US Pat. No. 10,457,047

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING A PLURALITY OF INKJET PRINT MODULES

MOUVENT AG, Solothurn (C...

1. Mounting assembly for mounting a plurality of inkjet print modules in an adjoining relationship along a longitudinal direction of the mounting assembly, comprisinga) a linear guide extending in the longitudinal direction for supporting the plurality of modules such that the modules are movable along the linear guide;
b) for each of the plurality of modules a carrier for mounting an inkjet print head including an array of nozzles formed on a nozzle face on a nozzle face side of the print module, wherein the carriers are supported on the linear guide such that they are movable along the linear guide;
c) wherein at least one of the carriers comprises a first adjustment mechanism for adjusting a distance of the carriers of two adjoining modules of the plurality of modules, the first adjustment mechanism comprising a first control member having an operating section for mechanically cooperating with a tool for adjusting the distance;
d) wherein at least one of the carriers further comprises a second adjustment mechanism for adjusting an angle position of the inkjet print head mounted to the carrier with respect to an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, the second adjustment mechanism comprising a second control member having an operating section for mechanically cooperating with a tool for adjusting the angle position;
wherein the operating sections of the control members of the first and of the second adjustment mechanism are accessible from the nozzle face side of the print module.

US Pat. No. 10,457,045

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS HAVING PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENTS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, comprising:a plurality of piezoelectric elements disposed on an element-disposed surface of a flow-passage defining member so as to be arranged in a first direction;
a protective cover disposed on the element-disposed surface so as to cover the plurality of piezoelectric elements and including a top wall portion opposed to the plurality of piezoelectric elements and two side wall portions connected respectively to opposite end portions of the top wall portion in a second direction parallel to the element-disposed surface and orthogonal to the first direction;
a plurality of wires drawn respectively from the plurality of piezoelectric elements to an outside of the protective cover in the second direction and extending on an outer surface of the top wall portion of the protective cover, the plurality of wires comprising (a) a plurality of first wires extending toward a first side of the protective cover in the second direction and (b) a plurality of second wires extending toward a second side, opposite to the first side of the protective cover in the second direction, the plurality of first wires comprising a plurality of lower portions extending on the element-disposed surface of the flow-passage defining member and a plurality of upper portions extending on the outer surface of the top portion of the protective cover;
a plurality of terminals disposed on the outer surface of the top wall portion and connected respectively to the plurality of wires; and
a driver electrically connected to the plurality of terminals,
wherein a distance in the first direction between two of the plurality of upper portions of two of the plurality of first wires is larger than a distance in the first direction between two of the plurality of lower portions of the two of the plurality of first wires.

US Pat. No. 10,457,044

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a plurality of recording element substrates each having an energy generating element configured to generate energy for discharging liquid from a discharge port; and
a sealing member with which a surround of each of the plurality of recording element substrates is filled,
wherein each of the plurality of recording element substrates includes a recessed portion on an end surface that faces a neighboring recording element substrate, and in the recessed portion, a gap between neighboring recording element substrates is wider than a gap between element surfaces on which the energy generating element is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,457,043

PIEZOELECTRIC PRINT HEAD AND PIEZOELECTRIC INK JET PRINTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric print head, comprising:a piezoelectric element;
a nozzle that ejects liquid when the piezoelectric element is driven;
a switch that switches between supply and non-supply of a driving signal for driving the piezoelectric element to the piezoelectric element;
a history-information memory that holds history information indicating history of ON or OFF of the switch; and
a switch-operation stop controller that stops a switch operation that causes the switch to be turned OFF from ON or to be turned ON from OFF, in accordance with the history information.

US Pat. No. 10,457,039

PRINTHEAD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead including a plurality of print elements, a drive circuit configured to drive the plurality of print elements, a logic circuit configured to receive input data for driving the plurality of print elements in synchronism with a clock, and a detection circuit configured to detect whether the input data input to the logic circuit includes an error and output a result of the detection;
an output unit configured to output the data to the printhead in synchronism with the clock;
an input unit configured to input a result detected in the detection circuit of the printhead and output from the printhead;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust the clock based on the result detected in the detection circuit of the printhead input by the input unit; and
a control unit configured to control the output by the output unit by using the clock adjusted by the adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,036

METHODS FOR COMPENSATING FOR THERMAL EXPANSION DURING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Thermwood Corporation, D...

1. An additive manufacturing method, comprising:forming a part using additive manufacturing;
measuring a first size of the part at a first temperature;
bringing the part to a second temperature, different than the first temperature;
measuring a second size of the part at the second temperature;
comparing the first size to the second size to calculate a coefficient of thermal expansion;
bringing the part to the first temperature; and
trimming the part using a tool path that compensates for the coefficient of thermal expansion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,034

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DECREASING TIME FOR PRINTING LAYERS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS AND FOR ENHANCING COLOR FIDELITY AT THE SURFACE OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A system comprising:a first plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a first material having a first color;
a second plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a second material having a second color, the first color being different than the second color;
a third plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a third material having a third color, the third color being different than the second color and the first color;
at least one actuator operatively connected to the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors; and
a controller operatively connected to the at least one actuator, the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors, the controller being configured to:
identify an average number of material drops per voxel for each material in each layer of an object to be manufactured;
convert image data for the object to material drop data for each voxel of each layer to identify a number of material drops for the first material, a number of material drops for the second material, and a number of material drops for the third material in each voxel of each layer, the conversion to the material drop data being performed using a first function of (1) a distance between each voxel in each layer and a closest surface of the object, (2) a sum of the average number of first material drops per voxel in each layer, the average number of second material drops per voxel in each layer, and the average number of third material drops per voxel in each layer, and (3) a target value for the sum of the average number of first material drops, the average number of the second material drops, and the average number of the third material drops per voxel in each layer; and
operate the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors using the converted material drop data to eject a number of drops of the first material, a number of drops of the second material, and a number of drops of the third material identified by the converted material drop data to form the voxels of each layer of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,457,032

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SEPARATING A PLURALITY OF DIRECTED SELF-ASSEMBLED DIAMAGNETIC COMPONENTS

SelfArray, Inc., Troy, N...

1. A method for separating a plurality of diamagnetic components, the method comprising:contacting a release substrate to the plurality of diamagnetic components, the plurality of diamagnetic components including a non-diamagnetic component affixed to a diamagnetic portion by a first adhesive; and
removing the release substrate, the non-diamagnetic component being affixed to a final substrate by a second adhesive and the release substrate being affixed to the diamagnetic portion by a third adhesive, and wherein the removing removes the diamagnetic portion and at least a portion of the first adhesive from the non-diamagnetic component.

US Pat. No. 10,457,030

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BAMBOO FRAMEWORK BODY

1. A method for manufacturing a bamboo framework body, comprising the steps of bending a bamboo board into a U-shaped board, cutting the U-shaped board into several U-shaped units, and finally arranging a connecting rod at or close to an opening of the U-shaped unit to make into a bamboo framework body.

US Pat. No. 10,457,027

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING COMPOSITE BUILDING BOARDS USING THERMOPLASTIC FILMS

CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.,...

1. A system for manufacturing building boards along a production line, the system comprising:a roll of a first glass mat, the first mat having interior and exterior surfaces;
a coating apparatus and a supply of a hot melt thermoplastic, the coating apparatus being configured to apply a thin layer of the hot melt thermoplastic on the exterior surface of the first glass mat;
guide rollers for inverting the first glass mat after the application of the hot melt thermoplastic, the guide rollers configured to allow the applied thermoplastic coating to partially cool;
a series of forming tables positioned downstream of the coating apparatus, the guide rollers configured to deliver the first mat with the thermoplastic coating to a forming table, wherein the adhered thermoplastic coating faces the forming table and the interior surface of the first mat is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,024

COMPOSITE MATERIAL WITH COATING MATERIAL

MEHLER TEXNOLOGIES GMBH, ...

1. A composite material comprising a carrier material, wherein:the carrier material is coated on a first surface with a first coating material and on a second surface with a second coating material,
the composite material has links of coating material which run from the first surface of the carrier material to the second surface of the carrier material,
a starting area of the links, which starts from the first surface of the carrier material, accounts for 1% to 70% of the area of the first surface, and
45 to 95% of the first surface of the carrier material is coated by the first coating material, and/or 45 to 95% of the second surface of the carrier material is coated by the second coating material.

US Pat. No. 10,457,017

METHOD OF FORMING A LAYERED COMPOSITE ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A composite fiber layer that couples to another composite fiber layer, the composite fiber layer comprising:a main body including a plurality of composite fibers; and
a plurality of layer-securing pins secured to the main body, wherein the plurality of layer-securing pins are separate and distinct from one another, wherein the plurality of layer-securing pins are configured to mechanically connect the main body to the other composite fiber layer, wherein each of the plurality of layer-securing pins comprises:
an annular ring; and
a plurality of legs extending from the annular ring, wherein the annular ring is exposed through an outer surface of the main body, and wherein the plurality of legs extend into the main body, wherein the annular ring adhesively bonds via curing to another annular ring of the other composite fiber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,015

MESH MATERIAL FOR FLEXIBLE STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF FABRICATING SAME

Tru-View LLC, Wichita, K...

1. A method of fabricating a hunting blind, the method comprising:weaving polyester yarn into a mesh fabric having a plurality of apertures;
coating both sides of the mesh fabric with acrylic;
drying the acrylic-coated fabric;
coating both sides of the acrylic-coated fabric with a mixture of silicone and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA);
drying the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric;
printing a camouflage pattern on a first side of the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric and printing a dark color on a second side of the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric with a heat transfer printing process;
cutting the printed fabric into a suitable size for the hunting blind; and
assembling the cut fabric into the hunting blind.

US Pat. No. 10,457,014

SHAPE-FORMABLE APPARATUS COMPRISING FIBROUS MATERIAL

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A shape-formable apparatus comprising:a first state in which the apparatus is formable, such that the apparatus can be formed into a desired shape;
a second state in which the apparatus has the desired shape and is less formable than in the first state;
an envelope defining a chamber, the envelope formed of a gas-impermeable material;
a port positioned to fluidly couple the chamber with ambience; and
one or more layers of fibrous material positioned in the chamber, wherein the fibrous material is less formable when the apparatus is in the second state than when the apparatus is in the first state,
wherein at least one of the layers of fibrous material includes at least one of:
a fiber having portions movable relative to one another within the same layer of fibrous material, at least when the apparatus is in the first state, and
a plurality of fibers that are movable relative to one another within the same layer of fibrous material, at least when the apparatus is in the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,457,013

COMPOSITE SHEET AND CARGO CONTAINER COMPRISING SAME

1. A non-rigid composite sheet comprising in order(i) a first component having an areal weight of from 88 to 678 gsm comprising a first woven fabric having an areal weight of from 70 to 508 gsm, the fabric comprising continuous filament yarns having a tenacity of at least 11 g/dtex and a first polymeric layer
(ii) a second component having an areal weight of from 120 to 430 gsm comprising a paper positioned adjacent to the first fabric of the first component and the second fabric of the third component, the paper further comprising aramid fibers, a polymeric binder and mica, and
(iii) a third component having an areal weight of from 88 to 678 gsm comprising a second woven fabric having an areal weight of from 70 to 508 gsm, the fabric comprising continuous filament yarns having a tenacity of at least 11 g/dtex and a second polymeric layer, the second fabric of the third component being adjacent to the paper of the second component,
wherein
(a) the yarns of the first and second fabrics comprise aromatic polyamide, aromatic copolyamide, glass fiber or carbon fiber, and
(b) the polymer of the first polymeric layer of the first component and second polymeric layer of the third component is polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylenenaphthalate, polyacrylonitrile, fluoropolymer, polyimide, polketone, polyimide, polysulfone, polyarylene sulfide, liquid crystal polymer, polycarbonate or an ionomer,
wherein the polymeric binder of the paper is present in an amount of from 45-60 weight percent based on the combined weight of aramid fiber plus binder present in the paper.

US Pat. No. 10,457,011

COMPOSITE COLUMNAR STRUCTURE HAVING CO-BONDED REINFORCEMENT AND FABRICATION METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of making a strut, comprising:fabricating a composite laminate core;
fabricating a sleeve reinforcement;
assembling the sleeve reinforcement encircled over the composite laminate core, the sleeve reinforcement comprising a plurality of corrugation ridges that are inwardly facing relative to the composite laminate core and that are parallel to each other along a longitudinal orientation, and wherein the plurality of corrugation ridges is pressed into and depresses portions of the composite laminate core; and
fabricating an outer skin over the sleeve reinforcement.

US Pat. No. 10,457,008

MODULAR SCREW PRESS

Rio Tinto Alcan Internati...

1. A screw press for separating liquid from a solid-liquid mixture, said screw press comprising:a generally tubular body having axially spaced-apart inlet section and outlet section, and a filter section between said inlet section and outlet section; said filter section having liquid passages; and
a rotatable screw mounted in said tubular body for conveying the solid-liquid mixture from the inlet section to the outlet section while compressing the solid-liquid mixture and forcing at least part of a liquid content thereof to be expelled out of the tubular body through said liquid passages of said filter section;
characterized in that the generally tubular body and the rotatable screw are both of modular construction, the filter section of the tubular body comprising at least first and second serially interconnectable filter sections, the rotatable screw having at least first and second serially interconnectable screw sections respectively disposed in said first and second filter sections for joint rotation as a unitary component, and in that the first and second screw sections have a continuous screw flight having a flight outside diameter, the at least first and second screw sections being detachably coupled to one another by a coupling provided at said flight outside diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,007

MULTI-STEP BEAD FORMER

Bartell Machinery Systems...

1. An apparatus for forming a tire bead, the apparatus comprising:a rotatable bead former having a front portion and a back portion, the rotatable bead former comprising:
a first step comprising a first diameter, the first step having at least a first bead-engaging surface circumnavigating an axis and configured to receive a first tire bead;
a second step located closer to the back portion than the first step, the second step comprising a second diameter different than the first diameter, the second step having a second bead-engaging surface circumnavigating the axis and configured to receive a second tire bead; and
a first bore extending from a back surface of the bead former in a direction towards the front portion to a location located beneath the first step, the bore being offset relative to a rotational axis of the rotatable bead former.

US Pat. No. 10,457,000

FLOW AID FOR INFUSION STRUCTURE, INFUSION STRUCTURE COMPRISING A FLOW AID AND METHOD FOR INFILTRATING FIBRE MATERIAL WITH RESIN

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A flow aid for an infusion structure for infiltrating fibre material with resin to produce a fibre composite component, comprising:a resin-impermeable upper layer comprising an areal expanse;
a lower layer comprising an areal expanse, the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer being joined together in a peripheral region of the flow aid and providing a flow space between the two layers, and the lower layer comprises at least one outlet for discharging resin out of the flow aid into an interior of the infusion structure; and
an inlet for feeding the resin into the flow space, wherein the inlet opens into a central longitudinal channel which leads to transverse channels branching off therefrom,
wherein the transverse channels are formed by at least one connection point between the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer, and
wherein the at least one connection point is provided such that the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer are kept apart from one another at a defined distance which varies over an extent of the flow aid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,999

POSITIONING MEMBER FOR POSITIONING A SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT, METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT, AND SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A positioning system, comprising:a semifinished product;
a processing plant configured to process the semifinished product;
a supporting element on which the semifinished product is disposed;
at least one positioning means that extends vertically from the supporting element; and
a positioning member configured to position the semifinished product on the at least one positioning means of the processing plant, wherein
the positioning member is connectable to the semifinished product and has at least one arranging element that contacts the positioning means.

US Pat. No. 10,456,998

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A PLASTIC PROFILE

1. A method for the production of a curved plastic profile (10) having a continuous reinforcement (11) from strands (13) or woven fabrics, wherein a mold (20, 34, 34) is moved counter to a production direction (19) of the plastic profile (10) along a portion of the plastic profile (10), and the plastic profile (10) herein is retained by at least one holding means that, when viewed in the production direction (19), is positioned ahead of the mold (20, 34, 34), comprising forming the mold (20, 34, 34) from at least two mold parts (14, 15, 29, 30, 32, 33) that in relation to the cross section of the plastic profile (10) are split and that are moved in a temporally offset manner counter to a production direction (19) of the plastic profile (10) along a portion of the plastic profile (10).

US Pat. No. 10,456,996

TANK MANUFACTURING METHOD AND TANK

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A manufacturing method of a tank including a tubular body portion, and dome-shaped side end portions formed on both sides of the body portion, the manufacturing method comprising:impregnating reinforced fibers with a thermoplastic resin to obtain a fiber-reinforced resin sheet,
heating the fiber reinforced resin sheet impregnated with the thermoplastic resin at a temperature of a softening point of the thermoplastic resin or higher to melt the thermoplastic resin,
winding the fiber reinforced resin sheet, in a state where the thermoplastic resin is melted, several times around a peripheral surface of a cylindrical core or a liner in a direction perpendicular to an axial center of the core to form a tubular compact serving as at least part of the body portion, and heating is not carried out at the cylindrical core, and
forming the side end portions in the tank by heating dome-shaped side end members and the tubular compact so that the side end members are fused to the tubular compact,
the side end members containing the thermoplastic resin as a main material, and
a width of the fiber reinforced resin sheet is larger than a length of the core or a length of the liner.

US Pat. No. 10,456,995

LAYING UNIT, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENT

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A laying unit for producing a fiber composite component, comprising:a drive device which is formed for magnetic cooperation with a running face, wherein the running face provides a magnetic field and/or is ferromagnetic, to advance the laying unit on the running face,
wherein the drive device comprises at least one ferromagnetic mass element which holds the laying unit on the running face during cooperation with the running face providing a magnetic field and/or which drives the laying unit in a predetermined advancement.

US Pat. No. 10,456,993

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING A NANOPORE IN A LIPID BILAYER

Roche Sequencing Solution...

1. A method of forming a nanopore in a lipid bilayer including:determining by a processor that a lipid bilayer is formed in a nanopore cell based on a first measurement from a sensing circuit;
in response to the determination that the lipid bilayer is formed and after nanopore forming molecules are deposited on the lipid bilayer, controlling by the processor a source to apply an agitation stimulus level to the lipid bilayer for up to one second, causing a disruption in the lipid bilayer that tends to facilitate the formation of nanopores in the lipid bilayer; and
controlling by the processor the source to apply a checking stimulus level following the agitation stimulus level to the lipid bilayer and determining that a nanopore has been formed based on a second measurement received from the sensing circuit sensing in response to the checking stimulus level, wherein an absolute magnitude of the agitation stimulus level is greater than an absolute magnitude of the checking stimulus level.

US Pat. No. 10,456,988

JOINING STRUCTURE OF RESIN MEMBER FOR VEHICLE BODY AND STUD BOLT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A joining structure of a resin member for a vehicle body and a stud bolt, comprising:a resin member for a vehicle body that structures a portion of a vehicle body;
a stud bolt that is made of metal and is structured to include a shaft portion at which a male screw portion is formed, and a flange portion that is plate-shaped and is provided integrally with the shaft portion at one end portion of the shaft portion; and
a resin member for mounting that includes:
a flange-adjacent portion, which is covered by the flange portion and is adjacent to a surface of the flange portion which surface is at a side opposite the shaft portion; and
an extending portion, which is continuous with the flange-adjacent portion and extends-out from a peripheral edge portion of the flange portion as seen in a plan view, the resin member being formed of a resin through which ultraviolet rays can be transmitted and is provided integrally with the flange portion, and a mounting surface portion, which is provided at a side opposite the stud bolt, of the resin member for mounting being joined via an ultraviolet curable adhesive to the resin member for a vehicle body, and at least one of concave portions and convex portions being provided at a portion, which structures the flange-adjacent portion, of the mounting surface portion,
wherein a spherical concave portion, which is spherical and covers a range that overlaps at least the flange portion as seen in a plan view and whose peak portion is positioned at a position overlapping the shaft portion as seen in a plan view, is formed at the mounting surface portion, and a plurality of hemispherical convex portions, which are hemispherical and are convex toward a side of the resin member for a vehicle body, are provided at a position of the spherical concave portion which position overlaps the peripheral edge portion of the flange portion as seen in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,456,985

FRICTION STIR WELDING OF THERMOPLASTICS

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A method for manufacturing components, the method comprising:joining a first edge of a thermoplastic-containing first component part and a second edge of a thermoplastic-containing second component part to one another without any overlap; and
connecting the first edge and the second edge by friction stir welding, the friction stir welding including rubbing a rotating friction stir welding pin against at least one metal object, wherein the at least one metal object is incorporated into the first and/or the second component part in a form of one or more wires, fragments, balls, a foil and/or a metal sheet,
wherein, prior to joining, the method comprises driving the metal object into the thermoplastic-containing first and/or second component part, and/or applying the metal object in a form of a metal layer to the thermoplastic-containing first and/or second component part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,983

THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL PROGRAM OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS

TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOC...

1. A three-dimensional laminating and shaping apparatus comprising:a material ejector that ejects a material of a three-dimensional laminated and shaped object onto a shaping table on which the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object is shaped;
a light beam irradiator that irradiates the ejected material with a light beam;
a data acquirer that acquires monitoring data used to monitor a shaping state of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object during shaping of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object; and
a shaping quality estimator that estimates shaping quality of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object based on the monitoring data,
wherein said monitoring data includes a diameter of a molten pool and a property data of a light from the molten pool,
wherein said shaping quality estimator estimates a decreasing of the shaping quality of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object from a combination of whether the diameter of the molten pool has been changed or not and whether the property data of the light from the molten pool has been changed or not, when at least one of the diameter of the molten pool and the property data of the light from the molten pool has been changed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,977

PRINTING HEAD, PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTED ARTICLE

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

9. A method of printing an article, comprising:depositing a textured layer of a printing material on a receiving surface, the textured layer including features protruding from a main surface of the textured layer for interlocking with a subsequent layer, wherein depositing the textured layer comprises laterally moving a printing head including a nozzle and a texturing member across the receiving surface, the nozzle comprising an outlet shaped to form the features for interlocking with the subsequent layer; and
depositing the subsequent layer on the receiving surface, wherein the subsequent layer interlocks with the features protruding from the main surface of the textured layer,
wherein the texturing member defines the outlet to have a polygonal outline comprising a plurality of corners having an angle less than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,456,976

METHODS TO IDENTIFY ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED PARTS

Fisher Controls Internati...

1. A method of manufacturing a part, comprising:layering a first set of layers of a first material via an additive manufacturing technique, the first material having a first density; and
layering a second set of layers of the first material via the additive manufacturing technique, the second set of layers to form a void embedded internally in the part, the void forming a first indicium, wherein the first indicium aligns with a second indicium on an external surface of the part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,973

BLOW MOLDING APPARATUS AND BLOW MOLDING METHOD

DISCMA AG, Hunenberg (CH...

1. A blow molding method of supplying a pressurized liquid into a bottomed tubular preform fitted to a mold used for blow molding and molding the preform into a shape conforming to a cavity of the mold, the blow molding method comprising:a liquid supply step of supplying a pressurized liquid into the preform through a blow nozzle fitted to a mouth tubular portion of the preform by using a plunger pump; and
a peak pressure control step of changing an actuation rate and an actuation force of the plunger pump during the supply of the pressurized liquid into the preform to regulate a peak pressure of the liquid supplied into the preform to be from 3.5 MPa to 5.0 MPa,
wherein, in the peak pressure control step, upon an elapse of a predetermined time period from a start of the supply of the pressurized liquid into the preform, the actuation rate and the actuation force of the plunger pump are changed to values that are lower than those before the elapse of the predetermined time period so as to lower a pressure of the pressurized liquid supplied into the preform,
and wherein the predetermined time period from a start of a supply of a pressurized liquid into the preform to when the actuation rate and the actuation force of the plunger pump are changed is between 0.228 seconds and 0.5 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,456,968

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTER WITH MULTI-NOZZLE EXTRUDERS AND DISPENSERS FOR MULTI-NOZZLE EXTRUDERS AND PRINTHEADS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional object printer comprising:a multi-nozzle extruder comprising:
a plurality of nozzles, each nozzle in the plurality of nozzles being configured to emit an extrusion material; and
a plurality of channels, each channel in the plurality of channels being connected to one nozzle in the plurality of nozzles in a one-to-one correspondence and configured to provide the extrusion material to the one nozzle;
a first extrusion material supply having a spool configured to hold a filament of an extrusion material; and
a first dispenser comprising:
an inlet configured to receive the extrusion material from the first extrusion material supply;
an outlet configured to direct the extrusion material received from the first extrusion material supply to one channel in the plurality of channels in the multi-nozzle extruder when positioned in alignment with the one channel;
a cutter positioned proximate to the inlet of the first dispenser, the cutter configured to separate a first portion of the filament that enters the one channel in the plurality of channels from a second portion of the filament in the first extrusion material supply; and
an actuator configured to move the outlet into alignment with at least two channels in the plurality of channels at different times to supply the extrusion material from the first extrusion material supply to the at least two channels in the plurality of channels at the different times.

US Pat. No. 10,456,967

INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding machine having a safety door that can be opened and closed, comprising:a door driving unit configured to open and close the safety door;
a presence detector configured to detect whether or not an operator or object is present within a door operating space of the safety door, or within a predetermined vicinal area of the safety door including the door operating space; and
a controller configured to control the door driving unit with a reference control amount in order to perform a closing operation of the safety door,
wherein during a time it is detected by the presence detector that an operator or object is present within the vicinal area outside of the door operating space, the controller causes a control amount that controls the door driving unit to decrease from the reference control amount and performs the closing operation of the safety door, and
during a time it is detected by the presence detector that an operator or object is present within the door operating space, the controller temporarily stops the closing operation of the safety door.

US Pat. No. 10,456,965

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COMPOSITE

Enplas Corporation, Sait...

1. A method of manufacturing a composite, the composite including at least one functional part including a cured product of a liquid resin composition, and a holding part including a resin composition which is different from the liquid resin composition and configured to hold the at least one functional part, the method comprising:preparing the holding part including the resin composition which is different from the liquid resin composition, the holding part further including two or more through holes or recesses formed therein;
disposing the holding part as an insert member in a metal mold such that the two or more through holes or recesses are communicated with a cavity of the metal mold; and
integrally molding two or more functional parts, respectively disposed in the two or more through holes or recesses, and a connecting part connecting the two or more functional parts and joined to the holding part by charging a liquid resin composition to the cavity and curing the liquid resin composition, wherein:
the holding part further includes one or more groove parts formed to be communicated with the two or more through holes or recesses on a surface on which the connecting part is joined, the one or more groove parts being configured to be capable of functioning as a runner for guiding the liquid resin composition to the two or more through holes or recesses, and
wherein the integrally molding the two or more functional parts and the connecting part, the liquid resin composition is charged to the cavity through the one or more groove parts.

US Pat. No. 10,456,960

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREMENTALLY FORMING A COMPOSITE PART

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for incrementally forming a composite part, the system comprising:a forming mandrel that includes a forming surface, wherein a surface profile of the forming surface corresponds to a surface profile of the composite part, and further wherein the forming surface is configured to receive a ply of composite material; and
a forming machine including:
(i) a forming bladder that defines an internal volume, wherein a length of the forming surface is greater than a corresponding length of the forming bladder;
(ii) a pressure-regulating device configured to regulate a pressure within the internal volume; and
(iii) a positioning device, wherein the positioning device includes a linear guide that extends along the length of the forming surface, and further wherein the positioning device is configured to operatively translate the forming bladder along the linear guide to selectively position the forming bladder relative to the forming surface at a plurality of selected locations spaced-apart along the length of the forming surface;
wherein the forming bladder is configured to be inflated to a forming pressure and to selectively and operatively press the ply of composite material against the forming surface at each of the plurality of selected locations to conform corresponding portions of the ply of composite material to the surface profile of the forming surface and at least partially define the composite part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,952

TIRE CURE MOLD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A tire cure mold comprising:a tread molding face that comes in contact with a tread face of a tire set in a cavity;
a protruding portion for forming a groove portion and protruding inward in a tire diametrical direction from the tread molding face;
a depression for forming a groove bottom projection and formed by recessing a top face of the protruding portion;
a first vent hole open in the tread molding face;
a second vent hole open in a bottom face of the depression; and
a spring vent mounted in the second vent hole.

US Pat. No. 10,456,949

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIBRE BOARDS

Voith Patent GmbH, Heide...

14. A method for manufacturing fibrous boards, which comprises the steps of:Providing a device according to claim 1;
a) first separating a respective portion of a fibrous material simultaneously in each of a plurality of depositing cutting tools;
b) second retaining the respective portion on a counter roller or on a separation roller, and moving the respective portion conjointly with a roller circumference of one of the separation roller and the counter roller simultaneously in the plurality of depositing cutting tools;
c) third depositing the portions beside one another simultaneously by way of the plurality of depositing cutting tools;
d) fourth moving a board carrier in at least one movement direction; and
e) repeating steps a) to d) multiple times in such a manner that a layer of the portions is produced on the board carrier, and wherein at least one further layer of the portions are produced on a first layer by repeating steps a) to e).

US Pat. No. 10,456,943

MACHINES AND METHODS FOR CUTTING PRODUCTS AND IMPELLERS THEREFOR

Urschel Laboratories, Inc...

1. An impeller adapted to be coaxially mounted within an annular-shaped cutting head for rotation about a vertical rotational axis thereof in a rotational direction relative to the cutting head, the impeller comprising:a base and a ring spaced axially from each other, the ring defining an entrance to the impeller that surrounds the rotational axis of the impeller;
one or more intermediate plates disposed between the base and the ring and comprising at least a first intermediate plate so as to define at least first and second tier levels within the impeller, the first intermediate plate being closer to the entrance of the impeller than any other of the intermediate plates, the first tier level being between the ring and the first intermediate plate, the second tier level being between the first intermediate plate and the base, the first intermediate plate having an annular shape that defines an opening that is concentric with the rotational axis of the impeller, is smaller than the entrance in the ring, and defines a passage between the first and second tier levels and through which products are able to pass to enter the second tier level beneath the opening from the first tier level, the passage being disposed on and encompassing the rotational axis of the impeller such that the rotational axis of the impeller lies within the passage, the first intermediate plate functioning as a baffle whereby a fraction of the products entering the impeller through the entrance is captured within the first tier level as a result of encountering and being deflected by the first intermediate plate and a second fraction of the products entering the impeller passes through the opening in the first intermediate plate and is captured within the second tier level beneath the opening of the first intermediate plate;
paddles disposed between the base and the ring, at least a portion of each paddle being disposed within at least one of the first and second tier levels, each of the paddles having a radially outer extremity adjacent an outer perimeter of the impeller, an oppositely-disposed radially innermost extremity, and a face between the radially innermost and outer extremities and facing the rotational direction of the impeller; and
pockets defined within each of the first and second tier levels, each pocket being disposed between a pair of the paddles that are immediately adjacent each other in the rotational direction of the impeller, the pockets being delimited in an axial direction of the impeller by the base, the ring, and at least the first intermediate plate;
wherein the first intermediate plate includes a planar portion that surrounds the passage through the first intermediate plate, and the planar portion of the first intermediate plate surrounds a frustoconical flange that extends in the axial direction from the planar portion and surrounds the passage through the first intermediate plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,941

DUAL KNIFE FOOD CUTTER

1. A dual knife food cutter apparatus configurable into a cutting configuration and a storage configuration, the dual knife food cutter apparatus comprising:a first blade comprising
a substantially planar portion comprising
a cutting edge,
a substantially planar front side,
an inside edge,
an outside edge, and
a substantially planar back side opposite of the front side, and
a handle portion opposite to the cutting edge, the handle portion having a first handle length, the handle portion comprising
a grip portion with a larger cross section than the distance between the front side and the back side,
a handle connection element, and
an elongated slot sized to allow insertion of the cutting edge of the second blade;
a second blade comprising
a substantially planar portion comprising
a cutting edge,
a substantially planar front side,
an inside edge,
an outside edge, and
a substantially planar back side opposite of the front side, and
a handle portion opposite to the cutting edge, the handle portion having a second handle length, the handle portion comprising
a grip portion with a larger cross section than the distance between the front side and the back side,
a handle connection element, and
an elongated slot sized to allow insertion of the cutting edge of the first blade;
wherein in the cutting configuration, the inside edge of the first blade abuts the inside edge of the second blade, the cutting edge of the first blade and the cutting edge of the second blade form a substantially contiguous combined cutting edge; and
wherein in the storage configuration, the cutting edge of the first blade is inserted into the slot of the handle portion of the second blade and the cutting edge of the second blade is inserted into the slot of the handle portion of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,456,940

NOTCHING TOOL, USE AND METHOD

1. A notching tool for notching a workpiece, the notching tool comprising a notching punch and a die comprising an inner surface,the notching punch comprising:
a first punch portion with a punch plane, the punch plane being intended to hit the workpiece in a notching operation; and
a second punch portion protruding from the punch plane in a direction which is substantially perpendicular to the punch plane, the second punch portion being intended to contact the inner surface of the die when the notching punch hits the workpiece;
the first punch portion having a height hfp;
the second punch portion having a height hsp and a yield shear strength Tsp;
the workpiece having opposing outer surfaces, an edge having a height h, a Poisson's ratio v, an ultimate shear strength Tuss, and a notching section which takes up a surface Snotch in the workpiece and has a lateral surface Slat;
the notching operation requiring a force Fshear to remove the notching section from the workpiece, and
the height of the second punch portion of the punch hsp is greater than h,
wherein the second punch portion has an effective surface Ssp which is greater than Ssp-min, wherein

wherein
xp is the distance between the edge of the workpiece and a projection of a center of mass of the first punch portion onto one of the opposing surfaces of the workpiece as measured over the one of the opposing surfaces of the workpiece, and
x is the distance between a integration parameter ds and the edge of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,456,939

CELL CUTTING DEVICE FOR DISPLAY DEVICES

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A cell cutting device for cutting a mother substrate for display devices that includes a plurality of cells, the cell cutting device comprising:a fixing unit configured to have the mother substrate fixed thereto during a cutting process, and configured to move the mother substrate in a first direction during the cutting process;
a cutter configured to cut the mother substrate in a second direction that is a cutting direction of the mother substrate, the cutter facing a first surface of the mother substrate during the cutting process;
a cutter driving unit fixed to the cutter, the cutter driving unit being configured to drive the cutter during the cutting process;
a buffer member arranged facing a second surface of the mother substrate, opposite the first surface, the buffer member being positioned to correspond to the cutter during the cutting process; and
a support member arranged on an opposite side of the buffer member from the second surface of the mother substrate such that the buffer member is interposed between the second surface of the mother substrate and the support member during the cutting process, wherein:
a portion of the support member that faces the buffer member has a width in the first direction that is smaller than a width of the mother substrate in the first direction, and
the buffer member has a width in the cutting direction that is equal to or greater than a width of the cutter in the cutting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,938

SHEATH AND KNIFE SEPARATION CONTROL STRUCTURE

1. A sheath (10) and knife (20) separation control structure, comprising:a sheath (10) formed of a first sheath shell (11) and a second sheath shell (12), said sheath (10) comprising a knife blade accommodation chamber (14) and a stop block (16);
a knife (20) comprising a knife blade (21) accommodated in said knife blade accommodation chamber (14) of said sheath (10) and a stop portion (23) stoppable by said stop block (16) of said sheath (10); and
a clamping control unit (3) comprising a clamp (30) pivotally connected to said sheath (10), a first clamping portion (35) and a second clamping portion (36), said first clamping portion (35) and said second clamping portion (36) being adapted for clamping said first sheath shell (11) and said second sheath shell (12) of said sheath (10) so that said stop block (16) of said sheath (10) is stopped against said stop portion (23) of said knife (20) to lock said knife (20) to said sheath (10), wherein said stop portion (23) of said knife (20) is movable to push away said stop block (16) of said sheath (10) for allowing separation of said knife (20) from said sheath (10) when said first clamping portion (35) and said second clamping portion (36) of said clamping control unit (3) are unclamped from said first sheath shell (11) and said second sheath shell (12) of said sheath (10).

US Pat. No. 10,456,937

GUARD ELEMENT FOR USE IN A HAIR CUTTING UNIT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A guard element for use in a hair cutting unit as a guard for a movable hair cutting element of the hair cutting unit, which guard element is generally cup-shaped and comprises a disc-shaped base and an annular wall, whereinthe disc-shaped base comprises a central axis and a peripheral section which is curved when seen in a central cross-section of the guard element comprising the central axis; and
the annular wall comprises a main part and a flange-shaped part; and wherein
the main part of the annular wall has a substantially upright orientation with respect to the disc-shaped base and comprises a straight section, which is uncurved when seen in the central cross-section and which is connected to the peripheral section of the disc-shaped base, and the main part of the annular wall is partially bent when seen in the central cross-section; and
the flange-shaped part of the annular wall comprises an outwardly bent section, which is bent outwardly relative to the central axis when seen in the central cross-section, and a free end section;
wherein the outwardly bent section of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall interconnects the main part of the annular wall and the free end section of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall; and
wherein the annular wall is reinforced based on a design where a smallest inner periphery of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall has a diameter which is smaller than a diameter of a largest inner periphery of the straight section of the main part of the annular wall.

US Pat. No. 10,456,935

SHAVING APPARATUS AND SHAVING APPARATUS HEAD

HYBRID RAZOR LTD, (IL)

1. A shaving apparatus head in an upright state comprising:a body;
a rotary cutter mounted to the body so as to be rotatable about a rotational axis, the rotary cutter comprising cutting edges that collectively define a reference cylinder about the rotational axis; and
a blade mounted to the body and having a top surface defining a first reference plane that intersects the reference cylinder and divides the reference cylinder into two portions that are located on opposite sides of the first reference plane, the blade positioned so that a user's hairs are sheared between a cutting edge of the blade and the cutting edges of the rotary cutter when the rotary cutter is rotating about the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,934

ELECTRIC HYGIENE DEVICE WITH IMAGING CAPABILITY

May Patents Ltd., Hod-Ha...

1. A system comprising a portable device and an oral hygiene device that communicate over a Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN),the oral hygiene device comprising:
a toothbrush adapted for teeth brushing;
a motion actuator for moving at least part of a brushing mechanism;
a sensor mechanically coupled to the toothbrush for generating an output in response to a physical phenomenon;
software and a processor for executing the software, the processor is coupled to the sensor for receiving the output;
a battery for powering the sensor, the motion actuator, the sensor, and the processor;
an first WPAN antenna for coupling to the WPAN using Radio-Frequency (RF) waves; and
a first WPAN transceiver coupled between the first antenna and the sensor for transmitting a first data that is responsive to the sensor output over the WPAN;
an handheld casing housing the rechargeable battery, the toothbrush, the motion actuator, the first WPAN antenna, the first WPAN transceiver, the sensor, the memory, and the processor,
the portable device comprising:
a second WPAN antenna for coupling to the WPAN using Radio-Frequency (RF) waves;
a second WPAN transceiver coupled to the second antenna for receiving the first data from the oral hygiene device over the WPAN;
a display component having a screen for displaying data, the display component is coupled to the second WPAN transceiver for displaying information in response to the received first data; and
a portable enclosure housing the second WPAN antenna, the second WPAN transceiver, and the display component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,932

CONDUCTION PATH STRUCTURE OF ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A conduction path structure of a robot, comprising:a structural mechanism which functions as a support and has plural conductor portions formed side by side along a circumferential direction so as to form a rigid skeletal portion surrounding an inner area of the structural mechanism;
an actuator that operates the structural mechanism; and
a conduction path through which driving power and/or a control signal is supplied to the actuator, wherein
the conduction path is comprised of the plural conductor portions.

US Pat. No. 10,456,930

VACUUM EJECTOR DEVICE

PIAB AB, Taby (SE)

1. A vacuum ejector device for generating at least partial vacuum to be supplied to a gripping member, comprising a device body having an elongated shape along a longitudinal axis A, the vacuum ejector device comprisesan air inlet port provided at a first end of the device body and being structured to receive pressurized air from a pressurized air supply source via a pressurized air tube,
a vacuum connection port provided at a second end of the device body, opposite said first end, in fluid communication to a vacuum duct, the vacuum connection port is structured to receive and connect one end of a vacuum tube that in its turn is in fluid communication to said gripping member, wherein said air inlet port and said vacuum connection port are arranged essentially along said longitudinal axis A, and structured such that said pressurized air tube and said vacuum tube are essentially in-line and oriented along said longitudinal axis A,
a vacuum generating duct in fluid communication to said air inlet port, and at least one vacuum generating member positioned at or in or partially in the vacuum generating duct, the vacuum duct connects to and is in fluid communication with the vacuum generating duct and terminates at said vacuum connection port, said vacuum generating member is configured to generate at least partial vacuum to said vacuum duct when the pressurized air supply is activated,
a movable sealing and venting element is provided and is structured to selectively substantially close and seal, in a sealing position, said vacuum duct when the air supply is activated, and to open or vent said vacuum duct to release or vent via a venting duct, in a venting position, the vacuum within the gripping member when the vacuum source or air supply is deactivated, characterized in that the sealing and venting element is arranged essentially at said longitudinal axis A, and that the venting duct is arranged and provides for fluid communication between the sealing and venting element and a venting outlet port provided at a long side of said elongated device body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,925

GRIPPER FINGER AND GRIPPER

Thermo Fisher Scientific ...

1. A finger for a gripper, comprising:an optical fiber,
a longitudinal body, means for attaching the body to an actuator and two longitudinal claws at the end opposite to the means for attachment, the claws being spaced apart so that there is an elongated gap between the claws, and
a groove on the surface of the finger for accommodating the optical fiber, wherein the optical fiber extends partially into the elongated gap.

US Pat. No. 10,456,922

INTERACTIVE MOBILE PLATFORM CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A robot intelligent platform, comprising a processor configured to cause the robot intelligent platform to:establish a first wireless link with a mobile terminal, wherein the mobile terminal is configured with a lightweight software, the lightweight software being provided within a client app installed on the mobile terminal, and the mobile terminal is configured to receive a user instruction via the lightweight software, the lightweight software being configured to convert the user instruction into a control command;
establish a second wireless link with a household robot configured to automatically clean a room of a household;
receive, via the first wireless link, the control command from the mobile terminal;
transcode the control command to output an executable command for execution by the household robot to automatically clean the room; and
transmit, via the second wireless link, the executable command to the household robot;
wherein the processor is further configured to cause the robot intelligent platform to:
communicate, over a third wireless link, with a cloud platform;
receive, from the cloud platform, over the third wireless link, user behavior habit information; and
generate the executable command according to the user behavior habit information; and, wherein
the user habit behavior information is generated by the cloud platform via the user instruction transmitted from the mobile terminal to the cloud platform, wherein the generation of the user habit behavior information by the cloud platform comprises: deep learning the user instruction to obtain the user behavior habit information.

US Pat. No. 10,456,920

PROXIMITY ROBOT BLADE DETECTION AND AUTO RETRACTION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A system to process semiconductor wafers, the system comprising:an end effector adapted to handle a semiconductor wafer, the end effector being capable of moving in a first direction;
a proximity sensor attached to the end effector, the proximity sensor outputting a first sensor signal if a distance between the end effector and an object separated from the end effector in the first direction is less than or equal to a first predetermined distance; and
a controller to move the end effector in the first direction, the controller being responsive to the first sensor signal to slow a movement of the end effector in the first direction,
wherein the proximity sensor further outputs a second sensor signal if the distance between the end effector and the object in the first direction is less than or equal to a second predetermined distance, the second predetermined distance being less than the first predetermined distance, and
wherein the controller is responsive to the second sensor signal to stop movement of the end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,914

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A WORK OFFSET

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving an indication to determine a work offset for a robot operating in a work environment, wherein the work offset describes a location and an angular orientation of a working plane of the work environment relative to a base plane of the robot;
in response to the indication, identifying the working plane within the work environment;
controlling an arm of the robot to cause the arm of the robot to reach a threshold distance from three points of the working plane based on sensor data from a proximity sensor on the arm of the robot;
determining three respective positions of the robot when the arm of the robot is within the threshold distance of the three points of the working plane;
based on the three respective positions of the robot, determining respective point locations of the three points of the working plane relative to the base plane; and
determining the location and angular orientation of the working plane relative to the base plane based on the determined respective point locations of the three points of the working plane.

US Pat. No. 10,456,910

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS COMPRISING PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLERS AND METHODS OF TEACHING THEREWITH

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. An educational system comprising:at least one robotic device having at least five degrees of freedom and motors for moving the robotic device in at least five axes; and
programmable controllers configured to interact with the robotic device, each of the programmable controllers comprising:
a microcontroller;
a memory device;
an interface for remotely accessing the programmable controller; and
means for interfacing with an external microcontroller of another of the programmable controllers;
wherein a first of the programmable controllers is a programmable robotic controller comprising means for controlling movement of the robotic device in the five axes, the programmable robotic controller comprising means for monitoring and controlling axis positions of the robotic device using feedback obtained from the robotic device, the means for monitoring and controlling the axis positions of the robotic device comprising at least one diode functionally connected to current sensing lines of the motors of the robotic device, means for monitoring commutator switching of the motors while the motors are in operation; and means for determining distance of movement of the robotic device based on the commutator switching.

US Pat. No. 10,456,902

HANDLE GRIP AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME

M.J. Huner LLC, Chicago,...

1. A handle grip comprisinga handle;
at least two lengths of cording circumscribing the handle forming at least one space between the at least two lengths of cording;
a woven layer; and
a liquid hardener permeating the woven layer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,899

METHOD FOR SETTING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER OF A HANDHELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a handheld power tool according to at least one operating parameter, comprising:recording a first characteristic variable using an external sensor unit that is spaced apart from the power tool;
transmitting the first characteristic variable to an external data processing unit that is spaced apart from the power tool;
processing the first characteristic variable using the external data processing unit into at least one first parameter output;
transmitting the at least one first parameter output from the external data processing unit to an internal control unit of the power tool;
calculating at least one operating parameter of the handheld power tool using the internal control unit based on the at least one first parameter output;
setting the at least one operating parameter on the power tool; and
operating the power tool according to the at least one operating parameter that is based on the first characteristic variable,
wherein the first characteristic variable is an ambient characteristic variable, and
wherein the ambient characteristic variable is at least one of a temperature characteristic variable and an atmospheric humidity characteristic variable.

US Pat. No. 10,456,896

COMPACT PULLEY PULLER

1. A compact pulley puller comprisinga cylinder having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a hollow interior, and an internal diameter;
a piston having a circular periphery, a piston diameter that is less than the internal diameter of the hollow cylinder, a first piston side and a second piston side opposite the first piston side, the first piston side being between the second piston side and the first end of the cylinder, and the second piston side being between the first piston side and the second end of the cylinder, and the piston being disposed and moveable lineraly within the hollow interior of the cylinder; and a seal at the circular periphery of the piston and extending to the cylinder;
a first gland at the first end of the cylinder, the first gland having an exterior side, an interior side opposite the exterior side, and a first central aperture, the first central aperture being concentric with the cylinder;
a second gland at the second end of the cylinder, the second gland having an exterior side, an interior side opposite the exterior side, and a second central aperture, the second central aperture being concentric with the cylinder;
a plurality of ports in the cylinder extending to the hollow interior of the cylinder, including a first port adjacent to the first gland, and a second port adjacent to the second gland;
a rod having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, a first half and a second half, the first half of the rod projecting from the first piston side and the second half of the rod projecting from the second piston side, and the first end of the rod extending through the first central aperture of the first gland, and the second end of the rod extending through the second central aperture of the second gland, the rod being concentric with the cylinder; and
a first hub clamp attached to the exterior side of the first gland, the first hub clamp including a first sleeve having a proximal end attached to the exterior side of the first gland and a distal end opposite the proximal end, the first sleeve being concentric with the first central aperture, a first flange at the distal end of the sleeve, the first flange having a proximal side and a distal side opposite the proximal side of the first flange, the proximal side of the first flange being between the distal side of the first flange and the exterior side of the first gland, and a first sleeve aperture extending through a portion of the first sleeve, and a first flange aperture extending through a portion of the first flange in alignment with the first sleeve aperture, and the first end of the rod being linearly movable between the exterior side of the first gland and the distal side of first flange of the first hub clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,456,892

MANHOLE COVER LIFTING TOOL

Manup Key Limited, (GB)

1. A manhole cover lifting tool, the tool comprising an elongate body and a shaft which is arranged to slide relative to the body, the tool further comprising coupling means for slidably coupling the shaft with the body and means disposed on the shaft for detachably coupling the shaft with a manhole cover, wherein the shaft is restricted to slide through a pre-defined range along the body characterised wherein the coupling means comprises a pin, which extends substantially transverse to the shaft, and a first and second elongate channel formed within the body and wherein the pin is arranged to extend through an aperture formed within a proximal region of the shaft and the first and second channels, such that the shaft is permitted to slide relative to the body through a distance corresponding to a length of the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,456,890

ABRASIVE ARTICLE HAVING SHAPED SEGMENTS

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive article, comprising:a body; and
a plurality of Z-shaped abrasive segments extending axially from a face of the body,
wherein at least one of the Z-shaped segments comprises a plurality of outer peripheral serrations formed in an outer circumferential wall of the at least one Z-shaped segment.

US Pat. No. 10,456,886

POROUS CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING PADS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method of forming a porous polishing pad, comprising:depositing a plurality of composite layers with a 3D printer to reach a target thickness, wherein depositing the plurality of composite layers comprises:
dispensing one or more droplets of a curable resin precursor composition onto a support;
dispensing one or more droplets of a porosity-forming composition onto the support, wherein at least one component of the porosity-forming composition is removable to form pores in the porous polishing pad; and
exposing the dispensed one or more droplets of the curable resin precursor composition and the dispensed one or more droplets of the porosity-forming composition to at least one of an annealing process, a rinsing process, or both to remove the at least one component of the porosity-forming composition to form the pores in the porous polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,456,882

FIXTURE FOR THIN-WALLED WORKPIECE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A fixture for a thin-walled workpiece, comprising two clamping devices, each of the two clamping devices further comprising:a metal carrier, further including:
a carrying portion, having a carrying surface; and
a supporting portion, located on the carrying portion, having a stair portion at a top thereof, the stair portion having a plane surface and a standing surface having a slope; and
a clamper, further including:
a metal clamping portion, having an end formed as an inclined surface, the inclined surface having another slope identical to the slope of the standing surface; and
a damping portion, having at least two elastic layers and at least one metal layer laminated in an interlacing arrangement and having the same slope as the inclined surface, one of the at least two elastic layers being connected with the inclined surface of the metal clamping portion, each of the at least one elastic layer being made of an elastic non-metallic material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,879

REAR SHOCK TRAM GAUGE

1. A device for measuring a distance between an upper shock mount and a lower shock mount of a motorcycle comprising:a. a rod comprising measurement scales;
b. a slider configured to be positioned on the rod, wherein the slider is used for determining measurement information of the motorcycle;
c. a cap positioned on the rod, wherein the cap further comprises a lower shock mount adapter configured to fit on/in a lower shock system of the motorcycle, wherein the cap is mounted to the lower shock system of the motorcycle using the lower shock mount adapter and sliding the slider to align a crown nut adapter with an upper shock mount of the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,867

MICRO-FORGING BY A GENERATIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A method for the additive manufacture of components by depositing material layers by layer-by-layer joining of powder particles to one another and/or to an already produced pre-product or substrate, via selective interaction of the powder particles with a high-energy beam, comprising the steps of:for smoothing a surface of the component being produced running crosswise to the deposited material layers in between the deposition of two layers of the component, the complete edge region of the last layer introduced, which runs along a surface of the component being produced, is compacted by laser shock peening or ultrasonic impact treatment in a direction of action that has a directional component parallel to the build-up direction of the layers, and/or at least one edge region of a surface of the component is compacted by laser shock peening or ultrasonic impact treatment in a direction of action that has a directional component parallel to the normal line of the surface,
wherein the laser shock peening or the ultrasonic impact treatment in between the deposition of two layers of the component takes place exclusively in the edge region of a surface of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,866

PROCESS FOR LASER-ASSISTED TOOL BUILD AND REPAIR

Magna International Inc.,...

1. A process for building a tool, the tool shaped to define a forming surface, which is configured for forming a shaped product having a desired shape, the process for building the tool comprising:providing a support body fabricated from a first material;
machining a portion of the first material from the support body so as to define a first portion of the forming surface of the tool; and
depositing onto the support body a feature defining a second portion of the forming surface of the tool, comprising:
depositing a layer of a second material onto the first material of the support body;
depositing a layer of a third material onto the layer of the second material; and
depositing a layer of a fourth material onto the layer of the third material, the layer of the fourth material defining the second portion of the forming surface of the tool, wherein the first material, the second material, and the third material have different material properties.

US Pat. No. 10,456,860

LASER BEAM MACHINE AND CALCULATION DEVICE FOR LASER BEAM MACHINE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A laser beam machine that irradiates a workpiece with one laser beam to perform laser machining, the laser beam machine comprising:a plurality of laser modules to generate beams, the laser modules having identification numbers representing an order of generating beams;
a light condenser to condense the beams generated from the laser modules to output the one laser beam;
a plurality of driving power supplies to supply power to the laser modules, respectively;
calculation circuitry to receive a machining condition and to calculate a driving condition for each of the laser modules according to the machining condition; and
power-supply control circuitry to cause the driving power supplies to supply power to the laser modules in accordance with the driving condition, wherein
the calculation circuitry sets an order of power supply to the laser modules to an order of the identification numbers and rearranges the identification numbers assigned to the laser modules in ascending order of integrated laser-output times of the beams generated by the laser modules to reduce differences in the integrated laser-output times.

US Pat. No. 10,456,849

COMPOSITE COMPONENT HAVING ANGLED BRAZE JOINT, COUPON BRAZING METHOD AND RELATED STORAGE MEDIUM

General Electric Company,...

1. A composite component comprising:a metal alloy component including a main body, the main body having:
a wall having an inner surface and an outer surface; and
a slot extending at least partially through the wall, the slot including an angled main body interface in the wall;
a coupon coupled with the slot, the coupon having an angled coupon interface complementing the angled main body interface, wherein the coupon has a larger diameter (LD) spanning the slot across the outer surface of the main body; and a smaller diameter (SD) spanning the slot across an inner surface of the main body, wherein the LD is defined by:
LD=((2*Z)/tan ?)+SD
wherein Z=a thickness of the wall and ?=an angle of the angled main body interface and the angled coupon interface, as measured from a plane coincident with the outer surface of the main body; and
a braze joint coupling the coupon to the main body at the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,456,847

CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

Kyocera Corporation, Kyo...

1. A cutting tool comprising:an insert comprising:
a first surface,
a second surface, and
a cutting edge located at an intersection of the first surface and the second surface; and
a holder extending from a front tip to a rear tip and being capable of rotating about a rotational axis, and comprising:
a pocket comprising:
a placement portion where the insert is positioned; and
a recessed portion positioned further forward in the rotational direction than the placement portion;
a first inflow port that opens within the holder;
an outflow port positioned at the pocket,
a first flow path positioned in the interior of the holder and extending from the first inflow port to the outflow port; and
a second flow path extending from the outflow port to the recessed portion, wherein a direction of the second flow path intersects the recessed portion,whereinthe recessed portion comprises:
a first portion having a curved surface shape positioned at an inner side of the holder, and
a second portion having a cylindrical shape positioned outside of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,846

ROTARY TOOL FOR LOWER RECEIVER MANUFACTURING

80 Percent Arms Inc., Ga...

1. A rotary tool comprising:an adapter having a flared collar portion and a shaft portion, the flared collar portion including internal threads configured to be engaged with collet threads of a rotary power tool collet, the shaft portion of the adapter having a major diameter, and the internal threads having a internal diameter, the internal diameter being greater than the major diameter of the adapter; and
a milling tool having a cutter head and a shaft, the shaft engaged with the adapter by a thermal fit, the cutter head having a minor diameter less than the major diameter; and
wherein an overall length of the rotary tool is configured to be greater than a distance between a top surface of a buffer tower of a firearm lower receiver and a bottom of a trigger cavity of the firearm lower receiver such that the rotary tool can be coupled with the rotary power tool and the rotary power tool avoids the buffer tower when used to mill the trigger cavity of the firearm lower receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,456,844

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool, comprising:a tool body that is made of a tungsten carbide cemented carbide or a titanium carbonitride cermet; and
a hard coating layer that is deposited on a surface of the tool body,
wherein the hard coating layer has a lower layer that is formed on the surface of the tool body and an upper layer that is formed on the lower layer,
(a) the lower layer is made of a Ti compound layer, which has an average total layer thickness of 3 to 20 ?m, and is composed of two or more of a TiC layer, a TiN layer, a TiCN layer, a TiCO layer, and a TiCNO layer, the Ti compound layer including at least one TiCN layer,
(b) the upper layer is made of an Al2O3 layer, which has an average layer thickness of 2 to 20 ?m and has an ?-type crystal structure in a chemically deposited state,
(c) regarding Al2O3 crystal grains of the entire upper layer, in a coincidence grain boundary distribution graph showing ratios of coincidence grain boundaries formed of the respective constituent atom-sharing lattice point type, to the whole coincidence grain boundary length in the range of ?3 to ?29, a highest peak is present in ?3 in the range of ?3 to ?29, and a distribution ratio of ?3 in the range of ?3 to ?29 is 70% or more, when electron beams are irradiated to the individual crystal grains in a measurement range of a polished cross-section by using a field-emission-type scanning electron microscope and an electron beam backward scattering diffraction device to measure an orientation of a normal line of each of crystal lattice planes having a corundum hexagonal crystal lattice, a crystal orientation relationship between the adjacent crystal lattices is calculated based on the measurement result, a distribution of lattice points (referred to as “constituent atom-sharing lattice points”) where each of constituent atoms of a crystal lattice interface shares one constituent atom between the crystal lattices is calculated, and distribution ratios of individuals of ?N+1 are calculated when ?N+1 represents the constituent atom-sharing lattice point type in which there are N lattice points sharing no constituent atoms between the constituent atom-sharing lattice points (here, N is any even number equal to or more than 2 in the corundum hexagonal close-packed crystal structure, but in a case where the upper limit of N is 28 from the viewpoint of distribution frequency, even numbers 4, 8, 14, 24, and 26 do not exist), and
(d) a ratio of a grain boundary having a constituent atom-sharing lattice point type of ?3 continuing from an interface between the lower layer and the upper layer to an outermost surface of the upper layer is 60% or more of a grain boundary having a constituent atom-sharing lattice point type of ?3 distributed in the Al2O3 crystal grains of the entire upper layer, and
wherein an outermost surface layer of the lower layer (a) is made of a TiCN layer having a layer thickness of at least 500 nm or more and contains oxygen only in a depth region with a depth of up to 500 nm from an interface between the TiCN layer and the upper layer, except for oxygen as inevitable impurities, and an average content of the oxygen contained in the depth region is 1 to 3 atom % of a total content of Ti, C, N, and O contained in the depth region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,838

METHOD FOR PRODUCING METAL NANOPARTICLES

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A method for preparing a metal nanoparticle, the method comprising:forming a solution comprising a solvent, a metal salt which provides a metal ion or an atomic group ion comprising the metal ion in the solvent, one or more surfactants which form micelles in the solvent, an amino acid, and a halide; and
forming the metal nanoparticle by adding a reducing agent to the solution,
wherein the metal nanoparticle comprises one or more bowl shaped particles comprising one or more metals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,833

SHRINKABLE SUPPORT STRUCTURES

Desktop Metals, Inc., Bu...

1. A method comprising:providing a support structure;
fabricating an object from a build material on the support structure, wherein the object has a net shape based on a computerized model, wherein the build material includes a powdered material for forming a final part and a binder system including one or more binders, wherein the one or more binders resist deformation of the object during a fabrication, a debinding, and a sintering of the object into the final part, and wherein the support structure is configured to match a shrinkage of the object during at least one of the debinding and the sintering, wherein providing the support structure includes fabricating a substrate for the object from a second material having at least one of a debind shrinkage rate and a sintering shrinkage rate matching the build material; and
wherein the substrate includes two or more independent substrate plates coupled by a number of tie bars that move the independent substrate plates together at a rate corresponding to a shrinkage of the object during at least one of debind and sintering.

US Pat. No. 10,456,831

DETECTION OF BLOCKAGE IN INTERNAL PASSAGES OF GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENTS

United Technologies Corpo...

18. A method of inspecting an article formed by investment casting using a ceramic inner core, comprising the steps of:receiving the article with the ceramic inner core removed, the article having a first and a second passage formed by the ceramic inner core;
moving a first filler material into the first passage, and moving a second filler material into the second passage; and
inspecting the article for a presence of an apparent residual core within said first passage and said second passage, and identifying a location of the apparent residual core from said core based upon an identification of whether the location of the apparent residual core is in the first or second filler materials; and
wherein said first filler material has a different atomic weight than said second filler material, and wherein said different atomic weights are both greater than an atomic weight of the component material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,823

BOND FIXTURE COMPOSITE SPLICE FAIRING ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A bond fixture comprising:a frame that defines a chamber for receiving a component;
at least one bladder assembly mounted to the frame and extending into the chamber to apply a pressure to an adjacent surface of the component;
a caul assembly separate from the frame and from the at least one bladder, the caul assembly being positionable about the component and receivable adjacent an interior surface of the at least one bladder assembly within the chamber, wherein the caul assembly includes a heater operable to heat a localized portion of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,821

FINE BLANKING CAM DIE

MAGNA POWERTRAIN INC., C...

1. A method of fine blanking a slug from a workpiece, the method comprising:positioning a fine blanking cam die between a moveable ram and a base of a press;
positioning a sheet metal workpiece between an axially moveable punch and laterally moveable cam dies;
advancing the punch toward the workpiece and partially piercing the workpiece as the punch travels into the workpiece 20-25% of its thickness;
translating at least one of the cam dies toward the slug to decrease a clearance between the cam dies and the punch after the punch has traveled into the workpiece 20-25% of its thickness such that the cam dies apply a side force to the slug material being formed as the punch continues to travel through the workpiece; and
advancing the punch through the workpiece to separate the slug from the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,456,820

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED MEMBER

Nippon Steel Nisshin Co.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a molded member by carrying out multi-stage drawing on a base metal sheet, the molded member comprising: a tubular body; and a flange formed at an end portion of the tubular body,wherein the multi-stage drawing comprises:
preliminary drawing for forming a preliminary body having a body element from the base metal sheet;
at least one compression drawing performed after the preliminary drawing using a mold, the mold comprising: a die having a pushing hole; a punch for being inserted into the inside of the body element to push the body element into the pushing hole; and a compressing device that applies a compressive force along a depth direction of the body element to a circumferential wall of the body element, the at least one compression drawing forming the tubular body by drawing the body element while applying the compressive force to the body element; and
at least one finishing ironing performed after the at least one compression drawing;
wherein the compressing device comprises a lifter pad, the lifter pad comprising: a pad portion which is disposed at an outer circumferential position of the punch so as to face the die, and on which a lower end of the circumferential wall of the body element is placed; and an urging portion, the urging portion being configured to support the pad portion from below and enable a supporting force for supporting the pad portion to be adjusted;
wherein the at least one compression drawing is performed without the pad portion machos arriving at a bottom dead center;
wherein the supporting force acts upon the body element as the compressive force when performing the compression drawing of the body element; and
wherein in the at least one finishing ironing process, an ironing ratio Y is defined by the following equation:

in which:
cre represents clearance of a mold used for the finishing ironing; and
tre represents an average thickness of the circumferential wall of the body element before the finishing ironing; and
a ratio X of a curvature radius r of a shoulder portion of a die of the mold used for the finishing ironing to the average thickness tre of the circumferential wall of the body element before the finishing ironing is defined as:
X=r/tre; and
wherein the ironing ratio Y is determined so as to satisfy the following equation with respect to the ratio X:
0

US Pat. No. 10,456,818

SIMPLE PRE-CONTROL OF A WEDGE-TYPE ROLL-GAP ADJUSTMENT OF A ROUGHING STAND

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES GE...

1. An operating method for a rolling mill processing in succession a plurality of flat items of metal rolling stock, the method comprising:feeding a first flat item of the plurality of flat items through a plurality of roll stands of the rolling mill via a first feed path;
roughing down the first flat item in at least one stand of the plurality of roll stands during at least one roughing pass with a first value of a wedge setting then finish-rolling the roughed down first flat item in finishing passes;
registering a first thickness wedge produced for the first flat item after the finish-rolling of the first flat item;
comparing the first thickness wedge of the first flat item with a first target wedge, and determining a deviation of the first thickness wedge from the first target wedge;
based on the deviation and on the first value of the wedge setting, determining a new value of the wedge setting for the at least one roughing pass;
adjusting the wedge setting in the course of the at least one roughing pass in accordance with the new value of the wedge setting for a next flat item of the plurality of flat items to be rolled next, so that the next flat item is roughed down in the at least one roughing pass with the new value of the wedge setting; and
during the roughing down of the plurality of flat item in one of the roll stands, placing lateral guides and/or edgers against the flat items in front or upstream of and/or behind or downstream of the roll stand, such that the lateral guides and/or edgers exert transverse forces on the respective flat items of rolling stock for preventing a saber-type formation in the rolling stock in the course of roughing down;
wherein the adjusting of the wedge setting is such that the wedge setting is proportional to the thickness wedge existing in the finish-rolled respective flat item.

US Pat. No. 10,456,815

INJECTOR NEEDLE CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Bluebonnet Foods, L.P., ...

1. A food injection needle cleaning system, comprising:a fluid tank containing a fluid substance;
a pump coupled to the fluid tank;
at least one chamber comprising at least one tubular bore passing through the at least one chamber and a fluid substance inlet in fluid flow communication with the at least one tubular bore and the pump;
a needle receiver movably engageable with a first opening of the at least one tubular bore;
at least one first compressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that a press member bears upon the at least one first compressible member;
at least one substantially incompressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that the at least one first compressible annular member bears upon the at least one substantially incompressible annular member; the at least one substantially incompressible annular member having a fluid substance opening in fluid flow communication with the fluid substance inlet of the at least one chamber;
at least one second compressible annular member disposed within the at least one tubular bore and positioned such that the at least one substantially incompressible annular member bears upon the at least one second compressible annular member;
an end cap having a waste opening passing therethrough, the end cap sealing a second opening of the at least one tubular bore of the at least one chamber; and
each of the at least one first compressible annular member, the at least one substantially incompressible annular member, the at least one second compressible annular member and the waste opening have inner diameters configured to accept a food injection needle therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,456,811

LIM WEIGHT SORTER

Laitram, L.L.C., Harahan...

1. A conveyor comprising:a conveyor belt advancing along a carryway path in a direction of belt travel, the conveyor belt having a plurality of electrically conductive rollers rotatable in a lateral direction transverse to the direction of belt travel;
a linear stator adjacent to the conveyor belt in a roller-activation zone extending along the carryway path from a zone entrance to a zone exit;
wherein each of the electrically conductive rollers, acting as a rotor, forms with the linear stator a constant-torque linear-induction motor that rotates the rollers in the lateral direction in the roller-activation zone so that objects conveyed on the conveyor belt are propelled by the rotation of the rollers to exit the roller-activation zone with a speed parallel to the lateral direction that is inversely proportional to the weights of the objects;
a sensor sensing the conveyed objects and making measurements of their lateral acceleration, lateral speed, or lateral displacement along the carryway downstream of the zone entrance of the roller-activation zone for conversion of the measurements into object weights.

US Pat. No. 10,456,808

SELECTIVE DEPOSITION OF METALS, METAL OXIDES, AND DIELECTRICS

ASM IP Holding B.V., Alm...

1. A method for selectively depositing a dielectric material on a dielectric surface of a substrate relative to a metal surface of the same substrate, the method comprising:at least one deposition cycle comprising alternately and sequentially contacting the substrate with a precursor and a reactant, and
wherein the metal surface is treated to inhibit deposition of the dielectric material thereon prior to the at least one deposition cycle, and
wherein the dielectric material is selectively deposited on the dielectric surface relative to the metal surface with a selectivity of at least 80%.

US Pat. No. 10,456,803

METHODS OF REMOVING A GLUTINOUS SUBSTANCE FROM AN APPLICATOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of removing a glutinous substance from an applicator, the method comprising:removing an actuator and a plunger, extending from the actuator, from the applicator before the glutinous substance has solidified;
allowing the glutinous substance to solidify inside the applicator, such that the glutinous substance that has solidified comprises a first sealant plug, located inside a first body portion of the applicator, a second sealant plug, integral with the first sealant plug and located partially inside a second body portion of the applicator, and a third sealant plug, integral with the first sealant plug and located inside an end-effector interface, extending from a base portion of the first body portion;
detaching a side cover from the base portion of the first body portion to expose the first sealant plug;
severing the first sealant plug from the second sealant plug at a first junction between the first body portion and the second body portion;
severing the first sealant plug from the third sealant plug at a second junction between the base portion of the first body portion and the end-effector interface;
detaching a tip portion of the applicator from the second body portion to expose a portion of the second sealant plug;
extracting the second sealant plug from the second body portion by pulling the portion of the second sealant plug, exposed by detaching the tip portion from the second body portion away from the second body portion in a direction along the second body portion;
separating the first sealant plug from the base portion of the first body portion; and
extracting the third sealant plug from the end-effector interface of the first body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,802

ATOMIZING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA MITSUBIHSHI-ELECT...

1. An atomizing apparatus that forms a solution into a mist, said atomizing apparatus comprising:a container that accommodates said solution;
a mist generator that forms said solution into a mist;
an inner hollow structure that is located in said container and has a hollow inside;
a gas supplying unit that is located in said container and supplies a gas into a gas supply space being a space enclosed by an inner surface of said container and an outer surface of said inner hollow structure; and
a connecting portion that connects said hollow of said inner hollow structure and said gas supply space,
wherein a speed of the gas output from the connecting portion into said hollow of said inner hollow structure is faster than a speed of the carrier gas output from the gas supplying unit into said gas supply space,
the gas supplying unit includes a single gas supply port through which the gas enters into the gas supply space, and
wherein a dimension between an inner wall surface of said container and an outer wall surface of said inner hollow structure in said gas supply space around said connecting portion is smaller than a dimension between the inner wall surface of said container and the outer wall surface of said inner hollow structure in said gas supply space around said gas supplying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,799

FLUID PRODUCT DISPENSING DEVICE

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. A fluid dispenser device comprising: a reservoir (10) containing fluid; a dispenser head (20) that is provided with a dispenser orifice (21); dispenser means (30) for dispensing at least a fraction of said fluid through said dispenser orifice (21); and passage means (40) for connecting said reservoir (10) to said dispenser orifice (21) on actuation of said dispenser means (30), said passage means (40) including a hollow needle (41) that penetrates into said reservoir (10) on actuation of said dispenser means (30), said needle (41) being fastened in a needle support (60) that is itself fastened in said dispenser head (20); the dispenser device being characterized in that said needle support (60) includes blocking means (65, 66) that, in the rest position, co-operate with said reservoir (10) so as to prevent it from moving axially relative to said head (20).

US Pat. No. 10,456,793

CARTRIDGES AND DISPENSER DEVICES FOR JETS OF WATER INCORPORATING SUCH CARTRIDGES

NIKLES TEC ITALIA S.r.l.,...

1. A cartridge to be housed in a cartridge seat made in a device body of a dispenser device for jets of water, comprising:a cartridge body, comprising a first compartment and a second compartment, said second compartment being separated from said first compartment by a watertight separation septum, the cartridge body comprising an entry aperture for the entry of a flow of water into the first compartment and at least one exit aperture opening toward the outside environment for the exit of the flow of water from the first compartment;
a generator housed in said first compartment, said generator being suitable for being driven by a flow of water which crosses said first compartment from the entry aperture to the at least one exit aperture; and
at least one electronic device housed in said second compartment suitable for generating a secondary effect perceivable by a user, said electronic device being powered electrically by the generator, the second compartment being separated from the external environment by a separation element suitable for allowing transmission of said secondary effect towards the outside environment, wherein
the cartridge body comprises a cylindrical shape with a cartridge axis (X),
the entry aperture and the separation element are provided at opposite ends of the cartridge body along the cartridge axis (X),
the first compartment is superposed on the second compartment along the cartridge axis (X), and
the at least one exit aperture of the water is directed radially with respect to the cartridge axis (X).

US Pat. No. 10,456,791

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CONTACTLESS OPTICALLY-INDUCED DIELECTROPHORESIS FOR SEPARATION OF CIRCULATING TUMOR CELLS

Ace Medical Technology Co...

1. A method for performing contactless optically-induced dielectrophoresis (ODEP) for separation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), the method comprising the steps of:(1) obtaining blood with suspected CTCs;
(2) adding at least one fluorescent antibody that binds to the CTCs into the blood to form stained blood;
(3) injecting the stained blood with the at least one fluorescent antibody into a sample receiving member of an ODEP device wherein the ODEP device includes a first conductive glass and a second conductive glass, the first conductive glass includes a transverse main channel and a longitudinal micro channel joining the main channel at a cell separation zone, and the first conductive glass includes a first hole and a second hole aligned with two ends of the main channel respectively, a third hole aligned with one end of the microchannel that is distal to the cell separation zone, the sample receiving member disposed on and aligned with the first hole, an exhaust discharge member disposed on and aligned with the second hole, a target collection member disposed on and aligned with the third hole, and a controller including an optical projection device and an image fetch device;
(4) performing fluorescent image identification by immunofluorescent microscopic observation using the optical projection device and the image fetch device to identify and distinguish the CTCs bound to the at least one fluorescent antibody from pseudo positive target cells that have fluorescent expression and lack cell nuclei;
(5) trapping the identified CTCs bound to the at least one fluorescent antibody in the ODEP device by creating an image pattern by projecting a light image and then generating an ODEP force;
(6) separating the trapped CTCs from other non-CTCs at the cell separation zone;
(7) collecting the trapped CTCs in the target collection member; and
(8) obtaining the collected CTCs from the target collection member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,790

MACHINE FOR TREATING INFECTIOUS WASTE, IN PARTICULAR MEDICAL WASTE

TESALYS, Lyons (FR)

1. A machine for treating waste, comprising:a waste loading receptacle for loading waste, comprising walls defining the waste loading receptacle,
a shredding assembly for shredding said waste, including a shredder, and a pusher making it possible to push the waste toward the shredder, the pusher including a plate and an actuator for actuating the plate in the receptacle;
the receptacle has a constant cross-section between a waste loading opening and a communication opening with the shredder, the waste loading opening being an upper opening; and
the plate is translatable in the waste loading receptacle, parallel to the axis along which the receptacle has said constant cross-section, the plate having an edge wall and having dimensions such that only an interstice exists between the edge wall of the plate and the walls defining said waste loading receptacle; the plate is movable between a withdrawn position, where the plate is able to be freed from said waste loading opening, and an end-of-travel position, where the plate is situated adjacent said communication opening;
the machine comprises a sealing gasket within the waste loading receptacle movable between a retracted position and a sealing position;
wherein in the retracted position, the sealing gasket does not hinder the mobility of the plate in the waste loading receptacle, and in the sealing position, the sealing gasket fills the interstice and produces, in said end-of-travel position of the plate, sealing between the plate and the walls of said receptacle;
wherein, in the withdrawn position, the pusher is completely housed in a cover of the machine, the cover being movable between a position covering the waste loading opening, in which the cover closes the opening, and a retracted position, in which the cover does not hinder the loading of waste in said receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,787

REAGENT COMPONENT DISPENSING CAPS FOR REAGENT CONTAINERS USED IN AUTOMATED CLINICAL ANALYZERS

Instrumentation Laborator...

1. A device for storing reagent components in an automated clinical analyzer, comprising:a container lid, said container lid comprising,
a cylindrical wall about a longitudinal central axis, the cylindrical wall defining a lumen,
a first opening to the lumen at a first end of the cylindrical wall,
a second opening to the lumen at a second end of the cylindrical wall
a portion of the lumen defining a reagent chamber 62 configured to store one or more reagents,
wherein the cylindrical wall further comprises internal threads 30 extending from the first end 20 to the second end 22 of the cylindrical wall;
a cylindrical member 40 positioned within the lumen and confined between and shorter than the distance between the first and second ends, said cylindrical member 40 comprising external threads 50 configured to operatively engage the internal threads 30 of said cylindrical wall and thereby to move the cylindrical member along the central longitudinal axis within the lumen, and wherein said engagement between the internal threads 30 and said external threads 50 form a gas-tight seal between the first opening of the lumen and the reagent chamber 62;
a breakable seal 60 positioned at the second end 22 of cylindrical wall extending across the second opening of the lumen, wherein the reagent chamber 62 is bounded by the cylindrical wall, the cylindrical member 40 and the breakable seal 60; and
an attachment structure 75 joined to the second end of the cylindrical wall, the attachment structure 75 including an engagement portion shaped for receiving a mating engagement portion of a container 72 at an opening of the container 72 and retaining the cylindrical wall and the breakable seal 60 in a fixed position against the container 72 such that the breakable seal 60 seals the opening of the container 72.

US Pat. No. 10,456,786

SEPTUMS AND RELATED METHODS

ABBOTT LABORATORIES, Abb...

1. A septum comprising:a first surface;
a membrane coupled to at least a portion of the first surface;
a second surface opposite the first surface; and
ribs extending between the membrane and the second surface, the first surface spaced apart from the second surface by the ribs, each rib having a first end coupled to the membrane and a second end extending between a first edge of the second surface and a second edge of the second surface, a height of each rib defined between the membrane and the second surface, the ribs and the membrane to form a seal prior to penetration by a probe, wherein the second end is curved and has a parabolic cross-sectional shape having a vertex, and wherein the vertex is in a plane, and the first edge of the second surface and the second edge of the second surface are in the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,456,783

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

Click Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing;
a sample input module enclosed by the housing, the sample input module defining a sample input volume that receives an input sample;
a solid control organism within the sample input volume, the solid control organism being nonpathogenic to humans and being rehydrated and mixed with the input sample when the input sample is conveyed from the sample input volume;
an amplification module coupled within the housing and configured to receive the input sample, the amplification module defining a reaction volume and including a heater, the amplification module configured to amplify a control nucleic acid within the control organism to produce a control amplicon along with amplification of a target nucleic acid within the input sample to produce a target amplicon;
a reagent formulated to produce a first signal indicating a presence of the target amplicon and a second signal indicating a presence of the control amplicon; and
a detection module that receives an output produced by the amplification module including the target amplicon and the control amplicon, the detection module including a first detection surface and a second detection surface, the first detection surface configured to interact with the target amplicon such that when the detection module contains the reagent the first signal is produced from the first detection surface, the second detection surface configured to interact with the control amplicon such that when the detection module contains the reagent the second signal is produced from the second detection surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,782

DENSITY PHASE SEPARATION DEVICE

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A separation assembly for enabling separation of a fluid sample into first and second phases, comprising:a collection container having a first end, a second end, and a sidewall extending therebetween, the collection container defining a longitudinal axis between the first end and the second end; and
a mechanical separator comprising a separator body having a through-hole defined therein and a sealing perimeter defined on an exterior surface of the separator body, the separator body adapted to transition from a first initial position in which the through-hole is oriented in an open position for allowing fluid to pass therethrough, to a second sealing position in which the through-hole is oriented in a closed position for preventing fluid from being received therethrough, upon applied centrifugal force,
wherein, in the second sealing position, the sealing perimeter sealingly engages a portion of the sidewall of the collection container to prevent fluid from passing between the mechanical separator and the sidewall and to prevent fluid from passing through the through-hole, and
wherein the sealing perimeter has a first diameter in a direction parallel to a through-axis of the through-hole, and a second diameter in a direction perpendicular to the through-axis of the through-hole, and the first diameter is less than the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,781

FLUID INSPECTION DEVICE

SKYLA CORPORATION HSINCHU...

1. A fluid inspection device, comprising:at least one channel including a top channel surface and a bottom channel surface, wherein a first spacing is formed therebetween;
at least one chamber communicating with the at least one channel from which a fluid flows into the at least one chamber and including a top chamber surface, a bottom chamber surface and a fluid-filling area, the fluid-filling area is a portion of the at least one chamber filling with the fluid communicating with the at least one channel, wherein a second spacing is formed between the top chamber surface of at least a portion of the fluid-filling area and the bottom chamber surface corresponding to the at least a portion of the fluid-filling area; and
a through opening communicating with the at least one chamber and an outside of the fluid inspection device,
the second spacing of the at least one chamber is smaller than the first spacing of the at least one channel,
wherein the top chamber surface comprises a top sub surface, a top protruding surface and a first join surface connecting the top sub surface and the top protruding surface, and a first step is formed between the top protruding surface and the first join surface,
the bottom chamber surface comprises a bottom sub surface, a bottom protruding surface and a second joint surface connecting the bottom sub surface and the bottom protruding surface, and a second step is formed between the bottom protruding surface and the second join surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,780

ENERGY EFFICIENT HUMIDIFICATION-DEHUMIDIFICATION DESALINATION SYSTEM

King Fahd University of P...

1. A humidification-dehumidification desalination system, comprising:a humidifier, including
a housing having a sloped roof, a fluid inlet, and a fluid outlet,
at least one thermal element for heating a fluid to be purified arranged within the housing, the at least one thermal element having a surface sloped at a pre-determined angle, and
at least one fluid tray disposed within the housing, the at least one fluid tray being configured to contain the fluid to be purified and having a floor incorporating a perforated plate therein, wherein the perforated plate is in fluid communication with an air supply; and
a dehumidifier, wherein
the surface of the at least one thermal element, sloped at the pre-determined angle, is optically aligned with at least one solar energy concentrator,
the fluid inlet is arranged in order to introduce the fluid to be purified to the at least one thermal element, and
the at least one thermal element is arranged in order to introduce the fluid to be purified to the at least one fluid tray at a pre-determined temperature, the pre-determined temperature of the fluid to be purified being above an initial temperature of the fluid to be purified.

US Pat. No. 10,456,779

PIPETTE TIP HAVING A STRAIGHT PIPE SECTION WITH INNER PROTRUSION AND PIPETTING METHOD FOR A LIQUID INCLUDING CELLS

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A pipette tip comprising:a main body section; and
a straight pipe section connected to the main body section and disposed at a leading end of the pipette tip,
wherein the main body section includes a first taper section whose diameter is reduced toward the straight pipe section and a second taper section connected to the first taper section,
wherein an inner diameter of the straight pipe section is greater than or equal to 0.8 mm and less than or equal to 1.5 mm,
a length of the straight pipe section is 5 mm to 15 mm inclusive,
a protrusion is disposed on an inner wall of the straight pipe section, and
the protrusion makes a narrowest inner diameter of the straight pipe section to be 200 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,456,768

ALUMINUM OXIDE FORMING HEAT TRANSFER TUBE FOR THERMAL CRACKING

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. A heat transfer tube comprising,a carburization-resistant alloy comprising a) 25 to 55 wt. % nickel; b) 18 to 24 wt. % chromium; c) 4 to 7 wt. % aluminum; d) iron; and e) at least one strengthening mechanism component, the weight percents being based on the total weight of the alloy, wherein the strengthening mechanism includes one or more of:
(i) carbides strengthening mechanisms comprising 1.0 to 2.0 wt. % of at least one element selected from titanium, zirconium, hafnium, vanadium, niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, tungsten, and 0.4 to 0.6 wt. % carbon;
(ii) gamma prime (??) strengthening mechanisms comprising Ni3Al and less than 0.15 wt. % carbon;
(iii) solid solution strengthening mechanisms comprising 2.0 to 4.0 wt. % of at least one element selected from vanadium, niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, tungsten, and less than 0.4 wt. % carbon; and
(iv) oxide dispersoid strengthening mechanisms comprising 0.1 to 1.0 wt. % of at least one element selected from yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, scandium, praseodymium, neodymium and less than 0.4 wt. % carbon.

US Pat. No. 10,456,762

MACHINE FOR MIXING AND CONVEYING A ROAD APPLICATION MIXTURE AND THE METHODS OF USE THEREOF

Juneau County, a Wisconsi...

1. A system comprising:a hopper for containing a solid;
a pump for pumping a liquid;
an auger casing having an auger casing interior and an auger casing exterior, said auger casing having a liquid inlet for introducing an amount of said liquid into said auger casing interior from said pump and a solid inlet for introducing an amount of said solid into said auger casing interior from said hopper, said auger casing also having an auger casing discharge; and
an auger enclosed within and completely surrounded by said auger casing; said auger mixing and conveying said liquid and said solid within said auger casing wherein said auger has a first flight section and a second flight section, said amount of said liquid entering said auger casing interior through said liquid inlet, said liquid inlet being located at a start of said second flight, wherein said first flight section has a first flight section pitch and said second flight section has a second flight section pitch, wherein said second flight second pitch is greater than said first flight section pitch, whereby said solid is conveyed at a faster rate of speed in said second flight section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,761

MIXER-CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A MIXER-CONTAINER INCLUDING A TELESCOPIC SHAFT

SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS,...

1. A method for assembling a mixer-container intended for receiving a biopharmaceutical fluid for mixing, wherein:a container is provided having a flexible wall defining an inner space suitable for filling with biopharmaceutical fluid, the container comprising:
a mixing device comprising at least one shaft having an adjustable length along a main axis, and
at least one first bearing attached to the wall, the shaft extending at least into the inner space from the first bearing,
a rigid outer containment device for the container is provided,
a drive motor located outside the container is provided, the motor being suitable for rotating the shaft of the mixing device,
the container is placed in the rigid outer containment device, the rigid outer containment device comprising a bottom wall and a peripheral wall defining a housing adapted to receive the container, the flexible wall of the container being arranged on the bottom wall of the rigid outer containment device, and
the length of the shaft along the main axis is adjusted to position the shaft facing the motor to enable the motor to rotate the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,456,757

IN-LINE CARBONATION SYSTEM

1. An apparatus for carbonating a liquid comprising:a pump having an inlet aperture and an outlet aperture, wherein when the pump is activated, the pump can circulate the liquid from the inlet aperture to the outlet aperture;
a fitting assembly comprising:
a carbonation inlet;
a fluid inlet;
a fluid outlet; and
a carbonating stone configured to introduce carbon dioxide gas from a carbon dioxide source to the liquid, wherein said carbonating stone has a pore diameter configured to inhibit the over carbonation of the liquid by allowing for the pressure to the carbonation stone to be set at a final desired carbonation level of the liquid; and
a first hose, wherein said first hose fluidly connects the outlet aperture of said pump to the fluid inlet of said fitting assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,456,753

POROUS HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE

TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A porous hollow-fiber membrane comprising a fluororesin-based polymer, whereinthe porous hollow-fiber membrane has a columnar texture oriented in a longitudinal direction of the porous hollow-fiber membrane,
a stress at 5% elongation (F5 value) in the longitudinal direction at 80° C. is 6.9 MPa or more,
the F5 value in the longitudinal direction at 121° C. is 5.2 MPa or more,
the F5 value in the longitudinal direction at 25° C. is 12 MPa or more, and
a loss modulus (E?)-temperature curve obtained in a dynamic viscoelasticity test (temperature dependency test) has a peak and the temperature at the peak is from 68 to 80° C.

US Pat. No. 10,456,752

COMPOSITION FOR CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE, CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND CO2 GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A method for separating CO2, comprising:feeding a gas mixture that contains at least CO2 and water vapor on a surface side of a CO2 gas separation membrane; and
separating CO2 from said gas mixture through the other surface side of said gas separation membrane, wherein
the CO2 gas separation membrane comprises a separation-functional layer containing a composition for a CO2 gas separation membrane; and
a supporting layer including a porous membrane, wherein
the composition for a CO2 gas separation membrane comprises at least one compound selected from the group consisting of an alkali metal carbonate, an alkali metal bicarbonate, and an alkali metal hydroxide;
a crosslinked polymer in which a polymer having a carboxyl group has been crosslinked; and
a non-crosslinked polymer obtained by polymerization of one or more monomers selected from the group consisting of vinyl acetate, acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, and a derivative thereof,
wherein the non-crosslinked polymer content is 2 wt % to 90 wt % based on the total amount of the crosslinked polymer and the non-crosslinked polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,744

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CAPTURING AND STORING CARBON DIOXIDE

The Trustees of Columbia ...

1. A method of capturing and storing carbon dioxide, said method comprising:providing a dissolution reactor;
mixing materials including magnesium or calcium with one or more acids and catechol to form a magnesium or calcium-rich solvent in said dissolution reactor;
providing a combined biocatalyst and carbonation reactor in fluid communication with said dissolution reactor;
generating carbonate ions by reacting a gas including carbon dioxide with a biocatalyst in said biocatalyst and carbonation reactor;
providing the solvent to said biocatalyst and carbonation reactor; and
reacting said solvent with said carbonate ions to form magnesium or calcium carbonates in said biocatalyst and carbonation reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,741

COMPRESSED GAS DRYER WITH ENERGY HARVESTING, AND METHOD

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

9. A method of drying a compressed gas comprising:conveying incoming compressed gas through a precooler in a drying system so as to initially reduce a temperature of the compressed gas, the precooler having an integrated construction which includes a first heat exchanger and a second heat exchanger disposed on opposite sides of a wall of the integrated construction;
passing the compressed gas from the precooler through a conduit to a cooler;
conveying the compressed gas through a cooler in the drying system so as to subsequently reduce the temperature of the compressed gas;
draining liquid condensed from the compressed gas by way of the reductions in temperature from a liquid drain outlet of a fluid conduit that conveys the compressed gas through the precooler and the cooler; and
passing the condensed liquid through the first heat exchanger of the precooler such that the initial reduction in temperature occurs by way of a direct exchange of heat between the condensed liquid and the incoming compressed gas.

US Pat. No. 10,456,733

APPARATUS AND CALCULATING METHOD OF PH

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

8. A calculating method of pH of water at a predetermined position outside a ship having a scrubber, comprising:measuring a pH value of washing water discharged from the scrubber to outboard;
measuring a pH value of washing water supplied from outboard to the scrubber; and
calculating the pH value of the water at the predetermined position outboard, based on a dilution ratio which shows a ratio by which the washing water discharged to outboard is diluted at the predetermined position outboard, the pH value measured in the measuring of the pH value of the washing water discharged from the scrubber to outboard, and the pH value measured in the measuring of the pH value of the washing water supplied from outboard to the scrubber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,727

REUSABLE AIR FILTER SYSTEM AND METHOD

13. A method for a reusable air filter for filtering air being conducted to an air intake of an internal combustion engine, comprising:configuring a cleanable filter medium to entrap particulates flowing within an airstream wherein the filter medium comprises a series of peaks and troughs along a first axis;
coupling the filter medium with one or more support structures that maintain the shape of the filter medium wherein the support structure comprises at least a base an end cap;
forming the cleanable filter medium between the base and end cap into a cube shape having a plurality of sides wherein at least one of the plurality of sides inwardly protrude perpendicular to the first axis and facilitate coupling the reusable air filter with an air box, such that an entirety of the airstream is passed through the filter medium; and
contouring the cleanable filter medium to provide a filtration surface area that is larger than an area of the shape.

US Pat. No. 10,456,726

DEMISTER APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A method for eliminating mist generated in a machine tool installation having a booth enclosing said machine tool installation and provided with one or more access door panels which are opened for loading and unloading parts therein but closed during a cycle of machining of said parts comprising:connecting a blower to said booth by an exhaust duct system and operating said blower with a drive motor so as to continuously draw a flow of air into said booth from any opening in said booth during machining of parts and also drawing air out of said booth and into said exhaust duct system to create a partial vacuum in said booth sufficient to prevent the escape of air containing mist from said booth as a result of spraying cutting fluid on said parts into air surrounding said booth;
providing a remote demister apparatus including one or more filters connected to said exhaust duct system receiving said air flow drawn out of said booth and passing said air flow through said one or more filters in said remote demister apparatus and thereafter exhausting said air flow through an outlet;
installing a cyclonic separator in said exhaust duct system at a point adjacent said machine tool installation booth, directing said air flow drawn out of said booth into and through said cyclonic separator so as to remove a substantial portion of mist contained in said air drawn out of said booth prior to entering said remote demister apparatus; and
increasing the power to said blower drive motor so as to counteract any effects resulting from any increase in air pressure in said booth which increase in air pressure would reduce the vacuum level therein and reduce an inflow of air into said booth through openings therein which could otherwise increase the possibility of leakage of mist containing air out of said booth and into said air surrounding said booth generating an electronic signal when any of said access panel doors are about to begin to be opened, and transmitting signals to a VFD controller associated with said blower drive motor to cause a corresponding increase in blower drive motor power to in turn increase the rate of air flow drawn from said booth as long as any of said panel doors are open; wherein a sensor is included detecting a blockage in one or more of said filters and increasing the power to said blower drive motor corresponding to a degree of blockage of said one or more filters.

US Pat. No. 10,456,725

FILTER FRAME FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A filter frame for an image forming apparatus, comprising:a rectangular base part including a rectangular opening, defining a rectangular outer shape, and including a plurality of engaging holes formed each side thereof;
an extension portion extending outward from each of the sides of the rectangular base part, and including a plurality of engagement projections corresponding to the plurality of engaging holes;
a termination portion formed at an end of the extension portion and including a bent portion; and
a hinge configured to couple each of the extension portions with the rectangular base part,
wherein the rectangular base part, each of the extension portions, each of the termination portions, and each of the hinges are formed integrally,
wherein the rectangular base part allow a dust proof filter having a rectangular plate-like shape to be placed thereon,
wherein each of the extension portions is turned about each of the hinges and bent at right angle to the rectangular base part, and then each of the extension portions is engaged with each of the sides of the rectangular base part so as to clamp the dust proof filter, and
wherein each of the termination portions is elastically deformed and fixed to an inner wall of each side of a duct.

US Pat. No. 10,456,716

LIQUID FILTERING DEVICE

1. A filter arrangement for filtering liquids, the filter arrangement comprising:a filter housing;
a filter element arranged within the filter housing, the filter element comprising:
a cylindrical filter element of zigzag folded filter media in a cylindrical shape around a central axis, the filter element having an open interior extending axially on the central axis , wherein the zig-zag folded filter media includes:
a first axial end face;
an opposing second axial end face;
a radially inner flow face arranged at and circumferentially surrounding the open interior and the central axis, the radially inner flow face extending between the first and second axial end faces; and
a radially outer flow face arranged at and circumferentially surrounding the radial outer side of the cylindrical shaped filter media and circumferentially surrounding the radially inner flow face, the radially outer flow face extending between the first and second axial end faces;
wherein one of the inner and outer flow faces is an unfiltered flow face through which unfiltered liquid enters the filter element;
wherein a different one of the inner and outer flow faces is an filtered flow face through which filtered liquid leaves the filter element;
a first end plate that is flat and circular, the first end plate lying directly on and closing directly against the zigzag folded filter media across the first axial end face from proximate to the radial inner flow face of the filter media to the radial outer flow face of the filter media, such that the first axial end face of the zigzag folded filter media is in direct contact with and fixed directly onto the first end plate;
wherein a radially innermost edge of the first end plate is arranged on the first axial end face of the filter media of the cylindrical filter element and spaced radially outwardly away from the radial inner flow face of the filter media;
wherein the first end plate is substantially flat and extending radially in a direction substantially perpendicular to the central axis, the first end plate having:
a central opening extending axially through the first end plate and opening into the radially inner flow face at the open central interior of the filter element;
an axial projection formed as an annular wall having a first end positioned on an outer circumference of the central opening and surrounding the central opening, the axial projection having an opposite second axial end arranged axially outwardly away from the first end plate and filter media;
an annular rim formed on a radially outer circumference of the first end plate, the annular rim having:
a radially inner side arranged on the radially outer flow face of the filter media; and
a radially outer side;
wherein the annular rim projects axially from the first end plate in a direction towards the opposing second axial end face of the filter media; and
an annular non-return diaphragm comprised of an elastomer and secured onto the axial projection in such a way that the non-return diaphragm is operable to sealably contact a sealing surface of the filter housing, with the non-return diaphragm elastically deflectable/flexible within predetermined limits in an axial direction of the filter element,
wherein the non-return diaphragm extends radially through openings of the axial projection from a radially outer side to a radially inner side of the annular wall to form a radial seal at the radial inner side of the annular wall,
wherein the radial seal adapted to seal radially against a filter housing component when the filter housing component is received into the axial projection;
wherein the first end plate includes:
a plurality of radial noses formed directly on the radially outer side of the annular rim and projecting radially outwardly away from the annular rim and the filter media, the plurality of radial noses angularly spaced apart on an outer circumference of the annular rim,
the plurality of radial noses configured to project onto and abut axially against respective ones of a plurality of axial stops formed on a radially inner surface of the filter housing,
the radial noses configured to engage into the plurality of axial stops forming an axial stop of the filter element in the filter housing; and
a plurality of axial stops formed on a radially inner surface of the filter housing, the plurality of axial stops angularly spaced apart on the radially inner surface of the filter housing;
wherein the plurality of radial noses project radially outwardly onto and abut axially against respective ones of the plurality of axial stops of the filter housing, the plurality of axial stops defining a predetermined pretension of the non-return diaphragm when the non-return diaphragm is resting against a sealing surface of the filter housing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,715

FILTER ASSEMBLY HAVING CRYOGENIC SEAL ARRANGEMENT

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A filter cartridge configured to provide cryogenic sealing, comprising:a canister;
a filtration medium disposed inside the canister;
a protrusion extending axially from an end of at least one of the canister or the filtration medium and having a sealing surface formed thereon, the protrusion forming an end-most portion of the filter cartridge, and the sealing surface is a radially inward facing inner annular surface that is oriented at an oblique angle relative to a central longitudinal axis of the filter cartridge; and
an energizer ring connected to the protrusion at a radial side opposite the sealing surface so as to surround the protrusion, the energizer ring having a coefficient of thermal expansion greater than the protrusion,
wherein the energizer ring is disposed around an outer annular surface of the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,713

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR COALESCER

1. A system comprising:an AC type of electrostatic coalescer comprising electrodes; and
a power supply system for the AC type of coalescer, the power supply system comprising:
a first transformer having a primary winding with first and second primary terminals and a secondary winding with first and second secondary terminals, where the first and second secondary terminals are connected to the electrodes of the coalescer;
a controllable transformer having a primary side for connection to an AC power source and a secondary side connected to first and second nodes, where the second node is connected to the second primary terminal of the first transformer;
a resonant control circuit connected between the first node and the second node;
a control system for controlling the controllable transformer; and
a capacitor connected between the first node and the first primary terminal of the first transformer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,712

RECOVERING A HYDROCARBON FLUID

R3 Oil, LLC, San Antonio...

1. A hydrocarbon recovery system, comprising:a sensor assembly comprising a sensor antenna configured to transmit a plurality of wave energy pulses of ultrasonic energy and electromagnetic energy through a waste fluid in a direction away from the sensor antenna, the waste fluid comprising a mixture of a hydrocarbon fluid and a non-hydrocarbon fluid in a hydraulic fracturing fluid recovered from a hydraulic fracturing operation, the sensor assembly configured to stratify the waste fluid into the hydrocarbon fluid in a hydrocarbon fluid layer and into the non-hydrocarbon fluid in a non-hydrocarbon fluid layer based on transmitting the plurality of wave energy pulses through the waste fluid at a first wavelength that reflects back from a first interfacial surface of the hydrocarbon fluid layer toward a top surface of the waste fluid and a second wavelength that reflects back from a second interfacial surface of the non-hydrocarbon fluid layer toward the top surface of the waste fluid, such that the hydrocarbon fluid layer and the non-hydrocarbon fluid layer are further separated, the sensor antenna further configured to receive a plurality of reflected wave energy pulses transmitted through the waste fluid in a direction toward the sensor antenna, the sensor assembly further configured to determine a level difference between the first interfacial surface of the hydrocarbon fluid layer that comprises the hydrocarbon fluid and the second interfacial surface of the non-hydrocarbon fluid layer that comprises the non-hydrocarbon fluid based, at least in part, on the plurality of reflected wave energy pulses, and generate a signal based on the determined level difference; and
a hydrocarbon fluid pumping assembly communicably coupled to the sensor assembly to receive the generated signal, the hydrocarbon fluid pumping assembly configured to operate, based at least in part on the generated signal, to circulate a portion of the hydrocarbon fluid in the hydrocarbon fluid layer from the waste fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,711

LIQUID-LIQUID MASS TRANSFER PROCESS AND APPARATUS

Merichem Company, Housto...

1. A fiber bundle liquid-liquid contactor comprising:a vessel comprising:
a first inlet;
a second inlet;
a mixing zone arranged in the vessel to receive a first liquid from the first inlet and a second liquid from the second inlet, wherein the mixing zone comprises an inductor fluidically coupled to the second inlet for the second liquid; and
an extraction zone comprising a fiber bundle arranged in the vessel to receive the first liquid and the second liquid from the mixing zone,
wherein the inductor comprises:
a reducer body with a flow path therein and fluidically coupled to the second inlet;
a first reducer cone disposed on the reducer body such that the flow path disposed in the reducer body extends through the first reducer cone; and
a second reducer cone, wherein the second reducer cone is spaced apart from an outlet of the first reducer cone.

US Pat. No. 10,456,710

LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIAL PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD OF PROCESSING LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIAL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL, AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Mina...

1. A method of processing a liquid crystal material, comprising:agitating and mixing the liquid crystal material and pure water in a syringe accommodated in a vacuum chamber, purifying the liquid crystal material by transferring water-soluble impurities contained in the liquid crystal material to the pure water, stopping the agitation, and separating the mixture into a liquid crystal material layer of an upper layer and a water layer of a lower layer by leaving the mixture to stand still;
discharging the water layer of the lower layer from the syringe to an outside of the vacuum chamber; and
evacuating the vacuum chamber and degassing the liquid crystal material while agitating the liquid crystal material remaining in the syringe after discharging the water layer of the lower layer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,708

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXTRACTING BOTANICAL OILS

Natural Extraction System...

1. A method to extract an oil from a plant material, comprising:providing a system comprising an extraction chamber and a collection chamber;
providing a plant material comprising an oil;
inserting the plant material into the extraction chamber;
producing a heated gas stream in the system;
directing the heated gas stream through the extraction chamber to convert the oil of the plant material into an extracted oil that is entrained in the heated gas stream;
directing the extracted oil that is entrained in the heated gas stream from the extraction chamber and into the collection chamber;
providing a collection solvent, wherein the extracted oil is soluble in the collection solvent;
contacting the extracted oil that is entrained in the heated gas stream with the collection solvent in the collection chamber to dissolve the extracted oil in the collection solvent; and
collecting the extracted oil.

US Pat. No. 10,456,705

FLUE GAS CONDENSATION WATER EXTRACTION SYSTEM

Chunxiao Liu, Xilingol L...

1. A flue gas condensation water extraction system, comprising:a flue gas condensation end system;
a flue gas refrigeration source end system; and
a water supply and drainage system,
wherein the flue gas condensation end system comprises a desulfurization absorption tower, a flue gas purification condensation tower, and a condensate storage tank,
wherein the desulfurization absorption tower is provided with a flue gas inlet,
wherein the flue gas purification condensation tower is disposed above the desulfurization absorption tower,
wherein the flue gas purification condensation tower is provided with a flue gas outlet, a water inlet, and a drain,
wherein the flue gas refrigeration source end system comprises a cooling tower, wherein the drain is connected to the condensate storage tank via a descending condensate water pipe,
wherein the water inlet is connected to the cooling tower via a circulating water supply pipe,
wherein a circulating water pump is arranged on the circulating water supply pipe, wherein the cooling tower is connected to the condensate storage tank via a circulating water return pipe,
wherein the circulating water return pipe and the circulating water supply pipe are respectively provided with valves,
wherein the water supply and drainage system includes an underground water storage tank, which is connected to the condensate water storage tank via a water filling pipe,
wherein the water filling pipe is provided with a water pump,
wherein underground water storage tank is connected to the circulating water return pipe and circulating water supply pipe via a drain pipe, and wherein the drain pipe is provided with a drain valve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,704

METHOD OF REAL-TIME PROGNOSIS OF FLOODING PHENOMENON IN PACKED COLUMN

NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVER...

1. A method of real-time prognosis of a flooding phenomenon in a packed column, comprising:conducting an online data collection step, wherein a plurality of values of a pressure drop are collected from the packed column under operation;
conducting a detrending step, wherein a trend of the values of the pressure drop is removed to obtain a plurality of values of a detrended pressure drop;
conducting a fitting step, wherein the values of the detrended pressure drop are fitted with an exponential generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity model with orders of p and q (EGARCH(p, q) model) to obtain a value of at least one of model coefficients;
conducting a repeat step, wherein another value of the at least one of model coefficients is obtained;
conducting a statistical step, wherein a value of the monitoring statistic is calculated based on the values of the at least one of model coefficients;
conducting a control step, wherein the value of the monitoring statistic is compared to a control limit, and an alarm is triggered when the value of the monitoring statistic is greater than the control limit; and
conducting an adjustment step after the alarm is triggered, wherein an operational condition of the packed column is adjusted to make the value of the monitoring statistic less than the control limit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,699

MODULAR ASSEMBLY SYSTEM

SHENZHEN BELL CREATIVE SC...

11. A system, comprising:a plurality of assembly modules, at least one of the assembly modules comprising at least one connection interface; and
one or more connectors, each connector configured to mechanically and electrically connect two of the plurality of assembly modules via the connection interface of one of the two assembly modules,
wherein the plurality of assembly modules include at least:
a control module comprising:
a communication unit configured to obtain a set of host instructions from one or more hosts, and
a processor configured to generate a set of operation instructions for each assembly module based on at least the set of host instructions; and
an actuation module comprising:
a set of propellers, and
a motor configured to drive the set of propellers based on at least the set of operation instructions for the actuation module generated by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,698

TOY VEHICLE WITH NOVEL DRIVE-TRAIN CONTROL ASSEMBLY

Goldlok Holdings (Guangdo...

1. A toy vehicle comprising:(a) a chassis;
(b) an electric motor mounted on the chassis, the electric motor having a first shaft and a second shaft;
(c) a first motor gear connected to the first shaft of the electric motor such that the first motor gear rotates when the first shaft of the electric motor rotates;
(d) a first drive-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the first drive-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a first motor-side drive gear configured to be selectively meshed with the first motor gear such that, when meshed, the first motor-side drive gear rotates when the first motor gear rotates; and
(ii) a first wheel-side drive gear connected to the first motor-side drive gear such that the first wheel-side drive gear rotates when the first motor-side drive gear rotates;
(e) a first protective-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the first protective-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a first motor-side protective gear configured to be selectively meshed with the first wheel-side drive gear such that, when meshed, the first motor-side protective gear rotates when the first wheel-side drive gear rotates; and
(ii) a first wheel-side protective gear connected to the first motor-side protective gear such that the first wheel-side protective gear rotates when the first motor-side protective gear rotates;
(f) a first wheel assembly mounted on the chassis, the first wheel assembly comprising:
(i) a first left wheel;
(ii) a first right wheel; and
(iii) a first output gear: (a) connected to at least one of the first right wheel or the first left wheel such that at least one of the first right wheel or the first left wheel rotates when the first output gear rotates and (b) meshed with the first wheel-side protective gear such that the first output gear rotates when the first wheel-side protective gear rotates;
(g) a second motor gear connected to the second shaft of the electric motor such that the second motor gear rotates when the second shaft of the electric motor rotates;
(h) a second drive-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the second drive-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a second motor-side drive gear configured to be selectively meshed with the second motor gear such that, when meshed, the second motor-side drive gear rotates when the second motor gear rotates; and
(ii) a second wheel-side drive gear connected to the second motor-side drive gear such that the second wheel-side drive gear rotates when the second motor-side drive gear rotates;
(i) a second protective-gear assembly mounted on the chassis, the second protective-gear assembly comprising:
(i) a second motor-side protective gear configured to be selectively meshed with the second wheel-side drive gear such that, when meshed, the second motor-side protective gear rotates when the second wheel-side drive gear rotates; and
(ii) a second wheel-side protective gear connected to the second motor-side protective gear such that the second wheel-side protective gear rotates when the second motor-side protective gear rotates;
(j) a second wheel assembly mounted on the chassis, the second wheel assembly comprising:
(i) a second left wheel;
(ii) a second right wheel; and
(iii) a second output gear: (a) connected to at least one of the second right wheel or the second left wheel such that at least one of the second right wheel or the second left wheel rotates when the second output gear rotates and (b) meshed with the second wheel-side protective gear such that the second output gear rotates when the second wheel-side protective gear rotates;
(k) a mode-selector switch configured to move the second motor-side drive gear and the second wheel-side drive gear such that: (i) in a first mode-selector-switch position, the second motor-side drive gear is meshed with the second motor gear and the second wheel-side drive gear is meshed with the second motor-side protective gear, and (ii) in a second mode-selector-switch position, the second motor-side drive gear is not meshed with the second motor gear and the second wheel-side drive gear is not meshed with the second motor-side protective gear; and
(l) a mode-selector lever configured to contact the first drive-gear assembly and at least one of the mode-selector switch and second drive-gear assembly and further configured to move the first motor-side drive gear and the first wheel-side drive gear according to the mode-selector-switch position such that: (i) in the first mode-selector-switch position, the first motor-side drive gear is meshed with the first motor gear and the first wheel-side drive gear is meshed with the first motor-side protective gear, and (ii) in a second mode-selector-switch position, the first motor-side drive gear is not meshed with the first motor gear and the first wheel-side drive gear is not meshed with the first motor-side protective gear.

US Pat. No. 10,456,697

TOY TRACK SYSTEM

NICE GREAT TECHNOLOGY LIM...

1. A toy track structure comprising:a first tube section including a connection end and a free end, wherein the free end includes a guide having a funnel portion, with a larger end pointing away from the connection end of the first tube section, for channeling a toy car moving into the free end of the first tube section; and
a connection module having coupling means for establishing endwise connection of the connection end of the first tube section to the connection module, wherein the funnel portion includes
a frusto-conical section extending around part of the free end of the first tube section, and
a receiving tray extending around part of the free end of the first tube section and joined to the frusto-conical section so that the frusto-conical section and the receiving tray extend around all of the free end of the first tube section, wherein the receiving tray includes
two slanted flat side walls respectively joined to the frusto-conical section,
a flattened end surface located between and joined to the two slanted flat side walls, and
a tongue extending from underneath the flattened end surface, outwardly from the free end of the first tube section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,689

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AWARDS TO PLAYERS OF A GAME

Kabam, Inc., San Francis...

1. A system for providing awards for players of an online game, the system comprising:one or more physical computer processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
facilitate participation by multiple users in the online game through client computing platforms associated with the users;
manage user profiles associated with the users, wherein the user profiles include indications of one or more affiliations within the online game, wherein individual affiliations include a discrete group of the users with a relationship having a functional significance within the online game that has an impact on game play, wherein the user profiles include a first user profile for a first user having an indication that the first user is associated with a first affiliation and a second user profile for a second user having an indication that the second user is associated with the first affiliation, wherein the first user profile is associated with a first user inventory of virtual items that are of use in the online game, wherein the second user profile is associated with a second user inventory of virtual items that are of use in the online game, wherein the first user inventory includes an instance of a first virtual container that is associated with a first set of potential awards including a first potential award, the first set of potential awards being associated with a first set of probabilities;
receive a first activation request for the first virtual container from the first user;
determine, responsive to receiving the first activation request, a first award from the first set of potential awards of the first virtual container for distribution to the first user based on the first set of probabilities; and
distribute, in response to determining the first award from the first virtual container activated by the first user to be distributed to the first user, the first award to the first user, and distribute one or more first benefits to one or more of the users associated with the first affiliation, such that one or more of the first benefits are distributed to the second user;
wherein the one or more processors are further configured by machine-readable instructions to adjust a probability associated with the first award based on past distributions of the first award.

US Pat. No. 10,456,686

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ADAPTIVE TUNING OF GAME EVENTS

Zynga Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer system comprising:a processor;
a memory device holding an instruction set executable on the processor to cause the computer system to perform operations comprising:
defining an in-game event requiring accumulation of a pre-defined set of virtual object types by a target player account in a virtual game, the set of virtual object types having respective drop rates, each drop rate indicating a rate at which objects of the corresponding type become available for accumulation during the in-game event;
causing presentation on a client device associated with the target player account of the virtual in-game event, each virtual object type in the set becoming available at the corresponding drop rate;
during the in-game event, determining one or more player-specific accumulation parameters based at least in part on a comparison between a reference gameplay metric and a corresponding gameplay metric for the target player account in the virtual game, the one or more player-specific accumulation parameters including a respective modified drop rate for one or more of the object types in the set, each modified drop rate being different from the drop rate previously employed in the in-game event for the corresponding virtual object type; and
thereafter, causing presentation on the client device of the virtual in-game event in accordance with the one or more player-specific accumulation parameters, the one or more virtual object types becoming available for accumulation at the respective modified drop rate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,682

AUGMENTATION OF A GAMING CONTROLLER VIA PROJECTION SYSTEM OF AN AUTONOMOUS PERSONAL COMPANION

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method of projection, comprising:tracking within a reference system by an autonomous personal companion a current position and orientation of a gaming controller used for controlling game play of a gaming application played by a user, wherein the autonomous personal companion is configured to provide services to the user;
receiving information related to the gaming application from a gaming console supporting the game play;
generating content based on the information related to the gaming application;
moving the autonomous personal companion to a location having a direct line of sight to the current position and orientation of the gaming controller; and
projecting the content from the autonomous personal companion to a surface of the gaming controller.

US Pat. No. 10,456,680

DETERMINING PLAY OF THE GAME BASED ON GAMEPLAY EVENTS

Blizzard Entertainment, I...

1. A method comprising:receiving data representing a plurality of events that took place during a match of a game, wherein each event of the plurality of events is tagged with a respective timestamp representing when that event took place during the match, wherein the match includes a start time and an end time;
for each event of the plurality of events, generating a plurality of scores for the event, wherein each score of the plurality of scores is related to a respective play category of a plurality of play categories and is generated using a respective set of criteria associated with the respective play category;
wherein the plurality of events includes a particular event
wherein the plurality of play categories includes a first play category and a second play category that is different from the first play category;
wherein generating the plurality of scores for the particular event includes:
generating a first score associated with the first play category for the particular event using a first set of criteria associated with the first play category, and
generating a second score associated with the second play category for the particular event using a second set of criteria associated with the second play category;
wherein the first set of criteria is different from the second set of criteria and the first score is different than the second score;
selecting, as a play of the game, a video clip of the match based on scores generated for events that occur in a time window covered by the video clip;
providing a mechanism by which the video clip selected as the play of the game may be played after the end time of the match;
wherein the method is performed by one or more computing devices.

US Pat. No. 10,456,678

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AN ONLINE CARD GAME BETWEEN USER TERMINALS

NHN Corporation, Seongna...

1. A method of implementing an online card game between a first user terminal and a second user terminal in communication with a computer, the method comprising the steps of:A) selecting, among a plurality of cards that are mutually exclusive, a first set of cards different from each other as a plurality of open cards and a second set of cards different from each other and excluding the first set as a plurality of hidden cards for the first user terminal, wherein the first terminal comprises a screen configured to display an open card area having a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns and a hidden card area;
B) transmitting, from the computer to the first user terminal, a first card identifier information of the open cards, a first location information of the open cards, a second card identifier information of the hidden cards, and a second location information of the hidden cards, the first location information including a column number and a row number of a corresponding open card in the open card area;
C) causing the screen to display an intermediate rating for each column of the open card area when one of the hidden cards in the hidden card area is moved to the open card area by user operation to change a location information of the one of the hidden cards, such that a card identifier information of the one of the hidden cards becomes one of the first card identifier information of the open cards, the intermediate rating being based on a first combination of the first card identifier information of the open cards arranged in a same column of the open card area;
D) determining a rating of each column of the open card area when a number of rows for each column in the open card area reaches a first predetermined value, each rating being based on a second combination of the first card identifier information of the open cards in a same column of the open card area;
E) performing the steps of A, B, C, and D for the second user terminal comprising a screen, wherein the first user terminal and the second user terminal are assigned with different cards;
F) comparing the rating of each column of the first user terminal to the rating of each corresponding column of the second user terminal; and
G) generating a report illustrating win or lose of the online card game between the first user terminal and the second user terminal based on a compared result for each column.

US Pat. No. 10,456,673

RESOURCE SELECTION FOR HOSTED GAME SESSIONS

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving a request to initiate a gameplay session;
determining a set of resources, in a shared resource environment, capable of hosting the gameplay session;
determining hosting scores for the set of resources based at least in part upon an anticipated latency, an available amount of time, and a predicted risk of session interruption for the gameplay session if hosted on respective resources of the set;
selecting a session host, from the set of resources, for hosting the gameplay session based at least in part upon the hosting scores; and
initiating the gameplay session using the session host.

US Pat. No. 10,456,672

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FACILITATING PARTICIPATION IN A GAME SESSION

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method, comprising:at a first electronic client device having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors:
executing a game application;
establishing a network session between the game application, a remote server associated with the game application, and a media device, wherein the media device is configured to transmit output from the network session to an output device, wherein the output from the network session includes gameplay content rendered by the remote server; and
causing to be presented to users of one or more second electronic client devices on which the game application is not executing and/or installed a session identifier, wherein:
the session identifier is associated with the network session and identifies (i) the network session and (ii) a game controller configuration to facilitate joining of the network session by the one or more second electronic client devices; and
the game controller configuration is implementable on each of the one or more second electronic client devices for enabling the users of the one or more second electronic client devices to interact with the network session.

US Pat. No. 10,456,670

HANDHELD GAME CONTROLLER ASSEMBLY

DEXIN CORPORATION, New T...

1. A handheld game controller assembly adapted to combine with a portable electronic device, comprising:a game controller, having a pair of holding portions, and a transversal portion arranged between the pair of holding portions, wherein the transversal portion is formed with a concave portion thereon;
a receiving receptacle, fixed and arranged in the concave portion of the transversal portion, wherein the receiving receptacle includes a base plate and a pair of side boards, the base plate is fixed on the transversal portion, the pair of side boards are respectively arranged at two sides of the base plate, and an inserting slot is formed between the base plate and the pair of side boards;
an external retaining device, having a plugging unit removably engaged and fixed in the receiving receptacle, and a clipping unit connected to the plugging unit to clip a portable electronic device thereon, wherein the plugging unit has a shape corresponding to the shape of the inserting slot; and
a detecting switch being arranged adjacent to the concave portion, wherein the detecting switch is activated when the plugging unit of the external retaining device is inserted in the receiving receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,663

ENTERTAINMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

Winsor Concepts, St. Pau...

1. An entertainment method comprising:shaking a master die comprising multiple master designations and a token designation and a plurality of scoring dice each having multiple reference designations corresponding to the multiple master designations of the master die, and having a score value associated with each reference designation;
accumulating turn points when a reference designation shown by at least one shaken scoring die corresponds to any of the multiple master designations shown by the shaken master die;
forfeiting turn points when no reference designation of the shaken scoring dice corresponds to any of the multiple master designations shown by the shaken master die; and
collecting a first scoring token when the shaken master die shows the token designation, wherein the scoring token has an assigned value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,662

SYLLABIC ROULETTE GAME WITH SOLMIZATION, AND METHOD

CG TECHNOLOGY, L.P., New...

1. A roulette apparatus comprising:a roulette wheel comprising a plurality of radially inward sphere-receiving sectors, each sphere-receiving sector comprising a pressure-sensitive switch that activates a tone-provision circuit, when the pressure-sensitive switch is actuated;
a plurality of radially outward sphere-launching rings to launch a plurality of spheres, each sphere causing a respective auditory tone to be generated, when each sphere rests in a respective sphere-receiving sector and actuates a respective pressure-sensitive switch; and
a jackpot controller to play a musical scale generated by a combination of pressure sensitive switches actuated by the plurality of spheres, in response to determining that the musical scale is a winning musical scale.

US Pat. No. 10,456,655

RACK FOR STORING FREE WEIGHT PLATES FOR WEIGHTLIFTING

1. A weight lifting storage system comprising:a plurality of cylindrical free weight plates for weight lifting, each of said cylindrical free weight plates having an outer diameter with a peripheral edge, each of said peripheral edges having a first portion, a second portion and a third portion, with each of said cylindrical free weight plates being of like diameter; and
a rack for storing each of said cylindrical free weight plates in a single stack with all of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack being axially aligned and disposed horizontally, said rack comprising:
a planar base having a front edge and an oppositely disposed rear edge, said planar base being sized to support only a single stack of said cylindrical free weight plates thereon with each of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack being axially aligned along a vertical axis;
a set of wheels disposed on said planar base, such that said rack is movable on said wheels, said set of wheels including a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels, said front wheels being located adjacent said front edge and spaced apart from each other by a first distance, said rear wheels being located adjacent said rear edge and between said rear edge and first and second spaced apart uprights, said rear wheels being spaced apart from each other by a second distance, greater than said first distance, said front wheels being located closer to said vertical axis than said rear wheels;
a handle disposed on said planar base for use by a user to move said rack to a desired position; and
said first and second spaced apart uprights disposed adjacent said rear edge and extending upward generally vertically on said planar base, said first and second spaced apart uprights being configured to receive said first and second portions, respectively, but not said third portions of each of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack, with said third portions of each of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack being located between said first and second portions and facing said front edge, whereupon all of said cylindrical free weight plates of said stack are supported on said rack in a stable configuration centered on said vertical axis but with said third portions being unconstrained by any upright to enable each of said plurality of cylindrical free weight plates to be removed from said single stack across said front edge.

US Pat. No. 10,456,654

MULTIFUNCTIONAL BASEBALL PITCHING APPARATUS

1. A multifunctional baseball pitching apparatus, comprising a base, a housing, a ball-feeding wheel, an inner seat, a hitting rod, a driving device, and an adjusting device; the housing being fixed to the base, an outer surface of the housing being concavely formed with a ball passage, the housing having a launching opening passing through inner and outer surfaces of the housing, an upper end of the launching opening being in communication with a distal end of the ball passage; the ball-feeding wheel being pivotally connected to the base and exposed at the distal end of the ball passage; the inner seat being fixed to the base and located in the housing; the hitting rod being pivotally connected to and located in the inner seat, a front end of the hitting rod having a hitting portion located in the launching opening; the driving device being disposed on the inner seat, the driving device driving the ball-feeding wheel and the hitting rod to turn; the adjusting device being mounted to the housing and located below the hitting rod, the adjusting device being adjustable and elastically leaning against the hitting rod.

US Pat. No. 10,456,653

SWING QUALITY MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Blast Motion Inc., Carls...

1. A swing quality measurement system comprising:a memory;
a processor coupled with said memory;
a first communication interface;
a sensor configured to capture sensor data associated with a bat during a swing of said bat by a user;
a bat geometry stored in said memory, said bat geometry comprising
a hand position along a longitudinal axis of said bat; and
a sweet spot position along said longitudinal axis;
wherein said processor is coupled to said sensor via said first communication interface, and wherein
said processor is configured to
obtain said bat geometry;
receive said sensor data from said sensor;
obtain or calculate acceleration data from said sensor data;
obtain or calculate angular velocity data from said sensor data;
calculate a trajectory of said hand position from said acceleration data and said angular velocity data;
calculate a trajectory of said sweet spot position from said acceleration data and said angular velocity data;
calculate a trajectory of said longitudinal axis from said acceleration data and said angular velocity data;
determine a time of impact of said swing from said acceleration data and said angular velocity data;
calculate a body tilt axis of said user from said trajectory of said hand position, wherein said body tilt axis is perpendicular to a plane passing through three different points of said trajectory of said hand position;
calculate a swing plane, wherein said swing plane is spanned by a velocity vector of said sweet spot position at said time of impact and said longitudinal axis at said time of impact; and,
calculate one or more swing quality metrics based on one or more of
said sensor data;
said acceleration data;
said angular velocity data;
said time of impact;
said trajectory of said hand position;
said trajectory of said sweet spot position;
said trajectory of said longitudinal axis;
said body tilt axis; and,
said swing plane.

US Pat. No. 10,456,652

GOLF SWING TRAINING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATION

1. A swing training assembly, the assembly comprising:a platform;
a left foot Lazy Susan turntable rotatable in two directions relative to the platform;
a right foot Lazy Susan turntable rotatable in two directions relative to the platform, the right foot Lazy Susan turntable disposed in a spaced-apart, adjacent relationship to the left foot Lazy Susan turntable on the platform;
a left foot fastener disposed on the left foot Lazy Susan turntable, the left foot fastener enabling detachable fastening of a left foot to the left foot Lazy Susan turntable;
a right foot fastener disposed on the right foot Lazy Susan turntable, the right foot fastener enabling detachable fastening of a right foot to the right foot Lazy Susan turntable; and
a rotation restriction mechanism operable to selectively restrict rotation of the Lazy Susan turntables relative to the platform; wherein the rotation restriction mechanism comprises a pair of hasps fixedly attached to the Lazy Susan turntables, the pair of hasps hingedly extending beyond the perimeter of the Lazy Susan turntables, the pair of hasps hingedly retracting within the perimeter of the Lazy Susan turntables, the rotation restriction mechanism further comprising at least one restriction bar detachably attached in the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,456,649

TARGET TRAINING APPARATUS

Ningbo Ying Kun Sporting ...

1. A target training apparatus, comprising:an axle shaft comprising a shaft member and two assembly disks arranged at two ends of the shaft member; the assembly disk is defined of a central location for connecting to the shaft member; a surrounding of the central location includes three pivotal attachment holes pivotally attached onto the three rebounding portions respectively one by one;
three rebounding portions respectively connected to the axle shaft and capable of rotating relative to the axle shaft in order to adjust an angle among each one of the rebounding portions;
each one of the rebounding portions configured to be positioned onto the axle shaft after positions thereof are set completely, wherein the assembly disk includes a plurality of positioning holes arranged corresponding to any one of the pivotal attachment holes and spaced apart from each other at an equal distance in order to allow each one of the rebounding portions to use an insertion pin for installing into one of the positioning holes for positioning thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,456,648

SWING PRACTICE APPARATUS

1. A swing practice apparatus comprising:a base portion that makes a contact on a ground;
a winding roller having an attaching mechanism;
a trajectory wire, one end of which is connected to the attaching mechanism of the winding roller, and the other end of which is connected to a bracing structure;
a standing pole that extends upward vertically from the base portion;
a horizontal arm that is elongated between a first base side and a third base side and is arranged to be perpendicular to the standing pole;
a pair of horizontal arm wire guide pulleys, having grooves, attached side by side at a middle of the horizontal arm, to receive the trajectory wire in the grooves;
a hinged arm that is rotatable at one end by a hinge at a middle of the horizontal arm;
a hinged arm wire guide pulley attached at an end of the hinged arm opposite to the middle of the horizontal arm;
a trajectory wire hole formed at the end of the hinged arm where the hinged arm wire guide pulley is positioned, wherein the trajectory wire hole is adapted to allow passage of the trajectory wire;
a trajectory pipe, one end of which is connected to the hinged arm at the trajectory wire hole, and the other end is extended toward a pitcher side and has a peak hole at its terminal end adapted to allow passage of the trajectory wire; and
a ball suspended to a suspension ring, wherein the suspension ring is slidable along the trajectory wire and the trajectory pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,456,646

BASEBALL BATTING TRAINING AID AND METHOD

1. A baseball batting training device, comprising:a formed unit having a vertical stop located at a side thereof, the vertical stop providing a surface that is alignable along a chest of a batter so that a lead arm of the batter is prevented from traveling past the vertical stop by contacting the vertical stop when the batter winds up to strike a ball; and
a pair of braces rigidly coupled to the vertical stop and extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the vertical stop so that the pair of braces cross the chest of the batter and the torso of the batter, respectively, for transferring energy from the vertical stop to the chest and torso of the batter when the lead arm of the batter contacts the vertical stop, wherein the pair of braces are curved to better conform to the chest and torso of the batter, wherein the vertical stop is adjustable with respect to the pair of braces so that the vertical stop is extendable away from the pair of braces and away from the chest and torso of the batter and dimensioned to contact an upper portion of the lead arm of the batter near a midpoint of the upper portion of the lead arm of the batter, wherein the formed unit has a front face disposed at an acute angle with respect to surfaces of the pair of braces that contact the chest and torso of the batter and extending from a direction away from a trailing arm of the batter so that a first depth of the front face away from the chest of the batter is less near the lead arm than a second depth of the front face at the vertical stop, wherein the pair of braces each have a curved contact portion for contacting the chest and torso, respectively, of the batter along a length of the curved contact portion and a horizontal wall extending from the pair of braces in a direction perpendicular to the curved contact portion that couples the vertical stop to the pair of braces, and wherein the formed unit further includes a top face and a bottom face extending from the front face and aligned substantially parallel to a corresponding one of vertical walls, wherein the vertical walls are coupled to a corresponding one of the top face and the bottom face with a fastening mechanism, wherein at least one of the horizontal walls of the pair of braces or the top face and the bottom face of the formed unit include holes or indentations to receive a corresponding fastener or protrusion to provide an adjustable stop for setting the acute angle between the front face of the formed unit and the surfaces of the pair of braces that contact the chest and torso of the batter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,644

BASKETBALL NET COVER

1. A basketball net assembly comprising:a basketball net;
a sheet of fabric attached to the basketball net, having a top end, a bottom end, a first edge, and a second edge, wherein the top end corresponding to a first radius and the bottom end corresponding to a second radius, at the top end a plurality of openings are positioned a predetermined distance from one another and are of a predetermined length, wherein when the first edge and the second edge are secured together a frustum of a cone is formed when the top edge has a first circumference and the bottom edge has a second circumference.

US Pat. No. 10,456,642

SLIP-PROOF GRIP SLEEVE AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

1. A slip-proof grip sleeve comprising:a lining tube; and
a slip-proof strip mounted on an outer periphery of the lining tube, wherein the slip-proof strip includes an inner face and an outer face opposite to the inner face, wherein the slip-proof strip further includes a rear end and a front end opposite to the rear end, wherein the slip-proof strip further includes a gripping portion between the rear end and the front end, wherein the slip-proof strip further includes a first folding portion adjacent to the rear end and a second folding portion at a side of the first folding portion adjacent to the gripping portion, wherein each of a thickness of the first folding portion and a thickness of the second folding portion is smaller than a thickness of the gripping portion, wherein the first folding portion is folded in a direction toward the inner face, wherein the first folding portion and the second folding portion overlap with each other wherein skiving the inner face of the slip-proof strip at a location adjacent to the rear end of the slip-proof strip forms the first folding portion and the second folding portion such that the thickness of the strip reduces along the first folding portion and the second folding portion from the gripping portion to the rear end at a constant rate in the direction towards the rear end, and wherein the rear end of the strip is located entirely at a longitudinal end of the lining tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,640

HOCKEY STICK WITH VARIABLE STIFFNESS SHAFT

Bauer Hockey, LLC, Exete...

1. A shaft structure of a hockey stick formed by a method comprising the steps of:wrapping a mandrel with fiber tape to form a wrapped shaft structure;
removing the mandrel from the wrapped shaft structure to reveal an internal shaft cavity;
inserting an inflatable bladder into the internal shaft cavity;
positioning the wrapped shaft structure within a mold;
heating the mold and expanding a bladder within the cavity to urge the fiber tape toward the walls of the mold; and
cooling the mold, contracting the bladder, and removing the bladder from the shaft structure,
wherein the walls of the mold impart an outer geometry on the shaft structure that includes a first portion having a cross-sectional geometry with at least five sides along a length of the shaft structure, and a second portion,
wherein the first portion has a bending stiffness that varies along the length of the first portion and is greater than a second bending stiffness of the second portion, due to the first portion having a greater second moment of inertia than the second portion,
wherein the first portion has a maximum bending stiffness at a point along the shaft between 11 and 18 inches from heel of the hockey stick, and
wherein the maximum bending stiffness is at least 10% higher than a bending stiffness at a point where the shaft structure is coupled to a blade of the hockey stick.

US Pat. No. 10,456,639

BASEBALL BAT

1. A bat comprising:a body comprising a first material, the body defining an exterior surface with a top end and a bottom end;
a barrel portion having a barrel cross-section with a substantially circular perimeter that defines a center point;
the barrel cross-section defining a longitudinal axis substantially perpendicular to the barrel cross-section, the longitudinal axis intersecting and extending through the exterior surface, near the top and bottom ends, at respective upper and lower intersection points, and otherwise within the exterior surface, the lower intersection point located outside the bottom end of the body;
a handle portion that includes the bottom end;
the handle portion defining a maximum forward distance, measured along a first line perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, from a first point on the longitudinal axis to a first location on the exterior surface of the handle portion that is farthest forward of the longitudinal axis;
the handle portion defining a maximum rearward distance, measured along a second line perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, from a second point on the longitudinal axis to a second location on the exterior surface of the handle portion that is farthest rearward of the longitudinal axis;
the handle portion also having an asymmetrically flared region extending from an upper boundary to a lower boundary, the upper boundary being more proximate the top end and the lower boundary being more proximate the bottom end;
the asymmetrically flared region defining a non-circular cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the non-circular cross-section having a major axis; and
portions of the exterior surface, in the asymmetrically flared region, defining a front edge and a rear edge, wherein the distance from the longitudinal axis to the front edge, measured along respective lines perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, is greater than the distance from the longitudinal axis to the rear edge, for each point of the longitudinal axis throughout the asymmetrically flared region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,637

PUTTER-TYPE GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A putter-type golf club head that, when oriented in a reference position, comprises:a main body comprising a blade member extending in a heel-to-toe direction and having a striking wall defining a substantially planar striking surface, and a central elongate member in communication with, and extending rearwardly from, the blade member, the central elongate member having an upper surface;
wherein:
the main body is formed of plural discrete components including a sole portion comprising a first material and a top portion comprising a second material different from the first material, the sole portion being recessed in its entirety from the upper surface of the central elongate member;
the upper surface of the central elongate member comprises at least one generally square-shaped alignment element; and
the first material comprises a first density and the second material comprises a second density that is less than the first density.

US Pat. No. 10,456,635

PICTURE CODING AND DECODING

Velos Media, LLC, Plano,...

1. A method of coding a picture comprising N?2 slices, said method comprising:generating, for each slice of said N slices, a coded slice representation based on pixel values of pixels in said slice;
setting a slice flag associated with each of the said N slices, wherein
for a first slice of said N slices, setting the slice flag associated with the first slice to a first defined value to indicate that the first slice is the initial slice in the picture;
for each slice of N?1 remaining slices of said N slices, setting the slice flag associated with each said slice to a second defined value;
generating, for each slice of said N?1 remaining slices, a slice address allowing identification of a position of a first coding unit of each said slice within said picture, wherein each of said N?1 slice addresses is signaled with a fixed length code; and
generating a coded picture representation of said picture comprising said N coded slice representations, said N?1 slice addresses and said N slice flags.

US Pat. No. 10,456,634

GOLF CLUB FACE INSERT

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A putter comprising:a body comprising a top portion, a sole portion, a toe side, a heel side, a rear side, and a face side with a recess; and
a face insert comprising a striking plate having a first thickness and a backing portion having a second thickness,
wherein the face insert is disposed within the recess so that at least a portion of the striking plate is exposed,
wherein a horizontal y-axis extends in a heel side to toe side direction parallel with the face side, a vertical z-axis extends perpendicular to the y-axis from the sole portion to the top portion, and a horizontal x-axis extends perpendicular to both the y- and z-axes from the face side to the rear side,
wherein the striking plate comprises a base portion, a first set of hinge features, a second set of hinge features, and a third set of hinge features,
wherein the first set of hinge features comprises a plurality of first hinge features, at least one of which extends towards the sole portion parallel with the z-axis,
wherein the second set of hinge features comprises a plurality of second hinge features, at least one of which extends towards the heel side parallel with the y-axis,
wherein the third set of hinge features comprises a plurality of third hinge features, at least one of which extends towards the toe side parallel with the y-axis,
wherein each of the hinge features of the first, second, and third pluralities of hinge features comprises a stem portion that extends from the base portion, and a tab portion that is spaced from the base portion by the stem portion and extends from the stem portion without making contact with the base portion, and
wherein at least one tab portion is at least partially disposed over a through-hole extending through the striking plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,626

BALANCE TRAINER EXERCISE DEVICE

The Slack Liner, LLC

1. A balance trainer exercise device comprising a first member having an upper wall which comprises a first elongated and elevated first platform, a second member having an upper wall which comprises a second elongated and elevated second platform spaced from said first platform, at least one elongated rigid bar having an upper exercise surface, said at least one rigid bar mounted to an upper portion of said first member and an upper portion of said second member and interconnecting said first member and said second member, at least one elongated flexible strap mounted to an upper portion of said first member and an upper portion of said second member, said at least one flexible strap having an upper exercise surface, and said at least one rigid bar and said at least one flexible strap being mounted to said first member and said second member at generally the same elevation as each other and being oriented in an exposed side by side relationship with respect to each other between said first member and said second member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,612

PORTABLE EXERCISE APPARATUS

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body;
a top strap partially housed in a top ratchet assembly attached to a top portion of the body;
a bottom strap partially housed in a bottom ratchet assembly attached to a bottom portion of the body;
an integrated connector directly and permanently attached to the body, and extending approximately 90 degrees from a side surface of the body;
a top plate connected to the integrated connector and the side surface of the body and extending from a top surface of the integrated connector along the side surface of the body to the top portion of the body, the top plate having a first surface area;
a bottom plate connected to the integrated connector and the side surface of the body and extending from a bottom surface of the integrated connector along the side surface of the body to the bottom portion of the body, the bottom plate having a second surface area greater than the first surface area of the top plate; and
a first connector being elongated, cylindrical, and removably and collinearly attachable to a free end of the integrated connector.

US Pat. No. 10,456,608

SAFETY APPARATUS FOR ARRESTING A FALL OF A WORKER

Garlock Safety Systems In...

1. Safety apparatus for placement on a surface comprising, in combination: a frame including first and second frame sides each having first and second ends, with the first ends of the first and second frame sides including first mobility elements providing mobility on the surface; a front assembly including second mobility elements providing mobility on the surface, with the front assembly moveably connected to the second ends of the first and second frame sides, with the front assembly moveable between an actuated position and a transport position, with the second ends of the first and second frame sides in the transport portion being above the second ends of the first and second frame sides in the actuated position; a weight pan connected between the first and second frame sides and between the first and second ends of the first and second frame sides, with the weight pan positioned on the surface in the actuated position and positioned above the surface in the transport position; and a safety cable connection operably connected to the weight pan configured to connect to a safety cable connected to a worker.

US Pat. No. 10,456,597

MULTILEAF COLLIMATOR AND RADIATION TREATMENT DEVICE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A multileaf collimator for regulating a range irradiated with a radiation beam, comprising:a plurality of leaves arranged along a thickness direction, wherein
each of the plurality of leaves comprising;
a protruded portion protrudingly formed on a first side surface in a plate thickness direction of the leaf,
a depressed portion formed in a second side surface in the plate thickness direction of the leaf, and configured to receive insertion of the protruded portion formed on another one of the plurality of leaves,
a first curved surface formed between the first side surface of the leaf and a lateral surface of the protruded portion, and
a second curved surface formed between the second side surface of the leaf and a lateral surface of the depressed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,596

PARTICLE THERAPY SYSTEM

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A particle therapy system that divides an irradiation object into a plurality of dose sections and sequentially irradiates the plurality of dose sections with a particle beam, comprising:an accelerator that accelerates the particle beam;
an irradiation apparatus that irradiates a target with the particle beam accelerated by the accelerator;
a fluoroscopic X-ray imaging apparatus; and
a control system that controls the accelerator, the irradiation apparatus and the fluoroscopic X-ray imaging apparatus,
wherein the control system is configured to control the accelerator and the irradiation apparatus to perform both a first irradiation method in which irradiation of the particle beam is not stopped when moving to a next dose section of the plurality of dose section and a second irradiation method in which irradiation of the particle beam is stopped when moving to the next dose section of the plurality of dose section, and
wherein the control system is configured to control the fluoroscopic X-ray imaging apparatus to acquire a fluoroscopic X-ray image at the time of irradiation, and, when irradiation control of the particle beam is performed based on the acquired fluoroscopic X-ray image, the irradiation is performed by the second irradiation method in which the irradiation of the particle beam is stopped when moving to the next dose section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,594

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BRACHYTHERAPY FEATURING TRACKING VIA SHAPE-SENSING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A brachytherapy method, comprising:implanting an applicator having at least one radiation source or seed receiving channel in soft tissue adjacent a target region to be irradiated;
generating a high resolution planning image of the target region including the applicator, the high resolution planning image for use in determining a three-dimensional treatment plan; and
tracking a position of the applicator relative to the target region and the treatment plan,
wherein tracking the position includes measuring, exclusively via a shape-sensing optic fiber, a location and shape of the at least one radiation source or seed receiving channel.

US Pat. No. 10,456,592

BRACHYTHERAPY FIDUCIAL NEEDLE FIXATION SYSTEM

BREAST MICROSEED, INC., ...

1. A device, comprising:a needle lock that locks at least one fiducial needle relative to a fixed frame of reference, each fiducial needle having a distal end with a surface adapted to locate and fixate tissue into which the at least one fiducial needle is inserted and a sharpened tip portion and a proximal end being inserted through a grid that fixates the at least one fiducial needle to the fixed frame of reference; and
the grid being attached to the needle lock, the grid having a plurality of fiducial needle holes along a longitudinal axis each having a grid needle lock through which the at least one fiducial needle is inserted and locked, a plurality of radioactive source needle holes located above the longitudinal axis and a plurality of radioactive source needle holes located below the longitudinal axis, each radioactive source needle hole does not have a grid needle lock through which a radioactive source needle is capable of being passed into the tissue fixated by the locked at least one fiducial needle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,590

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LASER TREATMENTS

Biolitec Unternehmensbete...

1. A laser system for medical and cosmetic applications comprising: a. at least one laser source operating at one or more laser wavelengths; b. an electronic visual display having a two-dimensional input interface comprising a rectangular touch-sensitive screen having a vertical edge and a horizontal edge to set/select laser parameters; c. at least one waveguide; d. means to optically connect said laser source to said at least one waveguide; wherein said waveguide is optically coupled with the laser source to convey laser radiation to a treatment site; and wherein a first laser parameter is displayed along a vertical edge of the touch-sensitive screen and a second laser parameter is displayed along a horizontal edge of the touch-sensitive screen, the touch-sensitive screen being configured so that the two laser parameters are simultaneously set by touching the touch-sensitive screen at a single point.

US Pat. No. 10,456,589

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING HEAD-RELATED MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

7. A device, comprising:an eyewear adapted to be worn on a face of a human user, the eyewear comprising:
a frame defining two lens portions, wherein each lens portion engages a periphery of an optical lens, wherein each optical lens is a transitional optical lens; and
two frame arms, each frame arm extending from a respective opposing end of the frame;
an electromagnetic generator system provided by the eyewear;
a stimulation arm electrically connected to the electromagnetic generator system, wherein the stimulation arm is pivotally connected to one of the two frame arms, the stimulation arm configured to be moveable between a storage condition and an operative condition, the stimulation arm is configured to extend upwardly of said frame arm to position the stimulation arm adjacent a temple of the human user while the device is worn by the human user;
a stimulation plate electrically connected to the electromagnetic generator system, wherein the stimulation plate is disposed between the two lens portions;
a plurality of light sources disposed along a lateral edge of at least one of the two lens portion, wherein the plurality of light sources provides dichroic light directed generally parallel to the respective optical lens; and
at least one switch electrically connected to the plurality of light sources and the electromagnetic generator system for selectively operating the dichroic light and a magnetic pulsing emitted therefrom, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,456,587

TERMINAL CONNECTOR INSERTION TOOL AID

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A method of connecting an implantable lead to an implantable medical device, the implantable lead including a flexible body having a distal end, and a proximal end having a connector configured to plug into a connection port of the implantable medical device, the method comprising:removeably securing the proximal end of the implantable lead within a lumen of an insertion tool including a proximal end and a distal end and having a first portion comprising a first material including radial projections and a second portion comprising a second material configured to frictionally engage the implantable lead, the first portion at least partially arranged circumferentially about the second portion at or adjacent to the distal end of the insertion tool;
grasping an exterior portion of the insertion tool;
applying longitudinal force, along the length of the implantable lead, to the insertion tool while grasping the exterior portion of the insertion tool;
inserting the connector into a connection port of the implantable medical device, wherein applying longitudinal force to the insertion tool overcomes a resistance between the connector and the connection port; and
removing the insertion tool from the implantable lead after the connector is plugged into the connection port of the implantable medical device by splitting the insertion tool into two or more pieces along the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,456,583

CUSTOMIZED PRIMING BY NEUROMODULATION DEVICE

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A neuromodulation system, comprising:neuromodulation generator circuitry configured to use electrodes of an electrode arrangement to generate neuromodulation fields including:
a therapeutic neuromodulation field to produce a therapeutic effect in therapy-targeted neural tissue; and
a priming field to produce a priming effect in priming-targeted neural tissue, wherein the priming effect causes a change in sensitization of the priming-targeted neural tissue to the therapeutic neuromodulation field; and
a controller configured to initiate a default priming program, to receive testing program configuration instructions including therapeutic neuromodulation field-setting parameters for a testing program, and to determine a custom priming program to replace the default priming program in response to the testing program configuration instructions, wherein the default priming program controls the neuromodulation generator circuitry to generate the priming field as a default priming field distributed in a region where the electrode arrangement is placed, the custom priming program controls the neuromodulation generator circuitry to generate the priming field as a custom priming field with specific correspondence to the therapeutic neuromodulation field to be produced by the testing program, and the custom priming field is a subset of the default priming field.

US Pat. No. 10,456,581

SINGLE PASS CORONARY VENOUS LEAD FOR MULTIPLE CHAMBER SENSE AND PACE

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc, ...

1. A method of pacing a patient's heart using an implantable lead including a plurality of proximal electrodes and a plurality of distal electrodes, the implantable lead having a proximal region including at least one of the plurality of proximal electrodes positioned in a coronary sinus or great cardiac vein of the patient's heart and a distal region positioned in a coronary vein of the patient's heart such that at least one of the plurality of distal electrodes is situated proximate an intraventricular septum of the patient's heart, the method comprising:sensing an atrial and a ventricular signal of the patient's heart via at least one of the proximal electrodes and at least one of the distal electrodes, respectively;
determining a pacing threshold associated with each of the plurality of distal electrodes;
selecting at least one of the plurality of distal electrodes that have associated therewith right and left ventricular pacing thresholds; and
delivering a pacing signal to the patient's heart via the selected at least one distal electrode, the transmitted pacing signal causing a desired contraction of both the right ventricle and the left ventricle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,580

MANAGING THERAPY DELIVERY BASED ON PHYSIOLOGICAL MARKERS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:monitoring, by one or more processors, a fill cycle of a bladder of a patient, the fill cycle starting after completion of a first voiding event and ending at the completion of a second voiding event;
determining, by the one or more processors and based on one or more physiological markers associated with the fill cycle, a first phase including and following the start of the fill cycle and a second phase of the fill cycle immediately following the first phase, wherein the second phase is determined to include delivery of neurostimulation therapy configured to inhibit contraction of a bladder of the patient; and
controlling, by the one or more processors, a medical device to deliver the neurostimulation therapy to the patient during the second phase of the fill cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,572

CATHETER ASSEMBLY

B. Braun Melsungen AG, M...

1. A catheter assembly comprising:a catheter hub having a chamber therein, the catheter hub having a distal end and a proximal end, the catheter hub being connectable at the proximal end of the catheter hub to a device for infusion or withdrawal of fluids to or from the chamber within the catheter hub;
a hollow tubular catheter having a proximal end and a distal end, the hollow tubular catheter being connected at the proximal end of the hollow tubular catheter to the distal end of the catheter hub, an interior of the hollow tubular catheter opening into the chamber within the catheter hub;
a needle having a sharpened needle tip, in a ready position the needle extending through the chamber in the catheter hub and the hollow tubular catheter with the needle tip extending beyond the distal end of the hollow tubular catheter;
a hollow flexible extension tube having a distal end and a proximal end, the flexible extension tube being connected at the distal end of the flexible extension tube to the catheter hub between the proximal and distal ends of the catheter hub, the flexible extension tube opening at the distal end of the flexible extension tube into the chamber within the catheter hub, the flexible extension tube connectable at the proximal end of the flexible extension tube to a device for infusing fluid through a passage into the chamber within the catheter hub;
a valve assembly disposed within the chamber of the catheter hub, the valve assembly comprising:
a first valve member preventing a flow of fluid through the chamber to or from the proximal end of the catheter hub, the first valve member being a two-way valve and openable to permit the flow of fluid through the chamber in the catheter hub in both a proximal direction and a distal direction; and
a second valve member being resilient and flexible for moving between closing and opening positions, the second valve member closing the distal end of the flexible extension tube to close fluid flow through the passage of the extension tube and openable by pressurized fluid within the flexible extension tube to permit fluid flow through the passage of the flexible extension tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,570

GRAFT-PORT HEMODIALYSIS SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS

PROVIFLO, LLC, Clinton, ...

1. An implantable port device for establishing access to a blood vessel of a patient, the device comprising:a tapered seat configured to receive a tip of an access tube, the seat having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a conical surface extending between the proximal portion and the distal portion;
a guide configured to engage the tip of the access tube and to assist in directing the tip of the access tube toward the seat; and
an interface surface configured to engage (i) the blood vessel of the patient or (ii) a vascular access catheter, the interface surface having an aperture in fluid communication with the distal end of the seat;
wherein the conical surface includes a taper angle having a value within a range from about 0.5 degrees to about 4.0 degrees; and
wherein the proximal portion of the seat is configured to receive the tip of the access tube therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,456,569

METHOD OF PRODUCING TRANSDERMAL ABSORPTION SHEET FOR MEDICAL USE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A method of producing a transdermal absorption sheet for medical use comprising, in this order:a filtration step of carrying out sterile filtration on a base liquid not containing a drug;
a base liquid feeding step of feeding the base liquid to a surface of a mold having needle-like recessed portions, tip ends of which are filled with a drug solution, the needle-like recessed portions being formed on the surface, while leaving a space between the drug solution and the base liquid;
a drying step of drying the drug solution and the base liquid, wherein an average concentration of solid contents of the base liquid is increased by 30% by weight or more from an average concentration of solid contents of the base liquid in the base liquid feeding step;
a base liquid moving step of moving the base liquid into each of the needle-like recessed portions of the mold in a state in which the average concentration of the solid contents is 75% by weight or less due to the drying step; and
a peeling-off step of peeling off a transdermal absorption sheet for medical use formed by drying the drug solution and the base liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,568

METHOD OF TREATING INFECTIONS, DISEASES OR DISORDERS OF NAIL UNIT

HALLUX, INC., Laguna Hil...

1. A method for treating a disease of a nail unit, comprising:inserting a cannula between the nail plate and the nail bed into in a nail unit with a visible disease, the cannula inserted at a position between a lateral nail fold and a longitudinal midline of the nail plate;
after said inserting, depositing through the cannula a composition comprising an active agent such that the composition aligns with or extends proximally beyond the visible disease.

US Pat. No. 10,456,557

OCCLUSION BYPASSING APPARATUS WITH VARYING FLEXIBILITY AND METHODS FOR BYPASSING AN OCCLUSION IN A BLOOD VESSEL

Invatec S.p.A., Roncadel...

1. An apparatus for bypassing an occlusion in a blood vessel comprising:an outer shaft component having a side port proximal to a distal end thereof;
an inner shaft component disposed within the outer shaft component and defining a continuous lumen there-through, the inner shaft component having
a body portion that extends substantially parallel with a longitudinal axis of the apparatus, and
a needle housing distally extending from a distal end of the body portion, the needle housing including a curved distal portion that bends from the longitudinal axis of the apparatus and terminates at the side port of the outer shaft component and a transition portion positioned between the body portion of the inner shaft component and the curved distal portion of the needle housing,
wherein the transition portion has a variable flexibility along a length thereof that decreases in a distal direction, the transition portion including a plurality of apertures configured to provide the transition portion with the variable flexibility and the plurality of apertures including pairs of apertures that align with each other along a transverse axis of the needle housing, each aperture in each pair of aligned apertures having an hourglass shape; and
a needle component configured to be slidably disposed within the continuous lumen of the inner shaft component and removable therefrom, the needle component having a curved distal end with the same curvature as the curved distal portion of the needle housing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,554

DEVICE DELIVERY CATHETER HAVING A CURVED DISTAL TIP

1. A catheter comprising:a catheter shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, an intermediate section between the proximal end and the distal end, and a curved surface reducing a diameter of the catheter shaft at the intermediate section, the catheter shaft having a central lumen and defining a central longitudinal axis;
a tip secured to the distal end of the catheter shaft, the tip being flexible and having a first end, a second end, and a central longitudinal axis extending between the first and second ends, the longitudinal axis of the tip defining an arcuate shape in the unbiased state, the arcuate shape having a concave side and a convex side; and
a device secured to the catheter shaft at the intermediate section, the device including a restraining system including a constraining sheath and a release line for releasing the constraining sheath, the restraining system being mounted such that the release line exits the catheter shaft at the curved surface of the catheter shaft and extends toward the tip and is maintained in longitudinal alignment with the concave side of the arcuate shape defined by the longitudinal axis of the tip.

US Pat. No. 10,456,553

DEVICE AND METHODS FOR TARGETED TISSUE DRUG DELIVERY

Native Cardio, Inc., Nap...

1. A minimally invasive device for treatment of a patient, the device comprising:a. at least one inner catheter adapted to deliver a drug to a cardiac surface of the patient;
b. an outer catheter substantially surrounding the at least one inner catheter;
c. a plurality of electrically conductive elements within the inner catheter and extending to be also located at a substantially distal portion of the device; and
d. at least one membrane interconnecting the plurality of electrically conductive elements at the substantially distal portion of the device,
wherein the plurality of electrically conductive elements are adapted to provide defibrillation energy to a cardiac surface of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,551

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AMBIENT SOUND THERAPY USER INTERFACE AND CONTROL SYSTEM

1. An ambient therapy recording and playback system comprising:a rectangular array of microphones comprising four independent multi-directional matched microphones and each of said matched microphones are independent of any other microphone and positioned symmetrically about a center point of the rectangular array and each microphone positioned at one of the four corners of the array thereby having a built in sound pickup time delay between matched microphones based on a size of a sound space of a recording area;
a recording system having four independent recording channels, where each of said independent matched microphones are connected to its own channel of four independent recording channels and where each of the independent recording channels is coupled to and receives an independent microphone signal from one of the four independent multidirectional matched microphones, where the independent microphone signal is independent of any other microphone signal for thereby independently receiving sounds independently captured by each matched microphone, and further having an electronic storage having stored an independent electronic recording of each independent matched microphones independently captured sound where the electronic recording of each independent matched microphone's independently captured sound is recorded independent of any other independent matched microphone's independently captured sound thereby having an established recording as an audio sound bed; and,
where the audio sound bed contains a naturally occurring transient audio event,
where the recording system has a musical composition stored and has a musical overlay function that overlays the naturally occurring transient audio event with a matching musically composed audio event from the musical composition establishing an audio program.

US Pat. No. 10,456,550

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RESPIRATION DURING SLEEP

Yeda Research and Develop...

17. A device for reducing a probability of snoring during sleep, the device comprising:an odor disperser adapted to disperse an odor;
at least one detector adapted to detect a physiological characteristic of a user;
a controller configured for reducing the probability of snoring by the user by instructing the odor dispenser to disperse an odor responsive to detections by the at least one detector thereby affecting one or more upcoming breaths of the user consecutive to said odor dispersion to increase inhalation volume.

US Pat. No. 10,456,549

RESPIRATION SYSTEM AND CONNECTOR SYSTEM THEREFOR FOR REDUCING CONTAMINATIONS

1. A respiration system comprising:a respirator comprising a respirator housing having a respirator housing interior space;
at least two connector systems, each of said two connector systems comprising a connector structure having a connector structure outer surface portion, a first connector structure end portion and a second connector structure end portion;
a breathing system detachably coupled with the respirator by the at least two connector systems, the breathing system comprising an expiratory branch and an inspiratory branch, said at least two connector systems being formed separate from said expiratory branch and said inspiratory branch, said breathing system comprising a breathing system housing having a breathing system housing interior space, said respirator housing and said breathing system housing defining a gap, said respirator housing having a respirator housing opening and a respirator housing outer surface, said connector structure extending from a position located in said respirator housing interior space through said respirator housing opening to another position located in said breathing system housing interior space, wherein said connector structure bridges said gap, said connector structure outer surface portion extending continuously, without interruption from said respirator housing interior space to said breathing system housing interior space, said second connector structure end portion being located in said breathing system housing interior space at a spaced location from said respirator housing outer surface, wherein said second connector structure end portion is located outside of said respirator housing outer surface, said first connector structure end portion being located in said respirator housing interior space;
a controllable gas inlet to admit gas from the respirator into the breathing system via one of the at least two connector systems;
a controllable gas outlet to draw off gas from the breathing system into the respirator via another one of the at least two connector systems;
valves controlling the controllable gas inlet and the controllable gas outlet such that only a unidirectional volume flow, by which the direction of migration of bacteria, viruses or other contaminants through the respective connector system is affected, prevails in each corresponding connector structure, so that collection of bacteria, viruses or other contaminants on the connector systems is essentially reduced, wherein gas flows only into the breathing system via the gas inlet during operation of the respirator, wherein the gas does not flow back into the respirator during operation of the respirator, wherein no bacteria or viruses present in the breathing system enters the one of the at least two connector systems associated with the gas inlet during operation of the respirator, wherein the bacteria or viruses, which enter the breathing system from expired fluid, enter only one of the connector systems arranged in the respirator from the breathing system via the gas outlet such that the bacteria or viruses remain in the respirator; and
a sensor wherein at least one of the at least two connector systems is coupled with the sensor such that due to the unidirectional volume flow through the respective connector system, collection of bacteria, viruses or other contaminants on a measuring line of the coupled sensor or on the coupled sensor itself is essentially prevented from occurring, the measuring line being connected to the connector structure outer surface portion within the respirator housing interior space such that the measuring line is directed away from the unidirectional volume flow.

US Pat. No. 10,456,540

PATIENT INTERFACE SYSTEMS FOR ENSURING EFFECTIVE SEAL

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A patient interface system for delivering pressurized breathable gas to a patient, comprising:a patient interface including first and second portions adapted to seal against the patient's face;
a frame element configured to at least partially support the patient interface on the patient's face when the patient interface is worn; and
a seal maintenance resilient structure disposed between the patient interface and the frame element, the seal maintenance resilient structure being configured to urge the patient interface against the patient's face when the patient interface is worn, the seal maintenance resilient structure consisting of first and second compression springs,
wherein the first and second compression springs are disposed respectively between the first and second portions of the patient interface and the frame element to urge the first and second portions into sealing engagement with the patient's nose when the patient interface is worn, and
wherein a supply tube is connected directly to the frame element and is in fluid communication with the patient interface to provide breathable gas to the patient, the seal maintenance resilient structure being configured such that when a disruptive force is exerted on the supply tube and in turn transferred to the frame element as a pulling force thereon, the seal maintenance resilient structure resists movement of the patient interface caused by the disruptive force thereby decoupling the patient interface from the supply tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,537

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING DRY POWDER MEDICAMENTS

CONCENTRX PHARMACEUTICALS...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first member defining at least a portion of a disaggregation chamber containing a dry powder, the first member including a chamber wall that forms an outer boundary of the disaggregation chamber; and
a second member coupled to the first member, the second member including a surface covering the disaggregation chamber, the second member defining an intake channel and an exit channel, the exit channel configured to be fluidically coupled to the disaggregation chamber via an exit opening defined by the surface of the second member, the intake channel configured to be fluidically coupled to the disaggregation chamber via an intake port, a center line of a portion of the intake channel being tangential to a portion of the chamber wall of the first member such that a portion of an inlet airflow conveyed into the disaggregation chamber via the intake channel has a rotational motion about a center axis of the disaggregation chamber, the intake port defined at least in part by an intake ramp, the intake ramp including a transition surface that forms an exit angle with respect to the surface of between 75 degrees and 105 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,456,536

INHALER WITH TWO MICROPHONES FOR DETECTION OF INHALATION FLOW

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An inhaler for dispensing aerosol or a dry powder comprising:a housing comprising an air-inlet and an air-outlet, wherein the housing defines a flow path between the air-inlet and the air-outlet, and
a first sensor arranged at a first position of an external surface of the housing, and a second sensor arranged at a second position of the external surface of the housing, and wherein the first and second sensors are arranged to sense sound or vibrations resulting from a flow in the flow path, and
a processor arranged to process output signals from the first and second sensors according to an algorithm, so as to generate a measure of flow in the flow path,
wherein the first and second positions are spaced apart,
wherein the first position is selected to have a shorter distance to the air-inlet than the second position,
wherein the algorithm comprises an event classification part arranged to analyse the sound or vibrations sensed by the first and second sensors, to identify at least one event,
wherein the at least one event comprises one or more of: a priming event, a firing event, and/or an inhalation event, and
wherein the event classification part is arranged to distinguish between a priming and firing event on the one hand, and an inhalation event on the other based on a duration feature derived from start and end times of events, and wherein the event classification part is arranged to distinguish between a priming event on the one hand and a firing event on the other based on power differences between sound or vibrations sensed by the first and second sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,456,533

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PROTECTING CATHETER TIPS AND STEREOTACTIC FIXTURES FOR MICROCATHETERS

Alcyone Lifesciences, Inc...

1. A method of inserting a catheter into a patient, comprising:registering a stereotactic system to the patient;
inserting the catheter having a tip protection device disposed over a distal tip thereof into a working channel of the stereotactic system until a depth stop on the tip protection device prevents further insertion, the tip protection device comprising an elongate body having a central lumen extending longitudinally therethrough configured to slidably receive the catheter, the tip protection device further including a locking mechanism comprising a set screw configured to intersect the central lumen, wherein the locking mechanism of the tip protection device is engaged with a portion of the catheter in the central lumen during insertion to hold the catheter in a fixed longitudinal position with respect to the tip protection device and, thereby, to prevent the catheter from advancing longitudinally any of distally and proximally in the tip protection device;
releasing the locking mechanism of the tip protection and advancing the catheter distally into the patient; and
engaging a locking mechanism of the stereotactic system with the tip protection device by tightening a set screw of the stereotactic system such that the set screw contacts an outer surface of the body of the tip protection device while the catheter is located within the central lumen of the tip protection device, thereby engaging the tip protection device onto the catheter to maintain a fixed longitudinal position between the catheter and the stereotactic system.

US Pat. No. 10,456,532

INJECTION DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. An injection device for administering a drug, the injection device comprising:a cartridge holder adapted to receive a drug cartridge;
a hollow injection needle having a proximal tip adapted to pierce a septum of the cartridge so as to establish a fluid communication between the cartridge and the needle; and
a cap arrangeable over the cartridge holder in a manner to cover the needle, wherein, in an initial state, the cartridge is arranged within the cartridge holder with the septum axially spaced from the proximal tip of the needle, wherein the cap is adapted to move the needle relative to the septum for piercing the septum on movement of the cap relative to the cartridge holder,
wherein one or more lateral apertures are arranged in the cartridge holder, and the cap comprises one or more internal longitudinal ribs adapted to protrude through the lateral apertures to frictionally clamp and fix the drug cartridge in an axial position within the cartridge holder, and
wherein movement of the cap in a distal direction takes along the cartridge until the cartridge hits a stop within the cartridge holder, wherein continued motion of the cap in the distal direction overcomes friction between the internal longitudinal ribs and the cartridge allowing complete removal of the cap from the cartridge holder.

US Pat. No. 10,456,531

INJECTION DEVICE

SHL Group AB, Zug (CH)

1. A medicament injection device comprising:a needle shield;
a plunger; and
a tubular rotator, wherein:
said tubular rotator is configured to be rotationally and slidably arrangeable at least partially inside said needle shield of said medicament injection device, and said tubular rotator is configured to slidably and moveably receive said plunger of the medicament injection device inside, so as to enable a relative movement between said tubular rotator, said needle shield, and said plunger,
said tubular rotator comprises a plurality of ridges and a plurality of protrusions on an outer surface of said tubular rotator,
one or more of at least one of the plurality of ridges or at least one of the plurality of protrusions are configured to slide on guide members arranged on an inner surface of the needle shield, so as to cause relative rotation between the tubular rotator and the needle shield, and
said relative rotation causes the plunger to move from a first position in which said tubular rotator restricts movement of the plunger to a second position in which the plunger is allowed to act on a content of said medicament injection device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,530

SUPPLEMENTARY DEVICE FOR ATTACHMENT TO A DRUG INJECTION DEVICE FOR MONITORING INJECTION DOSES HAVING OCR IMAGING SYSTEM WITH GLARE REDUCTION

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A supplementary device for attachment to an injection device, the supplementary device comprising:an imaging device configured to capture an image of a moveable number sleeve of the injection device;
a plurality of light sources comprising a first group of light sources and a second group of light sources; and
a processor configured to control operation of the imaging device and plurality of light sources and to receive image data from the imaging device,
wherein the processor is configured to:
activate the plurality of light sources sequentially by being configured to activate the first group of light sources followed by the second group of light sources;
capture a first image of the moveable number sleeve when the first group of light sources are activated;
capture a second image of the moveable number sleeve when the second group of light sources are activated;
divide the field of view of the imaging device into a central section and two peripheral sections and to associate the central section with a first illumination condition and the two peripheral sections with a second illumination condition; and
combine the first image of the moveable number sleeve and the second image of the moveable number sleeve into a single image.

US Pat. No. 10,456,529

DRUG INJECTION DEVICE WITH RESETTABLE MECHANISM ALLOWING PISTON ROD RETRACTION UPON DRUG CARTRIDGE CHANGE

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. A drug delivery device for selecting and dispensing a number of user variable doses of a medicament, the drug delivery device comprising:a housing;
a dose setting element rotatable relative to the housing during dose setting and dose dispensing;
a drive member coupled to the dose setting element via a clutch;
a piston rod coupled to the housing and to the drive member;
a cartridge holder removably attached to the housing and a reset element, which is permanently rotationally constrained to the housing and rotationally constrained to the drive member during dose setting; and
at least one spring acting on the reset element,
wherein if the cartridge holder is detached from the housing, the reset element is axially moved relative to the housing into a position in which the drive member is allowed to rotate relative to the housing, and
wherein the drive member is axially movable relative to the housing between a dose setting position and a dose dispensing position, wherein in the dose setting position, if the cartridge holder is attached to the housing, the drive member is rotationally constrained to the housing via the reset element, and wherein in the dose dispensing position, if the cartridge holder is attached to the housing, the drive member is rotatable relative to the reset element and the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,528

DRIVE MECHANISM FOR A DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE AND DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A drive mechanism for a drug delivery device, comprising:a lead screw and a lead screw nut aligned with an axis defining an axial direction and an opposite axial direction,
a screw thread and at least one further screw thread of the lead screw, the screw thread and the further screw thread having the same pitch and being intertwined, and
a drive feature of the lead screw nut,
the drive feature engaging the screw thread and the further screw thread and allowing for, during a dispense operation, a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the lead screw nut at least in the axial direction, wherein the drive mechanism comprises:
a drive member rotationally locked with the lead screw nut,
the lead screw being coupled with the drive member by a coupling, where the drive member engages the lead screw, the coupling generating a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the drive member when the drive member is moved in the axial direction with respect to the lead screw, and the coupling being overridden to prevent a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the drive member when the drive member is moved in the opposite axial direction with respect to the lead screw.

US Pat. No. 10,456,527

GASKET USING MEDICAL SILICONE RUBBER HAVING SLIDABILITY, AND SYRINGE USING SAID GASKET

COKI ENGINEERING INC., O...

1. A gasket, for syringes, to be press-fitted in a syringe barrel and used in a slidable manner, the gasket comprising:a main body portion that is formed of a rigid plastic having a drug solution-resistant property against a drug solution to be loaded in the syringe barrel, and that has a slide-contact surface that slidingly contacts an inner circumferential surface of the syringe barrel; and
a slide-contact ring that is fitted in a concaved groove formed over a whole circumference of the slide-contact surface, and is configured to slidingly contact the inner circumferential surface of the syringe barrel, wherein
within the slide-contact surface, at least a slide-contact surface adjacent to a liquid contact surface with respect to the drug solution is formed to be in contact with the inner circumferential surface and liquid-tight with respect to the inner circumferential surface,
the main body has a liquid-contact side sliding part having the liquid contact surface, the slide-contact surface adjacent to the liquid contact surface, and a back surface contacting the slide-contact ring,
the slide-contact ring is disposed in contact with the back surface of the liquid-contact side sliding part so as to back up the liquid-contact side sliding part,
the slide-contact ring is formed of a slidable silicone rubber obtained by adding a spherical ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fine powder to a silicone rubber base material, a filler being added to the silicone rubber base material, wherein a silicone oil is optionally added to the slidable silicone rubber of the slide-contact ring,
when the silicone oil is not added, the slidable silicone rubber contains, in volume ratio, the ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fine powder by 44.5 to 60% and the silicone rubber base material containing the filler for a remaining portion, and
when the silicone oil is added, the slidable silicone rubber contains, in volume ratio, the ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fine powder by 30 to 65%, the silicone oil by 7 to 40%, a total of the ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fine powder and the silicone oil being 37 to 72%, and the silicone rubber base material containing the filler for a remaining portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,525

DETENT MECHANISM FOR A MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. An auto-injector comprisinga syringe carrier adapted to contain at least a majority of a syringe, the syringe carrier having a ramp member with a first ramp and a second ramp, wherein the ramp member defines a longitudinal axis; and
a chassis including a resilient beam having a beam head adapted to engage the ramp member, wherein the carrier is slidably arranged in the chassis,
wherein the first ramp is adapted to deflect the beam head in a radial direction relative to the chassis, when the syringe carrier moves in a first direction relative to the chassis, and the second ramp is adapted to deflect the beam head in a tangential direction relative to the chassis, wherein the radial direction is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, and wherein the tangential direction is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and the radial direction
wherein the beam head is configured to be deflected by the first ramp when the syringe carrier moves in the first direction relative to the chassis, and the beam head is configured to be deflected by the second ramp when the syringe carrier moves in a second direction relative to the chassis, wherein the first direction is opposite the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,516

DIALYSIS MACHINE

Quanta Dialysis Technolog...

1. A disposable dialysis cartridge for use in a hemodialysis machine having a dialyser, the cartridge comprising:at least an isolated dialysate flowpath at least partly formed on a surface of the cartridge and configured for delivering a flow of dialysate solution through a dialyser, the dialysate flow path including:
a sterile water inlet which admits sterile water onto the cartridge from a dialysis machine;
a first mixing pump having a pump chamber which receives a predetermined volume of sterile water, and
a dispenser which dispenses into the pump chamber a predetermined volume of a first dialysate solution base,
wherein the first mixing pump is operable to form a homogeneous mixture of sterile water and first dialysate solution base and pump the homogeneous mixture out of the pump chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,508

DRUG DELIVERY ENDOVASCULAR STENT AND METHOD OF USE

Biosensors International ...

1. A method for making an expandable, metal stent having metal filaments comprising an outer surface region where the outer surface region is coated with a polymer-free limus drug, the stent having a rate of occurrence and/or extent of restenosis or thrombosis resulting from vascular injury in a subject where the rate of occurrence and/or extent of restenosis or thrombosis is reduced relative to that observed by placing at a site of injury, a bare-metal expandable stent formed of interconnected metal filaments or an expandable stent formed of interconnected metal filaments with an outer surface having a coating comprised of a polymer carrier containing a limus drug, the method comprising:roughening regions of the outer surface of the stent filaments to a surface roughness (Ra) of between 20-40 ?in (0.5-1 ?m), and a surface roughness range (Rt) of between 300-700 ?in (7.5-17.5 ?m), and
coating the roughened regions of the stent filaments with a polymer-free limus drug, to a coating thickness greater than the Rt of the roughened stent surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,506

PRODUCTION OF RESORBABLE POLYMER TUBES MADE OF THREADS

MEKO LASERSTRAHL-MATERIAL...

1. A method for a preparation of a pore-free polymer tube comprising:a. directed winding of at least one polymer filament with a diameter of ?50 ?m to form a polymer tube; and
b. pore-free melting of the at least one polymer filament in the polymer tube at a melting point of the at least one polymer filament or up to a maximal 15° C. above the melting point of the at least one polymer filament under vacuum for 5 seconds to 180 seconds to form the pore-free polymer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,491

METHOD OF STERILIZING AN OBJECT WITH ATOMIC NITROGEN FROM A NITROGEN PLASMA

Societe Pour La Conceptio...

1. A method of sterilizing an object with atomic nitrogen from a nitrogen plasma, the method comprising:placing the object in a sterilization chamber; and
sterilizing the object present in the sterilization chamber in a sterilization half-cycle comprising an alternation between stages of injecting atomic nitrogen into the sterilization chamber and of intermediate stages, each intermediate stage including at least one suction stage during which the sterilization chamber is evacuated,wherein each intermediate stage further comprises a stage of injecting molecular nitrogen into the sterilization chamber,wherein the injected atomic nitrogen comes from or is part of a nitrogen plasma generated by a plasma generator from a nitrogen stream, andwherein said nitrogen stream is injected into the sterilization chamber with the plasma generator being switched off during the stage of injecting molecular nitrogen.