US Pat. No. 10,189,575

AIRCRAFT ENGINE ASSEMBLY COMPRISING REAR ENGINE ATTACHMENTS IN THE FORM OF SHACKLES

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. An aircraft engine assembly comprising:an engine,
a pylon for mounting the engine on a structure of the aircraft,
the pylon comprising a primary structure forming a box formed by lower spar and upper spars joined together by a plurality of transverse stiffening ribs situated inside the box, the box being closed laterally by two side panels,
means for mounting the engine on the primary structure of the mounting pylon, wherein the mounting means include a set of rear engine attachments comprising:
a first shackle hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket made as one piece with one of the two side panels, the first shackle being oriented along a vertical direction of the engine assembly and hinged on its associated brackets along hinging axes oriented along a transverse direction of the engine assembly;
a second shackle hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket made as one piece with the other one of the two side panels, the second shackle being oriented along the vertical direction of the engine assembly and hinged on its associated brackets along hinging axes oriented along the transverse direction of the engine assembly, the first and second shackles being arranged so as to be crossed by a vertical and transverse plane of the engine assembly; and
a third shackle for transverse transmission of the loads, inclined relative to the vertical direction and crossed by the vertical and transverse plane, the third shackle being hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket secured to the primary structure of the pylon.

US Pat. No. 10,189,558

OPTIMIZED NACELLE PROFILE AND PLENUM SHAPE FOR BOUNDARY LAYER INGESTION ACTIVE LAMINAR FLOW CONTROL

Rohr, Inc., Chula Vista,...

1. A nacelle of an aircraft, comprising:a surface that is profiled such that during cruise flight operation lines of constant static pressure of a boundary layer around the nacelle in a given region are not in a single plane that is normal to an engine axis and are wavy; and
a plurality of ribs, each of the ribs being associated with and tracing a respective one of the lines of constant static pressure;
a first of the ribs having a longitudinal centerline that extends circumferentially about the engine axis and follows a first one of the lines of constant static pressure, and the longitudinal centerline is displaced axially back and forth relative to the engine centerline as the first of the ribs extends along the longitudinal centerline away form a bottom end of the nacelle and towards a top end of the nacelle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,554

ENCLOSURE COOLING FOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A housing of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a metallic porous material comprising a first porous portion and a second porous portion, the metallic porous material configured to enclose one or more components of the UAV; and
a phase change material (PCM), wherein pores of the first porous portion are free of the PCM and pores of the second porous portion are filled with the PCM,
wherein the metallic porous material and the PCM are configured to passively cool the UAV.

US Pat. No. 10,189,551

DISPLAY CONTROLLER

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A display controller comprising:a controller providing multidimensional code to a display device,
wherein the controller switchably displays the multidimensional codes representing identical information by a plurality of display patterns where ease of reading is mutually different,
wherein the multidimensional code represents information regarding an outboard motor mounted to a boat, or information regarding a vehicle, and
wherein the plurality of display patterns are switchable between a display pattern that represents information desired to be converted into the multidimensional code by a predetermined count of the multidimensional codes and a display pattern that reduces an information volume represented by each of the multidimensional codes and represents the information by the multidimensional codes larger in count than the predetermined count of multidimensional codes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,542

BICYCLE REAR DERAILLEUR

LEE CHI ENTERPRISES COMPA...

1. A bicycle rear derailleur, which is adapted to be mounted on a bicycle frame, comprising:a parallel linkage mechanism, which comprises a base, a linkage assembly, and a movable member, wherein the base is adapted to be mounted on the bicycle frame; the linkage assembly is pivotally connected to and between the base and the movable member in a way that the movable member is movable relative to the base; the movable member has a chamber;
a pivot shaft provided within the chamber, wherein the pivot shaft is pivotally rotatable relative to the movable member;
a chain guide fixed around the pivot shaft;
a restriction assembly comprising a first ratchet gear, a second ratchet gear, and an elastic member, wherein the first ratchet gear fits around the pivot shaft, and is not rotatable relative to the pivot shaft; the second ratchet gear rotatably fits around the pivot shaft, and teeth thereof match teeth of the first ratchet gear; the elastic member is provided within the chamber with an end thereof abutting against either the first ratchet gear or the second ratchet gear to keep the first ratchet gear and the second ratchet gear contacting with each other; and
a friction assembly provided within the chamber to provide a rotational friction on the second ratchet gear;
whereby, when the chain guide swings toward a first direction by a force, the pivot shaft and the first ratchet gear are driven to rotate toward the first direction, and the teeth of the first ratchet gear and the teeth of the second ratchet gear are disengaged from each other, so that the first ratchet gear and the second ratchet gear are relatively rotatable; when the chain guide swings toward a second direction which is opposite to the first direction by another force, the teeth of the first ratchet gear and the teeth of the second ratchet restrict each other, so that the first ratchet gear and the second ratchet gear are not relatively rotatable.

US Pat. No. 10,189,533

ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Bravo Sports, Santa Fe S...

1. A scooter comprising:a front wheel;
a rear wheel;
a steering assembly comprising a steering tube and a handlebar;
a rear foot brake, the rear foot brake configured to apply a braking force to at least one of the front wheel and the rear wheel;
a deck configured to support the weight of a person; and
a frame configured to support the deck, wherein the frame comprises a front portion and a rear portion;
wherein the front portion defines a pair of vertical planes that diverge in a forward to rearward direction, and wherein the rear portion defines a pair of vertical planes that converge in a forward to rearward direction; and
wherein each portion of the frame that defines a plane comprises a first member, a second member, a third member and a fourth member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,527

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE OF MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A fuel supply device for a motorcycle, comprising:a single main frame extending from a head pipe, said single main frame including a first side and a second side, the main frame having a first section extending rearwardly from the head pipe and a second section extending downwardly from the first section;
a fuel tank supported on the main frame;
a fuel injection device operatively connected to an internal combustion engine;
a fuel supply portion having a fuel pump wherein fuel in the fuel tank is supplied to the fuel injection device via a fuel pipe;
an exhaust pipe operatively connected to an exhaust port of the internal combustion engine, said exhaust pipe being positioned on the first side of the main frame and extending upwardly from the exhaust port to a position above the internal combustion engine;
wherein the fuel pump is provided on an outside of the fuel tank and attached to the second side of the main frame,
wherein an axial line in a direction in which to connect the fuel pipe is aligned along the main frame with the fuel pump being positioned on the first section of the main frame and above the engine; and
an ignition coil for a sparking plug being positioned on the first side of the main frame, said ignition coil being positioned above the engine and the exhaust pipe,
wherein vaporization and separation of fuel due to a heat effect from the exhaust pipe is suppressed by positioning the fuel pump and the fuel pipe on the second side of the main frame displaced relative to the exhaust pipe positioned on the first side of the main frame, and
wherein the fuel pump is disposed so as to be overlapped on the main frame when viewed sideways of a vehicle, with the exhaust pipe being disposed inside the engine in a vehicle width direction, and the exhaust pipe is disposed at an upper side of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,517

DEPLOYABLE AERODYNAMIC SIDE PANEL SYSTEM

Magna Exteriors, Inc., C...

1. A deployable side panel assembly for a vehicle, comprising:at least one deployable panel located between the front and rear wheel wells of the vehicle and having a predetermined profile, wherein said deployable panel selectively deploys and retracts between a deployed position and a stowed position, wherein the deployment of the deployable panel improves aerodynamics; and
at least one actuator operably coupled to the at least one deployable panel, wherein the actuator has object detection that senses current spike for circuit override, and is in communication with the vehicle for automatically deploying of the deployable panel under predetermined conditions;
wherein the deployable panel is operably hinged to the rocker panel assembly for flipping downward/upward between the stowed position substantially horizontal underneath the vehicle and the deployed position substantially vertical below the rocker panel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,510

STAKE POCKET INSERT

1. A stake pocket insert structured to be positionable in a stake pocket of a vehicle cargo bed side wall, the stake pocket insert comprising:a stake receptacle defining a stake-receiving cavity,
a mounting member secured to the stake receptacle and structured to define an opening leading from an exterior of the stake pocket insert into the stake-receiving cavity; and
a stake securement mechanism mounted along a first portion of the stake pocket insert, wherein the stake securement mechanism is structured to be operable to press against a stake positioned in the stake-receiving cavity so as to bias the stake against a bearing surface, so as to secure the stake within the stake receptacle between the stake securement mechanism and the bearing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,508

TWO-TRACK VEHICLE

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A two-track vehicle comprising:a body-floor assembly;
a component sensitive to scraping a road surface arranged on a lower face of the body-floor assembly, wherein an outer contour of the component protrudes downwardly from the lower face of the body-floor assembly in the direction of the road surface by an offset distance,
wherein the component is covered by a base portion of a cover element on a floor side of the component to protect the component from scraping the road surface,
wherein the base portion of the cover element is laterally extended in a vehicle transverse direction by at least one edge portion which forms a scraper stop,
wherein the scraper stop protrudes downwardly from the cover element base portion in the direction of the road surface by a vertical offset distance such that, when the lower face of the vehicle scrapes the road surface, the cover element base portion remains substantially out of contact with an interference contour on the road surface side.

US Pat. No. 10,189,507

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body front structure in which a pair of front side frames are provided on left and right sides of the vehicle, an upper member is provided on an upper outer side of each front side frame, and a front bulkhead is connected to the pair of front side frames and a pair of upper members,wherein the front bulkhead comprises:
a side stay made of a resin and connected to a front end of the front side frame;
an upper side beam made of a metal, extending from the side stay to the upper member, and having a rear end connected to the upper member;
an upper beam made of a metal and detachably connected to the side stay in a state in which an end is overlaid on a front end of the front side frame above the side stay; and
a hood lock device provided on the upper beam and configured to lock a striker of a hood,
wherein on the upper beam,
the upper member extends from an upper side of the front side frame to a front side of a vehicle body so as to be curved downward, and a front end of the hood is arranged above the front bulkhead,
wherein the vehicle body front structure further comprises:
a headlight provided under the hood and on the front side of the front bulkhead in the vehicle body; and
a fender with a front end provided under a rear end of the headlight,
wherein a positioning bracket is provided on a convex curved portion extending to be curved downward of the upper beam,
wherein the positioning bracket comprises:
a reference surface arranged substantially horizontally above the curved portion and including a front bulkhead attachment reference hole, a headlight attachment reference hole, a hood attachment reference hole, and a fender attachment reference hole;
a front leg portion extending from a front end of the reference surface downward to the curved portion and joined to the curved portion; and
a rear leg portion formed to be shorter than a leg length of the front leg portion and joined to the curved portion in a state in which the rear leg portion extends from a rear end of the reference surface downward to the curved portion, and
wherein the reference surface is supported above the curved portion by the front leg portion and the rear leg portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,506

ROOF SENSOR HOUSING ASSEMBLIES THAT CONCEAL ONE OR MORE SENSORS AND VEHICLES INCORPORATING THE SAME

1. A vehicle comprising:a roof assembly comprising a roof outer panel having an outer facing surface and a sensor housing recess having a floor portion located below the outer facing surface, the sensor housing recess extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction between a front windshield and a rear windshield;
a roof sensor housing assembly mounted to the roof outer panel and extending along a length of the sensor housing recess, the roof sensor housing assembly comprising:
a sensor housing structure mounted to outer roof panel forming a sensor housing volume therebetween, wherein the sensor housing structure extends at least partially above the outer facing surface of the outer roof panel, the sensor housing structure including a transmission region having increased transmittance therethrough compared to surrounding regions of the sensor housing structure; and
a vehicle sensor located within the sensor housing volume that receives electromagnetic energy through the transmission region and provides a signal that is indicative of an environmental characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,189,505

SIDE BODY STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A side body structure of a vehicle, comprising:a hinge pillar having a hinge pillar member forming, in a side part of the vehicle, a closed section space extending continuously in vertical directions of the vehicle;
a side sill having a side sill member forming, on a rear side of the hinge pillar in the side part of the vehicle, a closed section space extending continuously in longitudinal directions of the vehicle; and
a closed section space component forming, in a connecting part between a lower end part of the hinge pillar and a front end part of the side sill, a closed section space extending continuously in the longitudinal directions and connecting to the closed section space of the side sill on the rear side, the closed section space of the closed section space component having a vertical dimension that increased toward a front side.

US Pat. No. 10,189,496

STEERING ASSEMBLY HAVING A TELESCOPE DRIVE LOCK ASSEMBLY

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A steering column assembly, comprising:an upper jacket assembly at least partially received within a lower jacket assembly, and
a telescope drive assembly, comprising:
a telescope actuator disposed on the lower jacket assembly, and
an extension member operatively connected to the telescope actuator and the lower jacket assembly, the telescope actuator and the extension member arranged to move the upper jacket assembly between an extended position and a retracted position, and
a telescope drive lock assembly operatively connected to the extension member, the telescope drive lock assembly being configured to facilitate movement of the upper jacket assembly away from the retracted position while the upper jacket assembly is in the retracted position, the telescope drive lock assembly, comprising:
a mounting bracket;
a first split nut assembly and a second split nut assembly disposed at least partially about the extension member, the first split nut assembly having a first split nut pivotally connected to the mounting bracket and the second split nut assembly having a second split nut pivotally connected to the mounting bracket;
an engagement member operatively connected to the mounting bracket and the first split nut assembly and the second split nut assembly; and
a split nut actuator operatively connected to the lower jacket assembly, the split nut actuator having a plunger extending towards the engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,494

CART MONITORING SYSTEM WITH WHEEL ASSEMBLY CAPABLE OF VISUALLY SIGNALING CART STATUS

Gatekeeper Systems, Inc.,...

1. A shopping cart monitoring system, comprising:a plurality of wheel assemblies configured to attach to respective shopping cart frames, each wheel assembly comprising a wheel, a wireless transceiver, a light-emitting diode (LED) that is visible from a position external to the respective wheel assembly, and a controller that controls the wireless transceiver and the LED; and
a plurality of wireless access points configured to be mounted in a cart monitoring area, each wireless access point comprising a controller and a wireless transceiver, the wireless access points configured to communicate bi-directionally with the wheel assemblies on a wireless network, and to send commands on the wireless network to the wheel assemblies, including commands that affect states of the wheel assemblies;
wherein the controller of each wheel assembly is configured to visually indicate to store personnel a state of the respective wheel assembly by controlling illumination of the LED of the respective wheel assembly; and
wherein the wheel assemblies are configured to generate received signal strength measurements based on transmissions received from the wireless access points, and to compare the received signal strength measurements to thresholds to determine whether to respond to commands included in the transmissions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,491

SLAB TRANSPORTATION CART

1. A slab cart comprising:a frame including:
wheels mounted to an underside of said frame;
a primary upright member emanating upward from a topside of a cross bar of said frame;
two or more secondary upright members emanating upward from each end of said frame wherein said primary upright member and said secondary upright members being substantially linear to one another;
a pivoting member engaged to said primary upright in ember and said secondary upright members;
a platform frame engaged to said pivoting member and said primary and secondary upright members wherein said platform frame may pivot from a substantially vertical orientation to a substantially horizontal orientation;
wherein said platform frame includes a pair of outer rails secured to each end of said pivoting member, each said outer rail having a stile secured to each end forming a rectangular platform frame; and
a pair of inner rails, each telescopically engaged to said pair of outer rails at one end and haying a support member engaged to the opposite end;
a pair of locking pins secured to said outer rails and inner rails, wherein said locking pins may he engaged to secure the location of the inner rail relative to said outer rail or disengaged to allow the telescopic movement of said inner rail relative to said outer rail;
a support member secured to said platform frame which is used to aid in the retention of slabs; and
a lift mechanism operationally associated with said frame, said upright members and said platform frame wherein said lift mechanism may raise or lower said platform frame relative to said frame and said secondary upright members stabilize said slab as it is raised and lowered.

US Pat. No. 10,189,490

POOL CLEANER CADDY WITH REMOVABLE WHEEL ASSEMBLIES

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A pool cleaner caddy, comprising:a base having a first outer mounting boss and a second outer mounting boss, the first outer mounting boss having at least one angled channel and the second outer mounting boss having at least one angled channel;
a first wheel assembly including a first wheel, a first axle having at least one left-handed angled thread, a first axle receiver, and a first screw; and
a second wheel assembly including a second wheel, a second axle having at least one left-handed angled thread, a second axle receiver, and a second screw;
wherein the first axle extends through the first outer mounting boss and the first wheel with the at least one left-handed angled thread engaged with the at least one angled channel of the first outer mounting boss, the first axle receiver is secured to the base and at least partially receives the first axle, and the first screw secures the first axle receiver to the first axle,
wherein the second axle extends through the second outer mounting boss and the second wheel with the at least one left-handed angled thread engaged with the at least one angled channel of the second outer mounting boss, the second axle receiver is secured to the base and at least partially receives the second axle, and the second screw secures the second axle receiver to the second axle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,489

OFFLINE VARIABLE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MPUS OF AN EMU TRAIN

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG ROLLI...

1. An offline variable monitoring system for central control units of an electric multiple unit train, comprising a main control unit, a serial port unit, an Ethernet interface, a TF card interface and a status indicator, wherein the serial port unit, the Ethernet interface, the TF card interface and the status indicator are all electrically connected to the main control unit; the serial port unit comprises four serial ports which are separately connected to four central control units of the electric multiple unit train; the main control unit is connected to a PC via the Ethernet interface, and a configuration software corresponding to the monitoring system is provided inside the PC; and the main control unit is connected to a TF expansion card via the TF card interface, an MAP file and a configuration file are stored in the TF expansion card, and the main control unit records monitored offline variable values into the TF expansion card; wherein the offline variable values are real-time logic control variables, and are able to be recorded into the TF expansion card for downloading and storing.

US Pat. No. 10,189,453

COASTING GUIDANCE TIMING AND DRIVE FORCE ADJUSTMENT

1. A coasting guidance system for controlling a coasting deceleration drive force that affects a deceleration of a vehicle when the vehicle coasts, comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
determine a location of a stop event,
determine a braking location and a target speed where when a brake is depressed an applied braking power is less than or equal to a regenerative power limit and the brake stops the vehicle at the location of the stop event,
determine an ideal coasting location based on the braking location,
determine an actual coasting location where the vehicle begins coasting, and
determine the coasting deceleration drive force that affects the deceleration of the vehicle based on the braking location, the target speed, the actual coasting location, and the ideal coasting location; and
a transmission configured to decelerate the vehicle to the target speed at the braking location using the coasting deceleration force.

US Pat. No. 10,189,427

VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A DISPLAY THEREIN

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An automated vehicle supporting autonomous or self-driving, the vehicle comprising:sensors;
a display including a display area formed on a glass of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
cause the display to display data obtained via at least one of the sensors on the display area based on an operation mode of the vehicle and vehicle passenger information; and
cause the display to not display the data obtained via the at least one of the sensors when the operation mode is an automatous or self-driving mode in which a driver is not required.

US Pat. No. 10,189,418

ADJUSTABLE AND SLIDING LADDER RACK APPARATUS

Adrian Steel Company, Ad...

1. A vehicle equipment rack, comprising:a first cross member;
a second cross member;
a first roller coupled with an outboard end of said first cross member;
a second roller coupled with an outboard end of said second cross member;
a first arm in rolling engagement with said first roller;
a second arm in rolling engagement with said second roller;
a drive tube rotatably coupled with said first and second cross members;
a first pivot arm coupled with said drive tube, said first pivot arm rotatably coupled with said first arm;
a second pivot arm coupled with said drive tube, said second pivot arm rotatably coupled with said second arm;
said first arm comprising:
a base member in rolling engagement with said first roller;
said base member having an aperture disposed through a surface thereof;
a first linear actuator disposed in said base member, wherein a portion of said first linear actuator is disposed through said base member aperture;
a first bracket disposed on a surface of said base member;
said first bracket coupled with said first linear actuator;
a sliding member slideably coupled with said base member;
a second bracket coupled with said sliding member;
said second arm comprising:
a third bracket disposed on a surface of said second arm; and
a fourth bracket coupled with said second arm.

US Pat. No. 10,189,409

VEHICLE INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH ACTUATOR

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a mounting structure configured for mounting at an interior portion of a vehicle;
wherein the interior portion of the vehicle is at an interior surface of a windshield of the vehicle;
a housing;
a frameless reflective element disposed at said housing;
wherein, with said mounting structure mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle, said housing and the frameless reflective element are tandemly and pivotally adjustable about said mounting structure via a single ball joint to provide a desired rearward field of view to a driver of the vehicle;
wherein said single ball joint allows for manual adjustment of said housing and the frameless reflective element in tandem about said mounting structure;
a user input actuatable by the driver of the vehicle when said mounting structure is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle and when the driver is driving the vehicle;
a motorized actuator operable responsive to actuation of said user input;
wherein said motorized actuator is operable to tilt the frameless reflective element and said housing in tandem about a horizontal axis; and
wherein, responsive to actuation of said motorized actuator responsive to said user input, said motorized actuator tandemly tilts the frameless reflective element and said housing about the horizontal axis to orientate an outermost front surface of the frameless reflective element more towards the driver or more away from the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,189,407

METHOD OF MAKING A MIRROR SUBSTRATE FOR AN INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A method of making a mirror substrate for an interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said method comprising:providing a glass substrate having a generally planar front surface, a generally planar rear surface and a circumferential perimeter edge about a periphery of the glass substrate and extending between the front and rear surfaces, wherein the front surface and the perimeter edge meet at a front perimeter portion of the glass substrate that circumscribes the glass substrate;
fixturing the glass substrate at a fixture to support the glass substrate;
providing a rotatable grinding wheel, said grinding wheel comprising a grit level between 150 and 200;
providing a rotatable polishing wheel, said polishing wheel comprising a grit level between 200 and 500;
presenting said grinding wheel to the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate;
grinding the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate via rotating said grinding wheel when said grinding wheel is at the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate to establish a ground rounded surface about and around the periphery of the glass substrate, wherein, during grinding, said grinding wheel rotates at between 4,000 RPM and 6,000 RPM;
after grinding the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate to establish the ground rounded surface, presenting said polishing wheel to the ground rounded surface and polishing the ground rounded surface via rotating said polishing wheel when said polishing wheel is at the ground rounded surface to establish a polished rounded surface about and around the periphery of the glass substrate, wherein, during polishing, said polishing wheel rotates at between 3,000 RPM and 4,000 RPM; and
wherein the polished rounded surface provides a smooth transition between the generally planar front surface of the glass substrate and a rear portion of the circumferential perimeter edge of the glass substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,189,399

INTEGRATION OF DEPTH MAP DEVICE FOR ADAPTIVE LIGHTING CONTROL

1. A light system comprising:a time-of-flight image sensor configured to generate a zone distance measurement;
a control unit configured to receive the zone distance measurement and to generate a control signal based on the zone distance measurement; and
a light unit configured to adapt an output of the light unit based on the control signal, wherein the time-of-flight image sensor comprises a distributed network of time-of-flight image sensors and the light unit comprises a distributed network of light units, wherein each of the distributed network of time-of-flight image sensors is arranged to be physically discrete from each of the distributed network of light units and located between adjacent ones of the distributed network of light units.

US Pat. No. 10,189,398

LASER HEAD LAMP FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A laser head lamp for a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of lamp modules each comprising a laser diode and configured to output at least one of a low beam or a high beam;
at least one processor; and
a computer-readable medium coupled to the at least one processor having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
acquiring total operation time of each of the plurality of lamp modules; and
controlling, based on the acquired total operation times, at least one first lamp module among the plurality of lamp modules differently from at least one second lamp module among the plurality of lamp modules.

US Pat. No. 10,189,397

LUMINANCE REGULATION IN EDGE REGIONS

OSRAM GmbH, Munich (DE)

1. A method for operating an illumination apparatus, having at least two light-emitting devices, which are arranged next to one another separated by a gap and each have a multiplicity of light-emitting elements, byindividually driving all light-emitting elements of each light-emitting device,
measuring a gap width of the gap and/or a luminance in the gap, and
controlling or regulating in each case a luminance of one or more of the light-emitting elements which are arranged directly at the gap in dependence on the gap width and/or on the luminance in the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,189,392

VEHICLE CENTER CONSOLE WORKING SURFACE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A center console for a vehicle comprising:a lid having a first release lever that releasably engages with a latch; and
a pivoting assembly comprising a working surface that is deployable while the lid is in a closed position, the pivoting assembly being independently operable from the lid and having a second release lever that releasably engages with the latch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,391

ADJUSTABLE LIE-FLAT SEAT

Zodiac Seats US LLC, Gai...

1. A passenger seat comprising:a seat back comprising at least one seat back actuator, a rigid back seating surface, and a plurality of moveable back panels, the plurality of moveable back panels comprising at least a portion of the rigid back seating surface, wherein:
the at least one seat back actuator is disposed behind the rigid back seating surface and immediately adjacent to a rear side of at least one of the moveable back panels;
the plurality of moveable back panels are configured to move between a deployed configuration and a retracted configuration due to movement of the at least one seat back actuator, the plurality of moveable back panels being substantially flat and flush with the rigid back seating surface in the retracted configuration; and
at least two edges of each of the plurality of moveable back panels are attached to adjacent portions of the rigid back seating surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,388

SECURED FOLD-OUT COMPONENT OR SECURED ARMREST

1. A vehicle seat fold-out component, the fold out component comprising:a component or an armrest rotatable about an axis of rotation from a stowage position into a use position;
a locking element, the component or the armrest being securable in the stowage position by the locking element in the event of an accident, wherein, in the event of an accident, the locking element rotates about an axis of rotation from an actuating position into a locking position, the locking element being provided in the form of a locking element cam disk
a component or armrest cam disk provided on the component or the armrest.

US Pat. No. 10,189,387

FASTENING TAPE WITH FLEXIBILITY IN THE LATERAL DIRECTION AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastening tape comprising:a body comprising a first edge, a second edge distal from the first edge, a bottom surface extending between the first edge and the second edge, and a top surface extending between the first edge and the second edge, the body defining a lateral direction from the first edge to the second edge and a longitudinal direction transverse to the lateral direction;
a plurality of fasteners extending in an upward direction from the top surface of the body and arranged in rows extending in the lateral direction of the body, wherein each fastener of the plurality of fasteners has a height f;
a plurality of transverse walls extending in the upward direction from the top surface of the body, each of the transverse walls extending in the lateral direction of the body, wherein at least one of the transverse walls comprises a plurality of transverse wall sections having a transverse wall width, wherein at least one of the transverse wall sections connects adjacent fasteners arranged in one of the rows to each other; and
a slit within the at least one transverse wall section connecting adjacent fasteners, wherein the slit extends from a topmost end of the transverse wall towards the top surface of the body, wherein the slit has a slit width that is less the transverse wall width and wherein the slit has a height h that is less than or equal to approximately f+0.15 f and that is greater than or equal to approximately f?0.15 f.

US Pat. No. 10,189,386

SEAT BELT COVER

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

1. A seat for a motor vehicle, comprising:a seat base;
a seat back extending upwardly from a rear portion of the seat base;
a seat belt, a portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back;
an emergency locking retractor in an outboard side of the seat back, the seat belt being threaded through the emergency locking retractor; and
a cover covering the emergency locking retractor and the portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back, comprising:
a first cover piece covering a first side of the emergency locking retractor and the portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back; and
a second cover piece covering a second side of the emergency locking retractor and the portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back wherein a first portion of the second cover piece is styled in a shape of a seat trim and forms a portion of an exterior of the seat back, and a second portion of the second cover piece is covered by the exterior of the seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,189,385

VEHICLE SEAT

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat part having a seat surface for a seat occupant, said seat part comprising two side parts between which a cross tube extends along a pivot axis; and
an adjustment mechanism comprising a plurality of rockers which are pivotably coupled to said seat part,
said cross tube being divided into a long tube element and at least a first short tube element,
said long tube element having a tube section extending along a longitudinal direction between said two side parts of said seat part and being inserted into first and second openings of said side parts,
said first short tube element having a tube section extending along a longitudinal direction and two bead sections formed on the short tube element at a certain axial distance to each other and radially protruding with respect to the tube section,
said first short tube element being connected in a torsionally locked manner both to a first end of said long tube element and to a first rocker of the plurality of rockers,
said first rocker having a planar section and a first opening formed in the planar section, wherein the first short tube element extends through the first opening with the bead sections abutting the planar section of the first rocker for axially fixing the first short tube element to the first rocker, which is arranged between said two bead sections, and
a front end of said first short tube element, which faces a first side part of said two side parts and abuts said first side part, forming a spacer between said first side part and said first rocker.

US Pat. No. 10,189,383

VEHICLE SEAT

13. A vehicle seat comprising a seat segment which comprises:a first seating space having a first backrest which can be pivoted about a pivot axis which extends in the transverse direction; and
a second seating space having a second backrest which can be pivoted about the pivot axis, the second backrest comprising a substantially upright use position and a non-use position;
a locking device arranged on the second backrest; and
a curved locking member provided on the first backrest, wherein the locking device comprises at least one axial pin with a longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axis being substantially perpendicular to a vertical direction and inclined relative to the transverse direction and not perpendicular to a travel direction when the second backrest is in the substantially upright use position, the longitudinal axis being substantially perpendicular to the travel direction and inclined relative to the transverse direction and not perpendicular to the vertical direction when the second backrest is in the non-use position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,382

VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle seat assembly, comprising:a seat portion having a passenger receiving surface configured and shaped to contact a portion of a passenger seated there-against, at least a portion of the passenger receiving surface coinciding with a first plane, the seat portion having a resilient cushioning material disposed therein with a recessed area being defined within the resilient cushioning material and being open to the passenger receiving surface;
a tether wire for securing child seat located within the recessed area; and
a tether cover assembly having a housing defining a door opening, a first door and a second door, the first door being pivotal about a first pivot axis and the second door being pivotal about a second axis between respective closed positions concealing the tether wire and the door opening and open positions exposing the tether wire and the door opening, each of the first pivot axis and the second pivot axis each being defined by corresponding pivot shafts fixed to the housing adjacent to the door opening, the housing being installed within the recessed area such that with the doors in their respective closed positions the first and second doors are parallel to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,380

CHILD-SEAT MOUNTING SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle-seat mounting system, for securing a child seat in a vehicle, comprising:a collapsible vehicle seat comprising a vehicle seat back configured to be movably connected to a vehicle-seat base;
a vehicle-seat-back securing structure being connected to, or part of, a rear side of the vehicle seat back, the vehicle-seat-back securing structure comprising at least two alignment structures configured to attach directly to the vehicle seat back, wherein the alignment structures are configured and arranged to mate securely with child-seat securing structures positioned at or connectable to a bottom surface of a child seat corresponding in size and shape to the vehicle-seat-back securing structure; and
a cover apparatus, wherein the cover apparatus is movably connected to the vehicle seat back to be readily movable between:
a covering position, in which the cover apparatus covers the vehicle-seat-back securing structure and the child seat cannot connect to the vehicle-seat-back securing structure; and
an exposing position in which the vehicle-seat-back securing structure is exposed and the child seat is able to connect to the vehicle-seat-back securing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,378

MOTOR VEHICLE SEATING ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle seating arrangement comprising:a pair of outboard seats spaced apart to define therebetween a gap; and
a central seat having a backrest and a seat base fitted in the gap and supported solely by the two outboard seats, wherein the seat base is mounted on a seat support member having recesses on a side to connect the seat support member to support pins forming part of a slide mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,189,377

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTMENT OF AN ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A seat assembly comprising:a first member;
a second member located proximate to the first member; and
an adjustment system for adjustably positioning the first and second members of the seat assembly, the adjustment system including:
at least one positioning mechanism operatively connected to one or more of the first member and the second member,
at least one actuator connected to the at least one positioning mechanism,
a control assembly including a control region, one or more guide surfaces extending from the control region, one or more areas formed on the control region and extending at least partially about an outer periphery of the one or more guide surfaces, and at least one capacitive switch cooperating with at least one of the one or more areas and at least one of the one of the more guide surfaces, wherein the at least one capacitive switch is configured to send at least a first signal when a user activates the at least one capacitive switch, and
a controller in communication with the at least one capacitive switch and the at least one actuator, wherein the controller is configured to receive at least the first signal from the at least one capacitive switch and generate an activation signal to activate the at least one actuator in response to at least the first signal,
wherein the one or more guide surfaces and one or more areas of the control assembly are formed on the control region to represent the first member and second member of the seat assembly to guide the user to the at least one capacitive switch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,376

ACTUATOR FOR A VEHICLE SEAT, AND VEHICLE SEAT

1. An actuator for a vehicle seat, the actuator comprising:a housing;
a motor which is fixed to the housing and which has a motor shaft;
a transmission, which is connected at an output side to the motor by means of the motor shaft;
an actuator output drive, which is connected at an output side to the transmission;
a control unit, wherein the actuator output drive has an output element, which is moved in a direction of an end position from a starting position by rotating the motor shaft in a first direction of rotation, wherein the direction of rotation of the motor shaft can be reversed from the first direction of rotation to an opposite second direction of rotation by means of the control unit whereby the output element is moved from the end position in the direction of the starting position, and the actuator has a slide, which can be moved relative to the housing and which can be driven during a movement of the output element from the starting position in the direction of the end position; and
a position sensor for detecting at least one position of the slide, the actuator output drive having a spindle, along which the output element and the slide are movable, the spindle being in thread engagement with the output element, and the spindle passing through a through hole in the slide so as not to cause direct linear motion of the slide.

US Pat. No. 10,189,375

FITTING FOR FIXING AN OBJECT ON A RAIL

1. A fitting (P1, P2) for fixing an object on a rail, comprising a sliding body (1) and a retainer (2), the retainer is movably coordinated with the sliding body (1), the retainer (2) is placed in a lowered and a raised position relative to the rail, and a holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) is provided, wherein the holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) is arranged to be movable relative to the retainer (2), wherein a connection element (11) is provided to movably connect the sliding body (1) and the retainer (2), and wherein the connection element (11) has a threaded segment (14), which engages with a threaded borehole (15) of the sliding body (1), and wherein the connection element (11) furthermore comprises a head (12) having a recess (29) for engaging with a tool, and further comprising a first force storing element (21.1) for pushing the retainer (2) toward the lowered position, interlocking structures (17, 18) on the holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) and the retainer (2) for engaging with each other in an engaged position to fix the retainer (2) in the raised position, and a second force storing element (21.2) for pushing the holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) toward the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,374

SYSTEM FOR FOLDING SEATS IN A VEHICLE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A system for changing the position of seats in a vehicle having forward seating and rearward seating, said rearward seating comprising at least one seat having a deployed configuration and a folded configuration, the system comprising:a control unit configured to, upon initiation of a movement of said rearward seating between said deployed and folded configurations:
detect a position of said forward seating;
control movement of said forward seating to a first safe position in which no part of the forward seating lies within a first volume defined by all positions that any part of the rearward seating may occupy between said deployed and folded configurations; and
control movement of the forward seating back to said detected position if such movement would not cause it to collide with said rearward seating;
wherein the control unit is configured to cause at least a first portion of the movement of the rearward seating between said configurations to be performed simultaneously with the movement of the forward seating, and wherein the control unit is configured to:
check whether the forward seating is within said first volume when said first portion of the movement is completed; and
when the forward seating is in the first volume when the first portion of the movement is completed, wait for the forward seating to exit the first volume before continuing with the movement of the rearward seating.

US Pat. No. 10,189,370

ELECTRICAL SOURCE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONVERTER SWITCH TEMPERATURE CONTROL

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrical source control apparatus which is configured to control an electrical source system,the electrical source system comprising:
a first electricity storage apparatus;
a second electricity storage apparatus; and
an electrical power converter having a plurality of switching elements including at least four switching elements which are electrically connected in series, each of the plurality of switching elements being located in both of a first electrical power conversion path and a second electrical power conversion path, the first electrical conversion path passing through the first electricity storage apparatus and being used to perform an electrical power conversion with the first electricity storage apparatus, the second electrical conversion path passing through the second electricity storage apparatus and being used to perform an electrical power conversion with the second electricity storage apparatus,
the electrical source control apparatus comprising a controller,
the controller being programmed to:
select one switching element from at least two switching elements of the plurality of switching elements, the at least two switching elements constituting an upper arm or lower arm that is selected from the plurality of switching elements to perform the electrical power conversion with one of the first and second electricity storage apparatuses in a single operation mode based on a determination to perform the electrical power conversion with a selected one of the first and the second electricity storage apparatuses; and
control the electrical power converter to change a switching state of the selected one switching element while keeping a switching state of another one of the at least two switching elements which is different from the selected one switching element in an ON state to perform the electrical power conversion with the selected one of the first and the second electricity storage apparatus,
the controller being programmed to newly select the one switching element from the at least two switching elements and perform the electrical power conversion with the at least two switching elements such that a difference between temperatures of the at least two switching elements when the switching state of the newly selected one switching element is changed is smaller than the difference between the temperatures of the at least two switching elements when the switching state of the selected one switching element continues to be changed, when it is determined that a temperature of at least one of the at least two switching elements satisfies a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,189,369

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING MOTORS

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of controlling a plurality of motors provided in a vehicle, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a state of charge of a battery configured to store a power supplied to each motor of the plurality of motors;
calculating, by the controller, a present current consumption of each motor of the plurality of motors when the state of charge of the battery is equal to or less than a predetermined reference value; and
resetting, by the controller, a power supply to each motor of the plurality of motors, based on the present current consumption of each motor of the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,189,367

ELECTRIC VEHICLE QUICK CHARGE CONTROL APPARATUS

LG Innotek Co., Ltd., Se...

1. An electric vehicle quick charge control apparatus, comprising:a voltage detector configured to detect a level of DC (direct current) voltage of input voltage inputted from a charging station;
a quick charger configured to monitor SOC (status of charge) information of a battery of an electric vehicle, while performing quick charging for the battery of the electric vehicle by being supplied with electric power applied by the charging station; and
an integrated power control unit configured to dually control quick charging of the battery based on first determination information and second determination information,
the first determination information being obtained by determining charging status of the battery from the SOC information delivered from the quick charger directly connected to the battery, and
the second determination information being obtained by determining charging status of the battery from the input voltage inputted from the charging station determined by using detection voltage delivered from the voltage detector,
wherein the integrated power control unit terminates charging of the battery when the charging status based on the first determination information is different from the charging status based on the second determination information.

US Pat. No. 10,189,357

REDUCED RIPPLE CONVERTER FOR HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A powertrain for a vehicle comprising:a DC/DC converter, including an inductor and output capacitor, coupled between a traction battery and an electric drive unit; and
a controller configured to, in response to an electrical connection between the vehicle and an AC grid, couple the output capacitor and inductor in series and across terminals of the traction battery to absorb reactive power from the AC grid.

US Pat. No. 10,189,353

ON-VEHICLE STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An on-vehicle structure comprising:a motor unit including a housing and a motor for traveling housed in the housing; and
a power control unit configured to drive the motor, the power control unit mounted in a front space of a vehicle, the power control unit fixed by a front bracket and a rear bracket above the housing, a space being defined between a lower surface of the power control unit and the housing, the rear bracket configured to support a rear side of the power control unit on the housing, the front bracket configured to support a front side of the power control unit on the housing, the front bracket including:
a base section fixed to the housing; and
a support section extending from the base section to the power control unit, the support section configured to contact with the housing before the lower surface of the power control unit contacts with an upper surface of the housing when the support section is collapsed rearward by a load applied to the power control unit from front, wherein
T is a length from a coupling point between the support section and the base section to a front end of the lower surface of the power control unit, T satisfies a relationship G>T·{sin(B)?sin(A)} in a side view of the power control unit and the housing,
where A is an angle defined by a first linear line with respect to a reference line, the first linear line passes through the coupling point and the front end of the power control unit when the support section is collapsed and contacts with the housing, and the reference line is parallel to the lower surface of the power control unit before collapse of the support section and passes through the coupling point,
B is an angle defined by a second linear line with respect to the reference line, the second linear line passes through the coupling point and the front end of the power control unit before the support section is collapsed, and
G is a gap of the space between the lower surface of the power control unit and a power cable terminal before the collapse of the support section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,351

AGITATOR TRUCK

BYD Company Limited, She...

1. An agitator truck, comprising:a frame;
a first axle assembly and a second axle assembly disposed along a front-rear direction in a spaced manner on the frame, wherein the second axle assembly comprises two vehicle axle assemblies that are disposed along the front-rear direction in a spaced manner; and
a suspension system, wherein each of the vehicle axle assemblies is connected to the frame through the suspension system, wherein:
each of the vehicle axle assemblies includes an axle case assembly comprising an axle case component, and two half axles located inside the axle case component; and
at least one of the two vehicle axle assemblies is an electric drive axle assembly comprising an electric power assembly, wherein the electric power assembly comprises:
a transmission having a transmission case fixed to the axle case component;
a power motor fixed onto the transmission case; and
a differential supported on the transmission case and located inside the axle case component.

US Pat. No. 10,189,350

FUEL DRIP RETENTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system, comprising a computer comprising a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions such that the processor is programmed to:actuate one of a pump or a starter motor to generate a vacuum in an evaporation line between a fuel nozzle receiving port and a vapor canister upon determining that fuel has stopped flowing into a fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 10,189,349

SHUTTER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A shutter device for a vehicle, which adjusts an amount of air flowing from an outside of a vehicle surface to an inside thereof the shutter device comprising:a frame member having an opening provided therein and a frame-side pivot member, and mounted on the vehicle;
a fin extending in a first direction; and
a fin-side pivot member, which is pivotally engaged with the frame-side pivot member to pivotally support the fin on the frame member to be pivotable in the opening of the frame member,
wherein the fin-side pivot member is provided independently from the fin, and the fin-side pivot member is fixed to the fin,
wherein the fin has a uniform sectional shape in the first direction, and
wherein the fin includes an engaging part having a uniform sectional shape throughout the fin in the first direction, and the fin-side pivot member is engaged with the engaging part.

US Pat. No. 10,189,348

MOTOR VEHICLE UNDERTRAY TRIM PANEL HAVING AN AIR INLET

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle undertray trim panel comprising an air inlet which is delimited toward a vehicle engine compartment and toward a roadway by an upper and a lower flat element, respectively, which flat elements extend arcuately rearward and upward in the direction of the engine compartment, in which components to be cooled of the vehicle are situated, wherein the upper flat element runs, starting from a front end which lies in a vehicle longitudinal direction, in front of an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle and below a front radiator, approximately horizontally and at a spacing below an oil sump of the internal combustion engine and then in a continuously steeper curve to its rear end which lies behind the oil sump and which is adjoined by a planar air ram plate which extends by a small amount substantially vertically upward, and then ends substantially freely in the engine compartment, and wherein the lower flat element runs, from a front end which lies in the vehicle longitudinal direction behind the rear end of the upper flat element, in a steeper curve than the upper flat element rearward and upward to a rear end which lies even further rearward and substantially higher than the rear end of the upper flat element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,346

PLANETARY MULTI-STAGE TRANSMISSION

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A planetary multi-stage transmission for a vehicle, comprising:a housing (9);
at least one electric motor (EM);
three planetary gear sets including a first planetary gear set (RS1), a second planetary gear set (RS2) and a third planetary gear set (RS3);
a drive (An) connectable by a zeroth shift element (K0) to a first shaft (1);
an output (Ab) connected to a second shaft (2);
four additional shafts including a third shaft (3), a fourth shaft (4), a fifth shaft (5) and a sixth shaft (6); and
a plurality of additional shift elements including a first shift element (K1), a second shift element (K2), a third shift element (K3), a fourth shift element (K4) and a fifth shift element (B1), the plurality of additional shift elements actuatable to provide at least eight forward gears (G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7, G8);
wherein a first element of the first planetary gear set (RS1) is connected to the housing (9), the first shaft (1) is permanently connected to a second element of the first planetary gear set (RS1), a rotor (10) of the electric motor (EM) is connected to a third element of the first planetary gear set (RS1), and the third element of the first planetary gear set (RS1) is connectable by one or more of the plurality of additional shift elements to at least one element of one or more of the second and third planetary gear sets (RS2, RS3).

US Pat. No. 10,189,345

CONTROL OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a transmission;
a clutch interposed between the internal combustion engine and the transmission;
a first rotating electrical machine connected to a first wheel via the clutch;
a second rotating electrical machine connected to a second wheel or the first wheel without going through the clutch;
an electric power storage device that supplies electric power to the first rotating electrical machine and the second rotating electrical machine; and
a power controller that controls power of the internal combustion engine, the first rotating electrical machine, and the second rotating electrical machine,
wherein the power controller, when adding additional power to the power of the internal combustion engine, allocates the electric power to the second rotating electrical machine with priority over the first rotating electrical machine to generate power by the second rotating electrical machine with priority over the first rotating electrical machine,
wherein the power controller controls the power of the internal combustion engine and the second rotating electrical machine such that sum of the power of the internal combustion engine and the power of the second rotating electrical machine exceeds maximum transmission power of the clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,343

CASE STRUCTURE OF POWER EQUIPMENT UNIT

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

1. A case structure of a power equipment unit which accommodates a power equipment mounted in a vehicle and is disposed in a power equipment unit accommodating part provided on a floor panel, the case structure comprising:a case body having an upper portion opened to accommodate the power equipment;
a lid member which covers the upper portion of the case body; and
a cover member which is attached to the lid member and covers at least an opening part formed in the lid member, wherein
the cover member has an intake port which takes in air from outside,
a levee wall is provided in front of the intake port,
the lid member is provided with a cover member disposing part having a recess shape concaved from an upper surface of the lid member,
the cover member is disposed in the cover member disposing part such that the intake port is located higher than the upper surface, and
an upper end of the levee wall is located above an imaginary line passing through a lower end of the intake port from an intersection between the upper surface of the lid member and the cover member disposing part in a sectional view.

US Pat. No. 10,189,338

FOLDING TOP FOR A CABRIOLET VEHICLE

MAGNA Car Top Systems Gmb...

1. A folding top for a cabriolet vehicle, the folding top comprising:a top linkage having a storm linkage, the storm linkage having an upper storm rod and a lower storm rod which are connected to one another in an articulated manner;
a top cover;
a roof kinematic system to move the top linkage between a closed position and an open position, the roof kinematic system being including a four-bar linkage kinematic system having a first link, a second link, and a first drive member to drive the first link;
a tensioning hoop assigned to the top linkage and to which the top cover is connected;
a tensioning hoop kinematic system to move the tensioning hoop and to which the roof kinematic system is connected such that, during a movement of the roof kinematic system, the tensioning hoop performs an adjusting movement, the tensioning hoop kinematic system including a guide link and a coupling link connected in an articulated manner to the second link, a first bearing point to connect the guide link at a first end region to the coupling link in an articulated manner, and a second bearing point to connect the guide link at a second end region thereof to the tensioning hoop in an articulated manner; and
a control device to adjustably move the storm linkage between a locked position, in which the tensioning hoop is loaded by the storm linkage, and an unlocked position, the control device including a four-rod linkage and a second drive member, the four-rod linkage having an upper toggle lever and a lower toggle lever which are connected to one another in an articulated manner, the upper toggle lever being connected in an articulated manner to the lower storm rod, and the lower toggle lever being connected in an articulated manner between the second drive member and a body of the cabriolet vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,336

GLAZING UNIT COMPRISING A PROFILED CLIP-FASTENING BEAD HAVING A HOLE

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A vehicle glazing unit comprising a glazed element having an outer face, an edge face and an inner face, said glazing unit comprising, along at least a part of a bottom edge, a profiled bead attached to said glazed element and comprising a groove for clip-fastening a covering piece on said profiled bead, said covering piece comprising, as seen in cross section, a barbed hook that passes into said groove during clip-fastening, said profiled bead being situated against said edge face of said glazed element, said profiled bead comprising, as seen in cross section, an inner leg situated beneath said inner face of said glazed element, wherein the bottom edge comprises two bottom parts disposed symmetrically on either side of a vertical axis that is centered along a length of the vehicle glazing unit, wherein the inner leg extends along said two bottom parts and comprises (a), in a region of a first of the two bottom parts a first hole void of solid material and passing through said inner leg and (b), in a region of a second of the two bottom parts, a second hole void of solid material and passing through said inner leg, and wherein the first and second holes are each centered lengthwise on a bottommost point of said profiled bead.

US Pat. No. 10,189,335

FILTER

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A filtration material for filtering a contaminated air stream, comprising:a first layer comprising a first three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers including a first plurality of cells, the first plurality of cells including an extracellular matrix comprising ?-glucan and chitin, the first layer configured to preclude passage of solid materials of the contaminated air stream;
a second layer fluidly downstream of the first layer comprising a second three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers including a second plurality of cells, the second plurality of cells including an extracellular matrix including ?-glucan and chitin, the second layer configured to preclude passage of solid materials of the contaminated air stream, the second layer being adhered to the first layer; and
a polymer mixture coating the first layer and the second layer, the polymer mixture including a polymer and an antioxidant, the polymer configured to mitigate exposure of the first three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers and the second three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers to glucanases and chitaneses, the polymer further configured to begin thermally degrading at or above a predetermined temperature, the antioxidant being included at an amount sufficient to mitigate the polymer from thermally degrading below the predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,189,334

REGISTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A register comprising:a bezel having an air outlet formed therein;
a retainer having an air flow path along which an air flow toward the air outlet occurs and which communicates with the air outlet;
a movable fin for changing a blowout direction of air sent into the air flow path of the retainer and blown out from the air outlet, the movable fin having an upstream end and a downstream end;
a pair of rotational shafts for rotatably supporting the movable fin, the rotational shafts being formed at side ends of the movable fin and positioned at a downstream side along an air flow direction on the side ends; and
a fixed fin positioned near the air outlet of the bezel, the fixed fin having an upstream side and a downstream side;
wherein the downstream end of the movable fin is arranged near an edge position of the fixed fin positioned at the upstream side along the air flow direction, the downstream end and the edge position of the fixed fin being separated with a clearance therebetween,
wherein both upper and lower surfaces of the movable fin each include a concave surface which gradually curves from the upstream end to the downstream end, and
wherein a thickness of the movable fin narrows from the upstream end of the movable fin to a minimum thickness along the airflow direction at a position between the upstream end and the downstream end of the movable fin, and the thickness of the movable fin thickens from the minimum thickness from the position to the downstream end.

US Pat. No. 10,189,333

METHOD OF MODIFYING A HEAVY DUTY TRUCK AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

14. A method of modifying a primary air conditioning loop of a heavy duty truck, the primary air conditioning loop having a compressor, a condenser mounted within an engine bay of the truck, an evaporator, and a cooling fan belt-driven by an engine of the truck mounted within the engine bay adjacent a radiator of the truck, the method comprising:removing the condenser from the engine bay;
removing the belt-driven cooling fan from the engine bay;
installing a remote condenser on the truck external from the engine bay on a back of a cab of the truck, the remote condenser in fluid communication with the primary air conditioning loop of the truck, the remote condenser including one or more electrically powered condenser fans mounted adjacent to the condenser;
installing an electric cooling assembly in the engine bay adjacent to the radiator of the truck, the electric cooling assembly comprising four electrically powered cooling fans oriented in a 2×2 arrangement and surrounded by a shroud;
installing a control unit in electrical communication with the one or more cooling fans, wherein the control unit activates or deactivates one or more of the electrically powered cooling fans based on cooling needs of the engine;
installing a manual activation switch for activating the one or more electrically powered cooling fans of the electric cooling assembly;
removing an oil cooler from the engine bay of the truck; and
installing a remote oil cooler at a location that is external to the engine bay of the truck.

US Pat. No. 10,189,328

VEHICULAR PUMP APPARATUS AND VEHICULAR BRACKET

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A vehicular pump apparatus comprising:a pump compressing a fluid; and
an annular bracket;
the bracket including:
an annular portion to which the pump is secured, the annular portion being provided at an inner peripheral side of the bracket;
a plurality of vehicle body mounting portions to be connected to a vehicle body, the vehicle body mounting portions being provided at an outer peripheral side of the bracket; and
a connecting portion provided between each of the vehicle body mounting portions and the annular portion;
the annular portion of the bracket having a convex portion of convex cross-sectional shape provided along the annular portion;
the connecting portion between each of the vehicle body mounting portions and the annular portion having a non-linear shape;
the annular portion of the bracket being formed in a polygonal shape comprising sides different in length between adjacent ones thereof;
the vehicle body mounting portions of the bracket being disposed at respective positions that face each other across the annular portion and that are asymmetric to each other with respect to the annular portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,327

SPRING MODULE WITH NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE STIFFNESS SPRINGS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A strut assembly for a suspension corner employed in a vehicle having a vehicle body and a road wheel, the strut assembly comprising:a damper; and
an elastic unit having at least one spring module acting in concert with the damper to suspend the vehicle body relative to the road wheel, wherein the at least one spring module has a positive stiffness spring arranged in parallel with a negative stiffness spring;
wherein the positive stiffness spring is a Belleville spring segment and the negative stiffness spring is a buckling beam segment.

US Pat. No. 10,189,324

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COUPLING A MOTOR VEHICLE TO A TRAILER

1. A method for coupling a motor vehicle having a trailer coupling to a coupling element of a trailer with at least partially automatic actuation of the motor vehicle, the motor vehicle includes a surroundings sensor system, at least one axle, and an air suspension system, the method comprising:acquiring, from the surroundings sensor system, data;
checking, using the data obtained by the surroundings sensor system, when the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is at a level which is suitable for coupling, in comparison with the coupling element of the trailer; and
controllably adjusting a level of the at least one axle of the motor vehicle by way of the air suspension system based on the acquired data;
wherein when, in comparison with the coupling element of the trailer, the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is at a level which is suitable for coupling, automated maneuvering takes place into a position in which the coupling element of the trailer is located above the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle; and
wherein after the position in which the coupling element of the trailer is located above the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is reached, a controlled change in level takes place at the at least one axle in such a way that the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle engages into the coupling element of the trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,321

AIR MAINTENANCE TIRE SYSTEM COMPONENT PROTECTOR

1. A protector for components of an air maintenance tire system, the components of the air maintenance tire system including an annular air tube being mounted to a tire, a mounting member being secured to a sidewall of the tire and connected to the annular air tube, and at least one flexible connecting tube extending between the mounting member and a valve housing to enable fluid communication between the annular air tube and the valve housing, the protector comprising:a first end disposed proximate a connection of the at least one connecting tube to the mounting member and being secured to the mounting member;
a second end disposed proximate the valve housing and being secured to the valve housing, whereby the protector covers at least an outboard surface of the at least one connecting tube for a length of the connecting tube extending between the mounting member and the valve housing; and
a mid-portion disposed between the first end and the second end, the protector being formed with a taper extending from the first end to the mid-portion, and with a taper extending from the second end to the mid-portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,320

ON-WHEEL AIR MAINTENANCE SYSTEM

1. An air maintenance system comprising:a rotating inner ring secured to a vehicle wheel;
a stationary outer ring maintaining a constant angular position;
an occlusion roller rotationally fixed to the stationary outer ring, the occlusion roller having a protruding portion centered axially at a radially outer surface of the occlusion roller with axially outer portions of the occlusion roller being radially recessed from the protruding portion and supported by bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring;
spacer rollers rotationally fixed to the stationary outer ring and rotationally supported by the bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring; and
a flexible tube defining a pump cavity, the air maintenance system pumping a fluid from the ambient environment into a pneumatic tire by applying an occluding force against the flexible tube, periodically occluding portions of the pump cavity,
the spacer rollers having axially outer surfaces for rotational support by bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring and a recess centered axially at the outer surface of the spacer rollers for avoiding any contact between the spacer rollers and the flexible tube.

US Pat. No. 10,189,318

PNEUMATIC TIRE HAVING SPECIFIED GROUNDING TREAD

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising: a carcass layer; a belt layer being disposed on a periphery of the carcass layer; a tread rubber including a cap tread and an undertread; a pair of side wall rubbers; a pair of rim cushion rubbers; and a rubber grounding tread that is exposed to a road contact surface of the tread rubber and penetrates the cap tread and the undertread to contact the belt layer in an electrically conductive manner;the grounding tread including a widened portion having a cross-sectional area that widens toward a contact surface with the belt layer at a contact portion with the belt layer;
the widened portion of the grounding tread having a profile shape that bulges outward in a tire width direction;
the undertread including a thickened portion that has a gauge that increases toward each contact surface with the grounding tread at the portion of the grounding tread penetrating the undertread; and
a gauge G1 of a flat portion of the undertread and a gauge G2 of the thickened portion of the undertread have a relationship of 1.5?G2/G1?2.5.

US Pat. No. 10,189,316

ROLLING ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A TIRE, A RIM AND AN ADAPTER

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A rolling assembly having an axis of rotation and comprising:a tire having two beads;
a rim;
an adapter coupled between one of the beads and the rim,
said rim having two rim seats,
said adapter having:
an axially inner end that is adapted to be mounted on one of the rim seats and comprises a metal inner reinforcing element,
an axially outer end that comprises an outer reinforcing element having a spherical geometric shape in section,
a body that connects said axially outer end to said axially inner end and provides a connection between said outer reinforcing element and said inner reinforcing element,
a substantially cylindrical adapter seat adapted to receive one of said beads of the tire, said seat being situated at an axially outer portion of said body,
an adapter bearing face substantially contained in a plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation, said adapter bearing face being situated on an axially inner face of the axially outer end,
wherein the outer reinforcing element is axially situated entirely on the outside of the bearing face, wherein the body comprises, facing the adapter seat, an annular seat reinforcement, wherein the annular seat reinforcement and the outer reinforcing element of the axially outer end are distinct from one another, and wherein the rim is made of a material selected from the group of:
(1) alloys of aluminium and/or of magnesium,
(2) composite materials based on carbon fibres, glass fibres, aramid fibres, plant fibres, said fibres being comprised in a matrix based on thermosetting compounds or on thermoplastic compounds, or of a composite containing an elastomer, and
(3) a composite comprising resin and fibres selected from the group of: (a) carbon fibres, (b) glass fibres, (c) aramid fibres, (d) plant fibres, and (e) any combinations of materials (a), (b), (c) and (d).

US Pat. No. 10,189,315

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire having a vehicle inner/outer orientation when mounted on a vehicle, comprising: a plurality of protrusions provided on a vehicle inner side on an inner tire side portion in a tire circumferential direction, wherein the vehicle inner side is facing toward the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle; a plurality of recesses provided on a vehicle outer side on an outer tire side portion, wherein the vehicle outer side is facing away from the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle; and indicators on the inner tire side portion or the outer tire side portion, the indicators indicating the vehicle inner/outer orientation for the pneumatic tire when mounted on the vehicle;a height of projection of the protrusions from the tire side portion being more than 4 mm and not more than 10 mm, the protrusions being formed elongated, a bending rigidity in a lateral direction satisfying a range not less than 0.1 MPa·mm4 and not more than 10,000 MPa·mm4, and an inclination of the protrusions in the longitudinal direction with respect to the tire radial direction satisfying a range ±60°.

US Pat. No. 10,189,314

PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising a tread portion on which land portions are formed by main grooves extending in a tire circumferential direction and lateral grooves extending in a tire width direction, wherein at least one stepped portion whose height is gradually decreased on a downstream side in a water drain direction is formed on at least one portion of a groove wall which forms the land portion;wherein the groove wall has a tapered surface which is gradually inclined toward a groove bottom side as the groove wall extends toward the inside of the groove from an open end of the groove, wherein the stepped portion is formed on the tapered surface; and
wherein the tapered surface is formed on the groove wall which forms the lateral groove.

US Pat. No. 10,189,313

TIRE COMPRISING AN IMPROVED TREAD

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire adapted to be mounted on a mounting rim of a vehicle wheel and having a predetermined direction of mounting on a vehicle, comprising a tread extending between an outboard axial edge and an inboard axial edge, the inboard axial edge being the edge intended to be mounted on the side facing the body shell of the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle in the predetermined direction of mounting, the distance between the outboard axial edge and the inboard axial edge of the tread in the new state defining a width L of the tread;wherein the tread comprises N circumferential ribs, N being a whole number greater than or equal to 4, separated by N?1 circumferential grooves each one comprising two lateral walls, the mean axial distance between the two lateral walls of each groove being greater than or equal to 5 mm and less than or equal to 20 mm;
wherein the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread extends, which is configured to be in contact with a road surface, in any radial section and over the entire radial depth of the tread, from a first axial position, of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is greater than or equal to 0.95·L, to a second axial position, of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is less than or equal to 0.6·L;
wherein the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread comprises a first portion made from a first rubber composition and a second portion axially adjacent to the first portion and made from a second rubber composition different from said first rubber composition, wherein the second axial position is an outboard lateral wall of the groove adjacent to the second portion of the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread;
wherein the first portion extends, in any radial section and over the entire radial depth of the tread, from said first axial position to a third axial position of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is greater than or equal to 0.8 L and less than or equal to 0.85 L, the second portion of the circumferential rib extending from said third axial position to said second axial position, wherein the ribs other than the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread are the second rubber composition;
wherein said first and second rubber compositions comprise at least one elastomer and at least one reinforcing filler comprising a carbon black, the carbon black representing a percentage greater than or equal to 50% and less than or equal to 100% of weight of all of the reinforcing filler, and
wherein said first rubber composition has:
an elastic modulus at 300% deformation which is greater than 1.1 times and less than or equal to 2.1 times the elastic modulus at 300% deformation of said second rubber composition;
a Shore A hardness which is greater than or equal to 0.95 times and less than or equal to 1.20 times the Shore A hardness of said second rubber composition;
a complex modulus G* at 60° C. which is greater than or equal to 1.00 times and less than or equal to 2.10 times the complex modulus G* at 60° C. of said second rubber composition.

US Pat. No. 10,189,311

AIRLESS TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An airless tire, comprising:a plurality of tire pieces comprising a first tire piece and a second tire piece such that the first tire piece and the second tire piece are integrated in alignment in a tire axial direction; and
a coupling portion configured to couple one of a first inner periphery portion and a second inner periphery portion to an axle,
wherein the first tire piece comprises a first tread ring, the first inner periphery portion and a plurality of first spokes such that the first tread ring has a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface, the first inner periphery portion is formed on a radial direction inner side of the first tread ring, and the plurality of first spokes is connecting the first tread ring and the first inner periphery portion, the second tire piece comprises a second tread ring, the second inner periphery portion, and a plurality of second spokes such that the second tread ring has a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface, the second inner periphery portion is formed on a radial direction inner side of the second tread ring, and the plurality of second spokes is connecting the second tread ring and the second inner periphery portion, the first inner periphery portion includes a first cylindrical portion formed on a tire radial direction inner side of the plurality of first spokes, and a first flange portion projecting on an inner peripheral side of the first cylindrical portion and configured to be fixed to the coupling portion, and the second inner periphery portion includes a second cylindrical portion formed on a tire radial direction inner side of the plurality of second spokes, and a second flange portion projecting on an inner peripheral side of the second cylindrical portion and configured to be fixed to the coupling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,308

DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING AT LEAST ONE DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first drive assembly,
a second drive assembly, and
a wheel axle having a first axle member and a second axle member,
wherein the axle members are arranged in a lengthwise direction relative to an axis of rotation of at least one of the first axle member and the second axle member on sides of the first drive assembly and the second drive assembly lying opposite to one another,
wherein the first axle member is coupled to the first drive assembly and the second axle member is coupled to the second drive assembly so that torque is transmitted,
wherein the first drive assembly and the second drive assembly are arranged axis-parallel to each another,
wherein the drive device has a first transmission for transmitting torque between the first drive assembly and the first axle member and a second transmission for transmitting torque between the second drive assembly and the second axle member,
wherein the first transmission and the second transmission are each designed as a spur or helical gear transmission with at least one transmission stage, and
wherein a displacement of the first axle member relative to the first drive assembly is executed in a crosswise direction with respect to the axis of rotation of the first axle member by a rotation of the at least one transmission stage of the first transmission, or in that a displacement of the second axle member relative to the second drive assembly is executed in the crosswise direction with respect to the axis of rotation of the second axle member by a rotation of the at least one transmission stage of the second transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,189,302

WHEEL TRIM

ZANINI AUTO GRUP, S.A., ...

1. A wheel trim (1) comprising:a base element (2) provided with holes (3); and
a cover element (4) placed on said base element (2), the cover element (4) being linked with the base element (2) by a speed activation element (5) and said cover element (4) being movable between a rest position, in which the holes (3) are not covered by the cover element (4), and an active position, in which the holes (3) are completely or partially covered by the cover element (4), when a rotating speed of the wheel is higher than a preset speed,
wherein the cover element (4) is also linked with the base element (2) by a temperature activation element (6) which moves the cover element (4) to said rest position when a temperature sensed by said temperature activation element (6) is higher than a preset temperature,
wherein a first end of each of the temperature activation element (6) and the speed activation element (5) is fixed to the base element (2) and a second end of each of the temperature activation element (6) and the speed activation element (5) is linked to the cover element (4) by an arm (10), a second end of the arm (10) being movable inside a groove (7) ,provided in the base element (2).

US Pat. No. 10,189,301

WHEEL SPIDER WITH ASSEMBLED SPOKE ELEMENTS AND CONNECTION OF WHEEL SPIDER TO RIM WELL

THYSSENKRUPP CARBON COMPO...

1. A wheel made of fiber composite material, the wheel comprising:a rim comprising a rim well and rim flanges;
a hub comprising a first force application element and a second force application element;
a first spoke element comprising first spoke element fiber composite material;
a second spoke element comprising second spoke element fiber composite material, the first spoke element being formed separate from the second spoke element to define a separately formed first spoke and a separately formed second spoke, the first spoke extending from a first area of the hub to a first area of the rim, wherein the first spoke is connected to the rim by a first positive-locking connection or by a first positive-locking connection and a first material connection in material bond, the second spoke extending from a second area of the hub to a second area of the rim, wherein the first spoke is connected to the rim by a second positive-locking connection or by a second positive-locking connection and a second material connection in material bond, the second area of the rim being located at a circumferentially spaced location from the first area of the rim with respect to a circumferential direction of the rim, the first spoke comprising a first spoke fiber reinforcement comprising at least one first spoke textile strand, the second spoke comprising a second spoke fiber reinforcement comprising at least one second spoke textile strand, the first spoke comprising a first spoke distal end portion and a first spoke proximal end portion, the first spoke distal end portion being adjacent to the rim, the first spoke proximal end portion being adjacent to the hub, the first spoke proximal end portion comprising a first spoke surface, the second spoke comprising a second spoke distal end portion and a second spoke proximal end portion, the second spoke distal end portion being adjacent to the rim, the second spoke proximal end portion being adjacent to the hub, the second spoke proximal end portion comprising a second spoke surface, the second spoke surface engaging the first spoke surface, wherein the second spoke surface is located circumferentially adjacent to the first spoke surface with respect to the circumferential direction, wherein the first spoke proximal end portion and the second spoke proximal end portion are arranged between the first force application element and the second force application element, wherein the first spoke proximal end portion and the second spoke proximal end portion are fixed by at least the first force application element and the second force application element, at least one of the first force application element and the second force application element comprising pins, the pins being arranged between the spokes and the pins extending to another one of the first force application element and the second force application element, wherein the first force application element is connected to the second force application element via the pins.

US Pat. No. 10,189,298

DEVICE FOR HOLDING AND TILTING A CONTAINER

1. An apparatus, comprising:a top plate, the top plate having a proximate end and a distal end;
a hinge assembly, wherein the proximate end of the top plate is located proximate to the hinge assembly and the distal end of the top plate is located on an opposite end from the proximate end;
a bottom plate, wherein the top plate is hingedly coupled to the bottom plate by the hinge assembly, the bottom plate having a proximate end and a distal end, wherein the proximate end of the bottom plate is located proximate to the hinge assembly and the distal end of the bottom plate is located on an opposite end from the proximate end;
a leg extending outwardly away from the bottom plate, wherein the leg is coplanar with the bottom plate, and wherein the leg is connected to the bottom plate near the distal end of the bottom plate;
a hook connected to a top end of a bungee cord, wherein the bungee cord is adapted to extend upwardly from a top surface of the top plate; and
a retaining wall, wherein the retaining wall protrudes upwardly from the top surface of the top plate, and wherein the retaining wall extends around at least a portion of a perimeter of the top plate,
wherein the top plate is rotatable relative to the bottom plate,
and wherein the apparatus is adapted to hold a container, the container being positionable on the top surface of the top plate and at least partially enclosed by the retaining wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,296

INSTRUMENT, SUCH AS A WRITING PEN, MAKE-UP PEN, TOOL OR TOY AND METHOD FOR USING SUCH AN INSTRUMENT

1. An instrument, said instrument comprising:a body adapted for being grasped by a user;
at least two modules, each module being independent of the other module(s), including an active portion and being movable relatively to the body; and
for each module, a mechanism for guiding the module in translation and in rotation along the body, the module being movable relatively to the body successively in a translation parallel to a first axis and in a rotation around a second axis which is perpendicular to the first axis and which is secured to the body, between a rest configuration wherein the active portion of the module is housed in the body and a use configuration wherein the active portion of the module protrudes out of the body,wherein both modules or two of the modules are positioned on either side of a same arm of the body, which extends along the first axis from a base of the body as far as one end of the body, the respective active portions of both of these modules being housed in the base in the rest configuration and extending along the first axis beyond the end of the body in the use configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,189,295

LAYER ELEMENT

1. A method for manufacturing a partially demetallized layer element, comprising the steps of:supplying a layer element, having
a carrier substrate with a face having at least one first and one second region, wherein the first region has a first structure which is different from a second structure of the second region, and at least one metal layer arranged on the face of the carrier substrate; and
removing the metal layer by exciting surface plasmon polaritons by means of electromagnetic radiation in the first region having the first structure;
wherein the metal layer in the second region is not removable by the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons that contribute to the removing of the metal layer in the first region on account of the first structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,294

ARRAYS OF INDIVIDUALLY ORIENTED MICRO MIRRORS FOR USE IN IMAGING SECURITY DEVICES FOR CURRENCY AND BRAND AUTHENTICATION

LUMENCO, LLC, Englewood,...

1. A visual display assembly useful as a security element on paper and coin currency, and product labels, comprising:a substrate; and
on a surface of the substrate, an array of micro mirrors receiving ambient light and, in response, displaying an image in a plane spaced a distance apart from the surface of the substrate, wherein the image comprises a plurality of pixels and wherein the array of micro mirrors includes for each of the pixels a different set of the micro mirrors each having a reflective surface oriented, in a fixed manner with a body of each of the micro mirrors rotated about at least one of first and second rotation axes extending through the body, to reflect the ambient light toward a point on the plane corresponding to one of the pixels, wherein each of the different sets concurrently reflect the ambient light to concurrently generate the plurality of pixels, and wherein a voxel is created at each of the points on the plane via intersection of two or more beams of the reflected ambient light and wherein each of the created voxels produces an effect of a point source of light floating above the surface of the substrate in the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,293

ANTI-COUNTERFEIT MEDIUM AND VERIFICATION METHOD

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. An anti-counterfeit medium comprising:a support member including a first portion having optical transparency;
a first retardation layer facing the first portion and including a plurality of regions whose slow axis directions are different from each other;
a polarizing layer facing the first retardation layer at a position of the first portion; and
a second retardation layer facing the first retardation layer with the polarizing layer interposed therebetween, the second retardation layer including a plurality of regions whose slow axis directions are different from each other, wherein
the first retardation layer, the polarizing layer, and the second retardation layer are attached to the support member,
the anti-counterfeit medium comprises only the polarizing layer as a polarizer,
a portion out of the anti-counterfeit medium where the first portion, the first retardation layer, the polarizing layer, and the second retardation layer form a stacked structure has optical transparency, and
the anti-counterfeit medium is configured such that
the anti-counterfeit medium displays a first image when observing a portion of the anti-counterfeit medium corresponding to the stacked structure with an unaided eye in a state in which the first retardation layer is located between the polarizing layer and an observer, and a reflector is located behind the anti-counterfeit medium, and
the anti-counterfeit medium displays a second image different from the first image when observing the portion of the anti-counterfeit medium corresponding to the stacked structure with the unaided eye in a state in which the second retardation layer is located between the polarizing layer and the observer, and the reflector is located behind the anti-counterfeit medium.

US Pat. No. 10,189,292

METHOD FOR THE SURFACE APPLICATION OF A SECURITY DEVICE TO A SUBSTRATE

1. A fibrous sheet material having opposing surfaces and a recessin one opposing surface, which comprises:
a fibrous sub-region disposed beneath the recess, and an immediate adjoining bulk-region disposed next to the recess and the sub-region;
a surface applied security device disposed in the recess; and
an interface between the surface applied security device and the one opposing surface,
wherein the surface applied security device has been introduced during a wet stage of a paper manufacturing process where a fibrous web was sufficiently consolidated as a fully formed wet web, wherein by introducing the security device at this wet stage of the paper manufacturing process, the security device has been adequately forced into the fibrous web to further consolidate fibers in the sub-region rather than displacing them, wherein a water level and/or a moisture level of the sufficiently consolidated fibrous web ranged from about 60% to about 90% by weight, based on a total weight of the fibrous web, when the surface applied security device was introduced.

US Pat. No. 10,189,291

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUPPORT FOR THERMAL TRANSFER IMAGE-RECEIVING SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMAL TRANSFER IMAGE-RECEIVING SHEET

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

14. A thermal transfer image-receiving sheet comprising a substrate layer composed of a substrate, an adhesive layer composed of a melt-extruded resin, a porous layer composed of a porous film, and a color material-receiving layer that are layered in the order mentioned, whereinthe substrate and the porous film are laminated by the melt-extruded resin while passing the substrate and the porous film between a pair of rollers, the pair of rollers comprising a press roller and a cooling roller having a spacing d therebetween, and a midpoint defined along the spacing d between the press roller and the cooling roller; wherein,
a difference (d?h) between the spacing d between the rollers and a total thickness h of the substrate layer, the adhesive layer, and the porous layer is 20 ?m or more and 50 ?m or less; and
wherein a die is arranged above a position between the midpoint and the cooling roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,290

PRINTER AND RECORDING MEDIUM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a feeding roller configured to feed a print-receiving medium that has plural pages arranged on the print-receiving medium along a length direction of the print-receiving medium, each of the pages including a print area, and has non-print areas each disposed between respective two adjacent pages of said plural pages;
a driving motor configured to drive said feeding roller; and
a printing head including plural heat generating elements that is arranged along a direction perpendicular to a feeding direction of said feeding roller and is configured to form at least dots in each print line formed by dividing said print-receiving medium in said feeding direction at a print resolution, said printing head being configured to form a print on said print-receiving medium,
the printer being configured to sequentially execute printing using said feeding roller and said printing head in cooperation with each other for each of said plural pages of said print-receiving medium,
said printer further comprising:
a motor temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of said driving motor;
a processor; and
a first memory,
said first memory storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by said processor, cause said printer to perform:
a forcible cooling determination process for determining whether a detected temperature detected by said motor temperature detector reaches a forcible cooling temperature predetermined in advance in a state that said printing head executes the printing on said print area;
a first discontinuation control process for discontinuing said printing to execute forcible cooling, by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller at a timing that it is determined that said detected temperature reaches said forcible cooling temperature by said forcible cooling determination process;
a first resuming control process for resuming said printing while doubly forming dots on said print line of said print-receiving medium on which dots are formed last at least immediately before discontinuing said printing by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller when said detected temperature is decreased to a forcible cooling cancellation temperature predetermined in advance after a start of an execution of said forcible cooling by said first discontinuation control process;
a between-page cooling determination process for determining whether said detected temperature reaches a between-page cooling temperature that is lower than said forcible cooling temperature in a state that said printing head faces said non-print area;
a second discontinuation control process for discontinuing said printing to execute between-page cooling, by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller in a state that said printing head faces said non-print area at a timing that it is determined that said detected temperature reaches said between-page cooling temperature by said between-page cooling determination process; and
a second resuming control process for resuming said printing by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller when said detected temperature is decreased to between-page cooling cancellation temperature predetermined in advance after a start of an execution of said between-page cooling by said second discontinuation control process.

US Pat. No. 10,189,289

TAPE INCLUDING LABEL PART AND ATTACHMENT PART SEPARABLE THEREFROM AND TAPE CARTRIDGE ACCOMMODATING THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape comprising:a release sheet having an elongated rectangular shape, the release sheet having a length in a first direction greater than a length in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a main label portion affixed to the release sheet and containing a fold line extending in the first direction, the main label portion having a center portion in the second direction where the fold line extends in the first direction; and
a subordinate label portion affixed to the release sheet and arrayed with the main label portion in the first direction,
the subordinate label portion being separate from the main label portion and having a length in the second direction not more than a length from one end in the second direction of the main label portion to the fold line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,288

REJECTED MEDIA UNIT STORAGE FOR MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICES

ZIH Corp., Lincolnshire,...

1. A media processing device, comprising:a housing having an opening to provide access to a cassette removably supported within the housing;
a media unit holder configured to receive a rejected media unit driven between the opening and a body of the cassette along a media reject path, the media unit holder including:
a first deck having a first support surface between the body of the cassette and the opening, the first support surface facing the opening; and
a second deck mounted within the housing and having a second support surface, the media unit holder configured to receive the rejected media unit to support (i) a leading portion of the rejected media unit on the first deck, and (ii) a trailing portion of the rejected media unit on the second deck, wherein the first and second decks are configured to receive the rejected media unit for removal of the rejected media unit via the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,286

CONVEYANCE APPARATUS OF WEB PRINT MEDIUM

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey a web and arranged downstream of an inkjet head for ejecting ink to the web in a conveyance direction of the web;
a conveyance motor configured to drive the conveyance roller;
a back tension roller arranged upstream of the inkjet head in the conveyance direction and configured to apply a tension to a portion of the web located under the inkjet head in cooperation with the conveyance roller;
a conveyance speed detector configured to detect a conveyance speed of the web;
a brake configured to apply a braking force to the back tension roller; and
a controller configured to control the conveyance motor and the brake,wherein the controller is configured tobased on the conveyance speed of the web detected by the conveyance speed detector, control a value of a drive control parameter of the conveyance motor such that the conveyance speed of the web is equal to a target speed, the drive control parameter being a parameter for controlling power supplied to the conveyance motor,
calculate an output torque of the conveyance motor corresponding to the value of the drive control parameter, and
adjust the braking force of the brake such that a difference between the calculated output torque of the conveyance motor and an output torque of the brake is equal to a target torque difference corresponding to a target tension of the tension of the web.

US Pat. No. 10,189,285

SELF-STRIP MEDIA MODULE

1. A module, comprising:a peel bar rotatable from a first position on a discharge side of a platen roller to a second position on a feed side of the platen roller and to a third position on the discharge side of the platen roller;
wherein, when the peel bar is in the second position, media is fed over the peel bar and between the platen roller and a mid-chassis of a printer;
wherein, when the peel bar is rotated from the second position to the third position after the media is fed over the peel bar and between the platen roller and the mid-chassis, the peel bar pulls the media over the platen roller and over itself;
wherein the printer comprises a thermal printhead configured to be lowered onto the media over the platen roller and to print on media, the media comprising a series of labels adhered to a liner; and
wherein, when the printer advances the media over the peel bar when the peel bar is in the third position, the labels are stripped from the liner as the media advances around the peel bar and the printer advances the liner around the peel bar and over the platen roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,284

TAPE CASSETTE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape cassette, comprising:a housing having a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, a front wall, a first wall, a second wall, and a third wall, the first wall, the second wall, and the third wall being positioned between the front wall and the rear wall in a first direction orthogonal to the front wall and the rear wall, an arm portion including the front wall, the first wall, and the third wall, the arm portion having a tape feed exit located on an end of the arm portion in a second direction parallel to the front wall and the bottom wall, the first wall and the second wall forming an arm-opening extending in a third direction from the bottom wall to the top wall between the first wall and the second wall in the first direction, the third wall being positioned between the front wall and the first wall in the first direction, the third direction being orthogonal to the first and the second directions;
a tape, a portion of the tape being included within the arm portion, a different portion of the tape being exposed through the tape feed exit, the tape being configured to be fed to the tape feed exit in the second direction;
a rear indentation indented from a rear portion of the bottom wall toward the top wall up to a ceiling surface, the ceiling surface being parallel to the top wall and the bottom wall, the ceiling surface being between the top wall and the bottom wall in the third direction;
a plurality of front indicator portions positioned opposite of the portion of the tape with respect to the third wall in the first direction, the plurality of front indicator portions including a first type and a second type, the first type being defined on a surface of the front wall, the second type having an elevation with respect to the front wall in the first direction and exposing a portion of the third wall, positions of the plurality of front indicator portions corresponding to a type of the tape; and
a rear indicator portion formed on the ceiling surface, a position of the rear indicator portion indicating a color of characters, the rear indicator portion being one of a pressing portion or a non-pressing portion,
wherein the plurality of front indicator portions and the rear indicator portion are positioned between a first virtual line and a second virtual line, the first virtual line extending in the first direction and intersecting the tape feed exit, and the second virtual line extending in the first direction and intersecting an upstream end of the arm-opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,283

VACUUM MEDIA TRANSPORT SYSTEM WITH REDUCED PRESSURE VARIATIONS IN INTER-COPY GAPS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A media transport system comprising:a vacuum plenum; and
a belt positioned over the vacuum plenum, the belt comprising:
at least one member configured to carry print media in a process direction;
a first plurality of holes formed through the at least one member in a first region only that carries a first print medium to enable the vacuum plenum to apply a force to hold the first print medium against the at least one member of the belt;
a second plurality of holes formed through the at least one member in a second region only that carries a second print medium to enable the vacuum plenum to apply the force to hold the second print medium against the at least one member of the belt; and
a plurality of slots formed through the at least one member in a third region corresponding to an inter-copy gap only that is positioned between the first region and the second region, each slot in the plurality of slots being formed with a first area that is greater than a second area occupied by one hole in the first plurality of holes or the second plurality of holes wherein the plurality of slots is arranged with a length of each slot being aligned with the process direction of the belt.

US Pat. No. 10,189,258

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus, comprising:a plurality of recording heads each having at least a nozzle array from which droplets of an ink are discharged;
a pair of units for subsequent treatment that apply an energy to the droplets discharged from the plurality of recording heads onto a recording medium to exercise subsequent treatment for dots formed with the ink; and
a controller that, while reciprocating the plurality of recording heads along a first direction, prompts the plurality of recording heads to discharge the droplets onto the recording medium at timings of forward and backward scans being performed in order to obtain an image formed with the dots on the recording medium,
wherein two or more than two of the plurality of recording heads being disposed in a staggered arrangement in the first direction and a second direction intersecting the first direction,
the pair of units for subsequent treatment being disposed along the second direction and spaced at an interval with the plurality of recording heads being interposed therebetween,
a respective one of the pair of units for subsequent treatment having a length in the second direction greater than or equal to an ink-dischargeable extent in the second direction of the plurality of recording heads in one scan, and
two or more than two nozzle arrays of the plurality of recording heads, from which droplets of a same color ink are discharged, being disposed symmetrically with respect to an intermediary line extending along the second direction and passing through center of the interval between the pair of units for subsequent treatment that are spaced apart;
wherein the plurality of recording heads comprises at least a pair of recording heads having two or more than two nozzle arrays disposed in parallel to each other from which droplets of different color inks are discharged, and
the two or more than two nozzle arrays are disposed symmetrically with respect to the intermediary line for each color of the droplets;
the plurality of recording heads comprise: a plurality of pairs of recording heads,
one of the pairs of recording heads disposed downstream in the second direction are spaced apart by a longer distance in the first direction, and another one of the pairs of recording heads disposed upstream in the second direction are spaced apart by a shorter distance in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,238

EXPOSURE MOLDING DEVICE AND EXPOSURE MOLDING METHOD THEREOF

TECO IMAGE SYSTEMS CO., L...

1. An exposure molding device, comprising:an exposure tank having a first surface and a second surface, wherein photosensitive liquid is accommodated within the exposure tank;
a working platform disposed relative to the first surface; and
an optical system disposed relative to the second surface and comprising:
a light emission element emitting light along an optical path; and
an optical assembly comprising:
a light transparent element disposed on the optical path;
a first optical element disposed behind the light transparent element on the optical path;
a first transmission mechanism disposed along a first direction, and connected with the first optical element for driving the first optical element to move along the first direction;
a second optical element disposed between the light transparent element and the first optical element on the optical path; and
a first optical compensating element and a second optical compensating element disposed between the light transparent element and the second optical element on the optical path, wherein the first optical compensating element is disposed parallel to the first optical element, and the second optical compensating element is disposed parallel to the second optical element,
wherein after the light is transmitted through the light transparent element, the light is reflected to the exposure tank by the first optical element, such that the photosensitive liquid is exposed and molded on the working platform.

US Pat. No. 10,189,235

REPAIR APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COMPOSITE PANELS HAVING A CONDUCTIVE LAYER

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A repair apparatus for an electrically conductive layer of a composite structure, comprising:a dielectric layer, having a perimeter, secured to a composite structure;
a first adhesive layer;
a conductive layer, secured over the dielectric layer and to the composite structure via the first adhesive layer around an entirety of the perimeter of the dielectric layer, the first adhesive layer being scored along a perimeter region thereof to improve a conductive path between the conductive layer and the composite structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,225

HOSE WITH OPTIMIZED STEEL WIRE REINFORCEMENT LAYERS

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A hose for conveying fluids under pressure comprising an elastomer core tube, at least two reinforcement layers at distinct reinforcement layer radii, said reinforcement layers being radially separated by intermediate elastomer material layers and an outer protective layer covering the outermost reinforcement layer,wherein at least two of said reinforcement layers comprise steel wires helically wound around the axis of said hose,
wherein the steel wires of the radially outermost steel wire reinforcement layer have the highest E-ratio of the at least two reinforcement layers, the steel wires of the innermost steel wire reinforcement layer have the lowest E-ratio of the at least two reinforcement layers differing from said highest E-ratio, whereby the E-ratio of any steel wire reinforcement layer is not lower than the E-ratio of any inner laying steel wire reinforcement layer, said E-ratio being equal to the ratio of the tensile strength over the elongation at break of said steel wire,
wherein said E-ratio is between 70,000 N/mm2 up to 200,000 N/mm2 for the radially outermost steel wire reinforcement layer and between 30,000 N/mm2 and 120,000 N/mm2 for the radially innermost steel wire reinforcement layer,
wherein said steel wires of at least the innermost steel wire reinforcement layer have crimps or bends for altering said E-ratio, while said steel wires of at least the outermost steel wire reinforcement layer are free of bends or crimps,
wherein said steel wires of at least the innermost and outermost steel wire reinforcement layer are of the same diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,219

METHOD OF FABRICATING A CERAMIC ARTICLE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A resin transfer molding process comprising:inserting a ceramic article within a bladder defining a part cavity;
inserting the bladder into a second cavity with a fixed geometry;
pressurizing the bladder against the ceramic article by filling the bladder with a liquid material; and
injecting resin into the ceramic article within the bladder with the bladder against the ceramic article to maintain resin within the ceramic article during curing.

US Pat. No. 10,189,215

LAYING DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR THE LAYING DOWN OF FIBRE TAPES

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

6. A method for automated laying down of fibre tapes on a surface by controlling a laying device according to claim 1, the method comprising:arranging a laying head and a creel on individually controllable head and creel positioning devices, respectively; and
tracking movements of the laying head with the creel and creel positioning device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,209

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THREE-DIMENSIONAL ARTICLES FROM FLEXIBLE COMPOSITE MATERIALS

DSM IP ASSETS B.V., Heer...

1. A method comprising the steps of:providing a female mold;
constructing a composite layup in the female mold by applying a first fiber-reinforced scrim layer in the female mold, applying a release liner over said first fiber-reinforced scrim layer, and applying a second fiber-reinforced scrim layer over said release liner such that the release liner is sandwiched between said first and second fiber-reinforced scrim layers in the female mold, wherein said first scrim layer extends beyond said second scrim layer so as to form peripherally extended first scrim layer material;
curing said composite layup;
cutting a hole into the cured composite layup up to the release liner;
inflating the composite layup through said hole;
applying a coating into the inflated layup through said hole;
displacing the coating by rotating the composite layup to coat the interior of the layup; and
drying or curing the displaced coating.

US Pat. No. 10,189,207

SONOTRODE

1. A sonotrode comprising:a head which defines a sealing surface elongated along a first direction orthogonal to a second direction; and
at least one first slot which extends through said head transversally to said first direction;
wherein said at least one first slot extends parallel to a third direction inclined to both said first direction and second direction;
said first direction defining a first angle with said second direction;
said sonotrode further comprising a pair of second slots which extend along respective fourth directions inclined with respect to both said first direction and said second direction; and
said fourth directions being symmetric with respect to a symmetry plane of said sonotrode parallel to said second direction and defining, each, a second angle with said plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,206

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR REPAIRING DISCREPANT WELDS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method, for repairing a weld, the method comprising:providing a first weld-repair tool comprising an extended portion and a cavity adjacent the extended portion,
providing at least partially joined workpieces, wherein at least one workpiece contains a polymer material, the workpieces being joined by a discrepant weld comprising an insufficient primary portion and an ancillary portion positioned at a periphery of the insufficient primary portion or directly adjacent the insufficient primary portion;
positioning the first weld-repair tool and the workpieces so that the extended portion of the first weld-repair tool contacts a proximate workpiece of the workpieces, and the cavity aligns generally with the ancillary portion; and
delivering welding energy from the first weld-repair tool, via the extended portion, to the proximate workpiece in contact with the first weld-repair tool, causing the energy to melt the ancillary portion thus forming an enlarged ancillary portion that adjoins the insufficient primary portion and repairing the discrepant weld.

US Pat. No. 10,189,203

METHOD FOR FORMING MICROPATTERN OF POLYIMIDE USING IMPRINTING

National Institute of Adv...

1. A method for forming a micropattern of polyimide using thermal imprinting, the method comprising:forming a polyimide film made of a solvent-soluble polyimide resin composition that is photosensitive and is moldable at a temperature of less than or equal to a glass-transition temperature;
heating the polyimide film at a temperature of less than or equal to the glass-transition temperature and pressing a mold against the polyimide film to form a micro projection/recess pattern on a surface of the polyimide film;
cooling the polyimide film and the mold and releasing the mold from the polyimide film;
irradiating the polyimide film with ultraviolet rays to perform light exposure thereon; and
heating the polyimide film to thermally cure the polyimide film.

US Pat. No. 10,189,200

TOOLING, SYSTEM, AND PROCESS FOR INJECTION STRETCH BLOW MOLDED CONTAINER WITH INTEGRAL HANDLE

1. Stretch blow station tooling for stretch blowing at least one parison into a molded article, with such parison including a handle, said tooling comprising:at least one blow mold including first and second blow mold halves shiftable between an open position and a closed position,
wherein said first and second blow mold halves each include a body cavity surface formed therein, and wherein said first and second blow mold halves each include a handle-supporting channel formed therein,
wherein in the closed position, said body cavity surfaces of said first and second blow mold halves are aligned to define a blow cavity for receiving a main body of the parison, wherein in the closed position, said handle-supporting channels of said first and second blow mold halves are aligned to define a handle-supporting cavity for receiving a main portion of the handle,
wherein when the parison is positioned within the blow mold, the main portion of the handle is received within the handle-supporting cavity and an end portion of the handle extends into the blow cavity; and
a plunger assembly including a plunger configured to be selectively positioned within said blow cavity,
wherein when said plunger is positioned within said blow cavity, said plunger is configured to contact the end portion of the handle of the parison so as to force the end portion of the handle towards the main body of the parison.

US Pat. No. 10,189,196

RESIN MOLDED COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RESIN MOLDED COMPONENT

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A resin molded piece of a crystalline resin which is molded by filling the crystalline resin into a molding space defined between a first mold and a second mold, comprising:a designed surface on to which a surface of the first mold is transferred and a non-designed surface to which a surface of the second mold is transferred, wherein
the designed surface includes a mirror surface portion, and wherein
center line average roughnesses Ra of the mirror surface portion and the non-designed surface are both 0.5 ?m or smaller,
wherein an absolute value of a difference between an angle formed by the non-designed surface and a reference line passing through the resin molded piece, and an angle formed by the designed surface and the reference line, is larger than 0.5 degrees and smaller than 5 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,189,195

PLATEN FOR AN INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A platen for use with an injection molding machine comprising:a body having an opening for receiving a ring protruding from a mold for aligning the body and the mold, the opening including a tapered recess having a surface extending radially outward in a vertical direction from at least one of an upper portion and a lower portion of the opening, the tapered recess defining opposed edges along an outer surface of the body;
wherein in response to the ring of the mold being positioned at least partially vertically above the opening or positioned at least partially beneath the opening and laterally aligned with the opening such that the ring is brought into contact with at least one of the opposed edges of the tapered recess and the surface of the tapered recess, and a continuous force applied to the mold toward the opening, and the ring being incrementally moved vertically toward the opening, at least one of the opposed edges and the surface of the tapered recess guiding the ring into engagement with the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,187

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED SPRAY FOAM FABRICATION

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) a robotic arm;
(b) a tool module; and
(c) one or more computers;wherein(i) the robotic arm supports the tool module, which tool module comprises a nozzle and a subtractive fabrication tool, the nozzle and the subtractive fabrication tool being positioned in different locations within the tool module, and
(ii) the one or more computers are programmed to control the robotic arm and tool module in such a way that
(A) the nozzle performs spraying, which spraying comprises the nozzle spraying foam, layer by layer according to a CAD model, to fabricate walls of a mold configured to contain a casting material while the casting material cures,
(B) the subtractive fabrication tool performs removal of material from the mold according to the CAD model, which removal of material comprises removing foam material sprayed from the nozzle, and
(C) the robotic arm positions and orients the tool module in such a way that the nozzle and subtractive fabrication tool conduct the foam spraying and the removal of material, respectively, according to the CAD model.

US Pat. No. 10,189,179

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TUBULAR CONCRETE PRODUCTS

1. A system for producing tubular concrete products in a casting method using a plurality of upright casting molds, wherein each of the plurality of upright casting molds have an upright outer mold and a mold core arranged in the upright outer mold, the system configured to perform steps comprising:a) at least one demolding station for removing the upright outer mold from one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one demolding station and for removing a cured tubular concrete product from the mold core of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one demolding station,
b) at least one cleaning station for cleaning the mold core of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one cleaning station and for cleaning the upright outer mold of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one cleaning station,
c) at least one mold assembly station for assembling another of the plurality of upright casting molds from the cleaned upright outer mold and the cleaned mold core,
d) at least one filling station for filling the another of the plurality of assembled upright casting molds with concrete;
e) wherein a mold conveyor is configured to convey the another of the plurality of upright casting molds filled with concrete at the at least one filling station to a mold releasing position,
f) wherein a transport device is configured to transport the another of the plurality of upright casting molds from the mold releasing position to a curing zone and from the curing zone to a mold feeding position,
g) wherein the mold conveyor is further configured to convey the another of the plurality of filled upright casting molds from the mold feeding position to the at least one demolding station,
h) repeating steps a through b for the another of the plurality of filled upright casting molds to form a further of the plurality of upright casting molds in step c;
i) repeating steps d through g for the further of the plurality of upright casting molds, wherein the curing zone is configured to store the plurality of filled upright casting molds;
and wherein the system further comprises a fabrication zone having a plurality of fully automated fabrication stations to convey the plurality of upright casting molds between the fabrication stations.

US Pat. No. 10,189,172

METHOD OF REUSING REMNANT PREPREG FRAMEWORK

1. A method of reusing prepreg material comprising:providing a broad prepreg material comprised of reinforcing fibers impregnated with a resin matrix;
cutting out one or more geometric shapes from the broad prepreg material to make a component, leaving behind at least one piece of remnant prepreg material;
defining a pattern for cutting said piece of remnant prepreg material to form a single continuous strip of said remnant prepreg material; and
cutting the piece of remnant prepreg material to form the single continuous strip thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,189,165

ACTUATORS WITH CONFORMING SLEEVES

President and Fellows of ...

24. A method for mechanical actuation, comprising:using an actuator including at least one actuator body that defines a chamber and at least one sleeve covering part of the actuator body; and
pumping fluid into the chamber defined by the actuator body, causing the actuator body to deform where the actuator body is not covered by the sleeve, while the sleeve limits the actuator body from deforming where the sleeve covers the actuator body.

US Pat. No. 10,189,162

MODEL GENERATION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MODEL GENERATION METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A model generation method for execution by a model generation apparatus, the model generation method comprising:inputting a three-dimensional shape model of a target object including (1) plane geometric features and (2) line geometric features;
setting a plurality of positions and orientations of a viewpoint, the viewpoint being used to observe the three-dimensional shape model of the target object, and sequentially selecting one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint;
calculating, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint set in the setting and for the plane geometric features and the line geometric features, respectively, a degree of change of a relationship between image features of an image to be observed at the viewpoint and each of the plane geometric features and the line geometric features of the three-dimensional shape model when the selected position and orientation of the viewpoint or a position and orientation of the target object is changed; and
generating a hierarchical cluster of plane geometric features and a hierarchical cluster of line geometric features, separately, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint, by setting each of the plane geometric features and each of the line geometric features as an initial cluster in a lowest layer, and sequentially merging a pair of clusters in a current layer to generate a cluster in a higher layer based on similarity of the degree of change of the relationship calculated for the pair of clusters.

US Pat. No. 10,189,160

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY INSERTING COMPONENTS INTO AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An automated assembly system that is configured to automatically insert components into grommets, the automated assembly system comprising:a component insertion sub-system configured to insert first components into first cavities of a first grommet;
an imaging sub-system configured to acquire images of the first grommet; and
a grommet shift determination sub-system in communication with the component insertion sub-system and the imaging sub-system, the grommet shift determination sub-system being configured to compare at least two images of at least portions of the first cavities of the first grommet acquired by the imaging sub-system to determine distance changes between the first cavities in response to one or more the first components being inserted into one or more of the first cavities, and generate an insertion map that accounts for the distance changes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,157

MANIPULATING SYSTEM AND MANIPULATING APPARATUS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

1. A manipulating apparatus for instruments, the manipulating apparatus comprising:a frame,
at least one instrument drive, and
an instrument carrier that is movably mounted to the frame and comprises:
a holding section arranged for holding an instrument arm of an instrument, and comprising a driving interface for transmitting mechanical energy to the instrument arm,
at least one transmission port arranged at the driving interface, wherein the at least one instrument drive is operatively coupled with the at least one transmission port,
a transmission section,
at least one transmission element arranged in the transmission section and configured for motion transmission between the at least one instrument drive and the at least one transmission port,
wherein the instrument carrier has a longitudinal axis and is at least sectionally rotatable about the longitudinal axis and relative to the frame,
wherein the at least one transmission element is arranged concentrically with respect to the longitudinal axis,
wherein the at least one transmission port is arranged off-center with respect to the longitudinal axis of the instrument carrier, and
wherein a rotation of the instrument carrier about the longitudinal axis moves the at least one transmission port around the longitudinal axis of the instrument carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,189,143

POLISHING PAD, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POLISHING PAD, AND POLISHING METHOD

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A polishing pad for a chemical-mechanical polishing apparatus, the polishing pad comprising:a first support layer defining a recess; and
a polishing layer present on the first support layer and having a top surface facing away from the first support layer, wherein:
the polishing layer defines a first cavity buried beneath the top surface of the polishing layer, and
the first cavity overlies the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,189,135

MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE CAPABLE OF NOTIFYING ADHESION OF CUTTING FLUID

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A motor drive device comprising:an electronic component; and
a casing which houses the electronic component,
wherein at least a part of an outer surface of the casing includes a base material mixed with a color changing substance that discolors when contacting a cutting fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,189,127

POSITIONING OF A SPINDLE WITH MICROMETRIC FORWARDING CONTROL AND TILTING OF ITS ROTATION AXIS

1. A positioning device of a spindle with micrometric forwarding control and tilting of a rotation axis of the spindle, the device comprising:a spindle shaft (11) rotatingly supported inside at least two rotatable supports,
wherein said at least two rotatable supports comprise two spherical elements (13,14) provided with respective seat surfaces to receive said spindle, said spindle being eccentric with respect to an axis (99) passing through a center of said spherical elements, said two spherical elements (13,14) being positioned in a housing having at least two parts (17,17?; or 19,20); and
two actuators (23,24) adapted to cause the two spherical elements (13,14) to rotate,
wherein said two actuators actuate the two spherical elements independently from one another during rotation of the spindle shaft, and
wherein said two actuators cause a controlled rotation of the two spherical elements (13, 14).

US Pat. No. 10,189,126

FUSELAGE STUFFING BUILDING AND FEEDER LINES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for assembling an aircraft, comprising: a railroad track, a first work station disposed alongside a first section of said railroad track, a railroad flat car rollably mounted on said first section of said railroad track, and a fuselage or fuselage section carried by said railroad flat car, wherein said first work station comprises a first set of tools for installing internal components inside said fuselage or fuselage section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,101

WIRE ELECTRIC DISCHARGE MACHINE WITH AUTOMATIC WIRE CONNECTING FUNCTION

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A wire electric discharge machine with an automatic wire connecting function, in which the wire electric discharge machine comprises an upper nozzle and a lower nozzle which support a wire electrode and in which an upper die guide and a lower die guide are included, respectively, and the wire electrode and a workpiece are moved relative to each other to machine the workpiece and, if the wire electrode is broken during machining, then the wire electrode is guided for automatic wire connection by a jet stream injected through a nozzle hole of the upper nozzle, the wire electric discharge machine comprising:deviation acquisition unit that acquires, as a deviation, a distance from a position on a top surface of the workpiece where the wire electrode is hung from the upper die guide to a top end position of a machined groove formed by the machining, and
automatic wire connection execution unit that moves the upper nozzle by a distance equivalent to the acquired deviation, thereby performing the automatic wire connection,
wherein the deviation acquisition unit causes the upper nozzle to move on a projection, on the top surface of the workpiece, of an imaginary line which connects an upper die guide fulcrum position of the upper die guide and a lower die guide fulcrum position of the lower die guide, while intermittently moving the wire electrode up and down, and a distance between a position where a delivery length of the wire electrode is changed and a position corresponding to the upper die guide fulcrum position on the projection on the top surface of the workpiece is acquired as the deviation.

US Pat. No. 10,189,099

SAW BLADE

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A reciprocating saw blade for use with a reciprocating saw, the reciprocating saw blade comprising:a body defining a longitudinal axis;
an attachment portion coupled to the body, the attachment portion including a tang and an aperture configured to couple to the reciprocating saw; and
a cutting portion formed on the body, the cutting portion including a plurality of cutting teeth and a plurality of gullets positioned between the plurality of cutting teeth, each cutting tooth including a tip, a rake face extending from the tip generally toward the longitudinal axis and at least partially defining one of the plurality of gullets, a relief surface extending from the tip, and a protrusion extending from an end of the relief surface opposite the tip;
wherein each gullet includes a base, a first curved surface extending from the rake face of a corresponding cutting tooth to the base, and a second curved surface extending from the base to an adjacent cutting tooth, and wherein the protrusion of each cutting tooth is located on the cutting tooth between the relief surface of the cutting tooth and the second curved surface of an adjacent gullet;
wherein the tips of the plurality of cutting teeth define a first plane that is generally parallel to the longitudinal axis and the protrusions of the plurality of cutting teeth define a second plane that is generally parallel to the longitudinal axis, and wherein a distance between the first plane and the second plane is at most approximately 0.035 inches; and
wherein a distance between the protrusion of one cutting tooth and the tip of an adjacent cutting tooth, measured generally parallel to the longitudinal axis, is approximately 0.08 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,189,095

DEVICE FOR DRILLING AN ACOUSTIC COMPONENT, CASSETTE, ACOUSTIC DRILLING METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ACOUSTIC COMPONENT

1. A device for drilling an acoustic component comprising a drilling head, the drilling head comprising a support unit comprising at least two autonomous drilling cassettes each comprising at least one drill bit, a stationary frame with respect to the support unit and a bit support moveable along a main axis (?) of said at least two autonomous drilling cassettes between a retracted position and a deployed position,wherein each bit support is equipped with at least one device configured to sense a skin of the acoustic component to be drilled, allowing a position of the bit support to be adjusted relative to the skin of the acoustic component to be drilled before drilling of the skin begins to allow for automatic control of a drilling depth of said at least one drill bit of each autonomous drilling cassette.

US Pat. No. 10,189,093

OPENING AND CLOSING CHUCK

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. An opening and closing chuck, wherein:a guide rail, which is linear, is provided on an outer surface of a chuck body, a pair of fingers that grasp a workpiece is provided on the guide rail, and at least one of the pair of fingers is a movable finger that is movable along the guide rail;
the movable finger includes a rail fitting groove into which the guide rail fits, a first concave groove is formed in right and left side surfaces of the guide rail and a second concave groove is formed in inner surfaces of right and left side walls of the rail fitting grooves, the first concave groove on the same side as the guide rail and the second concave groove on the same side as the rail fitting grooves being at positions at which the first concave groove and the second concave groove face each other, a rolling element is provided between the first concave groove and the second concave groove, and the movable finger is movable along the guide rail due to rolling of the rolling element;
as many cylinder apparatuses as there are movable fingers are provided in the chuck body, each cylinder apparatus including a piston and a rod that advance and retract by an action of air pressure in directions of an axial line of a cylinder hole, a top end of the rod extends from an end of the chuck body to an outside, and an end block, which faces the end of the chuck body, is attached to the top end of the rod so as to move toward and away from the end of the chuck body according to forward and backward movements of the rod;
the movable finger is linked to the end block, and opening and closing of the movable finger is driven by the rod through the end block; and
a position at which the rod is linked to the end block is a position near one end side of the end block in a width direction, and a position at which the finger is linked to the end block is a position near the other end side of the end block in the width direction,
wherein the guide rail is formed separately from the chuck body and is fixed to an outer surface of the chuck body, at least one of both ends of the guide rail in the longitudinal direction extends from the chuck body to within a moveable range of the block, and a clearance hole, into which the one end of the guide rail fits, is formed in the end block.

US Pat. No. 10,189,092

MACHINE TOOL

DOOSAN MACHINE TOOLS CO.,...

1. A machine tool, the machine tool comprising:a tool holder configured to include at least two machining inserts; and
a ram spindle configured to fasten the tool holder in a state of clamping the tool holder and to rotate the tool holder in order to change locations of the machining inserts;
wherein the ram spindle comprises:
a housing;
a center part rotatably accommodated inside the housing;
a first outer part disposed outside the center part, and configured to be co-rotated with the center part;
a second outer part disposed between the housing and the first outer part and fastened to the housing; and
an actuator unit accommodated inside the housing, and configured to selectively move the center part and the first outer part upward and downward;
wherein outer ribs protruding at equal intervals are formed on an outer circumferential surface of the first outer part, and protruding inner ribs spaced apart at predetermined intervals are formed on an inner circumferential surface of a cavity of the tool holder at equal intervals;
wherein a respective protrusion is formed on each of the outer ribs, and wherein a corresponding respective depression is provided on the tool holder adjacent to each of the inner ribs, each of the depressions being configured to be seated over a respective one of the protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,090

DRILLING TOOL

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A drilling tool comprising:a shaft having a longitudinal axis;
a seat disposed toward an axial end of the shaft;
a drill bit accommodated at the seat;
a clamping section, which is disposed on the shaft and interacts with the drill bit; and
a tensioning element which is disposed in the shaft and is axially displaceable with respect to the shaft, the tensioning element comprising an expanding section and a contact section, the expanding section being connected to the contact section;
wherein the expanding section interacts with the clamping section, and the contact section interacts with the drill bit;
the clamping section comprising a frustoconical inner surface;
the frustoconical inner surface expanding toward an axial end of the shaft;
the expanding section of the tensioning element comprising a frustoconical shape which is complementary to the inner surface of the clamping section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,079

SLIDES AND EXPENDABLE CORES FOR HIGH PRESSURE DIE CAST CLOSED DECK ENGINE BLOCK

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A method for high pressure die casting a closed deck engine block comprising: placing a slide in a high pressure die casting mold for casting an engine block, the slide having at least one mandrel and a tool steel portion for forming at least one cylinder and a water jacket surrounding each cylinder, the tool steel portion including at least one relief having an inner surface and an outer surface defining a tool steel relief; inserting at least one expendable salt core into the tool steel relief, at least one salt core having an inner surface and an outer surface with an aperture extending through the inner surface to the outer surface; closing the high pressure die casting mold; injecting a molten aluminum-silicon alloy into the high pressure die casting mold to create a closed deck engine block casting having at least one cylinder and a water jacket surrounding each cylinder, the water jacket having an inner wall and an outer wall, the inner wall corresponding to an outer wall of the cylinder, wherein the molten aluminum-silicon alloy enters the aperture of the at least one salt core to create a bridge between the inner wall and outer wall of the water jacket; cooling the closed deck engine block casting; removing the cylinder and water jacket from the high pressure die casting mold and the closed deck engine block casting, wherein at least one expendable salt core remains with the closed deck engine block casting; and dissolving each salt core.

US Pat. No. 10,189,063

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR FORMATION OF EXTRUSION PRODUCTS

BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITU...

1. An extrusion device for shear-assisted extrusion, comprising:an extrusion die with a scroll face in the form of a spiral that surrounds an extrusion orifice arranged in a center of the extrusion die, the scroll face configured to spin with respect to a billet to draw plasticized billet material from an outer edge of the billet in contact with the scroll face toward the extrusion orifice while applying a simultaneous rotational shear and axial extrusion force to the billet; whereby the extrusion die is configured to extrude the plasticized billet material through the extrusion orifice yielding an extrusion product with microstructure grains in the extrusion product that are one-half the size of microstructure grains in the billet prior to extrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,057

POWDER REMOVAL ENCLOSURE FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A material removal apparatus comprising:an enclosure having a first inlet and a first outlet;
a rotatable platform contained within the enclosure for positioning a 3D printed workpiece having particulate on a surface thereof;
a pressurized gas applicator connected to the first inlet and configured to selectively apply a pressurized gas to the 3D printed workpiece;
a vibration source configured to apply an adjustable vibratory frequency to at least one of the rotatable platform or the 3D printed workpiece;
a material reclamation unit connected to the first outlet configured to collect a material removed from the 3D printed workpiece;
an articulating arm connected to the pressurized gas applicator configured to adjust a position of the pressurized gas applicator relative to the 3D printed workpiece; and
a programmable logic controller (PLC) configured to adjust a position and an orientation of the rotatable platform, the applying of pressurized gas from the pressurized gas applicator, the position of the articulating arm, and the adjustable vibratory frequency of the vibration source based on a physical parameter of the 3D printed workpiece, wherein the PLC:
generates a pre-programmed movement pattern based on a geometry of the 3D printed workpiece; and
adjusts the articulating arm, the rotatable platform, and the position of the pressurized gas applicator according to the pre-programmed movement pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,189,045

BLACKBODY MATERIAL APPLICATION SYSTEM FOR A TURBINE

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A blackbody material application system for a turbine, comprising:a blackbody material supply;
a moveable hose connected to the blackbody material supply wherein the hose sprays blackbody material onto a selected area within the turbine;
a rotatable bracket that holds the hose, wherein rotation of the bracket moves the hose toward the selected area within the turbine to enable application of the blackbody material onto the selected area; and
a motor for rotating the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,189,041

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SPRAYING COLOR INTO CRACKS OF A MOVING FORMED QUARTZ SLAB TO CREATE VEINS IN AN ENGINEERED STONE

1. A method for using an apparatus, wherein the apparatus comprisesa device which moves a first portion of a slab out of alignment with a majority of the slab and thereby introduces a first crack in the slab; and
a device for spraying a first material having a color into the first crack of the slab, so that the first crack sprayed with the first material becomes a line having the color of the first material;
a conveyor device which is configured to move in a first direction; and
and wherein the conveyor device is configured to move the slab over a least a portion of the device which moves the first portion of the slab out of alignment with the majority of the slab;
and further comprising the steps of:
moving the first portion of the slab out of alignment with a majority of the slab and thereby introducing the first crack in the slab; and
spraying the first material having the color into the first crack of the slab.

US Pat. No. 10,189,034

NOZZLE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A spray nozzle, comprising:a first tube in fluid communication with a pressurized air source;
a conduit, the conduit in fluid communication with a passage of the first tube, wherein the conduit is substantially angled such that an outlet of the conduit is offset from the first tube, wherein the outlet of the conduit maintains the same offset when the spray nozzle is activated and inactivated, and wherein, during use, ejection of pressurized air from the outlet rotates at least a portion of the conduit; and
a hand-held actuator coupled to the first tube, wherein the hand-held actuator is in fluid communication with the pressurized air source, the hand-held actuator being configured to allow a user to actuate the hand-held actuator and thereby allow air from the pressurized air source to flow into the conduit and be ejected from the outlet;
a second tube in fluid communication with a sub-medium supply source, wherein the sub-medium supply source supplies, during use, a sub-medium, wherein a negative pressure created at, or adjacent to, a distal end of the spray nozzle draws, during use, sub-medium from the sub-medium supply source through the second tube; and
wherein the spray nozzle is configured to provide at least pressurized air to a surface to at least partially clean the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,031

HYBRID FLOW NOZZLE AND CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A spray apparatus comprising:a nozzle having a nozzle tube connected to a turret, the nozzle tube having a fluid inlet, the fluid inlet coupled to a first passageway, a second passageway, and a third passageway;
a first valve coaxially aligned with a second and third valve along a valve axis arranged perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the turret, wherein the first passageway is opened by the first valve, the second passageway is opened by the second valve, and the third passageway is opened by the third valve; and
a controller operatively coupled to each of the first valve and the second valve such that in response to receipt of a control signal the first valve and second valve respectively operate to open the first passageway and the second passageway to release an amount of fluid to a corresponding first input and second input of the turret, wherein the first input and second input of the turret respectively couple to a first duct and a second duct arranged inside the turret, and other ends of the first duct and second duct mate to a combined nozzle output and a third duct is operatively coupled to the an individual output via the third passageway and the controller; and wherein the controller is configured to interleave an output signal of the first valve with an output signal of the second valve to generate an aggregate output signal having a frequency that is greater than each of the respective output signals of the first and second valves so as to increase a flow rate of the fluid released from each of the first and second passageways into the combined nozzle output.

US Pat. No. 10,189,022

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

National Tsing Hua Univer...

1. A microfluidic device for generating monodisperse emulsions, comprising:(1) a substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface, and defining an emulsion forming zone, wherein said upper surface and said lower surface have a thickness between each other;
(2) a first capillary inlet formed on said upper surface of said substrate for passage of a first liquid therethrough;
(3) a second capillary inlet formed on said upper surface of said substrate for passage of a second liquid therethrough, the second liquid being immiscible with the first liquid;
(4) a microfluidic channel unit formed in said substrate and having a high affinity for the first liquid, said microfluidic channel unit including
a main channel which extends through said emulsion forming zone to terminate at a proximal end and a distal end disposed downstream of said proximal end,
a first sub-channel disposed downstream of said first capillary inlet and upstream of said proximal end such that the first liquid is drawn into said first sub-channel through said first capillary inlet by virtue of capillary action of the first liquid and is further drawn into said main channel by the affinity between the first liquid and said microfluidic channel unit, and
a second sub-channel disposed downstream of said second capillary inlet and upstream of said proximal end to permit the second liquid to be drawn into said second sub-channel through said second capillary inlet by virtue of capillary action of the second liquid;
(5) an outlet formed on said lower surface of said substrate and disposed downstream of said distal end of said main channel; and
(6) a suction member that is made from a shape memory polymer and is disposed downstream of said outlet, wherein said suction member is transformable between a permanent state and a temporary state when subjected to heat, electricity, or light; and said suction member is configured to provide a predetermined suction force such that the second liquid in said second sub-channel is permitted to penetrate into the first liquid in said main channel so as to break up into droplets in the first liquid, thereby generating monodisperse emulsions in said emulsion forming zone.

US Pat. No. 10,189,015

HYDROPROCESSING CATALYST COMPOSITION CONTAINING AN ACETOACETIC ACID COMPOUND, A METHOD OF MAKING SUCH A CATALYST, AND A PROCESS OF USING SUCH CATALYST

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A catalyst composition comprising: a calcined shaped support material that is impregnated by a single impregnation step with a cobalt or nickel component, a molybdenum component, and a phosphorous component and dried without calcination and incorporated with an acetoacetic acid compound additive, wherein the catalyst composition is non-sulfurized.

US Pat. No. 10,189,011

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING CATALYST AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for producing an exhaust gas purifying catalyst including a porous carrier and a noble metal catalyst supported on the porous carrier, the porous carrier containing particles of an alumina-ceria-zirconia composite oxide including ceria-zirconica composite oxide, the method comprising:preparing the porous carrier having physical property values, after subjected to baking at 900° C. for 5 hours, of a pore diameter of the particles in a range of 2 to 20 nm, a specific surface area of the particles in a range of 75 to 115 m2/g, a crystallite size of the ceria-zirconia composite oxide that is contained in the particles in a range of 4 to 6 nm, and a bulk density of the particles in a range of 0.5 to 0.9 cm3/g; and
bringing a noble metal chemical solution into contact with the porous carrier, the noble metal chemical solution having an aggregate of one of platinum, palladium, or rhodium with a grain size adjusted to less than or equal to 1 nm with use of one of a platinum nitric acid solution, palladium nitric acid solution, or rhodium nitric acid solution, so that the noble metal catalyst is supported on the porous carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,189,010

COMPOSITION BASED ON ZIRCONIUM OXIDE AND ON AT LEAST ONE OXIDE OF A RARE EARTH OTHER THAN CERIUM, HAVING A SPECIFIC POROSITY, PROCESSES FOR PREPARING SAME AND USE THEREOF IN CATALYSIS

Rhodia Operations, Paris...

1. A composition comprising zirconium oxide and at least one oxide of a rare earth other than cerium, in a weight proportion of zirconium oxide of at least 50%, wherein after calcination at a temperature of 900° C. for 4 hours, the composition as measured by mercury intrusion porosimetry in accordance with standard ASTM D 4284-8 exhibits two populations of pores of which respective diameters are centered, for a first population, about a value of between 20 nm and 40 nm and, for a second population, about a value of between 80 nm and 200 nm, and wherein the composition has a specific surface area of at least 25 m2/g after calcination at 1100° C. for 4 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,189,005

PUMP FOR CORROSIVE FLUIDS

1. A pump for pumping a corrosive fluid, wherein the pump comprises:a sealed internal chamber;
a pumping chamber, wherein the pumping chamber is within the sealed internal chamber;
a pump inlet connected to the pumping chamber;
a pump outlet connected to the pumping chamber;
a rotational pumping element configured for pumping the corrosive fluid from the pump inlet to the pump outlet, wherein the rotational pumping element is within the pumping chamber;
a drive shaft for driving the rotational pumping element, wherein the drive shaft is completely within the sealed internal chamber, wherein the drive shaft is configured for magnetically coupling to an external motor;
a pump housing forming the sealed internal chamber, the pump housing including a containment can for forming a magnetic coupler receptacle within the sealed internal chamber,;
a cylindrical internal magnetic coupler located within a magnet receptacle, the cylindrical internal magnetic coupler being connected to the drive shaft; and
an external magnetic coupler located outside of the sealed internal chamber, the external magnetic coupler including a cylindrical cavity, at least a portion of the containment can being located within the cylindrical cavity, the external magnetic coupler being configured for rotationally coupling to the cylindrical internal magnetic coupler;
wherein the rotational pumping element, the pumping chamber, and the pump housing are formed from an electrically non-conducting plastic with electrically conducting particles;
wherein the drive shaft is formed from an electrically semi-conducting ceramic;
wherein the electrically non-conducting plastic includes polytetrafluoroethylene;
wherein the electrically conducting particles include graphite;
wherein the electrically semi-conducting ceramic includes sintered silicon carbide;
wherein the magnetic coupler receptacle is cylindrically shaped and includes a dome shaped end cap; and
wherein any one of: the pump housing is formed by machining, the rotational pumping element is formed by machining, the pumping chamber is formed by machining, the sealed internal chamber is formed by machining, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,188,998

CATALYST ROLLER FOR GRAVITY-ASSISTED PARTICLE FLOW

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A catalyst roller system, comprising:a roller volume comprising a top interior surface, a sidewall, and an inner contour surface;
a plurality of catalyst particles within the roller volume, the plurality of catalyst particles comprising an average catalyst particle diameter, the catalyst particles having an angle of repose and an angle of internal friction;
a catalyst inlet in fluid communication with the roller volume via the top surface;
a catalyst exit in fluid communication with the roller volume; and
a catalyst roller disc rotatably mounted within the roller volume, a contour clearance between the mounted catalyst roller disc and the inner contour surface being less than half of the average catalyst particle diameter for at least one location,
wherein a catalyst stoppage angle defined by
a) a top of the mounted catalyst roller disc,
b) an intersection of the catalyst inlet and the top interior surface at the closest intersection point to the top of the mounted catalyst roller disc, and
c) a tangent line passing through the top of the mounted catalyst roller disc,
has a value within 15% of the angle of repose.

US Pat. No. 10,188,995

METHOD FOR PREPARING COMPOUND DISPERSOIDS OF HYDROPHOBIC NANOPARTICLES AND SURFACTANTS

CHINA UNIVERSITY OF PETRO...

1. A method for preparing a complex dispersion of hydrophobic nanoparticles and surfactants with a dispersion apparatus,wherein the dispersion apparatus comprises a water supply pipeline, a complex mixing pipeline and a material collecting pipeline;
the complex mixing pipeline comprises an ultrasonic disperser and a fluid reservoir that are connected in series, and a first plunger pump for one-way circulation of materials is provided between the ultrasonic disperser and the fluid reservoir;
the water supply pipeline is connected with a top of the ultrasonic disperser;
the material collecting pipeline is connected with a material outlet of the fluid reservoir;
the ultrasonic disperser comprises an instrumental barrel, a first ultrafiltration membrane and a second ultrafiltration membrane are disposed in the instrumental barrel up and down in succession which divide the instrumental barrel into three cavities, which are: a first cavity with a first ultrasonic emission probe disposed therein, a second cavity with a second ultrasonic emission probe disposed therein and a third cavity; a wall of the instrumental barrel is provided with a through surfactant delivery pipe connected to the first cavity; and the wall of the instrumental barrel is provided with a through hydrophobic nanoparticles delivery pipe connected to the second cavity;
wherein the method comprises the following steps:
(1) the first and second ultrafiltration membranes of suitable aperture sizes are selected according to experimental requirements, the second ultrafiltration membrane is mounted on a second snap ring first, and then the first ultrafiltration membrane is mounted on a first snap ring;
(2) a top cap of the ultrasonic disperser is fastened down, surfactants are added into the first cavity of the ultrasonic disperser through the surfactant delivery pipe, and hydrophobic nanoparticles are added into the second cavity of the ultrasonic disperser through the hydrophobic nanoparticle delivery pipe; the surfactant delivery pipe and the hydrophobic nanoparticle delivery pipe are closed after delivery;
(3) water in a water reservoir is injected into the ultrasonic disperser by the first plunger pump;
(4) after the water is injected, the hydrophobic nanoparticles and the surfactants are enabled to carry out one-way circulation in the complex mixing pipeline by a second plunger pump, and the first and second ultrasonic emission probes are started; during the process of water circulation in the ultrasonic disperser, at first, water is mixed with the surfactants in a upper room of the ultrasonic disperser, a dispersion solution of surfactants and water is formed under ultrasonic cavitation effects of the first ultrasonic emission probe and enters the second cavity through the first ultrafiltration membrane, part of the solution that meets not the standard of the first ultrafiltration membrane size is detained in the first cavity without entering the second cavity until the particle size thereof meets the standard of the first ultrafiltration membrane size after ultrasonic cavitation by the first ultrasonic emission probe;
(5) the dispersion solution of surfactants and water entering the second cavity is mixed with the hydrophobic nanoparticles;
(6) the complex dispersion of hydrophobic nanoparticles dispersed into suitable sizes and surfactants enters into the third cavity through the second ultrafiltration membrane, and then is cycled to the ultrasonic disperser through the fluid reservoir and the second plunger pump;
(7) steps (1) to (6) are repeated and cycled to form the complex dispersion of hydrophobic nanoparticles and surfactants;
(8) the complex dispersion of hydrophobic nanoparticles and surfactants is cycled to the fluid reservoir;
(9) connection between the material collecting pipeline and the fluid reservoir is enabled, the dispersion is collected to a complex dispersion reservoir by a third plunger pump.

US Pat. No. 10,188,977

POLYMERIC NETTING OF RIBBONS AND STRANDS AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An absorbent article comprising a polymeric netting, a liquid impermeable backsheet, and an absorbent core, wherein the polymeric netting comprises polymeric ribbons and polymeric strands, each of the polymeric ribbons and strands having a length and width, wherein the length is the longest dimension and the width is the shortest dimension, wherein the polymeric ribbons have a height-to-width aspect ratio of at least three to one, a major surface that is intermittently bonded to only one polymeric strand, and a height that is greater than a height of the one polymeric strand, and wherein the absorbent core is between the polymeric netting and the backsheet, wherein the polymeric netting is between the absorbent core and the backsheet, or wherein the polymeric netting is within the absorbent core.

US Pat. No. 10,188,975

HONEYCOMB AIR FILTER AND METHODS THEREOF

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. An air filter, comprising:at least one wall-flow honeycomb particulate filter having at least one coat on at least a portion of an interior surface of the at least one wall-flow honeycomb particulate filter, the at least one coat comprising a sorbent and a Pt/TiO2 catalyst, wherein the sorbent forms islands or clusters dispersed within pores of the at least one wall-flow honeycomb particulate filter and the Pt/TiO2 catalyst forms separate islands or clusters that are dispersed within the pores of the at least one wall-flow honeycomb particulate filter; and
the air filter, in-use, retains from filtered air a particulate and a volatile organic compound, wherein the volatile organic compound is formaldehyde.

US Pat. No. 10,188,973

APPARATUS AND METHOD USING AN ELECTRIC FIELD FOR CREATING UNIFORM NANOFIBER PATTERNS ON NONCONDUCTIVE MATERIALS TO ENHANCE FILTRATION AND FOR EMBEDMENT OF FIBERS INTO MATERIALS FOR OTHER APPLICATIONS

Research Triangle Institu...

1. A filtration device comprising:a base filtration material having openings for fluid flow therethrough; and
a filtration medium disposed in contact with the base filtration material, said filtration medium comprising a plurality of nanofibers formed on the base filtration material, and
a collection of said nanofibers having a macroscopically ordered pattern formed by the nanofibers themselves comprising sections of differently oriented fibers, the pattern comprising first and second sections of oriented fibers with the second section having an orientation different from the first section, the pattern present on a surface of the collection of the nanofibers, and the collection comprising a first macroscopic region having said nanofibers at a greater thickness than a second macroscopic region having said nanofibers, wherein the nanofibers in the first macroscopic region and the nanofibers in the second macroscopic region form together the macroscopically ordered pattern,
wherein the filtration medium has a figure of merit greater than 30 kPa?1, where the figure of merit is given by ?Log (Pt)?P, where Pt is the fractional penetration of a specific aerosol particle diameter and ?P is a pressure drop across the filtration medium corresponding to a face velocity of 5.3 cm/s and particle size of 0.3 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,188,972

WATER PURIFYING APPARATUS AND FILTER STRUCTURE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A water purifying apparatus, comprising:a head having a water inlet portion and a water outlet portion formed thereon to face each other;
a mounting member on which a rotation supporting portion is formed;
a water inlet pipe and a water outlet pipe which are connected to the mounting member;
a shaft provided in the head, the shaft being rotatably mounted between the water inlet portion and the water outlet portion;
a bypass flow path formed to pass through a circumference of the shaft, the bypass flow path having a flow path projecting portion, the bypass flow path communicably coupling the water inlet portion with the water outlet portion according to a rotation of the shaft;
a filter detachably mounted to the head and having a filter inserting portion in which the shaft is inserted; and
a filtering flow path in which an inlet port and an outlet port are formed on the circumference of the shaft in a direction intersecting the bypass flow path, the filtering flow path communicably coupling the filter with the water inlet portion and the water outlet portion according to the rotation of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,188,969

FILTER DEVICE

11. A filter device, comprising:a filter housing having a filter head, a filter bowl and a removable housing cover part;
a filter element separating a non-filtrate side from a filtrate side in said filter housing and having an element cap thereon forming an enclosure for an end of filter material of said filter element facing said cover part;
a bypass valve having a valve closure element preloaded by a closing spring into a closed position of said bypass valve in which said valve closure element bears against a valve seat part in a blocked position of said filter element, said bypass valve opening a fluid path from said non-filtrate side to said filtrate side bypassing said filter element, said valve closure element and said closing spring being on said cover part, said valve seat part being on said element cap;
an annular receiving part on said element cap at said enclosure, said receiving part being a planar circular ring, a guide part being connected to an internal circumference of said receiving part and extending axially into an inner side of said filter element forming said non-filtrate side, said valve seat part being on said guide part, said guide part being a hollow cone extending with a tapered end thereof having an opening within said inner side of said filter element, an edge of said opening forming a sealing edge of said valve seat part.

US Pat. No. 10,188,959

TOY TRACK SETS

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. A toy track set for a toy vehicle, comprising:a first track section having a first travel surface and a first tubular connector at a first connecting end of the first travel surface; and
a second track section that is configured to be rotatably coupled to the first tubular connector, the second track section includes a second travel surface having first and second travel portions, the second track section is configured to rotate relative to the first track section between a first position in which the first travel surface forms a continuous travel path with the first travel portion, and a second position in which the first travel surface forms a continuous travel path with the second travel portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,950

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PRIVACY POLICY GENERATION BASED ON IN-GAME BEHAVIOR DATA

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. A method comprising:determining, by at least one processor, in-game behavior data associated with user information restricted by at least one user with respect to other users at at least one in-game location while the at least one user is playing at least one location-based game, wherein the at least one location-based game models the at least one in-game location based on an equivalent real-world location, and the location-based game directs the at least one user to visit the equivalent real-world location when playing the location-based game;
causing, at least in part by the at least one processor, a mapping of the in-game behavior data that occurs at the at least one in-game location within the at least one location-based game to the equivalent real-world location; and
causing, at least in part by the at least one processor, a generation of one or more privacy policies based, at least in part, on the in-game behavior data, wherein the one or more privacy policies permit and restrict access to the user information via at least one device of the at least one user by another user when the at least one device is detected as located at the equivalent real-world location based on sensor data from the at least one device, wherein the user information includes one or more interests, one or more activities, one or more social links, or a combination thereof of the at least one user.

US Pat. No. 10,188,945

GENERATION OF GAMEPLAY VIDEO BASED ON SOCIAL NETWORK SHARING

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for generating a gameplay video of a video game, comprising:executing, by a cloud gaming system that includes at least one server computer, a session of a video game, the session defining a user's gameplay of the video game, the session being streamed to a client device;
recording, by the cloud gaming system, the user's gameplay of the video game;
analyzing, by the cloud gaming system, the user's recorded gameplay to determine a region of interest, the region of interest being a region of the video game having social network sharing levels that exceed a predefined threshold, wherein the social network sharing levels are defined based on prior sharing to the social network of gameplay videos from prior sessions of the video game;
during the session of the video game, receiving, by the cloud gaming system, a request from the client device, the request being initiated from a button of a controller device interfaced to the client device;
responsive to the request, presenting, by the cloud gaming system through the client device, the region of interest;
generating, by the cloud gaming system, a gameplay video of the video game based on the region of interest;
sharing the gameplay video of the video game over the social network to one or more additional client devices for viewing by one or more additional users.

US Pat. No. 10,188,936

SIDED GAME ACCESSORY DEVICE

1. A sided device comprising:A housing, the housing including a plurality of sides to form an enclosure, the housing further including a plurality of components, comprising:
an actuator;
a sound sensor;
a light emitter;
a timer;
a randomizer;
a microprocessor; and
a source of electric power;the actuator and microprocessor in electronic communication with the sound sensor, the light emitter, the timer, the randomizer and the source of electric power, wherein the force, speed and/or direction of the actuator is determined by one or more of the sound from an external source, the timer and the randomizer; the actuator having a movable end, the actuator mounted within the enclosure and positioned such that when actuated, the movable end contacts a side, causing movement of the sided device; the actuator positioned within the housing and at an angle, the angle ranging from 1 degree to 89 degrees, with respect to the sides proximate the ends of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,188,931

SMART BASEBALL FIRST BASE OR HOME PLATE

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A smart base for a baseball system or a softball system, comprising:a sensor to detect a first time at which a runner has touched the smart base;
a radio-frequency (RF) receiver to receive a signal from a smart baseball that indicates a second time at which the smart baseball was caught;
timing circuitry to detect whether the second time occurs before or after the first time; and
indicator circuitry to indicate a force out when the second time occurs before the first time.

US Pat. No. 10,188,929

ADAPTED FITNESS EQUIPMENT

1. An exercise apparatus comprising:an adjustable frame being configured for attaching to an assistive ambulation device;
said adjustable frame including an upper frame portion and a lower frame portion;
said upper frame portion including a first upper frame member, a second upper frame member, and an upper frame horizontal support, said upper frame horizontal support being orthogonally connected to said first upper frame member and being orthogonally connected to said second upper frame member;
said lower frame portion including,
a first lower frame member having a first upper portion and a first lower portion, and
a second lower frame member having a second upper portion and a second lower portion, and
a lower frame horizontal support;
said lower frame horizontal support being orthogonally connected to said first lower frame member between said first upper portion and said first lower portion;
said lower frame horizontal support being orthogonally connected to said second lower frame member between said second upper portion and said second lower portion;
said first lower portion including a first fitting arm, said first fitting arm being configured for receiving a fitness attachment;
said second lower portion including a second fitting arm, said second fitting arm being configured for receiving the fitness attachment;
said first upper portion being co-linearly connected to said first upper frame member;
said second upper portion being co-linearly connected to said second upper frame member;
said first lower portion being bent;
said second lower portion being bent;
said first upper lower frame member being straight;
said second upper lower frame member being straight.

US Pat. No. 10,188,924

BALL SPINNING TRAINING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An apparatus comprising:a bar having a length and a width, wherein the length is substantially greater than the width, and having a longitudinal axis along the length of the bar;
a member which is connected to the bar and aligned with the bar so that the member has a longitudinal axis which is the same as the longitudinal axis of the bar;
a fastener which is fixed to the bar so that the fastener does not rotate with respect to the bar;
a ball fixed to the member so that the ball does not rotate with respect to the member, but does rotate with respect to the bar;
wherein the member has a length along the longitudinal axis of the member;
wherein the fastener spans a majority of the length of the member and resides partly inside of the member; and
wherein a majority of the member and a majority of the fastener reside inside of the ball;
wherein the member is connected to the bar by the fastener so that the member rotates with respect to the bar, about the longitudinal axis of the bar;
wherein the ball has a bore hole formed into the ball, wherein the bore hole terminates inside a core of the ball, so that the bore hole does not go all the way through the ball;
wherein the member is fixed to the ball, by insertion of the member into the bore hole; and
wherein a majority of the member and the fastener reside in the bore hole;
wherein the bore hole of the ball has a diameter, which has a rest measurement, prior to insertion of the member, which is less than a diameter of the member, so that the bore hole diameter must expand by pressure, in order for the member to be inserted into the bore hole;
wherein the ball is a regulation softball that has been modified by having the bore hole drilled in the regulation softball;
further comprising a first ball bearing inserted in the member, nearer the first end of the member than the second end of the member, the first ball bearing residing inside of the ball, and within a first recess of the member; and
a second ball bearing inserted in the member, nearer the second end of the member than the first end of the member, the second ball bearing residing inside of the ball, and within a second recess of the member;
wherein the first recess of the member has an inner diameter;
wherein the second recess of the member has an inner diameter which is the same as the inner diameter of the first recess of the member;
wherein a central part of the member, which is located between the first recess and the second recess of the member, has an inner diameter which is less than the inner diameter of the first recess and less than the inner diameter of the second recess;
wherein each of the first and the second ball bearings has an outer diameter such that neither the first ball bearing nor the second ball bearing can fit in the central part of the member; and
wherein the central part of the member has a length which is substantially greater than a combination of a length of the first recess and a length of the second recess.

US Pat. No. 10,188,921

MULTIPLE SPORT TRAINING DEVICE AND SPORT TRAINING SYSTEM

1. A multi-sport training system, comprising:a frame comprising a horizontal crossbar coupled to a pair of upright side members aligned perpendicular to the crossbar to create an open goal area;
a plurality of flexible panels having a plurality of attachment members configured for reversible attachment of each panel of the plurality of flexible panels to the crossbar, wherein the attachment members allow each panel to hang vertically from and rotate 360 degrees around the crossbar;
wherein each of the plurality of flexible panels include an adjustment means comprising horizontal rows of openings and vertical columns of openings;
a plurality of mating securement features affixed along a bottom of each of the plurality of flexible panels in alignment with the openings;
wherein each of the plurality of mating securement features is removably received within a selected horizontal row of openings allowing each panel of the plurality of flexible panels to be folded upwardly and secured thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,188,919

GOLF TOWEL

1. A golf towel comprising:(a) a fabric towel body having a first side and a second side;
(b) a first abrasive portion secured to one side of the towel body and comprising a plurality of nubs projecting outwardly therefrom, each one of the plurality of nubs comprising an abrasive material that nests within an associated dimple on a golf ball; and
(c) a second abrasive portion secured to a side of the towel body and comprising a plurality of mounds projecting outwardly therefrom, the plurality of mounds being arranged in a plurality of linear and parallel rows, each one of the plurality of mounds comprising an abrasive material that nests within an associated groove on a golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,188,917

WEIGHTED IRON SET

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A set of golf clubs comprising at least a first club head having a loft between about 15 and 25 degrees, a second club head having a loft of between about 26 and 35 degrees, and a third club head having a loft of about 36 degrees or greater, wherein:the first, second and third club heads each comprise a heel, a toe, a topline, a sole, a hosel and a front face having a face center, each club head having a club head mass that is different than the previous club head by at least 5 grams, and wherein at least the first club head includes a back wall having an aperture and a weight member formed of tungsten and coupled to a toe portion of the back wall that comprises 15%-25% of the club head mass, wherein a mechanical fastener is inserted through the aperture from a face side of the club and extends through the aperture in the back wall to couple the weight member to the toe portion and a face member is welded to a face retaining surface forward of the mechanical fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,188,916

GOLF CLUB HEAD

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a body, defining an interior cavity and comprising:
a sole portion, positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head;
a crown portion, positioned at a top portion of the golf club head;
a skirt portion, positioned around a periphery of the golf club head between the sole portion and the crown portion;
a forward region;
a rearward region;
a face portion, at the forward region of the body and comprising a strike face with an area of at least 3000 mm?2 and a maximum height from a ground plane of at least about 50 mm; and
at least one weight track formed in the sole portion;
at least one weight assembly, selectively adjustably positioned within the at least one weight track; and
at least one brace bar traversing the interior cavity between and attached to the at least one weight track and the crown portion, wherein a mass per unit length of the brace bar is between 0.005 g/mm and 0.40 g/mm;
wherein:
the body further comprises a frame;
the frame comprises a first crown opening, a second crown opening, and a spine portion defining the crown portion and separating the first crown opening from the second crown opening;
the crown portion comprises a crown insert attached to the spine portion and covering the first crown opening and the second crown opening; and
the at least one brace bar is attached to the spine portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,912

GOLF BALL

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A two-piece golf ball having a diameter of 1.70 inches or greater, a weight of from 45 g to 46 g, an MOI of 86 g·cm2 or greater, and consisting essentially of a center and a cover layer, wherein the center has a diameter of 1.60 inches or greater, a positive hardness gradient of at least 3 Shore C units, and is formed from a highly neutralized polymer composition.

US Pat. No. 10,188,910

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf ball comprising a spherical core and at least one cover covering the spherical core, whereina hardness difference D1 (H75?H0) between a hardness H75 at a point located at a distance of 75% of a core radius from a center of the spherical core and a center hardness H0 of the spherical core is 15 or more and 35 or less in Shore C hardness,
a hardness difference D2 (Hs?H75) between a surface hardness Hs of the spherical core and the hardness H75 at the point located at the distance of 75% of the core radius from the center of the spherical core is ?1 or more and 3.5 or less in Shore C hardness,
a hardness difference D3 ((H0+H75)/2?H37.5) between a hardness of (the center hardness H0 of the spherical core+the hardness H75 at the point located at the distance of 75% of the core radius from the center of the spherical core)/2 and a hardness H37.5 at a point located at a distance of 37.5% of the core radius from the center of the spherical core is 0.5 or more and 6.5 or less in Shore C hardness, and
a hardness difference D5 (H75?H50) between the hardness H75 at the point located at the distance of 75% of the core radius from the center of the spherical core and a hardness H50 at a point located at a distance of 50% of the core radius from the center of the spherical core is 10 or more in Shore C hardness.

US Pat. No. 10,188,909

GOLF BALLS HAVING A FOAM INNER CORE WITH THERMAL BARRIER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball, comprising a core assembly and a cover, the core assembly comprising:i) an inner core comprising a foam composition having a geometric center, outer surface, and thermal barrier layer, wherein the inner core layer has a diameter in the range of about 0.100 to about 1.100 inches and an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core center), the Hinner core surface being greater than the Hinner core center to provide a positive hardness gradient in the inner core and wherein the thermal barrier layer has a midpoint hardness (Hmidpoint of thermal barrier layer), and Hmidpoint of thermal barrier layer is greater than the Hinner core surface; and
ii) an outer core comprising a non-foamed thermoset or thermoplastic composition, the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core layer and having a thickness in the range of about 0.100 to about 0.750 inches, and an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC), wherein the (Houter surface of OC is greater) than the (Hinner core center) to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,188,907

DIMPLE PATTERNS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having an outer surface comprising a plurality of dimples disposed thereon, wherein none of the dimples overlap or touch, and wherein the dimples are arranged in multiple copies of a first domain and a second domain, the first domain and the second domain being tessellated to cover the outer surface of the golf ball in a uniform pattern having no great circles and consisting of twenty first domains and twelve second domains, and wherein:the first domain has three-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the first domain;
the second domain has five-way rotational symmetry about the central point of the second domain;
the number of different dimple diameters on the outer surface, D, is related to the total number of dimples on the outer surface, N, such that
if N?252, then D>4;
if 2525; and
if N?362, then D>6; and
the plurality of dimples consists of a plurality of perimeter dimples and a plurality of interior dimples, wherein each of the plurality of perimeter dimples is located directly adjacent to a border segment of the first domain or a border segment of the second domain, and wherein each of the plurality of perimeter dimples has at least two nearest neighbor dimples that are located in a domain other than the domain of that perimeter dimple.

US Pat. No. 10,188,906

BALANCE REHABILITATION FOR UPPER-EXTREMITY TARGET TASKS

1. A balance rehabilitation apparatus including:a support system including a three-sided framework defining a workspace for one or more persons within the three-sided framework, the three-sided framework including a first side frame assembly, a second side frame assembly and a third side frame assembly disposed between the first and second side frame assemblies; and
one or more position-adjustable platforms releasably attachable to the three-sided framework;
wherein the three-sided framework provides a plurality of positions for securing the platforms thereto; and
wherein one of the one or more position-adjustable platforms includes a spanning position-adjustable platform releasably connected to the first side frame assembly at a first end and releasably connected to the second side frame assembly at a second end.

US Pat. No. 10,188,903

DETERMINING A SPEED OF A MULTIDIMENSIONAL MOTION IN A GLOBAL COORDINATE SYSTEM

1. A method for determining a speed of a multidimensional motion of an athlete in a global coordinate system based on multidimensional acceleration data from a multidimensional accelerometer placed at a movable limb of the athlete, the movable limb being at least one of translatory and rotatable, and the movable limb defining a local coordinate system, the method comprising:determining, based on the multidimensional acceleration data, at least one correction quantity taking into account a rotation of the local coordinate system relative to the global coordinate system during the multidimensional motion; and
determining the speed of the multidimensional motion based on an integration of the multidimensional acceleration data and in consideration of the at least one correction quantity; and
detecting at least one of the multidimensional motion and a period of motion inactivity based on at least one of (i) detecting an excess of an acceleration threshold using the multidimensional acceleration data, (ii) detecting a saturation of one or more dimensions of the multidimensional acceleration data, and (iii) detecting an oscillation of the multidimensional acceleration data.

US Pat. No. 10,188,901

TORSO MUSCLE AND SPINE EXERCISE APPARATUS

1. An exercise apparatus, comprising:a base;
a supporting surface carried by the base, the supporting surface to receive a weight bearing portion of a user's body;
a support frame carried by the base;
a stationary pelvic belt receiving frame carried by the support frame;
a pelvic belt rotatably received within the stationary pelvic belt receiving frame and configured to securely receive a pelvic area of the user's body for rotation therewith;
one or more mechanical force resistors carried by the support frame and operably coupled to the pelvic belt so as to impart resistance to rotation of the pelvic belt relative to the stationary pelvic belt receiving frame,
wherein the stationary pelvic belt receiving frame includes a front quadrant, a plurality of pulleys are disposed in the front quadrant, and the weight stack cable runs through the plurality of pulleys whereby rotation of the pelvic belt relative to the stationary pelvic belt receiving frame causes the coupled weights to raise and lower.

US Pat. No. 10,188,899

DEADLIFT BAR APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A deadlift device comprising:a base;
a vertically-oriented cylindrical shaft comprising:
a bottom end portion connected to the base,
a top end portion comprising a top edge,
an external diameter, and
a plurality of horizontal channels located between the top end portion and the bottom end portion, each horizontal channel comprising:
a main horizontally-oriented cylindrical through hole having a diameter with a bottom portion, and
a keyhole slot extending downwardly from the bottom portion, wherein the respective diameters of the plurality of horizontal channels are the same; and
a removable elongated lift bar assembly comprising:
an elongated lift bar comprising a first end and a second end, and
a locking element configured to secure the elongated lift bar into the main horizontally-oriented cylindrical through hole of a selected horizontal channel on the vertically-oriented cylindrical shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,188,896

EXERCISE ASSISTING DEVICE

1. An exercise assisting device comprising:a gripping member extending in a tubular shape or columnar shape that can be gripped by hand, and
a first plate-shaped weight member, and
a second plate-shaped weight member;
wherein the gripping member has a recessed part in which only a portion at which a middle finger is disposed upon gripping by hand is recessed,
wherein forward of the gripping member corresponds to forward of a person, and rearward of the gripping member corresponds to rearward of the person, when gripping the gripping member forward of the person in a state making the gripping member stand up,
wherein a first flat surface having a first weight mounting part is disposed at a lower part on a rearward side of the gripping member and the first plate-shaped weight member is configured to attach to the first weight mounting part, and
wherein a second flat surface having a second weight mounting part is disposed on the rearward side of the gripping member, and the second plate-shaped weight member is configured to attach to the second weight mounting part so that the second plate-shaped weight member extends in a longitudinal direction of the gripping member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,894

BARBELL

1. A barbell comprising:a grip unit including two frames spaced apart from each other along a first direction, and a grip rod connected between said frames and configured to be gripped by a user's hand;
a support unit including two support members that are connected between said frames, that are spaced apart from said grip rod along a second direction transverse to the first direction, and that are configured to abut against a user's forearm, said support members being spaced apart from each other along a third direction transverse to the first and second directions, each of said support members extending along the first direction; and
a carrier unit including two hanging rods extending outwardly and respectively from said frames and located between said grip rod and said support members;
wherein said hanging rods extend along the first direction and are arranged in a straight line, and said grip rod is spaced apart from said hanging rods along the second direction by a distance greater than or equal to a distance between said support members and said hanging rods along the second direction; and
wherein each of said frames includes a main rod, a tubular sleeve sleeved on said main rod and connected to a respective one of said hanging rods and one end of said grip rod, and a supporting rod connected to said main rod and extending along the third direction, said support members being connected between said supporting rods of said frames, said tubular sleeve being movable relative to said main rod along the second direction to change its position on said main rod, said grip unit further including a fixing mechanism to fix said tubular sleeves of said frames to said main rods of said frames, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,188,891

STEPPER MACHINE WITH ELASTIC RESISTANCE GENERATING COMPONENT

1. An exercise machine, comprising:a base frame adapted to be positioned on a support surface;
a pair of left and right pedal assemblies, each of which positioned over and rotatably supported by the base frame at a first end of the left and right pedal assemblies, the pedal assemblies having a pair of left and right pedals, and
a pedal supporting assembly attached to the base frame and configured to pivot around an axis and support the left and right pedal assemblies at a second end of each of the left and right pedal assemblies, the pedal supporting assembly comprising a resistance generating component, wherein the resistance generating component includes an elastic component operable to generate resistance in response to movement of the left and right pedals and the pedal supporting assembly pivoting around the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,188,887

AZEOTROPIC AND AZEOTROPE-LIKE COMPOSITIONS OF HFO-E-1,3,4,4,4-PENTAFLUORO-3-TRIFLUOROMETHYL-1-BUTENE AND USES THEREOF

THE CHEMOURS COMPANY FC, ...

1. A composition consisting essentially of:(a) HFO-E-1,3,4,4,4-pentafluoro-3-trifluoromethyl-1-butene; and
(b) HFO-E-1,1,1,4,4,4-hexafluoro-2-butene wherein the HFO-E-1,1,1,4,4,4-hexafluoro-2-butene is present in an effective amount to form an azeotropic composition with the HFO-E-1,3,4,4,4-pentafluoro-3-trifluoromethyl-1-butene.

US Pat. No. 10,188,881

CONTAINER WITH COVER

14. A receptacle with at least one oxygen mask of an emergency oxygen supply device of an aircraft, the at least one oxygen mask being arranged in the receptacle, the receptacle comprising:an opening through which the at least one oxygen mask is configured to be led;
at least one cover for covering the opening, the at least one cover including at least a first cover section and a second cover section, the at least first cover section and the second cover section commonly fastened on the receptacle by a release device at a corner region at which the at least first cover section and second cover section overlap; and
the release device configured to be actuated by pull means, the release device configured to release the at least one cover.

US Pat. No. 10,188,875

TUMOR SURFACE DOSE ENHANCING RADIOTHERAPY APPARATUS USING MAGNETIC FIELD

THE ASAN FOUNDATION, Seo...

1. A tumor surface dose enhancing radiotherapy apparatus using a magnetic field, comprising:a radiation beam generating unit that irradiates a radiation beam towards a tumor of a patient;
a magnetic field generating unit that forms a magnetic field area that is parallel to the radiation beam between the radiation beam generating unit and the tumor of the patient; and
a control unit that controls a surface dose of the tumor by adjusting an intensity and an effective area of the magnetic field area of the magnetic field generating unit,
wherein the control unit further comprises a calculation unit that calculates the surface dose of the tumor that is delivered to the tumor of the patient via the magnetic field area.

US Pat. No. 10,188,871

FLAT OPTOGENETIC CUFF INTERFACE (FOCI) FOR A SINGLE NERVE FASCICLE OF THE PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

1. A flat optogenetic cuff interface (FOCI) for functional optical stimulation of axons in a single fascicle of a human peripheral nerve, wherein said axons have been genetically modified to express light sensitive proteins for excitation or inhibition of the nerves, said system comprising:a cuff configured for a single human nerve fascicle having an external configuration with a cross-section height Y and a cross-section width X, the cuff comprising an elastic collar member defining an internal opening which has an internal configuration having an initial cross-section height between 0.4 mm and 1.0 mm and a reshaped cross-section height between 0.2 mm and 0.5 mm and a width greater than X, said collar member including a material that exerts a force on said nerve fascicle that will cause the fascicle to gradually reshape to the internal configuration of said opening with a cross-section height between 0.2 mm and 0.5 mm with a change in cross-section height limited to a maximum of 2×, said gradual reshaping of the fascicle reorganizing the axons within the fascicle without reshaping the individual axons;
an optical interface comprising a plurality of optical sources arranged in two-dimensional arrays on opposing sides of the cuff, each said optical source configured to illuminate a length of the nerve of at least 50 microns and less than 10% of the cross-section of the reshaped nerve fascicle, said optical sources configured to emit pulsed light at a pulse repetition frequency (PRF) to penetrate the reshaped nerve fascicle from opposing sides at a power level such that the irradiance incident upon tissue at the PRF throughout the reshaped nerve fascicle is less than a Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) to selectively irradiate and stimulate all of the axons in the single fascicle over an entire cross-section of the reshaped nerve fascicle along a length of the nerve of at least 2 mm at a level greater than a Minimum Source Power (MSP) to stimulate axons; and
an electrical interface comprising a plurality of electrodes across the width of the cuff configured to sense activity of axons within the fascicle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,867

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BEAT ACQUISITION DURING TEMPLATE GENERATION IN A MEDICAL DEVICE HAVING DUAL SENSING VECTORS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A medical device for generating a template, comprising:a plurality of electrodes configured to sense a cardiac signal;
a storage device comprising a plurality of subgroups for storing beats; and
a processor configured to:
identify a plurality of beats in the sensed cardiac signal,
determine that a first beat of the plurality of beats is an initial beat to be stored in the first subgroup of the plurality of subgroups,
set the first beat as a first subgroup template beat in response to the first beat being the initial beat,
determine, for each remaining beat of the plurality of beats, whether to store the beat within a subgroup of the plurality of subgroups of the storage device,
determine whether a number of beats stored in one of the plurality of subgroups exceeds a subgroup threshold, and in response to the number of beats stored in the one of the plurality of subgroups exceeding the subgroup threshold, and
generate a template beat using one or more beats of the one of the plurality of subgroups that exceeds the subgroup threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,188,864

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TISSUE STIMULATION IN MEDICAL TREATMENT

1. A neurostimulation system, comprising:at least one electrical lead configured for being implanted in a patient and coupled to a plurality of electrical contacts;
a control subsystem having control circuitry configured for:
controlling a stimulation subsystem having stimulation circuitry for generating a plurality of individual partial signals which are electrical pulse trains at one or more pulse rates, and the control circuitry is configured for instructing a modulation output circuitry to repeatedly generate the plurality of individual electrical pulse trains that result in a vector field having a bursting pattern;
routing the pulse trains from the stimulation circuitry to the plurality of electrical contacts; and,
concurrently conveying each of the plurality of electrical pulse trains respectively to at least one of the plurality of electrical contacts in a manner that allows a combined vector electrical pulse train to be characterized by a pulse rate for at least a portion of the vector electrical pulse train that is equal to or greater than twice the frequency of the individual pulse trains,
wherein at least one electrical pulse train has a frequency of between 1 kHz and 100 kHz.

US Pat. No. 10,188,863

THERAPY PROGRAM SELECTION FOR ELECTRICAL STIMULATION THERAPY BASED ON A VOLUME OF TISSUE ACTIVATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:determining, by one or more processors, values for one or more voxels of a plurality of voxels of a three-dimensional grid, wherein determining the values comprises:
determining a volume of tissue activation (VTA) expected to result from delivery of electrical stimulation by a medical device according to a therapy program of a plurality of therapy programs;
registering the VTA to the three-dimensional grid;
obtaining a bioelectrical brain signal of a patient sensed during delivery of the electrical stimulation to the patient by the medical device according to the therapy program;
determining a frequency domain characteristic of the bioelectrical brain signal; and
determining a value for at least one of the voxels overlapping with the VTA based on the frequency domain characteristic of the bioelectrical brain signal;
evaluating, by the one or more processors and based on the values of the voxels of the three-dimensional grid, therapy programs of the plurality of therapy programs for use in delivering subsequent electrical stimulation to the patient; and
controlling, based on the evaluations of the therapy programs, delivery of the subsequent electrical stimulation to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,188,861

BIOABSORBABLE OR PARTIALLY-BIOABSORBABLE BONE GROWTH STIMULATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A BIOABSORBABLE OR PARTIALLY-BIOABSORBABLE BONE-REGENERATION STIMULATOR SYSTEM

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A bone growth stimulator system for use in bone regeneration therapy, the system comprising:a bioabsorbable capsule defining an interior cavity, the capsule having a selected capsule thickness, and a known dissolution time;
bioabsorbable electric circuitry disposed within the interior cavity of the bioabsorble capsule for outputting a bone growth stimulation current, the bioabsorbable electric circuitry including an anode, a cathode, an ammeter, a voltmeter, and an operational amplifier, and at least the ammeter, the voltmeter, and the operational amplifier are made of one of bioabsorbable magnesium and bioabsorbable magnesium oxide; and
one of a bioabsorbable battery and a biocompatible battery for supplying power to the electric circuitry via an electrical coupling;
wherein the known dissolution time of the capsule is directly proportional to the selected capsule thickness;
wherein the selected capsule thickness is selected to bring about dissolution of at least the capsule and the electric circuitry following completion of the bone regeneration therapy; and
wherein: the voltmeter measures voltage in the electric circuitry adjacent the operational amplifier, the operational amplifier receives a first voltage input corresponding to voltage supplied by the one of the bioabsorbable battery and the biocompatible battery, and receives a second voltage input corresponding to voltage outputted by the operational amplifier, the operational amplifier is configured to maintain current to be constant and non-fluctuating in the electric circuitry, and the bone growth stimulation current is applied via the anode and the cathode.

US Pat. No. 10,188,860

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND DEVICES FOR A SKULL/BRAIN INTERFACE

NeuroPace, Inc., Mountai...

1. A system for introducing a form of neuromodulation to a patient, the system comprising:at least one transcranial channel configured to be implanted in an aperture in the skull of the patient, and comprising an outer wall defining an interior cavity, and an ion-permeable substance at least partially filling the interior cavity, the ion-permeable substance configured to facilitate conduction of the form of neuromodulation;
at least one scalp electrode pad comprising an orienting feature configured to engage an ear of the patient to thereby position the at least one scalp electrode pad in a vicinity of the at least one transcranial channel near a target area of neural tissue;
a stimulation source electrically coupled to the at least one scalp electrode pad and configured to generate the form of neuromodulation and deliver the form of neuromodulation to the patient through the at least one scalp electrode pad and the at least one transcranial channel; and
a securing feature coupled to the at least one scalp electrode pad and configured to secure the at least one scalp electrode pad at the vicinity of the at least one transcranial channel.

US Pat. No. 10,188,853

FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT ELECTRODE ARRAY WITH A DRUM STRESS RELIEF

Second Sight Medical Prod...

1. A flexible circuit electrode array comprising:a polymer base layer, comprised of a first hard polymer, configured to support traces;
metal traces deposited on said polymer base layer, including electrodes configured to stimulate neural tissue;
a polymer top layer deposited on said polymer base layer and said metal traces, said polymer top layer defining electrode voids to expose the electrodes, wherein the polymer base layer, metal traces, and polymer top layer form a flexible circuit and include an attachment point void through both the polymer base layer and polymer top layer that is separate from said electrode voids; and
a soft polymer membrane configured to be penetrated by a retinal tack, wherein the soft polymer membrane is adhered to the flexible circuit below a surface area configured to be closest to a retina and across the attachment point void, the soft polymer membrane being softer than the hard polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,188,847

MEDICAL DEVICE

HI-LEX CORPORATION, (JP)...

1. A medical device comprising:a feeding member comprising a tubular body portion being capable of containing a therapeutic substance to be fed into a body cavity and a tubular connecting portion provided at one end of the body portion and having a male luer tapered portion and an opening provided at a distal end of the male luer tapered portion to feed the therapeutic substance contained in the body portion;
a connected member having a flow channel through which the therapeutic substance fed from the feeding member passes and provided with a hub having an inner tapered connecting portion including a female luer tapered portion; and
a joint member connected to the tubular connecting portion of the feeding member and the hub of the connected member and having a communication channel for communicating the tubular connecting portion of the feeding member with the flow channel of the connected member,
wherein the joint member comprises an inner tapered portion for connecting to the male luer tapered portion, an outer tapered portion for connecting to the female luer tapered portion, and an opening at a side of the connected member for feeding the therapeutic substance from the feeding member to the connected member,
the tubular connecting portion has an end face being vertical to an axial direction of the tubular connecting portion at a free end of the tubular connecting portion,
the joint member has an abutting face connecting an end portion of the inner tapered portion at a connected member side to an end portion of an inner surface of the communication channel at a feeding member side,
the end face of the tubular connecting portion is in surface contact with the abutting face so that both the end face and abutting face are in surface contact throughout each face when the tubular connecting portion is pressed into the joint member along the inner tapered portion, and the inner surface of the communication channel and an inner surface of the tubular connecting portion have substantially the same diameter at a connecting place,
the outer tapered portion of the point member terminates at a tip end, the tip end including the opening at the side of the connected member, an outer most edge of the tip end forms an inner end portion of the opening of the joint member and is disposed so that the outer most edge of the tip end and the inner end portion of the opening are seated against an inner tapered surface of the female luer tapered portion of the inner tapered connecting portion so as to form a stepless interface between the inner end portion of the opening of the joint member and an end of the inner tapered connecting portion, and
when the joint member is connected to the hub, the tip end is located at a position apart from the end of the inner tapered connecting portion on the flow channel side toward the feeding member side.

US Pat. No. 10,188,846

TWO-WAY RETRACTABLE MEDICAL TUBING REEL

1. A two-way retractable medical tubing reel system comprising:a housing comprising an interior, an exterior, a top, a bottom, a proximal aperture and a distal aperture;
a generally cylindrical reel rotatably mounted in the housing interior and having a reel wall comprising an outer surface having an outer surface circumference, an inner surface having an inner surface circumference, a first wall aperture and a second wall aperture, the reel wall separating a reel exterior from a reel interior;
a spindle located in the housing interior;
a generally cylindrical spring container located in the reel interior, the spring container comprising a spring attached to the spindle;
a track attached to the reel wall and comprising a first end, a U-shaped segment, an internal segment, a second end, and a track length extending from the first end to the second end, wherein the internal segment extends from the first wall aperture to the second wall aperture and is located between the spring container and the inner surface of the reel wall;
a sterile generally hollow tube located in the track and extending along the track length, the sterile generally hollow tube also wrapped around the outer surface circumference, the track comprising a proximal end configured to connect to a patient, a distal end configured to connect to an intravenous (IV) fluid bag, and a tube length extending from the proximal end to the distal end, the generally hollow tube passing through the proximal and distal apertures;
the generally hollow tube having an extended position wherein a segment of the generally hollow tube is fully enclosed in the housing;
the generally hollow tube having a retracted position wherein a longer segment of the tube is fully enclosed in the housing as compared to the extended position and wherein the generally hollow tube wraps around the outer surface circumference a greater number of times as compared to the extended position;
wherein the spring is configured to bias the generally hollow tube in the retracted position;
wherein pulling on the proximal end and the distal end of the generally hollow tube in the retracted position is configured to cause the generally cylindrical reel to rotate relative to the housing and move the generally hollow tube to the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,845

HEMOSTASIS VALVE ASSEMBLY

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A hemostasis valve assembly, comprising:a housing; and
a valve member positioned within the housing, the valve member comprising:
opposed first and second primary surfaces and a valve thickness defined between the first and second primary surfaces;
an opening formed in the first primary surface;
first and second slits arranged intersecting each other in an axial direction along a central axis, wherein the central axis extends from the first primary surface to the second primary surface, the first and second slits extending through a portion of the valve thickness, the first slit accessible within the opening and extending from the opening through the valve thickness to a depth within the valve located a distance from the second primary surface, and the second slit accessible from the second primary surface and extending from the second primary surface through the valve thickness to a depth within the valve located a distance from a bottom surface of the opening; and
a recess positioned between the opening and the first and second slits, wherein the opening has a first diameter and the recess has a second diameter, the first diameter being smaller than the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,188,842

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DEPLOYING A SURGICAL PREPARATION

1. A containment device for deploying an antiseptic preparation to an extremity of a patient comprising:a flexible container, comprised of a first portion and a second portion, configured to surround the extremity;
a fastening means, for the separable and resealable attachment of the first portion to the second portion, attached to the flexible container;
a sealing means, fused to the flexible container, capable of securing a seal between the extremity and an exterior of the flexible container;
a sealable opening in the flexible container for introduction of the antiseptic preparation; and,
whereby the antiseptic preparation is deployed into and contained within the flexible container.

US Pat. No. 10,188,836

FOLDING INSERTER FOR DRUG DELIVERY INFUSION SET

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. An infusion set, comprising:a base; and
an inserter pivotally connected to said base, said inserter including:
a catheter movable from a first catheter position to a second catheter position;
an introducer needle located within said catheter and movable between a first introducer needle position and a second introducer needle position; and
an activation button movable between first and second button positions, wherein when said activation button is moved from said first button position to said second button position, said catheter is moved from said first toward said second catheter position, said introducer needle is moved from said first toward said second introducer needle position to facilitate insertion of said catheter, and said introducer needle is thereafter moved back toward said first introducer needle position to store said introducer needle within said inserter with a free end of said catheter remaining disposed externally of said inserter and said base;
wherein in the first button position, the inserter is not configured to fold substantially entirely within said base in the first inserter position, and in the second button position, the inserter is configured to fold substantially entirely within said base in the second inserter position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,810

INHALER

VECTURA DELIVERY DEVICES ...

1. An inhaler comprising a housing defining a chamber to receive a strip having a plurality of blisters each containing a dose of medicament for inhalation by a user, a cap, an actuating member which has a gear element having teeth, and a blister strip indexing wheel rotatably mounted in the chamber to sequentially move each blister into a blister opening position, wherein the cap and the actuating member are combined into a single component and wherein the blister strip indexing wheel and the cap are coupled by a drive gear that cooperates with the gear element to effect rotation of the blister strip indexing wheel in response to rotation of the cap, said drive gear and gear element being disposed on an outside of the housing remote from the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,188,792

AUTOMATED PRESSURE LIMIT SETTING METHOD AND APPARATUS

CareFusion 303, Inc., Sa...

1. A fluid pump, comprising:a pressure sensor for sensing fluid pressure during an infusion of a fluid;
a display;
a memory; and
a processor coupled with the memory and the display, the memory storing program code that, when executed by the processor causes the processor to:
receive an identity of an infusion tubing connector or an infusion vascular access device used for the infusion of the fluid;
receive values of one or more infusion parameters;
calculate, based on the received identity and the received infusion parameter values, an occlusion pressure threshold for the infusion of the fluid;
receive, during the infusion, a fluid pressure signal from the pressure sensor; and
provide an indication responsive to whether a value of the received fluid pressure signal contravenes the occlusion pressure threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,188,782

BLOOD PROCESSING FILTER AND BLOOD PROCESSING METHOD

ASAHI KASEI MEDICAL CO., ...

21. A blood processing method using a blood processing filter, the filter comprising:a sheet-shaped filter element;
an inlet-side flexible container and an outlet-side flexible container that sandwich the filter element;
an inlet port that is provided at the inlet-side flexible container and receives unprocessed blood; and
an outlet port that is provided at the outlet-side flexible container and discharges the blood processed by the filter element, the filter further comprising:
a flow path securing sheet disposed between the filter element and the outlet-side flexible container;
a belt-shaped first seal portion that seals at least the filter element and the flow path securing sheet, and is provided so as to be apart from the outlet-side flexible container; and
an annular second seal portion that seals at least the inlet-side flexible container and the outlet-side flexible container, and is provided so as to surround the filter element and the flow path securing sheet,
wherein the first seal portion includes a pair of lateral portions disposed opposite to each other with the outlet port interposed therebetween, and a communication portion connected to the pair of lateral portions, the communication portion includes a lower side portion and an upper side portion, the flow path securing sheet includes ribs consisting of only a pair of ribs that are disposed between the pair of lateral portions and opposite to each other with the outlet port interposed therebetween, a slit disposed between the pair of ribs to communicate with a concave portion formed of the communication portion, and diffusing openings that are disposed outside of the pair of ribs and continuously open from the ribs to the lateral portions and communicate with the concave portion formed of the lateral portions, and continuously open from the lower side portion to the upper side portion, and the width of each of the diffusing openings is 20 to 30 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,188,776

NEGATIVE PRESSURE DEVICE

1. Apparatus for providing negative pressure at a wound site, the apparatus comprising:a negative pressure reservoir configured to contain a first zone of negative pressure;
a chamber configured to contain a second zone of negative pressure, the chamber configured to communicate negative pressure to a wound dressing; and
a valve element arranged to selectively provide a fluid communication path between the reservoir and the chamber, the valve element comprising an exterior surface exposed to an ambient atmospheric pressure, an inner surface fixed relative to the exterior surface such that movement of the exterior surface causes movement of the inner surface, a first portion of the inner surface configured to be exposed to the first zone of negative pressure, and a second portion of the inner surface configured to be exposed to the second zone of negative pressure, the valve element further arranged to selectively block the fluid communication path when the exterior surface moves to a first position, the valve element further arranged to selectively open the fluid communication path when the exterior surface moves to a second position, wherein the exterior surface moves from the first position to the second position as a result of the ambient atmospheric pressure acting on the exterior surface and a negative pressure acting on the inner surface.