US Pat. No. 10,507,938

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF ANCHORING AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE ON A GROUND STATION

Percepto Robotics Ltd, M...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ground station, comprising:a landing surface having a perimeter and a center;
a plurality of pushers held above said landing surface by a plurality of linear actuators;
at least one electro-mechanical connector attached to one of said plurality of pushers, mechanically adapted to be electrically connected to a compatible electro-mechanical connector of a UAV; and
a landing detection controller adapted to instruct said plurality of linear actuators to move said plurality of pushers from said perimeter toward said center when a landing event related to said UAV is detected;wherein said electro-mechanical connector includes a set of horizontally aligned teeth adapted to be mechanically combined and electrically coupled to a matching set of horizontally aligned teeth of said compatible electro-mechanical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,507,937

OPERATION STATE RECORDING SYSTEM AND OPERATION STATE RECORDING METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An operation state recording system provided in a target device including: an input unit; a display device; a plurality of devices; and a control system that controls each of the devices based on an input of the input unit, the operation state recording system recording an operation state from a start to a stop of an operation of the target device, and the control system comprising:a plurality of control devices that controls the plurality of devices;
a nonvolatile storage device in which the operation state of the target device is recorded as operation history information; and
a time measuring unit that measures a time when the operation state of the target device changes,
wherein the control device records the operation state of the target device in association with the time acquired from the time measuring unit, as the operation history information, in the nonvolatile storage device when the operation state of the target device changes,
wherein the control device arranges the operation history information recorded in the nonvolatile storage units in time-series order and displays the operation history information on the display device,
wherein the control device does not record the operation state of the target device in the nonvolatile storage device in a steady state of the operation state of the target device.

US Pat. No. 10,507,932

AUTOMATIC DEFLECTION LIMITING LATCHES FOR A THRUST REVERSER

ROHR, INC., Chula Vista,...

1. An aircraft nacelle comprising:a first thrust reverser half and a second thrust reverser half, wherein the first thrust reverser half and the second thrust reverser half are rotatable about a hinge between a closed position in which the first thrust reverser half and the second thrust reverser half enclose a core compartment, and an open position in which the first thrust reverser half and the second thrust reverser half are separated and allow access to the core compartment; and
a locking mechanism configured to automatically engage and prevent the first thrust reverser half from separating from the second thrust reverser half in response to an increase in pressure in the core compartment, wherein the locking mechanism comprises a centrifugal clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,507,931

PANEL AND INSERT FOR CORNER RADII

Rohr, Inc., Chula Vista,...

1. A panel for an aircraft nacelle, comprising:a first skin;
a second skin;
a first core portion coupled to the first skin and the second skin;
a second core portion coupled to the first skin and the second skin; and
an insert coupled to the first skin, the second skin, the first core portion and the second core portion, the insert forming a corner fitting between the first core portion and the second core portion;
the insert comprising a first core structure and a second core structure bonded to and overlapping the first core structure, wherein the first core structure is adjacent the first skin, and wherein the second core structure is adjacent the second skin.

US Pat. No. 10,507,925

PASSENGER AIRFLOW CONTROL DEVICES

1. A passenger airflow control device comprising:an open-ended domed shell;
a receiver immovably fixed to an upper end of the shell;
a central air distributor assembly operatively connected to the receiver for receiving an incoming airflow and discharging the airflow to a passenger, wherein the central air distributor assembly includes:
(i) a central distributor bowl which defines a laterally oriented airflow discharge opening;
(ii) a central disk which is positionally fixed to and closes a lower end of the central distributor bowl; and
(iii) an air distributor hub having a lower end immovably connected to an upper end of the central distributor bowl and an upper stem which is received within and rotatably connected to the receiver, wherein
(iii) the air distributor hub defines an interior space in fluid communication with the air discharge opening of the central distributor bowl and includes an air inlet cutout which is capable of fluid communication with the incoming airflow, wherein rotational movement of the central air distributor assembly responsively moves the air inlet cutout of the air distributor hub relative to the incoming airflow between open and closed conditions and concurrently moves the discharge opening of the central distributor bowl to allow directional control of the airflow discharged therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,507,924

SEAT TRACK FITTING

Saftran Seats, Plaisir (...

1. A seat track fitting, comprising:a sleeve comprising a cylindrical threaded opening;
a double effect post comprising an external lower thread and an internal threaded portion, the external lower thread configured to cooperate with the cylindrical threaded opening of the sleeve; and
a track stud comprising a lower flange configured to cooperate with a seat track and an upper external thread configured to cooperate with the internal threaded portion of the double effect post, wherein the double effect post external lower thread and the track stud external thread have inverse hands,
further comprising a seat leg securement element, wherein the seat leg securement element comprises a sleeve-contacting plate with a post-receiving opening, wherein the sleeve further comprises a post, and wherein in use, the post-receiving opening receives the post, the sleeve-contacting plate is positioned against the sleeve, and a seat leg or a seat leg interface part is positioned against an opposite side of the sleeve-contacting plate.

US Pat. No. 10,507,919

LONGITUDINAL LOCK DEVICE FOR CARGO IN AIRCRAFT, SAFETY TRIGGER FOR LONGITUDINAL LOCK DEVICE

1. A longitudinal lock device for cargo in aircraft endowed with a locking box which is fastened beneath a floor of the aircraft, wherein the longitudinal lock device comprises:a bar mechanism disposed inside the locking box;
a locking latch capable of being operatively connected to the cargo and coupled to the bar mechanism disposed inside the locking box, the locking latch being moveable in a direction towards extraction of the cargo in flight; wherein
the bar mechanism is formed by the locking box acting as a fixed bar and includes a puppet arm capable of articulation about a second pivot and a puppet follower capable of articulation about a first pivot, wherein the first and second pivots are fastened to the locking box such that articulations of the puppet arm and the puppet follower move the bar mechanism to determine locked, armed and released positions for the lock device, and wherein the device further comprises
an electro-mechanical linear actuator having a drive rod, and a puppet roller operatively connected to the drive rod, wherein the puppet arm comprises a cam profile on a face thereof which is cooperative with a contact region of the puppet roller connected to the drive rod of the electro-mechanical linear actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,507,916

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES AND RELATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus for use with an unmanned vehicle, comprising:a processor to determine whether a first physical location of an unmanned vehicle is within a threshold distance of a second physical location, the second physical location corresponding to a virtual event; and
a game experience controller to:
control the unmanned vehicle based on a first command associated with a non-augmented state of the unmanned vehicle in response to the first physical location of the unmanned vehicle being more than the threshold distance away from the second physical location; and
in response to the first physical location of the unmanned vehicle being within the threshold distance of the second physical location, control the unmanned vehicle based on a second command associated with an augmented state of the unmanned vehicle to simulate the unmanned vehicle being affected by the virtual event.

US Pat. No. 10,507,904

SNAP FIT NOSE CONE ASSEMBLY

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A nose cone configured to be mounted to a hub in a turbo machine, said nose cone comprising:a flange extending radially around a central axis and axially from an apex portion of said nose cone to a base portion of said nose cone, said flange forming an annular hub mating surface at said base portion and having an outer surface defining an air flow path; and
a plurality of hub mounting elements disposed around the circumference of said base portion, each of said hub mounting elements comprising a flexible flange extending toward the central axis and having a ridge protruding from a radially outward facing surface;
two or more apertures defined by said flange forming said annular hub mating surface, each of said apertures configured to receive a fastener therethrough;
wherein each of said two or more apertures include a countersink configured to receive a balance weight; and
wherein said flexible flange is configured to deflect radially inward toward the central axis upon engagement with said hub and remain deflected upon engagement with said hub.

US Pat. No. 10,507,903

SYSTEM FOR PROTECTING A ROTATABLE SHAFT OF A MOTOR FROM EXCESSIVE BENDING MOMENTS

AEROVIRONMENT, INC., Sim...

1. A motor apparatus, comprising:a motor attached to a first structure;
a rotatable shaft extending from said motor; and
a second structure coupled to said rotatable shaft, said second structure having a surface disposed adjacent to and apart from at least a portion of the first structure;
wherein a bending moment applied to said rotatable shaft results in a bending of said rotatable shaft such that at least a portion of said surface contacts at least a portion of the first structure.

US Pat. No. 10,507,895

WATERCRAFT AUTOMATION AND AQUATIC EFFORT DATA UTILIZATION

Garmin Switzerland GmbH, ...

1. A trolling device configured to be used on a fishing boat, the trolling device comprising:a trolling motor; and
a control mechanism associated with the trolling motor to control at least one member of a group consisting of: a speed of the trolling motor and a direction of the trolling motor,
wherein the control mechanism includes an interface for establishing a network connection between the control mechanism and an electronic GPS mapping computer having an electronic display for displaying data,
wherein the control mechanism is configured to receive control instructions from the electronic GPS mapping computer to cause the trolling motor to maintain a controlled drift of the fishing boat with respect to at least one member of a group consisting of: an anchor point, water current rate, water current direction, wind, and wave action.

US Pat. No. 10,507,894

SELF-RESTORING MOTION COMPENSATING MOORING SYSTEM

Jitendra Prasad, Houston...

1. A self-restoring motion compensating mooring system for a floating unit, the mooring system comprising:a floating unit;
a plurality of mooring anchors;
a plurality of top fairleads attached near the top edges of the floating unit;
a plurality of bottom fairleads attached near bottom edges of the floating unit;
a stabilizer located below the floating unit configured to lower the center of gravity of the entire system leading to greater stability;
a plurality of mooring cables passing through the respective top fairleads and the respective bottom fairleads, connected between the plurality of mooring anchors and the stabilizer;
wherein the center of gravity of the stabilizer is located directly below the center of gravity of the floating unit in the respective equilibrium positions of the floating unit and the stabilizer;
wherein external forces acting upon the floating unit and/or stabilizer, causes the stabilizer to move in the direction of the applied force relative to the position of the stabilizer under the floating unit thereby creating tension on the plurality of mooring cables;
wherein the tension created by the displacement of the stabilizer acts in the opposite direction to offset the applied force and brings the floating unit and the stabilizer back to the respective neutral equilibrium positions.

US Pat. No. 10,507,891

KNEE BRACES FOR BOATS

ALPACKA RAFT LLC, Mancos...

1. A knee brace system for a watercraft comprising:a knee brace having at least three straps, each strap having a free end and a standing end, and
an attachment panel configured to be fixedly mounted on a watercraft, the panel having an array of attachment elements configured to receive the standing ends of one or more of the straps, allowing the user to select particular attachment elements from the array to adjust the fore and aft position and fit of the knee brace.

US Pat. No. 10,507,888

BICYCLE CRANK ASSEMBLY AND BICYCLE SPROCKET ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle crank assembly comprising:a crank arm;
a first sprocket coupled to the crank arm to integrally rotate with the crank arm about a rotational center axis, the first sprocket comprising:
a first sprocket body including a first outer periphery; and
a plurality of first sprocket teeth provided on the first outer periphery, the plurality of first sprocket teeth including at least one first tooth provided on the first outer periphery to be received in only an outer link space defined between a pair of outer link plates of a bicycle chain; and
a second sprocket coupled to the crank arm to integrally rotate with the crank arm about the rotational center axis, the second sprocket comprising:
a second sprocket body including a second outer periphery; and
a plurality of second sprocket teeth provided on the second outer periphery, the plurality of second sprocket teeth including at least one second tooth provided on the second outer periphery to be engaged with the bicycle chain,
one of the first sprocket and the second sprocket having a pitch-circle diameter larger than a pitch-circle diameter of the other of the first sprocket and the second sprocket, the one of the first sprocket and the second sprocket comprising:
a first shifting facilitation area to facilitate a first shifting operation in which the bicycle chain is shifted from the second sprocket toward the first sprocket in a first chain-phase state in which a reference tooth of the plurality of second sprocket teeth is received in the outer link space, and
a second shifting facilitation area to facilitate a second shifting operation in which the bicycle chain is shifted from the second sprocket toward the first sprocket in a second chain-phase state in which the reference tooth of the plurality of second sprocket teeth is received in an inner link space defined between a pair of inner link plates of the bicycle chain.

US Pat. No. 10,507,885

BICYCLE SYSTEM AND AUTOMATIC CONTROL SYSTEM THEREOF

Giant Manufacturing Co., ...

1. An automatic control method, suitable for a bicycle system, the bicycle system having a gear ratio and a torque ratio formed by an auxiliary torque and a pedaling torque, wherein the method comprises:sensing a pedaling cadence and the pedaling torque of the bicycle system in a riding state;
setting a first cadence threshold and a second cadence threshold according to a preset pedaling cadence, wherein the first cadence threshold is greater than the second cadence threshold; and
determining when the pedaling cadence is greater than the first cadence threshold or less than the second cadence threshold so as to set to increase or decrease the gear ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,507,884

REAR BRAKE DEVICE OF VEHICLE

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

1. A rear brake device of a vehicle comprising:a brake disc that is configured to rotate integrally with a rear wheel of the vehicle, and
a service brake caliper and a parking brake caliper, the service brake caliper and the parking brake caliper being supported by a swing arm rotatably supporting the rear wheel, the service brake caliper and the parking brake caliper being configured to brake the brake disc,
wherein the service brake caliper and the parking brake caliper are fixed to a stay member, the stay member being supported by the swing arm,
at least some of the service brake caliper and the parking brake caliper are arranged in positions forward in a vehicle body and upward in the vehicle body relative to an axle of the rear wheel,
wherein the service brake caliper is provided with a first boss, the first boss being provided to fix the service brake caliper to the stay member,
the parking brake caliper is provided with a third boss, the third boss being provided to fix the parking brake caliper to the stay member,
the third boss is arranged below the first boss,
the service brake caliper and the parking brake caliper are disposed to overlap with each other in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body and in the vertical direction of the vehicle body, and
the service brake caliper and the parking brake caliper are positioned above the upper surface of the swing arm in a side view of the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,507,879

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING TAILGATE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A system for automatically mounting a tailgate on a vehicle body, the system comprising:an X-direction regulation jig configured to measure an X-direction position of the tailgate and to regulate the X-direction position;
a Y-direction regulation jig configured to measure a Y-direction position of the tailgate and to regulate the Y-direction position;
a tailgate loading and mounting robot configured to correct the X-direction position and the Y-direction position of the tailgate and to mount the tailgate on a side of a roof panel of the vehicle body; and
a nut assembly robot configured to automatically assemble a nut to a hinge of the tailgate,
wherein the X-direction regulation jig includes at least one X-direction regulation arm configured to regulate the X-direction position of the tailgate, a first block coupled to the X- at least one direction regulation arm, and a second block mounted to the first block such that the second block is movable relative to the first block in an X-direction,
wherein the at least one X-direction regulation arm includes a regulation member configured to regulate a distance between the roof panel and the tailgate,
wherein the regulation member includes a first contact surface contactable with a rear end of the roof panel, and a second contact surface contactable with an upper end of the tailgate,
wherein a mounting part is rotatably mounted on at least one end of the first block,
wherein a plurality of X-direction regulation arms are mounted on the mounting part, and
wherein the plurality of X-direction regulation arms are circumferentially spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,507,874

MODULAR SYSTEMS FOR USE WITH VEHICLES, FOR MOUNTING ACCESSORIES AND RELATED METHODS

Robert Crandall, Yorba L...

1. A modular support system for mounting on a bed of a vehicle comprising:a first side support and a second side support, each side support comprising a vertical portion, a lower base portion extending from the vertical portion, and a center support joiner comprising an internal cavity having a non-circular shape along an end cross-section;
a first bar extension having a first free end and a second free end, said first free end projects into the internal cavity of the center support joiner of the first side support and the second free end having a coupling support mounted thereon;
a second bar extension having a first free end and a second free end, said first free end projects into the internal cavity of the center support joiner of the second side support and the second free end having a coupling support mounted thereon;
a center support directly or indirectly attached to the two coupling supports located on the first and second bar extensions; and
wherein the first and second bar extensions define a lengthwise axis passing through the first and second bar extensions and the center support is located, elevation-wise, above the lengthwise axis.

US Pat. No. 10,507,872

TRACTOR FENDER ASSEMBLY

AGCO International GmbH, ...

1. An agricultural tractor comprising:a tractor frame;
a tractor wheel provided on a wheel carrier, the wheel carrier mounted to the tractor frame; and
a steering system arranged to steer the tractor wheel,wherein the tractor further comprises at least one fender assembly, the fender assembly comprising:a carrier bracket attached to the tractor frame, the carrier bracket separate from the wheel carrier;
a wheel fender supported by the carrier bracket to be located above the tractor wheel; and
a steering mechanism provided on the carrier bracket, the wheel fender mounted to the steering mechanism,
wherein the steering mechanism is arranged to receive a steering signal from the steering system of the tractor,
wherein the steering mechanism rotates the wheel fender relative to the carrier bracket based on the received steering signal, and
wherein the fender assembly is provided with a mechanism to rotate the wheel fender parallel to the circumference of an adjacent tractor wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,507,870

CALIBRATED FRAME STIFFNESS GRADIENT IN AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT SPRAYER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A vehicle frame having a calibrated frame stiffness gradient, the frame comprising:a tubular frame member defining and extending along a tubular frame member axis, and defining a top surface and a bottom surface of the tubular frame member; and
a series of cladding plates, each cladding plate of the series of cladding plates extending along an axis of the series of cladding plates and each cladding plate fixedly attached along a faying surface to at least one of the top surface and the bottom surface of the tubular frame member, and including at least one immediately preceding cladding plate and one successive cladding plate in the series of cladding plates;
each cladding plate of the series of cladding plates having respective axes thereof and respective proximal ends and distal ends thereof at substantially opposite axial ends of each cladding plate, with the proximal end of each successive cladding plate substantially abutting the distal end of the immediately preceding cladding plate in the series of cladding plates when the series of cladding plates is fixedly attached to the tubular frame member with the axes of each cladding plate and the series of cladding plates extending substantially along the tubular frame member axis.

US Pat. No. 10,507,868

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING FOR VEHICLE PARK-ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:tires;
pressure sensors; and
a controller to:
identify a target position within a parking spot for park-assist;
determine a tire index based on tire pressure measurements;
identify whether the tire index is within a low range, a caution range, or a normal operating range, wherein the tire index is within the low range when one or more of the tires has a tire pressure less than or equal to a flat tire threshold, wherein the tire index is within the normal operating range when each of the tires has a tire pressure within a factory-recommended tire pressure range, wherein the tire index is within the caution range when the one or more of the tires has a tire pressure that is both above the factory-recommended tire pressure range and outside of the factory-recommended tire pressure range; and
responsive to the tire index being within the caution range;
adjust the target position to facilitate access to one of the tires that has a tire pressure outside of the factory-recommended tire pressure range; and
cause a park-assist interface to prompt a user to select whether to stop or proceed with the park-assist.

US Pat. No. 10,507,860

STEERING WHEEL

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A steering wheel, in which a vibration device including a vibration motor is attached, the steering wheel comprising:a ring portion including a core member;
a thickness-reduced portion, reducing mass, provided with the core member; and
a reinforcement member that reinforces the core member, wherein
the vibration device is housed in the thickness-reduced portion and attached to the core member, and
the reinforcement member is disposed to be adjacent to the vibration device, and connected to portions, other than the thickness-reduced portion, of the core member in both end sides of the thickness-reduced portion so as to cross through the thickness-reduced portion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,858

SHOPPING CART BAGGING STATION

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A shopping cart bagging station comprising:a support bar comprising:
a support bar first end;
a support bar second end opposing the support bar first end;
a support bar top edge;
a support bar bottom edge;
a support bar lateral axis; and
a support bar longitudinal axis, wherein the support bar lateral axis and the support bar longitudinal axis lie in a support bar plane;
three top hooks fixedly attached to the support bar top edge, wherein each of the three top hooks comprises:
a top hook bar comprising:
a top hook bar first end coupled to the support bar top edge;
a top hook bar second end opposing the top hook bar first end; and
a top hook bar lateral bend between the top hook bar first end and the top hook bar second end;
a top shank portion that extends from the top hook bar first end to the top hook bar lateral bend, wherein the top shank portion extends perpendicularly from the support bar top edge, and wherein the top shank portion lies in the support bar plane; and
a top hook end portion that extends from the top hook bar lateral bend to the top hook bar second end;
wherein the top hook bar folds back on itself at the top hook bar lateral bend forming a top hook bar angle between the top shank portion and the top hook end portion of from about 10 degrees to about 50 degrees; and
three bottom hooks fixedly attached to the support bar bottom edge, wherein each of the three bottom hooks comprises:
a bottom hook bar comprising:
a bottom hook bar first end coupled to the support bar bottom edge;
a bottom hook bar second end opposing the bottom hook bar first end; and
a bottom hook bar lateral bend between the bottom hook bar first end and the bottom hook bar second end;
a bottom shank portion that extends from the bottom hook bar first end to the bottom hook bar lateral bend, wherein the bottom shank portion extends perpendicularly from the support bar bottom edge, and wherein the bottom shank portion lies in the support bar plane; and
a bottom hook end portion that extends from the bottom hook bar lateral bend to the bottom hook bar second end;
wherein the bottom hook bar folds back on itself at the bottom hook bar lateral bend forming a bottom hook bar angle between the bottom shank portion and the bottom hook end portion of from about 10 degrees to about 50 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,507,857

WAGON WITH COLLAPSIBLE FOOTWELL AND POSITION-LOCKING HANDLE

VEER GEAR LLC, Milton, G...

1. A wagon, comprising:a base frame adapted to receive a load;
a peripheral sidewall mounted to the base frame and positionable in a use position defining a container and a storage position;
a plurality of wheels attached to the base frame;
a collapsible footwell feature including a footrest and a plurality of upright elements, wherein the plurality of upright element connect the footrest to the base frame, and wherein the collapsible footwell feature is positionable into a plurality of orientations; and
a position-locking handle feature including:
a handle that is repositionable between multiple use positions and a storage position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,856

TRANSPORT CART WITH RECLINING CHAIRS

1. A cart comprising:a generally rectangular-shaped and planar frame having a first side defined by a tubular first leg and an opposing second side defined by a tubular second leg joined by a first end defined by a tubular third leg that connects the first leg and the second leg at the first end and an opposing second end defined by a tubular fourth leg that connects the first leg and the second leg at the second end;
a first wheel set extending downwardly from a lower surface of the frame, the first wheel set located proximate the first end, the first wheel set defined by a first axle housing a having a first axle passing therethrough such that a first wheel is located on each end of the first axle and such that a first strut attaches the first axle housing to the first leg and a second strut attaches the first axle housing to the second leg;
a second wheel set extending downwardly from the lower surface of the frame, the first wheel located proximate the second end, the second wheel set defined by a second axle housing a having a second axle passing therethrough such that a second wheel is located on each end of the second axle and such that a third strut attaches the second axle housing to the first leg and a fourth strut attaches the second axle housing to the second leg;
a handle attached to either the first wheel set or to the frame;
a chair attached the frame and extending upwardly from an upper surface of the frame, wherein the chair has a leg rest extending from the base proximate the first side of the frame; and
a table attached to the frame and located proximate the chair.

US Pat. No. 10,507,849

BOLSTER FOR A RAILWAY TRUCK AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Nevis Industries LLC, Wi...

1. A bolster for a railway car truck, the bolster comprising:a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall, and a back wall;
a first pair of shoe pockets at a first end of the bolster, the first pair of shoe pockets configured to be inserted into a bolster opening of a first side frame;
a second pair of shoe pockets at a second end of the bolster, the second pair of shoe pockets configured to be inserted into a bolster opening of a second side frame;
a first center wall positioned toward the first end and engaged with the top wall and the bottom wall, and substantially centered between the front wall and the back wall;
a second center wall positioned toward the second end and engaged with the top wall and the bottom wall, and substantially centered between the front wall and the back wall;
a pair of brake window openings defined in the front and back walls by brake window walls;
a pair of lightener windows defined in the front and back walls by lightener window walls;
a bowl portion defined in a center of the bolster;
wherein a thickness of a top portion of the first center wall is greater than a thickness of a bottom portion of the first center wall proximate a first location between the bowl portion and the first end;
wherein a thickness of a top portion of the second center wall is greater than a thickness of a bottom portion of the second center wall proximate a second location between the bowl portion and the second end;
wherein the first location is arranged between about 28.75 inches and 31.75 inches toward the first end from the center of the bolster;
wherein the second location is arranged between about 28.75 inches and 31.75 inches toward the second end from the center of the bolster;
wherein a ratio of the thickness of an inner portion of the bottom wall proximate the first location to the thickness of an outer portion of the bottom wall proximate the first location is between about 1.82:1 and 2.46:1; and
wherein a ratio of the thickness of an inner portion of the bottom wall proximate the second location to the thickness of an outer portion of the bottom wall proximate the second location is between about 1.82:1 and 2.46:1.

US Pat. No. 10,507,844

DRIVE-CYCLE SAMPLING AND MONITORING FOR IMPAIRMENT DETECTION SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A drive-cycle sampling and monitoring system comprising:an impairment sample module configured to obtain a first impairment sample for an operator of a vehicle while the vehicle is running;
an impairment value calculator module configured to calculate a first impairment value based on the first impairment sample;
a threshold comparison module configured to compare the first impairment value to a first threshold value corresponding to a first range of impairment and a second threshold value corresponding to a second range of impairment, wherein the second range of impairment is greater than the first range of impairment;
a warning alert module configured to generate a warning alert in response to determining that the first impairment value exceeds the first threshold value;
a cellular transceiver configured to determine if the cellular transceiver is connected to a cellular network; and
an intervention module configured to execute driver intervention protocol in response to determining that the first impairment value exceeds the second threshold value,
wherein the driver intervention protocol includes preventing the vehicle from exceeding a maximum vehicle speed when the cellular transceiver is not connected to the cellular network.

US Pat. No. 10,507,843

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:a driving controller configured to, by executing any one of a plurality of driving modes having different automatic control levels from each other, execute any one of
automated driving for automatically performing at least one of velocity control and steering control over a vehicle and
manual driving for performing both of said velocity control and steering control over said vehicle based on operation on a main operator by an occupant of said vehicle;
an armrest for an occupant sitting on a driver's seat of said vehicle to put his/her arm on; and
an armrest relative position controller configured to control a drive unit such that a position of said armrest relative to said occupant sitting on said driver's seat varies between said automated driving and said manual driving executed by said driving controller,
wherein
said drive unit drives said driver's seat in a longitudinal direction,
said armrest is supported so as not to move in conjunction with longitudinal movement of said driver's seat, and
said armrest relative position controller controls said drive unit to drive said driver's seat rearward to locate said armrest at a position ahead of said driver's seat and locate said armrest at a relative position where said armrest is usable by the occupant.

US Pat. No. 10,507,837

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE DRIVE TRANSFER DEVICE

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A control device that controls a vehicle drive transfer device in which a speed change device that includes a plurality of engagement devices and that selectively establishes one of a plurality of shift speeds with different speed ratios in accordance with a state of engagement of the plurality of engagement devices is provided in a power transfer path that connects between a drive force source and wheels, the control device comprising:an electronic control unit that:
controls an engagement pressure for an engagement-side engagement device which is one of the plurality of engagement devices that is engaged to perform shifting in which switching is made to a shift speed with a different speed ratio;
controls an engagement pressure for a disengagement-side engagement device which is one of the plurality of engagement devices that is disengaged to perform the shifting; and
changes input torque transferred from a drive force source side to an input shaft of the speed change device during the shifting, wherein
when shifting is performed, the electronic control unit performs specific engagement pressure control during a torque phase control in which distribution of torque transfer between the engagement-side engagement device and the disengagement-side engagement device is varied, before performing an inertia phase control in which rotation is varied so as to increase a rotation speed difference between engagement members of the disengagement-side engagement device and decrease a rotational speed difference between engagement members of the engagement-side engagement device, and
immediately after a start of the torque phase control, the engagement pressure for the engagement-side engagement device is increased at a variation rate that is higher than a constant variation rate.

US Pat. No. 10,507,836

DUAL MOTOR DRIVE UNIT AND METHOD OF DRIVINGLY ENGAGING A FIRST MOTOR OF A DUAL MOTOR DRIVE UNIT WITH AN OUTPUT SHAFT

Dana Italia Srl, Arco, T...

1. A method of drivingly engaging a first motor of a dual motor drive unit with an output shaft driven by a second motor of the dual motor drive unit, the method comprising the steps of:actuating a clutching device for drivingly engaging the first motor with the output shaft;
synchronizing a rotational speed of the first motor with a rotational speed of the output shaft;
when the rotational speed of the first motor and the rotational speed of the output shaft are synchronized, reducing an output torque of the first motor; and
when the clutching device drivingly engages the first motor with the output shaft, increasing the output torque of the first motor.

US Pat. No. 10,507,833

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A vehicle control device for controlling a vehicle including: a continuously variable transmission disposed between a motor-generator and driving wheels; an oil pump configured to be driven by transmission of rotation of the motor-generator; and a hydraulic pressure supply controller configured to supply a hydraulic pressure to the continuously variable transmission, the hydraulic pressure being generated by regulating a pressure of oil discharged from the oil pump, whereinthe hydraulic pressure supply controller is configured such that when regenerative braking is performed by the motor-generator based on a deceleration request from a driver, the hydraulic pressure supply controller supplies a hydraulic pressure based on a first hydraulic pressure and a second hydraulic pressure to the continuously variable transmission, the first hydraulic pressure being a hydraulic pressure to transmit an input torque input to the continuously variable transmission during the regenerative braking, the second hydraulic pressure being a hydraulic pressure to shift the continuously variable transmission during the regenerative braking, and
during the regenerative braking, the hydraulic pressure supply controller is configured to set the first hydraulic pressure to be equal to or less than a hydraulic pressure determined by subtracting the second hydraulic pressure from a hydraulic pressure suppliable to the continuously variable transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,507,830

CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A speed control system for automatically controlling a speed of a vehicle in accordance with a target speed value, the system comprising:means for causing automatically a vehicle to travel at a predetermined speed value at least in part by controlling an amount of torque applied to one or more wheels of a vehicle by a powertrain;
means for determining a recommended transmission gear ratio for a transmission of the powertrain at a given moment in time;
means for providing an indication of the recommended transmission gear ratio to a user; and
means for receiving a clutch actuation signal indicative of an actuation state of clutch means that is configured to connect the transmission to a torque drive source of the powertrain,
wherein the system is configured to automatically control a speed of the torque drive source to achieve a speed determined in dependence at least in part on at least one predetermined parameter when a predetermined one or more conditions are met, the predetermined one or more conditions including a condition that the clutch actuation signal indicates that the actuation state of the clutch means is such that the torque drive source is at least partially disconnected from the transmission;
wherein the at least one predetermined parameter includes a signal indicative of a currently selected transmission gear ratio, the system being configured to control the speed of the torque drive source to achieve a speed at which a speed of an input portion of the clutch means will be substantially equal to that of an output portion of the clutch means with the currently selected transmission gear ratio, and
wherein the system is configured to begin controlling the speed of the torque drive source to achieve the predetermined speed before the clutch means transitions to a state in which the torque drive source is substantially fully connected to the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,507,827

VEHICLE BACKUP ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A backup assistance system for a vehicle, the system comprising:a sensor module including backup sensors that identify obstacles proximate to a backup path of the vehicle, the sensor module configured to determine when a field of view of the backup sensors is obstructed;
a notification module configured to notify a driver of the vehicle that the field of view of the backup sensors is obstructed; and
a backup control module configured to set a maximum value,
wherein the maximum value is at least one of a maximum vehicle backup speed, a maximum vehicle acceleration, and a maximum vehicle jerk when the field of view of the backup sensors is obstructed, and
wherein the maximum value is proportional to a degree that the field of view of the backup sensors is obstructed such that the maximum value is higher when the field of view is obstructed a first degree than when the field of view is obstructed a second degree, wherein the first degree is less than the second degree, and
wherein the backup control module is further configured to restrict at least one of the backup speed, acceleration, and jerk of the vehicle to a predetermined limit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,823

MODE SUGGESTION FOR A VEHICLE POWERTRAIN HAVING A MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle assembly, comprising:at least one electric machine that selectively drives at least one first wheel driveshaft when in an automatic drive mode;
an engine that, through a manual transmission, selectively drives at least one second wheel driveshaft when in a manual drive mode, the second wheel driveshaft different than the first wheel driveshaft;
a controller configured to initiate an alert that suggests a transition from the automatic drive mode to the manual drive mode; and
a gearshift moveable between an automatic drive region and a manual shift region, the manual transmission in neutral when the gearshift is in the automatic drive region.

US Pat. No. 10,507,822

METHOD OF DECREASING VIBRATION DURING RELEASE OF STOP GEAR OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

13. A non-transitory computer readable medium containing program instructions executed by a processor, the computer readable medium comprising:program instructions that determine whether a position of a gear lever of a vehicle is a P step for stop on a slope;
program instructions that determine whether torsion occurs in a drive shaft connected to a driving wheel of the vehicle; and
program instructions that perform control of torque of reaction force of a driving motor so as to generate torque of reaction force by driving the driving motor of the vehicle when a driver's intention for releasing the P step is determined in a state where torsion occurs in the drive shaft,
wherein when the position of the gear lever is the P step for stop, it is determined that the vehicle is stopped, and when an absolute value of a difference between drive shaft position information at a time of entrance of the gear lever into the P step and positional information of the drive shaft after entrance into the P step is equal to or greater than a first set value, it is determined that torsion occurs in the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,507,821

HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle configured such that one of a charge-depleting mode and a charge-sustaining mode is selectively set as a traveling mode, the hybrid vehicle comprising:a power generation apparatus including an engine and an electric motor, the engine being provided with an exhaust gas catalyst, and the electric motor being configured to generate electricity with use of at least part of power from the engine;
an electricity storage device configured to supply electricity to the electric motor or to be supplied with electricity from the electric motor;
a mode switch configured to permit a driver to perform switching between the charge-depleting mode and the charge-sustaining mode; and
an electronic control unit configured to control the power generation apparatus such that a state-of-charge of the electricity storage device approaches a control center value that is equal to or lower than an upper limit set in advance, while the traveling mode is the charge-sustaining mode, and
the electronic control unit being configured to control the power generation apparatus such that the engine is started up with a higher frequency when the driver switches the traveling mode from the charge-depleting mode to the charge-sustaining mode while the state-of-charge is higher than the upper limit of the control center value, than when the driver switches the traveling mode from the charge-depleting mode to the charge-sustaining mode while the state-of-charge is equal to or lower than the upper limit of the control center value,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to set the control center value to a value equal to or higher than the upper limit, based on the state-of-charge at a time of switching of the traveling mode to the charge-sustaining mode, when the driver switches the traveling mode to the charge-sustaining mode while the state-of-charge is higher than the upper limit of the control center value, and is configured to decrease the control center value over time.

US Pat. No. 10,507,820

VEHICLE MASS AND ROAD LOAD ESTIMATION IN AN EV CONDITION

1. A method comprising:determining relevant mass of a vehicle during a low speed condition while the vehicle is powered only by an electric motor, the low speed condition comprising a speed of the vehicle determined at a time when launch inertia no longer contributes to the speed of the vehicle;
calculating road load associated with the vehicle based on the relevant mass of the vehicle, current acceleration or deceleration of the vehicle, and current drive force of the vehicle; and
dynamically adjusting the current drive force of the vehicle based upon the relevant mass of the vehicle, the road load associated with the vehicle, and current road grade, the dynamic adjustment being at least one of a response to at least one of a current road condition and a current operating characteristic of the vehicle, and a preemptive action in anticipation of at least one of an upcoming road condition and an upcoming operating characteristic of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,819

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HYBRID VEHICLE AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING HYBRID VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

4. A control device for a hybrid vehicle including an engine and an electric generator that generates electric power using power from the engine, the control device comprising:a rotation speed control torque calculation unit configured to, based on a rotation speed command value for the electric generator and a rotation speed detection value of the electric generator, calculate a torque command value for controlling a rotation speed of the electric generator; and
an electric generator control unit configured to control the electric generator according to the torque command value,
wherein the rotation speed control torque calculation unit includes:
a model matching compensator configured to, based on a value obtained by filtering the rotation speed detection value through a low-pass filter and the rotation speed command value, calculate a basic torque command value that makes a torque response of the electric generator coincide with a preset model response;
a disturbance observer configured to, using a transfer function composed of an inverse system of a control object model patterned after a power transmission system of the electric generator connected to the engine via a gear and a disturbance observer filter composed of a low-pass filter, and based on the rotation speed detection value, calculate a disturbance torque that is input into the power transmission system; and
a calculator configured to calculate the torque command value based on the basic torque command value and the disturbance torque, and
wherein a relative degree of the disturbance observer filter is set so that a relative degree of the transfer function becomes 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,507,817

ELECTRIC MOTOR-DRIVEN BOOSTER

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An electric motor-driven booster in which a rotary motion of an electric motor is transmitted through a rotation transmission mechanism to a rotation-rectilinear motion conversion mechanism where the rotary motion is converted into a rectilinear motion to move a piston in a master cylinder, wherein:the rotation transmission mechanism and the rotation-rectilinear motion conversion mechanism are accommodated in a housing formed by combining together at least a first housing member and a second housing member;
a rotary member of the rotation transmission mechanism and a rotary member of the rotation-rectilinear motion conversion mechanism are held by only the first housing member of the first and second housing members;
the first housing member holds a rotary shaft of the electric motor, and
a bearing for the rotary member of the rotation-rectilinear motion conversion mechanism is supported by only the first housing member, and is not supported by the second housing member,
wherein the rotary shaft of the electric motor is also used as the rotary member of the rotation transmission mechanism, the rotary shaft being held through a pair of bearings supported by the first housing member, and
one bearing of the pair of bearings is supported by a bearing support member extending from the first housing member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,816

BRAKE-BY-WIRE SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle including a fault tolerant electronic brake-by-wire (BBW) system, the vehicle comprising:a plurality of brake assemblies configured to control braking of respective wheels of the vehicle, the plurality of brake assemblies comprising a first group of brake assemblies each integrated with an electronic enhanced brake actuator assembly, and a second group of brake assemblies each integrated with an electronic enhanced smart brake actuator assembly that includes an electronic actuator controller,
wherein each enhanced smart brake actuator assembly electrically controls the brake assembly integrated therewith and at least one enhanced brake actuator assembly included in the first group of brake assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,507,814

HYDRAULIC FAILURE ISOLATION VALVE

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A brake control system for maintaining hydraulic pressure, comprising:a hydraulic power source configured for fluid communication with a dual valve assembly through a main hydraulic line;
an accumulator power source configured for fluid communication with the dual valve assembly through an accumulator hydraulic line; and
a hydraulic failure isolation valve comprising:
a first spring at a first end of the hydraulic failure isolation valve;
a second spring at a second end of the hydraulic failure isolation valve, the second end being space apart from the first end;
a check valve coupled to the first spring, the check valve maintained in a check valve first position by the first spring, the check valve being operative between the check valve first position and a check valve second position, the hydraulic failure isolation valve positioned along the accumulator hydraulic line and configured for operation in the event of a disruption between the hydraulic power source and the dual valve assembly, wherein the check valve first position is configured to maintain fluid communication along the main hydraulic line and the check valve second position is configured to maintain fluid communication along the accumulator hydraulic line through the check valve of the hydraulic failure isolation valve; and
a piston coupled to the second spring, the piston maintained in a piston first position by the second spring, the piston being operative between the piston first position and a piston second position by a second spring force of the second spring overcoming a first spring force of the first spring.

US Pat. No. 10,507,813

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLE EMERGENCY LIGHT CONTROL OF AN AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLE

BAIDU USA LLC, Sunnyvale...

1. A computer-implemented method for operating an autonomous driving vehicle, the method comprising:determining that an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) is required to decelerate based on perception of a driving environment surrounding the ADV;
determining a distance between the ADV and a following vehicle that follows the ADV and a speed of the following vehicle;
estimating a first deceleration rate that is required for the following vehicle to avoid potential collision with the ADV based on the distance and the speed of the following vehicle; and
turning on a brake light and an emergency light of the ADV to warn the following vehicle that the ADV is about to rapidly decelerate, in response to determining the first deceleration rate is greater than a first predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,507,811

HYDRAULIC BLOCK FOR A HYDRAULIC UNIT OF A BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic block for a brake control system of a hydraulic automotive braking system, wherein the hydraulic block has a main brake cylinder bore in which a main brake cylinder piston is axially displaceably accommodated, a signal generator connected to the main brake cylinder piston in an axially fixed manner, and a sensor which measures a signal of the signal generator by a noncontact method, wherein the hydraulic block includes a sensor bore in which the sensor is situated in a signal range of the signal generator, wherein:the hydraulic block includes a signal generator bore parallel to the main brake cylinder bore,
a length of the sensor bore extends into the hydraulic block along a direction that is transverse to and radially displaced from an axis of the signal generator bore,
the signal generator is situated in the signal generator bore and moves together with the main brake cylinder piston,
the signal generator is connected to a rod which is connected in an axially fixed manner to the main brake cylinder piston, the rod being situated in the signal generator bore,
a cap is mounted to a first end of the main brake cylinder piston that protrudes from the hydraulic block,
a strap is mounted on the cap, and
a first end of the rod that protrudes from the hydraulic block is mounted on the strap such that the main brake cylinder piston and the rod are connected in an axially fixed manner via the cap and the strap.

US Pat. No. 10,507,810

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electric brake device comprising:an electric brake being configured such that a shaft is moved forward by driving of an electric motor, and a forward movement of the shaft brings the electric brake into an acting state in which brake friction members are pushed against a brake rotary body so as to suppress rotation of a wheel; and
a motor controller being configured to control the electric motor,
wherein
through a rotation speed control of the electric motor, after the shaft reaches a set position before the electric brake comes into the acting state, the motor controller controls a forward speed of the shaft to be smaller than that before the shaft reaches the set position, wherein
the brake rotary body is a disc rotor integrally and rotatably fixed to the wheel,
the electric brake is a disc brake that includes a pair of the brake friction members located on both sides of the disc rotor, and comes into the acting state in which the brake friction members are pushed against the disc rotor,
the motor controller stores a contact position that is a position where the shaft comes into contact with the disc rotor via one of the brake friction members, and
the motor controller defines, as the set position, a position located more rearward than the contact position stored during a previous operation of the electric brake with not less than a distance determined based on a standard value of camming of the disc rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,507,807

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CAUSING A VEHICLE RESPONSE BASED ON TRAFFIC LIGHT DETECTION

MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOG...

1. A traffic light detection system for a vehicle, the system comprising:at least one processing device programmed to:
receive, from at least one image capture device, a plurality of images representative of an area forward of the vehicle, the area including a traffic light fixture having a plurality of traffic lights;
analyze at least one of the plurality of images to determine a status of a first traffic light of the plurality of traffic lights;
determine whether the first traffic light is relevant to the vehicle;
assign a relevancy value to the first traffic light based on the determination of whether the first traffic light is relevant to the vehicle;
determine that the relevancy value assigned to the first traffic light reflects a greater degree of relevancy than a relevancy value assigned to a second traffic light;
determine an estimated amount of time until the vehicle will reach an intersection associated with the traffic light fixture; and
cause a system response based on the status of the first traffic light and the estimated amount of time until the vehicle will reach the intersection.

US Pat. No. 10,507,805

LOTUS EFFECT WASHING MACHINE

Alstom Transport Technolo...

1. A washing machine for a railway vehicle, the washing machine comprising:a water texturing system, mixing appropriate particles with water to produce textured water having super-hydrophoby properties, said appropriate particles being microbeads of fluorinated glass, lycopodiums, or soot; and
a textured water spraying system, fed by the water texturing system and using at least one appropriate spraying device to spray the textured water on a surface of a railway vehicle to be cleaned,
wherein the water texturing system includes a clean water reservoir and a particle container, as well as a water texturing machine capable of mixing a clean water supplied by the clean water reservoir with particles supplied by the particle container to produce the textured water, and
wherein the water texturing machine includes a tank, the bottom of which is filled with the clean water, and a drum, rotated using a motor, and one wall of which is provided with cells allowing the clean water to circulate between an inside and an outside of the drum, the particles being introduced from the container to the inside of the drum, the cells being smaller than the particles so as to keep the particles inside the drum.

US Pat. No. 10,507,804

AXLE SAVER LANDFILL COMPACTOR CLEANER FINGER

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A cleaner finger assembly for cleaning compactor teeth on a compactor wheel of a compactor machine, the compactor machine having a compactor body and a plurality of compactor wheels, the cleaner finger assembly comprising:a cleaner finger base having a tip engaging surface and a base longitudinal axis;
a cleaner finger tip having a base engaging surface and a tip longitudinal axis; and
a finger tip anchoring mechanism attaching the cleaner finger tip to the cleaner finger base with the base engaging surface facing and engaging the tip engaging surface, wherein the tip engaging surface is not perpendicular to the base longitudinal axis and the base engaging surface is not perpendicular to the tip longitudinal axis, wherein the tip engaging surface is oriented relative to the base longitudinal axis by a tip engaging surface angle and the base engaging surface is oriented relative to the base longitudinal axis by a base engaging surface angle, and wherein the tip engaging surface angle and the base engaging surface angle have values within a range from 20° to 60°.

US Pat. No. 10,507,803

WIPER APPARATUS AND NOZZLE UNIT

Mitsuba Corporation, Kir...

1. A wiper apparatus comprising:a wiper blade for wiping a windshield;
a connecting portion disposed on the wiper blade;
an arm piece having a front end side fitted to the connecting portion;
a retainer fixed to a base end side of the arm piece; and
a nozzle unit fixed to the arm piece, the nozzle unit jetting washer fluid toward the windshield wherein
the nozzle unit includes a forward-side block and a backward-side block,
the forward-side block has a forward-side nozzle cap;
the backward-side block has a backward-side nozzle cap;
the forward-side nozzle cap and the backward-side nozzle cap are the same in structure as each other, and
the forward-side nozzle cap and the backward-side nozzle are different in position from each other in a longitudinal direction of the wiper blade, the forward-side nozzle cap has two or more injection nozzles corresponding to first injection-target locations on the windshield, and configured to jet washer fluid toward the first injection-target locations, respectively,
the backward-side nozzle cap has two or more injection nozzles corresponding to second injection-target locations on the windshield, and configured to jet washer fluid toward the second injection-target locations, respectively,
the first injection-target locations and the second injection-target locations are alternately arranged on the windshield in the longitudinal direction of the wiper blade.

US Pat. No. 10,507,800

SENSOR FOR VEHICLE, SENSING METHOD THEREOF AND VEHICLE SYSTEM

LG Innotek Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A sensor for determining a raindrop or a mist on a vehicle, the sensor comprising:a sensing electrode disposed on a glass of the vehicle;
a wire electrode connected to the sensing electrode;
wherein the sensing electrode comprises a first sensing electrode and a second sensing electrode spaced apart from the first sensing electrode,
wherein the first sensing electrode, the second sensing electrode and the wire are formed of a metal,
a control unit including a driving unit and a sensing unit,
wherein the driving unit of the control unit applies a driving signal to the second sensing electrode, and the first sensing electrode provides a sensing signal to the sensing unit of the control unit, wherein the control unit to determine a variation of capacitance based on the sensing signal, and
wherein the driving unit to provide power to the first sensing electrode such that the first sensing electrode is a hot-wire to apply heat.

US Pat. No. 10,507,798

AUTOMOBILE SECURITY SYSTEM

1. A security device comprising:an imaging device, an override device, and a management device;
wherein the imaging device is adapted to capture an image of a person who is attempting to initiate an operation of a vehicle;
wherein the management device is adapted to compare the captured image to previously captured images of people who are authorized to operate the vehicle;
wherein the security device is configured for use with said vehicle;
wherein the vehicle is adapted to be operated by said person;
wherein the security device is adapted to prevent the operation of the vehicle by an unauthorized person;
wherein the security device is adapted to disable an ignition of the vehicle until an authority of said person attempting to operate the vehicle is verified by the security device;
wherein an override code is adapted to be entered by said person;
wherein if a recognized override code is entered through the override device said ignition of the vehicle is enabled;
wherein the vehicle is further defined with a vehicle electrical control unit, a dash board, and a key;
wherein the override device comprises a keypad and a shutter;
wherein the override device attaches to the dash board of the vehicle;
wherein the keypad is an electronic device that comprises one or more switches;
wherein the shutter is a switch;
wherein the shutter manually initiates an operation of a camera.

US Pat. No. 10,507,795

VEHICLE-BASED PASSWORD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

9. A system, comprising:a vehicle computer programmed to:
obtain input of one or more values being displayed on a vehicle instrument panel; and
generate a password by combining the one or more input values and a stored secret key; and
a mobile computer programmed to:
obtain input of one or more values being displayed on the vehicle instrument panel; and
generate the password by combining the one or more input values and the stored secret key.

US Pat. No. 10,507,791

MOTOR VEHICLE STEERING LOCK

1. A motor vehicle steering lock comprising a housing in which is disposed a lock cylinder including a selector shaft, which can assume various rotational positions, and an adjustment element of an ignition switch that is moveably coupled to the selector shaft of the lock cylinder, wherein the adjustment element triggers a desired function in the motor vehicle, depending on the rotational position of the selector shaft, and wherein the selector shaft of the lock cylinder and the adjustment element of the ignition switch are connected for conjoint rotation via an intermediate compensating element that allows for a movement of the selector shaft in relation to the adjustment element in a first axis direction, oriented radial to a longitudinal axis of the selector shaft, and a movement of the adjustment element in relation to the selector shaft in a second axis direction, perpendicular to the first axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,785

AIRBAG

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An airbag including a vehicle body side panel that is disposed on a side of a vehicle body and an occupant side panel that is disposed on a side of an occupant at a time of inflation completion of the airbag, the airbag configured such that an outer peripheral wall is formed by mutually joining an outer peripheral edge of the vehicle body side panel and an outer peripheral edge of the occupant side panel, inflation gas made to flow into the airbag from a gas inflow port formed in the vehicle body side panel so as to be able to inflate the airbag, the airbag folded and stored in a storage portion, a periphery of the gas inflow port installed on a side of the storage portion, the airbag comprising:a bag body forming the outer peripheral wall; and
a regulating member disposed on an outer peripheral side of the bag body at a time of inflation completion of the bag body, wherein
the regulating member is configured so as to be able to regulate the bag body so that an area ranging from the vicinity of a joint portion for mutually joining the outer peripheral edge of the vehicle body side panel and the outer peripheral edge of the occupant side panel to a side of the gas inflow port at the time of inflation completion of the airbag is made smaller in external dimensions and reduced in size than an area at a time of free inflation state of the bag body.

US Pat. No. 10,507,783

ADAPTIVE BACKUP STRUCTURE FOR AIRBAG SUPPORT

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a driver seat;
a passenger seat;
a display mounted on a dashboard positioned in front of the passenger seat, the display movable between a first position flush with the dashboard and a second position angled toward the driver seat; and
an airbag system comprising an airbag cushion configured to deploy into a space between the passenger seat and the display, the airbag cushion further configured to inflate in a controlled manner that pushes the display from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,782

AIRBAG APPARATUS

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An airbag apparatus comprising:a gas generator that includes
an elongated gas generator main body, which extends along an axis and discharges inflation gas, and
at least one mounting protrusion, which projects in a direction orthogonal to the axis from at least one position in a direction along the axis, and
an airbag, which is inflated by the inflation gas, wherein
the airbag apparatus is configured to be mounted to a vehicle at the at least one mounting protrusion,
the airbag includes
at least a first fabric portion and a second fabric portion, which are superposed on each other in a thickness direction, and
a storage chamber, which is located between the first fabric portion and the second fabric portion,
part of the storage chamber is constituted by the first fabric portion,
the storage chamber includes
an insertion port, which allows the gas generator to be inserted through at least the first fabric portion,
one or more mounting holes, which are located at positions that are on a leading side of the insertion port of the storage chamber in an insertion direction of the gas generator, wherein the one or more mounting holes allow the at least one mounting protrusion to be passed through at least the first fabric portion, and a rearmost one in the insertion direction of the one or more mounting holes is a rearmost mounting hole, and
an opening promoting portion, which is located between the insertion port and the rearmost mounting hole and causes the insertion port to open,
the first fabric portion and the second fabric portion are connected to each other via a folding portion and superposed on each other by being folded at the folding portion,
the insertion port is located at a position adjacent to the folding portion,
the opening promoting portion is constituted by an increased stiffness portion, which is provided in a section across the folding portion in the first fabric portion and the second fabric portion, wherein the increased stiffness portion has a higher stiffness than in regions surrounding the opening promoting portion,
a rear end of the increased stiffness portion in the insertion direction is arranged at a position adjacent to the insertion port,
the increased stiffness portion is provided over an entire region between the insertion port and the rearmost mounting hole in the insertion direction, and
part of the increased stiffness portion that is located in the first fabric portion is entirely located between the one or more mounting holes and the folding portion in a direction orthogonal to both an opening direction of the one or more mounting holes and a direction along the axis of the gas generator, which is inserted through the insertion port.

US Pat. No. 10,507,777

SNOWMOBILE LIFT APPARATUS

1. A lift apparatus for a snowmobile comprising a tunnel, the lift apparatus comprising:a first tunnel stiffener configured to be attached to the tunnel and to help stiffen the tunnel;
a first slide extending along the first tunnel stiffener;
a second tunnel stiffener configured to be attached to the tunnel and to help stiffen the tunnel;
a second slide extending along the second tunnel stiffener; and
a rear bumper comprising a transverse bumper portion connected to first and second slide members, the first and second slide members being slidable along the first and second slides, respectively, to position the transverse bumper portion in a riding position or a deployed position, the transverse bumper portion being positioned farther from the snowmobile when the transverse bumper portion is in the deployed position than when the transverse bumper portion is in the riding position, the transverse bumper portion being configured to be gripped and lifted by a user when the transverse bumper portion is in the deployed position, the rear bumper being configured to lift a rear portion of the snowmobile when the transverse bumper portion is lifted.

US Pat. No. 10,507,774

COMPONENT CONFIGURATION BASED ON SENSOR DATA

Accenture Global Solution...

1. A system comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory communicatively coupled to the at least one processor, the memory storing instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
receiving first sensor data describing at least one adjustment to a vehicle component that a user is using, that the user has made to improve the user's comfort in using the vehicle component;
after the user has made the adjustment to the vehicle component, receiving second sensor data that is other than data that reflects an explicit input, by the user, that the adjustment to the vehicle component failed to adequately improve the user's comfort in using the vehicle component, then automatically determining, based on the second sensor data, that the adjustment to the vehicle component likely failed to adequately improve the user's comfort in using the vehicle component;
in response to automatically determining that the adjustment to the vehicle component likely failed to adequately improve the user's comfort in using the vehicle component, providing, to a machine learning-trained model that is trained based on adjustments to similar vehicle components by other users, to output additional adjustments to the vehicle component that can be automatically made to improve users' comfort in using the vehicle component, (i) the first sensor data and (ii) data indicating a current state of the adjusted vehicle component;
receiving, from the machine learning-trained model, an additional adjustment that can be automatically made to improve the user's comfort in using the vehicle component; and
communicating the additional adjustment to the vehicle component.

US Pat. No. 10,507,769

VEHICLE WITH FRONT TRUNK

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

9. A method of operating a storage assembly in a front trunk of a vehicle comprising:activating a bin light mounted on a front bin that directs light into the front bin and an adjacent rear bin;
sliding the front and rear bins forward relative to the front trunk; and
pivoting the front bin away from the rear bin while increasing intensity of light emitted from the bin light.

US Pat. No. 10,507,762

ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY FOR ILLUMINATING A TARGET AREA MARKING A DETECTION AREA OF A SENSOR

1. An electronic assembly for a motor vehicle, including a housing, a control and evaluation device disposed in the housing, wherein the control and evaluation device is coupled to a control device of the motor vehicle, an illumination device coupled to the control and evaluation device, which is activated by the control and evaluation device, with which a target area characterizing a detection area outside of the housing can be marked by an optical signal, wherein a capacitive sensor that is disposed in the housing monitors the detection area, wherein the capacitive sensor and the illumination device are aligned with one another such that the target area, marked by the optical signal which is projected onto the ground outside the motor vehicle, is at least partially covered by the detection area of the capacitive sensor, wherein the target area is projected onto the ground outside the motor vehicle indicating a region to a user in which region outside the motor vehicle an actuation of the capacitive sensor can be initiated by the user, and wherein the illumination device is activated by the control and evaluation device for emitting light with different colors.

US Pat. No. 10,507,759

ADAPTIVE LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMOBILE VEHICLE

Valeo Vision, Bobigny (F...

1. A method for scanning light radiation comprising the steps of:emitting light radiation (L) from at least one primary light source;
receiving said light radiation (L) from said at least one primary light source into a scanning system that spatially distributes said light radiation onto a surface of a wavelength conversion device;
receiving said light radiation (L) from said at least one primary light source into said wavelength conversion device and re-emitting white light radiation (B); and receiving said white light radiation (B) into an optical imaging system that re-emits said white light radiation by said wavelength conversion device and projects said white light radiation (B) in front of a vehicle to form a lighting beam, said wavelength conversion device being situated close to a focal plane of said optical imaging system;
wherein an intensity of said white light radiation (B) emitted by said wavelength conversion device modulated between a minimum value and a maximum value and wherein the scanning is performed at variable speed;
wherein said scanning system distributes said light radiation (L) at a variable speed that progressively decreases when scanning from at least one outer area of a surface of said wavelength conversion device toward a middle zone of said surface wavelength conversion device and progressively increases when scanning from said middle zone to a second outer area of said surface of said wavelength conversion device.

US Pat. No. 10,507,756

TRUCK BED WITH SELECTIVELY ACTUATED MAGNETIC FLOOR SECTIONS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A pick-up truck comprising:a truck bed;
an electromagnet attached below a lower surface of the truck bed; and
a controller electrically connected to the electromagnet to control the supply of power to the electromagnet;
a vehicle speed input signal; and
a steering input, wherein the controller integrates the vehicle speed input signal and the steering input to adjust the power provided to the electromagnet based upon vehicle dynamics.

US Pat. No. 10,507,754

ERGONOMICALLY IMPROVED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING PRODUCTS FROM A DELIVERY VEHICLE

Manuverate, LLC, York, P...

1. A side-bay delivery vehicle, comprising:one or more bays comprising:
two parallel rectangular frames, each frame having two horizontal members and two vertical members and each of the frames opposing and facing the other;
a holding structure engaged by both of the rectangular frames, the structure comprising:
a first horizontal frame adjacent to each of the vertical members of the two rectangular frames at corners of the first horizontal frame, the first horizontal frame extending in first and second orthogonal directions between the two rectangular frames, the first horizontal frame comprising an opening extending in the first direction in the first horizontal frame and between the horizontal members of the two rectangular frames; and
a first mechanism; and
a second mechanism positioned below the first horizontal frame, the second mechanism configured to provide lateral movement in the first direction along the opening in the first horizontal frame and toward each opposing side of the vehicle;
wherein the first mechanism is configured to provide vertical movement of the first horizontal frame within the confines of the two rectangular frames; and
wherein access to the one or more bays is from one of the opposing sides of the vehicle; and wherein the opposing sides of the vehicle are along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,753

CUP HOLDER

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A cup holder having an upper surface and a lower surface, and comprising an enclosure portion configured to hold a drink container inserted from a predetermined opening direction so as to surround the drink container from an outer peripheral side,wherein an inner peripheral surface of the enclosure portion includes inner peripheral supporting surfaces and recessed surfaces arranged side by side in a circumferential direction, the inner peripheral supporting surfaces extending in the circumferential direction so as to continuously or intermittently draw circular arc surfaces concentric to each other with a first same diameter, the recessed surfaces extending in the circumferential direction in a shape recessed radially outward relative to the inner peripheral supporting surfaces,
wherein the recessed surfaces comprise surface shapes extending in the circumferential direction so as to intermittently draw circular arc surfaces concentric to each other with a second same diameter,
wherein each of the inner peripheral supporting surfaces and each of the recessed surfaces extend from the upper surface to the lower surface, and
wherein the inner peripheral surfaces cannot deflect relative to the recessed surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,507,752

DEVICE FOR COVERING A FLOOR PAN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE DEVICE

AUTONEUM MANAGEMENT AG, ...

1. A device adapted for at least partially covering a vehicle floor pan of a motor vehicle, comprising:a carrier element made of at least a hard foam material;
a vibration decoupling element made of at least a soft foam material;
a surface layer to visually cover the device from the top;
a shield element made of at least a plastic material and configured for accepting, absorbing, and distributing the energy of a localized impact stress applied on the device from above and against the shield element; and
wherein the shield element has at least one passage section configured for allowing the soft foam material to pass through at least a part of the shield element during production of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,507,751

BEARING FOR USE IN SEAT BACK ASSEMBLIES

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A head restraint assembly comprising:a headrest comprising an inner member;
a seat back comprising an outer member; and
a bearing disposed between the inner member and the outer member; the bearing comprising:
at least one leaf spring adapted to bias the inner member, wherein the leaf spring comprises a substrate and a low friction layer overlying the substrate, wherein the leaf spring comprises an inner portion and a plurality of outer portions, wherein the outer portions comprise end portions of the leaf spring that are folded over such that the outer portions overlie the inner portion, forming a folded edge, wherein the headrest is adapted to translate with respect to the seat back, and wherein the seat back is adapted to receive the headrest such that the headrest is height adjustable relative to a seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,507,749

ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE MITIGATOR FOR VEHICLES

1. A device for discharging static electricity from a person departing from a seated position within a vehicle, said vehicle having a seat cushion mounted thereto, said device comprising:an electrode attachable to a region on said seat cushion, said region consisting essentially of an area of said seat cushion extending between a seating area of said seat cushion and an outboard edge of said seat cushion,
said electrode comprising a substantially flat strip of conductive material defining a generally rectangular shape having a length and a width, each edge of said electrode generally defining a blade shape, said electrode being configured for attaching to said seat cushion so that the width of said electrode extends between the seating area of said seat cushion and said outboard edge thereof, and
an electrically conductive element connectable between said electrode and an electrical ground point in said vehicle,
whereby said electrode reduces a breakdown voltage between said electrical ground point and said person near a final point of contact between said person and said seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,748

SEAT FOR VEHICLE

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

3. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion;
a seat back supported by the seat cushion; and
a seat belt,
wherein the seat back includes a belt guide configured to support the seat belt in a position corresponding to an upper end of a shoulder in a manner that permits the seat belt to be pulled out,
wherein the seat cushion includes a pair of side frames disposed in laterally separate positions and extending in a front-rear direction, and an inner frame provided at an inner side of one of the pair of side frames provided on a side on which the belt guide is provided, the inner frame being joined to the one of the side frames and extending in the front-rear direction,
wherein rear portions of the pair of side frames are joined via a connecting beam extending in a lateral direction,
wherein the inner frame includes a front-end portion joined to the one of the pair of side frames to form a closed-section structure together with the one of the pair of side frames, and a rear-end portion joined to the connecting beam in a position inwardly separate from the one of the pair of side frames, and
wherein the belt guide is disposed in a position such that at least part of the belt guide is in a region of which a lateral range is defined by a lateral range in which the one of the side frames and the inner frame are disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,507,747

CONVEYANCE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A conveyance seat comprising:a cushion pad;
a bottom wall on which the cushion pad is placed;
a temperature control unit which is attached to the cushion pad;
a temperature detection unit configured to detect a temperature at a location between the cushion pad and the bottom wall, during an operation of the temperature control unit;
a housing unit with a hollowed shape which is formed on either one of the cushion pad or the bottom wall, in a portion facing an other of the cushion pad or the bottom wall; and
a holding unit which is fit in the housing unit, with the temperature detection unit attached thereto, to thereby hold the temperature detection unit within the housing unit;
wherein:
the temperature detection unit is held by the holding unit and positioned between the cushion pad and the holding unit within the housing unit;
the bottom wall has a protruding portion that protrudes at a position adjacent to the holding unit;
the protruding portion is a convex portion that protrudes toward a side of the bottom wall on which the cushion pad is positioned and in a thickness direction of the conveyance seat; and
a protrusion size of the convex portion is longer than a length of the holding unit in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,745

SEATING ASSEMBLY WITH THERMOELECTRIC DEVICES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seating surface;
a tube arranged proximate the seating surface, the tube having an inlet fluidly coupled with an air displacement device and an outlet proximate the seating surface; and
a thermoelectric device in fluid communication with the outlet and configured to thermodynamically affect heat exchange at the seating surface;
wherein the air displacement device is selectively operable to release a pressurized fluid through the tube proximate the thermoelectric device and wherein the pressurized fluid undergoes a temperature reduction at the outlet due to an adiabatic process.

US Pat. No. 10,507,744

RELAXING SEAT FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A relaxing seat for a vehicle, the relaxing seat comprising:a fixed rail fixed to a vehicle body and extending in a front and a rear direction of the vehicle body;
a first moving rail coupled to the fixed rail to be movable frontwards and backwards thereof along the fixed rail;
a second moving rail coupled to the first moving rail to be movable frontwards and backwards thereof along the first moving rail;
a back link, first and second end portions of which are rotatably coupled to the fixed rail and a seat back frame, respectively;
a cushion rear-side link including a first end portion and a second end portion, wherein the first end portion is rotatably coupled to a portion at which a lower end portion of the seat back frame and a rear end portion of a seat cushion frame are rotatably coupled to each other, and the second end portion is rotatably coupled to the first moving rail; and
a cushion front-side frame including a first end portion and a second end portion, wherein the first end portion of the cushion front-side frame is rotatably coupled to a front end portion of the seat cushion frame, and the second end portion of the cushion front-side frame is fixedly coupled to the second moving rail.

US Pat. No. 10,507,743

JUVENILE VEHICLE SEAT WITH ADJUSTABLE HEADREST

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A child restraint comprisinga base adapted to set on a passenger seat in a vehicle,
a variable-height shell formed to include a child-receiving space that can be expanded and contracted in size at the option of a caregiver, the variable-height shell being mounted on the base for the movement relative to the passenger seat in the vehicle, the variable-height shell including a frame having a seat bottom and a torso-section support arranged to extend upwardly from the seat bottom and a slidable torso section mounted for up-and-down sliding movement on the torso-section support to vary the height of the slidable torso section relative to the seat bottom of the stationary frame, and
a head receiver mounted on the torso-section support, the head receiver including a movable headrest supported for up-and-down movement on the torso section support relative to the seat bottom and also for up-and-down movement relative to the torso section without moving the torso section.

US Pat. No. 10,507,740

CONTROL DEVICE FOR THE COMFORT EQUIPMENT OF A PASSENGER TRANSPORT VEHICLE SEAT MODULE, SEAT MODULE AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING COMFORT EQUIPMENT

ZODIAC ACTUATION SYSTEMS,...

1. A control device for comfort equipment of a passenger transport vehicle seat module, with the seat module comprising a seat and at least one piece of comfort equipment, said control device comprising:a casing comprising a control unit and a USB port,
a transmitter/receiver comprising an electrical plug configured to be plugged into the USB port of the casing, said transmitter/receiver configured to receive at least one adjusting command and to transmit the received at least one adjusting command to the control unit;
the control unit configured to transmit the received at least one adjusting command to the at least one piece of comfort equipment, and
a locking device comprising a maneuvering member, said locking device configured, when the maneuvering member is actuated, to prevent the transmission of said at least one adjusting command from the transmitter/receiver to said at least one piece of comfort equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,507,739

TRAIN-ENERGY CONTROL SYSTEM, GROUND DEVICE, AND ON-BOARD DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A ground device comprising:a ground transceiver to receive, from each of a plurality of trains running within a same feeding section, running-state information that indicates a running state, which is any of a regenerative braking state, an accelerating state, and a coasting state, and storage-battery-state information that indicates a state of charge of a storage battery provided in the train; and
a controller to determine whether there is a train that has the running-state information indicating a regenerative braking state on a basis of the running-state information on the trains received by the ground transceiver, and, when the running-state information on one or more of the trains indicates a regenerative braking state, determine a train that absorbs regenerative power from among the trains on a basis of the running-state information and the storage-battery-state information on the trains, and control the ground transceiver such that a power absorption command is transmitted to the determined train.

US Pat. No. 10,507,734

BATTERY STATE ESTIMATING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A battery state estimating apparatus comprising:an acquirer configured to obtain a complex impedance of a battery;
a calculator configured to calculate a ratio of a variation of a predetermined feature amount from the complex impedance; and
an estimator configured to estimate a charge amount of the battery on the basis of the ratio of the variation of the predetermined feature amount with respect to an integrated current value, which is an integrated value of an electric current flowing through the battery, wherein
said calculator is configured to calculate the ratio of the variation of the predetermined feature amount by using, for the predetermined feature amount,
(i) a real component of the complex impedance,
(ii) an imaginary component of the complex impedance,
(iii) an absolute value of the complex impedance, and
(iv) a slope of a straight line connecting an origin on a complex plane and a value of the complex impedance at a first predetermined frequency, the complex plane having an axis that is a real component of the complex impedance and an axis that is an imaginary component of the complex impedance.

US Pat. No. 10,507,732

CHARGING APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A charging apparatus to be installed in a vehicle, the charging apparatus comprising:a main charger and an auxiliary charger, wherein the main charger includes a first communication control unit that is capable of communicating with a vehicle-mounted communication unit or the auxiliary charger, and the auxiliary charger includes a second communication control unit that is capable of communicating with the main charger, when the first communication control unit of the main charger has set a smaller of a first output-power command value transmitted from the vehicle-mounted communication unit and a rated power value of the main charger as an output-power command value for the main charger, the first communication control unit of the main charger transmits to the auxiliary charger a second output-power command value that is a difference between the first output-power command value and an actual output-power value of the main charger or the output-power command value of the main charger,
when the first communication control unit of the main charger has set a difference between the first output-power command value and an actual output-power value of the auxiliary charger as the output-power command value for the main charger, the first communication control unit of the main charger transmits the first output-power command value to the auxiliary charger, and the second communication control unit of the auxiliary charger sets an output-power command value for the auxiliary charger according to the first or second output-power command value, and transmits the actual output-power value for the auxiliary charger to the main charger, so that the main charger provides the vehicle-mounted communication unit with an actual output power value of the charging apparatus, the main charger and the auxiliary charger supply power, which has a value corresponding to a combination of the actual output-power value of the auxiliary charger and actual output-power value of the main charger, to a battery of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,723

OPENING-CLOSING APPARATUS FOR FUEL TANK

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An opening-closing apparatus for a fuel tank, comprising:a fuel passage-forming portion configured to form a fuel passage that is arranged to introduce a supplied liquid fuel to the fuel tank;
an insertion-side opening-closing mechanism fixed to the fuel passage-forming portion and configured to open and close a filler port of the fuel passage;
a tank-side opening-closing mechanism fixed to the fuel passage-forming portion, located on a fuel tank side of the insertion-side opening-closing mechanism and configured to open and close the fuel passage;
a liquid discharge path configured to allow for communication of a portion of the fuel passage between the insertion-side opening-closing mechanism and the tank-side opening-closing mechanism with outside of the opening-closing apparatus; and
an open-close valve configured to open and close the liquid discharge path and to be opened toward the outside of the opening-closing apparatus, wherein
the liquid discharge path has a liquid reservoir in which a liquid is temporarily accumulated when the open-close valve is closed,
the open-close valve is configured such that mass of the liquid accumulated in the liquid reservoir is utilized as a force of opening the open-close valve,
the open-close valve is formed as part of a plate member, and
the open-close valve has a support end that is a grooved portion formed in the plate member to be thinner than a remaining part of the open-close valve.

US Pat. No. 10,507,722

CONTAINER ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A container assembly for a motor vehicle, the container assembly comprising a first container (20; 120; 220) for a fuel and a second container (10; 110) for a liquid auxiliary agent, wherein the second container (10; 110) is integrated into the first container (20; 120; 220), wherein a bottom-mounted removal device having at least one pump (11; 111) for the auxiliary agent is provided in the second container (10; 110), and wherein the container assembly further includes a lower wall extending outwardly from the second container (10; 110), the removal device being secured to the lower wall at opposite sides of the second container (10; 110).

US Pat. No. 10,507,718

HYBRID TRANSAXLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hybrid transmission comprising:a planetary gear set having a sun, a carrier, and a ring wherein a first of the sun, the carrier, and the ring is fixedly driveably connected to a first electric machine and a second of the sun, the carrier, and the ring is fixedly driveably connected to a second electric machine and to an output; and
a direction reversing gearing arrangement configured to alternately selectively driveably connect a third of the sun, the carrier, and the ring to an input shaft at two speed ratios, a first of the speed ratios being negative and a second of the speed ratios being positive, wherein the direction reversing gearing arrangement comprises,
a first shift element configured to selectively couple the input shaft to the third of the sun, the carrier, and the ring to establish the positive speed ratio,
a first layshaft gear coupled to the input shaft,
a second layshaft gear fixedly driveably connected to the first layshaft gear,
a third layshaft gear coupled to the second layshaft gear,
a fourth layshaft gear coupled to the third of the sun, the carrier, and the ring and fixedly driveably connected to the third layshaft gear, and
a second shift element configured to selectively couple the third layshaft gear to the second layshaft gear to establish the negative speed ratio, the first layshaft gear being fixedly coupled to the input shalt and the fourth layshaft gear being fixedly coupled to the third of the sun, the carrier, and the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,507,715

MOUNT ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A mount assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a mount to support an in-vehicle device;
a support bracket coupled to the mount and locked thereto, wherein the support bracket includes a first hook;
a mounting bracket configured to couple the mount to a vehicle body side and support the mount, wherein the mounting bracket includes a housing to which the mount is coupled and a first stop protrusion to which the first hook of the support bracket is hook-coupled to couple and lock the support bracket to the mounting bracket by coupling between the first hook and the first stop protrusion; and
a wedge ring to support the first hook coupled to the first stop protrusion from behind when assembled to a lower outer circumferential surface of the mount to prevent the first hook from bending backward and being separated from the first stop protrusion of the mounting bracket,
wherein the wedge ring is formed in a ring shape and includes a protruding portion that protrudes radially outward, and
wherein the protruding portion supports the first hook from behind to prevent the first hook from being separated from the first stop protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,709

VEHICLE WINDSHIELD AND VEHICLE COMPONENT USING SAME

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

1. A vehicle windshield, comprising:a window plate; and
a transparent film provided at a surface on a vehicle-interior side of the window plate,
wherein the vehicle windshield includes a first area where the transparent film is not provided and a second area where the transparent film is provided, at a central area when viewed from a front side, and
a boundary between the first area and the second area has no perspective distortion and is constituted by a boundary line having line width visually recognized by scattering of irradiated light of 10 ?m to 200 ?m,
provided that presence or non-presence of the perspective distortion is determined by:
setting a test plate A and the vehicle windshield, wherein the test plate A has a grid pattern with an interval of 10 mm formed on a white background by 0.7 mm width black lines in which each black line forms an angle of 45 degrees with respect to a lower side of the test plate A, such that a surface of the test plate A on which the grid pattern is formed and a surface of the vehicle windshield on a side where the transparent film is not formed are in parallel with each other with a distance of 20 mm;
photographing the surface of the test plate A on which the grid pattern is formed through the vehicle windshield with a camera provided at a distance of 150 mm from a surface of the vehicle windshield on a side where the transparent film is formed such that the boundary line between the coating area and the non-coating area is located approximately at a center in a photographing area; and
determining that the perspective distortion is present when deformation or discontinuity is visually recognized in the grid pattern, and the perspective distortion is not present when neither the deformation nor the discontinuity is visually recognized in the grid pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,507,704

AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An air-conditioning system for a vehicle, comprising:a heating blower and a cooling blower disposed on opposite sides to face each other with an adjustment space being interposed therebetween, wherein the heating blower and the cooling blower are configured to receive air thereinto in an axial direction from the adjustment space and configured to discharge the air in a radial direction;
a first duct and a second duct configured to transfer outside air or inside air and extending in the axial direction of the heating blower and the cooling blower, wherein a first end of each of the first duct and the second duct is connected to the adjustment space to supply the outside air or the inside air to the adjustment space;
an inlet door unit disposed in the adjustment space and configured to adjust the air introduced from the first duct or the second duct to be selectively supplied to the heating blower or the cooling blower;
a condenser and an evaporation core respectively disposed in the radial directions of the heating blower and the cooling blower and connected to each other via a refrigerant line; and
an outlet door unit configured to regulate the air, which has passed through the condenser or the evaporation core, to be selectively discharged to the indoor space or the outdoor space,
wherein a direction of the air flowing through the first duct and the second duct intersects with a direction of the air ejected from the heating blower or the cooling blower.

US Pat. No. 10,507,699

METHOD FOR MOUNTING A TYRE ON A RIM OR DEMOUNTING A TYRE FROM A RIM AND APPARATUS THEREFORE

SNAP-ON EQUIPMENT SRL A U...

1. A method for mounting a tyre on a rim or demounting the tyre from the rim using an electric motor, comprising:selecting, depending on a particular type of tyre to be mounted or demounted, a set of plural operation modes of the induction motor from a plurality of sets of plural operation modes of the electric motor for the particular type of tyre, each operation mode corresponding to a specific combination of torque and speed of the electric motor,
wherein when operating according to the selected set of operation modes, a first combination of torque and speed of the electric motor is used during a first time period of the mounting or demounting operation, and a second combination of torque and speed of the electric motor is used during a second time period of the mounting or demounting operation,
the method further comprising:
rotating a wheel, including an assembly of the tyre and the rim, by the electric motor about an axis in accordance with the selected set of operation modes,
determining a speed of the electric motor during the mounting or demounting operation, and
continuously and automatically adjusting the first and second combinations of torque and speed of the electric motor during the mounting or demounting operation, based at least in part on the determined speed.

US Pat. No. 10,507,698

TIGHTENING GROUP FOR A RIM OF OR FOR A TIRED WHEEL

BUTLER ENGINEERING AND MA...

1. A group for tightening a rim of or for a tired wheel comprising a base, a main wheel-holder or rim-holder plate or table, said table being supported by said base and defining at least three slide tracks or guides, at least three jaws or jaw or gripper components, each slidably mounted in a respective slide track or guide between at least one first approached position and at least one second moved-apart position, said jaw components being set to tighten a respective portion of a rim of or for a tired wheel in said at least one first approached position and/or in said at least one second moved-apart position, wherein said group comprises at least three actuators, each constrained or pivoted to a respective jaw component and set to move it between said at least one first and said at least one second position, said group for tightening further comprising means for synchronizing the movement of said at least three jaw components, said synchronization means being set to maintain said at least three jaw components at a same distance with respect to the center of said table, such that said jaw components apply the same tightening force to a respective portion of a rim mounted on said table, wherein said actuators are angularly movable with respect to said table and wherein said synchronization means are set to maintain said at least three actuators always in the same angular position with respect to each other, during the movement by said at least three actuators of said at least three jaw components between said at least one first and said at least one second position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,692

RUBBER COMPOUND FOR TIRES, PNEUMATIC TIRE, AND AN AIRLESS TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An airless tire comprising a rubber member made of a rubber composition having a complex elastic modulus E*70 (unit: MPa) and a loss tangent tan ?70 under the initial strain of 10%, the dynamic strain of 2%, and the temperature of 70 degrees C., satisfy the following expressions (1) and (2):90 E*70/tan ?70>800  (2).

US Pat. No. 10,507,690

BICYCLE HUB ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle hub assembly comprising:a hub axle;
a hub body rotatably mounted on the hub axle about a rotational center axis of the bicycle hub assembly, the hub body including:
a first spoke-mounting portion having a first axially outermost part;
a second spoke-mounting portion having a second axially outermost part; and
a first axial length defined between the first axially outermost part of the first spoke-mounting portion and the second axially outermost part of the second spoke-mounting portion in an axial direction with respect to the rotational center axis, the first axial length being equal to or larger than 55 mm; and
a sprocket support body rotatably mounted on the hub axle about the rotational center axis, the sprocket support body including a plurality of external spline teeth configured to engage with a bicycle rear sprocket assembly, the plurality of external spline teeth including a plurality of external-spline driving surfaces to receive a driving rotational force from the bicycle rear sprocket assembly during pedaling,
the plurality of external-spline driving surfaces each including:
a radially outermost edge;
a radially innermost edge; and
a radial length defined from the radially outermost edge to the radially innermost edge, and
a total of the radial lengths of the plurality of external-spline driving surfaces being equal to or larger than 7 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,507,689

CHALK LINE APPARATUS

Keson Industries, Inc., ...

1. A chalk line apparatus comprising:a housing having a body with a top, a bottom, a front, a rear, and laterally spaced sides,
the body defining an internal space within which a spool is operatively mounted;
a drive assembly that is operable through an actuator to cause flexible line to be accumulated on the spool,
the housing body having a front wall through which flexible line projecting from the spool extends to externally of the housing for use;
a fill opening on the housing through which a supply of chalk can be introduced into the internal space to contact flexible line accumulated on the spool; and
a stopper assembly that can be selectively placed in closed and open states,
the stopper assembly comprising a blocking portion that: a) blocks passage of chalk through the fill opening with the stopper assembly in the closed state; and b) permits chalk to be directed through the fill opening and into the internal space with the stopper assembly in the open state,
wherein the stopper assembly comprises a substantially flat wall from which the blocking portion projects and the housing body has a recess to receive at least a part of the substantially flat wall,
wherein the housing body has a top wall, the drive assembly actuator is connected to the housing body at the too wall at one location, and the fill opening extends through the top wall at a location spaced rearwardly from the front wall and forwardly of the one location.

US Pat. No. 10,507,688

METAL SHEET PREPARING PROCESS WITH SURFACE HAVING WOOD GRAIN AND PRODUCT THEREOF

ZHEJIANG YOTRIO GROUP CO....

1. A metal sheet with a surface having wood grain, wherein the metal sheet is manufactured by a metal sheet preparing process with surface having wood grain, the process comprising the following steps:spraying photosensitive ink on the metal sheet;
pasting a designed film on a surface of the metal sheet sprayed with the photosensitive ink;
exposing the metal sheet pasted with the film in an ultraviolet light for 1-15 min;
spray developing the surface of the metal sheet with sodium carbonate solution, and exiting the film after developing; and
etching the metal sheet exited the film after developing with a mixed aqueous solution of ferric trichloride and copper sulfate, wherein a corrosive temperature is 30-50° C. which lasts for 5-8 min; and washing corrosive liquid on the grain and cured films of the photosensitive ink out of the grain with sodium hydroxide solution of 5-8% wt %, wherein the surface having wood grain comprises the designed film and photosensitive ink; wherein the photosensitive ink is closer to the metal sheet than the designed film; wherein a maximum corrosion width is 15-20 mm, a corrosion depth is more than 0.5 mm, a gradient between a corrosion region and a non-corrosion region is more than 75°; and a pattern accuracy of the embossment when a bump of the metal sheet is 0.5-2 mm is more than 400 Dpi.

US Pat. No. 10,507,680

PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a base plate including a first surface and a second surface;
an installation part provided in the first surface of the base plate to be rotatable and configured so that a ribbon roll, around which an ink ribbon is wound, is attached thereto;
a thermal head provided in the first surface of the base plate and configured to heat the ink ribbon, which is reeled out or unreeled from the ribbon roll depending on rotation of the installation part;
a partition wall partitioning the first surface of the base plate into a first area including the installation part and a second area including the thermal head;
a drive mechanism provided in a third area of the second surface of the base plate and including a motor configured to rotate the installation part and a controller configured to control the motor; and
a fan provided in the base plate and configured to move air from the second area to the first area via the third area.

US Pat. No. 10,507,678

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform a printing operation for printing an image on a continuous sheet;
a platen configured to support the continuous sheet to be printed by the printing unit;
a suction unit configured to perform, in a case where the printing operation is performed, a suction operation for sucking the continuous sheet supported on the platen;
a conveying unit configured to convey the continuous sheet in a first direction, which is a conveyance direction in the printing operation, and a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a cutting unit provided downstream of the printing unit in the first direction and configured to perform a cutting operation for cutting the continuous sheet; and
a control unit configured to cause the conveying unit to convey the continuous sheet in the second direction after the cutting operation so as to (i) in a case where the suction operation is stopped in a period from the cutting operation until a next printing operation, stop the continuous sheet at a first position where the continuous sheet does not face the printing unit, and (ii) in a case where the suction operation is continued after the cutting operation, stop the continuous sheet at a second position where the continuous sheet faces the printing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,677

DUAL CARD TRANSPORT IN A CARD PROCESSING SYSTEM

Entrust Datacard Corporat...

1. A card processing system, comprising:a card input;
a card output opposite the card input;
a card processing mechanism between the card input and the card output, the card processing mechanism is configured to perform a processing operation on a card that is input through the card input;
a card transport mechanism that transports cards from the card input, through the card processing mechanism and to the card output, the card transport mechanism includes first and second separately movable card transports each of which is configured to support a respective card thereon; and
the first and second separately movable card transports are each separately actuatable to occupy a common card pick-up position adjacent to the card input and occupy a common card discharge position adjacent to the card output, and the first and second separately movable card transports are each separately actuatable to move between the common card pick-up position and the common card discharge position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,675

PRINTING METHOD, PRINTING DEVICE, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printing method of performing a printing on a medium using a color ink, the color ink being an ink having a color, the printing method comprising:a color ink layer forming step of ejecting the color ink to the medium to form a layer of the color ink on the medium; and
a glossing step of performing a process for increasing a gloss of the layer of the color ink, wherein
the color ink includes a colorant and a solvent, and the color ink generates heat by radiation of an energy ray,
in the color ink layer forming step, the energy ray is emitted to the color ink adhering to the medium to remove by evaporation at least a part of the solvent included in the color ink, and
in the glossing step, the gloss of the layer of the color ink is increased after at least a part of the solvent is removed by evaporation;
wherein in the color ink layer forming step, the energy ray is emitted to the color ink adhering to the medium to heat the color ink to a temperature at which the color ink on the medium boils.

US Pat. No. 10,507,673

MOUNT FOR STICKING STICKY NOTE THERETO AND MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM EXECUTABLE BY CONTROLLER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing programs executable by a controller that causes a print execution device to execute printing, the print execution device including: a print head provided with nozzles aligned in a sub scanning direction; a holding member which holds a part of a printing medium conveyed from an upstream side toward a downstream side in the sub scanning direction; and a head driving device which causes the print head to execute a main scanning operation, the main scanning operation including an operation for causing the print head to discharge an ink toward the printing medium while moving the print head in a main scanning direction orthogonal to the sub scanning direction, the programs causing the controller to execute:acquiring first object data which represents a first object image to be printed on a first sticky note; and
generating printing data for the print execution device to execute the printing of the first object image on the first sticky note, which is conveyed in a state of being stuck on a mount, by utilizing the first object data, the printing data representing a printing image in which the first object image is arranged in a first predetermined area, the first predetermined area being an area in which the print execution device executes the printing of the first object image on the first sticky note only in a first state and does not execute the printing of the first object image on the first sticky note in a second state, the first state being a state in which the first sticky note is stuck on the mount and in which the mount and a part of the first sticky note are held by the holding member, the second state being a state in which the first sticky note is stuck on the mount and in which the mount is held by the holding member and the first sticky note is not held by the holding member,
wherein the first predetermined area is an area which is specified by a size of the first sticky note, the number of the nozzles, a distance between the two nozzles adjoining in the sub scanning direction, and a size of the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,665

LIQUID CARTRIDGE INCLUDING CIRCUIT BOARD SUPPORTED BY SUPPORT MEMBER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge configured to be inserted into an attachment portion of a printing device in an insertion direction crossing a gravitational direction and attached to the attachment portion in an upright posture, the attachment portion including a contact, the liquid cartridge comprising:a housing comprising:
a liquid chamber storing liquid therein; and
a liquid passage in communication with the liquid chamber and extending forward in the insertion direction from the liquid chamber, the liquid passage having a front end in the insertion direction, an opening being formed in the front end;
a sealing member disposed in the liquid passage;
a circuit board positioned rearward in the insertion direction relative to the sealing member in the upright posture, the circuit board comprising:
a contact facing at least upward in the upright posture, the contact of the cartridge being electrically connectable to the contact of the device; and
a memory electrically connected to the contact of the cartridge; and
a support member supporting the circuit board, the circuit board supported by the support member being resiliently movable upward and downward relative to the housing in the upright posture.

US Pat. No. 10,507,663

INK REPLENISH CONTAINER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An ink replenish container for replenishing an ink to an ink tank of a printer, comprising:a container main body that is able to store the ink; and
an ink outlet formation member, attached to a front end side of the container main body, to form an ink outlet,
wherein the container main body includes a screw formation portion having a screw for engaging with the ink outlet formation member, and a shoulder portion provided on a front end side of the screw formation portion,
the ink outlet formation member includes an abutting portion that abuts the shoulder portion and an engagement recess portion disposed on an inner surface thereof,
the container main body further includes a front end engagement portion on the front end side of the screw formation portion configured to be inserted into the engagement recess portion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,655

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a conductive base;
a plurality of head main bodies which are held by the base and each have a switching element and a pressure generating element for discharging a liquid in a pressure generating chamber;
a plurality of covers which are conductive covers separated from the base, both of the pressure generating element and the switching element being sandwiched between the base and each of the covers; and
a plurality of conduction portions which each conduct the base and the cover to each other at a plurality of locations.

US Pat. No. 10,507,649

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND PRINT HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a piezoelectric element that has a first electrode, a piezoelectric body, and a second electrode;
a first switch that is capable of switching whether to supply a drive signal for driving the piezoelectric element to the first electrode; and
a second switch that is arranged electrically in parallel with the piezoelectric element and is capable of switching whether to electrically connect the first electrode and the second electrode to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,507,647

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR COMPENSATING FOR A MALFUNCTIONING NOZZLE IN A DIGITAL PRINTING SYSTEM

LANDA CORPORATION LTD., ...

6. A printing system for printing a half-toned digital image that specifies, for each position of the digital image whether or not an ink droplet is to be deposited at a corresponding location on a target surface along with a respective droplet size, the printing system comprising:a. an array of nozzles for depositing droplets of ink onto the target surface so as to print, each nozzle of the array corresponding to a column of the half-toned digital image; and
b. a pre-print processor for controlling deposition of the droplets by the nozzle array according to the content of the half-toned digital image, to print the half-toned digital image or a derivative thereof on the target surface, the pre-print processor comprising a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium containing program instructions for compensating for or reducing the visual effect of a malfunctioning or inoperative nozzle, wherein execution of the program instructions by the pre-print processor causes the pre-print processor to carry out the step of computing a modified version of the half-toned digital image, responsively to a determination that a nozzle is malfunctioning or inoperative, the computing comprising calculation of droplet-size increases in the first and second neighboring columns of a column of affected positions, by iterating row-by-consecutive-row over an entirety of the column from one end to the other, each successive iteration step corresponding to a different row, and by carrying out, for each iteration step, the following steps:
i. incrementing a value of a luminance-debt function with data representing the droplet size of an affected position in the respective row of the iteration step;
ii. determining a value of a compensation function based on the value of the luminance-debt function;
iii. assigning an increase in droplet size in at least one position in first and second neighboring columns, the at least one position being in the same row and adjacent to the affected position, the position being mapped to a functional ink nozzle; and
iv. decrementing the value of the luminance-debt function with data representing the value of the compensation function.

US Pat. No. 10,507,645

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus, satisfying the following elements (1) through (4):(1) the inkjet printing apparatus including an ink discharging unit configured to discharge an ink,
(2) the ink discharging unit including an inkjet head having a nozzle diameter of 17 ?m to 19 ?m,
(3) the inkjet head including a nozzle plate and an ink repellent layer disposed on a surface of the nozzle plate, and
(4) the inkjet printing apparatus using, as the ink, an aqueous dye ink comprising a water-soluble dye and having a viscosity of 5 mPa·s to 12 mPa·s at 25° C.

US Pat. No. 10,507,630

TRANSFER FILM, TRANSPARENT LAMINATE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING TRANSFER FILM, METHOD FOR PRODUCING TRANSPARENT LAMINATE, CAPACITIVE INPUT DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A transfer film comprising:a temporary support;
a first curable transparent resin layer;
a second curable transparent resin layer disposed adjacent to the first curable transparent resin layer; and
a peelable protective film in this order,
wherein the thickness of the first curable transparent resin layer is equal to or greater than 1 ?m, and
wherein the refractive index of the second curable transparent resin layer is greater than the refractive index of the first curable transparent resin layer and equal to or greater than 1.6.

US Pat. No. 10,507,629

HOT-DIP GALVANIZED STEEL SHEET

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A hot-dip galvanized steel sheet comprising:a base steel sheet; and
a hot-dip galvanized layer formed on at least one surface of the base steel sheet, wherein:
the base steel sheet includes,
a chemical composition comprising, % by mass,
C: 0.040% to 0.280%,
Si: 0.05% to 2.00%,
Mn: 0.50% to 3.50%,
P: 0.0001% to 0.1000%,
S: 0.0001% to 0.0100%,
Al: 0.001% to 1.500%,
N: 0.0001% to 0.0100%,
O: 0.0001% to 0.0100%, and
a remainder of Fe and impurities;
in a range of ? thickness to ? thickness centered at a position of ¼ thickness from the surface of the base steel sheet, by volume fraction,
40% or more and 97% or less of a ferrite phase,
a total of 3% by volume fraction or more of a hard structure comprising one or more of a bainite phase, a bainitic ferrite phase, a fresh martensite phase and a tempered martensite phase,
a residual austenite phase is 0 to 8% by volume fraction,
a total of a pearlite phase and a coarse cementite phase is 0 to 8% by volume fraction,
in a surface layer range of 20 ?m depth in a steel sheet direction from an interface between the hot-dip galvanized layer and the base steel sheet, a volume fraction of a residual austenite is 0 to 3%,
the base steel sheet includes a microstructure in which V1/V2 which is a ratio of a volume fraction V1 of the hard structure in the surface layer range and a volume fraction V2 of the hard structure in the range of ? thickness to ? thickness centered at the position of ¼ thickness from the surface of the base steel sheet is 0.10 or more and 0.90 or less,
a Fe content is more than 0% by mass to 5.0% by mass or less and an Al content is more than 0% by mass to 1.0% by mass or less in the hot-dip galvanized layer, and columnar grains formed of a ? phase are included in the hot-dip galvanized layer,
a ratio ((A*/A)×100) of an interface (A*) between the ? phase and the base steel sheet in an entire interface (A) between the hot-dip galvanized plated layer and the base steel sheet is 20% or more,a refined layer is formed at the side of the interface in the base steel sheet, an average thickness of the refined layer is 0.1 to 5.0 ?m, an average grain size of ferrite in the refined layer is 0.1 to 3.0 ?m, one or two or more of oxides of Si and Mn are contained, and a maximum size of the oxide is 0.01 to 0.4 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,507,626

BLADDER DEVICES FOR MOVING COMPONENTS OF WEB PACKAGING MACHINES

Alkar-RapidPak, Inc., Lo...

1. A bladder device for moving a component of a web packaging machine, the web packaging machine being configured to enclose a food product in a food product package made of lower and upper webs of packaging material, the bladder device comprising:a bladder having a sidewall;
a nipple stub coupled to the bladder and having a first end configured to receive a gas and an opposite, second end configured to dispense the gas into the bladder to thereby inflate the bladder and move the component of the web packaging machine, wherein the nipple stub has a bore that extends between the first end and the second end and through which the gas is conveyed, and wherein the second end has a nipple stub flange with a plurality of grooves formed therein such that each groove in the plurality of grooves radially extends from the bore to an outer perimeter edge of the nipple stub flange to thereby form fluid flow paths along which the gas is conveyed; and
a collar coupled to the nipple stub, wherein the sidewall of the bladder is sandwiched between the collar and the second end of the nipple stub, and wherein one of the second end of the nipple stub and the collar has a depression and the other of the second end of the nipple stub and the collar has a boss that is oriented towards the depression such that tightening the collar on the nipple stub forces the sidewall of the bladder into the depression and thereby forms a fluid tight seal;
wherein one of the nipple stub and the collar has a first sloped surface at a first side of the depression and an opposite second sloped surface at a second side of the depression; and
wherein the other of the nipple stub and the collar has a first sloped surface at a first side of the boss that corresponds to the first sloped surface at the first side of the depression such that the boss fits within the depression.

US Pat. No. 10,507,615

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELING SYSTEM

Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., To...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a setting unit that sets, as an attribute to be used for manufacture of a 3D modeled object, an attribute of a 2D image to be used for forming the 2D image on a recording medium, when the 3D modeled object is manufactured by laminating recording media together, wherein the setting unit sets the attribute of the 2D image so as to determine a curve that approximates an outline of the 3D modeled object; and
a specifying unit that specifies the degree of approximation, using the curve, of the outline of the 3D modeled object,
wherein the setting unit sets the attribute of the 2D image so as to determine, as the curve that approximates the outline of the 3D modeled object, a curve having larger radii of curvature as the degree of approximation specified by the specifying unit becomes higher.

US Pat. No. 10,507,614

METHOD FOR CREATING PERSONAL REPLICA DEVICE

THIKA HOLDINGS LLC, St. ...

1. A method of providing molded replica devices to a plurality of users, the method comprising:(a) acquiring a plurality of images of a plurality of models' body parts;
(b) converting the plurality of images of the models' body parts to a three-dimensional data set;
(c) storing the three-dimensional data set on a central database;
(d) providing access to the central database via a connection to a plurality of users, wherein the plurality of users can download a specific three-dimensional data set representative of a specific one of the plurality of models' body parts; and
(e) creating a molded replica device including a three-dimensional replica of the specific one of the models' body parts based on the specific three-dimensional data set.

US Pat. No. 10,507,609

VEHICLE TRIM COMPONENT

Shanghai Yanfeng Jianqiao...

1. A vehicle trim component comprising a fiber panel compression formed in a mold cavity prepared by a process comprising the steps of:heating the fiber panel;
placing the fiber panel into the mold cavity;
compressing the fiber panel in the mold cavity to form a compression formed component comprising an edge along a periphery and providing a structural substrate having a shape and a thickness along the edge; and
injecting resin into the mold cavity with the structural substrate;
wherein the shape of the structural substrate is formed in the mold cavity;
wherein a border of the structural substrate is formed along the thickness of the structural substrate by the resin injected into the mold cavity; and
wherein a rib for the structural substrate is formed by the resin injected into the mold cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,507,607

HONEYCOMB CORE, HONEYCOMB SANDWICH STRUCTURE, AND HONEYCOMB CORE MANUFACTURING METHOD

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A honeycomb core comprising:carbon fibers having four or more different fiber directions,
wherein, when a ribbon direction of the honeycomb core is set as an X axis direction, a cell width direction that is orthogonal to the ribbon direction is set as a Y axis direction, and a direction that is orthogonal to the ribbon direction and the cell width direction is set as a Z axis direction,
respective fiber directions of the carbon fibers on a honeycomb core plane oriented in a parallel direction to the X axis direction are parallel to an XZ plane constituted by the X axis direction and the Z axis direction,
the respective fiber directions are set as a first fiber direction, a second fiber direction, a third fiber direction, and a fourth fiber direction in ascending order of an angle formed by the fiber direction and the X axis direction, and
when a condition in which the angle formed by the X axis direction and the first fiber direction is ?45 degrees, the angle formed by the X axis direction and the second fiber direction is 0 degrees, the angle formed by the X axis direction and the third fiber direction is 45 degrees, and the angle formed by the X axis direction and the fourth fiber direction is 90 degrees is set as a reference condition; and
the honeycomb core includes:
a first layer is a first aggregate manufactured by interweaving a first bundle of the carbon fibers oriented in the first fiber direction and a third bundle of the carbon fibers oriented in the third fiber direction so that they are orthogonal to each other, and
a second layer is a second aggregate manufactured by interweaving a second bundle of the carbon fibers oriented in the second fiber direction and a fourth bundle of the carbon fibers oriented in the fourth fiber direction so that they are orthogonal to each other,
wherein the second layer is laid on top of the first layer, and
wherein respective fiber directions are rotated from the reference condition by a fixed rotation angle so that none of the fiber directions of the carbon fibers in the first and second aggregates are parallel to the X axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,604

NANOTRANSFER PRINTING METHOD AND SURFACE-ENHANCED RAMAN SCATTERING SUBSTRATE, SURFACE-ENHANCED RAMAN SCATTERING VIAL AND SURFACE-ENHANCED RAMAN SCATTERING PATCH MANUFACTURED USING THE SAME

Korea Advanced Institute ...

1. A nanotransfer printing method comprising:coating a polymer thin film on a template substrate where a surface pattern is formed;
fabricating the polymer thin film into a thin-film replica mold by using the polymer thin film and an adhesive film;
forming nanostructures on the thin-film replica mold;
selectively weakening an adhesive force between the adhesive film and the polymer thin film of the thin-film replica mold; and
transferring the nanostructures onto a target object,
wherein the selective weakening of the adhesive force between the adhesive film and the polymer thin film of the thin-film replica mold comprises:
injecting an organic solvent vapor between the adhesive film and the polymer thin film of the thin-film replica mold to reduce interfacial detachment energy.

US Pat. No. 10,507,597

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISMANTLING MULTILAYER SYSTEMS INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE ORGANIC COMPONENT

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA REC...

1. A method of delamination/dismantling multilayer systems SM comprising several layers including at least one organic layer, wherein the layers are separated by interfaces, wherein said method comprises:mixing the multilayer system with a fluid comprising at least one gas that causes the swelling of at least one of the layers and one or more liquids that do not react with the surface of the layers and that separate each layer unitarily or subsets of layers comprising the multilayer system without degradation of the constituents of the layers, the gas/liquid fluid being raised in temperature and pressure, and
recovering separately at least one or more layers or a subset of undegraded layers,
wherein a treatment is performed in which the value of a treatment temperature Tr is greater than the critical temperature Tc of the gas and lower than the degradation temperature Tg of the layers of the multilayer system, and wherein a treatment pressure value Pr is higher than the critical pressure Pc of the gas and the volume proportion of a mixture of liquids with respect to the gas is at least 15%.

US Pat. No. 10,507,592

3D PRINTER

ExOne GmbH, Gersthofen (...

1. 3D printer (100),which is configured to build up a three-dimensional component in layers by forming layers of particulate construction material lying one upon the other and by selectively solidifying a partial region of the respective construction material layer, and
which is configured to build up one or more first three-dimensional components in a first construction space (B1) which is arranged in the 3D printer, and simultaneously one or more second three-dimensional components in a second construction space (B2) which is arranged adjacent to the first construction space at a horizontal distance therefrom in the 3D printer,
having a coating device arrangement (30) which is displaceable across the first and the second construction space (B1, B2) in a first horizontal direction (H1), to supply the first and the second construction space with construction material in the form of a respectively uniform construction material layer of the construction material to be solidified, and
having a common printing device (50) which is displaceable across the first and the second construction space (B1, B2) in a second horizontal direction (H2), to selectively solidify a partial region of a previously applied construction material layer of the respective construction space by a controlled output of a flowable treatment agent,
wherein the common printing device (50) comprises a common printing head (52) having one or more printing nozzles, which is configured to serve both the first construction space (B1) and the second construction space (B2), and
wherein the second horizontal direction (H2) is perpendicular to the first horizontal direction (H1).

US Pat. No. 10,507,583

ROBOT CONTROL DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot control device, comprising:a feature-point detecting unit that detects, from an image of an object acquired by a visual sensor, the positions of a plurality of feature points on the object, in multiple times in a predetermined cycle;
a position/orientation calculating unit that updates, in the predetermined cycle, respective equations of motion of the plurality of feature points based on the positions of the plurality of feature points detected in multiple times and that calculates the position or orientation of the object based on the detected positions of the plurality of feature points calculated from the updated equations of motion; and
a robot-arm-movement control unit that controls the movement of a robot arm so as to follow the object, based on the calculated position or orientation of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,507,582

APPARATUS, ROBOT, METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An apparatus that is moved by a user, the apparatus comprising:a first sensor that detects a motion and a moving direction of the apparatus;
a second sensor that measures a movement distance in a vertical direction of the apparatus;
a camera that acquires a picture of an area around the apparatus;
a processor;
a display; and
a speaker,
wherein the processor determines, based on a result of detection by the first sensor, whether the apparatus is moved in the vertical direction, and
in a case where the processor determines that the apparatus is moved in the vertical direction, the processor:
calculates, based on a result of measurement by the second sensor, a distance from the apparatus to an object located directly underneath the apparatus;
measures a two-dimensional position of the apparatus based on the picture acquired by the camera;
compares the distance with a height corresponding to the two-dimensional position, the height being in a first table showing correspondence relationships between two-dimensional positions of the apparatus and heights that possibly damage the apparatus when the apparatus falls at the two-dimensional positions;
in a case where the distance is greater than the height corresponding to the two-dimensional position, causes the display to perform a first display and causes the speaker to output a first sound; and
in a case where the distance is not greater than the height corresponding to the two-dimensional position, causes the display to perform a second display and causes the speaker to output a second sound.

US Pat. No. 10,507,581

ROBOT SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot system comprising:at least one non-learned robot that has not learned a learning compensation amount of position control based on an operation command;
at least one learned robot that has learned the learning compensation amount of the position control based on the operation command; and
a storage device that stores the operation command and the learning compensation amount of the learned robot,
wherein the non-learned robot comprising a compensation amount estimation unit that compensates the learning compensation amount of the learned robot stored in the storage device based on a difference between the operation command of the learned robot stored in the storage device and an operation command of an own robot, and estimates the learning compensation amount that has been compensated, as a learning compensation amount of the own robot.

US Pat. No. 10,507,579

CONTROL SYSTEM TO WHICH CONTROL CPU IS ADDABLE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot control system comprising:a robot control device for controlling a robot; and
a control CPU for generating an operation command to operate the robot, wherein
the robot control device includes:
a network controller;
a network connector for connecting the network controller to a network controller of a host computer when the control CPU is integral to the host computer, the control CPU integral to the host computer is configured to control the robot control device and at least one other robot control device via the network connector when the control CPU is integral to the host computer;
a servo controller for controlling the robot;
a bus connecting the network controller to the servo controller; and
a bus connector for connecting the control CPU to the network controller through the bus when the control CPU is remote from the host computer, the control CPU remote from the host computer is detachably mounted to the robot control device and configured to control the robot control device via the bus connector when the control CPU is remote from the host computer.

US Pat. No. 10,507,576

INDUSTRIAL ROBOT

autonox robotics GmbH, K...

1. An industrial robot with parallel kinematics, the industrial robot comprising:a robot base,
a carrier element for holding a gripper, a tool or a machine element,
actuating unit drives arranged on the robot base,
at least two moveable actuating units each having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is connected to a respective actuating unit drive of the actuating unit drives and the second end is moveably connected to the carrier element,
a telescopic element moveably arranged between the robot base and the carrier element,
a first joint having multiple degrees of freedom moveably connecting the telescopic element to the robot base,
a second joint having multiple degrees of freedom moveably connecting the telescopic element to the carrier element, and
a drive unit arranged on the robot base, the drive unit adapted to transmit a rotational movement and a linear movement,
wherein the drive unit transmits a torque to the first joint, the first joint transmits the torque to the telescopic element and the telescopic element transmits the torque to the gripper, tool or machine element, and
wherein the first joint is displaceably mounted on the robot base with respect to a position of the first joint relative to the robot base such that the drive unit moves the first joint along a linear axis with respect to the robot base by the linear movement, thereby changing a distance between the first joint and the robot base.

US Pat. No. 10,507,575

ATTITUDE-SUPPORTING APPARATUS OF WEARABLE ROBOT AND ATTITUDE-SUPPORTING METHOD USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An attitude-supporting apparatus of a wearable robot, the attitude-supporting apparatus comprising:an actuator for generating a hydraulic pressure by a worker's direct manipulation; and
a driving unit including:
an inner component and an outer component capable of relatively rotating; and
control components for controlling the relative rotations of the inner component and the outer component,
wherein a motion of the control components is controlled by receiving the hydraulic pressure generated from the actuator,
wherein the inner component includes an inner ball part comprising:
an inner space; and
a plurality of bearing holes connecting the inner space to an outside of the inner ball part therethrough,
wherein the control components include ball bearings that are respectively disposed in the plurality of bearing holes, and
wherein the control components are movable along the plurality of bearing holes by the hydraulic pressure transmitted to the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,573

ADJUSTABLE TOOL HOLDER

1. An adjustable hand-held tool holder comprising:an elongate base member;
an elongate bar having terminal ends attached to the base member, the remaining length of the bar spaced apart from the base member, the bar defining friction teeth along its length;
a slider positioned to slide longitudinally along the elongate bar without rotation, the friction teeth of the bar engaging the slider, the slider constrained from movement along the bar by the friction teeth unless manually moved;
parallel, longitudinal ridges and cooperating parallel, longitudinal tracks defined on the elongate base member and the slider, each longitudinal ridge extending into a corresponding longitudinal track, the cooperating tracks and ridges allowing sliding longitudinal movement of the slider along the base member and constraining non-longitudinal movement of the slider in relation to the base member; and
a compression spring having consecutive loops attached to the base and the slider, the spring wound around the bar, manual movement of the slider adjusting the length of the compression spring and the distance between consecutive loops of the spring, the consecutive loops of the spring adjustable to hold hand-held tools.

US Pat. No. 10,507,572

WORKBENCH

1. A workbench comprising:a first support;
a second support; and
a first work surface member,
wherein said first support comprises a leg structure with an upper end;
wherein said first work surface member comprises a first end comprising a first end surface portion and an underside surface portion wherein said first end surface portion is disposed perpendicular to said underside surface portion;
wherein said upper end of said leg structure and said underside surface portion comprise a connection releasably connecting said upper end of said leg structure and said first end of said work surface member together;
wherein said connection comprises a first pair of parallel elongate troughs provided upon one of either said upper end of said leg structure or upon said underside surface portion adjacent to said first end surface portion, a first pair of parallel elongate flanges are provided upon the other one of said upper end of said leg structure or upon said underside surface portion adjacent to said first end surface portion;
wherein said first pair of said parallel elongate troughs and said first pair of said parallel elongate flanges are both disposed parallel to said first end surface portion when said upper end of said leg structure and said underside surface portion of are connected together;
wherein said first pair of parallel elongate flanges face in a first direction and said first pair of parallel elongate troughs face in a second opposite direction when said upper end of said leg structure and said underside surface portion are connected together; and
wherein said first pair of parallel elongate flanges are shaped and configured to be releasably engageable within said first pair of parallel elongate troughs.

US Pat. No. 10,507,571

PANEL WITH FIXTURE RETAINING FEATURES AND MODULAR ASSEMBLIES MADE USING MULTIPLE PANELS

1. An apparatus, comprising:plural panels, each panel comprising a rectangular shape and:
a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side surface spanning the top and bottom surfaces;
plural upper retaining slots, each upper retaining slot recessed into the panel through the top surface, extending parallel to the top surface, opening through the side surface in at least one location, and comprising a dovetail shape;
plural bottom retaining slots, each bottom retaining slot recessed into the panel through the bottom surface, extending parallel to the bottom surface, opening through the side surface in at least one location, and comprising the dovetail shape;
a connector assembly configured to secure two panels of the plural panels together so that axial projections of the upper retaining slots of each panel are not blocked by the other panel, the connector assembly comprising a complementary dovetail shape configured to cooperate with the dovetail shape;
a plurality of spaced apart first studs that secure to the bottom surface of a first panel of the two panels and that form a first line;
a plurality of spaced apart second studs that secure to the bottom surface of a second panel of the two panels and that form a second line parallel to the first line; and
an intermediate component configured to receive the plurality of spaced apart first studs and the plurality of spaced apart second studs and hold them in place;
wherein the intermediate component comprises a straight first slot and a straight second slot parallel to the first slot, each slot extending along a full length of the intermediate component and opening through an end surface of the intermediate component; and
wherein the first slot is configured to receive and interlock with the plurality of spaced apart first studs only by positioning the first line end-to-end with the first slot and moving the first line into the first slot, and the second slot is configured to receive and interlock with the plurality of spaced apart second studs only by positioning the second line end-to-end with the second slot and moving the second line into the second slot.

US Pat. No. 10,507,566

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING SCRUBBY SUBSTRATES AND SUBSTRATES MADE THEREFROM

The Clorox Company, Oakl...

1. An in-line process for producing a scrubby substrate, the process comprising:(a) melting a polymer resin material;
(b) extruding or otherwise dispensing the molten polymer resin through one or more orifices of a heated nozzle into a stream of hot inert gas which attenuates said molten resin into elongated globules that form a stream of such globules without forming fibers or filaments;
(c) creating elongated globules having an irregular cross-section and/or an irregular thickness along a length of said elongated globules;
(d) collecting said globules onto at least a portion of a surface of a base substrate layer so that the globules bond directly to the base substrate layer as the molten polymer resin cools, said globules being abrasive once cooled;
wherein a spacing between the one or more orifices of the nozzle and the base substrate layer is less than 6 inches, to aid in globule adhesion to the base substrate layer.

US Pat. No. 10,507,563

TREATMENT COMPOSITION FOR CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING, CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING METHOD, AND CLEANING METHOD

JSR CORPORATION, Minato-...

1. A treatment composition for chemical mechanical polishing, comprising:(A) a nitrogen-containing compound;
(B) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a surfactant and polyacrylic acid; and
(D) a pH adjusting agent,
wherein in terms of electrode charge transfer resistance value by ?/cm?2 obtained by AC impedance measurement using a metal, which is contained in a wiring layer of an object to be treated by the treatment composition, as an electrode by
bonding an insulating tape to a central 1 cm×1 cm portion of a metal wafer cut to 1 cm×3 cm,
attaching an electrode clip to an upper 1 cm×1 cm exposed area of the metal wafer,
connecting the metal wafer to a measurement apparatus with a controlled AC voltage,
immersing a lower 1 cm×1 cm exposed area of the metal wafer in an aqueous solution for 5 minutes,
applying an AC voltage having art amplitude of 5 mV and a frequency of from 1,500 Hz to 0.5 Hz changing from a higher frequency to a lower frequency to obtain values for a real part and an imaginary part of a resistance value,
plotting the imaginary part on a vertical axis and the real part on a horizontal axis, and
analyzing the resultant semicircular plot with AC impedance analysis software,
a value (RA+RB) obtained by summing up an electrode charge transfer resistance value (RA) in an aqueous solution containing the component (A) and the pH adjusting agent (D), and an electrode charge transfer resistance value (RB) in an aqueous solution containing the component (B) and the pH adjusting agent (D), a electrode charge transfer r value (RC) in an aqueous solution containing the component (A), the component (B), and the pH adjusting agent (D) satisfy a relationship of RC/(RA+RB)>1.

US Pat. No. 10,507,557

ACCESSORY FOR A HAND-HELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An accessory for a hand-held power tool, comprising:a first air channel, in which a first air stream for transporting dust particles is routed into a dust-collecting box, the first air channel having a first end adjacent to a drill bit such that the first end directly receives dust particles exiting from a drill hole formed by the drill bit; and
a second air channel, in which a second air stream for transporting dust particles is routed into one of the dust-collecting box and a further dust-collecting box, the second air channel being partially defined by a hollow portion of the drill bit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,552

SOLDER MATERIAL AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

NIHON DEMPA KOGYO CO., LT...

1. A solder material, comprising:an alloy of at least five elements including Sn, Cu, Sb, In, and 20 mass % or less of Ag, wherein
a solidus temperature of the solder material is higher than 290° C., a liquidus temperature of the solder material is 379° C. or less and is higher than the solidus temperature, and a temperature difference between the liquidus temperature and the solidus temperature is 70° C. or less, and
the solder material includes 36 to 40 mass % of Sn, 34 to 38 mass % of Sb, 4 to 6 mass % of Cu, 4 to 6 mass % of In, a remaining portion of Ag, and inevitable impurities.

US Pat. No. 10,507,546

LASER CUTTING DEBRIS COLLECTION SYSTEM

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

15. An apparatus comprising:an enclosure;
a printer positioned within said enclosure, said printer is capable of printing marking material on sheets to create printed sheets;
a laser cutter positioned within said enclosure, said laser cutter is positioned to receive said printed sheets from said printer, said laser cutter is capable of cutting said printed sheets into individual items, and said cutting produces debris comprising an airborne dust of sheet material and said marking material;
an air duct connected to said enclosure, said air duct is capable of drawing an air stream of air and said debris out of said enclosure;
a dispenser positioned within said air duct where said air duct connects to said enclosure, said dispenser is capable of dispensing a dry powder comprising calcium carbonate into said air stream flowing within said air duct as said debris is being drawn out of said enclosure, said dry powder is capable of attaching to said debris in said air stream as said debris is being drawn out of said enclosure to form waste from a combination of said dry powder and said debris;
a filter device positioned outside said enclosure and connected to said air duct, said filter device is capable of receiving said air stream and separating said air from said waste, to collect said waste and release said air free of said waste to areas outside said filter device; and
a particle transport device connected to said filter device, said particle transport device is capable of moving said waste from said filter device to a disposal location.

US Pat. No. 10,507,545

LASER ABLATION MACHINE FOR LABELING CRYOGENICALLY-FROZEN VIALS

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM ANIM...

1. A laser ablation machine for labeling cryogenically-frozen vials, while preserving the biological efficacy of the material contained within, which comprises:an infeed assembly, contained within a first cryogenic freezer assembly, and configured to receive the cryogenic vials;
a cryostatic labeling tunnel, comprising an entrance opening and an exit opening; wherein the tunnel configured to be equipped with at least one laser for labeling the vials;
an outfeed assembly, contained within a second cryogenic freezer assembly, and configured to dispense labeled vials;
a vial orienting means, for orienting the vials into a labeling position;
a vial pushing means, for pushing the vials sequentially from the infeed assembly to and through the cryostatic tunnel, and from the tunnel to the outfeed assembly;
at least one lane, beginning within the first freezer assembly, continuing through the tunnel, and ending within the second freezer assembly; wherein the at least one lane is configured to serve as a guide for the vials as they are pushed through the machine;
a master control system, for controlling the functions of the machine;
optionally a programmable user interface, which communicates with the master control system, for enabling a user/operator to operate the machine in a completely or partially automated manner; and
optionally a quality control means for determining whether the vials are positioned and labeled properly.

US Pat. No. 10,507,541

SOLDERING JIG ASSEMBLY

1. A soldering jig assembly being configured to engage a pair of conductors thereby facilitating the conductors to be soldered, said assembly comprising:a plate being configured to be positioned on a support surface, said plate having a top surface, a bottom surface and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge having a first lateral side and a second lateral side; and
a pair of gripping units, each of said gripping units being coupled to said plate wherein each of said gripping units is configured to be manipulated, each of said gripping units being configured to engage an associated one of a plurality of conductors, each of said gripping units comprising a vertical panel extending between a top panel and a bottom panel, each of said top panel and said bottom panel having a distal edge with respect to said vertical panel, said vertical panel having a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge, said distal edge corresponding to each of said top panel and said bottom panel being biased to engage each other, said bottom panel being coupled to said top surface of said plate, said vertical panel corresponding to each of said gripping units having a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge, said first lateral edge of said vertical panel having a first notch extending toward said second lateral edge wherein said first notch is configured to have an associated conductor extended therethrough thereby facilitating the associated conductor to be compressed between said distal edge corresponding to each of said top panel and said bottom panel.

US Pat. No. 10,507,538

METHOD FOR HARD FINE MACHINING OF THE TOOTHING OF A GEAR OR OF A GEAR-LIKE PROFILE OF A WORKPIECE

KAPP WERKZEUGMASCHINEN GM...

1. A method for hard fine machining of the toothing of a gear or of a gear-like profile of a workpiece, wherein the gear or the workpiece has an axis of rotation, wherein at the method the toothing of the gear or the gear-like profile of the workpiece is machined with a hard fine machining tool, wherein the hard fine machining tool has an axis of rotation and rotates around the same during hard fine machining, wherein the method comprises the steps:a) providing a hard fine machining tool which comprises at least two axially adjacent machining zones, wherein a first machining zone is designed for the grinding of the toothing of the gear or of the gear-like profile of the workpiece and wherein a second machining zone is designed for the fine grinding or polishing of the toothing or of the gear-like profile, wherein a profile of the hard fine machining tool in the first machining tool is identical to a profile of the hard fine machining tool in the second machining zone;
b) grinding the toothing of the gear or of the gear-like profile of the workpiece with the first machining zone of the hard fine machining tool, wherein between the axis of rotation of the gear or of the workpiece and the axis of rotation of the hard fine machining tool a first pivoting angle is existent;
c) fine grinding or polishing the toothing of the gear or of the gear-like profile of the workpiece with the second machining zone of the hard fine machining tool, wherein between the axis of rotation of the gear or of the workpiece and the axis of rotation of the hard fine machining tool a second pivoting angle is existent, which is different from the first pivoting angle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,535

CUTTING INSERT AND INDEXABLE ROTARY CUTTING TOOL

Mitsubishi Hitachi Tool E...

1. A plate-shaped cutting insert that is detachably mounted in a front end portion of a tool main body that is rotated around a central axis, the cutting insert comprising:a rake face;
a flank surface; and
a cutting edge that is formed along an intersection ridge between the rake face and the flank surface,
wherein the cutting edge includes
a bottom cutting edge that is positioned at a front end in a central axis direction and forms a convex arc shape, and
an outer peripheral cutting edge that is aligned with a radial-direction outer end of the bottom cutting edge and forms a convex arc shape of which a curvature radius is larger than that of the bottom cutting edge,
wherein an angle formed between a tangent line to a boundary point between the bottom cutting edge and the outer peripheral cutting edge and the central axis is less than 45°,
wherein a curvature radius R1 of the bottom cutting edge is 0.3 to 10 mm, and
wherein a ratio (R2/R1) of a curvature radius R2 of the outer peripheral cutting edge to the curvature radius R1 of the bottom cutting edge is 3.6 to 333.

US Pat. No. 10,507,532

CHUCK FOR A HIGH PRECISION MACHINE TOOL

WIELANDTS UPMT, Nandrin ...

1. A chuck for a machine tool having a rotation spindle with a main axis of rotation, the chuck being arranged for positioning an object, at a relevant position with respect to the main axis of rotation, the chuck being arranged such that the chuck together with the object positioned on it has a principal axis of inertia that can be arranged to coincide with the main axis of rotation, the chuck comprising:a base plate comprising mounting means for mounting the chuck to the spindle;
a first rotatable plate eccentrically mounted on the base plate with respect to the main axis of rotation and having a first rotation axis running in parallel to the main axis of rotation such that the first rotational axis is shifted with respect to the main axis of rotation of the spindle;
balancing means arranged for balancing the centre of gravity of the chuck together with the object positioned on it with respect to the main axis of rotation such that the principal axis of inertia of the chuck together with the object substantially coincides with the main axis of rotation of the spindle;
a holding mechanism arranged for securing the first rotatable plate to the base plate; and
an actuating mechanism arranged for angularly displacing the first rotatable plate around the first rotation axis over a first angle of rotation such the position of the object with respect to the main axis of rotation can be altered;
wherein the chuck comprises a second rotatable plate arranged for receiving the object, the second rotatable plate being eccentrically mounted on the first rotatable plate with respect to the first rotational axis and having a second rotation axis running in parallel to the main axis of rotation and the first axis of rotation such that the second rotation axis is shifted with respect to the first rotation axis, and being secured on the first plate by means of the holding mechanism;
and wherein the actuating mechanism is arranged for angularly displacing the second rotatable plate around the second rotation axis over a second angle of rotation such that the position of the object with respect to the main axis of rotation can be altered.

US Pat. No. 10,507,530

CUTTING TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:an upper surface on which a rake surface is formed;
a first side surface which connects to the upper surface and on which a flank is formed;
a second side surface which connects to the upper surface and the first side surface;
a third side surface which connects to the upper surface and the second side surface;
a fourth side surface which connects to the upper surface, the first side surface, and the third side surface;
a lower surface which connects to the first side surface, the second side surface, the third side surface, and the fourth side surface; and
a cutting edge which is formed in a region connecting the upper surface and the first side surface and which has a honing surface, wherein
a hole penetrating the second side surface and the fourth side surface is formed,
the cutting insert performs a cutting process in a state where the cutting insert is fixed to a holder by bringing a part of the fourth side surface into contact with the holder by using a male screw inserted into the hole and, at the same time, bringing at least respective parts of the upper surface and the lower surface into contact with the holder,
the cutting edge is formed such that:
in a top view from a direction opposing the upper surface, the cutting edge is inclined with respect to the second side surface and the fourth side surface so that a distance from the cutting edge to a central axis of the hole increases gradually toward the fourth side surface from the second side surface; and
in the top view, a width of the honing surface continuously increases toward a second point, which is closer to the second side surface than to the fourth side surface on the cutting edge, from a first point which is closer to the fourth side surface than to the second side surface on the cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,507,528

LATHE COMPRISING A GUIDE BUSH

1. A lathe including:a moving headstock designed to ensure the rotation and translation of a part to be machined in relation to an axis of translation and rotation; and
a guide bush designed to be attached to a frame of the lathe and including:
a bush spindle, and
a clamping mechanism,
the guide bush being designed to operate either in bush mode or in grip mode, wherein:
the guide bush is designed to be moveable axially in relation to the frame along said axis,
the lathe is designed to operate in a first mode in which the guide bush is driven axially by the moving headstock, and
the lathe is designed to operate in a second mode in which the axial position of the guide bush is static in relation to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,507,523

METALLURGICAL VESSEL LINING WITH CONFIGURED PERFORATION STRUCTURE

VESUVIUS USA CORPORATION,...

1. A refractory lining structure for a metallurgical vessel, comprisinga) a first layer, comprising a refractory material, the first layer having a first layer first major surface and a first layer second major surface disposed opposite to the first layer first major surface, and
b) a second layer having a second layer first major surface and a second layer second major surface disposed opposite to the second layer first major surface;
wherein the lining structure comprises a second layer internal major plane;
wherein the first layer second major surface is in contact with the second layer first major surface;
wherein the first layer comprises a plurality of perforations passing from the first layer first major surface to the first layer second major surface, wherein the perforations have a summed cross-sectional area;
wherein the second layer comprises at least one manifold volume or void, wherein the at least one manifold volume is in fluid communication with at least one first layer perforation, and wherein the at least one manifold volume is in fluid communication with the second layer second major surface, wherein the at least one manifold has a summed maximum cross-sectional area in a plane parallel to the lining structure major plane;
wherein the summed cross-sectional area of all perforations in the first layer is less than the summed maximum cross-sectional area of all manifold volumes in the second layer; and
the refractory lining structure comprises a configuration selected from the group consisting of:
(a) the second layer comprising a plurality of stand-off structures protruding from the second major surface of the first layer;
(b) the refractory lining structure further comprising a nonperforated third layer comprising a refractory material, the third layer having a third layer first major surface in communication with the second layer second major surface, wherein the second layer comprises a plurality of stand-off structures protruding from the third layer first major surface; and
(c) the refractory lining structure further comprising a nonperforated third layer comprising a refractory material, the third layer having a third layer first major surface in communication with the second layer second major surface, wherein the second layer comprises a plurality of spacers disposed between the first layer and the third layer.

US Pat. No. 10,507,520

COPPER-BASED ALLOYS, PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND PRODUCTS FORMED THEREFROM

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A process comprising:combining copper and ferromanganese to form a copper-manganese alloy, the ferromanganese containing about 75 to 80 weight percent manganese with the balance carbon, iron, and incidental impurities, the copper-manganese alloy containing copper and manganese and having an amount of manganese that is at least 32 weight percent and not more than 40 weight percent of a combined total amount of the copper and manganese in the copper-manganese alloy; and
casting the copper-manganese alloy by multidirectional solidification at an uncontrolled solidification rate to produce a product in the form of a casting, the copper-manganese alloy having a composition sufficiently near the congruent melting point of the Cu—Mn alloy system to sufficiently avoid dendritic growth during the multidirectional solidification of the copper-manganese alloy to avoid the formation of microporosity attributable to dendritic growth, the product having a cast microstructure having a cellular and/or planar solidification structure and having multidirectional columnar grains.

US Pat. No. 10,507,513

SERVO-ROTATING ALL-FUNCTION TOOL MODULE FOR USE WITH SPRING FORMING MACHINE

UNION PRECISION HARDWARE ...

1. A servo-rotating all-function tool module, which is adapted to be mounted to a spring forming machine to serve as an all-direction forming tool of the spring forming machine, wherein the spring forming machine comprises a front wall board, an axle retention seat rotatably mounted to the front wall board, and an axle mounted to the axle retention seat, the axle retention seat being extended frontward relative to a front side of the front wall board, to form two support arms, a push plate being disposed between the two support arms, comprising:an axle slide base, which comprises a slide base hole fitted over the axle for the axle slide base to slide along the axle, and two parallel support braces arranged above the slide base hole;
an oscillating bar, which comprises a first end and a second end, and a shaft hole formed therein at a location between the first end and the second end so as to mount, in a rotatable manner, the oscillating bar between the two support arms of the axle retention seat, the first end being located under the push plate, the second end extending frontward relative to the front side of the front wall board through the slide base hole of the axle slide base;
an elastic element, which is mounted between the first end of the oscillating bar and the push plate to provide a downward push force to the oscillating bar;
a cam plate, which is mounted to the second end of the oscillating bar and comprises an ascending slope;
a bearing, which is rotatably mounted between the two support braces of the axle slide base and is positionable against the ascending slope;
a tool, which is mounted to the second end of the oscillating bar;
a servo transmission module assembly, which is mounted to the spring forming machine to provide a driving force for driving the axle slide base to slide along the axle;
wherein when the servo transmission module assembly drives the axle slide base to slide along the axle, the axle slide base causes the bearing to roll along the ascending slope to control, in combination with the elastic element, downward pressing or upward returning of the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,507,512

FRAME MOLDING

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A frame molding comprising:a design member that extends along an edge of a window aperture of a door panel, and includes an exposed surface and an inner surface opposite to the exposed surface;
an inner member that extends along the edge and is covered with the design member, the inner member including an outer surface, provided with a through-hole, and fixed to the design member, the outer surface that faces the inner surface of the design member, the through-hole being open to the outer surface and extending in a direction away from the design member; and
a clip that inserts through the through-hole of the inner member for fixing, and is covered with the design member, the clip including a fixing part that projects from the inner member oppositely to the design member for fixing to the door panel.

US Pat. No. 10,507,511

FIN STACKING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A fin stacking apparatus configured to stack a fin having a flat-plate shape and a plurality of holes formed therein, comprising:a plurality of stacking pins to be inserted through the plurality of holes of the fin;
a suction plate arranged above the plurality of stacking pins and configured to suck the fin; and
a roller arranged in a slide region on the suction plate where a flat surface portion of the fin moves, wherein
the roller includes flange portions having respective cylindrical peripheral surfaces, and the cylindrical peripheral surfaces are brought into contact with the fin, and
the roller has grooves formed in the cylindrical peripheral surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,507,509

PIPE EXPANDING DEVICE WITH A PIPE-LENGTH FIXING ASSEMBLY

Yung Chi Industry Co., Lt...

1. A pipe expanding device with a pipe-length fixing assembly, suitable for holding a pipe with a connecting end, and comprising:a body including a first space and a second space;
a clamping unit detachably disposed in the first space, and the clamping unit being provided for the pipe to be inserted therein, wherein the connecting end of the pipe is able to move back and forth within the second space; and
the pipe-length fixing assembly being disposed in the second space and able to move back and forth toward the first space, and the connecting end of the pipe is stopped against the pipe-length fixing assembly; and
a drive unit mounted on the body for expanding the pipe;
wherein the first and second spaces are connected to each other, the second space is defined by a lateral portion and an opposite lateral working portion, an adjustment hole is formed in the lateral working portion and extends in a moving direction of the pipe, and the pipe-length fixing assembly is disposed in the adjustment hole of the second space and able to move back and forth repeatedly;
the pipe-length fixing assembly includes a positioning unit and an adjustment unit, the positioning unit includes a positioning head disposed in the second space and abutted against an inner surface of the lateral working portion, and a positioning body disposed in the adjustment hole, and the adjustment unit includes an adjustment head abutted against an outer surface of the lateral working portion, and an adjustment body adjustably disposed on the positioning body.

US Pat. No. 10,507,508

PUNCH PRESS

AMADA COMPANY, LIMITED, ...

1. A turret punch press which includes:a frame,
a rotatable lower turret that is rotatably connected to the frame and mounted with a plurality of dies,
and a rotatable upper turret that is rotatably connected to the frame and mounted with a plurality of punches,
the turret punch press punching a work by selected one of the plurality of punches and selected one of the plurality of dies at a work position, the turret punch press further comprising:
a plurality of die-support members being configured to slide tangentially with respect to the rotatable lower turret and in a direction toward the work position from a waiting position distanced from the work position by a guiding member and an actuator, so that selected one of the plurality of die-support members is positioned at the work position below the plurality of dies;
wherein the plurality of dies are provided on the rotatable lower turret along a circumferential direction thereof,
the plurality of punches are provided along a circumferential direction of the rotatable upper turret,
a plurality of tracks are concentrically provided on the rotatable lower turret and the rotatable upper turret,
each of the plurality of dies is positioned on any one of the plurality of tracks of the lower turret,
each of the plurality of punches is positioned on any one of the plurality of tracks of the upper turret,
each of the die-support members is provided with a die supporter and a waiting-die supporter,
the turret punch press further comprises a lifter for lifting the selected one of the plurality of the die-support members to be set at the work position,
the die supporter is configured to lift up the selected one of the plurality of dies to a path line when the selected one of the die-support members is lifted up by the lifter so that the work can be punched,
the waiting-die supporter is configured to locate a non-selected die at a lower level than the path line even when the selected one of the plurality of the die-support members is lifted up by the lifter,
the die supporter and the waiting-die supporter are aligned, on each of the die-support members, radially with respect to the rotatable lower turret when located at the work position,
one of the plurality of die-support members is provided with the die supporter at an outer track among the plurality of tracks of the rotatable lower turret, thereby the selected one of the plurality of dies positioned on the outer track is lifted to the path line when the selected one of the plurality of die-support members is lifted up by the lifter so that the work can be punched, and
the other one of the plurality of the die-support members is provided with the die supporter at an inner track among the plurality of tracks of the rotatable lower turret, thereby the selected the other one of the plurality of dies positioned on the inner track is lifted to the path line when the other one of the plurality of die-support members is lifted up by the lifter so that the work can be punched.

US Pat. No. 10,507,503

APPARATUS FOR APPLICATION AND SUCTION-REMOVAL OF OPERATING FLUIDS IN THE INLET OF COLD ROLLING SYSTEMS INSTALLATION

SMS Group GmbH, Duesseld...

1. An apparatus located at an inlet (4) of a cold rolling system (5) for applying or removing by suction at least one operating fluid onto or from a rolling stock (2) transported along a transport line (8) in a rolling direction (W), the apparatus comprising at least one spray device (7) arranged above or below the rolling stock transport line (8) for applying an operating fluid at least one of onto a surface of the rolling stock and onto a surface of a working roll (9) of a cold rolling system (5) in contact with the rolling stock (2), andat least one suction removal device (10) arranged above or below the rolling stock transport line (8) on a side of the rolling stock transport line (8), the at least one spray device (7) being arranged and in vicinity of the at least one of the surface of the rolling stock (2) and the surface of the working roll (9),
characterized in that the at least one spray device (7) and the at least one suction removal device (10) are arranged on a common component frame (12) immediately adjacent to each other, thereby forming a compact unit (14.1, 14.2), wherein the common component frame (12) is distinct from a separate apparatus frame, wherein the at least one spray device (7) has at least one spray bar (18) with a plurality of multi-substance nozzles (16) each for discharging an operating fluid and propellant gas on the at least one of the surface of the rolling stock (2) and the surface of the working roll (9), and wherein the spray bar is arranged transversely to the rolling direction (W).

US Pat. No. 10,507,498

APPARATUS FOR PARTICLE CLEANING

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. An apparatus for cleaning particles, the apparatus comprising:an aperture configured to supply a fluid onto a workpiece;
an acoustic wave generator disposed on a first side of the workpiece and configured to apply an acoustic wave onto the fluid;
a removing module disposed on the first side of the workpiece and configured to draw the fluid; and
a first arm and a second arm forming a casing including the aperture, the acoustic wave generator and the removing module,
wherein at least one of the first arm and the second arm covers an entirety of the workpiece from a cross-sectional view,
wherein the first arm further defines a fluid channel containing the fluid and comprises a retention cuff laterally surrounding the fluid channel and facing the workpiece, wherein the retention cuff comprises an air inlet and an air outlet to generate an air barrier in a gap between the retention cuff and the workpiece to prevent the fluid from flowing out of the fluid channel.

US Pat. No. 10,507,496

CLEANING APPARATUS HAVING ADJUSTABLE EXPOSED SURFACE AREA

Clean Sponge, LLC, Carbo...

1. A method of cleaning with a cleaning product having an adjustable exposed surface area, comprising:obtaining said cleaning product comprising:
a flexible body with a predetermined flexible body area, said flexible body having a flexible body collapsible portion;
wherein said flexible body comprises (i) a flexible body first face formed from a flexible body first layer and (ii) a flexible body second face formed from a flexible body second layer; and
wherein said flexible body first layer has a lesser abrasiveness in relation to said flexible body second layer; and
disposing said flexible body collapsible portion in a collapsed condition;
removably inserting said flexible body collapsible portion disposed in said collapsed condition into a receptacle formed by a panel sewn to said flexible body to generate a first configuration in which said cleaning product has a lesser exposed surface area relative to a second configuration;
outwardly exposing said flexible body first layer when generating said first configuration to provide an exposed cleaning surface with said lesser abrasiveness;
cleaning a surface by contacting a surface with the outwardly exposed flexible body first layer while the cleaning product is in said first configuration;
removably inserting said flexible body collapsible portion disposed in a collapsed condition into a receptacle formed by a panel sewn to said flexible body to outwardly expose said flexible body second layer; and
cleaning a surface by contacting a surface with the outwardly exposed flexible body second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,507,495

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLEANING A SURFACE WITH MULTIPLE PROTRUDING STUDS

1. Apparatus for cleaning a surface having multiple protruding studs comprising:a top plate portion including a connection portion for receiving a power tool attachment of a rotary power tool and stud engagement portions for receiving at least one of the studs;
a bottom plate portion including a buffing pad and stud engagement portions for receiving at least one of the studs, the bottom plate portion adjacent the top plate portion; and
a drive assembly for translating rotation movement from the rotary power tool to a linear force and applying the force to the bottom plate portion for movement of the buffing pad over the surface having multiple protruding studs, the studs extending from a surface outside of the apparatus through the bottom plate into the stud engagement portions of the top plate.

US Pat. No. 10,507,494

VIBRATING SCREEN DECK DEFLECTOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Terex USA, LLC, Westport...

1. A material products processing vibrating screen mechanism comprising:a multi-deck vibrating screen assembly, having a feed end and an output end; and
a material diverter disposed between an upper deck and a lower deck; said material diverter having an angled orientation with respect to said upper deck, an attachment end proximal to said upper deck and; a lower free end located a predetermined orthogonal distance with respect to a closest point on said upper deck; said lower free end is located closer to said feed end, than is a point located at an end of an line, orthogonal with respect to said upper deck and extending said predetermined orthogonal distance from said upper deck and touching said attachment end, said material diverter being sized, configured and located for directing a flow of material, which has passed through holes in the upper deck, in a direction vector which has a substantial component counter to a flow direction of material along the top of the upper deck.

US Pat. No. 10,507,491

ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT WITH A STRUCTURAL ARRANGEMENT THAT COMPRISES AN ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE CONNECTION

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A structural arrangement with at least one first fiber reinforced polymer component and at least one second fiber reinforced polymer component that are spaced apart from each other by an interspace and that are rigidly attached to an associated structural component, wherein the at least one first fiber reinforced polymer component and the at least one second fiber reinforced polymer component are at least partly interconnected by means of an electrically conductive connection,wherein the electrically conductive connection comprises at least one sprayed layer formed by spraying of electrically conductive particles, the at least one sprayed layer of electrically conductive particles being provided in the interspace, the at least one first fiber reinforced polymer component is electro-conductively connected to a first electrically conductive foil and the at least one second fiber reinforced polymer component is electro-conductively connected to a second electrically conductive foil, the at least one sprayed layer of electrically conductive particles being at least partly formed between the first and second electrically conductive foils and the associated structural component being one of a joggled panel, shell, stringer, rib, frame and beam of a rotary wing aircraft and that the at least one first fiber reinforced polymer component and the at least one second fiber reinforced polymer component being implemented as panels or shells of the rotary wing aircraft, with the interspace exhibiting a width that is comprised in a range between 1 mm and 10 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,507,487

CARTRIDGE FOR VISCOUS-MATERIAL DISPENSER

KAGA WORKS CO., LTD., Na...

1. A cartridge configured for use in a viscous-material dispenser for discharging a viscous material, the cartridge comprising:a cylinder having a first end and a second end;
a plunger in the cylinder between the first end and the second end; and
a plurality of ribs extending radially from an outer circumferential surface of the plunger to an inner circumferential surface of the cylinder, the ribs being circumferentially separated by a plurality of clearances, the ribs and the clearances each extending in a direction having an axial component,
wherein each of the plurality of clearances is defined by two adjacent ribs of the plurality of ribs and has a first end facing the first end of the cylinder and a second end facing the second end of the cylinder, and
the ribs and clearances are sized and shaped to: (i) allow a venting of gas through the clearances during a beginning of a cartridge filling operation before the viscous material reaches and starts sealing the first ends of each of the clearances and (ii) impede the movement of the viscous material through the clearances during a remainder of the cartridge filling operation such that, at an end of the cartridge filling operation, the ribs and bodies of the viscous material in the clearances form an airtight seal between the plunger and the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,507,486

SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR PART IN PAINTING PROCESS

Compagnie Plastic Omnium,...

1. A method for painting one or more components using a painting apparatus, the painting apparatus including an assembly of support members configured to support the one or more components and to move on one or more dollies through a series of stations, each support member of the assembly of support members being located on a lower portion of a substantially vertical support mast or an upper portion of the substantially vertical support mast, the lower portion of the substantially vertical support mast and the upper portion of the substantially vertical support mast being configured to be assembled and disassembled, the substantially vertical support mast forming, with at least one support member of the assembly of support members, a component support device when painting said one or more components, the method comprising:loading the one or more components to be painted on one or more support members of the assembly of support members supported by the lower portion of the substantially vertical support mast or the upper portion of the substantially vertical support mast;
attaching the upper portion of the substantially vertical support mast to the lower portion of the substantially vertical support mast via a first robot;
painting the one or more components on a painting process line;
detaching the upper portion of the substantially vertical support mast from the lower portion of the substantially vertical support mast via a second robot; and
removing the painted one or more components from the one or more support members of the assembly of support members.

US Pat. No. 10,507,482

CONTAINER FOR DISCHARGING POWDER

YONWOO CO., LTD., Incheo...

1. A container for discharging powder, comprising:a container body storing powder;
a button part rotatably disposed at an upper portion of the container body and ascending/descending according to the presence or absence of a user's pressurizing, further comprising a discharging hole, where powder is discharged, at one side thereof;
a stem which is disposed at an inner side of the button part and moves along with the movement of the button part, comprising a movement hole at an upper portion thereof such that powder can flow according to the manipulation of the button part and further comprising, at a side thereof, a connecting hole connected with the discharging hole such that the powder flowing through the movement hole can be discharged through the discharging hole;
a content movement part which is disposed at an inner side of the stem, separately forming a powder moving passage where powder flows and an air moving passage where air flows; and
an opening/closing member, which is inserted into an upper portion of the stem, ascending and opening the movement hole when the button part rotates to one side direction and closing the movement hole when the button part rotates to the other side direction,
wherein the discharging hole of the button part and the connecting hole of the stem are connected to each other when the opening/closing member ascends by the rotation of the one side direction and opens the movement hole, the discharging hole of the button part and the connecting hole of the stem are disconnected from each other when the button part descends and closes the movement hole,
wherein the container for discharging powder is characterized in a way that an inner pressure of the container body changes according to pressurization of the button part, and powder and air flow into the stem respectively through the powder passageway and the air passageway to the content movement part, thereby making powder discharged and sprayed through the discharging hole by air pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,507,481

FRAGRANCE BOTTLE ASSEMBLY

Sillage LLC, Newport Bea...

1. A cap for use with a fragrance bottle and a nozzle head connected to the fragrance bottle and being movable between raised and depressed positions, comprising:a housing coupleable to an upper portion of the fragrance bottle, the housing having and upper surface having a nozzle opening configured to receive the nozzle head therethrough;
a nozzle cover connected to and laterally moveable along the upper surface relative to the nozzle opening between a closed position disposed over the nozzle opening and an open position laterally spaced away from the nozzle opening, wherein the nozzle cover is coupled to a spring-biased sliding member configured to bias the nozzle cover toward the open position, the nozzle cover having a sidewall substantially normal to the upper surface and having a sidewall opening, wherein the nozzle head passes through the sidewall opening when the nozzle cover moves laterally between the first and second positions, wherein the nozzle cover in the closed position blocks the nozzle head from being moved from the raised position to the depressed position, and the nozzle cover being spaced laterally apart from the nozzle head when in the open position to allow the nozzle head to be depressed axially toward the planar upper surface from the raised position to depressed position; and
a retention mechanism configured to engage with the sliding member to releasably retain the nozzle cover in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,479

DISPENSING NOZZLE

Cornelius, Inc., Osseo, ...

1. A nozzle for dispensing an edible product, the nozzle comprising:a nozzle sleeve having a wall and defining an open interior;
a nozzle insert positioned within the nozzle sleeve;
a base inlet opening into a base chamber within the open interior of the nozzle sleeve and defined between an interior of the wall of the nozzle sleeve and an exterior of an insert wall of the nozzle insert; and
a flavoring inlet defined in the nozzle insert; wherein the nozzle sleeve and the nozzle insert are configured to mix by shear mixing a base substance received through the base inlet with at least one flavoring substance received through the flavoring inlet; and
a nozzle outlet defined by the nozzle insert and the nozzle sleeve; and
the nozzle insert comprising an elastomer seal that occludes at least the base chamber at the nozzle outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,507,478

CLEAR SPRAYABLE SEALANT FOR AIRCRAFT PARTS AND ASSEMBLIES

THE PATENT WELL LLC, For...

1. A cartridge assembly for applying a sealant coating, the cartridge assembly for use in a pneumatic mix and spray gun, the cartridge assembly comprising:a body having a first compartment and a second compartment, the first compartment containing a first part of a sealant mix, the second compartment containing a second part of the sealant mix, the body dimensioned to engage the mix and spray gun, the body also having a receiving port for receiving compressed gas to drive the sealant mix; and
a mixing straw engaged to the compartments, configured to receive and combine the two parts and emit a sealant mix, under pressure, from a tip at a removed end thereof to form a clear, cure in place, sealant coating on a workpiece, the clear sealant coating being one of a polyurea, polyurethane or hybrid coating;
wherein the clear sealant coating forms a first tint within about 60-90 seconds from initial application and slowly forms a different second clear tint from the first tint in about 3-5 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,507,477

ELECTROSTATIC SPRAYING SYSTEM

Spraying Systems Co., Wh...

1. A lubricant dispensing system comprising:a lubricant supply;
an electrostatic spray head for receiving lubricant from said lubricant supply;
said spray head including a nozzle body that defines a lubricant receiving chamber;
an electrode assembly including an electrode mounted in said nozzle body and connected to a high voltage source for electrostatically charging lubricant directed into said lubricant receiving chamber;
a capillary tube supported by said nozzle body;
said capillary tube having an inlet end communicating with said lubricant receiving chamber and an outlet end that defines a discharge orifice of said electrostatic spray head;
said capillary tube having an internal diameter between 0.020 and 0.032 inches for directing electrostatically charged lubricant from said spray head in the form of a single stream of electrostatically charged droplets in aligned relation for application onto an item to be lubricated in a controlled line having a width no greater than 0.125 inches;
said electrode being supported within said nozzle body for adjustable positioning relative to said nozzle body;
said capillary tube being supported within an upstanding support post of said nozzle body, said support post defining an entry passage communicating between said lubricant receiving chamber and said capillary tube; and
said electrode having terminal end including a conical downstream end selectively positionable relative to an upstream end of said support post for controlling the lubricant flow rate through said entry passage to said capillary tube in relation to the adjusted position of the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,507,475

DEVICE FOR STRUCTURING THE SURFACE OF A PRESSED SHEET OR AN ENDLESS STRIP

1. A device for structuring a surface of a metal pressed sheet or of an endless strip, comprising:a support device adapted to support the metal pressed sheet or endless strip during structuring;
a spray head and a slideway adapted to permit movement of the spray head into a desired position within a plane defined by an X and a Y coordinate, the spray head is further adapted to move in a Z direction with reference to a work surface which is spanned by the X and Y direction, said spray head being guided by means of a digitalized template that is identical to a printed image of an impregnated paper used in a further pressing process; and
independent drive elements connected to a control unit and configured to move the spray head into the desired position, wherein the spray head comprises a nozzle head for the application of an ultraviolet (UV) hardening lacquer and the nozzle head is equipped with an ultraviolet (UV) light source attached directly thereto that irradiates a completed section of a mask applied in sections, and wherein the nozzle head is guided at a constant distance of 0.1 to 4 mm from the surface of the pressed sheet or endless strip by means of an automatic leveling device directly attached to said nozzle head.

US Pat. No. 10,507,467

FREELY-ASSEMBLED ELISA PLATE

Shenyang Medical College,...

1. A freely-assembled ELISA plate, comprising:a first ELISA plate frame,
a second ELISA plate frame, and
ELISA plate strips located between the first ELISA plate frame and the second ELISA plate frame;
wherein, the first ELISA plate frame comprises a first outer wall, a first bottom plate and first connecting members, the first bottom plate being connected to an inner edge on a bottom end of the first outer wall, and the first connecting members being located at two inner ends of the first outer wall and on an inner side of the first bottom plate;
each of the ELISA plate strips comprises two side walls connected to the first ELISA plate frame and the second ELISA plate frame, a substrate, second connecting members and third connecting members, the second connecting members being detachably connected to the first ELISA plate frame, and the third connecting members being detachably connected to the second ELISA plate frame;
the second ELISA plate frame comprises a second outer wall, a second bottom plate and fourth connecting members, the second bottom plate being connected to an inner edge on a bottom end of the second outer wall, and the fourth connecting members being detachably connected to the ELISA plate strips;
the first ELISA plate frame, the second ELISA plate frame, and the side walls and the substrates of the ELISA plate strips form a liquid flow groove of the ELISA plate; and
wherein ELISA plate wells are formed on the substrate of each of the ELISA plate strips, a width of the substrate of each of the ELISA plate strips is designed to accommodate one ELISA plate well.

US Pat. No. 10,507,464

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

Blacktrace Holdings Limit...

1. A microfluidic device, comprising:a block comprising at least one reservoir;
a base layer attached to a bottom of the block;
a microfluidic channel formed in the base layer or at an interface between the block and base layer, the microfluidic channel being in fluid communication with the at least one reservoir;
a static pressure source operatively coupleable to the at least one reservoir; and
a flow path from the at least one reservoir to the microfluidic channel, the flow path having a first portion which extends upwardly away from the base layer over a barrier and into a second portion which extends downwardly towards the base layer and leads to the microfluidic channel, the flow path being configured such that it prevents flow from the at least one reservoir to the microfluidic channel under the influence of gravity alone when, in use, the at least one reservoir is filled to a level below a level of a top of the barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,507,463

PIPETTE FOR ACTIVATING A SYRINGE

Eppendorf AG, Hamburg (D...

1. A pipette for actuating a syringe, comprising:a strip-shaped housing (2),
a first receptacle (20) with a first opening (21) at the bottom end of the housing (2) for inserting a first fastening section (16) at the top edge of a cylinder (11) of the syringe (3),
a receiving body with a second receptacle (24) and a second opening (26) at the bottom end in the housing (2) for inserting a second fastening section (19) on a plunger (12) of the syringe (3),
a first holding mechanism for releasably holding (23) the first fastening section (16) in the first receptacle (20),
a second holding mechanism for releasably holding (27) the second fastening section (19) in the second receptacle (24),
a first displacing mechanism for displacing (5) the receiving body (25) in the housing (2) away from the first receptacle (20),
a second displacing mechanism for displacing (28, 36, 39) the receiving body (25) toward the first receptacle (20) in steps by an increment corresponding to the liquid volume to be ejected by the syringe (3) in the steps,
an actuation element (36) which can be actuated outside of the housing (2) for executing individual steps,
a toothed rack (28) with teeth (29) arranged in the housing (2) and connected to the receiving body (25),
a pawl (39) pivotably mounted in the housing (2) on the actuation element (36) which engages with the teeth (29) of the toothed rack (28) and entrains the toothed rack when the actuation element (36) is displaced downward, and disengages with the teeth (29) when the actuation element (36) is displaced upward,
an adjustable adjusting element (10) for adjusting the increment of the steps that can be adjusted outside of the housing (2),
a cover (41) displaceably arranged on the toothed rack (28) on the side of the pawl (29) with a holding surface (71) facing the pawl (39), for holding the pawl (39) from engaging in the teeth (29), and a catching edge (70) at the bottom end, below which the teeth (29) are exposed for engagement by the pawl (39),
a coupling element (68) arranged on the cover (41) that is coupled to the adjusting element (10) to transfer an adjustment of the adjusting element (10) to the cover (41),
wherein the cover has a first cover part (42) consisting of plastic that comprises the coupling element (68) and a longitudinal slot (61), and a second cover part (43), consisting of sheet metal held on a bottom cover part (42), that comprises a bend (49) arranged in the longitudinal slot (61) and an associated leaf spring (53),
the catching edge (70) is formed on the first cover part (42),
the toothed rack on the side facing the cover has a projecting cam (80) that contacts the bend (49) in the longitudinal slot (61) at the end of the displacement of the receiving body (25) toward the first receptacle (20), whereby the leaf spring (53) is deflected, and the pawl (39) is held by the leaf spring (53) from further engagement in the teeth (29) of the toothed rack (28), and
with the exception of a section comprising at least the bend (49) and leaf spring (53), the second cover part (43) is overmolded by the plastic of the first cover part (42) in a specific position of the bend (49) with respect to the coupling element (68) which securely connects the first cover part (42) and second cover part (43) to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,507,456

METAL OXIDE CATALYST, METHOD OF PREPARING THE CATALYST, AND METHOD OF ALCOHOL USING THE SAME

KOREA KUMHO PETROCHEMICAL...

2. A metal oxide catalyst involved in a hydrogenation reaction in which a ketone is converted into an alcohol, wherein the metal oxide catalyst has a spinel structure represented by the following Formula 1:XAl2O4,  
wherein X represents copper and a content of the copper in the metal oxide catalyst is in a range of 40 to 55% by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,507,454

PHOTOCATALYST MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photocatalyst material comprising:core particles including tungsten oxide;
a promoter on a surface of the core particles; and
a shell layer including titanium oxide and covering an entire surface of both the core particles and the promoter such that no portion of the surface of the core particles is exposed to an outside and no portion of the surface of the promoter is exposed to an outside.

US Pat. No. 10,507,452

CONTROLLED RELEASE OF HYDROGEN FROM COMPOSITE NANOPARTICLES

Savannah River Nuclear So...

14. A method for releasing hydrogen from a reversible hydrogen absorbing material by delivering energy to a bed of multi-functional nanoparticles, the multi-functional nanoparticles comprising an energy absorbing material that includes a magnetic material, the multi-functional nanoparticles further comprising hydrogen held by a reversible hydrogen absorbing material that is in thermal contact with the energy absorbing material, the energy being delivered via at least one of an alternating magnetic field and an electromagnetic wave, wherein upon the delivery, the energy absorbing material emits thermal energy and hydrogen is released from the hydrogen absorbing material.

US Pat. No. 10,507,451

SONICATION IN A UREA OR MELAMINE SYNTHESIS PROCESS

Casale SA, (CH)

1. A process for the synthesis of melamine from urea, inside a chemical reactor, said process comprising a sonication treatment of at least part of a reaction liquid mass or two-phase mixture contained inside said chemical reactor,wherein the sonication treatment is performed in a sonication zone inside said chemical reactor,
wherein the process further comprises the circulation of a liquid phase or liquid/vapour phase through at least one reaction zone and a recirculation zone, which are arranged coaxial and concentric inside said reactor, wherein the sonication treatment is performed in at least one of said two reaction and recirculation zones, and
wherein the reaction zone is a primary reaction zone fed with urea melt.

US Pat. No. 10,507,448

METHODS FOR DESIGNING SCALED-UP FLUID CATALYTIC REACTORS

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A method for scaling-up a fluid catalytic reactor, the method comprising:one or more of constructing, operating, observing, or obtaining data related to a template fluid catalytic reactor comprising a template riser, a template lower reactor portion, and a template transition portion connecting the template riser and the template lower reactor portion;
one or more of constructing or operating a scaled-up fluid catalytic reactor based on the template fluid catalytic reactor, the scaled-up fluid catalytic reactor comprising a scaled-up riser, a scaled-up lower reactor portion, and a scaled-up transition portion connecting the scaled-up riser and the scaled-up lower reactor portion, wherein:
the ratio of the cross-sectional area of the scaled-up riser to the cross-sectional area of the template riser is from 80% to 120% of a scale-up factor;
the ratio of the cross-sectional area of the scaled-up lower reactor portion to the cross-sectional area of the template lower reactor portion is from 80% to 120% of the scale-up factor;
the scale-up factor is at least 1.3; and
the height of the scaled-up transition portion is at least 70% of the width of the scaled-up riser and from 70% to 130% of the height of the template transition portion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,437

GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE, GAS SEPARATION MODULE, GAS SEPARATION APPARATUS, AND GAS SEPARATION METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A gas separation membrane comprising:a gas separation layer containing a cellulose resin; and
an organopolysiloxane compound layer disposed on the gas separation layer,
wherein a Si ratio of the organopolysiloxane compound layer after immersion in chloroform to the organopolysiloxane compound layer before immersion in chloroform, the Si ratio being calculated by Mathematical expression (I), is 0.6 to 1.0,
Si ratio=(Si-K? X-ray intensity after immersion in chloroform)/(Si-K? X-ray intensity before immersion in chloroform),  Mathematical expression (I)
the organopolysiloxane compound layer has a structure in which organopolysiloxane compounds are linked to each other through a linking group selected from *—O-M-O—*, *—S-M-S—*, *—NRaC(?O)—*, *—NRbC(?O)NRb—*, *—O—CH2—O—*, *—S—CH2CH2—*, *—OC(?O)O—*, *—CH(OH)CH2OCO—*, *—CH(OH)CH2O—*, *—CH(OH)CH2S—*, *—CH(OH)CH2NRc—*, *—CH(CH2OH)CH2OCO—*, *—CH(CH2OH)CH2O—*, *—CH(CH2OH)CH2S—*, *—CH(CH2OH)CH2NRc—*, *—CH2CH2—*, *—C(?O)O?N+(Rd)3—*, *—SO3?N+(Re)3—*, and *—PO3H?N+(Rf)3—*,
where M represents a divalent to tetravalent metal atom; Ra, Rb, Rc, Rd, Re, and Rf each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, the symbol * represents a linking site, the linking group *—CH2CH2—* is formed by a polymerization reaction of compounds having a vinyl group, and
the organopolysiloxane compound layer contains 10 to 5,000 ppm of an organic solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,507,434

COMPOSITION FOR CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE, CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A method for separating CO2, comprising:feeding a gas mixture that contains at least CO2 and water vapor on a surface side of a CO2 gas separation membrane; and
separating CO2 from said gas mixture through the other surface side of said gas separation membrane, wherein
the CO2 gas separation membrane comprises a separation-functional layer containing a composition for a CO2 gas separation membrane; and
a supporting layer including a porous membrane, wherein
the composition for a CO2 gas separation membrane comprises at least one compound selected from the group consisting of an alkali metal carbonate, an alkali metal bicarbonate, and an alkali metal hydroxide;
a crosslinked polymer in which a polymer having a carboxyl group has been crosslinked; and
a non-crosslinked polymer obtained by polymerization of one or more monomers selected from the group consisting of vinyl acetate, acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, and a derivative thereof,
wherein the non-crosslinked polymer content is 2 wt % to 90 wt % based on the total amount of the crosslinked polymer and the non-crosslinked polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,507,430

HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE SHEET-LIKE OBJECT, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE SHEET-LIKE OBJECT, HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE SHEET LAMINATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE SHEET LAMINATE, HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFA

Mitsubishi Chemical Corpo...

1. A hollow fiber membrane module comprisingat least one hollow fiber membrane sheet-like object in which a plurality of hollow fiber membranes is aligned in parallel with each other and fixed to each other while both end faces of each of the hollow fiber membranes in a longitudinal direction are open,
wherein at least one belt-like binding portion made of an elastic body having an elongation percentage (E) stipulated by JIS K6251 of 100% or more and extending in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction is formed at each of both end portions of the hollow fiber membrane sheet-like object, and the plurality of hollow fiber membranes is fixed to each other and
a pair of elongated housings in which openings are formed along a longitudinal direction, both ends of the hollow fiber membrane sheet-like object being inserted into the openings and fixed,
wherein
at least two binding portions are formed at each of the two ends of the hollow fiber membrane sheet-like object, wherein at least one of said at least two binding portions is said belt-like binding portion,
the hollow fiber membrane sheet-like object is fluid-tightly fixed by resin inside each of the elongated housings while only a binding portion provided closest to an end portion side at each end portion in the binding portions formed at both ends of the hollow fiber membrane sheet-like object is inserted into each of the elongated housings, and each binding portion provided on a center side of the hollow fiber membrane sheet-like objects in the longitudinal direction in the binding portions in two rows is a portion exposed from each of the elongated housings without being inserted into either of the elongated housings, and
one of the two binding portions exposed from each of the elongated housings in each end portion is formed at a position at which a distance L from the opening of each of the elongated housings are in a range of 1 to 30 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,507,429

ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL, WATER TREATMENT DEVICE PROVIDED WITH SAME, AND OPERATING METHOD FOR WATER TREATMENT DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An electrochemical cell comprising:a casing provided with an inflow port of water in a lower portion and an outflow port of the water in an upper portion;
a bipolar membrane laminated body in which two or more bipolar membranes are laminated so as to be opposed;
electrodes disposed such that an anode and a cathode are opposed to sandwich the bipolar membrane laminated body; and
a first diffusion member disposed between the inflow port and the bipolar membrane laminated body, and provided with through holes communicating between the inflow port and the bipolar membrane laminated body,
wherein the first diffusion member is formed such that each of the through holes provided in a peripheral edge portion of the first diffusion member has a larger opening area than each of the through holes provided in a central portion of the first diffusion member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,425

IONIC LIQUID CO2 SCRUBBER FOR SPACECRAFT

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A contaminant removal subsystem, comprising:a scrubber that includes a housing and a packed bed that is non-rotating relative to the housing;
wherein the scrubber is configured to receive a contaminated air and a clean liquid absorbent, and discharge a cleaned air and a used liquid absorbent;
wherein the cleaned air contains a lower concentration of gas contaminant than the contaminated air;
wherein the used liquid absorbent includes gas contaminant absorbed into clean liquid absorbent;
a stripper downstream, with respect to used liquid absorbent, of the scrubber;
wherein the stripper is configured to desorb gas contaminant from the used liquid absorbent to produce a regenerated liquid absorbent;
a heat exchanger between the scrubber and the stripper; and
a heater directly downstream, with respect to used liquid absorbent, of the heat exchanger and directly upstream, with respect to used liquid absorbent, of the stripper, wherein the heater is configured to heat used liquid absorbent without employing another heater for heat exchange.

US Pat. No. 10,507,424

DEVICE FOR CLEANING AIR LADEN WITH CO2

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A device for cleaning air laden with CO2 present in an enclosed space, comprising:two adsorption devices for the adsorbing of CO2 from the air supplied to the adsorption devices, desorption devices each of which is associated with a respective one of the adsorption devices for desorbing adsorbed CO2, and respective removal devices for removing the desorbed CO2, wherein the one adsorption device is adsorbed while the other one is desorbed, and vice versa, characterized in that a filter device is connected upstream or downstream from each of the adsorption devices, by means of which pollutants contained in the air to be supplied or the cleaned air be supplied again to the space can be filtered out and first and second fans are connected upstream from each adsorption device, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,507,418

DEVICE FOR BEATING DUST AND DUST COLLECTOR USING SAME

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. A cleaning appliance, comprising:a body having a clean air outlet;
a filtering member disposed at the clean air outlet; and
a dust tapping-off device further including:
a sliding rail disposed on an outer surface of the body and facing the clean air outlet;
a sliding block slidably disposed on the sliding rail via an accommodating cavity therein, wherein both two opposite ends of the accommodating cavity are open for the sliding rail to pass through, a first surface of the sliding rail is provided with a groove, and a wall surrounding the accommodating cavity opposite to the first surface is provided with a protruding block fitted in the groove;
a rolling element rotatably disposed in the accommodating cavity of the sliding block and disposed on the sliding rail;
an actuating rod rotatably disposed on the sliding block and connected to the rolling element, wherein the actuating rod is configured to pass through walls surrounding the accommodating cavity; and
a dust tapping-off member disposed on the actuating rod and configured for tapping the filtering member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,409

HYPER-PRODUCTIVE CHROMATOGRAPHY SYSTEM AND PROCESS

SPF TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, S...

1. A method of performing a Hyper-Productive chromatography process comprising:providing a stackable chromatographic cassette;
loading a sample to be processed;
operating the stackable chromatographic cassette having an adsorptive chromatographic bed having a volume greater than 0.5 liter by establishing a flow at a linear velocity greater than 500 cm/hr;andwherein a residence time of the loading step is less than one minute.

US Pat. No. 10,507,405

PROCESS FOR SEPARATION OF PROPYLENE FROM A LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS STREAM

1. A process, comprising:passing a feed stream comprising LPG to a column to produce an overhead stream comprising propylene, a first side draw stream comprising C3, a second side draw stream comprising C3, and a product stream comprising C4;
flashing the overhead stream to produce an off gas stream and an overhead liquid stream;
passing the overhead liquid stream back to the column;
passing the first side draw stream to a treatment unit to produce a treated stream;
passing the second side draw stream to a side stripper to produce a side stripper overhead stream comprising C3 and a side stripper product stream comprising propane;
passing the side stripper overhead stream back to the column;
passing the treated stream to a membrane unit; and
passing a retentate stream comprising propane from the membrane unit back to the column and passing a permeate stream from the membrane unit to produce a polymer grade propylene stream.

US Pat. No. 10,507,400

ROBOT

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A robot, comprising:a main body having a spherical-zone shape, the spherical-zone shape defined by a first side and a second side opposed to the first side being removed from a sphere;
a first spherical-crown corresponding to the first side;
a second spherical-crown corresponding to the second side;
a shaft that connects the first spherical-crown and the second spherical-crown;
a display that is mounted in the shaft via an arm, the display configured to display at least part of a face of the robot;
a first drive mechanism that is configured to rotate the first spherical-crown and the second spherical-crown by rotation of the shaft;
a second drive mechanism that is independent of the first drive mechanism and configured to rotate the main body around the shaft as a center;
an angular speed sensor that is configured to detect an angular speed, of the display, around an axis in a horizontal direction perpendicular to a moving direction of the main body;
a memory that stores a correspondence relationship between a reference pitch angle and a minimum control amount, the minimum control amount being used by the second drive mechanism for moving the main body without stopping; and
a control circuit that is configured to, when the robot moves to a predetermined target point by rotating the main body:
detect a maximum value of a pitch angle which changes since an instruction to rotate the main body is received by the second drive mechanism, the pitch angle being a cumulative value of the detected angular speed;
determine an actual minimum control amount corresponding to the detected maximum value of the pitch angle by referring to the correspondence relationship;
when the robot is at a predetermined distance short of the predetermined target point, generate a deceleration control amount for the second drive mechanism that is greater than or equal to the actual minimum control amount, according to a remaining distance to the predetermined target point; and
decelerate a rotation of the main body by controlling the second drive mechanism in accordance with the deceleration control amount.

US Pat. No. 10,507,398

SHOOTING-TYPE TOY

CHOIROCK CONTENTS FACTORY...

1. A shooting toy comprising:a body having a plurality of members;
a latch part (150, 150a, 150e) for locking the body thereonto to allow the body to be kept to a first form; and
a projectile (200, 200a, 200b, 200c) moving from the outside in such a manner as to be inserted into the body and thus located in a shooting part (130, 130e) disposed in the body,
wherein the projectile (200, 200a, 200b, 200c) releases a locking state of the latch part (150, 150a, 150e) to allow the body to be developed to a second form, and
wherein in response to the projectile located in the shooting part, the projectile is shot from the body developed to the second form by means of a pressurizing part disposed in the body.

US Pat. No. 10,507,394

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE WITH WATER SLIDE

1. A children's entertainment device with a water slide, comprising:a water slide provided with a first chamber; and
a first water spray pipe provided with a plurality of first water spray holes;
wherein the water slide comprises an upper sheet and a lower sheet, an edge of the upper sheet and an edge of the lower sheet are directly connected to one another to form the first chamber for containing water or air, the edge joint of the upper sheet and the lower sheet defines an outer boundary of the water slide, and there is no connection of the upper sheet and the lower sheet within the outer boundary;
the upper sheet providing a flat and smooth surface for sliding;
a plurality of ribbons are arranged inside the first chamber with an upper end of the ribbon connected to the upper sheet and a lower end of the ribbon connected to the lower sheet; and
wherein the first water spray pipe is connected with the edge joint of the upper sheet and the lower sheet or disposed on the upper sheet of the water slide.

US Pat. No. 10,507,335

COIL ARRANGEMENT AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITA...

1. A coil assembly comprising a housing,a magnetic coil, and
an electrode arrangement,
wherein the magnetic coil is arranged in the housing and is adapted for generating a magnetic field for transcranial magnetic stimulation,
wherein the electrode arrangement is arranged on the housing and adapted for deriving an electroencephalogram (EEG) signal, and
wherein the electrode arrangement is entirely confined within the perimeter of the magnetic coil.

US Pat. No. 10,507,334

AESTHETIC METHOD OF BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURE TREATMENT BY MAGNETIC FIELD

BTL Medical Technologies ...

1. A method for toning muscles of a patient using time-varying magnetic fields, wherein the time-varying magnetic fields are generated by a magnetic field generating coil, the method comprising:placing a first applicator comprising the magnetic field generating coil in contact with a patient's skin or clothing at a body region of the patient, wherein the body region comprises an abdomen or a buttock and wherein the first applicator is positioned with a belt;
generating a time-varying magnetic field with a magnetic flux density in a range of 0.5 Tesla to 7 Tesla at a surface of the magnetic field generating coil and with a maximal value of a magnetic flux density derivative in a range of 300 T/s to 800 kT/s;
applying the time-varying magnetic field to muscle fibers, neuromuscular plates, or nerves innervating muscle fibers in the body region in order to cause a supramaximal contraction of the patient's muscle in the body region; and
applying magnetic pulses with a repetition rate in a range of 1 Hz to 300 Hz in at least two trains, each train causing a supramaximal contraction of the patient's muscle, wherein each train lasts at least between 1 second and 30 seconds and wherein a time between two subsequent trains lasts at least between 1 second and 30 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,507,132

TOPICAL ADMINISTRATION METHOD

NOVALIQ GMBH, Heidelberg...

1. A method for dropwise topical administration of a liquid composition (2), comprising the steps of:a) providing a drop dispenser (1), comprising:
a container part (1B) with an interior volume partially filled with the liquid composition (2) and a gaseous phase (3) filling the remainder of the interior volume at ambient pressure, the container part (1B) having a displaceable section (1C) and optionally a substantially stationary section, and
a dropper part (1A) in physical connection and in fluid communication with the interior volume of the container part (1B), comprising an outflow channel (5), connecting the interior volume of the container part (1B) to the environment;
b) exerting a first force to the displaceable section (1C) of the container part (1B) of the drop dispenser (1) while holding the drop dispenser (1) in an upright position in which the outflow channel (5) is not in contact with the liquid composition (2), thereby reducing the interior volume of the container part (1B) and forcing the gaseous phase (3) of the interior volume at least partially out of the drop dispenser (1) into the environment;
c) inverting the drop dispenser (1) to an inverted position in which the liquid composition (2) is in contact with the outflow channel (5);
d) releasing said first force from the displaceable section (1C) of the container part (1B) at least partly, thereby reducing the pressure inside the container part (1B) below ambient pressure; and
e) exerting a second force to the displaceable section (1C) of the container part (1B), while still holding the drop dispenser in the inverted position in which the liquid composition (2) is in contact with the outflow channel (5), thereby raising the pressure inside the interior volume of the container part (1B) above ambient pressure and releasing the liquid composition (2) dropwise from the dropper part (1A) of the drop dispenser (1).

US Pat. No. 10,507,098

3D PRINTER

Bao Tran, Saratoga, CA (...

1. A method of healing a skin wound, comprising:obtaining dermal cells from a donor site and preparing a live cell suspension using the dermal cells from a donor site;
inserting a supply cartridge with the live cell suspension into a pen;
imaging the skin wound using an imager;
printing onto the skin wound an acellular dermal matrix (ADM) scaffold with collagen and seeded with live cells processed from the autologous graft, wherein a processor determines a boundary of the skin wound through image processing, detects positional information of the pen, and selectively prints over the skin wound; and
securing with sutures and covering with a bandage.

US Pat. No. 10,507,068

ROBOTIC SURGICAL SYSTEM TORQUE TRANSDUCTION SENSING

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An instrument drive unit of a robotic surgical system, the instrument drive unit comprising:a fixed plate;
a first motor having a first drive shaft;
a first reaction torque transducer disposed about the first drive shaft to secure the first motor to the fixed plate and being configured to detect torque delivered by the first motor;
a first controller for controlling the first motor, the first controller in communication with the first sensor and the first reaction torque transducer, the first controller configured to compare the detected current drawn by the first motor to the detected torque delivered by the first motor to verify the detected torque is within an acceptable range of torque values for the detected current drawn by the first motor;
a second motor having a second drive shaft;
a second reaction torque transducer disposed about the second drive shaft to secure the second motor to the fixed plate and being configured to detect torque delivered by the second motor; and
a second sensor configured to detect current drawn by the second motor, wherein the first controller is configured to control the second motor, the first controller in communication with the second sensor and the second reaction torque transducer, the first controller configured to compare the detected current drawn by the second motor to the detected torque delivered by the second motor to verify the detected torque is within an acceptable range of torque values for the detected current drawn by the second motor.