US Pat. No. 11,066,246

EXTENDIBLE CONVEYOR WITH IRREGULAR PARCEL HANDLING

Siemens Logistics LLC, D...


1. An extendible conveyor system comprising:an extendible conveyor configured to extend into a container;
at least one belt on the extendible conveyor configured to transport an irregular parcel from the container to a base end of the extendible conveyor; and
a transfer mechanism configured to move the irregular parcel from the at least one belt to a shelf,
wherein the transfer mechanism is configured to restrain the at least one belt when the irregular parcel is being moved to the shelf.

US Pat. No. 11,066,245

CONVEYOR TRUSS ELEVATION APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Superior Industries, Inc....


1. A conveyor strut for modifying the elevation of a conveyor truss relative to a conveyor undercarriage, comprising:a lower frame having a first pair of supports connected by a first plurality of braces, said lower frame pivotally coupled to the conveyor undercarriage by a first pair of pivot supports;
an intermediate frame slidingly engaged with said lower frame, said intermediate frame having a second pair of supports connected by a second plurality of braces;
an upper frame slidingly engaged with said intermediate frame, said upper frame pivotally coupled to the conveyor truss by a second pair of pivot supports; and
at least a first actuator coupled to at least one of said upper frame and said lower frame, said first actuator configured to alternately extend and retract the strut in order to alternately raise and lower the conveyor truss relative to the conveyor undercarriage.

US Pat. No. 11,066,244

LINEAR INDUCTION SORTER

Amazon Technologies, Inc....


1. A sorting system comprising:a conveyance assembly positioned in a warehouse environment and comprising a conveyance surface at least partially defined by a plurality of slats hingeably coupled to one another along adjacent edges, the conveyance surface having a lateral centerline and configured to convey a container in a conveyance direction parallel with the lateral centerline;
a linear induction motor positioned below the conveyance surface and oriented at an angle relative to the lateral centerline of the conveyance surface, the linear induction motor configured to generate a changing magnetic field based on at least a position of the container on the conveyance surface; and
a shoe sized and shaped to at least partially surround a slat of the plurality of slats and having a first portion positioned on an opposing side of the conveyance surface from the linear induction motor, the shoe configured to, in response to the changing magnetic field, move relative to the slat in a direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction along at least a part of a length of the slat and engage the container.

US Pat. No. 11,066,243

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONVEYING ARTICLES AND AN APPARATUS FOR DOING THE SAME

Multilift, Inc., Lakewoo...


1. A conveyor for conveying articles up inclines, the conveyor comprising:an endless conveyor belt having an outer article-conveying surface and advancing in a direction of belt travel along a conveying path including an inclined portion;
a plurality of support elements extending outwardly from the outer article-conveying surface of the conveyor belt and spaced apart at least a distance between about 1.0 and 2.0 times a length of the article conveyed on said conveyor belt, wherein each support element comprises:an upright section having an upper portion and an article-supporting face generally positioned in the direction of belt travel;
a block-like bottom section with at least one hole and a curved bottom having a first radius of curvature, wherein the curved bottom engages the outer article-conveying surface of the conveyor belt; and
a top positioned at the upper portion of the upright section and opposite the bottom, wherein the top has a curved surface having a second radius of curvature, wherein the second radius of curvature is different than the first radius of curvature;

at least one securing mechanism for each support element to secure the support elements on the conveyor belt, wherein a portion of the securing mechanism is positioned in the hole of the block-like bottom section of the support element;
a support frame with a support stand positioned proximate to a floor surface and support bars;
a drive pulley interconnected to the support frame, wherein an underside of the conveyor belt engages an outer surface of the drive pulley; and
a tail pulley interconnected to the support frame and positioned at an end of the support frame opposite the drive pulley, wherein an underside of the conveyor belt engages an outer surface of the tail pulley.

US Pat. No. 11,066,242

POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT SORTER WITH PARALLEL DIVERT AND DIAGONAL DISCHARGE

Dematic Corp., Grand Rap...


1. A positive displacement sorter, comprising:a conveying surface configured to convey articles in a longitudinal direction;
at least one diagonal take-away lane, extending diagonally from said conveying surface to receive articles being diverted from said conveying surface;
a plurality of pushers configured to move together in a lateral direction to displace an item on said conveying surface to said diagonal take-away lane, wherein the item is displaced across said conveying surface in a longitudinal orientation that is parallel to the longitudinal direction of said conveying surface; and
a rotational system that is configured to rotate a leading portion of a diverted article in the direction of the take-away lane.

US Pat. No. 11,066,241

TWO-STAGE PICKING BY MEANS OF SORTER HAVING HIGH-DYNAMIC SORTER TRAYS


1. A storage and order-picking system, comprising:a control device configured for performing two-stage picking of articles, wherein the two-stage picking comprises a first article-orientated picking stage, and a second order-orientated picking stage;
a warehouse, wherein the articles in the warehouse are stored in storage containers in an article-pure manner, and wherein the articles are retrieved in an article-orientated manner from the warehouse in the first picking stage;
a sorter comprising:a loop-shaped main line operated continuously;
at least one branch line, wherein each of the branch lines is coupled to the main line and is operable discontinuously; and
a plurality of sorter trays, wherein each of the trays is configured to be moved along the lines and to be fed into and out from the main line;

one or more separation stations, wherein each of the separation stations:is coupled to the main line via one of the branch lines;
is coupled to the warehouse for being supplied with storage containers; and
is configured for reloading the articles from the storage containers onto the trays for transferring the articles in the first picking stage in accordance with order lines and/or individually onto respectively one of the trays located on the one of the branch lines;

and a plurality of automatically and/or manually operated target locations for the second picking stage, wherein each of the target locations is coupled:to one of the branch lines; and/or
directly to the main line.


US Pat. No. 11,066,240

AUTOMATED PHARMACY SYSTEM


1. An automated pharmacy system, comprising:a storage rack;
a plurality of compartmentalized shelves secured within the storage rack, the plurality of compartmentalized shelves being accessible from a back area of the storage rack and being blocked from access from a front of the storage rack;
a plurality of bins stored within the plurality of compartmentalized shelves within the storage rack and configured to store one or more medication packages therein, the one or more medication packages pre-prepared by a pharmacy technician, and each bin of the plurality of bins having a separate bar code;
a prescription delivery device, having:an interface device having a touch screen manually manipulated by a user, the interface located at the front of the storage rack;
a first camera in data communication with the interface and configured to record an identity of the user;
a delivery shoot extending from the back of the storage rack to the front of the storage rack, the delivery shoot configured to transport one of the plurality of bins from the back of the storage rack to the front of the storage rack and to the user; and
a card reader configured to receive a payment from the user;

a central computer in data communication with the prescription delivery device;
a robotic arm manipulated by the central computer, the robotic arm being configured to grab the one of the plurality of bins from the back of the storage rack and deliver the one of the plurality of bins to the delivery shoot;
a rail positioned on a ground surface and configured to provide transverse means for the robotic arm to move relative to the plurality of bins;
a bar code reader secured to the robotic arm, the bar code reader being configured to read the bar codes associated with each bin of the plurality of bins; and
a second camera in data communication with the central computer and positioned to receive a consultation from a pharmacy personnel;
wherein the robotic arm does not come into contact with medications;
wherein the consultation is delivered to the user via the interface;
wherein the user commands movement of the robotic arm via the interface device; and
wherein the robotic arm is configured to retrieve one or more bins as instructed from the interface device.

US Pat. No. 11,066,239

METHODS, SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MOVEMENT OF TRANSPORTING DEVICES

OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED,...


16. A method for controlling movement of at least one transporting device arranged to transport at least one container, the method comprising:receiving, by a control interface, first information about a first product to be moved from a workstation to one of a plurality of containers in one of a plurality of container stacks arranged in a facility, the plurality of container stacks being arranged without aisles between individual container stacks of the plurality of container stacks, the facility comprising pathways arranged in a grid-like structure above the plurality of container stacks;
by one or more processors, determining that the first product is in condition for return based on a first product identifier and a first expiry date located on the first product;
in response to determining that the first product is in condition for return,by the one or more processors, selecting, according to the first product identifier and the first expiry date located on the first product, a first container from the plurality of containers into which the first product is to be placed,
generating, by the one or more processors, a command to instruct a transporting device of a plurality of transporting devices to move the first container to the workstation, the plurality of transporting devices being configured to operate on the grid-like structure, and
storing, by the one or more processors, the command to a memory device;

receiving, by the control interface, second information about a second product to be moved from the workstation to one of the plurality of containers in one of the plurality of container stacks;
by the one or more processors, determining that the second product is not in condition for return based on a second product identifier and a second expiry date located on the second product; and
in response to determining that the second product is not in condition for return, selecting, by the one or more processors, a second container located at the workstation into which the second product is to be placed for disposal.

US Pat. No. 11,066,238

GOODS-TO-MAN WAREHOUSING COMPRISING MULTILEVEL RACKING, MOBILE STORAGE UNITS, STORAGE UNIT TRANSPORTERS, AND PICK-PLACE VEHICLE

Crown Equipment Corporati...


1. A goods-to-man warehousing system comprising a multilevel racking system, a plurality of mobile storage units, a pick-place vehicle, and a warehouse management computing hub, wherein:the plurality of mobile storage units each comprise a plurality of vertically aligned shelves each configured to hold items;
the multilevel racking system comprises a vertically and horizontally distributed array of storage bays and a plurality of racking system aisles;
the pick-place vehicle is configured to travel in the racking system aisles;
one or more of the mobile storage units are positioned in respective ones of the storage bays of the multilevel racking system;
the pick-place vehicle comprises pick-place hardware that enables the pick-place vehicle to transfer mobile storage units between a plurality of different, vertically displaced storage bays of the multilevel racking system and the warehouse floor; and
the warehouse management computing hub is programmed to coordinate movement of the pick-place vehicle and the mobile storage units in the goods-to-man warehousing system such that the pick-place vehicle engages a target mobile storage unit from a vertically displaced stocked storage bay of the array of storage bays and lowers the mobile storage unit from the stocked storage bay onto the warehouse floor, wherein the warehouse management computing hub and the pick-place vehicle are collectively configured to execute a pick operation or a place operation;
the pick operation comprisesselection of a vertically displaced stocked storage bay of the multilevel racking system, wherein the vertically displaced stocked storage bay comprises a mobile storage unit,
retrieval of the target mobile storage unit from the vertically displaced stocked storage bay by engaging the target mobile unit with a lifting mechanism of the pick-place vehicle, and
placement of the target mobile storage unit on the warehouse floor using the lifting mechanism of the pick-place vehicle; and

the place operation comprisesretrieval of the target mobile storage unit by engaging the target mobile storage unit with a lifting mechanism of the pick-place vehicle, and
placement of the target mobile storage unit into a vertically displaced unstocked or partially stocked storage bay of the multilevel racking system using the lifting mechanism of the pick-place vehicle.


US Pat. No. 11,066,237

APPARATUS FOR RETRIEVING UNITS FROM A STORAGE SYSTEM

OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED,...


1. A load handling device comprising:a housing comprising two lateral sides, a front side, a back side, and a top side that together form part of an external structure that at least partly encloses an inner portion of the housing, the inner portion comprising a container receiving space;
a first plurality of wheels configured to engage a first set of rails of a grid frame and comprising a first pair of wheels and a second pair of wheels located on an opposite side of the housing from the first pair of wheels, the first set of rails being configured to guide movement of the housing in a first direction along a top level of the grid frame, the grid frame comprising a three-dimensional storage structure configured to store stacks of containers beneath the top level of the grid frame, one or more of the first pair of wheels having an outer hub surface that faces away from the container receiving space;
a second plurality of wheels configured to engage a second set of rails of the grid frame, the second plurality of wheels comprising a third pair of wheels and a fourth pair of wheels, one or more of the third pair of wheels having an outer hub surface that faces away from the container receiving space, the second set of rails being configured to guide movement of the housing in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction along the top level of the grid frame, the second plurality of wheels being configured to be raised and lowered with respect to the first plurality of wheels;
a container lifting device positioned in the inner portion of the housing and comprising a container-lift motor configured to lift a container from one of the stacks of containers within the three-dimensional storage structure and fully into the container receiving space; and
a wheel lifting device positioned in the inner portion of the housing and comprising a wheel-lift motor configured to raise and lower the second plurality of wheels with respect to the first plurality of wheels to selectively engage the first plurality of wheels with the first set of rails or selectively engage the second plurality of wheels with the second set of rails,
wherein the wheel-lift motor is positioned above the container receiving space and operably connected to the second plurality of wheels via a mechanical connection, and the wheel-lift motor is configured to push the mechanical connection to lower the second plurality of wheels.

US Pat. No. 11,066,236

REFUSE CONTAINER HAVING INDICATOR ASSEMBLY

Wastequip LLC, Charlotte...


1. A system, comprising:an indicator assembly coupled with a refuse container, the indicator assembly comprising: processing circuitry comprising a memory; and
at least one indicator device in communication with the processing circuitry, the at least one indicator device movable relative to the refuse container between a first position and a second position;
wherein the processing circuitry is programmed to store information regarding the contents of the refuse container in the memory in response to movement of the indicator device from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,235

GARBAGE CAN RISER SYSTEM


1. A garbage can riser system being configured to elevate a flip lid of a garbage can above garbage contained in the garbage can, said system comprising:a garbage can having a top end, said top end being open;
a riser being positionable on said top end of said garbage can for increasing a functional height of said garbage can;
a flip lid being positionable on said riser wherein said flip lid is configured to be spaced above garbage contained in said garbage can thereby facilitating the entire volume of said garbage can to be filled with garbage without having said flip lid contacting the garbage when said flip lid is opened, said flip lid including a panel being pivotally positioned in said opening for opening and closing said opening, said panel having a length extending away from a pivot point of said panel such that a distal edge of said panel relative to the pivot point is positioned below a lower edge of the flip lid when the flip lid is opened, said riser spacing said panel at a sufficient height from said garbage can to facilitating said panel to pivot in said opening without striking the garbage in said garbage can; and
wherein said riser has an upper end, a lower end and an outer wall extending therebetween, said outer wall having a front side, a back side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side, each of said front side and said back side having a length being greater than a length of said first lateral side and said second lateral side such that said riser has a rectangular shape, each of said upper end and said lower end being open.

US Pat. No. 11,066,234

COMPONENTS AND END WALLS FOR FREIGHT CONTAINER


1. A front corner post for a freight container, comprising:an elongate exterior corner bar having:
an outer corner extending between a first exterior wall and a second exterior wall;
a first extension wall parallel with the first exterior wall and projecting perpendicularly away from the second exterior wall to a first elongate edge; and
a second elongate edge spaced apart from the first elongate edge, where the first elongate edge and the second elongate edge generally face the same direction;
an elongate interior corner bar having:
a first portion parallel with and joined to the first extension wall of the elongate exterior corner bar;
a second portion parallel with and joined to the first exterior wall;
a first interior wall extending from the second portion, the first interior wall parallel with the second exterior wall of the elongate exterior corner bar;
a second interior wall extending from the first portion, the second interior wall parallel with the first interior wall; and
a door interface wall parallel with the first exterior wall, where the door interface wall connects the first interior wall and the second interior wall of the elongate interior corner bar;
a gusset extending across an enclosed area defined by the elongate exterior corner bar and the elongate interior corner bar; and
an anti-racking block on a surface of the door interface wall opposite the gusset.

US Pat. No. 11,066,233

FOLDABLE CONTAINER

SHANGHAI HONGYAN RETURNAB...


1. A foldable container, comprising:a base; and
two pairs of side plates connected to the base via a hinge structure,
wherein a plurality of protruding portions are provided on the side plates and a plurality of grooves are provided on the base to match the protruding portions,
wherein the hinge structure is provided in at least one of the protruding portions and in at least one of the grooves,
wherein the at least one protruding portion of the protruding portions is further provided with a non-circular continuous curved surface profile with a curvature change, and the at least one of the grooves is further provided with at least one matching surface to match the continuous curved surface profile,
wherein during the process that the side plates are changed from a folded state to an open state, the continuous curved surface profile remains in contact with the matching surface, thereby preventing interference between the side plate and the base when the side plate is turned over, and
wherein the continuous curved surface profile is tangential to the matching surface when the side plates are changed from the folded state to the open state, and the base generates a result force on the side plates, and the result force is decomposable into a vertical component force causing the protruding portions to move downward and a horizontal component force parallel to the base.

US Pat. No. 11,066,232

BEVERAGE PREPARATION CAPSULE

Gruppo Gimoka S.r.l., Tr...


1. A capsule for preparing a beverage in an automatic beverage preparation device; whereinthe capsule (1) comprises a cup-shaped body (2) designed to be closed by a lid (4) intended to be perforated to allow a pressurised fluid to be injected into the capsule (1); the cup-shaped body (2) has a longitudinal axis (3) and comprises a lateral wall (6) and a bottom wall (7) with a beverage outlet (8);
the capsule (1) further comprises an inner insert (9) extending transversally to the longitudinal axis (3) to divide the capsule inner volume into an upper chamber (10) intended to contain a beverage preparation substance, and a lower chamber (11) for beverage collection and outflow;
the insert (9) comprises a disc (16) with a number of passages (19) designed to establish a fluidic communication between the upper chamber (10) and the lower chamber (11);
characterised in that the disc (16) comprises one or more beverage outflow channels (21) formed in a lower face (18) of the disc (16) facing the lower chamber (11) and communicating with the upper chamber (10) through the passages (19);
and by a membrane (22) permanently connected to the lower face (18) of the disc (16), except for one or more areas (18a) so as to define, together with said areas (18a), respective membrane valves (23) configured to switch, under the effect of the beverage pressure, between a normal closed configuration, in which the membrane (22) adheres to the disc (16) and prevents the beverage from flowing therethrough, and an open configuration, in which the membrane (22) is spaced apart from the disc (16) and allows the beverage to flow from the upper chamber (10) to the lower chamber (11).

US Pat. No. 11,066,231

BEVERAGE PREPARATION CAPSULES

Lavazza Professional Nort...


1. A sealed beverage preparation capsule comprising:a hollow body comprising:a cup-shaped base portion comprising a bottom wall and a sidewall extending from the bottom wall to a flanged top, an upper surface of the bottom wall and an inner surface of the sidewall collectively defining a cavity of said hollow body, said cavity having an open top end; and
a top cover sheet bonded to the flanged top and closing the open top end of the cavity to seal the hollow body;

a layer of filter material at least 2 mm thick located inside said cavity of said hollow body in abutment with said upper surface of said bottom wall of said base portion of said hollow body by at least one of an adhesive or a retaining bead on the inner surface of the sidewall of the base portion of the hollow body, wherein substantially all of the upper surface of the bottom wall of said base portion of said hollow body is in direct contact with said layer of filter material;
a beverage preparation ingredient inside said cavity of said hollow body on the layer of filter material and covering an upper surface of said layer of filter material, the beverage preparation ingredient having a top surface that faces the top cover sheet; and
wherein the cavity comprises a continuous and uninterrupted volume of space between the top surface of the beverage preparation ingredient and the top cover sheet.

US Pat. No. 11,066,230

AEROSOL APPLICATOR OF EXPANDING FOAM CHEMICALS

Nathaniel L. Waugh, Eliz...


1. An applicator for dispensing foam from an aerosol container, comprising:a body comprising a nozzle portion, an aerosol inlet for connection to an aerosol container having a discharge valve and comprising a foamable material, and a gas inlet for connection to a source of compressed gas, the gas inlet comprising a pneumatic quick connect coupling device for attachment to the source of compressed gas,
wherein the nozzle portion comprises a foam outlet for dispensing the foamable material and a first gas outlet and a second gas outlet for dispensing compressed gas, the first gas outlet and the second gas outlet positioned adjacent to the foam outlet and the foam outlet positioned in between the first gas outlet and the second gas outlet, and wherein the aerosol inlet operatively engages the discharge valve of the aerosol container;
a foam channel disposed within the body and having an entry port at the aerosol inlet and an exit port at the foam outlet;
a first gas channel disposed within the body, the first gas channel having an entry port at the gas inlet and an exit port at the first gas outlet;
a second gas channel disposed within the body, the second gas channel having an entry port at the gas inlet and an exit port at the second gas outlet;
a trigger positioned on a forward surface of the body and adjacent to the aerosol inlet, where upon depression of the trigger, the discharge valve of the aerosol container is configured to open and allow the foamable material from the aerosol container to flow into the foam channel at the entry port.

US Pat. No. 11,066,229

CONTAINER FOR BEVERAGES AND CORRESPONDING PRODUCTION METHOD


1. Container for beverages comprising an external keg and an internal bag associated internally with said external keg, said external keg and said internal bag being obtainable from respective preforms, defining between them a hollow space, and a closing device provided with a valve unit to control the delivery of said beverage and coupled with said external keg and said internal bag in order to close said container, wherein said internal bag has at least one through hole, made in a neck portion thereof, which extends in a radial direction with respect to a longitudinal axis of said internal bag, and connects the internal volume of said internal bag with said hollow space, wherein said closing device comprises a lid suitable to be coupled with the neck portions of said external keg and said internal bag, and a support element connected to said lid and to said valve unit, said support element being mobile with respect to said closing lid and defining a configuration of non-use of said valve unit, in which it cooperates with said lid to define a fluidic seal of said container, and a configuration of use of said valve unit in which it cooperates with said lid to define at least a passage for the air between said at least one through hole and the outside of said container.

US Pat. No. 11,066,228

INSULATED BOX ASSEMBLY AND TEMPERATURE-REGULATING LID THEREFOR

Pratt Retail Specialties,...


1. A temperature-regulating lid for an insulated box assembly comprising:a lid box comprising a top panel, a bottom panel, and at least one side panel, wherein the top panel, the bottom panel, and the at least one side panel define an interior cavity, the interior cavity defining an uncovered open end configured to allow unrestricted access to the cavity, the lid box further defining a slot formed at a first bend line thereof;
a wing extending outwardly from the top panel, the wing configured to support the temperature-regulating lid on the insulated box assembly, wherein the wing is planar with the top panel, the wing defining a finger cut-out configured to be engaged by a finger;
a locking tab extending from the top panel and movable relative to the top panel at a second bend line, the locking tab engaging the slot to retain the temperature-regulating lid in an assembled orientation; and
a temperature-regulating insert configured to be inserted into and removed from the interior cavity through the uncovered open end.

US Pat. No. 11,066,227

BAG FOR CARRYING ARTICLES

Benjamin Banoun, Paris (...


1. An article carrier bag (B1; B2), in particular of the fastfood takeaway type, the bag comprising a bottom (F11; F21) and sides (F12, F13; F22, F23) defining inside walls bounding an inside storage space, and being characterized in that at least one gusset element (E1; E2) in a folded state is fitted to and fastened on at least one inside wall of the sides (F12, F13; F22, F23) in two adjacent fastener zones (Z14, Z15; Z24, Z25) that are separated by a frangible zone (F15; F25a; F25b) provided in association with at least one side (F12, F13; F22, F23), so as to be capable of bringing the gusset element (E1; E2) into an unfolded state after breaking the frangible zone (F15; F25a; F25b);wherein the frangible zone is formed in a side, the two adjacent fastener zones being provided on the side, respectively on either side of the frangible zone; and
wherein the gusset element is made from a sheet presenting a width together with a length that corresponds to four times the width so as to define an alignment of four squares, each square being folded along one of its diagonals so as to define eight isosceles right triangles, two pairs of adjacent isosceles right triangles connected together via their points respectively forming the two gussets, while the other four isosceles right triangles form the four fastener flaps, the frangible zone having two frangible lines connected together at right angles at a junction point.

US Pat. No. 11,066,226

SHIPPING CONTAINER

DRYCE S.R.L., Cernusco s...


1. A shipping container comprising:a body wherein a cavity is formed;
a lid adapted to close a top of said body;
a support configured as a gimbal,
wherein said support comprises:
an outer cage configured to be fitted in said cavity and sized so as to contact walls of the cavity,
an inner cage restrained to said outer cage and rotatable relative thereto about at least one first rotation axis (A); and
a cradle restrained to said inner cage and rotatable relative to the outer cage about at least one second rotation axis (B) perpendicular to said first rotation axis (A), said cradle being configured to receive and hold one or more objects,
wherein the cradle comprises a base acting as a ballast and a pair of arms that are arranged along its periphery in opposite positions with respect to a central portion thereof, said arms extending perpendicularly from the base and being pivoted on the inner cage by way of respective pins that define the second rotation axis (B).

US Pat. No. 11,066,225

INFLATED PACKAGE, PRECURSOR AND METHOD

Airguard Ltd., Ein HaMif...


1. A package precursor for an inflatable package comprising:a package precursor width;
a package precursor length;
two panels defined by first and second inflatable areas and having at least one hinge located between said two panels, said two panels and said hinge succeeding each other respectively along said package precursor length and each of said two panels and said hinge extend across said packet precursor width, said two panels being inflatable to said package precursor width; and
an inflation port that provides inflation fluid to the inflatable areas, the inflation port being within a manifold located externally to said two panels and said hinge, wherein the inflation port includes an inlet area connectable to a source of inflation fluid for inflating said two panels, and a sealing point that is sealable after inflation of the precursor to isolate the inflatable areas from the inlet area, said two panels being placeable at an angle around said hinge to form a cover for a corner, the package precursor thereby being placeable on a corner of a product and configured to fit on said corner when inflated without folding or wrapping around said product.

US Pat. No. 11,066,224

PACKAGING CONSTRUCTIONS, MATERIALS, AND METHODS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...


1. A packaging or shipping material comprisingan outer portion,
a cohesive portion that only sticks to itself,
and a cushioning portion between the outer portion and the cohesive portion, wherein
the cushioning portion comprises a bubble film that includes a bubble portion that faces the outer portion and a film portion that faces the cohesive portion;
wherein the outer portion is a multilayer film;
wherein the outer portion comprises polypropylene and polyethylene;
wherein only one surface of the material contains the cohesive portion; and
wherein a layer is present between the cohesive portion and the cushioning portion.

US Pat. No. 11,066,223

OPENING DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH OPENING DEVICE AND PACKAGING MATERIAL FOR USE IN SAID METHOD


1. A method of manufacturing an opening device, comprising:arranging a first mold half comprising a first mold cavity on a first side of a fibre based packaging laminate,
arranging a second mold half comprising a second mold cavity having a continuous channel on an opposing side of the fibre based packaging laminate,
wherein the first mold cavity partly overlaps the second mold cavity in one or more overlapping areas, and
injecting a melt into at least said first mold cavity, wherein the melt, due to pressure being built up in said cavity, penetrates through a part of the fibre based packaging laminate that is not weakened in any way in an overlapping area and fills also at least said second mold cavity for generation of an opening device extending through the packaging laminate,
wherein, a first portion on one side of a fibre based packaging laminate and a second portion on an opposite side of the fibre based packaging laminate, the first and second portion being formed in one and the same piece and joined by at least one material bridge extending through the packaging laminate.

US Pat. No. 11,066,222

PACKAGE OPENING FEATURE

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...


1. A package for a medical device, comprising:a front panel and a back panel opposite the front panel, the front panel and the back panel each including a top end and a bottom end;
a first side panel extending between the front panel and the back panel; and
a second side panel extending between the front panel and the back panel opposite the first side panel;
wherein the front panel includes a front panel perforation extending from the first side panel to the second side panel, the front panel perforation being disposed between the top end of the front panel and the bottom end of the front panel;
wherein the back panel includes a back panel perforation extending from the first side panel to the second side panel, the back panel perforation being disposed between the top end of the back panel and the bottom end of the back panel;
wherein the first side panel includes a first side panel perforation extending from the front panel perforation to the back panel perforation;
wherein the second side panel includes a hinge element extending from the front panel perforation to the back panel perforation;
wherein the first side panel includes a first weakened bend element extending from the first side panel perforation toward a top end of the first side panel;
wherein the first side panel includes a second weakened bend element extending from the first side panel perforation toward a bottom end of the first side panel;
wherein the first weakened bend element extends substantially perpendicular to the first side panel perforation.

US Pat. No. 11,066,221

PACKAGE WITH UNIQUE OPENING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPENING PACKAGE

PopPack LLC, San Francis...


1. A package comprising:a first film and a second film, the first film and the second film forming an enclosure and a tab area and defining a package periphery, the tab area comprising a first tab portion and a second tab portion, the enclosure defining an interior volume configured to receive a product;
a singular breachable bubble located within the tab area, the singular breachable bubble comprising a tapered barrier passage between the first tab portion and the second tab portion, the tapered barrier passage having a width adjacent to the first tab portion that is narrower or wider than a width adjacent to the second tab portion, the singular breachable bubble further comprising a first breachable bubble formed within the first tab portion and a second breachable bubble formed within the second tab portion, wherein folding the singular breachable bubble along a fold line seals the first breachable bubble from the second breachable bubble, and wherein the singular breachable bubble contains air in an amount to permit folding and wherein the singular breachable bubble also contains sufficient air such that when folded, the first breachable bubble contains sufficient trapped air such that, upon application of pressure by a user, the first breachable bubble breaches and forms a first breach passage between the enclosure and the first breachable bubble and wherein the second breachable bubble contains sufficient trapped air such that, upon application of pressure by a user, the second breachable bubble breaches and forms a second breach passage between the package periphery and the second breachable bubble.

US Pat. No. 11,066,220

BUNGEE DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

Jeffrey L. Dershem, Zion...


1. A bungee device comprises:an elongated shape portion having a cord connection portion and a flat section, the flat section entirely surrounding the cord connection part, the cord connection part extending from the flat section,
a cord loop comprising a pair of cord segments therefrom, each of the cord segments extending from the cord connection portion,
each cord segment including at least one flat surface extending along a length thereof,
wherein when the pair of cord segments are wrapped around one or more objects and the elongated shape portion is inserted between the cord segments, the at least one flat surface on the cord loop comes into contact with a portion of the flat section of the elongated shape portion to better hold the bungee cord in place around the one or more objects, and further wherein
the elongated shape portion and the cord are molded as one piece and the elongated shape portion has a bore therethrough.

US Pat. No. 11,066,219

PORTABLE DRINKING BOTTLE WITH AN AUXILIARY CASING FOR ARTICLES


14. A portable drinking bottle consisting of:a) a main casing defined with a first opening, said main casing being tapered; and
b) an auxiliary casing removably inserted in said main casing through said first opening such that a cavity being formed therebetween, said cavity filled with drinking liquid, said auxiliary casing defined with a second opening and partitioned with at least one partition wall to form a plurality of storage compartments, each of said plurality of storage compartments configured to receive at least one utensil, said cavity extending about a circumference of said auxiliary casing, said at least one partition wall and said plurality of storage compartments extend an entire height of said auxiliary casing, said auxiliary casing being in constant abutting contact with a floor of said main casing when inserted therein;
c) an inner closure threadably connected with said first opening and defined with at least one central aperture and an outer portion surrounding said central aperture, said central aperture provided for accessing said auxiliary casing and said outer portion defined with a spout extending therefrom, said inner closure covering said cavity and said auxiliary casing simultaneously, said inner closure simultaneously engaging said main casing and said auxiliary casing, said inner closure being entirely above of said auxiliary casing and said cavity, said central aperture extending a partial width of said inner closure;
d) an outer closure in hinge connection with said inner closure and press-fitted for establishing lock therebetween, said outer closure including a protrusion opposite of said hinge connection on said outer closure, said protrusion facilitating opening and closing of said outer closure;
e) a carrying handle connected to said inner closure by a connecting lock, said connecting lock being located at lateral sides of said carrying handle; and
f) a central cover to cover said central aperture, said central cover defined with a window portion to access said auxiliary casing, said central cover located between said inner closure and said outer closure, said spout being sandwiched between said inner closure and said outer closure in constant abutting contact therewith, simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 11,066,218

DISCHARGE HEAD, AND LIQUID DISPENSER COMPRISING SUCH A DISCHARGE HEAD

APTAR RADOLFZELL GMBH, R...


24. A liquid dispenser for dispensing cosmetic or pharmaceutical liquids, said liquid dispenser comprising:a liquid store; and
a discharge head having a housing formed integrally with or detachably coupled to said liquid store, said discharge head comprising:a discharge opening through which liquid is dispensed into a surrounding atmosphere;
an inlet region disposed to face said liquid store;
an outlet channel extending from said inlet region to said discharge opening to supply said discharge opening with liquid from the liquid store; and
a throttle device disposed in said outlet channel, said throttle device having a throttle channel, said throttle channel communicating with, and defining a portion of, said outlet channel such that liquid from the liquid store flowing through said outlet channel flows through said throttle channel, said throttle channel having a cross-section for accommodating liquid therein, said throttle device comprising a throttle channel wall defining a portion of said throttle channel, said throttle channel wall being displaceable or deformable to vary a position of said throttle channel wall within said throttle channel to reduce a size of said cross-section of said throttle channel to a reduced cross-sectional size with an increasing liquid pressure at said throttle device or with an increasing liquid flow through said throttle device, said reduced cross-sectional size of said throttle channel being dimensioned to always permit liquid to flow from the liquid store through said throttle channel and to exit said discharge opening such that said throttle channel never completely closes.


US Pat. No. 11,066,217

TWIST LID FOR BEVERAGE CONTAINER

Leapfrog Product Developm...


1. A lid assembly for a beverage container, comprising:a lid cover having a first latch member;
a lid base pivotally securing the lid cover, the lid base having a first mating member and a drink spout;
a twist ring rotationally connected around a portion of the lid base, the twist ring having a second latch member that mates with the first latch member, the twist ring further having a second mating member that mates with the first mating member, the twist ring having an opening therethrough, wherein the twist ring is adapted to rotate with respect to the lid base and the lid cover;
a damping member between a portion of the lid base and the twist ring, the damping member adapted to stop rotation of the twist ring and to bias the twist ring in an opposite direction; and,
a lock operably connected to the lid base and extending through the opening in the twist ring, the lock moving between a locked position and an unlocked position, the lock preventing rotation of the twist ring when the lock is in the locked position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,216

FLIP LID AND CONTAINER INCLUDING THE SAME


1. A flip lid comprising a lid body, the lid body defining an outlet through the lid body, a flap rotatably connected to a first side of the lid body, a rotating element rotatably connected to a second side of the lid body, the rotating element being movable between a sealing position and an unsealing position, a resetting member biasing the rotating element to the sealing position, an actuating member disposed on a side of the rotating element facing the outlet, wherein the outlet forms a seal with the rotating element in the sealed position, the seal between the rotating element and the outlet is broken in the unsealed position, the rotating element covers the outlet in the sealing position, and the flap comprises an actuating protrusion configured to push the actuating member away from the sealing position to the unsealing position when the flap is rotated from a closed position towards an open position;the lid body comprises a concave groove, the resetting member is a torsion spring, one end of the torsion spring is fastened to the rotating element, and the other end of the torsion spring is received in the concave groove.

US Pat. No. 11,066,215

TATTOO BOTTLE WITH SECURE LID

INK PROJECTS LLC, Fort M...


1. A cap comprising:a base including a nozzle having a nozzle rim and an upper base rim;
a hinge; and
a lid including:an inner sealing part for engaging the nozzle rim,
a beam extending from a top of the lid,
a first operative region defined by a first recessed face defined between a first longitudinal wall and a second longitudinal wall, and a ledge,
a second operative region defined by a second recessed face and a portion of the hinge, and
an annular bottom rim configured to contact the upper base rim at an upper surface of the upper base rim, the annular bottom rim extending continuously at least in an area of the first operative region between the first longitudinal wall and the second longitudinal wall and directly below the first recessed face, the upper surface of the upper base rim configured to contact the annular bottom rim directly below the area,
wherein the lid is openable by pressing the first operative region in a first direction and closable by pressing the second operative region in a second direction.


US Pat. No. 11,066,214

ADDITIVE CONTAINER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...


1. An additive container configured to contain an additive to be added to a defibrated material therein and to be coupled to an intake port for introducing the additive of an additive supply device, the additive container comprising:a container that includes a discharge port and contains the additive, the container further including a pair of first protruding pieces protruding outward from an outer peripheral side of the container, each of the first protruding pieces having a first protrusion that protrudes along a central axis of the discharge port; and
a first shutter member that opens and closes the discharge port, the first shutter member including a pair of second protruding pieces protruding outward from an outer peripheral side of the first shutter member, each of the second protruding pieces having a first surface, a second surface that faces in an opposite direction of the first surface, and a hole that penetrates through each of the second protruding pieces from the first surface to the second surface, wherein
the first shutter member enters an open state by rotating the container in a first direction around the central axis of the discharge port with respect to the first shutter member, and the first shutter member enters a closed state by rotating the container in a second direction opposite to the first direction with respect to the first shutter member from the open state,
the first protrusion and the hole restrict the first shutter member from rotating with respect to the container by the first protrusion being coupled to the hole from a side of the first surface,
the hole further restricts the first shutter member from rotating with respect to the additive supply device having a pair of second protrusions, by each second protrusion of the additive supply device being coupled to the hole from a side of the second surface,
the first protrusion which is being coupled to the hole is pushed outside of the hole by the each second protrusion in response to the each second protrusion being coupled to the hole from the side of the second surface, and
in a state where the rotation of the first shutter member with respect to the additive supply device is restricted by the hole being coupled to the each second protrusion, as the container is operated to rotate relative to the first shutter member, the open state and the closed state are switched.

US Pat. No. 11,066,213

CONTAINER LID

XIAMEN DEGUAN TECHNOLOGY ...


1. A container lid, comprising: a lid for sealing a filling tube connected to an external environment; whereina bottom end of the lid is provided with a hollow inner cavity, and an inner side wall of the hollow inner cavity is provided with a thread; and
an upper end of the lid is provided with at least two sliding grooves;
wherein the bottom end of the lid is provided with at least one insert bar and at least one insert hole, and a rotation amplitude of each of the sliding grooves is 20° to 25°.

US Pat. No. 11,066,212

METHODS OF MAKING EASY OPEN PLASTIC BAGS

POLYTEX FIBERS CORPORATIO...


1. A method of manufacturing a bag comprising:(a) providing a bag having a first wall, a second wall, an interior surface, an exterior surface, a top end, a bottom end, with each of the first wall and second wall having a laminate having a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer, and having an interior surface, an exterior surface, a first end and a second end, wherein the second layer is in contact with the first layer and the third layer, the first layer comprises woven strips comprising oriented polyethylene, the second layer comprises an oriented polyethylene film, and the third layer comprises an oriented polyethylene film having at least a portion having printing or graphics, and wherein the second layer laminates the first layer and third layer together,
(b) laser cutting the first layer, the second layer, and the third layer of either the first wall or the second wall of the bag with a plurality of perforations, wherein the plurality of perforations further comprises a first plurality of perforations and a second plurality of perforations, with the first plurality of perforations having a size that differs from that of the second plurality of perforations, each of the plurality of perforations having a first end and a second end, wherein the first plurality of perforations define at least one line extending a distance of at least ten percent across the first wall or the second wall of the bag, wherein each of the plurality of perforations extends through the first layer, through the second layer, and through the third layer of either the first wall or the second wall of the bag, and wherein the first plurality of perforations is located on either the first wall or the second wall and not at the first end or second end of the first wall or the second wall of the bag,
(c) applying a cover having a pull tab to cover at least the first plurality of perforations, wherein the cover comprises an adhesive tape and is adapted to allow a consumer to open the bag by pulling on the pull tab of the cover,
(d) applying heat to at least the first wall or second wall and pressing the first wall and second wall together to seal the first end of the bag prior to the bag being filled, wherein the bag is adapted to be filled with at least ten pounds by weight of at least one filling material, and the first end is adapted to comprise a bottom panel when the first end is sealed, and
(e) wherein the second end of the bag is adapted to be sealed once the bag has been filled, wherein the second end is adapted to comprise a top panel when the second end is sealed, wherein the top panel and bottom panel each comprise printing or graphics thereon, and wherein the printing or graphics on at least one of the top panel and the bottom panel is adapted to be visible when the bag is in a stack of a plurality of bags on display.

US Pat. No. 11,066,211

COLLAPSIBLE CAPSULES AND SUPPLEMENTAL DEVICES

FITTO LTD, Tel Aviv (IL)...


1. A collapsible capsule comprising:a first annular body portion having a first annular body portion proximal end, a first annular body portion distal end and a first annular body portion diameter, wherein the first annular body portion proximal end comprises an opening;
a second annular body portion having a second annular body portion proximal end, a second annular body portion distal end and a second annular body portion diameter that is smaller than the first annular body portion diameter, wherein the second annular body portion distal end is a closed end;
an intermediate annular body portion extending from the first annular body portion distal end to the second annular body portion proximal end; and
two or more elongated folding driving sections arranged along a circumference of the first annular body portion, wherein the elongated folding driving sections extend beyond the first annular body portion distal end;
wherein a taper ratio of the first annular body portion ranges between 0.80 and 0.99;
wherein a taper ratio of the intermediate annular body portion ranges between 0.70 and 0.90; and
wherein, upon application of a certain pressure on at least one of the intermediate annular body portion and the second annular body portion distal end, the second annular body portion moves into a hollow internal space within the first annular body portion, and the first annular body portion distal end folds inwardly towards the hollow internal space of the first annular body such that at least a portion of the first annular body portion inverts inside out.

US Pat. No. 11,066,210

NYLON PALLET

David Ankele, San Mateo,...


1. A nylon pallet comprising, in combination;a) a rigid, injection molded nylon bottom portion comprising a planar bottom side and a top side, two equal length sides, two equal width sides, four ninety-degree corners, a plurality of equal sized upstanding nylon posts affixed to the bottom portion top side in four equal sized arrays of four upstanding nylon posts in the four corners of the bottom portion top side, three equal sized arrays of four upstanding nylon posts along a central axis of the bottom portion length sides with two equal sized arrays near the center portion of each length side and the third equal array centered between the two arrays in the center of the bottom portion top side, and two equal sized arrays of four upstanding nylon posts along a central axis of the bottom portion width sides with one array near the center portion of each width side, whereby each equal sized array of four upstanding nylon posts comprises two diagonally disposed upstanding nylon posts further comprising extended nylon attachment clips and two diagonally opposed posts comprising an open end sized to receive an attachment clip, and wherein two equal sized arrays of four upstanding nylon posts along a central axis of the bottom portion width sides further comprise equal sized nylon frame sides between upstanding nylon posts, the frame sides orthogonally disposed to the central axis of the bottom portion width sides;
b) a rigid, injection molded nylon top portion of equal size to the bottom portion and comprising a bottom side and a planar top side, two equal length sides, two equal width sides, four ninety-degree corners, a plurality of equal sized upstanding nylon posts affixed to the top portion bottom side in four equal sized arrays of four upstanding nylon posts in the four corners of the top portion bottom side, three equal sized arrays of four upstanding nylon posts along a central axis of the top portion length sides with two equal sized arrays near the center portion of each top portion length side and the third equal array centered between the two arrays in the center of the top portion bottom side, and two equal sized arrays of four upstanding nylon posts along a central axis of the top portion width sides with one array near the center portion of each width side, whereby each equal sized array of four upstanding nylon posts comprises two diagonally disposed upstanding nylon posts further comprising extended nylon attachment clips and two diagonally opposed posts comprising an open end sized to receive an attachment clip wherein the two diagonally disposed upstanding nylon posts comprising extended attachment clips for each top portion array correspond to the two diagonally upstanding post open ends on a corresponding bottom side array, and wherein two equal sized arrays of four upstanding nylon posts along a central axis of the top portion width sides further comprise equal sized nylon frame sides between upstanding nylon posts corresponding to the equal sized frame sides between upstanding nylon posts of the bottom portion, the frame sides orthogonally disposed to the central axis of the top portion width sides;
c) a nylon locking pin to secure each upstanding post with extended attachment clip to each upstanding post open end; and
d) at least one container sized to be received and releasably held by the frame sides, the at least one container comprising at least one integral global positioning system, at least one integral radio frequency identification device, at least one integral temperature sensor, at least one integral sensor calibrated to detect chemicals, an integral power supply and connected wiring to power components housed in the container, and bottom portion external surface side clips sized to engage and releasably attach to the respective frame sides extending upwards from the pallet bottom portion top side;

whereby, when each bottom portion top side array of upstanding nylon posts connects with a corresponding top portion bottom side array of upstanding nylon posts a low profile, high weight capacity pallet is formed, the pallet further comprising equipment entry passages between the top and bottom portions from all four sides, and real time tracking, identification, and monitoring capabilities.

US Pat. No. 11,066,209

CONVENIENT SOLID PRODUCT DISPENSING PACKAGE


1. A blank used to form a hexagonal shaped box, the blank having:a) a front sidewall and a back sidewall, wherein the front sidewall is foldably connected to the back sidewall, the back sidewall including a back sidewall adhesive area;
b) a first sidewall foldably connected to the back sidewall, wherein the first sidewall has a first sidewall top flap and a first sidewall bottom flap foldably connected to the first sidewall;
c) a second sidewall foldably connected to the first sidewall opposite the back sidewall, wherein the second sidewall has a second sidewall top flap and a second sidewall bottom flap foldably connected to the second sidewall;
d) a second sidewall bottom flap extension foldably connected to the second sidewall bottom flap opposite the side second sidewall;
e) a third sidewall foldably connected to the front sidewall opposite the second sidewall, the third sidewall having a third sidewall top panel foldably connected to the third sidewall;
f) a fourth sidewall foldably connected to the third sidewall opposite the front sidewall, wherein the fourth sidewall has a fourth sidewall top flap and a fourth sidewall bottom flap foldably connected to the fourth sidewall;
g) a fourth sidewall bottom flap extension foldably connected to the fourth sidewall bottom flap opposite the fourth sidewall;
h) an inner sidewall foldably connected to the fourth sidewall opposite the third sidewall, the inner sidewall having inner sidewall stops and an inner bottom support panel foldably connected to the inner sidewall;
i) an inner sidewall flap foldably connected to the inner sidewall opposite the fourth sidewall, wherein an outer surface of the inner sidewall flap includes an inner sidewall adhesive area;
j) a top panel foldably connected to the front sidewall and including an aperture for dispensing food product there through;
k) a bottom panel foldably connected to the front sidewall opposite the top panel; and
l) a slide foldably connected to the front sidewall opposite the back sidewall, wherein the slide includes angled stop portions and slide stops adjacent the angled stop portions.

US Pat. No. 11,066,208

SHIPPERS WITH A CONSTANT DEPTH

WestRock Shared Services,...


1. A container comprising: a blank including a plurality of panels foldably connected to one another and erected about an interior space, and a plurality of top flaps foldably connected to the plurality of panels to enclose a top end of the interior space, and a plurality of bottom flaps wherein each of the bottom flaps is foldably connected to a corresponding panel of plurality of panels to enclose a bottom end of the interior space; and wherein the blank includes a line of weakness pattern configured to allow a user to break at least some of the top flaps so as to move said container from a closed configuration enclosing the interior space to an open configuration allowing access to the interior space;wherein the plurality of panels include a front panel, a first side panel, a back panel opposed to the front panel, and a second side panel opposed to the first side panel;
wherein the top flaps, the first side panel, and the second side panel include perforations of the line of weakness pattern;
wherein the top flaps include a back top flap foldably connected to the back panel, a front top flap foldably connected to the front panel, a first side top flap foldably connected to the first side panel, and a second side top flap foldably connected to the second side panel, wherein the line of weakness pattern includes a respective line of weakness across each respective one of the first and second side top flaps that divides each respective one of the first and second side top flaps into a front portion and a back portion, wherein the front portions are adhered to the front top flap, and wherein the back portions are adhered to the back top flap;
wherein the perforations in the top flaps define a top opener feature in at least one of the front top flap and the back top flap, the top opener feature being configured for a user to initiate breaking the top flaps;
wherein each of the front and back panels includes a respective hinge line defined therein for hinging the container into the open configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,066,207

HEATING CONTAINER FOR FOODS


1. A heating container for foods, comprising:a box configured to house bakery products, formed by a cover, a base that is a bottom of the heating container and opposite the cover, and a plurality of vertical side walls connecting the cover and the base, configured to be mutually fit in a reversible manner in order to avoid the content outflow;
a preheated plate configured to act as a support surface for the foods to be maintained hot, as a support for the cutting of said foods, and as a heat source to keep the foods hot or terminate the cooking thereof;
an internal support layer configured to support the preheated plate and to maintain the preheated plate at a predetermined distance from said base of said box;
an air space defined between the base of said box and said internal support layer, the air space being configured to allow the circulation of air and configured to maintain said base and said support layer spaced from each other, even under the effect of pressure generated by a user while cutting the foods present on the preheated plate; and
a ventilation system, constituted by a first plurality of holes on the cover, a second plurality of holes in the support layer, and a third plurality of holes in the base, each of the second holes having a first edge portion and a second edge portion opposite the first edge portion, each of the third holes having a third edge portion and a fourth edge portion opposite the third edge portions of the respective second holes, the ventilation system including a plurality of wall portions extending between the respective first and third edge portions and the respective second and fourth edge portions, the ventilation system being configured to prevent the formation of condensation inside the box itself, when the cover is closed.

US Pat. No. 11,066,206

PACKAGE, AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING AND FOR USING SELF-ADHESIVE

ZEON CORPORATION, Tokyo ...


1. A method for producing a self-adhesive to be arranged on a package comprising a space to store contents and an opening by which the space and an outside communicate, wherein the opening is repeatedly openable and sealable by the self-adhesive that consists of a cross-linking material of a resin composition containing a (meth)acrylic acid ester copolymer resin having a glass transition temperature of ?22.8° C. or more, and a crosslinking agent, the method comprising:making the resin composition that contains the (meth)acrylic acid ester copolymer resin, and the crosslinking agent, the resin composition being either emulsion or dispersion, and the emulsion or dispersion having a viscosity of 3,500 to 5,500 mPa·s; and
cross-linking the resin composition.

US Pat. No. 11,066,205

HYGIENIC LABELING MACHINE

Multifeeder Technology, I...


1. A machine for applying labels to articles flowing on a conveyor, said machine comprising:(a) a support stand adapted to support a labeler assembly in cantilevered relation above a conveyor;
(b) the labeler assembly including an enclosure assembly having a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall, a rear wall and a pair of opposed side walls and an access door incorporating a gasket in the rear wall for preventing ingress of moisture when the access door is closed relative to the enclosure assembly;
(c) a plurality of servo motors disposed within the enclosure assembly;
(d) a plurality of rotatable shafts extending through the front wall of the enclosure assembly, a first of said shafts adapted to support a label web supply reel and a second of said shafts adapted to support a web take-up reel, a third of said shafts having a label web drive roll thereon and a fourth of said shafts mounting a pinch roller assembly, each of said first, second, third and fourth shafts passing through an associated bearing isolator mounted to the enclosure assembly and each having a seal for inhibiting passage of moisture along the shafts into the enclosure assembly;
(e) means for coupling the plurality of servo motors individually to the plurality of shafts within the enclosure assembly;
(f) a peel plate assembly joined to the support stand; and
(g) a plurality of idler rollers journaled for rotation on a support plate fastened to the support stand and disposed adjacent to the front wall of the enclosure assembly for routing a flexible, label-carrying web over a path of travel from the web supply reel, through the pinch roller assembly and over the web drive roll and about the peel plate assembly back to the web take-up reel.

US Pat. No. 11,066,204

APPARATUS FOR APPLYING SELF-ADHESIVE LABELS

SACMI VERONA S.P.A., Imo...


1. An apparatus for applying self-adhesive labels comprises:a supporting base for at least one reel of a ribbon that supports a plurality of self-adhesive labels, means of feeding said ribbon to a head for applying said self-adhesive labels, and a device for taking up said ribbon, said application head extending along a direction of extension that defines a path direction for the ribbon, wherein said application head can move on command about an orientation axis in order to vary its own direction of extension with respect to the unwinding direction of said ribbon from said reel, said feeder means comprising at least two redirection rollers, which are supported by said application head and the longitudinal axes of which can rotate on command, with respect to said supporting body, about a respective adjustment axis that is substantially parallel to said orientation axis, said at least two redirection rollers comprising an end roller, which is supported by said application head and has a rotation axis thereof arranged substantially at right angles to the direction of extension of said application head, and at least one intermediate roller arranged upstream of said end roller with respect to the advancement direction of said ribbon, the rotation axis of said intermediate roller having an intermediate position between the axis of said reel on which said ribbon is wound and the rotation axis of said end roller, the apparatus further comprising means of kinematic connection between said application head and said at least one intermediate roller.

US Pat. No. 11,066,203

AUTOMATIC ALIGNMENT AND LABEL ATTACHING APPARATUS FOR TEST TUBE

ENERGIUM CO., LTD., Seou...


1. A test tube automatic alignment and label attaching apparatus, comprising:a basket formed in a box shape and whose upper surface is open to receive a plurality of test tubes and having a concave bottom surface;
a test tube supply device mounted inside the basket and configured to discharge test tubes received in the basket to one side of the basket; and
a test tube feeder configured to move the test tubes discharged from one side of the basket,
wherein the test tube supply device comprises:
a swing bar having the center of rotation at a wall surface of the basket and configured to rotate along the concave bottom surface of the basket and to push the test tube to one side of the basket; and
a first buffer formed at one side of the basket and configured to seat a test tube pushed by the swing bar.

US Pat. No. 11,066,202

BAGGING MACHINE AND METHOD

Pregis Sharp Systems, LLC...


1. A product bagging system comprising:a bag feed system configured to communicate a presented bag from a sequence of connected bags to a loading area;
a bag open assembly comprising one or more bag opening devices configured to engage a front facing side of the presented bag and being movable:away from the loading area to a bag open position in which the bag opening devices engage and pull the front facing side to, and retain the front facing side in, an open configuration spaced from the opposite side to define a bag loading opening between the front facing and opposite sides, which loading opening extends along at least a portion of an edge of the presented bag, and
toward the loading area to a bag closed position in which the bag open assembly places the front facing side against the opposite side of the presented bag; and

a first actuator and a second actuator cooperatively operable to move the bag open assembly between the bag open position and the bag closed position, wherein operation of the second actuator manipulates a position of the first actuator relative the loading area.

US Pat. No. 11,066,201

BALING PRESS FOR COTTON GIN TRASH AND OTHER BIOMASS FEEDSTOCK AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME


1. An apparatus for cutting strapping material used to bind a bale of biomass feedstock or cotton gin trash comprising:a plurality of integral blades designed for cutting the strapping material mounted to a baling press wherein said blades comprise a sharpened edge tor cutting of said strapping material;
wherein said integral blades are mounted to a vertical support by mounting brackets, each of the mounting brackets comprising a vertical blade housing and a lateral extension;
wherein each of the vertical blade housings positions the respective blade such that the sharpened edge points toward a rear portion of said baling press in a direction opposite movement of a baling material charge as a bale is being formed; and
wherein said vertical support is mounted directly to said baling press.

US Pat. No. 11,066,200

APPARATUS FOR TENSIONING A CABLE LACING TAPE DEVICE

DANIELS MANUFACTURING COR...


19. An apparatus for tensioning a cable tape comprising:a housing;
a driving member coupled to the housing;
an actuator operably coupled to the housing and to the driving member to cause movement of the driving member;
a driven member coupled to the driving member and translatable within the housing;
a capstan having inner and outer capstans rotatably coupled to the housing and having a slit, and in response to rotatable movement between the inner and outer capstans the slit is misaligned in order to grip the cable tape; and
a nose piece having an aperture and at least one protrusion coupling the nose piece to the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,066,199

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FORMING CONTAINER GROUPINGS

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...


1. A method comprising:packaging a first plurality of piece goods with a first wrapping element, wherein the first wrapping element at least partially surrounds the first plurality of piece goods;
delivering at least one further piece good to the packaged first plurality of piece goods, wherein the at least one further piece good is a loose piece good; and
packaging the first plurality of piece goods and the at least one further loose piece good together with a second wrapping element, wherein the second wrapping element at least partially surrounds both the first wrapping element and the at least one further piece good, wherein the at least one further piece good becomes packaged together with the first plurality of piece goods with the second wrapping element.

US Pat. No. 11,066,198

STRETCH FILM DISPENSER FOR ORBITAL PALLET WRAPPERS

TAB Industries, LLC, Rea...


1. An orbital wrapping apparatus for wrapping a cargo in a stretch film, comprising:a base frame;
a circular ring assembly mounted on the base frame and rotatable with respect to the base frame to form an axis of rotation;
a stretch film dispenser mounted on the circular ring assembly and rotatable with the circular ring assembly about the axis of rotation, the stretch film dispenser having a roll of stretch film dispensing the stretch film by rotation of the circular ring assembly; and
a cutting assembly mounted to the base frame and extending through an opening defined by the circular ring assembly, the cutting assembly adapted to cut and hold the stretch film, wherein the cutting assembly includes a cutting motor, a cutter head attached to the cutting motor, a shaft movable by the cutting motor between a retracted position and an extended position, and a pinch head attached to an end of the shaft, the cutter head includes a cutter housing and a spring pad disposed within the cutter housing and movable with respect to the cutter housing between a depressed position and a protruding position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,197

CELL TRAVERSE FOR A FILLING MACHINE

SIG Technology AG, Neuha...


1. A cell traverse for an aseptic region of a filling machine for filling packages with flowable products, the cell traverse comprising:a frame structure comprising:at least one first lateral longitudinal structure,
at least one second lateral longitudinal structure opposite the at least one first lateral longitudinal structure, and
a plurality of transverse elements arranged between the at least one first and the at least one second lateral longitudinal structures and connecting the at least one first and the at least one second lateral longitudinal structures,

wherein between the at least one first and the at least one second lateral longitudinal structures and the transverse elements a plurality of cells lying side by side in the longitudinal direction of the cell traverse are formed for receiving packages filled or to be filled, the cells each being formed by the at least one first and the at least one second lateral longitudinal structures and transverse elements, wherein eitherthe at least one first lateral longitudinal structure and/or the at least one second lateral longitudinal structure is designed as an essentially flat side wall and at least part of the transverse elements is essentially tubular,

orthe at least one first lateral longitudinal structure and/or the at least one second lateral longitudinal structure each comprise at least one, preferably at least two tubular longitudinal struts, and at least some of the transverse elements are of substantially planar design,

and
at least some of the transverse elements being connected exclusively in a form-fit and/or force-fit manner to the at least one first and the at least one second lateral longitudinal structures.

US Pat. No. 11,066,196

WEIGHING AND PACKAGING APPARATUS

ISHIDA CO., LTD., Kyoto ...


1. A weighing and packaging apparatus, comprising:a bag making and packaging unit including a film transport mechanism that transports a film in a film transport direction, a detachable former, a former seat that supports the former, and a sealing mechanism;
a film feed portion that receives the film;
a weighing unit positioned on an upper side in a vertical direction of the bag making and packaging unit, the weighing unit supplying articles to be packaged to the bag making and packaging unit;
a packaged product discharge portion that discharges a product that is packaged; and
a frame supporting at least the weighing unit, the frame including a plurality of leg portions; wherein
a movable portion including the former seat moves in a maintenance mechanism movable space when the former is attached or detached,
all of the plurality of leg portions are located so as to avoid a predetermined leg prohibited space;
a film width direction is orthogonal to a plane including the film transport direction,
the leg prohibited space includes the maintenance mechanism movable space, and a lateral space that is adjacent to one side in the film width direction of the maintenance mechanism movable space,
a front side is a side of the packaged product discharge portion in a front-back direction perpendicular to both the vertical direction and the film width direction, and a back side is a side, in the front-back direction, of the film feed portion,
a space is located between a leg portion on the front side and a leg portion on the back side, the space being unobstructed for a separation distance in the front-back direction from an end on the front side of the sealing mechanism to the leg portion on the front side, and for a height extending from a bottom of the leg portion on the front side to at least a top side of the sealing mechanism; and
the apparatus further includes a safety door that is openable and closeable to provide access for a worker into the unobstructed space.

US Pat. No. 11,066,195

SYSTEM FOR FILLING BAGS WITH SAND


1. A system for filling bags with sand, comprising:a. a motor assembly, including a steel frame and a platform, wherein said steel frame includes at least two wheels mounted to said steel frame, wherein said wheels are high traction tires, wherein a motor is mounted on top of said platform, wherein said motor is configured to rotate said wheels, wherein said frame includes a vertical portion, wherein said vertical portion includes user controls thereon, wherein said user controls are configured to provide a user with multiple drive speeds, and electric start, wherein said motor assembly includes a steel body mounted to the front end of said platform, said steel body located entirely in front of said wheels;
b. an auger assembly, including an auger and a housing, wherein said housing is a cubic shaped hollow body having an open frontside and an open backside, wherein said backside has a larger area than said frontside, wherein said housing includes a top end, wherein the top end tapers from said backside to said frontside, wherein said backside is mounted onto the said steel body of said motor assembly, wherein said steel body includes a front face which abuttingly engages with said backside of housing, wherein a shape of said backside cooperates with a shape of said front face such that said backside entirely covers said front face, wherein said auger is mounted in a horizontal position therein sidewalls of said housing, wherein, wherein said housing is receives a sand pile therein, wherein said auger is configured to be controlled by said motor where a user may control different speeds of said auger using said user controls; and
c. a chute assembly, including a first portion and a second portion, wherein a proximal end of the chute assembly is entirely above said wheel, wherein said first portion and said second portion are an elongated cubic rectangular member, wherein said steel body includes a top end and lateral sidewalls, wherein said first portion extends outwardly from one of said lateral sidewalls, said first portion angled upwardly from said lateral sidewalls, wherein said second portion is mounted thereon a top end of said first portion, wherein said second portion is angled downwardly with respect to the first portion, wherein said second portion further includes a chute head, wherein said chute head is mounted to a distal end of the second portion, wherein said first portion receives sand collected by said auger, said sand then travels up to said second portion and is then dispensed from said chute head, wherein said sand dispensed from said chute head is fed into a sand bag.

US Pat. No. 11,066,194

METHOD FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES IN EARTH'S ORBIT

D-ORBIT S.P.A., Fino Mor...


1. A method for the release of artificial satellites in Earth's orbit comprising the steps of:providing an orbital transport spacecraft able to move at an orbital height and comprising a plurality of Picosatellite Orbital Deployers (PODs) for releasing satellites transported by the orbital transport spacecraft;
housing said orbital transport spacecraft in a space launcher configured to reach the orbital height;
generating a release signal and transmitting it to the orbital transport spacecraft to release the orbital transport spacecraft from the space launcher;
upon detecting a failure to release the orbital transport spacecraft or upon detecting a breakdown of the orbital transport spacecraft after releasing from the space launcher, activating a safety subsystem of the orbital transport spacecraft to generate a POD activation sequence to release the satellites.

US Pat. No. 11,066,193

INFLATABLE BLADDER FAIRING RECOVERY SYSTEM WITH REPOSITIONING MECHANISMS AND METHOD

United Launch Alliance, L...


1. A fairing recovery system comprising:a fairing with an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein when the fairing is interconnected to a launch vehicle, the inner surface faces toward the launch vehicle and the outer surface faces away from the launch vehicle; and
a plurality of inflatable bladders interconnected to the outer surface of the fairing, wherein when the fairing is interconnected to the launch vehicle the plurality of inflatable bladders are not inflated, and wherein after the fairing separates from the launch vehicle one or more inflatable bladders in the plurality of inflatable bladders are at least partially inflated with pressurized nitrogen gas and/or hydraulic liquids,
wherein one or more of the plurality of inflatable bladders are deployed at different times after the fairing impacts a water surface, and
wherein the plurality of inflatable bladders reorient the position of the fairing relative to the water.

US Pat. No. 11,066,192

SATELLITE DEPLOYER DOOR WITH CLUTCH BEARING

Rocket Lab USA, Inc., Hu...


1. A satellite dispenser door assembly, comprising:a dispenser door having a hinge pin; and
a one way clutch bearing within which the hinge pin is free to rotate in a first rotational direction associated with a transition from a closed position of the dispenser door to an open position of the dispenser door;
wherein:the dispenser door includes a structure configured to be engaged by a door release mechanism or a satellite dispenser on which the satellite dispenser door assembly is configured to be installed;
the door release mechanism maintains the dispenser door in the closed position with respect to a dispenser body before deployment of a payload the dispenser body is configured to hold; and
in response to the dispenser door being engaged by the door release mechanism, the hinge pin of the dispenser door rotates to the open position.


US Pat. No. 11,066,191

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING SUBSTANCES FROM SPECTRAL SIGNATURES

BAE Systems Information a...


1. A system for detecting a substance from infrared imagery comprising:at least one non-transitory computer readable storage medium having instructions encoded thereon that, when executed by at least one processor, implement operations to detect a substance or chemical compound from a spectral response signature contained in infrared (IR) imagery of a ground surface obtained from an infrared sensor operating on a platform above the ground surface, the operations including:evaluate an infrared image including a plurality of spectral response signatures of substances or chemical compounds within a field of view of the infrared image;
query a substance or chemical compound to be located within an area of interest in the field of view of the infrared image;
identify a presence of the substance or chemical compound to be located in the infrared image based, at least in part, on a match determination generated by the spectral response signatures of substances within the field of view compared to a library of known spectral response signatures; and
record the presence of the substance to be located.


US Pat. No. 11,066,190

METHOD FOR DEPLOYING A SATELLITE CONSTELLATION

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...


1. A method of deploying a constellation of satellites, the method comprising the following steps:using a single launch vehicle to deploy a plurality of satellites at a same initial altitude on a same initial orbit;
controlling said satellites in such a manner that, depending on the initial orbit, an altitude of some of the satellites is modified while an inclination relative to an equatorial plane and a type of trajectory, of the some of the satellites, remains identical so that each satellite reaches a drift altitude selected from a drift set, with orbits of various satellites shifting relative to one another at respective drift altitudes under an effect of a gravitational potential of Earth; and
controlling the satellites in such a manner as to be moved sequentially in order to reach a same final altitude, said sequential movement being performed in such a manner that the satellites describe final orbits having trajectories with a same angle of inclination relative to the equatorial plane, a same apogee point and a same perigee point, and the same final altitude but presenting distinct longitudes for ascending nodes, wherein the final orbits of the satellites are angularly offset relative to one another about the Earth's axis of rotation, and wherein said final orbits present a constant angular offset d? between two successive final orbits.

US Pat. No. 11,066,189

FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING ESTIMATED DYNAMIC PRESSURE BASED ON LIFT AND DRAG COEFFICIENTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...


1. A flight control system for an aircraft, the flight control system comprising: one or more processors; anda memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory storing data comprising a database and program code that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the flight control system to:receive a signal indicating a total pressure, wherein the total pressure is measured by a plurality of pitot tubes;
receive as input a plurality of first operating parameters that each represent an operating condition of the aircraft, wherein the plurality of first operating parameters include at least an estimated Mach number of the aircraft;
determine a drag coefficient and a lift coefficient based on the plurality of first operating parameters;
determine an estimated dynamic pressure based on both the drag coefficient and the lift coefficient
determine a measured dynamic pressure based on the total pressure and a static pressure;
compare the measured dynamic pressure and the estimated dynamic pressure with one another to determine a difference;
in response to determining the difference between the measured dynamic pressure and the estimated dynamic pressure exceeds a threshold value for a threshold amount of time, determine the presence of a common mode fault of the measured dynamic pressure; and
in response to determining the common mode fault, switch from the measured dynamic pressure to the estimated dynamic pressure to determine a plurality of trusted air speed values.


US Pat. No. 11,066,188

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATING AND FORMING FASTENER HOLES IN A REPLACEMENT TIP SECTION OF A ROTOR BLADE

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...


1. A system for regenerating fastener holes in a replacement tip section of a rotor blade, comprising:a first fixture including a check opening, the first fixture being positionable adjacent a tip section of the rotor blade such that the check opening is aligned with both an opening formed in the tip section and an opening formed in a spar of the rotor blade to verify a position of the opening formed in the spar, the spar positioned between a first plate and a second plate of the first fixture;
a second fixture including a removable bushing having a drillable opening, the second fixture being positionable adjacent a replacement tip section of the rotor blade such that the drillable opening is aligned with the at least one opening formed in the spar, wherein the drillable opening defines at least one hole to be formed in the replacement tip section, the replacement tip section positioned between a first plate and a second plate of the second fixture; and
a third fixture including a countersink opening, the third fixture being positionable adjacent the replacement tip section of the rotor blade such that the countersink opening is aligned with the at least one hole to be formed in the replacement tip section by the second fixture and the at least one opening formed in the spar, the countersink opening defines a countersink feature to be formed in the at least one hole, the replacement tip section positioned between a first plate and a second plate of the third fixture.

US Pat. No. 11,066,187

TRANSPORT JIG

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...


1. A transport jig comprising:a frame member; and
a support section that is installed on the frame member, and that supports a plurality of elongated members, wherein
the elongated members are each entirely housed inside the frame member in a lengthwise direction,
the support section supports all the elongated members in parallel with one another in a first orthogonal direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the frame member, and supports all the elongated members such that a stack of the elongated members in a second orthogonal direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction and the first orthogonal direction consists of a single layer, and
the frame member is configured to change an installation direction thereof with respect to a horizontal plane so as to have a plurality of different installation directions.

US Pat. No. 11,066,186

RECEIVING APPLIANCE FOR AUTOMATED DELIVERIES

Valqari Holdings, LLC, B...


1. A landing pad comprising:(a) a landing platform;
(b) a storage compartment, wherein said landing platform comprises a door in a normally closed position which when open exposes the interior of said storage compartment;
(c) a storage compartment door, wherein said storage compartment door is attached to said storage compartment;
(d) a storage door lock, wherein said storage door lock is configured to bias said storage door in a closed position;
(e) a transmitter capable of emitting a signal; and
(f) a rotating hideaway mechanism, wherein the landing pad is inside of a structure in a first position, and wherein said landing pad is rotated about an axis to be exposed to the outside of the structure in a second position, wherein the rotating hideaway mechanism is actuated from the first position to the second position when a first camera detects an incoming unmanned aerial vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,066,185

LAUNCH AND/OR RECOVERY FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT AND/OR OTHER PAYLOADS, INCLUDING VIA PARACHUTE-ASSIST, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

INSITU, INC., Bingen, WA...


1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, comprising:a first UAV having an airframe, rotors, landing gear, and a canister, the canister carried by the airframe;
a parachute stowed in and deployable from the canister; and
a capture line attached to the parachute and to a line control device, the capture line configured to be engaged by a capture device located at an end of a wing of a second UAV.

US Pat. No. 11,066,184

AUTOMATED RECOVERY SYSTEM FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

ZIPLINE INTERNATIONAL INC...


1. A system for halting a flight of an aircraft, comprising:a first line support mechanism rotatably coupled to a first support member;
a second line support mechanism rotatably coupled to a second support member spaced apart from the first support member to define a fixed space, wherein the first and second line support mechanisms are separated by the fixed space;
a capture line suspended between the first and second line support mechanisms;
an actuator system configured to move the first and second line support mechanisms to cause the capture line to travel through a capture window;
a spooling system configured to extend or retract the capture line from the two line support mechanisms; and
a computing device configured to:in response to detecting a condition, activate the actuator system to move the first and second line support mechanisms, thereby moving the capture line through the capture window and engaging an engagement member on the aircraft with the capture line in the capture window;
determine a tension of the capture line; and
cause the spooling system to extend the capture line to maintain the tension of the capture line under a threshold.


US Pat. No. 11,066,183

GROUND HANDLING FACILITY AND METHOD FOR PASSENGER-TRANSPORTING AIRCRAFT

Volocopter GmbH, Bruchsa...


1. A ground handling facility (1) for passenger-conveying aircraft (100), comprising:at least one first platform, configured as a landing platform (2) for passenger-conveying aircraft (100), wherein(a) the at least one first platform is simultaneously configured as a takeoff platform (3) for the passenger-conveying aircraft, or
(b) at least one second platform is provided which is configured as the takeoff platform (3) for the passenger-conveying aircraft;

at least one weather protection region (4) which includes a weather protection area for passengers and the aircraft (100);
at least one conveying device (5; 5.1; 5.2; 5.3) for the aircraft, which is configured to move the aircraft (100) from the landing platform (2) through the at least one weather protection region to the takeoff platform (3);
said at least one weather protection region (4) including at least the following stations (6; 6.1-6.5) configured for predefined interactions (I) with the aircraft (100):
a removal station (6.1) configured for removal of at least one power supply unit of the aircraft;
an insertion station (6.4) configured for insertion of at least one charged or refilled power supply unit of the aircraft;
a charging station configured for charging or refilling the at least one power supply unit of the aircraft;
a robot (6.1a. 6.4a) is provided at least at one of the removal station (6.1), which is configured to remove the power supply unit (6.1b) from the aircraft (P1), or at the insertion station (6.4), which is configured to insert the at least one charged or refilled power supply unit in the aircraft; and
the at least one conveying device (5) is further configured such that a conveying speed thereof is selected such that one of the aircraft (100) is within a first time period removed from the landing platform (2) upon landing to the at least one weather protection region (4); and
the at least one conveying device (5) is further configured such that the conveying speed thereof is selected so that one of the aircraft (100) is within a second time period conveyed through the at least one weather protection region (4).

US Pat. No. 11,066,182

CONTROL APPARATUS, CAMERA APPARATUS, FLYING OBJECT, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...


1. A control apparatus for controlling a driving of a focus lens included in a camera apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a memory, storing a program; and
a processor, configured to execute the program to set a drive range of the focus lens based on a height of the camera apparatus with respect to a reference position and control the driving of the focus lens in the drive range, wherein:
when the camera is mounted on a flying object, the processor is further configured to:in response to the height of the camera apparatus with respect to the reference position being greater than a threshold value, set the corresponding drive range of the focus lens to be a first drive range; and
in response to the height of the camera apparatus with respect to the reference position being less than or equal to the threshold value, set the corresponding drive range of the focus lens to be a second drive range, the second drive range being larger than the first drive range, wherein:
the first drive range is a drive range within which a subject is able to be focused, and the first drive range is between a first distance from the subject to the camera apparatus and a second distance from the subject to the camera apparatus, the first distance being finite and the second distance being infinity; and
the second drive range is a drive range within which a subject is able to be focused, and the second drive range is between a third distance from the subject to the camera apparatus and the second distance from the subject to the camera apparatus, the third distance being shorter than the first distance and being finite.


US Pat. No. 11,066,181

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DETERMINING AND DISPLAYING PROCEDURES FOR AN ENGINE-OUT TAKEOFF FOR AN AIRCRAFT

AeroData, Inc., Scottsda...


1. A system for determining a minimum distance from ground-based obstacles for an aircraft and displaying an engine failure awareness chart, comprising:a user interface configured to display the engine failure awareness chart;
at least one processor configured to:obtain an aircraft characteristic and a location of the ground-based obstacles; and
determine a distance between the aircraft and the location of the ground-based obstacles; and

at least one display displaying the engine failure awareness chart by the at least one user interface comprising at least one set of lines indicative of a region that is indicative of a minimum distance between the aircraft and the ground-based obstacles.

US Pat. No. 11,066,180

REFUELLING SYSTEM

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...


1. An aircraft refueling system configured to be located, in use, on an aircraft to refuel a fuel tank of the aircraft, the system comprising:a fuel conduit;
a variable-position valve for controlling a rate of flow of fuel leaving the conduit; and
a controller;
wherein the controller is configured to receive from a sensor arrangement a measurement of an electrostatic condition indicative of a level of an electrostatic threat present in the aircraft fuel tank being fuelled by the system and the controller is configured to control the variable-position valve to control the rate of flow of fuel, based at least in part on the measurement of the electrostatic condition, to maintain the electrostatic threat level at or below a predetermined level;
wherein the controller is configured to gather data corresponding to a refuelling of the aircraft fuel tank, wherein the data comprise first data indicative of the measurement of the electrostatic condition of the aircraft fuel tank throughout the refuelling of the aircraft fuel tank and corresponding second data indicative of one or more other factors relating to the refuelling of the aircraft fuel tank, thereby to allow the first data and the second data to be analyzed to determine a relationship between the first data and the second data; and,
a second valve configured to allow the flow of fuel through the conduit to be selectively started or stopped.

US Pat. No. 11,066,179

FIRE SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR NACELLE DOORS

Rohr, Inc, Chula Vista, ...


1. A seal assembly, comprising:a static structure including a seal interface section, a radially outward extending protrusion, and a connecting section extending between the radially outward extending protrusion and the seal interface section;
a door configured to translate relative to the static structure;
a seal disposed in a seal envelope defined, at least, partially by the door and the static structure, the seal comprising a compressible material, wherein the seal is configured to form a first sealing interface with a surface of the seal interface section of the static structure; and
a seal retainer extending radially inward from an interior surface of the door, wherein the compressible material of the seal forms a second sealing interface with the seal retainer.

US Pat. No. 11,066,178

LINK FOR AIRCRAFT COMPONENT MOUNTING

Raytheon Technologies Cor...


1. An aircraft component link comprising:a link body having a first joint, a second joint, and a linking structure connecting the first joint to the second joint; and
the linking structure including at least two first portions and at least two second portions, the second portions having a greater rigidity than the first portions, wherein each of the at least two first portions is connected to another of the at least two first portions via at least one of the at least two second portions.

US Pat. No. 11,066,177

CANOPY SUPPORT APPARATUS

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...


1. An evacuation system, comprising:a packboard;
an evacuation slide configured to deploy from the packboard; and
a canopy support apparatus comprising a canopy support tube and a valve disposed within the canopy support tube, the canopy support apparatus comprising an inflating component coupled to the valve at an inlet to the valve, the inflating component comprising a first tab and a second tab, the first tab and the second tab each comprising a fastening component disposed on an inner surface, the canopy support tube comprising a proximal end, a distal end, and an internal cavity, the valve extending from the proximal end toward the distal end and into the internal cavity, the valve configured to seal the internal cavity when the canopy support tube is in an inflated state.

US Pat. No. 11,066,176

CANOPY SUPPORT LANE DIVIDER

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...


1. An evacuation system, comprising:a packboard;
an evacuation slide configured to deploy from the packboard; and
a lane divider attached to the evacuation slide, wherein a first end and a second end of the lane divider are detachably coupled to a center tube of the evacuation slide,
wherein a connecting member is coupled to the center tube between the first end and the second end of the lane divider.

US Pat. No. 11,066,175

CINCHED PARACHUTE

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...


1. A cinched parachute, comprising:a canopy comprising one or more sections of canopy material, wherein a first panel of the canopy is configured to be moved in a first direction and a second panel of the canopy is configured to be moved in a second direction different from the first direction; and
a control device including:
a tether configured to control an amount of air entering the canopy;
a holding device configured to constrain or release the tether, wherein the holding device comprises a brake pad or a clamp; and
a severing device configured to sever the tether, wherein the control device is integrated with the canopy and controls dimensions of the canopy material including widening an opening atop the parachute in response to the first panel and the second panel moving in different directions.

US Pat. No. 11,066,174

MOVABLE OTTOMAN FOR AN AIRCRAFT SEAT


1. An aircraft seating unit comprising:a base configured to couple to a deck of an aircraft;
a seat coupled to the base;
a housing coupled to the base and enclosing frame elements of at least one of the base or the seat, wherein the housing defines a recess at a location below and to a rear of the seat; andan ottoman disposed within the recess, the ottoman including:
a guide coupled to at least one of the frame elements;
a slide translatable along the guide;
a foot platform coupled to the slide, the foot platform including a flat surface defining a horizontal plane;
an actuator positioned to facilitate selectively translating the slide along the guide to reposition the foot platform between a stowed position and a deployed position;
wherein the guide defines a translation axis; and
wherein the translation axis is angled relative to a vertical axis that is perpendicular to the horizontal plane such that the foot platform moves both vertically and horizontally as the slide translates along the guide, wherein the ottoman includes an arm defining a first interface pivotally coupled to the slide, a second interface pivotally coupled to the actuator, and a third interface pivotally coupled to at least one of the frame elements, and wherein engagement of the actuator causes the arm to pivot about the third interface and move the slide along the guide, wherein each of the first, second, and third interfaces remain in a common plane during translation, wherein the common plane is perpendicular to the horizontal plane.


US Pat. No. 11,066,173

MULTI-FUNCTION CREDENZA

Textron Innovations, Inc....


1. An aircraft multi-function credenza system, comprising:an interchangeable multi-function credenza, comprising:at least one cabinet having a first top surface and a first front panel;
a seat adjacent the cabinet, the seat having a seat bottom and a convertible seat back for converting to a second top surface adjacent to the first top surface when the seat is stowed;
a second front panel flush with the first front panel for concealing the seat when the seat is stowed, the second front panel being retractable for retracting beneath the seat when the seat is deployed, wherein the second front panel is substantially perpendicular to the second top surface when the seat is stowed; and
a predetermined footprint abutting a fuselage wall within an aircraft cabin of for a particular type of aircraft; and

common attachment mechanisms disposed in common attachment points that are located beneath the multi-function credenza for attaching to a floor of the aircraft, such that the interchangeable multi-function credenza is adapted for installation in the same location abutting the inner fuselage wall in any aircraft cabin of the particular type of aircraft.

US Pat. No. 11,066,172

CONTROLLED ENERGY ABSORPTION OF SEATS FOR IMPACT

The Boeing Company, Chic...


1. A method comprising:determining, via a sensor, a weight of an occupant of a seat;
calculating, using a processor, a height of the occupant based on an adjustment of a seat position by the occupant;
predicting, using the processor, that an impact will occur;
calculating, using the processor, impact conditions of the predicted impact;
calculating, using the processor, a stroke load of a seat energy absorber operatively coupled to the seat based on the weight of the occupant, the height of the occupant and the impact conditions; and
setting the seat energy absorber to the calculated stroke load prior to the impact.

US Pat. No. 11,066,171

CONTOURED CLASS DIVIDER


1. A contoured class divider for dividing an aircraft cabin arrangement between at least one forward passenger seat and at least one aft passenger seat, the contoured class divider comprising:a panel positioned adjacent to and rearwardly of the at least one forward seat, the panel having a contoured shape for receiving the back of the forward passenger seat in at least one of a reclined position and an upright position, the panel extending substantially from an underside of an overhead bin to a lower support assembly, wherein the lower support assembly includes a pair of contoured support legs supporting a lower edge of the panel, wherein the contoured support legs extend downward from the lower edge of the panel to a respective pivot point, wherein the lower edge of the panel is above a floor of the aircraft cabin such that a passenger in the aft passenger seat is able to stow luggage beneath the forward passenger seat, passing the luggage between the respective pivot point of each contoured support leg and below the lower edge of the panel, wherein the lower edge of the panel is closer to a level of a seat bottom of the at least one forward seat than to a level of the floor; and
wherein the respective pivot point is configured to articulate the panel from a rearward position during normal operation to a forward position during emergency landing, wherein the respective pivot point is closer to the level of the floor than to the level of the seat bottom.

US Pat. No. 11,066,170

AIRCRAFT PASSENGER SEATING UNIT AND PASSENGER SEATING ARRANGEMENT


1. A layout of passenger seats in an aircraft cabin, comprising:a first passenger seat positioned in a forward-facing direction and parallel to an aircraft longitudinal axis, the first passenger seat positioned directly adjacent and parallel to a longitudinal aisle;
a second passenger seat positioned to one side of the first passenger seat, in a forward-facing direction, and at an angle with respect to the aircraft longitudinal axis, wherein the second passenger seat is angled toward the first passenger seat, and wherein the second passenger seat is positioned directly adjacent to and angled toward the longitudinal aisle; and
a privacy shell positioned behind each of the first and second passenger seats, each privacy shell having a footwell formed in a backside thereof;
wherein the first and second passenger seats are separated by the longitudinal aisle; and
wherein the first and second passenger seats are longitudinally staggered along the aircraft longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 11,066,169

DRONE FORKLIFT

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:a fork lift system comprising:one or more elongated members extending at least partially in a horizontal direction;
an extension mechanism configured to selectively retract and extend the one or more elongated members relative to an opposing surface; and
a length component configured to control the extension mechanism to adjust a distance between the opposing surface and the one or more elongated members to accommodate a payload,

wherein the extension mechanism comprises one or more telescopic cylinders,
wherein responsive to no payload carrying, the extension mechanism is further configured to be collapsed within a fuselage of the UAV, leaving the one or more elongated members outside the fuselage and close to the opposing surface.

US Pat. No. 11,066,168

AIRCRAFT CARGO ROLLER PANEL

The Boeing Company, Chic...


1. An aircraft comprising:an aircraft cargo roller panel configured to facilitate loading aircraft cargo into a compartment of the aircraft;
a plurality of load cells coupled to the aircraft cargo roller panel, each load cell of the plurality of load cells configured to generate a signal indicative of a load experienced by the load cell when cargo is on the aircraft cargo roller panel; and
a controller configured to:receive signals from the plurality of load cells;
determine, based on the signals, a center of gravity of the cargo;
perform a comparison of the center of gravity of the cargo to an expected center of gravity of the cargo; and
accept the cargo in response to the comparison by the controller, that a difference between the determined center of gravity of the cargo and the expected center of gravity of the cargo satisfies a center of gravity difference threshold.


US Pat. No. 11,066,167

METHOD AND APPARATUS USED FOR BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF AGRICULTURAL PESTS


1. An autonomous airborne apparatus used for biological control of agricultural pests comprising:a container for containing biological organisms or materials and having a dispensing port, and wherein the container is coupled to the autonomous airborne apparatus;
said dispensing port configured to dispense the biological organisms or materials on a target location to be treated;
an auger driven by an auger motor and having a plurality of spiral like wire brushes for urging the biological organisms or materials to the dispensing port;
a spreader agitating device driven by a spreader motor for spreading the biological organisms or materials over the target location to be treated; and
wherein the spreader agitating device has a substantially parabolic dish-shape that is uniform and singular, and the spreader agitating device is disposed below the dispensing port.

US Pat. No. 11,066,166

RELEASE UNIT FOR DRONES

Top Race Inc., Brooklyn,...


1. A unit for releasing an attachment from a drone, comprising:a housing configured to be mountable and removable from an underside surface of a drone, the housing comprising a top wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a rear wall and a bottom wall;
the top wall configured to contact the underside surface of the drone;
a release mechanism extending downwardly from the bottom wall, the release mechanism comprising a movable bar, the movable bar having a first end and a second terminal end, the movable bar configured to move in a first direction to assume a first position and configured to move in a second direction to assume a second position;
a motor mechanically linked to the first end of the movable bar configured to drive the movable bar in the first direction and the second direction;
a remote control receiver configured to receive a signal from a remote controller to move the movable bar in the first direction and second direction; and
a slot configured to receive a strap that is configured to secure the housing to the underside surface of the drone.

US Pat. No. 11,066,165

SELF-ENCLOSED AIR VEHICLE

GoPro, Inc., San Mateo, ...


1. An unmanned air vehicle reconfigurable between a transport configuration and a flight configuration, the unmanned air vehicle comprising:a body;
at least one arm connected to the body; and
landing gear connected to the at least one arm such that the landing gear is automatically deployed upon reconfiguration of the unmanned air vehicle from the transport configuration to the flight configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,066,164

SECURE REMOTE ACCESS TO COMPONENTS OF AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....


1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium embodying program instructions executable in at least one computing device that, when executed, direct the at least one computing device to:configure an unmanned aerial vehicle to permit remote access to the unmanned aerial vehicle when presented with a certificate signed by a trusted certificate signing service, wherein the unmanned aerial vehicle is configured to permit remote access at least by initializing a one-time password decryption service on the unmanned aerial vehicle;
store user account data for a user account associated with a client device in a data store, wherein the user account data stored in the data store comprises a role associated with the user account;
receive a request from the client device in which the user account associated with the client device requests remote access to at least the unmanned aerial vehicle;
authenticate the client device based at least in part on the role having a security level associated with the user account meeting a security level threshold and a two-factor authentication performed locally on the client device;
in response to the client device being authenticated, generate a public-key certificate signed by the trusted certificate signing service that is unique to the user account, wherein the public-key certificate comprises a one-time password, a public key generated for the user account, and a validity period during which the public-key certificate is valid; and
send the certificate to the client device that enables encrypted communications between the client device and the unmanned aerial vehicle in response to the one-time password of the public-key certificate being received by the unmanned aerial vehicle from the client device.

US Pat. No. 11,066,163

DISTRIBUTED AND RECONFIGURABLE AERIAL VEHICLE CONFIGURATION

Amazon Technologies, Inc....


1. A distributed, reconfigurable aerial vehicle configuration, comprising:a plurality of aerial vehicles, each of the plurality of aerial vehicles including:a body;
a controller housed within the body;
two motors housed within the body;
two stacked, counter-rotating propellers, each propeller configured to be rotated by a respective motor; and
a tether connected to the body at a first end, wherein the tether comprises at least one of a cable or a wire, and the tether includes a piezoelectric element configured to modify a stiffness of the at least one of the cable or the wire; and

a payload connected to second ends of respective tethers of the plurality of aerial vehicles and configured to be carried by the plurality of aerial vehicles;
wherein the payload comprises at least one of an airfoil cross-section or a fixed wing shape;
wherein each controller of a respective aerial vehicle is configured to control operations of the respective aerial vehicle responsive to operation independently of the aerial vehicle configuration; and
wherein the controllers of the plurality of aerial vehicles are configured to collectively control operations of the plurality of aerial vehicles responsive to operation collectively as the aerial vehicle configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,066,162

SHORT TAKEOFF AND LANDING VEHICLE WITH FORWARD SWEPT WINGS

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...


1. A short takeoff and landing (STOL) vehicle, comprising:a tail having a surface;
a fuselage having a surface, wherein the tail and the fuselage have a continuity of surfaces where the surface of the tail is directly coupled to the surface of the fuselage;
a forward-swept wing having a trailing edge; and
a rotor that is attached to the trailing edge of the forward-swept wing via a pylon, wherein:the rotor has an adjustable maximum downward angle from horizontal that is less than or equal to 60°;
the STOL vehicle takes off and lands using a non-zero amount of lift from the forward-swept wing and a non-zero amount of lift from the rotor; and
in response to a change to the adjustable maximum downward angle which produces a new adjustable maximum downward angle:an actuator authority database associated with a flight computer is updated based at least in part on the new adjustable maximum downward angle; and
a set of permitted flight modes associated with the flight computer is updated based at least in part on the new adjustable maximum downward angle.



US Pat. No. 11,066,161

ELECTRICALLY OR HYBRID POWERED MULTIROTOR AIRCRAFT WITH OPTIMIZED ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Airbus Helicopters, Mari...


1. A multirotor aircraft comprising:a longitudinal structure having two longitudinal ends;
a fuselage fastened to the longitudinal structure by links;
a set of fixed lift surfaces having two fixed wings generating the majority of the lift needed by the aircraft during a cruising stage;
a set of rotary lift surfaces having at least six rotors generating the majority of the lift needed by the aircraft during stages of takeoff and landing, the rotors being arranged on respective supports fastened to a fixed wing, each rotor being fastened in such a manner that each rotor is not situated vertically above or below a fixed wing;
a propulsion assembly comprising at least one propulsion propeller;
a power plant comprising a plurality of electric motors and at least one electrical energy source:each electric motor driving a respective rotor or else a respective propulsion propeller; and
at least one electrical energy source comprising one or more electrical energy storage devices; and

an autopilot system for the aircraft;
one of the two fixed wings being rigidly fastened to a front longitudinal end of the longitudinal structure, the longitudinal structure extends mainly in a first plane,
wherein the other one of the two fixed wings is rigidly fastened to a rear longitudinal end of the longitudinal structure, and wherein the rotors are arranged in a common second plane distinct from the first plane.

US Pat. No. 11,066,159

EVTOL AIRCRAFT USING LARGE, VARIABLE SPEED TILT ROTORS

Overair, Inc., Santa Ana...


1. A method of engineering a design for an aircraft, comprising:engineering the design to have 2, 3, or 4 tilting rotors, inclusive, wherein at least one of the tiling rotors is powered by a first electric motor, and each of the rotors has disc loading lower than 7 lb/Ft^2); and
including in the design a wing having a wing loading lower than 24 lb/Ft^2); and
configuring the aircraft to have a flight weight of between 500 lb and 10000 lb.

US Pat. No. 11,066,158

LOW DRAG HIGH CAPACITY PITCH BEARING FOR RIGID ROTOR AIRCRAFT

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATI...


1. A pitch bearing assembly for a rotor blade and a hub assembly for a rotary wing aircraft, the pitch bearing assembly comprising:a single inner race;
an inboard outer race surrounding an inboard portion of the inner race and comprising a first inboard blade connector and a second inboard blade connector that are configured to connect to the rotor blade;
an inboard bearing disposed between the inboard portion of the single inner race and the inboard outer race and comprising an elastomer;
an outboard outer race surrounding an outboard portion of the single inner race and comprising a first outboard blade connector and a second outboard blade connector that are configured to connect to the rotor blade; and
an outboard bearing disposed between the outboard portion of the inner race and the outboard outer race and comprising an elastomer,
wherein the first and second outboard blade connectors are slanted with respect to a longitudinal axis of the single inner race.

US Pat. No. 11,066,157

CONSTANT-VELOCITY JOINT LINK WITH REDUCED AXIAL STIFFNESS

Bell Textron Inc., Fort ...


1. A drive link for a constant-velocity joint of a rotor of an aircraft, the link configured for connecting a drive hub attached to a driveshaft to a rotor yoke for driving the yoke in rotation with the driveshaft, the link comprising:a leading bearing located in a leading bearing pocket and configured for connection to the drive hub;
a trailing bearing located in a trailing bearing pocket and configured for connection to the yoke, the trailing bearing pocket being spaced from the leading bearing pocket by a central portion; and
a tension loop having a cross-section formed from a composite material or a metal depending on a desired spring rate of the tension loop, the tension loop being formed as a continuous band connecting the bearing pockets, the desired spring rate being based on the cross-section of the tension loop;
wherein an edge of the tension loop runs tangentially from the leading bearing pocket to the trailing bearing pocket on both horizontal lengths of the tension loop;
wherein a thickness of the tension loop varies such that the tension loop is radially thicker around the bearing pockets and thinner between the bearing pockets; and
wherein the tension loop transfers drive forces from the leading bearing to the trailing bearing for driving the yoke in rotation with the driveshaft.

US Pat. No. 11,066,156

PROPELLER UNITS

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...


1. An aerial vehicle comprising:one or more propeller units connected to the aerial vehicle, wherein the one or more propeller units are operable to provide thrust for takeoff of the aerial vehicle or hover flight of the aerial vehicle, wherein at least one propeller unit of the one or more propeller units comprises:a shaft coupled to a motor;
a hub connected to the shaft, wherein the hub has a first end and second end that is opposite the first end; and
a first propeller blade and a second propeller blade that are both connected to the hub, wherein when the motor is turned on, the first propeller blade and the second propeller blade rotate about an axis of rotation; and

one or more propulsion units connected to the aerial vehicle, wherein the one or more propulsion units are operable to provide thrust for forward flight of the aerial vehicle, wherein while the aerial vehicle is in forward flight in a first direction non-parallel to the axis of rotation and the motor is turned off, in response to incident wind on the at least one propeller unit in a second direction that is substantially perpendicular to the axis of rotation the first propeller blade is configured to rotate in a first plane of rotation about a first hub axis to increase a first angle between the first propeller blade and an axis defined by the first direction and the second propeller blade is configured to rotate in a second plane of rotation about a second hub axis to increase a second angle between the second propeller blade and the axis defined by the first direction, wherein the axis of rotation, first hub axis, and second hub axis is each substantially parallel to the other two axes, wherein the axis of rotation is disposed between the first hub axis and the second hub axis, wherein the first plane of rotation is substantially parallel to the first direction, and wherein the second plane of rotation is substantially parallel to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 11,066,155

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Shu Zong, Heilongjiang (...


1. An unmanned aerial vehicle, comprising:a housing assembly having a receiving space;
a power assembly received in the receiving space; and
a controlling assembly received in the receiving space and configured to control the power assembly;
wherein the housing assembly is provided with a flow passage penetrating an inside of the housing assembly, and the power assembly partially forms the flow passage;
wherein the housing assembly includes:a first housing having a central axis and a first duct, the first duct having a central axis that is inclined relative to the central axis of the first housing;
a second housing connected to the first housing and having a second duct corresponding to the first duct; and
a fixing board carrying the power assembly and the controlling assembly; and

wherein the first duct, the second duct, the power assembly, and the fixing board cooperatively form the flow passage penetrating the inside of the housing assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,066,154

DRIVE SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...


1. A method of engaging a drive system with a rotating wheel of an aircraft landing gear, the method comprising:operating a motor to apply torque to a pinion so the pinion rotates; issuing an engagement command to an actuator at an engagement time;
operating the actuator in response to the engagement command to move the pinion from a neutral position to a contact position in which it contacts a rotating driven gear at an initial contact time, the rotating driven gear being mounted to the rotating wheel of the aircraft landing gear;
then after the initial contact time operating the actuator to move the pinion further to a meshing position where the pinion meshes with the driven gear, wherein a centre-to-centre distance between the pinion and the driven gear reduces as the pinion moves to the contact position and to the meshing position, and the method further comprises
operating the motor to reduce the torque to below a predetermined level at or after the engagement time, maintain the torque below the predetermined level until the initial contact time, then after the initial contact time increase the torque above the predetermined level, and
wherein the driven gear contacts the pinion in a series of impacts as the pinion moves from the contact position to the meshing position, each impact induces a spike in electromotive force or angular velocity at the motor, and the method further comprising operating the motor to increase the torque above the predetermined level after the initial contact time in response to the detection of one of the spikes.

US Pat. No. 11,066,153

ELECTRIC NOSE LANDING GEAR ARCHITECTURE

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...


1. A nose landing gear system, comprising:an electro-hydraulic actuator configured to raise and lower a nose shock strut assembly;
a first electro-mechanical actuator configured to steer the nose shock strut assembly; and
a second electro-mechanical actuator configured to open and close a fairing door,wherein the first electro-mechanical actuator includes a first electric motor and a first gear box connected to a steering collar,
wherein the steering collar is connected to the nose shock strut assembly,
wherein the second electro-mechanical actuator includes a second electric motor and a second gear box connected to the fairing door,
wherein the electro-hydraulic actuator includes a third electric motor and a hydraulic pump connected to a locking actuator,
wherein the locking actuator includes a cylinder and a piston slidably disposed within the cylinder,
wherein the locking actuator includes a key configured to engage a first recess disposed within the cylinder while in a first locked position,
wherein the key is configured to engage a second recess disposed within the cylinder while in a second locked position,
wherein the locking actuator includes a first port fluidly coupling the hydraulic pump to the first recess and
wherein the hydraulic pump is configured to urge the key radially inward, against the force of a bias member disposed radially inward and in radial alignment with the key, and away from the first recess in order to disengage the key from the first recess and to unlock the locking actuator from the first locked position, thereby allowing the piston to slide within the cylinder.


US Pat. No. 11,066,152

SLOTTED ENTRY GIMBAL

The Boeing Company, Chic...


1. A slotted entry gimbal comprising:an inner ring including a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein the inner ring includes a first pin extending from the first side of the inner ring and a second pin extending from the second side of the inner ring, wherein the first pin and the second pin are diametrically opposed; and
an outer ring including a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein the outer ring includes a first opening on the first side configured to receive the first pin and a second opening on the second side configured to receive the second pin, wherein the outer ring includes a first slotted entry opening on the first side extending from a first edge of the outer ring to the first opening, and wherein the outer ring includes a second slotted entry opening on the second side extending from a second edge of the outer ring to the second opening.

US Pat. No. 11,066,150

PROPELLER OIL CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT TURBOPROP ENGINES

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...


1. A propeller oil control system for a turboprop engine of an aircraft, comprising:an engine control unit operable to determine a flight phase of the aircraft and configured to supply control commands; and
a propeller oil controller coupled to receive a supply of oil and discharge the oil at a discharge oil pressure, the propeller oil controller further coupled to receive the control commands from the engine control unit and configured, in response to the control commands, to control the discharge oil pressure, the propeller oil controller comprising:a housing including a pump inlet port, a negative torque system supply outlet port, a drain pressure outlet port, and a control pressure outlet port;
an oil pump rotationally disposed within the housing, the oil pump including a pump inlet and a pump outlet, the oil pump adapted to receive a drive torque and configured, upon receipt of the drive torque, to draw oil into the pump inlet and discharge pressurized oil out of the pump outlet at a pump discharge pressure;
a pressure regulating valve disposed within the housing and configured to regulate the pump discharge pressure; and
an electrohydraulic servo valve coupled to the housing and including at least a regulated oil inlet port, a drain pressure oil outlet port, and a valve outlet port, the regulated oil inlet port in fluid communication with the pressure regulating valve to thereby receive the pressurized oil at the regulated pump discharge pressure, the valve outlet port in fluid communication with the control pressure outlet port, the electrohydraulic servo valve further coupled to receive the control commands and configured, in response thereto, to move to (i) a plurality of positions between a first position and a mid-position, and (ii) a plurality of positions between the mid-position and a second position,
wherein:in the first position and in the plurality of positions between the first position and the mid-position, the regulated oil inlet port is in fluid communication with the control pressure outlet port via the valve outlet port,
in the mid-position, the regulated oil inlet port is not in fluid communication with the control pressure outlet port,
in the second position and in a plurality of positions between the second position and the mid-position, the drain pressure oil outlet port is in fluid communication with the control pressure outlet port, and
the engine control unit only commands the electrohydraulic servo valve to move out of the first position when the engine control unit determines the aircraft is conducting a take-off roll or the aircraft is in flight.



US Pat. No. 11,066,149

AIRFLOW-DEPENDENT DEPLOYABLE FENCES FOR AIRCRAFT WINGS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...


1. An apparatus comprising:a fence coupled to a wing of an aircraft, the fence having a leading end oriented toward a leading edge of the wing and a trailing end oriented toward a trailing edge of the wing, the fence being movable relative to the wing between a stowed position in which a panel of the fence extends along a skin of the wing, and a deployed position in which the panel extends at an upward angle away from the skin, the panel configured to impede a spanwise airflow along the wing when the fence is in the deployed position, the fence configured to move from the deployed position to the stowed position in response to an aerodynamic force exerted on the panel; and
an actuator configured to move the fence from the stowed position to the deployed position in response to the aerodynamic force being less than a threshold force value, the actuator including a forward axle mount coupled to the wing, an aft axle mount coupled to the wing and spaced apart from the forward axle mount, and a spring-loaded axle coupled to and extending between the forward and aft axle mounts, the spring-loaded axle operatively coupled to the fence, the spring-loaded axle including an axle and a spring coiled around the axle, the axle extending through a hole formed in the fence, the spring located between the trailing end of the fence and the aft axle mount.

US Pat. No. 11,066,148

FOLDING WING HINGE, AIRCRAFT AND METHOD THEREFOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...


1. A folding wing hinge for a wing having a fixed wing portion and a folding wing portion, the folding wing hinge comprising:a hinge pin including a hinge pin spline and having a first longitudinal axis;
an input fitting coupled to one of the fixed wing portion and the folding wing portion, the input fitting including an input fitting spline and a second longitudinal axis; and
a spline coupling member having a coupling spline configured to couple with the hinge pin spline and the input fitting spline wherein a splined couple engagement between the coupling spline and the hinge pin spline and another splined couple engagement between the spline coupling member and the input fitting spline each form a respective universal joint that is configured so that the first longitudinal axis moves into and out of alignment relative to the second longitudinal axis by a first predetermined amount of movement.

US Pat. No. 11,066,147

STRUCTURED PANEL WITH INTEGRATED SKIN AND SIDEWALLS

Rohr, Inc., Chula Vista,...


1. A panel for attenuating sound, comprising:a first skin, a second skin and a core between and connected to the first skin and the second skin, the core including a corrugated body, a first sidewall and a second sidewall;
the corrugated body including a plurality of corrugations configured from at least a plurality of baffles and a plurality of septums, each of the corrugations including a respective one of the baffles and a respective one of the septums;
wherein a first cavity extends laterally within the core from a first of the baffles to a first of the septums, the first cavity extends longitudinally within the core from the first sidewall to the second sidewall, and the first cavity is fluidly coupled with a passage through a first portion of the first skin; and
wherein the first portion of the first skin, the first sidewall and the second sidewall are collectively at least partially formed by a ply of material.

US Pat. No. 11,066,146

CIRCUMFERENTIAL RING PROPULSORS AND CONTROL ASSEMBLIES FOR MANNED AND UNMANNED LIGHTER THAN AIR AIRCRAFT


1. A propulsor system for a Lighter Than Air (LTA) aircraft having an aircraft body, the system comprising:a plurality of circumferential shrouds, wherein said plurality of circumferential shrouds include a fore-circumferential shroud and an aft-circumferential shroud,
wherein said fore-circumferential shroud forms a fore-circumferential shroud gap between the fore-circumferential shroud and the aircraft body,
wherein said aft-circumferential shroud forms an aft-circumferential shroud gap between the aft-circumferential shroud and the aircraft body;
fore-propulsor blades within the fore-circumferential shroud gap between the fore-circumferential shroud and the aircraft body,
wherein said fore-propulsor blades form a fore-propulsor blade set;
aft-propulsor blades within the aft-circumferential shroud gap between the aft-circumferential shroud and the aircraft body,
wherein said aft-propulsor blades form an aft-propulsor blade set;
an actuation mechanism to cause movement of the fore-propulsor blades and the aft-propulsor blades; and
aft-back control vanes located behind the aft-propulsor blades,
wherein a position of the aft-back-control vanes may be individually adjusted to direct the flow of air from the aft-propulsor blade set and control horizontal and vertical steering of the LTA aircraft,
wherein said fore-propulsor blades and said aft-propulsor blades rotate in opposite directions when the LTA aircraft is moved in forward or reverse and in the same direction to move air in opposing directions to enable maneuvering of the LTA aircraft while hovering.

US Pat. No. 11,066,145

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LIGHTER-THAN-AIR AIRSHIP WITH IMPROVED STRUCTURE AND DELIVERY SYSTEM

H2 Clipper, Inc., Santa ...


1. An airship containing a lighter-than-air gas, the airship comprising:an exoskeleton defined by a plurality of spokes of varying length and a plurality of hubs, each spoke coupled, at opposing ends, to one of the hubs, and each hub coupled to six spokes, wherein the spokes are connected to the hubs to form isosceles triangles between adjacent spokes; and
a skin coupled to the exoskeleton and defining an exterior of the airship,
wherein:
each hub comprises a plurality of multi-pronged sockets extending from a center portion of the hub; and
each hub includes inserts extending outwardly from the center portion of the hub, each insert comprising a protrusion at a first end adjacent to the center portion of the hub, each protrusion seated within, and hingedly connected to, one of the multi-pronged sockets to hingedly connect the insert to the hub.

US Pat. No. 11,066,144

TILLER CONTROL FOR BOATS


1. A tiller control for boats, comprising:a brake, the brake comprising a control line braking sheave and a control line guide brake pressure plate;
a first control line tensioning block;
a second control line tensioning block;
a spring biasing device, the spring biasing device spring biasing the first control line tensioning block and the second control line tensioning block toward each other.

US Pat. No. 11,066,143

COOLING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC PROPULSION SYSTEM OF WATERCRAFT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...


1. A cooling system for a boat, comprising: at least one cooler disposed inside a hull of the boat and closed to the exterior of the hull, the cooler configured for the exchange of thermal energy between a flow of coolant in the at least one cooler and a fluid flow outside of the hull via a hull wall disposed between the flow of coolant and the fluid flow; and one or more coolant passages extending from the at least one cooler defining at least one coolant loop, the one or more coolant passages configured to deliver the flow of coolant from the at least one cooler to one or more components disposed along the at least one coolant loop to cool the one or more components, and return the flow of coolant to the at least one cooler; wherein the at least one cooler is disposed at a chine of the hull; and wherein a chine closure is secured to an interior of the hull to enclose a chine recess defined by the chine, the enclosed chine recess defining a cooler of the at least one cooler.

US Pat. No. 11,066,142

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...


1. An outboard motor comprising:an engine;
a first drive shaft connected to the engine and extending in an up-and-down direction of the outboard motor;
a second drive shaft extending in the up-and-down direction;
a shifter to switch a direction of rotation to be transmitted from the first drive shaft to the second drive shaft;
a propeller shaft extending in a back-and-forth direction of the outboard motor; and
a transmission to transmit the rotation of the second drive shaft to the propeller shaft; wherein
the shifter includes:a first gear concentric with the first drive shaft and rotatable relative to the first drive shaft;
a second gear concentric with the second drive shaft and rotatable relative to the second drive shaft;
a third gear connected to the first gear and the second gear to reverse the direction of the rotation transmitted from the first gear to the second gear;
a shift member movable to a first position and a second position;
a first clutch connected to the shift member to couple the second drive shaft to the first drive shaft when the shift member is in the first position, and to decouple the second drive shaft from the first drive shaft when the shift member is in the second position;
a second clutch connected to the shift member to decouple the first gear from the first drive shaft when the shift member is in the first position, and to couple the first gear to the first drive shaft when the shift member is in the second position; and
a third clutch connected to the shift member to decouple the second gear from the second drive shaft when the shift member is in the first position, and to couple the second gear to the second drive shaft when the shift member is in the second position.


US Pat. No. 11,066,141

DRIVE ARRANGEMENT WITH AN ARRESTING ELEMENT FOR PROPELLING A BOAT

Torqeedo GmbH, Gilching ...


1. A drive arrangement for propelling a boat, comprising:an electric drive motor with a shaft and a receiving device for receiving the shaft;
an arresting element defining a receptacle for receiving the shaft, the arresting element being displaceable relative to the receiving device along a longitudinal axis of the shaft received in the receptacle to determine a first desired distance along the shaft between the receiving device and the drive motor; and
a steering device having a first leg and a second leg, the first leg being connected to the second leg to define an opening for receiving the shaft therethrough for coupling the steering device to the shaft to rotate the shaft around its longitudinal axis in a first direction or a second direction.

US Pat. No. 11,066,140

OUTBOARD MOTORS HAVING RESILIENT MOUNTING APPARATUSES

Brunswick Corporation, M...


1. An outboard motor extending from top to bottom in an axial direction, from fore to aft in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the axial direction, and from port to starboard in a lateral direction perpendicular to the axial direction and perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, the outboard motor comprising:a powerhead;
a driveshaft housing located below the powerhead;
a steering arm extending forwardly from the driveshaft housing;
a steering tube extending downwardly from the steering arm;
an upper mounting device that resiliently mounts the steering arm to the driveshaft housing;
a lower mounting device comprising a yoke that laterally extends from the steering tube, the yoke containing port and starboard mounts that resiliently couple the steering tube to the driveshaft housing; and
a clamping bracket that clamps the yoke to the steering tube, wherein the steering tube is clamped between the clamping bracket and the yoke, and further comprising a pin that rotationally locks the yoke and clamping bracket relative to the steering tube; wherein the lower mounting device is removable from the steering tube by unclamping the yoke and clamping bracket.

US Pat. No. 11,066,139

DETERMINING THE PARTIAL PRESSURE OF A GAS IN A PRESSURE VESSEL

FATHOM SYSTEMS LIMITED, ...


1. A method of determining the partial pressure of at least one gas in a mixture of gasses contained in a pressure vessel, the mixture being pressurised to above local atmospheric pressure, in which the method comprises the steps of:coupling a gas analysis sensor to the pressure vessel;
directing a portion of the mixture of gasses in the pressure vessel to the sensor for analysis;
reducing the pressure of the portion of the mixture which is to be analysed by the sensor to a level which is below the pressure in the vessel but above local atmospheric pressure;
operating the sensor to measure the partial pressure of the at least one gas at the reduced pressure level; and
using the partial pressure of the at least one gas, measured at the reduced pressure level, to determine the actual partial pressure of said gas in the mixture contained in the vessel by multiplying the measured pressure at the reduced pressure level by the ratio of the pressure in the vessel relative to the reduced pressure level.

US Pat. No. 11,066,138

FLOATING STRUCTURE INSTALLATION SYSTEM AND FLOATING STRUCTURE INSTALLATION METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...


1. A floating structure installation system for installing a floating structure including a first portion and a second portion connectable to the first portion, the floating structure installation system comprising:a buoyant body adapted to be driven or towed on water;
a first cradle disposed on the body and including a first holding part configured to hold the first portion on the body;
a second cradle disposed on the body and including a second holding part configured to hold the second portion on the body; and
a moving device configured to move at least one of the first cradle or the second cradle on the body to connect the first portion held by the first holding part and the second portion held by the second holding part,
wherein the first holding part includes a first lifting unit for lifting and lowering the first portion,
wherein the first portion has a submersible section located under a waterline during installation, and
wherein the second portion is a wind turbine body including a tower section configured to be coupled to the first portion.

US Pat. No. 11,066,137

MARINE STRUCTURE

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...


15. An object, comprising:at least part of a ship hull;
a load comprising a light source, wherein the load has a first load terminal and a second load terminal adapted to be powered by an AC power source, wherein the AC power source has a first AC terminal and a second AC terminal, and wherein the first AC terminal is electrically connectable to the at least part of the ship hull;
a first electrode, wherein the first electrode is electrically connected to the first load terminal; and
a dielectric layer,
wherein the first electrode and the dielectric layer are arranged to form, in combination with the at least part of the ship hull, a capacitor for capacitive transmission of electrical power between the first electrode and the at least part of the ship hull,
wherein the second AC terminal and the second load terminal are arranged to be electrically connected to each other by sea water,
wherein the first load terminal is electrically insulated from the second load terminal, and
wherein the dielectric layer comprises a dielectric material, and wherein the load is embedded within the dielectric material.

US Pat. No. 11,066,136

PONTOON BOAT WITH ADJUSTABLE EXTENSION SYSTEM


1. An adjustable pontoon system for a pontoon boat with a main deck and at least two pontoons, the adjustable pontoon system comprising:an adjustable pontoon capable of being positionally adjusted with respect to the main deck of the pontoon boat, the main deck being fixed and nonadjustable;
a lift arm having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end secured to the main deck of the pontoon boat and the second end fixedly supporting the adjustable pontoon; and
a deployment system capable of facilitating movement of the lift arm with respect to the main deck of the pontoon boat, the movement of the lift arm translating into movement of the adjustable pontoon from a first traveling position to a second use position, such that the adjustable pontoon system has a first traveling configuration in which the lift arm extends upward at an angle with respect to the main deck of the pontoon boat thereby raising the adjustable pontoon above the main deck, and a second use configuration in which the lift arm extends parallel to the main deck of the pontoon boat;
wherein the deployment system being located underneath the main deck when in the second use position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,135

WAVE-GENERATING WATERCRAFT WITH A WAVE FORMING FIN


1. A wave-generating watercraft, comprising:a craft body having front and rear ends, two opposite sides each extending between said front and rear ends, and at least one installation space formed in at least one of said opposite sides; and
at least one wave-generating unit mounted within said at least one installation space, and includinga telescopic drive mounted to said craft body within said at least one installation space and aligned with a front-rear direction of said craft body, said telescopic drive being stretchable and retractable along the front-rear direction,
a driven unit pivotally connected to said telescopic drive to transmit an actuation force from said telescopic drive, and
a wave-forming fin connected to said driven unit and driven by said telescopic drive to move between an extended position and a retracted position,
wherein, when said wave-forming fin moves to the extended position, said wave-forming fin protrudes outwardly from said at least one installation space and is oblique to the front-rear direction of said craft body,
wherein, when said wave-forming fin moves to the retracted position, said wave-forming fin is moved to and received in said at least one installation space,
wherein said at least one installation space has an opening that opens outwardly at said at least one of said two opposite sides of said craft body,
wherein said wave-forming fin at the retracted position spans said opening,
wherein said at least one installation space further has a longitudinal space to receive said telescopic drive, and a transverse space that communicates with said longitudinal space and said opening to receive said driven unit, and
wherein said craft body further has a water fence that adjoins said longitudinal space within said at least one installation space and that has a through hole for passage of said telescopic drive.


US Pat. No. 11,066,134

INFLATABLE RIDE-ON WATER TOY


1. An inflatable, floating, ride-on water toy comprising:an inflatable body having a plurality of connection points and a seating surface;
an inflatable safety ring having a plurality of connection points, the inflatable safety ring encircles the inflatable body; and
a plurality of tethers connecting the inflatable body and the inflatable safety ring to one another, each tether having a first end and a second end, wherein the seating surface is positioned above at least a portion of the inflatable safety ring.

US Pat. No. 11,066,133

GAS SUPPLY MARINE VESSEL

Tritec Marine Ltd


1. A gas delivery method comprising filling a first plurality of international Organization for Standardization (ISO) tank container assemblies positioned on a deck of a gas supply marine vessel with liquified gas at a first location; utilizing the gas supply marine vessel to transport the filled first plurality of ISO tank container assemblies to a second location; and unloading the filled first plurality of ISO tank container assemblies from the deck of the gas supply marine vessel, wherein unloading comprises moving a first portion of the first plurality of ISO tank container assemblies from the gas supply marine vessel.

US Pat. No. 11,066,132

BOAT TRANSFER SYSTEM

Kongsberg Maritime AS, H...


1. A boat transfer system on a floating vessel, comprising at least one deployment frame for deployment of a cradle,wherein said deployment frame is movable in a mainly horizontal direction and the deployment frame is equipped with first upright guides for vertical movement of the cradle, and
said cradle is connected to a guide system for controlled movement of the cradle in the first upright guides, and
wherein said deployment frame for the movement in the mainly horizontal direction is connected to an articulated multi-arm system, and
wherein said boat transfer system further comprises second upright guides,
wherein the deployment frame in an inner position is in a parked position, and the deployment frame in an outer position is in an operational launch position, wherein the first upright guides are aligned with the second upright guides mounted below the first upright guides, and
wherein said cradle is driven from the first upright guides to the second upright guides, or vice versa.

US Pat. No. 11,066,131

MOORING ROPE DEVICE OF FLOATING OFFSHORE STRUCTURE FOR AVOIDING SHIP COLLISION, METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME, AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING SAME


1. A floating offshore mooring chain apparatus for preventing collision with a ship, the mooring chain apparatus comprising:a buoyant body floating on the water surface to transfer resources to a transport ship;
a plurality of mooring chains fixed to the seabed to locate the buoyant body in position on the water surface; and
a plurality of spider buoys disposed to a lower portion of the buoyant body such that the mooring chains laterally penetrate through the spider buoys, respectively, and extend toward the seabed in different directions, so that the mooring chains are moved by a rotating force along the extension directions thereof to displace the buoyant body.

US Pat. No. 11,066,130

SYSTEM FOR SECURING A FLOATING STRUCTURE WITH ONE OR MORE TENSION DEVICES


1. A system for securing a floating structure comprising:an anchor including a disc shaped member, a plurality of paddles and a plurality of flanges, the disc shaped member having a top surface defining a locking surface, a bottom circular surface, and a periphery surface disposed between the top and bottom surfaces, the disc shaped member further having a diameter greater than a height, the plurality of paddles radially extending from the periphery surface, the plurality of flanges being on the bottom surface; and
a tension device coupled to the anchor, the tension device including an elastic member and an inelastic member,
wherein the inelastic member limits elongation of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 11,066,129

TOERAIL GROMMET


6. A grommet 10 adapted to be mounted in a toerail 12 having an aperture 16 comprising:main body 14 is adapted to fitting in the aperture 16 and being held in place by locking member or plate 18,
body 14 having a bore 22 extending therethrough;
bore 22 having wall 24 adapted to provide a smooth bearing or fairlead surface passing through body 14 and boss 26 such that a cordage rig passes through opening 28;

body 14 is formed and arranged to have a flange 34 and intermediate portion 36 with screw holes 38;boss 26 projects from body 14 and is rectilinear and tapered to provide tolerance when fitted to toerail 12;
boss 26 is provided with radiused corners.

US Pat. No. 11,066,128

COLLAPSIBLE MAST OF A YACHT

HERMITAGE FAMILY OFFICE S...


1. A collapsible mast for a yacht, comprising:a base;
a top section; and
a rotation mechanism arranged between the base and the top section configured to rotate the top section relative to the base between an upright extended state, in which the top section extends in line with the base, and a collapsed state, in which the top section is rotated downward to reduce a height of the mast, wherein the rotation mechanism comprises an axis oriented transverse through the base,
wherein the rotation mechanism comprises a rotation arm, which is rotatably connected to the base via the axis;
wherein the arm is extendible from a shorter effective length in the upright extended state to a larger effective length in the collapsed state to keep the base and the top section apart in the collapsed state and have the base and top section abut in the upright extended state; and
wherein the extendible arm is accommodated in a through hole in a mounting plate inside the top section, with a traction mechanism extending along the top section and back through an interior of the top section to the mounting plate.

US Pat. No. 11,066,127

HYDRAULIC VALVE UNIT, SADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

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


1. A hydraulic valve unit that is provided between a master cylinder configured to generate a hydraulic pressure in a working fluid and a slave cylinder actuated by the hydraulic pressure generated in the master cylinder and that is configured to control transmission of the hydraulic pressure generated in the master cylinder to the slave cylinder, the hydraulic valve unit comprising:a valve body;
a main oil passage formed in the valve body and configured to bring a side of the master cylinder and a side of the slave cylinder communicate with each other;
a valve mechanism configured to open or close the main oil passage;
a bypass oil passage formed in the valve body and configured to bring an upstream-side oil passage, which is provided on the side of the master cylinder with respect to the valve mechanism of the main oil passage, and a downstream-side oil passage, which is provided on the side of the slave cylinder with respect to the valve mechanism of the main oil passage, communicate with each other; and
a one-way valve provided on the bypass oil passage and configured to cause the working fluid to flow in a direction from the upstream-side oil passage to the downstream-side oil passage,
wherein the main oil passage and a main section of the bypass oil passage are disposed to be arranged with respective axes aligned with each other and the main section of the bypass oil passage is disposed at a same height as the main oil passage or at a position higher than that of the main oil passage in a state in which the valve body is attached at a predetermined attachment position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,126

ELECTRICAL BICYCLE OPERATING SYSTEM, ELECTRICAL DERAILLEUR, AND ELECTRICAL SEATPOST ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...


1. An electrical derailleur comprising:a control unit to generate a control signal to operate at least one of an electrical bicycle seatpost assembly, an electrical suspension, and a driving unit;
a base;
a chain guide; and
a motor unit to move the chain guide relative to the base, wherein
the control unit is provided on one of the motor unit and the base.

US Pat. No. 11,066,125

DRIVE ARRANGEMENT OF A BICYCLE HAVING A MULTI-SPROCKET ARRANGEMENT

SRAM DEUTSCHLAND GmBH, S...


1. A multi-sprocket arrangement for a rear wheel hub of a bicycle, the multi-sprocket arrangement comprising:a plurality of sprockets with different diameters, wherein the sprockets each have a plurality of teeth which are separated by tooth spaces and which can be placed in engagement with a drive chain with wide chain links and narrow chain links which follow one another alternatively in succession, and wherein, on at least one sprocket, a corrective feature is provided which is designed such that the drive chain, as it revolves around a selected sprocket or during a sprocket changeover from a starting sprocket to the selected sprocket, is displaced by a distance of one chain link in the circumferential direction to orient the drive chain, with regard to its wide and narrow chain links, in a predetermined chain link plate orientation relative to the teeth of the selected sprocket,
wherein the corrective feature comprises at least one riding-up tooth on the selected sprocket which, owing to at least one of its geometry and its arrangement on the selected sprocket, is designed such that, in the event of arrival engagement into an intermediate space of a narrow chain link, the narrow chain link cannot, in its intermediate space, fully receive the riding-up tooth, such that the narrow chain link is seated on the riding-up tooth with a radially outward offset causing the narrow chain link to slip onward and displace the drive chain by the distance of one chain link in the circumferential direction, and wherein the riding-up tooth is, in terms of its geometry and arrangement, designed such that a wide chain link following the narrow chain link can, in its intermediate space, fully receive the riding-up tooth.

US Pat. No. 11,066,124

BICYCLE PEDALING TORQUE SENSING SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES

SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPO...


1. A device for sensing a bicycle pedaling torque input, the device comprising:a housing;
a bearing defining a rotational axis, the bearing having an inner race and an outer race;
a bearing support member that positions the bearing with respect to the housing, the bearing support member comprising:an outer portion coupled to the housing;
an inner portion coupled to the outer race of the bearing; and
one or more beams positioned about a periphery of the inner portion and connecting the inner portion to the outer portion
wherein the one or more beams are shaped to have a lower resistance to bending about an axis parallel to the rotational axis than to bending about an axis perpendicular to the rotational axis;

an output member configured to be coupled to a chain ring, the output member being coupled to the inner race of the bearing to enable the output member to rotate with respect to the housing about the rotational axis;
a spindle configured to be coupled to a bicycle pedal crank, the spindle functionally coupled to the output member to enable a rider pedaling force applied to the spindle to cause rotation of the output member; and
one or more strain gauges, each of the one or more strain gauges being coupled to one of the one or more beams of the bearing support member to enable electronic sensing of strain in the beam the strain gauge is coupled to in response to the rider pedaling force applied to the spindle.

US Pat. No. 11,066,123

COMPRESSION PISTON

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...


1. A shock absorber, said shock absorber comprising:a fluid filled chamber;
a main piston slidably disposed within said fluid filled chamber;
a rod coupled to said main piston, said rod having a portion thereof exposed to an oil bath when not disposed within said fluid filled chamber;
a compression damper disposed within said fluid filled chamber, said compression damper physically separated from said main piston and not connected to said rod, said compression damper comprising:a compression piston;
an internal floating piston; and
a single adjustable fluid circuit configured for controlling a damping rate associated with multiple compression speeds of said shock absorber, wherein said single adjustable fluid circuit comprises:a fluid passageway through said compression piston; and
a positionally adjustable floating shim stack positioned at one end of said fluid passageway, said positionally adjustable floating shim stack configured for selectively blocking a flow of fluid through said fluid passageway; and


a leak path configured for, upon compression, enabling oil to leak from said fluid filled chamber of said compression damper to a position exterior to said fluid filled chamber, wherein said leak path is part of a recirculation system of said shock absorber, said leak path comprising:a recess in a shaft of said compression damper, wherein during said compression an independent floating piston is pushed upwards along said shaft by said flow of said oil until reaching said recess, at which point said oil leaks through a gap between a surface of said recess and said independent floating piston, wherein said recess comprises:a curvature at one side configured for guiding said oil toward a wall of an air chamber of said compression damper; and
a passageway in said wall of said air chamber through which said oil flows.



US Pat. No. 11,066,122

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL SYSTEM INCLUDING CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...


1. A control device for a human-powered vehicle, the control device comprising:a controller configured to activate at least one component of the human-powered vehicle in response to a user operation of at least one remote actuating device and further configured to operate the at least one component of the human-powered vehicle in at least a first mode and a second mode based on a first input that does not include the user operation of the at least one remote actuating device,
the controller being connected to the at least one component of the human-powered vehicle such that, in the first mode, the controller is configured to activate the at least one component based on the first input, and in the second mode, the controller is configured to automatically operate at least one of an actuator and an indicator based on the first input,
the first mode being switched into the second mode based on a second input different from the first input, and
the second mode configured to allow manual operation of the at least one component.

US Pat. No. 11,066,121

HANDLEBAR INTEGRATED MASTER CYLINDER ASSEMBLY

SRAM, LLC, Chicago, IL (...


1. A fluid cylinder assembly for a hydraulic actuation system for a bicycle, the fluid cylinder assembly comprising:a fluid cylinder comprising a housing and a piston that is movable within the housing;
a force applicator connected to the piston of the fluid cylinder;
a support; and
an actuator pivotably attached to the support and operatively connected to the piston of the fluid cylinder via the force applicator, such that the actuator is configured to translate the piston from a first position to a second position when the actuator is actuated,
wherein the fluid cylinder is attachable to a handlebar of the bicycle, such that part of the fluid cylinder is positioned within the handlebar and at least a portion of the force applicator is radially outer relative to the handlebar,
wherein the force applicator is a pull rod member, the pull rod member being under tensile load when the actuator is actuated.

US Pat. No. 11,066,120

HEATED HANDGRIPS FOR A MOTORCYCLE

Harley-Davidson Motor Com...


1. A heated handgrip system including:a first handgrip including a first heating element and a first temperature sensor configured to produce a temperature signal indicative of a temperature related to the first heating element;
a second handgrip including a second heating element and a second temperature sensor configured to produce a temperature signal indicative of a temperature related to the second heating element;
a polarity switching circuit electrically coupled to the second temperature sensor and the second heating element and configured to provide power, when active in a first polarity, to the first temperature sensor and provide power, when in a second polarity, to the first heating element; and
an electronic processor communicatively coupled to the polarity switching circuit, the electronic processor configured toreceive, when the polarity switching circuit is active in the first polarity, a temperature signal from the second temperature sensor;
compare the temperature signal to a predetermined temperature threshold, and
set, in response to the first temperature signal failing to exceed the predetermined temperature threshold, the polarity switching circuit to the second polarity.


US Pat. No. 11,066,119

FOLDING SCOOTER FRAME

DONGGUAN PRESTIGE SPORTIN...


1. A folding scooter frame, comprising a front frame, a rear frame pivotally connected with the front frame, and a folding seat support frame comprising a linkage rod and a frame body, wherein the frame body comprises a first support rod and a second support rod which are pivotally connected in an X shape, a lower end of the second support rod is pivotally connected with the rear frame, the folding seat support frame further comprises a limiting rod, one end of the limiting rod is pivotally connected with the rear frame, the linkage rod has a front end connected with the front frame and a rear end driving a lower end of the first support rod of the frame body and another end of the limiting rod, and the linkage rod is rotatable as the front frame is folded, thereby driving the frame body to fold.

US Pat. No. 11,066,118

BICYCLE SEATPOST SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...


1. A bicycle seatpost system comprising:a height adjustable seatpost including an electric actuator; and
an electronic controller including memory, the electronic controller being configured to control the electric actuator to change a height of the height adjustable seatpost to one or more predetermined heights that is pre-stored in the memory in accordance with detected information about a change of orientation of a bicycle relative to a ground, the detected information is determined by an inclination angle defined between a vertical plane and a reference upright plane of at least one of the bicycle and a rider, the vertical plane being a constant plane that extends perpendicular to the ground, the detected information includes first information relating to a cornering orientation of the bicycle, the first information is determined by comparing the inclination angle and a reference angle,
the electronic controller is further configured to change the height of the height adjustable seatpost to be a first height that is lower than a maximum height of the height adjustable seatpost upon determining the inclination angle is larger than or equal to the reference angle.

US Pat. No. 11,066,117

BICYCLE INDUCTIVE LOCK

YUAN WEN SHING INDUSTRIES...


1. A bicycle inductive lock, comprising a housing, a lock body, and a control circuit device;the housing having an accommodating portion recessed in an upper section and a rail portion recessed in a lower section, a lower end of the rail portion having an opening, an annular latch and a tension spring being disposed in the rail portion, the annular latch having a first engaging groove, a second engaging groove, a third engaging groove and a linking handle, the first engaging groove and the second engaging groove being disposed axially respectively, the third engaging groove being disposed radially, the tension spring having one end coupled to the annular latch and another end coupled to the rail portion, a back cover being configured to cover the housing;
the lock body being disposed in the accommodating portion, a lower end of the lock body being formed with an annular groove corresponding to the rail portion, the lock body including a first slot for accommodating a first baffle, the first baffle being movable horizontally in a lateral direction of the annular groove; one side of the first baffle, corresponding to the annular groove, having a lower protrusion, the first baffle being provided with a first through hole, the first through hole having an inner flange, the lower protrusion being elastically pressed against the annular latch to be engaged in the first engaging groove or the second engaging groove; a second slot for accommodating a second baffle being disposed at one side of the first slot, the second baffle being movable vertically in a top direction of the annular groove; a lower end of the second slot being in communication with the annular groove, the second baffle being pressed against the annular latch to be engaged in the third engaging groove; one side of the second baffle, away from the annular groove, having a lower notch at a lower end, another side of the second baffle, opposite to the lower notch, being provided with an upper end flange; a motor accommodating groove for accommodating a speed reduction motor being disposed at one side of the second slot away from the first slot, a front end of the speed reduction motor having a rotatable lever, the lever passing through the second baffle and the first baffle; the lever including an angle control block and an eccentric paddle, the angle control block having a first side protrusion, a second side protrusion and a third side protrusion that are arranged radially, the eccentric paddle having a wide section and a narrow section, the wide section being inserted through the lower notch of the second baffle, the narrow section being inserted through the first through hole of the first baffle; a first groove for accommodating a first inductive switch being disposed between the second slot and the motor accommodating groove, the first inductive switch being located above the angle control block for commanding the first side protrusion, the second side protrusion or the third side protrusion to touch or not to touch the first inductive switch; a second groove for accommodating a second inductive switch being disposed on a back of the lock body, the second inductive switch being located under the upper end flange of the second baffle for commanding the upper end flange to touch or not to touch the second inductive switch;
the control circuit device including a control unit, an induction unit, a power unit and a key fob, the induction unit and the power unit being electrically connected to the control unit respectively, the control unit being electrically connected to the first inductive switch, the second inductive switch and the speed reduction motor respectively, the key fob being configured to generate induction with the induction unit for transmitting a signal to the control unit to drive the speed reduction motor to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise.

US Pat. No. 11,066,116

HIGH-DENSITY BIKE RACK SYSTEM

Flycycle, Inc., Cambridg...


1. A high-density bike rack system configured to be mounted on a mounting surface, comprising:a rack structure including:a first side configured to releasably engage a first bicycle,
a second side configured to releasably engage a second bicycle,
a forward portion including a radiused structure positioned substantially perpendicular relative to the mounting surface and configured to extend, from a first vertical portion, substantially circumferentially along the periphery of a wheel of at least one of the first bicycle and the second bicycle, thus defining a concave portion configured to receive the wheel of at least one of the first bicycle and the second bicycle,
a rearward portion including one or more tube assemblies configured to be coupled to the radiused structure of the forward portion, wherein the rearward portion includes:a first section configured to extend perpendicularly from the mounting surface, thus defining a first mounting position where the first section contacts the mounting surface,
a second section configured to extend diagonally away from the first section and the forward portion, and
a third section configured to bend back and extend toward the forward portion and least partially over the first mounting position; and

a vertical displacement structure configured to be coupled to the radiused structure and configured to vertically offset at least one portion of the first bicycle with respect to at least one portion of the second bicycle.


US Pat. No. 11,066,115

TRAINING WHEEL SYSTEM

Kent International Inc., ...


1. A training wheel system for coupling a training wheel to a bicycle, the system comprising:a bracket having a length and an external width, the bracket configured for placement adjacent a frame of the bicycle;
a training wheel arm having a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion configured to couple the training wheel arm to the bicycle and the second end portion configured to couple to a training wheel,the first end portion including an interior surface having a width that is larger than and can be positioned about at least a portion of the bracket external width, the first end portion defining a first opening having a first width and an elongated slot extending from the first opening having a second width that is smaller than the first width; and

a fastener having an outer width, the outer width being smaller than the first width and larger than the second width to permit the first opening to slide over the fastener and retain the first end portion at the elongated slot.

US Pat. No. 11,066,114

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AUTOMOBILE AND COMPRESSION HOLDING JIG

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A method for manufacturing an automobile, comprising:placing a body on a pre-assembled underside part set, and then
assembling the underside part set onto the body, wherein
the underside part set includes a rear suspension in which a spring and a shock absorber are arranged side by side, and
the spring is brought into a compressed state in the underside part set before the body is placed on the underside part set.

US Pat. No. 11,066,113

GALVANIZED WIRE PLY FOR RUBBER TRACK

ContiTech Transportbandsy...


1. An endless elastomeric track comprising:rubber tread lugs disposed on an outer circumference of a rubber carcass,
the carcass surrounds a reinforcement, the reinforcement having a first side and a second side,
the first side being the side of the track with the tread lugs and the second side being the side of the track opposite the first side;
the reinforcement comprises:
a layer formed within the carcass and comprising a plurality of galvanized steel cables, wherein the plurality of galvanized steel cables are longitudinally oriented along the circumferential direction of the track,
the plurality of cables comprising a helically wound primary cable,
the primary cable being a zinc-coated wire bundle having a ((3×0.35 mm)+(6×0.63 mm)+(6×0.63 mm)+(6×0.57 mm)) construction;
a first galvanized wire ply formed within the carcass defining the first side of the reinforcement and disposed on a first side of the layer to stiffen the track and protect the plurality of cables from damage,
the first galvanized ply comprising a plurality of individual galvanized wire filaments calendered in a rubbery material;
a second galvanized wire ply formed within the carcass defining the second side of the reinforcement and disposed on a second side of the layer and comprising a second plurality of individual galvanized wire filaments calendered in a rubbery material oriented in dissimilar angles from the first galvanized wire ply; and
the layer, the first galvanized wire ply, and the second galvanized wire ply have substantially the same transverse width.

US Pat. No. 11,066,112

REAR SPOILER DEVICE FOR A UTILITY VEHICLE

WABCO Europe BVBA, Bruss...


1. A rear spoiler device (8) for a utility vehicle (1), the rear spoiler device (8) comprising:a first roof air-guiding element (9) configured to be attachable to a first rear door (6),
a second roof air-guiding element (10) configured to be attachable to a second rear door (7), wherein the first roof air-guiding element and the second roof air-guiding element (9, 10) are configured to be adjustable between a folded-in basic position and a driving position that aerodynamically extends a contour of a roof surface (5),
an adjustment device (13) configured to adjust the first roof air-guiding element (9) between the folded-in basic position and the driving position,-
further comprising a coupling device (15) configured to couple a pivoting movement of the first roof air-guiding element to the second roof air-guiding element (9, 10),
wherein the coupling device (15) is disposed on the first roof air-guiding element (9) and projects under the second roof air-guiding element (10).

US Pat. No. 11,066,111

ARTICULATING TAILGATE

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. A tailgate assembly for a vehicle comprising:a tailgate;
a track assembly including a first link attached to a second link at a link pivot and a track member slidable over the first link, the second link and the link pivot, wherein the tailgate is attached to the track member and the track member is slidable from the first link to the second link to enable movement of the second link relative to the first link about the link pivot; and
a hinge attached to a static structure of the vehicle and the first link of the track assembly at a hinge pivot such that the first link and the tailgate is movable about the hinge pivot between a closed position and a horizontal position and further movable about the link pivot to a vertical open position.

US Pat. No. 11,066,110

FASTENING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...


1. A fastening structure for a vehicle using a collar as a reinforcing member to fasten a closed section member, the fastening structure comprising:two insertion holes respectively formed in opposing first and second walls of the closed section member; and
the collar comprising a hollow cylindrical portion having an internal space configured to receive a bolt, the cylindrical portion inserted through the two insertion holes,
wherein the cylindrical portion of the collar and the first wall are welded together,
the collar comprises a flange, the flange having a circular outer circumferential edge and extending on an outer circumferential side of the cylindrical portion and being disposed on an outer surface side of the second wall, and the circular outer circumferential edge of the flange and the second wall are welded together,
the weld comprises an arc weld and is applied such that a length of a weld bead on the first wall is longer than a length of a weld bead on the second wall and a welded area on the second wall is larger than a welded area on the first wall.

US Pat. No. 11,066,109

TIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM


1. A tire protection system for use on a vehicle, the tire protection system comprising:a housing integral to a part of the vehicle, the vehicle having a tire;
at least one magnet assembly coupled to the housing, the magnet assembly position being determined by the part of the vehicle and the tire, the part of the vehicle being selected and the magnet assembly integrated so as to attract debris as the vehicle travels.

US Pat. No. 11,066,108

DAMPER HOUSING FOR VEHICLE

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


1. A damper housing for a vehicle configured to support a load input from a damper of a suspension, the damper housing for a vehicle comprising:an upper wall plate configured to cover the damper from at least above; and
an upper wall reinforcement plate coupled to the upper wall plate at below the upper wall plate,
wherein a plurality of collars through which fastening members for attaching the damper are inserted are interposed between the upper wall plate and the upper wall reinforcement plate, the plurality of collars being disposed on a circumference about a central axis of the damper,
an upper section of the damper is fastened and fixed to the upper wall reinforcement plate and the upper wall plate by the fastening members inserted through the collars,
a first concave section is provided in at least one of the upper wall plate and the upper wall reinforcement plate which are facing each other, the first concave section being formed on the upper wall plate or the upper wall reinforcement plate so as to protrude toward the facing upper wall plate or the upper wall reinforcement plate and being disposed between the neighboring collars among the circumference on which the collars are disposed, and
the upper wall plate or the upper wall reinforcement plate are coupled to the facing upper wall plate or the upper wall reinforcement plate at the first concave section.

US Pat. No. 11,066,107

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a front pillar extending in a height direction of a vehicle and positioned in front along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, wherein the front pillar includes a front pillar inner member and a front pillar outer reinforcing member, wherein the front pillar inner member is coupled to a side outer member to define a closed cross-section;
a rear pillar extending in the height direction of the vehicle and positioned in rear along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
a roof side member extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, wherein a front end portion of the roof side member along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle is inserted and coupled between the front pillar inner member and the front pillar outer reinforcing member, wherein the roof side member is inserted into the closed cross-section to be coupled to the front pillar inner member;
a front roof rail disposed in the front along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
a center roof rail disposed behind the front roof rail along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle; and
a further roof side member extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, the roof side member and the further roof side member disposed on left and right sides along a width direction of the vehicle; and
wherein the front pillar inner member and a roof side inner member are coupled to the inside of the roof side member along a width direction of the vehicle, respectively;
wherein a lower gusset is integrally formed to be protruded to the inside along the width direction of the vehicle at the front pillar inner member and the roof side inner member, respectively;
wherein an upper gusset is overlapped on the lower gusset of the front pillar inner member and the lower gusset of the roof side inner member, respectively; and
wherein an end portion of the front roof rail and an end portion of the center roof rail are fastened to the upper gusset, respectively.

US Pat. No. 11,066,106

VERSATILE PLATFORM

SOMIC MANAGEMENT HOLDINGS...


1. A versatile platform configured as a vehicle, comprising:a first axle extending in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle;
a second axle separate from the first axle and extending in parallel to the first axle;
a pair of first wheels provided in one end portion and the other end portion of the first axle;
a pair of second wheels provided in one end portion and the other end portion of the second axle;
a motor for driving at least one of the pair of first wheels and the pair of second wheels;
a vehicle body frame integrally joining the first axle and the second axle and supporting a work unit for performing operation; and
a steering portion for steering at least one of the pair of first wheels and the pair of second wheels, wherein:
the vehicle body frame includes a horizontal bar member extending in parallel to both the first axle and the second axle and a vertical bar member extending in a front-back direction of the vehicle in which the first axle and the second axle separate from each other and is formed into a frame shape; and
the whole upper surface of the vehicle body frame is exposed to the outside,
wherein at least one of the horizontal bar member and the vertical bar member has a fixing portion for fixing the work unit supported by the vehicle body frame, the fixing portion extending in the whole length in a length direction of the at least one of the horizontal bar member and the vertical bar member, and
wherein the fixing portion is a groove provided in at least one of the horizontal bar member and the vertical bar member so as to extend in the length direction of the at least one of the horizontal bar member and the vertical bar member.

US Pat. No. 11,066,105

UTILITY VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...


1. A utility vehicle, comprising:a lower frame assembly including an operator area and extending along a longitudinal axis;
an upper frame assembly coupled to the lower frame assembly and extending above the operator area, the upper frame assembly including a plurality of front upright members and a plurality of rear upright members, at least one of the plurality of front upright members or the plurality of rear upright members having a profiled portion; and
at least one sealing member removably coupled to the upper frame in a substantially upright orientation and configured to engage the profiled portion.

US Pat. No. 11,066,104

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A vehicle body structure, comprising:a battery mounting portion arranged on a floor of a vehicle and having a battery disposed thereon;
a first cross member arranged in a front side of the battery mounting portion and configured to reinforce the floor;
a second cross member arranged in a rear side of the battery mounting portion and configured to reinforce the floor;
first and second extension members extending in a longitudinal direction so as to connect the first and second cross members, the first and second extension members being spaced apart from each other in a transverse direction of the vehicle and configured to reinforce a lower portion of the battery mounting portion; and
a coupling structure coupled to the first and second cross members in a state of coupling the battery.

US Pat. No. 11,066,102

AUXILIARY FRAME HAVING AN ATTACHMENT ADAPTER

Benteler Automobiltechnik...


1. An auxiliary frame for a vehicle, comprising:a longitudinal member comprising a first longitudinal member end that comprises a first adapter socket, wherein the first adapter socket is configured to accommodate different attachment adapters configured to fix the longitudinal member on different vehicle frames comprising different frame geometries; and
a first attachment adapter in the first adapter socket, wherein the first attachment adapter is configured to fix the longitudinal member on a first vehicle frame;
wherein the first attachment adapter is configured as an elongate attachment adapter extending along an adapter longitudinal axis, wherein the elongate attachment adapter comprises an adapter wall that comprises a hollow-cylindrical section that is configured to accommodate a mount, and wherein an adapter aperture is formed in the hollow-cylindrical section.

US Pat. No. 11,066,101

STEERING CONTROL DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...


1. A steering control device that controls a motor configured to generate power to be applied to a steering mechanism having a variable gear ratio rack and pinion, based on a command value calculated in accordance with a steering state, the steering control device comprising:a first calculating circuit that calculates a first component of the command value in accordance with a steering torque;
a second calculating circuit that calculates a second component of the command value, as a compensation control amount for the first component, based on a calculated steering angle; and
a third calculating circuit that calculates a motor neutral point indicating a rotation angle of the motor corresponding to a steering neutral position, by subtracting a conversion value from a rotation angle of the motor detected by a relative angle sensor, the conversion value being calculated by converting a sensed steering angle detected by an absolute angle sensor into a rotation angle of the motor, taking into account a specific stroke, and calculates the calculated steering angle to be used in the second calculating circuit as an absolute angle, based on the calculated motor neutral point and the rotation angle of the motor detected by the relative angle sensor; wherein,
the third calculating circuit calculates the motor neutral point when the sensed steering angle detected by the absolute angle sensor falls within a predetermined angle range in which a difference between a theoretical specific stroke and an actual specific stroke with respect to the sensed steering angle falls within an allowable range for the sensed steering angle, and
the third calculating circuit includesa first neutral point calculating circuit that (i) calculates a first motor neutral point immediately after a drive source of a vehicle including the steering control device is started and (ii) stops calculation of the first motor neutral point after calculating the first motor neutral point only once each time the vehicle is started,
a second neutral point calculating circuit that (i) calculates a second motor neutral point only in response to detecting that the sensed steering angle detected by the absolute angle sensor falls within the predetermined angle range and (ii) generates a signal indicating calculation of the second motor neutral point in response to calculating the second motor neutral point,
a switching circuit that outputs the first motor neutral point as the motor neutral point until receiving the signal indicating calculation of the second motor neutral point, and outputs the second motor neutral point as the motor neutral point in response to receiving the signal indicating calculation of the second motor neutral point, and
an absolute angle calculating circuit that calculates the calculated steering angle to be used in the second calculating circuit as an absolute angle, using the motor neutral point output by the switching circuit.


US Pat. No. 11,066,100

TRAILER BACKUP ASSIST CURVATURE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle backing a trailer, comprising:a steering input apparatus providing a path of travel for the trailer,
a control module generating a steering command for the vehicle to guide the trailer on the path based on a hitch angle and a kinematic relationship determined between the vehicle and the trailer; and
a power-steering system for steering the vehicle based on the steering command, wherein the steering command provides a desired curvature of the path of the trailer relative to a longitudinal centerline axis of the trailer.

US Pat. No. 11,066,099

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MOVING THE FRONT WHEELS OF A VEHICLE FORWARD

Marlin Crawler, Inc., Fr...


1. An apparatus for mounting a steering knuckle on a vehicle such that a hub opening of the steering knuckle is at a position that is closer to a front of the vehicle than a factory position for said hub opening comprising:a. an upper steering knuckle control arm comprising a first body having a first pair of mounts at one end thereof for engagement with a vehicle frame, and a first ball joint mount at an opposite end thereof for engagement with a first ball joint of said steering knuckle, and
b. a lower steering knuckle control arm comprising a second body having a second pair of mounts at one end thereof for engagement with the vehicle frame, and a second ball joint mount at an opposite end thereof for engagement with a second ball joint of said steering knuckle,

wherein the first and second ball joint mounts are located closer to the front of the vehicle than corresponding positions of stock first and second ball joint mounts of stock upper and lower steering knuckle control arms replaced by said apparatus.

US Pat. No. 11,066,098

VEHICLE DISTURBANCE DETECTION APPARATUS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...


1. A vehicle disturbance detection apparatus, comprising:a sensor device includinga vehicle speed sensor configured to detect a vehicle speed,
a steering angle sensor configured to detect a steering angle,
a lateral acceleration sensor configured to detect a lateral acceleration of a vehicle, and
a yaw rate sensor configured to detect a yaw rate of the vehicle; and

an electronic control unit configured to executedetermining whether a disturbance occurs in the vehicle based on detection signals from the sensor device, the disturbance being a lateral external force that causes the vehicle to veer in a direction different from a direction expected by a driver,
calculating a first standard yaw rate estimable by using pieces of information related to the vehicle speed, the steering angle, the lateral acceleration, and predetermined vehicle specifications,
calculating a second standard yaw rate estimable by using the pieces of information related to the vehicle speed, the steering angle, and the vehicle specifications without using the piece of information related to the lateral acceleration, and
determining that the disturbance occurs in the vehicle when a disturbance determination condition is established in a relationship among the first standard yaw rate, the second standard yaw rate, and an actual yaw rate, the disturbance determination condition including a cant traveling exclusion condition that is not established when the vehicle veers by traveling along a cant road but is established when the vehicle veers by receiving a crosswind, the actual yaw rate being the yaw rate detected by the yaw rate sensor.


US Pat. No. 11,066,097

POWER STEERING SYSTEMS

ZF Automotive UK Limited


1. A method of producing a torque damping component for use in an electric power assisted steering system, the method comprising the steps of:receiving a first signal from a steering velocity sensor indicative of a steering velocity and determining a sign of the first signal,
receiving a second signal from a steering position sensor and determining a sign of the second signal, determining whether a steering wheel is moving away from a centre position or returning to the centre position from the determined signs of the first and second signals, and setting a value of the torque damping component using a first function which includes both a linear function of steering column velocity and a quadratic function of column velocity when the steering wheel is moving away from the centre position and sets a value of the torque damping component using a second function different from the first function and which includes both a linear function of steering column velocity and a quadratic function of column velocity when the steering wheel is returning to the centre position,
detecting at least one of a change in a direction of steering corresponding to a return to the centre position following movement away from the centre position and a movement away from the centre position following a return to the centre position and upon detection applying a blend of the first and second functions to ensure a gradual transition in the torque damping component from one function to the other function, and
controlling the electric power assisted steering system using the torque damping component.

US Pat. No. 11,066,096

VEHICLE STEERING CONTROL METHOD AND VEHICLE STEERING CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...


1. A vehicle steering control method comprising: controlling steering of a vehicle having a steering wheel, a clutch through which the steering wheel and turnable wheels are able to be mechanically disconnected and connected, a steering actuator that imparts torque to the steering wheel, a turning actuator that causes the turnable wheels to turn, and a torque sensor that detects a transmitted torque in a torque transmission system between the steering wheel and the turnable wheels, the method further comprising: a steer-by-wire mode in which the clutch is disengaged and a steering angle of the steering wheel and a turning angle of the turnable wheels are controlled based on a turning angle command, and an assisted-control mode in which the clutch is engaged and an assist torque that corresponds to a detected torque from the torque sensor is imparted to the turnable wheels; and the method being such that: when transitioning from the steer-by-wire mode under an autonomous driving mode to the assisted-control mode under a manual driving mode, the assist torque is limited to a value that corresponds to the detected torque from when the clutch is engaged until a prescribed limitation period has passed, the limitation period being a duration that corresponds to a difference in angular velocity between a steering angle velocity and a turning angle velocity, the steering angle velocity being angular velocity on a steering wheel side of the clutch, and the turning angle velocity being angular velocity on a turnable wheels side of the clutch.

US Pat. No. 11,066,095

CONTROLLER FOR STEERING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...


1. A controller for a steering system, the steering system being configured such that a transmission ratio between a steering angle of a steering wheel and a steered angle of a steered wheel is variable based on a vehicle speed through actuation of a motor serving as a drive source, the steering wheel being coupled to a steering mechanism, the steered wheel being coupled to a steering operation shaft of the steering mechanism, the controller comprisinga control circuit configured to calculate a target corresponding steered angle that is a target value of a corresponding steered angle based on the transmission ratio associated with the vehicle speed, the corresponding steered angle being a rotation angle of a rotation shaft, which is convertible to the steered angle whose magnitude is changed relative to a value indicating the steering angle,
the control circuit being configured to control the actuation of the motor so that an actual corresponding steered angle is a final target corresponding steered angle that is based on the target corresponding steered angle, and
the control circuit being configured to calculate the target corresponding steered angle by adjusting the transmission ratio based on a value indicating acceleration or deceleration of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,066,094

STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY

ZF Automotive Germany Gmb...


1. A steering column assembly for a vehicle, with a vehicle-resistant storage element and a receiving element stored on it,wherein the receiving element is in operative connection with a steering wheel arrangement, an energy absorption device that is in an operative connection with the storage element and the receiving element and which provides for at least one elongated absorption member as well as at least one reduction member with a passage for the absorption member through which the absorption member extends and which at least partially has a smaller Q1 cross section in comparison to a Q2 cross section of at least one portion of an end section of the absorption member,
wherein the storage element and the receiving element are secured, in case of exceeding a limit value of an energy input into the steering wheel arrangement to each other and broadly coupled in such a way that a relative longitudinal movement occurs between the absorption member and the reduction member,
wherein as a result of the longitudinal movement a pulling force is exerted on the absorption member and wherein the end section of the absorption member is plastically deformed by movement through the passage of the reduction member, wherein the receiving element in the case of the relative longitudinal movement using the energy absorption device is stored on the storage element.

US Pat. No. 11,066,093

STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY HAVING A LOCKING ASSEMBLY

Steering Solutions IP Hol...


15. A steering column assembly comprising:a mounting bracket;
a jacket assembly operatively connected to the mounting bracket, the jacket assembly being movable relative to a steering column axis;
a locking assembly operatively connected to at least one of the jacket assembly and the mounting bracket, the locking assembly comprising a first member defining a first plurality of teeth and a second member defining a second plurality of teeth, at least one of the first member and the second member pivotable along an arcuate path relative to the other of the first member and the second member during movement of the locking assembly from an unlock position to a lock position;
a first biasing member that disengages the first member from the second member and manages a compliance axis between the teeth of the first member and teeth of the second member; and
a spring loaded device that extends at least partially through the first member and the second member, wherein the spring loaded device allows a degree of freedom to occur if one or more sets of opposing teeth of the first member and the second member are unable to fully engage, and holds one end of at least one of the first member and the second member in a set position until the opposing teeth of the first member and the second member are able to fully engage.

US Pat. No. 11,066,092

STEERING WHEEL

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...


1. A steering wheel adapted to be mounted on a vehicle, comprising:a rim that is generally annular in shape and adapted to be hand-held for steering;
at least one decorative component that is mounted on an upper surface of the rim, the decorative component being formed into a band shape extending along the rim;
at least one leading-end portion of the decorative component that has a tapered form, the leading-end portion including a first and a second circumferential edges one disposed towards an inner circumference of the rim while the other towards an outer circumference of the rim, wherein the first circumferential edge curves towards and intersects with the second circumferential edge and forms an apex of the tapered form, thus the first circumferential edge constitutes a curving edge while the second circumferential edge constitutes a non-curving edge that curves along the rim; and
a surface skin that is disposed on the upper surface of the rim and surround the decorative component, the surface skin including a curved-side cover section disposed adjacent the curving edge of the leading-end portion of the decorative component, and a non-curved-side cover section disposed adjacent the non-curving edge of the leading-end portion of the decorative component, a slit being formed between the curved-side cover section and the non-curved-side cover section such that the decorative component is set therein,
wherein the curved-side cover section includes:
a main body that includes a curving portion which is disposed adjacent the curving edge of the leading-end portion of the decorative component and corresponds to the curving edge of the leading-end portion in shape; and
an extended portion that extends from the main body beyond the apex of the leading-end portion of the decorative component and further extends towards the non-curving edge of the leading-end portion of the decorative component, and
wherein the non-curved-side cover section includes, at a leading end thereof apart from the apex of the leading-end portion of the decorative component, a joint edge that is joined with an edge of the extended portion of the curved-side cover section.

US Pat. No. 11,066,091

OPERATING APPARATUS COMPRISING ROCKER ELEMENT FOR OPERATING AT LEAST ONE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE, MOTOR VEHICLE COMPONENT COMPRISING AN OPERATING APPARATUS, MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN OPERATING APPARATUS

Valeo Schalter und Sensor...


1. An operating apparatus for operating at least one electrical appliance in a motor vehicle, the operating apparatus comprising:an operating element;
a circuit board comprising a first side and a second side, the first side comprising a switching element,wherein the switching element is switched when the operating element is actuated, and
wherein the circuit board is arranged between the operating element and the switching element such that the first side faces away from the operating element and the second side, lying opposite the first side, faces the operating element;

a rocker that actuates the switching element using a rocker movement initiated by an actuation of the operating element, the rocker comprising a first rocker part and a second rocker part which are hinged together,
wherein the rocker is coupled to the switching element by a rocker joint,
wherein the operating apparatus further comprises a first pin connector that contacts the first rocker part and a second pin connector that contacts the second rocker part,
wherein the first pin connector and the second pin connector extend between the operating element and the rocker, and
wherein the switching element is switched by a folding motion of the first rocker part and the second rocker part.

US Pat. No. 11,066,090

STABILIZER WHEEL ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF USE


1. A method of stabilizing a medical device comprising the steps of:providing the medical device, the medical device comprising:a body; and
a plurality of stabilizer wheel assemblies coupled to the body, wherein the stabilizer wheel assemblies each comprise a motor assembly and a stabilization leg, and wherein the motor assembly is configured to drive the stabilization leg onto a contact surface to stabilize the body, and

receiving one or more commands from a platform interface to move each stabilizer leg by controlling each motor,
wherein each foot increases the friction between the corresponding stabilization leg and a contact surface
wherein each stabilizer wheel assembly further comprises a caster and a set screw is disposed on a side of the caster.

US Pat. No. 11,066,089

WHEELED CONTAINER HANDLE ASSEMBLY

KETER PLASTIC LTD., Herz...


1. A mobile container assembly comprising a container assembly with a wheeled base container configured with at least a rear rolling wheel assembly, and a handle assembly attached to the wheeled container;the handle assembly being configured with a handle that is manipulable between a retracted handle position and an extended handle position, and a tilt support that is manipulable between a retracted position and an extended position,
wherein when the tilt support is at the extended position, a ground support thereof extends behind and below an axis of the rear rolling wheel assembly,
the telescopic handle being integrated with the tilt support and comprising at least one rod being configured with a handle gripping member at an upper portion thereof and with the tilt support at a lower portion of said rod, the telescopic handle being secured to the container assembly via a handle support member, such that said rod extends and retracts coaxially within said handle support member.

US Pat. No. 11,066,088

DETECTION AND POSITIONING METHOD FOR TRAIN WATER INJECTION PORT


1. A detection and positioning method for a train water injection port, comprising:acquiring continuous train water injection port video images, and performing a threshold segmentation on the continuous train water injection port video images to obtain binarized train water injection port video images;
processing the binarized train water injection port video images and matching the processed binarized train water injection port video images with a train water injection port template image;
detecting a position of the water injection port in the processed binarized train water injection port video images and comparing the position with a pre-set position range, wherein the water injection port is located in the pre-set position range; and
if the position and the pre-set position range have been matched, then transmitting a matching valid signal to a mechanical device control module to control a mechanical device to move or stop and start or stop water injection.

US Pat. No. 11,066,087

MAINTENANCE ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND MAINTENANCE ASSISTANCE METHOD FOR RAILROAD GROUND EQUIPMENT

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...


1. A maintenance assistance system for railroad ground equipment, comprising:at least one storage device storing thereon a program;
a communication interface; and
a processor configured to:
store environmental information containing information on weather observed at a plurality of geographical points and on geographical conditions at the plurality of geographical points;
store a first relational formula indicating a relationship between aged deterioration of railroad ground equipment and the environmental information;
upon receipt of a specification of railroad ground equipment for which to execute deterioration prediction, acquire relevant environmental information which is recorded at a point near an installed position of the specified railroad ground equipment, during a target period of the deterioration prediction;
predict a first degree of aged deterioration of the railroad ground equipment by using the acquired relevant environmental information and the first relational formula;
store transportation information containing conditions of travel and amounts of transportation of a train at the plurality of geographical points within line sections of a railroad within which the train is operated;
store a second relational formula indicating a relationship between aged deterioration of railroad ground equipment and the transportation information;
upon receipt of the specification of the railroad ground equipment for which to execute the deterioration prediction, acquire relevant transportation information on a line section to which the specified railroad ground equipment belongs, during the target period of the deterioration prediction;
predict a second degree of aged deterioration of the railroad ground equipment by using the acquired relevant transportation information and the second relational formula;
add up at least the first and second degrees of aged deterioration of the railroad ground equipment, which are obtained from the relevant environmental information and the relevant transportation information, to obtain a third degree of aged deterioration of the railroad ground equipment;
calculate an influence of the relevant environmental information and the relevant transportation information on a behavior of the train near the specified railroad ground equipment;
further predict the third degree of aged deterioration of the railroad ground equipment based on the calculated influence of the relevant environmental information and the relevant transportation information on the behavior of the train near the specified railroad ground equipment; and
based on the predicted third degree of aged deterioration of the railroad ground equipment, determine when the specified railroad ground equipment is to be replaced,
wherein the specified railroad ground equipment is to be replaced when the predicted third degree of aged deterioration of the railroad ground equipment exceeds a certain condition-based maintenance reference level.

US Pat. No. 11,066,086

RAILCAR COUPLER SYSTEM AND METHOD


1. A railcar coupler, comprising:a coupler head portion extending from a shank portion, the coupler head portion configured to couple to a first coupler knuckle for coupling the railcar coupler to a second railcar coupler of an adjacent railcar;
the coupler head portion comprising a nose portion and a gathering face extending from the nose portion for engaging a second coupler knuckle coupled to the second railcar coupler;
the coupler head portion comprising a guard arm portion extending from the nose portion towards the shank portion;
the coupler head portion comprising a horn portion having a back surface;
the coupler head portion comprising a locklifter shelf proximate a bottom edge of the coupler;
the coupler head portion comprising a vertical wall transitioning to the locklifter shelf, the vertical wall comprising a back surface; and
wherein a distance between the back surface of the horn portion and an existing railcar striker is greater than a distance between the back surface of the vertical wall transitioning to the locklifter shelf and the existing railcar striker during coupling to the second railcar coupler of the adjacent railcar.

US Pat. No. 11,066,085

AXLE BOX SUSPENSION OF RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...


1. An axle box suspension of a railcar, the axle box suspension coupling an axle box to a bogie frame,the axle box suspension comprising:
a coupler extending from the axle box in a car longitudinal direction and including a tubular portion at a tip end portion of the coupler, the tubular portion being open toward both sides in a car width direction, the coupler coupling the axle box and the bogie frame;
a core rod inserted into an internal space of the tubular portion, a pair of protruding portions being provided at both respective sides of the core rod in the car width direction;
an elastic bushing interposed between the tubular portion and the core rod;
a pair of receiving seats provided at the bogie frame and including a pair of recess portions and a pair of groove portions formed by depressing parts of bottom surfaces of the pair of recess portions;
a pair of lids supporting the pair of protruding portions fitted into the pair of groove portions, the pair of lids being fitted into the pair of recess portions; and
fasteners fixing the lids to the receiving seats, wherein:
each lid includes a flat surface that includes:
a first surface part opposed to the bottom surface of the respective recess portion; and
a second surface part opposed to a lower surface of the respective protruding portion,
the first surface part and the second surface part are continuously formed on a same plane,
each of the groove portions includes a pair of tapered surfaces at both ends of the corresponding groove portion in the car longitudinal direction, and
the pair of tapered surfaces are inclined so as to be away from each other as the pair of tapered surfaces extend toward the bottom surfaces.

US Pat. No. 11,066,084

RAILCAR AIR-CONDITIONING DUCT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...


1. A railcar air-conditioning duct extending in a vehicle length direction in a ceiling portion of a vehicle, and through which conditioned air generated by a first air conditioner disposed at a first end in the vehicle length direction and a second air conditioner disposed at a second end in the vehicle length direction is supplied to an interior, the railcar air-conditioning duct comprising:a main duct configured to be disposed between the first air conditioner and the second air conditioner in the vehicle length direction, to be supplied the conditioned air from the first air conditioner and the second air conditioner, and to include a partition wall connecting a pair of diagonal positions at both ends of the main duct in the vehicle length direction and dividing the main duct into a first chamber and a second chamber;
a first chamber duct configured to be located on a first end in a vehicle width direction and to extend to the second end in the vehicle length direction, and to be supplied the conditioned air from the first chamber;
a second chamber duct configured to be located on a second end in the vehicle width direction and to extend to the first end in the vehicle length direction, and to be supplied the conditioned air from the second chamber;
a first branch duct configured to be located on the first end in the vehicle width direction, to be located on a first air conditioner side with respect to the first chamber duct in the vehicle length direction, and to communicate with the first chamber;
a second branch duct configured to be located on the second end in the vehicle width direction, to be located on a second air conditioner side with respect to the second chamber duct in the vehicle length direction, and to communicate with the second chamber;
a first guide configured to be located within the main duct with a height less than that of the main duct and to extend from a sidewall of the main duct or the partition wall to the first branch duct in the vehicle width direction, and to supply part of the conditioned air supplied from the first air conditioner to the first chamber into the first branch duct; and
a second guide configured to be located within the main duct with a height less than that of the main duct and to extend from a sidewall of the main duct or the partition wall to the second branch duct in the vehicle width direction, and to supply part of the conditioned air supplied from the second air conditioner to the second chamber into the second branch duct.

US Pat. No. 11,066,083

VEHICLE ALARM DEVICE AND VEHICLE ALARM METHOD

CLARION CO., LTD., Saita...


1. A vehicle alarm device comprising:a vibration generator configured to generate an alarm vibration having a frequency corresponding to a frequency of a received alarm signal;
a vibration transmission member configured to transmit the alarm vibration generated by the vibration generator to a user;
a travel situation information acquisition unit configured to acquire travel situation information which is information that causes an increase or decrease in magnitude of a travel vibration in a vehicle, wherein when a value of the travel situation information increases or decreases in accordance with a travel situation of the vehicle, the magnitude of the travel vibration increases or decreases; and
an alarm signal generator configured to generate the alarm signal such that when the value of the travel situation information acquired by the travel situation information acquisition unit is high, a signal to be inputted to the vibration generator includes at least a high-band frequency and such that when the value of the travel situation information acquired by the travel situation information acquisition unit is low, the signal to be inputted to the vibration generator includes at least a low-band frequency, wherein
the alarm signal generator generates the alarm signal by extracting a band from a frequency range in which the alarm vibration can be felt by the user,
when the value of the travel situation information acquired by the travel situation information acquisition unit is high, the alarm signal generator sets a frequency range from which the band is to be extracted, to a high frequency range, and
when the value of the travel situation information acquired by the travel situation information acquisition unit is low, the alarm signal generator sets the frequency range from which the band is to be extracted, to a low frequency range.

US Pat. No. 11,066,082

CANCEL POINT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CANCEL POINT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM, CANCEL POINT GUIDE SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A cancel point management system comprising:a cancel point collector programmed to:collect notification information from a notification vehicle having automatic drive control;
determine, based on the notification information indicating the automatic drive control has been cancelled, when continuation conditions for performing the automatic drive control are satisfied, in response to operation by a driver in the notification vehicle, that the notification is a manual cancel point; and
determine, based on the notification information indicating the automatic drive control has been canceled when the continuation conditions for performing the automatic drive control are no longer satisfied, that the notification is an automatic cancel point; and

a guide information distributer programmed to:distribute, based on the notification being the manual cancel point, first guide information for showing the manual cancel point to a guide vehicle traveling on a road; and
distribute, based on the notification being the automatic cancel point, second guide information for showing the automatic cancel point to the guide vehicle.


US Pat. No. 11,066,081

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MODIFY VEHICLE FUNCTION BASED ON LOADING CONDITIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. An apparatus comprising:a load condition determiner to calculate a load condition of a vehicle based on a sensor value;
a threshold comparator to determine whether the load condition on the vehicle satisfies a threshold, the threshold based upon a profile of a user of the vehicle, the profile obtained from memory based on the user being proximate to the vehicle; and
a vehicle feature modifier to modify a feature of the vehicle when the load condition satisfies the threshold to limit or disable operation of the vehicle, the feature modified based upon the profile, the load condition determiner, the threshold comparator, and the vehicle feature modifier implemented by one or more logic circuits.

US Pat. No. 11,066,080

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...


1. A vehicle control device comprising:a first control command generation unit that generates a first control command for a vehicle drive device;
a second control command generation unit that generates a second control command for the vehicle drive device; and
a monitoring circuit including: a monitoring unit that monitors an operation of the first control command generation unit; an abnormality notification signal generation unit that outputs an abnormality notification signal to the second control command generation unit when the monitoring unit detects an abnormality of the first control command generation unit; and a reset generation unit that outputs a reset signal to reset the first control command generation unit,
wherein the reset generation unit outputs the reset signal after a lapse of a required transition time in which the second control command generation unit ends a control transition operation to generate the second control command since the output of the abnormality notification signal from the abnormality notification signal generation unit.

US Pat. No. 11,066,079

EXPANDING CRUISE CONTROL ENABLE CRITERIA

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...


1. A method of activating a control system of a vehicle, comprising:determining, at a processor, a distance of the vehicle from a central line of a driving lane;
adjusting, at the processor, an angular threshold for activation of the control system based on the determined distance;
measuring a road wheel angle of the vehicle using a road wheel angle sensor; and
activating, at the processor, the control system when the road wheel angle is within the angular threshold.

US Pat. No. 11,066,078

VEHICLE POSITION ATTITUDE CALCULATION APPARATUS AND VEHICLE POSITION ATTITUDE CALCULATION PROGRAM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...


1. A vehicle position attitude calculation apparatus, comprising:a central processing unit (CPU) that corresponds toa road structure recognition portion that is configured toacquire information including a road structure of a vehicle forward to recognize the road structure,
calculate a road structure shape showing a shape of a road,
calculate a relative road structure lateral position showing a vehicle lateral position to the road structure, and
calculate a relative road structure yaw angle showing a vehicle yaw angle to the road structure; and


a memory that corresponds to a storage portion that is configured to store the road structure shape, the relative road structure lateral position, and the relative road structure yaw angle, which are calculated by the road structure recognition portion, wherein the CPU further corresponds to:
an autonomous navigation portion that is configured to calculate a relative trajectory of the vehicle;
a virtual road structure recognition portion that is configured to calculate a virtual relative road structure lateral position and a virtual relative road structure yaw angle, based on the road structure shape, the relative road structure lateral position, the relative road structure yaw angle, which are stored in the storage portion, and the relative trajectory of the vehicle, which is calculated by the autonomous navigation portion; and
an output switching portion that is configured tooutput as a device output, the relative road structure lateral position and the relative road structure yaw angle, which are calculated by the road structure recognition portion, to a subsequent stage, while the road structure recognition portion is able to recognize the road structure, and
output as the device output, the virtual relative road structure lateral position and the virtual relative road structure yaw angle, which are calculated by the virtual road structure recognition portion, to the subsequent stage, while the road structure recognition portion is unable to recognize the road structure.


US Pat. No. 11,066,077

VEHICLE-INITIATED CADENCED OPERATOR INTERACTION

Crown Equipment Corporati...


1. A computer-implemented process for vehicle-initiated cadenced operator interaction, the process carried out in an environment that includes an industrial vehicle having a user interface communicatively coupled to a vehicle controller, the process comprising:loading into the vehicle controller, an interaction profile, the interaction profile having:a pattern including a start action and an end action, wherein the pattern is associated with an operator action that is implemented while operating the industrial vehicle;
a rule defining a measure of performance associated with the pattern; and
a target response to the measure of performance;

loading into the vehicle controller, a cadence, where the cadence defines an interval between interactions associated with the operator action of the interaction profile;
displaying, via the user interface of the industrial vehicle, information related to the operator action of the interaction profile; and
performing ongoing monitoring by:monitoring information electronically collected by the industrial vehicle; and
performing responsive to detecting first data within the monitored information corresponding to the start action, and second data within the monitored information corresponding to the end action:applying select components of the monitored information against the rule to define a performance response;
generating performance feedback based upon a comparison of the performance response to the target response;
saving the performance feedback in a profile history;
detecting, based upon the cadence, whether an observation event is due; and
modifying at least one operational characteristic of the industrial vehicle based upon the profile history at a time established by the cadence.



US Pat. No. 11,066,075

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE BASED ON A DETECTED OBJECT

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...


1. An apparatus for controlling a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of sensors mounted to the vehicle to have a field of view of an exterior of the vehicle and capture sensing data; and
a controller communicatively connected to the plurality of sensors and configured to:recognize a type of the sensing data comprising at least one piece of direct sensing data or indirect sensing data from a processing result of the sensing data,
compare a distance value acquired by the processing result of the sensing data of which the type is recognized with a preset distance determination reference value,
determine whether there is an object located in a particular area according to a comparison result,
search for a parking area around the vehicle according to a determination result of the object, and
perform control of the vehicle to move based on the searched parking area,

wherein the plurality of sensors comprises a plurality of ultrasonic sensors, each of which transmits an ultrasonic signal and receives an ultrasonic signal reflected from the object,
wherein the controller:determines at least one of direct detecting or indirect detecting of the object, based on each of ultrasonic signals transmitted from and received by the plurality of ultrasonic sensors,
calculates a direct distance value and an indirect distance value if the object is directly and indirectly detected according to a determination result of the plurality of ultrasonic sensors, and
determines that the object exists in a short-range area if at least one of the calculated direct distance value or indirect distance value is equal to or smaller than the distance determination reference value,

wherein, if the object is directly and indirectly detected according to the determination result of the plurality of ultrasonic sensors, the controller compares a size of an ultrasonic direct reception signal and a size of an ultrasonic indirect reception signal with a preset ultrasonic direct signal reference and a preset ultrasonic indirect signal reference, respectively, and
wherein, if the size of the ultrasonic direct reception signal and the size of the ultrasonic indirect reception signal are larger than the preset ultrasonic direct signal reference and the ultrasonic indirect signal reference, respectively, the controller calculates the direct distance value and the indirect distance value.

US Pat. No. 11,066,074

CONTROL OF AN ENGINE OF A MACHINE BASED ON DETECTED LOAD REQUIREMENTS OF THE MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...


15. A system comprising:an engine;
an engine control module;
a load monitoring device; and
electronic control unit to:receive, from the load monitoring device, power command information associated with a load of an engine;
determine, based on the power command information, a total power command of the engine;
determine, based on the total power command, a target engine speed for the engine; and
maintain or allow an increase in the target engine speed while an operator input indicates that a steering maneuver is being performed.


US Pat. No. 11,066,073

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

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


1. A vehicle control system comprising:a controller that sets a target area, and that executes a lane change of a host vehicle toward the set target area, the target area being an area which is a target for the host vehicle when performing the lane change to an adjacent lane which is adjacent to an own traffic lane on which the host vehicle is traveling; and
a direction indicator controller that determines a timing for operating a direction indicator installed on the host vehicle on the basis of a relative relationship between the host vehicle and a vehicle that is traveling in front of or at rear of the target area set by the controller, and that operates the direction indicator on the basis of the timing,
wherein, in a case the target area set by the controller is present at rear of a reference position of the host vehicle, the direction indicator controller determines a timing to operate the direction indicator to a timing or after in which a position of the direction indicator provided at a rear end of the host vehicle becomes rearward than a reference position of a vehicle which is traveling in front of the target area in an advance direction of the host vehicle, the reference position of the vehicle traveling in front of the target area being a position of a driver.

US Pat. No. 11,066,072

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSISTING DRIVING OF HOST VEHICLE

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...


1. An apparatus for assisting driving of a host vehicle, the apparatus comprising:at least one vehicle sensor configured to:detect a driving state of the host vehicle, and
acquire information of an exterior of the host vehicle; and

a controller configured to:communicably be connected to the at least one vehicle sensor,
perform a preceding vehicle following function,
receive information of the host vehicle and a preceding vehicle in front of the host vehicle from at least one vehicle sensor,
determine a stop state of the host vehicle based on at least one of speed information of the host vehicle, accelerator pedal state information of the host vehicle, brake pedal state information of the host vehicle, or transmission gear state information of the host vehicle,
determine a stop state of the preceding vehicle based on information of the stop state of the host vehicle, speed information of the preceding vehicle, and distance information between the host vehicle and the preceding vehicle,
determine a start of the preceding vehicle after a stop of the preceding vehicle based on speed change information of the preceding vehicle and distance change information between the host vehicle and the preceding vehicle, and
notify the start of the preceding vehicle after the stop of the preceding vehicle to a driver of the host vehicle if the preceding vehicle is determined to restart after the stop of the preceding vehicle.


US Pat. No. 11,066,071

COASTING CONTROL METHOD BASED ON OVERSPEED RESPONSE AND ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLE EMPLOYING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A coasting control method comprising:determining, by a controller, an event for a section speed enforcement area while a vehicle is being driven, wherein the section speed enforcement area comprises a start camera and an end camera received by the controller; and
in response to determining the event for the section speed enforcement area, performing, by the controller, an active coasting control for allowing the vehicle to pass through the section speed enforcement area based on a vehicle position at an event occurrence time and based on a remaining section speed enforcement distance, and
wherein the active coasting control includes:determining, by the controller, the event occurrence time;
determining, by the controller, the vehicle position in relation a start camera position and an end camera position of the section speed enforcement area, wherein the vehicle position is determined to be between the start camera position and the end camera position of the section speed enforcement area;
calculating, by the controller, the remaining section speed enforcement distance between the vehicle position and the end camera position; and
performing, by the controller, an active coasting based on the vehicle position at the event occurrence time and based on the remaining section speed enforcement distance.


US Pat. No. 11,066,070

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SPEED IN COOPERATIVE ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC) system that is provided in a subject vehicle to control a driving speed of the subject vehicle, comprising:a communication unit configured to receive vehicle information including position and driving information from neighboring vehicles using V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle) communications;
an information collection unit configured to collect vehicle information of the neighboring vehicles and vehicle information of the subject vehicle using sensors provided on the subject vehicle; and
a control unit configured to determine a forward vehicle and a far-forward vehicle using the sensors provided on the subject vehicle, to select a first target vehicle for being followed by the subject vehicle and a second target vehicle for being followed by the first target vehicle based on the vehicle information of the forward vehicle and the far-forward vehicle and the vehicle information of the neighboring vehicles acquired by the communication unit, and to control the driving speed of the subject vehicle based on speed information of the selected first target vehicle and second target vehicle,
wherein the control unit is configured to select the first target vehicle by:selecting vehicles that travel in the same lane as the subject vehicle as a first group of potential vehicles of interest;
selecting, from the first group of potential vehicles of interest, vehicles that exist within a predetermined distance as a second group of potential vehicles of interest, wherein distance is measured by both the V2V communication and the sensor provided on the subject vehicle;
selecting, from the second group of potential vehicles of interest, vehicles in which a difference between speed information received by the V2V communication and speed measured by the sensor is within a predetermined value as a third group of potential vehicles of interest; and
selecting one vehicle in the third group of potential vehicles of interest as the first target vehicle to be followed by the subject vehicle.


US Pat. No. 11,066,069

EXTRA-FREEDOM STITCH METHOD FOR REFERENCE LINE SMOOTHING

BAIDU USA LLC, Sunnyvale...


1. A computer-implemented method for generating a reference line for operating an autonomous driving vehicle, the method comprising:determining a truncation point on a first reference line having a smallest curvature change within a distance from a first end reference point of the first reference line, the first reference line being generated based on a first set of constraints;
truncating the first reference line by removing an end section of the first reference line from the truncation point to the first end reference point to generate a truncated first reference line including a second end reference point, wherein the second end reference point is associated with a second set of constraints;
obtaining a second reference line to be used by the autonomous driving vehicle, the second reference line being generated based on the first set of constraints;
connecting the second reference line to the second end reference point of the truncated first reference line by satisfying the second set of constraints associated with the second end reference point of the truncated first reference line; and
controlling the autonomous driving vehicle along the truncated first reference line and the second reference line as connected.

US Pat. No. 11,066,068

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A vehicle control apparatus of a second vehicle for controlling movement of the second vehicle double-parked around a first vehicle parked in a parking space, comprising:a detector configured to detect departure intention information of the first vehicle and surrounding information of the second vehicle;
a vehicle controller configured to execute autonomous movement of the second vehicle; and
a processor configured to detect a departure intention of the first vehicle based on the departure intention information, generate a movement plan of the second vehicle for the departure of the first vehicle based on the surrounding information when the departure intention of the first vehicle is detected, and instruct the vehicle controller to move the second vehicle based on the movement plan.