US Pat. No. 10,138,219

METHODS AND COMPOUNDS FOR RESTORING MUTANT P53 FUNCTION

PMV PHARMACEUTICALS, Cra...

1. A compound of the formula:wherein:Q1 is C1-alkylene; or a bond;
each R3 and R4 is independently, —C(O)R19, —C(O)OR19, —C(O)NR19R20, —SOR19, —SO2R19, alkyl, alkylene, alkenyl, alkenylene, alkynyl, aryl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl, each of which is independently substituted or -unsubstituted with a hydroxyl group, sulfhydryl group, halogen, amino group, nitro group, nitroso group, cyano group, azido group, sulfoxide group, sulfone group, sulfonamide group, carboxyl group, carboxaldehyde group, imine group, alkyl group, halo-alkyl group, alkenyl group, halo-alkenyl group, alkynyl group, halo-alkynyl group, alkoxy group, aryl group, aryloxy group, aralkyl group, arylalkoxy group, heterocyclyl group, acyl group, acyloxy group, carbamate group, amide group, ureido group, epoxy group, or an ester group; or hydrogen, or R3 and R4 together with the nitrogen atom to which R3 and R4 are bound form a ring, wherein the ring is substituted or unsubstituted with a hydroxyl group, sulfhydryl group, halogen, amino group, nitro group, nitroso group, cyano group, azido group, sulfoxide group, sulfone group, sulfonamide group, carboxyl group, carboxaldehyde group, imine group, alkyl group, halo-alkyl group, alkenyl group, halo-alkenyl group, alkynyl group, halo-alkynyl group, alkoxy group, aryl group, aryloxy group, aralkyl group, arylalkoxy group, heterocyclyl group, acyl group, acyloxy group, carbamate group, amide group, ureido group, epoxy group, or an ester group;
each R2, R13, R14, and R15, is independently —C(O)R21, —C(O)OR21, —C(O)NR21R22, —OR21, —SR21, —NR21R22, —NR21C(O)R22, —OC(O)R21, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, aryl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl, each of which is independently substituted or -unsubstituted with a hydroxyl group, sulfhydryl group, halogen, amino group, nitro group, nitroso group, cyano group, azido group, sulfoxide group, sulfone group, sulfonamide group, carboxyl group, carboxaldehyde group, imine group, alkyl group, cycloalkyl group, halo-alkyl group, alkenyl group, halo-alkenyl group, alkynyl group, halo-alkynyl group, alkoxy group, aryl group, aryloxy group, aralkyl group, arylalkoxy group, heterocyclyl group, acyl group, acyloxy group, carbamate group, amide group, ureido group, epoxy group, or an ester group; or hydrogen or halogen;
R16 is hydrogen;
R17 is phenyl substituted or -unsubstituted with a hydroxyl group, sulfhydryl group, halogen, amino group, nitro group, nitroso group, cyano group, azido group, sulfoxide group, sulfone group, sulfonamide group, carboxyl group, carboxaldehyde group, imine group, alkyl group, cycloalkyl group, halo-alkyl group, alkenyl group, halo-alkenyl group, alkynyl group, halo-alkynyl group, alkoxy group, aryl group, aryloxy group, aralkyl group, arylalkoxy group, heterocyclyl group, acyl group, acyloxy group, carbamate group, amide group, ureido group, epoxy group, or an ester group;
each R19 and R20 is C(O)R23, —C(O)OR23, —C(O)NR23R24, —OR23, —SR23, —NR23R24, —NR23C(O)R24, —OC(O)R23, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, aryl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl, each of which is independently substituted or unsubstituted with a hydroxyl group, sulfhydryl group, halogen, amino group, nitro group, nitroso group, cyano group, azido group, sulfoxide group, sulfone group, sulfonamide group, carboxyl group, carboxaldehyde group, imine group, alkyl group, halo-alkyl group, alkenyl group, halo-alkenyl group, alkynyl group, halo-alkynyl group, alkoxy group, aryl group, aryloxy group, aralkyl group, arylalkoxy group, heterocyclyl group, acyl group, acyloxy group, carbamate group, amide group, ureido group, epoxy group, or an ester group; or hydrogen or halogen; and
each R21, R22, R23, and R24 is independently alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, aryl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl, each of which is independently substituted or -unsubstituted with a hydroxyl group, sulfhydryl group, halogen, amino group, nitro group, nitroso group, cyano group, azido group, sulfoxide group, sulfone group, sulfonamide group, carboxyl group, carboxaldehyde group, imine group, alkyl group, halo-alkyl group, alkenyl group, halo-alkenyl group, alkynyl group, halo-alkynyl group, alkoxy group, aryl group, aryloxy group, aralkyl group, arylalkoxy group, heterocyclyl group, acyl group, acyloxy group, carbamate group, amide group, ureido group, epoxy group, or an ester group; or hydrogen;or a pharmaceutically-acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,218

PROCESS FOR PREPARING FURFURAL FROM BIOMASS

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A method for producing furfural from biomass material containing pentosane comprising:(a) providing a biomass comprising a polysaccharide containing C5 carbohydrate monomeric units;
(b) contacting the biomass with a solution containing at least one ?-hydroxysulfonic acid thereby hydrolyzing the biomass to produce a product stream containing at least one C5-carbohydrate compound in monomeric and/or oligomeric form, and ?-hydroxysulfonic acid, the at least one ?-hydroxysulfonic acid having the general formula

wherein R1 and R2 are individually hydrogen or hydrocarbyl with up to about 9 carbon atoms;
(c) separating at least a portion of the ?-hydroxysulfonic acid from the product stream containing at least one C5-carbohydrate compound to provide an acid-removed product stream containing the at least one C5-carbohydrate compound and recovering the ?-hydroxysulfonic acid in its component form;
(d) separating a liquid stream containing said at least one C5-carbohydrate compound and a wet solid stream containing remaining biomass from the acid-removed product;
(e) dehydrating the C5-carbohydrate compound in at least a first portion of the liquid stream in the presence of a heterogenous solid acid catalyst capable of catalyzing the dehydration of C5 carbohydrates to furfural and/or its derivatives, in a biphasic reaction medium comprising an aqueous phase and a water-immiscible organic phase, at a temperature in the range of from about 100° C. to about 250° C.;
(f) separating an organic phase stream containing furfural and an aqueous stream from the dehydration product stream;
(g) recycling at least a portion of the aqueous stream or a second portion of the liquid stream to step (b);
(h) recovering furfural from the organic phase stream.

US Pat. No. 10,138,215

PROCESS FOR PREPARING ATALUREN AND ITS INTERMEDIATES

SCINOPHARM TAIWAN, LTD., ...

1. A process for the preparation of atalurenthe process comprising:a) contacting a compound of formula I

 with hydroxylamine to provide a compound of formula II
andb) converting the compound of formula II to provide ataluren;wherein:R1 and R2 are independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6 alkyl and C1-C6 acyl; or
R1 and R2 are taken together to form an optionally substituted 5-7 member cyclic acetal.

US Pat. No. 10,138,214

SUBSTITUTED TRIAZOLES AND METHODS RELATING THERETO

Neurocrine Biosciences, I...

1. A method for treating a neurological condition of a subject having said neurological condition, wherein the neurological condition is essential tremor, epilepsy, status epilepticus or nerve agent exposure, comprising administering to the subject an effective amount of a compound having the following structure (A):or a stereoisomer, ester, solvate, or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,wherein:
R1 and R2 taken together with the N to which they are attached, form a 5-6 member nonaromatic heterocycle wherein the 5-6 member nonaromatic heterocycle may be substituted with 0-3 R4;
R3 at each occurrence is Cl, F, C1-4alkyl, —OC1-4alkyl or trifluoromethyl;
R4 at each occurrence is C1-4alkyl; and
n is 0-3.

US Pat. No. 10,138,213

STEREOCHEMICALLY ENRICHED COMPOSITIONS FOR DELIVERY OF NUCLEIC ACIDS

Translate Bio, Inc., Lex...

1. A composition comprising one or more chemical entities of formula I, each of which is a compound of formula I:
a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, a solvate thereof, or a solvate of a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein
70% or more of the chemical entities of formula I have the structure set forth by formula I.a.i:

US Pat. No. 10,138,208

PYRAZOLE DERIVATIVES AS INHIBITORS OF STAT3

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A compound selected from:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,207

BENZOMORPHAN ANALOGS AND THE USE THEREOF

Purdue Pharma, L.P., Sta...

1. A compound of Formula I?:
wherein
R1 is selected from the group consisting of —(C1-C10)alkyl, (C3-C12)cycloalkyl-(C1-C6)alkyl-, ((6- to 14-membered)aryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, diphenyl(C1-C6)alkyl-, each of which is optionally substituted by 1, 2 or 3 independently selected R9 groups;
R2a is absent, H or OH;
R2b is —Z-G-R10;
Z is absent;
G is selected from the group consisting of:
?CH, NR8, ?N—O, and ?N—NH; provided that when R2a is absent, G is not NR8;
R10 is selected from the group consisting of —(C1-C10)alkyl, —(C2-C12)alkenyl, —C(?O), —C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl, —C(?O)—(C2-C6)alkenyl, —C(?O)-(6- to 14-membered)aryl, —C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl-(6- to 14-membered)aryl, —(C2-C12)alkynyl, —(C1-C10)alkoxy, —(OCH2CH2)s—O(C1-C6)alkyl, —(CH2CH2O)s—(C1-C6)alkyl, —NH2, —NH(C1-C6)alkyl, CN, NR5R6, —(C1-C6)alkyl-NR5R6, —CONR5R6, —(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—NR5R6, —COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—OR7, —(C1-C6)alkoxy-COOR7, —CO—(CH2)n—COOR7, —CO—(CH2)n—CO—NR5R6, —(C3-C12)cycloalkyl, ((C3-C12)cycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C4-C12)cycloalkenyl, ((C4-C12)cycloalkenyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C6-C14)bicycloalkyl, ((C6-C14)bicycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C8-C20)tricycloalkyl, ((C8-C20)tricycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C7-C14)bicycloalkenyl, ((C7-C14)bicycloalkenyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C8-C20)tricycloalkenyl, ((C8-C20)tricycloalkenyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(6- to 14-membered)aryl, ((6- to 14-membered)aryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(7- to 12-membered)bicyclic ring system, ((7- to 12-membered)bicyclic ring system)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(7- to 12-membered)bicyclic aryl, ((7- to 12-membered)bicyclic aryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl, ((5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(3- to 12-membered)heterocycle, ((3- to 12 membered)heterocycle)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(7- to 12-membered)bicycloheterocycle, ((7- to 12-membered)bicycloheterocycle)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, phenyl, benzyl and naphthyl; each of which is optionally substituted with one, two, or three substituents independently selected from the group consisting of —OH, (?O), halo, —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, —CH2(halo), —(C1-C6)alkyl, halo(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C2-C6)alkenyl, —(C2-C6)alkynyl, hydroxy(C1-C6)alkyl-, dihydroxy(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C1-C6)alkoxy, ((C1-C6)alkoxy)CO(C1-C6)alkoxy-, phenyl, benzyl, —NH2, —NH(C1-C6)alkyl, —(C1-C6)alkyl-NH(C1-C6)alkyl-R14, —CN, —SH, —OR11, —CONR5R6, —(C1-C6alkyl)-CO—NR5R6, —COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—OR7, —(C1-C6)alkoxy-COOR7, —(OCH2CH2)s—O(C1-C6)alkyl, —(CH2CH2O)s—(C1-C6)alkyl, (C1-C6)alkyl)sulfonyl, ((C1-C6)alkyl)sulfonyl(C1-C6)alkyl-, —NH—SO2(C1-C6)alkyl, NH2—SO2(C1-C6)alkyl-, —N(SO2(C1-C6)alkyl)2, —C(?NH)NH2, —NH—CO—(C1-C6)alkyl, —NH—CO—NH2, —NH—C(?O)—NH—(C1-C6)alkyl, —NH—C(?O)-(6- to 14-membered)aryl, —NH—C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl-(6- to 14-membered)aryl, —NH—(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—OR7, —NH—C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—OR7, —NH—C(?O)—CH(NH2)—(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—OR7, —(C3-C12)cycloalkyl, ((C3-C12)cycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(6- to 14-membered)aryl, -(6- to 14-membered)aryloxy, —(C1-C6)alkoxy-C(O)NR5R6, —NH—(C1-C6)alkyl-C(O)—NR5R6, —C(O)NH—(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, ((6- to 14-membered)aryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl, ((5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(3- to 12-membered)heterocycle, ((3- to 12-membered)heterocycle)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(7- to 12-membered)bicycloheterocycle, and ((7- to 12-membered)bicycloheterocycle)-(C1-C6)alkyl-;
R3 is —(C1-C6)alkyl, —(C2-C6)alkenyl, or —(C2-C6)alkynyl;
R4 is —OH or —(C1-C5)alkoxy;
R5 and R6 are each independently
a) hydrogen, —OH, halo, —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, —CH2(halo);
b) —(C2-C5)alkenyl, —(C2-C5)alkynyl, —(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n—CH3, —(C1-C6)alkoxy, each of which is optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 substituents independently selected from —OH, halo, —(C1-C10)alkyl, —(C2-C10)alkenyl, —(C2-C10)alkynyl, —(C1-C10)alkoxy, —(C3-C12)cycloalkyl, —CHO, —C(O)OH, —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, CH2(halo), —(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n—CH3, phenyl, or CONR5R6;
c) —(C3-C8)cycloalkyl, ((C3-C8)cycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, —CONH2, or (C1-C6)alkyl-CONH—;
d) ((6- to 14-membered)aryl) optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 independently selected R30 groups; or
e) R5 and R6 together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached form a (4- to 8-membered)heterocycle optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 independently selected R30 groups;
R5a and R6a are each independently selected from the group consisting of:
a) hydrogen, —OH, halo, —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, and —CH2(halo);
b) —(C2-C6)alkenyl, —(C2-C6)alkynyl, —(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n—CH3, and —(C1-C6)alkoxy, each of which is optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 substituents independently selected from —OH, halo, —(C1-C10)alkyl, —(C2-C12)alkenyl, —(C2-C12)alkynyl, —(C1-C10)alkoxy, —(C3-C12)cycloalkyl, —CHO, —COOH, —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, CH2(halo), —(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n—CH3, and phenyl;
c) —(C3-C8)cycloalkyl, ((C3-C8)cycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, —CONH2, and (C1-C6)alkyl-CONH—;
d) -(6- to 14-membered)aryl optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 independently selected R30 groups; or
e) R5a and R6a together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached form a (4- to 8-membered)heterocycle optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 independently selected R30 groups;
each R7 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, —(C1-C6)alkyl, —(C2-C6)alkenyl, —(C2-C6)alkynyl, —(C3-C12)cycloalkyl, —(C4-C12)cycloalkenyl, ((C3-C12)cycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, and ((C4-C12)cycloalkenyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-;
each R8 is methyl or ethyl;
each R9 is independently phenyl, or CONR5aR6a;
each R11 is independently selected from —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, —CH2(halo), —(C2-C5)alkenyl, —(C2-C5)alkynyl, —(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n—CH3, (6- to 14-membered)aryl, ((6- to 14-membered)aryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, (5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl, and ((5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-;
each R14 is independently selected from —COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, —C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, CONH2, or —(C1-C6)alkyl-CONH;
each R30 is independently selected from COOR7, CONR5aR6a, —C(?O), CN, -(3- to 12-membered)heteroaryl, ((3- to 12-membered)heteroaryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, NH2, halo, and ((6- to 14-membered)aryl)-(C1-C6)alkoxy-;
m is an integer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6;
n is an integer 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6;
s in an integer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6;
provided that when R4 is —(C1-C5)alkoxy then:
R2a and R2b cannot be taken together to form ?O;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,205

ARTIFICIAL SELF-SUFFICIENT CYTOCHROME P450S

University of Florida Res...

1. A fusion protein comprising:(i) a cytochrome P450 enzyme which catalyzes transfer of a nitro functional group to provide a compound represented by Formula V:
wherein:X1 is halogen, substituted or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 3- to 6-membered carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 3- to 6- membered heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted phenyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 5- to 6-membered heteroaryl, —ORA1a, —N(RA1a)2, or —SRA1a,
wherein RA1a is independently hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted acyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl, a nitrogen protecting group when attached to a nitrogen atom, an oxygen protecting group when attached to an oxygen atom, or a sulfur protecting group when attached to a sulfur atom, or two instances of RA1a are joined to form a substituted or unsubstituted, heterocyclic ring, or substituted or unsubstituted, heteroaryl ring;
each of X2 and X3 is, independently, hydrogen, halogen, substituted or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 3- to 6-membered carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 3- to 6-membered heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted phenyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 5- to 6-membered heteroaryl, —ORA1a, —N(RA1a)2, or —SRA1a,
wherein RA1a is independently hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted acyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl, a nitrogen protecting group when attached to a nitrogen atom, an oxygen protecting group when attached to an oxygen atom, or a sulfur protecting group when attached to a sulfur atom, or two instances of RA1a are jointed to form a substituted or unsubstituted, heterocyclic ring, or substituted or unsubstituted, heteroaryl ring;
R1 is H or optionally substituted alkyl;
R2 is H, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted alkynyl, optionally substituted aryl, or optionally substituted heteroaryl; and
Y is NO2;or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;(ii) an amino acid linker; and,
(iii) a catalytic domain of a reductase enzyme;wherein the linker joins (iii) to a terminus of (i).

US Pat. No. 10,138,203

ANTIBACTERIAL AGENTS

Rutgers, The State Univer...

1. A compound of formula II:wherein:R1 is a (C1-C6)alkyl that is substituted with one or more NRaRb;
R2 is a (C1-C6)alkyl that is substituted with one or more NRaRb;
each X is independently (C4-C12)alkyl;
Ra is each independently H or (C1-C6)alkyl;
Rb is each independently H, (C1-C6)alkyl or —C(?NH)NH2; and
n is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8;
or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,201

COMPOUND FOR ORGANIC ELETROLUMINESCENT DEVICE AND ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

SK CHEMICALS CO., LTD., ...

1. A compound for an organic electroluminescent device, represented by Chemical Formula 1 below:
wherein Ar1 is a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C30 cycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 heterocycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C30 aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 heteroaryl group, or AO is further coupled with a carbon atom adjacent to a carbon atom linked therewith to form a substituted or unsubstituted fused C3 to C30 cycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted fused C1 to C30 heterocycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted fused C6 to C30 aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted fused C1 to C30 heteroaryl group,
R1 is a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C30 cycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 heterocycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C30 aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 heteroaryl group, or R1 is coupled with Ar1 to form a substituted or unsubstituted fused C1 to C30 cycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted fused C1 to C30 heterocycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted fused C6 to C30 aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted fused C1 to C30 heteroaryl group, and
R2 to R13 are identical to or different from each other, and R2 to R13 are each independently a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C30 cycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 heterocycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C30 aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 heteroaryl group, or at least one of R2 to R13 is further coupled with a carbon atom adjacent to a carbon atom linked therewith to form a substituted or unsubstituted fused C3 to C30 cycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted fused C1 to C30 heterocycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted fused C6 to C30 aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted fused C1 to C30 heteroaryl group.

US Pat. No. 10,138,200

PROCESS FOR PREPARING POLYOLS

Pivert S.A.S., Venette (...

1. A process for preparing polyols from a composition A, said composition A comprising one or more compounds of formula (I)
wherein
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6 and R7 are, independently of one another, and for R3 and R7 independently for each of the n units, selected from the group consisting of H, —OR15, C1-C10 alkyl which is unsubstituted or substituted with one or more —OR15 groups, C6-C12 aryl which is unsubstituted or substituted with one or more —OR15 groups, or C3-C10 cycloalkyl which is unsubstituted or substituted with one or more —OR15 groups, and a group of formula (Ia)

R15 represents H or C1-C10 alkyl which is unsubstituted or substituted with one or more —OH groups;
a, b, x and y are independently of one another, independently for each group of formula (Ia), independently for each [(CH2)a—C?C—(CH2)b]r unit and independently for each [(CH2)x—C?C—(CH2)y]p unit, an integer between 0 and 20
r is an integer between 1 and 10
p is an integer between 1 and 10
n is an integer between 1 and 7;
said process comprising a step a) of placing together, with stirring and under an atmosphere of hydrogen and of carbon monoxide:
at least one precatalyst which is a complex comprising a transition metal chosen from column 9 of the periodic table,
a tertiary amine, or a non-quaternary ammonium salt thereof, of formula NR8R9R10 wherein R8, R9 and R10 represent, independently of one another, a C1-C10 alkyl, a C6-C12 aryl or a C3-C10 cycloalkyl, or R8 and R9 form, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached, a heterocycle comprising four, five or six ring members,
said composition A comprising said compound of formula (I).

US Pat. No. 10,138,198

FLUORINATION OF ACRYLATE ESTERS AND DERIVATIVES

Vifor (International) Ltd...

1. A continuous process for fluorinating a double bond to form a compound of formula 2 or formula 6 comprising:forming a reaction stream comprising a compound of formula 1 or formula 5 dissolved in a hydrofluorocarbon or fluorocarbon solvent,
wherein R1 is hydroxy, alkoxy, chloro, or —OC(O)CH?CH2,the reaction stream flowing through a continuous fluorination reactor at a flow rate of from about 0.2 mL/minute to about 2 mL/minute and fluorine gas flows through the continuous fluorination reactor at a gas flow rate of from about 0.2 mmol/minute to about 2 mmol/minute;
whereby reaction of the compound of formula 1 or formula 5 with the fluorine gas forms a compound of formula 2 or formula 6
wherein R2 is hydroxy, alkoxy, chloro, or —OC(O)CHFCH2F, andfurther reacting the compounds of formula 2 or 6 with an alcohol and a catalyst, wherein when R2 is hydroxy or chloro, the reaction is an esterification and when R2 is alkoxy, the reaction is a transesterification.

US Pat. No. 10,138,195

ORGANIC COMPOUNDS

Givaudan, S.A., Vernier ...

1. A compound represented by formula I
wherein
R1 is —(CHR4)m—(CHR5)n—(CHR6)o—CHO, with R4, R5, R6 being independently selected from H or Me, and with m, n, o being independently selected from 0 and 1;
R2 is Me; and
R3 is a C3-C6 branched, linear or cyclic alk-2-enyl residue.

US Pat. No. 10,138,193

METHODS FOR PRODUCING FUELS, GASOLINE ADDITIVES, AND LUBRICANTS USING AMINE CATALYSTS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of producing an ?,?-unsaturated ketone,comprising:
contacting a methyl ketone of Formula (A) with an amine catalyst; and
producing an ?,?-unsaturated ketone from at least a portion of the methyl ketone by a condensation reaction, wherein:
the methyl ketone of Formula (A) is:

wherein:
R1 is H, alkyl, carbocyclyl, or heterocyclyl;
wherein the alkyl, carbocyclyl, or heterocyclyl is unsubstituted or substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of hydroxyl, nitro, and halo; and
x is an integer greater than or equal to 1, and
the amine catalyst comprises an amine moiety, a solid support, and a linker, wherein the linker attaches the amine moiety to the solid support, and wherein the solid support comprises silica, alumina, silica-alumina, TiO2, ZrO2, or Nb2O5, or any combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,192

CYCLOBENZOINS

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYS...

1. A one-step method of synthesizing a cyclobenzoin macrocycle, comprising:reacting a dialdehyde (A) in a concentration of between 0.1M to 1M, and a cyanide salt catalyst in an aqueous solvent wherein said solvent is in a 1:1 molar ratio with H2O to form a cyclobenzoin (B) macrocycle, wherein n is selected from group comprising 1, 2, or 3; and M is 3, or 4, and wherein said reacting the dialdehyde and the cyanide salt catalyst comprises refluxing at a temperature of about 100° C.

US Pat. No. 10,138,191

1-HALO-6,9-PENTADECADIENE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING (7Z,10Z)-7,10-HEXADECADIENAL

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A method for producing (7Z,10Z)-7,10-hexadecadienal of Formula (9):comprising steps of:subjecting a Grignard reagent formed from a (6Z,9Z)-1-halo-6,9-pentadecadiene of Formula (1-6Z9Z):

wherein X stands for a halogen atom,
 to a nucleophilic substitution reaction with an orthoformate ester of Formula (2):

wherein R may be same with or different from each other and stands for an alkyl group having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms,
 to obtain a (7Z,10Z)-1,1-dialkoxy-7,10-hexadecadiene of Formula (3):

wherein R may be same with or different from each other and stands for an alkyl group having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms; and
hydrolyzing the (7Z,10Z)-1,1-dialkoxy-7,10-hexadecadiene (3) to obtain the (7Z,10Z)-7,10-hexadecadienal (9).

US Pat. No. 10,138,190

PROCESS FOR PREPARATION OF OSPEMIFENE

GLENMARK PHARMACEUTICALS ...

1. A process for the preparation of ospemifene, a compound of formula I,and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, the process comprising:(a) providing an isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol;
(b) separating the desired Z-isomer, a compound of formula IIa, or a salt thereof and the undesired E-isomer, a compound of formula IIb, or a salt thereof from the isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol;

(c) recycling the undesired E-isomer, the compound of formula IIb, or a salt thereof to generate an isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol;
(d) optionally, repeating steps (b) and (c);
(e) converting the Z-isomer of 4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol, the compound of formula IIa, or a salt thereof obtained in step (b) to ospemifene; and wherein the undesired E-isomer, the compound of formula IIb, or a salt thereof is recycled to generate an isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol by a process comprising:
(i) providing a solution of the E-isomer, the compound of formula IIb, or a salt thereof, in a solvent;
(ii) stirring and/or heating the solution obtained in step (i) to generate an isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol; and
(iii) isolating the isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol.

US Pat. No. 10,138,189

METHODS FOR PRODUCING 2,6-DIMETHYL-1,5-HEPTADIEN-3-OL AND 2,6-DIMETHYL-1,5-HEPTADIEN-3-YL ACETATE

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A method for producing 2,6-dimethyl-1,5-heptadien-3-ol, comprising a step of subjecting 2-methyl-3-buten-2-yl 2-methyl-2-propenyl ether of formula (1):
to a rearrangement reaction in the presence of a base to obtain 2,6-dimethyl-1,5-heptadien-3-ol of formula (2):

US Pat. No. 10,138,188

CATALYST FOR PRODUCING METHANOL PRECURSOR, METHANOL PRECURSOR PRODUCED USING THE CATALYST AND METHANOL PRODUCED USING THE METHANOL PRECURSOR

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. A method for producing a methanol precursor, comprising (A) mixing a catalyst with an acid solution and supplying methane gas at a pressure of 10 to 50 bar to the mixture, the catalyst being represented by Formula 1:
wherein X is selected from the group consisting of Cl, Br, I and F, and R and R? are the same as or different from each other and are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, substituted or unsubstituted C1-C7 alkyl groups, substituted or unsubstituted C8-C30 alkyl groups, substituted or unsubstituted C6-C40 aryl groups, and substituted or unsubstituted C2-C30 heteroaryl groups; or
Formula 2:

wherein X? is selected from the group consisting of Cl, Br, I and F, and R? is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, substituted or unsubstituted C1-C7 alkyl groups, substituted or unsubstituted C8-C30 alkyl groups, substituted or unsubstituted C6-C40 aryl groups, and substituted or unsubstituted C2-C30 heteroaryl groups.

US Pat. No. 10,138,183

PROCESS AND COMPOSITION FOR INHIBITING THE POLYMERIZATION OF CYCLOPENTADIENE COMPOUNDS

Evonik Degussa GmbH, Ess...

1. A composition (AB), comprising:a cyclopentadiene compound (B), and
a compound (A) of structure (I):

wherein
R1 and R2 are each tert-butyl; and
R3 is —CN, —O—R10, or —R12, where R10 is methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, iso-propyl, n-butyl, n-pentyl, or n-hexyl and R12 is 2-furyl, 3-furyl, or phenyl.

US Pat. No. 10,138,182

OXYGEN TRANSFER AGENTS FOR THE OXIDATIVE DEHYDROGENATION OF HYDROCARBONS AND SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES USING THE SAME

Bio2Electric, LLC, Monmo...

1. An oxygen transfer agent for the oxidative dehydrogenation of unsaturated hydrocarbons, said oxygen transfer agent comprising:a mixed oxide which is Mg6MnO8, and
at least two promoters which include W and P.

US Pat. No. 10,138,178

OXIDATIVE CRACKING OF ALKANES WITH FLUIDIZED VANADIUM CATALYST

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method for the oxidative cracking of an alkane to produce one or more olefins comprising:flowing the alkane through a fluidized bed reactor comprising a catalyst chamber loaded with a catalyst at a temperature in the range of 450-700° C. to form the one or more olefins and a reduced catalyst, wherein the alkane is a C2-C8, straight chain linear alkane,
wherein the catalyst comprises:
a support material comprising alumina modified by cerium; and
a catalytic material comprising one or more vanadium oxides disposed on the support material;
wherein the catalyst comprises 1-15% of the one or more selected from the group consisting of V2O5, VO2, and V2O3 by weight relative to the total weight of the catalyst, and
wherein the catalyst comprises 0.05-1.0% of cerium by weight relative to the total weight of the catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,138,177

PROCESS AND INSTALLATION FOR THE CONVERSION OF CRUDE OIL TO PETROCHEMICALS HAVING AN IMPROVED PROPYLENE YIELD

SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CO...

1. An integrated process to convert crude oil into petrochemical products, the process comprising the steps of:subjecting crude oil to crude oil distillation to produce a gases fraction, resid and at least one of kerosene or gasoil;
subjecting resid to resid upgrading to produce LPG and a liquid resid upgrading effluent;
subjecting a hydrocarbon feed to aromatic ring opening to produce LPG;
subjecting LPG produced by at least one of the resid upgrading or the aromatic ring opening to olefins synthesis;
subjecting part of the liquid resid upgrading effluent to fluid catalytic cracking to produce a light-distillate, a middle-distillate and olefins, and
wherein said hydrocarbon feed comprises:
at least one of the kerosene or the gasoil produced by the crude oil distillation; and
the middle-distillate produced in the process.

US Pat. No. 10,138,176

PRODUCTION AND SEPARATION OF 3,3?-, 3,4?- AND 4,4?-DIMETHYL BIPHENYL ISOMERS

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A process for producing one or more 3,3?-, 3,4?- and 4,4?-dimethyl biphenyl isomers, the process comprising:(a) contacting a feed comprising toluene with hydrogen in the presence of a hydroalkylation catalyst under conditions effective to produce a hydroalkylation reaction product comprising (methylcyclohexyl)toluenes;
(b) dehydrogenating at least part of the hydroalkylation reaction product in the presence of a dehydrogenation catalyst under conditions effective to produce a dehydrogenation reaction product comprising said dimethyl biphenyl isomers;
(c) separating the dehydrogenation reaction product into at least a first stream comprising one or more 3,3?-, 3,4?- and 4,4?-dimethyl biphenyl isomers and at least one second stream comprising one or more 2,X?-dimethyl biphenyl isomers (where X=2, 3 or 4); and
d) separating the 3,3?-, 3,4?- and 4,4?-dimethyl biphenyl isomers in the first stream, wherein said separation comprises at least one selective adsorption using an adsorbent comprising at least one zeolite, wherein the zeolite structure type comprises BEA, FAU, MFI, MEL, MTW, MOR, LTL, EMT, FER, MAZ, MEI, TON, MWW, EUO, MFS, IMF, MRE, ITN, MTT, MSE or IWV, wherein said zeolite has a largest diffuse along dimension of at least about 4 Angstroms (A).

US Pat. No. 10,138,174

MANUFACTURE OF ETHYLENE FROM ETHANOL

John E. Stauffer

1. A process for the synthesis of ethylene from substantially pure ethanol including the steps of carrying out two simultaneous reactions in the presence of a solid catalyst wherein the first reaction is(a) C2H5OH +HCl?C2H5Cl +H2O, and the second reaction is
(b) C2H5Cl?C2H4+HCl
(c) wherein the HCl produced in reaction (b) is consumed in reaction (a) and the HCl for reaction (a) is supplied by reaction (b),
and wherein said two simultaneous reactions take place in a reaction vessel containing the solid catalyst of an intimate admixture of activated carbon and silica alumina.

US Pat. No. 10,138,170

METHOD OF SURFACE MARKING A MECHANICAL PART WITH A PREDEFINED GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of surface marking a mechanical part with a predefined graphical representation, the method comprising:using a laser source to apply only a single laser pulse to an outside surface of the mechanical part for marking with a mask being interposed between the laser source and the outside surface of the mechanical part, the mask having a predefined graphical representation, and the single laser pulse having power flux density of at least 20 MW/cm2 and a duration less than or equal to 100 ns so that an imprint left in the outside surface of the part is less than 1 ?m in depth,
wherein the outside surface of the part is directly in contact with ambient atmosphere when the single laser pulse is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,138,169

HIGHLY POROUS CERAMIC MATERIAL AND METHOD OF USING AND FORMING SAME

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of forming a porous ceramic material, the method comprising the steps of:providing polymer sacrificial substrate particles;
depositing ceramic material onto the polymer sacrificial substrate particles using atomic layer deposition techniques to form a continuous layer of the ceramic material overlying the polymer sacrificial substrate particles; and
exposing the polymer sacrificial substrate particles and the ceramic material to an environment to cause the polymer sacrificial substrate particles to disintegrate and thereby form a porous ceramic material,
wherein a surface area per weight of the ceramic material is greater after the step of exposing than the surface area per weight of the ceramic material prior to the step of exposing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,168

METHOD OF MELT INFILTRATION UTILIZING A NON-WETTING COATING FOR PRODUCING A CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE

ROLLS-ROYCE HIGH TEMPERAT...

1. A method of melt infiltration for producing a ceramic matrix composite, the method comprising:applying a coating onto one or more outer surfaces of a porous fiber preform, the coating comprising a material with which molten silicon comprises a contact angle of at least about 45°;
after applying the coating, immersing an uncoated portion of the porous fiber preform into a molten material comprising silicon, the molten material being infiltrated into the porous fiber preform through the uncoated portion, the coating serving as a barrier to inhibit or prevent the molten material from penetrating the one or more outer surfaces;
after infiltration of the molten material into the porous fiber preform, cooling the molten material to form a ceramic matrix composite; and
removing the coating.

US Pat. No. 10,138,166

ALUMINA SINTERED BODY AND BASE SUBSTRATE FOR OPTICAL DEVICE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. An alumina sintered body having a surface with a degree of c-plane orientation of 90% or more as determined by Lotgering's method from an X-ray diffraction profile obtained by X-ray irradiation in a range of 2?=20° to 70°,having no pores when any cross-sectional surface is polished by ion milling and is examined under a scanning electron microscope at a magnification of 5,000 times,
having a total mass fraction of impurity elements other than Mg and C of 100 ppm or less, and
wherein the alumina sintered body contains 30 to 70 ppm by mass fraction of C.

US Pat. No. 10,138,165

HIGH STRENGTH, OPERATIONALLY ROBUST LOST CIRCULATION PREVENTATIVE PSEUDO-CROSSLINKED MATERIAL

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. A method of drilling into a subterranean formation comprising:introducing into a wellbore passing at least partially through the subterranean formation a cement-forming aqueous fluid comprising:
water;
at least one viscoelastic surfactant (VES);
at least one monovalent or multivalent salt;
at least one magnesium powder comprising 30-80 wt % MgO and greater than 20 wt % dolomite, which magnesium powder works as cement; and
at least one retarder;
increasing the viscosity of the cement-forming aqueous fluid by the at least one VES forming elongated VES micelles; where the at least one monovalent salt or multivalent salt is present in an amount effective to pseudo-crosslink the elongated VES micelles to further increase the viscosity of the aqueous fluid;
forming a cement by reacting at least one magnesium powder and the water, where forming the cement is retarded from that which would otherwise occur but for the presence of the retarder; and
thereby inhibiting fluid loss of the fluid into the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,164

SUPPLEMENTARY CEMENTITIOUS MATERIALS COMPRISING DREDGED SEDIMENTS

FLEMISH GOVERNMENT, DEPAR...

1. A method for producing a supplementary cementitious material (SCM) comprising:a) providing dredged sludge comprising at least 50 wt.% to at most 90 wt.% water, at least 0 to at most 60 wt.% dry matter-based (DM) coarse fraction, and at least 40 wt.% DM fine fraction;
b) removing the sand fraction from the dredged sludge, thereby retaining the fine fraction of the dredged sludge, the fine fraction comprises less than 30 wt.% grains having a grain size larger than 63 ?m;
c) adding of portlandite (slaked lime, Ca(OH)2), or quicklime (CaO) to the fine fraction;
d) dewatering of the fine fraction, thereby forming dried filter cake precursor; and,
e) thermally treating the dried filter cake precursor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,162

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR BONDING WORKPIECES EACH PRODUCED FROM GLASS SUBSTRATE OR QUARTZ SUBSTRATE

USHIO DENKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A workpiece bonding method for bonding an optically polished surface of a first workpiece and an optically polished surface of a second workpiece to each other, the first and second workpieces being a glass substrate and another glass substrate, a glass substrate and a quartz substrate, or a quartz substrate and another quartz substrate, at least one of two surfaces of the first workpiece being optically polished, and at least one of two surfaces of the second workpieces being optically polished, said workpiece bonding method comprising:preparing the first workpiece that has no inorganic impurities on the optically polished surface thereof;
preparing the second workpiece that has no inorganic impurities on the optically polished surface thereof;
irradiating the optically polished surface of the first workpiece and the optically polished surface of the second workpiece with vacuum ultraviolet light;
placing and fixing the first workpiece and the second workpiece, after said irradiating, onto a cleaning stage such that the optically polished surfaces of the first workpiece and the second workpiece each face away from the cleaning stage;
while the second workpiece remains fixed on the cleaning stage, moving the first workpiece over the second workpiece and turning over the first workpiece such that the optically polished surface of the first workpiece faces the optically polished surface of the second workpiece;
laminating the first workpiece on the second workpiece such that the optically polished surface of the first workpiece and the optically polished surface of the second workpiece contact each other;
placing the laminated first and second workpieces on a heating stage such that a lower surface of the second workpiece contacts an upper surface of the heating stage;
heating the heating stage, with the second workpiece being placed on the heating stage and the first workpiece being laminated on the second workpiece such that the second workpiece is directly heated by the heated heating stage;
using the heated heating stage as a sole heating unit for heating the first and second workpieces;
measuring a temperature of the upper surface of the heating stage;
controlling the temperature of the upper surface of the heating stage, based on the measured temperature of the upper surface of the heating stage, such that the temperatures of the first and second workpieces rise to a temperature equal to or greater than 200 degrees C.; and
maintaining the temperature of the upper surface of the heating stage until the first and second workpieces are bonded to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,138,161

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING FLUOROPOLYMER COMPOSITES

SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS...

1. A process for manufacturing a fluoropolymer composite, said process comprising:(i) up-concentrating an aqueous latex comprising from 10% to 40% by weight of at least one fluoropolymer comprising recurring units derived from vinylidene fluoride (VDF) [polymer (VDF)] thereby providing an up-concentrated aqueous latex comprising from 45% to 60% by weight of at least one polymer (VDF);
(ii) contacting one continuous fibre or a bunch of continuous fibres with the up-concentrated aqueous latex thereby forming an impregnated fibrous material;
(iii) squeezing the impregnated fibrous material thereby forming a squeezed fibrous material;
(iv) drying the squeezed fibrous material thereby forming a dried fibrous material;
(v) baking the dried fibrous material at a temperature comprised between 190° C. and 240° C. thereby forming a coated fibrous material;
(vi) cooling the coated fibrous material thereby forming a cooled coated fibrous material;
(vii) optionally, contacting the cooled coated fibrous material with additional up-concentrated aqueous latex and submitting the impregnated fibrous material so provided to sequential steps (iii) to (vi); and
(viii) optionally, repeating step (vii) one or more times.

US Pat. No. 10,138,160

COATED ARTICLE INCLUDING LOW-EMISSIVITY COATING INSULATING GLASS UNIT INCLUDING COATED ARTICLE, AND/OR METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A method of making an insulated glass (IG) unit including a coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the method comprising:having a coated article comprising:
a first dielectric layer on the substrate;
a first layer comprising Ag over at least the first dielectric layer;
a second dielectric layer over at least the first layer comprising Ag;
a second layer comprising Ag over at least the second dielectric layer;
a first layer comprising Ni and Ti over and contacting the second layer comprising Ag;
a third dielectric layer over at least the first layer comprising Ni and Ti;
a third layer comprising Ag over at least the third dielectric layer;
a second layer comprising Ni and Ti over and contacting the third layer comprising Ag;
a fourth dielectric layer over at least the second layer comprising Ni and Ti; and
wherein each of the first and second layers comprising Ni and Ti has a metal content of from about 10-30% Ni and from about 70-90% Ti;
and making the IG unit via steps comprising:
positioning a second substrate in substantially parallel spaced apart relation to said coated article so as to form a gap therebetween;
coupling said coated article and the second substrate,
wherein the coating of the coated article is provided on surface 2 or surface 3 of the IG unit; and
wherein the IG unit has a LSG of greater than or equal to 2.15.

US Pat. No. 10,138,159

COATED ARTICLE HAVING LOW-E COATING WITH IR REFLECTING LAYER(S) AND HIGH INDEX NITRIDED DIELECTRIC FILM HAVING MULTIPLE LAYERS

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the coating comprising:a first dielectric film on the glass substrate;
an infrared (IR) reflecting layer on the glass substrate, located over at least the first dielectric film;
a second dielectric film on the glass substrate, located over at least the IR reflecting layer; and
wherein at least one of the first and second dielectric films comprises (a) a first high index dielectric layer comprising a nitride of Zr and Si and further comprises Al, wherein the first high index dielectric layer contains more Zr than Si, and (b) a second high index dielectric layer comprising an oxide of titanium that directly contacts the first high index dielectric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,158

COATED ARTICLE HAVING LOW-E COATING WITH IR REFLECTING LAYER(S) AND HIGH INDEX NITRIDED DIELECTRIC LAYERS

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the coating comprising:a first high index dielectric layer comprising a nitride of Zr and Al on the glass substrate, wherein the first high index dielectric layer comprising the nitride of Zr and Al contains more Zr than Al;
a first dielectric layer comprising zinc oxide on the glass substrate located over and directly contacting the first high index layer comprising the nitride of Zr and Al;
a first infrared (IR) reflecting layer on the glass substrate, located over and directly contacting the first dielectric layer comprising zinc oxide;
a first contact layer on the glass substrate located over and directly contacting the first IR reflecting layer;
a second dielectric layer comprising zinc oxide on the glass substrate located over and directly contacting the first contact layer;
a second high index dielectric layer comprising a nitride of Zr and Al on the glass substrate located over and directly contacting the second dielectric layer comprising zinc oxide, wherein the second high index dielectric layer comprising the nitride of Zr and Al contains more Zr than Al; and
another dielectric layer on the glass substrate located over at least the first and second high index dielectric layers and the first IR reflecting layer, and wherein at least one of the first and second high dielectric layers further comprises Si.

US Pat. No. 10,138,157

LEAD-THROUGH OR CONNECTING ELEMENT WITH IMPROVED THERMAL LOADING CAPABILITY

SCHOTT AG, Mainz (DE)

1. A lead-through or connecting element, comprising:a carrier body comprising a high-temperature alloy;
a functional element;
an at least partially crystallized glass, wherein the at least partially crystallized glass is arranged either between a portion of the functional element and a portion of the carrier body or within the portion of the carrier body, wherein the carrier body subjects the at least partially crystallized glass to a compressive stress of greater than or equal to zero at a temperature range from at least 10° C. to more than 450° C.; and
an inversion temperature that corresponds to a maximum operating temperature with a deviation of +/?20%, wherein the maximum operating temperature is above 450° C.

US Pat. No. 10,138,156

MINERAL FIBER FORMING DEVICE

SAINT-GOBAIN ISOVER, Cou...

1. A mineral fiber forming device comprising:a centrifuge configured to rotate about a rotation axis, the centrifuge comprising an annular wall pierced by a plurality of orifices, the axis of symmetry of the annular wall being the rotation axis;
a first annular inductor positioned above a top part of the annular wall and configured to heat the top part of the annular wall;
a second annular inductor positioned below a bottom part of the annular wall and configured to heat the bottom part of the annular wall;
a first blowing ring configured to blow air on the mineral fibers that are about to leave through the plurality of orifices in the annular wall to drive them in a downward direction, the first blowing ring being positioned at a same height along the rotation axis as the first annular inductor; and
a second blowing ring positioned above the annular wall and configured to blow air on an area of the centrifuge situated above the annular wall, the second blowing ring being positioned closer to the rotation axis in a radial direction than the first annular inductor,
wherein the first annular inductor and the second annular inductor are positioned so as to heat the annular wall such that a temperature gradient is provided over a height of the annular wall of the centrifuge.

US Pat. No. 10,138,155

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEVERING A MOVING RIBBON OF INORGANIC MATERIAL

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A method comprising:indirectly engaging a first surface of a ribbon of inorganic material moving in a downward direction with a non-contacting support frame by establishing a positive pressure region and a negative pressure region within a space between the non-contacting support frame and the first surface of the ribbon and urging the non-contacting support frame and the ribbon away from one another in the positive pressure region and toward one another in the negative pressure region, the non-contacting support frame substantially circumscribing a perimeter of a sheet to be separated from the ribbon; and
positioning a thermal separating frame in close proximity to the ribbon and selectively applying heat to the first surface of the ribbon along the perimeter of the sheet to separate the sheet from the ribbon while the non-contacting support frame is indirectly engaged with the ribbon, the thermal separating frame comprising a shape corresponding to the perimeter of the sheet to be separated from the ribbon;
wherein a second surface of the ribbon opposite the first surface remains unengaged by the non-contacting support frame and the thermal separating frame during the indirectly engaging and the positioning.

US Pat. No. 10,138,152

LOCK RING MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT FOR BLOW HEADS

Emhart Glass S.A., Cham ...

1. A blow head mounting arrangement for use with a blow head arm onto which multiple blow heads will be installed, the blow head mounting arrangement comprising:a blow head having a first engagement member located on a top of the blow head, wherein the first engagement member comprises:
a blow head mounting element connected to the blow head by a blow head neck;
a second engagement member located under the blow head arm, wherein the second engagement member comprises:
a lock ring member having a hollow interior portion with a pair of opposed engagement flanges located at a bottom of the lock ring member and defining an opening therebetween;
wherein the first and second engagement members are respectively arranged and configured to allow the first engagement member of the blow head to be raised and admitted to or lowered and withdrawn from the second engagement member when the blow head is in a first rotational position with respect to the second engagement member; and
wherein the first and second engagement members are respectively arranged and configured to allow the first engagement member of the blow head to be locked in the second engagement member when the blow head is rotated from the first rotational position with respect to the second engagement member to a second rotational position with respect to the second engagement member while the first engagement member of the blow head is admitted to the second engagement member;
a spring-loaded retaining mechanism for removably maintaining the blow head in the second rotational position with respect to the second engagement member, wherein the retaining mechanism comprises:
a first retaining mechanism located in the blow head mounting element; and
a second retaining mechanism located in the lock ring member;
wherein the first retaining mechanism located in the blow head mounting element comprises:
a pair of locking flanges extending from opposite sides of the blow head mounting element; and
wherein the second retaining mechanism located in the lock ring member comprises:
a pair of detent recesses respectively located in the opposed engagement flanges in the lock ring member, the detent recesses being configured to engage the locking flanges when the blow head is in the second rotational position with respect to the second engagement member;
wherein the lock ring member comprises an upper lock ring member and a lower lock ring member defining the hollow interior portion therebetween, the opposed engagement flanges being located at a bottom of the lower lock ring member, and wherein the retaining mechanism additionally comprises:
a spring member biasing the upper lock ring member toward the opposed engagement flanges in the lower lock ring member; and
wherein the upper lock ring member includes a skirt bounding a receiving region of the hollow interior portion, the receiving region arranged such that the locking flanges of the blow head mounting element and the opposed engagement flanges located at the bottom of the lower lock ring member are received within the receiving region bounded by the upper lock ring member in the second rotational position, the opposed engagement flanges extending through notches formed in the skirt of the upper lock ring member to reach the receiving region.

US Pat. No. 10,138,151

SUBMERGED COMBUSTION BURNERS AND MELTERS, AND METHODS OF USE

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A fluid-cooled combustion burner comprising:a burner body (6) comprising an external conduit (10) and a first internal conduit (12) substantially concentric therewith, and positioned internal of the external conduit (10), the external conduit (10) comprising a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal bore having a longitudinal axis, the first internal conduit (12) comprising a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal bore having a longitudinal axis, and a second internal conduit (14) substantially concentric with, and positioned internal of the first internal conduit, the second internal conduit (14) comprising a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal bore having a longitudinal axis, the external conduit (10) and first internal conduit (12) forming a first annulus (11) there between for passing a cooling fluid, the first internal conduit (12) and the second internal conduit (14) forming a second annulus (13) there between for passing the cooling fluid, and a third internal conduit (15) configured to form a third annulus between the second (14) and third (15) internal conduits, the burner body comprising fuel and oxidant inlet ports near the second ends of the conduits; and
a burner tip (4) defined by an inner wall (28) and an outer wall (30) connected via a crown (32), the outer wall (30) removably fixed to the first end of the external conduit (10) via an outer connection, and the inner wall (28) removably fixed to the first end of the second internal conduit (14) via an inner connection, the burner tip (4) comprising a generally central burner tip flow passage configured to pass a combustible mixture therethrough, the generally central burner tip flow passage defined by the inner wall (28); and
wherein the burner comprises a protective cap (50) positioned adjacent at least a circumferential and radial portion of the burner tip body and defining a generally central protective cap flow passage downstream of the generally central burner tip flow passage configured to pass the combustible mixture therethrough, the generally central protective cap flow passage defined by a cap inner wall (28), the protective cap comprising materials and thickness sufficient to lower the maximum temperature of an unprotected burner tip body by at least 200° C.

US Pat. No. 10,138,150

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TREATING VINASSE

WATER SOLUTIONS, INC., S...

1. A method for treating vinasse, the method comprising:obtaining a quantity of vinasse;
reacting the vinasse with persulfate to form an oxidized mixture;
reacting the oxidized mixture with peroxide to form a peroxide-treated mixture;
adjusting the pH of the peroxide-treated mixture to a pH value in the range from pH 6 to pH 7, to form a pH-adjusted mixture;
reacting the pH-adjusted mixture with an inorganic coagulant and a low molecular weight cationic polymer to form solid particles; and
removing the solid particles to yield a liquid fraction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,148

BIOFILM MEDIA, TREATMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF WASTEWATER TREATMENT

RENEWABLE FIBERS, LLC, R...

1. A treatment system comprisinga first bioreactor comprising an inlet adapted to receive a first bioreactor influent having one or more contaminants, a first bioreactor effluent first outlet adapted to dispense a first portion of bioreactor effluent from the first bioreactor and a first bioreactor effluent second outlet adapted to dispense a second portion of bioreactor effluent from the first bioreactor, the second portion of bioreactor effluent comprising a mobile biofilm;
a liquid-solid separation unit in direct fluid communication with the first bioreactor effluent first outlet;
a solid-solid separation unit in direct fluid communication with the first bioreactor effluent second outlet of the first bioreactor and adapted to receive and separate the second portion of bioreactor effluent into a stream comprising mobile biofilm and a stream comprising residual solids, the solid-solid separation unit including an outlet for returning the stream comprising the mobile biofilm to the first bioreactor;
a second bioreactor disposed in fluid communication between the first bioreactor and the outlet of the solid-solid separation unit, the second bioreactor having a first inlet for receiving the stream comprising mobile biofilm from the solid-solid separation unit, a second inlet for receiving a second bioreactor influent, and an outlet for dispensing a second effluent to the first bioreactor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,147

WATER TREATMENT DEVICE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A water treatment device, comprising:a biological treatment tank configured to store a liquid containing organisms that decompose contaminants, wherein the biological treatment tank includes:
a dispersed bacteria treatment tank filled with microorganism immobilizing carriers and configured to store a dispersed bacteria mixture having non-agglomerative bacteria that decompose dispersed contaminants;
an activated sludge treatment tank configured to store an activated sludge mixture having suspended activated sludge that decomposes the dispersed bacteria; a membrane immersed in the activated sludge treatment tank; and
a screen including a plurality of holes or gaps which does not allow passage of the microorganism immobilizing carriers therethrough, being disposed to interpose between a storage space of the dispersed bacteria treatment tank and a storage space of the activated sludge treatment tank, and configured to allow the dispersed bacteria mixture to be supplied to the activated sludge mixture;
a circulating liquid pipe connected to a bottom portion of the storage space of the dispersed bacteria treatment tank that stores the dispersed bacteria mixture;
a pump connected to the circulating liquid pipe and configured to generate a circulating liquid flow from the dispersed bacteria mixture in the dispersed bacteria treatment tank;
a gas-liquid two-phase flow generation device connected to the pump and configured to use the circulating liquid flow to suction a gas containing oxygen and thus generate a gas-liquid two-phase flow of the circulating liquid having the gas dispersed therein;
a nozzle connected to the gas-liquid two-phase flow generation device, being disposed in the bottom portion of the storage space of the dispersed bacteria treatment tank, and configured to inject the gas-liquid two-phase flow into the dispersed bacteria treatment tank; and
a discharge path connected to the storage space of the activated sludge treatment tank that stores the activated sludge mixture and configured to discharge the activated sludge mixture from the activated sludge treatment tank.

US Pat. No. 10,138,146

BRINE FILTRATION DEVICE

1. A brine filtration device for facilitating mixing of sodium chloride into a fluid and filtration of salt crystals out of the fluid to minimize entrainment of the salt crystals in the fluid exiting an output port of a brine storage tank, the device comprising:an outer tube having a length and an outer diameter, the length of the outer tube being greater than the outer diameter of the outer tube, the outer tube having a plurality of slits for facilitating flow of the fluid through the outer tube from an exterior side of the outer tube to an interior side of the outer tube, each of the slits of the outer tube having a width that is between 0.1 to 0.5 mm;
an inner tube defining a length and an outer diameter, the length of the inner tube being greater than the outer diameter of the inner tube, the inner tube having a plurality of slits for facilitating flow of the fluid through the inner tube from an exterior side of the inner tube to an interior side of the inner tube, each of the slits of the inner tube having a width that is between 0.1 to 0.5 mm, the inner tube being disposed within the outer tube;
a plurality of beads disposed between the inner and outer tubes, each of the beads having a diameter of between 2 to 20 mm;
an output port in fluid communication with the interior side of the inner tube so that the fluid flows from the exterior side of the outer tube to the interior side of the outer tube then from the exterior side of the inner tube to the interior side of the inner tube and out through the output port.

US Pat. No. 10,138,145

AIR/WATER ADVANCED OXIDATION PURIFICATION DEVICE AND SPIRAL PARTITION PLATE THEREOF

1. A planar partition plate for an advanced oxidation purification device, the planar partition plate comprising;a central hole and a plurality of first miniature blades arranged intermittently around a circumference of and along a radius of the planar partition plate, wherein the planar partition plate is fixed on an output shaft of a motor through the central hole;
each of the first miniature blades includes a first planar protrusion arranged along the respective radius and protruding away from one side of the planar partition plate and arranged in a plane substantially parallel to the planar partition plate;
wherein the planar partition plate further comprises a plurality of second miniature blades formed from a planar portion of the planar partition plate, arranged intermittently around a circumference of and along a respective radius of the planar partition plate, each of the second miniature blades includes a second planar protrusion formed from a planar portion of the planar partition plate and, arranged along the respective radius of the planar partition plate and in the plane substantially parallel to the partition plate, and protruding away from an opposite side of the planar partition plate from the first protrusion,
wherein the first miniature blades and the second miniature blades are arranged in a staggered, alternating configuration;
wherein surfaces of each of the first and second miniature blades have a plurality of layers of photocatalyst films each having aqueous layers attached thereto,
wherein each of the photocatalyst films is configured to produce an advanced oxidation reaction with air flowing past the each of the photocatalyst films when the each of the photocatalyst films is irradiated by light; and
wherein the first and second miniature blades divide air flowing through the planar partition plate into multiple continuous air layers with a thickness less than 0.4 mm when the motor drives the planar partition plate to rotate;
wherein each of the first and second miniature blades includes an outer chord connecting to an outer edge of the partition plate and an inner chord connecting to an inner edge of the partition plate, and a length of the outer chord is in a range from 1.27 mm to 25.4 mm, and a length of the inner chord is greater than 1.1 times of a thickness of each of the first and second miniature blades.

US Pat. No. 10,138,144

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SEAWATER PRE-TREATMENT FOR DESALINATING SEAWATER INTO FRESH WATER

1. A seawater pre-treatment method comprising:installing a plurality of water collection pipes at a predetermined depth from sea level, the water collection pipes being supported by a support part, each water collection pipe having a plurality of openings formed on a side portion thereof and being in fluid communication with a water collection tank which is configured to accommodate pre-treated water;
installing a plurality of filtration filters spacedly arranged from each other in a longitudinal direction of each of the plurality of water collection pipes, each filtration filter surrounding a water collection pipe, among the plurality of water collection pipes, the filter being in the form of a hollow cylinder, wherein each filtration filter comprises meshes, a size of the meshes being configured such that the filter does not allow impurities contained in seawater to pass through, but allows salt to pass through, and each filtration filter has a vertical side portion parallel to a vertical side portion of the water collection pipe, wherein the vertical side portion of the filtration filter directly contacts the seawater to be pre-treated;
sucking the pre-treated water from an inner part of the water collection tank using a water conveying pump in such a way that the seawater passes through the filtration filter by a difference in pressure between an inside and an outside of the filtration filter caused by the sucking the pre-treated water and flows into the water collection pipe and the water collection tank; and
removing the impurities attached to the outside of the filtration filters by raising or lowering a plurality of strainers along the filtration filters,
wherein each strainer of the strainers is in the form of a ring and is inserted into the outside of the each filtration filter, a connecting plate connects the strainers with each other, and a water pump is installed into the connecting plate to raise or lower the connecting plate by a driving force by jetting the seawater.

US Pat. No. 10,138,143

SYSTEM FOR REMOVING AMMONIA FROM A FRESHWATER ENVIRONMENT

University of South Flori...

1. A system for removing ammonia from a water environment, comprising:a water environment containing ammonia;
a functionalized tectosilicate compound, the functionalized tectosilicate compound produced by the steps of:
obtaining a tectosilicate compound wherein the tectosilicate compound is chabazite;
functionalizing the tectosilicate compound, comprising soaking the tectosilicate compound in a synthetic freshwater solution and removing ions from the tectosilicate compound that have a lower ion selectivity than ammonium ions wherein the synthetic freshwater solution consists of:
0.075 g/L of sodium;
0.00312 g/L of potassium;
0.024 g/L of magnesium;
0.193 g/L of chloride
0.043 g/L of calcium;
0.0048 g/L of bicarbonate;
0.096 g/L of sulfate; and
0.310 g/L of alkalinity;
washing the functionalized tectosilicate compound in deionized water and then drying the compound; and
a pH buffer, wherein the pH buffer is K2HPO4 or KH2PO4 in a solid state wherein an amount of the pH buffer used is such that the pH buffer maintains a pH of 7 in the water environment; and
a container holding the functionalized tectosilicate compound and the pH buffer, the container comprising a porous material to allow water to flow through the material;
wherein the pH of 7 of the water environment shifts an equilibrium between ammonia and ammonium in the water environment towards ammonium, and the ammonium is adsorbed by the functionalized tectosilicate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,142

WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Eco Water Technologies Co...

1. A system for treating sanitary and municipal wastewater, comprising:a Richter-type separator including a first outlet port discharging a lighter-than-water solids stream, a second outlet port discharging a heavier-than-water solids stream, and a third outlet port discharging a partially-clarified water stream; and
the lighter-than-water solids stream and the heavier-than-water solids stream are combined together forming a combined stream.

US Pat. No. 10,138,141

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR BLOWING OFF GASEOUS CONTAMINANTS FROM CRUDE WATER IN THE PRODUCTION OF DRINKING WATER

MICRODROP AQUA APS, Faer...

1. A method for blowing off a gaseous contaminant from crude water in the production of drinking water, said method comprising the step ofintroducing the water containing the gaseous contaminant into the top of a shielded aerator, said aerator comprising means for forming drops at the initiation of the treatment process, and division means for causing division of said drops by contact therewith, said division means being arranged below the means for forming drops, wherein the division means for causing division of the drops comprise a plurality of tubular elements in the form of pipes having reticulate pipe walls, said tubular elements being placed in horizontal layers of plural parallel tubular elements stacked in such a way that the longitudinal axes of the tubular elements in one layer are angularly displaced in relation to the longitudinal axes of the tubular elements in the one or more adjacent layers;
letting the water pass through said aerator to the bottom thereof by the force of gravity; and
wherein air is introduced to the bottom of the aerator and is drawn to the top of the aerator and discharged together with blown-off contaminant by a pump at the top of the aerator,
and wherein bubble formation and horizontal redistribution of the water is brought about as the water passes through one or more perforated sheets, which are intercalated between a number of said horizontal layers of tubular elements.

US Pat. No. 10,138,140

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTINUOUS CONTACTING TUNNEL DESALINATION

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A water treatment unit, comprising:a horizontal tunnel comprising an inlet, an outlet, and a basin portion disposed below a dewvaporation portion;
a center divider disposed in the basin portion so as to create a liquid flow path extending from the inlet to the outlet;
a heat transfer wall disposed above the center divider so as to create an air flow path substantially parallel to the liquid flow path and extending from the inlet to the outlet, wherein the heat transfer wall comprises two substantially parallel planes and a plurality of horizontal chambers disposed therebetween;
a first continuous longitudinal pump disposed in the horizontal tunnel and configured to wet the heat transfer wall with liquid disposed in the basin portion; and
a heating mechanism configured to increase the temperature of air disposed between the inlet and the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,138,139

WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Babcock Power Environment...

1. A wastewater treatment system comprising:a circulating fluidized bed evaporator defining a longitudinal axis vertical with respect to gravity, the evaporator including:
a wastewater inlet to provide wastewater to the circulating fluidized bed evaporator;
a heat inlet axially below the wastewater inlet to provide heat to the circulating fluidized bed evaporator for evaporating the wastewater; and
an outlet axially above the wastewater inlet and the heat inlet;
a gas path extending between a steam generating electrical power plant and an air pre-heater downstream from the steam generating electrical power plant;
an inlet flow path between the gas path and the heat inlet, wherein the inlet flow path branches from the gas path at a position downstream from the steam generating electrical power plant and upstream from the air-preheater; and
an outlet flow path defined between the outlet and a portion of the gas path of the steam generating electrical power plant, wherein the portion of the gas path is positioned upstream from a plant particulate collection device.

US Pat. No. 10,138,138

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GREYWATER RECOVERY AND REUSE

1. A control system for a greywater recovery and reuse system, said greywater recover and reuse system having a tank, a filter upstream of said tank, a return line from said tank to at least one toilet, a fresh water connection and a waste water outlet, said control system comprising:a. a controller;
b. a water level sensor for said tank connected to said controller;
c. a source of power for said controller;
d. at least one solenoid actuable by said controller;
e. a pump operatively connected to said controller;
f. a pressure sensor within said return line for sensing a need for greywater upon said at least one toilet being flushed, said pressure sensor being operatively connected to said pump; and
g. a timing means;
wherein said controller is programmed to:
i. calculate an average volume of water used for one toilet flush;
ii. use said calculated average volume of water to determine a minimum water level to be maintained in said tank; and
iii. add fresh water to said tank to raise said water level to said minimum water level if said water level in said tank drops below said minimum water level;
whereby said controller maintains sufficient water in said tank for one toilet flush.

US Pat. No. 10,138,137

WASHOUT PAN FOR THIXOTROPIC MATERIALS

1. A method for separating a thixotropic, cement-containing, settled slurry body from a washout pan of less than 300 but more than 100 gallons capacity, the method comprising:providing the washout pan comprising
a generally rectangular box shape, rotomolded of polymer to form an open top box with peripheral walls of from 9 to 15 inches high as measured from a top reinforcing rim plate to a bottom most surface, the washout pan having an overall wall thickness of from 0.15 to 0.75 inches;
the peripheral walls comprising a lifting section opposed to a bottom section and a right section opposed to a left section, where the lifting section comprises lifting flanges arranged symmetrically about a midline between the lifting section and the bottom section;
a first level support floor intersecting the peripheral walls at a substantial elevation from a set of second level support floors so that the settled slurry body covers both the first level support floor and the set of second level support floors, where nine openings are defined in the first level support floor, four corner openings being defined adjacent to corners of the peripheral walls, right and left openings defined respectively adjacent to the right and left sections, a first mass cavity opening being defined adjacent to the lifting section, a second mass cavity opening being defined in a center of the first level support floor, and a third mass cavity opening being defined adjacent to the bottom section, where the first, second and third mass cavity openings are symmetrically arranged about the midline and all the openings are spaced substantially away from each other so that the settled slurry body comprises a structurally connected mass during its separation from the washout pan; and
second level support walls extending down from all the openings to be sealed at second level support floors equidistant and parallel to the first level support floor;
setting the washout pan horizontally to be filled with the slurry body; and
lifting the washout pan to a vertical position by way of the lifting flanges, resulting in deformation of highest elevation second level support walls of containers formed about the first, second and third mass cavity openings and detachment of the slurry body from the washout pan.

US Pat. No. 10,138,136

LIQUID FILTER DEVICE

New Aqua, LLC, Avon, IN ...

1. A liquid filter device comprising:a hub including a base having a socket, and a plurality of members positioned to extend upwardly from an outer periphery of the base and form a plurality of respective slots therebetween;
a plurality of laterals having a first end and a second end, the first end of each of the laterals positioned in the respective slots and including a pair of opposing vertical slots slidably engaging the members of the hub to form a structure positionable in a tank, each of the laterals extending radially in different directions away from the hub such that the second ends are spaced away from the hub;
a conduit pilot mechanism engaged with the socket of the hub, and including a circumferential skirt engaged with upper surfaces of the first ends of the laterals to maintain the opposing vertical slots on the first ends of the laterals slidably engaged with the members of the hub, and a central aperture at a top of the conduit pilot mechanism for receiving a conduit; and
each of the laterals formed to include an internal cavity, the internal cavity formed with a first volume at the first end and a second volume between the first end and the second end, the second volume being larger than the first volume.

US Pat. No. 10,138,135

SYNTHESIS OF TITANIUM DIOXIDE NANOPARTICLES USING ORIGANUM MAJORANA HERBAL EXTRACTS

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A method of synthesis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles using Origanum majorana herbal extracts, comprising:providing Origanum majorana plant material;
grinding the Origanum majorana to produce ground Origanum majorana;
soaking the ground Origanum majorana in boiled distilled water to produce an Origanum majorana extract;
mixing Titanium (IV) isopropoxide with the Origanum majorana extract to produce a paste;
heating and pounding the paste to produce a powder; and
calcinating the powder to produce O. majorana titanium dioxide nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 10,138,134

METHOD FOR FABRICATION OF SUPERLATTICES AND APERIODIC LAYERED STRUCTURES USING SOLUTION DEPOSITION

UChicago Argonne, LLC, C...

1. A method for forming inorganic structures, comprising:(a) transferring nanocrystals to a polar protic solvent using a chalcogenide precursor to produce a negatively-charged nanocrystal surface comprising negatively-charged chalcogen atoms bonded to metal atoms of the nanocrystal located on the nanocrystal surface;
(b) removing excess anions of the chalcogenide precursor;
(c) introducing a divalent metal salt to bind divalent metal cations to the negatively-charged chalcogen atoms bonded to the nanocrystal surface such that a metal chalcogenide monolayer is deposited on the nanocrystal surface; and
(d) removing excess divalent metal cations of the divalent metal salt.

US Pat. No. 10,138,133

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING AMMONIUM SULFATE CRYSTALS

CAP III B.V., Urmond (NL...

1. A continuous process for producing ammonium sulfate crystals, wherein the process comprises:i) feeding a solution of ammonium sulfate comprising impurities to a heat-integrated series of crystallization sections;
ii) crystallizing ammonium sulfate crystals from the solution of ammonium sulfate;
iii) purging a fraction of the solution of ammonium sulfate from each of the crystallization sections; and
iv) discharging ammonium sulfate crystals from each of the crystallization sections, wherein
the ammonium sulfate crystals discharged from each of the crystallization sections are not charged to another crystallization section, and wherein
the process further comprises:
heat-integrating the crystallization sections by steam, and
purging a fraction of the solution of ammonium sulfate from each crystallization section in the series to the next crystallization unit in the series, as defined by descending temperature of steam supply, with the exception that the fraction of the solution of ammonium sulfate purged from the final crystallization section in the series is discharged from the series.

US Pat. No. 10,138,132

SYNTHESIS OF MTW FRAMEWORK TYPE MOLECULAR SIEVES

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., San...

1. A method of synthesizing a molecular sieve of MTW framework type, the method comprising:(a) preparing a reaction mixture comprising:
(1) a source of silicon oxide;
(2) a source of an oxide of a trivalent element (X);
(3) a source of Group 1 or 2 metal (M);
(4) a structure directing agent (Q) comprising 1,1-diethyl-4-methylpiperidinium cations;
(5) hydroxide ions; and
(6) water; and
(b) subjecting the reaction mixture to crystallization condition sufficient to form crystals of the molecular sieve.

US Pat. No. 10,138,130

ULTRA DENSE AND ULTRA LOW POWER MICROHOTPLATES USING SILICA AEROGEL AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

The University of Louisia...

1. A method of making silica aerogel thin and thick films comprising:a. mixing TEOS, ethanol, water and HCl with the molar ratio of approximately 1:4:2:4.3×10?4, respectively to form a first solution;
b. stirring said first solution;
c. adding 0.64 ml of 0.066 M NH4OH to create a second solution;
d. stirring said second solution to create a sol-gel mixture;
e. aspirating the sol-gel mixture with an aspirator at approximately 15% of gelation time;
f. spraying said sol-gel mixture into a column of ethanol to create an impregnated ethanol mixture;
g. aging said impregnated ethanol mixture at room temperature;
h. ultrasounding said impregnated ethanol mixture;
i. filtering said impregnated ethanol mixture resulting in a filtered impregnated ethanol mixture; and
j. spin coating said filtered impregnated ethanol mixture onto a wafer creating an aerogel layer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,129

CARBON SPHERES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a receiving vessel configured to receive a liquid carbon precursor;
at least one orifice at a receiving vessel bottom, the at least one orifice configured to release droplets of the precursor;
a cooling vessel positioned below the receiving vessel to receive the droplets and configured to hold a coolant for solidifying the droplets into carbon precursor particles; and
an oven configured to carbonize the carbon precursor particles into carbon particles comprising at least 90 wt. % carbon.

US Pat. No. 10,138,128

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SURFACE TREATMENT AND BARRIER COATING OF FIBERS FOR IN SITU CNT GROWTH

APPLIED NANOSTRUCTURED SO...

1. A method comprising:depositing a barrier coating on a substrate comprising a plurality of fibers, the barrier coating being deposited in a liquid form that is uncured;
wherein the barrier coating is a thermal insulator, wherein the barrier coating comprises a substance selected from the group consisting of an alumoxane, spin on glass, and glass nanoparticles;
partially curing the barrier coating;
applying a plurality of catalyst nanoparticles to the partially cured barrier coating;
anchoring the plurality of catalyst nanoparticles to the barrier coating;
further curing the barrier coating; and
growing a plurality of carbon nanotubes on the substrate, the carbon nanotubes extending from the further cured barrier coating.

US Pat. No. 10,138,127

METHOD OF FABRICATING SILICON CARBIDE POWDER

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A method of fabricating silicon carbide powder, the method comprising:preparing a primary material having a first grain size and including silicon carbide particles;
forming a secondary material having a second grain size by mixing the primary material with an additive and by spray-drying the mixture; and
forming the silicon carbide powder having a third grain size by heat-treating the secondary material,
wherein, in the preparing the primary material, the silicon carbide particles are formed by mixing a solid-phase silicon source with a carbon source and heat-treating the mixture at a temperature in a range of 1300° C. to 1400° C. for 30 minutes to 7 hours,
wherein a mixing ratio of carbon to silicon is in a range of 1.3 to 1.8,
wherein the first grain size is in a range of 0.01 ?m to 2 ?m,
wherein, in the forming the second material, the second material is formed by agglomerating the primary material,
wherein the second grain size is in a range of 0.1 ?m to 5 ?m,
wherein, in the heat-treating of the secondary material, the secondary material is heat-treated at a temperature in a range of 1800° C. to 2200° C. for 30 minutes to 20 hours, and
wherein, in the forming the silicon carbide powder, the third grain size increases as the temperature of the heat-treating the second material increases.

US Pat. No. 10,138,125

ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE THIN FILMS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electrically conductive thin film, comprising a plurality of nanosheets, wherein the plurality of nanosheets comprises:a compound represented by Chemical Formula 1 or Chemical Formula 2 and having a layered crystal structure
M1Te2  Chemical Formula 1
wherein M1 is zirconium, hafnium, vanadium, tantalum, or niobium; or
M2Se2  Chemical Formula 2
wherein M2 is vanadium or tantalum,
wherein the electrically conductive thin film has a thickness of less than or equal to about 20 nanometers,
wherein the electrically conductive thin film has a transmittance of greater than or equal to about 80% for light having a wavelength of about 550 nanometers, and
wherein the film has an electrical conductivity of greater than or equal to about 2200 Siemens per centimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,138,122

MECHANOCHEMICAL SOLID/LIQUID REACTION IN FORMATION OF ALANE

Savannah River Nuclear So...

1. A method for forming alane comprising:combining in a reactor a solid phase reactant comprising an alkali metal, an aluminum halide, and a liquid phase Lewis base, wherein the solid phase reactant comprising the alkali metal is not soluble in the Lewis base; and
repeatedly transferring mechanical energy to the reactants via the action of the reactor to encourage a mechanochemical reaction between the solid phase alkali metal containing reactant and the aluminum halide to form alane, the alane upon formation and within the reactor as the mechanochemical reaction proceeds forming a liquid phase adduct with the Lewis base.

US Pat. No. 10,138,120

SHAPING NANOSTRUCTURE ARRAYS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of making a nanostructured assembly, comprising the steps of:providing a nanostructure array comprising a plurality of nanostructures attached to a substrate; and
shaping the nanostructure array by condensing an evaporated wetting agent on at least one of the substrate or the nanostructures and evaporating the condensed wetting agent.

US Pat. No. 10,138,119

WAFER-LEVEL PACKAGE WITH ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

Qorvo US, Inc., Greensbo...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first thinned die comprising a first device layer, which is formed from glass materials and comprises a plurality of first die contacts at a bottom surface of the first device layer;
a second intact die comprising a second device layer and an intact silicon substrate over the second device layer, wherein the second device layer comprises a plurality of second die contacts at a bottom surface of the second device layer;
a multilayer redistribution structure comprising a plurality of package contacts on a bottom surface of the multilayer redistribution structure and redistribution interconnects that connect the plurality of package contacts to certain ones of the plurality of first die contacts and certain ones of the plurality of second die contacts, wherein connections between the redistribution interconnects and the plurality of first die contacts, and between the redistribution interconnects and the plurality of second die contacts are solder-free;
a first mold compound residing over the multilayer redistribution structure wherein:
the first mold compound surrounds the first thinned die, and extends beyond a top surface of the first thinned die to define an opening within the first mold compound and over the first thinned die, wherein the top surface of the first thinned die is at a bottom of the opening; and
the first mold compound encapsulates the second intact die; and
a second mold compound filling the opening and in contact with the top surface of the first thinned die.

US Pat. No. 10,138,118

STRUCTURE TO REDUCE BACKSIDE SILICON DAMAGE

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. An integrated circuit (IC) device comprising:a first die including a first substrate and including a plasma-reflecting layer on an upper surface of the first die, wherein the plasma-reflecting layer is configured to reflect a plasma therefrom;
a second die including a second substrate and bonded to the first die so as to form a cavity bounded by the first die and the second die, wherein a lower surface of the cavity is lined by the plasma-reflecting layer; and
a dielectric protection layer on a lower surface of the second die and lining the upper surface of the cavity, wherein a material of the second substrate has a first etch rate for the plasma and a material of the dielectric protection layer has a second etch rate for the plasma, the second etch rate being less than the first etch rate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,116

METHOD FOR INTEGRATING COMPLEMENTARY METAL-OXIDE-SEMICONDUCTOR (CMOS) DEVICES WITH MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS) DEVICES USING A FLAT SURFACE ABOVE A SACRIFICIAL LAYER

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. An integrated circuit (IC) comprising:a semiconductor substrate;
a back-end-of-line (BEOL) interconnect structure over the semiconductor substrate, wherein the BEOL interconnect structure comprises wiring layers stacked in a dielectric region, and wherein an upper surface of the BEOL interconnect structure is planar or substantially planar; and
a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) structure overlying and directly contacting the upper surface of the BEOL interconnect structure, wherein the MEMS structure comprises an electrode layer directly over a cavity, and further comprises a MEMS layer different in material than the electrode layer;
wherein the cavity is under the upper surface of the BEOL interconnect structure, between the MEMS structure and the BEOL interconnect structure, and wherein the dielectric region and/or the MEMS layer separate the electrode layer from the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,138,115

LOW PROFILE TRANSDUCER MODULE

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A transducer structure, comprising:a substrate;
a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) structure disposed over a first side of the substrate;
an integrated circuit disposed over the first side of the substrate;
a lid over the first side of the substrate covering the micro-electro-mechanical system structure and the integrated circuit, wherein a portion of the substrate extends laterally beyond the lid;
a volume defined between the first side of the substrate and the lid so that the MEMS structure and the integrated circuit are located within the volume;
the substrate comprising an electric contact laterally displaced to the lid only on the first side of the substrate, wherein the electric contact is electrically coupled to the micro-electro-mechanical system structure and wherein the electric contact extends along the first side of the substrate from an external environment located outside the volume to inside the volume so that the electric contact physically contacts the lid at a periphery of the volume.

US Pat. No. 10,138,114

POWDER DISPENSING APPARATUS

Product Spring, LLC, New...

1. A powder dispensing apparatus comprising:(a) a base adapted for receiving a container;
(b) a dispenser including a slidable carriage translatable parallel to and below a hopper and disposed over a support element with an opening, said slidable carriage including at least one compartment, each said at least one compartment capable of dispensing a powder from said hopper through said opening into said container resting on said base, a wand rotatably operable within said hopper by a shaft, said shaft facilitates rotation of said wand via translational motion by said slidable carriage;
(c) a tower disposed between and attached to said base and said dispenser;
(d) a funnel disposed below said support element opposite of said slidable carriage, said funnel aligned with said container;
(e) a reservoir attached to said powder dispensing apparatus and adapted to store a liquid; and
(f) a pump communicating with said reservoir and said funnel, said pump configured to move said liquid from said reservoir into said funnel as said slidable carriage dispenses said powder into said funnel for mixing therein.

US Pat. No. 10,138,113

ELECTRONIC VAPORISER SYSTEM

BEYOND TWENTY LTD., Lond...

1. An electronic cigarette vaporiser system that includes an electronic vaporiser, and the vaporiser has a square or rectangular cross-section and includes a long PCB inserted lengthwise into the vaporiser, in which the electronic vaporiser system includes:(i) a user-replaceable, e-liquid cartridge, which is not user-refillable and includes no heating element;
(ii) an e-liquid reservoir that is separate from the user-replaceable e-liquid cartridge;
(iii) an electric or electronic pump that is configured to withdraw e-liquid from the user-replaceable e-liquid cartridge and pump pressurised e-liquid to the e-liquid reservoir and
(iv) a heating element that is not in the user-replaceable e-liquid cartridge but is instead in, or in e-liquid communication with, the e-liquid reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,138,112

SMART FUEL DISPENSER FOR EFFICIENT FUEL DELIVERY

Lenovo Enterprise Solutio...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a fuel dispenser having a controller, information about a vehicle and a fuel amount requested by the vehicle in response to the vehicle coming into a communication range of the controller, wherein the controller receives the vehicle information via wireless communication between a transceiver secured to the vehicle and a transceiver on the fuel dispenser;
using the information to identify at least one fuel type that is suitable for the vehicle; and
preventing the fuel dispenser from dispensing a fuel type other than the at least one identified fuel type to the vehicle;
setting the requested fuel amount as a limit on the amount of fuel that the fuel dispenser will dispense to the vehicle; and
dispensing fuel to the vehicle until either the amount of dispensed fuel is equal to the requested amount of fuel or an automatic shut-off is triggered, wherein the dispensed fuel is one of the at least one fuel type identified to be suitable for the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,111

APPARATUS FOR REVERTING LIQUID FLOW BACK TO THE DEFAULT POSITION AFTER A SPECIFIC TIME

1. A mechanical system for calibration during a chemical feed process comprising:a ball valve having three openings, the three openings comprising:
a tote bin valve port, connected to a tote bin;
a pump valve port connected to a pump; and
a drawdown cylinder valve port connected to a drawdown cylinder;
a spring in communication with the ball valve, the spring biasing the ball valve to a start position;
a lever in communication with the ball valve, the tote bin valve port aligning with the tote bin, the pump valve port aligning with the pump, and the drawdown cylinder valve port aligning with the drawdown cylinder, allowing the drawdown cylinder to fill with a liquid to be calibrated, when the lever is rotated in a first direction to a first position from the start position against the bias of the spring, the lever rotating in a second direction to a second position from the first position due to the bias of the spring; and
a timer in communication with the lever, the timer automatically setting to a predetermined time when the lever rotates in the second direction to the second position, the lever and the ball valve rotating back to the start position when the predetermined time is complete due to the bias of the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,138,110

ATTACHMENT AND SYSTEM FOR MIXING AND DISPENSING A CHEMICAL AND DILUENT

1. A system for mixing and dispensing cleaning solution, the system comprising:a body with a first flow passage extending between a diluent inlet and an outlet, and a second flow passage extending between a concentrate inlet and the first flow passage; and
a container for cleaning concentrate, the container including a container valve,
wherein moving the body axially toward the container to seat the body on the container opens the container valve for a flow of concentrate from the container to the first flow passage via the second flow passage,
wherein moving the body axially away from the container to unseat the body from the container closes the container valve to the flow of concentrate, and
wherein the container includes an oblong neck configured to engage the body to secure the container to the body.

US Pat. No. 10,138,109

SYSTEM FOR WIRELESSLY CHARGING AN ILLUMINATED TAP HANDLE

ILLUMITAP LLC, Boynton B...

1. A system for wirelessly charging an illuminated tap handle comprises:a tap handle;
a wireless power unit;
the tap handle comprises a receiver coupling device;
the wireless power unit comprises a housing, a power input, a transmitter coupling device, and an attachment bracket;
the transmitter coupling device being electrically connected to the power input;
the wireless power unit being adjacently positioned to the tap handle; and
the receiver coupling device being communicably coupled with the transmitter coupling device.

US Pat. No. 10,138,108

GAS-LIQUID MIXING DEVICE OF BEVERAGE

ADT (CHINA) LTD., Ningbo...

1. A gas-liquid mixing device of a beverage, comprising a container, a liquid inlet pipe configured to allow liquid to enter the container, a gas inlet pipe configured to allow gas to enter the container, and a liquid discharging pipe configured to discharge the liquid, wherein the container is externally provided with a refrigeration evaporator; the container is further internally provided with a liquid precooling pipe; a liquid inlet of the liquid precooling pipe is connected with the liquid inlet pipe; after being mixed and dissolved with the gas entering through the gas inlet pipe, the precooled liquid in the container is discharged through the liquid discharging pipe; a liquid molecule expander is further arranged in the container and comprises a precooling liquid container inlet connected with the liquid precooling pipe, and a collision wall arranged in the container; and the precooling liquid container inlet ejects the precooled liquid to the collision wall, wherein the liquid precooling pipe is in contact with the liquid inside the container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,107

FROZEN BEVERAGE DISPENSING MACHINES WITH MULTI-FLAVOR VALVES

Cornelius, Inc., Osseo, ...

1. A beverage machine comprising:a valve that receives a base fluid and dispenses a mixed beverage comprising the base fluid and an additive fluid, the valve having a perimetral surface that defines a bore through which the base fluid flows and a channel that surrounds the bore and through which the additive fluid flows to a plurality of ports defined in the perimetral surface through which the additive fluid is radially injected into the bore to thereby mix with the base fluid; and
an injector coupled to the valve and configured to inject the additive fluid into the channel such that the additive fluid flows through the channel and the plurality of ports to thereby mix into the base fluid to form the mixed beverage, wherein the injector has:
an injector axis along which the injector extends;
a surface centered about the injector axis and configured to radially inwardly direct the additive fluid toward the injector axis along which the additive fluid is injected into the channel; and
a manifold configured to receive a plurality of fluid components and dispense the plurality of fluid components, wherein the surface radially inwardly directs the plurality of fluid components toward the injector axis such that the plurality of fluid components mix and form the additive fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,138,106

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING PLASTIC BOTTLES

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. An apparatus for producing plastic bottles, comprising at least three machines, the at least three machines comprising a blow molding machine, a labeling machine and at least one further treatment machine, wherein at least two transfer starwheels being arranged between the blow molding machine and the labeling machine with at least one of the transfer starwheels oriented to change pitch of the bottles upon engagement of the at least one of the transfer starwheels with the bottles, the transfer starwheels arranged in a sequence forming a meandering path leading from the blow molding machine to the labeling machine, the blow molding machine and the labeling machine being spaced from one another, and bloc-synchronized with one another, by the transfer starwheels and without buffers positioned between the blow molding machine and the labeling machine, the transfer starwheels forming functional separation points facilitating decoupling between the machines both during operation and for maintenance purposes, wherein decoupling is achieved by selectively deactivating a drive of one or more of the transfer starwheels, wherein the machines and the transfer starwheels are arranged in a way that a continuous neck handling plane is formed for different bottle sizes, and a cover enclosing one or more additional transfer starwheels, the cover providing an air lock that prevents contamination of air to which filler is exposed with glue-containing air from the labeling machine.

US Pat. No. 10,138,105

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR FILLING CONTAINERS AND CLEANING METHOD

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus for filling containers with liquid filling-material, said apparatus comprising a filling machine, said filling machine comprising a rotor, a rotor bearing, a machine-frame, filling elements, container carriers, filling points, a container infeed, a container outfeed, a first filling-material boiler, a boiler-cover, a product connection, and a seal, wherein said rotor bearing mounts said rotor on said machine-frame for rotation about a machine axis, wherein said filling elements are disposed on said rotor, wherein one of said filling elements and one of said container carriers forms one of said filling points, wherein containers to be filled are provided at said container infeed, wherein filled containers are removed from said outfeed, wherein, during filling, said container carriers carry said containers at an angle such that a container axis is parallel to said machine axis, wherein said containers are filled within a range of angles on said rotor between said container infeed and said container outfeed, wherein said first filling-material boiler is arranged on said rotor, wherein said first filling-material boiler rotates with said rotor, wherein said boiler-cover closes said first filling-material boiler, wherein said boiler-cover connects to said machine-frame, wherein said boiler-cover does not rotate with said rotor, wherein said product connection supplies liquid filling-material into said first filling-material boiler, and wherein a seal is disposed to seal a transition between said boiler-cover and said first filling-material boiler, wherein said first filling-material boiler is partially filled with said liquid filling-material up to a filling-material level, wherein a gas chamber is formed in said first filling-material boiler above said filling-material level, wherein, as a result of said seal being disposed to seal said transition, said gas chamber can be subjected to an inert gas under a positive pressure during filling of a container with said liquid filling-material.

US Pat. No. 10,138,104

BELOW THE BEAD FOIL CUTTER

1. A device for cutting the foil on a bottle, comprising:a substantially U-shaped body, comprising:
first and second opposing arms, when in an upright state, the arms together defining a body top side and a body exterior side, each of the arms defining a bottom side;
a first neck protruding from the top side on the first arm and a second neck protruding from the top side on the second arm, wherein each of the necks has a circular sector shaped retaining lip that defines a neck interior space, the circular sector shaped retaining lips together forming a substantial portion of a circular shape; and
at least one cutting element on each of the bottom sides, wherein when a top of the bottle is received in both of the neck interior spaces so as to engage both of the retaining lips, both of the at least one cutting elements are configured to cut the foil of the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,103

ELECTRIC WINE OPENER

Yongxin Stationery (Shenz...

1. An electric wine opener, comprising:a bracket with a cylindrical structure, both ends of the bracket being provided with an opening, a sidewall of the bracket being provided with first evading apertures symmetrically arranged in the middle, and one end of the sidewall being provided with second evading apertures arranged symmetrically;
a drive device comprising a rotating shaft and a motor, the rotating shaft being provided with a polygonal cross-section, the shaft being rotatably installed on the bracket, the motor being installed on the bracket, and an output shaft of the motor being connected to the rotating shaft;
a cork extraction device comprising a sleeve, a screw, a threaded drill, a cork sleeve and a block, the sleeve with an internal thread at the middle being embedded in the bracket, the screw provided with a polygonal through-hole corresponding to the rotating shaft being fitted on the rotating shaft, the threaded drill accommodated in the bracket being fixed on one end of the screw, a first spring being arranged between the rotating shaft and the threaded drill in a state of compression, one end of the screw away from the threaded drill being provided with an external thread matched with the sleeve, the cork sleeve with two symmetrical mounting lugs being installed in the bracket, the mounting lugs projecting from the second evading apertures of the bracket, one end of the cork sleeve close to the screw being provided with an annular counterbore, the block being movably installed on the counterbore, a second spring being arranged between the block and the bracket in a state of compression, a through-hole being provided in the middle of the block for avoiding the threaded drill, the sleeve and the cork sleeve being disposed on both ends of the bracket respectively, and the inner wall of the cork sleeve being provided with an axial rib; and
a clamping device comprising a first lever and a second lever, the first lever and second lever being symmetrically and rotatably installed on the mounting lugs of the cork sleeve, the same ends of the first lever and the second lever being respectively provided with blocking plates opposed to each other, the blocking plates being inserted into the first evading apertures of the bracket, the blocking plate being in contact with the screw via a sloping surface, and the other ends of the first lever and the second lever being respectively provided with curved anti-slip covers opposed to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,138,102

WARNING AND MESSAGE DELIVERY AND LOGGING SYSTEM UTILIZABLE IN A FALL ARRESTING AND PREVENTION DEVICE AND METHOD OF SAME

1. A safety protection device for aerial lift equipment, comprising:a safety lanyard comprising a snap hook configured to be attached to an anchor point affixed to a work platform of an aerial lift;
a load sensor attached to the safety lanyard, the load sensor configured to activate if a prescribed load limit is exceeded, the activation of the load sensor triggering the transmission of a warning;
a safety harness attached to the safety lanyard; and
a remote control attached to the safety harness, the remote control configured to access the operational controls of the aerial lift to control the movement of the aerial lift; and
wherein in the event the load sensor activates, the remote control on the safety harness is accessible to the operator to move the work platform of the aerial lift,
wherein the snap hook comprises:
an interlock controller;
a gate hook having a first spring configured to maintain the snap hook in a closed position,
a gate switch having a second spring configured to contact the anchor point,
a first detection sensor,
a second detection sensor on the gate switch,
the first detection sensor having a sensor triggered to transmit a signal to the interlock controller when brought within close proximity to the second detection sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,101

METHOD IN FORKLIFT TRUCK FOR DETERMINING A LOAD POSITION IN A LOAD RACK

1. A method in a forklift truck, for determining a load position in a load rack, the forklift truck including a camera movable with a load carrier, the method comprising the steps of:determining a reference position related to the camera of a first land mark located on a first height of the load rack based on the position of the first landmark in a first image captured by the camera;
altering a height of the load carrier to alter a position of the camera;
determining a second position related to the camera of a second land mark located on a second height of the load rack based on the position of the second landmark in a second image captured by the camera at a predetermined height;
determining the load position on the second height based on a comparison between the reference position and the second position; and
adjusting a position of the load carrier based upon the determined load position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,099

POWER WINCH HORIZONTAL-PUSH WINCH

Comeup Industries Inc., ...

1. A power winch horizontal-push winch, characterized in that the power winch supplies power from a power source and transmits the power to a cable wheel after a deceleration is made by a reducer, so that the cable wheel may be rotated in a forward or reverse direction to release or wind a cable wound around the cable wheel; a casing of the reducer has a binding groove formed thereon and an inner thread formed on an inner wall of the casing; the reducer includes an outer ring body having an insert hole formed on an outer surface of the reducer; the power winch includes a clutch, and positioning of a binding groove formed on the casing of the reducer may or may not be applied to the insert slot of the outer ring body, so that the power may or may not be transmitted from the reducer to the cable wheel; the clutch comprises an inner seat, a control plate, a wedge, an operating handle and a clutch lever, wherein the inner seat includes a cylindrical lower insert tube, a cylindrical upper insert tube, and a baffle with the middle in an outwardly extended angular form, and an outer wall of the lower insert tube has an outer thread, and the junction of the lower insert tube and the baffle has an O-ring, and the bottom end of the inner seat has an opening and a chamber formed deeply inside the opening, and the top end of the upper insert tube is passed to the outside to form an angular slot, and an upper sink socket is formed around the angular slot, and an upper ring groove and a lower ring groove are concavely formed on the outer surface of the inner seat, and the upper ring groove is provided for installing an O-ring; the control plate is in form of a round plate having a round bump at the bottom of the round plate, a circular penetrating hole penetrating through the middle of the round plate, and a plurality of corresponding elevating ribs is formed on the top side of the round plate and disposed on both sides of the penetrating hole; the wedge has a disc-shaped base, an angular slot penetrating the middle of the wedge, and a plurality of adjusting members in an arc shape and disposed at the bottom of the base, and the bottom surface of each adjusting member is divided into an oblique slope and a press-in slot, and the oblique slope descends gradually from the bottom surface of the base and passes through a boundary edge to enter into the press-in slot after reaching the bottom, and a spacing is formed between two adjusting members, and the spacing disposed at the edge of the base is the narrowest, so as to form a through hole, and the through hole has a width not smaller than the width of the elevating rib; the operating handle comprises a socket portion and a handle portion, and the bottom surface of the socket portion is inwardly hollow, and the hollow top forms a first accommodation space sufficient to accommodate the wedge, and the hollow middle section has a plurality of even accommodating slots, each accommodating slot is configured to be corresponsive to the center and arranged in a surrounding form, and the accommodating slot has a width sufficient to accommodate the elevating rib, and a hollow bottom of the accommodating slot is a second accommodation space, and the second accommodation space has a size sufficient to accommodate the control plate and the upper insert tube of the inner seat, and a plurality of screw holes are formed on a side wall proximate to the bottom for screwing and installing a positioning bolt; the handle portion is extended laterally from the socket portion to the outside to form a handle object provided for being held by a user's hand; the clutch lever has an insert member which can be accommodated in the chamber of the inner seat, and selectively controlled to pass downwardly out from the opening of the inner seat and insert into the insert slot of the outer ring body; the insert member has a polygonal prism coupled thereto, and the polygonal prism of the insert member has a shape matched with an angular slot of the inner seat and an angular slot of the wedge, and an outer surface of the polygonal prism of the insert member has a ring groove formed at a position proximate to the top, and the polygonal prism of the insert member is provided for sheathing and installing an elastic member, and the ring groove is provided for clamping and positioning a latch ring; during assembling, the elastic member of the clutch lever is sheathed and mounted on the polygonal prism, and the polygonal prism is passed from bottom to top and out from the angular slot of the inner seat, such that the insert member of the clutch lever enters into the chamber of the inner seat; and then the control plate is installed next to the top side of the top side of the upper insert tube of the inner seat, and the round bump at the bottom of the control plate enters and stays in the upper sink socket at the top side of the upper insert tube, and the polygonal prism of the clutch lever is passed out from the penetrating hole of the control plate; and then the wedge is installed next to the top side of the control plate, such that the two through holes of the wedge are disposed across an elevating rib, and the polygonal prism of the clutch lever is passed from bottom to top and out from the angular slot of the wedge, and then the latch ring is clamped in the groove of the polygonal prism; and then the outer thread of the lower insert tube of the inner seat is screwed and engaged with the inner thread of the binding groove of the casing of the reducer to abut the O-ring at the junction of the lower insert tube and the baffle, while the periphery of the bottom of the baffle abuts the sink socket at the outer periphery of the top side of the binding groove for positioning; and then the socket portion of the operating handle is sheathed on the wedge and the clutch lever, and the wedge and the top end of the clutch lever enter into the first accommodation space of the socket portion, and the elevating rib of the control plate enter into the plurality of accommodating slots for positioning, and the plate body of the control plate and the socket of the inner seat enter into the second accommodation space, while the inner wall of the socket portion abuts the O-ring sheathed on the upper ring groove of the upper socket, and the screw hole of the socket portion is aligned precisely with the lower ring groove of the upper socket, and then the positioning bolt is screwed into each screw hole, so that the rear end of the positioning bolt passes out from the screw hole and enters into the lower ring groove.

US Pat. No. 10,138,098

DRAW-WORKS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

National Oilwell Varco No...

1. A draw-works comprising:an elongated hoisting member having a first end and a second end,
a first drum for storing and reeling an elongated hoisting member;
a second drum for storing and reeling said elongated hoisting member; and
a rotation assembly for rotating said first drum and said second drum;
wherein at least one of said first drum and said second drum is selectively connectable to and disconnectable from said rotation assembly; and
wherein the first end of said elongated hoisting members is connected to said first drum, and the second end of said elongated hoisting member is connected to said second drum.

US Pat. No. 10,138,097

HOIST ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF LIFTING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A hoist assembly, comprising:a support structure configured to be releasably coupled to overhead structural beams;
a motor releasably coupled to and positioned above the support structure;
a hoist arm releasably coupled to the support structure, the hoist arm being rotatable and extendable with respect to the support structure; and
a cable supported by the hoist arm, the cable having a free end positioned proximate a distal end of the hoist arm and configured to couple to a load and a terminal end of the cable coupled to the motor such that the cable extends and retracts with respect to the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,096

AUTOMATIC ERECTION OF A CRANE

1. A process for automatic movement of a boom system of a crane with at least two boom elements comprising a fly jib and a main boom, wherein the process includes the following steps:while controlling a drive of the main boom to move the main boom, measuring at least one control parameter; and
during the movement of the main boom, automatically actuating a drive of the fly jib depending on the control parameter measured,
wherein the automatic actuation of the drive of the fly jib during the movement of the main boom maintains the at least one measured control parameter within specific intervals or within one specific interval at least temporarily, and wherein the at least one measured control parameter includes one or more of a relative angle between the boom elements and a force carried by a guy of the fly jib.

US Pat. No. 10,138,095

MOBILE CRANE

1. A mobile crane comprising:a lattice boom comprising a plurality of lattice elements;
a detection device comprising a plurality of inductively operating transponders arranged at the lattice elements and a plurality of receiver units arranged at the lattice elements, each transponder of the plurality of inductively operating transponders configured to transmit information to a corresponding receiver unit of the plurality of receiver units, the corresponding receiver unit arranged at an adjacent lattice element and configured to sense the transponder;
a control device configured to control the crane in dependence on signals of the plurality of receiver units; and
a databus configured to transmit the information from the plurality of receiver units to the control device;
wherein each transponder of the plurality of inductively operating transponders is an RFID transponder configured to transmit back the information stored thereon as a modulated RF signal, and wherein each receiver unit of the plurality of receiver units is an RFID reader comprising a digital electronic system that controls the RFID transponder to transmit back the information.

US Pat. No. 10,138,094

CRANE AND METHOD FOR CRANE CONTROL

Liebherr-Werk Nenzing Gmb...

1. A system for a crane, comprising:at least one measuring device at the crane supplying one or more measured values; and
a crane controller having memory with instructions for control of the crane, the instructions comprising instructions for receiving the one or more measured values, calculating a position of at least one load lifting device based on the received one or more measured values and further based on a model of the crane stored in the memory of the crane controller in which an elasticity of a supporting device of an undercarriage of the crane is modeled via vertically oriented spring elements arranged at ends of the supporting device, and adjusting operation of the crane based on the calculated position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,093

PASSENGER CONVEYOR STEP FLOW ADJUSTING APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A passenger conveyor step flow adjusting apparatus in which:forward path driving rails are installed in a longitudinal direction of a main frame on an upper portion side inside said main frame so as to be supported on said main frame by means of rail supporting members so as to be spaced apart in a width direction of said main frame;
return path driving rails are installed in said longitudinal direction of said main frame on a lower portion side of each of said forward path driving rails that are spaced apart in said width direction of said main frame so as to be supported on said main frame by means of said rail supporting members so as to be spaced apart in a width direction of said main frame; and
a plurality of steps that are linked endlessly move cyclically through said main frame such that driving rollers roll on said forward path driving rails and said return path driving rails that are spaced apart in said width direction of said main frame,
wherein said passenger conveyor step flow adjusting apparatus comprises:
guiding pads that are disposed on two sides in a width direction of said steps, and that contact facing wall surfaces of said return path driving rails that are spaced apart in said width direction of said main frame, to suppress movement of said steps in said width direction; and
a return path driving rail position adjusting portion that adjusts a position of each of said return path driving rails that are spaced apart in said width direction of said main frame in said width direction relative to said rail supporting members,
wherein said return path driving rail position adjusting portion comprises:
a rail supporting block that is fixed to a lower surface of said return path driving rails;
a mounting plate that extends downward from said rail supporting block:
a position adjusting bolt that is fixed to said mounting plate; and
a pair of nuts that are screwed on an opposite side from said rail supporting member onto a shaft portion of said position adjusting bolt that passes through said rail supporting member, and that fix said mounting plate to said rail supporting member by fastening.

US Pat. No. 10,138,092

TRANSPORTATION ELEMENT FOR A PEOPLE CONVEYOR

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A transportation element for a people conveyor, wherein the transportation element is configured to be moved in a conveying direction and comprises:an upper flange;
a lower flange;
an intermediate element extending between and connecting the lower flange and the upper flange; and
a tread, which is connected to, or formed integrally with, the upper flange;
wherein the intermediate element comprises a rectangular hollow web, the web extending basically perpendicularly to the planes spanned by the upper and lower flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,138,091

VARIABLE LINEAR MOTOR GAP

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator system comprising:a hoistway;
an elevator car to travel in the hoistway;
a first motor portion mounted to one of the elevator car and the hoistway, the first motor portion having a first coil and a second coil, the first coil at a first hoistway location, the second coil at a second hoistway location;
a second motor portion mounted to the other of the elevator car and the hoistway, the second motor portion having at least one permanent magnet; and
a gap between the first motor portion and the second motor portion, wherein the gap includes a first gap distance at the first hoistway location and a second gap distance at the second hoistway location, the second gap distance being greater than the first gap distance.

US Pat. No. 10,138,090

ELEVATOR CAR ROLLING SUPPRESSION DEVICE AND METHOD

FUJITEC CO., LTD., Hikon...

1. An elevator car rolling suppression device comprising:a drive unit attached to an elevator car provided to be elevatable within a shaft provided in a building, the drive unit being configured to press, against a guide rail, a guide unit provided to be movable along the guide rail extending in the vertical direction along the shaft, the guide unit being configured to restrict movement of the elevator car in the lateral direction orthogonal to the vertical direction;
a position detecting unit configured to detect a position of the elevator car in the vertical direction within the shaft;
a speed measuring unit configured to measure an elevation speed of the elevator car;
a storage unit configured to store in advance a plurality of elevation patterns in each of which at least one of the departure floor and the destination floor of the elevator car is different, and the elevation speed of the elevator car at a specific position in the vertical direction within the shaft is different, and further to store in advance the position of the elevator car in the vertical direction within the shaft and the acceleration in the lateral direction of the elevator car at the position of the elevator car for each of the plurality of elevation patterns in association with each other; and
a control unit configured to extract, based on the position of the elevator car detected by the position detecting unit and the elevation speed of the elevator car measured by the speed measuring unit, the elevation pattern from the storage unit, further extracts, based on the position of the elevator car detected by the position detecting unit and the extracted elevation pattern, the acceleration of the elevator car in the lateral direction stored in association with the stored position of the elevator car corresponding to the position of the elevator car detected by the position detecting unit from the storage unit, and controls the drive unit so as to adjust the pressing force of the guide unit against the guide rail to a pressing force that is derived based on the extracted acceleration in the lateral direction of the elevator car, in response to the detection of the position of the elevator car by the position detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,138,089

FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD REEL DEVICE

YI CHEN CHEN, Taipei (TW...

1. A flexible printed circuit board real device, characterized in comprising a left housing, a right housing, a rotary sleeve, an upper spiral spring and a lower spiral spring, wherein the left housing and the right housing are caught with each other to form a housing, and the left housing and the right housing are respectively provided with a board outlet; an upper portion of the rotary sleeve is provided with an upper accommodating space and a lower portion of the rotary sleeve is provided with a lower accommodating space, and the upper spiral spring is disposed in the upper accommodating space and the lower spiral spring is disposed at the lower accommodating space; an upper portion of the housing is provided with an upper central shaft and an lower portion of the housing is provided with a lower central shaft, and the upper central shaft extends into the upper accommodating space of the rotary sleeve and catches the upper spiral spring and the lower central shaft extends into the lower accommodating space of the rotary sleeve and catches the lower spiral spring, whereby the rotary sleeve is rotatably disposed in the housing, and an outer surface of the rotary sleeve is provided with a protection sheet for catching the flexible printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,138,088

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A FINISHER TO APPLY A NOTE ONTO A PRINTED PAGE

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A finishing unit for applying a note onto a printed document that exits from an image forming apparatus, the finishing unit comprising:a note cutting unit for cutting a sheet of paper to a note of a desired size, wherein the note cutting unit includes a vertical paddle for keeping the paper in proper vertical orientation; and
a note pasting unit for applying the note onto the printed document that exits from the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,138,087

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE WEB TENSION IN A RUNNING MATERIAL WEB

1. A device for controlling axial forces acting upon a web which is unwound from a horizontal rotatable shaft and is led up to and wound onto a corresponding horizontal rotatable shaft, wherein the device comprises a first roller, which is rotatable about a first horizontal shaft, a second roller, which is rotatable about a second horizontal shaft, and a third roller, which is rotatable about a third horizontal shaft, wherein the third roller is placed between the first and second rollers and is movable along an arc-shaped motional path in the vertical plane between a lower position and an upper position in response to axial forces acting at any moment upon the web, wherein the web is intended to be led with one side in contact with the first and second rollers and with another side in contact with the third roller, wherein the third roller, in the upper position, is at a vertical distance above the first and second rollers to form an open horizontal passage through which the web can pass freely between the first and second rollers and the above-situated third roller, wherein the third roller is biased with a force which counters the motion of the third roller in the direction of the upper working position and which is less than an ultimate tensile strength of the web.

US Pat. No. 10,138,086

PAPER SHEET HANDLING APPARATUS

FUJITSU FRONTECH LIMITED,...

1. A paper sheet handling apparatus, comprising:a feeding unit that feeds paper sheets by rotating;
a placement unit, on which the paper sheets are layered over one another and accumulated in a thickness direction, and which presses the paper sheets against the feeding unit by moving in a layering direction of the paper sheets; and
a detection unit that detects pressure applied on the feeding unit due to movement of the placement unit; and
a measuring unit that measures amount of movement of the placement unit, wherein
for each feeding process, in which the feeding unit feeds the paper sheets until the pressure detected by the detection unit becomes less than a predetermined set value, the placement unit presses the paper sheets against the feeding unit until the pressure detected by the detection unit reaches another set value, and
the feeding unit
operates at a feeding speed of a first speed if a calculated feeding value is less than a predetermined threshold for the calculated feeding value, and
operates at the feeding speed of a second speed that is slower than the first speed if the calculated feeding value is equal to or greater than the predetermined threshold for the calculated feeding value,
the calculated feeding value being calculated based on:
the amount of movement of the placement unit measured by the measuring unit after the feeding process; and
the number of fed sheets that is the number of paper sheets fed by the feeding process.

US Pat. No. 10,138,085

CLEAR CARD SENSORS

ZIH Corp., Lincolnshire,...

1. A media conveyance apparatus comprising:a first light sensor positioned on a first side of a media conveyance path, the first light sensor to generate a first signal indicative of a first amount of light received by the first light sensor;
a light source positioned on a second side of the media conveyance path;
a second light sensor positioned on the second side of the media conveyance path, wherein the second light sensor is to compensate for an environmental change by detecting a second amount of light transmitted by the light source regardless of the presence or absence of media along the media conveyance path, the first light sensor and the light source being positioned such that the media passes between the first light sensor and the light source along the media conveyance path; and
presence determination circuitry configured to:
compare the first signal to a second signal received from the second sensor;
detect a reflection loss based on the comparison of the first and second signals; and
if the reflection loss is detected based on the comparison of the first and second signals, generate a media present indication.

US Pat. No. 10,138,084

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND GUIDANCE METHOD FOR PAPER FEEDING WORK

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an accommodation unit configured to accommodate both of a paper bundle and a packaging member therein in a state in which at least one of the paper bundle and the packaging member used to package the paper bundle satisfies predetermined conditions;
a notification unit configured to perform a notification of guidance on the predetermined conditions;
a first sensor configured to detect that the paper bundle is accommodated in the accommodation unit;
a roller configured to send a paper sheet included in the paper bundle;
a second sensor configured to detect a behavior of the paper sheet sent by the roller; and
a control unit configured to control the notification unit to perform a notification of the guidance when a behavior of the paper sheet is not detected by the second sensor if the first sensor detects that the paper bundle is accommodated in the accommodation unit, and the roller is driven; and
a restriction member configured to restrict movement of a leading end of the paper sheet,
wherein, if the roller is driven in a state in which movement of the leading end of the paper sheet is restricted by the restriction member, the control unit controls the notification unit to perform a notification of the guidance when bending of the paper sheet is not detected by the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,083

SHEET DISCHARGING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet discharging apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a discharge member provided in the apparatus body and configured to discharge a sheet;
a movable tray movable with respect to the apparatus body and including a sheet supporting surface configured to support the sheet discharged by the discharge member;
a movable member provided in the movable tray and configured to move by being pressed by the sheet supported on the sheet supporting surface; and
a detecting portion provided in the apparatus body and configured to detect a presence of the sheet supported on the sheet supporting surface in response to a position of the movable member,
wherein the movable member includes an extension portion extending out of the movable tray toward the apparatus body,
the apparatus body is provided with an opening portion through which the extension portion extends into the apparatus body,
the opening portion is formed such that the extension portion is movable along a moving direction of the movable tray within the apparatus body, and
the detecting portion is configured to detect a position of the movable member by detecting the extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,082

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MECHANICALLY GRIPPING AND TRANSPORTING WEBS OF MATERIAL

Curt G. Joa, Inc., Shebo...

1. An apparatus for transporting material, the apparatus comprising:a series of biased gripping members, said biased gripping members operable between an open position and a closed position;
said biased gripping members transported in a web processing system from an acquisition point for receiving said material, to a transport segment for moving substantially the entire length of said material by gripping substantially the entire length of said material with said gripping members, to a deposition point for releasing said material;
wherein said biased gripping members are in said open position at said acquisition point and receiving a portion of said material between adjacent biased gripping members; and
wherein said biased gripping members are in said closed position at said transport segment, and retaining said portion of said material between adjacent biased gripping members; and
wherein said biased gripping members are in said open position at said deposition point and releasing said portion of said material between adjacent biased gripping members; and a belt carrying said series of biased gripping members.

US Pat. No. 10,138,081

PAPER FEEDING ROLLER WITH PATTERN

KIANA ANALYTICS INC., Su...

1. A feeding roller having an external surface used for a document conveying apparatus comprising:a plurality of groove portions arranged with a regular interval in a width direction of the feeding roller and formed into the external surface of the feeding roller; and
a projection portion provided on the external surface between each pair of adjacent groove portions and formed in a single continuous portion from one edge to the other edge of the feeding roller in the width direction that scrapes off paper particles,
wherein the projection portion has a waveform shape extending in the width direction of the feeding roller and wherein the waveform shape is a trapezoid waveform shape in a view from an outer side in a radius direction of the feeding roller,
wherein a diameter of the external surface where a groove portion is formed is less than a diameter of the external surface where no groove portion and no projection portion are formed,
wherein a diameter of the external surface where a projection portion is formed is larger than said diameter of the external surface where no groove portion and no projection potion are formed, and
wherein each of the plurality of groove portions include a bottom portion formed by the external surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,080

APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING SHEET MATERIAL

1. An apparatus for the continuous singling of loose sheet goods, having a singler for singling stacks of loose sheet goods and a feeding device having two feeding elements, which moves stacks of loose sheet goods to be singled into a position where sheet goods are grasped by the singler and transferred to a transport system, and an area for receiving sheet goods to be singled, having a first subarea and a second subarea,wherein the first and second subareas border on each other and the second subarea forms an input area for inputting sheet goods to be singled,
wherein the first feeding element is arranged in the area and moves within the total area, between the first and a third position, which forms an end position, but at least within the first subarea, between a second and the third position,
wherein the second position separates the first subarea from the second,
wherein a monitoring device for the first subarea, for ascertaining bank notes located in the first subarea underneath the first feeding element.

US Pat. No. 10,138,079

APPLIANCE FOR HANDLING LAYERS OF PALLETIZED PRODUCTS

BEMA S.R.L., Viano (Regg...

1. An apparatus for handling layers of palletized products, comprising:a gripping head associable to a transfer machine adapted to displace said gripping head at least along a substantially vertical direction, said gripping head being provided with at least one support framework associable to said transfer machine and at least one substantially horizontal suction plane associated to said support framework and adapted to suction a layer (S) of palletized products (P),
wherein said gripping head comprises at least one fall-prevention plane associated to said support framework and mobile between a rest configuration, wherein the space underlying the suction plane is clear and the suction plane is free to be arranged at contact with the upper surface of the layer (S) of products (P), and an operating configuration, wherein the fall-prevention plane is arranged below the suction plane and the layer (S) of suctioned products (P), to prevent the products (P) from falling during the displacement of the gripping head by the transfer machine,
wherein said gripping head comprises one flexible curtain element along each side of said suction plane and a plurality of substantially horizontal bars adapted to push each of said flexible curtain elements inwards for at least partial adhesion thereof to the lateral walls of said layer (S) of products (P), wherein each horizontal bar is moved towards or away from said flexible curtain element through a system of rocker levers actuated by automatic actuators,
wherein each flexible curtain element hangs freely from a respective side of said suction plane in such a manner that each flexible curtain element is separated from said plurality of substantially horizontal bars and is adapted to be able to be shortened or extended depending on the height of the products (P) and the distance between the products (P) and said flexible curtain elements,
wherein each flexible curtain element is oriented between the lateral wall of the layer (S) of products (P) and said plurality of substantially horizontal bars,
wherein each horizontal bar is affixed to a distal end of each of said rocker levers, and
wherein, when said gripping head is being displaced by the transfer machine to move a layer (S) of products (P), and when said suction plane is suctioning said layer (S) of product (P), each horizontal bar is moved towards said flexible curtain element by its associated rocker lever and pushes on each flexible curtain element on each side of said suction plane to cause said at least partial adhesion of each flexible curtain element to each lateral wall of said layer (S) of product (P) so as to guarantee the suction vacuum for gripping the layer (S).

US Pat. No. 10,138,078

DE-STACKING DEVICE FOR DE-STACKING LAYERS OF TRANSPORT PALLETS WITH OR WITHOUT INTERMEDIARY LAYERS

1. A de-stacking device for layer de-stacking of stacking layers from standard transport pallets which include a multi-layer stack of stacking layers arranged on top of each other,wherein at least one spacer that is stiff against bending is arranged under at least one of the stacking layers,
wherein the stacking layers are formed by a plurality of stable standing transport goods that are stackable and arranged adjacent to each other,
the de-stacking device comprising:
a placement and separation table for a respective stacking layer that is removed from the stack of the transport pallet and includes the at least one spacer,
wherein the placement and separation table includes a fixation device for the at least one spacer,
a displacement device for displacing the transport goods arranged on the at least one spacer from the placement and separation table to a transport band extracting the transport goods,
an extraction device for extracting the at least one spacer from the placement and separation table, and
a band conveying device for conveying transport goods that are not supported by the at least one spacer from the placement and separation table to the extraction conveyor,
wherein the extraction device is formed by a pivotably supported table top of the placement and separation table,
wherein the pivotably supported table top supports the stacking layer that is transferred from the stack with the at least one spacer in a horizontal operating position,
wherein the pivotably supported table top is pivotable from the horizontal operating position into a vertical non-operating position to eject the at least one spacer in an empty condition,
wherein the fixation device and the band conveying device are integrated into the pivotably supported table top,
wherein the conveyor belt of the band conveying device protrudes beyond the table top and suction cavities of the vacuum fixation device are recessed between the conveyor belts or at an edge of the table top.

US Pat. No. 10,138,077

PNEUMATIC CONVEYING APPARATUS

Schenck Process UK Limite...

1. A pneumatic conveying apparatus operable to transport material from a supply source to a process, the pneumatic conveying apparatus comprising:a compression device operable to supply and transport pneumatic media through at least one conduit;
a supply source operable to discharge material into the pneumatic conveying system;
at least one vessel arranged to receive material from the supply source and to discharge material to the at least one conduit;
a filter receiver configured to receive material and pneumatic media from at least one conduit and operable to separate material and pneumatic media such that a predefined and small volume or weight of material can be stored in and a large capacity discharged from the filter receiver to an adjacent process, where a process connection which is formed where the apparatus connects to the process is within a 1 m to 15 m horizontal or vertical range;
a discharge device connected to the filter receiver and operable to increase its feed rate from the minimum feed rate to the maximum feed rate over a time frame of between 3 seconds to 30 seconds in order to discharge material to the process in a way which meets the process demands and is greater than the rate of increase possible from the pneumatic conveying system alone, using control system operable to control discharge rate of material such that material is transported substantially continuously; and
a control system able to measure and subsequently maintain and/or recover to a fixed weight or volume, the amount of material stored in the filter receiver, by varying the rate of feed to the pneumatic conveying pipeline according to close loop control methods.

US Pat. No. 10,138,076

METHOD FOR RESIN DELIVERY INCLUDING METERING INTRODUCTION OF EXTERNAL AIR TO MAINTAIN DESIRED VACUUM LEVEL

1. Apparatus for pneumatically conveying granular plastic resin material out of a resin supply to at least one receiver, consisting of:a) a vacuum pump having a suction intake;
b) a first conduit connecting the resin supply to the receiver;
c) a second conduit connecting the receiver to the suction intake;
d) means for monitoring the level of vacuum being drawn by the vacuum pump at the suction inlet;
e) a valve responsive to the means for monitoring for supplying air to the conduit at a location proximate the resin supply in an amount to maintain a desired level of vacuum, at the vacuum pump suction inlet, drawn by the vacuum pump.

US Pat. No. 10,138,075

TOWER CONFIGURATION GRAVIMETRIC BLENDER

1. A gravimetric blender comprising:a) a vertically oriented conduit;
b) a vacuum pump, supported by the conduit, and having a suction inlet communicating with the conduit interior;
c) a plurality of receivers, each connected to the conduit, being vertically supported thereby and being angularly spaced thereabout, for vacuum draw though the individual receivers via the conduit by the pump, each receiver having a resin material/vacuum drawn stream inlet and a resin outlet;
d) each receiver having only a single tube therewithin extending from the resin material/vacuum drawn stream inlet to the connection of the receiver with the conduit, each tube comprising:
i) an air cylinder within and connected to the tube, positioned to close the receiver connection to the conduit upon actuation thereof;
ii) a plug within the tube and connected thereto for downwardly deflecting resin material carried by a resin material/vacuum drawn stream entering the receiver via the tube;
iii) a valve at the resin outlet, closing responsively to vacuum drawn within the receiver and opening responsively to the presence of resin material within the receiver in the absence of vacuum draw within the respective receiver; and
iv) a plate connected to the air cylinder, for closing the receiver-conduit connection upon air cylinder actuation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,074

GROUPING OF GOODS

1. An apparatus for displacing discrete groups of goods, the apparatus comprising:a packing table, the packing table comprising:
a first collecting zone, to which goods can be fed from a serial production stream, in order to arrange them in series in a first direction in the first collecting zone and to combine them to form a group, and
a second collecting zone, into which each individual group can be displaced out of the first collecting zone by way of a stroke, in order to empty the first collecting zone for forming a new group;
a first sensor for determining a width of a good within the first collecting zone;
a second sensor for monitoring occupation of a target position in the second collecting zone; and
a movable push arm for displacing each group out of the first collecting zone in the direction into the second collecting zone, which push arm can be actuated by a control unit to perform a variable stroke, the length of the variable stroke being based at least in part on the determined width of a good within the first collecting zone.

US Pat. No. 10,138,073

FEED UNIT

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO ...

1. A feed unit comprising a guide member and a plurality of pushers arranged to push components along a path defined by the guide member for output from the feed unit, wherein the guide member comprises a separator arranged to separate the components into separate streams according to their orientation,wherein the path defined by the guide member splits into a first portion and second portion to separate the components into separate streams according to their orientation, and
wherein the first portion of the path is shaped to only accept components having a first orientation and the second portion of the path is shaped to only accept components having a second orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,072

PRODUCT CONVEYING DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A conveyor comprising:a conveyor belt, a sensor and a controller,
wherein the sensor comprises a light ray generator and a light ray receiver each disposed at two opposing sides of an end of the conveyor belt and at least one baffle disposed between the light ray generator and the light ray receiver,
wherein a conveyed product impinges the at least one baffle when the conveyed product is conveyed to the vicinity of the end of the conveyor belt, the controller is connected with the light ray receiver for controlling the conveyor belt to stop moving in response to a signal fed back by the light ray receiver that the conveyed product has been conveyed to the end of the conveyor belt,
wherein the baffle has a light transmission hole to let the light ray emitted from the light ray generator pass through,
wherein a gap between a lower edge of the baffle and the conveyor belt is smaller than the thickness of the conveyed product; when the baffle is impinged by the conveyed product, the baffle will move along a conveying direction of the conveyor belt so as to block the light ray emitted from the light ray generator.

US Pat. No. 10,138,071

COUNTERWEIGHT STACKER

McCloskey International L...

1. A stacking system for conveying bulk material, including a conveyor frame designed to support a conveyor belt, the conveyor frame including forward and rear portions, a hopper designed to receive the bulk material, the hopper being mounted to the rear portion of the conveyor frame, an engine for providing power to the stacking system, a drive pulley for driving the belt, and an idler pulley disposed generally below the hopper, the improvement comprising:a counterweight disposed generally above the conveyor belt, immediately to the rear of the hopper.

US Pat. No. 10,138,070

FRICTION CONVEYING SYSTEM

Guangzhou MINO Automotive...

1. A friction conveying system, comprising:a friction driving unit, comprising:
a rotation driving component;
a first connecting rod;
a second connecting rod;
at least one first roller arranged on the first connecting rod; and
at least one second roller arranged on the second connecting rod;
a clamping unit, comprising a clamping driving component; and
a friction driving component;
wherein:
by the clamping driving component, the first connecting rod and the second connecting rod are moved towards each other, to cause the at least one first roller and the at least one second roller by circumferential surfaces thereof to clamp the friction driving component;
by the rotation driving component, the at least one first roller and/or the at least one second roller are rotated, to cause the friction driving component clamped therebetween to move, by means of frictional force;
the at least one first roller comprises a main driving roller and an auxiliary driving roller arranged on the first connecting rod in a conveying direction and driven by the rotation driving component to rotate synchronously; and
the at least one second roller comprises two driven rollers arranged on the second connecting rod in the conveying direction and corresponding to the main driving roller and the auxiliary driving roller respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,138,069

TAKE-UP MECHANISM FOR CONVEYOR SYSTEM

Joy Global Underground Mi...

1. A device for a tensioning mechanism of a conveyor system, the conveyor system including a continuous belt and a first carriage coupled to a drive unit and supported for movement, the device comprising:an anchor structure; and
a second carriage including at least one second roll for supporting a portion of the belt, the second carriage being securable to the anchor structure, a distance between the first carriage and the second carriage defining a take-up length,
when the second carriage is unsecured with respect to the anchor structure, a tension in the belt causes the second carriage to move relative to the anchor structure between a first position and at least one second position, movement of the second carriage modifying the take-up length.

US Pat. No. 10,138,068

POWERED ROLLER SYSTEMS AND METHODS

TECH-ROLL INC., Blaine, ...

1. A powered roller system comprising:a roller drum assembly comprising a drum member, a drum shaft, and a drum bearing assembly;
a motor comprising a support shaft and a drive shaft, where the drum bearing assembly is arranged to support the drum member on the support shaft;
a proximal support assembly for supporting the drum shaft, the proximal support assembly comprising
a support block defining center bore, first and second fluid bores, and first and second O-ring grooves;
first and second O-rings arranged within the first and second O-ring grooves, respectively, wherein
the first and second fluid bores extend between first and second fluid ports and first and second locations of the center bore;
the center bore is sized and dimensioned such that, with the support shaft is arranged within the center bore, the O-rings engage the support shaft to define a sealed area and the first and second locations are within the sealed area; and
a distal support assembly for supporting the drum shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,138,067

JACKLADDER FLIGHT MEMBER WITH REPLACEABLE OR ROTATABLE WEAR COMPONENT

CRUCIBLE, LLC, Birmingha...

1. A jackladder flight member assembly comprising:a) a base plate having a front surface, a rear surface, a top surface and a bottom surface;
b) at least one chain link connector coupled to the base plate;
c) at least one wear plate component wherein the wear plate component comprises a horizontal symmetric transverse cross section and is further configured to be coupled to the base plate at a zero degree rotation position and a one hundred eighty degree rotation position relative to a coupling means axis and wherein the transverse cross section of the wear plate component is generally C-shaped having a front surface plate, a top flange plate, and a bottom flange plate; and
d) the at least one wear plate component removably coupled to the base plate covering at least a portion of the front surface, top surface, and bottom surface of the base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,066

SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND RELATED PROCESSING SYSTEM

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A substrate transporting device, comprising:a drive shaft;
a drive motor, configured to drive the drive shaft;
a plurality of transporting belts, driven by the drive shaft and configured to transport glass substrates at an operating speed when the drive shaft is driven by the drive motor;
a rail, arranged between the plurality of transporting belts;
a pushing block, arranged on the rail and moving along a transporting direction of the glass substrates at a moving speed in accordance with the operating speed of the transporting belts, for pushing the glass substrate to shift horizontally along the transporting direction of the glass substrate to prevent the glass substrate from being crooked; and
wherein the pushing block comprises a cylinder, a first bump, and a second bump; the first bump is connected to a piston rod of the cylinder; the piston rod drives the first bump to move along a direction perpendicular to a plane of the glass substrate; the second bump is arranged on the first bump; the first bump extends along a direction parallel to the plane of the glass substrate; the second bump extends along the direction perpendicular to the plane of the glass substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,065

MAGNETIC CONVEYOR BELT MODULE

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

1. A conveyor belt, comprising:a magnetic conveyor belt module comprising
a module body extending in thickness from a first upper surface to a bottom surface, laterally from a first edge to a second edge, and longitudinally from a first end to a second end;
a magnetic insert coupled to the module body, the magnetic insert having a second upper surface that is above the first upper surface of the module body; and
a non-magnetic conveyor belt module connected to the magnetic conveyor belt module, the non-magnetic conveyor belt module having a third upper surface that is non-magnetic and higher than the first upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,064

MODULAR LINK CONVEYOR WITH FEATURES FOR ENHANCING EFFICIENT ARTICLE CONVEYANCE

SPAN TECH LLC, Glasgow, ...

1. An apparatus for conveying an article in a conveying direction, comprising:a conveyor including a plurality of modular links and one or more removable connectors for interconnecting adjacent links of the plurality of modular links to form an endless chain for conveying the article in the conveying direction, at least one of the links comprising an upper link surface sloping in both the conveying direction and a transverse direction, thereby forming an apical region for contacting and supporting the article for conveyance along at least a forward run in the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,063

TAPERED ROLL FEED

1. A feed roll assembly, comprising:a support having a guide surface that extends longitudinally along a first side of the support;
a first feed roll extending outwardly from the first side of the support and spaced apart from a second feed roll by a gap, the first and second feed rolls positioned to engage generally opposite first and second longitudinal sides, respectively, of the workpieces, the first feed roll having a proximal end, a distal end, and a first axis of rotation, the diameter of the proximal end being greater than the diameter of the distal end, and the first axis of rotation being laterally skewed relative to the guide surface;
wherein the first feed roll and the second feed roll are collectively operable to drive successive ones of the workpieces through said gap in substantially an initial workpiece orientation in a direction of travel that is transverse to the guide surface, and
wherein the guide surface is positioned to engage a third longitudinal side of successive ones of the workpieces entering or exiting the gap between the proximal end of the first feed roll and the second feed roll.

US Pat. No. 10,138,061

AUTO-SORTING STORAGE/RETRIEVAL SYSTEM

TCTM (HONG KONG) LIMITED,...

1. An auto-sorting storage/retrieval system, comprising:a housing;
identification mechanism mounted on a surface of said housing for recognizing and sorting drill bits;
a first pick and place device mounted in said housing and disposed at one side relative to said identification mechanism;
a second pick and place device mounted in said housing and disposed at an opposite side relative to said identification mechanism; and
a feed and storage equipment mounted in said housing, said feed and storage equipment comprising a feed unit disposed near one side of said first pick and place device and a storage unit disposed near one side of said second pick and place device opposite to said feed unit, said feed unit comprising a feed three-dimensional rack and a feed lifter for moving said feed three-dimensional rack vertically up and down, said feed three-dimensional rack having mounted therein a plurality of feed trays that are arranged in Z-axis direction for carrying drill bits for identification by said identification mechanism, said storage unit comprising a storage three-dimensional rack and a storage lifter for moving said storage three-dimensional rack vertically up and down, said storage three-dimensional rack having mounted therein a plurality of storage trays that are arranged in Z-axis direction for holding drill bits that are size-identified by said identification mechanism; said feed unit further comprising a feed shell body and two feed sliding rails bilaterally mounted in said feed shell body in Z-axis direction, said feed three-dimensional rack being coupled between said two feed sliding rails, said feed lifter comprising a feed actuator, a feed transmission device and a feed guide rod, said feed transmission device having one end thereof connected to said feed actuator and an opposite end thereof connected to one end of said feed guide rod, said feed guide rod having an opposite end thereof disposed remote from said feed transmission device and connected to said feed three-dimensional rack so that when said feed actuator is activated, said feed transmission device drives said feed guide rod to rotate, causing movement of said feed three-dimensional rack in said feed shell body along said feed sliding rails, said storage unit further comprising a storage shell body and two storage sliding rails bilaterally mounted in said storage shell body in Z-axis direction, said storage three-dimensional rack being coupled between said two storage sliding rails, said storage lifter comprising a storage actuator, a storage transmission device and a storage guide rod, said storage transmission device having one end thereof connected to said storage actuator and an opposite end thereof connected to one end of said storage guide rod, said storage guide rod having an opposite end thereof disposed remote from said storage transmission device and connected to said storage three-dimensional rack so that when said storage actuator is activated, said storage transmission device drives said storage guide rod to rotate, causing movement of said storage three-dimensional rack in said storage shell body along said storage sliding rails;
wherein said feed three-dimensional rack is vertically movable up and down for allowing said first pick and place device to pick up and place said feed trays for storing drill bits for identification by said identification mechanism; said storage three-dimensional rack is vertically movable up and down for allowing said second pick and place device to pick up size-identified drill bits for sorting and place sorted drill bits in said storage trays.

US Pat. No. 10,138,060

MODULAR, MULTI-FUNCTION ROBOTIC POSITIONING SYSTEM

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

21. A method comprising:receiving, at a robotic positioning system (RPS), location information from a management module of an inventory control system, the location information related to an inventory item;
activating a horizontal actuator to cause the RPS to traverse along a horizontal direction to a first location proximate to a shelving unit;
activating a vertical actuator of a control head of the RPS to cause the control head of the RPS to traverse along a vertical track in a vertical direction to a second location proximate to the shelving unit, wherein the second location coincides with the location information;
activating an extender coupled to the control head of the RPS to move the inventory item from a third location to a fourth location, wherein the third location is closer to a back of the shelving unit than the fourth location; and
determining an approximate weight of the inventory item based at least in part on a current draw of an actuator associated with the extender when moving the inventory item from the third location to the fourth location.

US Pat. No. 10,138,059

INTEGRATED SUPPLY CHAIN BUILDING

1. A multi-storey warehouse comprising:a warehouse building,
a plurality of floor levels within the warehouse building,
an inclined ramp arrangement connecting the floor levels with a ground level, the ramp arrangement being adapted to be used by a ramp vehicle,
at least one automated storage and retrieval system within the warehouse building, the automated storage and retrieval system comprising two adjacent rows of multi-storey pallet racks which are separated by an aisle, the pallet racks and the aisle essentially being arranged along a straight line, wherein a first end of the automated storage and retrieval system is provided adjacent to a side of the floor levels, and
at least one handling device, the handling device being located in the area of the aisle; the handling device comprising a floor rail supporting a lower cart, a top rail above the multi-storey pallet racks supporting an upper cart, and an aisle vehicle;
the aisle vehicle comprising:
the lower cart,
the upper cart,
an upper platform rotatably connected to the upper cart, the upper platform configured to rotate about a vertical axis,
a lower platform rotatably connected to the lower cart, the lower platform configured to rotate about the vertical axis,
at least one vertical beam extending between the upper cart and the lower cart, and
a pallet load pick/place unit;
wherein the handling device serves the multi-storey pallet racks.

US Pat. No. 10,138,058

WASTE CONTAINER TRANSPORT DEVICE

GREAT DAY, INC., Tallula...

1. An apparatus for transporting a waste container, the apparatus comprising:a base member;
a latch housing connected to the base member;
a cantilever arm hingedly connected to the base member and adapted to be coupled to the waste container, wherein, when the cantilever arm is coupled to the waste container, the cantilever arm is adapted to pivot about the base member between a loading configuration and a transporting configuration; and
a latch hingedly connected to the cantilever arm and adapted to slidingly engage the latch housing and pivot about the cantilever arm when the cantilever arm is pivoted about the base member, the latch being actuatable between a latched configuration and an unlatched configuration;
wherein, when the cantilever arm is in the loading configuration, the waste container is adapted to be coupled to the cantilever arm while the waste container is situated on a surface location;
wherein, when the cantilever arm is in the transporting configuration, the waste container is elevated above the surface location by the cantilever arm; and
wherein the latch housing comprises:
a guide plate connected to the base member;
a slot formed through the guide plate and defining first and second end portions; and
a notch formed through the guide plate at the first end portion of the slot, the notch extending downwardly from the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,138,057

GARBAGE CAN LID HAVING GARBAGE COMPRESSING MECHANISM AND GARBAGE CAN INCLUDING THE SAME

Michael Shek, San Mateo,...

1. A garbage can lid having garbage compressing mechanism, including:a main body, adapted for being disposed on a can above a can opening of the can, the main body being formed with an opening;
a pivoting lid, pivotally disposed on the main body to selectively close the opening, the pivoting lid being formed with a through hole;
a pressing pad, arranged below the pivoting lid, a face of the pressing pad facing the pivoting lid having a connecting portion which positionally corresponds to the through hole;
a restoring element, associating the pivoting lid and the pressing pad so that the
pressing pad tends to move toward the pivoting lid;
a pressing rod, the pressing rod having a pressing element and an engaging portion at two opposite ends thereof, the engaging portion being able to be inserted through the through hole of the pivoting lid to be detachably engaged with the connecting portion of the pressing pad so as to push the pressing pad downward;
wherein a top of the pivoting lid is recessedly formed with a receiving room, the through hole is formed on a bottom of the receiving room, a top lid is disposed on the pivoting lid to selectively cover the receiving room, the pressing rod includes four rod segments which are pivotally linked one by one so that the pressing rod is foldable to be received in the receiving room, a restriction structure is arranged between any two adjacent rod segments, the restriction structure includes a restriction notch and a restriction protrusion which has an inclined top face, the restriction notch is formed on one of the two adjacent rod segments, the restriction protrusion is formed on an outer surface of the other one of the two adjacent rod segments, the restriction protrusion is covered by its adjacent rod segment and the restriction notch and the restriction protrusion are staggered from each other when the two adjacent rod segments are aligned, the restriction protrusion is received in the restriction notch to prohibit the two adjacent rod segments from pivoting with respect to each other when the two adjacent rod segments are substantially perpendicular to each other, the pressing element is pivotally disposed on a free end of the most distal rod segment, the restriction structures allow the four rod segments to pivot to form a rectangular frame, the rectangular fame is able to be received in the receiving room.

US Pat. No. 10,138,056

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SECURING BAGS WITHIN A CONTAINER

1. A securing device for securing trash bags entirely within a trash receptacle comprising:a belt member for securing a trash bag within the trash receptacle and configured to conform to an inner wall of the trash receptacle at a top of the trash receptacle and to clamp a top portion of the trash bag between the belt member and the inner wall of the trash receptacle without the top portion of the trash bag extending over the top of the trash receptacle;
at least one resilient member coupled to the belt member at a first end of the at least one resilient member and operably configured to couple to the inner wall of the trash receptacle, below the belt member, at a second end of the at least one resilient member, the at least one resilient member biasing the belt member against the inner wall of the trash receptacle to clamp the trash bag, without any other external forces, against the inner wall between the belt member and the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,055

CHUTE SYSTEM FOR WASTE AND OTHER MATERIALS

1. A chute system for a building, the chute system including:an inlet, through which an item is received;
a chute, coupled to the inlet;
a door located between the inlet and the chute to seal the inlet;
a venturi vent in the chute on an outer side of the door; and
an outlet hood, coupled to the chute, configured to fit over an opening of a receptacle into which the item is to be received, the outlet hood provided with an outlet opening in communication with the chute and a multi-fit bristle sealing surface on an underside of the hood configured to form a bristle seal with an opening of a receptacle into which the item is to be received, the multi-fit sealing surface configured to enable a seal to be formed with different receptacles having different sized or shaped openings, the bristle seal spacing an underside of the outlet hood from the opening of the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,054

POLYMERIC BAGS

Poly-America, L.P., Gran...

1. A bag formed from a collapsed tube of polymeric film, the bag comprising:a first panel and a second panel, the first panel and the second panel joined along a first side edge, a second side edge, and a bottom seal proximate to a bottom edge,
the first side edge defined by a first edge of the collapsed tube and the second side edge defined by a second edge of the collapsed tube,
the bottom seal extending from the first side edge to the second side edge,
a machine direction of the collapsed tube extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the bottom seal,
the first panel having a first top edge opposite the bottom edge and the second panel having a second top edge opposite the bottom edge, the first top edge and second top edge defining an opening of the bag,
a distal end of both the first top edge and second top edge having a wave-shaped profile, the wave-shaped profile defining a plurality of lobes,
a plurality of ribs defined in a first stretched region below the plurality of lobes, the plurality of ribs generally parallel to each other, each one of the plurality of ribs extending from the first side edge towards the second side edge, the plurality of ribs comprising a plurality of thick and thin ribs,
a first un-stretched region above the first stretched region devoid of ribs and a second un-stretched region below the first stretched region devoid of ribs, and
a first transition zone between the first un-stretched region and the first stretched region, the first transition zone comprising a plurality of thick and thin ribs, the thin ribs having varying heights with at least one thin rib of intermediate height.

US Pat. No. 10,138,053

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR LINING PROCESS TANKS

21. A method of providing a tank liner that includes a shell and a plurality of sheets defining an internal volume usable for storage of materials, the method comprising infusing extrusion weld material within a first gap defined by and/or adjacent at least one wall of the shell and within a second gap along an interface between a pair of adjacent sheets of the plurality of sheets, whereby the pair of adjacent sheets are joined by the extrusion weld material infused within the second gap.

US Pat. No. 10,138,052

FLOATING ROOF TANK HAVING SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR PROTECTING THE PERIPHERAL SEAL

Vertical Tank, Inc., Bak...

1. A floating roof tank comprising:a tank having a tank interior surface and a tank interior space, said tank interior space capable of storing a fluid;
a floating roof disposed within said tank interior space wherein said floating roof floats on said fluid and wherein said floating roof has a first guide collar and a second guide collar;
at least one seal extending between said floating roof and said interior surface of said tank wall, establishing a seal therebetween;
a first guide post disposed within said tank interior space and passed through said first guide collar and a second guide post disposed within said tank interior space and passed through said second guide collar wherein said floating roof can move with respect to said first guide post and said second guide post along said first guide collar and said second guide collar; and
at least one locking mechanism configured to lock the floating roof to said locking mechanism such that the floating roof is supported by said first and second guide posts and said first and second guide collars when said tank is in a position other than vertical.

US Pat. No. 10,138,051

GLOVE AND HAND PRODUCT CADDY ASSEMBLY

1. A glove and product holding assembly comprising:a housing having a bottom wall and a perimeter wall being attached to and extending upwardly therefrom;
a pair of posts, each of said posts being attached to and extending upwardly from said housing, each of said posts having a bottom end and a top end; and
a pair of glove engagement members, each of said top ends having one of said glove engagement members attached thereto, each of said glove engagement members including five protruding members, each of said protruding members being configured to be extended into one of a plurality of finger sleeves; and
a pair of receivers being attached to said housing, each of said receivers extending outwardly from an exterior side of said perimeter wall wherein said pair of receivers is positioned outside of said housing, each of said bottom ends being threadably coupled to one of said receivers wherein said pair of posts are positioned to extend upwardly outside of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,050

DISPENSING VALVE INCORPORATING A METERING VALVE

Summit Packaging Systems,...

1. A dispensing valve comprising a metering valve for use in a pressurized aerosol application, the dispensing valve comprising:a mounting cup supporting a gasket, and an opening extending through both the mounting cup and the gasket to facilitate receiving a valve stem;
a valve housing defining a cavity, the valve housing being captively retained by the mounting cup, with the gasket sandwiched between the valve housing and the mounting cup, a valve body being accommodated within the valve cavity, and a spring being accommodated within the cavity and biasing the valve body against the gasket into a closed position for preventing flow through the dispensing valve;
a lower portion of the valve housing comprising a passage which facilitates communication between the product to be dispensed and the cavity of the valve housing;
the valve stem being coupled to the valve body, and the valve stem extending out through the opening formed in the gasket and the opening formed in the mounting cup;
an actuator being supported adjacent a free end of the valve stem to facilitate dispensing product to be dispensed through the dispensing valve; and
the metering valve comprising:
a metering chamber delimited by a metering valve seat and a stop, and a metering member being movable, within the metering chamber, between the stop and the valve seat to facilitate dispensing a predetermined quantity of the product to be dispensed, and, following priming of the metering valve, a predetermined quantity of the product being dispensed from the metering chamber each time that the metering valve is actuated; and
the metering valve seat comprising at least one micro vent formed therein to facilitate supplying unpressurized external air to the metering valve seat and breaking a seal formed by surface tension of the product to be dispensed and thereby releasing the metering member from its sealing engagement with the metering valve seat so that the metering member can move from the metering valve seat back into engagement with the stop for another dispensing cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,049

FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS HAVING FLEXIBLE VALVES

7. A non-durable flexible stand-up container comprising:at least one product volume made from one or more layers of a flexible material and containing a fluent product;
a nonstructural panel, made from one or more layers of a flexible material, defined by a plurality of expanded structural support volumes, and overlaying the product volume;
at least one flexible valve having a flow path for dispensing the fluent product from the product volume, wherein:
the flow path is formed between a first, relatively flat flexible material overlapping a second, relatively flat flexible material;
the flexible valve is closed when a pressure inside of the product volume is below a critical pressure;
the flexible valve automatically opens when a squeeze force applied to the nonstructural panel causes the pressure inside of the product volume to exceed the critical pressure;
wherein the flexible valve further comprises tension-inducing elements;
wherein at least one of the tension-inducing elements is an expandable volume;
wherein the tension-inducing elements comprise a first expandable volume and a second expandable volume opposed from one another and defining the flow path therebetween;
wherein at least one of the expandable volumes is located adjacent to at least one of the expanded structural support volumes; and
wherein at least one of the tension-inducing elements is in fluid communication with one or more of the expanded structural support volumes.

US Pat. No. 10,138,048

SOFT-SIDED INSULATED CONTAINER WITH LID FITTING

CALIFORNIA INNOVATIONS IN...

1. A soft-sided insulated container having:a soft-sided insulated body and a top;
said body defining an insulated chamber therewithin;
said top defining a first closure member of said container and being hingedly movable relative to said body between an open position and a closed position;
said top including a first rigid member, said first rigid member defining a first work surface upon which to rest objects;
said container having a second rigid member, said second rigid member being mounted to said body adjacent to said top;
said second rigid member being movable between a deployed position and a retracted position; and
in said deployed position, said second rigid member defining a second work surface upon which to rest objects.

US Pat. No. 10,138,047

SPIGOT AND SPIGOT GUARD FOR AN INSULATING CONTAINER

YETI Coolers, LLC, Austi...

1. An insulating container, comprising:a base including:
a sidewall structure having a plurality of sides;
a bottom portion connected to a first end of each side of the plurality of sides of the sidewall structure; and
an opening formed at a second end of each side of the plurality of sides of the sidewall structure, opposite the first end of each side of the plurality of sides of the sidewall structure, the opening being configured to allow access to an interior void of the insulating container formed by the sidewall structure and the bottom portion;
a spigot extending through a first side of the sidewall structure, the spigot configured to dispense fluid stored in the interior void, the spigot further including:
a spigot body including a spout for dispensing the fluid; and
an insulating container mount configured to secure the insulating container, wherein the mount is secured to a platform, and wherein the insulating container mount is configured to allow access to the interior void when the insulating container is secured to the mount, the container mount further including:
a plurality of anchor points and a mount plate, wherein the anchor points and the mount plate are configured to receive the insulating container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,046

NEGATIVE PRESSURE STORAGE CONTAINER

Shin Hung Yih Technology ...

1. A negative pressure storage container, comprising:a container body comprising a storage chamber with an open side and an anti-slip pad mounted on a bottom surface thereof;
a container cover covering said container body, said container cover comprising an outer cover member, an inner cover member and an inner plastic cushion member, said outer cover member and said inner cover member being fastened together, said inner cover member being made of a plastic material and having a top side thereof fastened to said outer cover member and an opposing bottom side thereof fastened to said inner plastic cushion member, said inner cover member comprising a suction hole located on a bottom wall thereof, said inner plastic cushion member comprising a suction through hole, which is disposed in communication with the inside space of said container body after said container cover is covered on said container body;
a rotary device rotatably connected to said outer cover member of said container cover, said rotary device comprising an inner shaft fixedly fastened to a bottom end thereof and a gear portion located at a distal end of said inner shaft and suspending inside said outer cover member and adapted for driving a gear transmission mechanism;
a gear transmission mechanism mounted at said bottom wall of said inner cover member of said container cover, said gear transmission mechanism comprising a transmission gear set, an eccentric wheel and a link, said transmission gear set comprises a driving gear meshed with said gear portion of said inner shaft of said rotary device and drivable by said rotary device to rotate said eccentric wheel, said eccentric wheel being eccentrically and pivotally connected to one end of said link, said link having an opposite end thereof pivotally connected to a reciprocating piston of a vacuum pump;
a vacuum pump mounted at said bottom wall of said inner cover member of said container cover and disposed in communication with said suction hole of said inner cover member, said vacuum pump comprising a reciprocating piston drivable by said gear transmission mechanism to reciprocate and to further draw air out of said container body; and
a balance spring mounted between said reciprocating piston and said vacuum pump;
wherein when said rotary device is rotated by an external force, said gear portion of said inner shaft is forced to rotate said driving gear and then said transmission gear set of said gear transmission mechanism, causing said eccentric wheel to move said link and to further reciprocate said reciprocating piston in drawing air out of said container body, and thus, a negative pressure is created in said container body; when the negative pressure in said container body reaches a predetermined level, said bottom wall of said plastic inner cover member of said container cover is forced to curve in direction toward the inside of said container body, and thus, said transmission gear set of said gear transmission mechanism is moved with the deformed said bottom wall of said inner cover member toward the inside of said container body to disengage said driving gear from said gear portion of said inner shaft of said rotary device, enabling said rotary device to run idle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,045

ENCASEMENT PROTECTIVE APPARATUS

1. An encasement protective apparatus for an article, said apparatus comprising:(a) a flexible surrounding sidewall that is substantially fluid tight about a longitudinal axis, wherein said surrounding sidewall has a substantially fluid tight first end portion and an opposing substantially fluid tight second end portion wherein said longitudinal axis spanning therebetween, said surrounding sidewall also having a substantially fluid tight first margin portion and an opposing substantially fluid tight second margin portion, wherein said first and second margin portions are substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis, said surrounding sidewall also having an outer surface portion that is adjacent to an external environment and an inner surface portion that defines a primary interior formed by said surrounding sidewall, said first and second end portions, and said first and second margins, said primary interior forms a rectangular prism being omnidirectionally equally symmetric in dimension parallel to said longitudinal axis, wherein said outer surface portion is attached at said first and second end portions forming a pocket that the article is disposed within, wherein said first and second margin portions at said outer surface portion are removably engagable to one another and define a first aperture opening, thereby said pocket defining a secondary interior, further a second aperture is disposed therethrough said surrounding sidewall allowing fluid communication from said primary interior into the external environment, wherein said primary interior can have a portion of a fluid evacuated therethrough said second aperture into the external environment; and
(b) a plurality of compressible particulate items loosely disposed within said primary interior, wherein operationally when said primary interior has a portion of the fluid evacuated therethrough said second aperture, said apparatus is in an evacuated state being defined as when said compressible particulate items are substantially in contact with one another and also substantially immovable relative to one another, this results in said surrounding sidewall becoming rigidified to provide a rigid shell that partially encompasses the article to protect the article, further said compressible particulate items are relatively movable and loose to one another being defined as an un-evacuated state when said primary interior is un-evacuated therethrough said second aperture thereby placing said apparatus into said un-evacuated state allowing said surrounding sidewall to be pliable, facilitating the article to be taken from the pocket or disposed within the pocket therethrough said first aperture, further operationally said primary interior that forms said rectangular prism being omnidirectionally equally symmetric in dimension parallel to said longitudinal axis results in a symmetrical shrinkage of said flexible surrounding sidewall in going from said un-evacuated state to said evacuated state due to said compressible particulate items being dispersed symmetrically within said primary interior.

US Pat. No. 10,138,044

AIRTIGHT SHEATH FOR PACKING A BOTTLE

10. An airtight sheath for packing a bottle, the airtight sheath made of at least two outer films heat-sealed together and comprising:a first buffering unit comprising a plurality of first air columns, and two distal heat-sealing sides being heat-sealed to terminate two opposite sides of the first buffering unit;
a second buffering unit comprising a plurality of second air columns, two opposite sides of the second buffering unit being heat-sealed with the two distal heat-sealing sides of the first buffering unit;
a bottom unit comprising a plurality of bottom air columns connected with ends of the plurality of first air columns and second air columns, the bottom unit and the first and second buffering units cooperatively forming a packing space for packing the bottle therein, each of the bottom air columns having at least a sealing node being heat-sealed, the sealing nodes being arranged in alignment with each other, two recessed sealing lines respectively formed at and bending inwardly from opposite end portions of the bottom unit and connecting the distal heat-sealing sides, the sealing nodes and the recessed sealing lines cooperatively enabling the bottom air columns to bend toward the packing space when being inflated; and
a cover extending from one end of the first buffering unit opposite to the bottom unit and disposed within the packing space, the cover and the first buffering unit cooperatively forming an insertion slot communicating with the packing space for buckling and enveloping a neck portion of the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,043

FITMENT FOR A FLEXIBLE CONTAINER

AptarGroup, Inc., Crysta...

1. A fitment for use with a flexible, collapsible container having an opening to the container interior, said fitment comprising:a, an elongate body for being sealed at the opening of a flexible, collapsible container, said body having
i. an inner end,
ii. an outer end,
iii. a height defined between said inner end and said outer end,
iv. an access passage extending between said inner end and said outer end for communicating with the container interior, and
v. a sealing portion for being attached to the container interior, said sealing portion having a major dimension generally oriented transversely of said height; and
b. a pour lip that
i. extends from said outer end of said body,
ii. projects laterally relative to said access passage, and
iii. defines a pour path;
wherein said body includes a base that defines said sealing portion having said major dimension and a neck that
i. projects from said base to define a portion of said access passage, and
ii. defines said outer end, and said pour lip extends from said neck and projects laterally from said neck relative to said access passage, a portion of said outer end defined by said neck has a peripheral surface oriented laterally of said access passage, said peripheral surface sloping in the general direction of said major dimension of said body sealing portion, said peripheral surface having a maximum height relative to said base at a location distal to said pour lip, and said peripheral surface having a minimum height relative to said base at a location proximal and adjacent to said pour lip.

US Pat. No. 10,138,042

CONTACT LENS DISPENSING CONTAINER

Optic 18 Limited, Loughb...

1. A contact lens dispensing container comprising:an upwardly opening receptacle configured to receive a single contact lens and storage solution;
a peripheral flange providing a planar engagement surface surrounding the receptacle;
a peelable cover sheet securable to the engagement surface to seal the receptacle, the peelable cover peelable from the engagement surface to allow removal of the contact lens from the receptacle;
an applicator comprising a handle, the handle having a first end and a second end, the handle being pivotably mounted on the flange and having a carrier located at the first end of the handle and a hand grip located at the second end of the handle, the handle and the hand grip forming a continuous member pivotable at the second end of the handle relative to the flange; and
the applicator being moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position, wherein in the stowed position the carrier is received in the receptacle with the handle not extending above the engagement surface, and in the deployed position the hand grip is rotated in relation to the flange causing the handle to be raised so that the carrier is located above the engagement surface to facilitate direct application of the contact lens from the carrier onto a wearer's eye without need for manual contact.

US Pat. No. 10,138,041

PACKAGE FOR LAUNDRY SCENT ADDITIVE

1. A package comprising;a container, said container having an open end and containing a particulate laundry scent additive, said particulate laundry scent additive comprising perfume;
a dosing cup comprising a closed end, a peripheral rim, and a wall extending from said closed end to said peripheral rim to define a dosing volume, wherein said dosing cup comprises a vent opening in said closed end or in said wall, wherein said vent opening is sized and dimensioned to retain said particulate laundry scent additive; and
a shrink sleeve wrapping around said container and at least a portion of said wall of said dosing cup thereby providing a mechanism of engagement between said dosing cup and said container;
wherein said package further comprises a closure engaged with said open end of said container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,040

TOOL HOLDER PREVENTING BEING DISMANTLED FROM A TOOL

Hong Ann Tool Industries ...

1. A tool holder comprising:a first holding member having first and second ends and first and second sides extending between the first and second ends thereof, with the first holding member including at least one restraining protrusion adjacent to the first side of the first holding member and having a fixed end fixed to the first holding member and a free end opposite the fixed end, with the at least one restraining protrusion including a first edge thereof defining a first restraining side with a first hooking structure having a first height and a second edge thereof opposite the first edge defining a second restraining side, with the first hooking structure including at least one first tooth; and
a second holding member incorporable with the first holding member to form a holding space, with the second holding member having first and second ends and first and second sides extending between the first and second ends of the second holding member, with the second holding member including at least one catching slot adapted to engage with the at least one restraining protrusion, with the at least one catching slot including a first edge thereof including a first limiting structure having a second height and a second edge thereof opposite the first edge of the at least one catching slot and including a second limiting structure, with the second limiting structure extending from the second edge of the at least one catching slot having a free end spaced from the second edge of the at least one catching slot, with the second limiting structure being cuttable from the second edge of the at least one catching slot, with the first limiting structure including a ridge; wherein the first and second holding members in a first arrangement include:
the holding space formed therebetween with the first and second holding members prevented from being separated from one another,
the first sides of the first and second holding members connected together and the second sides of the first and second holding members connected together,
the first and second holding members include the ridge engaging with the at least one first tooth,
the at least one restraining protrusion engaging in the at least one catching slot,
the first hooking structure engaging with the first limiting structure,
the second restraining side and the second limiting structure having a gap tolerance therebetween not greater than the first and second heights,
the free end spaced from the second edge of the at least one catching slot with the gap tolerance, and
the first hooking structure of the at least one restraining protrusion disengaging from the first limiting structure when the second limiting structure is cut from the at least one catching slot.

US Pat. No. 10,138,039

TWIST-TIE DISPENSER REFILL

Twist-Ease, Inc., Crysta...

1. A base for a twist-tie dispenser refill, the base comprising:a base portion and a rear portion, the base portion being generally U-shaped and forming an opening configured to receive a twist-tie cluster and the rear portion extending from the generally U-shaped base portion;
at least one mounting member protruding from the rear portion, the at least one mounting member configured for mounting the base to a fixture, wherein the at least one mounting member defines a hook configuration with a stop portion and a vertical retention portion, the at least one mounting member configured to receive a mounting structure of the fixture in the form of a rod.

US Pat. No. 10,138,037

CLOSURE FOR A PACKAGE

Closure Systems Internati...

1. A closure comprising:a polymeric top wall portion;
a polymeric liner;
a polymeric disc, the polymeric disc being located between the polymeric top wall portion and the polymeric liner; and
a polymeric annular skirt portion depending from the polymeric top wall portion, the annular skirt portion including: (1) an internal thread formation for mating engagement with an external thread formation of a container, (2) an internal bead to assist in positioning the polymeric liner and the polymeric disc, and (3) an internal prying projection to assist in removing the closure from the container, the internal prying projection being located adjacent to or contacting the internal bead, the internal prying projection extending farther inwardly toward a center of the closure than the internal bead,
wherein at least a portion of each of the internal bead and internal prying projection is located between the polymeric liner and the internal thread formation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,036

BEVERAGE CONTAINER SOUND DEVICE

1. A noise producing beverage container comprising:a container having a surface which includes an opening initially sealed with a tongue in the surface opening;
a pull tab disposed on the surface adjacent the tongue; and
a sound making device having a reed, the sound making device attached to the interior of the container adjacent the sealed opening, the tongue movable upon rotating the pull tab to contact the sound making device;
wherein the sealed opening is initially in a closed position and upon opening the sealed opening the tongue contacts a free end of the reed, bends the reed and releases the reed, the reed producing a percussion sound upon release.

US Pat. No. 10,138,035

TAMPER EVIDENT FLIP-TOP CLOSURE, METHOD AND TOOL FOR MAKING THE SAME

1. A closure for a container comprising:a base having a cylindrical shape with at least one recessed area along a top perimeter of the base and a retaining ring near a bottom of the base;
a lid having an upper surface and a lower surface, and configured to close over and open off of the base; and
at least one tab having an inner surface and an outer surface, the at least one tab extending from the lower surface of the lid and comprising a lip portion configured to fold back onto the at least one tab through contact with the base and lock with the base, when the lid is closed over the base, the at least one tab configured to detach from the lid when upward movement of the at least one tab is prevented by the base as the lid is opened from the base after the lid is closed over the base, and a portion of the outer surface of the at least one tab being visible through the at least one recessed area after the lid is closed over the base and remaining partially visible through the at least one recessed area after the at least one tab has detached from the lid,
wherein the base further comprises at least one undercut region disposed surrounding the at least one recessed area and in which the at least one tab is disposed when the lid is closed over the base.

US Pat. No. 10,138,034

SINGULAR CAP COMPOUND VENTED NURSING AND RELATED BOTTLE

1. A double vented container for use for holding a liquid, and for dispensing of the same, said container having a body portion, a neck portion, the neck portion having integral threads, a collar provided for the container, and having internal threads capable of engagement with the neck portion of said container, said container having a spout extending upwardly from the collar for use for dispensing of any liquid contained therein, a double vent operatively associated and assembled with the collar, said collar having an upper surface, a vent port provided therethrough, and an integral vent tube extending from the interior of the collar, and into the said container, and communicating with the vent port, said vent tube having a passage therethrough and in communication with the vent port of said collar, a separate reservoir, said reservoir having an integral reservoir tube extending downwardly therefrom, the upper surface of the reservoir is a separable cap, which may be secured onto or removed from the upper edge of the reservoir, during assembly and prepared for sealed reception of the vent tube therethrough, said separable cap having said aperture provided therethrough and provided for pressure fitting and sealing of said vent tube therethrough during assembly for usage, when the reservoir and separable cap are pressure fitted and sealed onto the vent tube, such that when the container holding a liquid is inverted, liquid may be dispensed from its spout, while atmospheric air may be double vented through the vent tube and said reservoir and reservoir tube into the interior of the container to prevent the generation of any vacuum therein during dispensing of its contained liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,138,033

SPOUT ASSEMBLY FOR A FLEXIBLE BAG

Scholle IPN Corporation, ...

1. A spout for a flexible bag comprising:a base flange having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, at least one of the top surface and the bottom surface configured for coupling to a flexible bag;
a cylindrical upstand extending from the base flange away from the top surface of the base flange, the cylindrical upstand including a proximal end corresponding to the base flange, and a distal end spaced apart therefrom, the body including an inner surface and an outer surface, with the inner surface configured for placement in fluid communication with a cavity of the flexible bag;
a lower body flange spaced apart from each of the base flange and the distal end of the cylindrical upstand;
an upper body flange spaced apart from each of the lower body flange and the distal end of the cylindrical upstand; and
a dual lead thread extending along the outer surface of the cylindrical upstand between the proximal end and the distal end, the dual lead thread having a lower portion of a first threadform and a lower portion of a second threadform, each of the lower portions of the first and second threadforms positioned on opposing sides and each forming a partial thread, each of the lower portions of the first threadform and second threadform having a first end that extends outwardly from the cylindrical upstand between the distal end of the cylindrical upstand and the upper body flange, and with a second end that extends into and over the upper body flange.

US Pat. No. 10,138,032

FASTENER ASSEMBLY

1. A fastener assembly being disposed at a lateral edge of a container, comprising:a first fixing member disposed at the lateral edge of the container, and comprising two engaging ends;
two second fixing members disposed at the lateral edge of the container, and each comprising a fixing seat and a pivot ear, each of the fixing seats including a pivot recess and a restricting recess, each of the pivot ears including a pivot end and an engaging recess, the pivot ends of the pivot ears being pivoted in the pivot recesses of the fixing seats, respectively; and
a retaining member disposed at the lateral edge of the container, wherein the retaining member is provided with two restricting ribs on an inner surface thereof, and two push ribs at two ends thereof, the restricting ribs of the retaining member are restricted in the restricting recesses of the fixing seats, respectively, and the push ribs are abutted against the two pivot ears, so as to prevent the pivot ears from pivoting outward;
the container comprises an upper cover and a lower cover which are pivoted to each other by a pivot portion and capable of being closed and opened relative to each other, a receiving recess is formed at the lateral edge of the container, each of the upper and lower covers is provided with a receiving space, and the receiving spaces of the upper and lower covers are combined to form the receiving recess.

US Pat. No. 10,138,031

PIVOTING COVER FOR A CONTAINER

IPL INC., St-Damien (CA)...

1. A cover for a container, the cover comprising:a central web comprising a first web part having a base surface and a second web part having a base surface; and
a hinge pivotally connecting said first and second web parts;
wherein, on a first side of said hinge, a first one of said web parts comprises at least one rib extending along at least a part of a width of said first web part on an edge of said first web part facing the hinge, and, on a second side of said hinge, a second one of said web parts comprises at least one recess extending along at least a part of a width of said second web part on an edge of said second web part facing the hinge, said second web part further comprising a back wall separating said recess from a remaining portion of said second web part; said rib, said back wall and said recess being generally transverse to said base surface of their respective web parts; and
wherein, in a closed position of the cover, the first and second web parts lay on a respective side of the hinge, with the rib and the back wall projecting up from said base surface of their respective web parts;
said first web part being pivotable from the closed position to an open position by lifting up the first web part and tilting the first web part, about said hinge, towards the second web part until a top edge of the rib contacts the back wall and is thus made to slide down the recess by engagement with the back wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,029

CONTAINER LID HAVING MEASURING FUNCTION

7. A container lid having a measuring function, the container lid comprising:a valve body configured to be mounted on an entrance of a container, to have a through hole that communicates with an internal space of the container, and to have a valve that closes or opens the through hole; and
a cap configured to be screwed on the entrance of the container, and to have a connection part that is connected to or separated from a valve stem of the valve;
wherein the cap is placed in any one of: a first position where the valve opens the through hole in a state where the connection part has been connected to the valve stem; a second position where the valve closes the through hole in a state where the connection part has been connected to the valve stem; and a third position where the connection part is removed from the valve stem and also the cap is separated from the container in a state where the valve has closed the through hole, wherein:
the valve body comprises a bottom surface configured to form a valve seat, a valve guide formed to protrude from the bottom surface toward the entrance of the container, the through hole formed to pass through an area around the valve guide, and the valve inserted into the valve guide;
the valve body further comprises a cylindrical outer wall formed to extend from the bottom surface, and a second outer wall configured to form an annular space, open toward the bottom surface, at a lower end of the outer wall; and
an outer circumferential surface of the outer wall is provided with a first screw portion to which the cap is coupled, and an inner circumferential surface of the second outer wall is provided with a second screw portion to be engaged with the screw portion of the entrance of the container or a protrusion to be caught on a projection formed on the entrance of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,028

SELF-PRIMING-PUMP EQUIPPED PACKAGING BOTTLE

ANHUI JND PLASTIC PACKAGI...

1. A self-priming-pump-equipped packaging bottle, comprising: a tubular bottle body, a piston, an upper seal assembly, and a lower seal assembly; the piston being installed in a lower part of the tubular bottle body; the upper seal assembly being fixed in an upper part of the tubular bottle body; the lower seal assembly being fixed in a middle part of the tubular bottle body between the piston and the upper seal assembly; the upper seal assembly, the lower seal assembly and the tubular bottle body jointly forming a closed material-feeding chamber; and the lower seal assembly, the piston, and the tubular bottle body jointly forming a closed material-storing chamber;the lower seal assembly including a seal seat and an elastic sealing gasket, the seal seat having a through hole communicating the material-feeding chamber and the material-storing chamber, the elastic scaling gasket covering the through hole from a side corresponding to the material-feeding chamber; and the seed seat is in connection with the tubular bottle body; and
the upper seal assembly having an umbrella-shaped member, a hollow material-feeding column, a support post, and an end scaling cap; the end sealing cap being fixed inside the umbrella-shaped member through the support post; an outer wall of the hollow material-feeding column closely fitting the support post and extending inward from an opening at an upper end of the umbrella-shaped member; a bottom surface of the hollow material-feeding column, the support post, and the end sealing cap jointly forming a material outlet; and a lower end of the umbrella-shaped member being in interference fit with the seal seat; wherein the elastic sealing gasket includes a circular ring, a seal plate located at a center of the circular ring, and a connecting strip that connects the circular ring and the seal plate, in which the circular ring, the seal plate, and the connecting strip am integrated as a unit, and the seal plate is smaller than the circular ring in terms of thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,138,027

PLUG FOR BEVERAGE CONTAINER LID

StixToGo, Inc., Bothell,...

1. A beverage container packaging system, for temporarily sealing a drinking orifice in a lid of a beverage container, comprising:a beverage container having a rim around the bottom of the container, the rim creating a recessed area outside of the container and on the bottom of the container; and
a plug comprising
a body portion having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a cap portion disposed on the upper surface, the cap portion configured such that the cap portion's cross-sectional dimension exceeds the cross-sectional dimension of the body portion to provide a limit to the insertion of the plug into the orifice;
a first sidewall disposed between the upper surface and the lower surface of the body portion, and a second sidewall disposed between the upper surface and the lower surface of the body portion, the first and second sidewalls disposed on opposite sides of the body portion, the first sidewall having a first circumferential depression located in the sidewall; and
an elongate projection of uniform width extending from the lower surface to a length sized such that the plug fits inside the rim and within the recess of the beverage container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,026

RESEALABLE FLEXIBLE PACKAGE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A flexible package comprising:a first panel and a second panel that are formed by a flexible material, the first panel being attached to the second panel to form an interior cavity, between the first panel and second panel, in which content is stored; and
an activatable adhesive that is located on an exterior surface of the first panel or the second panel, the adhesive having an inactive state and an active state,
wherein the inactive state precludes the adhesive from bonding with a separate portion of the first or second panel,
wherein the active state is achieved by roughening, rubbing, heating, or scraping the adhesive and, when activated, enables the adhesive to bond with a separate portion of the first or second panel; and
a seal between the first panel and the second panel which defines an openable access point for the package,
wherein the activatable adhesive is disposed on an exterior of the first panel in the location of the seal, and
wherein when the package is in a resealed position, the activated adhesive is releasably bonded to an interior surface of the second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,138,025

MEDICAL BAG HANDLING SYSTEM AND MEDICAL BAG HOLDING CASSETTE

Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical bag handling system comprising:a plurality of medical bag holding cassettes at least some of said cassettes having a box shape with a thickness between front and rear sides and having planar areas on said front and rear sides;
a coupling on at least one planar area on at least one cassette wherein the coupling is a hole or recess; and
a mating coupling on at least one planar area of another cassette, said coupling and said mating coupling being adapted to connect with each other, wherein the mating coupling is a cylinder and
wherein the cylinder has a tip cylinder portion having a first diameter and a base cylinder portion having a second diameter said second diameter being larger than said first diameter and
wherein said base cylinder portion has a hole having an internal diameter coinciding with an external diameter of a tip cylinder portion on another cassette.

US Pat. No. 10,138,024

FLEXIBLE LAMINATE STRUCTURE WITH INTEGRATED ONE-WAY VALVE

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A flexible laminate structure for a package including an integrated one-way valve feature, said flexible laminate structure comprising:an outer film layer;
an inner film layer laminated to the outer film layer via a permanent adhesive that is pattern-applied to at least one of the outer or inner film layers, wherein the outer film layer includes a first cut line and the inner film layer includes a second cut line offset from the first cut line; and
a valve area defined in the laminate, the valve area including the first and second cut lines and being devoid of the permanent adhesive, wherein the valve area comprises a viscous medium that is pattern-applied to at least one of the outer or inner film layers and is disposed between the outer and inner film layers so as to occupy at least a portion of the valve area,
wherein a coating is applied to an inner surface of the outer film layer, such that the coating is disposed between the outer and inner film layers and wherein the coating is configured to decrease an amount of surface energy between the outer and inner film layers.

US Pat. No. 10,138,023

WIRELESS ENABLED BAGS AND CONTAINERS

EMD Millipore Corporation...

1. A process for incorporating a wireless device permanently into a disposable plastic container comprising:selecting a read/write wireless device capable of having data written to the read/write wireless device including a memory, an antenna and a communications component;
providing a plastic component to be mated and permanently sealed to said container, the plastic component performing a function for the container, facilitating entry and/or exit of components or providing means for hanging or aligning the container in a desired arrangement;
disposing said wireless device between said plastic component and said container; and
attaching and permanently sealing said plastic component to said container such that said plastic component covers said wireless device, such that said plastic component is permanently sealed to said container, and said wireless device is sealed between said plastic component and said container and is isolated from both interior and exterior environments of said container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,022

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CONSUMING A PLURALITY OF LIQUIDS AND MOLD APPARATUSES FOR FORMING SUCH DEVICES

1. A device for consuming a plurality of liquids, comprising:a first liquid chamber adapted to carry a first liquid, the first liquid chamber comprising an open end adapted for receiving the first liquid in the first liquid chamber and delivering the first liquid from the first liquid chamber;
a brim disposed radially outwardly relative to the first liquid chamber;
a second liquid chamber coupled to the first liquid chamber and the brim, the second liquid chamber comprising:
an inlet adapted for receiving liquids in the second liquid chamber;
an outlet extending through the brim, the outlet adapted for delivering liquids from the second liquid chamber;
a first attachment element coupled to the first and second liquid chambers, the first attachment element adapted to detachably couple the device to a first liquid container and facilitate receiving a second liquid carried by the first liquid container in the second liquid chamber via the inlet; and
a second attachment element coupled to the first and second liquid chambers, the second attachment element adapted to detachably couple the device to a second liquid container and facilitate receiving a third liquid carried by the second liquid container in the second liquid chamber via the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,138,021

DEPLOYABLE CLIP

REPLENISH BOTTLING, LLC, ...

1. A deployable clip assembly for use with a container of liquids having a dispensing nozzle assembly attached thereto comprising:a. a shroud element adapted to mount on a container of liquids, said shroud element having an elongated depression; and
b. a movable clip arm pivotally attached to said shroud element and positioned to fit into said depression in a first orientation and, in a second orientation, rotated away from said depression as a clip for supporting the container of liquids to which the assembly is mounted, wherein said clip arm has an inner surface, said inner surface of said clip arm adjacent said shroud element including a plurality of protuberances for engaging a supporting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,020

STORAGE CONTAINER SYSTEMS

1. A container system comprising:a first container including a bottom wall, at least one sidewall, and an open top, with a plurality of indented recesses being formed in the bottom wall;
a first lid configured to close the open top of the first container;
a second container including a bottom wall, at least one sidewall, and an open top; and
a second lid configured to close the open top of the second container, with a push indicator structure being formed at a center portion of the second lid, and with a plurality of registration bumps being formed about the push indicator structure,
wherein the first container is stackable on the second lid such that (i) each of the registration bumps in the second lid is aligned with an adjacent one of the indented recesses in the bottom wall of the first container and (ii) surfaces of the registration bumps are spaced from surfaces of the adjacent recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,138,019

BAKERY TRAY ASSEMBLY

REHRIG PACIFIC COMPANY, ...

1. A tray comprising:a base having a curved profile;
a first pair of walls extending upward from the base; and
a second pair of walls extending upward from the base, wherein the curved profile of the base extends upward from each of the first pair of walls and peaks along a middle portion of the second pair of walls, the curved profile of the base includes one continuous curve extending from one of the first pair of walls to another one of the first pair of walls, and the second pair of walls each include a curved profile that curves in the same direction as the curved profile of the base and an inner wall portion spaced from an outer wall portion by an upper wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,018

CARGO PALLET HAVING A PALLET EXTENSION

Federal Express Corporati...

1. A cargo pallet, comprising:a pallet base;
a pallet liner, including:
a pallet liner base positioned on the pallet base; and
a pallet extension fixedly attached to and projecting outwardly from the pallet liner base, the pallet extension having a support surface that at least in part extends outwardly beyond a footprint of the pallet base; and
at least one bracket attached to the pallet base and configured to connect the pallet liner base to the pallet base, the pallet liner base being slidably disposed between the bracket and the pallet base.

US Pat. No. 10,138,017

LOADED PALLET CONTAINER

1. A loaded pallet container, comprising:a rectangular container body soleplate;
a front enclosure plate, a rear enclosure plate, a left enclosure plate, and a right enclosure plate, wherein the front enclosure plate, rear enclosure plate, left enclosure plate, and right enclosure plate are vertically disposed on the container body soleplate;
a rectangular accommodating cavity defined by the container body soleplate, the front enclosure plate, the rear enclosure plate, the left enclosure plate, and the right enclosure plate;
a cover being matched with and covering an upper opening of the accommodating cavity; and
a horizontal rotating shaft suspended on an outer wall surface of the rear enclosure plate close to the upper opening of the accommodating cavity,
wherein a horizontal long hole is provided on a left side surface and a right side surface of the cover corresponding to two ends of the horizontal rotating shaft, respectively, and the cover is rotationally connected to the horizontal rotating shaft through the horizontal long holes,
a bottom edge of each of the front enclosure plate and the rear enclosure plate horizontally extends outward to form a lower flange,
a bottom edge and two side edges of each of the left enclosure plate and the right enclosure plate horizontally extend outward to form a side enclosure plate lower flange and side enclosure plate side flanges, and
the lower flange is horizontally resisted against the side enclosure plate lower flange on a corresponding upper surface of the container body soleplate and kept in flexible connection thereto, and the side enclosure plate side flanges are horizontally resisted against corresponding inner side surfaces of the front enclosure plate and the rear enclosure plate and kept in flexible connection thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,138,015

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A LABELING MACHINE, LABELING UNIT AND CONTAINER HANDLING SYSTEM

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus comprising a labeling machine for applying labels onto containers in a container flow, said labeling machine comprising a label-strip feed, a retainer, a labeling unit, an active strip-store, a dancer roller, a first controllable drive, a second controllable drive, and a third controllable drive, wherein said labeling unit transfers a label to a container located at a labeling position of said labeling machine, wherein said active strip-store is disposed between said labeling unit and said label-strip feed, wherein said first, second, and third controllable drives are controllable independently of each other, wherein said retainer retains a label-strip roll, wherein said first drive controls operation of said label-strip feed, wherein said second drive controls operation of said labeling unit, and wherein said third drive controls operation of said dancer roller, wherein said labeling machine is a constituent of a block-form container handling system, wherein said active strip-store is configured to transition between a first operating mode and a second operating mode, wherein, in said block-form container handling system, containers are transported via a transport stretch into an container inlet of said labeling system in a container flow that defines a particular spacing interval between containers in said flow, wherein said first operating mode is a labeling mode during which containers present at said labeling position are labeled, wherein said second operating mode is a non-labeling mode in which no container is present at said labeling position, and wherein said active strip-store is configured to transition between said first and second operating modes in response to a control signal that is generated in response to detecting a forthcoming gap in said container flow.

US Pat. No. 10,138,014

AUTOMATED PACKAGING LINE FOR C- AND U-SHAPED PROFILES

THE BRADBURY COMPANY, INC...

1. A method comprising:transferring a first profile and a second profile to a first location, each of the first and second profiles having a u-shaped or c-shaped cross-section defining an external convex side and an internal concave side;
rotating a first blade and a second blade about a horizontal axis, the first blade and the second blade coupled to opposite ends of a pair of rotor arms including a first rotor arm and a second rotor arm;
inserting the first profile into the first blade with the internal concave side of the first profile facing upwards as the first blade moves upward through its rotation;
rotating the second profile by engaging the first blade with the external convex side of the second profile to position the second profile with the internal concave side of the second profile facing downwards over of the internal concave side of the first profile to form a first duplex within the first blade; and
forming a second duplex with the second blade, wherein the first duplex and the second duplex are to be formed in one full rotation of the first and second blades about the horizontal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,138,013

OPENING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPENING GUSSETED TUBE FED FROM TUBE SUPPLY IN FOLDED STATE

1. A method for opening a folded gusseted tube fed from a tube supply in a longitudinal direction in a flatly folded state, the folded gusseted tube contains opposing sides with outer faces normal to the longitudinal direction, the method is carried out by an opening apparatus comprising two pairs of suction cheeks, each of the two pairs arranged on one of two opposing sides of the folded gusseted tube;the suction cheeks of each of the two pairs are arranged on the outer faces of the gusseted tube opposite in a transverse direction (9) of the folded gusseted tube orthogonal with respect to the longitudinal direction;
the method comprising the steps of:
smoothing the outer faces of the folded gusseted tube by moving at least one of the suction cheeks of at least one of the pairs along the outer face of the folded gusseted tube away from another pair in a direction parallel to the outer faces;
thereafter attracting a region of the folded gusseted tube adjoining one of the suction cheeks by suction; and
subsequently opening the folded gusseted tube at least partially by displacing the at least one of the suction cheeks of at least one of the pairs away from one another in the transverse direction of the folded gusseted tube.

US Pat. No. 10,138,012

APPARATUS FOR FIXING AND RELEASING THE END OF A ROLL OF WRAPPING FILM

Signode Industrial Group ...

1. A fixing device to which an end of a wrapping film web in a wrapping machine may be removably attached, the fixing device comprising:a body defining a groove therethrough, wherein the groove is sized to receive the end of the wrapping film web;
a releaser supported by the body, wherein the releaser is movable relative to the body between a first position and a second position, wherein the releaser covers substantially all of the groove when the releaser is in the second position; and
an actuator supported by the body and configured to move the releaser from the first position to the second position to discharge the end of the wrapping film web from the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,138,011

FILLING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FILLING A CONTAINER WITH PRODUCTS FLOATING AND/OR SUSPENDED IN AN AQUEOUS LIQUID

1. A filling device for filling a container with products floating and/or suspended in an aqueous liquid, the filling device comprising:a frame provided with a supply tank fillable with the aqueous liquid, and a vacuum chamber for realizing an underpressure in at least a part of the supply tank;
a lift connected to the frame for the purpose of placing the container into or removing the container from the supply tank;
a feeder configured to feed to the supply tank the aqueous liquid in which the floating and/or suspended products are entrainable, wherein the feeder comprise a flow tube or flow channel with which the floating and/or suspended products are carriable into the vacuum chamber;
wherein the vacuum chamber is provided with throughflow openings; and
wherein at least some of the throughflow openings are provided on a side of the vacuum chamber oriented laterally during use and lying opposite a side in which a feed opening is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,138,010

TENSIONER/CUTTER TOOL FOR HOSE CLAMPS AND/OR BANDS AND ATTACHMENTS FOR TENSIONER/CUTTER

SIGNODE INDUSTRIAL GROUP ...

1. A tool for tensioning, cutting and/or punching a band type clamp, the tool comprising:a tool body;
a nose piece connected to the tool body and configured to receive a tail of a band for tensioning the band around an object;
an operating lever includes a handle and a pivot end pivotably secured to the nose piece, the operating lever also having a camming portion at the pivot end; and
an attachment connected to the nose piece and comprising:
a main body having a band guide slot extending in a direction in which the band is receivable in the nose piece and a blade guide intersecting the band guide slot;
a blade having a contact surface and a cutting edge and movably positioned in the blade guide; and
a blade biasing element positioned in the blade guide between a portion of the blade and the main body to bias the blade in a predetermined direction,
wherein the operating lever is rotatable in a first direction to cause the camming portion to contact the contact surface of the blade and move the blade within the blade guide toward the band guide slot.

US Pat. No. 10,138,009

BANKNOTE PROCESSING

CASH DYNAMICS LIMITED, I...

1. Banknote processing equipment comprising:a chamber having an open end for insertion of a bag into the chamber, and having a base end that opposes the open end, wherein the open end of the chamber is adapted to support a free end of the bag in an open position;
an extractor configured to establish a lower ambient pressure between the chamber and the bag relative to a pressure within the bag to cause the bag to expand during a banknote filling operation into an open configuration with a rectangular cross-section and a flat base, whereby the banknote processing equipment is configured to deposit banknotes through the open end and into the bag during the banknote filling operation when the bag is expanded into the open configuration; and
a clamping arrangement operable to clamp at least part of the free end of the bag against the chamber during the banknote filling operation;
wherein the banknote processing equipment comprises at least one of the following features (i) or (ii): (i) the base end prevents passage of the bag; or (ii) the base end is arranged between the extractor and the open end; and
wherein the banknote processing equipment comprises at least one of the following features (a) or (b): (a) the clamping arrangement comprises a plurality of flaps, which are brought into engagement with inner surfaces of the bag on operation of the clamping arrangement; or (b) the banknote processing equipment comprises a sealing mechanism movable into engagement with the bag for sealing the bag in a sealing operation occurring after the banknote filling operation, wherein the sealing mechanism is coupled to the clamping arrangement such that the clamping arrangement releases the free end of the bag as the sealing mechanism is moved into engagement with the bag to allow the bag to be sealed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,008

FILLING DEVICE FOR HETEROGENEOUS PRODUCTS

Weithtpack S.r.L., (IT)

1. A filling device (1) for filling machines, the filling device comprising: a hollow body (2) wherein a shutter member (3) is movably fitted, acting in cooperation with a dispensing member (4), coaxial to said shutter member (3), for closing or opening a dispensing opening (5) for a product (P) to be dispensed in a container (C), wherein said dispensing member (4) comprises a rotatable shaft (10) comprising a screw portion (14) adapted to impart a dispensing pressure and a mixing to the product (P), wherein the hollow body (2) comprises an upper portion (2a) and a lower portion (2b), wherein the lower portion (2b) of the hollow body (2) ends inferiorly with a connecting portion (2c) to which a ring nut (16) is removably coupled, wherein the ring nut (16) comprises an edge (16a) projecting inwards, so as to create a recess (19) having an axial extension (H) comprised between the shoulder (17) of the hollow body (2) and the edge (16a) of the ring nut (16), wherein the shutter member (3) is axially movable and comprises a hollow cylinder (18) with a median portion (18?) projecting outwards, wherein the axial extension of the median portion (18?) of the shutter member (3) is substantially equal to or slightly smaller than the axial extension (H) of the recess (19) and its outer diameter is substantially equal to an inner diameter of the recess (19), so as to sealingly isolate an upper annular chamber (22a) from a lower annular chamber (22b), said chambers (22a, 22b) forming alternately when the shutter member (3) is in a raised position or in a lowered position, respectively, and wherein the hollow body (2) comprises an upper opening (23a) and a lower opening (23b) which open at the recess (19), wherein the upper opening (23a) is placed at a height of the upper annular chamber (22a) and the lower opening (23b) is placed at a height of the lower annular chamber (22b), so that when the shutter (3) is in the raised position, the upper opening (23a) is obstructed by the surface of the hollow cylinder (18), while the lower opening (23b) opens into the lower annular chamber (22b), whereas when the shutter (3) is in the lowered position, the lower opening (23b) is obstructed by the surface of the hollow cylinder (18), while the upper opening (23a) opens into the upper annular chamber (22a); and wherein both the upper opening (23a) and the lower opening (23b) are connected to an actuating fluid source, wherein said dispensing member (4) comprises a rotatable shaft (10) comprising a screw portion (14) configured to impart a dispensing pressure and a mixing to the product (P).

US Pat. No. 10,138,007

UNIT AND METHOD FOR FILLING CONTAINING ELEMENTS OF SINGLE-USE CAPSULES FOR EXTRACTION OR INFUSION BEVERAGES

GIMA, S.P.A., Zola Predo...

1. A filling unit for filling containing elements (2) of single-use capsules (3) with a dose (33) of product for extraction or infusion beverages, comprising:a transport line (4) for transporting the containing elements (2) extending along a first movement path (P) and provided with a plurality of supporting seats (5) for the containing elements (2) arranged in succession along the first movement path (P);
a filling station (SR) for filling the above-mentioned containing elements (2) with a dose (33) of product;characterised in that the filling station (SR) comprises:at least one first containing seat (S1) designed to receive a dose (33) of product and movable along a second movement path (P1);
a forming substation (ST1) for forming the dose (33) inside the at least one first containing seat (S1), provided with a releasing device (6) for releasing a predetermined quantity of product forming the dose (33) inside the at least one first containing seat (S1);
at least one second containing seat (S2) designed to receive the dose (33) of product from the at least one first containing seat (S1) and movable along a third movement path (P2);
a transfer substation (ST2) for transferring the dose (33) of product from the at least one first containing seat (S1) to the at least one second containing seat (S2);
first devices (7) for moving the at least one first containing seat (S1) between the forming substation (ST1) and the transfer substation (ST2) and vice versa;
a release substation (ST3) for releasing the dose (33) of product from the at least one second containing seat (S2) to a containing element (2) transported by the transport line (4);
further second devices (8) for moving the at least one second containing seat (S2), designed to move the second containing seat (S2) along the third movement path (P2) from the transfer substation (ST2) to the release substation (ST3) and vice versa, the transfer substation (ST2) and the release substation (ST3) being positioned at a predetermined distance from one another along the third movement path (P2), the third movement path (P2) being parallel to the first movement path (P) of the transport line (4) at the release substation (ST3);wherein the at least one first containing seat (S1) is defined by lateral walls of a cavity (18) and by a bottom wall (F), the filling unit comprising, for each first containing seat (S1):a piston (13) movable between a lower position where it defines the bottom wall (F) of the at least one first containing seat (S1) and an upper position where it closes the top of the cavity (18);
means (14) for moving the piston (13), for moving the piston (13) between the lower and upper positions; andwherein the means (14) for moving the piston (13) are designed to position the piston (13) in a compacting position, which is intermediate between the lower position and the upper position, in a compacting region (R4), to compact the dose (33) of product; the filling unit further comprising a control and drive unit (15), connected to the means (14) for moving the piston (13) and configured for moving the piston (13) from the lower position to the upper position at the transfer substation (ST2) so as to transfer the dose (33) from the at least one first containing seat (S1) to the at least one second containing seat (S2).

US Pat. No. 10,138,006

HIGH SPEED POUCHER

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

1. A poucher for producing pouches filled with a granular flowable material, said pouches having an approximately predetermined pouch length, comprising:a source of web;
a garniture operative to form the web into a hollow tube, with overlapping edge portions of the web establishing a longitudinal seam;
a cutter operative to initially cut the hollow tube into multi-pouch-length multiple open-ended tubes having opposite ends;
a transfer section operative to transfer an output of said cutter onto a receiving portion of a series of transfer drums;
said series of transfer drums operative to establish and move a procession of said multiple open-ended tubes along a path, said tubes of said procession being in a mutually spaced, side-by-side relation along said path and further cut said multi-pouch-length open-ended tubes into said approximately predetermined pouch lengths and arrange them into a procession of individual open-ended pouch-length tubes;
a first closure mechanism at a first location along said path operative to crimp-close one end of each of the individual open-ended pouch-length tubes to establish a procession of open-ended pouch structures;
a filling section at a second location along said path for flowing an approximately predetermined amount of the granular flowable material into each of said open-ended pouch structures to establish a procession of open-ended, filled pouch structures;
a second closure mechanism at a third location along said path operative to crimp-close the other end of each of said open-ended, filled pouch structures to establish a procession of completed pouches; and
a sensor operative to generate a signal indicative of the level of said granular material in at least some of said procession of open-ended, filled pouch structures as said procession of open-ended, filled pouch structures progresses toward said second closure mechanism and a controller operative to adjust a delivery rate of said filling section responsively to said signal, such that a trend in operation of said filling section away from delivering said approximately predetermined amount into each of said open-ended pouch structures is counteracted such that consistent operation of said filling section is maintainable on-line;
wherein said transfer section and said series of transfer drums maintain an approximately consistent location of said longitudinal seam between opposite sides of the completed pouches,
wherein said garniture cooperates with a brush, said brush operative to provide support to an inside portion of the web adjacent said garniture.

US Pat. No. 10,138,005

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL DAMAGE DETECTION

The United States of Amer...

1. A method comprising:transmitting a test signal to a plurality of interconnected panels, wherein each panel has a plurality of detection layers that form a grid of conductive traces and wherein each detection layer includes one or more known defect traces, and wherein the panel has a trace continuity signature that is defined by the known defect traces of the detection layers in the panel; and
identifying one or more damage zones in the plurality of interconnected panels based on a response of the grid of conductive traces to the test signal and trace continuity signature information associated with the plurality of interconnected panels.