US Pat. No. 10,246,409

METHOD FOR PREPARATION OF BIS(FLUOROSULFONYL)-IMIDE

Lonza Ltd, Visp (CH)

1. A method for the preparation of a compound of formula (I);
the method comprises a step STEP1;
STEP1 comprises a reaction REAC1-1;
in REAC1-1 a mixture MIXTURE-TRIPLE is reacted with HF at a temperature TEMP1-1, TEMP1-1 is at least 80° C.;
MIXTURE-TRIPLE comprises three components, a compound of formula (II), a compound of formula (III) and a compound of formula (IV);

X is identical with X1 or with X2;
X1 and X2 are identical or different and independently from each other selected from the group consisting of F, Cl, Br, I, RESF, and tolyl;
wherein RESF is a fluorinated C1-9 alkyl, which is unsubstituted or substituted by a substituent OCF3;
Rn+ is selected from the group consisting of H+, Li+, Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Zn2+, Cu2+, Al3+, Ti3+, Fe2+, Fe3+, B3+,
[N(R20)(R21)(R22)R23]+, and [P(R20)(R21)(R22)R23]+;R20, R21, R22 and R23 are identical or different and independently from each other selected from the group consisting of H, C1-8 alkyl, C5-6 cycloalkyl, phenyl, benzyl, vinyl and allyl;
n is 1, 2 or 3;
wherein
the total content of the three components in MIXTURE-TRIPLE is of from 50 to 100%, the % being % by weight based on the total weight of MIXTURE-TRIPLE;
wherein
the relative ratio of the three components in MIXTURE-TRIPLE is of from
2 to 98% of the compound of formula (II),
49 to 1% of the compound of formula (III), and
49 to 1% of the compound of formula (IV);
the % are % by weight and are based on the combined weight of the three components in MIXTURE-TRIPLE; the relative ratios of the three components add up to 100%.

US Pat. No. 10,246,408

PROCESS FOR PREPARING BIPHENYLAMINES FROM ANILIDES BY RUTHENIUM CATALYSIS

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A process for preparing one or more biphenylamides of formula (Ia)
in which
R1 is hydrogen, hydroxyl, fluorine, chlorine, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, C1-C4-alkylthio or C1-C4-haloalkyl,
R2 is C1-C4-alkyl, C6-C10-aryl or C6-C10-aryl-CH2—, and
X1 is hydrogen, C1-C3-alkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, fluorine or chlorine,
X2 is hydrogen, C1-C3-alkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, fluorine or chlorine,
X3 is hydrogen, C1-C3-alkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, fluorine or chlorine,
comprising reacting one or more
anilides of formula (II)

in which
R1 and R2 are each as defined above,
with an organoboron compound of formula (III)

in which
X1, X2 and X3 are each as defined above,and which is selected from one of the following groups consisting of:(I) boronic acids of formula (III) in whichQ is a hydroxyl group,
m is 2,
p is 1,
or the anhydrides, dimers or trimers of these boronic acids;(II) boronic acid derivatives of formula (III) in whichQ is F, Cl, Br, I, C1-C4-alkyl, C6-C10-aryl, C1-C4-alkoxy or C6-C10-aryloxy,
m is 2,
p is 1;(III) borinic acids of formula (III) in whichQ is OH, F, Cl, Br, I, C1-C4-alkyl, C6-C10-aryl, C1-C4-alkoxy or C6-C10-aryloxy,
m is 1,
p is 2;(IV) cyclic boronic esters of formula (III) in whichQ is a C2-C3-alkyldioxy radical which, together with the boron atom to which it is bonded, forms a 5- or 6-membered ring optionally substituted by one or more C1-C4-alkyl radicals,
m is 1,
p is 1;(V) boronates of formula (III) in whichQ is OH, F, Cl, Br, I, C1-C4-alkyl, C6-C10-aryl, C1-C4-alkoxy or C6-C10-aryloxy,
m is 3,
p is 1
and the negative charge of the boronate anion is compensated for by a cation,(VI) triarylboranes of formula (III) in whichm is 0,
p is 3; and(VII) tetraarylborates of formula (III) in whichm is 0,
p is 4
and the negative charge of the tetraarylborate anion is compensated for by a cation,
in the presence of a catalyst system consisting of a ruthenium catalyst, an activator, an oxidizing agent and a metal sulphate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,407

PROCESS FOR PREPARING BIPHENYLAMINES FROM ANILIDES BY RUTHENIUM CATALYSIS

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A process for the preparation of one or more biphenylamides of formula (V)
wherein
R1 is hydrogen, hydroxyl, fluorine, chlorine, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, C1-C4-alkylthio or C1-C4-haloalkyl,
R2 is C1-C4-alkyl, C6-C10-aryl or C6-C10-aryl-CH2—, and
X1 is hydrogen, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, fluorine or chlorine,
X2 is hydrogen, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, fluorine or chlorine,
X3 is hydrogen, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, fluorine or chlorine,comprising reacting one or more anilides of formula (II)
wherein
R1 and R2 are each as defined above,in a solvent selected from the group consisting of N,N-dialkylalkanamides, dimethoxyethane (DME), methanol, ethyl acetate, water, and mixtures of these solvents,with an organoboron compound of formula (III)
wherein
X1, X2 and X3 are each as defined above, and which is selected from one of the following groups consisting of:(i) boronic acids of formula (III) in whichQ is a hydroxyl group,
m is 2, and
p is 1,
or the anhydrides, dimers or trimers of these boronic acids;(ii) boronic acid derivatives of formula (III) in whichQ is F, C1, Br, I, C1-C4-alkyl, C6-C10-aryl, C1-C4-alkoxy or C6-C10-aryloxy,
m is 2, and
p is 1;(iii) borinic acids of formula (III) in whichQ is OH, F, C1, Br, I, C1-C4-alkyl, C6-C10-aryl, C1-C4-alkoxy or C6-C10-aryloxy,
m is 1, and
p is 2;(iv) cyclic boronic esters of formula (III) in whichQ is a C2-C3-alkyldioxy radical which, together with the boron atom to which it is bonded, forms a 5- or 6-membered ring optionally substituted by one or more C1-C4-alkyl radicals,
m is 1, and
p is 1;(v) boronates of formula (III) in whichQ is OH, F, C1, Br, I, C1-C4-alkyl, C6-C10-aryl, C1-C4-alkoxy or C6-C10-aryloxy,
m is 3, and
p is 1
and the negative charge of the boronate anion is compensated for by a cation,(vi) triarylboranes of formula (III) in whichm is 0, and
p is 3; and(vii) tetraarylborates of formula (III) in whichm is 0, and
p is 4
and the negative charge of the tetraarylborate anion is compensated for by a cation,
in the presence of a catalyst system consisting of a ruthenium catalyst, an activator, an oxidizing agent and a metal triflate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,406

BETA-SUBSTITUTED BETA-AMINO ACIDS AND ANALOGS AS CHEMOTHERAPEUTIC AGENTS AND USES THEREOF

QUADRIGA BIOSCIENCES, INC...

1. A compound of Formula (1):or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,wherein,R1 comprises a first chemotherapeutic moiety;
R4 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and a second chemotherapeutic moiety;
each of R2, R3, and R5 is hydrogen;
R6 is selected from the group consisting of —COOH, substituted C1-4 heteroalkyl, substituted C1-4 alkyl, and —PH(?O)(—OH), wherein each substituent group is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-3 alkyl, ?O, and C1-3 alkoxy;
each R7 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and hydroxyl;
R8 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and —CH3; and
L is selected from the group consisting of a bond, —CH2—, —CH2—O—, —CH2—CH2—, —CH(—OH)—, —C(?O)—NH—, —C(?O)—N(—CH3)—, and —CH2—C(?O)—,
wherein each of the first chemotherapeutic moiety and the second chemotherapeutic moiety is independently selected from the group consisting of —N(—CH2—CH2—Cl)2, —N(—CD2-CD2-Cl)2, —N(—CH2—CH2—Br)2, —N(—CH2—CH2—OH)2, —CH2—N(—CH2—CH2—Cl)2, —CH2—C(?O)—N(—CH2—CH2—Cl)2, —O—C(?O)—N(—CH2—CH2—Cl)2, —NH—C(?O)—CH2—Br, —CH2—O—C(?O)—N(—CH2—CH2—Cl)2, —N(—CH2—CH2—Cl)(—CH2—CH2—OH), —N(—O—CH2—CH2—Cl)(—CH2—CH2—Cl), —NH—CH2—CH2—Cl, —NH—CH2—CH2—OH, —N+(—O?)(—CH2—CH2—Cl)2, —N(—CH2—CH2—O—S(?O)2—CH3)2, —N(—CH2—CH2—Cl)(—CH2—CH2—O—S(?O)2—CH3), —N(—CH2—CH2—Br)(—CH2—CH2—O—S(?O)2—CH3), —N(—CH2—CH2—Cl)(—CH2—CH2—Br), and

US Pat. No. 10,246,405

POROUS DIACETYLENE PARTICLES, SYNTHESIS METHOD THEREOF

Korea University Research...

1. A method of manufacturing a radial porous diacetylene particle, comprising the steps of:(a) respectively dissolving a diacetylene-containing dicarboxylic acid monomer represented by Formula 1 below and a diamine monomer represented by Formula 2 below in a solvent to prepare a solution including the diacetylene-containing dicarboxylic acid monomer and a solution including the diamine monomer:
G-(A)x-C?C—C?C—(B)y-G  [Formula 1]
wherein A and B are each independently selected from the group consisting of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group of two or more carbon atoms, an ethylene oxide group, an amide group and an ester group, G is COOH, and x and y are each independently an integer of 1 to 20,
Q-(D)m-Z-(E)n-Q  [Formula 2]
wherein Z is selected from the group consisting of a benzene group, a pyridine group, a pyrimidine group and a naphthalene group, D and E are each independently a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group of one or more carbon atoms Q, NH2, and m and n are each independently an integer of 0 to 20;
(b) ultrasonically treating each of the solutions;
(c) maintaining each of the ultrasonically-treated solutions at room temperature; and
(d) mixing the solution including the diacetylene-containing dicarboxylic acid monomer represented by Formula 1 above with the solution including the diamine monomer represented by Formula 2 above to form a radial porous diacetylene particle and then growing the radial porous acetylene particle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,404

BIFUNCTIONAL COMPOUND HAVING NORBORNANE SKELETON AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical C...

1. A bifunctional compound, represented by formula (1):
wherein
R1 is a hydrogen atom, CH3, or C7H5;
R2 and R3 are each independently a hydrogen atom or CH3; and
X is a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group comprising no more than 4 carbon atoms and optionally a hydroxyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,246,403

TREPROSTINIL DERIVATIVES AND COMPOSITIONS AND USES THEREOF

CORSAIR PHARMA, INC., So...

1. A compound of the following formula:
wherein ring A is cyclopropyl, cyclobutyl, cyclopentyl or cyclohexyl, and u is an integer from 0 to 9;or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, solvate, hydrate, clathrate, polymorph or stereoisomer thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,246,402

FRUITY ODORANT

Firmenich SA, Geneva (CH...

1. A perfuming ingredient in the form of a composition for providing a fruity odor note which is devoid of herbaceous notes, the ingredient comprising:i) at least a compound of formula (I):
in the form of any one of its stereoisomers or of a mixture thereof, wherein R1 represents a C2-3 alkyl or alkenyl group, R2 represents a methyl or ethyl group, R3 represents a C1-4 alkyl or alkenyl group and the compound has from 9 to 12 carbon atoms, provided that (1S)-2-ethoxy-1-methyl-2-oxoethyl pyruvate is excluded;ii) at least one ingredient selected from the group consisting of a perfumery carrier and a perfumery base; and
iii) optionally at least one perfumery adjuvant.

US Pat. No. 10,246,401

CRYSTALLINE FORM OF CHLOROGENIC ACID AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF

SICHUAN JIUZHANG BIOLOGIC...

3. A process for preparing a crystalline form of chlorogenic acid of claim 1, comprising:dissolving a crude chlorogenic acid with a purity of more than 90% and less than or equal to 98% in water to obtain a first solution;
filtering the first solution with a filter to obtain a first filtrate;
freezing the first filtrate to 5° C. to obtain a second solution;
filtering the second solution to get a filter residue; and
freeze-drying the filter residue to obtain the claimed crystal form of chlorogenic acid.

US Pat. No. 10,246,398

ADDITIVES FOR CARBOXYLIC ACID PRODUCTION PROCESSES

LyondellBasell Acetyls, L...

1. A process comprising:contacting methanol and carbon monoxide in the presence of a liquid reaction medium under carbonylation conditions sufficient to form a carbonylation product comprising acetic acid, wherein the liquid reaction medium comprises:
a carbonylation catalyst selected from rhodium catalysts, iridium catalysts and palladium catalysts;
1-6 wt. % water, based on the total liquid reaction medium weight; and
0.05-2.0 M of an additive selected from di-sodium glutamate salts, tri-sodium glutamate salts, di-sodium L-3-(4-hydroxyphenyl) alanine, tri-sodium N,N-bis(carboxymethyl)-DL-alanine, and combinations thereof; and
recovering acetic acid from the carbonylation product.

US Pat. No. 10,246,394

SEPARATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR A PRODUCT STREAM OF A DIMETHYL ETHER REACTOR

1. Method for the processing, by separation technology, of a product stream (g) containing at least dimethyl ether, methanol, water, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen, from a reactor (4) used for the synthesis of dimethyl ether from synthesis gas (e), comprisingfeeding the product stream (g), in at least partially gaseous form, into an absorption column (6) operated with a liquid reflux, removing a gaseous top stream (m) from the absorption column (6) at the top and removing a liquid sump stream (p) at the bottom,
feeding the sump stream (p) at least partially into a first distillation column (5), withdrawing a transfer stream (q) containing dimethyl ether and a stream (r) predominantly containing methanol and/or water from the first distillation column (5),
cooling the top stream (m) at least partially initially to a first temperature level and subsequently further cooling to one or more further temperature levels, forming a first condensate stream (n) after the cooling to the first temperature level and forming one or more further condensate streams (s, t) after the further cooling to the further temperature level or levels, and
using the first condensate stream (n) partially to form the liquid reflux and feeding the further condensate stream or streams (s, t) at least partially into a further distillation column (9), from which removing a liquid stream (z) predominantly containing dimethyl ether and poor in or free from carbon dioxide at the bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,246,391

METHOD OF RECOVERING PHENOL FROM A BPA PRODUCTION FACILITY AND THE FACILITY FOR RECOVERING THE SAME

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method of recovering an unreacted phenol from a bisphenol A production facility comprising:reacting an initial phenol and an initial acetone in the presence of a catalyst to produce a bisphenol A stream comprising the unreacted phenol of the initial phenol and a bisphenol A,
separating a purge stream comprising the unreacted phenol, and wherein the unreacted phenol is present in the purge stream in an amount of 60 to 90 wt %, based on the total weight of the purge stream;
adding the purge stream to a phenol purification section of a phenol production facility; and
purifying the purge stream in the phenol purification section to form a purified phenol outlet stream in the phenol purification section, wherein the purified phenol outlet stream comprises a total phenol concentration of greater than or equal to 99.5 wt % based on the total weight of the purified phenol outlet stream.

US Pat. No. 10,246,390

PROCESS FOR THE SEPARATION OF GLYCOLS USING GLYCEROL

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A process for the separation of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and 1,2-butanediol (1,2-BDO) from a first mixture comprising MEG and 1,2-BDO, said process comprising the steps of:(i) providing said first mixture comprising MEG and 1,2-BDO as a feed to a distillation column;
(ii) providing a feed comprising glycerol to the distillation column above the first mixture;
(iii) operating the distillation column at a temperature in the range of from 50 to 250° C. and a pressure in the range of from 0.1 to 400 kPa;
(iv) removing a stream comprising MEG and glycerol as a bottoms stream from the distillation column; and
(v) removing a stream comprising 1,2-BDO above the point at which the feed comprising glycerol is provided to the distillation column.

US Pat. No. 10,246,389

COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING 2-CHLORO-1,1,1,2-TETRAFLUOROPROPANE (HCFC-244BB)

Honeywell International I...

1. A composition comprising:2-chloro-1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane (HCFC-244bb), and
at least one impurity comprising at least one of pentafluoropropene (HFO-1225ye isomer(s)), 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane (HFC-254eb), 2-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene (HCFO-1233xf) in an amount from 0.05 wt. % to 5.0 wt. %, 1-chloro-1,1,2,2-tetrafluoropropane (HCFC-244cc), chlorotetrafluoropropene (HCFO-1224 isomers), E-1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene (HCFO-1233zdE) in an amount from 0.0001 wt. % to 0.05 wt. %, 1,1,1,3,3-pentafluoropropane (HFC-245fa) in an amount from 0.0005 wt. % to 1.0 wt. %, heptafluorobutane (HFC-347 isomers), 2-chloro-1,1,1,3,3-pentafluoropropane (HFC-235da), 3-chloro-1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane (HCFC-244eb), 3-chloro-1,1,1-trifluoropropane (HCFC-253fb) in an amount from 0.0001 wt. % to 0.05 wt. %, 2,3-dichloro-1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane (HCFC-234bb), 2,2-dichloro-1,1,1-trifluoropropane (HCFC-243db), chlorohexafluorobutene (HFO-1326 isomers), pentafluorobutene (HFO-1345 isomers), heptafluorobutene (HFO-1327 isomers), tetrafluorohexane (HFC-5-11-4 isomers), chlorohexafluorobutane (HFC-346 isomers), octafluoropentane (HFC-458 isomers), octafluorohexene, 2,2-dichloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane (HCFC-123), C5H2F10 isomer, C6H2F8 isomer, C6H4F8 isomers, decafluorobutane (C4F10), C6H3F7 isomer, C6H3F9 isomer, C6H3Cl2F7 isomers, trichlorodifluoropropane (HCFC-242 isomers), C8H3F7 isomers, or long-chain halogenated hydrocarbons having a boiling point above about 15° C.;
wherein a total amount of light components comprising pentafluoropropene (HFO-1225ye isomer(s)) and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane (HFC-254eb) is between 0.0005 wt. % and 0.5 wt. %; and
wherein a total amount of heavy components comprising chlorohexafluorobutene (HFO-1326 isomers), pentafluorobutene (HFO-1345 isomers), heptafluorobutene (HFO-1327 isomers), tetrafluorohexane (HFC-5-11-4 isomers), chlorohexafluorobutane (HFC-346 isomers), octafluoropentane (HFC-458 isomers), octafluorohexene, 2,2-dichloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane (HCFC-123), C5H2F10 isomer, C6H2F8 isomer, C6H4F8 isomers, decafluorobutane (C4F10), C6H3F7 isomer, C6H3F9 isomer, C6H3Cl2F7 isomers, trichlorodifluoropropane (HCFC-242 isomers), C8H3F7 isomers, or long-chain halogenated hydrocarbons having a boiling point above about 15° C. is between 0.0005 wt. % and 2.0 wt. %.

US Pat. No. 10,246,386

EMBEDDED ALKANE DEHYDROGENATION SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A system for dehydrogenating an alkane, comprising:a furnace;
one or more alkane heating chambers located within the furnace for preheating an alkane feed;
one or more regeneration mixture heating chambers located within the furnace for preheating a regeneration mixture feed;
a first group of two or more reaction chambers located within the furnace for dehydrogenating an alkane, the first group of reaction chambers being switchably coupled to the one or more alkane heating chambers to receive a heated alkane feed therefrom, and switchably coupled to the one or more regeneration mixture heating chambers to receive a heated regeneration mixture feed therefrom; and
a second group of two or more reaction chambers located within the furnace for dehydrogenating an alkane, the second group of reaction chambers being switchably coupled to the one or more alkane heating chambers to receive a heated alkane feed therefrom, and switchably coupled to the one or more regeneration mixture heating chambers and configured to receive a heated regeneration mixture feed therefrom;
the system being configured such that when the first group of reaction chambers are switched to receive the heated alkane feed, the second group of reaction chambers are switched to receive the heated regeneration mixture feed; and
when the first group of reaction chambers is switched to receive the heated regeneration mixture feed, the second group of reaction chambers is switched to receive the heated alkane feed;
wherein the system further comprises a first heated alkane feed line coupled to a heated alkane outlet line and further coupled to the first group of reaction chambers, for feeding the heated alkane from the heated alkane outlet line to the first group of reaction chambers, the first heated alkane feed line comprising a first heated alkane feed line valve;
a second heated alkane feed line coupled to the heated alkane outlet line and further coupled to the second group of reaction chambers, for feeding the heated alkane from the heated alkane outlet line to the second group of reaction chambers, the second heated alkane feed line comprising a second heated alkane feed line valve;
a first heated regeneration mixture feed line coupled to a heated regeneration mixture outlet line and further coupled to the first group of reaction chambers, for feeding the heated regeneration mixture from the heated regeneration mixture outlet line to the first group of reaction chambers, the first heated regeneration mixture feed line comprising a first heated regeneration mixture feed line valve; and
a second heated regeneration mixture feed line coupled to the heated regeneration mixture outlet line and further coupled to the second group of reaction chambers, for feeding the heated regeneration mixture from the heated regeneration mixture outlet line to the second group of reaction chambers, the second heated regeneration mixture feed line comprising a second heated regeneration mixture feed line valve;
wherein the first heated alkane feed line and the second heated alkane feed line each extend out of the furnace and each are separately directed back into the furnace after passing through the first heated alkane feed line valve and the second heated alkane feed line valve, respectively;
wherein the first heated regeneration mixture feed line and the second heated regeneration mixture feed line each extend out of the furnace and each separately are directed back into the furnace after passing through the first heated regeneration mixture feed line valve and the second heated regeneration mixture feed line valve, respectively;
where the first heated alkane feed line and the second heated alkane feed line are separate from one another and from the first heated regeneration mixture feed line and the second heated regeneration mixture feed line and wherein the first heated regeneration mixture feed line and the second heated regeneration mixture feed line are separate from one another and from the first heated alkane feed line and the second heated alkane feed line.

US Pat. No. 10,246,385

INTEGRATED PYROLYSIS AND OXYGENATE TO OLEFIN PROCESS

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A method of making light olefins comprising:combusting a fuel and an oxidizer in a combustion zone of a pyrolytic reactor to create a combustion gas stream;
transitioning a velocity of the combustion gas stream from subsonic to supersonic in an expansion zone of the pyrolytic reactor;
injecting a light hydrocarbon into the supersonic combustion gas stream to create a mixed stream including the light hydrocarbon;
transitioning the velocity of the mixed stream from supersonic to subsonic in a reaction zone of the pyrolytic reactor to produce a reaction mixture comprising an alkyne, carbon oxide, and hydrogen;
separating the reaction mixture in an absorber into an alkyne stream comprising the alkyne and a byproduct stream comprising the carbon oxide and the hydrogen;
catalytically hydrogenating the alkyne in a hydrogenation zone to produce a product stream containing a first light olefin;
treating the byproduct stream to convert at least a portion of the carbon oxide and the hydrogen to an oxygenated product in a carbon oxide conversion zone;
treating the oxygenated product in an oxygenate conversion zone to convert at least a portion of the oxygenated product to produce an effluent comprising a second light olefin; and
separating the first light olefin from the product stream and separating the second light olefin from the effluent in a product separation zone.

US Pat. No. 10,246,384

ALKYLATE BASE OIL OF BIOLOGICAL ORIGIN

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

1. An alkylate base oil of a biological origin having a kinematic viscosity at 100° C. from 3 mm2/s to 20 mm2/s, and characterized by having a total integral of a 13C NMR spectrum wherein 25-60% of the total integral of the 13C NMR spectrum falls within 13C NMR resonances in ranges for linear long chain alkyl groups given by: C1(13.9-14.2 ppm), C2(22.6-22.8 ppm), C3(31.9-32.05 ppm), C4(29.35-29.45 ppm), and C5+(29.6-29.8 ppm); wherein the alkylate base oil is an alkylation product of a farnesane that was made from a biologically derived feedstock.

US Pat. No. 10,246,382

CATALYTIC SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESS STREAM TREATMENT

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A method of producing methane comprising:subjecting an aqueous fluid comprising an organic compound capable of being hydrolyzed to catalytic conditions effective to hydrolyze the at least one organic compound in the aqueous fluid while generating an amount of methane therefrom;
wherein the catalytic conditions comprise contacting the aqueous fluid with a heterogeneous catalyst comprising ruthenium, and the organic compound capable of being hydrolyzed comprises a kinetic hydrate inhibitor and/or a hydrolyzed polyacrylamide.

US Pat. No. 10,246,381

STABILIZED NITROCELLULOSE-BASED PROPELLANT COMPOSITION

PB CLERMONT SA, Engis (B...

1. A nitrocellulose-based propellant composition comprising(a) a nitrate ester based propellant, and
(b) a stabilizer consisting of a general formula (I):
wherein:R1 represents, alkyl substituted or not;R2 represents:(i) H;
(ii) unsaturated alkyl group;
R3 represents, H, alkyl substituted or not, or OR8;R4 represents, alkyl substituted or not, aromatic ring substituted or not, or OR8;R5 represents, alkyl substituted or not, aromatic ring substituted or not, or OR9;R6 represents, aromatic ring substituted or not;R7 represents, alkyl substituted or not;R8 represents, alkyl substituted or not, or aromatic ring substituted;R9 represents, alkyl substituted or not, or aromatic ring substituted.

US Pat. No. 10,246,379

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR CONCRETE PRODUCTION

CarbonCure Technologies I...

1. A system for carbonating a cement mix at a mix site comprising(i) a mixer for mixing the cement mix;
(ii) an apparatus to deliver carbon dioxide to the cement mix while the mix is mixing;
(iii) a telemetry system to transmit information regarding the cement mix to a central location remote from the mix site, wherein the central location stores data regarding the cement mix for use in future cement mixes and/or for use in modification of the same or similar cement mix in the mixer or in other mixers.

US Pat. No. 10,246,378

BUILDING PRODUCTS COMPOSITES AND METHODS

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LL...

1. A composite, comprising:a nuclei seeding agent comprising dihydrate calcium sulfate whiskers; and
dihydrate calcium sulfate crystals formed about the dihydrate calcium sulfate whiskers, such that the composite has a natural porosity of about 60 volume percent or greater and a density of about 40 lb/ft3 or less,
wherein the composite does not contain a foaming agent or microspheres.

US Pat. No. 10,246,377

POLYCRYSTALLINE CHALCOGENIDE CERAMIC MATERIAL

Schott Corporation, Elms...

35. A process for preparing a polycrystalline chalcogenide ceramic material that transmits light from the near infrared range to the long-wave infrared range comprising:heating a chalcogenide powder to a temperature of 900-1000° C., wherein less than 50 wt % of the chalcogenide powder has a diameter of 5 ?m or less,
subjecting the heated powder to uniaxial pressing at a pressure of 40 to 60 MPa and a temperature of 900-1000° C. for 0.16-6 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,246,376

LEAD-FREE PIEZOCERAMIC MATERIAL BASED ON BISMUTH SODIUM TITANATE (BST)

PI CERAMIC GMBH, Lederho...

1. A lead-free piezoceramic material based on bismuth sodium titanate (BST) of the fundamental compositionx(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-yBaTiO3-zSrTiO3 with x+y+z=1 and 0 x(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-yBaTiO3-zCaTiO3 with x+y+z=1 and 0 characterized by the addition of a phosphoric material in a quantity such that the concentration of phosphorus in the piezoceramic material is 250 to 2000 ppm, wherein the specification ppm (parts per million) relates to the mass of phosphorus in relation to the total mass of the piezoceramic composition.

US Pat. No. 10,246,375

MULTI-PHASE HIGH THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOSITE DIELECTRIC MATERIALS

SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

7. A multi-phase composite ceramic material comprising at a generally contiguous primary phase of aluminum oxide and a plurality of secondary phases, a first of the plurality of secondary phases being CaTiO3 and a second of the plurality of secondary phases being selected from the group consisting of LaAlO3, La2MgTiO6, YAlO3, SmAlO3, Mg4Nb2O9, and La4Ti3O12, the plurality of secondary phases embedded within the primary phase to form a multi-phase composite ceramic material having a dielectric constant of greater than 20.

US Pat. No. 10,246,374

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING GLASS FILM LAMINATE, GLASS FILM LAMINATE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO....

1. A glass film laminate produced by laminating directly a glass film and a support glass,characterized in that
all edge sides of the glass film contact the support glass without clearance,
wherein the glass film contacts the support glass without clearance with a width not less than 10 mm from all the edge sides of the glass film,
wherein a number of bubbles in a part of the glass film laminate except for the part in which the glass film contacts the support glass without clearance is not less than 0.1/m2 and not more than 10000/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,246,372

BLUE COLORED HEAT TREATABLE COATED ARTICLE HAVING LOW SOLAR FACTOR VALUE

Guardian Europe S.A.R.L.,...

1. A coated article having blue glass side reflective coloration and including a layer system supported by a glass substrate, the layer system comprising:a first dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride;
a first infrared (IR) reflecting layer comprising NbZr on the glass substrate over at least the first dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride;
a second dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride on the glass substrate over at least the first dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride and the first IR reflecting layer comprising NbZr;
a second layer IR reflecting layer comprising NbZr on the glass substrate over at least the second dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride;
wherein the second dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride is located directly between and contacting the first and second IR reflecting layers comprising NbZr;
a third dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride on the glass substrate over at least the second IR reflecting layer comprising NbZr;
wherein the coated article contains no metallic infrared (IR) reflecting layer based on Ag and/or Au, and wherein the IR reflecting layers do not physically contact any other metallic or substantially metallic layer; and
wherein the coated article: has glass side visible reflectance of no greater than 18%, a film side/interior reflective a* color value of ?2 to +12, glass side/exterior reflective blue coloration comprising a glass side/exterior b* color value of from ?8.0 to ?30.0; and (i) if measured monolithically has an SF value of no greater than 0.35 and an SHGC value of no greater than 0.40, and/or (ii) if an insulating glass (IG) window unit having two glass substrates has an SF value of no greater than 0.25 and an SHGC value of no greater than 0.27.

US Pat. No. 10,246,370

COLOR-STRIKABLE GLASS CONTAINERS

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A method of making glass containers, the method including the steps of:preparing a soda-lime-silica glass composition including: 60-75 wt. % SiO2, 7-15 wt. % Na2O, 6-12 wt. % CaO, 0.1-3.0 wt. % Al2O3, 0.0-2.0 wt. % MgO, 0.0-2.0 wt. % K2O, 0.01-0.25 wt. % SO3, and at least one colorant selected from the group consisting of: iron oxide (Fe2O3), cobalt oxide (CoO), and chromium oxide (Cr2O3), wherein the molten glass comprises 0.2-0.6 wt. % iron oxide (Fe2O3) when the at least one colorant comprises iron oxide (Fe2O3);
mixing a latent colorant material composition into the soda-lime-silica glass composition to produce a color-strikable glass composition including: 0.0875-0.35 wt. % cuprous oxide (Cu2O), 0.06-0.5 wt. % stannous oxide (SnO), 0.0125-0.05 wt. % bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and 0.02-0.10 wt. % carbon (C);
forming glass containers from the color-strikable glass composition;
annealing the glass containers; and
raising the temperature of a first one of the glass containers above a highest annealing temperature to impart red or black coloration thereto to produce a red or black glass container,
wherein a second one of the glass containers is not heated to a temperature above the highest annealing temperature, and wherein the second one of the glass containers exhibits arctic blue, amber, cobalt blue, or emerald green coloration.

US Pat. No. 10,246,369

HIGH INDEX GLASSES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A high refractive index glass comprising:a refractive index greater than or equal to 1.7;
between about 38 wt. % and about 45 wt. % SiO2;
between about 15 wt. % and about 20 wt. % TiO2;
between about 6.0 wt. % and about 10 wt. % ZrO2;
between about 0.5 wt. % and about 4.0 wt. % La2O3;
between about 0.5 wt. % and about 4.0 wt. % Nb2O5;
between about 12 wt. % and about 19 wt. % BaO;
between about 0 wt. % and about 4.0 wt. % SrO;
between about 3.0 wt. % and about 8.0 wt. % CaO;
between about 0 wt. % and about 3.0 wt. % Li2O;
between about 2.0 wt. % and about 6.0 wt. % Na2O;
between about 4.0 wt. % and about 8.0 wt. % K2O;
between about 0 wt. % and about 3.0 wt. % Al2O3;
between about 0 wt. % and about 3.0 wt. % B2O3;
between about 0 wt. % and about 3.0 wt. % MgO;
between about 0 wt. % and about 3.0 wt. % ZnO;
between about 0 wt. % and about 2.0 wt. % of the combination of Sb2O3+F+Cl+Br; and
wherein the high refractive index glass is essentially free of As2O3,
wherein the combination of BaO+SrO+CaO is between about 17 wt. % and about 25 wt. %,
wherein the combination of Li2O+Na2O+K2O is between about 6.0 wt. % and about 10.5 wt. %, and
wherein the combination of Al2O3+B2O3+MgO+ZnO is between about 0 wt. % and about 12 wt. %.

US Pat. No. 10,246,367

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SOLID NANOCOMPOSITE MATERIAL BASED ON HEXA- AND OCTA-CYANOMETALLATES OF ALKALI METALS

1. A method for producing a solid nanocomposite material comprising nanoparticles of a metal coordination polymer with CN ligands, said nanoparticles satisfying the formula [Alk+x]Mn+[M?(CN)m]z? wherein Alk is an alkali metal, x is 1 or 2, M is a transition metal, n is 2 or 3, M? is a transition metal, m is 6 or 8, z is 3 or 4; said cations Mn+ of the metal coordination polymer being bound through an organometallic or metal coordination bond to an organic group R2 of an organic graft, and said organic graft being further chemically attached to at least one surface of a solid support by reaction of a group R1 of said organic graft with said surface; said method comprising the following successive steps:a) a solid support is provided;
b) the chemical attachment of the organic graft to the surface of the solid support is achieved;
c) the solid support to the surface of which is attached the organic graft is put into contact with a solution containing the Mn+ ion and then the thereby grafted solid support obtained is washed one or several times and is optionally dried;
d) the grafted solid support obtained at the end of step c) is put into contact with a solution containing a complex or salt of [M?(CN)m]z? and a salt of an alkali metal Alk, and then the thereby obtained solid support is washed once or several times, and is optionally dried; and
e) steps c) to d) are optionally repeated, wherein
f) if the steps c) and d) are the ultimate steps of the method, then during step c) the obtained grafted solid support is washed once or several times and is dried, and during step d), the thereby obtained solid support is washed one or several times and dried.

US Pat. No. 10,246,366

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL FIBER BASE MATERIAL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL FIBER

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical fiber base material comprising steps of:(a) preparing a glass tube; and
(b) rotating and heating the glass tube fixed at two positions and supplying a gas into a through-hole of the glass tube,
wherein the glass tube is fixed such that an axis of the glass tube has a substantially inverted catenary curve shape in the vertical direction while the glass tube is heated.

US Pat. No. 10,246,365

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FORMING THIN GLASS ARTICLES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A method of forming a glass article comprisingsupplying a glass ribbon in a first direction, at least a portion of the glass ribbon exhibiting a viscosity of less than about 108 poise and greater than about 106 poise; and
redirecting the glass ribbon to a second direction different from the first direction without contacting the glass ribbon with a solid material,
wherein the glass ribbon exhibits a thickness of about 1 mm or less in the second direction, and the at least a portion of the glass ribbon exhibits a viscosity of less than 107.4 poise and greater than 106 poise during the redirecting.

US Pat. No. 10,246,364

METHOD FOR THREE STAGE FORMING A HOT GLASS SHEET WITH TRANSVERSE CURVATURE

GLASSTECH, INC., Perrysb...

1. A three stage method for forming a hot glass sheet with transverse curvature comprising:initially forming the glass sheet against a downwardly facing first upper mold that has curvature in a first direction and straight line elements in a second direction transverse to the first direction;
then transferring the glass sheet from the first upper mold onto an upwardly facing lower mold having curvature in the first direction and permitting the glass sheet to sag under gravity to have some curvature in the second direction as well as curvature in the first direction;
thereafter press forming the glass sheet between the lower mold and a downwardly facing second upper mold that has transverse curvature and is complementary to the lower mold so the glass sheet has transverse curvature corresponding to the shapes of the lower mold and the second upper mold; and the method further being performed by:
conveying the hot glass sheet on a roll conveyor into a heated chamber of a forming station to below the first upper mold at a pickup position thereof within the heated chamber above the conveyor, with the first upper mold having a downwardly facing surface of a convex shape with curvature in the first direction and straight line elements in the second direction transverse to the first direction, with the first upper mold in the pickup position being spaced horizontally from the lower mold, which faces upwardly, and from the second upper mold which is located above the lower mold, and with the second upper mold located within the heated chamber above the elevation of the conveyor and having a downwardly facing surface of a convex shape with its transverse curvature;
supporting the first upper mold on elongated beams that are supported by rollers for horizontal movement within the heated chamber under the operation of a horizontal actuator for horizontal movement of the first upper mold between the pickup position above the roll conveyor and a delivery position below the second upper mold and above the lower mold, and supporting the rollers on vertical actuators that move the rollers and the elongated beams and the first upper mold supported thereon vertically;
moving the first upper mold at its pickup position downwardly from an upper position to a lower position adjacent the glass sheet on the roll conveyor and supplying upwardly directed gas lift jets to lift the glass sheet from the conveyor and provide the initial forming of the glass sheet against the downwardly facing surface of the first upper mold, the first upper mold then being moved upwardly to its upper position with the glass sheet supported by the first upper mold, and a vacuum being drawn by a vacuum source at the first upper mold to support the glass sheet thereon;
then moving the first upper mold at its upper portion and the glass sheet supported thereon by the vacuum horizontally within the heated chamber from the pickup position to the delivery position below the second upper mold and above the lower mold which has an upwardly concave shape complementary to the convex shape of the downwardly facing surface of the second upper mold;
subsequently terminating the vacuum drawn at the first upper mold in the delivery position to transfer the glass sheet onto the lower mold, moving the first upper mold back to the pickup position, moving the second upper mold from an upper position downwardly to cooperate with the lower mold in the press forming of the glass sheet, and then moving the second upper mold upwardly to its upper position with the press formed glass sheet supported on the second upper mold by vacuum drawn by the vacuum source at its downwardly facing surface;
then moving a delivery mold to below the press formed glass sheet on the second upper mold in its upper position whereupon the vacuum is terminated to release the glass sheet from the second upper mold onto the delivery mold which is then moved out of the forming station for delivery of the press formed glass sheet; and
operating a controller to control the roll conveyor, the horizontal actuator and the vertical actuators as well as the first upper mold moved that is thereby, the vacuum source, and the delivery mold to perform the press forming of the glass sheet and its delivery.

US Pat. No. 10,246,363

TEXTURED GLASS FOR GREENHOUSES

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A transparent sheet comprising a texture in relief on a first main face of its main faces to form a textured face, such that, if n is the refractive index of a material comprising the texture, Pm is the mean slope in degrees of the textured face and Y(q) is the percentage of the textured surface with a slope greater than q/(n?1) in degrees, then the two cumulative conditions exist:Y(q)>3%+f(q)%*Pm*(n?1)
and Y(q)>10%
with f(q)=24?(3*q)
and q=2 or 3.

US Pat. No. 10,246,362

EFFECTIVE DISCHARGE OF EXHAUST FROM SUBMERGED COMBUSTION MELTERS AND METHODS

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A submerged combustion manufacturing system comprising:a submerged combustion melter (SCM) equipped with one or more submerged combustion (SC) burners, the SCM having a length (L) and a width (W), a centerline (C), a midpoint (M), a sidewall structure having a north side (N) and a south side (S), the sidewall structure connecting a ceiling and a floor of the SCM, and one or more exhaust passages through the ceiling, the one or more exhaust passages having an aggregate hydraulic diameter;
the one or more submerged combustion burners configured to discharge combustion products under a level of material being melted in the SCM and create turbulent conditions in substantially all of the material being melted as well as ejected portions of melted material; and
an exhaust structure fluidly connecting the one or more exhaust passages with an exhaust stack, the exhaust structure comprising:
a liquid-cooled exhaust structure of height H1 fluidly connected to the one or more exhaust passages, the liquid-cooled exhaust structure defining a liquid-cooled exhaust chamber having a first interior surface, the liquid-cooled exhaust chamber having a cross-sectional area greater than that of the exhaust stack but less than the SCM,
the one or more exhaust passages and the liquid-cooled exhaust structure configured to maintain temperature and pressure of exhaust materials from the SCM, and exhaust velocity of the exhaust materials from the SCM through the liquid-cooled exhaust structure, at values sufficient to prevent the ejected portions of melted material from being propelled out of the liquid-cooled exhaust structure and into the exhaust stack as solidified material, and maintain any molten materials contacting the first interior surface molten so that it flows back down the first interior surface back into the SCM, and
a gas-cooled exhaust structure of height H7 fluidly connecting the liquid-cooled exhaust structure and the exhaust stack, the gas-cooled exhaust structure defining a gas-cooled exhaust chamber having a second interior surface, the gas-cooled exhaust structure consisting of a metal layer forming the second interior surface, the metal layer having one or more gas-cooled external surfaces, the gas-cooled exhaust structure devoid of refractory or other lining,
wherein H1 is greater than or equal to H7, and H7 is not 0.

US Pat. No. 10,246,360

METHOD FOR THE CONTINUOUS THERMAL HYDROLYSIS OF SLUDGE WITH A HIGH DRYNESS VALUE

1. A method for the continuous thermal hydrolysis of sludge to be treated containing organic matter, the method comprising at least:a. a step for de-structuring said sludge to be treated producing de-structured sludge, said sludge having a dry solids content greater than 20% (wt.);
b. a step for the thermal hydrolysis of said de-structured sludge within a thermal hydrolysis reactor producing hydrolyzed sludge;
c. a step for cooling said hydrolyzed sludge;
said step for de-structuring including:
introducing said sludge to be treated into a dynamic mixer comprising a chamber and a rotor
injecting steam into the dynamic mixer;
rotating the rotor at a speed gradient between 1500 rpm and 4000 rpm to mix and de-structure the sludge;
heating said sludge coming from said dynamic mixer, this heating being obtained by the introduction, into a heat exchanger, on the one hand of said sludge coming from said dynamic mixer and, on the other hand, of said hydrolyzed sludge, this introduction inducing said cooling.

US Pat. No. 10,246,359

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING WASTEWATER

New Environmental Enginee...

1. An activated sludge treatment system for treating wastewater, comprising:a) one or more primary treatment tanks adapted to settle solids out of polluted influent;
b) at least one flow equalization channel;
c) one or more secondary treatment tanks adapted to digest organic materials in primary-treated wastewater with aerobic micro-organisms, comprising:
(i) a liquid distribution manifold connected to one or more venturis suspended within the one or more secondary treatment tanks, wherein said one or more venturis are adapted to discharge an air/liquid mixture into said one or more secondary treatment tanks, and
(ii) an air distribution manifold connected to the one or more venturis suspended within the one or more secondary treatment tanks;
d) at least one collection channel connected to the one or more secondary treatment tanks and adapted to deliver secondary-treated wastewater to one or more sedimentation tanks;
e) wherein the one or more sedimentation tanks are connected directly or indirectly to one or more return activated sludge pipelines;
f) said one or more return activated sludge pipelines being adapted to carry return activated sludge to the one or more secondary treatment tanks;
g) one or more return activated sludge pumps adapted to pump return activated sludge through the one or more return activated sludge pipelines;
h) one or more secondary supernatant discharge lines connected to the one or more sedimentation tanks;
i) one or more secondary supernatant pumps adapted to pump secondary supernatant from the one or more sedimentation tanks through the one or more secondary supernatant discharge lines to the liquid distribution manifold; and
j) one or more air compressors adapted to pump air to the air distribution manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,246,358

AUTOMATED PRIMARY CONDENSATE DRAIN LINE CHLORINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An automated primary condensate drain line chlorination system for introducing chlorine and algaecides into a primary condensate drain line of a central air conditioning system upon and a selected period of time after operation of the air conditioning system to prevent microbial growth in a primary condensate drain tray, the condensate drain line, and along a condensate drain system flow path, comprising:a first T-fitting installed in an existing municipal water supply line that contains chlorine and algaecides, the first T-fitting having a perpendicular leg configured to divert a portion of the municipal water from the water supply line;
a second T-fitting installed between an outlet of an existing primary condensation tray of the central air conditioning system and the existing primary condensate drain line and having a perpendicular leg;
a water supply line extending between the perpendicular leg of the first T-fitting and the perpendicular leg of the second T-fitting; and
a normally closed solenoid valve with a programmable timer installed in the water supply line between the perpendicular leg of the first T-fitting and the perpendicular leg of the second T-fitting, a solenoid of the solenoid valve operatively connected with, and powered by, an existing electrical circuit of a thermostat and fan motor of the central air conditioning system, and the solenoid valve having a flow path bore configured to allow a small amount of the municipal water containing chlorine and algaecides to pass through the valve in its open position; wherein
the solenoid valve is opened automatically upon operation of a fan of an evaporator unit of the central air conditioning system and the programmable timer is programmed to maintain the valve open for the selected period of time after the fan ceases to operate to allow the small amount of the municipal water containing chlorine and algaecides from the existing municipal water supply line to continue flowing through the solenoid valve, through the second T-fitting, and into both the primary condensation tray and the primary condensate drain line for the selected period of time; and
the chlorine and algaecide constituents in the municipal water effectively prevent the growth of algae and/or fungus in both the primary condensate drain tray and the condensate drain line, and along the condensate drain system flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,246,357

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR REMOVING MINERALS FROM A BRINE USING ELECTRODIALYSIS

Enviro Water Minerals Com...

1. A method, comprising:treating a first brine stream comprising a plurality of minerals with an anti-sealant to produce a treated brine, wherein the first brine stream is provided by a wastewater treatment system;
directing the treated brine to a first nanofiltration (NF) system disposed downstream from and fluidly coupled to the wastewater treatment system;
generating a first NF permeate stream and a first NF non-permeate stream from the treated brine in the first NF system;
directing the first NF non-permeate stream to a mineral removal system disposed downstream from and fluidly coupled to the first NF system;
removing the plurality of minerals from the first NF non-permeate stream to generate a first overflow stream in the mineral removal system; wherein the first overflow stream comprises at least a portion of the plurality of minerals;
routing a first portion of the first overflow stream to a hydrochloric acid (HCl) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) production system disposed downstream from and fluidly coupled to the mineral removal system, wherein the HCl and NaOH production system comprises a second NF system configured to receive the first portion of the first overflow stream and to generate a second brine stream from the first portion of the first overflow stream; and
directing the second brine stream to a first electrodialysis (ED) system disposed within the HCl and NaOH production system and fluidly coupled to the second NF system, wherein the first ED system is configured to generate HCl and NaOH from the second brine stream.

US Pat. No. 10,246,356

APPARATUS FOR REMOVAL OF IONS COMPRISING MULTIPLE STACKS

VOLTEA B.V., Sassenheim ...

1. An apparatus to remove ions, the apparatus comprising:multiple stacks, each stack comprising:
a first electrode,
a second electrode, and
a spacer, in between the first and second electrodes, allowing water to flow in between the first and second electrodes;
wherein at least one of the stacks comprises a tray configured to hold and position the at least one stack within a housing of the apparatus and the tray comprises:
a positioning alignment feature that is movable with the tray relative to the housing, the positioning alignment feature configured to position, on the tray, one or more selected from: the first electrode, the second electrode, the spacer or a charge barrier, by physical contact with the one or more selected from: the first electrode, the second electrode, the spacer or a charge barrier; and
a rim extending substantially perpendicularly to a surface of the tray, the surface facing a surface of the first electrode, the second electrode, or both the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,246,355

AQUACULTURE SYSTEM

YUAN ZE UNIVERSITY, Taoy...

1. An aquaculture system, comprising:a culture pond for storing a cultivation water of a predetermined water level, wherein the culture pond has a recirculation inlet and a recirculation outlet;
a water circulation unit arranged between the recirculation inlet and the recirculation outlet, the water circulation unit is in fluid communication with the recirculation inlet and the recirculation outlet, and the cultivation water is circulated by the water circulation unit;
a water quality detector disposed in at least one of the culture pond and the water circulation unit for detecting the water quality of the cultivation water and obtaining a piece of water quality information; and
a water processing module comprising:
an electrolytic gas generator in fluid communication with the water circulation unit and for generating a first gas and a second gas by electrolyzing water, wherein the electrolytic gas generator has a first outlet tube and a second outlet tube independently in fluid communication with the water circulation unit for unidirectionally outputting the first gas and the second gas into the water circulation unit, respectively; and
a control unit electrically connected to the electrolytic gas generator and the water quality detector, wherein the control unit receives the water quality information and controls the electrolytic gas generator to adjust a voltage value for electrolyzing water based on the water quality information to control a type of the first gas and a ratio of the first gas to the second gas generated by the electrolytic gas generator,
wherein the cultivation water is circulated in the water circulation unit without flowing into the electrolytic gas generator.

US Pat. No. 10,246,354

DEVICE FOR PREPARING WASHING WATER

DALIAN SHUANGDI INNOVATIV...

1. A device for preparing washing water, comprising a water container which is respectively provided with a water inlet and a water outlet; at least one pair of a cathode and an anode being coupled with each other and arranged within the water container; wherein, a water-permeable porous membrane is clamped between the coupled cathode and anode with no gaps between the water-permeable porous membrane and the cathode and between the water-permeable porous membrane and the anode, a surface area of a side of the water-permeable porous membrane facing the cathode or the anode is smaller than a surface area of a side of the cathode or of the anode facing the water-permeable porous membrane, and a ratio of the surface area of a side of the water-permeable porous membrane to the smaller one of the surface area of a side of the cathode and the surface area of a side of the anode is 4:5-3:5.

US Pat. No. 10,246,353

APPARATUS FOR ELECTROCOAGULATION TREATMENT OF A LIQUID

KOLINA LIMITED, Hertford...

1. A flow-through assembly for electrocoagulation treatment of a liquid, the assembly comprising:a) a cartridge comprising sacrificial electrodes,
b) a chamber comprising:
an enclosure arranged for removable retention of the cartridge comprising sacrificial electrodes,
an opening through which the cartridge is removable from the enclosure,
an inlet port and an outlet port in the chamber arranged for flow of said liquid, into the inlet port, over the sacrificial electrodes in the enclosure, and out of the outlet port,
c) a chamber door pivotably movable relative to the chamber through a hinge arrangement about which the door is pivotable between an open configuration and a closed configuration of the chamber door, wherein
in the closed configuration, an inner face of the chamber door is adapted to form a liquid tight seal at the opening, and
in the open configuration, the cartridge is removable from the enclosure through the opening,
wherein the chamber door comprises a first electrode on its inner face and the chamber comprises a second electrode positioned relative to the first electrode such that the sacrificial electrodes of the cartridge are located between the first and second electrodes with the chamber door in the closed configuration;
wherein the assembly further comprises a casing body and a casing door, the casing body and the casing door configured to retain and surround the chamber and the chamber door therein;
wherein the casing door is hinged to the casing body to be pivotable between an open position and a closed position of the casing door, and wherein in the closed position, the casing door is arranged to hold the chamber door in the closed configuration of the chamber door; and
wherein the casing body comprises a mechanical fastener arrangeable to releasably hold the casing door in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,351

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING ULTRAPURE WATER

Vivonic GmbH, Sailauf (D...

1. A device for producing ultrapure water according to a reverse osmosis (RO) principle with a reverse osmosis filter which is subdivided by a RO membrane into a primary chamber and a secondary chamber, with a primary circuit through which raw water is supplied to the primary chamber and concentrate is discharged therefrom, and with a secondary circuit for supplying permeate to at least one consumer,the device for producing ultrapure water comprising,
a pump connected to a conduit of the primary circuit upstream of the reverse osmosis filter;
a flow resistance means and a valve with a discharge outlet connected to a concentrate conduit of the primary circuit downstream of the reverse osmosis filter;
a deposition layer detector arranged in or on a concentrate line of the primary circuit downstream of the primary chamber that detects a deposition layer of at least one of organic and inorganic deposits, the deposition layer detector being connected to a processor, the processor including a deposition layer evaluator; and
a buffer vessel having a flexible, expandable volume incorporated into a permeate conduit of the secondary circuit,
wherein the deposition layer evaluator is configured to determine a thickness measurement value of the deposition layer detected by the deposition layer detector;
wherein the deposition layer detector comprises a sensor system; and
wherein the sensor system is configured to initiate a back flushing of the RO membrane when the determined thickness measurement value reaches a predetermined limit measurement value, wherein the back flushing comprises the deposition layer evaluator causing the processor to stop the pump and open the valve to the discharge outlet, and further causing the processor to control the buffer vessel to produce a negative pressure on the RO membrane to cause a reverse flow via the RO membrane to the discharge outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,246,350

HIGH VELOCITY CROSS FLOW DYNAMIC MEMBRANE FILTER

PRO-EQUIPMENT, INC., Wau...

1. A method of operating a high velocity cross flow dynamic membrane filtration system, the method comprising:feeding a fluid stream into a pressure vessel, the vessel defining a treatment chamber containing a disc membrane assembly having a first support shaft and a second support shaft, each support shaft defining a longitudinal axis about which is positioned a plurality of axially spaced membrane discs;
distributing the fluid stream over at least a portion of the disc membrane assembly;
discharging a first portion of the fluid stream from the vessel;
discharging a second portion of the fluid stream from the vessel; and
rotating the first support shaft and the second support shaft in a first direction,
wherein the vessel defines a length between a first end and a second end and includes a plurality of discharge ports spaced along the length, and wherein discharging the first portion of the fluid stream from the vessel includes discharging the first portion through any combination of one or more discharge ports of the plurality of discharge ports.

US Pat. No. 10,246,349

WATER DESALINATION USING FREEZE CRYSTALLIZATION AND ACOUSTIC PRESSURE SHOCK WAVES

SANUWAVE, INC., Suwanee,...

1. A method of desalinating salt water provided into an enclosure comprising cooling the salt water to produce a slush, applying acoustic pressure shock waves directed by a reflector in an upward direction away from a bottom of the enclosure and against gravity to provide unidirectional movement of the shock waves to the slush to cause ice crystals to move toward a top of the enclosure and brine to settle at the bottom of the enclosure, recovering ice crystals separately from the brine, and thawing the ice crystals to obtain desalinated water.

US Pat. No. 10,246,348

ULTRAVIOLET DISINFECTION SYSTEM

RayVio Corporation, Hayw...

1. A water disinfection vessel comprising:an inner wall of the vessel that reflects light;
a first ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diode (LED) injecting UV light into the vessel;
a first optical detector detecting a transparency of water in the vessel, wherein the transparency is related to impurities in the water;
a second LED that emits non-UV light of a wavelength that is absorbed by microbes in the water, wherein the first optical detector detects light from the second LED that passes through the water to detect absorption of light by the microbes;
a controller circuit configured to receive signals from the first optical detector to determine the transparency of the water; and
the controller circuit configured to control a UV dosage from the first UV LED based, at least in part, on the transparency of the water.

US Pat. No. 10,246,347

BIOCHAR TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED WATER

SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTIT...

1. A method for treatment of water to produce recycled water comprising:providing water for treatment containing organic and inorganic contaminants;
filtering the water containing organic and inorganic contaminants through a particulate filter to remove 60 mesh or larger particulate contaminants present in the water thereby providing filtered water containing organic and inorganic contaminants;
supplying a plurality of biochar sorbent bed pairs, each biochar sorbent bed pair including a first biochar sorbent bed and a second biochar sorbent bed arranged in parallel such that flow alternates between the first biochar sorbent bed and the second biochar sorbent bed,wherein biochar contained in said biochar sorbent beds is made by heating biomass in a low or no oxygen environment for 1.0-3.0 hours a temperature of 300° C. to 600° C. to provide biochar sorbent having a surface area in the range of 200 m2-500 m2;supplying said filtered water containing organic and inorganic contaminants to at least one biochar sorbent bed in at least one of said plurality of biochar sorbent bed pairs wherein said biochar removes all or a portion of said contaminants to produce recycled water;
recovering said recycled water wherein said levels of contaminants are reduced or removed;
regenerating said at least one biochar sorbent bed in at least one of said plurality of biochar sorbent bed pairs using steam to remove at least a portion of said contaminants from said at least one biochar sorbent bed followed by washing the biochar absorbent bed with a solution of sodium carbonate to precipitate and remove metal ions from the biochar absorbent bed; and
recycling at least a portion of a condensate from said steam used to regenerate said at least one biochar sorbent bed to said particulate filter.

US Pat. No. 10,246,346

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR THE REMOVAL OF PHOSPHATES AND OTHER CONTAMINANTS FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS

NClear Inc., Atlanta, GA...

1. A method of producing a composition capable of removing phosphates, nitrates and heavy metals from a solution, comprising:(a) forming a slurry comprising calcium oxide, silicon dioxide, an alkali and a solvent, wherein the molar ratio of the calcium oxide:the silicon dioxide:the alkali ranges from 2.43-2.97:1.12-1.38:0.9-1.1; and
(b) producing the composition capable of removing phosphates, nitrates and heavy metals from a solution by subjecting the slurry to a hydrothermal process for about 1 to about 6 hours under about 13.5 to 16.5 psi of pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,345

WATER DESALINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAST COOLING SALINE WATER USING TURBINES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system for desalination comprising:a feed source of saline water;
a feed source of at least one refrigerant;
a compressor, comprising an input fluidly coupled to the source of said at least one refrigerant and an output, and configured to generate a compressed vaporized refrigerant;
a condenser comprising an input fluidly coupled to the compressor and an output, said condenser operatively configured to generate a chilled, partially liquefied refrigerant stream;
at least one expansion device comprising at least one input fluidly coupled to the condenser and at least one output configured to release the chilled refrigerant stream at a refrigerant stream injection velocity;
a freezing chamber comprising at least one input to introduce the chilled refrigerant stream into the chamber, and a first, second and third output,
and at least one injector configured to introduce the saline water into the freezing chamber in the form of saline water droplets, wherein the at least one ejector introduces the saline water droplets into the freezing chamber at a slip injection velocity relative to the refrigerant stream injection velocity of about 10% to about 180%;
and wherein direct contact in the chamber between the saline water droplets and the refrigerant stream forms ice particles comprising pure water, wherein the at least one expansion device is a two-stage turbo expander and the turbo expander is adapted to function as the freezing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,246,344

DOPED NICKELATE MATERIALS

FARADION LIMITED, Sheffi...

1. A doped nickelate material with the general formula:AaM1vM2wM3xM4yM5zO2-?
wherein
A comprises one or more alkali metals selected from sodium, lithium and potassium;
M1 is nickel in oxidation state 2+,
M2 comprises one or more metals in oxidation state 4+,
M3 comprises one or more metals in oxidation state 2+,
M4 comprises one or more metals in oxidation state 4+, and
M5 comprises one or more metals in oxidation state 3+
wherein
0.4?a<0.9,
0 at least one of w and y is >0,
x>0,
z?0,
0???0.1,
and wherein a, v, w, x, y and z are chosen to maintain electroneutrality.

US Pat. No. 10,246,342

CENTRIFUGAL ALUMINUM CHLORIDE GENERATOR

Tronox LLC, Oklahoma Cit...

1. A chloride process for manufacturing titanium dioxide, comprising:introducing titanium dioxide ore, a carbon source and chlorine into a chlorinator;
operating said chlorinator under conditions sufficient to cause titanium dioxide ore, said carbon source and chlorine in said chlorinator to react to form titanium tetrachloride;
introducing metal particles and chlorine into a metal chloride generator, wherein said metal chloride generator is a metal chloride centrifugal reactor;
operating said metal chloride generator under conditions sufficient to cause metal particles and chlorine in said generator to be brought into contact with one another and react using centrifugal force to form metal chloride;
introducing titanium tetrachloride formed in said chlorinator, metal chloride formed in said metal chloride generator and oxygen into an oxidizer;
operating said oxidizer under conditions sufficient to oxidize titanium tetrachloride and metal chloride in said oxidizer to form titanium dioxide particles having a metal oxide incorporated into their crystalline lattice structure; and
recovering titanium dioxide particles formed in said oxidizer.

US Pat. No. 10,246,341

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LITHIUM CARBONATE FROM LOW-LITHIUM BRINE BY SEPARATING MAGNESIUM AND ENRICHING LITHIUM

XIANGTAN UNIVERSITY, Xia...

1. A method for producing lithium carbonate from low-lithium brine by separating magnesium and enriching lithium, comprising:a. heating, evaporating and condensing a salt-lake brine to separate halide salts;
b. extracting the separated halide salts with trialkyl phosphate or a mixture of trialkyl phosphate and monohydric alcohol as an organic phase;
wherein a ratio of weight (kg) of the separated halide salts to a volume (L) of the organic phase is 1.0:0.5˜5.0;
c. filtering a mixture from step b to produce an organic phase and remaining halide salts after a two-phase separation;
d. reverse extracting the organic phase from step c with water as a reverse extraction agent at a volume ratio of water to organic phase of 1.0:0.5˜10.0 in 1-5 stages of reverse extraction;
e. separating the organic phase from the water of step d after liquid layers are formed and then evaporating and concentrating the separated water to obtain a concentrated water phase;
f. adding sodium carbonate or sodium hydroxide into the concentrated water phase from step e to precipitate magnesium carbonate or magnesium hydroxide, and then filtering the precipitated magnesium carbonate or magnesium hydroxide to remove Mg2+, wherein the water phase has a pH of more than 10 to completely precipitate Mg2+; and
g. adding sodium carbonate into the water phase with Mg2+ removed from step f to precipitate lithium carbonate, and then filtering and drying the precipitated lithium carbonate to produce a final product.

US Pat. No. 10,246,340

AMMONIA SYNTHESIS SYSTEM AND METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An ammonia synthesis method comprising:an ammonia synthesis step of synthesizing an ammonia gas from a raw material gas for ammonia synthesis;
a water-cooled or air-cooled cooling step of water-cooling or air-cooling a synthetic gas containing the obtained ammonia gas and an unreacted raw material gas without using a product ammonia as a chiller refrigerant;
an ammonia separation step of separating the synthetic gas after cooling into the ammonia gas and a liquid ammonia; and
a compression step of compressing a return raw material gas when the raw material gas containing the separated ammonia gas is returned to the ammonia synthesis step side as the return raw material gas, wherein
an ammonia concentration in the return raw material gas to be introduced into the ammonia synthesis step is 5 mol % or more, and an ammonia synthesis catalyst that synthesizes the ammonia gas is a ruthenium catalyst, and
the temperature of the synthetic gas after cooling, to be introduced in the ammonia separation step is from 30 to 50° C.

US Pat. No. 10,246,335

METHODS OF MODIFYING SURFACES OF DIAMOND PARTICLES, AND RELATED DIAMOND PARTICLES AND EARTH-BORING TOOLS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. A method of modifying surfaces of diamond particles, comprising:forming spinodal alloy coatings over discrete diamond particles while the discrete diamond particles are mobilized by a particle dispersing apparatus;
thermally treating the spinodal alloy coatings to form modified coatings each independently exhibiting a reactive metal phase and a substantially non-reactive metal phase; and
etching surfaces of the discrete diamond particles with at least one reactive metal of the reactive metal phase of the modified coatings.

US Pat. No. 10,246,334

METHOD OF PRODUCING HETEROPHASE GRAPHITE

NATIONAL CHUNG SHAN INSTI...

1. A method of producing a heterophase graphite, comprising the steps of:(A) providing a silicon carbide single-crystal substrate;
(B) placing the silicon carbide single-crystal substrate in a graphite crucible and then in a reactor to undergo an air extraction process; and
(C) performing a desilicification reaction on the silicon carbide single-crystal substrate in an inert gas atmosphere to obtain 2H graphite and 3R graphite;
wherein the air extraction process entails creating a vacuum in the synthesis furnace to remove nitrogen and oxygen therefrom and raising the temperature of the synthesis furnace to 900° C.˜1400° C.

US Pat. No. 10,246,333

METHOD FOR CONTINUOUS MANUFACTURE OF CNTF HAVING HIGH STRENGTH AND HIGH CONDUCTIVITY

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

1. A method for continuously manufacturing carbon nanotube fibers with high strength and high conductivity, comprising:synthesizing carbon nanotube fibers by direct spinning;
treating the carbon nanotube fibers with a strong acid while applying tension thereto; and
washing the carbon nanotube fibers thereafter,
wherein the carbon nanotube fibers have an IG/ID ratio of 10 or greater and the tension is applied so as to stretch the carbon nanotube fibers by 4% to 15%.

US Pat. No. 10,246,332

POLYMERIC MICROPARTICLES AS FILTRATION AND/OR CLARIFYING AIDS IN PHOSPHORIC ACID PRODUCTION

Cytec Industries Inc., P...

1. A method for enhancing the filtration rate of phosphoric acid produced by the wet process and containing suspended insoluble precipitates, the method comprising:adding to the phosphoric acid at any stage of the phosphoric acid production process an effective amount of a reagent comprising polymeric microparticles crosslinked by a polyfunctional crosslinking agent selected from the group consisting of N,N?-methylenebisacrylamide; N,N?-methylenebismethacrylamide; polyethyleneglycol diacrylate; polyethyleneglycol dimethacrylate; N-vinyl acrylamide; triallylammonium salts; N-methylallylacrylamide; methylolacrylamide; glycidyl acrylate; divinylbenzene; acrolein; gyloxal; diepoxy compounds; epichlorohydrin; and mixtures thereof, wherein the polyfunctional crosslinking agent has a molar ratio from 90 molar parts per million to 5,000 molar parts per million based on the total mole % of monomers present in the polymeric microparticle, and wherein said microparticles are characterized as being anionic or amphoteric and have a weight average molecular weight of greater than 60 Million Da; and
filtering the phosphoric acid, thereby enhancing the filtration rate of the phosphoric acid.

US Pat. No. 10,246,331

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SPECIAL PHOSPHORUS RECOVERY DEVICE FOR RECOVERING YELLOW PHOSPHORUS FROM ELECTRIC FURNACE PHOSPHORUS-PRODUCING FURNACE GAS

Intermet Technologies Che...

1. A method for recovering yellow phosphorus from furnace gas resulting from preparing phosphorus in an electric furnace, comprising:1) dedusting and purifying the furnace gas using a dry dedusting system when the temperature of the electric furnace is at least the dew point temperature of the phosphorous vapor in the furnace gas, which results in a solid content of the furnace gas to be 10-50 mg/m3;
2) the purified furnace gas is delivered to a phosphorus collecting apparatus (7) having a heat exchanging chamber (705) consisting of a shell (701) and a recuperator (702) set in the heat exchanging chamber (705), and said furnace gas flows into the heat exchanging chamber (705) so as to fully contact with the recuperator (702);
3) a low temperature medium is introduced into the internal flow path of the recuperator (702), the low temperature medium and said furnace gas are heat transferred by a non-mixing means under the isolation of the recuperator (702), so that the yellow phosphorus is condensed, precipitated and adhered to the surface of the recuperator (702), and the exhaust gas after heat exchanging is discharged from the phosphorus collecting apparatus (7); and
4) a high temperature medium for replacing the low temperature medium is introduced into the internal flow path of the recuperator (702), the high temperature medium and the yellow phosphorus adhered to the surface of the recuperator (702) are heat transferred by the non-mixing means, so that the yellow phosphorus melts and drops into a phosphorus collecting tank (703) at the bottom of the phosphorus collecting apparatus (7), and then the yellow phosphorus is obtained through the phosphorus collecting tank (703).

US Pat. No. 10,246,330

SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES FOR REMOVING HYDROGEN SULFIDE FROM GAS STREAMS

Marsulex Environmental Te...

10. A process of capturing hydrogen sulfide from a gas stream and oxidizing captured hydrogen sulfide to form a thiosulfate, a sulfate, or a combination thereof, the process comprising:obtaining a gas stream containing hydrogen sulfide, the gas stream being natural gas, refinery process gas, or syngas from gasification;
contacting the gas stream with an ammoniated aqueous absorbent solution containing ammonia and ammonium thiosulfate and/or ammonium sulfate, the ammonia reacting with the hydrogen sulfide to form sulfides in the ammoniated aqueous absorbent solution;
controlling pH of the ammoniated aqueous absorbent solution during the contacting step by adding ammonia to the ammoniated aqueous absorbent solution;
oxidizing the ammoniated aqueous absorbent solution to convert at least some of the sulfides thereof to form an additional amount of ammonium thiosulfate and/or ammonium sulfate, thereby producing a second absorbent solution that contains the additional amount of ammonium thiosulfate and/or ammonium sulfate and has a lower sulfide content than the ammoniated aqueous absorbent solution; and
delivering a first portion of the second absorbent solution for use in the contacting step to capture residual hydrogen sulfide in the gas stream and capture ammonia emitted from the first absorbent solution; and
discharging a second portion of the second absorbent solution from the system.

US Pat. No. 10,246,329

EXTENDED THERMAL STAGE SULFUR RECOVERY PROCESS

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A process for recovering sulfur in a sulfur recovery unit, the process comprising the steps of:introducing an acid gas feed to a reaction furnace, where the acid gas feed comprises hydrogen sulfide;
introducing a fuel gas to the reaction furnace;
introducing air feed to the reaction furnace, where the air feed comprises oxygen;
reacting the hydrogen sulfide and oxygen in the reaction furnace at a minimum reaction temperature to produce a reaction effluent, where the reaction effluent comprises elemental sulfur and sulfur dioxide, where the reaction effluent is at the minimum reaction temperature;
introducing the reaction effluent to a wasteheat stage of an extended boiler stage;
reducing the temperature of the reaction effluent from the minimum reaction temperature to a boiler section outlet temperature to produce a cooled effluent, where the cooled effluent comprises hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, and sulfur-containing contaminants, where the temperature of the reaction effluent is reduced by capturing heat energy;
introducing the cooled effluent to a catalytic extension of the extended boiler stage, where the catalytic extension comprises a catalyst, where the catalytic extension has a gross hourly space velocity between 3000 h?1 and 6000 h?1;
reacting the hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, and sulfur-containing contaminants in the catalytic extension to produce a boiler catalytic effluent, where the boiler catalytic effluent comprises elemental sulfur, where the boiler catalytic effluent is at a boiler catalytic effluent temperature;
introducing the boiler catalytic effluent to a condenser, where the boiler catalytic effluent comprises elemental sulfur;
reducing the boiler catalytic effluent temperature such that the elemental sulfur condenses to form liquid sulfur and a gases stream;
introducing the gases stream to a thermal oxidizer, where the gases stream comprises hydrogen sulfide and sulfur-containing contaminants;
introducing an air stream to the thermal oxidizer, where the air stream comprises oxygen;
reacting the hydrogen sulfide and sulfur-containing contaminants with the oxygen to produce an oxidizer outlet stream, where the oxidizer outlet stream comprises sulfur dioxide;
introducing the oxidizer outlet stream to a scrubbing unit; and
separating the sulfur dioxide in the scrubbing unit to produce a recycle stream and an effluent gases, where the recycle stream comprises sulfur dioxide.

US Pat. No. 10,246,328

HIGH EFFICIENCY PROCESS FOR DEGASSING OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE FROM LIQUID SULFUR

WorleyParsons Europe Ltd....

1. A process for degassing liquid sulfur, the process comprising:mixing a gas with a liquid sulfur mixture comprising sulfur, hydrogen sulfide, and hydrogen polysulfides to form a sulfur-gas mixture;
transporting the sulfur-gas mixture to a separator, storage vessel or storage tank;
separating the sulfur-gas mixture at a pressure below a water condensation point to recover a degassed sulfur product and a vapor stream comprising hydrogen sulfide;
wherein mixing gas with the liquid sulfur mixture comprises:
introducing the gas into a suction of a sulfur transfer pump used for transporting the liquid sulfur mixture to the separator, storage vessel or storage tank;
introducing the gas into a transfer line during transport of the liquid sulfur mixture to the separator, storage vessel or storage tank; or
a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,246,327

MULTI-CHAMBER HYPOCHLOROUS ACID DISPENSER

WIAB WATER INNOVATION AB,...

1. A system for storing and producing hypochlorous acid (HOCl), the system comprising:a container from which air has been purged, the container comprising a first compartment, a second compartment, a third compartment, and a fourth compartment, wherein the first compartment contains a compound that generates a hypochlorite anion (OCl—) in the presence of water, the second compartment contains a compound that generates a proton (H+) in the presence of water, and the third compartment contains water;
a first one-way valve that permits fluid flow from the first compartment to the fourth compartment;
a second one-way valve that permits fluid flow from the second compartment to the fourth compartment; and
a third one-way valve that permits fluid flow from the third compartment to the fourth compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,246,326

STEAM REFORMING

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

17. A process for steam reforming hydrocarbons, comprising the steps of:(i) passing a feed gas mixture, comprising hydrocarbon and steam through the plurality of externally-heated vertical tubes disposed within the steam reformer of claim 1, and
(ii) recovering a reformed gas mixture from the tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,246,325

MEMS DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MEMS DEVICE

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method for producing a MEMS device, comprising:forming a semiconductor layer stack, the semiconductor layer stack comprising at least a first monocrystalline semiconductor layer, a second monocrystalline semiconductor layer, a third monocrystalline semiconductor layer, a fourth monocrystalline semiconductor layer, and a fifth monocrystalline semiconductor layer, the second monocrystalline semiconductor layer formed between the first and third monocrystalline semiconductor layers, the first monocrystalline semiconductor layer being formed above the fourth monocrystalline semiconductor layer and the fifth monocrystalline semiconductor layer being formed above the third monocrystalline semiconductor layer, wherein a semiconductor material of the second monocrystalline semiconductor layer is different from semiconductor materials of the first and third monocrystalline semiconductor layers, at least one layer of the semiconductor layer stack includes a compound semiconductor material and at least one layer of the semiconductor layer stack includes a non-compound semiconductor material, and adjacent layers of the first, the second, and the third monocrystalline semiconductor layers have mutual different doping types;
etching the first, the second, the third, and the fifth monocrystalline semiconductor layers to form channels extending from the fifth monocrystalline semiconductor layer to the first monocrystalline semiconductor layer and terminating within the first monocrystalline semiconductor layer;
etching, via the channels, the first and the third monocrystalline semiconductor layers, wherein a movable first portion of the second monocrystalline semiconductor layer forming a movable MEMS element is released by removing a first portion of the first monocrystalline semiconductor layer and a first portion of the third monocrystalline semiconductor layer, second and third portions of the first monocrystalline semiconductor layer remaining below respective second and third portions of the second monocrystalline semiconductor layer, and second and third portions of the third monocrystalline semiconductor layer remaining above the second and the third portions of the second monocrystalline semiconductor layer, the movable first portion of the second monocrystalline semiconductor layer being separated laterally by gaps defined by the channels and vertically by gaps defined by the removed first portion of the first monocrystalline semiconductor layer between the fourth monocrystalline semiconductor layer and the second monocrystalline semiconductor layer and the removed first portion of the third monocrystalline semiconductor layer between the second monocrystalline semiconductor layer and the fifth monocrystalline semiconductor layer; and
providing a monocrystalline semiconductor material in a portion of the channels within the fifth monocrystalline semiconductor layer to seal the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,246,324

STRAIN AND PRESSURE SENSING DEVICE, MICROPHONE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRAIN AND PRESSURE SENSING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MICROPHONE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A sensor, comprising:a supporter;
a beam including a movable portion, the movable portion including a first region having an end fixed to the supporter and a second region extending from the first region, the end of the first region extending in a first direction, the second region of the movable portion having an end opposite the end of the first region and movable in a second direction crossing the first direction; and
a sensing element fixed to the first region, the second region not overlapping the sensing element in the second direction, the sensing element including a first magnetic layer, a direction of a first magnetization of the first magnetic layer being along the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,323

CAVITY FORMING METHOD FOR A SENSOR CHIP, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, CHIP AND ELECTRONICS APPARATUS

GOERTEK, INC., Weifang, ...

1. A method for forming a cavity in a MEMS pressure sensor chip, comprising:forming a first groove in a substrate;
bonding a covering layer onto the substrate to cover the first groove, so as to form a cavity; and
etching the covering layer to lower the thickness of the covering layer,
wherein the step of etching the covering layer further comprises: patterning the covering layer to etch a portion of the covering layer corresponding to the cavity, with other portions of the covering layer remaining.

US Pat. No. 10,246,322

DISTRIBUTED SENSOR SYSTEM

Versana Micro Inc., Scot...

1. A distributed sensor system comprising:a first sensor node comprising a plurality of sensors formed on or coupled to a substrate;
a first flexible interconnect region coupled to the first sensor node;
a first joint region coupled to the first flexible interconnect region;
a second flexible interconnect region coupled to the first joint region; and
a second sensor node coupled to the second flexible interconnect wherein the first joint region is configured to be decoupled from the first flexible interconnect region or the second flexible interconnect region wherein the first joint region is replaced with a second joint region that is shorter or longer than the first joint region when recoupled to the first flexible interconnect region or the second flexible interconnect region such that the length between the first sensor node and the second sensor node is decreased or increased.

US Pat. No. 10,246,321

MEMS DEVICE, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MEMS DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A MEMS device comprising:a substrate having a resin portion that protrudes from one surface thereof and is made of a resin and a first wiring that covers at least a portion of a surface of the resin portion,
wherein the first wiring extends along a first direction on the one surface from a position overlapping the resin portion to a position deviating from the resin portion, and
wherein a width of the resin portion is equal to or larger than a width of the first wiring covering the resin portion in a second direction intersecting the first direction,
wherein the resin portion includes a first portion and a second portion that is adjacent to the first portion along the second direction and of which a height from the one surface is lower than that of the first portion,
wherein the first wiring is provided at a position overlapping the first portion,
wherein a width of the first portion is equal to or larger than the width of the first wiring covering the first portion in the second direction,
wherein a second wiring is between the first portion and the first wiring,
wherein a width of the second wiring is equal or larger than the width of the first wiring covering the first portion in the second direction, and
wherein the width of the second wiring is larger than the width of the first portion in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,320

PACKAGES AND METHODS OF PACKAGING SENSORS

DUNAN SENSING, LLC, San ...

1. A sensor package comprising:a base including a sensor coupled to the base wherein the base has a first electrical connection location and a first mechanical mating interface in the shape of an arc;
an electronics package with a second electrical connection location; and
a ring coupled between the base and the electronics package and having a recessed ledge on a top side of the rind designed to receive the electronics package, wherein the ring electrically connects the first electrical connection location to the second electrical connection location and wherein the ring has a second mechanical mating interface in the shape of an arc that is reciprocal to the first mating interface; and
a plurality of vias that terminate on the recessed ledge in first via termination points and wherein a first recessed pocket is formed in the recessed ledge surrounding each first via termination point.

US Pat. No. 10,246,319

PLANAR CAVITY MEMS AND RELATED STRUCTURES, METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND DESIGN STRUCTURES

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) structure comprising:a moveable beam comprising at least one insulator layer on a lower electrode; and
an upper electrode over the at least one insulator layer,
wherein the lower electrode has a slotted layout to match a metal volume of the lower electrode with a metal volume of the upper electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,246,318

MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR A MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A micromechanical component, comprising:a substrate;
a membrane that covers an opening structured into the substrate from a first side of the substrate, and that can be warped by a pressure difference between the first side of the substrate and a second side, oriented away from the first side, of the substrate; and
at least one actuator electrode that is connected at least to the membrane in such a way that the at least one actuator electrode is displaced relative to the substrate by a warping of the membrane, the at least one actuator electrode being capable of being displaced relative to the substrate by the warping of the membrane, in each case along a displacement axis oriented parallel to the second side of the substrate;
wherein the at least one actuator electrode is connected to the membrane at least by at least one torsion spring that is capable of being rotated about a respective torsion axis by the warping of the membrane, in such a way that the at least one actuator electrode is capable of being displaced relative to the substrate by the warping of the membrane, in each case along its axis of displacement oriented parallel to the second side of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,317

PUSH PEDAL WATER DISPENSER ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A water dispenser assembly for a refrigerator, comprising:a housing having a front fascia coupled thereto, the front fascia including an actuator receiving area;
an actuator received in the actuator receiving area having inner and outer surfaces, the actuator operable between at-rest and pressed positions; and
a hinge pin having upper and lower ends and a body portion disposed therebetween, the upper and lower ends pivotally coupled to upper and lower portions of the actuator receiving area to rotate the body portion between extended and retracted positions along a vertical rotational axis, wherein the body portion is coupled to the inner surface of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,246,316

ANTI-SPILL FUNNEL ASSEMBLY

J.N.S. TECHNOLOGIES, LLC,...

1. An anti-spill funnel assembly for preventing the spill of fluid when the funnel assembly is being used to fill a container with fluid, comprising:an outer reservoir funnel including:
(a) a hollow cone-shaped portion having an upper end, a lower end, an outer surface, and an inner surface;
(b) a hollow inwardly tapered spout having an upper end, a lower end, an outer surface, and an inner surface;
(c) said upper end of said tapered spout being joined to said lower end of said cone-shaped portion;
(d) said upper end of said cone-shaped portion having a first diameter;
(e) said lower end of said cone-shaped portion having a second diameter which is less than said first diameter;
(f) said tapered spout extending outwardly and downwardly at an angle from said lower end of said cone-shaped portion to define a first interior shoulder therebetween;
(g) a plurality of elongated and radially spaced-apart first ribs, having upper and lower ends, extending outwardly from said outer surface of said cone-shaped portion, at said lower end thereof, and said outer surface of said tapered spout;
a center funnel positioned in said outer funnel;
said center funnel including:
(a) a cone-shaped portion having an upper end, a lower end, an outer surface, and an inner surface;
(b) said upper end of said cone-shaped portion of said center funnel having a diameter which is less than said first diameter of said upper end of said cone-shaped portion of said outer reservoir funnel;
(c) said lower end of said cone-shaped portion of said center funnel having a diameter which is less than said second diameter of said lower end of said cone-shaped portion of said outer reservoir funnel;
(d) a hollow stem portion having an upper end, a lower end, an inner surface and an outer surface;
(e) said upper end of said hollow stem portion being joined to said lower end of said cone-shaped portion of said center funnel;
(f) said hollow stem portion having an outwardly tapered portion, at said lower end thereof, having upper and lower ends;
(g) a plurality of elongated and radially spaced-apart second ribs, having upper and lower ends, extending outwardly from said outer surface of said cone-shaped portion of said center funnel, at said lower end thereof, and said outer surface of said hollow stem portion at said upper end thereof;
(h) a hollow spout portion having upper and lower ends;
(i) said hollow spout portion of said center funnel including an inwardly tapered portion, having upper and lower ends, at said upper end thereof;
(j) said upper end of said inwardly tapered portion of said spout portion of said center funnel being joined to said lower end of said stem portion thereof to define an exterior shoulder therebetween;
(k) said lower end of said spout portion of said center funnel being inwardly tapered;
(l) a plurality of elongated and radially spaced-apart openings, having upper and lower ends, formed in said stem portion;
said exterior shoulder between said lower end of said stem portion of said center funnel and said tapered portion of said spout portion of said center funnel engaging said interior surface of said spout of said outer reservoir funnel to limit the downward movement of said center funnel with respect to said outer reservoir funnel to an operative fill position;
when said center funnel is in said operative fill position:
(a) said cone-shaped portions of said outer reservoir funnel and said center funnel are spaced-apart;
(b) said exterior shoulder preventing overfill fluid from passing upwardly from said lower end of said tapered spout of said outer reservoir funnel;
(c) said openings in said stem portion permitting overfill liquid to pass outwardly therethrough into said lower end of said cone-shaped portion of said outer reservoir funnel thereby preventing liquid from being spilled.

US Pat. No. 10,246,315

IMPROVEMENTS TO HAND TRUCK AND KIT THEREOF

1. A hand truck comprising:(a) an H-beam having a length, the beam comprising:
(a1) an H-beam top; and
(a2) an H-beam bottom;
(b) a platform body sub-assembly comprising platform rollers, the platform rollers engaging the H-beam to permit the platform body sub-assembly to travel along a portion of the length of the H-beam;
(c) a plate affixed to the platform body sub-assembly to permit the plate to travel concurrently with the platform body sub-assembly, the plate being arranged substantially perpendicular to the H-beam;
(d) a strut pulley sub-assembly arranged substantially parallel to the beam, the strut pulley sub-assembly comprising:
(d1) an upper end;
(d2) a lower end;
(d3) a dampener strut comprising:
(d1A) a strut top; and
(d1B) a strut bottom;
(d4) a spring arranged substantially parallel to the dampener strut, the spring comprising:
(d4A) a spring top; and
(d4B) a spring bottom;
(d5) a strut mount mechanically connecting the strut bottom to the spring bottom; and
(d6) a pulley mount mechanically connecting the strut top to the spring top;
(e) a head sub-assembly connecting the upper end of the strut pulley sub-assembly to the beam top;
(f) a rope extending from the platform body sub-assembly to the pulley mount through the head sub-assembly, the rope connecting the platform body sub-assembly to the pulley mount; and
(g) a total unloaded weight of less than twenty-three kilograms (23 kg).

US Pat. No. 10,246,314

WIRE LOCKING STRUCTURE FOR BOOM EXTENSION

TADANO LTD., Kagawa (JP)...

1. A boom-extending wire locking structure that locks an extending wire in an extendable boom, the extendable boom comprising:a first boom member;
a second boom member that is extendable with respect to the first boom member;
a third boom member that is extendable with respect to the second boom member;
an extending wire that couples a base end side of the first boom member and a base end side of the third boom member; and
an extending sheave provided at a leading end side of the second boom member with a part of the extending wire wound around the extending sheave, the extending sheave being configured to cause a movement of the third boom member with respect to the second boom member in an extending direction by moving a coupling part of the extending wire on the third boom member side in the extending direction along with a movement of the second boom member with respect to the first boom member in the extending direction, wherein:
the extending wire includes a plurality of wire members, each of the wire members including a plurality of pairs of stretched parts stretched between the base end side of the first boom member and the base end side of the third boom member, and a lock part that is interposed between adjacent pairs of the stretched parts and locked at at least one of the base end side of the first boom member and the base end side of the third boom,
a wire locking tool that locks the extending wire by winding the lock part of each wire member is provided at at least one of the base end side of the first boom member and the base end side of the third boom member,
the wire locking tool includes a pair of fixing pieces provided on both sides in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the extending direction and fixed to at least one of the first boom member and the third boom member, and a plurality of wire locking parts provided between the pair of fixing pieces, the wire locking parts including grooves for winding the respective lock parts of the wire members, each of the grooves having an arc shape, and
the plurality of wire locking parts are arranged in a central axis direction of the arc shape between the pair of fixing pieces, and central axes of the wire locking parts are arranged at different positions in the orthogonal direction from respective adjacent wire locking parts.

US Pat. No. 10,246,313

PRECAST CONCRETE PIT

Vehicle Service Group, LL...

1. A vehicle lift assembly at least partially installed below ground, wherein the vehicle lift assembly comprises:(i) a precast vault assembly configured to be placed at least partially into a trench, wherein the precast vault assembly comprises:
(a) a precast slab configured to be placed within a bottom portion of the trench, wherein the precast slab comprises a floor surface, and
(b) at least one precast wall associated with the precast slab such that the at least one precast wall extends above the precast slab, wherein at least a portion of one of the at least one precast wall extends below the floor surface of the precast slab, wherein the at least one precast wall defines an open top and an open bottom such that the at least one precast wall defines a hollow interior, and wherein the at least one precast wall defines an internal plumbing conduit; and
(ii) a vehicle actuation assembly, wherein the vehicle actuation assembly is at least partially housed within the hollow interior, wherein the internal plumbing conduit is configured for routing one or more service connections to the vehicle actuation assembly housed within the hollow interior, and wherein the vehicle actuation assembly comprises:
(a) a jack frame configured to be fixed relative to the precast vault assembly, and
(b) an actuation member associated with the jack frame, wherein the actuation member is configured to lift a vehicle from a lowered position to a raised position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,312

VEHICLE LIFT WITH SUPPORT ARMS

1. An adjustable vehicle lift comprising:at least one lift arm pivotally extending away from a vertical hoist to a distal arm end for engaging a vehicle to be lifted;
said arm being extensible;
an extended handle pivotally attached to said arm proximate said distal end,
said handle being operable by an operator to pivot and extend said arm, beneath the vehicle, from an operator position outside a periphery of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,311

WINCH

Liebherr-Components Biber...

1. A winch, comprising:a winch drum arranged on a drum shaft;
at least one main drive driving the drum shaft, the main drive arranged coaxially with the winch drum on the drum shaft; and
at least one emergency drive driving the drum shaft in case of emergency, the emergency drive comprising a drive wheel,
wherein at least one emergency drive is coupleable to a driven wheel of the drum shaft as required via at least one intermediate gear, the intermediate gear in constant engagement with the emergency drive, via the drive wheel, independent of a current position of the intermediate gear and shiftably mounted for coupling in and out in a direction of its shaft axis, the driven wheel arranged on the drum shaft between the winch drum and the main drive.

US Pat. No. 10,246,310

LARGE MOBILE CRANE

TEREX GLOBAL GMBH, Schaf...

1. Large mobile crane comprising an undercarriage, wherein the undercarriage comprises a middle section between tracks, wherein a distance between the tracks can be increased or decreased by the insertion or removal of expansion parts, said two tracks connected on opposite sides of the undercarriage to permit movement of the large mobile crane, a drive unit, a superstructure, one or more control stations, at least two main booms, at least one derrick boom, and at least two lifting devices and counterweights, wherein said counterweights are either arranged separately of or mounted on the undercarriage, and wherein the large mobile crane further comprises a circular track, and support rollers attached to the superstructure, wherein the support rollers ride on the circular track, and wherein the circular track is an integral part of the expansion parts.

US Pat. No. 10,246,309

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE, LOAD HANDLING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROTECTING OPTICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR UPDATING LOAD HANDLING APPARATUS

1. A load handling apparatus comprising:an optical measurement device comprising:
a permeable surface configured to communicate light to and from the optical measurement device; and
a hydrophilic coating arranged on the permeable surface, wherein the coating is a nanotechnical product comprising nanostructured TiO2 in anatase form,
wherein the optical measurement device is configured to transmit light through the permeable surface and receive reflections of the transmitted light through the permeable surface,
a drive system; and
a controller operatively connected to the drive system and the optical measurement device, and configured to:
obtain measurement information from the optical measurement device; and
drive the load handling apparatus on the basis of the measurement information.

US Pat. No. 10,246,308

OBJECT-CONNECTING DEVICE

YOKE INDUSTRIAL CORP., T...

1. An object-connecting device, comprising:an engaging member having a perforation;
a first sleeve having a first axial hole, a first abutting surface, and a first recess;
a second sleeve which passes through the perforation and has a second axial hole, a second abutting surface, and a second recess, wherein the second axial hole communicates with the first axial hole; the second abutting surface abuts against the first abutting surface; the second recess matches with the first recess to form a receiving groove;
a bolt passing through the first axial hole and the second axial hole; and
a retaining ring which is disposed in the receiving groove and is fastened on the bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,246,307

HARDTOP REMOVAL BRACKET AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

1. A device comprising:a base; and
an arm with an eye;
wherein said base has a first hole there through; said base has a second hole there through; wherein said first hole has a first hole neck; said second hole has a second hole neck; wherein said first hole neck has a first hole neck width; said first hole has a first hole width; said first hole width is larger than said first hole neck width; wherein said first hole is generally slot shaped and has a first hole through axis; said second hole is generally slot shaped and has a second hole through axis; wherein said eye has an eye axis; said first hole through axis is generally parallel to said second hole through axis; and said eye axis is generally perpendicular to said first hole through axis and to said second hole through axis.

US Pat. No. 10,246,305

ELEVATOR HAVING A MOVABLE MACHINE ROOM

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil N...

1. An elevator system including an elevator car movable in an elevator shaft and a drive unit for moving the elevator car, comprising:a machine platform arranged in the elevator shaft for lifting along the elevator shaft, wherein the drive unit is fixed on the machine platform and has at least one lifting device for lifting the machine platform;
wherein the at least one lifting device includes a lifting supporting element, a strand jack and an anchor, the lifting supporting element being fixed in the elevator shaft by the anchor and the strand jack arranged to move along the lifting supporting element, wherein the strand jack is fixed on the machine platform; and
wherein a section of the lifting supporting element is arranged underneath the strand jack, the section being outside a vertical projection of the elevator car or the machine platform having a deflector for guiding the section outside a travel path of the elevator car.

US Pat. No. 10,246,304

INSTALLATION ARRANGEMENT FOR AN ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An installation arrangement for an elevator in an elevator hoistway, the installation arrangement comprising:at least a suspension member suspended downwards from a top of the elevator hoistway;
an installation hoist configured to perform a first movement to move in the elevator hoistway along the suspension member while supported by the suspension member above an elevator car, the installation hoist configured to hoist at least the elevator car traveling on guide rails in the elevator hoistway in response to the first movement of the installation hoist along the suspension member; and
an auxiliary hoist including a hoisting member supported by the suspension member between a roof of the elevator hoistway and the installation hoist such that the auxiliary hoist is above the elevator car, the auxiliary hoist configured to perform a second movement to move reciprocally in the elevator hoistway along the suspension member independently of the first movement of the installation hoist along the suspension member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,303

ARRANGEMENT AND ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An arrangement for guiding belt-shaped ropes of an elevator comprising:a plurality of belt-shaped ropes;
a rope wheel deck comprising a frame mounted on a structure of an elevator, a plurality of rope wheels for guiding ropes of the elevator, and a plurality of bearings, wherein the rope wheels are cambered and mounted coaxially on the frame via the bearings such that they are rotatable relative to the frame as well as relative to each other; and
a hollow cylinder surrounding the central shaft, a wall of the hollow cylinder being radially between the rope wheels and the central shaft,
wherein only one belt-shaped rope passes around each of said rope wheels of the rope wheel deck, and the plurality of bearings comprise a bearing which is radially between each of the rope wheels and the cylinder and supports each and every one of the rope wheels such that all of the rope wheels are rotatable relative to the hollow cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,246,302

AUXILIARY PUMPING UNIT

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Cor...

1. A pumping unit for use with an hydraulic elevator system having a hydraulic cylinder for raising and lowering an elevator car, wherein the pumping unit comprises:a reservoir configured to store fluid;
a first pump in fluid communication with the reservoir, wherein the first pump is in direct fluid communication with the hydraulic cylinder such that the first pump is operable to transfer fluid from the reservoir directly to the hydraulic cylinder to drive the elevator car; and
a second pump in fluid communication with the reservoir, wherein the second pump comprises an outlet conduit coupling the second pump with the hydraulic cylinder of the elevator system, wherein the second pump further comprises an inlet conduit coupling the reservoir with the second pump, wherein the second pump is in direct fluid communication with the hydraulic cylinder such that the second pump is operable to transfer fluid from the reservoir directly to the hydraulic cylinder to drive the elevator car, wherein the second pump is selectively actuatable when the first pump is inactivated.

US Pat. No. 10,246,301

BATTERY INSTALLED IN ELEVATOR CAR

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator car for an elevator system comprising:an elevator car panel;
at least one battery pocket disposed in the elevator car panel; and
at least one battery removably positioned in the at least one battery pocket, configured such that one or more of inspection, maintenance, replacement or repair of the at least one battery may be performed without entry into a hoistway and the elevator car of the elevator system.

US Pat. No. 10,246,300

ELEVATOR VIRTUAL AERODYNAMIC SHROUD

Otis Elevator Company, F...

1. An elevator car comprising:a cab having a top, a bottom, a left side, a right side, a front, and a back, the front having a door, a vertical direction going from the bottom to the top;
a frame supporting the cab; and
a fan,wherein;the cab comprises a perimeter shroud protruding above a surface of the top and leaving a well exposing a central portion of an upper surface of the top;
the perimeter shroud protrudes above the upper surface;
the perimeter shroud has, when viewed in vertical section, a curved portion;
the fan is under the perimeter shroud aside the well; and
the perimeter shroud covers the fan.

US Pat. No. 10,246,298

ROPELESS ELEVATOR SYSTEM

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator system comprising:a hoistway including a first hoistway portion and a second hoistway portion;
a first car disposed within the first hoistway portion;
a first stationary stator disposed in the first hoistway portion;
a second stationary stator disposed in the second hoistway portion;
a first mover mounted on the first car, the first car propelled in the first hoistway portion by only the interaction of the first mover with the first stationary stator the first car propelled in the second hoistway portion by only the interaction of the first mover with the second stationary stator; and
a first guiderail disposed in the first hoistway portion, wherein the first hoistway portion is free of other guiderails;
the first car has a first side and a second side, the second side opposite to the first side, wherein the first mover is mounted to the first side and a first guide portion is mounted to the second side of the first car, the first guide portion configured to interact with the first guiderail when the first car is disposed in the first hoistway portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,297

RUST REMOVING DEVICE FOR ELEVATOR GUIDE RAIL

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A rust removing device for an elevator guide rail, comprising:a support;
a fixing rack, fixed on the support, wherein the fixing rack comprises a U-shaped cross section having at least a first end;
a rust removal rack, fixed on the first end of the fixing rack;
non-metallic shoe lining, disposed on a U-shaped inner concave surface of the rust removal rack; and
a rust removal layer, disposed on the non-metallic shoe lining, and fitted with a surface of the guide rail, wherein the rust removal layer is made of at least oilstone, the non-metallic shoe lining comprising a U-shaped structure that is disposed between the rust removal rack and the rust removal layer;
wherein the rust removal rack comprises a U-shaped structure having at least a first end, a second end, a first side, and a second side;
wherein the first end of the U-shaped structure of the rust removal rack is disposed with fastening platforms at the first and second side respectively, the rust removal layer includes first protrusion portions that protrude out of the first end of the rust removal rack, wherein the first protrusion portions of the removal layer are placed on the fastening platforms and then pressed onto the fastening platforms by hold-down plates disposed on the fastening platforms, wherein the hold-down plates disposed on the fastening platforms are fixed to the fastening platforms by fastening bolts;
wherein the second end of the U-shaped structure of the rust removal rack is disposed with L-shaped fastening plates at the first and second side respectively, the rust removal layer includes second protrusion portions that protrude out of the second end of the rust removal rack, wherein the second protrusion portions of the rust removal layer are attached to the L-shaped fastening plates and then pressed onto the L-shaped fastening plates by hold-down plates disposed on the L-shaped fastening plates, wherein the hold-down plates disposed on the L-shaped fastening plates are fixed to the L-shaped fastening plates by fastening bolts.

US Pat. No. 10,246,296

CONTROL CABLE GUIDE DEVICE FOR ELEVATOR

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A control cable guide device for an elevator, which is to be mounted to a control cable, the control cable extending from a middle portion of a hoistway, along a cable suspending side surface of a car, and to a lower portion of the car, the control cable having a curved portion formed at a lower end position of the control cable, the control cable guide device comprising:an arm to be suspended on the control cable at a position below the car in a pivotable manner, the arm being configured to be pushed upward by the curved portion when the car is caused to travel to a lowermost position within a normal traveling range, to thereby shift to a cable receiving position for receiving the control cable,
wherein when the arm is in the cable receiving position, the arm projects to the cable suspending side beyond a plane formed by the side surface of the car as viewed from a top of the car.

US Pat. No. 10,246,295

PROTECTIVE DEVICE FOR SPEED SENSING DEVICE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator system having a safety actuation assembly comprising:a housing;
a speed sensing device for sensing the speed of the elevator system disposed within the housing, wherein the speed sensing device comprises a proximal end; and
a protection device disposed within the housing and located adjacent to the proximal end of the speed sensing device;
wherein the protection device configured to be placed in a first position when in a non-engaging position and a second position when in an engaging position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,294

BUS CAPACITOR BANK CONFIGURATION FOR A REGENERATIVE DRIVE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A regenerative drive device, comprising:an inverter having a plurality of power components;
a converter having a plurality of power components;
a direct current (DC) link bridging the inverter and the converter, the DC link comprising:
one or more internal capacitors bridging the inverter and the converter;
an external capacitor in parallel with the one or more internal capacitors wherein the capacitance of the external capacitor is greater than the capacitance of at least one of the one or more internal capacitors; and
an inductor located directly between the external capacitor and the one or more internal capacitors.

US Pat. No. 10,246,293

OFFSHORE HOSE LOADING STATION APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

Reel Power Licensing Corp...

1. A loading station for transferring supplies via a first hose and a second hose wherein said first hose and said second hose are adapted to be pulled from a first sea vessel or first dock to a second sea vessel or second dock comprising:a jumper shaft having a first end, a length, and a second end;
a first modular reel assembly having a spool adapted to independently rotate to wind and unwind said first hose from said first sea vessel or first dock to said second sea vessel or second dock and wherein said spool is rotated by a first rotating shaft segment having a first end, a second end attached to said first end of said jumper shaft, and a length;
a second modular reel assembly having a spool adapted to independently rotate to wind and unwind said second hose from said first sea vessel or first dock to said second sea vessel or second dock and wherein said spool is rotated by a second rotating shaft segment having a first end attached to said second end of said jumper shaft, a second end, and a length;
a motor having a third rotating shaft with an end in communication with said first end of said first rotating shaft segment of said first modular reel assembly;
wherein said first rotating shaft, said second rotating shaft and said third rotating shaft are linearly aligned; and
wherein said length of said first rotating shaft, said length of said second rotating shaft, and said length of said jumper shaft are the same.

US Pat. No. 10,246,292

YARN CLEARER AND SPINNING STATION, EQUIPPED THEREWITH, OF A SPINNING MACHINE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A SPINNING STATION

Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG...

1. A spinning station of a spinning machine, comprising:a spinning means for producing a yarn from a sliver fed to the spinning means;
a winding apparatus that winds the yarn from the spinning means onto a package, the winding apparatus arranged downstream of the spinning means in a transport direction of the yarn;
a yarn clearer arranged between the spinning means and the winding apparatus, the yarn clearer configured to monitor for yarn defects in the yarn prior to the yarn being wound onto the package;
a controller in communication with the yarn clearer and configured to interrupt production of the yarn upon detection of a defined yarn defect by the yarn clearer; and
an information unit in communication with the controller and disposed so as to be visible to an operator of the spinning station, the information unit comprising a display that, prior to yarn being unwound from the package, visibly informs the operator of a minimum yarn length to subsequently unwind from the package following the interruption of yarn production in order to ensure that the yarn defect will be completely removed from the package.

US Pat. No. 10,246,290

CONVEYING APPARATUS AND TRAY UNIT

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A conveying apparatus, comprising:a plurality of receiving trays each having a receiving surface that receives a medium, the plurality of receiving trays being arranged in a vertical direction, the plurality of receiving trays comprising (i) a lowest tray located at a lowest position among the plurality of receiving trays and (ii) a first receiving tray that is each of at least one of the plurality of receiving trays and the at least one of the plurality of receiving trays does not include the lowest tray;
a conveying mechanism configured to convey the medium to the receiving surface of one of the plurality of receiving trays, selectively;
a supporter supporting the plurality of receiving trays;
a swing mechanism configured to swing the first receiving tray with respect to the supporter so as to move the first receiving tray selectively to one of a receiving position at which the first receiving tray receives the medium conveyed by the conveying mechanism and an upper position at which a position of a downstream end of the first receiving tray in a conveying direction in which the medium is conveyed by the conveying mechanism is higher than a position of the downstream end of the first receiving tray located at the receiving position,
a position-keeper configured to keep the first receiving tray at the upper position when a first external force that is an external force directed in a direction in which the first receiving tray is moved from the upper position toward the receiving position is not applied to the first receiving tray located at the upper position,
wherein the swing mechanism is configured to swing the first receiving tray with respect to the supporter toward the receiving position when the first external force is applied to the first receiving tray, and
wherein the conveying apparatus further comprises a force-reducer configured to reduce a keeping force, of the position-keeper, so as to cease keeping the first receiving tray at the upper position,
wherein the conveying apparatus further comprises:
a recorder configured to perform recording on the medium conveyed by the conveying mechanism; and
a controller configured to, when a recording command for instructing the recorder to perform recording is received, control the position-keeper to move a destination receiving tray of the plurality of receiving trays from the upper position to the receiving position, the destination receiving tray being located at the upper position and serving as a destination to which the medium is to be conveyed by the conveying mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,246,289

BANKNOTE STORAGE UNIT

Innovative Technology Lim...

1. A banknote storage unit comprising:a first tape reel banknote storage device;
a second tape reel banknote storage device; and
a drive transmission means moveable between engagement with said first tape reel banknote storage device and engagement with said second tape reel banknote storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,246,288

MEDIUM WINDING DEVICE

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A medium winding device for winding a medium, comprising:a rotatable winding-member;
a driver configured to rotate the winding member to wind the medium around the winding member into a roll;
a rotating friction member rotatably disposed upstream of the winding member in a conveying direction in which the medium is conveyed, the rotating friction member having a high friction member forming an outer surface of the rotating friction member, and being configured to apply tension to the medium when the medium is wound around the winding member; and
a tension adjusting member connected to the rotating friction member and configured to maintain the tension applied to the medium to be constant, by applying a constant load to the rotating friction member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,287

PROCESSING SYSTEM AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A processing system for sequentially conveying a long, flexible sheet substrate along a length direction to each of a plurality of processing devices to form a predetermined pattern on the sheet substrate, comprising:a first processing device for conveying the sheet substrate in the length direction according to first setting conditions while selectively or uniformly forming a photosensitive thin film on the surface of the sheet substrate;
a second processing device for conveying the sheet substrate in the length direction according to second setting conditions while irradiating the photosensitive thin film on the surface of the sheet substrate with light energy corresponding to the pattern to form a latent image on the photosensitive thin film corresponding to the pattern;
a third processing device for conveying the sheet substrate in the length direction according to third setting conditions while causing the pattern to appear on the sheet substrate via selective development of the photosensitive thin film corresponding to the latent image or via selective plating on the photosensitive thin film corresponding to the latent image; and
a control device, which, when at least one from among the states of the actual processing implemented on the sheet substrate by each of the first to the third processing devices exhibits a processing error relative to a target processing state of each of the first to the third processing devices, changes other setting conditions, separate from the setting conditions exhibiting the processing error from among the first to the third setting conditions, according to the processing error.

US Pat. No. 10,246,286

CONVEYOR FOR WEB

VITS TECHNOLOGY GMBH, La...

1. A system having a plurality of treatment stations arrayed along a horizontal treatment path, the system comprising:a conveyor having a guide extending horizontally and displaceable in a direction through the stations from an upstream end to a downstream end of the path;
intake means for feeding an end of a web to the upstream end of the path;
a bar magnet carried on the conveyor and extending a full width of the web;
a first holder above the path adjacent the upstream end;
a magnetizable metal plate in the first holder, whereby movement of the conveyor displaces the bar magnet underneath the web at the first holder and attracts the magnetizable metal plate; and
a picker on the bar magnet configured to engage with the magnetizable metal plate on advancement of the bar magnet past the magnetizable metal plate, and sweep the magnetizable metal plate off the first holder onto the web and thereby magnetically press the web with the magnetizable metal plate against the guide and entrain the web with the conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,246,285

WEB ROLL HANDLING AND LOADING SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A roll handling and loading system for a roll of web material comprising web material wound on a hollow tubular core, the roll of web material having a horizontally-oriented length, the system comprising:a frame having a horizontally-oriented space between opposing sides of the frame;
a pair of hubs positioned on the opposing sides of the frame, each of the hubs mounted on a movable bar for moving the movable bar and the hubs in a vertical direction relative to the frame, at least one of the hubs comprising a compression spring positioned within the at least one of the hubs along a horizontal rotational axis to provide an inward force toward the roll of web material, and each of the hubs pivotably supported on a pivot mechanism for pivoting movement between an operational position on the horizontal rotational axis and a deflected position in which a hub face of each of the hubs is deflected in an arcuate direction away from the horizontal rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,246,284

MACHINE FOR WINDING OF PRE-STRETCHED FILM REELS

NO.EL. S.R.L., San Pietr...

1. Machine for producing coils of prestretched extendible film comprising a prestretching unit for prestretching a film and a winding unit for winding the film in a coil, said prestretching unit being provided with a series of prestretching rollers around which the film is prestretched, wherein the winding unit comprises a winding roller in pressing contact against a coil of the prestretched film in winding progress along length, said coil being provided with a required diameter, wherein said machine comprisesan actuator acting on the winding roller to achieve a pressing contact against the coil; and
an abutting member acting in an opposite direction to the actuator for varying a final contact position of the winding roller against the coil according to the length of the film and according to the required diameter of the coil.

US Pat. No. 10,246,283

VERTICAL WALL WEBBING INSTALLATION METHOD AND SYSTEM

Pacific Coast Building Pr...

1. A system for installing rolled sheet material on a wall comprising:a material spool holder mounted to a piece of movable construction equipment comprising a vertical shaft sized to fit within an open core of a roll of sheet material, a rotatable base to support the roll of sheet material mounted on the vertical shaft, and a vertical mounting plate mounted to the piece of movable construction equipment that is connected to a vertical support beam with a hinge and a releasable attachment mechanism spaced apart from the hinge;
a horizontal support beam;
wherein the horizontal support beam extends between and connects the vertical shaft and vertical support beam, and
further comprising a rotation limiting device wherein the rotation limiting device is a rope that limits an amount of downward rotation of the vertical support beam around the hinge after the releasable attachment mechanism is released.

US Pat. No. 10,246,282

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A drive transmission device that transmits driving force of a motor to a roller via a plurality of drive trains, the drive transmission device comprising:a controller;
a first drive train including a one-way clutch; and
a second drive train that is different from the first drive train and includes an electromagnetic clutch, wherein
the first drive train receives the driving force from the motor and transmits the driving force to the second drive train,
the second drive train transmits the driving force from the first drive train to the roller,
the controller switches a rotational speed of the roller by switching on/off the electromagnetic clutch,
the first drive train includes a first gear, a second gear, and a rotary shaft to which the first gear and the second gear are connected via the one-way clutch,
the first gear and the second gear each have teeth on an outer circumferential surface thereof,
the number of the teeth of the first gear is a first teeth number and the number of the teeth of the second gear is a second teeth number that is different from the first teeth number,
the second drive train includes a third gear, a fourth gear, and a rotary shaft to which the third gear and the fourth gear are connected via the electromagnetic clutch,
the third gear engages the first gear,
the third gear and the fourth gear each have teeth on an outer circumferential surface thereof, and
the number of the teeth of the third gear is a third teeth number and the number of the teeth of the fourth gear is a fourth teeth number that is different from the third teeth number.

US Pat. No. 10,246,281

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:a supporter comprising a support surface configured to support a plurality of sheets;
a supplier comprising a supply roller rotatable about a rotation axis, the supply roller comprising an outer circumferential surface partly exposed from the support surface and configured to supply one or more sheets supported by the support surface toward a downstream side in a conveying direction along a conveyance path by rotating in contact with the one or more sheets supported by the support surface in a direction for supplying the one or more sheets in the conveying direction;
a separator disposed downstream of the supplier in the conveying direction and configured to separate, at a nip position thereof, one by one the one or more sheets supplied by the supplier and convey the separated sheet toward the downstream side in the conveying direction;
a stopper disposed upstream of the nip position of the separator in the conveying direction and pivotable, about a first axis that is located opposite to the rotation axis of the supply roller relative to the support surface, between (i) a first position at which a distal end portion of the stopper extends to the support surface intersects the conveyance path and stops the plurality of sheets supported by the support surface, and (ii) a second position at which the distal end portion is separated from the support surface and is located more downstream in the conveying direction than at the first position, wherein the distal end portion has a downstream surface facing downstream in the conveying direction;
a stopper cam disposed upstream of the nip position of the separator in the conveying direction, having a contact surface facing upstream in the conveying direction, and pivotable, about a second axis that is located opposite to the first axis relative to the support surface, between (a) a third position at which the contact surface of the stopper cam is in contact with the downstream surface of the distal end portion of the stopper located at the first position to restrict pivoting of the stopper toward the second position, and (b) a fourth position at which the contact surface of the stopper cam is spaced apart from the downstream surface of the distal end portion of the stopper to allow pivoting of the stopper from the first position toward the second position; and
an inclined surface disposed upstream of the nip position of the separator in the conveying direction and pivotable, about a third axis that is located opposite to the rotation axis of the supply roller relative to the support surface, between an initial position and a pivoted position,
wherein the second axis of the stopper cam is located upstream of the rotation axis of the supply roller in the conveying direction and farther from the support surface than the rotation axis of the supply roller,
wherein when the stopper cam is located at the third position, the inclined surface is located at the initial position and out of contact with the plurality of sheets stopped by the stopper located at the first position, and
wherein when the stopper cam pivots from the third position toward the fourth position, the inclined surface is pushed toward the pivoted position by the plurality of sheets released from the stopper.

US Pat. No. 10,246,280

SHEET FEED DEVICES AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS COMPRISING SUCH SHEET FEED DEVICES

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A sheet feed device comprising:a tray comprising:
a holding surface configured to hold a plurality of sheets;
a pair of side guides extending in a sheet feed direction and configured to guide opposite side edges of the plurality of sheets held on the holding surface; and
a rack and pinion mechanism comprising racks each connected to a corresponding one of the side guides and a pinion located at a center of the holding surface in a width direction perpendicular to the sheet feed direction, the racks being engaged with the pinion such that the side guides are slidable relative to the pinion,
a feed unit configured to contact a particular sheet of the plurality of sheets held by the holding surface of the tray and feed at least the particular sheet in the sheet feed direction; and
a separation unit disposed downstream of the holding surface in the sheet feed direction and configured to separate the particular sheet from other sheets of the plurality of sheets, the separation unit comprising:
first and second inclined surfaces immovably inclined relative to the holding surface and configured to guide the particular sheet fed by the feed unit;
a plurality of first projections arrayed in alignment with the pinion of the tray in the sheet feed direction and projecting in a projecting direction toward the feed unit relative to the first and second inclined surfaces;
a metal elastic member configured to urge the plurality of first projections in the projecting direction toward the feed unit from an opening formed between the first and second inclined surfaces;
a plurality of second projections each having a first sloping surface and a second sloping surface that are different in steepness relative to the first inclined surface, the plurality of second projections being arrayed in the sheet feed direction and projecting toward the feed unit relative to the first inclined surface that extends between and parallel to the arrayed first projections and the arrayed second projections; and
a plurality of third projections each having a first sloping surface and a second sloping surface that are different in steepness relative to the second inclined surface, the plurality of third projections being arrayed in the sheet feed direction and projecting toward the feed unit relative to the second inclined surface that extends between and parallel to the arrayed first projections and the arrayed third projections,
wherein the metal elastic member is disposed separate from the first and second inclined surfaces, the plurality of second projections, and the plurality of third projections, and the first and second inclined surfaces are closer to the feed unit in the projecting direction than the metal elastic member is to the feed unit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,279

IMPACT VEHICLE RESTRAINT WITH STRUCTURED IMPACT ZONE

1. An impact vehicle restraint for securing a trailer to a loading dock, the loading dock having a face wall and the trailer having an ICC bar, said impact vehicle restraint comprising:a track anchored proximal the face wall of the dock;
a carriage joined to said track and movable between upper and lower ICC bar engaging positions, said carriage having shear plates with forward sloped ends, and a hook rotatably secured between said shear plates and selectively movable along a path of travel between retracted and deployed positions;
a motor held by and traveling with said carriage, said motor being drivingly connected to said hook via a hook pivot pin to selectively deploy and retract said hook;
a structured ramp impact zone formed by a central impact plate and a ramp extension leg, said central impact plate having upper and lower plate surfaces and opposed plate sides, said impact plate being held by and traveling with said hook and being in a ramp forming position when said hook is in said retracted position, said opposed plate sides supportably engaging said forward sloped ends of said shear plates and said upper plate surface forming an angularly fixed ramp plane when in said ramp forming position, said ramp extension leg being rotatably mounted between said shear plates, said extension leg having an upper leg surface and a lower leg end and being movable between ramp forming and collapsed positions, said upper leg surface being in overlapping alignment with said upper plate surface and forming said structured ramp impact zone when said leg is in its said ramp forming position, and said lower leg end rotating forward when in said collapsed position; and,
wherein said hook is behind said ramp plane when in said retracted position and passes through said ramp plane when moving along said path of travel between retracted and deployed positions, and the ICC bar pressingly engages and smoothly travels along said structured ramp impact zone between said extension leg and impact plate when engaging said carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,246,278

AUTOMATIC TIRE LOADER/UNLOADER FOR STACKING/UNSTACKING TIRES IN A TRAILER

Wynright Corporation, El...

1. A method for stacking tires within a trailer parked at a loading bay, the method comprising:providing an automatic tire loader/unloader including a base structure having an industrial robot mounted thereto, the industrial robot is operable to handle tires; and
executing at the automatic tire loader/unloader a rick-rack stacking routine including processor-executable instructions to:
specify a search operation to identify a tire skyline including an active quadrant,
specify a search operation to identify a hole and hump of an adjacent tire pair within the active quadrant,
specify a search operation to identify the sequential tire placement direction, and
calculate instructions for executing a rick-rack stacking pattern of tires.

US Pat. No. 10,246,277

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR PRINT MEDIA MANUFACTURING BUFFERING AND SORTING, AND CORRESPONDING METHOD THEREOF

Lightning Source LLC, La...

1. An apparatus for performing at least one of buffering and sorting during a print media assembly or delivery operation, the apparatus comprising:an enclosure;
a storage section within the enclosure;
an input section configured to receive at the enclosure at least a portion of a printed element;
a gripper associated with the input section, the gripper configured to selectively transport the at least a portion of the printed element from the input section to the storage section and to selectively transport the at least a portion of the printed element from the storage section within the enclosure; and
an output section configured to selectively transfer the at least a portion of the printed element from the enclosure,
wherein the storage section comprises at least one segment having a plurality of ridges and valleys, the segment configured to store thereupon the at least a portion of the printed element.

US Pat. No. 10,246,276

CABLE-STRUT COMBINATION DRIVEN PARALLEL ROBOTIC PALLETIZER

Hefei University of Techn...

1. A combined rope-rod-driven parallel palletizing robot, comprising:a base driving mechanism arranged on a chassis, the base mechanism comprising a base-driving internal torque structure and a base-driving external torque structure, wherein the base-driving internal torque structure and a base-driving external torque structure are driven by a plurality driving motors to generate torque internally and externally respectively;
a torque transfer mechanism mounted on the base driving mechanism, the torque transfer mechanism comprising an external torque transfer mechanism and an internal torque transfer mechanism,
the external torque transfer mechanism, including six steel transfer wire ropes, transferring a first torque from a base torque output disk to a top gearbox mounted on the top of the torque transfer mechanism;
an internal torque transfer mechanism transferring a second torque from a base internal torque transfer shaft affixed to the torque transfer mechanism to the a gearbox on a gib arm; wherein the first and second torque is converted by the top gearbox to drive the gib arm to rotate and lift;
the gib arm, movably connected to the top gearbox, comprising
a forearm mounted on the lower part of a top gearbox lower torque output shaft extending from the top gearbox;
a movable end comprising a mechanical arm end tool arranged on the movable end of the gib arm and configured to operate a work object;
three steel wire rope drivers located on the chassis and arranged evenly around the base driving mechanism, with three steel outer wire ropes corresponding to each of the three steel wire rope drivers;
wherein when the robot is driven such that the combined rope-rod-driven parallel palletizing robot performs handling and palletizing actions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,275

CONTAINER STACKING CONFIGURATIONS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

10. A system for providing stacking instructions, comprising:a projection device;
a display; and
a computing system configured with executable instructions that, when executed, cause the computing system to at least:
identify a container to be stacked;
determine a desired position of the container in a stacking configuration; and
at least one of:
project, using the projection device, an indicator associated with the container at the desired position in the stacking configuration; or
present, using the display, the indicator associated with the container at the desired position in the stacking configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,246,274

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AIR CART PRESSURIZATION MONITORING

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A pneumatic distribution system configured to distribute a granular product to an agricultural implement, wherein the pneumatic distribution system comprises:a first pressure sensor configured to be fluidly coupled to a storage tank configured to store the granular product and positioned upstream of the meter roller, wherein the first pressure sensor is configured to output a first signal indicative of a first static pressure in the storage tank;
a second pressure sensor configured to be fluidly coupled to a component of the pneumatic distribution system, downstream of the meter roller, wherein the second pressure sensor is configured to output a second signal indicative of a second static pressure downstream of the meter roller; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the first pressure sensor and to the second pressure sensor, wherein the controller is configured to:
determine a pressure differential, wherein the pressure differential is the difference between the first static pressure and the second static pressure;
generate a first warning when the first static pressure is below a threshold value, wherein the first warning includes a first recommended action, and output the first warning to an operator interface;
generate a second warning when the pressure differential is below a desired range, wherein the second warning includes a second recommended action, and output the second warning to the operator interface; and
generate a third warning when the pressure differential is above the desired range, wherein the third warning includes a third recommended action, and output the third warning to the operator interface.

US Pat. No. 10,246,273

TRIM REMOVAL SYSTEM

ALLIANCE MACHINE SYSTEMS ...

1. A method for removing trim from sheets, the method comprising:conveying a sheet over a plurality of wheels in a direction of travel, the wheels positioned spaced apart in both the direction of travel and in a direction transverse to the direction of travel in a manner to permit trim to pass therethrough; and
propelling air, via one or more air chambers toward the sheet to remove trim from the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,246,272

LOAD-CONVEYING AND TRANSPORT APPARATUS AND METHODS

27. A load-conveying and transport apparatus, comprising:a frame;
a conveyor, the conveyor is carried by the frame and includes opposed first and second sides that extend between opposed first and second ends;
a member between the first side and the second side of the conveyor, the member extends from the first end of the conveyor to the second end of the conveyor;
the member is mounted to the frame for movement between a lowered position and a raised position relative to the conveyor;
the member lies below the conveyor from the first end of the conveyor to the second end of the conveyor for enabling the conveyor to convey a load placed thereon from the first end of the conveyor to the second end of the conveyor without interference from the member, when the member is in the lowered position relative to the conveyor;
the member lies above of the conveyor from the first end of the conveyor to the second end of the conveyor for supporting a load placed thereon above the conveyor for disabling the conveyor from conveying the load from the first end of the frame to the second end of the frame without interference from the member, when the member is in the raised position relative to the conveyor; and
the conveyor comprises rollers, there being a plurality of the rollers on either side of the member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,271

METHOD AND PALLET STOPPER FOR STOPPING A DISCRETE PRODUCT

Weforma Daempfungstechnik...

1. A method for stopping a discrete product that is fed by a continuous conveyor along a feed path in a feed direction to a stop location, the method comprising the steps:initially moving a stop at the stop location from a reset position outside of the feed path into the feed path so that the discrete product contacts the stop and moves the stop in the feed direction by a damping length wherein an impulse of the discrete product is dissipated by a fluid flowing through a throttle element;
subsequently removing the stop from the feed path and moving the stop by the damping length against the feed direction back into the reset position; and
pivoting the stop from the reset position into the feed path and pivoting the stop from the feed path into the reset position about the feed direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,270

TRANSFER UNIT FOR TRANSFERRING ARTICLES BETWEEN TWO LINES ANGULARLY DISPOSED TO EACH OTHER

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

1. A transfer unit for transferring articles, comprising:a first line, along which the articles are made to advance according to a first orientation,
a second line, perpendicular to the first line and along which the articles are made to advance according to a second orientation, rotated in the horizontal plane relative to the first orientation,
a rotary carousel including a set of pickup devices circumferentially distributed around the rotary carousel and driven to pick up the articles one after the other from the first line and, after rotating the rotary carousel through a predetermined circular arc, to place the articles on the second line, the rotary carousel being rotatable about a vertical axis,
arms respectively mounting the pickup devices to the rotary carousel, the arms being rotatably supported around a respective middle circle having an axis parallel to vertical axis of the rotary carousel, the pickup devices being driven in counter-rotation and in phase relationship with a rotation direction of the rotary carousel, such that, as the rotary carousel rotates, the pickup devices are made to move along an elliptic trajectory, and the pickup devices are in turn driven in counter-rotation relative to the respective arms such that an orientation of the pickup devices, and hence that of the articles transferred, remains constant in the horizontal plane while respective free ends of the arms rotate at the first line and the second line;
for each pickup device, a suction cup, a sleeve rotatably mounted on a free end of the corresponding arm, a first pinion fixed to the sleeve, a second pinion fixed in the horizontal plane relative to the rotary carousel and concentric with an axis of rotation of the arm, and a toothed belt connecting the first pinion and the second pinion such that rotation of the second pinion causes a rotation of the first pinion by an amount such as to compensate for a rotation of the sleeve due to the rotation of the arm, from which an effect of the rotation of the rotary carousel is subtracted.

US Pat. No. 10,246,269

BOTTLE RETAINING ASSEMBLY WITH QUICK RELEASE FOR A BOTTLE FILLER

Fogg Filler Company, Hol...

1. A bottle retaining assembly for a filler comprising:a lifter coupling having an upper support structure attachable to a base of a bottle lifter assembly;
a retaining structure having an upstand structure that is positionable in engagement with the upper support structure,
wherein the upper support structure includes a releasable locking member structurally configured to releasably lock the upper support structure of the lifter coupling to the upstand structure, wherein the releasable locking member is actuatable without the use of a tool,
wherein the upper support structure includes a front face and the upstand structure includes an inner face, with the inner face of the upstand structure positionable so as to overlie the front face of the upstand structure and to be slidably movable thereagainst, and
wherein the upper support structure further includes at least one alignment guide including a pin extending from the front face, with the releasable locking member comprising a locking pin positionable between a locked and an unlocked configuration, the locking pin slidably movable within a bore defined in the upper support structure, the upstand structure further including an alignment portion corresponding to the at least one alignment guide, the alignment portion including an entry portion and a locking portion, wherein the pin is insertable into the entry portion, and upon slidable movement of the upper support structure and the upstand structure, the pin is directed into a locking portion, to releasably couple the upstand structure and the upper support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,268

CONTAINER CONVEYOR COMPRISING CONNECTING ELEMENTS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus comprising a container conveyor for conveying suspended containers, wherein said container conveyor comprises a first conveying element and a first connecting element, wherein said first conveying element comprises a housing and an advancing wheel, wherein said housing is selected from the group consisting of a columnar housing and a tubular housing, wherein said advancing wheel is driven such as to rotate about a machine axis, wherein said advancing wheel comprises container receptacles, wherein said first connecting element is projects laterally, wherein said first connecting element is tubular, wherein said first connecting element is clamped to said housing at a first connection to support said housing and to connect said housing to a structure, wherein said structure is selected from the group consisting of a second conveying element and a machine frame, wherein said connecting element comprises a first end and a first cut-out opening, wherein said first cut-out opening is disposed at said first end, wherein said connecting element forms said first connection using said first cut-out opening, wherein said connecting element is located laterally such as to fit onto a circumferential surface of said housing, wherein said connecting element has a longitudinal extension that is oriented tangential to said circumferential surface, and wherein said connecting element is secured to said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,246,267

INCLINED-ROLLER DESTACKER

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

1. A destacking conveyor comprising:a lower infeed end and an opposite upper discharge end;
an array of rollers arranged to form an inclined conveying plane extending in a conveying direction from the lower infeed end to the upper discharge end at an inclination angle, wherein the rollers are rotatable about axes perpendicular to the conveying direction, the array of rollers including:
a first set of the rollers in a first zone extending in the conveying direction from the lower infeed end a first distance defining the upper end of the first zone, wherein the first set of rollers in the first zone are continuously activated to rotate in the conveying direction;
a second set of the rollers in a second zone extending in the conveying direction from the upper end of the first zone a second distance defining the upper end of the second zone;
an actuator for selectively activating the second set of rollers in the second zone to rotate in the conveying direction and selectively deactivating the second set of rollers to rotate freely about their axes.

US Pat. No. 10,246,266

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE NORMAL FORCE OF A TRANSPORT UNIT OF A LONG STATOR LINEAR MOTOR

1. A method for controlling a normal force (FNn) acting on a transport unit of a conveyor installation in the form of a long stator linear motor on a track section of a conveyor track defined by the conveyor installation, on which track section drive coils of the long stator linear motor are provided on only one side of the transport unit and the transport unit is retained on the conveyor track on this side by guide elements, wherein a number of drive magnets on the transport unit interacts with a number of drive coils for generating the normal force (FNn) and the normal force (FNn) is controlled with a controller for controlling the normal force (FNn), wherein the controller determines a normal-force-forming current component of the drive current of the drive coils interacting with the transport unit so that a resulting normal force (F?Nn) acting on the transport unit as the sum of the normal force (FNn), a magnetic force (FMn) in a normal direction caused by the drive magnets, and an external force (FEn) in the normal direction acting on the transport unit corresponds at least to a specified retaining force (FNnmin) in the normal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,265

BELT CONVEYOR SYSTEM

Custom Agri Systems, Inc....

1. A belt conveyor system, comprising:a main housing; and
a troughing idler assembly disposed in the main housing, the troughing idler assembly including at least one roller supported by a first bearing having a first face and a second face and a second bearing having a first face and a second face, wherein the first bearing is mounted to an exterior of the main housing, wherein the first face and the second face of the first bearing are at least partially visible, and wherein at least one of the first bearing and the second bearing is disposed in a bearing bracket housing coupled to the main housing.

US Pat. No. 10,246,264

ROLLER TRAIN AND SUBSTRATE CONVEYING DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A roller train for conveying a substrate, comprising:a first roller comprising a first delimitation part and a first roller body, and
a second roller comprising a second delimitation part and a second roller body,
wherein an axial line of a first axis of the first roller is parallel to that of a second axis of the second roller, the first roller body contacts an upper surface of the substrate, the second roller body contacts a lower surface of the substrate, and
the first delimitation part is arranged on the first axis of the first roller and configured to delimit an axial displacement of the first roller, the second delimitation part is arranged on the second axis of the second roller and configured to delimit an axial displacement of the second roller, the first delimitation part and the second delimitation part cooperate with each other to prevent misalignment between the first roller and the second roller, wherein a projection of the first roller body on the substrate overlaps with a projection of the second roller body on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,263

CLEANABLE CONVEYOR FRAME ASSEMBLY

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

14. A conveyor frame comprising a plurality of modular frame components assembled to form a plurality of legs and a plurality of longitudinally-extending rails connecting the legs to define a carryway, the plurality of modular frame components comprising:a first longitudinal rail having a curved end, a non-curved end and a downward extending shaft;
a first vertical rail forming a first leg connected to the downward extending shaft;
a second longitudinal rail connected in series to the non-curved end of the first longitudinal rail;
a first t-shaped connector having a first end connected to an end of the second longitudinal rail,
a second vertical rail forming a second leg connected to a second, downward-extending end of the second t-shaped connector; and
a third longitudinal rail connected to a third end of the second t-shaped connector.

US Pat. No. 10,246,262

ZERO TENSION SYSTEM CONVEYER

Zero Tension System, LLC,...

1. A conveyor belt system comprising:a drum assembly that includes a plurality of drum bars;
a block chain configured to engage at least one of the plurality of drum bars and to be driven by the drum assembly in a first direction when the drum assembly rotates about an axis in a first rotational direction and in a second direction that is different than the first direction when the drum assembly rotates about the axis in a second rotational direction; and
a conveyor belt configured to:
be driven based on the first direction at or during a first time period when in continuous contact with at least one portion of the block chain when the block chain engages the at least one of the plurality of drum bars and is driven by the drum assembly in the first direction; and
be driven based on the second direction at or during a second time period that is different than the first time period when in continuous contact with the at least one portion of the block chain or at least one other portion of the block chain when the block chain engages the at least one of the plurality of drum bars and is driven by the drum assembly in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,261

CONVEYOR BELT

ContiTech Transportbandsy...

1. A conveyor belt comprising a pulley cover layer, a carry cover layer, and at least one reinforcement layer disposed within the belt between the pulley cover layer and the carry cover layer, wherein the belt comprises a first edge section, a second edge section, and a load carrying section, wherein the first edge section and the second edge section are located on opposing sides of the conveyor belt and the load carrying section is located between the first edge section and the second edge section, wherein the reinforcement layer is comprised of a woven fabric comprising weft threads extending across the width of the belt and passing into both the first edge section and the second edge section, wherein the woven fabric has warp threads located in the load carrying section of the conveyor belt extending longitudinally throughout the belt without passing into either the first edge section or the second edge section of the conveyor belt, wherein the woven fabric consists of weft threads in the first edge section and the second edge section and warp threads and weft threads in the load carrying section, and wherein the first edge section and the second edge section of the conveyor belt do not extend across more than 30% of the total width of the conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,246,260

RETURN DEVICE FOR EMPTIES

Wincor Nixdorf Internatio...

1. A return device for empties, comprising:a device housing which has a housing wall;
an empties-introduction opening which is configured in the housing wall and by way of which empties are introducible along an introduction direction into the return device for empties;
a conveying mechanism which is disposed in the device housing and by which empties that have been introduced by way of the empties-introduction opening can be conveyed away, wherein the conveying mechanism has an empties-receptacle portion which faces the empties-introduction opening and by way of which the empties emanating from the empties-introduction opening reach the conveying mechanism, wherein the empties-receptacle portion is disposed so as to be adjacent to the empties-introduction opening and spaced apart therefrom in the introduction direction such that a gap that is defined by the spacing is present between the empties-introduction opening and the empties-receptacle portion;
an optical detection device which is disposed in the device housing so as to be adjacent to the empties-introduction opening and so as to be at least partially about the latter, so as to be able to optically detect in an at least substantially encircling manner empties that are introduced by way of the empties-introduction opening; and
a web which in the introduction direction extends in a region between a lower portion of the empties-introduction opening and the empties-receptacle portion of the conveying mechanism, so as to on account thereof be able to serve as a bearing for the empties that in the introduction direction at least partially bridges the gap,
wherein the web is fixedly connected to the housing wall and extends from the lower portion of the empties-introduction opening in the direction toward the empties-receptacle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,259

FLEXIBLE FUNNEL ELEMENT FOR MATERIAL GUIDE CHUTE

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A flexible funnel element arranged to form part of a funnel section of a material guide chute, the funnel element being mountable at a holder funnel element forming part of the funnel section and comprising:a flexibility and an axial length greater than that of the holder funnel element;
a radial facing surface arranged to be positioned against a radial facing surface of the holder funnel element to allow the flexible funnel element and the holder funnel element to be interconnected axially to form the funnel section; and
at least one connection element arranged to radially engage a cooperative connection element at the holder funnel element to releasably attach the flexible funnel element to the holder funnel element, the holder funnel element having a hardness that is greater than a hardness of the flexible funnel element.

US Pat. No. 10,246,258

ROBOTIC ITEM SORTATION AND OPTIMIZATION ALONG THE VERTICAL AXIS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system, comprising:a conveyor system configured to move a plurality of items on a conveyor belt;
a lateral diverting mechanism configured to laterally divert individual ones of the plurality of items from the conveyor belt to a respective one of a plurality of holding stations positioned along the conveyor system; and
a robotic arm mounted above or lateral to the conveyor system, the robotic arm comprising processing circuitry in data communication with a computing environment to at least:
perform a verification of one of the plurality of items at the respective one of the plurality of holding stations;
collect the one of the plurality of items at the respective one of the plurality of holding stations using an end effector; and
vertically relocate the one of the plurality of items along a vertical axis for placement in one of a plurality of vertically-configured item handling devices, wherein the plurality of vertically-configured item handling devices comprise a first vertically-configured item handling device and a second vertically-configured item handling device, the second vertically-configured item handling device having a height different than the first vertically-configured item handling device and overlapping a substantial portion of the first vertically-configured item handling device.

US Pat. No. 10,246,257

ROTATING STORAGE SYSTEMS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

6. A computer-implemented method, comprising:causing, by a computing device, loading of an item on to a material conveyance device;
causing, by the computing device, removal of the item from the material conveyance device to an upper surface of a rotating platform, the rotating platform disposed proximate to the material conveyance device, the upper surface comprising a sloped, annular surface;
receiving, by the computing device, sensor data from a sensor configured to sense items disposed on the upper surface, the sensor data at least identifying a position of the item with respect to the rotating platform; and
causing, by the computing device, manipulation of the item based at least in part on the sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,246,256

PARALLEL AXIS, ROTARY CONVEYANCE MECHANISM

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

2. A rotary conveyance mechanism for presenting carriages in a horizontal orientation, the rotary conveyance mechanism comprising:a first circular wheel that is vertical and defines a first horizontal axis of rotation;
a second circular wheel that is vertical and defines a second horizontal axis of rotation, the second wheel is parallel to and spaced apart from the first wheel;
the second horizontal axis of rotation is parallel to and spaced apart from the first horizontal axis of rotation in an offset direction to define an offset dimension; and
plural carriages, each one of the carriages having a body that includes a working surface and each one of the carriages being connected to the first wheel at a first pivotal coupling and connected to the second wheel at a second pivotal coupling, the first pivotal coupling being spaced apart from the second pivotal coupling in the offset direction approximately by the offset dimension;
wherein rotation of the first and second wheels rotates the carriages such that the working surface of each one of the carriages remains mutually parallel throughout the rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,246,255

HIGH DENSITY AUTOMATED STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A container comprising:a first surface;
a first driver disposed on the first surface, the first driver including an engagement portion extendable from the first driver to engage a first support member of a support structure enabling movement in a first direction;
a second surface perpendicular to the first surface;
a second driver disposed on the second surface, the second driver including an engagement portion extendable from the second driver to engage a second support member of the support structure enabling movement in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a third surface perpendicular to the second surface and either perpendicular or parallel to the first surface; and
a third driver disposed on the third surface of the container, the third driver including an engagement portion extendable from the third driver to engage a third support member of the support structure enabling movement in a third direction perpendicular to both the first and second directions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,254

COLLAPSIBLE WASTE RECEPTACLE

Ex-Cell Kaiser LLC, Fran...

1. A waste receptacle configured to move between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, the receptacle comprising:a front frame piece comprising a plurality of wires defining a portion of an exterior boundary of the receptacle, wherein the plurality of wires of the front frame piece define at least a front boundary and a portion of two side boundaries of the receptacle;
a rear frame piece comprising a plurality of wires defining a portion of the exterior boundary of the receptacle, wherein the plurality of wires of the rear frame piece define at least a rear boundary and a portion of the two side boundaries of the receptacle;
a bottom frame piece comprising a plurality of wires, wherein the bottom frame piece is configured to be releasably attached to one or more wires of the front frame piece, the rear frame piece, or both;
a first side panel connecting a first side of the front frame and rear frame pieces;
a second side panel connecting a second side of the front frame and rear frame pieces; and
a top surface attached to at least a portion of at least one wire of the front frame piece, the rear frame piece, or both, and configured to rotate about the attachment;
wherein when the waste receptacle is in the expanded configuration:
the bottom frame piece is in a first position where it is attached to both the front frame piece and the rear frame piece, such that the bottom frame piece defines at least a lower portion of a side boundary of the receptacle;
the two side panels span a distance between the front frame piece and the rear frame piece to define a portion of the two side boundaries of the receptacle; and
the top surface is in a first position where it is attached or adjacent to any top wires of the front frame piece and rear frame piece; and
wherein, when the waste receptacle is transitioned to its collapsed configuration:
the top surface is rotated outwardly from its first position to a second position where it is adjacent to an exterior boundary the receptacle;
the bottom frame piece is detached from the one or more wires of the front frame piece or the rear frame piece, and is pivoted inwardly about the attachment of the bottom frame piece to the other of the front frame piece or rear frame piece, from its first position to a second position, and is repositioned in a vertical orientation; and
the two side panels are collapsed inwardly, such that the front frame and rear frame pieces may be brought towards each other, such that the two side boundaries are smaller in the collapsed configuration than in the expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,246,253

FLOATING ROOF REEL TYPE GROUND

1. In a fluid/liquid storage tank with a sidewall and a floating roof floating atop the fluid/liquid, an improved grounding system comprising:a reel connected to the sidewall;
said reel having a low impedance conductor for lightning related frequencies connected to the floating roof;
said conductor comprising a bare braided aluminum cable;
said reel having a take up spool which keeps any slack out of the conductor and maintains a shortest fractional length;
said spool having a rewind spring assembly that produces about 80 to about 90 pounds of rewind tension at a maximum payout;
said reel having a cable guide with a built in cable stop anchor and a low resistance connection to a spool axle;
wherein an excess length of said conductor is wound around said take up spool thereby shorting together adjacent sections of said conductor wound around said take up spool;
said conductor having a cable stop; and
said reel having a U shaped mounting bracket that bolts to a flat indent on a left end of the spool axle and to a flat indent on a right end of the spool axle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,252

DRIP BAG

OHKI CO., LTD., Osaka (J...

1. A drip bag comprising:a bag body formed of a water permeable filtering sheet and having an upper end to be opened, the bag body having two opposing surfaces; and
a pair of hook members formed of a plate-shaped material, the pair of hook members being respectively provided on outer faces of the two opposing surfaces of the bag body, the pair of hook members being respectively spaced apart from both vertical side edge of the bag body on each of the two opposing surfaces of the bag body, each of the pair of hook members including:
an upper stuck part adhered to the bag body along an opening of the bag body;
a center part located below the upper stuck part at a center of the bag body in a width direction of the bag body, the center part being formed so as not to be pulled out from the bag body; and
a hook part not adhered to the bag body, wherein
for each of the pair of hook members, a pair of oblique folding lines are formed on the upper stuck part with a center line disposed there between, the pair of oblique folding lines being more spaced from the center line at an upper portion of the upper stuck part and extending closer to the center line as the pair of oblique folding lines extends from the upper portion of the upper stuck part to a lower portion of the upper stuck part, the center line bisecting a width of the bag body between both of the vertical side edges of the bag body, and a vertical folding line is formed downwardly from a lower end of the oblique folding lines, the lower ends of the oblique folding lines overlapping each other and the vertical fold line overlapping and extending downwardly from the overlapped lowered ends of the oblique fold lines, whereby, in use, at least the pair of oblique folding lines and the vertical folding line cause the outer faces of the bag body to protrude outward from a bottom end of the bag body upon the pair of hook members being extended away from the bag body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,251

METERING VALVE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A VALVE ASSEMBLY

LINDAL FRANCE SAS, Briey...

1. Metering valve assembly intended for closing the housing of an aerosol generator, comprising:a valve body provided with a transfer chamber in which is housed a valve movable between a closed position, in which, when the valve assembly is mounted on a housing, the transfer chamber is in contact with the inside of the housing, but is not in contact with the outside, and an open position, in which, when the valve assembly is mounted on a housing, the transfer chamber is in contact with the outside, but is not in contact with the inside of the housing,
a reservoir in contact with the transfer chamber, constituted by a rigid wall and a flexible membrane, the rigid wall having a planar peripheral edge for attaching the flexible membrane and a bottom wall located inside the peripheral edge, the reservoir being placed on the valve assembly so that, when the valve assembly is mounted on a housing, it is inside the housing, and
a spring element placed inside the reservoir, the spring element being designed to deform in the direction of the bottom wall and to allow the flexible membrane to move closer to the rigid wall when the valve is in the open position and to return to its initial shape as soon as the valve returns to the closed position,
wherein the spring element is constituted by a curved plate having a convex face oriented toward the flexible membrane and a concave face oriented toward the rigid wall,
wherein one or more stops are formed on the bottom wall of the rigid wall and/or on the concave face of the spring element to limit the deformation of the spring element in the direction of the bottom wall.

US Pat. No. 10,246,250

BEVERAGE CAN HAVING A GROMMET

Crown Packaging Technolog...

1. A beverage can body and grommet combination comprising:a drawn and wall ironed can body including a dome in a base, a foot outboard the base, and an elongate ironed sidewall extending upwardly from the foot; the dome having an aperture therethrough and a wall about the aperture that terminates in a rim, the rim having an inboard side and an outboard side, wherein the inboard side is radially inward relative to the outboard side with respect to the aperture;
a burr located on the inboard side of the rim; and
a grommet disposed in the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,246,249

PORTABLE CHARGEABLE SPRAY BOTTLE

DONGGUAN YIXIN MAGNETIC D...

1. A portable chargeable bottle comprising:a body having an upper part and a lower part;
a dispensing mechanism provided at the upper part; and
a liquid charging structure provided at the lower part,
wherein said lower part of the bottle is configured to incorporate part of an exhaust structure,
wherein the liquid charging structure comprises:
a stepped liquid charging mouth at said lower part;
a protuberant piston provided to the liquid charging mouth; and
a resetting structure of the piston, wherein a liquid charging passage is arranged in the piston and is fitted with a discharging opening,
wherein a stop block with one flared end is provided on a top of the piston, and
wherein a first sealing ring capable of performing sealing is arranged on the stop block.

US Pat. No. 10,246,248

PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE, DISPENSER COMPRISING SAID PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

Gojara bvba, Destelberge...

1. A pressure control device for maintaining a constant predetermined pressure in a fluid container which is arranged for dispensing a fluid contained in the container from the fluid container at said pressure, the pressure control device comprisinga cylinder having an open end and a closed end, and a stopper movable within said cylinder to define a first chamber,
a second chamber encompassing the cylinder of the first chamber, the second chamber fillable with a gas which in use has a higher pressure than said pressure in the container,
at least one fluid connection between the second chamber and the container, and a closing member movable relative to the cylinder for releasing and closing said fluid connection between the second chamber and the fluid dispensing container depending on the position of the closing member relative to the first chamber,
the position of the closing member relative to the second chamber being at least dependent on the prevailing pressure in the fluid dispensing container and the prevailing pressure in the first chamber,
while in use the fluid connection is released when the pressure in the fluid dispensing container decreases below the predetermined pressure, so that gas flows from the second chamber to the fluid dispensing container and the pressure in the fluid dispensing container increases until the fluid connection is closed by the closing member as a result of the increased pressure in the fluid dispensing container, characterized in that,
said fluid connection is provided outside of said cylinder and facing said closing member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,247

BASE FOR CONTAINER OF A VISCOUS PRODUCT AND A PROPELLANT

Frito-Lay North America, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a viscous product;
a propellant;
a container that contains the viscous product and the propellant, wherein the propellant forms a head space in the container, and
a base for the container;
wherein the container comprises a first portion and a second portion opposite the first portion of the container; wherein the second portion of the container comprises a dispenser;
wherein the base and the container are configured so that, when the base and the container are in a storage configuration, the second portion of the container is adjacent to the base, the container rests on the base, the base rests on a surface, and the viscous product and the propellant in the head space tend to move toward positions wherein the propellant in the head space is at a higher elevation than the viscous product and the viscous product is at a higher elevation than an inlet to the dispenser;
wherein the base comprises:
a first portion of the base, wherein the first portion of the base comprises a first end of the base;
a second portion of the base, wherein the second portion of the base comprises an integral second end of the base, and wherein the integral second end of the base is opposite the first end of the base;
a sidewall between the first end of the base and the integral second end of the base, wherein the sidewall comprises an interior surface of the sidewall;
an interior of the base, wherein the interior of the base comprises the interior surface of the sidewall and any point between two points on the interior surface of the sidewall;
a lid, wherein the lid is removable and wherein the lid comprises a safety mechanism to prevent actuation of the dispenser while the lid is engaged with the base and the dispenser; and
an actuator for the dispenser;
wherein the first end of the base comprises a first opening of the base; and
wherein the integral second end of the base comprises a second opening of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,246,246

SMART BIN LOTTERY TICKET DISPENSER WITH CALIBRATED TICKET FEED

Scientific Games Internat...

1. A lottery ticket dispenser array, comprising:a plurality of separate bins, each bin defined by a housing having a front side that faces a purchaser in operational use of the dispenser bin, an opposite back side, and an internal space for receipt of a supply of interconnected lottery tickets;
each bin having an electronic drive mechanism that dispenses the lottery tickets therefrom;
a slot defined in the back side of each bin through which the lottery tickets are dispensed from the internal space;
a separation device configured adjacent the slot;
a calibration field defined in a member internal to the housing and located relative to the slot such that the lottery tickets pass alongside the calibration field in a travel path of the lottery tickets through the slot, the calibration field defined by one or slots in the member through which detectable light passes;
a receiver disposed internal to the housing opposite to the calibration field to receive light that passes through the calibration field;
a control system, the receiver and the drive mechanism in communication with the control system; and
wherein, based on a position of a forward edge of a leading ticket in the calibration field and an amount of light passing through the calibration field and incident on the receiver, the control system is configured to determine an adjustment to a predefined length of the leading ticket to advance in a subsequent dispense cycle so that a separation line between the leading ticket and an attached trailing ticket is brought by the drive mechanism to a desired position relative to the separation device.

US Pat. No. 10,246,245

DISPENSER BAG CONTAINER AND DISPENSER RACK

1. A bag container dispenser comprising:a bag container, said bag container being formed of either of resilient or flexible material and having a bottom, a top, first and second sides, a front and a back;
said bag container having a removable access panel, said access panel comprising a top segment and a front segment, said top segment comprising a portion of said top and being connected to said front segment, said front segment having a height, said height extending from said bottom to said top, wherein removal of said access panel forms an opening portion in the top and an opening portion in the front;
a plurality of stacked bags, said bags being sized and shaped to fit within said bag container, each of said bags having a front wall, a back wall, an open top and a closure mechanism, said bags being dispensable from said bag container through said opening portions provided by removal of said access panel;
wherein, upon removal of said access panel from said bag container, said bags are dispensed singly from said container;
wherein, upon after removal of said access panel from said bag container a container closure mechanism is attached above the opening portion in the top of said bag container by a user;
said container closure mechanism being a flexible closure flap, said flap being sized and shaped to removably close said opening portions in said top and said front of said bag container and extending from said top of said bag container down said front of said bag container to said bottom of said bag container, said flap being removably attached only along an upper edge of said flap and being affixed to said top so as to hang over said opening portions, thereby protecting said container from contamination;
a dispenser rack, said rack having a horizontal platform, said platform being sized and shaped to support said bag container, first and second side guards and front and rear guards, said guards extending orthogonally upward from said platform and being adapted to constrain movement of said bag container, said front guard providing an open space adapted to align with said opening portions; and
a rack support, said support attached to a lower surface of said horizontal platform and adapted to maintain said platform at a first pre-determined height and to provide attachment to a surface.

US Pat. No. 10,246,244

GRASPING CONTAINER LID AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

Design Engineering LLC, ...

1. A container lid for coupling to a container body, the container lid comprises:a finger entry section having a finger opening for receiving at least one finger of a hand, wherein the finger entry section extends into the container body;
a thumb entry section having a thumb opening for receiving a thumb of the hand, wherein the thumb entry section extends into the container body;
a grasping section coupled to the finger entry section and the thumb entry section, wherein the grasping section functions to grasp an item within the container body when compressed via the finger entry section and the thumb entry section, and wherein the grasping section, finger entry section, and the thumb entry section prevents the at least one finger and the thumb from making direct contact with the item; and
a mating section coupled to at least one of the finger entry section, the thumb entry section, and the grasping section, wherein the mating section functions to mate the container lid with the container body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,243

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACTIVE HEAT REMOVAL FROM A HEAT RESISTANT CONTAINER

Honeywell International I...

1. A heat resistant container, comprising:protected content;
a transmitter system;
a first heat absorber surrounding the protected content;
a thermoelectric generation system surrounding the first heat absorber and electrically coupled to the transmitter system; and
an impact resistant enclosure, part or all of which is permeable to electromagnetic spectrum in which the transmitter system transmits, where the impact resistant enclosure surrounds the thermoelectric generation system.

US Pat. No. 10,246,242

DUAL COMPONENT PACKAGING KIT

1. A packaging kit comprising:a shape holding outer container having an internal volume and an external surface, wherein the internal volume is not less than two liters, in which the shape holding outer container includes a hermetically sealed bottom and an open top, the open top has an opening with an area greater than the area of the hermetically sealed bottom;
a pair of, but not more than two, shape holding inner containers disposed within the outer container, in which the shape holding inner containers each provide an agitation device recess, each shape holding inner container has an internal wall and an external wall, and in which each agitation device recess is an open channel recess, said each open channel recess is formed into and along an entirety of a length of each external wall of each shape holding inner container; and
a fluid agitating device nested within a fluid agitation device pocket, the fluid agitation device pocket formed by the pair of fluid agitation device recesses, when the pair of fluid agitation device recesses are directly adjacent one another by way of the pair of the shape holding inner containers being confined within the shape holding outer container, and in which each shape holding inner container remains detached from the outer container at all times, wherein the open top of the shape holding outer container having an area greater than the area of the hermetically sealed bottom promotes ease of entry of each of the shape holding inner containers into the shape holding outer container, while the area of the hermetically sealed bottom of the shape holding outer container interacts with each of the shape holding inner containers, thereby securing the pair of shape holding inner containers within the shape holding outer container.

US Pat. No. 10,246,241

CONTAINER FOR RECEIVING MOISTURE SENSITIVE GOODS

CLARIANT HEALTHCARE PACKA...

1. A container for receiving moisture sensitive goods comprising:a container body and a cap; wherein the cap and the container body are shaped to establish, in a closed state, a leak-proof seal between the container body and the cap;
wherein the container body comprises a base and a sidewall extending upwards from the base;
an insert element comprising a bottom and an insert sidewall, wherein the insert element is contained within an interior of the container body, such that an outer circumferential surface of the insert sidewall is in abutting contact with an inner circumferential surface of the sidewall of the container body;
wherein the bottom of the insert element is permeable to moisture;
wherein the insert sidewall and the sidewall of the container body are designed to attach the insert element inside the container body;
wherein in an area in a lower portion and in an upper portion of the sidewall of the insert element, the insert element has an outer diameter which is larger than the inner diameter of a sidewall of the container opposite from the outer most diameter of the sidewall of the insert element and accordingly the lower portion and upper portion of the insert element and/or the sidewall of the container are deformed when the insert element is introduced into the container thereby establishing a press-fit connection with the sidewall of the container body at an upper and lower section of the sidewall of the insert element;
wherein a free volume is formed between the container body and the sidewall of the insert element, which is located between the press-fit connections at the upper and lower sections of the sidewall; and
wherein the container further comprises a desiccant chamber between the bottom of the insert element and the base of the container body for receiving a predetermined amount of desiccant material.

US Pat. No. 10,246,240

DRY PURGE DESICCATOR AND METHOD

TERRA UNIVERSAL, INC., F...

1. A desiccator comprisinga plurality of chambers in series communication with each other so a dry, pressurized desiccating gas flows from one chamber into an adjacent chamber, and
a circulation structure that introduces said desiccating gas into at least one of said chambers and constantly circulates said gas throughout said chambers as said gas slowly bleeds from the chambers, said structure including
an inlet through which said fresh supply of desiccating purge gas is introduced into the chambers at a predetermined flow rate,
a one-way bleed valve that allows gas within the chambers to constantly flow from the desiccator while maintaining a positive pressure within the desiccator, and
a fan that constantly mixes and circulates the gas within the chambers as fresh desiccating purge gas is introduced into the said one chamber, constantly diluting the gas within the chambers with a fresh desiccating gas.

US Pat. No. 10,246,239

VACUUM BOTTLE SEALING APPARATUS

ROLLPACK, CO., LTD., Gye...

1. A vacuum bottle sealing apparatus comprising:a lower unit disposed in an opening of a bottle;
an upper unit installed on an upper portion of the lower unit; and
a lifting and lowering unit disposed to pass through the lower unit and to protrude inwardly of the upper unit from inside of the opening of the bottle,
wherein the lifting and lowering unit includes a lifting and lowering bar connected to the upper unit through the lower unit and lifted and lowered by the upper unit, and an elastic sealing ring mounted on an outer circumferential surface of the lifting and lowering bar and sealing an interior of the opening of the bottle as the elastic sealing ring is pressed by the lower unit and then deformed when the lifting and lowering bar is lifted; and
the lifting and lowering unit and the upper unit are provided with an air discharge passage formed therethrough, and by the rotation of the upper unit the lifting and lowering unit is lifted with the elastic sealing ring being lifted accordingly, so that the elastic sealing ring is pressed by the lower unit and is laterally expanded and deformed to block the gap between the inner side of the inlet of the bottle and the lifting and lowering bar, the space between the inside of the bottle and the air discharge passage being blocked.

US Pat. No. 10,246,238

PLASTIC CONTAINER HAVING A DEEP-SET INVERTIBLE BASE AND RELATED METHODS

CO2PAC LIMITED, Auckland...

1. A method of processing a plastic container, the method comprising the steps:inserting a preform into a mold;
injecting a medium under pressure into the preform to at least partially inflate the preform such that
the preform inflates substantially to complete conformity with the mold; and
during inflation of the preform, moving a movable mold bottom from a retracted position to a deployed position to push a bottom of the container as the movable mold bottom moves and shapes the bottom of the container;
wherein the injecting step is continued while the mold bottom is moved upwardly;
wherein the mold forms a container comprising: an upper portion including a finish defining an opening into the container; a lower portion including a base defining a standing surface; a sidewall extending between the upper portion and the lower portion, the sidewall defining a longitudinal axis; and the mold bottom forms at least one substantially transversely-oriented pressure panel located in the lower portion and forming part of the base, the base including a centrally located projection and including a hollow recessed portion between the pressure panel and the standing surface, the pressure panel being movable between an outwardly-inclined position and an inwardly-inclined position to compensate for a change of pressure induced inside the container;wherein the recessed portion comprises an inner wall extending in an upward direction from the standing surface to the pressure panel; wherein the pressure panel extends in a downward direction to the centrally located projection; and wherein the standing surface defines a standing plane orthogonal to the longitudinal axis, wherein the pressure panel includes a portion that is outwardly inclined greater than about 10 degrees with respect to the standing plane when in the outwardly-inclined position, and wherein the inner wall has a length extending upwardly from the standing surface to locate the entire pressure panel between the standing plane and the upper portion of the container when the pressure panel is in the outwardly-inclined position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,237

MULTI-CAVITY BLISTER PACKAGE WITH INDIVIDUALLY ACCESSIBLE PRODUCT WINDOWS

1. Multi-cavity product package comprising a plurality of products each product comprises at least two differently shaped components required to perform a predetermined task; a generally flat backing card having predetermined dimensions and a pre-defined surface area; and a transparent plastic semi-rigid cover sheet generally co-extensive with said backing card over said pre-determined surface area, said plastic cover sheet being provided with a plurality of raised portions each of which when secured to said backing card forms a multi-component product receiving blister, cavity, chamber or compartment and each of said raised portions being thermoformed and shaped to conform to at least a portion of the surface of each component and display all of the components of each multi-component product to maintain the components of each of the multi-component products arranged in a plane substantially parallel to said flat backing card in substantially fixed positions so that all the components of each multi-component product are visible prior to removal from a selected blister, cavity, chamber or compartment thereby indicating to a user that all required components for the predetermined task are present in each blister, cavity, chamber or compartment and available to accomplish the predetermined task; means for securing selected portions of said plastic cover sheet to said backing card to form said plurality of said product receiving blisters, cavities, chambers or compartments, said backing card being provided with perforations proximate to each product-receiving blister, cavity, chamber or compartment, whereby selective perforations can be burst to provide access to an associated product receiving blister, cavity, chamber or compartment to remove all the associated components of a multi-component product contained therein without compromising said flat backing card and remaining product receiving blisters, cavities, chambers or compartments or compartments in which remaining multi-component products continue to be fully visible through a transparent raised portion for future use.

US Pat. No. 10,246,236

INSULATED CONTAINER

MENZEL DIVERSIFIED ENTERP...

1. A method of making an insulated container comprising the steps of:providing a rigid container;
providing a quantity of post-industrial, pre-consumer cotton waste;
processing the post-industrial cotton waste into a sheet;
converting the waste via one or more converting processes including: carding, airlay, and needle punch to achieve a specified thickness and density;
laminating a natural fiber lamination layer, comprising only a single layer, to the sheet cutting the sheet into rectangular sections;
forming the rectangular sections into interlocking C-shaped members; and
placing the interlocking C-shaped into the rigid container.

US Pat. No. 10,246,234

PACKAGING SHEET FOR BOX OR WRAPPING

FIVE LITTLE PRINCES DEVEL...

1. A packaging sheet for either wrapping an article or object, providing structure around the article or object, or forming a box, the packaging sheet comprising:first, second, third, fourth, and fifth panels, the second panel being connected to the first panel, the third panel being connected to the first panel opposite the second panel, the fourth panel being connected to the second panel opposite the first panel, and the fifth panel being connected to the third panel opposite the first panel; and
first, second, third, and fourth flaps connected to the first, second, third and fourth panels, respectively, the second and third flaps each defining either a first triangular shape or a first trapezoidal shape;
wherein the fourth and fifth panels are spaced in a substantially parallel relation from the first panel when the packaging sheet wraps the article or object, provides structure around the article or object, or forms the box.

US Pat. No. 10,246,233

FLAP CAP

1. A device for retaining a bottle cap to a bottle, the device comprising:a flap cap configured to retain the bottle cap therein, the flap cap comprising a lever having a brake and a grip, the lever extending from a lateral side of the flap cap, the grip extending convexly from a crown of the flap cap to the brake configured to stop the angular movement of the lever against the bottle;
a bi-tether connected to the flap cap in two places; and
an O-ring connected to the bi-tether in two places, the O-ring comprising a boss and a skirt, the boss configured on a lateral portion of the O-ring to inhibit a torqueing of the O-ring and the skirt configured on a bottom portion of the O-ring to provide a frictional surface against a circumference of the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,232

SEPTA

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A system comprising:a cap comprising an opening; and
a septum configured to engage with the cap, the septum comprising:
an annular shaped first portion having a first width, wherein the first portion comprises a rounded-wall portion;
a second portion having a second width smaller than the first width, the second portion being sized and shaped to be received by the opening of the cap;
a third portion adjacent the second portion, the third portion having a third width larger than the first width and the second width, wherein the third portion has a constant circumferential width from a top surface to a bottom surface of the third portion, wherein the bottom surface has a constant horizontal plane across the circumferential width of the third portion; and
an inert coating disposed on the bottom surface of the third portion defining a terminal end of the septum.

US Pat. No. 10,246,231

CONTAINER

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A container, comprising:a vessel defining a chamber for storing a volume of a flowable substance having a fragrance;
a body defining an opening through which the flowable substance is dispensable from the chamber; and
a closure movable removably attached to the vessel and movable relative to the vessel between a first position at which the closure is attached to the vessel and isolates the opening from an exterior of the container and a second position at which the closure is removed from the vessel such that the opening is not isolated from the exterior of the container by the closure, the closure comprising a porous element for retaining a quantity of the flowable substance.

US Pat. No. 10,246,230

SAFETY CLOSURE FOR CONTAINERS

LUMSON S.P.A., Capergnan...

1. A safety closure for containers comprising a cover and an internal element, the internal element being formed by a constraining portion and by a covering portion, that after use may be positioned again on the container, the covering portion and the constraining portion being interconnected by at least a first preferential breakage zone which, when intact, joins them to each other, the constraining portion being provided with blocking means at the neck of a container with which the closure is intended to be associated, and first removable constraining means associated with the cover, the internal element having sealing means which, at least when the seal is intact, preserve the container content integrity;wherein the sealing means is located on the covering portion and/or wherein the sealing means comprises an annular lip projecting from the covering portion and adapted to cooperate with an internal edge of a mouth of the container with which the closure is intended to be associated;
wherein the covering portion may be reapplied and covered by the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,246,229

VENTED BEVERAGE CAN AND CAN END

Crown Packaging Technolog...

1. A beverage can end comprising:a peripheral curl capable of being joined to a can body by seaming;
a wall structure radially inward from the curl;
a center panel;
a main score defining a main hinge and a main tear panel that is capable of opening upon rupture of the score to form a pour opening;
a tab coupled to the center panel by a rivet, the tab having a nose capable of contacting a portion of the main tear panel for rupturing the main score, a body, and a heel formed opposite the nose, the heel being configured for grasping by a user;
a raised main bead having a first end located proximate the heel side of the tab and extending around the main tear panel to a second end;
a vent including:
a vent score defining a vent tear panel and a vent hinge located approximately between opposing ends of the vent score; and
an upwardly protruding button located on the vent tear panel; and
a recessed vent bead located about the vent score, the main bead and the vent bead being continuous such that the main bead and the vent bead join at a transition in which the raised main bead yields to the recessed bead;
whereby actuation of the tab by lifting the heel is capable of rupturing the main score and actuation of the tab by pressing down on the tab is capable of rupturing the vent score.

US Pat. No. 10,246,228

LIQUID DISPENSING CONTAINER WITH MULTI-POSITION VALVE AND STRAW

Runway Blue, LLC, Alpine...

1. A liquid dispensing container comprising:a body comprising a reservoir configured to hold a liquid;
a lid attached to the body; and
a valve assembly comprising a conduit, the conduit movable relative to the lid between a closed position, a first open position and a second open position;
wherein:
when the conduit is in the closed position, the valve assembly inhibits fluid flow through the conduit;
when the conduit is in the first open position, a first passageway for the liquid extends from the reservoir through a first opening in the conduit; and
when the conduit is in the second open position, a second passageway for the liquid extends from the reservoir through a second opening in the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,227

LIDDED CONTAINER

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A container, comprising:a cylindrical container body, and a lid member coupled to the container body by a hinge so as to be openable/closable relative to an opening portion of the container body,
wherein the lid member has a top panel and an inner ring formed on the top panel, the inner ring being fitted to an inner peripheral surface of a sidewall of the container body in a closed state to seal the container body;
wherein the inner ring has an outer peripheral surface on which an outer peripheral surface projection is formed along a circumferential direction;
wherein the container body has an inner peripheral surface on which an inner peripheral surface projection is formed along the circumferential direction, in the vicinity of an end portion of the sidewall;
wherein, when closing the lid member, the outer peripheral surface projection contacts and slides over the inner peripheral surface projection to cause the lid member to be locked to the container body, with the inner ring sealing the container body;
wherein one side of the sidewall has a portion which is open to contents of the container;
wherein a rib is formed as the outer peripheral surface projection, and a thickness of the sidewall is decreased in a portion beneath the inner peripheral surface projection to relieve stiffness;
wherein an axially symmetric gap is formed beneath the rib and above a position where the inner ring contacts the sidewall below the portion of the sidewall having the decreased thickness;
wherein the inner ring includes a straight cylindrical section that extends below the inner peripheral surface projection and defines a first side of the gap;
wherein a lower surface of the inner peripheral surface projection defines a second side of the gap, the second side being inclined with respect to the first side;
wherein the portion of the sidewall having the decreased thickness defines a third side of the gap which is opposed to the first side, and
wherein the sidewall, at a portion below the portion that is decreased in thickness, defines a fourth side of the gap and is inclined with respect to the third side and is opposed to the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,246,226

STORAGE CASE AND HINGE STRUCTURE

NITORI HOLDINGS CO., LTD,...

1. A storage case comprising:a case body; and
a cover body,
the cover body comprising:
a front cover disposed at a front side of the storage case;
a top plate; and
a hinge structure, an upper side of the front cover being rotatably connected to the top plate via the hinge structure, wherein
an outwardly protruding locking convex part is formed on the upper side of the front cover,
in a first opened state in which the front cover is turned upward about the upper side of the front cover as an axis, the locking convex part comes into contact with an engagement part formed on the top plate, and
when the front cover is further turned upward from the first opened state and becomes in a second opened state in which the engagement part passes over the locking convex part, the locking convex part engages with the engagement part so that the front cover is locked in the second opened state,
the locking convex part is recessed from a rear side of the front cover to be in a shell-shaped hollow body form,
the locking convex part has a slope surface positioned at a side of the engagement part when the front cover is in a closed state, and a locking surface positioned at a side of the engagement part when the front cover is in the second opened state,
the slope surface gently slopes toward a top portion of the locking convex part such that contact stress between the locking convex part and the engagement part gradually increases when the front cover is turned upward from the first opened state to the second opened state,
the locking surface abruptly decreases the contact stress when the front cover is shifted from the first opened state to the second opened state, and, when a self-weight of the front cover acts on the front cover to turn the front cover toward the closed state in the second opened state, the locking surface comes into contact with the engagement part so that the front cover is held in the second opened state,
the case body is formed in a substantially rectangular parallelepiped shape having an opening at an upper surface and an opening at a front surface,
the cover body has the top plate and the front cover which are rotatably connected to each other via the hinge structure,
the cover body is attached to the case body such that the top plate covers the upper surface opening of the case body and the front cover covers the front surface opening of the case body,
in the storage case, by detaching the cover body from the case body, the upper surface and the front surface are opened and items to be stored can be taken in and out, and
when the cover body is kept attached on the case body, by turning the front cover upward, an inside of the storage case can be opened and items can be taken in and out.

US Pat. No. 10,246,225

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENCLOSING

United Sources Sought, In...

1. A dispenser assembly comprising:(a) a watertight bag having a first opening and a second opening;
(b) a first closure configured to repeatedly open and seal the first opening;
(c) a second closure configured to repeatedly open and seal the second opening; and
(d) a powder ball retained relative to the bag, the powder ball having at least one of a dispensable drying powder and a dispensable moisture absorbing powder.

US Pat. No. 10,246,224

PLASTIC BAGS, ROLLS OF PLASTIC BAGS, AND TUBULAR BLOWN FILM PROCESSES OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A process of manufacturing a roll of plastic bags, the process comprising:forming a tubular blown film;
collapsing the tubular blown film so that the tubular blown film includes a first side, a second side, a first edge, and a second edge;
perforating the first side of the collapsed tubular blown film to form a plurality of perforation lines;
perforating the second side of the collapsed tubular blown film to form a plurality of perforation lines;
cutting openings in the collapsed tubular blown film, each opening being provided at a position adjacent to one of the plurality of perforation lines;
inserting sealing closure mechanisms through the openings into the collapsed tubular blown film;
fixing the sealing closure mechanisms to the collapsed tubular blown film;
connecting the first and second sides of the collapsed tubular blown film to form a plurality of seals, each seal of the plurality of seals extending from the first edge of the collapsed tubular blown film to the second edge of the collapsed tubular blown film; and
winding the collapsed tubular blown film into a roll.

US Pat. No. 10,246,223

BLOW MOLDED CONTAINER HAVING A PROTRUDING VIEW STRIPE

KESSLER CONTAINERS, LTD.,...

1. A monolithic blow molded container having a top, a bottom, a front, a rear, and opposite sides, the container comprising a cavity that is configured and adapted to hold liquid, the top having an opening configured and adapted to allow liquid to be dispensed from the cavity of the container, the container having a horizontal perimeter and comprising an opaque wall portion and transparent wall portion, the opaque wall portion extending a majority of the way around the perimeter and bounding a main portion of the cavity, the transparent wall portion being vertically elongate and having a convex outer surface and a concave inner surface, the concave inner surface defining a vertically extending channel portion of the cavity that is external to the main portion of the cavity, the transparent wall portion protruding from adjacent portions of the opaque wall portion of the container in a manner such that liquid in the channel portion of the cavity can be observed through the transparent wall portion from two opposite viewing angles.

US Pat. No. 10,246,222

EXTENDABLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY

1. A handle assembly for grippably engaging a container, said handle assembly comprising:an annular member;
an elongate member having an elongate member length disposed between elongate member first and second ends; and
a first pivot element which passes through said elongate member first end from an elongate member back surface to an elongate member front surface to pivotally couple said elongate member first end to said annular member;
wherein said handle assembly is configured to couple to said container by rotatable coupling of said annular member about a container external wall and pivotal coupling of said elongate member second end to said container external wall;
wherein said handle assembly coupled to said container is adjustable between a collapsed condition and an extended condition;
wherein in said collapsed condition, said elongate member back surface disposes proximate and faces said container external wall;
wherein in said extended condition, said elongate member length outwardly extends from said container external wall to provide a grippable element for grippably engaging said container.

US Pat. No. 10,246,221

STACKABLE CONTAINER WITH PROTRUSION AND GROOVE

1. A container comprising:a top wall, a bottom wall, and at least one peripheral side wall spanning therebetween, which collectively define an interior volume of the container;
an opening defined in one of the top wall, the bottom wall and the at least one peripheral side wall for accessing the interior volume of the container;
a protrusion carried on one of the top wall and the bottom wall with a tip spaced from an outer surface of said one of the top wall and the bottom wall and opposite sides of the protrusion depending from the tip on either side thereof towards the outer surface of said one of the top wall and the bottom wall;
a groove carried on the other one of the top wall and the bottom wall with a base recessed from an outer surface of said other one of the top wall and the bottom wall and opposite sides of the groove extending from the base on either side thereof towards the outer surface of said other one of the top wall and the bottom wall;
the groove of a first one of a plurality of the container being arranged for matingly receiving the protrusion of a second one of the plurality of the container such that the first one and the second one of the plurality of the container are interconnectable in a vertically stacked configuration;
wherein the outer surface of the bottom wall is inclined on either side of a central line extending longitudinally of the bottom wall so as to form a tip along said central line, and the container includes a plurality of feet at the bottom wall on either side of said central line with bottoms of the feet defining a common plane with the tip of the outer surface of the bottom wall;
wherein the outer surface of the top wall is inclined on either side of a central line extending longitudinally of the top wall so as to form a tip along said central line such that the bottoms of the feet of the first one of the plurality of the container are spaced from the outer surface of the top wall of the second one of the plurality of the container in the vertically stacked configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,246,220

MOUNTABLE FOOD CONTAINER

SNACKTOPS, Inc., Carlsba...

1. A food container coupling system, the system comprising:a food container configured to attach to a beverage container lid/coupler, the food container comprising:
a food compartment comprising a side wall and a bottom;
the bottom comprising a food compartment coupling structure, the food compartment coupling structure further comprising a plurality of arcs protruding outwardly from the food compartment bottom, the coupling structure further comprising outer walls with a first radius relative to a point on the food container and inner walls with a second radius smaller than the first radius;
wherein the outer walls securely mate with a beverage container lid of a first diameter and the outer walls face away from the point on the food container, and the inner walls securely mate with a rim of a beverage can of a second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,246,219

FOLDABLY CONSTRUCTED FORCE-RESISTING STRUCTURE OR SUPPORT

Green Ox Pallet Technolog...

1. A foldably constructed pallet comprising:a top blank; and
a bottom blank coupled to the top blank, the bottom blank including:
at least one edge support extending along a length of an associated side of the pallet, the at least one edge support defined by folding a first portion of the bottom blank relative to an interior of the bottom blank such that an exterior surface of the at least one edge support engages an interior surface of the bottom blank; and
at least one securing panel foldably connected to the bottom blank at an interior portion spaced inwardly from all outer edges of the pallet, the at least one securing panel defined by folding a second portion of the bottom blank relative to an interior of the bottom blank, the at least one securing panel folded to engage an exterior surface of the at least one edge support to secure the at least one edge support in place.

US Pat. No. 10,246,218

NECKED BEVERAGE CAN HAVING A SEAMED-ON END

Crown Packaging Technolog...

1. A beverage can including:a drawn and ironed, metal beverage can body including a base, a cylindrical sidewall extending upwardly from the base, and a tapering neck extending upwardly from the sidewall; the base including a standing ring and a dome located within the standing ring; and
an end seamed together with an upper end of the neck, the end including a center panel located within the seam, a sealed pour aperture formed in the center panel, the sealed pour aperture is a score formed in the center panel, the end further including a tab adapted for opening the sealed pour aperture, the tab being coupled to the center panel by a rivet, the rivet being positioned between a center of the center panel and the score,
the can body having a diameter at the cylindrical sidewall that is between 40% and 100% greater than a diameter of the seamed end outside of the seam.

US Pat. No. 10,246,217

CAN SHELL AND DOUBLE-SEAMED CAN END

Ball Corporation, Broomf...

1. A one piece metallic end closure adapted for double seaming to a neck of a container, comprising:a substantially circular center panel with a vertical center axis;
a peripheral curl having a first end and a second end, said first end adapted for interconnection to the neck of the container;
a countersink having an outer panel wall and an upwardly and inwardly oriented inner panel wall, said outer panel wall oriented at a first angle between about 3 degrees and about 19 degrees with respect to said vertical center axis, wherein said countersink is further defined by a first radius of curvature below said inner panel wall and a second radius of curvature below said outer panel wall;
a beveled panel wall interconnected on an upper end to said substantially circular center panel at a third radius of curvature and integrally interconnected on a lower end to an upper end of said upwardly and inwardly oriented countersink inner panel wall, said beveled panel wall oriented at a second angle between about 30 and 60 degrees with respect to said vertical center axis and having a substantially uniform thickness; and
a chuck wall comprising an upper wall portion interconnected to said second end of said peripheral curl and a lower wall portion extending inwardly and downwardly and interconnected to said countersink outer panel wall, wherein said upper chuck wall portion is interconnected to said lower chuck wall portion at a break forming wall portion which defines a delineation in a radius of curvature, and wherein said substantially circular center panel is elevated above said break forming wall portion of said chuck wall.

US Pat. No. 10,246,216

BLANKS FOR DISPLAY PACKAGE CONTAINING CARTOMIZER BLISTER PACK AND METHODS OF FORMING DISPLAY PACKAGE FOR CARTOMIZER BLISTER PACK

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES, L...

1. A package, comprising:a front panel;
a back panel opposing the front panel, the back panel defining at least one first cut line in a semi-circular shape at an upper portion of the back panel;
a bottom panel forming a lower end of the package;
a first side panel forming a first side of the package;
a second side panel forming a second side of the package; and
an upper panel forming a top end of the package,
wherein the at least one first cut line is configured to form a tear line on an outermost surface of the package, the tear line being configured to be torn to open the top end of the package,
the upper panel being formed by a union of a lower panel and a top panel, and
the top panel being on the outermost surface of the package,
a first fold line existing at a first seam between the back panel and the top panel, and
the back panel defining a first end of the tear line that intersects with the first fold line at a first intersection point, the back panel further defining a second end of the tear line that intersects with the first fold line at a second intersection point.

US Pat. No. 10,246,215

SEMIREGULAR POLYHEDRON BOX AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

1. A semiregular polyhedron box, the box comprising:two rectangular sidewalls defined by a rectangular upper edge, a rectangular lower edge, and two rectangular lateral edges;
two square sidewalls defined by a square upper edge, a square lower edge, and two square lateral edges;
four corner sidewalls defined by a corner upper edge, a corner lower edge, and two corner lateral edges that are substantially longer than the corner upper edge and the corner lower edge, the four corner sidewalls being disposed between the two rectangular sidewalls and the two square sidewalls,
whereby the sidewalls join at the respective lateral edges to form an enclosed region defined by a generally rectangular shape and having four chamfered edges;
four rectangular panels hingedly joined with two opposing rectangular upper edges and two opposing rectangular lower edges of the two rectangular sidewalls,
each rectangular panel defined by a straight top edge, a pair of straight lateral edges, and a straight bottom edge, the straight bottom edge hingedly joined with the rectangular upper edge of the two rectangular sidewalls,
each rectangular panel further defined by two L-shaped slots that are centrally disposed in a spaced apart relationship; and
four irregular panels hingedly joined with two opposing square upper edges and two opposing square lower edges of the two square sidewalls,
each irregular panel defined by an irregular bottom edge hingedly joined with the square upper edge of the square sidewall,
each irregular panel further defined by an irregular top edge having a convex curve and a pair of top angled corners,
each irregular panel further defined by a pair of irregular lateral edges having a lateral notch and a pair of bottom angled corners,
each irregular panel further defined by an elongated perforation disposed lengthwise,
whereby the pair of top angled corners and the lateral notch of the four irregular panels are sized and dimensioned to detachably interlock with the two L-shape slots of the four rectangular panels.

US Pat. No. 10,246,214

PACKAGE BOX AND FOLDABLE SHEET MATERIAL

Wistron Corporation, New...

1. A package box, comprising:a bottom plate portion;
a front plate portion, connected to the bottom plate portion;
a rear plate portion, connected to the bottom plate portion opposite to the front plate portion;
a first top plate portion, connected to the front plate portion opposite to the bottom plate portion;
a second top plate portion, connected to the rear plate portion opposite to the bottom plate portion, the first top plate portion and the second top plate portion being superimposed on each other and detachably fixed with each other through a top engagement structure;
a first right side plate portion, connected to the front plate portion;
a second right side plate portion, connected to the rear plate portion corresponding to the first right side plate portion, the first right side plate portion and the second right side plate portion being superimposed on each other and detachably fixed with each other through a right engagement structure;
a first left side plate portion, connected to the front plate portion opposite to the first right side plate portion;
a second left side plate portion, connected to the rear plate portion corresponding to the first left side plate portion and opposite to the second right side plate portion, the first left side plate portion and the second left side plate portion being superimpose on each other and detachably fixed with each other through a left engagement structure;
a right bottom plate portion, connected to the first right side plate portion or the second right side plate portion and superimposed on the bottom plate portion;
a right top plate portion, connected to the first right side plate portion or the second right side plate portion opposite to the right bottom plate portion, the first top plate portion and the second top plate portion being superimposed on the right top plate portion;
a left bottom plate portion, connected to the first left side plate portion or the second left side plate portion and superimposed on the bottom plate portion; and
a left top plate portion, connected to the first left side plate portion or the second left side plate portion opposite to the left bottom plate portion, the first top plate portion and the second top plate portion being superimposed on the left top plate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,213

CARTON WITH EXPANSION FEATURES

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A carton for holding one or more containers, comprising:a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton, the plurality of panels comprising a bottom panel, a top panel, and at least one side panel;
a plurality of end flaps foldably connected to the respective plurality of panels to form at least one closed end of the carton;
at least one gusset foldably connected between the at least one side panel and the at least one closed end of the carton, the at least one gusset comprising a first gusset panel foldably connected to a second gusset panel, the at least one gusset further comprising a tab extending from the first gusset panel to at least partially define a notch in the at least one gusset, the at least one gusset is positionable between a first position and a second position wherein the interior of the carton is expanded; and
a handle feature in at least one end flap of the plurality of end flaps, wherein the notch aligns with the handle feature in the at least one closed end of the carton.

US Pat. No. 10,246,212

CONTAINER STORAGE SYSTEM AND SUPPORT AND CROSS BAR OF SUCH A CONTAINER STORAGE SYSTEM

Kobeck GBR, Pleiskirchen...

1. Container storage system for the transport and/or securing of goods delivered in a container and/or for the subdividing of the container, wherein the container has side walls of trapezoidal sheet with vertical creases, wherein the container storage system comprises:at least two side supports, which can be arranged vertically in at least two opposite creases of at least two opposite side walls of the container, wherein the supports each have at least one recess which can be oriented toward the inside of the container to accommodate a cross bar and at least one bearing element is provided in the recess to brace the cross bar,
at least one cross bar, which can be installed in the at least two recesses in the at least two supports and which joins together the two supports in the mounted state,
and the container storage system can be assembled and disassembled without the use of tools, characterized in that the at least two supports can be installed in a crease optionally by the front side or the rear side and/or vertically rotated, wherein the front sides and rear sides of the at least two supports have a different number and/or height of the bearing elements along longitudinal axes of the at least two supports.

US Pat. No. 10,246,211

CONTAINER PRODUCED FROM A HELICALLY BENT SHEET METAL STRIP

1. A container comprising:a single-layered, helically bent sheet metal strip having an upper border region and a lower border region;
a first helically running border portion in the upper border region or the lower border region of the single-layered, helically bent sheet metal strip, wherein the first helically running border portion is bent out via a helically running outwardly bent edge with a curved region toward an outside of the container as a protruding flange;
a second helically running border portion in the upper border region or the lower border region of the single-layered, helically bent sheet metal strip, wherein the second helically running border portion runs rectilinearly in a plane of the single-layered, helically bent sheet metal strip;
wherein the first helically running border portion and the second helically running border portion each border one another in a manner adjacent in terms of height;
a continuous, helically running welded joint connecting the first helically running border portion and the second helically running border portion in a fluid-tight manner, the continuous, helically running welded joint comprising a first weld seam and a second weld seam;
wherein the first weld seam is fused from the outside of the container to an outer-side wall of the second helically running border portion and a wall of the curved region;
wherein the second weld seam is fused from an inside to an end surface of the second helically running border portion; and
wherein a first weld route of the first weld seam and a second weld route of the second weld seam are fused to each other such that a homogeneous fully fused welded joint runs from the outside to the inside.

US Pat. No. 10,246,210

CONTAINER HAVING A PETALOID BASE AND GROOVE

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A container (1) made of plastic material comprising a body (2) and a petaloid-shaped bottom (3) extending the body (2), the petaloid-shaped bottom (3) comprising a bottom wall (4) of general convex shape toward the outside, from which feet (7) formed by protrusions project, separated two at a time by portions of the bottom wall forming recessed valleys (12) that extend radially to a periphery (8) of the petaloid-shaped bottom (3), the petaloid-shaped bottom (3) further comprising a series of radial extension grooves (17) that extend at least partially at the bottom of the recessed valleys (12), wherein:the feet (7) extend axially over a height (D) that is less than or equal to 1/5 of a radial extension (A) of the petaloid-shaped bottom (3), the height (D) being measured axially from a standing plane (10) to the periphery (8) of the petaloid-shaped bottom (3);
the petaloid-shaped bottom (3) comprises a central dome (5) with concavity turned toward the outside of the container (1);
each of the series of radial extension grooves (17) has an inner section (17A) that radially goes beyond a respective one of the recessed valleys (12) and straddles the central dome (5), and an outer section (17B) that extends radially in the continuation of the inner section (17A), at the bottom of the respective one of the recessed valleys (12),
wherein the inner section (17A) of the of the series of radial extension grooves (17) has a width greater than the outer section (17B),
wherein each of the series of radial extension grooves (17) ends on the outside by a pointed outer end (18), and
wherein the outer ends (18) of each of the series of radial extension grooves (17) are placed in a circle that has a diameter (J) that is less than a radial extension (C) of a standing plane (10) defined by apexes (9) of the feet (7).