US Pat. No. 10,509,411

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, which has a predefined at least partially autonomous control mode, the method comprising:transmitting, by the vehicle, an identification that indicates the predefined control mode, the identification being transmitted to a vehicle-related component which has at least one of: (i) information relevant for the predefined control mode, and (ii) one or more control command(s) relevant for the predefined control mode;
wherein the transmitting takes place only when the vehicle is in the predefined control mode, in order to make the at least one of the information and the control commands available to the vehicle, wherein the vehicle-related component is a device that is remote from the vehicle;
wherein in response to receiving the identification transmitted by the vehicle, the remote device processes and transmits the information and the control commands to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,509,371

INFORMATION NOTIFICATION METHOD, INFORMATION NOTIFICATION DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An information notification method performed by an information notification device comprising: a receiver that receives data from a time display device; and a display, the information notification method comprising:acquiring log data of the time display device from the time display device by the receiver;
determining a usage status of the time display device based on the acquired log data; and
providing, via the display, information corresponding to the determined usage status of the time display device;
wherein
the determining comprises determining whether or not a voltage of a battery of the time display device continues to be less than a voltage reference value in a status determination reference period; and
the providing comprises providing a first notification if the voltage of the battery of the time display device is determined to continue to be less than the voltage reference value during the status determination reference period;
the determining further comprises determining whether or not the voltage of the battery of the time display device further continues to be less than the voltage reference value in the status determination reference period after providing the first notification; and
the providing further comprises providing a second notification if the voltage of the battery of the time display device is determined to further continue to be less than the voltage reference value in the status determination reference period after providing the first notification.

US Pat. No. 10,509,364

LIGHT MODULATOR FOR A DISPLAY FOR DISPLAYING TWO-DIMENSIONAL AND/OR THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE CONTENTS

SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A....

1. A light modulator for a display for the presentation of two- and/or three-dimensional image contents, comprising:two opposing substrates and electrodes,
at least one liquid crystal layer is provided between the two substrates,
an alignment means provided on the surface of the substrate which faces the liquid crystal layer to set a predeterminable initial alignment of the liquid crystals, where the orientation of the liquid crystals can be controlled in a predeterminable range through an electric field which is generated by the electrodes,
the alignment means is of a controllable type and is controllable during the operation of the light modulator such that the initial alignment of the liquid crystals is changeable, and
if the initial alignment of the liquid crystals is modified then the alignment of the liquid crystals in an electric field can be controlled such that the orientation of the liquid crystals is orientable outside the given range or such that the initial alignment of the liquid crystals is settable in a predeterminable way in dependency of a predetermined location.

US Pat. No. 10,509,352

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM CONFIGURED TO IMAGE BELONGINGS OF A USER AND ASSIST THE USER

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An image forming system comprising:an image forming apparatus;
an imaging portion that performs imaging of a belonging of a user, the user being adjacent to the image forming apparatus;
a belonging analyzer that identifies the belonging by performing analysis on an image obtained by the imaging portion;
a memory that stores a user assistance lookup table, the user assistance lookup table associating pieces of information in advance including a belonging of a user; a user assistance action, the user assistance action being a mechanical opening operation; and a target member of the image forming apparatus to be affected by the user assistance action;
a searcher that retrieves a user assistance action and target member both associated with the belonging identified by the belonging analyzer, by searching the user assistance lookup table for a record associated with the identified belonging, the user assistance lookup table being stored on the memory; and
a hardware processor that makes the image forming apparatus take the user assistance action retrieved by the searcher, by the target member retrieved by the searcher.

US Pat. No. 10,509,350

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a pair of fixing rotary members forming a nip part for nipping a recording material on which a toner image is formed;
a surface homogenizing member for homogenizing a surface a first fixing rotary member among the pair of fixing rotary members;
a hardware processor that acquires physical property information of the recording material; and
a controller for controlling drive of the surface homogenizing member according to the physical property information of the recording material acquired by the hardware processor that acquires the physical property information;
wherein the controller integrates a count value obtained by weighting of a magnitude of damage to the fixing rotary member for each value class of the physical property information acquired by the hardware processor that acquires the physical property information, upon each passage of the recording material through the nip part, and if an integrated count value exceeds a prescribed threshold, controls the drive of the surface homogenizing member so as to homogenize the surface of the first fixing rotary member;
wherein the controller includes a count value memory which stores plural count values each linked to a respective one of classes into which values of the physical property information are divided;
wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises a line sensor for reading an image on the recording material that has passed the fixing rotary members; and
wherein the controller updates a count value stored in the count value memory or the threshold according to the image read by the line sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,509,349

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A fixing device that fixes a toner image onto a sheet passing through a fixing nip, comprising:a first fixer that receives a first drive force to rotate;
a second fixer that rotates following rotation of the first fixer, the first fixer and the second fixer forming the fixing nip therebetween;
a nip width adjuster capable of adjusting a nip width of the fixing nip;
a rotation speed detector that detects a rotation speed of the second fixer; and
a hardware processor that controls the nip width adjuster based on a detection result of the rotation speed detector to make the nip width equal to a predetermined reference nip width, wherein
the nip width adjuster adjusts the nip width by adjusting a relative distance between the first fixer and the second fixer, and
the hardware processor determines that at least one of the first fixer and the second fixer has reached an end of life when an amount of adjustment for the relative distance exceeds a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,509,342

POWDER CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND MECHANICAL DEVICE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A powder container comprising:a powder storage configured to store powder and having side walls with through-holes;
a hollow member including a hollow part;
held parts disposed at both ends of the hollow member in an axial direction of the hollow member;
a coil configured to be held by the hollow member;
holders configured to hold the held parts of the hollow member;
a piercing shaft configured to be inserted into the hollow part of the hollow member from outside of the powder container through one of the through-holes;
an upper case; and
a lower case including the holder and two side walls, the two side walls constituting part of the side walls of the powder storage and having the through-holes, the two side walls disposed at both ends of the lower case in the axial direction of the hollow member,
wherein the powder storage is splittable into the upper case and the lower case,
wherein the holders are concave upward and disposed adjacent to the two side walls, respectively, inside the lower case, and
wherein the through-holes are disposed in the two side walls, respectively, at positions higher than the holders, so as to penetrate the two side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,509,341

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first image-bearing member that bears a toner image;
a movable belt that is in contact with the first image-bearing member and that forms a first transfer portion;
a first charge member that is in contact with the first image-bearing member and that charges the first image-bearing member;
a first developing unit that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the first image-bearing member to form the toner image by using a toner and that is able to collect at least a charged toner having a first polarity that is a regular charge polarity of the toner among residual toners on the first image-bearing member after the toner passes through the first transfer portion as a result of rotation of the first image-bearing member;
a second image-bearing member that is disposed downstream of the first image-bearing member in a direction in which the belt moves, and in contact with the movable belt to form a second transfer portion;
a second charge member that is in contact with the second image-bearing member and that charges the second image-bearing member;
a second developing unit that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the second image-bearing member to form a toner image by using a toner and that is able to collect at least a charged toner having the first polarity among residual toners on the second image-bearing member after the toner passes through the second transfer portion as a result of rotation of the second image-bearing member;
a common potential formation unit that forms a first electric field or a second electric field at the first transfer portion and the second transfer portion, wherein the first electric field is an electric field acting in a direction of transferring a toner having a second polarity, which is opposite of the first polarity, from the first image-bearing member and the second image-bearing member toward the belt, and wherein the second electric field is an electric field acting in a direction of transferring the toner having the first polarity from the first image-bearing member and the second image-bearing member toward the belt; and
a control unit that controls the first charge member, the second charge member, and the potential formation unit,
wherein the control unit controls the first charge member to move a charged first toner, that has the second polarity and that attaches to the first charge member, from the first charge member to the first image-bearing member, and controls the potential formation unit to form the first electric field, at the first transfer portion and the second transfer portion, to transfer the first toner from the first image-bearing member to the belt, and
wherein the control unit controls the potential formation unit to form the second electric field before the first toner that has been transferred to the belt reaches the second transfer portion, at the first transfer portion and the second transfer portion, to move the first toner from the belt to the second image-bearing member at the second transfer portion, and controls the second charge member to collect the first toner which has been moved to the second image-bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,509,323

EDGE-EXPOSURE TOOL WITH AN ULTRAVIOLET (UV) LIGHT EMITTING DIODE (LED)

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method for edge exposure, the method comprising:receiving a workpiece covered by a photosensitive layer;
exposing an edge portion of the photosensitive layer, but not a center portion of the photosensitive layer, to radiation generated by a light emitting diode (LED), wherein the edge portion of the photosensitive layer extends along an edge of the workpiece in a closed path to enclose the center portion of the photosensitive layer; and
exposing an interior portion of the photosensitive layer to the radiation without exposing the center portion of the photosensitive layer, wherein the interior portion of the photosensitive layer is surrounded by the center portion of the photosensitive layer, and wherein the workpiece is at a same location during the exposing of the edge portion of the photosensitive layer as during the exposing of the interior portion of the photosensitive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,299

LIGHT SHIELDING DEVICE

1. A light shielding device, consisting of:a visor including a brim perpendicularly connected to an exterior side of a panel;
a first strap extending from a first side of the panel and a second strap extending from a second side of the panel defining an interior side configured to receive a cylindrical support therethrough, wherein a distal end of each of the first and second strap removably secure to one another to form a loop;
an attachment mechanism extending from the interior side of the panel, wherein the attachment mechanism is configured to secure to the support;
further comprising a pair of side shields each disposed on opposing lateral sides of the visor;
wherein the pair of side shields are made of a flexible material;
wherein the attachment mechanism comprises a singular row of teeth extending from a bottom portion of the interior side of the panel;
the row of teeth configured to engage and support the visor thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,509,287

COLOR FILTER ON ARRAY SUBSTRATE HAVING A PHOTORESIST PLUG CONTACTING A LIQUID CRYSTAL LAYER

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A method for manufacturing a color filter on array (COA) substrate, comprising:forming a thin-film transistor on a base substrate, wherein the thin-film transistor comprises a first metal layer on the base substrate, a first insulation layer disposed on the first metal layer, a semiconductor active layer disposed on the first insulation layer, and a second metal layer disposed on the semiconductor active layer, wherein the second metal layer forms a drain electrode of the thin-film transistor; forming a second insulation layer on the thin-film transistor; forming a color resist layer on the second insulation layer; forming a third insulation layer on the color resist layer; and forming at least one through hole, which exposes the drain electrode of the thin-film transistor, and which sequentially extends through the third insulation layer, the color resist layer and the second insulation layer;
wherein the method further comprises:
forming an indium tin oxide (ITO) film layer on the third insulation layer, wherein the ITO film layer comprises a vias-region ITO film layer located on and attached in the through hole and a non vais-region ITO film layer located outside the through hole;
forming a photoresist layer on the ITO film layer;
performing a light-shielding process to the photoresist layer located only on the vias-region ITO film layer, and performing an exposure process to the photoresist layer on the non vias-region ITO film layer; and
developing the photoresist layer on the vias-region ITO film layer and the photoresist layer on the non vias-region ITO film layer in order to obtain a photoresist layer plug only covered on the vias-region ITO film layer;
wherein the photoresist layer plug comprises a plug portion and a protrusion portion, the plug portion is filled in the through hole, and the protrusion portion is protruded out from the through hole and covers the through hole only;
wherein the method further comprises assembling the COA substrate in a display device comprising a liquid crystal layer, wherein the photoresist layer plug is in contact with a portion of the liquid crystal layer near the photoresist layer plug; and
wherein a side plane of the photoresist layer plug exposed outside the through hole is perpendicular to the base substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,509,285

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REPAIRING SHORT CIRCUIT DEFECT IN DISPLAY PANEL

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for repairing a short circuit defect in a display panel, comprising:connecting two terminals of an external repair power supply to a first test point and a second test point, respectively, wherein there is the short circuit defect in a line between the first test point and the second test point; and
adjusting an input voltage of the external repair power supply to fuse the short circuited line between the first test point and the second test point,
wherein the first test point comprises one of a data line test point or a gate line test point, and the second test point comprises a common electrode test point,
wherein a positive electrode of the external repair power supply is connected to the first test point, and a negative electrode of the external repair power supply is connected to the second test point.

US Pat. No. 10,509,284

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:a liquid crystal panel including:
an element substrate,
a counter substrate facing the element substrate,
a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between the element substrate and the counter substrate,
an incident-side linear polarizing plate arranged on a light-incident side of the liquid crystal layer, and
an emission-side linear polarizing plate arranged on a light-emission side of the liquid crystal layer, wherein
the element substrate includes a resin film as a base material,
a plurality of insulating films, a plurality of gate bus lines, and a plurality of source bus lines are defined on the base material,
a contact hole is defined in the plurality of insulating films, the contact hole being rectangular in a plan view and arranged obliquely with respect to the plurality of gate bus lines and the plurality of source bus lines, and
either a long side or a short side of the contact hole is parallel with an absorption axis of the incident-side linear polarizing plate or the emission-side linear polarizing plate.

US Pat. No. 10,509,275

DISPLAY PANEL HAVING STABLE MAINTENANCE RATIO WITH VIEWING ANGLE CHANGED IN DIFFERENT GRAY LEVELS

Innolux Corporation, Chu...

1. A display panel, comprising:a first substrate, comprising:
a first base;
scan lines, disposed above the first base and extending along a first direction;
data lines, disposed above the first base and extending along a second direction wherein the first direction is different from the second direction; and
an electrode disposed between two of the data lines, having two extending portions and one bending portion, wherein the two extending portions are substantially parallel to the second direction, and the bending portion is positioned between the two extending portions and connects the two extending portions;
wherein when a light passes the electrode, a dark pattern corresponds to the bending portion of the electrode, and an extending direction of the dark pattern is substantially parallel to the first direction,
wherein the dark pattern has a first width in a first gray level and a second width in a second gray level, and the first width is larger than the second width, and the second gray level is a maximum gray level of the display panel, and the first gray level is equal to half of all gray levels.

US Pat. No. 10,509,273

DISPLAY ELEMENT

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A display element, comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate arranged opposite to said first substrate;
a barrier rib pattern and an intermediate layer positioned between the first substrate and the second substrate, and
a vertical alignment adhesive layer positioned between the first substrate and the intermediate layer, and between the first substrate and the barrier rib pattern,
wherein the vertical alignment adhesive layer comprises functional nanoparticles and a vertical alignment silicon-based adhesive, wherein the functional nanoparticles are selected from the group consisting of indium tin oxide (ITO) nanoparticles, silver (Ag) nanowires, and silica nanoparticles, and
wherein the vertical alignment adhesive layer imparts a vertical alignment to a material in the intermediate layer,
wherein
the vertical alignment adhesive layer comprises the functional nanoparticles so as to satisfy the following equations 1 and 2:
Gi×100?GN?1×1010 S/m  [Equation 1]wherein, GN represents an electric conductivity value (S/m) of the vertical alignment adhesive layer comprising the functional nanoparticles, and Gi represents an electric conductivity value (S/m) of a vertical alignment adhesive layer that does not comprise the functional nanoparticlesCi×1.5?CN?50  [Equation 2]
wherein, CN represents a dielectric constant value of the vertical alignment adhesive layer comprising the functional nanoparticles and Ci represents a dielectric constant value of a vertical alignment adhesive layer that does not comprise the functional nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 10,509,262

DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH LIGHT CONVERTER PATTERN

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display panel; and
a plurality of light source modules disposed in parallel with a rear surface of the display panel and configured to emit light toward the display panel,
wherein each of the plurality of light source modules comprises:
a modulator configured to guide light;
a light source disposed on a rear surface of the modulator and configured to generate light;
a reflecting member disposed on a front surface of the modulator and opposite to the light source, and configured to reflect the generated light to an inside of the modulator or to the rear surface of the modulator; and
a light conversion member disposed on the rear surface of the modulator and configured to convert a wavelength of the generated light that is guided by the modulator, the light conversion member being disposed in a predetermined pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,509,260

DATA CENTER

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A data center, comprising:a wavelength source, configured to generate an N-wavelength laser beam, wherein N is an integer greater than or equal to 1;
a first optical component, comprising a first port, a second port, and a third port;
a first communications device, comprising a first server or a first switch; and
a second communications device, comprising a second server or a second switch;
wherein the first port of the first optical component is configured to receive an M-wavelength laser beam from the wavelength source, wherein M is an integer greater than or equal to 1 and less than or equal to N;
wherein the second port of the first optical component is configured to send the M-wavelength laser beam to the first communications device, wherein the M-wavelength laser beam comprises a first-wavelength laser beam;
wherein the second port of the first optical component is further configured to receive a modulated first optical signal from the first communications device, wherein the modulated first optical signal is obtained by the first communications device by modulating a first service signal onto the first-wavelength laser beam; and
wherein the third port of the first optical component is configured to send the modulated first optical signal to the second communications device.

US Pat. No. 10,509,257

DISPLAY PANELS, WIRE GRID POLARIZERS, AND THE MANUFACTURING METHODS THEREOF

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A display panel, comprising:a first substrate, a second substrate opposite to the first substrate, a liquid crystal layer configured between the first substrate and the second substrate, and a wire grid polarizer configured on the first substrate or the second substrate, wherein the wire grid polarizer comprises a carrier substrate, a quantum dot (QD) adhesive layer, and a wire grid structure being bonded with the carrier substrate by the QD adhesive layer, the wire grid structure comprises a plurality of wire grids spaced apart from each other, the QD adhesive layer comprises QD materials and adhesive, a wire grid cycle of the wire grid structure is in a range from 100 to 300 nm, a wire grid width is in a range from 50 to 200 nm, and the wire grid structure is made by aluminum;
wherein the wire grid polarizer is configured on one surface of the first substrate facing toward the second substrate, and the first substrate is a color filter substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,509,251

POLYMERIZABLE COMPOSITION, WAVELENGTH CONVERSION MEMBER, BACKLIGHT UNIT, AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A polymerizable composition comprising:quantum dots having surfaces coordinated with a ligand;
a polymerizable compound; and
a dispersant,
wherein the ligand is a molecule that includes a saturated hydrocarbon chain having 6 or more carbon atoms and a coordinating group,
a LogP value of the polymerizable compound is 3.0 or lower,
the dispersant has a nonpolar portion and a polar portion in a molecule, and
the nonpolar portion is at least one selected from the group consisting of a saturated hydrocarbon chain having 6 or more carbon atoms, an aromatic ring, and a saturated aliphatic ring having 6 or more carbon atoms, and
the dispersant is at least one selected from the group consisting of Compound A1, Compound A2, Compound A3, Compound A4, Compound B1, Compound C, and Compound D:

wherein, in Compound A1, A3, and A4 each of ma and na is a number in which ma:na is 5:5 to 9:1, and R1 is at least one of a saturated hydrocarbon chain having 6 or more carbon atoms, an aromatic ring, or a saturated aliphatic ring having 6 or more carbon atoms;

wherein, in Compound A2, each of ma, na and pa is a number in which ma:(na+pa) is 5:5 to 9:1 and na:pa is 1:9 to 9:1, and R1 is at least one of a saturated hydrocarbon chain having 6 or more carbon atoms, an aromatic ring, or a saturated aliphatic ring having 6 or more carbon atoms;

wherein in Compound B1 each R1 is independently selected from a saturated hydrocarbon chain having 6 or more carbon atoms, an aromatic ring, or a saturated aliphatic ring having 6 or more carbon atoms, and mb:nb is 5:5 to 9:1; and

wherein in Compound D, n:m is 1:5 to 1:20.

US Pat. No. 10,509,248

BACK COVER INTEGRATED WITH LIGHT GUIDE PLATE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND BACK LIGHT UNIT AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A back cover for a display device integrated with a light guide plate, comprising:a cover glass having a chamfer type corner portion;
a reflective sheet attached onto the cover glass;
the light guide plate attached onto the cover glass covering the reflective sheet; and
a light guide plate coupling member between the light guide plate and the cover glass,
wherein the light guide plate coupling member is arranged at an edge of the light guide plate.

US Pat. No. 10,509,226

HEADS UP DISPLAY SYSTEM

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A heads up display system of a vehicle, comprising:a combiner screen comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate defining a first surface and a second surface;
a second substantially transparent substrate defining a third surface and a fourth surface;
a third substantially transparent substrate defining a fifth surface and a sixth surface, wherein the first substrate is positioned between the third substrate and the second substrate;
a primary seal disposed between the first and second substrates, wherein the seal and the first and second substrates define a cavity therebetween;
an electro-optic material positioned within the cavity; and
a transflective layer comprising a multilayer film positioned between the first and sixth surfaces; and
a projector for projecting light having a first polarization toward the fifth surface of the third substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,509,223

SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PHOTOMETRIC SYSTEM DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL RUGGEDIZATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method to design a photometric system, the method comprising:selecting an initial population of simulated candidate optical elements, wherein the optical elements are optical filters and/or Integrated Computational Elements (ICE) of the photometric system configured to be disposed within a downhole environment;
determining one or more base environmental factors associated with the downhole environment;
evolving the one or more base environmental factors associated with the downhole environment to one or more evolved environmental factors associated with the downhole environment;
applying an evolutionary algorithm comprising the one or more evolved environmental factors to evaluate the one or more of the simulated candidate optical elements, where applying the evolutionary algorithm further comprises utilizing a multi-objective fitness function,
wherein utilizing the multi-objective fitness function comprises determining central wavelengths of the simulated candidate optical elements and penalizing central wavelength overlap among the simulated candidate optical elements; and
selecting at least one of the simulated candidate optical elements in response to the applying the evolutionary algorithm, the selected simulated candidate optical elements being environmentally rugged optical elements to be utilized within the photometric system.

US Pat. No. 10,509,222

MULTI-DIRECTIONAL BAR CODE SCANNING DEVICE HAVING MULTIPLE LASER EMITTERS MATCHED WITH SINGLE PHOTOSENSITIVE RECEIVER

SUNLUX IOT TECHNOLOGY (GU...

1. A multi-directional bar code scanning device having multiple laser emitters matched with a single photosensitive receiver, comprising:a housing, with a recess formed on a middle of the housing, a light source groove and a light projection reflector support being provided at a side of the housing, and a light collection rectangular aperture formed on a bottom of the recess;
N laser emitters, fixed in the light source groove via an installation component and adapted for emitting N laser beams and projecting the N laser beams at a certain projected path, therein N is an integer and N?2;
N light projection reflectors, located above the light source groove and mounted on the light projection reflector support to match with the N laser emitters correspondingly;
a light collection reflector, located at a front of the N light projection reflectors, with N light projection apertures being formed on a middle of the light collection reflector to match with the N light projection reflectors correspondingly;
a rotatable reflector group, configured in the recess and located opposite to the N light projection reflectors;
a tilted reflector group, including a plurality of reflectors at different angles which are configured at a ring surface of the recess; and
a single photosensitive receiver, located beneath the light collection rectangular apertures and opposite to the light collection reflectors;
wherein the N laser beams emitted from the N laser reflectors are emitted to the N light projection reflectors correspondingly, pass through the N light projection apertures on the light collection reflector, then are reflected by the rotatable reflector group and the tilted reflector group in turn to form N baseline laser scanning beams to project on a target bar code; after scattered by the target bar code, the N baseline laser scanning beams are reflected reversely to the light collection reflectors and focused to the photosensitive receiver which is arranged for converting an optical signal to an electrical signal,
wherein the laser beams emitted from the N laser emitters are focused and aligned by the lens and then spread at different positions from far to near.

US Pat. No. 10,509,217

BESSEL BEAM PLANE ILLUMINATION MICROSCOPE

Howard Hughes Medical Ins...

1. A microscope comprising:a light source for generating a light beam having a wavelength, ?;
beam-forming optics, including an optical element positioned in a path of the light beam and configured for generating an annular ring of light, the beam-forming optics being configured for generating from the light beam an excitation beam having a central lobe and at least one side lobe and also configured to direct the excitation beam to a position within a sample, wherein the beam-forming optics include an excitation objective having an axis oriented in a first direction, and wherein a transverse profile of the excitation beam in the sample is intermediate between a profile that approximates the J0 Bessel function and a profile that approximates the Gaussian function;
imaging optics configured for receiving light from a position within the sample that is illuminated by the excitation beam and for imaging the received light on a detector, the imaging optics including a detection objective having an axis oriented in a second direction that is non-parallel to the first direction; and
a detector configured for detecting light received by the imaging optics.

US Pat. No. 10,509,208

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IMPLEMENTING AND/OR USING A CAMERA DEVICE

LIGHT LABS INC., Redwood...

1. A camera device, the camera device comprising:a camera housing including a front surface and a rear surface, said camera housing having a thickness D, where D is a distance between said front surface and said rear surface; and
a first optical chain, in said camera housing, said first optical chain including a first light redirection device, a first lens, and a first sensor, said first optical chain having a first optical axis including a first optical axis portion in front of said light redirection device and a second optical axis portion extending from the light redirection device to the first sensor, said first lens being on said second optical axis portion, said first lens having a length less than or equal to D in a first direction along the direction of the thickness of the camera, light entering said first optical chain through a first aperture in the front surface of the camera housing;
a second optical chain, which does not include a mirror, said second optical chain facing out the front surface of the camera housing and having a second optical axis which extends straight back towards a second sensor; and
a display device positioned in said camera housing behind said first and second optical chains.

US Pat. No. 10,509,201

NEAR-INFRARED LENS FOR CAMERAS IN MOBILE DEVICES

Genius Electronic Optical...

1. An optical imaging lens system comprising, in a given order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, and a fourth lens element arranged along an optical axis, each of the first, second, third, and fourth lens elements having an object-side surface facing toward the object side and an image-side surface facing toward the image side,the first lens element being arranged to be a lens element having positive refractive power in a first order from the object side to the image side;
the second lens element being arranged to be a lens element having refractive power in a second order from the object side to the image side, the object-side surface of the second lens element comprising a convex portion in a vicinity of the optical axis, and the image-side surface of the second lens element comprising a concave portion in a vicinity of an outer circumference of the second lens element, the object-side surface and the image-side surface of the second lens element each being an aspheric surface;
the third lens element being arranged to be a lens element having refractive power in a third order from the object side to the image side, the object-side surface and the image-side surface of the third lens element each being an aspheric surface;
the fourth lens element being arranged to be a lens element having refractive power in a fourth order from the object side to the image side, the image-side surface of the fourth lens element comprising a convex portion in a vicinity of the optical axis, the object-side surface and the image-side surface of the fourth lens element each being an aspheric surface, wherein:
a half field of view of the optical imaging lens system is defined as HFOV, an F number of the optical imaging lens system is defined as Fno, an air gap between the second and third lens elements along the optical axis is defined as G23, a thickness of the first lens element along the optical axis is defined as T1, and HFOV, Fno, G23 and T1 satisfy the relations:
2.13°?HFOV/Fno?8.75°;
0.56?G23/T1?1.54.

US Pat. No. 10,509,195

CAMERA MODULE INCLUDING APERTURE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A camera module comprising:a lens barrel including at least one lens and a lens hole; and
a variable aperture including an aperture hole area which is arranged on the lens hole formed in the lens barrel,
wherein a size of the aperture hole area is adjustable,
wherein an outer surface of an outermost lens of the lens barrel protrudes further to the outer side nearer the central portion than a periphery of the aperture hole area of the variable aperture,
wherein the variable aperture includes at least two wing parts,
wherein the at least two wing parts are configured to move while partially overlapping each other, and
wherein the at least two wing parts include:
a wing; and
a wing hole disposed in the wing and forming the aperture hole area while the size of an overlapping area is changed as the at least two wing parts are moved.

US Pat. No. 10,509,185

OPTICAL CONNECTOR WITH PHOTODETECTOR, ADAPTOR FOR OPTICAL CONNECTOR, AND SYSTEM

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. An optical connector comprising:a first end comprising an external interface, the external interface comprising a light-carrying port, mechanical connection elements and an electrical interface, the external interface being configured to be detachably received by an adapter;
a second end integrated with an optical fiber cable;
a main optical conduit comprising a first length of optical fiber and a second length of optical fiber aligned and joined together at a splice point to form a continuous length of optical fiber for propagating light between the light-carrying port and the optical fiber cable; and
a photodetector, connected to the optical fiber between the light-carrying port and the splice point, for detecting light travelling through the optical connector and providing a signal indicative of the detected light via the electrical interface.

US Pat. No. 10,509,183

LASER ASSEMBLY PACKAGING FOR SILICON PHOTONIC INTERCONNECTS

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A method comprising:placing an output side of a laser assembly against an input side of a silicon interposer (SiP) such that each pad in a plurality of pads positioned on the output side of the laser assembly is in contact with a respective solder bump that is also in contact with a corresponding pad positioned on the input side of the SiP, wherein the laser assembly comprises a laser diode and is configured to emit laser light from the output side, and wherein the SiP comprises an input grating configured to redirect the laser light through a silicon layer of the SiP;
heating the solder bumps to at least a first temperature at which the solder bumps change from a solid phase to a liquid phase;
allowing capillary forces of the solder bumps to realign the laser assembly and the SiP while the solder bumps are in the liquid phase; and
cooling the solder bumps to a second temperature below the first temperature such that the solder bumps change from the liquid phase to the solid phase, wherein the solder bumps couple the laser assembly to the SiP when the cooling is completed, wherein the output side of the laser assembly comprises an output grating through which the laser assembly is configured to output the laser light, and wherein a distance between the output grating of the laser assembly and the input grating of the SiP is less than 100 microns when the cooling is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,509,178

FIBER OPTIC ADAPTER ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING A SELECTIVELY LOCKABLE ADAPTER MEMBER

1. An optical adapter assembly comprising:a mounting member comprising a mounting housing extending in a longitudinal direction and defining a fiber insertion path that extends in the longitudinal direction; and
an adapter member selectively coupled to the mounting member, the adapter member comprising:
an adapter housing extending in the longitudinal direction;
a jacket engagement member that is selectively repositionable within the fiber insertion path and that is structurally configured to engage an outer jacket of a fiber optic cable positioned within the fiber insertion path;
a sleeve positioned at least partially within the adapter housing and extending around the fiber insertion path; and
a mounting member engagement portion that is engaged with the mounting member and that restricts movement of the adapter member with respect to the mounting member in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,509,173

OPTICAL NOTCH FILTER SYSTEM WITH INDEPENDENT CONTROL OF COUPLED DEVICES

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. An optical notch filter system comprising:a first racetrack resonant waveguide structure, positioned to enable an input light signal to couple from a first waveguide;
a second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, positioned to enable the input light signal to couple between the first racetrack resonant waveguide structure and the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, and further positioned to enable a first output light signal to couple from the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure to a second waveguide;
a first primary heating unit, positioned to heat a first primary region including a first portion of the first racetrack resonant waveguide structure and a first portion of the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, to change a central frequency and a passband width for the system to select a wavelength comprising the first output light signal;
a third racetrack resonant waveguide structure, positioned to enable the input light signal to couple between the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure and the third racetrack resonant waveguide structure, and further positioned to enable a second output light signal to couple from the third racetrack resonant waveguide structure to a third waveguide; and
a second primary heating unit, positioned to heat a second primary region including a first portion of the third racetrack resonant waveguide structure and a second portion of the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, to change a central frequency and a passband width for the system to select a wavelength comprising the second output light signal, and
wherein the first primary heating unit is controlled by a first primary controller and the second primary heating unit is controlled by a second primary controller.

US Pat. No. 10,509,154

LIGHTING APPARATUS HAVING AN OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE AND A PLURALITY OF LIGHT INTERACTING STRUCTURES AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

Nanyang Technological Uni...

1. A lighting apparatus comprising:at least one light source configured to provide a source light;
an optical waveguide optically coupled to the at least one light source, the optical waveguide having at least one input region through which the source light enters the optical waveguide for propagation within the optical waveguide; and
a plurality of light interacting structures arranged within the optical waveguide, the plurality of light interacting structures adapted to interact with the source light to provide an illumination light emitted from the optical waveguide to an ambient environment,
wherein a concentration of the plurality of light interacting structures increases, along a length portion of the optical waveguide, in a longitudinal direction away from the at least one input region, and
wherein the concentration of the plurality of light interacting structures increases, along a width of the optical waveguide, in a transverse direction from an outer region of the optical waveguide to an inner region of the optical waveguide, the transverse direction being perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,509,151

WIRE GRID POLARIZER, DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A wire grid polarizer, comprising:a substrate having a wire pattern area and a non-wire pattern area;
a plurality of conductive wire patterns formed parallel to one another formed on the substrate in the wire pattern area but not in the non-wire pattern area,
wherein each of the conductive wire patterns includes a first conductive wire pattern disposed on the substrate in the wire pattern area but not in the non-wire pattern area, an insulating wire pattern disposed on the first conductive wire pattern in the wire pattern area, a second conductive wire pattern disposed on the insulating wire pattern in the wire pattern area but not in the non-wire pattern area, wherein the second conductive wire patterns do not contact each other in the wire pattern area; and
a first conductive pattern disposed on the substrate in the non-wire pattern area but not in the wire pattern area, an insulating pattern disposed on the first conductive pattern in the non-wire pattern area but not in the wire pattern area, and a second conductive pattern disposed on the insulating pattern in the non-wire pattern area but not in the wire pattern area,
wherein the second conductive pattern contacts the second conductive wire patterns at a boundary between the wire pattern area and the non-wire pattern area,
wherein the first conductive wire pattern and the second conductive wire pattern are electrically insulated from each other,
wherein the first conductive pattern is longer than the second conductive pattern in a first direction along which the first conductive wire patterns extend,
wherein the first conductive pattern has a different length from each of the first conductive wire patterns in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein the second conductive pattern has a different length from each of the second conductive wire patterns in the second direction,
wherein the first conductive wire pattern, the insulating wire pattern and the second conductive wire pattern have a substantially same shape, and
wherein the first conductive pattern includes a same material as the first conductive wire pattern, the insulating pattern includes a same material as the insulating wire pattern and the second conductive pattern includes a same material as the second conductive wire pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,509,150

WIRE GRID POLARIZER AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A wire grid polarizer, comprising:a base substrate;
a plurality of conductive wire patterns which protrude from the base substrate and are arranged side-by-side with one another; and
a hydrophobic layer on at least one of the conductive wire patterns,
wherein a plurality of conductive wire patterns with the hydrophobic layer disposed thereon is repeatedly arranged between each pair of adjacent conductive wire patterns with no hydrophobic layer disposed thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,509,140

BOREHOLE SHAPE CHARACTERIZATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method, comprising:measuring a shape of a borehole with a well-logging tool to provide a measured borehole shape;
using a processor and associated memory located downhole, (i) comparing the measured borehole shape against a catalog of hole shapes stored in the downhole memory so as to identify a matching catalog shape, and (ii) determining a size parameter associated with the measured borehole shape, wherein comparing the measured borehole shape against the catalog comprises sequentially comparing the measured borehole shape against a plurality of catalog shapes in an order that depends at least in part on complexity of the catalog shapes.

US Pat. No. 10,509,135

STRUCTURED DETECTORS AND DETECTOR SYSTEMS FOR RADIATION IMAGING

Minnesota Imaging and Eng...

1. A PET detector system comprising:a first detector subsystem comprising a first plurality of detector modules configured in a ring, the first subsystem of detector modules adapted to generate first output characterizing radiation incident thereon;
a second detector subsystem comprising a second plurality of detector modules, the second subsystem of detector modules adapted to generate second output characterizing radiation incident thereon; and
imaging electronics configured to convert the first and second output into PET images of first and second regions of a body, respectively;
wherein each of the detector subsystems comprises a first layer of scintillator elements extending in a first direction, a second layer of scintillator elements extending in a second direction, and an intermediate layer defined between the first and second layers, the intermediate layer configured to modulate light sharing between the first layer of scintillator elements and the second layer of scintillator elements.

US Pat. No. 10,509,132

FLASH MEMORY-BASED RADIATION SENSING

Board of Trustees of the ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:an output interface;
a sensing circuit;
a flash memory coupled to the sensing circuit, wherein the sensing circuit is configured to detect a change of value of at least one cell of the flash memory;
a processor coupled to the output interface, sensing circuit and flash memory, wherein the processor is configured to execute instructions;
a device memory coupled to the processor and having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
receive a measurement indicative of an amount of radiation exposure of the flash memory, the measurement based on the detected change of value of at least one cell of the flash memory by the sensing circuit;
compare, at the electronic device, the measurement with a radiation exposure threshold;
generate, at the electronic device, an output indicative of the comparison; and
provide, via the output interface, an output indicative of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,509,077

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING STATE OF BATTERY

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A battery state estimation method comprising:receiving sensing data of a battery;
acquiring feature information by preprocessing the sensing data;
selecting the preprocessed sensing data based on the feature information; and
determining state information of the battery based on either one or both of the selected preprocessed sensing data and previous state information of the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,509,076

BATTERY PERFORMANCE MONITORING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

16. A method, executed by a controller, comprising:creating a load pulse for a battery;
receive a temperature of the battery;
measuring a battery voltage during creation of the load pulse;
measuring a battery current during creation of the load pulse;
calculating a battery resistance from the measured battery voltage and battery current;
based on the battery resistance and the temperature of the battery, calculating a maximum allowable current extractable from the battery, wherein the maximum allowable current is determined such that a voltage across the battery does not drop below a system shutdown threshold voltage when the maximum allowable current is drawn from the battery and does drop below the system shutdown threshold voltage when a current greater than the maximum allowable current is drawn from the battery; and
storing a value of the maximum allowable current in a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,509,062

METHOD OF MEASURING FREQUENCY OF COORDINATE INDICATING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic apparatus configured to determine a frequency of an electromagnetic signal, the electronic apparatus comprising:a signal receiver configured to receive the electromagnetic signal emitted from a coordinate indicating device configured to emit a frequency in a range of a predetermined center frequency upon contacting a sensor pad;
a band-pass filter device comprising at least one band-pass filter configured to respectively generate a first filtered signal and a second filtered signal by filtering the received electromagnetic signal in an adjustable first frequency range, the adjustable first frequency range having a first center frequency based on a first value of the range and the predetermined center frequency of the coordinate indicating device and an adjustable second frequency range having a second center frequency based on a second value of the range and the predetermined center frequency of the coordinate indicating device;
a controller configured to generate a first integrated signal and a second integrated signal by integrating the generated first filtered signal and the generated second filtered signal respectively and to detect a frequency value of the received electromagnetic signal based on a ratio value between the generated first integrated signal and the generated second integrated signal, to measure a pressure of the coordinate indicating device; and
a memory configured to store a lookup table usable by the controller to calculate the ratio value.

US Pat. No. 10,509,053

RADIO FREQUENCY PROBE AND METHODS FOR FORMING

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A radio frequency (RF) probe comprising:a main body extending from a probe housing, the main body comprising a length corresponding to a pressure factor generated by the RF probe; and
a contact portion integrally formed with the main body and extending radially from the main body, wherein the contact portion includes a tip having a predetermined diameter corresponding to the length of the main body, and wherein at least a portion of the tip has a spherical outer surface, and the tip extends from the contact portion at a predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,509,032

ASSAY DEVICE AND METHOD

ALERE SWITZERLAND GMBH, ...

1. A device comprising:an inlet in fluid connection with a first portion of a channel, the inlet configured to receive a first liquid;
a second portion of the channel connected to the first portion of the channel at a junction;
magnetically susceptible particles disposed in the first portion of the channel;
a capillary stop at the junction, wherein at the junction the cross sectional area of the first portion of the channel is less than the cross sectional area of the second portion of the channel, and wherein the junction of the first and second portions of the channel is substantially orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the first portion of the channel and the longitudinal axis of the second portion of the channel, and wherein the first and second portions of the channel have a common longitudinal axis, wherein the capillary stop is configured to form, with the first liquid received by the inlet, a liquid interface at the junction;
a reservoir containing a quantity of second liquid and configured to deliver second liquid released from the reservoir into the second portion of the channel such that the second liquid flows towards the junction; and
at least one sensor configured on the second portion of the channel to detect a signal from the second liquid, and
wherein the device is configured to direct the flow of the second liquid across the face of the first liquid at the interface in a direction substantially orthogonal to the direction of flow of the first liquid in the first portion of the channel immediately before the interface.

US Pat. No. 10,509,029

MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A measurement device, comprising:a droplet forming part configured to form aerosol-like liquid droplets from a liquid in which a fluorescent substance specifically bondable to detection target particles and a specimen are mixed with each other;
a droplet sorting part configured to sort and select droplets having a diameter smaller than a predetermined value from the droplets formed by the droplet forming part; and
a measurement part configured to irradiate light onto the droplets selected by the droplet sorting part and configured to measure the fluorescence intensity of the droplets, the measurement part including a case body through which the droplets selected by the droplet sorting part flow, a light-emitting part irradiating the light to the cased body, and a light-receiving part receiving fluorescent light from the fluorescent substance when the light is irradiated to the case body,
wherein the droplet sorting part includes a spray chamber configured to sort and select the droplets having the diameter smaller than the predetermined value using an inertial force, and supply only the droplets having the diameter smaller than the predetermined value to the measurement part,
wherein the droplet sorting part is configured to sort and select droplets having a diameter of less than 20 ?m, and
wherein the spray chamber includes a central chamber body having a cylindrical inner surface, a main pipe communicating between the droplet forming part and the droplet sorting part, the main pipe being connected to the cylindrical inner surface in such an orientation as to extend in a tangential direction of the cylindrical inner surface so that the droplets introduced into the central chamber body through the main pipe are guided along the cylindrical inner surface under the inertial force and are caused to swirl in a circumferential direction while droplets having a diameter equal to or larger than the predetermined value impinge the cylindrical inner surface and are removed, and only the droplets having the diameter smaller than the predetermined value are supplied toward the measurement part.

US Pat. No. 10,509,025

POOR PHYSICAL CONDITION DETERMINATION DEVICE, METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORED WITH PROGRAM

Tanita Corporation, Toky...

1. A poor physical condition determination device comprising:ketone concentration acquisition section that acquires a ketone concentration measurement measuring ketone excreted from a user;
a determination section that is programmed to determine an occurrence of excessive dieting based on at least one ketone concentration measurement measured in the past and including the ketone concentration measurement; and
an output section that outputs a determination result by the determination section, wherein:
the determination section is programmed to determine the occurrence of excessive dieting based on a difference or ratio between the ketone concentration measurement measured a previous time and the ketone concentration measurement measured this time, and elapsed time from the previous measurement to the current measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,509,015

DETECTING FAULTY COLLECTION OF VIBRATION DATA

Computational Systems, In...

1. A method for collecting vibration data indicative of health of a machine, the method comprising:(a) attaching a vibration sensor to a measurement point on the machine;
(b) collecting vibration data including a bin of vibration data that extends over a measurement time period having a begin time and an end time;
(c) storing the vibration data in memory;
(d) determining a first average amplitude of a first portion of the bin of vibration data collected during a first time window that includes the begin time of the measurement time period;
(e) determining a second average amplitude of a second portion of the bin of vibration data collected during a second time window that includes the end time of the measurement time period;
(f) determining a slope of the vibration data based on a ratio of an amplitude difference between the first and second average amplitudes and a time difference between a first time in the first time window and a second time in the second time window; and
(g) retaining or discarding the bin of vibration data collected in step (b) based on comparison of the slope to one or more threshold levels.

US Pat. No. 10,509,004

SENSOR ELEMENTS WITH A TANTALUM- OR NIOBIUM-CONTAINING BASE LAYER AND METHODS OF PRODUCING THE SAME

ROCHE DIABETES CARE, INC....

1. A sensor element for electrochemically analyzing a body fluid sample, the sensor, element comprising:an electrically insulating carrier substrate; and
an electrically conductive layer structure deposited on a surface of the electrically insulating carrier substrate, wherein the electrically conductive layer structure comprises a continuous base layer of tantalum, niobium or an alloy thereof and a metallic cover layer formed only on the base layer covering the base layer only in some regions thereof, wherein the cover layer is a noble metal which is more noble than the base layer, and wherein the electrically conductive layer structure includes an electrode arrangement to which the body, fluid sample can be applied,
the electrically conductive layer structure also including, contact pads for making electrical contact with an instrument for applying electrical potential to the sensor element, and conductive paths extending between the electrode arrangement and the contact pads, the electrode arrangement including portions of the base layer and the cover layer, the contact pads including portions of the base layer and the cover layer; and the conductive paths including portions of the base layer free of the cover layer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,002

WIRELESS SENSING DEVICES AND METHOD FOR DETECTING HYDRATION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An RF hydration sensor in an assembly, comprising:a substrate;
an antenna disposed on the substrate;
an RF circuit electrically coupled to the antenna, the RF circuit comprising a processor;
a thermal source electrically coupled to the RF circuit for changing a thermal condition of a target area; and
a sensing element thermally coupled to the thermal source for sensing a temperature of the thermal source, such that when the thermal source is thermally coupled to the target area, the RF hydration sensor wirelessly receives a first power having a first form from a transceiver, the RF circuit transforms the first power to a second power having a second form different from the first form and delivers the second power to the thermal source, the sensing element senses a time variation of the thermal source temperature, and the processor determines a hydration indicator indicating a hydration level of the target area based on the sensed time variation of the thermal source temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,508,998

METHODS FOR 2-COLOR RADIOGRAPHY WITH LASER-COMPTON X-RAY SOURCES

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A method, comprising:providing an x-ray beam from a laser-Compton x-ray source, wherein said x-ray beam is produced by colliding only one laser beam with an electron beam wherein said x-ray beam includes a first beam region having an energy that is greater than the k-shell absorption edge of a test element and wherein said x-ray beam further includes a second beam region having an energy that is less than the k-shell absorption edge of said test element;
directing said x-ray beam onto a first location on an object;
detecting first energy of said first beam region and second energy of said second beam after portions of each have transmitted through said first location;
calculating the difference between said first energy and said second energy pattern; and
displaying said difference.

US Pat. No. 10,508,993

BIO-CHIP PACKAGE WITH WAVEGUIDE INTEGRATED SPECTROMETER

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A bio-chip package comprising:a substrate;
an image sensor in a first layer on the substrate;
a waveguide in optical communication with a grating coupler, the waveguide and grating coupler being in a second layer on first layer;
a third layer over the second layer; and
a cavity having sidewalls defined by the third layer, the cavity extending over the waveguide, wherein
image sensor being configured to detect a change in the wavelength of light passing through the waveguide, the change caused by a coupling between the light and a fluid accommodated within the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,508,991

POLARIZATION ANALYSIS APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF POLARIZATION ANALYSIS APPARATUS

TIANMA JAPAN, LTD., Kana...

1. A polarization analysis apparatus, comprising:a light source that radiates first light causing a sample to be in an excitation state;
a polarization selection element that outputs polarized light in a specific direction from second light radiated from the excited state sample in response to a voltage applied based on control information on a rectangular wave, the rectangular wave oscillates between positive and negative and an absolute value changes in a first cycle;
an image sensor that measures a luminance of polarized light that has passed through the polarization selection element; and
a controller that controls the polarization selection element and the image sensor,
wherein the controller is configured to:
calculate a reference voltage for each phase of the rectangular wave to cause the polarization selection element to output polarized light such that a change in luminance thereof forms a sine wave that oscillates in the first cycle;
calculate a corrected reference voltage by correcting the reference voltage in at least one of two sections of the rectangular wave where an absolute value of the reference voltage increases in response to a phase change and where an absolute value of the reference voltage decreases in response to the phase change;
generate the control information on the rectangular wave based on the reference voltage and the corrected reference voltage;
apply a voltage to the polarization selection element based on the control information on the rectangular wave;
operate the image sensor in accordance with a light exposure time having a time width obtained by dividing the first cycle by four, and measure luminance of polarized light output from the polarization selection element; and
calculate a degree of polarization of the sample based on results of the measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,508,980

MEASURING NOZZLE FOR DETERMINING THE EXTENSIONAL VISCOSITY OF POLYMER MELTS

1. A measuring nozzle for determining the extensional viscosity of polymer melts during their processing, said nozzle comprising:a flow channel having a rectangular cross-section and a transitional section between an inlet section and an outlet section each having a respective constant cross-section,
wherein said transitional section tapers hyperbolically in a flow direction between pairs of opposing channel walls,
wherein the transitional section comprises
an inlet-side zone in which the pairs of said channel walls each have a respective distance therebetween that decreases continuously in the direction of flow, and the channel walls of one of the pairs of said opposing channel walls is hyperbolic in shape,
an outlet-side zone that adjoins the inlet-side zone and in which the two channel walls of one of the pairs of the channel walls disposed opposite one another extend parallel to one another, and the two channel walls of the other of the pairs of channel walls arranged therebetween converge hyperbolically in the flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,508,923

VEHICLE POSITION ESTIMATION DEVICE, VEHICLE POSITION ESTIMATION METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle position estimation device comprising:a controller programmed to:
detect a position of a target present in a periphery of a vehicle;
detect an amount of movement of the vehicle;
store positions of the target as target position data, based on detected amounts of movements of the vehicle;
acquire map information including the positions of the target from a map database;
group a portion of the stored target position data into a group according to turning states of the vehicle and, based on amounts of movements of the vehicle when the target position data are detected, set an adjustment range for the group; and
by matching the stored target position data with the positions of the target in the map information based on the adjustment range, estimate a vehicle position of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,508,922

ROAD BOUNDARY DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD, AND VEHICLE USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A road boundary detection system comprising:an optical scanner configured to emit a light to an object to acquire measurement data reflected from the object;
a parameter space generator configured to:
generate a parameter space by extracting a plurality of contact points and extracting a distance and an angle of each of the plurality of contact points based on the measurement data; and
extract a plurality of straight lines including a first straight line and second straight lines in order of a priority on each of the plurality of straight lines, wherein a higher priority is given to each of the plurality of straight lines including more of the extracted contact points;
a score calculator configured to calculate a score of the first straight line by assigning a cumulative score of the parameter space to first contact points included in the first straight line and to second contact points included in the second straight lines, the second contact points having the same angle as the first contact points; and
a road boundary determiner configured to recognize a road boundary by selecting a straight line among the extracted straight lines according to the calculated score of each of the extracted straight lines,
wherein the score calculator calculates the score of the first straight line by assigning a plus (+) score to each of the first contact points included in the first straight line and by assigning a minus (?) score to each of the second contact points included in the second straight lines.

US Pat. No. 10,508,905

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING CAVITIES AND USE OF THE DEVICE FOR DETERMINING ROLLER ALIGNMENTS

1. A device for measuring cavities, comprising:a main body;
at least one first distance sensor mounted on the main body and rotatable about an axis of rotation for contactlessly measuring distances in a radial direction with respect to the axis of rotation;
a holder for fixing the device within the cavity in a position in which the main body has an orientation in which the axis of rotation of the first distance sensor coincides substantially with a center axis of the cavity; and
at least one second distance sensor, arranged on the main body, configured to contactlessly measure distances in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation, the axis of rotation passing through a detection area of the second distance sensor,
wherein the device is configured and arranged for determining an alignment of at least one first roller, which is mounted rotatably about a first roller axis of rotation, with respect to at least one second roller, which is mounted rotatably about a second roller axis of rotation parallel to the first roller axis of rotation;
the device being configured and arranged at a position in which the main body assumes an orientation in which the axis of rotation of the first distance sensor is parallel with reference to a plane formed by the first roller axis of rotation and the second roller axis of rotation;
the first distance sensor being configured and arranged to measure at least one distance from an end face of the first roller;
the device being displaced along the axis of rotation; and
the first distance sensor being configured and arranged to measure at least one distance from an end face of the second roller.

US Pat. No. 10,508,896

MEASUREMENT SUBSTRATE AND A MEASUREMENT METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A measurement substrate for measuring a condition pertaining in an apparatus for processing production substrates during operation thereof, the measurement substrate comprising:a body having dimensions similar to that of a production substrate so that the measurement substrate is compatible with the apparatus;
a plurality of sensor modules in the body, the plurality of sensor modules arranged in a two-dimensional array, each sensor module comprising:
a sensor configured to generate an analog measurement signal, the sensor comprising at least a temperature sensor or a strain sensor,
an analog to digital converter configured to generate digital measurement information from the analog measurement signal, and
a module controller configured to output the digital measurement information; and
a central control module configured to receive the digital measurement information from each of the module controllers and to communicate the digital measurement information to an external device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,888

REINFORCED FABRIC

1. A reinforced fabric, used in the making of clothes and bags and comprising an inner lining cloth, protective cloth arranged on one side of said inner lining cloth, outer lining cloth arranged on one side of said protective cloth opposite to said inner lining cloth, and bulletproof cloth arranged between said protective cloth and said outer lining cloth, wherein an accommodation space just for the configuration of said bulletproof cloth is formed between said protective cloth and said outer lining cloth, and the density of said protective cloth is equal to or larger than 1.3 g/cm3,wherein said protective cloth is attached to the one side of said inner lining cloth with a layer of adhering glue; and
wherein said protective cloth that is attached to said inner lining cloth with said adhering glue is at least partly spaced from said outer lining cloth to define said accommodation space therebetween and said bulletproof cloth is removably received in said accommodation space to be located between said protective cloth and said outer lining cloth.

US Pat. No. 10,508,884

TRIGGER ASSEMBLY OF A CROSSBOW

Combis Sport Enterprise C...

1. A trigger and safety apparatus for a crossbow that comprises a stock and a string for projecting an arrow that includes a nock, wherein the trigger and safety apparatus comprises:a box inserted in the stock, and comprising an aperture, a passageway and two slots;
a string hook comprising a rear portion, a front portion, a middle portion connected to an internal portion of the box so that the string hook is movable between a hooking position where the front portion of the string hook hooks the string and a releasing position where the front portion of the string hook releases the string wherein the string hook is moved to the locking position when the string is loaded;
a first spring for biasing the string hook to the releasing position;
a trigger connected to the stock;
a lever comprising an upper portion inserted in the box and a lower portion extending from the box via the aperture;
a second spring for biasing the lever;
a connector for connecting the trigger to the lever;
a restraining element inserted in and connected to the box by a pivot, and comprising:
a first branch including an upper end in contact with the rear portion of the string hook as the string hook is in the hooking position, wherein the rear portion of the string hook exerts a force on the upper end of the first branch of the restraining element toward the pin;
a second branch; and
a third branch in contact with the upper portion of the lever;
a third spring for biasing the second branch of the restraining element so that the upper end of the restraining element abuts against the rear portion of the string hook to keep the string hook in the hooking position and that the restraining element prevents the lever from pivoting;
a safety element comprising two sliding portions movably inserted in the box so that the safety element is movable between a locking position and an unlocking position, an intermediate portion interconnecting the two sliding portions, a locking portion extending from the intermediate portion, and two handles extending out of the box from the two sliding portions through the slots; and
a stopper inserted in the box, and comprising an upper portion and a rear portion; and
a fourth spring biasing the stopper so that the upper portion of the stopper is inserted in the passageway and that the rear portion of the stopper abuts against the lever;
wherein the locking portion abuts against the upper portion of the lever to hinder movement of the lever when the safety element is in the locking position, wherein the locking portion allows the lever to move when the safety element is the unlocking position, and wherein the third spring abuts against the second branch of the restraining element so that the third branch of the restraining element tends to push the upper portion of the lever from the locking portion of the safety element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,883

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FIREARM RECOIL SIMULATION

Haptech, Inc., New Orlea...

1. A simulation system, comprising:a body;
a linear motor including a sliding mass, the linear motor attached to the body; and
a controller in communication with the linear motor and controlling movement of the sliding mass to thereby produce a force on the body that simulates a haptic effect,
wherein the controller is configured to simulate the haptic effect to include one or more predetermined force vs. time profiles, each characterized by a respective recoil impulse.

US Pat. No. 10,508,877

SUPPRESSOR WITH SELECTABLE VENTING

1. An apparatus, comprising:a vent tube formed with a bore extending from a first end of said vent tube to a second end of said vent tube, and said vent tube formed with a plurality of vent tube apertures, each of said vent tube apertures passing through an outer surface of said vent tube into said bore;
a shroud tube rotatably coupled to said vent tube, said shroud tube formed with a plurality of shroud apertures, each of said shroud apertures passing through an outer surface of said shroud tube into an interior void formed in said shroud tube, and said vent tube positioned within said interior void;
a spring interposed between an end of said shroud tube and said first end of said vent tube, said spring positioned to urge said end of said shroud tube away from said first end of said vent tube;
a rear cap attached to said vent tube, the rear cap configured for attachment to a muzzle of a firearm; and
an indexing mechanism configured for selectively holding said vent tube and said shroud tube in an open-vent configuration with said shroud apertures in fluid communication with said bore in said vent tube through said vent tube apertures and a closed-vent configuration with said vent tube apertures blocked by a solid wall of said shroud tube.

US Pat. No. 10,508,856

REFRIGERATOR DOOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator door, comprising:a front panel that is made of a steel material, that is disposed at a front side of the refrigerator door, and that defines a front appearance of the refrigerator door, the front panel defining a first through-hole and comprising an input unit;
a door liner that defines a rear appearance of the refrigerator door;
a frame disposed at a rear surface of the front panel;
a touch sensor assembly coupled to the rear surface of the front panel at a position corresponding to a location of the input unit;
a cover display configured to support the touch sensor assembly;
a frame display coupled to the cover display; and
a display unit that is coupled to the frame display, that is configured to emit light through the first through-hole,
wherein the cover display has a first portion configured to seat the touch sensor assembly and a second portion positioned between the front panel and the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,508,855

REFRIGERATOR

1. An air-cooled refrigerator, comprising:a housing;
a freezing inner container, a temperature-variable inner container and a refrigerating inner container disposed in the housing at intervals in an up and down direction, wherein a wall of the temperature-variable inner container is provided with a temperature-variable air inlet, a wall of the refrigerating inner container is provided with a refrigerating air inlet, and a wall of the freezing inner container is provided with an air outlet;
a foaming layer filled in a space between the housing and the freezing inner container, the temperature-variable inner container and the refrigerating inner container;
an embedded member disposed in the foaming layer;
an electrical damper provided to the embedded member and located in the foaming layer, the electrical damper being provided with a cold air inlet and a first cold air outlet and a second cold air outlet in communication with the cold air inlet;
a freezing air-outlet passage having a first end connected with the air outlet and a second end connected with the cold air inlet; and
a temperature-variable air-inlet passage and a refrigerating air-inlet passage, the temperature-variable air-inlet passage having a first end connected with the first cold air outlet and a second end connected with the temperature-variable air inlet, the refrigerating air-inlet passage having a first end connected with the second cold air outlet and a second end connected with the refrigerating air inlet;
wherein the embedded member has a mounting cavity, the mounting cavity having an open end, and at least a part of the electrical damper is disposed in the mounting cavity;
wherein a wall of the mounting cavity is provided with a horizontal groove and a vertical groove, and an outer surface of the electrical damper is provided with a horizontal convex rib and a vertical convex rib, wherein at least a part of the horizontal convex rib is disposed in the horizontal groove, and at least a part of the vertical convex rib is disposed in the vertical groove;
wherein a shape of the horizontal convex rib is adapted to a shape of the horizontal groove, and a shape of the vertical convex rib is adapted to a shape of the vertical groove;
wherein the horizontal groove comprises a first sub-groove disposed to a first side wall of the mounting cavity, a second sub-groove disposed to a second side wall of the mounting cavity, and a third sub-groove disposed to a rear wall of the mounting cavity, the third sub-groove having a first end connected with an end of the first sub-groove and a second end connected with an end of the second sub-groove, wherein the vertical groove is disposed in the rear wall of the mounting cavity, and the vertical groove intersects with the third sub-groove to form a cross; and
the horizontal convex rib comprises a first convex sub-rib disposed to a first side face of the electrical damper and fitted in the first sub-groove, a second convex sub-rib disposed to a second side face of the electrical damper and fitted in the second sub-groove, and a third convex sub-rib disposed to a rear surface of the electrical damper and fitted in the third sub-groove, the third convex sub-rib having a first end connected with an end of the first convex sub-rib and a second end connected with an end of the second convex sub-rib, wherein the vertical convex rib is disposed to the rear surface of the electrical damper and the vertical convex rib intersects with the third convex sub-rib to form a cross.

US Pat. No. 10,508,850

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VAPOUR COMPRESSION SYSTEM IN A FLOODED STATE

1. A method for controlling a vapour compression system, the vapour compression system comprising a compressor unit, a heat rejecting heat exchanger, an ejector, a receiver, at least one expansion device and at least one evaporator arranged in a refrigerant path, the vapour compression system further comprising a liquid separating device arranged in a suction line of the of vapour compression system, the liquid separating device comprising a gaseous outlet connected to the inlet of the compressor unit and a liquid outlet connected to a secondary inlet of the ejector, the method comprising the steps of:allowing at least one evaporator to be operated in a flooded state,
detecting a flow rate of refrigerant from the liquid separating device to the secondary inlet of the ejector, and determining whether or not the flow rate is sufficient to remove liquid refrigerant produced by the evaporator(s) being allowed to be operated in a flooded state from the liquid separating device, and
in the case that it is determined that the flow rate of refrigerant from the liquid separating device to the secondary inlet of the ejector is insufficient to remove liquid refrigerant produced by the evaporator(s) being allowed to be operated in a flooded state from the liquid separating device, increasing the flow rate of refrigerant from the liquid separating device to the secondary inlet of the ejector, and/or decreasing a flow rate of liquid refrigerant from the evaporator(s) to the liquid separating device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,845

REFRIGERATION CYCLE SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle system comprising:a first refrigeration circuit that is connected to a first compressor, a first condenser, a first pressure reduction device, and a first evaporator, and through which refrigerant circulates;
a second refrigeration circuit that is connected to a second compressor, a second condenser, a second pressure reduction device, and a second evaporator, and through which the refrigerant circulates;
a first bypass passage connecting a first portion of the first refrigeration circuit, which is between the first evaporator and the first compressor, to a first portion of the second refrigeration circuit, which is between the second evaporator and the second compressor; and
a second bypass passage connecting a second portion of the first refrigeration circuit, which is between the first condenser and the first pressure reduction device, to a second portion of the second refrigeration circuit, which is between the second condenser and the second pressure reduction device, wherein
the first refrigeration circuit includes a third valve disposed between the first evaporator and the first compressor and configured to control a passage of the refrigerant,
the second refrigeration circuit includes a fourth valve disposed between the second evaporator and the second compressor and configured to control a passage of the refrigerant,
the first portion of the first refrigeration circuit extends between the first evaporator and the third valve,
the first portion of the second refrigeration circuit extends between the second evaporator and the fourth valve, and
the first portion of the second refrigeration circuit does not include the second compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,508,842

HEAT PUMP DEVICE WITH SEPARATELY SPACED COMPONENTS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

16. A heat pump device, comprising:a compressor configured to compress refrigerant;
a motor configured to drive the compressor;
a shell housing the compressor and the motor;
a discharge muffler being outside of the shell;
a first pipe connecting the compressor to the discharge muffler;
a first heat exchanger including a refrigerant inlet, the first heat exchanger being configured to exchange heat between the refrigerant and a liquid heating medium;
a second pipe connecting the discharge muffler to the refrigerant inlet of the first heat exchanger;
a housing having a first space and a second space therein; and
a blower,
wherein the shell, the first heat exchanger, and the discharge muffler are disposed in the first space,
wherein the blower is disposed in the second space,
wherein the discharge muffler is entirely located within a space between the shell and the first heat exchanger,
wherein the heat pump device further comprises an evaporator configured to evaporate the refrigerant,
wherein the heat pump device further comprises a bulkhead configured to separate the first space and the second space from each other, the evaporator being located in the second space,
wherein the heat pump device further comprises a thermal insulating material positioned so as to at least partially cover the discharge muffler and the first heat exchanger,
wherein the thermal insulating material includes a first section at least partially located in a space between the bulkhead and the discharge muffler or the first heat exchanger and also includes a second section not having a portion located in a space between the bulkhead and the discharge muffler or the first heat exchanger, and
wherein the first section has higher thermal resistance than the second section.

US Pat. No. 10,508,835

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a compressor;
a condenser;
an internal heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between a refrigerant at different pressures;
a refrigerant reservoir configured to store the refrigerant;
a first pressure reducing valve;
a refrigerant flow path in which the refrigerant flows through an evaporator, the compressor, the condenser, the internal heat exchanger, the refrigerant reservoir, the first pressure reducing valve, and the evaporator in this order;
a first pipe extending from the condenser to the refrigerant reservoir;
a second pressure reducing valve provided on the first pipe between the internal heat exchanger and the refrigerant reservoir;
a second pipe extending from the refrigerant reservoir to the first pressure reducing valve; and
a third pressure reducing valve provided on the second pipe between the refrigerant reservoir and the internal heat exchanger, wherein
the internal heat exchanger is configured to exchange heat between a high pressure refrigerant located in the first pipe between the condenser and the second pressure reducing valve, and a low pressure refrigerant having a pressure lower than a pressure of the high pressure refrigerant located in the second pipe between the refrigerant reservoir and the first pressure reducing valve.

US Pat. No. 10,508,822

HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM PROVIDING REMOTE ROOM TEMPERATURE CONTROL

1. A home automation system, comprising:one or more remote thermostats, each of said remote thermostats including an environmental sensor array configured to sense temperature and humidity;
one or more remote intelligent fans; said one or more remote intelligent fans includes a network interface configured to transmit said environmental data over local area network and said one or more remote intelligent fans includes a display, a motion sensor, a carbon monoxide sensor, and a security camera;
at least one thermostat controller in electrical communication with an HVAC system;
wherein said remote thermostats, said intelligent fans, and said thermostat controller are in electrical communication over a local area network;
wherein said thermostat controller receives, over said local area network, computer-readable environmental data from said one or more remote thermostats corresponding to said temperature and said humidity; and
wherein said thermostat controller conditionally controls said intelligent fans and said HVAC system based on said environmental data received from said remote thermostats; and
wherein said thermostat controller is in electrical communication with the security system wherein said thermostat controller is configured to receive security data from said one or more remote fans corresponding to activation of said motion sensors and wherein said thermostat controller conditionally controls said security system based on said security data; and
wherein said one or more intelligent fans includes a network interface configured to receive instructions from said thermostat controller.

US Pat. No. 10,508,812

PRE-FILM LIQUID FUEL CARTRIDGE

General Electric Company,...

1. A pre-film liquid fuel cartridge, comprising:a fluid conduit defining a primary liquid fuel passage for a liquid fuel;an injection tip extending radially and circumferentially across a downstream end of the fluid conduit, the injection tip defining a plurality of inner fuel ports and a plurality of outer fuel ports in fluid communication with the primary liquid fuel passage;a pre-film tip having a forward end proximate to the injection tip and an aft end disposed axially downstream from the forward end, the pre-film tip having an outer side defining an inner pre-filming surface downstream from the plurality of inner fuel ports, the inner pre-filming surface terminating at a first shear edge;
an outer pre-filming surface defined downstream from the plurality of outer fuel ports, the outer pre-filming surface terminating at a second shear edge; and
wherein the first and second shear edges are relatively oriented so that a first pre-filmed liquid fuel sheet exiting the first shear edge intersects with a second pre-filmed liquid fuel sheet exiting the second shear edge.

US Pat. No. 10,508,787

VEHICLE LIGHTING MODULE WITH OVERLAPPING LIGHT PATTERNS

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A vehicle lighting module comprising first and second optical units, each having a light source and a light distribution forming portion configured to control an optical path of light emitted from the light source, wherein the first and second optical units are configured to form first and second light distribution patterns in front, respectively,horizontal illumination widths of the first and second light distribution patterns are substantially equal,
the first light distribution pattern has a first cutoff line extending horizontally at an upper end edge of a light distribution region that illuminates an oncoming traffic lane and a second cutoff line extending horizontally at an upper end edge of a light distribution region that illuminates a travel lane,
the second light distribution pattern has a first cutoff line extending horizontally at an upper end edge of a light distribution region that illuminates the oncoming traffic lane and a second cutoff line extending horizontally at an upper end edge of a light distribution region that illuminates the travel lane,
the light distribution forming portion of each of the first and second optical units has a shade member configured to form the first and second cutoff lines by blocking part of an optical path of light,
the shade member of the first optical unit and the shade member of the second optical unit have different shapes,
the first cutoff line of the first light distribution pattern is positioned above the first cutoff line of the second light distribution pattern, and
the second cutoff line of the first light distribution pattern is positioned below the second cutoff line of the second light distribution pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,508,784

MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS LED NIGHT LIGHT

1. A multiple function LED night light, comprising:at least one LED;
at least one first optical element;
a built-in fixed and non-pivotal outer front lens or second optical element,
wherein the at least one first optical element includes at least one of:
(i) an elongate member or tube;
(ii) a cone;
(iii) an annular piece having multiple levels, diameters, rings, reflective pieces or refractive pieces; or
(iv) an at least partially cylindrical shape,
wherein the first optical element causes a spotlight beam from the at least one LED to spread out into a plurality of light beams incident on (a) an inner surface of the front lens or second optical element, or (b) an inner wall of the night light to provide uniform brightness illumination through the front lens or second optical element;
wherein the night light further includes at least one electrical circuit connected to at least one prong to deliver electricity from a home wall power source to the at least one LED and to at least one added function device, and
wherein the at least one added function device includes a color LED or a second light device to provide light functions that are in addition to the uniform brightness illumination provided by the light beams incident on the front lens or second optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,783

FLUSH MOUNT FIXTURE

Nicor, Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:a housing comprising a housing inside, a housing top surface, a plurality of mounting holes, a plurality of array attach holes, a plurality of clip fastener holes, and a closed cylindrical section, wherein the housing has circular symmetry around a housing axis of rotation, and wherein the housing inside is within the closed cylindrical section;
a driver board attached to the housing top surface, wherein the driver board comprises a circuit board and at least one electrical component, wherein the circuit board is single sided and comprises a populated side and a blank side, wherein the at least one electrical component is mounted on the populated side, and wherein the blank side is closer to the housing than the populated side;
a trim comprising a trim rim, a trim flat, a narrowing section, and a widening flange, wherein the trim has circular symmetry around the housing axis of rotation, wherein the trim is a unitary piece, wherein the trim rim surrounds the trim flat, wherein the trim flat surround the narrowing section, wherein the narrowing section extends in an upward direction from the trim flat, and wherein the widening flange extends upward from the narrowing section;
a plurality of clips attached inside of the closed cylindrical section and configured to releasably hold the widening flange within the housing inside; and
a light engine comprising the driver board, a LED array, an array cover, a reflector, and a lens, wherein the LED array and array cover are attached to the housing and inside the housing and configured such that light from the LED array passed through the array cover and thence from the housing, wherein the reflector is cone shaped and configured to reflect LED light out of the housing, wherein the lens is attached to the trim by a plurality of lens tabs, wherein the light engine is configured to shine LED light through the lens and out of the lighting fixture, wherein the array cover is a single piece of polycarbonate that is at least 2.5 mm thick.

US Pat. No. 10,508,765

EXTENDIBLE TRIPOD LEG

THE VITEC GROUP PLC, Ric...

1. An extendable leg for a tripod, the extendable leg comprising two or more leg-stages, each leg-stage moveable axially relative to one or more other leg-stages of the two or more leg-stages to lengthen or shorten the extendable leg;a first clamp assembly mounted on a first leg-stage, the first clamp assembly including a leg brake moveable between a first leg-stage locking position and a second leg-stage release position;
actuation means fixed to a second leg-stage, the actuation means controlling movement of the leg brake between the first leg-stage locking position and the second leg-stage release position;
wherein the first clamp assembly is operable to releasably prevent relative movement of the first leg-stage and the second leg-stage when the extendable leg is at a desired length;
the extendable leg further comprising a cable operably connected at a first end to the actuation means and at a second end to the leg brake of the first clamp assembly, such that operation of the actuation means causes the cable to move the leg brake thereby allowing for relative movement between the actuation means and the leg brake.

US Pat. No. 10,508,762

ASSEMBLY OF A FLEXIBLE TUBE AND A FITTING BODY AND A METHOD THEREOF

Brian B. Kim, Denton, TX...

1. An apparatus for joining a rigid tube and a flexible tube, the apparatus comprising:a fitting body comprising:
a shoulder portion extending out, the shoulder portion comprising a cavity and a threaded portion on an outer surface, and
the guide tube extending from the fitting body through the cavity in the same direction as the threaded portion, the guide tube for engaging with the flexible tube;
a sealing assembly arrangement coaxially over the flexible tube and engaged with the fitting body, the sealing assembly arrangement configured to clamp down against the outer surface of the flexible tube at multiple locations due to radial pressure, the sealing assembly comprising a compression nut comprising an inner threaded portion configured to engage with the threaded portion of the fitting body, a first taper portion for reducing an inner diameter of the compression nut, and a second taper portion at a lateral distance from the first taper portion for further reducing the inner diameter of the compression nut;
a ferrule configured to engage with the shoulder of the fitting body and clamp down at a first location of the outer surface of the flexible tube due to radial pressure caused by the compression nut being moved toward the fitting body;
a first collet configured to clamp down at a second location of the outer surface of the flexible tube due to radial pressure caused by the compression nut being moved toward the fitting body, the ferrule and the first collet forming a combination collet; and
a second collet configured to clamp down at a third location on the outer surface of the flexible tube due to radial pressure caused by the compression nut being moved toward the fitting body.

US Pat. No. 10,508,759

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN INSULATED FLOWPATH ASSEMBLY

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method of manufacturing a flowpath assembly, comprising:electronically modeling the flowpath assembly having a first conduit co-extending along a centerline and radially surrounded by a second conduit with a void defined and radially between the first conduit and the second conduit;
additive manufacturing simultaneously the first conduit, the second conduit and a support structure engaged between and connecting the first conduit and the second conduit; and
depositing an insulating material in the void during the additive manufacturing of the first conduit, the second conduit and the support structure;
wherein the additive manufacturing of the first conduit, the second conduit and the support structure and the depositing the insulating material all include depositing of a powder and the flowpath assembly is electronically modeled into a plurality of slices, each slice having a portion of the first conduit, the second conduit, the support structure and the insulating material, and a first slice of the plurality of slices is manufactured in-part through melting and solidification of the powder before proceeding to the manufacture of a next successive slice of the plurality of slices, and the insulating material is not melted.

US Pat. No. 10,508,740

ROTARY SEALING ARRANGEMENT

Trelleborg Sealing Soluti...

1. A rotary feed-through, the rotary feed-through having a rotatably mounted machine part and a machine part that forms a bearing for the rotatably mounted machine part, the rotary feed-through comprising:a first machine part forming a seal-accommodating structure;
a second machine part having a surface forming a sealing surface; and
at least one rotary seal arranged in said seal-accommodating structure for sealing off a high-pressure, rotary feed-through area from a low-pressure area between said first and second machine parts, wherein a fluid that is under positive pressure relative to the low-pressure area is introduced through said sealing surface and through the rotary feed-through area, from one of said first and second machine parts into an other one of said first and second machine parts,the rotary seal comprising:a support element, said support element being essentially rigid and positionally stable with respect to said first machine part; a rubber-elastically deformable contact body in contact with said support element on the high-pressure area side; and a sealing ring made from PTFE and having a sealing edge, said sealing ring having a wide side on each side of said sealing edge and a seal seat edge area facing away from said sealing edge, said wide sides being interconnected via said seal seat edge area, wherein said contact body is at least partially disposed between at least one of said wide sides of said sealing ring and said support element, said support element extending, at least in a supporting area, obliquely with respect to an axial direction of the rotatably mounted machine part, said contact body and said sealing ring having a mutual contact area extending along at least one wide side of said sealing ring from said seal seat edge area towards said sealing edge and terminating proximate said sealing edge, wherein said contact body does not contact said sealing surface of said second machine part, and said contact body extends in a radial direction below said seal seat edge area of said sealing ring, said first machine part, said second machine part, said support element, said contact body and said sealing ring all being disposed, structured and dimensioned such that, in the supporting area, said sealing ring is pressed away from said sealing surface by said contact body and, when exposed to a fluid pressure lying below a threshold pressure, said sealing edge seats on said sealing surface in the rotary feed-through area without exerting a pressing load or such that said sealing edge is separated from said sealing surface and, in the event of the fluid pressure exceeding the threshold pressure, said sealing ring and said sealing edge are directly pressed by the fluid, in opposition to internal elastic forces of said contact body, towards said sealing surface and against said contact body throughout said mutual contact area to seat in a sealing manner on said sealing surface, said sealing ring thereby being in loose contact with said contact body and not permanently connected thereto, wherein, in consequence of said loose contact, a relative position of said sealing ring with respect to said contact body is first fixed by frictional forces between said sealing ring and said contact body throughout said mutual contact area, which are generated by the fluid pressure when that fluid pressure exceeds the threshold pressure, said first machine part, said second machine part and said rotary seal thereby being disposed, structured and dimensioned to permit radial displacement of said sealing ring relative to said contact body and away from said rotatably mounted machine part as long as the fluid pressure does not exceed the threshold pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,508,716

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR A VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft for receiving an input torque;
an output shaft for outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first, a second, and a third rotational element;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth, a fifth, and a sixth rotational element;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh, an eighth, and a ninth rotational element;
a fourth planetary gear set having a tenth, an eleventh, and a twelfth rotational element;
a fifth planetary gear set having a thirteenth, a fourteenth, and a fifteenth rotational element;
a first shaft fixedly connected with the second rotational element and fixedly connected with the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected with the fourteenth rotational element and fixedly connected with the output shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected with the third rotational element and the fifth rotational element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected with the sixth rotational element and the tenth rotational element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected with the eighth rotational element, the eleventh rotational element, and the fifteenth rotational element;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected with the twelfth rotational element; and
a plurality of additional shafts, each of which is selectively connected to a transmission housing and fixedly connected to a corresponding rotational element of the first, second, third, and fifth planetary gear sets, the corresponding rotational element being not fixedly connected with any of the first to sixth shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,508,706

STOPPER AND ANTIVIBRATION UNIT

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A antivibration unit in which a stopper is mounted to an antivibration device adapted to connect a first bracket with a second bracket,the antivibration device including:
an axial inside member having an axial end portion fixed to the first bracket,
a cylindrical outside member disposed on an external peripheral side of the inside member and having an external peripheral face fixed to the second bracket, and
an antivibration base body connected to the external peripheral face of the inside member and to an internal peripheral face of the outside member and including a rubber-like elastic body,
the stopper including:
a stopper in a form of a plate and mounted to the antivibration device, the stopper being adapted to regulate a movement of the outside member relative to the inside member and including a rubber-like elastic body, the stopper comprising:
a mounting hole passing through from a surface to a rear surface and into which the inside member is inserted; and
a plurality of surface ribs and a plurality of rear surface ribs disposed between the first bracket and at least one of the second bracket or the outside member,
wherein
the plurality of the surface ribs respectively protrude from the surface and are linearly disposed,
the plurality of the rear surface ribs, on the rear surface, respectively protrude from between the surface ribs and are linearly disposed, and
in a predetermined region in a circumferential direction of the mounting hole, intervals between the surface ribs adjacent to each other and intervals between the rear surface ribs adjacent to each other are set to be constant throughout an entire length in an extending direction in which the surface ribs and the rear surface ribs extend;
wherein
in a non-load state of the antivibration device, the stopper is free from a contact with at least one of the first bracket and the second bracket and the outside member.

US Pat. No. 10,508,699

FLOATING ROTOR DISC BRAKE WITH MARCEL EXPANDER RING ATTACHMENT

PERFORMANCE FRICTION CORP...

1. A floating disc brake assembly, comprising:a disc brake rotor comprising an outer friction ring, an inner circumferential flange having a plurality of rotor tabs spaced about the flange and a continuous circumferential groove about the inner circumferential flange;
a hat comprising a cylindrical axial body having axially opposed first and second ends, an outer circumference, a rotor mounting flange extending radially about the outer circumference and having a plurality of rotor mounting tabs, the plurality of rotor mounting tabs spaced about the rotor mounting flange and forming slots interspersed therebetween, the slots structured and arranged for receiving the rotor tabs, and a continuous circumferential groove about the outer circumference of the axial body, structured and arranged to align with the circumferential groove of the disc brake rotor; and
at least one expander ring structured and arranged to fit within the circumferential grooves of both the rotor and the hat.

US Pat. No. 10,508,698

SLIP MECHANISM WITH SERIES TORQUE CAPACITY AND OVER DRIVE FUNCTION

1. A slip clutch, comprising:an output hub;
a first hub;
a second hub non-rotatably connected to the output hub;
an input hub arranged to receive rotational torque, the input hub including:
a first plurality of balls;
a first plurality of springs urging the first plurality of balls radially outwardly into contact with the first hub;
a second plurality of balls; and,
a second plurality of springs urging the second plurality of balls radially outwardly into contact with the second hub.

US Pat. No. 10,508,674

COLLAPSIBLE BED FOUNDATION

1. A mattress foundation, comprising:a headboard end panel assembly having a first end and a second end;
a footboard end panel assembly having a first end and a second end;
a left side panel assembly having a first end and a second end; and
a right side panel assembly having a first end and a second end,
wherein the first end of the left side panel assembly slidably attaches to the first end of the headboard end panel assembly via a first corner piece that slidably attaches to an inside surface of each of the left side panel assembly and the headboard end panel assembly, such that the first corner piece is entirely interior to the left side panel assembly and the headboard end panel assembly, the second end of the left side panel assembly slidably attaches to the first end of the footboard end panel assembly via a second corner piece that slidably attaches to an inside surface of each of the left side panel assembly and the footboard end panel assembly, such that the second corner piece is entirely interior to the left side panel assembly and the footboard end panel assembly, the first end of the right side panel assembly slidably attaches to the second end of the headboard end panel assembly, and the second end of the right side panel assembly slidably attaches to the second end of the footboard end panel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,508,657

STATOR COMPONENT OF VACUUM PUMP

Edwards Japan Limited, C...

1. A stator component of a vacuum pump, wherein the stator component is an annular stator component housed in a pump case as a component of the vacuum pump that exhausts gas taken in by rotation of a rotor in the pump case, whereinthe stator component configures an outlet-side gas passage,
a gap is formed between an outer circumferential surface of the stator component and an inner circumferential surface of the pump case, with the stator component being housed in the pump case,
the stator component is produced by a casting,
the stator component contacts the pump case when the stator component deforms just at breaking elongation of the stator component, and
the gap satisfies the following condition:
2d/D??max
wherein
D: Outer diameter of the stator component
d: Width of the gap; and
?max: Breaking elongation of the stator component.

US Pat. No. 10,508,654

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND DEVICE FOR COOLING

Lenovo (Beijing) Limited,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a motor body;
a shaft extending through the motor body and configured to rotate in response to operation of the motor body, wherein the shaft comprises a first through-hole extending axially between a first end of the shaft and a second end of the shaft, the first through-hole being configured to receive a fluid to cool the motor body; and
a housing having a second through-hole and a third through-hole opposite the second through-hole, wherein the first end of the shaft extends through the second through-hole and the second end of the shaft extends through the third through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,508,638

IGNITION DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An ignition device of an internal combustion engine comprising:an ignition coil having a primary coil through which a primary current flows and a secondary coil in which a secondary current is produced with a change in the primary current;
an ignition plug to which a secondary voltage generated at the secondary coil is applied to produce a discharge; and
an ignition control unit that controls ignition operation of the ignition plug,whereinthe ignition control unit includes:
a secondary voltage detecting unit that detects the secondary voltage;
a secondary current adjusting unit that adjusts, in each cycle, an amount of the secondary current after initiating the discharge;
a discharge extension detecting unit that detects an amount of extension of the discharge; and
a short determination unit that determines whether a discharge-short has occurred based on the secondary voltage detected by the secondary voltage detecting unit,
the ignition control unit is configured to control, in each cycle, the secondary current adjusting unit to repeatedly perform a first step that decreases the secondary current when the extension amount detected by the discharge extension detecting unit is a predetermined extension amount or more, and a second step that increases the secondary current when the short determination unit determines that a discharge-short has occurred; and
the ignition control unit is configured to decrease, in the first step, the secondary current while keeping the secondary current higher than a predetermined lower current limit.

US Pat. No. 10,508,611

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine including a fuel injection valve and provided with an electric fuel pump that pumps fuel to the fuel injection valve, the control device comprising:an injection control unit configured to
stop driving of the fuel pump when an ignition switch is switched from on to off, and then continue the fuel injection by the fuel injection valve for a predetermined duration time;
detect a temperature of the fuel when the ignition switch is switched from on to off; and
change at least one of a number of fuel injections by the fuel injection valve, a fuel injection amount in each injection operation by the fuel injection valve, or a duration time necessary for stopping fuel injection by the fuel injection valve so as to increase a total amount of fuel injected from the fuel injection valve after stopping of driving of the fuel pump when the detected temperature of the fuel is at a first temperature compared to when the detected temperature of the fuel is at a second temperature that is greater than the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,508,603

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An apparatus for controlling an internal combustion engine comprising:a compression release mechanism controller configured to control a compression release mechanism that variably controls an opening degree of a valve member, the compression release mechanism being a mechanism that connects a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine of a vehicle to at least one of an intake passage and an exhaust passage by the opening degree of the valve member, at least during a compression stroke; and
a fuel cutoff controller configured to control a fuel injection valve that supplies fuel to the combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine to execute coasting with the fuel cut off, in which the supply of fuel is cut off under a predetermined condition, wherein
the compression release mechanism controller is further configured to increase, during execution of coasting with the fuel cut off and in a case where the speed of the internal combustion engine is greater than a predetermined lower limit value, the opening degree of the valve member of the compression release mechanism as the speed of the internal combustion engine increases and
is further configured to control the compression release mechanism not to operate, during execution of coasting with the fuel cut off and in a case where the speed of the internal combustion engine is equal to or smaller than the predetermined lower limit value,
the valve member is an exhaust valve of the internal combustion engine,
the compression release mechanism is configured to provide an additional opening degree to the exhaust valve,
the internal combustion engine further comprises a variable valve timing mechanism configured to change an operation timing of the exhaust valve, the additional opening degree being provided to the opening degree of the valve when the compression release mechanism is not operated, and
the apparatus further comprises a valve timing controller configured to control the variable valve timing mechanism, and the valve timing controller is further configured to decrease an upper limit of a retardation of the operation timing of the exhaust valve as the additional valve opening degree increases so that the exhaust valve does not interfere with a piston of the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,508,600

FIRE SHIELD INTEGRATED TO FUEL NOZZLE RETAINING BRACKET

12. A fuel nozzle for a fuel supply system of a gas turbine engine, the fuel nozzle comprising:a nozzle head projecting outwardly from a gas generator case for connection with at least one fuel transfer tube, and
a retaining bracket having a body detachably mounted to the nozzle head and configured to cooperate with a shoulder on the at least one fuel transfer tube to prevent disconnection of the at least one fuel transfer tube from the nozzle head during engine operation, the body forming a protective cover over the nozzle head, the protective cover allowing the nozzle head to withstand a 2000° F. average flame temperature for a minimum of 5 minutes while still being capable of performing intended functions of the nozzle head, wherein the protective cover is provided in the form of a sheet metal box-like enclosure with a bottom open end.

US Pat. No. 10,508,594

ACTUATOR FOR LINK MECHANISM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An actuator for a link mechanism for an internal combustion engine, the actuator being configured to rotate a control shaft configured to change a posture of the link mechanism of the internal combustion engine,the actuator comprising:
a wave gear type speed reducer configured to reduce a rotation speed of an electric motor, and to transmit the rotation speed to the control shaft; and
a housing to which the electric motor and the wave gear type speed reducer are fixed,
the wave gear type speed reducer including:
a wave generating device having an ellipsoidal-shaped contour coupled to an output shaft of the electric motor;
a flexible outer gear, which is configured to rotate integrally with the control shaft, has outer teeth formed on an outer periphery thereof, and includes a cylindrical portion that extends through an outer peripheral side of the wave generating device;
an inner gear, which is fixed to the housing, has inner teeth meshed with the flexible outer gear, and is made of an iron-based metal material,
the actuator including a stopper mechanism, which is provided to each of the inner gear and the control shaft, and is configured to restrict relative rotation of a predetermined amount or more when the inner gear and the control shaft are held in abutment against each other.

US Pat. No. 10,508,592

VGT FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) for a vehicle, the VGT comprising:a turbine wheel;
a turbine housing configured to rotatably support the turbine wheel, and provided with a space for forming a passage for receiving exhaust gas from a radially external side of the turbine wheel and discharging the exhaust gas in an axial direction of the turbine wheel;
a disk body provided in the space of the turbine housing, and provided therein with a bypass line wherein the exhaust gas bypasses the turbine wheel through the bypass line; and
a plurality of vanes mounted between the disk body and the turbine housing to form a variable nozzle and controlling a flow of the exhaust gas flowing radially inwardly of the turbine wheel,
wherein each of the vanes has a length such that a fore end portion thereof is brought in contact with an adjacent vane among the vanes, while fully closing the variable nozzle, and
wherein an inlet of the bypass line of the disk body is formed on a side of the disk body and configured to be opened by the vanes when the vanes are rotated to fully close the variable nozzle, to fluidically connect the bypass line to the space of the turbine housing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,587

CONTROLLING COOLANT FLUID IN A VEHICLE COOLING SYSTEM USING A SECONDARY COOLANT PUMP

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling coolant fluid in cooling system for an internal combustion engine using a secondary coolant pump, the method comprising:receiving, by a processing device, engine operation data about the internal combustion engine, wherein the engine operation data comprises speed data and torque data;
calculating an average power based at least in part on the speed data and the torque data, and calculating an average torque based at least in part on the torque data;
comparing the average power to a power threshold and comparing the average torque to a torque threshold;
detecting, by the processing device, a shutdown of the internal combustion engine;
subsequent to detecting the shutdown of the internal combustion engine determining, by the processing device, an after-run condition based at least in part on the engine operation data, wherein determining the after-run condition is based at least in part on at least one of the average power exceeding the power threshold or the average torque exceeding the torque threshold; and
activating, by the processing device, the secondary coolant pump based at least in part on determining the after-run condition.

US Pat. No. 10,508,586

AIR-COOLED ENGINE

KUBOTA Corporation, Osak...

1. An air-cooled engine comprising:a crankcase;
a crankshaft;
a fan case; and
an engine cooling fan, wherein
with the installation direction of the crankshaft serving as the front and rear direction, one side of the front and rear direction serving as the front side, and the other side serving as the rear side, the fan case is provided in a front part of the crankcase, and the engine cooling fan is accommodated in the fan case,
the air-cooled engine comprising:
a temperature sensor and an oil splashing device, the temperature sensor being attached to a front part of a cooling air passage terminal end wall and coordinated with a fuel supply device adjusting an amount of a fuel supply via an electronic control device, and the oil splashing device splashing engine oil in the crankcase onto the cooling air passage terminal end wall to which the temperature sensor is attached.

US Pat. No. 10,508,560

STATOR-VANE STRUCTURE AND TURBOFAN ENGINE

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A stator-vane structure comprising:a plurality of stator vanes which are fixed to a case of a turbo fan engine at an end portion in a longitudinal direction and are disposed at an interval; and
a plurality of straightening plates which are disposed among the plurality of stator vanes to face the case at a side of the end portion,
wherein the plurality of stator vanes include two or more types of blades each having a different vane type,
wherein each of the plurality of straightening plates includes a ventral face side edge portion which follows a ventral face of a first stator vane at a first adjacent side, a dorsal face side edge portion which follows a dorsal face of a second stator vane at a second adjacent side, a first straightening plate side connection portion which is connected to the first stator vane, and a second straightening plate side connection portion which is connected to the second stator vane,
wherein each of the plurality of stator vanes includes a first stator vane side connection portion which is provided at a position corresponding to the first straightening plate side connection portion at a side of the ventral face and is connected to the first straightening plate side connection portion and a second stator vane side connection portion which is provided at a position corresponding to the second straightening plate side connection portion at a side of the dorsal face and is connected to the second straightening plate side connection portion,
wherein, when a combination of a vane type of the first stator vane and a vane type of the second stator vane for a first straightening plate is same as a combination of a vane type of the first stator vane and a vane type of the second stator vane for a second straightening plate, positions of the first straightening plate side connection portions of the first straightening plate and the second straightening plate are same as each other and positions of the second straightening plate side connection portions of the first straightening plate and the second straightening plate are same as each other, and
wherein, when the combination of the vane type of the first stator vane and the vane type of the second stator vane for the first straightening plate is different from the combination of the vane type of the first stator vane and the vane type of the second stator vane for the second straightening plate, at least one of the positions of the first straightening plate side connection portions of the first straightening plate and the second straightening plate and the positions of the second straightening plate side connection portions of the first straightening plate and the second straightening plate are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,508,510

BOTTOM HOLE ASSEMBLY FOR CUTTING AND PULLING A TUBULAR

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A bottom hole assembly for cutting a tubular string and applying a pulling force to the cut segment, comprising:a fluid motor selectively driving a tubular cutter;
a selectively operated diverter valve mounted between said fluid motor and a hydraulic jack;
said diverter valve selectively allowing flow in a first configuration to reach said fluid motor for operating said cutter to create a segment of the tubular string and blocking flow to said fluid motor in a second configuration to build pressure in said hydraulic jack for exertion of a tensile force on the segment of the tubular string to facilitate release of the segment of the tubular string for removal from a borehole;
said diverter valve comprises a moveable mandrel in a housing;
said mandrel comprises spaced first and second openings selectively positioned into an annular space defined between said mandrel and said housing;
said annular space is disposed between spaced first and second seals for pressure retention in said annular space; and
flow to said fluid motor through said annular space is enabled when said spaced first and second openings are positioned between said first and second seals.

US Pat. No. 10,508,490

PHOTO DIODE SENSOR-BASED SMART WINDOW CONTROL DEVICE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A smart window control device comprising:a first photodiode sensor disposed on an exterior surface of one or more electrochromic smart windows to measure an amount of direct solar radiation,
a second photodiode sensor disposed on an exterior surface of the one or more electrochromic smart windows to measure an amount of diffuse solar radiation,
wherein the electrochromic smart windows include a glass substrate covered with a coating of five layers, and comprises thin metallic coatings of nickel or tungsten oxide,
a controller having a processor with circuitry configured to
establish a representative model of one or more building zones based on occupancy, construction, lighting, or cooling properties of a building,
implement a lighting control strategy for the one or more building zones based on the representative model or one or more user preferences input at a first user interface screen of an external device,
control automatic operations of the one or more electrochromic smart windows by varying, in discrete steps, a voltage applied to a stack of electrochromic coating layers based on trigger points associated with the lighting control strategy and measures of the beam solar irradiation and the diffuse solar irradiation measured at the one or more electrochromic smart windows by the first and second sensors, respectively, and
determine with the circuitry a performance level of the lighting control strategy for the one or more building zones based on one or more predetermined financial metrics that include a comparison of total building energy consumption to a threshold,
wherein the circuitry is further configured to determine a comfort score and an energy savings score indicating a relative importance of visual comfort and energy savings for the one or more building zones based on the representative model of the one or more building zones or the one or more user preferences,
wherein the circuitry is further configured to implement a daylight control strategy as the lighting control strategy when the energy savings score is greater than an energy savings threshold or the comfort score is lower than a visual comfort threshold, and
wherein the circuitry is further configured to implement a solar control strategy or a glare control strategy as the lighting control strategy when the energy savings score is less than or equal to an energy savings threshold and the comfort score is greater than or equal to a visual comfort threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,508,393

PORTABLE VEHICLE BARRIER

1. A portable vehicle barrier to prevent passage of a vehicle, comprising:a main beam; and
a plurality of spar assemblies attached to the main beam, the plurality of spar assemblies being spaced apart along the main beam;
wherein each of the plurality of spar assemblies comprises a plurality of spars that are angularly spaced apart from one another and extend outwardly from the main beam;
wherein the main beam has a plurality of openings spaced apart along the main beam, and wherein each of the plurality of spar assemblies comprises a first spar and a second spar that extend through corresponding openings.

US Pat. No. 10,508,385

CLOTH POSITIONER FOR CONTINUOUS PROCESSING

WHOLEKNIT INTERNATIONAL C...

1. A cloth positioner for continuous processing, comprising:a processing base;
an alignment plate provided on the processing base; and
at least one figure position abutment pin piece,
wherein the processing base includes a plurality of thru holes and the alignment plate includes at least one pin piece slot matching with the at least one figure position abutment pin piece, a plurality of air pressure vents, and at least one laser cutting line groove,
wherein the at least one figure position abutment pin piece comprises a body used for matching with and being loaded into the pin piece slot, and a clamping part used for connecting to the body and fixing the cloth, and
with the at least one figure position abutment pin piece that is provided for fixing a cloth onto the pin piece slot, the cloth is positioned on the cloth positioner for continuous processing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,339

BLOCKER PLATE FOR USE IN A SUBSTRATE PROCESS CHAMBER

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A substrate process chamber, comprising:a chamber body and a lid assembly defining a processing volume within the substrate process chamber;
a substrate support disposed within the processing volume configured to support a substrate having a given diameter;
a showerhead having a first surface including a plurality of gas distribution holes disposed opposite and parallel to the substrate support; and
a blocker plate disposed above the showerhead, wherein the blocker plate comprises:
an annular rim;
a central plate disposed within the annular rim; and
a plurality of spokes coupling the central plate to the annular rim.

US Pat. No. 10,508,334

SLOTTED SEAL PLATES AND SLOTTED PREFORMS FOR CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION DENSIFICATION

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A fibrous part, comprising:a first porous structure having an annular geometry;
a first entrance channel formed in a first surface of the first porous structure, the first surface of the first porous structure extending from an inner diameter of the first porous structure to an outer diameter of the first porous structure, wherein the first entrance channel extending in a radially outward direction from the inner diameter of the first porous structure toward the outer diameter of the first porous structure and only partially across the first surface of the first porous structure;
a first exit channel formed in the first surface of the first porous structure and extending in a radially inward direction from the outer diameter of the first porous structure toward the inner diameter of the first porous structure and only partially across the first surface of the first porous structures;
a second entrance channel formed in a second surface of the first porous structure opposite the first surface of the first porous structure, the second entrance channel extending in the radially outward direction from the inner diameter of the first porous structure toward the outer diameter of the first porous structure and only partially across the second surface; and
a second exit channel formed in the second surface of the first porous structure and extending in the radially inward direction from the outer diameter of the first porous structure toward the inner diameter of the first porous structure and only partially across the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,508,245

INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR BITUMEN PARTIAL UPGRADING

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. An integrated system for partially upgrading a hydrocarbon containing heavy oil into a hydrocarbon product, comprising:(a) a reactor with a thermal nozzle operating an oxyfuel combustion process producing a hot gas that atomizes a hydrocarbon containing heavy oil and induces upgrading reactions to produce a reactor effluent containing a partially upgraded oil, wherein the thermal nozzle is configured with a central fuel conduit that extends throughout a combustion chamber to a converging/diverging nozzle, at least one fuel line is disposed around the central fuel conduit, at least two oxygen lines disposed around the fuel line and coextensive thereto to produce the hot gas that automizes the hydrocarbon containing heavy oil;
(b) a heat recovery/process boiler for receiving and cooling the partially upgraded reactor effluent producing steam;
(c) a flash drum for receiving and separating the reactor effluent into a lighter hydrocarbon and cracked combustion gases portion which is removed overhead from the top of the flash drum, and a flash drum bottom portion of heavier oil hydrocarbons;
(d) at least one heat exchanger to cool the product from the top portion of the flush drum; and
(e) a treater to receive the cooled flash drum portion and separate it into a gas fraction, a water fraction and a light hydrocarbon liquid fraction and (4) combining the flash drum bottom portion from step (c) with the light hydrocarbon liquid fraction from step (e) to form a partially upgraded oil product.

US Pat. No. 10,508,229

CROSSLINKED POLYMERS INCLUDING SULFONIC ACID GROUPS OR SALTS OR ESTERS THEREOF AS VISCOSIFIERS AND FLUID LOSS ADDITIVES FOR SUBTERRANEAN TREATMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of treating a subterranean formation, the method comprising:placing in a subterranean formation a composition comprising a crosslinked viscosifier polymer comprising an ethylene repeating unit comprising an —S(O)2OR1 group wherein at each occurrence R1 is independently chosen from —H, substituted or unsubstituted (C1-C20)hydrocarbyl, and a counterion, wherein the crosslinked viscosifier polymer is a homopolymer having about Cmol mol % of a crosslinker, wherein Cmol is about 2 mol % to about 30 mol %, wherein the composition comprises at least one of an aqueous liquid and/or a water-miscible liquid in an amount of about 30 wt. % to about 99.99 wt. % by weight of the composition;
wherein the crosslinked viscosifier is crosslinked via at least one crosslinker selected from methylenebisacrylamide, ethylenebisacrylamide, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, a polyethylene glycol dimethacrylate, 1,1,1-trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate, divinyl ether, diallyl ether, a vinyl or allyl ether of a polyglycol or a polyol, N,N?-divinylethyleneurea, a divinylbenzene, divinyltetrahydropyrimidin-2(1H)-one, a diene, an allyl amine, N-vinyl-3(E)-ethylidene pyrrolidone, and ethylidene bis(N-vinylpyrrolidone).

US Pat. No. 10,508,228

FRACTURING FLUID COMPOSITION AND METHOD UTILIZING SAME

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A fracturing fluid composition, comprising: (i) carbon dioxide (CO2) in combination with (ii) a friction-reducing polymer in an amount of at least 0.001 to less than 0.1 weight percent of the fluid composition, wherein the friction reducing polymer has a weight average molecular weight greater than 100,000 grams per mole and comprising of at least fluoroacrylate monomers, wherein said friction reducing polymer is at least partially soluble in the CO2.

US Pat. No. 10,508,101

PROTEIN KINASE C INHIBITORS AND METHODS OF THEIR USE

NOVARTIS AG, Basel (CH)

1. A method for treating a cancer selected from melanoma, uveal melanoma, lymphoma, diffused large B-cell lymphoma, ibrutinib resistant cancers and non-small cell lung cancer in a human subject in recognized need of such treatment, comprising administering to the subject a therapeutically effective daily dose of from 0.001 to 1000 mg/kg of subject body weight of a compound formula II:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:
X is N or CR;
R, R2, R3 and R4 are each independently H, 2H, halo, hydroxy (—OH), C1-3 alkoxy, C1-3 haloalkyl or C1-3 alkyl, said C1-3 alkyl optionally substituted with hydroxyl, halo, C1-3 alkoxy or C1-3 haloalkoxy;
R5 is independently H, 2H, CH3, CH2F, CHF2, CF3, CH2OH, or C1-3 alkyl, said C1-3 alkyl optionally substituted with F, OH, C1-3 alkoxy or C1-3 haloalkoxy;
R5a and R5b are each independently H, 2H, C1-3 alkyl, said C1-3 alkyl optionally substituted with F, OH or C1-3 alkoxy, or R5a and R5b are joined together forming a methylene or ethylene bridging group;
R5c and R5d are each independently H, 2H, F, —OH, C1-3 alkoxy, C1-3 alkyl, said C1-3 alkyl optionally substituted with F, OH or C1-3 alkoxy, or R5c and R5d are joined together forming a methylene, ethylene or —CH2—O— bridging group;
R6, R7 and R8 are each independently selected from H, 2H, halo, C1-3 alkyl, C1-3 haloalkyl, C1-3 alkoxy, C1-3 haloalkoxy, C3-7 cycloalkyl and 4-7 membered heterocyclyl having 1 to 3 heteroatoms selected from N, O and S, said C1-3 alkyl optionally substituted with F, OH, C1-3 alkoxy or C1-3 haloalkoxy.

US Pat. No. 10,508,092

SYNTHESIS OF NOVEL ANALOGS OF DIPTOINDONESIN G, COMPOUNDS FORMED THEREBY, AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING THEM

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A compound selected from the group consisting of:
wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, and R8 are independently selected from the group consisting of —H, —OH, —OR10, —NH2, —NHR10, and —NR10R11, wherein R10 and R11 are independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C6-alkyl, provided that R1, R2, and R4 are not simultaneously —OH or —OR10; and further provided that at least one of R6, R7, or R8 is —OH;
R9 is —O—, —NH—, or —S—; and
salts thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,508,091

PIPERAZINE AND PIPERIDINE DERIVATIVES, THEIR SYNTHESIS AND USE THEREOF IN INHIBITING VDAC OLIGOMERIZATION, APOPTOSIS AND MITOCHONDRIA DYSFUNCTION

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FO...

1. A compound of general formula (Id):
wherein
L2 is a linking group selected from the group consisting of 4-hydroxybutanamidylene having the formula HO—CH2—C*H—CH2—C(O)NH—, wherein the asterisk denotes an attachment point and pyrrolidine-2,5-dionylene;
Z is C1-2-perfluoroalkoxy, and Y is halogen;
or an enantiomer, diastereomer, mixture or salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,508,062

CONVERSION OF BUTANEDIOL INTO BUTADIENE, WITH SCRUBBING USING DIESTERS

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. Method for converting butanediol into butadiene that is fed with a butanediol feedstock, where said method comprises at least:a) an esterification step that comprises:
a reaction section that is fed with a butanediol feedstock, with at least a fraction of the liquid pyrolysis effluent obtained from step c), and with the carboxylic acid effluent obtained from the separation section of step a), where said reaction section is implemented in the presence of an acidic catalyst at a pressure of between 0.01 and 1.0 MPa and an MMH in the reaction section of between 0.05 and 25 h?1, where MMH is equal to the molar flow rate of diol that feeds said section over the mole number of the catalyst in said section, and
a separation section that separates the effluent obtained from the reaction section into at least a diester effluent of butanediol, a water effluent, and a carboxylic acid effluent;
b) a pyrolysis step that comprises a pyrolysis reactor that is fed, at least, with a fraction of the diester effluent of butanediol obtained from esterification step a) and with a fraction of the washing effluent obtained from step c), where said reactor is operated at a temperature of between 500 and 650° C. and said step produces a pyrolysis effluent, and
c) a step for separation of said pyrolysis effluent obtained from step b) comprising, at least:
a section for cooling said pyrolysis effluent obtained from step b) to a temperature of less than 150° C. and for producing a cooled liquid pyrolysis effluent and a steam pyrolysis effluent; and
a gas-liquid washing section that is fed at the top with a fraction of the diester effluent of butanediol obtained from step a) and at the bottom with the steam pyrolysis effluent and that produces a butadiene effluent at the top and a washing effluent at the bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,508,058

HEAT-PERMEABLE TUBE CONTAINING CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen am...

1. A tube of an at least double-walled construction, comprising:an interior wall and
an exterior wall,
wherein
an interior wall material comprises ceramic matrix composite,
an exterior wall material comprises metal,
the tube has an internal tube diameter ranging from 100 mm to 500 mm,
a wall thickness of the ceramic matrix composite ranges from 1.5 mm to 10 mm, and
the at least double-walled tube wall has a heat transfer coefficient at 800° C. of >50 W/(m2·K).

US Pat. No. 10,508,057

REGENERATIVE BURNER MEDIA

1. A sintered, generally spherical ceramic body, comprising:a generally spherical alumina portion defining a matrix; and
a plurality of aggregate bodies distributed throughout the matrix;
wherein the aggregate bodies are made of a material selected from the group comprising tabular alumina, white fused alumina, mullite, chamotte and combinations thereof;
wherein the respective aggregate bodies are no more than 5 mesh in diameter;
wherein the matrix has a porosity of less than 3 percent;
wherein the matrix has a silica content of between about 0.1 and 0.3 weight percent distributed substantially homogeneously therethroughout;
wherein the matrix has a titania content of between about 0.1 and 0.5 weight percent distributed substantially homogeneously therethroughout;
wherein the matrix has a calcia content of between about 0.05 and 0.2 weight percent distributed substantially homogeneously therethroughout;
wherein the matrix has a soda content of between about 0.1 and 0.5 weight percent distributed substantially homogeneously therethroughout;
wherein the matrix has an iron oxide content of between about 0.05 and 0.2 weight percent distributed substantially homogeneously therethroughout; and
wherein the balance of the matrix is alumina.

US Pat. No. 10,508,039

PREPARATION METHOD OF SULFONATED TWO-DIMENSIONAL TITANIUM CARBIDE NANOSHEET

HOHAI UNIVERSITY, Nanjin...

1. A preparation method of a sulfonated two-dimensional titanium carbide nanosheet, comprising:(1) preparing two-dimensional titanium carbide sediment by using aluminum atomic layers in hydrofluoric acid chemical stripping layer-shaped titanium aluminum carbide;
(2) redispersing the two-dimensional titanium carbide sediment obtained in step (1) into water to obtain a two-dimensional titanium carbide suspension;
(3) dissolving sulfanilic acid and sodium nitrite in a hydrochloric acid solution to react under an ice-bath condition to obtain sulfanilic acid diazosalt solution;
(4) adding the sulfanilic acid diazosalt solution obtained in step (3) into the two-dimensional titanium carbide suspension liquid obtained in step (2), reacting for a certain time by magnetic stirring under the ice-bath condition to make the two-dimensional titanium carbide have a sulfonation reaction with the sulfanilic acid diazosalt, so as to obtain a sulfonated two-dimensional titanium carbide solution; and
(5) centrifugalizing and precipitating the sulfonated two-dimensional titanium carbide solution obtained in step (4), then washing the solution by deionized water until the pH is 5 to 6, then filtering the solution by a millipore filter and redispersing the solution into water to obtain a sulfonated two-dimensional titanium carbide dispersion liquid, then conducting ultrasonic treatment on the dispersion liquid to obtain a single-layer or few-layer sulfonated two-dimensional titanium carbide dispersion liquid, and then freezing and drying the dispersion liquid to obtain sulfonated two-dimensional titanium carbide powder.

US Pat. No. 10,508,027

CMOS-MEMS STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a MEMS having a first sensing workpiece;
a CMOS having a first sensing structure corresponding to the first sensing workpiece, the first sensing structure comprising:
a first outgassing layer;
a first patterned outgassing barrier over the first outgassing layer; and
a first sensing electrode over the first patterned outgassing barrier and exposing the first outgas sing layer.

US Pat. No. 10,508,021

MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS) STRUCTURE TO PREVENT STICTION AFTER A WET CLEANING PROCESS

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method for manufacturing a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) structure, the method comprising:performing a first etch into an upper surface of a carrier substrate to form a sacrificial support in a cavity;
performing a thermal oxidation process to oxidize the sacrificial support, and to form an oxide layer lining the upper surface and including the oxidized sacrificial support, wherein the oxidized sacrificial support is sandwiched between and adjoins air gaps respectively on opposite sides of the oxidized sacrificial support;
bonding a MEMS substrate to the carrier substrate over the carrier substrate and through the oxide layer;
performing a second etch into the MEMS substrate to form a movable mass overlying the cavity and supported by the oxidized sacrificial support; and
performing a third etch into the oxide layer to laterally etch the oxidized sacrificial support and to remove the oxidized sacrificial support.

US Pat. No. 10,508,014

DISPOSABLE ASSEMBLY FOR A REUSABLE URN OR VESSEL

DS Smith Plastics Limited...

1. A container apparatus for use with a reusable vessel comprising:a flexible pouch defining a fluid chamber;
a fitment connected to the flexible pouch, the fitment having a flexible flange and a first generally cylindrical wall extending axially away from the flexible flange the first generally cylindrical wall defining a first fluid passageway therethrough and in fluid communication with the chamber;
a tubing adapter having a first end connected to the generally cylindrical wall of the fitment and a second end having a non-barbed member, the tubing adapter defining a second fluid passageway in fluid communication with the first fluid passageway, wherein the adapter weighs approximately one gram; and
a tubing having a proximal end connected to the second end of the tubing adapter and having a lumen in fluid communication with the second fluid passageway, wherein a portion of the second end of the tubing adapter is positioned within the lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,508,006

TRUCK BED CARGO HOIST

1. A mobile hoist comprising:a slewing structure, a stanchion, a jib, a plurality of gussets, and a hoist system;
wherein the slewing structure, the stanchion, the jib, and the plurality of gussets form a framework that supports the hoist system;
wherein the stanchion, the jib, and the plurality of gussets are interconnected;
wherein the pickup truck is further defined with a bed, a raised structure, and a direction of forward motion;
wherein the slewing structure attaches the stanchion to the bed of the pickup truck such that a yaw angle of the jib is adjustable;
wherein the yaw angle is the span of the arc between the direction of forward motion and the jib;
wherein the mobile hoist is configured for use with a load;
wherein the hoist system raises and lowers the load;
wherein the mobile hoist is configured for use with a pickup truck;
wherein the mobile hoist mounts in the bed of the pickup truck;
wherein the slewing structure is a mechanical device that attaches the stanchion to the bed of the pickup truck;
wherein the slewing structure rotates the stanchion around an axis of rotation aligned with a center axis of the stanchion;
wherein the slewing structure comprises a collared flange and a pivot mechanism;
wherein the pivot mechanism is a rotating mechanical device formed in the slewing structure;
wherein the stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the bed of the pickup truck;
wherein the stanchion attaches to the slewing structure in the manner of a cantilever;
wherein the stanchion forms an extension structure that increases the span of distance between the bed of the pickup truck and the jib;
wherein the stanchion supports the raised structure.

US Pat. No. 10,507,998

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first photosensitive member;
a second photosensitive member;
an intermediate transfer belt, onto which toner images on the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member are transferred, the intermediate transfer belt being supported by a rotatable supporting roller;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner images on the intermediate transfer belt onto a sheet fed from a container containing sheets;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner images, which are transferred onto the sheet by the transfer portion, to the sheet;
a first stacking portion on which the sheet, on which the toner images are fixed by the fixing portion, is stacked;
a first binding unit configured to bind sheets stacked on the first stacking portion using a staple;
a second binding unit configured to bind sheets stacked on the first stacking portion without using a staple;
a discharge portion configured to discharge a bound sheet bundle from the first stacking portion in a discharge direction; and
a second stacking portion on which the sheet bundle discharged by the discharge portion is stacked,
wherein the first binding unit is disposed above the intermediate transfer belt, and a first vertical plane parallel to an axis of the supporting roller intersects the first binding unit and the intermediate transfer belt,
wherein the second binding unit is disposed above the intermediate transfer belt, and a second vertical plane parallel to the axis of the supporting roller intersects the second binding unit and the intermediate transfer belt,
wherein an upstream end of the second stacking portion in the discharge direction is located between the first photosensitive member and the first binding unit in a horizontal direction orthogonal to the axis of the supporting roller, and
wherein the upstream end of the second stacking portion in the discharge direction is located between the first photosensitive member and the second binding unit in the horizontal direction orthogonal to the axis of the supporting roller.

US Pat. No. 10,507,966

STRAW ACCESSIBLE MULTIPLE COMPARTMENT BEVERAGE POUCH

1. A beverage pouch formed of one or more joined sheets of flexible material, the beverage pouch comprising:a first fluid compartment defined within the beverage pouch;
a second fluid compartment also defined within the beverage pouch, the second fluid compartment located at least partially below the first fluid compartment;
a first divider forming a barrier between the first fluid compartment and the second fluid compartment located below the first fluid compartment;
an outer frangible seal located on a surface of an upper portion of the beverage pouch adjacent the first fluid compartment;
a first frangible seal located on the first divider between the first fluid compartment and the second fluid compartment, the first frangible seal vertically aligned with the outer frangible seal;
wherein the first divider is tapered towards a low point of the first divider, and wherein the first frangible seal is located on the first divider at the low point of the first divider;
wherein a straw is insertable through the outer frangible seal into the first fluid compartment, and wherein the straw is further guided by the first divider towards the first frangible seal at the low point of the first divider and is insertable through the first frangible seal and into the second fluid compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,507,959

CHILD RESISTANT SEALING SYSTEM

QUARK DISTRIBUTION, INC.

1. A container having a top end with an opening therein and a bottom end opposite the top end, and at least first and second sides between the top and bottom ends of the container, the container comprising:a first layer of sheet material forming the first side of the container and at least a second and third layer of sheet material forming the second side of the container,
a closure strip assembly extending along the opening of the container, the closure strip assembly comprising a first set of interlocking strip halves having at least a first half and a second half, the closure strip assembly further comprising:
an extension above and an extension below the first half, and
an extension below the second half,
wherein the second layer of sheet material is attached to the closure strip assembly at the extension below the one of the first half therewith forming a first upward extending flap, the first layer of sheet material is attached to the closure strip assembly at the extension below the second half therewith forming a second upward extending flap, and the third layer of sheet material is attached to the closure strip assembly at the extension above the first half therewith forming a third upward extending flap, wherein the second flap extends upward of the third layer to form a lateral slit between the second and third layers of sheet material that does not provide access to the inside of the container, wherein the first set of interlocking strip halves are configured such that when engaged with each other pulling apart any of the flaps other than the first and second flaps resists the first set of interlocking strip halves from being released from each other, the container is therewith capable of being opened at the closure strip assembly by pulling the first and second flaps apart.

US Pat. No. 10,507,953

FLUID OR GRANULAR MATERIAL PACKAGING CONTAINER AND METHOD OF USE

1. A packaging container for the transportation of potable or non-potable materials therein comprisinga first side surface defining a first protrusion extending from an exterior surface thereof and a second side surface defining a second protrusion extending from an exterior surface thereof, the first and second side surfaces oriented as adjacent surfaces of the packaging container, the first and second protrusions each extending away from said associated first and second side surface to define a shoulder, each shoulder extending substantially parallel relative to said associated first and second side surfaces beyond the first and second protrusions, respectively, and
a third side surface defining a first recess formed in an exterior surface thereof and a fourth side surface defining a second recess formed in an exterior surface thereof, the third and fourth side surfaces oriented as adjacent surfaces of the packaging container, the first and second recesses each define a plurality of fingers extending substantially parallel relative to the third and fourth side surfaces, respectively
a fifth surface defining a spout and a handle formed in an exterior surface thereof, the fifth surface oriented as an adjacent surface to at least one of the exterior surfaces defining a protrusion and at least one of the exterior surfaces defining a recess,
a sixth surface defining a notch and a channel each formed in an exterior surface thereof, the notch sized and shaped to receive the spout therein and the channel sized and shaped to receive the handle therein, the sixth surface oriented as an adjacent surface to at least one of the exterior surfaces defining a protrusion and at least one of the exterior surfaces defining a recess
wherein the first and second protrusion via the shoulders are each sized and shaped to be inserted within different ones of the first and second recesses, and the first and second recesses via the fingers are each sized and shaped to receive different ones of the first and second protrusions therein, and wherein the packaging container is configured to be attached to a second packaging container via at least one of the protrusions and its associated shoulder and at least one of the recesses and its associated plurality of fingers in both a horizontal and a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,938

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF ANCHORING AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE ON A GROUND STATION

Percepto Robotics Ltd, M...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ground station, comprising:a landing surface having a perimeter and a center;
a plurality of pushers held above said landing surface by a plurality of linear actuators;
at least one electro-mechanical connector attached to one of said plurality of pushers, mechanically adapted to be electrically connected to a compatible electro-mechanical connector of a UAV; and
a landing detection controller adapted to instruct said plurality of linear actuators to move said plurality of pushers from said perimeter toward said center when a landing event related to said UAV is detected;wherein said electro-mechanical connector includes a set of horizontally aligned teeth adapted to be mechanically combined and electrically coupled to a matching set of horizontally aligned teeth of said compatible electro-mechanical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,507,937

OPERATION STATE RECORDING SYSTEM AND OPERATION STATE RECORDING METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An operation state recording system provided in a target device including: an input unit; a display device; a plurality of devices; and a control system that controls each of the devices based on an input of the input unit, the operation state recording system recording an operation state from a start to a stop of an operation of the target device, and the control system comprising:a plurality of control devices that controls the plurality of devices;
a nonvolatile storage device in which the operation state of the target device is recorded as operation history information; and
a time measuring unit that measures a time when the operation state of the target device changes,
wherein the control device records the operation state of the target device in association with the time acquired from the time measuring unit, as the operation history information, in the nonvolatile storage device when the operation state of the target device changes,
wherein the control device arranges the operation history information recorded in the nonvolatile storage units in time-series order and displays the operation history information on the display device,
wherein the control device does not record the operation state of the target device in the nonvolatile storage device in a steady state of the operation state of the target device.

US Pat. No. 10,507,926

CONVEYING DEVICE AND AIRCRAFT SYSTEM WITH A CONVEYING DEVICE OF SUCH A TYPE

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A conveying device for conveying a fluid stream, comprising:a mechanical unit including a movable conveying element, the mechanical unit having an installation position, and
an electrical unit comprising a housing as well as electronic elements arranged in the housing,
wherein the mechanical unit and the electrical unit are detachably connected to one another,
wherein the mechanical unit remains at the installation position when the electrical unit including its housing is detached from the mechanical unit, and
wherein the mechanical unit includes an interface element configured to interact with a complementary interface element of the electrical unit, in order to bring about an electrical coupling via the interface elements of the mechanical unit to the electrical unit;
wherein the electrical unit includes cooling fins projecting into a fluid stream generated by the movable conveying element of the mechanical unit in operation of the conveying device;
wherein the cooling fins of the electrical unit project, through a recess formed in a housing of the mechanical unit, into the fluid stream within the mechanical unit generated by the movable conveying element of the mechanical unit in operation of the conveying device, such that the cooling fins are removed from the recess and the fluid stream when the electrical unit is detached from the mechanical unit,
wherein the housing of the electrical unit is connected to the mechanical unit in a sealed manner so as to prevent moisture, dirt, or both from penetrating the electrical unit; and,
wherein the complementary interface element of the electrical unit and the interface element of the mechanical unit are arranged such that an electrical connection is made by attaching the housing of the electrical unit to the mechanical unit, and the electrical connection is broken by detaching the housing of the electrical unit from the mechanical unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,919

LONGITUDINAL LOCK DEVICE FOR CARGO IN AIRCRAFT, SAFETY TRIGGER FOR LONGITUDINAL LOCK DEVICE

1. A longitudinal lock device for cargo in aircraft endowed with a locking box which is fastened beneath a floor of the aircraft, wherein the longitudinal lock device comprises:a bar mechanism disposed inside the locking box;
a locking latch capable of being operatively connected to the cargo and coupled to the bar mechanism disposed inside the locking box, the locking latch being moveable in a direction towards extraction of the cargo in flight; wherein
the bar mechanism is formed by the locking box acting as a fixed bar and includes a puppet arm capable of articulation about a second pivot and a puppet follower capable of articulation about a first pivot, wherein the first and second pivots are fastened to the locking box such that articulations of the puppet arm and the puppet follower move the bar mechanism to determine locked, armed and released positions for the lock device, and wherein the device further comprises
an electro-mechanical linear actuator having a drive rod, and a puppet roller operatively connected to the drive rod, wherein the puppet arm comprises a cam profile on a face thereof which is cooperative with a contact region of the puppet roller connected to the drive rod of the electro-mechanical linear actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,507,916

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES AND RELATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus for use with an unmanned vehicle, comprising:a processor to determine whether a first physical location of an unmanned vehicle is within a threshold distance of a second physical location, the second physical location corresponding to a virtual event; and
a game experience controller to:
control the unmanned vehicle based on a first command associated with a non-augmented state of the unmanned vehicle in response to the first physical location of the unmanned vehicle being more than the threshold distance away from the second physical location; and
in response to the first physical location of the unmanned vehicle being within the threshold distance of the second physical location, control the unmanned vehicle based on a second command associated with an augmented state of the unmanned vehicle to simulate the unmanned vehicle being affected by the virtual event.

US Pat. No. 10,507,896

MANEUVERING DEVICE

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A maneuvering device, comprising:an input device configured to detect an input operation for instructing movement of a mobile body to generate input information;
a calculator configured to change the input information so as to acquire an effect equivalent to a case in which a dead zone is set to the input operation, to thereby generate changed input information; and
a controller configured to control the movement of the mobile body based on the changed input information,
wherein the calculator is configured to change a range of the dead zone in accordance with a detection parameter detected in relation to the movement of the mobile body, and
wherein:
the input device is configured to detect the input operation as a vector on a Cartesian coordinate plane; and
the calculator is configured to set, when an angle of the vector with respect to one of an X axis and a Y axis is equal to or less than a predetermined angle ?, a component in a direction along another one of the X axis and the Y axis to “0”, to thereby acquire the effect equivalent to the case in which the dead zone is set.

US Pat. No. 10,507,821

HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle configured such that one of a charge-depleting mode and a charge-sustaining mode is selectively set as a traveling mode, the hybrid vehicle comprising:a power generation apparatus including an engine and an electric motor, the engine being provided with an exhaust gas catalyst, and the electric motor being configured to generate electricity with use of at least part of power from the engine;
an electricity storage device configured to supply electricity to the electric motor or to be supplied with electricity from the electric motor;
a mode switch configured to permit a driver to perform switching between the charge-depleting mode and the charge-sustaining mode; and
an electronic control unit configured to control the power generation apparatus such that a state-of-charge of the electricity storage device approaches a control center value that is equal to or lower than an upper limit set in advance, while the traveling mode is the charge-sustaining mode, and
the electronic control unit being configured to control the power generation apparatus such that the engine is started up with a higher frequency when the driver switches the traveling mode from the charge-depleting mode to the charge-sustaining mode while the state-of-charge is higher than the upper limit of the control center value, than when the driver switches the traveling mode from the charge-depleting mode to the charge-sustaining mode while the state-of-charge is equal to or lower than the upper limit of the control center value,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to set the control center value to a value equal to or higher than the upper limit, based on the state-of-charge at a time of switching of the traveling mode to the charge-sustaining mode, when the driver switches the traveling mode to the charge-sustaining mode while the state-of-charge is higher than the upper limit of the control center value, and is configured to decrease the control center value over time.

US Pat. No. 10,507,820

VEHICLE MASS AND ROAD LOAD ESTIMATION IN AN EV CONDITION

1. A method comprising:determining relevant mass of a vehicle during a low speed condition while the vehicle is powered only by an electric motor, the low speed condition comprising a speed of the vehicle determined at a time when launch inertia no longer contributes to the speed of the vehicle;
calculating road load associated with the vehicle based on the relevant mass of the vehicle, current acceleration or deceleration of the vehicle, and current drive force of the vehicle; and
dynamically adjusting the current drive force of the vehicle based upon the relevant mass of the vehicle, the road load associated with the vehicle, and current road grade, the dynamic adjustment being at least one of a response to at least one of a current road condition and a current operating characteristic of the vehicle, and a preemptive action in anticipation of at least one of an upcoming road condition and an upcoming operating characteristic of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,819

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HYBRID VEHICLE AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING HYBRID VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

4. A control device for a hybrid vehicle including an engine and an electric generator that generates electric power using power from the engine, the control device comprising:a rotation speed control torque calculation unit configured to, based on a rotation speed command value for the electric generator and a rotation speed detection value of the electric generator, calculate a torque command value for controlling a rotation speed of the electric generator; and
an electric generator control unit configured to control the electric generator according to the torque command value,
wherein the rotation speed control torque calculation unit includes:
a model matching compensator configured to, based on a value obtained by filtering the rotation speed detection value through a low-pass filter and the rotation speed command value, calculate a basic torque command value that makes a torque response of the electric generator coincide with a preset model response;
a disturbance observer configured to, using a transfer function composed of an inverse system of a control object model patterned after a power transmission system of the electric generator connected to the engine via a gear and a disturbance observer filter composed of a low-pass filter, and based on the rotation speed detection value, calculate a disturbance torque that is input into the power transmission system; and
a calculator configured to calculate the torque command value based on the basic torque command value and the disturbance torque, and
wherein a relative degree of the disturbance observer filter is set so that a relative degree of the transfer function becomes 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,507,817

ELECTRIC MOTOR-DRIVEN BOOSTER

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An electric motor-driven booster in which a rotary motion of an electric motor is transmitted through a rotation transmission mechanism to a rotation-rectilinear motion conversion mechanism where the rotary motion is converted into a rectilinear motion to move a piston in a master cylinder, wherein:the rotation transmission mechanism and the rotation-rectilinear motion conversion mechanism are accommodated in a housing formed by combining together at least a first housing member and a second housing member;
a rotary member of the rotation transmission mechanism and a rotary member of the rotation-rectilinear motion conversion mechanism are held by only the first housing member of the first and second housing members;
the first housing member holds a rotary shaft of the electric motor, and
a bearing for the rotary member of the rotation-rectilinear motion conversion mechanism is supported by only the first housing member, and is not supported by the second housing member,
wherein the rotary shaft of the electric motor is also used as the rotary member of the rotation transmission mechanism, the rotary shaft being held through a pair of bearings supported by the first housing member, and
one bearing of the pair of bearings is supported by a bearing support member extending from the first housing member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,814

HYDRAULIC FAILURE ISOLATION VALVE

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A brake control system for maintaining hydraulic pressure, comprising:a hydraulic power source configured for fluid communication with a dual valve assembly through a main hydraulic line;
an accumulator power source configured for fluid communication with the dual valve assembly through an accumulator hydraulic line; and
a hydraulic failure isolation valve comprising:
a first spring at a first end of the hydraulic failure isolation valve;
a second spring at a second end of the hydraulic failure isolation valve, the second end being space apart from the first end;
a check valve coupled to the first spring, the check valve maintained in a check valve first position by the first spring, the check valve being operative between the check valve first position and a check valve second position, the hydraulic failure isolation valve positioned along the accumulator hydraulic line and configured for operation in the event of a disruption between the hydraulic power source and the dual valve assembly, wherein the check valve first position is configured to maintain fluid communication along the main hydraulic line and the check valve second position is configured to maintain fluid communication along the accumulator hydraulic line through the check valve of the hydraulic failure isolation valve; and
a piston coupled to the second spring, the piston maintained in a piston first position by the second spring, the piston being operative between the piston first position and a piston second position by a second spring force of the second spring overcoming a first spring force of the first spring.

US Pat. No. 10,507,811

HYDRAULIC BLOCK FOR A HYDRAULIC UNIT OF A BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic block for a brake control system of a hydraulic automotive braking system, wherein the hydraulic block has a main brake cylinder bore in which a main brake cylinder piston is axially displaceably accommodated, a signal generator connected to the main brake cylinder piston in an axially fixed manner, and a sensor which measures a signal of the signal generator by a noncontact method, wherein the hydraulic block includes a sensor bore in which the sensor is situated in a signal range of the signal generator, wherein:the hydraulic block includes a signal generator bore parallel to the main brake cylinder bore,
a length of the sensor bore extends into the hydraulic block along a direction that is transverse to and radially displaced from an axis of the signal generator bore,
the signal generator is situated in the signal generator bore and moves together with the main brake cylinder piston,
the signal generator is connected to a rod which is connected in an axially fixed manner to the main brake cylinder piston, the rod being situated in the signal generator bore,
a cap is mounted to a first end of the main brake cylinder piston that protrudes from the hydraulic block,
a strap is mounted on the cap, and
a first end of the rod that protrudes from the hydraulic block is mounted on the strap such that the main brake cylinder piston and the rod are connected in an axially fixed manner via the cap and the strap.

US Pat. No. 10,507,810

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electric brake device comprising:an electric brake being configured such that a shaft is moved forward by driving of an electric motor, and a forward movement of the shaft brings the electric brake into an acting state in which brake friction members are pushed against a brake rotary body so as to suppress rotation of a wheel; and
a motor controller being configured to control the electric motor,
wherein
through a rotation speed control of the electric motor, after the shaft reaches a set position before the electric brake comes into the acting state, the motor controller controls a forward speed of the shaft to be smaller than that before the shaft reaches the set position, wherein
the brake rotary body is a disc rotor integrally and rotatably fixed to the wheel,
the electric brake is a disc brake that includes a pair of the brake friction members located on both sides of the disc rotor, and comes into the acting state in which the brake friction members are pushed against the disc rotor,
the motor controller stores a contact position that is a position where the shaft comes into contact with the disc rotor via one of the brake friction members, and
the motor controller defines, as the set position, a position located more rearward than the contact position stored during a previous operation of the electric brake with not less than a distance determined based on a standard value of camming of the disc rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,507,805

LOTUS EFFECT WASHING MACHINE

Alstom Transport Technolo...

1. A washing machine for a railway vehicle, the washing machine comprising:a water texturing system, mixing appropriate particles with water to produce textured water having super-hydrophoby properties, said appropriate particles being microbeads of fluorinated glass, lycopodiums, or soot; and
a textured water spraying system, fed by the water texturing system and using at least one appropriate spraying device to spray the textured water on a surface of a railway vehicle to be cleaned,
wherein the water texturing system includes a clean water reservoir and a particle container, as well as a water texturing machine capable of mixing a clean water supplied by the clean water reservoir with particles supplied by the particle container to produce the textured water, and
wherein the water texturing machine includes a tank, the bottom of which is filled with the clean water, and a drum, rotated using a motor, and one wall of which is provided with cells allowing the clean water to circulate between an inside and an outside of the drum, the particles being introduced from the container to the inside of the drum, the cells being smaller than the particles so as to keep the particles inside the drum.

US Pat. No. 10,507,802

PIPE FOR HEATING AND TRANSPORTING A WASHER FLUID FOR A WINDSCREEN WIPER BLADE WITH TWO SPRAY LINES, WIPER DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

1. A pipe for heating and transporting a washer fluid of a windscreen wiper blade with a first spray line and a second spray line, comprising:an extruded sleeve with at least two washer fluid circulation channels, in which sleeve at least two electric wires that are provided with heating elements of said pipe are embedded within the mass of the sleeve,
wherein the at least two electric wires are parallel to the at least two washer fluid circulation channels,
wherein the cross-sections of the embedded electric wires are aligned at the center of the sleeve in a median direction with respect to the circulation channels,
wherein the cross-section of the sleeve is in a general shape of an “8” and said pipe includes at least one of the electric wires fixed to the outside of the sleeve in at least one hollow of a concave flank of the “8” shape,
wherein the median direction passes between the circulation channels,
wherein the first washer fluid circulation channel is connected to said first spray line of the wiper blade, and
wherein the second circulation channel for the washer fluid is connected to said second spray line of the wiper blade.

US Pat. No. 10,507,800

SENSOR FOR VEHICLE, SENSING METHOD THEREOF AND VEHICLE SYSTEM

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

1. A sensor for determining a raindrop or a mist on a vehicle, the sensor comprising:a sensing electrode disposed on a glass of the vehicle;
a wire electrode connected to the sensing electrode;
wherein the sensing electrode comprises a first sensing electrode and a second sensing electrode spaced apart from the first sensing electrode,
wherein the first sensing electrode, the second sensing electrode and the wire are formed of a metal,
a control unit including a driving unit and a sensing unit,
wherein the driving unit of the control unit applies a driving signal to the second sensing electrode, and the first sensing electrode provides a sensing signal to the sensing unit of the control unit, wherein the control unit to determine a variation of capacitance based on the sensing signal, and
wherein the driving unit to provide power to the first sensing electrode such that the first sensing electrode is a hot-wire to apply heat.

US Pat. No. 10,507,799

VEHICLE LOCATION TRACKING

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of tracking a location of a vehicle while the vehicle is in a primary propulsion off state, wherein the method comprises the steps of:obtaining an initial vehicle location of the vehicle, wherein the initial vehicle location is associated with a time in which the vehicle transitions from a primary propulsion on state to a primary propulsion off state;
detecting a vehicle trigger condition while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state;
determining whether the vehicle has moved more than a first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state;
determining a vehicle activity factor and a vehicle location classification factor; and
when it is determined that the vehicle has moved more than the first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location, carrying out a vehicle location tracking process while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state based on the vehicle activity factor and the vehicle location classification factor.

US Pat. No. 10,507,791

MOTOR VEHICLE STEERING LOCK

1. A motor vehicle steering lock comprising a housing in which is disposed a lock cylinder including a selector shaft, which can assume various rotational positions, and an adjustment element of an ignition switch that is moveably coupled to the selector shaft of the lock cylinder, wherein the adjustment element triggers a desired function in the motor vehicle, depending on the rotational position of the selector shaft, and wherein the selector shaft of the lock cylinder and the adjustment element of the ignition switch are connected for conjoint rotation via an intermediate compensating element that allows for a movement of the selector shaft in relation to the adjustment element in a first axis direction, oriented radial to a longitudinal axis of the selector shaft, and a movement of the adjustment element in relation to the selector shaft in a second axis direction, perpendicular to the first axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,778

COUPLING-RELEASING DEVICE FOR AIRBAG ACTUATOR CABLE FOR VEHICLES WITH TWO OR MORE WHEELS

Quadro Vehicles S.A., Va...

1. A coupling-releasing device for an airbag actuator cable for a vehicle with two or more wheels, comprising:at least one coupling unit adapted to be installed on board of the vehicle, said at least one coupling unit being operable between a closed configuration for retaining an end of the airbag actuator cable and an open configuration for releasing said end of the airbag actuator cable,
at least one electric actuator connected to said at least one coupling unit to operate said at least one coupling unit between said closed configuration and said open configuration, and
at least one micro switch which is adapted to detect a position of parking means of the vehicle and is configured to send an electric signal to said at least one electric actuator to operate said at least one coupling unit from said closed configuration to said open configuration when a parked condition of the vehicle is established based on the position of said parking means.

US Pat. No. 10,507,777

SNOWMOBILE LIFT APPARATUS

1. A lift apparatus for a snowmobile comprising a tunnel, the lift apparatus comprising:a first tunnel stiffener configured to be attached to the tunnel and to help stiffen the tunnel;
a first slide extending along the first tunnel stiffener;
a second tunnel stiffener configured to be attached to the tunnel and to help stiffen the tunnel;
a second slide extending along the second tunnel stiffener; and
a rear bumper comprising a transverse bumper portion connected to first and second slide members, the first and second slide members being slidable along the first and second slides, respectively, to position the transverse bumper portion in a riding position or a deployed position, the transverse bumper portion being positioned farther from the snowmobile when the transverse bumper portion is in the deployed position than when the transverse bumper portion is in the riding position, the transverse bumper portion being configured to be gripped and lifted by a user when the transverse bumper portion is in the deployed position, the rear bumper being configured to lift a rear portion of the snowmobile when the transverse bumper portion is lifted.

US Pat. No. 10,507,771

W-SHAPED WINGED SPRING CLIP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A spring clip, comprising:a body including (a) a support post, (b) a first cantilever bar having a first distal end, (c) a first juncture between said support post and said first cantilever bar, (d) a single S-curve segment extending between said first juncture and said first distal end (e) a base, said support post projecting from said base and (f) a first tunable rib carried on said base adjacent said first distal end of said first cantilever bar wherein said body further includes a second cantilever bar having a second distal end, a second juncture between said support post and said second cantilever bar and a second single S-curve segment extending between said second juncture and said second distal end and wherein said body has a W-shape and said first distal end includes a first double blocked notch.

US Pat. No. 10,507,760

ENHANCED VEHICLE AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM PLATFORM PROVIDING REAL TIME VISUAL BASED UNIQUE TAXI VEHICLE AUTHENTICATION FOR CUSTOMERS AND DRIVERS AND METHODS OF IMPLEMENTING THE SAME

1. A method for real time visual based taxi vehicle authentication for customers and drivers for smartphone application based taxi services comprising the steps of:Providing a visible taxi display unit on a taxi vehicle in a conspicuously visible location that is coupled to the taxi vehicle driver's smartphone, wherein the visible taxi display unit is configured for real time selective displaying changeable unique visual identification signals which comprise at least one of i) a range of selectable alphanumeric information, ii) a range of selectable pictographic images, iii) visual effects/animations, iv) audio-visual components and v) combinations thereof, wherein the taxi display unit is a portable, compact display formed as a disc shaped structure 3?-8? in diameter and 1-½? to 6? in height having a programmable LED message display panel around a circumferential portion of the perimeter of the disc;
Selecting a specific visual identification signal by the smartphone application for a given customer, driver and vehicle for a specific use and sending this visual identification signal to the customer and to the driver via the smartphone application, wherein the visual identification signal is selectively viewable by the customer and displayed on the customer's smartphone;
Displaying the visual identification signal on the taxi display unit at least at a time when the vehicle is in proximity to the customer, wherein the unique visual identification signals comprise at least scrolling text on the taxi display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,759

ADAPTIVE LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMOBILE VEHICLE

Valeo Vision, Bobigny (F...

1. A method for scanning light radiation comprising the steps of:emitting light radiation (L) from at least one primary light source;
receiving said light radiation (L) from said at least one primary light source into a scanning system that spatially distributes said light radiation onto a surface of a wavelength conversion device;
receiving said light radiation (L) from said at least one primary light source into said wavelength conversion device and re-emitting white light radiation (B); and receiving said white light radiation (B) into an optical imaging system that re-emits said white light radiation by said wavelength conversion device and projects said white light radiation (B) in front of a vehicle to form a lighting beam, said wavelength conversion device being situated close to a focal plane of said optical imaging system;
wherein an intensity of said white light radiation (B) emitted by said wavelength conversion device modulated between a minimum value and a maximum value and wherein the scanning is performed at variable speed;
wherein said scanning system distributes said light radiation (L) at a variable speed that progressively decreases when scanning from at least one outer area of a surface of said wavelength conversion device toward a middle zone of said surface wavelength conversion device and progressively increases when scanning from said middle zone to a second outer area of said surface of said wavelength conversion device.

US Pat. No. 10,507,756

TRUCK BED WITH SELECTIVELY ACTUATED MAGNETIC FLOOR SECTIONS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A pick-up truck comprising:a truck bed;
an electromagnet attached below a lower surface of the truck bed; and
a controller electrically connected to the electromagnet to control the supply of power to the electromagnet;
a vehicle speed input signal; and
a steering input, wherein the controller integrates the vehicle speed input signal and the steering input to adjust the power provided to the electromagnet based upon vehicle dynamics.

US Pat. No. 10,507,754

ERGONOMICALLY IMPROVED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING PRODUCTS FROM A DELIVERY VEHICLE

Manuverate, LLC, York, P...

1. A side-bay delivery vehicle, comprising:one or more bays comprising:
two parallel rectangular frames, each frame having two horizontal members and two vertical members and each of the frames opposing and facing the other;
a holding structure engaged by both of the rectangular frames, the structure comprising:
a first horizontal frame adjacent to each of the vertical members of the two rectangular frames at corners of the first horizontal frame, the first horizontal frame extending in first and second orthogonal directions between the two rectangular frames, the first horizontal frame comprising an opening extending in the first direction in the first horizontal frame and between the horizontal members of the two rectangular frames; and
a first mechanism; and
a second mechanism positioned below the first horizontal frame, the second mechanism configured to provide lateral movement in the first direction along the opening in the first horizontal frame and toward each opposing side of the vehicle;
wherein the first mechanism is configured to provide vertical movement of the first horizontal frame within the confines of the two rectangular frames; and
wherein access to the one or more bays is from one of the opposing sides of the vehicle; and wherein the opposing sides of the vehicle are along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,753

CUP HOLDER

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A cup holder having an upper surface and a lower surface, and comprising an enclosure portion configured to hold a drink container inserted from a predetermined opening direction so as to surround the drink container from an outer peripheral side,wherein an inner peripheral surface of the enclosure portion includes inner peripheral supporting surfaces and recessed surfaces arranged side by side in a circumferential direction, the inner peripheral supporting surfaces extending in the circumferential direction so as to continuously or intermittently draw circular arc surfaces concentric to each other with a first same diameter, the recessed surfaces extending in the circumferential direction in a shape recessed radially outward relative to the inner peripheral supporting surfaces,
wherein the recessed surfaces comprise surface shapes extending in the circumferential direction so as to intermittently draw circular arc surfaces concentric to each other with a second same diameter,
wherein each of the inner peripheral supporting surfaces and each of the recessed surfaces extend from the upper surface to the lower surface, and
wherein the inner peripheral surfaces cannot deflect relative to the recessed surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,507,752

DEVICE FOR COVERING A FLOOR PAN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE DEVICE

AUTONEUM MANAGEMENT AG, ...

1. A device adapted for at least partially covering a vehicle floor pan of a motor vehicle, comprising:a carrier element made of at least a hard foam material;
a vibration decoupling element made of at least a soft foam material;
a surface layer to visually cover the device from the top;
a shield element made of at least a plastic material and configured for accepting, absorbing, and distributing the energy of a localized impact stress applied on the device from above and against the shield element; and
wherein the shield element has at least one passage section configured for allowing the soft foam material to pass through at least a part of the shield element during production of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,507,749

ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE MITIGATOR FOR VEHICLES

1. A device for discharging static electricity from a person departing from a seated position within a vehicle, said vehicle having a seat cushion mounted thereto, said device comprising:an electrode attachable to a region on said seat cushion, said region consisting essentially of an area of said seat cushion extending between a seating area of said seat cushion and an outboard edge of said seat cushion,
said electrode comprising a substantially flat strip of conductive material defining a generally rectangular shape having a length and a width, each edge of said electrode generally defining a blade shape, said electrode being configured for attaching to said seat cushion so that the width of said electrode extends between the seating area of said seat cushion and said outboard edge thereof, and
an electrically conductive element connectable between said electrode and an electrical ground point in said vehicle,
whereby said electrode reduces a breakdown voltage between said electrical ground point and said person near a final point of contact between said person and said seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,743

JUVENILE VEHICLE SEAT WITH ADJUSTABLE HEADREST

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A child restraint comprisinga base adapted to set on a passenger seat in a vehicle,
a variable-height shell formed to include a child-receiving space that can be expanded and contracted in size at the option of a caregiver, the variable-height shell being mounted on the base for the movement relative to the passenger seat in the vehicle, the variable-height shell including a frame having a seat bottom and a torso-section support arranged to extend upwardly from the seat bottom and a slidable torso section mounted for up-and-down sliding movement on the torso-section support to vary the height of the slidable torso section relative to the seat bottom of the stationary frame, and
a head receiver mounted on the torso-section support, the head receiver including a movable headrest supported for up-and-down movement on the torso section support relative to the seat bottom and also for up-and-down movement relative to the torso section without moving the torso section.

US Pat. No. 10,507,731

ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEM

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

1. An electric power system comprising: an electric motor; an electric power source; an inverter including upper arms and lower arms of a U phase, a V phase and a W phase; a control device configured to control the inverter to thereby control power supply from the electric power source to the electric motor; a capacitor connected in parallel to the inverter at a direct current end side of the inverter; and an abnormality detecting device configured to detect an abnormality for which the electric motor needs to be stopped or an output of the electric motor needs to be reduced, wherein when the abnormality detecting device detects the abnormality, the control device performs switching control to alternately switch between upper arm three-phase short-circuiting control and lower arm three-phase short-circuiting control; in the upper arm three-phase short-circuiting control, all the upper arms are placed in an energization state while all the lower arms are placed in a non-energization state; and in the lower arm three-phase short-circuiting control, all the upper arms are placed in a non-energization state while all the lower arms are placed in an energization state; and the control device is configured to, when switching between the upper arm three-phase short-circuiting control and the lower arm three-phase short-circuiting control, generate an energization overlap period in which a state where electric current flows through the upper arms and a state where electric current flows through the lower arms are simultaneously generated, wherein the all the upper arms are placed in the energization state by activating an upper arm drive signal, all the lower arms are placed in the energization state by activating a lower arm drive signal, when alternately switching between the upper arm three-phase short-circuiting control and the lower arm three-phase short-circuiting control, the control device inserts a dead time between the upper arm three-phase short-circuiting control and the lower arm three-phase short-circuiting control, during the dead time, the upper arm drive signal and the lower arm drive signal are not activated, and wherein the control device adjusts the energization overlap period by adjusting the dead time such that the energization overlap period becomes longer as the dead time becomes shorter, wherein the control device causes the energization overlap period after start of the switching control to be longer than the energization overlap period at start of the switching control.

US Pat. No. 10,507,729

GRAPHIC METER

Yazaki Corporation, Mina...

1. A graphic meter mounted on a vehicle comprising:a display unit of an image display type, which displays an instrument of the vehicle;
a communication interface which acquires course information indicating a course of the vehicle; and
a processor which is connected to the display unit and the communication interface, and which controls display content of a highlight which is displayed in the instrument, displayed by the display unit, based on a position of a virtual light source located in a virtual space projected on a plane surface,
wherein the processor
identifies a change of the course of the vehicle based on the course information acquired by the communication interface,
causes the virtual light source to move on a path having distinct first and second end points according to a result of the identified change,
calculates a course change angle that is an angle by which the vehicle changes course during a period of time from a point in time in the past as a reference to a current point in time based on the course information acquired by the communication interface,
causes the virtual light source to move in the virtual space according to the course change angle, and
causes the highlight to move along a predetermined cyclic path to a position on an annular frame body which is rotated by an angle according to the course change angle from a predetermined position of the annular frame body of the instrument against a center of the annular frame body,
wherein a position of the virtual light source switches to the first end point based on the virtual light source reaching the second end point.

US Pat. No. 10,507,723

OPENING-CLOSING APPARATUS FOR FUEL TANK

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An opening-closing apparatus for a fuel tank, comprising:a fuel passage-forming portion configured to form a fuel passage that is arranged to introduce a supplied liquid fuel to the fuel tank;
an insertion-side opening-closing mechanism fixed to the fuel passage-forming portion and configured to open and close a filler port of the fuel passage;
a tank-side opening-closing mechanism fixed to the fuel passage-forming portion, located on a fuel tank side of the insertion-side opening-closing mechanism and configured to open and close the fuel passage;
a liquid discharge path configured to allow for communication of a portion of the fuel passage between the insertion-side opening-closing mechanism and the tank-side opening-closing mechanism with outside of the opening-closing apparatus; and
an open-close valve configured to open and close the liquid discharge path and to be opened toward the outside of the opening-closing apparatus, wherein
the liquid discharge path has a liquid reservoir in which a liquid is temporarily accumulated when the open-close valve is closed,
the open-close valve is configured such that mass of the liquid accumulated in the liquid reservoir is utilized as a force of opening the open-close valve,
the open-close valve is formed as part of a plate member, and
the open-close valve has a support end that is a grooved portion formed in the plate member to be thinner than a remaining part of the open-close valve.

US Pat. No. 10,507,718

HYBRID TRANSAXLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hybrid transmission comprising:a planetary gear set having a sun, a carrier, and a ring wherein a first of the sun, the carrier, and the ring is fixedly driveably connected to a first electric machine and a second of the sun, the carrier, and the ring is fixedly driveably connected to a second electric machine and to an output; and
a direction reversing gearing arrangement configured to alternately selectively driveably connect a third of the sun, the carrier, and the ring to an input shaft at two speed ratios, a first of the speed ratios being negative and a second of the speed ratios being positive, wherein the direction reversing gearing arrangement comprises,
a first shift element configured to selectively couple the input shaft to the third of the sun, the carrier, and the ring to establish the positive speed ratio,
a first layshaft gear coupled to the input shaft,
a second layshaft gear fixedly driveably connected to the first layshaft gear,
a third layshaft gear coupled to the second layshaft gear,
a fourth layshaft gear coupled to the third of the sun, the carrier, and the ring and fixedly driveably connected to the third layshaft gear, and
a second shift element configured to selectively couple the third layshaft gear to the second layshaft gear to establish the negative speed ratio, the first layshaft gear being fixedly coupled to the input shalt and the fourth layshaft gear being fixedly coupled to the third of the sun, the carrier, and the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,507,715

MOUNT ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A mount assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a mount to support an in-vehicle device;
a support bracket coupled to the mount and locked thereto, wherein the support bracket includes a first hook;
a mounting bracket configured to couple the mount to a vehicle body side and support the mount, wherein the mounting bracket includes a housing to which the mount is coupled and a first stop protrusion to which the first hook of the support bracket is hook-coupled to couple and lock the support bracket to the mounting bracket by coupling between the first hook and the first stop protrusion; and
a wedge ring to support the first hook coupled to the first stop protrusion from behind when assembled to a lower outer circumferential surface of the mount to prevent the first hook from bending backward and being separated from the first stop protrusion of the mounting bracket,
wherein the wedge ring is formed in a ring shape and includes a protruding portion that protrudes radially outward, and
wherein the protruding portion supports the first hook from behind to prevent the first hook from being separated from the first stop protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,707

CONTROLLING HVAC COMPRESSOR SPEED IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a compressor in an HVAC system of a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving signals from the inlet and outlet pressures sensors;
varying an operating speed of the compressor in response to a ratio of outlet pressure to inlet pressure of the compressor exceeding a variable pressure-ratio-threshold, wherein the ratio is based on the signals from the inlet and outlet pressure sensors; and
in response to a signal loss from an inlet pressure sensor, limiting the operating speed of the compressor based on an outlet pressure of the compressor exceeding an outlet pressure threshold, wherein the outlet pressure is based on the signal from the outlet pressure sensor alone after signal loss from the inlet pressure sensor, and after varying the operating speed of the compressor, and
varying the pressure-ratio-threshold based on ambient air temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,507,706

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COOLANT FLOW AND COOLING OF A HEATER CORE OF A VEHICLE TO EXTEND AN ENGINE AUTO-STOP PERIOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling coolant flow and cooling of a heater core to be used as a cold storage device or “heater core cold storage” (HCCS) cooling of a vehicle to extend an engine auto-stop period comprising:determining if at least one predetermined condition is met for HCCS cooling;
turning on a bypass valve to prevent coolant flow to the heater core before starting a heater core charging routine;
charging a heater core until a predetermined charge period has expired in preparation for HCCS cooling when the at least one predetermined condition is met;
holding the charge in the heater core until a trigger event occurs before initiating HCCS cooling; and
performing HCCS cooling until a predetermined use period expires after the trigger event occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,507,698

TIGHTENING GROUP FOR A RIM OF OR FOR A TIRED WHEEL

BUTLER ENGINEERING AND MA...

1. A group for tightening a rim of or for a tired wheel comprising a base, a main wheel-holder or rim-holder plate or table, said table being supported by said base and defining at least three slide tracks or guides, at least three jaws or jaw or gripper components, each slidably mounted in a respective slide track or guide between at least one first approached position and at least one second moved-apart position, said jaw components being set to tighten a respective portion of a rim of or for a tired wheel in said at least one first approached position and/or in said at least one second moved-apart position, wherein said group comprises at least three actuators, each constrained or pivoted to a respective jaw component and set to move it between said at least one first and said at least one second position, said group for tightening further comprising means for synchronizing the movement of said at least three jaw components, said synchronization means being set to maintain said at least three jaw components at a same distance with respect to the center of said table, such that said jaw components apply the same tightening force to a respective portion of a rim mounted on said table, wherein said actuators are angularly movable with respect to said table and wherein said synchronization means are set to maintain said at least three actuators always in the same angular position with respect to each other, during the movement by said at least three actuators of said at least three jaw components between said at least one first and said at least one second position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,681

PRESSURE-PRINTED MATERIAL PREPARING APPARATUS

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

1. A pressure-printed material preparing apparatus comprising:an attachment unit configured to attach, powder which exhibits adhesiveness when pressure is applied, to a surface to be bonded of a recording medium;
a fixation unit configured to apply pressure to the recording medium to which the powder is attached to fix the powder to the recording medium as an adhesive layer without heating the recording medium;
a folding unit configured to fold the recording medium of which the adhesive layer is formed on the surface to be bonded, such that two portions of the surface to be bonded are opposed to each other;
an application unit configured to apply pressure to the recording medium in which the surfaces to be bonded are opposed to each other, to thereby bond the adhesive layer on one surface and the adhesive layer on the other surface without heating the recording medium; and
a controller that is configured to control the application unit to apply pressure to the recording medium without heating the recording medium,
wherein the controller is configured to control the pressure applied to the recording medium by the fixation unit to be greater than the pressure applied to the recording medium by the application unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,678

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform a printing operation for printing an image on a continuous sheet;
a platen configured to support the continuous sheet to be printed by the printing unit;
a suction unit configured to perform, in a case where the printing operation is performed, a suction operation for sucking the continuous sheet supported on the platen;
a conveying unit configured to convey the continuous sheet in a first direction, which is a conveyance direction in the printing operation, and a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a cutting unit provided downstream of the printing unit in the first direction and configured to perform a cutting operation for cutting the continuous sheet; and
a control unit configured to cause the conveying unit to convey the continuous sheet in the second direction after the cutting operation so as to (i) in a case where the suction operation is stopped in a period from the cutting operation until a next printing operation, stop the continuous sheet at a first position where the continuous sheet does not face the printing unit, and (ii) in a case where the suction operation is continued after the cutting operation, stop the continuous sheet at a second position where the continuous sheet faces the printing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,675

PRINTING METHOD, PRINTING DEVICE, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printing method of performing a printing on a medium using a color ink, the color ink being an ink having a color, the printing method comprising:a color ink layer forming step of ejecting the color ink to the medium to form a layer of the color ink on the medium; and
a glossing step of performing a process for increasing a gloss of the layer of the color ink, wherein
the color ink includes a colorant and a solvent, and the color ink generates heat by radiation of an energy ray,
in the color ink layer forming step, the energy ray is emitted to the color ink adhering to the medium to remove by evaporation at least a part of the solvent included in the color ink, and
in the glossing step, the gloss of the layer of the color ink is increased after at least a part of the solvent is removed by evaporation;
wherein in the color ink layer forming step, the energy ray is emitted to the color ink adhering to the medium to heat the color ink to a temperature at which the color ink on the medium boils.

US Pat. No. 10,507,673

MOUNT FOR STICKING STICKY NOTE THERETO AND MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM EXECUTABLE BY CONTROLLER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing programs executable by a controller that causes a print execution device to execute printing, the print execution device including: a print head provided with nozzles aligned in a sub scanning direction; a holding member which holds a part of a printing medium conveyed from an upstream side toward a downstream side in the sub scanning direction; and a head driving device which causes the print head to execute a main scanning operation, the main scanning operation including an operation for causing the print head to discharge an ink toward the printing medium while moving the print head in a main scanning direction orthogonal to the sub scanning direction, the programs causing the controller to execute:acquiring first object data which represents a first object image to be printed on a first sticky note; and
generating printing data for the print execution device to execute the printing of the first object image on the first sticky note, which is conveyed in a state of being stuck on a mount, by utilizing the first object data, the printing data representing a printing image in which the first object image is arranged in a first predetermined area, the first predetermined area being an area in which the print execution device executes the printing of the first object image on the first sticky note only in a first state and does not execute the printing of the first object image on the first sticky note in a second state, the first state being a state in which the first sticky note is stuck on the mount and in which the mount and a part of the first sticky note are held by the holding member, the second state being a state in which the first sticky note is stuck on the mount and in which the mount is held by the holding member and the first sticky note is not held by the holding member,
wherein the first predetermined area is an area which is specified by a size of the first sticky note, the number of the nozzles, a distance between the two nozzles adjoining in the sub scanning direction, and a size of the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,670

NOZZLE COMPENSATION FOR SHUTTLE BASED PRINTERS

ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, ...

1. A method to compensate for a defective printer nozzle, the method comprising:detecting a defective printer nozzle of a plurality of printer nozzles;
initiating a print job in a print mode, the print job including image data to be printed by the defective printer nozzle in accordance with a print mask that maps the plurality of printer nozzles to a plurality of pixel locations of an image;
modifying the print mask to print the image data with a complementary nozzle that can fully or partially compensate for the defective printer nozzle, wherein the print mask is modified to print with a partially complementary nozzle when a fully complementary nozzle is unavailable to compensate for the defective nozzle; and
printing the image in accordance with the print mode and the modified print mask.

US Pat. No. 10,507,669

PRINTER

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A printer comprising:a thermal head having a plurality of heating elements to print on a paper that is conveyed thereto;
a controller configured to control a speed of the paper that is conveyed and an amount of power supplied to the heating elements; and
a processor configured to determine from image data of an image that is to be printed on the paper using the thermal head whether or not a character and a figure other than the character are to be simultaneously printed and instruct the controller based on the determination, wherein
the processor instructs the controller to set the speed of the paper to a first speed which is slower than a second speed, which is the speed for printing the character without the figure, upon determining that the character and the figure are to be simultaneously printed.

US Pat. No. 10,507,666

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRODUCING POROUS BODY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that forms a first image containing a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium; and
a liquid absorbing member that includes a porous body, which is configured to be brought into contact with the first image so as to absorb at least a portion of the first liquid from the first image,
wherein the porous body is a porous sheet in which a first layer, which is configured to be brought into contact with the first image, a second layer including a second fiber, and a third layer including a third fiber are laminated in this order, and the first layer, the second layer, and the third layer are porous layers,
wherein an average fiber diameter of the second fiber is larger than an average fiber diameter of the third fiber,
wherein the second fiber has a core-in-sheath structure including a core structure forming a central axis and a sheath structure surrounding the core structure,
wherein a softening temperature of a material for forming the sheath structure is lower than any of a softening temperature of a material for forming the core structure, a softening temperature of a material for forming the first layer, and a softening temperature of a material for forming the third fiber, and
wherein an average thickness of the sheath structure is smaller than a thickness of the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,507,665

LIQUID CARTRIDGE INCLUDING CIRCUIT BOARD SUPPORTED BY SUPPORT MEMBER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge configured to be inserted into an attachment portion of a printing device in an insertion direction crossing a gravitational direction and attached to the attachment portion in an upright posture, the attachment portion including a contact, the liquid cartridge comprising:a housing comprising:
a liquid chamber storing liquid therein; and
a liquid passage in communication with the liquid chamber and extending forward in the insertion direction from the liquid chamber, the liquid passage having a front end in the insertion direction, an opening being formed in the front end;
a sealing member disposed in the liquid passage;
a circuit board positioned rearward in the insertion direction relative to the sealing member in the upright posture, the circuit board comprising:
a contact facing at least upward in the upright posture, the contact of the cartridge being electrically connectable to the contact of the device; and
a memory electrically connected to the contact of the cartridge; and
a support member supporting the circuit board, the circuit board supported by the support member being resiliently movable upward and downward relative to the housing in the upright posture.

US Pat. No. 10,507,662

DUAL REGULATOR PRINT MODULE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A print module comprising:a printhead die, the printhead die including a chamber layer having ink chambers, the printhead die further including micro-channels formed in the chamber layer;
a die carrier including manifold passages through which ink flows to and from the printhead die; and
dual pressure regulators to flow fluid through the micro-channels of the printhead die.

US Pat. No. 10,507,651

PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A printing device, comprising:a print head that prints, on a print medium, image data of a print target and a decorative image; and
a processor that controls the print head to print image data of the decorative image on the print medium while the printing device that is held by a user moves on the print medium in a first movement,
wherein the processor causes the print head to print the image data of the print target in a range that is indicated by the printed decorative image while the held printing device moves on the print medium in a second movement after the image data of the decorative image is printed.

US Pat. No. 10,507,645

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus, satisfying the following elements (1) through (4):(1) the inkjet printing apparatus including an ink discharging unit configured to discharge an ink,
(2) the ink discharging unit including an inkjet head having a nozzle diameter of 17 ?m to 19 ?m,
(3) the inkjet head including a nozzle plate and an ink repellent layer disposed on a surface of the nozzle plate, and
(4) the inkjet printing apparatus using, as the ink, an aqueous dye ink comprising a water-soluble dye and having a viscosity of 5 mPa·s to 12 mPa·s at 25° C.

US Pat. No. 10,507,636

PLASTIC FLOORING HAVING THREE-DIMENSIONAL PATTERNS AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A method of making plastic flooring comprising steps of:A. providing a substrate and delivering the substrate toward a rolling unit;
B. delivering a printing layer, wherein the printing layer is blank and is delivered toward the rolling unit by way of a second delivery roller mechanism;
C. rolling, wherein the rolling unit rolls the substrate and the printing layer together so as to produce the plastic flooring material, and the printing layer has three-dimensional embossing;
D. digital printing, wherein color material being printed on the three-dimensional embossing of the printing layer by using a digital print unit;
E. coating an abrasion resistant layer, wherein a coating unit coats wear-resistant materials of the abrasion resistant layer on the printing layer; and
F. shaping, wherein the plastic flooring material is shaped so as to dry and harden the abrasion resistant layer.

US Pat. No. 10,507,630

TRANSFER FILM, TRANSPARENT LAMINATE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING TRANSFER FILM, METHOD FOR PRODUCING TRANSPARENT LAMINATE, CAPACITIVE INPUT DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A transfer film comprising:a temporary support;
a first curable transparent resin layer;
a second curable transparent resin layer disposed adjacent to the first curable transparent resin layer; and
a peelable protective film in this order,
wherein the thickness of the first curable transparent resin layer is equal to or greater than 1 ?m, and
wherein the refractive index of the second curable transparent resin layer is greater than the refractive index of the first curable transparent resin layer and equal to or greater than 1.6.

US Pat. No. 10,507,625

TIRE VULCANIZATION MOLD

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A tire vulcanization mold for vulcanization molding a tire, comprisingan annular side mold having a side molding surface for molding a side wall portion of the tire, wherein
the side mold comprises:
a side mold body having an annular recess extending over an entire circumference in a tire circumferential direction provided on the side molding surface; and
an annular side ring fitted into the annular recess and constituting a part of the side molding surface, and
the side ring is mounted in the annular recess such that a vent gap for discharging air is formed between a circumferential surface of the side ring and a wall surface of the annular recess facing the circumferential surface, on an opening portion side of the annular recess, and such that the side ring is centered with respect to the side mold by a close contact fitting portion in which the side ring and the annular recess are fitted without a gap therebetween, on a bottom portion side of the annular recess.

US Pat. No. 10,507,620

MODULAR DEVICE FOR POSITIONING TWO COMPONENTS WITH RESPECT TO ONE ANOTHER

FAZUP, Delemont (CH)

1. Device for positioning a first element with respect to a second element that comprises:a horizontal panel of which the upper face of which is able to hold the first element and which has a housing able to hold the second element;
first abutment means against which the first element is able to come into abutment in a first adjusting direction and second abutment means against which the first element is able to come into abutment in a second adjusting direction perpendicular to the first adjusting direction, said first and second abutment means being mounted on the panel projecting from the upper face of the panel,
means for adjusting the position of the first abutment means in the first adjusting direction and means for adjusting the position of the second abutment means in the second adjusting direction with respect to the position of the housing in the panel, and
at least one series of orifices formed in the panel which are distributed on the panel along the associated adjusting direction,
wherein said abutment means comprise at least one foot able to be held in an orifice of said series of orifices, which is defined according to the adjusting of the position of said abutment means with respect to the position of the housing,
wherein the orifices of each series of orifices are distributed in several alignments extending parallel to said respective adjusting direction, with the alignments being separated from one another along the other of the first and second adjusting directions not being the respective adjusting direction, with the orifices of each of the alignments being offset from the orifices of each other alignment of the series along said adjusting direction by a multiple of a predefined pitch,
wherein the orifices of each alignment are sequentially separated along the respective adjustment direction by a same distance equal to the value of said pitch multiplied by a multiple equal to the number of alignments of said respective series of orifices, said multiple being greater than or equal to two, and
wherein along the respective adjusting direction, the orifices immediately adjacent each orifice of any particular alignment are separated by free space of the panel absent intervening orifices.

US Pat. No. 10,507,613

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HIGH PRESSURE GAS TANK

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A method of manufacturing a high pressure gas tank including a fiber layer formed by mounting nozzles on apexes of dome sections of both ends of a liner in an axial direction and repeatedly winding a fiber bundle on an external surface of the liner, the method comprising:preparing the liner having pedestal sections having outer surfaces on which the dome sections are installed along an uniform stress surface and concave surfaces on which the nozzles are mounted on the apexes of the dome sections;
mounting the nozzles having nozzle flanges entering the pedestal sections and nozzle main bodies protruding from the nozzle flanges toward end sides of the liner on the apexes such that the nozzle flanges enter the pedestal sections;
mounting ring-shaped caps on boundary portions between flange outer circumferential edges of the nozzle flanges entering the pedestal sections and inner circumferential walls of the pedestal sections, and covering boundary gaps of the boundary portions with the caps; and
forming the fiber layer by repeatedly winding the fiber bundle impregnated with a thermosetting resin on the external surface of the liner when the nozzles and the caps are mounted; wherein
the caps having same linear expansion coefficients as the liner and inner surfaces in a curved surface shape of outer surfaces of the dome sections and outer surfaces of the nozzle flanges are used as the ring-shaped caps when the boundary gaps are covered with the caps, and a helical winding layer is formed first by winding the fiber bundle while including the nozzle flanges to cover the dome sections such that the fiber bundle is disposed on the dome sections of both ends in the axial direction when the fiber layer is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,507,607

HONEYCOMB CORE, HONEYCOMB SANDWICH STRUCTURE, AND HONEYCOMB CORE MANUFACTURING METHOD

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A honeycomb core comprising:carbon fibers having four or more different fiber directions,
wherein, when a ribbon direction of the honeycomb core is set as an X axis direction, a cell width direction that is orthogonal to the ribbon direction is set as a Y axis direction, and a direction that is orthogonal to the ribbon direction and the cell width direction is set as a Z axis direction,
respective fiber directions of the carbon fibers on a honeycomb core plane oriented in a parallel direction to the X axis direction are parallel to an XZ plane constituted by the X axis direction and the Z axis direction,
the respective fiber directions are set as a first fiber direction, a second fiber direction, a third fiber direction, and a fourth fiber direction in ascending order of an angle formed by the fiber direction and the X axis direction, and
when a condition in which the angle formed by the X axis direction and the first fiber direction is ?45 degrees, the angle formed by the X axis direction and the second fiber direction is 0 degrees, the angle formed by the X axis direction and the third fiber direction is 45 degrees, and the angle formed by the X axis direction and the fourth fiber direction is 90 degrees is set as a reference condition; and
the honeycomb core includes:
a first layer is a first aggregate manufactured by interweaving a first bundle of the carbon fibers oriented in the first fiber direction and a third bundle of the carbon fibers oriented in the third fiber direction so that they are orthogonal to each other, and
a second layer is a second aggregate manufactured by interweaving a second bundle of the carbon fibers oriented in the second fiber direction and a fourth bundle of the carbon fibers oriented in the fourth fiber direction so that they are orthogonal to each other,
wherein the second layer is laid on top of the first layer, and
wherein respective fiber directions are rotated from the reference condition by a fixed rotation angle so that none of the fiber directions of the carbon fibers in the first and second aggregates are parallel to the X axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,604

NANOTRANSFER PRINTING METHOD AND SURFACE-ENHANCED RAMAN SCATTERING SUBSTRATE, SURFACE-ENHANCED RAMAN SCATTERING VIAL AND SURFACE-ENHANCED RAMAN SCATTERING PATCH MANUFACTURED USING THE SAME

Korea Advanced Institute ...

1. A nanotransfer printing method comprising:coating a polymer thin film on a template substrate where a surface pattern is formed;
fabricating the polymer thin film into a thin-film replica mold by using the polymer thin film and an adhesive film;
forming nanostructures on the thin-film replica mold;
selectively weakening an adhesive force between the adhesive film and the polymer thin film of the thin-film replica mold; and
transferring the nanostructures onto a target object,
wherein the selective weakening of the adhesive force between the adhesive film and the polymer thin film of the thin-film replica mold comprises:
injecting an organic solvent vapor between the adhesive film and the polymer thin film of the thin-film replica mold to reduce interfacial detachment energy.

US Pat. No. 10,507,597

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISMANTLING MULTILAYER SYSTEMS INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE ORGANIC COMPONENT

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA REC...

1. A method of delamination/dismantling multilayer systems SM comprising several layers including at least one organic layer, wherein the layers are separated by interfaces, wherein said method comprises:mixing the multilayer system with a fluid comprising at least one gas that causes the swelling of at least one of the layers and one or more liquids that do not react with the surface of the layers and that separate each layer unitarily or subsets of layers comprising the multilayer system without degradation of the constituents of the layers, the gas/liquid fluid being raised in temperature and pressure, and
recovering separately at least one or more layers or a subset of undegraded layers,
wherein a treatment is performed in which the value of a treatment temperature Tr is greater than the critical temperature Tc of the gas and lower than the degradation temperature Tg of the layers of the multilayer system, and wherein a treatment pressure value Pr is higher than the critical pressure Pc of the gas and the volume proportion of a mixture of liquids with respect to the gas is at least 15%.

US Pat. No. 10,507,591

WORKPIECE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A workpiece manufacturing apparatus comprising:an upper die assembly and a lower die assembly, which are arranged on opposite sides of an unprocessed material, wherein the upper and lower die assemblies are moved relative to each other toward each other to be clamped and moved relative to each other away from each other to be opened;
a punch, which is provided in the lower die assembly and punches out a workpiece from the unprocessed material in a clamped state of the die assemblies;
an ejector, which is provided in the upper die assembly so as to be capable of approaching and moving away from the lower die assembly and to be located at a position corresponding to the punch;
a spring, which is provided in the upper die assembly and urges the ejector toward the lower die assembly; and
a locking device, which locks the ejector with respect to the upper die assembly at a position at which the punch punches out the workpiece from the unprocessed material and releases the ejector when the die assemblies are opened, wherein
the locking device comprises:
a slider, which is provided in the upper die assembly and is capable of sliding between a locking position, at which the ejector is locked, and a releasing position, at which the ejector is released,
an actuator, which is provided in the upper die assembly and causes the slider to slide, and
a control section, which controls the actuator,
a roller being provided above the ejector, the roller being coupled to the ejector to be capable of moving integrally with the ejector,
the roller being in contact with the slider by an urging force of the spring acting on the ejector,
the slider slides in a horizontal direction between the locking position and the releasing position,
the slider comprising:
a releasing surface, which contacts the roller when the slider is in the releasing position,
a locking surface, which is located at a higher level than the releasing surface, the roller contacting the locking surface when the slider is in the locking position, and
a slope, which connects the releasing surface and the locking surface with each other,
when the slider is in the locking position, the roller is pressed by the locking surface to compress the spring, thereby locking the ejector with respect to the upper die assembly, and
when the slider is in the releasing position, the releasing surface is caused to contact the roller to weaken the urging force of the spring as compared with that during the compression, thereby releasing the ejector.

US Pat. No. 10,507,585

ROBOT SYSTEM THAT DISPLAYS SPEED

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot system comprising:a model storage unit for storing a model of a robot;
a model display unit for displaying the model of the robot stored in the model storage unit;
an input unit for inputting an allowable speed of each of a plurality of portions of the robot;
a trajectory planning unit for reading an operation command to be applied to the robot and performing trajectory planning;
a calculation unit for calculating a predicted maximum speed of each of the plurality of portions of the robot, based on a result of the trajectory planning;
a speed modification unit for modifying a command speed of the robot such that the predicted maximum speed becomes the allowable speed or lower, when the predicted maximum speed of each of the plurality of portions of the robot calculated by the calculation unit is higher than the allowable speed; and
a speed display unit for displaying at least one of the allowable speed, the predicted maximum speed, and a ratio between an actual speed of the robot after the command speed is modified by the speed modification unit and the allowable speed, as well as the actual speed of the robot, in relation to each of the plurality of portions of the robot, in the model of the robot displayed by the model display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,566

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING SCRUBBY SUBSTRATES AND SUBSTRATES MADE THEREFROM

The Clorox Company, Oakl...

1. An in-line process for producing a scrubby substrate, the process comprising:(a) melting a polymer resin material;
(b) extruding or otherwise dispensing the molten polymer resin through one or more orifices of a heated nozzle into a stream of hot inert gas which attenuates said molten resin into elongated globules that form a stream of such globules without forming fibers or filaments;
(c) creating elongated globules having an irregular cross-section and/or an irregular thickness along a length of said elongated globules;
(d) collecting said globules onto at least a portion of a surface of a base substrate layer so that the globules bond directly to the base substrate layer as the molten polymer resin cools, said globules being abrasive once cooled;
wherein a spacing between the one or more orifices of the nozzle and the base substrate layer is less than 6 inches, to aid in globule adhesion to the base substrate layer.

US Pat. No. 10,507,556

DUST COLLECTOR FOR ELECTRIC POWER TOOL, ELECTRIC POWER TOOL, AND DUST COLLECTION SYSTEM

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A dust collector for an electric power tool having a tool holder extending from one side of the electric power tool and a hand grip extending in a first direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the tool holder, comprising:a main body case that includes an exhaust port, the main body case being configured to be installed and located on the one side of the electric power tool when the dust collector is attached to the electric power tool;
a dust box that internally includes a filter;
a sliding portion disposed on the main body case, the sliding portion having a front end on which a nozzle with a suction opening is disposed, the sliding portion being slidable in a front-rear direction; and
a dust collecting route from the suction opening to the exhaust port passing through the filter, wherein
the main body case includes a guiding portion through which the sliding portion passes,
the guiding portion allows the sliding portion to project rearward when the sliding portion slides, and
the sliding portion is disposed on either a right side or a left side of the main body case from the perspective of the front end of the sliding portion and with respect to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,528

LATHE COMPRISING A GUIDE BUSH

1. A lathe including:a moving headstock designed to ensure the rotation and translation of a part to be machined in relation to an axis of translation and rotation; and
a guide bush designed to be attached to a frame of the lathe and including:
a bush spindle, and
a clamping mechanism,
the guide bush being designed to operate either in bush mode or in grip mode, wherein:
the guide bush is designed to be moveable axially in relation to the frame along said axis,
the lathe is designed to operate in a first mode in which the guide bush is driven axially by the moving headstock, and
the lathe is designed to operate in a second mode in which the axial position of the guide bush is static in relation to the frame.