US Pat. No. 10,919,793

TUBULAR ELEMENTS FOR CAKE FILTRATION AND METHOD OF PROVIDING A FILTRATION CAKE

1. A water treatment system comprising a filtering device, the water treatment system comprising:a biological treatment device configured to provide a sludge from wastewater or filtrated wastewater and a digester adapted to provide digester sludge, the biological treatment device being fluidic connectable to or in fluid communication with the filtering device for receiving filtrated wastewater from the filtering device and/or for delivering sludge to the filtering device, and the digester being in direct fluid communication with the filtering device for delivering digester sludge directly from the digester to the filtering device,
wherein
the filtering device is a cake filtration device comprising a fluid penetrable support structure, the support structure being provided as one or more tubular elements, the filtering device comprising:
an inlet being connectable to receive liquid to be filtered so that the flux direction of liquid to be filtered is from an interior of the tubular element, through the filtration cake and to the outside of the tubular element thereby providing a filtrate,
an outlet for outletting liquid from the interior of the tubular element,
a filtrate outlet for outletting filtrate from the filtering device, and
the filtration cake being provided on the inside of the fluid penetrable support structure during use by deposition of solids from the sludge formed in the biological treatment device and in the digester, wherein the solids comprise digester sludge and at least one of activated sludge flocs and coagulated substances.

US Pat. No. 10,919,792

TREATMENT USING FIXED FILM PROCESSES AND BALLASTED SETTLING

Evoqua Water Technologies...

1. A method for treating wastewater, comprising:introducing a source of wastewater to a fixed film biological reactor to provide a fixed film effluent;
adding a magnetic ballast to the fixed film effluent to provide a ballasted effluent;
separating the ballasted effluent into a treated effluent and ballasted solids in a clarifier;
magnetically separating the ballasted solids into recovered ballast and ballast-free solids;
adding at least a portion of the ballast-free solids to the source of wastewater; and
adding at least a portion of the recovered ballast to the fixed film effluent,
wherein no cleaning solution is used for ballast recovery.

US Pat. No. 10,919,791

INTELLIGENT IDENTIFICATION METHOD OF SLUDGE BULKING BASED ON TYPE-2 FUZZY NEURAL NETWORK

BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TEC...

1. An intelligent identification method for sludge bulking based on a type-2 fuzzy-neural-network, comprising the following steps:(1) determine input and output variables of sludge volume index (SVI): in an activated sludge wastewater treatment process, the input variables of SVI soft-computing model include: dissolved oxygen (DO) concentration, total nitrogen (TN) concentration, organic load rate (F/M), pH, T, output values of the soft-computing model are SVI values, the sludge bulking contains the following fault types: low DO concentration, nutrient deficit, low sludge loading, low pH, and low temperature;
(2) SVI soft-computing model: establish the SVI soft-computing model based on type-2 fuzzy-neural-network, a structure of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network contains five layers: input layer, membership function layer, firing layer, consequent layer and output layer, the network is 5-M-L-2-1, including 5 neurons in the input layer, M neurons in the membership function layer, L neurons in the firing layer, 2 neurons in the consequent layer and 1 neurons in the output layer, M and L are integers larger than 2; connecting weights between the input layer and the membership function layer are assigned 1; the number of training samples is N, the input of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network is x(t)=[x1(t), x2(t), x3(t), x4(t), x5(t)] at time t, x1(t) represents DO concentration at time t; x2(t) represents TN concentration at time t, x3(t) represents an organic load rate (F/M) value at time t, x4(t) represents pH value at time t, and x5(t) represents T value at time t, the output of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network is yd(t) and an actual output is y(t); type-2 fuzzy-neural-network includes:
an input layer: there are 5 neurons in this layer, the output is:
oi(t)=xi(t)  (1)where oi(t) is the ith output value at time t, i=1, 2, . . . , 5,a membership function layer: there are M neurons in the membership function layer, the output is:
where ?im(t) is the mth membership function with the ith input at time t, N represents the membership function, cim(t) is the uncertain center of the mth membership function neuron with the ith input at time t, cim(t) is the lower center value of the mth membership function neuron with the ith input at time t, cim(t) is the upper center value of the mth membership function neuron with the ith input at time t (where the initial lower center value and initial upper center value of the mth membership function neuron with the ith input, i.e., cim(0) and cim(t) is obtained by that random initial center of the mth membership function neuron with the ith input cim(0) add and subtract a constant), ?im(t) is the standard deviation of the mth membership function neuron with the ith input at time t, the bounded internal of ?im(t) is [?im(t), ?im(t)]where ?im(t) and ?im(t) are the lower value and upper value of the mth membership function neuron with the ith input at time t, respectively, 0 where Fl(t) is the firing strength of the lth firing neuron, fl(t) and fl(t) are the lower firing strength and upper firing strength of the lth firing neuron, respectively, 0 where y(t) and y(t) are the low and up output values of the consequent neurons, al(t) is weight of the lth firing neuron, ?il(t) is the weight coefficient of the lth firing neuron with the ith input at time t,an output layer: the output value is:
y(t)=?(t)y(t)+(1??(t))y(t)  (8)where ?(t) and y(t) are the proportion of the low output and the output value of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network, the error of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network is:where yd(t) is the output of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network and the actual output is expressed as y(t);(3) train type-2 fuzzy-neural-network
(a) give the type-2 fuzzy-neural-network, the initial number of firing layer neurons is M, M>2 is a positive integer; the input of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network is x(1), x(2), . . . , x(t), . . . , x(N), correspondingly, the output is yd(1), yd(2), . . . , yd(t), . . . , yd(N), expected error value is set to Ed, Ed?(0, 0.01),
(b) set the learning step s=1;
(c) t=s; according to Eqs. (1)-(7), calculate the output of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network, exploiting adaptive second-order algorithm:
?(t+1)=?(t)+(H(t)+?(t)I)?1v(t)  (10)where ?(t)=[cim(t), cim(t), ?im(t), ?(t), wim(t)] is the parameter matrix of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network at time t, cim(t) is the lower center value of the mth membership function neuron with the ith input at time t, cim(t) is the upper center value of the membership function neuron with the ith input at time t, ?im(t) is the standard deviation of the mth membership function neuron with the ith input at time t, ?(t) is the proportion of the lower output, ?il(t) is the weight coefficient of the lth firing neuron with the ith input at time t, H(t) is the quasi Hessian matrix, v(t) is gradient vector, I is the identity matrix and ?(t) is the adaptive learning rate defined as:?(t)=?|E(t)|+(1??)?v(t)?  (11)where ??(0, 1), the expression of H(t) and v(t) are defined as:H(t)=JT(t)J(t)  (12)
v(t)=JT(t)E(t)  (13)where the Jacobian vector J(t) is calculated as:
(d) according to Eq. (9), calculate the performance of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network, if E(t)?Ed, go to step (c); if E(t) (4) the target-related identification algorithm is used to determine the fault type of sludge bulking, which is specifically as follows:
(a) the test samples are used as the input of the type-2 fuzzy-neural-network, and the sludge volume index (SVI) is calculated;
(b) if SVI?150, it is determined that there is no sludge bulking during the wastewater treatment process;
(c) if SVI>150, sludge bulking at the wastewater treatment operation is determined and regression coefficients of all variables are calculated:
where bi(t) is the regression coefficient of ith input at time t, b(t)=[b1(t), . . . , bi(t), . . . , b5(t)] is the regression coefficient vector, ui(t) is the ith score vector of the output vector at time t, U(t)=[u1(t), . . . , ui(t), . . . , u5(t)] is score matrix of the output vector at time t, ti(t) is the ith score vector of the input matrix at time t, T(t)=[t1(t), . . . , ti(t), . . . , t5(t)] is score matrix of the input matrix at time t, ui(t) and ti(t) are given as:where qi(t) is the ith loading value of output vector at time t, q(t)?R1×5 is the loading vector of output vector at time t, y(t)=[y(t?K+1), y(t?K+2), . . . , y(t)]T, y(t) is the SVI value at time t, X(t)=[x1(t), . . . , xi(t), . . . , x5(t)] is the input matrix of type-2 fuzzy-neural-network, xi(t)=[xi(t?K+1), xi(t?K+2), . . . , xi(t)]T, xi(t) is the ith input variable at time t, wi(t) is the ith feature vector at time t, W(t)=[w1(t), . . . , wi(t), . . . , w5(t)] is the feature matrix of X(t)Ty(t), the expressions of qi(t) and W(t) arewhere ?(t) is the eigenvalue matrices of X(t)Ty(t), the function E represents the eigenvector and eigenvalue of the matrix, the inner relative model of y(t) and X(t) can be expressed as:where ?(t)?RK×5 is the residual matrix of X(t), ?(t)=[?1(t), . . . , ?i(t), . . . , ?5(t)], where ?i(t) present the residual vector of ith input, G(t)?RK×1 is the residual vector of y(t);(d) when the regression coefficient of the input variable satisfies:
bmax(t)=max b(t),  (21)where bmax(t) is the maximum regression coefficient of the input variables, and the corresponding fault type is the source of sludge bulking.

US Pat. No. 10,919,789

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL LEAD ANTI-DISSOLUTION COMPOSITIONS

TICKLISH TURKEYS LLC, Gr...

1. A multi-functional lead anti-dissolution composition based on 100 parts by weight consisting of:a blend of first and second organic acids present in an amount of 50 to 80 percent by weight; and
a blend of a phosphate substitute compound and a phosphate compound in an amount of 20 to 50 percent by weight, the phosphate substitute compound selected from the group consisting of a trisodium hydrogendicarbonate, a sodium aluminum silicate, a dried plum extract, a rice starch and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,919,788

INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR GENERATING, STORING AND DISPENSING CLEAN ENERGY AND DESALINATING WATER

1. An integrated system, comprising:a hydraulic energy subsystem that stores hydraulic energy by pumping water to an elevated location;
a water desalination subsystem that desalinates water;
a penstock that facilitates flow of water between the hydraulic energy subsystem and the water desalination subsystem; and
a pump-turbine that causes a motor-generator to generate electricity,
wherein water flowing from the elevated location through the penstock includes a first portion that is provided to the pump-turbine, and a second portion that is provided to the water desalination subsystem.

US Pat. No. 10,919,787

PROCESS USING ION EXCHANGE RESINS FOR THE TREATMENT OF WASTEWATER EMANATING FROM PURIFIED TEREPHTHALIC ACID PRODUCTION

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method for recovering water from purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production wastewater, comprising:separating purified terephthalic acid from the PTA production wastewater to provide separated wastewater comprising an impurity selected from para-toluic acid, trimellitic acid, terephthalic acid, ortho-phthalic acid, benzoic acid, acetic acid, 4-carboxybenzaldehyde, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing;
transferring the separated wastewater to a tank;
adjusting the pH of the separated wastewater to a pH of 4 to 10 with a basic solution;
adjusting the temperature of the separated wastewater;
passing the separated wastewater to a column;
contacting the separated wastewater with an ion exchange resin to remove the impurity from the separated wastewater;
tuning contacting of the separated wastewater with the ion exchange resin by varying hydraulic parameters or selection of the ion exchange resin to
separate aromatic carboxylic acids from aliphatic carboxylic acids; and/or
separate aromatic or aliphatic monoacids from di/tri acids containing an aromatic moiety; and
recovering water depleted of the impurity.

US Pat. No. 10,919,786

ORGANIC-POLLUTION-RESISTANT ION EXCHANGE RESIN AND PREPARATION METHOD AND APPLICATION THEREOF

Nanjing University, Nanj...

1. A method for preparing organic-pollution-resistant ion exchange resins, the method comprising:(1) mixing a monomer, a crosslinking agent, and an initiator to obtain an oil phase, wherein a weight ratio between the monomer and the crosslinking agent is about 1:0.02 to 0.45, a weight ratio between the monomer and the initiator is about 1:0.003 to 0.15, and the monomer includes at least one of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, methyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate, butyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, butyl methacrylate, acrylonitrile, glycidyl methacrylate, styrene, p-chlorostyrene, divinylbenzene, nitrostyrene, dichloro styrene, methyl styrene polychloroprene, methyl cellulose, carboxymethyl cellulose, sodium alginate, chitosan or derivatives thereof;
(2) adding 0.2 to 3% by weight of a dispersant to a water phase, wherein a weight ratio between the water phase and the oil phase is about 1:0.4 to 1, and the dispersant includes at least one of polyvinyl alcohol, gelatin, starch, methyl cellulose and derivatives thereof, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, talc, diatomaceous earth, bentonite, salt, or silicate;
(3) adding inorganic particles to a methanol solution to obtain a mixture, stirring the mixture at 20° C. to 90° C. with 30 to 250 rpm for 0.5 h to 4 h, adding a modifier to the mixture and stirring the mixture for 0.5 h to 10 h, and drying the mixture to obtain modified inorganic particles, wherein a weight ratio between the inorganic particles and the methanol solution is about 1:3 to 10, and a weight ratio between the modifier and the inorganic particles is about 1:0.05 to 5; wherein the inorganic particles are selected from at least one kaolin, titanium dioxide, clay, talc, montmorillonite, calcium carbonate, iron, TiO2, WO3, Fe3O4, SiO2, ZrO2, CuO, Al2O3, or ZnO, and sizes of the inorganic particles are about 5 nm to 5000 nm;
(4) adding the modified inorganic particles to the water phase, or the oil phase, wherein a weight ratio between the modified inorganic particles and the monomer is about 0.1% to 30%; wherein as compared to ion exchange resins without the modified inorganic particles, moisture content of the ion exchange resins containing the modified inorganic particles increases 3% to 30%, and after regenerated about 50 times, regeneration efficiency of the ion exchange resins containing the modified inorganic particles increases 1% to 50% with respect to removal of humic acid in biochemical tailwater; and
(5) adding the oil phase to the stirred water phase for polymerization, by keeping stirring at a speed of 100 to 1500 rpm, keeping the temperature at 50 to 80° C., with a polymerization duration of 2 to 8 hours; afterwards, raising the temperature to 75 to 95° C. and keeping the temperature for about 1 to 15 hours; afterwards, cooling the products, separating resins from the polymerization reaction suspension, and drying the resins after extraction or washing; wherein the order of the steps (1), (2), and (3) are flexible, and the step 4 is performed after the steps (1), (2), and (3), and prior to step 5.

US Pat. No. 10,919,785

HYDRAULIC CONVEYOR OF FLOATING OBJECTS PROVIDED WITH A DEVICE FOR SANITISING CONVEYING COMPOSITION, PLANT PROVIDED WITH SUCH A CONVEYOR AND SANITISING METHOD

MAF AGROBOTIC, Montauban...

1. Hydraulic conveyor for floating objects selected from the group formed of fruit and vegetables, of the type having recirculation of a liquid composition, named conveying composition, for conveying the floating objects, said hydraulic conveyor being provided with at least one device for sanitising said conveying composition;wherein at least one sanitising device comprises:
at least two irradiation devices arranged to be able to irradiate a composition, named composition to be sanitised, formed by mixing at least some of said conveying composition and an amount of a composition, named photoreactive composition, comprising at least one photosensitive compound selected to be able to form, under the effect of irradiation by at least one irradiation device, at least one compound, named active compound, able to transform by chemical reaction at least one pollutant compound of said conveying composition into a non-pollutant compound; and
at least two photolysis chambers mounted in series such that said composition to be sanitised can flow successively into an inner volume of each of said at least two photolysis chambers, at least one irradiation device being arranged in the inner volume of each photolysis chamber, the hydraulic conveyor further comprises a device for mixing conveying composition and photoreactive composition upstream of the sanitising device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,784

IRON-BASED DESALINATION

Badwater Alchemy Holdings...

18. A desalination method, comprising:releasing, by a saline water tank, saline through a fluid circuit;
receiving, by at least one desalination component disposed at a lower elevation than the saline water tank, an inflow of the saline, wherein the at least one desalination component comprises a plurality of iron nanoparticles and spacers disposed between the plurality of iron nanoparticles, geometries of the plurality of iron nanoparticles and the spacers provide pores between the plurality of iron nanoparticles, and the plurality of iron nanoparticles comprise Zero Valent Iron (ZVI);
converting the saline to desalinated water by capturing, via the plurality of iron nanoparticles, chlorine atoms and sodium atoms in the saline;
emitting an outflow of the desalinated water;
determining, by a salinity sensor, that a salinity of the desalinated water exceeds a predetermined threshold;
in response to determining that the salinity exceeds the predetermined threshold, activating a pump; and
pumping, by the pump, the desalinated water into the saline water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,919,783

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TREATING LIQUID SLUDGE AND FILTER CAKES OBTAINED BY SAID METHOD

OREGE, Jouy en Josas (FR...

1. A process for treating and conditioning liquid sludges, in which a first sludge emulsion is created in a pressurized online container continuously fed with the sludge, via piping, at a first flow rate Q (m3/h), by blasting the sludge with air injected into the container at a flow rate Q? (Nm3/h), with Q?>5Q, the said first emulsion is discharged at the outlet of the container via a member generating a pressure drop, and then the suspended matter of the emulsion thus obtained is filtered off or left to settle, separating it from the liquid part which is continuously emptied out,wherein, in order to create said first emulsion by blasting the sludge with air, the sludge and the air are injected into a first zone with the container, and the emulsion thus formed is discharged toward a second zone of the container extending over a predetermined first length L1, the injection of air and sludge into the first zone and the length L1 being suitable for constituting said first emulsion formed from drops of sludge in the air,
then said discharging of the first emulsion of the container is carried out via the member generating a pressure drop in a tubular enclosure extending over a predetermined second length L2, into which at least one flocculant is injected, in order to obtain in said enclosure a second emulsion of air in the coagulated and flocculated sludge,
and in that said second emulsion is at least partially degassed by venting of the enclosure before said filtration or settling.

US Pat. No. 10,919,782

WATER VAPOR DISTILLATION APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A fluid vapor distillation system comprising:a counter-flow tube-in-tube heat exchanger comprising a plurality of inner tubes inserted into and aligned with an outer tube;
an evaporator condenser comprising a housing, wherein the counter-flow heat exchanger is wrapped around the housing and
a control system for controlling the fluid vapor distillation system comprising:
at least one controller programmed to control one or more processes in the fluid vapor distillation system, the fluid vapor distillation system programmed to include;
an idle state wherein the at least one controller is off;
a fill state wherein a source valve is opened and source fluid enters a sump in the fluid vapor distillation system;
a heat state wherein a heater in the sump is operated at a maximum level until fluid in the sump reaches a predetermined temperature;
a heat exchanger prime state wherein the source valve is opened at a predetermined duty cycle;
a start pump state wherein a bearing feed pump is run at a predetermined speed and a blower motor speed is increased until the blower motor reaches a predetermined speed; and
a run state wherein the fluid vapor distillation system produces product water; and
a blowdown level sensor in communication with a blowdown controller and a source flow controller, said blowdown level sensor sending signals related to a blowdown level to said blowdown controller and said source flow controller indicative of said blowdown level,
wherein said source flow controller is programmed to actuate said source flow valve to maintain the blowdown level at a first target, and
wherein said blowdown controller is programmed to actuate said blowdown valve to maintain the blowdown level at a second target, the second targeting being lower than the first target.

US Pat. No. 10,919,781

COATED POROUS SUBSTRATES FOR FRACKING WATER TREATMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:contacting a contaminated aqueous fluid comprising a contaminant with a coated porous substrate, wherein the coated porous substrate is coated with a hydrophilic or oleophobic coating, wherein the hydrophilic or oleophobic coating comprises graphene oxide; and
passing the aqueous fluid through the coated porous substrate to produce a treated water comprising water, wherein the treated water is potable water, and whereby the concentration of the contaminant in the treated water is less than the level of the contaminant in the contaminated aqueous fluid; and
utilizing at least a portion of the treated water as a component of a hydraulic fracturing fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,919,780

REUSABLE FILTER CARTRIDGE FOR WATER PITCHER

Santevia Water Systems In...

1. A reusable water filter cartridge comprising:a housing having a water-permeable base and a body extending from the base, the base and the body defining a cavity for receiving filter media;
a water-permeable lid removably securable to the housing via interlocking connectors on the lid and the housing, the lid being securable to the housing by rotating the lid relative to the housing in a first rotational direction to engage the connectors on the lid and the housing with each other, and the lid being releasable from the housing by rotating the lid relative to the housing in a second rotational direction which is opposite to the first rotational direction to disengage the connectors on the lid and the housing from each other; and
a removable divider received within the cavity of the housing, the divider separating a first component of the filter media from a second component of the filter media, the divider further including a disc member and a handle extending from the disc member;
wherein water to be filtered enters the housing via the lid, passes through the filter media contained in the cavity, and exits the housing via the base.

US Pat. No. 10,919,779

IRON OXIDE POWDER FOR BRAKE FRICTION MATERIAL

POWDERTECH CO., LTD., Ch...

1. An iron oxide powder for a brake friction material having:an average particle diameter of 40 ?m or more, and
a saturation magnetization of 20 emu/g or less.

US Pat. No. 10,919,778

METHOD FOR PRODUCING IRON-BASED OXIDE MAGNETIC PARTICLE POWDER

DOWA ELECTRONICS MATERIAL...

1. A method for producing an iron-based oxide magnetic particle powder containing ?-Fe2O3, or ?-Fe2O3, a part of Fe sites of which is substituted by another metal element M, having an average particle diameter measured with a transmission electron microscope of 10 nm or more and 30 nm or less, the iron-based oxide magnetic particle powder having a value of IL/IH according to the following definition of 0.7 or less, and a value of ?s/?s, according to the following definition of 0.5 or less,the method comprising:
a first neutralizing step of neutralizing an aqueous solution containing a trivalent iron ion, or containing a trivalent iron ion and an ion of the metal M substituting a part of Fe sites to pH of 1.0 or more and 3.0 or less;
a step of adding a hydroxycarboxylic acid D to the aqueous solution after the neutralization in an amount providing a molar ratio D/Fe with respect to the amount of the trivalent iron ion in the case where the substituting metal ion is not contained, or a molar ratio D/(Fe+M) with respect to the total amount of the trivalent iron ion and the ion of the metal M in the case where the substituting metal ion is contained of 0.125 or more and 1.0 or less;
a second neutralizing step of neutralizing the aqueous solution having the hydroxycarboxylic acid added thereto, to pH of 7.0 or more and 10.0 or less;
a step of coating a silicon oxide on iron oxyhydroxide or iron oxyhydroxide containing the substituting metal element formed in the second neutralizing step; and
a step of heating the iron oxyhydroxide or the iron oxyhydroxide containing the substituting metal element coated with a silicon oxide, so as to provide iron oxide or iron oxide containing the substituting metal element coated with a silicon oxide,
wherein IH represents an intensity of a peak present on a high magnetic field side in a differential B-H curve obtained by numerical differentiation of a B-H curve obtained by measuring under conditions of an applied magnetic field of 1,035 kA/m (13 kOe), an M measurement range of 0.005 A·m2 (5 emu), a step bit of 80 bit, a time constant of 0.03 sec, and a wait time of 0.1 sec, and IL represents an intensity of an intercept of an ordinate at zero magnetic field in the differential B-H curve, and
?s represents a maximum value of a diffraction intensity except for background in X-ray diffractometry at 2? of 27.2° or more and 29.7° or less, and ?s represents a maximum value of a diffraction intensity except for background in X-ray diffractometry at 2? of 42° or more and 44° or less.

US Pat. No. 10,919,777

CONTROLLED MICROWAVE ASSISTED SYNTHESIS OF FUNCTIONALIZED SILICA NANOPARTICLES

United States of America ...

1. A functionalized fiber comprising:a fiber strand; and
silica nanoparticles at least partially encapsulating the fiber strand, the silica nanoparticles being synthesized by:
hydrolyzing a tetramethyl orthosilicate in hydrochloric acid to form silicic acid monomers;
diluting the silicic acid monomers in acetone;
irradiating the diluted silicic acid monomers for a time that is less than 90 seconds with an energy source configured to generate microwave frequency energy to polymerize the silicic acid monomers into the silica nanoparticles; and
complexing the silica nanoparticles with molybdenum by preparing a molybdic acid solution and titrating the silica nanoparticles with the molybdic acid solution.

US Pat. No. 10,919,776

ULTRA FINE MILK OF LIME COMPOSITION

S. A. Lhoist Recherche et...

1. A method for the production of a milk of lime having a high reactivity defined by a t90 less than or equal to 10 sec, comprising the following consecutive steps of:a. the slaking of a quicklime by applying a proportion by mass of quicklime relative to water which equates to a ratio by weight in grams of quicklime relative to water greater than 1 to 8, and less than 1 to 3 so as to form a lime suspension,
b. particle size cutting of said lime suspension, with the obtaining of at least one coarse first fraction to be ground and a fine second fraction;
c. particle size reduction by wet ball grinding of said at least one coarse first fraction to be ground and
d. obtaining of said milk of lime having a high reactivity.

US Pat. No. 10,919,774

METHOD FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF PHOSPHOGYPSUM

FERIN SP. Z O.O., Kedzie...

1. A method for the management of phosphogypsum, characterized in that a reactor is charged with apatite and/or phosphorite phosphogypsum and with an aqueous or ammoniacal solution of ammonium carbonate and/or bicarbonate from a pre-reactor, at 1:(0.1-4) ratio of phosphogypsum to the aqueous or ammoniacal solution of ammonium carbonate and/or bicarbonate, the entire contents are stirred at ?10° C. to 200° C. for at least 2 minutes, CO2 being released in the course of the process is directed to the pre-reactor, and the post-reaction mixture is directed to a filter to obtain an aqueous ammonium sulphate solution, whereas the precipitate from the filter is heat-treated, followed by dissolving it in nitric acid in a reactor, and the resultant suspension is filtered through a filter to obtain an aqueous calcium nitrate solution, and CO2 being released in the reactor is recirculated to the pre-reactor wherein CO2 is reacted with ammonia in an aqueous solution to obtain the aqueous or ammoniacal solution of carbonate and/or bicarbonate which is directed to the reactor, with the process for obtaining the aqueous or ammoniacal solution of ammonium carbonate and/or bicarbonate being conducted until the pH 7-12 of the solution is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,919,773

METHOD FOR THE PREPARATION OF A MOLECULAR SIEVE BELONGING TO THE ABC-6 FRAMEWORK FAMILY WITH DISORDER IN THE ABC STACKING SEQUENCE


ii) subjecting the mixture to conditions capable of crystallizing the molecular sieve; and
iii) separating the molecular sieve product;
wherein the at least one OSDA is a cation with the generic structure described as [NR1R2R3R4]+, and wherein at least three of the R-groups are linear alkyl groups with one to four carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,919,772

METHOD FOR PREPARING HYDROPHOBIC METAL OXIDE-SILICA COMPOSITE AEROGEL, AND HYDROPHOBIC METAL OXIDE-SILICA COMPOSITE AEROGEL PREPARED THEREBY

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A method of preparing a hydrophobic metal oxide-silica composite aerogel, the method comprising steps of:(1) adding a metal ion solution to a water glass solution and mixing together to prepare a metal oxide-silica composite gel agglomerate, wherein the metal ion solution is a binary metal ion solution including calcium ions (Ca2+) and magnesium ions (Mg2+);
(2) primarily drying the metal oxide-silica composite gel agglomerate so that moisture in the agglomerate is completely removed to prepare a powdery metal oxide-silica composite gel;
(3) surface-modifying the powdery metal oxide-silica composite gel by adding and dispersing the powdery metal oxide-silica composite gel into a non-polar solvent, adding a surface modifier, and performing a reaction to prepare a hydrophobic metal oxide-silica composite wet gel; and
(4) secondarily drying the hydrophobic metal oxide-silica composite wet gel to yield the hydrophobic metal oxide-silica composite aerogel.

US Pat. No. 10,919,771

SP2 CARBON-CONTAINING COMPOSITION, GRAPHENE QUANTUM DOT-CONTAINING COMPOSITION, METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF, AND METHOD OF PEELING GRAPHITE

TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNO...

1. A method of manufacturing an sp2 carbon-containing composition, the method comprising:a contact step of bringing an sp2 carbon and a two-coordinate boron cation salt into contact with each other,
wherein the sp2 carbon is at least one of graphene and graphite.

US Pat. No. 10,919,770

HOMOGENEOUS ANAEROBICALLY STABLE QUANTUM DOT CONCENTRATES

Nanosys, Inc., Milpitas,...

1. A nanostructure composition, comprising:(a) at least one population of nanostructures, wherein the at least one population of nanostructures contains a core selected from the group consisting of InP, InZnP, InGaP, CdSe, CdS, CdSSe, CdZnSe, CdZnS, ZnSe, ZnSSe, InAs, InGaAs, and InAsP;
(b) at least one reactive diluent;
(c) at least one anaerobic stabilizer, wherein the at least one anaerobic stabilizer is a nitroxide-containing compound or a nitroso-containing compound; and
(d) at least one organic resin, wherein the at least one organic resin is a mercapto-functional compound.

US Pat. No. 10,919,769

UTILIZATION OF POLLUTANTS FROM INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A system for recycling nitrogen oxides formed in a combustion engine, the system comprising:an adsorber unit having an adsorber material including at least one zeolite configured to adsorb nitrogen oxides from an exhaust-gas stream of the combustion engine, the adsorber unit being configured as an exchangeable cartridge or such that adsorber material laden with nitrogen oxides is removable from the adsorber unit so that another adsorber material, unladen with nitrogen oxides, can be accommodated in the adsorber unit, in a non-destructive manner;
a desorption module, detached from the combustion engine and provided outside of the exhaust-gas stream, configured to desorb, from the adsorber material, nitrogen oxides that have been adsorbed by the adsorber material; and
a reaction unit, detached from the combustion engine and provided outside of the exhaust-gas stream, configured to convert the nitrogen oxides desorbed by the desorption module into liquid or solid nitrogen-containing compounds.

US Pat. No. 10,919,768

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING NITRIC OXIDE IN CONTROLLED AND ACCURATE AMOUNTS

NitricGen, INC., Fitchbu...

31. An apparatus for generating nitric oxide comprising:(i) a reaction chamber;
(ii) an inlet to provide a reactant gas comprising nitrogen and oxygen to the reaction chamber;
(iii) a pair of electrodes located in the reaction chamber and separated by a gap;
(iv) an electronic control circuit in communication with the electrodes to generate an electric arc discharge across the gap, wherein the electronic control circuit is configured to control a pulse frequency of the electric arc discharge and a pulse duration of the electric arc discharge independent of the frequency; wherein the frequency of the electric discharge is within a range of 0.1 and 100 Hz, and the duration of the electric discharge is within a range of 20 microseconds and 500 milliseconds, and wherein the electric arc discharge across the gap determines a concentration of nitric oxide generated in the reactant gas to produce a product gas comprising nitric oxide;
(v) one or more sensors;
(vi) one or more filters; and
(vii) an outlet to provide the product gas comprising nitric oxide;
wherein the outlet is in communication with a nitric oxide applicator to deliver the product gas to a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,919,767

HEXAGONAL BORON NITRIDE POWDER AND PRODUCTION PROCESS THEREFOR

TOKUYAMA CORPORATION, Sh...

1. A hexagonal boron nitride powder whose maximum absorption peak within the range of 3,100 to 3,800 cm?1 is existent at 3,530 to 3,590 cm?1 in the diffuse reflectance fourier transform infrared spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,919,766

OZONE GENERATION WITH DIRECTLY COOLED PLASMA CHANNELS

1. An ozone generator with a high voltage electrode and at least one counter electrode which limit a gap in which at least one dielectric and an electrically non-conductive structure are arranged and through which a stream of gas can flow in a direction of flow,wherein the high voltage electrode and the at least one counter electrode comprise a connection for an electrical voltage supply in order to generate silent discharges,
wherein the the electrically non-conductive structure includes pores with a nominal pore size (x) within a range of 100 ?m wherein the electrically non-conductive structure is a fabric consisting of non-conductive materials, the fabric at least partially in contact with the at least one dielectric and the high voltage electrode, and
wherein the electrically non-conductive structure is disposed on a carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,919,765

OZONE GENERATION WITH DIRECTLY COOLED PLASMA

1. An ozone generator comprising:a high voltage electrode,
at least one counter electrode,
at least one dielectric arranged between the voltage electrode and the least one counter electrode,
a gap between the voltage electrode and the least one counter electrode through which a gas can flow in a direction of flow,
a connection on the high voltage electrode and the at least one counter electrode for an electrical power supply to generate silent discharges, and
a fabric arranged in the gas flow, said fabric comprising a material combination including at least one conductive wire and at least one electrically non-conductive fiber interposed with one another in a single woven or non-woven fabric structure, wherein the at least one electrically non-conductive fiber consists of electrically non-conductive material.

US Pat. No. 10,919,764

MULTI-CHAMBER HYPOCHLOROUS ACID DISPENSER

WIAB WATER INNOVATION AB,...

1. A system for storing and producing air-free hypochlorous acid (HOCl), the system comprising:a container from which air has been purged, the container comprising a first compartment comprising a mixture of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and water, a separate second compartment comprising a mixture of an organic acid and water, and a separate third compartment for receiving contents of the first and second compartments;
a first one-way valve that permits fluid flow in a direction from the first compartment towards the third compartment; and
a second one-way valve that permits fluid flow in a direction from the second compartment towards the third compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,919,763

METHOD FOR CATALYTICALLY INDUCED HYDROLYSIS AND RECYCLING OF METAL BOROHYDRIDE SOLUTIONS

ELECTRIQ-GLOBAL ENERGY SO...

1. A process for preparing a metal-borohydride decomposition catalyst, the process comprising depositing an alloy of formula M3xR onto a surface of a cathode, the deposition being carried out in a solution under induced constant cathode potential, M being a reduced metal, R being an element selected from P, B and N, and x being between 2 and 3 wherein said process comprises the steps of:providing a solution comprising a source of M3 metal cations and a reductant comprising the element R;
immersing the cathode, an anode and a reference electrode into the solution;
applying a current between the anode and the cathode, while inducing a constant electric potential (E) on the cathode, as measured versus the reference electrode, thereby permitting reduction of M3 and oxidation of the reductant to obtain the deposition of M3xR alloy onto the cathode, the constant electric potential being lower than the reduction potential of the M3 metal cation; and
annealing the cathode at elevated temperatures under an inert gas atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,919,762

METHOD FOR PREPARING AMORPHOUS GEH UNDER HIGH PRESSURE

Jilin University, Changc...

1. A method for preparing amorphous GeH under high pressure, comprising the following step:sealing crystalline GeH, a pressure calibration object, and a pressure transmitting medium in a cavity of a diamond anvil cell, and increasing a pressure in the cavity at a pressurization rate of 0.2-0.5 GPa/min to 19.33-40 GPa to obtain amorphous GeH at room temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,919,761

PROCESS AND PLANT FOR PRODUCING A CONVERTED SYNTHESIS GAS

1. A process for producing a converted synthesis gas containing hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO), comprising the following process steps:a) providing a first synthesis gas stream having a first H2/CO ratio and providing a reaction steam stream,
b) combining and mixing the first synthesis gas stream with the reaction steam stream,
c) introducing the first synthesis gas stream comprising the admixed reaction steam stream into a first CO conversion stage and converting under CO conversion conditions, discharging a second synthesis gas stream having a second H2/CO ratio,
d) providing a first steam generator suitable for generation of a first steam stream by evaporation of boiler feed water and/or an aqueous process condensate,
e) introducing the second synthesis gas stream as a heating stream into the first steam generator, discharging a cooled second synthesis gas stream and a first steam stream from the first steam generator,
f) introducing the cooled second synthesis gas stream into a second CO conversion stage and converting under CO conversion conditions, discharging a third synthesis gas stream having a third H2/CO ratio,
g) introducing the third synthesis gas stream into at least one cooling apparatus, cooling the third synthesis gas stream in the at least one cooling apparatus to below its dew point, discharging a cooled third synthesis gas stream and the aqueous process condensate,whereinh) the reaction steam stream comprises the first steam stream,
i) the generation of the first steam stream in the first steam generator is affected by evaporation of boiler feed water and/or at least a portion of the aqueous process condensate.

US Pat. No. 10,919,760

PROCESS FOR NANO GRAPHENE PLATELET-REINFORCED COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Global Graphene Group, In...

1. A process for producing a nanographene platelet-reinforced composite material comprisinga. providing a plurality of nanographene platelets;
b. bonding said nanographene platelets with an adhesive material to form a porous preform having a three-dimensional network of continuous electron- and phonon-conducting paths;
c. impregnating said porous preform with a matrix material to form an impregnated preform; and
d. solidifying said impregnated preform to produce said nanographene platelet-reinforced composite material.

US Pat. No. 10,919,758

PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR, INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND VEHICLE

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A physical quantity sensor comprising:a substrate;
a sensor element mounted on the substrate;
a semiconductor circuit mounted on the sensor element so as to sandwich the sensor element between the substrate and the semiconductor circuit;
serial communication wirings provided on the substrate; and
electrical connectors connecting the sensor element to the semiconductor circuit, and arranged on a side opposite to the serial communication wirings in a lateral direction of the sensor element.

US Pat. No. 10,919,757

GAS SUPPLY FLOATING REFUELING FACILITY

Tritec Marine Ltd

1. A floating refueling facility comprising a deck having an elongated first side; an elongated second side opposite the first side where the second side is parabolic in shape; a first end; a second end; an upper deck surface extending between the sides and the ends; at least one float supporting the deck; one or more gas interface modules positioned on the deck, each gas interface module having an elongated frame and a plurality of spaced apart fuel vessel docking stations disposed along the length of at least one frame side; and a plurality of fuel container assemblies adjacent the gas interface module and fluidically coupled to the gas interface module via separate fuel vessel docking stations.

US Pat. No. 10,919,756

LOADING ASSEMBLY FOR CONVEYING A PRESSURIZED GAS STREAM AND A SWITCHING SYSTEM FOR USE IN A LOADING ASSEMBLY

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A loading assembly for conveying a pressurized gas stream between a floating structure and another structure that is located adjacent to the floating structure, the loading assembly comprising:a gas conduit adapted to extend between the floating structure and the other structure, to convey a pressurized gas stream between the two structures;
an emergency disconnection coupler configured in the gas conduit for establishing a selectively connectable and disconnectable gas connection between the floating structure and the other structure through the gas conduit, and wherein the emergency disconnection coupler comprises an actuating coupling that is selectively switchable between a locked position and an unlocked position, whereby in said locked position the gas connection is established and whereby in said unlocked position the gas connection is interrupted whereby the actuating coupling physically disengages when the actuating coupling is in the unlocked position;
a switching system configured to control the switching of the actuating coupling in the emergency disconnection coupler between the locked position and the unlocked position, wherein the switching system is adapted to be responsive to two distinct fail-safe regimes contingent upon an internal gas pressure in the gas connection:
a fail-unlocked regime when the internal gas pressure in the gas connection is below a preselected override threshold value, which sets the switching system to unlock the actuating coupling upon power loss, and
a fail-locked regime which sets the switching system to lock the actuating coupling when the internal gas pressure in the gas connection is at or above the preselected override threshold value,
the switching system comprising:
a selection switch functionally coupled to the actuating coupling to control switching of the actuating coupling between said locked position and unlocked position at least when the switching system is in said fail-unlocked regime; and
an override switch having an override position that is activated by the internal gas pressure, and a release position, wherein the override switch is forced in the override position when the internal gas pressure is at or above the preselected override threshold value, in which case the pressure gate overrides the selection switch whereby, regardless of whether the selection switch is in open state or in closed state, the actuating coupling is instructed to assume the locked position, and wherein movement of the actuating coupling from said locked position to said unlocked position can only proceed when said internal gas pressure is below said preselected override threshold value and the override switch is not activated, wherein the override switch is part of a pressure gate that is driven by the internal gas pressure within the gas connection.

US Pat. No. 10,919,755

BEVERAGE DISCHARGE COCK, VALVE ROD, AND BEVERAGE DISPENSER

ASAHI GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD...

1. A beverage discharge cock to which beverage is supplied from a beverage supply source, comprising:a valve main body including a hole and a valve seat arranged in an end portion of the hole;
a valve rod slidably arranged in the hole, and including a valve body that forms a first valve together with the valve seat of the valve main body, and a first seal; and
a movable part slidably arranged in the hole, and including a second seal facing the first seal, the second seal forming a second valve together with the first seal of the valve rod,
wherein the valve rod includes a first channel extending through the valve body, and one or a plurality of second channels extending from the first seal to the first channel,
an axial direction of the second channel is an inclined direction intersecting an axial direction of the first channel, and
the second channel includes a first portion, and a second portion arranged between the first seal and the first portion, and a diameter of the second portion is smaller than a diameter of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,919,754

DUAL COMPARTMENT BEVERAGE DILUTING AND COOLING MEDIUM CONTAINER AND SYSTEM

RONNOCO COFFEE, LLC, St....

1. A system comprising:a multi-compartment beverage container a first compartment configured to hold a combination of a liquid beverage and a cooling medium and a second compartment configured to hold the cooling medium,
wherein the first and second compartments are separate compartments such that the cooling medium cools the liquid beverage in the first compartment without contacting the liquid beverage, the first compartment including open slot indicators at different heights in the first compartment, the open slot indicators providing visual guides for different amounts of the cooling medium in the first compartment and allowing melt of the cooling medium and the liquid beverage to flow out of the first compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,919,752

REFRIGERATOR WITH CARBONATED DRINK SPOUT

1. A refrigerator with carbonated drink spout comprising:a refrigerator;
said refrigerator having a user accessible port located on an exterior surface of said refrigerator that is configured whereby a single serving syrup container holding a single serving syrup container is insertable into said user accessible port of a door of said refrigerator and a seal on said single serving syrup container is broken upon said single serving syrup container being inserted;
said user accessible port includes a reader that reads a unique identifier from said single serving syrup container that is activated upon insertion of said single serving syrup;
said activation will turn-on a drink dispensing display for a period of time;
said refrigerator having a dispensing port located in proximity to said user accessible port;
said refrigerator internally blends fluid from said user accessible port with water to create a beverage based upon information from said unique identifier, and
dispensing said beverage out of said dispensing port.

US Pat. No. 10,919,751

AGRICULTURAL CONTAINER PROCESSING AND RECONCILIATION SYSTEM

PRAXIDYN IP HOLDINGS, LLC...

1. An automated batch making assembly comprising:a. a controller,
b. batch instructions,
c. a hopper,
d. a lid for said hopper,
e. at least one container of at least one input;
f. means to measure one or more inputs required by the batch instructions said means to measure comprising at least one of:
a load cell, for detecting one of a change in weight of the hopper and weight of the container;
a dispensing assembly comprising means to dispense input from a container through a flow-meter associated with one of the container and the hopper to detect volume of input metered into the hopper; and
a dispensing assembly wherein said dispensing assembly comprises means to dispense input from a container through a flowmeter and record a measured amount of said one or more inputs required by the batch instructions;
g. said controller comprising means to display a set of instructions pertaining to a batch; and means to accept and record information from one of: the at least one load cell or one of said flow-meters associated with one of the container and the hopper;
h. said controller further comprising means to compare recorded information from one or more of the load cell or flowmeter to the measured amount and reconcile, account for, and record an amount of said input used from and an amount remaining in said container thereby confirming the input amount complies with the batch instructions;
i. said dispensing assembly comprising means to remove said input from the container said means comprising at least one of a volume of pressurized gas and a volume of liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,919,750

ROTARY FILLING MACHINE

PACIFIC PACKAGING MACHINE...

1. A rotary filling machine, comprising:a hub member including a first end, a second end and an internal bore extending from the first end toward the second end, the internal bore defining an inner surface portion with a plurality of material transfer openings, each material transfer opening having a same shape and a same size;
a hub insert having a first end and a second end, at least part of the hub insert disposed within the internal bore, wherein the part of the hub insert includes an external sidewall defining an outer surface portion that includes a plurality of material transfer openings, each material transfer opening of the hub insert having a same shape and a same size;
wherein one of the hub member or the hub insert is rotatable and the other of the hub member or the hub insert is stationary;
wherein the inner surface portion and the outer surface portion are in an axially aligned and mating relationship such that rotation of the one of the hub member or the hub insert causes a relative sequential movement in and out of fluid transfer alignment as between each of the material transfer openings of the hub member and each of the material transfer openings of the hub insert;
a plurality of filling nozzles, wherein each material transfer opening of the one of the hub member or the hub insert feeds material to a respective one of the filling nozzles, wherein the filling nozzles rotate with the one of the hub member or hub insert;
wherein:
the material transfer openings of the one of the hub member or the hub insert are circumferentially spaced uniformly to provide a uniform center-to-center circumferential angular spacing between the material transfer openings; and
a circumferential angular extent of each material transfer opening of the other of the hub member or the hub insert is set to match the center-to-center circumferential angular spacing of the material transfer openings of the one of the hub member or the hub insert.

US Pat. No. 10,919,749

METHOD FOR FILLING PRINTING INK IN ELECTROWETTING DISPLAY SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROWETTING DISPLAY PANEL

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for filling printing ink in an electrowetting display substrate, wherein the electrowetting display substrate comprises a first substrate, and wherein the first substrate has pixel grids formed by pixel walls, the method comprising steps of:filling a mixture of an oil-containing printing ink and a solvent into the pixel grids by dipping to completely fill the pixel grids, so that an excess amount of the mixture of the oil-containing printing ink and the solvent is present outside the pixel grids, wherein the solvent has a boiling temperature lower than that of the oil, and the printing ink is soluble in the solvent;
rinsing a zone of the first substrate excluding the pixel grids with water, so that the excess amount of the mixture of the oil-containing printing ink and the solvent that is present outside the pixel grids is washed off by the water, so that the pixel grids are completely filled up with the mixture of the oil-containing printing ink and the solvent; and
vaporizing the solvent in each of the pixel grids at a temperature that is lower than the boiling temperature of the oil and higher than or equal to the boiling temperature of the solvent, so as to obtain filling heights of the oil-containing printing ink in each of the pixel grids that are substantially the same,
wherein the solvent is selected from ethyl acetate, propyl acetate, methyl acetate, methyl formate, ethyl formate propyl formate, methyl propionate, ethyl propionate, acetone, ethyl ether, dichloroethane, trichloroethane, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, or any combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,919,748

APPARATUS FOR HANDLING HEAVY COMPONENTS ON CONTAINERS

1. A method of attaching a generator set to a shipping container comprising:positioning a multi-loader in proximity to the generator set, where the multi-loader includes a cab supported by a base with at least three wheels, an outrigger portion extending from the cab, a mast movably mounted on the outrigger portion, and a carriage movably mounted on the mast, the carriage configured to support a pair of forks and a personnel platform;
using a user interface device on a main control panel in the cab to move the mast forward and away from the cab to position the personnel platform against the generator set and the forks under the generator set;
lifting the generator set by controlling the carriage to move upward on the mast using a user interface device configured to control movement of the carriage;
driving the multi-loader to the shipping container in proximity to a genset position on the shipping container;
raising the personnel platform using user interface devices on a remote control panel mounted on the personnel platform for controlling vertical movement of the carriage to a level even with the genset position on the shipping container;
positioning the generator set using user interface devices on the remote control panel for moving the carriage laterally and vertically;
attaching the generator set to the genset position on the shipping container;
lowering the personnel platform and forks using user interface devices on the remote control panel; and
entering the cab and driving the multi-loader away from the shipping container.

US Pat. No. 10,919,747

INVENTORY CONVEYANCE SYSTEM THAT TRANSFERS STORAGE CONTAINERS TO AND FROM A VERTICALLY ARRANGED ARRAY OF STORAGE CONTAINERS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An inventory processing system configured to transfer inventory storage containers, the inventory processing system comprising:an inventory storage structure that supports a plurality of storage positions arranged in a vertically-oriented array of rows that extend along a longitudinal direction and columns that extend along a transverse direction, substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction; and
an inventory conveyance system comprising:
first and second longitudinal tracks that are elongate along the longitudinal direction;
a transverse track that extends from the first longitudinal track to the second longitudinal track along the transverse direction; and
an inventory transfer vehicle coupled to the transverse track, the inventory transfer vehicle comprising a vehicle body with a lateral track disposed at an underside of the vehicle body, an end effector supported by the vehicle body such that the end effector moves along the lateral track, and a coupler that rotationally couples the end effector to the body at an underside of the body, the end effector having a pair of prongs that are offset from one another so as to define a fork that projects out from the underside of the body and is configured to receive a storage container between the pair of prongs,
wherein the transverse track is configured to ride along the first and second longitudinal tracks along the longitudinal direction so as to carry the inventory transfer vehicle along the longitudinal direction until the inventory transfer vehicle is longitudinally aligned with a select storage position of the inventory storage structure, the inventory transfer vehicle is configured to ride along the transverse track along the transverse direction until the inventory transfer vehicle is transversely aligned with the select storage position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,746

FLEXIBLE HYDROSTATICALLY NORMALIZED CRADLE TO SUPPORT FUSELAGE SECTIONS FOR ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An assembly comprising:a first cradle, comprising a first top surface, having a curved profile and configured to receive and support a fuselage section at a first location on the fuselage section;
a second cradle, comprising a second top surface, having a curved profile and configured to receive and support the fuselage section at a second location on the fuselage section;
a support structure, supporting the first cradle and the second cradle, allowing the first cradle to move relative to the second cradle in a first direction, and comprising a first member, proximately perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein the first member is a straight beam and comprises a first interface on a first end, configured to attach the first member to a first jack, and a second interface on a second end, configured to attach the first member to a second jack, and
wherein a bottom of the first cradle and a bottom of the second cradle each extends below a top of the first member;
a first hydraulic actuator, coupling the first cradle to the support structure and configured to move the first cradle only in a second direction, perpendicular to the first direction;
a second hydraulic actuator, coupling the second cradle to the supporting structure and configured to move the second cradle only in the second direction; and
a hydrostatic system, fluidly coupling the first hydraulic actuator and the second hydraulic actuator so that loads are distributed between the first cradle and the second cradle during dynamic loading of the first cradle and the second cradle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,745

AUTOMATING THE OPERATION OF VEHICLE LIFTS

MOHAWK LIFTS LLC, Amster...

1. A motorized mobile lift system comprising:(a) a plurality of mobile lifts each comprising a motorized transport mechanism;
(b) each of said plurality of mobile lifts further comprising an engagement mechanism for engaging with one of a plurality of axled wheels of a vehicle;
(c) a guidance system for assigning available mobile lifts from said plurality of mobile lifts to at least four of said plurality of said axled wheels of said vehicle and thus obtaining assigned mobile lifts;
(d) said guidance system also responsible for guiding said transport mechanism of each of said assigned mobile lifts for transporting it to an engagement location for said engaging; and
(e) a control system for lifting and lowering said vehicle by controlling each of said mobile lifts after said engaging;wherein said guidance system comprises a microprocessor executing program instructions stored in a non-transitory storage medium, andwherein at least one of said plurality of mobile lifts communicates with said vehicle to drive, position and stop said vehicle where said lifting can occur safely.

US Pat. No. 10,919,744

FIFTH WHEEL HITCH LIFTING APPARATUS

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. An apparatus for lowering a hitch onto a truck bed and raising the hitch off of a truck bed comprising:an upper carriage suspended from multiple lines, which lines are configured to lower and raise the upper carriage;
a lower carriage attachable to the upper carriage at various positions relative to the upper carriage to allow the load on the lines to be balanced in one direction;
a kingpin attached to the lower carriage, which kingpin is configured to be captured by the hitch, thereby allowing the hitch to be lowered onto the truck bed and raised off of the truck bed as the upper carriage and the lower carriage are lowered and raised by the lines.

US Pat. No. 10,919,743

FALL PROTECTION DEVICE FOR A HOIST

1. A hoist comprisinga hoist suspension means for suspending a hoist body from a support device,
wherein a drive for raising or lowering a hoist chain or hoist cable is provided on the hoist body,
wherein
a safety device, comprising a damping element and a loosely movable coupling element attached thereto, is provided between the hoist body and the support device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,742

ENDLESS CABLE WINCH

SafeWorks, LLC, Seattle,...

1. An endless cable winch comprising:a drive unit having an engine configured to generate torque;
an output unit connected to the drive unit, the output unit including a coupled power transmission assembly configured to apply a driving force onto an endless cable coupled to the drive unit, and wherein the endless cable is passed through the output unit; and
a lifting force limiting device configured to stop the drive unit when a predetermined drive force is exceeded,
wherein the engine and the output unit are movable relative to one another, and the lifting force limiting device is configured to stop the drive unit based on the relative movement of the drive unit and the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,919,741

MOVING DRUM WINCH

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A winch assembly comprising:a mount attachable to a vehicle;
a guide, attached to the mount and comprising a fairlead, having sensors in proximity to the orifice on the fairlead which detect pressure;
a winch, having a drum for winding and unwinding a line, and a motor for driving the drum about a winding axis, wherein the drum has a helical groove for receiving the line as it is wound, and wherein the line passes through the fairlead;
a frame connected to the first and second end of the drum, wherein the frame is adapted to move relative to the guide so as to synchronize movement of the drum along the winding axis so that the line passing through the fairlead is aligned with the helical groove during winding and unwinding; and
a rod attached to the frame and generally parallel to the winding axis, and passing through a hole in the guide, so as to allow the movement of the drum along the winding axis but prevent the frame from rotating about the winding axis;
wherein the mount comprises a proximal end which attaches to the vehicle and a distal end that attaches to the guide and wherein the proximal end and distal end are pivotably connected, whereby the guide and winch are allowed to pivot about an axis perpendicular to the winding axis;
wherein the guide and winch pivot freely in response to a direction of an applied load;
wherein when pressure exceeds a predetermined threshold, the winch assembly swivels, tilts, or rotates in the direction that will relieve the sensed pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,919,740

ADJUSTABLE LENGTH WINCH APPARATUS

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. An adjustable length winch apparatus comprising:a first motor configured to rotate a first drum and a shaft on an axis;
a second drum adapted to be rotated by the shaft on the axis; and
a mechanical actuator;
wherein the shaft and second drum are configured to adjust the distance between the first and second drum;
wherein the first drum is attached to a fixed position on the shaft;
wherein the second drum is configured to slide along the shaft;
wherein the mechanical actuator is configured to slide the second drum along the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,919,739

OVERLOAD PREVENTING DEVICE

TADANO LTD., Kagawa (JP)...

1. An overload preventing device which is mounted in a mobile work machine which includes a travelling body which travels freely, a slewing base disposed on the travelling body to slewing horizontally, a boom disposed on the slewing base to be derricked, and a plurality of outriggers capable of setting an overhanging width in plural stages, the overload preventing device comprising:a storage unit which stores lifting performance data in which a lifting performance is set for each operation state and performance region data in which a switching angle is set to define a performance region which includes a front region, a back region, and a side region; and
a work machine control unit which controls an operation of the mobile work machine on the basis of the lifting performance corresponding to a present operation state of the mobile work machine and an actual load, wherein
the performance region is set corresponding to a slewing state of the slewing base within a horizontal plane,
the front region is a performance region in front of the mobile work machine within the horizontal plane,
the back region is a performance region on a rear side of the mobile work machine within the horizontal plane,
the side region is a performance region other than the front region and the back region within the horizontal plane,
the lifting performance includes a maximum overhanging width performance which is set to the front region and the back region, and
the switching angle is set on the basis of a stability in all circumferential directions within the horizontal plane when the maximum overhanging width performance is loaded for each operation state.

US Pat. No. 10,919,738

SAFETY DEVICE FOR MOBILE CRANE

MAEDA SEISAKUSHO CO., LTD...

1. A safety device for a mobile crane, which restricts crane work in accordance with respective overhang states of four outriggers of which both overhang length and overhang angle can be varied, the outriggers being attached to a traveling body equipped with a crane boom, the safety device comprising:a permitted work range setting unit that, in accordance with whether or not each of the outrigger overhang angles is a reference overhang angle, sets a permitted work range in which crane work can be carried out within a crane work area having a maximum work radius centered around a turning center of a crane boom; and
a load-specific work range setting unit that, in accordance with whether or not each of the outriggers overhang lengths is a maximum overhang length, sets a maximum RTL work range which is a range, within the permitted work range, in which at least crane work at a maximum rated total load can be carried out;
wherein the crane work area is sectioned into four turning angle ranges of 90 degrees each, in correlation with the four outriggers centered about the turning center; and
the permitted work range setting unit sets the turning angle ranges assigned to the outriggers, at which the overhang angles are the reference overhang angle, to the permitted work range.

US Pat. No. 10,919,737

ROTATABLE ANCHORING ASSEMBLY

1. An anchoring assembly comprisinga stud with an external elongate surface carrying a screw thread, and a through tunnel fabricated on the stud intersecting and perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the stud;
a construct comprising an eyelet enclosing an opening and a pair of holder members extending out from the eyelet, each of the holder members defining an aperture at a center axis and the defined apertures being of a diameter 0.1 to 2 mm greater than a diameter of the stud, the holder members being axially aligned with a cavity of a predetermined length spacing each other, the holder members receiving the stud through the apertures;
a nut having a sidewall defining an internally threaded passage, the nut being securable onto the stud through the screw thread and resides within the cavity to interpose between the pair of holder members, the nut carrying a pair of axially aligned and radially extending through holes on the sidewall, the through holes being adjustable relative to the stud to align with the through tunnel forming a continuous passage thereof; and
a pivot pin fillable into the passage across the through holes and the through tunnel to lock the nut to the stud,
wherein the eyelet is rotatable around the longitudinal axis of the stud and the locked nut impedes the construct to move along longitudinal axis of the stud.

US Pat. No. 10,919,736

ROD AND CASING HANDLER

TEI Rock Drills, Inc., M...

1. A handler, comprising:a boom mount configured to be coupled to a boom;
a clamp mounting structure coupled to the boom mount and having a central portion and a first arm and a second arm, each arm extending from the central portion;
a first clamp coupled to the first arm and comprising a first set of actuatable tongs and a first saddle plate having a first arcuate surface, the first arcuate surface having a first radius corresponding to a first cylindrical body having a first diameter; and
a second clamp coupled to the second arm and comprising a second set of actuatable tongs and a second saddle plate having a second arcuate surface, the second arcuate surface having a second radius corresponding to a second cylindrical body having a second diameter, wherein the first diameter is greater than the second diameter and the first arcuate surface and the second arcuate surface are disposed to hold the first cylindrical body in coaxial alignment with the second cylindrical body.

US Pat. No. 10,919,735

LIFTING MECHANISM

Speed Shore Corporation, ...

1. A lifting mechanism assembly, comprising:a lifting section;
a compression section;
an attaching section, wherein the attaching section comprises one or more legs capable of passing through a cross-sectional area of a tubular by flaring out in a horizontal direction, wherein the one or more legs are secured to the tubular through openings in opposing sides of the tubular; and
a base plate, wherein the base plate prevents the lifting mechanism assembly from fully entering the tubular.

US Pat. No. 10,919,734

SELF-RELEASE MECHANISM FOR PARCEL DELIVERY

Flytrex Aviation Ltd., T...

1. A self-release mechanism, comprising:a counter-weight, wherein the counter-weight is located on a first end of the self-release mechanism;
a shaft having a top portion and a bottom portion, wherein the top portion of the shaft is coupled to the counter-weight, wherein the shaft defines a perforation, wherein the perforation is adapted to receive a cord; and
a hook including a hook bend, wherein the hook is located on a second end of the self-release mechanism, wherein the hook is coupled to the bottom portion of the shaft, wherein the counter-weight is adapted to offset the center of mass of the self-release mechanism such that the self-release mechanism moves to a first upright position when a tension is exerted on the self-release mechanism due to gravity caused by coupling of the hook to a payload via the hook bend that is greater than the force generated by gravity pulling down on the counterweight and such that the self-release mechanism moves to a second position when the exerted tension is released.

US Pat. No. 10,919,733

CONFIGURATION APPARATUS AND MAIN SAFETY CIRCUIT FOR AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A configuration apparatus for an elevator system which system includes a main safety circuit that includes safety logic for safely operating the elevator system, the configuration apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to enable communication with the main safety circuit of the elevator system via a communication channel;
at least one memory configured to store safety configuration data of the elevator system as a backup for the safety logic of the main safety circuit;
wherein configuration apparatus is configured to provide via the communication interface at least part of the safety configuration data to the main safety circuit in response to a safety configuration data query to facilitate configuration of the main safety circuit when part of the main safety circuit needs to be changed.

US Pat. No. 10,919,732

EMBEDDED POWER MODULE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A transport system in a structure comprising:a car constructed and arranged to move along a lane generally defined at least in-part by the structure; and
a plurality of motor modules distributed along the lane and constructed and arranged to propel the car, each one of the plurality of motor modules including an embedded power module, wherein the embedded power module includes:
a substrate including opposite first and second surfaces;
a first semiconducting die embedded in the substrate and spaced between the first and second surfaces;
a second semiconducting die embedded in the substrate, spaced between the first and second surfaces, and spaced from the first semiconducting die;
a first gate located on the first surface;
a second gate located on the second surface;
a first via electrically engaged to the first gate and the second semiconducting die;
a second via electrically engaged to the second gate and the first semiconducting die;
a first conductor pad located on the second surface and spaced from the second gate;
at least one third via electrically engaged to the first semiconducting die and the first conductor pad;
at least one fourth via electrically engaged to the second semiconducting die and the first conductor pad;
a second conductor pad located on the first surface;
a third conductor pad located on the first surface and spaced from the first conductor pad;
at least one fifth via electrically engaged to the first semiconducting die and the second conductor pad; and
at least one sixth via electrically engaged to the second semiconducting die and the third conductor pad, wherein the first conductor pad is a phase conductor pad, the second conductor pad is a DC plus pad, and the third conductor pad is a DC minus pad.

US Pat. No. 10,919,731

ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND COUNTERWEIGHT SCREEN

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An elevator system, comprising:a shaft having a pit;
a car guided by a pair of first guide rails to be vertically movable in the shaft;
a counterweight connected to the car by a suspension rope, the counterweight being guided by a pair of second guide rails to be vertically movable in the shaft; and
a counterweight screen in a space between the counterweight and the car, the counterweight screen being a sandwich-structured composite planar panel attached to the pair of second guide rails at the pit, wherein a height of the counterweight screen is greater than or equal to that of the counterweight.

US Pat. No. 10,919,730

MANAGEMENT OF MUTIPLE COIL BRAKE FOR ELEVATOR SYSTEM

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator system comprising:an elevator car;
a machine to impart motion to the elevator car;
a brake to stop rotation of the machine, the brake comprising a first coil and a second coil, wherein removing power from the first coil and the second coil applies the brake to the machine; and
a controller in communication with the brake, the controller configured to connect the first coil and the second coil in one of a first electrical configuration and a second electrical configuration;
wherein the first electrical configuration comprises the first coil and second coil in electrical parallel and the second electrical configuration comprises the first coil and second coil in electrical series;
wherein the controller is configured to stop rotation of the machine by only one of (i) connecting the first coil and second coil in electrical parallel throughout a braking process and (ii) connecting the first coil and second coil in electrical series throughout the braking process.

US Pat. No. 10,919,729

SELF-RETRACTABLE COILED ELECTRICAL CABLE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A self-retracting coiled cable for use in a downhole environment, the self-retracting coiled cable having a variable length along a center line comprising:an outer insulator sleeve having a longitudinal axis;
a spring material positioned within the outer insulator sleeve, the spring material extending within the outer insulator sleeve along the longitudinal axis of the outer insulator sleeve, the spring material holding the outer insulator sleeve in a helical shape around the center line
the spring material allowing the self-retracting coiled cable to expand upon an application of an axial force to an end of the self-retracting coiled cable, thereby increasing a length of the self-retracting coiled cable, and the spring material providing a retractive force in opposition to the axial force for retracting the self-retracting coiled cable upon a removal of the axial force from the end of the self-retracting coiled cable, thereby reducing the length of the self-retracting coiled cable; and
a plurality of wires extending along the longitudinal axis of the outer insulator sleeve, the plurality of wires disposed symmetrically around the spring material.

US Pat. No. 10,919,728

SPOOL MADE OF A THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL FOR THE WINDING OF WINDING MATERIAL, AS WELL AS TO A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

PURUS PLASTICS GMBH, Arz...

1. A spool for winding strand-shaped material, comprising:flange discs having an outer flange surface and an inner flange surface, each of which has a central through bore that is surrounded by an annular recess within the inner flange surface, and
a one-piece tubular spool core,
wherein the spool core comprises a tube, end surfaces of which are connected in a materially bonded manner on an annular wall located within the annular recess of the inner flange surfaces of the flange discs,
wherein at least one channel is provided adjacent to the annular wall in the annular recess for receiving liquefied connection material,
wherein the spool core has approximately the same diameter as the annular wall and is bonded in the annular recess by said connection material, and
wherein the diameter of the annular recess is greater than that of the central through bore of the flange surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,919,727

PROCESS FOR KNOTTING ROVING PACKAGES

JUSHI GROUP CO., LTD., T...

1. A process for knotting roving packages, comprising steps of: arranging a plurality of roving packages in a single layer or multiple layers; dividing all roving packages into at least one group of roving packages; selecting, from each group of roving packages, two roving packages as a starting roving package and an ending roving package; successively connecting all roving packages in each group of roving packages from the starting roving package to the ending roving package; and, connecting an inner fiber of a roving package other than the starting roving package and the ending roving package in each group of roving packages to an outer fiber of a previous roving package and connecting an outer fiber of this roving package to an inner fiber of a next roving package, or connecting an outer fiber of a roving package other than the starting roving package and the ending roving package in each group of roving packages to an inner fiber of a previous roving package and connecting an inner fiber of this roving package to an outer fiber of a next roving package; wherein,when the roving packages are arranged in a single layer, the numbers of the roving packages in each row are the same or not completely the same, and the numbers of the roving packages in each column are the same or not completely the same; and
each group of roving packages includes at least one row of roving packages, wherein a group of roving packages including more than one row of roving packages includes multiple rows of roving packages connected successively; or, each group of roving packages includes at least one column of roving packages, wherein a group of roving packages including more than one column of roving packages includes multiple columns of roving packages connected successively.

US Pat. No. 10,919,726

WIRELINE SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USING SAME

LONGYEAR TM, INC., Salt ...

10. A method comprising:operatively securing a wireline assembly to a mast of a drill rig, the wireline assembly comprising:
a drum engaged with a drilling cable, wherein the drum has a rotational axis and defines an interior chamber extending axially relative to the rotational axis;
opposed first and second support brackets, wherein the drum is positioned between the first and second support brackets and configured to rotate relative to the first and second support brackets;
a motor positioned at least partially within the interior chamber of the drum and operatively coupled to the drum, wherein upon activation of the motor, the drum rotates about the rotational axis relative to the first and second support brackets; and
a spooling device that receives the drilling cable from the drum and directs the drilling cable to a roller assembly of the drill rig, wherein the spooling device comprises a mounting bracket that is rotationally coupled to the first and second support brackets, and wherein the mounting bracket and the first and second support brackets define respective openings in communication with the interior chamber of the drum; and
at least one protective mesh element that circumferentially surrounds at least a portion of the drum, wherein the mounting bracket of the spooling device is secured to the at least one protective mesh element; and
selectively rotating the spooling device relative to the drum from a first rotational position to a second rotational position, wherein in the first rotational position, the spooling device is oriented substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the mast of the drill rig, and wherein in the second rotational position, the spooling device is angularly oriented relative to the longitudinal axis of the mast of the drill rig,
wherein the at least one protective mesh element rotates together with the spooling device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,725

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DEPLOYMENT OF A DEVICE SYSTEM

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A resource recovery system comprising:a spoolable conductor including;
a device disposed in line with the conductor, the device including a plurality of subassemblies;
a connector depending from each of the subassemblies;
a link connected to the connectors supplying a signal connection between the subassemblies;
a connection configuration having a device connection interface configured to connect with the device to facilitate sensory activity or control activity of the device with a fluid flowing in an interior of a tubular member of the resource recovery system; and
a backing, securable to the connection configuration to produce an interference fit with the tubular member of the resource recovery system.

US Pat. No. 10,919,724

TIE-WIRE HOLSTER

1. A tie-wire holster comprising:(a) a tire-shaped body formed of a unitary section of flexible polymer material having a Shore A hardness of between about 15 and about 75, the body including a top circumferential portion and first and second radially inward extending sidewalls;
(b) the body having an outer diameter between about 3.5 and about 7 inches, and the sidewalls having a central opening between about 0.5 and about 5 inches in diameter;
(c) at least two slots formed in the first sidewall, the slots extending from an inner edge of the first sidewall into the top circumferential portion;
(d) a spool-shaped attachment member with a first flange and a second flange connected by a web portion, the first flange having a larger diameter than the second flange, and the first flange being positioned against an interior of the second sidewall and the second flange being positioned against an exterior of the second sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,919,723

CONVEYING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONVEYING A TIRE LAYER

VMI HOLLAND B.V.

39. A method for conveying a tire layer between a first discharge conveyor and a second discharge conveyor extending in a first conveying plane (H1) and a second conveying plane (H2), respectively, downstream in a direction of conveyance (D) of a supply conveyor extending in a third conveying plane (H3), wherein the method comprises providing a swivel conveyor with at least one endless belt or wire and a first pulley, a second pulley and a third pulley that define a minimal loop (L) for guiding said at least one endless belt or wire along a conveying run and a return run, wherein the first pulley defines at least a first part of the conveying run, wherein the second pulley defines at least a first part of the return run and wherein the third pulley is arranged between the first part of the conveying run and the first part of the return run, wherein the third pulley is swivable with respect to the first pulley and the second pulley about a swivel axis (X) that is located at a pivot position (Y) spaced apart from the third pulley towards the first pulley and the second pulley, wherein the third pulley is swivable about said swivel axis between a first swivel position and a second swivel position to align the first part of the conveying run with a first conveying plane (H1) and a second conveying plane (H2), respectively, wherein the minimal loop (L) has a length, wherein the pivot position (Y) is chosen such that the length of the minimal loop (L) when the third pulley is in the first swivel position is the same within a tolerance of less than 1 percent with respect to the length of the minimal loop (L) when the third pulley is in the second swivel position, wherein the method comprises the steps of:swivelling the third pulley with respect to the first pulley and the second pulley about the swivel axis (X) between the first swivel position and the second swivel position while keeping the length of the minimal loop (L) the same within the tolerance when the third pulley is in the first swivel position and in the second swivel position; and
using the swivel conveyor to convey a first tire layer from the supply conveyor to the first discharge conveyor when the first part of the conveying run is aligned with the first conveying plane (H1) and to convey a second tire layer from the supply conveyor to the second discharge conveyor when the first part of the conveying run is aligned with the second conveying plane (H2).

US Pat. No. 10,919,722

REEL UNWINDER WITH SYSTEM FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING THE REELS

Guangdong Fosber Intellig...

1. An unwinder for unwinding reels of web material, comprising:a rotating support with a rotation axis and provided with engaging members for engaging the reels;
a reel positioning system for loading the reels onto the rotating support;
an unloading system for unloading the reels from the rotating support;
wherein the reel positioning system comprises a first conveyor for the reels and a pusher configured and arranged to push the reels from the first conveyor towards abutment members defining a pick-up position where a reel is taken by the rotating support; and wherein the reel positioning system and the unloading system are arranged at opposite sides of the rotating support.

US Pat. No. 10,919,721

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a sheet feeding tray on which a sheet to be subjected to image formation is placed;
a sheet feeder configured to abut against the sheet placed on the sheet feeding tray to feed the sheet;
a moving unit configured to move at least one of the sheet feeder and the sheet feeding tray to cause one of an abutment state in which the sheet feeder is held in abutment against the sheet on the sheet feeding tray and a separated state in which the sheet feeder is not held in abutment against the sheet on the sheet feeding tray;
a human detector configured to detect a human being present in a vicinity of the image forming apparatus; and
a controller configured to control the moving unit to cause the separated state in which the sheet feeder is not held in abutment against the sheet on the sheet feeding tray after an elapse of a predetermined timeout time without receiving an instruction of starting image formation and the apparatus being in the abutment state in which the sheet feeder is held in abutment against the sheet on the sheet feeding tray,
wherein in a state in which the human detector detects a human, the controller is configured to control the moving unit to cause the separated state after an elapse of a first time period as the predetermined timeout time, and
wherein, in a case in which the human detector changes from a state in which the human is detected to a state in which the human is not detected, the controller is configured to control the moving unit to cause the separated state even if the first time period is not yet elapsed after an elapse of a second time period as the predetermined timeout time, the second time period being shorter than the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,919,720

SHEET CONVEYANCE UNIT AND SHEET CONVEYANCE SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A sheet conveyance unit being connected to a sheet discharge unit which discharge a sheet,the sheet conveyance unit comprising:
a sheet inlet port which is connected to a discharge guide provided in the sheet discharge unit;
an inlet guide which is disposed at the sheet inlet port and has an upper guide facing an upper surface of the sheet and a lower guide disposed below the upper guide so as to face a lower surface of the sheet;
a conveyance member which conveys the sheet conveyed into the sheet conveyance unit along the inlet guide; and
a guide switching mechanism which switches the inlet guide between a conveyance position at which the upper guide and the lower guide face each other with a first distance and a separation position at which the upper guide and the lower guide are spaced from each other with a second distance greater than the first distance,
wherein,
to connect the sheet conveyance unit to the sheet discharge unit,
the inlet guide is disposed to the separation position by the guide switching mechanism before the discharge guide is inserted between the upper guide and the lower guide, and is disposed to the conveyance position after the discharge guide is inserted between the upper guide and the lower guide.

US Pat. No. 10,919,719

BELT DRIVING DEVICE AND TRANSFER DEVICE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A belt driving device comprising:an annular belt member comprising a first edge and a second edge;
a plurality of rotary members that extend in parallel and rotate, the belt member being wound around the rotary members, the belt member circulating;
a protrusion that protrudes from an inner peripheral surface of the belt member, the protrusion extending along the second edge of the belt member, the protrusion being arranged in a direction parallel to an extending direction of the rotary members, the protrusion being provided at the second edge; and
a contact member that is closer to the first edge than the second edge, the contact member and the belt member being arranged side by side, wherein
when the belt member deviates in the extending direction, the contact member comes into contact with the belt member to limit the deviating of the belt member, and
a difference between a position of the belt member when the protrusion comes into contact with an end surface of one of the rotary members and a position of the belt member when the belt member comes into contact with the contact member is equal to or less than a width of the protrusion in the extending direction.

US Pat. No. 10,919,718

MEDIUM SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A medium supply apparatus comprising:a box member inside which a medium is stored and which is inserted into and extracted from a body of an image forming apparatus;
a bottom plate which is disposed at a bottom portion of the box member and on which the medium is placed, the bottom plate being lifted up by an elastic force of an elastic member; and
a rotary portion attached to a side wall, among walls of the box member, positioned on a lateral side with respect to a front side toward which the box member is extracted from the image forming apparatus, the rotary portion being rotatable about a location of attachment of the rotary portion,
wherein the rotary portion includes
a rear portion positioned on a rear side, in contrast to the front side, with respect to the location of attachment, the rear portion being moved upward by a reaction force applied from the body when the box member is extracted, and
a front portion positioned on the front side with respect to the location of attachment, the front portion being moved downward by rotation of the rotary portion due to upward movement of the rear portion to lower the bottom plate against the elastic force, wherein the front portion has a contact surface that contacts a contact target that is at least one of a part of the bottom plate and a member that is movable in an up-down direction together with the bottom plate, a location of contact of the contact surface with the contact target is moved along with the rotation of the rotary portion, and the contact surface at the location of contact is directed in a direction of movement of the contact target.

US Pat. No. 10,919,717

LIFTING DEVICE FOR BLOCKS WITH NON-PARALLEL WALLS

1. A device for lifting a hollow bodied block with non-parallel walls, comprising:an elongated body having a top end and a bottom end;
a handle, affixed to the elongated body;
a first arm having a first end and a second end, the first arm rigidly mounted to and extending in a first direction from the elongated body, the first arm having a first bracket comprising a first surface affixed to the second end of the first arm, the first surface configured to engage a first inner wall of a hollow bodied block;
a second arm having a first end and a second end, the first end pivotally attached to the elongated body at a pivot point and extending away from the elongated body in a second direction, the second arm having a second bracket comprising a second surface affixed to the second end of the second arm, and the second surface configured to engage a second inner wall of the hollow bodied block by angling the second surface; and
a stabilizing member extending in a third direction, the stabilizing member configured to engage a third inner wall of a hollow bodied block,
wherein a length of the stabilizing member is adjustable along the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,919,716

COVER SLIP DISPENSER APPARATUS

1. A cover slip dispenser apparatus comprising:a dispenser body having a dispenser front side separated from a dispenser rear side, a dispenser left side separated from a dispenser right side, and a dispenser top side separated from an open dispenser bottom side defining a dispenser inside, the dispenser top side having a square top aperture extending through to the dispenser inside, the dispenser inside being configured to store a plurality of cover slips;
a bottom frame coupled to the dispenser body, the bottom frame being coupled to the open dispenser bottom side, an inner surface of the bottom frame having a plurality of spring-loaded ball detents to prevent the plurality of cover slips from passing through unless forced;
a plunger coupled to the dispenser body, the plunger being slidably coupled within the dispenser inside and configured to contact a topmost slip of the plurality of cover slips;
a spring coupled to the dispenser body, the spring being coupled within the dispenser inside above the plunger and configured to apply pressure on the plunger to arrange the plurality of cover slips against the plurality of ball detents;
a lever coupled to the dispenser body, the lever being slidably coupled through the top aperture of the dispenser top side, a lever bottom of the lever being coupled to the spring, the lever being configured to dispense one cover slip of the plurality of cover slips when depressed; and
a thickness of each of a right frame side and a left frame side of the bottom frame being greater than a thickness of each of a front frame side and a rear frame side, the plurality of ball detents comprising a right ball detent and a left ball detent coupled within the right frame side and the left frame side, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,919,715

FILTER MOVING DEVICE

Lonza Ltd, Visp (CH)

1. A filter moving device comprising:a frame having a first end, a second and opposite end, and defining a height there between, the first end of the frame comprising an open end leading to an interior space within the frame, the open end having a size and the frame having a height such that the open end of the frame can be placed over a filter cartridge stack contained in a filter assembly;
a plurality of lifting elements located on the frame, the lifting elements being movable between an engaging position and a disengaging position, wherein, when in the engaging position, the lifting elements engage a filter cartridge stack located within the interior space of the frame wherein the lifting elements are arranged in groups and wherein the lifting elements in a group are located at different positions around the interior space of the frame at the same height on the frame and wherein there are at least two groups of lifting elements located at different heights on the frame; and
a locking mechanism that locks the lifting elements in the engaging position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,714

SOLID PARTICLE CARRYING METHOD AND CARRYING SYSTEM

KANTO DENKA KOGYO CO., LT...

1. A method for conveying solid particles using a gas flow, comprising circulating the gas flow in a closed conveying path,wherein the solid particles comprise a solid material that is capable of undergoing a dissociation equilibrium reaction that dissociates at least one type of gas component and at least one type of solid component,
the gas flow contains the gas component,
the solid particles are conveyed in a conveying pipe by the gas flow, and the solid particles or the solid component stuck to an inner surface of the conveying pipe is removed by the gas flow; and
the solid material is LiPF6 or LiBF4.

US Pat. No. 10,919,713

SYSTEM FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING A SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR LOADING A SUBSTRATE, AND METHOD FOR UNLOADING A SUBSTRATE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A method for loading a substrate, the method comprising:controlling a mechanical hand to take two halves of the substrate sequentially out of a substrate storage chuck, and placing the two halves of the substrate respectively on two layers of sucker assemblies of a substrate rotation apparatus at a first rotation position;
controlling the substrate rotation apparatus to be switched to a second rotation position;
controlling the mechanical hand to take the two halves of the substrate sequentially out of a lower layer of sucker assembly and an upper layer of sucker assembly of the substrate rotation apparatus at the second rotation position, so that the two halves of the substrate are arranged in a length direction of mechanical fingers, and joined together into an entire substrate, on the mechanical fingers; and
controlling the mechanical hand to convey the two halves of the substrate joined together into the entire substrate to a substrate machining device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,712

CART COUPLING ASSEMBLY

Intelligrated Headquarter...

1. A cart coupling assembly, comprising:a coupling disc configured to couple to an adjacent cart, wherein the coupling disc comprises:
a bearing slot adapted to hold a bearing, wherein the bearing slot is located at a center of the coupling disc, wherein the bearing slot is configured to engage, with a bearing hub assembly of the adjacent cart;
a mounting slot through which a bolt can be fastened to the adjacent cart; and
a control slot with one or more position registers defined along a control slot cavity of the control slot, the one or more position registers configured to one of restrict or allow a sliding movement of the control slot cavity, while the coupling disc rotates relative to the bearing slot, and wherein in response to rotation of the coupling disc, a gap distance between the cart coupling assembly and the adjacent cart varies without transverse movement of the coupling disc.

US Pat. No. 10,919,711

COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE

FUJI CORPORATION, Chiryu...

1. A component mounting device comprising:a component mounting head including
(A) a head main body,
(B) a nozzle holding tool held on the head main body,
(C) a first raising and lowering device configured to raise and lower the nozzle holding tool with respect to the head main body in an advancing direction towards a board,
(D) a suction nozzle, which picks up and holds a component, that is held by the nozzle holding tool to be raised and lowered relative to the nozzle holding tool, and
(E) a second raising and lowering device that is configured to be raised and lowered together with the nozzle holding tool by the first raising and lowering device, and that is configured to raise and lower the suction nozzle relative to the nozzle holding tool, and the suction nozzle is moved in the advancing direction by the second raising and lowering device, so as to mount the component on the board, the second raising and lowering device including
a biasing member configured to bias the suction nozzle in a retracting direction with respect to the nozzle holding tool,
an engaging member provided to be raised and lowered relative to the nozzle holding tool and the suction nozzle and configured to engage with an engaged member provided on the suction nozzle, and
an actuator configured to raise and lower the engaging member, the actuator configured to, by moving the engaging member in the advancing direction, cause the engaging member to engage with the engaged member of the suction nozzle, and further, by moving the engaging member in the advancing direction in a state with the engaging member engaged with the engaged member, cause the suction nozzle to be advanced against the biasing force of the biasing member; and
a control device configured to control operation of the component mounting head, the control device including an engaging position detecting section configured to cause the engaging member to move in the advancing direction by using the actuator of the second raising and lowering device at a speed slower than that of the first raising and lowering device and when an applied force applied in a vertical direction to the engaging member increases at a predetermined rate the control device determines an engaging position that is a position in vertical direction at which the engaging member engages with the engaged member and the control device memorizes a lowering amount of the second raising and lowering device that corresponds to the suction nozzle held by the nozzle holding tool.

US Pat. No. 10,919,710

TRANSPORT UNIT, TRANSFER APPARATUS, AND TRANSFER METHOD

HIRATA CORPORATION, Kuma...

1. A transfer method of transporting and positioning a curved substrate, correcting the substrate into a straight shape by pressing a substrate surface of the substrate, and transferring the corrected substrate, the method comprising: a setting step of setting a work range for the substrate based on a contour of the substrate in an uncurved straight state; a correction step of correcting the substrate into a straight shape by pressing a pressing member against the substrate surface of the substrate within the work range; the correction step includes: a blowing step of blowing air to the substrate surface of the substrate and a pressing step of pressing the pressing member against the substrate surface of the substrate; a positioning step of positioning the corrected substrate; a suction holding step of holding the positioned corrected substrate by suction; and a transfer step of transferring the corrected substrate held by suction.

US Pat. No. 10,919,709

APPARATUS FOR THE AUTOMATED REMOVAL OF WORKPIECES ARRANGED IN A BIN

Liebherr-Verzahntechnik G...

1. An apparatus for automated removal of workpieces arranged in a bin, comprising:a first object recognition device for detecting the workpieces in the bin;
a first picker for picking and removing the workpieces from the bin;
a controller for evaluating data of the first object recognition device, for path planning and for controlling the first picker; and
a transport device on which the workpieces removed from the bin are placed,
a robot arm that is used for placing the workpieces on the transport device; and
a pedestal positioned over the transport device and the robot arm arranged on the pedestal.

US Pat. No. 10,919,708

INDEXING AND AUTO-SPACING SYSTEM

CONFLEX PACKAGING, INC., ...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium containing instructions executable by a processor to:determine, at a first sensor, a gap distance between a first product and a second product;
determine a first flow rate, wherein the first flow rate is determined based on the gap distance between the first product and the second product;
store the first flow rate at a controller;
detect, at a second sensor, a leading edge of the first product;
detect, at the second sensor, a trailing edge of the first product;
determine a second flow rate, wherein the second flow rate is based on a time difference between detection of the leading edge of the first product and detection of the trailing edge of the first product; and
raise a pusher located on a chain on a track surface, wherein:
the pusher is raised at a location corresponding to a determined location of the first product; and
the determined location is based on a comparison of the stored first flow rate and the second flow rate of the first product.

US Pat. No. 10,919,707

MARKING TRANSPORT CLEANING PAD

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A method for cleaning hardware components of a rendering system comprising:attaching a cleaning pad including an absorbent material onto an inner surface of a transport belt;
moistening the absorbent material located on the cleaning pad;
cleaning hardware components of a rendering system by activating movement of the transport belt and the cleaning pad through the rendering system to cause the moistened absorbent material of the cleaning pad to contact the hardware components, wherein the hardware components comprise support rollers and a marking platen;
stopping the movement of the transport belt and the cleaning pad attached to the transport belt after cycling through the hardware components of the rendering system; and
removing the cleaning pad from the transport belt after the cleaning pad and the transport belt are stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,919,706

CONVEYOR APPARATUS AND COMBINED WEIGHING APPARATUS

Ishida Co., Ltd., Kyoto ...

1. A conveyor apparatus comprising:a conveying unit which conveys an article supplied from the outside;
a detection unit which detects an amount of an article loaded on the conveying unit; and
a control unit which sets a force of conveying the article in the conveying unit on the basis of a detection result of the detection unit and controls an operation of the conveying unit,
wherein the control unit sets the conveying force of the conveying unit to be smaller than a current conveying force when a state in which a change amount of the article loading amount on the conveying unit is smaller than a threshold value is maintained for a predetermined time or more in the detection result of the detection unit, and
the control unit sets the conveying force of the conveying unit to be larger than the current conveying force when a state in which the change amount is smaller than the threshold value is maintained for a first predetermined time or more and sets the conveying force of the conveying unit to be smaller than the current conveying force when a state in which the change amount is smaller than the threshold value is maintained for a second predetermined time or more which is the predetermined time and is equal to or longer than the first predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,919,705

APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS MOTION OF INDEPENDENT MOVERS ALONG A PATH

The Procter and Gamble Co...

1. Apparatus for controlled motion of independent movers along a path comprising:a track that prescribes a single path for movers;
a plurality of movers movably mounted on the track for moving along said path, said movers comprising a driven member that is oriented to be contacted by at least one drive element at any position along the path; wherein at least one driven member comprises a gear rack joined to one of said movers, said gear rack comprising gear teeth;
a plurality of drive elements arranged along the track, said drive elements each comprising a surface that is oriented to contact the driven member of said movers, wherein said drive elements are configured to sequentially engage the driven member of a plurality of said movers to provide controlled motion of said movers independently around said track, wherein the drive elements are each driven by a rotary motor; and
a programmable computer control system in communication with the rotary motors for controlling the motion of the rotary motors;
wherein at least one drive element comprises a timing belt that has a plurality of teeth thereon;
wherein said belt is in the configuration of an endless loop located inside the track, wherein said belt is arranged to be supported in the endless loop configuration by at least one of a plurality of backup rollers or a guide rail that allow the belt to drive the driven members following the path for the movers;
wherein the single path has a race track configuration having two linear sides, two curvilinear portions at the ends, and transitions between each of the linear sides and the curvilinear ends, wherein the transitions and curvilinear portions at the ends of the track form spline curves, and the portions of the belt that drive the movers along the spline curves are supported by a plurality of backup rollers configured to allow the belt to drive the movers around the spline curves due to engagement of the timing belt teeth and the rack teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,919,704

ROAD-PORTABLE CONVEYOR APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Superior Industries, Inc....

15. The method of claim 14, further comprising:supporting the wheel assembly on the conveyor such that the wheel assembly is supported off the ground when the conveyor is supported at least partially on the wheeled support.

US Pat. No. 10,919,703

BELT CONVEYOR AND MODULAR CONVEYOR BELT FOR INCLINES

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

1. A modular conveyor belt comprising:a series of rows of one or more belt modules hingedly linked together at hinge joints between consecutive rows, wherein the rows are arranged in a repeating pattern of belt sections along a belt travel direction, each belt section including:
a first region formed by one or more first rows of first belt modules having a flat top surface made of a first high-friction material having a first hardness durometer;
a second region formed by one or more second rows of second belt modules having a textured top surface made of a second high-friction material having a second hardness durometer;
a third region formed by one or more third rows of third belt modules disposed between the first and second regions and having a low-friction flat top surface recessed below the levels of the flat top surface of the first region and the textured top surface of the of the second region;
a fourth region formed by consecutive fourth rows of the third belt modules disposed between the second region and the first region of a consecutive belt section.

US Pat. No. 10,919,702

AERIAL ROOF HEIGHT ITEM RECEIVING CHUTE

1. A chute comprising of:impact absorbing pads spaced to prevent large unimpeded falls;
wherein impact absorbing pads allow for an item to be further dropped from said pads either onto another pad or bottom of the chute wherein said impact absorbing pads have mechanisms on them to assist them to flex or rotate to release an item on them;
wherein the mechanism is a simple rope system mechanism is attached to the impact absorbing pad allowing the impact absorbing pad to be tugged down if items get stuck on the pad.

US Pat. No. 10,919,701

INTERCHANGEABLE AUTOMATED MOBILE ROBOTS WITH A PLURALITY OF OPERATING MODES CONFIGURING A PLURALITY OF DIFFERENT ROBOT TASK CAPABILITIES

Alert Innovation Inc., N...

1. An automated store, comprising:a building structure comprising:
a replenishment section wherein the automated store is replenished with product totes containing new inventory eaches;
an automated fulfillment section wherein eaches are transferred from product totes to order totes at workstations to fulfill orders from customers; and
a delivery section wherein order totes from the automated fulfillment section are made available for direct pickup by the customers or a customer proxy; and
a mobile robot configured to move throughout and between the replenishment section, the automated fulfillment section and the delivery section;
a central controller configured to:
assign a mode of operation from a plurality of modes of operation to the mobile robot, the plurality of modes of operation comprising a replenishment mode, an order fulfillment mode and a delivery mode,
wherein, in the replenishment mode, the mobile robot transports received product totes into storage;
wherein, in the order fulfillment mode, the mobile robot transports the product totes to the workstations, and transports the order totes to the workstations and the delivery section;
wherein, in the delivery mode, the mobile robot transports order totes to a location in the delivery section to make the order totes available for delivery to the customers or customer proxy; and
wherein the mobile robot may travel between each of the replenishment section, the automated fulfillment section and the delivery section without physical reconfiguration of the mobile robot.

US Pat. No. 10,919,700

MOBILE STORAGE SYSTEM WITH DIRECT WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

Spacesaver Corporation, ...

1. A mobile storage system, comprising:a plurality of movable storage units, wherein each of the storage units includes a local control unit and a local control panel, wherein the local control panel allows a user to manually enter control commands to move the storage unit;
a master controller in communication with the plurality of local control units of the plurality of movable storage units;
a wireless transceiver in communication with the master controller to receive and transmit messages from the master controller; and
a user device including a display that allows the user to enter commands and view control images related to the mobile storage system, wherein the user device is in wireless communication with the master controller such that the user controls operation of the mobile storage system through the user device,
wherein when the user device and the master controller have created a wireless connection, the master controller disables each of the local control panels and prevents a wireless connection with another user device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,699

STORAGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED,...

1. A storage system, comprising:a first set of parallel rails or tracks and a second set of parallel rails or tracks extending transverse to the first set in a substantially horizontal plane to form a grid pattern having a plurality of grid spaces;
a plurality of stackable storage containers arranged in stacks, the stacks being located beneath the rails or tracks, each stack being located within a footprint of a grid space; and
at least one load handling device disposed on the rails or tracks, above the stacks and arranged to move laterally above the stacks of stackable containers on the rails or tracks, each load handling device having a lifting device arranged to lift one or more containers, or parts thereof, from the top of a stack;
wherein a number of the containers within the stacks, include service means for providing services to the respective container, thereby enabling individual containers within the stacks to perform additional functions;
the lifting device including releasable connecting means for connecting a load handling device to a container to be lifted, the releasable connecting means adapted to connect the container to be lifted to a power or data or signal or other service provided by the load handling device thereby maintaining the power, or the data or the signal or the other service to the container to be lifted when said container is lifted from the top of a stack, through the grid spaces, in to the load handling device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,698

ROBOTIC CARGO HANDLING SYSTEM AND METHOD

OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED,...

12. A method of transferring containers between road and rail vehicles at a container interchange, the container interchange including a first set of rails and a second substantially perpendicular set of rails forming a grid structure above at least one transport network, the transport network having at least two sections of the at least one transport network, the handling system including a plurality of robotic load handling devices operating above and on the first set of rails and the second set of rails of the grid, the robotic load handling devices having a body mounted on wheels, a first set of wheels being arranged to engage with at least two rails of the first set of rails, the second set of wheels being arranged to engage with at least two rails of the second set of rails, the first set of wheels being independently moveable and driveable with respect to the second set of wheels such that when in motion only one set of wheels is engaged with the grid at any one time thereby enabling movement of the load handling device along the rails to any point on the grid by driving only the set of wheels engaged with the rails, the system including vehicle means located on the at least one transport network, the vehicle means including one or more carriages, each of the one or more carriages being associated with the at least one container, each load handling device being provided with engaging means for engaging the at least one container associated with the vehicle, the at least one container being located on and delivered to the system by the vehicle means, and a lifting means for lifting the at least one container from the associated carriage and transferring the at least one container from the carriage to an alternative location within the system, the method comprising:a. moving the vehicle means including the at least one container into position under the grid structure, wherein portions of the rails above the vehicle means are missing in a direction transverse to the direction of the transport network thereby enabling alignment of the load handling devices above the vehicles:
b. moving a load handling device into position on the grid structure above the at least one container, the position of the load handling device not being governed by a position of the vehicle beneath a footprint of a grid space, the load handling device thereby being configured to raise and lower the at least one container on to and off the vehicle irrespective of whether the vehicle is positioned beneath a footprint of a grid space:
c. lifting the at least one container from the vehicle means into the body of the load handling device;
d. moving the load handling device to a predetermined desired position above a different vehicle means; and
e. depositing the at least one container into the different vehicle means located beneath the grid structure.

US Pat. No. 10,919,697

PLATE STORAGE ASSEMBLY

JUSTOY PTY LIMITED

1. A storage assembly, comprising a rack, a tray and a loading device, wherein the loading device is configured to move the tray between a storage position on the rack and an access position, the loading device comprising two lifting arms that support a cradle, wherein the tray is supported on the cradle when in the access position and the loading device includes a drawing arm that is configured to move the tray between the storage position and the access position, wherein the drawing arm is pivotally connected to the cradle at a first end and includes an end roller at a second end, wherein the end roller cooperates with a channel in the tray, such that pivoting the drawing arm moves the end roller along the channel and thereby moves the tray between the storage position and the access position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,696

DUMP SYSTEM

1. A material handling system for lifting and dumping material into a container, the material handling system comprising:at least one horizontal rail connected to the container;
at least one vertical track slidably mounted to the horizontal rail, the vertical track defining a generally vertically extending lower portion and a curved upper portion transitioning into the generally vertically extending lower portion;
a carriage connected to the vertical track for movement with respect to the vertical track;
a holder pivotally attached to the carriage; and
a motive power device operable to raise and lower the carriage along the vertical track for moving the holder between an upper position proximate the curved upper portion and a lower position, the holder being in a generally inverted position in the upper position,
wherein, the holder is configured to pivot with respect to the carriage between a generally upright position upon the holder being in the lower position and a generally inverted position upon the holder being in the upper position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,695

STAKE CABLING SYSTEM FOR SECURING BINS

Securecan Corporation, W...

1. A stake-cable system for trash bins, comprising:an object attachment point associated with a trash bin;
an anchor attachment point associated with a ground surface;
a cable connecting the object and anchor attachment points; and
one or more interconnectors interconnect one or both ends of the cable to a respective attachment point,
wherein the anchor attachment point further comprises an anchor post extending between an eye hole and a toggle bolt anchor, wherein the toggle bolt anchor is connected to the ground surface in an extended condition, and wherein the eye hole engages with either the cable or one of the one or more interconnectors;
an O-ring removably engaging the toggle bolt anchor in a contracted condition.

US Pat. No. 10,919,694

WELDED DECK SEAM SKIN PONTOON INTERNAL FLOATING ROOF

HMT LLC, The Woodlands, ...

1. An internal floating roof for a storage tank, comprising:a rim;
a first plurality of girders extending in a first direction across the rim, wherein the first plurality of girders comprises a first girder, wherein the first girder comprises a first top channel;
a second plurality of girders extending in a second direction, cross-wise to the first direction; wherein the second plurality comprises a second girder, wherein the second girder comprises a second top channel;
a deck sheet disposed on a first top surface of the first girder and a second top surface of the second girder;
a first cap channel coupled to the first top channel of the first girder, wherein the first cap channel comprises:
a first foot configured to press a first edge of the deck sheet against the first top surface of the first girder, wherein the first foot is welded to the deck sheet along a first length of the first cap channel; and
first and second legs defining a first bottom channel, wherein the first and second legs are configured to be inserted into the first top channel of the first girder and configured to engage with a first fastener extending into the first top channel to bias the first cap channel against the first girder;
a second cap channel coupled to a second top channel of the second girder, wherein the second cap channel comprises:
a second foot configured to press a second edge of the deck sheet against the second top surface of the second girder, wherein the second foot is welded to the deck sheet along a second length of the second cap channel; and
third and fourth legs defining a second bottom channel, wherein the third and fourth legs are configured to be inserted into the second top channel of the second girder and configured to engage with a second fastener extending into the second top channel to bias the second cap channel against the second girder; and
a pontoon coupled to the first girder.

US Pat. No. 10,919,693

BULK MATERIAL HANDLING SYSTEM FOR REDUCED DUST, NOISE, AND EMISSIONS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system, comprising:a container holding bulk material, wherein the container is portable, and wherein the container stores the bulk material during movement of the container prior to discharge of the bulk material from the container;
a blender having a blender inlet, wherein the blender inlet is a hopper of the blender or a mixing compartment of the blender;
a frame for receiving and holding the container thereon; and
a gravity feed outlet coupled to the frame for routing the bulk material discharged from the container directly into the blender inlet such that the bulk material exits a lower end of the gravity feed outlet directly into the blender inlet;
wherein the container comprises a discharge gate disposed at a lower portion thereof, wherein the discharge gate is selectively actuated to release the bulk material from the container;
wherein the frame comprises a gate actuator disposed thereon for selectively actuating the discharge gate of the container when the container is disposed on the frame, wherein the container is prevented from releasing the bulk material until the container is positioned on the frame and the gate actuator actuates the discharge gate.

US Pat. No. 10,919,692

MODULAR CONTAINER TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

Biosphere Aerospace, LLC,...

1. A ground transport drive container comprising:an outer container having a cuboid shape, wherein the outer container comprises a plurality of walls forming an enclosure that contains a propulsion system;
a plurality of wheels secured to the outer container; and
a fitting panel secured to a first wall of the plurality of walls, wherein
the fitting panel comprises a plurality of fittings for securing the ground transport drive container to another apparatus, and
the fitting panel can be actuated between a raised configuration and a lowered configuration independently of the plurality of walls.

US Pat. No. 10,919,691

BEVERAGE CARTRIDGE WITH NEEDLE PUNCTURE PREVENTION

Ideators, LLC, New York,...

1. A beverage cartridge comprising:a sidewall;
a bottom;
an opening;
a filter comprising a filter material arranged to separate the cartridge into a first compartment between the filter and the opening and a second compartment between the filter and the bottom, wherein the first compartment stores a first substance; and
a printable coating printed on one or more portions of the filter material, wherein the coating increases the puncture resistance of the filter material,
wherein the coating includes a first layer of urethane printed directly on the filter material, an epoxy printed over at least a portion of the first layer of urethane, and a second layer of urethane printed over the epoxy, wherein the epoxy is completely enclosed by the first layer of urethane and the second layer of urethane.

US Pat. No. 10,919,690

CAPSULE HAVING A MEMBRANE AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A NUTRITIONAL PRODUCT

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A capsule for preparing a nutritional product in a device configured to supply liquid into the capsule, the capsule comprising:at least one compartment for providing nutritional ingredients for the preparation of the nutritional product in combination with the supplied liquid,
wherein the at least one compartment comprises a liquid impermeable membrane forming a release side of the at least one compartment, the liquid impermeable membrane configured to release the nutritional product from the at least one compartment, and
wherein the capsule further comprises at least one relief element protruding from an opening wall, wherein the at least one relief element is tooth shaped comprising a slanted surface that forms a tip at a first end of the slanted surface, and a second end of the slanted surface is opposite from the first end and is more distant from the liquid impermeable membrane than the tip, wherein the at least one relief element further comprises a base surface connecting the slanted surface to the opening wall, and wherein the at least one relief element comprises a surface perpendicular to the liquid impermeable membrane and extending between the base of the relief element and the tip of the relief element,
wherein the liquid impermeable membrane is free of an aluminium layer and comprises a first polymer layer and a second polymer layer being connected to each other at a respective surface of contact, wherein the first polymer layer comprises a precut and wherein the second polymer layer is free of a precut or weakened line or zone, and
wherein the relief element is positioned to overlap the precut in an axial direction perpendicular to a plane of the liquid impermeable membrane, the precut positioned such that a first end of the precut overlaps the at least one relief element and a second end of the precut does not overlap the at least one relief element when viewed along the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,919,689

MODIFIED CONTAINER OF CONSUMER ARTICLES COMPRISING AN ELEMENT OF DISCERNIBLE THICKNESS

Philip Morris Products S....

12. A blank for forming a container for consumer goods, the blank comprising a laminar substrate having a substrate thickness and a three dimensional element having a thickness from about 50 micrometres to about 500 micrometres, the three dimensional element being affixed to the laminar substrate;wherein the three dimensional element is affixed to the blank by adhesive provided on an affixing area of a first surface of the laminar substrate; and
wherein the blank comprises a thickness element for at least partly offsetting or compensating the thickness of the three dimensional element, the thickness element being provided on a region of the first surface of the laminar substrate other than the affixing area, the entirety of the thickness element extending over a region of the first surface other than the affixing area, wherein the thickness element increases the thickness of the container at the region in which the thickness element is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,919,688

SINGLE FINGER DISPENSING ARTICLE

DDP SPECIALTY ELECTRONIC ...

1. An article comprising a can (10) having opposing top (12) and bottom (14) ends with a valve stem (20) extending out from the top end and a dispensing device (100) attached to the valve stem, wherein the dispensing device comprises:a. a hollow base (30) with opposing entrance (32) and exit (34) ends and defining a hollow base flow channel (36) extending all the way through the hollow base including through the entrance and exit ends with the entrance end removably attached to the valve stem of the can so as to provide fluid communication from the valve stem into the hollow base flow channel of the hollow base;
b. a hollow tube (40) with opposing entrance (42) and exit (44) ends and defining a hollow tube flow channel (46) extending all the way through the hollow tube including through the entrance end and through one or more than one hole (48) proximate to the exit end, wherein the hollow tube is affixed to the hollow base so that the entrance end of the hollow tube is proximate to the exit end of the hollow base so as to establish fluid communication between the hollow base flow channel and hollow tube flow channel and so the two flow channels become continuous;
c. a sleeve (50) with opposing lower (52) and dispensing (54) ends and a finger pad (58) proximate to the lower end, wherein the sleeve extends over and is able to slide over at least a portion of the hollow tube such that the dispensing end of the sleeve is proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube and wherein the sleeve defines a dispensing hole (56) proximate to the dispensing end;
d. an elastic connector (60) that attaches the sleeve to at least one of the hollow base and hollow tube proximate to the lower end of the sleeve such that when the sleeve slides along the hollow tube away from the hollow base the elastic connector provides a restoring force to slide the sleeve along the hollow tube back towards the hollow base; and
e. a sealing gasket (70) around the outside of the hollow tube between the hollow tube and sleeve and located between hole or holes (48), which are proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube, and the entrance end of the hollow tube;
wherein the dispensing device can reversibly move between an open position and a closed position by sliding the sleeve along the hollow tube, the closed position being characterized by the sleeve sealing the one or more than one hole in the hollow tube proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube and the open position being achieved by sliding the sleeve from the closed position along the hollow tube away from the hollow base so as to unseal the one or more than one hole through the hollow tube allowing fluid flow from the hollow tube flow channel out from the sleeve proximate to the dispensing end; and
wherein a single action of pressing a finger against the finger pad is able to slide the sleeve to an open position and to tilt the valve stem to dispense pressurized contents of the can through the hollow tube and wherein subsequent single finger action of releasing pressure on the finger pad results in both return of the valve stem to a closed position for the can and return of the sleeve to a closed position;
wherein the hollow tube has a tapered hollow tube section that narrows in outside diameter proximate to the exit end and has defined through the tapered hollow tube section a hole and wherein the sleeve has a tapered sleeve section that narrows in inside diameter proximate to the dispensing end and wherein the hollow tube tapered section and tapered sleeve section fit together when the dispensing device is in a closed position such that the sleeve seals the hole in the tapered hollow tube section thereby preventing fluid flow through the hole, and when the dispensing device is in an open position the sleeve is displaced from the hole in the tapered hollow tube section thereby allowing fluid flow through the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,919,687

DISPENSER WITH CAP

DDP SPECIALTY ELECTRONIC ...

1. An article comprising a can (10) and a dispensing device (100) wherein the can has opposing top (12) and bottom (14) ends with a valve stem (20) extending out from the top end and wherein the dispensing device comprises:(a) a cap (30) attached to the can and that fits over the top end of the can and covers the valve stem where the cap has defined therein an access slot (35) that provides access to the valve stem;
(b) a hollow tube (40) having opposing entrance (42) and exit (44) ends and that defines a hollow tube flow channel (46) extending through the hollow tube including the entrance end and one or more than one hole (48) proximate to the exit end, the entrance end of the hollow tube being removably attached to the valve stem of the can so that there is fluid communication through the valve stem into the flow channel and the hollow tube extending through the access slot in the cap;
(c) a sleeve (50) extending over a portion of the hollow tube, the sleeve having a lower end (52) and an opposing dispensing end (54) that is proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube where the sleeve defines a hole proximate to the dispensing end and the sleeve is capable of reversibly sliding over the hollow tube;
(d) a lever (60) that has a sleeve end (62) and an opposing trigger end (64) that is hingedly attached to the cap between the sleeve and trigger ends, where the sleeve end is operatively engaged with the sleeve so as to cause the sleeve to move towards the exit end of the hollow tube and tilt the valve stem of the can when the trigger end of the lever is displaced towards the can and where the trigger end extends along at least a portion of the length of the can;
(e) an elastic feature (70) that provides a force, or causes a force to be applied, to the sleeve when the sleeve is moved towards the exit end of the hollow tube, the force being in a direction that tries to move the sleeve towards the entrance end of the hollow tube; and
(f) a sealing gasket (80) around the outside of the hollow tube between the hollow tube and the sleeve and located between the exit and entrance ends of the hollow tube, the sealing gasket preventing fluid communication past the sealing gasket between the hollow tube and sleeve;wherein, when the sleeve is in a closed position the sleeve seals the hole proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube so as to preclude fluid flow out from the flow channel of the hollow tube proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube and the trigger end of the lever extends next to but spaced apart from the can, but when the sleeve is in the open position the sleeve is displaced towards the exit end of the hollow tube unsealing the hole proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube thereby allowing fluid flow from the flow channel of the hollow tube through the hole proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube; andwherein with a single action of pressing the lever so as to displace the trigger end of the lever towards the can when the sleeve is in a closed position causes the sleeve to move into an open position and the valve stem to tilt thereby opening the can, and with a single action of releasing pressure on the trigger end of the lever the sleeve moves into a closed position sealing the hollow tube and the valve stem returns to a non-tilted position closing the can.

US Pat. No. 10,919,686

PLASTIC CONTAINER FOR FOOD PRODUCT HAVING A PLURALITY OF FRANGIBLE VENT HOLES

COMPAGNIE GERVAIS DANONE,...

1. A plastic container for a molded food product, comprising a body having a cup-shape, the body comprising:a bottom;
a side wall connected to the bottom, so as to define an interior volume of the plastic container,
an opening at an opposite side from the bottom,
and the bottom including
an outer edge, and
frangible connections, distributed so that the bottom comprises at least three distinct regions each comprising at least one of the frangible connections; and
a plastic actuating member that is movable relative to the outer edge and is configured to actuate a simultaneous break of each of the frangible connections and form at least three spaced vent holes in the bottom,
wherein the bottom further includes
closing members,
a peripheral part that comprises said outer edge, and
intermediary wall parts joining the peripheral part,
wherein the frangible connections each separate one of the closing members from one of the intermediary wall parts,
wherein the plastic actuating member is configured to actuate simultaneously a relative change of position between the closing members and the intermediary wall parts of the bottom, whereby the simultaneous break of each of the frangible connections is obtained, and
wherein the plastic actuating member includes
an actuation portion, and
the closing members defined as rigid protrusions with respect to the actuation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,919,685

DOSING DISPENSER SYSTEM

DOSELOGIX, LLC, Woodstoc...

1. A dosing dispenser for a flowable composition, the dosing dispenser comprising:a housing defining a chamber;
a plunger movable within the chamber;
a traveler at least partially within the chamber and configured to selectively position the plunger;
a driver at least partially within the chamber, wherein the driver is rotatable relative to the housing and is engaged with the traveler such that rotation of the driver movably positions the traveler within the chamber; and
a first arm and a second arm, wherein the first arm and the second arm are rotatable with the driver, wherein the first arm comprises a non-uniform profile along a length of the first arm and such that at least the first arm provides auditory feedback, and wherein the first arm and the second arm are each bendable with rotation of the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,919,684

LOW COST INSULATED CARRYING BAG

SIMPLE CONTAINER SOLUTION...

1. An insulated carrying bag comprising:a. a multilayer first panel comprising a top free edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge a second side edge, a strengthened section comprising strengthening material, and a hand hole positioned in the strengthened section;
b. a multilayer second panel comprising a top free edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge and a second side edge, a strengthened section comprising strengthening material, and a hand hole positioned in the strengthened section; and
c. a multilayer bottom panel comprising a front edge and a back edge,
the first panel first side edge being connected to the second panel first side edge along the two edges, the first panel second side edge being connected to the second panel second side edge along the two edges, the first panel bottom edge being connected to the front edge of the bottom panel along the edges, and the second panel bottom edge being connected to the back edge along the edges,
wherein the connected first panel, second panel and bottom panel form a compartment accessible through the top free edges of the first and second panels, and the layers of the first panel, second panel and bottom panel comprise an insulating thermoplastic layer and a vapor barrier layer, and the first and second panels additionally comprise a layer of the strengthening material selected from low density polyethylene film having a density of 0.910 g/cc to 0.925 g/cc, wherein the layer of the strengthening material is positioned between the thermoplastic insulating layer and the vapor barrier layer.

US Pat. No. 10,919,683

THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE PACK, THERMAL EXCHANGE UNIT, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE PACK

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A thermal energy storage pack that performs temperature management of food and/or beverage, the thermal energy storage pack comprising:a first accommodation portion filled with a first thermal energy storage material that exhibits phase change at a predetermined temperature;
a second accommodation portion that is overlaid by the first accommodation portion and that is filled with a second thermal energy storage material that maintains a liquid phase state at the phase change temperature of the first thermal energy storage material; and
a cover material that closes off the first accommodation portion,
wherein the second accommodation portion comes into contact with the food and/or beverage,
wherein the first accommodation portion is formed of a first plastic film, while the second accommodation portion is formed of a second plastic film, and
wherein the second plastic film is more flexible than the first plastic film.

US Pat. No. 10,919,682

LIDDED CONTAINER AND CONTAINER USED THEREFOR

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A lidded container comprising:a container having an opening; and
a lid which covers the opening and is joined to the container,
wherein the container comprises a bottom portion, a side portion standing upright from the bottom portion, and a flange portion which is continuously connected to an upper portion of the side portion and comprises a first plane,
a circumferential seal portion is formed between the lid and the first plane of the flange portion,
the seal portion comprises a main seal portion and a protruding seal portion protruding inward with respect to the main seal portion,
at least one of the flange portion and the lid comprises a contact suppression mechanism for suppressing a contact between the flange portion and the lid, which is provided outside the protruding seal portion at a position corresponding to at least the protruding seal portion, and wherein the side portion includes a first portion corresponding to the protruding seal portion and second portions located on both sides of the first portion, the first portion constituting the same plane or the same curved surface continuous with second portions.

US Pat. No. 10,919,681

BAG IN BOX CONTAINER

1. A bag in box container comprising:a tap dispenser engaged with said bag in box container;
a front panel that is a dispensing side of said bag in box container, a rear panel opposite said front panel, opposing side panels connecting said front panel to said rear panel, a bottom panel below said tap dispenser, and a top panel opposite said bottom panel, wherein said front panel has a front panel exterior facing surface and an opposing front panel interior facing surface;
a removable tear strip in said front panel at least partially covering said tap dispenser;
a tap dispenser seating panel having an upper part facing said front panel and a movable bottom part with which said tap dispenser is engaged, wherein said movable bottom part has a first position away from said front panel interior facing surface and a second position facing said front panel interior facing surface when said removable tear strip is separated from said front panel;
a first leg flap positioned exterior to said bottom panel, said first leg flap extending from a first proximal end associated with said bag in box container to a first distal end and having a first hinge line positioned between said first proximal end and said first distal end;
a second leg flap positioned exterior to said bottom panel, said second leg flap extending from a second proximal end associated with said bag in box container to a second distal end and having a second hinge line positioned between said second proximal end and said second distal end;
a first discontinuity in said bottom panel positioned between said first hinge line and said first distal end and operably engageable with said first distal end when said first leg flap is folded about said first hinge line; and
a second discontinuity in said bottom panel positioned between said second hinge line and said second distal end and operably engageable with said second distal end when said second leg flap is folded about said second hinge line, wherein, when said first distal end is engaged with said first discontinuity and said second distal end is engaged with said second discontinuity a resting plane defined by said hinge lines is separated from said tap dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,919,680

LIQUID BEVERAGE CONTAINER

Packaging Corporation of ...

1. A beverage container for housing an internal liquid container with a spout, the beverage container comprising:a bottom;
at least four walls extending upwardly from the container bottom, the side walls each having an upper edge portion;
the side walls comprising a first set of opposed walls comprising first and second wall panel sections and a second set of opposed walls comprising third and fourth wall panel sections;
one of the wall panel sections comprising a spout receiving opening therethrough;
a first shield panel section comprising a first proximal end portion coupled to the first wall panel section and a first distal end portion spaced inwardly from the first wall panel section and overlaying at least a portion of the internal liquid container, a second shield panel section comprising a second proximal end portion coupled to the second wall panel section and a second distal end portion spaced inwardly from the second wall panel section and overlaying at least a portion of the internal liquid container, the first distal end portion being coupled to the second distal end portion;
a first top panel section coupled to the third wall panel section and extending inwardly above the first and second shield panel sections and over the internal liquid container;
a second top panel section coupled to the fourth wall panel section and extending inwardly and positioned to overlay the first top panel section;
wherein a gap is provided between the first and second distal end portions and the first top panel section; and
wherein the first and second top panel sections comprise a handle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,679

MULTIPLE COMPARTMENT CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

FLPSDE, LLC, Elkhorn, NE...

1. A container assembly comprising:an outer compartment comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the outer compartment defines an outer cavity that is accessible through a first opening at the first end of the outer compartment and through a second opening at the second end of the outer compartment;
an inner compartment comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the inner compartment defines an inner cavity that is accessible through a third opening at the first end of the inner compartment, wherein the inner compartment is configured for coupling to the second end of the outer compartment such that the inner compartment extends through the second opening into the outer cavity, wherein the first end of the inner compartment is positioned outside of the outer cavity when the inner compartment and the outer compartment are coupled together, wherein the inner compartment is removably coupled to the second end of the outer compartment via a threaded engagement;
a first closure that is configured for coupling to the first end of the outer compartment for selectively opening and closing the first opening in the outer compartment, wherein the first closure is configured to support the outer compartment in a generally upright manner when the first closure is placed on a generally horizontal surface, wherein the first closure is removably coupled to the first end of the outer compartment via a threaded engagement; and
a second closure that is configured for coupling to the first end of the inner compartment for selectively opening and closing the third opening in the inner compartment, wherein the second closure is configured to support the inner compartment in a generally upright manner when the second closure is placed on a generally horizontal surface, and wherein the second closure is removably coupled to the first end of the inner compartment via a threaded engagement.

US Pat. No. 10,919,678

EASY-OPEN MEDIA WRAPPER

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A method of forming a media wrapper for wrapping a stack of print media, the method comprising:providing a structure having a front edge, a rear edge, a left edge, and a right edge;
wrapping the structure around a stack of print media so as to define a left side, a right side, a front side, a rear side, a top side, and a bottom side of a wrapped package formed by two pairs of longitudinal fold lines, two pairs of transverse fold lines, and two pairs of lateral fold lines;
sealing one of the left or right edges of the structure in an overlapping configuration with respect to the other of the left or right edges of the structure to form a girth seal on the bottom side of the wrapped package;
folding each of the front and rear edges of the structure into a respective envelope fold so as to form the front and rear sides of the wrapped package by creating fold lines arranged to form a pair of side flaps, a bottom flap overlapping the side flaps, and a top flap overlapping the bottom flap for each of the front and rear sides;
sealing each top flap to the corresponding bottom flap, and
creating a line of weakness in the structure comprising:
a first line of weakness portion that extends along a fold line of the envelope fold forming a respective one of the front or rear sides of the wrapped package,
a second line of weakness portion that extends substantially perpendicularly to the respective longitudinal fold lines, and
a connecting line of weakness portion that extends between the first line of weakness portion and the second line of weakness portion and is disposed at a non-zero angle with respect to each.

US Pat. No. 10,919,677

CUTOUTS FOR PRIMARY AND/OR SECONDARY AND/OR TERTIARY PACKAGING AND PACKAGING OBTAINED WITH SUCH CUTOUTS

Pierre Chevalier, Lechat...

1. A packaging comprising two detachable elements respectively formed from cutouts of sheet-form card or corrugated card material, a first element forming a base of the packaging and a second element forming a lid of the packaging,wherein the cutouts of the first element comprise two main flaps, a first main flap forming a bottom of the packaging and a second main flap forming a side wall of the packaging, said flaps being connected by a first fold line directly or by a secondary flap, and a set of lateral tabs arranged on either side of at least one of said main flaps and connected to said main flaps by second fold lines perpendicular to the first fold line so that said elements exhibit the overall shape of a letter L;
wherein the cutouts of the second element comprise two main flaps, a first main flap forming a top of the packaging, and a second main flap forming a side wall of the packaging, said flaps being connected by a first fold line directly or by a secondary flap, and a set of lateral tabs arranged on either side of at least one of said main flaps and connected to said main flaps by second fold lines perpendicular to the first fold line so that said elements exhibit the overall shape of a letter L;
wherein the first main flap of the cutouts of the first and second elements is of quadrilateral shape, the four corners of the first main flap being chamfered;
wherein the width of the first main flap forming the bottom of the packaging and the lateral tabs connected to said first main flap is greater than the width of the second main flap forming side wall and the lateral tabs connected to said second main flap; and
wherein the width of the first main flap forming the top of the packaging and the lateral tabs connected to said first main flap is greater than the width of the second main flap forming side wall and the lateral tabs connected to said second main flap.

US Pat. No. 10,919,676

LID WITH VENTILATION SYSTEM

EMM HOLDING B.V., Zwolle...

1. A lid for attachment to a container holding a liquid for use with a liquid spraying device, the lid comprising:a lid body defining an exterior surface and an interior surface;
an adapter extending from the exterior surface of the lid body and configured to releasably couple with the liquid spraying device, the adapter defining a liquid conduit extending through the lid body;
a vent duct defining an vent conduit extending through the lid body, the vent duct including a duct inlet end extending from the exterior surface of the lid body and a duct outlet end extending from the interior surface of the lid body;
a valve disposed in the vent duct and configured to permit air flow in a first direction, from the duct inlet end to the duct outlet end, while preventing liquid flow in a second direction opposite the first direction;
a cap extending over the duct inlet end, the cap including a cap interior surface defining an interior air chamber, communicating with the vent conduit, and at least a first passage, communicating between the interior air chamber and a first cap inlet; and
a tube coupled to the duct outlet end.

US Pat. No. 10,919,675

CHILD-RESISTANT SENIOR-FRIENDLY MEDICATION BOTTLE CLOSURE

CVS Pharmacy, Inc., Woon...

11. A closure for a bottle, the closure comprising:a top panel having a first edge and a second edge;
a first skirt portion having a top edge and a bottom edge, the first skirt portion top edge coupled with the first edge of the top panel;
a second skirt portion having a top edge and a bottom edge, the second skirt portion top edge coupled with the second edge of the top panel, wherein the first edge of the top panel is opposite the second edge of the top panel;
an outer frame having a top edge and a bottom edge, the bottom edge of the outer frame coupled with the first skirt portion bottom edge and the second skirt portion bottom edge, the outer frame extending toward the top panel with an outward flare such that the top edge of the outer frame is located radially outward from and is not directly connected with the top panel; and
a plurality of lugs extending radially inward from the outer frame, the plurality of lugs configured to interface with threads on a neck of a bottle each of the plurality of lugs including a leading edge and a trailing edge when engaging with a plurality of lug retention areas, the trailing edge including a lead ramp configured to shallowly engage with a plurality of lug retention areas to retain the closure in place over the neck.

US Pat. No. 10,919,674

LIQUID CONTAINER LID ASSEMBLY

1. A lid assembly for outfitting a liquid container, the lid assembly comprising, in combination:a lid body, the lid body comprising a rim-receiving groove and an annular insert-supportive depression, the annular insert-supportive depression providing a primary liquid-letting aperture for enabling liquid migration therethrough, the rim-receiving groove for attaching the lid body to a container rim of the liquid container; and
a lid body insert, the lid body insert being receivable in and supportable by the insert-supportive depression and comprising a secondary liquid-letting aperture and an insert axis, the lid body insert being rotatable about the insert axis intermediate open and closed lid body insert positions, the secondary liquid-letting aperture being rotatably positionable in superior adjacency to the primary liquid-letting aperture when in an open lid body insert position for enabling liquid egression via both the primary and secondary liquid-letting apertures, the secondary liquid-letting aperture being rotatably re-positionable in lateral adjacency to the primary liquid-letting aperture for preventing liquid egression via the lid assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,919,673

CONTAINER AND CONTAINER LID WITH BUILT-IN BRINE DISC

BWAY Corporation, Atlant...

1. A container lid comprising:a seal portion along a perimeter of a body, the seal portion for receiving an edge of a container;
a tear strip removeably connected to the seal portion;
one or more lift tabs accessible upon removal of the tear strip;
a cover panel groove defined by a top surface of the body, the cover panel groove comprising a sloping portion that slopes downwardly to a centerline of the cover panel groove; and
a plurality of protrusions protruding from a bottom surface of the body to a particular depth, wherein:
the body includes four regions defined by two perpendicular axes, each axis of the two perpendicular axes passing through a central point of the body;
the plurality of protrusions are arranged such that at least one of the plurality of protrusions are within each of the four regions;
each of the plurality of protrusions has a length greater than the particular depth; and
the length of any protrusion within one of the four regions is perpendicular to the length of any protrusion within an adjacent region of the four regions.

US Pat. No. 10,919,672

SEAL INDICATION MECHANISM FOR CONTAINERS

ANGELCARE FEEDING USA, LL...

1. A cup assembly having a central vertical axis, comprising:a lid having:
a circumferential sidewall extending between a first axial end and a second axial end,
threads disposed on an internal surface of the circumferential sidewall, and
a tab defined by the circumferential sidewall, the tab defined between a first channel and a second channel circumferentially spaced from the first channel, the first channel and the second channel extending through a thickness of the circumferential sidewall from the second axial end a portion of a distance between the second axial end and the first axial end, the tab having a detent projecting radially inward from the tab, the detent having a length extending along a detent vertical axis that is parallel to the central vertical axis; and
a cup formed from a hard plastic material the cup comprising:
an annular lip having threads projecting radially outward from an external circumferential surface of the annular lip, and
a rib projecting radially outward from the external circumferential surface of the annular lip, the rib having a length extending along a rib vertical axis that is parallel to the central vertical axis,
wherein the threads of the lid and the threads of the cup are configured to be engaged to one another by rotating the cup and the lid in a rotational direction, relative to one another, such that the detent moves from a first circumferential position to a second circumferential position with respect to the cup,
wherein the detent is configured to engage and slide radially over the rib at an intermediate position between the first circumferential position and the second circumferential position such that as the detent moves from the intermediate position to the second circumferential position in the rotational direction, a visual indication of a seal between the lid and the cup is provided by the cup and/or the lid,
wherein the detent is axially spaced from the threads of the lid, and
wherein the lid includes a port configured to permit the withdrawal of fluid through the port by suction force when the detent is in the second circumferential position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,671

TAMPER EVIDENCE BRIDGES

Niagara Bottling, LLC, D...

1. A container configured to provide highly visible evidence of having been opened by other than a manufacturer of the container, comprising:a base extending upward to a sidewall of the container;
a shoulder connected between the sidewall and a bell, a diameter of the bell decreasing as the bell extends upward to a neck of the container;
a finish connected to the neck and configured to receive a container cap, the finish comprising a neck ring and defining an opening to an interior of the container; and
at least one tamper evidence bridge coupled with the container cap and the neck ring, the at least one tamper evidence bridge configured to break when the container cap is rotated relative to the finish;
the at least one tamper evidence bridge formed as a tab extending from the container cap to a geometric feature in the perimeter of the neck ring, wherein the tab is laser molded to the geometric feature.

US Pat. No. 10,919,670

TAMPERPROOF SEAL FOR SEALING CONTAINERS

1. A system for a tamperproof seal, comprising:a. a bottle assembly including a bottle having a neck and bottle threads extending about a perimeter of said neck;
b. a cap assembly including a cap, said cap including a top portion and a bottom portion, said top portion and said bottom portion being of a same width, said cap initially including a seal between said top portion and bottom portion, said seal being broken once said top portion and said bottom portion are separated, said top portion including a threaded portion along an entire interior circumference thereof, said threaded portion having a threaded portion height and extending an entire height of said top portion, said bottom portion including inner teeth extending entirely about an inner circumference of said bottom portion, said inner teeth being angled a predetermined amount upwardly and towards each other, said inner teeth being interconnected in abutting contact with each other along a bottom portion of each of said inner teeth, an open slit extending between each of said inner teeth and defining said inner teeth, said inner teeth including a flat distal end, said open slit having a slit width, said slit width being less than a tooth width of each of said inner teeth, said top portion including an inner plug member within extending downwardly therefrom, said inner plug member entirely surrounded by said threaded portion along a plug member circumference of said inner plug member, said inner plug member having an inner plug member height and extending the entire height of said top portion, said threaded portion height and said inner plug member height being equal, said threaded portion being entirely above of said inner teeth; and
c. said cap with said seal intact being mounted to said neck, said top portion engaging said neck by having said threaded portion engage said bottle threads, said bottom portion engaging said neck by having said inner teeth engage the bottommost of said bottle threads, said bottom portion being permanently mounted to said neck once said inner teeth engage said neck, said top portion being removably attachable to said neck once said seal is broken, said seal adapted to indicate tampering of said seal if said seal is broken before reaching an authorized user, said inner plug member penetrating a predetermined depth into said bottle through said neck when said neck is engaged by said top portion.

US Pat. No. 10,919,669

PACKAGING BOX

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN PACK...

1. A packaging box, comprising: a box body; a box cover integrally formed with the box body; and at least one baffle arranged inside a cavity of the box body, wherein the at least one baffle divides the cavity of the box body into at least two cavities;wherein the box body is integrally press-formed from a plate provided with a plurality of bending dents; and each of the at least one baffle is formed by bonding of adjacent side walls of two adjacent quadrilateral positioning frames, and an extension wall for positioning the quadrilateral positioning frames is foldable and disposed at each of a first side wall of the box body and a second side wall of the box body;
wherein the extension wall is folded into the cavity of the box body, an end of the extension wall is contacted with a bottom of the box, and the bottom of the box faces to the box cover.

US Pat. No. 10,919,667

NESTING STORAGE CONTAINER

Crayola LLC, Easton, PA ...

1. A nesting storage container comprising:a plurality of upright walls and a lower wall surrounding an internal cavity, the plurality of upright walls having an upright wall height;
at least one de-nesting feature comprising:
a first arcuate surface coupled to two adjacent upright walls of the plurality of upright walls forming a first internal corner that is concave;
a second arcuate surface coupled to two adjacent upright walls of the plurality of upright walls forming a second internal corner that is concave; and
an upper surface facing away from the lower wall of the plurality of upright walls, the upper surface having a width that is defined as the distance measured between the first arcuate surface and the second arcuate surface of the de-nesting feature;
wherein the first arcuate surface and the second arcuate surface extend perpendicularly from a bottom surface of the internal cavity, said de-nesting feature comprising a height that is between 5 and 20 percent of the upright wall height;
wherein the first arcuate surface and the second arcuate surface are convex with respect to the first internal corner and the second internal corner;
wherein a surface area of the upper surface is partially defined by the width of the upper surface; and
at least one handle having a concave handle offset oriented along a vertical axis of at least a portion of at least one of the plurality of upright walls.

US Pat. No. 10,919,666

SLED CONFIGURED FOR SHIPPING VESSEL

Target Brands, Inc., Min...

1. A sled configured to hold a shipping vessel, the sled comprising:a deck including a top surface and a cradle section configured to hold a shipping vessel, the cradle section having a length that extends from a back of the deck towards a front of the deck;
a first back wall that defines a portion of a back of the cradle section;
a second back wall spaced apart from the first back wall that defines a portion of the back of the cradle section;
a first wedge extending at least the length of the cradle section and including at least an outer facing surface and an upper facing surface, wherein the outer facing surface of the first wedge defines a first side of the cradle section of the sled;
a second wedge spaced apart from the first wedge, extending at least the length of the cradle section and including at least an outer facing surface and an upper facing surface, wherein the outer facing surface of the second wedge defines a second side of the cradle section of the sled;
wherein the upper facing surface of the first wedge is oriented at an angle relative to the top surface of the deck such that the upper facing surface of the first wedge slopes downwardly from an outer edge of the upper facing surface of the first wedge to an opposing inner edge of the upper facing surface of the first wedge; and
wherein the upper facing surface of the second wedge is oriented at an angle relative to the top surface of the deck such that the upper facing surface of the second wedge slopes downwardly from an outer edge of the upper facing surface of the second wedge to an opposing inner edge of the upper facing surface of the second wedge.

US Pat. No. 10,919,665

PALLET WITH THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE

Viking Cold Solutions, In...

1. A thermal energy storage pallet comprising:a first sheet formed with a first plurality of bends defining a first higher portion, a first lower portion, and first sidewalls;
a second sheet formed with a second plurality of bends defining a second higher portion, a second lower portion, and second sidewalls, the second plurality of bends matching the first plurality of bends;
wherein the first and second pluralities of bends define a plurality of recesses, the plurality of recesses operable to receive a fork of a forklift for moving the thermal energy storage pallet;
wherein the first sheet and the second sheet each formed of a rigid material to provide structural support for the thermal energy storage pallet;
a plurality of standoff members connecting the first and second sheets, wherein the plurality of standoff members are disposed between the first and second higher portion, between the first and second lower portions, and between the first and second sidewalls to provide further structural support for the thermal energy pallet;
wherein the first higher portion of the first sheet forms a structured deck onto which goods may be loaded for transport; and
a phase change material disposed in compartments defined by and located between the first and second sheets and the plurality of standoff members, the phase change material operable to change state in response to heat exchange between the thermal energy storage pallet, the transported goods, and an environment surrounding the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,919,664

BEVERAGE CAN END HAVING AN ARCUATE PANEL WALL AND CURVED TRANSITION WALL

Crown Packaging Technolog...

1. A beverage can end comprising:a center panel;
an arcuate panel wall that extends outwardly from the center panel, the panel wall having a maximum deviation D1 from a straight reference line by between 0.0008 (eight ten-thousandths) inches and 0.009 inches; the straight reference line being drawn between and through (i) a juncture of the arcuate panel wall and the center panel and (ii) a juncture of the arcuate panel wall and the annular bead;
an upwardly opening annular bead;
a lower transition wall extending from an outer end of the annular bead, the lower transition wall being inclined at an angle A2 that is less than 11 degrees;
a curved upper transition wall extending outwardly from an upper end of the lower transition wall, the lower transition wall yielding smoothly to the upper transition wall;
a substantially flat intermediate wall;
a substantially flat upper wall that is inclined more than the intermediate wall and that is inclined at an angle A4 that is at least 13 degrees;
a juncture formed between the intermediate wall and the upper wall;
a seaming panel extending from an upper end of the upper wall, the seaming panel having a radius R4 of between 0.050 inches and 0.060 inches;
a curl extending outwardly from an outer end of the seaming panel.

US Pat. No. 10,919,663

UNIT DOSE PACKAGING SYSTEM (UDPS) HAVING CHILD RESISTANT LOCKING FEATURE WITH FOCUSED PUSH BUTTON

WestRock MWV, LLC, Norcr...

1. A unit dose paperboard package having a locking feature, comprising:an outer paperboard sleeve and an inner paperboard slide card lockably retained within the outer sleeve, such that the outer sleeve includes a plurality of panels operatively connected to each other such that a top panel of the plurality of panels includes an inner slide card retaining aperture and an inner slide card releasing button defined thereon;
wherein the inner slide card includes one or more unit dose dispensing blisters and an inner slide card retaining and releasing panel located adjacent to the one or more unit dose dispensing blisters; and
wherein the slide card release button includes a longitudinally extending tab defined by a cut in the sleeve, with a root of the tab between ends of the cut, and with a moveable tab edge opposite the root of the tab, and wherein the card retaining aperture extends longitudinally past the moveable tab edge in a first direction, but does not extend longitudinally past the root of the tab in a second direction opposite the first direction;
wherein the longitudinally extending tab has a length extending in a longitudinal direction from the moveable tab edge to the root of the tab, and wherein the card retaining aperture extends in the longitudinal direction less than one half of the length of the tab from the moveable tab edge towards the root.

US Pat. No. 10,919,662

LIQUID CONTAINER

1. A liquid container, comprising:a base;
a wall joined to the base; and
several flaps joined to the upper edge of the container in such a way that when they close, the mouth of the container formed by the base and the wall is covered;
characterized in that the wall joined to the base has a circular profile in its lower edge which modifies its geometry up to a polygonal profile in its upper edge, where the sides of the polygonal profile are the junction point between the wall and the flaps; and
the overlap of the flaps in closed position forms several sealing points, where one of the vertices of the polygonal profile includes a first cut in one internal flap and a second cut in one external flap, in a manner that when the flaps are closed an opening for pouring is formed enabling the extraction of the liquid from the container.

US Pat. No. 10,919,661

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR A BEVERAGE CONTAINER

Corkcicle, LLC, Orlando,...

1. A beverage container, comprising:a base including an axis, a closed bottom, an open top, and an interior cavity, wherein the base comprises an opaque material;
a vessel configured to contain a fluid, comprising a material that is translucent or transparent, an opening to allow the fluid to flow to an interior of the vessel, wherein when the vessel is mounted in the interior cavity of the base, a portion of the vessel extends above the open top of the base, and a radial air space is present between an exterior of the vessel and an interior of the base relative to the axis; and
a seal between the base and the vessel when the vessel is mounted in the interior cavity of the base, the seal comprising a plurality of seals axially spaced apart from each other, each seal of the plurality of seals circumscribing the vessel relative to the axis, and wherein each of the base, vessel and seal comprise a different material; and
the seal is visible from an exterior of the beverage container and comprises a friction surface that includes higher friction than any other surface of the beverage container.

US Pat. No. 10,919,660

LABELING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A labeling apparatus comprising:a label holder configured to move between a retracted position and an extended position that is closer to a conveyer than the retracted position is, and receive a label on an end of the label holder facing the conveyer;
a first sensor above the conveyer at a first position upstream a position facing the label holder in a conveyance direction of the conveyer, the first sensor configured to obtain height information of an object on the conveyer;
a second sensor above the conveyer at a second position upstream the position facing the label holder and downstream the first position in the conveyance direction, the second sensor configured to detect a leading end of the object on the conveyer; and
a controller configured to:
determine a moving distance of the label holder up to a standby position between the retracted position and the extended position based on the height information of the object obtained by the first sensor;
upon the second sensor detecting the leading end of the object, control the label holder to move by the determined moving distance to the standby position before the object is conveyed on the conveyer to the position facing the label holder; and
after the object is conveyed on the conveyer to the position facing the label holder, control the label holder to move from the standby position towards the extended position to attach the label to the object.

US Pat. No. 10,919,659

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PACKAGING FOOD PRODUCTS IN CONTAINERS AND CONTAINERS PACKAGED BY SUCH SYSTEMS AND METHODS

BELLISIO FOODS, INC., Ja...

1. A system for packaging a food product in a container, said system comprising:a conveyance apparatus operable to move trays in a machine direction, each tray defining a cavity and including at least one wall and a flange extending from an edge of the wall, the flange having a single layer first area with a first thickness and a second area comprised of at least two layers with a second thickness, the second thickness being at least twice as thick as the first thickness;
a delivery apparatus operable to deposit the food product into the cavities of the trays;
a positioning apparatus operable to position covers relative to the trays, the cover having a cover thickness, wherein the positioning apparatus is configured to position each cover on a respective tray to overlap the flange of the respective tray, the cover and the tray forming the container; and
an ultrasonic bonding apparatus comprising:
a first bonding module;
a second bonding module positionable in close proximity to the first bonding module to define a nip therebetween, wherein the ultrasonic bonding apparatus is configured to receive the flange and the cover of each container in the nip between the first bonding module and the second bonding module, wherein at least one of the first bonding module and the second bonding module vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency and delivers ultrasonic energy to at least one of the cover and the flange to seal the container, and wherein the nip has a nip thickness less than 0.03 in.; and
a frame configured to prevent displacement of the second bonding module and the first bonding module during ultrasonic bonding of the flange and the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,919,658

METHOD FOR THE AUTOMATIC OPENING OF A CARRIER MEANS AS WELL AS AN APPLIANCE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

FERAG AG, Hinwil (CH)

1. A method for the automated opening of a carrier and for provision of the carrier in a container-like loading and transport aid and for further conveying the opened carrier, comprising the steps of:feeding the flatly closed carrier to a holder of a first suspended conveyor appliance by way of a carrier feed appliance;
conveying the flatly closed carrier, which is held by the holder, to a carrier opening appliance in a suspended manner;
opening the flatly closed carrier with the carrier opening appliance; and positioning the carrier in a standing manner in the container-like loading and transport aid with a merging appliance;
conveying away of the container-like loading and transport aid and the opened carrier with a second suspended conveyor appliance,
wherein the second suspended conveyor appliance contains a conveying member onto which the container-like loading and transport aid is connected via a suspension, so that the container-like loading and transport aid together with the carrier being arranged in the container-like loading and transport aid in a standing manner can be further conveyed in a suspended manner.

US Pat. No. 10,919,657

METHOD OF, AND APPARATUS FOR, FEEDING PRODUCTS INTO CONTAINERS

1. A method of feeding products into containers, wherein at least two different types of products are fed into a container, comprising:a) on feeding devices comprising a plurality of conveyor belts following one after the other in a conveying direction of the products, retaining the products on the conveyor belts by negative pressure created by a vacuum chamber located beneath the conveyor belts;
b) transporting the products via the feeding devices in the direction of a device for feeding the products into a container, wherein each type of the products is transported separately by means of a dedicated one of the feeding devices;
c) controlling the conveying speed of the feeding devices, whereby the products are presented to a removal conveyor in a sequence which corresponds to a desired arrangement of the products within the container;
d) from a final conveyor belt of the conveyor belts of the feeding devices, feeding the products to the removal conveyor, wherein the products are transferred from the each of the feeding devices to the removal conveyor, specifically in accordance with the sequence which corresponds to the desired arrangement of the products within the container, wherein the removal conveyor is formed from a plurality of adjoining conveyor belts on which the products are transported, wherein the removal conveyor is arranged at an essentially equal height level with the final conveyor belt, and wherein the removal conveyor is directed transversely to the feeding devices and correspondingly transports the products away in the direction of the device for feeding the products into the container; and
e) using a pusher, pushing the products into the container in the sequence which corresponds to the desired arrangement of the products within the container,
wherein the conveying speed of each of the conveyor belts of the feeding devices is controlled individually by a control means whereby the products reach the removal conveyor in the sequence which corresponds to the desired arrangement of the products within the container,
wherein the conveying speed of at least one of the conveyor belts of the removal conveyor is controlled by the control means such that groups of products are formed, and
wherein distances formed between the groups of products in the conveying direction are greater than those between the products within a group, and wherein the products within a group form a layer or row of products within the container.

US Pat. No. 10,919,656

PROCEDURES FOR OPERATING A VACUUM TO STORE PERISHABLES BY CONTROLLING PRESSURE AND OXYGEN LEVELS INDEPENDENT OF EACH OTHER AS WELL AS SETTING FLOOR AND CEILING OPERATING PARAMETERS

Ripelocker LLC, Bainbrid...

1. A method for storing a perishable item under controlled atmospheric conditions comprising: with respect to a vacuum chamber for containing the perishable item, reducing total atmospheric pressure in the vacuum chamber to below a predetermined upper total pressure limit; monitoring oxygen partial pressure within the vacuum chamber; admitting an oxygen-containing gas into the vacuum chamber when oxygen partial pressure within the vacuum chamber falls below a predetermined lower oxygen partial pressure limit; and reducing the total atmospheric pressure in the vacuum chamber at predetermined intervals to at least partially flush the vacuum chamber of accumulated gases and volatiles within the vacuum chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,919,655

PACKAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PACKAGING PRODUCTS

General Mills, Inc., Min...

1. A packaging system comprising:a first sealer configured to create a first seal in packaging material along a direction of travel of the packaging material during a packaging operation, thereby forming a packaging loop; and
a gas flusher configured to flush ambient air from within the packaging loop during the packaging operation, wherein the gas flusher includes a mechanically retractable lance configured to: project, while fixed in an operative position during the packing operation, in the packaging loop; and be selectively repositioned relative to the first sealer into a retracted position away from the packaging material during stoppage of the packaging operation.

US Pat. No. 10,919,654

SEALING TOOL WITH RECESS AND TRANSITION REGION

GEA Food Solutions German...

1. An upper sealing tool comprising:a peripheral region and a recess, by way of which an upper film web is formed,
wherein the recess has a transition region and an inner region, and
wherein the recess has a depth measured between the peripheral region and the inner region,
wherein the transition region has a first portion and a second portion,
wherein the first portion is provided in a convex state and the second portion is provided in a concave state,
wherein a ratio of the depth of the recess to a radius of curvature of the first portion is ?2.5, and wherein a ratio of the depth of the recess to a radius of curvature of the second portion is ?2.5.

US Pat. No. 10,919,653

FLUID MIXING AND HEAT EXCHANGE DEVICE

Jevo IP, LLC, Los Angele...

1. A fluid mixing and heat exchange device, comprising:a hot water tank;
a mixing chamber spaced away from the hot water tank and fluidly coupled to a first liquid reservoir;
a first chilling module fluidly coupled to the mixing chamber;
a coolant tank fluidly coupled to the first chilling module;
a radiator fluidly coupled to the coolant tank; and
a dispensing manifold fluidly coupled to the mixing chamber and adapted to dispense a mixed and chilled fluid mixture to a plurality of fluid vessels, wherein the first chilling module includes a chilling device and a heat exchanger, where the heat exchanger is positioned on a first side of the chilling device and where the chilling device is positioned between the heat exchanger and a liquid gelatin interface on a second side of the chilling device.

US Pat. No. 10,919,652

MANIFOLD FOR AUTOMATIC DRUG COMPOUNDER

CAREFUSION 303, INC., Sa...

1. A manifold, comprising:a housing;
a cap assembly comprising:
a cap defining an opening, the opening having an opening diameter; and
a first sealing member comprising an extended portion having an extended portion diameter, wherein the opening diameter is smaller than the extended portion diameter, and the extended portion of the first sealing member is compressed by an edge of the opening to radially compress the first sealing member;
a needle guide assembly having a second sealing member; and
a needle assembly having a needle with a central bore, a first opening, and a second opening,
wherein the needle assembly is extendible from a disengaged position in which the first and second openings are both disposed on a common side of the first sealing member between the first and second sealing members and an engaged position in which the first and second openings are disposed on opposing sides of the first sealing member, and the needle assembly is wiped by the compressed first sealing member as the needle assembly is retracted from the first sealing member.

US Pat. No. 10,919,651

METHOD FOR PRODUCING INDIVIDUAL DOSING QUANTITIES VIA A DRUM DOSING DEVICE

Harro Hoefliger Verpackun...

1. A method for producing individual dosing quantities of a powdered product via a drum dosing device, wherein the drum dosing device includes a product supply, a dosing drum, and a measuring device for the mass determination of the dosing quantities, wherein the dosing drum defines at least one dosing opening on a peripheral side thereof, wherein the at least one dosing opening is delimited on an inner side via a filter element and a partial vacuum can be applied thereto through the filter element, the method comprising the steps of:in a filling position, filling the at least one dosing opening with a partial quantity of the powdered product from the product supply;
in the filling position, applying the partial vacuum to the at least one dosing opening through the filter element, wherein a dosing quantity of the powdered product forms in the at least one dosing opening;
rotating the dosing drum until the at least one dosing opening filled with the dosing quantity is located in an ejection position in which the dosing quantity is ejected out of the at least one dosing opening;
further rotating the dosing drum until the emptied at least one dosing opening is again located in the filling position;
cyclically repeating the above steps multiple times, wherein individual masses of multiple ejected dosing quantities are sequentially determined via the measuring device;
forming a mass mean value from the determined individual masses of the multiple ejected dosing quantities, comparing the mass mean value to a predetermined inner target mass range, and using the mass mean value for a tendency regulation as follows:
if the mass mean value formed is within the predetermined inner target mass range, the level of the partial vacuum acting on the at least one dosing opening in the filling position remains unchanged, and the above formation of a mass mean value begins from the beginning; and,
if the mass mean value formed is outside the predetermined inner target mass range, an adapted partial vacuum is ascertained in such a way that in a case of excessively low mass mean value, the level of the partial vacuum is increased, and in a case of excessively high mass mean value, the level of the partial vacuum is decreased, and the adapted partial vacuum is applied to the at least one dosing opening in the filling position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,650

ATOMIC NUMBER (Z) GRADE SHIELDING MATERIALS AND METHODS OF MAKING ATOMIC NUMBER (Z) GRADE SHIELDING

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ...

1. A process, comprising:providing a first material having a higher atomic number and a second material having a lower atomic number; and
diffusion bonding the first material and the second material together to form a Z-grade material having:
a first layer of the first material;
a second layer of the second material; and
a third layer, between the first and second layers, consisting of an alloy of the first and second materials, wherein a density of material in the third layer increases along a gradient from the first layer to the second layer, and wherein the third layer is at least 0.5 mil in thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,919,649

LOW-POWER HALL THRUSTER WITH AN INTERNALLY MOUNTED LOW-CURRENT HOLLOW CATHODE

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF T...

1. A Hall thruster comprising:a center axis oriented from an upstream section of the Hall thruster, the upstream section housing a back pole for a magnetic circuit and a supply line for a gas propellant, to a downstream section concentric with an azimuthally-symmetrical discharge chamber;
the magnetic circuit comprising a center core, the center core comprising a counter bored cathode bore formed within the center core;
the counter bored cathode bore extending along the center axis, the counter bored cathode bore comprising:
an upstream bore having an upstream bore diameter and an upstream bore length along the center axis;
a downstream bore having a downstream bore diameter greater than the upstream bore diameter and a downstream bore length along the center axis, wherein the downstream bore length is shorter than the upstream bore length and, wherein the downstream bore is a counterbore of the upstream bore;
an internally-mounted cathode placed within the cathode bore, the internally-mounted cathode comprising:
an upstream section having an upstream cathode diameter and an upstream cathode axial length, wherein the upstream cathode diameter is an outermost diameter of the upstream section;
a downstream section having a downstream cathode diameter greater than the upstream cathode diameter and a downstream cathode axial length shorter than the upstream cathode axial length, wherein the downstream cathode diameter is an outermost diameter of the downstream section;
wherein the downstream section is positioned within the counterbore, and the upstream section is positioned within the upstream bore.

US Pat. No. 10,919,648

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPONENT AND COMPONENT MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A method for manufacturing a component, the method comprising:a first step where a supporting robot supports a first member having a plate shape in a state where the first member is deformable due to gravity;
a second step where a support state of the first member is changed based on a deformed shape of the first member, which is recorded in advance in a storage unit and which is obtained at a time of mounting a second member on the first member;
a third step where a mounting robot mounts the second member on the first member where the support state is changed; and
before the second step, a fourth step of recording, in the storage unit, the deformed shape of the first member in a state of being supported, the deformed shape being obtained at the time of mounting the second member on the first member, and recording the support state of the first member which is brought about by the supporting robot, wherein
in the second step, a support state of the first member is changed such that the first member assumes the support state which is recorded in the storage unit, which is obtained at the time of mounting the second member on the first member, and which is brought about by the supporting robot.

US Pat. No. 10,919,647

COMPOSITION AND PROCESS FOR APPLYING HYDROPHOBIC COATING TO FIBROUS SUBSTRATES

Green Theme Technologies,...

1. A method for coating a porous fabric having multiple intersecting fibers that define a web having air-filled interstitial void spaces, comprising1) applying a curable coating composition at a weight of 1 to 15 g/m2 to at least one surface of the porous fabric wherein the curable coating composition comprises monomers that include a) at least one free-radical-curable monomer having exactly one polymerizable group per molecule, the free-radical-curable monomer having at least one hydrocarbyl group that has at least eight carbon atoms bonded directly or indirectly to the polymerizable group, wherein the hydrocarbyl group may be nonfluorinated, partially fluorinated or perfluorinated, the free-radical-curable monomer having a boiling temperature equal to or greater than 100° C., and b) at least one crosslinking monomer having at least two free-radical-curable polymerizable groups and a boiling temperature equal to or greater than 100° C.; and wherein the coating composition at 22° C. is a liquid or a suspension of one or more solids in a liquid phase
2) after step 1), removing air from the interstitial void spaces, and then
3) curing the curable coating composition on the porous fabric to form a porous coated fabric having a cured coating adherent to at least some of the intersecting fibers, wherein the curing is performed in the presence of free radicals and in an environment characterized by a partial pressure of oxygen of no greater than 0.1 kPa and/or an atmosphere containing no greater than 0.1 mole percent oxygen until at least 50 mole-percent of the monomers in the curable coating composition are converted to polymer, and
wherein the porous coated fabric is maintained in an environment characterized by a partial pressure of oxygen of no greater than 0.1 kPa and/or an atmosphere containing no greater than 0.1 mole percent oxygen from the time the interstitial air is removed until at least 50 mole-percent of the monomers in the curable coating composition are converted to polymer, and
further wherein i) step 3) includes a step of contacting the porous coated fabric with an atmospheric pressure plasma to initiate polymerization of the monomers of the curable coating composition and/or ii) the curable coating composition includes a heat activated free radical initiator and step 3) includes heating the porous coated fabric to an elevated temperature for a time sufficient to decompose at least 50 mole-percent of the free radical initiator to form free radicals.

US Pat. No. 10,919,646

UNMANNED VEHICLE

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. An unmanned vehicle comprising:a body; and
a gimbal assembly arranged at the body and including:
a shock-absorbing structure arranged inside the body, the shock-absorbing structure including a plurality of shock-absorbing balls arranged symmetrically with respect to a symmetry center, and each of the plurality of shock-absorbing balls including a through hole;
a connecting structure arranged outside the body;
a gimbal coupled to the connecting structure; and
a load arranged outside the body, carried by the gimbal, and fixedly connected to the shock-absorbing structure via the connecting structure,
wherein a line connecting a center of the gimbal and the symmetry center is perpendicular to a centerline of an opening direction of the through hole of each of the plurality of shock-absorbing balls.

US Pat. No. 10,919,645

GIMBAL QUICK ASSEMBLY/DISASSEMBLY APPARATUS AND UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.,...

1. A gimbal quick assembly/disassembly apparatus, comprising a fuselage seat component, a gimbal seat component and a locking component, wherein the fuselage seat component is fixedly mounted on a bearing member, the gimbal seat component is fixedly mounted on a gimbal and the gimbal seat component comprises a gimbal seat; and wherein the locking component is mounted on the fuselage seat component or on the gimbal seat component and the gimbal seat component and the fuselage seat component are detachably mounted together by using the locking component, so that the gimbal is detachably mounted on the bearing member, wherein the fuselage seat component comprises a fuselage seat having a gimbal seat receiving groove with an opening towards the fuselage seat, the fuselage seat being movably received in the gimbal seat receiving groove and the locking component being mounted on the gimbal seat.

US Pat. No. 10,919,644

MULTI-MODE AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION LIGHT AND AIRCRAFT COMPRISING THE SAME

GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS...

1. A multi-mode aircraft navigation light, comprising:a first light source of a first color, wherein the first color is green;
a second light source of a second color, wherein the second color is red; and
a common optical system arranged over the first light source and the second light source for conditioning light emitted by either one of the first light source and the second light source; and
a switching circuit configured to effect power supply to a selected one of the first light source and the second light source depending on a color selection signal; and
an orientation sensor, configured to detect an orientation of the multi-mode aircraft navigation light and to provide an orientation indication to the switching circuit, wherein the color selection signal is based on the orientation indication;
wherein the orientation sensor comprises at least one of: an inertial sensor and an optical sensor; and
wherein the multi-mode aircraft navigation light is usable as a left forward navigation light in a left wing tip of an aircraft and as a right forward navigation light in a right wing tip of an aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,919,643

AIRCRAFT LIGHT FIXTURE ENERGY HARVESTING

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An aircraft lighting system disposed in an environment of an aircraft comprising:a housing;
a printed circuit board (PCB) disposed within the housing;
an illumination element connected to the PCB disposed within the housing, the PCB configured to receive heat in response to illuminating the illumination element;
a heatsink thermally coupled to the PCB and configured to receive the heat from the PCB;
energy generation circuitry in thermal communication with the heatsink and configured to generate electricity in response to receiving the heat from the heatsink;
switching circuitry including a driver operable to control illumination of the illumination element and operated with a driver voltage; and
energy harvesting circuitry including a regulator configured to draw energy from the energy generation circuitry and output a regulator voltage at the driver voltage, and configured to measure the energy from the energy generation circuitry and to determine an energy demand associated with the switching circuitry and control circuitry based on a comparison between the energy from the energy generation circuitry and one or more predetermined thresholds,
wherein the energy harvesting circuitry includes a first switch operable to disconnect the regulator from the control circuitry when the energy from the energy generation circuitry is below the one or more predetermined thresholds, and a second switch operable to disconnect the regulator from the PCB when the energy from the energy generation circuitry is below the one or more predetermined thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,919,642

HYDRAULIC ACTUATOR AND ACCUMULATOR ARRANGEMENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A landing gear system for an aircraft includinga retractable landing gear assembly,
a hydraulic actuator for actuating movement of at least a part of the landing gear assembly from a first configuration to a second configuration,
an accumulator associated with the actuator, the accumulator comprising a first space for a volume of pressurised gas, and a second space for a volume of hydraulic fluid, the first and second spaces being separated by a separator piston,
and a monitoring system,
wherein
the separator piston is configured to travel to a first stroke limit position during said movement from the first configuration to the second configuration,
travel of the separator piston beyond the first stroke limit position is indicative of a fault,
the accumulator includes a snubbing device that acts to slow movement of the separator piston only once the separator piston has traveled beyond the first stroke limit position, and
the monitoring system is arranged to measure the time taken for movement of said part from the first configuration to the second configuration, and to compare the time taken with a threshold time, such that the measured time being longer than the threshold time is indicative of a possible fault.

US Pat. No. 10,919,641

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AIRSPEED DETERMINATION

Joby Aero, Inc, Santa Cr...

1. A method for an aircraft comprising:determining a set of propeller operating parameters based on an electronic control signal controlling actuation of a propeller;
determining an inflow velocity through the propeller based on the set of propeller operating parameters and a propeller model relating a power coefficient of the propeller of the aircraft to the inflow velocity through the propeller; and
determining a vehicle state parameter of the aircraft based on the inflow velocity through the propeller.

US Pat. No. 10,919,640

CONVERSION BETWEEN CALIBRATED AIRSPEED AND TRUE AIRSPEED IN TRAJECTORY MODELING

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp...

1. An avionics system for an aircraft, the avionics system comprising:a storage device for storing instructions for converting between airspeed types; and
one or more data processors configured to execute the instructions to:
generate a calibrated airspeed of the aircraft;
convert the calibrated airspeed to an actual true airspeed of the aircraft;
determine an initial approximate relationship between the calibrated airspeed and a computed true airspeed as a function of a pressure altitude of the aircraft;
generate an adjusted approximate relationship based on the actual true airspeed and the initial approximate relationship at a chosen pressure altitude; and
estimate a future airspeed of the aircraft based on the adjusted approximate relationship and a future altitude.

US Pat. No. 10,919,639

AIRCRAFT COMPRISING AN ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. An aircraft comprising:a fuselage;
a set of electrical generators, comprising at least a first electrical generator and a second electrical generator;
a set of electrical equipment items, distributed in the fuselage; and
an electrical power distribution network comprising:
a set of buses, comprising at least a first bus and a second bus; and
a switching system,
wherein:
the first bus and the second bus extend a longitudinal length of a substantially straight portion of the fuselage;
the first bus and the second bus follow segregated paths in the fuselage;
the switching system is linked electrically to the first electrical generator and to the second electrical generator, and to the first bus and to the second bus;
the switching system comprises a normal mode of operation, in which the switching system is configured to electrically link the first electrical generator to the first bus and the second electrical generator to the second bus;
each bus of the set of buses comprises connection points at different locations distributed along its length; and
each of the electrical equipment items of the set of electrical equipment items is linked to a connection point of a bus of the set of buses, via a local electrical power supply link;
wherein the electrical power distribution network further comprises a third bus and a fourth bus which extend, at least partly, in a longitudinal direction of the fuselage, the first, second, third and fourth buses following segregated paths in the fuselage of the aircraft, and
wherein the set of electrical generators further comprises a third electrical generator and a fourth electrical generator and, in the normal mode of operation, the switching system is configured to electrically link the third electrical generator to the third bus and the fourth electrical generator to the fourth bus.

US Pat. No. 10,919,638

AIRCRAFT CABIN PRESSURIZATION ENERGY HARVESTING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An energy harvesting system, comprising:an aircraft cabin enclosing a high-pressure environment comprising an interior aircraft cabin air at a first air pressure and an air temperature, the aircraft cabin defining a low-pressure environment exterior of the aircraft cabin comprising an exterior aircraft cabin air at a second air pressure lower than the first air pressure;
an energy harvesting mechanism fluidly communicating between the aircraft cabin and the low-pressure environment, the energy harvesting mechanism comprising an entrance chamber configured to receive the exterior aircraft cabin air, and a compressor coupled to a turbine shaft configured to compress the received exterior aircraft cabin air in response to a rotational motion of the turbine shaft and direct the compressed air into the aircraft cabin at the first air pressure, in which the compressor defines a compression chamber configured to warm the compressed air; and
a turbine fluidly communicating between the aircraft cabin and the low-pressure environment, the turbine comprising an expansion chamber configured to receive the interior aircraft cabin air and expand the received air from the first air pressure to the second air pressure, and an exit chamber configured to direct the expanded air to the low-pressure environment, in which the turbine is configured to produce rotational motion of the turbine shaft in response to the received interior aircraft cabin air expanding and the expansion chamber is thermally coupled to the compression chamber such that heat generated within the compression chamber is transferred to the expansion chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,919,637

TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR FUEL TANK INERTING SYSTEM

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. A fuel tank inerting system for an aircraft comprising:a first air source;
a second air source, wherein the second source includes air provided from an outlet of a primary heat exchanger of an environmental control system;
an air flow including a mixture of air from the first air source having a first temperature and air from the second air source, distinct from the first air source, having a second temperature, the second temperature being cooler than the first temperature; and
at least one air separating module configured to separate an inert gas from the air flow.

US Pat. No. 10,919,636

FLUIDIC PROPULSIVE SYSTEM AND THRUST AND LIFT GENERATOR FOR AERIAL VEHICLES

JETOPTERA, INC., Edmonds...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a main body having a fore portion, a tail portion, a starboard side and a port side;
a gas generator coupled to the main body and producing a gas stream;
at least one fore conduit fluidly coupled to the generator;
at least one tail conduit fluidly coupled to the generator;
first and second fore ejectors fluidly coupled to the at least one fore conduit, coupled to the fore portion and respectively coupled to the starboard side and port side, the fore ejectors respectively comprising an outlet structure out of which gas from the at least one fore conduit flows at a predetermined adjustable velocity;
at least one tail ejector fluidly coupled to the at least one tail conduit and coupled to the tail portion, the at least one tail ejector comprising an outlet structure out of which gas from the at least one tail conduit flows at a predetermined adjustable velocity;
first and second primary airfoil elements having leading edges, the primary airfoil elements respectively coupled to the starboard side and port side, the leading edges of the first and second primary airfoil elements being respectively located directly downstream of the first and second fore ejectors such that the gas from the fore ejectors flows over the leading edges of the primary airfoil elements; and
at least one secondary airfoil element having a leading edge and coupled to the main body, the leading edge of the at least one secondary airfoil element located directly downstream of the outlet structure of the at least one tail ejector such that the gas from the at least one tail ejector flows over the leading edge of the at least one secondary airfoil,
wherein the first and second fore ejectors each have a leading edge, and the entirety of each of the first and second fore ejectors is rotatable about an axis oriented perpendicular to the leading edge.

US Pat. No. 10,919,635

AERIAL VEHICLE

Intelligent Energy Limite...

1. An unmanned aerial rotorcraft vehicle having a fuel cell system forming a portion of the aerial vehicle's support structure comprising:a plurality of propulsion modules affixed via load bearing struts to a body;each strut having a top surface and a bottom surface;a fuel cell having vertical bi-polar plates oriented from top to bottom surface of each strut;air inlets for each fuel cell provided at the top surface of each strut;wherein the air inlets are unblocked during flight; wherein each propulsion module is configured to provide air as an oxidant to a fuel cell via the air inlets and,wherein the fuel cells form a fuel cell stack which generates power and provides a structural load bearing component of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,634

INERT AMBIENT PRESSURE DELAY

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A pressure delay mechanism, comprising:a triggering mechanism operably coupled to an input signal port and to an output signal port and configured to transmit a signal from the input signal port to the output signal port; and
a differential pressure mechanism operably coupled to an exterior pressure input and to an interior pressure input and configured to lock the triggering mechanism during a first state of pressure difference and to unlock the triggering mechanism during a second state of pressure difference,
wherein the triggering mechanism comprises a bolt slidably disposed within a housing, the bolt having a first end operably coupled to the input signal port and a second end operably coupled to the output signal port and
wherein the differential pressure mechanism is configured to lock the bolt from translational movement during the first state of pressure difference and to unlock the bolt from translational movement during the second state of pressure difference.

US Pat. No. 10,919,633

SEAT ASSEMBLY WITH VENTILATION SYSTEM UTILIZING VENTURI EFFECT TO MULTIPLY AIR FLOW

1. A ventilated seat assembly, comprising:a cushion assembly;
a structural element supporting the cushion assembly;
a plurality of Venturi tubes positioned relative to the cushion assembly to direct a flow of air through the cushion assembly, each Venturi tube comprising in fluid communication a compressed air inlet, an ambient air inlet, and a mixed air outlet;
an air compressor supplying compressed air;
a manifold assembly coupled in fluid communication with the air compressor;
a conduit network fluidly coupling the manifold assembly with the plurality of Venturi tubes; and
a controller operable for activating the air compressor to supply compressed air and actuating the manifold assembly to cause compressed air to flow through the conduit network to one or more of the plurality of Venturi tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,919,632

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POSITIONING A SECTION DIVIDER ASSEMBLY WITHIN A VEHICLE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A section divider assembly that is configured for positioning above one or more seats and indicating a boundary of a section onboard a cabin of a vehicle, the section divider assembly comprising:an attachment header;
a barrier extending downwardly from the attachment header;
a first coupler secured to the attachment header, wherein the first coupler is configured to removably secure to a first fitting secured to a strongback of a stowage bin assembly within the cabin, wherein the first fitting comprises: (a) a base defining an internal chamber, wherein the internal chamber includes opposed clamp pockets and opposed lever pockets, wherein a latch opening is defined at a front of the base, wherein the latch opening is configured to receive a latch of the first coupler; (b) opposed clamps retained with the opposed clamp pockets, wherein the opposed clamps securely engage a portion of the first coupler; and (c) opposed levers retained with the opposed lever pockets, wherein the lever pockets are operably connected to the opposed clamps to selectively move the opposed clamps in relation to the latch; and
a second coupler secured to the attachment header and spaced apart from the first coupler, wherein the second coupler is configured to removably secure to a second fitting secured to a fixed rail within the cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,919,631

AIRCRAFT WITH MULTIPLE DOORS AND MULTIPLE ZONES

SAFRAN CABIN INC., Hunti...

1. An aircraft comprising:a body that defines a cabin interior, wherein the cabin interior includes a pilot zone, a passenger zone positioned aft of the pilot zone, and a cargo zone positioned aft of the passenger zone,
front and back rows of seats positioned in the passenger zone,
a forward door that is pivotable between a closed position and an open position, and
an aft door that is pivotable between a closed position and an open position, wherein the pilot zone and the front row of seats are accessible and the back row and cargo zone are inaccessible from an exterior of the body when the aft door is in the closed position and the forward door is in the open position, and wherein the back row and cargo zone are accessible and the pilot zone and the front row of seats are inaccessible from the exterior of the body when the aft door is in the open position and the forward door is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,919,630

RESTRAINT ASSEMBLY FOR CARGO SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A restraint assembly of a cargo system, the restraint assembly comprising:a base configured to be mounted to a tray of the cargo system;
a lateral restraint comprising a guide face and a top edge, wherein the lateral restraint is rotatably coupled to the base; and
a vertical restraint extending from the top edge of the lateral restraint;
wherein:
the restraint assembly is configured to have a stored position and a raised position;
in the stored position both the lateral restraint and the vertical restraint are configured to be disposed within a volume defined by the tray of the cargo system;
in the raised position the vertical restraint and at least the guide face of the lateral restraint are configured to be disposed above the volume defined by the tray of the cargo system such that the restraint assembly provides at least one of longitudinal guidance, lateral restraining, and vertical restraining to cargo;
a first rotational axis between the lateral restraint and the base is configured to extend perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the tray of the cargo system; and
the first rotational axis between the lateral restraint and the base is configured to be oblique relative to a conveyance plane of the cargo system.

US Pat. No. 10,919,629

VEHICLE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR VERTICAL TAKE-OFF AND LANDING

TALYN AIR, INC., Los Ang...

1. A vehicle system for vertical take-off and/or landing (VTOL), comprising:a carrier vehicle, comprising: one or more fuselages, one or more wings, one or more attach units coupled to the one or more fuselages or to the one or more wings, and propulsion systems operable to provide, at least, vertical thrust and horizontal thrust;
a cruise vehicle, comprising: one or more fuselages for carrying passengers or cargo, and one or more wings;
the one or more attach units of the carrier vehicle being adapted to couple to the cruise vehicle to detachably engage,
wherein the propulsion system of the carrier vehicle comprises:
one or more lift rotors coupled to the one or more fuselage or the one or more wings and operable to provide vertical thrust; and
one or more cruise rotors coupled to a fore or aft end of the one or more fuselages or the one or more wings and operable to provide horizontal thrust, and
wherein the one or more lift rotors comprise four pairs of lift rotors, the one or more fuselages of the carrier vehicle comprises two fuselages coupled with one wing, and the one or more cruise rotors comprises two push rotors coupled to two tails of the carrier vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,628

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RAISING AND LOWERING A PAYLOAD

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. An aerial-vehicle system comprising:a tether;
a motor arranged on an aerial vehicle and configured for operation in a first mode and a second mode that respectively counter and assist unwinding of the tether;
a payload coupling apparatus configured to mechanically couple the tether to a payload; and
a control system configured to:
(a) operate the motor such that the tether unwinds to position the payload coupling apparatus of the aerial vehicle at or near a first altitude corresponding to expected coupling to a payload;
(b) when the payload coupling apparatus is located at or near the first altitude, determine, based at least in part on motor current during a predetermined attachment verification period, that the payload coupling apparatus is mechanically coupled to the payload;
(c) responsive to the determination that the payload coupling apparatus is mechanically coupled to the payload, operate the motor to retract the tether; and
(d) while retracting the tether, determine that both: (i) an unwound length of the tether is less than a threshold length and (ii) motor current during the retraction of the tether is greater than a threshold current, and responsively operate the motor to pull the payload up to a secure position at or near the aerial vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,627

ASYMMETRIC AIRCRAFT AND THEIR LAUNCH AND RECOVERY SYSTEMS FROM SMALL SHIPS

ADVANCED PRODUCT DEVELOPM...

1. A fixed wing aircraft for atmospheric flight using aerodynamic lift, the aircraft comprising a primary airfoil structure; anda dolly engaging the primary airfoil structure of the aircraft and supporting the aircraft in a stored configuration with the airfoil structure more in a vertical than horizontal plane and with a forward direction of flight angled more vertical than horizontal, the aircraft having a shorter length in the direction of flight than span when in the stored configuration, the aircraft having a horizontal width, excluding any propeller, in the stored configuration that is less than half its length in the direction of flight, the dolly being moveable to transport the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,919,626

CHARGING A RECHARGEABLE BATTERY OF AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE IN FLIGHT USING A HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of generating a flight plan for an unmanned aerial vehicle includingcharging a rechargeable battery of the unmanned aerial vehicle,
the method comprising:
receiving mission data for the unmanned aerial vehicle,
including a plurality of locations for the unmanned aerial vehicle;
calculating, using a processor,
a path for the unmanned aerial vehicle including the plurality of locations and a specified distance from a high voltage power line at which an energy is generated by the unmanned aerial vehicle;
creating an initial flight plan for the unmanned aerial vehicle that includes the path and operational settings for the unmanned aerial vehicle;
calculating a fuel consumption associated with the initial flight plan,
the fuel consumption including an energy expended and the energy generated by the unmanned aerial vehicle flying the initial flight plan;
determining whether the fuel consumption is greater than an available energy of the unmanned aerial vehicle,
the available energy comprising an existing charge of the rechargeable battery and the energy generated by the unmanned aerial vehicle flying the initial flight plan;
selecting the initial flight plan as the flight plan when the fuel consumption is not greater than the available energy;
creating an adjusted flight plan for the unmanned aerial vehicle when the fuel consumption is greater than the available energy,
wherein creating the adjusted flight plan includes increasing a portion of the flight plan, wherein the unmanned aerial vehicle flies a specified distance from a high voltage power line,
wherein the portion of the flight plan is longer than a portion that the energy is generated by the unmanned aerial vehicle flying the initial flight plan;
calculating an adjusted fuel consumption associated with the adjusted flight plan;
determining whether the adjusted fuel consumption is greater than an adjusted available energy,
wherein the adjusted available energy comprises the existing charge of the rechargeable battery and the energy generated by the unmanned aerial vehicle flying the adjusted flight plan; and
selecting the adjusted flight plan as the flight plan when the adjusted fuel consumption is not greater than the adjusted available energy.

US Pat. No. 10,919,625

RECONFIGURABLE UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES FOR SUBSURFACE SENSOR DEPLOYMENT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) comprising a main body that includes a plurality of rotors utilized to provide propulsion to the UAV and a ring circumscribing the plurality of rotors that includes first threads along an outer perimeter of the ring; and
a landing base including second threads engaged with the first threads of the ring, wherein the first threads and the second threads are configured to transition the main body along a length of the landing base in response to rotation of the main body with respect to the landing base.

US Pat. No. 10,919,624

UAS DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD

WET, Sun Valley (CA)

1. A display system including an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that flies in a flight path relative to a structure, the display system comprising:a mounting system that is coupled to the structure;
a tether that has a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is coupled to the mounting system, and wherein the mounting system allows movement of the proximal end relative to the structure; and
a control system that controls the flight path of the UAS;
wherein the UAS is coupled to the distal end; and
wherein the control system controls the flight path of the UAS such that the proximal end moves relative to the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,919,623

AIR VEHICLE FLIGHT MECHANISM AND CONTROL METHOD

AEROVIRONMENT, INC., Sim...

1. An air vehicle apparatus, comprising:a first flapping control surface and a second flapping control surface;
wherein the first flapping control surface and the second flapping control surface are capable of providing hovering and control moments without the benefit of additional control surfaces, and wherein the hovering and control moments comprise variable differential sweep angles of deflection of the first flapping control surface and the second flapping control surface in the course of respective sweep angles of travel.

US Pat. No. 10,919,622

ADVANCED EMERGENCY COLLECTIVE ACTUATOR WITH FRICTION PULL-OFF AND METHOD FOR A HELICOPTER

Merlin Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for use with a helicopter including a rotor system having a main rotor with an adjustable pitch that is controlled at least in part by a pilot using a collective control and the collective control pivotally supports a friction control lever as part of a friction control that is engageable by the pilot to selectively increase a control force that is required as a minimum to move the collective control, said apparatus comprising:an actuator including a motor having an output shaft for rotation to change the adjustable pitch by exerting an actuation force;
a flexible cable that applies the actuation force to the friction control lever such that the actuation force initially disengages the friction control to decrease the control force and, thereafter, reduces the adjustable pitch toward a minimum collective pitch position; and
a control arrangement that is configured to receive a signal that is indicative of a low rotor RPM condition and to respond to the signal by activating the actuator to exert the actuation force.

US Pat. No. 10,919,621

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An unmanned air vehicle, comprising:one or more generators, each of which generates a force that drives the unmanned air vehicle to fly and also generates an air flow;
one or more first structural components;
one or more microphones, each of which outputs a first signal;
one or more speakers; and
a processor that generates one or more second signals according to the first signal output from each of the one or more microphones,
wherein the one or more first structural components respectively correspond to the one or more generators, respectively surround one or more rotary wings of the one or more generators, and each includes a through-hole extending in a direction of the air flow generated by a corresponding one of the one or more generators, the through-hole being in a first direction opposite to a second direction of the air flow,
a first end, in the first direction, of the one or more first structural components and a first surface of a rotation plane, in the first direction, of the one or more rotary wings are aligned such that the one or more rotary wings are covered by a first end part of the one or more first structural components, the first end part corresponding to a position of the one or more rotary wings,
a second end, in the second direction of the air flow, of the one or more first structural components is extended, in the second direction of the air flow, beyond a second surface of the rotation plane, in the second direction of the air flow, of the one or more rotary wings by a length longer than the first end part,
each of the one or more microphones is located in an inner region surrounded by a corresponding one of the one or more first structural components such that each of the one or more microphones is spaced apart in the second direction of the air flow from a corresponding one of the one or more generators, and
each of the one or more speakers is located apart in the second direction of the air flow from a corresponding one of the one or more generators and outputs a sound according to a corresponding one of the one or more second signals.

US Pat. No. 10,919,620

LANDING GEAR BOGIE PITCH TRIMMER

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A landing gear bogie pitch trimmer, comprising:a hydraulic actuator for adjusting a pitch of a landing gear bogie, in use;
a fluid interface for receiving, from an aircraft hydraulic system external to the landing gear bogie pitch trimmer, hydraulic fluid for use in actuating the hydraulic actuator;
a flow control valve for controlling flow of the hydraulic fluid through the fluid interface in use;
a gas-chargeable accumulator configured to be charged by a gas bottle;
wherein the gas-chargeable accumulator is in fluid communication with the flow control valve; and
wherein the gas-chargeable accumulator is configured to deliver the hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic actuator in use.

US Pat. No. 10,919,619

FUSE PIN MODEL DIFFERENTIAL OR EXCLUSION FEATURE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A fastening system having differentiable components, the system comprising:a first bushing having a first mating feature positioned within an opening of a first receiver;
a first fuse pin comprising a head and a first projection, the first projection configured to be positioned within the first bushing, the first fuse pin configured to shear upon an application of a first predetermined load, the first fuse pin having a second mating feature, the first and second mating features comprise a second projection on a surface of the head of the first fuse pin and a recess on a surface of the first bushing; and
wherein the second mating feature corresponds to the first mating feature to permit insertion of the first projection of the first fuse pin into the first bushing within the first receiver to selectively connect a first component to a second component, wherein the first bushing is positioned between the first fuse pin and the first receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,919,618

FLUID FLOW CONTROL FOR AN AEROFOIL

Fourth Dimensional Aerosp...

1. A device for influencing a wake flow of an aircraft wing, the aircraft wing having an inboard root end and an outboard tip end, a high pressure side and a low pressure side, and a leading edge and a trailing edge, the device comprising a body adapted for attachment in the region of the tip of the aircraft wing and having a through-duct with a first opening at a first end of the duct being located on the high pressure side of the wing and a second opening at a second end of the duct being located on the low pressure side of the wing, the duct being configured to, when the wing is exposed to fluid flow, permit a fluid flow through the duct so as to inhibit the flow of fluid around an outboard extremity of the wing and to direct the fluid flow through the duct into a pair of opposing rotating flows of substantially equal magnitude externally of the duct.

US Pat. No. 10,919,617

DISTRIBUTED ACCELERATION SENSING FOR ROBUST DISTURBANCE REJECTION

Aurora Flight Sciences Co...

1. An aerial vehicle comprising:an airframe;
an aircraft flight controller to provide an output control signal; and
a sensor package positioned on the airframe, the sensor package comprising a rate gyroscope, a plurality of accelerometers, and a processor, wherein the sensor package is configured to measure collectively at least nine independent axial acceleration measurements,
wherein each of the plurality of accelerometers is positioned a predetermined distance from the center of gravity of the airframe,
wherein the processor is configured to generate an actuation signal based at least in part on a feedback signal received from at least one of said rate gyroscope and said plurality of accelerometers,
wherein the processor is configured to communicate the actuation signal to said aircraft flight controller,
wherein the aircraft flight controller is configured to adjust the output control signal as a function of said actuation signal, and
wherein the plurality of accelerometers is arranged in a circle with the rate gyroscope positioned substantially at the center of said circle.

US Pat. No. 10,919,616

GUIDANCE ASSEMBLY FOR AN AIRFOIL LEADING EDGE HIGH-LIFT DEVICE CARRIER TRACK

ASCO INDUSTRIES NV, Zave...

1. A guidance assembly for guiding and supporting a movement of an airfoil leading edge high-lift device carrier track between a retracted position and an extended position, comprising at least one lower guide element arranged for contacting a lower surface of said carrier track and/or at least one upper guide element arranged for contacting an upper surface of said carrier track, wherein at least one of said lower or upper guide element includes a sliding surface arranged to be in sliding contact with said leading edge high-lift device carrier track during operational movement of said carrier track, and wherein at least one of said lower or upper guide element is configured to pivot about a pivot axis transverse a direction of operational movement of said carrier track.

US Pat. No. 10,919,615

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR JOINING TITANIUM AND TITANIUM ALLOY STRUCTURES TO EPOXY-CONTAINING COMPOUNDS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

16. An assembly comprising:a first metal component, said first metal component comprising a first titanium structure, said first titanium structure comprising a first titanium structure surface:
a sol-gel layer applied to the first titanium structure surface of the metal component;
an amount of an epoxy-containing compound applied to the sol-gel layer;
a cured composite component, said cured composite component comprising a composite component first surface and a cured composite component second surface, said cured composite component positioned adjacent the first metal component; and
wherein the first metal component is joined to the cured composite component to form an assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,919,614

AIRFOIL WITH A MAIN WING AND A HIGH-LIFT BODY

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An airfoil for an aircraft, the airfoil comprising:a main wing having a leading edge,
a high-lift body having a leading edge and a concavo-convex cross-section transverse to its leading edge such that a concave recess is defined by the high-lift body, which concave recess extends parallel to the leading edge of the high-lift body,
wherein the high-lift body is coupled to the main wing at a recessed portion provided in the leading edge of the main wing such that the concave recess faces the main wing, and
wherein the high-lift body is selectively movable between a retracted position and a deployed position, wherein in the retracted position the leading edge of the main wing and the leading edge of the high-lift body form a continuous common leading edge, and
a sealing device having a first sealing element arranged in the concave recess defined by the high-lift body,
wherein the first sealing element is plate-shaped, is rotatable about a common rotational axis relative to the main wing, abuts sectionally on the high-lift body and has a side face extending perpendicular to the common rotational axis,
wherein the sealing device is coupled to the high-lift body such that when the high-lift body is moved between the retraced position and the deployed position, the first element rotates relative to the main wing, and
wherein in the deployed position of the high-lift body at least part of a gap formed between the main wing and the high-lift body in a plane extending perpendicular to the common rotational axis is covered by the sealing device
wherein the sealing device comprises a second sealing element arranged in the concave recess defined by the high-lift body,
wherein the second sealing element is plate-shaped, is rotatable about the common rotational axis relative to the main wing and has a side face extending perpendicular to the common rotational axis,
wherein the first and the second sealing elements are rotatable about a common rotational axis relative to each other and wherein the side faces of the sealing elements extend parallel to each other, and
wherein when the high-lift body is moved between the retraced position and the deployed position, the second sealing element rotates relative to the main wing and the first and the second sealing elements rotate relative to each other, while constantly maintaining their side faces parallel to each other, such that when the first and the second sealing elements are projected on a plane extending perpendicular to the common rotational axis, an overlap between the first and the second sealing elements is smaller when the high-lift body is in the deployed position than when the high-lift body is in the retracted position.