US Pat. No. 10,189,763

REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION

RES USA, LLC, Westminste...

1. A method of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission comprising: introducing one or more gaseous carbonaceous feed streams into a reformer to generate synthesis gas, wherein said reformer comprises hydrogen membrane tubes, manifolded and supported from the top of the reformer above the fluidized bed; uses no process steam and requires no oxygen; and converting synthesis gas to dimethyl ether (DME).

US Pat. No. 10,189,761

METHOD FOR POLYOL SYNTHESIS FROM TRIACYLGLYCERIDE OILS

1. A method for the preparation of polyols from an unsaturated triacylglycerol (TAG) oil comprising the steps of:(a) fully or partially epoxidizing the unsaturated TAG oil to obtain an epoxidized TAG oil;
(b) transesterifying the epoxidized TAG oil using a diol and/or triol in the presence of a catalyst and a solvent, to produce a hydroxyalkyl esters of fatty acid epoxides; and
(c) hydroxylating the transesterification product using a diol and/or triol and a catalyst to obtain a polyol.

US Pat. No. 10,189,758

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HYDROFLUOROOLEFIN

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A method for producing 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene, the method comprising:reacting 1,1-dichloro-2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene with hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst supported on a carrier, to obtain 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene,
wherein the catalyst comprises alloy particles comprising at least one platinum group metal selected from the group consisting of palladium and platinum, and gold,
the proportion of the gold at the surface of the alloy particles is from 8.6 to 19.4 mass % per 100 mass % in total of the platinum group metal and the gold at the surface of the alloy particles,
the 1,1-dichloro-2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene and the hydrogen are introduced to a catalyst layer packed with the carrier supporting the catalyst, and
the temperature of the region at the highest temperature in the catalyst layer is from 99.7° C. to 166.4° C.

US Pat. No. 10,189,755

OLIGOMERIZATION OF ETHENE IN SUPERCRITICAL MODE

Evonik Degussa GmbH, Ess...

1. A process for oligomerizing ethene, comprising:(I) an oligomerization operation, in which a mixture comprising ethene and an inert medium contacts a solid catalyst, wherein the proportion by weight of the inert medium in the mixture is greater than the proportion by weight of ethene in the mixture, wherein the inert medium is a C3-C7 alkane or a C3-C7 cycloalkane, wherein the pressure and temperature of the mixture are chosen with respect to the proportion by weight of ethene in the mixture such that the ethene and the inert medium are in the supercritical state, and wherein the ethene and the inert medium each contact the solid catalyst in the supercritical state; and
(II) a regeneration operation, in which the solid catalyst in the absence of ethene, hydrogen, and oxygen is purged with a liquid purge medium, wherein:
a) operation is interchanged over time between the oligomerization operation and the regeneration operation, in such a way that a time-limited oligomerization operation is followed by a time-limited regeneration operation, and the latter in turn is followed by a time-limited oligomerization operation;
b) the solid catalyst is always at the same location during both the oligomerization operation and the regeneration operation;
c) the location of the solid catalyst is supplied with positive or negative thermal energy in order to impose a set temperature thereon during both the oligomerization operation and the regeneration operation;
d) the set temperature in the regeneration operation is lower than the set temperature in the oligomerization operation; and
e) the pressure at the location of the solid catalyst is lower in the regeneration operation than in the oligomerization operation.

US Pat. No. 10,189,754

BUTADIENE PRODUCTION SYSTEM AND BUTADIENE PRODUCTION METHOD

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A butadiene production system, comprising:a gas preparation device that heats raw materials to prepare a mixed gas comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide;
an ethanol production device that is provided downstream of the gas preparation device and brings the mixed gas into contact with a catalyst (X) to obtain ethanol;
a butadiene production device that is provided downstream of the ethanol production device and brings the ethanol into contact with a catalyst (Y) different from the catalyst (X) to obtain butadiene; and
a return means for returning hydrogen, which is produced as a by-product in the butadiene production device, to the ethanol production device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,753

FOG-GENERATING DEVICE COMPRISING A REAGENT AND IGNITION MEANS

Bandit NV, Opglabbeek (B...

1. A fog-generating device comprisinga reservoir comprising a movable wall and a fog-generating material,
a heat exchanger; and
means for driving said movable wall to expel the fog-generating material from the reservoir to the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,189,752

MOISTURE BARRIER COATINGS

SURFACE CHEMISTS OF FLORI...

13. A method of producing a controlled release fertilizer comprising the steps of:i. providing a quantity of fertilizer particles;
ii. heating the fertilizer particles to a temperature above the melting point of the organic wax;
iii. providing one or more moisture barrier coatings, at least one of said moisture barrier coatings comprising:
a. at least one organic wax
b. at least one wax soluble polymer wherein the wax soluble polymer is at least one selected from the group consisting of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers and terpolymers, modified polyolefins, acrylate ester polymers and copolymers, and tackifying resins;
c. a thermoset polymerwherein the weight ratio of organic wax to wax soluble polymer is from about 50:50 to about 98:2 and wherein the weight ratio of thermoset polymer to combined organic wax and wax soluble polymer is from about 50:50 to about 98:2;iv. mixing the organic wax and wax soluble polymer to provide a mixture
v. dispersing the mixture into at least one component of the thermoset polymer to provide a dispersion;
vi. applying the dispersion to the fertilizer particles while providing mixing sufficient to spread the dispersion as a coating on the fertilizer particles, and
vii. curing the thermoset polymer on the surface of the particles to form free flowing coated granules.

US Pat. No. 10,189,751

FLUID IONIZED COMPOSITIONS, METHODS OF PREPARATION AND USES THEREOF

BI-EN CORP., Portland, O...

1. A method of enhancing plant growth, comprising:applying quantum harmonic resonance to a sprayable fluid composition to modulate the electron spin of elements within the composition, wherein the sprayable fluid composition comprises:
mixture of about 40 to 20 parts of dissolved acid or acid-formed approximately neutral pH nitrogen plant nutrient compounds and about 1 to about 5 parts of a mixture of insoluble or weakly soluble calcium-formed plant nutrient compounds,
wherein the dissolved acid comprises nitric acid, phosphoric acid, a weak carbonic acid or a combination thereof and the acid-formed nitrogen plant nutrient compounds are in solution and comprise fluid urea ammonium nitrate (UAN), ammonium nitrate, calcium ammonium nitrate, ammonium phosphate, aqueous ammonia or combinations thereof; and
the insoluble or weakly soluble calcium-formed plant nutrient compounds are in solution and comprise H2O and lime nitrogen; and then
applying an effective amount of the sprayable fluid composition to soil prior to, during and/or after planting, thereby enhancing plant growth.

US Pat. No. 10,189,747

REFRACTORY METAL SILICIDE NANOPARTICLE CERAMICS

The United States of Amer...

1. A composition comprising:nanoparticles comprising a refractory-metal silicide; and
a carbonaceous matrix;
wherein the carbonaceous matrix comprises graphitic carbon or amorphous carbon;
wherein the composition is not in the form of a powder.

US Pat. No. 10,189,746

MULTI-PHASIC CERAMIC COMPOSITE

1. A ceramic composite comprising:a first ceramic phase comprising grains of a first ceramic material; and
a second ceramic phase comprising grains of a second ceramic material;
wherein:
the first ceramic material has a different composition than the second ceramic material;
at least one of the first ceramic phase and the second ceramic phase has a median minimum width of at least 5 microns; and
the first phase, second phase, or both, includes grains of element carbon, wherein the elemental carbon is in an amount of at most 7 wt %, based on a total weight of the respective phase or phases.

US Pat. No. 10,189,745

CORROSION-RESISTANT MEMBER AND ELECTROSTATIC CHUCK DEVICE

SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO....

1. A corrosion-resistant member comprisinga composite oxide sintered compact containing aluminum, samarium, and a rare earth metal element other than samarium,
wherein the rare earth metal element other than samarium has an ionic radius of 0.88×10?10 m or more, and
a crystal phase of the composite oxide sintered compact is (i) an orthorhombic perovskite phase or (ii) an orthorhombic perovskite phase and a rare earth metal element other than samarium.

US Pat. No. 10,189,744

USE OF AN EPOXIDE-AMINE-BASED MULTICOMPONENT MORTAR COMPOSITION

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A multicomponent mortar composition comprising a hybrid hardener which contains a mixture of(i) at least one amine, selected from among aliphatic, alicyclic and aromatic amines, wherein the amine on average has at least two reactive hydrogen atoms, bonded to a nitrogen atom, per molecule, as a hardener;
(ii) a novolac resin of formula (I):

in which R1, R2, R3 and R4, each independent of each other, are hydrogen or an unbranched or branched C1-C15 alkyl radical and n is 1 to 12, wherein the novolac resin is contained in a quantity of 30 to 45 percent by weight, relative to the total weight of the hybrid hardener (i) and (ii), as a catalyst; and
(iii) a compound of formula (II):

in which R1 is hydrogen or an unbranched or branched C1-C15 alkyl radical, R2 is a (CH2)nNR5R6 radical or a NH(CH2)nNR5R6 radical, in which R5 and R6 independently of each other are an unbranched or branched C1-C15 alkyl radical and n is 0 or 1, R3 and R4 independently of each other are hydrogen or a (CH2)nNR7R8 radical or a NH(CH2)nNR7R8 radical, and R7 and R8 independently of each other are an unbranched or branched C1-C15 alkyl radical and n is 0 or 1,
wherein the multicomponent mortar composition is epoxide-based, and
wherein the multicomponent mortar composition chemically fastens structural elements and anchoring means.

US Pat. No. 10,189,743

ENHANCED STRENGTHENING OF GLASS

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for strengthening a piece of glass, said method comprising:enhancing the piece of glass by placing the piece of glass in a first sodium solution for a first period of time to migrate sodium ions into the piece of glass; and
following the enhancing, chemically strengthening the piece of glass by placing the piece of glass in a potassium solution for a second period of time to exchange potassium ions for sodium ions in the piece of glass, the first period of time being less than the second period of time;
following the chemically strengthening, back exchanging the piece of glass by placing the piece of glass in a second sodium solution for a third period of time to back exchange sodium ions for potassium ions to move a compressive maximum inward approximately 70 microns from an outer edge of the piece of glass; and
following the back exchanging, post-processing the piece of glass by polishing the piece of glass, wherein:
the piece of glass is a cover glass for a portable electronic device; and
the piece of glass has a thickness of less than 1.0 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,189,741

HIGH STRENGTH GLASS-CERAMICS HAVING PETALITE AND LITHIUM SILICATE STRUCTURES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

19. A glass-ceramic article comprising:Li2O;
SiO2;
Al2O3; and
grains having, as measured by a scanning electron microscope, a longest dimension of 100 nm or less as measured and an aspect ratio of 2 or greater,
wherein the article is transparent and has a transmittance of at least 85% for light in a wavelength range from 400 nm to 1,000 nm at a thickness of 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,189,740

OPTICAL GLASS, PREFORM, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

OHARA INC., Kanagawa (JP...

1. An optical glass comprising, in mol %,40.00 to 65.0% of an SiO2 component,
1.0 to 9.03% of an Nb2O5 component,
1.0 to 35.0% of an Na2O component,
less than 9.0% of a ZrO2 component, and
less than 2.5% of a CaO component,
and having
a refractive index (nd) of 1.62 to 1.75,
an Abbe number (?d) of 30 to 42, and
a partial dispersion ratio (?g,F) of no greater than 0.594.

US Pat. No. 10,189,739

GLASS FOR CHEMICAL TEMPERING AND CHEMICALLY TEMPERED GLASS

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A glass, comprising: as represented by mole percentage based on the following oxides, from 60 to 69% of SiO2; from 12 to 20% of Al2O3; from 9 to 16.5% of Na2O; from 0 to 1% of K2O; from 0 to 13% of MgO; from 0 to less than 1% of CaO; from 0 to 1% of ZrO2; and from 0 to 6% of B2O3,wherein a liquid phase temperature of the glass is lower than a temperature T4 at which a viscosity of the glass is 104 dPa·s, and
wherein Z calculated by the following formula by using the contents, as represented by mole percentage, of SiO2, Al2O3, Na2O, MgO, B2O3 and K2O is at least 1,100,
Z2 calculated by the following formula by using the contents, as represented by mole percentage, of SiO2, Al2O3, Na2O, MgO and ZrO2 is at least 1,300, and
Z3 calculated by the following formula by using the contents, as represented by mole percentage, of SiO2, Al2O3, Na2O, MgO and ZrO2 is at most 0.150:
Z=2×SiO2+55×Al2O3+22×Na2O+15×MgO?30×B2O3?126×K2O,
Z2=3.5×SiO2+85×Al2O3+0.80×Na2O+2.0×MgO+81×ZrO2,
Z3=?0.00722×SiO2+0.0264×Al2O3+0.0149×Na2O+0.0035×MgO?0.0204×ZrO2.

US Pat. No. 10,189,737

FIBER OPTIC MANUFACTURING IN SPACE

FOMS Inc., San Diego, CA...

1. A method comprising:forming an optical fiber in a low gravity environment, the optical fiber formed with a primary coating;
causing the optical fiber to be returned to a terrestrial environment; and
forming a secondary coating on the optical fiber in the terrestrial environment.

US Pat. No. 10,189,735

WHITE, OPAQUE, ? SPODUMENE GLASS-CERAMIC ARTICLES WITH INHERENT DAMAGE RESISTANCE AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A process for making a glass-ceramic comprising:a) heating a crystallizable glass at a rate in a range from about 1° C./min to about 10° C./min to a nucleation temperature in a range from about 700° C. and 810° C., wherein, in mole %, the crystallizable glass comprises:
i) SiO2 in a range from about 60 to about 75,
ii) Al2O3 in a range from about 10 to about 18,
iii) Li2O in a range from about 5 to about 14, and
iv) B2O3 in a range from about 4.5 to about 20;
b) maintaining the crystallizable glass at the nucleation temperature to produce a nucleated crystallizable glass;
c) heating the nucleated crystallizable glass at a rate in a range from about 1° C./min to about 10° C./min to a crystallization temperature of in a range from about 850° C. and 1200° C.; and
d) maintaining the nucleated crystallizable glass at the crystallization temperature to produce a glass-ceramic having ?-spodumene as a predominant crystalline phase, wherein the glass-ceramic comprises a Vickers crack initiation threshold of at least about 25 kgf.

US Pat. No. 10,189,734

FLOATING METHANATION SYSTEM

1. An apparatus for treatment and transformation of municipal wastewater sludge or other organic putrescible matter into biogas and liquid fertilizer by anaerobic digestion, said apparatus comprising a plurality of floating bioreactors consecutively arranged in series; wherein a first bioreactor initially processes wastewater sludge or other organic putrescible matter also wherein to remove sand, gravel or crushed glass; a series of middle bioreactors which process and digest the wastewater sludge or putrescible matter and a final bioreactor wherein the sludge or matter is further digested; wherein the final bioreactor includes means for measuring and monitoring the end of biogas production; said apparatus further comprising a heat exchanger for heating the sludge or matter for the destruction of harmful bacteria and pathogens; wherein each bioreactor comprising a longitudinal body to digest and provide methanation reaction of said sludge or matter within the bioreactor; each of said bioreactors further comprising a longitudinal inlet end, an inlet spout, located at a middle point of said longitudinal inlet end, connected to an inlet conduit by an inlet elbow, for purpose of receiving the matter into the bioreactor; said bioreactors further comprising a longitudinal outlet end, an outlet spout located at a middle point of said longitudinal outlet end, connected to an outlet conduit by an exhaust elbow for the purpose of exiting the matter from one bioreactor to the next bioreactor and from the last bioreactor at the end of the process, wherein pressure is created by retaining the biogas produced and wherein said floating bioreactors are almost totally immersed in warm water in a thermally insulated basin to maintain predetermined temperature for digestion and methanation conditions; wherein said bioreactors revolve on themselves by air ejected from a conduit disposed underneath said bioreactors, wherein said air is pumped into said conduits by air diaphragm pumps activated by the pressurized biogas; said air lodging in rotation buckets aligned as circular saw teeth outside the longitudinal body of the bioreactor, said air provoking a rotating action, mixing the contents; each of said bioreactors include mixing buckets aligned inside the body of the bioreactor; each of said bioreactors further comprise flotation rings located at the inlet and outlet of the bioreactor for counterbalancing the weight of the bioreactors and to provide buoyancy to the bioreactors so that the bioreactors remain horizontally disposed while floating; said apparatus further comprising a primary inlet pump, which is a dual hydraulic command diaphragm pump having a dual purpose, first to initiate and supply initial matter to be processed, and secondly, to drive said matter through the heat exchanger and squeeze the pressure created by heat against a first swivelling valve exhaust pump, said first swivelling valve exhaust pump working in combination with a last swivelling valve exhaust pump, both being two-diaphragm pumps having two functions: first to retain, control, and release the flow and pressure by transferring power hydraulically to the primary inlet pump, while the second function in which they differ, is that the first swivelling valve exhaust pump creates a vise action from the high pressure created from heating matter in the heat exchanger situated between said primary inlet pump and said first swivelling valve exhaust pump while the last swivelling valve exhaust pump retains the working pressure of the entire apparatus and transfers said pressure to the primary inlet pump from a closed-center hydraulic circuit that increases said pressure by the action of gas hydraulic pumps from each bioreactor, said closed-center hydraulic circuit comprising a shut-off valve that commands the last swivelling valve exhaust pump to operate and let consumed matter to escape when production of biogas is over, and a shut-off valve that commands the primary inlet pump to operate when new material is needed; said apparatus further comprising biogas pipes for the capture of biogas from the inside top portion of each bioreactor; wherein each of said bioreactors include a pressure relief valve to control the pressure in each bioreactor; said apparatus further including a plurality of hoses and conduits for the purpose of transporting fluids out of the bioreactor for the removal of fertilizers, juices and salts.

US Pat. No. 10,189,733

HEATING SYSTEM FOR DESALINATION

Enviro Water Minerals Com...

1. A system comprising:a desalination system comprising:
a reverse osmosis system configured to receive a first brine stream comprising minerals and to produce a second brine stream and a first desalinated water stream from the first brine stream, wherein the second brine stream comprises the minerals from the first brine stream;
a mineral removal system disposed downstream from and fluidly coupled to the reverse osmosis system, wherein the mineral removal system is configured to receive the second brine stream and to capture the minerals from the second brine stream to generate a second desalinated water stream, and wherein the mineral removal system comprises a nanofiltration system configured to generate the second desalinated water stream;
at least one electrodialysis system disposed within the mineral removal system, wherein the at least one electrodialysis system is positioned upstream from and fluidly coupled to the nanofiltration system;
a power production system comprising an engine configured to provide power to the desalination system, wherein the power production system does not include combined cycle power production; and
a heating system disposed between the reverse osmosis system and the mineral removal system, wherein the heating system is configured to heat the second brine stream upstream of the mineral removal system, and the power production system provides heat to the heating system to heat the second brine stream.

US Pat. No. 10,189,731

UNDERGROUND SEPTIC TANK

Pallette Stone Corporatio...

1. An underground septic tank comprising:a substantially liquid impermeable, cylindrical plastic vessel having a top, a bottom, sides, and a substantially horizontal longitudinal axis;
a concrete container encasing and retaining the cylindrical plastic vessel, the concrete container contacting the bottom and at least partially contacting the sides of the cylindrical plastic vessel; and
at least one opening for receiving waste effluent into the cylindrical plastic vessel;
wherein the septic tank is adapted to withstand vehicle loading.

US Pat. No. 10,189,729

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING MOLD GROWTH IN THE RESERVOIR OF A FOOD WASTE RECYCLING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A food waste recycling appliance comprising:a housing defining an interior;
a recycling chamber located within the interior and configured to receive organic material for recycling;
a reducing mechanism provided within the recycling chamber and configured to mix the organic material with air;
a container configured to receive the recycled organic material from the recycling chamber;
a condensate reservoir located within the interior of the housing and fluidly coupled to the recycling chamber; and
a plurality of biocidal agents disposed in the condensate reservoir, each of the plurality of biocidal agents having a plurality of filaments intertwined with each other to form a matrix in three dimensions, wherein each of the plurality of filaments comprises a surface of exposed copper.

US Pat. No. 10,189,728

FLUID PURIFICATION METHODS, DEVICES, AND SYSTEMS

NxStage Medical, Inc., L...

1. A method of purifying water, comprising:flowing water from a source along a flow path defined by automatic valves through a plurality of electronic deionization cells in a series, each of the cells having an inlet that receives input water and an outlet that outputs filtered water when flow through the cell is in a forward direction, a first cell encountered by the water in the series having a lowest rank in the series, the rank increasing along the series, and a last cell encountered by the water in the series having a highest rank in the series; and
periodically changing a configuration of the flow path by controlling the automatic valves by a controller, wherein
a first portion of the water that has passed through all cells except the cell having the highest rank is collected as purified water,
a second portion of said water that has passed through all cells except the cell having the highest rank flows through the cell having the highest rank in a reverse direction, opposite of the forward direction, to regenerate said cell having the highest rank, and
said periodically changing the configuration of the flow path includes
switching the automatic valves such that in a changed flow path configuration the cell having the lowest rank becomes the cell having the highest rank that receives water in the reverse direction and a rank of each other cell decrements to a next lower rank, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,189,727

FLUID PURIFICATION METHODS, DEVICES, AND SYSTEMS

NxStage Medical, Inc., L...

1. A water purification system, comprising:a plurality of cells, each cell of the plurality of cells including a water purification element;
a valving network including valves and fluid conduits fluidly interconnecting said plurality of cells; and
a controller connected to the valving network to permit the controller to operate said valves,
wherein the valving network further includes
a source water inlet,
a drain outlet, and
a product water outlet,
wherein the valving network is configurable by the controller, by operation of the valves, to form selected interconnections between and among selected ones of the cells to define a flow channel from a selected one of
the source water inlet,
the drain outlet, and
the product water outlet,
through said selected ones of said cells, to a selected other of said selected one of
the source water inlet,
the drain outlet, and
the product water outlet,
wherein the controller is configured to, during a first time period, open and close valves of the valving network
to define a first continuous flow channel from the source water inlet, through a first filtering group of two or more of the cells in series to the product water outlet, and
to define a second continuous flow channel from the product water outlet through a first regenerating group of one or more of the cells to the drain outlet, whereby the first filtering group filters water to produce product water while the first regenerating group is regenerated by a portion of the product water flowing through the one or more of the cells of the first regenerating group in a reversed flow direction,
wherein the controller is further configured to, during a second time period, open and close the valves of the valving network
to define a third continuous flow channel from the source water inlet through a second filtering group of two or more of the cells in series to the product water outlet, and
to define a fourth continuous flow channel from the product water outlet through a second regenerating group of one or more of the cells to the drain outlet, whereby the second filtering group filters water to produce the product water while the second regenerating group of one or more of the cells is regenerated by a portion of the product water flowing through the one or more of the cells of the second regenerating group in the reversed flow direction,
wherein the first and second time periods are at different times, the second filtering group of two or more of the cells is different from the first filtering group of two or more of the cells, and the second regenerating group of one or more of the cells is different from the first regenerating group of one or more of the cells,
wherein a first cell of the first filtering group receives water directly from the source water inlet and a second cell of the first filtering group receives water directly from the first cell,
wherein the first cell of the first filtering group is included in the second regenerating group of one or more of the cells and the second cell of the first filtering group receives water directly from the source water inlet during the second time period, and
the cells are electronic deionization cells.

US Pat. No. 10,189,726

ELECTROCHEMICAL DESALINATION FOR OIL RECOVERY

Evoqua Water Technologies...

1. A method for improved oil recovery, comprising:introducing seawater to an electrically-driven separation system comprising a first electrodialysis apparatus including monovalent selective membranes and a second electrodialysis apparatus including divalent selective membranes;
measuring at least one parameter of the seawater selected from the group consisting of composition, total dissolved solids concentration, sulfate concentration, and hardness, at an inlet of the electrically-driven separation system;
selectively passing a first portion of the seawater through the first electrodialysis apparatus and a second portion of the seawater through the second electrodialysis apparatus for treatment based on the measured parameter to produce first and second product streams, respectively, such that the first product stream has a greater concentration of hardness than the second product stream;
blending the first and second product streams to produce treated water including less than about 200 mg/l of sulfate, having a total dissolved solids (TDS) content in the range of about 1000 mg/l to about 5000 mg/l, and having a hardness level in the range of about 100 ppm to about 1000 ppm without blending or remineralizing the treated water with a source of hardness; and
flooding at least a portion of an oil reservoir with the treated water.

US Pat. No. 10,189,725

METHODS OF SEPARATING IMPURITIES FROM INDUSTRIAL MINERALS USING ELECTROCOAGULATION

1. A method of purifying an industrial mineral composition, the method comprising:obtaining or providing an aqueous slurry comprising a mineral composition, the mineral composition comprising one or more industrial minerals and one or more impurities, the one or more industrial minerals comprising at least one of akaogiite alunite, anatase, asbestos, barite, bentonite, borate, brookite, calcium carbonate, carbonatite, chromite, corundum, diamond, diatomite, feldspar, nepheline, syenite, fluorspar, fuller's earth, garnet, gem minerals, granite, graphite, gypsum, kaolin, kyanite, sillimanite, andalusite, limestone, dolomite, marble, mica, olivine, perlite, phosphate, potash-potassium minerals, pumice, quartz, rutile, salt, slate, silica, tripoli, trona, sodium sulfate, nahcolite, mirabilite, staurolite, sulfur, talc, vermiculite, wollastonite, and zeolite:
subjecting the aqueous slurry to an electrical current to form at least one coagulation comprising the one or more impurities; and
separating at least one of the coagulations from the one or more minerals to provide a purified mineral composition.

US Pat. No. 10,189,724

WATER TREATMENT DEVICE

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A water treatment device comprising:a water treatment vessel which causes electric discharge in water stored therein to produce a sterilizing factor;
a water supplier, including a water tank and valve mechanism, which supplies water to the water treatment vessel;
a reservoir which stores the water supplied from the water supplier; and
a pair of electrodes which cause the electric discharge in the water treatment vessel, wherein
the water treatment vessel is configured to rotate, about a rotational shaft parallel to a horizontal plane in the reservoir, in accordance with the level of the water stored in the reservoir,
rotation of the water treatment vessel switches the water treatment vessel between a discharging state where the water treatment vessel and the reservoir have no communication and the pair of electrodes are immersed in the water in the water treatment vessel to cause the electric discharge, and a draining state where the pair of electrodes come out of the water in the water treatment vessel to stop the electric discharge and the water flows out of the water treatment vessel into the reservoir, and
the water supplier is configured to supply water to the water treatment vessel while the water treatment vessel is in the draining state, and stop the supply of water to the water treatment vessel while the water treatment vessel is in the discharging state.

US Pat. No. 10,189,723

MULTI-MEDIA STRATIFIED FILTRATION

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A system for treating a feed stream comprising hydrocarbons and an aqueous-based liquid, the system comprising:a vessel comprising a feed stream inlet fluidly connected with the feed stream and a treated stream outlet fluidly connected with a treated stream; and
a filter bed positioned within the vessel and comprising a first layer of filter media disposed on a second layer of filter media,
wherein at least the first layer comprises a plurality of composite media particles, each of the plurality of composite media particles comprising a mixture of a cellulose-based material and a polymer, and
wherein the filter media of the first layer comprises a lower density than that of the second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,722

PRESSURIZED GAS LIFTING AND GAS REJUVENATION

1. A method comprising:providing a vessel having
an inlet for receiving pressurizing gas,
an inlet for receiving wastewater to be accumulated in the vessel, and
an exit port having an intake opening within the vessel, where wastewater and the pressurizing gas may flow from the intake opening within the vessel and into a wastewater infiltration system;
flowing wastewater into the vessel, the wastewater accumulating in the vessel;
flowing pressurizing gas into the vessel above a top surface of the accumulating wastewater in the vessel, the pressurizing gas developing a pressure above wastewater in the vessel; and
flowing a dose of wastewater upwards from the intake opening and then flowing a dose of the gas upwards from the intake opening and out of the exit port of the vessel, the dose of the gas flowing out of the exit port after the dose of wastewater, and the wastewater and the gas each flowing towards the wastewater infiltration system,
wherein pressurized gas flowing from the inlet into the vessel does not flow out of the exit port when the level of wastewater flowing into the vessel is above the intake opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,721

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING AC AND DC SENSORS FOR WATER TREATMENT

Griswold Water Systems, ...

1. A method, implemented by a computer including a suitably programmed microprocessor, for automatically operating water treatment equipment including a high voltage resonance circuit, an analog-to-digital converter, and one or more coils for use in water treatment, the method comprising the steps of:determining, using the microprocessor, whether a coil is an alternating current (AC) coil or a direct current (DC) coil by detecting whether a capacitor is connected in series with the coil, wherein if the capacitor is connected in series the coil is determined to be an AC coil;
initiating by applying current and initiating a timer;
reading an AC threshold from a memory and issuing an alarm if a measured AC voltage is less than the AC threshold;
reading a minimum current from the memory and issuing an alarm if a measured DC current does not meet the minimum current;
issuing commands to one or more driver processors to control frequency of pulses of the one or more coils to approximately reach and maintain a resonant frequency of the pulses for water treatment; and
using one or more sensors to measure a quality of water for water being treated and provide feedback to the microprocessor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,720

WATER PURIFYING CARTRIDGE AND PITCHER-TYPE WATER PURIFIER

Mitsubishi Rayon Cleansui...

1. A water purifying cartridge, comprising:a water purification material for treating water to be treated;
a housing body in which the water purification material is directly received, a discharge hole discharging purified water is formed at a bottom, and a top end is opened;
a plate-shaped housing lid provided at the top end of the housing body, and
a film filtration water purification unit and an adsorption water purification unit,
wherein the adsorption water purification unit is disposed at an upstream side of the film filtration water purification unit, and the adsorption water purification unit is configured by an adsorbing material that is directly filled in the housing body, and
wherein the film filtration water purification unit is a hollow fiber film water purification unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,719

PROCESS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF LITHIUM METAL OXIDE CATHODE MATERIALS

Nano One Materials Corp.,...

1. A process for forming a precursor to a lithium metal oxide comprising:providing lithium bicarbonate in a first aqueous mixture;
reacting said lithium bicarbonate with metal acetate thereby forming a second aqueous mixture comprising metal carbonate, lithium acetate, acetic acid and water;
neutralizing said acetic acid in said second aqueous mixture with lithium hydroxide thereby forming a third mixture comprising metal carbonate and lithium acetate;
separating said third mixture into a fourth mixture and a fifth mixture wherein said fourth mixture comprises said metal carbonate and a first portion of said lithium acetate with said metal carbonate and said lithium acetate being in a predetermined molar ratio, and said fifth mixture comprises a second portion of said lithium acetate; and
drying said fourth mixture thereby forming said precursor comprising metal carbonate and lithium acetate in said predetermined molar ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,189,718

METHODS FOR CHARGE-TITRATING PARTICLE ASSEMBLY, AND STRUCTURES PRODUCED THEREFROM

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

1. A method of assembling a plurality of particles into a particle array, said method comprising:dispersing a plurality of first particles in a volume of liquid solution, wherein said first particles are characterized by an average zeta potential, and wherein said liquid solution is characterized by a starting pH;
introducing to said liquid solution before, during, or after said first particles are dispersed in said liquid solution, a triggerable pH-control substance capable of generating an acid or a base when triggered; and
triggering said pH-control substance to generate an acid or a base within said volume of liquid solution, thereby adjusting solution pH from said starting pH to a titrated pH, wherein said average zeta potential is closer to zero at said titrated pH compared to said starting pH, causing said first particles to assemble into a particle array.

US Pat. No. 10,189,717

SYNTHESIS OF ALUMINOSILICATE ZEOLITE SSZ-26 VIA INTERZEOLITE TRANSFORMATION


US Pat. No. 10,189,715

ULTRAHARD STISHOVITE NANOPARTICLES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

Lehigh University, Bethl...

1. A method of preparing nanosized single crystals (nanocrystals) of stishovite silica, the method consisting of:heating a cubic mesoporous silica starting material under a pressure ranging from 10 GPa to 20 GPa to a temperature ranging from 300° C. to 400° C.; and
cooling the material to room temperature;thereby preparing nanocrystals of stishovite silica having an average particle size of between 200 nm and 800 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,189,714

OPERATION OF FLUIDIZED BED REACTORS BY OPTIMIZING TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS VIA PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION CONTROL

Corner Star Limited, Hon...

1. A method of controlling the axial temperature gradient of a polysilicon fluidized bed reactor having a distributor plate and a core bed, the method comprising:adding polysilicon seeds having a pre-determined particle size distribution into the core bed of the fluidized bed reactor;
measuring the width of the particle size distribution of granules in the bed, wherein the granules consist of a mixture of newly added seeds and previously added seeds, the previously added seeds having grown and/or shrunk in size;
adjusting the frequency of seed addition into the reactor to change the width of the particle size distribution of the granules in the bed such that the temperature in the fluidized bed reactor is from about 1000° F. to about 1300° F. when the granules are at a normalized height of from about 0.4 to about 1.0 in the core bed;
depositing silicon from a thermally decomposable compound onto the previously added and newly added seeds; and
withdrawing a polysilicon product from the bed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,712

OXIDATION OF POROUS, CARBON-CONTAINING MATERIALS USING FUEL AND OXIDIZING AGENT

International Business Ma...

18. A method comprising:passing a first pressurized air stream through a fuel source to saturate the first pressurized air stream with fuel vapor and form a saturated air stream;
combining the saturated air stream with a second pressurized air stream to form a third pressurized air stream;
exposing a microporous, carbon-containing material to the third pressurized air stream and an oxidizing agent to allow the microporous, carbon-containing material to adsorb at least some of the fuel vapor; and
while continuing to expose the microporous, carbon-containing material to the third pressurized air stream and the oxidizing agent, heating the microporous, carbon-containing material to a temperature at which combustion of the fuel vapor occurs to combust the adsorbed fuel vapor to seal pores of the microporous, carbon-containing material adjacent to its surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,710

METHOD OF PURIFYING PHOSPHORIC ACID

TENOVA ADVANCED TECHNOLOG...

1. A method of purifying phosphoric acid comprising:(a) providing a pre-treated wet phosphoric acid feed containing:
(i) 2-62% phosphoric acid, expressed as a percent weight of P2O5 in said feed;
(ii) a sulfate concentration of at least 15 ppm, per each 1 percent weight of said P2O5 in said feed; and
(iii) metallic impurities including iron, aluminum, calcium, magnesium, and chromium, a total feed concentration of said iron, aluminum, calcium, magnesium, and chromium being at least 10 ppm, per each 1 percent weight of said P2O5 in said feed;
(b) subjecting said pre-treated wet phosphoric acid feed to a first nanofilter in at least a first nanofiltration stage, to obtain a first permeate and a first reject;
(c) treating said first permeate to produce sulfate solids in a partially treated phosphoric acid stream;
(d) removing at least a portion of said solids from said phosphoric acid stream to produce a sulfate-depleted phosphoric acid stream; and
(e) subjecting said sulfate-depleted phosphoric acid stream to at least a second nanofilter in at least one additional nanofiltration stage, to obtain a purified phosphoric acid in a second permeate, and a second reject, said second permeate containing:
(i) a concentration of 2-62% phosphoric acid, expressed as a percent weight of P2O5 in said second permeate;
(ii) a sulfate concentration of less than 10 ppm per each 1 percent weight of said P2O5 in said second permeate; and
(iii) metallic impurities including iron, aluminum, calcium, magnesium, and chromium, a total concentration of said iron, aluminum, calcium, magnesium, and chromium in said second permeate being at most 5 ppm, per each 1 percent weight of said P2O5 in said second permeate.

US Pat. No. 10,189,709

SYSTEM FOR COGENERATION OF POWER AND HYDROGEN

King Fahd University of P...

1. A power generation system, comprising:a membrane reformer assembly comprising
a first vessel with a first internal cavity having a heating zone with a heating zone inlet and a heating zone outlet, a reaction zone with a reaction zone inlet and a reaction zone outlet, and a sweep zone with a sweep zone inlet and a sweep zone outlet, wherein the reaction zone and the sweep zone are separated by a hydrogen-permeable membrane;
a combustor comprising
a plurality of combustor feed inlets, and
an exhaust outlet,
wherein the combustor is located downstream of the membrane reformer assembly and at least one of said combustor feed inlets is fluidly connected to the reaction zone outlet via a syngas line; and
an expander located downstream of the combustor and fluidly connected to the exhaust outlet via an exhaust line,
wherein a natural gas/H2O stream is converted into a syngas stream in the reaction zone in the presence of a catalyst, and at least a portion of molecular hydrogen present in the syngas stream is transported across the hydrogen-permeable membrane to the sweep zone leaving behind a hydrogen-depleted syngas stream in the reaction zone,
wherein the hydrogen-depleted syngas stream is combusted in the combustor to form an exhaust stream, and
wherein the exhaust stream is expanded in the expander to generate power,
the power generation system further comprising:
an ion transport membrane assembly comprising
a second vessel with a second internal cavity, and
an ion transport membrane that divides the second internal cavity into a feed zone and a permeate zone, wherein the feed zone has an ITM feed inlet and an ITM feed outlet and the permeate zone has a permeate zone inlet and a permeate zone outlet,
wherein at least a portion of molecular oxygen present in an oxygen-containing stream that is delivered to the feed zone is transported across the ion transport membrane to the permeate zone,
wherein the ion transport membrane assembly is located downstream of the membrane reformer assembly and the permeate zone inlet is fluidly connected to the heating zone outlet via a sweep gas line, and
wherein the ion transport membrane assembly is located upstream of the combustor and the permeate zone outlet is fluidly connected to one of said combustor feed inlets via an oxygen line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,708

RUTHENIUM ON CHITOSAN (CHRU): CONCERTED CATALYSIS FOR WATER SPLITTING AND REDUCTION

The United States of Amer...

1. A process for generating hydrogen and oxygen from water, the process comprising preparing a ruthenium on chitosan catalyst, bringing the catalyst into contact with an aqueous mixture under basic conditions, and applying microwave energy to the aqueous mixture to produce hydrogen and oxygen.

US Pat. No. 10,189,707

EMBEDDED STRUCTURES FOR HIGH GLASS STRENGTH AND ROBUST PACKAGING

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A method for making a pressure sensor, comprising the steps of:providing a first wafer; and
providing a second wafer;
forming at least one angled recess as part of the first wafer;
forming at least one upper recess as part of the second wafer;
forming at least one lower recess as part of the second wafer;
bonding the first wafer to the second wafer to form a wafer stack having at least one saw street area, such that the at least one angled recess, the at least one upper recess, and the at least one lower recess are partially located in the saw street area;
partitioning the wafer stack in the saw street area to form at least two pressure sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,189,706

METHOD FOR SELF-ALIGNING SOLDER-ATTACHED MEMS DIE TO A MOUNTING SURFACE

DunAn Microstaq, Inc., A...

1. A method of attaching a MEMS die to a surface, the method comprising:placing solder mask having a centrally formed flow area on a solder surface of a body;
centering and rotationally aligning a solder perform on the solder surface of the body within the flow area of the solder mask;
centering and rotationally aligning a MEMS die on the solder preform; and
heating the solder perform in a reflow process until the solder is molten and surface tension of the molten solder moves the MEMS die to a position where the surface tensions balance and the MEMS die is centered within the flow area of the solder mask;
wherein the solder surface of the body is substantially circular and the solder preform is substantially rectangular.

US Pat. No. 10,189,704

FORMATION OF SUPERHYDROPHOBIC SURFACES

Brookhaven Science Associ...

1. A method for etching conical nanostructures in a substrate, the method comprising:depositing a patterned block copolymer on the substrate, wherein the patterned block copolymer includes a first polymer block domain and a second polymer block domain;
applying a precursor to the patterned block copolymer on the substrate to generate an infiltrated block copolymer on the substrate, wherein the precursor infiltrates into the first polymer block domain and generates a material of metal oxide dots in the first polymer block domain and the precursor does not infiltrate into the second polymer block domain;
applying a removal agent to the infiltrated block copolymer on the substrate to generate a pattern of the material on the substrate, wherein the removal agent is oxygen plasma and is effective to remove the first polymer block domain and the second polymer block domain from the substrate, and is not effective to remove the material in the first polymer block domain;
plasma etching the substrate, wherein the pattern of the material on the substrate masks the substrate to pattern the etching and the etching is performed under etch times sufficiently long enough for metal oxide dots to fall off and form a superhydrophobic surface of etched conical nanostructures, and wherein the etched conical nanostructures have a re-entrant curvature;
removing the pattern of the material from the substrate; and
coating the etched conical nanostructures and the surface of the substrate with a hydrophobic coating.

US Pat. No. 10,189,702

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF FORMING MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS) PACKAGE

STATS ChipPAC Pte. Ltd., ...

1. A method of making a semiconductor device, comprising:providing a first semiconductor die;
disposing a modular interconnect structure laterally with respect to the first semiconductor die;
depositing an encapsulant around the first semiconductor die and modular interconnect structure;
forming a build-up interconnect structure over the first semiconductor die and modular interconnect structure after depositing the encapsulant, wherein a non-routing area over the first semiconductor die remains devoid of the build-up interconnect structure; and
disposing a second semiconductor die over the first semiconductor die, wherein the first semiconductor die or second semiconductor die includes a microelectromechanical device, wherein an active surface of the first semiconductor die is oriented toward an active surface of the second semiconductor die.

US Pat. No. 10,189,701

SENSOR, FILTER ELEMENT COMPRISING A SENSOR AND USE OF SAID TYPE OF FILTER ELEMENT

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

1. A filter element, comprising:a main part; and
a sensor, comprising:
an electronic chip; and
a sensor chip,
wherein the electronic chip and sensor chip are arranged within a functional space which is at most 5 mm long, at most 3 mm wide, and at most 0.8 mm high,
wherein the sensor is arranged on the main part,
wherein the main part includes a filter medium including an upstream side and a downstream side,
wherein the sensor chip is high-resolution such that a pressure differential between the upstream side and the downstream side in a range of from 10 to 500 Pa can be detected, and
wherein the sensor chip has a resolution of 5 Pa.

US Pat. No. 10,189,700

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT (IC) CHIP WITH A SELF-CONTAINED FLUID SENSOR AND METHOD OF MAKING THE CHIP

The United States of Amer...

1. An integrated circuit (IC) chip including a self-contained fluid sensor comprising:a semiconductor substrate;
a non-conductive cap disposed on said semiconductor substrate;
a conduit at the interface between said semiconductor substrate and said nonconductive cap, each end of said conduit passing through said non-conductive cap;
a temperature sensor in said conduit at said each end; and
a heating element in said conduit between the temperature sensors wherein the temperature sensors and said heating element are encased in dielectric; further wherein said non-conductive cap is a pyrex cap with a channel at said semiconductor substrate, wherein said conduit comprises said channel and
wherein said semiconductor substrate comprises a mirco-channel, said conduit further comprises said mirco-channel, the encased temperature sensors and said heating element being suspended in said conduit at said interface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,699

MEMS DEVICE AND MEMS VACUUM MICROPHONE

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

1. A method of reading out a MEMS device, the MEMS device comprising first membrane element, a second membrane element spaced apart from the first membrane element, a low pressure region between the first and second membrane elements, the low pressure region having a pressure less than an ambient pressure, and a counter electrode structure comprising a first conducting layer, which is at least partially arranged in the low pressure region or extends in the low pressure region, wherein the first conducting layer comprises a segmentation providing an electrical isolation between a first portion of the first conducting layer and a second portion of the first conducting layer, the method comprising:providing a signal generated by a deflection of the first membrane element and a deflection of the second membrane element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,697

BIG BOTTLE FORMAT DISPENSER

1. A device comprising: a housing in a form factor of a bottle, the housing defining an outer reservoir; an inner reservoir carried within the housing; wherein the inner reservoir is in a form factor of a molded figurine; wherein the molded figurine is a branding indicator; a window in a front of the housing exposing the inner reservoir; wherein the inner reservoir is filled with an alcoholic beverage; and wherein the outer reservoir is not filled with an alcoholic beverage; wherein the housing further comprises a cap and a base and a mid-section wherein tamper proof seals are located at joints between the mid-section and each of the cap and the base.

US Pat. No. 10,189,696

BOTTLED BAG FLUID DISPENSER

Utrem Innovation, LLC, H...

1. An apparatus for dispensing a beverage comprising:a bottle;
a bladder for containing the beverage; and
a spigot for dispensing the beverage, wherein the spigot comprises:
one or more air ports, wherein each air port comprises a cutout on a wall of the spigot, wherein the one or more air ports are configured to maintain atmospheric pressure inside the bottle; and
one or more vertical ridged elements, wherein the bladder is sealed to a base portion of the spigot, and wherein the one or more ridged elements are configured to create an air gap between the spigot and the bottle to allow air to flow into a body of the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,695

KEG COVER

1. A keg cover for removable joinder to a keg, comprising:a structure adapted for removable joinder to a top rim of the keg, said structure having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite from the top surface, and defining a center;
a depending rim spaced radially apart from the center and extending axially downwardly from the top surface of the structure, said depending rim defining a curved channel adapted to removably engage the top rim of the keg;
at least one notch in the depending rim;
a sidewall section extending axially downwardly from the top surface of the structure at the at least one notch, said sidewall section terminating with a radially outwardly extending tongue; and
at least one tab extending radially outwardly from the depending rim;
wherein the at least one notch is positioned for alignment with a hand grip formed in the top rim of the keg when the structure is joined to the top rim of the keg.

US Pat. No. 10,189,694

YEAST-CREAM-DOSING DEVICE AND METHOD

LESAFFRE ET CIE, Paris (...

23. A device for dosing of stable bakers' yeast cream in a bakery, said device comprising:a piece of furniture provided with a refrigerated compartment having an internal temperature regulated at between ?2° C. and 12° C.;
an interchangeable transport reservoir located in the refrigerated compartment and containing stable yeast cream, said reservoir having a total internal volume of between 1 and 100 liters, and an outlet opening for the yeast cream;
an outlet conduit for dosing of the yeast cream, said conduit connecting the outlet opening of the interchangeable transport reservoir to a dispensing opening outside the refrigerated chamber; and
an opening/closing mechanism for the outlet conduit, enabling the opening of the outlet conduit for the dispensing of the yeast cream and enabling the closure of the outlet conduit in order to stop the dispensing of the yeast cream,
said device permitting the dispensing of a dosed quantity of yeast cream from the interchangeable transport reservoir via the dispensing opening,
wherein said interchangeable transport reservoir is a collapsible bag that permits the dispensing of a dosed quantity of yeast cream via the dispensing opening by activation of the opening/closing mechanism without entry of gas from outside the collapsible bag into the collapsible bag.

US Pat. No. 10,189,693

FILLING ELEMENT AND FILING MACHINE

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus for filling containers with liquid filling material, said apparatus comprising a filling element, said filling element comprising a filling-element housing comprising a dispensing opening through which filling material flows into a container and a liquid channel formed in said housing through which filling material flows towards said dispensing opening, and a liquid valve arranged in said liquid channel and disposed to control flow through said liquid channel into said container through said dispensing opening, wherein said liquid valve comprises an elastic diaphragm made of elastic material and a rod having a tapered end, wherein said filling element further comprises an actuator that causes said diaphragm to transition between a first state, in which said diaphragm butts against said tapered end, and a second state, in which said diaphragm is spaced apart from said tapered end, wherein said diaphragm is a hollow structure that is rotationally symmetric in relation to a diaphragm axis thereof, wherein, when said liquid valve opens, said diaphragm forms a continuation of said liquid channel, wherein said diaphragm comprises a funnel-shaped first section that narrows in the direction of said dispensing opening, wherein said diaphragm abuts against said tapered end when said valve is closed, and wherein said abutment occurs as a result of pressure from said actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,692

SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR RESTORING SHOPPING SPACE CONDITIONS

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A system for restoring shopping space conditions comprising:a motorized transport unit comprising at least one sensor; and
a central computer system comprising a wireless transceiver for communicating with the motorized transport unit, the central computer system being configured to:
identify a section of the shopping space having a dropped item;
instruct the motorized transport unit to travel to the section of the shopping space and collect information associated with the dropped item using the at least one sensor, wherein the at least one sensor comprises a barcode or Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader and the information associated with the dropped item comprises an item identifier;
determine a characteristic of the dropped item in the section of the shopping space based on the item identifier detected by the at least one sensor of the motorized transport unit, wherein the characteristic is retrieved from an item characteristics database using the item identifier; and
select a cleaning task from a plurality of cleaning tasks based on the characteristic of the dropped item.

US Pat. No. 10,189,691

SHOPPING FACILITY TRACK SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ROUTING MOTORIZED TRANSPORT UNITS

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A track system, comprising:an elevated track system comprising a series of elevated tracks that are positioned elevated above a sales floor and products, distributed over at least a portion of the sales floor of a shopping facility, and configured such that multiple motorized transport units travel along the series of elevated tracks in traversing at least portions of the shopping facility, wherein at least some of the elevated tracks are positioned above a drop down ceiling;
one or more chutes each cooperated with one of the elevated tracks and configured to provide a passage for one or more of the motorized transport units between the series of elevated tracks and the sales floor, wherein each of the one or more chutes have dimensions such that the motorized transport units are configured to be position within the chute while being transported through the chute; and
a safety catch cooperated under at least a first elevated track of the at least some of the elevated tracks and that extends over an area of the sales floor where people walk, wherein the safety catch is configured to catch objects that unintentionally fall from the first elevated track.

US Pat. No. 10,189,690

VEHICLE LIFT

Marta Fiorese, Albignase...

1. A vehicle lift including a vehicle support plane (1), a base plate (50), and a lifting/lowering mechanism (101) disposed between said vehicle support plane and said base plate, said lifting/lowering mechanism comprising:two pair of levers (2,3) each arranged laterally supporting said vehicle support plane, the levers (2,3) of each pair being articulated to one another scissor like in an intermediate section (4) defining parallel inner levers (2,2) and parallel outer levers (3,3), the inner levers of each pair each having a first end hingedly connected said vehicle support plane and each having a second end adapted to slide longitudinally on said base plate, the outer levers of each pair each having a first end adapted to slide longitudinally on an underside of said vehicle support plane and each having a second end hingedly connected to said base plate;
an articulated system (10) interconnecting the inner levers of the two pair of levers and including a rocker arm (11) comprising two lateral side wall elements (12) each hingedly connected at an intermediate axis (14) to a respective inner lever of said tow pair of levers, a first roller (20) rotatably supported on an axle pin (22) interconnecting said lateral side wall elements at a first end of said rocker arm, a second roller (21) rotatably supported on an axle pin (23) interconnecting said lateral side wall elements at a second end of said rocker arm, in a collapsed condition of said vehicle lift said first roller (20) engaging for rotation thereon a first inclined plane (30) and said second roller (21) engaging for rotation thereon a second inclined plane (31), said first and second inclined planes being upwardly converging; and
a fluid-dynamic actuator (9) articulated at a first end to a member interconnecting the second ends of the outer levers of the two pair of levers and operatively connected at a second end to said axle pin at the first end of said rocker arm of said articulated system,
whereby upon commencement of lifting and opening the vehicle lift, the fluid-dynamic actuator (9) acts on the articulated system (10) imparting a thrust to the axle pin at the first end of the rocker arm (11) causing the first roller (20) to move upwardly on the respective inclined plane (30) and as a result of the rocker action of the rocker arm (11) an upward movement is imparted to the intermediate axis (14) connecting the rocker arm (11) to the inner levers of the two pair of levers (2,3) resulting in upward movement of the inner levers and commencement of lifting and opening of the vehicle lift and simultaneously the second roller (21) is moved upwardly on the second inclined plane (31).

US Pat. No. 10,189,689

AUTOMOBILE JACK SYSTEM

1. An automobile jack, comprising:a housing having opposed side walls and opposed end walls, said side walls and said end walls collectively defining a perimeter of a hollow interior area, each said side wall defining a vertical channel with an open top end;
a ramp extending from said housing at a respective said end wall, said ramp having upper and lower ends;
a platform defining a tire-receiving surface;
first and second linkages, said first linkage having an upper arm pivotally connected to a lower arm along a first horizontal axis, said second linkage having an upper arm pivotally connected to a lower arm along a second horizontal axis, each upper arm being pivotally connected to said platform, each lower arm being pivotally connected to said housing;
a threaded yoke coupled to said second linkage, said threaded yoke being fixed along said second horizontal axis;
a power screw for selectively changing a distance between said first and second horizontal axes to thereby move said platform between a retracted configuration at which said tire-receiving surface is no higher than said upper end of said ramp and a raised configuration at which said tire-receiving surface is above said upper end of said ramp, said power screw having an input end and a threaded shaft, said input end being configured to receive rotational forces and rotate said threaded shaft, said threaded shaft being threaded through said threaded yoke, said threaded shaft extending through a respective said vertical channel when said platform is at said retracted configuration;
a wheel assembly having a wheel, a frame, and a biasing member;
wherein:
said wheel and said frame are movable between disengaged and engaged positions;
said wheel is separated from a ground surface when at said disengaged position;
said wheel is in contact with the ground surface when at said engaged position;
said biasing member biasing said wheel and said frame to said disengaged position;
said wheel assembly is adjacent a respective said housing end wall such that said hollow interior area is between said ramp and said wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,189,688

WINCH DRUM WITH INTERNAL WIRE STORAGE

NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO NO...

1. A winch drum device comprising:a first winch drum having a central axis of rotation and a radially outer surface configured to accommodate a plurality of axially displaced turns of wire rope;
an annular recess extending radially inward from the radially outer surface of the first winch drum and extending about the circumference of the radially outer surface of the first winch drum;
wherein the annular recess is configured to accommodate one or more turns of the wire rope and the first winch drum is configured to rotate about the central axis of rotation to pay in and pay out the wire rope from the annular recess.

US Pat. No. 10,189,687

ELECTRIC WINCH DEVICE AND MOBILE CRANE

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

1. An electric winch device which is to be mounted on a mobile crane including an operative part for hoisting work to cause the operative part to perform an operation for the hoisting work by winding up or letting out a rope connected to the operative part, the electric winch device comprising:a winch drum having an axis, the winch drum being provided on the mobile crane to be rotatable about the axis and being wound with the rope therearound;
a plurality of motors located on one side of the winch drum in an axial direction in which the axis of the winch drum extends, and arranged side by side in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the winch drum;
a gear mechanism which combines torques output from the plurality of motors; and
a transmitting part which transmits a resultant of torques combined by the gear mechanism to the winch drum to rotate the winch drum to thereby cause the winch drum to wind up or let out the rope, wherein
the gear mechanism includes an outputting member which is configured to be rotated owing to the resultant of torques output from the plurality of motors, and
the transmitting part includes a speed reducer which causes the winch drum to rotate at a lower rotational speed than a rotational speed of the outputting member,
each of the plurality of motors has a drive shaft which serves as an output shaft for the torque, the gear mechanism further includes a plurality of gears, each of the plurality of gears being coupled to a corresponding one of the drive shafts of the plurality of motors to rotate integrally with the corresponding one of the drive shafts,
the outputting member is a center gear which is meshed with each of the plurality of gears to combine the torques of the drive shafts to rotate owing to a resultant torque which is a combined torque of the drive shafts,
the transmitting part further includes a transmission shaft configured to be integrally rotatable with the center gear, and
the speed reducer is connected with the transmission shaft to receive an input of the rotation of the transmission shaft and configured to rotate the winch drum at a reduced rotational speed to which the rotational speed of the transmission shaft has been reduced at a predetermined speed reduction ratio, wherein at least one of the transmission shaft and the speed reducer is located within the winch drum.

US Pat. No. 10,189,684

COUNTERWEIGHT ATTACHMENT AND REMOVAL DEVICE AND COMBINATION OF SAME WITH COUNTERWEIGHT

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. A counterweight attachment and removal device to and from which a counterweight is attached and removed, the counterweight attachment and removal device comprising:a bracket fixed to a rear end of a construction machine;
a link with a base end thereof connected to the bracket;
a link cylinder configured to elevate and lower the link; and
a pair of coupling units disposed at a leading end of the link, wherein each of the pair of coupling units comprises:
a pair of coupling pieces extending from the link and configured to slew around a center axis of the link extending in a width direction and to tilt relative to the center axis, the coupling pieces being disposed at a distance from each other in the width direction; and
a coupling pin removably connected between extension ends of the pair of coupling pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,189,683

MOBILE CRANE WITH BALLAST RECEIVING APPARATUS

Liebherr-Werk Ehingen Gmb...

1. A mobile crane having an undercarriage and a superstructure rotatable with respect to the undercarriage about an axis of rotation and having a ballast receiving apparatus arranged at the superstructure and having at least one ballasting cylinder for receiving a ballast, whereina position of the ballasting cylinder receiving the ballast is variable in the ballast receiving apparatus such that the ballast can be received in positions of different distances from the axis of rotation of the superstructure,
the ballasting cylinder can be fixed in position via a locking mechanism, and
the locking mechanism comprises a spring-loaded pin which can be drawn against a spring force, with the pivoting of the respective ballasting cylinder arranged at a pivot console being able to be carried out from the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,189,682

RESCUE HOOK WITH INTEGRATED LIGHTING

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A bumper assembly for a rescue hoist, the bumper assembly comprising:a bumper having a barrel extending between a top end and a bottom end;
a top plate disposed on the top end, the top plate defining a compartment configured to house a power source; and
a first lighting element disposed on the bumper and configured to emit light in response to a current from the power source;
wherein the bumper includes at least one recess extending into an outer surface of the bumper, the at least one recess configured to house the first lighting element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,681

ESCALATOR OR MOVING WALKWAY WITH AT LEAST ONE ACCESS MODULE

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil (...

1. An escalator or moving walkway comprising:two access areas by which the escalator or the moving walkway can be entered or respectively exited;
components generating thermal losses arranged in at least one of the access areas in a component compartment below a walkable cover;
at least one walkable access module, which is arranged adjacent to the component compartment on an outside side of the component compartment;
wherein the walkable access module has a walkable area and a cavity, and wherein at least one opening is present between the component compartment and the cavity through which the thermal energy of the components generating thermal losses can be transferred from the component compartment to the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,189,680

LANDING-DOOR DOOR LOCK DEVICE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A landing-door door lock device, comprising a primary lock and a secondary lock, wherein the primary lock comprises a bottom plate and a locking arm, a counter weight is mounted on the locking arm, a moving ball is fixed onto the counter weight, a fixed ball is mounted on the bottom plate, and the secondary lock comprises a buckle plate, characterized in that: the locking arm (7) is rotationally connected onto the bottom plate (13) through a rotary shaft (8), a rear end of the locking arm is provided with a first kidney-shaped hole (16), the counter weight is fixed with the locking arm through the kidney-shaped hole, an arc-shaped hole (14) is opened on the counter weight, a shaft sleeve (15) is sheathed on a shaft of the fixed ball, the shaft sleeve penetrates into the arc-shaped hole, a second kidney-shaped hole is opened on the bottom plate, the fixed ball is fixed with the bottom plate through the kidney-shaped hole, a front end of the buckle plate is provided with a first lock hook (18), the locking arm is correspondingly provided thereon with a lock column (20), and the first lock hook is buckled on a first lock column.

US Pat. No. 10,189,679

ELEVATOR CAR POWER SUPPLY

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A ropeless elevator system, comprising:a vertically extending first lane;
a vertically extending second lane;
a transfer station extending between and in communication with the first and second lanes;
a first elevator car disposed in and arranged to move through the transfer station and the first and second lanes;
a propulsion system for propelling the first elevator car through at least the first and second lanes;
a first DC energy storage device carried by the first elevator car and configured to provide supplemental power to the elevator car during normal operation; and
a wireless power transfer system configured to periodically charge the first DC energy storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,677

ELEVATOR CONTROL SYSTEM WITH FACIAL RECOGNITION AND AUTHORIZED FLOOR DESTINATION VERIFICATION

Edward A. Bryant, Maplew...

1. A method for controlling an elevator car using facial recognition, comprising the steps of:providing at least one elevator car, the at least one elevator car controlled by an elevator control system;
providing a facial image database comprising facial image data of authorized passengers and corresponding authorized floor destination data for each such passenger;
providing a facial recognition program capable of comparing a facial image stored in the facial image database to video data output from a first imaging device, the facial recognition program in communication with the elevator control system;
providing a first imaging device capable of outputting video data;
detecting an elevator passenger's upturned head and recognizing a facial image of the elevator passenger's face in a field of view of the first imaging device;
capturing the elevator passenger's facial image using video data output from the first imaging device;
comparing the captured facial image to the facial image data;
determining a match between the captured facial image and a facial image stored in the facial image database;
sending a signal to the elevator control system to call the at least one elevator car in a preferred up/down direction; and
sending a signal to the elevator control system to move the at least one elevator car to the elevator passenger's authorized floor destination.

US Pat. No. 10,189,676

APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING A RESCUE RUN IN AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM BY SELECTING RESCUE FUNCTIONS TO UTILIZE TO PERFORM THE RESCUE RUN AND A METHOD OF PERFORMING SAME

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for performing a rescue run, the method comprising:receiving information from sensors measuring an operation of an elevator about points being measured with the sensors;
reading, from a non-volatile memory device, rescue run functions that are selectable to perform the rescue run;
automatically selecting one or more of the rescue run functions based on information received from the sensors; and
performing the rescue run including the selected one or more rescue run functions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,675

FULLY ADJUSTABLE BRAKE CONTROLLER WITHOUT NEED OF DC-LINK

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An adjustable brake controller of an elevator brake, comprising:a DC bus;
first terminals for connecting the adjustable brake controller to a first magnetizing coil;
second terminals for connecting the adjustable brake controller to a second magnetizing coil;
a first controllable power switch coupled between the first terminals and the DC bus, the first controllable power switch being configured to supply electric power from the DC bus to the first magnetic coil responsive to a first control signal;
a second controllable power switch coupled between the second terminals and the DC bus, the second controllable power switch being configured to supply electric power from the DC bus to the second magnetizing coil responsive to a second control signal; and
a controller configured to generate the first and the second control signals for controlling the first and second controllable power switches, respectively, the controller having
a brake open mode for opening a brake, wherein the first and second control signals have a same specified pattern, and
a brake holding mode for holding the brake open, wherein the first and second control signals have a different specified pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,189,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet on which the image has been formed to an outside of the image forming apparatus;
a first supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the first discharging portion;
an image reading portion configured to read the image formed on the sheet;
a first switching portion configured to switch between a first position to cause the sheet discharged by the first discharging portion to be conveyed to the first supporting portion and a second position to cause the sheet to be conveyed toward the image reading portion configured to read the image;
a second discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion to the outside of the image forming apparatus;
a second supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the second discharging portion; and
a second switching portion configured to switch between a third position to cause the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion to be conveyed toward the second discharging portion and a fourth position to cause the sheet to be conveyed toward the image forming unit,
wherein the image reading portion is disposed above the first discharging portion in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,673

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING LIQUID NUTRIENTS BETWEEN PARALLEL ROWS OF STANDING CROPS

Alig Enviromental Solutio...

1. A method of efficiently applying liquid nutrients to parallel rows of standing crops growing in a field with minimal damage to the crops, the method comprising the steps ofwinding an elongated flexible drag hose onto a power driven hose reel with the drag hose having an inlet and an outlet,
supporting the hose reel with a vehicle for axial movement of the hose reel adjacent a first end of the field and perpendicular to the rows of crops,
connecting the drag hose extending from the hose reel to an elongated substantially rigid boom having an end portion connected to a central portion of an elongated applicator connected to a tractor positioned to move between the rows of standing crops,
pulling the drag hose longitudinally directly from the hose reel with the tractor and between two of the parallel rows of crops and in alignment with the center of the tractor,
pivotally connecting the boom to the applicator with the applicator extending laterally substantially beyond opposite sides of the tractor,
connecting the drag hose to a liquid distribution line of the applicator with the distribution line having outlets located between the rows of crops,
pumping the liquid nutrients from a supply source into the inlet of the drag hose supported by the hose reel,
pulling the drag hose with the tractor directly from the hose reel between the two rows of crops with the hose reel rotating on its axis while the applicator and distribution line supply the liquid nutrients to a first group of at least six of the parallel rows of standing crops,
maintaining the drag hose between the two rows of crops while pulling the drag hose from the reel with the tractor,
turning the tractor and applicator at an opposite second end of the field while the boom and the applicator are elevated above the crops and with the boom pivoting to a continuous supply position projecting outwardly and longitudinally from an end portion of the applicator about one half the length of the applicator and to position the tractor with the applicator extending transversely to a second group of at least six of the parallel rows of crops,
returning the tractor and the applicator to the first end of the field with the boom in the continuous supply position for continuously supplying the liquid nutrients through the drag hose and distribution line to the second group of rows of crops,
maintaining the drag hose between the two rows of crops with the boom and applicator extending transversely from the tractor and with the boom in the continuous supply position projecting from the end portion of the applicator above the crops while rewinding the drag hose directly onto the hose reel,
synchronizing the rewinding of the drag hose onto the hose reel with the returning of the tractor and applicator,
moving the hose reel axially with the vehicle to a third group of at least six rows of crops, and
repeating the above steps to apply the liquid nutrients to the third group of the parallel rows of crops.

US Pat. No. 10,189,671

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE SUBSEQUENT PROCESSING OF PRINTED PRODUCTS

Muller Martini Holding AG...

1. A device for processing printed products (4,5) comprising,a transport device (10,12) for transporting printed products (4) along a transport path (100), wherein said transport device includes a plurality of transport members (11,13) arranged behind one another in the transport direction (101) for respectively transporting a printed product (4) to be processed;
a plurality of processing devices (3,6,7,8) that are arranged along the transport path (100) for sequentially modifying the transported printed products (4);
a controller (9) operatively connected to the transport device (10,12) and at least one of the processing devices (3,6,7,8) for mutual communication of control signals;
a lighting system (20) extending along the transport path (100) and operatively connected to the controller (9); wherein
the lighting system (20) is divided into individual lighting segments (21.1,21.n) along the transport path;
each lighting segment (21.1, . . . , 21.n) comprises at least one activatable light source (22); and
each lighting segment (21.1, . . . , 21.n) is operatively connected to the controller (9) for receiving a segment control signal,
wherein the controller (9) monitors the control signals for information on the presence and status of the printed products (4) and in response to said information, generates a control signal to separately activate a light source in each individual lighting segment (21.1, . . . , 21.n) to provide a visual indication of the current status of a printed product (4) in proximity to the activated lighting segment (21.1, . . . , 21.n).

US Pat. No. 10,189,670

PAPER SHEET HANDLING MACHINE AND PAPER SHEET HANDLING METHOD

GLORY LTD., Himeji-shi, ...

1. A sheet handling machine comprising:an inlet unit through which a sheet is inserted from an outside of a housing into an inside thereof;
a transport unit configured to transport the sheet inserted in the inlet unit;
a recognition unit disposed on the transport unit and configured to recognize the sheet being transported by the transport unit;
a storage unit configured to store the sheet recognized by the recognition unit; and
a shifting unit provided in the transport unit, wherein
when the sheet is recognized by the recognition unit as a hybrid sheet having a first portion that includes paper and a second portion that includes predetermined material other than the paper, the shifting unit shifts the hybrid sheet being transported by the transport unit, in a width direction orthogonal to a direction in which the sheet is transported, according to a position, in the width direction, of a specific member in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,669

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS, POST-PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETERMINATION OF WHETHER OR NOT TO PERFORM POST-PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A post-processing apparatus configured to perform post-processing, using an attached post-processing member, on a sheet received from an image forming apparatus, and one of a first post-processing member and a second post-processing member is selectively attached thereto as the post-processing member, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a type of the attached post-processing member;
a control unit configured to receive an instruction from the image forming apparatus and control an execution of the post-processing using the attached post-processing member; and
a setting switch configured to receive, from a user, a setting of whether or not to enable the post-processing using the second post-processing member,
wherein the control unit is further configured to:
in a case where the type of the post-processing member detected by the detection unit corresponds to the first post-processing member, regardless of the setting of the setting switch, determine whether to execute the post-processing using the first post-processing member based on presence or absence of an instruction to execute the post-processing using the first post-processing member from the image forming apparatus, and
in a case where the type of the post-processing member detected by the detection unit corresponds to the second post-processing member, determine whether to execute the post-processing using the second post-processing member based on the setting of the setting switch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,668

SHEET CUTTING MACHINE

Horizon International Inc...

1. A sheet cutting machine for cutting a first sheet into second sheets and margins, the machine comprising:a first conveying part arranged to convey the first sheet along a conveying path;
a cutting part arranged downstream of and apart from the first conveying part to cut the first sheet in a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction;
a sorting unit arranged to remove the margins from the conveying path, the margins being cut off from the first sheet by the cutting part; and
a control unit configured to control the first conveying part, the cutting part and the sorting unit based on. cutting information about cutting of the first sheet,
the sorting unit including:
a second conveying part arranged downstream of and apart from the cutting part to receive the first sheet from the first conveying part and to convey the second sheets cut off from the first sheet by the cutting part;
a retracting mechanism arranged to upwardly retract the second conveying part from the conveying path; and
a deflecting plate for deflecting the first sheet away from the conveying path while the first sheet is conveyed by the first conveying part, the deflecting plate being moved together with the second conveying part by the retracting mechanism, wherein
when a first length in the conveying, direction of the margin to be cut off is shorter than a predetermined distance between the cutting part and the second conveying part, the first sheet is fed to the cutting part by the first conveying part while the second conveying part is kept positioned at the conveying path, and the margin is cut off from the first sheet by the cutting part, and
when a second length is equal to or longer than. the predetermined distance, the first sheet is fed to the cutting part by the first conveying, part after the second conveying part is retracted from the conveying path by the retracting mechanism, and the margin is cut off from the first sheet by the cutting part, and wherein
the deflecting plate is apart from the conveying path when the second conveying part stays at the conveying path, and
the deflecting plate stays at the conveying path when the second conveying part is apart from the conveying path.

US Pat. No. 10,189,666

SHEET TRAY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A sheet tray comprising:a first tray including:
a first surface extending in a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and
a first guide portion extending along the first surface in the first direction;
a second tray including:
a second surface extending parallel to the first surface; and
a second guide portion slidably engaging the first guide portion, the second tray being configured to move between a stored position where the second surface overlaps the first surface of the first tray in an orthogonal direction to the first surface and an extended position where an overlap between the first surface and the second surface is smaller in the first direction than the overlap between the first surface and the second surface with the second tray at the stored position; and
a third tray including a third surface extending parallel to the second surface, the third tray being pivotally supported by the second surface of the second tray via a pivot shaft extending in the orthogonal direction, the third tray being pivotable about the pivot shaft between a first stowed position where the third surface overlaps the second surface in the orthogonal direction and a first extended position where an overlap between the third surface and the second surface is smaller than the overlap between the third surface and the second surface when the third tray is at the first stowed position,
wherein one of the first tray and the third tray includes a columnar portion extending in the orthogonal direction, the columnar portion protruding toward the other of the first tray and the third tray in an area where, when the second tray is located at the stored position and the third tray is located at the first stowed position, the first tray overlaps the third tray in the orthogonal direction, and
wherein the other of the first tray and the third tray includes a cutout shaped along a path where the columnar portion moves when the third tray moves from the first stowed position to the first extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,665

UNWINDER OF REELS OF WEB MATERIAL

A.CELLI NONWOVENS S.P.A.,...

1. An unwinder of reels of web material wound around winding spindles, comprising:an unwinding station with at least one unwinding member to rotate a reel that is located in said unwinding station and feed the web material toward a delivery path;
lifting members to lift a spindle of a first exhausted reel from said unwinding station in a removal position;
an insertion member to insert a second reel into said unwinding station;
a pressing member to press the web material coming from the first reel in the removal position against the second reel in the unwinding station; and
a severing member arranged and controlled to sever the web material of said first reel in an area comprised between the removal position and said pressing member, wherein said pressing member is arranged and controlled to press the web material of the first reel against a lateral surface of the second reel so as: to generate friction between the lateral surface of the second reel and the web material, such that rotation of the second reel and a pressure exerted by the pressing member causes the first reel to be drawn into rotation and to deliver by pulling the web material remaining around the first reel, such that a residual web material is drawn from the first reel; and to provide pressure to cause adhesion of the web material of the first reel to the web material of the second reel, by means of a double-sided adhesive tape interposed between the two web materials, wherein a braking system is associated with said lifting members to brake the spindle of said first reel located in the removal position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,664

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:a tray on which a sheet having an image formed thereon is stacked;
a stapler, arranged at an upstream side in a first direction which is a sheet discharge direction with respect to the tray, configured to execute a binding processing on the sheet;
a first discharge section configured to move from a reference position at the upstream side of the tray in the first direction while supporting the sheet, and execute a discharge processing of the sheet;
a controller configured to cause the first discharge section to move from the reference position to a downstream side in the first direction and stop at a processing position, and to drive the stapler to execute the binding processing on the sheet supported by the first discharge section;
a second discharge section configured to receive the sheet from the first discharge section at the downstream side of the processing position and move to the downstream side to execute the discharge processing of the sheet;
a motor configured to drive the first discharge section and the second discharge section;
a clutch configured to be connected to transmit a driving force from the motor to the first discharge section, and to be disconnected to block transmission of the driving force, and
a spring configured to energize the first discharge section towards the reference position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,663

PRINT MEDIA TRANSPORT APPARATUS

HP SCITEX LTD., Netanya ...

1. A print media transport apparatus comprising:an endless track comprising:
a printing zone,
a descending zone, and
an ascending zone; and
a plurality of pallets circulating on the endless track, each pallet of the plurality of pallets having a upper surface to support print media, the plurality of pallets forming an endless loop, adjacent pallets being linked by a coupling mechanism allowing variable spacing between the adjacent pallets, wherein while a pallet is on the printing zone of the track, the spacing remains constant, and while a pallet is on the descending and ascending zones of the track, the spacing is at a minimum.

US Pat. No. 10,189,662

MEDIUM SUPPLYING APPARATUS

PFU Limited, Ishikawa (J...

1. A medium supplying apparatus comprising:a separator roller configured to convey media to a downstream side in a conveying direction by being driven to rotate in the conveying direction in which the media are conveyed;
a retard roller that is disposed to face the separator roller and is configured to be driven to rotate in a direction opposite to the conveying direction while applying a predetermined conveying load to the media through a torque control mechanism;
a double feed detecting sensor that is disposed on a downstream side of the separator roller and the retard roller in the conveying direction and is configured to detect a double feed of the media; and
a control unit configured to
convey, by the separator roller, the media to the downstream side in the conveying direction;
detect, by the double feed detecting sensor, a double feed of the media while conveying the media to the downstream side in the conveying direction;
stop, in response to detecting the double feed of the media, rotation drive of the separator roller;
convey, by the retard roller, a part of the media to an upstream side in the conveying direction; and
check, by the double feed detecting sensor, for the double feed of the media repeatedly until the media is determined to become one sheet while the rotation drive of the separator roller is being stopped and the part of the media is being conveyed to the upstream side in the conveying direction,
wherein when the media is determined to become one sheet, the rotation drive of the separator roller is restarted,
wherein the retard roller conveys the part of the media to the upstream side in the conveying direction while awaiting a predetermined time td before restarting rotation drive of the separator, and
wherein the predetermined time td satisfies an expression of td?L0/Vre, wherein L0 represents a distance from where the separator roller and the retard roller come in contact each other to the double feed detecting sensor, and Vre represents a reverse peripheral speed of the retard roller when conveying the media in a conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,661

VACUUM WHEEL WITH SEPARATE CONTACT AND VACUUM SURFACES

Core Flow Ltd., Daliyat ...

1. A vacuum wheel for transporting a substrate, the vacuum wheel comprising:a fixed conduit that is connectable to a suction source;
at least one vacuum surface on a circumference of the vacuum wheel, the vacuum surface including a plurality of vacuum openings that are distributed around the circumference, such that rotation of the wheel causes vacuum openings of said plurality of vacuum openings to successively fluidically connect to the fixed conduit such that when suction is applied by the suction source to the fixed conduit, suction is applied to one or more of said plurality of vacuum openings that are currently fluidically connected to the fixed conduit; and
at least one contact surface on the circumference of the vacuum wheel, said at least one contact surface being adjacent to and extending outward beyond the vacuum surface such that, when the suction is applied to said one or more of said plurality of vacuum openings, the substrate is drawn toward the vacuum surface, so as to contact said at least one contact surface without contacting the vacuum surface, and so as to apply a friction force between said at least one contact surface and the substrate to transport the substrate when the wheel rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,189,660

AUXILIARY MEDIA UNIT TRANSPORTER FOR MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICES

ZIH Corp., Lincolnshire,...

1. A media processing device having a housing, the media processing device comprising:a motorized media unit transporter configured to drive a media unit along a media processing path defined within the housing between an unprocessed media unit source and a processed media unit output;
an auxiliary media unit transporter including a roller, a converter fixedly connected to the roller, and a bias member connected to the converter;
the auxiliary media unit transporter configured to:
(i) in a first operating mode:
receive the media unit from the motorized media unit transporter into engagement with the roller to drive the roller and the converter concurrently; and
via rotation of the converter, deform the bias member from a resting position to a primed position; and
(ii) in a second operating mode:
initiated upon rotation of the converter in the first operating mode to a bias release position, propel the media unit by releasing the bias member from the primed position to drive rotation of the converter and the roller concurrently as the bias member returns to the resting position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,659

PAPER SHEET HANDLING APPARATUS AND PAPER SHEET HANDLING METHOD

GLORY LTD., Himeji-shi, ...

1. A paper sheet handling apparatus comprising:a first transporting unit configured to transport a plurality of paper sheets in a stacked state in a horizontal state;
a second transporting unit configured to receive and transport the stacked paper sheets transported by the first transporting unit, the second transporting unit including a sandwiching unit that has an upper sandwiching member and a lower sandwiching member and is configured to sandwich the stacked paper sheets received from the first transporting unit and release the stacked paper sheets, and a holding member configured to hold edges on a lower side of the stacked paper sheets released from the sandwiching unit; and
a feeding unit configured to feed the stacked paper sheets transported by the second transporting unit one by one, wherein
the sandwiching unit is configured to move so that the stacked paper sheets being sandwiched by the sandwiching unit are inclined from the horizontal state so as to make an angle to a horizontal plane while the edges on the lower side of the stacked paper sheets are held by the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,658

STACKING DEVICE FOR STACKING VALUE DOCUMENTS

1. A stacking apparatus for stacking value documents which are individually transported to the stacking apparatus by a transport system along a transport path at a transport velocity, the stacking apparatus comprising:a stack deposit device for receiving a stack of the value documents, and
a braking device for braking the value documents which were individually transported to the stacking apparatus by the transport system, wherein the braking device is arranged immediately before the stack deposit device along the transport path of the value documents,whereinthe braking device has a transport shaft and a braking shaft oriented parallel thereto, between which the respective value document is transported through,
on the transport shaft there is mounted at least one driving roller, which is firmly mounted on the transport shaft, and there is mounted at least one roller rotatably supported on the transport shaft, and
on the braking shaft there is mounted at least one cam roller, which is firmly mounted on the braking shaft, and there is mounted at least one eccentric roller,
wherein the at least one eccentric roller has an eccentric core firmly mounted on the braking shaft in an eccentric position, and
wherein a cam of the cam roller and the eccentric core of the eccentric roller are mounted on the braking shaft at a mutual angular offset such that by a rotation of the braking shaft it can be attained that
the cam of the cam roller can be brought into engagement with the opposing rotatably supported roller so that a value document transported through therebetween is clamped between the cam of the cam roller and the rotatably supported roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,656

SHINGLE WITH REINFORCED NAIL ZONE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A roofing shingle comprising:an overlay sheet including a mat and an asphalt coating applied to the mat, and defining an upper headlap portion and a lower tab portion;
an underlay sheet including a mat and an asphalt coating applied to the mat, the underlay sheet having a front surface secured to the overlay sheet such that a region of the underlay sheet overlaps a region of the headlap portion of the overlay sheet; and
a reinforcement material having an interior surface secured directly to the asphalt coating on the headlap portion of the overlay sheet without extending into the tab portion to provide a reinforced nail zone along a longitudinal axis of the shingle, wherein the reinforcement material is configured to improve nail pull-through, with the reinforcement material and the headlap portion providing a nail pull-through value that is greater than an otherwise identical shingle having no such reinforcement material;
wherein the interior surface of the reinforcement material is treated using one of a coating, adhesive, corona treatment, etching, perforations, and surface roughening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,655

TRANSPORTING APPARATUS

1. A transporting apparatus, comprising a track and at least one movable element movable along said track, said movable element comprising a supporting body, said track comprising a first guiding surface and a further first guiding surface facing towards said supporting body, a second guiding surface and a further second guiding surface facing away from said supporting body, and a third guiding surface arranged transversally to said first guiding surface and said second guiding surface and a further third guiding surface arranged transversally to said further first guiding surface and said further second guiding surface, wherein said movable element comprises a first couple of rollers slidably coupled to said first guiding surface, a further first couple of rollers slidably coupled to said further first guiding surface, a second couple of rollers slidably coupled to said second guiding surface, a further second couple of rollers slidably coupled to said further second guiding surface, a third couple of rollers slidably coupled to said third guiding surface and a further third couple of rollers slidably coupled to said further third guiding surface, andfurther comprising four rotation units each supporting a group of three rollers, each group of three rollers comprising a roller belonging to said first couple of rollers or to said further first couple of rollers, a further roller belonging to said second couple of rollers or, respectively, to said further second couple of rollers and a still further roller belonging to said third couple of rollers or, respectively, to said further third couple of rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,189,653

DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING CONTAINERS, SUCH AS BEVERAGE BOTTLES

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. Device for transporting containers (2), comprising a transport element (3) and including a plurality of container grippers (4, 4a) provided at the transport element (3) for gripping and holding the containers (2), wherein each container gripper (4, 4a) comprises at least two pivoting gripping arms (5, 5a), which are tensioned by at least one spring element (14, 14a) into a closed position, and at least one control element or blocking element (15), which forms at least one control surface with at least two sections (15.1, 15.2), supported on which are the spring elements (14) taking effect on the gripping arms (5, 5a), and which can be moved at least between a first position, corresponding to a releasing state of the container gripper (4, 4a), in which the respective spring element (14, 14a) is supported at a first section (15.1) of the control surface, and a second position, corresponding to a blocking state of the container gripper (4, 4a), in which the respective spring element (14, 14a), additionally tensioned, is supported at a second section (15.2) of the control surface, wherein the respective control element or blocking element (15) can be moved axially in a blocking element axis (AS) between the first and second position, and that the sections (15.1, 15.2) are provided in the blocking element axis (AS) following one another, and wherein the control elements or blocking elements (15) form, at their ends located at a distance from one another in the direction of the blocking element axis (AS), further control surfaces for control curves (19, 20), not moved with the transport element (3), for the moving of the control elements or blocking elements (15) between the first and second position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,652

BOTTLE RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFORE

DELTRONIC LABS, INC., Ch...

1. An apparatus for receiving a bottle, comprising:a chute configured for receiving the bottle therein, said chute having an inlet for receiving the bottle, an outlet through which the bottle exits said chute, and a chute interior defined by a wall extending longitudinally between said inlet and said outlet through which said bottle moves; and
at least one stop member pivotally secured to said chute for movement within said chute interior between a first position wherein said stop member extends within said chute interior such that a distal end of said stop member is positioned away from said chute wall to engage said bottle when said bottle is received within said chute, and a second position wherein said distal end of said stop member is moved towards said chute wall in a direction from said inlet to said outlet by said bottle moving within said chute in a direction from said inlet to said outlet, said stop member being biased from said second position towards said first position and moveable from said first position towards said second position by said bottle against said bias to allow said bottle to pass thereby when moving within said chute in a direction from said inlet to said outlet, said distal end of said stop member extending a sufficient distance from said wall when in said first position to engage and inhibit removal of said bottle from within said chute moving in a direction from the interior of said chute through said inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,189,651

ITEM INFEED APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A PALLETIZER

Top Tier, LLC, Clackamas...

1. A method of assembling rows of items in a palletizer, each item having a leading edge and a trailing edge, the method comprising the steps of:a. delivering a first item to a first conveyer;
b. engaging the trailing edge of the first item with a pusher and aligning the first item so that the trailing edge is parallel to the pusher;
c. delivering the first item with the pusher to a row accumulator wherein the row accumulator further comprises a second conveyer and the step of delivering the first item with the pusher to the row accumulator includes advancing the first item on the second conveyer to a desired position thereon; and
d. determining the position of the trailing edge of the first item on the row accumulator by detecting the position of the pusher.

US Pat. No. 10,189,650

CARD FOR CLEANING PRINTED MEDIA TRANSPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING SAME

KICTeam, Inc., Auburn, M...

1. A cleaning system for cleaning a currency transport device comprising:a cleaning substrate sized and configured to fit within at least a portion of a media travel pathway of a currency transport device, wherein the cleaning substrate comprises:
a cleaning face; and
a locking member configured to be positioned inside the currency transport device to secure the cleaning substrate in at least one substantially fixed position within the currency transport device while the currency transport device is operated, wherein:
the locking member comprises a tab connected to the cleaning face and extends away from the cleaning face so that, when the cleaning face is positioned in the media travel pathway, the tab will extend outside of the media travel pathway to another area of the currency transport device; and
the tab includes a first receptacle that is positioned to, when placed in the currency transport device, align with a first post of the currency transport device to secure the cleaning substrate within the media travel pathway in a first substantially fixed position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,649

CONVEYING SYSTEM

Phoenix Conveyor Belt Sys...

1. A conveying system for conveying material, the conveying system comprising:a continuous conveyor belt having upper and lower strands;
a non-destructive inspection device mounted at said lower strand and being configured to inspect said continuous conveyor belt and to generate and output a result of an inspection of said conveyor belt;
an adjustable drive drum element operatively connected to said conveyor belt;
an adjustable deflection drum element operatively connected to said conveyor belt;
an adjustable stripper element mounted at said lower strand ahead of said non-destructive inspection device so as to permit removal of any residual quantities of said material before said lower strand reaches said inspection device; and,
a control unit for adjusting any one of said elements in dependence upon said result of said inspection.

US Pat. No. 10,189,648

FLEXIBLE AUGER CONVEYOR

RECOVER ENERGY SERVICES I...

1. An auger conveyor apparatus particularly adapted for conveying materials from a first point to at least one additional second point comprising,at least one section of auger flighting attached to a rotation resistant flexible wire rope shaft section,
an elongated conduit at least partially surrounding the at least one section of auger flighting creating a housing for the auger flighting, the conduit including at least one flighting inlet section and at least one flighting outlet section extending along the length of the conduit and at least one end wall,
the conveyor capable of having more than one axis of travel over the entirety of the length of the conduit,
at least one first bearing at or near the inlet and/or outlet section,
the at least one bearing capable of being attached to a rigid drive shaft operatively attached to the flexible wire rope shaft section, and
a mechanical rotation power source connected to the rigid drive shaft capable of causing the flighting and shaft to simultaneously rotate about the more than one axis of travel,
including at least one button compressed against the flexible wire rope shaft section creating a solid point to which the auger flighting is attached,
wherein the button is steel and is capable of being used as a point of contact for a hangar bearing to suspend the button and wire rope section within the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,646

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISTRIBUTING ARTICLES IN A STORAGE COMPARTMENT

REDDY ICE TECHNOLOGY LLC,...

17. A bagged ice storage and dispensing system, comprising:a temperature controlled storage unit having an internal storage area, an upper wall, a lower wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and opposite ends, at least one door in the front wall allowing access to the storage area;
the lower wall of the storage unit defining at least a first row of adjacent storage positions configured to support stacked bags of ice;
an opening in the upper wall communicating with a bagged ice supplier and configured to receive successive bags of ice for distribution into the storage unit;
a bag distributing unit secured in an upper portion of the storage unit and extending horizontally above the first row of storage positions, the distributing unit comprising a horizontal rail extending parallel to the first row, a carriage movably mounted on the horizontal rail, a horizontal drive configured to drive the carriage back and forth in a horizontal path along the rail, a horizontal support platform mounted on the carriage, the platform having a conveyor configured to support a bag of ice on the platform and a conveyor drive associated with the conveyor which is configured to drive the conveyor in at least a first direction to convey a bag off the platform and drop the bag into an underlying storage position; and
a controller associated with the bag distributing unit and configured to control the horizontal drive and conveyor drive to drive the support platform to selected positions in the horizontal path and to actuate the conveyor drive at each selected position to convey a bag off the platform and into the underlying storage position;
wherein the lower wall of the storage unit defines first and second side-by-side rows of stacked bag storage positions, and the support platform is movably mounted on the carriage, the system further comprising a platform drive configured to move the platform between a first position for distributing bags into the first row and a second position for distributing bags into the second row, the controller being configured to control the platform drive to move the platform back and forth between the first and second positions for distribution of bags into the first and second rows, respectively; and
wherein the carriage has a support arm extending transverse to the first and second rows and the platform is movably mounted on the support arm, the support arm having a lower wall facing the lower wall of the storage unit, and first and second detectors are positioned on the lower wall and configured to detect bag fill levels in the storage positions in the first and second rows, respectively, the detectors having outputs connected to the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,644

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving force transmission device comprising:a rotatable sun gear;
a planetary gear that meshes with the sun gear and can revolve around the sun gear;
an inner-tooth gear that meshes with the planetary gear and can rotate coaxially with the sun gear, one of the sun gear, the inner-tooth gear, and the carrier being an input member, another one being an output member, and the remaining one being a first rotational member;
a carrier that rotatably supports the planetary gear and can rotate coaxially with the sun gear; and
a second rotational member meshing with the first rotational member and being configured to rotate by a driving force from a drive source,
wherein the driving force from the drive source is configured to be transmitted from the input member to the output member,
wherein, in a state in which the rotation of the first rotational member is stopped by stopping the rotation of the second rotational member when the input member is caused to rotate unidirectionally by the driving force from the drive source, the output member rotates in a first direction, and
wherein, in a state in which the first rotational member is caused to rotate in the same direction as the input member by rotating the second rotational member, the output member rotates in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,641

STORAGE SYSTEM

Autostore Technology AS, ...

1. A storage system, comprisinga first grid structure of storage cells, each storage cell of the first grid structure being arranged to accommodate a vertical stack of storage bins, the first grid structure having a top level,
a first vehicle, arranged to move horizontally at the top level of the first grid structure, wherein the first vehicle is on top of rails that are provided in the top level of the first grid structure,
a second grid structur of storage cells, each storage cell of the second grid structure being arranged to accommodate a vertical stack of storage bins, the second grid structure being arranged at a different vertical level than the first grid structure,
a second vehicle, arranged to move horizontally at the top level of the second grid structure, wherein the second vehicle is on top of rails that are provided in the top level of the second grid structure,
a third grid structure of storage cells, each storage cell of the third grid structure being arranged to accommodate a vertical stack of storage bins, the third grid structure being arranged on a different vertical level than the first grid structure and the second grid structure,
a third vehicle, arranged to move horizontally at the top level of the third grid strucutre, wherein the third vehicle is on top of rails that are provided in the top level of the third grid structure,
a bin lift device, arranged to receive a bin from said vehicles and convey the bin, without said vehicles, in a vertical direction between the top levels of the first grid structure, the second grid structure, the third grid structure, and a delivery station,
wherein the first vehicle is further arranged to receive a storage bin from a storage cell at the top level of the first grid structure and to deliver the storage bin to the bin lift device, wherein the bin lift device is arranged to receive the storage bin from the first vehicle, and wherein the bin lift device is further arranged to convey the storage bin, without the first vehicle, in a vertical direction from the top level of the first grid structure to the delivery station,
wherein the second vehicle is further arranged to receive a storage bin from a storage cell at the top level of the second grid structure and to deliver the storage bin to the bin lift device, wherein the bin lift device is arranged to receive the storage bin from the second vehicle, and wherein the bin lift device is further arranged to convey the storage bin, without the second vehicle, in a vertical direction from the top level of the second grid structure to the delivery station,
wherein the third vehicle is further arranged to receive a storage bin from a storage cell at the top level of the third grid structure and to deliver the storage bin to the bin lift device, wherein the bin lift device is arranged to receive the storage bin from the third vehicle, and wherein the bin lift device is further arranged to convey the storage bin, without the third vehicle, in a vertical direction from the top level of the third grid structure to the delivery station, and
wherein the second grid structure is arranged below the first grid structure, and the third grid structure is arranged below the second grid structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,640

CONTAINER HAVING GENERALLY L-SHAPED SLOTTED TRACKS TO FACILITATE MOVEMENT OF DUNNAGE

Bradford Company, Hollan...

1. A container for holding product therein during shipment, the container comprising:a bottom and two sides;
two stationary guides, each of the guides being spaced inwardly from each side of the container and generally parallel to the container sides, each of the guides having a generally L-shaped slotted track extending through the guide, each of the generally L-shaped slotted tracks having at least one substantially horizontally oriented portion and at least one substantially vertically oriented portion extending towards the container bottom from each substantially horizontally oriented portion and terminating proximate the container bottom; and
a plurality of movable dunnage supports generally inside the container, each of the dunnage supports having portions engaged with and slidable along the slotted tracks to facilitate movement of dunnage supported by the dunnage supports.

US Pat. No. 10,189,639

TEA DISPLAY AND STORAGE DEVICE

1. A tea display and storage device comprisingone or more tea bags
a cover with a fastener attached;
a plurality of pages attached by a binding to said cover; and
a plurality of tea bag holders comprising pockets formed by material coupled to the pages by seams, wherein a pocket is sized to accommodate a tea bag of the one or more tea bags such that a first portion of the tea bag is fully seated in the pocket and a second portion of the tea bag is uncovered by the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,189,638

EASY POURING PACKAGING POUCH

Amcor Flexibles Italia S....

1. Packaging pouch for a viscous content, the pouch comprising a flexible multilayer laminate, said laminate comprising an inner layer in contact, in use, with the content of said pouch, the pouch comprising a top region and a bottom region and one or more cross-seal(s), said pouch comprising a tearable venting means in the bottom region, allowing the penetration of air behind the viscous content to remove the vacuum, when the pouch is turned upside down, in order to improve the pouring speed of food contained in the pouch and to decrease the amount of residue left in said pouch after pouring.

US Pat. No. 10,189,637

CONTAINER HAVING EXCELLENT SLIPPING PROPERTY FOR FLUID CONTENTS

TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDING...

1. A container for containing fluid substance as a content, wherein:a container surface that comes in contact with said content is formed of a resin composition that contains a forming-resin and an immiscible-liquid that is immiscible with said fluid substance;
the container contains a fluid substance as a content;
the fluid substance contained as said content has a viscosity at 25° C. of not less than 100 cps;
the resin composition forms an inner surface of the container that comes in contact with said content, and contains the liquid immiscible with the content in an amount of not less than 3% by weight;
the container has a multilayered structure on condition that the inner surface of the container that comes in contact with said content is formed of said resin composition; and
a covering ratio F with the immiscible-liquid is not less than 0.26, the covering ratio F being represented by the following formula (1),
F=(cos ??cos ?B)/(cos ?A?cos ?B)  (1)
wherein ? is a water contact angle on the container surface formed of said resin composition,
?A is a water contact angle on the immiscible liquid, and
?B is a water contact angle on the forming-resin.

US Pat. No. 10,189,636

INDICATOR SYSTEM FOR A COMBINED PROCEDURE DRAPE AND BAG

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A method for deploying an indicator integrated with a combined drape and carrying bag unit used in medical and surgical settings, comprising:laying out a combined drape and bag carrying unit convertible from a first, mat configuration to a second, carrying bag configuration, said unit comprising:
a centrally positioned, generally rectangular shaped portion for the disposition of an instrument,
a drawstring casing along the periphery of said unit with a continuous drawstring disposed therein,
at least two drawstring access openings positioned along said drawstring casing, thereby exposing a portion of said drawstring to medical personnel, and
an indicator fixedly attached to said drawstring along a particular length of said drawstring, said indicator contained within said drawstring casing while said combined drape and bag carrying unit is in said first configuration; and
placing medical waste or used medical equipment in the centrally positioned, generally rectangular shaped portion;
pulling on portions of said drawstring exposed at said drawstring access openings, thereby converting said unit from said first configuration to said second configuration by gathering together said periphery of said unit and forming a bag and further thereby deploying and exposing said indicator by pulling said particular length of drawstring with attached indicator out of said drawstring casing; and
writing on the indicator after the indicator is deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,635

ADJUSTABLE TILTING PACKAGING BOX FOR LIQUID CRYSTAL MODULE

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. An adjustable tilting packaging box for liquid crystal module, which comprises:a box; and
a support rack, adapted to carry a liquid crystal module thereon, the supporting rack being connected to a bottom of the box through a support element;
wherein the support element comprises at least an adjustment mechanism, which is connected to a side of the support rack and is height-adjustable, wherein the adjustment mechanism comprises a support pillar and a pull rod, the pull rod having a first end extending through a hole formed in a sidewall of the box to outside of the box and an opposite, second end disposed with a plurality of levels corresponding to and supporting a lower end of the support pillar positioned thereon, wherein a movement of the pull rod with respect to the sidewall of the box changes the support pillar from a first one of the plurality of levels to a second, different one of the plurality of levels so as to realize multi-level adjustability of height of the support element for changing a position of the supporting rack connected to the support element to selectively set the liquid crystal module at an angular position corresponding to the position of the supporting rack.

US Pat. No. 10,189,634

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSEMBLING AND PACKAGING CUPCAKE BOUQUETS FOR TRANSPORT

Orange Alligator DBA Bake...

1. A method for assembling a cupcake bouquet, the method comprising:attaching a mount to a vase;
attaching a base to the vase;
inserting a plurality of support pins into the mount to provide support as a base for a plurality of cupcakes;
placing the plurality of cupcakes on the plurality of support pins;
inserting a skewer into the center of each of the plurality of cupcakes and into the mount to secure each cupcakes in place;
inserting two or more box pins into the mount so that ends of the two or more box pins come into contact of a box for transporting the cupcake bouquet; and
placing the cupcake bouquet into the box.

US Pat. No. 10,189,631

METHOD OF DISPENSING A PLURALITY OF INTERCONNECTED WIPES

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of dispensing wipes, the method comprising:providing a stack of wipes, the stack having a right end, a left end, a transverse direction extending between the right end and the left end, a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the transverse direction, and a longitudinal centerline extending in the longitudinal direction and positioned midway between the right and left ends, the stack defining a right side transversely between the longitudinal centerline and the right end and defining a left side transversely between the longitudinal centerline and the left end,
wherein each wipe is generally rectangular in shape and defines four corners and each wipe is connected to at least one other wipe by a plurality of bridging strips;
providing a dispenser, the dispenser having a dispensing orifice through which wipes can be extracted from the dispenser; and
grasping a presented corner of a leading wipe, and pulling the presented corner of the leading wipe to withdraw the leading wipe out of the dispenser, whereby the leading wipe releases from a succeeding wipe such that a presented corner of the succeeding wipe, and no other corner of the succeeding wipe, protrudes from the dispensing orifice,
whereby the presented corner of the leading wipe and the presented corner of the succeeding wipe originate from opposite sides of the stack.

US Pat. No. 10,189,630

MICROWAVABLE FOOD PRODUCTS AND CONTAINERS

Campbell Soup Company, C...

1. A food product comprising:a container, the container comprising
a bottom wall, the bottom wall comprising
a microwave reflector, wherein the microwave reflector covers at least about 80 percent of a surface area of the bottom wall;
a side wall connected to the bottom wall at a fixed angle the side wall comprising
a material allowing the passage of microwaves there through, wherein the bottom wall and the side wall define an interior volume; and
a food composition, wherein the food composition fills the interior volume, the food composition comprising a water-containing liquid and solid matter disposed within the water-containing liquid at a bottom of the interior volume; the side wall having a height and the bottom wall having a diameter, wherein a ratio of the height of the side wall to the diameter of the bottom wall is from about 0.5 to about 1.2 or from about 2.0 to about 1.6;
wherein the microwave reflector is effective to shield microwave radiation thereby preventing localized superheating of the solid matter disposed at a bottom of the food composition;
wherein at least a portion of the solid matter has settled at the bottom of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,629

PAPER BASED CELLULOSIC DUNNAGE

Sobro Packaging LLC, Per...

1. A paper based shipping dunnage, the dunnage comprisingan inner core comprising a top plane, a first side plane, a second side plane, and a plurality of vertically aligned cellulosic cells;
a top linerboard attached to the top plane of the inner core; and
a first corner board and a second corner board; wherein the first corner board and the second corner board each comprise at least four laminated paperboard layers that are formed into a right angle, the first corner board being disposed adjacent to the top plane and first side plane of the inner core, the second corner board being disposed adjacent to the top plane and the second side plane of the inner core;
wherein the first corner board and second corner board each further comprise an inner vertical surface and an inner horizontal surface, and wherein the inner horizontal surfaces of the first corner board and second corner board are attached to a top surface of the top linerboard.

US Pat. No. 10,189,628

OBJECT RECOGNITION FOR PROTECTIVE PACKAGING CONTROL

PREGIS INTELLIPACK LLC, ...

24. The system of claim 23, wherein the device is integrated into the first packaging machine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,627

AUTONOMOUS ANTI-POLLUTION LIQUID CONTAINER FOR ISOTOPE ANALYSING OF EARTH SCIENCE AREA

CHINA UNIVERSITY OF PETRO...

1. An autonomous anti-pollution liquid container for isotope analysis, comprising an outer protective sleeve, a liquid storage main body, a stabilizer storage mechanism, a main body pedestal, a control display, a main body inner cover mechanism and a neutralizer storage and releasing mechanism,wherein the outer protective sleeve comprises an outer lining, rubber brackets, shock absorbing spring plates, shock absorbing springs and an inner lining, wherein the outer protective sleeve is wrapped up by the outer lining with zippers on;
wherein between the outer lining and inner lining, the rubber brackets are installed in the middle of the outer protective sleeve, with at least one slot in the circumferential direction and at least one pedestal at a bottom;
wherein the shock absorbing spring plates are evenly distributed in the at least one slot of the outer protective sleeve, and the shock absorbing springs are in the at least one pedestal;
wherein the liquid storage main body comprises an inner tank, a soft hose, a shell, an auxiliary mount for heat preservation filler, heat preservation fillers, a temperature sensor, semiconductor-refrigerating chips, auxiliary mounting chips for refrigerating chips, a shock absorbing spring and a liquid level sensor, wherein the soft hose is made of a bulletproof, stab-resistant and shock-proof material, wherein the soft hose further comprises at least one USB hole in an inner surface and enwraps the shell, wherein the shell enwraps the inner tank and is made of high strength steel, wherein the inner tank comprises mounting slots and mounting holes for the sensor and its wires in the middle bottom of the inner tank and the inner tank is made of a corrosion resistant material, wherein the inner tank further comprises two layers and a gap between the two layers is filled with a thermal insulation filler, wherein a gap exists between the bottom of the inner tank and an auxiliary mounting seat for the thermal insulation filler and the gap is filled with the thermal insulation filler, wherein the auxiliary mounting seat for the thermal insulation filler is made of soft rubber and thread fastened to the bottom of inner surface of the inner tank, wherein the shock absorbing spring is installed between the bottom of the inner tank and the mounting pedestal, wherein the temperature sensor and the liquid level sensor are installed in the mounting holes at the bottom of the inner tank, sealed by a sealing material and connected to the main control board through wires, and wherein the semiconductor-refrigerating chips are fixed in the mounting slot at the bottom of the inner tank, of which one side contacts to the outer surface of the inner tank bottom and the other side contacts to the auxiliary mounting chips for refrigerating chips, sealed by silicone and connected to the main control board through wires;
wherein the stabilizer storage mechanism comprise a stabilizer holder, a stabilizer box, a stabilizer locking ring and a fixed plate of stabilizer holder, wherein the stabilizer holder is fixed in the mounting slot inside the bottom of the inner tank, with a first set of flow holes, mounting slot of stabilizer box and fixed plate and a mounting hole of stabilizer locking ring on the upper surface and lower surface, wherein there are a second set of flow holes on the surrounding surfaces and at the bottom of the stabilizer box which is installed in the mounting slot of the holder by overhang flanges, wherein the stabilizer locking ring is fixed in the mounting holes in the middle of the holder and the fixed plate, and wherein the stabilizer holder fixed plate is installed in the mounting slot with its overhang cylinders fixed in a holder chute from both sides and the stabilizer locking ring connected to the holder in the middle;
wherein the main body pedestal consists of a mounting pedestal, a USB outlet, an emergency power supply, a main battery, a battery lid, a main control board and a drawer box and a drawer slide, wherein the mounting pedestal is installed at the bottom of the tank with screw threads, with the USB outlet on one side, wherein a battery mounting slot is placed at the bottom of the mounting pedestal, wherein the USB outlet connects to the main control board through wires, wherein between the auxiliary mounting seat for the thermal insulation filler and the mounting pedestal is the shock absorbing spring, wherein the emergency power supply is installed on the mounting pedestal, connecting to the main control board through wires, wherein the main battery is installed at the bottom of the mounting base of the battery installation slot, in its lower surface mounted with a battery cover, and through the wire connecting the main control board, wherein the main control board is fixed in the upper of the pedestal, and wherein the drawer box is fitted in the mounting slot in the middle of the mounting pedestal, while the drawer slide is in the holder chute around the mounting pedestal and the drawer box;
wherein the control display comprises a neutralizer release button, a temperature display, a temperature up-regulated button, a temperature down-regulated button, a heat preservation button, a main switch, a heating button, a refrigerating button, a liquid volume display, a plastic ring, code lock buttons, a mechanical keyhole of the code lock, an outer lid, a code lock and a code display, wherein the plastic ring is secured to the outer surface of the inner tank at the upper portion of the outer periphery of the top portion of the soft hose, wherein there is a pin shaft hole on the upper of the plastic ring, connecting the outer lid with the shaft pin, wherein a mechanical lock is installed around the plastic ring, and the temperature display, liquid volume display as well as the code display is on the outer edge of the plastic ring, connecting to the main control board through wires, wherein beneath the outer edge of the plastic ring are the neutralizer release button, temperature up-regulated button, temperature down-regulated button, heat preservation button, main switch, refrigerating button, heating button and code lock buttons, which connect to the main control board through wires, and wherein the mechanical keyhole of the code lock exists centrally under the code display;
wherein the main body inner cover mechanism comprises a safety pin of the inner lid, a movable inner lid, a fixed inner lid, a gasket and a seal ring, the fixed inner lid is installed inside the upper of the inner tank by screw threads with three extraction solution holes and a safety locking hole on the top, wherein the angular spacing between the three extraction solution holes are 60 degrees, 120 degrees and 180 degrees respectively, with wire holes in the radial direction and two conductive rings inside its circumferential direction, wherein the movable inner lid fits inside the fixed one with three extraction solution holes on the top, wherein the angular spacing between extraction solution holes are 60 degrees, 120 degrees and 180 degrees respectively, wherein there is a mounting slot in the circumferential direction and a hollow mounting boss with a tapered surface inside in the middle of the movable lid, wherein there are wire holes on the hollow mounting boss as well, wherein the safety pin is installed in the safety locking hole of the fixed inner lid and pressed against the upper surface of the gasket, wherein the gasket is made of a high-elastic corrosion-resistant material and the upper is provided with three extraction solution holes corresponding to the three extraction solution holes on the movable inner lid, wherein the three extraction solution holes are located on the upper surface of the movable inner lid and between the fixed inner lid and the movable inner lid and wherein the seal ring fits in the mounting slot in the circumferential direction of the movable inner lid;
wherein the neutralizer storage release mechanism comprises a rubber mounting pedestal, a return spring, a rubber block, a tablet, a neutralizer release spring, a neutralizer release lid, neutralizer release push rods, neutralizer release keepers and neutralizer release electromagnets, wherein the rubber mounting pedestal is threaded connected to the inner lower of the hollow mounting boss in the middle of the movable inner lid, and a through hole is formed in the middle, wherein the rubber block is molded by a rubber casting, with four neutralizer release electromagnets and fits inside the hollow mounting boss in the middle of the movable inner lid with outer inclined tapered surface outside, inner outward and inward inclined tapered surface inside and space for neutralizer storage in the middle, wherein the mounting slot for the push rods is evenly distributed in the circumferential direction under the rubber block, wherein the outer inclined tapered surface contacts with the inner tapered surface in the middle of the movable inner lid, while the inner inclined tapered surface contacts with the outer tapered surface of the rubber mounting pedestal, wherein the return spring is placed between the upper surface of the rubber mounting pedestal and the lower surface of the rubber block, wherein the tablet sets between the movable inner lid and the top of the rubber block, with a mounting slot and an elastic seal ring in the circumferential direction, wherein the neutralizer release lid is made of an elastic material and fitted in the space where the neutralizer is stored in the middle of the rubber block, on the upper of it evenly distribute four overhang flanges which are installed on the top of the push rod mounting slot of the rubber block, wherein inside the neutralizer release lid, the neutralizer release spring is between the neutralizer release lid and the rubber block, wherein the neutralizer release push rods are fixed in the push rod mounting slot of the rubber block, and wherein its upper surface and lower surface contact the tapered surface of the four overhang flanges and the bottom of the tapered surface of the rubber mounting pedestal.

US Pat. No. 10,189,626

PACKAGE HANDLING SYSTEM

1. An indicator for a package handling system comprising:an indicator display; and
a rupture component,
wherein the indicator is configured to integrate with a first package of the package handling system,
wherein the indicator is configured to display an indication upon application of a stacked weight force exceeding a predetermined threshold value applied to the indicator, and wherein
said rupture component is configured to rupture upon application of said force exceeding said predetermined threshold value to effectuate said display of said indication, wherein said package handling system comprises stackable packages, wherein the indicator is configured to allow for at least one other package to be stacked on top of said first package with the indicator in a manner that allows said at least one other package to lay relatively flat and substantially evenly supported on the surface of the package with the indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,624

TRAY-SHAPED ARTICLE HAVING SMOOTH EDGES AND AMENABLE TO MULTIPLE FILM SEALING METHODS

Converter Manufacturing, ...

1. A tray intended to be suitable for use in any or all of overwrap (OW), vacuum-sealed packaging (VSP), and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) sealing technologies, the tray being;an article formed from a thermoplastic sheet having a peripheral edge, the article comprising a tray-shaped body having a concave portion surrounded by an extension extending peripherally away from the concave portion;
the extension including the peripheral edge, a flat sealing surface surrounding the concave portion and being suitable for sealing a sealing film thereto using either of VSP and MAP sealing technologies, a bend region adjacent the sealing surface and interposed between the peripheral edge and the sealing surface, the bend region having the conformation of a smooth curve, and a bent portion interposed between the peripheral edge and a spacer separating the bent portion from the bend region; and
the article having a smooth periphery and having the overall shape of a rectangular tray with rounded corners, and the bent portion being bent sufficiently that the peripheral edge is turned at least approximately opposite the periphery.

US Pat. No. 10,189,623

CONTAINER ASSEMBLIES FOR STORING, SHIPPING, AND/OR DISPENSING FLUIDS, AND RELATED METHODS

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A container assembly for storing, shipping, and/or dispensing fluid, the container assembly comprising:a container; and
a receptacle configured to be disposed within the container, the receptacle having a spout protruding from a top surface of the receptacle and defining an opening for receiving fluid into the receptacle and/or for dispensing fluid from the receptacle;
wherein the container includes an opening defined at least partly in a top portion of the container such that the spout of the receptacle is aligned with the opening of the container when the receptacle is disposed within the container, to thereby facilitate dispensing of fluid from the receptacle through the spout of the receptacle and through the opening of the container; and
wherein the receptacle includes a handle defining a flange having a free end portion, the flange disposed generally above the top surface of the receptacle and extending in a direction toward the spout, the free end portion of the flange spaced apart from the top surface of the receptacle and spaced apart from the spout, and the free end portion of the flange having a continuous forward edge portion generally facing the spout to allow a user to grasp the handle at the free end portion of the flange, the handle configured to engage the top portion of the container, when the receptacle is disposed within the container, to help support the receptacle in the container, and the continuous forward edge portion of the free end portion of the flange configured to generally align with the opening of the container, when the receptacle is disposed within the container, such that the flange is accessible through the opening of the container to allow for carrying, by the handle, the receptacle and the container together and to facilitate dispensing fluid from the receptacle when the receptacle is disposed within the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,622

PACK OF SINGLE USE CAPSULE OR POD, PACKAGING MACHINE AND METHOD THEREOF

AZIONARIA COSTRUZIONI MAC...

1. A pack, comprising:a capsule or pod, the capsule or pod being single use, the capsule or pod including two bases opposite one another and a side wall connecting the two bases and delimiting therewith a chamber containing an aromatic substance, and
a sealed container containing the capsule or pod housed in a protective atmosphere of inert gas;
wherein the sealed container copies at least in part a shape of the capsule or pod and is in contact with at least part of the capsule or pod to reproduce at least partially the shape;
wherein the sealed container is in contact with at least part of the side wall to at least partly reproduce the shape of the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,621

BAG MADE FROM HIGH-STRENGTH HEAT-SHRINKABLE FILM EXHIBITING DIRECTIONAL TEAR, AND PROCESS UTILIZING SAME

Cryovac, Inc., Charlotte...

1. A heat-shrinkable bag comprising a heat-shrinkable multilayer film having an inside seal layer heat sealed to itself at a heat seal, the bag further comprising a first side, a second side, an open top, and a bag skirt outward of the heat seal, the bag skirt comprising a bag edge and a first means for initiating tearing, the first means being in the first side of the bag, the bag skirt also comprising a second means for initiating tearing, the second means being in the second side of the bag, the bag being capable of having a manually-initiated, manually-propagated first tear in a machine direction in the first side of the bag, and a manually-initiated and manually-propagated second tear in the machine direction in the second side of the bag, the first tear and the second tear each being capable of being propagated in the machine direction from the respective first and second means for initiating tearing, with each tear being propagated through the heat seal and across the bag, or down the length of the bag, with the tears being capable of being manually propagated in the machine direction through and to an opposite bag edge, so that upon making a package by placing a product inside the bag, sealing the bag closed so that a package is formed, and shrinking the film around the product, the resulting package can be manually opened, and the product readily removed from the bag, by manually initiating tears in the machine direction from the first and second means for initiating tearing, with the tears being manually propagated in the machine direction through the seal and to the opposite bag edge, and wherein the multilayer film exhibits a Peak Load Impact Strength, determined using ASTM D 3763-95A, of at least 50 Newtons per mil, wherein the bag further comprises a means for assisting grip of the multilayer film, wherein the means for assisting grip comprises a partial hole cut having a hanging chad therein, and wherein the heat-shrinkable bag does not comprise a patch thereon, and wherein at least one layer of the multilayer film comprises an incompatible polymer blend selected from the group consisting of:(A) a blend of ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with ethylene/vinyl acetate;
(B) a blend of ionomer resin with ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer, and/or polybutylene, and/or polypropylene;
(C) a blend of homogeneous ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with recycled polymer blend comprising ethylene homopolymer, propylene homopolymer, ethylene copolymer, propylene copolymer, polyamide, ethylene/vinyl alcohol copolymer, ionomer resin, anhydride-modified ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer, and antiblock;
(D) a blend of ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer with polypropylene, and/or polybutylene, and/or modified ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer, and/or polystyrene;
(E) a blend of ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with polypropylene and/or polybutylene;
(F) a blend of single site catalyzed polypropylene with homogeneous ethylene/alphaolefin copolymer and/or ethylene/vinyl acetate;
(G) a blend of polypropylene and/or ethylene/propylene copolymer and/or polybutylene with ethylene/methyl acrylate copolymer and/or ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer and/or ethylene/butyl acrylate copolymer; and
(H) a blend of polyamide with polystyrene and/or ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer and/or ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer and/or styrene/butadiene copolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,620

COMBINATION LOCKING PUZZLE GIFT BOX

Steven Douglas Small, No...

1. A combination locking puzzle gift box comprising: a drawer; a cover; and a plurality of dials;said drawer being defined by a front wall, a left wall, a right wall, an upper wall, and a lower wall, said left and right walls each having a side flange outwardly formed and extending perpendicularly from the left and right wall's exterior edges, interior surfaces of the left and right walls having a suspended wall therebetween being positioned above said front wall, wherein a resulting space between said suspended wall and said front wall is sized for acceptance of an item which is held within said drawer, said suspended wall further having a locking rib formed and projecting perpendicularly from its front facing surface, said locking rib having a plurality of gaps or notches cut into its length and;
said cover being defined by a front planar wall, a left side wall, a right side wall, and a lower wall, said left and right side walls of the cover having undercut slots, whereby said undercut slots are sized to accept the drawer flanges, wherein said drawer slides linearly into and out of said cover, wherein a depth of said drawer at full insertion into said cover is determined by said lower wall of said drawer coming into contact against said lower side wall of said cover, and the cover's front wall further having an opening, said cover further having a recessed wall formed adjacent to and behind the cover opening, wherein when said drawer is fully inserted into said cover, a clearance exists between the cover's recessed wall and the drawer's locking rib, said recessed wall further having integral means for securing said plurality of dials to said cover, said cover further having a marker formed into said front planar wall, said marker having alignment with said locking rib of the inserted drawer; and
said plurality of dials, wherein each of said plurality of said dials is annularly formed with an opening, each dial being a different diameter with respect to each other, wherein each of said plurality of said dials has a cylindrical locking wall projecting perpendicularly from a rear facing surface of each of said plurality of said dials, wherein each cylindrical locking wall has at least one break or gap along each of said cylindrical locking wall perimeters, wherein the widths of the breaks are greater than a thickness of the drawer's locking rib, and a front facing surface of each of said plurality of said dials having a plurality of indicia positioned in a radial array about a central axis of each of said plurality of said dials, wherein one indicia on each of said plurality of said dials is angularly aligned with and centered to the break in each said cylindrical locking wall and represents one character of an unlocking code, each of said plurality of said dials further having a cylindrical hub wall projecting perpendicularly from a front surface of each of said plurality of said dials and coaxial to each said cylindrical locking wall, wherein the hub walls are used to turn or rotate individual dials, each of said plurality of said dials further having a step formed by offset diameters of the locking wall and a hub wall, wherein said step formed on one of said plurality of said dials provides support to the subsequent dial of smaller diameter, wherein an inside diameter of said hub wall has a close fit to an outside diameter of the subsequent dial of with the smaller diameter, wherein said plurality of said dials has an ability to concentrically nest and stack upon each other, and wherein the cover opening accepts and has a close fit with said cylindrical locking wall of the largest dial, wherein a stack of nested dials are assembled and supported by the front wall of cover, whereby the largest dial is positioned flush against the front wall of said cover and the smallest dial is at a relative position furthest from said cover, wherein said cover secures the dials and cooperates with and attaches to the smallest dial, whereby all of the dials are secured to said cover and wherein the dials' rotational axes are perpendicular with respect to both the longitudinal orientation of the locking rib and direction in which the drawer is inserted or withdrawn from the cover, and wherein the dials' cylindrical locking walls protrude behind the front wall of said cover to a depth which lies in front of the cover's recessed wall, and with said drawer fully inserted into said cover, the dial locking walls are concentrically spaced and positioned to intersect through the corresponding gaps of the drawer's locking rib;
wherein, an unlocked condition is defined when all characters of the unlocking code on said plurality of dials are aligned to the cover marker and the breaks of each cylindrical locking wall are rotated to the top of the locking wall relative to the cover marker and the breaks of the locking walls are aligned with the drawer's locking rib, whereby in said unlocked condition, said drawer may be freely inserted into or withdrawn from said cover, and a locked condition is defined by one or more unlocking code characters misaligned with the cover marker and at least one full portions of the dial cylindrical locking wall intersects the gap of the drawer's locking rib, thereby preventing said drawer from being withdrawn from the cover and thus securing said item held within the drawer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,619

LOCKABLE FOOD CONTAINER

1. A portable food container system (100), said system comprising:(a) a cylindrical base (110) with a lower end (111), an upper end (112) and a base lateral surface (115), wherein a top opening (113) is disposed on the upper end (112), wherein the upper end (112) of the cylindrical base comprises a first outer edge (1112), a second inner edge (2112), and an annular surface (3112) disposed between the first outer edge (1112) and the second inner edge (2112);
(b) a first lockable, cylindrical top cover (120) with an upper surface (121), a lower surface comprising a lower surface opening (123) surrounded by a lower opening rim (122), and a first cover lateral surface (125), wherein the first top cover (120) is pivotably and removably attached to the base via a separable hinge (116), wherein the separable hinge (116) is configured to connect a portion of the base lateral surface (115) adjacent to a portion of the base upper end (112) to the first cover lateral surface (125) adjacent to the lower opening rim (122);
(c) a combination lock system comprising (i) a combination dial (130) disposed on the lateral surface (115) of the base toward the upper end (112); (ii) a first lock slot (114) disposed on the annular surface (3112) of the upper end (112) adjacently above the combination dial (130); (iii) a first lock insertion (124) disposed on the lower opening rim (122) and on the opposite side facing the separable hinge (116); and (iv) a lock release button (132) disposed on the base lateral surface (115) adjacent to the combination dial (130),
wherein the first lock slot (114) is configured to snugly receive the first lock insertion (124) and securely lock the first lock insertion (124) within the first lock slot (114), wherein the lock release button (132) is operatively connected to the combination dial (130), wherein the lock release button (132) is configured to disengage the first lock insertion (124) from the first lock slot (114) after a predetermined combination key is selected and after the lock release button (132) is pushed;
(d) an internal cavity wall (1117) joining the second inner edge (2112) of the upper end (112) of the base such that the internal cavity wall (1117) transitions to the annular surface (3112), and the annular surface (3112) transitions to an outside wall (1119) disposed on the base lateral surface (115), wherein the transition of the internal cavity wall (1117) to the annular surface (3112) to the outside wall (119) is continuous and is without any spacial break other than the first lock slot (114) disposed on the annular surface (3112), wherein an inside space between the internal cavity wall (1117) and the outside wall (1119) is evacuated of air and a vacuum is generated which is effective to maintain an initial temperature of food contained inside the food container (100), wherein a surface of the internal cavity wall (1117) is internally threaded; and
(e) an inner cover (140) comprising an inner cover upper section (142) and an externally threaded rod (144) disposed beneath the inner cover upper section (142), wherein the externally threaded rod (144) is configured to engage the top opening (113) and is configured to threadably dispose on the internally threaded surface of the internal cavity wall (1117) of the cylindrical base (110) and is effective to reduce heat escape from food contained inside the cylindrical base (110);
wherein the inner cover upper section (142) resides within the first top cover (120); wherein the cylindrical first top cover (120) engages the first outer edge (1112) of the upper end (112) of the base and the inner cover upper section (142) engages the second inner edge (2112) of the upper end (112) of the base; wherein the annular surface (3112) of the upper end (112) of the base engages with the cylindrical first top cover (120) and the inner cover upper section (142) and is effective to maintain an initial temperature of food contained inside the cylindrical base (110).

US Pat. No. 10,189,618

CONTAINER APPARATUS

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A container apparatus comprising:a container extending from a bottom end to a top end along an axis, the container comprising:
a body having a cavity for containing a material; and
a cap coupled to the body;
a sleeve circumscribing at least a portion of the container, the sleeve having a first pre-weakened section that divides the sleeve into a first portion and a second portion, the first portion of the sleeve comprising a second pre-weakened section and the second portion of the sleeve comprising a third pre-weakened section; and
wherein the second and third pre-weakened sections are circumferentially offset from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,189,617

DISPENSING DEVICE FOR A DRINK BOTTLE

Topsters LLC, Temecula, ...

1. A beverage container and dispensing device comprising:a beverage container comprising a body and a top portion having a first opening defining a first internal volume, the beverage container configured to contain a liquid beverage;
a removable lid assembly configured to secure to the top portion of the beverage container and over the first opening, the removable lid assembly comprising:
a top surface;
a cartridge receptacle comprising an upper end including a first aperture having a perimeter and being located on the top surface, a lower end including a second aperture, and a cylindrical sidewall defining a second internal volume between the upper and lower ends, the cartridge receptacle further comprising an inner flange positioned at the lower end and proximate to the second aperture;
a beverage ingredient cartridge comprising a cartridge body defining a third internal volume, a cartridge opening, and a frangible sealing membrane that covers the cartridge opening and seals the third internal volume defined by the cartridge body, the third internal volume containing a formulation of beverage ingredients mixable with liquid contents of the beverage container;
wherein the second internal volume and the first aperture being sized to allow the beverage ingredient cartridge to be inserted through the first aperture and into the second internal volume, the cartridge receptacle being configured to allow a beverage ingredient in the beverage ingredient cartridge to flow through the second aperture and into the beverage container, the inner flange defining a stop preventing the beverage ingredient cartridge from falling through the lower end of the cartridge receptacle into the first internal volume of the beverage container;
a collar extending upwardly from the top surface and around the perimeter of the first aperture of the upper end of the cartridge receptacle;
an outer wall extending downwardly from the top surface and comprising an inwardly facing surface configured to engage the top portion of the beverage container;
a drink through valve comprising a stem and a valve member movably mounted to the stem between opened and closed positions, the stem comprising a passage extending through the top surface and a second opening, the valve member closing the second opening when in the closed position and being spaced from the passage when in the open position, the stem and valve member defining a push pull closure to allow contents from the beverage container to pass through the drink through valve when the push pull closure is in the open position and prevent contents from the beverage container from passing through the drink through valve when the push pull closure is in the closed position, the drink through valve positioned on the top surface of the removable lid assembly spaced from the first aperture on the top surface;
a cover pivotably mounted to the top surface of the removable lid assembly configured to pivot between open and closed positions, the cover comprising a cover perimeter and a skirt extending around the cover perimeter, wherein when the cover is in the closed position, the cover covers the first aperture on the top surface and the skirt is configured to engage the collar on the top surface and form a sealing engagement which allows the beverage container to be inverted during consumption without leakage through the first aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,189,616

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PERSONALIZED DRUG PRODUCTS

1. A system for producing a drug product for an individual patient, comprising:a computer processor configured to receive information relating to the patient and to predict, based on the received patient information, an optimal drug selection, combination drug product comprising a plurality of discrete units of a first drug and a plurality of discrete units of a second drug, and dosage for the patient; and
a drug production device, in communication with the processor, for producing the drug product based on the predicted optimal drug selection, combination drug product, and dosage, wherein the drug production device comprises:
a plurality of drug containers, each configured to hold a quantity of a drug in the form of microtablets, each microtablet containing an equal sized dose of a particular drug, each microtablet being coated so as to enable drugs of different pH to be in close locality without interaction of components of the combination drug product, and each having a unique coupling element to couple the drug container to the drug production device;
a plurality of drug dispensers, each of said drug dispensers coupled to one of said drug containers;
a supply of empty ingestible capsules;
a controller, which controls dispensing by count of said microtablets of a drug by each drug dispenser into the ingestible capsules;
a verification unit including a scanner for scanning identifying indicia provided on the drug containers and comparing the indicia to the predicted optimal drug selection and combination drug product, wherein the combination drug product comprises at least a first coated microtablet of a first drug and a second coated microtablet of a second drug, wherein the second drug is distinct from the first drug, in a closed unitary ingestible capsule package customized for the patient produced from selected dispensed drugs, wherein the patient information includes information selected from (1) at least one of the group consisting of: weight; age; sex; BSA (body surface area); body mass index; lean body mass, percentage body fat, metabolism; renal function; liver enzymes; proteomics/biomarkers, blood chemistries, pharmacokinetics; risk factors for disease; partial or full genome SNP screening data; whole or partial genome analysis; vitamin deficiencies; vitamin and micronutrient levels; diet; environmental, toxin or other allergy history; the patient's medical history; diagnostic information; exercise activity; sleep activities; tissue expression profiling; hormonal cycles, biomarker information; radiologic/imaging information, demographic information; monthly reproductive cycle; geolocation, social network, consumer information, habits, physiologic data, electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings, behavioral history, geographic history, exposures or potential exposures to toxins and other environmental factors including exposure to radiation, compliance history and personality testing from body measurement devices, and (2) at least one of the group consisting of current medications; other medications/supplements; history of prior side effects to one or more medications; analysis of pharmacogenomic and/or pharmacogenetic profile; drug-drug interaction information; drug-diet interaction information; and drug allergies and/or sensitivities; and
a conveyor for moving an ingestible capsule to successive drug dispensers, wherein a determined quantity of each drug is dispensed into the ingestible capsule from each drug dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,189,614

CONTAINER AND CAP ASSEMBLY

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. A cap for closing an opening in a container, the container having a top wall in which the opening is formed, a bottom wall, and at least one container side wall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall defining a cavity for storing a material for dispensing through the cap, the cap comprising:an end face having at least one fluid inlet adapted to allow air to flow through the cap and at least one fluid outlet, separate from the at least one fluid inlet, adapted to allow liquid to flow through the cap;
a seal provided adjacent the end face and configured to fluidly seal the at least one fluid outlet and the at least one fluid inlet;
a side wall extending from the end face, the side wall having an interior surface configured to couple the cap with the container and an exterior surface opposite the interior surface; and
at least a first retaining element extending from at least a portion of the exterior surface of the side wall;
wherein air flows through the at least one fluid inlet and through the opening of the container into the cavity to pressurize the cavity to displace at least a portion of the material through the opening of the container and the at least one fluid outlet to dispense the material stored within the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,613

CLOSURE ASSEMBLY

WEENER PLASTICS NETHERLAN...

1. A closure assembly configured to be mounted on a neck of a container, said closure assembly comprises a cap with a dispensing opening, and a self-closing dispensing valve attached to the cap such that said self-closing dispensing valve is located adjacent the dispensing opening, and whereinthe cap comprises a cylindrical shaped body section having a central axis, wherein said cylindrical body section defines an inner space extending along said central axis, an access opening at one end of the inner space for inserting the neck of the container into the inner space, and a top wall at another end of the inner space, wherein said top wall has an inside surface facing the inner space and an outside surface facing an opposite direction, and wherein said top wall is provided with the dispensing opening for dispensing contents of the container, and wherein
the inside surface of the top wall defines a substantially flat and annular attachment area, wherein said attachment area extends around the dispensing opening, and wherein said inside surface defines an annular rib, wherein said annular rib is located between the attachment area and the dispensing opening, wherein said annular rib protrudes relative to the substantially flat attachment area;
the dispensing valve is a disc of foil material having a central valve area in which at least one self-closing slit is located and an annular peripheral attachment area extending around the central valve area, wherein with said annular peripheral attachment area the dispensing valve is attached to the attachment area of the cap, such that the central valve area aligns with the dispensing opening of the cap to close off the dispensing opening, and wherein the annular rib offsets the central valve area of the dispensing valve relative to the substantially flat attachment area of the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,189,612

BIN AND LID LOCKING BANDS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

U.S. Merchants Financial ...

1. A locking band for securing a lid to a container, the locking band comprising:a first arm;
a second arm configured to mate with the first arm, the first and second arms configured to move between a disengaged position and an engaged position;
an inwardly-facing channel defined by the first and second arms, the inwardly-facing channel configured to receive a peripheral portion of the lid and a corresponding peripheral portion of the container;
at least one alignment pin extending from a first end of one of the first and second arms;
at least one alignment receptacle defined in a first end of the other one of the first and second arms, each of the at least one receptacle configured to receive a respective one of the at least one alignment pin when the first and second arms are in the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,611

CLOSURE COMBINATION

Obrist Closures Switzerla...

1. A closure combination comprising a closure body and a container neck,said closure body and said container neck comprising co-operable screw threads that allow said dispensing closure body to be screwed onto said container neck into an engaged condition,
characterized in that
the closure body screw thread and the container neck screw thread comprise co-operable reversed thread run-out portions,
said co-operable reversed thread run-out portions defining a locking position, rotational engagement of the screw threads beyond the locking position locks the closure body onto the container neck,
said co-operable reversed thread run-out portions are engageable to prevent said closure body from being unscrewed from said container neck after said dispensing closure body has been screwed onto said container neck into a locked condition by acting to force the closure body back onto the neck.

US Pat. No. 10,189,609

POUCH WITH RIGID HANDLE AND SUPPORTS

AMPAC HOLDINGS, LLC, Cin...

1. A bottle pouch with a handle and an integrated fitment and handle piece comprising: a flexible pouch in the shape of a bottle forming a flexible pouch body with a handle region formed from a cut-out in the flexible pouch body including a combined fitment and handle piece coupled to the flexible pouch body,wherein the combined fitment and handle piece includes a rigid handle portion extending from the combined fitment and handle piece, and
wherein the combined fitment and handle piece are unitary, and
wherein the handle region of the flexible pouch body is reinforced by the rigid handle portion by being adjacent to the handle region and internal in its entirety to the interior of the contents cavity of the flexible pouch body,
wherein the rigid handle portion is slid into a portion of the flexible pouch adjacent to the handle region and increases the rigidity in the handle region of the bottle pouch with the proviso that the rigid handle portion is not sealed to the handle region of the flexible pouch body.

US Pat. No. 10,189,608

PLASTIC BAG AND PLASTIC BAG MAKING APPARATUS

Totani Corporation, Kyot...

1. A plastic bag comprising:two sheets of panel material superposed with each other to have opposite side edges; and
a pair of sheets of side gusset material extending along the opposite side edges, each of the sheets of side gusset material being folded into halves and interposed between the sheets of panel material to have a folded inner edge and open outer edges, each of the sheets of side gusset material further having opposite end portions one of which is folded obliquely along a folded line as it is folded into halves so that a triangular flap is formed by the end portion to be shaped into a triangle having a base formed by the folded line, each of the sheets of side gusset material further having opposite end edges, the triangle further having an apex formed by an intersection between one of the opposite end edges and the folded inner edge of the sheet of side gusset material, the triangular flap having a folded side formed by the folded inner edge, the triangular flap further having an open side formed by the one of the opposite end edges, the sheets of panel material, the sheets of side gusset material and the triangular flaps being heat sealed with each other along the opposite side edges of the sheets of panel material,
the plastic bag being characterized by
a flow path formed by the open side to discharge air or gas through the flow path, and
the folded line being inclined at an angle larger than 45° with respect to the open outer edges of the sheet of side gusset material so that the flow path is formed by the open side of the triangular flap at a position adjacent to the intersection between the folded side and the open side of the triangular flap.

US Pat. No. 10,189,607

PLASTIC FOOD PORTION BAG WITH TACKY FLAP

Inteplast Group Corporati...

1. A plastic flip type food storage bag comprising:a first panel having a bottom edge, first and second side edges, and a top edge, with the first panel bottom edge and top edge being opposite each other and the first panel first and second side edges being opposite each other;
a second panel having a bottom edge, first and second side edges, and a top edge, with the first panel bottom edge and top edge being opposite each other and the first panel first and second side edges being opposite each other, the first and second panels being joined to each other along the respective bottom edges and first and second side edges to define a bag interior, the first and second panels defining an opening between the respective top edges permitting access to the bag interior, with the first panel defining a front panel and the second panel defining a rear panel; and
a closure flap joined directly to an outwardly facing front of the first panel defining the front panel, the closure flap configured for folding over the front and rear panels and opening for closure of the bag, wherein the entire surface area of the closure flap facing outwardly away from the first panel has a tackiness which is greater than the tackiness of the first panel to which it is joined;
the second panel having an extension section extending above the first panel with the top edge of the second panel above the top edge of the first panel, and the first panel is disposed between the closure flap and the second panel such that the plastic bag is a flip type food storage bag;
wherein the first and second panels comprise high density polyethylene (HDPE) material and have a coefficient of friction of less than 0.3;
wherein the closure flap comprises a material selected from the group consisting of low density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), ethylene copolymer, metallocene polyethylene and ethylene copolymer, or blends thereof, which composition imparts a coefficient of friction to the outwardly facing surface of the closure flap of at least about 0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,189,605

DEBRIS PROTECTED TWIST ATTACHMENT

13. A detachable attachment assembly, comprising:a receptacle unit, including:
a housing defining a receptacle slot having a slot length and a slot width that is smaller than the slot length;
a piston having a profile having a width that is smaller than its length and an area less than the receptacle slot, and movable between an engaged position, in which the piston substantially blocks the receptacle slot and prevents passage of moisture and debris through the receptacle slot, and a retracted position, in which the piston is recessed from the receptacle slot; and
a biasing member configured to bias the piston toward the engaged position;
a carrier unit, including:
a flange having a width greater than the slot length of the receptacle slot; and
a lock tab offset from the flange and having a tab length and tab width to pass through the receptacle slot of the receptacle unit,
wherein a first angle of the carrier unit, relative to the receptacle unit, allows the lock tab to move the piston between the engaged position and the retracted position, and
wherein a second angle of the carrier unit, relative to the receptacle unit, prevents passage of the lock tab through the receptacle slot; and
a fastener point attached to the carrier unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,604

CONTAINER, PACKAGING, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A container comprising:a) a plant based structural layer having an inner surface and an opposed outer surface; and
b) a pre-formed polymeric liner layer secured to the plant based structural layer and lining at least one of the inner surface and the outer surface;wherein the structural layer comprises a pair of flexible panels, each panel having a pair of opposed side edges, the pair of panels being joined to each other along the side edges, the container movable between a flattened configuration in which the panels are flattened to provide a flat container, and an expanded configuration in which the panels are flexed outwardly to define an interior volume of the container therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,189,603

PASSIVATION, PH PROTECTIVE OR LUBRICITY COATING FOR PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGE, COATING PROCESS AND APPARATUS

SIO2 MEDICAL PRODUCTS, IN...

1. A filled package comprising: a vessel having a lumen defined at least in part by a wall, the wall having an interior surface facing the lumen and an outer surface; a barrier coating or layer of SiOx, wherein x is from 1.5 to 2.9, from 2 to 1000 nm thick, the barrier coating or layer of SiOx having an interior surface facing the lumen and an outer surface facing the wall interior surface, the barrier coating or layer being effective to reduce the ingress of atmospheric gas into the lumen compared to an vessel without a barrier coating or layer; a passivation layer or pH protective coating of SiOxCy or SiNxCy wherein x is from about 0.5 to about 2.4 and y is from about 0.6 to about 3, the passivation layer or pH protective coating having an interior surface facing the lumen and an outer surface facing the interior surface of the barrier coating or layer, the passivation layer or pH protective coating being effective to increase the calculated shelf life of the package (total Si/Si dissolution rate); and a fluid composition contained in the lumen and having a pH between 4 and 10; wherein the calculated shelf life of the package is more than six months at a storage temperature of 4° C.; and wherein an FTIR absorbance spectrum of the passivation layer or pH protective coating has a ratio greater than 0.75 and at most 1.7, between the maximum amplitude of the Si—O—Si symmetrical stretch peak between about 1000 and 1040 cm?1, and the maximum amplitude of the Si—O—Si asymmetric stretch peak between about 1060 and about 1100 cm?1.

US Pat. No. 10,189,602

PRODUCT TAG WITH EXPANDABLE LOOP AND SACHET

Bedford Industries, Inc.,...

1. A product tag comprising:a sachet portion comprising:
a front segment having a front surface and a rear surface; and
a rear segment having a front surface and a rear surface, wherein the front surface of the rear segment is sealed to the rear surface of the front segment to define a sealed interior region having a perimeter, wherein the front segment and the rear segment are connected together about the entire perimeter; and
a first elastomer portion comprising:
a first bonding segment bonded to the sachet portion;
a first transition portion extending from the first bonding segment; and
a first expandable loop extending from the first transition portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,601

ADJUSTABLE PALLET

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A modular pallet system comprising:a pallet, the pallet including a rectangular base having a planar top surface, and a planar bottom surface spaced apart from the planar top surface, the planar top surface having a plurality of holes arranged thereon, and the planar bottom surface having a plurality of holes arranged to align with the holes of the planar top surface, the holes of the planar bottom surface being smaller in diameter than the holes of the planar top surface;
a plurality of stacking arms extending upwardly from the rectangular base, the arms being oriented generally perpendicular to the top surface;
a support connected to the bottom of the base for supporting the modular pallet;
a plurality of part holders cooperable with the top surface of the base and mounted on the base generally perpendicular to the top surface, a first part holder in the plurality of part holders including:
a bottom portion for standing on the top surface of the base, the bottom portion including at least one hole for a fastener;
a T-beam portion having a web, a flange, and spanning upwardly from the bottom portion, the web of the T-beam facing towards the hole on the bottom portion; and
an angled portion at the top of the T-beam portion, wherein the angled portion angles towards the web of the T-beam; and
a plurality of crossbeams located between the planar top surface and the planar bottom surface and oriented diagonally across the base for increasing the strength of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,189,600

PALLET-FREE BULK BIN CONTAINER

INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPA...

1. A pallet-free bulk bin container assembly comprising:an open-ended bulk bin having a frame base at one end, the one end comprising at least a portion that is open;
a pair of channel inserts configured to be engaged with the frame base to partially enclose the portion of the one end of the open-ended bulk bin that is open, the channel inserts being separate from the open-ended bulk bin; and
a pair of center-filler supports received in the open-ended bulk bin to fully enclose the portion of the one end of the open-ended bulk bin that is open.

US Pat. No. 10,189,599

BULK MATERIAL SHIPPING CONTAINER

Arrows Up, LLC, Arlingto...

1. A material shipping container comprising:a pallet;
a compartment mounted on the pallet, the compartment including:
a first top corner, a first bottom corner, and a first corner section extending from the first top corner to the first bottom corner, the first corner section including first and second upright walls extending in a first direction, and third and fourth upright walls extending in a second different direction;
a second top corner, a second bottom corner, and a second corner section extending from the second top corner to the second bottom corner, the second corner section including first and second upright walls extending in the first direction, and third and fourth upright walls extending in the second different direction;
a third top corner, a third bottom corner, and a third corner section extending from the third top corner to the third bottom corner, the third corner section including first and second upright walls extending in the first direction, and third and fourth upright walls extending in the second different direction;
a fourth top corner, a fourth bottom corner, and a fourth corner section extending from the fourth top corner to the fourth bottom corner, the fourth corner section including first and second upright walls extending in the first direction, and third and fourth upright walls extending in the second different direction;
a front exterior wall connected to the first corner section and the second corner section;
a back exterior wall connected to the third corner section and the fourth corner section;
a first exterior side wall connected to the second corner section and the third corner section;
a second exterior side wall connected to the first corner section and the fourth corner section;
a front exterior wall support bracket connected to an exterior side of the front exterior wall;
a back exterior wall support bracket connected to an exterior side of the back exterior wall;
a first side exterior wall support bracket connected to an exterior side of the first exterior side wall;
a second side exterior wall support bracket connected to an exterior side of the second exterior side wall;
a first nesting support positioned adjacent to the first top corner, the first nesting support defining a first opening extending through the first nesting support;
a second nesting support positioned adjacent to the second top corner, the second nesting support defining a second opening extending through the second nesting support;
a third nesting support positioned adjacent to the third top corner, the third nesting support defining a third opening extending through the third nesting support;
a fourth nesting support positioned adjacent to the fourth top corner, the fourth nesting support defining a fourth opening extending through the fourth nesting support, the first, second, third, and fourth nesting supports configured to at least partially support a pallet of another same material shipping container;
a top wall positioned above the front exterior wall, the back exterior wall, the first exterior side wall, and the second exterior side wall; and
an interior bottom wall including:
(i) a front downwardly angled section attached to the front exterior wall and having a lower edge adjacent to a material release opening at a bottom of the interior bottom wall,
(ii) a back downwardly angled section attached to the back exterior wall and having a lower edge adjacent to the material release opening at the bottom of the interior bottom wall,
(iii) a first side downwardly angled section attached to the first exterior side wall, the front downwardly angled section, and the back downwardly angled section, and having a lower edge adjacent to the material release opening at the bottom of the interior bottom wall, and
(iv) a second side downwardly angled section attached to the second exterior side wall, the front downwardly angled section, and the back downwardly angled section, and having a lower edge adjacent to the material release opening at the bottom of the interior bottom wall; and
a plurality of wedge shaped bottom wall supports that support each of the downwardly angled sections;
a material unloading assembly positioned below the interior bottom wall, the material unloading assembly including:
(i) spaced apart guide members, and
(ii) a slidable gate including a closure member and a downwardly extending engagable member attached to the closure member, the closure member slidable on the spaced apart guide members, the closure member slidable to an open position relative to the material release opening and slidable to a closed positioned relative to the material release opening; and
a material loading assembly attached to the top wall, the material loading assembly including a cover hingedly attached to the top wall and movable from a closed position relative to an opening in the top wall and to an open position relative to the opening in the top wall, the cover remaining hingedly attached to the top wall in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,598

DISPLAY CARRIER

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A portable type display device comprising:a display including a screen on a front surface thereof and a rear surface opposite the screen; and
a display carrier, comprising:
a storage box configured to store the display, the storage box having a bottom surface,
a window part which is formed on a face of the storage box opposite the bottom surface of the storage box,
a fixing member disposed entirely within only a central area of the storage box and extending from the bottom surface of the storage box, the central area being defined between the bottom surface of the storage box and the window part of the storage box, the fixing member having a bottom surface fixed to the bottom surface of the storage box and an upper surface opposite the bottom surface of the fixing member, the upper surface of the fixing member being inclined, the rear surface of the display being joined to the inclined upper surface of the fixing member such that the screen is inclined with respect to the window part, and
a closing member which closes said window part,
wherein a supporting member configured to support said closing member removed from said window part is provided on a face of said storage box opposite to a face having said window part formed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,597

FOOTED CONTAINER BASE

Amcor Rigid Plastics USA,...

1. A one-piece plastic container comprising:an upper portion defining an opening at an upper end of the container;
a cylindrical sidewall extending from the upper portion and defining a storage volume accessible through the opening; and
a base portion extending from the cylindrical sidewall to a base end of the container that is opposite to the upper end of the container, the base portion including:
a gate area at an axial center of the base portion;
a plurality of feet radially spaced apart about the axial center;
a plurality of straps, each one of the plurality of straps arranged between neighboring ones of the plurality of feet; and
a plurality of fillet areas, each one of the plurality of fillet areas arranged between one of the plurality of feet and straps on opposite sides thereof;
wherein the base portion includes a cumulative strap surface area defined by a total surface area of the plurality of straps, the gate area, and half a total surface area of the plurality of fillet areas, and a cumulative foot surface area defined by a total surface area of the plurality of feet and half the total surface area of the plurality of fillet areas;
wherein the base portion has a ratio of cumulative foot surface area to cumulative strap surface area in the range of 2.4-2.8:1;
wherein the base portion has a ratio of overall surface area to the cumulative strap surface area in the range of 3.4-3.8:1;
wherein the base portion has a ratio of overall surface area to the cumulative foot surface area of 1.2-1.6:1;
wherein about 67%-77% of an overall surface area of the base portion is the cumulative foot surface area; and
wherein about 23%-33% of the overall surface area of the base portion is the cumulative strap surface area.

US Pat. No. 10,189,595

FEEDING UNIT FOR FEEDING SEALED PACKS OF POURABLE FOOD PRODUCTS

1. A feeding unit for receiving sealed packs of pourable food products from a forming unit arranged to form said packs and feed said packs to a folding unit arranged to fold said packs so as to obtain folded packages, said feeding unit comprising a feeding conveyor to carry said packs towards said folding unit, a driving arrangement interacting with said packs so as to pull said packs from said forming unit and push said packs towards said feeding conveyor, said driving arrangement comprising at least two cyclically movable driving elements positioned on opposite sides of an advancing path along which said packs are advanced through said feeding unit and an actuating arrangement for moving said driving elements, said driving elements being arranged to interact with opposite portions of said packs, said driving elements being configured to interact with flaps of said packs projecting from opposite lateral walls of said packs.

US Pat. No. 10,189,594

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A CONTAINER CONTAINING A CONTENT FLUID, A METHOD FOR PLACING AN INSIDE OF A CONTAINER UNDER A POSITIVE PRESSURE, A FILLED CONTAINER, A BLOW MOLDING METHOD, AND A BLOW MOLDING DEVICE

1. A method for manufacturing a container containing a content fluid, comprising:a molding step of stretching a bottomed tubular preform that is heated to a temperature at which the preform is stretchable so as to form the container by means of pressure of the content fluid injected into the preform through a mouth portion of the preform;
a sealing step of sealing the content fluid by fitting a cap body to the mouth portion; and
a pressurizing step of increasing an inner pressure of the container, wherein the container includes an invertible deforming portion that is freely invertible and deformable toward an inside of the container, and
in the pressurizing step, after the sealing step before a temperature of the container decreases to a room temperature, the inner pressure of the container is increased by reducing a volume of the container by inverting and deforming the invertible deforming portion toward the inside of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,593

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PACKAGING ARTICLES

CT PACK S.R.L., Valsamog...

1. A machine for packaging articles comprising:a fixed frame;
a feeding device for feeding a film to a packaging station, where the film is used to wrap the articles,
a conveyor line by which the articles are directed to the packaging station;
a sealing unit, located in the packaging station, movable relative to the fixed frame and also comprising two sealing elements movable relative to each other between a spaced-apart position and a close-together position where the two sealing elements cooperate to seal the film interposed between the two sealing elements;
a first movement device for moving the sealing unit and comprising a first motor fixed to the fixed frame;
a second movement device for moving the sealing unit and comprising a second motor fixed to the fixed frame, the second motor being operatively coupled to at least one of the two sealing elements,
wherein the first movement device comprises a first articulated arm and the second movement device comprises a second articulated arm;
a control unit operatively connected to the first motor and to the second motor in order to drive the first motor and second motor in a predetermined relationship to move the two sealing elements relative to each other and relative to the fixed frame;
wherein the sealing unit comprises a movable frame which is movable, relative to the fixed frame, along a feed direction of the articles and which carries the two sealing elements;
wherein the second movement device comprises a rocker hinged to the movable frame to rotate with respect to the movable frame about a pivot point,
wherein the second articulated arm comprises a first member and a second member which are movable relative to each other, the first member being connected to the second motor to be carried in rotation and the second member being hinged to the rocker at a position different from the pivot point, so that the rocker is carried in rotation relative to the movable frame and about the pivot point,
the rocker being coupled to at least one of the two sealing elements in order to move the two sealing elements from the spaced-apart position to the close-together position and vice versa,
wherein the second movement device comprises a first rod which is operatively coupled to a first sealing element of the two sealing elements and to the rocker to move the first sealing element when the rocker is carried in rotation about the pivot point, and a second rod which is operatively coupled to a second sealing element of the two sealing elements and to the rocker to move the second sealing element when the rocker is carried in rotation about the pivot point;
wherein the second movement device comprises a guide associated with the movable frame to guide the movement of the first and second sealing elements relative to each other;
wherein the first motor is driven in a first rotation direction to move the movable frame in a first direction along a predetermined axis of movement parallel to the feed direction, and the first motor is driven in a second rotation direction, opposite to the first rotation direction, to move the movable frame along the predetermined axis of movement in a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
wherein the second motor is driven in a third rotation direction to move the sealing elements from the spaced-apart position to the close-together position, and the second motor is driven in a fourth rotation direction to move the sealing elements from the close-together position to the spaced-apart position;
wherein the first motor is an electric motor, having a rotatable first shaft and the second motor is an electric motor having a rotatable second shaft;
wherein the first articulated arm comprises a first member and a second member of fixed length hinged to each other, the first member of the first articulated arm being fixedly connected to the first shaft and the second member of the first articulated arm being rotatably attached to the movable frame;
wherein the first member and the second member of the second articulated arm are of fixed length and the first member of the second articulated arm is fixedly connected to the second shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,592

APPARATUS FOR SEALING AN OPEN END OF A CONTAINER

17. A method of producing a package for distribution comprising:folding and sealing a bottom of the package;
filling the package with a product to produce a filled package; and
sealing a top of the filled package by:
moving a first longitudinally extending sealing jaw that is bearing mounted on a first longitudinally extending eccentric shaft, the moving of the first sealing jaw including moving the first eccentric shaft by rotating around a first rotational axis;
moving a second longitudinally extending sealing jaw that is bearing mounted on a second longitudinally extending eccentric shaft, the moving of the second sealing jaw including moving the second eccentric shaft by rotating around a second rotational axis, the second sealing jaw being parallel with the first sealing jaw, the moving of the first sealing jaw and the moving of the second sealing jaw being synchronized by transversally extending guiding bars cooperating with the first and second eccentric shafts via guiding pins running in guiding grooves, and play in a transversal direction being permitted between the first and second eccentric shafts and the first and second sealing jaws; and
the moving of the first sealing jaw and the moving of the second sealing jaw including moving the first and second sealing jaws toward each other and pressing the top of the package to seal the top of the filled package.

US Pat. No. 10,189,591

ROTARY FILLING DEVICE FOR ASEPTIC FILLING OF POUCHES

Scholle IPN Corporation, ...

1. A filling device for aseptic filling of pouches comprising:a pouch fill assembly comprising:
a movement assembly defining an aseptic zone, the movement assembly configured to direct a pouch having a spout and a plug sealing the spout through the pouch fill assembly from an inlet to an outlet;
a plug removing assembly having at least one plug removing station, the plug removing station further including:
a grasping assembly positioned within the aseptic zone structurally configured to releasably capture a portion of the plug;
a plug retaining structure positioned within the aseptic zone structurally configured to releasably maintain the plug upon removal from the spout; and
an actuator assembly structurally configured to direct the plug between the spout and the plug retaining structure; and
a filling assembly having at least one filling station structurally configured to dispense a flowable material into the pouch through the spout;
wherein the movement assembly further includes a base wall, a portion of which is rotatably positionable relative to the plug removing assembly and the pouch filling assembly, with a cooperative retaining slot defined therein structurally configured to retain a pouch by way of the spout, the base wall including an upper surface, with the plug retaining structure positioned in a spaced apart orientation from the cooperative retaining slot and extending from the upper surface, wherein the grasping assembly is structurally configured to extend between the cooperative retaining slot and the plug retaining structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,590

METHOD FOR PACKAGING LIQUID OR PASTY PRODUCTS AND PACKAGING MACHINE SUITABLE FOR THIS PURPOSE

Benhil GmbH, Neuss (DE)

1. A method for portioned packaging of liquid and/or pasty products by means of a packaging machine by the product being fed via at least one inlet to a metering chamber and metered in the metering chamber by means of at least one metering member having an axially shiftable metering piston to form at least one product portion, with the at least one product portion being fed via at least one metering outlet to a package, the method comprising the steps of:a) feeding the product into the at least one inlet at at least one end, thereby causing the product to flow through the metering chamber in an axial direction;
b) guiding the product past the at least one metering member through an annular gap formed between the at least one metering member located in the metering chamber and an inner circumferential wall of the metering chamber, wherein the product thereby flushes around the metering member;
c) removing the product entirely or partially from the metering chamber from another end via the at least one outlet; and
d) recirculating the product, wherein the metering chamber is operated in continuous flow during at least one operating state of the packaging machine selected from an operating state group consisting of operating state downtimes of the packaging machine, operating state start-up of the packaging machine, and operation of the packaging machine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,589

CHAMBER MACHINE WITH GAS NOZZLE MONITORING

13. A chamber machine for packaging products in at least one bag, said chamber machine comprising:at least one gas nozzle; and
a monitoring device configured for detecting the presence of a bag neck of said at least one bag over said at least one gas nozzle;
wherein said monitoring device comprises at least one sensing finger for each of said at least one gas nozzle; and
wherein said at least one gas nozzle or said at least one sensing finger is adapted to have applied thereto an electric voltage, and wherein said at least one gas nozzle is electrically insulated from said at least one sensing finger.

US Pat. No. 10,189,588

BUNDLING ARTICLE WITH ELASTIC LOOP AND COOPERATING TAG

Bedford Industries, Inc.,...

1. A bundling article including:a stretchable portion including a fastening opening having a first width; and
a tag portion overlapping the stretchable portion at an overlap area, wherein the stretchable portion and the tag portion are bonded together at the overlap area, and the tag portion including a notch, the notch including two opposed shoulders separated by a second width, wherein the second width is substantially equal to or greater than the first width.

US Pat. No. 10,189,587

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUSLY ENCAPSULATING ELONGATED COMPONENTS AND ENCAPSULATED ELONGATED COMPONENTS OBTAINED

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A process for a continuous production of an encapsulated component web, the process comprising the steps of:conveying at least two continuous encapsulation films, spaced apart from one another, along a longitudinal axis of a production line;
conveying at least one encapsulatable component along the longitudinal axis of the production line between the two continuous encapsulation films;
displacing transversally at least one of the at least one encapsulatable component simultaneously while the at least one encapsulatable component is conveyed along the longitudinal axis of the production line;
superposing an assembly including the at least two continuous encapsulation films and the at least one encapsulatable component with the at least one encapsulatable component extending between two of the at least two continuous encapsulation films; and
laminating the assembly to encapsulate the at least one encapsulatable component between the at least two continuous encapsulation films.

US Pat. No. 10,189,586

PROCESS FOR SINGLE-STEP FORMING AND FILLING OF CONTAINERS

1. A process for the manufacturing and filling of plastic containers comprising the steps of:heating a localized zone of a stretchable portion of a preform to a temperature closer to its vitreous transition temperature (Tg) than to ambient temperature while maintaining at least a portion of the stretchable portion of the preform at a temperature closer to ambient temperature than to the vitreous transition temperature (Tg);
positioning the preform in a mold assembly of two or more components while still having the heated localized zone and a portion of the stretchable portion at a temperature closer to ambient temperature, the preform being fabricated from a plastic and being provided with a longitudinal axis and including the stretchable portion and a non-stretchable portion;
after positioning the preform in the mold assembly while still having the heated localized zone and a portion of the stretchable portion at a temperature closer to ambient temperature, initially stretching the preform along its longitudinal axis;
injecting a fluid into the interior volume of the preform, the fluid being under such pressure so as to cause the preform to plastically deform until achieving a container of a desired size and shape; and
releasing the container formed from the preform from the mold assembly and sealing the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,585

SPACE FLIGHT SIMULATOR, PLANETARIUM HAVING THE SAME, AND SPACE FLIGHT SIMULATING PROGRAM

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. Pi space flight simulator comprising:a celestial-body-position output unit configured to output three-dimensional positions of extragalactic celestial bodies in space;
an observation-position designation unit configured to allow an operator to designate a three-dimensional position and a posture of an observer in extragalactic space;
a celestial-body-image arrangement unit configured to determine, based on the output from the celestial-body-position output unit, arrangement of an image of each extragalactic celestial body in a star field seen from the designated three-dimensional position and posture of the observer, and generate a star field image;
a cosmic-expansion selection unit configured to allow the operator to perform selection as to whether a cosmic expansion effect is taken into account;
a time designation unit configured to designate an observation time; and
a cosmic-expansion correction unit configured to correct the three-dimensional position of each extragalactic celestial body based on the cosmic expansion effect and the designated observation time, wherein
the celestial-body-image arrangement unit is configured to determine the arrangement of the image of each extragalactic celestial body based on the three-dimensional position of each extragalactic celestial body after the correction by the cosmic-expansion correction unit when the cosmic expansion effect is taken into account, or determine the arrangement of the image of each extragalactic celestial body based on the three-dimensional position of each extragalactic celestial body before the correction by the cosmic-expansion correction unit when the cosmic expansion effect is not taken into account.

US Pat. No. 10,189,583

DEPLOYABLE SHEET MATERIAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ANALYTICAL MECHANICS ASSO...

1. A spacecraft system for deploying sheet material comprising:a primary beam member extending from a first end region to a second end region;
a first mast coupled to the primary beam member;
a second mast coupled to the primary beam member opposite the first mast, wherein each of the first and second masts extends from a proximal region coupled to the primary beam member to a distal region, wherein the distal region of the first and second masts is positioned farther from the primary beam member when the system is in a deployed configuration than when the system is in a stowed configuration;
a spoolable apparatus coupled to the primary beam member, wherein the spoolable apparatus comprises:
a first boom member proximate the first end region of the primary beam member,
a second boom member proximate the second end region of the primary beam member, and
a sheet material extending from a proximal sheet region to a distal sheet region and located between the first and second boom members,
wherein the first boom member, second boom member, and the sheet material are in a spooled state when the system is in the stowed configuration, and wherein the first boom member, second boom member, and the sheet material are unspooled into an extended state when the system is in the deployed configuration; and
a plurality of guy wires comprising:
a first guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the first mast to the first boom member,
a second guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the first mast to the second boom member,
a third guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the second mast to the first boom member, and
a fourth guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the second mast to the second boom member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,582

ELASTICALLY DEPLOYABLE PANEL STRUCTURE SOLAR ARRAY

DEPLOYABLE SPACE SYSTEMS,...

1. An elastically deployable panel structure for space solar array applications comprising:a unitary, continuous support structure having first and second opposing side edges, a first, stowed configuration and a second, deployed configuration, the stowed configuration having elastic strain energy, said elastic strain energy operable to power deployment of said support structure;
wherein the support structure is configured to be operable as a mounting surface for solar cell arrays,
and further wherein the first and second opposing side edges are curved downward with respect to a bottom surface of said support structure, each of said first and second opposing side edges forming a C-shaped open cylinder, when said support structure is in the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,189,580

IMAGE STABILIZATION AND POINTING CONTROL MECHANIZATION FOR AIRCRAFT IMAGING SYSTEMS

Aerobo, Brooklyn, NY (US...

1. An aircraft comprising:a platform;
a camera assembly rotatable relative to the platform and about three camera axes, the camera assembly comprising:
a camera; and
a mirror attached to the camera, wherein the mirror is rotatable relative to the camera and about a mirror axis, different from the three camera axes;
a first inertial measurement unit configured to measure inertial angles of the camera assembly; and
a second inertial measurement unit configured to measure inertial angles of the mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,189,578

SELF-BALANCING PRESSURE BULKHEAD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A pressure bulkhead comprising:a bulkhead wall having a radially inner disk of a first thickness and a radially outer compression ring of a second thickness defining a convex surface as a first side of the bulkhead wall, wherein the radially outer compression ring defines a periphery of the bulkhead wall, and the second thickness is greater than the first thickness;
wherein the second thickness of the outer compression ring is effective to provide a strength to oppose meridional and hoop stresses across the surface of the radially inner disk in response to a pressure differential across the bulkhead wall; and the radially inner disk being unitary with the outer compression ring and being made of the same material as the outer compression ring; and
an attachment ring having a concave surface oriented toward a non-pressurized area and attached to the first side and the periphery of the bulkhead wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,577

ELECTRONIC DISPLAY OF COMPASS/MAP INFORMATION FOR ROTORCRAFT PROVIDING IMPROVED DEPICTION OF SURROUNDING OBSTACLES

Astronautics Corporation ...

1. An avionics display for rotorcraft comprising:a graphic display screen;
an electronic processor communicating with the graphic display screen and receiving altitude information and bearing information from the rotorcraft and terrain map data providing three-dimensional representations of terrain, and location and height if about structures on the terrain, the electronic processor executing a stored program to:
(a) at altitudes above a first predetermined altitude, provide an icon for the rotorcraft superimposed over a representation of the data of the terrain map aligned with the location of the rotorcraft from a viewpoint substantially perpendicular to a plane of the terrain; and
(b) at altitudes below the first predetermined altitude, provide an icon for the rotorcraft superimposed over a representation of the data of the terrain map aligned with the location of the rotorcraft from a viewpoint at an acute angle from the plane of the terrain.

US Pat. No. 10,189,576

LIQUID STORAGE TANK

BAE SYSTEMS PLC, London ...

1. An aircraft fuel tank comprising:a tank wall enclosing a liquid storage space, the tank wall comprising two opposing aircraft external skins and an aircraft substructure disposed between the two aircraft external skins; and
a plurality of tensionable tie assemblies located at least partially within the liquid storage space, each tensionable tie assembly comprising:
a first attachment device fixed to an inner surface of a first of the aircraft external skins;
a second attachment device fixed to an inner surface of a second of the aircraft external skins; and
an elongate member fixed between the first and second attachment devices of that tie assembly such that the elongate member of that tie assembly crosses the liquid storage space;
wherein the tensionable tie assemblies are capable of being tightened during installation, configured to exert an inward force on the tank wall, and are more closely spaced together at or proximate to points at which the aircraft external skins are attached to the aircraft substructure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,575

AIRCRAFT ENGINE ASSEMBLY COMPRISING REAR ENGINE ATTACHMENTS IN THE FORM OF SHACKLES

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. An aircraft engine assembly comprising:an engine,
a pylon for mounting the engine on a structure of the aircraft,
the pylon comprising a primary structure forming a box formed by lower spar and upper spars joined together by a plurality of transverse stiffening ribs situated inside the box, the box being closed laterally by two side panels,
means for mounting the engine on the primary structure of the mounting pylon, wherein the mounting means include a set of rear engine attachments comprising:
a first shackle hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket made as one piece with one of the two side panels, the first shackle being oriented along a vertical direction of the engine assembly and hinged on its associated brackets along hinging axes oriented along a transverse direction of the engine assembly;
a second shackle hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket made as one piece with the other one of the two side panels, the second shackle being oriented along the vertical direction of the engine assembly and hinged on its associated brackets along hinging axes oriented along the transverse direction of the engine assembly, the first and second shackles being arranged so as to be crossed by a vertical and transverse plane of the engine assembly; and
a third shackle for transverse transmission of the loads, inclined relative to the vertical direction and crossed by the vertical and transverse plane, the third shackle being hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket secured to the primary structure of the pylon.

US Pat. No. 10,189,574

ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An electric propulsion system for a vehicle, said electric propulsion system comprising:at least one generator;
at least one drive engine coupled to said at least one generator;
at least one electrical device;
at least one battery integrated power converter (BIC), wherein said at least one generator and at least one of said at least one BIC are coupled, and wherein said at least one BIC and said at least one electrical device are coupled;
wherein said at least one BIC comprises:
at least one string comprising a plurality of BIC modules (BICMs) coupled to each other wherein each BICM of said plurality of BICMs comprises:
a first switching device and a second switching device, each of said first switching device and said second switching device comprising an antiparallel diode coupled in parallel thereto;
a first node defined between said first switching device and said second switching device;
a second node coupled to said second switching device;
at least one energy storage device coupled in parallel across said first switching device and said second switching device; and
at least one bypass switch coupled to and between said first node and said second node.

US Pat. No. 10,189,573

OFF-WING SLIDE RAFT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An inflatable evacuation device, comprising:a ramp portion;
a slide portion extending from the ramp portion;
a releasable support strap coupled between the ramp portion and the slide portion; and
a release assembly coupled to the releasable support strap, wherein the releasable support strap is configured to release tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion such that an angle of the slide portion relative to the ramp portion changes in response to the release of tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion, and wherein the ramp portion remains affixed to the slide portion after the release of tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,572

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING ICE FORMATION ON PORTIONS OF AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An ice prevention system that is configured to prevent ice from forming with respect to one or more portions of an aircraft, the ice prevention system comprising:a combustor having an air inlet and a gas outlet, wherein the combustor is within the housing of an engine between a fan and an engine core;
a supply air conduit coupled to the air inlet of the combustor, wherein the supply air conduit is configured to channel low pressure air to the combustor, wherein the low pressure air is air that has not been compressed within the engine core; and
one or more delivery conduits coupled to the gas outlet of the combustor, the one or more delivery conduits further coupled to the one or more portions of the aircraft, wherein the combustor is configured to exhaust heated gas to the one or more delivery conduits through the gas outlet to prevent ice from forming or melt ice with respect to the one more portions of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,571

MODULE FOR AN AIRCRAFT CABIN WITH A SEAT FASTENED TO A DOOR

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A module for an aircraft cabin, the module comprising:a door to open the module; and
a seat fastened to the door;
wherein a seat surface of the seat is configured to swivel from an essentially perpendicular stowage position into an essentially horizontal operating position, and
wherein the module comprises a locking mechanism allowing the seat to swivel from the essentially perpendicular stowage position into the essentially horizontal operating position only when the door is locked.

US Pat. No. 10,189,570

SEAT PAN ASSEMBLY WITH ENCASED COMFORT SPRING

1. A seat pan assembly, comprising:spaced seat spreaders;
at least one transverse frame member affixed between the spaced seat spreaders; and
a seat cushion assembly disposed between the spaced seat spreaders and atop and supported on the at least one transverse frame member, the seat cushion assembly comprising:
a spring assembly disposed at depth within a foam assembly and free of attachment to the spaced seat spreaders and the at least one transverse frame member, the spring assembly comprising a frame having a base and sidewalls extending upwardly at an obtuse angle to the base, and a plurality of springs affixed along a top of the sidewalls and extending between the sidewalls elevated above the base;
the foam assembly comprising a first layer of foam disposed within the spring assembly between the plurality of springs and the base;
the foam assembly further comprising a second layer of foam, having a different density than the first layer of foam, encasing at depth the spring assembly within the seat cushion assembly, the second layer of foam continuous along opposing outer sides and a top of the spring assembly; and
a rigid bottom panel pivotally attached at one end to the spaced seat spreaders, the rigid bottom panel disposed atop and supported on the spaced seat spreaders.

US Pat. No. 10,189,569

DRAINING DEVICE FOR DRAINING A FLUID LINE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A draining device for draining a fluid line of a galley unit, the draining device comprising:a first coupling connectable to a second coupling, the second coupling being connected to an end of the fluid line of the galley unit, wherein the first coupling and second coupling are configured to produce a fluid conductive connection between the fluid line and the draining device;
wherein the first and second coupling form a double self-closing coupling between the draining device and the fluid line without producing a direct mechanical fixation between the fluid line and the first coupling; and
a holding device that holds the first coupling stationary relative to the fluid line such that no relative motion between the double self-closing coupling and the fluid line takes place;
wherein the holding device comprises guide rails or holding rails that are designed for engaging with a mount of the galley unit for fixing the draining device relative to the mount;
wherein the guide rails or holding rails extend in a direction parallel to the fluid line; and
wherein the double self-closing coupling is configured to automatically separate and close the first and the second couplings if the first coupling is moved away from the second coupling without releasing a mechanical lock.

US Pat. No. 10,189,568

AGRICULTURAL CROP ANALYSIS DRONE

Topcon Positioning System...

1. A system for agricultural farming, the system comprising:a first agricultural drone flying over a field having a plurality of crops in a position in advance of an agricultural vehicle which is traversing the plurality of crops, collecting information specific to the plurality of crops, and transmitting the collected information in real-time from the first agricultural drone to the agricultural vehicle;
wherein the agricultural vehicle is a boom sprayer which receives the collected information from the first agricultural done in real-time and adjusts at least one operation of the boom sprayer using the received collected information from the first agricultural drone such that the adjustment of the at least one operation includes a leveling of the boom sprayer achieved independent of any information collected by one or more sensors resident on the boom sprayer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,567

IDENTIFYING CAMERA POSITION OF A UAV IN FLIGHT UTILIZING REAL TIME KINEMATIC SATELLITE NAVIGATION

SKYCATCH, INC., San Fran...

1. A method comprising:determining, by at least one processor during a flight mission of a UAV, a position of the UAV at a first time and a position of the UAV at a second time based on a number of wave lengths of a signal transmitted from a satellite to the UAV at the first time, a number of wave lengths of the signal at the second time, RTK correction data at the first time, and RTK correction data at the second time;
identifying, by the at least one processor during the flight mission, a time that a camera affixed to the UAV captures a digital aerial image of a site by detecting when a shutter of the camera affixed to the UAV is open;
detecting an attitude of the UAV at the time that the camera affixed to the UAV captures the digital aerial image, wherein the attitude comprises a measurement of pitch, roll, and yaw of the UAV corresponding to the time that the camera affixed to the UAV captures the digital aerial image; and
determining, by the at least one processor, a position of the camera based on a time of capturing the digital aerial image, the attitude of the UAV at the time that the camera affixed to the UAV captures the digital aerial image, the position of the UAV at the first time, and the position of the UAV at the second time;
determining, by the at least one processor during the flight mission, a quality of a calculation of the position of the UAV at a third time, wherein determining the quality of the calculation comprises determining whether the calculation is fixed or floating; and
modifying flight of the UAV based on the determination of the quality of the calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,189,566

3D COVERAGE MAPPING OF WIRELESS NETWORKS WITH UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

ETAK Systems, LLC, Hunte...

8. An Air Traffic Control (ATC) system for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) supporting three-dimensional (3D) coverage mapping of a coverage area of a cell site, the ATC system comprising:a network interface and one or more processors communicatively coupled to one another, wherein the network interface is communicatively coupled to a plurality of UAVs via one or more wireless networks; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to provide the coverage area of the cell site to a UAV;
cause the UAV to fly about the coverage area at one or more elevations;
cause the UAV to take measurements of wireless performance during flight about the coverage area;
utilize the measurements to derive a 3D coverage map of the coverage area;
determine poor coverage areas in the 3D coverage map; and
cause performance of one or more remedial actions to address the poor coverage areas, wherein the one or more remedial actions comprise adding additional antennas on a cell tower at the cell site, adjusting antenna patterns of existing antennas on the cell tower, and adding a new cell tower in the coverage area, each of the one or more remedial actions is configured to increase coverage in the coverage area to address the poor coverage areas.

US Pat. No. 10,189,564

NON-LOADED MANUAL BLADE FOLD ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A pin configured for use in a rotor blade movable between an aligned position and a folded position and having a rotor blade airfoil contour, comprising:a cylindrical body configured to couple a first section and a second of the rotor blade, when the rotor blade is in the aligned position; and
a handle mounted to an end of the cylindrical body and having an airfoil contour generally complementary to the rotor blade airfoil contour, the handle being movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein when the handle is in the closed position, the handle is flush with an adjacent portion of the rotor blade, and when the handle is in the open position, the handle is accessible to pull the cylindrical body from the first and second sections of the rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,189,563

BEAM FOR A ROTORCRAFT ROTOR AND ROTORCRAFT ROTOR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A beam for attaching a blade to a hub of a rotor for a rotorcraft, the blade having a longitudinal axis extending radially from a rotation axis of the hub, the beam comprising:a hub connection portion for connecting the beam to the hub of the rotor;
a blade connection portion for connecting the beam to the blade of the rotor;
a first flexure portion located between the hub connection portion and the blade connection portion and adapted to bend about a first bending axis orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the blade, a first bending stiffness of the first flexure portion being smaller than a bending stiffness of the hub connection portion and smaller than a bending stiffness of the blade connection portion;
a second flexure portion located between the hub connection portion and the blade connection portion and adapted to bend about a second bending axis, wherein the second bending axis is orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the blade and non-parallel to the first bending axis, a second bending stiffness of the second flexure portion being smaller than the first bending stiffness of the first flexure portion;
a shear portion located between the hub connection portion and the blade connection portion and adapted to rotate about a shear axis, wherein the shear axis is orthogonal to the first bending axis and parallel to one of the rotation axis of the hub or the second bending axis of the blade;
at least one slot-shaped groove extending into the shear portion and at least a part of the second flexure portion in a direction parallel to one of the rotation axis of the hub or the first bending axis of the blade, or a plane through the longitudinal axis of the blade and orthogonal to one of the rotation axis of the hub or the first bending axis of the blade;
wherein the slot-shaped groove reduces a shear stiffness of the shear portion to be smaller than a shear stiffness of the hub connection portion and a shear stiffness of the blade connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,562

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND OPERATIONS THEREOF

SZ DJI Technology Co., Lt...

1. A multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a central body comprising an upper housing member and a lower housing member, the upper housing member and the lower housing member forming a central cavity, wherein the central cavity is configured to house one or more electrical components configured to control the operation of the UAV;
one or more branch housing members extending from the central body, the one or more branch housing members each comprising an upper branch housing member and a lower branch housing member, and
one or more electrical components disposed inside the central cavity, wherein the one or more electrical components (1) are configured to control the operation of the UAV, and (2) comprise at least a flight control module and an inertial measurement unit (IMU);
a magnetometer attached onto a landing stand at a position sufficiently distal from the one or more electrical components to effect a reduction of interference from said one or more electrical components, wherein the landing stand extends away from the body of the UAV and is configured to bear weight of the UAV when the UAV is not airborne;
wherein the one or more branch housing members are configured to support one or more actuator assemblies, each actuator assembly comprising an actuator configured to effect movement of the UAV, wherein the thrust of the one or more actuator assemblies is oriented in a vertical direction relative to the central body, and
wherein at least a portion of each of the lower branch housing members extends beneath at least a portion of the corresponding actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,561

RESONATOR, AND AN AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH THE RESONATOR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A resonator having a heavy member and a spring blade, the heavy member comprising a casing fastened to the spring blade, the heavy member further comprising a set of masses that is movable in translation inside the casing along a longitudinal direction, the resonator including a wormscrew engaged in a slider nut of the set of masses, the resonator including drive means suitable for driving the wormscrew in rotation so that rotation of the wormscrew drives the movement in translation, wherein the casing presents an inside face defining in part at least two cylindrical spaces each presenting a generator line parallel to the longitudinal direction, the two cylindrical spaces being arranged outside a central space, the wormscrew being arranged in the central space, the set of masses comprising two masses slidable respectively in the two cylindrical spaces, the set of masses including a support carrying the slider nut, each mass comprising at least one heavy element fastened to the support, each mass presenting at least two presser means interposed between the mass and the inside face, each presser means comprising a groove formed in a circumference of a mass and contained in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, each groove describing a closed curve, each presser means comprising at least one resilient member arranged in the groove and a split ring pressed against the inside face by the at least one resilient member of the presser means, the split ring projecting in part from the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,189,560

LANDING GEAR PLATFORM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A landing gear platform comprising:a chock that is configured to fit and engage between a rearward tire of an aircraft landing gear and a forward tire of the aircraft landing gear, the chock having a top surface; and,
a panel having a top surface and opposite bottom surface, the bottom surface of the panel being configured to be positioned over the top surface of the chock when the chock is fit and engaged between the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear whereby the chock supports the top surface of the panel between the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear where the top surface of the panel is accessible to an individual and is configured to support the individual above the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear.

US Pat. No. 10,189,559

ROTOR SPEED CONTROL USING A FEED-FORWARD ROTOR SPEED COMMAND

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A computer-implemented method for feed-forward rotor speed control, the method comprising:receiving, by a processing device, a first flight command indicative of a flight characteristic change of an aircraft comprising a rotor;
generating, by the processing device, a load factor change based on the flight command;
generating, by the processing device, a rotor speed change based on the load factor change;
generating, by the processing device, a rotor speed command based on the rotor speed change to a flight controller to cause the aircraft to change a rotor speed of the rotor; and
changing, by the processing device, the rotor speed of the rotor responsive to the rotor speed command,
wherein the first flight command is responsive to a first pilot command from a pilot of the aircraft, and the second flight command is responsive to a second pilot command from the pilot of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,557

PASSENGER AIRCRAFT WITH A DOWNWARDLY FOLDABLE WING TIP DEVICE

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A passenger aircraft comprising a wing, the wing having a wing tip device at the tip thereof, wherein the wing tip device is moveable between:i. a flight configuration for use during flight, and
ii. a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is folded downwardly from the flight configuration such that the span of the aircraft is reduced, and
wherein the wing tip device is connected to the wing along a hinge defining a hinge line, the hinge being arranged to allow the wing tip device to rotate about the hinge line between the flight configuration and the ground configuration, but to prevent the wing tip device rotating upwardly beyond the flight configuration;
wherein the hinge line is orientated at an angle to a flight direction such that the wing tip device presents a larger frontal area when in the ground configuration than when in the flight configuration, and such that during forward motion of the aircraft, aerodynamic forces act on the wing tip device to allow the wing tip device to rotate away from the ground configuration and towards the flight configuration under the action of the aerodynamic forces, and
wherein the aircraft further comprises an actuator for moving the wing tip device from the ground configuration to the flight configuration, the actuator having a capacity of less than that required for moving the wing tip device in the absence of the aerodynamic forces.

US Pat. No. 10,189,555

ROTARY BALL LOCK LATCHING MECHANISM

Northrop Grumman Systems ...

1. A latching mechanism for engaging an aircraft surface panel to a support member comprising:an aircraft surface panel defining an upper surface, a lower surface, and a post extending from the lower surface, the post defining a circumferential recess formed thereabout;
a panel support member extending substantially parallel to the aircraft surface panel, the panel support member defining a post receiving aperture formed therethrough;
a post engagement mechanism disposed adjacent the support panel lower surface, the post engagement mechanism defining a central aperture in substantial vertical alignment with the post receiving aperture, for receiving and engaging the post;
the post engagement mechanism further defining a rotatable sleeve, the rotatable sleeve being rotatable to enable locking and unlocking engagement between the post and the post engagement mechanism; and
a post engagement mechanism actuator, connectable to a power source, in operative engagement with the rotatable sleeve for rotation thereof;
wherein the aircraft surface panel and the panel support member are translatable into and out of abutting engagement independent of any contact with the aircraft surface panel upper surface; and
wherein locking engagement between the post and the post engagement mechanism continues when power to the actuator is terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,189,554

ENCLOSURE COOLING FOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A housing of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a metallic porous material comprising a first porous portion and a second porous portion, the metallic porous material configured to enclose one or more components of the UAV; and
a phase change material (PCM), wherein pores of the first porous portion are free of the PCM and pores of the second porous portion are filled with the PCM,
wherein the metallic porous material and the PCM are configured to passively cool the UAV.

US Pat. No. 10,189,553

WATER INTAKE SYSTEM AND FLOATING VESSEL EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A SYSTEM

SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC....

1. A water intake system for a floating vessel in a body of water, the water intake system comprising within the hull of the vessel:an intake compartment for taking in water from the body of water and a distribution compartment for distributing and supplying the water to one or more consumer units within the floating vessel;
the intake compartment being arranged below a lowest operational draught of the vessel and having an inlet in a bottom region of the intake compartment, the intake compartment being in fluid communication with the distribution compartment for allowing water to flow into the distribution compartment;
the water intake system further comprising a water lift hose that is connected to the inlet and is extendible below the hull of the vessel,
wherein the water lift hose is suspended from a higher level of the vessel above the intake compartment through an internal opening in a top region of the intake compartment,
wherein the water lift hose comprises an open pipe section located in between the inlet and the internal opening of the intake compartment, and
wherein the open pipe section comprises an upper connector part for connection to a portion of the water lift hose above the intake compartment and a lower connector part for connection to a part of the water lift hose extending below the intake compartment, and the inlet is arranged with a seal for sealing the water lift hose at the lower connector part of the open pipe section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,552

SHIP PROPULSION METHOD AND SHIP PROPULSION DEVICE

NIIGATA POWER SYSTEMS CO....

14. A ship propulsion device that propels a ship by rotating a propeller, the ship propulsion device comprising:a sub-motor that transmits rotation to the propeller when a rotating speed of the propeller is less than a predetermined rotating speed;
an inverter that controls a rotating speed of the sub-motor;
an electric power generating engine that generates electric power with a commercial frequency and supplies the generated electric power with the commercial frequency directly to a main motor;
the main motor being rotated by the electric power from the electric power generating engine and transmitting rotation to the propeller when the rotating speed of the propeller is equal to or more than the predetermined rotating speed;
a slip clutch that controls a rotating speed of the propeller between a high rotating speed and a low rotating speed in transmitting the rotating speed to the propeller from the main motor; and
a switching control member that switches a driving source for the propeller from the sub-motor to the main motor when the rotating speed of the propeller becomes equal to or more than the predetermined rotating speed, wherein the main motor is an induction motor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,551

DISPLAY CONTROLLER

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A display controller comprising:a controller providing multidimensional code to a display device,
wherein the controller switchably displays the multidimensional codes representing identical information by a plurality of display patterns where ease of reading is mutually different,
wherein the multidimensional code represents information regarding an outboard motor mounted to a boat, or information regarding a vehicle, and
wherein the plurality of display patterns are switchable between a display pattern that represents information desired to be converted into the multidimensional code by a predetermined count of the multidimensional codes and a display pattern that reduces an information volume represented by each of the multidimensional codes and represents the information by the multidimensional codes larger in count than the predetermined count of multidimensional codes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,550

COMPACT, PEDAL-PROPELLED BOATS

1. A compact, pedal-propelled boat comprising:a gearbox (1) made from a tube (2) and a cylindrical housing (3) allowing a pinion having a shaft (4) being supported by two bearings housed inside the cylindrical housing (3) and a gear having a shaft (6) being supported by one of the two bearings housed in a right bushing (5) and the other of the two bearings housed in a left bushing (7) allowing that two retaining rings (27) installed on the gear shaft (6), one on a right and other on a left side, restrict relative axial movement between the gear shaft (6) and the gearbox (1) so that the gear remains engaged to the pinion; and the right bushing (5) and the left bushing (7) each have a shoulder on an outside thereof;
an outer tube (11) being made from two tubes, a long tube (12) and a short tube (13) which are joined at an angle around 120 degrees allowing an assembly to be inserted inside, wherein the assembly comprises
a torque tube (14) having a first end fixed to an end of the pinion shaft (4) and a second end fixed to an intermediate shaft (15) and the intermediate shaft (15) is supported by a bearing housed within an intermediate bushing (16);
the intermediate shaft (15) is fixed to a double universal joint (17);
a second end of the double universal joint (17) is fixed to a propeller shaft (18);
wherein the assembly can be inserted into the outer tube (11) until the moment when an end of the outer tube (11) is fitted on the outside of the cylindrical housing (3) of the gearbox (1) and the propeller shaft (18) is positioned inside the short tube (13) allowing a propeller bushing (19) to be inserted inside the short tube (13);
the propeller shaft (18) is supported by two bearings housed in the propeller bushing (19) allowing an elastic ring to be installed on the propeller shaft (18), which together with the end of the double universal joint (17) restrict axial movement of the propeller shaft (18) relative to the propeller bushing (19) and the propeller bushing (19) can be fixed in the short tube (13), transferring to the short tube (13) stress caused by a propeller (21) installed on the propeller shaft (18);
cranks and pedals are installed at ends of the gear shaft (6) which, when operating the pedals, the gear shaft (6) drives the pinion shaft (4) which, in turn, transmits the movement through the torque tube (14) to the double universal joint (17), which allows for a homokinetic transmission of movement to the propeller shaft (18).

US Pat. No. 10,189,549

RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION FARM FOR FISHING WORK

1. A renewable power generation farm for fishing work floating on a sea surface, the farm comprising:a plurality of floating ships, wherein each ship is configured to generate an energy using solar and wind power, wherein each ship comprises:
a main elongate floating structure having a top face;
a wind-based energy generation device secured to the main elongate floating structure via a vertical support pillar fixed to a first point of the top face of the main elongate floating structure;
a transverse beam extending perpendicularly to a longitudinal direction of the main elongate floating structure and extending beyond lateral edges of the main elongate floating structure while passing through the first point of the top face;
a longitudinal beam extending in a parallel manner to the longitudinal direction of the main elongate floating structure and extending within the longitudinal length of the main elongate floating structure while passing through the first point of the top face;
connection beams connecting both opposing first and second ends of the transverse beam and both opposing first and second ends of the longitudinal beam respectively;
auxiliary pillars vertically extending through the first and second ends of the transverse beam and the first and second ends of the longitudinal beam respectively;
solar-based energy generation devices disposed at top ends of the auxiliary pillars respectively;
auxiliary elongate floating structures disposed at bottom ends of the auxiliary pillars passing through the first and second ends of the transverse beam;
connectors coupled to rear and front ends of the main elongate floating structure respectively,
a cover surrounding the solar-based energy generation device, wherein the cover has a heated space defined therein;
an air outlet tube and an air inlet tube air-communicated with the heated space;
an air discharge block connected to the air outlet tube and configured to discharge air using a pressure pump into an evaporation region defined in water, wherein the evaporation region is defined by a jacket, wherein the pressure pump is configured to blow air from the air discharge block at a high pressure;
a salt-free air supply device including: the evaporation region defined above the air discharge block; and a filtering unit disposed above the evaporation region, wherein the salt-free air supply device is configured to supply the salt-free air to the heated space through the air inlet tube connected to the filtering unit;
a detection device provided at the upper end of each of the auxiliary pillars to detect an illegally infiltrated ship and/or a position of the sun; and
a rotator disposed on an upper end of each of the auxiliary pillars to rotate the solar-based energy generation device, wherein the orientation of the solar-based energy generation device is adjusted through the rotator based on the position of the detected sun,
wherein the plurality of the floating ships are connected in series to each other via the connectors to allow the renewable power generation farm for fishing work to act as a defense floating barrier to protect the sea surface from illegal invasion, and
wherein each of the auxiliary elongate floating structures includes a floating force generation body to act as a floating-force generation structure, wherein the floating-force generation structure has a receiving space for accommodating a battery defined therein.

US Pat. No. 10,189,548

LADDER WITH WATER SENSING LIGHTS

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A ladder for a boat, the ladder comprising:a rail configured to be coupled to the boat;
a rung supported by the rail;
a light source coupled to at least one of the rung and the rail;
a power source configured to provide electrical power to the light source; and
a water sensor configured to control provision of the electrical power to the light source;
wherein the electrical power is provided to the light source and the light source is illuminated in response to the water sensor sensing water;
further comprising a switching element that turns ON in response to the water sensor sensing water and thereby completes an electrical circuit with the power source and the light source; and
further comprising a printed circuit board (PCB) that supports the light source, the switching element, and the electrical circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,547

HYBRID CARGO HANDLING METHOD OF OIL TANKER AND CARGO PUMP PRIME MOVER SYSTEM FOR THE METHOD

1. A hybrid cargo handling method for an oil tanker or ore/oil carrier comprising:segregating and carrying at least three kinds of grade cargo oil; and
using plural sets of cargo oil pump systems,
wherein a cargo oil pump of one set of the systems is driven by an electric motor system of which a speed is controlled with a frequency conversion control device, and
wherein a cargo oil pump of a remaining set of the systems is driven by a steam turbine drive system,
further comprising the following steps of:
(i) operating the cargo oil pump driven by a mover of a steam turbine and discharging an exhaust gas from an auxiliary boiler supplying steam to the steam turbine; and
(ii) charging an inert gas purified from the exhaust gas into a void space of a cargo oil sorting tank being in gas-communication with the cargo oil pump driven by the mover of the steam turbine,
while operating the cargo oil pump driven by the electric motor system when exceeding a minimum demand threshold value of the inert gas
to control a speed with a frequency conversion control device so that the cargo oil pump driven by the electric motor system does not exceed a load equivalent to consuming surplus of residual inert gas balance allocated to the void space of the cargo oil sorting tank being in gas-communication with the mover of the steam turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,546

EMERGENCY SHIP ARREST SYSTEM AND METHOD

ALASKA MARITIME PREVENTIO...

1. An emergency ship arrest system comprising:a vessel attachment system configured to operatively connect to a disabled vessel at sea, the vessel attachment system including a bridle system and a hawser assembly having a hawser line, wherein a proximal end of the hawser line is operatively connected to the bridle system, and wherein the bridle system is configured to engage at least four fittings on a foredeck of the disabled vessel to distribute a load applied to the hawser line over the at least four fittings on the foredeck;
a retrieving system detachably connected to the vessel attachment system in a setup position, the retrieving system including a retrieving line, wherein a proximal end of the retrieving line is detachably connected to a distal end of the hawser line in the setup position; and
a para sea anchor system detachably connected to the vessel attachment system in an anchor position, the para sea anchor system including a main rode and a para sea anchor having a canopy and a plurality of shrouds, wherein a proximal end of the main rode is detachably connected to the distal end of the hawser line in the anchor position, wherein each of the plurality of shrouds of the para sea anchor interconnects a distal end of the main rode and a perimeter of the canopy.