US Pat. No. 11,027,943

DESTINATION DISPATCH SECTORING

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A method of operating a building elevator system within a building having a plurality of floors, the method comprising:controlling a building elevator system comprising a first elevator system having a first elevator car and a second elevator system having a second elevator car, wherein the first elevator car and the second elevator car are configured to serve a plurality of floors;
determining one or more sectors for the plurality of floors in response to at least one of a time of day, manual input, a density of the down peak traffic, and whether there is simultaneous up peak or inter-floor traffic, the one or more sectors comprising a first sector having a first plurality of floors and a second sector having a second plurality of floors;
assigning the first elevator car to the first sector, the first elevator car being configured to transport passengers from the first sector to a first selected floor of the plurality of floors;
assigning the second elevator car to the second sector, the second elevator car being configured to transport passengers from the second sector to a second selected floor of the plurality of floors,
receiving an elevator call from a floor of the first plurality of floors within the first sector;
determining that the first elevator car assigned to the first sector will not arrive at the floor of the first plurality of floors within the first sector within a first selected time period;
determining that a second elevator car will arrive at the floor of the first plurality of floors within the first sector within a first selected time period; and
moving the second elevator car to the floor of the first plurality of floors within the first sector.

US Pat. No. 11,027,942

ONE-PIECE HOSE GUIDE FOR HOSE REEL DECK BOX

The Ames Companies, Inc.,...

1. A hose guide for a hose reel deck box, said hose reel deck box comprising:a housing assembly and a basket assembly, said housing assembly including a unitary housing component with a unitary sidewall defining a partially enclosed space, said unitary sidewall having a plurality of substantially planar members and first and second travel bars, the second travel bar being formed along an edge upon a surface of the unitary sidewall, unitary with the unitary sidewall, and parallel with the unitary sidewall; two opposing of said planar members having a housing assembly central opening therein, said basket assembly including an elongated barrel, said barrel having an axis of rotation, said barrel rotatably disposed in said unitary sidewall enclosed space, said first and second travel bars extending generally parallel to the axis of rotation of said barrel;
a slidable coupling device including the first travel bar as an upper slidable coupling device first component, the second travel bar as a lower slidable coupling device first component, and upper and lower slidable coupling device second components, wherein:
a body defining a hose passage and said upper and lower slidable coupling device second components;
said upper and lower slidable coupling device second components structured to be slidably disposed to said first and second travel bars, respectively; and
wherein said housing assembly is formed as a single, unitary piece.

US Pat. No. 11,027,941

SLABBING MACHINE

1. Slabbing machine for removing material (M) wound around a reel (R) comprising,a frame:
a structure for holding the material (M) wound around the reel (R);
a beam connected to the frame and displaceable along the frame in a radial direction (y);
a blade holder connected to the beam and displaceable along the beam in a longitudinal direction (x) perpendicular to the radial direction (y);
said blade holder comprising of an inner part and an outer part:
a blade mounted on the blade holder for cutting the material (M) down to a cutting plane (p) perpendicular to the radial direction (y) and located closest to the reel in radial direction (y);
several air outlets are mounted symmetrically on the blade holder on both sides of the blade and directed towards the cutting plane (p) for blowing air towards the cutting plane (p),
wherein
said inner part is arranged on the blade holder parallel to the lower half of a side of the blade and the face of the inner part not facing the blade has a groove with channels leading to the air outlets.

US Pat. No. 11,027,940

WINDING UNIT AND SPIRAL ELECTRIC WIRE MANUFACTURING METHOD

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A winding unit for winding an electric wire comprising:a delivery device for delivering the electric wire in a longitudinal direction;
a hold device for holding a winding start portion of the electric wire;
a winding device having a base portion and a projecting portion projecting from the base portion; and
a guide device for guiding the electric wire delivered by the delivery device so as to travel from a tip of the projecting portion toward the base portion,
wherein the projecting portion has an inclined surface whose outer diameter increases toward the base portion from the tip end on an outer peripheral surface thereof,
wherein the guide device guides the electric wire toward the center of the tip, and
wherein while winding, the hold device is positioned between the winding device and the guide device, and the electric wire is wound around the projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,939

SHEET FOLDING DEVICE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A sheet folding device, comprising:a folding roller comprising at least two rollers that rotate and engage with each other to form a folding nip;
a folding blade movable to an insertion location of the folding nip at which a printing medium on a folding path is to be inserted into the folding nip, and to a retreat location to escape from the folding path; and
a guide member including an inclined portion to form an acute angle with the folding blade to press the printing medium at the insertion location of the folding nip towards the folding roller when the folding blade reaches the insertion location of the folding nip,
the guide member elastically biased by an elastic member and located at at least one side of the folding blade to move together with the folding blade and to press, by the inclined portion, the printing medium at the insertion location of the folding nip towards the folding roller, when the folding blade reaches the insertion location of the folding nip to insert the printing medium into the folding nip,
the elastic member to apply an elastic force to the guide member towards the folding roller to press the printing medium at the insertion location of the folding nip toward the folding roller.

US Pat. No. 11,027,938

MEDIUM TRANSPORT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Business Innovat...

1. A medium transport device, comprising:a transporting member that transports a medium toward a medium accommodating member;
a medium offsetting member that moves the transporting member in a medium width direction to transport the medium to the medium accommodating member at positions shifted in the medium width direction;
a guide member that is located upstream of the transporting member in a medium transport direction, the guide member being movable between a first position, in which the guide member guides the medium toward the medium accommodating member, and a second position, in which the guide member guides the medium to a destination different from the medium accommodating member, to guide the medium; and
an interlocking member that moves the guide member between the first position and the second position in conjunction with a movement of the medium offsetting member in a width direction of the medium offsetting member.

US Pat. No. 11,027,937

MOVING GATE FOR GUIDING PRINT MEDIA

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A print medium loading device comprising:a loading unit on which a print medium is loadable;
a transporting roller unit to transport a print medium toward the loading unit;
a moving gate between the loading unit and the transporting roller unit, the moving gate movable between a first location, a second location, a third location, and a fourth location; and
a print medium guide comprising an opening into which a leading end of the moving gate is insertable, wherein,
when a first print medium is loaded on the loading unit and the transporting roller unit transports a second print medium toward the loading unit, the moving gate is positioned at the first location to overlap a trailing end of the first print medium toward the moving gate; and
when a leading end of the second print medium is past the moving gate and the second print medium is loaded on the loading unit, the moving gate sequentially moves:
from the first location to the second location away from the first print medium and the second print medium,
from the second location to the third location to be positioned over a transport path of the second print medium and to overlap a trailing end of the second printing medium opposite to the leading end of the second print medium loaded on the loading unit, and
from the third location to the fourth location, to move toward the trailing end of the second print medium loaded to the loading unit, and
wherein, when the moving gate moves from the second location to the third location, the leading end of the moving gate is inserted into the opening.

US Pat. No. 11,027,936

CONVEYING DEVICE FOR CONVEYING GOODS

FAGOR ARRASATE, S. COOP.,...

1. A conveying device for conveying a good, the conveying device comprising:a negative pressure chamber including a wall that includes a first negative pressure conduit and a second negative pressure conduit, the first negative pressure conduit being larger than the second negative pressure conduit;
a first conveyor belt having a suction chamber in fluid communication with the second negative pressure conduit via a through opening in the first conveyor belt, the first conveyor belt including an outer contact face to which the good is held against when a negative pressure is produced in the second negative pressure conduit, the suction chamber being a longitudinal channel with no closed ends; and
a holding area to which the good is held against when a negative pressure is produced in the first negative pressure conduit.

US Pat. No. 11,027,935

PAYOUT OF FILM AT COMPOSITE FABRICATION SYSTEMS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for dispensing film onto a surface, the method comprising:operating vacuum ports at a suction table;
adhering a leading edge of a web of film to the suction table;
driving a payout system across the suction table while the vacuum ports are being operated and while unrolling the web of film;
unrolling a web of film from a roll of a payout system that is mounted for traversal across an upper surface of the suction table;
enforcing tension at the web of film between the suction table and the roll while payout system is drawn across the suction table;
inserting projections of a blade cartridge into receptacles of a cutter mount that is affixed to the payout system;
rotating the projections of the blade cartridge into tunnels of the cutter mount and
cutting the web of film while unrolling the web, via the blade cartridge.

US Pat. No. 11,027,934

MULTI-FEED DETECTION DEVICE, MULTI-FEED DETECTION METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A multi-feed detection method for causing a processor to execute a process, the method comprising executing on the processor the steps of:transmitting an ultrasonic wave by an ultrasonic transmitter;
selectively activating a single one of a plurality of ultrasonic receiving elements of an ultrasonic receiver to receive the ultrasonic wave and provide an intensity of the received ultrasonic wave;
detecting a value of the intensity of the received ultrasonic wave that is received by the selectively activated ultrasonic receiving element;
repeating the transmitting of the ultrasonic wave, the selectively activating of the single one of the plurality of ultrasonic receiving elements to receive the ultrasonic wave, and the detecting of the value of the intensity of the received ultrasonic wave until the processor activates all of the plurality of ultrasonic receiving elements;
comparing the values of the intensities of the received ultrasonic waves received by the plurality of ultrasonic receiving elements to determine a target ultrasonic receiving element among the plurality of ultrasonic receiving elements, the target ultrasonic receiving element having a highest value among the values of the intensities of the received ultrasonic waves;
activating the ultrasonic transmitter to transmit a detection ultrasonic wave toward a detection sheet object;
activating the target ultrasonic receiving element among the plurality of ultrasonic receiving elements of the ultrasonic receiver to receive the detection ultrasonic wave that passes through the detection sheet object;
determining a detection value of an intensity of the received detection ultrasonic wave to provide a detection result; and
detecting a number of sheets of the detection sheet object based on the detection result.

US Pat. No. 11,027,933

SUCTION ROLLER STRUCTURE FOR AN INTERLEAVING MACHINE

UNITED CONVERTING S.R.L.,...

1. A suction roller structure to pneumatically transport sheets, the suction roller structure comprising:a suction source;
a rotating external roller comprising longitudinal rows of bores angularly spaced and said longitudinal rows of bores selectively communicating with said suction source during angular rotation of said rotating external roller, said suction source comprising an internal cavity of an inner hollow cylinder and said rotating external roller being rotatable with respect to said inner hollow cylinder, said inner hollow cylinder comprising an arrangement of bores to establish a pneumatic communication between said internal cavity and a ring gap defined by an external surface of said inner hollow cylinder and an internal surface of said rotating external roller;
a distribution of intermediate suction chambers communicating and associated with corresponding longitudinal rows of bores;
a distribution of pneumatic valves, each of said pneumatic valves being interposed between said suction source and one of said intermediate suction chambers; and
an actuation means operatively associated with said rotation of said rotating external roller and arranged for opening one or more of said pneumatic valves at one or more angular positions taken by said rotating external roller.

US Pat. No. 11,027,932

TRUCK DUMPER DUST CONTROL

Air-Cure Incorporated, M...

1. A method of mitigating an effect of wind on dispersion of dust created while dumping contents from a truck bed while raising the truck bed to an angle sufficient to facilitate dumping the contents from the truck bed into a material receiving hopper of a truck dumper, comprising:enclosing at least a rear portion of the truck bed at least partially in a stilling shed having a roof and sidewalls;
suspending a first curtain baffle within the stilling shed near the roof such that there is a gap located proximate a junction of a top margin of the curtain baffle and the roof;
locating the first curtain baffle in the stilling shed such that when the truck bed is raised to the angle sufficient to facilitate the dumping of the contents from the truck bed, the curtain baffle contacts a rear portion of the truck bed; and
exhausting dust laden air from the stilling shed to an air exhaust structure.

US Pat. No. 11,027,931

MARKER BAND LOCATOR SYSTEM

Blockwise Engineering LLC...

1. A marker band locator system comprising:a) a hopper having a hopper outlet opening;
b) a plurality of marker bands configured in said hopper;
c) an indexer comprising:
i) a band receiver having a pressure port;
ii) an indexer actuator configured to move the band receiver from a locating position to a secondary position;
wherein in a locating position, the hopper outlet opening is aligned with the band receiver to locate a marker band from said plurality of marker bands in the band receiver;
d) a pressure source fluidly coupled with the band receiver and configured to produce a flow of gas into the band receiver;
e) a vacuum source fluidly coupled with the pressure port in the band receiver and configured to produce a flow of gas from a pressure port and a vacuum pressure;
f) a pressure gauge configured to measure the vacuum pressure;
wherein when the vacuum pressure is above a threshold vacuum pressure level, the indexer actuator moves the indexer to move a located marker band, located in band receiver, to said secondary position;
wherein when the vacuum pressure is below a threshold vacuum pressure level said flow of gas into the band receiver is initiated by the pressure source to jostle the plurality of marker bands within the hopper.

US Pat. No. 11,027,930

SIDE-LOADING ROBOTIC ARM

1. A side-loading robotic arm, comprising:a pair of lateral rails disposed in parallel and attached forward of a front wall of a container;
a carriage body reciprocatingly disposed on the pair of lateral rails;
a tipping arm comprising a lateral portion and an upright portion oriented generally perpendicular to each other, wherein the lateral portion is pivotingly attached to a first end of the carriage body and the tipping arm is configured to pivot relative to the first end of the carriage body between a loading position and an emptying position;
a means for tipping to pivot the tipping arm between the loading position and the emptying position;
a lifting arm pivotingly attached to the upright portion of the tipping arm distal from the carriage body and configured to swing between a raised position where the lifting arm is proximate to the lateral portion and a lowered position where the lifting arm is distal from the lateral portion;
a means for lifting to swing the lifting arm between the raised position and the lowered position; and
a pair of gripper arms pivotingly attached to the lifting arm distal from the tipping arm.

US Pat. No. 11,027,929

MODULAR BEARING DEVICE FOR AT LEAST ONE PAIR OF GRIPPING ARMS, AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING SAME

Tyrolon-Schulnig GmbH, H...

1. An apparatus comprising:a gripper arm pair having a first gripper arm and a second gripper arm arranged in a mirror-inverted configuration with the first gripper arm, the gripper arm pair seated on a support plate for gripping, holding and guiding of bottle-like containers;
a rotatably mounted cam control shaft for moving the gripper arm pair from a gripping position to an open position and from the open position to the gripping position, the cam control shaft having a first bearing pin for pivotally supporting at least the first gripper arm, the cam control shaft further having a second bearing pin for pivotally supporting at least the second gripper arm;
a base plate having a first receiving opening running through the base plate, the first receiving opening pivotally supporting the cam control shaft; and
a fastener configured for releasable fastening of the gripper arm pair on the support plate by fixing the bearing pins to a first side of the base plate, wherein at least one of the bearing pins operates as a sleeve for receiving the fastener on the support plate, the at least one of the bearing pins including a through hole aligning with a second receiving opening in the base plate in an axial direction of the sleeve, wherein the base plate and the bearing pins are integrally formed.

US Pat. No. 11,027,928

COMPACT COLLATOR, SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Delkor Systems, Inc., St...

1. A compact collator comprises:a laner, the laner having a first movable conveyor for conveying product containers through the laner, the laner defining an infeed area,
a pattern conveyor, the pattern conveyor having a second movable conveyor positioned down-stream from the infeed area and off-set 90 degrees from the first moveable conveyor;
a cross-pusher assembly, the cross-pusher assembly positioned downstream of the infeed area, the cross-pusher assembly having a cross-pusher arm, the cross-pusher arm comprises a first portion that extends parallel to the first moveable conveyor, and an elbow portion that extends in a curve from the first portion; and
a plurality of interchangeable inserts, each of the plurality of interchangeable inserts are configured to be capable of engaging the first portion and the curve of the of cross-pusher arm, only one of the plurality of interchangeable inserts being engaged to the cross-pusher arm at any given time, each interchangeable insert defining a unique face contour, the unique face contour of each of the plurality of interchangeable inserts corresponding to the profile shape of at least one type of product container.

US Pat. No. 11,027,927

ARTICLE CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

DAIFUKU CO., LTD., Osaka...

1. An article conveyance apparatus that travels along a predetermined transportation path and conveys an article, the transportation path including a linear section and a curved section, the article conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance body that holds the article,
a front imaging device that captures an image in front of the conveyance body,
a left-side imaging device that captures an image in left front of the conveyance body, the left-side imaging device inclined toward a left side of the conveyance body with respect to the front of the conveyance body, and
a right-side imaging device that captures an image in right front of the conveyance body, the right-side imaging device inclined toward a right-side of the conveyance body with respect to the front of the conveyance body,
wherein the front imaging device includes a plurality of cameras, and determines presence or absence of an obstacle ahead of the conveyance body and calculates a distance between the obstacle and the conveyance body, based on a comparison between images captured by the plurality of cameras;
in a region where the conveyance body enters from the linear section to the curved section, the left-side imaging device and the right-side imaging device determine presence or absence of an obstacle ahead of a left or a right side of the conveyance body based on an image captured in left front or right front of the conveyance body according to a turning direction of the curved section;
the article conveyance apparatus avoid a collision with an obstacle by at least reducing a traveling speed if the distance from the front obstacle is at most a predetermined threshold value, the distance being calculated by the front imaging device, and if one of the left-side imaging device and the right-side imaging device determines presence of an obstacle ahead of the left or the right side of the conveyance body, and
wherein the left-side imaging device and the right-side imaging device capture images only in a curve transition region determined in advance in the transportation path.

US Pat. No. 11,027,926

CONVEYING APPARATUS FOR TRANSPORTING INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTS

ESPERA-Werke GmbH, Duisb...

1. A conveying apparatus for transporting individual products, comprising:a feed device comprising a transport element for transporting the respective product in a direction of transport which runs at an angle to the direction of gravity, wherein the transport element has a resting surface for the respective product;
a control device comprising at least one electronic component; and
a frame bearing a holder which is movable between an operating position and a maintenance position and which bears at least one electronic component;
wherein the at least one electronic component, in the operating position of the holder, is ready for operation;
wherein the at least one electronic component is ready for operation also in the maintenance position;
wherein, in the vertical direction, the maintenance position is higher than the operating position; and
wherein the at least one electronic component lies, in the operating position, primarily vertically below an upper plane which is orthogonal to the direction of gravity and which is coplanar to the resting surface of the transport element of the feed device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,925

HOLDER FOR CONVEYANCE OF CYLINDRICAL BODY

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.,...

1. A holder for conveyance, comprising:a tubular portion having a hollow portion in which a cylindrical body is housed; and
a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and a ring member both embedded in the tubular portion,
wherein the ring member includes a ferromagnetic body, and
wherein in a plan view taken in an axial direction of the tubular portion, the ring member comprises a substantially annular shape that has at least one discontinuity along a circumference thereof, and the RFID tag and the ring member are concyclically positioned.

US Pat. No. 11,027,924

DEVICE FOR MOVING ENDLESS CONVEYOR CHAINS

1. A device for moving endless conveyor chains, including conveyor chains made in a form of links connected to at least one engine and at least one drive with a drive sprocket,characterized in that:
each conveyor chain is made in the form of interconnected links, where an estimated number of link connections is equipped with rollers, dowels of which are elongated on one side,
while a guide is made in a form of a rigid C-shaped section profile, tightly covering the conveyor chain and located in such a way that elongated roller dowel parts protrude from a C-shaped profile opening, and guide bends can be made in different planes, and the guides themselves are always made identically shaped and are mirrored in relation to each other in such a way that the elongated roller dowel parts of each rail are directed towards each other and synchronized relative to each other,
with each guide being made with a gap for mounting the drive,
while the drive itself is made in a form of a drive chain mechanism, which is fixed on a base and made in a form of two unconnected chain transmissions whose gears are located parallel to each other and rotate in different directions relative to each other,
while the chain gears are driven by at least two drive sprockets engaged with their pair and chain sprockets,
an inner part of each chain gear being guided via a rack having a U-shaped cross-section, the rack being fixed to the base and turned with its open part inward,
an outer part of each chain gear is equipped with at least one chain tensioner,
while the chain of each chain gear is provided with an estimated number of grips located at an equal distance from each other,
each grip of each chain is synchronized relative to each grip of another chain,
wherein a distance between the grips equals a distance between rollers of the conveyor chain, and
wherein the grips are capable of bilateral gripping and rollers moving.

US Pat. No. 11,027,923

CHUTE ACCUMULATION SYSTEM

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A chute, comprising:a first portion arranged at a decline relative to a ground surface;
a second portion arranged at a decline relative to the ground surface; and
a vertical step, wherein the second portion is connected to the first portion by the vertical step, wherein the vertical step establishes a vertical drop between the first and second portions of at least three inches;
a moveable blocking surface; and
a controller configured to move the blocking surface from a first position where objects traveling down the first portion can pass by the blocking surface and are ejected by the chute, to a second position where objects traveling down the first portion are blocked by the blocking surface and prevented from being ejected from the chute.

US Pat. No. 11,027,922

BUFFER CARTS WITH ARTICULATING FLOORS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A buffer cart comprising:a front wall;
an access door configured to slide vertically with respect to the front wall;
a first floor portion coupled to the front wall, the first floor portion comprising a slot formed along a lateral side of the first floor portion, wherein the first floor portion is configured to pivot with respect to the front wall;
a second floor portion coupled to the first floor portion, the second floor portion configured to slide along the slot of the first floor portion, wherein the first floor portion and the second floor portion together form an angled ramp for packages that are associated with a pallet;
a scissor mechanism coupled to the second floor portion and configured to move the second floor portion from a first vertical position to a second vertical position; and
a hydraulic drive system configured to drive the scissor mechanism;
wherein the hydraulic drive system is configured to drive the scissor mechanism downwards as packages are placed into the buffer cart, and upwards as packages are removed from the buffer cart.

US Pat. No. 11,027,921

PRODUCT MANIPULATION TOOL

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

17. An automated storage and retrieval machine for stocking and retrieving containers in a retail facility comprising:a mobile unit configured for locomotion about the retail facility;
a product manipulation tool disposed on the mobile unit, wherein the product manipulation tool includes:
a stabilizing device in the form of an inflatable bag positionable above the container for stabilizing the container with respect to a horizontal surface prior to securing the container;
a securing mechanism for securing the container and tilting the container with respect to the horizontal surface; and
a support structure for insertion underneath the container to support the load of the container.

US Pat. No. 11,027,920

RACK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND RACK MANAGEMENT METHOD

HITACHI TRANSPORT SYSTEM,...

1. A rack management system, comprising:a processor; and
a storage unit coupled to the processor,
wherein the storage unit stores information indicating positions of at least two areas each including a plurality of sections included in a location in which storage racks that store articles can be arranged,
wherein one of said storage racks can be arranged in each of the plurality of sections,
wherein at least one of the plurality of sections is surrounded by other adjacent said sections without an aisle to convey the storage racks therebetween, and
wherein the processor:
classifies the plurality of sections in a first area of the at least two areas into a plurality of sections assigned ranks indicating a degree of efficiency of an operation to convey the storage racks placed therein to a predetermined working area and one or more empty sections, the predetermined working area being one of the at least two areas,
classifies, in the working area of the at least two areas, the one or more empty sections,
classifies the storage racks into a plurality of ranks, the plurality of ranks corresponds to the assigned ranks of the plurality of sections in the first area,
determines an optimal layout of the first area based on the plurality of ranks,
determines an amount of time required to move one or more other storage racks to the optimal layout,
on a condition that the amount of time required is less than an idle time, move the one or more other storage racks to at least one of the first area, the one or more empty areas, and the working area based on the optimal layout, and
on a condition that the amount of the time required is greater than the idle time, move a portion of the one or more racks that are being delivered within a predetermined amount of time from the working area to the one or more empty areas and move a remaining portion of the one or more racks that are not being delivered within the predetermined amount of time to the first area, and
outputs results of the classifications and the optimal layout.

US Pat. No. 11,027,919

AUTOMATED-SERVICE RETAIL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Alert Innovation Inc., N...

19. A system for implementing an automated store service model, the system comprising:a physical marketplace comprising:
non-fungible goods sections configured to present one or more non-fungible goods to a customer or customer proxy for picking of specific ones of the non-fungible goods for purchase,
a screen adjacent to a non-fungible good section of the non-fungible goods sections, the screen configured to display a virtual image of a fungible good related to the non-fungible good to which the screen is adjacent, the screen allowing the customer or customer proxy to select the fungible good for purchase;
an automated service fulfillment tool configured to instruct automated robots to pick one or more fungible goods selected by the customer or customer proxy, including the fungible good selected by the screen;
a delivery section for combining the one or more hand-picked non-fungible goods with the one or more fungible goods for delivery to the customer or a delivery proxy for the customer.

US Pat. No. 11,027,918

TRANSFER DEVICE AND STACKER CRANE

Murata Machinery, Ltd., ...

1. A transfer device for transferring a conveyed object by advancing and retreating a placement portion on which the conveyed object is placed, the transfer device comprisinga gripper that grips the conveyed object placed on the placement portion in a horizontal direction, and is configured to be able to open and close between an open state in which the conveyed object is not gripped and a closed state in which the conveyed object is gripped, and
an interlocking mechanism that interlocks advancing and retreating of the placement portion with opening and closing of the gripper,
wherein the interlocking mechanism includes a cam configured to rotate in accordance with advancing and retreating of the placement portion, a follower in contact with the cam and follows along a horizontal direction, and a coupling unit that couples the follower to the gripper.

US Pat. No. 11,027,917

RAIL-BOUND TRANSPORT ROBOT WITH LIFTING PLATFORM

HERON INNOVATIONS FACTORY...

17. A shelved storage comprising rows that are spaced apart, and a plurality of aisles located therebetween, wherein numerous storage columns are formed in the rows, and forming numerous storage spaces for a plurality of unit loads, wherein a rail mounted transport robot with a lifting device, which is disposed in a recess of the transport robot such that it the lifting device can be raised and lowered vertically and is configured for receiving a load, connects the aisles between the rows for transport therebetween, wherein the lifting device comprises a loading platform, the loading platform comprising at least on longitudinal conveyor, the longitudinal conveyor comprising two parallel and synchronized conveyor belts, and wherein an unloading plane for one of the plurality of unit loads is formed on each of the plurality of storages spaces, the unloading plane formed by two parallel unloading panels, the unloading panels forming a hollow track in which the conveyor belts of the longitudinal conveyor engage such that they can be displaced longitudinally and retain the load from below.

US Pat. No. 11,027,916

CONTAINERS WITH MULTIPLE SENSORS

simplehuman, LLC, Torran...

1. A trashcan assembly comprising:a body portion;
a lid portion pivotably coupled with the body portion;
a microphone; and
a controller comprising one or more hardware processors configured to:
cause a prompt to be communicated to a user to indicate that the user can provide a sound to be associated with a first action;
process an electrical audio signal received from the microphone that corresponds to the sound provided by the user;
perform a recognition algorithm on the electrical audio signal to generate data representing the sound; and
transmit an instruction to a power-operated drive mechanism in response to a determination that the data representing the sound corresponds to a second sound received by the microphone, wherein the instruction causes the power-operated drive mechanism to perform the first action on the lid portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,915

BAG HOLDER APPARATUS

1. Apparatus for use with a refuse container and a refuse bag, the container having a mouth which presents vertically upwardly in use and a rim which defines the entry to the mouth, the bag having an end portion which defines a mouth of the bag; the apparatus comprising:a bag holder configured to be disposed at an operative position relative to the container for suspending the bag interiorly of the container such that the mouth of the bag is open, presents upwardly and is disposed adjacent the rim of the container;
a securement apparatus configured to hold the bag holder at the operative position;
wherein the bag holder includes a frame configured to be draped by the end portion of the bag; and a plurality of clips adapted to grip around the frame and the bag;
wherein the securement apparatus is defined by a plurality of grips, each grip having a fixed end connected to the frame and a free end configured to releasably couple to the refuse container;
wherein the frame comprises two halves and each half has a plurality of linear sections including a first, second, and third linear section,
wherein the first and second linear sections are connected in angular relation and define a first corner, and the second and third linear sections are connected in an angular relation and define a second corner;
wherein one of the plurality of clips is provided on each corner respectively, the clip secured on the first corner being adapted to grip a length of the first and second linear sections, and the clip secured on the second corner being adapted to grip a length of the second and third linear sections, each of the clips having a hook to facilitate removal of the clip from the frame; and
wherein the fixed ends of the grips are respectively pivotally connected to the second linear sections for movement around pivot axes defined by the second linear sections.

US Pat. No. 11,027,914

MODULAR INDEFINITE VOLUME COMBINED TANK

1. A modular indefinite volume combined tank, comprising:a tank body module, a tank bottom module and an inflating module;
wherein the tank body module is formed by splicing a plurality of wall plates and connectors, the wall plates are strip plates, four sides of the plates are arranged with four frames, and two frames of the four frames in a direction parallel to the strip plates are arranged with a connector, the connector is of a dumbbell structure; the connector includes a fixing bolt, an inner connecting piece and an outer connecting piece, coaxial through-holes are arranged in the middle of the outer connecting piece and inner connecting piece, the fixing bolt passes through the through-hole of the outer connecting piece and inner connecting piece for fixed connection, the outer connecting piece is of a dumbbell shape, the inner connecting piece is of a groove shape, the gap between the outer connecting piece and inner connecting piece is wide in the middle and narrow at both ends, the connector is fixed in the outer connecting piece and inner connecting piece, in order to realize the function that the connector fixes two adjacent wall plates; an annular tank body is formed by n wall plates and n-1 connectors;
the tank bottom module comprises a strip-shape steel plate, concrete cloth, annular steel plate and a cement foundation, wherein the cement foundation is structured such that a round region is poured on the ground through cement; the strip-shape steel plate is paved on the cement foundation, the strip-shape steel plate is of a strip structure, the edge of the strip-shape steel plate is arc-shaped, all strip-shape steel plates form a steel plate area of a circular structure, the annular steel plate is arranged in the upper side of the outer edge of the strip-shape steel plate, the annular steel plate is encircled by a plurality of arc-shaped steel sheets, a ring of annular edge is arranged in the annular steel plate to be connected to the upper tank body, and a layer of concrete cloth is arranged between the lower side of the annular steel plate and the strip-shape steel plate; and
the inflating module comprises a top cover and a liner, wherein the top cover is an inflated cover having a shape of a pot cover, a cylindrical liner is connected below the top cover, the liner is also of an inflated structure, inflating layers are arranged in the liner and the top cover, the bottom of the liner is arranged with a liquid inlet/outlet, the wall plate corresponding to the liquid inlet/outlet is arranged with an opening, the liquid inlet/outlet of the liner is arranged with quick coupling; an acid or alkali resistant layer is arranged inside the liner and the top cover; the contact between the top cover and the liner is arranged with an inflating port, the wall plate corresponding to a side face of the inflating port is arranged with an opening, and the opening is arranged with inflating connector.

US Pat. No. 11,027,913

CAPSULE ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A CAPSULE AND A CONVEYOR CAP CONFIGURED TO OPEN SAID CAPSULE

TUTTOESPRESSO S.r.l., Mi...

1. A capsule assembly comprising:a capsule for preparation of beverages; and
a conveyor cap mounted on the capsule for conveying the beverage exiting the capsule;
the capsule comprising an inlet wall, an outlet wall, and a lateral wall defining an internal volume inside which at least one beverage ingredient is housed, the outlet wall comprising one or more capsule beverage outlets;
the conveyor cap being mounted on the capsule to define an enclosure space between the outlet wall and an inner surface of the conveyor cap, and the conveyor cap including one or more beverage delivery openings;
wherein the conveyor cap is movably mounted on the capsule, and the capsule beverage outlets and the conveyor cap are configured to interact so that the capsule beverage outlets are opened by the conveyor cap due to a relative movement between the capsule and the conveyor cap, wherein the capsule beverage outlets comprise a breakable portion of the outlet wall of the capsule, the breakable portion defined by at least one-line of reduced thickness.

US Pat. No. 11,027,912

REMOVABLE CONTAINER SHIPPING FRAME FOR VEHICLE

1. A method of installing a removable front frame system in a container for supporting a vehicle for transport comprising the steps of:providing the container having a container front opposite a container rear;
installing a front vehicle support system in the container front comprising the steps of:
(1) assembling a front right frame system (14A) in the container front comprising the steps of
positioning a first right frame support (12A) having a plurality of first right apertures in the container front,
positioning a second right frame support (12B) having a plurality of second right apertures adjacent to the first right frame support (12A), and
connecting a first removable crossbar (22A) to the first right frame support (12A) and the second right frame support (12B) to stabilize the front right frame system;
(2) assembling a front left frame system (14B) in the container front opposite the front right frame system (14A) comprising the steps of
positioning a first left frame support (12C) having a plurality of first left apertures;
positioning a second left frame support (12D) having a plurality of second left apertures; and
connecting a second removable crossbar (22B) to the first left frame support (12C) and the second left frame support (12D) to stabilize the front left frame system;
(3) providing a first rail (16A) comprising a first right connecting end opposite a first left connecting end;
connecting the first right connecting end to the first right frame support (12A);
connecting the first left connecting end to the first left frame support (12C);
(4) providing a second rail (16B) comprising a second right connecting end opposite a second left connecting end;
connecting the second right connecting end to the second right frame support (12B);
connecting the second left connecting end to the second left frame support (12D);
(5) positioning a first vehicle adapter (28A) over the first rail (16A) and extending over the second rail (16B); and
(6) positioning a second vehicle adapter (28B) over the first rail (16A) and extending over the second rail (16B), wherein the first vehicle adapter (28A) and the second vehicle adapter (28B) support a portion of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,911

AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

Altria Client Services LL...

1. An aerosol-generating device, comprising:an aerosol chamber configured to hold an aerosol;
an array of emitters arranged outside the aerosol chamber, a first emitter in the array of emitters configured to emit multiple wavelengths of light simultaneously into the aerosol chamber, the multiple wavelengths of light each having a different wavelength; and
an array of sensors arranged outside the aerosol chamber, the array of sensors configured to receive the multiple wavelengths of light from the aerosol chamber and to measure an electromagnetic spectrum of the multiple wavelengths of light received and a quantity of each of the multiple wavelengths of light to detect a plurality of different elements in the aerosol simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 11,027,910

PISTON WITH FLEXIBLE CLOSURE FOR AEROSOL CONTAINER

The Procter and Gamble Co...

1. A piston for a container,wherein the piston has a sidewall, an upper side and a bottom side, and at least a first circumferential seal,
wherein at least the upper side of the piston is closed by a closure wherein the closure is flat or indented which will deform when being operated in a pressurized container, and
wherein the upper side is made of a first, elastic material,
wherein the upper side is configured to deform upon a pressure change acting on the upper side,
wherein the sidewall is made of a second material which is different from the first elastic material,
wherein the first circumferential seal is positioned on the sidewall on its outer surface wherein at least one of the following applies:
a. the sidewall has a hardness in the range from 50 A Shore to 150 Rockwell;
b. the first circumferential seal has a Shore hardness in the range from 30 A to 85 D and
wherein a second circumferential seal or a guiding means is positioned on the outer surface of the sidewall in a distance of at least ? of a maximum diameter of the sidewall from the first circumferential seal.

US Pat. No. 11,027,909

AUTOMATED FLOWABLE MATERIAL DISPENSERS AND RELATED METHODS FOR DISPENSING FLOWABLE MATERIAL

GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC, At...

1. An automated flowable material dispenser for dispensing flowable material from a flowable material container, the dispenser comprising:a dispenser housing configured to receive the flowable material container therein, the dispenser housing defining a dispensing opening along a bottom end of the dispenser housing, and the dispenser housing configured to move between an open configuration and a closed configuration, wherein the dispenser housing comprises a top cover configured to pivot about a hinge to move the dispenser housing between the open configuration and the closed configuration;
a solenoid valve assembly positioned within the dispenser housing above the dispensing opening and configured to control dispensing of the flowable material from the dispenser; and
a biasing member configured to bias the flowable material container toward the solenoid valve assembly and to move the flowable material container from an unactuated configuration to an actuated configuration, wherein the biasing member is attached to the top cover.

US Pat. No. 11,027,908

LINER

Pratt Corrugated Holdings...

1. A liner comprising:a liner subassembly, the liner subassembly comprising
a body portion, the body portion comprising a front, a back, a first side, a second side, and a bottom, the body portion defining a cavity; and
a flap portion hingedly connected to a top end of the back, the flap portion sized to cover the cavity; and
a support connected to the bottom external to the cavity, the support comprising a central body and two end portions, each end portion hingedly connected to the central body by an end portion bend line, the support providing structure to the sides such that the cavity is defined between the front and the back, the support also defining a lengthwise bend line that is orthogonal to each end portion bend line, the lengthwise bend line defining a first half and a second half of the support, the support reconfigurable between a flattened position and a support position, the first half folded relative to the second half about the lengthwise bend line in the flattened position, the central body being substantially planar in the support position, the two end portions configured to hinge open the support from the flattened position to the support position when the two end portions are folded to be about orthogonal to the central body,
wherein the body portion and the flap portion comprise an insulation material captured between two walls,
wherein adjusting the central body alters the shape and sizing of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 11,027,907

CONTAINER WITH CLOSURES

Eufouric Brands, LLC, Ba...

1. A container, comprising:a body having a bottom, a plurality of side walls, a front wall and a back wall, wherein the bottom and the walls form a compartment for storing contents;
at least one closure pivotally coupled to a portion of the body, the closure having a top surface, a bottom surface and a perimeter edge for selectively enclosing or sealing the compartment of the body, wherein the at least one closure is further slidably movable between a proximate position and distal position with respect to the body; and
at least one hinge tensioning member extending between a portion of the body and a portion of the closure for applying full perimeter tension to the closure in the closed position, wherein the at least one hinge tensioning member is configured to increase a generally downwardly exerting pressure on the closure as the closure moves from the open position to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,906

FITMENT WITH BLEND COMPONENT AND FLEXIBLE CONTAINER WITH SAME

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A process comprising:A. providing a fitment having a top portion, a base, and a channel extending through the top portion and the base, the fitment composed of a polymeric composition comprising
(i) from 70 to 90 weight percent of a high density polyethylene (HDPE) having a density from 0.940 g/cc to 0.970 g/cc, a melt temperature, Tm, greater than 125° C., and a melt index from 1 g/10 min to 50 g/10 min; and
(ii) from 30 to 10 weight percent of an olefin-based elastomer having a density from 0.860 g/cc to 0.905 g/cc and a Tm less than 125° C.;
B. placing the base between two opposing multilayer films, each multilayer film having a respective seal layer comprising an olefin-based polymer;
C. sealing the base to each multilayer film under heat seal conditions; and
D. forming a hermetic seal between the fitment and the multilayer films,wherein a fitment base 2 has the same structure as the base and base 2 consists of an HDPE having a density from 0.940 g/cc to 0.970 g/cc, a Tm greater than 125° C., and a melt index from 1 g/10 min to 50 g/10 min, the process further comprisingsealing the base under a second set of pressure and dwell time (condition 2), wherein the hermetic seal is formed at a temperature 1, and temperature 1 is less than a temperature 2 required to form a hermetic seal with base 2 under condition 2.

US Pat. No. 11,027,905

CARRIER, BLANK AND METHOD FOR CONTAINERS

Graphic Packaging Interna...

23. A method of forming a package, the method comprises:obtaining a carrier comprising a central panel and at least one attachment feature in the central panel, the at least one attachment feature comprises an opening in the central panel, a first retention feature defining a first portion of the opening and second retention feature defining a second portion of the opening, the first retention feature comprises a first retention edge of the central panel and a first uninterrupted marginal portion of the central panel extending from the first retention edge, and the second retention feature comprises a second retention edge of the central panel and a second uninterrupted marginal portion of the central panel extending from the second retention edge, the first retention edge defines the first portion of the opening and the second retention edge defines the second portion of the opening, the at least one attachment feature further comprises at least one flexible feature between the first uninterrupted marginal portion and the second uninterrupted marginal portion, the at least one flexible feature comprises a cutout;
receiving a top portion of a respective container of the plurality of containers in the opening; and
engaging the first retention edge with a first portion of the respective container and engaging the second edge with a second portion of the respective container to at least partially attach the respective container to the carrier such that the at least one flexible feature allows the central panel to flex without weakening the central panel when the respective container is inserted into the opening.

US Pat. No. 11,027,904

CARRIER FOR CONTAINERS

Graphic Packaging Interna...

28. A method of forming a carrier for holding a plurality of containers, the method comprising:obtaining a blank comprising a plurality of panels, the plurality of panels a front central panel foldably connected to a back central panel at a lateral fold line, a front attachment panel foldably connected to the front central panel, and a back attachment panel foldably connected to the back central panel, each of the front central panel and the back central panel comprising an opening and each of the front attachment panel and the back attachment panel being configured to receive a portion of one or more containers of the plurality of containers, the opening in the front central panel is spaced a first longitudinal distance from the lateral fold line, the opening in the back central panel is spaced a second longitudinal distance from the lateral fold line, the first longitudinal distance is greater than the second longitudinal distance;
folding the plurality of panels such that each of the front central panel and the back central panel is positioned between adjacent containers of the plurality of containers and such that the opening of each of the front central panel and the back central is positioned in communication with the respective other of the front central panel and the back central panel so that the opening in the front central panel is offset from the opening in the back central panel; and
attaching at least one of the front central panel and the back central panel to at least one container of the plurality of containers.

US Pat. No. 11,027,903

MOLDED CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

Snyder Industries, LLC, ...

1. A molded container comprising:a tank portion defining therein a fluid storage chamber, the tank portion including a plurality of sidewalls, a bottom wall, a top wall, and a fill opening near a center of the top wall; and
a plurality of supports integrally formed with and extending vertically from the tank portion, each vertically extending support including a lower section and an upper section, the upper sections extending above the fill opening and each having an upper surface including first pallet engaging structure for interlocking with tank engaging structure of a first pallet of a first type and second pallet engaging structure for interlocking with tank engaging structure of a second pallet of a second type, the first pallet including diagonally adjacent cavities, the second pallet including a bottom rim;
the first pallet engaging structure including two diagonally-spaced nub protrusions positioned near a center of the upper surface, the nub protrusions being configured to be at least partially inserted into the diagonally adjacent cavities of the first pallet;
the second pallet engaging structure being a concave curved ridge for engaging the bottom rim of the second pallet, the concave curved ridge laterally facing the center of the top wall and being farther from the center of the top wall than the first pallet engaging structure;
the first pallet engaging structure and the second pallet engaging structure being topmost features of the molded container.

US Pat. No. 11,027,902

INTEGRATED RELEASE FEATURE FOR PAWL-LATCHING DEVICES

HellermannTyton Corporati...

1. A pawl-latching device comprising:an integrated release feature integrally connected to a pawl that is connected to a locking head of the pawl-latching device, the locking head defining a slot that extends through the locking head and includes a first channel conjoined with a second channel, the first channel configured to receive an elongate strap having a plurality of serrations, the pawl disposed within the second channel of the slot and positioned internally to the locking head, the pawl having multiple pawl teeth configured to engage the plurality of serrations on the elongate strap when the elongate strap is disposed within the first channel, the integrated release feature comprising:
at least one wall shaped to define multiple sides of an open cavity in a midsection of the pawl for receiving a release tool, the at least one wall having opposing ends that both face the first channel; and
one or more additional pawl teeth disposed on the opposing ends of the at least one wall that face the first channel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,901

TRANSFER LID

NeoMed, Inc., Woodstock,...

1. A transfer lid for use with a fluid container, the transfer lid comprising:a top panel having a fluid transfer port for transferring fluid through the transfer lid to and from the fluid container;
an attachment collar extending downward from the top panel and configured for removably attaching the transfer lid to the fluid container;
an inner collar extending downward from the top panel and arranged generally concentrically with and spaced inwardly from the attachment collar, the inner collar having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a free lower end opposite from the top panel, the free lower end having a radiused profile extending from the inner surface to the outer surface that includes a bulb extending laterally outward from the free lower end to sealingly contact an inner surface of the fluid container and the free lower end being radiused or tapered to provide a smooth interface as the inner collar slides onto the fluid container, wherein the inner collar further includes a vent opening extending therethrough, wherein in use with the transfer lid attached to the fluid container, air can pass into and out of the fluid container by passing through the vent opening, but not past the sealingly contacting bulbous free lower end, of the inner collar.

US Pat. No. 11,027,900

CAP CLOSING STRUCTURE FOR SEALED CONTAINER

FREE-FREE(USA) INC, Onta...

1. A cap closing structure for a sealed container, comprising:an upper cover comprising a top plate and a circumferential bracket extended from the top plate, the top plate having a through hole formed thereon, the circumferential bracket having a retaining slanted surface formed thereon;
a lower cover arranged underneath the upper cover, the lower cover comprising a base plate and a sealing ring connected to the base plate, the base plate having a latch member extended to penetrate into the through hole, the latch member having a guiding structure formed thereon, the sealing ring having one end formed at another side of the retaining slanted surface;
an elastic element mounted onto an outer perimeter of the latch member and elastically clamped between the top plate and the bottom plate; and
a handle member comprising a dial lever and an arm extended from the dial lever, the arm connected to a shaft, the shaft configured to operably move inside the guiding structure, thereby allowing the sealing ring to be tightly sealed between the retaining slanted surface and the container,
wherein the latch member is non-detachable with the base plate,
wherein the guiding structure comprises a first channel, a second channel, and a curved channel fluidly interconnecting the first channel and the second channel, and
wherein the first channel, the second channel, and the curved channel extend into the latch member.

US Pat. No. 11,027,899

CLOSURE DEVICE

1. A closure device for closing a container, the closure device comprising:a ring comprising a first top wall and a flexible skirt extending downwardly from the first top wall, the first top wall defining a first central through-opening, the flexible skirt comprising a plurality of spaced-apart first legs and a plurality of spaced-apart second legs, each of the plurality of spaced-apart first legs and the plurality of spaced-apart second legs having a first end at the first top wall and an opposing second end, the plurality of spaced-apart first legs being different from the plurality of spaced-apart second legs, an interior surface of each spaced-apart first leg having a first inwardly protruding ledge between the first end and the opposing second end and an exterior surface of each spaced-apart first leg having a first outwardly protruding ledge between the first end and the opposing second end, each spaced-apart second leg having a second inwardly protruding ledge at the opposing second end, an interior surface of each spaced-apart second leg having a flexible tongue and a recess configured to receive the flexible tongue;
a cover comprising a second top wall, a sidewall extending downwardly from the second top wall and an interior cavity defined by the second top wall and the sidewall, the second top wall defining a second central through-opening generally aligned with the first central through-opening of the ring, an interior surface of the sidewall including a third inwardly protruding ledge; and
a cap having a raised peripheral rim and a central depressed region, an interior surface of the central depressed region including a plurality of spaced-apart bent tabs configured to be engaged in the second central through-opening of the cover to couple the cap to the cover,
wherein, in a first position in which the ring is at least partially inserted within the interior cavity of the cover, the third inwardly protruding ledge of the cover engages the first top wall of the ring, and
wherein, in a second position in which the ring is fully inserted within the interior cavity of the cover, the third inwardly protruding ledge of the cover engages the first outwardly protruding ledge of each spaced-apart first leg of the ring.

US Pat. No. 11,027,898

TWO-PART DISPENSING CLOSURE SYSTEM WITH INTERNAL SEAL AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

Silgan Dispensing Systems...

1. A container and closure system, comprising:a container comprising a neck portion;
a closure mounted to the neck portion of the container, the closure comprising:
a top deck;
an outer skirt extending axially away from an edge of said top deck;
an annular recess interior of the outer skirt extending axially from the top deck into the neck portion of the container;
a vent conduit interior of the annular recess;
an axial flow conduit interior of the vent conduit and extending axially from the top deck into the neck portion of the container; and
a seal disposed on an upper surface of the closure; and
a clip tube connected to the axial flow conduit and extending into the container.

US Pat. No. 11,027,897

CHILD-RESISTANT SAFETY CONTAINER SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A child-resistant safety container system for holding a substance, the system comprising:(a) a tubular container body having an open top portion, a closed bottom portion, and a registration mark,
wherein the open top portion comprises a cylindrical wall having an inner diameter and an outer diameter,
wherein the cylindrical wall of the open top portion defines a central longitudinal axis,
wherein the cylindrical wall of the open top portion includes a first aperture disposed at a first radial location on the cylindrical wall and a second aperture disposed at a second radial location on the cylindrical wall, and
wherein the first radial location and the second radial location define an axis that intersects the central longitudinal axis defined by the cylindrical wall of the open top portion;
(b) a tubular cap body having a closed top portion, an open bottom portion, and a registration mark,
wherein the open bottom portion comprises a cylindrical wall having an inner diameter and an outer diameter,
wherein the cylindrical wall of the open bottom portion defines a central longitudinal axis,
wherein the cylindrical wall of the open bottom portion includes a first aperture disposed at a first radial location on the cylindrical wall and a second aperture disposed at a second radial location on the cylindrical wall, and
wherein the first radial location and the second radial location define an axis that intersects the central longitudinal axis defined by the cylindrical wall of the open bottom portion; and
(c) a bendable locking pin having a first linear length, a second linear length, and a semicircular length,
wherein the semicircular length has a first end and a second end,
wherein the first linear length has an inner end and an outer end, and the outer end is coupled with the first end of the semicircular length,
wherein the second linear length has an inner end and an outer end, and the outer end is coupled with the second end of the semicircular length, and
wherein the first linear length and the second linear length are aligned along a common axis;
wherein the inner diameter of the open bottom portion of the cylindrical wall of the tubular cap body is greater than the outer diameter of the cylindrical wall of the tubular container body,
wherein the first linear length of the bendable locking pin extends through (i) the first aperture of the cylindrical wall of the open top portion of the tubular container body and (ii) the first aperture of the cylindrical wall of the open bottom portion of the tubular cap body,
wherein the second linear length of the bendable locking pin extends through (i) the second aperture of the cylindrical wall of the open top portion of the tubular container body and (ii) the second aperture of the cylindrical wall of the open bottom portion of the tubular cap body, and
wherein the registration mark of the tubular container body and the registration mark of the tubular cap body are aligned when (i) the first aperture of the cylindrical wall of the open top portion of the tubular container body is adjacent the first aperture of the cylindrical wall of the open bottom portion of the tubular cap body, and (ii) the second aperture of the cylindrical wall of the open top portion of the tubular container body is adjacent the second aperture of the cylindrical wall of the open bottom portion of the tubular cap body.

US Pat. No. 11,027,896

FLUID DISPENSER

GB DEVELOPPEMENT, Vernon...

1. A dispensing device, comprising:a deformable chamber whose interior volume is arranged to contain a fluid, said chamber being provided with an inlet so that the device is arranged to conduct a fluid along a circulation path of fluid from the inlet then through the chamber and to an outlet;
a dispensing valve which, in an open state, allows a passage of fluid from the interior of the chamber towards outside of the device through the outlet of the chamber, and, in a closed state, does not allow it, wherein
the dispensing valve comprises a pin and a movable member,the pin having an end which:in the closed state of the dispensing valve, closes the outlet of the chamber and
in the open state of the dispensing valve, moves away from the outlet of the chamber,the movable member being arranged to move under the effect of a decrease of the interior volume of the chamber or an overpressure from the fluid in the interior volume of the chamber above a certain threshold so as to move the pin away from the outlet of the chamber so as to move the dispensing valve from its closed state to its open state the movable member comprising at least one movable wall of at least one gas pocket,the movable wall of each gas pocket having a contact surface arranged to be fully in contact with the fluid contained in the chamber, and
an area of the contact surface of the gas pocket or the sum of the areas of the contact surfaces of the gas pockets being at least 50 mm2.

US Pat. No. 11,027,895

DEVICE FOR EXTRACTING RESIDUAL AMOUNTS OF FLUID FROM A CONTAINER

1. A device for extracting residual amounts of fluid from a container, including a container for a consumer product comprising:a. threadless cap, further comprising an opening, a notch, and a tapered, flexible neck, wherein the portion of the cap distal to the tapered, flexible neck is comprised of material more rigid than the tapered, flexible neck to provide a stable base when the container is inverted;
b. a lid, wherein the lid is comprised of material more rigid than the tapered, flexible neck to provide a stable base when the container is inverted and further comprising a plug; and
c. a flexible hinge.

US Pat. No. 11,027,894

VACUUM CLEANER INCLUDING COMBINED HANDLE AND LID LATCH SYSTEM AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING SAME

Emerson Electric Co., St...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a canister defining a debris chamber and having a top;
a lid mounted to the top of the canister;
a debris inlet defined by one of the canister and the lid; and
a lid latch rotatably connected to the canister, the lid latch rotatable between a first position, in which the lid latch is disengaged from the lid, and a second position, in which the lid latch engages the lid to secure the lid to the canister;
wherein a bottom of the lid latch is spaced from an exterior surface of the canister to define a handle opening that allows a user to insert their fingers into the handle opening and grip the bottom of the lid latch.

US Pat. No. 11,027,893

PACKAGE

Berry Global, Inc., Evan...

1. A package, comprising:a container having a floor and a side wall that cooperate to form a product storage region; and
a lid having a cover that is movable between a closed position in which the cover is at least partially blocking access to the product storage region, and an open position in which the cover is at least partially moved away from the closed position such that the product storage region is accessible by a user;
wherein the container includes at least one pair of opposed depressible tabs that in a relaxed state are configured to retain the lid in a locked state, and in a compressed state are configured to allow the lid to move from the closed position to the open position;
wherein the lid includes a pair of opposed apertures configured to align with the at least one pair of opposed tabs in the closed state and allow disengagement of the tabs when the tabs are in the compressed state such that the tabs disengage the pair of opposed apertures and allow movement of the lid from the closed position to the open position; and
wherein the container includes a tray coupled to a container base, and wherein the tray includes the pair of opposed depressible tabs.

US Pat. No. 11,027,892

PACKAGE INTEGRITY INDICATING CLOSURE

1. A package comprising;an inner film layer, the inner film layer having an inner cut to define, in part, an access opening through the inner film layer;
an outer film layer adhesively joined to the inner film layer, the outer film layer having an outer cut to define a sealing panel which covers the access opining, the sealing panel including a pull tab; and
a tamper structure comprised of a strip of film defined by the outer cut and, prior to initial opening, the tamper structure attaching the pull tab to an adjacent portion of the outer film layer;
wherein the tamper structure stretches and eventually breaks upon initial package opening thereby creating an audible snapping sound indicating that the package is being initially open and the outer cut forming the tamper evident structure has a tear-inhibiting, parallel u-shaped configuration at the end thereof that prevent propagation of the outer cut.

US Pat. No. 11,027,891

OPENING COVER

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A medical apparatus comprising:an apparatus body having an apparatus body wall with an exterior surface and a recess in said apparatus body wall, and said recess including an opening, said recess having a recess perimeter; and
a cover pivotally coupled to said apparatus body wall by a member about a tiltable axis of rotation, said cover having an outer terminal edge, said outer terminal edge forming an outer cover perimeter, said cover and/or said apparatus body having an angled bearing surface at said outer cover perimeter and/or said recess perimeter, said member received in said recess and being operable to allow rotation of said cover about said axis of rotation to rotate between a first position wherein said cover closes said opening and a second position wherein said angle surface acts as a cam surface to lift and tilt said cover relative to said apparatus body as said cover is rotated and move said cover at least partially out of said recess to allow access to said opening, said cover having an exterior surface that faces outwardly from said apparatus body and is flush with said exterior surface of said apparatus body when said cover is moved to said first position, and said apparatus body including an attachment point below said cover and accessible through said opening, and said attachment point for receiving an attachment device to mount said apparatus body to a mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 11,027,890

SLIDER WITH ERGONOMIC FEATURES

1. A slider for a bag, the slider comprising:(a) a top wall that extends from a front end to a back end of the slider;
(b) a pair of finger pads extending from the top wall, each finger pad of the pair of finger pads having a top end and a bottom end, and each of the finger pad of the pair of finger pads further having a surface that includes (i) a curved portion that runs from the front end to the back end of the slider, (ii) a defined, first curved area that extends from the curved portion to an end of the first curved area, and (iii) a defined, second curved area that extends from the end of the first curved area to a midpoint of the curved portion, with the first curved area being defined by a first angle at which the first curved area extends into the respective finger pad and the second curved area being defined by a second angle at which the second curved area extends into the respective finger pad, with the first angle differing from the second angle, wherein each of the finger pad of the pair of finger pads includes a major axis dimension that is greater than a minor axis dimension to provide an area that fits an average finger size; and
(c) a lip region that surrounds each of the finger pad of the pair of finger pads, without extending into the curved portion, the first curved area, and the second curved area of the surface of each of the finger pad of the pair of finger pads, to guide a finger of a user into each of the finger pad of the pair of finger pads, wherein the lip region of each of the finger pad of the pair of finger pads has a surface that is elevated relative to and surrounding the surface of the respective finger pad.

US Pat. No. 11,027,889

FLEXIBLE MAGNETIC AND INTERLOCKING SEALING APPARATUS

Fidlock GmbH, Hannover (...

1. A magnetic sealing closure, comprising:a first flexible strip, having a first side and a second side, with a plurality of cavities having a plurality of magnetic elements therein, the second side of the first flexible strip having a raised portion;
a second flexible strip, having a first side and a second side, with a plurality of cavities having a plurality of magnetic elements therein;
a third flexible strip, having first side and a second side, with a plurality of cavities having a plurality of magnetic elements therein, the second side of the third flexible strip having a recessed portion corresponding to the raised portion of the second side of the first flexible strip;
a first membrane coupled to said first side of said first strip, such that said plurality of magnetic elements of said first strip are flush mounted and embedded within said plurality of cavities between said first strip and said first membrane, said first membrane further coupled to said first side of said third strip, such that said plurality of magnetic elements of said third strip are flush mounted and embedded within said plurality of cavities between said third strip and said first membrane; and
a second membrane coupled to said first side of said second strip, such that said plurality of magnetic elements of said second strip are flush mounted and embedded within said plurality of cavities between said second strip and said second membrane;
wherein said first and said second strips provide a first seal when said first and said second strips are brought together from said first sides of said first and said second strips and magnetic elements of said first and said second strips magnetically attract each other,
wherein said first and said third strips provide a second seal when said first, said second, and said third strips are subsequently brought together from said second sides of said first and said third strips and magnetic elements of said first and said third strips magnetically attract each other.

US Pat. No. 11,027,888

EASY OPEN PLASTIC BAGS

POLYTEX FIBERS CORPORATIO...

1. A bag comprising:a front wall, a back wall, an interior surface, an exterior surface, a top end, and a bottom end, wherein each of the front wall and the back wall comprise a first layer and a second layer wherein each of the first layer and the second layer comprise polypropylene and the first layer further comprises woven strips;
wherein the first layer and the second layer are laminated to one another;
wherein the bag further comprises a first plurality of perforations that extend at least partially through the front wall;
wherein the first plurality of perforations define a line extending across a portion of the front wall;
wherein the bag further comprises a first cover that covers the first plurality of perforations;
wherein the first cover comprises a second plurality of perforations that penetrate through at least a portion of the first cover; and
wherein the bag further comprises a second cover that covers the second plurality of perforations.

US Pat. No. 11,027,887

MULTI PURPOSE-FUNCTIONAL PAINT BUCKET

Cathleen Jo Rearick, Met...

1. A container comprising:a reservoir having a housing, the reservoir holding a flowable substance;
a spigot comprising a button or handle for allowing the flowable substance to flow out of the reservoir when the button or handle is pressed;
the reservoir housing having a shadow box comprising a recessed portion of the reservoir housing, wherein the spigot is located in the shadow box and does not protrude beyond a non-recessed housing wall whereby the spigot can be hidden behind the non-recessed housing wall; and,
a hideaway tray that is hidden within the reservoir in a hideaway position until a user pushes aside of the tray thereby allowing for the tray to turn outward from the hideaway position to a use position to catch any drips or spills.

US Pat. No. 11,027,886

DUAL HANDLE CONTAINER

Arkema Inc., King of Pru...

1. A dual handle plastic container (10) configured to store and/or transport liquid, the container comprising:a monolithic body including a top portion (20), a base portion (40), and a sidewall (50) extending between the top portion (20) and the base portion (40);
the top portion (20) having:
(i) a vent spout (22) that defines a circular vent recess (24) having a vent center, the vent spout (22) extending longitudinally along a first axis that extends through the vent center;
(ii) a main spout (26) that defines a circular main recess (28) having a main center, the main spout (26) extending longitudinally along a second axis that extends through the main center from a top end (26a) of the main spout (26) to a bottom end (26b) of the main spout (26), the top end (26a) being opposite the bottom end (26b) along the second axis such that the bottom end (26b) is disposed in a downward direction relative to the top end (26a) along the second axis;
(iii) an integrated first handle (36) that is elongate along the line that extends in a lateral direction between the first axis and the second axis, the top portion defining a maximum container length along the line, and the handle (36) defining a maximum handle length along the line, the maximum container length being approximately twice the maximum handle length; and
(iv) two projections that are elongated in the lateral direction and are respectively spaced apart from opposing lateral sides of the integrated first handle (36), wherein the projections define a topmost surface of the container (10), and wherein the first handle (36), the vent spout (22) and the main spout (26) do not extend longitudinally to an elevation above the projections of the top portion (20); and
the base portion 40 having an interior surface (42) and an exterior surface (44), the interior surface (42) being opposite the exterior surface (44), the exterior surface of base portion (44) defining a second handle that is a recess (46), wherein the exterior surface (44) of the base portion (40) has a concavity that is configured to receive the two projections of the top portion (20) of a mating container in a stacked configuration, wherein the concavity comprises a portion of the second handle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,885

CONTAINER WITH ONE OR MORE TRAY RETENTION PORTIONS AND SUPPORT STAND

IGLOO PRODUCTS CORP., Ka...

1. A container comprising:a substantially hollow body including a plurality of body walls extending vertically from a bottom portion;
an extension portion rotatably coupled to an outward-facing surface of a body wall among the plurality of body walls, the extension portion configured to rotate to an active position in which the extension portion extends outwardly from the body wall;
a support stand having a proximal end coupled to the outward-facing surface of the body wall and a distal end, and wherein when the extension portion has been positioned in the active position, the support stand is configured to move between at least a stowed position in which the support stand is positioned entirely against or proximate to the outward-facing surface of the body wall and a support position in which the support stand extends outwardly from the body wall;
a lid rotatably coupled to an upper portion of a body wall among the plurality of body walls, the lid configured to reversibly close an opening of the body formed by the plurality of body walls;
a tray having a substantially flat, elongate surface; and
an internal tray retention portion formed in an underside of the lid configured to removably retain the tray, the internal tray retention portion including at least a first rail and a second rail respectively formed on opposite sides of a peripheral region of the underside of the lid, the first rail and the second rail formed so as to receive and retain the tray therein,
wherein, when the support stand is in the support position, the distal end of the support stand has been manually rotated to engage with an underside of the extension portion such that the support stand prevents downward rotation of the extension portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,884

CONTAINER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Altium Packaging LP, Atl...

1. A container comprising:a tubular body having a rounded sidewall extending between a closed end defining a base portion and an opposite open end surrounded by a rim portion;
the base portion configured to support the container in an upright orientation relative to a support surface and wherein the base portion defines a support ring having an at least substantially rounded perimeter, the rim portion positioned opposite the base portion, the rounded sidewall comprising a vertical portion defined at least in part by a vertical portion height extending between the perimeter of the base portion and the rim portion along a central axis; and
a plurality of grooves defined within the vertical portion of the rounded sidewall, each of the grooves comprising a length and a width, wherein the length is longer than the width, wherein the length of each of the plurality of grooves is greater than the vertical portion height, and wherein the grooves extend between the base portion and the rim portion along the length,
wherein:
the plurality of grooves comprises a first set of grooves and a second set of grooves,
the first set of grooves is configured to at least partially intersect the second set of grooves so as to define an intersecting groove configuration, and
the intersecting groove configuration defines a groove grid comprising a plurality of diamond shapes.

US Pat. No. 11,027,883

UTILITY ASSEMBLY AND COUPLING MECHANISM

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A container assembly comprising:a first container comprising:
a lid comprising a top surface of the first container, the lid pivotally attached to the first container;
a front face;
a handle coupled to the front face;
a plurality of female couplers located on the lid of the first container, each of the plurality of female couplers comprising:
a depressed surface recessed below the top surface;
a rear wall extending upward from a rear portion of the depressed surface;
a front wall extending upward from a front portion of the depressed surface;
two opposing sidewalls each extending between the front wall and the rear wall and extending upward along opposing side portions of the depressed surface, wherein the rear wall and the front wall both extend between the two opposing sidewalls; and
a rib extending from the rear wall in a first direction toward the front face, the rib located above the depressed surface and between the two opposing sidewalls;
wherein one of the plurality of female couplers is located behind one of the other female couplers relative to the front face of the first container;
a latch recess located on the lid of the first container, the latch recess comprising:
a bottom wall recessed below the top surface;
a front wall extending upward from the bottom wall; and
a rear wall extending upward from the bottom wall; and
a second container comprising:
a front face;
a bottom surface;
a plurality of male couplers extending from the bottom surface of the second container, each of the plurality of male couplers comprising a tongue that is offset from the bottom surface and extends in a second direction away from the front face of the second container, the tongue of each of the plurality of male couplers of the second container is engageable below one of the ribs of the female couplers of the first container when the second container is stacked on top of the first container; and
a latch positionable into a locked position in which a lower portion of the latch protrudes downward relative to the bottom surface of the second container and is received in the latch recess such that the latch prevents sliding displacement of the second container relative to the first container, preventing disengagement of the tongues of the male couplers of the second container from the ribs of the female couplers of the first container when the second container is stacked on top of the first container.

US Pat. No. 11,027,882

PRE-STERILIZABLE CARRIER SYSTEM

1. A method of filling at least one dual-chamber system having a first chamber with a first sealable opening and a second chamber with a second sealable opening, each dual-chamber system further including a separating element separating the first chamber from the second chamber, the method comprising:securely retaining the at least one dual-chamber system in a container with a magazine in a first orientation, such that each dual-chamber system of the at least one dual-chamber system is securely retained in a first configuration relative to the container with the first opening facing upwardly and the second opening facing downwardly;
introducing a first solution into the first chamber of the at least one dual-chamber system through the first opening;
inverting each dual-chamber system of the at least one dual-chamber system such that each dual-chamber system is securely retained in a second configuration relative to the container with the second opening facing upwardly and the first opening facing downwardly; and
introducing a second solution into the second chamber of the at least one dual-chamber system through the second opening;
wherein inverting each dual-chamber system of the at least one dual-chamber system includes:
removing the magazine from the container with each dual-chamber system securely in the magazine independent of an orientation of the magazine;
turning the magazine over to a second orientation; and
returning the magazine to the container with each dual-chamber system in the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,027,881

PLASTIC PALLET HAVING AN INTEGRALLY FORMED DECK AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

iGPS Logistics, LLC, Orl...

1. A reinforced plastic pallet comprising:a unitary deck formed in a molding process, the unitary deck comprising a top deck surface, a bottom deck surface, a plurality of spaced apart supports extending between the top deck surface and the bottom deck surface, and a plurality of stringers extending between adjacent ones of the plurality of spaced apart supports and forming a portion of the bottom deck surface, the top deck surface having a plurality of outwardly extending top ribs extending from the top deck surface and the bottom deck surface having a plurality of outwardly extending bottom ribs extending from the bottom deck surface;
a separately formed top sheet coupled to the top deck surface and enclosing the plurality of outwardly extending top ribs between the top sheet and the top deck surface; and
a separately formed bottom sheet coupled to the bottom deck surface and enclosing the plurality of outwardly extending bottom ribs between the bottom sheet and the bottom deck surface,
wherein at least one of the plurality of stringers along a perimeter of the bottom deck surface comprises a trailing edge chamfer, unitarily formed with the at least one of the plurality of stringers, and
wherein the top deck surface defines a pass-through slot extending through the top deck surface and vertically aligned with the trailing edge chamfer, the slot being configured to allow a tool to pass through the slot during manufacturing of the unitary deck to form the trailing edge chamfer.

US Pat. No. 11,027,880

LAMINATED DUAL-SPECIES STAVE

DB Global, LLC, Ruffin, ...

1. A two-piece stave consisting of an interior stave member and an exterior stave member, the interior stave member formed from a first material, the exterior stave member formed from a second material different from the first material, the interior stave member affixed to the exterior stave member via a dovetail joint consisting of a tail formed on the interior stave member and a channel formed on the exterior stave member, wherein the tail and the channel have corresponding sizes and shapes, wherein the tail and the channel each define a taper extending along substantially an entire longitudinal length of the respective stave members, and wherein the interior stave member and the exterior stave member each define a thickness of at least 1 inch.

US Pat. No. 11,027,879

KEG CHIME

Petainer Large Container ...

1. A chime configured to be mounted to a keg, the chime comprising a handle that has a waveform profile when viewed in cross-section along a length direction of the handle, wherein the waveform profile defines at least one region of inflection forming at least part of a first surface of the handle, and at least one further region of inflection forming at least part of a second surface of the handle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,878

REPULPABLE CORRUGATED PROTEIN BOX AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME USING WIRE SIDE IMPREGNATION

INTERSTATE RESOURCES, INC...

1. A process for making a repulpable and recyclable protein box comprising the steps of:a) impregnating a corrugated paper medium with hydrogenated triglyceride (HT);
b) impregnating a first paper liner board solely through its wire side with HT;
c) impregnating a second paper liner board solely through its wire side with HT;
d) coating said impregnated first paper liner board on its felt side with a coating which is a styrene acrylic co-polymer solution having 40% to 70% solids;
e) coating said impregnated second paper liner board on its felt side with a coating which is a styrene acrylic co-polymer solution having 40% to 70% solids;
f) securing said first impregnated and coated liner board, said corrugated medium and said second impregnated and coated liner board together with an adhesive to form a composite sheet; and
g) curing said composite sheet.

US Pat. No. 11,027,877

LOCKING CARTON

Diamond Packaging, Roche...

9. A method comprising:sliding an end of an insert comprising a bridge having two ends and a respective tab at each end into a sleeve causing the bridge to flex from a relaxed position to a flexed position until the tabs at the ends of the bridge protrude through corresponding notches of the sleeve causing the bridge to move from the flexed position to the relaxed position, thereby locking the insert within the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 11,027,876

SHIPPING CONTAINER AND METHOD OF FOLDING A SHIPPING CONTAINER

New-Indy TriPAQ LLC, Cer...

1. A foldable container blank comprising:four side walls;
a top panel foldably connected to a first side wall of the four side walls;
a bottom panel foldably connected to the first side wall; and
a first fold line connecting the first side wall to a second side wall of the four side walls;
a second fold line connecting the second side wall to a third side wall of the four side walls;
a third fold line connecting the third side wall to a fourth side wall of the four side walls;
at least one internal support structure connected to one of the second side wall and the fourth side wall and including:
a first portion that is in adjacent relation with one of the top panel and the bottom panel when the container is in a closed condition,
a second portion that is in adjacent relation with the first portion when the container is in the closed condition, and
at least one leaf connected to the second portion of the respective internal support structure by a foldable edge, the foldable edge extending between the first portion and an opposing edge of the second portion, the at least one leaf extending laterally away from the second portion beyond one of a folding axis of the first fold line and a folding axis of the third fold line,
wherein the at least one internal support structure includes a first internal support structure and a second internal support structure each secured to the second side wall, and
wherein the container blank further comprises a third internal support structure and a fourth internal support structure each secured to the fourth side wall.

US Pat. No. 11,027,875

TELESCOPING INSULATED BOXES

Pratt Retail Specialties,...

1. A telescoping insulated box assembly, comprising:an outer box, the outer box comprising a side wall and a bottom wall, the side wall and the bottom wall of the outer box each defining an insulation cavity;
an inner box, the inner box comprising a side wall and a wall forming a portion of a top side of the box assembly, each wall of the inner box defining an insulation cavity, the inner box sized to fit into the outer box such that the each of the side walls of the inner box faces one of the side walls of the outer box; and
a handle attached to the inner box on the wall forming the portion of the top side of the box assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,027,874

LABELLING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Catchpoint Limited, Weth...

1. A method for the automated application of labels successively from a backing layer onto successive articles, said method comprising:feeding a supply of labels defined by a first sheet material, which is adhered to the backing layer of sheet material, towards an application point, said labels in said supply of labels joined to adjacent labels in the supply by a line of weakening and a first, leading, label is directly connected to a following label by a line of weakening, wherein the lines of weakening between the respective labels remain intact as the first sheet material and backing layer are advanced towards the application point and
wherein, to apply the leading label to a said article the backing layer is detached from a leading portion of the leading label and said leading portion is applied to the said article and a strength of the line of weakening is provided to be such that the line of weakening between the first, leading label and the following label remains intact until a remainder of the leading label is released from the backing layer and the retention strength of the said lines of weakening between respective adjacent labels in the label supply is greater than the adhesive strength of the first sheet material to the backing layer of sheet material, such that the force required to break the line of weakening is greater than the force required to detach the first sheet material from the backing layer sheet material,
wherein the said line of weakening is formed by a pattern of ties which extend between the trailing edge of one label and the leading edge of the adjacent label such that when the leading label is separated from the following label to allow the leading label to be applied to the article, the leading edge of the following label is formed, and
wherein the supply of labels passes an application beak which is offset from the application point of the leading edge of the leading label and the article and which application point is located downstream of the application beak, intermediate the application beak and the article and the backing layer is separated from the first sheet material in which the labels are formed, at the application beak,
said supply of labels advanced towards the application point in a first direction and said article advanced towards the application point in a second direction, different to said first direction, and
wherein said advancement of said supply of labels in said first direction to the said application beak occurs with the supply of labels formed by the first sheet material adhered to the backing layer of sheet material, and said advancement between the application beak and the application point is maintained for the remaining first sheet material of the supply of labels by the retention of the lines of weakening between said adjacent labels in the supply of labels.

US Pat. No. 11,027,873

STAMP APPLICATION

Altria Client Services LL...

1. An apparatus for affixing stamps unwound from a roll of stamps to a grouping of product packages, comprising:a first carriage with a pair of rollers for holding said roll of stamps;
a second carriage below said first carriage for holding said grouping of product packages; and
a stamp applicator located above a portion of said unwound stamps;
wherein said first carriage, said second carriage and said stamp applicator, alone or in combination, are configured to enable alignment of at least one stamp of the unwound portion of the roll of stamps in both x- and y-directions above and relative to at least one product package of said grouping of product packages, additional alignments occurring multiple times per grouping, and
wherein the stamp applicator is provided on a third carriage which is moveable in the x-direction and/or y-direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,872

PLURAL-MODE AUTOMATIC MEDICAMENT PACKAGING SYSTEM

CHUDY GROUP, LLC, Powers...

1. A plural-mode automatic medicament packaging system comprising:an automatic medicament dispensing unit including a plurality of medicament storage and dispensing units, the plurality of medicament storage and dispensing units residing in individual storage locations in the automatic medicament dispensing unit, the medicament storage and dispensing units dispensing medicament from the storage locations;
a pouch packaging unit which receives medicaments from the storage and dispensing units and packages the medicaments in pouch packages;
a blister package packaging unit which receives medicaments from the storage and dispensing units and packages the medicaments in blister packages, the blister package packaging unit configured to load the medicaments into one or more specific cells of a blister package;
a plural-position medicament diverter having first and second mode positions such that, in the first-mode position, individual medicaments dispensed from the storage and dispensing units move from the storage and dispensing units to the pouch packaging unit and, in the second-mode position, individual medicaments dispensed from the storage and dispensing units move from the storage and dispensing units to the diverter and the diverter delivers the medicaments to the blister package packaging unit; and
a controller operatively associated with the automatic medicament dispensing unit, the pouch packaging unit, the blister package packaging unit and the diverter.

US Pat. No. 11,027,871

MOVABLE LOADING SUPPORT PLATFORM WITHIN A CONTAINER

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An automated container packing system comprising:a container to be filled with at least one item, the container having an opening to enable depositing of the at least one item into the container;
an item conveyer configured to move the at least one item for deposit into the container, the item conveyer having a conveyance height that is above the opening of the container;
a bladder situated within the container, the bladder configured to be inflated to a first size to reduce a distance that the at least one item falls from the item conveyer when the at least one item is deposited into the container; and
an air supply controller configured to inflate the bladder to a first size and to cause the bladder to deflate to a second size that has a lower height than a height of the first size after the at least one item is deposited into the container.

US Pat. No. 11,027,870

PROSTHETIC HEART VALVE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND PACKAGING

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A method for packaging a bioprosthetic heart valve and its delivery system, the method comprising:forming flexible leaflets from a bioprosthetic tissue, wherein the bioprosthetic tissue is treated with a polyhydric alcohol;
attaching the flexible leaflets to an expandable stent structure to form a bioprosthetic heart valve;
coupling the bioprosthetic heart valve to a delivery system, wherein the delivery system comprises a handle at one end and an expandable balloon at the other end, wherein the bioprosthetic heart valve is positioned around the expandable balloon;
packaging the bioprosthetic heart valve and the delivery system in a primary container after the coupling; and
packaging the primary container comprising the bioprosthetic heart valve and the delivery system in a secondary container;
wherein the primary container is gas-permeable and comprises a tray having an opening and a lid attached to the try to cover the opening, the tray having a first cavity for the bioprosthetic heart valve and a second cavity for the delivery system, the first and second cavities being configured to retain and stabilize the bioprosthetic heart valve and the delivery system within the primary container and wherein the delivery system comprises passages to permit gas flow in and out of the delivery system;
wherein the secondary container is convertible from being gas-permeable to gas-impermeable; and
wherein the primary container and the secondary container contain no liquid preservative solution.

US Pat. No. 11,027,869

METHOD FOR SEPARATE STERILIZATION AND ASEPTIC ASSEMBLY

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A method for an aseptic assembly of a multi-component medical device, comprising:a) providing a first component of the medical device in a first container having a first rupturable portion;
b) providing a second component of the medical device in a second container having a second rupturable portion;
c) sterilizing the first component in the first container using a first sterilization technique and sterilizing the second component in the second container using a second sterilization technique, wherein the first and second sterilization techniques are different and are selected from the group consisting of gas sterilization, irradiation sterilization, and thermal sterilization;
d) joining the first and second containers to form a sterile kit wherein the first and second rupturable portions are arranged in an overlapping configuration which is aseptically sealed against the surroundings;
e) transferring one of the components through the first and second rupturable portions and aseptically assembling the components to form the medical device as a sterile package; and wherein step e is performed within an interior space enclosed by the first and second containers and wherein the method further comprises removing the medical device assembled during step e from the first and second containers before using the medical device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,868

METHOD FOR HANDLING FOOD PORTIONS WITH A ROTATION DEVICE

Weber Maschinenbau GmbH B...

1. A method for producing packaged food portions by way of a production line, the method comprising:slicing a food product to produce food portions;
conveying the food portions along a conveying direction of the production line;
arranging the food portions in a format arrangement;
rotating the food portions arranged in the format arrangement using a rotation device that is integrated into the production line; and
packaging the food portions;
wherein slicing a food product to produce food portions comprises slicing a plurality of food products to produce food portions arranged in a plurality of lanes, and wherein at least two respective food portions from different lanes of the plurality of lanes are arranged in a single lane due to their rotation and then packaged together.

US Pat. No. 11,027,867

TYING MACHINE

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A tying machine comprising:a twisting mechanism configured to twist a tying string, wherein the twisting mechanism includes a twisting motor; and
a processor that is configured to:
obtain torque acting on the twisting motor as a twisting torque value;
detect a rise of the twisting torque value; and
stop the twisting motor when a predetermined tying completion condition is satisfied,
wherein the tying completion condition includes when an elapsed time reaches a first predetermined time after the rise in the twisting torque value was detected, and
when a predetermined cancellation condition is satisfied after the rise in the twisting torque value has been detected, the processor is configured to cancel detection of the rise in the twisting torque value and continue twisting of the tying string without stopping the twisting motor.

US Pat. No. 11,027,866

STRAPPING APPARATUS

1. An apparatus for strapping an object, the apparatus comprising:a frame plate having a front side and a back side;
a single drive motor carried on the back side of the frame plate and having an output shaft;
a driven feed roller connected to the motor and rotatable on the frame plate about a feed axis;
a tightening roller connected to the motor and rotatable on the frame plate about a tightening axis parallel to the feed axis, a strap from a supply being spanned over and passing between the feed and tightening roller to the object;
a lever pivoted on the front side of the frame plate about an axis parallel to the feed and tightening axes for movement between two angularly offset end positions;
a feed counter roller freely rotatable on the lever and engageable in one of the end positions of the lever with the driven feed roller to pinch and advance the strap toward the object;
a tightening counter roller rotatable on the lever and engageable in the other of the end positions with the tightening roller to pinch and pull the strap away from the object, the tightening counter roller being spaced from the tightening roller when the lever is in the one end position and the feed counter roller being spaced from the driven feed roller when the lever is in the other end position;
a joining device for connecting the ends of the strap that is wrapped around the object;
a transmission on the back side of the plate and connected between the drive motor and the tightening roller;
a bearing on the back side of the plate;
a shaft in the bearing and connected between the driven feed roller and the drive motor;
respective input wheels on the motor output shaft, the transmission, and the bearing, the input wheels being on the back side of the plate; and
a flexible drive element interconnecting the input wheels.

US Pat. No. 11,027,865

PILL PACKAGING DEVICE

1. A pill packaging device comprising:a pill encloser;
a pill dispenser mounted to the pill encloser;
a pill funnel, which routes pills from the pill dispenser to the pill encloser; and
an inner cutout window of a stationary seal jaw through which a barcode scanner scans for a printed barcode.

US Pat. No. 11,027,864

LAYERED FOOD PACKAGING SYSTEM, LAMINATE MAKER, AND CARRIER

KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA ...

1. A layered food packaging system, comprising:a conveyor configured to convey a first layered food and a second layered food;
a position correction device configured to adjust a position of the first layered food and the second layered food on the conveyor to a predetermined position by making adjustments on multiple axes;
a lamination device configured to laminate the first layered food onto the second layered food on the conveyor such that a layered food laminate is made;
a carrier device configured to hold the layered food laminate and carry the layered food laminate from the conveyor; and
a package device configured to prepare a bag for the layered food laminate carried by the carrier device and place the layered food laminate into the bag.

US Pat. No. 11,027,863

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AXIAL LENGTH OF ELLIPSOIDAL SHELLS BASED ON LIQUID VOLUME LOADING

Harbin Institute of Techn...

1. A method for obtaining a formed ellipsoidal shell having an axial length that is controlled based on liquid volume loading, the method comprising:determining a volume calculation model of an unformed prefabricated shell and a volume calculation model of the formed ellipsoidal shell, the volume calculation model of the formed ellipsoidal shell being defined by first structure parameters of the formed ellipsoidal shell, the unformed prefabricated shell being symmetrical with respect to its center; the unformed prefabricated shell comprising a plurality of segments of ellipsoidal shells; and the plurality of segments of ellipsoidal shells comprising ellipsoidal shells from different ellipsoids, the volume calculation model of the unformed prefabricated shell being defined by second structure parameters of the plurality of segments of ellipsoidal shells;
determining a calculation model of a volume difference between the unformed prefabricated shell and the formed ellipsoidal shell according to the volume calculation model of the unformed prefabricated shell and the volume calculation model of the formed ellipsoidal shell;
obtaining target values of lengths of a semi-major axis and a semi-minor axis of the formed ellipsoidal shell, wherein the target values are determined according to a requirement, the first structure parameters comprising the lengths of the semi-major axis and the semi-minor axis of the formed ellipsoidal shell;
determining values of the second structure parameters of the unformed prefabricated shell according to the target values of the lengths of the semi-major axis and the semi-minor axis of the formed ellipsoidal shell;
putting the target values of the lengths of the semi-major axis and the semi-minor axis of the formed ellipsoidal shell and the values of the second structure parameters of the unformed prefabricated shell into the calculation model of the volume difference to obtain the volume difference between the formed ellipsoidal shell and the unformed prefabricated shell, and recording the volume difference as a target volume; and
fabricating the unformed prefabricated shell according to the second structure parameters of the unformed prefabricated shell, and injecting liquid having a volume that is equal to the target volume into the unformed prefabricated shell to obtain the formed ellipsoidal shell.

US Pat. No. 11,027,862

COLD BLOW-FILL-SEAL PACKAGING SYSTEM AND PROCESS

Woodstock Sterile Solutio...

1. A method for blow-fill-seal packaging in a blow-fill-seal machine of a heat sensitive product that is subject to denaturing and/or precipitation in the event that the product becomes too warm, said method comprising steps of:forming a container to provide a formed container in a mold of the blow-fill-seal machine;
cooling the formed container to a container temperature between 60° C. to 80° C., said cooling step consisting of waiting a duration of from more than one second to about 5 seconds from when the container is formed,
filling the formed container with the product after the cooling step, and wherein the container is at a temperature between 60° C. to 80° C. at the start of the filling step and the product employed in the filling step has a temperature between about 0° C. to about 20° C. and immediately after filling the formed container, has a temperature no greater than 40° C.; and
sealing the container;
wherein the blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging is a packaging in which in a sterile and pyrogen-free state, formation of a container by blowing an extruded resin, filling of a product in the formed container and sealing of the container are carried out by means of a single mold.

US Pat. No. 11,027,861

NEEDLE FREE SYRINGE AND PRE-FILLING SYSTEM

PharmaJet Inc., Golden, ...

1. A filling tub for needle-free syringes comprising:a one piece filling tub comprising a plurality of exterior tub walls and a floor;
a plurality of lifting bolt holes extending through the floor, wherein each lifting bolt hole provides for a lifting bolt to extend through the floor; and
a plurality of perimeter socket walls extending upward above the floor, wherein each perimeter socket wall defines a socket configured to receive and support a cap of a needle-free syringe body and cap assembly, and wherein each one of the lifting bolt holes extends into a corresponding socket.

US Pat. No. 11,027,860

DELIVERY APPARATUS

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A delivery apparatus, comprising:a body with an upper mounting surface and a lower end, the body including an interior surface that defines a body cavity within the body, the body cavity traversing through the upper mounting surface and the lower end to respectively define a first inlet and a first outlet in the upper mounting surface and the lower end, the interior surface defining a threaded bore portion and a frustoconical inner surface, the frustoconical inner surface abutting the threaded bore portion and extending inwardly and downwardly from the threaded bore portion;
an adjustable member positionable within the body cavity, the adjustable member defining a bore that extends longitudinally though the adjustable member, the bore traversing through a first end and a second end of the adjustable member to respectively define a second inlet and a second outlet, the adjustable member including an upper portion configured to be received in the threaded bore portion to respectively align the second inlet and the second outlet within the first inlet and the first outlet, the adjustable member being axially movable between the first inlet and the first outlet, the adjustable member including a frustoconical external surface that extends downwardly and inwardly from the upper portion, the body and the adjustable member combining to define an air chamber between the frustoconical external surface and the frustoconical inner surface, the frustoconical external surface and the frustoconical inner surface further defining a throat at a third outlet of the air chamber, the body and the adjustable member being configured to pass pressurized air through the throat toward the first outlet, the throat being adjustable via an axial movement of the adjustable member to adjust a delivery of the pressurized air from the air chamber toward the first outlet; and
a funnel with a projecting land, the upper mounting surface configured to receive the projecting land to coaxially align the first inlet and the second inlet with a fourth outlet of the funnel, the projecting land being configured to be disposed in the upper mounting surface, a first major surface of the projecting land and a second major surface of the adjustable member being configured to define an annular gap therebetween.

US Pat. No. 11,027,859

VARIABLE STIFFNESS FLYER PLATE FOR PENETRATION DEVICE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A penetration device comprising:a casing;
a propellant positioned in the casing; and
a flyer plate coupled to the casing and adjacent to the propellant, the flyer plate comprising:
a center portion having a substantially constant first thickness; and
a peripheral portion around the center portion and defining an edge, the peripheral portion including one or more recesses in a first surface of the peripheral portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,858

LOCATION FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE LANDING AND TAKING OFF

Drone Delivery Canada Cor...

1. A UAV location management method for use with a flight management system, the method comprising:providing a secure access unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) location;
providing a cleaner for the location; and
monitoring for an obstruction in the UAV location;
when an obstruction is present in the UAV location:
(i) restricting access to the UAV location;
(ii) transmitting an instruction to the flight management system to halt UAV flights and take-offs to and from the UAV location; and
(iii) transmitting an instruction to the cleaner to clear the obstruction from the UAV location.

US Pat. No. 11,027,857

LIGHTNING PROTECTION DEVICE FOR AN AIRCRAFT, AIRCRAFT COMPRISING SUCH A LIGHTNING PROTECTION DEVICE

AIRBUS SAS

1. A lightning protection device for an aircraft, comprising:an anti-corona element having a rounded shape and having an electrically conductive surface, configured for enveloping an area of an airframe of the aircraft that is liable to receive a lightning strike;
at least one electric charge dissipator attached to said anti-corona element;
a second electric charge dissipator; and
a dielectric shell surrounding the anti-corona element and the at least one and the second electric charge dissipators, each of the at least one and the second electric charge dissipators passing at least partially through said dielectric shell,
wherein each of the at least one and the second electric charge dissipators comprises an electrically conductive rod, a first end of the electrically conductive rod attached to the anti-corona element and a second end of the electrically conductive rod serving as an attachment point for a set of electrically conductive filaments, of which only one end of each of the set of electrically conductive filaments, distal from the rod, protrudes from the dielectric shell,
wherein the anti-corona element is substantially spherical, the dielectric shell is substantially ellipsoidal in shape, the center of the dielectric shell substantially coinciding with the center of the anti-corona element, and
wherein each of the at least one and the second electric charge dissipators extends radially from the anti-corona element at two points that are diametrically opposed along the longest axis of the ellipsoid formed by the dielectric shell.

US Pat. No. 11,027,856

SURFACING MATERIALS FOR COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC., P...

1. An integrated electrically conductive surfacing material comprising:(a) a stiffening layer;
(b) a curable resin layer comprising one or more multifunctional epoxy resins and a curing agent;
(c) a conductive layer between the stiffening layer and the curable resin layer; and
(d) a nonwoven layer laminated to the curable resin layer,
wherein the stiffening layer (a) and the nonwoven layer (d) are outermost layers and the exposed surfaces of the outermost layers are substantially tack-free at room temperature (20° C. to 25° C.), and
wherein the stiffening layer is a nonporous thermoplastic layer comprising one or more polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers.

US Pat. No. 11,027,855

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING LOW SPEED OF A ROTORCRAFT

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A method comprising:determining engine torque information with an engine sensor;
determining vehicle position and airspeed information of a vehicle with an air data computer;
receiving, at a processing device, the engine torque information, the vehicle position, and the airspeed information;
determining, at the processing device, if operation intent of vehicle meets at least one predefined criterion based on the received engine torque information, vehicle position, and airspeed information, the at least one predefined criterion being a take-off or a go-around condition;
if the intent meets the at least one predefined criterion, generating, at the processing device, a first low-speed alert with an output device if airspeed is less than a best rate-of-climb speed (Vbroc) by a threshold amount and an acceleration value based on the airspeed is between a first acceleration value and a second acceleration value; and
providing the first low-speed alert to an operator with an output device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,854

PRECISION OPERATOR FOR AN AIRCRAFT AUTOTHROTTLE OR AUTOPILOT SYSTEM WITH ENGINE PERFORMANCE ADJUST

1. An autothrottle system for an aircraft, comprising:a motor configured to impart rotational movement to an elongated shaft extending from the motor, the motor being mounted on a support;
an actuator assembly operatively connected to the shaft and to an attachment end of a throttle lever, the throttle lever having a control end, opposite to the attachment end, to which manual force can be applied, and the actuator assembly comprising a plurality of bearings arranged to apply a thrust force to a longitudinally elongated surface of the shaft such that the actuator assembly is operably translated longitudinally along the shaft surface in response to motor-imparted rotation of the shaft;
the shaft surface being smoothly continuous and longitudinally unbroken along its elongation so as to allow the actuator assembly to longitudinally slip along the shaft elongation irrespective of any shaft rotation that may be concurrently imparted by the motor when the thrust force is exceeded by a linear force manually applied at the throttle lever to the actuator assembly; and
an electronic controller configured to control the motor to cause movement of the throttle lever so that the motor moves the actuator assembly along the shaft based at least in part on an engine operating parameter monitored by the controller.

US Pat. No. 11,027,853

DISTRIBUTED CONTROL AND MONITORING SYSTEM FOR MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A distributed control system for a gas turbine engine, the gas turbine engine defining during operation a benign environment associated with at least one location and a harsh environment associated with at least another location, the gas turbine engine comprising:an input/output (I/O) module attached to the gas turbine engine comprising:
a first processor; and
a first network interface device operably coupled to the first processor;
at least one sensor operably coupled to the I/O module providing a signal to the first processor, the signal based on sensed conditions of the gas turbine engine;
at least one actuator operably coupled to the (I/O) module and controlled by the first processor; and
a computation module attached to the gas turbine engine comprising:
a second processor with higher processing power than the first processor; and
a second network interface device operably coupled to the second processor, wherein the second network interface device and the first network interface device provide a communication network between the first processor and the second processor, wherein the first processor is configured to execute gas turbine engine safety functions, wherein the computation module is located in the benign environment and the I/O module is located in the harsh environment,
wherein the first processor is configured to execute a first software architecture comprising:
a hardware abstraction layer that interfaces with an operating system; and
at least one device driver that interfaces with the hardware abstraction layer.

US Pat. No. 11,027,852

ASSEMBLY FOR AIRCRAFT COMPRISING A PRIMARY MOUNTING PYLON STRUCTURE FIXED TO AN AIRFOIL BOX USING A BOLTED LINK

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. An assembly for an aircraft and comprising:a wing comprising an airfoil box partly produced using a front spar,
a mounting pylon arranged under the wing and comprising a primary structure formed as a primary box having a top spar extending at least partly under the airfoil box and having a slit, a bottom spar, lateral panels and a transverse reinforcing fixing rib, of which a bottom part is housed and fixed inside the primary structure and of which a top part passes through the slit,
fixing means which ensure the fixing of the top part to the front spar and where the fixing means comprise a plurality of fixing bolts, where each fixing bolt fixes the top part to the front spar and has its axis at right angles to the fixing rib,
additional fixing means arranged between the top spar and the fixing rib comprising:
a first central angle iron fixed to the top spar by first bolts with axes at right angles to the top spar,
a second central angle iron facing the first central angle iron and fixed to the front spar by second bolts,
wherein the first central angle iron and the second central angle iron are arranged on either side of the fixing rib, and
additional bolts with axes at right angles to the fixing rib which fix the second central angle iron to the first central angle iron through the fixing rib,
on either side of the first central angle iron:
a first ply of the top spar, wherein each of the first plies has an inner face bearing against a face of the fixing rib;
two second plies, wherein each second ply is arranged facing a first ply and has an inner face bearing against the other face of the fixing rib; and
through bolts which pass through the fixing rib and the two facing plies so as to clamp the two facing plies against the fixing rib.

US Pat. No. 11,027,851

HEAD RESTRAINT FOR PARACHUTE ASSEMBLIES

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A parachute assembly, comprising:a canopy;
a plurality of suspension lines coupled to the canopy;
a left shoulder riser coupled to a first set of suspension lines of the plurality of suspension lines;
a right shoulder riser coupled to a second set of suspension lines of the plurality of suspension lines; and
a head restraint located between the left shoulder riser and the right shoulder riser, the head restraint comprising:
a first strap coupled to a first portion of the left shoulder riser and to a first portion of the right shoulder riser;
a second strap coupled to a second portion of the left shoulder riser and to a second portion of the right shoulder riser, wherein the second portion of the left shoulder riser is distal to the first set of suspension lines as compared to the first portion of the left shoulder riser, and wherein the second portion of the right shoulder riser is distal to the second set of suspension lines as compared to the first portion of the right shoulder riser; and
a third strap extending between the first strap and the second strap, wherein a length of the third strap is less than a length of a center portion of the left shoulder riser, the center portion of the left shoulder rise extending from the first portion of the left shoulder riser to the second portion of the left shoulder riser.

US Pat. No. 11,027,850

ELEVATION TRACKING DEVICE

United States of America ...

1. An elevation tracking device, comprising:an active sensor configured to project a signal at a downward angle while worn by a jumper during a parachute jump, and to receive the signal when reflected from the ground in order to determine an elevation of the jumper;
an illumination array positioned such that, upon activation during a jump, the array is configured and positioned to illuminate a ground area below the jumper; and
a controller configured to receive elevation data from the active sensor and, in response to determining that the jumper's elevation is past a predetermined threshold, provide a notification to the jumper, and wherein the controller activates the illumination array during the jump based on the received elevation data.

US Pat. No. 11,027,849

PORTABLE LEG LIFT DEVICE FOR AN AIRPLANE SEAT

1. A portable leg lift device for an airplane seat comprising:a seat panel;
a movable leg lift panel, wherein the movable leg lift panel comprises an inner wall and an outer wall, the inner wall disposed closer to the airplane seat;
a non-moving panel;
an inflatable chamber, wherein the inflatable chamber comprises a front surface and a rear surface;
an inflation tube, wherein the inflation tube comprises a proximal end attached to an orifice in the inflatable chamber and a distal end removably covered by an airtight cap;
an outer foldable panel;
an inner foldable panel, wherein the inner foldable panel comprises a proximal and a distal end;
the outer foldable panel fixedly attached to the seat panel and the movable leg lift panel;
the proximal end of the inner foldable panel fixedly attached to the non-moving panel;
the distal end of the inner foldable panel also fixedly attached to the movable leg lift panel;
the inflatable chamber attached on its front surface to the inner wall of the movable leg lift panel and on its proximal surface to the non-movable panel;
the seat panel capable of resting on a surface of an airplane seat;
the non-movable panel capable of being in close contact with the front surface of a standard airplane seat; and
the inflatable chamber capable of being inflated whereby exerting a force to rotatably lift the movable leg lift panel thereby raising the lower legs of a passenger sitting on the seat panel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,848

POWER PACK FOR THE SEAT-RELATED SUPPLY OF POWER TO AN ELECTRICAL UNIT, IN PARTICULAR IN AN AIRPLANE, AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS READING OUT OF STATUS INFORMATION OF A POWER PACK

KID-SYSTEME GMBH, Buxteh...

1. A method for the wireless reading out of status information of a power pack for a seat-related supply of power to an electrical unit having an interface for outputting status information, wherein the interface is configured to provide an optical output of the status information, comprising the steps:collecting status information at the power pack,
optically transmitting the collected status information with a unidirectional light transmitting device,
using a mobile receive device to receive the collected and optically transmitted status information and not using the mobile receive device to transmit data to the power pack, and
representing the collected status information on the mobile receive device,
wherein the power pack is mounted in an airplane seat.

US Pat. No. 11,027,847

TRANSPORT SEAT SYSTEM

1. An aircraft seat system, comprising:at least one first seat, which comprises at least one mounting module that is configured, for the purpose of mounting the seat in a transport means, to be connected on a guide rail, and
at least one second seat, which is arranged behind the first seat and comprises at least one mounting module that is configured, for the purpose of mounting the seat in the transport means, to be connected on the same guide rail, the two seats being configured, for the purpose of implementing a usage position and a stowage position of at least one of the seats, to be displaced on the guide rail relative to one another,
wherein
at least one mounting module of at least one of the seats comprises a seat foot unit, which is movably supported relative at least to a portion of the mounting module other than the seat foot unit,
the seats each comprise a backrest, which has a same upright position, in the usage position as well as in the stowage position and
in the stowage position, at least one of the seats is arranged with its mounting module at least partially overlapping with the mounting module of the other seat.

US Pat. No. 11,027,846

STOWABLE DOOR FOLDING TABLE

1. A stowable folding table, comprising:a first table segment hingedly attached to a second table segment, the first table segment terminating in a first end and the second table segment terminating in a second end;
the folding table having at least a deployed state and a folded state, the deployed state associated with attaching the first end to a first galley structure of an aircraft and the second end to a second galley structure of the aircraft, the first table segment extending at an angle to the second table segment when in the deployed state;
the second end including a stepped-up portion having a greater height than the first table segment and the second table segment, the stepped-up portion capable of accommodating thereunder a cabin attendant seat mounted to the second galley structure when the folding table is in the deployed state; and
the folding table stowable within either the first galley structure or the second galley structure, the first table segment parallel to the second table segment, when in the folded state.

US Pat. No. 11,027,845

DEVICE AND METHOD TO INTERCEPT AN AERIAL VEHICLE

1. An airframe used to intercept another aerial vehicle in the air while flying; the airframe comprising:a body having an arm hinged to the body and movable between closed and open conditions;
a net connected to the arm and the body; the net being open when the arm is in the open condition; and
the net being disposed in front of the hinged connection between the arm and the body when the arm is in the open condition.

US Pat. No. 11,027,844

ROTORCRAFT-ASSISTED SYSTEM FOR LAUNCHING AND RETRIEVING A FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT INTO AND FROM FREE FLIGHT

Hood Technology Corporati...

1. A method for capturing a fixed-wing aircraft from wing-borne flight, the method comprising:positioning an anchor system at a retrieval location;
extending a flexible capture member from the anchor system through a first receiving bore and a second receiving bore of an aircraft landing device, wherein the aircraft landing device includes a bearing positioned proximate the first receiving bore and configured to contact the flexible capture member;
attaching the flexible capture member to a rotorcraft;
ascending the rotorcraft to a retrieval height above the retrieval location;
intercepting the fixed-wing aircraft via the flexible capture member; and
lowering the fixed-wing aircraft onto the aircraft landing device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,843

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC PAYLOAD PICKUP BY UAV

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. A payload retrieval system comprising:a UAV having a payload receptacle positioned within the UAV;
a payload coupling apparatus positioned within the payload receptacle;
a tether having a first end secured within the UAV and a second end attached to the payload coupling apparatus; and
a payload guiding member positioned in an underside of the UAV for guiding, during retrieval of a payload having tapered upper walls and an upwardly extending handle, at least part of the payload into the payload receptacle to enable the payload coupling apparatus positioned within the payload receptacle to be secured to the handle of the payload, wherein the payload guiding member includes inwardly tapered walls on an interior of the payload guiding member that are configured to conform to the tapered upper walls of the payload.

US Pat. No. 11,027,842

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR UAV RELEASE

The United Statas of Amer...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) release apparatus, comprising:a payload bay, comprising:
a baseplate having a rectangular body section and two opposing end plates, wherein said rectangular body section has an upper surface, a lower surface, four exterior side surfaces, and four interior side surfaces, wherein each of said two opposing end plates perpendicularly extends up from said upper surface at a different short end of said rectangular body section than the other of said two opposing end plates;
said four interior side surfaces comprising two diametrically-opposed lengthwise interior surfaces and two diametrically-opposed widthwise interior surfaces, wherein a plurality of mounting rails are attached to said upper surface and adjacent and attached to each of said two diametrically-opposed lengthwise interior surfaces of said rectangular body section, wherein said two opposing end plates bracket said plurality of mounting rails;
a lip portion in said rectangular body section, said lip portion having a recessed shelf with countersunk surface, said recessed shelf with countersunk surface positioned peripherally around said rectangular body section; and
a radio frequency (RF)-transparent bay cover releasingly-attached to said recessed shelf with countersunk surface, said RF-transparent bay cover having an exterior cross-sectional U-shape defined by the exterior cross-sectional shape of said two opposing end plates, wherein a length of said RF-transparent bay cover is equal to a length between said two opposing end plates;
said RF-transparent bay cover having an opening so dimensioned for said UAV to jettison from said payload bay;
a payload bay door mechanism attached to said payload bay, wherein said payload bay door mechanism is configured to open by rotating internally inside said payload bay;
a rack and release system attached inside said payload bay, wherein said rack and release system is configured to retain an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inside said payload bay;
wherein said UAV is housed inside of said payload bay and attached to said rack and release system;
wherein said rack and release system is configured to eject said UAV from said payload bay after said payload bay door mechanism is opened; and
an electronic control stack located in said payload bay, wherein said electronic control stack is configured for command and control of said UAV after ejection from said payload bay.

US Pat. No. 11,027,841

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPERATING DRONES IN RESPONSE TO AN INCIDENT

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A response system comprising:a security system comprising a security sensor and a security controller, the security system associated with a coverage area; and
an autonomous drone, the drone comprising a processor, a memory in communication with the processor, and at least one drone sensor, wherein the processor is programmed to:
determine that the coverage area is unoccupied;
control movement of the drone within the coverage area;
collect drone sensor data of the coverage area using the at least one drone sensor;
analyze the collected drone sensor data to identify an abnormal condition within the coverage area, the abnormal condition including at least one of (i) damage occurring within the coverage area, and (ii) theft occurring within the coverage area; and
calculate a repair cost of the abnormal condition by comparing the analyzed drone sensor data to an inventory list stored in the memory, wherein the inventory list includes data associated with at least one of a personal article and a home characteristic of the coverage area.

US Pat. No. 11,027,840

AUTONOMOUS SELF-STABILIZING AERIAL SYSTEM AND METHOD

HANGZHOU ZERO ZERO TECHNO...

1. An aerial system, comprising:a body;
a propeller coupled to the body;
a motor coupled to the propeller, the motor configured to rotate the propeller in a first direction, wherein the motor is further configured to rotate another portion of the aerial system in an opposing second direction;
a processing system configured to control the motor tocause the aerial system to hover in a substantially fixed pose;
a camera configured to obtain images of an environment proximate the aerial system while the aerial system is hovering; and
a tilt mechanism being controllable by the processing system, the tilt mechanism being disposed inside the body,
wherein the tilt mechanism includes a mass, a motor and a shaft, the mass being coupled to the motor by the shaft and being coupled to the body at a pivot point,
wherein the processing system is configured to rotate the motor to position the mass at a desired location, and
wherein the mass is pivoted to change a center of gravity of the body to tilt the body together with the propeller coupled to the body at a desired angle relative to a center of gravity of the aerial system.

US Pat. No. 11,027,839

TACTICAL RAPID ACCESS SMALL UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM

1. A small unmanned aerial vehicle system comprising:a storage housing having a removable cover wherein the storage housing has an open end configured to receive the removeable cover and a closed end, wherein an electrical connector is positioned at the closed end; and
an unmanned aerial vehicle having an elongated body having a handle end and an electrical connector end and a plurality of motor mounts and rotors, and
wherein the elongated body electrical connector end comprises an electrical connector configured to mate with the storage housing electrical connector, and wherein the plurality of motor mounts are positioned along the elongated body and rotatable relative to the elongated body such that the motor mounts are configured to collapse against the elongated body in a storage position to fit inside the storage housing and deploy to a deployed position upon removal from the storage housing;
and wherein the elongated body handle end extends out of the storage housing open end when the unmanned aerial vehicle is positioned in the storage housing and the storage housing electrical connector and elongated body electrical connector mate.

US Pat. No. 11,027,838

IN FLIGHT CHARGING SYSTEM

Karman, Inc., Scotts Val...

1. An in-flight charging system to charge a first electric air vehicle, comprising:a first electric air vehicle comprising a first spooling system;
a second electric air vehicle comprising a second spooling system;
an elevated power supply system (EPSS), the EPSS comprising one or more current carrying conductors, wherein the second electric air vehicle to travel along the one or more current carrying conductors and to receive power transferred from the one or more current carrying conductors; and
a tether coupled at a first end to the first spooling system in the first electric air vehicle and coupled at a second end to the second spooling system in the second electric air vehicle, the tether to provide power, received from the EPSS, from the second electric vehicle to the first electric vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,837

AIRCRAFT HAVING THRUST TO WEIGHT DEPENDENT TRANSITIONS

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. An aircraft operable to transition between thrust-borne lift in a VTOL orientation and wing-borne lift in a biplane orientation, the aircraft comprising:an airframe having first and second wings with first and second pylons extending therebetween, the first and second wings each having first and second outboard nacelle stations;
a two-dimensional distributed thrust array attached to the airframe, the thrust array including a plurality of outboard propulsion assemblies coupled to the first and second outboard nacelle stations of the first and second wings, the thrust array operable to provide thrust for the aircraft; and
a flight control system coupled to the airframe and operable to independently control a rotor speed and a thrust vector of each of the propulsion assemblies;
wherein the flight control system is configured to:
select, based on whether the aircraft is in a low thrust to weight configuration or a high thrust to weight configuration, a transition procedure for transitioning the aircraft from the VTOL orientation to the biplane orientation; and
implement the selected transition procedure to cause the aircraft to transition from the VTOL orientation to the biplane orientation;
wherein, in the low thrust to weight configuration, the selected transition procedure comprises establishing a pitch down flight attitude while engaging in collective thrust vectoring of the outboard propulsion assemblies to maintain hover stability followed by collectively reducing the thrust vector angles to initiate forward flight; and
wherein, in the high thrust to weight configuration, the selected transition procedure comprises maintaining a level flight attitude while collectively increasing the thrust vector angles of the outboard propulsion assemblies to initiate forward flight.

US Pat. No. 11,027,836

ROTORCRAFT WITH CANTED COAXIAL ROTORS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A rotorcraft, comprising:a frame, having a roll axis, a pitch axis, and a yaw axis; and
a plurality of rotors, connected to the frame,
wherein
the pitch axis is perpendicular to the roll axis;
the plurality of rotors comprises at least four rotors,
two of the at least four rotors are configured for counter-clockwise rotation,
another two of the at least four rotors are configured for clockwise rotation,
each of the plurality of rotors comprises a rotor shaft, canted with respect to at least one of the roll axis and the pitch axis,
each of the plurality of rotors comprises an upper rotor and a lower rotor, and
the lower rotor of each of the plurality of rotors is co-axial with the upper rotor of each of the plurality of rotors and is configured to rotate in a direction, in which the upper rotor of each of the plurality of rotors is configured to rotate; and
at least two additional rotors, comprising a rotor shaft,
wherein
each of the at least two additional rotors comprises an upper rotor and a lower rotor, and
the lower rotor of each of the at least two additional rotors is co-axial with the upper rotor of the at least two additional rotors and is configured to rotate in a direction, opposite to that, in which the upper rotor of the at least two additional rotors is configured to rotate.

US Pat. No. 11,027,835

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:a housing;
a wireless communication circuit positioned inside or connected to the housing, wherein the wireless communication circuit is configured to establish wireless communication with an external controller;
a plurality of propulsion systems connected to or at least partially embedded in the housing; and
a navigation circuit configured to control the propulsion systems,
wherein at least one of the plurality of propulsion systems includes:
a motor controlled by the navigation circuit;
a rotation shaft having an axis extending in a first direction, and including a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is connected to the motor, and wherein the rotation shaft is configured to be rotated in a first rotational direction by the motor;
a cap structure fixed to the second end of the rotation shaft; and
a propeller including:
a hub including a through-hole formed in the first direction, such that the rotation shaft rotatably passes through the through-hole; and
a plurality of blades connected to the hub in second directions substantially perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein the propeller is detachably fixed to or connected to the cap structure, such that, when an external force is exerted on at least one of the blades, the propeller is released from the cap structure to be freely movable along the axis toward the motor,
wherein the cap structure includes a surface facing toward the propeller, and at least one spiral recess formed in the surface,
wherein the hub includes at least one protrusion slidably engaged in the at least one spiral recess when the propeller is connected to the cap structure,
wherein at least one of the propulsion systems includes a coupling structure configured to apply a predetermined force to the propeller in the first direction such that the propeller is not separated from the cap structure, and
wherein the coupling structure is composed of a surface, which faces the propeller, of the cap structure, magnets disposed on the surface, and metallic portions disposed at positions corresponding to the magnets on the hub.

US Pat. No. 11,027,834

INBOARD CENTRIFUGAL FORCE BEARING ATTACHMENT

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A rotor system for a rotorcraft comprising:a yoke including a yoke arm having an outboard tip, the yoke arm forming a cut-out inboard of the outboard tip;
a shear bearing;
a centrifugal force bearing; and
an inboard bearing attachment disposed in the cut-out of the yoke arm, the inboard bearing attachment comprising:
a centrifugal force fitting including a block abutting the centrifugal force bearing having top and bottom sides and leading and lagging edges, the centrifugal force fitting including a mounting plate on one of the top or bottom sides of the block, the mounting plate extending beyond the leading and lagging edges of the block to form at least one leading mounting hole adjacent to the leading edge of the block and at least one lagging mounting hole adjacent to the lagging edge of the block, the mounting plate configured to mount to the yoke arm via the leading and lagging mounting holes; and
a shear bearing retainer forming a hollow cylinder axially aligned with the block, the hollow cylinder having an interior cylindrical surface configured to encompass the shear bearing, the hollow cylinder having a leading side and a lagging side;
wherein, the shear bearing retainer includes a leading flange protruding from the leading side of the hollow cylinder to form at least one second leading mounting hole and a lagging flange protruding from the lagging side of the hollow cylinder to form at least one second lagging mounting hole, the leading and lagging flanges curving in an inboard direction such that the second mounting holes are inboard of the hollow cylinder; and
wherein, the top and bottom sides and the leading and lagging edges of the block are curved to form a circle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,833

AERIAL SYSTEM PROPULSION ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

HANGZHOU ZERO ZERO TECHNO...

1. An aerial vehicle comprising:a housing;
an outrunner motor comprising a stator mechanically coupled to the housing and a rotor rotationally coupled to the stator about a rotor axis, the rotor comprising:
a body centered around and extending parallel the rotor axis;
an outward protrusion from the body, the outward protrusion mechanically connected to the body and defined along an outer perimeter of a cross-section of the body, the cross-section normal the rotor axis;
a radial member mechanically connected to the body and extending radially inward from the body; and
a boss mechanically coupled to the body by the radial member, the boss centered around and extending parallel the rotor axis; and
a propeller removably coupled to the rotor, the propeller comprising a hub and a plurality of propeller blades mechanically coupled to the hub, the propeller defining a central propeller axis, the hub comprising:
an inner surface arranged around the body and defining a recess retaining the outward protrusion within the recess;
a limit member contacting the radial member and rotationally retaining the propeller about the rotor axis with respect to the rotor; and
a surface defining a hole centered around the central propeller axis, the boss arranged within the hole and retaining the central propeller axis substantially collinear with the rotor axis.

US Pat. No. 11,027,832

MULTI-ROTOR AIRCRAFT

MAKEBLOCK CO., LTD., Gua...

1. A multi-rotor aircraft, wherein the multi-rotor aircraft comprises:a main aircraft assembly comprising a first magnetic medium, a main housing, and a control motherboard accommodated in the main housing, wherein the first magnetic medium is provided on the main housing, a slot is further provided on the main housing, and a connection point of the control motherboard is provided in the slot; and
a plurality of rotor systems, wherein each of the plurality of rotor systems comprises a second magnetic medium, a rotor mechanism, and a rotor protection cover that is of a hollow annular structure and is fixed outside the rotor mechanism, wherein the second magnetic medium is fixed to the rotor protection cover and attracting the first magnetic medium, and a pin matching the slot is further provided on the rotor protection cover,
wherein the rotor systems are positioned on and electrically connected to the main aircraft assembly by means of the cooperation of the pin with the slot, and is also fixed to the main aircraft assembly via the magnetic force between the first magnetic medium and the second magnetic medium.

US Pat. No. 11,027,831

SAFETY ROTOR

The University of Queensl...

1. A safety rotor system for an aircraft including a flight rotor that is rotationally driven by a drive, the system including:a) a safety rotor that is rotationally driven during rotation of the flight rotor, the safety rotor including one or more safety members traversing a path outward of the flight rotor so that an object approaching the flight rotor through the path contacts one of the safety members before contacting the flight rotor, wherein the safety rotor decelerates when one of the safety members contacts an object;
b) a sensor for detecting rotation of the safety rotor; and,
c) a controller configured to:
i) determine, using the sensor, a deceleration of the safety rotor corresponding to one of the safety members contacting an object; and,
ii) cause the rotation of the flight rotor to cease in response to detecting the deceleration of the safety rotor.

US Pat. No. 11,027,830

CENTER BIASED ACTUATOR

Safran Landing Systems UK...

1. A center biased actuator comprising:an outer cylinder;
a slave cylinder arranged to be linearly transposed within the outer cylinder;
a rod assembly having a piston arranged to be linearly transposed within the slave cylinder and a rod extending from the outer cylinder;
one or more first dynamic seals arranged to act on a sidewall of the rod to inhibit hydraulic fluid leaking from the outer cylinder;
one or more second dynamic seals arranged to act on a sidewall of the slave cylinder or an inner surface of the outer cylinder to inhibit hydraulic fluid leaking from the outer cylinder;
wherein the one or more second dynamic seals are arranged to inhibit hydraulic fluid leaking from the outer cylinder by passing the one or more second dynamic seals and entering a chamber that is vented to atmosphere via a gas vent; and
a gas chamber comprising a sealed expandable chamber containing gas, the expandable chamber being arranged to act on hydraulic fluid within the center biased actuator to bias the center biased actuator to assume an intermediate condition which lies between a compressed condition and an extended condition.

US Pat. No. 11,027,829

AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH A BUOYANCY SYSTEM, AND A BUOYANCY METHOD

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. An aircraft having a buoyancy system, the buoyancy system comprising:a plurality of floats, each float of the plurality of floats folded in flight other than during a stage of ditching, the buoyancy system including a deployment system for deploying each float of the plurality of floats outside an airframe of the aircraft, the plurality of floats comprising a plurality of main floats and a plurality of secondary floats, wherein the buoyancy system is configured to deploy the main floats outside the airframe in flight prior to ditching and to deploy the secondary floats outside the airframe after ditching,
wherein the plurality of floats forms a plurality of float units, each float unit having a main float and a secondary float arranged side by side, a main float of a float unit arranged transversely between the secondary float of the float unit and the airframe,
wherein the deployment system comprises at least one main inflator in fluid flow communication with only at least one main float to inflate only the at least one main float, the deployment system including at least one secondary inflator distinct from the at least one main inflator and in fluid flow communication with only at least one secondary float in order to inflate only the at least one secondary float.

US Pat. No. 11,027,828

VORTEX GENERATOR ARRANGEMENT AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A vortex generator control system for a controlling an aircraft vortex generator arrangement comprising:a controller configured to receive one or more deploy or retract command signals from a flight control unit and further configured to send one or more command signals to a fluid control valve;
a fluid pressure sensor configured to sense one or more pressure values from an actuator of the vortex generator arrangement and to signal the sensed one or more pressure values to the controller;
wherein the fluid control valve is configured to control fluid transfer between the actuator and a reservoir in response to a command signal from the controller,
wherein the vortex generator control system is configured to operate a fluidic muscle actuator of a vortex generator arrangement within a pressure range of 0 Pa to +600000 Pa relative to an ambient pressure.

US Pat. No. 11,027,827

METHOD FOR SEPARATED FLOW DETECTION

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A method to predict an onset of flow separation from a surface of an inner barrel of a nacelle, comprising:determining a static pressure distribution about the inner barrel surface of the nacelle;
determining a mean static pressure value and a minimum static pressure value using the static pressure distribution;
determining a separation indicator value using the mean static pressure value and the minimum static pressure value; and
comparing the separation indicator value against a separation threshold value.

US Pat. No. 11,027,826

AIRCRAFT

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An aircraft configured to drop an object, the aircraft comprising:a body;
a cavity defined in the body, the cavity opening on a bottom face of the body; and
a gas supply part configured to blow gas from vertically above to a blowing position on the object which is detachably mounted in the cavity, the blowing position being a position on a side closer to a nose of the aircraft with respect to a center of gravity of the object,
wherein the gas supply part has:
an inlet opening part that opens in the bottom face of the body on a side closer to the nose of the aircraft with respect to the cavity;
an outlet opening part that opens in a vertically upper side of the cavity with respect to the object in the cavity;
a gas supply channel connecting the inlet opening part and the outlet opening part with each other, the gas supply part being configured to take in air flowing along the bottom face of the body from the inlet opening part, and blow, from the outlet opening part, the air taken in onto the object; and
an outlet wall part that is in the cavity and configured to receive the air blown out of the outlet opening part and deflect the air to the blowing position on the object.

US Pat. No. 11,027,825

SPLIT-AILERON CONTROL

BOMBARDIER INC., Dorval ...

1. A method for controlling operation of an aircraft aileron comprising an inboard portion and an outboard portion, the method comprising:receiving an operator command for steering the aircraft from an operator control;
determining a velocity of the aircraft at a time of receipt of the operator command;
when the velocity is below a first threshold, causing the inboard aileron portion and the outboard aileron portion to move substantially in unison;
when the velocity is above the first threshold and below a second threshold greater than the first threshold, causing the outboard portion of the aileron to lock and causing the inboard portion of the aileron to move independently from the outboard portion; and
when the velocity is above the second threshold, causing the outboard portion of the aileron to move substantially opposite from the inboard portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,824

DISTRIBUTED TRAILING EDGE WING FLAP SYSTEMS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A wing flap system for an aircraft, the wing flap system comprising:a flap movable between a deployed position and a retracted position relative to a fixed trailing edge of a wing of the aircraft; and
first and second actuators configured to move the flap relative to the fixed trailing edge, the first actuator being operatively coupled to the second actuator via a shaft, the first actuator being actuatable via pressurized hydraulic fluid to be supplied from a hydraulic system of the aircraft to the first actuator via a hydraulic module operatively coupled to the first actuator, the hydraulic module being in fluid communication with the hydraulic system and the first actuator, the first actuator configured to control movement of the second actuator via the shaft when the hydraulic system and the hydraulic module are functional, the second actuator being actuatable via an electric motor of the second actuator, the electric motor being selectively connectable to an electrical system of the aircraft, the electric motor being connected to the electrical system in response to detection of a failure of the hydraulic system or of the hydraulic module, the second actuator configured to control movement of the first actuator via the shaft when the electric motor is connected to the electrical system.

US Pat. No. 11,027,823

HOLDING DEVICE FOR AN AIRCRAFT ACTUATOR

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An aircraft actuator assembly, comprising:an actuator comprising a main body and a connection body;
a holding device comprising a body that extends between an attachment flange and a lug, wherein the attachment flange is configured to be fixedly attached to a corresponding landing provided by the main body of the actuator and the lug is configured to be hingedly connected to an actuator support body;
the connection body being provided with a further lug configured to hingedly connect the actuator to the actuator support body;
wherein the holding device is configured to prevent movement of the actuator from a normal working position relative to the actuator support body in an event of structural failure of the connection body; and
wherein the attachment flange and corresponding landing form a lap joint when fixedly attached to one another by a shear type fastener.

US Pat. No. 11,027,822

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR TOUCHLESS OPERATION OF MECHANICAL INPUT DEVICES

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...

1. A control system for touchless operation of mechanical input devices, comprising:a plurality of mechanical input devices, wherein the plurality of mechanical input devices includes at least one of a knob, a dial, a slider, a joystick, a toggle switch, a pushbutton switch, or a selector switch;
a plurality of RADAR sensors in proximity to the plurality of mechanical input devices, the plurality of RADAR sensors configured to track user hand and finger movements; and
a controller in communication with the plurality of mechanical input devices and the plurality of RADAR sensors, the controller configured to:
detect a first gesture indicating a user selection of a mechanical input device of the plurality of mechanical input devices based on the user hand and finger movements tracked by the plurality of RADAR sensors;
detect a second gesture indicating a user action corresponding to a manipulation of the selected mechanical input device based on the user hand and finger movements tracked by the plurality of RADAR sensors; and
generate a control signal based upon the user action, wherein respective ones of the plurality of RADAR sensors are disposed adjacent to respective ones of the plurality of mechanical input devices, wherein respective ones of the plurality of RADAR sensors form portions of respective ones of the plurality of mechanical input devices, the controller is configured to compare signal components, the signal components include x, y, and z components, of RADAR signals from the plurality of RADAR sensors, the controller is configured to compare the RADAR signals of a first RADAR sensor associated with a first mechanical input device with the RADAR signals of a second RADAR sensor associated with a second mechanical input device in order to detect the first gesture or second gesture corresponding with the second mechanical input device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,821

CONTROL METHOD FOR PREVENTING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ROTOR TILT ANGLES IN A FLY-BY-WIRE TILTROTOR AIRCRAFT

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A conversion system for a tiltrotor aircraft, comprising:a first rotor system mounted to a wing member and pivotable through a range of pylon angles;
a second rotor system mounted to the wing member and pivotable through the range of pylon angles;
a set of actuators connected to the first rotor system and the second rotor system;
a set of transducers connected to the set of actuators; and
a flight control computer in communication with the set of actuators and the set of transducers;
wherein the flight control computer:
transmits a pylon command to the set of actuators to pivot the first rotor system and the second rotor system, the pylon command separately specifying, at least in part, desired movement of each of the first rotor system and second rotor system;
detects an asymmetric condition between the first rotor system and the second rotor system when a difference between a first pylon angle of the first rotor system and a second pylon angle of the second rotor system exceeds a first asymmetry threshold; and
transmits a first pylon command adjustment to the set of actuators in response to the asymmetric condition.

US Pat. No. 11,027,820

WING COMPRISING A LEADING EDGE SLAT AND HAVING MEANS FOR PREVENTING THE TRANSITION TO A TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYER

Airbus Operations SAS, T...

1. A wing of an aircraft, said wing comprising:a fixed main part;
a movable leading edge slat at a front of the main part between a retracted position, in which the leading edge slat is adjoined to the front of the main part, and a deployed position, in which the leading edge slat is lifted forwardly of the front of the main part,
the leading edge slat having an upper surface rear edge, which, in the retracted position, is alongside an upper surface of the main part, and a lower surface rear edge, which, in the retracted position, is alongside a lower surface of the main part,
the wing main part comprising an upper surface wall, which, in the retracted position of the leading edge slat, extends downstream and in alignment with the upper surface rear edge, and a lower surface wall, which, in the retracted position of the leading edge slat, extends downstream and in alignment with the lower surface rear edge,
wherein the wing has, in the retracted position of the leading edge slat, an upper surface gap between an end of the upper surface rear edge of the leading edge slat and an end of the upper surface wall of the main part that are facing each other, and a lower surface gap between an end of the lower surface rear edge of the leading edge slat and an end of the lower surface wall of the main part that are facing each other,
wherein the wing has an upper surface channel downstream of the upper surface gap and a lower surface channel downstream of the lower surface gap, and
wherein the wing comprises a suction system connected to each channel and arranged to suck air contained in said channel, the suction system arranged inside the main part.

US Pat. No. 11,027,819

METHOD AND A CONTROL UNIT FOR CONTROLLING ACTUATION OF A FOLDABLE WING TIP SECTION OF A WING OF AN AIRCRAFT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method for controlling actuation of a foldable wing tip section of a wing of an aircraft, wherein the aircraft includes wing having a base section having a first end portion adapted to secured to a fuselage of the aircraft and an opposite second end portion, and the foldable wing tip section having a third end portion and an opposite fourth end portion, wherein the third end portion is pivotably connected to the second end portion such that the foldable wing tip section is pivotable about a pivot axis between a deployed position and a stowed position in which the spanwise length of the wing is smaller than in the deployed position, and an actuating system coupled to a control unit and operable to selectively move, under the control of the control unit, the foldable wing tip section between the deployed position and the stowed position, andthe method comprises:
receiving at the control unit a command signal, wherein the command signal is adapted to instruct the control unit to control the actuating system to move the foldable wing tip section from the deployed position into the stowed position or from the stowed position into the deployed position,
receiving at the control unit a first condition indicating signal indicative of whether or not the aircraft is on the ground;
determining by the control unit based on the first condition indicating signal whether a first condition is satisfied, wherein the first condition is that the aircraft is on the ground,
receiving at the control unit a second condition indicating signal indicative of a current speed of the aircraft,
determining by the control unit based on the second condition indicating signal whether a second condition is satisfied, wherein the second condition is that the current speed of the aircraft is below a predetermined maximum speed of the aircraft while the aircraft is on the ground,
receiving at the control unit a third condition indicating signal indicative of whether or not the aircraft is at a gate of an airport;
determining by the control unit based on the third condition indicating signal whether a third condition is satisfied, wherein the third condition is that the aircraft is not at the gate of the airport, and
automatically controlling the actuating system to effect movement of the foldable wing tip section in response to the command signal only while the first condition, the second condition and the third condition are each satisfied, wherein the movement moves the foldable wing tip section from the deployed position to the stowed position, or from the stowed position to the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,818

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN AIRCRAFT LEADING EDGE PANEL THAT ALLOWS EXTENSIVE LAMINAR FLOW TO BE OBTAINED, AND LEADING EDGE COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE PANEL OBTAINED USING THE SAID METHOD

Airbus Operations S.A.S. ...

1. A method for manufacturing an aircraft leading edge panel, the method comprising:placing a sheet in a cavity of a mould, the cavity delimited by a shaping surface configured to shape an exterior face of the panel that is to be obtained, the shaping surface having an optimized surface finish, wherein the optimized surface finish includes a roughness Ra and Rt of the order of 0.2 ?m; and
overmoulding a coating onto the sheet by injecting a material into the cavity of the mould, the coating comprising, after the overmoulding step, an exterior face which corresponds to the exterior face of the panel that is to be obtained, the exterior face of the coating having the optimized surface finish conferred by the shaping surface of the mould,
wherein the sheet comprises an internal face, an external face at least partially coated with the coating and at least one through-orifice,
wherein the coating material is injected via at least one feed positioned on the side of the internal face of the sheet and in line with the through-orifice, and
wherein at least two feeds each comprise a nozzle having an end in raised relief with respect to a contact surface of the mould against which surface the internal face of the sheet is pressed, the end of the nozzle having shapes that complement those of the corresponding through-orifice so as to obtain a clearance-free fit between the end of the nozzle and the through-orifice.

US Pat. No. 11,027,817

ACOUSTIC TREATMENT PANEL COMPRISING A POROUS ACOUSTICALLY RESISTIVE STRUCTURE COMPRISING CONNECTING CANALS

Airbus Operations (S.A.S....

1. An acoustic treatment panel comprising:a porous acoustically resistive structure in contact with an external environment in which during operation sound waves travel;
a reflective layer and at least one cellular structure positioned between the porous acoustically resistive structure and the reflective layer and configured to compartmentalize a zone between the porous acoustically resistive structure and the reflective layer into a plurality of cells;
the porous acoustically resistive structure comprising at least one external layer in contact with the external environment and which has through holes; and
internal strips, each of the internal strips comprising openings which communicate with an inside of the cells and connecting canals, interposed between the external layer and the internal strips, which communicate with at least one of the through holes of the external layer, and with at least one of the openings of one of the internal strips.

US Pat. No. 11,027,816

AIR-BUOYANT STRUCTURES AND VEHICLES

Triad National Security, ...

1. An air-buoyant structure, comprising:a shell comprising an aerogel material, a foam material, a vapor-expanded material, or any combination thereof;
a cavity defined by the shell and located within the shell that is under reduced pressure conditions as compared to atmospheric pressure at a specific altitude; and
a plurality of vacuum pumps and valves integrated with the shell, wherein
the plurality of vacuum pumps and valves are configured to maintain the reduced pressure conditions within the cavity by pumping air out of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 11,027,815

NAVIGATION METHOD FOR SHIP, AND SHIP

MITSUBISHI SHIPBUILDING C...

1. A navigation method for a ship including a plurality of main generators that feed power to navigation equipment for use in normal navigation and living quarter appliances provided inside a ship body, and an emergency generator that feeds power to emergency equipment when fire or flood occurs, the navigation method comprising:an emergency power feeding step of feeding power to the emergency equipment using the emergency generator when at least a part of the plurality of main generators are disabled due to fire or flood; and
a return-to-port power feeding step of feeding power to return-to-port equipment required for navigation for returning to a port using the main generators and the emergency generator after fire or flood has subsided;
wherein, in the return-to-port power feeding step, the emergency generator feeds power to at least a part of the living quarter appliances, and
wherein, in the return-to-port power feeding step, the main generators feed power to at least a part of the navigation equipment and another part of the living quarter appliances.

US Pat. No. 11,027,814

SHIP REVERSE-RUN DETECTION SYSTEM, SHIP REVERSE-RUN DETECTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING SHIP REVERSE-RUN DETECTION PROGRAM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A ship reverse-run detection system comprising:a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory, wherein the processor is configured to:
acquire course data including a navigation region of a ship from a terminal device;
acquire first position information of the ship at a first time which is detected by a position detection device which is mounted on the ship;
detect, based on the first position information, whether a first position of the ship is within the navigation region;
specify a traveling direction associated with the navigation region by referring to a storage which stores the navigation region and the traveling direction in association with each other when the first position of the ship is within the navigation region;
set, as a reverse-run identification range, a region which is provided in an opposite direction to the traveling direction and is specified by two border lines which are specified by two symmetric angles with respect to a line which extends in a direction opposite to the traveling direction and extend from a second position of the ship indicated by second position information which is acquired at a second time which is before the first time;
determine whether the first position is within the reverse-run identification range;
extract movement components in the direction of respective pairs of two positions of the ship which are acquired in a predetermined past period including the second time when determining that the first position is within the reverse-run identification range;
determine whether a value which is obtained by tallying the movement components is equal to or larger than a threshold;
detect reverse run of the ship in the navigation region when determining that the value is equal to larger than the threshold; and
output an alert indicating the reverse run of the ship when detecting the reverse run of the ship.

US Pat. No. 11,027,813

STIFFENING SHAFTS FOR MARINE ENVIRONMENTS

Rhodan Marine Systems of ...

1. A stiffening shaft comprising:a plurality of vertebrae stacked to form a column, the plurality of vertebrae including a first set of vertebrae and a second set of vertebrae, the first set of vertebrae separate from the second set of vertebrae, wherein the first set of vertebrae and the second set of vertebrae zipper together to form the stiffening shaft; and
at least one inelastic tension element threaded longitudinally through the plurality of vertebrae to link the plurality of vertebrae,
wherein at least a portion of the stiffening shaft has a flexible configuration when the at least one inelastic tension element is released and a stiffened linear configuration when the at least one inelastic tension element is tensed to react to torque and bending moments on the stiffening shaft.

US Pat. No. 11,027,812

METHOD FOR A PROPULSION ARRANGEMENT FOR A MARINE VESSEL

CPAC SYSTEMS AB, Gothenb...

1. A method for a propulsion arrangement for providing propulsive power to a marine vessel, characterized bydetermining (S1) whether the vessel is running by means of the propulsion arrangement at a constant vessel speed,
storing (S3) a detected value (V1) of the constant vessel speed,
detecting (S4) a value (n1) of a rotational speed of a rotatable part of the propulsion arrangement while the vessel is running at the constant vessel speed,
storing (S5) the detected rotational speed value (n1),
subsequently controlling (S6) the propulsion arrangement so as to change the vessel speed,
subsequently repeating (S7-S11) the steps of determining whether the vessel is running at a constant vessel speed, storing a detected value (V2-V4) of the constant vessel speed, and detecting and storing a value (n2-n4) of the rotational speed of the rotatable part, to obtain a plurality of stored pairs of vessel speed values (V1-V4) and rotational speed values (n1-n4), and
creating (S12) based at least partly on the stored pairs of values (V1-V4, n1-n4) a correlation record correlating vessel speed values with rotational speed values.

US Pat. No. 11,027,811

OUTBOARD MOTOR LIFTING DEVICE

Showa Corporation, Gyoda...

1. An outboard motor lifting device configured to lift up and down an outboard motor, the outboard motor lifting device comprising:one or more tilt cylinders, each including a piston that partitions the tilt cylinder into a first chamber and a second chamber, and a rod that is connected to the piston and penetrates the first chamber of the tilt cylinder;
one or more trim cylinders, each including a piston that partitions the trim cylinder into a first chamber and a second chamber, and a rod that is connected to the piston and penetrates the first chamber of the trim cylinder;
a hydraulic power source;
a first oil channel that connects the hydraulic power source with the second chamber of the one or more tilt cylinders;
a second oil channel that connects the first oil channel with the second chamber of the one or more trim cylinders;
a third oil channel that connects the hydraulic power source with the first chamber of the one or more tilt cylinders;
a check valve that is provided on the first oil channel between the second chamber of the one or more tilt cylinders and a connection position between the first oil channel and the second oil channel, and that is configured to prohibit hydraulic oil from flowing out of the second chamber of the one or more tilt cylinders;
a fourth oil channel that is connected to the third oil channel; and
a switch valve that is provided on the second oil channel and to which the fourth oil channel is connected,
wherein a connection state of the switch valve includes:
a first connection state in which communication between the first oil channel and the second chamber of the one or more trim cylinders is in a closed state, and communication between the fourth oil channel and the second chamber of the one or more trim cylinders is in an open state.

US Pat. No. 11,027,810

FLOAT FOR CONNECTION TO A SWIMMER IN A WAVE POWERED VEHICLE

LIQUID ROBOTICS, INC., S...

6. An apparatus which will float in water comprising a float which includes:(1) a body,
(2) an upper member which is secured to the body and extends upwards from the body, and
(3) means for controlling at least one of (a) an orientation of the upper member relative to the body and (b) an configuration of the upper member; and
a carbon dioxide sensor placed at different heights above a level of the water.

US Pat. No. 11,027,809

SAILING VESSEL

1. A sailing vessel comprising:a first end portion that comprises:
a sail having a first edge and a second edge that define a plane of the sail, the first edge having a first end and a second end, wherein the sailing vessel is characterized by a longitudinal axis perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the first edge;
a first float coupled to the first end of the first edge; and
a second float coupled to the second end of the first edge, wherein the first float and the second float are configured to provide buoyancy to the sailing vessel;
a first line coupled to the first end of the first edge;
a second line coupled to the second end of the first edge;
a second end portion that comprises:
a cockpit;
a rudder;
a tiller coupled to the rudder and configured to rotate the rudder to change a heading of the sailing vessel;
a third float configured to provide buoyancy to the sailing vessel; and
a sail-control system including:
a pulley coupled to the first line and the second line; and
a handle coupled to the pulley and configured to rotate the pulley to adjust a length of the first line relative to a length of the second line, thereby adjusting an angle between the first edge of the sail and the longitudinal axis; and
a mast arranged in between the first end portion and the second end portion and configured to keep the sail raised through coupling with the second edge.

US Pat. No. 11,027,808

AEROFOIL SAIL

WINDSHIP TECHNOLOGY LIMIT...

1. An aerofoil sail assembly for providing motive power to a cargo vessel, comprising three aerofoil sails, each aerofoil sail comprising a leading aerofoil portion and a trailing aerofoil portion, and the aerofoil sail assembly comprising a spar defining a longitudinal axis and a height along the longitudinal axis, at least one of the aerofoil portions rotatably positionable, wherein an angular position of at least one of the aerofoil portions controllable relative to the spar, and the spar rotationally positionable about the longitudinal axis, and each of a leading portion and a trailing portion comprising a respective external aerofoil surface and wherein a distance between distal end regions of the external aerofoil surface of the leading portion in a direction transverse to the height of the spar is longer than a distance between distal end regions of the aerofoil surface of the trailing portion in the direction transverse to the height of the spar, and a gap is provided between the leading portion and the trailing portion, and wherein the three aerofoil sails provided in a side-by-side spaced apart relationship, and a leading aerofoil portion of a central aerofoil sail of said three aerofoil sails having a height, and the spar extending internally of said leading aerofoil portion of said central aerofoil sail and for the height of said leading aerofoil portion of said central aerofoil sail, and the spar comprising an internal volume sized to allow operative access for a major portion of a length of the spar.

US Pat. No. 11,027,807

SCREW PROPELLER WITH SAFETY COUPLING

1. A screw propeller with a safety coupling comprising: a screw propeller body-cum-hub, a driving coupling, mounted on a propeller shaft and receiving a torque from the propeller shaft, said driving coupling includes a spacer bushing; a driven coupling connected with the screw propeller body-cum-hub for transmission of the torque to the screw propeller body-cum-hub, said driven coupling is disposed and rotates on the spacer bushing; at least one dowel pin for transmission of the torque between the driving coupling and the driven coupling, said at least one dowel pin each consists of a forward portion and an aft portion; at least one common opening for receiving the at least one dowel pin;wherein said at least one common opening is oriented along a longitudinal axis of the propeller shaft, and wherein said forward portion passes through an end surface of the driving coupling and is disposed entirely within the driving coupling, while said aft portion passes through an end surface of the driven coupling and is disposed entirely within the driven coupling.

US Pat. No. 11,027,806

TOWED BODY WITH FOILED DEPRESSOR

PGS Geophysical AS, Oslo...

20. An apparatus, comprising:a body towable behind a survey vessel in a body of water;
an arm rotatably coupled to the body such that the arm, when deployed, is free to rotate as the apparatus is towed through the body of water;
a plurality of foils disposed on the arm and configured to generate lift as the apparatus is towed through the body of water; and
one or more motors configured to alter the angle of attack of one or more of the plurality of foils.

US Pat. No. 11,027,805

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LAUNCHING AND RECOVERING OBJECTS IN AQUATIC ENVIRONMENTS; PLATFORMS FOR AQUATIC LAUNCH AND RECOVERY

OceanGate, Inc., Everett...

1. A submersible platform comprising a deck and a payload docking system providing secure docking of the payload on the deck and release of the payload from the deck, wherein the payload docking system has at least one of a channel or a rail mounted to the deck configured for mating with at least one of a complementary channel or rail mounted on a payload and at least one attachment mechanism configured for mating with a complementary latching mechanism associated with the payload, wherein a portion of the channel or rail mounted to the deck is raised or tiltable in relation to the deck, whereby upon mating of a complementary rail or channel, the payload is oriented at an angle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,804

UNDERWATER SAILING BODY AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING POSTURE OF UNDERWATER SAILING BODY

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An underwater sailing body comprising:a positioning device configured to detect positional information indicating a position of a hull of the underwater sailing body;
a posture detecting sensor configured to detect posture information indicating a posture of the hull;
an actuator configured to apply thrust to the hull in a front-rear direction of the hull, a left-right direction of the hull, and an upper-lower direction of the hull in water to change the position and posture of the hull; and
a controller configured to control the actuator, wherein:
in order to hold the hull at a target position based on the positional information detected by the positioning device, the controller calculates a controlling force in the front-rear direction of the hull, a controlling force in the left-right direction of the hull, a controlling force in the upper-lower direction of the hull, a turn controlling force of turning the hull in a roll direction of the hull, a turn controlling force of turning the hull in a yaw direction of the hull, and a turn controlling force of turning the hull in a pitch direction of the hull, and controls the actuator based on the calculated forces,
when an external force is applied to the hull held at the target position, the controller updates target posture information such that each of the controlling force in the left-right direction and the controlling force in the upper-lower direction becomes zero, and controls the actuator such that the posture of the hull is changed to a posture corresponding to the updated posture information based on the posture information detected by the posture detecting sensor,
the controller includes a controlling force calculating portion configured to calculate the controlling force in the front-rear direction, the controlling force in the left-right direction, the controlling force in the upper-lower direction, the turn controlling force in the roll direction, the turn controlling force in the yaw direction, and the turn controlling force in the pitch direction from a difference between target positional information and the positional information detected by the positioning device and a difference between the target posture information and the posture information detected by the posture detecting sensor,
when the external force is applied to the hull held at the target position, the controller updates a command value of a yaw angle of the target posture information and a command value of a pitch angle of the target posture information such that each of the controlling force in the left-right direction and the controlling force in the upper-lower direction, which are calculated by the controlling force calculating portion, becomes zero,
the controller includes:
a yaw angle command value calculating portion configured to integrate a value of the controlling force in the left-right direction to calculate a target command value of the yaw angle; and
a pitch angle command value calculating portion configured to integrate a value of the controlling force in the upper-lower direction to calculate a target command value of the pitch angle,
until each of the controlling force in the left-right direction and the controlling force in the upper-lower direction becomes zero, the controller updates the command value of the yaw angle and the command value of the pitch angle by the command value calculated by the yaw angle command value calculating portion and the command value calculated by the pitch angle command value calculating portion,
the yaw angle command value calculating portion calculates the target command value of the yaw angle from a value obtained by integrating a value obtained by multiplying the value of the controlling force in the left-right direction by a gain,
the pitch angle command value calculating portion calculates the target command value of the pitch angle from a value obtained by integrating a value obtained by multiplying the value of the controlling force in the upper-lower direction by a gain, and
the controller changes a value of the gain by which the yaw angle command value calculating portion multiplies the value of the controlling force in the left-right direction and a value of the gain by which the pitch angle command value calculating portion multiplies the value of the controlling force in the upper-lower direction, and updates the command value of the yaw angle and the command value of the pitch angle in this order, or the controller sets a speed of updating the command value of the pitch angle to be lower than a speed of updating the command value of the yaw angle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,803

UNIVERSAL LANDING GEAR ASSEMBLY

BooneDOX, Inc., Thomasvi...

1. A retractable wheel assembly adapted to support and transport a watercraft, said assembly comprising:a. a receiver secured to an upper surface of said watercraft, said receiver comprising a plurality of extensions;
b. an adapter repositionable within said receiver between a first position and at least a second position angular offset from said first position; and
c. an elongated leg having a proximate portion secured to said adapter and having a distal wheel, and
wherein said adapter having a first body with an inner cavity and a second body with an inner cavity, whereby said first body and said second body adapted to receive said proximate portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,802

ALIGNMENT GUIDE FOR PONTOON BOAT LIFT

Midwest Industries, Inc.,...

1. Apparatus comprising:a pontoon boat having a pair of laterally spaced pontoon floats supporting a deck;
a motor operably mounted to a rear portion of the deck and disposed to extend down below the floats;
a frame having a front and a rear;
vertically moveable transverse support beams attached at the front and rear of the frame, the support beams being moveable between a lowered position to load, and a raised position to lift the boat out of a body of water;
vertical supports operably attached to and extending up from the movable support beams;
an alignment guide including a pair of laterally spaced rails, the rails being generally horizontally disposed and spaced apart at a distance corresponding to spacing between the pontoon floats; and
wherein the rails are operatively attached to the vertical supports and disposed at a selected fixed elevation above a waterline of the pontoon floats and below the deck when the support beams are in the lowered position, whereby the rails capture and guide the pontoon floats as the pontoon boat advances toward a full forward position, while limiting movement of the pontoon boat with respect to port and starboard.

US Pat. No. 11,027,801

BOAT LIFT

1. A boat lift, comprising:a boat lift construct constructed and arranged to receive a boat hull on an upper surface thereof, the boat lift construct comprising;
a first flotation tank construct, a second flotation tank construct,
a transverse tank set crosswise between the first flotation tank construct and the second flotation tank construct, and
a pump positioned within the transverse tank,
wherein the first flotation tank construct and the second flotation tank construct are in hydraulic communication through the transverse tank, and wherein the pump is constructed and arranged to remove water from the first flotation tank construct and the second flotation tank construct,
wherein the boat lift construct comprising the first flotation tank construct, the second flotation tank construct and the transverse tank is configured to lower the boat hull by submerging the boat lift tank construct by flooding the boat lift construct and to raise the boat hull by lifting the boat lift construct by the pump pumping water from the boat lift construct.

US Pat. No. 11,027,800

FLOATING HULL PAD SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ITS USE

HydroHoist, LLC, Claremo...

1. A floating bunk system for use with a boat lift, the floating bunk system comprising:a first end and a second end, at each first and second end:
a sliding guide assembly including a pair of guide poles, each guide pole of the pair extending in a vertical direction;
an upper end channel extending in a lateral direction and connected to the pair of guide poles; and
a lower end channel configured for connection to a boat lift and extending in the lateral direction and including a pair of lower bushings; each lower bushing receiving a respective guide pole of the pair of guide poles;
a pair of floats extending in a longitudinal direction between the first and second ends, the pair of floats located below, and connected to, the lower end channel;
a hull pad assembly extending in the longitudinal direction between the first and second ends, the hull pad assembly including two hull pads spaced apart from one another, the hull pad assembly located above, and connected to, the upper end channel;
the upper end channel being in a fixed position relative to the pair of guide poles;
the lower end channel being slidably vertically displaceable along the guide poles toward and away from the upper end channel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,799

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR 3-DIMENSIONAL SCANNING FOR DRYDOCKING

DM Consulting, Inc., San...

1. A method comprising:using a scanning sensor, scanning at least one portion a hull of a vessel positioned below a waterline while the vessel is floating in water; and
via one or more hardware computer processors programmed based on instructions stored in a memory:
generating multi-dimensional scans of the at least one portion of the hull of the vessel that exists below the waterline based on data acquired by the scanning sensor during the scanning;
generating a 3-dimensional (3D) model of the at least one portion of the hull of the vessel that exists below the waterline based on combining two or more of the multi-dimensional scans;
analyzing the 3D model to identify one or more features of the hull of the vessel below the waterline, the one or more features of the hull including vessel hydrostatics information and/or vessel scan information;
generating docking information for drydocking the vessel based on the one or more features of the hull, wherein the docking information includes information for the one or more identified features and a shape of the at least one portion of the hull of the vessel that exists below the waterline;
identifying, based on the generated docking information, a docking plan for supporting the vessel when the vessel is supported out of the water, wherein the docking plan indicates where individual supports for the vessel can be located relative to the at least one portion of the hull of the vessel that exists below the waterline in consideration of the identified one or more features and the shape; and
outputting instructions to dry dock the vessel based on the generated docking information and the docking plan based on locating the individual supports at locations identified by the docking plan, wherein the drydocking of the vessel resulting from the generated docking information and the docking plan results in the hull of the vessel not being in direct contact with any portion of a dry dock.

US Pat. No. 11,027,798

TO CONNECT FLOAT MODULES TO EACH OTHER AND/OR TO AN ASSEMBLY AND/OR TO A SUPERSTRUCTURE MOUNTED ONTO THEM, FOR PONTOONS CONSTRUCTED OF FLOAT MODULES

1. A structure to connect float modules to each other for creating pontoons constructed of concrete float modules, comprisinga plurality of prismatic float modules, each prismatic float module of the plurality of prismatic float modules including at least a monolithic upper plate, side walls and a frame unit arranged to form a plurality of edges of said each of said plurality of prismatic float modules,
each of said prismatic float modules of the plurality of prismatic float modules [ [ are]] fixed to at least one other prismatic float module of the plurality of prismatic float modules by means of a longitudinal tension unit led through said plurality of prismatic float modules in one of the boreholes created for said longitudinal tension unit in said monolithic upper plate of each of said prismatic float modules at least at one of the plurality of said edges of said monolithic upper plate of each of said prismatic float modules, intersecting each of said prismatic float modules and running parallel with one of the plurality of said edges,
an axis of at least one of said boreholes oriented in different directions meet in one of corners of each of said prismatic float modules, and
directional recesses are created around exit holes of at least one of said boreholes, into which a directional spacer is inserted between each of said prismatic float modules,
each said directional spacer comprising at least one of said boreholes for letting through said longitudinal tension unit wherein at least one of said boreholes for said longitudinal tension unit are equally created in said monolithic upper plate, said side walls and said frame unit of each of said prismatic float modules,
said axis of at least one of said boreholes oriented in different directions meet in said corner of said corners of each of said prismatic float modules and are being skew,
a rigid spatial corner elements surround at least one of said boreholes at each of said corners of each of said prismatic float modules, said rigid spatial corner elements cover one of the plurality of said edges of each of said prismatic float modules,
said corner elements are made of an impact resistance material with a compressive strength that exceeds a strength of each of said prismatic float modules,
at least one of said boreholes of said corner elements being in coincidence with said exit holes of at least one of said boreholes,
said directional recesses having a shape of a truncated cone tapering inwards are sunk into said corner elements,
said directional spacers fit into said directional recesses, said directional spacers having a shape complementary to that of said directional recesses, a shape of two truncated cones, with bases facing each other, and
wherein each said directional spacer is a body made of resilient material, said body of each said directional spacer forms two truncated cones, with said bases facing each other, and along the Tz axis at least one of said borehole passes through said longitudinal tension unit.

US Pat. No. 11,027,797

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A personal watercraft comprising:a watercraft body made of a resin;
a handle projecting upward from the watercraft body;
a meter display device disposed above the watercraft body and forward of the handle;
a meter cover made of a resin and covering a space from above, the space being adjacent to and forward of the meter display device and being in contact with an upper surface of the watercraft body and a forward surface of the meter display device; and
an antenna disposed in the space,
wherein the antenna projects obliquely upward and forward when the personal watercraft is at rest.

US Pat. No. 11,027,796

HYDROFOIL WATERCRAFT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE OF THE SAME

Forward Maui LLC, Haiku,...

1. A hydrofoil board comprising:a body, the body having a deck surface configured to support a rider, and a bottom surface opposite the deck surface, the body comprising:
a fore portion toward a front end of the hydrofoil board, the fore portion forming a hull and having a planing surface upon which the hydrofoil board planes atop a surface of a body of water, the planing surface forming part of the bottom surface of the body; and
an aft portion toward a rear end of the hydrofoil board, the aft portion extending from the fore portion, the aft portion having an aft bottom surface forming part of the bottom surface of the body, the aft portion being configured to mount a hydrofoil assembly on or through the aft bottom surface;
wherein the deck surface is substantially even across the fore portion and the aft portion of the body;
wherein the aft bottom surface and the planing surface are on uneven planes such that an aft cross-sectional thickness between the deck surface and the aft bottom surface is less than a fore cross-sectional thickness between the deck surface and the planing surface;
wherein the planing surface of the fore portion terminates at a step transition disposed between the fore portion and the aft portion, wherein the step transition forms a transition surface connecting the aft bottom surface to the planing surface, the transition surface forming part of the bottom surface;
wherein the step transition bridges an offset distance between the aft bottom surface and the planing surface; and
wherein the offset distance is in a range of 10 to 15 centimeters.

US Pat. No. 11,027,795

AFT-FACING TRANSOM SEATING FOR A BOAT

MasterCraft Boat Company,...

1. An inboard watersports boat comprising:a hull including a bow, a stern, a transom, and port and starboard gunwales;
a motor positioned in the stern of the boat, forward of the transom and along a centerline of the boat;
a propeller operatively connected to the motor, the propeller being located under the hull and forward of the transom;
a tow point for towing a watersports performer; and
a plurality of aft-facing seats positioned in the stern of the boat, aft of the tow point, the plurality of aft-facing seats including an aft-facing seat positioned port of the centerline of the boat and an aft-facing seat positioned starboard of the centerline of the boat, each of the port and starboard aft-facing seats including:
(i) a seat bottom that is inclined at a downward angle, the downward angle extending in a direction from aft to fore such that an aft portion of the seat bottom is higher than a forward portion of the seat bottom;
(ii) a seatback that joins the seat bottom at a location forward of the transom and below the gunwales; and
(iii) a headrest that is movable with respect to the seatback.

US Pat. No. 11,027,794

SNOW VEHICLE

Arctic Cat Inc., Thief R...

1. A snow vehicle, comprising:an engine, mounted on a frame comprising a tube chassis;
a drive track;
a drive train, operatively interconnecting the engine with the drive track for delivering propulsive power to the drive track;
an exhaust system comprising a muffler in contact with the exhaust system connected to the engine and positioned within an interior of the tube chassis;
wherein the drive train includes a continuously variable transmission (CVT) positioned within a CVT housing.

US Pat. No. 11,027,793

MULTI-SPEED DRIVE HUB FOR BICYCLE

Chang Hui Lin, Changhu (...

1. A multi-speed drive hub for a bicycle comprising:a hub shaft connected on a center of a wheel rim of the bicycle, and the hub shaft including a speed-changing transmission arranged on an end of the hub shaft;
the speed-changing transmission including at least one drive element arranged on an outer wall of the speed-changing transmission, and the speed-changing transmission including an actuator arranged on an end of the speed-changing transmission and drives multiple force segments of the at least one drive element speed to rotate reciprocately;
a speed shifter including a fitting sleeve fitted on the speed-changing transmission, and the fitting sleeve having a third fixing orifice corresponding to the at least one drive element so that the at least one drive element is exposed through the third fixing orifice;
a sprocket set including multiple speed cassettes of different diameters, the sprocket set including multiple spacing spaces, each of which is defined between any two adjacent speed cassettes;
wherein the fitting sleeve has multiple ribs extending around an outer wall thereof and has multiple flexible sheets covering the multiple ribs individually;
wherein each of the at least one drive elements includes multiple retainers, multiple columns formed from bottoms of the multiple retainers respectively, and the multiple force segments arranged on free ends of the multiple retainers, said multiple force segments being exposed through the third fixing orifice;
wherein each flexible sheet has a plurality of dented portions and multiple raised portions which are all arranged on an outer wall of each flexible sheet, and each of the plurality of dented portions is defined between any two adjacent raised portions;
wherein the sprocket set includes a joining portion formed on a center thereof, a force element secured in the joining portion and connected with the fitting sleeve, and multiple second indentions formed in the force element and retained with the multiple ribs of the fitting sleeve respectively.

US Pat. No. 11,027,792

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE AND SYSTEM

SRAM, LLC, Chicago, IL (...

1. A system control device for a bicycle having a transmission with a plurality of gear options, the system control device comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory including computer program code,
the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus at least to perform:
determining when at least one automatic mode entry condition is met;
establishing at least one automatic mode parameter as a speed parameter when the at least one automatic mode entry condition is met;
comparing an active speed of the bicycle to the at least one speed parameter;
adjusting, based on the comparison, a shifting device of the bicycle to change to a different gear of the plurality of gears;
determining if at least one automatic mode modification condition is met; and
modifying at least one automatic mode parameter based on the determination that at least one automatic mode modification condition is met.

US Pat. No. 11,027,791

UNIVERSAL MOTORCYCLE STORAGE CASE MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

1. A transportable storage case assembly comprising:a platform including:
an upper surface opposite a lower surface; with at least one receipt defined by the lower surface, the at least one receipt at least partially enclosed by a platform latch bracket;
a wheeled end including a pair of wheels; and
a handle end opposite the wheeled end, the handle end including a pull bar that exists in a parallel plane with respect to the platform; and
a storage case detachably coupled to the upper surface of the platform.

US Pat. No. 11,027,790

ADAPTIVE LIGHTING SYSTEM

Indian Motorcycle Interna...

1. A lighting system for a vehicle having a vehicle structure, said lighting system comprising:at least one primary low beam element;
a plurality of adaptive elements, comprising a first adaptive element, a second adaptive element and a third adaptive element;
a lean angle sensor coupled to the vehicle structure generating a lean angle signal; and
a controller coupled to the lean angle sensor controlling the plurality of adaptive elements so that the first adaptive element, the second adaptive element and the third adaptive element are extinguished at less than a first lean angle, between the first lean angle and a second lean angle greater than the first lean angle illuminating the first adaptive element, between the second lean angle and a third lean angle greater than the second lean angle illuminating the first adaptive element and the second adaptive element, between the third lean angle and a fourth lean angle greater than the third lean angle illuminating the second adaptive element and the third adaptive element and extinguishing the first adaptive element in response to the lean angle signal.

US Pat. No. 11,027,789

BLOCKING KEY FOR A WIPER LINKAGE, LINKAGE SUB ASSEMBLY, AND LINKAGE COMPRISING A BLOCKING KEY; METHOD FOR INSTALLING A BLOCKING KEY ON A WIPER LINKAGE

1. A key for locking a link including a U-section and a crank of a linkage of a wiper mechanism in a transport position, the key comprising:a shaft having at one end a radial holding excrescence and at another end an enlarged head that cooperates with a hollow part of the U-section forming the link; and
a first radial finger configured to be housed in a slot for locking the link in the transport position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,788

ENDLESS TRACK FOR PROPELLING A VEHICLE, WITH LUG REPLACEMENT CAPABILITY

CAMSO INC., Magog (CA)

1. A track for traction of a vehicle, the track being mountable around a plurality of wheels that includes a drive wheel for driving the track, the track comprising:an elastomeric carcass comprising a ground-engaging outer surface and an inner surface opposite to the ground-engaging outer surface; and
a plurality of elastomeric projections projecting from the elastomeric carcass; wherein the elastomeric carcass comprises a replacement-facilitating portion having predetermined dimensions provisioned during original manufacturing of the track to facilitate replacement of a peripheral layer of the elastomeric carcass and respective ones of the elastomeric projections molded with and projecting from the peripheral layer of the elastomeric carcass by a new peripheral layer of the elastomeric carcass and new elastomeric projections molded with and projecting from the new peripheral layer of the elastomeric carcass.

US Pat. No. 11,027,787

ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY FOR USE WITH A WORK MACHINE

1. An attachment assembly for use with a work machine, the attachment assembly comprising:an attachment adapter coupled to the work machine and fixed relative thereto; and
an attachment frame comprising a member, the member defining an attachment point configured to engage, into an engaged mode, with the attachment adapter when a front suspension system of the work machine is raised to a raised position, and configured to disengage, into a disengaged mode, from the attachment adapter when the front suspension system is lowered to a lowered position, the attachment adapter configured to travel with the work machine when in the engaged mode and the disengaged mode, and the attachment frame configured to travel with the work machine when in only the engaged mode;
wherein the attachment point is a first attachment point, the attachment frame comprises a second attachment point, and the attachment adapter comprises:
a longitudinal horizontal plate oriented laterally with respect to a fore-and-aft axis defined by the work machine, a bottom surface of the longitudinal horizontal plate coupled to a top surface of a support frame of the work machine;
a first upwardly projecting member positioned on a top surface of the longitudinal horizontal plate, the first upwardly projecting member being configured to engage with the first attachment point; and
a second upwardly projecting member positioned on the top surface of the longitudinal horizontal plate, the second upwardly projecting member being configured to engage with the second attachment point.

US Pat. No. 11,027,786

GYROSCOPIC RIDER ASSIST DEVICE

Harley-Davidson Motor Com...

1. A tilting vehicle comprising:a frame;
a front wheel coupled to the frame;
a rear wheel coupled to the frame and positioned rearward of the front wheel in a longitudinal direction;
a seating area including at least one seat positioned to support a rider between the front wheel and the rear wheel; and
a gyroscopic rider assist device provided within an enclosure behind the seating area and above the rear wheel, the gyroscopic rider assist device including:
a gimbal support frame fixed with respect to the frame,
a gimbal rotatably supported by the gimbal support frame for rotation about a roll axis, and
a flywheel supported for rotation about a flywheel axis by a bracket, wherein the bracket is rotatably supported by the gimbal about a precession axis.

US Pat. No. 11,027,785

AERODYNAMIC ENGINEERING VEHICLE APPARATUS

1. In a vehicle having exterior contours and shape and an incoming wind entering a central air main inlet and two front-side air opening inlets, and exiting respectively as a hood air opening outlet air flow and two lateral-wheel outlet flows, an engineering apparatus to affect airflow and to enhance vehicle performance, the apparatus having:at least one outlet air flow-enhancing device configured to enhance and modify the hood air outlet opening and the two lateral-wheel outlet flows, the at least one outlet air flow enhancing device having an x-axis, a y-axis, and a z-axis, the axes mutually orthogonally oriented; and
a mechanical fixture of the at least one outlet air flow-enhancing device to the vehicle, the mechanical fixture having movable supports configured to allow changes in attitude and positioning of the at least one outlet air flow enhancing device;
wherein the hood air outlet opening and the two lateral-wheel outlet flows are affected by aerodynamic changes to the vehicle by not directly affecting changes in the exterior contours and shape of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,784

AERODYNAMIC DEVICES FOR MOVING VEHICLES

INRANGE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC...

1. A vehicle assembly for transporting freight, comprising:a frame of the vehicle assembly including a first side, a second side, and a longitudinal axis positioned between the first side and the second side;
a frame member mounted to one of the first side or the second side of the frame at a location outboard from one or more rear wheels, the frame member including a slot oriented parallel to the longitudinal axis of the frame and having an opening facing outwardly from the one of the first side and the second side of the frame; and
at least one undercarriage skirt formed of a pliable material and including a length and a coupling element, the coupling element configured to be slidably received in the slot such that the at least one undercarriage skirt is movable between a first position in which the at least one undercarriage skirt is positioned laterally outward from the one or more rear wheels, and a second position in which at least a portion of the one or more rear wheels are exposed,
wherein the at least one undercarriage skirt is retractable in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the frame to move from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,783

JOINT BETWEEN SIDEWALL AND ROOF PANEL OF TRAILER

Strick Trailers, LLC, Fa...

1. A trailer, comprising:a vertically-oriented sidewall;
a horizontally-oriented roof panel disposed above the sidewall;
a top rail attached to the sidewall, at least a section of the top rail being disposed above the sidewall and below the roof panel;
a substantially L-shaped cove having a horizontal leg attached to and supporting a lower surface of the roof panel, and a vertical leg attached to an inner surface of the sidewall; and
a board of thermal insulation including an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion being disposed between the vertical leg of the cove and the section of the top rail, and the lower portion being disposed between the vertical leg of the cove and the sidewall.

US Pat. No. 11,027,782

VEHICLE FRONT-PART STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle front-part structure comprising:a battery unit provided under a floor of a vehicle chamber; and
a suspension member provided in front of the battery unit, wherein
a floor-side extension member having a front end inclined surface is provided on a lower surface of the floor and in front of the battery unit, such that a lower side of the front end inclined surface is located on the rear side,
a battery-side extension member having a front end inclined surface is provided on a front part of the battery unit which is on a lower rear side of the floor-side extension member, such that the lower side of the front end inclined surface is located on a rear side, and
a member-side extension member having a rear end inclined surface is provided, on a rear end edge of the suspension member, at a position facing the floor-side extension member in a vehicle front-and-rear direction, such that a lower side of the rear end inclined surface is located on a rear side.

US Pat. No. 11,027,781

HOT-STAMPING FORMED ARTICLE, STRUCTURAL MEMBER USING THE SAME, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF HOT-STAMPING FORMED ARTICLE

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A hot-stamping formed article which is long and formed of a single steel sheet, the hot-stamping formed article comprising:two standing wall portions;
a top sheet portion adjacent to the two standing wall portions; and
a protrusion portion including an overlapping portion in which a portion of the steel sheet extending from at least one standing wall portion of the two standing wall portions and a portion of the steel sheet extending from the top sheet portion overlap,
wherein an angle between the top sheet portion and the protrusion portion in a case where a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the hot-stamping formed article is viewed in a cross section is larger than 90°, and
wherein the portion of the steel sheet extending from the standing wall portion and the portion of the steel sheet extending from the top sheet portion are in close contact with each other in the protrusion portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,780

VEHICLE FRONT PORTION STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle front portion structure comprising:a front side member that extends in a vehicle front-and-rear direction, at a front portion of the vehicle;
a dash cross-member that extends in a vehicle width direction, at the vehicle rear side of the front side member;
a rocker that extends in the vehicle front-and-rear direction, at the vehicle rear side and at a vehicle width direction outer side of the front side member;
a connecting member that is joined to the front side member, the dash cross-member and the rocker, at least a portion of the connecting member being a cast member; and
a reinforcing portion that is provided at a region of the connecting member at which a tensile load acts when an impact load is transmitted from the front side member to the connecting member during a front collision of the vehicle, the reinforcing portion reinforcing this region.

US Pat. No. 11,027,779

FRONT VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A front vehicle body structure in which a sub-frame is provided below a power unit room of a front portion of a vehicle,wherein the sub-frame includes a pair of longitudinal frames extending in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle body and a horizontal frame connecting rear portions of the longitudinal frames,
wherein the longitudinal frame includes a steel frame made of steel and a light metal frame made of light metal,
wherein the steel frame is configured by:
a front member which has a closed cross-section extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body and is not joined to the light metal frame by friction stir welding; and
a rear member which is disposed below the light metal frame and is joined to the light metal frame by friction stir welding,
wherein a rear portion of the front member is joined to a front end portion of the rear member,
wherein the longitudinal frame includes a bent portion to be a starting point at which the longitudinal frame is bent in the vertical direction, and
wherein the bent portion is provided in a portion on the front side of the vehicle body with respect to the front end portion of the rear member in the front member of the steel frame on the front side of the vehicle body with respect to a front end portion of the light metal frame.

US Pat. No. 11,027,778

VEHICLE TRAVELING SUPPORT APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle traveling support apparatus comprising:a sensor for recognizing a lane marker on a traveling lane in which an own vehicle is traveling; and
an electronic control unit for performing a lane keeping control to control a steering angle of said own vehicle so as to have said own vehicle travel along a target traveling line set based on at least any one of a left lane marker and a right lane marker recognized by said sensor, said left lane marker being on a left side with respect to said own vehicle, said right lane marker being on a right side with respect to said own vehicle,
wherein,
when performing said lane keeping control,
said electronic control unit is configured:
to execute at least any one of:
a process to control said steering angle so as to match a magnitude of said steering angle with a steering angle guard value when said magnitude of said steering angle exceeds said steering angle guard value; and
a process to control said steering angle so as to match a magnitude of a steering angle speed which is an amount of change per unit time of said steering angle with a steering angle speed guard value when said magnitude of said steering angle speed exceeds said steering angle speed guard value; and
to set, when a recognition state of said lane marker by said sensor is a one side lane marker recognizable state which is a state where said sensor can recognize only one of said left lane marker and said right lane marker, said steering angle guard value and/or said steering angle speed guard value corresponding to one or more of said executed processes to a value which is smaller than when said recognition state of said lane marker is a both lane markers recognizable state which is a state where said sensor can recognize both said left lane marker and said right lane marker.

US Pat. No. 11,027,777

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A steering control apparatus that is capable of switching steering control between manual steering control to make a driver operate a steering mechanism and automatic steering control to operate the steering mechanism automatically by a motor;wherein the steering control apparatus is programmed to acquire a target traveling route, calculate a command steering angle so that a difference between a real traveling route of a vehicle and the target traveling route is eliminated, and perform command steering angle tracking control to drive the motor so that a real steering angle tracks the command steering angle, when the automatic steering control is selected; and
wherein the steering control apparatus is programmed to:
calculate an original value of the command steering angle to make the real traveling route converge to the target traveling route with a constant response;
determine whether or not a deviation degree of a current traveling route of the vehicle with respect to the target traveling route is equal to or more than a predetermined threshold, when the steering control is switched from the manual steering control to the automatic steering control;
calculate a recalculated value of the command steering angle that changes gradually from a real steering angle after switching to the automatic steering control to the original value of the command steering angle, based on a steering angle at the time of starting the automatic steering control and the original value of the command steering angle, when the deviation degree is equal to or more than the predetermined threshold; and
perform the command steering angle tracking control with the recalculated value of the command steering angle until the recalculated value of the command steering angle converges to the original value of the command steering angle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,776

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADAPTING PARAMETERS USED IN TARGET SLIP ESTIMATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system for generating adapted tuning parameters for use by a target slip estimator module in a vehicle, the system comprising:a road surface detection module providing a road surface condition, Sn, a range of friction, mu, for the Sn, and a confidence level, Ci, of the Sn, Ci having a value between 0 and 1;
a sensor system providing sensor system data; and
a controller module in operative communication with the road surface detection module and the sensor system, and programmed to:
receive the sensor system data;
determine an initial gain P0 as a function of signal and noise in the sensor system data;
receive the Sn, the range of mu, and the Ci;
generate an adapted gain, by tuning P0 as a function of the Ci;
determine, as a function of Sn, range of mu, and Ci, initial estimator values including an estimated initial frictional force, ?(0), and an initial projected range of signal bounds, (Pu and Pl);
generate an adapted projection range of signal bounds, by constraining Pu and Pl by the Sn and range of mu;
generate an adapted range of the estimated initial frictional force, ?(0), by widening the range of the estimated initial frictional force, ?(0), when the confidence level in the road surface condition is lower than a preprogrammed confidence threshold Ct; and
output the adapted gain, adapted projection range of signal bounds, and adapted range of frictional force, when the confidence level in the road surface condition is lower than the preprogrammed confidence threshold Ct.

US Pat. No. 11,027,775

WHEEL LOADER

HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. A wheel loader, comprising:a vehicle body;
a steering actuator that steers the vehicle body;
a working device attached to a front of the vehicle body;
a working device actuator that operates the working device;
a hydraulic pump that supplies pressure oil to the steering actuator and the working device actuator;
an engine that drives the hydraulic pump;
a steering directional switching valve that is provided between the steering actuator and the hydraulic pump, and switches a direction of pressure oil supplied to the steering actuator;
a steering control valve that is provided between the steering directional switching valve and the hydraulic pump, and controls a flow rate of the pressure oil supplied to the steering actuator;
a working device directional switching valve that is provided between the working device actuator and the hydraulic pump, and switches the direction of the pressure oil supplied to the working device actuator;
a working device control valve that is provided between the working device directional switching valve and the hydraulic pump, and controls the flow rate of the pressure oil to the working device actuator;
an orifice provided downstream of the working device directional switching valve;
a rotational speed sensor that detects the rotational speed of the engine;
a pressure sensor that detects a pressure between the working device directional switching valve and the orifice; and
a control device that controls the steering control valve,
wherein in a case where the rotational speed of the engine detected by the rotational speed sensor is equal to or less than a predetermined threshold, and the pressure detected by the pressure sensor is equal to or higher than a predetermined pressure, an opening area of the steering control valve is reduced.

US Pat. No. 11,027,774

ACTUATOR FOR STEERING SYSTEM

KNORR-BREMSE STEERING SYS...

1. An actuator for a steering system, comprising:a steering shaft configured to rotate with rotation of a steering wheel;
a transmission mechanism configured to transmit rotation of the steering shaft to a steered wheel;
a piston disposed in the transmission mechanism; and
a pair of pressure chambers configured to generate a force acting to move the piston, the actuator for a steering system being disposed between a hydraulic power steering system which imparts a steering force to the steered wheel along with the movement of the piston, and the steering wheel,
the actuator for a steering system, further including:
a housing;
an input shaft which is rotatably and axially supported by the housing and disposed in a steering wheel side of the housing;
an output shaft which is rotatably and axially supported by the housing and disposed in the hydraulic power steering system side of the housing;
a torsion bar that connects the input shaft and the output shaft;
a motor rotor disposed around an outer periphery of the output shaft within the housing and configured to rotate integrally with the output shaft;
a motor stator disposed around an outer periphery of the motor rotor within the housing;
a rotation angle detecting section disposed within the housing and configured to detect rotation angles of the input and output shafts or a relative angle of the input and output shafts; and
an input shaft bearing, the input shaft bearing being disposed between the input shaft and the output shaft so as to be in direct contact with the input and output shafts, the input shaft bearing being configured to axially support the input shaft with respect to the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 11,027,773

STEER BY WIRE SYSTEM DIAGNOSTIC

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A steer by wire steering system comprising:a handwheel actuator that provides a commanded position for a rack of a vehicle;
a roadwheel actuator that moves the rack to a rack position based on the commanded position from the handwheel actuator; and
a processor configured to:
compute a reference position based on the commanded position;
compute a reference tracking error based on a difference between the reference position and the rack position; and
determine a fault condition with the steer by wire system using the reference tracking error.

US Pat. No. 11,027,772

MOTOR CONTROLLER

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A motor controller configured to control a motor including a plurality of winding groups, the motor being provided with a plurality of energization systems, each of the winding groups being included in a corresponding one of the energization systems, the motor controller comprising a plurality of processors, each of the processors configured to independently control supply of driving electric power to each of the winding groups in the corresponding one of the energization systems,each of the processors being configured to calculate respective control signals based on target individual torques which is split for each of the winding groups in the corresponding one of the energization systems from a target overall torque to be generated in the motor,
each of the processors including drive circuits configured to supply the driving electric power to each of the winding groups in the corresponding one of the energization systems based on the control signals,
each of the processors being configured to calculate the target individual torques such that each of the target individual torques is equal to or smaller than an individual rated torque set to be smaller than an individual limit torque determined depending on a structure of the motor as a limit of a torque to be output in each of the winding groups in the corresponding one of the energization systems,
each of the processors being configured such that, when an abnormality occurs in which a torque to be generated in one of the winding groups in the corresponding one of the energization systems is smaller than the individual rated torque and when the target overall torque is larger than a total of the individual rated torque for the winding group in the corresponding one of the energization systems in which the abnormality does not occur, the processor, controlling supply of driving electric power to the winding group in the corresponding one of the energization systems in which the abnormality does not occur, out of the plurality of processors controls supply of the driving electric power such that the winding group generates a torque larger than the individual rated torque.

US Pat. No. 11,027,771

STEERING ASSISTANCE DEVICE AND STEERING ASSISTANCE METHOD

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. A steering assistance device comprising:a steering angle detection unit, which detects a steering angle of a vehicle;
a first assistance unit, which performs steering assistance of the vehicle by using an oil pressure;
a second assistance unit, which performs steering assistance of the vehicle by using an electrical power;
a speed measurement unit, which measures a traveling speed of the vehicle; and
a control unit, which causes the first assistance unit to perform steering assistance such that a steering assistance amount of the first assistance unit is reduced by a predetermined amount from the predetermined steering assistance amount and causes the second assistance unit to perform steering assistance, in a case where the first assistance unit can perform steering assistance at a steering assistance amount predetermined for the detected steering angle,
wherein, in a case where the measured traveling speed is larger than the predetermined speed, the control unit increases the steering assistance amount of the first assistance unit in accordance with the steering angle as compared to the steering assistance amount of the second assistance unit.

US Pat. No. 11,027,770

STEER BY WIRE ROAD VEHICLE STEERING SYSTEM PROVIDED WITH A TELESCOPIC SUPPORT ELEMENT FOR THE STEERING WHEEL

FERRARI S.P.A., Modena (...

1. A steering system (4) for a road vehicle (1); the steering system (4) comprises:a steering wheel (6) provided with an outer ring (15), which is mounted so as to rotate around a rotation axis (13) and has no connection to steering wheels (2);
a support element (21), which, on one side, can be rigidly fixed on the inside of the vehicle (1) and, on the other side, is connected to the steering wheel (6) so as to support the steering wheel (6); and
a position sensor (8), which is designed to detect the angular position of the outer ring (15) of the steering wheel (6) around the rotation axis (13);
wherein the support element (21) is telescopic so as to vary its axial size along the rotation axis (13) in order to change the axial position of the steering wheel (6);
wherein the support element (21) comprises: an outer body (22), which can be rigidly fixed on the inside of the vehicle (1) and is internally hollow; an inner body (24), which is connected to the steering wheel (6), is partially arranged on the inside of the outer body (22), and can axially slide relative to the outer body (22); and an actuator device (26), which is designed to axially translate the inner body (24) relative to the outer body (22); and
wherein the actuator device (26) is completely arranged on the inside of the outer body (22).

US Pat. No. 11,027,769

STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering system comprising:a steered shaft that is movable to be advanced and retracted in an axial direction to steer steered wheels of a vehicle;
an electric motor that is supplied with a motor current to rotate a motor shaft;
a control device that supplies the motor current to control the electric motor;
a speed reduction mechanism that rotates a rotary element with a speed of rotation of the motor shaft of the electric motor reduced and that applies a moving force in the axial direction to the steered shaft through rotation of the rotary element; and
a housing that has a first housing portion that houses the steered shaft and a second housing portion that houses the speed reduction mechanism, the first housing portion and the second housing portion being formed to communicate with each other such that water that has entered the first housing portion flows into the second housing portion, wherein:
the electric motor has a motor case fixed to the housing, a plurality of stator cores disposed annularly in the motor case, windings for a plurality of phases wound around the plurality of stator cores, a rotor provided inward of the plurality of stator cores to rotate together with the motor shaft, and a bearing that supports the motor shaft so that the motor shaft is rotatable with respect to the motor case;
the motor case is formed with a water introduction hole that introduces the water which has entered the second housing portion into the motor case; and
the control device has a detector that detects entry of the water into the motor case, wherein
the detector detects entry of the water into the motor case on the basis of variations in a detection value of the motor current which is supplied to the windings for the plurality of phases.