US Pat. No. 10,138,055

CHUTE SYSTEM FOR WASTE AND OTHER MATERIALS

1. A chute system for a building, the chute system including:an inlet, through which an item is received;
a chute, coupled to the inlet;
a door located between the inlet and the chute to seal the inlet;
a venturi vent in the chute on an outer side of the door; and
an outlet hood, coupled to the chute, configured to fit over an opening of a receptacle into which the item is to be received, the outlet hood provided with an outlet opening in communication with the chute and a multi-fit bristle sealing surface on an underside of the hood configured to form a bristle seal with an opening of a receptacle into which the item is to be received, the multi-fit sealing surface configured to enable a seal to be formed with different receptacles having different sized or shaped openings, the bristle seal spacing an underside of the outlet hood from the opening of the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,054

POLYMERIC BAGS

Poly-America, L.P., Gran...

1. A bag formed from a collapsed tube of polymeric film, the bag comprising:a first panel and a second panel, the first panel and the second panel joined along a first side edge, a second side edge, and a bottom seal proximate to a bottom edge,
the first side edge defined by a first edge of the collapsed tube and the second side edge defined by a second edge of the collapsed tube,
the bottom seal extending from the first side edge to the second side edge,
a machine direction of the collapsed tube extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the bottom seal,
the first panel having a first top edge opposite the bottom edge and the second panel having a second top edge opposite the bottom edge, the first top edge and second top edge defining an opening of the bag,
a distal end of both the first top edge and second top edge having a wave-shaped profile, the wave-shaped profile defining a plurality of lobes,
a plurality of ribs defined in a first stretched region below the plurality of lobes, the plurality of ribs generally parallel to each other, each one of the plurality of ribs extending from the first side edge towards the second side edge, the plurality of ribs comprising a plurality of thick and thin ribs,
a first un-stretched region above the first stretched region devoid of ribs and a second un-stretched region below the first stretched region devoid of ribs, and
a first transition zone between the first un-stretched region and the first stretched region, the first transition zone comprising a plurality of thick and thin ribs, the thin ribs having varying heights with at least one thin rib of intermediate height.

US Pat. No. 10,138,053

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR LINING PROCESS TANKS

21. A method of providing a tank liner that includes a shell and a plurality of sheets defining an internal volume usable for storage of materials, the method comprising infusing extrusion weld material within a first gap defined by and/or adjacent at least one wall of the shell and within a second gap along an interface between a pair of adjacent sheets of the plurality of sheets, whereby the pair of adjacent sheets are joined by the extrusion weld material infused within the second gap.

US Pat. No. 10,138,052

FLOATING ROOF TANK HAVING SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR PROTECTING THE PERIPHERAL SEAL

Vertical Tank, Inc., Bak...

1. A floating roof tank comprising:a tank having a tank interior surface and a tank interior space, said tank interior space capable of storing a fluid;
a floating roof disposed within said tank interior space wherein said floating roof floats on said fluid and wherein said floating roof has a first guide collar and a second guide collar;
at least one seal extending between said floating roof and said interior surface of said tank wall, establishing a seal therebetween;
a first guide post disposed within said tank interior space and passed through said first guide collar and a second guide post disposed within said tank interior space and passed through said second guide collar wherein said floating roof can move with respect to said first guide post and said second guide post along said first guide collar and said second guide collar; and
at least one locking mechanism configured to lock the floating roof to said locking mechanism such that the floating roof is supported by said first and second guide posts and said first and second guide collars when said tank is in a position other than vertical.

US Pat. No. 10,138,051

GLOVE AND HAND PRODUCT CADDY ASSEMBLY

1. A glove and product holding assembly comprising:a housing having a bottom wall and a perimeter wall being attached to and extending upwardly therefrom;
a pair of posts, each of said posts being attached to and extending upwardly from said housing, each of said posts having a bottom end and a top end; and
a pair of glove engagement members, each of said top ends having one of said glove engagement members attached thereto, each of said glove engagement members including five protruding members, each of said protruding members being configured to be extended into one of a plurality of finger sleeves; and
a pair of receivers being attached to said housing, each of said receivers extending outwardly from an exterior side of said perimeter wall wherein said pair of receivers is positioned outside of said housing, each of said bottom ends being threadably coupled to one of said receivers wherein said pair of posts are positioned to extend upwardly outside of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,050

DISPENSING VALVE INCORPORATING A METERING VALVE

Summit Packaging Systems,...

1. A dispensing valve comprising a metering valve for use in a pressurized aerosol application, the dispensing valve comprising:a mounting cup supporting a gasket, and an opening extending through both the mounting cup and the gasket to facilitate receiving a valve stem;
a valve housing defining a cavity, the valve housing being captively retained by the mounting cup, with the gasket sandwiched between the valve housing and the mounting cup, a valve body being accommodated within the valve cavity, and a spring being accommodated within the cavity and biasing the valve body against the gasket into a closed position for preventing flow through the dispensing valve;
a lower portion of the valve housing comprising a passage which facilitates communication between the product to be dispensed and the cavity of the valve housing;
the valve stem being coupled to the valve body, and the valve stem extending out through the opening formed in the gasket and the opening formed in the mounting cup;
an actuator being supported adjacent a free end of the valve stem to facilitate dispensing product to be dispensed through the dispensing valve; and
the metering valve comprising:
a metering chamber delimited by a metering valve seat and a stop, and a metering member being movable, within the metering chamber, between the stop and the valve seat to facilitate dispensing a predetermined quantity of the product to be dispensed, and, following priming of the metering valve, a predetermined quantity of the product being dispensed from the metering chamber each time that the metering valve is actuated; and
the metering valve seat comprising at least one micro vent formed therein to facilitate supplying unpressurized external air to the metering valve seat and breaking a seal formed by surface tension of the product to be dispensed and thereby releasing the metering member from its sealing engagement with the metering valve seat so that the metering member can move from the metering valve seat back into engagement with the stop for another dispensing cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,049

FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS HAVING FLEXIBLE VALVES

7. A non-durable flexible stand-up container comprising:at least one product volume made from one or more layers of a flexible material and containing a fluent product;
a nonstructural panel, made from one or more layers of a flexible material, defined by a plurality of expanded structural support volumes, and overlaying the product volume;
at least one flexible valve having a flow path for dispensing the fluent product from the product volume, wherein:
the flow path is formed between a first, relatively flat flexible material overlapping a second, relatively flat flexible material;
the flexible valve is closed when a pressure inside of the product volume is below a critical pressure;
the flexible valve automatically opens when a squeeze force applied to the nonstructural panel causes the pressure inside of the product volume to exceed the critical pressure;
wherein the flexible valve further comprises tension-inducing elements;
wherein at least one of the tension-inducing elements is an expandable volume;
wherein the tension-inducing elements comprise a first expandable volume and a second expandable volume opposed from one another and defining the flow path therebetween;
wherein at least one of the expandable volumes is located adjacent to at least one of the expanded structural support volumes; and
wherein at least one of the tension-inducing elements is in fluid communication with one or more of the expanded structural support volumes.

US Pat. No. 10,138,048

SOFT-SIDED INSULATED CONTAINER WITH LID FITTING

CALIFORNIA INNOVATIONS IN...

1. A soft-sided insulated container having:a soft-sided insulated body and a top;
said body defining an insulated chamber therewithin;
said top defining a first closure member of said container and being hingedly movable relative to said body between an open position and a closed position;
said top including a first rigid member, said first rigid member defining a first work surface upon which to rest objects;
said container having a second rigid member, said second rigid member being mounted to said body adjacent to said top;
said second rigid member being movable between a deployed position and a retracted position; and
in said deployed position, said second rigid member defining a second work surface upon which to rest objects.

US Pat. No. 10,138,047

SPIGOT AND SPIGOT GUARD FOR AN INSULATING CONTAINER

YETI Coolers, LLC, Austi...

1. An insulating container, comprising:a base including:
a sidewall structure having a plurality of sides;
a bottom portion connected to a first end of each side of the plurality of sides of the sidewall structure; and
an opening formed at a second end of each side of the plurality of sides of the sidewall structure, opposite the first end of each side of the plurality of sides of the sidewall structure, the opening being configured to allow access to an interior void of the insulating container formed by the sidewall structure and the bottom portion;
a spigot extending through a first side of the sidewall structure, the spigot configured to dispense fluid stored in the interior void, the spigot further including:
a spigot body including a spout for dispensing the fluid; and
an insulating container mount configured to secure the insulating container, wherein the mount is secured to a platform, and wherein the insulating container mount is configured to allow access to the interior void when the insulating container is secured to the mount, the container mount further including:
a plurality of anchor points and a mount plate, wherein the anchor points and the mount plate are configured to receive the insulating container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,046

NEGATIVE PRESSURE STORAGE CONTAINER

Shin Hung Yih Technology ...

1. A negative pressure storage container, comprising:a container body comprising a storage chamber with an open side and an anti-slip pad mounted on a bottom surface thereof;
a container cover covering said container body, said container cover comprising an outer cover member, an inner cover member and an inner plastic cushion member, said outer cover member and said inner cover member being fastened together, said inner cover member being made of a plastic material and having a top side thereof fastened to said outer cover member and an opposing bottom side thereof fastened to said inner plastic cushion member, said inner cover member comprising a suction hole located on a bottom wall thereof, said inner plastic cushion member comprising a suction through hole, which is disposed in communication with the inside space of said container body after said container cover is covered on said container body;
a rotary device rotatably connected to said outer cover member of said container cover, said rotary device comprising an inner shaft fixedly fastened to a bottom end thereof and a gear portion located at a distal end of said inner shaft and suspending inside said outer cover member and adapted for driving a gear transmission mechanism;
a gear transmission mechanism mounted at said bottom wall of said inner cover member of said container cover, said gear transmission mechanism comprising a transmission gear set, an eccentric wheel and a link, said transmission gear set comprises a driving gear meshed with said gear portion of said inner shaft of said rotary device and drivable by said rotary device to rotate said eccentric wheel, said eccentric wheel being eccentrically and pivotally connected to one end of said link, said link having an opposite end thereof pivotally connected to a reciprocating piston of a vacuum pump;
a vacuum pump mounted at said bottom wall of said inner cover member of said container cover and disposed in communication with said suction hole of said inner cover member, said vacuum pump comprising a reciprocating piston drivable by said gear transmission mechanism to reciprocate and to further draw air out of said container body; and
a balance spring mounted between said reciprocating piston and said vacuum pump;
wherein when said rotary device is rotated by an external force, said gear portion of said inner shaft is forced to rotate said driving gear and then said transmission gear set of said gear transmission mechanism, causing said eccentric wheel to move said link and to further reciprocate said reciprocating piston in drawing air out of said container body, and thus, a negative pressure is created in said container body; when the negative pressure in said container body reaches a predetermined level, said bottom wall of said plastic inner cover member of said container cover is forced to curve in direction toward the inside of said container body, and thus, said transmission gear set of said gear transmission mechanism is moved with the deformed said bottom wall of said inner cover member toward the inside of said container body to disengage said driving gear from said gear portion of said inner shaft of said rotary device, enabling said rotary device to run idle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,045

ENCASEMENT PROTECTIVE APPARATUS

1. An encasement protective apparatus for an article, said apparatus comprising:(a) a flexible surrounding sidewall that is substantially fluid tight about a longitudinal axis, wherein said surrounding sidewall has a substantially fluid tight first end portion and an opposing substantially fluid tight second end portion wherein said longitudinal axis spanning therebetween, said surrounding sidewall also having a substantially fluid tight first margin portion and an opposing substantially fluid tight second margin portion, wherein said first and second margin portions are substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis, said surrounding sidewall also having an outer surface portion that is adjacent to an external environment and an inner surface portion that defines a primary interior formed by said surrounding sidewall, said first and second end portions, and said first and second margins, said primary interior forms a rectangular prism being omnidirectionally equally symmetric in dimension parallel to said longitudinal axis, wherein said outer surface portion is attached at said first and second end portions forming a pocket that the article is disposed within, wherein said first and second margin portions at said outer surface portion are removably engagable to one another and define a first aperture opening, thereby said pocket defining a secondary interior, further a second aperture is disposed therethrough said surrounding sidewall allowing fluid communication from said primary interior into the external environment, wherein said primary interior can have a portion of a fluid evacuated therethrough said second aperture into the external environment; and
(b) a plurality of compressible particulate items loosely disposed within said primary interior, wherein operationally when said primary interior has a portion of the fluid evacuated therethrough said second aperture, said apparatus is in an evacuated state being defined as when said compressible particulate items are substantially in contact with one another and also substantially immovable relative to one another, this results in said surrounding sidewall becoming rigidified to provide a rigid shell that partially encompasses the article to protect the article, further said compressible particulate items are relatively movable and loose to one another being defined as an un-evacuated state when said primary interior is un-evacuated therethrough said second aperture thereby placing said apparatus into said un-evacuated state allowing said surrounding sidewall to be pliable, facilitating the article to be taken from the pocket or disposed within the pocket therethrough said first aperture, further operationally said primary interior that forms said rectangular prism being omnidirectionally equally symmetric in dimension parallel to said longitudinal axis results in a symmetrical shrinkage of said flexible surrounding sidewall in going from said un-evacuated state to said evacuated state due to said compressible particulate items being dispersed symmetrically within said primary interior.

US Pat. No. 10,138,044

AIRTIGHT SHEATH FOR PACKING A BOTTLE

10. An airtight sheath for packing a bottle, the airtight sheath made of at least two outer films heat-sealed together and comprising:a first buffering unit comprising a plurality of first air columns, and two distal heat-sealing sides being heat-sealed to terminate two opposite sides of the first buffering unit;
a second buffering unit comprising a plurality of second air columns, two opposite sides of the second buffering unit being heat-sealed with the two distal heat-sealing sides of the first buffering unit;
a bottom unit comprising a plurality of bottom air columns connected with ends of the plurality of first air columns and second air columns, the bottom unit and the first and second buffering units cooperatively forming a packing space for packing the bottle therein, each of the bottom air columns having at least a sealing node being heat-sealed, the sealing nodes being arranged in alignment with each other, two recessed sealing lines respectively formed at and bending inwardly from opposite end portions of the bottom unit and connecting the distal heat-sealing sides, the sealing nodes and the recessed sealing lines cooperatively enabling the bottom air columns to bend toward the packing space when being inflated; and
a cover extending from one end of the first buffering unit opposite to the bottom unit and disposed within the packing space, the cover and the first buffering unit cooperatively forming an insertion slot communicating with the packing space for buckling and enveloping a neck portion of the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,043

FITMENT FOR A FLEXIBLE CONTAINER

AptarGroup, Inc., Crysta...

1. A fitment for use with a flexible, collapsible container having an opening to the container interior, said fitment comprising:a, an elongate body for being sealed at the opening of a flexible, collapsible container, said body having
i. an inner end,
ii. an outer end,
iii. a height defined between said inner end and said outer end,
iv. an access passage extending between said inner end and said outer end for communicating with the container interior, and
v. a sealing portion for being attached to the container interior, said sealing portion having a major dimension generally oriented transversely of said height; and
b. a pour lip that
i. extends from said outer end of said body,
ii. projects laterally relative to said access passage, and
iii. defines a pour path;
wherein said body includes a base that defines said sealing portion having said major dimension and a neck that
i. projects from said base to define a portion of said access passage, and
ii. defines said outer end, and said pour lip extends from said neck and projects laterally from said neck relative to said access passage, a portion of said outer end defined by said neck has a peripheral surface oriented laterally of said access passage, said peripheral surface sloping in the general direction of said major dimension of said body sealing portion, said peripheral surface having a maximum height relative to said base at a location distal to said pour lip, and said peripheral surface having a minimum height relative to said base at a location proximal and adjacent to said pour lip.

US Pat. No. 10,138,042

CONTACT LENS DISPENSING CONTAINER

Optic 18 Limited, Loughb...

1. A contact lens dispensing container comprising:an upwardly opening receptacle configured to receive a single contact lens and storage solution;
a peripheral flange providing a planar engagement surface surrounding the receptacle;
a peelable cover sheet securable to the engagement surface to seal the receptacle, the peelable cover peelable from the engagement surface to allow removal of the contact lens from the receptacle;
an applicator comprising a handle, the handle having a first end and a second end, the handle being pivotably mounted on the flange and having a carrier located at the first end of the handle and a hand grip located at the second end of the handle, the handle and the hand grip forming a continuous member pivotable at the second end of the handle relative to the flange; and
the applicator being moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position, wherein in the stowed position the carrier is received in the receptacle with the handle not extending above the engagement surface, and in the deployed position the hand grip is rotated in relation to the flange causing the handle to be raised so that the carrier is located above the engagement surface to facilitate direct application of the contact lens from the carrier onto a wearer's eye without need for manual contact.

US Pat. No. 10,138,041

PACKAGE FOR LAUNDRY SCENT ADDITIVE

1. A package comprising;a container, said container having an open end and containing a particulate laundry scent additive, said particulate laundry scent additive comprising perfume;
a dosing cup comprising a closed end, a peripheral rim, and a wall extending from said closed end to said peripheral rim to define a dosing volume, wherein said dosing cup comprises a vent opening in said closed end or in said wall, wherein said vent opening is sized and dimensioned to retain said particulate laundry scent additive; and
a shrink sleeve wrapping around said container and at least a portion of said wall of said dosing cup thereby providing a mechanism of engagement between said dosing cup and said container;
wherein said package further comprises a closure engaged with said open end of said container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,040

TOOL HOLDER PREVENTING BEING DISMANTLED FROM A TOOL

Hong Ann Tool Industries ...

1. A tool holder comprising:a first holding member having first and second ends and first and second sides extending between the first and second ends thereof, with the first holding member including at least one restraining protrusion adjacent to the first side of the first holding member and having a fixed end fixed to the first holding member and a free end opposite the fixed end, with the at least one restraining protrusion including a first edge thereof defining a first restraining side with a first hooking structure having a first height and a second edge thereof opposite the first edge defining a second restraining side, with the first hooking structure including at least one first tooth; and
a second holding member incorporable with the first holding member to form a holding space, with the second holding member having first and second ends and first and second sides extending between the first and second ends of the second holding member, with the second holding member including at least one catching slot adapted to engage with the at least one restraining protrusion, with the at least one catching slot including a first edge thereof including a first limiting structure having a second height and a second edge thereof opposite the first edge of the at least one catching slot and including a second limiting structure, with the second limiting structure extending from the second edge of the at least one catching slot having a free end spaced from the second edge of the at least one catching slot, with the second limiting structure being cuttable from the second edge of the at least one catching slot, with the first limiting structure including a ridge; wherein the first and second holding members in a first arrangement include:
the holding space formed therebetween with the first and second holding members prevented from being separated from one another,
the first sides of the first and second holding members connected together and the second sides of the first and second holding members connected together,
the first and second holding members include the ridge engaging with the at least one first tooth,
the at least one restraining protrusion engaging in the at least one catching slot,
the first hooking structure engaging with the first limiting structure,
the second restraining side and the second limiting structure having a gap tolerance therebetween not greater than the first and second heights,
the free end spaced from the second edge of the at least one catching slot with the gap tolerance, and
the first hooking structure of the at least one restraining protrusion disengaging from the first limiting structure when the second limiting structure is cut from the at least one catching slot.

US Pat. No. 10,138,039

TWIST-TIE DISPENSER REFILL

Twist-Ease, Inc., Crysta...

1. A base for a twist-tie dispenser refill, the base comprising:a base portion and a rear portion, the base portion being generally U-shaped and forming an opening configured to receive a twist-tie cluster and the rear portion extending from the generally U-shaped base portion;
at least one mounting member protruding from the rear portion, the at least one mounting member configured for mounting the base to a fixture, wherein the at least one mounting member defines a hook configuration with a stop portion and a vertical retention portion, the at least one mounting member configured to receive a mounting structure of the fixture in the form of a rod.

US Pat. No. 10,138,037

CLOSURE FOR A PACKAGE

Closure Systems Internati...

1. A closure comprising:a polymeric top wall portion;
a polymeric liner;
a polymeric disc, the polymeric disc being located between the polymeric top wall portion and the polymeric liner; and
a polymeric annular skirt portion depending from the polymeric top wall portion, the annular skirt portion including: (1) an internal thread formation for mating engagement with an external thread formation of a container, (2) an internal bead to assist in positioning the polymeric liner and the polymeric disc, and (3) an internal prying projection to assist in removing the closure from the container, the internal prying projection being located adjacent to or contacting the internal bead, the internal prying projection extending farther inwardly toward a center of the closure than the internal bead,
wherein at least a portion of each of the internal bead and internal prying projection is located between the polymeric liner and the internal thread formation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,036

BEVERAGE CONTAINER SOUND DEVICE

1. A noise producing beverage container comprising:a container having a surface which includes an opening initially sealed with a tongue in the surface opening;
a pull tab disposed on the surface adjacent the tongue; and
a sound making device having a reed, the sound making device attached to the interior of the container adjacent the sealed opening, the tongue movable upon rotating the pull tab to contact the sound making device;
wherein the sealed opening is initially in a closed position and upon opening the sealed opening the tongue contacts a free end of the reed, bends the reed and releases the reed, the reed producing a percussion sound upon release.

US Pat. No. 10,138,035

TAMPER EVIDENT FLIP-TOP CLOSURE, METHOD AND TOOL FOR MAKING THE SAME

1. A closure for a container comprising:a base having a cylindrical shape with at least one recessed area along a top perimeter of the base and a retaining ring near a bottom of the base;
a lid having an upper surface and a lower surface, and configured to close over and open off of the base; and
at least one tab having an inner surface and an outer surface, the at least one tab extending from the lower surface of the lid and comprising a lip portion configured to fold back onto the at least one tab through contact with the base and lock with the base, when the lid is closed over the base, the at least one tab configured to detach from the lid when upward movement of the at least one tab is prevented by the base as the lid is opened from the base after the lid is closed over the base, and a portion of the outer surface of the at least one tab being visible through the at least one recessed area after the lid is closed over the base and remaining partially visible through the at least one recessed area after the at least one tab has detached from the lid,
wherein the base further comprises at least one undercut region disposed surrounding the at least one recessed area and in which the at least one tab is disposed when the lid is closed over the base.

US Pat. No. 10,138,034

SINGULAR CAP COMPOUND VENTED NURSING AND RELATED BOTTLE

1. A double vented container for use for holding a liquid, and for dispensing of the same, said container having a body portion, a neck portion, the neck portion having integral threads, a collar provided for the container, and having internal threads capable of engagement with the neck portion of said container, said container having a spout extending upwardly from the collar for use for dispensing of any liquid contained therein, a double vent operatively associated and assembled with the collar, said collar having an upper surface, a vent port provided therethrough, and an integral vent tube extending from the interior of the collar, and into the said container, and communicating with the vent port, said vent tube having a passage therethrough and in communication with the vent port of said collar, a separate reservoir, said reservoir having an integral reservoir tube extending downwardly therefrom, the upper surface of the reservoir is a separable cap, which may be secured onto or removed from the upper edge of the reservoir, during assembly and prepared for sealed reception of the vent tube therethrough, said separable cap having said aperture provided therethrough and provided for pressure fitting and sealing of said vent tube therethrough during assembly for usage, when the reservoir and separable cap are pressure fitted and sealed onto the vent tube, such that when the container holding a liquid is inverted, liquid may be dispensed from its spout, while atmospheric air may be double vented through the vent tube and said reservoir and reservoir tube into the interior of the container to prevent the generation of any vacuum therein during dispensing of its contained liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,138,033

SPOUT ASSEMBLY FOR A FLEXIBLE BAG

Scholle IPN Corporation, ...

1. A spout for a flexible bag comprising:a base flange having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, at least one of the top surface and the bottom surface configured for coupling to a flexible bag;
a cylindrical upstand extending from the base flange away from the top surface of the base flange, the cylindrical upstand including a proximal end corresponding to the base flange, and a distal end spaced apart therefrom, the body including an inner surface and an outer surface, with the inner surface configured for placement in fluid communication with a cavity of the flexible bag;
a lower body flange spaced apart from each of the base flange and the distal end of the cylindrical upstand;
an upper body flange spaced apart from each of the lower body flange and the distal end of the cylindrical upstand; and
a dual lead thread extending along the outer surface of the cylindrical upstand between the proximal end and the distal end, the dual lead thread having a lower portion of a first threadform and a lower portion of a second threadform, each of the lower portions of the first and second threadforms positioned on opposing sides and each forming a partial thread, each of the lower portions of the first threadform and second threadform having a first end that extends outwardly from the cylindrical upstand between the distal end of the cylindrical upstand and the upper body flange, and with a second end that extends into and over the upper body flange.

US Pat. No. 10,138,032

FASTENER ASSEMBLY

1. A fastener assembly being disposed at a lateral edge of a container, comprising:a first fixing member disposed at the lateral edge of the container, and comprising two engaging ends;
two second fixing members disposed at the lateral edge of the container, and each comprising a fixing seat and a pivot ear, each of the fixing seats including a pivot recess and a restricting recess, each of the pivot ears including a pivot end and an engaging recess, the pivot ends of the pivot ears being pivoted in the pivot recesses of the fixing seats, respectively; and
a retaining member disposed at the lateral edge of the container, wherein the retaining member is provided with two restricting ribs on an inner surface thereof, and two push ribs at two ends thereof, the restricting ribs of the retaining member are restricted in the restricting recesses of the fixing seats, respectively, and the push ribs are abutted against the two pivot ears, so as to prevent the pivot ears from pivoting outward;
the container comprises an upper cover and a lower cover which are pivoted to each other by a pivot portion and capable of being closed and opened relative to each other, a receiving recess is formed at the lateral edge of the container, each of the upper and lower covers is provided with a receiving space, and the receiving spaces of the upper and lower covers are combined to form the receiving recess.

US Pat. No. 10,138,031

PIVOTING COVER FOR A CONTAINER

IPL INC., St-Damien (CA)...

1. A cover for a container, the cover comprising:a central web comprising a first web part having a base surface and a second web part having a base surface; and
a hinge pivotally connecting said first and second web parts;
wherein, on a first side of said hinge, a first one of said web parts comprises at least one rib extending along at least a part of a width of said first web part on an edge of said first web part facing the hinge, and, on a second side of said hinge, a second one of said web parts comprises at least one recess extending along at least a part of a width of said second web part on an edge of said second web part facing the hinge, said second web part further comprising a back wall separating said recess from a remaining portion of said second web part; said rib, said back wall and said recess being generally transverse to said base surface of their respective web parts; and
wherein, in a closed position of the cover, the first and second web parts lay on a respective side of the hinge, with the rib and the back wall projecting up from said base surface of their respective web parts;
said first web part being pivotable from the closed position to an open position by lifting up the first web part and tilting the first web part, about said hinge, towards the second web part until a top edge of the rib contacts the back wall and is thus made to slide down the recess by engagement with the back wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,029

CONTAINER LID HAVING MEASURING FUNCTION

7. A container lid having a measuring function, the container lid comprising:a valve body configured to be mounted on an entrance of a container, to have a through hole that communicates with an internal space of the container, and to have a valve that closes or opens the through hole; and
a cap configured to be screwed on the entrance of the container, and to have a connection part that is connected to or separated from a valve stem of the valve;
wherein the cap is placed in any one of: a first position where the valve opens the through hole in a state where the connection part has been connected to the valve stem; a second position where the valve closes the through hole in a state where the connection part has been connected to the valve stem; and a third position where the connection part is removed from the valve stem and also the cap is separated from the container in a state where the valve has closed the through hole, wherein:
the valve body comprises a bottom surface configured to form a valve seat, a valve guide formed to protrude from the bottom surface toward the entrance of the container, the through hole formed to pass through an area around the valve guide, and the valve inserted into the valve guide;
the valve body further comprises a cylindrical outer wall formed to extend from the bottom surface, and a second outer wall configured to form an annular space, open toward the bottom surface, at a lower end of the outer wall; and
an outer circumferential surface of the outer wall is provided with a first screw portion to which the cap is coupled, and an inner circumferential surface of the second outer wall is provided with a second screw portion to be engaged with the screw portion of the entrance of the container or a protrusion to be caught on a projection formed on the entrance of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,028

SELF-PRIMING-PUMP EQUIPPED PACKAGING BOTTLE

ANHUI JND PLASTIC PACKAGI...

1. A self-priming-pump-equipped packaging bottle, comprising: a tubular bottle body, a piston, an upper seal assembly, and a lower seal assembly; the piston being installed in a lower part of the tubular bottle body; the upper seal assembly being fixed in an upper part of the tubular bottle body; the lower seal assembly being fixed in a middle part of the tubular bottle body between the piston and the upper seal assembly; the upper seal assembly, the lower seal assembly and the tubular bottle body jointly forming a closed material-feeding chamber; and the lower seal assembly, the piston, and the tubular bottle body jointly forming a closed material-storing chamber;the lower seal assembly including a seal seat and an elastic sealing gasket, the seal seat having a through hole communicating the material-feeding chamber and the material-storing chamber, the elastic scaling gasket covering the through hole from a side corresponding to the material-feeding chamber; and the seed seat is in connection with the tubular bottle body; and
the upper seal assembly having an umbrella-shaped member, a hollow material-feeding column, a support post, and an end scaling cap; the end sealing cap being fixed inside the umbrella-shaped member through the support post; an outer wall of the hollow material-feeding column closely fitting the support post and extending inward from an opening at an upper end of the umbrella-shaped member; a bottom surface of the hollow material-feeding column, the support post, and the end sealing cap jointly forming a material outlet; and a lower end of the umbrella-shaped member being in interference fit with the seal seat; wherein the elastic sealing gasket includes a circular ring, a seal plate located at a center of the circular ring, and a connecting strip that connects the circular ring and the seal plate, in which the circular ring, the seal plate, and the connecting strip am integrated as a unit, and the seal plate is smaller than the circular ring in terms of thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,138,027

PLUG FOR BEVERAGE CONTAINER LID

StixToGo, Inc., Bothell,...

1. A beverage container packaging system, for temporarily sealing a drinking orifice in a lid of a beverage container, comprising:a beverage container having a rim around the bottom of the container, the rim creating a recessed area outside of the container and on the bottom of the container; and
a plug comprising
a body portion having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a cap portion disposed on the upper surface, the cap portion configured such that the cap portion's cross-sectional dimension exceeds the cross-sectional dimension of the body portion to provide a limit to the insertion of the plug into the orifice;
a first sidewall disposed between the upper surface and the lower surface of the body portion, and a second sidewall disposed between the upper surface and the lower surface of the body portion, the first and second sidewalls disposed on opposite sides of the body portion, the first sidewall having a first circumferential depression located in the sidewall; and
an elongate projection of uniform width extending from the lower surface to a length sized such that the plug fits inside the rim and within the recess of the beverage container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,026

RESEALABLE FLEXIBLE PACKAGE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A flexible package comprising:a first panel and a second panel that are formed by a flexible material, the first panel being attached to the second panel to form an interior cavity, between the first panel and second panel, in which content is stored; and
an activatable adhesive that is located on an exterior surface of the first panel or the second panel, the adhesive having an inactive state and an active state,
wherein the inactive state precludes the adhesive from bonding with a separate portion of the first or second panel,
wherein the active state is achieved by roughening, rubbing, heating, or scraping the adhesive and, when activated, enables the adhesive to bond with a separate portion of the first or second panel; and
a seal between the first panel and the second panel which defines an openable access point for the package,
wherein the activatable adhesive is disposed on an exterior of the first panel in the location of the seal, and
wherein when the package is in a resealed position, the activated adhesive is releasably bonded to an interior surface of the second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,138,025

MEDICAL BAG HANDLING SYSTEM AND MEDICAL BAG HOLDING CASSETTE

Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical bag handling system comprising:a plurality of medical bag holding cassettes at least some of said cassettes having a box shape with a thickness between front and rear sides and having planar areas on said front and rear sides;
a coupling on at least one planar area on at least one cassette wherein the coupling is a hole or recess; and
a mating coupling on at least one planar area of another cassette, said coupling and said mating coupling being adapted to connect with each other, wherein the mating coupling is a cylinder and
wherein the cylinder has a tip cylinder portion having a first diameter and a base cylinder portion having a second diameter said second diameter being larger than said first diameter and
wherein said base cylinder portion has a hole having an internal diameter coinciding with an external diameter of a tip cylinder portion on another cassette.

US Pat. No. 10,138,024

FLEXIBLE LAMINATE STRUCTURE WITH INTEGRATED ONE-WAY VALVE

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A flexible laminate structure for a package including an integrated one-way valve feature, said flexible laminate structure comprising:an outer film layer;
an inner film layer laminated to the outer film layer via a permanent adhesive that is pattern-applied to at least one of the outer or inner film layers, wherein the outer film layer includes a first cut line and the inner film layer includes a second cut line offset from the first cut line; and
a valve area defined in the laminate, the valve area including the first and second cut lines and being devoid of the permanent adhesive, wherein the valve area comprises a viscous medium that is pattern-applied to at least one of the outer or inner film layers and is disposed between the outer and inner film layers so as to occupy at least a portion of the valve area,
wherein a coating is applied to an inner surface of the outer film layer, such that the coating is disposed between the outer and inner film layers and wherein the coating is configured to decrease an amount of surface energy between the outer and inner film layers.

US Pat. No. 10,138,023

WIRELESS ENABLED BAGS AND CONTAINERS

EMD Millipore Corporation...

1. A process for incorporating a wireless device permanently into a disposable plastic container comprising:selecting a read/write wireless device capable of having data written to the read/write wireless device including a memory, an antenna and a communications component;
providing a plastic component to be mated and permanently sealed to said container, the plastic component performing a function for the container, facilitating entry and/or exit of components or providing means for hanging or aligning the container in a desired arrangement;
disposing said wireless device between said plastic component and said container; and
attaching and permanently sealing said plastic component to said container such that said plastic component covers said wireless device, such that said plastic component is permanently sealed to said container, and said wireless device is sealed between said plastic component and said container and is isolated from both interior and exterior environments of said container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,022

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CONSUMING A PLURALITY OF LIQUIDS AND MOLD APPARATUSES FOR FORMING SUCH DEVICES

1. A device for consuming a plurality of liquids, comprising:a first liquid chamber adapted to carry a first liquid, the first liquid chamber comprising an open end adapted for receiving the first liquid in the first liquid chamber and delivering the first liquid from the first liquid chamber;
a brim disposed radially outwardly relative to the first liquid chamber;
a second liquid chamber coupled to the first liquid chamber and the brim, the second liquid chamber comprising:
an inlet adapted for receiving liquids in the second liquid chamber;
an outlet extending through the brim, the outlet adapted for delivering liquids from the second liquid chamber;
a first attachment element coupled to the first and second liquid chambers, the first attachment element adapted to detachably couple the device to a first liquid container and facilitate receiving a second liquid carried by the first liquid container in the second liquid chamber via the inlet; and
a second attachment element coupled to the first and second liquid chambers, the second attachment element adapted to detachably couple the device to a second liquid container and facilitate receiving a third liquid carried by the second liquid container in the second liquid chamber via the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,138,021

DEPLOYABLE CLIP

REPLENISH BOTTLING, LLC, ...

1. A deployable clip assembly for use with a container of liquids having a dispensing nozzle assembly attached thereto comprising:a. a shroud element adapted to mount on a container of liquids, said shroud element having an elongated depression; and
b. a movable clip arm pivotally attached to said shroud element and positioned to fit into said depression in a first orientation and, in a second orientation, rotated away from said depression as a clip for supporting the container of liquids to which the assembly is mounted, wherein said clip arm has an inner surface, said inner surface of said clip arm adjacent said shroud element including a plurality of protuberances for engaging a supporting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,020

STORAGE CONTAINER SYSTEMS

1. A container system comprising:a first container including a bottom wall, at least one sidewall, and an open top, with a plurality of indented recesses being formed in the bottom wall;
a first lid configured to close the open top of the first container;
a second container including a bottom wall, at least one sidewall, and an open top; and
a second lid configured to close the open top of the second container, with a push indicator structure being formed at a center portion of the second lid, and with a plurality of registration bumps being formed about the push indicator structure,
wherein the first container is stackable on the second lid such that (i) each of the registration bumps in the second lid is aligned with an adjacent one of the indented recesses in the bottom wall of the first container and (ii) surfaces of the registration bumps are spaced from surfaces of the adjacent recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,138,018

CARGO PALLET HAVING A PALLET EXTENSION

Federal Express Corporati...

1. A cargo pallet, comprising:a pallet base;
a pallet liner, including:
a pallet liner base positioned on the pallet base; and
a pallet extension fixedly attached to and projecting outwardly from the pallet liner base, the pallet extension having a support surface that at least in part extends outwardly beyond a footprint of the pallet base; and
at least one bracket attached to the pallet base and configured to connect the pallet liner base to the pallet base, the pallet liner base being slidably disposed between the bracket and the pallet base.

US Pat. No. 10,138,017

LOADED PALLET CONTAINER

1. A loaded pallet container, comprising:a rectangular container body soleplate;
a front enclosure plate, a rear enclosure plate, a left enclosure plate, and a right enclosure plate, wherein the front enclosure plate, rear enclosure plate, left enclosure plate, and right enclosure plate are vertically disposed on the container body soleplate;
a rectangular accommodating cavity defined by the container body soleplate, the front enclosure plate, the rear enclosure plate, the left enclosure plate, and the right enclosure plate;
a cover being matched with and covering an upper opening of the accommodating cavity; and
a horizontal rotating shaft suspended on an outer wall surface of the rear enclosure plate close to the upper opening of the accommodating cavity,
wherein a horizontal long hole is provided on a left side surface and a right side surface of the cover corresponding to two ends of the horizontal rotating shaft, respectively, and the cover is rotationally connected to the horizontal rotating shaft through the horizontal long holes,
a bottom edge of each of the front enclosure plate and the rear enclosure plate horizontally extends outward to form a lower flange,
a bottom edge and two side edges of each of the left enclosure plate and the right enclosure plate horizontally extend outward to form a side enclosure plate lower flange and side enclosure plate side flanges, and
the lower flange is horizontally resisted against the side enclosure plate lower flange on a corresponding upper surface of the container body soleplate and kept in flexible connection thereto, and the side enclosure plate side flanges are horizontally resisted against corresponding inner side surfaces of the front enclosure plate and the rear enclosure plate and kept in flexible connection thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,138,015

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A LABELING MACHINE, LABELING UNIT AND CONTAINER HANDLING SYSTEM

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus comprising a labeling machine for applying labels onto containers in a container flow, said labeling machine comprising a label-strip feed, a retainer, a labeling unit, an active strip-store, a dancer roller, a first controllable drive, a second controllable drive, and a third controllable drive, wherein said labeling unit transfers a label to a container located at a labeling position of said labeling machine, wherein said active strip-store is disposed between said labeling unit and said label-strip feed, wherein said first, second, and third controllable drives are controllable independently of each other, wherein said retainer retains a label-strip roll, wherein said first drive controls operation of said label-strip feed, wherein said second drive controls operation of said labeling unit, and wherein said third drive controls operation of said dancer roller, wherein said labeling machine is a constituent of a block-form container handling system, wherein said active strip-store is configured to transition between a first operating mode and a second operating mode, wherein, in said block-form container handling system, containers are transported via a transport stretch into an container inlet of said labeling system in a container flow that defines a particular spacing interval between containers in said flow, wherein said first operating mode is a labeling mode during which containers present at said labeling position are labeled, wherein said second operating mode is a non-labeling mode in which no container is present at said labeling position, and wherein said active strip-store is configured to transition between said first and second operating modes in response to a control signal that is generated in response to detecting a forthcoming gap in said container flow.

US Pat. No. 10,138,014

AUTOMATED PACKAGING LINE FOR C- AND U-SHAPED PROFILES

THE BRADBURY COMPANY, INC...

1. A method comprising:transferring a first profile and a second profile to a first location, each of the first and second profiles having a u-shaped or c-shaped cross-section defining an external convex side and an internal concave side;
rotating a first blade and a second blade about a horizontal axis, the first blade and the second blade coupled to opposite ends of a pair of rotor arms including a first rotor arm and a second rotor arm;
inserting the first profile into the first blade with the internal concave side of the first profile facing upwards as the first blade moves upward through its rotation;
rotating the second profile by engaging the first blade with the external convex side of the second profile to position the second profile with the internal concave side of the second profile facing downwards over of the internal concave side of the first profile to form a first duplex within the first blade; and
forming a second duplex with the second blade, wherein the first duplex and the second duplex are to be formed in one full rotation of the first and second blades about the horizontal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,138,013

OPENING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPENING GUSSETED TUBE FED FROM TUBE SUPPLY IN FOLDED STATE

1. A method for opening a folded gusseted tube fed from a tube supply in a longitudinal direction in a flatly folded state, the folded gusseted tube contains opposing sides with outer faces normal to the longitudinal direction, the method is carried out by an opening apparatus comprising two pairs of suction cheeks, each of the two pairs arranged on one of two opposing sides of the folded gusseted tube;the suction cheeks of each of the two pairs are arranged on the outer faces of the gusseted tube opposite in a transverse direction (9) of the folded gusseted tube orthogonal with respect to the longitudinal direction;
the method comprising the steps of:
smoothing the outer faces of the folded gusseted tube by moving at least one of the suction cheeks of at least one of the pairs along the outer face of the folded gusseted tube away from another pair in a direction parallel to the outer faces;
thereafter attracting a region of the folded gusseted tube adjoining one of the suction cheeks by suction; and
subsequently opening the folded gusseted tube at least partially by displacing the at least one of the suction cheeks of at least one of the pairs away from one another in the transverse direction of the folded gusseted tube.

US Pat. No. 10,138,012

APPARATUS FOR FIXING AND RELEASING THE END OF A ROLL OF WRAPPING FILM

Signode Industrial Group ...

1. A fixing device to which an end of a wrapping film web in a wrapping machine may be removably attached, the fixing device comprising:a body defining a groove therethrough, wherein the groove is sized to receive the end of the wrapping film web;
a releaser supported by the body, wherein the releaser is movable relative to the body between a first position and a second position, wherein the releaser covers substantially all of the groove when the releaser is in the second position; and
an actuator supported by the body and configured to move the releaser from the first position to the second position to discharge the end of the wrapping film web from the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,138,011

FILLING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FILLING A CONTAINER WITH PRODUCTS FLOATING AND/OR SUSPENDED IN AN AQUEOUS LIQUID

1. A filling device for filling a container with products floating and/or suspended in an aqueous liquid, the filling device comprising:a frame provided with a supply tank fillable with the aqueous liquid, and a vacuum chamber for realizing an underpressure in at least a part of the supply tank;
a lift connected to the frame for the purpose of placing the container into or removing the container from the supply tank;
a feeder configured to feed to the supply tank the aqueous liquid in which the floating and/or suspended products are entrainable, wherein the feeder comprise a flow tube or flow channel with which the floating and/or suspended products are carriable into the vacuum chamber;
wherein the vacuum chamber is provided with throughflow openings; and
wherein at least some of the throughflow openings are provided on a side of the vacuum chamber oriented laterally during use and lying opposite a side in which a feed opening is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,138,010

TENSIONER/CUTTER TOOL FOR HOSE CLAMPS AND/OR BANDS AND ATTACHMENTS FOR TENSIONER/CUTTER

SIGNODE INDUSTRIAL GROUP ...

1. A tool for tensioning, cutting and/or punching a band type clamp, the tool comprising:a tool body;
a nose piece connected to the tool body and configured to receive a tail of a band for tensioning the band around an object;
an operating lever includes a handle and a pivot end pivotably secured to the nose piece, the operating lever also having a camming portion at the pivot end; and
an attachment connected to the nose piece and comprising:
a main body having a band guide slot extending in a direction in which the band is receivable in the nose piece and a blade guide intersecting the band guide slot;
a blade having a contact surface and a cutting edge and movably positioned in the blade guide; and
a blade biasing element positioned in the blade guide between a portion of the blade and the main body to bias the blade in a predetermined direction,
wherein the operating lever is rotatable in a first direction to cause the camming portion to contact the contact surface of the blade and move the blade within the blade guide toward the band guide slot.

US Pat. No. 10,138,009

BANKNOTE PROCESSING

CASH DYNAMICS LIMITED, I...

1. Banknote processing equipment comprising:a chamber having an open end for insertion of a bag into the chamber, and having a base end that opposes the open end, wherein the open end of the chamber is adapted to support a free end of the bag in an open position;
an extractor configured to establish a lower ambient pressure between the chamber and the bag relative to a pressure within the bag to cause the bag to expand during a banknote filling operation into an open configuration with a rectangular cross-section and a flat base, whereby the banknote processing equipment is configured to deposit banknotes through the open end and into the bag during the banknote filling operation when the bag is expanded into the open configuration; and
a clamping arrangement operable to clamp at least part of the free end of the bag against the chamber during the banknote filling operation;
wherein the banknote processing equipment comprises at least one of the following features (i) or (ii): (i) the base end prevents passage of the bag; or (ii) the base end is arranged between the extractor and the open end; and
wherein the banknote processing equipment comprises at least one of the following features (a) or (b): (a) the clamping arrangement comprises a plurality of flaps, which are brought into engagement with inner surfaces of the bag on operation of the clamping arrangement; or (b) the banknote processing equipment comprises a sealing mechanism movable into engagement with the bag for sealing the bag in a sealing operation occurring after the banknote filling operation, wherein the sealing mechanism is coupled to the clamping arrangement such that the clamping arrangement releases the free end of the bag as the sealing mechanism is moved into engagement with the bag to allow the bag to be sealed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,008

FILLING DEVICE FOR HETEROGENEOUS PRODUCTS

Weithtpack S.r.L., (IT)

1. A filling device (1) for filling machines, the filling device comprising: a hollow body (2) wherein a shutter member (3) is movably fitted, acting in cooperation with a dispensing member (4), coaxial to said shutter member (3), for closing or opening a dispensing opening (5) for a product (P) to be dispensed in a container (C), wherein said dispensing member (4) comprises a rotatable shaft (10) comprising a screw portion (14) adapted to impart a dispensing pressure and a mixing to the product (P), wherein the hollow body (2) comprises an upper portion (2a) and a lower portion (2b), wherein the lower portion (2b) of the hollow body (2) ends inferiorly with a connecting portion (2c) to which a ring nut (16) is removably coupled, wherein the ring nut (16) comprises an edge (16a) projecting inwards, so as to create a recess (19) having an axial extension (H) comprised between the shoulder (17) of the hollow body (2) and the edge (16a) of the ring nut (16), wherein the shutter member (3) is axially movable and comprises a hollow cylinder (18) with a median portion (18?) projecting outwards, wherein the axial extension of the median portion (18?) of the shutter member (3) is substantially equal to or slightly smaller than the axial extension (H) of the recess (19) and its outer diameter is substantially equal to an inner diameter of the recess (19), so as to sealingly isolate an upper annular chamber (22a) from a lower annular chamber (22b), said chambers (22a, 22b) forming alternately when the shutter member (3) is in a raised position or in a lowered position, respectively, and wherein the hollow body (2) comprises an upper opening (23a) and a lower opening (23b) which open at the recess (19), wherein the upper opening (23a) is placed at a height of the upper annular chamber (22a) and the lower opening (23b) is placed at a height of the lower annular chamber (22b), so that when the shutter (3) is in the raised position, the upper opening (23a) is obstructed by the surface of the hollow cylinder (18), while the lower opening (23b) opens into the lower annular chamber (22b), whereas when the shutter (3) is in the lowered position, the lower opening (23b) is obstructed by the surface of the hollow cylinder (18), while the upper opening (23a) opens into the upper annular chamber (22a); and wherein both the upper opening (23a) and the lower opening (23b) are connected to an actuating fluid source, wherein said dispensing member (4) comprises a rotatable shaft (10) comprising a screw portion (14) configured to impart a dispensing pressure and a mixing to the product (P).

US Pat. No. 10,138,007

UNIT AND METHOD FOR FILLING CONTAINING ELEMENTS OF SINGLE-USE CAPSULES FOR EXTRACTION OR INFUSION BEVERAGES

GIMA, S.P.A., Zola Predo...

1. A filling unit for filling containing elements (2) of single-use capsules (3) with a dose (33) of product for extraction or infusion beverages, comprising:a transport line (4) for transporting the containing elements (2) extending along a first movement path (P) and provided with a plurality of supporting seats (5) for the containing elements (2) arranged in succession along the first movement path (P);
a filling station (SR) for filling the above-mentioned containing elements (2) with a dose (33) of product;characterised in that the filling station (SR) comprises:at least one first containing seat (S1) designed to receive a dose (33) of product and movable along a second movement path (P1);
a forming substation (ST1) for forming the dose (33) inside the at least one first containing seat (S1), provided with a releasing device (6) for releasing a predetermined quantity of product forming the dose (33) inside the at least one first containing seat (S1);
at least one second containing seat (S2) designed to receive the dose (33) of product from the at least one first containing seat (S1) and movable along a third movement path (P2);
a transfer substation (ST2) for transferring the dose (33) of product from the at least one first containing seat (S1) to the at least one second containing seat (S2);
first devices (7) for moving the at least one first containing seat (S1) between the forming substation (ST1) and the transfer substation (ST2) and vice versa;
a release substation (ST3) for releasing the dose (33) of product from the at least one second containing seat (S2) to a containing element (2) transported by the transport line (4);
further second devices (8) for moving the at least one second containing seat (S2), designed to move the second containing seat (S2) along the third movement path (P2) from the transfer substation (ST2) to the release substation (ST3) and vice versa, the transfer substation (ST2) and the release substation (ST3) being positioned at a predetermined distance from one another along the third movement path (P2), the third movement path (P2) being parallel to the first movement path (P) of the transport line (4) at the release substation (ST3);wherein the at least one first containing seat (S1) is defined by lateral walls of a cavity (18) and by a bottom wall (F), the filling unit comprising, for each first containing seat (S1):a piston (13) movable between a lower position where it defines the bottom wall (F) of the at least one first containing seat (S1) and an upper position where it closes the top of the cavity (18);
means (14) for moving the piston (13), for moving the piston (13) between the lower and upper positions; andwherein the means (14) for moving the piston (13) are designed to position the piston (13) in a compacting position, which is intermediate between the lower position and the upper position, in a compacting region (R4), to compact the dose (33) of product; the filling unit further comprising a control and drive unit (15), connected to the means (14) for moving the piston (13) and configured for moving the piston (13) from the lower position to the upper position at the transfer substation (ST2) so as to transfer the dose (33) from the at least one first containing seat (S1) to the at least one second containing seat (S2).

US Pat. No. 10,138,006

HIGH SPEED POUCHER

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

1. A poucher for producing pouches filled with a granular flowable material, said pouches having an approximately predetermined pouch length, comprising:a source of web;
a garniture operative to form the web into a hollow tube, with overlapping edge portions of the web establishing a longitudinal seam;
a cutter operative to initially cut the hollow tube into multi-pouch-length multiple open-ended tubes having opposite ends;
a transfer section operative to transfer an output of said cutter onto a receiving portion of a series of transfer drums;
said series of transfer drums operative to establish and move a procession of said multiple open-ended tubes along a path, said tubes of said procession being in a mutually spaced, side-by-side relation along said path and further cut said multi-pouch-length open-ended tubes into said approximately predetermined pouch lengths and arrange them into a procession of individual open-ended pouch-length tubes;
a first closure mechanism at a first location along said path operative to crimp-close one end of each of the individual open-ended pouch-length tubes to establish a procession of open-ended pouch structures;
a filling section at a second location along said path for flowing an approximately predetermined amount of the granular flowable material into each of said open-ended pouch structures to establish a procession of open-ended, filled pouch structures;
a second closure mechanism at a third location along said path operative to crimp-close the other end of each of said open-ended, filled pouch structures to establish a procession of completed pouches; and
a sensor operative to generate a signal indicative of the level of said granular material in at least some of said procession of open-ended, filled pouch structures as said procession of open-ended, filled pouch structures progresses toward said second closure mechanism and a controller operative to adjust a delivery rate of said filling section responsively to said signal, such that a trend in operation of said filling section away from delivering said approximately predetermined amount into each of said open-ended pouch structures is counteracted such that consistent operation of said filling section is maintainable on-line;
wherein said transfer section and said series of transfer drums maintain an approximately consistent location of said longitudinal seam between opposite sides of the completed pouches,
wherein said garniture cooperates with a brush, said brush operative to provide support to an inside portion of the web adjacent said garniture.

US Pat. No. 10,138,005

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL DAMAGE DETECTION

The United States of Amer...

1. A method comprising:transmitting a test signal to a plurality of interconnected panels, wherein each panel has a plurality of detection layers that form a grid of conductive traces and wherein each detection layer includes one or more known defect traces, and wherein the panel has a trace continuity signature that is defined by the known defect traces of the detection layers in the panel; and
identifying one or more damage zones in the plurality of interconnected panels based on a response of the grid of conductive traces to the test signal and trace continuity signature information associated with the plurality of interconnected panels.

US Pat. No. 10,138,004

FLYWHEEL DEVICE FOR POSITION STABILIZATION OF A SPACECRAFT

Rockwell Collins Deutschl...

1. A flywheel device for position stabilization of a spacecraft, the flywheel device comprising:a carrier;
a rotor;
a magnetic drive configured to drive the rotor rotatingly relative to the carrier; and
a roller bearing arranged between the rotor and the carrier,
wherein the magnetic drive is configured to generate a magnetic force between the rotor and the carrier for pre-stressing the roller bearing,
wherein an outer diameter of the rotor is at most 2.5 times a diameter of the roller bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,003

FOIL DEPLOYMENT MECHANISM

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, P...

1. A foil deployment mechanism, comprising:a first drum rotatable about a first longitudinal axis, and a second drum rotatable about a second longitudinal axis,
a cable which can be moved by rotating the first drum in a first rotation direction and by rotating the second drum in a second rotation direction opposed to the first rotation direction, the cable comprising a first section which extends from a lower part of the second drum to an upper part of the first drum, a second section which is wound around a part of the first drum facing away from the second drum, a third section which extends from a lower part of the first drum to an upper part of the second drum, and a fourth section which is wound around a part of the second drum facing away from the first drum, wherein the first section and the third section intersect each other between the first drum and the second drum when being viewed along the first longitudinal axis,
a longitudinal rigid element having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is connected to the cable, and wherein the second end is connected to a foil, wherein, by moving the cable, the longitudinal rigid element can be moved between a first state in which the first end of the longitudinal rigid element is connected to the first section of the cable, and in which the second end of the longitudinal rigid element protrudes from the first drum in a direction pointing away from the second drum, and a second state in which the second end of the longitudinal rigid element protrudes in a direction pointing away from the second drum, wherein a distance between the second end and the first drum is smaller in the first state than in the second state; and
a guiding structure for guiding a movement of the longitudinal rigid element caused by moving the cable, wherein the guiding structure is configured such that an angle ? between an alignment of the cable in the first section and the longitudinal rigid element is changed when the first end of the longitudinal rigid element moves from an upper part of the first drum towards a lower part of the first drum while being connected to the second section of the cable.

US Pat. No. 10,138,000

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING AND MANAGING THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

1. An unmanned vehicle system, which is remotely controllable from a control source with police apparatus located remotely from each of said vehicle and said control source, comprising:(A) a remotely controlled vehicle comprising:
(1) a vehicle receiving device, for receiving instruction signals from each of said control source and said police apparatus;
(2) a vehicle processor, coupled to said vehicle receiving device, for receiving instructions specified by said instruction signals, and producing operational control signals for the vehicle in response to said instructions;
(3) at least one actuator, coupled to said processor, responsive to said operational control signals, for actuating at least one of:
(i) at least one device for controlling an orientation of said vehicle, and
(ii) at least one device for controlling at least one of (a) a velocity, and (b) an acceleration, of said vehicle;
(4) at least one sensing device, coupled to said vehicle processor, for sensing vehicle data and supplying sensed vehicle data signals to said vehicle processor representing said sensed vehicle data; and
(5) a vehicle transmitting device, coupled to said vehicle processor, for transmitting said signals representing said sensed vehicle data;
(B) a remote control unit for providing at least one biologic identifier signal and said instruction signals, said remote control unit comprising:
(1) a remote control transmitting device, for transmitting said instruction signals and said at least one biologic identifier signal;
(2) a remote control receiving device for receiving said sensed vehicle data signals;
(3) a first remote control input device for manually inputting instructions;
(4) a second remote control input device for inputting biologic identification information pertaining to a pilot using the remote control unit;
(5) a display device for displaying information; and
(6) a remote control processor, coupled to each of said remote control transmitting device, said remote control receiving device, said first remote control input device, said second remote control input device and said display device, for
(i) generating instruction signals representing said inputted instructions and causing said remote control transmitting device to transmit said signals to said vehicle receiving device,
(ii) processing signals representing said sensed vehicle data received by said remote control receiving device and supplying said signals to said remote control display device, and
(iii) generating said at least one biologic identifier signal representing said inputted biologic identification information;
(C) a police unit for communicating with said remote control unit: comprising:
(1) a police transmitting device, for transmitting an interrogation signal to said remote control receiving device;
(2) a police receiving device, for receiving said at least one biologic identifier signal;
(3) a memory device, for storing and providing certified biologic identification information and respective alphanumeric identification information pertaining to each of a plurality of persons; and
(4) a police processor, coupled to each of said police transmitting device, said police receiving device, and said memory device, for
(i) storing said certified biologic and said respective alphanumeric identification information in said memory and retrieving it therefrom, and
(ii) generating an interrogation signal for transmission to said remote control receiving device,
wherein
(I) said vehicle processor is further operative to supply said signals representing said sensed vehicle data to said vehicle transmitting device, and to cause said transmitting device to transmit said signals to said remote control receiving device;
(II) said remote control unit display device is operative to display a representation of said sensed vehicle data;
(III) said remote control receiving device is operative to receive said interrogation signal;
(IV) in response to said received interrogation signal, said remote control processor is operative to cause said remote control transmitting device to transmit said at least one biologic identifier signal to said police receiving device; and
(V) said police processor is further operative to receive said biologic identification information from said police receiving device and to compare it to said stored certified biologic identification information, and indicate a match between said stored certified biologic identification information and said received biologic identification information;
whereby
(a) the motion of said unmanned vehicle is controlled by said pilot by inputting instructions to said vehicle input device, in response to a representation of vehicle data displayed by said display device; and
(b) said interrogation signal is transmitted from said police unit to said remote control unit, and in response thereto, said biologic identification information is transmitted from said remote control unit to said police unit; thereby to allow said police unit to determine the identity of the person controlling an unmanned vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,999

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AIRFLOW CONTROL SURFACE SKEW CONDITIONS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:an aircraft wing;
a support linkage;
a flap coupled to the aircraft wing via the support linkage;
a sensor coupled to the flap at a location proximate to the support linkage, the sensor configured to generate first vibration data for the location; and
a detector communicatively coupled to the sensor, the detector to:
identify a change in a rotational constraint of the flap relative to the support linkage based on a shift in a peak of the first vibration data relative to a peak of second vibration data; and
detect a skew condition of the flap based on the change.

US Pat. No. 10,137,998

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR REFUELING AIRCRAFT FROM A WATERCRAFT

1. A watercraft to aircraft refueling system, comprising:a first fuel tank configured to hold a first aircraft fuel;
a second fuel tank configured to hold a second aircraft fuel;
a fuel hose reel with a spool;
a fuel hose configured to connect to either the first fuel tank or second fuel tank to allow fuel to flow from the fuel tank through the fuel hose, wherein the connection is controlled by a valve;
a drogue attached to the fuel hose; and
an aerodynamic lift elevation mechanism operable to lift the fuel hose and drogue into the air by expelling water through a first nozzle and a second nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,996

POSITIVE LOCK LATCHING MECHANISM

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a latch comprising:
a latch arm comprising a first slotted hole and a latch hook configured to engage a pin; and
a bifold handle coupled to the latch arm, the bifold handle comprising a first handle portion and a handle extension portion, wherein the first handle portion comprises a first end coupled to the latch arm and having a lock hook configured to translate through the first slotted hole to engage the pin and a second end coupled to the handle extension portion, wherein the handle extension portion is configured to move adjacent to the first handle portion when the lock hook is engaged with the pin, and the handle extension portion is configured to move away from the first handle portion when the lock hook is not engaged with the pin.

US Pat. No. 10,137,995

ONE-TIME FLARE MECHANSIM

Earthly Dynamics, LLC, A...

1. A system to produce a one-time flare maneuver for a parafoil carrying a payload comprising;a parafoil canopy comprising a trailing edge,
a spreader,
at least one trailing edge control line comprising an origin and a terminus wherein the origin of the trailing edge control line is attached to the trailing edge of the canopy,
at least one suspension line comprising an origin and a terminus wherein the origin of the suspension line is attached to the canopy,
a release mechanism system further comprising;
a release mechanism,
a control mechanism releasably attached to-the release mechanism and attached to the trailing edge control line, and
a means for releasing the control mechanism from the release mechanism,
wherein the means for releasing the control mechanism is a hook and latch and is engaged with the control mechanism and the release mechanism,
at least one upper link,
at least one lower link,
a purchase system further comprising;
an upper purchase system attached to the upper link further comprising at least one device for receiving the trailing edge control line,
a lower purchase system attached to the lower link further comprising at least one device for receiving the at least one trailing edge control line, wherein the at least one trailing edge control line is threaded through the lower purchase system and then the upper purchase system.

US Pat. No. 10,137,994

HYBRID ACOUSTIC AND INDUCTION-HEATING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPEDING FORMATION OF ICE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An airfoil, comprising:a skin, comprising an external surface and an internal surface, opposite the external surface, wherein the skin is magnetically and electrically conductive, and wherein the skin has a controlled region;
an interior space, formed by the skin, wherein the internal surface of the skin faces the interior space;
a leading edge along the external surface of the skin; and
a hybrid acoustic induction-heating system, configured to impede formation of ice on the external surface of the skin and comprising:
induction coils, located within the interior space, wherein each one of the induction coils, in which a phase of an alternating electrical current is flowing, has a portion, arranged sufficiently close to the internal surface of the skin to produce an eddy current within the controlled region of the skin, and wherein the portion of one of the induction coils is adjacent to the portion of at least another one of the induction coils; and
a control system, configured to generate inductive heat and traveling-wave acoustic pressure in the controlled region of the skin by supplying the phases of the alternating electrical current to the induction cons based, at least in part, on an ambient temperature of a layer of fluid flowing over the external surface of the skin, and wherein supplying the phases of the alternating electrical current comprises supplying different ones of the phases of the alternating electrical current to those of the induction coils having the portions that are adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,993

MIXING BLEED AND RAM AIR USING AN AIR CYCLE MACHINE WITH TWO TURBINES

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. An air cycle machine for an environmental control system for an aircraft, the air cycle machine comprising:a compressor configured to compress a first medium;
a turbine configured to receive second medium;
a mixing point downstream of the compressor and downstream of the turbine; and
a shaft mechanically coupling the compressor and the turbine;
a second turbine mounted on the shaft and configured to expand the first medium,
wherein the environmental control system comprises a fan driven by a third turbine driven by the second medium.

US Pat. No. 10,137,992

REMOTE CONTROLLED AIR NOZZLES AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft comprising:a plurality of seats;
an input device coupled to each of said plurality of seats; and
a remotely-controlled nozzle positioned proximate each seat of said plurality of seats, said nozzle comprising an actuator assembly comprising:
a first ring;
a second ring spaced a distance from said first ring;
a plurality of legs coupled between said first ring and said second ring;
at least one actuator; and
an actuator shaft extending through said first ring and said second ring, wherein said at least one actuator is configured to translate said actuator shaft linearly through said first ring and said second ring between an open position, to allow airflow through said nozzle, and a closed position, to restrict airflow through said nozzle, in response to a signal received from a respective input device of said input devices, wherein said signal represents a position of said actuator shaft wherein said at least one actuator includes an external compression actuator and an internal tension actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,137,991

TRAY TABLE DEPLOYABLE FROM LOWER SEATBACK AREA

1. A passenger seat comprising:a tray table support bracket comprising:
at least one support arm haying a proximal end configured to hingedly couple to a passenger seatback, the at least one support arm operable to pivot between a stowed position in which a distal end of the at least one support arm is oriented to be substantially parallel to the seatback, and a deployed position in which the distal end of the at least one support aim is displaced away from the seatback,
a guide member extending between the distal end and the proximal end of the at least one support arm; and
a rocker actuator disposed at the distal end of the at least one support arm;
a tray table coupled to the tray table support bracket and configured to provide a substantially horizontal work surface when in a deployed state, the tray table comprising:
a hinge base portion in a slidable engagement relationship with the guide member and being rotatably coupled to the at least one support arm about a lateral axis of rotation when the hinge base is positioned proximate to the distal end of the at least one support arm, and
an extension portion configured to define a work surface, the extension portion being in a controlled slidable engagement relationship with the hinge base portion; and
a rocker latch pivotably coupled to the hinge base portion and operable to pivot between a locked position corresponding to a partially deployed state of the binge base portion and an unlocked position corresponding to a fully deployed state of the hinge base portion;
wherein the rocker actuator comprises a spring bias mechanism directed downward to engage a proximal end of the rocker latch in response to the hinge base portion rotating about the lateral axis of rotation toward the fully deployed state of the hinge base portion; and
wherein when in the locked position, a distal end of the rocker latch engages and retains the extension portion in a retracted position relative to the hinge base portion, and wherein when in the unlocked position, the distal end of the latch disengages the extension portion such that the extension portion is free to slide distally relative to the hinge base portion, the latch being configured to automatically unlock responsive to the hinge base portion rotating about the lateral axis of toward the fully deployed state.

US Pat. No. 10,137,990

ARMREST TABLE

LIQ MENG CORP., Taipei (...

1. An armrest table comprising:an armrest casing having
an inner space; and
a front opening communicating with the inner space of the armrest casing;
a frontward-moving stand front and rear movably mounted in the armrest casing, capable of moving out of the front opening of the armrest casing, and having
an inner space; and
a top opening communicating with the inner space of the frontward-moving stand;
at least one table panel up and down moveably mounted in the frontward-moving stand, and capable of moving out of the top opening of the frontward-moving stand;
wherein when the at least one table panel is moved to a highest position of its movement route, the at least one table panel is rotatable to be horizontal;
wherein when the at least one table panel is moved to a lowest position of its movement route, the frontward-moving stand and the at least one table panel are capable of being received in the armrest casing;
a frontward-moving power device mounted in the armrest casing, connected to the frontward-moving stand, and capable of moving the frontward-moving stand front and rear;
a control panel mounted on the armrest casing; and
a control system electrically connected to the control panel and the frontward-moving power device, such that the control panel controls a movement and a position of the frontward-moving stand by the frontward-moving power device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,989

CONSTRUCTION KIT AND METHOD FOR A HOUSING STRUCTURE OF A MONUMENT FOR A VEHICLE CABIN

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A vehicle cabin monument housing construction kit, the kit comprising:a plurality of integrally formed sandwich panels, each of the sandwich panels having a first and a second cover panel surrounding a core, and formed with panel connecting structures, each of the panel connecting structures formed as a plug region or as a mating plug region,
wherein the construction kit further comprises:
at least one fastening rail having a receiving space extending along the longitudinal direction of the at least one fastening rail, the receiving space being configured to receive and fasten mounting feet of fixing elements to the at least one fastening rail to fix the monument in position inside the cabin,
wherein the at least one fastening rail is formed with rail-to-panel connecting structures, each of the rail-to-panel connecting structures formed as a plug region or as a mating plug region, and
wherein the mating plug region of any of the sandwich panels and the at least one fastening rail is formed to be complementary to the plug region of any of the sandwich panels and the at least one fastening rail, and the plug region of any of the sandwich panels and the at least one fastening rail is formed to be complementary to the mating plug region of any of the sandwich panels and the at least one fastening rail, so that the at least one fastening rail is configured to be plugged together with at least one of the plurality of sandwich panels at least one of the plurality of sandwich panels with the plug region is configured to be plugged together with one of the plurality of sandwich panels with the mating plug region.

US Pat. No. 10,137,988

TOILET SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A toilet system comprising:a waste receptacle comprising an outlet configured to channel waste therethrough; and
a conveyor assembly comprising:
a housing that comprises an inlet and at least one outlet comprising a solid waste outlet and a liquid waste outlet, said inlet coupled in direct flow communication with said outlet of said waste receptacle such that both liquid waste and solid waste are received within said housing from said waste receptacle, said solid waste outlet positioned to receive solid waste transported by said transport mechanism, and said liquid waste outlet positioned to receive liquid waste separated from the solid waste; and
a transport mechanism positioned within said housing, said transport mechanism operable to actively transport the waste from said inlet towards said at least one outlet of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,987

MOBILE GALLEY CART WITH HEATING, COOLING AND BRAKING FUNCTIONALITY

1. An aircraft galley cart, comprising:a housing comprising a bottom, a top, two side walls, a first end wall, and a second end wall;
a first handle assembly mounted to an upper end of the first end wall;
a second handle assembly mounted to an upper end of the second end wall, wherein each of the first handle assembly and the second handle assembly includes an articulating member that moves between a first position when the handle assembly is grasped by a user and a second position when the handle assembly is not being grasped by the user;
at least four wheels, wherein each wheel of the at least four wheels is mounted proximate to a respective corner of four corners of the bottom of the housing;
at least one braking assembly configured to selectively engage or disengage a wheel brake on one or more of the at least four wheels; and
a cabling assembly connecting each of the first handle assembly and the second handle assembly to the at least one braking assembly, wherein the cabling assembly is configured to disengage the at least one braking assembly upon actuation of the articulating member of either of the first handle and the second handle to the first position, and to engage the at least one braking assembly upon actuation of the articulating member of both the first handle assembly and the second handle assembly to the second position, wherein the cabling assembly comprises:
a first cable routed from one end of the first handle assembly, down a first side of the first end wall, along the bottom of the housing and communicatively connecting to the at least one braking assembly, and up a second side of the first end wall to a second end of the first handle assembly; and
a second cable routed from one end of the second handle assembly, down a first side of the second end wall, along the bottom of the housing and communicatively connecting to the at least one braking assembly, and up a second side of the second end wall to a second end of the second handle assembly;
wherein the at least one braking assembly is configured for independent actuation by the first handle assembly and the second handle assembly, wherein
the at least one braking assembly engages the wheel brake on the one or more of the at least four wheels when the respective articulating member of both the first handle assembly and the second handle assembly are simultaneously in the second position, and
the at least one braking assembly disengages the wheel brake on the one or more of the at least four wheels when the respective articulating member of either the first handle assembly or the second handle assembly is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,986

AIRLIFT PACKAGE PROTECTION AIRBAG CONTAINER

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A container configured to protect an item during transport to a destination, the container comprising:an inflatable portion that includes inflatable sidewalls that connect an inflatable cover to an inflatable base, at least the inflatable sidewalls formed from an elongated tubular inflatable vessel arranged as a helix defining a non-pressurized internal cavity to secure the item therewithin, the elongated tubular inflatable vessel having a filling orifice to inflate the inflatable sidewalls, the inflatable cover, and the inflatable base with gas; and
two or more apertures through the inflatable cover that enable coupling arms to couple to the item in the non-pressurized internal cavity during transport while the elongated tubular inflatable vessel is inflated.

US Pat. No. 10,137,985

STEALTH AERIAL VEHICLE

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A method of operating an aerial vehicle, the method comprising the acts of:taking off the aerial vehicle in a second attitude in which a first side faces down, wherein the first side of the aerial vehicle has a landing gear bay, and wherein a second side of the aerial vehicle has no bays, has a smaller radar signature than the first side and is arranged opposite to the first side of the aerial vehicle;
retracting a landing gear into the landing gear bay that is arranged on the first side;
switching from the second attitude to a first attitude in which the second side faces in a direction of a threat during a portion of flight of the aerial vehicle;
switching from the first attitude to the second attitude in which the first side faces down;
extending the landing gear while the aerial vehicle is in the second attitude; and
landing the aerial vehicle in the second attitude in which the first side faces down.

US Pat. No. 10,137,984

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPERATING DRONES IN RESPONSE TO AN INCIDENT

State Farm Mutual Automob...

1. A response drone for detecting incidents within a coverage area including a plurality of zones, the response drone comprising a processor, a memory in communication with the processor, and a sensor, wherein the processor is programmed to:detect a triggering activity associated with a first zone of the plurality of zones;
determine a navigation path to the first zone;
travel to the first zone based upon the determined navigation path;
collect sensor data using the sensor at the first zone;
detect items located within the first zone and associate each of the detected items with an identifier and a location within the first zone;
compare the detected items to a virtual inventory stored in the memory of items within the first zone;
identify a difference between the detected items and the stored items of the virtual inventory;
tag a point of interest within the first zone based upon a stored location of the difference by associating an identifier and a location with the point of interest and storing the identifier and the location within the memory;
trigger an insurance event based upon the tagged point of interest; and
transmit an alert to a user computing device associated with a user to notify the user of the triggered insurance event, wherein the alert includes the collected sensor data with the tagged point of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,137,983

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV) HAVING VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING (VTOL) CAPABILITY

SkyX Limited, Markham, O...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle comprising:a fuselage;
left and right wings connected to the fuselage to generate lift in forward flight;
a left thrust-generating device supported by the left wing;
a right thrust-generating device supported by the right wing;
a vertical stabilizer;
a top thrust-generating device mounted to a top portion of the vertical stabilizer;
a bottom thrust-generating device mounted to a bottom portion of the vertical stabilizer;
an onboard power source comprising a battery for powering the left, right, top and bottom thrust-generating devices;
an inductive charging coil for inductively recharging the battery from an inductive charging pad of a battery-recharging station, wherein the inductive charging coil is displaceable relative to the fuselage toward the inductive charging pad for increasing a charging efficiency;
a hatch disposed on one of the wings or on the fuselage and wherein the hatch is opened to enable the coil to be displaced toward the inductive charging pad while the vehicle is stationary;
wherein a symmetrical pair of the left, right, top and bottom thrust-generating devices provide forward thrust during forward flight and wherein the left, right, top and bottom thrust-generating devices provide vertical thrust to enable the unmanned aerial vehicle to take-off and land vertically when the fuselage is substantially vertical and further enabling the unmanned aerial vehicle to transition between forward flight and vertical take-off and landing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,982

PROPELLER UNITS

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. An aerial vehicle comprising:one or more propeller units connected to the aerial vehicle, wherein the one or more propeller units are operable to provide thrust for takeoff of the aerial vehicle or hover flight of the aerial vehicle, and wherein at least one of the one or more propeller units comprises:
a shaft coupled to a motor; and
a first propeller blade and a second propeller blade that are both connected to the shaft, wherein the second propeller blade is located substantially opposite the first propeller blade, wherein the second propeller blade has a surface area that is greater than a corresponding surface area of the first propeller blade, wherein, with respect to a plane of rotation of the at least one propeller unit, at least a portion of the first propeller blade has a width that is greater than a width at any point along the second propeller blade, wherein the first propeller blade is of a single mass distributed over an area of the first propeller blade, wherein the second propeller blade is of a single mass distributed over an area of the second propeller blade, and wherein the single mass of the first propeller blade and the single mass of the second propeller blade are such that a center of mass of the at least one propeller unit is located on an axis of rotation; and
one or more propulsion units connected to the aerial vehicle, wherein the one or more propulsion units are operable to provide thrust for forward flight of the aerial vehicle, and wherein while the aerial vehicle is in forward flight in a first direction and the motor of the at least one propeller unit is turned off, the first propeller blade and the second propeller blade are each configured to orient in a second direction that is substantially parallel to the first direction, such that the first propeller blade is oriented substantially upwind of the second propeller blade.

US Pat. No. 10,137,981

ELECTRIC PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR AN AIRCRAFT

General Electric Company,...

1. An aeronautical propulsion system defining a central axis and comprising:a fan having a plurality of fan blades rotatable about the central axis and defining a fan pressure ratio, FPR, wherein the FPR is a ratio of a discharge pressure of a fan to an inlet pressure of the fan; and
an electric motor mechanically coupled to the fan for driving the fan, the electric motor comprising a number of poles, npoles, and defining a maximum power, P;
wherein the relationship between the fan pressure ratio, FPR, of the fan, the number of poles, npoles, of the electric motor, and the maximum power, P, of the electric motor is defined by an equation:

wherein C1 is a constant having a value between 22,000 and 52,000, wherein C2 is a constant having a value between 4.0 and 9.8, and wherein e is Euler's number.

US Pat. No. 10,137,979

AIRCRAFT AND MISSILE FOREBODY FLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FLOW

Orbital Research Inc., C...

1. A method of stabilization and maneuvering a missile or aircraft comprising the steps ofa. estimating or determining side forces on a missile or an aircraft forebody based at least in part on a signal from at least one sensor; the missile or aircraft further comprising at least one deployable and retractable flow effector on the missile or aircraft forebody and a closed loop control system for controlling the at least one deployable and retractable flow effector at least in part by indirectly estimating or determining flow separation, or estimating or determining side forces on the forebody based on the signal from at least one sensor;
b. activating the at least one deployable and retractable flow effector to counteract or change the side forces by activation of the at least one deployable and retractable flow effector with the closed loop controller based on at least in part the signal of the at least one sensor;
c. re-estimating or determining side forces on the missile or aircraft forebody based at least in part on a signal from the at least one sensor; and
d. deactivating the at least one deployable and retractable flow effector by retracting the flow effector to a position at or beneath the surface of the missile or aircraft in response to reduced or changed side forces.

US Pat. No. 10,137,978

FOLDING WING TIP DEVICE WITH ROTATABLE LOCK

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An aircraft, comprising:an aircraft wing, the aircraft wing comprising a fixed wing and a wing tip device at the tip thereof, wherein the wing tip device is configurable between:
(i) a locked flight configuration for use during flight and (ii) a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is moved away from the locked flight configuration such that the span of the aircraft wing is reduced, the aircraft wing further comprising a locking mechanism for locking the wing tip device in the locked flight configuration, the locking mechanism having a longitudinal axis and comprising a first part associated with one of the fixed wing and the wing tip device, and a second part associated with the other of the fixed wing and wing tip device,
the locking mechanism having a locked configuration, in which the first part is received in the second part such that the first part is prevented from being withdrawn from the second part along the longitudinal axis of the locking mechanism, and an unlocked configuration, in which the first part is received in the second part such that the first part is free to be withdrawn from the second part along the longitudinal axis of the locking mechanism, wherein the locking mechanism is moved between the locked configuration and the unlocked configuration by rotation of at least one of the first part or second part around the longitudinal axis of the locking mechanism,
wherein the first part is a male locking pin having a longitudinal axis shared with the locking mechanism, with one or more flanges extending in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the locking pin,
wherein the second part is a female receiving portion, with an opening aperture shaped to allow passage of the male locking pin in a longitudinal direction when the locking mechanism is in the unlocked configuration, and
wherein the female receiving portion comprises at least one internal receiving chamber, the receiving chamber arranged to receive a flange of the male locking pin and prevent longitudinal movement of the male locking pin when the locking mechanism is in the locked configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,977

ARRANGEMENT FOR EFFECTING MOVEMENT OF A WING TIP DEVICE BETWEEN A FLIGHT CONFIGURATION AND A GROUND CONFIGURATION

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An aircraft comprising a wing having a span, a wing tip device at the tip of the wing and an actuator, wherein the actuator is arranged to effect movement of the wing tip device between:(i) a flight configuration for use during flight and
(ii) a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is moved away from the flight configuration such that the span of the aircraft wing is reduced,
characterised in that the aircraft comprises:
a carriage guide, fixed relative to the wing, and
a carriage arranged to move along the carriage guide as the wing tip device moves between the flight and ground configurations,
wherein the carriage carries the wing tip device on a pivot, such that the wing tip device is rotatable relative to the carriage, about the pivot, as the carriage moves along the carriage guide
the movement of the wing tip device, between the flight and the ground configurations, comprising both a rotational component of movement of the wing tip device about the pivot, and a translational component of movement, of the pivot, along the carriage guide.

US Pat. No. 10,137,976

AIRFOILS FOR ROTOR BLADES OF ROTARY WING AIRCRAFTS

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

wherein a maximum error of each one of the predetermined intrados coordinate value pairs x/c, yint/c and the predetermined extrados coordinate value pairs x/c, yext/c amounts to ±3%.

US Pat. No. 10,137,975

SIDEWALL MOUNTING HARDWARE FOR AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft sidewall apparatus comprising: a hanger for supporting sections of sidewall for an aircraft, the hanger comprising: an elongated vertical member that attaches to a frame of the aircraft; and sets of keyholes that are each arranged in a vertical pattern along the member; each keyhole includes a receptacle and a slot extending from the receptacle; and slot sizes of keyholes in each set vary from one end of the vertical pattern to another end of the vertical pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,137,974

MONUMENT FOR A CABIN OF A VEHICLE, AND FASTENING ARRANGEMENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A monument for a cabin of a vehicle, comprising:an outer housing side; and
a fastening rail for fastening connection elements in a longitudinal direction of the fastening rail in order to fix the monument in position inside the cabin,
the fastening rail having a receiving space extending in the longitudinal direction of the fastening rail, which space is designed to receive and fasten a plurality of mounting feet of the connection elements to the fastening rail, and being embedded in the outer housing side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,973

PROPULSION CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MARINE VESSEL

1. A propulsion control system for controlling a marine vessel comprising a propulsion unit set which in turn comprises at least four propulsion units, the marine vessel comprising a longitudinal centre line and a transversal line, the transversal line extending in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal centre line and also extends through the steering axis of an aftmost of the propulsion units, the marine vessel comprising four quadrants defined by the longitudinal centre line and the transversal line, wherein a first and a second quadrant are located on the same side of the longitudinal centre line, the propulsion control system being adapted to receive an input command from a vessel steering control arrangement, wherein, if the input command is indicative of a combined sway and yaw motion being desired, the propulsion control system is adapted to control the propulsion unit set such that:each one of a first, a second, a third and a fourth propulsion unit of the propulsion unit set produces a thrust in a direction that forms an angle with the longitudinal centre line;
each one of the first, second and third propulsion unit of the propulsion unit set produces a thrust in a direction towards the first quadrant;
the fourth propulsion unit of the propulsion unit set produces a thrust in a direction towards the second quadrant, and
the magnitude of the thrust produced by each of the first and the fourth propulsion unit is greater than the magnitude of the thrust produced by each one of the second and the third propulsion unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,971

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING ATTITUDE OF A MARINE VESSEL WITH TRIM DEVICES

Brunswick Corporation, M...

11. A method for automatically controlling a trim angle of a trimmable marine propulsion device with respect to a marine vessel, the method comprising:receiving a signal indicating a type of the propulsion device and thereafter retrieving a set of trim base profiles, as appropriate for the type of propulsion device, each base profile in the set of base profiles defining a unique relationship between a plurality of vessel speeds and respective trim angles of the propulsion device with respect to the marine vessel;
accepting a user selection of a base profile from the retrieved set of base profiles;
measuring a speed of the marine vessel;
with a controller, determining a setpoint trim angle that corresponds to the measured vessel speed according to the selected base profile; and
sending a control signal to position the propulsion device at the setpoint trim angle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,970

REGULATOR HAVING REMOVABLE FIRST STAGE ORIFICE BODY

Johnson Outdoors Inc., R...

1. A method of servicing a first stage pressure regulator; the method comprising:removing a removable high pressure orifice body from an inlet of a valve body;
modifying the removable high pressure orifice body;
reinserting the repaired orifice body into and on the inlet of the valve body; and
wherein the step of modifying the removable high pressure orifice body may include machining a new diameter of a flow restriction orifice of the removable high pressure orifice body that is of greater diameter than an original diameter of the flow restriction orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,137,969

FACE MASK WITH MOUNT FOR IMAGING DEVICE

Sport Dimension Inc., Ca...

1. An assembly, comprising:a mask having a frame that includes a right lens frame attached to a left lens frame by a bridge that supports a nosepiece, with a lens retained inside each of the right lens frame and the left lens frame, the frame further including a top surface and a connection region that is cut out from the top surface of the frame at the location of the bridge;
a support piece seated inside the connection region; and
a filler piece that is adapted to be seated inside the connection region and secured inside the connection region by the support piece, the filler piece having a top surface that is flush with the top surface of the frame when the filler piece is secured at the connection region; and
a mount piece having a bottom section, and a mount support extending vertically from the bottom section, with two or more engagement tabs and a retainer engagement tab provided on the mount support and spaced apart so as to define open transverse slots therebetween suitable for the insertion of a camera mount, wherein the bottom section is adapted to be seated inside the connection region and secured inside the connection region by the support piece when the mount piece is secured to the connection region.

US Pat. No. 10,137,968

STONE DUMPING VESSEL HAVING SYMMETRICAL STONE COMPARTMENTS

1. A stone dumping vessel having symmetrical stone compartments, comprising:a hull, having a control cabin, two sides of the control cabin being symmetrically provided with the stone compartments respectively, the stone compartments each have a compartment room to accommodate stones of various sizes and types, a bottom of the compartment room having a funnel shape for automatically unloading the stones, a midship portion of the hull being provided with conveyor systems respectively corresponding to the stone compartments for automatically conveying the stones of the stone compartments to the control cabin, the stone compartments being operated independently, the hull being provided with a pair of dynamic positioning (DP) system cabins symmetrically disposed at the two sides of the control cabin for positioning the hull;
a stone conveying unit, disposed in the control cabin and connected with the conveyor systems;
an oblique fallpipe unit, including a cannula compensating device, the cannula compensating device being disposed on a side of the hull, the oblique fallpipe unit further including a fallpipe, the fallpipe being mounted to the cannula compensating device, the cannula compensating device being able to position the fallpipe and connect the fallpipe with the stone conveying unit;
thereby, the conveyor systems cooperating with the stone conveying unit to automatically convey the stones to the fallpipe, the stone compartments being symmetrically disposed at the two sides of the control cabin and independently operated, and the dynamic positioning (DP) system cabins and the cannula compensating device being adapted to position the hull and the fallpipe respectively so that the stone dumping vessel can achieve high accuracy of stone dumping; and
the stone conveying unit including a first rail and a second rail, one end of each of the first rail and the second rail being connected to a corresponding one of the conveyor systems, another end of the first rail being connected to the second rail, and another end of the second rail being telescopic and selectively connectable to the fallpipe.

US Pat. No. 10,137,967

WINDLASS ASSEMBLY

LEWMAR LIMITED, Hampshir...

1. A windlass assembly for a marine craft anchoring system comprising an anchor and anchor rode, the assembly comprising, before attachment to the craft, a windlass portion and a bow roller portion connected to each other via a connection portion, the windlass portion comprising a gypsy adapted to haul the anchor rode for one turn or less around the gypsy, the connection portion being capable of providing a mechanical link between the windlass portion and the bow roller portion, capable of securing alignment between the windlass portion and the bow roller portion and capable of fixing the spacing between the gypsy and the bow roller portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,966

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING RECIRCULATION-BASED ALTERNATING BLOWDOWN SEA CHEST

12. A method for alternating recirculation-based blowdown of a sea chest comprising the steps of:selecting, by a user, a first mode of operation;
selecting, by the user, a time interval corresponding to the first mode;
initiating, utilizing a pump, suction to a sea chest system;
discharging fluid from a discharge port;
recirculating fluid from the discharge port to the sea chest system; and
switching, utilizing a processor, from the first mode to a second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,137,965

SNOWMOBILE WITH LEANING CAPABILITY AND IMPROVEMENTS THEREFOR

1. A rear snowmobile suspension, comprising:a torsion link structure;
a control arm pivotally connected to a first end of the torsion link structure;
a wheel assembly pivotally connected to a second end of the torsion link structure;
a first slide rail attached to the wheel assembly with a sliding mechanism;
further including a second slide rail attached to the wheel assembly opposite the first slide rail; and
a torsion tube disposed between the first slide rail and second slide rail, the torsion tube attached to the first slide rail, second slide rail, and control arm.

US Pat. No. 10,137,964

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

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

17. An electrical bicycle operating system comprising:a first switch to generate a first transmission control signal;
a second switch to generate a second transmission control signal; and
a control unit to electrically operate at least one of an electrical bicycle seatpost assembly, an electrical suspension, and a driving unit configured to output an assist force when both the first switch and the second switch are operated concurrently, wherein
the control unit is configured to generate a third signal to operate the at least one of the electrical bicycle seatpost assembly, the electrical suspension, and the driving unit when the control unit receives both the first transmission control signal and the second transmission control signal during more than an operation time period.

US Pat. No. 10,137,963

BICYCLE TRANSMISSION

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A transmission of a bicycle comprising:an input rotating body to which a drive force is inputted, the input rotating body comprising an input gear;
a plurality of rotating bodies to which are transmitted rotation of the input rotating body, plurality of rotating bodies comprising an input side gear which meshes with the input rotating body;
a hollow shaft coaxially provided with the rotating bodies and rotatably supporting the rotating bodies; and
a clutch mechanism including a control shaft disposed inside the hollow shaft and being rotatably arranged relative to the hollow shaft, and configured to switch a coupling state between the rotating bodies and the hollow shaft by rotating the control shaft relative to the hollow shaft,
the clutch mechanism being configured to rotate the control shaft by transmitting a drive force that is applied to the input rotating body to the control shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,137,962

DERAILLEUR WITH DAMPER OF THE CHAIN GUIDE

Campagnolo S.r.l., Vicen...

1. A derailleur of a bicycle gearshift, comprising a fixed body adapted for being mounted on the bicycle, a mobile body associated in a moveable manner with the fixed body, a chain guide mounted in an angularly mobile manner on the mobile body about an axis (X) and adapted to engage a transmission chain, an elastic system between the chain guide and the mobile body to push the chain guide in a predetermined angular direction with respect to the mobile body so as to keep the transmission chain under tension, a damper, between the chain guide and the mobile body to brake angular movements of the chain guide with respect to the mobile body, wherein the damper comprises a first and a second variable volume chamber filled with a damping fluid and in connection with each other through a controlled fluid passage system, wherein the angular movement of the chain guide determines variations in an opposite direction of volume of the first and of the second chamber and consequently a fluid overflow between the first and the second chamber through the controlled fluid passage system, whereinthe damper comprises a dividing body in the mobile body coaxial to the axis (X), mechanically constrained so that each rotation of the dividing body about the axis (X) is accompanied by a translation of the dividing body along the axis (X) itself;
the dividing body is mechanically constrained to the chain guide so as to move together with it in the angular direction about the axis (X); and,
the two first and second chambers are formed in the mobile body, on opposite sides of the dividing body, and thus change volume in the opposite direction when the dividing body moves in the mobile body along the axis (X).

US Pat. No. 10,137,961

BICYCLE DRIVE UNIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle drive unit comprising:a planetary gear mechanism comprising an input body, an output body and a plurality of transmission paths having different transmission ratios between the input body and the output body;
a switching mechanism configured to switch between the plurality of transmission paths;
a motor configured to transmit rotational force to the input body; and
a housing configured to rotatably support a crankshaft and on which are provided the planetary gear mechanism, the switching mechanism and the motor,
wherein a manual drive force that is input to the crankshaft is joined with a rotational force that is output from the output body of the planetary gear mechanism in a transmission path of a driving force from the output body of the planetary gear mechanism to a wheel, and the manual drive force input to the crankshaft does not pass through the planetary gear mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,137,959

ELECTRIC BICYCLE DRIVE ASSEMBLY WITH TORQUE DETECTION

1. An electric bicycle drive assembly with torque detection, which is applicable for combination with a vehicle frame of a bicycle, wherein the bicycle comprises a toothed wheel, the electric bicycle drive assembly comprising:a torque detection mechanism, which comprises a sensing section and a torque detection element, the torque detection element being electrically connected to the sensing section to allow the torque detection element to detect torque variation of the sensing section and generate a signal;
a clutch mechanism, which is combined with the toothed wheel and the torque detection mechanism, the clutch mechanism comprising a first bearing and a one-way ring, the first bearing being arranged inside the clutch mechanism and coupled to the torque detection mechanism such that the torque detection mechanism is coupled through the first bearing to the clutch mechanism and thus rotatable, the one-way ring being arranged inside the clutch mechanism and located at one side of the first bearing, the clutch mechanism being coupled to the toothed wheel such that the clutch mechanism and the toothed wheel are synchronously rotatable; and
a sleeve member, which is coupled to the one-way ring of the clutch mechanism, the sleeve member being coupled to a drive device such that the sleeve member is driven by an electric machine assembly to rotate;
wherein when the torque detection mechanism is rotated with human power, the torque detection mechanism drives the clutch mechanism to rotate and the clutch mechanism drives the toothed wheel to rotate; and when the torque detection element detects torque variation induced in the sensing section, the torque detection element generates and applies a signal to a controller module to allow the controller module to activate and control the electric machine assembly, such that the electric machine assembly drives the sleeve member and the clutch mechanism to rotate and thus driving the toothed wheel to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,958

POWER STORAGE DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A power storage device comprising:a storage battery;
a mount that detachably mounts the power storage device on a motor-driven moving object having a motor;
an output controller that controls output of driving power from the storage battery to the motor; and
a controller programmed to, when the motor-driven moving object is within a particular area, cause the output controller to reduce the driving power supplied from the power storage device to the motor, compared to the driving power when the motor-driven moving object is outside the particular area,
wherein the output controller and the controller are provided in the power storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,957

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member configured to be mounted to a bicycle body;
a cable control body pivotably mounted to the base member about a pivot axis to control a control cable;
an operating member movably mounted to the base member from a rest position to an operated position to move the cable control body;
a supporting structure to pivotably support the cable control body relative to the base member, the supporting structure being provided to the base member so as to at least partly intersect with the pivot axis; and
an adjusting structure to adjustably position the supporting structure relative to the base member about the pivot axis such that the rest position of the operating member is adjusted relative to the base member, wherein
the pivot axis about which the cable control body is pivotably mounted to the base member is provided at a stationary location with respect to the base member regardless of adjustment of the rest position of the operating member relative to the base member, and
the cable control body and the supporting structure are pivotable with respect to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,956

INVERTED PENDULUM VEHICLE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An inverted pendulum vehicle configured to be operated under an inverted pendulum control and comprising a vehicle body including a saddle provided in an upper part of the vehicle body,wherein the vehicle is configured to be selectively placed in a parked condition where the inverted pendulum control is terminated and the vehicle body is supported by a stand in a forwardly or rearwardly tilted position, and an upright condition where the vehicle body is held in an upright position under the inverted pendulum control, the vehicle further comprising a display unit for providing a guide on an operation for putting the vehicle body into the tilted position from the upright position or into the upright position from the tilted position according to a state of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,955

KICK SCOOTER WITH A STEERING ANGLE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

1. A kick scooter, comprising:a steering tube;
a handlebar secured to a top of the steering tube;
a deck having a front portion attached to a bottom of the steering tube;
a rear wheel rotatably attached to a rear end of the deck;
an interconnecting member disposed at a bottom of the front portion of the deck;
two links pivotably attached to two ends of the interconnecting member respectively and pivotably secured to the front portion of the deck;
two front wheels rotatably secured to the links respectively;
two biasing members disposed in the interconnecting member and each having one end urging against one of the links;
a steering angle adjustment mechanism disposed in the front portion of the deck; and
a cap releasably secured to the bottom of the front portion of the deck for concealing the steering angle adjustment mechanism;
wherein the steering angle adjustment mechanism comprises a positioning member secured to a center of the interconnecting member, an internally threaded member secured to the deck, an adjustment screw adjustably secured to the internally threaded member, a first bifurcation member disposed through a compression spring, the first bifurcation member having one end secured to the positioning member and the other two hooked ends secured to one end of the compression spring, and a second bifurcation member disposed through the compression spring, the second bifurcation member having one end secured to an end of the adjustment screw and the other two hooked ends secured to the other end of the compression spring.

US Pat. No. 10,137,954

INTEGRATED ELECTRIC BICYCLE DRIVE SYSTEM

1. An integrated electric bicycle drive system comprising:an integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system for a bicycle having a frame, the integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system for a bicycle having a frame comprising: an electric motor; a controller configured to electronically control the electric motor; and a drive system mechanically coupled with the electric motor and configured to receive from the electric motor rotational power about a first axis and to transmit said rotational power to a sprocket rotatable about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, the sprocket configured to be mechanically coupled with a rear wheel of the bicycle and to receive additional power from a rider of the bicycle pedaling the bicycle; wherein the electric motor and the controller portions of the integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system are configured to slide into and be housed within a first tube portion of the frame through an open bottom portion of the frame, the drive system portion of the integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system configured to attach with and cover the open bottom portion of the frame when the electric motor and the controller portions of the integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system are housed within the first tube portion of the frame;
a longitudinally-extending battery pack configured to be electrically connected with and to provide electrical power to the electric motor and the controller, the longitudinally-extending battery pack configured to slide into and be housed within a second tube portion of the frame, and
the first tube portion of the frame comprises a seat post tube configured to partially receive therein a post to support a seat for the bicycle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,953

SECURING DEVICE

1. A securing device (13) for securing a component to an object, in particular to a two-wheeler, comprisinga fastening element (23) having an engagement section (31) and a longitudinal axis (L), wherein the fastening element (23) is selectively connectable to a counter-element (15) by actuating the engagement section (31) in order to fasten the component to the object in a connected state and to release the component for removal from the object in a disconnected state;
and a cover sleeve (25) which is movably supported at the fastening element (23) between a closed position in which the cover sleeve (25) prevents an actuation of the engagement section (31) and an open position in which the cover sleeve (25) allows an actuation of the engagement section (31),
wherein at least one blocking element (33) is provided between the fastening element (23) and the cover sleeve (25), said blocking element being freely movable in the closed position of the cover sleeve (25) between a latched position in which it blocks the cover sleeve (25) in the closed position and an unlatched position in which it allows a movement of the cover sleeve (25) into the open position; and
wherein the blocking element (33) is supported between the fastening element (23) and the cover sleeve (25) such that, when the cover sleeve (25) is in the closed position, it adopts the latched position due to gravity in a normal alignment of the longitudinal axis (L) of the fastening element (23) and it adopts the unlatched position due to gravity in an installation alignment of the longitudinal axis (L) of the fastening element (23) perpendicular to the normal alignment,
wherein the blocking element (33) is supported between the fastening element (23) and the cover sleeve (25) such that it adopts the latched position and the unlatched position independently of a rotational alignment of the fastening element (23) relative to the longitudinal axis (L).

US Pat. No. 10,137,952

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR A PICKUP TRUCK BED

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of manufacturing a truck bed assembly comprising:extruding an aluminum tube;
extruding an aluminum reinforcement member having a channel with an interior surface;
spin-welding the tube to the interior surface of the reinforcement member;
roll-forming a cross-member;
forming a hole in the cross-member; and
inserting the tube through the hole in the cross-member while nesting the cross-member against the interior surface of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,951

STEERABLE TRAILER

Salford Group Inc., Salf...

1. A steerable trailer comprising:a frame having frame-members for supporting a container;
at least a pair of opposed traction devices having an adjustable transverse distance therebetween rotatably mounted on stub axles mounted on a transverse axle bar mounted on the frame, the transverse axle bar having an adjustable height in relation to the ground;
a tongue pivotally mountable on a hitch tube of a transportation device or an implement being towed by a transportation device; and,
a steering mechanism for the traction devices, the steering mechanism comprising a 5-bar linkage assembly in which five linkage arms are connected at pivot points so that the five linkage arms are movable relative to each other, one of the linkage arms comprising the transverse axle bar and three of the five linkage arms, including the axle bar, being length adjustable,
the trailer further comprising stub axle assemblies, axle bar mounting plates and at least one axle insert,
each stub axle assembly comprising the stub axle and a stub axle mounting plate, the stub axle mounting plate comprising a first plurality of vertically separated connection structures,
the axle bar mounting plates situated proximate opposed ends of the transverse axle bar, each axle bar mounting plate comprising a second plurality of vertically separated connection structures, at least one of the vertically separated connection structures of the second plurality of connection structures alignable with and securable to any one of the first plurality of connection structures for mounting the axle bar at different heights with respect to the stub axle and the ground,
the at least one axle insert comprising
a first insert mounting plate, the first insert mounting plate comprising at least one connection structure alignable with at least one of the connection structures of the second plurality of connection structures for mounting the axle insert on the transverse axle bar, and
a second insert mounting plate, the second insert mounting plate comprising a third plurality of vertically separated connection structures, at least one of the vertically separated connection structures of the third plurality of connection structures alignable with and securable to any one of the first plurality of connection structures for mounting the axle insert at different heights with respect to the stub axle and the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,137,950

VEHICLE TRACK ASSEMBLY HAVING TAPERED WHEELS

ATI, Inc., Mt. Vernon, I...

1. In a vehicle track module mountable on a rotatable axle of a vehicle, the track module having a frame, a drive wheel rotatably mounted to the frame, leading and trailing idler wheels rotatably mounted to the frame, and at least one bogie wheel positioned between the leading and trailing idler wheels and in contact with a continuous flexible track extending about the drive wheel, the idler wheels and the at least one bogie wheel, the improvement wherein the at least one bogie wheel is a cylindrical wheel with an elastomeric tire therearound configured to give the wheel an elastomeric circumferential surface that is cross-sectionally tapered in a direction across the wheel such that the tapered circumferential surface has substantially full-width wheel contact with the track despite usage on crowned roads.

US Pat. No. 10,137,949

ENDLESS TRACK ASSEMBLY FOR SUPPORTING AN IMPLEMENT OR VEHICLE

1. A track assembly adapted to support an implement or vehicle and for accommodating uneven ground by improved contact with the ground, comprisingan elongated main frame supported for tilting movement on an axis transverse to the main frame,
the main frame having opposite end portions supporting a set of end wheels for rotation on parallel transverse axes,
an endless flexible belt extending around the set of end wheels and having an upper run and a lower run for engaging the ground,
a plurality of bogie wheels each having a transverse axis positioned below a plane defined by the axes of the end wheels, with the bogie wheels engaging the lower run of the endless belt,
a bogie frame supporting the bogie wheels on opposite sides of the main frame and including a transverse vertical guide plate extending under the main frame,
parallel spaced vertical guide plates supported by the bogie frame,
a set of rollers having horizontal axes and supported by the main frame on opposite sides of the vertical guide plate and between the parallel spaced guide plates and providing for vertical movement and universal tilting movement in all directions of the bogie frame and the bogie wheels, and
a plurality of compression spring members positioned to bias the bogie frame and the bogie wheels downwardly and for floating movement against the lower run of the endless belt.

US Pat. No. 10,137,948

VEHICLE TRACK ASSEMBLY HAVING TRACK ROTATION INDICATOR POLE

1. A vehicle track assembly comprising:a track framework comprising a frame structure, a drive drum configured to connect to a shaft on a vehicle, and a plurality of idler wheels supported by the frame structure;
a drive track arranged about and cooperatively engaging the plurality of idler wheels and the drive drum; and
an indicator pole connected to the frame structure approximately at a center of the drive drum and extending from the framework, wherein the indicator pole rotates with angular rotation of the track assembly with respect to the vehicle to provide an indication of the angle of rotation of the track assembly, wherein the indicator pole rotates forward or rearward as the track assembly rotates forward or rearward, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,137,947

VEHICLE SPARE TIRE AND TOWING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a frame defining a trunk;
a load floor and a subfloor each secured to the frame, disposed within the trunk, and defining a spare tire receptacle therebetween;
a spare tire and a jack each defining orifices and disposed within the receptacle; and
a tow-eye having a fastening portion extending therefrom, wherein the fastening portion extends through the orifices and engages the subfloor to secure the spare tire and jack to the subfloor, and wherein the tow-eye includes a ridge between an eyelet of the tow-eye and the fastening portion, the spare tire includes an outer surface, and a washer disposed between the spare tire and the tow-eye engages the ridge and the outer surface to secure the spare tire and jack to the subfloor when the fasting portion engages the subfloor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,946

VEHICLE UNDERBODY PANEL ASSEMBLY

FCA US LLC, Auburn Mills...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having an underside; and
a mesh underbody panel attached to the underside of the vehicle body and shielding vehicle components from a ground surface upon which the vehicle is situated such that the mesh underbody panel and the ground surface define a pathway through which air flows while the vehicle is in motion, the mesh underbody panel having apertures extending therethrough that allow airflow through the mesh underbody panel while the vehicle is stopped or traveling within a low-speed range and restrict airflow through the mesh underbody panel while the vehicle is traveling within a high-speed range,
wherein the apertures are angled such that the apertures extend toward a rear end of the vehicle as the apertures extend toward the ground surface upon which the vehicle is situated.

US Pat. No. 10,137,945

DEPLOYABLE FAIRING FOR USE WITH VEHICLES

XStream Trucking Inc., B...

1. A fairing structure for use with vehicles, the fairing structure comprising:a deployable upper panel assembly comprising a deployable upper panel, a first upper wing panel and at least a second upper wing panel, the first upper wing panel and the second upper wing panel each pivotally coupled to the deployable upper panel, the deployable upper panel having a leading edge, a trailing edge, and pivotal about a horizontal axis to move between a retracted configuration of the fairing structure in which the deployable upper panel is tilted relatively downwards from the horizontal axis with the trailing edge of the deployable upper panel positioned relatively below the leading edge of the deployable upper panel and a deployed configuration of the fairing structure in which the deployable upper panel extends rearwardly of the horizontal axis and is tilted relatively upwards from the horizontal axis with the trailing edge of the deployable upper panel positioned relatively above the leading edge of the deployable upper panel;
at least a first deployable side panel, the first deployable side panel coupled to translate and pivot in moving between the retracted configuration of the fairing structure and the deployed configuration of the fairing structure; and
at least a second deployable side panel, the second deployable side panel coupled to translate and pivot in moving between the retracted configuration of the fairing structure and the deployed configuration of the fairing structure,
wherein the first deployable side panel is pivotable about an axis that extends parallel to the proximal edge of the first deployable side panel and the second deployable side panel is pivotable about an axis that extends parallel to the proximal edge of the second deployable side panel,
wherein the axis that the first deployable side panel is pivotable about is spaced from the proximal edge of the fist deployable side panel at least in the deployed configuration of the fairing structure and the axis that the second deployable side panel is pivotable about is spaced from the proximal edge of the second deployable side panel at least in the deployed configuration of the fairing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,944

REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLE BODY WITH PENDULUM PACKER

Curbtender, Inc., Cedar ...

2. In a refuse collection vehicle having a vehicle body, a storage compartment and a tailgate assembly, wherein the tailgate assembly is pivotally mounted to one end of the storage compartment for movement between an open position and a closed position, the improvement comprising:a pneumatically controlled air lock mechanism associated with the tailgate assembly including a pair of sliding latch pin members and a pair of latch locking flange members, said latch pin members engaging said latch locking flange members when said tailgate assembly is in its closed position;
a first air bag associated with said air lock mechanism for providing air pressure to said latch pin members for holding said latch pin members in an engaged position with said latch locking flange members when said tailgate assembly is in its closed position; and
a second air bag associated with said air lock mechanism for providing air pressure to said latch pin members for disengaging said latch pin members from said latch locking flange members when said tailgate assembly is activated to move to its open position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,943

VEHICLE BODY ASSEMBLY

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle body assembly comprising:a frame having a forward frame part defining a passenger cabin and a rear frame part defining a load carrying bed;
a separate rear fender removably fastened to the rear frame part, wherein a gap is provided between the forward frame part and the rear fender; and
a separate rear fender fairing mounted to an inside surface of the rear fender, the rear fender fairing including a seal located in the gap and sealingly engaging both the forward frame part and the rear fender.

US Pat. No. 10,137,942

SHEET METAL WORKPIECE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A workpiece comprising:a metal sheet having a plurality of knots and a plurality of webs formed therein;
wherein each web extends between two openings from a first knot to a second knot and at least three webs meet at each knot; and
wherein at least one of the plurality of the webs has a cross section with a hardened area forming an outer layer of the cross section, the hardened area layered on an underlying portion of the cross section, the hardened area having a hardness that is greater than the underlying portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,941

VEHICLE BODY COMPONENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle body component comprising:a basic element;
a reinforcing element reinforcing the basic element, the reinforcing element being a fiber-reinforced plastics material and being joined form-fittingly at least in discrete locations to the basic element with at least one friction stir welded joint that joins the reinforcing element directly to a base, a flange, or a flank of the basic element without disturbing any fibers within the reinforcing element,
wherein the basic element is a pillar of a vehicle body or a roof element of a vehicle,
wherein the reinforcing element is bonded to the basic element by an adhesive layer that extends along the base and the flange of the basic element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,940

VEHICLE MEMBER JOINING STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE MEMBER JOINING METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle member joining structure comprising:a metal member that is part of a vehicle;
a resin member that is adjacent to the metal member; and
an adhesive that is provided between the metal member and the resin member and joins the metal member to the resin member, the adhesive having an elastic modulus that is lower than elastic moduli of the metal member and the resin member, wherein
a first through-hole is formed in the metal member, and a second through-hole is formed in the resin member coaxially with the first through-hole,
a fastening member that fastens the metal member and the resin member together is inserted through the first through-hole and the second through-hole,
a gap between a shaft of the fastening member and an inner periphery of at least one of the first through-hole and the second-through hole is larger than a difference in linear expansions of the metal member and the resin member at a time of heating of the vehicle member joining structure in a drying process of the adhesive,
the fastening member has (1) a first head that extends along the resin member from a first end of the shaft and anchors on the resin member, and (2) a second head that extends along the metal member from a second end of the shaft and anchors on the metal member, and
a surface area of a first region at which the metal member and the second head overlap as seen from an axial direction of the fastening member is larger than a surface area of a second region at which the resin member and the first head overlap as seen from the axial direction of the fastening member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,939

FASTENING ARRANGEMENT OF A RADIATOR TRIM AND A BUMPER ON A FRONT-END CARRIER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Daimler AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. A radiator trim for a motor vehicle, comprising:a fastening part, wherein the radiator trim is fastenable to a front-end carrier of the motor vehicle by the fastening part and a fastening element; and
a connection element disposed in the fastening part, wherein the connection element projects downwards on a lower side from the fastening part and wherein the connection element is projectable into a receiver of a bumper fastening part to form a mutual fastening device of the radiator trim and of a bumper on the front-end carrier of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,937

ROOF ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A roof bow assembly for a vehicle having a roof panel, comprising:a bow having an upper surface for supporting the panel, the bow defining a hole extending in a lengthwise direction; and
a cable extending through the hole and adapted to be coupled to spaced-apart roof frame members, wherein first and second ends of the cable protrude outside of the bow to be attached to the spaced-apart roof frame members, wherein the second end of the cable is coupled to a turnbuckle assembly configured to be coupled to one of the spaced-apart roof frame members, and wherein the cable is configured to be axially tensioned to support the bow and panel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,936

COLLAPSIBLE VEHICLE ROOF SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a body structure;
a side bracket secured to the body structure;
a spacer bracket secured to the side bracket and extending in a lateral direction toward an interior of the vehicle; and
a roof bow secured to the spacer bracket and extending in the lateral direction toward the interior of the vehicle, wherein the roof bow is secured to the spacer bracket through at least one fastener adapted to shear under a shear stress, and wherein the roof bow is secured to the spacer bracket such that a distal end of the roof bow is disposed in spaced relation relative to a distal end of the of the spacer bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,137,935

SUPPORT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE BODY-IN-WHITE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A support for a motor vehicle body-in-white, comprising:a straight longitudinal portion of the support that includes at least one cavity which is delimited by walls of the support;
a reinforcing element received and secured in the straight longitudinal portion of the support in the at least one cavity; and
a plurality of supporting walls, wherein each of the plurality of supporting walls protrudes at a respective corner of the at least one cavity from a respective joining between the walls of the support and extends from the walls at an angle to the walls, wherein the reinforcing element is held in the at least one cavity by a force-fit engagement with the plurality of supporting walls.

US Pat. No. 10,137,934

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body-front structure comprising:a front side frame provided at a front portion of a vehicle body,
said front side frame including
a front frame extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body,
and a rear frame extending downward and rearward from a rear-end portion of said front frame,
wherein the front frame has a rear portion including
a front, bulkhead and a rear bulkhead which are longitudinally spaced apart from each other,
and a recessed portion including an outside wall disposed outside in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle body and recessed inward in the vehicle width direction,
and said recessed portion is positioned between said front bulkhead and said rear bulkhead.

US Pat. No. 10,137,933

LOAD MANAGEMENT ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A load management assembly, comprising:a frame rail;
a mounting bracket coupled to the frame rail, wherein the mounting bracket includes a first wall, a second wall opposite the first wall, and a third wall interconnecting the first wall and the second wall; and
a shield coupled to the frame rail, wherein the shield at least partially surrounds the mounting bracket in order to protect the mounting bracket from an external force and to redirect a load path of the external force;
a reinforcement bracket coupled to the frame rail, wherein the reinforcement bracket is disposed adjacent the mounting bracket such that the mounting bracket is disposed between the reinforcement bracket and the shield;
a bulkhead coupled to the frame rail and the mounting bracket, wherein the bulkhead extends through the frame rail; and
wherein the reinforcement bracket is in contact with the third wall of the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,137,932

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control device which is configured to be capable of implementing automatic driving or providing an automatic driving assist, comprising:an external environment state detecting unit adapted to detect a state of external environment of a vehicle;
a lane information acquisition unit adapted to acquire lane information that is capable of specifying shape of a lane in which the vehicle intends to travel, on basis of a detection result by the external environment state detecting unit;
a state detecting unit adapted to detect a low speed traveling state in which speed of the vehicle is less than or equal to a predetermined value;
a target steering angle generating unit adapted to generate a target steering angle for the vehicle from a relationship between lane information acquired from the lane information acquisition unit and an attitude of the vehicle, during a period in which the low speed traveling state is being detected; and
a steering angle control unit adapted to control a steering angle of the vehicle so as to agree with the target steering angle generated by the target steering angle generating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,931

REDUNDANT STEERING CONTROLS FOR AUTOMATED DRIVING

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a brake system operable for controlling a steering system, including:
a primary brake control module for controlling fluid pressure in the brake system;
a secondary brake control module for controlling fluid pressure in the brake system independently of the primary brake control module;
at least one brake unit controlled by the primary brake control module or the secondary brake control module, the least one brake unit used for decelerating a vehicle;
at least one hydraulic motor controlled by the secondary brake control module;
a steering system used for steering the vehicle, the at least one hydraulic motor being part of the steering system;
at least one wheel being part of the steering system;
a virtual driver in electrical communication with the primary brake control module and the secondary brake control module;
a first mode of operation, the at least one wheel being configured to make a right-hand turn during the first mode of operation; and
a second mode of operation, the at least one wheel being configured to make a left-hand turn during the second mode of operation;
wherein the virtual driver is able to send commands to the secondary brake control module such that the secondary brake control module operates the at least one hydraulic motor in the first mode of operation to make the right-hand turn, and the secondary brake control module operates the at least one hydraulic motor in the second mode of operation to make the left-hand turn.

US Pat. No. 10,137,930

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A STEERING ACTUATOR COMPRISING A COUNTER-STEERING STEP BEFORE A DEACTIVATION STEP

RENAULT s.a.s., Boulogne...

1. A method for controlling a steering actuator of at least one wheel of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle including at least one steered wheel mounted pivotably between two extreme angular steering positions on either side of a neutral reference position, the motor vehicle further including an electric actuator which controls a steering angle of the steered wheel relative to the neutral reference position based on operating parameters of the motor vehicle, and the motor vehicle further including a sensor to determine a temperature of the electric actuator, the method comprising:initiating a counter-steering while the motor vehicle is driven when the temperature of the electric actuator is greater than or equal to a specified prevention threshold, during which the steered wheel is moved toward its neutral position by the electric actuator,
as long as the temperature of the electric actuator is higher than the specified prevention threshold but lower than an alarm threshold, initiating deactivation of the electric actuator at an end of the counter-steering as soon as the steered wheel has returned to its neutral position, and
when the temperature of the electric actuator reaches the alarm threshold, interrupting the counter-steering and initiating the deactivation of the electric actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,137,929

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electric power steering device for a vehicle, comprising:at least one electric motor configured to add a predetermined assist force for assisting a steering wheel manipulation by a driver;
a plurality of assist systems including said electric motor, said assist systems electromagnetically driving said electric motor;
an electronic control unit configured to calculate an assist amount representing said predetermined assist force by using a manipulation force input by said driver via a steering wheel and control an assist to said steering wheel manipulation by using at least one of said assist systems on the basis of said calculated assist amount,
wherein when a malfunction occurs in a first assist system of said assist systems, said electronic control unit is configured to:
calculate a non-zero assist amount at one of vehicle stopping and moving while controlling a maximum assist amount at the vehicle stopping representing a non-zero maximum assist force added by said electric motor at the vehicle stopping to an amount smaller than a maximum assist amount at the vehicle moving representing a maximum assist force added by said electric motor at the vehicle moving;
control the assist to said steering wheel manipulation by using a second assist system, of said assist systems, other than said first assist system where the malfunction occurs, on the basis of said calculated non-zero assist amount at the vehicle stopping or moving;
when the vehicle is stopped, control the assist to said steering wheel manipulation by using the second assist system on the basis of said calculated non-zero assist amount at the vehicle stopping; and
when an acquired temperature acquired at a portion which generates heat due to the driving of said electric motor included in at least said second assist system of said assist systems exceeds a first predetermined temperature, calculate the non-zero assist amounts at the vehicle stopping while decreasing said non-zero maximum assist amount at the vehicle stopping as said acquired temperature rises.

US Pat. No. 10,137,928

STEERING ASSIST DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering assist device, comprising:an electric motor that applies a steering driving force to a steering operation mechanism of a vehicle;
an information obtaining unit that obtains a lateral deviation of the vehicle from a target travel line and a lateral deviation change rate, or a rate of change in the lateral deviation per unit time;
a steering torque detector that detects steering torque;
a steering assist current value setting unit that sets a steering assist current value corresponding to a target value of steering assist torque;
a lane keep assist current value calculation unit that calculates a lane keep assist current value corresponding to a target value of lane keep assist torque that makes the lateral deviation and the lateral deviation change rate closer to zero, based on the lateral deviation and the lateral deviation change rate obtained by the information obtaining unit;
a final lane keep assist current value setting unit that sets a final lane keep assist current value to the lane keep assist current value calculated by the lane keep assist current value calculation unit when a steering direction obtained from the detected steering torque detected by the steering torque detector is different from a steered direction corresponding to the lane keep assist current value calculated by the lane keep assist current value calculation unit, and that sets the final lane keep assist current value to zero when the steering direction obtained from the detected steering torque is the same as the steered direction corresponding to the lane keep assist current value;
a target current value calculation unit that calculates a target current value by using the steering assist current value set by the steering assist current value setting unit and the final lane keep assist current value set by the final lane keep assist current value setting unit; and
a control unit that drivingly controls the electric motor based on the target current value calculated by the target current value calculation unit,
wherein the lane keep assist current value calculation unit includes:
a first calculation unit that calculates a first lane keep assist current value based on the lateral deviation obtained by the information obtaining unit,
a second calculation unit that calculates a second lane keep assist current value based on the lateral deviation change rate obtained by the information obtaining unit, and
a third calculation unit that calculates the lane keep assist current value by adding the first lane keep assist current value calculated by the first calculation unit and the second lane keep assist current value calculated by the second calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,927

RACK GUIDE FOR RACK AND PINION STEERING DEVICE, RACK AND PINION STEERING DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF RACK GUIDE FOR RACK AND PINION STEERING DEVICE

OILES CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A rack and pinion steering device comprising:a casing;
a pinion to be slidably supported by said casing;
a rack bar having a rack tooth meshed with said pinion;
a rack guide comprising an abutment portion having an abutment surface to which said rack bar is to be slidably abutted and a recessed portion, which is continued to said abutment portion, to be spaced from said rack bar;
a rack guide base member for receiving said rack guide; and
an urging unit for urging said rack guide against said rack bar through said rack guide base member,
wherein, in a cross sectional view along a central line of the rack guide, a thickness dimension of said recessed portion is different from that of said abutment portion, the abutment surface and an abutment portion outer surface to face the rack guide base member have a common center of curvature and each of the abutment surface and the abutment portion outer surface has a single curvature of radius.

US Pat. No. 10,137,924

ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN HAVING IMPROVED RIGIDITY

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A steering column arrangement for a motor vehicle comprising:a guide part for rotatably mounting a steering shaft about a longitudinal axis;
a guide box that is mountable on the motor vehicle, the guide part being positioned displaceably in the guide box along the longitudinal axis;
a clamping system for locking the guide part in the guide box, the clamping system switchable between a locked state in which the guide part is secured relative to the guide box and a released state in which the guide part is displaceable relative to the guide box in a direction of the longitudinal axis; and
a first contact surface and a second contact surface disposed between the guide box and the guide part, wherein in the released state the first contact surface is in first frictional contact with a surface of the guide part that opposes a displacement of the guide part along the longitudinal axis relative to the guide box, wherein in the locked state the second contact surface is in second frictional contact with a surface of the guide part such that a frictional force that operates as a holding force acts between the guide box and the guide part, wherein a first coefficient of sliding friction of the first frictional contact of the first contact surface is smaller than a second coefficient of sliding friction of the second frictional contact of the second contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,922

STROLLER FRAME WITH A FOLDABLE TRAY

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A stroller frame comprising:a handle assembly having a first rotating end hub and a first distal end;
a front leg assembly having a second rotating end hub and a second distal end, said second rotating end hub being pivotably connected with said first rotating end hub about a hub axis to be rotated relative to said first rotating end hub so as to allow said stroller frame to transform between a folded state, where said first and second distal ends are close to each other, and an unfolded state, where said first and second distal ends are remote from each other;
a rear leg assembly pivotably connected with said front leg assembly;
a tray;
a tray mounting assembly coupled with said tray, and rotatably mounted on one of said first and second rotating end hubs such that said tray mounting assembly is rotated relative to said one of said first and second rotating end hubs when said second rotating end hub is rotated relative to said first rotating end hub to move said stroller frame to one of the folded and unfolded states, thereby converting said tray to one of a folded position and an unfolded position, said tray mounting assembly having a peripheral surface surrounding a central axis which is offset from and parallel to the hub axis and about which said tray mounting assembly is rotated, and a recess concaved from said peripheral surface toward the central axis;
a tray latching assembly having a latch end which is operatively engaged in said recess to retain and support said tray mounting assembly when said stroller frame is in the unfolded state so as to keep said tray in the unfolded position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,921

ELECTRIC STROLLER

1. An electric stroller, comprising:a stroller body part;
a stroller saddle part detachably attached to the stroller body part;
a left handle and a right handle;
a frame connected with the left handle and the right handle;
a holding unit connected to the frame and configured to fix the saddle part; and
an electric board connected with the body part,
wherein the electric board is provided to rotatably move upon the body part,
wherein the saddle part includes a first and a second protrusions disposed on a lateral surface thereof, and
wherein the holding unit includes:
a front groove and a rear groove having a longer length than that of the front groove;
a pressing member disposed in a front portion of the holding unit and having a front end, a rear end and an upper groove; and
an elastic part connected to the rear end of the pressing member such that the pressing member is configured to be movable inside the front portion of the holding unit in a front and rear directions of the holding unit, the upper groove of the pressing member is overlapped with the front groove, and the first protrusion is configured to be positioned at the front groove and the upper groove of the pressing member at a same time, and the second protrusion is configured to be positioned at the rear groove to fix the saddle part to the body part,
wherein the front groove is configured to be substantially closed by the pressing member when the first protrusion is locked in the upper groove of the pressing member to fix the saddle part to the body part, and is configured to be open when the front end of the pressing member is pressed in a rear direction of the holding unit to release the first protrusion from the upper groove and the front groove.

US Pat. No. 10,137,920

HAND TRUCK ASSEMBLY

1. A hand truck assembly being configured to transport an object over a curb or the like, said assembly comprising:a frame being configured to be manipulated, said frame having a central member extending between a pair of outward members such that said frame has a U-shape, each of said outward members having a distal end with respect to said central member, each of said outward members having a first bend thereon to define a lower half forming an angle with an upper half, said first bend corresponding to each of said outward members being centrally positioned between said central member and said distal end;
a plate being coupled to said frame wherein said plate is configured to support an object thereby facilitating the object to be lifted;
a pair of first wheels, each of said first wheels being rotatably coupled to said frame wherein each of said first wheels is configured to roll along the support surface thereby facilitating the object to be transported;
a second wheel being rotatably coupled to said frame such that said second wheel selectively supports said frame when one of said first wheels is damaged;
a pair of handles, each of said handles being coupled to said frame wherein each of said handles is configured to be manipulated;
a pair of mounts, each of said mounts having a first end, a second end and a second bend being centrally positioned between said first and second ends, each of said first and second ends corresponding to each of said mounts being coupled to an associated one of said outward members having each of said mounts extending rearwardly from said associated outward member, each of said mounts being positioned on said lower half of said associated outward member, each of said first wheels being positioned on said second bend of an associated one of said mounts; and
an axle extending between said second bend on each of said mounts, said second wheel is rotatably positioned on said axle wherein said second wheel is configured to roll along the supports surface, said second wheel being slidable between said pair of first wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,137,919

CLIP-ON SMARTPHONE HOLDER FOR A CART

Cart Phone Caddy, LLC, S...

1. An electronic device holder mountable on a shopping cart, the electronic device holder comprising:a generally S-shaped clip including a front bend disposed between a front panel and an intermediate panel, the front bend having a front bend radius and being at least a 180° bend and less than a 270° bend;
the front panel angled towards the intermediate panel by the front bend, the front panel extending upwardly from the front bend by a front panel length,
the intermediate panel extending from the front bend to a mounting bend at an intermediate panel length, the intermediate panel length being greater than the front panel length,
the front panel being generally elastically deflectable away from the intermediate panel to provide at least a ¼-inch space between the front panel and the intermediate panel, the mounting bend having a mounting bend radius and being at least a 180° bend and less than a 270° bend,
a back panel extending downwardly from the mounting bend, the back panel being angled toward the intermediate panel by the mounting bend, the intermediate panel being disposed between the back panel and the front panel and between the front bend and the mounting bend, the back panel being generally elastically deflectable away from the intermediate panel to provide at least a ¼-inch space between the back panel and the intermediate panel, and
a window in the front panel, the window comprising an aperture in the front panel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,918

CONVEYANCE CART FOR SECURE STORAGE AND TRANSPORT OF CONTAINERS WITH LIDS

1. A conveyance cart comprising:a) a can enclosure including:
i) a first side mounting frame;
ii) a second side mounting frame;
iii) one or more L-bars positioned between the first side mounting frame and the second side mounting frame;
iv) a plurality of horizontal members interconnecting the one or more L-bars and the first side mounting frame and the second side mounting frame, wherein a length of the can enclosure, defined by a distance from the first side mounting frame to the second side mounting frame, is adjustable; and
v) a plurality of wheels coupled to a base of the can enclosure;
b) a can retaining arm hingedly coupled to an upper portion of the can enclosure; and
c) a lid retaining arm hingedly coupled to an upper portion of the can enclosure, wherein the can retaining arm and the lid retaining arm each include at least one extender coupling, wherein a length of the can retaining arm and the lid retaining arm is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,137,917

SHOPPING CART ITEM SECURING DEVICE

1. A shopping cart attachment comprising:an attachment brace comprising a first member and a second member attached together by a first connector at a first side and a second connector at a second side, wherein a circular opening sized to tightly fit around a handle bar of a shopping cart is defined in between the first member and the second member;
a support arm laterally extending from the second member of the attachment brace at an angle, the support arm comprising a distal end comprising a C-shaped head comprising terminal ends and defining an opening perpendicular to the circular opening; and
an accessory clasp comprising a lower member extending from the first member of the attachment brace and an upper member, wherein the upper member and the lower member are attached together by a hinge at a first side and releasably attached together by a latch at a second side, wherein an accessory opening is formed in between the lower member and the upper member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,916

MODULAR FISHING EQUIPMENT CART

1. A modular fishing equipment cart comprising: a frame having: a first longitudinal side; a second longitudinal side extending parallel to the first longitudinal side; a front lateral side connecting the first longitudinal side and the second longitudinal side; and a rear lateral side connecting the first longitudinal side and the second longitudinal side; a plurality of wheels supporting the frame for rolling the frame on the wheels; a rod holder assembly extending along the first longitudinal side; a plurality of hooks co-linearly attached to the front lateral side; and a magnetic holder releasably attached to the rear lateral side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,915

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING OPERATIONAL ANOMALIES IN TRAIN CONSISTS AND RAILCARS

AMSTED RAIL COMPANY, INC....

1. A system for detecting operational anomalies on a train consist or railcar comprising:(a) one or more communication management units mounted on one or more railcars;
(b) one or more sensors located on said one or more railcars configured to sense an operational parameter of said one or more railcars, said sensors being in communication with said one or more communication management units, wherein the one or more sensors comprise one or more sensors configured to measure accelerations of the railcar; and
(c) one or more filters configured to filter at least a portion of the accelerations,
wherein said communication management units perform the functions of:
(i) collecting data regarding said one or more railcar operational parameters;
(ii) analyzing said collected data for trends or events indicative of an anomalous operational condition; and
(iii) communicating a message to a remote receiver when said trend or event is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,137,914

TRAIN SAFETY WARNING SYSTEM

1. A train safety warning system comprising:a train vehicle including a transmitter, the train vehicle positioned on and movable along a track; and
a first warning device including an emitter that is positioned at a same elevation as the track, the first warning device in association with a receiving device that is in in signal communication with the train vehicle, the emitter configured to output an indication that the train vehicle is approaching at a time that is a function of a position along the track and a rate of motion of the train vehicle based on the signal communication with the train vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,913

METHOD FOR SWITCHING A TRAIN ON AND OFF, AND ROUTE AND TRAIN CONFIGURATION FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for switching a train off and on in a parking position, the method comprising the following steps:providing a train-side automatic train control device and a route-side train monitoring system;
A) moving the train into the parking position, establishing an electrical connection between a train-side train reclosing unit and a route-side coupling module being connected to the train monitoring system and supplying the train reclosing unit with power from the coupling module through the electrical connection;
B) switching-off train-side subsystems by using the train control device;
C) shutting-down and switching-off the train control device;
D) carrying out event-triggered reactivation of the train control device aided by the train-side train reclosing unit;
E) switching-on subsystems of the train by using the train control device; and
F) exiting the parking position and separating the electrical connection between the train reclosing unit and the coupling module.

US Pat. No. 10,137,912

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING OR MONITORING A VEHICLE SYSTEM ALONG A ROUTE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system comprising:a control system used to control operation of a vehicle system, the vehicle system including a plurality of system vehicles in which adjacent system vehicles are operatively coupled such that the adjacent system vehicles are permitted to move relative to one another, the vehicle system exhibiting system-handling metrics as the vehicle system moves along the route, the control system including one or more processors that are configured to:
(a) generate, as the vehicle system moves along the route, a plurality of different trial plans for an upcoming segment of the route, the trial plans including potential operational settings of the vehicle system along the route;
(b) select one of the trial plans as a selected plan or generate the selected plan based on one or more of the trial plans, the selected plan configured to improve one or more system-handling metrics as the vehicle system moves along the upcoming segment of the route; and
(c) communicate instructions to change at least one of the operational settings of the vehicle system based on the selected plan or decide to not change any operational settings;
wherein the adjacent system vehicles are physically connected by couplers; and
wherein the selected plan is configured to reduce along the upcoming segment, compared to the current trip plan, a risk of damage to the couplers that is caused by rope forces or dynamic forces being excessive.

US Pat. No. 10,137,911

RUNNING CURVE CREATION DEVICE, RUNNING CURVE CREATION METHOD AND RUNNING CURVE CONTROL PROGRAM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A running curve creation device to create a running curve which can make a train having a prescribed vehicle characteristic run between a prescribed departure station and a prescribed arrival station in a prescribed running time in a relatively small cumulative energy consumption, the running curve creation device comprising:a shortest time running curve creation unit to create a shortest time running curve in which the train runs between the stations in a shortest time, based on predetermined vehicle information and ground information of the train; and
an energy saving running curve creation unit which (i) sets the shortest time running curve as an upper limit value, (ii) sets a running curve which is obtained by moving the shortest time running curve along a time axis direction by the prescribed running time as a lower limit value, (iii) selects, from a plurality of solution candidates corresponding to states of the train at each prescribed elapsed time since the train has departed from the departure station, a solution candidate located between the upper limit value and the lower limit value and having the relatively small cumulative energy consumption in the prescribed running time, and (iv) creates an energy saving running curve based on the selected solution candidate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,910

RAIL VEHICLE BOGIE DRAW-GEAR

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., ...

1. A rail vehicle bogie traction device, comprisinga center pin, and
two traction rubber bag assemblies,
wherein
each of the traction rubber bag assemblies comprises a traction rubber stack and a rubber bag, the rubber bag is filled with fluid, and a pressure of the rubber bag is settable;
the traction rubber stack is connected to the rubber bag;
the center pin is fixed on a lower surface of a vehicle body chassis bolster; and
each of the two traction rubber bag assemblies has one end connected to the center pin, and another end connected to a cross beam of a rail vehicle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,909

AIR COMPRESSOR UNIT FOR VEHICLE

NABTESCO CORPORATION, To...

1. An air compressor unit configured to be mounted on a vehicle, the air compressor unit comprising:an air compressor for compressing sucked air;
an electric motor for driving the air compressor;
an after-cooler for cooling compressed air generated in the air compressor;
an after-cooler cooling fan for generating cooling air flow for the after-cooler; and
an air compressor cooling fan for cooling the air compressor;
wherein the after-cooler includes:
a first cooling unit having a first flow passage into which the compressed air generated in the air compressor flows and configured to be cooled by cooling air flow generated by the air compressor cooling fan flowing in contact with the first cooling unit; and
a second cooling unit having a second flow passage into which the compressed air cooled in the first cooling unit flows and configured to be cooled by the cooling air flow generated by the after-cooler cooling fan, wherein the second cooling unit is configured to cause direct heat exchange between the compressed air and the cooling air flow generated by the after-cooler cooling fan flowing in contact with the second cooling unit so as to further cool the compressed air,
wherein the air compressor cooling fan is configured as an axial fan, and
wherein the first cooling unit and the air compressor are arranged on an extension line of a rotary shaft of the air compressor cooling fan.

US Pat. No. 10,137,908

VEHICLE TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

3. A system comprising:one or more processors configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system and to determine, during movement of the vehicle system along a route, a tractive load demanded by the vehicle system to propel the vehicle system along the route, the vehicle system including a first propulsion-generating vehicle having a first plurality of individually controllable traction motors and a second propulsion-generating vehicle having a second plurality of individually controllable traction motors, the first and second vehicles being linked to travel together along the route, each of the traction motors in the first plurality and in the second plurality coupled with a different axle of the vehicle system such that each of the traction motors individually controls the corresponding axle of the vehicle system,
wherein the one or more processors also are configured to identify a first selected set of the first plurality of traction motors for deactivation during the movement of the vehicle system along the route based at least in part on the tractive load demanded by the vehicle system, and to deactivate the traction motors in the first selected set while at least one of the traction motors in a first remaining set of the first plurality of traction motors continues to generate tractive effort to propel the vehicle system, and
wherein the one or more processors also are configured to identify a second selected set of the second plurality of traction motors for deactivation during movement of the vehicle system along the route based at least in part on the tractive load demanded by the vehicle system, and to deactivate the traction motors in the second selected set while at least one of the traction motors in a second remaining set of the second plurality of traction motors continues to generate tractive effort to propel the vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,137,907

STARTUP SUGGESTION DEVICE AND STARTUP SUGGESTION METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A startup suggestion device that is mounted on a vehicle together with a driving support device for assisting a driving operation of a driver or taking a wheel, and suggests a startup of the driving support device to the driver, the startup suggestion device comprising:a state value acquisition unit that acquires a state value indicative of a traveling state of the vehicle;
a preference value acquisition unit that acquires a preference value indicating a traveling state of the vehicle that is preferred by the driver; and
a startup suggestion unit that suggests the startup of operation of the driving support device to assist the driving operation of the driver or taking a wheel and to reduce a driving load of the driver according to a comparison between the state value and the preference value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,906

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERSISTENT TRANSFERRABLE CUSTOMIZABLE VEHICLE SETTINGS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a mobile-device processor configured to:
present a stored list of vehicle configurable system settings on a display remote from a vehicle;
receive user input adjusting at least one of the configurable system settings;
save the adjusted at least one configurable system setting; and
upload the adjusted at least one configurable system setting to a remote user account.

US Pat. No. 10,137,905

OPTIMIZATION OF A VEHICLE TO COMPENSATE FOR WATER CONTAMINATION OF A FLUID OF A VEHICLE COMPONENT

1. A method of modifying a performance of a vehicle component whose performance is affected by a vehicle fluid that is contaminated by water, the method comprising:recording sensor data describing refractometry measurements for the vehicle fluid;
determining contamination data for the vehicle fluid based on the sensor data and the refractometry measurements described by the sensor data, wherein the contamination data describes an amount of water present in the vehicle fluid and indicates that the vehicle fluid is contaminated by water; and
analyzing the contamination data to determine parameter data describing modifications for a set of parameters for an advanced driver assistance system (“ADAS system”) that control an operation of the ADAS system, wherein the parameter data is operable to update the set of parameters and thereby modify the operation of the ADAS system to compensate for the amount of water present in the vehicle fluid so that vehicle component performs as though the vehicle fluid is substantially not contaminated by water.

US Pat. No. 10,137,904

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM WITH SENSOR OFFSET CORRECTION

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A driver assistance system for a vehicle, said driver assistance system comprising:a camera configured to be disposed at a vehicle equipped with said driver assistance system so as to have a forward field of view, said camera capturing image data;
a non-imaging sensor configured to be disposed at the equipped vehicle so as to sense forward of the vehicle, said non-imaging sensor sensing sensor data;
a control comprising an image processor that processes image data captured by said camera;
wherein captured image data and sensed sensor data are provided to said control;
wherein said control, responsive to processing of image data captured by said camera and responsive to processing of sensor data sensed by said non-imaging sensor, is operable to provide a driver assistance function;
wherein said control, responsive to processing of image data captured by said camera, is operable to detect the presence of a vehicle exterior of the equipped vehicle and in the forward field of view of said camera and to determine a vision-based angle of the detected vehicle relative to the equipped vehicle;
wherein said control, responsive to processing of sensor data sensed by said non-imaging sensor, is operable to detect the presence of the vehicle exterior of the equipped vehicle and to determine a sensor-based angle of the detected vehicle relative to the equipped vehicle;
wherein said control determines an angle difference between said vision-based angle and said sensor-based angle;
wherein said control disables the driver assistance function at least in part responsive to the determined angle difference being greater than a disable threshold level;
wherein, responsive at least in part to the determined angle difference being greater than a correction threshold level and less than the disable threshold level, said control provides a corrected angle of the detected vehicle relative to the equipped vehicle for use with the driver assistance function; and
wherein said control provides the corrected angle after a threshold period of time during which the determined angle difference is greater than the correction threshold level and less than the disable threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,137,903

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. An on-board diagnostic system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) comprising:at least one AV systems interface connecting the on-board diagnostic system with a plurality of AV systems;
one or more processors; and
one or more memory resources storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
receive, via the at least one AV systems interface, diagnostic data from the plurality of AV systems;
for each respective AV system of the plurality of AV systems, determine whether the diagnostic data indicate that the respective AV system is operating nominally; and
in response to determining a fault condition corresponding to the respective AV system not operating nominally, initiate a procedure associated with the respective AV system to resolve or mitigate the fault condition by:
controlling one or more sensors or actuators to reset the respective AV system;
determining whether resetting the respective AV system resolves the fault condition;
based on determining that resetting the respective AV system does not resolve the fault condition, determining whether the fault condition for the respective AV system can be mitigated; and
based on determining that the fault condition can be mitigated, controlling one or more sensors or actuators to mitigate the fault condition in accordance with the procedure associated with the respective AV system.

US Pat. No. 10,137,902

ADAPTIVE INTERACTIVE VOICE SYSTEM

HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDU...

1. An apparatus for adaptively interacting with a driver via voice interaction, the apparatus comprising:a computational models block configured to:
receive driver related parameters, vehicle related parameters, and vehicle environment parameters from a plurality of sensors and employ modeling software with instructions that are executed on one or more devices to:
generate a driver state model based on the driver related parameters,
generate a vehicle state model based on the vehicle related parameter, and
generate a vehicle environment state model based on the vehicle environment parameters; and
an adaptive interactive voice system configured to:
generate a voice output based on a driver's situation and context as indicated on information included within at least one of the driver state model, the vehicle state model, and the vehicle environment state model;
determine, based on the information included within the at least one of the driver state model, the vehicle state model, and the vehicle environment state model, that the driver is engaged in a conversation with a person; and
refrain from outputting the voice output while the driver is engaged in the conversation with the person to avoid interrupting the conversation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,901

INTOXICATED VEHICLE DRIVER ACCIDENT REDUCTION SYSTEM

1. An engine control device for use in a sobriety ignition interlock system comprises:a housing, an engine control processor (ECP), an electronic input port for connecting to an engine sensor assembly, an electronic output port for connecting to an engine control unit (ECU), and a wiring harness for connecting to a sobriety measuring device;
the ECP being positioned within the housing;
the electronic input port and the electronic output port being mounted into the housing;
the ECP being electronically connected in between the electronic input port, the electronic output port, and the wiring harness;
the ECP being configured to receive a sobriety signal from the sobriety measuring device;
the ECP being configured to intercept an engine signal transmitted from the engine sensor assembly to the ECU; and
the ECP being configured to manipulate the engine signal in response to the sobriety signal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,900

METHODS FOR VEHICLE SPEED ACCURACY COMPENSATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:adjusting a determination of speed of a motor vehicle responsive to character recognition of an image from an on-board camera of the vehicle, the image including a speed measurement source external to the vehicle, and controlling power output of a motor propelling the vehicle based in part on a difference between a desired vehicle speed and the adjusted determination of vehicle speed to achieve the desired vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,899

VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus for a vehicle driving system, the vehicle driving system including a continuously variable transmission mechanism, a transmission mechanism and a clutch mechanism, the continuously variable transmission mechanism and the transmission mechanism being provided in parallel with each other in a power transmission path between an input shaft and an output shaft, torque output from an internal combustion engine being transmitted to the input shaft, the output shaft being coupled to a drive wheel so as to transmit power, the transmission mechanism having at least one gear ratio, the clutch mechanism being configured to selectively change between a first power transmission path and a second power transmission path, the first power transmission path being configured to transmit the torque to the output shaft via the transmission mechanism, the second power transmission path being configured to transmit the torque to the output shaft via the continuously variable transmission mechanism, the control apparatus comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
(a) selectively change the power transmission path during traveling to one of the first power transmission path and the second power transmission path by controlling the clutch mechanism; and
(b) in changing the power transmission path by controlling the clutch mechanism, control an operating point of the internal combustion engine during a change of the power transmission path so that the operating point crosses over an optimum fuel consumption line of the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,898

VEHICLE OPERATOR NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an ignition configured to start and shutdown the vehicle;
a selector configured to transition the vehicle between standard and economy driving modes;
a transmission having a gear selector; and
a controller programmed to,
in response to starting the vehicle after a prior shutdown with the economy mode selected, generate a notification that the vehicle was operating in the economy mode upon the prior shutdown, and
in response to the gear selector being shifted out of a parked position in the absence of an economy mode selection after starting the vehicle, automatically select the standard driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,137,897

SYSTEMS AND METHODOLOGIES FOR MODIFYING A VEHICLE OPERATING PROFILE

1. A method for modifying a vehicle operating profile, the method comprising:determining, using processing circuitry, a predetermined energy condition based upon at least one input to the processing circuity;
determining, using the processing circuitry, a geographic location of a vehicle based upon the at least one input to the processing circuity;
identifying, using the processing circuitry, at least one energy station as a function of a plurality of factors;
determining, using the processing circuitry, a vehicle range based on an energy level of the vehicle and a first mode of vehicle operation;
determining, using the processing circuitry, whether an energy saving condition is satisfied based on the vehicle range, a location of the at least one energy station, and the geographical location of the vehicle;
entering an economy mode when the energy saving condition is satisfied;
determining, using the processing circuitry, whether a fill is completed based upon the at least one input to the processing circuity; and
exiting the economy mode in response to determining that the fill is completed,
wherein, in the economy mode:
the method includes sending a control signal to at least one vehicle system, and
the at least one vehicle system alters at least one operating parameter based upon the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,895

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for a vehicle including an automatic transmission including a torque converter provided with a lock-up clutch, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:a kick-down controller that performs a kick-down control to change a transmission gear ratio to a low side and to increase a number of engine revolutions based on a kick-down request in accordance with an accelerator operation; and
a lock-up controller that performs a lock-up disengagement control based on the kick-down request to set the lock-up clutch to a disengaged state according to meeting of a disengagement condition,
wherein, when the kick-down request while the kick-down control is not in operation is referred to as a normal kick-down request and the kick-down request while the kick-down control is in operation to increase the number of engine revolutions is referred to as a second-time kick-down request, the lock-up controller performs lock-up disengagement control according to the second-time kick-down request based on the disengagement condition which is more eased than the disengagement condition used for the normal kick-down request.

US Pat. No. 10,137,894

DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving assistance system comprising:at least one electronic control unit configured to:
detect an inter-vehicle distance between a forward vehicle and a subject vehicle;
detect a relative velocity between the forward vehicle and the subject vehicle;
control the subject vehicle such that the inter-vehicle distance becomes equal to a target inter-vehicle distance;
determine that a notification condition is satisfied, when an inter-vehicle distance between a stopped subject vehicle and the forward vehicle becomes equal to or larger than a predetermined first distance and the relative velocity becomes equal to or higher than a predetermined first velocity, or the inter-vehicle distance between the stopped subject vehicle and the forward vehicle becomes equal to or larger than a predetermined second distance, the predetermined second distance being larger than the predetermined first distance, and
perform a first notification operation on a driver when the notification condition is satisfied,
set an inter-vehicle distance in a condition where both of the forward vehicle and the subject vehicle are stopped, as a reference inter-vehicle distance, and
perform a second notification operation on the driver, when a difference between the reference inter-vehicle distance and the inter-vehicle distance, becomes equal to or larger than a predetermined third distance;
a notifying unit configured to perform notification on the driver when receiving a signal from the at least one electronic control unit; wherein the at least one electronic control unit is configured not to perform the second notification operation on the driver, at least until after the first notification operation is performed, when the subject vehicle is controlled such that the inter-vehicle distance becomes equal to the target inter-vehicle distance.

US Pat. No. 10,137,893

COMBINING DRIVER ALERTNESS WITH ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS (ADAS)

1. A method of operating an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) mechanism, the method comprising:determining, by a first sensor of an ADAS mechanism, a potential obstacle to a vehicle, and a position of the potential obstacle relative to the first sensor;
determining, by a second sensor, a gaze angle of a user of the vehicle;
determining, by an activation engine in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor, that a proximity of the gaze angle of the user to the determined position of the potential obstacle comprises a value that is within a first range of a plurality of defined ranges, each of the plurality of defined ranges having an ADAS action preconfigured for each action of the user defined for the respective defined range; and
in response to the determined proximity being within the first range and to detecting a first action of the user defined for the first range, performing a first ADAS action preconfigured for the first action of the user defined for the first range, the first ADAS action comprising at least one of:
controlling an operation of the ADAS mechanism for responding to the potential obstacle, or
providing an alert to at least one of: the user regarding the potential obstacle, or the potential obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,892

VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEM

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vehicle monitoring system, said vehicle monitoring system comprising:a central processor operable to receive data wirelessly communicated to said central processor from multiple vehicles, wherein said central processor is not part of any vehicle of the multiple vehicles;
wherein each of the multiple vehicles is equipped with a plurality of vision sensors and a plurality of non-vision sensors;
wherein said plurality of vision sensors comprises (i) at least one forward viewing camera, (ii) at least one sideward viewing camera and (iii) at least one rearward viewing camera;
wherein said plurality of non-vision sensors comprises at least one of (a) a radar sensor and (b) a LIDAR sensor;
wherein each of the multiple vehicles is equipped with an electronics control unit (ECU);
wherein image data captured by said plurality of vision sensors of each of the multiple vehicles is provided to the ECU of the respective one of the multiple vehicles;
wherein sensor data sensed by said plurality of non-vision sensors of each of the multiple vehicles is provided to the ECU of the respective one of the multiple vehicles;
wherein image data and sensor data provided to the ECU of each of the multiple vehicles is processed at that ECU to detect and classify objects external to the respective one of the multiple vehicles;
wherein the respective ECU wirelessly communicates (i) vehicle data indicative of operation of the respective one of the multiple vehicles and (ii) environment data indicative of the environment in which the respective one of the multiple vehicles is traveling;
wherein said central processor is operable to wirelessly receive, from each of the multiple vehicles, the respective vehicle data indicative of operation of the respective one of the multiple vehicles and the respective environment data indicative of the environment in which the respective one of the multiple vehicles is operating;
wherein, responsive to vehicle data and environment data wirelessly received at said central processor from the multiple vehicles, said central processor determines if one or more of the multiple vehicles is at or approaching a hazardous condition; and
wherein, responsive to the determination that one or more of the multiple vehicles is a threatened vehicle at a potentially hazardous condition, said central monitoring system at least one of (i) actuates an alert of the threatened vehicle to alert a driver of the threatened vehicle of the determined hazardous condition and (ii) controls a vehicle system of the threatened vehicle to mitigate the determined hazardous condition.

US Pat. No. 10,137,891

DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A driving assistance apparatus comprising:a first sensing unit configured to sense a width of a forward object, a distance to the forward object, a speed of the forward object, and a speed of an own vehicle;
a first determining unit configured to determine a risk of collision with the forward object based on the distance to the forward object, the speed of the forward object, and the speed of the own vehicle;
a second sensing unit configured to, when the first determining unit determines that there is a risk of collision, sense a first distance, which is a distance to a first corner of the forward object, and a second distance, which is a distance to a second corner of the forward object;
a calculating unit configured to calculate a distorted angle of the forward object based on the width of the forward object, the first distance, and the second distance;
a second determining unit configured to, when the calculated distorted angle is equal to or larger than a preset critical angle, further determine the risk of collision based on a smaller one of the sensed first and second distances, the speed of the forward object, and the speed of the own vehicle; and
a control unit configured to, when the second determining unit determines that there is the risk of collision, control at least one of the notification device, the braking device, and the steering device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,890

OCCLUDED OBSTACLE CLASSIFICATION FOR VEHICLES

1. An obstacle classification method for a vehicle, the method comprising:acquiring, using one or more sensors, sensor data of at least a portion of an external environment of the vehicle;
identifying, using a processor, an obstacle candidate based on the acquired sensor data;
determining an occlusion status for the identified obstacle candidate, the occlusion status being a ratio of acquired sensor data for the obstacle candidate that is occluded to all acquired sensor data for the obstacle candidate, the acquired sensor data for the obstacle candidate that is occluded being defined by any acquired sensor data points for the obstacle candidate that are substantially adjacent to acquired sensor data points for one or more other obstacle candidates;
determining a classification for the obstacle candidate based on the determined occlusion status;
determining a driving maneuver for the vehicle at least partially based on the determined classification for the obstacle candidate; and
causing the vehicle to implement the determined driving maneuver.

US Pat. No. 10,137,889

METHOD FOR SMARTPHONE-BASED ACCIDENT DETECTION

Zendrive, Inc., San Fran...

1. A system for determining a vehicular accident associated with first user and a vehicle, the system comprising:a first application executing on a first device associated with the first user, wherein the first application is operable to collect a first movement dataset sampled from at least one of a first motion sensor and a first location sensor of the first device;
an accident detection processing system operable to:
receive a traffic dataset describing traffic conditions proximal a vehicle location, wherein the vehicle location is extracted from the first movement dataset, wherein the traffic conditions comprise a traffic level, a traffic law, and accident data;
retrieve an accident detection model; and
determine a vehicular accident event in substantially real-time with the accident detection model, the traffic dataset, and the first movement dataset, and based on the traffic level exceeding a traffic level threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,137,888

METHOD FOR GUIDING PARKING MODE IN REMOTE AUTOMATIC PARKING SUPPORT SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for guiding a vehicle in a parking mode in a remote automatic parking support system, comprising:detecting, by a processor, a width of a parking space, a weather condition, an outdoor temperature, and a parking state of a neighbor vehicle when the parking space is detected;
guiding, by the processor, the vehicle in a first parking mode in which automatic parking is performed based on a parking request from a driver terminal positioned extraneous to a vehicle when the width of the parking space is less than a reference value;
guiding, by the processor, the vehicle in a second parking mode in which automatic parking is performed based on a parking request from a switch mounted within the vehicle when rain is detected, when the outdoor temperature exceeds a first threshold value, and when the outdoor temperature is less than a second threshold value; and
performing, by the processor, automatic parking in a parking mode selected by a driver.

US Pat. No. 10,137,887

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AT LEAST ONE SAFETY FUNCTION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling at least one safety function for a motor vehicle, comprising:determining that a selected seat of the vehicle is occupied by a child in response to at least one of (a) a first sensor signal originating from a first sensor indicating that a seat belt of the selected seat is buckled and (b) a second sensor signal originating from a weight sensor in the selected seat indicating presence on the selected seat of a weight that is within a predefined range, a boundary of which is a predefined threshold weight; and
in response to the determination of the child occupancy of the selected seat, applying a control signal to at least one vehicle safety device;
wherein at least one of:
the control signal includes a signal to an actuator that causes the actuator to automatically lock a door of the vehicle that is closest to the selected seat, the determination of the child occupancy of the selected seat is in response to a combination of both the first sensor signal indicating that the seat belt of the selected seat is buckled and the second sensor signal indicating the presence on the selected seat of the weight that is within the predefined range, and the application of the control signal is further conditioned upon a determination that the vehicle is moving;
the control signal includes a signal that disables at least one automatic transmission mode of the vehicle; and
the control signal includes a signal that prevents a manual disablement of an electronic stability program (ESP).

US Pat. No. 10,137,886

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR MITIGATING UNDESIRABLE CONDITIONS DURING REGENERATIVE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:an engine;
a motor/generator;
a disconnect clutch positioned in a powertrain between the engine and the motor/generator;
a transmission coupled to the motor/generator; and
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory for deactivating one or more transmission gears selectively activated via a clutch in response to an actual transmission input shaft speed minus a predicted transmission input shaft speed being less than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,885

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a vehicle having different operating modes affecting emissions, comprising:activating, by a vehicle controller, at least one of the different operating modes affecting emissions selected in response to an estimated population density of a designated area associated with a current location or an anticipated future location of the vehicle, wherein the estimated population density is based on smartphone-based positions and velocity vectors of people within a specified estimation area.

US Pat. No. 10,137,884

CONTROL APPARATUS OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus of a hybrid vehicle in which an engine, a first rotary electric machine, and a second rotary electric machine are connected to each other through a transmission mechanism including a gear train, the control apparatus configured to:determine whether or not a drive state of the hybrid vehicle satisfies an abnormal sound generation condition of the gear train;
execute a process to not apply a pressing torque for reducing rattling from the first rotary electric machine to the gear train of the transmission mechanism when the abnormal sound generation condition is not satisfied,
determine whether or not a retention time, which is a period in which the abnormal sound generation condition continues to be satisfied, exceeds a predetermined value when the abnormal sound generation condition is satisfied,
execute the process to not apply the pressing torque when the abnormal sound generation condition is satisfied and the retention time does not exceed the predetermined value, and
execute a pressing process to apply the pressing torque when the abnormal sound generation condition is satisfied and the retention time exceeds the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,883

ACTIVE VIBRATION REDUCTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An active vibration reduction control apparatus for a hybrid electric vehicle, the active vibration reduction control apparatus comprising:a reference signal generator generating a reference signal and a first phase based on a first rotational angle of a first motor which is coupled to one side of an engine;
a vibration extractor extracting a vibration signal from a second motor which is coupled to another side of the engine;
a coefficient determiner determining a filter coefficient which minimizes a phase difference between the reference signal and the vibration signal;
a phase determiner detecting a second phase which corresponds to the phase difference between the reference signal and the vibration signal using a first speed signal of the first motor and the filter coefficient;
a phase deviation amount detector detecting a third phase for compensating for a phase delay using the first speed signal of the first motor; and
a synchronization signal generator generating an antiphase signal of a shape of an actual vibration, using the first phase, the second phase, or the third phase using a look-up table for signal amplitude for each of phase values, in order to determine a compensating force of the first motor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,882

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of controlling launch of a hybrid electric vehicle provided with an engine clutch disposed between a first motor and an engine, the method comprising:determining whether the engine clutch is in a lock-up state;
maintaining running of the engine upon determining that the engine clutch is in the lock-up state;
executing slip launch of the hybrid electric vehicle using power of the engine; and
launching the hybrid electric vehicle using power of the first motor, if a first condition relating to the stalling of the engine is satisfied,
wherein execution of the slip launch of the hybrid electric vehicle includes charging a main battery using a second motor connected to the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,881

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE REGENERATIVE BRAKING CONTROL

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for controlling regenerative braking in a hybrid vehicle, the system comprising:a driving information sensor detecting driving information according to driving of the hybrid vehicle;
a motor assisting a driving force of an engine in an acceleration interval of the hybrid vehicle and operating as a generator in a deceleration interval in which a brake operates;
a motor controller charging a battery using a regenerative energy generated by the motor;
a hybrid controller calculating braking forces generated by friction in the engine according to respective drivable gear stages of the hybrid vehicle, comparing a braking force in a gear stage currently used when a driver of the hybrid vehicle depresses a brake pedal during driving of the hybrid vehicle with a largest value among the calculated braking forces, setting a smaller value of the braking force in the gear stage currently used and the largest value among the calculated braking forces as a target regenerative braking force to control regenerative braking, and controlling a kick-down shifting to shift to a gear stage corresponding to a braking force that compensates for a limited regenerative braking force, among the drivable gear stages; and
a transmission controller performing the kick-down shifting based on control of the hybrid controller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,880

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

5. A control apparatus that is applied to a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle including an internal combustion engine that serves as a drive source of the hybrid vehicle, an electric motor that serves as a drive source of the hybrid vehicle, and a storage battery that supplies electric power to the electric motor, the hybrid vehicle being configured to perform regenerative braking with use of the electric motor and to charge the storage battery with electric power generated through the regenerative braking, the hybrid vehicle being also configured to charge the storage battery with electric power generated by using output power of the internal combustion engine, the control apparatus being configured to control the internal combustion engine and the electric motor such that a required driving force that is required from the hybrid vehicle is satisfied and a remaining amount of charge of the storage battery approaches a target remaining amount of charge set to a normal remaining amount of charge, the control apparatus comprising:a first memory to store map information;
circuitry configured to:
determine a scheduled travel route from a current location of the hybrid vehicle to a destination on the basis of the map information, the circuitry being configured to search for a target downhill section that satisfies a predetermined condition within the scheduled travel route on the basis of measured gradient information pertaining to a gradient and stored in the first memory for each road section that constitutes the scheduled travel route, and, when there is the target downhill section, determine, within a section from a downhill control start point that is located a predetermined first distance from a start point of the target downhill section to an end point of the target downhill section, a controlled section including at least a section from the downhill control start point to the start point of the target downhill section, and the circuitry being configured to, when the hybrid vehicle has traveled on a road section, acquire actual gradient information pertaining to an actual gradient of the road section from a sensor provided in the hybrid vehicle, and
when the hybrid vehicle travels on the controlled section, execute downhill control in which the target remaining amount of charge is changed to a first remaining amount of charge lower than the normal remaining amount of charge; and
a second memory to store the actual gradient information in association with the road section, wherein
the circuitry is configured to, when the actual gradient information of the road section that constitutes the scheduled travel route is stored in the second memory in a case of searching for the target downhill section, search for the target downhill section by using the actual gradient information instead of the measured gradient information for the road section of which the actual gradient information is stored.

US Pat. No. 10,137,878

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PARKING BRAKE SYSTEM

AKEBONO BRAKE INDUSTRY CO...

1. A method of controlling a brake system, the method comprising:measuring voltage of a motor;
measuring current of the motor;
estimating a rotational angle of the motor using the measured voltage and the measured current;
estimating a speed of the motor using the measured voltage and the measured current;
estimating a current draw of the motor using the measured voltage and the measured current;
estimating a brake force with the estimated rotational angle of the motor;
correcting the estimated rotational angle of the motor with the measured current;
correcting the estimated speed of the motor with the measured current;
correcting the estimated current draw of the motor with the measured current;
correcting the estimated brake force with the corrected estimated rotational angle of the motor, the corrected speed of the motor, and the corrected current draw of the motor; and
determining creation of a brake apply with the corrected brake force.

US Pat. No. 10,137,877

BRAKE SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

1. A brake system for motor vehicles, the brake system comprising:a brake master cylinder which can be actuated by a brake pedal and which comprises at least one first pressure chamber, wherein the brake master cylinder is separably hydraulically connected to a plurality of wheel brakes,
a pressure medium storage container assigned to the brake master cylinder, wherein the first pressure chamber of the brake master cylinder has a pressure balancing port for connecting to the pressure medium storage container and a first pressure chamber output port hydraulically connected to at least one of the wheel brakes, wherein the first pressure chamber output port is separate from the pressure balancing port,
a first electrically controllable pressurization device which can be connected to the wheel brakes,
a pressure regulating valve arrangement for regulating and controlling a wheel brake pressure that is set at the wheel brakes,
a first electronic control and regulating unit for controlling the first pressurization device and the pressure regulating valve arrangement,
a second electrically controllable pressurization device connected to the brake master cylinder and having a pressure output port and the second electrically controllable pressurization device is assigned to a second electronic control and regulating unit,
wherein the first and the second pressurization devices can build up brake pressures independently of each other,
wherein the pressure output port of the second pressurization device is connected to the pressure balancing port, wherein the second pressurization device builds up pressure in the at least one first pressure chamber via the pressure output port of the second pressurization device and the pressure balancing port,
wherein the at least one first pressure chamber is separably hydraulically connected to at least one of the wheel brakes via the first pressure chamber output port.

US Pat. No. 10,137,876

BRAKING CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A braking control device for vehicle which moves a brake fluid from a master cylinder to a wheel cylinder depending on an operation of a braking operation member for vehicle to generate braking force on a wheel comprising:a case member fixed to the master cylinder;
a first electric motor fixed to the case member;
a second electric motor fixed to the case member independently of the first electric motor;
an input rod mechanically connected to the braking operation member and linearly moving;
an output rod which presses pistons in the master cylinder and can linearly move in parallel with a central axis line of the input rod;
a differential mechanism which receives an output from the first electric motor and an output from the second electric motor, allows relative movement between the input rod and the output rod, and is built in the case member; and
a controller which controls the output from the first electric motor and the output from the second electric motor to independently control force acting on the input rod and displacement of the output rod.

US Pat. No. 10,137,875

ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT OF A VEHICLE, COMPRISING AN AT LEAST PARTLY ELECTRIC BRAKING AND STEERING DEVICE WITH HIGH AVAILABILITY

KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer...

1. A braking system of a vehicle having an at least partially electrical braking and steering device, comprisinga steering system having an electric or electromechanical steering device, a steering gear mechanism, an electronic steering control device and an electric steering actuator; and
an electronic or electronically brake pressure regulated brake system having
an electropneumatic service brake device, the electropneumatic service brake device including an electropneumatic service brake valve device and an electronic brake control device,
at least one electric service brake circuit having electropneumatic modulators,
at least one electric service brake circuit having pneumatic wheel brake actuators associated with wheels of the vehicle, and
a service brake activation element,
wherein
the electronic brake control device is configured to electrically control the electropneumatic modulators to generate pneumatic brake pressures or brake control pressures for the pneumatic wheel brake actuators on at least one of a specific wheel basis, a specific axle basis and a specific vehicle side basis,
the at least one electric service brake circuit includes
at least one electrical channel includes at least one electric brake value generator configured to sense activation of the service brake activation element and has output corresponding activation signals, and
at least one electronic evaluation device is configured to receive the activation signals and input braking request signals based on the activation signals into the electronic brake control device, and
the at least one pneumatic service brake circuit includes at least one pneumatic channel configured to load at least one control piston of the service brake valve device with a first activation force corresponding to activation of the service brake activation element representing a driver's braking request, and
the service brake valve device is configured such that when the at least one control piston is loaded with the first activation force, the control piston directly or indirectly controls at least one double seat valve of the service brake valve device having an inlet seat and an outlet seat to generate pneumatic brake pressures or brake control pressures for actuation of the pneumatic wheel brake actuators,
the braking system further comprising:
a device containing the electronic evaluation device of the electropneumatic service brake valve device configured to generate a second activation force independently of a driver's braking request by loading a second activation force on the at least one control piston in the same direction as or in the opposite direction to the first activation force when a braking request which is independent of the driver's request is present;
a first electrical energy source or a first energy supply circuit configured to supply energy to the electropneumatic service brake device independently from a second electrical energy source or a second energy supply circuit configured to supply energy to the electropneumatic service brake valve device and to the electric or electro mechanical steering device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,874

BRAKE PEDAL EMULATOR OF A BRAKE-BY-WIRE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A brake pedal emulator extending and connected between a support structure and a brake pedal operatively engaged to the support structure, the brake pedal emulator comprising:a hydraulic cylinder including a magneto-rheological hydraulic fluid and an electrical element configured to carry an electrical current for controlling a viscosity of the magneto-rheological hydraulic fluid and thereby control a first force exerted by the hydraulic cylinder when actuated;
a coiled spring engaged between the support structure and the brake pedal, and concentrically disposed about the hydraulic cylinder, wherein the coiled spring is constructed and arranged to exert a second force upon the brake pedal that varies as a function of brake pedal travel, wherein the coiled spring and the hydraulic cylinder are compressible along a common centerline;
a base member directly engaged pivotally to the support structure at a first pivot axis and rigidly engaged to the hydraulic cylinder; and
a linking member directly engaged pivotally to the brake pedal at a second pivot axis and directly engaged to a reciprocating head of the hydraulic cylinder, and wherein the coiled spring is seated between the base member and the linking member for compression as the brake pedal is actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,137,873

SIDE-BY-SIDE ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An all-terrain vehicle comprising:a frame including a front frame part and a rear frame part, the rear frame part is separate from and connected to the front frame part via frame joints which are spaced laterally from one another in a width direction of the vehicle;
a seating surface supported by one of the front frame part and the rear frame part;
an engine supported by the rear frame part, the engine is positioned behind the seating surface;
left and right front wheels operably coupled to the front frame part and drivingly coupled to the engine via a front drive unit;
left and right rear wheels operably coupled to the rear frame part and drivingly coupled to the engine via a rear drive unit; and
a brake system mounted to the frame and including front wheel brakes for the respective left and right front wheels and rear wheel brakes for the respective left and right rear wheels, the brake system further including a brake modulator and a master brake cylinder operably connected to the brake modulator, the brake modulator mounted to the front frame part.

US Pat. No. 10,137,872

ACCELERATION/DECELERATION CONTROL APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An acceleration/deceleration control apparatus for a vehicle system, the control apparatus comprisinga normal mode of performing acceleration control in response to an operation on an accelerator pedal and performing deceleration control in response to an operation on a brake pedal,
a one-pedal mode of performing both the acceleration control and the deceleration control in response to an operation on any one of the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal and performing only any one of the acceleration control and the deceleration control in response to an operation on the other of pedals, and
a mode switching unit configured to switch the one-pedal mode and the normal mode according to a switching operation per forced by an occupant,
wherein the acceleration/deceleration control apparatus, switches a characteristic of a non-one-pedal acceleration instruction value or a non-one-pedal deceleration instruction value calculated according to an amount of the operation on the other of pedals during the one-pedal mode according to the mode switching using the mode switching unit,
wherein the acceleration/deceleration control apparatus is configured to set a result of adding the non-one-pedal acceleration instruction value or the non-one-pedal deceleration instruction value to a one-pedal acceleration/deceleration instruction value calculated according to the operation on the one of pedals for performing tooth the acceleration control and the deceleration control as a target acceleration/deceleration instruction of a vehicle in the one-pedal mode, and
wherein, in a case where the mode is switched with use of the mode switching unit while the other of pedals is being operated daring the one-pedal mode, the acceleration/deceleration control apparatus switches an instruction value characteristic of the other of pedals that is being operated after maintaining an acceleration or a deceleration before this mode switching.

US Pat. No. 10,137,871

ADAPTIVE BRAKING FOR A VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A controller for a vehicle system on a host vehicle comprising:an input for receiving a travel signal indicative of a direction of travel of the host vehicle;
an output for transmitting a braking signal to control a braking action of the host vehicle;
a processor having control logic, the control logic capable of:
identifying a first target in a lane of travel of the host vehicle;
monitoring for an active braking intervention request;
monitoring for an additional target in an adjacent lane of travel to the host vehicle;
transmitting a first braking signal at the output to control a braking action at a first braking level in response to receiving the active braking intervention request and identifying no other targets in adjacent lanes of travel to the host vehicle;
identifying the additional target in the adjacent lane of travel;
receiving the travel signal at the input indicative of a change in the direction of travel of the host vehicle toward the identified additional target; and
transmitting a second braking signal at the output to control the braking action at a second braking level in response to receiving the active braking intervention request, identifying the additional target and receiving the travel signal indicative of the host vehicle moving to toward the additional target, the second level being different than the first level.

US Pat. No. 10,137,870

BRAKE LOCK DETECTION SYSTEM FOR TOWED VEHICLES

Danko Manufacturing LLC, ...

1. A brake controller comprising:a main housing configured to engage an interior surface of a towed vehicle near a brake pedal of the towed vehicle;
an actuation arm extending away from the main housing configured to connect to the brake pedal to actuate a brake of the towed vehicle through the brake pedal;
an arm drive system of the main housing to apply a positive pressure to the actuation arm when activated to drive the brake pedal to actuate the brake;
a negative pressure sensor to generate a negative pressure signal when the brake pedal applies a negative pressure to the actuation arm and the actuation arm is not activated.

US Pat. No. 10,137,869

AUTOMATIC BRAKE HOLD WITH LOW SPEED MANEUVERABILITY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an autohold selector;
a gear selector including forward and reverse gear positions;
a brake pedal;
a brake actuator;
a control circuit configured to initiate a brake hold event of the brake actuator in response to predetermined conditions including the autohold selector being on and the vehicle braking to a stop with the brake pedal depressed, wherein initiating the brake hold event is prevented if the gear selector is in the reverse position, and wherein the control circuit prevents initiation of a brake hold event for a predetermined interval when the gear selector shifts from the reverse position to the forward gear position or the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,868

BRAKING DEVICE FOR VEHICLES SUCH AS, FOR EXAMPLE, WALKING FRAMES, STROLLERS OR DISABLED WHEELCHAIRS

1. Braking device (100) for a vehicle such as, for example, a walking frame, a stroller or a disabled wheelchair, comprising:a hand grip (2) extending along an extension axis (X-X) adapted to be rotatably mounted on a handlebar of a vehicle;
a slide (3) operatively combined with a cable of a vehicle brake or lock;
said slide (3) being translatable between a locked position tensioning said cable and an unlocked position leaving loose the cable, and vice versa;
said slide (3) being translatable orthogonally to the extension axis (X-X) of said hand grip;
at least one pin element (4) engaged with a profile; said at least one pin element (4) sliding with respect to said profile to activate the translation of said slide; said at least one pin element (4) sliding with respect to said profile between a first position, in which said slide is in the unlocked position, and a second position, in which said slide is in the locked position, and vice versa;
said at least one pin element (4) or said profile (7) being integral with said hand grip so that the rotation of the hand grip activates the translation of said slide (3).

US Pat. No. 10,137,867

VEHICLE LOW PRESSURE BRAKE ARRANGEMENT

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A vehicle braking arrangement comprising:a braking plate including a sealing rim running circumferentially adapted to at least partially contact the ground in a braking position such that an at least partly enclosed volume then is formed between the braking plate and the ground, the braking plate movable to the braking position from a rest position;
an expandable chamber at least fluidly connectable to the at least partly enclosed volume and where, when the braking plate is in the braking position, a volume of the expandable chamber is arranged to expand, from a first volume to a second volume such that air pressure in the expandable chamber initially falls below an air pressure of ambient air, such that, when the expandable chamber is fluidly connected to the at least partly enclosed volume, the pressure is lowered in the at least partly enclosed volume as a result of a lowered pressure in the expandable chamber, which results in pressing of the braking plate against the ground by a conferred pressure difference between air outside the at least partly enclosed volume and air in the at least partly enclosed volume such that a retaining force between the braking plate and the ground is obtained; and
a valve assembly fluidly connecting the expandable chamber and the at least partly enclosed volume, the valve assembly including a trigger pin, at least one locking pin, a piston and a housing, the piston being co-axially arranged in the housing, the housing includes at least one aperture that connects the expandable chamber to an interior of the housing, the piston being locked in sealing engagement with the housing by the locking pin, the trigger pin being arranged to release the piston by acting on the locking pin when the trigger pin is pressed against the ground, the piston when released allowing a fluid connection between the enclosed volume and the expandable chamber to be established.

US Pat. No. 10,137,866

TANK SYSTEM FOR HAVING A DISCHARGE ADAPTER FOR PRODUCING BUBBLES AND DISPENSING THE BUBBLES AS THEY FALL FROM THE TANK ONTO A PASSING VEHICLE

1. A tank system having a discharger adapter for dropping fluid onto a passing vehicle, comprising:a tank, the tank having a trough portion and a fluid exit;
a support system connected with the tank for elevating the tank above a ground surface to allow a vehicle to pass beneath the tank;
a fluid supply inlet fluidly connected with the tank for receiving a fluid flow from an external fluid source and introducing fluid into the tank;
an air manifold positioned in the trough portion of the tank;
an air motor fluidly connected with the air manifold to introduce air through the air manifold and into the fluid in the tank; and
a discharge adapter attached with the tank, the discharge adapter having a discharge adapter plate with a plurality of holes formed therethrough, whereby upon receiving fluid from the external source, the fluid passes from the fluid exit of the tank and into the discharge adapter, where it passes through the holes and falls from the discharge adapter onto a passing vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,865

HEAT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

1. A heat distribution system configured to melt snow proximate wheels on an automobile; the heat distribution system comprising:a heat exchanger attached to the automobile and configured to heat air flowing past the heat exchanger creating hot air;
a fan, proximate the heat exchanger, and configured to move the hot air;
a manifold, proximate the heat exchanger and configured to receive the hot air from the fan;
a first duct, a second duct, and a transverse duct, joined to the manifold; wherein the first duct further comprises:
a first duct forward portion, directly connected to a first duct outward portion;
a first duct upward portion, directly connected to the first duct outward portion;
a first duct downward portion, directly connected to the first duct upward portion;
wherein the first duct downward portion is directly connected to the first duct nozzle;
a first duct nozzle, attached to an end of the first duct proximate a first wheel on the automobile;
a second duct nozzle, attached to an end of the second duct proximate a second wheel on the automobile;
a third duct, attached to the transverse duct;
a third duct nozzle, attached to an end of the third duct proximate a third wheel on the automobile;
wherein the hot air is pushed through the manifold and out the first duct nozzle, the second duct nozzle, and the third duct nozzle melting the snow proximate the first wheel, the second wheel, and the third wheel.