US Pat. No. 10,214,387

MAGNETIC ELEVATOR DRIVE MEMBER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A method of making a magnetic drive component, the method comprising:inserting a plurality of metal teeth into a metal tube, the teeth respectively having a first portion received adjacent an inner surface of the tube, the teeth respectively having a second portion and a third portion spaced apart and projecting toward a center of the tube; and
securing the plurality of teeth to the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,214,385

ELEVATOR BRAKE WEDGE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator brake wedge, comprising:an elongate body having first and second generally opposed major surfaces and first and second generally opposed minor surfaces,
the second minor surface having a greater length than the first minor surface,
each of the first and second major surfaces extending between corresponding first and second ends of the first and second minor surfaces, respectively, and
the second major surface defining low-friction film securing grooves extending from a plane of the second major surface into the elongate body,
wherein each of the low-friction film securing grooves has an elongate shape and is elongate in a dimension extending into the elongate body from a plane of the second major surface and comprises:
an axial end wall defining an end wall plane transversely oriented relative to the plane of the second major surface and comprising opposite first and second end wall ends;
a major sidewall which is longer than the axial end wall and which extends from the plane of the second major surface to the first end wall end; and
a minor sidewall which is parallel with and shorter than the major sidewall and which extends from the plane of the second major surface to the second end wall end.

US Pat. No. 10,214,384

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELEVATOR SAFETY SYSTEM WITH TEMPORARY PARTICIPANTS

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil N...

1. A method for operating a safety system of an elevator system including a control unit, a bus, a plurality of bus nodes connected to the control unit via the bus, and a plurality of participants connected to the control unit via the bus nodes, wherein at least one of the participants is designed as a temporary participant, comprising the steps of:designating one of the participants as a first temporary participant;
designating another one of the participants as a second temporary participant; and
releasing the safety system for operation by the control unit, if either the first temporary participant or the second temporary participant is connected to the bus.

US Pat. No. 10,214,383

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMMISSIONING AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil (...

1. A method for commissioning an elevator system, the system including a control unit, a bus, and a plurality of bus nodes, which, through the bus, are connected with the control unit, wherein the method comprises the following steps:registering by the control unit for each bus node node-specific data detected by the control unit;
comparing the node-specific data that are registered for each of the bus nodes with data of a participant list using the control unit; and
for deviations between the data of the participant list and the registered node-specific data, issuing from the control unit a message to an operator.

US Pat. No. 10,214,382

DISK DAMPING DEVICE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator brake disk assembly, comprising:a brake disk which is keyed to and rotatable with a shaft of an elevator machine;
a machine frame; and
dampers which are respectively anchored to the machine frame and biased to symmetrically hold the brake disk during rotations thereof,
wherein each of the dampers comprises:
a base;
an elastic member coupled at a first end thereof to a first side of the base and at a second end thereof, which is opposite the first end, to the machine frame;
a roller which is coupled to a second side of the base adjacent to the first side and which is rotatable with the brake disk relative to the base; and
a roller bearing by which the roller and the second side of the base are coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,214,381

ELEVATOR SYSTEM, BRAKE SYSTEM FOR AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A BRAKE SYSTEM OF AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil (...

1. An elevator system including an elevator car, an elevator drive and a support means, wherein the elevator car is moved in an elevator shaft by the elevator drive via the support means, comprising:a car braking unit for braking the elevator car;
a drive braking unit for braking the elevator drive; and
a brake control unit for controlling the car braking unit and the drive braking unit, wherein the brake control unit controls the car braking unit and the drive braking unit for joint actuation so that the car braking unit and the drive braking unit are actuated jointly and together as a redundantly operating brake system.

US Pat. No. 10,214,380

BUCKET REEL DEVICE

Plews, Inc., Dixon, IL (...

1. A device for the coiling, storage and payout of cable, hose, cord and wire, said device comprising:a bucket comprising a storage space defined by a round bucket bottom, a peripheral wall cylindrically extending from said round bucket bottom and terminating in a round open top, said bucket further characterized as having a bucket longitudinal axis passing through its geometric center;
a spool comprising a substantially cylindrical core, spaced apart top and bottom flanges and a spool longitudinal axis passing through its geometric center;
a nub extending between said bottom flange and said bucket bottom at said spool and bucket longitudinal axes;
said bucket further comprising an opening in said peripheral wall sized to accommodate passage of said cable, hose, cord and wire, said opening having elongated sides extending longitudinally and substantially parallel to said bucket longitudinal axis extending approximately the distance between said top and bottom flanges and relatively low friction contour rails positioned along said elongated sides;
a handle secured to said top flange;
wherein when said spool is confined within said storage space, said bottom flange is spaced from said bucket bottom by said nub, said bucket longitudinal axis aligns with said spool longitudinal axis and said handle extends toward said round open top and when cable, hose, cord or wire is withdrawn from said cylindrical core through said opening, said bottom flange remains spaced from said bucket bottom by said nub wherein said top and bottom flanges are sized with respect to said storage space such that when said cable, hose, cord and wire are withdrawn from said spool through said opening in said peripheral wall, no portion of said bottom flange comes into contact with said round bucket bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,214,379

INFLATOR WITH SOUND-PROOF HOUSING

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

11. An inflator, comprising:a drum and a hose, the hose comprising a first end and a second end, the first end having a connection mechanism that connects the hose to an inflatable object;
a first housing enclosing an inner portion of the drum, the first housing comprising a first air intake;
an air pump disposed within the first housing and connected to the second end of the hose; and
a second housing surrounding the drum and comprising a second air intake, wherein the hose passes through the second air intake, and wherein first air intake is aligned parallel to the second air intake on a side of the drum opposite the second air intake,
wherein the first and second housings are arranged such that sound emitted from the pump passes over the hose within the second housing, and is at least partially absorbed by the hose.

US Pat. No. 10,214,378

CABLE COILING MACHINE

DDJM LLC, Glendale, CA (...

1. A cable coiling device comprising:a) a first roller having a first substantially flat circumferential surface, the first roller rotatably mounted to a first shaft connected to a first motor, the first roller having a first axis of rotation along the first shaft;
b) a second roller having a second substantially flat circumferential surface, the second roller rotatably mounted to a second shaft, the second roller having a second axis of rotation along the second shaft;
wherein the first roller and the second roller are each mounted to a body of the cable coiling device;
wherein the first roller is spaced from the second roller, therein forming an opening between the first roller and the second roller, the opening permitting a cable to simultaneously pass through the opening and twist as the cable contacts and passes between the first roller and second roller; and
an electronic control unit operatively connected to the first shaft, the electronic control unit capable of controlling the distance between the first roller and the second roller to maintain the cable between first roller and the second roller as the cable passes through the opening between the first roller and the second roller.

US Pat. No. 10,214,377

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:a processing tray configured to place a sheet subjected to post-processing;
a conveyance roller, arranged at a downstream side of the processing tray in a sheet conveyance direction, configured to convey the sheet to the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction;
an extrusion member configured to extrude an end of an upstream side in the sheet conveyance direction of the sheet placed on the processing tray from the upstream side to the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction to convey the sheet to the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction;
a pinch roller configured to move between a standby position distal from the conveyance roller and a rotation position closer to the conveyance roller than the standby position, and to move to the rotation position at the time of conveying the sheet by the conveyance roller to sandwich the sheet with the conveyance roller;
a controller configured to control the pinch roller and the conveyance roller to convey the sheet by the pinch roller and the conveyance roller when the sheet placed on the processing tray is conveyed to the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction, and
a downstream side guide member configured to be moved to the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction together with an upstream side movement member to be moved in or moved out of the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction of the conveyance roller,
wherein the controller is configured to cause the downstream side guide member to be moved to the upstream side before completion of conveyance of the sheet placed on the processing tray,
wherein the upstream side movement member is configured to abut against the end of the upstream side in the sheet conveyance direction of the sheet placed on the processing tray to move to the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction, and
wherein the controller is configured to cause the extrusion member and the upstream side movement member to move to the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction at a speed equal to or smaller than a sheet conveyance speed by the conveyance roller at the time of conveying the sheet by the conveyance roller.

US Pat. No. 10,214,376

SHEET MEDIUM FLATTENING DEVICE AND FINANCIAL SELF-SERVICE DEVICE

GRG BANKING EQUIPMENT CO....

1. A sheet medium flattening device, configured to be arranged in a sheet medium conveying passage and configured to flatten an inputted sheet medium, comprising:a mounting frame configured to mount and support following components;
an annular passage, comprising an annular inner passage plate and an annular outer passage plate, wherein the inner passage plate has a hollow inner cavity, a heating module is arranged in the inner cavity, the heating module is configured to supply heat for the inner passage plate, the outer passage plate is an annular guiding plate surrounding the inner passage plate, and the outer passage plate is provided with a sheet medium entrance abuttingly joined with the sheet medium conveying passage;
at least one pinch roller arranged at an outer side of the annular guiding plate, wherein a hole slot is arranged in the annular guiding plate at a position corresponding to the pinch roller, and the pinch roller realizes clamping with the inner passage plate through the hole slot;
a reversing mechanism arranged at the sheet medium entrance and configured to selectively convey banknotes between the conveying passage and the annular passage of the flattening device;
a driving device configured to drive the inner passage plate to rotate; and
a control system configured to control a temperature of the heating module and control a selectively switchover of the reversing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,214,375

PAPER SHEET STORAGE DEVICE AND PAPER SHEET STORAGE METHOD

FUJITSU FRONTECH LIMITED,...

1. A paper sheet storage device comprising:a housing member having a loading region in which a paper sheet is loaded;
a storage member which is disposed to be adjacent to the housing member and in which the paper sheet is stored;
a temporary accumulation region provided between the loading region and the storage member so as to temporarily accumulate the paper sheet to be stored in the storage member;
a push-in mechanism that pushes the paper sheet loaded to the loading region, into the temporary accumulation region and that pushes a plurality of the paper sheets accumulated in the temporary accumulation region, into the storage member; and
a set of partition members that are arranged in parallel between the loading region and the temporary accumulation region, and that are provided so as to be movable to a first position and a second position, the first position being a position at which the partition members partition a space between the loading region and the temporary accumulation region to allow the paper sheet accumulated in the temporary accumulation region to be held between the set of partition members and a peripheral wall of the storage member, and the second position being a position at which the partition members open the space between the loading region and the temporary accumulation region,
wherein the set of partition members moves, in synchronization with the push-in mechanism, from the first position to the second position by pivotally moving toward the loading region in a direction opposite to a feeding direction of the paper sheet pushed in by the push-in mechanism, when the push-in mechanism pushes the paper sheet into the temporary accumulation region from the loading region.

US Pat. No. 10,214,374

SHEET FEEDER, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Denshi Kabushiki Ka...

1. A sheet feeder comprising:a sheet stacking unit configured to stack sheets;
a sheet pickup unit configured to pick up a sheet from one side of the stacked sheets on the sheet stacking unit and to move up and down in accordance with a stacked sheet amount;
a sheet separating and feeding unit, arranged downstream of the sheet pickup unit in a sheet feeding direction and at a position adjoining an inclined surface which inclines in the sheet feeding direction for separating the stacked sheets, and configured to separately feed sheets one by one to a conveyance path, wherein a sheet picked up from the sheet stacking unit by the sheet pickup unit is separately fed from the sheet stacking unit to the conveyance path on the downstream side in the sheet feeding direction via the inclined surface;
an orientation holding unit configured to hold a feed orientation of a sheet currently being separately fed by acting on the sheet, the orientation holding unit being formed between the sheet pickup unit and the sheet separating and feeding unit; and
a biasing unit configured to contact the orientation holding unit and bias the orientation holding unit from a retracted position where the orientation holding unit is retracted relative to the inclined surface to a projecting position where the orientation holding unit is projected from the inclined surface, wherein
the orientation holding unit has an upper end on the downstream side in the sheet feeding direction and a lower end on the upstream side in the sheet feeding direction,
the orientation holding unit is axially supported at the lower end in the vicinity of the intersection of the sheet stacking unit and the inclined surface so as to make the orientation holding unit swingable,
the orientation holding unit is displaceable between the projecting position where the upper end of the orientation holding unit projects from the inclined surface and the retracted position where the upper end of the orientation holding unit is retracted, in the vicinity of the intersection, and a projection amount of the orientation holding unit from the inclined surface increases as the number of stacked sheets decreases, and the projection amount from the inclined surface decreases against a biasing force of the biasing unit as the number of stacked sheets increases, and
the orientation holding unit has a function of holding the feed orientation of a sheet picked up from the sheet stacking unit by the sheet pickup unit by pushing up the sheet in the projecting position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,373

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:a stacking member on which a plurality of sheets is stacked;
a first conveying unit configured to convey an uppermost sheet stacked on the stacking member;
a second conveying unit including a feed roller and a separating member, the second conveying portion being configured to convey the uppermost sheet conveyed by the first conveying unit, and the second conveying unit being configured to separate the uppermost sheet from the plurality of sheets if the first conveying unit conveys the plurality of sheets simultaneously;
a plurality of stopper portions disposed at different positions in a direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction, the plurality of stopper members being configured to move from a first position toward a second position,
wherein the first position is downstream of the first conveying unit and upstream of the second conveying unit,
wherein, in a case where the plurality of stopper portions is located at the first position, a front end of the uppermost sheet conveyed by the first conveying unit is abutted against the plurality of stopper portions at the first position so to correct skew conveying of the uppermost sheet,
wherein, in a case where the plurality of stopper portions is located at the second position, the uppermost sheet conveyed by the first conveying unit passes by the plurality of stopper portions, and
wherein, in a case where the plurality of stopper portions is moved from the second position toward the first position, the first conveying unit separates from the uppermost sheet stacked on the stacking member and the separating member separates from the feed roller.

US Pat. No. 10,214,372

SHEET FEEDER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A sheet feeder device comprising:a pickup roller that separates paper sheets placed on a manual feed tray from one another, and transfers a paper sheet;
a pair of sheet feed rollers that include an upper feed roller and a lower feed roller, form a sheet nip portion when the upper feed roller and the lower feed roller are pressed against each other, and transfer the paper sheet transferred from the pickup roller;
a top edge vibrator that vibrates a top edge of the paper sheet, the top edge vibrator being located on an upstream side of the pair of sheet feed rollers in a conveyance direction; and
a hardware processor that controls sheet feeding of the paper sheets placed on the manual feed tray,
wherein, when a predetermined condition is satisfied in the sheet feeding, the hardware processor controls the top edge vibrator, to vibrate the top edge of the paper sheet; and
wherein the hardware processor determines, in accordance with a paper type condition of the paper sheet, whether to set a predetermined contact time after the pickup roller is pressed against the paper sheet through a pressing operation till a separating operation to separate the pickup roller from the paper sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,371

FOLDED TOWEL DISPENSER WITH DIRECTIONAL RIBS

SOLARIS PAPER, INC., Alp...

1. A dispenser for storing and dispensing a plurality of paper products comprising:a housing having first and second wall surfaces that define an interior space configured to accommodate the plurality of paper products;
a dispensing throat defined in at least one of the wall surfaces of the housing;
a plurality of ribs at least partially disposed within the interior space, including a first rib located between second and third ribs, and the second and third ribs are laterally disposed relative to a center of the throat;
wherein first, second, and third ribs have first, second, and third surfaces, respectively, configured to form a boundary of a convex surface; and
wherein the second and third ribs are angled along their length towards the throat center at a greater angle than the angle of the first rib.

US Pat. No. 10,214,370

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet supporting portion configured to support a sheet;
a sheet feed portion comprising a pickup rotary member switchable between a contact state of being in contact with the sheet supported on the sheet supporting portion and a released state of being released from the contact state, the sheet feed portion being configured to feed the sheet supported on the sheet supporting portion by performing a pickup operation in a cycle in which the pickup rotary member is switched from the released state to the contact state and then switched to the released state;
a sheet conveyance portion arranged downstream of the sheet feed portion in a sheet feeding direction of the sheet feed portion and configured to convey the sheet;
a detection unit arranged downstream of the sheet feed portion in the sheet feeding direction and configured to detect the sheet; and
a sheet length acquirer configured to acquire information of a length of the sheet in the sheet feeding direction of the sheet feed portion; and
a control unit comprising a processor and configured to control the sheet feed portion and the sheet conveyance portion, the control unit being configured to execute one of a plurality of modes including
a first feed mode in which a first feed process of carrying out a pickup operation by the sheet feed portion is executed, the pickup rotary member being retained in the released state after the first feed process in the first feed mode, and
a second feed mode in which the first feed process is executed, and then a second feed process of carrying out a pickup operation by the sheet feed portion is executed,
wherein in a case where the sheet is detected by the detection unit during a period from a start to an end of the first feed process, the control unit is configured to determine a mode to be executed among the plurality of modes based on a time from when the first feed process is started to when the sheet is detected by the detection unit and the length of the sheet acquired through the sheet length acquirer.

US Pat. No. 10,214,368

SYSTEM USING MAGNETIC COUPLING TO MOVE A CARRIAGE

NJM PACKAGING INC., Vanc...

1. A system for moving a receptacle, said system comprising:a coupling wall;
an internal carriage provided substantially adjacent an internal side of said coupling wall, said internal carriage being movable along said coupling wall along a predetermined path;
an external carriage provided substantially adjacent an external side of said coupling wall and substantially in register with said internal carriage with said coupling wall located between and structurally separating said internal and external carriages, said external carriage being movable along said coupling wall, said external carriage including a receptacle attachment for securing said receptacle thereto; and
a carriage actuator operatively coupled to said internal carriage for moving said internal carriage along said predetermined path;
wherein said internal and external carriages are magnetically coupled to each other by magnetic attraction across said coupling wall so that when said internal carriage is moved along said predetermined path, said external carriage follows said internal carriage as a result of said magnetic attraction and remains substantially in register therewith,
wherein said internal carriage includes an internal carriage body and an internal carriage rotatable assembly rotatably mounted to said internal carriage body so as to be rotatable relative thereto about an internal carriage rotation axis substantially perpendicular to said coupling wall; said external carriage includes an external carriage body and an external carriage rotatable assembly rotatably mounted to said external carriage body so as to be rotatable relative thereto about an external carriage rotation axis substantially perpendicular to said coupling wall, said internal and external carriage rotation axes being substantially collinear; said receptacle attachment is jointly rotatable with said external carriage rotatable assembly; said internal and external carriage rotatable assemblies are magnetically coupled to each other so that rotation of said internal carriage rotatable assembly about said internal carriage rotation axis causes a corresponding rotation of said external carriage rotatable assembly about said external carriage rotation axis due to magnetic coupling forces; and
said system further comprises a tilting mechanism for selectively rotating said internal carriage rotatable assembly about said internal carriage rotation axis wherein said tilting mechanism includes a guiding track extending along said coupling wall and an actuating lever extending from said internal carriage rotatable assembly and engaging said guiding track, said guiding track including guiding track first and second portions that are distanced differently from said predetermined path, causing said internal carriage rotatable assembly to rotate relative to said internal carriage body when said internal carriage moves between portions of said predetermined path in which said actuating lever engages said guiding track first and second portions.

US Pat. No. 10,214,367

ROTATING STACKER

GRUMA S.A.B. DE C.V., Sa...

1. A rotating flatbread stacker comprising:a stack support;
an input conveyor arranged so that flatbreads transported by the input conveyor can be moved toward and be supported by the stack support, thereby forming a flatbread stack;
an output conveyor arranged lower than the input conveyor so that the flatbread stack can be moved off of the stack support;
a slide plate extending from a terminal end of the input conveyor, the slide plate comprising a semi-circle cut-out aligned with a drop channel configured to receive flatbreads therein; and
a semi-circle backstop extending above a horizontal surface of the slide plate in front of the terminal end of the input conveyor,
wherein the stack support comprises a stack support plate disposed on a top end of a rod, the rod being controlled to perform vertical motion between upper and lower positions, the upper position placing the stack support plate relatively nearer the input conveyor, the lower position placing the stack support plate relatively nearer the output conveyor,
wherein the rod is also controlled to perform rotational motion so as to rotate the stack support plate and any of the flatbreads in the flatbread stack resting on the stack support plate, and
wherein the rotating flatbread stacker is constructed and arranged so as to repeatedly raise the rod to the upper position to create a new said flatbread stack, and for each said flatbread that is added to the stack by the input conveyor, performing the vertical motion to lower the stack so as to keep a top of the flatbread stack in generally a constant position with respect to the input conveyor, and performing the rotational motion, until the flatbread stack is complete, whereupon the rod is moved to the lower position and the output conveyor moves the flatbread stack away from the stack support plate.

US Pat. No. 10,214,366

DROP BATCH BUILDER TECHNOLOGY

Cardinal IG Company, Ede...

1. A method of using a drop batch builder, the drop batch builder having an upper conveyor line and a lower conveyor line, the upper conveyor line being at a higher elevation than the lower conveyor line, the lower conveyor line passing under the upper conveyor line at an overpass region, the method comprising:operating the upper conveyor line to convey a first glass sheet along a first upper path of substrate travel, and thereafter operating the upper conveyor line to convey the first glass sheet along a second upper path of substrate travel until reaching a drop region of the upper conveyor line whereupon the first glass sheet is dropped from the upper conveyor line downwardly onto the lower conveyor line; and
operating the lower conveyor line to convey the first glass sheet along a lower path of substrate travel to the overpass region where the first glass sheet passes under the upper conveyor line;
wherein the first and second upper paths of substrate travel are crosswise to each other, and wherein the lower path of substrate travel is crosswise to the first upper path of substrate travel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,365

CONVEYING ARRANGEMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A transportation device comprising at least one mover (20) which comprises at least one magnet (19), and which interacts with a propulsion surface (13) such that the mover (20) in relation to the propulsion surface (13) can be displaceably and/or rotatably moved in at least two degrees of freedom, and further comprising at least one protective device (40) which is disposed between the propulsion surface (13) and the mover (20), characterized in that at least one motion means (50) is provided for moving the protective device (40).

US Pat. No. 10,214,364

SYSTEM FOR TRACKING OPERATING TIME FOR CONVEYOR OF WORKING MACHINE

Roadtec, Inc., Chattanoo...

1. A working machine for conducting a roadworking operation, said machine comprising:(a) a conveyor that is adapted to move roadworking material as a part of a roadworking operation;
(b) a sensor which is adapted to determine if a condition exists that is indicative of the conveyor's operating under a load;
(c) a controller which:
(i) is adapted to receive input information including a predetermined operating run-time for a wear part that is associated with the conveyor;
(ii) is adapted to receive a signal from the sensor that a condition exists which is indicative of the conveyor's operating under load;
(iii) includes a timer that is adapted to use the signal received from the sensor to measure a period of time during which the conveyor is operating under load;
(iv) is adapted to compare the measured period of time that the conveyor is operating under load with the predetermined operating run-time for the wear part, and if the measured time matches the predetermined operating run-time, to signal the operator that the wear part should be inspected for possible replacement, or replaced.

US Pat. No. 10,214,363

PNEUMATIC SLIDE ASSEMBLY FOR MATERIAL HANDLING

1. A material handling assembly for manufacturing, comprising:a first plate adapted to be mounted to a floor;
a second plate mounted on the first plate for sliding movement along the first plate;
the second plate having a lower surface with a recess formed therein and extending upwardly into the plate;
an air inlet in the second plate communicating with the recess, the air inlet providing pressurized air to lift the second plate relative to the first plate when moving the second plate along the first plate; and
a support on the second plate adapted to hold a work piece during a manufacturing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,214,362

GRAIN UNLOADING SYSTEM

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An agricultural device for unloading of grain comprising:an unloader conveyor including a first enclosed and upwardly and substantially vertically extending housing having an inlet end including an opening for receiving grain, and a second enclosed and substantially horizontally oriented housing having an opposite outlet end including a discharge opening through which the grain can be discharged;
an unloader conveyor element including a first unloader conveyor segment in the first enclosed housing and a second unloader conveyor segment in the second enclosed housing, the unloader conveyor element extending through the first enclosed housing and the second enclosed housing, the unloader conveyor element positioned between the inlet end and the opposite outlet end, to convey grain through the first enclosed housing and the second enclosed housing;
a directional transition region positioned between the first unloader conveyor segment and the second unloader conveyor segment; wherein at least a portion of the second enclosed housing located substantially near the directional transition region includes a region that has reduced internal cross-sectional area relative to an outlet of the directional transition region, and wherein at least a portion of the region of reduced cross-sectional area defines a conic section substantially near the directional transition region at an opposite end of the second housing from the outlet end of the second housing, wherein at least a portion of the second unloader conveyor segment includes an auger having an axis of rotation and extending from said second housing at least partially into said directional transition region, said auger having flights with an outer periphery at a constant radius in said directional transition region so that the walls of said conic section diverge from the periphery of said auger flights toward a upstream direction, said conic section being substantially coaxial with the axis of said auger in said second and substantially horizontally oriented housing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,361

RAKE DEVICE ON FRICTION-DRIVEN SWEEP CONVEYOR

1. A method for providing a sweep conveyor with flowable grain from a grain pile without manual user intervention, the method comprising the steps of:a. mounting a rake having a projection unit to a sweep conveyor such that the projection unit extends into a path of movement of the sweep conveyor as the sweep conveyor rotates;
b. rotating the sweep conveyor along the path of movement; and
c. reciprocating the rake through a drive assembly operably coupled to the rake and a driven roller of the sweep conveyor to collapse the grain pile and provide the sweep conveyor with flowable grain without manual user intervention.

US Pat. No. 10,214,360

CHAIN CONVEYOR AND DRIVE SPROCKET FOR SAME

Joy Global Underground Mi...

1. A conveyor system configured to move material relative to a mine face, the conveyor system comprising:a conveyor pan configured to support the material;
a drive unit including a drive shaft and a plurality of sprockets secured to the drive shaft, the drive shaft driven about a rotational axis; and
a conveying element including a plurality of chains and a plurality of flights, each of the chains driven by one of the sprockets to move the chain and the flights over the conveyor pan, each of the flights coupled between the plurality of chains, each of the plurality of flights including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion coupled to the second portion by a movable joint, the flights configured to move the material over the conveyor pan;
wherein the plurality of sprockets are angularly offset about the rotational axis relative to each other, and wherein the first portion moves relative to the second portion at the movable joint in response to the plurality of chains engaging the plurality of sprockets and moving about the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,214,359

CONVEYOR BELT CONNECTOR AND METHOD FOR FORMING A BELT

FENNER U.S., INC., Manhe...

1. An endless belt, comprising:an elongated length of belt material having a first end having an opening and a second end having an opening; and
a belt connector configured to connect the first end of belt material with the second end of the belt material to create a continuous loop, wherein the connector comprises:
a first connector having an exterior surface configured to cooperate with an interior surface of the first end opening;
a second connector having an exterior surface configured to cooperate with an interior surface of the second end opening; and
a connecting link connecting the first connector with the second connector;
wherein the connecting link is pivotable relative to the first connector about a first axis and the connecting link is pivotable relative to the second connector about a second axis that is transverse the first axis;
wherein the exterior surface of the first connector comprises exterior threads configured to positively engage an interior wall of the elongated length of belt;
wherein the exterior surface of the second connector comprises exterior threads configured to positively engage an interior wall of the elongated length of belt and where in the exterior threads of the second connector are the opposite hand threads of the exterior threads of the first connector; and
wherein the first connector comprises a first pair of spaced apart arms projecting rearwardly from the exterior threads wherein the first pair of arms form a first yoke fixedly connected with the exterior threads and wherein the second connector comprises a second pair of spaced apart arms projecting rearwardly from the exterior threads of the second connector wherein the second pair of arms form a second yoke fixedly connected with the exterior threads of the second connector.

US Pat. No. 10,214,358

MULTI-V CONSTANT SPEED ROLLER SHEAVE

LEWCO, INC., Sandusky, O...

1. A conveyor system comprising:a series of rollers coupled to a side of a frame and configured to convey a plurality of conveyed articles thereacross along a direction of travel, each of the rollers having a drive end, the series of rollers including a directly driven roller driven by a drive assembly of the conveyor system and a plurality of slave driven rollers indirectly driven by the drive assembly by torque transmitters; and
a plurality of sheaves, each of the sheaves coupled to a drive end of one of the rollers, each of the sheaves including a plurality of V-shaped grooves formed in an outer surface thereof, the grooves divided into an inner portion and an outer portion, an outer diameter of the inner portion of each of the sheaves is unequal to an outer diameter of the outer portion of each of the sheaves.

US Pat. No. 10,214,357

LIFT ROLLER FOR POWER DRIVE UNIT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An eccentric lift roller assembly comprising:a shaft comprising a shaft centerline axis;
a spindle non-rotatably coupled to and extending from a shoulder of the shaft, the spindle comprising a spindle centerline axis that is parallel and offset relative to the shaft centerline axis;
a lift roller non-rotatably coupled to the spindle, the lift roller comprising:
a hub comprising a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, a roller axis, and a radially outward surface, the hub defining a channel extending through the hub from the first surface to the second surface, the roller axis being offset relative to the shaft centerline axis and the spindle centerline axis;
a rim portion rotatably disposed about the radially outward surface of the hub and configured to rotate about the roller axis; and
a boss disposed on one of the first surface and the second surface; and
a retaining ring coupled to an end of the spindle and configured to engage the other of the first surface and the second surface to retain the lift roller coupled to the spindle;
wherein the boss is disposed radially outward of the shaft and the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,356

TRANSPORTING ELEMENT FOR ACCOMMODATING AND TRANSPORTING SPHERICAL, CYLINDRICAL OR EGG-SHAPED ARTICLES, AND A COOKING APPLIANCE, PASTEURIZER OR COOLING UNIT

1. A transporting element for accommodating and for transporting spherical, cylindrical, or egg-shaped articles, the transporting element comprising:a channel shaped body having an accommodating space curved in a form of part of a circle, as seen in cross-section, and enclosing an angle of at least 180°, the channel-shaped body comprising first and second longitudinal crosspieces and a plurality of crosspieces having a first end connected to the first longitudinal crosspiece and having a second end connected to the second longitudinal crosspiece, wherein the plurality of crosspieces extend in parallel to each other and transversely to the first and second longitudinal crosspieces,
wherein spaces between each of the plurality of crosspieces form corresponding bearing points arranged adjacent to each other along the first and second longitudinal crosspieces, wherein the bearing points are slot-shaped apertures arranged in a region of the channel-shaped body that is curved in the form of part of a circle, the slot-shaped apertures extending in parallel to each other and transversely to the first and second longitudinal crosspieces on either side up to the first and second longitudinal crosspieces, which form a respective longitudinal edge,
wherein the transporting element is an integral component.

US Pat. No. 10,214,355

STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM

Symbotic, LLC, Wilmingto...

1. A lift comprising:at least one load handling device configured so as to reciprocate along a lift axis, the at least one load handling device including
a frame forming a payload section with a payload support surface having a common elevation configured to hold one or more pickfaces at the common elevation of the payload support surface;
at least one transfer arm movably mounted to the frame; and
a drive section connected to the at least one load handling device and being configured to move the at least one load handling device along the lift axis; and
a controller connected to the drive section, the controller being configured to effect the defined order sequence of pickfaces on the at least one load handling device according to a predetermined case out order sequence of mixed cases;
wherein the one or more pickfaces carried in unison by the payload support surface of the at least one load handling device, define an order sequence of pickfaces on the at least one load handling device according to a predetermined case out order sequence of mixed cases;
wherein the at least one load handling device further includes a justification member disposed within the payload section; and
wherein the controller is configured to control a combined movement of the justification member and the at least one transfer arm to effect the sorting of two or more pickfaces carried in the payload section.

US Pat. No. 10,214,354

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED TRANSPORT OF ITEMS

NEXTSHIFT ROBOTICS, Inc.,...

14. A method for transporting items in a storage array comprising:stacked racks with predetermined storage locations, for storage containers, arranged along at least one aisle having a base or floor, the method includes providing at least one of the aisles with a mezzanine platform supported by the stacked racks above the base or floor so that the base or floor and mezzanine platform allow human picker access to the predetermined storage locations of the racks along the at least one aisle;
providing at least one automated guided vehicle picker configured for traverse of the base or floor and the mezzanine platform to the predetermined storage locations along the at least one aisle, and configured for holding and transporting one of the storage containers to and from the storage locations;
effecting transport of the one of the storage containers, with the at least one automated guided vehicle picker, on a respective undeterministic traverse surface of a rack aisle of each of the base or floor and mezzanine platform where the respective undeterministic traverse surface of the rack aisle of the base or floor is different than the underterministic traverse surface of the rack aisle of the mezzanine platform and each of the different undeterministic traverse surfaces of each respective rack aisles of the base or floor and the mezzanine platform provides holonomic selectable paths for the automated guided vehicle picker substantially everywhere on the respective undeterministic traverse surface and each of the paths is freely selectable by the automated guided vehicle picker for traversing along the aisle on the base or floor;
providing an order filling station, where one or more goods are picked from one or more of the storage containers to fill one or more orders;
and effecting, at least one automated guided vehicle picker, picking of the one of the storage containers from one of the storage locations along the at least one aisle and transporting the one of the storage containers on the respective undeterministic traverse surface to the order filling station.

US Pat. No. 10,214,353

AUTOMATED STORES AND MANUFACTURED-PRODUCT PRODUCTION UNIT COMPRISING SAME

1. Warehouse for items in the form of raw materials or basic components, that comprises:a plurality of item storage areas, at least one upper storage area, being superposed with at least one lower storage area, each storage area comprising a number of item storage locations formed on the floor of said storage area;
at least one carrier able to move items from an upper storage area to a lower storage area, and vice versa;
for each upper storage area, at least one manipulator robot able to pick up an item from one of the storage locations and transport it to the at least one carrier, and vice versa; and
for each lower storage area, at least one manipulator robot able to pick up an item from one of the storage locations and transport it to a workstation, and vice versa, and able to pick up an item from the at least one carrier and transport it to one of the storage locations or to a workstation, and vice versa;
each manipulator robot being able to move over a storage area during the transport;
wherein at least one manipulator robot is mounted so as to be mobile on two horizontal rails fixedly installed above and at a distance from the storage area and above two sides of said storage area, and this manipulator robot comprises a motorized horizontal base mounted so as to be mobile on the two rails, said horizontal base being formed of two side-members perpendicular to the direction of the guide rails, said manipulator robot also comprising a motorized carriage mounted so as to be mobile on and along the two side-members of the motorized horizontal base, said motorized carriage bearing a grasping head movable towards and away from the storage area;wherein the grasping head comprises a gripper comprising two opposed grasping claws, two vertical carrying arms respectively bearing the two grasping claws on their lower extremity, and an actuator motor mechanism for moving the two carrying arms further from or closer to each other;wherein the actuator motor mechanism comprises a motor unit having a rotary output shaft coupled to a horizontal actuator screw, fixed in translation, comprising two opposed threaded areas, one of which has a right thread and the other a left thread, each threaded area receiving a threaded bush, fixed in rotation, one of the two carrying arms being borne by one of the threaded bushes and the other by the other threaded bush, and said carrying arms extending downwards from the threaded bushes;
wherein the gripper of the grasping head is borne on the lower extremity of a telescopic mount of the grasping head, said telescopic mount being deployable and retractable vertically under the action of a motor mechanism;
wherein the telescopic mount comprises a contained lower tubular element with a straight polygonal cross-section, and a containing upper tubular element with a straight polygonal cross-section, slidingly receiving the lower tubular element;
and wherein the motor unit is configured for actuating the horizontal screw, and wherein said screw and the threaded bushes are mounted in the lower tubular element and said lower tubular element comprises in a lower portion two longitudinal openings for the passage of the two carrying arms, the lower portion of each carrying arm and the grasping claws being outside the lower tubular element.

US Pat. No. 10,214,352

CARRIER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CARRIER SYSTEM

Murata Machinery, Ltd., ...

1. A carrier system comprising:a circulation rail which is hung from above and includes a curved part;
a plurality of carriers, each of which 1) includes a travelling vehicle that travels along the circulation rail and a lift stage that is liftably hung on the travelling vehicle, 2) hold a cargo, and 3) freely lifts and lowers the lift stage to and from a storing position while simultaneously traveling along the circulation rail;
a plurality of racks which are arranged in parallel along the circulation rail, and each of which includes a plurality of placement parts arranged in parallel in a vertical direction; and
a controller which selects any of the plurality of placement parts as the storing position of the cargo and instructs the carrier that holds the cargo out of the plurality of carriers, about the storing position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,351

BARRIER PANEL ASSEMBLIES AND STORAGE RACK ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING SAME

1. A storage rack assembly disposed on an associated base surface and having a front side and a rear side, said storage rack assembly comprising:a storage rack structure including a plurality of columns and a plurality of beams extending between and interconnecting said plurality of columns such that a storage bay is formed at a non-zero height above the associated base surface, said storage bay including a front opening and at least one of a rear opening and a side opening, at least a first set of beams of said plurality of beams including a top surface and an outer side surface with a first set of beams disposed in spaced relation to one another in a first direction and a second set of beams disposed in spaced relation to one another in a second direction that is oriented transverse to said first direction such that said storage bay has a first bay dimension between said outer side surfaces of said first set of beams;
a storage deck supported on said storage rack structure within said storage bay, said storage deck operatively engaging one or more of said plurality of beams to form a floor of said storage bay, said storage deck including a storage deck sheet that is at least partially formed from first and second pluralities of deck wires arranged in a grid pattern and interconnected with one another by flowed-material joints, said first plurality of deck wires including:
a deck portion extending longitudinally in said second direction between opposing first and second deck-wire ends; and,
first and second extension portions respectively disposed along said first and second deck-wire ends, said first and second extension portions extending from said deck portion in a heightwise direction that is transverse to said first and second directions; and,
a barrier panel assembly extending across one of said rear opening and said side opening of said storage bay and including a plurality of support brackets;
said storage deck having a deck dimension in said second direction between said first and second extension portions of said first plurality of deck wires that is greater than said first bay dimension such that said first plurality of deck wires extend across said top surfaces of said first set of beams with first and second extension portions coextensive in said heightwise direction with said outer side surfaces of said first set of beams and such that said plurality of support brackets are captured by said storage deck on said one or more of said plurality of beams thereby securing said barrier panel assembly to said storage rack structure.

US Pat. No. 10,214,350

INTELLIGENT AND INFORMATIZED MULTI-VEHICLE COLLABORATIVELY OPERATING MUNICIPAL REFUSE COLLECTION AND TRANSFER SYSTEM AND METHOD

HUNAN UNIVERSITY, Changs...

1. An intelligent informatization and multi-vehicle collaboration, urban garbage collection system, comprising:a multi-freedom intelligent automation trash grabbing system comprising a multi-freedom intelligent grabbing system,
a two types of garbage truck docking operating system comprising a plurality of small and medium sizes of garbage trucks and large capacity garbage trucks,
a multi-vehicle collaboration informatization system,
a garbage collection point confirmation information system, and
a remote monitoring informatization management system for organizing said multi-freedom intelligent automation trash grabbing system, said two types of garbage truck docking operating system and a multi-vehicle collaborative operation information system, and said garbage collection point confirmation information system,
wherein trash cans are able to be automatically collected by said multi-freedom intelligent automation trash grabbing system, wherein said multi-freedom intelligent automation trash grabbing systems is installed on said small and medium sizes and large capacity of garbage trucks, wherein said trash cans are efficiently collected by said small and medium sizes of garbage trucks based on said multi-vehicle collaboration informatization system through a multi-vehicle collaboration information, wherein said large capacity garbage trucks are adapted to be docked with said small and medium sizes of garbage trucks to transport a garbage out of a city based on said multi-vehicle collaboration informatization system,
wherein said small and medium sizes of garbage trucks are adapted for collecting the garbage inside said trash cans placed all over urban streets based on an area seamless management database and multi-vehicle collaboration real-time operation information,
wherein said multi-freedom intelligent grabbing system is installed on a garbage container of each of said small and medium sizes and large capacity of garbage trucks, and a top portion of said garbage container having a garbage opening operated by a door system which is linked with said multi-freedom intelligent grabbing system to operate between an open door position and a close door position, wherein a rear portion of said garbage truck comprises another door system to dock with other comportment,
wherein lifting and translating mechanisms are arranged on a bottom portion of said garbage container,
wherein a pushing mechanism is designed inside said garbage container of said garbage truck.

US Pat. No. 10,214,349

DUST AND ALLERGEN CONTROL FOR SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A lid for a refuse container, the lid moveable between a closed position in which the lid overlies an open upper end of the refuse container and an open position in which the refuse container may be emptied, the lid having an openable port operable between a closed position in which the lid closes the upper end of the refuse container and an open position in which a dirt collection region of an air treatment member of a surface cleaning apparatus is positioned in the port,wherein the at least one moveable member comprises a plurality of sections each of which has an outer end that is located at a perimeter of the openable port and an inner end and
wherein, in the closed position, the sections close the port, and
wherein, in the open position, the sections are positioned adjacent a portion of the surface cleaning apparatus when the portion of the surface cleaning apparatus is positioned in the port with the dirt collection region overlying a bottom of the refuse container and at least a portion of the sections extend into the refuse container, and
wherein the sections are biased to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,348

AIR-VENTILATED TRASH CONTAINER SYSTEM

1. A trash container system comprising:an open-top hollow container body having a top perimeter comprising:
an integrated sidewall and a bottom wall formed integrally with said integrated sidewall;
wherein said integrated sidewall comprises:
a continuous upright inner sidewall having an upper portion and a lower portion, having a height H2 from said upper portion to said lower portion, and having a plurality of upper air release orifices disposed within said upper portion of said inner sidewall;
a top connecting portion disposed at said top perimeter of said open-top container body;
a continuous outer partial sidewall that extends downward from said top connecting portion and that has a height H1 that is less than half of said height H2;
a plurality of laterally spaced apart, generally vertical ribs disposed between said exterior of said inner sidewall and said outer partial sidewall;
a right inner sidewall portion;
a front inner sidewall portion, wherein a first corner is formed between said right inner sidewall portion and said front inner sidewall portion;
a left inner sidewall portion, wherein a second corner is formed between said front inner sidewall portion and said left inner sidewall portion; and
a back inner sidewall portion, wherein a third corner is formed between said left inner sidewall portion and said back inner sidewall portion, and wherein a fourth corner is formed between said back inner sidewall portion and said right inner sidewall portion;
wherein at least one of said plurality of upper air release orifices is disposed between each set of adjacent ones of said generally vertical ribs;
wherein one of said generally vertical ribs is disposed at said first corner;
wherein one of said generally vertical ribs is disposed at said second corner;
wherein one of said generally vertical ribs is disposed at said third corner; and
wherein one of said generally vertical ribs is disposed at said fourth corner.

US Pat. No. 10,214,347

WASTE STORAGE DEVICE

Sangenic International Li...

1. A waste cartridge comprising a relatively rigid upper portion and a relatively flexible lower portion, wherein said relatively flexible lower portion is arranged for storing waste items and wherein said relatively rigid upper portion is arranged to be folded about an axis in a direction substantially towards the lower portion of the waste cartridge wherein a first rib and a first recess are arranged on the rigid upper portion on one side of the axis and a second rib and a second recess are arranged on the rigid upper portion on the opposite side of the axis, wherein the relatively flexible lower portion is attached to the relatively rigid upper portion only between the first rib and the first recess and between the second rib and the second recess.

US Pat. No. 10,214,346

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING CARGO CONDITIONS

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. An apparatus for monitoring cargo conditions, comprising:at least one environmental sensor to monitor at least one environmental parameter associated with the cargo;
a controller to log a plurality of readings from each of the at least one environmental sensors; and
a sensor interface to facilitate communication between the at least one environmental sensor and the controller;
wherein the sensor interface comprises a wired sensor interface;
wherein the sensor interface includes an embedded interface portion associated with the shipping container and a temporary interface portion associated with the at least one environmental sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,345

ENTRYWAY PROTECTIVE COLLAR

1. A device comprising:a first portion that has a diameter that is larger than that of a manhole and covers a surface that is adjacent to the manhole;
a second portion that has a diameter that is smaller than that of the manhole and extends into the opening of the manhole;
a third portion that connects the first portion and the second portion; and
an opening that is formed by the first portion, the second portion, and the third portion;
wherein in operation, the device is removably placed about a manhole with the first portion extending around the manhole, the third portion extending into the manhole, and the opening providing access to the manhole;
wherein the first portion, the second portion, and the third portion form a continuous surface that lacks sharp edges and lacks discontinuities.

US Pat. No. 10,214,344

CARTRIDGE FOR EXTRACTING A BEVERAGE

1. A cartridge for extracting a beverage by injecting a fluid, comprising a containment body which is adapted to contain a substance from which the beverage is to be extracted and is adapted to receive said fluid, said containment body comprising at least one outflow opening for the outflow of the beverage which is adapted to prevent an increase in hydraulic pressure inside the cartridge when said fluid is injected, wherein said containment body comprises a plurality of raised portions configured to hinder the flow of the beverage, which are arranged in a mutually offset arrangement around said at least one outflow opening, wherein said raised portions are arranged along at least two closed lines which are substantially concentric with respect to said at least one outflow opening so that the raised portions of one line are offset with respect to the raised portions of the adjacent lines, so that each raised portion of one line radially faces the separation region between two adjacent raised portions of the adjacent lines, so as to prevent the presence of radial channels along the bottom wall of the containment body toward said at least one outflow opening.

US Pat. No. 10,214,343

PACK FOR TOBACCO ARTICLES PROVIDED WITH A SEALED WRAP WITH AN INNER PRESSURE THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM THE ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE AND RELATIVE WRAPPING METHOD

1. Pack (1) comprising:a group (4) of tobacco articles;
a sealed wrap (3), which has an inner pressure that is different from the atmospheric pressure, encloses the group (4) of tobacco articles, has a pull-out opening (5) for the tobacco articles and consists of a heat-sealable sheet (14) of wrapping material, which is folded around the group (4) of tobacco articles and is stabilized by means of heat-sealing; and
a rigid reinforcement element (10), which is arranged on the inside of the sealed wrap (3) in contact with the group (4) of tobacco articles and embraces the group (4) of said tobacco articles;
the pack (1) is characterized in that at least a portion of the sealed wrap (3) is mechanically coupled, by means of glueing or heat-sealing, to a corresponding portion of the reinforcement element (10).

US Pat. No. 10,214,342

DISPENSER BOX FOR FRAGILE ITEMS, INCLUDING TUBES FOR CIGARETTES

REPUBLIC TOBACCO L.P., G...

1. A dispenser carton containing a plurality of empty paper cigarette tubes comprising:a plurality of empty paper cigarette tubes having a predetermined diameter and filter ends;
a rectangular carton with an interior containing the empty cigarette tubes, the container including an openable and closeable cover enabling the carton to be filled with the empty paper cigarette tubes, a bottom panel and four side panels, the bottom panel and four side panels intersecting along fold lines defining carton edges, and
a cutout extending from the bottom panel to one of the side panels, with parallel perforated lines outlining and comprising, when broken, the sides of an L-shaped folded replaceable flap having end and intermediate flap portions on opposite sides of a fold line of the carton, the end flap portion having a rounded end, and the flap extending only from the one side panel to the bottom panel making it possible, after the cutout has been broken, to open the carton at the flap to access the tubes in the interior of the carton;
the flap having a width and a height where the width and height of the flap on the front panel of the carton are greater than the cigarette tube diameter and no more than 2.5 times the diameter of the tubes; and
the cigarette tubes being disposed in the carton with the replaceable flap of the carton opposite the filter ends of the tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,214,340

CONTAINERS FOR HOLDING AND DISPENSING STACKS OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE COMPONENTS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A container for holding and dispensing electronic device components, the container comprising:an elongated tube having a cavity configured to contain a stack of electronic device components, the tube having a dispensing end opposite an access end, the dispensing end having a dispenser opening sized to dispense the electronic device components, and the access end having an access opening sized to allow entry of a press, wherein the cavity comprises a uniform cross-sectional area that extends from the dispenser opening to the access opening; and
a plurality of retainers removably attached to the access end and positioned proximate the access end to engage a last component in the stack and prevent it from exiting the tube through the access opening, said plurality of retainers configured to engage only a periphery of the last electronic device component;
wherein either:
the plurality of retainers extend from the tube and protrude into a space of the cavity falling within a perimeter defined by an outside edge of the last electric device component in the stack;
the tube has a square cross-section and the plurality of retainers are attached to corners of the access end;
the plurality of retainers is four retainers attached to corners of the edge of the access end; and
the four retainers are spatially separated from each other about the access end; or
the plurality of retainers extend from the tube and protrudes into a space of the cavity falling within a perimeter defined by an outside edge of the last electric device component in the stack;
the plurality of retainers comprises two pairs of retainers; and
each retainer is U-shaped and straddles an edge of the access end of the elongated tube.

US Pat. No. 10,214,337

PRECISION SCORED EXTERIOR POCKET FOR FLEXIBLE PACKAGE

Sonoco Development, Inc.,...

1. A package comprising a flexible wall formed from a laminate, the laminate comprising:an inner layer; and
an outer layer, the outer layer comprising a fixed portion permanently attached to the inner layer by permanent adhesive and an adhesive-free pocket-shaped area tangentially attached to the fixed portion along a perimeter, the adhesive-free pocket-shaped area having a top edge, the outer layer further comprising a score line substantially in registration with the top edge;
a portion of the inner layer and the pocket-shaped area of the outer layer forming an external pocket; the package further comprising
a pressure sensitive adhesive pattern applied only to a top marginal region located entirely within the adhesive free pocket shaped area just below and co-extensive with the top edge, a remaining area of the adhesive free pocket shaped area being free from adhesive; wherein
the external pocket has a closed position in which the inner layer and the outer layer are adhered together along the top marginal region and an open position in which the outer layer is at least partially disengaged from the inner layer along the top marginal region.

US Pat. No. 10,214,336

COMBINED WINE GLASS AND WINE BOTTLE PACKAGE

govino, LLC, Newport Bea...

1. In combination:a glass having an upwardly narrowing tapered flume of entirely generally uniform thickness terminating in a smooth upper rim and a lower base defining a central component surrounded by an upstanding wall defining a smooth inner surface; and
a bottle having an upper end defining a pour spout and a lower end having an external groove, the pour spout seated within the beverage glass in spaced apart relation relative to the smooth inner surface of the upstanding wall, wherein the upper rim of the beverage glass is received for snap-fit reception into the external groove.

US Pat. No. 10,214,335

TAMPER EVIDENCE FEATURE

LaserSharp FlexPak servic...

1. A tamper proof package, comprising:a packaging material;
a removable label, attached to the packaging material using an adhesive, said removable label having a spiral shape formed thereon, where one end of the spiral shape is attached to the label and an other end is attached to the packaging material, in a way such that the spiral is extended when the package is opened by separating the label from the packaging material.

US Pat. No. 10,214,334

METHOD OF FORMING A CARRIER FOR CONTAINERS

Graphic Packaging Interna...

5. A method of forming a carrier at least partially holding a plurality of containers, each container of the plurality of containers comprising a flange, the method comprising:obtaining a blank comprising a plurality of panels comprising a bottom panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, a first top panel foldably connected to the first side panel, a second top panel foldably connected to the second side panel, a first retention flap foldably connected to the first top panel, and a second retention flap foldably connected to the second top panel, wherein at least one container-receiving feature extends in at least the bottom panel, the first retention flap comprises a first proximal portion foldably connected to the first top panel and a first distal portion foldably connected to the first proximal portion, and the second retention flap comprises a second proximal portion foldably connected to the second top panel and a second distal portion foldably connected to the second proximal portion;
inserting at least a portion of at least one container of the plurality of containers through the at least one container-receiving feature;
forming an interior of the carrier at least partially defined by the plurality of panels, the flange of each container of the plurality of containers being at least partially enclosed in the interior of the carrier; and
positioning at least one of the first retention flap and the second retention flap to engage at least a portion of the flange of at least one container of the plurality of containers and so that at least one of the first retention flap and the second retention flap is generally V-shaped;
wherein the positioning at least one of the first retention flap and the second retention flap comprises positioning the first proximal portion to extend generally downwardly from the first top panel and the first distal portion to extend generally upwardly from the first proximal portion so that the first retention flap is generally V-shaped; and
wherein the positioning at least one of the first retention flap and the second retention flap further comprises positioning the second proximal portion to extend generally downwardly from the second top panel and the second distal portion to extend generally upwardly from the second proximal portion so that the second retention flap is generally V-shaped.

US Pat. No. 10,214,333

CARTON AND CARTON BLANK AND A HANDLE STRUCTURE THEREFOR

Westrock Packaging System...

1. A carton for packaging one or more articles, comprising:a first panel and a second panel in overlying relationship with each other so as to form a composite wall; and
a handle structure formed in the composite wall, the handle structure comprising:
a first end portion formed from the first panel;
a grip portion extending from the first end portion into an access opening in the composite wall; and
a second end portion formed from the second panel, disposed beneath the first panel and coupled to the grip portion;
wherein the grip portion is defined at least in part in the first panel and wherein the grip portion includes a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the grip portion is severably coupled to the first panel and wherein the second end of the grip portion is integrally formed so as to be continuous with the first panel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,332

BEVERAGE CONTAINER CAP HOLDER

CALIDRATION, INC., Oxnar...

1. Apparatus for tethering a container cap to a container comprising in combination:a. A cup shaped cap holder of elastomeric material including a central aperture;
b. a tether member including a first loop adapted to be mounted on the container and a second, smaller loop adapted to be connected to said cap holder;
c. a capture assembly including a lower capture disk adapted to support said cap holder interior through said central aperture and an upper capture disk adapted to support said cap holder on its outer surface; and
d. a support post adapted to pass through said smaller loop and be connected to said lower capture disk whereby said cap holder is held between said capture disks but can be released therefrom by stretching said central aperture to escape said capture disks.

US Pat. No. 10,214,330

FLUID CONTAINER WITH AXIS STRAW

THERMOS LLC, Schaumburg,...

1. A fluid container cover comprising:a cap having an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner surface capable of being coupled to the fluid container;
a spout comprising a drinking portion, an actuation portion and a curved, distal end, wherein the spout is capable of being actuated from a first closed position to a second open position by an external force applied on the actuation portion;
a flexible tube coupled inside of the spout, the flexible tube having a first end and a second end, the second end being longer in length than the spout; and
an air venting component having a nub and a plurality of air vent holes;
wherein when the spout is in the first closed position, the flexible tube is deformed by the curved, distal end of the spout preventing flow through the spout; and
wherein when the spout is actuated from the first closed position to the second open position, the curved, distal end of the spout deflects the nub of the air venting component allowing passage of air with the fluid container.

US Pat. No. 10,214,329

INSERT TO REDUCE LIKELIHOOD OF CONTAMINATION THROUGH BACKWASH AND CONTAINER WITH SAME

ABCD CAPITAL LLC, Chicag...

1. An insert for use with a container that includes a lid with a suction opening and a liquid storage portion where the lid threads onto the liquid storage portion to allow liquid from the liquid storage portion to be consumed through the suction opening by a user, the insert comprising:a barrier with an outer perimeter that is configured to be captured, and form a seal against liquid, between the lid and the liquid storage portion when the lid is threaded onto the liquid storage portion;
a first one-way valve through the barrier and configured to allow the liquid to flow from the liquid storage portion to the suction opening during consumption of the liquid by the user; and
a second one-way valve configured to allow air to flow into the liquid storage portion, the second one-way valve being configured to provide fluid communication from the threads to the storage portion; wherein
the insert is configured so that external fluid can flow from the threads, to the second one-way valve and into the storage portion when the barrier is between the lid and the liquid storage portion but fluid cannot flow from the threads to the suction opening when the barrier is between the lid and the liquid storage portion without first flowing into the liquid storage portion, and
the insert is configured to be removably and repeatably inserted to be retained between the lid and the liquid storage portion at a location that the lid is able to seal against the liquid storage portion without the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,214,328

LID FOR A CONTAINER

Runway Blue, LLC, Alpine...

1. A lid comprising:a body; and
a linkage coupled to the body, the linkage including an activator manipulable by a user and a fluid-flow member interconnected with the activator, the fluid-flow member having a fluid pathway comprising a mouthpiece that is movable relative to the body and relative to the activator responsive to movement of the activator;
wherein:
the linkage is movable between a first position and a second position through movement of the activator;
when the linkage is in the first position, a passageway through the fluid pathway is at least partially blocked; and
when the linkage is in the second position, the passageway through the fluid pathway is open.

US Pat. No. 10,214,327

HINGED LID

1. A hinged lid for covering a container having an open top defined by an upper rim, comprising:first and second substantially transparent sections having respective peripheral portions with corresponding flat lower sides, the sections being hingedly connected to one another along an axis so as to allow the first section to pivot thereabout between a closed position, in which the lower sides of both sections are coplanar and thereby engageable with the rim of the container, and an open position above and out of contact with the container, wherein the second section has an outer edge and two pairs of slots that are paraxially spaced from and opposite one another, each pair of slots including closely adjacent first and second slots respectively extending inwardly from the outer edge; and
an elastic strap, in a form of an endless loop, that is removably receivable in and between the two pairs of slots to thereby removably secure the second section of the lid to the container.

US Pat. No. 10,214,326

TAMPER EVIDENT RING/BOTTLE SYSTEM

1. A tamper evident ring/closure system comprising:a closure being of a one piece construction with a distal section and a proximal section and an intermediate section;
the intermediate section having a cylindrical center with a first annular fold extending radially inwardly and a second annular fold extending radially inwardly, the first and second folds being parallel and forming an annular channel there between, the annular channel extending for 360 degrees less a gap, the cylindrical center being formed with a hole; and
a snap ring having a C-shaped configuration and positioned within the annular channel, the snap ring having spaced free ends and a projection of a size to extend into the hole in the cylindrical center, the projection being of a first color, the snap ring being of second color except for the projection.

US Pat. No. 10,214,325

IN OR RELATING TO TAMPER-EVIDENT CLOSURES

Obrist Closures Switzerla...

1. A tamper-evident closure for a container, the closure comprising a base and a lid, the base is attachable to a container neck, the base comprising a sidewall having a free end, the closure further comprising a tamper-evident drop band, the tamper-evident drop band including an annular band, the annular band being frangibly connected to said free end of said sidewall, the tamper-evident drop band further comprising a flap that extends radially inwards of the annular band when the closure is fitted onto a container neck, the flap including an abutment for engaging the container neck to cause the tamper-evident drop band to break away from the sidewall if an attempt is made to remove the closure from the neck once fitted, the flap further comprising an extension against which the base sidewall abuts if the closure is reapplied and pushes or holds the annular band away from the free end of the base sidewall to form and maintain a gap therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,214,324

SYNTHETIC RESIN CONTAINER LID

NIPPON CLOSURES CO., LTD....

1. A synthetic resin container lid including a circular top panel wall, a skirt wall extending downwardly from a peripheral edge of the circular top panel wall, and a locking ridge formed on an inner peripheral surface of the skirt wall, whereinthin-walled inversion pieces extend upward beyond the circular top panel wall from lower ends thereof, the thin-walled inversion pieces being arranged at intervals in a circumferential direction, and the lower ends being connected to an outer peripheral surface of the skirt wall or to a boundary part between the outer peripheral surface of the skirt wall and an upper surface of the circular top panel wall;
a restraint wall is connected to upper ends of the thin-wailed inversion pieces;
a specific site in the circumferential direction of the restraint wail is either split, or is defined by a breakable weakened section;
locked projections protruding radially outwardly from an outer peripheral surface of the restraint wall are formed on both sides in the circumferential direction of the specific site;
an operating section having locking projections is connected to the outer peripheral surface of the skirt wall via a connecting piece extending out radially from the outer peripheral surface of the skirt wall, the connecting piece being located in alignment with the specific site in the circumferential direction, and the locking projections protruding radially inwardly on both sides in the circumferential direction of the connecting piece; and
when the thin-walled inversion pieces are inverted to extend downward from the lower ends, the restraint wall surrounds the skirt wall, and the locked projections and the locking projections collaborate to restrict expansion of the restraint wall.

US Pat. No. 10,214,323

CAP ASSEMBLY HAVING INSIDE SEAL

DSG TECHNOLOGY LLC, Dayt...

1. A resealable container assembly comprising:a container that is either metal or glass and closed at a first end so as to be configured for holding an associated fluid at a preselected pressure therein, and having an opening at a second end, the opening having an inner, first diameter through which the associated fluid is introduced into and poured from the container, the container having thread portions adjacent the second end along an external surface thereof;
a metal cup-shaped cap having an end wall, and a perimeter sidewall extending from the end wall, wherein the cap includes roll on pilfer proof (ROPP) thread portions that are formed for selective twist-on/twist-off receipt relative to the thread portions on the container; and
a seal adhered to an inner surface of the end wall of the cap, the seal including a continuous first axial region extending outwardly from the cap inner surface a larger extent than a remainder of the seal, the first axial region of the seal having a radially outer, external surface dimensioned for sealing engagement with a smallest inner diameter of the container opening, such that the external surface of the first axial region seals the container along the smallest inner diameter of the container opening, whereby the seal formed between the first axial region and the smallest inner diameter of the container opening maintains the associated fluid within the container at pressure while holding the cap on the container with less than 100 pounds of down force during formation of the ROPP thread portions.

US Pat. No. 10,214,322

CHILD RESISTANT PLASTIC BAG ASSEMBLY

PAN PACIFIC PLASTICS MFG....

1. A child resistant, zippered plastic bag assembly having an openable and recloseable mouth, the bag assembly comprising:a sheet-like first side panel and a sheet-like second side panel each having respective upper portions forming the mouth, and an opposing bottom sides, and first and second opposing sides being joined together so as to define a storage volume;
a zippered closure device coupled to the respective upper portions of said first and second side panels for interlocking said mouth between a closed condition and an opened condition;
a slider device having a base member operably mounted to, and cooperating, with the zippered closure device for movement therealong between a first position, orienting said mouth in said closed condition, and a second position, orienting said mouth in said opened condition, said slider device including a first wing extending outwardly from, and fixedly mounted to, said base member, adjacent the respective upper portion of said first side panel, and a second wing also extending outwardly from, and fixedly mounted to, said base member, adjacent the respective upper portion of said second side panel; and
a lock device manually operable between said first wing and second wing, and configured to cooperate with said first side panel and said second side panel in a locked state to prevent movement of said slider device toward said second position, releasably locking said slider device in said first position, said lock device includes a locking post extending away from an interior surface of said first wing, toward said second wing, said locking post being configured to be manually positioned through aligned retaining apertures extending through said first and second side panels, when said slider device is oriented in said first position, and into engagement with an aligned locking port in said second wing, reorienting the first and second wings from an unlocked state to a locked state to lock said slider device in said first position, said first and second wings are angled slightly downwardly such that said locking post and said aligned retaining apertures are oriented below said zippered closure device.

US Pat. No. 10,214,320

STORAGE SYSTEM AND PROCESS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A system comprising: an adjustable tray comprising at least one edge and a frame, wherein the adjustable tray further comprises a first portion, a second portion, and a tapered overlapping joint disposed there between constructed and arranged to bend to form a plurality of varying compartments within a partially enclosed space at least partially defined by the frame;wherein the tapered overlapping joint includes at least part of the first portion overlapping at least part of the second portion;
wherein the frame comprises at least one groove, a rear interior of a vehicle trim and a backing comprising a rear of a vehicle seat; and
wherein at least a portion of the backing is constructed and arranged to bend to interact with the adjustable tray to form additional varying compartments within the partially enclosed space at least partially defined by the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,214,319

STORAGE RECEPTACLE STACKING SYSTEM

Regency Seating, Inc., A...

1. A storage receptacle stacking system comprising:a set of receptacles having at least a first receptacle and a second receptacle, wherein at least the second receptacle is substantially identical in construction with the first receptacle, and the first receptacle is in the form of an open rectangular prism defined by
a substantially planar rectangular first back panel having a first back panel inside surface, a first back panel outside surface, with the first back panel inside surface and the first back panel outside surface being substantially smooth, the substantially planar rectangular first back panel defined by,
a top edge,
a bottom edge opposite the top edge,
a right edge connecting the top edge and the bottom edge,
and a left edge opposite the right edge,
connecting the top edge and the bottom edge,
a substantially planar rectangular first top panel
engaged with the top edge of the first back panel,
extending perpendicular to the first back panel inside surface, wherein the first top panel has a first top panel inside surface, a substantially smooth first top panel outside surface, at least two first top panel edge surfaces with at least one first top connection aperture in each of the at least two top panel edge surfaces,
a substantially planar rectangular first bottom panel
engaged with the bottom edge of the first back panel,
and extending perpendicular to the first back panel inside surface, wherein the first bottom panel has a first bottom panel inside surface, a substantially smooth first bottom panel outside surface, at least two first bottom panel edge surfaces with at least one first bottom connection aperture in each of the at least two first bottom panel edge surfaces,
a substantially planar rectangular first left panel
engaged with the left edge of the first back panel, and extending perpendicular to the first back panel inside surface, wherein the first left panel has a first left panel inside surface, a first left panel outside surface, at least two first left panel edge surfaces, and the first left panel outside surface has a first left panel outside surface plurality of connection apertures, and at least one first left panel connection aperture in each of the at least two first left panel edge surfaces,
a substantially planar rectangular first right panel
engaged with the right edge of the first back panel,
and extending perpendicular to the first back panel inside surface, with the first right panel having a first right panel inside surface, a first right panel outside surface, at least two first right panel edge surfaces, and the first right panel outside surface has a first right panel outside surface plurality of connection apertures, and at least one first left panel connection aperture in each of the two first left panel edge surfaces;
the second receptacle having
at least two second left panel edge surfaces each having at least one connection aperture, at least two second right panel edge surfaces each having at least one second connection aperture;
with one of the first left or first right panel surface edges removably engaged with one of the second left or second right surface edges via one of a first set of straight mechanical fasteners inserted into one of the first connection apertures and one of the second connection apertures and the straight mechanical fastener is not visible when the first and second receptacle are engaged via the first and second connection apertures and the straight mechanical fastener,
wherein each receptacle is removably engaged to at least one other receptacle by the first set of straight mechanical fasteners such that,
for each receptacle,
at least one panel of a receptacle of the set of receptacles is adjacent to and parallel with a panel of another receptacle of the set of receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,214,318

PALLET WITH CONCAVE LOAD SUPPORT SURFACE

Daniel Kelly, Medford, N...

1. A pallet comprising:a pallet deck supported along a base plane;
wherein the pallet deck defines a load support surface within a given perimeter, the load support surface including at least a tapered portion which tapers in increasing height relative to the base plane from a tapered portion inner perimeter to a tapered portion outer perimeter such that the load support surface has a concave configuration,
wherein the load support surface includes a central planar portion within the tapered portion inner perimeter, the central planar portion extending substantially parallel to the base plane.

US Pat. No. 10,214,317

ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR CREATING CUSTOM THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURES FROM PRINTABLE BLANK SHEETS

Blank Acquisition, LLC, ...

1. A printable blank comprising:a sheet that is capable of being passed through a printer;
outline perforation lines defining a continuous periphery of an object in the sheet;
non-perforated scored fold lines inside of the object's periphery;
run-out perforation lines extending from the periphery of the object to edges of the sheet, wherein each of the run-out perforation lines is aligned with one of the outline perforation lines and/or one of the non-perforated scored fold lines; and
excess sheet areas surrounding the object in the sheet, wherein the excess sheet areas are defined by the outline perforation lines, the run-out perforation lines, and the edges of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,315

CARTON WITH REINFORCEMENT FEATURES

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A carton for carrying a plurality of articles, the carton comprising:a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton, the plurality of panels comprising at least one top panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and bottom panel;
a plurality of end flaps each foldably connected to a respective panel of the plurality of panels for closing an end of the carton,
wherein at least one end flap of the plurality of end flaps has reinforcement features for increasing the strength of the carton, the reinforcement features comprising a base portion foldably connected to the first side panel, an intermediate portion foldably connected to the base portion, and a distal portion foldably connected to the intermediate portion, the distal portion extending from the intermediate portion to a free edge of the distal portion;
wherein each of the base portion and the distal portion is positioned at an oblique angle relative to the intermediate portion, and the distal portion extends from the intermediate portion toward the second side panel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,314

CONTAINERS HAVING CRUMPLE ZONES AND RELATED METHODS

Inteplast Group Corporati...

1. A sheet for folding into a container, comprising:a first side panel;
a second side panel positioned adjacent to the first side panel;
a third side panel positioned adjacent to the first side panel opposite from the second side panel;
a first bottom panel positioned adjacent to the first side panel and configured to be folded with respect to the first side panel during a folding process for folding the sheet into a three-dimensional container so as to at least partially define a bottom wall of the container;
a first fold line extending between the first side panel and the first bottom panel;
a first plurality of weakened lines positioned on the first side panel and extending at an acute angle between the first fold line and the second side panel;
a second plurality of weakened lines positioned on the first side panel opposite from the first plurality of weakened lines and extending at an acute angle between the first fold line and the third side panel;
a third plurality of weakened lines positioned on the first bottom panel and extending at an acute angle between the first fold line and a first peripheral edge of the first bottom panel; and
a fourth plurality of weakened lines positioned on the first bottom panel opposite from the third plurality of weakened lines and extending at an acute angle between the first fold line and a second peripheral edge of the first bottom panel opposite from the first peripheral edge.

US Pat. No. 10,214,313

BOTTLE

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A bottle that is formed from a synthetic resin material in a cylindrical shape having a bottom at one end, comprising:circumferential grooves that extend continuously around the entire circumference of a body portion and are formed at a distance from each other in a vertical direction,
wherein the circumferential grooves extend cyclically in a circumferential direction while undulating up and down in a vertical direction when viewing the body portion from the side thereof, the bottle having a central axis extending in the vertical direction,
wherein each of the circumferential grooves forms a wave pattern including an upper tip portion that is a tip portion of a hill portion, the upper tip portion forming an upwardly protruding curve, and a lower tip portion that is a tip portion of a valley portion, the lower tip portion forming a downwardly protruding curve, and an intermediate portion which connects the upper tip portion and the lower tip portion when viewing the body portion from the side thereof,
wherein the circumferential grooves are formed such that, phases along the vertical direction of two wave patterns of any two of the circumferential grooves that are mutually adjacent to each other without any circumferential grooves located therebetween, are offset from each other,
wherein the circumferential grooves are formed such that, the upper tip portion of one circumferential groove of the any two circumferential grooves that are mutually adjacent to each other in the vertical direction without any circumferential grooves located therebetween is located along a first axis of the body portion that is parallel with the central axis of the bottle and the lower tip portion of the same one circumferential groove is located along a second axis of the body portion that is parallel with the central axis of the bottle, the first axis and the second axis being spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction of the bottle with the intermediate portion extending between the first axis and the second axis, and the upper tip portion or the lower tip portion of the other circumferential groove of the any two circumferential grooves that are mutually adjacent to each other in the vertical direction without any circumferential grooves located therebetween is located along a third axis of the body portion that is parallel with the central axis of the bottle, the third axis being located between the first axis and the second axis in the circumferential direction of the bottle such that the third axis intersects with the intermediate portion of the one circumferential groove, and
wherein the circumferential grooves are formed such that one cycle is formed by a 90° angular range centered on the central axis of the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,312

LIGHTWEIGHT PLASTIC CONTAINER AND PREFORM

Plastipak Packaging, Inc....

1. A container assembly, comprising:(i) a plastic blow molded container comprising:
a lower supporting base portion;
a sidewall portion extending upwardly from the base portion; and
a neck portion extending upwardly from the sidewall portion, the neck portion including a dispensing opening positioned at a top of the neck portion, the dispensing opening having a top; threads positioned below the dispensing opening, a tamper-evident formation positioned below the threads, the tamper-evident formation having a lower surface, and a support flange positioned below the tamper-evident formation, the support flange having an upper surface and a lower surface; and
(ii) a closure configured to receive the threads;
wherein the container is formed of a material comprising polyethylene terephthalate (PET); a weight of the neck portion from the lower surface of the support flange to a top of the dispensing opening is 2.3 grams or less; an outside diameter of the support flange is greater than 22 mm and less than or equal to 39.2 mm; and a volume of the container is at least 500 ml.

US Pat. No. 10,214,311

LIGHTWEIGHT PLASTIC CONTAINER AND PREFORM

Plastipak Packaging, Inc....

1. A container assembly comprising:(i) a plastic blow molded container comprising:
a lower supporting base portion;
a sidewall portion extending upwardly from the base portion; and
a neck portion extending upwardly from the sidewall portion, the neck portion including a dispensing opening positioned at a top of the neck portion, threads positioned below the dispensing opening, and a radially extending tamper-evident formation positioned below the threads, the tamper-evident formation having a lower surface; and
(ii) a closure configured to receive the threads;
wherein the container is formed of a material comprising polyethylene terephthalate (PET); a weight of the neck portion is 2.3 grams or less; a combined weight of the lower supporting base portion, the sidewall portion and the neck portion is 10 grams or less; a vertical distance from the lower surface of the tamper evident formation to a top of the dispensing opening is 0.30 inches or less; a ratio of a height of a center of gravity of the container to container height is less than 0.57; a volume of the container is at least 500 ml when the container is filled with a beverage; and an inner diameter of the dispensing opening is at least 22 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,214,310

DEVICE FOR APPLYING SELF-ADHESIVE LABELS ON MOVING CONTAINERS

MAKRO LABELLING S.R.L., ...

1. A device for applying self-adhesive labels (101) on moving containers (2) on a machine, said device being associable with the machine on which the containers (2) are, in use, positioned; the device comprising:a supporting body (3) extending from a first end (4) to a second end (5) which is, in use, positioned at the machine;
feed means (28) for feeding a web (103) along a movement path, the labels (101) being arranged on the web (103); said feed means (28) being mounted on the supporting body (3) and configured to bring one label (101) at a time to the second end (5) of the supporting body (3); said feed means (28) being synchronisable with the movement of the containers (2) on the machine;
a detaching unit (12) mounted on the second end (5) of the supporting body (3) and operatively associated with the labels (101) for detaching them from the web (103) in such a way as to bring them into contact with a container (2);
a control unit (23) for the feed means (28) configured and programmed to move the web (103) in an outward direction (19) in such a way as to bring a respective label (101) to the detaching unit (12); said control unit (23) being configured and programmed to move the web (103) until the web reaches a predetermined speed in the outward direction (19), substantially equal to a speed of movement of a container (2) at the detaching unit (12), in such a way that the latter detaching unit (12) detaches the label (101) when the moving container (2) passes by the detaching unit (12);
characterised in that the control unit (23) is configured and programmed to control the web (103) and labels (101) in a continuing series of movement cycles wherein, at a beginning of a first movement cycle, a front of a first label (101) on the web (103) is provided at a predetermined initial position which is in register with the containers (2) on the machine and in the first movement cycle the front of the first label (101) starts from the predetermined initial position and at the end of the first movement cycle a front of a next label is located at the predetermined initial position, the control unit (23) being further configured and programmed so that, after a first label (101) has been detached, the front of the next label (101) on the web (103) is moved in a return direction (20), opposite to the outward direction (19), by a preselected distance from the predetermined initial position, wherein the movement of the front of the next label (101) in the return direction (20) increases a movement space between the front of the next label (101) and the detatchinq zone (105) by a predetermined amount, wherein the preselected distance from the predetermined initial position is a distance which is effective to (a) reduce a maximum acceleration of the next label (101) to the detaching zone (105) below a preselected amount, or (b) reduce a maximum deceleration of the web (103), after the next label (101) is detached, below a preselected amount, or (c) both (a) and (b).

US Pat. No. 10,214,309

PLASTIC TUBE DESIGNED FOR PRESSING OUT A LIQUID TO PASTY MASS

RPC Bramlage GmbH, Lohne...

1. A plastic tube (1) designed for pressing out a liquid to pasty mass (2), comprising a discharge opening (6), a reservoir (3) designed for being compressed and a tube neck (4) connecting the reservoir (3) to the discharge opening (6), wherein a mass line (19) with a line cross section, through which the mass (2) can flow, extends through the tube neck (4), which cannot be used for pressing out the mass (2) by means of manual force of a user, wherein the tube neck (4) features a free space (F), which extends in a direction of a longitudinal axis (x) and is not infiltrated by the mass (2), and wherein the mass line is disposed radially outside of the free space (F).

US Pat. No. 10,214,308

LONG-HANDLE FILM PACKING DEVICE

1. A long-handle film packing device, comprising:a first rod, the first rod having an adjustment rod, an outer wall of the adjustment rod being formed with an axial limit groove, the limit groove extending from a first end of the adjustment rod toward a second end of the adjustment rod, the first rod being formed with a plurality of spaced positioning holes at a bottom of the limit groove, the second end of the first rod is fixedly connected with a first handle;
a first cover, the first cover being fitted on the adjustment rod and located between the first positioning holes and the first handle, the first cover leaning against the first handle;
a second cover, the second cover being fitted on the adjustment rod;
a second rod, the second rod having a holding rod and a knob, the holding rod having an axial hole for receiving the adjustment rod, the holding rod being provided with a limit member close to a first end of the holding rod, the holding rod being formed with at least one second positioning hole located close to the limit member and corresponding to the first positioning holes, the knob being threadedly connected in between a second end of the holding rod and the second positioning hole, the holding rod being sleeved with a second handle, one end of the second handle leaning against the knob, a free end of the second handle leaning against the second cover, an outer wall of the second handle being axially formed with a slot corresponding to the first positioning holes and the second positioning hole; and
a positioning pin, the positioning pin being inserted in the slot of the second handle, the second positioning hole of the holding rod, and one of the first positioning holes of the first adjustment rod.

US Pat. No. 10,214,307

SUPPORTING STRUCTURE FOR PACKAGING MACHINES

CAMA1 S.P.A., Milan (IT)...

1. A module structure for a packaging machine, the modular structure comprising:vertical members; and
horizontal beams, said horizontal beams configured as open beams having an open polygonal cross section, said horizontal beams including:
at least a first end face;
a second end face; and
one or more intermediate faces between said first and second end faces, said first and second end faces being distanced in such a way to leave a longitudinal aperture of the beam; and
wherein at least one of the open beams includes a plurality of internal reinforcing flanges, the plurality of internal reinforcing flanges including:
a closed frame structure with a central passage;
a plurality of sides, each of the plurality of sides of each of the plurality of internal reinforcing flanges being substantially parallel to a corresponding side of the at least one open beam; and
at least another leg traversing an open slot of the at least one open beam.

US Pat. No. 10,214,306

FILLING STATION FOR FILLING CONTAINERS WITH A LIQUID

Sluis Cigar Machinery B.V...

1. A filling station for filling containers with a liquid, the filling station comprising:a number of container holders which define respective container positions,
a number of filling assemblies, wherein each filling assembly is associated with a container holder, wherein each filling assembly comprises:
a reciprocating nozzle assembly which is constructed to make a first reciprocating movement relative to the associated container holder from a retracted nozzle position in which a nozzle is retracted from the container to an inserted nozzle position in which the nozzle is inserted into the container, wherein the nozzle moves through an opening in a lid member of a reciprocating lid assembly to be inserted into the container for filling the container with a liquid, and
the reciprocating lid assembly comprising the lid member, wherein the reciprocating lid assembly is configured to make a second reciprocating movement relative to the associated container holder in a direction towards a filling opening of the container which is positioned in the container holder and back in a direction away from the filling opening of the container, wherein the reciprocating lid assembly is under pre-tension in the direction of the container holder, and wherein the lid member is urged by the pre-tension from a retracted lid position to an extended position beyond the filling opening, wherein in case a container is present in the container holder the lid member engages the filling opening in a closed lid position which lies between the retracted lid position and the extended lid position, thereby at least partially closing the filling opening during filling, and wherein in case there is no container present in the container holder the lid member is urged to the extended position, wherein the reciprocating lid assembly is coupled via a valve coupling to an associated valve in a feed channel, wherein the associated valve opens the feed channel in the closed lid position and closes the feed channel in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,305

ASSEMBLY MACHINE ADAPTED TO ASSEMBLE CAPS ONTO SPOUTS AND A METHOD OF ASSEMBLING CAPS ONTO SPOUTS

Scholle IPN IP BV, (NL)

1. Assembly machine (1) adapted to assemble caps (3) onto spouts (2), the assembly machine comprising:a spout supply (10) adapted to supply spouts (2) in succession at a spout supply position (A);
a cap supply (20) adapted to supply caps (3) in succession at a cap supply position (B);
a frame comprising:
a cap guide arc (30), mounted stationary in the frame, which cap guide arc is adapted to receive each cap (3) from the cap supply (20) and to guide the cap between the cap supply position (B) and a cap pick-up position (C);
a turret assembly (40) which is rotatable about an essentially vertical rotation axis (R), which is provided along and adjacent to the spout supply position (A), the cap supply position (B) and the cap guide arc (30), the turret assembly passing, in the direction of rotation, the cap supply position (B), the cap pick-up position (C), an assembly position (D) in which cap and spout are assembled and an assembled cap-and-spout expelling position (E) wherein the assembled cap-and-spout is expelled from the turret assembly, the turret assembly (40) comprising:
a circular spout transporter (41), provided with spout receptacles (41a) each adapted to receive a spout from the spout supply (10) at the spout supply position (A), the spout transporter (41) being adapted to transport each spout at least between the spout supply position (A), via the assembly position (D), towards the expelling position (E),
a cap positioning element (42) provided above the cap guide arc (30) in an operative position thereof, the stationary cap guide arc being provided above and parallel to and having the same radius as the spout transporter (41), the cap positioning element (42) being adapted to position the cap in, and guide the cap along the cap guide arc (30) in the operative position thereof between the cap supply position (B) and the cap pick-up position (C), the cap positioning element (42) being retractable to a non-operative retracted position when remote from the cap guide arc,
a cap assembly unit (43) provided above the spout transporter (41), the rotation path of which being parallel to and having the same radius as the spout transporter (41), the cap assembly unit being adapted to pick up the cap at the pick-up position (C) and assemble the cap onto the spout at the assembly position (D), the cap assembly unit being movable up-and-down between a non-operative upper level, via a lower-situated pick-up level at the cap pick-up position (C) to a lowermost assembly level at the assembly position (D).

US Pat. No. 10,214,304

APPARATUS FOR DRIVING THREE-DIMENSIONAL MICROGRAVITY CABLE

Korea Institute of Indust...

1. An apparatus for driving a three-dimensional microgravity cable, comprising:a frame unit for forming a virtual space;
a wire unit comprising three or more wires, provided at the frame unit;
a winch unit for winding or unwinding each of the three or more wires;
tension measuring units, respectively provided at the three or more wires, for measuring the tensions of the respective wires;
a position sensing unit, provided at the frame unit, for sensing the position of a participant;
a support unit, positioned in the virtual space, for supporting a participant by the three or more wires;
and a control unit for controlling the tension of the wire unit by driving the winch unit;
wherein the control unit controls so that the sum of the forces of the tension acting on the wire unit in the vertical direction of the ground is smaller than the load of the participant; wherein the support unit comprises a support stand suspended by the three or more wires; and a gripping unit provided at a lower portion of the support stand to grip the participant; wherein the support unit further comprises a tilt compensation unit for compensating the tilt of the support stand so that a bottom surface of the support stand is parallel to a bottom surface of the virtual space; wherein the tilt compensation unit comprises a tilt measuring unit for measuring the tilt of the support stand; a length adjusting member provided on the upper portion of the support stand and adjustable in length; and a weight provided at an end of the length adjusting member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,303

LOW COST LAUNCH VEHICLE FAIRING

1. A launch vehicle comprising:an upper stage and an integral fairing, wherein the integral fairing:
in a launch configuration, encloses, between an aft portion and a forward portion, one or more payloads, and includes a mechanical attachment with the upper stage proximal to the aft portion, and a nose cap proximal to the forward portion;
includes a passive venting arrangement that equalizes pressures internal and external to the integral fairing; and
permits deployment of at least one of the one or more payloads, without: (i) separating the integral fairing into two or more parts, (ii) separating the integral fairing from the upper stage, (iii) articulating the nose cap, and (iv) articulating the mechanical attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,214,302

DEPLOYABLE STRUCTURE COMPRISING A SET OF SOLAR GENERATORS, SYSTEM FOR DEPLOYING SUCH A DEPLOYABLE STRUCTURE AND SATELLITE COMPRISING SUCH A SYSTEM

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A deployable structure comprising a set of solar generators, a mast and two storage rollers each supporting a flexible solar generator, wherein the two storage rollers are articulated on the mast, wherein the mast has a first end, called base, a second end opposite the base, and comprises at least one longitudinal rod situated between the first and the second ends, wherein the mast further comprises two lateral arms mounted at the second end, the two lateral arms being inclined angularly in two opposite directions that are symmetrical relative to the longitudinal rod, each lateral arm comprising an end provided with a hollow guide, and wherein each storage roller has a longitudinal axis comprising a bent end forming a pivot respectively articulated inside the hollow guide of a corresponding lateral arm, the pivot of each storage roller having an axis of revolution different from the longitudinal axis of the corresponding storage roll.

US Pat. No. 10,214,301

AUTOMATED CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A product management system that comprises:a product plan that comprises:
phases of a manufacturing that comprise time units that comprise manufacturing of a product;
entities performing work on systems for the product; and
work items performed by the entities during the time units; and
a product manager, in a computer system, specially programmed to:
automate, responsive to receipt of performance information that affects a timing of a workflow, changes to work item formation by the product plan; and
manufacture the product per the changes, via a controller configured to generate a change a daily production schedule and control manufacturing equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,214,300

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING RUNWAY OVERRUN INFORMATION

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A display system for an aircraft, comprising:a display device; and
a computer coupled to the display device, the computer comprising a processor and a computer readable storage medium, the computer configured to:
receive, from a navigation system, an aircraft position and location;
receive, from a sensor system, aircraft status data including, heading, altitude, and attitude, airspeed, vertical speed, remaining fuel, faults, conditions, thrust level, and aircraft configuration;
determine, based on the aircraft status data and the aircraft position and location, (a) an aircraft energy state, and (b) a braking status of the aircraft, wherein the braking status is one of (i) maximum manual braking, (ii) thrust reverser only braking, (iii) maximum manual braking with thrust reverser braking, (iv) auto-brake high, (v) auto-brake medium, or (vi) auto-brake low;
determine a predetermined length measured from a far end of the runway, defined as an advisory zone;
and
when the braking status is auto-brake high, determine a stopping location;
when the braking status is not auto-brake high, determine a stopping location for maximum manual braking and a stopping location for the braking status;
determine a distance remaining to the far end of the runway;
determine whether the aircraft is on the ground; and
when the aircraft is on the ground, determine a current deceleration stopping location; and
command the display device; and
wherein the display device is responsive to commands from the computer and configured to:
overlay an overrun image on a displayed image,
the overrun image having therein symbology representing a runway segment, the runway segment having thereon rendered,
in a visually distinct manner with respect to a remainder of the runway segment, the advisory zone;
for each stopping location, overlay the runway segment with a unique symbol representative thereof;
display, within the overrun image, the distance remaining and
a surface condition;
and
when the aircraft is not on the ground, overlay on the runway segment, a symbol indicating (i) a predicted touchdown point, and (ii) a long landing threshold line, defined as a maximum touchdown point;
and when the aircraft is on the ground,
(i) remove the symbol indicating the predicted touchdown point and the symbol indicating the maximum touchdown point, and (ii) display a symbol indicating the current deceleration stopping location.

US Pat. No. 10,214,299

LIGHT DETECTION AND RANGING (LIDAR) ICE DETECTION

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An ice detector for use of an aircraft, comprising:a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) device comprising a transmitter and a receiver placed on the aircraft, such that the LIDAR device measures a shape of an aerodynamic surface on the aircraft in a sweeping manner to detect ice formation; wherein:
the transmitter transmits a LIDAR beam to the aerodynamic surface such that the LIDAR beam sweeps across the aerodynamic surface,
the receiver detects the LIDAR beam after the LIDAR beam has reflected off the aerodynamic surface,
the LIDAR device measures variations of a time of flight of the LIDAR beam between the transmitter and the receiver in real time,
the LIDAR device uses the variations in the time of flight to measure changes in the a shape of the aerodynamic surface, and
the changes in the shape of the aerodynamic surface are associated with the ice formation on the aerodynamic surface.

US Pat. No. 10,214,298

STATION DESELECT AND CUEING SYSTEM

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of operating a station deselect safety and cueing system for a flight crew of an aircraft, the method comprising:identifying when commands are input at a deactivated one of first and second control stations;
determining whether the commands input at the deactivated one of the first and second control stations are indicative of normal and intentional piloting inputs; and
generating control station cues for the flight crew in an event the commands are determined to be normal.

US Pat. No. 10,214,297

REMOTE POWER SOURCE PUMP SYSTEM

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A pump system comprising:an actuator which can be retracted by a fluid in the pump system;
a pump with a first drive coupling;
a spool valve toggleable between a stow position that fluid connects the pump to the actuator, and a free flow position that bypasses the pump, wherein the spool valve is spring loaded to the free flow position;
a rotational power device with a second drive coupling, wherein the second drive coupling is configured to removably mate with the first drive coupling for powering the pump, and wherein engaging the first drive coupling with the second drive coupling simultaneously rotationally couples the rotational power device to the pump and toggles the spool valve into the stow position such that when the spool valve is in the stow position, the fluid flows in a direction from within the spool valve to the pump;
a relief valve in fluid connection with the actuator; and
a reservoir in fluid connection with the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,214,296

ARCHITECTURE OF A MULTI-ENGINE HELICOPTER PROPULSION SYSTEM AND CORRESPONDING HELICOPTER

SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES...

1. An architecture of a propulsion system of a multi-engine helicopter, comprising turboshaft engines that are connected to a power transmission gearbox, and comprising a low DC voltage onboard network for supplying power to helicopter equipment during flight,wherein it comprises:
one turboshaft engine among said turboshaft engines, referred to as a hybrid turboshaft engine, which is capable of operating in at least one standby mode during a stable flight of the helicopter, the other turboshaft engines operating alone during this stable flight,
an electrotechnical pack for quickly restarting said hybrid turboshaft engine in order bring said engine out of said standby mode and to reach a mode referred to as the nominal mode, in which it provides mechanical power to said power transmission gearbox, said restart pack being connected to said onboard network,
at least two sources of electrical power for said onboard network.

US Pat. No. 10,214,295

HIGH-EFFICIENCY, LIGHTWEIGHT SOLAR SHEETS

MICROLINK DEVICES, INC., ...

1. A solar sheet comprising:a plurality of solar cells each having a specific power in a range of 1000-4500 W/kg under air mass coefficient 1.5 (AM1.5) light or a specific power in a range of 1270-5680 W/kg under AM0 light; and
a polymer layer to which the plurality of solar cells is attached.

US Pat. No. 10,214,294

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PREDICTING POTENTIAL ICING CONDITIONS

Blue Storm Associates, In...

1. A system for predicting a potential icing condition for an airborne aircraft, comprising:a sensor interface configured to receive a temperature measurement and a relative humidity measurement from at least one sensor coupled to the airborne aircraft; and
circuitry configured to calculate an icing threat index based on the temperature measurement and the relative humidity measurement received from the at least one sensor via the sensor interface.

US Pat. No. 10,214,293

AIRCRAFT ELEMENT REQUIRING AN ANTI-FROST TREATMENT

1. An aircraft nacelle comprising:a leading edge section including an air inlet lip that receives an anti-frost treatment device; and
a trailing edge section downstream of the leading edge section,
wherein the trailing edge section comprises at least one superhydrophobic surface that complements the anti-frost treatment device to reduce energy consumption of the anti-frost treatment device.

US Pat. No. 10,214,292

COOLING SYSTEM USING CHILLER AND THERMALLY COUPLED COOLING CIRCUIT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An aircraft cooling system for cooling food on board an aircraft, comprising:a chiller device;
a first cooling circuit adapted to feed cooling energy generated by the chiller device to at least one cooling station, wherein a first refrigerant circulating in the first cooling circuit is a two-phase, liquid gas, refrigerant, wherein the chiller device comprises a second cooling circuit formed separately from the first cooling circuit and is thermally coupled to the first cooling circuit via a first heat exchanger, wherein a second refrigerant circulating in the second cooling circuit is a two-phase, liquid-gas, refrigerant;
at least one throttle valve;
at least one evaporation device associated with the at least one cooling station, the at least one evaporation device arranged serially with the at least one throttle valve; and
a first delivery device for circulating the first refrigerant in the first cooling circuit, wherein the first refrigerant flowing into the first delivery device is in the liquid state,
wherein the first delivery device is arranged serially with the at least one throttle valve and the at least one cooling station,
wherein the first delivery device circulates the first refrigerant in its liquid state to each of the at least one throttle valve solely through one or more duct lines,
wherein the at least one throttle valve regulates a pressure of the first refrigerant upstream of the at least one cooling station and regulates an evaporation temperature of the first refrigerant in the at least one evaporation device converting the first refrigerant from the liquid to gaseous state when cooling energy is delivered to the at least one cooling station, and
wherein the first refrigerant emerging from the at least one evaporation device returns to the liquid state again through appropriate pressure and temperature control in the first cooling circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,291

ENERGY ABSORBING ASSEMBLY FOR A SEAT

AMI Industries, Inc., Co...

1. An energy absorbing assembly comprising:a seat frame comprising a base;
a seat pan coupled to the seat frame and configured to support a passenger in a seated position, the seat pan defining a cutout; and
a deformable member disposed substantially between the seat pan and the base of the seat frame, wherein the deformable member is configured to undergo plastic deformation in response to a first compressive load on the deformable member, wherein a portion of the deformable member is pre-crushed;
wherein the deformable member extends into the cutout and a first top surface of the deformable member is at least one of flush with or protruding above a second top surface of the seat pan.

US Pat. No. 10,214,290

EXPANDABLE GALLEY

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. An aircraft galley comprising:a trolley stowage provided in a main body of the aircraft galley, the main body comprises a back wall including a first section and a second section that are parallel, the main body further comprising a front side that is opposite to and parallel to the back wall,
a first member of trolleys that comprises a plurality of trolleys that are received by the trolley stowage of the main body,
wherein the first section of the back wall delimits a rear boundary for a trolley stowage space containing the first number of trolleys, wherein the first section delimits the first number of trolleys, the rear boundary being opposite the front side of the main body, wherein the front side of the main body is configured such that trolleys can be pushed into the trolley stowage space through the front side of the main body,
the trolley stowage being convertible between a first operational state, wherein the trolley stowage is adapted to accommodate a first number of trolleys, and a second operational state, wherein the trolley stowage is adapted to accommodate a second number of trolleys, the second number of trolleys being greater than the first number of trolleys,
wherein the trolley stowage space is increased when the trolley stowage is converted from the first operational state to the second operational state,
wherein in all operational states the first section of the back wall is fixed in a position that is parallel to the second section of the back wall,
wherein in a first operational state, the first section and the second section of the back wall are coplanar, and in a second operational state, the first section is translated with respect to the main body but is parallel and horizontally offset from the second section forming a top wall surface that extends substantially perpendicular to at least one of the first section and the second section, the first section of the back wall being at all operational states static with respect to the top wall surface thereby forming a barrier to ingress of the plurality of trolleys from a direction exterior to and perpendicular to the first section of the wall, and in all operational states the second section of the back wall is static with respect to the main body and arranged vertically above the first section of the back wall, and
wherein the first section is a unitary surface across the main body that delimits the rear boundary of the trolley stowage as a continuous wall surface across each of the first number of trolleys of the trolley stowage space in both the first operational state and the second operational state.

US Pat. No. 10,214,288

SLEEPING BOX, SLEEPING BOX ARRANGEMENT AND AIRCRAFT AREA

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. An aircraft area comprising:an aisle which extends along a longitudinal axis of a passenger cabin;
a door aisle which extends perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the passenger cabin and which connects the aisle to at least one aircraft door; and
a sleeping box area with at least one or more sleeping box, the sleeping box comprising:
a casing which is suitable for accommodating a person located in a reclining position parallel to a longitudinal axis of the casing and which has an access aperture in an area of a front side which extends perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the casing; and
a fastening apparatus which is configured to fasten the sleeping box within a passenger cabin of the aircraft such that the longitudinal axis of the casing extends perpendicularly to a longitudinal axis of the passenger cabin and the access aperture of the casing borders on an aisle which is present within the passenger cabin,
wherein the at least one sleeping box is arranged within the sleeping box area such that the longitudinal axis of the casing of the sleeping box extends perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the passenger cabin and the access aperture of the casing of the sleeping box borders on the aisle,
wherein the aircraft area further comprises a freight compartment area which is connected to the passenger cabin via an access, with a plurality of freight containers within the freight compartment area,
wherein, in the interior space of each freight container, there is at least one sleeping box suitable for accommodating a person located in a reclining position parallel to a longitudinal axis of the sleeping box, and which has an access aperture in the area of a front side which extends perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the sleeping box, the freight container being of gastight design, and
wherein the freight containers are connected to one another by a freight aisle, which is a separate component from the freight containers.

US Pat. No. 10,214,287

VEHICLE CABIN WAYFINDING ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A vehicle cabin wayfinding assembly configured to be secured within an internal cabin of a vehicle, the vehicle cabin wayfinding assembly comprising:a placard having a front face that extends along a vertical axis and along a longitudinal axis that is perpendicular to the vertical axis, the placard disposed above an aisle and one or more seats within the internal cabin of the vehicle; and
at least one directional reflector offset from the front face of the placard and extending from the front face, wherein the at least one directional reflector defines one or more indicia, wherein the at least one directional reflector comprises at least one reflective surface that is convex along the vertical axis and concave along the longitudinal axis, and wherein the at least one directional reflector is configured to receive light that is emitted from a light source mounted within the internal cabin across the aisle from the placard such that the light passes above passengers in the aisle, the at least one directional reflector configured to directionally reflect the light received from the light source downward towards the aisle into an application zone,
wherein the application zone has a defined lateral width along the length of the aisle that enables passengers that are within a threshold proximity to the vehicle cabin wayfinding assembly to view the light reflected by the at least one directional reflector.

US Pat. No. 10,214,286

PROGRAMMABLE MULTI-GRAVITY TEST PLATFORM AND METHOD FOR USING SAME

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method of collecting test data from a unit under test (UUT), comprising:determining a desired accelerative load profile for the UUT;
determining a commanded flight profile of a flight vehicle at least in part from the desired accelerative load profile and a predicted dynamic response of the flight vehicle having the UUT mounted thereto to the commanded flight profile;
commanding the flight vehicle having the UUT mounted thereto to fly the determined commanded flight profile; and
collecting the test data using a data acquisition system communicatively coupled to the UUT.

US Pat. No. 10,214,285

AIRCRAFT HAVING AUTONOMOUS AND REMOTE FLIGHT CONTROL CAPABILITIES

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. An aircraft comprising:a flying frame including an airframe with first and second wing members having a plurality of pylons extending therebetween;
a distributed propulsion system including a plurality of propulsion assemblies a plurality of booster propulsion assemblies securably attached to the airframe, the propulsion assemblies including proprotors; and
a flight control system operably associated with the distributed propulsion system, the flight control system commanding operation of the propulsion assemblies responsive to at least one of remote flight control, autonomous flight control and combinations thereof,
wherein, the flying frame has a vertical takeoff and landing mode with the wing members disposed in generally the same horizontal plane and a forward flight mode with the wing members disposed in generally the same vertical plane; and
wherein, the distributed propulsion system includes a plurality of booster propulsion assemblies coupled to the airframe.

US Pat. No. 10,214,284

PITCH BEARING

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A pitch bearing assembly comprising:a first article including a unitary body having a first end and a second end, at least one of the first end and the second end having a solid cross-section, the at least one of the first end and the second end including a convex curved outer surface extending along a longitudinal axis of the first article;
a second article including a body portion having a first leg including a first distal end and a second leg including a second distal end, the first and second legs being integrally formed with and extending radially outwardly of the body portion, the body portion including a central passage defining a concave curved inner surface, the central passage being receptive of at least one of the first end and the second end of the unitary body; and
a pitch bearing operatively connects the first article and the second article, the pitch bearing comprising:
an axisymmetric structure interposed between the convex curved outer surface of the first article and the concave curved inner surface of the second article, the axisymmetric structure having a cylindrical shape with a curvature extending along the longitudinal axis and including compliant layers and stabilizing layers interleaved between the compliant layers, wherein the curvature is convex relative to the longitudinal axis,
the compliant layers and the stabilizing layers proximate to the first article have a curvature matching that of the convex curved outer surface of the first article,
the compliant layers and the stabilizing layers proximate to the second article have a curvature matching that of the concave curved inner surface of the second article, and
a shear stiffness of each of the stabilizing layers is greater than a shear stiffness of each of the compliant layers.

US Pat. No. 10,214,283

AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR AND METHOD

E.B. ROBINSON LTD., Kirk...

1. Landing gear for an amphibious aircraft, said landing gear comprising:a wheel for rolling contact with a landing surface, and a deflector;
said deflector defining a water-riding shell extending predominantly forwardly of said wheel;
said deflector being pivotally mounted to a fixed position member of the amphibious aircraft forwardly of said wheel;
said deflector having an accommodation in which said wheel is mounted;
said wheel extending partially downwardly proud of said deflector; and
said wheel and said deflector being mounted to move together, with said wheel protruding partially downwardly proud of said deflector.

US Pat. No. 10,214,282

FLOAT DUCTS AND FLOOR PANEL

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. An aircraft, comprising:a first float which provides buoyancy when the aircraft floats on a surface of water, wherein the first float includes:
a planar bottom surface; and
a side surface that is inwardly sloping within a range of 0 to 7 degrees, inclusive, for at least some part of the side surface;
an unshielded rotor, wherein:
the unshielded rotor is configured to rotate in a horizontal plane and blow a wake across a side of the first float; and
the unshielded rotor and the first float are positioned relative to each other such that there is no aerodynamic separation between the wake blown by the unshielded rotor and the side of the first float;
an arm configured to hold the unshielded rotor such that the unshielded rotor and the first float overlap in a horizontal direction and the unshielded rotor and the first float have a separation in a vertical direction, wherein the unshielded rotor is a downward-facing, unshielded rotor where a portion of the arm that extends horizontally outward from the aircraft is above the unshielded rotor; and
a floor panel configured to form a pocket which captures a reflected wake after the wake is reflected off of the surface of the water, wherein the first float, a second float, and the floor panel are coupled such that a first side wall of the pocket includes the first float, a second side wall of the pocket includes the second float, and a ceiling of the pocket includes the floor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,281

DRIVE SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,279

OPERATING AERIAL VEHICLES WITH INTENTIONALLY IMBALANCED PROPELLERS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method comprising:identifying information regarding at least one attribute of a mission for the aerial vehicle comprising a first motor;
predicting a noise to be emitted during a rotation of a first propeller above a critical speed of the first propeller, wherein the first propeller is statically balanced and dynamically balanced;
determining that at least one of a frequency spectrum of the noise or a sound pressure level of the noise is not consistent with the at least one attribute of the mission;
executing a modification to the first propeller, wherein the modified first propeller is at least one of statically imbalanced or dynamically imbalanced after executing the modification;
rotatably coupling the modified first propeller to a first shaft of the first motor; and
causing the aerial vehicle to perform the mission, wherein the causing the aerial vehicle to perform the mission comprises:
operating the first motor to rotate the modified first propeller above the critical speed of the first propeller during at least a portion of the mission.

US Pat. No. 10,214,278

AIRCRAFT COMPRISING A FOLDABLE AERODYNAMIC STRUCTURE AND AN ARTICULATION MECHANISM FOR A FOLDABLE AERODYNAMIC STRUCTURE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An aircraft comprising a foldable aerodynamic structure, the aerodynamic structure comprising an inner region and an outer region, the outer region being moveable relative to the inner region between:a) a flight configuration for use during flight,
b) an intermediate configuration, and
c) a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations,whereinin the flight configuration the inner and outer regions are locked together via a multiplicity of connectors, the connectors being arranged to transfer loads from the outer region to the inner region;in the intermediate configuration the outer region is displaced in a first direction, relative to the inner region, the displacement being such that the connection by the multiplicity of connectors is disengaged and being such that the outer region is unlocked from the inner region, and in the intermediate configuration the outer region is also connected to the inner region via a hinge about which the outer region may rotate, andin the ground configuration, the outer region is rotated about the hinge, such that the span of the aerodynamic structure is reduced,wherein each connector comprises a pin associated with the inner or outer region, and a socket associated with the corresponding other, outer or inner, region, the pin being engaged in the socket when the outer region is in the flight configuration, andwherein the pin and the socket of each connector is aligned with the first direction to allow movement of the outer region between the flight and intermediate configurations, but the multiplicity of connectors are located off a hinge line such that, in the flight configuration, they prevent relative rotation between the inner and outer regions.

US Pat. No. 10,214,277

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING FUEL STORAGE WITHIN A WING OF AN AIRCRAFT

ROBERTSON FUEL SYSTEMS, L...

1. A wing structure comprising:a root wall opposite to a wing tip wall;
at least one spar extending longitudinally from the root wall to wing tip wall and coupled to the root wall and the wing tip wall;
a wing skin extending from the root wall to the wing tip wall and coupled to the at least one spar and to the root wall and wing tip wall, the at least one spar comprising a multi-sided cross-sectional shape, whereby the at least one spar, root wall, wing tip wall, and wing skin define a volume maximized for internal storage while maintaining strength of the wing structure; and
at least one utility housing formed within the volume and coupled to the at least one spar; wherein the multi-sided cross-sectional shape for the at least one spar further comprises:
a coupling section that is fastened to a wall of one of the utility housings; and
an engagement flange section that is coupled to the wing skin.

US Pat. No. 10,214,276

AIRCRAFT EXTERNAL VIEWING SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND METHOD

1. An external viewing platform system for a fuselage of an aircraft having a floor deck and configured to fly in a cruise phase at an altitude in flight, the system comprising:at least one seat adapted to seat a passenger;
a platform assembly including a platform configured to mount the at least one seat;
a canopy assembly having a canopy configured to be coupled to the fuselage, the canopy extending beyond the fuselage when coupled thereto, forming a canopy volume and being at least partially transparent;
a support structure configured to be coupled to the fuselage, the support structure coupled to the platform; and
an elevating system coupled to the platform and configured to facilitate positioning the passenger between a first position located proximate the floor deck of the fuselage and a second position in which the passenger is at least partially positioned in the canopy volume; and
a pedestal coupled to the platform and the seat, the pedestal selectively rotatably coupled to the platform and fixedly coupled to the seat, thereby the seat being rotatable on the platform at least when in the second position during the cruise phase.

US Pat. No. 10,214,275

METHOD OF INSTALLING A FIXTURE

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method of installing a fixture in or on a body or fuselage structure of an aircraft or spacecraft, comprising:providing a reference marker in or on the body or fuselage structure;
generating a three-dimensional digital model of the fixture, the three dimensional digital model including data concerning a predetermined position of the fixture in or on the body or fuselage structure;
detecting and identifying, by a robot assembly, the reference marker;
arranging a head of an additive manufacturing apparatus associated with the robot assembly in the fuselage structure to a correct position relative to the reference marker; and
forming the fixture in situ on the fuselage structure with the head of the apparatus based on the digital model of the fixture,
wherein the fixture is installed on the fuselage structure by connecting the fixture to the fuselage structure as the fixture is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,214,274

BALLAST WATER TREATMENT OPERATING APPARATUS AND METHOD

TECHCROSS CO. LTD., Seou...

1. A ballast water treatment operating apparatus comprising:a ballast water treatment unit for performing a certain treatment of a ballast water flowing in from the outside for a ballast operation or performing a certain treatment of ballast water discharged into the outside for a de-ballast operation;
a positional information receiving unit for receiving positional information; and
a control unit for confirming a ship's position from the positional information received from the positional information receiving unit during the ballast operation or during the de-ballast operation and then determining whether to operate the ballast water treatment unit in accordance with a predetermined operating condition,
wherein the control unit does not operate the ballast water treatment unit when
an area where the ballast operation is performed is the same as an area where de-ballast operation is performed, or
the area where the ballast operation performed and the area where de-ballast operation is performed are under a Mutual Exemption Agreement stating that an application of a Ballast Water Management Convention is mutually exempted.

US Pat. No. 10,214,273

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PROPULSION OF A MARINE VESSEL

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A method of controlling reverse thrust by a propulsion device on a marine vessel, the method comprising:determining, using a control circuit, that the propulsion device is situated to effectuate a reverse thrust;
determining, using the control circuit, an initial trim position of the propulsion device;
controlling, using the control circuit, an engine RPM or an engine torque to effectuate the reverse thrust;
detecting, using a trim sensor, a threshold increase in trim position from the initial trim position resulting at an increased engine RPM or increased engine torque;
calculating, using the control circuit, a reverse thrust limit based on the increased engine RPM or increased engine torque; and
controlling the propulsion device so as not to exceed the reverse thrust limit while the propulsion device is effectuating the reverse thrust.

US Pat. No. 10,214,272

BOAT DRIVE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A boat drive comprising:an internal combustion engine being arranged within a hull of a vessel,
a drive unit, having a propeller shaft, being arranged outside the hull of the vessel,
an exhaust-gas system with an exhaust-gas duct and an exhaust-gas outlet,
the exhaust-gas duct connecting the internal combustion engine to the exhaust-gas outlet for carrying away exhaust gases from the internal combustion engine and cooling water being introduced into the exhaust-gas duct, the exhaust-gas outlet being arranged in the propeller shaft, and a first exhaust-gas release opening being arranged in the exhaust-gas duct, between the internal combustion engine and the exhaust-gas outlet,
during operation, a first fraction of the exhaust gases and the cooling water being discharged through the first exhaust-gas release opening, while a second fraction of the exhaust gases and the cooling water being discharged through the exhaust-gas outlet, and
an adjusting means being provided for adjusting the first fraction that is discharged through the first exhaust-gas release opening, the adjusting means including an adjusting baffle arranged at least partially in the exhaust-gas duct, and the adjusting baffle being adjustable, during operation of the boat drive, to various positions within the exhaust-gas duct such that a ratio of the first fraction to the second fraction is adjustable based on the various positions of the adjusting baffle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,271

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING UNDERWATER IMPACTS TO MARINE PROPULSION DEVICES

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A method for detecting an underwater impact to a marine propulsion device that is trimmable about a trim axis, the method comprising:determining, with a controller, a rate at which the marine propulsion device is trimmed relative to the trim axis;
comparing, with the controller, the rate at which the marine propulsion device is trimmed relative to the trim axis to a stored threshold value to thereby determine whether an underwater impact to the marine propulsion device has occurred; and
calculating, with the controller, an impact force on the marine propulsion device based upon the rate at which the marine propulsion device is trimmed relative to the trim axis.

US Pat. No. 10,214,270

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A personal watercraft comprising:a hull having a bow and a stern;
a deck disposed on the hull, the deck comprising:
a rear platform having a top face, the top face defining at least a portion of a generally planar surface, the generally planar surface extending forward from a rear end of the deck; and
a reboarding platform extending forward from the rear end of the deck, the reboarding platform defining a portion of the generally planar surface, the rear platform extending forward of the reboarding platform; and
a seat supported on the deck, the seat comprising:
a front seat portion; and
a rear seat portion, the rear seat portion being rearward of the front seat portion, the rear seat portion being removably connected to the deck;
the rear platform extending between the rear end of the deck and the front seat portion,
the generally planar surface extending to at least the front seat portion, and
the rear seat portion being disposed on the top face of the rear platform when connected to the deck.

US Pat. No. 10,214,269

FOLDING PROPELLER

FLEXOFOLD APS, Vejle (DK...

1. A folding propeller for a boat, where said folding propeller comprises a hub for at least indirectly fastening at a driveshaft connected to a motor, where said folding propeller further comprises at least two individual blades, where each of said blades comprises a root arranged to pivot around a separate pivot pin at said hub in order to be in one of a first and second position, where the first position is an operative position, where the blades are pointing mainly in a radial direction, and where the second position is an inoperative position, where the blades are pointing mainly in an axial direction, where said hub comprises at least one cut out for said blades roots and further comprises a first set of holes for installing said pivot pins and a second set of holes for installing locking means for engagement with said pivot pins, wherein each of said locking means is a bolt or screw mounted in said second set of holes, wherein each of said pivot pins comprises means form of a through hole and a threaded hole for installation of said locking means, where each fastener is installed in a first pivot pin and further is engaging a second pivot pin whereby each pivot pin is connected with two fasteners and whereby the pivot pins and the fasteners are a closed structure that holds the propeller blades at the roots of the propeller blades.

US Pat. No. 10,214,268

SELF-PROPELLED BUOY FOR MONITORING UNDERWATER OBJECTS

InCube Labs, LLC, San Jo...

1. A self-propelled buoy for communication with an underwater object, the buoy comprising:a propulsion system for propelling the buoy;
an acoustic communication module configured to at least receive acoustic communications from a communication device that is associated with an object located in water underneath the buoy; and
a propulsion controller that identifies, from the acoustic communications received by the acoustic communication module, position information for the communication device of the underwater object, wherein the propulsion controller outputs control information to control the propulsion system of the buoy to stay within a selected distance of the object, and wherein the propulsion controller includes a power savings mode for conserving power based on the selected distance.

US Pat. No. 10,214,267

WATERCRAFT

Confluence Outdoor, LLC, ...

13. A kayak, comprising:a substantially hollow shell having a bottom hull, a top deck, a bow, and a stern,
a storage compartment integrally formed on the top deck of the shell substantially rearward of a midline between the bow and the stern;
wherein a top surface of the storage compartment is configured for use as a seat,
wherein the top surface of the storage compartment is located above a lowest point of a gunwale of the kayak.

US Pat. No. 10,214,266

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPOSAL OF CUTTINGS

Central Boat Rentals, Inc...

1. A method of disposing of drill cuttings from an oil and/or gas well drilling platform, comprising:(a) providing a barge, the barge having a first storage area, a first cover comprising a plurality of covers positioned adjacent each other;
(b) placing the first storage area in a first open state by moving one or more cover plates so that cuttings can be placed in the first storage;
(c) receiving cuttings in the barge's first and second storage areas from the drilling platform;
(d) placing the first storage area in a closed state by positioning the plurality of covers adjacent each other over the first storage area so that the cuttings in the storage area are contained;
(e) transporting the barge from the drilling platform to a collection site;
(f) placing the first storage area in a second open state so that the cuttings can be removed, the second open state having a larger open area compared to the first open state wherein more of the cover plates are moved in the second open state then were moved in step “b”;
(g) removing the cuttings from the barge's first storage area; and
(h) during steps “b” through “g” the first storage area is at atmospheric pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,214,265

BUOY FOR THE INSTALLATION OF UNDERWATER EQUIPMENT

1. A buoy for the installation of underwater equipment, comprising an outer body having a top portion and a bottom portion and at least one side wall extending between said top and bottom portions and further having an anti-shock mantle disposed internally to said at least one side wall, said at least one side wall having a plurality of holes therethrough and said shock mantle having a plurality of holes coincident to the plurality of holes in the at least one side wall to equalize the internal and external pressure of the buoy, in use, wherein the buoy additionally comprises passages extending internally along all the extension of the buoy, which are fastened to the top and bottom portions and, provided also with a plurality of buoyant elements internally arranged, which are made of generally spherical quartz bodies containing gas microbubbles.

US Pat. No. 10,214,264

FOOT CLAMPING AND LOCKING MECHANISM WITH AUTO-RELEASE FOR A PEDAL

Vectus Sport, San Jose, ...

1. A clamping and locking device with an auto-release, the device comprising:a pedal comprising a pedal base having a top plate, a first panel extending from a first side edge of the top plate, and a second panel extending from a second side edge opposing the first side edge of the top plate;
a main drive pin coupled to the pedal at the first panel and the second panel with a pair of pin bearings allowing rotation of the pedal relative to the main drive pin;
a rod separated from the main drive pin and coupled to the pedal at the first panel and the second panel with a pair of rod bearings allowing rotation of the rod relative to the pedal;
an arm comprising a first arm end coupled to a portion of the rod extending through the second panel;
a cuff attached to a second arm end of the arm, the cuff configured to wrap over top of a shoe; and
a trigger coupled to the rod and the trigger biased to extend upward through an opening of the top plate by a torsion spring, the trigger operatively attached to the arm through coupling to the rod such that, responsive to stepping on the trigger, the arm causes the cuff to lock down onto the shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,214,263

ANGLE ADJUSTABLE QUICK RELEASE

1. An angle adjustable quick release comprising: a connection post, a fixing holder, a rotatable controller, a press knob, a screw bolt, a return spring, and a screw nut;the connection post including a hollow extension, and the hollow extension having a first accommodation groove defined therein, a first C-shaped notch formed around a first end of the first accommodation groove, and a threaded section arranged on an external wall of a first end of the hollow extension so as to screw with the screw nut;
the fixing holder being fitted with the connection post and the rotatable controller;
the rotatable controller accommodating the press knob, the screw bolt, and the return spring;
the connection post also including a first locking ring disposed on a second end of the hollow extension, and a diameter of the first locking ring being greater than the hollow extension, the connection post further including a second locking ring mounted on one end of the first locking ring, and a diameter of the second locking ring being greater than the first locking ring, the connection post further including a circular toothed loop mounted on one end of the second locking ring and including a second C-shaped notch defined between the first locking ring and the second locking ring;
the fixing holder including a through orifice formed on a central position thereof, a peripheral rib arranged on the through orifice, and a third C-shaped notch defined in the through orifice;
the rotatable controller including a hollow cylinder, and the hollow cylinder having a pull lever extending outwardly from an outer rim thereof, the rotatable controller also including a second accommodation groove defined in a central position thereof, a locking shoulder arranged on a bottom of the second accommodation groove, a first toothed protrusion formed on a middle section of the second accommodation groove, and an operation trench defined on a lower end of the first toothed protrusion;
the press knob including a driving section arranged on a front end thereof, a stop projection extending outwardly around a middle section thereof, a second toothed protrusion formed on a bottom thereof, and an arcuate hole defined on a central position of a bottom of the second toothed protrusion, the driving section having a screwing aperture defined on a central position thereof and passing through the arcuate hole so as to form a pushing face; and
the screw bolt being inserted through the return spring and a C ring so as to be housed in the first accommodation groove of the hollow extension and to be locked in the screwing aperture of the driving section, and the C ring being locked in the first C-shaped notch so that two ends of the return spring are forced by the C ring and the pushing face.

US Pat. No. 10,214,262

COLLAPSIBLE KICK-SCOOTER VEHICLE

MICRO MOBILITY SYSTEMS AG...

1. A wheeled kick-scooter vehicle, comprising:a platform of elongate shape, which is at its rear end provided with a wheel, and which a user may rest at least one foot upon; and
a steering rod capable of pivoting about a first axis, which is transversal with respect to the forward-motion direction of the vehicle, wherein the rod comprises a first distal end which is provided with a steering device and comprises a second proximal end which is connected to a front wheel via the intermediary of at least one fork straddling the front wheel,
wherein the platform is mounted in such a way that it pivots with respect to a second axis that is transversal to the first axis, the platform being thus movable between two extreme positions, namely an active rolling position, in which it is substantially perpendicular to the rod, and a folded-up position in parallel to the rod and close to the latter;
wherein the vehicle further comprises a compression mechanism which has an elongate shape and a first end of which is connected to said platform at a distance unequal to zero from the second axis, and a second end of which is connected to said rod for the purpose of exerting a lifting force onto the platform, inducing a torque about the second pivot axis of the platform;
wherein the platform of the collapsible wheeled kick-scooter vehicle is connected to the rod via a bracket which is shaped like an inverted U and spans the fork while permitting the rotation of the latter, wherein the U-shaped bracket features two spaced-apart parallel arms and the second pivot axis is arranged at the free ends of the parallel arms of the bracket; and
wherein the vehicle comprises locking members, which are actuable by a foot or by any other means, for locking a rotation of the platform about the second axis in a second direction, wherein the locking members advantageously comprise a lever which is articulated on the bracket between a first blockage position, in which it prevents the reciprocal rotation of the platform about the second rotational axis with respect to the rod, and a second position, in which it permits the rotation of the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,214,261

SHIELDING AGAINST ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION ON AN ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A component, comprising:a shielding element that shields against electromagnetic radiation,
wherein
the shielding element is arranged in a seat region of an electric motorcycle,
the shielding element is configured to shield electromagnetic radiation from a driver and/or passenger of the electric motorcycle,
the shielding element has a hole arrangement therein configured in at least one of hole size and hole distribution so that the shielding element keeps the electromagnetic radiation of the electric motorcycle away from the driver, and
the shielding element has at least one receiving member configured to secure at least one outer component to the shielding element, the at least one outer component including one or more of a handle and a luggage carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,214,260

DETACHABLE MOTORCYCLE WINDSHIELD

1. A vehicle weather guard comprising:a windshield, a bracket, and a pouch;
wherein the windshield breaks down into a plurality of components stored in the pouch;
wherein the bracket is stored in the pouch;
wherein the vehicle weather guard is configured for use with a motorcycle;
wherein the motorcycle further comprises a fairing;
wherein the vehicle weather guard removably attaches to the fairing of the motorcycle;
wherein the bracket creates a load path that transfers the weight of the windshield to the motorcycle;
wherein the windshield is a transparent barrier that deflects air around the motorcycle while the motorcycle is in motion;
wherein the windshield further comprises a left upper panel, a left lower panel, a right lower panel, and a right upper panel;
wherein the bracket interconnects the left upper panel, the left lower panel, the right lower panel, and the right upper panel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,259

ATV HAVING ARRANGEMENT FOR A PASSENGER

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a frame;
a plurality of ground-engaging members supporting the frame;
a powertrain assembly drivingly coupled to at least one of the ground-engaging members;
a seating area configured to support an operator and a passenger; and
at least one footwell positioned adjacent the seating area and configured to support a foot of the operator and the passenger when seated in the seating area, the at least one footwell including a tread surface configured to receive the foot of the operator, a platform extending upwardly relative to the tread surface, and a removable platform configured to support and raise a height of the foot of the passenger relative to the foot of the operator when seated in the seating area, the removable platform removably coupled to the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,214,258

HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE SEATPOST ASSEMBLY

1. A seatpost assembly comprising:a first seatpost portion;
a second seatpost portion that is axially displaceable relative to said first seatpost portion along an axial axis in a retracting direction of increasing axial overlap with said first seatpost portion to a retracted position and in an axially extending direction of decreasing axial overlap with said first seatpost portion to an extended position thereof;
an engagement element including a coil portion thereof positioned to extend generally circumferentially around at least one of said first seatpost portion and said second seatpost portion, said coil portion including a first engagement surface and a second engagement surface opposite said first engagement surface;
wherein said engagement element may be elastically deflected by moving said first engagement surface: (i) in a relaxing direction toward an engaged orientation that is functional to provide restraint of said axial displacement of said second seatpost portion relative to said first seatpost portion at a restraining interface with a restraining surface of one of said first seatpost portion or said second seatpost portion; and (ii) in a deflecting direction toward a released orientation that is functional to reduce said restraint of said axial displacement relative to said engaged orientation;
wherein said second engagement surface has an axially maintained engagement with the other one of said first seatpost portion or said second seatpost portion; and
wherein said released orientation corresponds to one of: (i) a radially outwardly expanded orientation of said engagement element relative to said engaged orientation; and (ii) a radially inwardly contracted orientation of said engagement element relative to said engaged orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,214,257

DEVICE FOR PLACING AND REPLACING VEHICLE GLASS

VBSA, Cornimont (FR)

1. A device for placing and replacing a window of a motor vehicle, the device comprising:a support beam being comprised of a post having a lower end fastened on a base and an upper end secured to a beam rotating around an axis (X) of said post;
a set of suction cups secured to a bar;
means for suspending said bar from said beam;
means for adjusting height of said bar suspended from said beam; and
means for temporarily securing said bar to said post,
wherein said suction cups are mounted rotating on said bar around an axis (Y) of said bar and around an axis (Z) perpendicular to said axis (Y) of said bar.

US Pat. No. 10,214,256

ADJUSTABLE AND REMOVABLE TRACK ASSEMBLY FOR A TRACTOR

1. A tractor, comprising:a frame including an axle, the axle including an axle shaft and a beam member;
a cab mounted to the frame, the cab including controls for controlling the tractor;
a ground-engaging mechanism coupled to the axle, the ground-engaging mechanism including a track assembly;
the track assembly including an undercarriage assembly, a carrier housing, a ring gear, and a track, the carrier housing including a pivot arm for pivoting coupling to the undercarriage assembly;
wherein, the ring gear defines an outer diameter, and the axle shaft and beam member are adjustably coupled to the carrier housing at a location inside the outer diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,214,255

UNDERCARRIAGE PANEL FOR INCREASING FUEL EFFICIENCY BY REDUCING DRAG OF A VEHICLE

1. A drag-reducing undercarriage panel comprising:a planar main body sloping into an arcuate front section extending rearward over at least a portion of said planer main body creating a curved front edge, said planar main body dimensioned to extend rearward of front tires of a vehicle to which said drag-reducing undercarriage panel is attached;
a pair of spaced outer members extending outward from opposite sides of a front portion of said planar main body; and
multiple attachment sections for attaching said undercarriage panel to said vehicle, said multiple attachment sections including a rearward attachment section for attaching a rearward portion of said planar main body to a point on said vehicle rearward of said front tires.

US Pat. No. 10,214,254

DRAG REDUCING DEVICE

Aero Industries, Inc., I...

9. A drag reducing device for a vehicle body having a top wall and a door pivotably mounted to the rear of the body to open toward a side wall of the body, the device comprising:a wing sized and configured to turn airflow across the top wall of the body, the wing having a trailing edge and a proximal edge;
an assembly mounted to the door and configured for pivoting the wing so that the trailing edge of said wing is pivoted upward to a position above the top wall of the vehicle body when the door is open and for pivoting the wing so that the trailing edge of said wing is pivoted downward to a position below the top wall of the vehicle body when the door is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,214,253

MOVEABLE CAB FAIRINGS

Firestone Industrial Prod...

1. A cab fairing for attaching to an associated truck cab, comprising:a fairing panel having an attachment end;
a hinge connected to said attachment end, said hinge configured to connect to the associated truck cab; and
an actuator connected to said fairing panel, said actuator configured to switch said fairing panel between a first coverage state and a second coverage state, said first coverage state being a low speed state and configured to position said fairing panel outward from a lateral side of said associated truck cab.

US Pat. No. 10,214,252

DRAG REDUCING AERODYNAMIC VEHICLE COMPONENTS AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A drag-reducing aerodynamic vehicle system, comprising:a central fairing extending from a roof of a vehicle; and
side fairings disposed on either exterior end surface of the central fairing, wherein the side fairings comprise airflow guide vanes protruding from an interior surface of the side fairings and wherein the airflow guide vanes attach to an exterior end surface of the central fairing;
wherein air flows through the airflow guide vanes and is directed toward a rear of the vehicle to reduce air stagnation around the vehicle and accelerates air flow between the vehicle and a trailer attached to the vehicle to prevent air recirculation to reduce air pressure and drag on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,251

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR AN AUTOMOBILE DOOR OR WINDOW

Nikola Corporation, Phoe...

1. A vehicle comprising:a body comprising a front end and a rear end;
a plurality of front wheels located proximally with respect to the body and a plurality of rear wheels located distally with respect to the body, wherein the front wheels comprise a first rear most location that is a first distance from the front end of the body and a second front most location that is a second distance from the front end of the body, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance;
a cabin located within the body, wherein the cabin comprises an interior with at least one seat located in the interior that is configured for seating at least one person;
wherein a majority of the at least one seat is located within the first distance of the front wheels; and
a door having a foremost portion that is both adjacent to a front wheel well and that is disposed behind the rear most location of the front wheels;
wherein the door is the foremost door providing ingress or egress into the interior of the cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,214,250

TRUCK TAILGATE SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An extruded tailgate comprising:internal and external panels secured to each other by upper and lower panels extending therebetween, wherein the internal, external, upper, and lower panels extend from a first to a second lateral end of the tailgate, wherein exterior surfaces of the internal and lower panels define first and second T-slots, respectively, configured to receive accessory components, that extend from the first to the second lateral end; and
an elastic guard having a T-shaped protrusion engaging the second T-slot to secure the elastic guard to the lower panel such that the elastic guard is disposed within a gap that extends between the lower panel and a truck bed.

US Pat. No. 10,214,249

ROOF ATTACHMENT METHOD FOR AN APPLIED COMPOSITION ROOF

Magna Exteriors Inc., Co...

1. A roof attachment system for a vehicle, comprising:at least one mounting member having a predetermined cross section;
an upper flange of each mounting member shaped to match an inside surface of a roof of the vehicle, said upper flange bonded to the inside surface by a structural adhesive;
a lower flange of each mounting member bonded to an attachment flange of a body side ring assembly by the structural adhesive, where bonding the at least one mounting member connects the roof to the body side ring assembly of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,247

WORK VEHICLE

Yanmar Co., Ltd., Osaka-...

1. A work vehicle comprising:an engine main body;
a cooling fan arranged in front of the engine main body, and configured to feed air to the engine main body;
an exhaust gas purification device arranged on one of left and right sides of the engine main body, and configured to purify exhaust gas exhausted from the engine main body;
an engine hood that covers the engine main body, the cooling fan, and the exhaust gas purification device; and
an operation seat arranged behind the engine hood, wherein
an outside air intake port is formed in at least one of left and right side surfaces of the engine hood, at a position further forward than the cooling fan,
on at least one of the left and right side surfaces of the engine hood, a first opening capable of exhausting air inside the engine hood in a direction away from the operation seat in side view is formed in a position facing the exhaust gas purification device in a lateral direction thereof,
a second opening having a shape elongated in a vehicle width direction is formed in a position above a rear of the engine hood and in front of the operation seat, the second opening being capable of exhausting the air inside the engine hood in a direction away from the operation seat in side view, and
a closing part is provided in a middle position of the second opening relative to the vehicle width direction, and a direction of the air passing through the second opening is divided into left and right by the closing part.

US Pat. No. 10,214,246

BONNET MOUNTING APPARATUS OF AGRICULTURAL WORK VEHICLE

DAEDONG INDUSTRIAL CO., L...

1. A bonnet mounting apparatus of an agricultural work vehicle, the bonnet mounting apparatus comprising:a fastener on which a coupling protrusion is provided, and which is attached to an inside of one end portion of a bonnet; and
a hinge on which a coupling recess is provided, and which is hingedly coupled to an upper end of a bonnet support at a vehicle body side so as to be rotatable upward and downward, thereby allowing the bonnet to be mounted by inserting the coupling protrusion of the bonnet into the coupling recess of the hinge at the vehicle body side,
wherein a latching fixing part is provided on a part of a circumference of the coupling protrusion, and a latching projection, which engages with the latching fixing part, is provided on the coupling recess,
wherein the latching projection is elastically moved outward when the coupling protrusion is inserted into the coupling recess, and
wherein an end part of the hinge, which is an opposite side of a portion hingedly coupled to the bonnet support, is fixed by a bolt to one side of the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,214,245

PARTITION PANEL FOR VEHICLES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

12. A partition panel for vehicles, the partition panel comprising:a panel part formed of a composite material to divide a trunk and the inside of a vehicle from each other, the panel part having a first end and a laterally spaced second end; and
a reinforcement part formed of a composite material, inclined upwards from the center of a lower portion of the panel part toward the first and second ends of the panel part, the reinforcement part being connected integrally to the panel part, wherein the reinforcement part includes:
a first reinforcement tape-shaped portion connected to a portion of the panel part inclined upwards from the center of the lower portion of the panel part to a first end of the panel part; and
a second reinforcement tape-shaped portion overlapping the first reinforcement tape-shaped portion at the center of the lower portion of the panel part and connected to a portion of the panel part inclined upwards from the center of the lower portion of the panel part to a second end of the panel part.

US Pat. No. 10,214,244

FRAME STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A frame structure for a vehicle, comprising:an outer panel forming an outward wall portion, in a vehicle width direction, of a frame;
an inner panel forming an inward wall portion, in the vehicle width direction, of the frame and cooperating with the outer panel to form a main closed-cross section extending in a longitudinal direction;
a reinforcing member provided in the main closed-cross section, wherein the reinforcing member is joined only to one of the outer panel and the inner panel and spaced apart from the other one of the outer panel and the inner panel such that the reinforcing member cooperates with said one of the outer panel and the inner panel to form a sub closed-cross section extending in the longitudinal direction;
a bending promotion portion formed at a portion of said other one of the outer panel and the inner panel which is located at a position corresponding to the reinforcing member, the bending promotion portion being configured to be a starting point which causes bending of the frame toward the reinforcing member when a collision load is applied to the frame in a vehicle collision; and
a crushing mechanism provided at a position which is located on a front-end side of the frame relatively to the reinforcing member and right before the reinforcing member and configured to make the reinforcing member crushable in a bending direction in the vehicle collision.

US Pat. No. 10,214,243

VEHICLE FRAME

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle frame comprising:two frame rails fixed relative to each other and each having a tubular shape defining an exterior surface and an interior surface;
a crush-initiating notch on each exterior surface; and
a reinforcement extending along each interior surface and positioned in a vehicle-rearward direction from the notches.

US Pat. No. 10,214,242

FRONT VEHICLE-BODY STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A front vehicle-body structure of a vehicle, comprising:a front frame extending in a longitudinal direction;
an apron reinforcement positioned above and on an outward side, in a vehicle width direction, of the front frame and extending in the longitudinal direction; and
a suspension housing provided to be laid between the front frame and the apron reinforcement and accommodating a suspension therein,
wherein said suspension housing comprises a housing upper wall portion which extends in the vehicle width direction and in the longitudinal direction, a housing front wall portion and a housing rear wall portion which extend downward respectively from a front end portion and a rear end portion of said housing upper wall portion, and a housing inward-vertical wall portion which extends downward from an inward end portion, in the vehicle width direction, of said housing upper wall portion and is connected respectively to said housing front wall portion and said housing rear wall portion,
said housing upper wall portion includes a narrow-width portion, an inward upper wall portion which is positioned on an inward side, in the vehicle width direction, of said narrow-width portion, and an outward upper wall portion which is positioned on an outward side, in the vehicle width direction, of said narrow-width portion, a width, in the longitudinal direction, of each of the narrow-width portion, the inward upper wall portion, and outward upper wall portion being configured such that the width of the narrow-width portion is the narrowest of the three portions, the width of the inward upper wall portion decreases gradually toward the narrow-width portion, and the width of the outward upper wall portion decreases gradually toward the narrow-width portion, and
a suspension tower portion where a damper member of the suspension is attached is positioned at a portion of said housing upper wall portion of said suspension housing which includes at least said narrow-width portion such that said suspension tower portion protrudes upward.

US Pat. No. 10,214,241

TRAILER BACKING UP SYSTEM ACCESSORIES

1. A system for predicting a future direction of a trailer when being backed up by a towing vehicle, the trailer and the vehicle being coupled together by a jointed connection, the jointed connection having a connection angle, and the vehicle having a plurality of steering positions wherein a first steering position and a second steering position, different from the first steering position, are among the plurality of steering positions, the system comprising a graphical component visible to an operator of the vehicle on which the system generates and displays (i) a graphical representation of the connection angle, (ii) a graphical representation of the predicted future direction for the trailer, and (iii) a graphical representation of a predicted change in the connection angle where the predicted change is selected from a first predicted change corresponding to the first steering position and a second predicted change corresponding to the second steering position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,240

PARKING SCORING FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for selecting a parking location for an autonomous vehicle, the method comprising:obtaining data pertaining to a current ride of the autonomous vehicle during operation of the autonomous vehicle, wherein the obtaining of the data comprises obtaining data pertaining to respective distances between each of the potential parking locations and the destination;
determining, by a processor using the data, when the autonomous vehicle is proximate a destination; and
when the autonomous vehicle is proximate the destination:
identifying, by the processor using the data, a plurality of potential parking locations proximate the destination;
calculating, by the processor using the data, a respective score for each of the potential parking locations using a plurality of factors, wherein the calculating comprises calculating the respective score for each of the potential parking locations based at least in part on the respective distances;
selecting, by the processor using the data, a selected parking location of the potential parking locations based on the respective score of each of the potential parking locations; and
automatically parking the autonomous vehicle in the selected parking location, via instructions provided by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,239

PARKING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd., ...

1. A method of controlling a parking assistance apparatus, the method comprising:setting a parking method of the vehicle, wherein the setting the parking method of the vehicle comprises:
displaying menu items for receiving any one of a plurality of predefined parking methods on the touchscreen,
setting any one of the parking methods to the parking method of the vehicle based on user selection of the menu items, and
the parking method is any one of head-in parking, back-in parking, and parallel parking;
displaying an around view monitoring (AVM) image for a predetermined range from a vehicle on a touchscreen;
sensing a touch input for a region in which the AVM image is displayed;
setting a target parking region of the vehicle based on a type and a pattern of the touch input,
wherein the type of the touch input is at least one selected from the group consisting of a single touch touching and dragging of one point on the touchscreen to another point on the touchscreen and a multiple touch simultaneously touching two or more points on the touchscreen.

US Pat. No. 10,214,238

VOLTAGE COMPENSATING ANTI-CATCH ALGORITHM FOR ACTIVE FRONT STEERING SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system for a vehicle comprising:sensors including a steering wheel angle sensor, voltage sensor, and speed sensor;
an overlay motor;
a steering gear coupled to the overlay motor; and
a controller programmed to—
receive signals from the sensors;
evaluate whether (a) an output of the voltage sensor is below a voltage threshold;
evaluate whether (b) an output of the speed sensor is below a speed threshold;
calculate a superimposition angle based according to first algorithm that calculates the superimposition angle according to a steering wheel angle from the steering wheel angle and speed according to the speed sensor; and
if (a) and (b);
reduce the superimposition angle by a first reduction amount according to a second algorithm that calculates the first reduction amount according to a steering wheel speed as measured by the steering wheel angle sensor; and
activate the overlay motor to input a compensated steering angle to the steering gear according to the superimposition angle reduced by the first reduction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,214,237

DEVICE FOR DETERMINING STEERING WHEEL ROTATION INFORMATION AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING STEERING WHEEL ROTATION INFORMATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for determining steering wheel rotation information, which comprises:a linear motion transforming element connected to a steering column of a steering wheel for transforming rotation of the steering wheel into a linear movement, the linear motion transforming element including
a gear connected to the steering column,
a rack engaged with the gear, wherein the steering column is configured to be driven to rotate by the steering wheel to make the gear connected to said steering column rotate, and rotation of the gear is configured to drive the rack engaged therewith to move along a rack length direction relative to an engagement origin, and
a rack carrier for carrying the rack, the rack being disposed on said rack carrier in such a manner as to enable movement of the rack relative to the rack carrier along the rack length direction; and
a processing element electrically connected to the linear motion transforming element for determining the steering wheel rotation information based on the linear movement transformed by the motion transforming element, wherein the processing element determines steering wheel rotation information based on a distance of movement and a direction of movement of the rack relative to the engagement origin along the rack length direction, said engagement origin being a position of engagement between the rack and the gear when the rotation angle of the steering wheel is 0 degree.

US Pat. No. 10,214,236

SELECTIVELY DEPLOYABLE CONTROL DEVICE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a docking port comprising a cup holder; and
a selectively demountable switch having a body and a rotary knob on the body,
an interface between the switch and the docking port that allows commands entered by operation of the rotary knob to be communicated to the vehicle, the interface comprising a plug or a socket arranged to couple with a corresponding socket or plug in the docking port,
wherein the docking port is arranged to restrain the switch body when the switch is docked with the docking port by inserting the switch body in the cup holder,
wherein the switch provides an input interface to a tow-assist system of the vehicle, and
wherein operation of the rotary knob provides the tow-assist system with desired direction indications of a trailer connected to the vehicle during reversing of the vehicle so that the tow-assist system can control steering of the vehicle,
wherein the demountable switch and docking port are arranged so that engagement of the plug and socket is effected by a docking operation comprising a two-part movement, a first insertion step and a second and subsequent engagement step, wherein, during the insertion step, the switch is moved into a docking position in the port and, during the engagement step, an element of the switch or port comprising the plug or socket is actuated to move relative to the switch body, thereby to lock the switch in the port and also to mutually engage the plug and socket.

US Pat. No. 10,214,235

POWER STEERING DEVICE AND POWER STEERING DEVICE CONTROL UNIT

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

17. A power steering device comprising:a steering system configured to control steering in response to a steering operation of a steering wheel;
an electric motor configured to apply a steering force to the steering system;
an ECU configured to control driving of the electric motor;
a torque sensor provided with the steering system and configured to detect a steering torque generated in the steering system;
a steering angle sensor provided with the steering system and configured to detect a steering angle as a steering amount of the steering wheel; and
a motor position sensor provided with the electric motor and configured to detect a rotor rotational position of the electric motor,
torque signal receivers configured to receive first and second steering torque detection signals from the torque sensor;
steering angle signal receivers configured to receive first and second steering angle detection signals from the steering angle sensor;
motor position signal receivers configured to receive first and second motor position detection signals from the motor position sensor; and
an electronic control unit configured to
detect an abnormality in the torque sensor, the steering angle sensor or the motor position sensor by performing at least one of (1) a first comparison between the first and second steering torque detection signals, (2) a second comparison between the first and second steering angle detection signals, or (3) a third comparison between the first and second motor position detection signals, wherein the first comparison is associated with a first detection signal, the second comparison is associated with a second detection signal, and the third comparison is associated with a third detection signal;
set, as a comparison signal, the respective detection signal associated with detecting the abnormality by performing one of the first comparison, the second comparison, or the third comparison, such that the first detection signal is set as the comparison signal when the first comparison is performed, the second detection signal is set as the comparison signal when the second comparison is performed, and the third detection signal is set as the comparison signal when the third comparison is performed; and
calculate an alternative signal by using (1) a detection signal other than the detection signal set as the comparison signal, or (2) the comparison signal and a detection signal other than the detection signal which is set as the comparison signal, wherein a value indicated by the alternative signal and a value indicated by the comparison signal share a common parameter;
when no abnormality is detected in the torque sensor, the steering angle sensor, or the motor position sensor, output a motor command signal to control driving of the electric motor based on the comparison signal;
when an abnormality is detected in the torque sensor, the steering angle sensor or the motor position sensor, output a motor command signal to control driving of the electric motor based on the alternative signal; and
when the abnormality is detected and when a condition of detection of the abnormality continues for a predetermined time period, determine occurrence of the abnormality as determined information, and output the motor command signal based on the alternative signal before the occurrence of the abnormality is determined as the determined information.

US Pat. No. 10,214,234

STEERING RETURN CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MOTOR DRIVEN POWER STEERING

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. A motor driven power steering (MDPS) apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle speed sensor configured to detect a vehicle speed;
a yaw rate sensor configured to sense a tilted state of the vehicle, and output a yaw rate value;
a column torque sensor configured to detect a column torque applied to a steering shaft;
a motor encoder configured to detect a rotation amount of a motor for driving a rack bar of the vehicle; and
a return controller configured to:
receive the vehicle speed, the yaw rate value and the column torque from the vehicle speed sensor, the yaw rate sensor and the column torque sensor, respectively,
determine whether the vehicle is driving in a neutral state, calculate a rack position and rack speed using the rotation amount,
set a target position for the rack bar in the neutral drive state, calculate a return torque for returning the rack bar to the target position,
adjust a gain according to the vehicle speed and the column torque, and
output a return torque driving value,
wherein the return controller is configured to determine that the vehicle is driving in the neutral state when the vehicle speed exceeds a reference vehicle speed, the column torque is less than a reference column torque for each vehicle speed, the yaw rate is less than a reference yaw rate, and an accumulated neutral state retention time exceeds a neutral state determination reference time,
wherein when it is determined that the vehicle is driving in the neutral state, the return controller is configured to set the target position to the rack position calculated from the rotation amount, configured to calculate a return amount based on a position difference between the target position and a current rack position, configured to calculate a return speed for driving the return amount according to the rack speed, and configured to calculate the return torque.

US Pat. No. 10,214,233

DRIVE APPARATUS AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A drive apparatus comprising:a motor having a plurality of winding groups, rotating about a rotation axis extending in an axial direction thereof;
a switching element serving as a conduction switch of the winding groups;
a control component performing driving control of the motor;
a plurality of substrates provided at one side of the motor in the axial direction, including the switching element and the control component mounted thereon;
a connector provided at an opposite side of the motor across the substrates in the axial direction; and
a connection terminal connected to the substrates, wherein
the substrates are arranged such that a part of the substrates are overlapped when the substrates are projected in the axial direction, an overlapped region being defined as a region where the part of the substrate are overlapped; and
the connection terminal penetrates, in the overlapped region, at least a part of the substrates, the connection terminal being connected to the substrates in the overlapped region.

US Pat. No. 10,214,232

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A control unit that calculates a current command value of a motor which provides a steering mechanism with a steering assist torque based on a steering torque and a vehicle speed of a vehicle, and drives and controls said motor by feedback control, comprising:a processor that is configured to perform functions that require said control unit to judge a running state of said vehicle based on an action force added to said steering mechanism, a steering angle of said steering mechanism and said vehicle speed, and correct said current command value by calculating a motor current correction value based on a judgment result of said running state and said action force,
wherein said processor is configured to execute a plurality of software sections comprising:
a straight running state judging section that judges a straight running state of said vehicle to obtain a straight running judgment result (SR),
an adaptive calculating section that calculates a motor correction signal based on at least said straight running judgment result (SR), said steering angle, and said action force,
a vehicle speed sensitive gain section that obtains a vehicle speed gain corresponding to said vehicle speed, and
an output calculating section that multiplies said motor correction signal by said vehicle speed gain to obtain said motor current correction value,
wherein said adaptive calculating section resets said motor correction signal to zero based on said steering angle and said action force when said vehicle departs from said straight running state, sets at least one first threshold smaller than a maximum correction value for said motor correction signal, sets a second upper threshold for a steering information of said steering mechanism and a third lower threshold for said steering information, and in said straight running state of said vehicle, gradually reduces said motor correction signal by using said motor correction signal, said at least one first threshold, said steering information, said second upper threshold and said third lower threshold when judging that a driver steers in said straight running state of said vehicle, and
wherein said control unit corrects said current command value by said motor current correction value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,231

TROLLEY BASEPLATE AND TROLLEY USING THE SAME

CHIGOO INTERACTIVE TECHNO...

1. A base plate of a trolley comprising:a plate body having a head end and a tail end;
a first locking mechanism provided on the plate body adjacent to the head end; and
a second locking mechanism provided on the plate body adjacent to the tail end;
wherein the first locking mechanism and second locking mechanism are structured such that the second locking mechanism receives the first locking mechanism partially within its boundaries to produce a nesting relation,
wherein the first locking mechanism comprises an arc latch, and the second locking mechanism comprises a slope piece having an ascending slope relatively close to the tail end and a descending slope relatively far away from the tail end, the arc latch locating at substantially the same level as a position of the slope piece.

US Pat. No. 10,214,230

COMPACTIBLE WAGON

URBAN626, LLC, Pasadena,...

1. A compactible wagon comprising:a platform having first and second ends and upper and lower surfaces and defining a platform width, a platform length and a longitudinal axis at either end of which are disposed the first and second ends of the platform, and where the platform is further comprised of at least two pivotably interconnected independent sections, at least one section being disposed proximal the first end and at least one section being disposed proximal the second end;
at least two sets of wheels disposed below the lower surface of the platform, at least one set being disposed on each of at least the two independent sections proximal the first and second ends, and each set of wheels comprising at least one wheel;
at least a first support wall being disposed at the first end, and at least a second support wall being disposed at the second end, and wherein each of the support walls are pivotably interconnected to the platform;
at least two sidewalls configured to span longitudinally between the first and second support walls and form a partially enclosed volume above the platform, the sidewalls being further configured to fold such that in a compacted position no dimension of each of the sidewalls is greater than the width of the platform;
wherein the independent sections of the platform are pivotable about a horizontal axis arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis between an unfolded position where the independent sections form a platform having a horizontally planar configuration, and a folded position where the independent sections are disposed vertically adjacent one another and concomitantly the at least two sets of wheels are drawn closer together;
wherein the first and second support walls are each pivotable about a separate horizontal axis arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis along an arc that runs between a first position wherein each of the support walls overlap a portion of the upper surface of the platform, a second position wherein each of the support walls are aligned vertically, and a third position wherein each of the support walls are disposed within the horizontal plane of the platform when the platform is disposed in the horizontally planar configuration such that the platform length is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,214,229

ULTIMATE CART DOLLY SYSTEMS

1. A system, relating to transporting equipment through confined walkways while bearing the weight of the equipment, comprising:a) at least one load support structured and arranged to support the equipment;
b) wherein said at least one load support comprises
i) a front end,
ii) a rear end, and
iii) an overall-width; and
c) at least one roller structured and arranged to roll said at least one load support over a walkway;
d) wherein said at least one roller comprises at least one front roller and at least one rear roller located respectively near the front end and the rear end of said at least one load support;
e) wherein said at least one front roller and said at least one rear roller comprise a common overall-width; and
f) wherein said common overall-width of said at least one front roller and said at least one rear roller is less than or equal to said overall-width of said at least one load support; and
g) at least one rear mount structured and arranged to mount said at least one rear roller to said at least one load support; and
h) at least one front coupler structured and arranged to removably couple said at least one front roller to said at least one load support;
i) wherein said system bears the weight of the equipment during transport
j) wherein said at least one front coupler comprises rotational freedom to rotate in three axes; and
k) wherein said at least one front roller comprises rotational freedom to rotate in three axes; and
l) at least one accessory mount structured and arranged to mount at least one accessory structured and arranged to aid said at least one load support in supporting the equipment;
m) wherein said at least one accessory mount comprises exactly four mount points; and
n) wherein:
i) each said accessory mount point is located at a corner of said at least one load support;
ii) two accessory mount points are located on each said front end and said rear end; and
iii) each pair of said two accessory mount points comprise an overall-width, including separation, of less than or equal to said overall-width of said at least one load support.

US Pat. No. 10,214,228

HAND TRUCK FOR MOVING WATER HEATERS AND TOILETS

Pheonix Inventors, LLC, ...

1. A hand truck, comprising:a fixed frame comprising one or more fulcrum wheels on a rear side, at least one floor stabilizing arm coupled to and extending from a front side, at least one outrigger support beam extending from the rear of the fixed frame, the at least one outrigger support beam further comprising a wheel at a distal end; and
an extendable frame comprising a vertical beam, a horizontal beam coupled to the top of the vertical beam, and at least one lifting arm extending perpendicularly to the horizontal beam;
the extendable frame vertically adjustable in relation to the fixed frame;
the fixed frame further comprising a hand crank coupled to the rear of the fixed frame, the hand crank configured to rotate one or more gears, the gears configured to wind and unwind a strap, the strap pivoting on a strap support rod, wherein the strap support rod is positioned at the center of the fixed frame and above a ring, the ring secured to the extendable frame, such that rotation of the hand crank in a first direction winds the strap causing the ring to be pulled upward, thereby vertically extending the extendable frame, and wherein when the hand crank is rotated in a second direction, the strap unwinds, allowing the ring to follow gravity downward, which lowers the extendable frame.

US Pat. No. 10,214,227

LEVER ASSIST FOR TRANSPORT DOLLY

1. A foot-operated lever assist mechanism for use on a dolly which has a laterally extending axle mounting a plurality of wheels, said mechanism comprising:a) a laterally extending channel member that extends parallel to the axle of the dolly;
b) an angle iron having a horizontal face secured to a bottom surface of said channel member and an angulated face extending at an obtuse angle relative to said horizontal face;
c) a foot lever having a vertically extending portion and an angulated portion engageable by a user's foot;
d) spring means operable between said vertically extending portion of said foot lever and said angulated face of said angle iron to bias said vertically extending portion to an upright position;
e) means to secure said foot-operated lever assist mechanism to a dolly, said means to secure including means to engage the laterally extending axle of the dolly, wherein said means to engage the laterally extending axle comprises a series of welds which secures said lever assist mechanism to said dolly.

US Pat. No. 10,214,226

METHOD FOR OPERATING A TRAIN SAFETY ASSEMBLY, TRAIN SAFETY ASSEMBLY AND RAIL VEHICLE COMPRISING A TRAIN SAFETY ASSEMBLY

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for operating a train safety assembly (34) having an onboard apparatus of a first train safety system with a specific transmission device connected to the onboard apparatus via an interface, and configured for communication with a trackside part of a second train safety system, the method comprising:starting the onboard apparatus using a given version of a first software;
starting the specific transmission device using a given version of a second software;
checking the given version of the first software and the given version of the second software for compatibility;
in the case of incompatibility of the given version of the first software and the given version of the second software, automatically restarting the specific transmission device with another version of the second software; and
checking the given version of the first software and the other version of the second software for compatibility.

US Pat. No. 10,214,225

THIXOTROPIC GEL OR LIQUID FOR FRICTION CONTROL AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Whitmore Manufacturing, L...

1. A method of modifying friction of a rail road track from negative to positive comprising:mixing a friction control composition by applying shear to thin the thickness or viscosity of the composition, the friction control composition comprising a thixotropic gel or liquid free of a skin forming retentivity agent, the thixotropic gel or liquid comprising a water insoluble component selected from the group consisting of isoparaffins, vegetable oils, bio-based triglycerides, fatty oils and synthetic esters;
applying said thinned composition to the top of a rail; and
causing said thinned composition on the top of the rail to settle to a static condition of increased viscosity sufficient to maintain the composition in position on the top of the rail as an undried composition for engagement by a train wheel with shear thinning and distribution of the composition along the rail to change the friction from negative to positive.

US Pat. No. 10,214,224

RAIL ROAD HOPPER CAR

National Steel Car Limite...

1. A railroad hopper car having:a first hopper, said first hopper being a bottom dumping hopper;
a center sill, said center sill passing through a lower region of said first hopper;
said first hopper having a bifurcated discharge having a left hand portion and a right hand portion;
a first door, said first door being movable to govern egress of lading from said left hand portion; and
a second door, said second door being movable to govern egress of lading from said right hand portion;
said first and second doors having a respective upper and lower margins;
a beam running across said car, said beam having a web and a flange, said beam being mounted to said lower margins of said first and second doors as a backing beam, said first and second doors being constrained by said beam to move through the same motion on opening and closing;
said beam passing underneath said center sill;
said doors being driven by a common actuator and transmission; and
said center sill has a bottom flange and said bottom flange has a narrow portion between said first and second doors, and a wider portion away therefrom;
said bottom flange has an accommodation therein, and said actuator is mounted in said accommodation.

US Pat. No. 10,214,223

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING VEHICLE LOCATION BASED ON MOTOR FEEDBACK

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method comprising:receiving from a speedometer of a vehicle having an autonomous driving mode, a first current speed of the vehicle;
receiving, from a displacement measuring device, displacement information identifying a first orientation of a first rotor at a first time and a second orientation of the first rotor at a second time;
determining, by one or more computing devices having one or more processors, a second current speed of the vehicle by determining a displacement value between the first orientation and the second orientation;
determining, by the one or more computing devices, whether to continue using speeds determined by the speedometer to control the vehicle in the autonomous driving mode based on a difference between the first current speed and the second current speed; and
controlling, by the one or more computing devices, the vehicle in the autonomous driving mode based on the determination of whether to continue using speeds determined by the speedometer.

US Pat. No. 10,214,221

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A VEHICLE DRIVER BY A PATTERN OF MOVEMENT

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

1. A computer-implemented method for identifying a vehicle driver by a pattern of movement, comprising:receiving sensor signals from at least one wearable device;
determining the pattern of movement based on data extracted from the sensor signals, wherein the extracted data represents physical movement and biosignal biometric parameters that are fused into combined movement data, wherein the combined movement data is converted into a data package that is indicative of the pattern of movement with respect to at least one movement of the vehicle driver that pertains to the vehicle;
evaluating at least one data point that is extracted from the data package to determine if it is consistent with at least one data point programmed within and extracted from at least one predetermined driver movement pattern;
identifying the vehicle driver based on the at least one data point being consistent with the at least one predetermined driver movement pattern;
executing a vehicle settings profile associated with the identified vehicle driver; and
controlling at least one vehicle system of the vehicle, wherein the at least one vehicle system is controlled based on the execution of the vehicle settings profile associated with the identified vehicle driver.

US Pat. No. 10,214,220

INTELLIGENT DRIVING RECOMMENDATION SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A method for controlling driver vehicle usage, the method comprising the steps of:determining, by one or more computer processors, identification information for each user of one or more users in a vehicle utilizing an identification device located within the vehicle, wherein determining the identification information further comprises:
determining, by one or more computer processors, an identity of an operator of the vehicle by analyzing a driver's license, provided by the operator, utilizing the identification device;
determining, by one or more computer processors, whether the identification information for each user of the one or more users is correct;
receiving, by one or more computer processors, live vehicle data associated with the vehicle;
receiving, by one or more computer processors, live user data associated with each user of the one or more users, wherein the live user date includes biometric information data associated with the one or more users in the vehicle; and
in response to a user requesting a recommendation, determining, by one or more processors, a recommendation for the user, the recommendation including an alternate driving route that includes safer driving conditions, based on identification information of the one or more users in a vehicle, the received live vehicle data, and the received biometric information of the live user data.

US Pat. No. 10,214,219

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR POWERTRAIN NVH CONTROL IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, comprising:during an autonomous mode of vehicle operation, altering noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) limits from a lower NVH threshold to a higher NVH threshold for a powertrain of the vehicle responsive to detecting zero occupants within the vehicle to improve fuel economy, and
adjusting a desired torque converter slip based on the higher NVH threshold, wherein the desired torque converter slip decreases as the NVH threshold increases.

US Pat. No. 10,214,218

METHOD TO CONTROL A HYBRID POWERTRAIN, VEHICLE COMPRISING SUCH A HYBRID POWERTRAIN, COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING SUCH A HYBRID POWERTRAIN, AND A COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT COMPRISING PROGRAM CODE

15. A vehicle with a hybrid powertrain, comprising an internal combustion engine; a gearbox with an input shaft and an output shaft; a range gearbox connected to the output shaft of the gearbox; a first planetary gear connected to the input shaft of the gearbox; a second planetary gear connected to the first planetary gear; a first electrical machine connected to the first planetary gear; a second electrical machine connected to the second planetary gear; at least one first gear pair connected to the first planetary gear and the output shaft of the gearbox; and at least one second gear pair connected to the second planetary gear and the output shaft of the gearbox, wherein the internal combustion engine is connected to the first planetary gear via the input shaft of the gearbox, wherein the hybrid powertrain is controlled according to a method comprisinga) engaging a gear by way of connecting two rotatable components in the first planetary gear;
b) connecting the at least one second gear pair connected to the second planetary gear and the output shaft of the gearbox;
c) connecting a sixth gear pair arranged between a countershaft and the range gearbox to the countershaft, so that the countershaft is connected to the output shaft via the range gearbox;
d) controlling the range gearbox from a low range position to a neutral position, in which no torque transmission occurs through the range gearbox;
e) controlling the first electrical machine to achieve a synchronous rotational speed between two rotatable components in the range gearbox;
f) connecting the rotatable components of the range gearbox by means of a displaceable third coupling device; and
g) engaging a gear by connecting two rotatable components in the second planetary gear.

US Pat. No. 10,214,217

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RELEASING BAULKING OF TRANSMISSION GEAR IN HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for releasing baulking of a transmission gear of a hybrid vehicle, comprising:comparing, by a controller, a stroke of a gear actuator with a first target value while increasing the stroke of the gear actuator when gear shifting is requested;
detecting, by the controller, whether the vehicle is in a stop state, in response to determining that the stroke of the gear actuator is less than the first target value;
increasing, by the controller, a motor torque, in response to determining that the vehicle is in a stop state; and
after increasing the motor torque, adjusting, by the controller, a stroke of a clutch actuator to be a second target value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,216

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle, comprising:detecting a destination input by a vehicle occupant;
determining a residual range of the motor vehicle indicated at the destination;
if the determined residual range is smaller than a predetermined threshold value: operating the motor vehicle in a consumption optimizing mode in which the motor vehicle is operated with automatic carrying out of measures for lowering the consumption of the motor vehicle until the destination is reached, wherein
each of the measures is continuously evaluated with respect to an influence on the reduction of fuel consumption achievable,
each of the measures is continuously evaluated with respect to an influence on a restriction imposed on a driver of the motor vehicle, and
each of the measures are activated and deactivated depending on their respective continuously determined influences on the lowering of consumption and on the restriction imposed on the driver until the destination is reached such that the residual range at least corresponds to the threshold value and the restriction imposed on the driver that is due to the measures is minimized.

US Pat. No. 10,214,215

EMERGENCY VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:an emergency vehicle controller configured to perform an automatic vehicle stop control of the vehicle which is running so as to automatically step the vehicle;
an automatic return switch installed in the vehicle and operable by an occupant for determining execution and cancellation of the automatic vehicle stop control depending upon a timing and time period of operation of the switch,
wherein the emergency vehicle controller is configured to detect the timing and the time period of operation of the switch and perform the following operations based on detection results thereof:
(i) the emergency vehicle controller starts to execute the automatic vehicle stop control of the vehicle when the emergency vehicle controller detects that the switch is operated at a first timing for a first period of time and that the first period of time is a first predetermined threshold time or longer; and
(ii) the emergency vehicle controller continues the execution of the automatic vehicle stop control of the vehicle after said operation (i) when the emergency vehicle controller detects that the switch is operated at a second timing for a second period of time after said operation (i) and that an interval between the first timing and the second timing is within a second predetermined threshold time which is longer than the first predetermined threshold time, whereas the emergency vehicle controller cancels the execution of the automatic vehicle stop control of the vehicle when the emergency vehicle controller detects that the interval between the first timing and the second timing exceeds the second predetermined threshold time and that the second period of time is the first predetermined threshold time or longer.

US Pat. No. 10,214,214

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A vehicle control device for controlling a vehicle, the vehicle comprising:an oil pump driven by a drive source;
a continuously variable transmission disposed between the drive source and a drive wheel such that oil discharged from the oil pump is supplied thereto; and
a friction engaging element disposed in series with the continuously variable transmission between the drive source and the drive wheel,
the vehicle control device comprising a controller configured to execute coasting control to disengage the friction engaging element and set a rotation speed of a rotary shaft of the drive source at zero when a predetermined condition, which includes at least a condition according to which an accelerator pedal is not depressed, is established,
wherein the controller is configured to start the coasting control after predicting that an actual speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission will be modifiable to a target speed ratio of the coasting control during the coasting control, even in a case where the accelerator pedal is not depressed but the actual speed ratio has not yet reached the target speed ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,214,213

ON-BOARD RECORDING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An on-board recording system comprising:a control device that performs vehicle control associated with a first driving assist function optionally installed on a vehicle and a second driving assist function, different from the first driving assist function, that is not optionally installed on the vehicle; and
a recording device communicably connected to the control device via an on-board network, the recording device being configured to record vehicle information representing a state of the vehicle when any of pre-specified vehicle behaviors is detected, the vehicle information being specified in advance for each of the pre-specified vehicle behaviors, and the vehicle information being obtained in a predetermined period corresponding to a time of detection of at least one of the vehicle behaviors, wherein:
the control device includes a transmitting unit that outputs a transmission signal to the on-board network in a case where the first driving assist function is installed on the vehicle,
the recording device includes a receiving unit, a determining unit, a received information storage unit, a vehicle information storage unit, a first vehicle behavior detecting unit, a second vehicle behavior detecting unit, a first recording processing unit, a second recording processing unit, and a recording permitting unit,
the determining unit determines whether the receiving unit has received the transmission signal from the control device,
the received information storage unit stores a result of determination by the determining unit, as received information,
the vehicle information storage unit includes a recording area set for each of the pre-specified vehicle behaviors, the recording area having a capacity that permits recording of the vehicle information for a pre-specified number of detections for each of the vehicle behaviors,
the first vehicle behavior detecting unit detects, as a first vehicle behavior among the vehicle behaviors, activation of the first driving assist function,
the second vehicle behavior detecting unit detects, as a second vehicle behavior among the vehicle behaviors, activation of the second driving assist function,
the first recording processing unit records, when the first vehicle behavior detecting unit detects the first vehicle behavior, first vehicle information as the vehicle information corresponding to the first vehicle behavior in a first recording area of the vehicle information storage unit that corresponds to the first vehicle behavior,
the second recording processing unit records, when the second vehicle behavior detecting unit detects the second vehicle behavior, second vehicle information as the vehicle information corresponding to the second vehicle behavior in at least one of the first recording area and a second recording area of the vehicle information storage unit that corresponds to the second vehicle behavior,
the recording permitting unit permits the first recording processing unit to record the first vehicle information in the first recording area and permits the second recording processing unit to record the second vehicle information in the second recording area, and
in a case where the received information indicates that the transmission signal has not been received and the first driving assist function is thus not installed on the vehicle, the recording permitting unit further permits the second recording processing unit to record the second vehicle information in the first recording area as well as the second recording area.

US Pat. No. 10,214,212

PATH CONTROL SYSTEM

Anthony Best Dynamics Ltd...

1. A system for controlling from a path of a first vehicle a second vehicle to follow a complementary path, the system comprising:a first vehicle sub-system having:
a memory for time (T) and (X,Y) position co-ordinates of the first vehicle's path;
a GPS receiver for determining time (T) and actual (X,Y) position co-ordinates of the first vehicle,
means for comparing the first vehicle's actual position with path position at determined times as test path errors and
means for transmitting the test path errors and
a second vehicle sub-system having:
a memory for time (T) and (X,Y) position co-ordinates of the second vehicle's path;
a GPS receiver for determining time (T) and actual (X,Y) position co-ordinates of the second vehicle,
means for receiving the test path errors and
means for computing a modified path of the second vehicle taking account of the test path errors and generating control signals for controlling the second vehicle to follow the modified path, whereby the first vehicle and the second vehicle's travel along actual paths which are complementary to each other in like manner to the memorised paths;
wherein the memories of the first and second vehicle sub-systems are adapted to memorise the respective paths as waypoints, each having (X,Y,T) co-ordinates.

US Pat. No. 10,214,211

DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A drive control apparatus comprising:an inter-vehicle distance detecting sensor configured to detect an inter-vehicle distance between an own vehicle and a preceding vehicle;
a follow driving control unit configured to perform control of acceleration or deceleration of the own vehicle such that the inter-vehicle distance becomes equal to a target inter-vehicle distance;
a lane number detecting unit configured to detect the number of lanes of a road on which the own vehicle is driving; and
a vehicle speed detecting sensor configured to detect a vehicle speed of the own vehicle, wherein
the follow driving control unit performs the control of acceleration or deceleration with a control amount according to the detected number of lanes,
wherein the follow driving control unit performs the control of acceleration or deceleration with a first control amount when the vehicle speed is more than a predetermined threshold vehicle speed and the number of lanes is less than a predetermined number of lanes, and performs the control of acceleration or deceleration with a second control amount when the vehicle speed is equal to or less than the predetermined threshold vehicle speed or the number of lanes is equal to or more than the predetermined number of lanes, and
wherein the first control amount is smaller than the second control amount.

US Pat. No. 10,214,210

VEHICLE GEAR TRANSITION DURING BRAKING EVENT

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. An adaptive cruise controller for a host vehicle comprising:an input for receiving a signal indicative of a target vehicle;
an output for transmitting at least one of an acceleration message, an engine control message and a transmission control message; and
a processor having control logic for:
transmitting the acceleration message to request a negative acceleration of the host vehicle in response to a signal indicating a detected target vehicle in order to maintain a predetermined following time behind the detected target vehicle; and
transmitting the transmission control message to request a transmission to shift to neutral in response to the negative acceleration having a value less than a predetermined negative acceleration value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,209

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A driver assistance system in a motor vehicle, comprising:a detection system that identifies upcoming events which permit an increase in current speed as a result of a lifting of a restriction on a currently valid speed;
a functional unit that determines an acceleration strategy for increasing the current speed;
a notification system that outputs a request notification to a driver to allow automatic implementation of the acceleration strategy, wherein
the functional unit initiates the automatic implementation of the acceleration strategy upon confirmation by the driver of the request notification,
the request notification is output to the driver at a defined time before the upcoming event that lifts the restriction on the current speed, and
if the driver confirms the request notification before the upcoming event that lifts the restriction on the current speed has been reached, the functional unit initiates an acceleration strategy that is composed of two-stages.

US Pat. No. 10,214,208

DRIVE ASSIST APPARATUS OF VEHICLE AND ONBOARD COMPUTER

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A drive assist apparatus of a vehicle, comprising:a first detecting portion configured to detect an object by a first method;
a second detecting portion configured to detect the object by a second method different from the first method; and
a control portion configured to perform a collision avoidance operation when both the first detecting portion detects a first object moving toward a determination area set around the vehicle over a period of time in a direction crossing a traveling direction of the vehicle, and the second detecting portion detects the first object moving toward the determination area over predetermined intervals of time in the direction crossing the traveling direction of the vehicle,
wherein the control portion is configured to perform the collision avoidance operation also when both the first detecting portion detects the first object moving toward the determination area over the period of time in the direction crossing the traveling direction of the vehicle, and the second detecting portion detects a second object expanding toward the determination area over the predetermined intervals of time in the direction crossing the traveling direction of the vehicle, the second object corresponding to a combination of the first object and a third object, wherein the expanding is based on the first object moving toward the determination area.

US Pat. No. 10,214,207

VEHICLE OBSERVABILITY ENHANCING SYSTEM, VEHICLE COMPRISING SUCH SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR INCREASING VEHICLE OBSERVABILITY

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A host vehicle observability enhancing system comprising:a processing unit; and
at least one sensor configured to monitor a sensor coverage area of a host vehicle surrounding and to provide the processing unit with information on detected vehicles within the sensor coverage area,
wherein the vehicle observability enhancing system is configured to determine when the host vehicle is positioned within selectively one of
an observable zone (A) of at least one detected vehicle,
an unsafe unobservable zone (B) of the at least one detected vehicle, or
a safe unobservable zone (C) of at least one detected vehicle,
wherein, when the host vehicle is positioned within the observable zone (A) of at least one detected vehicle, the vehicle observability enhancing system is configured to generate a control signal indicative of maintaining the host vehicle in the observable zone (A) of that at least one detected vehicle for at least a predefined time duration before the host vehicle is allowed to enter the unsafe unobservable zone (B) of that at least one detected vehicle,
wherein, when the system determines that the host vehicle is positioned within the safe unobservable zone (C) of at least one detected vehicle, the system is configured to generate a control signal indicative of positioning the host vehicle in the observable zone (A) of that at least one detected vehicle, and
wherein the control signal is provided to a semi-autonomous or autonomous drive arrangement configured to control the host vehicle in accordance with the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,214,206

PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A parking assist system of a vehicle, said parking assist system comprising:a plurality of sensors disposed at a vehicle and having respective fields of sensing exterior of the vehicle;
a processor operable to process data captured by said sensors;
a vehicle control operable to determine a target parking space responsive to processing by said processor of data captured by said sensors;
wherein said vehicle control is operable to determine a plurality of possible paths of travel from a current location of the vehicle to the target parking space;
wherein the plurality of possible paths of travel is determined by said control approximating possible turns of the vehicle between a start node outside of the target parking space and an end node in the target parking space via an algorithm that (i) uses two intersecting lines, with one passing through the start node and one passing through the end node, (ii) uses circles that are tangent to respective ones of the intersecting lines, wherein each circle has a radius that approximates a minimum turning radius of the vehicle, and (iii) determines possible paths of travel using straight path sections tangent to one or more of the circles and curved path sections that follow a curvature of one or more of the circles;
wherein said control selects a target path of travel of the vehicle from the determined plurality of possible paths of vehicles in accordance with a plurality of objectives for the path of travel of the vehicle; and
wherein said control controls steering of the vehicle to maneuver the vehicle along the selected target path of travel from the current location of the vehicle to the target parking space.

US Pat. No. 10,214,205

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a generator configured to generate a counter-electromotive force due to rotation of the engine;
a motor configured to output a traveling power of the hybrid vehicle;
a first inverter configured to drive the generator;
a second inverter configured to drive the motor;
a power storage device;
a first voltage system electric power line connected to the power storage device;
a second voltage system electric power line connected to the first inverter and the second inverter;
a step-up converter connected to the first voltage system electric power line and the second voltage system electric power line, the step-up converter being configured to step up a direct-current electric power of the first voltage system electric power line and supply the direct-current electric power to the second voltage system electric power line;
a smoothing capacitor attached to the second voltage system electric power line;
a voltage sensor configured to detect a voltage between terminals of the capacitor; and
an electronic control unit configured to
control the engine, the first inverter, the second inverter, and the step-up converter,
control the step-up converter to stop the stepping up by the step-up converter when the electronic control unit determines that an abnormality occurs in the voltage sensor, and
control the first inverter to cause three phases of the first inverter to be in an ON state when the hybrid vehicle travels by driving the engine in a state in which an operation of the first inverter is stopped, and the electronic control unit determines that there is an indication that a voltage of the capacitor will rise.

US Pat. No. 10,214,204

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ENGINE CLUTCH IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A device for controlling an engine clutch, comprising:a transmission configured to receive a driving force that is transmitted from at least one of an engine and a driving motor by release or engagement of the engine clutch; and
a controller configured to control the engine clutch based on a current gear of the transmission when an engine clutch failure is detected, wherein the engine clutch failure comprises the engine clutch being released in a vehicle operation state where the engine clutch should be engaged or the engine clutch being engaged in a vehicle operation state where the engine clutch should be released, based on state data of a vehicle for controlling the engine clutch, and to control charging of a vehicle battery using the engine;
wherein when the controller detects the engine clutch failure, the controller:
changes the current gear of the transmission to a neutral gear,
engages the engine clutch,
drives the engine,
charges the battery using the engine and the driving motor, and
changes the neutral gear back to the current gear.

US Pat. No. 10,214,203

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING ENGINE PULL-UP THRESHOLD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine pull up system for a vehicle having an engine selectively coupled to a motor, comprising:a controller programmed to restart the engine in response to a bypass clutch of a torque converter being locked and a motor torque exceeding an engine pull up threshold based on a maximum available motor torque determined from a virtual impeller speed of the torque converter, wherein the virtual impeller speed is determined from a speed that would have resulted if the bypass clutch of the torque converter was fully open for a turbine speed and a turbine torque.

US Pat. No. 10,214,202

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENERGY RATE BALANCING IN HYBRID AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A method, comprising:controlling a power source output power of a vehicle using a controller, wherein the vehicle has a drive train and a power source, and wherein the controller controls the power source and the drive train;
determining a target drive train output power using the controller, wherein the target drive train output power is determined using a command input;
determining the power source output power using the controller, wherein the target drive train output power is derived from the power source output power; and wherein the controller determines the power source output power using one or more loss parameters and the target drive train output power;
wherein the loss parameters include a hydraulic power loss, and wherein the hydraulic power loss is calculated as a function of hydraulic loss parameters calculated using measured properties of hydraulic fluid in the drive train; and
wherein the hydraulic loss parameters include a flow rate of a hydraulic fluid in the drive train.

US Pat. No. 10,214,201

LIQUIFIED LIGHT HYDROCARBON FUEL SYSTEM FOR A HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

1. A fuel system for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:a) a fuel tank having a buffer space configured to provide room for a vaporized fuel;
b) insulation, wherein the insulation is disposed around the fuel tank;
c) a first fuel line having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first fuel line extends into the buffer space of the fuel tank;
d) a buffer tank wherein an inlet to the buffer tank is connected to the second end of the first fuel line;
e) a pressure sensor measuring pressure in the fuel tank and sending digital or analog signals corresponding to pressure to a digital control unit through a signal bus, wherein the pressure sensor is connected to the fuel tank;
f) a second fuel line having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the second fuel line connects to an outlet of the buffer tank;
g) a solenoid valve, wherein an inlet of the solenoid valve connects to the second end of the second fuel line;
h) a pressure regulator connected to an outlet of the solenoid valve wherein the pressure regulator is adapted to connect to a fuel inlet of an energy conversion device of the hybrid vehicle, wherein the energy conversion device is selected from the group consisting of internal combustion engines, fuel cells and Stirling engines, whereby the pressure regulator is configured to regulate the flow of vaporized fuel into the energy conversion device;
i) a tank heating system, comprising:
i. a heating element, wherein the heating element is disposed adjacent to or within the fuel tank whereby the heating element produces heat to vaporize liquefied light hydrocarbon fuel and increase the fuel tank pressure;
ii. a heating power control system connected to the heating element and connected through a direct current power line to an electrical energy storage system of the hybrid vehicle whereby the heating power control system draws electrical energy from the electrical energy storage system through the direct current power line and controls the amount of heat produced by the heating element.