US Pat. No. 10,364,250

BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS

1. A congener of portimine of the structure:
where: R1 is selected from the group consisting of: H, acyl, alkyl, alkylene, aryl and aralkyl; R2 is selected from the group consisting of: H, acyl, alkyl, alkylene, aryl and aralkyl; M is O, S, N—NH2, N(alkyl)2, N-alkoxy or N(aryl)2; W and X may form a bond, an epoxide, or are independently selected from the group consisting of: H, halogen, OH and O-acyl; Y and Z form a bond, an epoxide, or are independently selected from the group consisting of: H, halogen, OH and O-acyl; and when R1 and R2 are H, then M is not O, or W and X or Y and Z do not form a bond.

US Pat. No. 10,364,243

2-(HET)ARYL-SUBSTITUTED FUSED BICYCLIC HETEROCYCLE DERIVATIVES AS PESTICIDES

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...


US Pat. No. 10,364,234

PYRIDINECARBOXAMIDE DERIVATIVES, PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF AND PHARMACEUTICAL USES THEREOF

Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine ...

1. A compound of formula (II),
or a tautomer, mesomer, racemate, enantiomer, diastereomer, or mixture thereof, or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein
R1 is alkyl, wherein the alkyl is optionally further substituted by one or more groups selected from the group consisting of halogen, hydroxyl, alkoxy, cycloalkyl, aryl, and carboxyl;
R2 is hydrogen;
R4 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, halogen, cyano, nitro, alkoxy, cycloalkyl, and aryl;
and
n is 2.

US Pat. No. 10,364,225

PROCESS FOR PREPARING BOSCALID

JIANGSU ROTAM CHEMISTRY C...

1. A process for preparing the polymorph I of the anhydrate of 2-Chloro-N-(4?-chlorobiphenyl-2-yl)-nicotinamide (boscalid) of the formula I:the process comprising the steps of:a) dissolving the polymorph II of the anhydrate of boscalid in a first solvent in an amount and at conditions allowing dissolution of the polymorph II of the anhydrate of boscalid;
b) combining the resulting solution with water;
c) isolating the solid from the solvent mixture; and
d) drying the solid to obtain the polymorph I of the anhydrate of boscalid.

US Pat. No. 10,364,223

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic compound, which is represented by the general formula (1):in the general formula (1), R1 and R2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group having 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an aryl group, an aralkyl group, and a heteroaryl group, and the alkyl group, the aryl group, the aralkyl group, and the heteroaryl group may each have a substituent; R3 and R4 are each independently selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group having 1 or more and 10 or less carbon atoms, and an alkoxy group having 1 or more and 10 or less carbon atoms; and A1? and A2? each independently represent a monovalent anion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,213

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ?-HYDROXYISOBUTYRIC ACID AMIDE AND REACTOR

MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL C...

1. A reaction apparatus for producing ?-hydroxyisobutyric acid amide by hydration of acetone cyanohydrin in the presence of a catalyst composed mainly of manganese oxide, the reaction apparatus comprising:a first reaction region comprising a region (I) and a region (II);
a second reaction region connected in series to the first reaction region;
a third reaction region connected in series to the second reaction region;
a piping configured to supply a reaction raw material liquid containing the acetone cyanohydrin dividedly to the first reaction region and at least the second reaction region;
a piping configured to cyclically supply a portion of a reaction liquid withdrawn from the region (II) of the first reaction region back to the region (I) of the first reaction region, and a portion of a reaction liquid withdrawn from the region (II) of the first reaction region back to the region (II) of the first reaction region;
a piping configured to supply an oxidizing agent to at least one of the first reaction region, the second reaction region, and the third reaction region; and
an outlet;
wherein the third reaction region:
is closer to the outlet than the first and second reaction regions, and
is configured to treat the reaction liquid by single pass flow without recirculation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,202

METHANOL SYNTHESIS FROM SYNTHESIS GASES WITH HYDROGEN DEFICIENCY

1. A process for producing methanol from a synthesis gas comprising hydrogen and carbon oxides, the process comprising the following steps:(a) providing a synthesis gas make-up gas stream comprising hydrogen and carbon oxides, wherein the synthesis gas make-up gas stream contains a hydrogen deficit with respect to the stoichiometry specified for methanol synthesis;
(b) combining the synthesis gas make-up gas stream from step (a) with a trimming gas stream containing hydrogen to obtain a synthesis gas make-up gas stream enriched in hydrogen;
(c) combining the synthesis gas make-up gas stream enriched in hydrogen with a synthesis gas cycle gas stream obtained in step (g) to obtain a synthesis gas feed gas stream;
(d) introducing the synthesis gas feed gas stream into at least one methanol synthesis reactor and at least in part catalytically converting the carbon oxides contained in the synthesis gas feed gas stream to methanol by using hydrogen under methanol synthesis conditions;
(e) discharging a product gas stream containing methanol vapor and non-converted synthesis gas constituents from the at least one methanol synthesis reactor;
(f) at least partly separating the methanol from the product gas stream by cooling and condensation;
(g) fractionating the product gas stream after separation of the methanol into the synthesis gas cycle gas stream and a purge gas stream loaded with methanol residues, and recirculating the synthesis gas cycle gas stream to step (c);
(h) introducing the purge gas stream loaded with methanol residues into a washing device, contacting the purge gas stream loaded with methanol residues in the washing device with a washing agent, and discharging a purge gas stream depleted of methanol and a washing agent loaded with methanol from the washing device;
(i) introducing the purge gas stream depleted of methanol into a hydrogen separation device which comprises a membrane separation stage and a pressure swing adsorption stage, wherein at least one gas stream enriched in hydrogen and at least one gas stream depleted of hydrogen is obtained; and
(j) recirculating at least one gas stream enriched in hydrogen as the trimming gas stream containing hydrogen to step (b).

US Pat. No. 10,364,201

PROCESS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF FLUORINATED OLEFINS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A method for producing at least one fluorinated alkane comprising:a. providing a starting material stream comprising at least one alkene according to Formula (I)
(CXnY3?n)(CR1aR2b)zCX?CHmX2?m  (I)
and at least one alkane according to Formula (II)
(CXnY3?n)(CR1aR2b)zCHXCHm+1X2?m  (II)
wherein:
each X is independently Cl, F, I or Br, provided that at least two Xs are F;
each Y is independently H, Cl, F, I or Br;
each R1 is independently H, Cl, F, I, Br or unsubstituted or halogen substituted methyl or ethyl radical;
each R2 is independently H, Cl, F, I, Br or unsubstituted or halogen substituted methyl or ethyl radical;
n is 1, 2 or 3;
a and b are each 0, 1 or 2, provided that a+b=2;
m is 0, 1 or 2; and
z is 0, 1, 2 or 3,
b. hydrogenating the starting material stream in a liquid phase reaction in a first reactor to produce an intermediate material stream by contacting said starting material stream with a reducing agent such that at least a portion of the fluorinated alkene of Formula I is converted to the fluorinated alkane of Formula II, wherein the selectivity of the conversion to said fluorinated alkane of Formula II is at least about 80 wt %;
c. separating a portion of the intermediate product stream into at least a first intermediate product stream comprising the fluorinated alkene of Formula I and the fluorinated alkane of Formula II and a second intermediate product stream comprising the fluorinated alkene of Formula I and the fluorinated alkane of Formula II;
d. adding the fluorinated alkene to the first intermediate product stream and recycling the first intermediate product stream to step b; and
e. hydrogenating the second intermediate product stream in a second reactor to produce a final product stream.

US Pat. No. 10,364,200

PROCESSES AND SYSTEMS FOR THE CONVERSION OF ACYCLIC HYDROCARBONS

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. A process for converting acyclic C5 hydrocarbons to cyclic C5 alkenes in a reactor system, wherein the process comprises:contacting an acyclic C5 feedstock and optionally H2 with a catalyst material comprising a Group 10 metal on any one or more of ZSM-5, zeolite L, and/or silica in at least one reaction zone under reaction conditions to convert at least a portion of the acyclic C5 feedstock to a first effluent comprising cyclic C5 alkenes, wherein the feedstock enters the at least one reaction zone at a temperature of about 300° C. to about 700° C.; and
providing a co-feed comprising H2, C1-C4 alkanes and/or C1-C4 alkenes at a temperature of about 600° C. to about 1100° C. to heat the at least one reaction zone, wherein the feedstock and the co-feed are provided to the at least one reaction zone at different locations via different inlets, and wherein the feedstock is heated to a lower temperature than the co-feed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,185

LIGHT-WEIGHT, FIRE-RESISTANT COMPOSITION AND ASSEMBLY

1. An article of manufacture comprising a cured solid, light-weight, fire-resistant mineral-foam, which includes an inorganic cementitious matrix and at least one metal hydrate that is a super hydrate substance, in which water is present with the super hydrate substance in an amount of at least about ten moieties of water of hydration per formula unit of the super hydrate substance, which matrix is a MOP cement, a MOC cement, or a MOS cement; said mineral-foam being a solid foam in a form of a panel, a panel block, or a tile.

US Pat. No. 10,364,182

GLASSES AND GLASS CERAMICS INCLUDING A METAL OXIDE CONCENTRATION GRADIENT

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A glass-based article comprising:a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface defining a thickness (t), wherein t is 1 mm or less; and
a concentration of a metal oxide that is both non-zero and varies along a thickness range from about 0·t to about 0.3·t, as measured by microprobe;
a stress profile, as measured by a combination of scattered light polariscope and surface stress meter, that decreases from the first surface to a value between the first surface and the second surface and increases from the value to the second surface; and
a CT region of the stress profile, wherein the CT region is defined by the equation Stress(x)=MaxCT?(((MaxCT?(n+1))/0.5n)?|(x/t)?0.5|n),
wherein MaxCT is a maximum CT value and is provided as a positive value in units of MPa, x is position along the thickness (t) in micrometers, and n is between 1.5 and 5.

US Pat. No. 10,364,173

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING OILFIELD WASTEWATER

FMC Technologies, Inc., ...

21. A method of treating wastewater with a wastewater treatment system, the method comprising:directing a flow of wastewater to said wastewater treatment system;
separating hydrocarbons and first solids particles from said flow of wastewater with first and second hydrocyclones of said wastewater treatment system;
treating a flow of a first effluent exiting one of said first and second hydrocyclones in an electrocoagulation apparatus of said wastewater treatment system so as to form agglomerated solids from waste material present in said flow of said first effluent;
removing said agglomerated solids from a flow of a second effluent exiting said electrocoagulation apparatus with a floc separator of said wastewater treatment system; and
separating second solids particles from at least a portion of a flow of a third effluent exiting said floc separator in an ultrafiltration membrane apparatus of said wastewater treatment system.

US Pat. No. 10,364,172

BIOSORPTION WASTEWATERTREATMENT SYSTEM

1. A biosorber for a wastewater treatment comprising:(a) a receiving-metering chamber to receive said wastewater through a supply pipeline for leveling, accumulation and sedimentation, wherein said supply pipeline is located on the upper side of said receiving-metering chamber;
(b) a fluidized bed of an activated sorbent to carry out processes of biosorption treatment of said wastewater;
(c) a system for saturating said wastewater with air or oxygen, said system comprising of an air compressor to receive air from an ambient source and injecting said air into said fluidized bed;
(d) a metering-dosing pump to inject a predetermined dose of said wastewater from said receiving-metering chamber to a second-chamber with a coal discharge trap that is connected to said fluidized bed bioreactor by a circulation pump;
(e) a convex activated carbon reflector containing an activated carbon mounted at the top of said fluidized bed to provide a laminar upward flow of a liquid along the walls of said fluidized bed, and to capture and recirculate sorbent leaving the fluidized bed;
(f) an automated biosorber control module to control said metering-dosing pump to displace a purified water with a wastewater, and
(g) a purified water discharge pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,364,170

ELECTROMAGNETIC FLUID TREATMENT APPARATUS

1. An electromagnetic fluid treatment assembly comprising:a fluid pipe oriented about a centerline axis; and
an electromagnetic fluid treatment apparatus disposed about the fluid pipe and oriented about the centerline axis, the electromagnetic fluid treatment apparatus comprising:
a first rod spacer, comprising a fluid pipe aperture configured to receive the fluid pipe and at least one rod aperture disposed radially outward of the fluid pipe aperture;
a second rod spacer, comprising a fluid pipe aperture configured to receive the fluid pipe and at least one rod aperture disposed radially outward of the fluid pipe aperture, the rod aperture of the first rod spacer and the rod aperture of the second rod spacer being circumferentially aligned about a centerline axis; and
at least one conductive rod, comprising a first attachment portion and a second attachment portion, wherein the first attachment portion is disposed in the rod aperture of the first rod spacer, the second attachment portion is disposed in the rod aperture of the second rod spacer, and the conductive rod extends between the first rod spacer and the second rod spacer;
wherein the conductive rod comprises:
a wire coil, disposed at least partially around a circumference of a core and at least partially between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion; and
a non-conductive layer, disposed between the core and the wire coil and at least partially between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion;
wherein the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion comprise an exposed core.

US Pat. No. 10,364,168

WATER SYNCHRONIC ELECTRODENITRIFICATION PROCESS

1. A method for designing an electrochemical cell, suitable for reducing the initial nitrate concentration (C0) of a first aqueous solution having a nitrate concentration (C0) greater than 5 ppm and a chloride concentration from 25 ppm to 1500 ppm to yield a second aqueous solution having a final nitrate concentration (Cf) lower than 100 ppm, an ammonium concentration [NH4+]f lower than 50 ppm and a combined chlorine concentration lower than 2 ppm, wherein the final nitrate concentration (Cf) is lower than the initial nitrate concentration (C0), by selecting the volume, the cathode and the anode of said cell as well as selecting the intensity in amperes per volume unit to be applied when operating said cell, said method comprising the steps of:a) calculating the parameter Z using formula (1):

wherein the initial nitrate concentration (C0) of the first aqueous solution, the final nitrate concentration (Cf) and the final ammonium concentration ([NH4+]f) of the second aqueous solution are expressed in mmol/liter;
b) fixing the production (P) in liters/minute of the electrochemical cell, defined as the volume per minute of first aqueous solution that it is desired that the cell is capable of treating;
c) calculating the volume of the electrochemical cell (VR) in liters as from 10 to 180 times the production (P);
d) calculating the theoretical constant (Kt) of nitrate reduction to ammonium and/or nitrogen using formula (2):

wherein the initial nitrate concentration (C0), the final nitrate concentration (Cf) are expressed in mmol/liter, the volume of the electrochemical cell (VR) is expressed in liters and the production (P) is expressed in liters/minute;
e) calculating the intensity in amperes per volume unit in liters to be applied between the anode and the cathode (I/V) of the electrochemical cell using formula (3):

wherein the initial nitrate concentration (C0), the final nitrate concentration (Cf) are expressed in mmol/liter and Kt is as calculated in step d);
f) selecting a cathode having a fractal surface (R) from 1 to 10;
g) treating a sample of the first aqueous solution in a first electrochemical cell equipped with the cathode selected in step f), an anode which is a titanium-ruthenium oxide anode having 50% of inert surface and having a surface equal to the geometric surface of the cathode selected in step f) and having a cell volume (VR?) in liters equal to or less than VR, by applying a continuous electrical current having an intensity such that I/V is as obtained in step e);
h) measuring the concentration of nitrate over time during the treatment of step g) and determining the experimental reaction constant (Ke) of nitrate reduction to ammonium and/or nitrogen using said measurements;
i) either adjusting the fractal surface of the cathode by repeating steps f) to h), wherein in each repetition the fractal surface (R) of the cathode selected in step f) is varied until the selected cathode provides an experimental value for the reaction constant (Ke) of nitrate reduction to ammonium and/or nitrogen which is between 0.95·Kt and 1.05·Kt, wherein Kt is the theoretical reaction constant calculated in step d); or
selecting the cathode of step f) if the experimental value for the reaction constant (Ke) of nitrate reduction to ammonium and/or nitrogen measured in step h) is between 0.95·Kt and 1.05·Kt, wherein Kt is the theoretical reaction constant calculated in step d);
j) treating another sample of the first aqueous solution in the electrochemical cell of step g) wherein the cathode is as selected in step i) at an intensity per volume unit (UV) different from that applied in step g);
k) measuring the concentration of nitrate over time during the treatment of step j) and determining the experimental reaction constant (Ke) of nitrate reduction to ammonium and/or nitrogen using said measurements;
l) either adjusting the intensity per volume (I/V) by repeating steps j) to k), wherein in each repetition the intensity per volume (I/V) is modified, until the selected intensity per volume (I/V) provides an experimental value for the reaction constant (Ke) of nitrate reduction to ammonium and/or nitrogen which is between 0.99·Kt and 1.01·Kt, wherein Kt is the value of theoretical reaction constant calculated in step d);
or
selecting the intensity per volume (I/V) of step j) if the experimental value for the reaction constant (Ke) of nitrate reduction to ammonium and/or nitrogen measured in step h) is between 0.99·Kt and 1.01·Kt, wherein Kt is the theoretical reaction constant calculated in step d);
m) calculating the theoretical reaction constant (KNt) of ammonium oxidation to nitrogen using formula (4):
KNt=Kt/Z  (4)
wherein Z is as obtained in step a) and Kt is as obtained in step d);
n) selecting an anode having from 0% to 50% of inert surface;
o) treating another sample of the first aqueous solution in the electrochemical cell used in step g), wherein the intensity per volume unit (I/V) is as selected in step l), the cathode is as selected in step i) and the anode is as selected in step n);
p) measuring the concentration of nitrogen over time during the treatment of step o) and determining the experimental reaction constant (KNe) of ammonium oxidation to nitrogen using said measurements; and
q) either adjusting the percentage of inert surface of the anode by repeating steps n) to p), wherein in each repetition the percentage of inert surface of the anode selected in step n) is varied until the selected anode provides an experimental value for the reaction constant (KNe) of ammonium oxidation to nitrogen value which is between 0.98·KNt and 1.02·KNt, wherein KNt is the value of the theoretical reaction constant calculated in step m);
or
selecting the anode of step n) if the experimental value for the reaction constant (KNe) of ammonium oxidation to nitrogen measured in step p) is between 0.98·KNt and 1.02·KNt, wherein KNt is the theoretical reaction constant calculated in step m);
whereby the volume (VR) of the electrochemical cell is the one calculated in step c), the intensity per volume (I/V) to be applied between the anode and the cathode when operating the cell is the one adjusted or selected in step l), the cathode is chosen to have a fractal surface (R) value as adjusted or selected in step i), the anode is selected to have a percentage of inert surface as adjusted or selected in step q), and the geometric surface ratio between said anode and said cathode has the same value as the geometric surface ratio between the anode of step i) and the cathode of step n).

US Pat. No. 10,364,164

CROSS-LINKED POLYMERIC RESIN AND METHODS FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT

King Fahd University of P...

1. A cross-linked polymeric resin of formula (I)
or a salt, solvate, tautomer or stereoisomer derived from the cross-linked polymeric resin of formula (I);
wherein, each R1 is independently selected from —H, an alkyl, a cycloalkyl, and an optionally aryl;
each R3 is independently selected from —H, —F, —Cl, —Br, —CN, —OR3, an alkyl, a cycloalkyl, and an aryl;
each R3 is independently selected from —H, an alkyl, a cycloalkyl, and an aryl;
n is a positive whole number in the range of 2-16;
X is a positive whole number; and
A1 forms a bond to A2 of another monomer unit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,146

WAFER-LEVEL PACKAGE WITH ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

Qorvo US, Inc., Greensbo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,364,144

HERMETICALLY SEALED PACKAGE FOR MM-WAVE MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY CELL

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A method of fabricating a gas cell, the method comprising:forming a cavity in a first side of a first substrate;
forming a first conductive material on at least one sidewall and a bottom of the cavity;
forming a glass layer on the first conductive material;
forming a second conductive material on a bottom side of a second substrate;
etching the second conductive material to expose the bottom side of the second substrate to form first and second spaced apertures through the second conductive material;
forming first and second conductive coupling structures on a top side of the second substrate; and
bonding a portion of the bottom side of the second substrate to a portion of the first side of the first substrate to seal the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,364,131

DOUBLE SYNTHETIC SLING

Actuant Corporation, Men...

1. A synthetic load transfer sling assembly comprising:a synthetic first sling including
a first load portion directly connectable to a connection point of a load,
a first lifting portion directly connectable to a first lifting device, and
a first load bearing portion connected between the first load portion and the first lifting portion; and
a synthetic second sling including
a second load portion directly connectable to the connection portion of the load,
a second lifting portion directly connectable to a second lifting device, and
a second load bearing portion connected between the second load portion and the second lifting portion;
wherein the first sling includes a first eye, a second eye, and a leg connected between the first eye and the second eye, the first sling being folded with the first eye and the second eye providing one of the first lifting portion and the first load portion and the leg providing the other of the first lifting portion and the first load portion;
wherein the second sling includes a first eye, a second eye, and a leg connected between the first eye and the second eye, the second sling not being folded with the first eye of the second sling providing the second lifting portion and the second eye of the second sling providing the second load portion; and wherein the first load portion and the second load portion are both centered on the connection point of the load.

US Pat. No. 10,364,128

METHOD OF INSTALLING A VERTICALLY EXTENDING MEMBER IN AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A method of installing an elongated member in an elevator system, comprising the steps of:(A) positioning a device in a selected position relative to at least one component of the elevator system, the device comprising:
a base;
a speed control member that is moveable relative to the base;
a stop member biased into a stop position in which the stop member is configured to prevent movement of the elongated member relative to the base absent an input force applied by a user to overcome the bias;
a first manual input member comprising one of a foot pedal or a handle configured to be manually moved by the user to overcome the bias and move the stop member out of the stop position; and
a second manual input member comprising the other of the foot pedal or the handle configured to be manually moved by the user to control a position of the speed control member;
(B) manipulating the elongated member into a position wherein a portion of the elongated member is engaged by the stop member in the stop position;
(C) selectively manipulating the first manual input member to overcome the bias and move the stop member out of the stop position to thereby allow a selected amount of movement of the elongated member relative to the device;
(D) installing the elongated member into a desired installed position relative to elevator system components; and
(E) selectively manipulating the second manual input member to move the speed control member to selectively contact the elongated member and to control the speed of movement of the elongated member during at least some of the selected amount of movement.

US Pat. No. 10,364,127

ELEVATOR INSTALLATION SAFETY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CHECKING SAME

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil (...

1. A safety system for an elevator installation comprising:a safety circuit including a plurality of switch contacts, wherein a first one of the switch contacts is electronically switchable and can be bridged over with an associated conductive bridging-over element for maintenance purposes or test purposes,
a control unit connected with the safety circuit wherein the first switch contact is switched in response to a control signal transmitted by the control unit to change a state of the safety circuit and the control unit detects an absence of the change in state of the safety circuit if the first switch contact is bridged over by the bridging-over element; and
a second one of the switch contacts that is electronically switchable and is switched in response to another control signal transmitted by the control unit when the control signal to the first contact is transmitted and no change in state of the safety circuit is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,364,124

ROPE DISPENSING DEVICE

1. A device for delivering elongated material, comprising:a mounting frame comprising a first side and a second side;
a wheel rotationally coupled to the mounting frame, the wheel comprising an outer portion and an inner portion concentric with the outer portion;
a material feeding device operatively coupled to the mounting frame;
an adjustable shroud operatively coupled to the mounting frame; and
a stabilizing device operatively coupled to the mounting frame,
wherein the material feeding device receives the elongated material at a first location and outputs the elongated material at a second location,
wherein the adjustable shroud is configured for directing the elongated material to the second location,
wherein the stabilizing device is configured to contact a body of a user to support the device, and
wherein the wheel creates an aperture within a diameter of the inner portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,123

CABLE-CORD WRAPPING APPARATUS

1. A cable or cord holder, comprising:a handle being generally vertically aligned for gripping;
a main post having top and bottom ends, a length and a width, the length of said main post being connected to said handle at the top end and extending generally downwardly therefrom along its length;
a retention arm having top and bottom ends extending upwardly from the bottom end of said main post to define said retention arm opening slot, such opening slot having a length and a width, the length extending substantially parallel relative to the generally vertical extending handle, and said retention arm opening slot shaped for receiving a plurality of loops of a cord or cable;
a first upper tension bracket operatively connected to said main post top and forming a part of said handle; and wherein said retention arm top contains a second upper tension bracket operatively connected to said retention arm top such that said first upper tension bracket and said second upper tension bracket operatively narrow the width of said retention arm opening slot; and
a lower tension bracket operatively connected adjacent said main post such that said lower tension bracket narrows the bottom portion of said retention arm opening slot causing at least one rung of a loop of cord or cable to be tensioned in place in said retention arm opening slot.

US Pat. No. 10,364,122

EJECTING WINDOWED AND NON-WINDOWED MEDIA

NCR Corporation, Atlanta...

1. A method, comprising:(i) disabling media edge detection processing during ejection processing by a media ejection controller for media being ejected from an infeed module, wherein the media ejection controller tracks directions of movement of the media based upon signals from first and second sensors during media edge detection;
(ii) enabling the media edge detection processing by the media ejection controller when a shutter opens for the infeed module based on detection of the media at the first sensor, wherein the first sensor is closer to the shutter than the second sensor; and
(iii) determining by the media ejection controller whether the media has exited the infeed module or whether the media has been fully retracted back within the infeed module based on signals from the first and second sensors produced during the media edge detection processing.

US Pat. No. 10,364,121

SHEET CUTTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet cutting apparatus for cutting sheets on which images are formed, comprising:a cutting unit configured to cut the sheets supported on a supporting surface;
a blowing unit disposed above the supporting surface and configured to blow air toward the cutting unit;
a path member disposed below the supporting surface and configured to define a scrap path through which scraps generated when the cutting unit cuts the sheets pass; and
a container unit configured to contain scraps which has passed through the scrap path,
wherein the path member comprises a first portion disposed below the cutting unit and a second portion disposed below the first portion, an opening for allowing the air sent by the blowing unit to pass through is provided on the second portion of the path member, and
wherein the container unit is disposed below the second portion of the path member.

US Pat. No. 10,364,119

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a mounting portion that mounts a medium before recording;
a recording portion that records on the medium that is supplied from the mounting portion;
a discharge port that discharges the recorded medium; and
a receiving portion that is disposed above the mounting portion, that is receives the medium that is discharged from the discharge port, and that is moved while changing the distance in the vertical direction from the discharge port,
wherein the mounting portion and the receiving portion overlap each other in the vertical direction, and
the receiving portion moves to a position at which a second distance that is the distance when a second load height is higher than a first load height is longer than a first distance that is the distance when the load height of the received medium is the first load height, and the receiving portion has an entering clearance portion which a part of the mounting portion enters in a process in which the receiving portion moves to a lower limit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,116

MEDIUM FEEDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MEDIUM FEEDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A medium feeding apparatus comprising:a feeding roller that feeds a medium;
a holding portion that holds a roll body on which the medium is wound;
an intermediate roller that pulls out the medium from the roll body and feeds the medium on the feeding roller;
a rotation amount detection portion that detects an amount of rotation of the intermediate roller and an amount of rotation of the roll body when the medium is fed by the intermediate roller; and
a roll diameter calculation portion that calculates a roll diameter of the roll body based on the detected amount of rotation of the intermediate roller and the detected amount of rotation of the roll body,
wherein the rotation amount detection portion detects the amount of rotation of the intermediate roller and the amount of rotation of the roll body during a tip end feeding operation in which a tip end of the medium that is set on the intermediate roller is fed on the feeding roller.

US Pat. No. 10,364,112

CENTER FEED ROLL DISPENSING APPARATUS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A center feed roll dispensing apparatus comprising:a roll support that extends in a first direction from a first end to a second end;
a planar end wall located in the first direction with respect to the first end of the roll support and being arranged substantially perpendicular to the roll support,
the end wall comprising a dispensing aperture,
the center of the dispensing aperture located at a distance from a bottom of the roll support that is less than half the width of the roll support; and
a roll stop located in the first direction with respect to the first end of the roll support and spaced from the end wall by a distance of between 60 mm and 100 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,364,105

PUCK HANDLING DEVICE

1. A puck handling device for a conveyor system, comprising a puck handling disc and a drive means for rotating the puck handling disc, wherein the puck handling disc comprises a first semi-circular disc arranged on a first shaft and a second semi-circular disc arranged on a second shaft, where the first shaft and the second shaft are concentric and are aligned with a center axis of the puck handling disc, where the first semi-circular disc is provided with a first cut-out and the second semi-circular disc is provided with a second cut-out, where the first semi-circular disc and the second semi-circular disc are individually rotatable by the drive means, and where the first cut-out and the second cut-out forms a recess adapted to hold a puck when the puck handling disc is arranged in a holding state.

US Pat. No. 10,364,103

CONVEYOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING MOVING STAGE

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A conveyor system, comprising:a moving stage, provided with a plurality of magnets and an optical scale;
a track, having a plurality of coil windings, and carrying the moving stage, wherein the track further comprises:
a first work area, provided with a plurality of sets of Hall sensor modules; and
a second work area, provided with Hall sensor modules and a read head module;
wherein when the moving stage is in the first work area, the Hall sensor module generates a first sensing signal by sensing the magnets; and
wherein when the moving stage is in the second work area, the Hall sensor module generates the first sensing signal by sensing the magnets and the read head module generates a second sensing signal by sensing the optical scale;
a control circuit, determining a position of the moving stage according to the first sensing signal and the second sensing signal, controlling energization of the coil windings and generating a driving signal according to the position; and
a driver, driving the coil windings according to the driving signal.

US Pat. No. 10,364,102

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MATERIAL HANDLING AND/OR PROCESSING

ZME, LLC., Caldwell, ID ...

1. An apparatus that cooks or bakes dough contained within container assemblies, said apparatus comprising:a frame defining an inlet end and an outlet end of said apparatus;
devices mounted on said frame for a reciprocal movement in a vertical direction during use of said apparatus, each device configured, when moving in an upward direction, to connect voltage to a respective container assembly so as to cook or bake the dough with electrical resistance; and
one or more powered members configured to move said devices in said vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,101

SPIRAL CONVEYOR SYSTEM

Ashworth Bros., Inc., Fa...

1. A cage bar cap configured to cover a drive element of a drum of a spiral conveyor system, the cage bar cap comprising:a body having a length extending from a first end to a second end, and having a first side and an opposite second side, wherein the first side defines a cavity configured to receive at least a portion of the drive element and the second side defines a second side surface; and
a rib having a height extending away from the second side of the body of the cage bar cap; and
wherein the body of the cage bar cap has a smooth ribless portion proximate the second end of the body; and
wherein the smooth ribless portion is offset from the second side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,364,097

TRASH BAG SECURING SYSTEM

1. A plastic liner securing system comprising:a receptacle comprising at least one sidewall comprising an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein a receptacle is formed within the inner surface, wherein the at least one sidewall comprises an outer rim forming an entrance leading into the receptacle, and wherein two openings are formed through a single side of the at least one sidewall in vertical alignment, the two openings comprising a lower opening and an upper opening, the upper opening positioned above the lower opening and closer to the outer rim;
an elastic cord attached to the receptacle through the two openings, the elastic cord having a first end and a second end, the first end and the second end tied in a securing knot whereby the elastic cord is folded and doubled over, the securing knot anchoring the elastic cord to the receptacle on the outer surface of the receptacle adjacent to the upper opening, wherein the elastic cord passes through the lower opening into the receptacle and out of the upper opening; and
wherein the elastic cord is sized and positioned to fit around the outer rim and over a plastic liner such to secure the plastic liner to the outer rim.

US Pat. No. 10,364,095

COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER

1. A collapsible container comprising:a base;
a first side wall movably connected to the base, wherein the first side wall comprises a bottom center trapezoidal panel movably connected to the base, a top center trapezoidal panel movably connected to the bottom center trapezoidal panel, a first triangular panel movably connected to the top center trapezoidal panel, a second triangular panel movably connected to the top center trapezoidal panel, a first side trapezoidal panel movably connected to the bottom center trapezoidal panel and the first triangular panel, and a second side trapezoidal panel movably connected to the bottom center trapezoidal panel and the second triangular panel, wherein the first triangular panel comprises a first triangular panel top side, wherein the first side trapezoidal panel comprises a top side, and wherein the top side of the first side trapezoidal panel is aligned collinear with the first triangular panel top side in an erect alignment of the first side wall;
a second side wall movably connected to the base and opposing the first side wall;
a first end wall movably connected to the base, the first side wall and the second side wall; and,
a second end wall movably connected to the base, the first side wall and the second side wall, and wherein the second end wall is opposed to the first end wall.

US Pat. No. 10,364,094

STORING DEVICE FOR NEEDLEWORK CIRCULARS

1. A needle storing device comprising:a tube having a passageway, a first end and a second end, and
a first cap having a top surface, a collar, a cavity, and an opening defined by a perimeter rim,
wherein the tube is configured to receive a needlework circular,
wherein the first cap engages the first end of the tube,
wherein the opening of the first cap is positioned within the top surface,
wherein the collar of the first cap engages the top surface and extends from the perimeter of the top portion of the first cap thereby defining the cavity of the first cap,
wherein the opening of the first cap is configured to receive the needlework circular, and
wherein the perimeter rim of the opening is configured to implement a compression force on the needlework circular thereby slideably securing the needlework circular within the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,364,089

POWDER CONTAINER AND METHOD OF USE

1. A materials containment canister comprising:a body;
said body is substantially hollow with multiple chambers running the length of the interior of said body and being separated by a multi-walled divider;
said body is comprised with an upper body track;
said upper body track has an upper cap interface;an upper cap;said upper cap further comprising a top cap top, a base and a lid complex;
said top cap top further comprising;
base extension and engagement face with guide tracks;
said lid complex further comprising;
a lid upper piece with engagement knobs and a dove tail track;
a lower piece orifice engagement and a dove tail engagement.

US Pat. No. 10,364,086

DISPOSABLE BEVERAGE CONTAINER SLEEVE

19. A disposable beverage container sleeve for a beverage container, comprising:a substantially rectangular upper body having a first portion and a second portion, the portions separated by an integrated gusset, the first portion having a first left and a second right vertical edge, the second portion having a first left and a second right vertical edge,
the upper body having a first integrated upper body flap along a length of any vertical edge of either portion of the upper body, the upper body flap adapted to fold over the corresponding vertical edge of the other portion of the upper body, the upper body flap further adapted to be affixed to the upper body proximate the corresponding vertical edge,
the upper body having a second integrated upper body flap along a length of any remaining unaffixed vertical edge of either portion of the upper body, the upper body flap adapted to fold over the corresponding remaining unaffixed vertical edge of the other portion of the upper body, the upper body flap further adapted to be affixed to the upper body proximate the corresponding remaining vertical edge;
wherein the integrated gusset depends from the upper body and comprises a first horizontal fold disposed between the first portion of the upper body and an upper portion of the gusset, a second horizontal fold disposed between the second portion of the upper body and a lower portion of the gusset, and a third horizontal fold in the gusset, disposed between the first horizontal fold and the second horizontal fold;
a first lip disposed along the top edge of the first portion of the upper body, the lip having a relaxed state and a flexed state, the flexed state forming a radius of curvature to the upper body;
a second lip disposed along the bottom edge of the second portion of the upper body, the lip having a relaxed state and a flexed state, the flexed state forming a radius of curvature to the upper body;
wherein the lips are strip members flexible to the shape of the upper body, rigidly flat in a relaxed state, and resiliently flexible in a flexed state to maintain adherent pressure against the beverage container; and
whereby, when the upper body flaps are affixed to the upper body proximate the respective vertical edges, the disposable beverage container sleeve is laterally continuous from the first vertical edge of the upper body to the vertical upper body fold line to the second vertical edge of the upper body, and longitudinally continuous from an upper edge of the upper body to the lower edge of the upper body through the first gusset portion to the gusset support band through the second gusset portion to the lower edge of the upper body to the upper edge of the upper body.

US Pat. No. 10,364,082

CONTACT LENS PACKAGING AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING PACKAGED CONTACT LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A contact lens package, comprising:a plurality of sealed contact lens packages arranged in an array and having perforations in the sealing member at a location corresponding to adjacent base members, wherein each sealed contact lens package includes a base member, and a sealing member coupled to the base member to provide a sealed cavity, and an unworn contact lens is provided in a contact lens packaging solution within the sealed cavity;
a wrap comprising at least one panel that comprises a printing surface that comprises a unique device identifier in both a human readable form including numbers or letters, or combinations thereof, and a machine readable form including a barcode; and
the base member is a thermoplastic material comprising a cavity and a substantially planar surface surrounding the cavity, said substantially planar surface providing a sealing surface for the sealing member; and the wrap includes an adhesive adhering the wrap to the sealing member; and
wherein the wrap includes a plurality of first panels corresponding to the number of sealed contact lens packages, each first panel including a printed surface with the unique device identifier in both human readable form and machine readable form.

US Pat. No. 10,364,081

TOOL HANGER

1. A tool hanger, including:a main body, having a notch, two first pivot portions which are disposed on two opposite sides of the notch and at least one first connection portion;
a base, detachably connected with the notch, the base having two second pivot portions at two opposite sides thereof and at least one second connection portion which corresponds to and is detachably connected with the at least one first connection portion, one of the first pivot portion and the second pivot portion including a pivot groove and the other including a pivot portion which is pivotally connected with the pivot groove, a direction about which the pivot portion rotates being defined as an axial direction, the pivot portion having a first outer diameter which is transverse to the axial direction and a second outer diameter which is transverse to the axial direction, the first outer diameter being sized greater than an opening span of the pivot groove, the second outer diameter being sized less than or equal to the opening span of the pivot groove.

US Pat. No. 10,364,077

PROTECTIVE WRAPPING FOR A CYLINDRICAL OBJECT

18. Use of a protective wrapping according to claim 1 for wrapping a reel of plastic film for baling applications.

US Pat. No. 10,364,075

PRESENTATION BOX FOR A TRANSACTION CARD

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A presentation box, the presentation box comprising:a hinged lid connected to a hinge edge of the presentation box,the hinged lid to pivot about the hinge edge of the presentation box when moved between a closed position and an open position; anda presentation apparatus comprising:a sleeve, and
a tether that is attached to a bottom layer of the hinged lid and the sleeve,
where the presentation apparatus is to move the sleeve between a first position when the hinged lid is in the closed position and a second position when the hinged lid is in the open position,
where the first position is different from the second position, and
where a presentation angle formed by a longitudinal plane of the sleeve and an under surface of the tether, which faces a base of the presentation box, increases as the hinged lid moves from the closed position to the open position,
the under surface of the tether, that is attached to the bottom layer of the hinged lid, extending in a first direction that is parallel to the hinge edge in the open position of the hinged lid, and
the under surface of the tether, that is attached to the bottom layer of the hinged lid, extending in a second direction that intersects the longitudinal plane of the sleeve and the bottom layer of the hinged lid in the open position of the hinged lid,
the second direction being non-parallel with the bottom layer of the hinged lid.

US Pat. No. 10,364,074

BEVERAGE CONTAINER FINGER RING

1. A beverage container finger ring comprises:a bottle cap;
a bottle carrying ring;
a tab;
a flexible connector;
the tab being adjacently connected to the bottle carrying ring;
the bottle carrying ring being adjacently connected to a lateral wall of the bottle cap by the flexible connector;
the bottle cap comprises a top portion and a bottom rim;
the lateral wall being perimetrically connected around the bottom rim; and
the top portion being perimetrically connected around the lateral wall, opposite of the bottom rim.

US Pat. No. 10,364,073

DISPENSER

BORMIOLI PHARMA S.P.A., ...

1. A dispenser (1) for dispensing a liquid or viscous product, comprising a dispensing valve (2), in turn, comprising:product sealing/releasing means (21), which in a first configuration prevents outflow of the product from the dispenser and in a second configuration enables outflow of the product from the dispenser;
elastic return means (22) for returning the sealing means (21) to the first configuration from the second configuration; the elastic return means (22) and at least part of the product sealing/releasing means (21) being integrated in a body (20);
a casing (24) that encases at least one part of said body (20);
a dispenser channel (23) for dispensing the product that extends between said body (20) and said casing (24); the elastic return means (22) comprising an annular concavity (220) positioned at one end of said dispenser channel (23);
the dispenser (1) comprising:
a reservoir (3) that is in fluid communication with said valve (2);
at least one opening (221) for passage of the product from said reservoir (3) to said dispenser channel (23); said opening (221) being open at all times so that it cannot be blocked by a component of the dispenser (1);
the body (20) comprising:
a base (201) that defines anchorage to remaining parts of the dispenser (1);
one end (202) that is opposite said base (201);
a shank (203) that extends between the base (201) and said opposite end (202); the shank (203) having a cavity (204) in fluid communication with the reservoir (3);
wherein the opening (221) comprises a groove (91) afforded in the casing (24).

US Pat. No. 10,364,071

REUSABLE MAGNETIC BOTTLE CLOSURES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS

1. A drinking bottle closure comprisinga sealing portion operative to alternately fit disposable plastic beverage bottles having different bottle opening sizes, the sealing portion comprising a sealing surface and a non-magnetic retention feature, the sealing surface operative to sealingly engage a bottle opening of each of the disposable plastic beverage bottles, and the non-magnetic retention feature operative to impart an upward contact force to the respective disposable plastic beverage bottle to resist removal of the closure body in an upward direction from said sealing engagement of the sealing surface with the respective bottle opening;
an upper side configured to bear identifying indicia;
a lower end; and
a magnet retained vertically proximate to the lower end of the bottle closure and disposed to be isolated from fluid communication with the interior of the respective plastic beverage bottle when the sealing portion sealingly engages the respective bottle opening, the magnet operative to hold the lower end of the bottle closure against a magnetically attracted storage surface so that the upper side faces away from the storage surface.

US Pat. No. 10,364,069

DEVICE FOR PACKAGING AND DISPENSING A PRODUCT

1. A device for packaging and dispensing a product, particularly a cosmetic product, comprising:a body of a receptacle; and
a dispensing head welded onto the body,
wherein one of the body and the dispensing head including a layer of a mixture of polypropylene and polyethylene, the other of the body and the dispensing head being constituted of polypropylene,
wherein the polyethylene of the mixture of polypropylene and polyethylene being present to the extent of 20 to 50%,
wherein the entire body of the receptacle is produced as a single layer only of the mixture of polypropylene and polyethylene,
wherein the entirety of the dispensing head is constituted of only polypropylene,
wherein the dispensing head includes a base, the base having a dispensing opening formed therethrough from a planar top surface of the base to a bottom surface of the base to dispense the product from an interior of the device to an exterior of the device,
wherein a plane that extends along the planar top surface of the base also extends through the dispensing opening,
wherein the base includes a first and a second reinforcing rib arranged on either side of and spaced apart from said opening, the first and the second reinforcing ribs are spaced apart from each other and discontinuous along a perimeter of the planar top surface of the base,
wherein the plane that extends along the planar top surface is tilted at an angle of about 15 degrees with respect to a plane transversely intersecting a longitudinal axis of the body,
wherein at least a portion of the first and second reinforcing ribs extend upwards in a longitudinal direction of the receptacle body from the top surface of the base on a first side of the plane, and
wherein the receptacle body is located on a second side of the plane which is opposite to the first side of the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,364,068

HALLOWEEN BAG WITH POP-UP SURPRISE

1. A pop-up mechanism, comprising:a container for holding items therein, said container having an opening through which a user of the container can place the items inside the container;
a pop-up object located inside said container below said opening and in a position generally hidden from view;
a mechanism responsive to actuation by the user of said container for moving said pop-up object from the hidden position to a position adjacent the opening of said container where said pop-up object can be seen; and
said mechanism including a band located around at least half of the opening of said container, and at least one finger tab attached to said band so that when a user of said container moves said finger tab, the band twists, and the pop-up object is operatively connected to said band so that the twisting movement of said band moves the pop-up object from the hidden position to the position in which the pop-up object can be seen.

US Pat. No. 10,364,067

INTERCONNECTABLE INDIVIDUAL PACKAGE

1. A package comprising:a base surrounded by lateral surfaces, and a plug connection for connecting the package to an adjacent package, the plug connection comprising:
at least two lower profile ribs that are arranged on a first lateral surface of the package;
at least two upper profile ribs arranged on the first lateral surface of the package, each of the upper profile ribs being vertically spaced apart from a respective one of the lower profile ribs, each of the upper profile ribs also being offset in a longitudinal direction from the respective one of the lower profile ribs, each of the upper profile ribs cooperating with the respective one of the lower profile ribs to define a guide groove; and
at least two connectors that are arranged on a second lateral surface of the package, each of the connectors cooperating with a respective guide groove on the adjacent package to form a detachable plug connection,
wherein each of the connectors define a connector profile configured to engage the guide groove in a form-fitting manner when the connector from one package slides within the guide-groove of another package in the longitudinal direction, and
wherein each of the guide grooves are arranged on the first lateral surface to define a guide-free free space therebetween in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,060

FLAT-FOLDING BOX COVERS

1. A flat-folding box cover for primary containers of tissues and other sheet materials comprising:a) a cutout having a cross shape with a top panel and four side panels wherein the top panel and each side panel has an interior surface and an exterior surface;
b) an aperture in the top panel;
c) a flap extending from one side edge of each side panel with no two flaps adjacent to one another;
d) one or more magnets of one polarity secured on each side panel near the side edge without a flap; and
e) one or more magnets of opposite polarity secured to each flap;
whereby, when the side panels are folded at ninety degrees to the top panel, and the flaps are folded at ninety degrees to the side panels, the magnets on the flaps align and engage with the magnets in the side panels to form an assembled box cover that can, if desired, be unfolded to a flat state.

US Pat. No. 10,364,055

PACKAGING MACHINE AND METHOD

ULMA PACKAGING TECHNOLOGI...

1. A packaging machine configured to operate intermittently between an operating mode and a displacement mode, the packaging machine configured to produce individual sealed packages containing a product, the package machine comprising:a first film feed assembly configured to feed a first film to the packaging machine;
a thermoforming machine configured to produce from the first film a plurality of side-by-side containers, each of the containers including non-formed areas that continue to exists through the production of the individual sealed packages;
a second film feed assembly configured to feed a second film to the packaging machine, the second film feed assembly located downstream the first film feed assembly,
a sealing station that is configured to receive the plurality of containers, the sealing station configured to seal the second film to the non-formed areas of the containers to obtain a plurality of sealed packages;
a punch configured to produce one or more holes and/or notches in the non-formed areas of the containers, the punch being located between the thermoforming station and the sealing station so that air may be evacuated from the containers through the one or more holes and/or notches inside the sealing station;
a cutting station located downstream the sealing station, the cutting station comprising a plurality of cutting blades that are configured to separate the plurality of sealed packages into individual sealed packages by a cutting of the non-formed areas through the one or more holes and/or notches; and
a first displacement assembly located downstream of the sealing station and upstream the cutting station, the first displacement assembly configured to move the plurality of sealed packages in the downstream direction toward the cutting station when the packaging machine is in displacement mode, the first displacement assembly including a moveable support and a fixed support that is spaced apart from the moveable support and located downstream the moveable support, the moveable support configured to move back-and-forth in a straight line between a first position and a second position on a stationary elongate guide extending between the moveable support and fixed support, the second position being located downstream the first position and being located nearer the fixed support than the first position, the moveable support supporting one or more hold-down plates that are configured to press against only the non-formed areas of the containers and linearly move the plurality of sealed packages downstream away from the sealing station from an initial position to an end position when the moveable support is linearly moved from the first position to the second position, the initial position and the end position respectively corresponding to the first and second positions of the moveable support, the one or more hold-down plates of the moveable support being configured to not press against the non-formed areas of the containers and linearly return with the moveable support to the first position upon the plurality of sealed packages having been placed in the end position, the one or more hold-down plates of the moveable support being moveable between a first vertical position in which the one or more hold-down plates do not press against the non-formed areas of the containers, and a second vertical position in which the one or more hold-down plates of the moveable support press against the non-formed areas of the containers.

US Pat. No. 10,364,049

SUPPORTING MAINTENANCE OF AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for supporting maintenance of an aircraft, comprising:a plurality of database importers configured to import a plurality of datasets from a respective plurality of data sources to a database with a composite dataset including data of the plurality of datasets, wherein the composite dataset includes at least aircraft identifier information that describes the aircraft, aircraft utilization information that indicates an in-service state of the aircraft, and data from task cards that describe maintenance tasks performed on the aircraft, an aircraft illustrated parts catalog (AIPC) that describes aircraft parts of the aircraft, and a maintenance planning document (MPD) that describes maintenance intervals for the aircraft;
a database-management system (DBMS) configured to manage the database with the composite dataset; and
a client application coupled to the DBMS and configured to receive a user request for a demand for replacement aircraft parts for maintenance during an in-service lifecycle of the aircraft, the client application being configured to interpret the user request to produce a query executable by the DBMS to retrieve data of the composite dataset from the database including at least the aircraft identifier information, the aircraft utilization information, and data from the task cards, the AIPC and the MPD, the client application also being configured to predict and thereby produce a prediction of the demand based on the data retrieved from the composite dataset, the prediction including a schedule of maintenance events over the in-service lifecycle of the aircraft in which numbers of aircraft parts of the aircraft are replaced with corresponding numbers of replacement aircraft parts,
wherein the client application is configured to produce a graphical user interface through which the client application is configured to receive the user request, and through which the client application is configured to display a report including at least the prediction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,044

COMBINED INFORMATION FOR OBJECT DETECTION AND AVOIDANCE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”), comprising:a frame;
a plurality of propulsion mechanisms to aerially lift and navigate the UAV;
an imaging component, including:
a first camera coupled to the frame and having a first orientation, wherein the first camera is configured to form a first image data of a scene using visible light;
a second camera coupled to the frame and having the first orientation, wherein the second camera is configured to form a second image data of the scene using visible light; and
a sensor coupled to the frame and having the first orientation, wherein the sensor is configured to form a sensor data representative of the scene; and
a processing component, configured to at least:
receive the first image data, the second image data, and the sensor data; and
process the first image data, the second image data, and the sensor data to produce a combined information representative of the scene.

US Pat. No. 10,364,043

PASSIVE AIRCRAFT COOLING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. An aircraft comprising:(i) an aircraft fuselage defining a pressurized fuselage section and an unpressurized air supply stream, wherein the pressurized fuselage section is pressurized to establish a fuselage internal pressurized aircraft cabin providing a source of pressurized air internal to the aircraft fuselage, and wherein the a unpressurized air supply stream is provided by a source of unpressurized air external to the aircraft fuselage and the aircraft cabin established therein when the pressurized fuselage section is pressurized, and
(ii) a passive on-board cooling system comprising: multiple on-board heat sources within the aircraft cabin;
a combined evaporator and receiver which contains a liquid phase working fluid which changes state to a vapor phase working fluid in response to heat transferred to the liquid phase working fluid from the multiple heat sources;
multiple heat-transfer conduits each being in heat-exchange relationship with respective ones of the multiple on-board heat sources, wherein each of the heat-transfer conduits includes a portion which extends through the combined evaporator and receiver so that an external surface thereof is positioned below a liquid level of the liquid phase working fluid contained by the combined evaporator and receiver to thereby be surrounded by and immersed in the liquid phase working fluid in the combined evaporator and receiver;
first and second condensers which are in fluid connection with the combined evaporator and receiver to receive the vapor phase working fluid from the combined evaporator and receiver, wherein
the first condenser is operatively integrated with the aircraft fuselage so as to be in a ductless heat-exchange relationship with the unpressurized air supply stream from the source of unpressurized air external to the aircraft fuselage, and wherein
the second condenser is operatively associated with the pressurized fuselage section so as to be in heat-exchange relationship with a pressurized air supply stream from the source of pressurized air internal to the aircraft cabin, wherein
at least a portion of the vapor phase working fluid transferred to the first and second condensers is condensed by heat transfer between the first and second condensers and the unpressurized and pressurized air supply streams, respectively, to thereby form the liquid phase working fluid which returns to the combined evaporator and receiver by virtue of the fluid connection with the first and second condensers.

US Pat. No. 10,364,039

DEFORMABLE CLIPS FOR AN AIRCRAFT FUEL SYSTEMS

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

16. An aircraft comprising:an airframe; and
a fuel system comprising:
a fuel cell having a plurality of sides including a first side; and
at least one deformable clip having a secured end and a free end, the secured end coupled to the first side of the fuel cell, the free end overlapping the airframe such that the first side of the fuel cell is positioned adjacent to the airframe;
wherein, the at least one deformable clip is deformable to allow the fuel cell to move independently of the airframe in response to an impact of the aircraft, thereby protecting the fuel cell from damage resulting from the impact.

US Pat. No. 10,364,036

MULTICOPTER WITH BOOM-MOUNTED ROTORS

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. An aircraft, comprising:a fuselage;
a port side wing coupled to the fuselage;
a starboard side wing coupled to the fuselage;
wherein each of said wings has mounted thereto two or more booms, each boom having a forward end extending forward of a corresponding wing to which the boom is mounted and an after end extending aft of said corresponding wing to which the boom is mounted;
a first plurality of lift rotors, each rotor in said first plurality being mounted on the forward end of a corresponding one of said booms; and
a second plurality of lift rotors, each rotor in said second plurality being mounted on the after end of the corresponding one of said booms;
wherein each rotor in said first plurality and each rotor in said second plurality produces an amount of vertical thrust independent of levels of vertical thrust produced by the other rotors;
wherein a first subset of said booms each is mounted to said port side wing or said starboard side wing at a non-zero angle relative to a substantially vertical axis of the aircraft such that the boom is tilted inboard towards the fuselage; and
wherein a second subset of said booms each is mounted to said port side wing or said starboard side wing at a non-zero angle relative to the substantially vertical axis of the aircraft such that the boom is tilted outboard away from the fuselage.

US Pat. No. 10,364,029

DRONE FOR AGRICULTURE

1. A drone for agriculture comprises: a frame with a slender beam structure in a middle, a front base structure at front end of the beam structure, and a rear base structure at rear end of the beam structure, a cluster of at least three motors with propellers on each of the front and rear base structures of the frame, a tubing element with an array of dispensing elements being suspended below the beam structure of the frame retractably with wires, a distance sensor for detecting a height of the drone, a power source, an antenna for sending and receiving communication signals, and a container.

US Pat. No. 10,364,027

CRISSCROSS BOUSTROPHEDONIC FLIGHT PATTERNS FOR UAV SCANNING AND IMAGING

Loveland Innovations, LLC...

1. An unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) assessment system for scanning at least a portion of a structure, comprising:at least one sensor to capture scan data of at least a portion of a structure at multiple locations during an implemented flight pattern; and
a flight pattern control system to cause the UAV to navigate a crisscross boustrophedonic flight pattern relative to the structure during which the at least one sensor is used to capture the scan data, the crisscross boustrophedonic flight pattern comprising at least:
a first boustrophedonic flight pattern comprising a first set of passes over the structure at a first orientation to enable model rendering of at least the portion of the structure,
a second boustrophedonic flight pattern comprising a second set of passes over the structure at a second orientation, wherein the first orientation of the first set of passes of the first boustrophedonic flight pattern are at an angle relative to the second orientation of the second set of passes of the second boustrophedonic flight pattern to enable enhanced model rendering of at least the portion of the structure, and
wherein altitudes of the first and second boustrophedonic flight patterns are selected to capture scan data with functionally equivalent resolution for each location relative to the structure at a fixed field of view.

US Pat. No. 10,364,016

COMPONENT BONDING METHOD AND STRUCTURE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A method of bonding two components at a joint interface using a UV-curable substance, comprising:embedding a UV radiation emitting device in the joint interface together with said substance, wherein the UV radiation emitting device comprises a plurality of spaced UV radiation elements, forming the plurality of UV radiation emitting elements in a grid having spaces between the UV radiation emitting elements, and
activating said UV radiation emitting device by supplying power wirelessly by induction to said UV radiation emitting device incorporated in the joint interface to generate UV radiation by the UV radiation emitting device and cure the substance with the UV radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,015

KICKED SPARS FOR RUDDER AND ELEVATOR APPLICATIONS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aerodynamic structure for an aircraft, the aerodynamic structure comprising:a control surface;
a spar extending along at least a portion of a forward edge of the control surface, wherein the spar includes a plurality of bends along a direction of extension along the control surface; and
a fitting coupled to and extending from the spar, the fitting being at least one of a hinge fitting or an actuator fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,364,010

MARINE PROPULSION UNIT

Global Packaging Systems,...

1. A marine propulsion transfer unit comprising:driveshaft housing for extending the driveline of an existing outboard motor;
a marine propulsion transfer unit driveline comprising an adapter for axially coupling to a horizontal output shaft of an existing outboard motor driveline, a
misalignment coupling, and an output shaft adapted to receive a propeller;
the marine propulsion transfer unit driveline being retained by the driveshaft housing; and
at least one attachment to connect the driveshaft housing to the existing outboard motor and extend the existing outboard motor driveline.

US Pat. No. 10,364,009

FUEL CELL WATERCRAFT

Suzuki Motor Corporation,...

1. A fuel cell watercraft comprising:a hull;
an electric motor serving as a power source adapted to generate propulsion of the hull;
a fuel cell unit adapted to supply electric power to the electric motor;
a hydrogen fuel tank adapted to supply hydrogen fuel to the fuel cell unit;
a secondary battery serving as an auxiliary power supply for the fuel cell unit; and
power regulation means for regulating the electric power supplied to the electric motor;
an outside-air introduction passage adapted to introduce outside air into the first storage space via a filter;
opening and closing means for opening and closing the outside-air introduction passage;
means for measuring cumulative operating time of the fuel cell unit; and
control means for making the opening and closing means perform an opening and closing action to introduce outside air into the first storage space via the filter when the cumulative operating time reaches a set value, wherein
the hull includes first and second storage spaces isolated from each other,
the first and second storage spaces include equipment hatches able to be opened and closed by lid members,
the fuel cell unit and the hydrogen fuel tank are housed in the first storage space, and the secondary battery and the power regulation means are housed in the second storage space.

US Pat. No. 10,364,008

WATERCRAFT IMMOBILIZING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

1. A watercraft immobilizing apparatus deployable from a marine vessel, comprising:a plurality of spaced apart lines extendable from and towable by the vessel in water surrounding the vessel, the lines being arranged to stream at least one of at and below the surface of the water about at least one assailable face of the vessel when towed so as to become entangled in and to foul a propulsion system of an approaching watercraft, the lines being stowable on or in a side portion of a hull of the vessel, and constructed to break free of the vessel upon becoming entangled in the propulsion system;
at least one floated boom; and
at least one paravane,
wherein the at least one floated boom, the lines, and the at least one paravane are stowed adjacent to or below the surface of the water.

US Pat. No. 10,364,002

WATER LOCK TO PREVENT WATER INGRESS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An element comprising:an electrical component;
an optical medium,
wherein the optical medium comprises medium material, wherein the medium material comprises a silicone,
wherein the silicone is transmissive for at less one of UV radiation and visible radiation,
wherein the electrical component is embedded in the optical medium;
an electrical connector,
wherein the electrical connector is external to the optical medium,
wherein the electrical connector is arranged to functionally couple to the electrical component,
wherein the electrical connector is embedded in the optical medium over at least part of its length; and
a water barrier, the water barrier comprising a silicon adhesive,
wherein the silicon adhesive is at least partly embedded in the optical medium,
wherein the silicone adhesive is configured to enclose at least part of the electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,364,000

LIGHTED STANCHION BASE FOR A MARINE VESSEL

1. A method for providing lighting to a boat surface comprising:providing a stanchion base fastenable to the boat surface, the stanchion base having a base with a periphery and at least one base fastener opening, the base fastener openings corresponding with at least one boat surface opening and at least one fastener disposable through the at least one base fastener opening and the at least one boat surface opening;
providing a transparent disk having a thickness, an outer circumferential edge corresponding to the base periphery and at least one transparent disk opening corresponding to the boat surface openings sufficient to allow a portion of the fastener to pass therethrough, the transparent disk sufficient to bear the weight of the stanchion base;
providing an LED light source in the transparent disk;
placing the disk on the boat surface in a location where the stanchion base is to be mounted with the disk fastener openings aligned with the boat surface openings;
connecting a power source to the LED light source;
placing the stanchion base on the transparent disk with the stanchion base fastener openings aligned with the disk fastener openings;
inserting the at least one fastener through the stanchion base openings, disk openings and boat surface openings;
tightening the at least one fastener to secure the stanchion base and disk to the boat surface wherein the transparent disk bears the weight of the stanchion base; and
upon providing power to the light source, light travels from the light source to the circumferential edge of the transparent disk, illuminating the area adjacent the stanchion base.

US Pat. No. 10,363,997

PONTOON BOAT HAVING AN OCCUPANCY COMPARTMENT

Brunswick Corporation, M...

13. A pontoon boat having at least three pontoon tubes, including a starboard pontoon tube, a port pontoon tube, and a center pontoon tube, the pontoon boat comprising:an occupancy compartment configured to contain at least one occupant that extends into the center pontoon tube, occupancy compartment comprising:
an upper portion extending vertically above a platform of the pontoon boat, the upper portion including a ceiling;
a lower portion extending vertically below the platform and into the center pontoon tube of the pontoon boat, the lower portion including a floor surface;
a metal cavity supporting the occupancy compartment within the center pontoon tube, wherein the metal cavity is positioned within a hollow of the pontoon tube to create a sealed cavity surrounding at least some of the lower portion;
a liner that fits within the metal cavity to form the lower portion and the upper portion of the occupancy compartment; and
an entrance in the upper portion that permits an occupant to enter and exit the occupancy compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,363,992

ELECTRIC BICYCLE COMPONENT

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. An electric bicycle component comprising:a wireless communication device configured to wirelessly communicate with an additional bicycle component;
a rechargeable power supply device configured to supply electrical power to the wireless communication device;
a movable member configured to be actuated by the electrical power supplied from the rechargeable power supply device;
a component body configured to be mounted to a bicycle body, the component body having an internal space that entirely houses the rechargeable power supply device, the component body having a charging port via which the rechargeable power supply device is to be charged when the rechargeable power device is housed in the internal space, the charging port including a hole provided on an outer peripheral surface of the component body when the electric bicycle component is in an assembled state; and
a cover member covering the charging port, wherein
the movable member is supported by the component body, and
the charging port is disposed closer to the internal space than the wireless communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,987

COMPRESSION PISTON

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...

1. A monotube damper of a shock absorber, said monotube damper comprising:a fluid filled chamber;
a main piston slidably disposed within said fluid filled chamber;
a rod coupled to said main piston, said rod having a portion thereof exposed to an oil bath when not disposed within said fluid filled chamber;
a compression damper disposed within said fluid filled chamber, said compression damper physically separated from said main piston and not connected to said rod, said compression damper comprising:
a compression piston;
an internal floating piston; and
a single adjustable fluid circuit configured for controlling a damping rate associated with multiple compression speeds of said shock absorber, wherein said single adjustable fluid circuit comprises:
a fluid passageway through said compression piston; and
a positionally adjustable floating shim stack positioned at one end of said fluid passageway, said positionally adjustable floating shim stack configured for selectively blocking a flow of fluid through said fluid passageway, said positionally adjustable floating shim stack floating in an axial direction, said positionally adjustable floating shim stack not having an inner diameter thereof, or an outer diameter thereof, clamped into a stationary position, said inner diameter and said outer diameter concurrently movable an equal distance along said axial direction without deformation of said positionally adjustable floating shim stack; and
an adjustment knob coupled with said compression damper, wherein movement of said adjustment knob alters a position of said positionally adjustable floating shim stack with respect to said fluid passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,363,986

ELECTRICAL BICYCLE OPERATING SYSTEM

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. An electrical bicycle operating system comprising:a first switch configured to generate a first signal;
a second switch configured to generate a second signal; and
a controller configured to generate a third signal different from the first signal and the second signal in response to a concurrent operation of the first switch and the second switch, the controller being configured to generate a fourth signal different from the third signal in response to a release of the first switch in a state where the second switch is operated continuously after the concurrent operation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,981

HEAT-REFLECTING AND WARMING SEAT COVER

1. A seat cover, comprising:a body having a lip extending from a perimeter of an exterior side of the body, thereby forming an open lower end, wherein the open lower end is configured to receive a seat therein;
wherein the exterior side comprises a reflective material configured to reflect heat;
a heating element attached to an interior side of the seat cover, wherein the heating element is configured to increase a temperature of the exterior side and comprises a heating strip that extends between a front end and a rear end of the body;
wherein the lip is adjustable for maintaining the seat cover in a secured configuration over the seat;
a fastener disposed on the lip, the fastener configured to removably secure the seat cover to the seat; and
a battery-operated casing attached to an internal power source.

US Pat. No. 10,363,977

HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE SPARE TIRE CARRIERS HAVING CHEBYSHEV LINKAGES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a spare tire carrier to be coupled to a vehicle, the spare tire carrier including a Chebyshev linkage, the Chebyshev linkage including:
a post having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the post, the post to be coupled to the vehicle;
a first link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the first link;
a second link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the second link; and
a third link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the third link, the third link including an output shaft to carry a spare tire of the vehicle, the output shaft being movable between a raised position and a lowered position relative to an underlying ground surface on which the vehicle is positioned;
wherein the first end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the post, the second end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the third link, the first end of the second link is rotatably coupled to the second end of the post, and the second end of the second link is rotatably coupled to the second end of the third link.

US Pat. No. 10,363,971

ADAPTABLE RETAINER

Ford Global Technologies,...

7. An attachment assembly, comprising:a retainer, comprising
a base;
a body extending from the base; and
an engagement platform coupled to the body by a hinge feature;
a first substrate coupled to the base of the retainer;
a fastener coupled to the engagement platform of the retainer; and
a second substrate coupled to the fastener, wherein the hinge feature comprises a living hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,363,970

VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle pillar structure, comprising:a pillar outer panel that extends with a length direction substantially in a vehicle vertical direction and that configures a first part of a vehicle pillar, the vehicle pillar including a first column extending substantially along the vehicle vertical direction and a second column disposed at a predetermined spacing from the first column and extending substantially along the vehicle vertical direction;
a pillar inner panel that configures a second part of the vehicle pillar, that extends with a length direction in the substantially vehicle vertical direction, and that is provided facing the pillar outer panel; and
a weld portion at which an end in a short direction of one of the pillar outer panel or the pillar inner panel is abutted against a flat face provided at the other of the pillar outer panel or the pillar inner panel, and welded to the flat face.

US Pat. No. 10,363,966

VEHICLE SIDE STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle side structure comprising:a pillar inner member provided so as to extend toward an upper portion of a vehicle in a vehicle up-down direction; and
a pillar outer member placed opposite to an outer side of the pillar inner member the pillar outer member including
an outer wall portion having a plate shape, opposed to the pillar inner member and provided so as to extend toward the upper portion of the vehicle in the vehicle up-down direction,
a front side wall portion provided so as to extend inwardly in a vehicle width direction from an edge of the outer wall portion on a vehicle front side,
a rear side wall portion provided so as to extend inwardly in the vehicle width direction from an edge of the outer wall portion on a vehicle rear side,
a front flange portion provided so as to extend forward in a vehicle front-rear direction from an inner edge of the front side wall portion in the vehicle width direction and configured such that an inner surface of the front flange portion in the vehicle width direction is fixed to the pillar inner member, and
a rear flange portion provided so as to extend rearward in the vehicle front-rear direction from an inner edge of the rear side wall portion in the vehicle width direction and configured such that an inner surface of the rear flange portion in the vehicle width direction is fixed to the pillar inner member,
a hem portion in which the front side wall portion extends arcuately so as to be placed closer to a front side in the vehicle front-rear direction as it goes toward a lower side of the vehicle, and the rear side wall portion extends arcuately so as to be placed closer to a rear side in the vehicle front-rear direction as it goes toward the lower side, the hem portion being provided in a part of the pillar outer member on the lower side in the vehicle up-down direction,
the pillar outer member includes at least one of
a front reinforcing portion configured to reinforce a boundary between the outer wall portion and the front side wall portion, or
a rear reinforcing portion configured to reinforce a boundary between the outer wall portion and the rear side wall portion, wherein:
at least one of a condition (i) or a condition (ii) is satisfied
(i) a yield strength of the boundary between the outer wall portion and the front side wall portion with respect to a lateral load applied to the outer wall portion at a right angle from outside in the vehicle width direction is higher than a yield strength of the front side wall portion with respect to the lateral load,
(ii) a yield strength of the boundary between the outer wall portion and the rear side wall portion with respect to the lateral load is higher than a yield strength of the rear side wall portion with respect to the lateral load, and wherein:
at least one of a condition (iii) or a condition (iv) is satisfied,
(iii) the front side wall portion includes a bending region bending between the inner edge and an outer edge of the front side wall portion in the vehicle width direction, the bending region of the front side wall portion having a front outer portion placed on an outer side in the vehicle width direction relative to a first edge line of the bending region of the front side wall portion, a front inner portion placed on an inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to the first edge line, the first edge line is provided in the hem portion and the first edge line is provided between a center in the vehicle width direction and the inner edge of the front side wall portion,
(iv) the rear side wall portion includes a bending region bending between the inner edge and an outer edge of the rear side wall portion in the vehicle width direction, the bending region of the rear side wall portion having a rear outer portion placed on the outer side in the vehicle width direction relative to a second edge line of the bending region of the rear side wall portion, a rear inner portion placed on the inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to the second edge line, the second edge line is provided in the hem portion and the second edge line is provided between the center in the vehicle width direction and the inner edge of the rear side wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,959

METHOD FOR ASSISTING A MANEUVERING PROCESS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND PARKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during an assisted parking maneuver (APM) in which a stored plurality of values define a maneuvering trajectory followed by a vehicle during the APM, and in response to occurrence of a stuck condition, processing by a controller the values in reverse order to exit the stuck condition by returning the vehicle to a position on the maneuvering trajectory encountered prior to the stuck condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,958

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING MODE DETERMINATION AND TRANSITIONING

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. An electric power steering system comprising:an advance driver assist module configured to:
determine an operation mode that indicates a level of autonomous driving, the operation mode being a first operation mode from a plurality of levels of autonomous driving comprising at least a fully automated operation mode, a semi-automated operation mode, and a non-automated operation mode;
detect a change from the first operation mode to a second operation mode; and
transition performance of the electric power steering system from the first operation mode to the second operation mode, the transitioning comprising:
determining a blend factor for adjusting the performance of the electric power steering system that is operating using a first calibration factor of the first operation mode to a second calibration factor of the second operation mode, the blend factor based on a vehicle speed;
scaling the second calibration factor using the blend factor; and
generating a steering system command using the scaled second calibration factor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,948

TRAIN CONTROL DEVICE, TRAIN CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A train control method that is executed by a train control device mounted on a train, the train control method comprising:detecting acceleration of the train along a rotation radius direction, when the train is turning and passing a curved section of a rail line with a cant; and
setting a passing speed of the train passing through the curved section so that the state of the train is placed in a balanced cant, based on a direction of the detected acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,946

HYBRID PNEUMATIC REGENERATIVE SYSTEM FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A pneumatic regenerative system for a railway vehicle, the railway vehicle including a locomotive with a main drive mechanism, and the railway vehicle including plurality of axles that rotate when the railway vehicle is propelled along a railway, the system comprising:a plurality of pneumatic drive mechanisms, each pneumatic drive mechanism mechanically coupled to one of the plurality of axles of the railway vehicle, one of the plurality of pneumatic drive mechanisms being coupled to a one of the plurality of axles of the railway vehicle which is not mechanically driven by the main drive mechanism of the locomotive, each pneumatic drive mechanism comprising:
an accumulator that is operable to receive and store pressurized air; and
a pneumatic device operably coupled to one of the plurality of axles and the accumulator, the device operable in a first configuration, where the device is driven by rotation of the one of the plurality of axles during a braking operation of the railway vehicle to generate and store pressurized air in the accumulator, and a second configuration, where the pneumatic device receives pressurized air from the accumulator to drive rotation of the one of the plurality of axles during an acceleration operation of the railway vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,945

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A USER SITUATION AWARENESS MODIFICATION OF A USER OF A VEHICLE, AND A USER SITUATION AWARENESS MODIFICATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An apparatus configured to control a user situation awareness modification of a user of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:an input module configured to repeatedly receive a first event detection signal comprising information related to a detected event outside a vehicle and to repeatedly receive a first user detection signal comprising information related to a reaction or a missing reaction of a user to the detected event outside the vehicle; and
a processing module configured to determine a user situation awareness level based on the information related to the detected event outside the vehicle and the information related to the reaction of the user to the detected event, and to generate a control signal configured to control a user situation awareness modification module based on the determined user situation awareness level,
wherein the processing module is configured to determine a desired time-till-takeover based on the detected event outside the vehicle,
wherein the processing module is configured to generate the control signal to trigger the user situation awareness modification module if the determined user situation awareness level indicates that a predicted time-till-takeover is larger than the desired time-till-takeover.

US Pat. No. 10,363,944

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING PEDESTRIAN COLLISION RISKS AND DETERMINING DRIVER WARNING LEVELS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

10. A system for pedestrian warning in a vehicle, the system comprising:a traffic controller external to the vehicle; and
a vehicle controller receiving pedestrian information from the traffic controller external to the vehicle, the vehicle controller configured to generate a pedestrian detection warning based on evaluating the pedestrian information, the generation of the pedestrian detection warning comprising:
constructing a pedestrian zone based on pedestrian information that is received from the traffic controller external to the vehicle;
computing a vehicle trajectory that predicts a path for the vehicle;
determining a minimal distance between the pedestrian zone and the vehicle trajectory;
predicting a time to collision by computing a time for the vehicle to reach a location corresponding to the minimal distance along the vehicle trajectory; and
in response to the time to collision being below a threshold, generating a warning for an operator of the vehicle,
wherein the vehicle controller is further configured to compute a time-decay risk as:
where Ref_Safe_Distance is a predetermined parameter and CV is a time decayed confidence-value indicative of a pedestrian being present in the pedestrian zone, and wherein the vehicle controller predicts the time to collision in response to the time-decay risk being greater than a risk threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,942

LONGITUDINAL GUIDING DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A longitudinally guiding driver assistance system in a motor vehicle, comprising:a map-based detection system that identifies upcoming events which result in a change in a maximum permissible maximum speed;
a functional unit that, if a relevant upcoming event is identified by the map-based detection system, causes output of a request notification to permit an automatic adjustment of a current maximum permissible maximum speed to a new maximum permissible maximum speed at a defined time before the relevant upcoming event is reached, wherein
the functional unit is configured to cause withdrawal of the output of the request notification if a manually triggered permission confirmation is identified or if a rejection is identified, and to cause withdrawal of the output of the request notification only after a location of the relevant upcoming event, as identified using the map-based detection system, has been passed if the manually triggered permission confirmation is not identified and if the rejection is not identified.

US Pat. No. 10,363,937

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A control device for a vehicle which is driven by an internal combustion engine and provided with a cooling device for cooling the internal combustion engine, comprising:a failure detection means for detecting failure of the cooling device;
an acceleration operation amount detection means for detecting an acceleration operation amount indicating acceleration intention of a driver; and
an output control means for controlling an output of the internal combustion engine in accordance with the acceleration operation amount,
wherein the output control means has an air fuel ratio control means for controlling an air fuel ratio of air-fuel mixture which is burned in the internal combustion engine, and wherein, in a condition in which the failure of the cooling device is detected by the failure detection means, the output control means restrains output of the internal combustion engine and executes failure handling control for prohibiting the air fuel ratio from being controlled to a richer side with respect to a predetermined air fuel ratio when the acceleration operation amount exceeds a high load determination operation amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,935

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE HAVING A MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of vehicle operation comprising:providing a manual transmission having an idling position, a clutch, and a service brake activated by a brake pedal;
depressing the brake pedal and activating the service brake to bring the vehicle to a stationary state;
stopping engine operation when the vehicle reaches the stationary state, the idling position of the manual transmission is engaged, and the clutch is engaged;
starting engine operation after releasing the brake pedal; and,
generating a brake pressure for a predefined time period starting when releasing the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,934

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STARTING AN ENGINE USING A HYDRAULIC HYBRID DRIVETRAIN

Dana Italia S.R.L., Arco...

1. A series hydraulic hybrid driveline for a vehicle, comprising:a hydraulic circuit comprising a first hydraulic displacement unit in fluid communication with a second hydraulic displacement unit, the first hydraulic displacement unit having a variable hydraulic displacement and the first hydraulic displacement unit being drivingly engaged with an internal combustion engine;
a hydraulic accumulator assembly selectively fluidly connected to the hydraulic circuit, the hydraulic accumulator assembly comprising a high pressure hydraulic accumulator and a low pressure hydraulic accumulator; and
a hydraulic actuator adapted to control the hydraulic displacement of the first hydraulic displacement unit, the hydraulic actuator being in fluid communication with the hydraulic accumulator assembly and with the hydraulic circuit;
wherein the hydraulic actuator is in fluid communication with the hydraulic accumulator assembly and with the hydraulic circuit through a pilot pressure portion, the pilot pressure portion comprising shuttle valves adapted to select a greatest hydraulic pressure between a greatest hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic circuit and a greatest hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic accumulator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,363,928

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A vehicle control system mounted on a vehicle, the system being configured to;detect an object external to the vehicle,
determine a speed distribution area extending at least in a lateral area of the object in a travelling direction of the vehicle and defining a distribution of an allowable upper limit of a relative speed of the vehicle with respect to the object in the travelling direction of the vehicle, and
execute an avoidance control for restricting the relative speed of the vehicle with respect to the object so that the relative speed does not exceed the allowable upper limit in the speed distribution area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,919

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle wherein the hybrid vehicle includes a power source including an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, and a transmission having a plurality of transmission stages provided on a power transmission path through which power of the power source is transmitted to an output shaft, said control apparatus comprising an electronic control unit configured to:switch between a HV running mode in which the internal combustion engine is operated for the hybrid vehicle to run, and an EV running mode in which the internal combustion engine is stopped and the power of the power source is used for the hybrid vehicle to run;
switch between a normal mode and a power mode in which an acceleration performance is emphasized more than in the normal mode; and
control the transmission in such a manner that a transmission stage in a particular state in which the EV running mode and the power mode are selected is lower than a transmission stage when the hybrid vehicle is not in the particular state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,917

ENHANCED RAILWAY EQUIPMENT AND RELATED INTEGRATED SYSTEMS

DAVANAC INC., Dorval (Qu...

1. A method for indicating brake air pressure status in brake pipes of multiple interconnected train cars, the method comprising:providing at least one end-hose adapter per train car, each end-hose adapter comprising:
a housing comprising:
opposed ports connectable with a train car end hose and a brake pipe respectively;
an exterior surface; and
a channel extending between the opposed ports and being in fluid communication with brake air within the brake pipe;
a pressure sensor mounted to the housing and extending within the channel, the pressure sensor being configured to sense brake air pressure within the brake pipe and generate a brake air pressure signal;
a control unit operatively connected to the pressure sensor to receive the brake air pressure signal, and configured to generate control signals comprising:
a first control signal when the brake air pressure signal indicates a brake air pressure above a pre-determined pressure threshold; and
a second control signal when the brake air pressure signal indicates a brake air pressure below the pre-determined pressure threshold;
a light system mounted with respect to the exterior surface of the housing and configured to receive the control signals from the control unit and to display different colors in response to different control signals; and
a power source connected to the pressure sensor, the control unit, and the light system to provide power thereto;
operating each of the end-hose adapters to sense the corresponding brake air pressure within the corresponding brake pipe to which the end-hose adaptor is mounted such that:
when the brake air pressure in the brake pipe is above the pre-determined pressure threshold, the light system of the end-hose adapter is operated to display a first colour; and
when the brake air pressure in the brake pipe is below the pre-determined pressure threshold, the light system of the end-hose adapter is operated to display a second colour indicating air leakage in that brake pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,363,914

SELF-SEALING HYDRAULIC DEVICE

Lee Chi Enterprises Co., ...

1. A self-sealing hydraulic device comprising:a connecting assembly having
a hose with a channel therein; and
an adaptor having
a shell having
an axis;
a first end face;
a second end face;
a protrusion disposed adjacent to the second end face of the shell;
a fillet portion connected to the protrusion and contacted by an O-ring mounted on and around the protrusion;
an activity chamber formed inside the shell and having a bottom;
a first recess defined in the first end face;
a second recess defined in the second end face of the shell;
a bore defined in the bottom of the activity chamber, the activity chamber and the second recess communicating with each other via the bore;
a male fitting mounted in the shell, being moveable relative to the shell along the axis of the shell, and having
a first end;
a second end opposite the first end of the male fitting;
an abutting portion extending till the second end of the male fitting, passing through the bore, and extending out of the second recess;
a blocking portion disposed at the first end of the male fitting, received in the activity chamber, and capable of being blocked by the bottom of the activity chamber;
an axial hole radially defined through the abutting portion and disposed between the first end of the male fitting and the second end of the male fitting, and extending along the axis of the shell;
a radial hole orthogonally communicating with the axial hole and sealed by the shell; and
an indention formed in the abutting portion, disposed at the second end of the male fitting, and communicating with the radial hole via the axial hole;
a barb fitting connected to and communicating with both the shell and the hose;
wherein when the male fitting is mounted to the shell, the blocking portion abuts against the bottom of the activity chamber to block the bore and the activity chamber, and the radial hole is disposed in the bore; and
a hydraulic assembly being assembleable to the connecting assembly and having
a housing having
a hydraulic chamber; and
an assembling hole communicating with the hydraulic chamber via a through hole;
an elastic element disposed in the housing; and
a valve unit disposed inside the hydraulic chamber and driven by the elastic element to seal the through hole;
wherein when the connecting assembly is connected to the hydraulic assembly, the fillet portion pushes the O-ring to abut against a bottom of the assembling hole to prevent leakage from the housing;
when the connecting assembly is connected to the hydraulic assembly, the second end of the male fitting abuts against the valve unit, and the blocking portion is detached from the bottom of the activity chamber to make the bore communicate with the activity chamber;
wherein when the connecting assembly is connected to the hydraulic assembly, the adaptor is inserted in the assembling hole, and the male fitting and the valve unit drive each other mutually to make the radial hole and the through hole unsealed by the shell and the valve unit respectively and to make the connecting assembly and the hydraulic assembly communicate with each other; and
when the connecting assembly is detached from the hydraulic assembly, the adaptor moves out from the assembling hole, and the male fitting is detached from the valve unit to make the radial hoe and the through hole sealed by the shell and the valve unit respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,363,908

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle brake system comprising an input device attached to a bulkhead separating a power unit room accommodating a power unit of a vehicle and a passenger compartment of the vehicle from each other, the input device including a part extending into the power unit room, wherein:a free end of the part of the input device extending into the power unit room is fitted with a protective member defining a slanted surface opposing the power unit and slanting rearward as one moves in a prescribed lateral direction,
the slanted surface aligns with a corner part of the power unit defined by a side end surface of the power unit extending along a fore and aft direction and a rear end surface extending in the prescribed lateral direction from the side end surface, and
the corner part of the power unit is provided with a corresponding slanted surface opposing the slanted surface of the protective member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,906

WIPER FOR LIQUID LEVEL SENSORS IN AUTOMOTIVE WASHER BOTTLE

ABC TECHNOLOGIES INC., T...

1. A sensor wiper for a sensor pin used for fluid level detection, the sensor wiper comprising:at least one swinging wiper having a wiper head for rotational association with a sensor pin, and an arcuate arm connected at a head end thereof to the wiper head; and
a plurality of inwardly directed radial elements associated with the wiper head for engagement with the sensor pin,
wherein sloshing action of fluids act upon the arcuate arm to move the wiper head, thereby causing the plurality of inwardly directed radial elements to engage and wipe the sensor pin.

US Pat. No. 10,363,905

WIPER BLADE

Pylon Manufacturing Corp....

1. A wiper blade comprising:an elongate wiper strip comprising a wiping lip, a wide portion, and an intermediate portion between the wiping lip and the wide portion, wherein the intermediate portion is narrower than the wide portion;
an elastic elongate backing element having a top portion from which two opposing, elongate legs descend, wherein each leg comprises an elongate claw that extends towards the opposite leg and having an end such that the ends of the claws of the two legs may define a gap sized to receive the intermediate portion of the wiper strip, such that the top portion, legs and claws define a wiper strip cavity and the wide portion of the wiper strip is disposed within the wiper strip cavity;
a mounting base that is capable of connecting the wiper blade to a wiper arm, and receiving a force from the wiper arm, wherein the mounting base is disposed on a section of the backing element such that the mounting base is capable of applying a force from the wiper arm to the backing element, and the backing element is capable of distributing the force along the length of the wiper strip; and
a first cover section extending from a first end of the mounting base to a first end of the backing element,
wherein the first end of the mounting base further comprises a projecting extension, and the first cover section is further provided with an extension recess, such that the projecting extension fits within, and is covered by the extension recess of the first cover section; and
wherein the mounting base further comprises a cover securing peg located on the projecting extension, and the first cover section further comprises a securing hole located in the extension recess, wherein the cover securing peg is located within the securing hole.

US Pat. No. 10,363,904

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETECT TELEMATICS UNIT DISCONNECTION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system to detect a vehicle system module (VSM) disconnection, the system comprising:a memory configured to comprise a program and a processor configured to execute the program, wherein the program enables the processor to:
sense a disconnection event, wherein the disconnection event is a hardwire connection between the VSM and a communication bus being severed, wherein the disconnection event is sensed when the VSM has stopped receiving periodic heartbeat signals from one or more other VSMs through the communications bus; and
in response to the disconnection event being sensed, gather VSM location data.

US Pat. No. 10,363,899

SIDE AIR CURTAIN BAG

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle airbag assembly comprising:an airbag;
a ramp carrier; and
a deployable ramp provided on the carrier to unfurl during airbag deployment and ride over a vehicle component and including a movable element to move from a first position in a stowed configuration to a second position in a ramped configuration responsive to the deployment,
wherein a ramp thickness increases along an airbag length when the movable element is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,897

PASSENGER AIRBAG MODULE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An airbag module, comprising:a housing comprising a retaining tab;
a cushion disposed within the housing; and
a chute having a first side and a second side with a seam centrally formed therebetween, wherein each of the first and second sides comprise a plurality of fingers which operatively cooperate to define a track configured to slidably attach the housing to the chute such that the housing is pressed against the chute and moved in a direction parallel to the seam of the chute until the chute sufficiently encloses the cushion within the housing, and wherein the chute is configured to open during deployment of the cushion, the chute further having a retaining base; and
wherein, when the housing is sufficiently slidably attached to the chute, the retaining tab and retaining base are operatively positioned to receive a joining mechanism which affixes the housing to the chute.

US Pat. No. 10,363,894

ROLLOVER PROTECTION DEVICE

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A rollover protection device for a passenger car, comprising: a supporting device that extends in an upward direction when installed properly, and a crossmember secured on the supporting device and extending in a lateral direction when installed properly, the crossmember defining a beam shape with rounded portions and defining a die-cast, low-pressure die-cast or forged unit, the crossmember having recesses arranged adjacent to one another in the lateral direction, each of the recesses extending substantially in a longitudinal direction of the passenger car when installed properly, the recesses comprising a first plurality of recesses with closed front ends and open rear ends and a second plurality of recesses with closed rear ends and open front ends, the recesses of the first plurality alternating with the recesses of the second plurality so that each recess with a closed front end is adjacent at least one recess with a closed rear end.

US Pat. No. 10,363,893

SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE CONTEXTUAL LOCK CONTROL SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, sensor readings from sensors on a self-driving vehicle (SDV) that describe a vehicle context assessment of the SDV and a passenger context assessment of a passenger in the SDV; and
transmitting, by one or more processors, a signal to a lock controller mechanism in the SDV to selectively lock or unlock a lock in the SDV based on the vehicle context assessment and the passenger context assessment;
directing the lock controller mechanism to, prior to locking or unlocking the door, request passenger confirmation from the passenger in the SDV; and
in response to receipt of the passenger confirmation from the passenger in the SDV, directing the lock controller mechanism to lock or unlock the lock in the SDV.

US Pat. No. 10,363,890

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, WORKING MACHINE, AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR TERMINATION RESISTOR

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A working machine comprising:an engine;
a working tool mounted on the working machine;
a display device configured to display information at least related to:
a driving state of the working machine; and
operation of the working tool;
a control system comprising:
an in-vehicle network;
a first control device configured to control movement of the working tool mounted on the working machine;
a second control device configured to control the engine;
a third control device configured to control the display; and
a fourth control device configured to control the working tool,
wherein each of the first, second, third and fourth control devices comprises:
a termination resistor connectable to a first communication line and a second communication line of the in-vehicle network;
a termination resistor switch adapted to switch between a connection state where the termination resistor of a respective first, second, third or fourth control device is connected to the in-vehicle network and a non-connection state where the termination resistor of a respective first, second, third or fourth control device is not connected to the in-vehicle network;
a non-transitory data storage configured to store identification information; and
a switch control, including at least one transistor, configured to control a switching operation of the termination resistor switch,
wherein the control system has a mode of operation where the switch control:
utilizes first identification information from one of the first, second, third or fourth control device when the engine starts, said first identification information being identification information stored in the data storage of the respective, first, second, third or fourth control device;
obtains second identification information different from another of the first, second, third or fourth control device;
compares the second identification information with the first identification information;
performs a calculation based on the first and second identification information; and
either switches the termination resistor switch to the connection state based on the calculation or switches the termination resistor switch to the non-connection state based on the calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,889

VEHICLE WIRELESS ELECTRICAL CONNECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A wireless electrical device interconnect system for a vehicle, the being vehicle provided with a windshield or a backlite having a first surface, the vehicle comprising:an electrically powered device adapted to be disposed on an interior or exterior surface of the vehicle;
a first transceiver operable to provide a wireless electric power signal;
a second transceiver coupled to the electrically powered device to provide electric power to the electrically powered device to energize the electrically powered service responsive to the wireless electric power signal;
a conductive link having a first coil and a second coil, the conductive link and the first and second coils being disposed on the first surface, the first coil being disposed adjacent the first transceiver to couple the wireless electric power signal from the first transceiver to the conductive link, and the second coil being disposed adjacent the second transceiver to couple the wireless electric power signal from the link to the second transceiver and wherein,
the first coil is disposed on the first surface adjacent the first transceiver, the second coil is disposed on the first surface adjacent the second transceiver, the first transceiver is remote from the second transceiver and the link is a conductor disposed on the surface operatively electrically joining the first coil and the second coil.

US Pat. No. 10,363,886

THICK MOLDED TAPE PAD

ABC TECHNOLOGIES INC., T...

1. An exterior component for attachment to a vehicle surface, the exterior component comprising:a primary body having a pad support wall and a profile wall extending therefrom,
the profile wall defining an exterior profile of the exterior component, and presenting an exterior surface having an aesthetic finish,
the pad support wall being an elongate continuous structure that runs substantially an entire length of the exterior component,
the pad support wall including a continuous tape pad configured to receive an adhesive for bonding the exterior component to the vehicle surface, and
the pad support wall having a wall structure that is thickened relative to the profile wall; and
at least one clip mount to provide additional mechanical attachment to the vehicle surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,882

MOUNTING STRUCTURE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A mounting structure formed to be temporarily fixable to a mounting target having an aperture formed therein, wherein the mounting structure comprises:a main body portion having a side wall portion;
an elastic portion provided on the side wall portion, wherein the elastic portion is configured to contact the mounting target and to surround the aperture; and
a temporary fixing unit including a portion to be passed through the aperture and provided on the side wall portion to temporarily fix the main body portion to the mounting target by sandwiching a part of the mounting target between the temporary fixing unit and the elastic portion while the portion of the temporary fixing unit is passed through the aperture, wherein
the temporary fixing unit has,
a supporting portion provided on the side wall portion and including a distal end portion to be passed through the aperture,
a holding portion located oppositely to the main body portion and provided with an inclined surface, which slides along an edge portion of the aperture when the holding portion is passed through the aperture,
a spring portion connecting the distal end portion of the supporting portion and the holding portion, wherein the spring portion undergoes deformation when the holding portion is pushed down while the inclined surface of the holding portion slides along the edge portion of the aperture, and
a stopper portion, which is a single planar member and which extends from the side wall portion toward the holding portion,
the stopper portion is configured to limit movement of the holding portion when the holding portion is pushed down while the inclined surface of the holding portion slides along the edge portion of the aperture,
the supporting portion is separated from the stopper portion,
the main body portion is temporarily fixed to the mounting target when, by passing the holding portion through the aperture, the part of the mounting target is sandwiched between the holding portion and the elastic portion and further the elastic portion is forced to undergo elastic deformation while pressing against the mounting target,
the holding portion has a surface that faces the main body portion and is configured to make surface contact with a part of the mounting target that is located outward of the aperture after the holding portion is passed through the aperture,
the supporting portion is one of two supporting portions that are integral with the spring portion, and the supporting portions are located at opposite ends of the spring portion, respectively, and
the holding portion is located at an intermediate position between the supporting portions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,876

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. An image display device comprising:a display having a display screen for displaying an image captured by a camera and a different image that is different from the captured image; and
an image controller configured to cause the display to display image captured by the camera and the different image on the display screen,
wherein the image controller provides, on the display screen of the display,
a captured-image-only region in which only the captured image is displayed when the display displays the captured image, and
a multiple-image region in which an extended image continuous from the captured image or the different image is selectively displayed when the display displays the captured image, and
wherein the image controller is configured to,
when causing the different image to be displayed in the multiple-image region in a state where the extended image continuous from the captured image is displayed in the multiple-image region, fix a position of the captured-image-only region on the display screen and cause the different image to fade in while decreasing a display area of the extended image in the multiple-image region, or
when ending displaying the different image in a state where the different image is displayed in the multiple-image region, fix the position of the captured-image-only region on the display screen and cause the different image to fade out from the multiple-image region while increasing the display area of the extended image, and
wherein the image controller is further configured to, when it is detected that a caution-target object is present within the extended image corresponding to the multiple-image region in a state where the different image is displayed in the multiple-image region, the caution-target object being an object for which a user has to heed caution, cause the display to display a notification about the presence of the caution-target object at a position between the captured-image-only region and the multiple-image region, while causing the different image to fade out from the multiple-image region.

US Pat. No. 10,363,867

PRINTED LED TRIM PANEL LAMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An illumination apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a circuit disposed on a trim panel comprising:
first and second proximity sensors disposed proximate a surface of the trim panel and configured to detect a presence of an object;
a first light source disposed proximate the first proximity sensor, and a second light source disposed proximate the second proximity sensor, the first and second light sources comprising a plurality of LEDs in a semiconductor ink;
a first reflective surface configured to reflect the first light source at a first emission angle, and a second reflective surface configured to reflect the second light source at a second emission angle; and
the first proximity sensor configured to selectively activate the first light source, and the second proximity sensor configured to selectively activate the second light source, wherein the trim panel corresponds to a molding configured to seal a first window to a second window.

US Pat. No. 10,363,863

FLEXIBLE LIGHTING SYSTEM WITH CONDUCTIVE ADHESIVE BACKING FOR MOUNTING ON A GROUNDED SURFACE OF A VEHICLE

1. A flexible lighting system configured to be mounted on a grounded surface of a vehicle, the flexible lighting system comprising:a rubber layer that is transparent or translucent and comprised of flexible polymers acting as an electrical insulator;
a plurality of light emitting diodes being embedded within the rubber layer, the plurality of light emitting diodes being positioned in parallel to each other, the plurality of light emitting diodes being positioned between an upper surface of the rubber layer and a lower surface of the rubber layer;
a conductive adhesive backing layer being comprised of adhesive and conductive materials, the conductive adhesive backing layer being positioned directly under the rubber layer;
internal wiring positioned in a plurality of rows embedded within the rubber layer configured to couple the plurality of light emitting diodes positioned in parallel to each other, wherein each of the plurality of rows of the internal wiring is directly coupled with the conductive adhesive backing layer through columns of the internal wiring, each of the columns of the internal wiring is positioned between adjacent light emitting diodes on different rows of the internal wiring, wherein each of the plurality of rows includes at least one of the plurality of light emitting diodes, wherein each of the light emitting diodes on each of the plurality of rows is horizontally and vertically offset from each of the light emitting diodes on the others of the plurality of rows, each of the columns of the internal wiring extending from a plane including the light emitting diodes embedded within the rubber layer and into the conductive adhesive backing layer;
a power input comprised of a single wire configured to supply power to the flexible lighting system, wherein the power input is coupled to the internal wiring on a sidewall of the rubber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,861

TIMING CORRECTION IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. An isolator circuit interconnecting a data transmitter and a data receiver, the isolator circuit comprising:an isolation barrier configured to provide isolation of a DC-balanced digital communication signal that is transmitted from the data transmitter to the data receiver; and
a pulse-width distortion (PWD) correction circuit arranged between the barrier and the data receiver and being configured to adjust at least one timing parameter associated with the DC-balanced digital communication signal;
wherein the pulse-width distortion (PWD) correction circuit comprises:
at least one edge-delay circuit, each of the at least one edge-delay circuit comprising:
a buffer configured to generate a buffered digital communication signal based on a digital communication signal, the buffer comprising an inverter stage configured to invert the digital communication signal;
a filter configured to generate an average voltage corresponding to an average amplitude of the buffered digital communication signal; and
an error amplifier configured to compare the average voltage with a predetermined reference voltage to generate a comparison signal that controls the inverter stage of the buffer in a negative feedback arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,859

VEHICLE LOADSPACE COVER WITH CARGO FIXING POINT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle loadspace cover comprising:one or more vehicle fixing points for removably securing to at least one of a loadspace floor of a vehicle and a seat of the vehicle, wherein the loadspace cover is extendable to cover a loadspace of the vehicle when secured to the seat; and
a cargo fixing point configured to secure an item of cargo to the loadspace cover, wherein the vehicle loadspace cover is removably securable to the underside of the loadspace floor and the cargo fixing point is configured to extend at least partially through the loadspace floor to secure the item of cargo.

US Pat. No. 10,363,856

STOWABLE PAYLOAD CARRIER

The United States of Amer...

2. A stowable payload carrier apparatus, comprising:a payload holder assembly;
an actuation device configured to cause the payload holder assembly to rotate, extend, and retract among one or more deployed configurations and a stowed configuration;
a first proximity sensor configured to sense a location of a manipulator arm and to cause the payload holder assembly to avoid physically contacting the manipulator arm; and,
a tray retract hard stop operably coupled to the first proximity sensor, wherein the tray retract hard stop is configured to stop the payload holder assembly from retracting when the first proximity sensor senses that the payload holder assembly is within a first predetermined distance from the manipulator arm;
a second proximity sensor attached to an unmanned vehicle; and
a tray extend hard stop operably coupled to the second proximity sensor, wherein the tray extend hard stop is configured to stop the payload holder assembly from extending when the second proximity sensor senses that the payload holder assembly is within a second predetermined distance from the manipulator arm.

US Pat. No. 10,363,853

VEHICLE TRAY SYSTEMS

1. A tray system for use in a vehicle, comprising:a tray support base sized and shaped to fit between seats of a vehicle;
a tray platform supported by the tray support base, the tray platform having an upper surface area sized and shaped to support an appliance, the upper surface area having a length sized to accommodate opening and closing a compartment of the appliance about the upper surface area; and
a receiver tray situated below the tray platform, the receiver tray sized and shaped to receive and support the tray support base, the tray support base being removably interfaced to the receiver tray; wherein
the tray support base comprises a first support leg and a second support leg supporting the tray platform, the first support leg positionable forward of a cabin of the vehicle, and the second support leg positionable rearward of the first support leg; and
the first support leg comprises a recessed portion formed along a lower end of the first support leg, the recessed portion sized and shaped to rest along a protrusion area of a cabin floor of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,846

VEHICLE SEATING SYSTEM HAVING SEAT WITH INDIVIDUALLY CONTROLLABLE ELECTROMAGNETIC COILS

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seating system for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle seat;
a plurality of individually selectable and controllable electromagnetic coils individually positioned at respective locations within the seat corresponding to anatomical locations of a person sitting in the vehicle seat, the electromagnetic coils to generate electromagnetic fields when activated;
a plurality of air bladders disposed within the vehicle seat;
at least some of the electromagnetic coils are respectively positioned against at least some of the bladders; and
a controller to individually activate a subset of the electromagnetic coils to deliver electromagnetic energy to the anatomical locations of the person corresponding to the respective locations within the vehicle seat of the activated electromagnetic coils.

US Pat. No. 10,363,845

CONDUCTIVE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seat including a cushion and a seating surface;
a recess defined in the cushion extending in a direction parallel with the seating surface;
an elongate carrier disposed between the recess and the seating surface, the elongate carrier including a plurality of thermoelectric devices having an upper surface and a lower surface configured to change temperature when a voltage is applied to the plurality of thermoelectric devices;
an upper conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface;
a lower conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface; and
an air mover in fluid communication with the recess and configured to move air through the recess,
wherein the upper conductor, the plurality of thermoelectric devices, the lower conductor, and air in the recess are in thermal communication to transfer heat away from the seating surface or to transfer heat toward the seating surface, and wherein an area of the upper conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices and an area of the lower conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices include an outer peripheral portion defining an interior space wherein the outer peripheral portion includes at least two flexibly resilient first tab members, and wherein the outer peripheral portion also includes at least two flexibly resilient second tab members.

US Pat. No. 10,363,842

VEHICLE ANCHOR SYSTEM FOR JUVENILE SEAT BASE

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A child restraint comprisinga juvenile-seat base including a seat-support frame that supports a juvenile seat and is adapted to lie in an installed position on a seat bottom and seat back of a passenger seat provided with a seat bight formed at a junction between the seat bottom and seat back,
the juvenile-seat base also including a restorative frame tether mounted to the seat-support frame for pivotable movement about a high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis that is arranged to intercept and extend through a portion of the juvenile seat that is mounted on the seat-support frame and the restorative frame tether is arranged to extend downwardly from the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis toward the seat bottom of the passenger seat when the seat-support frame lies in the installed position on the passenger seat, and
wherein the restorative frame tether is configured to provide means for mating with an underside of a passenger-seat lap belt associated with the passenger seat to establish an actual belt path of the passenger-seat lap belt while the passenger-seat belt remains in a relatively lower low-elevation position in close proximity to the seat bight and below and in spaced-apart relation to the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis and for yieldably returning the seat-support frame automatically to the installed position on the seat bottom and seat back of the passenger seat owing to pivotable movement of the restorative frame tether about the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis after movement of the seat-support frame from the installed position to a temporary displaced position on the passenger seat during exposure of the passenger seat to external forces.

US Pat. No. 10,363,832

VEHICLE PARKING CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle parking control device comprising:a vehicle electronic control unit for controlling a vehicle, the vehicle electronic control unit being configured to:
specify a target position as a target at a time when the vehicle is stopped, the target position being an installation position of a power supplying pad for electric power supply by way of magnetism;
set a predetermined range that includes the target position, wherein the predetermined range is a range that is greater than a charging capable range within which a power supplying pad and a power receiving pad are capable of being magnetically coupled;
determine whether or not a reference position of the vehicle is positioned inside of the predetermined range, the reference position being a mounted position of the power receiving pad;
estimate an inclination state in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
estimate a state of charge of a battery; and
switch between creep torque characteristics of the vehicle, in response to determining that a predetermined condition that the reference position of the vehicle is positioned inside of the predetermined range and an estimated state of charge of the battery is less than a predetermined value is satisfied,
wherein the creep torque characteristics are switched so as to increase a creep torque in response to an estimated vehicular inclination state of an upward slope and to decrease the creep torque in response to the estimated vehicular inclination state of a flat or downward slope.

US Pat. No. 10,363,831

ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrical power system comprising:a first electrical power converter that is configured to perform a first electrical power conversion between an electrical power storage apparatus and a load;
a second electrical power converter that is configured to perform a second electrical power conversion between the electrical power storage apparatus and the load;
a first controller that is configured to periodically generate a first command signal and a second command signal at a first cycle, to control the first electrical power converter such that a first electrical current based on the first command signal flows through by the first electrical power conversion, and to periodically transmit the second command signal to a second controller via a communication line at a second cycle that is longer than the first cycle; and
the second controller is configured to receive the second command signal transmitted by the first controller, to perform a predetermined signal processing on the received second command signal, and to control the second electrical power converter such that a second electrical current, based on the second command signal on which the signal processing is performed, flows through by the second electrical power conversion,
the first controller being configured to adjust the generated first command signal to allow at least one of shortage and excess of the second electrical current that actually flows by the second electrical power conversion to be canceled by the first electrical current, after generating the first command signal and the second command signal,
at least one of the first controller and the second controller being configured to determine whether or not the generated first command signal reaches a first upper limit value that specifies an upper limit of the first command signal,
the second controller being configured to control the second electrical power converter such that the second electrical current, based on the second command signal on which the signal processing is performed, flows through, when it is determined that the generated first command signal is smaller than the first upper limit value,
the second controller being configured to control the second electrical power converter such that the second electrical current, based on a second upper limit value that specifies an upper limit of the second command signal, flows through, when it is determined that the generated first command signal reaches the first upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,829

PORTABLE AND CONVERTIBLE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY POWER SUPPLY

URBAN626, LLC, Pasadena,...

1. A portable battery power supply comprising:a body having an outer shell defining an inner volume having at least one rechargeable energy storage cell disposed therein;
a mechanical interconnection disposed in the outer shell of the body comprising at least one fixed mechanical engagement point and at least one deployable mechanical locking element;
a primary power output bus disposed in the outer shell of the body and electronically connected with the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell, the primary power output bus being configured to cooperatively interconnect the portable battery power supply to an external electronic circuit to supply at least one high current output and at least one low current output thereto;
at least one power output receptacle disposed in the outer body and electronically connected with the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell;
an electromechanical switch electrically interconnected between the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell and the primary power output bus and at least one power output, and mechanically interconnected with the at least one deployable mechanical locking element;
wherein the electromechanical switch has at least two switchable positions:
a first switchable position in which the deployable mechanical locking element is withdrawn within the outer shell of the body and the electronic circuit between the rechargeable energy storage cell and both the primary output bus and the at least one power output receptacle is interrupted,
a second switchable position in which the deployable mechanical locking element is extended out of the outer shell of the body and the electronic circuit between the rechargeable energy storage cell and both the primary output bus and the at least one power output receptacle is uninterrupted, and
a primary power output bus interconnection circuit interconnected between the primary power output bus and the rechargeable energy storage cell such that when the primary output bus is engaged with the external electronic circuit the at least one low current output is connected through the external electronic circuit when the electromechanical switch is disposed in any one of the first or second switchable positions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,827

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle configured to receive a supply of power from a charging stand provided outside of the vehicle, the charging stand being configured to perform fee-charging on the supply of power to the vehicle in accordance with a fee-charging system based on a use time of the charging stand, the vehicle comprising:an electrical storage device configured to perform external charging using the power supplied from the charging stand;
a notifier configured to execute a notification to a user;
a communication device configured to acquire information relating to the fee-charging system of the charging stand; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
predict an amount of charging power of the electrical storage device and the use time in a case where the external charging is performed, in accordance with a state of the electrical storage device,
predict cost performance of the external charging based on a ratio of the predicted amount of charging power to the predicted use time, and the information relating to the fee-charging system, and
control the notifier so as to execute the notification of the cost performance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,825

METHOD, BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND VEHICLE FOR CHARGING AWAKENING

BORGWARD TRADEMARK HOLDIN...

1. A battery management system, comprising:a wake-up module, configured to generate a wake-up signal when the battery management system is in one of a dormant and a power-off state and an external charging plug is connected with a charging interface; and
a power management module, configured to conduct a power supply circuit between a battery module and a preset function module in the battery management system when receiving the wake-up signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,823

POWER SUPPLY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An apparatus comprising:an onboard energy storage device;
an onboard power conversion device configured to be electrically coupled to an external power source for receiving electrical power therefrom; and
at least one drive system electrically coupled to the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device,
wherein the at least one drive system comprises a traction drive system and a power take-off (PTO) drive system, the traction drive system is configured to receive electrical power cooperatively provided from the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device for driving movement of the apparatus, and the PTO drive system is configured to receive electrical power cooperatively provided from the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device for driving movement of at least one implement in association with the PTO drive system,
wherein the onboard energy storage device provides electrical power to the at least one drive system and the onboard power conversion device provides electrical power received from the external power source to the at least one drive system simultaneously, depending on a state of charge of the onboard energy storage device,
and wherein the onboard power conversion device concurrently provides electrical power received from the external power source to the at least one drive system and to the onboard energy storage device;the apparatus further comprising:a DC bus coupled to the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device; and
a traction switch electrically coupled to the DC bus and the traction drive system, wherein when the apparatus is operating in a charging mode, the traction switch is opened to disable the traction drive system, and wherein when the apparatus is operating in a driving mode, the traction switch is closed to allow at least a part of the electrical power provided from the onboard power conversion device to be transferred to the traction drive system via the DC bus and the traction switch; and
a PTO switch electrically coupled to the DC bus and the PTO drive system, wherein when the apparatus is operating in a charging mode, the PTO switch is opened to disable the PTO drive system, and wherein when the apparatus is operating in a driving mode, the PTO switch is closed to allow at least a part of the electrical power provided from the onboard power conversion device to be transferred to the PTO drive system via the DC bus and the PTO switch; and
wherein an internal combustion engine is absent from the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,822

BRAKING CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A braking control method for an all-wheel drive (AWD) eco-friendly vehicle which distributes and transmits a driving force of a vehicle driving source to front wheels and rear wheels based on a controlled power distribution ratio, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a total braking force based on a brake signal that corresponds to manipulation of a brake pedal;
calculating, by the controller, a front wheel braking force and a rear wheel braking force which satisfy the total braking force;
calculating, by the controller, a regenerative braking force and a frictional braking force which satisfy the total braking force;
determining, by the controller, a range of a power distribution ratio of the front wheels to the rear wheels during braking of the vehicle using the calculated front wheel braking force, rear wheel braking force, and regenerative braking force;
determining, by the controller, a power distribution ratio RAWD of the front wheels to the rear wheels based on a vehicle driving condition, within the determined range of the power distribution ratio; and
adjusting, by the controller, distribution of the power to the front wheels and the rear wheels to be the determined power distribution ratio RAWD such that the regenerative braking force is distributed to the front wheels and rear wheels based on the power distribution ratio RAWD,
wherein a front wheel regenerative braking force and a rear wheel regenerative braking force are calculated from the regenerative braking force and the determined power distribution ratio RAWD, and
wherein a frictional braking device of the front wheels is operated to generate a frictional braking force that corresponds to a difference between the front wheel braking force and the front wheel regenerative braking force, and a frictional braking device of the rear wheels is operated to generate a frictional braking force that corresponds to a difference between the rear wheel braking force and the rear wheel regenerative braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,363,821

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REGENERATIVE BRAKING OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for controlling a regenerative braking execution when shifting gears in a vehicle during regenerative braking, the method comprising:a first process of deciding whether motor torque is in a constant power mode:
a second process of deciding whether the motor torque is in a constant torque mode; and
a third process of deciding whether a mode of the motor torque is converted into the constant torque mode from the constant power mode,
wherein an amount of regenerative braking is determined based on a decided result of the first to third processes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,817

SELF-LOADING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle computer comprising:a memory; and
a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory, the instructions including:
commanding a lighting system controller to flash tail lamps of a host vehicle;
determining whether a response was received from a first follow vehicle located behind the host vehicle; and
commanding the host vehicle to autonomously proceed to a loading area as a result of receiving the response from the first follow vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,816

PEDAL UNIT AND A VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A pedal unit comprising:an accelerator pedal rotatable about a first pivot axis;
a brake pedal rotatable about a second pivot axis;
a first bracket including a first plate including a first surface and a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface and that supports the accelerator pedal adjacent to the first surface of the first plate to be rotatable about the first pivot axis, and that supports the brake pedal adjacent to the second surface of the first plate to be rotatable about the second pivot axis;
a second bracket including a second plate including a third surface opposing the second surface and that supports the brake pedal adjacent to the third surface of the second plate to be rotatable about the second pivot axis;
a connector held by the first plate and the second plate, and that rotatably supports the brake pedal in a state in which the brake pedal is disposed between the second surface of the first bracket and the third surface of the second bracket; and
a shaft held by the first bracket and rotatably supporting the accelerator pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,814

TRANSFER CASE WITH OIL DISTRIBUTION

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

14. A hub for a transfer case, the hub comprising:an outer annular member;
an inner annular member within and rotatable relative to the outer annular member in a limited range of motion between a first position and a second position relative to the outer annular member; and
a spring coupled to the outer annular member and the inner annular member, the spring normally biasing the inner annular member into the first position;
wherein the hub forms a closed valve when the inner annular member is in the first position, and the hub forms an open valve when the inner annular member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,809

RADIATOR SCREEN DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A radiator screen device for a construction machine, an agricultural machine, or an industrial vehicle, each having a vehicle body and a radiator, comprising:a screen to filter dust contained in cooling air flowing toward the radiator, and that includes a front surface and a rear surface;
a dust removing member disposed upstream of the radiator with respect to a flowing direction of the cooling air and movable relative to the screen, and disposed in contact with the front surface of the screen to remove dust attached to the front surface of the screen; and
a frame body that surrounds the dust removing member,
wherein the dust removing member comprises a wire that has a zigzag shape so as to be placed in contact with the surface of the screen,
wherein the front surface of the screen is disposed upstream of the rear surface of the screen with respect to the flowing direction of the cooling air,
wherein the frame body is brought into contact with the dust removing member to regulate a movable range of the dust removing member within the frame body, and
wherein the dust removing member and the screen are supported by the vehicle body, and wherein one of the dust removing member and the screen is vibrated vertically relative to the other of the dust removing member and the screen by vibration of the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,806

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A power transmission system for a vehicle, comprising:an engine unit;
a plurality of input shafts, wherein the engine unit is configured to selectively engage with one of the input shafts when the engine unit transmits power to the input shafts;
a plurality of driving gears with one driving gear disposed on one input shaft;
an output shaft configured to transfer the power from the input shafts;
one or more linked gears rotatable at a different speed relative to the output shaft, wherein the linked gears include a plurality of gear parts, the gear parts being configured to mesh with the driving gears on the input shafts;
an output unit coupled on the output shaft and configured to transmit the power to front wheels of the vehicle;
a clutch disposed on the output shaft and configured to selectively engage with one of the linked gears and the output unit so as to drive one or more wheels of the vehicle via the power output by the output unit;
a first motor generator configured to couple with one of the input shaft and the output shaft for power transmission; and
an intermediate shaft and first and second gears fixed on the intermediate shaft, wherein one of the first and second gears is configured to mesh with one of the driving gears, the first motor generator includes an output terminal directly coupled with the other one of the first and second gears for power transmission, or the output terminal of the first motor generator is indirectly coupled with the other one of the first and second gears via an intermediate idler for power transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,363,801

TONNEAU COVER ACCESS PANEL

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A rear cover access panel system for a vehicle having a cargo area structure with at least one opening, comprising:at least one attachment portion selectively operably coupled to the vehicle;
a pivotal portion pivotally coupled to the at least one attachment portion;
a cover attached to the pivotal portion where pivoting the pivotal portion allows the cover to move between a closed position covering the opening of the vehicle and a first open position partially uncovering the opening of the vehicle; and
at least one latch mechanism operably coupled to the at least one attachment portion, said at least one latch mechanism operably selectively releases the at least one attachment portion from the vehicle to allow further uncovering of the opening as desired.

US Pat. No. 10,363,799

COACH DOOR OF VEHICLE OPENABLE AND CLOSABLE REGARDLESS OF ORDER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A coach door of a vehicle openable/closable regardless of an order, which includes a front door in which a hinge axis connected to a vehicle body is installed at a front end and a rear door in which the hinge axis connected to the vehicle body is installed at a rear end, comprising:a hinge assembly having a first hinge hinged to a vehicle body, a second hinge hinged to the first hinge and engaged with a rear end of a rear door, an opening start device configured to rotate the rear end of the rear door to the outside of the vehicle at an early stage of opening of the rear door, and a closing end device configured to rotate the rear end of the rear door to the inside of the vehicle at a last stage of closing of the rear door; and
a guide unit configured to guide a front end of the rear door to move the front end of the rear door in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle at the initial stage of opening of the rear door and the last stage of closing of the rear door.

US Pat. No. 10,363,798

INSERT FOR A MULTI-PART VEHICLE DOOR

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An insert for a vehicle door having one part of the door that is separable from another part of the door, the insert comprising:a body having a first end, a second end, a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end and through the center of mass of the body, an opening at the first end, and an inner surface that defines a cavity extending from the opening toward the second end, the inner surface having a first portion and an opposing second portion wherein the distance from the first portion to the axis decreases along at least a portion of the cavity in the direction extending from the first end toward the second end, and the distance from the second portion to the axis increases along at least a portion of the cavity in the direction extending from the first end toward the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,363,795

CHILLER-ACCUMULATOR SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE WITH A FORCED INDUCTION SYSTEM

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A chiller system for a vehicle engine having a forced induction arrangement, the chiller system comprising:an intercooler configured to cool compressed charge air received from a turbocharger or a supercharger;
a low temperature cooling circuit fluidly coupled to the intercooler, the low temperature cooling circuit circulating a coolant to provide cooling to the intercooler and including a low temperature radiator configured to cool the coolant, a chiller-accumulator loop having a combined chiller-accumulator, a chiller bypass line bypassing the chiller-accumulator, and a charging valve configured to selectively provide coolant to at least one of the chiller-accumulator loop and the chiller bypass line; and
an air conditioner circuit circulating a refrigerant and having a primary circuit and a bypass circuit, the primary circuit being separate from the low temperature cooling circuit and including a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator, the bypass circuit including a conduit that bypasses the evaporator, and a chiller shut off valve configured to selectively prevent refrigerant from flowing through the bypass circuit;
wherein the chiller-accumulator is thermally coupled to the chiller-accumulator loop and the bypass circuit;
wherein the chiller shut off valve is configured to be controlled to be selectively opened to provide refrigerant to the chiller-accumulator to further cool the coolant in the chiller-accumulator loop after the coolant is cooled by the low temperature radiator, thereby providing increased cooling to the intercooler and the compressed charge air to increase engine performance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,793

HOUSING FOR ACCOMMODATION AND TEMPERATURE REGULATION OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH SUCH HOUSING

1. A vehicle comprising:a passenger compartment;
an air conditioning system that guides a temperature-regulated air current through a duct and into the passenger compartment; and
a housing located at a predetermined position within the passenger compartment, wherein the housing is adapted to accommodate an electronic device having a temperature, wherein the housing includes an air inlet and an air outlet through which the temperature-regulated air current from the duct passes, wherein the temperature of the electronic device is regulated exclusively by guiding the air current from the duct around the electronic device; and
wherein the air current exiting the duct strikes the outside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,792

AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR COOLING AND DRYING AIR IN PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A method of operating an air-conditioning system for operating in both a cooling system mode and a heat pump mode for cooling and heating air in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and for operating in a reheating mode, the method comprising steps of:transferring at least two air mass flows in a housing of the air-conditioning system, further including an air-distribution housing in the passenger compartment including at least an in-dashboard discharge port;
cooling or dehumidifying a first one of the at least two air mass flows as the first one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through an evaporator of a refrigerant circulation system;
dividing the first one of the at least two air mass flows into at least two partial cold-air mass flows, a first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the passenger compartment, and a second one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is directly guided to the in-dashboard discharge port through a cold-air flow path and then guided to the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
heating a second one of the at least two air mass flows as the second one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through a condenser gas/cooler of the refrigerant circulation system, the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
mixing the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows with the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the air-distribution housing to form a mixed flow stream; and
introducing the mixed flow stream into the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port through the in-dashboard discharge port, the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows and the mixed flow stream guided through the in-dashboard discharge port simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,363,791

AXLE UNIT FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

SAF-HOLLAND GMBH, Bessen...

1. An axle assembly for commercial vehicles, comprising:a linkage element having a first end and a second end;
a first axle element, wherein the linkage element extends between the first axle element and a vehicle frame, the linkage element is pivotably coupled to the vehicle frame at the first end and coupled to the first axle element near the second end; and
a second axle element, wherein the first and second axle elements are pivotably supported from the vehicle frame by the linkage element;
wherein the first axle element extends mainly along a tube axle and is fixed on a first side of the linkage element between the first and second ends of the linkage element;
wherein the second axle element is at least partially rotationally symmetric around a stub axle and is fixed at a second side of the linkage element between the first and second ends of the linkage element;
wherein the tube axle and the stub axle are spaced one from the other in an area of the linkage element;
wherein a supporting section is provided, which is configured as an integral one-piece part with the linkage element, so that a suspension element is supported in a way that a first surface of the suspension element is overlapped or intersected at least in parts by at least one of the tube axle and the stub axle;
wherein both the first axle element and the second axle element are directly and materially bonded to the linkage element;
wherein the stub axle in the area of the linkage element is spaced from the tube axle by a vertical distance v;
wherein the stub axle in the area of the linkage element is spaced from the tube axle by a horizontal distance h; and
wherein the ratio of the horizontal distance h to the vertical distance v is in the range of about 0 to about 5.

US Pat. No. 10,363,790

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROACTIVE CONTROL OF A VIBRATION DAMPING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for controlling a vibration damping system of a vehicle, comprising:detecting a profile of a road surface with a sensor;
identifying an upcoming change in height of a portion of the detected road surface;
determining whether the change in height meets or exceeds a threshold;
if the change in height meets or exceeds the threshold, selecting a road surface profile classification from a plurality of predetermined classifications stored in an electronic memory, based on the change in height of the detected road surface profile; and
adjusting a damping force of the damping system based on the selected classification by setting a characteristic curve of the damping system to have a maximum value of damping prior to and during a first period corresponding to interaction of a wheel of the vehicle with a leading edge of the portion of the detected road surface and setting the characteristic curve to have a minimum value of damping prior to and during a second period after the first period and corresponding to interaction of the wheel of the vehicle with a trailing edge of the portion of the detected road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,787

ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER FOR ADJUSTING A CONNECTING POINT FOR A LINK OF A HUB CARRIER, AND HUB CARRIER COMPRISING THE ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER

1. An eccentric adjusting unit for adjusting a connection point for a control arm of a wheel suspension, comprising:an electric motor; and
an eccentric gear section, wherein the eccentric gear section has an input shaft and an output shaft, wherein the input shaft is configured to be driven by the electric motor and wherein the output shaft rotates eccentrically with respect to an output axis of rotation and can be in operative connection with the connection point or forms this connection point;
wherein the eccentric gear section has a star wheel gear stage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,784

TIRE TRACTION DEVICE

1. A non-skid device comprisinga first stanchion, a second stanchion, a base plate, and a strap;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with a vehicle;
wherein the vehicle is further defined with a wheel and a tire;
wherein the tire is further defined with a first outer sidewall and a second outer sidewall;
wherein the wheel is further defined with a wheel disk;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the first stanchion, the second stanchion and the strap attach the base plate to the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the non-skid device increases the load bearing surface area relative to the surface area provided by the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the base plate is further defined with a medial surface and a distal surface;
wherein the strap is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the first stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the first stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the first stanchion is further defined with a first fixed end and a first free end;
wherein the second stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the second stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the second stanchion is further defined with a second fixed end and a second free end;
wherein the first end of the strap permanently attaches to the free end of the first stanchion;
wherein the second end of the strap removably attaches to the second stanchion;
wherein the second stanchion is a telescopic structure;
wherein the span of the length of the second stanchion from the fixed end attached to the base plate to the free end of the second stanchion is adjustable;
wherein the second stanchion comprises a first arm, a second arm, a ratchet, and a detent;
wherein the detent connects the second arm to the first arm;
wherein the first arm is a hollow first prism that is further defined with an inner dimension;
wherein the second arm is a second prism that is further defined with an outer dimension;
wherein the first arm and the second arm are geometrically similar.

US Pat. No. 10,363,781

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion having a designated installing direction to a vehicle to define an outboard tread edge and an inboard tread edge;
the tread portion being provided with a plurality of circumferentially and continuously extending main grooves comprising an outboard shoulder main groove, an outboard middle main groove, an inboard shoulder main groove and an inboard middle main groove to define an outboard middle portion between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard middle main groove, an inboard middle portion between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard middle main groove, and a central portion between the outboard middle main groove and the inboard middle main groove;
the central portion being provided with a circumferentially and continuously extending central sipe;
the outboard middle portion being provided with a plurality of outboard middle lateral grooves extending between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard middle main groove, a plurality of outboard middle circumferential sipes each extending between adjacent outboard middle lateral grooves, and a plurality of outboard middle lateral sipes extending from the outboard shoulder main groove toward the outboard middle circumferential sipes without reaching the outboard middle circumferential sipes;
the inboard middle portion being provided with a plurality of inboard middle lateral grooves extending between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard middle main groove, a plurality of inboard middle circumferential sipes each extending between adjacent inboard middle lateral grooves, and a plurality of inboard middle lateral sipes extending from the inboard shoulder main groove or the inboard middle main groove toward the inboard middle circumferential sipes without reaching the inboard middle circumferential sipes; and
the number of the inboard middle lateral sipes being greater than the number of the outboard middle lateral sipes,
wherein the number of the plurality of outboard middle lateral grooves is same as the number of the plurality of inboard middle lateral grooves, the number of plurality of outboard middle circumferential sipes is same as the number of the plurality of inboard middle circumferential sipes, and no sipe that extends from the outboard middle main groove is provided on the outboard middle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,779

HEAVY DUTY PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

16. A heavy duty pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion provided with a plurality of circumferentially extending main grooves so that the tread portion consists of nine land portions separated by the main grooves;
the nine land portions comprising a shoulder land portion having a tread edge, a first middle land portion adjacent to the shoulder land portion, a second middle land portion adjacent to the first middle land portion, a third middle land portion adjacent to the second middle land portion, and a central land portion adjacent to the third middle land portion;
the shoulder land portion being formed into a circumferentially continuous rib;
the first middle land portion being formed into a row of first middle blocks separated by a plurality of first middle lateral grooves;
the second middle land portion being formed into a row of second middle blocks separated by a plurality of second middle lateral grooves;
each first middle block having a circumferential length greater than that of each second middle block;
the third land portion being provided with a plurality of third middle lateral grooves to form a plurality of third middle blocks;
the central land portion being provided with a plurality of central lateral grooves to form a plurality of central blocks, and
circumferential lengths L4 of the plurality of central blocks being equal to or more than circumferential lengths L3 of the plurality of third middle blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,363,769

TRANSACTION CARD HAVING FEATURES FOR EASY REMOVAL FROM WALLET

CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC...

1. A method of manufacturing a transaction card, comprising:printing a card board containing a plurality of card blanks, wherein each card blank on the card board is printed with information common to all of the cards;
cutting individual card blanks from the printed card board, each card blank including a first surface and an opposing, substantially parallel second surface spaced from the first surface by a thickness of the card blank;
machining a feature along a first region of at least one of the first and second surfaces such that the machined feature deviates from a smooth, flat surface of the card and is configured for tactile engagement to facilitate removal of the card from a pocket of a card-carrying case; and
machining a portion of the card to a thinner thickness than remaining portions of the card to facilitate insertion of the card into the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,363,764

PORTABLE PRINTER AND METHODS

AVERY DENNISON CORPORATIO...

1. A printer, comprising:A housing having at least a pair of exit openings readily accessible from outside of the printer, and a pair of front bumpers and a pair of rear bumpers disposed at top corners of the housing and which extend outwardly to contact a surface if the printer falls, and the housing has a door with a lower portion with a converging throat,
a support mounted on the housing,
a print head mounted on the support and capable of printing on a web of record members,
an ink ribbon cartridge received on the support,
a label roll holder having at least a pair of holding members that are engageable with a supply roll;
a sensor system mounted on one of the at least a pair of holding members; and
a movably mounted guide for the web, the guide being movable between an open position and a closed guiding position, the guide being spring-urged to the open position to enable the ink ribbon cartridge to be received on the support, and the ink ribbon cartridge being engageable with the guide to the move the guide toward the closed position against the spring-urging.

US Pat. No. 10,363,763

COVER PIECE AND MEDIUM STORAGE CASSETTE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cover piece to be removably attached to a medium storage cassette including a medium storage section for storing a medium, and an operation unit provided in a recess and configured to lock and unlock the medium storage section to and from an apparatus main body, the cover piece comprising:a main portion configured to enter the recess in the medium storage cassette so as to cover the recess;
a sliding portion configured to slide so as to switch between a first state in which the sliding portion sticks out from the main portion and the main portion is locked to the recess, and a second state in which the main portion is unlocked and allowed to enter the recess and be removed from the recess; and
an opening for receiving a key member,
wherein the sliding portion switches the first state to the second state, when the key member is inserted in the opening,
wherein the key member unmovable from the opening, and the cover piece is detachable together with the key member from the recess, when the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,760

DUPLEX PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CUT SHEETS AND A METHOD THEREFOR

1. A printing system for cut sheets, the printing system comprising:a controller configured to control the printing of image data on a plurality of sheets and scheduling the plurality of sheets in a printing order;
a paper path comprising a duplex printing loop and a rotational functional component arranged in the duplex printing loop for guiding and processing a printed sheet for two passes along or on a surface of the rotational functional component; and
a print engine arranged in the duplex printing loop and configured to dispose marking material on the sheets according to the image data, in two passes, one side per pass,
wherein the controller is configured to schedule one-sided printed sheets for a first pass guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component and two-sided printed sheets for a second pass guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component by using the duplex printing loop and to determine a distance between subsequent sheets guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component such that a location on the surface of the rotational functional component is covered by printed sides of two-sided printed sheets at most a maximum number of times before the location on the surface of the rotational functional component is covered by an unprinted side of a one-sided printed sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,759

CUTTING MECHANISM AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cutting mechanism comprising:a cutter blade that is configured to cut a medium;
a cutter unit to which the cutter blade is attached;
a pinion gear that is rotatably attached to the cutter unit, and
a rack gear that is configured to mesh with the pinion gear,
wherein the pinion gear and the rack gear are helical gears with inclined teeth, and
wherein the cutter unit moves while the pinion gear is rotated in a state of meshing the pinion gear and the rack gear.

US Pat. No. 10,363,756

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DE-SKEWING SUBSTRATES AND LATERALLY REGISTERING IMAGES ON THE SUBSTRATES IN A PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printer comprising:a mechanical de-skewing device configured to identify only an amount of skew in an incoming substrate and to remove only the identified amount of skew from the incoming substrate to de-skew the substrate before the incoming substrate enters a print zone; and
an electronic lateral registration system configured to identify only a lateral position of the de-skewed substrate in the print zone and send image data only to inkjets that correspond to a width of the de-skewed substrate at the identified lateral position of the de-skewed substrate before the de-skewed substrate enters the print zone.

US Pat. No. 10,363,748

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head configured to eject a liquid; and
a liquid storage section configured to store the liquid to be fed to the liquid ejecting head,
the liquid storage section comprising:
a liquid feed port to feed the liquid to the liquid ejecting head,
a liquid filling inlet to refill the liquid, the liquid filling inlet being configured for opening and closing,
an interlocking mechanism having a male portion that interlocks with a female portion to thereby seal the liquid filling inlet, and
a storage tank of which at least part is provided with a flexible section having flexibility, the storage tank having a volume that can be changed by the flexible section deforming.

US Pat. No. 10,363,747

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid;
a pressure chamber having therein an energy generation element for generating energy for ejecting the liquid;
an ejection opening portion that allows communication between the ejection opening and the pressure chamber;
a first flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and supplying the liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a second flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and collecting the liquid from the pressure chamber,
wherein an expression of H?0.34×P0.66×W >1.7 is satisfied when a height of the pressure chamber at an upstream side of a communication portion between the pressure chamber and the ejection opening portion in a flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to H [?m],
a length of the ejection opening portion in a direction in which the liquid is ejected from the ejection opening is set to P [?m], and
a length of the ejection opening portion in the flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to W [?m].

US Pat. No. 10,363,739

RECORDING DEVICE AND RECORDING HEAD VOLTAGE SETTING METHOD

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A recording device performing recording operation by supplying drive voltage to a recording head having predetermined nozzle capacity, comprising:a head voltage control unit of setting target voltage of head voltage used to perform the recording operation by driving the recording head;
a DC voltage generating unit generating drive voltage which increases over a plurality of stages, while giving a feedback at each stage, until the head voltage becomes the target voltage which is set by the head voltage control unit; and
a smoothing capacitor connected between an output unit of the DC voltage generating unit and the recording head and having capacity which is twice or more as large as capacity of all of nozzles of the recording head driven at the same timing,
wherein, when increasing output voltage of the DC voltage generating unit, the output voltage is increased over a predetermined time at each of the plurality of stages until the target voltage is reached, and
wherein an inrush current peak at each of the plurality of stages is less than an inrush current peak when the output voltage is directly increased to the target voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,732

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING SLICE FILES FROM NATIVE CAD GEOMETRIES

1. A computer-implemented method for improving the production of an object by an additive manufacturing machine, the computer implemented method comprising:performing with an electronic processing element the actions of—
receiving a computer-aided design model having a native and/or neutral format,
determining a desired resolution for each of one or more dimensions,
slicing the computer-aided design model by determining an intersection of a build-slice plane with the computer-aided design model to create one or more computer-aided design slice files having a slice format,
evaluating the one or more computer-aided design slice files to determine whether the desired resolution has been achieved,
if the desired resolution has been achieved, sending the one or more computer-aided design slice files to the additive manufacturing machine for use in producing the object, and
if the desired resolution has not been achieved, determining a new desired resolution and re-slicing the computer-aided design model; and
producing the object with the additive manufacturing machine using the one or more computer-aided design slice files received from the electronic processing element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,731

EJECTOR DEVICE

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. An ejector device for ejecting droplets of viscous fluids, comprising:one or more ejectors comprising an ejector layer that spans a hollow area, the ejector layer having a first surface and an opposing second surface arranged to receive a viscous material with viscosity between 20 and 50,000 centipoise, the ejector layer comprising a radiation absorber material configured to thermally expand without phase transition in response to heating by activation radiation transmitted to the first surface, the ejector layer comprises multiple layers including a first layer having a first coefficient of thermal expansion, CTE1, and a second layer having a second coefficient of thermal expansion, CTE2, wherein CTE2>CTE1, wherein thermal expansion of the ejector layer causes displacement of the ejector layer and ejection of the material from the second surface of the ejector layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,728

METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF LABELS, AND MULTI-LAYER COMPOSITE

1. A method for producing labels, wherein each label has a plurality of sheets adhesively connected with one another in respective first surface area regions of respective basic label surface areas of the labels and lie on one another in respective second surface area regions of the respective basic label surface areas, wherein the method comprises the following:step a) imprinting of a carrier web, comprising printing an anti-adhesion layer onto the carrier web in a frame region provided for a waste matrix, wherein the frame region surrounds the basic label surface areas, and in the first surface area regions of the basic label surface areas,
step b) application of a number of material webs to the carrier web and/or one on top of another, as well as imprinting this number of material webs,
wherein the number of material webs serves for production of a number of lowermost sheets of each label and comprises either a single material web or a plurality of material webs,
wherein each material web of the number of material webs is first applied individually and then imprinted, and
wherein an anti-adhesion layer is imprinted onto a last material web of the number of material webs in third surface area regions, which are disposed between the first surface area regions and the frame region and/or between the second surface area regions and the frame region,
step c) implementation of a punch or other severing of a material web of this number of material webs between the third surface area regions and the first and/or second surface area regions, and
step d) completion of each label by application and imprinting an outermost material web intended as an outermost sheet of the labels, and by carrying out a frame punch or other severing of all the material webs,
wherein in step d), the frame punch is carried out in such a manner that a waste matrix can be severed and/or is severed from the first , second and/or third surface area regions, and that a laterally projecting section of the outermost sheet of the respective label is formed in the third surface area regions, in each instance, wherein the laterally projecting section projects laterally beyond the number of lowermost sheets of the respective label.

US Pat. No. 10,363,727

THERMALLY-BONDED MULTILAYER PADS FORMED FROM WIDE WEBS

1. An in-line method for manufacturing a plurality of multilayer pads, comprising the steps of:providing a web of fusible base-pad-forming material;
providing a web of fusible intermediate barrier-layer-forming material;
providing a web of fusible handle-forming material;
at a first bonding station, fusing a portion of the base-pad-forming material to the barrier-layer-forming material to form a base layer and intermediate layer precursor;
at a second bonding station, fusing the handle-forming material to the base layer and intermediate layer precursor, while leaving at least one portion of the handle-forming material free with reference to a pad to be formed to form an uncut pad precursor web; and
cutting through the pad precursor web to form a multilayer pad.

US Pat. No. 10,363,716

SHREDDING AND BALING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A shredding and baling apparatus comprising:a shredding assembly comprising:
an intake hopper for receiving material to be shredded, said intake hopper having an open bottom portion for allowing shredded material to freely pass therethrough;
a shredding mechanism comprising a cutting drum rotatable along a rotational axis and oriented along a horizontal axis, the cutting drum being positioned in a central portion of said intake hopper and capable of free rotation through said open bottom portion thereof;
a plurality of cutting teeth arranged spirally and carried on an outer portion of said cutting drum;
a means for conveying operatively connected to and disposed below said shredding mechanism, the front of said means for conveying being aligned with the front of said shredding mechanism, whereby shredded material is gravity fed from said shredding mechanism onto said means for conveying;
said means for conveying being operatively connected to and terminating above a baling assembly such that shredded material may be carried to and gravity fed into said baling assembly, said baling assembly comprising:
a housing having a fixed member and a pivoting door member, said housing defining a baling cavity on an inside portion thereof;
a series of rotatable rollers positioned within said housing, and wherein a first set of said rollers are rotatably attached within said fixed member of said housing, and a second set of said rollers are rotatably attached within said pivoting door member of said housing;
a series of belts disposed about said rollers, so that said belts may rotate about said rollers;
a drive mechanism attached to said housing and operatively connected to at least one of said rollers, wherein said drive mechanism rotates said at least one roller that is operatively connected thereto;
a baler hopper attached to an upper portion of said housing for receiving shredded material, wherein said baling material is fed through said baler hopper into said shredded chamber;
a wrap feeder disposed on an outer portion of said housing, said wrap feeder being used to feed a wrap material to said baling cavity to wrap around a bale of baling material after said bale has been formed therein;
a power unit for powering said shredding assembly, said baling assembly, and said means for conveying, said power unit comprising;
at least one hydraulic motor operative connected to at least one hydraulic pump and at least one hydraulic line, said at least one hydraulic line operatively connecting each of said shredding assembly, said baling assembly, and said means for conveying; and
a computer operationally connected to said power unit for automating and controlling said apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,715

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING RETREADED TIRES

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method of forming a retreaded tire comprising:providing a tread having a top side configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation and a bottom side configured to attach to an annular tire carcass configured for receiving the tread, the tread including a recessed groove recessed below the top side of the tread;
arranging the tread around an outer circumference of the tire carcass in a desired position to form an assembled retreaded tire;
arranging a removable circumferential band around the assembled retreaded tire positioned overtop the recessed groove and the top side of the tread where the circumferential band has an axial width less than a lateral width of the top side of the tread, where the circumferential band is separated from the recessed groove by a thickness of tread material between the recessed groove and the top side of the tread, and whereby the circumferential band provides an additional thickness of material above the recessed groove, where the circumferential band is substantially formed of an elastomeric material having an unstretched circumference smaller than the circumference of the assembled retreaded tire that is expanded prior to and for arrangement around the retreaded tire;
placing a curing membrane around an outer circumference of the tread, an outer circumference of the circumferential band, and at least a portion of the tire carcass; and,
curing the retreaded tire with the circumferential band arranged between the tread and the curing membrane, where the recessed groove is a void arranged along the bottom side of the tread and a shape of the void after the step of curing the retreaded tire is substantially the same as before the step of curing the retreaded tire.

US Pat. No. 10,363,713

TIRE VULCANIZING APPARATUS

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire vulcanizing apparatus comprising:a vulcanizing bladder inflatable in an inner space of an unvulcanized tire to press the unvulcanized tire against a vulcanizing mold;
a center device for holding the vulcanizing bladder;
a supplier for supplying fluid to the vulcanizing bladder;
a discharger for discharging the fluid in the vulcanizing bladder;
the vulcanizing bladder comprising a first bladder configured to contact with an inner circumferential surface of the unvulcanized tire and a second bladder arranged inside the first bladder,
the fluid including a first fluid to be supplied between the first bladder and the second bladder and a second fluid to be supplied to an inside of the second bladder, and
at least one of an inner circumferential surface of the first bladder and an outer circumferential surface of the second bladder being provided with a guide groove extending in a tire axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,712

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING POLARIZING PLASTIC LENS

EHS LENS PHILIPPINES, INC...

1. A method of manufacturing a polarizing plastic lens, which comprises:subjecting a polarizing film to curved surface processing to impart a convex surface shape to a first side of the polarization film and a concave surface shape to the side of the polarization film that is opposite to the first side of the polarization film;
a reversing step of reversing the convex surface shape into a concave surface shape by pressing the polarizing film that has been curved surface processed;
a casting mold assembling step of assembling a casting mold having a cavity within which the reversed polarizing film is positioned with the reversed polarizing film, an upper mold, a lower mold, and a sealing member that maintains a spacing between the upper mold and the lower mold; and
forming a polarizing plastic lens comprising the polarizing film positioned within a plastic lens substrate, the polarizing plastic lens being prepared via a single molding operation that includes polymerizing and curing a curable composition that has been cast into the cavity to provide the plastic lens substrate within which the polarizing film is positioned, wherein
the plastic lens substrate of the polarizing plastic lens is not formed prior to the polymerization and curing of the curable composition that has been cast into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,709

COMPOSITE LAYUP TOOLS FOR AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE BARRELS, METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE LAYUP TOOLS, AND AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE BARREL SECTIONS FORMED UTILIZING THE LAYUP TOOLS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a fuselage barrel assembly of an aircraft, the method comprising:providing a first fuselage barrel section that includes a first joint portion, wherein the first joint portion has a first interior joint surface that has a first inner circumferential length;
providing a second fuselage barrel section that includes a second joint portion, wherein the second joint portion has a second interior joint surface that has a second inner circumferential length;
providing a splice ring that has a splice ring outer surface that has a splice ring outer circumferential length;
operatively aligning the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section such that the first joint portion faces toward the second joint portion;
locating the splice ring within both the first joint portion and the second joint portion while translating the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section toward one another; and
operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section to the splice ring, wherein the operatively attaching includes:
(i) initially operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section at a pair of initial attachment points that is proximate a bottom center line reference direction of the fuselage barrel assembly; and
(ii) subsequently operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section at a plurality of pairs of subsequent attachment points by operatively attaching at a given pair of subsequent attachment points on a given side of the pair of initial attachment points and at a corresponding pair of subsequent attachment points on an opposite side of the pair of initial attachment points prior to attaching at another pair of subsequent attachments points that is farther from the pair of initial attachment points than the given pair of subsequent attachment points.

US Pat. No. 10,363,707

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-LINE CONTROLLING THE ULTRASONIC WELDING OF PLASTIC COMPONENTS OF AN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

1. A system (1) for in-line controlling the ultrasonic welding of plastic components (F, S, B) of an electronic cigarette, said plastic components (F, S, B) being welded one to the other at a welding zone (Z) so as to define a welded group (G); the plastic components (F, S, B) being conformed in such a way that the welded group (G) comprises an air passage duct (P) having a first open end (E1) and a second open end (E2);the system (1) being characterized in that it comprises:
a chamber (2) for receiving the welded group (G);
closure means (3), for closing the first open end (E1) of the air passage duct (P) of the welded group (G);
air supplying means (6) for supplying air into the chamber (2) determining the introduction of air in the air passage duct (P) through its second open end (E2);
air exiting means (4, 40), arranged for connecting the welding zone (Z) with the outside of the chamber (2), allowing the possible exit of air outside the chamber (2);
continuous pressure control and adjustment means (5), arranged between the air supplying means (6) and the second open end (E2) of the air passage duct (P) for continuously controlling and regulating the air pressure that enters in the air passage duct (P), in order to keep a fixed air pressure;
an air passage nozzle (7) having a determined cross section, interposed between the continuous pressure control and adjustment means (5) and the second open end (E2) of the air passage duct (P), through which the air passes; and
a pressure sensor (8), connected to the chamber (2), for detecting an air back pressure generated in the chamber (2) after the introduction of air into the air passage duct (P).

US Pat. No. 10,363,705

DETERMINING A PRINTING ANOMALY RELATED TO A 3D PRINTED OBJECT

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions, the instructions comprising:one or more instructions that, when executed by one or more processors of a device, cause the one or more processors to:
obtain measurement data concerning a three-dimensional (3D) printed object,
wherein the 3D printed object has a plurality of physical elements that comprise a plurality of different physical attributes,
wherein the plurality of physical elements and the plurality of different physical attributes are designed to exhibit one or more printing capabilities of a 3D printer that printed the 3D printed object;
process the measurement data to determine one or more printing anomalies relating to one or more physical elements, of the plurality of physical elements, and one or more physical attributes of the plurality of different physical attributes;
generate a set of instructions to permit the 3D printer to be adjusted to address the one or more printing anomalies,
the set of instructions including an instruction to check one or more physical components of the 3D printer,
the one or more physical components of the 3D printer including at least one of:
 a motor,
 a gear,
 a filament,
 a spool,
 a band,
 a print head,
 an extruder,
 a fan,
 a heating element, or
 a nozzle; and
cause an action to be performed based on generating the set of instructions,
the action including at least one of:
perform a calibration action concerning the one or more physical components,
perform a correction action concerning the one or more physical components, or
perform a reset action concerning the one or more physical components.

US Pat. No. 10,363,699

METHOD OF FORMING AND SETTING HEADSPACE WITHIN A CONTAINER

1. A method for forming and filling a container with liquid, the container being formed from a preform located within a mold and the method utilizing a hydraulic blow molding device that is coupled to a source of the liquid, which is used as the blow molding medium, the hydraulic blow molding device having a blow nozzle, a seal pin and a member, the method comprising:advancing the member from a retracted position to a position within the preform;
after the member has initiated advancement into the preform, engaging the blow nozzle in fluid tight communication with an open end of the preform as to provide a sealing engagement of the blow nozzle with the preform; and
opening the seal pin and injecting the liquid blow medium into the preform so as to form the container after the sealing engagement of the blow nozzle with the preform;
during injection of the liquid blow medium, retracting the member to a first headspace position;
with the member in the first headspace position, closing the seal pin after forming the container;
after closing the seal pin, moving the member to a second headspace position, the second headspace position being closer to the finish than the first headspace setting position and reducing pressure within the formed container to ambient; and
with the member in the second headspace position, breaking sealing engagement of the blow nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,698

MACHINE FOR FORMING AND FILLING CONTAINERS COMPRISING A FIRST CLOSED LOOP AND A SECOND CLOSED LOOP HAVING A COMMON PART

1. A machine for forming and filling successive containers from a preform with liquid as the forming medium, the machine comprising a plurality of forming stations, each forming station having a main station and an elementary station which are coupled together to form the forming station, wherein the machine includes a series of elementary stations moving along a first closed loop and a series of main stations moving along a second closed loop, the first closed loop and the second closed loop having at least one common part wherein the main stations are coupled with the elementary stations and at least a distinct part wherein the main stations are separated from the elementary stations.

US Pat. No. 10,363,695

MOLD MOVEMENT CONTROL MECHANISM AND MOLD HAVING THE SAME

SHEN YUAN PRECISION MOLD ...

1. A mold movement control mechanism comprising:a base module;
an engaging member;
an abutting portion;
a coupling member;
a pushing portion;
a first moving member;
a second moving member; and
a third moving member;
the base module is configured to assemble the engaging member, the abutting portion, the coupling member, the pushing portion, the first moving member, the second moving member, and the third moving member;
the engaging member is configured to move relative to the base module along a travel direction from a first engaging position to a moved engaging position via an engaging member travel, the engaging member is configured to rotate about an engaging axis between an engagement position and a release position when the engaging member is located at the moved engaging position, the engaging member is configured to be restricted at the engagement position by the base module when the engaging member is at the first engaging position and during the engaging member travel;
the abutting portion is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction, the abutting portion and the engaging member are configured to engage with each other when the engaging member is at the engagement position in a manner that the abutting portion and the engaging member are moved simultaneously during the engaging member travel, the abutting portion and the engaging member are configured to disengage when the engaging member is located at the release position;
the first moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the second moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the third moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the coupling member and the pushing portion are configured to engage with each other; and
wherein the engaging member is rotatably disposed on one of the first moving member and the second moving member, the abutting portion is disposed on the other one of the first moving member and the second moving member, the coupling member is rotatably disposed on the third moving member, and the pushing portion is disposed on the second moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,691

METALLIC RESIN MOLDING OF ANNULAR COMPONENTS WITHOUT VISIBLE KNIT LINE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A method of orienting metallic resin flakes at a Class A surface of a knit line of an annular component comprising:heating a core mold component defining a lower surface of an injection mold set corresponding to a lower surface of the annular component to a base temperature;
heating a cavity mold component defining an upper surface of the injection mold set corresponding to the Class A surface of the annular component to a higher temperature than the base temperature;
causing faces of two streams of metallic resin, including the metallic resin flakes, injected into the injection mold set to come together at the knit line;
causing metallic resin flakes to flow into an inboard overflow cavity through an inboard gate positioned adjacent the knit line;
causing metallic resin flakes to flow into an outboard overflow cavity through an outboard gate positioned adjacent the knit line;
wherein the causing metallic resin flakes to flow into the inboard overflow cavity and into the outboard overflow cavity comprises causing unoriented flakes to be replaced by oriented flakes at the Class A surface of the knit line;
wherein the higher temperature is between about 175 degrees Fahrenheit and about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,690

METHOD FOR PREPARING A CHITOSAN-BASED POROUS LAYER

1. A method for preparing a chitosan-based porous layer which has been compressed, neutralized and washed, comprising the following steps:a) preparing a chitosan solution free of any other polymer, including a chitosan concentration ranging from 1.0% to 5% by weight, relative to a total weight of the solution and having a pH from 3 to 5,
b) pouring the chitosan solution into a mold in order to form a layer,
c) lyophilizing the layer obtained in b) to obtain a porous layer,
d) compressing the porous layer obtained in c) to obtain a compressed porous layer including a density of greater than or equal to 0.65 g/cm3,
e) neutralizing the compressed porous layer obtained in d) by using a NH4OH solution comprising a NH4OH concentration ranging from 0.6 to 2 mold to obtain a neutralized compressed porous layer, and,
f) subjecting the neutralized compressed porous layer obtained in e) to one or more washing steps.

US Pat. No. 10,363,689

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FLUORESCENT SILICONE FILM

1. A method of manufacturing a fluorescent silicone film comprising of the following steps in the order named:A. mixing optical silicone and fluorescent powders so as to produce a mixture of the optical silicone and the fluorescent powders;
B. adding liquid to the mixture;
C. vacuuming and degassing the mixture with the liquid;
D. feeding the mixture with the liquid into an accommodation cavity of a mold;
E. placing the mold into a planetary centrifugal mixer so as to centrifuge the mixture with the liquid in the accommodation cavity of the mold;
F. forming a fluorescent silicone film in the accommodation cavity; and
G. solidifying and removing the fluorescent silicone film from the mold;
wherein in the step of A, the optical silicone and the fluorescent powders are mixed at a ratio of 100:10 to 100:25;
wherein in the step of C, the accommodation cavity is closed after feeding the mixture with the liquid; and wherein in the step of F, the fluorescent silicone film has a silicone layer and a fluorescent powder layer which are formed in the accommodation cavity in a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) manner.

US Pat. No. 10,363,686

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MELTING AND DISPENSING THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An apparatus for melting thermoplastic material, the apparatus comprising:a heated manifold defining:
an upper surface receiving particles of thermoplastic material from a hopper;
a plurality of cavities extending downward from the upper surface, each of the plurality of cavities having an inlet and an outlet, the inlets of the plurality of cavities being defined in the upper surface, and the plurality of cavities being spaced apart from one another;
a pump supply passage for receiving molten thermoplastic material from the outlets of the plurality of cavities and for supplying the molten thermoplastic material to a pump; and
a discharge passage for receiving pressurized molten thermoplastic material from the pump, the discharge passage being in fluid communication with a dispenser; and
at least one heating element disposed within the heated manifold, the at least one heating element transferring heat substantially throughout the heated manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,683

DIGITAL DECORATING MACHINE FOR CERAMIC PRODUCTS

PROJECTA ENGINEERING S.R....

1. A digital decorating machine for ceramic products, comprising at least a conveyor, to transport the products to be decorated (P) along a feed direction (A), and a plurality of decoration modules, positioned over said conveyor and adjacent to each other along said feed direction (A), said modules comprising respective printing heads provided with nozzles for ejecting a fluid to be delivered on the surface of the products to be decorated (P), said conveyor comprising at least a movable member for supporting the products to be decorated (P), for translating them along said feed direction (A), wherein said conveyor comprises at least a supporting surface, located along a respective flank of said movable member, said supporting surface comprising a plurality of predetermined positioning zones for the removable engagement of respective coupling portions of said decoration modules,wherein each of said modules comprises a box, including said coupling portions, and housing all components required to operate the module, and
wherein said box is a sealed unit and it is associated with respective means for generating overpressure, to provide a pressurized and air-conditioned environment inside an inner volume of said box.

US Pat. No. 10,363,680

SUPPORT REMOVAL TOOL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE

General Electric Company,...

1. A machine system comprising:a press machine having a press member controllably movable along a path adjacent a component surface of a laser-sintered component;
a cutting surface moveable by the press member along a cutting path and having a cutting surface shape complementary to a component surface shape of the component surface, the cutting surface having at least one cutting edge positioned to separate at least one laser-sintered support from the component surface as the cutting surface moves along the cutting path; and
at least one pin projecting forward from the cutting surface along the cutting path and aligned with an opening defined by the at least one laser-sintered support, whereby the at least one pin extends through the opening prior to the cutting surface separating the at least one laser-sintered support.

US Pat. No. 10,363,679

WATER BEARING AND FOOD CUTTING ASSEMBLY

Lamb Weston, Inc., Eagle...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a housing for rotationally mounting a spindle body having a rotational axis, a supply of water, the housing including a first radial bearing proximate to a first thrust disc of the spindle body and a second radial bearing proximate to a second thrust disc of the spindle body, the first thrust disc including first opposing surfaces extending radially from the rotational axis of the spindle body and a first circumferential surface between the first opposing surfaces, and the second thrust disc including second opposing surfaces extending radially from the rotational axis of the spindle body and a second circumferential surface between the second opposing surfaces, and the spindle body having an interior passage extending along its rotational axis and a tube within the interior passage, around which the spindle body rotates;
directing the water through first fluid passages extending from a first port in the housing through the first radial bearing to the spindle body and across the first opposing surfaces and the first circumferential surface to the spindle body, and through second fluid passages extending from a second port in the housing through the second radial bearing to the spindle body and across the second opposing surfaces and the second circumferential surface to the spindle body, and through a third fluid passage between the spindle body and the tube;
rotating the spindle body while the water is directed through the first fluid passages and the second fluid passages and the third fluid passage to create a water film between the housing and the spindle body and between the spindle body and the tube that reduces friction between the housing and the spindle body and the tube; and
cooling the housing and the spindle body and the tube with the water.

US Pat. No. 10,363,677

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CUTTER DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a cutter that includes a first blade and a second blade, wherein the second blade is rotatable about a rotation center, wherein the cutter cuts a printing medium by causing the first blade to be in frictional contact with the second blade, wherein the second blade is rotatable and is moved in response to the frictional contact;
wherein the first blade is positioned on a first blade side of the second blade when in the frictional contact,
wherein the rotation center of the second blade is disposed on the first blade side with respect to a moving surface of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,671

HORIZONTAL MULTI-JOINT ROBOT AND ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot comprising:a pedestal;
a first arm connected to the pedestal and be able to rotate around a first axis;
a second arm connected to the first arm and be able to rotate around a second axis;
a shaft slideably supported by the second arm such that the shaft is movable in a direction parallel to the second axis;
a supporting portion provided at the pedestal, the supporting portion having a surface orthogonal to the first axis and overlapping the first axis when viewed from a direction of the first axis; and
a duct connects between the second arm and the supporting portion, wherein
the duct is able to rotate around the first axis and is able to rotate around the second axis,
a height of the duct in the direction of the first axis is less than a height of the shaft, and
a first thickness of the supporting portion intersecting the first axis is less than a second thickness of the first arm intersecting the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,670

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC BENDING OF INFLATABLE STRUCTURES

1. An air beam configured to be dynamically moved, the air beam comprising:an inflatable gas bladder;
a first braided tube substantially surrounding the gas bladder;
a plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements that extend substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the first braided tube, wherein for each variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements, a portion of the variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along a free braid section of the first braided tube is configured to be adjustable in length independently of any other variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements;
a plurality of actuators, each actuator from the plurality of actuators coupled to a corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements and configured to operably shorten the portion of the corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along the free braid section sufficiently to bend a first predetermined portion of the first braided tube in a first predetermined direction and to a first predetermined angle
wherein at least one of the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements is braided into the first braided tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,667

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT OF OBJECT LOCATION IN THREE DIMENSIONS

AUTODESK, INC., San Rafa...

1. A computer-implemented method of determining a location of an object that is being manipulated or processed by a robot, the method comprising:capturing a digital image of the object while the object is disposed by the robot within an imaging space, wherein the digital image includes a direct view of the object and a reflected view of the object;
detecting a visible feature of the object in the direct view and the visible feature of the object in the reflected view;
computing a first location of the visible feature in a first direction based on a position of the visible feature in the direct view;
computing a second location of the visible feature in a second direction based on a position of the visible feature in the reflected view; and
causing the robot to move the object to a processing station based at least in part on the first location and the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,363,666

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH HAPTIC CUTTING TOOL

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A robotic system, comprising:a control system including a user interface device;
a slave device which is controlled by the control system, the slave device including
a robotic grasping device formed of a base and at least one finger which is movable to facilitate grasping of objects, the finger pivotally mounted to the base at a proximal end and having an elongated length which extends away from the rigid base to a distal end;
at least one sensor which senses a force applied to the finger; and
a cutting tool attached to the base of the robotic grasping device, the cutting tool including a first cutting jaw arranged to pivot on a pivot axis in a direction away from the finger of the robotic grasping device and towards a second cutting jaw when the finger applies a pushing force on the first cutting jaw;
wherein forces exerted on the first or second cutting jaw are sensed with the at least one sensor during a first predetermined range of finger motion associated with a cutting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,363,664

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling a robot which holds and moves an object, the apparatus comprising:a processor,
wherein the processor acquires, from a measurement apparatus, a three-dimensional coordinate of a plurality of objects measured in distance by the measurement apparatus,
acquires a position in an oblique direction inclining with respect to a measuring direction of a distance from the measurement apparatus to the object for the three-dimensional coordinate of the plurality of objects, and
determines an order to hold the plurality of objects by the robot based on the position in the oblique direction and outputs an information representing the order, and
wherein one of the axes of the three-dimensional coordinate is a measuring direction of the distance from the measurement apparatus to an object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,663

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CRADLE THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a cradle; and
an electronic device capable of being placed on the cradle and including a hemispherical surface, wherein the electronic device includes:
a camera module configured to acquire an image;
a sensor module configured to sense an orientation of the electronic apparatus;
a processor configured to determine a target orientation of the electronic apparatus based on the acquired image; and
a communication module configured to transmit information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic apparatus and information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic apparatus to the cradle for the electronic apparatus and wherein the cradle includes:
a communication unit configured to receive the information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic device and the information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic device from the electronic device;
a plurality of driving legs, each of which is arranged to contact with the hemispherical surface of the electronic device;
a driver configure to rotate the plurality of driving legs; and
a controller configured to control the driver to rotate at least one driving leg among the plurality of driving legs to move the electronic device to the determined target orientation, based on the information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic device and the information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,661

CONTROL DEVICE, ROBOT, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A control device which controls a robot having a moving part, the control device comprising:a processor configured to cause an end effector provided on the moving part to move an insertion object, bring the insertion object into contact with an insertion hole provided in the insertion target object in a state where the insertion object is tilted from a center axis of the insertion hole, and subsequently insert the insertion object into the insertion hole, wherein
the processor is configured to move a position of a reference site moving with the moving part to a target position, and control to move the position of the reference site to the target position while the insertion object is inserted into the insertion hole,
the end effector includes a screwdriver,
the insertion object is a screw attached to the screwdriver, and
the processor is configured to move the position of the reference site in the insertion direction at a speed which is set based on a product of a number of rotations per unit time of the screwdriver and a lead for the screw.

US Pat. No. 10,363,660

ROBOT SYSTEM CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, ROBOT SYSTEM, AND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diagnosis apparatus for diagnosing a failure of an articulated robot, the articulated robot including a plurality of links connected by joints, a plurality of motors each configured to drive a corresponding one of the joints, and a plurality of encoders each configured to output a value based on a rotational angle of a corresponding one of the motors, the diagnosis apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to determine presence or absence of a failure in the articulated robot by analyzing a magnitude and a direction of a force acted on each of the joints based on an output value of each of the plurality of encoders and an output value of each of the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,363,658

ANGLE DETECTION METHOD, ANGLE DETECTION APPARATUS, ROTATION DRIVE APPARATUS, ROBOT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An angle correcting method performed by an apparatus provided with a first shaft, a power transmission unit, and a second shaft which are connected, and also provided with a first encoder for obtaining a first rotation angle of the first shaft and a second encoder for obtaining a second rotation angle of the second shaft, the angle correcting method comprising:obtaining first rotation angle data from the first encoder, wherein the first rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the first shaft that were detected by the first encoder;
obtaining second rotation angle data from the second encoder, wherein the second rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the second shaft that were detected by the second encoder;
generating correction data for the second encoder by interpolating sampling points of a detection error of the second encoder, wherein each of the sampling points of the detection error indicates a difference between a rotation angle detected by the second encoder and a physical rotation angle of the second shaft, and wherein the interpolating is performed by linear interpolation or sine wave estimation interpolation using the sampling points of the detection error; and
obtaining corrected second rotation angle data by correcting the second rotation angle data using the correction data for the second encoder.

US Pat. No. 10,363,655

UPHOLSTERY INTERIOR INSTALLATION TOOL

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A panel installation tool comprising:a first portion configured to releasably engage with a panel;
a second portion attached to the first portion and configured to releasably engage a structural component to retain the first portion with respect to the structural component; and
a location indicator positioned at the first portion and configured to enable marking on a panel surface a location through which a retaining element may be used to retain the panel to the structural component, wherein the first portion is transformable between an open configuration and a closed configuration relative to the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,654

TOOL ORGANIZER AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A method of making an organizer for maintaining one or more items, the method comprising the following steps:providing a depressible core having a flat upper surface and a lower surface wherein the upper surface of the depressible core maintains a depressed shaped of a depression after the depression is formed in the depressible core by the one or more items;
coating the flat upper surface of the core with a tacky adhesive while the upper surface is flat,
disposing a sheet of stretchy fabric covering material when the upper surface of the depressible core is flat so that when one or more items is placed on the sheet of stretchy fabric covering material and the one or more items are pressed or tapped into the stretchy fabric cover covering material, the depressible core and the stretchy fabric covering material simultaneously forms the depression in the upper surface of the depressible core and shapes the sheet of stretchy fabric covering material into a shape of the one or more items.