US Pat. No. 10,112,296

REMOTE MANIPULATION INPUT DEVICE

BBZ S.R.L., Vigasio (VR)...

1. A multidimensional input device comprising an anthropomorphic arm with a handpiece which can be grasped by an operator configured to interact with a scenario represented in a display unit, said handpiece being removably associable to a terminal section of said anthropomorphic arm through a magnetic coupling spherical joint, wherein the handpiece comprises:an inertial platform comprising an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a magnetometer;
a gripper provided for the operator.

US Pat. No. 10,112,295

REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR POINTING ROBOT

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. A remote device, configured to control a controlled vehicle device, the remote device comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an image containing an object image of the controlled vehicle device, wherein the object image contains a pattern formed on the controlled vehicle device; and
a processor configured to determine a moving direction of the controlled vehicle device according to an orientation of the pattern of the object image in the captured image and an imaging position of the pattern of the object image in the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,112,294

SYSTEM HAVING AT LEAST TWO OSCILLATION INSERT TOOLS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system comprising:a first oscillating insert tool that is configured to be operatively coupled to an oscillating hand power tool; and
a second oscillating insert tool that differs from the first oscillating insert tool and that, as an alternative to the first oscillating insert tool, is configured to be operatively coupled to the oscillating hand power tool,
wherein at least one of the first and second oscillating insert tools includes at least one compensating unit configured to adapt a first mass moment of inertia of the first oscillating insert tool about an oscillation axis in an operating state of the oscillating hand power tool and a second mass moment of inertia of the second oscillating insert tool about the oscillation axis in the operating state to one another in such a way that a difference between the first mass moment of inertia and the second mass moment of inertia is less than 20% of a greater of the first mass moment of inertia and the second mass moment of inertia.

US Pat. No. 10,112,293

MULTIFUNCTIONAL TOOL SET

KANTAS PRODUCTS CO., LTD....

1. A multifunctional tool set, comprising:a plate, having a through hole cut through a middle portion thereof, a first stepped portion, a second stepped portion, a first flat portion and a second flat portion formed on inside wall of the through hole, wherein the front and rear ends of the first and second stepped portions are jointed with the first and second flat portions respectively, the first stepped portion corresponds in position to the first flat portion and the second stepped surface corresponds in position to the second flat portion, so that the through hole has a hole diameter gradually increasing from the front and rear ends thereof to a center portion thereof, and the first stepped portion is formed with a plurality of stepped parts which are sequentially jointed in an order from small to large, and the first stepped parts are in parallel with the first flat portion, so as to form different metric dimensions of wrench holes between the first stepped parts and the first flat portion, respectively, and the second stepped portion is formed with a plurality of second stepped parts which are sequentially jointed in an order from small to large, the plurality of second stepped parts are in parallel with the second flat portion, so as to form different imperial dimensions of wrench holes between the plurality of second stepped parts and the second flat portion;
a fixing device formed by elastic material and having a plurality of assembly holes cut therethrough and in parallel with each other, and a structure of the fixing device matching with that of the plurality of through holes, so as to enable the fixing device to be mount in the through hole by a deformation manner, and to expose the plurality of assembly holes out of the through hole, and wherein the fixing device includes an upper member and a lower member, a bottom of the upper member is jointed with a top of the lower member, and a front end of the lower member is more protruding than a front end of the upper member; and
a plurality of screwdrivers having sectional structures respectively matching with the plurality of assembly holes of the fixing device, so as to be mounted into the plurality of assembly holes and positioned in parallel with both sides of the plate and adjacent to the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,112,292

MULTIPURPOSE HANDHELD TOOL AND ACCESSORIES

1. A handheld tool, comprising:a central member comprising a first end and a second end;
a plurality of storage pockets disposed within the central member about the first end of the central member, wherein the plurality of storage pockets are configured to at least partially house one or more tool accessories therein, the one or more tool accessories comprising a first cavity, wherein the first cavity is threaded;
a forward member comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the second end of the forward member is attachable to the first end of the central member;
a recessed attachment point comprising a second cavity with a threaded protrusion therein, the recessed attachment point disposed on the first end of the forward member, wherein the one or more tool accessories are attachable onto the threaded protrusion of the recessed attachment point via the first cavity; and
a rear member comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the rear member is attachable to the second end of the central member.

US Pat. No. 10,112,291

TIE ROD CONNECTION FOR A HYDRAULIC HAMMER

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A powered hammer assembly comprising:a lower head that defines a plurality of tie rod bores;
an upper head that defines a plurality of tie rod bores, wherein the bores of the lower head and the upper head define longitudinal axes;
a power cell; and
a plurality of tie rods, wherein at least one tie rod comprises a torque end and a bearing surface positioned adjacent the torque end and the upper head defines at least one bearing surface that is at least partially complimentary shaped to the bearing surface of the tire rod for engagement therewith, wherein at least one of the bearing surfaces of either the upper head or the tie rod define a tangent to the surface that forms an oblique angle to the longitudinal axis of a bore and at least one of the bearing surfaces of the upper head or the tie rod is axis-symmetrical about the longitudinal axis of a bore.

US Pat. No. 10,112,290

DEVICE FOR PRESSURE MONITORING

CONSTRUCTION TOOLS GMBH, ...

1. A device for monitoring a pressure, the device comprising:a hydraulically driven percussive mechanism comprising a pressure accumulator, the pressure accumulator having a gas space;
a piston;
a display element;
a spring; and
a housing, at least a portion of the piston being mounted in the housing such that the piston is slidingly movable counter to a force of the spring, wherein the display element is connected to the piston such that the display element extends through a face surface of the housing, wherein the piston divides the housing into a pressure chamber and a spring chamber, the spring acting on a spring chamber-side working surface of the piston, and the pressure accumulator is indirectly operatively connected to the pressure chamber-side working surface of the piston, such that, in an event of a critical pressure within the pressure accumulator being undershot, the piston and the display element are displaced to such an extent that the display element protrudes out of the housing, the spring chamber-side working surface being averted from the display element, the pressure chamber-side working surface facing toward the display element, the pressure chamber of the pressure accumulator being connected to a control surface of a spring-loaded pressure valve which can be transferred from a pass-through position into a blocking position counter to a force of a compression spring, the pressure chamber of the housing being connected via a check valve to the pressure line of the hydraulics and the pressure chamber of the housing is relieved of pressure to a tank in the pass-through position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,289

TOOL FOR PULLING IMPELLER WEAR RING

1. A method for wear ring removal comprising:inserting legs of a wear ring removal tool into a channel formed by the wear ring, the legs coupled to a base;
tightening a plurality of spreader bolts causing a spreader to engage the legs with the wear ring, the plurality of spreader bolts passing through holes in the base into threaded holes in the spreader, the spreader configured to move up and down along the plurality of spreader bolts during operation such that as the plurality of spreader bolts are tightened the spreader is drawn toward the base in order to effectuate spreading of the legs; and
tightening a puller bolt, the puller bolt passing through the spreader and engaging an impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,112,288

METHOD OF CALIBRATING TORQUE USING PEAK HOLD MEASUREMENT ON AN ELECTRONIC TORQUE WRENCH

Snap-on Incorporated, Ke...

1. A calibration fixture having a torque sensor configured to measure an amount of torque being applied by a tool, comprising:a processor in communication with the torque sensor and configured to store a peak applied torque value after the amount of the torque applied by the tool is released;
a display in communication with the processor and configured to display the peak applied torque value; and
an input interface in communication with the processor and configured to receive a calibration torque value.

US Pat. No. 10,112,287

TUBE CLAMPING HAND TOOL

1. A handheld clamping tool, comprising:a handle having an elongated length, a proximal end, and a distal end;
a grip having an elongated length, a proximal end, and a distal end;
a fixed jaw extending from the distal end of the handle defining a body having opposite side surfaces and a work piece securing portion;
a movable jaw pivotably connected to the handle between the distal end of the handle and the fixed jaw defining a body having opposite side surfaces and a work piece securing portion;
whereby the work piece securing portion of the fixed jaw and the work piece securing portion of the movable jaw align to form a substantially rectangular block having a thickness greater than a thickness of each of the body when the movable jaw is pressed against the fixed jaw;
whereby the movable jaw is pivotably connected to the distal end of the grip;
an intermediate link having a first end and a second end;
the first end of the intermediate link being pivotably and slidably connected to the handle at position along the length of the handle;
the second end of the intermediate link being pivotably connected to the grip along the length of the grip;
a turn screw disposed within the handle, whereby a distal end of the turn screw is adapted to secure to the first end of the intermediate link when the grip is moved toward the handle;
whereby the turn screw is adapted to adjust the position of the first end of the intermediate link along the length of the handle and operably lock the first end of the intermediate link to the handle when the grip is moved toward the handle;
a bias spring disposed between the handle and movable jaw;
a release link pivotably connected to the grip, the release link being adapted to engage the intermediate link and release the first end of the intermediate link from the distal end of the turn screw;
whereby the fixed jaw has a plurality of semicircular apertures formed in the work piece securing portion, adapted to receive a rounded work piece therein;
whereby the movable jaw has a plurality of semicircular apertures formed in the work piece securing portion, adapted to receive a rounded work piece therein;
whereby the plurality of semicircular apertures of the fixed jaw and the plurality of semicircular apertures of the movable jaw align to form a plurality of rounded openings when the movable jaw is pressed against the fixed jaw;
wherein each rounded opening defines a fixed and integral smooth interior surface, each rounded opening configured to receive a rod therein;
wherein a portion of the fixed jaw and a portion of the movable jaw extend beyond the distal end of the handle such that at least one rounded opening is disposed entirely beyond the distal end of the handle;
wherein each rounded opening extends from beyond each of said side surface of the fixed and the movable jaw defined by the thickness of the substantially rectangular block; and
wherein four rounded openings are defined, such that a second rounded opening is larger than a proximally disposed first rounded opening, a third rounded opening is distal to and larger than the second rounded opening, and a fourth rounded opening is smaller than and distal to the third rounded opening.

US Pat. No. 10,112,285

GRINDING WHEEL AND GRINDING METHOD

Disco Corporation, Tokyo...

2. A grinding method of grinding a substrate by using a grinding apparatus including a chuck table for holding said substrate, grinding means having a rotating spindle and a grinding wheel fixed to said rotating spindle for grinding said substrate held on said chuck table, abrasive feeding means for relatively moving said grinding means and said chuck table toward and away from each other in an abrasive feeding direction, and moving means for relatively moving said grinding means and said chuck table in a radial direction of said chuck table; said grinding wheel including: a wheel base having a free end portion and a fixed portion fixed to said rotating spindle; the free end portion of the wheel base has a surface that extends in a plane substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the spindle; and a plurality of abrasive members fixed to the surface of said free end portion of said wheel base; said wheel base having a plurality of grinding water supply holes for supplying a grinding water to said abrasive members; each abrasive member being formed as a segment abrasive obtained by binding diamond abrasive grains with a metal bond; the shape of each abrasive member being set so that each abrasive member has an outer surface extending downward from the surface of said free end portion of said wheel base so as to be inclined radially outward of said wheel base and each abrasive member has a bottom surface extending substantially parallel to the surface of the free end portion; said plurality of abrasive members being arranged annularly at given intervals; said plurality of grinding water supply holes being formed on said free end portion of said wheel base in the vicinity of said abrasive members so as to each correspond to said abrasive members in the condition where each grinding water supply hole lies on a line connecting the corresponding abrasive member and the axis of rotation of said wheel base; the grinding method comprising grinding said substrate held on said chuck table by creep feed grinding such that said grinding wheel being rotated is horizontally moved relative to said substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,284

SIDE PLATE UNIT AND CENTRIFUGAL PROJECTOR

SINTOKOGIO, LTD., Aichi ...

1. A side plate unit used in a centrifugal projector which projects shot blast materials at a processing target, the side plate unit comprising:a pair of side plates configured to rotate around a rotation axis in a first rotation direction;
a plurality of blades attached to the pair of side plates for rotation with the pair of side plates;
a joining member configured to connect the pairs of side plates together;
guide channel portions formed in opposing surfaces of the pair of side plates; and
side plate guide channel portions formed in the opposing surfaces of the pair of side plates, the side plate guide channel portions being inclined so that radially outer side of each side plate guide channel portion is positioned rearward of a radially inner side thereof in a second rotation direction opposite to the first rotation direction, wherein
the guide channel portion formed in the opposing surfaces of the pair of side plates has an outside part formed straight in shape,
each blade is formed with a pair of planar side walls having front edges and rear edges and extending perpendicularly to the rotational axis through a radial length of the blade along circumferential sides of the front surface, the front edges being shaped straight throughout its radial length and projecting generally in the first direction from the circumferential sides of the front surface, the rear edges being shaped straight in parallel to the front edges except radially inner end portions thereof from which locking portions project in the second direction, and
the side plate guide channel portion of the side plate has an inside part formed wider in a direction perpendicular to a direction of the side plate guide channel than the outside part, the inside part being configured to locked with the locking portion to secure the blade in position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,283

METHOD FOR CLEANING TANK MELTING FURNACES FOR MAKING GLASS ITEMS

FARE S.R.L., Dolo (IT)

1. A method for cleaning a regenerator of a tank melting furnace for making glass items, wherein the tank melting furnace comprises a melting chamber, which has a melting tank to which a regeneration chamber is connected, wherein the regeneration chamber comprises a regenerator comprising a supporting structure for layers of refractory bricks, which are superimposed in a staggered arrangement so as to determine descent paths for the descent of the cooling exhaust gases that arrive from said melting chamber, said cleaning method comprising sandblasting said exhaust gas descent paths during operation of the melting furnace, wherein said sandblasting comprises inserting a sandblasting delivery pipe successively through openings of the regeneration chamber and into the exhaust paths from either a base or a top of the regenerator, wherein the sandblasting delivery pipe is supplied with a mixture of compressed gas and abrasive material, and wherein the delivery pipe is contained in a second pipe that is cooled with air or water while the sandblasting is being performed.

US Pat. No. 10,112,282

WHEEL DEBURRING DEVICE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD, ...

1. An improved wheel deburring device, comprising: a machine frame, first guide posts, a first cylinder, a first motor, a rotary joint, a first belt pulley, a second belt pulley, a third belt pulley, first guide sleeves, a first synchronizing belt, a first rising and falling plate, a large bearing block, a hollow shaft, a spline housing, a spline shaft, a spring, a clamp, a lower brush, a flange sleeve, a conical column, a pressing ring, second guide posts, an upper brush, a rotary shaft, an upper bearing block, a second rising and falling plate, second guide sleeves, third guide posts, third guide sleeves, a second motor, second cylinders, third cylinders, fourth cylinders, a second synchronizing belt, a fourth belt pulley and a third motor; wherein four of the first guide posts are fixed between a bottom of the machine frame and a working platform of the machine frame; four of the first guide sleeves matched with the first guide posts are mounted on the first rising and falling plate; the first motor, which has an output end provided with the third belt pulley, is fixed below the first rising and falling plate through a flange; the third motor, which has an output end provided with the fourth belt pulley, is also fixed below the first rising and falling plate through a flange; the large bearing block is fixed above the first rising and falling plate, and the hollow shaft is mounted inside the large bearing block through a bearing; the spline housing is mounted inside the hollow shaft through a bearing, and the spline shaft is matched with the spline housing; the first cylinder is fixed at the bottom of the machine frame, and an output end of the first cylinder is connected to a downside of the spline shaft through the rotary joint; the first belt pulley is fixed at a downside of the spline housing; the second belt pulley is fixed below the hollow shaft; the second belt pulley and the third belt pulley are connected through the first synchronizing belt; the first belt pulley and the fourth belt pulley are connected through the second synchronizing belt; two of the fourth cylinders are both fixed at the bottom of the machine frame, and output ends of the fourth cylinders are hinged to a downside of the first rising and falling plate; and the conical column is matched with the flange sleeve, and the spring is arranged below the conical column; the lower brush is mounted at an upper end of the hollow shaft and an upper end of the spline housing; and the clamp is fixed on the machine frame; the lower brush comprises a first connecting plate, a first geared ring, a gear, an outer ring, round brushes, a second geared ring, an inner ring and a second connecting plate; wherein both the first connecting plate and the first geared ring are fixed below the outer ring; the second geared ring and the second connecting plate are fixed below the inner ring; and a plurality of round brushes are fixed above the gear, and the gear is matched with the first geared ring and the second geared ring; four of the second guide posts are separately fixed above the pressing ring, and four of the second guide sleeves matched with the second guide posts are fixed at a top end of the machine frame; two of the third cylinders are also fixed at the top end of the machine frame, and output ends of the third cylinders are hinged to an upside of the pressing ring; the upper bearing block is fixed below the second rising and falling plate, and the rotary shaft is mounted in the upper bearing block through a bearing; the upper brush is fixed at a lower end of the rotary shaft; the second motor is fixed above the second rising and falling plate, and an output end of the second motor is connected to an upside of the rotary shaft; four of the third guide posts are fixed above the second rising and falling plate, and four of the third guide sleeves matched with the third guide posts are fixed at the top end of the machine frame; and two of the second cylinders are also fixed at the top end of the machine frame, and output ends of the second cylinders are hinged to an upside of the second rising and falling plate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,281

COMPONENT BLENDING TOOL

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A component blending tool comprising:a shoe comprising a contour that corresponds to a blend ratio;
a belt comprising a first surface in slideable contact with the contour and a material removing surface such that said material removing surface is substantially the same as said blend ratio;
the shoe including a first end and an opposite second end;
a first transitioning pulley in receipt of the belt at the first end;
a second transitioning pulley in receipt of the belt at the second end;
a drive pulley for driving the belt;
a tension pulley for maintaining belt tension;
an engagement device for releasable engagement to a component;
a first rail attached to the engagement device; and
a carriage including the drive pulley, the tension pulley, the shoe, and the first transitioning pulley and constructed and arranged to move along the first rail.

US Pat. No. 10,112,280

METHOD FOR MACHINING OPTICAL WORKPIECES, IN PARTICULAR, PLASTIC SPECTACLE LENSES

Satisloh AG, Baar (CH)

1. A method of processing a workpiece that is a spectacle lens of plastic, having a first surface and a second surface which faces away therefrom and is to be processed, comprising the following principal steps carried out in the indicated sequence:(i) blocking the workpiece with the aid of a blocking material on a blocking member as holder during the processing so that the blocking material is located between the blocking member and the first surface of the workpiece,
(ii) processing the workpiece by a geometrically defined cutting edge for achieving the desired macrogeometry at the second surface of the workpiece,
(iii) processing the workpiece by a geometrically undefined cutting edge for achieving the desired microgeometry at the second surface of the workpiece and
(iv) deblocking the workpiece from the blocking member,characterized in that the step (ii) of processing of the workpiece by a geometrically defined cutting edge comprises a plunge-cutting sub-step (ii.2) in which by a geometrically defined cutting edge starting from the second surface an encircling plunge cut is produced which extends through the first surface into the blocking material so that the workpiece with a predetermined edge profile remains on the blocking member radially within the plunge cut.

US Pat. No. 10,112,279

SIZE-ADJUSTABLE ADAPTIVE ONLINE WHEEL DEBURRING DEVICE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD, ...

1. A size-adjustable adaptive online wheel deburring device, comprising a synchronous clamping and rotating system for fixing and rotating a wheel, a left brush system for brushing off burrs of back cavities of the wheel, and a right brush system for brushing off burrs of corners of flange and rim roots of the wheel,wherein the left and right brush systems are fixed by means of a fixing plate to a driving shaft of a driving motor mounted in a frame of the synchronous clamping and rotating system, and wherein the driving motor can drive the left and right brush systems to rotate at the same time in a direction opposite to a rotation direction of the wheel,
wherein the left brush system includes a first belt-type brush with a T-shaped synchronous belt at its inner side and bristles at its outer side, and a first automatically adjusting mechanism for changing a shape of the first brush by engaging the T-shaped synchronous belt so that the shape of the first brush is able to match different back cavity shapes of the wheel during burr removal, and
wherein the right brush system includes a second belt-type brush and a second automatically adjusting mechanism for changing a shape of the second brush so that the second brush is constantly in three-point contact with a position of the wheel to be deburred during the burr removal.

US Pat. No. 10,112,278

POLISHING A CERAMIC COMPONENT USING A FORMULATED SLURRY

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method of polishing a sapphire component comprising:positioning a compliant pad adjacent to a surface of the sapphire component;
disposing an abrasive slurry between the compliant pad and the surface; and
moving the compliant pad and the sapphire component with respect to each other to produce a polished surface and to generate sapphire particulates suspended in the abrasive slurry;
forming clusters of the sapphire particulates in the abrasive slurry; and
removing at least some of the clusters of the sapphire particulates from the abrasive slurry;wherein:the abrasive slurry comprises:
a liquid component having a pH level greater than 10;
abrasive particulates having a hardness greater than the sapphire component; and
a coagulating agent for the sapphire particulates.

US Pat. No. 10,112,277

COMBINED TYPE ANGLE HEAD MILLING CUTTER FOR MACHINING MOUNTING FACES OF AXIAL BEARING

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A combined type angle head milling cutter for machining mounting faces of an axial bearing, comprising an angle head body, a lock nut, first slotted countersunk head screws, a first hexagon socket head cap screw, a first flat key, semicircle seal covers, first angular contact ball bearings, a cutter handle shaft lower adjusting pad, a cutter handle shaft, a cutter handle shaft upper adjusting pad, a bearing cover plate, a first bevel gear, a first spring washer, a second bevel gear, a bevel gear adjusting pad, an orientation shaft, cutter shaft inner-side seal covers, second hexagon socket head cap screws, a cutter shaft outer-side seal cover, a second slotted countersunk head screw, a small seal ring, a first shaft circlip, round nuts, flat washers, short cutter locating sleeves, long cutter locating sleeves, cutters, second flat keys, cutter adjusting pads, a cutter shaft end cover, a big rubber seal flat pad, a cylindrical gear, a second spring washer, a third flat key, an M10 hexagon thin nut, a transition cylindrical gear, a second shaft circlip, a left transition gear adjusting pad, a transition shaft end cover, a small rubber seal flat pad, a cylindrical drive gear, an M8 hexagon thin nut, a bearing retaining ring, a second angular contact ball bearing, a drive shaft, a drive gear adjusting pad, a right transition gear adjusting pad, a third angular contact ball bearing, a transition shaft, a transition shaft seal cover, an O-shaped rubber seal ring, a gear adjusting pad, a cutter shaft, a big seal ring, deep groove ball bearings and a rubber seal flat pad; characterized in that, eight cutters are installed on the cutter shaft, the cutters being set in a way that positions thereof are adjusted via the cutter adjusting pads, the short cutter locating sleeves and the long cutter locating sleeves, and the flat washers being placed on the outmost cutters and fixed by the round nuts; two ends of the cutter shaft being installed on the angle head body by the deep groove ball bearings, and the cutter shaft inner-side seal covers and the rubber seal flat pad being installed on two sides of the interior of the angle head body by the second hexagon socket head cap screws; the cutter shaft inner-side seal covers not only being set to position the deep groove ball bearings, but also stopping cutting fluid and dust from entering the interior of the angle head body via the big seal ring; the right side of the cutter shaft being sealed by the cutter shaft outer-side seal cover, the rubber seal flat pad and the small seal ring, the cylindrical gear being installed on the left side of the cutter shaft, the position of the cylindrical gear being adjusted via the gear adjusting pad, the second spring washer being installed and fixed by the M10 hexagon thin nut, the cutter shaft end cover and the big rubber seal flat pad being installed on the outer side of the angle head body, and thus the cutter shaft being sealed; the cutter handle shaft being butted with the spindle of a machine tool; the cutter handle shaft being installed on the angle head body via the pair of first angular contact ball bearings, and the position of the cutter handle shaft being adjusted via the cutter handle shaft upper adjusting pad; the first bevel gear being installed at the end part of the cutter handle shaft, the position of the first bevel gear being adjusted by the cutter handle shaft lower adjusting pad, and the first spring washer and the lock nut being used for fixing the first bevel gear for preventing loosening; the outer rings of the first angular contact ball bearings and the angle head body being fixed by the bearing cover plate, and the cutter handle shaft being sealed by two semicircle seal covers; the drive shaft being connected to the angle head body via the second angular contact ball bearing, and the position of the drive shaft being fixed by a shaft shoulder and the bearing retaining ring; the second bevel gear being installed on the right end of the drive shaft, and engaged with the first bevel gear for transferring power, and the position of the second bevel gear being adjusted by the bevel gear adjusting pad; the cylindrical drive gear being installed on the left end of the drive shaft, the position of the gear being adjusted by the drive gear adjusting pad, the gear being fixed by the M8 hexagon thin nut, and the spring washer being placed therebetween for preventing loosening; the transition shaft being connected to the angle head body via the third angular contact ball bearing, the transition cylindrical gear installed on the transition shaft being engaged with the cylindrical gear and the cylindrical drive gear, the position of the transition cylindrical gear being adjusted via the right transition gear adjusting pad, and the end part of the drive shaft being fixed by the second shaft circlip for preventing the drive shaft from axially moving; and the transition shaft end cover and the small rubber seal flat pad being installed on the outer side of the angle head body, the transition shaft seal cover and the O-shaped rubber seal ring being installed on the inner side of the angle head body, and the above four components being all used for sealing the transition shaft and preventing the entering of the cutting fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,112,276

PRESS MECHANISM

FU DING ELECTRONICAL TECH...

1. A press mechanism, comprising:a driving mechanism;
a connecting plate connected to the driving mechanism;
an installation plate adjacent to the connecting plate; and
a press assembly connected to the installation plate, comprising:
a base defining at least one first resisting groove thereon;
at least one first press block positioned on the base, each first press block comprising:
a first connecting block parallel with the base, which defines at least one second resisting groove thereon facing the at least one first resisting groove; wherein a predetermined distance is defined between the first connecting block and the base; and
a first elastic member received in the at least one first resisting groove and the at least one second resisting groove and configured to be abutted against the base and the first connecting block, whereby the base is capable of being moved relative to the first connecting block by the first elastic member; and
at least one second press block positioned on the base, each second press block comprising:
a press bit comprising a protrusion and an end portion connected to the protrusion;
a movable pin positioned in the base and connected to the press bit, the movable pin comprising an inserting portion, a flange, and a rod portion, the flange being connected to and located between the inserting portion and the rod portion;
a second elastic member coiled on the rod portion and received in the base, and
a connecting member received in the base and defining a second inserting hole configured to connect the rod portion;
wherein the rod portion is movably inserted into the second inserting hole;
wherein the installation plate is located between the connecting plate and the press assembly, and the press assembly is located at one side of the connecting plate away from the driving mechanism; and
wherein the inserting portion is hollow and cylindrical, and the protrusion is inserted into the inserting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,274

MACHINE TOOL

DMG MORI CO., LTD., Yama...

1. A machine tool comprising:a base member having a main surface;
an elongate body shaped to extend linearly along the main surface and attached to the base member; and
a structure body provided on the main surface and fixed to the base member,
the structure body having a first facing portion and a second facing portion,
the elongate body being arranged between the first facing portion and the second facing portion,
at least one of the first facing portion and the second facing portion being provided with a hole having a size through which the elongate body can be inserted and penetrating through the at least one of the first facing portion and the second facing portion,
the hole forming an aperture plane that faces at least part of the elongate body with a gap provided therebetween in a prescribed direction in which the elongate body linearly extends,
as seen in the prescribed direction, the aperture plane having a first direction of a longer dimension and a second direction of a shorter dimension, the first direction extending along the main surface and having a first length, the second direction being orthogonal to the main surface and having a second length shorter than the first length,
the elongate body being arranged at a position that is shifted to one side from a center portion of the aperture plane in the first direction as seen in the prescribed direction, and
the elongate body being the only elongate body that is arranged with the hole as seen in the prescribed direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,273

APPARATUS FOR TAKING OUT FLATTENED TUBE FINS

HIDAKA SEIKI KABUSHIKI KA...

1. An apparatus for taking out flattened tube fins that takes out stacked flattened tube fins, in which a plurality of cutaway portions into which flattened tubes used for heat exchanging are inserted, are formed from one side toward another side in a width direction, from a stacker apparatus, the stacker apparatus stacking the flattened tube fins and including a base portion, stacker pins that are erected on an upper surface of the base and inserted through the cutaway portions, and a stacking start position regulating portion for stacking the flattened tube fins from a position that is separated from an upper surface of the base portion,the apparatus for taking out flattened tube fins comprising:
a first member including a base plate and an erected portion that is erected on the base plate in a state where the erected portion is positioned at at least an opening-side position of a cutaway portion, out of any of the cutaway portions aside from positions of the stacker pins;
a second member disposed at a position that faces the first member with the flattened tube fins stacked in the stacker apparatus in between and together with the first member clamps the flattened tube fins stacked on the stacker apparatus; and
a moving mechanism that causes the first member and the second member to move toward and away from the flattened tube fins stacked on the stacker apparatus and moves the flattened tube fins and the stacker apparatus apart in a state where the flattened tube fins stacked on the stacker apparatus are clamped by the first member and the second member,
wherein by moving the first member so that the base plate advances into a position between the base and the stacking start position regulating portion and the erected portion advances into an opening-side position of a cutaway portion and by moving the second member in a direction that approaches the first member, the moving mechanism clamps the flattened tube fins stacked on the stacker apparatus between the first member and the second member and then moves the first member and the second member along a direction in which the stacker pins are erected.

US Pat. No. 10,112,272

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF VAPOR CHAMBER

Asia Vital Components Co....

1. A manufacturing method of vapor chamber, comprising steps of:providing a first board body and a second board body;
using mechanical processing to form a hooked section structure on one face of the first board body, the hooked section structure being defined as a capillary structure layer;
using mechanical processing to form a hook section structure as a support structure on one face of the second board body; and
correspondingly mating the first and second board bodies with each other to form a chamber, and make the hook section and the hooked section contact and hook and connect with each other and sealing the periphery of the first and second board bodies and vacuuming the first and second board bodies and filling therein a working fluid, so as to form a vapor chamber with a vacuum chamber and sealed periphery, such that the hook section contacts, hooks and connects with the hooked section to provide a drag effect for the first and second board bodies to avoid a thermal expansion problem taking place when the vapor chamber is heated.

US Pat. No. 10,112,271

COMPACT HEAT EXCHANGER

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a first manifold defining an inlet configured to receive from a component a fluid to be cooled and an outlet configured to return the cooled fluid to the component to cool the component;
a second manifold disposed spaced from the first manifold; and
a core extending between and fluidly communicating with the first and second manifolds and including a plurality of channels, each of the plurality of channels has a generally hexagonal cross-section and is formed by six adjoining mini-tubes defining respective passages each of which is of generally triangular cross-section, the generally hexagonal cross-section of each of the plurality of channels being similar to one another, a cross-section of the core defining an irregular-cross structure and the fluid being configured to enter the inlet of the first manifold, make a first pass through the mini-tubes to the second manifold, make a second pass through the mini-tubes to the first manifold such that the fluid is cooled across the mini-tubes, exit the first manifold through the outlet, and return to the component to cool the component.

US Pat. No. 10,112,270

HEAT EXCHANGER FIN WITH CRACK ARRESTOR

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A brazed heat exchanger structure with thermally connected alternating perpendicular first fin structures and second fin structures separated by parting sheets, the first fin structures configured to receive gas at a cold gas inlet and the second fin structures configured to receive hot gas at a hot gas inlet and comprising:a plurality of closely spaced metal fins in the second fin structures for conducting heat away from the hot gas, the fins each having a long direction and first and second opposite sides;
wherein the metal fins at the hot gas inlet include crack arresting slots inserted in at least one of the first and second sides of the fins only in a portion of the fins at the hot gas inlet, the crack arresting slots extending into the fins in a direction perpendicular to the long direction of the fins to increase the mechanical compliance of the second fin structures thereby reducing thermally induced fractures in the fins during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,112,268

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CORROSION-RESISTANT WELDING ELECTRODES

HOBART BROTHERS COMPANY, ...

1. A tubular welding wire comprising a sheath and a core, wherein the tubular welding wire comprises:an organic stabilizer component;
a rare earth component; and
a corrosion resistant component comprising one or more of: nickel, chromium, and copper;
wherein the core of the tubular welding wire includes a frit comprising an oxide of a Group I or Group II metal, an oxide of titanium, and an oxide of manganese, and wherein the core comprises between approximately 0.1% and approximately 2% of the frit by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,112,267

FLUX-CORED WIRE FOR AR—CO2 MIXED GAS SHIELDED ARC WELDING

1. A flux-cored wire for Ar—CO2 mixed gas shielded arc welding obtained by filling a flux into a steel outer skin, comprising:in terms of % by mass with respect to a total mass of the flux-cored wire, as a total in the steel outer skin and the flux,
0.03 to 0.08% of C;
0.1 to 0.6% of Si;
1.2 to 2.5% of Mn;
0.01 to 0.5% of Cu;
0.5 to 1.5% of Ni;
0.05 to 0.5% of Ti;
0.002 to 0.015% of B; and
0.05% or less of Al,
and further comprising:
in terms of % by mass with respect to the total mass of the flux-cored wire, in the flux,
4 to 8% of a Ti oxide in terms of TiO2 in total;
0.1 to 0.6% of a Si oxide in terms of SiO2 in total;
0.02 to 0.3% of an Al oxide in terms of Al2O3 in total;
0.1 to 0.8% of Mg;
0.05 to 0.3% of at least one fluorine compound in terms of F in total;
one or both of Na and K in the at least one fluorine compound, in an amount of 0.05 to 0.3% in terms of Na and K in total;
one or both of Na2O and K2O, in an amount of 0.05 to 0.2% in terms of the one or both Na2O and K2O in total; and
0.2% or less of a Zr oxide in terms of ZrO2 in total,
a remaining balance being Fe in the steel outer skin, iron powder, a Fe component of iron alloy powder, and inevitable impurities.

US Pat. No. 10,112,266

PRESSED THERMITE ROD FOR A SELF-CONTAINED PORTABLE CUTTING DEVICE

Baltic Innovation Holding...

1. A self-contained portable cutting device, comprising:an elongated pressed thermite rod having a length, a height, and a width, the elongated pressed thermite rod extending from a proximal end to a distal end along a longitudinal axis;
two parallel long side surfaces; and
two short side surfaces,
wherein the rod has a height to width ratio between 1.2 and 2.0.

US Pat. No. 10,112,265

DECORATING DEVICE AND DECORATING METHOD FOR VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPONENTS, AND VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPONENT

TRINITY INDUSTRIAL CORPOR...

1. A decorating device for decorating vehicle-interior components, of which a laser is irradiated onto the decorating surface of a resin compact or onto the decorating surface of a coat-layer formed on the resin compact to draw designs thereon that are made of the linear laser-processed part, and that the laser focal-point is shifted from the decorating surface so as to draw the designs, thus forming the gradation on a certain part of the whole design, with the decorating device being characterized in comprising a data-preparing device for preparing the drawing-data on a virtual decorating surface that is deformed so as to have a different curvature than the surface shape of the actual decorating surface, and that a laser-drawing device for forming the gradation by emitting a laser focused on the virtual decorating surface is based on the drawing-data prepared by the data-preparing device, thus conducting the laser-processing with the laser-focal point shifted from the actual decorating surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,263

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RELIABLY LASER MARKING ARTICLES

Electro Scientific Indust...

1. A method for marking an article including a stainless steel surface, the method comprising:impinging a region of the stainless steel surface with a spot area of a laser beam to modify a morphology of the region of the metallic surface to form a modified surface region having a visual appearance different from another region of the stainless steel surface outside the modified surface region, wherein impinging the region employs laser pulse parameters that comprise pulse width, wherein the pulse width ranges from about 1 picosecond to about 1000picoseconds, wherein the laser pulse parameters comprise pulse fluence F, wherein the pulse fluence F is in an optimal marking range and satisfies a relationship Fu wherein a characteristic of the first plurality of ripples is different from a corresponding characteristic of the second plurality of ripples, and
wherein the modified surface region exhibits a desired optical density that is equal to or less than L*=20, a*=+/?2, and b*=+/?2 on a CIE chromaticity scale.

US Pat. No. 10,112,262

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR REAL-TIME ENHANCEMENT OF BUILD PARAMETERS OF A COMPONENT

General Electric Company,...

1. A direct metal laser melting system for fabricating a component, said system comprising:a laser device configured to generate a melt pool in a powder bed based on a build parameter;
a confocal optical system directed at the melt pool and configured to receive an optical signal emmitted by the melt pool;
an optical sensor operatively coupled to said confocal optical system and configured to receive the optical signal and generate an electrical signal in response thereto; and
a computing device configured to receive the electrical signal and to generate a control signal in response thereto, said control signal configured to modify the build parameter of the direct metal laser melting system in real-time to adjust at least one of a melt pool size and a melt pool temperature to achieve a desired physical property of the component, wherein the optical signal corresponds to one or more of the following: the melt pool size and the melt pool temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,112,261

PROCESSING NOZZLE, PROCESSING HEAD, AND OPTICAL MACHINING APPARATUS

TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOC...

1. A processing nozzle comprising:an inner cone including a beam path that passes light from a light source;
an outer cone arranged outside said inner cone;
a fluid ejection channel formed by a gap between said inner cone and said outer cone, and including an ejection port that opens toward a process surface; and
a fluid guide channel having at least one introduction port for a fluid,
wherein said fluid guide channel guides the fluid toward said fluid ejection channel in a direction away from said beam path.

US Pat. No. 10,112,260

ALIGNING LASERS OF LASER ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for aligning a pair of calibrated lasers of a laser additive manufacturing system in an overlap region in which the pair of calibrated lasers selectively operate, the method comprising:first forming a first plurality of layers of a test structure in the overlap region of the pair of calibrated lasers solely using a first calibrated laser of the pair of calibrated lasers;
second forming a second plurality of layers of the test structure over the first plurality of layers in the overlap region of the pair of calibrated lasers solely using a second calibrated laser of the pair of calibrated lasers, the first and second forming creating a top surface of the test structure, and an outer surface of the test structure corresponding to the overlap region, the outer surface being perpendicular to the top surface;
measuring a dimension of an offset step created between the first plurality of layers and the second plurality of layers in the outer surface of the test structure; and
aligning the pair of calibrated lasers by applying the dimension of the offset step as an alignment correction to at least one of the pair of calibrated lasers.

US Pat. No. 10,112,259

DAMAGE ISOLATION BY SHAPED BEAM DELIVERY IN LASER SCRIBING PROCESS

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A system for dicing a semiconductor substrate comprising a plurality of integrated circuits (ICs), the system comprising:a laser scribe module to pattern a mask and expose regions of a substrate between the ICs along a predetermined path, the laser scribe module to ablate a predetermined pattern of trenches into the mask, into a thin film IC stack disposed below the mask, and expose a substrate disposed below the thin film IC stack, wherein the laser scribe module comprises a laser having a beam with a centrally peaked spatial power profile and a stage for supporting the semiconductor substrate during laser scribing by the beam; and
a plasma etch chamber physically coupled to the laser scribe module by a common factory interface, the plasma etch chamber configured to singulate the ICs, wherein the common factory interface comprises a load lock, an atmospheric port, and a robot for transferring the semiconductor substrate between the plasma etch chamber and the laser scribe module.

US Pat. No. 10,112,258

COAXIAL DISTANCE MEASUREMENT VIA FOLDING OF TRIANGULATION SENSOR OPTICS PATH

View, Inc., Milpitas, CA...

1. An apparatus configured for scribing an optical coating on a transparent substrate having a first side and a second side with the optical coating disposed on one of the first side and the second side, the apparatus comprising:a stage having one side and an opposing side, and an aperture through the stage;
a scribe laser having a focus lens, a scribe laser beam from the scribe laser, wherein the scribe laser is located on one side of the stage and the transparent substrate is located to the opposing side of the stage, wherein the scribe laser beam is configured to pass through the aperture in the stage to impinge upon the transparent substrate substantially orthogonally, and wherein the scribe laser beam is further configured to ablate the optical coating;
a first mirror attached to the opposing side of the stage;
a second mirror attached to the opposing side of the stage; and
a triangulation-based distance sensor attached to the opposing side of the stage and comprising a triangulation laser and a detector, the triangulation-based distance sensor configured such that a triangulation laser beam from the triangulation laser is emitted substantially parallel to the transparent substrate, impinges on and is reflected from the first mirror to impinge on the transparent substrate at a first acute angle of incidence measured with respect to a normal to the transparent substrate, is reflected from the transparent substrate at a second acute angle measured with respect to the normal to the transparent substrate to the second mirror, and is reflected from the second mirror to the detector,
wherein the apparatus determines a distance between the one of a first side and a second side of the transparent substrate with the optical coating and the focus lens of the scribe laser based on a measured position of the reflected triangulation laser beam on the detector, and
wherein a span of the first acute angle and the second acute angle is a third acute angle which is bisected by the scribe laser beam passing through the aperture in the stage.

US Pat. No. 10,112,257

COATING ABLATING APPARATUS WITH COATING REMOVAL DETECTION

General Lasertronics Corp...

1. A laser-based coating removal apparatus to remove a coating from a surface, wherein the surface comprises the coating and a substrate, the laser-based coating apparatus comprising:a. a laser source to provide a laser light for removing the coating from a target region, wherein the laser source fires the laser light at a first rate to the target region and a second rate to the target region different from the first rate, wherein the first rate and the second rate are selected to remove the coating from the surface;
b. a routing element coupled to the laser source and configured to direct the laser light onto the target region of the surface;
c. a detection element that detects whether the coating has separated from the substrate in the target region of the surface by inputting a signal received from the surface in the target region, wherein the signal comprises data indicating one or more properties of the surface selected from a group consisting of incandescence, acoustic signature, motion and chemical properties; and
d. a controller configured to adjust a current firing rate of the laser light based upon the signal received from the surface in the target region, and wherein the controller increases the current firing rate of the laser light from the first rate to the second rate at the target region when a current removal of the coating is detected at the target region, and wherein the target region is divided into a plurality of detection areas by the detection element and the current firing rate of the laser light is decreased to the first rate if the detection element fails to detect that the coating has separated from the substrate for a period of time and then the laser light is continuously fired as the firing rate is adjusted; wherein if the detection element detects that the coating has separated from the substrate in the target region for a period, the controller coupled to the detection element decreases an amount of energy per second directed onto the target region by the laser light from a non-zero preselected high value to a non-zero preselected low value; wherein the controller is able to adjust a length of the period based on the one or more properties of the surface in the target region.

US Pat. No. 10,112,256

SIC WAFER PRODUCING METHOD

Disco Corporation, Tokyo...

1. An SiC wafer producing method for producing an SiC wafer from a single crystal SiC ingot having a first surface, a second surface opposite to said first surface, a c-axis extending from said first surface to said second surface, and a c-plane perpendicular to said c-axis, said c-axis being inclined by an off angle with respect to a normal to said first surface, said off angle being formed between said c-plane and said first surface, said SiC wafer producing method comprising:a breakable layer forming step of setting a focal point of a pulsed laser beam having a transmission wavelength to SiC inside said SiC ingot at a predetermined depth from said first surface, said predetermined depth corresponding to the thickness of said SiC wafer to be produced, and next applying said pulsed laser beam to said SiC ingot as relatively moving said SiC ingot and said focal point in a first direction perpendicular to a second direction where said off angle is formed, thereby forming a breakable layer inside said SiC ingot at said predetermined depth, said breakable layer including a modified layer extending in said first direction and cracks extending from said modified layer in opposite directions along said c-plane, said modified layer being formed in such a manner that SiC is decomposed into Si and C by said pulsed laser beam first applied, and said pulsed laser beam next applied is absorbed by C previously produced to continue the decomposition of SiC into Si and C in a chain reaction manner with the relative movement of said SiC ingot and said focal point in said first direction;
a separation surface forming step of relatively indexing said SiC ingot and said focal point in said second direction and performing said breakable layer forming step plural times to thereby form a plurality of breakable layers constituting a separation surface; and
a wafer producing step of separating a part of said SiC ingot along said separation surface as an interface to thereby produce said SiC wafer;
said separation surface forming step including the step of setting the energy density of said pulsed laser beam to an energy density not causing the formation of an upper damage layer above said breakable layer previously formed due to the reflection of said pulsed laser beam from said breakable layer or not causing the formation of a lower damage layer below said breakable layer previously formed due to the transmission of said pulsed laser beam through said breakable layer.

US Pat. No. 10,112,252

WIRE FEEDER TENSIONER WITH DEFINITIVE SETTINGS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding wire feeder, comprising:a tensioner configured to pivot about a tensioner joint, wherein the tensioner comprises:
an adjustment knob comprising a discrete number of detents, wherein the adjustment knob comprises a helical surface adjacent an inner bore of the adjustment knob, wherein the detents are located along the helical surface;
a cup assembly about which a lower portion of the adjustment knob is disposed, the cup assembly comprising an inner bore that is coaxial with the inner bore of the adjustment knob;
a spring disposed axially between the adjustment knob and the cup assembly;
a tensioning post disposed within the inner bores of both the adjustment knob and the cup assembly, wherein the tensioner joint extends through a first end of the tensioning post; and
a pin extending from a second end of the tensioning post that is opposite the first end, wherein the pin is configured to align with the detents in the adjustment knob;
wherein rotation of the adjustment knob adjusts a compressive force transferred from a drive wheel to welding wire among a discrete number of compressive force settings that directly correspond to the discrete number of detents in the adjustment knob.

US Pat. No. 10,112,251

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING WELDING TYPE POWER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding-type power supply comprising:a controller, having a preregulator control output and an output converter control output;
a preregulator disposed to receive a range of inputs voltages and to receive the preregulator control output, and to provide a preregulator output signal, wherein the preregulator includes a plurality of stacked boost circuits;
a preregulator bus, disposed to receive the preregulator output signal; and
an output converter, disposed to receive the preregulator bus and to receive the output converter control output, and to provide a welding type power output, wherein the output converter includes at least one stacked inverter circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,112,250

WELDING SOURCE AND AC-DC ARGON ARC WELDING MACHINE

SHENZHEN JASIC TECHNOLOGY...

1. A welding source connected between an input end of an AC and a welding workpiece, wherein the welding source comprises:a rectifying and wave-filtering unit configured for transforming an input AC into a high voltage DC;
a first inverter unit configured for inverting the high voltage DC outputted by the rectifying and wave-filtering unit into a high voltage high frequency AC;
a transformer configured for transforming the high voltage high frequency AC outputted by the first inverter unit into a low voltage high frequency AC; and
a hybrid inverter unit including a plurality of IGBTs integrated internally with FRDs and configured for rectifying and performing a second inverting process for the low voltage high frequency AC outputted by the transformer, when the welding workpiece needs a low voltage low frequency AC, the IGBTs controlled to be on-off by using PWM drive pulses; when the welding workpiece needs a low voltage DC, the drive signals of some of the IGBTs set to be high level and the drive signal of the other IGBTs set to be low level.

US Pat. No. 10,112,246

METHOD FOR FINISHING HARDENED GEARS

SAMP S.P.A. CON UNICO SOC...

1. Method for finishing hardened gears having a stock amountq>0.03×m
wherein
q=total stock to be removed normal to a gear flank [mm];
m=gear module [mm];
said method comprising:
performing a first dry removal step of a first stock amount (q1) from a hardened gear using a first cutting tool with defined cutting edges; and
performing a second dry removal step of a second stock amount (q2) from said hardened gear using a second cutting tool with non-defined cutting edges.

US Pat. No. 10,112,244

SAW BLADE

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A reciprocating saw blade for use with a reciprocating saw, the reciprocating saw blade comprising:a body having a first end portion and a second end portion, the body defining a longitudinal axis;
an attachment portion coupled to the first end portion of the body, the attachment portion including a tang and an aperture configured to couple to the reciprocating saw;
a cutting portion formed on the body, the cutting portion including a plurality of cutting teeth, each cutting tooth including a tip, a rake face, and a relief surface, each tip being an apex of the corresponding cutting tooth, the tips of the plurality of cutting teeth defining a plane; and
a plunge point formed on the second end portion of the body for initiating a plunge cut, the plunge point including a leading tooth and a second tooth, the leading tooth including a tip and a rake face and defining a leading gullet that extends from the rake face of the leading tooth to the plurality of cutting teeth, the second tooth being positioned in the leading gullet closer to the leading tooth than to a nearest cutting tooth of the plurality of cutting teeth, the second tooth including a tip that is an apex of the second tooth and that is spaced apart from the plane;
wherein the leading tooth and the second tooth of the plunge point are in line with the plurality of cutting teeth of the cutting portion to form a linear cutting edge;
wherein the cutting portion also includes a plurality of gullets formed between the plurality of cutting teeth, and wherein the leading gullet is larger than each gullet of the plurality of gullets.

US Pat. No. 10,112,243

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A PROFILE GROOVE IN A KEY BLANK

WINLOC AG, Zug (CH)

1. A method of forming a profile groove in an elongated key blank having a key blade with opposite side surfaces, said method comprising:forming said profile groove in a surface of said key blank by means of a broaching tool with at least one tooth which is forced and guided longitudinally in parallel to said elongated key blank so as to cut out material from said key blank into a desired profile shape, corresponding to a cross-sectional shape of said at least one tooth, said profile groove extending in a predetermined area from a distal end of the key blade towards a grip portion of the key blade, while
at the same time holding said opposite side surfaces of the key blank between opposite holding surfaces of a fixture, causing a firm abutment and retaining action on the longitudinal side surface portions of the key blade located adjacent to and all along said profile groove being formed, whereby the key blank material adjacent to said profile groove is retained in a fixed state without being deformed during the broaching operation,
wherein said profile groove has at least one undercut portion defined by an inner bottom wall and an opposite wall on an inside of a ridge portion, an outside of which forms at least a part of said longitudinal side surface portions being held by said fixture during said broaching operation, and wherein said at least one undercut portion is extended into a configuration formed as a pocket having opposite side wall portions and a transverse end wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,242

RAMPING INSERT HAVING NON-POSITIVE CUTTING GEOMETRY AND RAMPING TOOL

Iscar, Ltd., Tefen (IL)

1. A double-sided, indexable, non-positive ramping insert (14) having a 180-degree rotational symmetry about each of the first, second and third axes (X, Y, Z) of a three-dimensional Euclidean space, a first median plane (XP) defined by the second and third axes (Y, Z), a second median plane (YP) defined by the first and third axes (X, Z) and a third median plane (ZP) defined by the first and second axes (X, Y),the ramping insert (14) comprising two first surfaces (24) located on opposite sides of the first median plane (XP), and an insert peripheral surface (26) extending between the first surfaces (24) and intersecting each first surface (24) at a peripheral edge (28),
each first surface (24) comprising two raised corners (18a) and two lowered corners (38a), the raised corners (18a) being farther from the first median plane (XP) than the lowered corners (38a);
the insert peripheral surface (26) comprising two second surfaces (30) and two third surfaces (32) extending therebetween,
each first surface (24) comprising exactly two opposite cutting portions (36), each cutting portion (36) comprising:
a major cutting edge (16) formed at an intersection of the first and second surfaces (24, 30);
a corner cutting edge (18) at one of the raised corners (18a), and
a wiper edge (20) connected to the major cutting edge (16) via the corner cutting edge (18);wherein,each cutting portion (36) further comprises a ramping edge (22) extending transversely from the wiper edge (20) in a view parallel to the first axis (X); and
each third surface (32) comprises only two non-positive ramping relief surfaces (46), each ramping relief surface (46) extending from a respective ramping edge (22) towards, but not beyond, the first median plane (XP).

US Pat. No. 10,112,241

INSERT, TOOL HOLDER, AND ASSEMBLY THEREOF

KORLOY INC., Seoul (KR)

1. An insert, comprising:a circular upper surface;
a circular lower surface; and
a clearance surface portion connecting the upper surface and the lower surface, the clearance surface portion being divided into first and second clearance surfaces along a circumference thereof, by a first wave line that forms a waveform of valleys facing the lower surface and mounts facing the upper surface, the first clearance surface being formed such that one end thereof is in contact with the upper surface and the other end faces the second clearance surfaces, a clearance angle of the first clearance surface with respect to a centerline that connects a center of the upper surface with a center of the lower surface being set to be greater than a clearance angle of the second clearance surface, the clearance surface portion further comprising a third clearance surface formed between the first and second clearance surfaces along the first wave line.

US Pat. No. 10,112,240

MILLING CUTTER

JI ZHUN PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. A milling cutter configured to process an edge of a workpiece to define a required profile of the workpiece, the required profile comprises a first portion and a second portion connected to the first portion, the milling cutter comprising:a shank having a central axis;
at least one first cutting edge configured to rotate around the central axis of the shank along a first rotation path to process the first portion of the predetermined profile, and
at least one second cutting edge configured to rotate around the central axis of the shank along a second rotation path to process the second portion of the predetermined profile;
wherein the first rotation path is different from the second rotation path, and the first rotation path is at a tangent to the second rotation path;
wherein the milling cutter further comprises at least one first blade and at least one second blade alternatively coupled to the shank, the first cutting edge is formed on the at least one first blade, and the second cutting edge is formed on the at least one second blade;
wherein the at least one first blade comprises a first flank face and a first rake face adjacent to the first flank face, the first cutting edge is a common edge of the first flank face and the first rack face, and the first flank face is inclined to the central axis of the shank, and/or
wherein the at least one second blade comprises a second flank face and a second rack face adjacent to the second flank face, the second cutting edge is a common edge of the second flank face and the second rack face, and the second flank face is inclined to the central axis of the shank.

US Pat. No. 10,112,239

TOOL HOLDER

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A tool holder, comprising:a main part with a receiving area that is coaxial to a working axis, wherein a tool is receivable in the receiving area and wherein the main part has a first radial channel;
a locking element that is guidable within the first radial channel in a radial direction between a first position partially protruding into the receiving area and a second position retracted from the receiving area;
an actuating sleeve, wherein the actuating sleeve includes a stop face and a pocket, wherein the actuating sleeve is movable on the main part along the working axis between a locking position for locking the tool in the receiving area and a removal position for removing the tool from the receiving area, wherein in the locking position the stop face overlaps with the first radial channel and the locking element is holdable by the stop face in the first position, and wherein in the removal position the pocket overlaps with the first radial channel and the locking element is movable into the second position;
a spring, wherein the spring tensions the actuating sleeve in a direction from the removal position into the locking position;
wherein the main part has a depression on an outside and a second radial channel starting from the depression;
wherein the actuating sleeve includes a radially tensioned latching element which engages into the depression in the removal position, wherein the latching element has a fixed axial position with respect to the actuating sleeve; and
an ejection element, wherein the ejection element is guided in the second radial channel, wherein the ejection element is pushable by the latching element into a position which partially protrudes into the receiving area, and wherein the ejection element displaces the latching element out of the depression when the ejection element is moved to a position which is retracted from the receiving area.

US Pat. No. 10,112,238

HOLDING SLEEVE OF A KNIFE HOLDER

1. A holding sleeve for a rotary cutting tool holder comprising:a sleeve body having
an inner end;
an outer end;
an outer surface;
an annular groove defined around the outer surface at a position adjacent to the outer end;
a rotary cutting tool hole axially defined through the sleeve body;
multiple clamping slits defined longitudinally and radially in the outer surface, arranged at even angular intervals and communicating with the rotary cutting tool hole, and each clamping slit having
a first end and a second end being respectively adjacent to the annular groove and the inner end; and
a lateral branch extending laterally from the first end of the clamping slit, defined in the outer surface of the sleeve body, and communicating with the clamping slit; and
an outlet portion formed in the outer end of the sleeve body and communicating with the lateral branches of the clamping slits, wherein the outlet portion comprises multiple outlet segments including:
a first outlet segment comprising multiple sets of outlet holes, and each set of outlet holes comprising two first outlet holes defined in the outer end of the sleeve body and communicating with the lateral branch of one of the clamping slits;
a second outlet segment comprising multiple second outlet holes defined in the outer end of the sleeve body and communicating respectively with the lateral branches of the clamping slits; and
a third outlet segment comprising an annular outlet recess defined in an inner surface of the rotary cutting tool hole at the outer end of the sleeve body and communicating with the lateral branches of the clamping slits.

US Pat. No. 10,112,237

DEVICE FOR DRYING AND SINTERING METAL-CONTAINING INK ON A SUBSTRATE

Heraeus Noblelight GmbH, ...

1. A device for drying and sintering metal-containing ink on a substrate, the device comprising multiple optical radiators for irradiating the substrate and a reflector for reflecting radiation onto the substrate, the optical radiators and substrate being movable relative to each other in a transport direction, wherein the optical radiators are infrared radiators having a cylindrical radiator tube and a radiator tube longitudinal axis, the optical radiators emitting an IR-B radiation component of at least 30% and an IR-C radiation component of at least 5%, each based on total radiator output power, the optical radiators being arranged in a radiator module such that their radiator tube longitudinal axes run parallel to each other and transverse to a transport direction of the substrate, wherein the optical radiators irradiate an irradiation field on a surface of the substrate, such that the irradiation field is divided into a drying zone and a sintering zone downstream of the drying zone in the transport direction, and wherein the drying zone is exposed to at least 15% less average irradiation density than the sintering zone along a center axis running in the transport direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,235

ARRANGEMENT FOR USE IN THE PRODUCTION OF A SEPARABLE CASTING MOULD

CHEMEX GMBH, Delligsen (...

1. Arrangement for use in the production of a separable casting mould, comprising:(i) a mould plate (4, 4?) and/or a mould pattern (6),
(ii) a feeder system (8, 8?, 8?, 8??,8IV, 8V) having a feeder element (10, 10?, 10?, 10??, 10IV, 10V) and having a feeder insert (12, 12?, 12?, 12??,12IV), wherein feeder element (10, 10?, 10?, 10??, 10IV, 10V) and feeder insert delimit a feeder cavity (14) for receiving liquid metal, wherein the feeder element (10, 10?, 10?, 10??, 10IV, 10V)
has a first end (18) by which the feeder element (10, 10?, 10?, 10??, 10IV, 10V) is seated on, or arranged with a spacing to, the mould plate (4) and/or the mould pattern (6),
has a second end (20) which is situated opposite the first end (18) and which has an assembly element (22) on which the feeder insert (12, 12?, 12?, 12??,12IV) is arranged,
has at least one passage opening (24), which extends from the first end to the second end, for the liquid metal, wherein each of the at least one passage openings (24) is delimited by a side wall (26, 26?), wherein the side wall can be deformed so as to reduce the spacing between the first and second ends (18, 20), and wherein each of the at least one passage openings (24) has an opening axis (28),
wherein the feeder cavity (14) has a centre of volume which is offset relative to the opening axis (28),
wherein the arrangement additionally comprises
one or more tipping prevention elements (30, 30?, 30?, 32, 32?, 32?, 32?) which are designed to counteract tipping of the feeder system (8, 8?, 8??,8IV, 8V) out of the opening axis (28) about the first end (18) of the feeder element (10, 10?, 10?, 10??,10IV, 10V) when, in the event of the feeder system being acted on with a force acting parallel to the opening axis (28) and in the direction of the first end (18), the side wall (26, 26?) deforms and the spacing between the first and second ends (18, 20) is reduced, wherein the one or more tipping prevention element(s) (30, 30?, 30?, 32, 32?, 32?, 32??) are/is spaced apart from the opening axis (28).

US Pat. No. 10,112,234

SELF-ALIGNING SWAGING PUNCH

1. A self-aligning swaging punch for affixing a pin to a workpiece having a pinhole, the self-aligning swaging punch comprising:a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end;
an inwardly-tapered tip extending from the distal end of the shaft and having an upwardly-extending open-ended cavity; and
a sacrificial plug positioned at least partially in the open-ended cavity, the inwardly-tapered tip being configured to deform an upper edge of the pinhole when the open-ended cavity is aligned with the pinhole, the sacrificial plug is at least partially inserted into the open-ended cavity and at least partially inserted into the pinhole, the inwardly-tapered tip is positioned near the upper edge of the pinhole, and a coaxial force is applied to the shaft such that the workpiece presses against the sacrificial plug near the upper edge of the pinhole in an interference fit so as to secure the pin in the pinhole and the sacrificial plug at least partially in the pinhole.

US Pat. No. 10,112,233

SWIVEL ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM FOR FASTENER PULLING HEADS

SPS Technologies, LLC, J...

1. An adjustment system for a fastener pulling head comprising:a swivel adapter configured for engagement with a proximal end portion of a drawbolt body of the pulling head, the swivel adapter defining an internal bore;
a cap screw disposed within the internal bore of the swivel adapter and configured to threadably engage the drawbolt body; and
a set screw configured to engage and secure the swivel adapter within the drawbolt body;
wherein when the set screw is disengaged from the swivel adapter, the pulling head can be rotated, which causes a frame to move relative to the drawbolt body within the pulling head to adjust a jaw gripping force; and
wherein the swivel adapter defines a proximal outer surface and a distal outer surface, the distal outer surface having a smaller periphery than the proximal outer surface and a shoulder disposed therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,112,232

RIVETING DEVICE

1. A riveting device for setting a blind rivet element, the riving device comprising:a mandrel configured,
to have a rotational movement be transmitted thereto to screw the mandrel into the blind rivet element, and
to be retracted into the riveting device by a retraction movement to produce an at least partial plastic deformation of the blind rivet element;
a first motor comprising a first operative connection to the mandrel, the first motor being configured to transmit the rotational movement to the mandrel via the first operative connection, the first operative connection between the first motor and the mandrel comprising a mandrel shaft which extends in a mandrel axis; and
a second motor comprising a second operative connection to the mandrel, the second motor being configured to transmit the retraction movement to the mandrel via the second operative connection, the second operative connection between the second motor and the mandrel comprising a spindle nut which is configured to cooperate with a hollow spindle, whereby the hollow spindle is configured to lift the mandrel shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,112,231

CAST PART WITH A METALLIC FUNCTIONAL REGION

1. A method for producing an electrical machine, comprising:bringing a rotating tool including a cylindrical main part into contact with a cast part as a pin, movably received in the main part and having a cutting edge, assumes a retracted position;
rotating the tool in a first direction of rotation to locally plasticize a material of the cast part at a location of a metallic functional region to be shaped of the cast part by a friction-based process;
extending and introducing the pin into the plasticized material far enough to reach a surface of the further component, while the material of the cast part continues to be plasticized by a shoulder of the main part adjacent to the pin;
changing the direction of rotation of the tool after the tool has reached the surface of the further component;
introducing the pin in a first direction into the further component to thereby form a recess in the further component through metal-cutting work via the cutting edge as the tool rotates in a second direction of rotation while the shoulder continues to plasticize the material of the cast part;
withdrawing the pin by a defined amount after the pin has reached a final position, thereby establishing the functional region of the cast part; and
concurrently flowing plasticized material of the cast part and swarf, produced by the metal-cutting work as the shoulder applies a compressive force in the first direction, into a space of the recess to thereby produce a mixed structure or dispersion hardening.

US Pat. No. 10,112,230

METHOD FOR MAKING JOINTS BETWEEN SHEET FORMED MEMBERS AND AN APPARATUS FOR CARRYING OUT SAID METHOD

ATTEXOR CLINCH SYSTEMS S....

1. A method for joining superimposed work pieces in the form of sheet formed material of the same or different types, metal or non-metal, together by means of gluing with an appropriate adhesive in combination with clinching to form a clinch joint between the work pieces, at which a tool comprising a first and a second separate generally co-axial tool parts, co-operate for producing said joint, wherein said first tool part comprises a punch with a generally flat impact surface, surrounded by a stripper with a generally flat impact surface, and wherein said second tool part comprises a die with a generally flat impact surface surrounding a die cavity at the bottom of which an anvil with a generally flat impact surface is arranged, the method comprising the steps of:a) positioning the work pieces with an intermediate layer of adhesive between said first and second tool parts;
b) driving said punch of said first tool part in the direction of said co-operating die and anvil of said second tool part to form said joint between said work pieces by drawing said work pieces into a cup-shaped or protruding portion having a side wall and a bottom wall and subsequently compressing said bottom wall creating a lateral extrusion of the same thereby forming a laterally enlarged shape which mechanically interlocks the work pieces, wherein the method further comprises the following steps before said step b:
A) positioning and locking said punch and said stripper of said first tool part relative to each other so that said generally flat impact surfaces present a first, common, essentially flat impact or squeezing surface of the first tool part, having essentially the same size and form as a second, essentially flat impact or squeezing surface of the second tool part comprising at least said generally flat impact surface of the die;
B) approaching said squeezing surfaces relative to each other to contact the work pieces from opposite sides; and
C) applying a force to at least one of said impact or squeezing surfaces of the first and second tool parts squeezing together the work pieces with the intermediate layer of adhesive over a surface corresponding to said impact or squeezing surfaces in order to laterally displace excessive adhesive out from the corresponding area of the work pieces, wherein the clinch joint between the work pieces is solely the combination of the adhesive and the mechanical interlocking between the work pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,112,228

BOTTOM EXPANSION STATION

Silgan Containers LLC, W...

1. A bottom expansion station comprising:a blank support configured to support a metal blank, the blank support defining a central aperture having an aperture area;
a punch configured to draw the blank through the central aperture of the blank support to form a cup having a sidewall and an end wall, the punch including an aperture providing access to a cavity, the cavity having a surface area; and
a fluid source configured to force fluid against an area of the end wall, the area of the end wall being less than the surface area of the cavity, the fluid forcing the end wall into the cavity to increase the area of the end wall.

US Pat. No. 10,112,227

LARGE SCALE METAL FORMING CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A heated line forming system comprising:a heating system configured to produce a heated line on a surface of a metal plate during a thermal forming process;
a cooling system configured to maintain a dry area for the heated line during the thermal forming process;
a liquid-filled bladder, wherein the metal plate is supported by the liquid-filled bladder during the thermal forming process; and
a control system configured to control at least one operational parameter of the heated line forming system to produce a resulting final shape of the metal plate consistent with a thermal forming plan executed by the control system.

US Pat. No. 10,112,226

DRAWING AND STRAIGHTENING APPARATUS FOR METAL WIRE, AND CORRESPONDING DRAWING AND STRAIGHTENING METHOD

M.E.P. MACCHINE ELETTRONI...

1. Apparatus for drawing and straightening at least a metal wire, comprising a drawing unit for drawing said metal wire along a direction of advance which comprises a first motorized main roll having a periphery and including first idle contrast rolls disposed on part of the periphery of the first main roll, with the first idle contrast rolls having a smaller diameter than a diameter of said first main roll, and including a straightening only unit for straightening said metal wire, independent from said drawing unit, disposed along said direction of advance and upstream of said drawing unit, said straightening only unit comprising a second idle main roll having a periphery and including second idle contrast rolls disposed on part of the periphery of the second idle main roll, with the second idle contrast rolls having a diameter smaller than a diameter of said second idle main roll.

US Pat. No. 10,112,224

CLADDING TUBE FOR NUCLEAR FUEL ROD, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING A CLADDING

AREVA NP, Courbevoie (FR...

1. A pilgrim rolling apparatus for the manufacture of a cladding tube for a nuclear fuel rod from a tubular blank, the cladding tube being made from a metal, the cladding tube comprising dimples on an external surface, the pilgrim rolling apparatus comprising:at least two dies; and
a mandrel received between the dies mounted to carry out reciprocating movements along the mandrel for rolling a blank fitted onto the mandrel between the mandrel and the dies, wherein at least one of the dies has at least one punch to form punch dimples into an external surface of the blank fitted on the mandrel during the reciprocating movements of the dies,
wherein each die comprises a peripheral groove, the grooves of the dies forming a passage for the mandrel between the dies, each punch being disposed at a base of the groove of the corresponding die,
wherein the mandrel is of convergent shape along an axis of the mandrel, the or each punch being disposed in a calibration region of the groove of the corresponding die defining the passage for the mandrel when the dies are advanced and surround an end of the mandrel with a smaller diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,112,223

METHOD FOR CLEANSING GLASS SUBSTRATE AND DEVICE FOR PERFORMING THE METHOD

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A glass substrate cleansing device, comprising: a transport platform, two spaced air blowing devices located above the transport platform, and a suction device comprising an air drawing device and a magnetic attraction device, the air drawing device comprising an air drawing opening arranged between the two air blowing devices, the magnetic attraction device being arranged inside the air drawing opening of the air drawing device and located in an interior space of the air drawing device;wherein each of the air blowing devices comprises an ultrasonic wave generator mounted therein such that ultrasonic waves emitting from the ultrasonic wave generators are inclined with respect to each other and converge on the glass substrate to be cleansed; and
wherein the air drawing device comprises an impurity storage section in communication with the air drawing opening and an air evacuation device arranged at an end of the impurity storage section that is distant from the air drawing opening.

US Pat. No. 10,112,222

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RESOLVING SUBMERSIBLE PUMP FAILURES

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer-implemented method for resolving failures in submersible pumps, the method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, data from one or more sensors associated with a submersible pump, wherein the one or more sensors comprise at least one of a debris sensor or an acoustic sensor;
analyzing, by one or more processors, the received data from the one or more sensors to detect a failure in the submersible pump; and
in response to detecting the failure in the submersible pump, automatically activating, by one or more processors, a mechanical shaker attached to the submersible pump for one or more operating cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,112,221

ULTRASONIC PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. Apparatus for use in processing articles sequentially, along a processing path, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of processing stations arranged serially along the processing path, each processing station including a processing tank having an interior extending vertically downwardly from an upper opening for receiving articles delivered into the interior of a corresponding processing tank through the upper opening;
a plurality of article holders for carrying the articles along the processing path from one processing station to a next-consecutive processing station;
an indexing assembly for indexing the article holders along the processing path, from one processing station to a next-consecutive processing station;
an individual overhead support arrangement located at each processing station for receiving each one of the article holders, in sequence, with each article holder suspended from a corresponding support placed at a first location outside the interior of a corresponding processing tank, vertically above the upper opening of the corresponding processing tank; and
a plurality of individual actuators, each actuator being coupled to a corresponding support for selective operation to move each support selectively in response to the selective operation of a corresponding coupled actuator, in a vertical direction between the first location outside the interior of the corresponding processing tank, wherein a selectively moved support is in position to receive a corresponding article holder suspended below the support, and a second location outside the interior of the corresponding processing tank and below the first location, wherein the corresponding article holder is placed within the interior of the corresponding processing tank, while the selectively moved support remains outside the interior of the corresponding processing tank;
whereby the articles are placed sequentially into the interior of each processing tank, while each support remains overhead, outside and vertically above the interior of each corresponding processing tank, during a processing operation; and
wherein each support comprises a cantilever member extending in a horizontal orientation over a corresponding processing tank at each processing station and a support frame, each cantilever member being coupled with the support frame for selective vertical movement between the first and second locations of the support, each actuator being coupled with a corresponding cantilever member for selectively moving the corresponding cantilever member between the first and second locations.

US Pat. No. 10,112,220

HIGH-PRESSURE CLEANING APPLIANCE

1. A high-pressure cleaning appliance comprising a housing having a motor and a pump for a cleaning liquid, driven by the motor, arranged therein, and comprising at least two rotatably mounted running wheels for moving the high-pressure cleaning appliance, a push bar movable back and forth between a parking position and an operating position, and a locking device for releasably locking the push bar in at least one of the parking position and the operating position, the locking device comprising an actuating member which is coupled by at least one coupling member to at least one locking member which interacts with the push bar in a locking position and is movable from the locking position to a release position by actuating the actuating member, wherein the locking device comprises a prefabricated constructional unit which forms the actuating member, the at least one coupling member and the at least one locking member and is movably mounted on or in the housing;wherein the actuating member comprises an actuating ram, and wherein the at least one coupling member comprises a first and a second end and is articulated at the first end to the actuating ram and at the second end to one of the at least one locking members; and
wherein the at least one coupling member is integrally connected to the at least one locking member by a first film hinge on a locking side.

US Pat. No. 10,112,219

ROTATIONAL BRUSH FOR CLEANING LAPS OF SIDING

1. A rotational brush for cleaning laps of siding comprising:an elongated axle having a first end and a second end,
a cleaning brush with repeating tiers of brush elements wherein the repeating tiers of brush elements are of the same longitudinal length and profile shape, and are complimentary to the profile of a plurality of laps of siding, the laps of siding formed of overlapping horizontal rows having side and under surfaces, wherein the repeating tiers of brush elements attach to the first end of the elongated axle, radiating outwardly and extending longitudinally towards the second end of the elongated axle, and
a connection between the second end of the elongated axle and a motor drive, causing a rotational force, such that the elongated axle rotates the attached repeating tiers of brush elements, imparting a rotational scrubbing action to remove debris, when the repeating tiers of brush elements are in contact with laps of siding.

US Pat. No. 10,112,217

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PROCESS RETURN-TO-SENDER (RTS) MAIL

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method for processing return-to-sender (RTS) mail pieces by a mail processing system, comprising:receiving a plurality of RTS cards and RTS mail pieces, wherein RTS cards identify RTS reason codes for corresponding ones of the RTS mail pieces;
imaging each RTS mail piece to produce an image;
for each RTS mail piece for which an image could not be produced, creating and storing a unique RTS mail piece profile of that RTS mail piece, wherein the RTS mail piece profile uses an identification code for that RTS mail piece and a reason code from a preceding RTS card;
sorting the RTS cards to a first output bin;
sorting the RTS mail pieces for which an image could not be produced to a second output bin; and
thereafter processing the RTS mail pieces for which an image could not be produced using the corresponding RTS mail piece profiles and without using the RTS cards.

US Pat. No. 10,112,216

SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR SORTING ITEMS

United States Postal Serv...

1. A system for sorting items, the system comprising:a pocket, the pocket comprising a receiving surface, a sidewall located along a first side of the receiving surface, and a paddle moveably coupled with the sidewall;
an injector disposed proximate the pocket, the injector configured to inject a first plurality of items along a path toward the pocket to form a first stack in the pocket; and
a progressive displacement system comprising:
a body;
a linear member moveably coupled to the body, the linear member moveable in a first direction and a second direction;
a gear system rotatably coupled with the body and in mechanical communication with the linear member, wherein movement of the linear member is translated to rotational movement of the gear system; and
a divider in mechanical communication with the gear system, the divider having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein the rotational movement of the gear system due to movement of the linear member moves the divider between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein a corresponding output movement distance of the divider is greater than an input movement distance by the linear member.

US Pat. No. 10,112,215

TIE PLATE SEPARATOR AND METHOD THEREOF

1. A tie plate separator, comprising:a rotatable receiver having a first material conveyor at a first feed location wherein said rotatable receiver receives a mixture of material including some railroad parts from said first material conveyor;
said rotatable receiver having at least one interior circumferential surface which supports said mixture of material and a plurality of holes disposed through said surface;
each of said plurality of holes having a wall which surrounds said hole and extends from an exterior side of said hole;
at least one drive assembly to rotate said receiver, and at least one pair of rotatable supports which allow rotation of said rotatable receiver;
at least one thrust roller to limit axial movement of said receiver during rotation;
at least one material conveyor disposed beneath said rotatable receiver to receive undersized material passing through any of said plurality of holes; and,
at least one second material conveyor at a second discharge location of said rotatable receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,112,214

ULTRA LOW REFLECTIVITY HYDROPHOBIC COATING AND METHOD THEREFOR

SURREY NANOSYSTEMS LIMITE...

1. A method of forming a low reflectivity hydrophobic coating on a substrate, including the steps of:providing in a reaction chamber a substrate having a layer of carbon nanostructures on the substrate,
supplying the reaction chamber with a coating precursor which includes a fluorocarbon, and
generating a plasma in the reaction chamber, in order to deposit a hydrophobic coating on at least a part of said layer of carbon nanostructures,
wherein either the plasma generation takes place in the absence of a source of hydrogen atoms, in which case the substrate is heated to at least 100° C., the power density of the plasma is not more than 0.1 Wcm?2 and the plasma is generated for a period from 3 to 12 minutes,
or the plasma generation takes place in the presence of a source of hydrogen atoms, in which case the power density of the plasma is not more than 0.2 Wcm?2 and the plasma is generated for a period from 5 to 14 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,112,213

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COATING A SUBSTRATE

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. A method of powder coating a substrate, comprising:receiving a powder coating material into a feed input;using the feed input, melting the powder coating material into a homogeneous fluid of powder coating material;receiving the homogeneous fluid of powder coating material into a filament extension atomizer positioned in-line with the feed input;
atomizing, with the filament extension atomizer, the received homogeneous fluid of powder coating material into multiple droplets of powder coating material;
cooling the droplets of powder coating material to a processing temperature that prevents the droplets from agglomerating; and
directing the cooled droplets through a deposition passage positioned in-line with the filament extension atomizer, the deposition passage configured to direct at least a portion of the cooled droplets towards a substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,212

DROPLET EJECTION USING FOCUSED ACOUSTIC RADIATION HAVING A PLURALITY OF FREQUENCY RANGES

Labcyte Inc., Sunnyvale,...

1. A method for ejecting a droplet from a reservoir of fluid, comprising:applying a first toneburst comprising a first frequency range to a reservoir comprising a fluid during a first time period, the first toneburst configured to:
generate an elongated transient feature of fluid extending away from the fluid surface;
applying a second toneburst to the reservoir during a second time period after the first time period, the second toneburst comprising a second frequency range including at least one overlapping frequency with the first frequency range, the second toneburst configured to:
transform an upper portion of the elongated transient feature into a leading lobe,
form a trailing lobe with the base of the elongated transient feature,
break off the leading lobe to form a droplet, and
recapture the trailing lobe into the fluid surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,210

COATING PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR COATING LIQUID ON SUBSTRATE MOVING IN A HORIZONTAL DIRECTION WITH SLIT-SHAPED EJECTING PORT MOVING IN A VERTICAL DIRECTION

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

1. A coating processing apparatus for coating a substrate with a coating liquid, the apparatus comprising: a coating nozzle including:a storage chamber having a rectangular cross section and configured to store the coating liquid therein; and
an ejecting port which is a rectangular slit, provided below the storage chamber and connected to the storage chamber through a flow path vertically extended from the ejecting port to the storage chamber, the ejecting port being configured to draw out the coating liquid to a top surface of the substrate from the ejecting port by a capillary action of a capillary coating method,
wherein the ejecting port is provided with a first end and a second end that extends in parallel in a longitudinal direction thereof, respectively and faces each other, and
a carrier configured to move the substrate in a horizontal direction which is linear and perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the ejecting port of the coating nozzle;
an elevator configured to move the coating nozzle in a vertical direction between a standby height and a liquid-contact height; and
a controller programmed with a non-transitory computer readable storage medium to control the coating nozzle, the carrier and the elevator,
wherein the controller is programmed to:
move the substrate by the carrier in the horizontal direction with respect to the ejecting port of the coating nozzle such that one end of a peripheral edge of a top surface of the substrate passes the first end of the ejecting port earlier than the second end of the ejecting port;
move down the coating nozzle by the elevator from the standby height to the liquid-contact height when the one end of the peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate passes the first end of the ejecting port;
supply the coating liquid from a coating liquid supply source to the storage chamber of the coating nozzle so that a portion of the coating liquid is drawn out from the ejecting port by a surface tension of the coating liquid to come in contact with the one end of the peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate while the one end of the peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate is being moved by the carrier in the horizontal direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the ejecting port to pass the first end of the ejecting port;
after supplying the coating liquid, further move the substrate by the carrier in the horizontal direction with respect to the ejecting port of the coating nozzle such that the one end of the peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate is disposed directly below the second end of the ejecting port that faces the first end of the ejecting port and the coating liquid s further drawn out from the ejecting port by the capillary action, thereby forming a pool of the coating liquid between a peripheral top surface of the substrate including the one end of the top surface of the substrate and the ejecting port;
coat the coating liquid on the top surface of the substrate while moving the substrate in the horizontal direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the ejecting port by the carrier until the other end of the peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate passes the second end of the ejecting port while maintaining the pool of the coating liquid formed between the peripheral top surface of the substrate and the ejecting port in contact with the top surface of the substrate and the other end of the peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate is being moved by the carrier In the horizontal direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the ejecting port to pass the second end of the ejecting port, thereby coating an entire top surface of the substrate; and
reduce a moving speed of the substrate by the carrier after the other end of the peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate passes the second end of the ejecting port until the substrate is stopped
wherein the controller is further programmed such that when the substrate is moved by the carrier, the substrate is further moved by the carrier at a first speed at least after the first end of the ejecting port is located at the one end of the peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate and until the second end of the ejecting port is located at the one end of the peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate, and when the coating liquid is coated on the top surface of substrate, the substrate is moved at a second speed in a linear direction, where said second speed is faster than the first speed.

US Pat. No. 10,112,209

GLASS DRAWDOWN COATING SYSTEM

1. A glass drawdown coating system, comprising:a container comprising a discharge slot configured to allow molten glass to flow down under gravitational force to form a glass ribbon having a first side and a second side;
a first nanoparticle coater located adjacent the first side of the glass ribbon;
a second nanoparticle coater located adjacent the first side of the glass ribbon and below the first nanoparticle coater; and
a third nanoparticle coater located adjacent the second side of the glass ribbon,
wherein the first nanoparticle coater, the second nanoparticle coater or the third nanoparticle coater comprises a housing, a nanoparticle discharge slot, and a first combustion slot configured to ignite a first flame, wherein the first flame is configured to heat a surface of the glass ribbon and to lower a viscosity of the surface of the glass ribbon to allow a nanoparticle to penetrate to a desired depth.

US Pat. No. 10,112,206

PUMP SYSTEMS, PUMP ENGINES, AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

SILGAN DISPENSING SYSTEMS...

1. A pump system, comprising:a closure;
a pump engine attached to the closure, the pump engine comprising:
an accumulator having a product chamber;
an output cylinder defining a cavity therein, the accumulator removably attached to the output cylinder by interfitting snap-fit latch structures,
said output cylinder further comprising a base wall, a cylindrical wall extending off of the base wall, the cylindrical wall defining the cavity, a plug seal wall extending off of the base wall in a direction opposite the cylindrical wall, and a latch wall extending off of the base wall in the same direction as the plug seal wall;
an output stop within the cavity, said output stop being arranged to define an output volume;
a piston stem comprising a fluid lock at one end extending through the cavity and into the product chamber;
a piston stem flange extending off of a portion of the exterior surface of the piston stem within the cavity, said piston stem flange engaging with said output stop to generate said output volume; and
a piston seal in the product chamber and attached to the piston stem;
a head moveably attached to the closure and attached to an end of the piston stem;
a container attached to the closure, wherein at least a portion of the pump engine is positioned in an interior of the container; and
wherein application of an actuation force on the pump engine moves the fluid lock into the product chamber and exposes at least one input opening in the fluid stem to product in the product chamber allowing fluid to flow through the at least one input opening and release of the actuation force moves the fluid lock back to a rest position out of the product in the product chamber, creating a vacuum within the pump chamber and drawing product back into the product chamber through the at least one input opening.

US Pat. No. 10,112,205

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:a transport robot that holds and transports a substrate having an at least partially circular outer periphery;
a substrate processor that performs processing on the substrate using a processing liquid;
a detector that detects a state of the substrate; and
a controller that controls operations of the transport robot, the substrate processor and the detector, based on pieces of schedule management information including a transport path of the substrate by the transport robot and contents of processing for the substrate, wherein
the transport robot transports the substrate along the transport path, carries in the substrate to the substrate processor, carries out the substrate after processing from the substrate processor, and carries in the substrate after processing by the substrate processor to the detector,
the substrate processor includes
a rotation holder that holds and rotates the substrate carried in by the transport robot, and
a processing liquid supplier that performs processing on an annular region of one surface by supplying the processing liquid to a peripheral portion of the one surface of the substrate rotated by the rotation holder,
the detector includes
a substrate holder that holds the substrate carried in by the transport robot, and
a position detector that detects a position of a peripheral edge of the substrate held by the substrate holder and a position of an inner edge of the annular region of the substrate held by the substrate holder,
the controller includes
a position deviation amount calculator that calculates a position deviation amount of a center of the substrate held by the rotation holder from a rotation center of the rotation holder, based on the position of the peripheral edge of the substrate detected by the position detector and the position of the inner edge of the annular region of the substrate detected by the position detector,
a position deviation direction determiner that specifies a relationship between an orientation of the substrate held by the rotation holder at a time of carrying of the substrate into the substrate processor by the transport robot and an orientation of the substrate held by the substrate holder at a time of carrying of the substrate into the detector by the transport robot, based on the pieces of schedule management information, and determines a position deviation direction of the center of the substrate held by the rotation holder from the rotation center of the rotation holder, based on the specified relationship, and
an adjustor that adjusts a carry-in operation of the substrate to the substrate processor by the transport robot such that a center of the substrate carried into the substrate processor after calculation of the position deviation amount and determination of the position deviation direction coincides with the rotation center of the rotation holder, based on the calculated position deviation amount and the determined position deviation direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,203

PORTABLE VOLATILE MATERIAL DISPENSER AND METHOD OF SIMULATING A FLAME IN SAME

1. A portable volatile material dispenser comprising:a housing;
an opening formed within a wall of the housing;
a volatile material actuator selected from the group consisting of a vibrating mesh piezoelectric actuator, a vibrating needle piezoelectric actuator, an aerosol, and a standing wave piezoelectric actuator, wherein the volatile material actuator is spaced from the opening and in fluid communication with a manifold having an interior and an exterior, the manifold dispensing a volatile material in the form of a mist through the interior of the manifold, to an exit channel of the manifold, and out of the opening;
a container holding a fluid containing the volatile material, wherein the container is disposed within the housing and in communication with the volatile material actuator, the container receiving a wick to transport the fluid to the volatile material actuator;
an air flow generator within the housing and creating a flow of air along the exterior of and concentric with the manifold, past the exit channel of the manifold, and out of the dispenser through the opening, to combine with and move the mist away from the dispenser; and
a plurality of light emitting diodes disposed within the housing longitudinally below and aligned with a profile of the opening and surrounding the manifold for illuminating the mist emitted from the dispenser to simulate a flame.

US Pat. No. 10,112,202

CYCLONIC AIR-COOLED MICROGRAVITY MILL

Aurora Flight Sciences Co...

1. A cyclonic system for performing subtractive machining in microgravity systems, the cyclonic system comprising:an enclosure having a top plate, a base plate, and a tapered side wall joining the top plate to the base plate, wherein the enclosure defines a chamber to house a milling machine having a cutter tool;
a blower to generate an airstream to be used to induce a cyclonic airflow to achieve cyclonic separation within the enclosure, wherein the cyclonic airflow is configured to urge debris from the milling machine toward the base plate; a flow splitter to receive the airstream from the blower and to divide the airstream across a plurality of air conduits, wherein at least two air conduits of the plurality of air conduits are fluidly coupled with the enclosure, each of the at least two air conduits being positioned at a different injection site and configured to inject air tangentially into the enclosure to generate at least a portion of the cyclonic airflow; and
a debris collection module to collect the debris from the milling machine.

US Pat. No. 10,112,201

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLEANING A MACHINE EMPLOYING PERMANENT MAGNETS TO REMOVE FERROUS METALS FROM A FLOW OF MATERIAL

DRP VENTURES INC., Kelow...

1. A magnet cleaner cooperating with a conveyer carrying pieces of metal in non-ferrous material, the magnet cleaner comprising:a frame, at least one permanent magnet positionably mounted on the frame so as to be selectively elevatable between a lowered position and a raised position upon actuation of an actuator, wherein the actuator is positioned so as to cooperate with the permanent magnet and the frame,
a capture sheet mounted to the frame and positioned on the frame so as to be substantially flush with the at least one permanent magnet when in the lowered position, and spaced by an attenuation distance from the at least one permanent magnet when in the raised position,
a parasitic energy scavenger mounted so as to engage the conveyer, wherein translation of the conveyer imparts energy from the conveyer to the energy scavenger,
an energy converter cooperating with the energy scavenger and the actuator so as to selectively drive the actuator to thereby position the at least one permanent magnet between the lowered and raised positions, and wherein the energy converter charges a battery and the actuator is electrically driven by the battery,
whereby, when the at least one permanent magnet is in the raised position the attenuation distance to the capture sheet is sufficient to allow release of ferrous metals collected to an underside of the capture sheet; captured from material on the conveyer belt when the at least one permanent magnet is in the lowered position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,200

COMPOSITE MILLING COMPONENT

Spokane Industries, Spok...

1. A cast component comprising:a body comprising a substantially helical shape about an axis with a first end terminating at a first plane and a second end terminating at a second plane;
the first plane forming an angle with the second plane, with a vertex at the axis, of between about 90° and about 180°;
the body including a composite region, disposed at an outer portion of the body, having an aggregate hardness greater than a hardness of portions of the body not including the composite region,
wherein the cast component comprises a digger shoe or a flight liner of a tower mill.

US Pat. No. 10,112,199

CENTRIFUGE SAMPLE CONTAINER AND CLOSURE THEREFORE

Fiberlite Centrifuge, LLC...

1. A closure for attachment to a container body of a sample container configured for use in a centrifuge, the closure comprising:a top wall;
an annular skirt wall depending from the top wall and defining a maximum outer diameter, the annular skirt wall having a threaded inner surface configured to engage a container body;
a handle extending from the top wall and formed integrally with the top wall and the annular skirt wall, the handle including a central boss and at least two circumferentially spaced finger grips extending radially outward from the central boss,
wherein the at least two finger grips are axially offset from the top wall of the closure such that an axial space is defined between the top wall of the closure and a respective underside of each of the at least two finger grips at least at respective free terminal ends thereof, the finger grips and axial spaces being configured to enable grasping of the handle to facilitate lifting of the closure and sample container,
and further wherein the respective free terminal end of each of the finger grips is located so as not to extend beyond the maximum outer diameter; and
a plurality of circumferentially arranged gripping elements provided on the annular skirt wall and configured to be gripped for rotating the closure relative to the container body.

US Pat. No. 10,112,198

COLLECTOR ARCHITECTURE LAYOUT DESIGN

Academia Sinica, Taipei ...

1. A microfluidic channel comprising:a plurality of microstructures within the channel; wherein the plurality of microstructures is arranged in a plurality of columns substantially parallel to one another, wherein the plurality of columns comprise at least four columns comprising a first column adjacent to a second column, the second column adjacent to a third column, and the third column adjacent to a fourth column; wherein the number of microstructures in the first column is greater than the number of microstructures in the second column or the third column; and wherein the number of microstructures in the fourth column is greater than the number of microstructures in the second column or the third column; and
a plurality of vortex regions at which one or more vortexes are generated in response to fluid flow, wherein each vortex region of the plurality is substantially free of the plurality of microstructures and comprises at least a cylindrical volume having (1) a height of the channel and (2) a base having a diameter at least 20% a width of the channel, wherein the plurality of vortex regions of the plurality are separated from each other by at least one microstructure along a length of the channel; and
wherein said vortex regions are configured to increase the mixing of particles of interest and thereby to increase the likelihood of binding particles of interest to a microstructure.

US Pat. No. 10,112,197

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

Click Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. A method of detecting a target nucleic acid using a stand-alone molecular diagnostic test device without any external instrument, the stand-alone molecular diagnostic test device including an amplification module, a detection module, and a control module, each of the amplification module, the detection module, and the control module integrated within a housing, the method comprising:heating a first heating portion of a heater of the amplification module to produce a first temperature zone within a first portion of a reaction volume of the amplification module and a second heating portion of the heater to produce a second temperature zone within a second portion of the reaction volume;
producing a flow of an input sample within the reaction volume such that the input sample is thermally cycled through at least 30 thermal cycles to amplify the target nucleic acid within the input sample to produce an output solution containing a target amplicon;
controlling, via the control module, the flow of the input sample through the reaction volume to produce a flow rate of the input sample of at least 0.2 ?l/sec;
conveying to the detection module the output solution, the detection module containing a reagent formulated to produce a signal that indicates a presence of the target amplicon within the output solution, the detection module including a detection surface capturing the target amplicon to produce the signal; and
discarding the stand-alone molecular test device after the signal is read.

US Pat. No. 10,112,196

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

Click Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. A method of detecting a target nucleic acid using a stand-alone molecular diagnostic test device without any external instrument, comprising:conveying an input sample from a sample preparation module to an amplification module, the sample preparation module and the amplification module each fixedly coupled within a housing of the stand-alone molecular diagnostic test device, the housing having an overall size of less than about 260 cubic centimeters, the amplification module defining a reaction volume and including a heater;
heating the input sample within at least a portion of the reaction volume via the heater to amplify the target nucleic acid molecule within the input sample thereby producing an output solution containing a target amplicon; and
reacting within a detection module within the housing each of A) the output solution and B) a reagent formulated to produce a signal that indicates a presence of the target amplicon within the output solution, the detection module including a detection surface configured to capture the target amplicon to produce the signal,
the stand-alone molecular diagnostic test device producing the signal in less than about 25 minutes after the input sample is conveyed from the sample preparation module.

US Pat. No. 10,112,195

FLOW CELL FOR NUCLEIC ACID ANALYSIS AND NUCLEIC ACID ANALYZER

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A flow cell for nucleic acid analysis, comprising:a first substrate provided with an optical filter which reflects a first light for carrying out a photo-cleaving reaction with a nucleotide having an intramolecular fluorescent molecule via a photocleavable linker;
a hollow sheet having one or more hollow portions; and
a second substrate which transmits the first light,
wherein the first substrate, the hollow sheet, and the second substrate are attached to each other, with the hollow sheet being positioned between the first substrate, which underlies the hollow sheet, and the second substrate which overlies the hollow sheet, wherein the one or more hollow portions of the hollow sheet are enclosed by the optical filter of the underlying first substrate, the hollow sheet, and the overlying second substrate and form one or more flow passages;
one or more inlet and outlet holes on one of the first substrate and the second substrate and in fluid communication with the one or more flow passages;
a plurality of bead carriers, a surface of each of which bead carriers carries a plurality of molecules of the nucleotide having the intramolecular fluorescent molecule via the photocleavable linker, fixed inside the one or more flow passages, and
wherein the optical filter transmits a second light for exciting the fluorescent molecule and transmits a third light emitted from the fluorescent molecule.

US Pat. No. 10,112,194

DETECTION OF MICROSCOPIC OBJECTS

Q-linea AB, Uppsala (SE)...

1. A detection disc for carrying samples in an apparatus for detection of microscopic objects in a fluid, the detection disc including a detection channel and a separate focus structure, wherein the focus structure comprises a groove located outside of the detection channel, said groove comprising sloping sidewalls provided in a first surface of the detection disc, wherein an angle between each sidewall of the groove and the first surface is greater than a critical angle of the detection disc such that when the detection disc is illuminated with a light beam that enters the detection disc from a second surface that is opposite the first surface, light from the light beam is internally reflected by said sidewalls of said groove and light from the light beam is transmitted through a bottom of said groove to a greater extent as compared to said sidewalls to allow for contrast-based focusing between the bottom of the groove and the sidewalls of the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,112,193

FABRICATION OF A MICROFLUIDIC CHIP PACKAGE OR ASSEMBLY WITH SEPARABLE CHIPS

International Business Ma...

1. A method of fabrication of a microfluidic chip package or assembly (1), comprising:providing (S1) a substrate (10, 30) having at least one block (14, 14a) comprising one or more microfluidic structures on a face (F) of the substrate; and
partially cutting (S2) into the substrate to obtain partial cuts (10c), such that a residual thickness (10r) of the substrate at the level of the partial cuts (10c) enables singulation of said at least one block (14, 14a);
cleaning (S4) said at least one block; and
applying (S5-S7) a cover-film (62) to cover said at least one block (14, 14a), whereby at least one covered block is obtained, the applied cover film sealing the microstructures in each said at least one block and still enabling singulation of each covered block, wherein each covered block corresponds to a microfluidic chip after singulation.

US Pat. No. 10,112,191

METHOD FOR CRACKING BUTENE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method of cracking a butene-containing hydrocarbon stream to produce a mixture of propylene and ethylene, comprising:contacting the butene-containing hydrocarbon stream with a core-shell ZSM catalyst in a fixed-bed reactor to form a product stream comprising propylene and ethylene,
wherein at least 50 wt % of the butene-containing hydrocarbon stream is butene, and
wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst comprises:
a ZSM-5 core, and
a silica shell having a thickness in the range of 0.5 to 50 ?m, which covers at least a portion of a surface of the ZSM-5 core.

US Pat. No. 10,112,190

FLUIDIZED-BED CRACKING OF BUTENE TO FORM PROPYLENE AND ETHYLENE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A fluidized-bed method of cracking butene to form propylene and ethylene, comprising:contacting a butene-containing hydrocarbon stream with a core-shell ZSM catalyst in a fluidized-bed reactor to form a product stream comprising propylene and ethylene,
wherein at least 50 wt % of the butene-containing hydrocarbon stream is butene. and
wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst comprises:
a ZSM-5 core, and
a silica shell having a thickness in the range of 0.5 to 50 ?m, which covers at least a portion of a surface of the ZSM-5 core.

US Pat. No. 10,112,179

OPEN-CELL MATERIALS FOR USE IN THERMOCHEMICAL FUEL PRODUCTION PROCESSES

ETH Zurich, Zurich (CH)

1. A structure for use in a thermochemical fuel production process, said structure having a void phase and a solid phase,wherein the structure has an effective total optical thickness for solar radiation or effective total optical thickness for infrared radiation of from 0.1 to 10,
wherein the solid phase has a geometrical specific surface area from 5*104 to 5*105 m?1 when measured by high resolution computer tomography and
wherein the solid phase consists of a reactive material, and wherein the reactive material is a metal oxide selected from the group consisting of iron oxide, iron oxide-based ferrites, ceria, doped ceria, manganese oxide, tungsten oxide, and perovskites.

US Pat. No. 10,112,178

METHANE OXIDATION CATALYST, PROCESS TO PREPARE THE SAME AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A methane oxidation catalyst comprising one or more noble metals supported on non-modified zirconia, wherein the zirconia comprises tetragonal zirconia and monoclinic zirconia, and wherein the weight ratio of tetragonal zirconia to monoclinic zirconia is in the range of from 1:1 to 31:1.

US Pat. No. 10,112,177

MATERIAL FOR AND METHOD OF EXTRACTING MYCOTOXINS

Biotage AB, Uppsala (SE)...

1. A solid phase extraction sorbent, comprising:a core portion, wherein the core portion includes a core bead, the core bead including styrene and divinyl benzene (DVB); and
an outermost portion,
wherein the core portion and the outermost portion of the sorbent include different compositions of one or more polymers, the composition of one or more polymers of the core portion and the composition of one or more polymers of the outermost portion each including a cross-linked polymer, the cross-linked polymer including a polymerized imidazole-based monomer,
wherein a weight ratio of the cross-linked polymer included in the outermost portion to the core bead is at least 0.05.

US Pat. No. 10,112,175

METAL-ORGANIC MATERIALS (MOMS) FOR CO2 ABSORPTION AND METHODS OF USING MOMS

University of South Flori...

1. A method of capturing CO2 in a gas, comprising:exposing the gas to a metal-organic material (MOM), wherein the MOM includes at least one of an inorganic linker or an inorganic pillar, wherein the gas includes CO2 at a concentration in the gas of about 5% or less; and
capturing the CO2 in the MOM.

US Pat. No. 10,112,174

STABILIZATION OF AMINE-CONTAINING CO2 ADSORBENTS AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Abdelhamid Sayari, Ottaw...

1. A method of stabilizing an amine-containing CO2 adsorbent over multiple adsorption-desorption cycles comprising:(a) an adsorption step of contacting said amine-containing CO2 adsorbent with one or more humid gas streams to stabilize the adsorbent and to form a CO2-loaded amine-containing adsorbent, and
(b) a subsequent desorption step of contacting said CO2-loaded amine-containing adsorbent with one or more humid or one or more dry gas streams, wherein said contacting steps are repeated during said multiple adsorption-desorption cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,112,171

REGENERABLE SYSTEM FOR THE REMOVAL OF SULFUR COMPOUNDS FROM A GAS STREAM

Regents of the University...

1. A sulfidized sorbent composition comprising a porous silica support material impregnated with CuO nanoparticles,wherein the nanoparticles are essentially uniformly distributed throughout the porous silica support and sulfur compounds are adsorbed on the nanoparticles, and
wherein the nanoparticles have an average diameter of about 1 to about 8 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,112,169

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ULTRASOUND IDENTIFICATION AND MANIPULATION OF MOLECULAR INTERACTIONS

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYS...

1. A system for resolving molecular bonds, comprising:an ultrasonic probe configured to direct ultrasound radiation to molecules to be manipulated;
a magnetometer configured to measure a magnetic signal associated with the molecules; and
a controller coupled to the ultrasonic probe and the magnetometer, the controller configured to:
incrementally increase power of the ultrasound radiation until dissociation of bonds binding the molecules is detected using the measured magnetic signal; and
identify the molecules based on the power of the ultrasound radiation provided to induce the dissociation of the bonds.

US Pat. No. 10,112,168

DEVICE FOR GAS SOLIDS FLUIDIZED SYSTEM TO ENHANCE STRIPPING

TECHNIP PROCESS TECHNOLOG...

1. A gas-solid fluidized bed comprising: a vessel having a shell and an open internal region within the shell; at least one ripple packing element positioned within the open internal region and comprising a plurality corrugated and/or ribbed planar stanchions arranged in alternating intersecting planes that provide a plurality of open spaces between or adjacent the alternating intersecting planar stanchions, the ripple packing element having a three-dimensional lattice configuration; solid particles within the ripple packing element; and at least one gas stream flowing counter-currently to the solid particles through the ripple packing element and causing fluidization of the solid particles within the ripple packing element to form the gas-solid fluidized bed.

US Pat. No. 10,112,167

METHODS, DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING OF CARBONACEOUS COMPOSITIONS

NANOTECH ENERGY, INC., L...

1. A reaction filter comprising:a) a rotatable drum assembly comprising a drum micron filter for retaining graphene or reduced graphene oxide while allowing filtrate to pass through; and
b) a spray bar assembly comprising one or more openings for dispensing at least one of a carbonaceous composition and a wash liquid inside the drum assembly, wherein the carbonaceous composition comprises graphene or reduced graphene oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,112,166

METHOD FOR CAPTURING AND RECYCLING IRON CATALYST USED IN THE PRODUCTION OF HALOALKANE COMPOUNDS

Honeywell International I...

1. A process for the production of 1,1,1,3,3-pentachloropropane (HCC-240fa) wherein carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) and vinyl chloride (VCM) are reacted with a catalytic amount of iron powder and a co-catalyst selected from tributylphosphate, triethylphosphate, trimethylphosphate, tripropylphosphate, another trialkylphosphate compound, and mixtures of two or more of these;wherein the reaction of CCl4 and VCM is carried out at a residence time of from about 0.01 hours to about 24 hours;
wherein one or more electromagnetic separation units (EMSUs) are used to capture suspended iron powder particles from the reaction mixture, thereby producing an iron-free reactor effluent;
wherein the iron-free reactor effluent is distilled to separate unreacted CCl4 and/or VCM from the HCC-240 reaction product.

US Pat. No. 10,112,164

TRAY DECK ORIFICE DEVICE AND METHODS OF REPAIRING A TRAY DECK

Woven Metal Products, Inc...

1. A method of repairing a damaged tray deck for use in a vessel, comprising the steps of:providing at least one tray deck orifice repair device each comprising a flat member having a defined thickness and a void at a center thereof; and
coupling the at least one tray deck orifice repair device to an upper surface of the damaged tray deck such that void of each of the at least one tray deck repair devices is aligned with each of the plurality of orifices on the tray deck,
wherein the at least one tray deck orifice repair device has at least one anti-spin tab extending from an edge thereof, and wherein the at least one tray deck orifice repair device is coupled with a valve.

US Pat. No. 10,112,163

SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR USE WITH MIXING VESSEL

1. A support apparatus for use with a mixing vessel, the mixing vessel comprising a bottom configured to rest on a surface and a side wall comprising a top edge, the bottom and the side wall coupled to form an interior volume containing a material to be mixed, the support apparatus comprising:an upright portion having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
an engagement element at the first end of the upright portion configured to extend over the top edge of the side wall into the interior volume;
a fastening element configured to contact and secure the mixing vessel between the engagement element and the fastening element; and
a foot element at the second end disposed substantially perpendicular to the upright portion and configured to receive a load to stabilize the mixing vessel on the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,162

METHODS OF MIXING IMPELLER SENSING

Sartorius Stedim Biotech ...

1. A method of monitoring a flow behaviour of mixed components, comprising:rotating a mixing impeller at a first speed N1 in a mixing vessel accommodating the components to be mixed;
determining a first quantity
at the first speed N1, wherein N1 is the speed at which the mixing impeller rotates and P1 is the power required to rotate the mixing impeller at the first speed N1;decreasing the speed of the mixing impeller to a speed N2;
determining a second quantity
at the second speed N2, wherein N2 is the speed at which the mixing impeller rotates and P2 is the power required to rotate the mixing impeller at the second speed N2;comparing the first quantity
and the second quantityand detecting whether the difference between the first and second quantities is within a specified range to determine whether the flow of the components in the mixing vessel is a turbulent flow;determining the density ? of the mixed components based on at least one speed Ni for which the flow is determined to be turbulent by the following formula:

wherein ? is the density, P1 is the power required to turn the mixing impeller at the speed Ni, NP,constant is the Power number for a used mixing system configuration, Ni is the speed at which the mixing impeller rotates and D is the diameter of the mixing impeller;
further decreasing the speed of the mixing impeller;
determining the Power number NP,variable for at least one detected speed Nj at which the flow is determined to be non-turbulent by the following formula:

wherein Pj is the power required to rotate the mixing impeller at the speed Nj, ? is the density previously determined based on NP,constant, Nj is the speed at which the mixing impeller rotates, and D is the diameter of the mixing impeller; and
determining the dynamic viscosity ? of the mixed components by the following formula:

wherein ? is the calculated density, Nj is the speed at which the mixing impeller rotates, D is the diameter of the mixing impeller, Pj is the power required to rotate the mixing impeller at the speed Nj and xT corresponds to a specified relationship between the Reynolds number for the used mixing system configuration and the determined Power number NP,variable.

US Pat. No. 10,112,161

STIRRING DEVICE FOR WASTEWATER HAVING A SLIDE SLEEVE AND A DEVICE FOR DETECTING STATE OF WEAR OF THE SLIDE SLEEVE

1. A stirring device for wastewater, comprisinga drive device having a drive shaft extending vertically therefrom in an assembled state,
a stirring body mounted on the drive shaft,
a safety bearing, in which a free end of the drive shaft is rotatably held,
a slide sleeve mounted on the free end of the drive shaft, and
a device for detecting a state of wear of the slide sleeve,
wherein the device for detecting the state of wear comprises a sensor mounted on the safety bearing and an evaluation device for evaluating signals delivered by the sensor,
a plurality of permanent magnets detectable by means of the sensor is accommodated in, and distributed over a periphery of, the slide sleeve, and
the plurality of permanent magnets is provided in the slide sleeve at different depths from one another with respect to an outer periphery of the slide sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,112,160

CHEMICAL MIXING AND PUMPING UNIT AND METHODS FOR OILFIELD OPERATIONS

Premier Coil Solutions, I...

1. A chemical mixing and pumping unit for oilfield operations, the unit comprising:at least one mixing tank onboard the chemical mixing and pumping unit, the mixing tank comprising:
one or more mixing paddles within the mixing tank;
one or more water inlets located near the bottom of the mixing tank through which water enters the mixing tank and is directed toward the one or more mixing paddles; and
one or more chemical inlets through which one or more chemicals enter the mixing tank;
one or more storage tanks capable of storing chemicals onboard the chemical mixing and pumping unit; and
one or more pumps corresponding to the individual storage tanks capable of delivering chemicals from the storage tanks to the one or more chemical inlets in the at least one mixing tank.

US Pat. No. 10,112,159

BI-DIRECTIONAL BLENDER

1. A bi-directional blender, comprisinga cup,
a cup holder rotatably connected with the cup at one end by a threaded flange,
an upper base for receiving the cup holder, and
a base connected with the upper base by wedging,
wherein a first blending blade and a second blending blade are provided within an interior cavity of the cup, the first blending blade is connected with the second blending blade through a rotation shaft fixedly connected at one end of the first blending blade, wherein a spacer is arranged between one end of the second blending blade and the rotation shaft and is embedded into an inner wall groove at one end of the second blending blade, such that the second blending blade is provided at its other end with a first sealing ring which is embedded into an inner wall groove at the other end of the second blending blade, and wherein:
the cup holder is a through cup holder with two open ends and is provided with a first bearing at one end and a cup holder bottom cover at its other end; the first bearing is arranged in an inner wall groove at one end of the cup holder; the bottom cover is connected with the cup holder by a screw and a nut; the bottom cover is provided at one end with a gear fixing rod on which a gear set is arranged; the gear set is provided at one side with a second bearing and a second sealing ring which are embedded into an internal through groove of the cup holder; the bottom cover is provided at its other end with a blade head which is arranged on a blade holder; the blade holder is arranged in an inner pedestal of an upper base; the upper base is provided at one end with a bump through which the upper base is connected with the base by wedging; the base is provided at two ends with concave grooves which match with the bump; the base is provided at one end with a lower base having a groove on its outer surface which is also provided at one end with a bump and is connected with the base through the bump by wedging; and an outer surface of one end of the lower base is provided with a decoration ring which is embedded in the groove on the outer surface of the lower base.

US Pat. No. 10,112,158

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FILLING CONTAINERS WITH A FILL PRODUCT

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A device for filling at least one container with a fill product, comprising:a product reservoir that accommodates the fill product;
a stirring element that stirs the fill product accommodated in the product reservoir, wherein the stirring element is displaceable at least between a stirring position, in which the stirring element is immersed in the fill product, and an idle position, in which the stirring element is fully or partly outside the fill product;
means for varying a depth of immersion of the stirring element in the product reservoir; and
a controller operatively associated with the stirring element and configured to dispose the stirring element at least partially outside the fill product during a filling operation and immerse the stirring element in the fill product during an interruption of the filling operation.

US Pat. No. 10,112,157

PIVOTING BLENDER

Tomzi International, Ltd....

1. A blender assembly comprising:a blender motor assembly comprising:
a housing containing a motor;
a first pivot pin extending outwardly from the housing; and
a second pivot pin extending outwardly from the housing, co-linear with the first pivot pin;
a blender container removably attachable to the housing and engageable with the motor;
a pivot base pivotally supporting the blender motor assembly, the pivot base comprising:
a base portion located under the housing;
a first sidewall extending upwardly from the base portion, the first sidewall comprising a first pivot pin hole such that the first pivot pin is inserted into the first pivot pin hole;
a second sidewall extending upwardly from the base portion, distal from the first sidewall such that the housing is insertable between the first sidewall and the second sidewall, the second sidewall comprising a second pivot pin hole such that the second pivot pin is inserted into the second pivot pin hole; and
a locking mechanism mounted in the second sidewall and adapted to move between a locked position wherein the locking mechanism directly engages the housing and restricts the housing from pivoting relative to the pivot base and an unlocked position wherein the locking mechanism is disengaged from the housing and the housing is pivotable relative to the pivot base.

US Pat. No. 10,112,156

THERMODYNAMIC SOLUTIONS OF METAL CHALCOGENIDES AND MIXED METAL OXIDES AND CHALCOGENIDES

WISYS TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATI...

1. A method of manufacturing an electrode consisting of the steps of:a) introducing a group of titanium dioxide nanowires into a solvent to dissolve the group of titanium dioxide nanowires and form a solution consisting of dissolved group of titanium nanowires in the solvent, the solvent characterized by a value of chi less than about 0.01;
b) applying the solution consisting of the solvent and dissolved group of titanium dioxide nanowires to a surface to produce an assemblage of titanium dioxide nanowires interconnecting electrically in a discrete layer; and
c) removing the solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,112,155

REMOVING SULFUR CONTAMINANTS FROM A FLUID USING A SILICONE-BASED CHEMICAL FILTER

International Business Ma...

1. A method for removing sulfur contaminants from a fluid using a silicone-based chemical filter, comprising the steps of:providing the silicone-based chemical filter in the form of a cross-linked silicone membrane, wherein the cross-linked silicone membrane includes a reaction product of an olefin and a polyhydrosiloxane, and wherein the polyhydrosiloxane is cross-linked via a platinum catalyzed hydrosilation with the olefin;
passing the fluid through or over the cross-linked silicone membrane, wherein the fluid contains one or more sulfur contaminants and is selected from a group consisting of natural gas liquids (NGLs), diesel fuel and gasoline, and wherein the one or more sulfur contaminants contained in the fluid are absorbed by the cross-linked silicone membrane as the fluid passes through or over the cross-linked silicone membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,112,152

PROTON CONDUCTING CERAMIC MEMBRANE

PROTIA AS, Oslo (NO)

1. A proton conducting ceramic membrane comprising a conducting layer, wherein said conducting layer comprises a mixture of:(i) a rare-earth tungstate of formula (I)
(Lnz1Dpz2)aWb-cM1cO12-y  (I)
wherein
Ln is Y, an element numbered 57 to 71, or a mixture thereof;
Dp is Y or an element numbered 57 to 71 of the periodic table different from Ln;
Z1 is 0.5 to 1;
Z2 is 0.5 to 0;
M1 is a metal selected from the group consisting of Mo, Re, V, Cr, Nb, U and Mn, or a mixture thereof;
the molar ratio of a:b is 4.8 to 6;
c is 0 to (0.5*b); and
y is 0?y?1.8 and is a number such that formula (I) is uncharged; and
(ii) a mixed metal oxide of formula (II)
Lne-dM3dCr1-fM2fO3-x  (II)
wherein
Ln is Y, an element numbered 57 to 71, or a mixture thereof;
M3 is a metal selected from Ca, Sr or Ba;
M2 is a metal selected from the group consisting of Al, Ga, Co, Ti, Mg, Mn, Fe, Ni, Y, Sc, Yb and Lu, or a mixture thereof;
e is 0.95 to 1;
d is 0.4 to 0.01;
f is 0 to 0.5; and
x is 0?x?0.5 and is a number such that formula (II) is uncharged.

US Pat. No. 10,112,151

FUNCTIONAL POLYMER MEMBRANE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. A functional polymer membrane comprising:a porous support; and
a crosslinked polymer electrolyte,
wherein the thickness of the functional polymer membrane is smaller than 100 ?m,
the crosslinked polymer electrolyte is a crosslinked polymer formed by subjecting a composition including a monomer having a (meth)acrylamide skeleton to a polymerization curing reaction,
the porous support is formed of at least one of polyethylene and polypropylene, and
the proportion of elemental oxygen in the elemental composition excluding elemental hydrogen and helium at the surface of the porous support is from 14.0 atom % to 25.0 atom %.

US Pat. No. 10,112,149

METALLOPOLYIMIDE PRECURSOR FIBERS FOR AGING-RESISTANT CARBON MOLECULAR SIEVE HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANES WITH ENHANCED SELECTIVITY

1. A method for producing a metallopolyimide precursor fiber for an aging-resistant carbon molecular sieve hollow fiber membrane having improved selectivity, comprising the steps of:ejecting a bore fluid from a circular opening in a hollow fiber spinneret;
extruding a core spin dope composition from an annular opening that surrounds the circular opening, the core spin dope composition comprising a polyimide dissolved in a solvent;
allowing the extruded core spin dope composition to traverse a gap containing a gas to produce a nascent hollow fiber;
allowing the nascent hollow fiber to travel through a coagulation bath of a cations of a transition metal dissolved in a non-solvent in which still-dissolved portions of the polyimide in the nascent hollow fiber are solidified via phase inversion, wherein the cations diffuse into the solidified fiber where they complex with electronegative regions of the polyimide; and
drying the solidified hollow fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,112,148

MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR SYSTEM USING RECIPROCATING MEMBRANE

1. A method of reducing membrane fouling of a membrane in a sequencing batch reactor of a reciprocating membrane bioreactor system, comprising:providing a reciprocating membrane bioreactor system comprising:
a biological treatment train (50) for receiving influent (10) to be treated, the biological treatment train (50) producing treated wastewater;
a membrane tank (60) housing a membrane (70), the treated wastewater from the biological treatment train (50) being filtered through the membrane (70) to produce effluent (40);
a reciprocation apparatus (80) for reciprocating the membrane (70), the reciprocation reducing fouling on the membrane (70),
wherein the reciprocation apparatus (80) comprises a motor (103) connected to a pulley (101) via a belt (102) to rotate a rotor (100) so as to convert rotational motion into reciprocating motion of a sliding frame (90) through a shaft (110), wherein the sliding frame is interconnected to the membrane so as to move the membrane submerged in the membrane tank in a horizontal reciprocating motion determined by a speed at which the rotor rotates,
wherein the sequencing batch reactor includes the membrane tank, an anoxic tank, and an anaerobic tank within the biological treatment train,the method further comprising:submerging the membrane in the membrane tank of the sequencing batch reactor;
mechanically moving the submerged membrane, by the reciprocation apparatus, in a horizontal reciprocating motion with respect to the membrane tank while the membrane is submerged in the membrane tank, thereby shaking foulants from the membrane surface and reducing membrane fouling of the membrane;
returning activated sludge, using recirculation lines, from the membrane tank to an anoxic tank and an anaerobic tank of the sequencing batch reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,112,147

WATER COLLECTION HEADER, MEMBRANE MODULE UNIT, AND WATER TREATMENT METHOD

Mitsubishi Chemical Corpo...

1. A water collection header for collecting and extracting filtrate from a plurality of membrane modules, comprising:a plurality of cylinder portions each including a cylinder body formed in a cylindrical shape in which at least one end portion is opened and formed such that the end portions are sequentially connected to each other in a water-tight state,
wherein at least one cylinder portion of the plurality of cylinder portions includes a connection portion connected to the membrane module so that the filtrate flows from the membrane module,
wherein at least one cylinder portion of the plurality of cylinder portions includes a water intake portion capable of discharging the filtrate inside the cylinder body to the outside,
wherein an outer peripheral surface of a sliding area of the end portion of the cylinder body slides on an inner peripheral surface of a sliding area of the end portion of another adjacent cylinder body so that the cylinder body is connected to another adjacent cylinder body,
wherein at least one penetration hole is formed in the sliding area of the cylinder body having the outer peripheral surface of the end portion sliding on the inner peripheral surface of the end portion of another adjacent cylinder body, and
wherein the penetration hole communicates with the connection portion of the another adjacent cylinder body.

US Pat. No. 10,112,146

CARBON DIOXIDE CAPTURE SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A carbon dioxide capture system comprising:a carbon dioxide capturer configured to cause carbon dioxide contained in combustion exhaust gas to be absorbed in an absorbing liquid containing amine and to discharge the combustion exhaust gas as decarbonated combustion exhaust gas;
a first cleaning unit configured to capture the amine flowing together with the decarbonated combustion exhaust gas discharged from the carbon dioxide capturer into first cleaning liquid supplied at a first temperature higher than a temperature at an upper portion of the carbon dioxide capturer,
a second cleaning unit configured to capture the amine flowing together with the decarbonated combustion exhaust gas discharged from the first cleaning unit into second cleaning liquid supplied at a second temperature lower than the first temperature,
a heater configured to heat the first cleaning liquid to the first temperature and to discharge the first cleaning liquid to the first cleaning unit,
a stripper configured to cause the carbon dioxide to be released from the absorbing liquid supplied from the carbon dioxide capturer; and
a reboiler configured to heat the absorbing liquid within the stripper with a heating medium and to discharge the heating medium therefrom,
wherein the heater includes a heating medium supply line configured to supply the heating medium from the reboiler to the first cleaning unit, and to mix the heating medium with the first cleaning liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,112,145

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AEROSOL PRODUCTION DURING ABSORPTION IN AMMONIA DESULFURIZATION

Jiangnan Environmental Pr...

1. A method for controlling aerosol production during absorption of sulfur dioxide from a flue gas, the method comprising applying an ammonium salt gradient to the flue gas.

US Pat. No. 10,112,144

MODULE FOR SEPARATING NITROGEN WITH HOLLOW-FIBRE MEMBRANE

1. A module for separating nitrogen from air by means of hollow-fibre membranes, which comprises a bundle of hollow-fibre membranes for separating nitrogen from pressurized air (1) contained within an outer casing (2) provided at one end with at least one inlet hole (3) for a flow of pressurized air, at least one second intermediate hole (4) for outlet of the permeate gases, and a third hole (5) for outlet of the nitrogen that has been separated, said third hole (5) being set at the opposite end of the casing with respect to the inlet hole (3), wherein said bundle of fibres (1) forms a free space (5) comprised between the inlet hole (3) and a first end (6) of the bundle (1), said module comprising a deflector (8) communicating with the inlet hole (3, 20) and arranged for deflecting the flow of pressurized air within said space (5) along paths of flow (9) having a direction that is not directly incident on said first end of the bundle of fibres (1);wherein said deflector (8) comprises a base body provided in which are the inlet hole (3) and radial channels (11) that are perpendicular to one another and that communicate with said inlet hole (3);
wherein said base body is shaped like a disk (12) delimited laterally by a flange (13) and said channels (11) are provided in the form of circular sectors lowered with respect to the top surface (14) of the disk and extending between said inlet hole (3) and a peripheral circular channel (15) adjacent to the flange (13); and
wherein said sectors are closed at the top by a lid (16) that is removable from the base body.

US Pat. No. 10,112,142

METHOD OF ENHANCING REMOVAL OF GASEOUS CONTAMINANTS FROM A FEEDSTREAM IN A TREATMENT CHAMBER HAVING LIQUID MEDIUM

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. A method of removing a gaseous contaminant from a gaseous feedstream in a gas scrubber, the method comprising:(a) introducing the gaseous feedstream containing the gaseous contaminant into the gas scrubber through a gas inlet port, the gas scrubber having a treatment chamber which, at the time of entry of the gaseous feedstream into the gas scrubber, contains a liquid medium of either:
(i) a hydrogen sulfide or mercaptan scavenger; or
(ii) a blend comprising an absorbent having a density greater than the density of the gaseous contaminant and at least one hydroxy containing compound, wherein the at least one hydroxy containing compound comprises at least one glycol ether or C6-C18 alcohol and wherein the at least one hydroxy containing compound enhances the solubility of the gaseous contaminant in the absorbent;
(b) intermingling the gaseous feedstream with the liquid medium in the treatment chamber by filtering the gaseous feedstream through a distribution header and scrubbing the gaseous feedstream with the liquid medium while the gaseous feedstream is filtered through the distribution header;
and
(c) removing a treated gaseous product stream from the treatment chamber wherein the treated gaseous product stream is substantially free of the gaseous contaminant.

US Pat. No. 10,112,141

PURIFICATION COLUMN

1. A purification column in which a fluid is purified by flow through a purifying component, the purification column comprising:an annular wall defining a bore which, in use, contains the purifying component;
an inlet port opening to the bore, said inlet port comprising a first aperture through said annular wall, said inlet port being adjacent one end of the purification column;
an outlet port opening from the bore, said outlet port comprising a second aperture through said annular wall, said outlet port being adjacent the one end of the purification column;
a flow guidance device within said bore and removably connected to said inlet port and said outlet port so as to guide the fluid to the purifying component from said inlet port and so as to guide the fluid from the purifying component to said outlet port, the flow guidance device maintaining separation of the fluid flows to and from the purifying component; and
wherein said annular wall is an extruded body.

US Pat. No. 10,112,140

MODULAR CLEANER FOR AIRBORNE DUST WITH DETACHABLE BIN

1. A removable magazine assembly for filter cartridges comprisingan aperture plate defining a plurality of apertures,
a plurality of tubular filters hanging from the apertures, one per aperture,
a dirty gas distribution means supporting the aperture plate and positioned to distribute dirty gas laterally from a peripheral location with respect to the filters to locations between the filters, said dirty gas distribution means comprising a pair of parallel tunnels spaced apart from each other and nozzles to direct dirty gas from the tunnels to between the filters, and
four side walls attached to the dirty gas distribution means and extending in a direction normal to the aperture plate and peripherally to the plurality of tubular filters to form an open-bottomed box having a height sufficient to contain the tubular filters,
wherein each tunnel is defined by a tubular sidewall having opposite top and bottom walls, and outer and inner walls, and the top wall supports the aperture plate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,139

AIR FILTER MONITORING TAB

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a filter defining an enclosed open ended channel;
a housing positioned in the enclosed open ended channel;
a rod positioned at least partially within the housing; and
a membrane coupled to and extending between the housing and the rod, wherein the membrane is configured to move the rod from a first position to a second position when a force exerted on the membrane by a fluid exceeds a predetermined amount, and wherein the rod comprises a barb that extends radially-outward therefrom that prevents the rod from moving from the second position back to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,138

FILTRATION SEALING SYSTEM

CUMMINS FILTRATION IP, IN...

1. A method for filter element installation, comprising:positioning a filter element between a first housing section and a second housing section, the first housing section having a first housing section border therearound, the second housing section having a second housing section border therearound, the filter element including filter media and a filter element border extending from the filter media in an x-y plane;
mating the filter element with the first housing section and the second housing section at a mating interface between the filter element border and the first and second housing section borders, a first side of the filter element border engaging the first housing section border and a second, opposite side of the filter element border engaging the second housing section border,
one of the first side of the filter element border and the second side of the filter element border comprising one or more axial projections projecting in a z-direction that is perpendicular to the x-y plane, a circumferential surface of the filter element border comprising a radially extending recess in the x-y plane,
wherein one of the first housing section border and the second housing section border includes one or more axial recesses recessed in the z-direction and complementally receiving the one or more axial projections therein;
wherein one of the first housing section border and the second housing section border includes an inner housing surface complementary with the circumferential surface of the filter element border; and
wherein the filter element border is sealed along the mating interface, including being sealed at all of the one or more axial projections and all of the one or more axial recesses, and blocks fluid flow across the filter element border, including blocking fluid flow across the one or more axial projections and the one or more axial recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,112,137

MARINE ENGINE STRAINER ASSEMBLY

Indmar Products Company I...

1. A strainer assembly for a marine engine, the strainer assembly comprising:a housing having an upstream end, a downstream end and an internal cavity therebetween, the downstream end of the housing having a flush port and an outlet;
a strainer removably located inside the internal cavity of the housing;
a housing cover assembly removably secured to the upstream end of the housing, the housing cover assembly comprising a cover having an inlet adapted to introduce water into the internal cavity of the housing and a retainer for securing the position of the cover wherein said strainer may be removed from the internal cavity of the housing upon removal of the housing cover assembly;
a plug having a first portion adapted to fit inside the flush port and a second portion having external threads wherein said plug may be secured in place by a rotatable collar having internal threads adapted to engage the exterior threads of the second portion of the plug to close the flush port wherein said rotatable collar may be loosened and said plug removed from said flush port of said housing and an end of a garden hose secured to the flush port of the housing to flush the marine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,112,136

FLUID LUBRICANT AND MATERIAL SHAVINGS RECAPTURE SYSTEM FOR A CUTTING OPERATION

Enviro-Fab LLC, Kennewic...

1. A cutting fluid lubricant circulation system comprising:a catch basin positioned below a work piece for capturing cutting fluid and material remnants from said work piece, said catch basin having a drain;
a filter element within said drain, said filter element removing particles and debris from the cutting fluid as it drains from the catch basin into a drain block, thereby producing filtered cutting fluid;
a reservoir fluidically connected to said drain block for collecting said filtered cutting fluid, wherein filtered cutting fluid flows from said drain block through a hose into said reservoir which is below said catch basin; and
a fluid pump fluidically connected to said reservoir for evacuating said reservoir, said fluid pump pumping said filtered cutting fluid through a second filter element positioned at a reservoir fluid outlet to a hose to a valve to meter filtered cutting fluid onto said work piece.

US Pat. No. 10,112,135

FILTER ELEMENT AND ASSEMBLY WITH BYPASS REVERSE FLOW FILTER END CAP

PARKER-HANNIFIN CORPORATI...

1. A filter element that can be removably attached to a filter head comprising a filter media, and an end cap assembly at one end of the filter media and carried with the filter media whereby the end cap assembly will be removable with the filter media when the filter element is removed from the filter head; the end cap assembly including an end cap that includes an annular peripheral flange portion for engaging an end face of the filter media, and a central tubular portion forming with the filter media an interior fluid flow passage, the central tubular portion having an opening at an axial end thereof and an annular wall including at least one radial bypass flow passage for allowing fluid supplied to one side of the central tubular portion to bypass the filter element and flow to an opposite side of the central tubular portion; and a bypass flow valve axially movable within the central tubular portion between a closed position blocking flow from the radial bypass flow passage to the opening at the axial end of the central tubular portion during normal forward flow that flows from an inlet passage of the filter head to an outlet passage of the filter head and passes the filter media, and an open position permitting flow of fluid from the radial bypass flow passage to the opening at the axial end of the central tubular portion during bypass forward flow that flows from the inlet passage of the filter head to the outlet passage of the filter head and bypasses the filter media, and wherein the bypass flow valve is responsive to a prescribed pressure differential across the central tubular portion for moving the bypass flow valve from the closed position to the open position to permit flow through the bypass flow passage, the bypass flow valve has an opening bounded by an annular reverse flow valve seat that is integral with the bypass flow valve, and a reverse flow valve is carried by the end cap and movable between a closed position seated against the reverse flow valve seat for blocking the opening during reverse flow that flows from the outlet passage of the filter head to the inlet passage of the filter head and an open position spaced from the reverse flow valve seat for permitting flow of fluid through the opening during the normal forward flow and the bypass forward flow, wherein reverse flow that bypasses the filter media is enabled when the bypass flow valve is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,133

FILTER HOUSING WITH END CAP SEAL

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A filter assembly comprising:a filter element having a first end, a second end, an outer surface, and an inside passage;
a cap affixed to the first end, the cap having a cap perimeter configured to mate with an opening of a filter housing; and
a base seal disposed at the second end, the base seal having an outlet port in cooperative alignment with the inside passage, the base seal being configured to seal the outlet port to a housing outlet and the base seal being configured to seal a housing drain by covering the housing drain when the filter element is fully installed, the base seal including a lobed recessed area in the base seal configured to mate with the drain.

US Pat. No. 10,112,132

OIL ADDITIVE AND OIL FILTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A filter media for an oil filter, the filter media comprising:a hydrotalcite compound; and
a radical trapping agent having a melting point of 130° C. or higher,
wherein the hydrotalcite compound is a composition of the following formula
Mg8?xAlx(OH)y(CO3)z·mH2O,
wherein x is equal to or larger than 1 and equal to or smaller than 7,
y, z and m are positive rational numbers,
z is larger than y,
the radical trapping agent is 2,2?-methylenebis[6-(benzotriazole-2-yl)-4-tert-octyl phenol].

US Pat. No. 10,112,131

WASTE SCREENING APPARATUS

ESSA CORP., Gyeongju-si ...

1. A waste screening apparatus comprising:a main body disposed in a water flow channel in a water treatment plant, wherein the main body is vertically elongate and tilted;
a waste screener vertically and tiltedly disposed in the main body to screen wastes in input water and to allow waste-removed water to be discharged through water discharge holes of the main body, wherein the waste screener vertically circulates in a conveyor manner, wherein the input water is input to a front, rear and bottom of the waste screener;
a driver to move the waste screener using a roller chain thereof; and
a brusher disposed to substantially contact a surface of the waste screener to remove a waste from the waste screener,
wherein the main body includes:
left and right wing plates disposed at left and right front sides of the main body respectively, wherein the left and right wing plates are water-tightly coupled to left and right inner side walls of the water flow channel, respectively, to guide the input water to the waste screener;
left and right side walls having the water discharge holes defined therein respectively to allow waste-removed water to be discharged out from the waste screener therethrough;
a rear blocking wall disposed at a rear of the waste screener to be spaced from the waste screener; and
a waste-discharge port disposed at a top of the main body at a rear of the rear blocking wall to allow wastes filtered by the waste screener to be discharged out therethrough,
wherein the input water passes through front and rear portions of the waste screener with wastes being removed from the input water, and, then, is discharged out through the water discharge holes defined in the left and right side walls respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,112,130

SELF-SUPPORTING FOLDED SHEET MATERIAL, FILTER ELEMENTS, AND METHODS

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A pleated media pack for use in a filter element; the media pack comprising:(a) a section of filtration media folded into pleats; at least some of the pleats having a major pleat depth;
(b) the section of filtration media being configured into a tube defining an interior volume, first and second opposite ends; and an opening at the first end; the opening having an outer diameter;
(c) a ratio of the pleat depth to the opening outer diameter being greater than 0.2; and
(d) wherein at least some of the pleats at the first end are inverted an opposite direction of the rest of the pleat, along only a portion of the pleat length from the first end toward the second end, and each of the pleats at the second end have outer pleat tips extending fully to the second end and are not inverted.

US Pat. No. 10,112,129

MESH FILTER

ENPLAS CORPORATION, Sait...

1. A mesh filter for filtering out foreign matter in fluid, said mesh filter comprising:a discoid gate connection part;
a cylindrical outer cylinder surrounding the discoid gate connection part; and
a filter unit connecting an outer peripheral surface of the discoid gate connection part to an inner peripheral surface of the outer cylinder along a radial direction of the discoid gate connection part;
wherein the filter unit is formed along a virtual X-Y plane orthogonal to a central axis of the gate connection part,
wherein the filter unit except a connection portion connecting to the discoid gate connection part and a connection portion connecting to the outer cylinder includes a plurality of longitudinal ribs formed at regular intervals parallel to each other along the virtual X-Y plane, a plurality of transverse ribs formed at regular intervals parallel to each other along the X-Y plane, the plurality of transverse ribs crossing the plurality of longitudinal ribs, and a plurality of openings formed between the plurality of longitudinal ribs and the plurality of transverse ribs,
wherein the discoid gate connection part, the outer cylinder, and the filter unit are formed integrally to have a one-piece construction, rib widths of the longitudinal ribs and rib widths of the transverse ribs are constant, and shapes of the openings are identical, and
a length of the discoid gate connection part along a central axis of the discoid gate connection part is smaller than a length of the outer cylinder along a central axis of the outer cylinder, and the length of the discoid gate connection part is greater than a length of the filter unit along a central axis of the filter unit.

US Pat. No. 10,112,127

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FLOW VOLUME OF COAL/KEROSENE SLURRY, AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING UPGRADED BROWN COAL

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

1. A method for controlling the flow volume of coal/kerosene slurry in a solid-liquid separation process of supplying dehydrated coal/kerosene slurry to a decanter-type centrifugal separator and separating the coal/kerosene slurry into a solid fraction and a liquid fraction, comprising:deciding an opening degree target value on the basis of the difference between a torque target value and a value of a torque acting on a screw conveyer of the decanter-type centrifugal separator measured by a torque detection sensor;
adjusting the opening degree of a flow control valve to the opening degree target value, wherein the flow control valve is arranged in the middle of a supply line for supplying the coal/kerosene slurry into the decanter-type centrifugal separator;
driving the decanter-type centrifugal separator; and
adjusting the torque target value on the basis of the rotary torque detected by the torque detection sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,112,126

EXTRUSION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING SOIL FROM WATER

Southern Field Welding, L...

1. A method for separating soil from water, comprising the following steps:receiving soiled water into a settling tank;
diffusing the received soiled water into multiple transverse flows;
allowing soil to settle at a bottom of the settling tank;
sensing displacement of settled soil level above the bottom of the settling tank; and
extruding settled soil from the bottom of the settling tank responsive to sensing the settled soil level achieving a predetermined setpoint;
wherein the diffusing step further comprises converting a singular vertical flow into the multiple transverse flows by directing the singular vertical flow against a baffle suspended within the settling tank and by directing each of the multiple transverse flows through a port located above the baffle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,125

TREATMENT METHOD FOR USED ION EXCHANGE RESIN

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A treatment method for a used ion exchange resin, comprising:bringing a used ion exchange resin into contact with a reaction solution, the used ion exchange resin having an ion exchange group with at least a radionuclide or a heavy metal element adsorbed thereon, and the reaction solution containing an iron compound, hydrogen peroxide, and ozone;
separating at least a part of the reaction solution in contact with the used ion exchange resin from the used ion exchange resin; and
decomposing an organic component contained in the reaction solution separated from the used ion exchange resin.

US Pat. No. 10,112,124

POLY-GRAIN GRIND MATRIX OF RAW MATERIALS FOR USE WITH AN EXTRACTION COLUMN

1. A matrix, comprising:a raw material ground into particles of distinct varying sizes and packed into an extraction vessel;
wherein the particles of the raw material are ground to a range of pre-selected particle sizes allowing the particles to form an interlocking network as the particles nest against each other within the extraction vessel to lessen an interstitial spacing within the raw materials;
wherein the interlocking network allows for a hydraulic compression of the raw materials to obtain an extracted effluent from the compressed raw materials, such that the raw materials transfer mechanical wave energy oscillations throughout a dry portion of the raw materials.

US Pat. No. 10,112,122

DEVICE FOR PREPARING ALKANOL

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

1. A device, comprising:a distillation column provided with a condenser, a reboiler, a heat exchanger, and a divided wall,
wherein the distillation column is divided into a raw material feed region, a product outflow region, a column top region, and a column bottom region,
a raw material comprising a compound represented by the following Formula 1 flows into the raw material feed region, and the raw material flowing into the raw material feed region is separated into a product stream, a column bottom stream and a column top stream to flow out therefrom,
the column bottom stream flows out from the column bottom region, and some of the column bottom stream is refluxed to the distillation column through the reboiler,
the column top stream flows out from the column top region and passes through the condenser, and some of the column top stream passing through the condenser is refluxed to the distillation column,
the product stream flows out from the product outflow region, and
some or all of at least one stream selected from the column top stream, the bottom stream, and the product stream exchanges heat while passing through the heat exchanger:
R—OH  [Formula 1]
wherein R represents an alkyl group, and
wherein the column top stream has a reflux ratio of 5 to 70.

US Pat. No. 10,112,121

TOY ASSEMBLY THAT CONVERTS BETWEEN A SPHERICAL SHAPE AND A FLYING DISC SHAPE

1. A toy assembly that is configurable between a ball shape and a disc shape, said toy assembly comprising:a first hub;
a first plurality of flaps radially extending from said first hub, wherein said first plurality of flaps are coupled to said first hub with a first set of hinge connections, and wherein said first plurality of flaps has a first set of hook structures formed thereon;
a second hub;
a second plurality of flaps radially extending from said second hub, wherein said second plurality of flaps are coupled to said second hub with a second set of hinge connections, and wherein said second plurality of flaps has a second set of hook structures formed thereon;
a resilient ring that is engaged by both said first set of hook structures and said second set of hook structures, wherein said resilient ring joins said first plurality of flaps to said second plurality of flaps and biases said first plurality of flaps and said second plurality of flaps into said ball shape where said first plurality of flaps partially overlaps said second plurality of flaps, and wherein said first plurality of flaps are joined to said second plurality of flaps only by said resilient ring; and
a temporary connector coupled to said first hub and said second hub that temporarily interconnects said first hub and said second hub for a period of time after said first hub and said second hub are pressed together.

US Pat. No. 10,112,120

MODULAR TOY PLAY SETS

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. A toy play system, comprising:a first toy play set having a first base, the first base includes opposed upper and lower sides and a first side disposed between the upper and lower sides, the upper side includes at least one play feature, the lower side being a single unitary piece and a plurality of protrusions extends from the lower side; and
a base connector having at least two apertures, at least a first aperture of the at least two apertures receives a protrusion of the plurality of protrusions, and at least a second aperture of the at least two apertures receives a protrusion of a second toy play set having a second side, wherein the first side contacts the second side when the at least a first aperture receives the protrusion of the plurality of protrusions and the at least a second aperture receives the protrusion of the second toy play set.

US Pat. No. 10,112,118

RIDE SYSTEM

TAIT TOWERS MANUFACTURING...

1. A ride system comprising:a ride vehicle, the ride vehicle being operable to support a ride patron during a ride event during which the ride vehicle travels along an event path located within a volume;
a display arrangement for displaying a viewing script to the ride patron during a ride event, the viewing script having displayed content portions that are displayed for viewing by the ride patron, wherein, at a given reference instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path when the orientation of the head of the ride patron relative to the ride vehicle is at a first given sight orientation, a first group of these displayed content portions are displayed within the instantaneous field of vision of the ride patron for viewing by the ride patron, and, at a second instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path when the orientation of the head of the ride patron relative to the ride vehicle is at a second sight orientation different than the first given sight orientation, a second group of these displayed content portions are displayed within the instantaneous field of vision of the ride patron for viewing by the ride patron;
a motive force assembly operatively connected to the ride vehicle, the motive force assembly being operable to provide at least one input of motive force to the ride vehicle that causes the ride vehicle to be propelled along at least one portion of the event path;
a device for detecting the status of a monitored property that varies in correspondence with a change in the orientation of the head of the ride patron relative to the ride vehicle; the status detecting device being operatively associated with the ride vehicle, the status detecting device having an initial orientation relative to the ride vehicle at the given reference instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path such that the status detecting device detects an initial status of the monitored property, and the status detecting device either being in the initial orientation relative to the ride vehicle at the second instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path or being at a variance from the initial orientation relative to the ride vehicle at the second instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path, and the orientations of the status detecting device at the first given instance and at the second instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path being taken into account in connection with displaying the viewing script viewed by the ride patron during the ride event such that the first group of the displayed content portions of the viewing script are displayed within the instantaneous field of vision of the ride patron for viewing by the ride patron at the first given instance and the second group of the displayed content portions of the viewing script are displayed within the instantaneous field of vision of the ride patron for viewing by the ride patron at the second instance.

US Pat. No. 10,112,117

STORAGE MEDIUM, INFORMATION-PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION-PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOVEMENT OF GAME CHARACTERS

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A non-transitory storage medium storing a program for enabling a player to play a game in which characters including at least a player character operated by the player are moved on a map including cells displayed on a display unit, and for causing a computer to execute a process, the process comprising:identifying, for each of the characters, a movement amount, based on which each of the characters is moved on the map, the movement amount being randomly determined;
moving each of the characters, on the map based on a movement amount determined for each of the characters; and
executing a mini-game on detecting that a first character included in the characters has reached a predetermined first cell on the map, wherein:
the step of moving each of the characters comprises moving the player character on the map based on an input operation performed by the player and a movement amount determined for the player character; and
the step of executing a mini-game comprises:
starting the mini-game, the first character joining the mini-game from the start of the mini-game; and
causing a second character included in the characters to join the mini-game subsequent to the first character with a delay, the second character having failed to reach the first cell as of the start of the mini-game.

US Pat. No. 10,112,116

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DATA COLLECTION USING LARGE-SCALE INTERACTIVE USER RESPONSE

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a processor, a software application for sports player data collection,
receiving, by the processor, user input from a user, wherein the user input relates to a characteristic of a player depicted in a sports broadcast, and
sending, by the processor, the user input to an analysis apparatus,
wherein the analysis apparatus analyzes the user input in combination with a plurality of other user inputs to determine a best guess of the characteristic of the player in a frame, and
wherein the analyzing comprises determining a weighted average of the plurality of inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,112,115

GAMECASTING TECHNIQUES

NVIDIA CORPORATION, Sant...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:executing, on a computer device comprising a first display, an application program to generate video frames of game content;
causing the video frames to be displayed on the first display at a first frame rate;
compositing, at the computer device, at least one graphical user interface (GUI) element with the video frames to generate composited frames at a second frame rate;
causing the composited frames to be displayed on a second display coupled to a display interface of the computer device by transmitting the composited frames to the second display via the display interface of the computer device;
determining that the first frame rate is less than a threshold frame rate; and
in response to determining that the first frame rate is less than the threshold frame rate, decreasing the second frame rate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,113

PERSONALIZED DATA DRIVEN GAME TRAINING SYSTEM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:detecting, by a computer system, an interest of a video game player in assistance with interacting with a context of a video game;
determining, by the computer system, an experience level of the video game player in playing the video game and an interaction of the video game player with the context;
selecting, by the computer system, an action for the assistance from potential actions, the action selected based on predicted outcomes of performing the potential actions given the experience level of the video game player, the potential actions and the predicted outcomes derived based on inputting data about the context, the experience level, and the interaction to an artificial intelligence (AI) model, the AI model trained based on historical interactions with the context of other video game players of different experience levels, and the action selected based on a predicted outcome for the action indicating that the AI model predicts a higher likelihood of success for the action relative to other actions from the potential actions; and
causing, by the computer system, a presentation about the action in response to detecting that the video game player needs the assistance.

US Pat. No. 10,112,112

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INDICATING POSITIONS OF SELECTED SYMBOLS IN A TARGET SEQUENCE

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, from a player of an online game, a first selected sequence of symbols in a first game portion to be played in a first game move in the online game, the first game portion comprising display of one or more symbols, at respective display positions, for selection by the player;
in an automated operation using one more processors, identifying a first shared symbol present in both the first selected sequence and a target sequence obscured from display in a second game portion; and
responsive to the identifying:
changing the second game portion to concurrently reveal the first shared symbol at a first position in the target sequence while maintaining respective obscured display of each remaining symbol of the target sequence; and
presenting, in the first game portion, an animation that gradually removes the first shared symbol from the first game portion and shifts a particular symbol from its current display position to the respective display position occupied by the first shared symbol.

US Pat. No. 10,112,111

SPECTATOR VIEW PERSPECTIVES IN VR ENVIRONMENTS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for processing virtual reality content for viewing by spectators, comprising,receiving, at a server, a virtual reality stream associated with interaction by a head mounted display (HMD) player wearing an HMD, the HMD player is configured to navigate a virtual reality environment, and the navigation of the virtual reality environment produces the virtual reality stream having an HMD player view;
receiving, at the server, a request via a device of a spectator to view the virtual reality stream via an HMD of the spectator;
sending, by the server, a feed of the virtual reality stream to the device of the spectator, the feed of the virtual reality stream providing an HMD spectator view into the virtual reality environment that is enabled to be a same view and distinct views relative to the HMD player view;
receiving, by the server, position information of the HMD of the spectator;
processing, by the server,
an up-scaling of a portion of the virtual reality environment when the position indicates that the HMD of the spectator has moved closer to content in the virtual reality environment;
a down-scaling of the portion of the virtual reality environment when the position indicates that the HMD of the spectator has moved further from content in the virtual reality environment.

US Pat. No. 10,112,110

INITIATING A GAME SESSION WITH BROADCAST SUBSCRIBERS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:a game server, the game server programmed to perform operations comprising:
serving video game content for an online game to a plurality of game clients;
receiving from a game client a request to invite one or more subscribers to a content stream of the online game to participate in a game session; and
transmitting a request for subscribers to participate in a session of the online game, the request for subscribers comprising a game identifier identifying a game, a game session identifier identifying a game session, and information identifying characteristics of subscribers; and
a broadcast streaming server, the broadcast streaming server programmed to perform operations comprising:
serving a content stream of the online game to a plurality of streaming server clients;
receiving the request for subscribers to participate in a session of the online game;
determining a subscriber who is authorized to participate in the game session based at least in part on the game identifier and the identified characteristics;
transmitting to a user node having a streaming server client executing thereon associated with the subscriber who is authorized to participate in the game session, instructions to provide notice of the request for subscribers to participate in the game session;
receiving from the streaming server client associated with the subscriber who is authorized to participate in the game session a request to join the game session;
transmitting to the game server a request to join the game session, the request to join the game session comprising information identifying the subscriber who is authorized to participate in the game session;
determining instructions for launching a game client at the user node and for accessing the game session using the game client; and
transmitting to the user node the game session identifier identifying the game session and the determined instructions for launching a game client at the user node and for accessing the game session using the game client.

US Pat. No. 10,112,109

SHARED MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE INCLUDING USER INPUT

1. A multimedia distribution method comprising:providing multimedia content to a plurality of network clients via a multimedia network;
accessing user profiles corresponding to at least some of the network clients;
identifying, from collaboration group information included in at least some of the user profiles, a plurality of collaboration groups, including a first collaboration group and a second collaboration group, and a plurality of members of each of the collaboration groups;
sending a question pertaining to the multimedia content to each of the collaboration groups;
receiving responses to the question, wherein each of the responses includes a timestamp indicative of when the response was generated and a proposed answer to the question wherein the responses include a first response from the first collaboration group and a second response from the second collaboration group wherein the first response includes a first proposed answer to the question and the second response includes a second proposed answer to the question;
modifying the multimedia content provided to the first collaboration group to include the second proposed answer and modifying the multimedia content provided to the second collaboration group to include the proposed answer;
evaluating the first proposed and the second proposed answer to the question; and
determining, based on the timestamps and the evaluating of the first proposed answer and the second proposed answer, a winning response for each of the collaboration groups.

US Pat. No. 10,112,108

CONTENT-RELATED INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE E...

1. A content-related information display system, comprising:a first apparatus including:
a first memory that stores content;
a first processor that outputs a drawing command for displaying the content on a first display, and generates progress status information which is related to a progress status of the content;
the first display that displays the content; and
a first interface that transmits the progress status information; and
a second apparatus including:
a second interface that receives the progress status information transmitted by the first interface of the first apparatus;
a second memory that stores content-related information which is related to the content;
a second processor that specifies the content-related information to be displayed on a second display, the content-related information being specified according to the progress status information received by the second interface and generated by the first processor; and
the second display that displays the content-related information,
wherein more detailed information is displayed on the second display than on the first display,
the content-related information is preset in the second memory,
the first display is not configured to display the content-related information, and
the first processor generates the progress status information and the second processor specifies the content-related information in response to at least one of a predetermined condition being satisfied in relation to the progress status of the content or a specific operation being received by the first processor in relation to the progress status of the content.

US Pat. No. 10,112,107

IDENTIFICATION APPARATUS

1. An identification apparatus for reading an ID of an identification object, comprising:a sensor face in which a plurality of sensor electrodes serving for detecting a change of electrostatic capacitance, and a ground portion provided separately from the sensor electrodes are provided on one and the same plane; wherein:
a conductive portion or conductive portions formed in the identification object is configured so that when the identification object is placed on the sensor face, the conductive portion or the conductive portions can electrically connect a corresponding one or corresponding ones of the sensor electrodes with the ground portion; and
a change of electrostatic capacitance occurring when the corresponding sensor electrode or electrodes are electrically connected with the ground portion is detected so that the ID of the identification object can be identified.

US Pat. No. 10,112,106

GAMING KIT FOR USE WITH ROLLING TARGET TOSSING GAME

1. A gaming kit for use by at least two players for playing a tossing and rolling game on a gaming surface, the gaming kit comprising:a. at least one target zone marker configured to be placed on the gaming surface, wherein each of the at least one target zone markers is further configured to identify a target zone area on the gaming surface;
b. one rolling piece comprising at least six side face surfaces, wherein each of the at least one rolling pieces is configured to be rolled across the gaming surface toward the target zone markers and come to rest at a resting point on the gaming surface relative to one of the at least one target zone markers; and
c. at least one tossing piece configured to be tossed toward one of the rolling pieces on the gaming surface, wherein each of the at least one tossing piece is configured to land at one of a plurality of landing positions relative to the at least one rolling piece,
wherein at least a portion of the side face surfaces of each of the at least one rolling pieces comprises a recessed portion configured to act as a compartment for receiving the at least one tossing piece.

US Pat. No. 10,112,105

TABLE GAME SYSTEM

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

1. A table game system comprising:shuffled playing cards composed of playing cards made up of a plurality of number of decks shuffled to have a unique arrangement order, a uniquely identifiable shuffled card ID being attached to the shuffled playing cards as an ID code;
a card shoe apparatus that houses the shuffled playing cards in a card housing unit such that the said shuffled playing cards can be manually dealt one by one onto a game table and reads from the card a code printed on the card concerning the rank thereof via a card reading unit;
a barcode reader or an input means for information that identifies the shuffled card ID capable of identifying the shuffled card ID, and
a control unit that includes a memory for storing a plurality of association tables or a plurality of databases, each of which makes it possible to obtain the rank of each card based on the code of each card,
wherein each association table or database is recorded in association with the shuffled card ID, and one of the plurality of association tables or databases is identified by identifying the shuffled card ID, and based on the association table or database identified, the card reading unit reads the code when each card is drawn from the card housing unit and the rank of the card is identified based on that code.

US Pat. No. 10,112,104

SNOWSHOE WITH MULTI-DENSITY FOAM DECK

Cresent Moon Snowshoes, I...

1. A snowshoe comprising:a deck for providing floatation in snow, said deck having a front portion adjacent a front end of said deck, a back portion adjacent a back end of said deck, and a middle portion between said front portion and said back portion; and
a binding for attaching the deck to a user's footwear;
wherein said deck has a multi-density foam construction including a first layer having a first density and a second layer having a second density different than said first density, and said deck has thickness that is greater in said middle portion than in said front and back portions, said deck having a bottom surface that is continuously curved from said front end to said back end, said bottom surface having a first nonzero curvature at said front portion, a second nonzero curvature at said back portion, and a third nonzero curvature at said middle portion, wherein the third curvature is less than the first and second curvatures.

US Pat. No. 10,112,103

SPLITBOARD JOINING DEVICE

1. A splitboard joining device comprising:a first attachment configured to attach to a first ski of a splitboard;
a second attachment configured to attach to a second ski of a splitboard;
wherein the first attachment and the second attachment comprise a first configuration where the first attachment and the second attachment are joined, thereby creating tension between the first attachment and the second attachment and compression between the first ski and the second ski;
wherein the first attachment and the second attachment comprise a second configuration where the first attachment and the second attachment are disengaged, thereby reducing tension between the first attachment and the second attachment, and reducing compression between the first ski and second ski;
wherein the first attachment and the second attachment comprise a third configuration where the first attachment and the second attachment are fully disengaged such that the first ski and the second ski can be separated for use in tour mode;
wherein the first attachment and the second attachment can only move to the third configuration from the second configuration, and wherein to move from the second configuration to the third configuration the first attachment is configured to move away from the second attachment in a direction generally parallel to the seam of the splitboard and in a direction generally in plane with the top of the first ski and the top of the second ski;
wherein the first attachment comprises a tensioning element movable in a plane generally parallel to the top of the first ski and second ski, and wherein the second attachment comprises a receiving element configured to engage the tensioning element of the first attachment wherein the receiving element is also configured to extend generally perpendicular to a tensioning direction and offset from a mounting position of the second attachment of the second ski;
wherein the tensioning element is movable between a first position and a second position, and wherein the first attachment and the second attachment are configured such that when the tensioning element is in the first position and engaged with the receiving element of the second attachment, the first attachment and second attachment are in the first configuration;
wherein the first attachment and the second attachment are configured such that when the tensioning element is in the second position and has reduced engagement with the receiving element of the second attachment, the first attachment and second attachment are in the second configuration;
wherein the splitboard joining device further comprises an adjustable tension element configured to adjustably control the tension between the first attachment and the second attachment and configured to adjustably control the compression between the first and second skis when coupled, when the first attachment and second attachment are in the first configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,112,102

SYSTEM FOR ENERGY ON-SITE COLLECTION AND MEASUREMENT FEEDBACK

Xiao Hu, Shenzhen, Guang...

1. A system for energy collection and measurement, comprising:a plurality of fitness apparatuses, each apparatus producing mechanical energy,
a plurality of generators, each connected to a respective fitness apparatus such that operation of the respective fitness apparatus induces the respective generator to produce electrical energy corresponding to the produced mechanical energy,
a plurality of changeable energy storage accumulators connected with respective generators so as to selectively store electrical energy produced and include alarm systems providing a full-power alarm when a changeable energy storage accumulator is fully charged to indicate readiness for replacement,
a plurality of power meters with display screens, each power meter connected between a respective generator and accumulator, to respectively measure and display an equivalent currency amount of the electrical energy produced,
a plurality of two-step bank card readers, each connected with a respective power meter so as to first register an individual user and then, after an initial interval of at least five minutes, read and update data of a bank card associated with the individual user of a respective fitness apparatus and with the respective generator so as to sum a new equivalent currency amount to an existing currency balance of the individual user proportionate to an amount of electrical power produced by the respective generator during the individual's operation of the fitness apparatus at following intervals of one minute,
chargeable light-emitting devices connected with the energy storage accumulators and switches controlling the operating state of each light emitting device,
a data processing host in communication with all of the bank card readers, light-emitting devices, and power meters at an exercise site such that data of all of the power meters is transmitted to the data processing host and summarized and the data processing host can change passwords and inquire about power storage capacity of a given user and a corresponding currency amount thereof and wherein the electrical power produced is directed to charge the chargeable light-emitting devices until the light-emitting devices are fully charged and is then directed to charge the accumulators, and
a keyboard connected with the data processing host.

US Pat. No. 10,112,101

INFORMATION-PRESENTATION STRUCTURE WITH IMPACT-SENSITIVE COLOR CHANGE AND SOUND GENERATION

1. An information-presentation (“IP”) structure comprising:an object-impact (“OI”) structure having an exposed surface for being impacted by an object during an activity, the OI structure comprising a variable-color (“VC”) region which extends to the exposed surface at a surface zone and normally appears along it largely as a principal color during the activity, an impact-dependent (“ID”) portion of the VC region responding to the object impacting the surface zone at an ID object-contact (“OC”) area spanning where the object contacts the surface zone by temporarily appearing along an ID print area of the surface zone largely as changed color materially different from the principal color if the impact meets threshold impact criteria, the print area at least partly encompassing, at least mostly outwardly conforming largely to, and being largely concentric with the OC area; and
sound-generating apparatus for selectively generating a specified audible sound in response to the object impacting the OC area so as to meet the threshold impact criteria, the specified sound being separate from any audible sound originating at the OC area due physically to the impact.

US Pat. No. 10,112,100

COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHODS AND SYSTEMS ENABLING FAN PARTICIPATION IN CALLING PLAYS AT SPORTING AND OTHER EVENTS

Your Call Technology, LLC...

1. A computerized method of determining a score for a user of a gaming platform such that the score reflects the user's success rate in calling plays in a sporting event, the method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, a user profile, the user profile corresponding to a user registered to vote in a real-time game, the user profile comprising a user vote performance score;
initiating, by the computing device, a sequence of states in response to a start of a play during the real-time event, the sequence of states comprising:
a poll creation state, the poll creation state comprising receiving, by the computing device, a set of plays from a coordinator computing device at a time corresponding to a time prior to an execution of a play in the real-time event,
a first notification state, the first notification state comprising sending, by the computing device, the set of plays to a registered user computing device and the coordinator computing device in a format such that the sets of plays automatically displays on the registered user computing device and the coordinator computing device,
a coordinator pick state, the coordinator pick state comprising receiving, by the computing device, a coordinator pick from the coordinator computing device, the coordinator pick corresponding to one play from the set of plays,
a fan voting state, the fan voting state comprising receiving, by the computing device, a fan vote from the registered user computing device, the fan vote corresponding to one play from the set of plays,
a second notification state, the second notification state comprising sending, by the computing device, a winning play to the registered user computing device and the coordinator computing device, the winning play based on results of the vote, and
a play in action state, the play in action state comprising receiving, by the computing device, an on-field result associated with a real-time play based on the winning play from an administrator computing device;
calculating, by the computing device, a field score associated with the real-time play, the field score comprising points allocated based on at least one event associated with the on-field result during the real-time play, the field score comprising a positive value when the on-field result comprises a good result and a negative value when the on-field result comprises a bad result; and
updating, by the computing device, a user vote performance score, the user vote performance score associated with points awarded based on the fan vote and at least one of the coordinator pick, the winning play, and the field score.

US Pat. No. 10,112,099

PUTTING TRAINING APPARATUS

1. A putting training apparatus comprising:an elongated planar member including:
a bottom surface;
an top surface; and
an aperture;
wherein said aperture extends from and through said top surface to and through said bottom surface;
wherein said elongated planar member planar member is adapted to lie over a ground surface with said bottom surface in contact with said ground surface;
a putting cup;
wherein said putting cup is installed within said aperture and is adapted to receive a golf ball;
a golf ball;
a golf ball positioning mark;
wherein said golf ball positioning mark is imprinted upon said top surface of the planar member;
a first line;
wherein said first line extends linearly from said golf ball positioning mark to said putting cup forming a putting line; and
wherein said first line includes at least one ball positioning mark imprinted along said putting line;
at least one elongated guiding line;
wherein said at least one elongated guiding line is imprinted linearly upon said top surface of said planar member parallel to said putting line and adjacent to said golf ball positioning mark;
a dome member;
wherein said dome member is adapted to be installed upon said putting cup and adapted to make a sound when said golf ball is received within said putting cup;
a putter member including:
a crown portion;
wherein said crown portion includes a line drawn thereon adapted to be visible by a golfer when in use, such that said line is adapted to be placed substantially parallel to said guiding line when said putter member is properly aligned with said putter line; and
an elongated and thin guiding member including:
a head portion; and
a body portion;
wherein said guiding member is removably coupled to said crown portion of said putter member via said body portion, and said head portion is adapted to point towards said at least one elongated guiding line;
wherein said guiding member is adapted to serve as a visual aid to orient said putter member along said putting line and stroking said golf ball along said guiding line.

US Pat. No. 10,112,098

BICYCLE TRAINER

Tacx roerend en onroerend...

1. A bicycle trainer for removably loading a bicycle with at least a back wheel, where the bicycle trainer comprises a floorstanding frame with a wheel supporting roller at a rear end and a fork supporting unit at a front end, wherein the fork supporting unit is pivotally supported by the floorstanding frame enabling the fork supporting unit to move back-and-forth, characterized in that the fork supporting unit and the floorstanding frame connect to each other with a hinge enabling back-and-forth movement of the fork supporting unit in a longitudinal direction of the floorstanding frame, wherein the fork supporting unit is spring-loaded with a spring at or near the hinge to provide the fork supporting unit with a preferential upright position at right angles with the floorstanding frame such that whenever the bicycle is moved forward or backward, said bicycle is biased by said spring to return to an average position on the bicycle trainer wherein the fork support unit is at right angles with the floorstanding frame.

US Pat. No. 10,112,096

HOCKEY TRAINING DEVICE

Steven Taylor, Toronto, ...

1. A hockey training device comprising:a connector assembly adapted to engage a blade of a hockey stick; and
a puck holding assembly;
a hinge provided between the connector assembly and the puck holding assembly; wherein the hinge permits the puck holding assembly and the connector assembly to pivot relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,112,095

SPORTS TRAINING DEVICE

Mr. Assist LLC, Westwood...

1. A sports training device, comprising:a circular main housing having opposed top and bottom surfaces each having a plurality of bosses formed thereon,
a channel formed within an intermediate housing section of the main housing and extending therethrough,
a fastening mechanism seated within the channel and secured to the main housing by a fastener, wherein the fastener mechanism includes a first fastener part and a separate and independent second fastener part, wherein the first fastener part and the second fastener part can be coupled together, and
a cord element having a first end portion mounted between the first fastener part and the second fastener part and being mechanically retained therebetween, wherein the cord element extends outwardly from the channel,
wherein the first fastener part comprises a main body having
a first end that includes a first skirt portion and an opposed second end that has a second skirt portion that forms a lip portion, wherein the lip portion projects in a direction opposite to a projection direction of first skirt portion, and
one or more cut-out portion that forms an outwardly projecting tab, and
wherein the second fastener part comprises a main body having
a first end that includes a first skirt portion and an opposed second end that has a skirt portion that forms a lip, wherein the lip portion projects in a direction opposite to a projection direction of the first skirt portion, and
one or more cut-out portions that form a pair of outwardly projecting tabs that are axially spaced apart along the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,112,094

SOCCER TRAINING ARENA

1. A soccer training facility for use by a soccer player, comprising:an upstanding wall extending substantially around a training space positioned on a support surface;
said wall having an upper end, a lower end, an inner side and an outer side;
said wall further including:
(a) an elongated, horizontally disposed base plate positioned at said lower end of said wall and supported on the support surface; and
(b) an elongated, horizontally disposed top plate positioned at said upper end of said wall;
a plurality of horizontally spaced-apart recessed openings formed in said lower end of said wall;
each of said plurality of recessed openings having a generally rectangular-shape and having a lower end, an upper end, a first end and a second end; and further including
a pair of vertically disposed studs, each having a lower end and an upper end, and a pair of elongated, horizontal upper and lower support members, each respectively disposed between said lower and upper ends of said pair of vertically disposed studs;
wherein said lower end of each said pair of studs including:
a plurality of spring mounts;
a plurality of connector elements, each having an inner end and an outer end, movably positioned within a corresponding spring mount of the plurality of spring mounts with said outer end connected to the respective spring mount, the plurality of connector elements movable between an inner position and an outer position with respect to a respective spring mount;
a plurality of springs associated with said plurality of spring mounts and plurality of connector elements, each spring of the plurality of springs, yieldably urging the respective connector element to said inner position;
a pivotable, generally rectangular-shaped training target positioned in each of said plurality of recessed openings;
each of said plurality of training targets having an inner side, an outer side, a lower end, an upper end, a first end and a second end;
said inner end of each of the connector elements being secured to said first and second ends and upper and lower ends of each of said plurality of training targets;
wherein each of said plurality of training targets is movable with respect to each respective recessed opening between an outer position and an inner position;
wherein each spring of the respective plurality of springs, yieldably maintains the respective training target in said inner position;
each of said plurality of training targets being moved from said respective inner position to said respective outer position upon said respective inner sides thereof being struck by a soccer ball;
each of said plurality of target openings further including a light assembly associated therewith; each of said light assemblies including:
(a) a support frame secured within said recessed opening formed within said wall;
(b) an illumination means having an upper light member, a first side light member and a second side light member, wherein said illumination means is secured to said support frame and extends around a perimeter of each of said plurality of training targets; and
wherein said light assemblies illuminating said plurality of training targets when activated.

US Pat. No. 10,112,092

PIVOTING SOCCER GOAL AND GAME

1. A soccer goal comprising:a. an upright frame having a horizontally disposed bottom member, said member having a left end, a right end, an upstanding left arm connected to said left end of said horizontally disposed bottom member and an upstanding right arm connected to said right end of said horizontally disposed bottom member and a net fastened to said frame;
b. a base connected to a center portion of said horizontally disposed bottom member;
c. a turntable connected to said base and said turntable further comprising an upper turntable member connected to a lower turntable member;
d. a mat placed on the ground about said soccer goal and connected to said lower turntable member whereby said soccer goal rotates when subjected to forces such as a kicked soccer ball and a soccer ball can enter said net regardless of the direction from which said soccer ball approaches said soccer goal; and
e. a skirt detachably connected to a perimeter of said mat whereby said skirt provides a shallow low angle from the ground to the mat, whereby travel of the soccer ball into the soccer goal is facilitated.

US Pat. No. 10,112,089

LACROSSE HEAD POCKET AND RELATED METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Warrior Sports, Inc., Wa...

1. A lacrosse pocket comprising:a pocket longitudinal axis;
an upper pocket portion adapted to connect to a lacrosse head scoop;
a lower pocket portion adapted to connect to a lacrosse head base;
a middle pocket portion located between the upper pocket portion and the lower pocket portion;
a unitary textile material extending from the upper pocket portion to the lower pocket portion, the unitary textile material constructed from a plurality of strands,
wherein the unitary textile material includes a first layer and a second layer, one above the other, and each of the first layer and the second layer integrally formed in the unitary textile material, the first layer and second layer collectively forming a first tube having an open space between the first layer and the second layer,
wherein the first layer includes a first interior facing surface and the second layer includes a second interior facing surface,
wherein the first interior facing surface is disposed above the second interior facing surface and configured to randomly contact the second interior facing surface in regions where the first tube is collapsed.

US Pat. No. 10,112,088

GOLF FLAG MARKER

1. An attachment for a golf flag stick comprising:a hub constructed of a flexible resilient material, said hub having a central opening dimensioned to receive and resiliently grip the golf flag, said hub having a first slot communicating with the central opening,
a plurality of spokes, each spoke having an inner end attached to said hub, said spokes extending substantially radially outwardly from said hub and engaging, at outer ends, to a ring constructed of a flexible resilient material and surrounding said hub, a second slot in said ring communicating an exterior of said ring with said hub,
a subset pair of said plurality of spokes located on opposite sides of each of said first and second slots; and
separating said subset pair of spokes causing flexing of both said hub and ring for facilitating passage of the golf stick between the exterior of said ring and the central opening of said hub and/or for reposition-ably adjusting said hub at locations along the flag stick.

US Pat. No. 10,112,087

GRIP AND METHOD OF MAKING A GRIP

1. A grip configured to be grasped by a user, said grip comprising:a tube having a body with a first end, a second end including a cover, a support surface positioned between said first and second ends and at least one raised portion extending outwards from said support surface and integrally formed with said support surface, said second end including a second end portion integrally formed with said support surface and extending radially outwards from said support surface, said second end portion extending from said cover at least about one half inch toward said first end around the circumference of said tube;
said at least one raised portion including an exposed surface, said at least one raised portion extending to an elliptical-like point positioned within one-third of the length of said tube from said first end, said second end portion and said at least one raised portion separated by said support surface;
a gripping member wrapped about and contacting said support surface and not said exposed surface of said at least one raised portion; and
wherein an outer surface of said gripping member and said exposed surface of said at least one raised portion cooperate to define a gripping surface positioned to be gripped by a user and wherein said outer surface of said gripping member and said second end portion extend substantially the same distance from said support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,086

ASCENDING WEIGHT IRON SHAFT SYSTEM

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A plurality of starting stocks for manufacturing shafts of a system of golf clubs, comprising:a plurality of first starting stocks having a first average outer diameter, a first average inner diameter, a first average cross-sectional area, and first average weight-to-length ratio;
a plurality of second starting stocks having a second average outer diameter, a second average inner diameter, a second average cross-sectional area, and a second average weight-to-length ratio, wherein the second average weight-to-length ratio is greater than the first average weight-to-length ratio;
wherein one of the plurality of first starting stocks is configured to be cut to a first length, resulting in a first shaft having a first weight, the first shaft being assembled to a first club head with a first loft angle to make a first golf club in a particular stiffness class;
wherein one of the plurality of second starting stocks is configured to be cut to a second length, resulting in a second shaft having a second weight, the second shaft being assembled to a second club head with a second loft angle to make a second golf club in the same stiffness class as the first golf club, wherein the second weight is greater than the first weight, the second length is less than the first length, and the second loft is greater than the first loft;
wherein one of the plurality of first starting stocks is configured to be cut to a third length, resulting in a third shaft having a third weight, the third shaft being assembled to a third club head with a third loft angle to make a third golf club in a smaller stiffness class than the first golf club, wherein the third weight is less than the first weight, the third length is less than the first length and the third loft is greater than the first loft;
wherein one of the plurality of second starting stocks is configured to be cut to a fourth length, resulting in a fourth shaft having a fourth weight, the fourth shaft being assembled to a fourth club head with a fourth loft angle to make a fourth golf club in a smaller stiffness class than the second golf club, wherein the fourth weight is less than the second weight, the fourth length is less than the second length and the fourth loft is greater than the first loft;
wherein one of the plurality of first starting stocks is configured to be cut to a fifth length, resulting in a fifth shaft having a fifth weight, the fifth shaft may be assembled to a fifth club head with a fifth loft angle to make a fifth golf club in a greater stiffness class than the first golf club, wherein the fifth weight is greater than the first weight, the fifth length is greater than the first length and the fifth loft is less than the first loft;
wherein one of the plurality of second starting stocks is configured to be cut to a sixth length, resulting in a sixth shaft having a sixth weight, the sixth shaft may be assembled to a sixth club head with a sixth loft angle to make a sixth golf club in a greater stiffness class than the second golf club, wherein the sixth weight is greater than the second weight, the sixth length is greater than the second length, and the sixth loft is less than the first loft.

US Pat. No. 10,112,085

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH REPOSITIONABLE WEIGHT

Taylor Made Golf Company,...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a body having a sole, a crown, a face at a forward end of the body, and a ribbon extending between the crown and the sole;
a channel being formed in or attached to the ribbon of the body, the channel having a length, the channel having two spaced apart channel walls and a bottom formed by an outer surface of the body;
at least one weight and weight retainer, the weight and weight retainer being continuously repositionable such that the weight can be positioned at any selected position along the channel, wherein the weight and weight retainer are retained and moveable within the channel, and wherein a fastening member threadably engages at least one of the weight and the weight retainer,
wherein at least one of the weight and the weight retainer is shaped such that at least one dimension of at least one of the weight and the weight retainer is larger than a width of the channel;
wherein the weight is a first weight, further comprising a second weight movable independently of the first weight;
wherein the weight is dimensioned to be received in and slidably movable within the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,084

GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING A SUPPORT TO LIMIT FACEPLATE DEFORMATION

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body including:
a face plate having a strike surface and an opposing interior surface,
wherein a distance between the strike surface and the opposing interior surface of the face plate defines a thickness of the face plate,
and the thickness of the face plate is uniform;
a rear end; and
a sole connecting the face plate with the rear end, wherein the opposing interior surface of the face plate, an interior surface of the rear end, and an interior surface of the sole partially define a cavity; and
an insert positioned within the cavity, the insert comprising:
a first end configured to contact the entire interior surface of the sole;
a second end opposite the first end; and
a front portion configured to face the opposing interior surface of the face plate, the
front portion having:
a first insert surface in contact with the opposing interior surface of the face plate and positioned between the first end and the second end; and
a second insert surface positioned adjacent and offset from the first insert surface;
wherein the second insert surface is spaced apart from the opposing interior surface of the face plate defining a distance between the second insert surface and the opposing interior surface of the face plate; and
wherein the distance between the second insert surface and the opposing interior surface of the face plate ranges from 0.005-0.060 inch.

US Pat. No. 10,112,083

GOLF CLUBS WITH ADJUSTABLE LIE AND LOFT AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING GOLF CLUBS WITH ADJUSTABLE LIE AND LOFT

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body having a top rail portion, a sole portion, and a recess portion extending between the top rail portion and the sole portion;
a hosel comprising a first end configured to rotationally connect to the body and a second end configured to receive a shaft,
wherein the hosel comprises a front side, a toe side, a heel side, and a rear side,
wherein the hosel first end comprises a curvature from the hosel front side to the hosel rear side,
wherein the body further comprises a slot configured to receive the first end of the hosel,
wherein the slot comprises a top side, a front side, a toe side, a heel side, and a rear side,
wherein the slot top side comprises a curvature from the slot front side to the slot rear side,
wherein the hosel is connected in the slot with at least one pin extending through the body and engaged in a bore in the hosel, and
wherein the bore in the hosel defines an axis of rotation of the hosel relative to the body,
wherein the bore in the hosel extends from the heel side of the hosel through to the toe side of the hosel,
and
an insert configured to be inserted in the recess portion and coupled to the first end of the hosel,
the insert configured to be positioned in the recess portion at one rotational position of a plurality of different rotational positions corresponding to a plurality of different angles between the body and the shaft,
wherein the first end of the hosel comprises a bolt configured to be inserted through the insert and engaged with a threaded bore from the sole portion to fix the body relative to the shaft at the one rotational position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,082

BALL WITH INCREASED FLEXURE

1. An object for sports play comprising:a plurality of exterior panels, stitched together at their edges, configured to form a closed volume and forming, by said stitching, raised interior ridges at the edges of said exterior panels so that each exterior panel has associated therewith a recessed area essentially coextensive with said exterior panel and defined by said raised interior ridges;
an inflatable bladder occupying said closed volume;
a plurality of flat adjacently disposed interior cushioning panels, said interior panels individually having a layered structure including a first layer which occupies said recessed area and a second layer having a portion which is wider than said first layer, the wider portion of said second layer being disposed between said bladder and said raised interior ridges and separate from said raised interior ridges, said adjacently disposed interior cushioning panels having the same shape as said corresponding recessed area, said second layers of said interior panels abutting one another at their edges directly beneath said stitching.

US Pat. No. 10,112,081

GOLF BALL INCORPORATING POSITIVE HARDNESS GRADIENT THERMOSET POLYURETHANE OUTER COVER LAYER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core having an outer surface, a geometric center, and a soft transition region adjacent to the outer surface, the soft transition region having a thickness of about 4 mm or less and comprising about 10 percent to about 45 percent of a trans-polybutadiene isomer; and
wherein the core has an outer surface hardness greater than a hardness at the geometric center to define a positive hardness gradient of about 12 Shore C to 68 Shore C; and a secondary gradient quotient, GQ?, from about 4 to 13, GQ? being defined by the equation:

where G? is the core positive hardness gradient in Shore C, T is the percent of trans-polybutadiene isomer at the core outer surface, and COR is the coefficient of restitution of the core measured at an incoming velocity of 125 ft/s; and
an outer cover layer formed from a thermoset polyurethane material throughout and having a treated region including at least a cover outer surface and an untreated region extending from a cover inner surface to the treated region;
wherein the treated region is contacted with a thermoset polyurethane microhardness-increasing solution consisting of an isocyanate portion and at least one non-aqueous solvent;
wherein the treated region comprises the isocyanate portion and has a microhardness M1 that is greater than a microhardness M2 of the untreated region, wherein the untreated region is not contacted with the thermoset polyurethane microhardness-increasing solution and does not comprise the isocyanate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,080

GOLF BALLS HAVING FOAM CENTER AND THERMOSET OUTER CORE LAYER WITH HARDNESS GRADIENTS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A core assembly for a golf ball, comprising:i) an inner core layer comprising a foamed composition, the inner core layer having a diameter in the range of about 0.100 to about 1.100 inches, a specific gravity (SGinner), and an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core center), the Hinner core surface being greater than the Hinner core center to provide a positive hardness gradient;
ii) an outer core layer comprising a thermoset material, the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core layer and having a thickness in the range of about 0.100 to about 0.750 inches, a specific gravity (SGouter), and an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC) and an inner surface hardness (Hinner surface of OC), the Houter surface of OC being the same or less than the Hinner surface of OC to provide a zero or negative hardness gradient,
wherein the SGouter, is greater than the SGinner, and the center hardness of the inner core (Hinner core center) is in the range of about 10 Shore C to about 60 Shore C and the outer surface hardness of the outer core layer (Houter surface of OC) is in the range of about 40 Shore C to about 90 Shore C to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,079

FLIPPERS, BOOTS, SYSTEMS INCLUDING SAME, AND METHODS OF USING SAME

Cetatek Holdings Inc., B...

1. A method of coupling a boot body to a fin apparatus comprising a fin body coupled to a foot coupling portion, the method comprising:connecting a first boot connector on the foot coupling portion to a first complementary boot connector on a top side of the boot body; and
connecting a second boot connector on the foot coupling portion to a second complementary boot connector on a bottom side of the boot body;
wherein connecting the second boot connector to the second complementary boot connector comprises positioning a holding surface of the second boot connector against a retaining surface on the bottom side of the boot body; and
wherein the retaining surface on the bottom side of the boot body is positioned to retain the second boot connector against movement in a direction towards the fin body when the holding surface of the second boot connector is positioned against the retaining surface on the bottom side of the boot body.

US Pat. No. 10,112,078

STEP ASSEMBLY WITH FALL ARREST CAPABILITY INCLUDING REMOVABLE STEP

VAF Industries, LLC, Esc...

1. A step assembly with fall arrest capability for use for climbing a utility structure, the step assembly comprising:a step unit comprising:
a rod having a flat surface along a longitudinal direction for placing a foot thereon for climbing,
two leg members transversally coupled to the rod, and
a loop section attached to the rod, on a side opposite to the flat surface, wherein two end portions of the loop section are attached at different points of the rod, thereby providing a generally D-shaped opening defined by the loop section and part of the rod between the two end portions of the loop section;
a leg holder comprising:
a center plate having a circular opening, and
two cylinders formed along two side edges of the center plate, respectively, wherein the two cylinders are configured for the two leg members to be inserted therethrough, respectively; and
an expansion anchor comprising:
a fin unit comprising a plurality of fins cylindrically disposed, each fin having a generally rectangle portion and a shoulder section formed contiguous to the rectangle portion, the shoulder section having a transversal dimension smaller than that of the generally rectangle portion;
wherein a combination of the leg holder and the expansion anchor is configured by inserting the expansion anchor through the circular opening of the center plate of the leg holder to have the plurality of fins on one side of the center plate, and the combination is configured to be secured with the utility structure based on bending the plurality of fins at the shoulder sections to have the plurality of fins opened inside the utility structure while the leg holder is in contact with and outside the utility structure, and
wherein the step unit is detachably attached to the secured combination by inserting the two leg members through the two cylinders of the leg holder, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,112,077

ELECTRIC TRAINING APPARATUS AND EXERCISE CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC ENGIN...

1. An electric training apparatus, comprising:a rotating body configured to apply a load on an exercising person;
a load motor configured to apply a load on the rotating body via a transmission mechanism;
an exercise physiological response detection unit configured to detect an exercise physiological response value of the exercising person;
a number-of-revolutions detection unit configured to detect a number of revolutions of the rotating body;
a control unit comprising an exercise control unit, the exercise control unit being configured to perform control for gradually increasing, based on a detection result from the exercise physiological response detection unit and a detection result from the number-of-revolutions detection unit, the load of the load motor toward a set load upper limit value so that the detection result of the exercise physiological response value of the exercising person approaches a target exercise physiological response value set in advance;
a display unit configured to display the detection result from the exercise physiological response detection unit, the detection result from the number-of-revolutions detection unit, and a state of the control of the control unit; and
an input unit configured to input a control command to the control unit,
the exercise control unit being configured to change the set load upper limit value in response to the control command input from the input unit before an exercise and during the exercise by the exercising person.

US Pat. No. 10,112,076

ROBOTIC ATHLETIC TRAINING OR SPORTING METHOD, APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Christopher DeCarlo, Fai...

1. A sporting robotic device apparatus comprising:at least one or more of:
a plurality of sporting devices coupled to at least one robot; or
a plurality of said at least one robots, wherein said plurality of robots each comprise a sporting device coupled to said each of said plurality of robots; and
wherein said at least one robot comprises:
a plurality of joint axes,
wherein each joint axis of said plurality of joint axes comprises:
at least one motor;
at least one structural member coupled to at least one of said each of said plurality of joint axes motors,
wherein each of said at least one motor is configured to move an associated coupled at least one of said at least one structural member; and
wherein the sporting robotic device apparatus further comprises:
at least one electronic user interface coupled to said at least one robot or said plurality of robots, configured to interact with a user to receive a selection of at least one sporting routine for moving said plurality of sporting devices or said sporting device;
at least one electronic computer processor, coupled to said at least one robot, or said plurality of robots;
at least one electronic input device coupled to said at least one electronic computer processor;
at least one electronic output device coupled to said at least one electronic computer processor;
at least one electronic memory device coupled to said at least one electronic computer processor; and
further comprising at least one or more of:
wherein said electronic user interface comprises at least one of:
an electronic display device,
said at least one electronic input device,
said at least one electronic output device,
an electronic keyboard, or
an electronic touchscreen;
wherein said at least one electronic computer processor is configured to save or retrieve said at least one sporting routine from said at least one memory;
wherein said at least one electronic computer processor is configured to randomize at least one challenge by said at least one sporting device; or
wherein said electronic computer processor is configured to at least one or more of:
combine a plurality of previously saved of said at least one sporting routine, or
shuffle a plurality of previously saved of said at least one sporting routine.

US Pat. No. 10,112,074

SIGNAL ANALYSIS AND RECHARGING SYSTEM

1. A golf club impact analysis system, including:a first piezoelectric element embedded in a club face of a golf club;
a first signal divider that receives a first power signal that is output from the first piezoelectric element based on both impact of the golf club with an object and vibrations, the first signal divider having a first output and a second output, wherein the first output is coupled to signal processing circuitry and the second output is coupled to an energy storage assembly that includes a battery; and
a processor that is configured to dynamically adjust a ratio of a first amount of the first power signal the first signal divider sends through the first output to the signal processing circuitry versus a second amount of the first power signal the first signal divider sends through the second output to the energy storage assembly, wherein the processor is further configured to perform impact analysis of the impact of the golf club with the object.

US Pat. No. 10,112,073

GAMERS MULTI-DIGIT DEVICE FOR HAND EXERCISES

HARRISON LEGACY 301, LLC,...

1. A multi-digit hand exercise device comprising:a main body with three rings coupled at rest in a triangular configuration by a plurality of bridges, wherein a first one of three rings is located at one end of a base of the triangular main body, a second one of the three rings is located at an opposing end of the base of the triangular main body, and a third one of the three rings is located at an apex of the triangular main body, wherein the first ring is configured for a person's thumb and the second and third rings are configured for two fingers, wherein each ring's inside surface comprises a plurality of elevated and flexible ridges that run depthwise and configured for massaging the finger or thumb;
a first bridge of the plurality of bridges connecting the first one of the three rings to the third one of the three rings;
a second bridge of the plurality of bridges connecting the second one of the three rings to the third one of the three rings; and
a third bridge of the plurality of bridges connecting the second one of the three rings to the first one of the three rings, wherein the third bridge is greater in thickness than the first and second bridges for greater stiffness, wherein the plurality of bridges and an inside facing perimeter of each of the rings between corresponding bridges together define a substantially triangular center hole when at rest and that is configured to accommodate multiple digits of the person's hand.