioning mechanism is configured to position the nanotube in relation to the target; and
a detection sensor, wherein the detection sensor is configured to receive and transmit energy or movement, emanating from an interaction between the particle and the target, to the positioning mechanism to determine the relative position of the nanotube device to the target,
wherein the positioning mechanism comprises an electrostatic coupling, an electromagnetic coupling, or a piezoelectric coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,112,316

STRAND ORIENTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Norbord Inc., Toronto (C...

1. A system for orienting elongate wood strands, comprising:a plurality of rotatable shafts that extend substantially perpendicular to a travel direction of a mat of the elongate wood strands, each rotatable shaft including axially spaced agitation members that extend radially away from the shaft; and
a vane set positioned vertically below a portion of at least one of the agitation members and the vane set including substantially parallel and stationary partitions with openings therebetween;
wherein each partition of the vane set has a length that is substantially parallel to the travel direction; and
wherein at least one stationary partition of the vane set has an upper edge thickness that is greater than a lower edge thickness of the same stationary partition such that an opening width between opposing faces of the at least one stationary partition and an adjacent partition is greater at a lower portion of the partitions than at an upper portion of the same partitions.

US Pat. No. 10,112,315

OPTICAL FILMS HAVING AN OPTICAL AXIS AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING SAME

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method comprising:providing a continuous web of optical film, the optical film having a length along a longitudinal direction and a width along a transverse direction, the optical film having an optical axis, an orientation of the optical axis varying across the width of the optical film;
for each of at least one position along the length of the optical film, determining the orientation of the optical axis at a plurality of positions along the width of the optical film; and
applying at least one indicium to a surface of the optical film, the at least one indicium recording the orientation of the optical axis at the plurality of positions along the width of the optical film.

US Pat. No. 10,112,314

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING DEVIATION OF PUNCHING POSITION

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A post-processing apparatus comprising:a transporting mechanism that transports a sheet in a predetermined transportation direction;
a punching apparatus that punches the sheet;
a moving mechanism that moves the punching apparatus in a width direction orthogonal to the transportation direction; and
a sensor disposed on a transportation path for the sheet,
wherein:
the sensor optically detects a mark formed on the sheet and indicates a position to be punched,
the mark includes a plurality of feature portions extending in the width direction,
an interval between the feature portions in the transportation direction changes based on the width direction,
the moving mechanism determines a position of the punching apparatus in the width direction based on a difference between respective timings of detection of the plurality of feature portions by the sensor,
the punching apparatus punches the sheet at a plurality of positions along the width direction at a predetermined interval, and
the mark is formed on the sheet at least one of the plurality of positions to be punched by the punching apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,112,312

KNIFE WITH AUTOMATIC BLADE RETRACTION

MARTOR KG, Solingen (DE)...

1. A knife with automatic blade retraction, the knife comprising:a housing;
a moveable actuating housing including a plurality of sidewalls;
a moveable slide member;
a rotatable blade unit rotatably attached to the moveable slide member, the rotatable blade unit including a blade and a blade carrier, the rotatable blade unit partially disposed within the plurality of sidewalls of the moveable actuating housing, the blade being connected to the blade carrier such that rotary movement between the blade and the blade carrier is prevented, the blade carrier including an entrainment member configured to be brought into engagement with an abutment surface of the moveable actuating housing, the rotatable blade unit moveable by the moveable actuating housing between a first position in which the blade is retracted in the housing and a second position in which the blade is extended from the housing, and the rotatable blade unit rotatable by the action of cutting force in the second position from an engagement position in which the entrainment member of the blade carrier is in engagement with the abutment surface of the moveable actuating housing into a release position in which the entrainment member of the blade carrier is not in engagement with the abutment surface of the moveable actuating housing; and
a first retraction element configured to continuously apply a retraction force to the rotatable blade unit in the direction of the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,311

ROTARY JOINT OF A ROBOT AND THE ROBOT INCLUDING THE SAME

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A rotary joint, comprising a wiring unit having a main portion associated with each of a plurality of flexible printed circuit (FPC) boards therein, wherein said rotary joint further comprising a protective unit fixed to said wiring unit, in which an end portion of each of said plurality of FPC boards is connected to a group of cables;wherein said protective unit comprises a plurality of plastic boards, which substantially parallel or horizontal to each other, thereby said end portion of each of said plurality of FPC boards are apart from each other and capable of connecting to corresponding groups of cables, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,112,310

FOOD HANDLING GRIPPER

SOFT ROBOTICS, INC., Cam...

1. A robotic system comprising:a soft actuator comprising an elastomeric bladder configured to receive an inflation fluid;
a securing mechanism comprising a body and one or more extensions, the one or more extensions configured to be received in one or more corresponding recesses of the elastomeric bladder and to be gripped within the recesses upon application of a tightening force to seal the inflation fluid in the soft actuator; further comprising a base having one or more rounded fingers from gripping an inflation fluid supply line.

US Pat. No. 10,112,309

GRIPPING DEVICE ATTACHED TO ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A gripping device attached to a robot, comprising:a first finger part for contacting one side of a target object to be gripped;
a second finger part for contacting the other side of the target object, which is opposed to the first finger part;
a base part for supporting the first finger part and the second finger part; and
a drive part for driving at least one of the first finger part and the second finger part, wherein
the first finger part includes a first finger main body part which is supported by the base part and which has an opening, wherein the first main body part includes a plurality of bar-like parts, and a first fingertip part for contacting the target object, which is is permanently attached to ends of the plurality of bar-like parts;
the second finger part includes a second finger main body part supported by the base part, and a second fingertip part for contacting the target object, which is disposed at an end of the second finger main body part,
the first finger part and the second finger part are formed so that, when the drive part is driven based on a first motion command, the first fingertip part and the second fingertip part move closer to each other, and the first fingertip part and the second fingertip part grip the target object, and
the first finger part and the second finger part are formed so as to grip the target object when the drive part is driven based on a second motion command, with at least a part of the second finger part entering the inside of the opening, and the first finger main body part and the second finger main body part being in contact with the target object.

US Pat. No. 10,112,308

VACUUM CUP ASSEMBLY

Wolfram Labs, LLC, Grove...

1. A vacuum cup assembly comprising:(a) a vacuum cup having a wall terminating at one end in a rim configured to seat against a work piece for forming a temporary attachment to the work piece, the vacuum cup having a concave fluid chamber formed within the vacuum cup wall;
(b) a housing having a wall to which the vacuum cup is mounted, the housing at least partially defining a variable volume chamber that is fluidically connected to the concave fluid chamber;
(c) a flexible membrane sealingly mounted to the housing wall and partially defining the variable volume chamber; and
(d) a prime mover mounted to the housing and the flexible membrane, the prime mover being operable to selectively displace the flexible membrane relative to the housing, thereby modifying the volume of the variable volume chamber and modifying the fluid pressure in the concave fluid chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,112,307

PART HOLDING ASSEMBLY, AN ASSEMBLY SYSTEM AND A METHOD OF POSITIONING A FIRST PART

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A part holding assembly coupleable to a support structure, the assembly comprising:a base adapted to be coupled to the support structure;
a first pin extending outwardly away from the base to a distal end that is spaced from the base, with the base movable to position the first pin relative to a first part and to insert the distal end of the first pin through a first hole of the first part to locate the first part;
a first magnet adjacent to the first pin and selectively magnetized to selectively secure the position of the first part relative to the base;
wherein the base includes a track; and
a second pin coupled to the track, with the second pin movable along the track to change the position of the second pin relative to the first pin.

US Pat. No. 10,112,305

FAILURE DIAGNOSIS DEVICE AND FAILURE DIAGNOSIS METHOD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A failure diagnosis device for a mechanical device provided with a motor as a source to drive a motion axis, and configured to acquire a moving position of the motion axis and a disturbance torque value applied to the motion axis every predetermined period, and to diagnose that a failure is occurring when the disturbance torque value is larger than a failure determination threshold, comprising:a maintenance effect determination unit configured to calculate a change in the disturbance torque value before and after conducting of a maintenance task when the maintenance task is conducted on the motion axis; and
a failure diagnosis unit configured to re-set the failure determination threshold only when the change in the disturbance torque value is larger than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,112,304

ROBOT PROGRAMMING APPARATUS FOR TEACHING MACHINING OPERATION TO ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot programming apparatus configured to create a robot program for operating a robot equipped with a tool to execute machining of a workpiece arranged in a work space, the robot programming apparatus comprising:a virtual space creation unit configured to create a virtual space which three-dimensionally represent the work space;
a model arrangement unit configured to arrange a workpiece model, a robot model, and a tool model which three-dimensionally represent the workpiece, the robot, and the tool in the virtual space, respectively;
a projection target arrangement unit configured to arrange in the virtual space a projection target on which an operation pattern of the tool for machining the workpiece is provided;
a machining path creation unit configured to project the operation pattern onto at least one surface, which is curved in a direction of a center axis line of the tool, of the workpiece model and create a machining path through which a machining point of the tool passes for machining the workpiece;
a position and posture determination unit configured to determine a position and a posture of the tool for machining the workpiece along the machining path based on a direction of a normal line to the at least one surface of the workpiece model and on the machining path;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the workpiece and the tool interfere with each other at any point along the machining path except for the machining point of the tool, based on the position and the posture of the tool determined by the position and posture determination unit; and
a position and posture correction unit configured to, when the determination unit determines that interference occurs at a point along the machining path other than the machining point, correct at least one of the position and the posture of the tool at the point where it is determined that the interference occurs without changing the machining point so that the workpiece and the tool do not interfere with each other at any point, including an inflection point, along the machining path except for the machining point of the tool, wherein the position and posture correction unit is configured to change at least one of the position and the posture of the tool by changing a coordinate system defined in association with the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,112,303

IMAGE-BASED TRAJECTORY ROBOT PROGRAMMING PLANNING APPROACH

1. A method of programming at least one robot by demonstration comprising:performing at least one set of demonstrations of at least one task in the field of view of at least one fixed camera to obtain at least one set of observed task trajectories of at least one manipulated object;
generating a generalized task trajectory from said at least one set of observed task trajectories; and
executing said at least one task by said at least one robot in the field of view of said at least one fixed camera, using image-based visual servoing to minimize the difference between an observed trajectory during said execution and the generalized task trajectory;
wherein Cartesian positions and velocities of said at least one manipulated object are calculated from image measurements from said at least one set of observed task trajectories, and said image-based visual servoing comprises following said Cartesian positions and velocities of said at least one manipulated object by minimizing the difference between said observed task trajectory during said execution and the generalized task trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,112,302

MOBILE ROBOT

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A mobile robot comprising:a vision system, the vision system comprising a camera and at least one light source arranged to provide a level of illumination to an area surrounding the mobile robot; and
a control system configured for:
detecting features within images captured by the vision system and comparing a quantity of features detected with a predetermined minimum threshold number of features,
adjusting the level of illumination provided by the light source in response to the comparison of the quantity of features detected to the predetermined minimum threshold number of features, and
decreasing the level of illumination when the comparison shows that the quantity of features detected by the control system is above the predetermined minimum threshold number,
continuing to decrease the level of illumination to zero as long as the quantity of features detected by the control system is above the predetermined minimum threshold number, and
ceasing to decrease the level of illumination when the quantity of features detected by the control system meets the predetermined minimum threshold number of features.

US Pat. No. 10,112,300

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SENSOR DEPLOYMENT

King Faud University of P...

1. A method of deploying sensors by a robot in a geographical region, the method comprising:receiving from a server, a first instruction including information corresponding to the geographical region, the information including at least a plurality of boundary locations of the geographical region and a first coordinate of the geographical region corresponding to a starting location for sensor deployment;
receiving from the server, a second instruction indicating one of a first manner and a second manner of deploying sensors in the geographical region;
computing by circuitry, based on the second instruction, a path to traverse the geographical region in a plurality of steps, each step of the plurality of steps having a predetermined magnitude, the traversing being performed until one of a first stopping criteria corresponding to the first manner of deploying sensors and a second stopping criteria corresponding to the second manner of deploying sensors being satisfied;
deploying sensors in the geographical region at each traversed step size;
receiving from each deployed sensor, information indicating absence of sensors in a neighboring area of the deployed sensor;
repeating the traversing and deploying of sensors in the neighboring area based on the received information until all corners of the geographical region have been visited at least once, and
checking for any available empty neighboring area, wherein checking for any available empty neighboring area includes
receiving, from one or more of the sensors, empty neighboring area information from the sensor adjacent to the empty neighboring area, the empty neighboring area information including a first location corresponding to the sensor adjacent to the empty neighboring area, ID of the sensor adjacent to the empty neighboring area, and a second location corresponding to the empty neighboring area, and
deploying sensors, wherein deploying sensors starts from the first location received from the sensor adjacent to the empty neighboring area,
wherein a total distance traversed by the robot in the first manner of deploying sensors is 2n(m+1)/l+m, wherein m is a width of the geographical region, n is a length of the geographical region, and l is a sensing range of the sensor,
wherein the robot traces its path backwards to its last known starting point and further adds an offset as a step size for the robot to proceed when the robot encounters an obstacle or boundary of the geographical region.

US Pat. No. 10,112,299

MACHINING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRODUCING WORKPIECE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA ...

1. A machining apparatus comprising:a first robot comprising:
a rotating portion, a first arm portion, a second arm portion, a wrist portion, and a tip portion mutually connected in series, the first arm portion including a first link and a second link, the second link being swingable around a seventh axis with respect to the first link;
a first actuator configured to rotate the rotating portion around a first axis;
a second actuator configured to swing the first arm portion around a second axis passing through a first joint connecting the rotating portion and the first arm portion, the second axis being non-parallel to the first axis and substantially parallel to the seventh axis;
a third actuator configured to swing the second arm portion around a third axis passing through a second joint connecting the first arm portion and the second arm portion, the third axis being substantially parallel to the second axis and the seventh axis;
a fourth actuator configured to swing the wrist portion around a fourth axis passing through a third joint connecting the second arm portion and the wrist portion, the fourth axis being non-parallel to a central axis of the second arm portion;
a fifth actuator configured to rotate the wrist portion around a fifth axis that is non-parallel to the third axis and the fourth axis;
a sixth actuator configured to rotate the tip portion around a sixth axis that is non-parallel to the fourth axis;
a distance adjustment actuator configured to adjust a distance between the second axis and the third axis by rotating the second link around the seventh axis to fold the first arm portion; and
an end effector provided to the tip portion and configured to apply machining to a workpiece, wherein
the first robot is positioned such that a movable range of a tip portion of the first arm portion or a base end portion of the second arm portion interferes with the workpiece when the first arm portion is rotated around the second axis, where the distance is set to be maximum, in a state where the first arm portion is oriented toward the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,112,298

ASSIGNING TASKS TO A ROBOT DEVICE FOR EXECUTION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method, performed by a processor, for assigning tasks to a robot device, comprising:selecting a target region from a displayed image of an image capturing device;
defining one or more tasks in relation to a plurality of objects displayed within the target region such that the defined one or more tasks are arranged according to a task workflow;wherein defining the one or more tasks further includes inputting image capturing instructions for performing the defined one or more tasks and one or more subtasks of the one or more tasks according to the plurality of objects using text data via a graphical user interface (GUI) such that a user inputs natural language text into the GUI to define the one or more tasks; andcommunicating the defined one or more tasks to a self-directed device thereby assigning the self-directed device to perform the defined one or more tasks according to the task workflow.

US Pat. No. 10,112,297

ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS, ROBOT, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot control apparatus that controls a robot including a manipulator having a plurality of arm members attached by a plurality of joints that rotate completely about respective rotation axes and to which one of a plurality of end effectors may be attached, a force detector provided in the manipulator, and an actuator that drives the manipulator based on a target position, the robot control apparatus comprising:a display controller configured to display a current motion position of the manipulator and the target position on a screen; and
a robot controller configured to control the robot,
wherein the robot controller is configured to derive the current motion position of the manipulator based on a target force and an output of the force detector, to determine a velocity of the current motion position, and to determine an acting force coordinate from the output of the force detector, and
the display controller is configured to display a speedometer indicating the velocity of the current motion position on the screen and to display a monitor in which the acting force coordinate is displayed as a time function in a line graph.