US Pat. No. 10,167,192

PERFORATED CONTACT ELECTRODE ON VERTICAL NANOWIRE ARRAY

The United States of Amer...

1. A structure comprising:a support;
a plurality of nanowires perpendicular to the support; and
an electrode in contact with a first end of each nanowire;
wherein each nanowire has a second end in contact with the support; and
wherein the electrode contains a plurality of perforations;
wherein each perforation comprises an open space forming a straight line path normal to the support and completely through the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,167,191

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MICRO ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SYSTEM

KIONIX, INC., Ithaca, NY...

1. A method of fabricating a semiconductor device, the method comprising:growing a first layer of oxide on a surface of a first semiconductor substrate;
forming a layer of insulating material on the oxide layer;
patterning and etching the insulating material and the first oxide layer to form a plurality of oxide-insulator structures, said etching exposing the surface of the semiconductor substrate;
growing a second layer of oxide in the exposed surface of the semiconductor substrate; and
removing the second layer of oxide thereby to form a cavity in which the semiconductor device is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,167,190

LOW COST WAFER LEVEL PROCESS FOR PACKAGING MEMS THREE DIMENSIONAL DEVICES

The Regents of the Univer...

14. A method for fabrication of lids for a chip-level hermetic packaging of MEMS device of varying shape and form factor, comprising:providing a handle wafer;
creating cavities into a handle wafer;
bonding a cap wafer onto the handle wafer to form a cap-handle wafer stack;
forming a metal hard mask on the handle wafer;
heating the cap-handle wafer stack in a furnace as to allow pressure buildup within the cavity causing plastic deformation of the cap wafer; and
removing portions of the handle wafer defined by the metal hard mask to open the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,167,189

STRESS ISOLATION PLATFORM FOR MEMS DEVICES

Analog Devices, Inc., No...

18. A MEMS device comprising:a substrate having a stress-relief gap therein defining a MEMS platform and a peripheral region;
a MEMS structure on the MEMS platform; and
at least one flexible electrical conductor electrically coupled to the MEMS structure on the MEMS platform, spanning the stress-relief gap, and physically contacting the peripheral region of the substrate and the MEMS platform, the at least one flexible electrical conductor configured to carry an electrical signal across the stress-relief gap.

US Pat. No. 10,167,188

INTEGRATED PARTICLE FILTER FOR MEMS DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) transducer comprising:an enclosure defining an interior space and having an acoustic port formed through one side of the enclosure;
a compliant member positioned within the interior space and acoustically coupled to the acoustic port, the compliant member being configured to vibrate in response to an acoustic input;
a back plate positioned within the interior space, the back plate being positioned along one side of the compliant member in a fixed position; and
a filter positioned between the compliant member and the acoustic port, wherein the filter comprises a plurality of material layers that define a plurality of axially oriented pathways and a plurality of laterally oriented pathways which are acoustically interconnected, the plurality of axially oriented pathways extending through the plurality of material layers and the plurality of laterally oriented pathways extending between the plurality of material layers, and a first axially oriented pathway of the plurality of axially oriented pathways is axially offset with respect to a second axially oriented pathway of the plurality of axially oriented pathways.

US Pat. No. 10,167,187

PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR HAVING AN ELONGATED GROOVE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a substrate; and
a first functional element disposed on the substrate and having a sensor and an outer edge,
wherein the sensor includes all sensing portions, wiring, and electrodes for the first functional element, and the outer edge is defined by an imaginary line encircling the sensor having all sensing portions, wiring, and electrodes, the outer edge being the portion of the first functional element outside of the imaginary line in a plan view, and
wherein the outer edge includes at least two separate first grooves formed spaced apart in a top surface of the outer edge of the first functional element, each of the first grooves being elongated in a first direction in the plan view, and each of the first grooves being vacant.

US Pat. No. 10,167,186

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A POCKETED SPRING UNIT

Harrison Spinks Component...

1. A method for the production of a pocketed spring, the method comprising the steps of, at each step-wise advancement feeding, in the direction of advancement, a row of pre-compressed springs into positions between upper and lower layers of fabric or other material using a spring inserter, step-wise advancing said material and said springs and then welding together said lengths of fabric or other material so as to encapsulate a row of springs in a plurality of discrete pockets each containing a spring at each step-wise advancement, each row being oriented substantially perpendicularly to the direction of advancement.

US Pat. No. 10,167,185

FILLING ADAPTER HAVING A COAXIAL VALVE

1. A filling adapter for the initial filling of vehicle containers with operating substances during vehicle manufacturing, wherein the filling adapter is equipped with a hose pack, wherein the filling adapter is equipped with a coaxial valve in the region of its adapter head, which coaxial valve, starting from the inlet cross section, is initially provided with a first flow contour extending parallel to a longitudinal axis of the valve, the adapter head having a body with a ninety degree bend such that the first flow contour transitions to a second flow contour that extends at a right angle to the longitudinal axis of the valve towards the outlet cross section, wherein a circular conical deflector plate is fixedly mounted to an inner wall of the adapter head at the transitional section from the first flow contour extending in parallel to the longitudinal axis of the valve to the second flow contour extending at a right angle to the longitudinal axis of the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,167,184

MULTIPLE BEVERAGE DISPENSING COOLER

1. A portable beverage dispenser, comprising:an insulated cooler body having a cooler body interior;
a lid removably secured over a cooler body open top;
a handle assembly affixed to a cooler body first sidewall;
an ice reservoir located within said cooler body interior, having an ice reservoir interior;
an ice dispenser in operable communication with said ice reservoir interior and in fluid communication with an ice dispenser opening disposed within a cooler body second sidewall;
at least one beverage dispensing assembly, each comprising:
a beverage reservoir located within said cooler body interior and outside said ice reservoir; and,
a dispensing device in operable communication with said beverage reservoir and in fluid communication with a beverage dispensing opening located on said cooler body second sidewall;
at least one drawer slidably engaging with said cooler body second sidewall;
a cup dispenser affixed to a cooler body third sidewall; and,
a drink stirrer affixed to said cooler body third sidewall adjacent said cup dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,167,183

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BEVERAGE DISPENSING

SESTRA SYSTEMS, INC, Ste...

1. A method of controlling fluid flow through a reciprocating piston metering dispenser comprising:a. calibration of piston travel time for minimal system pressure and maximum system pressure;
b. calibration of piston delay time for minimal system pressure and maximum system pressure; and
c. controlling piston start and stop based upon calculation of piston termination location taking into account changes in pressure between reciprocation according to said calibrations;wherein successive discharges from said metering dispenser as urged by said piston provides for a fluid communication output with a continuous metered discharge.

US Pat. No. 10,167,182

VACUUM SIDE AIR VENT

The Coca-Cola Company, A...

1. A method for removing air within an air chamber, comprising:receiving a flow of a fluid at a first port of the air chamber from a fluid source in fluid communication with the air chamber;
dispensing the fluid at a second port of the air chamber; and
reversing the flow to draw the fluid into the air chamber to purge air within any one of the air chamber and the fluid source through a third port by reversing a pump.

US Pat. No. 10,167,181

HYDRAULIC STEERING SHEAR-FORK TYPE AERIAL WORK PLATFORM

CHEJIANG DINGLI MACHINERY...

1. A hydraulic steering shear-fork aerial work platform comprising a running chassis and a lifting device, wherein:the running chassis comprises:
a chassis body; and
a running device comprising a left steering wheel, a right steering wheel, a left wheel carrier, a right wheel carrier, a linkage frame, and a steering oil cylinder, wherein the left steering wheel and the right steering wheel are respectively installed on the left wheel carrier and the right wheel carrier, and wherein the left wheel carrier and the right wheel carrier are rotatably installed on the chassis body through wheel carrier shafts;
wherein the running chassis is characterized in that two ends of the linkage frame are respectively hinged to the left wheel carrier and the right wheel carrier;
wherein the linkage frame further comprises a steering oil cylinder installing portion for a first end of the steering oil cylinder to be installed; and wherein a second end of the steering oil cylinder is connected with at least one of the wheel carrier shafts through an installing plate, so that the left steering wheel and the right steering wheel turn towards a first side when the steering oil cylinder is controlled to extend, and the left steering wheel and the right steering wheel turn towards a second side when the steering oil cylinder is controlled to withdraw;
wherein the lifting device comprises a shear fork lifting structure and a lifting platform, wherein the shear-fork lifting structure is formed by connecting a plurality of shear-fork units, and wherein a first bottom end of each shear-fork unit is hinged to the running chassis, and a second end of each shear-fork unit is hinged to a sliding block that is in sliding fit with the running chassis;
wherein the lifting device further comprises a lifting detection and control system comprising a potentiometer installed on a rotation shaft of the shear-fork lifting structure and a controller, wherein any lifting height corresponds to a unique rotating angle of the rotation shaft, wherein the potentiometer is configured to correspond to a unique resistance value corresponding to all heights recorded in the controller, and wherein a limit on a lifting height of the lifting device is configured to be achieved by setting a resistance value correlated with the limit on the lifting height of the lifting device.

US Pat. No. 10,167,180

ADJUSTABLE PALLET FORKS

1. A pallet loading attachment for a vehicle, the pallet loading attachment removably coupled to the vehicle, the attachment comprising:a frame, the frame having a first end, the first end aligned proximal to the vehicle for attachment, the first end having a universal quick attach, and a second end opposite the first end and distal to the vehicle;
a pair of pallet forks, the pallet forks movably received within the frame and extending outward opposite the first end, the pallet forks sized for receipt within a pallet, the pallet forks each spaced a width, wherein the width defines a distance between each pallet fork;
a wheel, the wheel centrally positioned on a lower side of the frame, the wheel positioned a height above a bottom of the pallet forks, and the wheel positioned in selective communication with a ground surface, wherein the wheel height is above a ground surface when the pallet forks are leveled upon the ground surface and wherein the wheel is contacted with the ground surface when the pallet forks are tilted in an upwards direction opposite the ground surface; and
a threaded rod, the threaded rod forming an axle of the wheel and having opposed threads aligned on opposed sides of the wheel, the threaded rod having opposed ends, the opposed ends in communication with each pallet fork, wherein movement of the wheel adjusts the width between each pallet fork.

US Pat. No. 10,167,179

JACK SYSTEM

KURTJAN JACKS (PTY) LTD.,...

1. A jack system for selectively raising or lowering one or more structures from a first position to a second position and back from said second position to said first position, comprising:a fixed support structure;
at least two opposing and spaced apart jacks, each jack comprising a pair of arms longitudinally spaced apart from each other wherein each pair of arms has lower end portions and upper end portions, wherein said lower end portions are movably connected to said fixed support structure, and wherein said arms extend upwardly at predetermined angles with respect to said fixed support structure;
a pair of longitudinally extending support members fixedly mounted upon central portions of said pair of arms so as to support one or more structures disposed transversely with respect to said pair of longitudinally extending support members; and
retractable and extensible mechanisms operatively connected to said upper end portions of each one of said pair of arms such that as said retractable and extensible mechanisms are retracted, said upper end portions of each one of said pair of arms are drawn together so as to cause each one of said pair of arms to pivotally move said lower end portions of said pair of arms relative to said fixed support structure and thereby elevate said pair of longitudinally extending support members so as to, in turn, elevate the one or more structures supported upon said pair of longitudinally extending support members, whereas when said retractable and extensible mechanisms are extended, said upper end portions of each one of said pair of arms are moved apart from each other so as to thereby cause each one of said pair of arms to pivotally move said lower end portions of said pair of arms relative to said fixed support structure and thereby lower said pair of longitudinally extending support members so as to, in turn, lower the one or more structures supported upon said longitudinally extending support members.

US Pat. No. 10,167,178

LEVELING JACK WITH DIRECT ACTUATION

LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.,...

1. A jack comprising:a first lifting section, the first lifting section comprising:
a first cross beam;
a first trunnion engaged with the first cross beam and selectively displaceable in first and second displacement directions with respect to the first cross beam between a first trunnion position and a second trunnion position;
a first leg pivotally connected to the first trunnion; and
a first brace pivotally connected to the first leg and pivotally connected to the first cross beam;
a first drive mechanism operably engaged with the first trunnion, the first drive mechanism configured to selectively displace the first trunnion in the first and second displacement directions with respect to the first cross beam, the first drive mechanism comprising:
a first drive screw;
a first drive nut threadingly engaged with the first drive screw; and
a first drive plate engaged with the first drive nut and the first trunnion such that a first portion of the drive screw is received within the first drive nut and a second portion of the drive screw spaced apart from the first portion of the drive screw is received within the first trunnion, such that rotation of the first drive screw in a first direction of rotation results in displacement of the first drive nut, the first drive plate, and the first trunnion in the first displacement direction with respect to the first cross beam; and such that rotation of the first drive screw in a second direction of rotation results in displacement of the first drive nut, the first drive plate, and the first trunnion in the second displacement direction with respect to the first cross beam.

US Pat. No. 10,167,177

CRANE, AND CRANE CONTROL METHOD

1. A crane including travel devices which are arranged on opposite sides with a gap in a transverse direction crossing a travel direction and a crane structure which is supported by the travel devices, the travel devices each including a travel wheel, a motor which transmits power to the travel wheel, an inverter which is connected to the motor and which controls a rotation speed of the motor, and a controller which gives a command of the rotation speed to the motor via the inverter, whereineach of the inverters includes a torque measurement unit which measures a torque generated in the motor to which the inverter is connected and a control unit which reduces the rotation speed in the command from the controller to the motor such that the greater a value of the torque obtained by the torque measurement unit is, the greater a ratio of reduction with respect to the rotation speed in the command is,
a control of each of the control units is performed within a range in which a ratio of the torque measured by the torque measurement unit is greater than 0% and less than 150% with respect to a rated torque of the motor to which the inverter is connected, and
the inverters independently perform measurement with the torque measurement units and the control with the control units.

US Pat. No. 10,167,176

AUTOMATIC ERECTING OF A CRANE

1. A method for automatic telescoping of a boom system of a crane having at least one telescopic boom, and having a rope and a winch for pivoting the boom, the method comprising:measuring with a first sensor an actual value of a boom angle of the boom forming an acute angle relative to a horizontal plane;
actuating, automatically, the winch based on the measured boom angle;
measuring with a second sensor an actual value of a guying frame angle of a guying frame forming an acute angle relative to the horizontal plane;
determining, based on the measurements of the boom angle and the guying frame angle, an intermediate angle between the guying frame and the boom; and
actuating, automatically, the winch based on the intermediate angle between the guying frame and the boom, and wherein the crane is a mobile crane.

US Pat. No. 10,167,175

CLAMPING APPARATUS

1. A beam clamping and supporting apparatus, comprising:a first yoke defining a first wedge slot transversely extending across an upper portion of the first yoke, the first yoke comprising a first inwardly extending support arm defining a first beam support surface;
a second yoke defining a second wedge slot transversely extending across an upper portion of the second yoke, the second yoke pivotally coupled to the first yoke with a pivot member extending through the first and second yokes above the first and second wedge slots and having a second support arm inwardly extending toward and laterally spaced from the first support arm, the first and second support arms defining a space for receiving a portion of an elongate beam therein between with the second support arm defining a second support surface, the first and second support surfaces extending under and supporting the portion of the elongate beam when coupled thereto when the first and second wedge slots are substantially aligned; and
a wedge extending through the first and second wedge slots when the first and second wedge slots are substantially aligned, the wedge transversely extending relative to the first and second yokes and substantially parallel to the pivot member so as to be in alignment with a long axis of the beam thereby holding the beam between a bottom surface of the wedge and the first and second support surfaces of the first and second support arms, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,167,174

ELECTROMAGNETIC LIFTER FOR HOT MATERIALS

SGM MAGNETICS S.P.A., Ma...

1. An electromagnetic lifter for moving hot materials, comprising:a ferromagnetic yoke formed by at least one horizontal core and a plurality of vertical polarities;
a plurality of coils wound around said at least one horizontal core and enclosed in a container;
a non-magnetic baffle arranged between the plurality of vertical polarities and below said container, the non-magnetic baffle adapted to protect the container from heat radiated by a hot material to be moved;
a first space between the container and the plurality of vertical polarities, the first space adapted to maintain a first predetermined distance between the container and the plurality of vertical polarities and to prevent contact between the container and the plurality of vertical polarities;
a second space between the container and the core, the second space adapted to maintain a second predetermined distance between the container and the core and to prevent contact between the container and the core;
a plurality of side spacers disposed in the first space between the container and the plurality of vertical polarities, the plurality of side spacers adapted to maintain the first predetermined distance between the container and the plurality of vertical polarities; and
a plurality of top spacers disposed in the second space between the container and the core, the plurality of top spacers adapted to maintain the second predetermined distance between the container and the core.

US Pat. No. 10,167,173

PRIORITIZING THE DIRECTION OF A DIRECTIONAL PEDESTRIAN MOVER (DPM) IN REAL TIME, BASED ON PREDICTED PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC FLOW

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method to prioritize a direction of movement of a directional pedestrian mover (DPM) based on predicted pedestrian traffic flow, the method comprising:obtaining, by a pedestrian flow detector, a first predicted pedestrian traffic flow relative to the direction of movement of the DPM, and a second predicted pedestrian traffic flow in a different direction relative to the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, the pedestrian flow detector receiving information from a plurality of sensors,
wherein a majority of the first, or second, predicted pedestrian traffic flow may include a threshold value of a group of detected pedestrians;
calculating, by a pedestrian arrival time calculator, a time for a majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and a majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, to reach at least one access point of the DPM, the pedestrian arrival time calculator receiving information from the plurality of sensors,
wherein changing the direction of movement of the DPM is based on determining that the time for the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM is less than the time for the majority of the first pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM;
obtaining, by the plurality of sensors, an average pedestrian density information, for the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, from respective locations and to at least one access point of the DPM;
obtaining, by the plurality of sensors, an average pedestrian travel speed, for the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, from the respective locations and to the at least one access point of the DPM;
obtaining, by the plurality of sensors, estimated distance information, for the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, from the respective locations and to the at least one access point of the DPM;
obtaining, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, one or more schedule of events, at a given venue, that may affect the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, from the respective locations and to the at least one access point of the DPM; and
obtaining, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, an estimated direction of the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, and an estimated direction of the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, from the respective locations and to the at least one access point of the DPM;
determining, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, a first time factor by dividing estimated distance information, for the majority of the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow, by an average pedestrian travel speed, for the majority of the first predicted traffic flow;
determining, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, a second time factor by dividing estimated distance information, for the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, by an average pedestrian travel speed, for the majority of the second predicted traffic flow;
adding, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, an additional time factor to the second time factor to accommodate the time it takes to change the direction of movement of the DPM;
adding, by the pedestrian arrival time calculator, an additional time factor to the second time factor to accommodate the time it takes for all pedestrians on the DPM to exit the DPM before changing the direction of movement of the DPM;
determining, by a processor, that the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow exceeds the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow;
determining, by the processor, that the time for the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM is less than the time for the majority of the first pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM, the processor comprising executable instructions for:
providing a warning, using visual, audio, or other indicators, that the direction of movement of the DPM is about to change;
closing at least one access point to the DPM; and
changing the direction of movement of the DPM to accommodate the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow, based on the determining that the time for the majority of the second predicted pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM is less than the time for the majority of the first pedestrian traffic flow to reach the at least one access point of the DPM.

US Pat. No. 10,167,172

PASSENGER CONVEYOR WITH DEEP SLEEP MODE

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A passenger conveyor comprising:a conveyor motor;
a motor drive configured to drive the conveying motor, the motor drive including,
a frequency converter with a rectifier bridge, the rectifier bridge connected to mains via at least one relay,
an intermediate DC circuit, and
a converter bridge connected with the conveyor motor;
a conveying controller configured to control the passenger conveyor by setting the passenger conveyor to a deep sleep mode by opening a main relay and a charging relay of the at least one relay to switch off the frequency converter and at least a portion of the conveying controller;
a signaling circuit configured to remain powered during the deep sleep mode; and
a wake-up circuit connected to the signaling circuit, the wake-up circuit configured to remain powered at least during the deep sleep mode, the wake-up circuit configured to close the charging relay in response to a signal from the signaling circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,167,171

ELEVATOR WITH BRAKE DEVICE IN THE MANNER OF A CLAMP BRAKE

Wittur Holding GmbH, Wie...

1. An elevator with a brake device for braking a car, or for keeping the car stationary on at least one braking rail, or for both braking the car and keeping the car stationary on at least one braking rail, the brake device comprising:at least two brake shoes situated opposite from each other; and
at least one brake clamp with two clamp arms for opening and closing clamp jaws acting on the brake shoes, wherein only a first clamp arm of the at least one brake clamp is connected to the car in pivoting fashion via a bearing with a pivot axle that is affixed to the car, oriented parallel to a direction of travel, and a second clamp arm of the brake clamp is not affixed at any point relative to the car so that the second clamp arm is able to execute a movement relative to the car, even a movement with a translatory component.

US Pat. No. 10,167,170

SMART ELEVATOR SYSTEM

MFS CORPORATION, Guro-gu...

1. A smart elevator system comprising:an elevator provided in a building having multiple floors;
a controller configured to control the elevator;
a portable terminal used by a person to make a reservation for using the elevator and comprising a communicator for long-range communication and short-range communication;
a server system configured to receive the reservation for using the elevator from the portable terminal by communicating with the portable terminal and control an operation of the elevator through the controller according to the reservation; and
a portable terminal detector provided near a door of the elevator and configured to obtain a unique key of the portable terminal through the communicator, when the portable terminal used to make the reservation approaches it,
wherein a security control box is embedded in the elevator and is configured to determine whether a person getting into the elevator is the person who made the reservation and move the elevator when it is determined that the person getting into the elevator is the person who made the reservation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,169

REEL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING REEL COMPONENT MEMBER

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A reel comprising:a bottomed circular tube shaped hub that has an outer peripheral face for winding a recording tape around;
a first flange that is integrally molded to one end portion of the hub;
a second flange that is joined to another end portion of the hub;
a plurality of hole portions that are provided at equal intervals on a ring shaped reel gear formed at a lower face of a bottom plate of the hub; and
a gate mark that is formed at the bottom plate of the hub, further to a radial direction inside than an inner peripheral face of the hub,
wherein a difference in surface roughness between a weld portion and a non-weld portion on the outer peripheral face of the hub is 0.25 ?m or less,
wherein the hub is formed by a resin material, the weld portion, that is a portion where a melted resin material converged when the hub was molded, is formed on the outer peripheral face of the hub, and another portion excluding the weld portion on the outer peripheral face of the hub is the non-weld portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,168

CASTING REEL SUPPORTING DEVICE

1. A casting reel spooling device, comprising:a base;
a vertical support arm affixed to and extending away from an upper side of said base;
a first horizontal support arm, having a first end removably secured to said vertical support arm;
a second horizontal support arm, having a first end removably secured to said vertical support arm;
a first plurality of spool sleeves, each disposed on and capable of traversing along said first horizontal support arm;
a plurality of first pairs of flanged friction fittings bracketing an individual one of said first plurality of spool sleeves, each first pair of flanged friction fittings capable of traversing along said first horizontal support arm;
a first compression spring disposed on said first horizontal support arm between said vertical support arm and a flanged friction fitting from said first pair of flanged friction fittings most adjacent to said vertical support arm;
a first locking collar removably secured to said first horizontal support arm;
a second plurality of spool sleeves, each disposed on and capable of traversing along said second horizontal support arm;
a plurality of second pairs of flanged friction fittings bracketing an individual one of said second plurality of spool sleeves, each second pair of flanged friction fittings capable of traversing along said second horizontal support arm;
a second compression spring disposed on said second horizontal support arm between said vertical support arm and a flanged friction fitting from said second pair of flanged friction fittings most adjacent to said vertical support arm; and,
a second locking collar removably secured to said secured horizontal support arm;
wherein said first and second horizontal support arms are disposed parallel to each other;
wherein each of said first plurality of spool sleeves and each of said plurality of second support sleeves is capable of supporting a fishing line spool reel thereupon;
wherein each of said first plurality of spool sleeves and each of said plurality of first pairs of flanged friction fittings are capable of free rotation about said first horizontal support arm;
wherein said first locking collar provides a restrictive force against rotation of and said first compression spring provides continuous tension to each fishing line spool reel when installed on said first horizontal support arm;
wherein each of said second plurality of spool sleeves and each of said plurality of second pairs of flanged friction fittings are capable of free rotation about said second horizontal support arm; and,
wherein said second locking collar provides a restrictive force against rotation of and said second compression spring provides continuous tension to each fishing line spool reel when installed on said second horizontal support arm.

US Pat. No. 10,167,167

DEVICE FOR TOWING A VERY LONG TUBULAR OBJECT

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A device for towing very long tubular objects comprising a casing and an assembly which can be fixed removably to the casing; wherein the removable assembly comprises:pulling means capable of driving in their movement, by friction, the object in a towing direction,
gripping means capable of exerting a load on the pulling means to keep the pulling means and the towed object in continuous contact; the gripping means being driven by a relative movement relative to the towed object in a direction opposite to the towing direction,
and wherein the casing comprises driving means, connected removably to the pulling means and gripping means and configured to drive in movement the pulling means and the gripping means in a coordinated manner to ensure a continuous and uniform pulling of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,167,166

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming an image on a sheet, the apparatus comprising:an exterior member configured to open and close with respect to an apparatus main body;
a locking portion configured to lock the exterior member to the apparatus main body such that the exterior member is not moved with respect to the apparatus main body; and
a light source configured to emit light;
wherein the exterior member includes a thin portion which is made of the same material as other portions of the exterior member and is thinner than thicknesses of the other portions of the exterior member, and which allows penetration of the light from the light source so that the exterior member displays a status of the locking portion by the light penetrating at the thin portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,164

HANDHELD TAPE DISPENSER

Huah Jinn Tape Searching ...

1. A handheld tape dispenser comprising:a first shell including a front opening, a tongue member, a top opening, a first hollow cylindrical member, a second hollow cylindrical member, a first rib, two second ribs with the first rib disposed therebetween, a receptacle, and a groove;
a second shell releasably secured to the first shell and including a front opening, a tongue member, a top opening, a receptacle, a first hollow cylindrical member joined the first hollow cylindrical member of the first shell, a longitudinal ridge, and a groove;
a spring-actuated tape applying mechanism including a frame, an oval opening with the second hollow cylindrical member projecting through, a cavity adjacent to the oval opening, and a pin; a button disposed on both the top opening of the first shell and the top opening of the second shell; a pressing member under the button; a projection under the pressing member; a front platform on both the receptacle of the first shell and the receptacle of the second shell, the front platform having a plurality of ridges on a top surface; a tape core supported by the second ribs and having two aligned groove members on a bottom, the groove member being slidably placed on the first rib; and two wings on two sides of the button respectively, the wings slidably disposed in the groove of the first shell and the groove of the second shell respectively;
a knife supported by the projection and including two front blades, a rear hollow cylinder pivotably put on the second hollow cylindrical member, a peg projecting downward from a bottom of the rear hollow cylinder into the cavity, a protuberance under the button, a first protrusion on an underside of the knife, and a second protrusion on the underside of the knife and being forward of the first protrusion;
a roll of tape wound convolutedly on the tape core and including an adhesive tape extending therefrom;
a roller member put on the pin; and
a tape press roller put on both the first hollow cylindrical member of the second shell and the first hollow cylindrical member of the first shell;
wherein the adhesive tape frictionally passes an outer surface of the roller member and a gap between the front platform and the tape press roller to extend out of both the front opening of the first shell and the front opening of the second shell;
wherein the longitudinal ridge presses the roll of tape;
wherein the peg is slidably disposed in the cavity;
wherein a rearward movement of the button moves both the front platform and the pressing member rearward to uncover both the receptacle of the first shell and the receptacle of the second shell, urge the pressing member against the protuberance, pivot the knife relative to the rear hollow cylinder, cause the first protrusion to press the adhesive tape against the ridges of the front platform, engage the second protrusion with the adhesive tape, move the blades downward into the receptacles to sever the adhesive tape, and adhesively secure a front end of the adhesive tape within both the first and second shells to the ridges of the front platform.

US Pat. No. 10,167,163

HANDOFF MECHANISM FOR A MEDIA PRODUCTION APPARATUS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A handoff mechanism for use with a media stacker of a media production apparatus, the handoff mechanism comprising:a plurality of kicker units arranged across a width of the handoff mechanism;
a common drive mechanism to move the plurality of kicker units between a closed position and an open position;
whereby each kicker unit, when in the closed position during use, applies a pressure to any media sheets that are already stacked in a stacker tray while a new media sheet is being fed to the stacker tray, and wherein the pressure provided by each kicker unit is independent of the pressure provided by the other kicker units.

US Pat. No. 10,167,162

MEDIUM STORAGE DEVICE AND MEDIUM TRANSACTION DEVICE

Oki Electric Industry Co....

1. A medium storage device comprising:a base body;
a defining body that defines a size in a predetermined defined direction of a storage space for storing a medium;
an engagement structure including a first engagement member on the base body and a second engagement member on the defining body, the engagement structure configured to restrict movement of the defining body in a first direction relative to the base body; and
an attachment member that attaches the defining body to the base body, the attachment member including
a plurality of base body fixing portions that are fixable to the base body, and
a plurality of defining body fixing portions that are provided at positions separated from the respective base body fixing portions by mutually different attachment intervals in mutually different attachment directions, and that are fixable to the defining body,
wherein one of the base body fixing portions and one of the defining body fixing portions provided on an opposite side of the attachment member from the one of the base body fixing portions are respectively fixed to the base body and the defining body,
wherein the one base body fixing portion of the attachment member is a claw portion standing out from a first surface of the attachment member and having an end that points along an intersection direction intersecting the predetermined defined direction,
wherein the one defining body fixing portion of the attachment member is a claw portion standing out from a second surface of the attachment member opposite the first surface, and having ends that point along an opposite-intersection direction that is opposite to the intersection direction, and
wherein the engagement structure restricts movement of the defining body in the opposite-intersection direction with respect to the base body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,161

CONVEYANCE PATH SWITCHING MODULE AND PAPER SHEET HANDLING APPARATUS EQUIPPED THEREWITH

Masterwork Automodules Te...

1. A conveyance path switching module, comprising:a main body, having a first conveyance path, a second conveyance path and a third conveyance path adapted to convey an object; and
a switching mechanism, comprising:
a first switching assembly, pivoted to the main body; and
a second switching assembly, pivoted to the main body,
wherein by pivotally turning of the first switching assembly and pivotally turning of the second switching assembly, the switching mechanism is adapted to be switched to a first state to open the first conveyance path and close the second conveyance path and the third conveyance path, adapted to be switched to a second state to open the second conveyance path and close the first conveyance path and the third conveyance path, and adapted to be switched to a third state to open the third conveyance path and close the first conveyance path and the second conveyance path,
wherein the first switching assembly comprises a first switching guide and a first shaft, the first switching guide is pivoted to the main body with the first shaft, the second switching assembly comprises a second switching guide, a third switching guide and two second shafts, the second switching guide and the third switching guide are pivoted to the main body respectively with the two second shafts,
wherein the second switching assembly further comprises a third shaft and two linking rods, the second switching guide and the third switching guide are pivoted to each other with the third shaft, and the two second shafts are connected to the third shaft respectively with the two linking rods.

US Pat. No. 10,167,160

TEMPORARY PAPER MONEY STORAGE DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

GRG BANKING EQUIPMENT CO....

1. A banknote temporary storage device, comprising:a storage coiling block driven by a motor,
a first sensor,
a second sensor and
a conveying passage, wherein
the first sensor is arranged at an entrance of the banknote temporary storage device, and configured to detect whether there is a banknote entering into the banknote temporary storage device;
the second sensor is arranged between the first sensor and the storage coiling block, and configured to detect whether a banknote completely enters into the banknote temporary storage device; and
the conveying passage is located between the first sensor and the second sensor, and configured to convey banknotes to the banknote temporary storage device at a constant speed V,
wherein the banknote temporary storage device further comprises:
a timing unit, configured to obtain a time period ?t1 between a time when the front end of a banknote enters into the first sensor and a time when the back end of the banknote leaves the first sensor;
a calculating unit, configured to calculate a width W of the banknote based on the time period ?t1 obtained by the timing unit, calculate a bump radius Rbump of the storage coiling block where a bump is to be generated, based on the width W, and determine a condition of generating a bump on the storage coiling block based on the bump radius Rbump;
a detecting unit, configured to detect whether the condition of generating a bump on the storage coiling block is met, based on a real-time radius Rreal-time of the storage coiling block; and
an interval control unit, configured to change an interval d between banknotes on the storage coiling block in a pre-set control manner to eliminate a bump, in a case that the detecting unit detects that the condition of generating a bump on the storage coiling block is met.

US Pat. No. 10,167,159

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR TRANSPORTING WEBS OF MATERIAL

Curt G. Joa, Inc., Shebo...

1. A system comprising:a conveyor comprising a material surface for moving a web material along a transfer path;
a plurality of holes formed through the material surface, the plurality of holes in fluid communication with a cavity;
a fan plate for drawing air out of the cavity to cause air to flow through the holes and into the cavity, the fan plate being oriented substantially perpendicular to the conveyor;
wherein the fan plate is driven by the conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,167,158

SLITTER DEVICE

TSUDAKOMA KOGYO KABUSHIKI...

1. A slitter device comprising:a let-off mechanism having a let-off driving unit on which a raw-cloth roller formed by winding up an elongated sheet material in a roll shape is mounted, and which has a let-off driving motor as a driving source for rotationally driving the raw-cloth roller;
a cutter device for dividing the sheet material fed out from the let-off mechanism in a width direction of the sheet material to form a plurality of divided sheet materials, having a plurality of disk-shaped rotary blades provided according to the number of divisions of the sheet material, and having a support roll to which the rotary blade is pressed and around which the sheet material is wound;
a take-up mechanism having a winding shaft on which a plurality of take-up reels for winding up each of the divided sheet materials are supported, and having a take-up driving unit which has a take-up driving motor as a driving source for rotationally driving the winding shaft;
a drive control device or control device for controlling the driving of the let-off driving unit and the take-up driving unit, which performs the drive control of one of the let-off driving unit and the take-up driving unit as a tension control and performs the drive control of the other as a speed control;
a roll driving motor that is connected to the support roll to rotationally drive the support roll;
a first tension detecting unit for obtaining a raw-cloth tension value which is a tension value of the sheet material fed out from the let-off mechanism; and
a second tension detecting unit for obtaining the divided material tension value which is the sum of the tension values of each of the divided sheet materials,
wherein the drive control device includes a comparator to which the first tension detecting unit and the second tension detecting unit are connected, and which compares the raw-cloth tension value and the divided material tension value with each other, and a drive controller which controls an operating state of the roll driving motor such that the raw-cloth tension value and the divided material tension value coincide or substantially coincide with each other based on the comparison result of the comparator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,157

STATION FOR INSPECTING ROLLED STRIPS IN COILS

1. A station for inspecting rolled strips wound in coils, comprising:a first pair of mutually opposed pinch rolls, adapted to receive a rolled strip from a coil;
a carriage sliding between a first start position, near said first pair of pinch rolls, and a second end position, said sliding carriage comprising a gripping member to grasp said rolled strip coming from said first pair of pinch rolls;wherein at least one of the rolls of said first pair of pinch rolls is mounted on a swinging arm movable between:a first raised position near said coil wherein said at least one roll of said first pair of pinch rolls is adapted to intercept a free end of said strip, and
a second lowered position near the other roll of said first pair of pinch rolls wherein said free end is gripped between said first pair of pinch rolls.

US Pat. No. 10,167,156

VACUUM COMMUTATION APPARATUS AND METHODS

Curt G. Joa, Inc., Shebo...

2. A system for processing a web, the system comprising:a rotating external porous roll rotating at a first rotational speed;
a rotating internal vacuum manifold communicatively coupled with at least a portion of said rotating external porous roll, said rotating internal vacuum manifold rotating at a variable rotational speed, from a second speed less than said first rotational speed, to said first rotational speed, to a third speed greater than said first rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,167,155

FIXTURE TO SUPPORT REEL-TO-REEL INSPECTION OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES OR OTHER COMPONENTS

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. An apparatus comprising:a fixture configured to receive multiple reels that are each configured to receive a tape in or on which components to be inspected are located;
wherein the fixture comprises:
a base configured to be secured to a support;
a shaft;
one or more motors mounted to the shaft and configured to rotate the reels; and
one or more joints coupling the shaft and the base, wherein the one or more joints are configured to allow (i) rotation of the shaft about a longitudinal axis of the shaft to change an orientation of the shaft with respect to the base and (ii) rotation of the shaft to change a direction at which the shaft extends away from the base such that the tape is movable into and out of a path of radiation that is generated by a radiation source.

US Pat. No. 10,167,154

VACUUM SYSTEM FOR SECURING ITEMS IN PRINTING MACHINES

1. A vacuum system for securing items in printing machines, comprising a printing table having a perforated surface, in relation to which there is arranged a vacuum system for securing on said printing table the items to be printed, wherein the vacuum system comprises a box structure connected through nozzles with a suction system from the intermediate area of its transversal width, said box structure having an upper perforated wall opposite the perforated surface of the printing table, whereas in the interior thereof there are arranged lateral panels that vertically close in a sealed manner said interior of the box structure, which lateral panels can be moved transversally to move them closer to and farther away from one another inside the box structure, an actuation system being linked to said panels in order to move them,wherein a longitudinal extension of the box structure is divided into a plurality of independent successive chambers in which different vacuum pressures are applied for securing items to be printed, a first force being applied in an inlet area where the items are positioned on the printing table, a second force weaker than the first force being applied in a printing area where the items are printed, and a third force weaker than the second force being applied in a removal area where the items that are removed after having been printed.

US Pat. No. 10,167,153

MEDIA INFEED METAL DETECTION

NCR Corporation, Atlanta...

1. A media infeed module, comprising:an infeed mouth;
a media track adjacent the infeed mouth defining a pathway of a media item;
a media transport for transporting the media item along the media track;
a pinch mechanism adjacent the infeed mouth for pinching the media item against the track when the media item is at the infeed mouth;
a metal detection sensor adjacent the infeed mouth;
a processor; and
an infeed controller;
wherein the infeed controller is configured to: i) execute on the processor, ii) receive metal detection readings from the metal detection sensor, including baseline metal detection readings before the pinch mechanism is activated to pinch the media item at the infeed mouth, iii) calculate a maximum metal detection value based on the baseline metal detection readings, preconfigured threshold values, and ongoing variations in resistance and inductance values provided by the metal detection sensor, and iv) determine based on the maximum metal detection value whether to: a) transport the media item along the track, b) stop transportation of the media item within the media depository, or c) transport the media item out the infeed mouth.

US Pat. No. 10,167,152

FOLDED MEDIA DETECTION AND PROCESSING

NCR Corporation, Atlanta...

1. A method, comprising:detecting a folded media condition using a media thickness sensor within a media separator module for an item of media; and
selectively determining whether to eject the item from the media separator module or whether to perform double feed recovery processing on the item within the media separator module based on the detected folded media condition.

US Pat. No. 10,167,151

MEDIUM CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND MEDIUM TRANSACTION DEVICE

Oki Electric Industry Co....

10. A medium transaction device comprising:a first casing that is provided with a conveyance section to convey a medium for transaction with a user;
a second casing that internally stores the medium, and that is configured to move in an detachable direction so as to be disposed at a facing position facing the first casing, or so as to be disposed away from the facing position;
a first conveyance guide that is provided to the first casing, and that is configured to guide the medium between the first casing and the second casing as the medium is conveyed along a conveyance direction intersecting the detachable direction when the second casing has been disposed at the facing position;
a second conveyance guide that is provided to the second casing at a location facing the first conveyance guide when the second casing has been disposed at the facing position, and that is configured to guide the medium together with the first conveyance guide;
a first finger section that is disposed at a location on the first conveyance guide facing the second conveyance guide, and that is provided with a plurality of first fingers respectively projecting out toward the second conveyance guide at discrete locations along a width direction intersecting both the detachable direction and the conveyance direction;
a second finger section that is disposed at a location on the second conveyance guide facing the first conveyance guide, and that is provided with a plurality of second fingers respectively projecting out toward the first conveyance guide at discrete locations along the width direction that are complementary locations to the respective first fingers of the first finger section;
a guiding side-face that is provided to one of the first casing or the second casing, and that is formed facing in the width direction and running along the detachable direction; and
a position establishing section that is provided to the other of the first casing or the second casing, and that establishes a width direction position with respect to the guiding side-face such that the first finger section and the second finger section interlock with each other when the second casing has been disposed at the facing position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,150

FEEDER SYSTEM FOR FEEDING A STACK OF FLAT ELEMENTS TO A PROCESSING DEVICE

BOBST GRENCHEN AG, (CH)

1. A feeder system for feeding a stack of stackable flat elements, to a processing device, the feeder system comprising:a delivery ramp which comprises a receiving surface configured to receive thereon an edge portion and a center portion of the stack;
a transport device comprising a supporting platform configured to support at least a further edge portion of the stack;
wherein the supporting platform is arranged adjacent to the receiving surface, and the supporting platform is configured to receive the further edge portion of the stack;
a downholder element arranged for adjusting a size of a gap between the downholder element and the supporting platform, such that the further edge portion of the stack is clampable between the downholder element and the supporting platform;
the transport device is configured to move along a first direction between the receiving position, at which the stack is received by the delivery ramp, and a hand over position at the processing device, such that the stack is movable from the receiving position to the hand over position; and
the first direction is transverse to the delivery ramp, parallel to an edge of the delivery ramp, and parallel to the further edge portion of the stack which is locatable on the delivery ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,167,149

BANKNOTE SEPARATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BANKNOTE BUNDLE RECEIVING MACHINE

HYOSUNG TNS INC., Seoul ...

1. A banknote separation apparatus for a banknote bundle receiving machine, comprising:a guide unit provided on a route along which a banknote bundle inputted into the banknote bundle receiving machine is moved;
a pickup roller unit provided above the guide unit in a spaced-apart relationship with the guide unit and configured to separate a banknote from the banknote bundle and to feed the banknote;
a pickup roller raising/lowering unit configured to raise or lower the pickup roller unit;
a feeding roller unit provided on a back side of the pickup roller unit;
a gate roller unit provided under the feeding roller unit and configured to maintain a predetermined distance from the feeding roller unit, and
an elastic member configured to apply a downward biasing force to the pickup roller unit and to make sure that the pickup roller unit comes into contact with the banknote.

US Pat. No. 10,167,148

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DUSTPROOF COVER

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit which forms an image on paper being conveyed on a paper conveyance path provided in a device main body;
a paper loading base on which manual-feed paper is loaded, the paper loading base having a lower end rotatably supported on at least one outer surface portion of the device main body, the paper loading base configured to be opened from an upper end thereof, and the paper loading base configured to be disposed at a desired oblique angle or in an overhang state;
a manual-feed paper conveying unit which is disposed in a position corresponding to the paper loading base in the device main body and configured to convey the manual-feed paper loaded on the paper loading base onto the paper conveyance path one by one;
a dustproof cover which entirely covers paper stored in the paper loading base when the paper loading base is in the overhang state, the dustproof cover including,
a base which engages with the paper loading base, and
an opening-and-closing cover which is rotatably connected to the base and is opened upwardly, wherein the base includes,
a pair of base-side lateral surface parts detachably engaging with a pair of lateral portions of the paper loading base in a direction of a rotation axis of the paper loading base in the overhang state, and
a base-side upper surface part of which both ends integrally connect the pair of base-side lateral surface parts;
first protrusions provided on both lateral portions of an upper surface of the paper loading base at desired positions corresponding to the base; and
second protrusions respectively corresponding to the first protrusions and provided on respective lower end surfaces of the pair of base-side lateral surface parts at positions closer to the device main body than the first protrusions, wherein
the second protrusions are provided to be in contact with the first protrusions when the dustproof cover moves in an overhang direction without being lifted.

US Pat. No. 10,167,147

SHEET FEEDER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A sheet feeder device that stores and sends out a transfer medium, comprising:a sheet feeder device main unit having an opening formed at an upper portion, the sheet feeder device main unit including an upstream partial lid located on an upstream side in a conveying direction and a downstream partial lid located on a downstream side in the conveying direction, the upstream partial lid and the downstream partial lid covering at least part of the opening;
a sheet feed tray provided in the sheet feeder device main unit, the transfer medium being loaded onto the sheet feed tray;
an elevating unit configured to lift up and down the sheet feed tray; and
a control unit configured to control the lifting up and down of the sheet feed tray,
wherein the control unit senses opening and closing of the upstream partial lid and the downstream partial lid, and controls the lifting up and down being performed by the elevating unit in accordance with a result of the sensing;
wherein the result of the sensing further includes existence/nonexistence of a transfer medium loaded onto the upstream partial lid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,146

CONTAINERIZED TRANSPORTATION TRAILERS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system, comprising:a shipping container, comprising:
a first side and a second side;
a plurality of compartments positioned longitudinally along the shipping container, the plurality of compartments being defined by a plurality of openings between the first side and the second side of the shipping container;
a plurality of modules positioned in the plurality of compartments, individual ones of the plurality of compartments being configured to receive the plurality of modules at an interior of the shipping container such that a first side of the plurality of modules is exposed on the first side of the shipping container during transport, and a second side of the plurality of modules is exposed on the second side of the shipping container during transport;
a sensor;
processing circuitry coupled to the sensor comprising at least one hardware processor that, through execution of program instructions, is configured to:
detect a placement of one of the plurality of modules in one of the plurality of compartment using the sensor;
in response to the placement of the one of the plurality of modules in the one of the plurality of compartments, determine that the one of the plurality of modules requires a resource based at least in part on data corresponding to the one of the plurality of modules; and
provide the resource to the one of the plurality of modules;
wherein individual ones of the plurality of modules are independently insertable into or removable from a corresponding one of the plurality of compartments of the shipping container, and
wherein the first side and the second side of the individual ones of the plurality of modules comprise at least one portal configured to receive at least one projection to insert or remove a corresponding one of the plurality of modules into or from a corresponding one of the plurality of compartments from either the first side or the second side of the shipping container.

US Pat. No. 10,167,145

PICK OR PUT STATION WITH CONTROLLABLE RECEPTACLE EXCHANGE

Dematic Corp., Grand Rap...

1. A receptacle exchange that is adapted to supply and retrieve a receptacle with respect to a process location at which an operator processes the receptacle by picking articles from or putting articles to a receptacle, said receptacle exchange comprising:a lift that is adapted to elevate a receptacle from a supply location to the process location;
an extractor that is adapted to retrieve a receptacle from the process location to an extracted location;
a first drive that moves said lift between the supply location and the process location and that moves said extractor between the process location and the extracted location;
a second drive that moves an inclination of said extractor; and
a control, said control controlling said first and second drives, wherein said control is adapted to separately set a contour of an insertion inclination profile of said extractor as it moves between the extracted location and the process location and the contour of a retraction inclination profile of said extractor as it moves between the process location and the extracted location.

US Pat. No. 10,167,144

DEVICE FOR REPOSITIONING TUBES IN A TUBE RACK

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. A device for repositioning tubes in a tube rack, the device comprising:a stationary base;
a mount movable relative to the base in a first moving direction towards a tube rack and a second moving direction opposite to the first direction;
at least one actuator for moving the mount;
one or more grippers coupled to the mount and movable with the mount, each gripper comprising a pair of gripping arms provided with gripping portions for gripping a tube, wherein each gripper gripping a tube can slide along the tube in case the tube is fully inserted in a holding seat of the tube rack;
at least one biasing element resiliently coupled to the mount and to the gripping arms in a manner to be movable relative to the mount and thereby move the gripping portions towards or away from each other; and
at least one blocking element resiliently coupled to the stationary base configured to engage with the biasing element and to block movement of the biasing element with respect to the mount against a resilient force during a first period in which the mount is moved along a travel path in the first moving direction so as to move the gripping portions towards each other and configured to disengage from the biasing element while moving in the first direction after the mount has been moved along the travel path and before a second period in which the mount is moved in the second moving direction so as to allow the gripping portions to be resiliently moved away from each other, wherein the blocking element is a lever pivotably fixed to the base and configured such that the biasing element is or gets in contact with the lever during the first period and subsequently slides off the lever before the second period.

US Pat. No. 10,167,143

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MOVING TRANSPORT ELEMENTS IN A CONTAINER TREATMENT SYSTEM

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A method for adapting motion profiles of a plurality of individually controllable transport elements for transporting containers in a container treatment system along a transport path, wherein the plurality of transport elements are movably arranged on the transport path, comprising:determining a treatment state of at least one container carried along by a first transport element among the plurality of transport elements,
wherein the first transport element is moved by means of at least one of an open- or closed-loop control unit of the container treatment system as part of a stream of transport elements,
wherein a motion profile of the first transport element is adapted by means of the open- or closed-loop control unit in response to the determined treatment state, the motion profile being one of the motion profiles of the plurality of individually controllable transport elements,
wherein determining the treatment state of the container carried along by the first transport element comprises comparing the determined treatment state with a predetermined desired treatment state, and
wherein the motion profile of the first transport element in case of a deviation of the determined treatment state from the predetermined desired treatment state is adapted such that a distance of the first transport element from a second transport element directly preceding the first transport element in the stream is reduced to a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,167,142

ARTICLE TRANSPORT FACILITY

Daifuku Co., Ltd., Osaka...

1. An article transport facility comprising:a plurality of ceiling guided vehicles that travel along a traveling rail provided on a ceiling side, wherein each of the ceiling guided vehicle includes:
a holding portion that holds an article to be transported;
a body portion that supports the holding portion such that the holding portion can be moved up and down;
a power-driven travel driving portion that drives the ceiling guided vehicle to travel;
a power-driven elevation driving portion that drives the holding portion to move up and down; and
a control portion that outputs a control signal and controls operation of the travel driving portion and the elevation driving portion;
an auxiliary unit that supplies, to the ceiling guided vehicle, one or both of power for driving the travel driving portion and the elevation driving portion and the control signal, the auxiliary unit provided so as to be attachable to and removable from the ceiling guided vehicle, the auxiliary unit including a supported portion configured to be supported in a suspended state on a supporting portion provided on the ceiling guided vehicle; and
an abutment portion configured to abut against the ceiling guided vehicle in a plurality of abutment areas disposed at different positions in plan view,
wherein the abutment portion includes a pair of abutting parts,
wherein each of the pair of abutting parts is configured to be switchable between a hold orientation in which the abutting part is caused to abut against the corresponding abutment area, and a hold-release orientation in which the abutting part is moved away from the abutment area, and
wherein the abutment areas are provided at positions lower than the supporting portion in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,141

DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING MOULDS FOR CHOCOLATE OR CONFECTIONERY

HACOS, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSC...

1. Device for transporting moulds for chocolate or confectionery, comprising:at least two rods that extend in parallel to one another below, above or next to the moulds;
each of said at least two rods being movable back and forth along its respective longitudinal direction and being provided with a number of catches for the moulds that are distributed along its respective longitudinal direction;
wherein said catches of one of said at least two rods are positioned transversely relative to said catches of the other of said at least two rods;
each of said at least two rods being rotatable about its respective longitudinal direction so that its respective catches can rotate from a first position in which they can convey the moulds, to a second position in which they are situated below or above or in a non-conveying position next to the moulds.

US Pat. No. 10,167,140

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSPORTING ELONGATED METAL MATERIAL

Muhr und Bender KG, Atte...

1. A device for transporting elongated metal material, comprising:a controllable first chain drive unit including a continuous first chain;
a controllable second chain drive unit including a continuous second chain;
wherein the first and the second chain drive unit are arranged such that the elongated material is passed between the first and the second chain with frictional contact so that, by operating the first and the second chain drive units, the elongated material is moved in a direction of movement of chain portions contacting the elongated material;
a controllable first pressure unit configured to apply a first pressure force to the first chain towards the elongated material;
a controllable second pressure unit configured to apply a second pressure force to the second chain towards the elongated material; and
at least one controllable adjusting unit mechanically connected to at least one of the first and second chain drive units and configured to move the at least one of the drive units in a longitudinal direction of the elongated material during operation;
wherein the first chain drive unit, the first pressure unit and the at least one adjusting unit can be controlled independently from one another, so that the speed of feed of the elongated material is adjustable independently of the pressure force of the first pressure unit.

US Pat. No. 10,167,139

SELF-VENTING TRASHCAN SYSTEM

Source Unlimited LLC, Le...

1. A self-venting trashcan system for use with a trashcan having interior smooth sides and a bottom interior surface, comprising:a) a rigid strip having a strip height shorter than a height of said side of said trashcan, said rigid strip having left and right sides including a top and a bottom edge with a thin web extending from the top edge to the bottom edge of each left and right side to facilitate bending, both left and right sides having pressure sensitive double sided tape appointed to be attached to the interior smooth sides of said trashcan to form a first air entry/exit pathway;
b) a height setting spacer object appointed to set the smooth rigid strip off the bottom interior surface of the trashcan to ensure a gap between an end of the rigid strip and the bottom interior surface of said trashcan to thereby provide a second air entrance/exit pathway between the end of said rigid strip and the bottom interior surface of said trashcan; and
c) said second air entrance/exit pathway allowing trapped air accumulated between a trashcan liner and said trashcan interior surface during placement of the trashcan liner within the trashcan interior to exit through said first air exit pathway,
whereby removal of said trash filled trashcan liner for disposal is carried out without vacuum pull back, minimizing the removal effort and tearing of said trashcan liner, and the trashcan liner is readily placed within smooth sidewalls of a trashcan and, when full, removed with reduced effort due to the release of vacuum created between the trashcan liner and the trashcan's smooth interior walls by entry of air through said second air entrance/exit pathway below said rigid strip.

US Pat. No. 10,167,138

METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF PROPPANT TO A FRAC SITE

Can Do Logistics LLC, Be...

1. A method for delivering a proppant to a site of a well being fraced, the method including the following steps:modifying a standard cargo container into a modified cargo container by inserting a hopper module through a side door of said standard cargo container, wherein a base of the hopper module defines an area substantially equal to a bottom inside surface of said standard cargo container, wherein a cargo area of said modified cargo container is defined by inner surfaces of both said modified cargo container and said hopper module;
sliding a top hatch of said modified cargo container in a first horizontal direction from a closed position to an opened position, wherein the top hatch is aligned with a top opening;
loading a proppant into said modified cargo container through said top hatch thereon into the cargo area located inside said modified cargo container;
sliding said top hatch of said modified cargo container in a second horizontal direction from said opened position to said closed position;
transporting said modified cargo container with said proppant therein to said site;
lifting said modified cargo container with said proppant therein above a bulk sand container with a rough terrain container handler, said lifting performed from above via at least four points of contact between said modified cargo container and said rough terrain container handler;
opening a bottom hatch of the lifted modified cargo container to empty said proppant into said bulk sand container, said opening step performed by sliding said bottom hatch of said modified cargo container in a first horizontal direction from a closed position to an opened position wherein the bottom hatch is aligned with a bottom opening;
sliding said bottom hatch of said modified cargo containers in a second horizontal direction from said opened position to said closed position, wherein a user utilizes at least one control panel to effectuate sliding of the top hatch and the bottom hatch;
setting the empty modified cargo container aside with said rough terrain container handler; and repeating said lifting, opening, sliding and setting aside steps with other full modified cargo containers with said rough terrain container handler.

US Pat. No. 10,167,137

FLAME RESISTANT VISCOSE FILTER APPARATUS AND METHOD

EFIP Holdings LP, Dunedi...

1. A kitchen vent hood filter assembly, the filter assembly comprising:a filter pad comprising oleophilic fibers and viscose fibers, wherein:
the filter pad is formed through at least one of thermo-bonding, air-laid, and spunbond;
approximately 25% of the viscose fibers have a linear density between between 8-9 denier;
approximately 25% of the viscose fibers have a linear density of approximately 2 denier;
the viscose fibers comprise approximately 50% of the fibers of the filter pad; and
the oleophilic fibers comprise approximately 50% of the fibers of the filter pad;
a bonding emulsion; and
a structural support providing support to the filter pad to maintain the filter pad in a generally flat configuration and to allow installation of the filter pad within a ventilation hood.

US Pat. No. 10,167,136

FLUID STORAGE TANK

FracStac Energy Solutions...

1. A fluid storage tank for use in fracking operations comprising:a first tank having first and second ends;
a second tank stackable atop of the first tank, the second tank having corresponding first and second ends;
the first end of the first tank being connectable in fluid communication with the first end of the second tank via at least two pieces of piping, a first one of the at least two pieces of piping being connectable at a first elevation on the first tank and at a first elevation on the second tank, a second one of the at least two pieces of piping being connectable on the first tank at a second elevation on the first tank that is higher than the first elevation on the first tank and at a second elevation on the second tank that is higher than the first elevation on the second tank;
wherein each one of the first and second tanks is insulated, except that no insulation is provided on a roof of the first tank or on a floor of the second tank.

US Pat. No. 10,167,135

SINGLE-PORTION PACKAGE, SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR PREPARING LIQUID PRODUCTS BASED UPON SAID SINGLE-PORTION PACKAGES

MITACA S.r.l., Robecchet...

1. A single-portion package for preparing a liquid product, comprising:a top wall, a side wall and a base wall together defining an internal volume within which there is disposed a flow distribution element in the form of a disc-like circumferential element with a plurality of spaced flow passageways so as to divide said internal volume into a first free space next to said top wall for receiving a fluid to be distributed by means of said flow distribution element, and a second compartment space for storing at least one substance to be extracted by means of said fluid flowing through and being distributed by said flow distribution element,
wherein an outer peripheral portion of said flow distribution element is, depending on a defined liquid pressure acting in said first space upon said flow distribution element, movably retained in different positions with reference to and along said sidewall;
wherein said peripheral portion of said flow distribution element is adapted so as to be movably retained at least in a region of said sidewall including a first distance relative to the base wall, and also including a smaller distance relative to the base wall by means of a pressure-fit interaction, at least liquid tight, between at least part of said peripheral portion and the side wall, said flow distribution element being initially disposed at a first position at said first distance thereby confining without compressing said substance in said second space;
wherein said distribution element (4) is provided in a material of regular thickness in the central portion thereof; and
wherein said peripheral portion is provided with a side engagement portion configured to form a shoulder-like projection extending along at least part of the outer extension of the flow distribution element and with an increased thickness along at least part of its extension relative to the rest of said peripheral portion, for interacting in a movable pressure-fit manner with said sidewall at least in the region including said distances relative to the base wall.

US Pat. No. 10,167,134

ARTICLE CARRIER FOR AN ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. An article carrier for an electrical device comprising:a base portion including a first edge region having a first relief end;
a lid portion including a second edge region having a second relief end; and
a hinge including a connector band, the connector band connecting the first edge region to the second edge region, and having a non-uniform cross-section, a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, the second surface defining a relief, the defined relief configured to receive the first relief end and the second relief end if the lid portion is in a first position; wherein the first surface defines a recess; and wherein the defined recess is generally curved in a second position and is configured to be generally planar in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,133

SHAKER WITH AN OUTER CONTAINER AND WITH AN INNER CONTAINER MOVABLE THEREIN

KEEEPER GmbH, Stemwede (...

1. A shaker (2) comprising:an outer container (4) comprising an outer container side wall (8) and a floor with a dispensing opening (30);
a sieve (34) disposed in the dispensing opening (30);
an inner container (6) disposed in an interior of the outer container (4) so as to be movable therein and comprising an inner container side wall (10);
the inner container (6) comprising a storage space (36) for a granular or powdery material;
the outer container side wall (8) comprising an opening (12) through which a first portion of the inner container side wall (10) can be grasped when the outer container (4) is gripped;
a space (22) formed in the interior of the outer container (4) between a second portion of the inner container side wall (10) and the outer container side wall (8);
at least one energy accumulator (24) arranged in the space (22);
the inner container (6), in a rest position, pressed with the first portion of the inner container side wall (10) against the opening (12) in the outer container side wall (8) by the at least one energy accumulator (24) such that the inner container side wall (10) covers the opening (12) of the outer container side wall (8) relative to the interior of the outer container (4);
the inner container (6) movable, counter to a force of the at least one energy accumulator (24), in a direction of movement transversely relative to a longitudinal axis (14) of the outer container (4) into a displacement position;
the inner container (6) comprising a discharge opening (32) which, when moved by a displacement movement of the inner container (6) from the rest position to a displacement position, is moved across the sieve (34) disposed in the dispensing opening (30).

US Pat. No. 10,167,132

ELEVATING LIFT DISPENSER AND CONTAINER

1. A container comprising:a canister defining a canister interior cavity, the canister having at least one interior sidewall and a canister top opening defined by a canister upper lip and a canister opening diameter, and wherein the canister includes at least one engagement feature that comprises a groove formed in the canister interior sidewall that is either a substantially helical groove or a substantially longitudinal groove;
a lift having one or more lift projections extending therefrom, the lift structured to hold contents and be movable vertically with the container; and
an operator comprising an operator main body portion which defines an operator interior cavity and an operator main body portion outside diameter, the operator having a gripping ring disposed at a first end of the operator and further structured to be gripped to rotate the operator within the canister to move the lift vertically, wherein the operator includes at least one operator engagement feature that comprises a slot formed though the operator main body portion, wherein the at least one operator feature comprises a substantially helical slot when the at least one canister engagement feature comprises a substantially longitudinal groove and wherein the at least one operator feature comprises a substantially longitudinal slot when the at least one canister engagement feature comprises a substantially helical groove;
wherein the lift is received in the operator interior cavity and the operator main body portion is received within the canister interior cavity such that each of the one or more lift projections extend through a respective operator engagement feature into a respective canister engagement feature to allow the lift to move vertically within the container;
wherein the canister inside diameter and the operator main body portion outside diameter are selected such that the operator main body portion when received within the canister interior cavity is close enough to the interior sidewall of the canister to enable each of the one or more lift projections to extend through the respective operator engagement feature into the respective canister engagement feature; and
wherein rotation of the operator relative to the operator relative to the canister causes the one or more lift projections to travel along the respective canister engagement features and the respective operator engagement features to thereby move the lift in a vertical direction within the operator main body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,131

CONTENT DISPENSING CONTAINER APPARATUS

1. A container for dispensing contents, the container comprising:a first container portion comprising: an opening to access the contents, a first container portion top, a first container portion bottom, a first container portion inner surface, and a first container portion outer surface;
a second container portion to contain at least a portion of the contents, the second container portion comprising: a second container portion top, a second container portion bottom, a second container portion inner surface, a second container portion outer surface, and a cam surface;
a tab extending inwardly from the first container portion inner surface and engaging the second container portion; and
a rotating cam portion, rotatably engaged with the cam surface, the rotating cam portion comprising a grasp ring;
the second container portion encompassed by the first container portion and forming an internal chamber within the first container portion; and
the second container portion movable relative to the first container portion between the first container portion bottom and the first container portion top to elevate at least some of the contents contained within the second container portion;
wherein as the second container portion is elevated from the first container portion bottom toward the first container portion top, the tab engages the second container portion bottom, preventing the second container portion from moving downward beyond the tab toward the first container portion bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,167,130

INSULATING CONTAINER

STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS INTER...

1. An insulating container, comprising:a vessel and a wrap;
said vessel having a wall, said wall having one or more protrusions on one side of said wall that are matched to one or more corresponding recesses on the opposite side of said wall, wherein said protrusions have a substantially consistent wall thickness, and
said wrap cooperates with said protrusions thereby defining one or more void spaces between said wall and said wrap, said void spaces having a depth between about 5 mm and about 12 mm, thereby providing insulating properties to said container.

US Pat. No. 10,167,129

FOOD TRAY WITH IMPROVED CONSTRUCTION

Packaging 2.0 Inc., Prov...

1. A tray construction, comprising:a tray having a bottom wall located at a lower end of thereof, the bottom wall having a peripheral edge;
a plurality of side walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall and located at the peripheral edge of the bottom wall, each side wall having a lower edge connected to the bottom wall, each side wall having an upper edge at an upper end of the tray;
a rim located at the upper end of the tray, the rim connected to the upper edge of the side walls at a peripheral rim edge, the rim extending outwardly from the upper edge of each respective side wall;
a skirt depending downwardly from the rim adjacent to an outer peripheral rim edge, the skirt having a lower edge and being spaced outwardly from the side walls; the skirt being movable between a first resting position and a second flexed position;
a flexible wrap film residing about the upper edge and upper end of the tray extending downward towards, and over, the peripheral rim edge to the bottom of the tray, the film moving the skirt from the first resting position to the second flexed position; the film being controllably positioned, when the skirt is in the flexed position, to avoid tearing thereof, and
a plurality of ribs defined in at least one of: the side walls and the bottom wall; the plurality of ribs support the film at the transition from the peripheral rim edge to the bottom of the tray to avoid tearing thereof,
wherein the peripheral rim edge of the tray includes a stepped wall defining a groove, the stepped wall being oriented and extending horizontally, and
wherein the skirt includes an uppermost edge, the upper most edge of the skirt extends downward from the stepped wall.

US Pat. No. 10,167,128

INFLATOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INFLATABLE PACKAGING

Airguard Ltd., Ein HaMif...

1. An inflation device for pressurized inflation of an un- inflated package, the package comprising two layers, said layers being generally flat prior to inflation, and an inflation opening of a size up to a predetermined maximum size in said package, the inflation device comprising:an inflation tool, for contacting the package at the inflation opening to inflate the package through the inflation opening using inflation fluid from a pressure source, the inflation tool having an enclosing surface to enclose said inflation opening, said enclosing being external to said package, said enclosing surface covering an area which is larger by a finite amount than said predetermined maximum size; and
an outer wall, the outer wall defining a region surrounding said inflation tool and delineated by said inflation tool and said outer wall, said region being connected to a vacuum source, wherein said inflation tool comprises an inwardly turning lip and said outer wall comprises an outwardly turning lip, both of said inner wall and said outer wall forming ‘w’ shapes.

US Pat. No. 10,167,127

CYLINDRICAL BOTTLE WITH BOTTOM

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A bottle formed of a synthetic resin material and having a bottomed cylindrical shape, the bottle comprising:a bottom wall portion of a bottom portion, the bottom wall portion including:
a grounding portion that is located at an outer circumferential edge of the bottle,
a rising circumferential wall portion that is continuous with the grounding portion on a radially inner side of the grounding portion and that extends upward, and
a movable wall portion that protrudes from an upper end of the rising circumferential wall portion on a radially inner side of the rising circumferential wall portion,
wherein:
a connected portion connects the rising circumferential wall portion with the movable wall portion,
the movable wall portion is movable upward around the connected portion,
a plurality of ribs are radially disposed around a bottle axis on the movable wall portion,
the ribs include a plurality of main recesses, which are each recessed upward, and a connection recess,
the main recesses of the plurality of main recesses are arranged at predetermined intervals in a radial direction of the bottle,
the connection recess connects adjacent main recesses of the plurality of main recesses that are adjacent to each other in the radial direction of the bottle,
a bottom surface of the connection recess is convex toward a bottom side of the bottle, and
a depth ratio D2/D1 is greater than 2/9 and less than 1 such that D2 is a depth of the connection recess and D1 is a depth of each main recess of the plurality of recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,167,126

BOX WITH INNER BAG FOR LIQUID FOOD

INVINEO S.A., Thon (BE)

1. A rigid box having at least one wall (2) defining an inner chamber (3) in which a flexible bag (4) extends, which flexible bag (4) is designed to contain a liquid or viscous food to be consumed in an appropriate serving temperature range by using an aqueous medium flowing within the inner chamber (3), said flexible bag (4) being selected from the group consisting of a flexible bag (4) associated with a part (5) comprising a valve, a flexible bag (4) associated with a part (5) comprising a membrane, and a flexible bag (4) associable with a protection means (6) designed to cooperate with a part (7) comprising a valve; wherein said rigid box (1) having a lower part (1I) with a bottom (8), an upper part (1S) and at least one passage (9) for the part (5);in which the flexible bag (4) defines within the inner chamber (3) the part located outside said flexible bag (4);
in which the box is at least associated with a means for protecting the at least one wall (2) against the liquid aqueous medium flowing within the inner chamber (3) outside the flexible bag (3);
in which the rigid box (1) is provided or associated, in the vicinity of the lower part (1I), with an element (8A) having at least one passage (10) designed to form a connection between the part of the inner chamber (3) located outside said bag (4) and a pipe (11),
in which the rigid box (1) is provided or associated at its upper part (1S) with a plate (18) having the at least one first passage (9) designed to cooperate with the part (5,7) associated or associable with said flexible bag (4) and a second passage (610) towards the part of the inner chamber (3) outside the flexible bag (4), and
in which at least a portion of the at least one side wall (2) of the rigid box (1) located between the lower part (1I) and the upper part (1S) cooperates with a means for forming one or more guide channels (12) between flexible the bag (4) and the said portion of the at least one side wall (2), said one or more guide channels (12) remaining open for passage of the aqueous medium between the passage of the lower part and the second passage of the plate (18) even in the presence of the flexible bag (4) in the inner chamber (3).

US Pat. No. 10,167,125

ARRAY OF BREAKABLE WAX MELTS AND ARRAY OF CONTAINERS FOR BREAKABLE WAX MELTS

1. An array of breakable wax melts comprising:a first breakable wax melt disposed in a first container and having a first shape that corresponds with a first theme;
a second breakable wax melt disposed in a second container that is separate from the first container and having a second shape that is different from the first shape, wherein the second shape corresponds to a second theme,
wherein the first and second themes are each selected from the group consisting of: a perfume mixture, holiday, season, a graphic on a container for containing the first or second breakable wax melts, and combinations thereof,
wherein the first and second breakable wax melts comprise different perfume mixtures that correspond with the first and second themes, and
wherein the first and second breakable wax melts each comprise at least two shaped portions that are joined together along at least one frangible connecting portion, wherein the first and second breakable wax melts are breakable about the frangible connecting portion,
wherein the shaped portions of the first breakable wax melt have a different shape than the first shape of the first breakable wax melt, and wherein the shaped portions of the second breakable wax melt have a different shape than the second shape of the second breakable wax melt.

US Pat. No. 10,167,123

NON-REMOVABLE TAMPER RESISTANT LID

1. A tamper resistant lid comprising:a centre axis;
an outer member;
an inner member;
the outer member and the inner member each comprise an outer surface, an inner surface, a circular base having a circular wall extending around a periphery of the circular base wherein a distal surface of a distal end of the inner member comprises a first tilting surface inclined in a distal direction from the inner surface toward the outer surface of the inner member, and the outer member comprises a second tilting surface arranged on a proximal surface of a circumferential lock flange at a distal end of the outer member, the second tilting surface inclined in a proximal direction toward the centre axis of the tamper resistant lid, the first tilting surface and the second tilting surface providing a hook like lock configuration of the inner member with respect to the outer member; and
the outer member comprises at least one stop member, the at least one stop member having a third tilting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,167,122

NON-REMOVABLE TAMPER RESISTANT LID

1. A method for sealing a container comprising:providing a tamper resistant lid comprising a centre axis; an outer member; an inner member; the outer member and the inner member each comprise an outer surface and an inner surface wherein at least a part of the outer surface of the inner member is adjacent at least a part of the inner surface of the outer member, the inner member having a thread; and at least one stop member preventing the inner member from rotation with respect to the outer member,
placing the tamper resistant lid onto a container;
rotating the outer member in a first direction to allow the thread of the inner member to connect to a thread of a neck element of the container; and
disabling the at least one stop member by rupturing the at least one stop member by applying a designated force after the inner member has been connected to the container, so that the outer member can be freely rotated with respect to the inner member to thereby prevent removal of the tamper resistant lid from the container.

US Pat. No. 10,167,121

CONTAINER CLOSURE

Michael Murray, London (...

1. A container having an opening and a closure movable between a first position in which the opening is closed and a second position in which the opening is exposed, the closure comprising a closure flap located within the container and a pivot arm, the pivot arm having a first end secured to the closure flap and a second end having a weighted portion, the pivot arm being pivotally mounted within the container at a pivot point located between the first and second ends, wherein when the container is in a first position, the weighted portion acts to bias the closure flap to close the opening and when the container is rotated in a first direction to a second position, the weighted portion causes the pivot arm and the closure flap to rotate relative to the container in a second direction opposite to the first direction, thereby to bias the closure flap into the container and away from the opening in order to expose the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,167,120

TRAVEL BOTTLE WITH TWISTING LOCKING LID

Navajo Manufacturing Comp...

1. A cap of a dispensing bottle, said cap comprisinga main body,
a valve body pivotably mounted on the main body, and
a twisting ring body rotatably mounted on the main body, said twisting ring body mounting said valve body in a fixed position on said main body in a locked position of said twisting ring body and said twisting ring body allowing said valve body to be pivoted on said main body in an unlocked position of said twisting ring body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,119

SPOUT FOR LID

Helen of Troy Limited, S...

1. A spout for a lid, where the lid is constructed and arranged to fit over and close an open top of a container, the spout comprising:an elongated fluid conduit having an upper outside end to be located in a user's mouth and an opposite lower inside end and lying along a conduit longitudinal axis, the conduit having a pair of opposed convex curved sidewalls that meet at two opposed locations at an angle of less than 180 degrees to define a generally elliptical cross-sectional shape that has a major axis that passes through the sidewall meeting locations and a minor axis that is orthogonal to the major axis;
a bite valve comprising a membrane located within the conduit and spaced from the ends of the conduit, the membrane coupled to both sidewalls so as to fully block the conduit, and a slit through the membrane, where the slit lies along a slit axis that is transverse to the major axis of the generally elliptical cross-sectional shape, and the slit is co-linear with the minor axis, or lies in a vertical plane that includes the minor axis of the generally elliptical cross-sectional shape; and
two wall-strengthening ribs located at each end of the slit along the slit axis, one projecting inwardly from each of the sidewalls and coupled to the top of the membrane, wherein the ribs are centered on the ends of the slit, and each rib extends in the direction of the conduit longitudinal axis a majority of the length from the top of the membrane to the outside end of the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,167,118

CLOSURE CAP WITH A FLANGE UPPER SURFACE HAVING AN INTERRUPTED ANNULAR RECESS

Plastek Industries, Inc.,...

1. A container comprising:a body having a neck extending to a mouth defining a body opening;
a spout fitment having:
a spout within the body opening; and
an outer wall within the neck; and
a cap having:
an upper sidewall;
a flange protruding radially from the sidewall, an underside of the flange contacting the mouth; and
an outer sidewall depending from the flange, an internal thread of the cap outer sidewall engaged to an external thread of the neck wall,wherein:the flange has an upper surface having an interrupted annular recess.

US Pat. No. 10,167,117

LID

RICH CUP BIO-CHEMICAL TEC...

1. A lid, utilized for covering a cup, the lid comprising:a top portion;
an annular side plate, extending downwardly from a periphery of the top portion, an axial direction and a radial direction perpendicular to the axial direction being defined by the side plate, the side plate being formed with at least a hole;
at least an engagement portion, disposed on the side plate, the engagement portion comprising an engagement plate, the engagement plate having a bottom edge and a top edge, the bottom edge extending from and being connected to the side plate, the engagement plate extending from the bottom edge upwardly along the hole so that the engagement plate is received in the hole, the engagement plate and the side plate being located at a same plane, the engagement plate being bendable, an engagement space being defined in middle of the top portion, the side plate, and the top edge of the engagement plate when the engagement plate is bent inwardly along the radial direction;
wherein a thickness of the side plate is larger than a thickness of the engagement plate, the engagement plate is deformable;wherein the side plate and the engagement plate as a whole are flattened, the engagement plate is pivotable around the bottom edge with respect to the side plate between a first position and a second position, the engagement plate and the side plate are located at the same plane when the engagement plate is located at the first position, the engagement plate is bent inward to clutch on a rim flange of the cup when the engagement plate is located at the second position, the engagement plate tends to retain at the first position, the engagement plate is for being pressed inwardly to the second position after putting the lid on the cup to clutch on the rim flange of the cup;wherein the side plate has at least an extension portion protruding downwardly from where the bottom edge of the engagement plate extends, a distance from a top surface of the side plate to a bottom edge of the extension portion along a direction is over two times of a dimension of the rim flange of the cup along the direction;
wherein the engagement plate is formed with a notch recessed downwardly from a middle portion of the top edge of the engagement plate;
wherein the engagement portion has a width along the axial direction larger than a width of the annular side plate along the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,116

FLEXIBLE BAG WITH MICROCAPILLARY STRIP

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A flexible bag comprising:opposing flexible films composed of a polymeric material, the flexible films defining a common peripheral edge;
a microcapillary strip located between the opposing flexible films and extending along a portion of the common peripheral edge, the microcapillary strip comprising two or more channels disposed in a matrix, the channels extending parallel with respect to each other from a first end to an opposing second end of the microcapillary strip, each channel having a diameter from 50 ?m to 1,000 ?m, the microcapillary strip having a length extending from the first end to the opposing second end from 0.1 cm to 10.0 cm;
a peripheral seal extending along at least a portion of the common peripheral edge, the peripheral seal sealing the microcapillary strip between the opposing flexible films;
the peripheral seal forming a closed compartment; and
an amount of a flowable solid particulate material (FSPM) in the closed compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,167,115

SEALABLE CONTAINER ASSEMBLY WITH INTERNAL, REMOVABLE PANEL AND SPOUT

Buddeez, Inc., Wentzvill...

1. A container assembly comprising:a container having an interior volume and a top opening providing access into the interior volume;
a panel with a spout, the panel being supported by the container in the interior volume of the container for movement of the panel horizontally between a first position of the panel in the interior volume where the panel is secured to the container against vertical movement of the panel relative to the container and a second position of the panel in the interior volume where the panel is unsecured from the container for vertical movement of the panel relative to the container out of the interior volume of the container; and,
a lid removably attachable to the container over the top opening of the container with the panel supported by the container in the interior volume of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,167,114

CONFIGURABLE CONTAINER-SUPPORT FRAME

Tigerback Enterprises, LL...

1. A configurable container-support frame comprising:(a) a first frame section comprising:
(i) at least three telescoping members, wherein each telescoping member is substantially parallel to each other telescoping member, and
(ii) at least three cross members, wherein each cross member connects to two different telescoping members and wherein each cross member is substantially perpendicular to each telescoping member to which it connects;
(b) a second frame section comprising:
(i) at least three telescoping members, wherein each telescoping member is substantially parallel to each other telescoping member, and
(ii) at least three cross members, wherein each cross member connects to two different telescoping members and wherein each cross member is substantially perpendicular to each telescoping member to which it connects,
(iii) wherein each telescoping member of the second frame section is nested with a telescoping member of the first frame section thereby forming pairs of nested telescoping members;
(c) at least three detents, each detent comprising a pin and a spring, wherein each detent is disposed within a different telescoping member such that each of the pairs of nested telescoping members includes at least one detent and wherein each detent is configured to selectively engage one of the pairs of telescoping members thereby locking the relative positions of the telescoping members of the pair of telescoping members; and
(d) a detent-release mechanism comprising:
(i) a single trigger, and
(ii) at least three detent-actuators, wherein each detent-actuator is disposed such that each pair of nested telescoping members includes at least one detent-actuator and wherein each detent-actuator is configured to selectively engage a detent, and
(iii) at least three force-transfer elements, wherein each force-transfer element is disposed to effect mechanical communication between the trigger and at least one of the three detent-actuators such that if a force is applied to the trigger the force will be communicated to each detent-actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,113

METHOD OF STACKING OVERPACK SALVAGE DRUMS

ENPAC L.L.C., Eastlake, ...

1. A method of stacking a plurality of overpack salvage drums including a first overpack salvage drum and a second overpack salvage drum, the first overpack salvage drum including,a first drum body including a bottom wall, a side wall, and an open top, the bottom wall and side wall cooperating to define an interior volume of the first drum body; and
a first lid configured to close the open top of the first drum body, the first lid including a plurality of castellations that extend upwardly from a top side of the first lid, the plurality of castellations being arranged circumferentially at a periphery of the top side of the first lid and being separated from each other by gaps, wherein when the top side of the first lid is viewed in plan, the gaps separating the plurality of castellations have a larger circumferential dimension than the plurality of castellations;the second overpack salvage drum including,a second drum body including a bottom wall, a side wall, and an open top, the bottom wall and side wall cooperating to define an interior volume of the second drum body; and
a second lid configured to close the open top of the second drum body, the second lid including a plurality of castellations that extend upwardly from a top side of the second lid, the plurality of castellations arranged circumferentially at a periphery of the top side of the second lid and separated from each other by gaps, wherein when the top side of the second lid is viewed in plan, the gaps separating the plurality of castellations have a larger circumferential dimension than the plurality of castellations;the method comprising:stacking the first and second drum bodies such that the first drum body is nested in the interior of the second drum body to thereby define a drum body stack, and
stacking the first and second lids to thereby define a lid stack,
wherein the first and second lids are stacked such that castellations of the first lid are received in the gaps between the plurality of castellations of the second lid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,112

PROTECTING PALLET BLOCKS

International Business Ma...

1. A block protector assembly comprising:a protector contoured to conform to a block of a pallet wherein the pallet comprises a plurality of blocks,
wherein the protector comprises a rigid material,
wherein the protector includes at least one protruding flange that is configured to extend past the block of the pallet such that the protruding flange is configured to cover a deck of the pallet,
wherein the protruding flange is designed to distribute an impact force to both the deck of the pallet and the block of the pallet,
wherein the protector includes four sides, a first side, a second side including two flat portions and a curved portion, a third side including two flat portions and a curved portion, and a fourth side,
wherein at least one dimension between the curved portion of the second side and the curved portion of the third side is smaller than a corresponding dimension across the block of the pallet; and
an attachment mechanism coupled to the protector,
wherein the attachment mechanism is configured to secure the protector to the block of the pallet by a friction fit,
wherein the attachment mechanism includes one or more prongs,
wherein the one or more prongs are designed to fit on a back side of the block of the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,167,111

TAMPER-EVIDENT REUSABLE PACKAGE CLOSURE

VELCRO BVBA, Deinze (BE)...

1. A reusable closure system, comprising:a base configured to be bonded to underlying package material and including a first field of touch fasteners having one or more cut-lines therein defining a hinged pull-tab assembly; and
a hinged lid configured for movement between open and closed positions relative to the base and including a second touch fastener field that is complementary to the first touch fastener field, such that the first and second touch fastener fields engage with one another to provide a secure closure when the lid is in the closed position;
wherein upon opening of the lid, the hinged pull-tab assembly is exposed so that the pull-tab assembly can be selectively peeled back to its hinge while simultaneously removing a frangible region of the packaging material to which the base can be bonded to form a resulting hole in the packaging material, and so that the peeled-back pull-tab assembly can be securely stowed against the lid by operation of the first and second touch fastener fields thereby providing a lid-based plug configured to engage the resulting hole in the packaging material when the lid is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,110

DUAL HEIGHT COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER

REHRIG PACIFIC COMPANY, ...

14. A collapsible container comprising:a base; and
a plurality of walls, pivotably connected to the base and pivotable between an upright position and a collapsed position on the base, a periphery of the base of the collapsible container includes a plurality of alternating recesses and projections complementary to a plurality of alternating recesses and projections at an upper edge of the plurality of walls, wherein the plurality of alternating recesses and projections on the periphery of the base and on the upper edge of the plurality of walls are configured such that an identical container can be stacked in a first orientation and in a second orientation, 180 degrees from the first orientation, on the collapsible container while the plurality of walls of the collapsible container are in the upright position, and such that identical container would be at a first height in the first orientation and at a second height in the second orientation, wherein the first height is different from the second height.

US Pat. No. 10,167,109

SAFETY CONTAINER

Assurpack, LLC, Greenwoo...

1. A safety container comprising a liner removably disposed in a container box, the liner having a liner box coupled to a liner lid by a hinge,the liner box having a liner floor with upwardly extending liner walls, an outer perimeter of the liner box being complementary with an inner perimeter of the container box,
the liner lid being coupled to at least one of the upwardly extending liner walls,
wherein in a first closed state the liner lid is positioned such that the liner lid engages the liner walls and in a first open state the liner lid is pivotable away from the liner walls;
the container box having a floor with a plurality of inner container walls extending upwardly therefrom,
the container lid having a top plate with a plurality of outer container walls extending downwardly therefrom,
wherein the container box is slidingly coupled to the container lid such that in a second closed state the container box is enclosed by the container lid and in a second open state the container box is at least partially removed from the container lid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,108

ADJUSTABLE ATTACHMENT CLIP FOR A SHIPPING CRATE

Great Northern Corporatio...

13. A shipping crate, comprising:a top frame;
a bottom frame;
a plurality of corner uprights extending between the top frame and the bottom frame at each of four corners;
at least one cross support extending between the top frame and the bottom frame; and
an attachment clip configured to connect the cross support to either the top frame or the bottom frame, the attachment clip comprising:
a center wall extending between a first end and a second end;
a first wall connected to the first end and extending perpendicular to the center wall;
a second wall connected to the second end and extending perpendicular to the center wall;
a front wall connected to the second wall and extending from the second wall to form a first receiving cavity between the front wall and the center wall and sized to receive one of the top frame or the bottom frame;
a back wall connected to the first wall and extending from the first wall to form a second receiving cavity between the back wall and the center wall and sized to receive the cross support;
a guard wall connected to the first wall and extending from the first wall, wherein the guard wall is spaced from the back wall to define a receiving cavity between the guard wall and the back wall; and
at least a pair of connectors extending through the front wall, the center wall and the back wall.

US Pat. No. 10,167,107

CONTAINER OR SET OF CONTAINERS

4. A set of containers comprising:a first container for storing and displaying one or more items; and
a second container for storing and displaying one or more items, the second container being positionable on said first container in a position in which at least one item is visible and removable from the first container,
wherein at least one wall of the first container or second container includes at least one cut out or slot arranged to receive at least one wall of the other of the first container or the second container, and
wherein the second container overhangs or protrudes from the first container when the second container is in the position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,106

STORAGE BOX WITH FILL VIEWER

Valvoline Licensing and I...

1. A storage box having a vertical sight port for viewing the volume of an internally stored collapsible container comprising a box having at least three side walls for housing a collapsible container having a dispensing apparatus at its base to control the flow of contained material from said collapsible container; said box having an interior height, width, and depth; said box further possessing flaps which fold together to close at least one side wall of said box, said flaps being configured so as to fold to form a side wall having a vertical sight port for observing the material level in said collapsible container, said vertical sight port created from combining the negative space from said flaps upon folding; and wherein at least one said flap possesses a dispensing apparatus port that permits the dispensing apparatus affixed to said collapsible container to pass through said side wall and below said vertical sight port for operation of said dispensing apparatus outside of said storage box.

US Pat. No. 10,167,105

APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURE OF PACKAGING CONTAINER WITH RECLOSABLE CONNECTION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

DISC GRAPHICS INC., Haup...

1. A method of manufacturing a reclosable container comprising:traversing a sheet of packaging material along a container forming device, wherein the sheet of packaging material includes a first segment, a second segment, a third segment, a fourth segment, a fifth segment, a sixth segment, and a seventh segment in order;
applying a magnet at the second segment;
applying a slug at the seventh segment;
applying glue in one or more locations on the sheet; and
folding the sheet of packaging material to form the reclosable container along a common border between the second segment and the third segment so that the magnet is aligned with the slug forming a reclosable connection, the second segment overlaps with the third segment, and the first segment overlaps with the fourth segment, the seventh segment, and at least a portion of the fifth segment.

US Pat. No. 10,167,104

MULTIPLE CONTAINER DEVICE

1. A container device comprising:a first container comprising a first base, a top member disposed opposite to the first base, and a first circumferential wall extending between the first base and the top member, the top member comprising one or more first openings;
a second container comprising a second base and a second circumferential wall extending from the second base, the second base comprising one or more second openings;
a cylindrical intermediate circumferential wall extending from a first one of a first portion of the first container including the top member or a second portion of the second container including the second base, the cylindrical intermediate circumferential wall adapted for slidably receiving a second one of the first portion and the second portion such that substantially all portions of facing surfaces of the top member and the second base abut each other and such that the first container and the second container are rotatable with respect to each other; and
at least one corresponding guide and track disposed on an interior vertical surface of the intermediate circumferential wall and an exterior vertical surface of the second one of the first portion and the second portion,
wherein the at least one corresponding guide and track are configured to restrict a rotary motion of the first container and the second container with respect to each other between an open position and a closed position,wherein the one or more first openings and the one or more second openings substantially overlap in the open position to define at least one passage between the first container and the second container, and wherein the one or more first openings and the one or more second openings are non-overlapping in the closed position,wherein abutting portions of the facing surfaces have corresponding shapes, the corresponding shapes being substantially corresponding parabolic surfaces, and
wherein the at least one corresponding guide and track are arranged to exert force against each other so as to cause substantially all portions of the facing surfaces of the top member and the second base to be pressed together to create a seal between the first container and the second container in at least the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,103

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND NON-TEMPORARY RECORDING MEDIUM

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a detection section configured to at least detect that a label is completely peeled from a mount;
a control section configured to:
start a back feed of the mount after elapse of a start time period, and
control a value of the start time period; and
wherein the start time period is a time period since it is detected that the label was completely peeled from the mount.

US Pat. No. 10,167,102

APPARATUS FOR TRANSFERRING PROCESS MATERIAL BETWEEN A FIRST CONTAINER AND A SECOND CONTAINER, AND METHOD FOR THIS PURPOSE

Rubitec AG, Bennwil (CH)...

1. An apparatus for transferring process material between a first container and a second container, having:a) at least one tensioning unit, which has a first tensioner and a second tensioner, which can be actuated independently of one another; wherein:
b) the at least one tensioning unit is intended to temporarily fix, in a sealed-off manner:
ba) just an end portion, near to the tensioning unit, of a tubular liner piece, which extends indirectly between the containers, in order to seal off the transition between the containers from the exterior;
bb) just an end portion, near to the tensioning unit, of a tubular liner remainder left over from a previous transfer operation, which liner remainder is closed at the other end by a first crimp; and
bc) the end portion of the liner piece simultaneously with the end portion of the liner remainder left over from a previous transfer operation, wherein
c) both tensioners of the respective tensioning unit are intended to temporarily fix, in a sealed-off manner, jointly the near end portion of the liner piece or jointly the near end portion of the liner remainder left over from a previous transfer process; and
d) both tensioners of the respective tensioning unit are arranged circularly and concentrically with one another in relation to a longitudinal extension of the liner piece.

US Pat. No. 10,167,101

FILM PACKING DEVICE

Hsiu-Man Yu Chen, Taichu...

1. A film packing device comprising:a handle;
the handle comprising two ends, a coupling rod and a base;
the coupling rod and the base being provided on the two ends respectively,
the coupling rod comprising a retaining member; the retaining member comprising a first retaining portion and a second retaining portion
the base comprising a limit unit, the limit unit comprising a first limit portion and a second limit portion;
wherein a first film application unit and a second film application unit being interchangeably mounted and engaged with the handle;
the first film application unit comprising a first film seat and a second film seat, the first film seat and the second film seat being disposed oppositely; the first film seat comprising a first fixing portion; the first fixing portion corresponding to the second retaining portion;
the second film seat comprising a second fixing portion; the second fixing portion corresponding to the first limit portion; the second film application unit comprising an axial rod; the axial rod comprising a first positioning portion and a second positioning portion; the first positioning portion and the second positioning portion being disposed oppositely; the first positioning portion corresponding to the first retaining portion; the second positioning portion corresponding to the second limit portion;
in response to the handle being engaged with the first film application unit, the second retaining portion of the retaining member being engaged with the first fixing portion of the first film application unit and the first limit portion of the limit unit being engaged with the second fixing portion of the first film application unit;
in response to the handle being engaged with the second film application unit, the first retaining portion of the retaining member being engaged with the first positioning portion of the second film application unit and the second limit portion of the limit unit being engaged with the second positioning portion of the second film application unit;
in response to the handle being engaged with the first film application unit, the first film application unit being configured to be mounted with a roll of film with a paper reel; and
in response to the handle being engaged with the second film application unit, the second film application unit being configured to be mounted with a roll of film without a paper reel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,100

PACKAGE CONTAINING A COSMETIC PRODUCT

1. A package containing a cosmetic product, the package comprising a basic body, a neck and a closure member or product dispensing member mounted on the neck, so as to form an internal volume containing the cosmetic product, wherein the package resists an increase in pressure of at least 0.245 bar within the internal volume together with a rise in the temperature of the product to above 85° C., the package undergoing no plastic deformation as a result of said increase in pressure together with said rise in the temperature,the package comprising a shoulder joining the basic body to the neck, the basic body, the shoulder and the neck being formed integrally, the thickness of the shoulder being greater than the thickness of the central region of the basic body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,099

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXPANDING AND ERECTING COLLAPSED OR FOLDED CARDBOARD PACKAGINGS TO STANDING ARRANGED COMPARTMENTS AND/OR OUTER PACKAGINGS

Krones Aktiengesellschaft...

1. An apparatus (01) for expanding and erecting collapsed or folded cardboard packagings (02) to standing compartments and/or outer packagings (03), comprising:a cardboard packaging supply (04) comprising at least one stack (41) of flatly collapsed cardboard packagings (02) arranged lying on top of each other,
an erecting device (05) arranged next to the cardboard packaging supply (04) as seen in the direction of a horizontal axis (11), and
a gripping device (06) for the simultaneous seizing one topmost cardboard packaging (02) from each stack (41) of the cardboard packaging supply (04), wherein:
the cardboard packagings (02) comprise a plurality of cardboard packaging walls (22) interconnected with each other, one forming a top flat side (23) and one forming a bottom flat side (24) of a flatly collapsed cardboard packaging (02),
the gripping device (06) has at least one tool (61) for holding the top flat side (23) of the cardboard packaging wall (22),
the gripping device (06) has at least one manipulator (62) with a manipulator head (63) that is at least movable along a horizontal axis (11), wherein the at least one tool (61) is arranged at the manipulator head (63) so that the at least one tool (61) is movable at least horizontally between the cardboard packaging supply (04) and the erecting device (05),
the erecting device (05) has at least one carrier (51) that is rotatable about a horizontal pivoting axis (13) from a horizontal position to a vertical position and vice versa,
the erecting device (05) has at least one tool (52), arranged at its at least one carrier (51), for each cardboard packaging (02) that is simultaneously seizable by the gripping device (06),
the at least one tool (52), in its horizontal position, seizes each cardboard packaging (02), at its bottom flat side (24),
each cardboard packaging (02) is expanded to a set of compartments and/or to an outer packaging (03) by an increase of the distance between the at least one tool (61) of the gripping device (06) and the at least one tool (52) of the erecting device (05) along a vertical axis (12), and
the at least one tool (52) holds each cardboard packaging (02) at least until the at least one carrier (51) has rotated about the horizontal pivoting axis (13) from its horizontal position into its vertical position so that access openings through which articles can be introduced into the expanded compartments and/or outer packaging (03) are in a vertical plane.

US Pat. No. 10,167,098

BOX FILLER FOR PRODUCE PACKAGING

1. An apparatus for metering produce into a plurality of individual containers aligned in multiple rows within a plurality of packing boxes comprising:a frame structure;
a box conveyer supported by the frame structure for moving the plurality of packing boxes successively over the length of the apparatus;
a produce conveyer supported suspended over the box conveyer for moving produce over the plurality of packing boxes;
a metering gate supported by the frame structure adjacent to the produce conveyer for selectively metering produce from the produce conveyer into the individual containers of each successive row within each of the plurality of packing boxes;
a weigh/fill assembly supported by the frame structure beneath the box conveyer, the weigh/fill assembly includes an elongated deck part over which the box conveyer moves the plurality of packing boxes and a weigh/fill scale operatively coupled to the deck part for measuring the weight of one of the plurality of packing boxes as produce is metered into the individual containers of each successive row within the one of the plurality of packing boxes while the one of the plurality of packing boxes is moved over the deck part by the box conveyer, the deck part has an upstream end and a downstream end;
a plurality of box lifters supported by the frame structure and each independently moveable between a lowered position and a raised position for lifting the others of the plurality of packing boxes adjacent the one of the plurality of packing boxes out of contact with the deck part while produce is metered into the one of the plurality of packing boxes and the others of the plurality of packing boxes adjacent to the one of the plurality of packing boxes extend partially over the deck part, the plurality of box lifters include a first box lifter supported by the frame structure adjacent the upstream end of the deck part, a second box lifter supported by the structure adjacent the downstream end of the deck part, and a third box lifter supported by the frame structure beneath the deck part between the first box lifter and the second box lifter, the third box lifter extending upward through the deck part when the third box lifter is in the raised position; and
a controller for actuating the box conveyer to incrementally move the plurality of packing boxes to successive positions across the length of the apparatus thereby positioning each row of the plurality of individual containers below the metering gate and for actuating the metering gate produce into the plurality of individual bags in response to the weigh/fill scale.

US Pat. No. 10,167,097

APPARATUS FOR FORMING GROUPS OF PRODUCTS

CAVANNA S.P.A., Prato Se...

1. Apparatus for forming groups of products, comprising:a belt conveyor having a transport surface movable in a longitudinal direction, wherein said transport surface terminates in an outlet edge where the products advancing on said transport surface fall by gravity;
a plurality of receiving elements having respective seats elongated along respective axes parallel to each other and parallel to said longitudinal direction, wherein said receiving elements are movable between a closed position in which the receiving elements are configured to receive and retain products in their respective seats and an open position in which the receiving elements are configured to release respective groups of products in a vertical direction; and
a plurality of guide devices associated with respective receiving elements and configured for guiding products that fall from said outlet edge to respective receiving elements, wherein the outlet edge of the belt conveyor and said receiving elements are provided with a stepped relative movement in said longitudinal direction, so that subsequent products that fall from the outlet edge of the belt conveyor are received in offset positions in said seats of said receiving elements.

US Pat. No. 10,167,096

PACKING MACHINE CORE AND STRAP CUTTING AND IRONING ADHERING METHOD

HANGZHOU YOUNGSUN INTELLE...

1. A packing machine core, comprising: a control mechanism, a packing strap ironing adhering and strap cutting mechanism, an ironing adhering sliding plate mechanism, and a machine core bracket, wherein the control mechanism comprises a machine core mainshaft and a mainshaft motor, multiple control cams are mounted on the machine core mainshaft and are for controlling the ironing adhering and strap cutting mechanism, the multiple control cams including a first cam for controlling a swinging arm of the ironing adhering sliding plate mechanism, a left cutter cam, a middle cutter cam, a right cutter cam, and a second cam for controlling a swinging arm of an ironing head to work, the mainshaft motor drives the machine core mainshaft to rotate;the packing strap ironing adhering and strap cutting mechanism is provided with a left cutter, a middle cutter and a right cutter, the left cutter, the middle cutter and the right cutter move upward or downward, and the machine core bracket is provided with a guide structure for guiding the left cutter, the middle cutter and the right cutter to move upward or downward;
the right cutter has a support head for supporting the packing strap and a hole, positioned underneath the support head of the right cutter, the packing strap passes through the bole, wherein a height of the hole is high enough to ensure that when a lower sliding plate is positioned above the middle cutter, the hole is pluggable by a limit slot in the lower sliding plate; the middle cutter has a support head thereof for supporting the packing strap, and a strap cutting fit is formed between an upper margin at a right side of the middle cutter and an upper margin at a left side of the hole mouth; and the left cutter has a support head thereof for supporting the packing strap;
the swinging arm of the ironing adhering sliding plate mechanism and the swinging arm of the ironing head each is respectively positioned at a first side and a second side of the machine core, the left cutter, the middle cutter and the right cutter are positioned between the swinging arm of the ironing adhering sliding plate mechanism and the swinging arm of the ironing head, the first side is either of a front side and a rear side of the machine core, and the second side is either of the front side and the rear side of the machine core, the front side and the rear side of the machine core are arranged along an extension direction of the machine core main shaft, the rear side is closer to the mainshaft motor than the front side;
the ironing adhering sliding plate mechanism comprises an upper sliding plate, a lower sliding plate and a sliding guide structure, wherein a front part of the lower sliding plate is corresponding to the middle cutter, a front part of the upper sliding plate is corresponding to the left cutter, the middle cutter and the right cutter, and the lower sliding plate is connected to a head limit part of a packing strip and a corresponding sensing element; the sliding guide structure comprises an upper guide structure for guiding the upper sliding plate to slide and a lower guide structure for guiding the lower sliding plate to slide; the sliding plate mechanism is further provided with a lower sliding plate seat on which the lower sliding plate is mounted, the swinging arm of the ironing adhering sliding plate mechanism is connected to the lower sliding plate seat, the lower sliding plate slides relatively to the upper sliding plate, and the ironing adhering sliding plate mechanism is provided with a limit structure between the upper sliding plate and the lower sliding plate; an upper packing strip transport gap exists between the front part of the lower sliding plate and the upper sliding plate, the limit part is correspondingly positioned at a left side of the strip transport gap, the front part of the lower sliding plate is provided with a lower packing strip transport limit slot, a mouth of which is open toward a direction of the front part; a retaining part is disposed at a position on the machine core bracket, where the guide structure for guiding the left cutter, the middle cutter and the right cutter to move upward or downward is disposed, the retaining part is corresponding to the mouth of the limit slot, and the strip transport gap is positioned at the mouth of the limit slot;
the limit structure comprises a relative movement limit slot arranged on and through the lower sliding plate and a limit fitting piece, the limit fitting piece is connected to a bottom of the upper sliding plate through the relative movement limit slot;
the limit structure is configured to limit a movement distance of the lower sliding plate relative to the upper sliding plate, before the lower sliding plate slides backward from a position of an initial state thereof to a middle position, the limit structure does not obstruct the lower sliding plate to slide backward so that the upper sliding plate keeps in a position of an initial state; when the lower sliding plate slides backward from the middle position, the limit structure obstructs the lower sliding plate so that the upper sliding plate is driven to slide backward together with the lower sliding plate to an open state, the middle position is a position where the lower sliding plate is separated from the lower packing strap at the limit slot thereof; and
a position of the ironing head in a left and right direction is corresponding to a position between the right cutter and the retaining part.

US Pat. No. 10,167,095

BRAKE SYSTEM OF WIRE REEL IN REINFORCING BAR BINDING MACHINE

MAX CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A reinforcing bar binding machine which includes a binding machine body, wherein the reinforcing bar binding machine feeds a wire fed from a wire reel rotatably supported on the binding machine body, winds the fed wire about reinforcing bars, and twists the wire to bind the reinforcing bars, the reinforcing bar binding machine comprising;a shaft that is supported by the binding machine body;
a stopper lever that includes a hole into which the shaft is inserted, that is rotatable about the shaft, that includes a lacking portion which is engageable with the wire reel, wherein, by rotation of the shaft, the locking portion is movable between an engaged position at which the locking portion engages with the wire reel to brake the wire reel and a disengaged position at which the locking portion releases the wire reel so that the wire reel is rotatable;
a solenoid that is arranged to be slidable, that includes a core which is connected to the stopper lever and that rotates the stopper lever through the shaft by slide of the solenoid; and
a cover that partitions a portion between the wire reel and the solenoid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,094

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING A FILLED SACHET

DESIGNED BY M.E., LLC, B...

1. An apparatus for making a filled sachet comprising:an input module comprising a hopper;
a sachet maker module comprising a sachet maker; and
a dispensing module comprising a dispensing slide;
wherein the apparatus is about 14 inches or less in height and each module comprises a housing frame and can be removably attached to one another;
the sachet maker comprising:
a downtube, for delivering a content into an end portion of a sock formed from a permeable material;
a sealer, positioned proximate to the downtube, configured to seal the sock at a first seal position to form a sealed portion between the first seal position and the end portion of the sock, and to simultaneously seal the sock at a second seal position contained in a portion of the sock extraneous to the sealed portion, wherein the content is confined in the sealed portion, wherein each activation of the sealer to seal the sock requires a separate respective manual initiation;
a separator positioned proximate to the downtube, configured to separate the sealed portion of the sock from the sock at a separation position between the first seal position and the second seal position;
a dosing mechanism configured to release a predetermined quantity of the content, the dosing mechanism comprising a portion creator comprising a receiving plate physically coupled to and simultaneously rotatable with a knob, the receiving plate and an interior surface of the portion creator defining a predetermined volume within the portion creator when the receiving plate is in a substantially horizontal configuration, wherein rotation of the knob is configured to rotate the receiving plate, and wherein the rotation of the receiving plate to a vertical configuration is configured to release the predetermined quantity of the content into the downtube; and
a receiver located between the hopper and the portion creator, where the receiver has a diameter smaller than that of the portion creator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,093

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SATELLITE

KOREA AEROSPACE RESEARCH ...

1. An orbiting satellite comprising:a movement controller configured to control an attitude of the orbiting satellite, the attitude comprising an orbital velocity, a roll angle, a pitch angle and a yaw angle of the orbiting satellite;
an image acquirer configured to scan a planetary surface in a scanning direction corresponding to the attitude; and
a calculator:
wherein the calculator is configured to:
calculate a major axis and a minor axis of an ellipse corresponding to a trace of a pixel projected onto the planetary surface based on a change in the yaw angle;
calculate a tilt angle between a direction vector and a line of sight (LOS) vector projected onto the planetary surface; and
calculate a ground sample distance (GSD) according to the following equation:
GSD=?a2 cos(?+?)2+b2 sin(?+?)2
wherein:
a is a length of the major axis;
? is the yaw angle;
? is the calculated tilt angle; and
b is a length of the minor axis.

US Pat. No. 10,167,092

PERCH FOR SCREENING DRONES

Cisco Technology, Inc., ...

1. A screening perch, comprising:a landing site configured to receive a drone for screening, wherein the drone is an unmanned vehicle;
a sensor configured to scan at least a portion of the drone; and
a drone verifier communicatively coupled to the sensor and is configured to:
evaluate data outputted from the sensor when scanning the portion of the drone;
determine whether the data satisfies a predefined criteria corresponding to a restricted geographic region; and
upon determining the predefined criteria is satisfied, permit the drone to enter the restricted geographic region.

US Pat. No. 10,167,091

ADAPTIVE SCAN RATE SPACE SURVEILLANCE SENSOR FOR SUPER-GEO ORBITS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method for space surveillance, the method comprising:scanning, by at least one sensor on at least one satellite in super-geostationary earth orbit (super-GEO), a raster scan over a field of regard (FOR),
wherein the scanning is at a variable rate, which is dependent upon a target dwell time for detecting a target of interest,
wherein the target dwell time is a function of a characteristic brightness of the target, and
wherein the field of regard (FOR) of the at least one sensor is a function of a geometry between a sun and the at least one satellite and a function of an angle that the at least one satellite is pointing.

US Pat. No. 10,167,090

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FATIGUE MONITORING

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of monitoring usage to determine accumulated component fatigue damage, comprising:evaluating, by a processor, available data for calculating an accumulated component fatigue damage for a component over a pre-determined time frame;
determining, by the processor, at least one available method for calculating the accumulated component fatigue damage based on the available data; and
determining, by the processor, the accumulated component fatigue damage for the component using the at least one available method; and
performing maintenance on the component based on the determined accumulated component fatigue damage,
wherein when the at least one available method is a plurality of available methods, determining the accumulated component fatigue damage includes determining the accumulated component fatigue damage using all of the plurality of available methods to generate multiple accumulated component fatigue damage calculations, and cross-checking the multiple accumulated component fatigue damage calculations with one another to flag inaccurate calculations.

US Pat. No. 10,167,089

GATEWAY FOR AIRCRAFT SENSOR DATA

1. An aircraft management device comprising:a processor; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations, the operations comprising:
receiving non-flight performance related sensor data from a first sensor of an aircraft;
receiving additional non-flight performance related sensor data from a second sensor of the aircraft;
determining a condition based upon the non-flight performance related sensor data, wherein the non-flight performance related sensor data comprises seat occupancy data pertaining to a seat of the aircraft, wherein the condition is determined to exist when the seat occupancy data indicates that the seat has been unoccupied for greater than a threshold period of time;
determining an additional condition based upon the additional non-flight performance related sensor data;
selecting a single recommended action based upon both the condition that is determined based upon the non-flight performance related sensor data and the additional condition that is determined based upon the additional non-flight performance related sensor data; and
sending the single recommended action to a device of a flight crew member of the aircraft, wherein the single recommended action comprises an instruction to the flight crew member to check on an individual assigned to the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,167,088

CROSSWIND PERFORMANCE AIRCRAFT ENGINE SPINNER

General Electric Company,...

1. A spinner for mounting to a rotor of an aircraft gas turbine engine, the spinner comprising:a conical upstream or forward spinner section extending aftwardly from a spinner tip, the conical upstream or forward spinner section having a decreasing slope which transitions directly into a convex downstream or aft spinner section, the convex downstream or aft spinner section initially having a decreasing slope and subsequently having an increasing slope extending aftwardly to a spinner end which transitions directly into a leading edge of a fan blade platform,
the spinner circumscribed about a centerline axis,
the spinner having a spinner aspect ratio greater than 1.8, and
wherein the spinner aspect ratio is an axial distance between the spinner tip and a spinner end divided by a radial distance from the engine axial centerline axis to the spinner end.

US Pat. No. 10,167,087

COLLAPSIBLE INFLATABLE ASPIRATOR SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An aspirator system for inflating an inflatable evacuation device, the aspirator system comprising:an aspirator body having a plurality of flapper doors configured to open to allow intake of atmospheric gas;
an aspirator barrel connecting the aspirator body to the inflatable evacuation device, having connected inflation chambers wrapping around a circumference of the aspirator barrel and arranged along a length of the aspirator barrel, and being configured to provide an aspirator barrel chamber for guiding the atmospheric gas to the inflatable evacuation device in response to the aspirator barrel being inflated; and
a showerhead nozzle disposed within the aspirator body, connected to the connected inflation chambers, configured to direct a first portion of high-pressure gas to the connected inflation chambers to inflate the aspirator barrel, and configured to direct a second portion of high-pressure gas through the aspirator barrel and compel intake of atmospheric gas through the plurality of flapper doors, to inflate the inflatable evacuation device;
wherein the aspirator barrel comprises a relief valve configured to release gas into the aspirator barrel chamber in response to a pressure inside the connected inflation chambers exceeding a threshold pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,167,086

ANTI-ICING SYSTEM FOR AN AIRCRAFT

SHORT BROTHERS PLC, Belf...

1. An anti-icing system for use within a chamber of an aircraft having an exterior wall of which an outer surface can be subject to ice formation, the anti-icing system comprising:a nozzle arranged to inject hot gas within the chamber; and
a gas-mixing device defining an inlet, an outlet, and an airflow channel extending between the inlet and the outlet for receiving hot gas from the nozzle, the gas-mixing device comprising a swirl-inducing feature for causing gas from the chamber to be drawn into the airflow channel with a swirling effect when hot gas from the nozzle is injected into the airflow channel,
wherein the swirl-inducing feature comprises a plurality of various recesses at the inlet of the gas-mixing device,
wherein the airflow channel has a converging section that extends from the inlet toward the outlet of the gas-mixing device,
wherein the converging section of the airflow channel is followed by a diverging section in a direction toward the outlet, and
wherein the inlet has a diameter that is superior to that of the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,167,085

NOZZLE AND VANE SYSTEM FOR NACELLE ANTI-ICING

General Electric Company,...

6. A method for preventing icing of an inlet lip of an aircraft engine, said method comprising:directing a high temperature gas stream at a first direction from a nozzle into an inlet lip comprising an outer shell attached to a bulkhead, the inlet lip enclosing an annular housing volume;
redirecting the high temperature gas stream through a first turn angle from the first direction to a second direction using a first vane positioned downstream from the nozzle, the second direction directed toward an inner circumference of the inlet lip and configured to reduce a direct impingement of the high temperature gas stream on an inner surface of the inlet lip;
redirecting the high temperature gas stream through a second turn angle from the first direction to a third direction using a second vane positioned downstream from the nozzle, wherein:
the second vane is positioned farther from the inner circumference of the inlet lip relative to the first vane; and
the second turn angle is directed more toward the inner circumference relative to the first turn angle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,084

AIRCRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM AIR DUCT ARRANGEMENT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. An air duct arrangement for an aircraft, the arrangement comprising:an environmental control system air inlet arranged to ingest a low velocity portion of a first boundary layer air flow adjacent an aircraft external surface, and to deliver a flow of air to an environmental control system air intake; and
an ejector arranged to receive an environmental control system exhaust and having an ejector inlet, different from the environmental control system air inlet, arranged to receive a second boundary layer air flow adjacent the aircraft external surface from an aft region of the aircraft, the ejector being further arranged to exhaust air from an ejector exhaust to an ambient airstream at an aft portion of the aircraft,
wherein the ejector comprises an annular housing extending about a periphery of rear portion of the fuselage and defining a gap between an outer surface of the fuselage and the annular housing through which the second boundary layer air flow may flow in use.

US Pat. No. 10,167,083

CRADLE RECLINE MECHANISM FOR FIXED-SHELL AIRCRAFT SEAT

1. An aircraft passenger seat, comprising:a seat bottom having a front edge and a rear edge;
a seatback pivotably attached to the seat bottom proximate the rear edge and positioned forward of a fixed-shell; and
a cradling recline mechanism directly coupled to a movable pivot axis of the seat bottom proximate the seatback, the cradling recline mechanism including an arcuate side rail, connected to the seat bottom, and a linkage arm coupled to a fixed frame member and the arcuate side rail that glides along a roller track, articulating the seat bottom between a first position and a second position by guiding the movable pivot axis along a curvature of the roller track;
whereby, as the seat bottom moves from the first position to the second position, the cradling recline mechanism causes the seat bottom to translate forward and lower, wherein the rear edge of the seat bottom lowers more than the forward edge of the seat bottom such that the seat bottom is inclined to a greater degree when in the second position as compared to the seat bottom when in the first position, and causes the seatback to translate forward, lower, and recline.

US Pat. No. 10,167,081

FLYING WING WITH SIDE CARGO COMPARTMENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. A flying wing for passenger transport comprising:a leading edge;
a passenger cabin fitted with multiple passenger seats; and
a first hold and a second hold, positioned laterally outwardly respectively on either side of said passenger cabin for transporting luggage and/or goods, wherein each of the first hold and the second hold is fitted with at least one hold access door incorporated in the leading edge of said flying wing and leading to the hold, wherein each of the first hold and the second hold is delimited by a respective floor opposite a ceiling wherein the respective floor is located at a height above that of a floor of said passenger cabin,
wherein the flying wing is devoid of any hold for transporting luggage and/or goods under the passenger cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,167,080

STORAGE MODES FOR TILTROTOR AIRCRAFT

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A tiltrotor aircraft having a VTOL flight mode, a forward flight mode and a storage mode, the aircraft comprising:a fuselage;
a wing rotatably mounted to the fuselage and having first and second outboard ends, the wing reversibly rotatable between a flight orientation, substantially perpendicular to the fuselage, in the flight modes, and a stowed orientation, substantially parallel to the fuselage, in the storage mode;
first and second pylon assemblies respectively positioned proximate the first and second outboard ends of the wing;
first and second mast assemblies respectively rotatable relative to the first and second pylon assemblies, the first and second mast assemblies reversibly rotatable between a substantially vertical orientation, in the VTOL flight mode, and a substantially horizontal orientation, in the forward flight mode and the storage mode; and
first and second proprotor assemblies respectively rotatable relative to the first and second mast assemblies, the first and second proprotor assemblies each including first, second and third rotor blades and each having a radially extended orientation, in the flight modes, and a stowed orientation, in the storage mode, wherein the first rotor blade of each proprotor assembly is folded beamwise below the wing substantially conforming with the respective pylon assembly and the second and third rotor blades of each proprotor assembly are folded beamwise above the wing substantially conforming with the respective pylon assembly;
wherein, the tiltrotor aircraft is configured to fold the first rotor blade of each proprotor assembly beamwise from the radially extended orientation to the stowed orientation while the first and second mast assemblies are rotated from the substantially vertical orientation to the substantially horizontal orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,079

MAIN ROTOR ROTATIONAL SPEED CONTROL FOR ROTORCRAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An aircraft comprising:an airframe having an extending tail;
a counter rotating, coaxial main rotor assembly disposed at the airframe including an upper rotor assembly and a lower rotor assembly;
a translational thrust system positioned at the extending tail and providing translational thrust to the airframe; and
a flight control system including an engine controller configured to control a main rotor rotational speed of the upper and the lower rotor assemblies of the main rotor assembly as a function of airspeed of the aircraft to maintain rotor blade tip speed of the upper and lower rotor assemblies below a threshold rotor tip speed.

US Pat. No. 10,167,078

ROTARY OR FIXED WING AIRCRAFT WITH THRUST VECTORING TAIL

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An aircraft assembly, comprising:a first member extending from an aircraft airframe;
a propeller, which is drivable to rotate; and
a second member on which the propeller is supported and which is aerodynamically pivotable with respect to the first member;
wherein a rotational axis of the propeller is variable relative to a longitudinal axis of the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,077

ROTOR DOME, A ROTOR, AND A ROTORCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A dome for a rotor of a rotorcraft, the dome comprising a cap extending radially and in elevation from a center of the cap on an axis of rotation towards a periphery of the cap and in azimuth over 360 degrees, the cap extending in thickness from a bottom face for facing a hub of the rotor towards a top face above the bottom face, the dome including notches enabling blades to pass therethrough in order to allow the blades to flap;wherein the dome includes a plurality of slots between the periphery and the axis of rotation in elevation, each slot being distinct from the notches, each slot passing through a thickness of the cap by extending in elevation from the bottom face to the top face, the dome including in azimuth along at least one circular path about the axis of rotation a succession of solid surfaces defined by parts of the top face and two adjacent slots, respectively, of the plurality of slots, the solid surfaces facing an incident air stream so that the incident air stream impacts in succession against a solid surface of the solid surfaces and a slot of the plurality of slots during rotation of the dome about the axis of rotation in elevation, wherein the solid surfaces comprise a plurality of arms extending spanwise from the axis of rotation in elevation towards the periphery, each arm extending in azimuth between two adjacent slots, respectively, of the plurality of slots, each arm presenting an airfoil profile extending in azimuth between a leading edge in the vicinity of one slot of the two adjacent slots, respectively, and a trailing edge in the vicinity of the other slot of the two adjacent slots, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,167,076

CORRUGATED LIFT FAN ROTOR

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. A rotor, comprising:an upper skin;
a lower skin; and
an at least partly corrugated core encased between the upper skin and the lower skin;
wherein the core includes a first portion associated with a central disk portion of the rotor and a second portion associated with one or more rotor blade portions of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,167,075

JOINT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF FORMING THEREOF

The Boeing Company, Chic...

16. A method of forming a joint assembly, said method comprising:providing a first component including a plurality of layers formed from a first material, and a plurality of strips formed from a second material;
forming a second component including a plurality of retention members and a plurality of recesses defined between adjacent retention members;
extending a portion of a second component at least partially into the first component, the portion having an uneven outer profile;
coupling a first layer of the plurality of layers to the plurality of retention members and within the plurality of recesses;
coupling a strip of said plurality of strips to the first layer within each recess;
surrounding the second component and the plurality of strips with a second layer of the plurality of layers such that an entirety of the second component is inward of an entirety of the plurality of layers and the second component is not exposed to an exterior environment;
wherein a first layer of said plurality of layers is coupled to said plurality of retention members and positioned within said plurality of recesses, and wherein each strip of said plurality of strips is coupled to said first layer within each recess, wherein a second layer of said plurality of layers is coupled to said plurality of strips opposite said first layer such that said each strip is positioned between said first layer and said second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,074

STRUCTURE FORMED FROM COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A composite structure comprising:a composite structural member formed from a synthetic composite material;
a sealant layer disposed on a surface of the composite structural member;
a first metallic layer disposed on the sealant layer; and
a second metallic layer comprising a fastener region, in which one or more fasteners are located, an extent of the first metallic layer being spaced from the fastener region by a predetermined distance,
wherein the second metallic layer is disposed in or on a surface of the composite structural member and is overlapped by the first metallic layer, and
wherein the sealant layer overlaps the second metallic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,073

MULTI-PIECE BEZEL FOR ELECTRO-OPTIC WINDOW ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A window mounting assembly, comprising:a multi-piece bezel comprising:
a first portion having an attachment feature, and
a second portion having a retention feature configured to engage the attachment feature such that an inner opening is defined having an inner wall, wherein the inner wall defines a channel;
wherein the multi-piece bezel is configured to couple to an aircraft pressure pane and an aircraft pressure pane frame; and
an electro-optic element disposed in the opening and configured for reception in the channel of the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,167,072

ATMOSPHERIC BALLOON DESCENT SYSTEM

Raven Industries, Inc., ...

1. An atmospheric balloon descent system comprising:a system housing including a drogue chamber and a parachute chamber, the system housing includes:
a drogue cover, the drogue cover configured to open the drogue chamber, and
a parachute cover, the parachute cover configured to open the parachute chamber;
a drogue chute within the drogue chamber;
a parachute within the parachute chamber, the parachute coupled with the drogue chute with a drogue tether; and
a riser tether assembly coupled with the parachute, the riser tether assembly includes:
a riser tether extending between a descent system end portion and a balloon system end portion, the descent system end portion coupled with the parachute, and
a drogue cover release coupled between the riser tether and the drogue cover.

US Pat. No. 10,167,071

DUAL DIFFERENTIAL RUDDER SYSTEM

Townsend Marine Design, I...

1. A dual differential rudder system for steering a marine vehicle, the rudder system comprising:a port side differential rudder system comprising:
a port side upper linkage assembly bar;
a port side lower linkage assembly bar;
a port side outside rudder; and
a port side inside rudder;
a starboard side differential rudder system comprising:
a starboard side upper linkage assembly bar;
a starboard side lower linkage assembly bar;
a starboard side outside rudder; and
a starboard side inside rudder,
wherein the port side differential rudder system is configured to turn the port side outside rudder at a different angle than the port side inside rudder angle, and the starboard side differential rudder system is configured to turn the starboard side outside rudder at a different angle than the starboard side inside rudder angle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,070

MARINE ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM WITH CABLE ASSEMBLY

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A marine electric power steering system comprising:an actuator assembly having an actuator assembly input, an actuator assembly output, and an electric motor arranged to actuator the actuator assembly output, the actuator assembly input being operatively connected to a steering shaft that extends along a steering column axis;
a step down gear assembly, comprising:
a first gear driven by a second gear, and
a crank arm extending from the first gear, the crank arm is disposed transverse to the steering column axis; and
a cable assembly extending from an end of the crank arm to a steering device, in response to rotation of the steering shaft about the steering column axis, the actuator assembly output rotates the second gear, and the second gear rotates the first gear, such that the crank arm moves the cable assembly to move the steering device.

US Pat. No. 10,167,069

MOUNTING AND ACTUATION DEVICE

SIDESHIFT INC., Carleton...

1. A mounting and actuation device comprising:a mounting body adapted to mount the device to an external surface, the mounting body having a first end and a second end, at least one mounting surface, and a first side wall element and a second side wall element, the at least one mounting surface having an upper surface configured to abut the external surface, the at least one mounting surface further having a lower surface, the first side wall element downwardly projecting from the lower surface of the at least one mounting surface, the second side wall element downwardly projecting from the lower surface of the at least one mounting surface, the first side wall element having an inner surface and an outer surface, the second side wall element having an inner surface and an outer surface; and
an actuation arm operable for movement from a first stowed position to a second actuated position, the actuation arm operably connected to the mounting body at a first proximal end, the actuation arm having a second distal end, the second distal end having a mounting surface adapted to receive an accessory;
wherein the actuation arm is configured to be generally parallel to the external surface in the first stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,068

APPARATUS FOR ROWING IN THE DIRECTION THE ROWER IS FACING

1. An apparatus for rowing in the direction the rower is facing, the apparatus comprising:a counteracting four-bar linkage system comprising:
a base frame, the base frame comprising first bearings and second bearings,
a grip lever, the grip lever having a grip lever axis and being a crank of the counteracting four-bar linkage system,
an oar lever, the oar lever having an oar lever axis and being a driven arm of the counteracting four-bar linkage system, and
a linkage,
a first bearing body mounted in the base frame via the first bearings and comprising a first main axle, the linkage being connected to the first bearing body, the oar lever being mounted in the first bearing body so as to be rotatable about the oar lever axis,
a second bearing body mounted in the base frame via the second bearings and comprising a second main axle, the grip lever being mounted in the second bearing body so as to be rotatable about the grip lever axis, the linkage being connected to the second bearing body,
a rotary drive at the first bearing body, the rotary drive comprising a first actuator rod, the first actuator rod being coaxial with the first main axle of the first bearing body, the oar lever being connected to the rotary drive,
a second actuator rod, the second actuator rod being actuated by the grip lever and being coaxial with the second main axle, and
a seesaw mounted on the base frame and having a first side and a second side, the second actuator rod engaging with the first side of the seesaw, the first actuator rod engaging with the second side of the seesaw,
wherein an actuation of the second actuator rod causes the seesaw to shift the first actuator rod.

US Pat. No. 10,167,067

VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS AND VESSEL INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vessel propulsion apparatus comprising:a duct including a stator;
a propeller including a rim that includes a rotor facing the stator and defining an electric motor in combination with the stator, and a blade on an inner side in a radial direction of the rim;
a fluid bearing provided on the duct, and that defines a gap into which surrounding water is introduced between the fluid bearing and the rim, and is water-lubricated with respect to the rim due to water introduced into the gap from the surroundings; and
a motor controller configured or programmed to drive the electric motor by rotation speed control in a rotation speed control region in which an output command is not more than a predetermined value, and drives the electric motor by torque control in a torque control region in which an output command is more than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,167,066

CHARGE DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM FOR ORDNANCE NEUTRALISATION

SAAB SEAEYE LIMITED, Far...

1. A charge deployment system for ordnance neutralisation, comprising:an unmanned underwater vehicle;
two or more deployment units operably mounted to the vehicle, each unit comprising:
a housing for stowing a charge in a stowed position;
means for mounting a charge within the deployment unit;
means for controllably moving a charge and mounting means from the stowed position to a deployment position;
a shield configured such that in a closed position a charge in the stowed position is shielded from contact by an external body, the shield being movable from the closed position to an open position such that in the open position a charge is deployable from the deployment unit; and
means for controllably releasing a charge from the mounting means; and
a controller for controlling each moving means.

US Pat. No. 10,167,065

AUXILIARY WAKE BALLAST SYSTEM

1. A system comprising:a primary ballast tank;
an auxiliary ballast tank; and
a Venturi valve having a fluid input channel, a first fluid output channel, and a second fluid output channel that outputs fluid at a pressure that is higher than that of the first fluid output channel,
wherein the first fluid output channel of the Venturi valve is coupled to the primary ballast tank for filling the primary ballast tank with fluid, and the second fluid output channel of the Venturi valve is coupled to the auxiliary ballast tank for filling the auxiliary ballast tank with fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,064

SIDE CUTAWAY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR KAYAKS

1. A side cutaway system for a kayak comprising:a deck and hull;
a side cutaway on both sides of the kayak in an area where a kayaker's knuckles and paddle shaft pass by the kayak, and
a bow sheer line ends at the bow end of the side cutaway, and
a stern sheer line ends at the stern end of the side cutaway, and
a top edge of the side cutaway intersects with the deck, and
a bottom edge of the side cutaway intersects with the hull, and
the side cutaway creates a discontinuity in the shape of the kayak which allows the paddle shaft to pass closer to the center of the kayak.

US Pat. No. 10,167,063

UNDERWATER OPERATION PLATFORM AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECH...

1. An underwater operation platform, comprising:a main body, the main body comprising a deck and a moonpool;
two ducted propellers disposed at a tail end of the main body;
a living building disposed on a front end of the deck;
pile legs;
a tower crane;
a submergence module, the submergence module comprising a support plate, a plurality of truss members, and a base plate;
lifting devices, each lifting device comprising a steel cable; and
a gantry crane;whereinthe main body is rectangular and comprises four corners;
the moonpool is rectangular and runs through a molded depth of the main body;
the pile legs are disposed at the four corners of the main body, respectively;
the tower crane sleeves one of the pile legs disposed at the tail end of the main body;
the deck comprises two parallel pathways which are located at two sides of the moonpool, respectively, for supporting the gantry crane;
the lifting devices are disposed on the deck and are close to four corners of the moonpool;
a surface area of the submergence module is less than that of the moonpool; each lifting device is connected to one corner of the submergence module via the steel cable;
the support plate and the base plate are integrated with the plurality of truss members;
the main body further comprises inner side walls facing the moonpool, and the inner side walls are provided with watertight doors communicating with operation cabins of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,062

CABLE LOADING STRUCTURE

JDR Cable Systems Ltd., ...

15. A cable loading method for loading cable to or from a floating tank, the outer periphery of the floating tank being generally circular around a vertical axis, the method comprising providing:a floatable structure having a plurality of tank engaging members, wherein at least one of said tank engaging members is moveable between a first position and a second position such that in said first position said tank is moveable towards or away from said cable loading structure and in said second position, said tank is restrained against movement towards or away from said cable loading structure; and
a drive system on said floatable structure frictionally engageable with the outer periphery of the tank for rotating the tank; and
the method further comprising:
moving said moveable tank engaging member into said first position;
moving said tank into engagement with said floatable structure;
moving said moveable tank engaging member into said second position to engage said tank;
frictionally driving the sides of said tank to rotate within said floatable structure; and
feeding cable to or from the tank via the floatable structure;
wherein said cable loading structure has a main body and two arms defining a reception region for receiving the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,167,061

BUOYANCY DEVICE FOR VERY DEEP WATER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

Saipem S.p.A., San Donat...

1. A buoyancy device, comprising:a support structure which can be connected to one of an underwater installation and an underwater vehicle,
one or more buoyancy spheres connected to the support structure, said buoyancy spheres having a specific weight of less than 500 kg/m3, and a metal spherical shell defining a spherical inner volume and which has an outer diameter greater than 0.5 cm, and a radial thickness greater than 0.08 mm, wherein the spherical shell is obtained in one piece in nano-crystalline metal with an average grain size of less than 1000 nanometers.

US Pat. No. 10,167,060

BUOYANT STRUCTURE WITH FRAME AND KEEL SECTION

1. A buoyant structure comprising:a. a hull having a main deck, the hull further comprising:
(i) a lower inwardly-tapering frustoconical side section that extends from the main deck;
(ii) a lower generally rounded section extending from the lower inwardly-tapering frustoconical side section;
(iii) a generally rounded keel;
b. a fin-shaped appendage secured to a lower and an outer portion of the exterior of the hull proximate the generally rounded keel;
c. a first frame extending from the generally rounded keel; and
d. a first keel extension connected to the first frame;
e. a plurality of support structures connected to a plurality of cross members, with a plurality of concentric supports connected to the plurality of cross members.

US Pat. No. 10,167,059

CHAIN STOPPER

NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO NO...

1. Chain stopper being connectable to a support structure and comprising:a chain locking portion for automatically engaging a first chain link of a chain so as to prevent the chain from being pulled in a first direction;
characterised in that said chain stopper further comprises:
an activation portion provided at a distance from said chain locking portion and connected to said chain locking portion, said activation portion, upon pulling said chain in a second direction, being adapted to be engaged by said chain so as to disengage said chain locking portion from said first chain link by rotation of the connecting body around an axis substantially perpendicular to the length axis of said chain, allowing said chain to be pulled in said second direction,
wherein said chain locking portion includes a claw, the claw being curved so as to fit complementarily around at least a curved end portion of said first chain link when preventing the chain from being pulled in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,058

RETRACTABLE ROOF

TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC, ...

1. A retractable roof positionable in an opening, the retractable roof comprising:a pair of tracks oriented lengthwise along opposite sides of the opening;
an end frame assembly extending across the opening between the tracks and including a bow frame secured to end frame traveler cars movably mounted on the tracks, the bow frame including at least two bows secured together by a framework with at least one connector plate, and the bow frame extending across the opening between the tracks; and
a flexible roof material sized to cover the opening and secured to the end frame assembly,
wherein the end frame assembly is displaceable between a closed position and an opened position, the flexible roof material being configured to fold on itself as the end frame assembly is displaced to the opened position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,057

JET BOAT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

11. A jet boat comprising:a hull;
a first jet propulsion unit provided to the hull, the first jet propulsion unit having a first steering deflector with a first propulsion axis, the first steering deflector being movable with respect to the hull;
a second jet propulsion unit provided to the hull, the second jet propulsion unit having a second steering deflector with a second propulsion axis, the second steering deflector being movable with respect to the hull; and
a user control switch operatively coupled to at least one of the first and second jet propulsion units to adjust a tilt of at least one of the first and second propulsion axes with respect to a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,056

BICYCLE TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle transmission control apparatus comprising:a controller configured to operate a transmission to be operated according to a parameter representing a running state of a bicycle and a predetermined shifting condition,
the controller being further configured to set the predetermined shifting condition based on the parameter representing the running state of the bicycle and a tilt angle of the bicycle, the predetermined shifting condition including a threshold value related to the parameter representing the running state of the bicycle, and
the controller being further configured to set the predetermined shifting condition by changing the threshold value, the controller changing the threshold value based on changes of the bicycle running state when the tilt angle changes from a predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,055

VARIABLY EXPANDING CHAIN TRANSMISSION

1. A transmission for a bicycle, comprising:(a) a rigid base plate for rotating about a central axis of rotation;
(b) a plurality of adjustment glide tracks attached between an outer portion of the rigid base plate and a central portion of the rigid base plate, each of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks comprising at least two locking notches;
(c) a plurality of gear segments, each one of the plurality of gear segments having a plurality of teeth for engaging a drive chain, each of the plurality of gear segments being attached to said rigid base plate to allow said plurality of gear segments to slide radially inward and outward along one of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks, and each one of the plurality of gear segments comprising a sliding pin for engaging the one of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks via one of the locking notches;
(d) a non-rotating control guide for engaging a sliding pin of each of the plurality of gear segments with one of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks, the non-rotating control guide comprising an inner plate and an outer plate, the inner plate and outer plate non-pivotably connected to the non-rotating control guide and adapted so that the inner plate urges the sliding pin of each of the plurality of gear segments toward the outer portion of the base plate and the outer plate urges the sliding pin of each of the plurality of gear segments toward the central portion of the base plate; and
(e) a control cable for movement of the non-rotating control guide by an operator of the bicycle,
wherein operation of the control cable moves the non-rotating control guide backward or forward for engaging a sliding pin of each of the plurality gear segments, moving each of the plurality of gear segments in a direction toward the outer portion of the rigid base plate or toward the central portion of the base plate and changing an effective radius of a curved path formed by the plurality of gear segments.

US Pat. No. 10,167,054

MOTORCYCLE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A motorcycle comprising:a vehicle body frame including a right and left pair of main frames extending from a head pipe while widening rearward, and pivot frames welded to the main frames, the pivot frames extending toward a rear downward direction;
an engine arranged under the main frames;
a heat replacer equipped on a vehicle front side of the engine, the heat replacer comprising a radiator and an oil cooler; and
hanging portions holding and fastening the engine to the main frames, the hanging portions comprise:
a front hanging portion set to a front portion of the main frames; and
a rear hanging portion set to a center portion of the main frames,
wherein the front hanging portion includes a separate engine suspending bracket,
wherein the main frames include a front portion having a bulge portion on a vehicle-widthwise outer side, and one of the hanging portions is settable to the bulge portion,
wherein the engine suspending bracket is mounted on the engine by being fastened with bolts to a suspension boss portion disposed integrally with one of a crankcase and a cylinder block, and mounted on the vehicle body frame by being fastened with bolts to a bracket installation surface disposed integrally with a distal end of the bulge portion of the main frames,
wherein the engine suspending bracket overlaps a part of the engine in a vehicle side view, and
wherein the engine suspending bracket has an inner surface having a gap with a cylinder and a cylinder head of the engine in a vehicle top view, the inner surface guiding heat generated in the radiator to a rear side of a vehicle body, and the engine suspending bracket has an inner surface shape formed expanding outward.

US Pat. No. 10,167,053

BICYCLE DRIVE UNIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle drive unit comprising:a transmission having a plurality of gear shift stages; and
a motor configured to transmit torque to the transmission,
the transmission comprises
a first input side rotating body and a second input side rotating body rotatably disposed around a first rotational axis;
a first output side rotating body rotatably disposed around a second rotational axis that is parallel to the first rotational axis, and coupled to the first input side rotating body;
a second output side rotating body rotatably disposed around the second rotational axis and coupled to the second input side rotating body;
an output unit configured to receive rotation of the first output side rotating body and the second output side rotating body; and
a switching mechanism configured to switch between a first state in which the rotation of the first input side rotating body is transmitted to the output unit, and a second state in which the rotation of the second input side rotating body is transmitted to the output unit;
the output unit being configured to receive only torque from the motor via the first input side rotating body and the second input side rotating body, and
the output unit being configured such that torque outputted from the output unit merges with a manual drive force in a drive force transmission path from the output unit to a wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,052

LINEAR GEAR SHIFT MECHANISM FOR CHAINLESS VEHICLE

MOTIVE POWER INDUSTRY CO....

1. A linear gear shift mechanism for chainless vehicles, comprising:a gear shift unit having a support rotator, a plurality of transmission balls and a plurality of driving posts, with the transmission balls spaced apart from each other and movably disposed on the support rotator, with a cylindrical receiving portion disposed on each said transmission ball along a radial direction thereof, wherein the driving posts have inward ends movably disposed in the cylindrical receiving portions, respectively, along a radial direction of the support rotator and rotate from the radial direction of the support rotator to but not reach an axial direction of the support rotator;
an axial power input rotator having an inward-tilted power input annular surface and inputting power along the axial direction of the support rotator;
an axial power output rotator having an inward-tilted power output annular surface and outputting power along the axial direction of the support rotator, wherein the transmission balls are movably clamped between the inward-tilted power input annular surface, the inward-tilted power output annular surface and the support rotator;
a transverse power source for meshing with the axial power input rotator along the radial direction of the support rotator;
an axial power transfer portion for meshing with the axial power output rotator along the axial direction of the support rotator; and
a transverse power output portion for meshing with the axial power transfer portion along the radial direction of the support rotator;
wherein the axial power input rotator and the axial power output rotator are disposed on two opposite sides of the transmission balls, respectively, to movably clamp the transmission balls between the inward-tilted power input annular surface, the inward-tilted power output annular surface and an outer circumferential surface of the support rotator, with the cylindrical receiving portion being a cylindrical receiving recess, wherein the inward ends of the driving posts are movably disposed in the cylindrical receiving recesses, respectively, along the radial direction of the support rotator, wherein the gear shift unit has a driving ring, wherein outward ends of the driving posts are pivotally connected to the driving ring, and the driving ring moves along the axial direction of the support rotator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,051

ASSISTIVE DRIVING SYSTEM FOR A WHEELCHAIR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ASSISTIVE DRIVING SYSTEM

MAX MOBILITY, LLC, Antio...

1. A method for activating an assistive drive force to a wheelchair, comprising:providing a user with an element configured to be worn on the user's hand or wrist and comprising a sensor configured to detect acceleration;
activating the assistive drive force in response to a detection of at least a first acceleration and a second acceleration, each of the first and second accelerations having
(i) an axis that is substantially normal to the user's palm, and
(ii) a threshold magnitude,and wherein(iii) the second acceleration occurs within a predefined time interval after the first acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,167,050

ELECTRIC ASSIST DEVICE FOR A BICYCLE AND BICYCLE EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A DEVICE

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. An electrical assistance device for a bicycle, the device comprising:an electrical machine that includes a support arm and a rotor shaft, wherein the rotor shaft supports a drive roller via a free-wheel member, wherein the support arm includes a pivot shaft that is mountable on the bicycle, wherein a pivot axis of the pivot shaft is located at a distance from an axis of the rotor shaft, and wherein the support arm is pivotable in a first pivoting direction in order to place the drive roller in contact with an annular contact region of a wheel of the bicycle when in a driving position for a forward movement, and is pivotable in a second pivoting direction to a separated position in order to separate the drive roller from the annular contact region when not in a driving position for forward movement;
a restoring device that acts on the support arm in the first pivoting direction;
an actuatable positioner that holds the support arm releasably in the separated position of the drive roller; and
a controller that controls operation of the electrical machine,
wherein the controller supplies the electrical machine with electrical energy to produce a motive torque in a direction of the wheel of the bicycle being driven in the forward movement via a free-wheel member and the drive roller, and
wherein the controller delivers an electrical pulse to the electrical machine to produce a reaction torque in a direction opposite to the direction of the motive torque when the bicycle is not being driven in the forward movement, causing the support arm to pivot in the second pivoting direction, and causing actuation of the positioner.

US Pat. No. 10,167,049

CRANK TREADING TORQUE DETECTION DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC BICYCLE

National Cheng Kung Unive...

1. A treading torque detection device comprising:a treading torque source and a motor adapted to be installed at a middle portion of an electric bicycle;
a hollow tube mounted to an axle, the treading torque source and the motor respectively connected to the hollow tube via a first one-way transmission device and a second one-way transmission device;
a chainwheel coupled to the hollow tube, torques of the treading torque source and the motor transmitted to the chainwheel by the hollow tube; and
a torque detection unit connected to the hollow tube and located between the first and second one-way transmission devices,
wherein the treading torque source provides two treading torques respectively transmitted from two ends of the axle, the treading torque being transmitted to the chainwheel via the axle, the first one-way transmission device, and the hollow tube,
wherein power output from the motor is transmitted as torque to the chainwheel via the second one-way transmission device and the hollow tube,
wherein the power output from the motor and the treading torques from the two ends of the axle do not affect each other,
wherein a transmission path of the torque from the motor bypasses the torque detection unit, the torque detection unit thereby distinguishing the two treading torques respectively transmitted from the two ends of the axle from the torque transmitted from the motor, and
wherein, when the torque detection unit detects a treading torque that is higher than a pre-set treading torque level, the motor is activated to provide power, and the detected treading torque is reduced to the pre-set treading torque level.

US Pat. No. 10,167,048

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. 10,167,047

BICYCLE DRIVE UNIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle drive unit comprising:a crankshaft;
a housing includes a synthetic resin first portion, a synthetic resin second portion and a metallic third portion, the synthetic resin first portion including a first axle bearing portion that rotatably supports a first end of the crankshaft, the synthetic resin second portion including a second axle bearing portion that rotatably supports a second end of the crankshaft, the metallic third portion disposed in between the synthetic resin first portion and the synthetic resin second portion, the metallic third portion defining an internal space of the housing along with the synthetic resin first portion and the synthetic resin second portion;
an output unit coaxially disposed on the second end of the crankshaft and operatively coupled to the crankshaft to receive rotation of the crankshaft;
an electric motor disposed in the internal space of the housing and being in contact with the metallic third portion, the electric motor further being operatively coupled to the output unit to transmit rotation of the electric motor to the output unit; and
a control board disposed in the internal space of the housing and electrically coupled to the electric motor, the control board being mounted on the metallic third portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,046

VEHICLE WITH WEIGHT-BASED DRIVE MECHANISM

Cyclazoom, LLC, Evanston...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a frame;
a seat mounted to said frame;
a wheel rotatably mounted on said frame and having an axle;
a main drive sprocket plate spaced apart from said axle of said wheel;
a drive chain that couples said main drive sprocket plate to said axle of said wheel such that rotation of said main drive sprocket plate causes rotation of said axle of said wheel and thus rotation of said wheel, said drive chain passing around said axle of said wheel;
at least one drive mechanism that causes rotation of said main drive sprocket plate and thereby cause rotation of said wheel;
each of said at least one drive mechanism comprising:
an arm pivotally attached at a first end region to said frame to pivot about a fixed pivot axis relative to said frame;
a weight arranged on said arm at an opposite, second end region;
a pedal attached to said weight, said pedal and thus said weight being movable by a user of the vehicle when present in said seat to cause pivoting of said arm; and
an energy transfer system that converts pivotal movement of said arm about the fixed pivot axis into motive power to rotate said main drive sprocket plate and thus said wheel,
said energy transfer system comprising:
an overrunning clutch mechanism having an outer ring and an inner ring configured such that rotation of said outer ring in a first direction causes rotation of said inner ring while rotation of said outer ring in a second, opposite direction does not cause rotation of said inner ring, said inner ring being motively coupled to said drive chain such that rotation of said inner ring causes movement of said drive chain and results in rotation of said wheel; and
an elongate link having a first end region that moves when said pedal moves and a second, opposite end region coupled to said outer ring, pivotal movement of said arm causing pulling of said link and rotation of said outer ring in the first direction; and
a roller attached to said frame and over which said link passes.

US Pat. No. 10,167,045

POLE PROPELLED VELOCIPEDE

1. A two-wheeled vehicle comprising:a forward structural member supported by a front wheel rotatably mounted thereto, the forward structural member pivotally connected to a rearward structural member supported by a rear wheel rotatably mounted thereto, the front wheel pivotable about a substantially vertical steering axis, the steering axis and a point-of-contact of the rear wheel with the ground defining a first plane, the steering axis and a point-of-contact of the front wheel with the ground defining a second plane, the point-of-contact of the front wheel with the ground and the point-of-contact of the rear wheel with the ground defining a longitudinal axis, the first plane and the second plane capable of an alignment on the longitudinal axis whereby the front wheel aligns with the rear wheel;
a first support means attached to the rearward structural member in a fixed, non-rotatable position relative to the steering axis and rearward of the steering axis, configured to support a body mass of the rider above the longitudinal axis disposed symmetrically on opposing sides of the first plane, wherein a first center-of-mass forms that includes the body mass of the rider;
a second support means attached to the forward structural member extending forward of the steering axis disposed symmetrically on opposing sides of the second plane, and configured to support a weight of feet and legs of the rider at a fixed location relative to the forward structural member, wherein a second center-of-mass forms that includes the weight of the feet and the legs of the rider; and
at least one accessory contact means attached to the vehicle capable of bracing the rider and configured to contact a part of a body of the rider other than a hand or an upper limb;
wherein when the rider tilts the vehicle in a direction, the first center-of-mass rotates about the longitudinal axis, and the second center-of-mass rotates about the steering axis causing the front wheel to pivot about the steering axis and steers the vehicle in the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,044

NON-METALLIC BRACKET

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A non-metallic bracket for a bicycle hydraulic component, the non-metallic bracket comprising:a non-metallic body having a hydraulic hose attachment port and an internal fluid passage, the hydraulic hose attachment port having an insertion opening disposed at an exterior surface of the non-metallic body and an internal attachment bore extending from the insertion opening towards the internal fluid passage, the internal attachment bore of the hydraulic hose attachment port including an internal screw thread portion that threadedly receives a hose fastening fitting; and
a force receiving member, provided to the non-metallic body, so as to receive force applied to the non-metallic body in an area of the hydraulic hose attachment port caused by screwing the hose fastening fitting into the internal screw thread portion of the non-metallic body, the force receiving member including a tubular insert disposed in the internal attachment bore of the hydraulic hose attachment port, the tubular insert having a bushing contact surface that at least partially faces in an axial direction of the internal attachment bore of the hydraulic hose attachment port; wherein the bushing contact surface limits insertion of a bushing, located adjacent the tubular insert, in a direction towards the internal fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,167,043

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:a body frame;
a right front wheel and a left front wheel aligned side by side in a left-and-right direction of the body frame;
a right brake that applies a brake force to the right front wheel;
a left brake that applies a brake force to the left front wheel;
a brake operator that operates at least one of the right brake and the left brake;
a grip that a rider grips; and
a steering force transmission that transmits a steering force from the grip to the right front wheel and the left front wheel, the steering force transmission including:
a steering shaft that turns about an intermediate turning axis which extends in an up-and-down direction of the body frame;
a handlebar located at an upper portion of the steering shaft and the grip is located on at least one end of the handlebar; and
a tie rod that transmits a turning motion of the steering shaft to the right front wheel and the left front wheel; wherein
a rubber damper that suppresses the transmission of vibration, which is due to a difference between a frictional force that is generated between the right front wheel and a corresponding road surface and a frictional force that is generated between the left front wheel and a corresponding road surface, to the grip is provided in the steering force transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,167,042

CLUTCH CONTROL SYSTEM

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

11. A clutch control apparatus comprising:a clutch lever supported so as to be rotatable about a rotary shaft;
operation amount detector to detect an operation amount of said clutch lever; and
a reaction force applying device configured to apply operation reaction force to said clutch lever, the reaction force applying device including a spring as a reaction force generation source,
wherein said reaction force applying device includes a plurality of reaction force generation cylinders arranged parallel to one another,
each of said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders includes a cylinder body accommodating a spring,
each of the springs of said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders has a different load characteristic from one another, and
said clutch lever includes an input/output arm extending from the vicinity of said rotary shaft toward an input/output part of each of said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders, to allow transmission of operating force and reaction force between said clutch lever and said reaction force applying device,
wherein:
said clutch lever is attached in front of a handlebar of a vehicle by a clamp-type lever holder; and
said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders are provided in the front of said handlebar and includes an upper cylinder and a lower cylinder, the upper cylinder being located above the lower cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,167,041

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member configured to be mounted to a free end of a bicycle handlebar, the base member having a longitudinal axis defined along a center axis of the free end of the bicycle handlebar in a mounting state where the base member is mounted to the free end of the bicycle handlebar, the base member including a cylinder bore having a cylinder center axis, the cylinder bore being at least partly arranged in the bicycle handlebar in the mounting state, the base member including a proximal portion extending within an interior of the bicycle handlebar in the mounting state, the proximal portion being disposed farther from the free end of the bicycle handlebar than the cylinder bore and having a center axis;
an operating member pivotally coupled to the base member about a pivot axis, the cylinder center axis being inclined relative to the longitudinal axis by an inclination angle equal to or larger than 4 degrees and inclined relative to the center axis of the proximal portion of the base member; and
a piston movably provided in the cylinder bore and operatively coupled to the operating member to move in the cylinder bore in response to a pivotal movement of the operating member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,040

BICYCLE SUSPENSION STEM WITH INTEGRATED PIVOT

Redshift Sports LLC, Phi...

1. A bicycle suspension stem mountable between a steerer tube of a fork and a handlebar to secure the handlebar to a bicycle, the bicycle suspension stem comprising:a static part configured to connect to a steerer of a bicycle fork, the static part comprising a connection portion and a protrusion portion having an end disposed away from the connection portion;
a suspended part rotatably connected to the static part and configured to connect to a handlebar;
a biasing member disposed between the protrusion portion and an inside surface of the suspended part to resist rotation of the suspended part about an axis of rotation; and
a wedge connected to said end of the protrusion portion to secure the biasing member between the protrusion and the inside surface of the suspended part and to limit rotational movement of the suspended part.

US Pat. No. 10,167,039

RIDER SAFETY SYSTEM FOR A MOTORCYCLE

1. A rider safety system, comprising:a handlebar assembly, comprising:
a handlebar mount comprising:
a handlebar mount first side;
a handlebar mount second side; and,
a handlebar mount third side;
a post secured at a post first end to said handlebar mount second side extending away from said handlebar mount second side;
a quick-connect fastener assembly secured to said post at a post second end opposite said handlebar mount second side;
a first handlebar having a first handlebar first end and a first handlebar second end; and,
a second handlebar having a second handlebar first end and a second handlebar second end;
wherein said first handlebar first end and said second handlebar first end are secured to said quick-connect fastener assembly;
at least one foot peg assembly, comprising:
a foot peg mount;
a fixed arm, having a fixed arm first end secured to said foot peg mount;
an extendable arm, having an extendable arm first end slidably engaging a fixed arm second end; and,
a foot peg affixed to an extendable arm second end;
wherein said handlebar mount is configured to be secured to a motorcycle frame; and,
wherein said foot peg mount is configured to be secured to said motorcycle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,167,038

SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER WITH FOLDABLE FOOTHOLD FOR ADDITIONAL RIDER

ROBO3 CO., LTD., Seoul (...

1. A self-balancing scooter with a foldable foothold for an additional rider comprising:a housing;
a controller mounted inside the housing for controlling running and direction change;
motors respectively mounted at both sides of the housing;
wheels respectively mounted on shafts of the motors;
a battery mounted on a bottom surface of the housing;
a riding board mounted on an upper part of the housing for allowing a main rider to put his or her feet thereon;
a foldable foothold attached to a side wall of the riding board and configured to be folded on an upper surface of the riding board for a single rider and to be unfolded and disposed at a rear of the riding board for allowing an additional rider to put his or her feet on the unfolded foldable foothold;
casters mounted at one side of the foldable foothold;
a fitting hole formed at another side of the foldable foothold; and
a bracket assembled to the fitting hole through a rotary shaft and attached to the side wall of the riding board, the bracket having assembly holes.

US Pat. No. 10,167,037

HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTIVE MOTION APPARATUS

HANGZHOU CHIC INTELLIGENT...

1. A human-machine interactive motion apparatus comprising:a first frame and a second frame rotatable relative to each other;
a rotating mechanism disposed between the first frame and the second frame to rotatably connect the first frame to the second frame;
a rotation stop member fixed on at least one of the first frame and the second frame; and
a function extension member rotatably connected to the rotation stop member;
wherein the function extension member is connected to the rotation stop member in a stop connection manner to limit a rotation angle of the function extension member relative to the at least one of the first frame and the second frame;
the rotating mechanism comprises a stop shaft disposed between the first frame and the second frame configured to limit a maximum rotation angle between the first frame and the second frame.

US Pat. No. 10,167,036

ELECTRIC BALANCE VEHICLE

HANGZHOU CHIC INTELLECTUA...

1. An electric balance vehicle, comprising:a top cover;
a bottom cover;
an inner cover fixed between the top cover and the bottom cover, the inner cover comprising a first inner cover and a second inner cover rotatable relative to each other;
a rotating mechanism fixed between the first inner cover and the second inner cover;
two wheels rotatably fixed at two sides of the inner cover, respectively;
two hub motors fixed in the two wheels, respectively;
a plurality of sensors;
a power supply; and
a controller, wherein the controller is electrically connected with the plurality of sensors, the power supply, and the hub motors, and the controller controls the hub motors to drive the two wheels to rotate according to signals from the plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,167,035

BLOW MOLDED TOY CYCLE

Custom-Pak, Inc., Clinto...

1. A blow molded toy cycle comprising:a body having a seating surface and an arm;
said arm having a hole with a first axis, said hole defining a female bearing area with a first tapered section and a first recess section, a taper of said first tapered section disposed at an angle with respect to said first axis, said first recess section located adjacent to said first tapered section;
a fork having a shaft at a proximal end, said shaft having a second axis passing through a center of said shaft;
a male bearing area located on said shaft, said male bearing area having a second tapered section;
a protrusion section on said shaft located adjacent to said male bearing area;
said male bearing area adapted to contact said female bearing area when said shaft is inserted into said female bearing area such that said first and second tapered sections are in contact and said protrusion section on said shaft contacts said body at said arm adjacent to said female bearing area and said protrusion section is in contact with said first recess section;
said protrusion section adapted to lock said fork to said body when said protrusion section is in contact with said first recess section.

US Pat. No. 10,167,034

VEHICLE WITH A SLOPING STEERING COLUMN

1. A scooter type vehicle comprising:a deck suitable for supporting a user directly or indirectly and having a support plane and a longitudinal axis;
tail gear having a single contact device;
a steering assembly comprising at least one steering column having a first axis, the steering column being mounted to pivot relative to the deck about the first axis, the first axis and the support plane forming a first angle;
nose gear having at least first and second ground contact device;
the nose gear being pivotally mounted relative to the deck about a second axis;
the steering column being arranged so that pivoting the steering column about the first axis causes the nose gear to pivot about the second axis;
the first axis and the second axis sloping relative to each other and defining a second angle; and
the second axis sloping relative to the support plane of the deck, the second axis and the support plane forming a third angle, the third angle being an obtuse angle;
wherein the first angle is not variable while the vehicle is in use, and wherein the deck tilts about the longitudinal axis towards a center of rotation of the vehicle when the steering column is pivoted about the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,167,033

AIRFLOW SHAPING ENCLOSURE REDUCING DRAG BEHIND CYCLIST

1. An airflow shaping enclosure mounted behind a cyclist, the enclosure having a front width profile substantially matching a width of the cyclist's lower back, hips and buttocks, a front height substantially midway between the cyclist's waist and shoulder height, a shape tapered from a maximum area cross sectional area at a front to a minimum cross sectional area at a rear, and a top of the enclosure is located entirely above a plane defined by a back of the cyclist.

US Pat. No. 10,167,032

ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING VEHICLE TOOLS

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An arrangement for a motor vehicle seat for receiving one or more vehicle tools, the arrangement comprising:a tool carrier which is made from at least one elastically deformable material and has a plurality of cavities with, in each case, one plug-in opening for inserting a section of a vehicle tool into a receiving space of the cavity, the tool carrier being at least one of integral with a seat shell of the seat and configured to conform to an underside surface of the seat shell, wherein the cavities are movable from a storage position into a plug-in or removal position on account of their elasticity, an outer enveloping shape of the cavities is of an either parallelepiped-shaped, cylindrical or partially cylindrical configuration and has a circumferential section and a bottom section, and in each case, one cavity pair comprising two cavities which are spaced apart from one another is provided for one or more of the vehicle tools, the pairs being arranged with respect to one another such that their plug-in openings are oriented at an angle between 0° and 90° with respect to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,167,031

ANTI-OSCILLATING LUGGAGE SYSTEM

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A luggage system for a single-track motor vehicle, comprising:a rigid luggage-accommodating container to be fastened on the motor vehicle; and
a decoupling device in an interior of the luggage-accommodating container,
wherein
the decoupling device interacts with an item of luggage to be accommodated and at least partially decouples, from the luggage-accommodating container, travel-induced forces exerted by the item of luggage, and
the decoupling device includes at least one handle configured to interact with at least one holder on an inner wall of the luggage-accommodating container such that decoupling is provided by way of the item of luggage being suspended on a suspension device formed on the luggage-accommodating container or by way of the at least one handle being accommodated elastically on the inner wall of the luggage-accommodating container.

US Pat. No. 10,167,030

MOUNTABLE MAGNETIC RETRACTABLE TETHERED PUCK FOR TWO WHEELED VEHICLES

Cindy Smith, Cocoa, FL (...

1. A retractable kickstand support apparatus for two wheeled vehicles comprising:a removable base plate having a magnet, the base plate having a deployed position for being magnetically attachable about an underside of a kickstand of a two-wheeled vehicle;
a cord having one end attached to the base plate and a second end;
a mount for releasably attaching the second end of the cord to be adjacent to handlebars of the two-wheeled vehicle; and
a spring in the mount for automatically retrieving the cord from an extended position to a retracted position, the retracted position of the cord allows the base plate to be attached to the mount, wherein the cord in the extended position allows the base plate to be positioned underneath the kickstand in order to provide stability to the two-wheeled vehicle when the kickstand is lowered.

US Pat. No. 10,167,029

RUBBER CRAWLER

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A rubber crawler, comprising a crawler main body formed of vulcanized rubber, a ridge protruding radially inward from an inner circumferential surface of the crawler main body, an adhesive means entirely located on an inner circumferential surface of the ridge, and projections formed of vulcanized rubber and attached via the adhesion means to the ridge, wherein the inner circumferential surface of the ridge and the adhesive means have the same width in a widthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,028

SPARE TIRE PRESENTATION APPARATUS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A spare tire presentation apparatus for a motor vehicle, comprising:a base;
a four bar linkage connecting said base to the motor vehicle, said four bar linkage including a first bar, a second bar, a third bar and a fourth bar wherein all four bars are unconnected from one another; and
a sliding platform supported on said base.

US Pat. No. 10,167,026

SPOILER ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A spoiler arrangement for a motor vehicle comprising:a carrier configured to attached on a body of the motor vehicle; and
a lamella arranged on the carrier, the lamella including an elongated elastic bending rod and at least one surface segment;
wherein the surface segment is connected to the bending rod along a side edge.

US Pat. No. 10,167,025

SLIDABLE CONVEYANCE ASSEMBLY

CURRENTWRX, LLC, St. Geo...

1. A device, comprising:a first support channel, defined by a first support side, and including a first primary support bearing and a first tertiary support bearing; and
a first slide channel, defined by a first slide side, and including a first primary slide bearing and a first tertiary slide bearing,
wherein, in an assembled state, the first slide channel fits around the first support channel such that:
the first primary support bearing contacts the first slide side and the first primary slide bearing contacts the first support side such that the first slide channel is configured to slide longitudinally with respect to the first support channel; and
the first tertiary support bearing contacts the first slide channel and the first tertiary slide bearing contacts the first support channel to restrict lateral transition of the first slide channel with respect to the first support channel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,024

PANEL MEMBER, PRESS MOLD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PANEL MEMBER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A panel member, comprising:first wall portions that form undulations of a waved plate section molded from a fiber reinforced plastic material; and
second wall portions that configure upper and lower end portions in a wave height direction of the waved plate section, and that are connected to the first wall portions by bent portions, wherein:
the second wall portions each include a general portion extending along a wavelength direction of the waved plate section, and the general portions are set with a thinner plate thickness than the first wall portions;
an array direction of reinforcing fibers disposed in the general portions is set in a direction running along the wavelength direction of the waved plate section; and
extension portions extend out from the bent portions at an opposite side to a first wall portion side, and the extension portions are integrally formed with the bent portions.

US Pat. No. 10,167,023

VEHICLE UNDERBODY STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE BODY

ArcelorMittal, Luxembour...

1. A vehicle underbody structure, comprising:a floor panel; and
an underbody reinforcement element, said underbody reinforcement element comprising at least a front transversal beam and a rear transversal beam, said front and rear transversal beams extending parallel to each other and being attached to the floor panel, wherein
the front transversal beam and the rear transversal beam are made of a press hardening steel having a tensile strength higher than or equal to 1300 Mpa,
the floor panel comprises a longitudinal floor tunnel forming a recess in the floor panel,
the underbody reinforcement element comprises
two intermediate transversal beams each extending between and parallel to the front transversal beam and the rear transversal beam on either side of the longitudinal floor tunnel
a tunnel transversal beam extending across the floor tunnel, the tunnel transversal beam being transversally unaligned with the intermediate transversal beams, so that a longitudinal offset exists between the tunnel transversal beam and the intermediate transversal beams such that a transversal cross-section of the vehicle underbody structure crossing the intermediate beams does not cross the tunnel transversal beam.

US Pat. No. 10,167,022

VEHICULAR UNDERFRAME STRUCTURE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicular underframe structure comprising:a lower panel including a composite material and having a central portion curved upwards along a longitudinal direction thereof;
an upper panel including a composite material and combined on the lower panel wherein an undersurface thereof faces an upper surface of the lower panel with an internal compartment formed therebetween; and
a rib portion provided in the internal compartment and having a lower rib integrally protruding upwards from the upper surface of the lower panel and an upper rib integrally protruding downwards from the undersurface of the upper panel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,021

VEHICULAR RESIN PANEL STRUCTURE AND LUGGAGE DOOR

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicular resin panel structure comprising:a resin inner panel:
formed in a polygonal shape including a first edge portion, a second edge portion adjacent to the first edge portion, and an angular portion formed at an inner side of an angle formed by the first edge portion and the second edge portion,
fixed to a vehicle body at a plurality of fixing points including a first fixing point provided at the first edge portion and a second fixing point provided at the second edge portion, and
provided with a first rib further to an in-plane direction outer side of the resin inner panel than an imaginary line connecting the first fixing point and the second fixing point, the first rib running along a direction intersecting the imaginary line, the first rib has a generally S-shape, the first rib is provided so as to straddle a bend portion that is formed further to an in-plane direction inner side than inner end portions of the first edge portion and the second end portion; and
a resin outer panel having an outer end portion overlapping with the inner panel, the outer end portion of the outer panel adhered to the inner end portion of the inner panel with an elastic glue having a thickness 5 mm or less, and the resin outer panel having a larger linear expansion coefficient than that of the inner panel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,020

ROOF SEGMENT FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A ROOF SEGMENT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for producing a roof segment for a vehicle that has a front windscreen and a rear window, the method comprising:forming the roof segment as a flat base element with a wall configured to extend from the front windscreen to the rear window;
forming the wall from a single, plastically deformed starting material;
forming a closed hollow cross section; and
enclosing one or more cavities with the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,167,019

AUTOMOBILE VEHICLE BODY AND AUTOMOBILE VEHICLE BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD

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

1. An automobile vehicle body in which a lower skeleton, formed into a bathtub shape using a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), comprises a vehicle body floor a front wall that rises from a front end of the vehicle body floor, a rear wall that rises from a rear end of the vehicle body floor, and a pair of side members that are connected to upper faces of vehicle width direction opposite side parts of the vehicle body floor, and an upper skeleton, connected to the lower skeleton, comprises a roll bar formed into an inverted U-shaped using a CFRP and having a lower end thereof joined to an upper face of the side member via a metal joint,wherein the metal joint is divided into an upper joint that is fixed to the side member and supports the lower end of the roll bar and a lower joint that is fixed to the vehicle body floor,
the upper joint comprises an upper wall, a vehicle width direction inner wall and a vehicle width direction outer wall that are fitted to an upper face, an inside face, and an outside face of the side member respectively, and the upper joint is further divided into an inside and an outside in the vehicle width direction and supports the lower end of the roll bar so as to sandwich the lower end from the inside and the outside in the vehicle width direction,
the lower joint comprises a lower wall and a vehicle width direction outer wall that are joined to a lower face and a vehicle width direction outer face of the vehicle body floor respectively, the vehicle width direction outer wall of the upper joint and the vehicle width direction outer wall of the lower joint are fastened by a first bolt, and the vehicle width direction inner wall of the upper joint and the inside face of the side member are fastened by a second bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,167,018

AUXILIARY FRAME FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN AUXILIARY FRAME

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. A subframe for a vehicle for supporting at least one wheel-controlling component, the subframe comprising:at least one shell element; and
at least one mount section for the mounting of a transverse link element,
wherein a first subsection of the mount section has at least one first passage opening for receiving a fastener for the transverse link element,
wherein a further subsection of the mount section is bent relative to the first subsection,
wherein the mount section has an embossment, and
wherein the embossment is arranged in an end region of the first subsection and in an edge region of the bend section.

US Pat. No. 10,167,017

STEERING WHEEL

TAKATA CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A steering wheel comprising:a steering hub portion;
a wheel portion; and
a spoke portion that extends from the steering hub portion and that is connected with the wheel portion,
wherein the wheel portion includes:
a core metal which circles around the steering wheel; and
a cover layer which covers the core metal,
a vibrator housing portion is provided at a part in a circling direction of the core metal,
the core metal includes a U-shaped cross section in the vibrator housing portion in a radial direction of the wheel portion,
a partition wall is provided inside of the core metal to divide and form the vibrator housing portion,
a case is attached to the core metal to cover the vibrator housing portion,
the vibrator is disposed in the vibrator housing portion between the core metal and the case, and
the vibrator is attached to the case
wherein the case includes:
a bottom surface which has a rectangular shape;
longitudinal sidewalls which rise up from side portions of the bottom surface in a longitudinal direction; and
lateral sidewalls which rise up from the side portions of the bottom surface in a lateral direction,
wherein a partition is vertically installed from the bottom surface to divide the inside of the case,
the partition extends along the lateral direction, and
the vibrator is attached to the partition,
wherein the vibrator includes a motor main body, a rotation driving shaft which protrudes from the motor main body, and a weight which is attached to the rotation driving shaft,
a notch is provided in the partition,
the rotation driving shaft is inserted into the notch, and
the motor main body is attached to the partition,
wherein a dimension of the weight of the vibrator in a direction orthogonal to the rotation driving shaft is smaller than a width of the motor main body, and
the dimension of the weight of the vibrator is smaller than a height of the motor main body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,016

VEHICLE WITH PARK ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:motor(s), steering, sensors, processor(s) configured to:
(a) load a stored parking spot;
(b) via the sensors, generate a map comprising the stored parking spot;
(c) intersect virtual segments with intersection points on the map such that two of the virtual segments intersect one of the intersection points;
(d) compare a current heading, based on (c), to a desired heading, based on (a);
(e) automatically steer the vehicle based on (d).

US Pat. No. 10,167,015

SYSTEM FOR RETROFITTING VEHICLE AUTOMATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An autonomous vehicle retrofit system comprising:a central computer; and
a braking interface configured to decelerate a wheel of a vehicle via actuation of a brake caliper, the braking interface comprising:
a brake pedal,
a first master cylinder assembly mechanically coupled between the brake pedal and the brake caliper such that actuation of the brake pedal causes actuation of the first master cylinder assembly;
a first hydraulic brake line hydraulically coupled to the first master cylinder assembly such that actuation of the first master cylinder assembly causes an increase in hydraulic fluid pressure in the first hydraulic brake line;
a second master cylinder assembly coupled between the central computer and the brake caliper such that the central computer controls actuation of the second master cylinder assembly;
a second hydraulic brake line hydraulically coupled to the second master cylinder assembly such that actuation of the second master cylinder assembly causes an increase in hydraulic fluid pressure in the second hydraulic brake line; and
an actuator selector hydraulically coupled to the brake caliper, further hydraulically coupled to the first hydraulic brake line and to the second hydraulic brake line, that selectively actuates the brake caliper in response to actuation of at least one of the first master cylinder assembly and the second master cylinder assembly; wherein selective actuation is determined by hydraulic fluid pressures of the first and second hydraulic brake lines
a pedal sensor, detectably coupled to the brake pedal and communicatively coupled to the central computer; wherein the pedal sensor monitors a condition of the brake pedal and communicates pedal sensor data based on the condition of the brake pedal to the central computer; wherein the central computer controls the second master cylinder assembly based on the pedal sensor data, wherein the pedal sensor data comprises a change in a position of the brake pedal per unit time; wherein the central computer controlling the second master cylinder based on the pedal sensor data comprises the central computer actuating the second master cylinder to perform emergency braking based on the change in the position of the brake pedal per unit time exceeding a threshold brake pedal rate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,014

ACTUATOR CONTROL DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. An actuator control device for controlling an actuator generating a force that causes a steering operation mechanism of a vehicle to steer a steered wheel, comprising:an assist control circuit configured to calculate a first assist component on a basis of an operational state amount changing in accordance with an operation applied by a user to the steering operation mechanism; and
an automatic steering control circuit configured to calculate a second assist component on a basis of an environment surrounding the vehicle,
wherein:
the assist control circuit is configured to calculate the first assist component while the operational state amount is equal to or more than a first threshold value,
the automatic steering control circuit is configured to calculate the second assist component while the operational state amount is less than the first threshold value,
the automatic steering control circuit is configured to further calculate the second assist component by performing feedback control that uses a control term including at least an integral term that is obtained by accumulating an integral element on a basis of a deviation between target and actual values of a directional state amount that is a component indicative of a direction of travel of the vehicle, the target value of the directional state amount being set on a basis of the environment surrounding the vehicle,
when the operational state amount is less than the first threshold value and equal to or more than a second threshold value, the automatic steering control circuit performs a limitation process that limits the control term used in the feedback control by limiting the integral element to be added to the integral term to a zero value, such that it is harder for the control term to increase when the operational state amount is equal to or more than the second threshold value, than when the operational state amount is less than the second threshold value.