US Pat. No. 10,596,864

TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM SAFETY VALVE

Airgo IP, LLC, Oklahoma ...

1. An apparatus comprising:an air line in communication with and disposed between a rotary union and a tire communicating with an axle, the rotary union axially aligned with the axle and mounted to a hubcap associated with the axle and the tire, the rotary union mounted to the hubcap on an exterior portion of the hubcap, the air line facilitating pressurized air transferred between the rotary union and the tire;
a tire pressure management safety valve disposed between the rotary union and the tire, and further disposed within the air line, the tire pressure management safety valve including at least:
a valve housing providing a valve activation chamber;
a fluid conduit, the fluid conduit having a downstream end and an upstream end, the fluid conduit supported by the valve housing and in fluid communication with the valve activation chamber; and
a check valve disposed within the valve activation chamber and communicating with the fluid conduit, the check valve responsive to said pressurized air within the air line, such that when said pressurized air in the air line is below a predetermined value, the check valve automatically precludes air transfer between an upstream air line connection port and a downstream air line connection port each of the valve housing;
a plunger, the plunger confined by an internal surface of the valve housing and communicates with the check valve such that when an air pressure in the tire is below the predetermined value, pressure in the air line advances the plunger into pressing contact with the check valve, the plunger operates on the check valve to facilitate transfer of air from the rotary union to the tire, in which the plunger includes at least a head portion confined within the valve housing and in fluid communication with the upstream air line connection port, and a check valve activation shaft portion extending from the head portion and in fluid communication with the check valve, and further comprising a force support member, the force support member enclosed by the valve housing and disposed between the head portion of the plunger and the check valve.

US Pat. No. 10,596,863

TIRE PRESSURE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Airgo IP, LLC, Oklahoma ...

1. A tire pressure management system comprising:an axle housing that confines a pressurized fluid;
a hubcap supported by the axle housing and having an interior and an exterior; and
a rotary union axially aligned with the axle housing and mounted to the hubcap from the exterior of the hubcap, the rotary union including at least:
a rotary union housing providing at least a fluid distribution chamber, and a central bore;
a bearing sleeve in sliding contact with said central bore;
a fluid conduit, the fluid conduit having an interior surface, an external surface, a downstream end and an upstream end, the fluid conduit supported by the bearing sleeve, said fluid conduit provides a bearing support feature, said bearing support feature adjacent said downstream end of said fluid conduit, said bearing support feature provides a fluid delivery aperture, said fluid delivery aperture provides a fluidic pathway from said interior surface of said fluid conduit to said exterior surface of said fluid conduit;
a bearing, said bearing provides an inner race and an outer race, said inner race of said bearing in pressing engagement with said external surface of the fluid conduit and in contact adjacency with said bearing support feature, said outer race of said bearing in sliding communication with an internal surface of said bearing sleeve; and
a fluid seal disposed between said bearing sleeve and said rotary union housing.

US Pat. No. 10,596,862

DYNAMIC WHEEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Airgo IP, LLC, Oklahoma ...

1. A tire pressure management system comprising:an axle, the axle housing a pressurized fluid and supported by a tire;
a vehicle frame supported by the axle;
a suspension disposed between and secured to each the vehicle frame and the axle;
a pressure management controller having a housing supported by the vehicle frame and communicating with the tire;
a load detection device interacting with the suspension and communicating with the pressure management controller;
a hubcap supported by the axle and having an interior and an exterior; and
a rotary union axially aligned with the axle and supported by the hubcap, the rotary union including at least:
a rotary union housing, the rotary union housing provides at least a fluid distribution chamber and a central bore, the central bore providing an internal surface and a portion of said fluid distribution chamber, in which the rotary union further comprising:
a bearing sleeve in pressing contact with the central bore;
a fluid conduit, the fluid conduit having an internal surface, an external surface, a downstream end and an upstream end, the fluid conduit supported by the bearing sleeve;
a pair of bearings, each of the pair of bearings providing an inner race and an outer race, each inner race of the pair of bearings in direct contact adjacency with the external surface of the fluid conduit, each outer race of the pair of bearings in pressing communication with the internal surface the bearing sleeve, a first bearing of the pair of bearings adjacent the downstream end of said fluid conduit, and a second bearing of the pair of bearings adjacent the upstream end of said fluid conduit;
a bearing spacer separate and distinct from the bearing sleeve forming no part of the bearing sleeve, the bearing spacer disposed between and in contact adjacency with each bearing of the pair of bearings; and
a pair of fluid seals simultaneously present and disposed within the rotary union housing, a first seal of said pair of fluid seals engaging said external surface of the fluid conduit and said bore surface of said central bore, said first seal disposed between said first bearing and said downstream end of said fluid conduit, and a second seal of said pair of fluid seals engaging said external surface of the fluid conduit and said bore surface of said central bore, said second seal disposed between said second bearing and said upstream end of said fluid conduit, wherein each first seal and second seal of said pair of fluid seals forms a rotary seal between said external surface of the fluid conduit and said bore surface of said central bore.

US Pat. No. 10,596,861

PUNCTURE RESISTANT LINER ASSEMBLY

1. A puncture resistant liner assembly for preventing a tire from going flat if punctured for use with a tire having a tread layer and opposed inside and outside walls extending away from the tread layer so as to define an interior tire space, said puncture resistant liner assembly, comprising:a primary protection layer that includes a plurality of primary pockets each having a continuous outer wall defining a primary interior area and having a primary air capsule situated in said primary interior area;
wherein said each primary pocket includes a primary upper end and an opposed primary lower end;
an auxiliary protection layer that includes a plurality of auxiliary pockets each having a continuous outer wall defining an auxiliary interior area and having an auxiliary air capsule situated in said auxiliary interior area;
wherein said each auxiliary pocket includes an auxiliary upper end coupled to an associated primary lower end and an auxiliary lower end opposite said auxiliary upper end;
an outermost wall;
an intermediate wall, said primary protection layer being positioned in a space defined between said outermost wall and said intermediate wall;
an innermost wall, said auxiliary protection layer being positioned in a space defined between said intermediate wall and said innermost wall.

US Pat. No. 10,596,860

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a reinforcing rubber layer disposed in sidewall portions on both sides in a tire width direction, the reinforcing rubber layer having a substantially crescent-like meridian cross-section; wherein
when the tire is assembled on a regular rim and in an unloaded state with an internal pressure of 0 kPa,
a radius of curvature RP is larger than a radius of curvature RO, an arc of the radius of curvature RP joining an intersection Pa of a carcass layer and a straight line La, an intersection Pb of the carcass layer and a straight line Lb, and an intersection Pc of the carcass layer and a straight line Lc, and an arc of the radius of curvature RO joining an intersection Oa of the straight line La and a tire side profile, an intersection Ob of the straight line Lb and the tire side profile, and an intersection Oc of the straight line Lc and the tire side profile, where
the straight line Lc is a straight line orthogonal to a tire equatorial plane at a portion of the tire with a maximum width when viewed in a meridian cross section,
the straight line La is a straight line from an intersection of the straight line Lc and the tire equatorial plane inclined by 10° outward in a tire radial direction with respect to the straight line Lc,
the straight line Lb is a straight line from the intersection of the straight line Lc and the tire equatorial plane inclined by 10° inward in the tire radial direction with respect to the straight line Lc,
a relationship between the radius of curvature RO and the radius of curvature RP satisfies: RO×1.2?RP?RO×2.5, and
the tire side profile is defined as a profile that smoothly formed by connecting a bead profile and a shoulder profile of the pneumatic tire and excluding any protection bars, patterns or letters provided on an outer surface of the pneumatic tire.

US Pat. No. 10,596,859

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a first ridge portion having a plurality of first main ridges, which project out from a bottom surface of a side decorative region formed in a tire side portion and extend in parallel in a first direction, and having a first connecting ridge, which extends in a direction intersecting the first direction and connects together end portions of the first main ridges that are adjacent;
a second ridge portion having a plurality of second main ridges, which project out from the bottom surface of the side decorative region and extend in parallel in a second direction that is different than the first direction, and having a second connecting ridge, which extends in a direction intersecting the second direction and connects together end portions of the second main ridges that are adjacent, and
a plurality of sub-ridges that project out from the bottom surface of the side decorative region, are disposed between the first main ridges and the second main ridges, extend in the first direction or the second direction, and are disposed in parallel to one another;
wherein a plurality of continuous main ridges, in which the first main ridges and the second main ridges are disposed alternately and connected together, and that are continuous from one end to another end of the side decorative region, are formed, and
wherein an interval between the first main ridges that are adjacent to one another and an interval between the second main ridges that are adjacent to one another are wider than an interval between the sub-ridges that are adjacent to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,596,858

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a first direction concave portion pattern having a first main ridge region, which has a plurality of first main ridges that project out from a bottom surface of a concave portion formed in an outer surface of a tire side portion and that are disposed in parallel such that an extending direction thereof is a first direction, and a first sub-ridge region, which has a plurality of first sub-ridges that project out from the bottom surface of the concave portion and that are disposed in parallel such that an extending direction thereof is the first direction, a light reflection pattern of the first sub-ridge region being different than that of the first main ridge region; and
a second direction concave portion pattern having a second main ridge region, which has a plurality of second main ridges that project out from a bottom surface of a concave portion formed in an outer surface of a tire side portion and that are disposed in parallel such that an extending direction thereof is a second direction, and a second sub-ridge region, which has a plurality of second sub-ridges that project out from the bottom surface of the concave portion and that are disposed in parallel such that an extending direction thereof is the second direction, a light reflection pattern of the second sub-ridge region being different than that of the second main ridge region;
wherein the first direction and second direction are different from one another;
wherein a plurality of the first direction concave portion patterns and the second direction concave portion patterns are disposed at the tire side portion so as to be lined up alternately in a form of a lattice, and
wherein a projecting height of the first sub-ridges from the bottom surface are lower than a projecting height of the first main ridges from the bottom surface, and a projecting height of the second sub-ridges from the bottom surface are lower than a projecting height of the second main ridges from the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,596,857

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a decorative concave portion that is formed at an outer surface of a tire side portion;
a first direction ridge patter having a first main ridge region, which leas a plurality of first main ridges that project out from a bottom surface of the decorative concave portion and that are disposed in parallel such that an extending direction thereof is a first direction, and a first sub-ridge region, which has a plurality of first sub-ridges that project out from the bottom surface of the decorative concave portion and that are disposed in parallel such that an extending direction thereof is the first direction, a light reflection pattern of the first sub-ridge region being different than that of the first main ridge region; and
a second direction ridge pattern having a second main ridge region, which has a plurality of second main ridges that project out from a bottom surface of the decorative concave portion and that are disposed in parallel such that an extending direction thereof is a second direction, and a second sub-ridge region, which has a plurality of second sub-ridges that project out from the bottom surface of the decorative concave portion and that are disposed in parallel such that an extending direction thereof is the second direction, a light reflection pattern of the second sub-ridge region being different than that of the second main ridge region;
wherein the first direction and second direction are different from one another;
wherein a plurality of the first direction ridge patterns and the second direction ridge patterns are disposed so as to be lined up alternately at the decorative concave portion, and
wherein a projecting height of the first sub-ridges from the bottom surface are lower than a projecting height of the first main ridges from the bottom surface, and a projecting height of the second sub-ridges from the bottom surface are lower than a projecting height of the second main ridges from the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,596,856

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising a tread surface provided with two or more circumferential grooves each extending to be inclined with respect to a tread circumferential direction and bent in several locations and also extending continuously in the tread circumferential direction, width direction grooves each opening to two circumferential grooves that are adjacent in a tread width direction, and a plurality of block rows including a plurality of blocks defined by the two or more circumferential grooves and the width direction grooves, wherein:respective blocks included in at least two of the plurality of block rows that are adjacent in the tread width direction with one of the two or more circumferential grooves sandwiched therebetween are arranged to be offset relative to each other in the tread circumferential direction, and the one of the two or more circumferential grooves sandwiched therebetween is smaller in groove width than a width direction groove extending between any two of the respective blocks that are adjacent in the tread circumferential direction,
the respective blocks each have a block width that is gradually increased from circumferential end portions of the block to a circumferential middle portion of the block in a manner such that widthwise end portions of the block located on both ends of the block in the tread width direction are positioned in a circumferentially intermediate portion of the block, and the respective blocks each also have a maximum circumferential length that is larger than the maximum width of the block, thereby having, in a plane view thereof, a pentagonal or a higher order polygonal contour shape that includes end sides located in the circumferential end portions,
circumferential distances between a circumferential middle position of each of the end sides of the block and a circumferential middle position of a line connecting the widthwise end portions of the block are both twice or more of a maximum depth of the two or more circumferential grooves,
a ratio Gc/GALL is in the range from 0.27 to 0.33, and a ratio G2nd/GALL is in the range from 0.12 to 0.18, and a ratio GSH/GALL is in the range from 0.49 to 0.61,
where an overall shearing modulus in the circumferential direction of the plurality of blocks as a whole is defined as GALL, and a shearing modulus in the circumferential direction of each block included in center block rows is defined as GC, a shearing modulus in the circumferential direction of each block included in second block rows is defined as G2nd, and a shearing modulus in the circumferential direction of each block included in shoulder block rows is defined as GSH,
each of the respective blocks included in the center block rows is provided with a sipe that extends across the block and that opens to the circumferential grooves at the position of the corresponding pair of widthwise end portions, the sipe including one or more bent portions, the sipe having end positions, each of the end positions formed with a notch that is defined by curved surfaces which are convex to the outer side of the block and that is seamlessly connected to wall surfaces of the sipe, and a depth of the notch formed in the end position of each sipe is smaller in one end position of the sipe that is located closer to a tire equatorial plane than in the other end position of the sipe that is located away from the tire equatorial plane,
the two or more circumferential grooves include a center circumferential groove between the center block rows, a pair of intermediate circumferential grooves separating the second block rows from the center block rows and a pair of circumferential grooves formed in outermost sides in the tread width direction separating the shoulder block rows from the second block rows,
each of the circumferential grooves is formed in a zigzag shape, amplitudes of the zigzag shape of the circumferential grooves are gradually reduced from the tire equatorial plane to the outer side in the tread width direction, and the amplitude of the zigzag shape of the pair of circumferential grooves formed in the outermost sides in the tread width direction is smaller than that of the center and intermediate circumferential grooves formed in a tread central zone, and
each lateral groove formed in the second block rows is provided at the bottom of the groove with a flask sipe having a curved bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,596,855

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

9. A tire comprising:a tread portion provided with a first main groove disposed between the tire equator and one of tread edges and extending continuously in the tire circumferential direction, a plurality of outward transverse grooves extending axially outwardly from the first main groove, and a plurality of inward transverse grooves extending axially inwardly from the first main groove,
wherein the first main groove is a zigzag groove comprising a plurality of axially outer segments extending along the tire circumferential direction, a plurality of axially inner segments extending along the tire circumferential direction and positioned axially inside the axially outer segments, and a plurality of oblique segments linking the axially outer segments and the axially inner segments and inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction, and each of the axially outer segments is connected with one of the outward transverse grooves and one of the inward transverse grooves,
wherein each of the outward transverse grooves is connected to one of the axially outer segments so as to include one end of the axially outer segment, and each of the inward transverse grooves is connected to one of the axially outer segments so as to include neither one end nor the other end of the axially outer segment, and
wherein the peak-to-peak amplitude of zigzag of the first main groove is in a range from 70% to 90% of the maximum groove width of the first main groove.

US Pat. No. 10,596,853

TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire comprising:at least a circular tire frame body that is formed from a resin material and has a layered structure, wherein the tire frame body includes at least one gas retaining layer, the gas retaining layer includes an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer and an elastomer, and the gas retaining layer is configured with the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer as a sea phase, and the elastomer as an island phase, with ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer dispersed in scattered dot shapes within the island phase of the elastomer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,852

WHEEL ASSEMBLY FOR TRANSPORTABLE CARTON

WestRock Shared Services,...

1. A wheel assembly for a transportable carton, comprising:a) an elongated shield having a planar base portion defining upper and lower surfaces, opposed front and rear edges, opposed side edges and a central axis, and a pair of support flanges extending upwardly from the opposed front and rear edges of the base portion at opposed angles to one another relative to the upper surface of the base portion, each support flange having a respective interior and exterior surface; and
b) a pair of longitudinally spaced apart wheel wells formed within the shield, wherein each wheel well is adapted and configured to accommodate a respective wheel mounted on an axle, and wherein struts extend outwardly from the exterior surfaces of each support flange along peripheral edges of the wheel wells formed therein.

US Pat. No. 10,596,851

BEAD LOCK SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A locking system comprising:a bead lock ring including first holes and second holes, the first holes and the second holes being different type of holes, the first holes having a first face and a second face, the first face having a first diameter and the second face having a second diameter, the first diameter being a different size than the second diameter;
the second holes having a third face and a fourth face, the third face having the first diameter and the fourth face having a third diameter, the third diameter being a different size than the second diameter and the first diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,596,850

RIM STRIP FOR BICYCLE RIM

ENVE Composites, LLC, Og...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a bicycle rim defining a tire channel with a rim drop;
a rim strip coupled to the tire channel of the rim, the rim strip having a drop seal section spanning across the rim drop, wherein the drop seal section includes
at least two strip humps, and
a strip drop channel disposed between the strip humps, wherein the strip drop channel is located at the rim drop;
wherein the drop seal section has an uninflated position where at least part of the drop seal section is biased away from the tire channel to form a gap between the drop seal section and the bicycle rim;
wherein the rim strip is configured to be disposed between one or more tire beads and the rim; wherein the strip drop channel is configured to receive the one or more tire beads with the one or more tire beads pressing against the respective strip humps to seal with the respective strip humps when the drop seal section is in the uninflated position; wherein the tire channel has a channel surface; the rim drop extends below the channel surface; the strip drop channel has a drop channel surface that extends below the channel surface inside of the rim drop when in the uninflated position; the strip humps are bowed above the channel surface when in the uninflated position; and wherein the rim strip includes bead locks; and the strip humps are disposed between the bead locks and the strip drop channel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,849

WHEEL RIM PROTECTOR

1. A tool installable on the surface of a wheel rim to protect said rim, the tool comprising: a circular structure formed so as to be held removably on said wheel rim, the structure comprising an inwardly curved circular contour, wherein the circular structure comprises: two semi-annular substructures connected by at least one resilient element bringing the two substructures towards each other, said semi-annular substructures being held detachably in an adjustable manner said wheel rim, wherein a cross-section of the contour is generally “J”-shaped.

US Pat. No. 10,596,848

MOISTURE PAD

Sahar Dawn Ojan, Warmins...

1. A moisture pad comprising:a container divided into a reservoir and a porous pad compartment, said reservoir having a filling opening, said reservoir being capable of having a pressure therein, and said porous pad compartment being capable of having a pressure therein;
a closure for said filling opening, said closure incorporating means for pressurizing said reservoir;
a porous pad for holding a quantity of absorbed water, said porous pad being housed in said porous pad compartment, said porous pad wetting one or more of a user's fingers with a portion of a quantity of water absorbed therein when said porous pad having said quantity of water absorbed therein is pressed by the one or more of the user's fingers; and
at least a first one-way valve that opens when the pressure in said reservoir is higher than the pressure within said porous pad compartment by at least some threshold amount and allows fluid flow from said reservoir to said porous pad compartment,
wherein said reservoir is capable of holding a quantity of water, wherein water from said reservoir can be used for wetting said porous pad under the control of the user, wherein said porous pad compartment has a top opening for allowing access to said porous pad, and
wherein said closure is flexible and resilient and can be pressed inward by the user to pressurize said reservoir such that water from said reservoir wets said porous pad when said closure is pressed inward by the user while said reservoir holds at least a predetermined quantity of water.

US Pat. No. 10,596,847

LARGE FORMAT ERASABLE WRITABLE SURFACES

1. An erasable writable material, comprising:a flexible vinyl film with a mount surface opposite an etched receiver surface;
a transparent polyester film having a hardness exceeding shore D 69, joined to the receiver surface about a seal side and having an opposite marking side; and
a clear superstrate having a hardness exceeding shore D 75 applied to the marking side to lower surface energy below 30 millinewtons per meter.

US Pat. No. 10,596,846

GREETING CARD HAVING COMPRESSED OBJECT THEREIN AND METHOD OF SELECTIVELY CONTROLLING DEFORMATION THEREOF

Hallmark Cards, Incorpora...

1. A greeting card having a gift item of a temporarily reduced size, the greeting card comprising:a greeting card body having at least a front panel and a rear panel;
a transparent and flexible pouch coupled to the card body, wherein the transparent and flexible pouch is sealed under vacuum-pressure;
a plush item received in the transparent and flexible pouch and in a compressed state from the vacuum-pressure, the plush having a front surface and a rear surface; and
a transparent insert received in the transparent and flexible pouch, wherein the transparent insert is more rigid than the transparent and flexible pouch;
wherein the transparent insert comprises a front surface and a back surface, wherein the front surface of the plush item is pressed up against the back surface of the transparent insert by the vacuum-pressure, and wherein the transparent insert minimizes deformation of the front surface of the plush item adjacent the insert during the vacuum process.

US Pat. No. 10,596,845

BOUND EDGE TABS FOR NOTEBOOK

ACCO Brands Corporation, ...

1. A bound assembly comprising:a plurality of sheets, each sheet having a bound edge, an inner edge, at least part of which is recessed relative to the bound edge to define a sheet cutaway along an inner portion of each sheet, and an outer edge parallel to said bound edge and positioned on an opposite side of the sheet, wherein the inner edge of each sheet is parallel to said bound edge of the sheet;
a divider comprising a bound edge, an outer edge parallel to said bound edge and positioned on an opposite side of the divider, and a tab portion, wherein the divider has an inner edge parallel to and recessed relative to the bound edge of the divider; and
a binding coupling the bound edge of each sheet and the bound edge of the divider, wherein an outer circumference of the binding defines an approximately cylindrical volume extending along and beyond the binding along an axis oriented generally parallel to said bound edges of said plurality of sheets, wherein at least part of the tab portion of the divider is positioned within the approximately cylindrical volume, and wherein in top plan view, the tab portion of the divider is at least partially positioned within or aligned within the sheet cutaway of each of the plurality of sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,596,844

PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a base;
a thermal head including heating elements arranged in a first direction;
a first engagement member provided in the thermal head;
a second engagement member facing the first engagement member in a second direction intersecting with the first direction and configured to engage with the first engagement member such that the thermal head pivotally moves, relative to the base, around a first axis extending in the second direction;
a head holding member having the second engagement member, being slidable with respect to the base in a third direction intersecting with the first direction and the second direction, and holding the thermal head such that the heating elements face the third direction,
a first magnetic member provided in the thermal head and positioned on a first side in the first direction relative to the first engagement member;
a second magnetic member provided in the head holding member, positioned on the first side in the first direction relative to the second engagement member, and facing the first magnetic member in the second direction so that the first magnetic member and the second magnetic member are attracted to each other by magnetic force, in a case that the first engagement member is engaged with the second engagement member; and
a head pressing member supported by the base to pivotally move around a second axis extending in the second direction and configured to face the head holding member from a first side in the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,843

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR PRINTING

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

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program; and
at least one hardware processor configured to execute a process in the program, the process comprises:
performing at least one printing operation of pre-printing and post-printing of overprinting which is an operation of performing pre-printing on a medium and then performing post-printing on the medium; and
printing at least one chart indicating reference positions by intersection points of reference lines, during test printing related to the at least one printing operation, in such a manner that directions of reference lines corresponding to pre-printing are different from directions of reference lines corresponding to post-printing.

US Pat. No. 10,596,842

VEHICLE MOUNTED PRINTER STATION

LEM Solutions, LLC, Gree...

1. In combination with a front passenger seat of a motor vehicle, the front passenger seat defining first and second spaced-apart headrest mounting rod receptacles, an equipment station comprising:a station adaptor comprising an equipment support structure, wherein substantially the entire equipment support structure resides directly vertically adjacent a top of a seatback of the front passenger seat, thereby minimizing obtrusiveness of the station adaptor within an interior cabin space of the motor vehicle, and said station adaptor having first and second spaced-apart elongated mounting rods attached to said equipment support structure and received within the headrest mounting rod receptacles; and
electronic equipment secured in a use position to said equipment support structure so that it is accessible to a user and in substitution of a vehicle headrest, such that the station adaptor and everything at or vertically above and supported on the station adapter is devoid of vehicle safety headrest padding.

US Pat. No. 10,596,841

DROPLET DISCHARGING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A droplet discharging apparatus comprising:a supporting section that has a supporting surface that supports a medium;
a droplet discharging section that includes a first head, the first head including a first nozzle that discharges first liquid onto the medium supported by the supporting surface, and a second head, the second head including a second nozzle that discharges second liquid that promotes curing of the first liquid by reacting with the first liquid onto the medium supported by the supporting surface;
a carriage that reciprocally travels in a first direction while holding the droplet discharging section;
an airflow generating section that generates airflow in a second direction intersecting the first direction in a discharging area facing the supporting surface;
a shielding section that shields the airflow in the second direction in an area between the droplet discharging section and the supporting surface in the discharging area;
an extending section extending out from the carriage in the first direction to be opposed to the support surface; and
a detecting section that detects floating of the medium from the supporting surface, the detecting section being disposed on a surface of the extending section facing the support surface,
wherein the first head and the second head are arranged in the second direction and wherein the second head is arranged so as to be offset from the first head in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,840

LIQUID DISCHARGING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharging device comprising:a transporting unit configured to transport a medium in a first direction;
a winding unit disposed on a downstream side of the transporting unit in the first direction and configured to wind the medium;
a discharging unit disposed between the transporting unit and the winding unit and configured to discharge a liquid onto the medium positioned in a discharge range;
a first supporting unit disposed to face the discharging unit and configured to support the medium; and
a second supporting unit disposed on a downstream side of the first supporting unit in the first direction, and heated by a heater, and moreover including a curved portion curved in a direction away from the discharging unit, wherein
the curved portion includes a curved portion side convex portion group including curved portion side convex portions arranged in a second direction intersecting the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,839

PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

VELOX-PUREDIGITAL LTD., ...

1. A support assembly for treating objects, wherein said support assembly configured to concurrently carry at least one stream of objects, the support assembly comprising:movable board coupled to a lane for moving said at least one stream of objects along said lane;
at least one array of grippers arranged on said movable board in one or more rows, each of the grippers configured to be received inside a respective one of the objects for holding the objects thereon; and
a mobilizing mechanism mounted on said movable board and configured and operable to controllably move said movable board along the lane for applying along said lane at least one treatment process to surface areas of the objects held by the at least one array of grippers.

US Pat. No. 10,596,838

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey a sheet in a first direction;
a print head configured to perform a printing operation to discharge ink on a sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller;
a platen arranged opposite to the print head and configured to support a sheet;
a receiving portion arranged on the platen and configured to receive ink discharged from the print head;
an absorber arranged on the platen and configured to absorb ink;
a plurality of first ink grooves arranged on the receiving portion so as to extend in the first direction and configured to guide the ink from receiving portion to the absorber, wherein the tilt angle of the first ink groove with respect to an installation surface of the printing apparatus is a first angle; and
a second ink groove arranged on the receiving portion and between the first ink grooves that are adjacent thereto so as to extend in the first direction and configured to guide the ink from the receiving portion to the absorber, wherein the tilt angle of the second ink groove with respect to the installation surface is a second angle that is larger than the first angle;
a slide member configured to change an orientation of the platen, wherein the orientation of the platen is a first orientation in which the tilt angle of the plurality of first ink grooves with respect to the installation surface is the first angle when the slide member moves to a first position, and the orientation of the platen is a second orientation in which the tilt angle of the first ink groove is a third angle that is larger than the first angle when the slide member moves to a second position,
wherein the slide member moves to the first position when the printing operation is performed, and the slide member moves from the first position to the second position after completion of the printing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,596,837

DIGITAL THERMAL BINDER AND POWDER PRINTING

CERALOC INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A method of forming a digital print on a surface of a floor panel, wherein the method comprises:applying colorants on the surface;
bonding a part of the colorants to the surface by application of a liquid substance on the colorants; and
removing non-bonded colorants from the surface such that the digital print is formed by the bonded colorants,
wherein the colorants comprise macro colorants having a size larger than 20 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,596,836

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that generates data for forming a layer of ink to be cured by being irradiated with an ultraviolet ray, on an uneven portion formed on a recording medium using ink to be cured by being irradiated with an ultraviolet ray, the information processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire first data that has information corresponding to a depth of a groove to be generated on a surface of the uneven portion in a case where the uneven portion is formed on the recording medium; and
a generation unit configured to generate second data that represents a number of lamination times of ink or a recording amount of ink for forming the layer of ink, based on the first data,
wherein the layer of ink is a layer to be formed based on a condition that an elapsed time from discharge to curing of ink is longer than an elapsed time from discharge to curing of ink in a case where the uneven portion is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,596,835

PRINT HEADS COMPRISING LIGHT EMITTING DIODES

HP SCITEX LTD., Netanya ...

1. A print head comprising:a nozzle;
a fluid channel formed in a single semiconductor layer to provide printing fluid to the nozzle; and
a Light Emitting Diode (LED) to emit light to heat a printing fluid in the fluid channel causing localized vaporization of the printing fluid and an ejection of a fluid drop through the nozzle;
wherein the LED is formed integrally in the single semiconductor layer with the fluid channel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,834

LIGHT IRRADIATION DEVICE AND PRINTER

Kyocera Corporation, Kyo...

1. A light irradiation device, comprising:a first supply section having a porous portion, the first supply section being capable of supplying a gas to a photo-curable material through the porous portion; and
an irradiation section disposed in alignment with the porous portion or disposed downstream from the porous portion, the irradiation section being capable of irradiating the photo-curable material with light.

US Pat. No. 10,596,833

CONVEYING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotator to wind a web-shaped recording medium around a predetermined region of an outer peripheral surface of the rotator with one side of the web-shaped recording medium facing outward and convey the web-shaped recording medium with rotation of the rotator;
an image forming unit opposed to the outer peripheral surface of the rotator, to form an image on the one side of the web-shaped recording medium;
a drier disposed downstream from the rotator in a direction of conveyance of the web-shaped recording medium, to dry and convey the web-shaped recording medium; and
a conveyance direction changer disposed on a conveyance path of the web-shaped recording medium between the rotator and the drier,
the conveyance direction changer having an outer peripheral surface that includes an opposed region opposed to the one side of the web-shaped recording medium,
the opposed region having openings to blow gas toward the one side of the web-shaped recording medium, and
the rotator and the drier disposed at positions not overlapping with each other in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,596,832

PRINTER AND DRYER FOR DRYING IMAGES ON COATED SUBSTRATES IN AQUEOUS INK PRINTERS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An aqueous ink printer comprising:at least one printhead configured to eject drops of an aqueous ink onto substrates moving past the at least one printhead to form ink images on the substrates;
a dryer having a plurality of laser diodes that are configured to be variably controlled;
a current source;
a variable electrical resistance network having a plurality of resistors;
a media transport configured to carry substrates past the at least one printhead and through the dryer so the at least one printhead forms ink images on the substrates and the dryer removes solvents from the ink images; and
a controller operatively connected to the dryer, the plurality of resistors in the variable electrical resistance network, and the at least one printhead, the controller being configured to operate the at least one printhead to print an ink image on a substrate carried by the media transport, to identify a plurality of ink coverage densities for a plurality of areas in the ink image printed on the substrate, to select and vary an electrical resistance of one or more of the resistors in the variable electrical resistance network using the ink coverage densities as the media transport carries the substrate bearing the printed ink image past the plurality of laser diodes, and to operate the plurality of resistors in the variable electrical resistance network to connect the laser diodes in the dryer selectively to the current source through the plurality of resistors using the identified ink coverage densities and a speed of the substrate moving through the dryer to vary an intensity of radiation emitted by the laser diodes as the ink image on the substrate moves past the laser diodes in the dryer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,831

INKJET PRINTING METHOD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing method comprising the steps of:applying a first ink to a printing medium; and
applying a second ink to the printing medium so as to at least overlap a region provided with the first ink,
wherein the first ink is an aqueous ink comprising silver particles,
the second ink is an aqueous ink comprising an anionic dye,
the printing medium includes an ink-receiving layer comprising at least one cationic compound selected from the group consisting of a polyvalent metal salt and a salt of a cationic resin,
the polyvalent metal salt is at least one member selected from the group consisting of (i) a salt of an ion of at least one polyvalent metal selected from the group consisting of iron, aluminum, and zirconium and at least one anion selected from the group consisting of acetate ion, chloride ion, and sulfate ion and (ii) polyaluminum chloride,
the salt of a cationic resin is at least one member selected from the group consisting of a nitrate of a resin having any one of primary to quaternary amine structures and a sulfate of a resin having any one of primary to quaternary amine structures, and
the content (g/m2) of the cationic compound per unit area of the ink-receiving layer is 0.20 g/m2 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,596,830

SUBSTRATE PACKAGE HAVING VARIABLE MARKING

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. A substrate package, comprising:one or more substrate sheets arranged in a stack, wherein the stack has a sidewall defined by edges of the one or more substrate sheets; and
a mark on the sidewall, wherein the mark includes a plurality of mark segments on the edges and along a mark axis, wherein the mark varies along the mark axis, and wherein segment characteristics of the plurality of mark segments vary along the mark axis such that a mark segment on an edge of a substrate sheet has a segment characteristic specific to an attribute of the substrate sheet, wherein the one or more substrate sheets have respective faces, and wherein the plurality of mark segments extend from the edges onto the faces.

US Pat. No. 10,596,829

COLOR DENSITY BASED THICKNESS COMPENSATION PRINTING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional object using a printing device, the method comprising:determining a target thickness for a region of the three-dimensional object;
selecting a color for the region, the color being assigned a color density;
determining a color thickness for the color based on the color density, wherein the color thickness is less than the target thickness;
printing a color layer having the color thickness in the region; and
printing a structural layer having a structural thickness directly onto the color layer, wherein a combination of the color layer and the structural layer form the target thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,596,828

TABLET PRINTING APPARATUS AND TABLET PRINTING METHOD

SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS COR...

1. A tablet printing apparatus, comprising:a conveying path where a tablet is conveyed;
a drying device configured to dry the tablet in a supply device configured to supply the tablet to the conveying path or an alignment conveyor configured to convey the tablet supplied to the conveying path while aligning the tablet;
a print head device located on a downstream side of the drying device in the conveying path, and configured to perform printing on the tablet dried by the drying device; and
a conveyor configured to convey the tablet on which printing is to be performed by the print head device along the conveying path,
wherein a speed of conveying the tablet in the supply device or the alignment conveyor where the drying device is located, is slower than a speed of conveying the tablet in the conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,596,827

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPERATING A PRINTER APPARATUS

1. A method for operating a printer apparatus, the method comprising:monitoring, by a monitoring unit, a utilization rate of each heating element in a first set of heating elements defined by a print head arrangement;
generating, by the monitoring unit, a utilization dataset based upon monitoring of the utilization rate of each heating element in the first set of heating elements;
analyzing, by a heating element identification unit, the utilization dataset to identify one or more overutilized heating elements of the first set of heating elements;
and
modifying, by a controller, one or more characteristics of data included in a print job causing a decrease in utilization of the identified one or more overutilized heating elements.

US Pat. No. 10,596,826

THERMAL HEAD AND THERMAL PRINTER

Kyocera Corporation, Kyo...

1. A thermal head, comprising:a head base body, wherein the head base body includes:
a substrate,
a plurality of heat generating sections disposed on the substrate, and
a plurality of first terminals electrically connected to the plurality of heat generating sections;
a connection member that includes a plurality of second terminals electrically connected to the plurality of first terminals, respectively,
a conductive member that connects each of the plurality of first terminals and each of the plurality of second terminals;
a first cover member that covers a first connection region in which the plurality of second terminals of the connection member are arranged, wherein the first cover member includes:
a plurality of protruding portions that are located on part of an upper surface of the first cover member at predetermined intervals in a main scanning direction, and
an infiltration portion that penetrates between the connection member and the head base body.

US Pat. No. 10,596,825

PRINTER AND PRINTER CONTROL METHOD

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A printer comprising:a thermal head configured to thermally transfer ink of an ink ribbon to a label;
a platen roller provided opposite to the thermal head;
a ribbon transport unit configured to transport the ink ribbon between the thermal head and the platen roller;
a transport unit configured to transport a sheet carrying the label between the thermal head and the platen roller such that a printed surface of the label and the thermal head face each other across the ink ribbon;
a clamping mechanism configured to clamp the ink ribbon, a printing area of the label, and the sheet between the thermal head and the platen roller;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of print commands and draw print data to be printed on each of a plurality of labels based on the acquired plurality of print commands;
a non-printing area specifying unit configured to specify a non-printing area on the sheet based on the print data of consecutive labels after drawing the print data to be printed on each of the plurality of labels; and
a control unit configured to control the clamping mechanism to separate the ink ribbon from the sheet and stop transport of the ink ribbon by the ribbon transport unit, when the transport unit transports the non-printing area on the sheet carrying the label between the thermal head and the platen roller.

US Pat. No. 10,596,824

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image recording apparatus, comprising:a conveyer configured to convey a recording medium in a conveyance direction;
a carriage configured to move in a scanning direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction;
a recording head carried on the carriage, the recording head including a nozzle row that has a plurality of nozzles aligned in the conveyance direction; and
a controller configured to control the conveyer, the carriage and the recording head to record an image on the recording medium by alternately performing a recording pass in which liquid is discharged from the nozzles to the recording medium during movement in the scanning direction of the carriage, and a conveyance operation in which the conveyer conveys the recording medium in the conveyance direction,
wherein in a case of recording the image,
in a case that the recording medium is conveyed by the conveyance operation and that the recording pass is performed twice successively to record the image on two recording areas of the recording medium such that the two recording areas partially overlap with each other, the controller is configured to control the recording head to record a thinned-out image by recording a line image corresponding to one line that extends in the scanning direction in an overlap area where the two recording areas overlap with each other by use of the nozzles different from each other between the two successive recording passes and causing different parts of the line image to be thinned out based on mask data,
the controller is configured to detect whether or not image data of the line image is present in the recording area for a next recording pass of a certain recording pass in an order starting from a downstream end in the conveyance direction,
in a case that the controller has not detected that the image data of the line image is present at an upstream end in the conveyance direction of the recording area for the next recording pass, the controller is configured to make a conveyance amount of the recording medium in the conveyance operation between the certain recording pass and the next recording pass smaller than a case in which the controller has detected that the image data of the line image is present at the upstream end in the conveyance direction of the recording area for the next recording pass, by an amount corresponding to a length in the conveyance direction that is equal to or less than a length between the upstream end of the recording area for the next recording pass and a most upstream position of the recording area where the image data of the line image is detected, and
the controller is configured control the conveyer, the carriage and the recording head to perform recording on the overlap area corresponding to the certain recording pass and the next recording pass by recording the thinned-out image.

US Pat. No. 10,596,823

INK SET, WHITE INK, RECORDING METHOD, AND INK DISCHARGING DEVICE

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. An ink set comprising:a white ink comprising a hollow particle accounting for 5.0 to 25.0 percent by mass of the white ink; and
a non-white ink,
wherein, in an infrared spectrum for a dried film of the white ink, a ratio (Y/X) of a maximum value Yin an absorption band of from 1720 to 1740 cm?1 to a maximum value X in an absorption band of from 1590 to 1610 cm?1, is from 3.0 to 6.0,
wherein the non-white ink has a surface tension of from 20.0 to 30.0 mN/m at a bubble lifetime of 1500 ms, at a temperature of 25 degrees C.

US Pat. No. 10,596,822

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printing apparatus configured to perform printing on a medium by an inkjet scheme, comprising:an inkjet head, configured to eject an ink droplet by the inkjet scheme;
a main scan driver, configured to cause the inkjet head to perform a main scanning operation of ejecting an ink droplet while moving relative to the medium in a preset main scanning direction;
a sub scan driver, configured to cause the inkjet head to perform a sub scanning operation of moving relative to the medium in a sub scanning direction orthogonal to the main scanning direction; and
a controller, configured to control operation of the main scan driver and the sub scan driver to perform the main scanning operation multiple times on each position on the medium, wherein
in the main scanning operation, for at least part of ejection positions serving as ejection targets of ink droplets in the main scanning operation, the controller causes the inkjet head to eject an ink droplet, in accordance with a mask configured to select part of the at least part of ejection positions, to an ejection position specified by the mask,
wherein a resolution of a row of dots of ink formable by the inkjet head on the medium in the main scanning operation once is a main-scanning resolution,
in the main scanning operation at one time, the controller causes the inkjet head to eject an ink droplet in accordance with a preset first mask, and
in the main scanning operation at another time different from the one time, the controller causes the inkjet head to eject an ink droplet in accordance with a second mask configured to select an ejection position in a pattern different from the first mask,
the controller causes the inkjet head to perform printing by a multi-pass scheme to perform printing at a print resolution higher than the main-scanning resolution,
wherein the first mask comprises a plurality of mask patterns having a complementary relation in which pixels filled with the ink droplets do not overlap with each other in different main scanning operations,
the second mask comprises a plurality of mask patterns having a complementary relation in which pixels filled with the ink droplets do not overlap with each other in different main scanning operations.

US Pat. No. 10,596,821

ROCKER VALVE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A rocker valve comprising:a number of rails to transitionally connect an arm of a spring to the rocker valve such that the arm of the spring transitions across the rocker valve to actuate the rocker valve;
a first side of the rocker valve to selectively engage with a valve seat based on a position of the arm of the spring relative to the first side of the rocker valve; and
a number of pivot arms to pivot the rocker valve between a closed position and an open position such that the first side of the rocker valve selectively engages with the valve seat to regulate pressure inside a print head assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,596,820

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND TANK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head that ejects ink;
a tank that contains ink to be supplied to the print head;
a floating body that floats on a liquid surface of the ink inside the tank; and
an electrode pin that detects a level of the liquid surface inside the tank,
wherein the floating body includes an opening portion in which to insert the electrode pin, and a perimeter of the opening portion protrudes from a top surface side of the floating body.

US Pat. No. 10,596,819

LIQUID CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:a casing having a first edge and a second edge separated in a first direction;
a liquid outlet extending from the casing in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a light attenuating wall extending from the first edge of the casing in the first direction; and
a liquid detection mechanism including a light access portion extending from the first edge of the casing in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,818

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RESETTING AN INKJET CARTRIDGE

Retail Inkjet Solutions, ...

1. A modular system for modifying inkjet cartridge configuration, the system comprising:a receiver comprising one or more docking regions comprising electrical interfaces;
a first adapter configured to establish communications between a first type of inkjet cartridge and the receiver, the first adapter comprising a base, a receiver interface configured to contact an electrical interface of the receiver, and a cartridge interface configured to contact electronics of the first type of inkjet cartridge; and
a control system configured to:
determine a type of inkjet cartridge based on at least one of: a type of adapter, and electronics of the inkjet cartridge; and
program a programmable logic chip stored on the inkjet cartridge based on the determined type of inkjet cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,596,817

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD UNIT AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head unit for ejecting a liquid from a nozzle,the liquid ejecting head unit comprising:
a driving portion that includes an ejection surface on which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting the liquid are formed;
a fixing plate to which a plurality of the driving portions are fixed; and
a holder,
wherein the holder is fixed to a support body, which supports the liquid ejecting head unit, and the holder has a conductive property that electrically connects the support body and the fixing plate to one another, and
wherein the driving portion is housed between the fixing plate and the holder,
wherein the holder includes a convex portion that abuts against the fixing plate, and an adhering surface for adhering to the fixing plate, and
wherein, in the fixing plate, a liquid repelling layer is not formed at a position that abuts against the convex portion.

US Pat. No. 10,596,816

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head substrate comprising:a base material;
an element array in which a plurality of ejection energy generating elements generating ejection energy for liquid ejection are arranged on a surface side of the base material; and
a heating unit,
wherein the heating unit includes a heating element extending in a direction of the element array and generating heat by being energized, wiring spaced apart from the heating element in a direction orthogonal to the surface of the base material, and a plurality of connecting portions connecting the heating element and the wiring to each other,
wherein the heating element, the wiring, and the plurality of connecting portions are provided in a region overlapping a region where the element array is disposed in a direction orthogonal to the direction of the element array when seen from the direction orthogonal to the surface of the base material and a current flows to the wiring in a middle of a path of a current flowing through a heating element when the heating element is energized.

US Pat. No. 10,596,815

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a plurality of element substrates on which elements configured to eject liquid are arrayed;
a plurality of electrical substrates each equipped with a first terminal and configured to supply power and an ejection signal to the element substrates;
a plurality of flexible circuits each equipped with a second terminal electrically connected to the first terminal and configured to connect each of the element substrates to the corresponding electrical substrate electrically; and
a flow path member including a lower surface on which the element substrates are arrayed and configured to supply liquid to the element substrates,
wherein the plurality of electrical substrates form a plurality of electrical substrate arrays along planes different from a plane on which the plurality of element substrates are arrayed, and extending in a direction in which the element substrates are arrayed,
each of the flexible circuits electrically connects the element substrate to the corresponding electrical substrate while being bent,
the plurality of electrical substrate arrays include two electrical substrate arrays arranged such that at least parts of first surfaces of the electrical substrates are opposed to each other, and
when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the lower surface of the flow path member, the plurality of electrical substrates are provided within an area of the lower surface of the flow path member.

US Pat. No. 10,596,814

SELECTIVELY FIRING A FLUID CIRCULATION ELEMENT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a first drop ejecting element;
a second drop ejecting element;
a fluid circulating element positioned to circulate fluid across both the first drop ejecting element and the second drop ejecting element;
a pump generator; and
a logic device to:
receive, from the pump generator, a pump waveform signal that is intended to cause the fluid circulating element to fire;
determine whether one, both, or neither of the first drop ejecting element and the second drop ejecting element have been fired within a predetermined period of time prior to a current time;
determine whether to output the received pump waveform signal to cause the fluid circulating element to be selectively fired based on the determination as to whether one, both, or neither of the first drop ejecting element and the second drop ejecting element has been fired within the predetermined period of time; and
in response to another determination that one or both of the first drop ejecting element and the second drop ejecting element have been fired within the predetermined period of time, not output the received pump waveform signal.

US Pat. No. 10,596,813

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus to discharge liquid onto a recording medium while being moved by a user, the liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a head configured to discharge liquid to print an image on the recording medium according to image data;
a sensor configured to detect movement of the liquid discharge apparatus in a predetermined period and output movement information of the liquid discharge apparatus, the movement information including at least one of a movement amount and an angular velocity;
a heater configured to heat the head;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the head; and
circuitry configured to:
instruct liquid discharge from the head based on the image data and the movement information from the sensor;
detect floating of the liquid discharge apparatus based on a detection result generated by the sensor; and
control heating of the head based on a result of detection of the floating.

US Pat. No. 10,596,812

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for a printing apparatus that performs printing by using a printhead formed from a plurality of headchips, the printing control apparatus comprising:a first chip configured to integrate (1) a CPU, (2) a table configured to store processing contents set by the CPU, and (3) a processing circuit configured to process a plurality of data and to transfer the processed plurality of data to chips of a next stage, respectively;
a plurality of second chips, each second chip being connected to the first chip via a predetermined interface, and each second chip integrating (1) a plurality of processing circuits, each being configured to process print data based on the processed data transferred from the first chip to be used in a respective one of the plurality of headchips in accordance with the processing contents set in the table and (2) a control circuit configured to (a) wait for processing completion in a first one of the plurality of processing circuits, and (b) cause a second one of the plurality of processing circuits to execute next processing for the print data in response to the processing completion in the first one of the plurality of processing circuits in accordance with the processing contents set in the table; and
a plurality of drive circuits configured to drive, based on the print data processed by the plurality of processing circuits of the plurality of the second chips, each of a corresponding plurality of headchips.

US Pat. No. 10,596,811

TABLET PRINTING APPARATUS AND TABLET PRINTING METHOD

SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS COR...

1. A tablet printing apparatus comprising:a conveyor mechanism that conveys sequentially fed tablets by moving a conveyor belt;
a printing mechanism that has an inkjet head including a plurality of nozzles ejecting ink drops, the inkjet head being arranged to face to a surface of the conveyor belt, and performs printing on a tablet in a print position on the conveyor belt by ejecting ink drops from the plurality of nozzles onto the tablet according to print data;
a suction mechanism that holds a tablet on the surface of the conveyor belt in a predetermined area including at least the print position by sucking in air;
a detector that outputs a detection signal based on presence or absence of a tablet on the conveyor belt in a predetermined position on the upstream side of the print position in a conveying direction of the tablet;
a timer that measures time from detection of a tablet by the detector;
a determination unit that determines, based on measuring time of the timer and the detection signal from the detector, whether a tablet arrives at the print position according to whether a tablet is detected again by the detector within a predetermined time (T1) from the detection of a tablet by the detector;
an inkjet head moving mechanism that moves the inkjet head between a normal position where printing is performed on a tablet, and a retreat position farther away from the surface of the conveyor belt than the normal position;
a head retreat control unit that controls the inkjet head moving mechanism such that the inkjet head moves from the normal position to the retreat position, when the determination unit determines that a tablet does not arrive at the print position within the predetermined time (T1), wherein
the timer further measures time from after the inkjet head moves in the retreat position, and
the determination unit further determines, based on the measured time by the timer from after the inkjet head moves to the retreat position and on the detection signal from the detector, whether a tablet arrives at the print position within a predetermined time (T2) from after the inkjet head moves to the retreat position, and the tablet printing apparatus further comprising:
a head return control unit that controls the inkjet head moving mechanism such that the inkjet head moves from the retreat position to the normal position, when the determination unit determines that tablet arrives at the print position within the predetermined time (T2) from after the inkjet head moves to the retreat position.

US Pat. No. 10,596,810

LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid jetting apparatus comprising:a liquid jetting head having individual channels, a first common channel connected to the individual channels, and a second common channel connected to the individual channels, the individual channels having nozzles respectively;
a pump configured to circulate liquid inside the liquid jetting head by generating a flow of the liquid from the first common channel toward the second common channel via the individual channels; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to:
reduce a unit circulation amount of the liquid in stages as standby time becomes longer, the unit circulation amount being a circulation amount of the liquid per unit time by the pump, the standby time being a length of time during which a standby state is continued, the standby state being a state in which the liquid jetting head is ready without jetting the liquid from the nozzles; and
in a case of shifting the liquid jetting head from the standby state to a jetting operation of jetting the liquid from the nozzles, determine a type of recovery operations for resolving thickening of the liquid inside the nozzles in accordance with the standby time at the time of shifting from the standby state to the jetting operation.

US Pat. No. 10,596,809

INDICATIONS OF SIMILARITY FOR DROP DETECTOR SIGNALS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A print apparatus comprising:a printhead carriage to receive a printhead comprising a print agent ejection nozzle;
a drop detector to acquire a signal indicative of variations in a parameter detected by the drop detector over a period of drop detection;
a memory to hold a plurality of print agent ejection signatures; and
processing circuitry comprising a convolution module to convolve the drop detector signal with the print agent ejection signatures, wherein the processing circuitry is to identify, from an output of the convolution module, the print agent ejection signature with which the drop detector signal is most similar.

US Pat. No. 10,596,808

METHOD FOR DENSITY COMPENSATION BY DROP SIZE ADAPTATION

Heidelberger Druckmaschin...

1. A method for modifying color density values in a dot-based printing system, the method comprising the following steps:using a control unit to implement a modification of the color density values after creating a raster image; and
using the control unit to modify at least one of a number or size of print dots to be applied to a printing material to attain predefined color density target values.

US Pat. No. 10,596,807

CAPACITIVE LOAD DRIVING CIRCUIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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

1. A capacitive load driving circuit for charging and discharging a capacitive load repeatedly based on a control signal, the capacitive load driving circuit comprising:a first switching element that is interposed on a first charging path through which electric current flows from a charging power supply to the capacitive load, the charging power supply being configured to charge the capacitive load;
a second switching element that is interposed on a second charging path through which electric current flows from a capacitor to the capacitive load, the electric current being rectified by a first back flow preventing diode;
a third switching element that is interposed on a first discharging path through which electric current flows from the capacitive load to a ground;
a fourth switching element that is interposed on a second discharging path through which electric current flows from the capacitive load to the capacitor, the electric current being rectified by a second back flow preventing diode;
a first voltage dropper element that is provided between the first switching element and the second switching element on a voltage input path to a control terminal configured to indicate an on-state based on an input signal; and
a second voltage dropper element that is provided between the third switching element and the fourth switching element on a voltage input path to a control terminal configured to indicate an on-state based on an input signal,
wherein a control terminal of the first switching element is connected to a low potential side of the first voltage dropper element,
a control terminal of the second switching element is connected to a high potential side of the first voltage dropper element,
a control terminal of the third switching element is connected to a low potential side of the second voltage dropper element, and
a control terminal of the fourth switching element is connected to a high potential side of the second voltage dropper element.

US Pat. No. 10,596,806

METHOD FOR DETECTING AND COMPENSATING FOR DEFECTIVE PRINTING NOZZLES IN AN INK JET PRINTING MACHINE

Heidelberger Druckmaschin...

1. A method for detecting and compensating for failed printing nozzles in an ink jet printing machine by using a computer, the method comprising the following steps:carrying out printing of printing nozzle test charts next to an actual print during a production run and subsequently recording and digitizing the printed printing nozzle test charts by using at least one image sensor;
evaluating the recorded test charts and, based thereon, determining characteristic values for all printing nozzles contributing to the printing of the printing nozzle test chart by using the computer;
calculating a failure probability for every contributing printing nozzle based on the determined characteristic values by applying a statistical prediction model by using the computer;
for the application of the prediction model, establishing the characteristic values for every printing nozzle multiple times, with every evaluation of the printed printing nozzle test chart corresponding to one pass, and saving and using the characteristic values having been established multiple times to calculate the failure probability;
switching off all printing nozzles exceeding a first defined threshold for the calculated failure probability and compensating for the switched-off nozzles; and
carrying out a printing operation on the ink jet printing machine with printing nozzle compensation.

US Pat. No. 10,596,805

PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printing device that prints an object on a medium by inkjet printing, the printing device comprising:at least one or more inkjet heads; and
a main scan driver that prompts the at least one or more inkjet heads to perform main scans in which the at least one or more inkjet heads discharge the ink droplets while moving in a main scanning direction previously set,
the at least one or more inkjet heads comprising:
a solid print nozzle through which ink droplets of an ink for solid-color print of a preset region are discharged; and
a color printing nozzle through which ink droplets of a color printing ink are discharged,
with a density of ink dots formed on the medium by one nozzle in a preset number of the main scans being defined as a main scan dot density, the main scan driver prompting the solid print nozzle to form ink dots at a first main scan dot density, the main scan driver further prompting the color printing nozzle to form ink dots at a second main scan dot density lower than the first main scan dot density, wherein
the printing device prints an object by multipass printing,
the solid print nozzle, in each one of the main scans, discharges the ink droplets to pixel positions selected based on mask data previously defined and set, and
the ink droplets discharged from the solid print nozzle each have a volume constituting a size that allows for contact, in a liquid state, on the medium between the ink dots formed in each one of the main scans,
the color printing nozzle discharges the ink droplets to pixel positions selected based on one piece of the mask data shared with solid print nozzle, and
the ink droplets discharged from the color printing nozzle each have a volume constituting a size that allows for no contact on the medium between the ink dots formed in each one of the main scans.

US Pat. No. 10,596,804

INDIRECT PRINTING SYSTEM

LANDA CORPORATION LTD., ...

1. An indirect printing system having an intermediate transfer member (ITM) in the form of a circulating endless belt for transporting ink images from an image forming station, where the ink images are deposited on an outer surface of the ITM by at least one print bar, to an impression station where the ink images are transferred from the outer surface of the ITM onto a printing substrate, wherein the outer surface of the ITM is maintained within the image forming station at a predetermined distance from the at least one print bar by a plurality of support rollers that have a common flat tangential plane and contact the inner surface of the ITM, and wherein the inner surface of the ITM is attracted to the support rollers, the attraction being such that the area of contact between the ITM and each support roller is greater on the downstream side than the upstream side of the support roller, referenced to the direction of movement of the ITM, wherein (i) the attraction of the ITM to each support roller is sufficient to cause the section of the ITM disposed immediately downstream of the support roller to be deflected downwards, away from the common tangential plane of the support rollers; (ii) the attraction between the inner surface of the ITM and the support rollers is caused by suction; (iii) a presence of the suction causes the area of contact between the ITM and each support roller to be greater on the downstream side than the upstream side of the support roller, referenced to the direction of movement of the ITM; and (iv) a strength of the suction is sufficient to cause the section of the ITM disposed immediately downstream of the support roller to be deflected downwards, away from the common tangential plane of the support rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,596,803

CALIBRATION SYSTEMS FOR CALIBRATING RECOATER DEVICES OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS AND RELATED PROGRAM PRODUCTS

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing system comprising:a build plate positioned directly on a movable build platform and positioned within a build chamber, the build plate configured to receive a powder material;
a recoater device positioned above the build plate, the recoater device including a blade; and
a calibration system operably connected to the recoater device, the calibration system including:
at least one measurement device coupled to the build chamber, the at least one measurement device positioned above and substantially aligned with the recoater device; and
at least one computing device operably connected to the at least one measurement device, the at least one computing device configured to calibrate the recoater device by:
adjusting a height of the blade of the recoater device relative to a reference surface in response to determining a pre-build distance between the blade of the recoater device and the reference surface differs from a desired distance,
wherein the pre-build distance is determined using the at least one measurement device.

US Pat. No. 10,596,802

CALIBRATION SYSTEMS FOR CALIBRATING BUILD PLATFORMS OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS AND RELATED PROGRAM PRODUCTS

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing system comprising:a build chamber;
a movable build platform positioned within the build chamber; and
a calibration system operably connected to the movable build platform, the calibration system including:
a reflective element operably coupled to the movable build platform;
a first calibration model positioned above the reflective element and coupled to the build chamber, the first calibration model positioned vertically offset and at least partially misaligned vertically from the reflective element;
a first camera positioned above the reflective element and substantially aligned with the first calibration model, the first camera visually aligned with the reflective element to capture a first reflective image of the first calibration model as reflected by the reflective element operably coupled to the movable build platform; and
at least one computing device operably connected to the movable build platform and the first camera, the at least one computing device configured to calibrate the movable build platform by:
adjusting an actual inclination of the movable build platform in response to determining the first reflective image of the first calibration model differs from a predetermined image of the first calibration model,
wherein the predetermined image of the first calibration model corresponds to a desired inclination of the movable build platform.

US Pat. No. 10,596,801

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET COLORING METHOD THEREOF

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. An inkjet coloring method of a three-dimensional (3-D) printing apparatus comprising:providing the 3-D printing apparatus comprising a platform, a 3D printing head and an inkjet head, wherein the 3-D printing head comprises a melt nozzle, the inkjet head comprises an ink nozzle, and the platform is disposed under the 3-D printing head and the inkjet head;
obtaining, by a controller coupled to the 3-D printing head and the inkjet head, a layer thickness of a layer object for forming a 3-D object;
adjusting, by the controller, an ink discharge volume of an ink layer corresponding to the layer object according to the layer thickness, wherein the ink discharge volume is in positive correlation with the layer thickness of the layer object;
melting and printing out, by the 3-D printing head controlled by the controller, a building material on the platform according to the layer thickness by the 3-D printing head to form the layer object; and then
applying, by the inkjet head controlled by the controller, at least one ink from the ink nozzle on an upper surface of the layer object according to the ink discharge volume by the inkjet head, so as to form the ink layer over the layer object; and
after the ink layer formed on the layer object, melting and printing out, by the 3-D printing head controlled by the controller, the building material on the platform according to another layer thickness to form another layer object over the ink layer and then applying, by the inkjet head controlled by the controller, the ink on an upper surface of the another layer object according to another ink discharge volume to form another ink layer over the another layer object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,800

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPED ARTICLE PRODUCTION METHOD, THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPED ARTICLE PRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPED ARTICLE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A three-dimensional shaped article production method for producing a three-dimensional shaped article by stacking layers, the method comprising:a layer formation step of forming a layer in a predetermined pattern by ejecting a composition containing particles and a binder using a dispenser, the particles being configured with first and second particles, the binder being configured with first and second binder;
a measurement step of determining the height of the layer;
a repeating step of repeating the layer formation step and the measurement step a plurality of times so as to form a stacked body including a plurality of the layers; and
a bonding step of subjecting the stacked body to a bonding treatment for bonding the particles in the plurality of the layers,
wherein at least some of the plurality of the layers constituting the stacked body have a first portion corresponding to a portion to become an actual body part of the three-dimensional shaped article to be formed using an actual body part forming composition containing the first particles and the first binder, and have a second portion corresponding to a portion to become a sacrificial part to be formed using a sacrificial part forming composition containing the second particles and the second binder, and
n represents an arbitrary integer of 1 or more, and when an n-th layer which is in an n-th position of the plurality of the layers has the second portion and when the second portion of an (n+1)th layer which is in an (n+1)th position of the plurality of the layers will be formed in at least part of a surface of the second portion of the n-th layer, a supply amount of the sacrificial part forming composition per unit area to be ejected onto the second portion of the n-th layer from the dispenser in the layer formation step of forming the (n+1)th layer is adjusted based on the height of the surface of the second portion of the n-th layer,
wherein, in the measurement step, the height of the n-th layer is determined by measuring heights at a plurality of locations on a surface of the n-th layer on which the (n+1)th layer will be formed, and in the layer formation step, a supply amount of the composition per unit area for forming the (n+1) the layer is adjusted to make a combined height of the n-th layer and the (n+1)th layer a predetermined height, and
when the combined height is more than the predetermined height, a discharge rate of the composition per unit area is decreased, and when the combined height is less than the predetermined height, the discharge rate of the composition per unit area is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,596,799

SENSING DEVICE CAPABLE OF DETECTING HARDNESS, MOBILE DEVICE HAVING THE SAME, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A sensing device capable of detecting hardness comprising:a sensor array comprising a plurality of sensors arranged in a matrix form, wherein each of the plurality of sensors includes a transmitter configured to emit a detection wave and a receiver configured to receive a reflected wave; and
a controller configured to obtain image information and hardness information of each portion of an object from reflected waves received by the plurality of sensors, and to form three-dimensional print data by mapping the image information and the hardness information.

US Pat. No. 10,596,798

SINGLE EXTRUDER CONFIGURATION THAT ENABLES MULTI-COLOR EXTRUSIONS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTERS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An apparatus comprising:an extruder having a plurality of manifolds and a plurality of nozzles, each manifold being configured to store thermoplastic material and each manifold being operatively connected to at least one nozzle in the plurality of nozzles through which thermoplastic material from the manifold can be emitted and no two of the manifolds are operatively connected to a same nozzle;
a faceplate having a plurality of apertures, each aperture in the faceplate being configured to receive thermoplastic material extruded from a nozzle in the plurality of nozzles in a one-to-one correspondence to enable the extruded thermoplastic material to pass through the aperture;
at least one valve being operatively connected between a nozzle in the plurality of nozzles and the manifold to which the nozzle is operatively connected in the extruder, the at least one valve being configured to open and close the nozzle selectively;
a plurality of extrusion material supplies, each extrusion material supply being configured to supply extrusion material having a property that is different than the property of extrusion material provided by the other extrusion material supplies in the plurality of extrusion material supplies;
at least one heater having a plurality of channels, each channel of the at least one heater being operatively connected to only one extrusion material filament supply in the plurality of extrusion material filament supplies in a one-to-one correspondence between the plurality of channels and the plurality of extrusion material supplies and each channel in the heater being operatively connected to only one manifold in the extruder in a one-to-one correspondence between the plurality of channels and the plurality of manifolds in the extruder to enable thermoplastic material produced by each channel to enter the manifold to which the channel is operatively connected; and
a plurality of mechanical movers, each mechanical mover being configured to move extrusion material from the extrusion material supply operatively connected to one of the channels in the heater, each mechanical mover also being configured for independent control of a rate at which the extrusion material is supplied to the channel in the heater that is operatively connected to the extrusion material supply; and
a controller configured to operate the at least one valve to extrude thermoplastic material from each nozzle selectively.

US Pat. No. 10,596,796

DECORATING LAMINATED FILM FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL MOLDED ARTICLE, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL DECORATING METHOD

NIPPON PAINT AUTOMOTIVE C...

1. A laminated film for decorating a three-dimensional molded product, comprising:an adhesion layer (A),
a metallic tone design layer (B) constituted of a coating film layer (B-1) containing vapor-deposited aluminum, or a vapor-deposited metal layer (B-2) composed of indium or tin,
a clear coating film layer (C) comprising an energy ray-curable coating film, and
a base material film layer (D),
wherein the clear coating film layer (C) is formed from an active energy ray-curing type coating composition containing a polyurethane acrylate (C1), a monomer/oligomer (C2) having an unsaturated double bond, and a polymerization initiator (C3), and
wherein the polyurethane acrylate (C1) has a double bond equivalent of 130 to 600 g/eq, a molecular weight of 3000 to 200000, and a urethane concentration of 300 to 2000 g/eq.

US Pat. No. 10,596,795

DECORATIVE-SHEET MANUFACTURING METHOD

RIKEN TECHNOS CORPORATION...

1. A method for producing a decorative sheet comprising the steps of:(?) pressing a thermoplastic resin film (a) on a preheated rotating heating drum, and then pressing a transfer film (b) having a hot-melt adhesive layer, a resin coating, a release coating layer, and a film base material in order from the outermost-layer side on the film (a) such that the hot-melt adhesive layer is positioned in the film (a) side;
(?) feeding or supplying a pressed body obtained in the Step (?) between a rotating design-imparting roll and a rotating receiving roll such that the transfer film (b) is positioned in the design-imparting-roll side; and
(?) sequentially passing a laminated sheet obtained in the Step (?) through a first chill roll whose temperature is set to 50° C. to 90° C. and a second chill roll whose temperature is set to a temperature of 20° C. to 70° C. which is lower than the first-chill roll temperature to cool the laminated sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,596,794

RELEASABLE POLYESTER HIGH GLOSS METAL TRANSFER FILM METHOD

Toray Plastics (America),...

1. A method of transferring a metal to a substrate comprising the steps of:(A) providing a metal transfer film consisting of
(i) a carrier film having a thickness of about 4-75 ?m and consisting essentially of a thermoplastic polyester and a release agent, in which the carrier film contains a core layer consisting essentially of thermoplastic polyester and a first skin layer coextensively adjacent in direct contact with one side of the core layer, a side of the first skin layer opposite the core layer defining a metal-contacting surface, said first skin layer consisting essentially of a thermoplastic polyester and a release agent;
in which at least one of the core layer and the first skin layer each independently comprises a heterogeneous mixture of finely divided solid particles uniformly dispersed in a continuous phase of the thermoplastic polyester, and in which the solid particles in the carrier film are present in concentration and size effective to provide the metal-contacting surface with roughness characterized by Ra at most about 50 nm and Sra at most about 30;
in which the release agent is selected from the group consisting of anionic surfactant, non-ionic surfactant, about 0.1-1 wt % paraffin wax dispersed in the thermoplastic polyester, and a mixture thereof, and is present in the thermoplastic polyester of the first skin layer in amount effective to provide the metal-contacting surface with a preselected adhesion value to a metal in the range of about 0.4-39 g/cm (1-100 g/in) measured by a 180 degree ethylene acrylic acid polymer peel test, and
(ii) a transferable metal layer in direct contact with the metal-contacting surface of the first skin layer with the metal of the transferable metal layer having a metal thickness equivalent to an optical density in the range of about 0.2-4.0;
(B) providing a substrate article having a surface coated with an adhesive layer;
(C) contacting the transferable metal layer of the metal transfer film with the adhesive layer of the substrate such that the metal transfer film bonds to the adhesive layer of the substrate, wherein the transferable metal layer on the metal-contacting surface exhibits a specular reflection of at least 860 gloss units measured by glossmeter at a 60° angle; and
(D) stripping the carrier film from the transferable metal layer, thereby transferring the metal onto the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,596,793

SINGLE AXIS APPLICATOR

Erdman Automation Corpora...

1. A single axis application unit for processing a glass workpiece, comprising:a substantially vertically oriented workpiece supporting structure against which a glass workpiece may be positioned, the substantially vertically oriented workpiece supporting structure presenting at least one glass workpiece support, the at least one glass workpiece support supporting the workpiece along at least one edge thereof;
an applicator movable on a traveler shiftable along a first linear axis oriented parallel to and outwardly of at least one edge of the substantially vertically oriented workpiece supporting structure, the applicator being structured to apply adhesive material to an edge of the glass workpiece;
a central suction unit that is activateable to grip the glass workpiece, the central suction unit travelling along a second linear axis oriented generally perpendicular to the first linear axis and travel of the central suction unit being limited within a perimeter of the substantially vertically oriented workpiece supporting structure, the central suction unit being freely moveable both translationally and rotationally at least some of the time;
a mid-peripheral suction unit located at a fixed location remote from the central suction unit and being selectively activateable to grip the glass workpiece to hold the glass workpiece in a fixed orientation; and
a corner suction gripper coupled to and movable with the traveler and the applicator parallel to the first linear axis, the corner suction gripper being selectively activateable to grip the glass workpiece proximate a corner of the glass workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,596,792

PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ADHESIVE SHEET FOR MOBILE ELECTRONICS

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet for mobile electronics, the pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet comprising a substrate film and a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer provided to at least one face of the substrate film, whereinthe pressure-sensitive adhesive layer has a thickness of 20 ?m or less,
the pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet further comprises a coating layer that partially covers the surface of the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer,
the coating layer has a thickness less than 3 ?m,
the coating layer has a linearly extending part that runs from one edge to another edge of the adhesive face, the linearly extending part has a first face forming the adhesive face of the pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet and a second face located on the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer side relative to the first face, and the second face of the linearly extending part forms an overall gently curved line in a cross section that perpendicularly intersects the length direction of the linearly extending part,
a surface area of the pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet that is free of the coating layer is 70% or higher, and
the adhesive face of the pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet has an adhesive strength of 2N/20 mm or greater after 24-hour adhesion.

US Pat. No. 10,596,790

MULTILAYERED ELASTOMERIC ARTICLES AND METHODS THEREOF

1. A multilayered elastomeric article, comprising:a first layer comprising a patient contacting surface, the first layer formed from an aqueous dispersion of hydrophobic polymers, wherein the aqueous dispersion of hydrophobic polymers forming the first layer has a total solids content of 20-35% and a pH of 7-12, the first layer comprising at least one crosslinked polymer selected from the group consisting of natural rubber, synthetic polyisoprene, nitrile, polybutadiene, polystyrene-butadiene, and polychloroprene;
a third layer comprising a wearer contacting surface, the third layer formed from an aqueous dispersion of hydrophilic polymers, the third layer having a total solids content of 1-10% and a pH of 3-10, the third layer comprising at least one crosslinked polymer selected from the group consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone/vinylacetate copolymer, polyethylene glycol, polyethylene oxide, polyhydroxyethyl acrylate, polyacrylic acid, polyhydroxyethyl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, polyhydroxyethyl acrylate/methacrylic acid copolymer, polyhydroxyethyl acrylate/hydroxyethyl methacrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, polyhydroxypropyl acrylate/hydroxyethyl methacrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, polyacrylic amide, polyhydroxyethyl acrylate/acrylic amide copolymer, polyacetoacetylethyl methacrylate, polyacetoacetyl ethyl methacrylate/hydroxyl ethyl acrylate/acrylate acid, polylinoleyl acrylate, polylinoleyl acrylate/hydroxyl ethyl acrylate, polybenzophenone methacrylate, polyacrylate copolymer, polyurethane, polyvinyl alcohol, polyvinyl acetate, melamine, polyisocyanate and polycarbodiimide;
a second layer that is an intermediate layer between the first and the third layers, the second layer being formed from an aqueous dispersion of crosslinked polymers from the first and the third layers, wherein the second layer consists of crosslinked polymers selected from at least one polymer from the first layer and at least one polymer from the third layer, and wherein the aqueous dispersion forming the second layer has a total solids content of 10-20% and a pH of 6-11, and comprises 30-70% hydrophobic polymers of the first layer, and 30-70% hydrophilic polymers of the third layer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,789

METHOD FOR LABELING FABRICS AND HEAT-TRANSFER LABEL WELL-SUITED FOR USE IN SAID METHOD

AVERY DENNISON CORPORATIO...

1. A heat-transfer label suitable for labeling fabric comprising:(a) a support portion, said support portion comprising a carrier and a release layer, with said release layer being positioned over said carrier layer; and
(b) a single transfer portion, said transfer portion being positioned over said support portion for transfer of the transfer portion from the support portion to an article of fabric under conditions of heat and pressure, said transfer portion comprising
(i) an ink design layer printed directly onto a desired area of a wax layer,
(ii) a mask layer printed over the ink design layer, as well as onto any exposed areas of the wax layer within the ink design layer and onto a surrounding area of the wax layer,
(iii) a primer layer printed over the mask layer,
(iv) an antenna printed directly onto the primer layer,
(iv) an RFID chip bonded to the antenna, and
(v) a heat-activatable adhesive layer provided over the RFID chip.

US Pat. No. 10,596,788

SOFT TOUCH LAMINATES CONSTRUCTED WITH IMPROVED FIRE RETARDANT PROPERTIES FOR TRANSPORTATION

SCHNELLER LLC, Kent, OH ...

1. A laminate material comprising:a) a base layer comprising a silicone foam;
b) a fluoropolymer layer;
c) a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) middle layer, foamed or unfoamed; and
d) a multiblock copolymer top layer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,787

GLAZING

PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED,...

1. A laminated glazing comprising first and second plies of glass having an interlayer structure laminated therebetween, the interlayer structure comprising a first sheet of an interlayer material having a hole therein, the first sheet of interlayer material being directly laminated between a second and a third sheet of an interlayer material, there being a suspended particle device film positioned in the hole in the first sheet of interlayer material, the suspended particle device film being coplanar with the first sheet of interlayer material and being framed by the first sheet of interlayer material,wherein the interlayer material components of the first sheet do not comprise a plasticizer, or comprise a plasticizer that does not migrate into the suspended particle device film,
wherein the first sheet of interlayer material is one of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer, polyurethane, or poly vinyl chloride.

US Pat. No. 10,596,786

LAMINATED VEHICLE GLAZING WITH AMOLED SCREEN

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A laminated vehicle glazing, comprising:a first glazing, with a first main face, to be oriented on the outside of the vehicle, and a second opposite main face, of thickness E1;
a lamination interlayer of polymeric substance, on the second main face side, of thickness E2;
a second glazing, with a third main face on the lamination interlayer side and a fourth opposite main face, to be oriented on the inside of the vehicle, of thickness E?1, at least one of the first and second glazings being made of mineral glass,
between the second main face and the third main face, an organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen, comprising a set of pixels, the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen comprising a zone of dynamic information display and being of thickness E3 less than E2, the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen having a front main face oriented toward the third main face and a rear face oriented toward the second main face, the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen being covered by a non-zero thickness of lamination interlayer, the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen being arranged in proximity to a lateral or longitudinal edge of the laminated vehicle glazing and masked from the exterior of the vehicle by an external masking layer positioned behind the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen,
wherein the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen is flexible and wherein the external masking layer stretches along the lateral or longitudinal edge and forms a local widened masking zone containing a zone of masking of the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen, the local widened masking zone having a width L1 greater than a width L0 of an adjacent zone along the lateral or longitudinal edge, and in the local widened masking zone the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen is alone or adjacent with one or more additional flexible organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screens also clustered between the second main face and the third main face, the one or more additional organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen covered by a non-zero thickness of lamination interlayer, and
wherein the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen includes an electrical connection element, with a flexible connecting part between the second main face and the third main face with a front surface on the third main face side and a rear surface on the second main face side, the flexible connecting part covered by a non-zero thickness of lamination interlayer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,785

INTERMEDIATE FILM FOR LAMINATED GLASS, AND LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. An interlayer film for laminated glass having a two or more-layer structure and having a thickness of one end thinner than a thickness of the other end at the opposite side of the one end, comprising a first layer containing a polyvinyl butyral resin as a thermoplastic resin, triethylene glycol di-2-ethylhexanoate as a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray screening agent, and an oxidation inhibitor; and a second layer containing a polyvinyl butyral resin as a thermoplastic resin, triethylene glycol di-2-ethylhexanoate as a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray screening agent, and an oxidation inhibitor;wherein the difference between the maximum thickness and the minimum thickness in the first layer is smaller than the difference between the maximum thickness and the minimum thickness in the second layer,
the first layer contains cesium-doped tungsten oxide particles as a heat shielding compound, and
when a distance between the one end and the other end of the interlayer film is defined as X, an excitation purity is 2.9 or less at a point positioned at a distance of 0.1X from the other end being thick in thickness of the interlayer film toward the one end of the interlayer film.

US Pat. No. 10,596,784

INTERLAYER FOR LAMINATED GLASS AND LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. An interlayer film for laminated glass being used for laminated glass constituting a head-up display, having one end and the other end being at the opposite side of the one end, making the thickness of the other end larger than the thickness of the one end, and having a display corresponding region corresponding to a display area of the head-up display,when a position apart from an end part at the one end side of the display corresponding region by 4 cm toward the other end is set to a start point, a position apart from an end part at the other end side of the display corresponding region by 4 cm toward the one end is set to an end point, spots are selected at 2-mm intervals from the start point to the end point, and the interlayer film is measured for the amount of change in the thickness within respective segments, centered on the respective spots, of 80 mm in a direction connecting the one end and the other end, the absolute value of a difference between the largest value among values of the amount of change in the thickness and the smallest value among values of the amount of change in the thickness being 8 ?m or more and 32 ?m or less,
the interlayer comprising a first layer which contains a polyvinyl acetal resin and a plasticizer and a second layer which contains a polyvinyl acetal resin and a plasticizer and is arranged on a first surface side of the first layer, and
the content of the plasticizer in the first layer relative to 100 parts by weight of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the first layer being larger than the content of the plasticizer in the second layer relative to 100 parts by weight of the polyvinyl acetal resin in the second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,783

STIFF INTERLAYERS FOR LAMINATED GLASS STRUCTURES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A glass laminate comprising:a first chemically strengthened alkali aluminosilicate glass sheet having a thickness of 1.5 mm or less,
a second chemically straightened glass sheet having a thickness of 1.5 mm or less, and
a composite interlayer positioned between the first and second chemically strengthened glass sheets, the composite interlayer consisting of:
two relatively stiff polymer layers having a Young's modulus of 50 MPa or greater, and selected from the group consisting of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), polycarbonate (PC), or polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and
a relatively soft polymer layer having a Young's modulus of less than 20 MPa, and selected from the group consisting of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), acoustic polyvinyl butyral (A-PVB), ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), plasticized polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU),
wherein the relatively soft polymer layer is disposed between the two relatively stiff polymer layers.

US Pat. No. 10,596,782

SUBSTRATE FOR PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A substrate for a printed circuit board, the substrate comprising a resin film and a metal layer stacked on at least one of surfaces of the resin film,wherein an average diffusion depth of a main metal of the metal layer in the resin film is 100 nm or less after a weather resistance test in which the substrate is held at 150° C. for seven days, wherein the main metal of the metal layer is copper, and
wherein the resin film includes a modified layer on a surface having the metal layer thereon, and the modified layer contains an alkali metal or an alkaline-earth metal having a content from 0.2 atomic % to 10 atomic % inclusive on a surface of the modified layer,
wherein the average diffusion depth refers to, on a section of the substrate for a printed circuit board, an average depth of a region from an interface between the resin film and the metal layer, the region having a content of the main metal atom of the metal layer of 0.05 atomic % or more.

US Pat. No. 10,596,781

STRUCTURE HAVING SOLID PARTICLES DISTRIBUTED ON THE SURFACES THEREOF

TOYO SEIKAN CO., LTD., T...

1. A structure comprising a formed body and solid particles distributed on a surface of said formed body by being externally added thereto, wherein said solid particles are held on the surface of said formed body in a form of being covered with a very small amount of an oily liquid, and an air layer is present in gaps among the solid particles that are close to the surface of said formed body.

US Pat. No. 10,596,780

FLEXIBLE ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING SHEET AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE PROVIDED WITH SAME

AMOGREENTECH CO., LTD., ...

1. A flexible electromagnetic shielding sheet comprising:a pressure-sensitive adhesive tape composed of a fiber-accumulating type substrate, a first electrically conductive adhesive layer formed on one surface of the fiber-accumulating type substrate and a second electrically conductive adhesive layer formed on the other surface of the fiber-accumulating type substrate,
wherein the fiber-accumulating type substrate is formed of accumulated polymer fibers and pores formed between the accumulated polymer fibers, and a metal coating layer is formed on outer circumferential surfaces of polymer fibers of the accumulated polymer fibers;
wherein the first electrically conductive adhesive layer and the second electrically conductive adhesive layer are formed of an adhesive material and electrically conductive fillers dispersed in the adhesive material, and filled in the pores of the fiber-accumulating type substrate; and
wherein the electrically conductive fillers are configured to be electrically connected to each other by an applied pressure and electrically connect the first electrically conductive adhesive layer and the second electrically conductive adhesive layer to each other by the applied pressure;
a fiber web adhered to one of the first electrically conductive adhesive layer and the second electrically conductive adhesive layer, and formed of accumulated fibers;
a metal layer formed on the fiber web to shield electromagnetic waves; and
an insulation film adhered to the fiber web on which the metal layer is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,596,779

COMPOSITE MATERIAL STRUCTURE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A composite material structure, comprising:a first composite member which is disposed so as to face a heating element and includes PAN-based carbon fibers;
a second composite member which is disposed between the heating element and the first composite member and includes pitch-based carbon fibers; and
a cushioning element which is provided between the first composite member and the second composite member, connects the first composite member and the second composite member to each other, and has a lower rigidity than those of the first composite member and the second composite member in a load direction in which a pair of structures face each other,
wherein the first composite member, the cushioning element, and the second composite member are arranged in a first direction, the first direction being orthogonal to the load direction,
wherein the first composite member is provided so as to be connected between the pair of structures adjacent to each other while the second composite member and the cushioning element are provided so as to be separated from, and not connected to, the pair of structures, and
wherein the cushioning element is a corrugated plate member in which valley portions joined in plane contact to the first composite member and peak portions joined in plane contact to the second composite member are alternately adjacent to each other in the load direction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,778

FIBER-REINFORCED COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Howard E. Crawford, III, ...

1. A composite panel comprising: two discontinuous-fiber-reinforced polymer sheets in physical contact;a first polymer sheet of the two polymer sheets comprising substantially parallel fibers embedded in the first polymer sheet, the fibers being oriented in a direction substantially parallel to vertical edges of the first polymer sheet, the fibers of the first polymer sheet being otherwise continuous but for a pattern of slits in the first polymer sheet that entirely penetrates the first polymer sheet and results in discontinuous strands of embedded fibers;
the pattern of slits comprising adjacent columns of slits extending from one vertical edge of the first polymer sheet to the other vertical edge of the first polymer sheet;
the slits of any particular column being mutually substantially aligned within the particular column; and
the any particular column of the slits overlaps along a vertical direction to a limited extent with any immediately adjacent neighboring column of slits without having any slit intersections;
wherein a second polymer sheet of the two polymer sheets has substantially the same pattern of slits as the first polymer sheet of the two polymer sheets with a vertical offset as a result of the sheet edges of the two polymer sheets being coincident;
wherein the vertical offset is of an amount so that the slits of the two polymer sheets do not perfectly align and the slits of the two polymer sheets overlap to a limited extent such that the slits would have intersections but for being in separate polymer sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,596,777

HONEYCOMB SANDWICH PANEL

1. A honeycomb sandwich panel comprising:a structure having two flat outer films, thermowelded to a central film consisting of a thermoformed blister film, with blisters repeated in a regular and continuous pattern, each of said flat outer films consisting of a coextruded two-layer film made from thermoplastic polypropylene, said two flat outer films being an upper flat outer film (BA) and a lower flat outer film (AB), wherein an inner layer (A) of the two-layer film faces the central thermoformed blister film and the central thermoformed blister film is a coextruded three-layer film (ABA) made from thermoplastic polypropylene and an outer layer (B) of the two-layer film faces outwardly,
wherein at least one of said upper flat outer film (BA) and a lower flat outer film (AB) has the inner layer extruded from an extrusion mixture comprising,
from 0.00% to 100% by weight of a polypropylene binder having a melt flow index at 230°-2.16 kg ranging from 3 to 6 g/10 min,
from 100% to 0% by weight of a first polypropylene copolymer having a melt flow index at 230° C.-2.16 kg ranging from 3 to 8 g/10 min, in a quantity equal to a difference between 100% and a quantity of the polypropylene binder, and the outer layer extruded from an extrusion mixture comprising,
from 0.5% to 50% by weight of a second polypropylene copolymer having a melt flow index at 230° C.-2.16 kg ranging from 3 to 8 g/10 min,
from 10% to 70% by weight of a first polypropylene homopolymer having a melt flow index at 230° C.-2.16 kg ranging from 2 to 6 g/10 min, and
from 0.5% to 60% by weight of a master mixture comprising a stiffening agent which comprises from 30% to 60% of calcium carbonate and micronized talc, and from 70% to 40% by weight of second polypropylene homopolymer,
wherein two outer layers (A) of the coextruded three-layer film (ABA) each face one of the flat outer films and an inner layer (B) of the coextruded three-layer film (ABA) is disposed therebetween,
wherein the two outer layers of the coextruded three-layer film (ABA) are extruded from an extrusion mixture comprising,
from 0.00% to 100% by weight of a polypropylene binder having a melt flow index at 230°-2.16 kg ranging from 3 to 6 g/10 min,
from 100% to 0% by weight of a first polypropylene copolymer having a melt flow index at 230° C.-2.16 kg ranging from 3 to 8 g/10 min, in the quantity equal to the difference between 100% and the quantity of the polypropylene binder,
and the inner layer of the coextruded three-layer film (ABA) is extruded from an extrusion mixture comprising,
from 0.5% to 50% by weight of a second polypropylene copolymer having a melt flow index at 230° C.-2.16 kg ranging from 3 to 8 g/10 min,
from 10% to 70% by weight of a first polypropylene homopolymer having a melt flow index at 230° C.-2.16 kg ranging from 2 to 6 g/10 min, and
from 0.5% to 60% by weight of a master mixture comprising a stiffening agent which comprises from 30% to 60% of calcium carbonate and micronized talc, and from 70% to 40% by weight of second polypropylene homopolymer,
wherein said structure comprises an additional layer (C), thermowelded to an outer layer (B) of the two flat outer films, and
wherein the additional layer (C) consists of a continuous filament fiber network or technical fabric that is in contact with the outer layer (B) of the flat outer films.

US Pat. No. 10,596,776

PINE STRAW BALING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Swift Straw Holdings, LLC...

1. A method of baling a material comprising:providing a baling apparatus including a hydraulic power unit having a hydrocarbon-fuel engine, a conveyor belt operatively coupled to the hydraulic power unit by a conveyor motor, a baler operatively coupled to the hydraulic power unit by a drive shaft powered by a baler motor and an electronic control system, wherein the hydraulic power unit, the hydrocarbon-fuel engine, the conveyor belt, the conveyor motor, the baler, the drive shaft, the baler motor and the electronic control system are supported on a frame,
placing a material on the conveyor,
conveying the material into the baler,
using the electronic control system to automatically suspend conveyance of the material into the baler,
using the baler to bundle the material,
dispensing a bale of the material from the baler, and
using the electronic control system to automatically resume conveyance of the material into the baler.

US Pat. No. 10,596,775

TRASH COMPACTOR

Compaction Technologies, ...

1. A trash compactor, comprising:a frame defining a cavity;
a receptacle configured for arrangement within the frame and to receive trash;
an upper linkage having a first end and a second end, the first end of said upper linkage attached to the frame by a first simple hinge joint, the first simple hinge joint having an axis of rotation;
a lower linkage having a first end and a second end, the first end of the lower linkage attached to the second end of the upper linkage by a second simple hinge joint;
a platen configured to move within the receptacle to compact the trash, the platen connected to the second end of said lower linkage by a third simple hinge joint; and
a compacting mechanism configured to engage the upper linkage to drive movement of the platen, the compacting mechanism secured to the frame at a secured end and having a moving end pivotally connected to the upper linkage at a point between the first end of the upper linkage and the second end of the upper linkage, the compacting mechanism driving the platen by changing the distance between the secured end and the moving end thereby imparting motion to the upper linkage and resulting motion in the lower linkage and the platen, wherein the moving end is vertically displaced from the secured end.

US Pat. No. 10,596,774

DUAL MOLD REPLACE CENTER RIB

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. An assembly for fabricating one or more molded tire treads, comprising:at least one dual mold segment selected from a plurality of dual mold segments, each dual mold segment having a predetermined length, a predetermined width and a plurality of tread elements integral therewith, with each dual mold segment including a molding floor surface within which a groove is delineated that is coextensive with the predetermined width and desirably positioned at a midsection along the predetermined length; and
at least one replaceable rib selected from a plurality of replaceable ribs and corresponding to a selected dual mold segment, each replaceable rib having a predetermined length approximating the predetermined width of the selected dual mold segment and coextensive with a pair of opposed extents of the replaceable rib, a predetermined height coextensive with a contact surface of the dual mold segment that accommodates contact with a press platen and a support surface proximate an engagement surface of the groove;
wherein assembly of at least one selected dual mold segment and a corresponding selected replaceable rib is effected by removable securement of the selected replaceable rib upon engagement of the selected replaceable rib within the groove of the selected dual mold segment:
at least one orientation indicia to ensure proper orientation of the selected replaceable rib during assembly with the selected dual mold segment, wherein the at least one orientation indicia includes one or more of:
one or more slotted holes disposed along the engagement surface of the groove;
a rib identifier provided on one of the extents of the selected replaceable rib; and
a mold segment identifier provided on the selected dual mold segment.

US Pat. No. 10,596,773

MULTILAYER BALLOONS

Medtronic Vascular, Inc.,...

1. A medical device comprising:a balloon inflatable to an inflated configuration, the balloon comprising:
a non-compliant layer coextruded on an inner layer; and
an outer layer coextruded on the non-compliant layer, wherein the non-compliant layer delaminates from the inner and the outer layers in the inflated configuration at a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,596,772

PRODUCTION OF A PLURALITY OF DIFFERENT FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENTS FOR HIGH VOLUMES IN A CONTINUOUS PROCESS

Evonik Operations GmbH, ...

1. A process for the continuous production of fibre-reinforced profiles comprising a foam core, said process comprising:a) introducing the foam core and connecting the newly introduced foam core to an end of a most recently introduced foam core, in a pultrusion plant,
b) wrapping a fibre material around the foam core, to obtain a wrapped foam core comprising a fibre-material wrap,
c) impregnating the fibre-material wrap with a resin,
d) inserting different portions of the wrapped foam core in two or more moulds simultaneously, wherein the two or more moulds are situated on rowed mould carriages or in a row on one mould carriage in a position 1 at a downstream end of the pultrusion plant, and closing the two or more moulds,
e) heating the two or more moulds to shape the wrapped foam core and optionally cure the resin,
f) transporting the rowed mould carriages or the one mould carriage in a direction of transport of the wrapped foam core into a position 2 and then opening the two or more moulds,
g) closing a transporting mould on a further carriage, in a position 2a, which is situated, viewed in the direction of transport of the wrapped foam core, behind the rowed mould carriages or the one mould carriage and transporting the wrapped foam core in the direction of transport into a position 1a, and also returning the rowed mould carriages or the one mould carriage to position 1, and
h) opening the transporting mould, separating individual profiles and removing the individual profiles, and also concurrent practice of a) to d).

US Pat. No. 10,596,771

PROCESS AND INSTALLATION FOR PRODUCING A COMPOSITE MATERIAL PART

AIRBUS SAS, Blagnac (FR)...

1. A process for producing a composite material part, in which plies of continuous and electrically conducting fibers are deposited to form a stack of plies on a support, comprising:at least a face of said support bearing said stack is electrically insulating, and wherein the following steps are carried out:
a) introducing an electrical terminal between ends of at least two plies placed one directly above the other in said stack, and on at least two opposite sides of these plies, the electrical terminals being introduced between the plies and on each of the two opposite sides consecutive to deposit of each of the at least two plies,
b) when said fibers are dry, introducing a resin to impregnate said fibers,
c) making a current flow between said electrical terminals through said plies in order to harden said resin by Joule heating or to bring said resin to the liquid state by Joule heating with a view to consolidating said resin.

US Pat. No. 10,596,770

ARROW SHAFT WITH INTERNAL BRACING

Aldila Golf Corporation, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an internally fluted arrow shaft configured for attachment with an arrow shaft accessory or component, the method comprising:rolling a carbon fiber material around an externally grooved mandrel having linear grooves extending longitudinally along a length of the grooved mandrel;
curing the carbon fiber material over the grooved mandrel to form the arrow shaft as a cylindrical tube having an essentially round cross-section along the outer surface thereof and an inner surface defining spaced internal linear ribs formed in correspondence with the mandrel grooves essentially parallel to the length of the arrow shaft; and
removing the grooved mandrel from the arrow shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,596,769

BAGGING PROCESS AND MANDREL FOR FABRICATION OF ELONGATED COMPOSITE STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus, configured for fabrication of laminate plies into a structure, such that the apparatus comprises:a mandrel;
a female mold that comprises:
a support to a first laminate ply; and
a cavity recessed within a surface of the female mold and configured to receive the mandrel, such that the mandrel comprises a single continuous elongated collapsible open cell foam carrier that comprises:
a size that contacts and compresses the first laminate ply against walls of the cavity; and
a firmness sufficient to support a pressure applied by a placement of a radius filler against the mandrel; and
a support to a second laminate ply that encloses the mandrel within the cavity;
a first vacuum bag configured to form a first vacuum chamber configured to enclose said single continuous elongated collapsible open cell foam carrier;
a breather ply that encloses the first vacuum bag;
located within the cavity, a second vacuum bag that encloses the breather ply and the first vacuum bag; and
an outer vacuum bag, attached to the female mold, such that the outer vacuum bag:
encloses the cavity; and
forms a second vacuum chamber between the outer vacuum bag and the second vacuum bag.

US Pat. No. 10,596,768

METHOD OF PRODUCING A FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A method for producing a fiber composite component, the method comprising the steps of:a) producing a semi-finished composite product with the sub-steps:
i) providing a core layer comprising a plurality of cavities;
ii) covering a first outer face of the core layer with a first layer-shaped semi-finished product, which comprises continuous fibers being pre-impregnated with a first duroplastic matrix material; and
iii) applying a first molding compound to a first predetermined deposit area of a front face of the first semi-finished product, the front face facing away from the core layer, wherein the first molding compound comprises a second long-fiber-reinforced duroplastic matrix material; and
b) extruded reshaping of the semi-finished composite product to a fiber composite component, wherein the extruded reshaping is performed at an operating temperature, and wherein the first and the second matrix material are configured such that the flowability of the second matrix material during the extruded reshaping is higher than the flowability of the first matrix material.

US Pat. No. 10,596,767

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ANCHOR RODS FROM A FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL, AND ANCHOR ROD

1. A method for producing anchor rods from a fiber composite material, the method comprising:a solidifying step, in which a strand of a curable matrix material with embedded fibers is conveyed, on a single, endless-circulating UV-light permeable conveyor belt having an uninterrupted depression, to a UV illumination device and solidified by an irradiation with UV light, the depression molding a correspondingly shaped surface profiling on the outer surface of the strand; and
a curing step, in which the solidified strand is further conveyed into an annealing device and cured by heating the solidified strand to an annealing temperature,
wherein a section of the cured strand forms an anchor rod.

US Pat. No. 10,596,765

METHOD OF MAKING AN AEROSOL DISPENSER HAVING ANNULAR SEALS AND METHOD OF MAKING AN AEROSOL CONTAINER THEREFOR

1. A method of making an aerosol container, said method comprising:providing a polymeric outer container having a closed end bottom and an open neck longitudinally opposed thereto, a valve and a product delivery device, said valve and said product delivery device being complementary to said open neck,
disposing said product delivery device in said outer container and in contacting relationship with said neck,
disposing said valve at least partially in said outer container and in contacting relationship with said neck and said product delivery device,
spinning said valve relative to said product delivery device to weld said valve to said product delivery device at a product delivery device spin weld,
charging said outer container with propellant, and
spinning said valve relative to said outer container to weld said valve to said outer container at an outer container spin weld, thereby sealing said propellant therein,
wherein said valve has a product delivery device protrusion fitting onto a sealing surface on said product delivery device and an outer container protrusion fitting onto a sealing surface in said outer container, said product delivery device spin weld and said outer container spin weld being formed at said respective protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,764

LYMPHATIC CHANNELING MEDICAL GARMENT

Farrow Innovations LLC, ...

8. A medical garment comprising:an outer compression fabric, and
at least one inner semicompressible element secured to the outer compression fabric configured to urged against a limb of a patient by the outer compression fabric, the at least one inner semicompressible element having multiple fingers configured to project over the limb of the patient and to regionally direct edema out of the limb:
the at least one semicompressible element being made of at least one of foam, spacer fabric, polymer, and silicone.

US Pat. No. 10,596,763

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING WITH ARRAY OF ENERGY SOURCES

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus comprising:a platform having a top surface;
one or more printheads supported configured to dispense successive layers of feed material;
a first support;
a first actuator coupled to at least one of the platform and the first support and configured to create relative motion therebetween along a first axis such that the first support scans across the platform;
a first plurality of individually addressable first energy sources supported on the first support above the platform, the first energy sources arranged in an array that extends at least along a second axis parallel to the top surface of the platform and perpendicular to the first axis and configured to emit radiation toward the platform; and
a second support that is fixed stationary relative to platform;
a second plurality of individually addressable second energy sources supported on the second support above the platform and configured to emit radiation toward the platform; and
a controller configured to
cause the printheads to dispense a layer of feed material;
cause the first actuator to create relative motion between the first support and the platform such that the first energy sources scan across the platform, and
operate the first and second energy sources to apply energy to a selected region of the layer of feed material on the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,596,762

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS INCLUDING CHANNELS

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A method comprising:defining, by a computing device, a digital representation of an inclined channel at least partially within a component, including an angle ?, based on a formula ?=2 tan?1 [tan(?/2)/sin(?)], the angle ?, and the angle ?, wherein the inclined channel defines a longitudinal axis inclined at the angle ? relative to a build direction of the component, wherein the digital representation of the inclined channel includes a gabled roof configured to collapse into an arched roof, wherein the angle ? is a predetermined interior angle of the gabled roof measured in a plane substantially parallel to the build direction, and wherein the angle ? is an interior angle of the gabled roof in a plane substantially normal to the inclined longitudinal axis;
controlling, by the computing device, based on the digital representation, an additive manufacturing tool to deposit a material along the build direction to fabricate the component including the inclined channel having a geometry at least partially defined by the angles ?, ?, and ?; and
heating or curing the component to collapse the gabled roof of the inclined channel to form the arched roof.

US Pat. No. 10,596,761

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR 3-D PRINTING OF 3-D OBJECT MODELS IN INTERACTIVE CONTENT ITEMS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. An apparatus for printing three-dimensional prototypes of objects, the apparatus comprising:a network interface in communication with a client device, and a processor executing a resource server, the network interface is configured to:
provide, to the client device, a representation of a three-dimensional object for display on the client device; and
receive a request for a three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object for printing a three-dimensional prototype of the three-dimensional object on a three-dimensional printer communicatively coupled to the client device; and
the resource server is configured to:
responsive to receipt of the request, generate the three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object with an identifier embedded on a visible surface of the three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object, the identifier comprising a coupon code or a promotion code; and
provide the three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object to the client device for printing the three-dimensional prototype of the three-dimensional object on the three-dimensional printer communicatively coupled to the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,596,760

SUPPLYING BUILD MATERIAL

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. Apparatus for supplying build material to a three-dimensional printing system, comprising:a build material supply module;
a build material delivery system to deliver build material to the build material supply module;
a distribution mechanism to distribute build material within the supply module; and
a rotatable vane to move a portion of build material from the build material supply module to a feed position, the vane comprising a build material support section and a build material return section, wherein the build material return section extends from an edge of the build material support section of the vane to a spindle with an axis of rotation of the vane that is on a central longitudinal axis of the build material supply module,
the vane arranged having a common surface that extends over the build material support section and build material return section such that, as the build material support section is moved to the feed position, excess build material may slide down from the build material support section on the common surface to the build material return section and return to the build material supply module, thereby leaving a predeterminable quantity of build material on the build material support section.

US Pat. No. 10,596,759

EXTRUSION ASSEMBLY FOR AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

CHROMALOX, INC., Pittsbu...

1. An extrusion assembly for an additive manufacturing system, the extrusion assembly comprising:an extrusion die;
a compacted core material;
a channel extending through the compacted core material and comprising an inlet and an outlet, the outlet in fluid communication with the extrusion die;
a heating element extending along the channel for melting a filament material received through the inlet such that the filament material can be extruded through the extrusion die;
a temperature sensor positioned within the compacted core material, adjacent to the channel between the extrusion die and the heating element;
wherein the compacted core material holds the temperature sensor in contact against the channel at the outlet; and
a sheath enclosing the compacted core material, the channel, the heating element, and the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,596,758

GAS PHASE INTEGRATED MULTIMATERIAL PRINTHEAD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

OBSIDIAN ADVANCED MANUFAC...

1. A method for the additive manufacturing of a 3D object, the method comprising:heating a feedstock material within a printhead to at least 5% of a melting point of the feedstock material;
creating, within the printhead, a plasma proximate to the feedstock material in order to sputter the feedstock material to produce a physical vapor; and
directing the physical vapor from the printhead onto a target to produce a first layer of the 3D object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,757

THREE DIMENSIONAL MINERALIZATION PRINTER

Northeastern University, ...

1. A system for three-dimensional printing and mineralizing a polymer, the system comprising:a three-dimensional printer unit with a syringe extruder;
a fluid delivery system operatively coupled to the three-dimensional printer unit; and
a control unit operatively coupled to the three-dimensional printer unit and fluid delivery system, the control unit configured to:
cause the three-dimensional printer unit to print a portion of a three-dimensional polymer object;
cause the fluid delivery system to flush the portion of the three-dimensional polymer object with a fluid to mineralize the portion of the three-dimensional polymer object; and
cause the three-dimensional printer unit to print a subsequent portion of the three-dimensional polymer object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,756

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A three-dimensional shaping apparatus comprising:a supply unit configured to supply a powder to form supplied powder;
a leveling unit configured to level a surface of the supplied powder in a first direction to form a powder layer;
an ejection unit configured to eject a shaping liquid to at least one position on a surface of the powder layer, the at least one position corresponding to a shaping target, to form at least one dot;
a controller configured to,
control the supply unit, the leveling unit, and the ejection unit to repeat a set of processes of sequentially (a) supplying the powder, (b) forming the powder layer, and (c) ejecting the shaping liquid to shape a three-dimensional shaped object corresponding to the shaping target,
receive a stop signal indicating a stop an operation of the set of processes,
stop the set of processes in response to reception of the stop signal such that a last iteration of the set of processes formed an outermost powder layer,
receive a resume signal indicating a resumption of the operation, and
in response to reception of the resume signal after the reception of the stop signal, control the supply unit, the leveling unit, and the ejection unit such that prior to resumption of the set of processes, the set of processes are performed out of order by ejecting the shaping liquid onto a part of a dot region on a surface of the outermost powder layer prior to forming a next powder layer on the outermost powder layer, the dot region being formed by at least one dot formed at the outermost powder layer, and then resuming the set of processes, the part of the dot region being less than a entirety of the dot region.

US Pat. No. 10,596,755

METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL FABRICATION

Carbon, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. A method of forming a three-dimensional object, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a carrier and a build plate, said build plate comprising a semipermeable member, said semipermeable member comprising a build surface with said build surface and said carrier defining a build region therebetween, and with said build surface in fluid communication by way of the semipermeable member with a source of polymerization inhibitor;
(b) filling said build region with a polymerizable liquid, said polymerizable liquid contacting said build surface,
(c) irradiating said build region through said build plate to produce a solid polymerized region in said build region, while forming or maintaining a liquid film release layer comprised of said polymerizable liquid formed between said solid polymerized region and said build surface, wherein the polymerization of which liquid film is inhibited by said polymerization inhibitor; and
(d) advancing said carrier with said polymerized region adhered thereto away from said build surface on said build plate to create a subsequent build region between said polymerized region and said build surface while concurrently filling said subsequent build region with polymerizable liquid as in step (b),
(e) continuing and/or repeating steps (c) and (d) to continuously produce in a layerless manner a subsequent polymerized region adhered to a previous polymerized region until the continued or repeated deposition of polymerized regions adhered to one another forms said three-dimensional object;
wherein said build plate is stationary and further comprising heating or cooling said polymerizable liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,596,754

REAL TIME INSPECTION AND CORRECTION TECHNIQUES FOR DIRECT WRITING SYSTEMS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method comprising:operating a direct writing device configured to deposit material on a substrate through a tip to provide a portion of a product according to initial parameter values;
receiving a hyperspectral image frame comprising a plurality of spectral images of the deposited material and the tip;
processing the received hyperspectral image frame to determine a characteristic of the deposited material, wherein the characteristic comprises at least one of width or height of the deposited material, and wherein the at least one of the width or height is determined by comparing the deposited material shown within the image to the tip;
comparing the determined characteristic with a target characteristic, wherein the comparing comprises comparing the measured at least one of width and height with a predetermined target value stored in a dimensional database;
determining at least one corrective parameter value to conform the determined characteristic to the target characteristic;
updating at least one of the initial parameter values with the corrective parameter values; and
operating the direct writing device to deposit additional material on the substrate according to the corrective parameter value.

US Pat. No. 10,596,753

GRADIENT PRINTING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURAL COMPONENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional structural component onto a base, the method comprising:receiving a set of predetermined thicknesses for the three-dimensional structural component;
wherein the set of predetermined thicknesses has a first thickness corresponding to a first position of the base and a second thickness corresponding to a second position of the base, the first thickness being greater than the second thickness;
instructing a printing device to print a set of layers of the three-dimensional structural component using the set of predetermined thicknesses, the set of layers comprising at least a first layer and a second layer;
printing the first layer of the three-dimensional structural component directly onto the base using the set of predetermined thicknesses;
wherein printing the first layer includes printing the first layer to have the first thickness at the first position of the base and wherein printing the first layer includes printing the first layer to have the second thickness at the second position of the base;
printing the second layer of the three-dimensional structural component directly onto the first layer using the set of predetermined thicknesses;
wherein printing the second layer includes printing the second layer to have the first thickness at the first position of the base and wherein printing the second layer includes printing the second layer to have the second thickness at the second position of the base;
wherein a separation distance between the base and a printhead assembly of the printing device remains constant during the step of printing the first layer;
wherein the set of layers of the three-dimensional structural component has a combined thickness at the second position of the base that is less than the separation distance; and
wherein the set of layers of the three-dimensional structural component has a combined thickness at the first position of the base that is greater than the separation distance.

US Pat. No. 10,596,752

TRANSFER APPARATUS

TOSHIBA KIKAI KABUSHIKI K...

2. A transfer apparatus for transferring a fine transfer pattern formed on a mold to a resin coated on a substrate installed in a substrate installation part, comprising:a transfer roller configured to support the mold and carry out transferring with movement of the transfer roller; and
a transfer roller guide part configured to guide the transfer roller when the mold is pressed against the resin coated on the substrate installed in the substrate installation part by the movement of the transfer roller, wherein:
the transfer roller guide part is an inclined member inclined integrally with the substrate installation part; and
the inclined member is formed along a moving direction of the transfer roller and also formed so as to extend from the substrate installation part in the moving direction of the transfer roller and protrude obliquely to the moving direction at a predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,596,751

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BELL SOCKETED PLASTIC PIPES

MCWANE, INC., Birmingham...

1. A method of making a plastic pipe, the method comprising:arranging a pair of annular rings about a mandrel having an outer diameter,
heating a first plastic pipe having an inner diameter that is less than the outer diameter of the mandrel,
inserting the mandrel into the first plastic pipe thereby forming a bell socket in an end of the first plastic pipe, the bell socket including an annular cavity formed by and about the pair of annular rings,
removing the mandrel from the bell socket while leaving the pair of annular rings in the annular cavity of the bell socket,
removing a first annular ring of the pair of annular rings from the annular cavity after removing the mandrel from the bell socket, while leaving a second annular ring of the pair of annular rings in the annular cavity, and
replacing the first annular ring of the pair of annular rings with a gasket including a restraining member having a radially inward-extending tooth,
wherein an inner diameter of the gasket measured from a tip of the tooth is less than the outer diameter of the mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,750

BOW SPREADER

Pearl Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A bow spreader bar for laterally stressing a web drawn therepast and which web is unwound from a supply roll, processed in a processing stage, and then rewound onto a take-up roll, the bow spreader bar comprising:an elongated arcuate member having first and second axial ends, and having a profile that defines a rounded surface on a convex face of the elongated arcuate member;
an axial support member extending from a first rotary support member and a second rotary support member and on which the first and second ends of the elongated arcuate member are supported;
a first actuator coupled to one end of said axial support member for controllably rotating said axial support member and said elongated arcuate member to adjust a pitch angle thereof;
a second linear actuator mounted on said axial support member and having a rod extending therefrom to a center of said elongated arcuate member and configured to adjust the radial position of the center of the elongated arcuate member relative to the axial support member;
a remote controller arrangement having a remote transmitter component distant from said bow spreader bar and a receiver component mounted on said bow spreader bar and coupled with said first and second actuators and adapted to permit an operator to adjust said pitch angle and said radial position from a location remote from the bow spreader bar.

US Pat. No. 10,596,749

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORATING PAINT-ROLLER COVER FABRIC

1. A method for using a perforated fabric in a paint roller manufacturing process, comprising:using a fabric-coating applicator to apply a fabric adhesive onto a portion of a perforated paint roller cover fabric material having a plurality of perforations through which adhesive may flow, and into the plurality of perforations and into interstitial spaces of the fabric material, to yield a length of coated fabric;
winding an inner strip and an outer strip about a mandrel in offset relation;
using a strip-coating applicator to apply a strip adhesive to at least a portion of the outer strip as it is wound about the mandrel;
simultaneously with the step of applying the strip adhesive to the outer strip, receiving a portion of the coated paint roller fabric material at the outer strip and winding the length of coated fabric about at least the outer strip to form a paint roller tube;
applying compression to the paint roller tube; and,
cutting the paint roller tube into like lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,596,748

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COATING PAINT-ROLLER COVER FABRIC IN-LINE WITH A MANUFACTURING PROCESS

1. A method for coating a fabric in a manufacturing process, comprising:using a fabric stretching device to hold a portion of a paint roller cover fabric material taut while the paint roller fabric material is in motion;
while the portion of the paint roller cover fabric material is taut, using a fabric-coating applicator to apply a fabric adhesive onto the portion of the paint roller cover fabric material, and into interstitial spaces of the fabric material, to yield a length of coated fabric;
winding an inner strip and an outer strip about a mandrel in offset relation;
using a strip-coating applicator to apply a strip adhesive to at least a portion of the outer strip as it is wound about the mandrel;
simultaneously with the step of applying the strip adhesive to the outer strip, receiving from the fabric-coating applicator a portion of the coated fabric material at the outer strip and winding the length of coated fabric about at least the outer strip to form a paint roller tube;
applying compression to the paint roller tube; and,
cutting the paint roller tube into like lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,596,747

APPARATUS FOR THERMOFORMING PLASTIC CONTAINERS

MONDINI S.R.L., Brescia ...

1. An apparatus for thermoforming plastic containers comprising:a pickup station (24);
a feeder (25) for feeding flat sheets (8) of thermoformable plastic material to the pickup station (24);
at least one thermoforming device (3) in turn comprising a shaped mould (4) and a closing element (5), the shaped mould (4) and the closing element (5) being movable relative to each other at least between a home position in which they are away from one another, and a forming position in which they are near to each other for, in use, clamping a flat sheet (8) between them; the closing element (5) comprising a resting surface (16) that is facing the shaped mould (4) at least when they are in the forming position; and being equipped with suction means designed to retain on the resting surface (16) at least one of said flat sheets (8) at least when the shaped mould (4) and the closing element (5) are in the home position;
one or more heating elements (6) for heating the closing element (5);
a transferring device (26) for transferring the flat sheets (8) from the pickup station (24) to the closing element (5);
an extracting device (9) for extracting the thermoformed container (2) from the shaped mould (4); and
an electronic unit (10) for controlling and checking operation of the apparatus (1);characterised in that said feeder (25) comprises:at least one support (50) for a reel (51) of a web (52) of said thermoformable plastic material;
unwinding means (53) for unwinding said reel (51) of web (52), designed, in use, to feed the web (52) along a sliding path extending from the at least one support (50) to the pickup station (24); and
a cutting device (54) for cutting the web (52) positioned along the sliding path for dividing the web (52) into a plurality of pieces, each of which corresponds to one flat sheet (8) to be fed to the pickup station (24).

US Pat. No. 10,596,746

HOUSE WRAP AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

11. A house wrap comprises:a membrane having a beginning, an end, a first side extending between the beginning and the end, and a second side, opposite of the first side, the second side extending between the beginning and the end, and the beginning, the first side, the end and the second side defining a perimeter, the perimeter defining a surface area of the membrane, and the surface area of the membrane comprises a top surface and a bottom surface, opposite of the top surface; and
a pattern of a plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands adhered to the top surface of the membrane and raised above the top surface of the membrane, each of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands comprising a polymer strand extending between the first side of the membrane and the second side of the membrane, at a first angle, such that an initial portion of the polymer strand nearest to the first side of the membrane is at a distance from the end of the membrane greater than a portion of the polymer strand nearest to the second side of the membrane, and the portion of the polymer strand nearest to the second side of the membrane forms a local minima, reversing direction of the polymer strand back toward the first side of the membrane at a second angle in a direction away from the local minima, whereby the polymer strand of each of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands appears wavy, and each of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands are offset one from the other by an offset starting distance such that each of the wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands intersect with each of the other wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands at intersection points, each of the intersection points being defined by the crossing of the polymer strand of one of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands and the polymer strand of another of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands, whereby the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands form the pattern of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands, and wherein the pattern of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands comprises a bridge defined by a length of a portion of the polymer strand raised above the top surface of the membrane wherein a water drainage channel is provided by a gap between the bridge of the polymer strand and the top surface of the membrane, and wherein the bridge is formed by depositing a water soluble substance on the top surface of the membrane prior to depositing a portion of the polymer strand over the water soluble substance, and the gap is formed, in situ, when water dissolves the water soluble substance before, during or after installation of the house wrap on the wall of a house.

US Pat. No. 10,596,745

MOULD FOR FORMING HOLLOW ARTICLES FROM PARISONS

KHS Corpoplast GmbH, Ham...

1. A device comprising a mold carrier configured to receive mold sections for forming a hollow container from a parison through the introduction of a gaseous or liquid pressurized medium under pressure into the parison,wherein the mold carrier is divided into a first part for holding a first section of the mold and a second part for folding a second section of the mold,
wherein the first part is supported such that it is rotatable about an axis of rotation such that the first part and the second part are transitionable between an open position and a closed position relative to each other,
wherein the first part is connected to a first end of a first toggle lever such that the first toggle lever is rotatable about a first toggle lever first end axis of rotation that is parallel to the axis of rotation of the first mold part,
wherein the second part is connected to a first end of a second toggle lever such that the second toggle lever is rotatable about a second toggle lever first end axis of rotation that is parallel to the axis of rotation of the first mold part,
wherein a second end of the first toggle lever and a second end of the second toggle lever are connected to one another and to an actuating mechanism such that the first toggle lever, second toggle lever and the actuating mechanism are rotatable about a common connection axis that is parallel to the axis of rotation of the first mold part,
wherein a knee lever is formed by the first toggle lever, the second toggle lever and the common connection axis,
wherein, in the closed position, the first and second toggle levers are located shortly before a dead center position of the knee lever, and the actuating mechanism exerts an elastic force on the common connection axis in a direction towards the dead center position, and
wherein the actuating mechanism further comprises a secondary toggle lever, which acts on the first and second toggle levers.

US Pat. No. 10,596,744

METHOD FOR WELDING A HEAT SHIELD DURING MANUFACTURING OF A VEHICLE COMPONENT

Plastic Omnium Advanced I...

1. A method for welding a heat shield during manufacturing of a vehicle tank, or a filler pipe, the tank or the pipe being made from a thermoplastic material, the heat shield including: a reinforcement layer made from a thermoplastic material which is weldable to the thermoplastic material of the vehicle tank or filler pipe; and a heat shielding material which differs from the thermoplastic material of the reinforcement layer and which is configured to decrease transfer of heat through the reinforcement layer to the vehicle tank or filler pipe; the method comprising:heating the heat shield to bring the thermoplastic material of the reinforcement layer in a molten state;
placing the heated heat shield in a mold;
bringing into the mold the thermoplastic material of the vehicle tank or filler pipe in a molten state;
welding the thermoplastic material of the reinforcement layer being in a molten state to the thermoplastic material of the vehicle tank or filler pipe being in a molten state, by blow molding the vehicle tank or filler pipe in the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,596,743

METHOD OF PRODUCING MOLDED ARTICLE HAVING CONDUCTIVE CIRCUIT AND PREFORM HAVING CONDUCTIVE CIRCUIT

NISSHA PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A method of producing a molded article having a conductive circuit comprising:a process of forming the conductive circuit layer on a preform using an ink having stretchability;
blow molding the preform to obtain the molded article having the conductive circuit; and
a process of installing an electronic component on the preform or on the molded article having a conductive circuit to be electrically connected to the conductive circuit layer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,742

MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR FILLER TUBE

Sumitomo Riko Company Lim...

1. A manufacturing process for forming a filler tube from a workpiece, the filler tube to be welded to a fuel tank at an opening thereof, the filler tube being made of thermoplastic resin,the filler tube comprising:
a body with a cylinder shape;
a flange elongating outward radially from the body at an end thereof, the flange having an end face to be welded to the fuel tank; and
a locking portion disposed on the body on an outer peripheral side thereof;
the workpiece for forming the filler tube, the workpiece comprising:
a preformed body;
a to-be-molded portion with a cylindrical shape configured to be flare molded into the flange; and
a preformed locking portion;
the manufacturing process using an outer peripheral mold, and an inner peripheral mold;
the outer peripheral mold comprising:
a counter-welding-face forming portion capable of supporting the preformed body of the workpiece on an outer peripheral face thereof, and capable of forming a counter-welding face in the flange; and
a to-be-locked portion locking with respect to the preformed locking portion of the workpiece in an axial direction thereof;
the inner peripheral mold insertable at least into the to-be-molded portion of the workpiece, the inner peripheral mold comprising:
a welding-face forming portion capable of forming a welding face in the flange;
the manufacturing process comprising:
arranging the workpiece onto the outer peripheral mold to axially lock the to-be-locked portion with respect to the preformed locking portion and to support the preformed body of the workpiece on an outer peripheral face of the outer peripheral mold, the outer peripheral mold being set at a predetermined temperature;
inserting the inner peripheral mold into the to-be-molded portion on an inner peripheral side of the workpiece, the inner peripheral mold being set at a higher temperature than the predetermined temperature of the outer peripheral mold;
forming the flange from the to-be molded portion via flare molding by relatively moving the outer peripheral mold and the inner peripheral mold in an axial direction thereof such that the counter-welding-face forming portion and the welding-face forming portion clamp the to-be-molded portion therebetween in the axial direction; and
warming the to-be-molded portion at a predetermined location where the inner peripheral mold is inserted into the to-be-molded portion on an inner peripheral side thereof for a predetermined period of time with the inner peripheral mold being set at the higher temperature than the predetermined temperature of the outer peripheral mold, wherein:
after the predetermined time, the flange is formed via flare molding.

US Pat. No. 10,596,741

BLOWN FILM EXTRUSION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TEMPERATURE

1. A blown film extrusion device comprising:a blow head configured to extrude blown film; and
an adjustable thermal insulation structure directly adjacent to at least a portion of an outer sidewall of the blow head to provide selective thermal insulation of the blow head in relation to ambient air, the adjustable thermal insulating structure comprising:
at least one insulating air gap chamber thermally contacting the blow head configured to extrude the blown film; and
at least one flap, movably mounted between an insulation position closing the insulating air gap chamber to ambient air and a cooling position opening the insulating air gap chamber to ambient air, heat transfer from the blow head being completely controllable by controlling access of ambient air into the insulating air gap chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,596,740

CO-EXTRUSION HEAD FOR CO-EXTRUDING COMPLEX RUBBER PROFILE SECTION FOR MANUFACTURING A TIRE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A head for the co-extrusion of a complex rubber profiled element for manufacturing a tire, the head being configured to be mounted on a cylindrical-roller co-extrusion machine and comprising a lower wall of cylindrical profile extending radially lengthwise in a longitudinal direction about a central axis and extending rectilinearly widthwise in a transverse direction parallel to the central axis and perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, wherein the head comprises, from upstream to downstream of the lower wall, and in the longitudinal direction:a) a first extrusion duct opening into the lower wall, the first extrusion duct being divided into a plurality of sub-ducts in the transverse direction;
b) a first profiling blade defining a first shaping profile that is discontinuous in the transverse direction and situated radially beyond the lower wall intermittently in the transverse direction;
c) a second extrusion duct opening into the lower wall, the second extrusion duct being divided into a plurality of sub-ducts in the transverse direction;
d) a second profiling blade defining a second shaping profile that is discontinuous in the transverse direction and situated radially beyond the lower wall intermittently in the transverse direction, the second profiling blade including at least one third extrusion duct opening into the lower wall, wherein at least one outlet of the at least one third extrusion duct is situated in a continuation of the longitudinal direction of a divider dividing the first extrusion duct into the plurality of sub-ducts thereof in the transverse direction, creating a discontinuity in the first shaping profile of the first profiling blade in the transverse direction and dividing the second extrusion duct into the plurality of sub-ducts thereof in the transverse direction; and
e) a third profiling blade defining a final shaping profile situated radially beyond the lower wall, the final shaping profile having no discontinuity in the transverse direction, and comprising a projecting tooth in front of and next to each outlet of the at least one third extrusion duct in the transverse direction, each projecting tooth extending radially inwards without reaching the lower wall.

US Pat. No. 10,596,739

MOLDED BODY

RIKEN TECHNOS CORPORATION...

1. A molded body comprising: a resin substrate, wherein the substrate has a three-dimensional shape,wherein a part or all of a surface of the substrate is coated with a hard coat,
wherein the hard coat comprises, from a surface layer side, a first hard coat layer and a second hard coat layer,
wherein the first hard coat is formed of a coating material comprising:
(A) 100 parts by mass of a polyfunctional (meth)acrylate;
(B) 0.01 to 7 parts by mass of a water-repelling agent; and
(C) 0.01 to 10 parts by mass of a silane coupling agent, and containing no inorganic particles, and
wherein the second hard coat is formed of a coating material comprising:
(A) 100 parts by mass of the polyfunctional (meth)acrylate; and
(D) 50 to 300 parts by mass of inorganic fine particles having an average particle size of 1 to 300 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,596,738

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, COMPONENT ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING THE COMPONENT ASSEMBLY

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A method for manufacturing a component assembly for a motor vehicle, wherein the component assembly comprises a base body for an instrument panel of the motor vehicle and at least one functional component, the method comprising:molding the at least one functional component to the base body during the manufacture of the component assembly; and
producing the component assembly using a gas external pressure process,
wherein external gas pressure is applied to a planar region of the base body around the at least one functional component during manufacture of the component assembly, and
wherein the planar region of the base body is arranged on a rear side of the base body facing away from a visible side of the base body.

US Pat. No. 10,596,737

MOLDED ARTICLE AND MOLDING METHOD THEREOF

PANASONIC CORPORATION, O...

1. A molded article made of a resin material containing cellulose fibers,wherein the molded article has a surface portion that is in a range satisfying TF?0.1×T,
where T is a thickness of the molded article, and
TF is a thickness of the surface portion, which is a distance from a surface of the molded article,
the molded article satisfies DF?1.1×D,
where D is an average cellulose concentration of the overall molded article, and
DF is an average cellulose concentration of the surface portion,
the molded article has a weld line from a junction point of a resin flow during injection molding,
the molded article has a weld portion that is in a range satisfying TW?0.1×T,
where TW is the thickness of the weld portion, which is a distance from the weld line,
the molded article satisfies DW?1.1×D,
where DW is an average cellulose concentration of the weld portion, and
the molded article has fiber entanglement portions wherein cellulose fibers partially protruding from both sides of the weld line are entangled with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,596,736

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FORMING A COMPOUND STRUCTURE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device comprising:an enclosure comprising:
a first metal section defining:
an end portion of the enclosure; and
an interface surface having a pore with an opening size less than one millimeter;
a second metal section defining a rear portion and side portions of the enclosure; and
a radio-frequency (RF) transparent section including an RF transparent material positioned at least partially within a gap between the first metal section and the second metal section and at least partially filling the pore; and
an antenna positioned within the enclosure and configured to pass RF signals through the RF transparent section.

US Pat. No. 10,596,735

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIBER COMPOSITE PREFORM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for producing a fiber composite preform, the apparatus comprising:a lower mold; and
a molding unit configured to mold a preform by pressing a fiber composite placed on a surface of the lower mold while the molding unit is deformed in accordance with a shape of the surface of the lower mold;
wherein the molding unit includes a box-shaped pressing body having an inner space therein and having a plurality of gas flow holes at a bottom surface thereof and a pressing part provided at a lower side of the pressing body and configured to press and mold the fiber composite while the pressing part is deformed in accordance with the shape of the surface of the lower mold, wherein the pressing part includes:
a pressing sheet made of a flexible material and of which an end is provided at the lower side of the pressing body, the pressing sheet coming into contact with the fiber composite;
a plurality of molding balls filled in the pressing sheet; and
a tension adjusting roller provided in the pressing body and to which the end of the pressing sheet is coupled to be rolled up, the tension adjusting roller configured to function to maintain constant tension of the pressing sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,596,734

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEALS ON ELECTROCHEMICAL REACTOR COMPONENTS

1. A method for producing seals on faces of electrochemical reactor components configured to be stacked in order to form an electrochemical reactor, each of the electrochemical reactor components being in the form of a plate and having a respective first face and an opposing respective second face, each of the first faces being designed to receive a respective first seal and each of the second faces being designed to receive a respective second seal, the method comprising:shaping the respective first seal on the respective first face of each of the electrochemical reactor components, each of the shaped first seals being at least partially polymerized;
depositing the respective second seal on the respective second face of each of the electrochemical reactor components having the respective shaped and at least partially polymerized first seal on the respective first face;
shaping the second seals by compressing a first stack formed from the electrochemical reactor components, each having the respective shaped and at least partially polymerized first seal on the respective first face and the respective deposited second seal on the respective second face, alternating with molding plates, each of the molding plates having:
a respective bearing face that, as a result of the compressing of the first stack, is pressed against the first face of a respective one of the electrochemical reactor components of the first stack and comprising a respective groove designed to receive, without deforming, the respective first seal previously formed on the first face of said respective one of the electrochemical components of the first stack, and
a respective molding face that, as a result of the compressing of the first stack, is pressed against the second face of a respective another one of the electrochemical reactor components of the first stack and having a respective molding surface for shaping the respective second seal deposited on the second face of said respective another one of the electrochemical reactor components of the first stack; and
at least partially polymerizing each of the second seals.

US Pat. No. 10,596,732

STAMPING PRESS LINE STATION APPARATUS AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

1. An apparatus for a stamping press line station, comprising:a template including (a) a contact pad retainer, (b) a sprue in communication with said contact pad retainer and (c) an integral contact pad molded in place and self-attached to the template by a section of said integral contact pad captured by said contact pad retainer, wherein said template including said contact pad retainer and said sprue is of unitary construction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,731

STENCIL PLATE FOR TIRE, TIRE VULCANIZATION MOLD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF TIRE USING THE SAME

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A stencil plate for a tire to be attached to an attachment concave part provided to be recessed on a side molding surface of a tire vulcanization mold by using a male screw to form a convex mark on an outer surface of a side section of the tire, comprising:a bulge part with a tapered shape receiving a head part of the male screw and to be fitted to a tapered countersunk part of an attachment hole provided in the attachment concave part,
a through hole provided at a tip end of the bulge part, through which a shaft part of the male screw pierces, and
a protrusion provided in the bulge part, protruding to an outer side with respect to a tapered outer peripheral surface of the bulge part and abutting on a countersunk surface of the countersunk part.

US Pat. No. 10,596,730

HYBRID LAY-UP MOLD

Ascent Aerospace, LLC, S...

1. A method for manufacturing a hybrid lay-up mold, comprising:(a) providing an iron-nickel alloy eggcrate structure;
(b) creating an iron-nickel alloy interim working surface overlaying the eggcrate structure, the working surface comprising a plurality of abutting thin sheets of an iron-nickel alloy, the abutments creating a plurality of seams;
(c) tack welding the plurality of abutting thin sheets to the eggcrate structure;
(d) welding some of the adjacent abutting sheets of the plurality of abutting sheets together at their seams to define a unitary vacuum tight interim working surface;
(e) applying a carbon fiber (CF) composite material atop the interim working surface;
(f) vacuum bagging and sealing the CF composite material to the interim working surface;
(g) bonding the CF composite material to the interim working surface; and
(h) thereafter machining the CF composite material overlay to its final dimensions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,729

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A FLEXIBLE MOLD WITH PERIPHERAL STIFFENER, AND MOLD RESULTING FROM SAID METHOD

1. A food mold (1),comprising a food mold body (2) made of a mold body material, having one or more cells (3) with flexible wall,
said one or more cells (3) being limited by a bottom (3a) and being open on a common access face (4),
the common access face (4) itself having a peripheral rim (5) extending radially outward from an inner edge (5d) marking a boundary with the cell or cells (3) and to a free outer edge (5c),
the peripheral rim (5) having a top main face (5a) and being provided with a peripheral stiffening element (10) in the form of a continuous annular reinforcement (100),wherein:the peripheral stiffening element (10) is entirely embedded in the mold body material,
around the peripheral stiffening element (10), the mold body material has no through passages free or blocked between the peripheral stiffening element (10) and an outer surface of the mold body material, and
the peripheral stiffening element (10) is edged externally, in at least two opposing gripping zones (11, 12) of the peripheral rim (5), by a peripheral strip (11a, 12a) of material forming the food mold body, said peripheral strip (11a, 12a) producing an increase in width of the gripping zones (11, 12) and exhibiting a greater flexibility than that of the peripheral stiffening element (10).

US Pat. No. 10,596,727

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING A DENSIFIED POLYMER POWDER, AND PROCESS OF MELT PROCESSING A DENSIFIED POLYMER POWDER

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A process for manufacturing a densified polycarbonate powder, comprising:compressing a polymer feed comprising an interfacial polycarbonate that has a bulk density of less than or equal to 240 kg/m3 in a roll compactor comprising at least two compaction rolls at a temperature of less than or equal to 130° C. to obtain a densified polymer material, wherein a gap between the two rolls is 0.5 to 10 mm, wherein the compaction rolls operate at a speed of 3 to 30 rpm, wherein an applied pressure of the roll compactor is 0.5 to 5 MPa, wherein the polymer feed has a water content of less than or equal to 1 wt %; and
milling the densified polymer material to obtain the densified polycarbonate powder,
wherein a bulk density of the densified polycarbonate powder is greater than or equal to 250 kg/m3.

US Pat. No. 10,596,726

METHOD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A method of additive manufacturing comprising,(i) providing a material comprised of a prepolymer and filler, the filler having a product of the iodine number in mg/g multiplied by the oil absorption number in ccs/100 grams of at least 6,000,
(ii) dispensing, in air, said material through a nozzle to form an extrudate deposited on a base,
(iii) moving the base, nozzle or combination thereof while dispensing the material so that there is horizontal displacement between the base and nozzle in a predetermined pattern to form an initial layer of the material on the base, and
(iv) repeating steps (ii) and (iii) to form a successive layer of the material adhered on the initial layer to form an additive manufactured part.

US Pat. No. 10,596,725

WET TABLE SAW CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

1. An apparatus for supporting a saw, comprising:a pan comprising at least four sides and a drain in a bottom of the pan;
a frame positioned on the pan;
a first tray coupled to a first side of the pan, wherein the first tray is capable of being moved in and out from the first side of the pan;
a second tray coupled to a second side of the pan, wherein the second tray is capable of being moved in and out from the second side of the pan;
a third tray coupled to a third side of the pan, wherein the third tray is capable of being moved in and out from the third side of the pan;
a fourth tray coupled to a fourth side of the pan, wherein the fourth tray is capable of being moved in and out from the fourth side of the pan;
at least one flat tray positioned on the frame, wherein the at least one flat tray is configured to support a saw; and
a hood apparatus coupled to the frame, wherein the hood apparatus is positioned at least partially above a position of the saw when the saw is placed on the at least one flat tray, and wherein the hood apparatus comprises:
a hood arm brace attached to the frame;
a hood frame attached to the hood arm brace;
a fixed top shield coupled to the hood frame;
a top shield extension coupled to the fixed top shield, wherein the top shield extension is capable of being moved in and out from an end of the fixed top shield; and
a plurality of curtains coupled to the fixed top shield and the top shield extension, wherein the curtains hang downwards from the fixed top shield and the top shield extension on at least three sides of the hood apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,596,723

CUTTING TOOL HOLDING DEVICE

EVERPADS CO., LTD., Taic...

1. A cutting tool holding device, which is for holding a cutting tool, the cutting tool holding device comprising:a base comprising:
a body;
a storage hole disposed in the body, the storage hole comprising:
an inner wall; and
an opening hole located on the inner wall; and
a non-circular channel disposed in the body and communicated with the storage hole via the opening hole, the non-circular channel having an axis;
a holder disposed on the base, and comprising:
a disposing portion for the cutting tool to connect; and
a connecting shaft portion connected to the disposing portion, the connecting shaft portion for inserting into the storage hole, and the connecting shaft portion comprising:
a shaft body accommodated in the storage hole; and
at least one positioning portion being concave on the shaft body and corresponding to the opening hole; and
a limiting set disposed in the non-circular channel, and comprising:
an abutting member accommodated in the non-circular channel and a cross-sectional shape of the abutting member corresponding to a cross-sectional shape of the non-circular channel, wherein the cross-sectional shape of the non-circular channel is ellipse, the abutting member is cylindroid, and the abutting member comprises:
a first end surface;
a second end surface opposite to the first end surface;
a stepping portion connected to the first end surface; and
an inclined plane connected between the stepping portion and the second end surface; and
a bolt passed through the abutting member;
wherein the abutting member is moved to the opening hole along the axis by rotating the bolt so as to push the positioning portion and abut the shaft body, and the positioning portion comprises an abutting surface, the abutting surface is inclined from a side of the shaft body to the other side of the shaft body, and the abutting surface is abutted by the inclined plane.

US Pat. No. 10,596,721

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CERAMIC HONEYCOMB BODY

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method of manufacturing a porous ceramic segmented honeycomb body comprising axial channels extending from a first end face to a second end face, the method comprising:moving at least two porous ceramic honeycomb segments axially past an applicator;
applying adhesive from the applicator to at least one peripheral axial surface of the at least two honeycomb segments as the at least two porous ceramic honeycomb segments are moved axial past the applicator, the at least one peripheral axial surface comprising a surface disposed between the at least two honeycomb segments; and
moving the at least two honeycomb segments axially through a tapered chamber from a first end to a second end narrower than the first end to simultaneously press a first portion of the at least two honeycomb segments together as the at least two honeycomb segments are moved axially toward the second end of the tapered chamber while applying the adhesive to a second portion of the at least two honeycomb segments, the second portion being axially spaced from the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,596,719

TREATMENT OF WOOD

1. A method for heat treatment of wood comprising the steps ofplacing said wood in an airtight tank,
pressurising said airtight tank to a predefined pressure from 5-27 bar to establish a pressurised environment for said wood,
heating said wood to a predefined temperature from 140° C. to 215° C. by dielectric heating,wherein the step of pressurising and the step of heating is performed simultaneously, orwherein the step of pressurising is carried out prior to the step of heating,wherein the predefined pressure during heating prevents water present in the wood from evaporating at the predefined temperature, and wherein the heating is performed without adding any fluid to the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,596,718

HANDHELD MORTISE FORMING DEVICE

1. A handheld mortise forming devicecomprising:
a base unit including a first support extending parallel to a first axis and including a first working end and a second working end opposite to the first working end;
a first sidewall connected to the first support, with the first sidewall having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end;
a second sidewall connected to the first support;
two connecting units, with one of the two connecting units rotatably mounted to the first sidewall, with another of the two connecting units rotatably mounted to the second sidewall;
a second support extending parallel to the first axis and connected to the two connecting units, with the second support rotatable relative to the first and second sidewalls and including an abutting face movable between a position adjacent to the first end of the first sidewall and another position adjacent to the second end of the first sidewall.; and
a clamping unit including a pressing member located on a side of the second support adjacent to the abutting face, with the pressing member adapted to clamp lumber, with the pressing member jointly rotatable with the second support and switchable between the first working end and the second working end,
with the first and second working ends located on two opposite ends of the first support along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, with the first sidewall including a first sliding track extending parallel to the second axis, with the second sidewall including a second sliding track extending parallel to the first sliding track, with one of the two connecting units rotatably and slideably received in the first sliding track, with another of the two connecting units rotatably and slideably received in the second sliding track, with the second support slideably connected to the two connecting units to thereby move toward or away from the first support, with the second support slideable between the first working end and the second working end, with the clamping unit further including a clamping member disposed between the first and second working ends of the first support, and with the clamping member adapted to clamp the lumber,
with the first sliding track extending through two opposite surfaces of the first sidewall, with the second sliding track extending through two opposite surfaces of the second sidewall, with each of the two connecting units including a sliding member and at least one pin, with the sliding member including a base portion and at least one through-hole extending through the base portion, with the base portion of one of the two connecting units located on a side of the sliding member adjacent to the first sidewall, with the base portion of the other of the two connecting units located on a side of the sliding member adjacent to the second sidewall, with the at least one pin of one of the two connecting units removably extending through the first sliding track and removably extending through the at least one through-hole of one of the two connecting units, with the at least one pin of another of the two connecting units removably extending through the second sliding track and removably extending through the at least one through-hole of another of the two connecting units, and
with each sliding member including a first extension disposed on the base portion thereof and extending toward the second support, with the first extension including a sliding slot extending through two opposite surfaces of the first extension and extending parallel to the base portion, with the second support including a fixing groove in a face thereof opposite to the abutting face, with each of the two connecting units including a fixing member removably mounted in the fixing groove of the second support and removably and slideably extending through the sliding slot of one of the sliding members.

US Pat. No. 10,596,717

METHODS OF CUTTING FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITE WORKPIECES WITH A PURE WATERJET

Flow International Corpor...

1. A method of trimming a fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece, the method comprising:providing the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece in a post-molded or post cured, untrimmed state in which fiber reinforced polymer composite material of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece extends beyond a final component profile thereof; and thereafter
generating a pure waterjet via a cutting head in liquid phase unladened with solid particles at an operating pressure of at least 60,000 psi;
directing the pure waterjet to pass through the fiber reinforced polymer composite material of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece in the post-molded or post cured, untrimmed state; and
moving at least one of the cutting head and the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece relative to the other at a cutting speed along a predetermined path while maintaining the operating pressure of at least 60,000 psi such that the pure waterjet trims the fiber reinforced polymer composite material of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece to the final component profile wherein the cutting speed is selected to produce an edge of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece with a predetermined surface roughness having at least one of an Ra value of about 22 ±5 microns and an Rz value of 128 ±20 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,596,716

GENERATING A GUIDANCE INDICATOR AND INDICATOR SIGNAL

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method comprising:generating a guidance indicator relating to a portion of a user;
generating a marker representing a portion of a portable personal care device for performing a portable personal care treatment;
presenting the guidance indicator on a representation of the portion of the user;
presenting the marker representing the portion of the portable personal care device on the representation of the portion of the user;
determining a position of the portion of the portable personal care device relative to the portion of the user, said determining based on a signal indicative of the position of the portion of the portable personal care device; and
generating an indication signal when it is determined that at least a portion of the portable personal care device is in a defined position relative to the guidance indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,596,715

BLADE SET AND HAIR CUTTING APPLIANCE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A stationary blade for a blade set of a hair cutting appliance, said blade set being arranged to be moved through hair in a moving direction to cut said hair, said stationary blade comprising:a substantially planar first wall portion, arranged to serve as a skin facing wall portion, comprising:
a first wall portion first surface,
a first wall portion second surface facing away from the first wall portion first surface, and
a first toothed leading edge comprising a plurality of mutually spaced apart projections provided with respective tips, wherein the first toothed leading edge at least partially extends in a transverse direction (Y, t) relative to the moving direction and at least partially extends forwardly in a longitudinal direction (X, r) perpendicular to the transverse direction (Y, t); and
a substantially planar second wall portion, opposite the first wall portion, comprising:
a second wall portion first surface,
a second wall portion second surface facing away from the second wall portion first surface, and
a second toothed leading edge comprising a plurality of mutually spaced apart projections provided with respective tips, wherein the second toothed leading edge at least partially extends in the transverse direction (Y, t) relative to the moving direction and at least partially extends forwardly in the longitudinal direction (X, r) perpendicular to the transverse direction (Y, t); and
a substantially planar intermediate wall portion comprising:
a intermediate wall portion first surface, and
an opposing intermediate wall portion second surface, said intermediate wall portion being positioned between the first wall portion and the second wall portion,
wherein the first wall portion first surface faces said intermediate wall portion first surface and the second wall portion first surface faces the intermediate wall portion second surface, the intermediate wall portion further comprising:
a centrally located opening extending between the intermediate wall portion first surface and the intermediate wall portion second surface, said centrally located opening defining a guide slot between the first wall portion and the second wall portion, the guide slot configured to:
contain a movable blade of said blade set, wherein the tips of the first toothed leading edge, the tips of the second toothed leading edge and the intermediate wall portion define a plurality of teeth,
wherein each of the tips of the first toothed leading edge comprises a first smoothed transitional region extending from a substantially flat region of the first wall portion second surface towards the first wall portion first surface through a first edge rounding radius (Rt1), and
each of the tips of the second toothed leading edge comprises a second smoothed transitional region extending from a substantially flat region of the second wall portion second surface towards the second wall portion first surface through a second edge rounding radius (Rt2), wherein a ratio between the first edge rounding radius (Rt1) and the second edge rounding radius (Rt2) is at least 1.5:1.

US Pat. No. 10,596,714

ELECTRIC SHAVER

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. An electric shaver comprising:a. a handle, and
b. a shaver head including at least one cutter unit including a cutter element and a shear foil,
c. wherein said shaver head is connected to said handle by a support structure comprising at least one link arm, said support structure providing for a swivel axis and a tilting axis about which said shaver head can swivel or tilt relative to said handle,
d. wherein said cutter element is drivable by a drive unit in an oscillating manner along a cutter oscillation axis, said drive unit including an elongated drive transmitter coupled to said cutter element,
e. wherein said elongated drive transmitter is coupled to said cutter element by a pivot joint providing for a pair of pivot axes extending perpendicular to each other and transverse to a longitudinal axis of said elongated drive transmitter to allow said cutter element multiaxial pivoting relative to said elongated drive transmitter, and
f. wherein said pivot joint is mounted to said elongated drive transmitter and to said cutter element fixedly in the direction of said cutter oscillation axis and displaceably in directions perpendicular thereto to allow for displacement of said pivot joint relative to said cutter element in a first direction transverse to the cutter oscillation axis and to the longitudinal axis of said elongated drive transmitter and relative to said elongated drive transmitter and to said cutter element in a second direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of said elongated drive transmitter, wherein said elongated drive transmitter includes a shaft rotatable in an oscillating manner and extending from said handle into said shaver head, wherein a rigid drive pin is rigidly attached to a crank arm rigidly fixed to said shaft to execute an oscillating driving movement, said drive pin being connected to the cutter element by means of said pivot joint.

US Pat. No. 10,596,713

ACTUATED SENSOR MODULE AND METHOD FOR IN SITU GAP INSPECTION ROBOTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:a robot configured to navigate within a gap of a machine, the gap being defined by opposed surfaces within the machine; and
a sensor module connected to the robot, the sensor module including:
a mounting interface attached to the robot;
at least one arm operatively connected to the mounting interface and having a first joint and a second joint, wherein the at least one arm includes a length adjustment mechanism that adjusts a length of the at least one arm between the first joint and the second joint;
a sensor head operatively connected to the at least one arm at the first joint; and
a first actuator operatively connected to the at least one arm for moving the sensor head around the first joint and perpendicularly against one of the opposed surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,596,712

BRAKE TRIGGERING DEVICE FOR A ROBOT ARM

QUANTA STORAGE INC., Tao...

1. A brake triggering device for a robot arm, the brake triggering device comprising:a brake disk, a central shaft hole being formed on the brake disk, a pivot holder being disposed at an end of the brake disk, a plurality of positioning pins protruding from the brake disk and surrounding the central shaft hole, and at least one restoring spring sleeving at least one of the plurality of positioning pins;
an engaging plate, a plurality of through holes being formed on the engaging plate for allowing the plurality of positioning pins to slide through the plurality of through holes respectively, the at least one restoring spring being positioned between the engaging plate and the brake disk, and a plurality of engaging blocks protruding from the engaging plate;
a controlling plate formed in a ring shape, a pivot being disposed at an end of the controlling plate and disposed in the pivot holder, another end of the controlling plate opposite to the end of the controlling plate being a movable end to be pivoted around the pivot and above the engaging plate, and two pressing protrusions protruding from two sides of the controlling plate and positioned above the engaging plate respectively; and
a solenoid disposed above the movable end of the controlling plate for pushing or releasing the movable end;
wherein the solenoid actuates the movable end of the controlling plate to pivot the controlling plate around the pivot for driving the two pressing protrusions at the two sides of the controlling plate to push the engaging plate against the at least one restoring spring or to separate from the engaging plate, so as to lower or lift the plurality of engaging blocks on the engaging plate respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,596,711

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING DYNAMIC VACUUM PRESSURE IN AN ARTICULATED ARM END EFFECTOR

Berkshire Grey, Inc., Le...

1. A system for providing dynamic vacuum control to an end effector of an articulated arm, said system comprising:(i) a first air source for providing a positive air pressure;
(ii) a second air source for providing a negative air pressure; and
(iii) a multi-stage ejector coupled at a first end thereof to the first air source for receiving the positive air pressure and coupled at a second opposite end thereof to the second air source tier receiving the negative air pressure, wherein the first air source and the second air source are thereby provided to the multi-stage ejector that automatically selects between a first vacuum source that uses the first air source to provide a first vacuum pressure with a first maximum air flow rate and a second vacuum source that uses the second air source to provide a second vacuum pressure with a second maximum air flow rate responsive to a change in air pressure at an exit of the multi-stage ejector without using an independently actuatable valve, wherein the first vacuum pressure is at least about 90,000 Pascals below atmospheric, and said second vacuum pressure is no more than about 50,000 Pascals below atmospheric.

US Pat. No. 10,596,709

SELF-CONTAINED MODULAR MANUFACTURING TOOL RESPONSIVE TO LOCALLY STORED HISTORICAL DATA

MTM Robotics, LLC, Mukil...

1. A modular tool, comprising:an actuator mount configured to removably engage an actuator suited to maneuver a modular tool coupled thereto;
an interface configured to communicate with the actuator;
an end-effector disposed in modular tool and configured to accomplish a manufacturing function, the end-effector further including a memory having historical data about at least one previous function performed by the end-effector; and
a local controller disposed in the modular tool and enabled to control the end-effector in response to the historical data;
wherein:
at least one local controller is further enabled to receive an electronic start signal from a master control system that causes the at least one local controller to initiate the manufacturing function; and
the at least one local controller is further enabled to send an electronic finish signal to the master control system or to at least one other local controller indicating that manufacturing function is accomplished and enabled to send data about the historical data with the electronic finish signal.

US Pat. No. 10,596,708

INTERACTION DEVICE AND INTERACTION METHOD THEREOF

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. An interaction device comprising a processor and a memory storing at least one instruction to be executed by the processor, wherein the at least one instruction is configured to:perform a participation action state classifying corresponding to classifying a participation action state for each of the plurality of participants based on an external stimulus signal for each of the plurality of participants;
perform a participation degree calculating corresponding to calculating a participation degree value for each of the plurality of participants based on the external stimulus signal for each of the plurality of participants;
perform a role classifying corresponding to classifying a role for each of a plurality of participants based on both of the participation action state for each of the plurality of participants and the participation degree value for each of the plurality of participants; and
perform an action adjusting corresponding to performing different interaction operations for each of the plurality of participants based on the role for each of the plurality of participants,
wherein the role is any one of an active participant, a addressee, a side-participant, and a bystander,
wherein the role of each of the plurality of participants is determined in order of the active participant, the addressee, the side-participant and the bystander in descending order of the participation degree value corresponding to each of the plurality of participants,
wherein the participation action state indicates a subsequent expected order of interaction for each of the plurality of participants,
wherein the participation action state is any one of a Grab state, a Release state, a Wait state and a Keep state,
wherein the Grab state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently fetch the order of interaction,
wherein the Release state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently hand over the order of interaction to another participant,
wherein the Wait state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently wait for the order of interaction, and
wherein the Keep state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently keep the order of interaction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,707

ARTICLE TRANSFER DEVICE

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. An article transfer device comprising:at least one robot configured to perform a workpiece picking operation with respect to a conveyor for transferring a plurality of workpieces;
a camera configured to sequentially capture images of the workpieces on the conveyor; and
a computer comprising a processor, wherein the computer is configured to execute:
a workpiece identification process which performs workpiece detection in the images captured by the camera;
a workpiece information storage process which stores workpiece information about a position and an angle of each detected workpiece in a storage device, when the workpiece detection is performed in the workpiece identification process;
an identical workpiece determination process which compares the workpiece information of each of the detected workpieces in a newly captured image, to which the workpiece detection is performed, with the workpiece information of each of the detected workpieces in a previously captured image, to which the workpiece detection is performed, to determine whether one or more of the detected workpieces that are identical to the detected workpieces in the previously captured image exist in the newly captured image;
a determination process which performs, for at least one detected workpiece determined as an identical one in the identical workpiece determination process, a first determination that determines a degree of match between the workpiece information in the newly captured image and a predetermined model, and a second determination that determines a degree of match between the workpiece information in the previously captured image and the predetermined model;
a workpiece information selection process which performs selection to store in the storage device only one of the workpiece information of the newly captured image and the workpiece information of the previously captured image, wherein the degree of match of the workpiece information which is to be stored is higher than the degree of match of the workpiece information which is not to be stored;
wherein the computer is further configured to execute:
an interference area setting process which sets an interference area for each of the detected workpieces in each of the images; and
an interference determination process which determines whether or not the interference area of the each detected workpiece interferes with a contour of another detected workpiece; and
wherein the robot does not perform the workpiece picking operation for detected workpieces to which interference is determined by the interference determination process.

US Pat. No. 10,596,706

MECHANISM-PARAMETER-CALIBRATION METHOD FOR ROBOTIC ARM SYSTEM

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A mechanism-parametric-calibration method for a robotic arm system, wherein the robotic arm system comprises a robotic arm and a measuring instrument, and the mechanism-parametric-calibration method comprises:controlling, according to n mechanism parameter sets, the robotic arm performing n actions so that an end of the robotic arm moves toward n corresponding predictive positioning-points;
determining a predictive relative-displacement equation of each two of the n predictive positioning-points;
sensing, using the measuring instrument, three-dimensional measured positioning-points corresponding to the end of the robotic arm after the robotic arm performs each of the n actions;
determining, according to the n three-dimensional measured positioning-points, a measured relative-displacement moved by the end of the robotic arm when the robotic arm performs each two of the n actions;
deriving an optimization equation corresponding to the robotic arm from the predictive relative-displacement equations and the measured relative-displacements;
obtaining, by the optimization equation, a set of mechanism parametric deviations of the robotic arm; and
calibrating, by the set of mechanism parametric deviations, the n mechanism parameter sets of the robotic arm;
wherein the optimization equation for a specific status of the robotic arm is presented as:
andwherein ?Mi,j is the measured relative-displacement, G(Si,Sj,?S(rConfig)) is the predictive relative-displacement equation, Si and Sj are the mechanism parameter sets, ?S(rConfig) is the set of mechanism parametric deviations related to the specific status of the robotic arm, and ?S??S(rConfig); and
wherein when an ambient temperature of the robotic arm changes or a stress variation on the robotic arm exceeds a predetermined range, re-obtaining the set of mechanism parametric deviations corresponding to a current robot configuration of the robotic arm by the optimization equation;
wherein the factors causing the change of the stress variation of the robotic arm comprise hand systems, positioning regions, gravity directions, and payloads; and
wherein when the robotic arm has NHS hand systems, NPR positioning regions, NMD mounting directions, NPL payloads, and NAT ambient temperatures, the total number N of sets of mechanism parametric deviations ?S(rConfig) for each robot configurations is obtain by the following equation:
N=NHS×NPR×NMD×NPL×NAT.

US Pat. No. 10,596,705

MOBILE ROBOT WITH COLLISION ANTICIPATION

ABB SCHWEIZ AG, Baden (C...

1. A mobile robot (1) having energizable and steerable running gear (2) and at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3) mounted on the energizable and steerable running gear (2), a proximity sensor system comprising a plurality of proximity sensors, said proximity sensor system configured for sensing obstacles (29) in the surroundings of the robot (1) and a navigation path controller (32), responsive to said proximity sensor system sensed obstacles (29) and to destination location coordinate data and current location coordinate data, for calculating a route (34) on which the energizable and steerable running gear (2) is able to travel from said current location to said destination location past the sensed obstacles (29) without any collisions occurring, characterised in that the navigation path controller (32) is adapted to transmit, prior to energizing said energizable and steerable running gear (2) of said mobile robot (1), information relating to the calculated route (34) to a robot navigation controller (31) for each of the at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3), and wherein the robot navigation controller (31.1, 31.2, 31.3) is responsive to said proximity sensor system and to said calculated route (34), for examining the calculated route (34) for a risk of collision between the sensed obstacles (29) and each of the at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3) and responsive to examining the calculated route (34) for a risk of collision between the sensed obstacles (29) and a current position of each of the at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3), said robot navigation controller (31.1, 31.2, 31.3) configured for determining that there is a risk of a collision between the sensed obstacles (29) and a current position of each of the at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3) as said energizable and steerable running gear (2) of said mobile robot (1) moves said mobile robot (1) along said calculated route (34), and responsive to said determination, for calculating a permissible position for each of the robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3) with reference to the sensed obstacles (29) as said energizable and steerable running gear (2) of said mobile robot (1) moves said mobile robot (1) along said calculated route (34) and for causing said at least one robot arm (5.1, 5.2, 5.3) to move into said permissible position as said energizable and steerable running gear (2) of said mobile robot (1) moves said mobile robot (1) along said calculated route (34).

US Pat. No. 10,596,704

GENERATE, SIMULATE, AND EXECUTE A REUSABLE ROBOTICS SOLUTION RECIPE TO EXECUTE A ROBOTIC SOLUTION

Rapyuta Robotics Co., Ltd...

1. A computer implemented method to generate, simulate, and execute a reusable robotic solution recipe for executing a robotic solution, the method comprising:at a web user interface of a software framework, receiving a selection of one or more hardware components to be included in the reusable robotic solution recipe;
at the web user interface of the software framework, displaying one or more software components as suggestion corresponding to the selected one or more hardware components;
receiving a selection of a software component from the displayed one more software components to be included in the reusable robotic solution recipe;
deploying the reusable robotic solution recipe to a hardware-vendor agnostic controller;
the hardware-vendor agnostic controller executing the reusable robotic solution recipe to:
determine one or more hardware component configuration and environment component configuration of the environment for executing the robotic solution;
invoke a model descriptor file to determine defined one or more hardware components configuration and environment data configuration of one or more of a simulated hardware component and the selected one or more hardware components defined to execute the robotic solution, the simulated hardware component is a simulation of the one or more hardware components;
based on the determined and the defined one or more hardware components configuration and environment component configuration, initiating execution of the robotic solution;
determine whether a real-time sensor data received from a sensor at the one or more of the simulated hardware component and the one or more hardware components matches with one of a hardware and environment related constraint condition defined at the reusable robotic solution recipe;
determine an execution instruction based on the matched condition; and
send the determined execution instruction to the simulated hardware component and the selected one or more hardware components for executing the robotic solution.

US Pat. No. 10,596,703

PARAMETRIC GENERATION OF INTERLOCKING JOINTS

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:obtaining a virtual model of an object that is to be assembled by securing a first element and a second element to each other, the virtual model specifying pre-cut physical characteristics of the first element and the second element, the pre-cut physical characteristics including:
first pre-cut dimensions of the first element and one or more first physical properties of a material of the first element; and
second pre-cut dimensions of the second element and one or more second physical properties of a material of the second element;
determining, using the virtual model and for each of the first element and the second element, cut dimensions that indicate a manner in which the element is to be altered such that the altered first element and the altered second element include interlockable features that are capable of interlocking with each other, including:
selecting, from a set of element cutting options, one or more element cutting options that correspond to the pre-cut physical characteristics of the first element and the second element, wherein each cutting option correlates cut dimensions with pre-cut physical characteristics of a set of pre-cut elements;
determining, using the virtual model and the one or more element cutting options, multiple candidate cut dimensions of the first element or the second element; and
selecting, from the multiple candidate cut dimensions, particular cut dimensions of the first element or the second element based on (i) a physical characteristic of the element after being altered using each of the multiple cut dimensions and (ii) one or more criteria for the physical characteristic of the element;
generating data that indicates the particular cut dimensions of the first element or the second element; and
providing the data that indicates the particular cut dimensions to one or more computers that are associated with fabricating or assembling the object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,702

RECONFIGURABLE MOBILE CABLE ROBOT

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE TEC...

1. A method for defining an optimal configuration of a reconfigurable set of cable of a cable robot, said method comprising steps of:obtaining a material layout of the cable robot, the cable robot comprising:
a platform supporting an effector;
a plurality of cables, each connected on one end to an attachment point on the platform and extending from this attachment point to an anchoring point attached to a supporting structure, said anchoring points being contained in more than one plane;
wherein the plurality of cables comprises a set of driving cables whose ends are connected to a winch;
wherein the plurality of cables comprises a set of reconfigurable cables, whose anchoring points are movable relative to the supporting structure;
wherein the supporting structure is beared by a set of independent mobile bases comprising anchorings to fix said mobile bases to the ground;
obtaining a targeted trajectory of the effector, discretized in segments of suitable length;
obtaining external forces wrench applied to the platform in each point of the aforesaid the discretized trajectory;
obtaining a discrete set of starting configurations, of the reconfigurable set;
analyzing, for each starting configuration, an ability to reach all the segments of the targeted trajectory under static equilibrium conditions according to the applied external forces and to the obtained material layout, and to eliminate the less promising starting configurations;
determining among remaining configurations, dominant configurations covering the targeted trajectory and including other configurations;
gathering nondominant configurations according to their coverage by dominant configurations;
seeking for singular segments covered by only one dominant configuration, and eliminate configurations comprised in the dominant solutions which do not cover the singular segments;
determining among the configurations remaining after seeking singular segments, a minimal combination of configurations covering the whole of the segments obtained at the targeted trajectory obtaining step;
generating a trajectory program integrating configuration changes determined at the step of determining the minimal combination of configurations, and transmitting the trajectory program to a control unit of the cable robot in order to carry out the trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,596,701

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH ENHANCED SCANNING MECHANISM

MUJIN, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for operating a robotic system, the method comprising:receiving imaging data representing a pickup area including a target object;
determining an initial pose of the target object based on the imaging data;
calculating a confidence measure associated with the initial pose, wherein the confidence measure is indicative of a likelihood of the initial pose being accurate;
deriving, based on the confidence measure, an approach location and at least one scanning location, the approach location defining a location for an end-effector of a robotic arm to contact and grip the target object, the scanning location defining a location for the end-effector to present one or more surfaces of the target object before one or more corresponding object scanners so as to scan one or more object identifiers,
deriving, based on the derived approached location and the scanning location, a motion plan, wherein the motion plan includes commands, settings, or a combination thereof, for operating the robotic arm and the end-effector to execute a task based on (1) picking up the target object from a start location, (2) transferring the target object to a task location, and (3) presenting the one or more object identifiers to the one or more object scanners located between the start location and the task location; and
implementing the motion plan for operating one or more actuation devices to execute the task;
wherein deriving the approach location and the at least one scanning location and deriving the motion plan include:
calculating a set of available approach locations about the start location for the target object, wherein the set of available approach locations represents positions for placing the end-effector to grip the target object without disturbing other objects;
calculating a candidate plan for each available approach location in the set of available approach locations, wherein the candidate plan includes a candidate scanning location;
calculating a performance metric for each candidate plan, wherein the performance metric corresponds to a throughput rate associated with a distance traversed by the target object, an estimated transfer duration, a number of commands or setting changes, a completion rate associated with the corresponding available approach location, or a combination thereof for placing the target object at the task location; and
selectively calculating the approach location and the scanning location according to the corresponding performance metric and/or a scanning metric, wherein:
the scanning metric corresponds to a likelihood of at least one of the object identifiers remaining uncovered by the end-effector regardless of whether or not the initial pose is accurate, and
the approach location is an available approach location in the set corresponding to the highest performance metric and/or the highest scanning metric.

US Pat. No. 10,596,700

SYSTEM AND CALIBRATION, REGISTRATION, AND TRAINING METHODS

Carbon Robotics, Inc., S...

1. A method for manipulating a multi-link robotic arm, the method comprising:at a first time, recording a first optical image through an optical sensor arranged proximal a distal end of the robotic arm proximal an end effector;
detecting a global reference feature in a first position in the first optical image;
in response to detecting the global reference feature in the first optical image, virtually locating a preplanned trajectory relative to the first position of the global reference feature in the first optical image, the preplanned trajectory defining an object keypoint representing an estimated location of a target object within range of the end effector;
driving a set of actuators within the robotic arm to move the end effector along the preplanned trajectory, virtually located relative to the global reference feature, toward the object keypoint;
at a second time succeeding the first time, recording a second optical image through the optical sensor;
detecting an object feature in a second position in the second optical image, the object feature representing the target object;
in response to detecting the object feature in the second optical image, virtually aligning the object keypoint of the preplanned trajectory to the object feature based on the second position of the object feature in the second optical image; and
driving the set of actuators to move the end effector along the preplanned trajectory, virtually aligned to the object feature, toward the target object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,699

PARALLEL MECHANISM MASTICATOR AND CHEWING APPARATUS

1. A masticator and chewing apparatus comprising:a) a parallel mechanism;
b) a frame of the apparatus;
c) an upper denture attached to a stationary platform;
d) a lower denture attached to a moving platform;
e) one or more rotary cranks configured to be synchronously driven by a motor via a transmission;
f) three passive ball-jointed rods jointed to the frame of the apparatus; and
g) three driving ball-jointed rods jointed to the rotary cranks;
wherein the moving platform is supported and driven in mandibular motion by the ball-jointed rods;
wherein the phase angle, radii and location of said rotary cranks relative to the frame, the location of the passive-rod ends relative to the frame, and the lengths of the ball-jointed rods are adjustable and are configured to be adjusted such as to simulate a prescribed motion between said dentures.

US Pat. No. 10,596,698

MACHINE LEARNING DEVICE, ROBOT CONTROL SYSTEM, AND MACHINE LEARNING METHOD

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A machine learning device for use with, and configured to perform reinforcement learning with respect to a robot control system,the robot control system comprising:
an illumination means that irradiates a surface to be inspected of an object to be inspected with illumination light;
an imaging means that images the surface to be inspected;
a robot that includes a robot hand;
a control unit that, while moving the robot hand gripping the object to be inspected or the imaging means, along a movement route including a plurality of imaging points set on the surface to be inspected so that the surface to be inspected is entirely covered by a plurality of images imaged by the imaging means, causes the imaging means to image the imaging points set on the surface to be inspected; and
a flaw inspection unit that detects a flaw on the surface to be inspected on the basis of the image obtained by imaging the surface to be inspected by the imaging means,
the machine learning device comprising:
an action information output unit that outputs action information including adjustment information of the imaging region including the imaging points, to the control unit;
a state information acquisition unit that acquires state information from the control unit and the flaw inspection unit resulting from a number N of images, obtained by imaging the surface to be inspected by the imaging means by moving the robot hand gripping the object to be inspected or the imaging means by the control unit, based on the action information, the state information including the number N and flaw detection information, the flaw detection information including a flaw detection position of the surface to be inspected, detected by the flaw inspection unit, with respect to each of a plurality of objects to be inspected prepared in advance;
a reward output unit that outputs a reward value in the reinforcement learning based on the number N and the flaw detection information including the flaw detection positions included in the state information; and
a value function updating unit that updates an action value function based on the reward value, the state information, and the action information.

US Pat. No. 10,596,697

ROBOT ASSEMBLING SYSTEM AND ROBOT ASSEMBLING METHOD FOR CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

Tyco Electronics (Shangha...

1. A robot assembling system, comprising:a first assembling workstation configured to assemble a contact of a connector assembly and a light guide pipe of the connector assembly to form a contact subassembly;
a second assembling workstation configured to assemble the contact subassembly and a cage to form the connector assembly, the connector assembly including:
the cage having a middle vertical partition plate and a plurality of horizontal partition plates connected to each side of the middle vertical partition plate, the middle vertical partition plate and the horizontal partition plates dividing an inner space of the cage into a plurality of chambers;
the contact mounted in one of the chambers of the cage; and
the light guide pipe mounted on the contact and extending into a space defined between the horizontal partition plates; and
a robot configured to transmit the cage, the light guide pipe, the contact, or the contact subassembly between the first assembling workstation and the second assembling workstation and configured to assist an assembling operation at the first assembling workstation and the second assembling workstation.

US Pat. No. 10,596,695

REPLACING A FIRST ROBOT WITH A SECOND ROBOT DURING PERFORMANCE OF A TASK BY THE FIRST ROBOT

X DEVELOPMENT LLC, Mount...

1. A method implemented by one or more processors, comprising:identifying a robot task of a user;
selecting a first robot to perform the robot task;
identifying a computing device of the user that is located remote from the first robot;
establishing a first session between the computing device and the first robot to perform the robot task, wherein during the first session:
the computing device displays a first robot video feed, the first robot video feed being transmitted to the computing device from the first robot, and being a feed from a first robot camera of the first robot;
during the first session, determining a need for the first robot to perform an alternative task;
selecting a second robot to perform the robot task in response to determining the need for the first robot to perform the alternative task;
directing the second robot to navigate to a location proximal to the first robot;
determining that the second robot has reached the location proximal to the first robot;
in response to determining the second robot has reached the location proximal to the first robot:
replacing the first session with a second session between the computing device and the second robot to perform the robot task, wherein during the second session:
the first robot video feed is replaced by a second robot video feed, the second robot video feed being transmitted to the computing device from the second robot, and being from a second robot camera of the second robot; and
in response to determining the second robot has reached the location proximal to the first robot:
directing the first robot to a second location to perform the alternative task.

US Pat. No. 10,596,694

APPARATUS WITH HAND GRIP AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING HAND GRIP

TRANSFORM SR BRANDS LLC, ...

1. A method of mounting a hand grip, the method comprising:placing the hand grip formed of wood in a recess of a handle formed of a malleable metal, wherein the hand grip comprises a base surface, a top surface opposite the base surface, a first end wall surface, and a second end wall surface opposite the first end wall surface, and wherein the first end wall surface and the second end wall surface taper the hand grip from the base surface to the top surface; and
after placing the hand grip in the recess, deforming at least a portion of a first end wall of the recess such that at least malleable metal of the first end wall directly engages the first end wall surface of the hand grip and prevents removal of the hand grip from the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,596,693

POWER TOOL WITH DETACHABLE AUXILIARY HANDLE

1. A power tool and auxiliary handle combination, wherein the auxiliary handle is releasably engaged to a handle mounting shank on the power tool by a quick-connect mechanism, when the auxiliary handle is detached from the power tool with the quick-connect mechanism, it could be used as a quick-connect hand tool; the auxiliary handle has a hole, and the quick-connect mechanism has a quick-connect shank which extends into the hole; the quick-connect mechanism is separable from the auxiliary handle and the quick-connect shank can then be inserted in the power tool chuck as quick bit change device.

US Pat. No. 10,596,692

TOOL COMBINATION

1. A tool combination comprising:a body having a left portion and a right portion, the left portion and the right portion being symmetric to each other relative to a vertical plane, the body having a top portion and a bottom portion, the top portion and the bottom portion being symmetric to each other relative to a horizontal plane, the vertical plane intersecting the horizontal plane at an axis of the body;
the left portion and the right portion respectively having a left recess and a right recess which is symmetric to the left recess, the left recess having a left space defined in a front portion thereof, the right recess having a right space defined in a front portion thereof, the left space being symmetric to the right space, two left holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the front portion of the left recess, two right holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the front portion of the right recess, the front portion of each of the left recess and the right recess communicating with a front recessed area defined in a front end of the body; wherein a middle portion of the left recess having at least one left clip groove formed therein, a middle portion of the right recess having at least one right clip groove formed therein, and
the top portion and the bottom portion respectively having a top recess and a bottom recess which is symmetric to the top recess, the top recess having a top space defined in a rear portion thereof, the bottom recess having a bottom space defined in a rear portion thereof, the top space being symmetric to the bottom space, two top holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the rear portion of the top recess, two bottom holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the rear portion of the bottom recess, the rear portion of each of the top recess and the bottom recess communicating with a rear recessed area defied in a rear end of the body, the left recess, the right recess, the top recess and the bottom recess being identical, the left space, the right space, the top space and the bottom space being identical; wherein, a middle portion of the top recess having at least one top clip groove formed therein, a middle portion of the bottom recess having at least one bottom clip groove formed therein; and wherein, the at least one left clip groove, the at least one right clip groove, the at least one top clip groove and the at least one bottom clip groove respectively clipping a handle of at least one screwdriver bit, and the left space, the right space, the top space and the bottom space respectively receiving a function end of the at least one screwdriver bit.

US Pat. No. 10,596,691

DEVICES AND METHODS OF USING THEM TO ASSEMBLE TWO OR MORE WORKPIECES TO EACH OTHER

1. A device configured to attach two workpieces to each other, the device comprising:a base comprising a planar member configured to engage a planar surface of a first workpiece, the base further comprising a second member coupled to the planar member, the second member configured to engage a first planar surface of a second workpiece positioned adjacent to the first workpiece, the second member further configured to receive an attachment device;
a first handle coupled to the base, in which the first handle comprises a first internal valve configured to fluidically couple to an external pressure source, in which the first handle further comprises a first plunger configured to actuate the first internal valve to an open position after movement of the first plunger from a first position to a second position and to close the first internal valve after release of the first plunger to the first position, wherein in the open position the first internal valve permits air pressure to build in the device;
a second handle coupled to the base, in which the second handle comprises a second internal valve configured to fluidically couple to the first internal valve of the first handle upon movement of the first plunger of the first handle to the second position of the first internal valve, in which the second handle further comprises a second plunger configured to actuate the second internal valve to an open position after movement of the second plunger from a first position to a second position and to close the second internal valve after release of the second plunger to the first position, wherein the second internal valve is configured to fluidically couple to the attachment device when the second plunger is moved to the second position to actuate the attachment device and cause the attachment device to insert a first fastener into the first and second workpieces to hold them together, wherein, after insertion of the first fastener into the first and second workpieces, the second plunger is configured to be released to permit movement of the second plunger from the second position to the first position to permit air pressure to build up again in the device, when the first plunger remains in the second position, before a second movement of the second plunger from the first position to the second position causes the attachment device to insert a second fastener into the first and second workpieces; and
a pneumatic cylinder coupled to the planar member of the base and fluidically coupled to the first internal valve of the first handle upon movement of the first plunger of the first handle from the first position to the second position, the pneumatic cylinder configured to engage a second planar surface of the second workpiece when the first plunger is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,596,690

DRIVING TOOL FOR DRIVING FASTENING MEANS INTO A WORKPIECE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A driving tool for driving fastening means into a workpiece by driving-in cycles, comprising:an actuator unit for driving the fastening means into the workpiece, wherein the actuator unit includes a working cylinder with an associated working piston connected to a driving punch, wherein the working piston is movable linearly along the working cylinder to move the driving punch during each driving-in cycle;
a triggering assembly for triggering each driving-in cycle of the actuator unit, the triggering assembly having a manually actuatable trigger lever, a workpiece contact element that is actuatable by placing the driving tool onto the workpiece, and a trigger valve with a valve piston movable between a non-actuating position that does not trigger movement of the working piston and an actuating position that triggers application of a working pressure to a driving volume of the working cylinder to move the working piston;
wherein each individual sequence of an actuation of the workpiece contact element with subsequent actuation of the trigger lever causes movement of the valve piston to the actuating position in order to trigger one of the driving-in cycles according to a single shot mode of the driving tool,
wherein, with the trigger lever continuously actuated, each individual actuation of the workpiece contact element causes movement of the valve piston to the actuating position to trigger one of the driving-in cycles according to a bump firing mode of the driving tool,
a resetting assembly for resetting the driving tool from the bump firing mode to the single shot mode, wherein the resetting assembly includes a control volume that is coupled by a fluid path to the working cylinder, wherein the resetting assembly is activated in the bump firing mode by movement of the working piston and the driving punch during each driving-in cycle so that the fluid path from the working cylinder to the control volume applies the working pressure to the control volume, wherein the resetting assembly is configured such that, after a delay time starting from activation of the resetting assembly and determined by a pressure in the control volume falling below a limit value due to venting of air from the control volume, the resetting assembly automatically causes switching of the driving tool from the bump firing mode into the single shot mode by preventing actuation of the workpiece contact element from moving the valve piston to the actuating position so long as the trigger lever remains continuously actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,596,689

ENGINE SERVICING SYSTEM

15. An engine servicing system for compressing valve springs on an assembled engine, said system comprising:a motorcycle having an engine, said engine having a cylinder head, an intake valve and an exhaust valve;
a mount being selectively coupled to said cylinder head, said mount comprising:
a first plate having a first surface, a second surface and a perimeter edge extending therebetween, said perimeter edge having a first lateral side, a second lateral side, a front side and a back side, said first plate having a pair of first apertures extending through said first surface and said second surface, each of said first apertures being positioned closer to said first lateral side than said second lateral side, each of said first apertures being spaced apart from each other and being aligned with each other, said first plate having a second aperture extending through said first surface and said second surface, said second aperture being centrally positioned between each of said first apertures, said second aperture being positioned closer to said first apertures than said second lateral side, said first plate having a third aperture extending through said first surface and said second surface, said third aperture being aligned with said second aperture, said third aperture being positioned closer to said second lateral side than said second aperture, said third aperture being elongated between said first lateral side and said second lateral side such that said third aperture has an ovoid shape,
a second plate having a primary surface, a secondary surface and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge being coupled to said first surface of said first plate having said second plate being oriented perpendicular to said first plate, said second plate having a fourth aperture extending through said primary surface and said secondary surface, said second plate extending between said front side and said back side of said first plate, said second plate being positioned closer to said second aperture in said first plate than said third aperture in said first plate, and
a third plate having a primary surface, a secondary surface and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge of said third plate being coupled to said first surface of said first plate having said third plate being oriented perpendicular to said first plate, said third plate having a fifth aperture extending through said primary surface and said secondary surface of said third plate, said third plate extending between said front side and said back side of said first plate, said third plate being positioned between said third aperture on said first plate and said second lateral side, said third plate being perpendicular to said second plate and positioned in spaced relationship parallel to and aligned with said second plate;
a plurality of bolts, each of said bolts extending through said mount and engaging said cylinder head at predetermined points on said cylinder head to retain said mount on said cylinder head; and
a compression unit being removably coupled to said mount wherein said compression unit is configured to be manipulated, said compression unit engaging each of said intake valve and said exhaust valve such that said compression unit selectively compresses each of said intake valve and said exhaust valve thereby facilitating each of said intake valve and said exhaust valve to be serviced while said engine is mounted in said motorcycle without removing said cylinder head from said engine, said compression unit comprising:
a rod, said rod being extended perpendicularly through said second plate and said third plate wherein said rod is rotatable relative to each of said second plate and said third plate, said rod having a primary end, a secondary end, and an outer surface extending therebetween, said outer surface having a plurality of intersecting sides adjacent to said primary end wherein said plurality of intersecting sides is configured to be engaged by a wrench to facilitate rotation of said rod, and
a fourth plate, said fourth plate having a first end and a second end, said fourth plate being coupled to said rod having said rod being oriented perpendicular to a line extending through said first end and said second end of said fourth plate wherein said fourth plate is pivoted by rotation of said rod relative to said second plate and said third plate, said first end of said fourth plate and said second end of said fourth plate being positioned on opposite sides of said rod wherein the first end and the second end are configured to simultaneously engage a respective one of the intake valve and the exhaust valve.

US Pat. No. 10,596,688

NON-METALLIC SPLINE ADAPTER EXTRACTOR

1. An extractor for removing a spline adapter from a housing, the extractor comprising:a crown element configured for contact with the housing;
a drive rod that extends primarily in a longitudinal direction so as to define a drive rod length, wherein the drive rod defines a blind bore that threadingly receives the crown element; and
a mandrel that defines a mandrel length that extends from a fixed diameter base portion to an adjustable diameter head portion so as to be less than the drive rod length, wherein the mandrel threadingly receives the drive rod and defines a plurality of slots extending in the longitudinal direction so as to permit radial compression of the head portion, wherein the drive rod is adapted to extend through the mandrel and the spline adapter such that the crown element contacts a contact area of the housing to bias the mandrel and the spline adapter in a direction away from the contact area as the drive rod is threaded through the mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,687

TORQUE SOCKET HAVING LOCKING AND RELEASING FUNCTION

1. A torque socket having locking and releasing function, comprising:a shaft rod, radially formed with a flange, wherein two sides of said flange are respectively and axially extended with an insertion tenon allowing a rotation tool to be connected and a core shaft axially formed with a shaft hole, an outer circumference of said core shaft is radially formed with at least one cut groove communicated with said shaft hole, and radially formed with a first friction surface;
a shaft cylinder, having two axial sides thereof respectively formed with a shaft slot allowing said core shaft to be received and a sleeve tube formed with a sleeve slot, wherein said sleeve slot is served to allow a drive head to be inserted, a second friction surface being in contact with said first friction surface is radially formed inside said shaft slot; and
a locking and releasing mechanism, including:
a first elastic member, sleeved on said sleeve tube and abutted against one end of said sleeve tube;
a slide sleeve, formed with a tube slot sleeved with said shaft cylinder and an outer side of said flange, wherein an opening at one side of said tube slot is formed with an accommodation chamber allowing said first elastic member to be accommodated and abutted against, said sleeve tube is radially formed with a positioning hole allowing a positioning ball to be received, and an inner circumference of said slide sleeve is respectively formed with a stopping wall and a ball chamber corresponding to locations of said positioning ball during two elastic sliding strokes, and
a fasten ring, fastened at another end of said sleeve tube for preventing said slide sleeve from being released from said sleeve tube;
when said positioning ball is pressed by stopping wall, a part of said positioning ball is exposed in said sleeve slot, so that a sleeve rod of said drive head is unable to be inserted or said positioning ball is buckled in a buckle slot of said sleeve rod; when said slide sleeve is elastically slid at an outer side of said shaft cylinder, said ball chamber is served to allow a part of said positioning ball to be accommodated, thereby allowing said sleeve rod to be inserted into or released from said sleeve slot.

US Pat. No. 10,596,686

PNEUMATIC IMPULSE WRENCH WITH POWER CONTROL UNIT

ATLAS COPCO INDUSTRIAL TE...

1. A pneumatic impulse wrench comprising:a housing with an impulse unit powered by a motor;
a pressure air inlet passage;
an exhaust air outlet passage located in the housing and connected to the motor;
a motor power controlling valve mechanism located in the exhaust air outlet passage for control of exhaust air flow from the motor;
a control pressure passage extending between the air inlet passage and the valve mechanism for communicating actual air inlet pressure to the valve mechanism; and
an operating mode shifting valve which is provided in the housing and which is shiftable between (i) an open position to allow communication through the control pressure passage to set the pneumatic impulse wrench in an automatic valve mechanism operating mode in which the valve mechanism automatically controls the exhaust air flow from the motor in response to an actual torque load on the motor, and (ii) a closed position to block communication through the control pressure passage to set the pneumatic impulse wrench in a manual valve mechanism operating mode in which the valve mechanism is configured to be manually adjusted and set in a fixed position.

US Pat. No. 10,596,685

ENGAGING PORTION FOR A HAND TOOL

1. A hand tool comprising:a body being a cylindrical body and having a mounting portion defined in a first end thereof, the mounting portion being a hexagonal recess which includes six side faces, each side face having a function portion formed on a central portion thereof, the function portion connected between two contact faces of each side face, six curved recess defined alternatively between the side faces, each function portion including two consecutive recesses, each recess being a V-shaped recess with two equal inclined sides, a first angle defined between the two equal inclined sides of each recess and the first angle being 90 degrees, a peak point formed between the two consecutive recesses of each side face, the peak point of each side face being located on the same plane with the contact faces, a first length being defined between two respective outer ends of the two contact faces of each side face, a second length being defined between two respective contact points of the two recesses and the two contact faces;
the mounting hole being defined by an imaginary hexagonal column which includes an axis and six sides, each side of the imaginary hexagonal column located corresponding to each contact face, a length of each side being defined as a third length, the first length being 0.5 to 0.65 of the third length, an imaginary perpendicular line that is perpendicular to the axis, the peak point located on the perpendicular line, a center of each curved recess located on a connection line passing through the axis and one of six corners of the imaginary hexagonal column, and
a length between any two facing sides of the imaginary hexagonal column being defined as a fourth length, the first length being 0.035 to 0.045 of the fourth length.

US Pat. No. 10,596,684

EXPANDABLE TORQUE TOOL

ToolTech, LLC, Phoenix, ...

1. An apparatus for engaging and rotating a workpiece, comprising:a body having a cavity with a central longitudinal cavity axis disposed at a center of the cavity;
the cavity having a plurality of receptacles, each of the receptacles having a partly cylindrical receptacle surface and an opening facing inward toward the cavity axis, each of the receptacles having a central longitudinal receptacle axis that is parallel to and offset from the cavity axis and disposed at a center of each partly cylindrical receptacle surface;
a plurality of jaws, each of the jaws having a cam portion within a corresponding one of the receptacles and a workpiece engaging portion protruding from the cavity and located exterior of the body;
each of the cam portions having a partly cylindrical cam portion outer surface that is received in engagement with the respective partly cylindrical receptacle surface within one of the receptacles, each of the cam portions having a pair of flat flanks that protrude inward from the opening of one of the receptacles toward the cavity axis, each flank of the respective pairs of flanks intersecting each other at an inner corner that is radially inward from the cam portion outer surface relative to the cavity axis, each of the flanks of each of the cam portions abutting a corresponding one of the flanks of another of the cam portions;
each of the engaging portions having an outer surface configured to engage a hole within the workpiece; and wherein
rotation of the body relative to the jaws causes the partly cylindrical receptacle surfaces to rotate relative to the corresponding cam portion outer surfaces, the inner corners of the flank pairs to move outward from the cavity axis, and the outer surfaces of the engaging portions to move from a contracted position to an expanded position.

US Pat. No. 10,596,683

FIXTURE DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURE OF AERONAUTICAL STRUCTURES AND A METHOD FOR APPLYING THE DEVICE

1. A jig for holding a first structural aeronautical article in mutual position relative to a second structural aeronautical article, the jig comprising:a plurality of elongated first level connection bars having a first predetermined length and comprising a first end and a second end, each of the first ends and the second ends operatively connected to the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article, respectively, such that the first level connection bars are in between the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article;
a plurality of second level connection bars having a second predetermined length, each having first and second ends; and
couplers that are releasably coupled into apertures of the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article, and to the first and second ends of the first and second level connection bars, wherein first ends of the second level connection bars are coupled to couplers of the second structural aeronautical article and second ends of the second level connection bars are coupled to couplers of a third structural aeronautical article, such that the second level connection bars are in between the second structural aeronautical article and the third structural aeronautical article,
wherein:
a first fixed distance between the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article is determined by the first predetermined length of the plurality of elongated first level connection bars; and
a second fixed distance between the second structural aeronautical article and the third structural aeronautical article is determined by the second predetermined length of the plurality of second level connection bars.

US Pat. No. 10,596,682

CLAMP ASSEMBLY

Sherwood Manufacturing Co...

1. A clamp adapter for use with a lever operated quick connect clamp having two spaced apart clamping arms comprisinga body having an upper section dimensioned to be slidably received between the clamping arms and a base having a width greater than the spacing between the clamping arms,
a first fastener threadably attached to said body and dimensioned to abut against the clamping arms so that said upper section of said body is entrapped between said fastener and said base,
a rod slidably positioned in a bore in said body, and
a second fastener threadably mounted in a hole in said body, said hole intersecting and open to said bore.

US Pat. No. 10,596,681

ABRASIVE ARTICLE AND METHOD OF FORMING

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive article comprising:a substrate comprising an elongated body;
a tacking layer overlying the substrate;
a first type of abrasive particle overlying and in contact with the tacking layer, wherein the tacking layer comprises a plated material, wherein the tacking layer has a thickness of not greater than about 10 microns, and wherein the tacking layer comprises an average thickness of at least 11% and not greater than 30% of an average particle size of the first type of abrasive particle; and
a bonding layer overlying the first type of abrasive particle and the tacking layer,
wherein the abrasive article comprises a ratio C/ttl of at least about 2 and not greater than about 25, where C represents the concentration of abrasive particles in particles per mm of substrate and ttl represents the tacking layer thickness in percent of the average abrasive particle size.

US Pat. No. 10,596,680

HAND GRINDER AND METHOD OF COUPLING GRINDING DISC OF HAND GRINDER

1. A hand grinder comprising:a grinder main body;
a coupler comprising:
a power transfer member coupled to a rotary shaft of a grinder main body; and
a main body provided between the grinder main body and power transfer member;
a grinding disc comprising:
a grinding stone having a hollow disc plate; and
a coupling portion provided at a central portion of the grinding stone and detachably coupled to the coupler;
a plurality of hook steps that are radially arranged along an outer circumference of an upper end portion of the power transfer member;
a plurality of coupling pieces that are radially arranged on an inner circumference of a central portion of the coupling portion;
a stopper that protrudes upward from an upper surface of the coupling pieces, wherein the stopper contacts the hook steps during coupling of the grinding disc to prevent idling of the power transfer member coupled to the coupling portion and simultaneously, during driving of the grinder main body, to transfer rotation power applied through the rotary shaft to the grinding disc; and
wherein, when the grinding disc is assembled such that the hook steps pass between the coupling pieces and the main body is rotated, a lower surface of the hook steps is placed on an upper surface of the coupling pieces and the grinding disc is fixed to the coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,596,679

ELECTRIC TOOL

KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., ...

1. An electric tool comprising:a motor having a rotary shaft;
an inverter circuit which has a plurality of switching elements, performs a switching operation, and controls driving of the motor;
a controller which controls an ON/OFF operation of the plurality of switching elements; and
a circuit substrate in which the plurality of switching elements are loaded,
wherein a partition plate formed of an insulating material is interposed between the plurality of switching elements,
wherein each of the plurality of switching elements has a rear surface which is connected to a heat radiation member and a front surface which is opposite to the rear surface,
wherein the plurality of switching elements are disposed in a manner that three switching elements and other three switching elements are respectively arranged in lines in an axial direction of the rotary shaft with the front surfaces of the three switching elements facing to the front surfaces of the other three switching elements, and
wherein the partition plate is positioned between the three switching elements and the other three switching elements.