US Pat. No. 10,214,088

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN ENGINE MOUNTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLES

1. An engine mount for a vehicle comprising:a mounting surface configured to receive an engine of the vehicle;
a first channel extending in a direction from a front of the mounting surface towards a rear of the mounting surface;
a first mounting arm coupled with the first channel being configured to have a changeable height, and being configured to move along the first channel;
a mounting projection positioned on an upper surface of the first mounting arm, the mounting projection extending in a direction away from the mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,214,087

GROUND PROCESSING MACHINE, IN PARTICULAR COMPACTOR

Hamm AG, Tirschenreuth (...

1. Ground compactor, comprising:a rear carriage with an internal combustion engine,
respectively a drive wheel to both sides of the internal combustion engine,
a driver cabin arranged offset relative to the internal combustion engine in a longitudinal direction of the machine which is along a forward travel direction of the ground compactor,
a front carriage is connected with the rear carriage so as to be pivotable, wherein at the front carriage a floor processing roller can be rotated around a roller rotation axis extending in the transversal machine direction,
a fuel tank for fuel to be supplied to the internal combustion engine,
an additive substance tank,
a hydraulic fluid tank,
wherein the fuel tank is arranged next to the internal combustion engine in the longitudinal machine direction, and in a central region of the rear carriage in the transversal machine direction,
wherein the additive substance tank is arranged next to one of the drive wheels in the longitudinal machine direction, and overlapping to the one drive wheel in a transversal machine direction, and is arranged next to the fuel tank and not overlapping the fuel tank in the longitudinal machine direction,
wherein a fuel tank filler neck of the fuel tank is arranged with its length direction extending in the transversal machine direction at least in areas between the additive substance tank and the one drive wheel,
wherein the additive substance tank and the fuel tank are arranged overlapping at least in part in the longitudinal machine direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,086

PANEL STRUCTURE OF SUN ROOF

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A panel structure of a sun roof comprising:a panel;
an inner panel that is made of a metal plate, is provided below the panel to extend along an edge portion of the panel, and has a recessed portion that is recessed downward and a flange portion that spreads outward along the panel over an entire periphery of the recessed portion;
a sealing member that is made of a resin molding material having a constant cross section, is interposed between the flange portion and the panel over an entire periphery of the flange portion, and is bonded to a lower surface of the panel and an upper surface of the flange portion; and
a covering member that is made of a resin material, is fixed to the panel, and is provided to cover the inner panel and the sealing member, wherein
one of both end portions of the sealing member is deviated with respect to the other of the both end portions on a side approaching the recessed portion or a side going away from the recessed portion so that side surfaces of the both end portions are in contact with each other in a state where the both end portions overlap each other in an extending direction thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,214,085

TRIM STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A trim structure of a vehicle,the trim structure comprising:
a door including
a door main body supported so as to be openable and closable relative to a side portion of a vehicle body of the vehicle and
a door glass supported by the door main body so as to be vertically movable; and
a rear roof constituting a vehicle interior upper portion located at a vehicle upper side of an upper end of the door main body and a vehicle rear side of the door main body, wherein:
the trim structure is provided between a seat located adjacent to the door main body and the rear roof and at the vehicle upper side of the upper end of the door main body;
the rear roof includes
a pair of left and right upper side portions opposed to each other in a vehicle width direction,
a rear opening portion located at a vehicle rear side of the seat and opening in a vehicle forward/rearward direction, and
a closing member configured to close the rear opening portion and be openable and closable;
the trim structure comprises a straightening trim located between a lower portion of a front end of one of the upper side portions and the seat and projecting to the vehicle upper side of the upper end of the door main body; and
the straightening trim is formed in such a shape as to straighten traveling wind to the rear opening portion in an open state, the traveling wind flowing through a vehicle lateral side into a vehicle interior with the door glass lowered.

US Pat. No. 10,214,084

VEHICLE REAR STRUCTURE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A rear structure of a vehicle provided with a pair of left and right seats disposed in a vehicle compartment, a roof configured to cover an upper portion of the vehicle compartment, and a rear window located on a vehicle rear side of the roof, the vehicle rear structure being capable of accommodating at least one of the roof and the rear window in a vehicle body, the vehicle rear structure comprising:a deflection plate standing upright between the paired seats and on a rear side of the seats; and
a light source provided on a lower front side of the deflection plate, wherein
the deflection plate includes a reflection surface configured to reflect light forwardly, and
when it is assumed that an imaginary straight line connecting between the light source and the reflection surface of the deflection plate is a first imaginary line, an imaginary straight line connecting between a middle portion of a rear view mirror provided on an upper front side of the deflection plate, and the reflection surface of the deflection plate is a second imaginary line, and an imaginary straight line orthogonal to the reflection surface of the deflection plate is a reference imaginary line, the reflection surface of the deflection plate is an inclined surface inclined at a predetermined angle in such a manner that an angle defined by the reference imaginary line and the first imaginary line, and an angle defined by the reference imaginary line and the second imaginary line are different from each other in a side view.

US Pat. No. 10,214,083

VEHICLE BACK DOOR DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle back door device comprising:a back door supported such that the back door is able to open and close at a vehicle main body; and
a damper provided such that the damper is able to extend and retract between the vehicle main body and the back door, the damper including one end portion in an extension/retraction direction mounted to the vehicle main body via a bracket fixed to the vehicle main body and another end portion in the extension/extraction direction mounted to the back door, and the damper dampening urging force that urges the back door or a direction in which the back door opens,
the bracket comprising:
a supporting portion that supports the one end portion in the extension/retraction direction of the damper; and
a positioning portion formed facing the supporting portion in a vehicle transverse direction, the positioning portion being abutted against by an abutting portion provided at the one end portion in the extension/retraction direction of the damper,
the supporting portion comprising:
a supporting wall disposed along a vehicle front-rear direction and a vehicle up-down direction; and,
a pin provided at the supporting wall, an axial direction of the pin extending in the vehicle transverse direction,
a first distance in the vehicle up-down direction between an upper end surface of the positioning portion and art axial center of the pin being set to be equal to a second distance in the vehicle up-down direction between a lower surface of the abutting portion and a hole center of an insertion hole provided in the abutting portion, and
a third distance in the vehicle front-rear direction between a rear end surface of the positioning portion and an axial center of the pin being set to be equal to a fourth distance in the vehicle front-rear direction between a front surface of the abutting portion and the hole center of the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,214,082

VEHICLE DOOR STRUCTURE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle door structure comprising:an inner door panel;
an outer door panel made of resin or fiber-reinforced resin; and
a reinforcing member extending along a side sill on an inner door panel side of a lower portion of an outer door panel,
the reinforcing member having a first side surface that faces the side sill in a vehicle width direction, the first side surface extends substantially parallel to a surface of the inner door panel, and a second side surface that extends from the first side surface to the outer door panel, and
the first side surface and the second side surface being joined to the inner door panel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,081

SUNGLARE VISOR X

1. A visor that is manually repositionable, comprising:a visor blade;
a blade holder for supporting said visor blade; said blade holder having a threaded bore;
a main visor clip secured to said blade holder; said main visor clip having two arms adapted to be secured to a thin support; said main visor clip having a threaded bore;
a pivot ball having a first end and a second end, wherein said first end of said pivot ball is connected to said blade holder supporting said visor blade; said pivot ball being received in said threaded bore in said blade holder;
a blade holder back brace, connected to said blade holder;
a pressure plug rubber bushing disposed in said threaded bore of said main visor clip; said pressure plug rubber bushing being in contact with said second end of said pivot ball and is in frictional engagement with said pivot ball;
a pressure plug having an outer threaded surface in engagement with said threaded bore of said main visor clip; said pressure plug being disposed in said bore such that one end of said pressure plug is in engagement with said pressure plug rubber bushing;
whereby said pivot ball and said blade are manually rotatable and tiltable relative to said main visor clip so that said blade is manually repositionable throughout a range of rotational motion of over 180 degrees, and is tiltable throughout an angle of approximately 30 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,214,080

SHADE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Ashimori Industry Co., Lt...

1. A shade device for a vehicle, comprising:a shade deployed to shade a window of the vehicle in a deploying state, and stored in a stored state;
a retracting mechanism attached to a base end of the shade and retracting the shade in the stored state;
a stay attached to a tip end of the shade;
a constant force spring that generates biasing force by its extraction;
a rod, its tip end portion being attached to the stay and its base end portion being connected to a tip portion of an extracted portion of the constant force spring, biased in a deploying direction of the shade by biasing force of the constant force spring, and transmitting the biasing force to the stay;
a guide rail that is a member having a tube shape to store the rod and the extracted portion of the constant force spring in the stored state of the shade, and guides the rod when the shade shifts from the stored state to the deploying state; and
a locking mechanism that locks the rod in the stored state of the shade,
wherein the extracted portion of the constant force spring is in an S shape within the guide rail to press the rod toward an inner surface of the guide rail in the stored state of the shade.

US Pat. No. 10,214,079

VEHICULAR AIR FILTER PROVIDING HIGH EFFICIENCY PARTICLE AND GAS FILTRATION

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

1. A vehicular air filter comprising:particle filtering media containing a glass fiber backing layer or synthetic fiber backing layer comprising polyesters or polyolefins and having a basis weight of 50 g/m2 to 150 g/m2 including a polymeric membrane layer comprising a polyethylene, polyamide or fluoropolymer, wherein said particle filtering media provides a removal efficiency of 99.5% or greater of particles having a diameter of 0.3 microns or greater;
a volatile compound filtration layer affixed to said polymeric membrane layer comprising an activated carbon layer having a basis weight of 180 g/m2 to 320 g/m2 on a polymeric support layer, wherein said activated carbon layer reduces incoming levels of one or more volatile organic or inorganic compound;
wherein said vehicle air filter is pleated and provides a surface area for air filtration of 2.0 m2 to 4.0 m2; and
said vehicle air filter has a length in the range of 650 mm to 1100 mm and a width in the range of 300 mm to 400 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,214,078

AC CUT CYCLES FOR VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL BASED ON HIGH AMBIENT TEMPERATURE

1. A method of operating a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in a vehicle, the HVAC system including a compressor operable between an ON state and in an OFF state, the method comprising:determining if an engine water temperature meets a forced HVAC recirculation intake threshold;
responsive to determining that the engine water temperature meets the forced HVAC recirculation intake threshold, determining if the engine water temperature meets a high water temperature threshold;
determining if an ambient temperature meets an ambient temperature threshold; and
responsive to determining that the engine water temperature meets the high water temperature threshold and that the ambient temperature does not meet the ambient temperature threshold, operating the compressor based on an AC cut cycle, the AC cut cycle including a predetermined time period in which the compressor is switched to the OFF state.

US Pat. No. 10,214,077

AIR CONDITIONER FOR A VEHICLE COMPRISING A REFRIGERANT HEATER CORE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An air conditioner for a vehicle provided with a cooling line which includes a heater core, an evaporator core, a compressor, a condenser, and an expansion valve, the air conditioner comprising:a housing vertically provided with an inlet and an outlet and having the heater core and the evaporator core each disposed in a left and right space therein;
an inflow side door provided at a side of the inlet between the heater core and the evaporator core and configured to control a distribution amount of air introduced into the heater core and the evaporator core; and
an outflow side door provided at a side of the outlet between the heater core and the evaporator core and configured to control a mixed amount of air discharged from the heater core and the evaporator core,
wherein one end of the heater core and one end of the evaporator core are respectively disposed to be gathered at a central part of the housing, and another end of the heater core and another end of the evaporator core are respectively disposed to be spread to left and right spaces of the inlet side, such that the heater core and the evaporator core are disposed in a diagonal line,
wherein a driver is disposed between the heater core evaporator core, wherein the driver has a gear structure or a cam structure which interlocks the inflow side door and the outflow side door together, and
wherein the gear structure or the cam structure is operated by a single actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,214,076

HVAC HEATING OF VEHICLES AND DURING ROAD EMERGENCIES

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A controller structured to:determine a first time parameter corresponding to a vehicle proximate to a path location, wherein the vehicle comprises one or more vehicle components;
determine a second time parameter corresponding to a path schedule; determine a stop duration corresponding to the vehicle based, at least in part, on the first time parameter and the second time parameter, the stop duration being a time duration when the vehicle stops and an engine of the vehicle continues to run: and
adjust a thermal characteristic of an environment comfort system in response to movement of the one or more vehicle components between a current performance level and an adjusted performance level based on the stop duration determined.

US Pat. No. 10,214,074

SERVO LOCKING SNAP FEATURE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An automotive HVAC assembly comprising:an HVAC housing having an internal side and an external side, at least one controllable door located on the internal side and at least one door linkage and at least one servo assembly attachment position located on the external side;
a servo assembly attached to the external side of the HVAC housing, the servo assembly having a servo motor, a servo arm for actuating the linkage, and an attachment means for attaching the servo assembly to the HVAC housing, wherein;
the attachment means comprises at least first and second attachment ears which detachably attach in a locking manner to deflectable locking tabs of a servo assembly attachment structure to prevent further rotational, vertical, or horizontal movement of the servo assembly with respect to the HVAC housing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,073

AIRFLOW CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN AGRICULTURAL MACHINE

CNH Industrial America LL...

19. An agricultural sprayer comprising:a chassis supported by a plurality of wheels, the chassis supporting an engine compartment, a drive system, a lift arm assembly and an operator cab;
a sprayer boom connected to the lift arm assembly;
a first airflow system configured to heat or cool the operator cab;
a temperature sensor configured to sense a temperature in the operator cab;
a second airflow system comprising a fan configured to cool an area in the engine compartment;
a controller in communication with the first and second airflow systems and the temperature sensor, the controller executing a program stored in a non-transient medium operable to:
(a) receive a command for adjusting a temperature in the operator cab to a temperature request value;
(b) control the first airflow system to change the temperature in the operator cab to the temperature request value;
(c) during step (b), determine a temperature differential by calculating a difference between the temperature request value and the temperature in the operator cab; and
(d) adjust the second airflow system by adjusting a rotational speed of the fan to cool the area in the engine compartment according to the temperature differential.

US Pat. No. 10,214,072

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING APPARATUS

SANDEN HOLDINGS CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle air conditioning apparatus comprising:a compressor configured to compress and discharge a refrigerant;
a radiator provided in an air flow passage that allows air to be supplied to a vehicle interior to flow through and configured to release heat from the refrigerant;
an indoor heat exchanger provided in the air flow passage in an upstream of air flow from the radiator and configured to absorb the heat into the refrigerant;
an outdoor heat exchanger provided outside the vehicle and configured to release the heat from the refrigerant; and
an air mix damper configured to be able to change a percentage of the air flowing through the air flow passage that is subjected to a heat exchange with the refrigerant flowing through the radiator, wherein:
when a degree of an opening defined by movement of the air mix damper is increased, the percentage of the air subjected to the heat exchange with the refrigerant is increased; and
the refrigerant discharged from the compressor releases the heat in the radiator and the outdoor heat exchanger while flowing first through the radiator, and next through the outdoor heat exchanger, and is decompressed by an expansion valve and absorbs the heat in the indoor heat exchanger, so that the air having been cooled in the indoor heat exchanger is heated in the radiator, and then supplied to the vehicle interior,
the vehicle air conditioning apparatus further comprising:
a refrigerant flow regulating valve provided in a refrigerant flow passage between the radiator and the outdoor heat exchanger and configured to regulate an amount of the refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant flow passage;
a target air-blowing temperature calculation part configured to calculate a target air-blowing temperature that is a temperature of the air to be supplied to the vehicle interior required to ensure that the temperature of the vehicle interior is a preset temperature;
a heated air temperature detection part configured to detect a temperature of the air after being heated in the radiator;
a cooled air temperature detection part configured to detect a temperature of the air after being cooled in the indoor heat exchanger;
an opening calculation part configured to calculate the opening of the air mix damper, based on the temperature calculated by the target air-blowing temperature calculation part, the temperature detected by the heated air temperature detection part and the temperature detected by the cooled air temperature detection part;
a valve opening control part configured to control a valve opening of the refrigerant flow regulating valve such that the valve opening of the refrigerant flow regulating valve is smaller when the valve opening calculated by the opening calculation part is equal to or more than a predetermined value than when the valve opening calculated by the opening calculation part is smaller than the predetermined value; and
an outlet switching part configured to switch a mode among a vent mode to blow the air flowing through the air flow passage toward a head of a passenger in the vehicle interior, a foot mode to blow the air toward feet of the passenger in the vehicle interior, and a bi-level mode to blow the air toward the head and the feet of the passenger in the vehicle interior,
wherein the predetermined value used by the opening calculation part varies depending on the mode set by the outlet switching part, and
wherein, the opening calculation part is configured to use 100% as the predetermined value, in response to the mode set by the outlet switching part being the vent mode or the mode set by the outlet switching part being the foot mode.

US Pat. No. 10,214,071

VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM WITH MULTI-STAGE HYDRAULIC CYLINDER ASSEMBLIES AND EXTERNAL SPRING PACKS

PAL Suspension LLC, Ligh...

1. A vehicle suspension system, comprising:a telescoping multi-stage hydraulic cylinder assembly arranged to selectively lift a vehicle body relative to a vehicle wheel when extended and lower the vehicle body relative to the vehicle wheel when contracted;
an external spring pack in fluid connection with the hydraulic cylinder assembly to maintain a spring force on the suspension system over a range of telescopic movement of said hydraulic cylinder assembly; and
a fluid damping valve for damping telescopic movement of the hydraulic cylinder assembly by restricting fluid flow between the hydraulic cylinder assembly and the spring pack;
wherein said hydraulic cylinder assembly comprises a plurality of telescoping cylinders nested within each other to provide at least two stages, said plurality of telescoping cylinders together define a single internal chamber in fluid connection with said external spring pack, and a length of said hydraulic cylinder assembly in a fully extended condition is more than double a length of said hydraulic cylinder assembly in a fully contracted condition.

US Pat. No. 10,214,070

VEHICLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

1. A vehicle height adjustment device comprising:a changer configured to change a relative position of a body of a vehicle relative to an axle of a wheel of the vehicle;
a vehicle height controller configured to change the relative position based on a detection value detected by a detector configured to detect the relative position so as to control a vehicle height, which is a height of the body; and
a malfunction detector configured to detect a malfunction in at least one of the changer and the detector, the malfunction causing the vehicle height controller to continue to control the vehicle height so that it increases,
wherein the malfunction detector is configured to detect the malfunction based on a change in an amount of the detection value over a predetermined period of time, and
wherein the malfunction detector is configured to determine that the malfunction has occurred when the detection value remains in one of a plurality of ranges for the predetermined period of time, the plurality of ranges being obtained by dividing the relative position into reference time sections.

US Pat. No. 10,214,069

VEHICLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

1. A vehicle height adjustment device comprising:a vehicle body position changing device configured to change a relative position of a body of a vehicle, which comprises a plurality of wheels, relative to an axle of each of the plurality of wheels of the vehicle;
a vehicle speed calculator configured to obtain a vehicle speed, which is a traveling speed of the vehicle;
a vehicle height controller configured to control a vehicle height, which is a height of the body, based on the vehicle speed obtained by the vehicle speed calculator; and
a malfunction detector configured to detect a failure of the vehicle speed calculator to obtain an accurate value of the vehicle speed, wherein
when the malfunction detector detects the failure, the vehicle height controller controls the vehicle height based on a vehicle speed obtained by the vehicle speed calculator before occurrence of the failure.

US Pat. No. 10,214,068

CHASSIS SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A chassis arrangement, for a utility vehicle, with at least one axle extending transversely to a travel direction and carrying wheels;movement of the axle being damped by vibration dampers, each of the dampers having one end connected to a frame of the vehicle and having an opposite lower end;
at least one stabilizer assembly pivotally connected to the frame of the vehicle comprising two longitudinally extending sections and a transversely orientated tubular, non-linear section, the transversely oriented tubular, non-linear section having axially opposite ends, the ends of the transversely orientated tubular, non-linear section are connected to a first end of the respective two longitudinally extending sections, the lower ends of the vibration dampers being held directly on a respective extension of the transversely orientated tubular, non-linear section, the extensions comprising an outwardly facing pin and a separate flange element which are received at least partially into the ends of the transversely orientated tubular, non-linear section and extend transversely outside the longitudinally extending sections;
the axle being spring loaded by air suspensions;
the lower ends of the vibration dampers being directly connected to the two longitudinally extending sections at a location between where the at the least one stabilizer assembly is pivotally connected to the frame of the vehicle and the axle; and
two air suspensions are supported on each of the at least one axle, on each transverse side of the vehicle, and transversely inside the longitudinally extending sections such that the dampers are located with respect to air suspensions on opposite transverse sides of the longitudinally extending sections, and the two air suspensions are provided in a space saving arrangement in the travel direction over the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,067

BOLSTER SPRING

Hendrickson USA, L.L.C., ...

1. A first bolster spring for a vehicle suspension comprising:a base plate having a flat bottom mounting surface;
a top plate;
elastomeric material positioned between the base plate and the top plate;
a first flange having a bottom mounting surface upwardly extending from a first end of the base plate at an angle ½?; and
one or more mounting holes positioned in the first flange;
wherein the first flange is adapted for attachment to an upwardly extending flange on a second bolster spring, with a bottom surface of the first flange in a plane parallel to, and facing, a bottom surface of the flange on the second bolster spring, and wherein the first flange is adapted to receive a common fastener that extends through the one or more mounting holes in the first flange and one or more mounting holes in the flange of the second bolster spring.

US Pat. No. 10,214,066

TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

Indian Motorcycle Interna...

1. A two-wheeled vehicle, comprising:a frame assembly including:
a front frame portion including a head portion, a plurality of vertically-extending frame tubes, and a plurality of longitudinally-extending frame tubes;
a mid-frame portion removably coupled to the front frame portion; and
a rear frame portion removably coupled to the mid-frame portion;
a front ground-engaging member for supporting the frame assembly;
a rear ground-engaging member for supporting the frame assembly; and
a rear suspension assembly operably coupled to the rear ground-engaging member, the rear suspension assembly including a first swing arm coupled to the mid-frame portion, a second swing arm coupled to the mid-frame portion, and a pivot axle extending between the first and second swing arms, wherein rotation of the pivot axle is configured to adjust the position of the mid-frame portion relative to the first and second swing arms and a first end of the pivot axle is threadedly received within a threaded aperture of the mid-frame portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,065

APPARATUS FOR TOE AND/OR CAMBER ADJUSTMENT FOR A RUNNING GEAR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An apparatus for at least one of toe or camber adjustment for a running gear of a motor vehicle, comprising at least one of a tie rod or a link that is fastenable at one side to a bearing fixed with respect to a car body and at another side by a bearing to a wheel carrier of a wheel of the motor vehicle, one of said bearings has an adjustment element including an eccentric and an eccentric shaft that is adjustable by an adjustment drive, and safety bearings arranged on both axial sides of the eccentric and axially away from the eccentric are allocated to the eccentric shaft, further comprising a pair of spring-mounted bearings each located axially between a respective one of the safety bearings and the eccentric.

US Pat. No. 10,214,064

RAIL CUM ROAD VEHICLES (RCRV) AND ECONOMY RAIL TRACK-CUM-CORRUGATED CONCRETE TRACK TO ENGAGE WITH CORRUGATED TREAD RUBBER WHEELS ON ALL ROADWAYS

1. A rail cum road vehicle for use to run on a rail track with a pair of rails or on plain roads, comprising:one or more passenger or goods vehicles or a trailer cum semi-trailer, each including rubber wheels, steel wheels, a first air suspension system with hanger brackets and air suspensions, pneumatic brakes, and couplers;
a gas powered hybrid engine coach linked to pull the one or more passenger or goods vehicles or a trailer cum semi-trailer, wherein the gas powered hybrid engine coach includes a steering system having elements connected to a pair of front rubber wheels with a first axle, a second axle with a pair of steel wheels associated with a chassis, an engine and a generator cum motor associated the chassis for driving the steel wheels, a power train powered by the engine or the generator cum motor to transmit power via a link gear box, a main gear box, and a differential for driving the pair of steel wheels; wherein, the main gear box is configured with auto transmission; the link gear box includes two main shafts and three gears coupled to the engine or generator cum motor by a sliding coupler, wherein one of the three gears is a sliding idle gear arranged between the other two of said three gears in connection with the two main shafts; the steel wheels are configured to transmit rotating power to a pair of adjoining rubber wheels through sprockets and chains; a frame with a pair of rail track pneumatic brake-set is arranged behind the steel wheels and supported by extended axle arms, wherein the track pneumatic brake set comprises a double cylinder piston block with a pair of brake shoes and operated by a pair of overhead airbags; an air suspension is configured to lift the steel wheels above the rail track to enable the vehicle to run on plain roads, and an air suspension is configured to lift the rubber wheels to travel on rails; the rubber wheels and the steel wheels have first and second diameters, respectively, wherein the first diameter is larger than the second diameter; and wherein the gas powered hybrid engine coach further comprises at least one of the following:
the pair of steel wheels being a pair of flangeless steel wheels of a large hybrid engine coach, being positioned between two pairs of flanged steel wheels, and receiving rotating power from the engine or the motor cum generator through the differential; and
a circular bogie motorized with rack and pinion and including safety locks at its front and rear sides, a center plate configured to rotate up to thirty five degrees for rear steering while travelling on plain roads, wherein the circular boogie has a central steel wheel axle arranged between two rubber wheel and axle sets, and connected to one of the two rubber wheel and axle sets by sprockets and chains; and
wherein, the one or more passenger or goods vehicles or a trailer cum semi-trailer is one of the following:
an articulate hybrid engine coach that includes a first differential axle with the steel wheels in the form of flanged steel wheels configured to transmit rotating power to the rubber wheels, an articulate frame at a rear end associating with a second differential axle of a second pair of flanged steel wheels configured to transmit rotating power to rear rubber wheels through sprockets and chains;
a caravan/ambulance that includes two axles of the steel wheels in the form of flanged steel wheels between two axles of the rubber wheels at front and rear ends of a chassis, an engine and a generator cum motor gear box arranged at the rear end of the chassis;
a trailer cum semi-trailer that includes a circular bogie with an axle of steel wheels in the form of flanged steel wheels arranged between two axles of the rubber wheels; wherein, the circular bogie is located at a rear end a chassis; a king pin is arranged at front end of the chassis; a pair of telescopic landing gear is arranged behind the king pin; a complete set of detachable frame is arranged under the chassis with a pair of mini flanged steel wheels arranged at a front end of the frame; and an axle with a pair of flanged steel wheels is arranged in front of a pneumatic brake set; and
a passenger coach that includes an axle with a pair of front flanged steel wheels associated with a chassis at its front end, and an axle with the rubber wheels associated with the chassis in between the front flanged steel wheels and a rear circular bogie.

US Pat. No. 10,214,063

SECURE TRAILER COUPLER

1. A trailer coupler comprising:a coupler body having a hitch ball socket;
a base plate secured to the coupler body, the base plate having a hitch ball opening to allow a hitch ball to be inserted into the hitch ball socket;
an adjustable plate contained within the base plate and configured to be positioned at a plurality of positions within the base plate, the adjustable plate including a set of one or more openings corresponding to each of the plurality of positions; and
a locking mechanism that secures the adjustable plate in each of the plurality of positions, the locking mechanism including one or more locking pins that insert into a corresponding set of one or more openings when the adjustable plate is in each of the plurality of positions, the locking pins being biased towards the adjustable plate such that the locking pins automatically insert the corresponding set of one or more openings when the adjustable plate reaches each of the plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,214,062

ASSISTING METHOD AND DOCKING ASSISTANT FOR COUPLING A MOTOR VEHICLE TO A TRAILER

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. An assist method for coupling a motor vehicle to a trailer, wherein the motor vehicle is embodied with a trailer coupling, at least one camera, a display and an electronic unit, and wherein the trailer is embodied with a tow bar for the trailer coupling, the method comprising:a) capturing a first image of at least one tow bar of a trailer by the camera;
b) displaying the first image on the display;
c) selecting a first region in the first image in which the tow bar is located according to a user touch input, wherein a coordinate-dependent locating accuracy for the tow bar is allocated to the first region, wherein the coordinate-dependent locating accuracy includes consideration of coordinates corresponding to the user input and a distance between the camera and the tow bar, and wherein the first region is determined in relation to the size of the user touch input;
d) enlarging the selected first region to produce a second image;
e) displaying the second image on the display;
f) in response to selecting the first region, automatically selecting a second region in the second image in which the tow bar is located, wherein an increased coordinate-dependent locating accuracy for the tow bar with respect to the locating accuracy allocated to the first region is allocated to the second region; and
g) determining a trajectory of the motor vehicle for coupling the trailer assuming that the tow bar is located in the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,214,061

VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR A CENTRAL TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A valve assembly for a central tire inflation system, comprising:a first housing having a first port connected to a second port via a cavity, wherein the first housing is positioned within a second housing, which comprises a control port and a tire port, and the second port is in fluid communication with a wheel assembly;
a biasing member disposed in the cavity adjacent a first perforation formed in the first housing; and
a valve member contacted by the biasing member, the valve member comprising a first frustoconical portion having a continuous outer surface connected to a second portion having a continuous outer surface, a first end connected to the second portion and a second end connected to the first frustoconical portion wherein the continuous outer surfaces of the first frustoconical portion and the second portion allow a pressurized fluid to flow between the first housing and the outer surfaces of the valve member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,060

WHEEL POSITION DETECTION DEVICE AND TIRE-PRESSURE DETECTION SYSTEM EQUIPPED WITH SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A wheel position detection device for a vehicle in which a plurality of wheels including a traveling wheel having a tire and a spare wheel are attached to a vehicle body, the wheel position detection device comprising:a transmitter that is disposed in each of the plurality of wheels, and includes a first control unit for creating and transmitting a frame with unique identification information; and
a receiver that is disposed on a vehicle body side, and includes a second control unit for performing a wheel position detection to receive the frame transmitted from the transmitter through a reception antenna when shifting to a predetermined registration mode, to identify which wheel the transmitter that transmits the frame is attached to, according to the unique identification information in the frame, and to register the identification information of the transmitter disposed in each of the plurality of wheels in association with one of the plurality of wheels, wherein:
the transmitter includes an acceleration sensor for outputting a detection signal corresponding to an acceleration which varies with a rotation of one of the wheels which the transmitter is attached to, and has a function as a function of the first control unit for detecting a feature that a wheel speed of the one of the wheels which the transmitter is attached to reaches a predetermined speed at which the acceleration sensor is in an on-state to detect the acceleration, and for storing data indicative of a state of the acceleration sensor in the frame based on a detection result of the feature;
the second control unit of the receiver includes:
a first determination device that determines whether the data indicative of the state of the acceleration sensor stored in a received frame satisfies a condition in which the acceleration sensor is not in the on-state;
a candidate registration device that registers a candidate of the identification information of the spare wheel when the first determination device determines that the condition is satisfied;
a second determination device that determines whether a travel history of the vehicle is present after shifting to the registration mode; and
a registration device that identifies the identification information of the spare wheel among registered candidates of the identification information of the spare wheel when the second determination device determines that the travel history is present, and registers the identification information in association with the spare wheel;
the second control unit further includes:
a third determination device that determines whether the identification information stored in the frame is received for a first time when the first determination device determines that the condition is satisfied, and controls the candidate registration device to register the candidate of the identification information of the spare wheel when the identification information stored in the frame is received for the first time;
a reception number adding device that adds a numerical number of receiving times of the identification information stored in the received frame among the candidates of the identification information of the spare wheel already registered in the candidate registration device when the third determination device determines that the identification information is not received for the first time; and
a fourth determination device that determines whether a difference between a maximum numerical number of receiving times, which is a largest numerical number of receiving times, and a second largest numerical number of receiving times among the candidates of the identification information of the spare wheel added by the reception number adding device is equal to or larger than a predetermined value; and
the registration device registers the candidate of the identification information of the spare wheel, which has the maximum numerical number of receiving times, as the identification information of the spare wheel when the fourth determination device determines that the difference is equal to or larger than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,059

TIRE PRESSURE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DECREASING TIRE PRESSURE

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A tire pressure management system, comprising:a control valve assembly, the control valve assembly directing pressurized air from a first fluid conduit when in a first position and providing fluid communication between a source of pressurized air and the first fluid conduit when in a second position;
a deflate member in fluid communication and formed in a unitary manner with the control valve assembly, the deflate member comprising an orifice having a constant cross-sectional area which is sized to maintain a predetermined pressure in a fluid control circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,058

RUN FLAT TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A run flat tire having a side wall part reinforced by a side reinforcing rubber part, wherein the side reinforcing rubber part is formed from a rubber composition having a ratio (M50H/M50N) of tensile stress (M50H) in 50% elongation at a measurement temperature of 100° C. to tensile stress (M50N) in 50% elongation at a measurement temperature of 23° C. of from 1.0 to 1.3,wherein the rubber composition comprises a diene rubber containing natural rubber and polybutadiene rubber, a phenol type thermosetting resin and a methylene donor as its hardener, and a mass ratio of the amount of the phenol type thermosetting resin contained to the amount of the methylene donor contained is from 1.5 to 4.0,
the amount of the phenol type thermosetting resin is from 1 to 10 parts by mass, and the amount of the methylene donor is from 0.5 to 5 parts by mass, per 100 parts by mass of the diene rubber.

US Pat. No. 10,214,057

PNEUMATIC TIRE WITH CHAMFERED LATERAL SHOULDER GROOVE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire with a tread having a shoulder portion isolated from a portion on the inside in a tire width direction by a main groove, and a groove-shaped slit formed on the shoulder portion so as to extend in the tire width direction, whereina first tapered portion is formed on a side wall of the slit on a land portion side which comes into contact with the ground first when the tire is rotating, and a second tapered portion is formed on the side wall of the slit on a land portion side which comes into contact with the ground later,
an end of the first tapered portion on the main groove side is located at a position closer to the main groove than an end of the second tapered portion on the main groove side, and
the second tapered portion is formed so that a width on an opening end of the slit opening at a contact surface is wider than the width of the portion where the second tapered portion is not formed,
a portion of the bottom portion of the slit from the end of the slit on the main groove side to a position inward of the slit from the end by a certain distance is raised and a bridge is formed,
the end of the first taper portion on the main groove side is located at a position of the bridge in the tire width direction and terminates at the outer end of the bridge in the tire width direction, and
the end of the second taper portion on the main groove side is located on an outer side in the tire width direction than the bridge.

US Pat. No. 10,214,056

PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire comprising: a tread portion which includes blocks formed by a main groove extending in a tire circumferential direction and a lateral groove extending in a direction which intersects with the main groove, whereinat least one block includes at least two sipes which divide the block into three or more sections in the tire circumferential direction,
a pair of reinforcing projections which projects in the main groove is formed on both end portions of the block in the tire circumferential direction ranging from a side wall of the block to a groove bottom of the main groove, and
a connecting rib which connects distal end portions of the pair of reinforcing projections to each other is formed on the groove bottom of the main groove,
wherein the three or more sections of the block include a pair of sections which is positioned at both ends of the block in the tire circumferential direction and each of which is provided with the reinforcing projection on the side wall, and a section which is positioned between the pair of sections and is not provided with the reinforcing projection on the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,214,055

TYRE FOR VEHICLE WHEELS HAVING IMPROVED TREAD PATTERN

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A tyre for a vehicle wheel having a tread pattern comprising:a) at least two circumferential grooves which define a first and a second shoulder region, and at least one central region;
b) a plurality of asymmetric transverse grooves having a substantially “V” shape, which substantially extend for the whole width of the tread, said plurality of asymmetric transverse grooves comprising an alternate sequence of a first asymmetric transverse groove and a second asymmetric transverse groove defining an alternate sequence of a first asymmetric module and a second asymmetric module, wherein said first and second asymmetric transverse grooves each have a respective vertex in said central region that is axially offset with respect to an equatorial plane of the tyre; and
c) a plurality of lateral transverse grooves, which comprises at least one first lateral transverse groove substantially extending for the whole width of said first shoulder region and for a portion of said at least one central region of said first asymmetric modules, and at least one second lateral transverse groove substantially extending for the whole width of said second shoulder region and for a portion of said at least one central region of said second asymmetric modules,
wherein each sequence of said first asymmetric module and said second asymmetric module forms a main module;
wherein said circumferential grooves have a substantially rectilinear trace and extend for the whole length of said main module;
wherein the first asymmetric module includes a first asymmetric central block and the second asymmetric module includes a second asymmetric central block, wherein the second asymmetric central block is a mirror image of the first asymmetric central block with respect to the equatorial plane of the tyre; and
wherein in the main module the second asymmetric transverse groove is consecutive to the first asymmetric transverse groove, when considering its portion in the first shoulder region, but the second asymmetric transverse groove is not consecutive to the first asymmetric transverse groove when considering its portion in the second shoulder region.

US Pat. No. 10,214,054

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire with a designated vehicle mounting direction, comprising:at least four circumferential grooves and a plurality of inclined grooves communicating with the circumferential grooves, wherein a rib including a tire equatorial plane, an outer block row located on a vehicle mounting outer side of the rib and an inner block row located on a vehicle mounting inner side of the rib are respectively defined and formed by two neighboring circumferential grooves among the at least four circumferential grooves;
a block pitch length of the outer block row being greater than a block pitch length of the inner block row;
dimensions in a tire width direction of regions interposed between two of the circumferential grooves being smaller in an order of the rib, the outer block row, and the inner block row, where a dimension of the rib is smaller than a dimension of the outer block row and of the inner block row, and where a dimension of the inner block row is greater than the dimension of the rib and of the outer block row; and
the inclined grooves defining and forming the rib opening only to the circumferential groove in a vehicle mounting inner side region defining and forming the rib; wherein
at least one of the inclined grooves in the outer block row directly extends between two neighboring circumferential grooves among the at least four circumferential grooves, and has at least one bent portion, and wherein at least one of the inclined grooves in the inner block row directly extends between two neighboring circumferential grooves among the at least four circumferential grooves, and has at least one bent portion; and
a number of the bent portions in the inner block row is greater than a number of the bent portions in the outer block row.

US Pat. No. 10,214,053

PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TIRE

Continental Reifen Deutsc...

1. A pneumatic vehicle tire for utility vehicles, the pneumatic vehicle tire defining a circumferential direction (U) and a radial direction (R), the pneumatic vehicle tire comprising:first and second side walls and a crown region disposed between said side walls;
a carcass;
five belt plies arranged resting one on top the other radially inward to radially outward and said plurality of belt plies conjointly defining a tire belt configured radially outside said carcass in said crown region;
each of said belt plies being formed as a one-part belt ply disposed between said side walls;
a profiled tread constructed radially outside said belt and built up on said belt;
said five belt plies including a first belt ply arranged furthest inwardly in the radial direction of said five belt plies;
said first belt ply having a plurality of parallel first reinforcement members embedded in rubber;
said five belt plies including a second belt ply arranged on said first belt ply, a third belt ply arranged on said second belt ply, a fourth belt ply arranged on said third belt ply and a fifth belt ply arranged outside of and on said fourth belt ply;
said second belt ply having a plurality of parallel second reinforcement members embedded in rubber;
said third belt ply having a plurality of parallel third reinforcement members embedded in rubber;
said fourth belt ply having a plurality of parallel fourth reinforcement members embedded in rubber;
said fifth belt ply having a plurality of parallel fifth reinforcement members;
said first belt ply and said second belt ply being configured as working plies;
said first reinforcement members each having an orientation which, together with the circumferential direction (U), encloses an angle ? lying in a range of 10°???45°;
said second reinforcement members each having an orientation which, together with the circumferential direction (U), encloses an angle ? lying in a range of 10°???45°;
said first reinforcement members having an opposite axial direction of inclination to said second reinforcement members as viewed in the circumferential direction U;
said fourth reinforcement members each having an orientation which, together with the circumferential direction (U), encloses an angle ? lying in a range of 40°???75°;
said third reinforcement members each having an orientation which, together with the circumferential direction (U), encloses an angle ? lying in a range of 0°???5°;
said fifth reinforcement members each having an orientation which, together with the circumferential direction (U), encloses an angle ? lying in a range of 40°???75°;
said fifth reinforcement members having an opposite axial direction of inclination to said fourth reinforcement members as viewed in the circumferential direction U;
said fourth belt ply having an axial extent (h); and,
said fifth belt ply having an axial extent (f) less than said axial extent (h) of said fourth belt ply.

US Pat. No. 10,214,052

PNEUMATIC RADIAL TIRE FOR PASSENGER VEHICLES

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire-ring assembly formed by assembling a pair of bead portions of a passenger vehicle pneumatic radial tire with a rim, the tire-rim assembly comprising:a carcass composed of plies of radially arranged cords toroidally extending between the pair of bead portions; and
a belt,
wherein a W/L ratio of a section width W to an outer diameter L of the tire is 0.25 or less,
an air volume of the tire is 15000 cm3 or more, and
W is equal to or larger than 145 mm,
wherein the tire-rim assembly is inflated under pressure and filled only with gas,
wherein the passenger vehicle pneumatic radial tire is a tubeless tire,
wherein an aspect ratio of the passenger vehicle pneumatic radial tire is greater than or equal to 50 and less than 70,
wherein W and D satisfy:
0.30 wherein the rim diameter of the tire is greater than or equal to 457.2 mm and less than or equal to 533.4 mm, and
wherein the outer diameter of the tire is greater than or equal to 642.1 mm and less than or equal to 725.9 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,214,051

REAR WHEEL AXLE, AS WELL AS BICYCLE FRAME AND REAR WHEEL FOR A BICYCLE

ADVANCING TECHNOLOGIES B....

1. A rear wheel axle for a bicycle comprisinga hollow wheel axle;
an axle shaft inserted through the hollow wheel axle;
a torque support supporting on a drop out of a bicycle frame torque exerted on the wheel axle, wherein
the torque support is formed by a first part of an outside of the axle shaft and a part of an inside of the wheel axle, said parts jointly form a first connection form locked in a direction of rotation of the axle shaft, and by a second part of the outside of the axle shaft, which together with a bounding wall of a through hole in the drop out of the bicycle frame or of a further through hole present in an inserted piece in said direction of rotation is fixed relative to the drop out forms a second connection form locked in said direction of rotation, where the first and second parts of the outside of the axle shaft are fixed relative to each other in the direction of rotation of the axle shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,214,050

ROBOTIC FLOOR CLEANING DEVICE WITH EXPANDABLE WHEELS

Al Incorporated, Toronto...

1. A mobile robotic floor-cleaning device comprising:a chassis including a set of wheels, each wheel comprising:
a main housing with a series of apertures disposed radially thereabout;
an inner shaft disposed within the main housing rotatably coupled thereto;
a set of spokes distributed radially around the inner shaft and attached thereto at a first end, each spoke positioned within one of the series of apertures in the main housing;
a set of linkages distributed radially around the inner shaft and attached to a second end of the spokes, the linkages positioned within the apertures; and,
a set of rollers distributed radially around the inner shaft and mounted on the linkages;
a motor to drive the wheels;
a battery to provide power to the robotic device; and,
a controller in communication with the motor and wheels, the controller including a processor operable to control the motor and wheels to steer movement of the robotic device,
wherein the spokes, linkages and rollers can be moved from a first, contracted position in which the spokes are positioned at a first angle with respect to a radius line connecting the center of the inner shaft and the first end of the respective spoke and the linkages and rollers are pulled by the spokes towards the inner shaft, to a second, expanded position, in which the spokes are positioned at a second angle, greater than the first angle, with respect to the radius line connecting the center of the inner shaft and the first end of the respective spoke and the linkages and rollers are pushed outward from the inner shaft by clockwise or counter clockwise rotation of the inner shaft relative to the main housing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,049

SPINNER FOR VEHICLE WHEEL

1. A spinning device adapted to be attached to the front side of a vehicle wheel comprising:a housing having a front circular disk and a back circular disk wherein the axis of said front circular disk and the axis said back circular disk are centrally aligned with each other and a circular ring spacer separating said front circular disk and said back circular disk forming a cavity inside said housing and said front circular disk is detachable from said back circular disk;
a spinning disk, having an axis, rotatably mounted inside said cavity;
the front circular disk having a front side and a back side and containing at least one decorative aperture formed therein;
a shaft bearing combination, having an axis, centrally attached inside said cavity to said spinning disk and to either said front circular disk or to said back circular disk said axes of said shaft bearing combination, said front circular disk, said spinning disk and said back circular disk are aligned; said shaft bearing combination comprising a flange mounted bearing, a shaft having two ends and a mounting flange, wherein one end of said shaft is mounted in said flange mounted bearing and the mounting flange is secured to the end of the shaft opposite to the end of the shaft where the flange mounted bearing is mounted; both said flange mounted bearing and said mounting flange containing at least two holes for mounting said shaft bearing combination to said spinning disk and to either said back circular disk or to said front circular disk,
said spinning disk, having a front surface and a back side, is mounted within the cavity of the housing to said shaft bearing combination centrally attached inside said cavity in a manner that when the housing is attached to the front side of said wheel the spinning disk rotates inside said cavity upon rotation of the wheel and continues to rotate for a time after the wheel stops, and
said front surface of the spinning disk facing the back side of said front circular disk of said housing having one section of a contrasting color to the remainder of the front surface of the spinning disk such that when said spinning disk rotates the colors showing through said at least one decorative aperture in said front circular disk change during rotation of the spinning disk, said spinning disk being free of apertures which show through said at least one decorative aperture in said front circular disk.

US Pat. No. 10,214,048

BICYCLE WHEEL

GIANT MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A bicycle wheel, comprising:a rim, having a first side and a second side;
a hub located in a center of the rim;
a driving device connected to the hub which is located on the first side of the rim;
a plurality of first side pulling spokes, each of the first side pulling spokes connected to the rim and the hub, and located on the first side of the rim, wherein a vertical distance between an extending axis of each of the first side pulling spokes and a center of the hub is defined as a first arm (A11);
a plurality of first side pushing spokes, each of the first side pushing spokes connected to the rim and the hub, and located on the first side of the rim, wherein a vertical distance between an extending axis of each of the first side pushing spokes and the center of the hub is defined as a second arm (A12); and
a plurality of second side spokes, each of the second side spokes connected to the rim and the hub, and located on the second side of the rim;
wherein, 0<(A11/A12);
wherein a sum of each first arm between each first side pulling spoke and the center of the hub is defined as (?A11), and a sum of each first arm between each first side pushing spoke and the center of the hub is defined as (?A12);
wherein, (?A11??A12)>30 mm;
wherein a number of the first side pulling spokes is greater than a number of the first side pushing spokes.

US Pat. No. 10,214,047

FINGER MOISTENING DEVICE

1. A moistening system, comprising:a dabber housing, comprising:
a top plate, having an integral front wall;
a bottom plate;
a side plate;
a rear plate, extending upward past a top surface of said top plate;
a door providing access to an interior; and,
a pocket located on a rear of said rear plate;
a dabber element, having a bottom end extending within said interior, and a top end extending outside and above said top plate;
a dabber cover capable of being retained within said pocket and capable of fully covering said dabber top end;
a tether, having a first end affixed to said dabber cover and a second end affixed to said rear plate; and,
a cartridge comprising a liquid;
wherein said cartridge is capable of being retained within said interior and in fluid communication with said dabber bottom end.

US Pat. No. 10,214,046

WRITING INSTRUMENT HAVING AUTOMATIC SEALING STRUCTURE

MORRIS CORPORATION, Inch...

1. A writing instrument having an automatic sealing structure, comprising:a body case having a front opening formed in one end thereof;
a knock part coupled to the other end of the body case so as to make a nib protrude from or be retracted into the front opening of the body case by a pushing operation thereof;
a cartridge inserted into the body case together with a spring in a state in which the knock part and the nib are coupled to both ends thereof, respectively;
at least one O-ring fixedly fitted in the body case;
a holder fixedly fitted in the body case so that one end thereof is covered by the O-ring;
a ball shutter pivotally coupled to the holder to allow the nib to protrude or be sealed according to the pivoting thereof; and
a link which is slidably fitted in the holder, and has a cutaway piece formed by protruding a circumferential portion of a part of a hollow column end thereof to allow the ball shutter to be pivoted.

US Pat. No. 10,214,045

SECURITY ELEMENT WITH COLOUR SHIFT EFFECT AND FLUORESCENT FEATURES AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION AND USE OF SAME

HUECK FOLIEN GES.M.B.H., ...

1. A security element, comprising:a support substrate,
a partial layer with recesses,
a layer structure that generates a color-shift effect formed by a coating consisting of a material having an optically variable effect and a partial layer, wherein the partial layer is formed from an opaque coating consisting of (i) a light-absorbing metallic layer consisting of non-stoichiometric aluminum oxide or stoichiometric or non-stoichiometric copper oxide, and (ii) a reflecting metallic layer, and wherein the opaque coating has light-absorbing properties on a side facing the coating consisting of the material having the optically variable effect and has metallic coloring on a side facing away from the coating consisting of the material having the optically variable effect,
a coating on one side of the security element consisting of a material having an optically variable effect and recesses that can be recognized in transmitted light, and
at least one partial coating on the one side consisting of a layer which has colors that are transparent in visible light and fluorescent in UV light.

US Pat. No. 10,214,044

STAPLELESS BINDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A stapleless binding device comprising:a stapleless binding unit configured to perform a stapleless binding operation to form irregularities in a sheet stack by making forward and backward movements;
a moving unit configured to relatively move the stapleless binding unit or the sheet stack in a direction along one side of the sheet stack;
a holding unit configured to hold the sheet stack during the backward movement of the stapleless binding unit; and
a sending unit configured to move into contact with and apart from the sheet stack, and sends out the sheet stack while holding the sheet stack after the stapleless binding operation is finished,
wherein the holding unit holds the sheet stack during the backward movement of the stapleless binding unit before the moving unit moves the stapleless binding unit or the sheet stack,
wherein the sending unit is operated as the holding unit by holding the sheet stack during the backward movement of the stapleless binding unit before the moving unit moves the stapleless binding unit or the sheet stack.

US Pat. No. 10,214,043

RECORDING-MEDIUM BINDING DEVICE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A recording-medium binding device comprising:a first tooth row that includes a plurality of teeth arranged in a tooth arrangement direction; and
a second tooth row that includes a plurality of teeth arranged in the tooth arrangement direction, that is to be engaged with the first tooth row, and that cooperates with the first tooth row to pinch a recording medium batch so as to bind recording media,
wherein the first tooth row and the second tooth row include at least one first region and at least one second region disposed adjacent to the at least one first region in the tooth arrangement direction,
wherein, when the first tooth row and the second tooth row are engaged with each other, the plurality of teeth included in the first tooth row and the plurality of teeth included in the second tooth row overlap one another in a tooth height direction by a first engagement overlapping amount in the at least one first region and by a second engagement overlapping amount in the at least one second region,
wherein the second engagement overlapping amount is larger than the first engagement overlapping amount,
wherein the at least one second region includes two second regions, and
wherein the at least one first region having one side and another side in the tooth arrangement direction is positioned at a center in the tooth arrangement direction, and the two second regions are adjacent to the one side and the other side of the at least one first region in the tooth arrangement direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,042

THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTING

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A thermal transfer ribbon for use in dye diffusion thermal transfer printing, the thermal transfer ribbon comprising:a continuous strip of a substrate having a thermally transferable receiver layer on one side surface of the substrate, the thermally transferable receiver layer comprising:
a release agent, and
a swellable inorganic lamellar material that is at least partially in an exfoliated or intercalated state,
wherein the thermally transferable receiver layer is positioned so that part of the thermally transferable receiver layer can be transferred from the substrate to a receiving substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,214,041

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRINTING A SECURITY CARD

MAGICARD LTD, Dorset (GB...

1. A method of printing a visual security image for applying to a security card, comprising:receiving a visual security image to be printed;
printing the visual security image onto a receiving layer of a dye receptive reverse transfer film by transferring overcoat resin from an overcoat panel of a dye carrying film onto the receiving layer of the dye receptive reverse transfer film in a pattern, the pattern forming the visual security image.

US Pat. No. 10,214,040

METHOD FOR MARKING THE SURFACE OF A MECHANICAL PART WITH A PREDEFINED GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION HAVING A HOLOGRAPHIC EFFECT

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of marking an outside surface of a mechanical part with a predefined graphic, the method comprising:using a laser source to apply a first laser pulse to the outside surface of the mechanical part with a first mask being interposed between the laser source and the outside surface of the mechanical part; and
using the laser source to apply a second laser pulse to the outside surface of the mechanical part with a second mask being interposed between the laser source and the outside surface of the mechanical part,
wherein each of the first and second masks has a particular pattern, and each laser pulse has a power density of at least 20 MW/cm2 and a duration that is less than or equal to 100 ns,
wherein the predefined graphic has a holographic type effect in which light reflection changes as a function of an angle at which the graphic is observed, and
wherein the mechanical part is a blade of a turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,214,039

TAPE CARTRIDGE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A tape cartridge comprising:a spool which is formed in a cylindrical shape and in which a tape-shaped member is wound around an outer circumference of the spool;
a case rotatably accommodating the spool; and
a brake for providing back tension to the tape-shaped member unwound from the spool,
wherein the brake includes a sliding contact member which is formed in a cylindrical shape having a bottom and is in sliding contact with an end surface of the rotating spool, an urging member which is provided inside the sliding contact member and urges the sliding contact member in a shaft direction of the spool from the case, the sliding contact member including a to-be-engaged portion which protrudes from an inner circumference of the sliding contact member; anda rotation restrictor for restricting rotation of the sliding contact member, andthe rotation restrictor includes
an engaging portion protruding from the case to be inserted into the sliding contact member, a terminal end of the rotation restrictor engaging an end of the urging member, and
wherein, the to-be-engaged portion, which protrudes from an inner circumference of the sliding contact member, is configured to engage with the engaging portion in a rotation direction of the spool.

US Pat. No. 10,214,038

PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

LANDA CORPORATION LTD., ...

1. A method of digital printing by printing apparatus configured to convert digital input images into ink images by droplet deposition onto a target surface, the printing apparatus comprising a multi-nozzle and multi-head print bar that defines print and cross-print directions, the method comprising:a. performing a calibration by:
i. printing on the target surface a digital input-calibration-image DICI by the print-bar of the printing apparatus so as to generate an ink calibration-image;
ii. optically imaging the ink calibration-image to obtain a digital output-calibration-image DOCI;
iii. computing from the digital output-calibration-image DOCI a representative print-bar tone-reproduction-function trf(bar) for the entire print bar;
iv. for each slice slicei(DOCI) of a plurality {slice1(DOCI), slice2(DOCI) . . . sliceN(DOCI)} of slices of the digital output-calibration-image DOCI, computing a different respective slice-specific tone-reproduction-function trf(slicei(DOCI)); and
v. for each of slice slicei(DOCI) of the slice-plurality, applying a respective inverse of a respective slice-specific tone-reproduction-function to the representative print-bar tone-reproduction-function trf(bar) to yield a tone-shift-function-set tsfs(DOCI)={tsf_slicei(DOCI)(tone-value), tsf_slice2(DOCI)(tone-value), . . . tsf_sliceN(DOCI)(tone-value)} of slice-specific tone-shift functions; and
vi. deriving a print-bar-spanning image-correction-function ICF (cross-print-direction-location, tone-value) from the tone-shift-function-set tsfs(DOCI) of slice-specific tone-shift functions;
b. applying the image-correction-function ICF to a uncorrected digital image UDI so as to compute a corrected digital image CDI; and
c. printing the corrected digital image CDI by the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,214,036

SIMPLIFY JOURNAL TAKE UP CORE MECHANISM

Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sheet winding mechanism comprising:a detachable winding core;
a rotating body which is coupled to a first end portion of the winding core to rotate the winding core; and
a non-rotating body against which a second end of the winding core is pressed as the winding core rotates with the rotating body,
wherein the winding core includes:
a winding core main body having an elongated shape,
a first portion which is located at the first end portion in an axial direction of the winding core main body and is coupled to the rotating body,
a second portion which is located at the second end portion in the axial direction of the winding core main body, is movable in the axial direction, and presses against the non-rotating body,
a first elastic body which urges the second portion outward along the axial direction, and
a sheet holding portion configured to hold an end portion of a sheet, and
wherein, when the rotating body rotates the winding core while the sheet holding portion is holding the end portion of the sheet, the sheet is wound around the winding core.

US Pat. No. 10,214,035

RECORDING APPARATUS WITH RECEIVING TRAY HAVING PROJECTING SECTIONS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording unit that records on a medium;
a discharge unit that discharges the medium recorded by the recording unit; and
a medium receiving tray that receives the medium discharged by the discharge unit, the medium receiving tray being at least partially located outside of a housing of the recording apparatus, and
wherein the medium receiving tray includes
a pair of projecting sections provided on both side sections in a medium width direction, which is a direction intersecting a medium discharge direction, and
a deformation restricting section which supports the medium between the pair of projecting sections and restricts a deformation of the medium supported by the pair of projecting sections,wherein the pair of projecting sections project higher than the deformation restricting section.

US Pat. No. 10,214,034

INKJET RECORDING DEVICE

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An inkjet recording device, comprising:a bed that supports a recording medium and extends in a left-right direction and an up-down direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the left-right direction, the bed being inclined with respect to a horizontal plane and a vertical plane;
an ink head that injects ink toward the recording medium;
a movable member extending in the up-down direction and being located forward of the bed;
a carriage that holds the ink head and is provided on the movable member so as to be movable in the up-down direction;
a coupling including a first end and a second end, the coupling extending in a front-rear direction and being located above the bed; and
a driving belt located rearward of the bed; wherein
the first end of the coupling is connected to the movable member and the second end of the coupling is connected to the driving belt.

US Pat. No. 10,214,033

TEXTILE PALLET WITH ADJUSTABLE FRAME

1. A textile holder comprising:a pallet having a first surface for supporting a textile and an opposing second surface, the pallet having a first side and an opposing second side, a first end and an opposing second end;
a first wire holder connected to the second surface of the pallet;
a first wire extending from the first side of the pallet having a first end adjustably connected to the first wire holder.

US Pat. No. 10,214,032

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit;
a cassette in which a plurality of sheets to be printed are stored, and which is capable of being drawn out from the apparatus;
a feeding roller which feeds a sheet stored in the cassette;
a roller pair which transports the sheet fed by the feeding roller to the printing unit, and is capable of being in an abutting state in which the sheet can be transported and a separate state in which the sheet cannot be transported; and
a mechanism which changes the roller pair from the abutting state to the separate state as the cassette is drawn out.

US Pat. No. 10,214,031

INKJET PRINT APPARATUS AND RECOVERY METHOD OF INKJET PRINT APPARATUS

Canon Finetech Nisca Inc....

1. An inkjet print apparatus comprising:a print unit configured to eject ink to a print medium to implement print;
a recovery unit configured to practice recovery processing to recover an ejection performance for ink of the print unit; and
setting unit configured to set timing at which the recovery unit practices the recovery processing on a basis of a facing time period during which the print unit faces a print medium in a print operation and a not facing time period during which the print unit does not face the print medium in the print operation.

US Pat. No. 10,214,030

INK JET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An ink jet printer comprising:a platen on which a recording medium is able to be placed;
an ink head that is movable in a main scanning direction and ejects ink onto the recording medium;
a conveyor that conveys the recording medium in a subscanning direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the main scanning direction;
a cover disposed above and to at least a side of the platen and including an opening located downstream of the ink head in the subscanning direction;
a front cover that is attached to the cover and opens and closes the opening; and
an air blower disposed on the front cover.

US Pat. No. 10,214,027

PORTABLE PRINTER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A portable printer comprising:a feeder configured to feed a print-receiving medium;
a printing head configured to perform print on said print-receiving medium fed by said feeder;
a controller configured to control said feeder and said printing head in cooperation with each other to produce a first printed matter by using desired first print data; and
a command transmission unit configured to transmit through wireless communication to another printer other than said portable printer a production instruction for a second printed matter having print contents equivalent to the first printed matter at a predetermined timing after start of production of said first printed matter.

US Pat. No. 10,214,026

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ROTATING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) OBJECT DURING PRINTING OF THE OBJECT

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printing system comprising:at least one printhead, the at least one printhead being configured to eject drops of marking material;
a member having a first end and a second end, the first end of the member being at a greater gravitational potential than the second end and the at least one printhead being positioned opposite the member and between the first and second ends of the member;
an object rotating subsystem configured to hold an object and to move along the member between the first end and the second end to carry the object past the at least one printhead to enable the at least one printhead to eject drops of marking material onto the object, the object rotating subsystem having:
a first actuator;
a holder operatively connected to the first actuator, the holder being configured to grip a portion of the object;
a second actuator having an output shaft;
an extension rotatably mounted to the output shaft of the second actuator, the extension being configured to support a planar surface of the object at an end of the object opposite the portion of the object gripped by the holder; and
a controller operatively connected to the first actuator and the second actuator, the controller being configured to operate the first actuator to rotate the holder and the object gripped by the holder to enable the at least one printhead to print a portion of a circumference of the object that is longer than a width of the at least one printhead and to operate the second actuator to extend the output shaft of the second actuator to move the extension into engagement with the planar surface of the end of the object opposite the portion of the object gripped by the holder and to retract the output shaft of the second actuator to support the object and move the object away from the holder after the holder releases the object.

US Pat. No. 10,214,025

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprisinga controller configured to control a printing execution unit including N pieces of nozzle arranged in a first direction, the N being an integer equal to or more than three,
wherein the N pieces of nozzle includes:
N1 pieces of nozzle continuously arranged;
N2 pieces of nozzle arranged continuously and adjacent to the N1 pieces of nozzle; and
N3 pieces of nozzle arranged continuously and adjacent to the N2 pieces of nozzle, the N1, N2, N3 being integers equal to or more than one,
wherein the controller is configured to perform:
causing the printing execution unit to execute printing of a first test image by jetting ink droplets from all the N pieces of nozzle to a first recording medium, the first test image including N pieces of dot arranged in the first direction on the first recording medium;
causing the printing execution unit to execute printing of a second test image by jetting ink droplets from the N1 pieces of nozzle and the N3 pieces of nozzle to a second recording medium without jetting ink droplets from the N2 pieces of nozzle,
the second test image being different from the first test image,
the second test image including: N1 pieces of dot arranged in the first direction on the second recording medium; N3 pieces of dot arranged in the first direction on the second recording medium; and a first blank area between the N1 pieces of dot and the N3 pieces of dot;
acquiring first scan image data generated by causing the scan execution unit to scan the first recording medium by moving in the first direction after the first test image is printed on the first recording medium, the first scan image data including M pieces of dot pixel indicating the N pieces of dot included in the first test image, the M being an integer equal to or more than the N;
acquiring second scan image data generated by causing the scan execution unit to scan the second recording medium by moving in the first direction after the second test image is printed on the second recording medium, the second scan image data including:
M1 pieces of dot pixel indicating the N1 pieces of dot included in the second test image:
M2 pieces of blank pixel indicating the first blank area included in the second test image; and
M3 pieces of dot pixel indicating the N3 pieces of dot included in the second test image, the M1 being an integer equal to or more than the N1, the M2 being an integer equal to or more than the N2, and the M3 being an integer equal to or more than the N3;
identifying a first boundary which is at least one of (1) a boundary between the M1 pieces of dot pixel and the M2 pieces of blank pixel and (2) a boundary between the M2 pieces of blank pixel and the M3 pieces of dot pixel, by using the M2 pieces of blank pixel included in the second scan image data;
identifying a first number of pixels including the number of pixels of the M1 pieces of dot pixel present at a first side of the first boundary and a second number of pixels including the number of pixels of the M3 pieces of dot pixel present at a second side of the first boundary, by using the second scan image data;
calculating a first number of unit pixels which is the number of pixels per one nozzle for the N1 pieces of nozzle by using the N1 and the first number of pixels;
calculating a second number of unit pixels which is the number of pixels per one nozzle for the N3 pieces of nozzle by using the N3 and the second number of pixels;
calculating a relevant value related to density of a dot formed by each of the N pieces of nozzle by using the first number of unit pixels, the second number of unit pixels, and a pixel value of each of the M pieces of dot pixel included in the first scan image data; and
generating characteristics data indicating ink jetting characteristics of the N pieces of nozzle by using N pieces of the relevant value calculated for the N pieces of nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,024

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head having a nozzle that ejects liquid;
a supply flow path that supplies the liquid to the liquid ejecting head;
a pressurizing mechanism that pressurizes a region which communicates with the supply flow path;
a decompression mechanism that decompresses the region pressurized by the pressurizing mechanism, wherein the decompression mechanism comprises an air valve; and
a resistor section that interferes with decompression by the decompression mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,214,023

FLUID DESIGN FOR RECIRCULATION WITHIN HIGH PACKING DENSITY INKJET PRINT HEADS

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. A print head, comprising:an ink source, the ink source to supply and receive ink;
a first channel connected to the ink source to receive ink from the ink source;
a second channel connected to the ink source to return ink to the ink source, wherein the first and second channels have a pressure differential; and
a manifold structure disposed between and connected to the two channels to receive ink from the first channel and return ink to the second channel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,022

DIAPHRAGM PUMP, INK SUPPLY SYSTEM, AND INKJET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. A diaphragm pump comprising:an inflow port that allows a liquid to flow therein from outside the diaphragm pump;
an inflow chamber provided with an inflow valve seat;
a first inlet flow passage that allows the inflow port and the inflow chamber to communicate with each other;
a pumping chamber in which an elastically deformable diaphragm is disposed;
a second inlet flow passage that allows the inflow chamber and the pumping chamber to communicate with each other;
an outflow chamber provided with an outflow valve seat;
a first outlet flow passage that allows the pumping chamber and the outflow chamber to communicate with each other;
an outflow port that allows the liquid to flow out of the diaphragm pump;
a second outlet flow passage that allows the outflow chamber and the outflow port to communicate with each other;
an inflow valve disposed against the inflow valve seat and causing the first inlet flow passage to open and close;
an outflow valve disposed against the outflow valve seat and causing the first outlet flow passage to open and close;
an inflow-valve presser that presses the inflow valve against the inflow valve seat; and
an outflow-valve presser that presses the outflow valve against the outflow valve seat; wherein
each of the inflow valve and the outflow valve is defined by an elastically deformable member; and
each of the inflow valve seat and the outflow valve seat includes a surface at least a portion of which is a curved surface.

US Pat. No. 10,214,021

LIQUID CARTRIDGE PROVIDED WITH CONNECTING CHANNEL PROVIDING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN LIQUID SUPPLY CHAMBER AND LIQUID STORAGE CHAMBER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:a liquid container including a liquid storage chamber configured to store liquid therein;
a liquid supply portion including a liquid supply chamber, the liquid supply portion having a first opening and a second opening, the first opening providing communication between the liquid supply chamber and an exterior of the liquid cartridge, the second opening providing communication between the liquid supply chamber and the liquid storage chamber;
a connecting channel formed in the liquid container, the connecting channel providing communication between the liquid storage chamber and the second opening, the connecting channel having a part positioned further downward than the second opening when the liquid cartridge is in an attached posture;
a detector disposed in the liquid storage chamber and configured to move between a detection position at which the detector is detectable from the exterior of the ink cartridge and a non-detection position at which the detector is undetectable from the exterior of the ink cartridge; and
a movable member extending in the liquid storage chamber and the liquid supply chamber through the connecting channel and the second opening, the movable member being configured to move from a restricting position to a non-restricting position when an external force from the exterior of the ink cartridge is applied to the movable member, the movable member in the restricting position restricting the movement of the detector and maintaining the detector in the non-detection position, the movable member in the non-restricting position releasing restriction on the movement of the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,214,020

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a back pressure control unit including a back pressure control element that has a first opening, a second opening, a first liquid flow channel that enables the first opening and the second opening to communicate with each other, and a valve body that controls the flow of liquid in the first liquid flow channel, and a housing that houses the back pressure control element and in which a liquid introduction opening that communicates with the first opening and a discharge channel that communicates with the second opening are formed; and
a head unit including a third opening connected to the discharge channel of the back pressure control unit, a second liquid flow channel that communicates with the third opening, a first filter disposed in the second liquid flow channel, a pressure generation chamber that communicates with the second liquid flow channel, a nozzle that communicates with the pressure generation chamber, and a pressure generation element that causes a pressure change in liquid in the pressure generation chamber and causes the liquid to be ejected from the nozzle, wherein
a filter is not disposed between the discharge channel of the back pressure control unit and the second opening of the back pressure control element.

US Pat. No. 10,214,019

FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE WITH INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A flexible circuit for a fluid cartridge, comprising:a single flexible substrate;
an integrated circuit attached to the single flexible substrate; and
multiple electrical connector pads on the single flexible substrate for connection to a host device, comprising first electrical connector pads connected to the integrated circuit and second electrical connector pads, not connected to the integrated circuit, for connection to a fluid dispensing die.

US Pat. No. 10,214,018

CARTRIDGE AND PRINTING MATERIAL SUPPLY SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink cartridge for attachment and detachment to or from a holder of an ink jet printing apparatus, the ink jet printing apparatus comprising one or more device side terminals, a head, and a lever having a pair of wall members facing each other and a first device side locking element, the ink cartridge comprising:an ink chamber;
an ink supply port configured to supply ink from the ink chamber to the head;
a first cartridge side locking element having a first locking surface;
an electrical circuit device;
a circuit board; and
one or more cartridge side terminals provided on the circuit board configured to be coupled to the electrical device and to be electrically connected with the one or more device side terminals in an attached state of the cartridge to the holder,
wherein the first cartridge side locking element is configured to be guided between the pair of wall members of the lever in the course of attachment or detachment of the cartridge to or from the holder as the lever and pair of wall members rotate together as the first cartridge side locking element is guided by the pair of wall members of the lever,
wherein a positive Z-axis direction is an upward direction with respect to gravity, and a negative Z-axis direction is a direction opposite to the positive Z-axis direction, and the first device side locking element has a first device side locking surface facing in the negative Z-axis direction,
wherein the circuit board is configured to receive a pressing force from the one or more device side terminals, the pressing force including a positive Z-axis component in the attached state of the cartridge to the holder, and
wherein the first locking surface of the first cartridge side locking element is configured to engage with the first device side locking element to restrict the motion of the cartridge in the positive Z-axis direction in the attached state of the cartridge to the holder.

US Pat. No. 10,214,017

METHOD FOR DETECTING AND COMPENSATING FOR FAILED PRINTING NOZZLES IN AN INKJET PRINTING MACHINE

Heidelberger Druckmaschin...

1. A method for detecting and compensating for failed printing nozzles in an inkjet printing machine by using a computer, the method comprising the following steps:printing a current print image;
recording the printed print image by using an image sensor and digitizing the recorded print image by using the computer;
adding digitized color values of the recorded print image of every column over an entire print image height and dividing the added color values by a number of column pixels to obtain a column profile;
subtracting an optimized column profile without failed printing nozzles from an original column profile to provide a differential column profile;
setting a maximum value threshold defining a failed printing nozzle when exceeded;
applying the maximum value threshold to the differential column profile to obtain a resultant column profile having maximums each marking a failed printing nozzle; and
compensating for the marked printing nozzles in a subsequent printing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,214,016

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a printhead having an ejection orifice surface on which a plurality of ejection orifices for ejecting ink are arranged, the printhead configured to perform a printing operation in a printing area;
a carriage including the printhead, and movable in a first direction;
a cap for covering the ejection orifice surface; and
a wiper configured to wipe the ejection orifice surface;
wherein the cap is movable, by a movement of the carriage, to a first position, and to a second position farther from the printing area than the first position along the first direction,
wherein, at the second position along the first direction, the cap can rise and lower to a capping position at which the cap abuts the ejection orifice surface, and to a separated position at which the cap does not abut the ejection orifice surface, and
wherein the wiper wipes the ejection orifice surface when the cap is at the second position and at the separated position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,015

PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, INSPECTION METHOD FOR PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, AND LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An inspection method for a piezoelectric device, the piezoelectric device including:a device substrate that includes a plurality of active piezoelectric elements and an inspection piezoelectric element, each of the plurality of active piezoelectric elements including:
an active first electrode that is on the device substrate;
an active piezoelectric layer that is directly on the active first electrode; and
an active second electrode that is directly on the active piezoelectric layer;
the inspection piezoelectric element being located at an inspection region, the inspection piezoelectric element being configured with:
an inspection first electrode that is on the device substrate; and
an inspection piezoelectric layer that is directly on the inspection first electrode, wherein an inspection second electrode is removable from the inspection piezoelectric element; and
a wiring substrate that is disposed over the device substrate via a gap so that the plurality of active piezoelectric elements and the inspection piezoelectric element are provided in the gap, the wiring substrate has an inspection wiring electrode that is electrically connected to the inspection piezoelectric layer,
the method comprising:
providing the device substrate having the plurality of active piezoelectric elements and the inspection piezoelectric element having the inspection second electrode;
removing the inspection second electrode from the inspection piezoelectric element;
optically inspecting physical properties of the inspection piezoelectric layer; and
electrically connecting the inspection wiring electrode of the wiring substrate to the inspection piezoelectric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,214,014

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head provided with an ejection opening row in which a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting a liquid are arranged, the liquid ejection head comprising:pressure chambers that communicate with the ejection openings and include a pressure generation element inside each of the pressure chambers, each pressure generation element generating pressure used for ejecting the liquid;
a supply path extending along the ejection opening row and supplying the liquid to the pressure chambers;
a supply opening for supplying liquid to the supply path;
a collection path extending along the ejection opening row and collecting liquid from the pressure chambers;
a collection opening for collecting liquid from the collection path;
a plurality of heaters provided along the ejection opening row; and
a plurality of temperature sensors provided along the ejection opening row,
wherein at least one heater and at least one temperature sensor are provided in the vicinity of each of the supply opening and the collection opening.

US Pat. No. 10,214,013

ACOUSTOPHORETIC PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD

PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:an emitter arranged within a first fluid and configured to oscillate for generating an acoustic field in the first fluid;
a nozzle with a nozzle opening placed at a predetermined position within the acoustic field; and
a second fluid within the nozzle,
wherein the emitter is configured to oscillate with a frequency of 1 Hz to 1 GHz.

US Pat. No. 10,214,012

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FORMING ADJUSTMENT PATTERN

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:an ejecting unit that ejects liquid onto a medium;
a transport unit that transports the medium; and
a control unit that forms an adjustment pattern on the medium,
wherein the control unit forms, as the adjustment pattern, a pattern including a first pattern that is formed in a first direction, a plurality of scales that are formed in the first direction, and a second pattern that is formed at a position corresponding to the scales in the first direction while changing the position thereof in a second direction that intersects the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,011

LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SELECTING OVERLAPPING NOZZLE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid jetting apparatus comprising:a first head chip having first nozzles arranged in a nozzle arrangement direction;
a second head chip having second nozzles arranged in the nozzle arrangement direction, and being arranged to overlap at least partially with the first head chip in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the nozzle arrangement direction;
a controller configured to control the first head chip and the second head chip to jet liquid from the first nozzles and the second nozzles; and
power sources having different voltages, respectively,
wherein each of the first nozzles and the second nozzles is driven by voltage supplied from one of the power sources,
the first head chip has a first overlapping portion and the second head chip has a second overlapping portion, the first overlapping portion and the second overlapping portion overlapping in the orthogonal direction with each other, and
the controller is configured to:
determine first execution nozzles and second execution nozzles based on print job data;
acquire information of drive voltages for the first execution nozzles, which are included in the first nozzles and from which the liquid is to be jetted, the first execution nozzles including first overlapping nozzles arranged in the first overlapping portion;
acquire information of drive voltages for the first overlapping nozzles;
acquire information of drive voltages for the second execution nozzles, which are included in the second nozzles and from which the liquid is to be jetted, the second execution nozzles including second overlapping nozzles arranged in the second overlapping portion, and wherein the first overlapping nozzles overlap with the second overlapping nozzles respectively in the orthogonal direction;
acquire information of drive voltages for the second overlapping nozzles; and
based on the information of the drive voltages for the first execution nozzles, the second execution nozzles, and the number of the first and second execution nozzles driven by the drive voltages for the first overlapping nozzles and the second overlapping nozzles, select one of a first overlapping nozzle and a second overlapping nozzle overlapping in the orthogonal direction with each other to jet the liquid, the first overlapping nozzle being included in the first execution nozzles and included in the first overlapping portion, the second overlapping nozzle being included in the second execution nozzles and included in the second overlapping portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,010

LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE AND INKJET PRINTER INCLUDING THE SAME

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. A liquid discharge device comprising:a liquid discharge head to discharge a liquid; and
a controller configured or programmed to control the liquid discharge head; wherein
the liquid discharge head includes:
a case provided with a pressure chamber storing the liquid therein;
a defining plate disposed in the case and defining a portion of the pressure chamber;
an actuator coupled to the defining plate and deforming in response to receiving an electric signal; and
a nozzle disposed in the case and in communication with the pressure chamber;
the controller is configured or programmed to include:
a driving signal generating circuit to generate, for each driving period, a main driving signal including a first sub driving signal, a second sub driving signal, and a third sub driving signal, the first sub driving signal including a first driving pulse to cause the pressure chamber to expand and contract so as to discharge a first droplet, the second sub driving signal including a second driving pulse to cause the pressure chamber to expand and contract so as to discharge a second droplet, the third sub driving signal including a third driving pulse to cause the pressure chamber to expand and contract so as to discharge a third droplet, the third sub driving signal following the second sub driving signal; and
a driving signal supplying circuit to supply, to the actuator, a portion or an entirety of the main driving signal generated by the driving signal generating circuit;
the driving signal supplying circuit includes:
a first dot former to supply the third sub driving signal to the actuator without supplying the first sub driving signal or the second sub driving signal to the actuator;
a second dot former to supply the second sub driving signal and the third sub driving signal to the actuator without supplying the first sub driving signal to the actuator; and
a third dot former to supply the first sub driving signal, the second sub driving signal, and the third sub driving signal to the actuator; and
the third driving pulse starts after a lapse of a first preset time from a start of the second driving pulse, the first preset time being equal to a value of about p×Tc, where a value of p is greater than about 2 and Tc is a Helmholtz characteristic vibration period for the liquid discharge head.

US Pat. No. 10,214,009

INKJET PRINTHEAD

Xaar Technology Limited, ...

1. An inkjet printhead comprising a printhead die, the printhead die comprising:a plurality of actuators;
a plurality of electrical connections in discrete electrical communication with each respective first electrodes of the plurality of actuators for providing individual drive signals thereto;
a first electrical bus arranged in common electrical communication via respective electrical traces with second electrodes of a first group of the actuators for providing first signals thereto, the first electrical bus extending in a length direction of the printhead; and
a second electrical bus arranged in common electrical communication via respective electrical traces with second electrodes of a second group of the actuators for providing second signals thereto, the second group being different from the first group, the second electrical bus extending in the length direction of the printhead,
wherein
the plurality of actuators are arranged in at least one row extending in the length direction of the inkjet printhead die,
the at least one row comprises actuators from the first group and the second group, and
actuators in the at least one row are arranged such that the second electrodes of the first group alternate with the second electrodes of the second group in the length direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,008

CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING PRINTER ACTUATING ELEMENTS

Xaar Technology Limited, ...

1. A circuit for driving first and second groups of actuating elements, each group having a plurality of actuating elements for ejection of droplets from a printhead, the circuit comprising:a drive circuit configured to provide a drive waveform to first electrodes of the plurality of actuating elements of the first and second groups; and
a voltage offset circuit configured to provide a voltage offset to the second electrodes of the plurality of actuating elements of the first or second groups to bias the second electrodes of the plurality of actuating elements of the first and second groups relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,214,007

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING CAPACITANCE-TYPE ACTUATOR

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An apparatus for driving a capacitance-type actuator comprising:a first voltage source that outputs a first voltage to charge the actuator;
a second voltage source that outputs a second voltage to charge the actuator, wherein the second voltage source is a capacitor and a capacitance of the capacitor is larger than a capacitance of the actuator;
a driver that switches among a first charge, a second charge, a first discharge, and a second discharge, the first voltage output from the first voltage source being supplied to the actuator in the first charge, a sum of the first voltage output from the first voltage source and the second voltage output from the second voltage source being supplied to the actuator in the second charge, a charge accumulated in the actuator by the first and second charges being emitted and guided to the second voltage source in the first discharge, the charge accumulated in the actuator being emitted without guiding the charge to the second voltage source in the second discharge, wherein a charge output from the second voltage source by the second charge is equal to a charge guided to the second voltage source by the first discharge; and
a voltage adjusting circuit that adjusts a charge voltage of the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,006

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR APPLYING ADHESIVE TAPE TO CYLINDRICAL BODIES

1. A method for applying adhesive tape to a cylindrical surface of a cylindrical body, comprising:(a) positioning the cylindrical body on at least one conveyor belt;
(b) contacting the cylindrical surface of the cylindrical body with respective lateral surfaces of at least two axially parallel securing rolls;
(c) moving the cylindrical body away from the at least one conveyor belt by displacing the at least two securing rolls relative to the at least one conveyer belt and/or displacing the at least one conveyer belt relative to the at least two securing rolls;
(d) applying the adhesive tape to the cylindrical surface of the cylindrical body; and
(e) winding the adhesive tape onto the cylindrical body by rotating the cylindrical body about a cylindrical axis of the cylindrical body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,005

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHANGING A BLADE OF A ROTARY DIE CUTTER, PARTICULARLY FOR FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING MACHINES

BOBST FIRENZE S.R.L., (I...

1. An apparatus for changing a blade of a rotary die cutter, comprising:a magnetic cylinder configured to receive and support a blade wrapped around the magnetic cylinder, wherein the blade is magnetically attracted to the cylinder; the cylinder being rotatable in a rotation direction;
an insertion station configured for inserting the blade, the insertion station being at a first location around the cylinder;
the insertion station comprising a blade retention device configured to retain the blade in the insertion station, and a guiding device configured to guide the blade out of the insertion station and toward the magnetic cylinder where the blade is wrapped around the cylinder;
an extraction station configured for extracting the blade from the cylinder, the extraction station being at a second location around the cylinder, downstream in the rotation direction and spaced from the first location;
the extraction station comprising an extraction device configured to remove the blade from the magnetic cylinder, the extraction device comprising an oscillating body which includes an end configured to detach the blade from the magnetic cylinder, the oscillating body being configured to oscillate between an inactive configuration, in which an end of the oscillating body is spaced from the magnetic cylinder, and a removal configuration for removing the blade from the cylinder, in which the end of the oscillating body is configured to engage the blade and to detach the blade from the magnetic cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,214,004

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTER TOOL SYSTEMS

MakerBot Industries, LLC,...

1. A system comprising:a three-dimensional printer;
a number of tools including an extruder;
a tool crib including a number of bins to receive the number of tools;
a sensor system to detect a presence of the tools in the bins;
an active element to manipulate one of the tools in one of the bins, the active element including a heating element;
a robotic system to pick and place the number of tools in the number of bins, the robotic system including an x-y-z positioning system having an operating envelope that provides a shared workspace for the tool crib and the three-dimensional printer; and
a controller configured to control operation of the sensor system, the active element, and the robotic system, wherein the controller is configured to preheat the extruder with the heating element prior to use in a three-dimensional printing process, and wherein the controller is configured to clean the extruder within the tool crib.

US Pat. No. 10,214,003

3D PRINTING METHOD IMPLEMENTED BY MOVABLE PLATFORM

XYZPRINTING, INC., New T...

1. A 3D printing method implemented by movable platform, adopted by a 3D printer having a nozzle and a printing platform, the method comprising:a) calculating respectively a starting point and an ending point of each of a plurality of swaths of a printing layer;
b) calculating movement information of the printing platform upon an X axis and a Y axis of the 3D printer according to the starting points and the ending points, wherein the nozzle is immovable upon the X axis and the Y axis;
c1)controlling the printing platform to move along the X axis in company with the Y axis according to the movement information for locating the printing platform and making the nozzle to be at the starting point of one of the plurality of swaths upon the printing platform;
c2) controlling the printing platform to move only along the X axis and the nozzle to jet ink for printing the swath while the printing platform moves to corresponding positions, and making the nozzle to be at the ending point of the swath upon the printing platform at the end of the printing action of the swath;
c3) if determining that the swath printed in the step c2 is not a final swath of the printing layer, controlling the printing platform to move along the X axis in company with the Y axis according to the movement information for locating the printing platform and making the nozzle to be at the starting point of next one of the plurality of swaths; and
d) re-executing the step c2 to the step c3 to print the next one of the swaths of the printing layer before all printing actions for the plurality of swaths of the printing layer are completed.

US Pat. No. 10,214,002

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING APPARATUS AND THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING METHOD THEREOF

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. A three dimensional printing method, applicable to the three dimensional printing apparatus to print a three dimensional object on the platform, the three dimensional object comprising a plurality of first solidified layers and a plurality of second solidified layers, the three dimensional printing apparatus comprising a tank, a platform, a curing device, and a controlling device, the tank containing a liquid forming material, an inner bottom of the tank having a first portion and a second portion in step manner, the first portion being higher than the second portion, the platform movably disposed in the tank to be immersed in or moved out of the liquid forming material, wherein the tank and the platform are rotated relative to each other, and an region of the platform is corresponding to the first portion or the second portion, the curing device disposed next to the tank or the platform, the liquid forming material between the platform and the first portion being cured by the curing device to form a solidified layer, and the solidified layer being peeled off the first portion by relative rotation of the platform and the tank, the controlling device electrically connected to the curing device and at least one of the tank and the platform, wherein the curing device cures the liquid forming material between the platform and the first portion to form the solidified layer when the region is corresponding to the first portion, and then the controlling device drives the tank and the platform to rotate relatively so as to peel off the solidified layer from the first portion and to move the solidified layer to a position corresponding to the second portion, the three dimensional printing method comprising:step S1 : curing the liquid forming material between the platform and the first portion to form a first solidified layer (A1), and then rotating the tank relative to the platform to peel off the first solidified layer (A1) from the first portion and to move the first solidified layer (A1) to a position corresponding to the second portion;
step S2: moving the platform and the tank relatively further away from each other;
step S3: curing the liquid forming material between the platform and the first portion to form a second solidified layer (B1), and then rotating the tank relative to the platform to peel off the second solidified layer (B1) from the first portion and to move the second solidified layer (B1) to the position corresponding to the second portion;
step S4: moving the tank and the platform relatively further away from each other;
step S5: curing the liquid forming material between the platform and the first portion to form another first solidified layer (A2) stacked on the first solidified layer (A1), and rotating the tank relative to the platform to peel off the first solidified layer (A2) from the first portion and to move the first solidified layer (A2) to the position corresponding to the second portion;
repeating step S2 to step S5, so as to stack a plurality second solidified layers (B2, . . . , Bn?1) on the second solidified layer (B1) and to stack a plurality first solidified layers (A2, . . . , An) on the first solidified layer (A1), wherein n is a positive integer; and
step S6: curing the liquid forming material between the platform and the first portion to form another second solidified layer (Bn) being stacked on the second solidified layer (Bn?1), and rotating the tank relative to the platform to peel off the second solidified layer (Bn) from the first portion, wherein a first solidified layer set A={A1, . . . An?1, An } and a second solidified layer set B={B1, . . . Bn?1, Bn } form the three dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,214,001

RIGID STIFFENER-REINFORCED FLEXIBLE NEURAL PROBES, AND METHODS OF FABRICATION USING WICKING CHANNEL-DISTRIBUTED ADHESIVES AND TISSUE INSERTION AND EXTRACTION

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A method of assembling a rigid substrate onto a flexible device comprising:providing a rigid substrate having an elongated section with a bonding side, and a narrow open groove channel formed on the bonding side adjacent an interface surface of the bonding side;
dispensing one or more adhesive pellets into the narrow open groove channel, and melting the one or more adhesive pellets into a liquid phase so that the liquid-phase adhesive wicks along and completely fills the narrow open groove channel by capillary action; and
positioning a flexible device adjacent the interface surface of the rigid substrate so as to wick adhesive from the narrow open groove channel to a space in-between the flexible device and the interface surface of the rigid substrate and adhere the flexible device to the interface surface of the bonding side of the elongated section of the rigid substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,214,000

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING FILM

Corning Precision Materia...

1. A film lamination method comprising:supporting one surface of a substrate without contact by generating ultrasonic vibrations from a first ultrasonic vibration unit and applying repelling force induced from the ultrasonic vibrations onto the one surface of the substrate; and
simultaneously laminating the other surface of the substrate with a film by pressing the film against the other surface of the substrate using a pressure roller,
wherein the substrate comprises a flexible substrate, the pressure roller presses the substrate laminated with the film under a pressure by which a curvature of the one surface of the substrate becomes positive, and at least one portion of a surface of the first ultrasonic vibration unit facing the substrate has a curvature corresponding to the positive curvature of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,213,999

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROLL TO ROLL LAMINATIONS

ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC., ...

1. A system for laminating at least a first component and a second component, the system comprising:a first supply shaft configured to support a first input roll of a first component;
a second supply shaft configured to support a second input roll of a second component;
a nip roller assembly configured to receive the first and second components from the first and second input rolls and laminate the first component and the second component to form a laminated assembly using a nip roller pressure; and
a control system configured to:
receive material thickness data corresponding to the thicknesses of the first component on the first input roll and second component on the second input roll; and
control operation of the nip roller assembly based on the material thickness data such that the nip roller pressure increases as the total thickness of the first and second components on the first and second input rolls decreases, and the nip roller pressure decreases as the total thickness of the first and second components on the first and second input rolls increases.

US Pat. No. 10,213,998

ASSEMBLY AND PROCESS FOR PREPARING AFFIXING TAPE

1. A process comprising:butt-cutting a film tape at regular intervals into pieces;
transferring the film tape pieces from a first liner to a second liner using a single transfer unit; and
subsequently, longitudinally slitting the film tape pieces and the second liner into a plurality of continuous strips.

US Pat. No. 10,213,996

ANTI-WEAR SHEET, PRODUCTION METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND ANTI-WEAR-SHEET APPLICATION METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An anti-wear sheet for improving anti-wear performance of an object to be protected, comprising:a release film;
a resin layer disposed on the release film and including photo-curable resin and hard particles supported by the photo-curable resin; and
a light-shielding film disposed on an opposite side of the resin layer from the release film; and
a shape-maintaining base material embedded in the resin layer and disposed on a side adjacent to the release film within the resin layer,
wherein the resin layer includes:
a first region defined between the light-shielding film and the shape-maintaining base material and in which the shape-maintaining base material is not disposed; and
a second region defined between the first region and the release film and in which the shape-maintaining base material is embedded, and
wherein the photo-curable resin in the first region is the same as the photo-curable resin in the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,213,994

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SPAR CAPS FOR WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADES USING THERMOPLASTIC-BASED COMPOSITE PLATES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for manufacturing a spar cap for a wind turbine rotor blade, the method comprising:stacking a plurality of plates one on top of the other to form a plate assembly, each of the plurality of plates being formed from a continuous fiber-reinforced composite including a plurality of fibers surrounded by a thermoplastic resin material;
positioning the plate assembly relative to a mold defining a mold surface, the mold surface being shaped so as to correspond to at least one blade parameter of the wind turbine rotor blade;
clamping the plurality of plates together using one or more clamping devices;
applying pressure to the plate assembly via the mold such that at least a portion of the plate assembly begins to conform to the shape of the mold surface; and
releasing the plurality of plates from the one or more clamping devices as the mold begins to apply pressure to the plate assembly but before the mold is fully closed to allow the plurality of plates to move relative to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,213,993

MULTILAYER COMPOSITE ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A composite article comprising:a substrate; and on at least one face of the substrate, a multilayered coating is disposed, wherein the multilayered coating comprises:
(i) an abrasion-resistant layer adjacent to the substrate, wherein the abrasion-resistant layer has an index of refraction greater than 1.55, wherein the abrasion-resistant layer comprises inorganic oxide nanoparticles and a polymer binder, wherein the abrasion-resistant layer has a thickness of at least 0.5 microns; and
(ii) an antireflection layer adjacent to the abrasion-resistant layer opposite the substrate, wherein the antireflection layer has an index of refraction less than 1.48, and wherein the antireflection layer comprises a fluorosilane polymer, wherein the fluorosilane polymer comprises:
at least one monomeric unit A represented by the formula

wherein
R1 represents H or methyl,
L1 represents a covalent bond or a divalent aliphatic group having from 1 to 10 carbon atoms,
each Y1 independently represents a hydrocarbyl group having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms,
each Y2 independently represents a hydrolyzable group,
g is 0, 1, or 2; and
at least one divalent monomeric unit B represented by the formula

wherein
R2, R3, and R4 represent H, methyl, trifluoromethyl, or F, wherein at least one of R2, R3, and R4 is F,
Rf1 represents a covalent bond or a divalent group selected from the group consisting of —(CF2O)a—, —(CF2CF2O)b—, —(CF2CF2CF2O)c—, —(CF2CF2CF2CF2O)d—, —(CF2CF(CF3)O)e—, and combinations thereof, wherein a, b, c, d, and e represent integers in the range of from 0 to 130, and wherein 2?a+b+c+d+e?130, and
Rf2 is a perfluoroalkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,213,992

MULTILAYER POLYURETHANE PROTECTIVE FILMS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A multilayer protective film comprising:a first layer comprising a polyurethane, said polyurethane being a polyester-based polyurethane, a polycarbonate-based polyurethane or a combination of both;
a second layer comprising a polycaprolactone-based thermoplastic polyurethane; and
a PSA layer comprising a pressure sensitive adhesive,
wherein said first layer is bonded to one major surface of said second layer and said PSA layer is bonded to an opposite major surface of said second layer such that said second layer is sandwiched between said first layer and said PSA layer, and said multilayer protective film is clear, transparent, and passes the “Staining and Discoloration Test” after being exposed to at least one of the fluids from the group consisting of grease, tar, transmission fluid, motor oil, fuel oil, diesel oil, gear oil, and SUNOCO lub/grease.

US Pat. No. 10,213,991

MULTILAYERED CONTAINER

TOKYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDIN...

1. A multilayered container having a multilayered structure that includes, in the following order, at leasta polypropylene inner layer/
an adsorbing agent-containing layer comprising a polypropylene that contains zeolite as an adsorbing agent/
an adhesive layer/
a first gas-barrier layer/
an oxygen-absorbing layer/
a second gas-barrier layer/
an adhesive layer/
a reground-resin layer/
a polypropylene outer layer,and having at least a body portion and a bottom portion, whereinsaid gas-barrier layers each consist of an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer,
said oxygen-absorbing layer comprises an oxygen-absorbing resin composition that contains an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer and an oxidizing organic component dispersed in the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer,
said adsorbing agent-containing layer contains the zeolite in an amount of 2 to 8% by weight and adsorbs decomposed products that are formed by oxygen-absorbing reaction and that have passed through the first gas-barrier layer,
said reground-resin layer comprises a reground resin and said oxygen-absorbing resin composition,
the thickness of the multilayered container at the thinnest portion is in a range of 198 to 356 ?m,
the total thickness of the oxygen absorbing layer and the gas barrier layers is in a range of 20.5 to 44.4 ?m at the thinnest portion of the multilayered container, the thickness of the oxygen absorbing layer is in a range of 4.9 to 15.2 ?m, the total thickness of the gas-barrier layers is in a range of 15.6 to 29.2 ?m, and
the amount of oxygen absorbed after the heat-sterilization is not less than 23 cc per gram of the oxygen-absorbing resin composition.

US Pat. No. 10,213,990

METHODS TO MAKE STRETCHABLE ELASTIC LAMINATES

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide,...

1. A stretchable elastic laminate comprising an embossed pre-weakened cellulosic material affixed to a thermoplastic elastomeric film having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, wherein the film comprises from 65% by weight to 82% by weight of a polyolefin-based thermoplastic elastomer, from 15% by weight to 32% by weight of a styrenic block copolymer, and from 3% by weight to 8% by weight of a strength-enhancing agent, wherein the thermoplastic elastomeric film is substantially free of calcium carbonate; wherein upon stretching the embossed pre-weakened cellulosic material comprises gaps of from about 0.1 mm to about 0.25 mm as measured in the stretch direction, wherein the laminate comprises one of the following:upon stretching to an elongation of 150% in one or both the machine direction or cross direction, the laminate comprises less than 50% total surface area of gaps being greater than 5 mm in length as measured in the stretch direction,
upon stretching to an elongation of 150% in one or both the machine direction or cross direction, the laminate comprises less than 10% total surface area of gaps being greater than 1 mm in length as measured in the stretch direction,
upon stretching to an elongation of 100% in one or both the machine direction or cross direction, the laminate comprises less than 10% total surface area of gaps being greater than 0.5 mm in length as measured in the stretch direction, and
upon stretching to an elongation of 50% in one or both the machine direction or cross direction, the laminate comprises less than 10% total surface area of gaps being greater than 0.2 mm in length as measured in the stretch direction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,988

COATED ARTICLE HAVING LOW-E COATING WITH IR REFLECTING LAYER(S) AND NIOBIUM-DOPED TITANIUM OXIDE DIELECTRIC LAYER(S) AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the coating comprising:a first transparent dielectric layer on the glass substrate;
an infrared (IR) reflecting layer comprising silver on the glass substrate, located over at least the first transparent dielectric layer;
a second transparent dielectric layer on the glass substrate, located over at least the IR reflecting layer;
an overcoat over the IR reflecting layer comprising silver; and
wherein the overcoat comprises a layer comprising TiNbOx, a layer comprising zinc oxide, and a layer comprising silicon nitride, wherein the layer comprising zinc oxide is located between and directly contacting the layer comprising TiNbOx and the layer comprising silicon nitride; and
wherein at least one of the first and second transparent dielectric layers is amorphous or substantially amorphous, and comprises an oxide of Ti doped with at least one of Nb, Sn, SnZn, Zr, Y, and Ba, and wherein metal content of the amorphous or substantially amorphous layer comprises from about 70-99.5% Ti and from about 0.5-30% of at least one of Nb, Sn, SnZn, Zr, Y, and Ba (atomic %).

US Pat. No. 10,213,986

ELECTRIC CONNECTION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

National Cheng Kung Unive...

1. An electric connection, comprising:a first Cu layer;
a second Cu layer; and
a composite metal layer disposed between the first Cu layer and the second Cu layer, wherein the first Cu layer and the second Cu layer are connected with the composite metal layer,
wherein the composite metal layer consists essentially of:
0.01 wt. %?Ga?20 wt. %; 0.01 wt. %?Cu?50 wt. %; and 30 wt. %?Ni?99.98 wt. %, and
wherein the composite metal layer comprises no intermetallic compound, and the composite metal layer has a face-centered cubic crystal structure.

US Pat. No. 10,213,985

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEFORMATION-CAPABLE GRAPHENE SHEET, DEFORMATION-CAPABLE GRAPHENE SHEET, AND DEVICE USING THE SAME

SUNGKYUNKWAN UNIVERSITY F...

1. A graphene sheet grown on a graphene growth support comprising a carbonization catalyst, the graphene sheet comprising at least one ripple,wherein a thermal expansion coefficient of the graphene growth support is greater than a thermal expansion coefficient of the graphene sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,213,984

COMPOSITE MATERIALS WITH HIGH Z-DIRECTION ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY

CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC., W...

1. A curable composite material comprising:at least two layers of reinforcement carbon fibers impregnated with a curable matrix resin; and
an interlaminar region formed between adjacent layers of reinforcement carbon fibers, the interlaminar region comprising (i) a curable matrix resin that is the same as or different from the matrix resin impregnating the reinforcement carbon fibers, (ii) conductive nano-sized particles dispersed throughout the matrix resin at the interlaminar region, and (iii) an uncoated nonwoven carbon veil embedded in the matrix resin at the interlaminar region,
wherein
each of the conductive nano-sized particles has at least one dimension smaller than about 100 nm,
the nonwoven carbon veil is comprised of randomly arranged uncoated carbon fibers and has an areal weight of about 1 gsm to about 10 gsm, and
the conductive nano-sized particles and the nonwoven carbon veil are the only conductive components at the interlaminar region.

US Pat. No. 10,213,983

THREE-DIMENSIONAL STICKER WITH HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGE AND REMOVABLE ADHESIVE

1. A three-dimensional sticker, comprising:a body comprising:
a rigid main sheet constructed from a thermoformable plastic layer that is 10 mil-125 mil thick;
a flexible/stretchable ink layer adhered to the main sheet;
an adhesive layer comprising:
a first adhesive sub-layer comprised of a permanent adhesive adhered to the ink layer;
a second adhesive sub-layer comprised of a thermoformable carrier sheet adhered to the first adhesive sub-layer;
a third adhesive sub-layer comprised of a repositionable adhesive adhered to the second adhesive sub-layer;
a release liner detachably adhered to the third adhesive sub-layer; the release liner comprised of a thermoformable plastic;
wherein the body is thermoformed into a three-dimensional shape with an anchor region and an elevated region, wherein the anchor region is substantially planar and defines an anchor plane, and the elevated region is outside of the anchor plane; and
wherein the adhesive layer and release liner are present in the anchor region and elevated region.

US Pat. No. 10,213,982

DECORATIVE SHEET AND DECORATIVE PANEL

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A decorative sheet comprising:a picture pattern layer formed on a sheet base material;
a first front surface protecting layer formed on the picture pattern layer;
a second front surface protecting layer partially formed on the first front surface protecting layer; and
a third front surface protecting layer partially formed on the second front surface protecting layer,
wherein the first front surface protecting layer and the second front surface protecting layer have different glosses, and
the third front surface protecting layer coats an area 75% or less of the second front surface protecting layer, the third front surface protecting layer having a thickness four times or more of a thickness of the second front surface protecting layer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,981

COMPOSITE PART WITH INSERTED METAL PLATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A composite part with an inserted metal plate, the composite part comprising:a metal plate having first and second surfaces;
a reinforced fiber layer folded around the metal plate;
a first connection hole extending through the reinforced fiber layer and exposing a section of the first surface of the metal plate; and
a resin impregnating the reinforced fiber layer and integrally connecting the metal plate and the reinforced fiber layer,
wherein the reinforced fiber layer comprises:
a first section having an inner surface in contact with the first surface of the metal plate;
a second section having an inner surface in contact with the second surface of the metal plate; and
a fold between the first and second sections;
wherein portions of the inner surfaces of the first section and the second section of the reinforced fiber layer that are not in contact with the metal plate contact each other.

US Pat. No. 10,213,980

LINED PIPES AND FITTINGS, ASSOCIATED FORMING METHOD, AND METHOD OF IMPROVING THE CHLORINE RESISTANCE OF HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE PIPES

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A lined pipe or fitting comprising:an outer layer comprising an outer layer composition comprising, based on the total weight of the outer layer composition, 50 to 100 weight percent high density polyethylene and 0 to 50 weight percent filler; and
an inner layer comprising an inner layer composition comprising
20 to 70 parts by weight of a poly(phenylene ether),
30 to 80 parts by weight of an atactic homopolystyrene having a melt flow index of 1.5 to 5 grams per 10 minutes measured according to ISO 1133-4 (2011) at 200° C. and 5 kilogram load, and
5 to 15 parts by weight of a hydrogenated block copolymer of an alkenyl
aromatic monomer and a conjugated diene,wherein the parts by weight are based on 100 parts by weight total of the poly(phenylene ether), the polystyrene, and the hydrogenated block copolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,979

ELECTRIC PRESS, BEND-POINT DETECTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Janome Sewing Machine Co....

1. An electric press comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a press position and a first data sequence of a load at the press position;
an input and storage unit configured to input and store a value serving as a reference that determines a bend point in a relation between the press position and the first data sequence of the load at the press position;
a slope calculation unit configured to calculate a slope of the load based on the press position and the first data sequence of the load at the press position detected, according to a first regression line, wherein the slope of the load is calculated by the following formula, (i),

a slope-of-slope calculation unit configured to calculate a slope of the slope of the load calculated by the slope calculation unit as an amount of change of an amount of change of a load value with respect to the press position by using the formula (i) for calculating a slope of the first regression line, according to a second regression line,
wherein, in the formula (i), n denotes a number of data, xi denotes position data of a pressurization part, and yi denotes data of a load; and
a bend-point determination unit configured to determine a point, at which the calculated slope of the slope of the load exceeds the value serving as the reference for determining the bend point, as the bend point.

US Pat. No. 10,213,978

WASTE MATERIAL REBALER WITH SIDE LOADING AND RETRIEVAL

Sonoco Development, Inc.,...

1. A waste material rebaler comprising:a rectangular housing formed of first and second vertical side walls and a vertical end wall joined by horizontal top and bottom walls and defining an interior space having an upstream end, a downstream end proximate the vertical end wall, and a width defined by a distance between the first and second vertical side walls;
a breach defined at the upstream end of the interior space and being sized to receive at least two strapped low density bales of waste material in side-by-side relationship with the long axes of the strapped bales extending across the width of the interior space;
a compression chamber formed at the downstream end of the interior space in communication with the breach;
a rectangular feed port formed in the first vertical side wall of the housing adjacent to and in communication with the breach, the feed port having a width, the feed port positioned to be accessible by a fork lift truck;
a loading platform beneath and outboard of the feed port that rotates and closes the feed port behind the low density bales, the loading platform sized to accept two low density bales side-by-side;
a compression ram selectively movable through the breach and toward the compression chamber to horizontally move the at least two strapped low density bales of waste material into the compression chamber and compress the bales together with their straps intact to form a higher density bale of waste material from the at least two strapped low density bales;
a rectangular ejection port formed at the downstream end of the housing adjacent to and in communication with the compression chamber, the ejection port having a width less than the width of the feed port width; and
an ejection ram selectively movable through the compression chamber and toward the ejection port to eject the higher density bale from the compression chamber for retrieval.

US Pat. No. 10,213,977

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. An apparatus for manufacturing tyres for vehicle wheels, each tyre comprising a carcass structure including at least one carcass ply, a tread band at a radially external position to said carcass structure and a belt structure interposed between said carcass structure and tread band, the tyres being manufactured including tyres comprising carcass plies made by laying down an even whole number of strip-like elements and tyres comprising carcass plies made by laying down an odd whole number of strip-like elements, comprising:a forming drum having at least one radially external laying surface;
devices for building at least one carcass ply around said radially external surface, said at least one carcass ply having axially opposite end flaps;
wherein the devices for building at least one carcass ply around said radially external surface comprise:
devices for setting the forming drum in rotation around a geometric rotation axis thereof;
a first laying unit and a second laying unit mounted at mutually opposite portions of the forming drum and adapted to apply a plurality of strip-like elements along the circumferential extension of the forming drum;
an adjustment device for shifting the first laying unit along an arced adjustment path which lies in a plane orthogonal to the geometric rotation axis, the arced adjustment path being an arc of a circumference coaxial with the geometric rotation axis for applying a single strip-like element;
a bearing structure adapted to carry the forming drum;
a first frame installed on the bearing structure above the forming drum and carrying the first laying unit; and
a second frame installed on the bearing structure under the forming drum and carrying the second laying unit, wherein the adjustment device is mounted between the bearing structure and the first frame to shift the first laying unit along said adjustment path and wherein the adjustment device comprises a supporting plate hinged on the bearing structure around a hinge axis coincident with the geometric rotation axis and at least one actuator disposed between the supporting plate and the bearing structure, the first frame being installed on said supporting plate.

US Pat. No. 10,213,976

PROCESS AND PLANT FOR BUILDING TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A plant for building tyres for vehicle wheels comprising a carcass structure building line, which, in turn comprises:at least one forming drum;
a pair of support elements comprising a first support element and a second support element removably associable with said at least one forming drum in axially opposite positions, the first support element being moveable between a first operating position and a second operating position;
a service position;
a deposition line configured to move a single forming drum at a time to build at least one structural component of the carcass structure of a tyre being processed, the deposition line comprising a moving device having a coupling/decoupling mechanism configured to couple/uncouple with a terminal end of a central shaft of the forming drum and a quick connection/disconnection device configured to connect/disconnect with the second support element, wherein the moving device is configured to:
transfer said at least one forming drum between the service position and the deposition line and to transport said at least one forming drum within the deposition line by supporting the at least one forming drum in cantilevered manner while the at least one forming drum is coupled with the first and second support elements;
a subsequent work station to the deposition line; and
a transfer device having a coupling/decoupling mechanism configured to couple/uncouple with a terminal end of a central shaft of the forming drum, the transfer device is configured to move said at least one forming drum between the service position and the subsequent work station by supporting the at least one forming drum in cantilevered manner while the at least one forming drum is coupled with only the first support element,
wherein, in the first operating position, the first support element is moveable between the deposition line and the service position via the moving device and is carried at an axially opposite side of the at least one forming drum relative to the second support element, and, in the second operating position, the first support element is moveable between the service position and the subsequent work station clear of the second support element via the transfer device, and wherein said second support element is stably coupled with said moving device of the deposition line while the first support element is moved between the first operating position and the second operating position,
wherein the carcass structure building line does not include a storage for the pair of support elements.

US Pat. No. 10,213,975

AUTOMATIC SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING AND DISMOUNTING TIRE CASING ON EXPANDABLE RIM HUB IN RETREADING OPERATIONS

Bridgestone Bandag, LLC, ...

1. A loader device for use with the mounting of a tire casing on an expandable rim hub, the device comprising:a support pedestal, the support pedestal movable over a range of longitudinal travel along a longitudinal axis;
a support carriage movably mounted to the support pedestal, the support carriage movable over a range of vertical travel along a normal axis, the normal axis being substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the support carriage having a support arm adapted to engage an inner periphery of the tire casing and support the tire casing independently of the expandable rim hub;
a loader actuator mounted to at least one of the support pedestal and the support carriage, the loader actuator adapted to selectively move, relative to the support arm, at least a portion of the tire casing supported upon the support arm in a loading direction along the longitudinal axis off of the support arm,
wherein the expandable rim hub is adapted to support and selectively rotate the tire casing about a hub axis, the hub axis being substantially parallel with the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,974

LASER PROCESSING APPARATUS

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A laser processing apparatus comprisinga) a laser oscillator;
b) a mount mounting a biaxially stretched polyester film; and
c) a laser irradiation part that adjusts a laser light emitted by the laser oscillator to have a predetermined spot profile and a scanning track before the laser lights irradiates the film,
the laser irradiation part comprises a laser guiding part, a first driving part and a second driving part;
the laser guiding part guides the laser light from the laser oscillator onto the film and changes a circular spot profile of the laser light into the predetermined spot profile, the first and the second driving parts move the laser guiding part respectively in a first direction and a second direction, each of which is parallel to a surface of the film, to provide the scanning track of the laser light;
wherein the laser guiding part comprises a diffractive optical element which changes the circular spot profile of the laser light into the predetermined spot profile; and
wherein the laser guiding part comprises a first mirror, a second mirror, a third mirror and the diffractive optical element, wherein each of the first, the second and the third mirrors is disposed at a predetermined angle, such that the laser light, which is emitted from the laser oscillator in the first direction is reflected by the first mirror and guided in a third direction, which is perpendicular to the surface of the film, then subsequently reflected by the second mirror and guided in the second direction and then guided in the third direction again by the third mirror into the diffractive optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,213,973

COMPOSITE RAIL TIE APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An apparatus comprising:a shell comprising a matrix reinforced by a reinforcement constituted as fiber;
a first fill comprising a solid acting as a structural material and being selected from wood, concrete, lightweight concrete, polymer, filled polymer, composite polymer, expanded polymer, and a combination thereof;
a second fill formed within the first fill, having a shear strength greater than the shear strength of the first fill, and being secured to the first fill by at least one of a mechanical interference, an undercut, a chemical bond, and a mechanical texture bond;
the first fill, having a density less than that of the matrix; and
a fastener providing compression against the shell in response to engagement of the fill by the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,213,972

FIBER COMPOSITE LAMINATE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FIBER COMPOSITE LAMINATE

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE ...

1. A method for producing a fiber composite laminate, comprising:applying at least one of pressure or heat to a first preform, which has one or more dry fiber layers and a thermoplastic elastomer, such that the thermoplastic portion of the thermoplastic elastomer completely impregnates the dry fiber layers of the first preform in at least one first region and only partially impregnates said dry fiber layers in at least one second region; and, in a thermosetting polymer matrix, and
impregnating and curing the fiber layers of the second region of the first preform that are still dry and have not been impregnated with the thermoplastic portion of the thermoplastic elastomer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,971

FORMING MACHINE FOR FORMING A HOLLOW BODY, IN PARTICULAR A CASING OF A SOLID PROPELLANT ENGINE, AND DEPOSIT HEAD FOR SUCH A FORMING MACHINE

AVIO S.P.A, Rome (IT)

1. A deposit head for a forming machine for forming hollow bodies; the deposit head comprising a support frame adapted to be coupled to a moving member, motorized supply means and guide means carried by said support frame to feed, along a predefined feeding path, a belt comprising a layer of adhesive material and a protective strip arranged on only one side of said layer of adhesive material, motorized winding means for winding said protective strip and carried by said frame, and a first pressing roller for pushing said strip and said layer of adhesive material toward a deposit surface of said adhesive material and rotatable about an axis thereof that is orthogonal to said feeding path, characterized by further comprising a second pressing roller for pushing said strip and said adhesive material toward said deposit surface; said second pressing roller being carried by said support frame and being rotatable about an axis thereof forming, with said feeding path, an angle other than 90°; first actuation and guide means being interposed between said support frame and said second pressing roller for moving the second pressing roller in opposite directions along a direction transversal to said feeding path.

US Pat. No. 10,213,970

INFUSION METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR AN INFUSION METHOD

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An infusion method for the manufacture of a fibre-reinforced composite component comprising:arranging semi-finished textile products in a moulding tool that is open on one side in a chamber to be evacuated, the semi-finished textile products configured to be infiltrated by a matrix material and the chamber to be evacuated being formed from a vacuum film which encloses the semi-finished textile products;
forming a local gas reception space between the semi-finished textile products and a wall section of the chamber, wherein the local gas reception space is formed between a section of the vacuum film and at least one local semi-permeable membrane;
infiltrating the semi-finished textile products with the matrix material;
blocking off the local gas reception space from the matrix material by the at least one local semi-permeable membrane that is porous to gas, and into which volatile substances contained in the matrix material and/or in the system leak during the infiltration process;
arranging a dimensionally stable gas reservoir in the local gas reception space, wherein the gas reservoir has a triangular cross-section, is used as a moulding element to laterally support a vertical portion of the semi-finished textile products, has an open-pore material structure, and is provided the at least one local semi-permeable membrane on contact surfaces facing toward the semi-finished textile products and located in contact with the latter, wherein the dimensionally stable gas reservoir contains the volatile substances leaked during the infiltration process; and
evacuating the chamber by a vacuum channel that is separate from the dimensionally stable gas reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,213,969

INTEGRATED SMART SUSCEPTOR HEATER BLANKET AND VACUUM BAG DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM FOR LARGE COMPOSITE SKIN LAMINATE DEBULK

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A heater blanket deployment system, comprising:a first workstation, comprising:
a first heater blanket assembly comprising a first smart susceptor heater blanket and a second smart susceptor heater blanket, wherein the second smart susceptor heater blanket is positioned adjacent to the first smart susceptor heater blanket;
a first layup mandrel configured to receive a first workpiece during processing by the first workstation; and
a first vacuum bag attached to the first and second smart susceptor heater blankets; and
a second workstation, comprising:
a second heater blanket assembly comprising a third smart susceptor heater blanket and a fourth smart susceptor heater blanket, wherein the fourth smart susceptor heater blanket is positioned adjacent to the third smart susceptor heater blanket;
a second layup mandrel configured to receive a second workpiece during processing by the second workstation; and
a second vacuum bag attached to the third and fourth smart susceptor heater blankets; and
a frame comprising:
a first support surface supporting the first heater blanket assembly; and
a second support surface supporting the second heater blanket assembly; and
at least one power supply configured to supply power to the first workstation and to the second workstation;
wherein the frame is configured such that:
the first heater blanket assembly can move toward the first layup mandrel of the first workstation only when the second heater blanket assembly is moving away from the second layup mandrel of the second workstation; and
the second heater blanket assembly can move toward the second layup mandrel only when the first heater blanket assembly is moving away from the first layup mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,213,968

DYNAMIC FORMING TOOLS FOR COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method comprising:laying up a multi-layer fiber reinforced laminate onto a forming tool, the laminate comprising a first portion laid up onto a main body of a forming tool, and a second portion laid up onto a platform of the forming tool such that the second portion is aligned with the first portion;
covering the laminate with a vacuum bag that presses the laminate against the platform; and
repositioning the second portion with respect to the first portion by rotating the platform during vacuum bag forming of the laminate, causing shear stresses between layers of the laminate.

US Pat. No. 10,213,966

TECHNIQUES FOR APPLYING A PEEL OPERATION DURING ADDITIVE FABRICATION AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Formlabs, Inc., Somervil...

1. An additive fabrication device configured to form layers of material on a build platform, each layer of material being formed so as to contact a container in addition to the build platform and/or a previously formed layer of material, the additive fabrication device comprising:a build platform;
a fixed platform;
a container arranged between the fixed platform and the build platform;
a plurality of mechanical linkages each independently coupled, via rotatable couplings, to the container and to the fixed platform; and
at least one controller configured to, subsequent to formation of a layer of material in contact with the container, cause motion of the container relative to the fixed platform to separate the layer of material from the container.

US Pat. No. 10,213,965

ARCHITECTURE, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING AND ASSEMBLY OF SPARSE STRUCTURES, MULTIFUNCTIONAL STRUCTURES, AND COMPONENTS FOR SPACE AND TERRESTRIAL SYSTEMS

TETHERS UNLIMITED INC, B...

1. A truss-formation device comprising:a thermal die, wherein said thermal die comprises a melt section and a consolidation section, wherein said melt section is wrapped with heater wire to heat up and melt continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic yarn wherein said consolidation section is positioned adjacent to said melt section so that said melted continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic yarn from said melt section enters the consolidation section where said consolidation section is configured to squeeze and extrude said continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic yarn as a continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic solid element;
a second thermal die and a mandrel that connects said thermal die to said second thermal die wherein said thermal die and said second thermal die are parallel to one another such that said thermal die and said second thermal die are oriented to extrude parallel continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic solid elements; and
a third thermal die and a batten actuator, wherein said batten actuator is rotatably connected to said mandrel and said third thermal die is mounted on said batten actuator such that as said batten actuator rotates said third thermal die orbits around said thermal die and said second thermal die.

US Pat. No. 10,213,964

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR REPAIRING COMPOSITE MATERIALS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of bonding materials, comprising:defining a bond interface between two materials in a cure zone on a surface of an object, where the bond interface includes a thermosetting adhesive disposed between the two materials;
heating the bond interface with sound waves;
measuring a surface temperature on the surface of the material to be bonded to determine if a cure temperature has been reached for at least a duration of time, such that the thermosetting adhesive is cured, thereby bonding the two materials; and
after the duration of time has elapsed, decreasing the temperature of the bond interface at a predetermined rate that does not exceed a maximum rate at which the temperature of the bond interface can be reduced without reducing strength of the bond.

US Pat. No. 10,213,962

EXPANSION JOINT SEAL WITH LOAD TRANSFER AND FLEXION

Schul International Compa...

1. An expansion joint system, comprising:an elongated core,
the elongated core composed of a resiliently compressible material,
the elongated core having an elongated core longitudinal axis,
the elongated core having an elongated core top,
the elongated core top having an elongated core lateral width at the elongated core top and an elongated core bottom width at an elongated core bottom of the elongated core,
the elongated core having an elongated core height intermediate the elongated core top and the elongated core bottom,
the elongated core having an elongated core first side,
the elongated core first side being generally perpendicular to the elongated core top,
the elongated core having an elongated core second side,
the elongated core second side being generally perpendicular to the elongated core top, and
an open shaft provided into the elongated core from an elongated core first end, the open shaft parallel to the elongated core longitudinal axis;
a longitudinal load-transfer member,
the longitudinal load-transfer member being incompressible,
the longitudinal load-transfer member having a longitudinal load-transfer member axis,
the elongated core longitudinal axis and the longitudinal load-transfer member axis being parallel,
the longitudinal load-transfer member positioned at least partly into the open shaft,
the longitudinal load-transfer member protruding from the elongated core
wherein the expansion joint system further comprises:
an elongated beveled surface adjacent the elongated core bottom and the elongated core first side, and the elongated core lateral width is greater than the elongated core bottom width, and
a second open shaft provided into the elongated core from an elongated core first end, the second open shaft parallel to the elongated core longitudinal axis and a third open shaft provided into the elongated core from an elongated core first end, the third open shaft parallel to the elongated core longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,213,961

PLASTIC-METAL HYBRID COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A method for the production of a plastic-metal hybrid component consisting of a metal body and a fiber composite intermediate that is integrally bonded to the body, whereby the method comprises the following steps:(i) providing a fiber composite intermediate on the basis of polyamide in which at least part of the surface of the intermediate is made up of a polymer composition containing the following:
a) 100 parts by weight of a polyamide;
b) 0.5 to 20 parts by weight of one or more adhesion-promoting additives having formula (I):
MaM?bDcD?d  (I)
wherein
M=[R3SiO1/2]
M?=[R?R2SiO1/2]
D=[R2SiO2/2]
D?=[R?RSiO2/2]
wherein each R, independently of each other, stands for methyl or phenyl and R? is a glycidyloxypropyl radical having formula (II)

and wherein the following applies to the indices:
a=0 to 2
b=0 to 2
c=10 to 500
d=0 to 50
a+b=2 and
b+d?2;
(ii) providing a metal body;
(iii) optionally, pretreating the surface of the metal body in order to create, for example, OH functionalities;
(iv) placing the metal body and the fiber composite intermediate into a pressing tool and closing the tool; and
(v) making an integrally bonded connection between the fiber composite intermediate and the metal body by pressing them under pressure and at a certain temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,213,960

PLASTICITY INDUCED BONDING

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising:placing a first polymeric part in contact with a second polymeric part; and
plastically deforming the first polymeric part and the second polymeric part against each other to bond the first polymeric part to the second polymeric part, wherein a temperature of the first polymeric part is less than a glass transition temperature of the first polymeric part and a temperature of the second polymeric part is less than a glass transition temperature of the second polymeric part during the plastic deformation.

US Pat. No. 10,213,959

METHOD FOR REMOVING SUBSTRATE MATERIAL, FOR WASHING, AND FOR DRYING PARTS PRODUCED BY A 3-D PRINTER

Audubon Machinery Corp., ...

1. A method of removing substrate material from a part produced by a 3-D printer, the method comprising:providing a housing having a working chamber defined therein;
providing at least one spray header disposed along at least a portion of the perimeter of the working chamber, the spray header comprising an assembly of vertical and horizontal tubes having apertures defined therein;
providing a pump configured and arranged to convey a fluid at varying pressures through the spray header;
inserting the part into the working chamber;
conveying washing fluid through the at least one spray header into the working chamber to remove the substrate material from the part; and
conveying rinsing fluid through the at least one spray header into the working chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,213,958

ELECTROSTATIC 3-D PRINTING SYSTEM HAVING ACOUSTIC TRANSFER AND COROTRON

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional (3-D) printer comprising:an intermediate transfer surface;
color development stations positioned to electrostatically transfer build materials having different colors to said intermediate transfer surface;
a support material development station positioned to electrostatically transfer a support material to a location of said intermediate transfer surface where said build materials are located on said intermediate transfer surface, said support material dissolves in different solvents relative to solvents that dissolve said build materials;
a transfuse station comprising a roller on a first side of said intermediate transfer surface supporting said intermediate transfer surface, and a transmission device on said first side of said intermediate transfer surface;
a platen moving relative to said intermediate transfer surface, said intermediate transfer surface electrostatically transfers a layer of said build materials and said support material to said platen each time said platen contacts a second side of said intermediate transfer surface at said transfuse station to successively form layers of said build materials and said support material on said platen, each of said layers is on a discrete area of said intermediate transfer surface and is in a pattern, and said first side being opposite said second side;
a heater adjacent said platen, said platen moves to said heater to heat said layers and join each of said layers together;
a pressure roller adjacent said heater, said platen moves to said pressure roller to press each of said layers together;
a charge generator positioned adjacent said transfuse station and positioned to transfer a charge to said layers on said platen after said heater heats said layers and said pressure roller presses said layers; and
a curing station positioned to apply light to said layers to cure said layers to one another on said platform.

US Pat. No. 10,213,957

HEAD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTINUOUSLY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE HOLLOW STRUCTURE

1. A head for a continuous manufacturing system, comprising:a housing configured to receive a matrix and at least one continuous fiber, form an at least one continuous matrix-coated fiber by coating the at least one continuous fiber with the matrix, and discharge a composite hollow tubular structure comprised of the at least one continuous matrix-coated fiber;
a diverter located at an end of the housing and being configured to divert radially outward the at least one continuous matrix-coated fiber;
a cutoff having an edge configured to press the at least one continuous matrix-coated fiber against the diverter;
a cure enhancer mounted downstream of a cutting location of the cutoff and configured to facilitate hardening of the composite hollow tubular structure at a location downstream of the cutting location; and
wherein the at least one continuous matrix-coated fiber comprises a plurality of continuous matrix-coated fibers,
wherein the diverter diverts the plurality of continuous matrix-coated fibers radially outward to form the composite hollow tubular structure, and
wherein the cutoff is configured to terminate the composite hollow tubular structure before the composite hollow tubular structure is hardened by the cure enhancer.

US Pat. No. 10,213,956

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING ADHESION REDUCTION USING PHOTOINHIBITION

HOLO, INC., Oakland, CA ...

1. A method for printing a three dimensional (3D) object, comprising:(a) providing (i) a build platform adjacent to a window, and (ii) a liquid comprising a photoactive resin between said build platform and said window; and
(b) directing a first light and a second light through said window to said liquid, wherein (i) said first light subjects a first portion of said photoactive resin to curing to yield a polymeric layer coupled to said build platform, and (ii) said second light inhibits curing of a second portion of said photoactive resin between said first portion and said window, wherein an intensity or exposure time of said first light or second light is adjusted to vary a thickness of said polymeric layer, thereby printing at least a portion of said 3D object.

US Pat. No. 10,213,955

STAMPING DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A stamping device for base materials, comprising: a first roller, a second roller, a third roller, a first delivery mechanism and a second delivery mechanism;wherein the first roller comprises at least one stamping pattern region at an outer surface of the first roller;
wherein the second roller has a rotation direction opposite to a rotation direction of the first roller; the second roller is at a first side of the first roller with a first stamping gap between the first roller and the second roller; the first stamping gap has a first material-supplying side and a first material-discharging side;
wherein the third roller has a rotation direction opposite to the rotation direction of the first roller; the third roller is at a second side of the first roller with a second stamping gap between the first roller and the third roller; the second stamping gap has a second material-supplying side and a second material-discharging material;
wherein the first delivery mechanism is at the first material-supplying side of the first stamping gap and configured to, in the case that the stamping pattern region rotates to a first position corresponding to the first stamping gap, deliver a base material to the first material-supplying side of the first stamping gap so as to stamp the base material; and
wherein the second delivery mechanism is at the second material-supplying side of the second stamping gap and configured to, in the case that the stamping pattern region rotates to a second position corresponding to the second stamping gap, deliver another base material to the second material-supplying side of the second stamping gap so as to stamp the another base material.

US Pat. No. 10,213,954

NATURAL PATH FORMING FOR COMPOSITE MATERIAL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method for forming a composite component, comprising the step of:placing a composite laminate material onto a three dimensional forming tool which comprises:
an external surface, comprising:
a portion of the forming tool comprises three successive planar surfaces extending in a direction about a perimeter of the three dimensional forming tool in a direction transverse to a length of the three dimensional forming tool wherein two planar surfaces are spaced apart from one another with an intermediate planar surface positioned between the two planar surfaces;
a second portion of the forming tool positioned adjacent to the portion of the forming tool comprises three successive planar surfaces extending in a direction about the perimeter of the three dimensional forming tool in a direction transverse to the length of the three dimensional forming tool wherein two planar surfaces are spaced apart from one another with an intermediate planar surface positioned between the two planar surfaces, wherein:
the intermediate planar surface of the second portion is positioned adjacent to the intermediate planar surface of the portion of the forming tool;
the intermediate planar surface of the second portion extends in a different plane relative to the intermediate planar surface of the portion; and
the perimeter maintains a constant length along the length of the three dimensional forming tool; and
at least four junctures associated with the external surface wherein the composite laminate material overlies the at least four junctures, wherein:
each juncture is positioned between two adjacent planar surfaces in which each of the two adjacent planar surfaces extend in a different plane;
each of the at least four junctures comprises a line of direction in which each line of direction extends in a different direction and
the at least four junctures converge such that with the three dimensional forming tool arranged in a two dimensional pattern, the line of direction of each of the at least four junctures and the two adjacent planar surfaces positioned on opposing sides of each of the at least four junctures are all positioned in a common plane, wherein the line of direction of each of the at least four junctures in the two dimensional pattern converge to a common point with at least one line of direction not in alignment beyond the common point with another line of direction.

US Pat. No. 10,213,952

OPEN-CLIP BLOW MOLDING METHOD AND A BLOW MOLDED ARTICLE WHICH INTEGRALLY PROVIDE A CLIP FOR SECUREMENT TO ANOTHER ITEM

MEDONYX INC., Toronto (C...

1. A method to produce a blow molded article of unitary construction having a clip for securing the article to another item, wherein the method comprises a step of blow molding the article to have said unitary construction and to integrally provide the clip as a part unitary with the article, such that the clip defines a ring adapted for quick and reversible connections by, on one side of the ring, a hinged swingable gate arm which is initially blow molded into a molded open elevated configuration and resiliently deformable and pivotable therefrom into (i) a closed configuration wherein the swingable gate arm is biased, with a pre-built springback tension structurally molded into the blow molded article, into selectively releasable and secure engagement with a catch portion provided on the article and (ii) a depressed open configuration wherein the swingable gate arm is depressed relative to and biased with said pre-built springback tension towards the closed configuration, with the swingable gate arm being self-closing and the depressed open configuration being traversed to secure the article to said item; and such that in the molded open elevated configuration, the swingable gate arm is elevated relative to the closed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,213,951

SHAPING ROLL FOR MELT EXTRUSION MOLDING, SHAPING ROLL ASSEMBLY FOR MELT EXTRUSION MOLDING, AND MELT EXTRUSION MOLDING METHOD

MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL C...

1. A shaping roll for melt extrusion molding used for melt extrusion molding of thermoplastic resin, the shaping roll for melt extrusion molding comprising:a metal roll body having a heat medium passage internally;
a first cylinder covering a surface of a middle portion of the roll body part;
a second cylinder covering surfaces of both end portions of the roll body part;
the first cylinder comprising a first metal material having a thermal conductivity of 40 W/m·K or more;
the second cylinder comprising a second metal material having a thermal conductivity of 20 W/m·K or less; and
the first cylinder and the second cylinder are at least partially joined to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,213,950

FLEXIBLE PACKAGING MATERIAL

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A flexible packaging material, comprising:a flexible substrate comprising a first surface;
an electrophotographic ink composition printed on the first surface of the flexible substrate, the printed electrophotographic ink composition comprising a polymer resin comprising a copolymer of an alkylene monomer and a monomer selected from acrylic acid and methacrylic acid;
a base material; and
a thermally activatable laminating layer extruded onto the base material and thermally laminated to the first surface of the flexible substrate printed with the electrophotographic ink composition.

US Pat. No. 10,213,949

CONTROLLING MOISTURE IN AND PLASTICIZATION OF BIORESORBABLE POLYMER FOR MELT PROCESSING

ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYS...

1. A system for fabricating a stent, the system comprising:a resin hopper for holding polymer resin, the resin hopper comprising a resin outlet port for connecting to an extruder and the resin hopper used for feeding polymer resin through the resin outlet port to the extruder;
a control loop comprising the resin hopper, a drier unit, a conduit for carrying a drying gas stream from the drier unit for input into a gas inlet port of the resin hopper and a conduit for carrying the drying gas stream after exiting through a gas outlet port in the resin hopper to the drier unit, wherein the drier unit removes moisture from the drying gas stream that exits from the resin hopper;
a source of a moist gas stream outside the control loop and a conduit for carrying the moist gas stream from the moist gas stream source to inject the moist gas stream into the drying gas stream from the drier unit to form the drying gas stream for input into the resin hopper, wherein a moisture content of the moist gas stream provided by the source outside of the control loop is higher than a moisture content of the drying gas stream from the drier unit; and wherein the source of the moist gas stream comprises a humidity conditioning unit configured to generate a gas stream with selected temperature and humidity from a dry gas stream source;
at least one humidity sensor to monitor moisture content of the drying gas stream; and
a controller that generates a signal to adjust the moisture content of the drying gas stream for input into the resin hopper upward or downward based on the monitored moisture content.

US Pat. No. 10,213,948

HOT MELT FRAGMENTATION EXTRUDER AND PROCESS

Steerlife India Private L...

1. A co-rotating twin screw extruder for forming fragments comprising an intake zone for receiving one or more excipient(s) suitable for oral dosage or one or more excipient(s) suitable for oral dosage along with one or more active pharmaceutical ingredient, a melt zone for softening at least one excipient to form a viscous mass or melt, and a fragmenting zone for initiating simultaneous fragmentation and cooling of the viscous mass into cooled fragments within the co-rotating twin screw extruder, and an extruder outlet for recovering the cooled fragments from the extruder.

US Pat. No. 10,213,947

INJECTION DEVICE AND RESIN INJECTION METHOD

NISSEI ASB MACHINE CO., L...

1. A resin injection method for injecting a resin from an injection nozzle through a resin path and flowing the resin into a holding pressure path communicating with the resin path to maintain a first pressure of the resin in the resin path and the holding pressure path, comprising the steps of:(a) maintaining the first pressure of the resin in the resin path and the holding pressure path by pressurization of a holding pressure device from the resin path side during a predetermined time;
(b) then shutting off the resin path and maintaining a second pressure of the resin in the holding pressure path by pressurization from the holding pressure path side;
(c) after the step (b) of maintaining the second pressure of the resin in the resin path and the holding pressure path by pressurization of the holding pressure device from the holding pressure path side, shutting off an inlet path for the resin on a mold side and releasing pressurization from the holding pressure path side once; and
(d) opening the resin path and discharging all the resin held in the holding pressure path to the resin path under pressure by further pressurizing in the holding pressure path to thereby discharge all the resin in the holding pressure path to the resin path.

US Pat. No. 10,213,946

POST-MOLD COOLING INJECTION MOLDED ARTICLES

NIIGON MACHINES LTD., Va...

1. An injection molding machine, comprising:a) a base;
b) a pair of platens supported by the base, the platens supporting respective mold halves to form a mold and the platens moveable relative to each other in a direction parallel to a machine axis between mold-open and mold-closed positions; and
c) a part-handling apparatus for holding and treating articles from the mold, the part handling apparatus separate from the mold and comprising:
i) a take-out plate comprising at least one set of first cooling receivers for receiving and retaining a first set of molded articles from the mold, the first cooling receivers conductively transferring a first amount of thermal energy away from the first molded articles;
ii) a supplemental cooling plate comprising at least one set of second cooling receivers for receiving and retaining the first set of molded articles, the second cooling receivers conductively transferring a second amount of thermal energy away from the first molded articles; and
iii) a transfer shell having at least one shell side comprising at least one set of transfer pins for receiving and retaining the first set of molded articles, the transfer shell rotatable to move the at least one shell side among a load position for engagement with the take-out plate, a supplemental cooling position for engagement with the supplemental cooling plate, and an unload position for releasing molded articles from the part handling apparatus,
wherein the at least one shell side of the transfer shell comprises a first shell side and a second shell side, the second shell side generally parallel to and spaced apart from the first shell side.

US Pat. No. 10,213,945

THREADED MOLD DECOUPLING SYSTEM

NYPROMOLD, INC., Clinton...

1. A threaded mold decoupling system, comprising:at least one unscrewing assembly rotatably coupled to a mounting plate, the at least one unscrewing assembly disposed in proximity to a threaded core of an injection mold;
an elevator assembly having a first elevator element rotatably coupled to the mounting plate and a second elevator element connected to a fixed plate, the fixed plate opposing the mounting plate; and
a driving assembly disposed in operative communication with the at least one unscrewing assembly and with the first elevator element of the elevator assembly, the driving assembly configured to:
actuate the at least one unscrewing assembly to rotate a molded article about a longitudinal axis of the threaded core, and
actuate the first elevator element relative to the second elevator element to linearly translate the mounting plate relative to the fixed plate and to translate the molded article along the longitudinal axis of the threaded core.

US Pat. No. 10,213,944

METHODS OF MOLDING MULTI-LAYER POLYMERIC ARTICLES HAVING CONTROL OVER THE BREAKTHROUGH OF THE CORE LAYER

MILACRON LLC, Cincinnati...

1. A system for injection molding a multiple layer plastic article, the system comprising,a mold having a plurality of cavities to mold a plurality of multiple layer plastic articles, at least one of the mold cavities having a primary channel, a first branch channel, and a second branch channel, the first branch channel and the second branch channel branching from the primary channel at a branch junction;
a first material source to supply a first polymeric material for use in forming at least one layer of each of the plurality of multiple layer plastic articles;
a second material source to supply a second polymeric material for use in forming at least one layer of each of the plurality of multiple layer plastic articles;
a plurality of nozzles in communication with a portion of the mold to inject the first and second polymeric materials into each of the plurality of cavities;
a first set of flow channels configured to distribute the first polymeric material from the first material source to each of the plurality of nozzles;
a second set of flow channels configured to distribute the second polymeric material from the second material source to each of the plurality of nozzles; and
a processor programmed to,
control an extrusion start time of the second polymeric material from the second material source subsequent to an extrusion start time of the first polymeric material from the first material source, and
control a volumetric flow ratio of an inner stream and an outer stream formed from the first polymeric material in one of the nozzles to selectively direct an interior core stream of the second polymeric material into the first branch channel that branches from the primary channel at the branch junction and not into the second branch channel that branches from the primary channel in the at least one mold cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,213,943

COMPOSITION

TOYO GOSEI CO., LTD., Ic...

1. A method of manufacturing a component, the method comprising:providing a first composition containing a photoinitiator;
providing a resin mold with a pattern;
curing the first composition to form a film to which a pattern is transferred from the resin mold having the pattern; and
separating the film from the resin mold, wherein:
when the resin mold's Shore hardness D is from 1 to 50, the film's Shore hardness is between 1 and 100, or
when the resin mold's Shore hardness D is from 51 to 60, the film's Shore hardness is between 1 and 60; and
the first composition contains at least one compound A represented by chemical formula (1) and a compound B represented by chemical formula (2),

wherein, in formula (1),
each of R1 and R2 is a hydrogen atom or methyl group;
each of R3 and R4 represents a substituent including at least one atom selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atom, carbon atom, nitrogen atom, and sulfur atom; and
“n” denotes an integer from 1 to 10,

wherein, in formula (2),
each of R5 and R6 is a hydrogen atom or methyl group;
each of R7 and R8 represents a substituent including at least one atom selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atom, carbon atom, nitrogen atom, and sulfur atom; and
each of “m” and “r” denotes an integer from 1 to 30.

US Pat. No. 10,213,942

METHOD OF LOADING AND UNLOADING A MOLD ON A FOAM PLASTICS MOLDING MACHINE

BAZZICA ENGINEERING S.R.L...

1. A foam plastics molding machine comprising:a frame including:
a fixed frame which defines an overhead window to receive and releasably retain a molding assembly including a mold with two half molds and fitted with a mold-machine interface frame provided with plastic molding material and operating fluid inlets, wherein the fixed frame is equipped with a first coupling device configured to releasably couple a first of the half molds to the fixed frame, and
a movable frame movably coupled to the fixed frame, said movable frame including:
a holding member provided with a second coupling device configured to releasably couple a second of the half molds to the holding member, and
an actuating device configured to cause the second of the half molds, when coupled to the holding member, to move with respect to the first of the half molds in a molding direction to produce plastics products;
a dock configured to receive the molding assembly in a predetermined loading position;
a lifting platform configured to:
receive the dock with the molding assembly in a predetermined lifting position, and
lift the molding assembly and the dock up to and down from a raised position facing, and spaced apart from, the overhead window; and
a transfer device including two supporting portions arranged on opposite sides of the molding assembly at a same level as the overhead window and configured to be coupled to the molding assembly to displace, with the molding assembly, between the raised position and the overhead window.

US Pat. No. 10,213,941

GRANULATING DEVICE WITH CUTTING KNIFE HEAD

1. A granulating device with a cutting knife head for cutting strands of melt into granules in a granulator housing, wherein the granulating device comprises:a) a perforated plate with die openings, from which strands of melt is extruded into the granulator housing;
b) a rotating drive shaft, which drives the cutting knife head, which has at least one cutting knife arranged radially on its outer circumference; and
c) a first coolant inlet in the granulator housing and an outlet for a mixture of coolant and granules from the granulator housing; and
wherein a second coolant inlet is provided that is supplied independently of the first coolant inlet, and the cutting knife head has at least one co-rotating cooling nozzle bore, and further wherein the second coolant inlet is in fluid communication with the rotating cooling nozzle bore through a coolant chamber and a stationary coolant pipe oriented coaxially to the drive shaft;
and wherein the coolant chamber has an annular wall section, and further wherein the second coolant inlet is located in the annular wall section.

US Pat. No. 10,213,940

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLEAVING A CRYSTALLINE SAMPLE

IB Labs, Inc., Brooklyn,...

1. A device for cleaving a crystalline sample, comprising:upper and lower bending elements that are arranged to contact upper and lower surfaces of the crystalline sample and to apply a bending moment or force on the crystalline sample, wherein a trajectory of the lower bending element on the lower surface of the crystalline sample is located between trajectories of the pair of upper bending elements on the upper surface of the crystalline sample;
a first support element operably connected to a first actuator configured to bring the first support element into contact with a first side surface of the crystalline sample; and
a cleaving element operably connected to a second actuator configured to cause the cleaving element to apply a force to a second side surface of the crystalline sample opposite to the first side surface while the bending moment or force is applied on the crystalline element.

US Pat. No. 10,213,939

METHOD FOR PRODUCING STONE INLAY TESSERAE

1. A method for producing stone inlay tesserae, comprising the steps of:(a) providing at least one core made from a natural stone material, the at least one core has a length in the range of 100 mm-600 mm along a longitudinal direction and a cross-section dimension in the range of 5 mm-150 mm;
(b) providing a mold having an internal surface that defines an internal cavity for accommodating the at least one core, the internal cavity has a volume larger than that of the at least one core, such that an internal space is formed between the internal surface of the mold and the at least one core when the at least one core is placed within the mold;
(c) adding a molding composite prepared under vacuum into the mold to fill the internal space;
(d) solidifying the molding composite, thereby converting the molding composite to an artificial stone material and forming a hybrid tessera column comprising a stone inlay made from the natural stone material and an external layer made from the artificial stone material, wherein the external layer is seamlessly around the stone inlay;
(e) demolding the hybrid tessera column from the mold; and
(f) cutting the hybrid tessera column into a plurality of stone inlay tesserae with a multi-blade cutting machine, each stone inlay tessera has a thickness in the range of 5 mm-30 mm,
wherein both the at least one core and the external layer have intricate cross-section profiles comprising curved edges, the external layer has a cross-section profile different from that of the at least one core, and
wherein the external layer surrounds the entire cross-section perimeter or only a portion of the cross-section perimeter of the at least one core.

US Pat. No. 10,213,937

FENCE SYSTEM FOR A BAND SAW

Rikon Power Tools, Inc., ...

1. A fence adjustment system for use with a fence disposed on a work table for supporting a workpiece, the fence adjustment system comprising:a housing;
a drift adjustment mechanism coupled to the housing and configured to displace a portion of a fence away from the housing, the fence being attached to the housing such that displacement of the portion of the fence by the drift adjustment mechanism causes the fence to rotate about a fulcrum, wherein the fulcrum is disposed on the housing on a side adjacent to the fence;
a lock movable between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration, wherein the lock limits displacement of the fence relative to the housing when the lock is in a locked configuration; and
a biasing element arranged to cause the fence to maintain contact with the housing when the lock is in an unlocked configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,213,936

BATTERY POWERED REAR HANDLE CHAIN SAW

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

1. A battery-powered chain saw, comprising:a housing extending in a longitudinal direction between a front end and a rear end,
a rear handle fixedly connected to or integral with the housing and extending in the longitudinal direction,
a front handle comprising a first leg portion and a second leg portion, wherein the first and second leg portions are each non-movably fixedly connected to the housing, wherein the first leg portion is attached on a first side of a tool plane defined by the guide bar and the second leg portion is attached on a second side on the tool plane, and
an electric motor disposed within the housing and arranged to drive a cutting element of the chain saw, the electric motor having a motor rotation axis, the chain saw having a longitudinal rotation axis, the longitudinal rotation axis being parallel to a bottom surface of the chain saw,
wherein a first point in which a center axis of an upper portion of the front handle intersects a vertical plane comprising the longitudinal rotation axis of the chain saw, is positioned rearwardly of a second point in which the motor rotation axis intersects said vertical plane relative to the longitudinal rotation axis of the chain saw,
wherein a battery is removably received within the housing perpendicular to the vertical plane comprising the longitudinal rotation axis and rearward of the upper portion of the front handle, and
wherein the first point is positioned rearwardly of the second point and the battery is positioned rearward of the upper portion of the front handle to balance a distribution of mass of the battery-powered chain saw.

US Pat. No. 10,213,935

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CUTTING PRODUCTS

FAM, Kontich (BE)

1. A method for cutting a product with an apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a base;
a cutting head comprising at least one cutting element along the circumference of the cutting head for cutting products fed into the cutting head, the cutting head being rotatably fitted to the base with the at least one cutting element oriented to impart cutting action in a first rotational direction; and
an impeller adapted for rotating concentrically within the cutting head to urge products fed into the cutting head towards the circumference of the cutting head by means of centrifugal force;
the method comprising:
feeding the product to be cut into the cutting head;
rotating the impeller in the first rotational direction at an impeller rotational speed, which sets the centrifugal force; and
rotating the cutting head in the first rotational direction at a cutting head rotational speed which is a predetermined difference greater than the impeller rotational speed, such that the product is cut by the at least one cutting element at a predetermined cutting velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,213,934

CUTTING DEVICE FOR CUTTING RELATIVELY RIGID WEB MATERIALS SUCH AS PAPER, CARDBOARD, PLASTIC MATERIALS OR COMPOSITES

1. A cutting device for cutting a relatively rigid material (11), comprising:a first cutting disc sharpened along its peripheral edge and rotating around a first axis of rotation (X2); and
at least a second cutting disc (19) sharpened along its peripheral edge (21) and rotating around a second axis of rotation (X3),
wherein said second cutting disc (19) is disposed upstream of said first cutting disc (14) with respect to a direction of feed into said cutting device and is co-planar with said first cutting disc (14),
wherein said first cutting disc (14) and said second cutting disc (19) are on a same side and mobile individually or together, with respect to a support plane (12) on which a workpiece to be cut is to be rested, so that a distance between the peripheral edge (16, 21) of each of said cutting discs (14, 19) is selectively adjustable with respect to said support plane (12), and
wherein said first cutting disc (14) and said second cutting disc (19) are rotatably mounted on a first (15) and respectively second support slider (20), said first and said second support sliders (15, 20) being mounted on a fixed structure (17) and mobile with respect thereto in a direction perpendicular to the support plane (12) to adjust a distance between the first and the second cutting discs (14, 19) and the support plane (12).

US Pat. No. 10,213,933

SYNTHETIC TURF SEAM INTEGRATION TEMPLATE SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE

1. A seam cutting tool system, comprising:a template comprising:
a planar base (30) extending longitudinally a base longitudinal length between a first lateral base end (15) and a second lateral base end (11) and extending laterally a base lateral width between a longitudinal cutting edge (39) with a predetermined curvature pattern and an opposing substantially straight longitudinal non-cutting edge (25); wherein said planar base (30) comprises multiple laterally narrow portions (31) interspersed with multiple laterally wide portions (35); and
a positioner (20) attached along said longitudinal non-cutting edge (25) of said planar base (30) at a substantially ninety-degree angle and extending longitudinally along said longitudinal non-cutting edge (25) a distance equal to over one half of said base longitudinal length.

US Pat. No. 10,213,932

HANDLE PROTECTOR FOR A HAND TOOL

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

1. A hand tool comprising:a working head;
a handle connected to the working head, the handle configured for gripping by a user during operation of the tool; and
a handle protector attached to the handle at or proximate a raised portion of the handle, the raised portion being proximate the working head,
wherein the handle protector is manufactured from a metal sheet;
wherein the raised portion of the handle surrounds a recessed area of the handle, the recessed area having a shape substantially corresponding to a shape of the handle protector;
wherein the handle protector comprises a front member and two side members;
wherein each side member comprise at least one protrusion configured to extend into a corresponding first groove on the handle to facilitate attachment of the handle protector to the handle; and
wherein the handle protector includes at least one indention on a front surface thereof and at least one corresponding raised portion on a rear surface thereof, the rear surface of the handle protector being attached to the recessed area of the handle;
wherein the at least one indention extends transversely along the handle protector relative to a longitudinal axis of the handle protector; and
wherein the handle comprises a corresponding second groove to receive the corresponding raised portion of the handle protector.

US Pat. No. 10,213,931

HAIR CLIPPER BLADE SET WITH TRANSPORT ELEMENT

WAHL GMBH, Unterkirnach ...

1. A blade set of a hair clipper, comprising:a stationary cutting comb;
a shearing blade driven in oscillation in a transverse direction essentially parallel to a front edge of the cutting comb; and
a hair transport element arranged to transport hair, the hair transport element having a transport toothing with teeth that are arranged adjacent to one another and are arranged essentially along a cutting edge of the shearing blade at a distance from the cutting edge of the shearing blade, wherein the shearing blade is arranged between the cutting comb and the hair transport element and wherein the cutting edge of the shearing blade extends beyond a front edge of the hair transport element, and wherein the hair transport element has a substantially plate-like form aligned in a co-planar fashion with the shearing blade.

US Pat. No. 10,213,930

BEARD TRIMMER

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. A beard trimmer having a handle, a motor and a head portion, whereinthe head portion comprises at least a rotary cutting unit for trimming hair that is provided with a first outer cutter and a first inner cutter,
the first outer cutter is provided with a cutter skin contact surface and a cutting side which is opposite to the skin contact surface,
the motor rotationally drives one or both of the first inner cutter and the first outer cutter in order to rotate relative to the other and suitable to cut hair between the first inner cutter and the first outer cutter wherein a comb unit is releasably attached to the rotary cutting unit,
the comb unit comprises comb teeth wherein each of the comb teeth has a tooth skin contact surface, the tooth skin contact surface being at an elevated level relative to the cutter skin contact surface so that the tooth skin contact surface is suitable to be brought in a skin contact and prevents the cutter skin contact surface to be brought in skin contact,
a height difference of the tooth skin contact surface relative to the cutting side of the outer cutter defines a comb hair trimming length, and
the comb teeth are more flexible when the comb unit is detached from the rotary cutting unit relative to the comb teeth being less flexible when the comb unit is attached to the rotary cutting unit, wherein the comb unit is coupled to the rotary cutter unit through a snap fit connection.

US Pat. No. 10,213,929

VIBRISSA AND EYEBROW SCISSORS HAVING FIXED BLADE AND MOVEABLE BLADE CAPABLE OF BEING RINSED SEPARATELY

SPECIALIFE (ZHUHAI) CO., ...

1. A pair of vibrissa and eyebrow scissors having a fixed blade and a moveable blade capable of being rinsed separately, comprising a scissors head and a scissors body, wherein a driving device is arranged in the scissors body, the scissors head comprises a rear end part to be connected with the scissors body and a thin-long end part acting as a cutting part, the thin-long end part comprises a moveable blade and a fixed blade that are arranged in a laminating manner, cutter teeth are formed at one side edge of the fixed blade and at one side edge of the moveable cutter, or are arranged at the two opposite side edges of the fixed blade and the moveable blade, and the moveable blade is driven by the driving device to make a back and forth translation type reciprocating motion relative to the fixed blade to realize the effect of cutting; the pair of vibrissa and eyebrow scissors being characterized in that: the scissors head further comprises a blade separation device, which is connected with the fixed blade or the moveable blade, and, by operating the blade separation device, the fixed blade and the moveable blade that are in a laminating state are separated from each other;the scissors head is provided with a shell, and the shell is composed of an upper shell and a bottom shell; and
the pair of vibrissa and eyebrow scissors comprises a blade pressing sheet, which is arranged on the back surface of the moveable blade and is used to tightly press the moveable blade towards the fixed blade on the back surface of the moveable blade; the blade separation device has such as an elasticity that the amplitude of the fixed blade pried up by the blade separation device not only can offset the height of the moveable blade bounced up by the blade pressing sheet arranged on the back surface of the moveable blade inside the scissors head when the fixed blade no longer presses the moveable blade, but also can make the end part of the fixed blade separated from the moveable blade bounced up by the blade pressing sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,213,928

COMBINATION DOUBLE-SIDED KNIFE AND GIG ASSEMBLY

1. A combination tool comprising:a first end having a knife disposed at said first end, said knife having a sharp bottom edge and a non-sharp top edge, said non-sharp edge having a first plurality of notches therealong first said plurality of notches being of sufficient depth to secure therein paracord that has been wrapped around said tool;
a second end having a multi-pronged spear disposed at said second end, said multi-pronged spear having a first top prong and a second bottom prong, said top prong having a second plurality of notches therealong said second plurality of notches being of sufficient depth to secure therein paracord that has been wrapped around said tool and said bottom prong having a third plurality of notches therealong said third plurality of notches being of sufficient depth to secure therein paracord that has been wrapped around said tool wherein said first end and said second end combine to form a continuous integral one piece separated by a bridge;
a removable cleat attachable to said tool adjacent said bridge wherein said cleat has a stabilizing leg having a first side and a second side wherein said first side and said second side of said stabilizing leg create a space into which said tool is secured proximate said bridge and wherein said cleat has a protective leg positioned substantially 90 degrees from said stabilizing leg, said protective leg having a first side and a second side wherein said first side and said second side of said protective leg define a groove into which said sharp edge of said knife is secured therein and wherein said first side and said second side of said protective leg each contain a fourth plurality of notches wherein a joint separates said stabilizing leg and said protective leg of said cleat thereby allowing said cleat to be attachable to and removable from said tool;
whereby said first set of notches is situated in alignment with and substantially parallel to said fourth set of notches and said second set of notches is situated in alignment with and substantially parallel to said third set of notches thereby providing securing slots for when paracord is wrapped therearound.

US Pat. No. 10,213,927

UTILITY KNIFE

GOODLY-CH ENTERPRISE CO.,...

1. A utility knife comprising:a shell including a first shell body and a second shell body releasably assembled together, with the first shell body having a first cavity cooperating with a second cavity of the second shell body to define a compartment;
a channel defined at a distal end of the first shell body of the shell and disposed outside of the first shell body;
a blade;
a seat having a blade receiving area releasably receiving the blade, wherein the seat is movably received by the first and second cavities; and
an input control releasably mounted on the seat, wherein the seat is operably moved by the input control, and wherein the input control is disposed outside of the first and second shell bodies,
wherein the seat is movable to a first position in which the blade is in a retracted position and not extending out of the shell and to a second position in which the blade is in an exposed position and extending out of the shell; and
wherein the seat in the second position thereof engages with the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,213,926

GRIPPING DEVICE WITH LOCKING ARRANGEMENT

1. A gripping device with movable carriages (41, 42) comprising:a base body (10) with at least partially open guide grooves (15, 16) in which the carriages (41, 42) are supported so as to be movable on the base body (10), the carriages being provided with gripping elements (1, 2) and connected to drives for moving the carriages between an open and a closed position of the gripping elements (1, 2) wherein the gripping element of at least one of the carriages (41, 42) is supported on the respective carriage via an adjustable engagement structure locking the gripping element in position on the carriage but releasing it to yield when an engagement force exceeds a value adjusted in the range of 5 to 300 N, whereby, when the adjusted engagement force value is exceeded by a relative movement between the gripping elements (1, 2) and the carriage (41, 42) supporting the gripping element, a drive (77, 103) of the respective gripping element is activated so as to block the movement of the carriages (41, 42) on the base body (10), the drive (77, 103) for blocking the carriage (41, 42) on the base body (10) cooperating with a locking structure (30, 110, 111) including a blocking web (30) mounted on the base body (10) and having engagement openings (31, 32, 34) and a locking pin (111) disposed on the carriage (41, 42) for engagement into one of the engagement openings (31, 32, 34).

US Pat. No. 10,213,925

WORKPIECE CONTACT STATE ESTIMATING DEVICE AND WORKPIECE CONTACT STATE ESTIMATION METHOD

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. A workpiece contact state estimating device adapted to estimate, at a time of performing an operation for moving a workpiece held by a distal end portion of a manipulator to a desired position by the manipulator, a state of contact of the workpiece with a peripheral object, which is an object existing in a periphery of the desired position, comprising a controller that includes a processor programmed to cause the controller to function as:a measurement value acquiring unit that acquires a measurement value of a contact acting force, which is a force acting on the manipulator according to a contact reaction force applied to the workpiece from the peripheral object at a time of contact of the workpiece with the peripheral object; and
an estimation processing unit that estimates, as an actual state of contact of the workpiece with the peripheral object, one of a plurality of types of contact states based on a feasible contact acting force range, which is a feasible range of a value of the contact acting force prepared in advance for each of the plurality of types of contact states determined in advance as feasible states of contact of the workpiece with the peripheral object, and the measurement value of the contact acting force,
wherein
the processor is further programmed to cause the estimation processing unit of the controller to function as:
a first determining unit that determines whether or not a measurement value of the contact acting force is a value that belongs only to the feasible contact acting force range corresponding to one contact state among the plurality of types of contact states, and to determine whether or not the one contact state is the actual contact state in a case where a determination result of the first determining unit is affirmative;
an evaluation index value calculating unit that uses a predetermined first evaluation function configured to indicate a degree of difference between a value of the contact acting force, which corresponds to any given value of the contact reaction force, and the measurement value for each of the plurality of types of contact states to determine a value of the contact reaction force at which the degree of difference becomes a minimum under a predetermined constrained condition that defines the range of a value of the feasible contact reaction force in each contact state and to determine an evaluation index value, which is a value of the first evaluation function corresponding to the determined value of the contact reaction force; and
a second determining unit that determines whether or not the degree of difference indicated by the evaluation index value determined for one contact state is smaller than the degree of difference indicated by the evaluation index value determined for each contact state other than the one contact state, and
the processor is further programmed to cause the estimation processing unit to estimate the one contact state as the actual contact state in a case where the determination result of the first determining unit is affirmative and a determination result of the second determining unit is affirmative.

US Pat. No. 10,213,924

INDUSTRIAL ROBOT WITH SLIT THROUGH-HOLE IN COVER

NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION,...

1. An industrial robot which transfers semiconductor wafers between multiple Front Open Unifier Pods (FOUPs) arranged in a fixed direction and a semiconductor wafer processing apparatus and configures part of an Equipment Front End Module (EFEM), comprising:a robot main body; and
an elevating mechanism arranged outside said robot main body and structured to raise and lower said robot main body;
wherein said robot main body comprises a hand structured to mount said semiconductor wafers, an arm comprising multiple arm portions rotatably joined with one another and to which said hand is rotatably joined to the front end thereof, a main body portion to which the base end of said arm is rotatably joined, and an arm-elevating mechanism structured to raise and lower said arm;
said elevating mechanism comprises a drive unit for driving said robot main body in the up-down direction, guide rails for guiding said robot main body in the up-down direction, a guide block which engages with said guide rails and slides in the up-down direction, a housing in which said drive unit, said guide rail and said guide block are housed, and a joining member for connecting said robot main body arranged outside said housing and said guide block;
said housing comprises a flat cover which is positioned between said guide block and said main body unit;
a plurality of slit through-holes elongated in the up-down direction is formed in said cover to enable said joining member to move in the up-down direction;
a through-hole passing portion which is positioned in said through-hole is formed in said joining member;
the width of said through-hole passing portion in the width direction of said through-hole orthogonal to the thickness direction of said cover and the up-down direction and the width of said through-hole are narrower than the width of said guide block in the width direction of said through-hole;
said elevating mechanism comprises exhaust fans attached to said housing for discharging the air inside said housing to the outside said EFEM;
said elevating mechanism comprises two of said guide rails arranged apart at a predetermined distance, two of said joining members which are engaged with said two guide rails respectively and are secured to said guide block;
said drive unit is connected to one of said two joining members;
the drive unit comprises a ball screw having the up-down direction as an axial direction, a nut member structured to engage with the ball screw, and a motor structured to rotate the ball screw;
the two guide rails are arranged so as to have a predetermined gap between them in the left-right direction;
the drive unit is arranged between the two guide rails in the left-right direction,
the motor and the ball screw are arranged between the two guide rails in the left-right direction;
the elevating mechanism comprises two exhaust fans;
the two exhaust fans are arranged next to each other such that one exhaust fan is positioned behind the motor and the other exhaust fan is positioned behind the ball screw;
a distance between one exhaust fan and one of the slit through-holes is approximately equal to a distance between the other exhaust fan and an other of the slit through-holes;
said main body unit is formed such that the shape thereof is a rectangular or square shape when viewed in the up-down direction;
said elevating mechanism comprises a fixed member which is arranged outside said housing and to which one of the side faces of said main body unit is secured; and
said fixed member is secured to the leading edge of said through-hole passing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,213,923

ROBOTIC ARM SYSTEM AND OBJECT AVOIDANCE METHODS

Carbon Robotics, Inc., S...

1. A method for controlling a robotic arm, the method comprising:moving the robotic arm through a trajectory;
at a first time in which the robotic arm occupies a first position along the trajectory, measuring a first capacitance of a first sense circuit comprising a first electrode extending over a first arm segment of the robotic arm;
at a second time in which the robotic arm occupies a second position along the trajectory, the second time succeeding the first time, measuring a second capacitance of the first sense circuit;
calculating a first rate of change in capacitance of the first sense circuit based on a difference between the first capacitance and the second capacitance;
transforming the first rate of change in capacitance of the first sense circuit into a speed of the first electrode relative to an external object;
in response to the first rate of change in capacitance of the first sense circuit exceeding a threshold rate of change and in response to the speed of the first electrode relative to an external object approximating a speed of the robotic arm from the first position to the second position, issuing a proximity alarm for motion toward a static object; and
reducing a current speed of the robotic arm moving through the trajectory to a fraction of a maximum speed of the robotic arm while the proximity alarm for motion toward a static object is current.

US Pat. No. 10,213,922

ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot control apparatus comprising:a controller that is configured to control a motor for driving a robot based on:
an operation force operating on the robot detected by a force detector;
a virtual elastic parameter;
a virtual inertia parameter; and
a virtual viscosity parameter;
an information display that has an indicator for adjusting a ratio of the virtual inertia parameter and the virtual viscosity parameter; and
a receiving section that receives the ratio of the virtual inertia parameter and the virtual viscosity parameter based on a state of the indicator of the information display, the receiving section transferring the ratio to the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,213,921

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING ATTENTION OF A ROBOT

GoPro, Inc., San Mateo, ...

1. A method, comprising:obtaining, by a robotic apparatus from an imaging device associated with the robotic apparatus, an image signal;
processing, by the robotic apparatus, the image signal to identify image features that indicate irradiation of an object of interest that is represented in the image signal by an external agent;
receiving, by the robotic apparatus from the external agent, a task indication that is representative of a task to be performed by the robotic apparatus; and
responsive to receipt of the task indication:
saving, by the robotic apparatus, a robotic context including information associating the task to be performed with the object of interest, and
performing, by the robotic apparatus, the task with respect to the object of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,213,920

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A PAYLOAD HANDLING ROBOT ASSEMBLY

KUKA Deutschland GmbH, A...

1. A method for monitoring a payload-handling robot assembly with at least one robot, the method comprising:determining the identity of a configuration of a robot-handled payload handled by the at least one robot based on a current position of the at least one robot relative to a specified change position of the at least one robot, the determining step performed by a control system of the robot assembly;
wherein a payload change is determined by a deviation between a current position of a payload attachment and a change position of the payload attachment, and on the basis of an actuation to open or to close the payload attachment of the robot assembly to grip a new payload;
moving the payload with the at least one robot;
monitoring operation of the at least one robot based on the identified configuration of the robot-handled payload; and
identifying a configuration of a payload as the configuration of a robot-handled payload when a deviation between the current position of the at least one robot and a change position associated with the configuration of a payload drops below a specified limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,213,919

FLEXIBLE TOOLS AND APPARATUS FOR MACHINING OBJECTS

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A flexible tool having a first end and a second end, the flexible tool comprising:a plurality of rigid members spaced along a longitudinal axis of the flexible tool, which extends from the first end to the second end; and
a plurality of flexible members extending between the plurality of rigid members, the plurality of flexible members including: (i) a plurality of control cables extending through at least some of the plurality of rigid members, and (ii) a plurality of flexible joints extending between adjacent rigid members of the plurality of rigid members, the plurality of flexible members being arranged to enable the plurality of rigid members to diverge from the longitudinal axis and define a work volume for the flexible tool, at least some of the plurality of flexible members being unevenly spaced around the longitudinal axis, or a physical characteristic of at least some of the plurality of flexible members varying along the longitudinal axis, to cause the work volume or stiffness of the flexible tool to be asymmetric relative to the longitudinal axis as the flexible tool extends from the first end to the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,213,918

DUAL-ARM ROBOT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A dual-arm robot, comprising:a first arm and a second arm, each having a first link rotatable about a first axis, and a second link rotatably coupled to the first link and defined with an end effector attaching portion, wherein,
the first link of the first arm is disposed to be separated from the first link of the second arm in an extending direction of the first axis,
the second link of the first arm and the second link of the second arm are disposed so as to be located between a plane that is normal to the first axis and in which the first link of the first arm lies and a plane that is normal to the first axis and in which the first link of the second arm lies and so that the end effector attaching portions are located in a common plane normal to the first axis,
the second link of the first arm is supported by a hollow first shaft member protruding in parallel with the first axis from the first link of the first arm toward the first link of the second arm,
the first shaft member comprises a first portion and a second portion coupled to each other in series, the first portion is disposed inside the first link of the first arm, the second portion is disposed outside the first link of the first arm and is coupled to the second link of the first arm,
the second link of the second arm is supported by a hollow second shaft member protruding in parallel with the first axis from the first link of the second arm toward the first link of the first arm, and
the second shaft member comprises a third portion and a forth portion coupled to each other in series, the third portion is disposed inside the first link of the second arm, and the forth portion is disposed outside the first link of the second arm and is coupled to the second link of the second arm.

US Pat. No. 10,213,917

ARTICLE CONVEYING DEVICE HAVING TEMPORARY PLACEMENT SECTION

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

6. An article conveying device comprising:a supplying section configured to convey a plurality of articles;
a discharging section configured to convey a plurality of containers each having a plurality of cells for containing the plurality of articles;
a temporary placement section having a temporary placement space on which at least one of the articles can be temporarily placed;
a first detecting section configured to detect a position and posture of the article on the supplying section at a first time point, and detect an amount of movement of the supplying section;
a second detecting section configured to detect a position and posture of the container on the discharging section at a second time point, and detect an amount of movement of the discharging section;
a working machine configured to:
take out the article by following the movement of the article on the supplying section, based on the position and posture of the article at the first time point and the amount of movement of the supplying section;
place the taken out article on the temporary placement section; take out the article placed on the temporary placement section; and
locate the article into the container by following the movement of the container on the discharging section, based on the position and posture of the container at the second time point and the amount of movement of the discharging section; and
a controlling section configured to:
compare a predicted arrival time indicating when the article conveyed by the supplying section reaches a motion range of the working machine to a time threshold, or compare a predicted distance indicating when the article conveyed by the supplying section reaches the motion range of the working machine to a distance threshold, and
command the working machine to place the article from the supplying section to the temporary placement section, and, when the container is positioned within a container existence judgment region defined on the discharging section and when a predicted arrival time is larger than the time threshold or the predicted distance is larger than the distance threshold, command the working machine to locate the article from the temporary placement section into the container positioned on the discharging section.

US Pat. No. 10,213,916

CONTROL APPARATUS AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A control apparatus that controls a first manipulator, comprising:a detection acquisition unit that acquires information from a first detection unit detecting that at least one of a living organism and an object is located within a first range;
a velocity acquisition unit that acquires a velocity of a second manipulator different from the first manipulator; and
a control unit that controls a velocity of the first manipulator to be equal to or less than a first velocity,
wherein the control unit controls the velocity of the first manipulator so that a relative velocity between the first manipulator and the second manipulator may be equal to or less than a second velocity when the detection acquisition unit acquires the information.

US Pat. No. 10,213,915

TOOL SHELF ASSEMBLY

1. A tool shelf assembly comprising:a panel having a front surface, a back surface, a first lateral edge, and a second lateral edge;
a flange coupled to said panel, said flange and said back surface forming a channel wherein said channel is configured to receive a handrail of a scissor lift to support said panel on the scissor lift, said flange including a first section attached to a second section, said first section being coupled to and extending outwardly of a top edge of said panel away from said front surface, said second section extending downwardly from an outer edge of said first section;
a plurality of fasteners selectively engaging said flange and said panel wherein said plurality of fasteners are configured to releasably retain the handrail within said channel, said plurality of fasteners each including a nut and a bolt, said bolt having a head coupled to a shaft, said head being extendable through said panel wherein said head is configured to abut said front surface of said panel, said shaft being extendable through said second section of said flange, said nut being positionable on a distal end of said shaft with respect to said head and being configured to abut an outer surface of said second section, said shaft being configured to extend below and abut a bottom surface of the handrail;
a lower shelf having a lower end, an upper end and a peripheral wall extending between said upper and lower ends, each of said lower end, said upper end and said peripheral wall defining an interior space of said lower shelf, said lower shelf being attached to and extending outwardly from said front surface of said panel, said lower end extending an equal distance away from said first and second lateral edges;
a plurality of openings positioned in said lower shelf, each of said openings providing access into said interior space of said lower shelf wherein each of said openings is configured to receive a tool therein;
an upper shelf being attached to and extending outwardly from said front surface of said panel, said upper shelf being positioned horizontally with respect to said panel, a bottom of said upper shelf being constructed from a mesh material, said upper shelf having a bottom and a perimeter wall, said perimeter wall being attached to and extending upwardly from said bottom, said perimeter wall including a pair of side walls and a front wall, said front wall of said upper shelf being attached to and extending between said side walls of said upper shelf, said bottom extending an equal distance away from said first and second lateral edges;
a front wall of said lower shelf extending outwardly from said front surface a greater distance than said front wall of said upper shelf extends outwardly from said front surface;
a plurality of couplers positioned proximately to said first lateral edge, extending vertically along said panel, said plurality of couplers for selectively engaging said panel and a surface of a scissor lift; and
a plurality of couplers positioned proximately to said second lateral edge, extending vertically along said panel, said plurality of couplers for selectively engaging said panel and a surface of a scissor lift.

US Pat. No. 10,213,914

BLOW MOLDING TOOLBOX

A-TINA TOOLS CO., LTD., ...

1. A blow molding toolbox having:a casing having
an external surface;
an internal surface;
a top side;
a front side;
a rear side;
two opposite sides formed with the front side and the rear side of the casing and facing to each other;
four corners deposited on the external surface of the casing between the front side, the rear side, and the two opposite sides of the casing;
a top opening formed through the top side of the casing between the front side, the rear side, and the two opposite sides of the casing;
a forming space being a closed space and formed in the casing between the internal surface and the external surface of the casing;
at least one storage recess formed in the internal surface of the casing and communicating with the top opening of the casing;
multiple connecting recesses deposited on the external surface of the casing at the corners of the casing;
multiple guiding slots, and at least one of the guiding slots deposited in the external surface of the casing at each one of the corners of the casing; and
multiple positioning recesses, and at least one of the positioning recesses deposited in the internal surface of the casing at each one of the corners of the casing and aligning with the at least one guiding slot that is formed at the same corner of the casing;
a cover pivotally connected to the casing and having
an external surface;
an internal surface;
a front side;
a rear side;
two opposite sides formed with the front side and the rear side of the cover and facing to each other;
a bottom side;
a top side;
four corners deposited on the external surface of the cover between the front side, the rear side, and the two opposite sides of the cover;
a bottom opening formed through the bottom side of the cover between the front side, the rear side, and the two opposite sides of the cover, and corresponding in position to the top opening of the casing;
a forming space being a closed space and formed in the cover between the internal surface and the external surface of the cover;
multiple connecting recesses deposited on the external surface of the cover at the corners of the cover;
multiple guiding slots, and at least one of the guiding slots of the cover deposited in the external surface of the cover at each one of the corners of the cover; and
multiple positioning recesses, and at least one of the positioning recesses of the cover deposited in the internal surface of the cover at each one of the corners of the cover and aligning with the at least one guiding slot that is formed at the same corner of the cover;
multiple reinforcing elements, each one of the reinforcing elements connected to the casing at one of the corners of the casing to cover a corresponding connecting recess of the cover or connected to the cover at one of the corners of the cover to cover a corresponding connecting recess of the cover, and each reinforcing element having
a body having
a shape corresponding to the corresponding connecting recess of the casing or the cover;
an inner side facing the corresponding connecting recess of the casing or the cover; and
an outer side;
at least one fixing tube formed on and protruding from the inner side of the body, extending into the forming space of the casing or the cover via the at least one of the guiding slots that is deposited in the corresponding connecting recess of the casing or the cover, and aligning with the at least one of the positioning recesses of the casing or the cover that corresponds to the guiding slot of the casing or the cover;
at least one tapping screw tapped through the corresponding positioning recess of the casing or the cover, and securely connected to the at least one fixing tube of the reinforcing element to hold the reinforcing element securely on the casing or the cover at the corresponding corner of the casing or the cover; and
a mounting recess formed in the outer side of the body and having a shape corresponding to the shape of the body to form an outer flange around the body; and
multiple buffering elements respectively connected to the reinforcing elements at the corners of the casing and the cover, and each one of the buffering elements deposited in the mounting recess of one of the reinforcing elements at one of the corners of the casing or the cover, and the outer flange of the body of the corresponding reinforcing element deposited around the buffering element.

US Pat. No. 10,213,913

TOOL STORAGE ASSEMBLY

Andy Ka Keung Pang, Burn...

1. A tool storage assembly comprising:a planar base having a plurality of spaced-apart sockets extending therethrough;
a plurality of retaining members coupled to the base, the retaining members being shaped to fit at least in part within respective ones of said sockets; and
at least one actuator including a protrusion shaped to fit within one of said sockets, said actuator being moveable from an unactuated position in which at least a portion of the protrusion is free of said one of the sockets, to an actuated position in which said portion of the protrusion extends within said one of the sockets and causes said at least one of said retaining members to release from the planar base of the assembly, with remaining ones of the retaining members and the planar base forming a storage receptacle thereafter.

US Pat. No. 10,213,912

IMPACT TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. An impact tool comprising:a motor;
a spindle rotated by the motor;
a hammer that is movable forward and rearward with respect to the spindle;
an anvil struck in a rotational direction by the hammer;
a hammer case housing the spindle and the hammer, the hammer case having a forward end wall with a rearward facing surface, the anvil extending through an opening in the forward end wall;
a bearing disposed in the opening and rotatably supporting the anvil; and
a washer disposed between the anvil and the rearward facing surface, wherein:
a radially outer side of the rearward facing surface has a stepped portion extending rearward, and
a radially outer surface of the washer is fitted with a radially inward facing side of the stepped portion such that the radially inward facing side of the stepped portion contacts the radially outer surface of the washer,
wherein the bearing projects rearward from the rearward facing surface of the forward end wall and the washer overlaps the bearing along an axial direction of the anvil, and
wherein a radially inner surface of the washer is spaced radially outward from a radially outer surface of the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,911

FASTENER-DRIVING TOOL INCLUDING A REVERSION TRIGGER

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener-driving tool comprising:a housing;
a trigger movable relative to the housing between a rest position and an activated position;
a control valve actuatable to initiate fastener driving;
an actuation lever movable relative to the trigger between a non-actuating position and an actuating position; and
a workpiece-contact element movable relative to the housing between an extended position and a retracted position, the workpiece-contact element including a first component and a second component movable relative to the first component between:
(1) a first position in which the second component does not contact the actuation lever when both (a) the trigger is in the activated position and (b) the workpiece-contact element is moved to the retracted position; and
(2) a second position in which the second component contacts the actuation lever when both (a) the trigger is in the activated position and (b) the workpiece-contact element is moved to the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,213,910

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BUCKLE RELEASE ASSISTIVE DEVICE

1. A button release assistive device comprising:a flexible base portion connecting a proximal portion of a first leg and a proximal portion of a second leg, the first leg and the second leg terminating at the flexible base portion to form a C-shape configured to be placed around a side of a buckle of a restraint harness of a car seat and the first leg being longer than the second leg;
a protrusion extending from an inner surface of the first leg into a region bounded by the first leg, the second leg, and the flexible base portion, the protrusion terminating at an end surface and the protrusion being closer to the base than a distal end of the first leg;
wherein the flexible base portion, the first leg, the protrusion, and the second leg are molded as a single unit, the flexible base portion being formed of a resilient material and the first leg being rigid relative to the flexible base portion;
wherein the C-shape is adapted to fit around the side of the buckle such that an inner surface of the second leg abuts a back surface of the buckle and the end surface of the protrusion abuts an actuator button of the buckle;
wherein the end surface of the protrusion is configured to depress the actuator button of the buckle when a user applies force on an outer surface of the first leg in a first direction towards the second leg to move the end surface of the protrusion in the first direction towards the second leg;
wherein the end surface of the protrusion that extends from the inner surface of the first leg is positioned between the flexible base portion and the distal end of the first leg at a location spaced apart from the distal end of the first leg; and
wherein the distal end of the first leg extends beyond the end surface of the protrusion such that when the force is applied to the distal end of the first leg, the first leg acts as a lever arm providing a mechanical advantage by producing more force on the actuator button than is applied to the distal end of the first leg.

US Pat. No. 10,213,909

VEHICLE DRIVELINE SERVICING APPARATUS AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An apparatus to service the driveline of a vehicle, the apparatus comprises:two members each having an elongated handle segment and a jaw segment;
a pivot element configured to pivotally connect both members together;
a bridge lock configured to movably position along the handle segments;
the jaw segments combine to define a profile adapted to clamp around an entire circumference of a portion of a splined coupling interface of a vehicle propeller shaft so as to secure to the vehicle propeller shaft;
the bridge lock is adapted to provide holding pressure to the handle segments so as to lock the jaw segments when secured to the propeller shaft; and
wherein an inner circumferentially-shaped side of each jaw segment comprises a ridge that is thinner than the jaw segment and being adapted to interlock with a groove of the splined coupling interface when the jaw segments have clamped around the circumference of the portion of the splined coupling interface.

US Pat. No. 10,213,908

ADAPTER FOR POWER TOOL DEVICES

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. An adapter for electrically connecting a power tool battery pack with a power tool, where the power tool battery pack has a first set of terminals, and the power tool has a second set of terminals, the adapter comprising:a third set of terminals for electrically connecting with the first set of terminals;
a fourth set of terminals for electrically connecting with the second set of terminals;
a controller connected to the third and fourth set of terminals; and
a wireless communication circuit connected to the controller for wireless communication with a computing device, the wireless communication circuit receiving data from the computing device wherein the controller performs an action according to the data received from the computing device;
wherein the controller is configured to
receive a signal generated by an input device in response to a user input, and
prevent the battery pack from providing power to the power tool in response to receiving the signal;
wherein the power tool includes a work light and the action performed by the controller according to the data received from the computing device is controlling a work light duration of the work light of the power tool.

US Pat. No. 10,213,907

IMPACT TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

13. An impact tool, comprising:a motor having a rotary shaft;
a motor housing enclosing the motor and having a first rib that protrudes radially-inwardly;
a first bearing rotatably supporting the rotary shaft;
a bearing retainer fixedly supporting the first bearing and having a second rib that protrudes radially outwardly from an axially rearward portion of the bearing retainer;
a spindle operatively connected to the rotary shaft;
a hammer configured to be rotated by the spindle; and
an anvil configured to be impacted by the hammer;
wherein the second rib is disposed axially rearward of, and contacts, the first rib; and
the second rib radially surrounds the first bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,906

SNAP HOOK

1. A snap hook, comprising:a frame having a first hook portion and a second hook portion located on opposite sides;
a gate having an abutting end abutting against an end of the first hook portion; and
a screwdriver blade pivotally connected to the frame, wherein a working end is formed on an end of the screwdriver blade.

US Pat. No. 10,213,905

ARCHITECTURAL PANEL ASSEMBLY AND TOOLS

Axiom Construction And Co...

1. A uniform construct clamp configured for assembly of an architectural panel, the uniform construct clamp comprising:a face arm portion having a substantially perpendicular face arm protrusion at a first end thereof, the face arm configured to contact at least two surfaces of a frame member of the architectural panel;
a side arm portion extending from a second end of the face arm portion substantially parallel to the face arm protrusion;
the side arm portion having a first end coupled to the face arm portion and a second end with a substantially perpendicular protrusion extending therefrom substantially parallel to the face arm portion;
the side arm configured to contact an outer panel of the architectural panel independent of the frame member during attachment of the outer panel to the frame member and;
the side arm in combination with the face arm configured to provide a force vector pressing the frame member against the outer panel during assembly of the outer panel to the frame member; and
the uniform construct clamp configured to be removed from the frame member and outer panel following attachment of the outer panel to the frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,213,904

GRINDING WHEEL TOOL

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A grinding wheel tool, the grinding wheel tool comprises:a cylindrical head portion having a hollow portion penetrating inside; and
abrasive grains adhered on an entire outer peripheral surface of the head portion,
wherein the hollow portion is coaxial with the head portion and is configured to allow a fluid supplied from a shaft portion side to flow inside the hollow portion to be discharged outside from the head portion side, and
a plurality of communication holes through which the hollow portion and said outer peripheral surface communicate with each other are formed in the head portion, each of the communication holes being inclined at an inclination angle from a radial direction of the head portion forward in a rotational direction thereof and configured to suction therein cutting chips generated during processing.

US Pat. No. 10,213,903

ABRASIVE ARTICLE HAVING A CORE INCLUDING A POLYMER MATERIAL

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive article, comprising:a bonded abrasive body disposed on a core, wherein the core comprises a polymer material and reinforcing fibers, and wherein the core comprises a shrinkage ratio of not greater than 3%, and further wherein the reinforcing fibers comprise an average aspect ratio of length to width of 10 to 5000.

US Pat. No. 10,213,902

ABRASIVE ARTICLES AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive article comprising:a body including:
a bond material comprising an inorganic material;
abrasive particles contained within the bond materials; and
pores contained within the bond material defining a porosity of at least 90 vol % and not greater than 97 vol % for a total volume of the body, and wherein the pores define an open-to-closed ratio of at least 1.