US Pat. No. 10,968,053

PLANTS FOR IMMERSION OF BODYWORKS

GEICO S.P.A., Cinisello ...

1. A plant for treatment of car bodies by immersion in at least one treatment tank, the plant comprising:a plurality of transport units each intended to carry a car body;
a first transport line along which the transport units with the car bodies move sequentially between a starting zone and an arrival zone so as to pass over the at least one treatment tank and to immerse the car bodies using car body immersion devices; and
a second transport line along which empty transport units are returned from the arrival zone to the starting zone;
wherein the second transport line is configured to convey the transport units rotated on one side vertically relative to a normal position for transporting the car bodies,
wherein in the arrival zone, there is a first transfer device which picks up a transport unit from the first transport line, rotates the transport unit on one side vertically so as to bring the transport unit into a return condition, and delivers the transport unit to the second transport line, and
wherein in the starting zone, there is a second transfer device which picks up a transport unit from the second transport line in the return condition, rotates the transport unit into the normal position for transporting the car bodies, and delivers the transport unit to the first transport line.

US Pat. No. 10,968,052

LONG REACH VACUUM ROBOT WITH DUAL WAFER POCKETS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A robotic handling system comprising:a transfer chamber;
a robot arm disposed within the transfer chamber and comprising an end effector having a longitudinal axis, wherein the end effector comprises:
a first wafer pocket defined within the end effector at a first location along the longitudinal axis; and
a second wafer pocket defined within the end effector at a second location along the longitudinal axis;
a first chamber coupled to the transfer chamber, wherein the first chamber is reachable by the first wafer pocket and by the second wafer pocket; and
a second chamber coupled to the first chamber, wherein the first chamber is positioned between the transfer chamber and the second chamber, and wherein the second chamber is reachable by the first wafer pocket but not the second wafer pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,968,051

ADJUSTABLE ROBOTIC END OF ARM TOOL FOR MULTIPLE OBJECT HANDLING

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

5. An apparatus, comprising:a mounting plate;
a pair of static forks coupled to the mounting plate, the pair of static forks configured to lift an object; and
a pair of movable forks movably coupled to the mounting plate, respective forks of the pair of movable forks configured to move between a storage position and a lifting position;
wherein respective forks of the pair of movable forks are rotatably coupled to the mounting plate via respective pivotable joints;
wherein respective forks of the pair of movable forks rotate relative to the pair of static forks between the storage position and the lifting position; and
wherein the pair of movable forks is configured to lift an object in the lifting position.

US Pat. No. 10,968,050

TRANSFER APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A transfer apparatus comprising:a first holding portion configured to hold a workpiece arranged at a work field;
a second holding portion configured to hold the workpiece in cooperation with the first holding portion;
a hand including the first holding portion and the second holding portion;
a hand moving portion configured to move the hand;
a fluid pressure driving unit configured to move the first holding portion by pressure of a fluid to change a distance between the first holding portion and the second holding portion; and
a control unit configured to control the hand moving portion and the fluid pressure driving unit, wherein:
the control unit acquires an inter-holding portion distance that is a distance between the first holding portion and the second holding portion for holding the workpiece;
the control unit makes the hand moving portion move the hand to a predetermined position such that the distance between the first holding portion and the second holding portion becomes the inter-holding portion distance when the first holding portion moved by the fluid pressure driving unit is brought into contact with a contact portion provided at the work field, the predetermined position being located away from the contact portion;
with the hand located at the predetermined position, the control unit makes the fluid pressure driving unit move the first holding portion to bring the first holding portion into contact with the contact portion; and
the control unit stops driving of the fluid pressure driving unit when the first holding portion is brought into contact with the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 10,968,049

CAN BODY LINEAR LOADER ASSEMBLY

Crown Packaging Technolog...

1. A beverage can body loader assembly comprising a pair of opposing loader subassemblies, each subassembly comprising:a can loading turret adapted for receiving horizontally oriented beverage can bodies, the can loading turret adapted for discharging the can bodies at a predetermined pitch;
a vacuum belt extending from a discharge region of the can loading turret, the belt being adapted for receiving the can bodies discharged from the can loading turret and adapted for transporting the can bodies in the horizontal orientation at the predetermined pitch; and
a control system configured to (i) start the can loading turret and vacuum belt to position an array of can bodies on the vacuum belt, (ii) to pause during an unloading phase in which a group of the can bodies is removed from the vacuum belt, and (iii) restart the can loading turret and vacuum belt to position another array of can bodies on the vacuum belt.

US Pat. No. 10,968,048

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GROUPED FEEDING OF CONTAINERS TO A CYCLICAL PROCESSING MACHINE

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus for grouped take-up and feeding of a group of containers to a cyclical processing machine having a cyclical take-up device for taking up said group of containers, said apparatus comprising an intake, a feed, and a transfer apparatus that is arranged in a transfer region between said intake and said take-up device, wherein said intake forms a closed conveyor section that comprises a linear section and comprises a conveyor and carrying-and-holding elements, wherein said carrying-and-holding elements cooperate to convey containers in a continuous container stream along said conveyor section, wherein said feed uses mechanical propulsion to convey suspended containers to individually transfer said suspended containers to said carrying-and-holding elements, wherein said transfer apparatus comprises grippers for simultaneously taking up a group of containers from said continuous container stream at said linear section and after having taken up said group of containers, feeding said group of containers to said cyclical take-up device, and wherein each of said grippers rotates about a vertical axis-of-rotation thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,968,047

SELF-ADAPTIVE LUGGAGE TRANSFER DEVICE AND SYSTEM

Sichuan University, Sich...

1. A self-adaptive luggage transfer device, comprising a base, a conveyor mechanism, a lifting mechanism, a self-adaptive extendable transfer mechanism and a linkage mechanism;wherein the lifting mechanism is arranged between the conveyor mechanism and the base, and is configured to drive the conveyor mechanism to lift relative to the base;
the self-adaptive extendable transfer mechanism is obliquely arranged between the conveyor mechanism and the base, and two ends of the self-adaptive extendable transfer mechanism are movably connected to an output end of the conveyor mechanism and the base, respectively; the conveyor mechanism is configured to drive an end of the self-adaptive extendable transfer mechanism connected to the conveyor mechanism to lift in a first direction, and the lifting mechanism is configured to drive at least one end of the self-adaptive extendable transfer mechanism to move in a second direction, so as to ensure that an inclination angle of the self-adaptive extendable transfer mechanism relative to the conveyor mechanism is constant within a preset range; and
the linkage mechanism comprises a first connecting rod, a movable part, and a second connecting rod; one end of the first connecting rod and one end of the second connecting rod are movably connected to the movable part, respectively; the other end of the first connecting rod is connected to the lifting mechanism, and the other end of the second connecting rod is connected to an end of the self-adaptive extendable transfer mechanism connected to the base; and the lifting mechanism drives the first connecting rod and the second connecting rod to move toward or away from each other in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,968,046

CASCADE CONVEYOR AND METHOD FOR SORTING AND CONVEYING CONTAINER CLOSURES

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

20. A method for sorting and conveying closures for containers, the method comprising:conveying container closures by at least one sorting bar which is movable in a conveying direction and that is orientated transversely relative to the conveying direction from a collection receptacle that receives unsorted container closures to a closure unloading zone;
guiding the container closures during the conveying by a support; and
laterally discharging, in the closure unloading zone, the container closures by a conveyor belt that is movable in a transport direction that is different from the conveying direction and that when viewed in a gravitational direction extends below the sorting bar,
wherein the support extends at least between the collection receptacle and the conveyor belt, wherein the conveyor belt when viewed in the conveying direction directly adjoins the support or the support partially overlaps the conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,968,045

HYGIENIC DRUM DRIVE FOR SPIRAL CONVEYOR

John Bean Technologies Co...

1. A longitudinal drive drum tower rotatable about a central axis, comprising:a plurality of open profile drive drum bars extending along the length of the drive drum tower and disposed around the outer perimeter of the drive drum tower to face outwardly of the outer perimeter of the drive drum tower,
the drive drum bar comprising:
a frame comprising spaced longitudinal flange sections, the flange sections held at spaced apart relationship to each other and extending along the length of the drive drum tower and disposed radially to the central axis of the drive drum tower, each flange section presenting an outward longitudinal edge disposed in the direction radially outward of the drive drum tower; and
a generally planar drive bar cap spanning between and overlapping the outward edges of the flange sections to project radially outwardly from the drive drum tower to present an outward abutment drive face to a conveyor belt driven by the drive drum tower.

US Pat. No. 10,968,044

CONVEYING SYSTEMS AND DROP LINK COMPONENTS

Transnorm System GmbH, H...

1. A drop link comprising:a body configured to be received by a section of a telescopic side guide of a conveying system; and
an extension mechanism configured to movably attach the body to the section of the telescopic side guide, wherein the extension mechanism is configured to allow translation of the body relative the section of the telescopic side guide between:
a retracted position, and
an extended position in which a portion of the body extends at least partially beyond an outer edge of the section of the telescopic side guide.

US Pat. No. 10,968,043

ANTI-SURGE DOG LINK FOR A SHARP CHAIN CONVEYOR

Omega Solutions, Inc., R...

1. A dog link for a sharp chain conveyor for conveying a log, comprising:a primary member selected from the group consisting of a forwardly facing spike and a vertically facing spike; and
a secondary member selected from the group consisting of a rearwardly facing spike and a barb disposed on a spike, wherein each of said primary member and said secondary member is operable to impale said log.

US Pat. No. 10,968,042

BELT CONVEYOR AND SYSTEM

Packsize LLC, Salt Lake ...

16. A box template production system, comprising:a box production machine configured to form box blanks, the box production machined being configured to advance the box blanks out of an outlet of the box production machine in a first direction; and
a belt conveyor system configured to be positioned adjacent to the outlet of the box production machine, the belt conveyor system comprising two or more belt conveyors, each of the two or more belt conveyors having an endless belt mounted on a pair of pulleys for rotation in a second direction transverse to the first direction, the endless belt of each belt conveyor having an upper surface comprising a substantially planar middle portion and at least one edge area angled at least partially towards an interior of the belt, the at least one edge area extending along a lateral side of the belt conveyor, wherein the at least one edge areas of the two or more belt conveyors cooperate to form a recess in a combined upper surface formed by the belts of the two or more belt conveyors when the two or more belt conveyors are positioned with their lateral sides adjacent to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,968,041

HIGH CUT/GOUGE AND ABRASION RESISTANCE CONVEYOR BELT COVER

ContiTech Transportbandsy...

1. A conveyor belt comprising:a cut and gouge resistant cover layer defining a load carrying surface;
a pulley engaging layer disposed parallel to the cover layer; and,
a carcass comprising one or more reinforcement layers, the carcass disposed between the cover layer and the pulley engaging layer;
wherein the cut and gouge resistant cover layer is formed by curing an admixture comprising a rubber component, a sulfur curative, and an additive comprising oxidized high density polyethylene, maleated high density polyethylene, non-functionalized high density polyethylene, or any mixture thereof;
wherein the rubber component consists of styrene-butadiene rubber and natural rubber;
wherein the admixture is effectively maintained within the cover layer after the admixture is cured and during use of the conveyor belt;
wherein the cut and gouge resistant cover layer has a cut resistance and gouge resistance value of 1.00 grams or less, after the admixture is cured; and,
wherein the cut and gouge resistant cover layer has an abrasion resistance of value of 110 or less after the admixture is cured.

US Pat. No. 10,968,040

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED CONTROL OF A BEAM STAGELOADER BOOTEND

JOY GLOBAL UNDERGROUND MI...

1. A beam stageloader bootend comprising:at least one lift actuator configured to raise or lower a portion of the bootend;
a lift sensor associated with the at least one lift actuator, the lift sensor configured to generate a lift sensor output signal related to a position of the at least one lift actuator;
an angle sensor configured to generate an angle sensor output signal related to an angle of the bootend; and
a controller connected to the lift sensor, the angle sensor, and the at least one lift actuator, the controller including a non-transitory computer readable medium and a processor, the controller including computer executable instructions stored in the computer readable medium for controlling operation of the bootend to:
receive the lift sensor output signal,
receive the angle sensor output signal,
determine a longitudinal position of the bootend and an axial position of the bootend based on the lift sensor output signal and the angle sensor output signal, and
generate a control signal for the at least one lift actuator to adjust the position of the at least one lift actuator when the longitudinal position of the bootend or the axial position of the bootend indicate that the bootend is not level.

US Pat. No. 10,968,039

STORAGE DECKS AND STORAGE RACK ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING SAME

1. A storage rack assembly disposed on an associated base surface and having a front side and a rear side, said storage rack assembly comprising:a storage rack structure including a plurality of columns and a plurality of beams extending between and interconnecting said plurality of columns such that a storage bay is formed at a non-zero height above the associated base surface with one of said plurality of beams including an uppermost surface portion and an elongated open channel with an inner surface portion facing inward toward said storage bay; and,
a storage deck section supported on said storage rack structure within said first storage bay, said storage deck section including:
a deck sheet including:
a plurality of deck wires extending lengthwise between a first end and a second end opposite said first end with at least some of said plurality of deck wires including:
a sheet portion at least partially defining an approximately planar support area for supporting associated goods with said approximately planar support area disposed in approximate alignment with said uppermost surface portion of said one of said plurality of beams;
a relief portion extending from said sheet portion in a direction toward said first end and at an acute angle relative to said approximately planar support area at least partially defined by said sheet portion of said plurality of deck wires; and,
an extension portion disposed along said first end and oriented transverse to said sheet portion with substantially all of said extension portion along said first end of said plurality of deck wires is disposed within said elongated open channel of said one of said plurality of beams; and,
a first edge wire and a second edge wire spaced apart from said first edge wire in a lengthwise direction of said extension portion of said plurality of deck wires, said first and second edge wires extending transverse to said sheet portion and said extension portion along at least said first end of said plurality of deck wires with said first and second edge wires extending between and interconnecting said extension portion of said plurality of deck wires, said first edge wire including a first outer tangential extent and a first inner tangential extent, and said second edge wire including a second outer tangential extent and a second inner tangential extent with said first and second outer tangential extents of said first and second edge wires disposed in abutting engagement with said inner surface portion of said elongated open channel of said one of said plurality of beams; and,
a support member disposed below at least said approximately planar support area of said deck sheet and extending lengthwise between a first member end disposed toward said first end of said plurality of deck wires of said deck sheet and a second member end disposed toward said second end of said plurality of deck wires of said deck sheet, said support member including a support member wall with a first flange wall portion disposed along said first member end and a central wall portion extending from said first flange wall portion toward said second member end, said first flange wall portion of said support member wall including an end surface portion facing outwardly away from said second member end, a first flange surface portion disposed adjacent said end surface portion and a second flange surface portion disposed adjacent said end surface portion opposite said first flange surface portion with said end surface portion of said flange wall portion of said support member wall disposed in abutting engagement with said first and second inner tangential extents of said first and second edge wires.

US Pat. No. 10,968,038

COLLAPSIBLE TILT TRUCK

1. A tilt truck configured so that it can be collapsed when not in use, the tilt truck comprising:a collapsible frame comprising an upper perimeter framework and a lower perimeter framework connected together by a plurality of connecting supports, the plurality of connecting supports include two vertical supports, two articulating side supports, and two articulating front supports; and
a collection bin attached to the collapsible frame;
wherein the collection bin can be dumped by tilting the tilt truck forward;
wherein the two vertical supports and the two articulating side supports join the upper perimeter framework to the lower perimeter framework;
wherein the two articulating front supports connect a front end of the upper perimeter framework to the vertical supports, a first end of each articulating front support is attached to a separate forward edge of the upper perimeter framework.

US Pat. No. 10,968,037

STACKABLE BAG FOR THE TRANSPORT AND STORAGE OF BULK GOODS

Codefine International SA...

1. Bag for the transport and storage of bulk goods comprising at least a bottom and four sides, wherein the four sides are connected along adjacent edges to form vertical ridges at each of the four corners of the bag, an upper edge of each of said four sides of the bag forming a horizontal ridge;wherein the bag further comprises four lifting straps, each lifting strap having a first section and a second section separated by an intermediate section;
wherein the first and the second sections of each lifting strap are sewn on a corresponding one of said vertical ridges of the bag;
wherein the intermediate section of each lifting strap forms an oblong loop and is positioned lengthwise along the horizontal ridge of the bag;
wherein the bag further comprises four restraining straps, each restraining strap having two non-overlapping vertical sections separated by a U-shaped section, each vertical section being sewn on one of said sides of the bag and the U-shaped section being positioned over the intermediate section of a corresponding one of said lifting straps and being at least partially sewn thereon; and
wherein the restraining straps are configured so as to limit the extension of the top of the oblong loops formed by the intermediate sections of the lifting straps in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,968,036

HERMETIC SEAL FOR FOIL-LINED FIBC (BULK BAG)

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Sa...

1. A bag configured to hold a volume of a material, comprising:an opening on the top side of the bag;
an inner layer that is configured to provide an airtight enclosure for the material, wherein the airtight enclosure can be accessed via the opening;
an outer layer that is positioned around the inner layer, wherein the outer layer provides structural support and integrity with a ribbon weave;
the opening includes a neck formed by at least one of the inner layer or the outer layer;
a collar having a top end and a bottom end opposite thereto, an internal wall that defines a through passage that extends between the top end and the bottom end, an external wall opposite the internal wall, and the collar having a thickness and a diameter for the through passage;
the collar positioned over the neck and with at least one of the inner layer or the outer layer folded over a lip of the collar, wherein at least one of the inner layer or the outer layer are folded onto the external wall of the collar, wherein the collar includes a web on the bottom end that extends outward from the external wall;
an elastic band positioned around the collar between the lip of the collar and the web of the collar that compresses the at least one of the inner layer or the outer layer toward the external wall of the collar; and
a lid that is releaseably coupled to the collar, the lid when attached to the collar applies a force to press the lid, the at least one of the inner layer or the outer layer, and the lip of the collar together with a bottom portion of the lid being in contact with the inner layer, wherein the lid comprises a sampling port molded into and level with a top side of the lid, and a removable cap configured to:
seal the sampling port when attached to the sampling port, and
provide access to the material when removed from the sampling port, while the lid remains coupled to the collar.

US Pat. No. 10,968,035

SELF-LUBRICATING SURFACES FOR FOOD PACKAGING AND FOOD PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An article comprising a liquid-impregnated surface, said surface comprising a matrix of solid features spaced sufficiently close to stably contain an impregnating liquid therebetween and/or therewithin,wherein the solid features and impregnating liquid are non-toxic and/or edible, at least a portion of the solid features extend through the impregnating liquid on said surface, wherein the liquid-impregnated surface has solid-to-liquid ratio less than about 50 percent and greater than 0 percent, and the article is a container of a consumer product.

US Pat. No. 10,968,034

RESEALABLE CONTAINER INCLUDING EASY OPEN TAB

1. A container for consumer goods, comprising:a housing comprising a box and a lid hingedly attached to the box, wherein the box comprises a front wall, a rear wall and the lid comprises a bottom edge;
an inner package disposed within the housing and at least partially defining an interior volume for housing consumer goods, the inner package comprising an access opening and a sealing flap, the inner package configured to open and close when the lid of the housing is opened and closed,
the sealing flap comprising a tab, the tab comprising a bottom edge, wherein the bottom edge of the tab is positioned below the bottom edge of the lid and below the upper edge of the front wall when the lid is closed, and
an information carrier coupled to the bottom edge of the tab.

US Pat. No. 10,968,033

METERING VALVE AND FLUID PRODUCT DISPENSING DEVICE COMPRISING SUCH A VALVE

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. A metering valve for dispensing fluid, the metering valve comprising a valve body containing a metering chamber, a valve member slidable axially in said valve body between a rest position and a dispensing position so as to dispense fluid of said metering chamber selectively, said valve member being urged towards the rest position by a spring that co-operates firstly with said valve body and secondly with said valve member, said valve member including a central axial channel that is provided with an axial outlet orifice and with a radial inlet channel that is arranged in said metering chamber when said valve member is in the dispensing position, said radial inlet channel extends, in a fluid dispensing direction, from an inlet opening to an outlet opening that opens out into said central axial channel, wherein a diameter of said radial inlet channel lies in the range 0.30 mm to 0.40 mm, a diameter of said outlet opening being equal to the diameter of said radial inlet channel, and a diameter of said inlet opening being greater than the diameter of said radial inlet channel.

US Pat. No. 10,968,032

REFILL DEVICE FOR DISPENSING A LIQUID PRODUCT

Conopeo, Inc., Englewood...

1. A refill package for a liquid product, the refill package comprising:a rigid outer container comprising an inside face, a first opening, and an air intake means operable between an open position and a closed position;
wherein the first opening comprises a removable closure and wherein the air intake means comprises a sealable orifice and a sealing mechanism, the air intake means being configured to be punctured, and
a flexible inner body for containing the liquid product, the flexible inner body joined to the rigid outer container around the first opening, and the flexible inner body made of an elastic material;
wherein the rigid outer container and the air intake means facilitate contracting of the flexible inner body without application of an external pressure source and in response to the air intake means being punctured, and facilitate the flexible inner body maintaining a volume when the air intake means is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,968,031

PISTON FOR A COLLAPSIBLE CARTRIDGE

SULZER MIXPAC AG, Haag (...

1. A piston for a collapsible cartridge for dispensing a material,the piston comprising:
a rigid portion having a first diameter, a first end and a second end, the first end including a protrusion at a circumferential edge thereof and configured to be disposed in a material dispensing direction; and
a flexible portion having a second diameter less than the first diameter, a first end disposed in the material dispensing direction, an arcuate edge extending radially outwardly disposed at the first end and configured to guide a wall of the collapsible cartridge to enable at least some of the material to be dispensed, and a second end disposed in an opposite direction, the flexible portion being disposed on the first end of the rigid portion such that the second end of the flexible portion is disposed to face the first end of the rigid portion, and the flexible portion configured to radially expand and longitudinally compress upon a force applied to the first end of the flexible portion so as to compress the collapsible cartridge between the flexible portion and an interior surface of a support cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,968,029

CONTAINER AND LID

YETI Coolers, LLC, Austi...

1. An insulating container, comprising:a canister comprising:
a sidewall structure having a first end and a second end, the first end configured to support the canister on a surface, and the first end comprising a base handle;
an opening in the second end extending through the sidewall structure; and
a neck structure encircling the opening and extending in an axial direction;
a multi-part lid adapted to seal the opening, the multi-part lid comprising:
an upper lid portion having a top surface and a handle extending from the top surface;
a lower lid portion having a threaded sidewall configured to be received into the neck structure;
an insulating puck engaged between the upper lid portion and the lower lid portion;
a bottom lid cap engaged with a bottom end of the lower portion;
a vent opening extending through each of the upper lid portion, the insulating puck, the lower lid portion, and the bottom lid cap; and
a removable vent plug configured to vent air through the vent opening;
wherein the vent opening comprises a threaded cylindrical inner wall configured to interface with a threaded outer surface of the vent plug;
wherein the vent plug is rotatable between a first closed position, a second venting position, and a third disengaged position;
wherein the upper lid portion and the lower lid portion are engaged using mechanical fasteners;
wherein the lower lid portion comprises a strengthening wall structure;
wherein the strengthening wall structure forms a honeycomb pattern of interconnected hexagonal prisms; and
wherein the strengthening wall structure is taller at a center than at an outer wall of the lower lid portion.

US Pat. No. 10,968,028

CONTAINER FOR MICROWAVE OVEN AND PACKAGE FOR MICROWAVE OVEN

KYORAKU CO., LTD., Kyoto...

1. A container for a microwave oven, comprising:a concave main body configured to receive a content therein;
an annularly flanged portion formed at an opening in an upper end of the concave main body,
wherein the container is sealed by a film-shaped lid material covering the opening,
the flanged portion includes a thermal fusion portion formed over a whole circumference of a top surface of the flanged portion to be thermally fused to a back surface of the film-shaped lid material,
the thermal fusion portion includes:
an opening portion that is approximately V-shaped such that it projects from the opening side toward an outer periphery of the flanged portion in a plan view;
a vapor discharge portion that is approximately V-shaped such that it projects from the outer periphery side toward the opening side in a plan view; and
an annular portion formed along an annular reference line, which is similar to a shape of an inner periphery of the opening, except for the opening portion and the vapor discharge portion,
wherein a pair of end portions of the vapor discharge portion located at the outer periphery side is located closer to the outer periphery than the reference line in a cross-and-width direction of the flanged portion, and connected through a pair of inclined portions to an end portion of the annular portion located at both sides of the vapor discharged portion,
the inclined portions are inclined so as to bend toward the outer peripheral side with respect to the annular portion from the end portions of the annular portion located on both sides of the vapor discharge portion, and are connected to the pair of end portions of the vapor discharge portion located at the outer periphery side.

US Pat. No. 10,968,027

APPARATUS, ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SKIN CARE INGREDIENTS

MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING ...

1. An arrangement comprising:a first structure enclosing at least one cosmetic active ingredient;
a second structure enclosing a solvent solution;
at least one third structure separating the solvent solution from the at least one cosmetic active ingredient;
a medium configured to absorb a mixture of the at least one cosmetic active ingredient and the solvent solution; and
a visual indicator structure located on a surface of the arrangement configured to visually indicate whether the at least one cosmetic active ingredient and the solvent solution have come in contact with one another, wherein the visual indicator structure includes at least one of:
a pH agent associated with the at least one cosmetic active ingredient and the solvent solution, and wherein, when the at least one cosmetic active ingredient and the solvent solution come into contact with each other, the pH agent is configured to change color, or
a non-toxic and non-hazardous agent that is configured to react with the mixture of the at least one cosmetic active ingredient and the solvent solution upon a contact therewith, and produce an indication that the at least one cosmetic active ingredient and the solvent solution have been mixed,
wherein, upon an application of a particular amount of pressure on at least one portion of the arrangement, the at least one cosmetic active ingredient and the solvent solution are caused to come into contact with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,968,026

CONTAINER SYSTEM

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETM...

22. Container system comprising at least two containers each forming an inner chamber,the containers each comprising a connection device being initially closed, specifically a first connection device of a first container and a second connection device of a second container, and
the connection devices being able to be coupled together such that the coupling produces a continuous fluid connection that is closed off from the surroundings and interconnects the inner chambers of the containers such that contents that can be held in the inner chambers can be mixed,
the first connection device comprising a thin point designed to rupture through the application of force by a ram of the second connection device, as a result of which the fluid connection can be established,
wherein the connection devices comprise guides for guided coupling of the connection devices, the guides at least one of: allowing the connection devices to be coupled only when they are in a predefined orientation relative to one another; and are configured for guiding the connection devices linearly during coupling, and
wherein the guides are configured for positive guiding by means of a groove or ridge at one of the connection devices and a complementary part for sliding along the groove or ridge on the other one of the connection devices.

US Pat. No. 10,968,025

VACUUM CANISTER

THANKHOT BIOTECHNOLOGY CO...

1. A vacuum canister, comprisinga canister body and
a cover body disposed at an opening end of the canister body, and having a cover seat with an opening facing upwards, wherein a through rod is disposed on a bottom wall of the cover seat, a valve seat is disposed at a lower opening end of the through rod, and a check valve is disposed on the valve seat, and wherein:
the check valve is internally provided with an air extracting device which comprises an inner barrel and an outer barrel, an opening end of the outer barrel faces downwards and is sleeved on the inner barrel, a through hole is axially opened in the inner barrel, the through rod passes through the through hole, a first seal ring is disposed between an outer circumferential wall of the through rod and the through hole, and a second seal ring is disposed between an inner circumferential wall of the outer barrel and an outer circumferential wall of the inner barrel;
an annular mounting groove is disposed on the outer circumferential wall of the inner barrel, an air exhaust opening is opened in the mounting groove, the second seal ring is sleeved on the mounting groove, and the second seal ring can move up and down in a vertical direction of the mounting groove;
a push block is provided at a lower end of the inner barrel; a spring is disposed between the inner barrel and the cover seat, one end of the spring abuts the inner barrel, and the other end of the spring abuts the cover seat;
the air extracting device further comprises a pressing handle, the pressing handle is sleeved on the outer barrel, and a lower end portion of the pressing handle abuts the push block; and
a limiting portion is disposed on a side wall of the cover seat, a limiting block is disposed on an outer circumferential wall of the pressing handle, and the limiting block can abut the limiting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,968,024

TRAY, PACKAGE, APPARATUS AND PROCESS OF MAKING SAID TRAY AND SAID PACKAGE

Cryovac, LLC, Charlotte,...

1. A package comprising:at least one tray, the at least one tray comprising:
a base, and
a lateral wall transversally emerging from the base to define a containing seat adapted to receive the product, the lateral wall being delimited by a free edge opposite with respect to the base and defining an opening of the tray,
wherein the lateral wall comprises at least one movable portion configurable between:
at least one first stable position, and
at least one second stable position wherein the movable portion protrudes from the lateral wall and defines an access passing through the lateral wall itself;
at least one product received in the containing seat of the tray; and
at least one plastic film having a first portion in contact with the product, and a second portion fluid-tightly engaged with an internal surface of the lateral wall of the tray not in contact with the product, the film cooperatively with the tray defining a fluid-tight closed volume, inside which the product is housed.

US Pat. No. 10,968,023

SECURED DELIVERY CONTAINER

Ember Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A secure delivery container, comprising:a body sized to fit in an automobile trunk or passenger seat and having a chamber configured to receive one or more items for delivery to an end recipient;
a door actuatable to close the chamber to enclose the delivery items in the chamber, and actuatable to allow access to the delivery items in the chamber;
a heat transfer system comprising
one or more heat transfer elements having a surface in thermal communication with one or more surfaces of the body that define the chamber and configured to heat or cool said one or more surfaces to heat or cool the delivery items in the chamber, and
circuitry configured to control the operation of the one or more heat transfer elements to heat or cool the delivery items during transit of the container;
a transceiver configured to wirelessly receive information and communicate said information to the circuitry, the transceiver configured to wirelessly transmit operational information from the one or more heat transfer elements or circuitry; and
one or more partition walls configured to partition the chamber into a plurality of separate thermally isolated subchambers, at least one of the subchambers being in thermal communication with at least one of the one or more heat transfer elements, the one or more partition walls being slidable within the chamber between opposite sidewalls of the chamber to adjust a position of the one or more partition walls within the chamber to thereby adjust the respective sizes of the plurality of separate subchambers.

US Pat. No. 10,968,022

HOT-FILL CONTAINER HAVING VACUUM ABSORPTION SECTIONS

1. A hot-fill container, comprising:a finish adapted to receive a closure;
a base portion adapted to rest on a surface, said base portion and said finish defining a central longitudinal axis extending therethrough;
a body portion extending about said central longitudinal axis and intermediate said finish and said base portion, said body portion defining a cavity therein and having a plurality of vacuum absorption sections peripherally-located and protruding inwardly into said cavity, each of the plurality of vacuum absorption sections defining a planar panel portion vertically extending between a top of a respective vacuum absorption section and a bottom of the respective vacuum absorption section with an inner or outer surface of the panel portion defining a straight line in a horizontal direction at each location of the panel portion along the central longitudinal axis, at least one vacuum absorption section of said plurality of vacuum absorption sections having a shape corresponding to the English alphabet capital letter “D” with a linear part of the at least one vacuum absorption section oriented parallel to the central longitudinal axis;
a plurality of vertically oriented columns, each interposed between a respective pair of the plurality of vacuum absorptions sections and each having an upper end and a lower end;
wherein each of the vertically oriented columns is concave such that a distance between the central longitudinal axis and a middle of each column is less than a distance between the central longitudinal axis and the upper end of each column and is less than a distance between the central longitudinal axis and the lower end of each column; and
wherein at each location along the central longitudinal axis, each inner or outer surface of each panel portion of said plurality of vacuum absorption sections is arranged to form a respective side of a polygon and wherein each of said plurality of vacuum absorption sections inwardly flex relative to the plurality of vertically oriented columns to form an arcuate shape when a vacuum is formed within the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,968,021

BATTERY PACKAGING BODY

Maxell Holdings, Inc., K...

1. A battery packaging body for packaging a battery, comprising:a first member; and
a second member capable of accommodating the battery between the same and the first member, wherein
the first member and the second member are fixed to each other at least at their peripheral edge parts,
the second member has
an accommodating projection protruding in a thickness direction of the second member so as to form an accommodating space capable of accommodating the battery between the same and the first member,
a non-fixed part provided at a position continuous to the accommodating projection and not fixed to the first member, and
a first rib part connected to the accommodating projection and protruding in the thickness direction of the second member,
the non-fixed part is positioned on an opposite side to the first rib part across the accommodating projection and constitutes a part of a cuttable region cut when the battery packaging body is opened, and
the first rib part extends in a direction crossing a direction in which the non-fixed part, the accommodating projection and the first rib part line up.

US Pat. No. 10,968,020

SELF-STANDING BAG AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

HOSOKAWA YOKO CO., LTD., ...

1. A self-standing bag, comprising:a body portion formed of a body member in a tubular shape; and
a bottom portion formed of a half-folded bottom member which is attached to an inside of the body portion with a first folding line of the bottom member on an upper side,
wherein each of side ends of the bottom member is bonded to an inner surface of the body portion,
a lower end of the bottom member is bonded on a lower end side of the body portion on an entire circumference of the body portion,
on the body portion side of the bottom member, an adhesive film for bonding a side end of the bottom member to the body portion is laminated to cover the entire bottom member,
both side ends of the adhesive film respectively protrude from both the side ends of the bottom member in a width direction,
bonding of the side end of the bottom member to the inner surface of the body portion is achieved in a bonding portion by the adhesive film,
the body portion has a flat shape having a front surface portion and a rear surface portion,
a border between the front surface portion and the rear surface portion is formed of a second folding line crossing the width direction, and
the bonding portion crosses a side end of the adhesive film and the side end of the bottom member, and the side end of the adhesive film is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,968,019

REEL FOR A TAPED SERIES OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A reel for a taped series of electronic components, the taped series of electronic components being configured to be wound on the reel, the reel comprising:a first reel half including a plate material; and
a second reel half including a plate material and butted against the first reel half;
the first reel half including:
a first protruding portion protruding toward the second reel half and including a cylindrical circumferential wall and a top plate; and
a first flange portion in a disk shape extending outward in a radial direction from an end of the first protruding portion;
the second reel half including:
a second protruding portion protruding toward the first reel half and including a cylindrical circumferential wall and a top plate; and
a second flange portion in a disk shape extending outward in the radial direction from an end of the second protruding portion; wherein
a top surface of the top plate of the first protruding portion including an axis of the first reel half and a top surface of the top plate of the second protruding portion including an axis of the second reel half are joined together to provide a core defined by the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion;
the top plate of the first protruding portion has a thickness larger than a thickness of the first flange portion; and
the top plate of the second protruding portion has a thickness larger than a thickness of the second flange portion.

US Pat. No. 10,968,018

TWIST TIE DISPENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

BEDFORD INDUSTRIES, INC.,...

6. An apparatus including:a stack comprising a plurality of connected tie web sheets, wherein each tie web sheet includes a plurality of twist ties, each twist tie having a proximal end and a distal end, each twist tie being removably attached to the stack at its proximal end;
an image disposed on each of the tie web sheets, wherein the image is the same on each tie web sheet and is disposed in overlay registration from sheet to sheet; and
a container that surrounds at least the proximal ends of the plurality of twist ties, wherein at least a first portion of the image is disposed on the container;
wherein the container comprises a first perforation line demarcating a first portion of the container and a second portion of the container;
wherein the first portion of the image is disposed on the first portion of the container; and
wherein a second portion of the image is disposed on the second portion of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,968,017

INDUCTION HEAT SEAL LINER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Tekni-Plex, Inc., Wayne,...

1. A dual induction heat-seal liner comprising:a top closure-facing heat-seal bonding layer, a bottom heat-seal bonding layer, and an intermediate metal-foil layer disposed in a thickness direction between the top and bottom layers,
the top, bottom and intermediate layers being bonded to form an integral dual induction heat-seal liner,
the metal-foil layer having a central opening surrounded by a metal-foil portion configured to lie above a container rim surrounding an open mouth of a container body, and the bottom layer having a heat-seal bonding area configured to lie above the container rim that is activated by heating of the metal-foil portion to induction heat-seal the bottom layer bonding area to the container rim,
the liner having a central through-hole aligned in the thickness direction that includes the central opening of the metal-foil layer and further extends though the top and bottom layers,
the top closure-facing layer having a heat-seal bonding area to induction heat-seal the top layer bonding area to an inner surface of a closure, thus heat-seal bonding the liner to both the container rim and the closure inner surface, while allowing a product to be dispensed through the open mouth of the container, the central through-hole of the liner, and out of a dispensing aperture of the closure, and
one or both of the top and bottom layers partially fills the central opening of the metal-foil layer to form a perimeter of the central-though hole that prevents contact between the product and the metal-foil layer.

US Pat. No. 10,968,016

INDUCTION HEAT SEAL LINER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Tekni-Plex, Inc., Wayne,...

1. An induction heat-seal liner comprising:a top closure-facing layer, a bottom heat-seal bonding layer, and an intermediate metal-foil layer disposed in a thickness direction between the top and bottom layers,
the top, bottom and intermediate layers being bonded to form an integral induction heat-seal liner,
the metal-foil layer having a central opening surrounded by a metal-foil portion configured to lie above a container rim surrounding an open mouth of a container body, and the bottom layer having a heat-seal bonding area configured to lie above the container rim that is activated by heating of the metal-foil portion to induction heat-seal the bonding area to the container rim;
wherein one or both of the top and bottom layers fills or partially fills the central opening of the metal-foil layer.

US Pat. No. 10,968,015

VENTING DEVICE FOR A DISPOSABLE FOOD CONTAINER

1. A venting device to allow for the release of steam and moisture from a food container comprising:a food container;
a venting device for insertion into the top surface of the food container, comprising:
a flat surface; and
at least four conical blades extending upwardly from the flat surface;
wherein the at least four conical blades include a straight portion and an angled portion such that the angled portion forms a point for insertion into a top surface of the food container; and
wherein the flat surface allows for the stacking of food containers without inhibiting the release of steam and moisture from the food container below.

US Pat. No. 10,968,014

LOCKING PACKAGE

HLP Clear Packaging Produ...

1. A package, comprising:a tray and a sleeve,
wherein the sleeve comprises a front panel and a back panel connected by a plurality of side panels so as to form an inner cavity with an insertion opening, wherein the tray is insertable into the insertion opening and is slidable within the inner cavity between a closed position and an open position,
wherein the plurality of side panels includes a side panel having a rear locking slot, and
wherein the tray includes an upper plate and a resilient, downwardly deflectable locking tab extending outwardly from the upper plate,
wherein the locking tab and rear locking slot are shaped and positioned such that when the tray is seated in its closed position, the locking tab extends through the rear locking slot, perpendicular to the side panel having the rear locking slot, whereby contact between a contact edge of the locking tab and a corresponding contact edge of the rear locking slot prevents movement of the tray out of its closed position towards the insertion opening,
wherein the locking tab and the rear locking slot are further shaped and positioned to form a press-down release structure such that the locking tab is downwardly deflectable to a position in which the contact edge of the locking tab is clear of the corresponding contact edge of the rear locking slot, thereby allowing the tray to be moved out of its closed position,
wherein the sleeve is further provided with a resiliently deflectable release tab extending outwardly from the front panel, wherein the release tab is positioned such that, when the tray is in its closed position, the release tab overlies the locking tab, such that the locking tab is releasable from the rear locking slot by downward deflection of the release tab.

US Pat. No. 10,968,013

GLAZING PANEL CONDITIONING

Belron International Limi...

1. A method of conditioning a flaw in a glazing panel in preparation of repairing the flaw, the method comprising:applying a preparation agent to a surface of the glazing panel to prime the surface of the glazing panel for repair, the preparation agent comprising a hygroscopic solvent combined with one or more primer additives;
wherein the hygroscopic solvent comprises acetone, the one or more primer additives comprise acrylic acid and an organosilane material, and the one or more primer additives are one percent or less by volume of the preparation agent.

US Pat. No. 10,968,012

COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINERS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A first collapsible container comprising:a first upper frame member having a first shape and a first cross-sectional area, wherein the first upper frame member comprises a first opening, a first hinge and a first lid, wherein the first lid is configured to rotate about the first hinge between a first closed position in contact with the first opening and at least a first open position not in contact with the first opening;
a first lower frame member having the first shape and the first cross-sectional area;
a first flexible body having a first upper edge joined to the first upper frame member and a first lower edge coupled to the first lower frame member, a first outer surface and a first inner surface, wherein the first upper frame member, the first lower frame member and the first inner surface of the first flexible body define a first cavity for accommodating one or more items;
a first valve provided within the first lower frame member, wherein the first valve extends through the first lower frame member between an exterior of the first collapsible container and the first cavity; and
a second valve provided within the first upper frame member, wherein the second valve extends through the first upper frame member between the exterior of the first collapsible container and the cavity,
wherein the first valve is configured to mate with the second valve, and
wherein the first cavity is maintained at a positive pressure with respect to atmospheric pressure with the first lid in the first closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,968,011

PALLET POCKET REUSABLE SYSTEM

AMERISTAR SOLAR, LLC, Ba...

1. A pallet system, comprising:a pallet having two sides, two ends, a load area, and at least two feet; and
at least one compartment inside at least one of the feet, the compartment comprising:
a reel rod holding a first gear;
a front compartment cover;
a hinge to allow the front compartment cover to open; and
at least one cable on the reel rod.

US Pat. No. 10,968,010

RESEALABLE CONTAINER LID AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND USE

1. A container lid comprising:a generally vertical lid sidewall having a generally cylindrical shape extending between an upper peripheral edge and a lower peripheral edge;
a bottom lid wall extending in a substantially radial direction inward respective to the generally vertical lid sidewall;
a chuck shoulder extending annularly about and extending radially outward from the generally vertical lid sidewall upper peripheral edge;
a lid and container joining formation peripherally formed about and extending upward and radially outward from a peripheral outer edge of the chuck shoulder, the lid and container joining formation being adapted to assemble the container lid to a container body comprising a cylindrical sidewall extending upward from a container body closed bottom wall; and
a container lid rotational and axial guide feature integral with the generally vertical lid sidewall, the container lid rotational and axial guide feature extending radially from an interior surface of the generally vertical lid sidewall,
wherein the generally vertical lid sidewall, the bottom lid wall, and the lid and container joining formation are unitarily formed of the same material,
wherein the container lid rotational and axial guide feature is adapted to engage with a mating rotational and axial guide feature of a container cap to guide and retain the container cap in a position providing a seal between the container lid and container cap.

US Pat. No. 10,968,009

CONSTRUCTIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR THE OPENING OF A BEVERAGE CAN

1. A constructive arrangement for the opening of a beverage can comprising:an end wall surrounded by an adjacent peripheral edge of the can, the end wall including a vent panel and a pouring panel, the vent panel spaced apart from the pouring panel, the vent panel having a vent contour defined by a vent rupture line breakable for the formation of a vent opening, the pouring panel having a pouring contour defined by a pouring rupture line breakable for the formation of a pouring opening; and
an actuation tab comprising:
an extracting end portion externally affixed to the vent panel;
a punching end portion externally affixed to the pouring panel, the punching end portion including, in a single piece, a hinge region and a tab portion cut out from the actuation tab by a cutout, said punching end portion being provided with a lower end tooth configured to be pressed against a confronting spot region of the pouring rupture line of the pouring panel, the lower end tooth provided on a side of the hinge region opposite the tab portion; and
a grip portion having a hinge end and a free end, the hinge end affixed to the extracting end portion, the grip portion configured to be manually and upwardly displaceable about the hinge end from a retracted inoperative position to an operative position, the grip portion configured to separate the punching end portion from the end wall of the can to separate the vent panel from the can and, subsequently, detach the pouring panel from the end wall.

US Pat. No. 10,968,008

REUSABLE BARREL FOR POTABLE LIQUIDS

Gheorghe Voicu, Great Ne...

1. A barrel comprising:a body formed of a non-wooden material having a body sidewall defining an interior and terminating at a first open end;
a flange extending from the body sidewall adjacent the first open end;
a first head assembly including a first wooden head removably secured to the body at the first open end to seal the first open end;
a first head retainer including a top wall and a skirt wall extending from the top wall, and the skirt wall terminating in a securement structure projecting outwardly from the skirt wall, the top wall and skirt wall defining a space to receive the first wooden head therein;
a plurality of fasteners extending between the securement structure and the flange for securing the first wooden head to the first end to cover the first open end; and
wherein the skirt wall includes a plurality of slots for receiving a wedge, the slots being positioned along a side edge of an end plank.

US Pat. No. 10,968,007

BAG IN BOX CONTAINER AND BOX THEREFOR

Scholle IPN Corporation, ...

1. A container comprising:an outer carton comprising a first outer carton wrap portion and a second inner carton wrap portion each defining a rectangular cubic configuration defined by a plurality of panels, with an opening for a collar defined in at least one panel of each of the first outer and second inner carton wrap portions; and
the collar attachable to the second inner carton wrap portion and the first outer carton wrap portion, with a portion thereof positioned between panels thereof;
wherein the first outer carton wrap portion includes an outer top panel, a first side panel extending from the outer top panel, a bottom panel extending from the first side panel opposite the outer top panel, a second side panel extending from the bottom panel opposite the first side panel, and an inner top panel extending from the second side panel opposite the bottom panel, wherein the inner top panel and the outer top panel each include a slot corresponding to the opening defined in the second inner carton wrap portion;
wherein in the assembled container the inner top panel overlying the frontal top panel, and the outer top panel overlying the inner top panel; and
wherein the outer top panel includes a pair of front wings extending on either side of the slot defined therein, the front wings foldable over a portion of the front panel of the second inner carton wrap portion so as to overlie the same.

US Pat. No. 10,968,006

CONTAINER BASE INCLUDING HEMISPHERICAL ACTUATING DIAPHRAGM

AMCOR RIGID PACKAGING USA...

1. A container comprising:a finish defining an opening at a first end of the container that provides access to an internal volume defined by the container; and
a base portion including a diaphragm that is concave relative to an exterior of the container, the diaphragm extending from a standing surface of the container to a center push-up portion of the base portion, the standing surface is at a second end of the container opposite to the first end, the diaphragm includes a transitional radius between the standing surface and the center push-up portion;
an outer portion of the diaphragm on an outer side of the transitional radius, and an inner portion of the diaphragm on an inner side of the transitional radius;
wherein the diaphragm is configured to move from an as-blown first configuration to a second configuration in which the diaphragm is in an activated position and is closer to the first end as compared to the first configuration in order to reduce residual vacuum within the container, the diaphragm is generally hemispherical in cross-section when in the second configuration;
wherein the diaphragm is configured such that as the diaphragm moves from the first configuration to the second configuration, the inner portion moves towards the first end of the container, the outer portion moves away from the first end of the container, and the transitional radius moves away from the standing surface towards the center push-up portion.

US Pat. No. 10,968,005

GLASS BOTTLE

1. A glass bottle including at least a glass bottle body made up by a neck jointed in continuity to a receptacle tubular wall, said receptacle tubular wall defining an inner side and an outer side, and said bottle body being closed by a bottom wall, placed on a bottle body side which is opposite to said neck, defining a receptacle capable of holding liquids;said receptacle tubular wall being joined to the perimeter of said glass bottom wall;
wherein the bottle further comprises a base tubular wall extending from a perimeter area of the bottom wall on a side of the bottom wall opposed to the receptacle tubular wall, said base tubular wall defining on its internal side, a cavity opened to the outside through a bottle distal end area opposite to said bottle neck, the glass bottle body, the bottom wall and the base tubular wall being made of a single glass piece; wherein
the average height of the base tubular wall is equal to or larger than the average thickness of the base tubular wall, providing a visually distinguishable lateral apparent height of the base tubular wall and of the cavity, as seen laterally, produced by the luminous and light-diffracting properties of the base tubular wall with those proportions surrounding the cavity; and
the average thickness of the bottom wall is equal to or larger than the average thickness of the base tubular wall, providing a visually distinguishable lateral apparent thickness of the bottom wall as seen laterally produced by the luminous and light-diffracting properties of the bottom wall with those proportions;
those proportions determining two overlapped visually distinguishable fringes as seen laterally on the lower end of the glass bottle, one first fringe corresponding to the lateral apparent height of the base tubular wall and the cavity as seen laterally and one second fringe corresponding to the lateral apparent thickness of the bottom wall as seen laterally.

US Pat. No. 10,968,004

BLOW BOTTLE AND METHOD FOR MOLDING BLOW BOTTLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A blow bottle comprising an outer layer and an inner layer,wherein the inner layer has blackness higher than that of the outer layer, and
wherein the outer layer has an L* value of 20 or more and 90 or less in an International Commission on Illumination (CIE) L*a*b* color system.

US Pat. No. 10,968,003

LABELLING MACHINE DESIGN FOR GS1 COMPLIANCE

VIDEOJET TECHNOLOGIES INC...

1. A labelling machine comprising:a base plate comprising a corner that defines a right angle;
a labeling station mounted at the corner of the base plate and extending in a first direction from the base plate;
a wall extending from a lower surface of the base plate in a second direction opposite to the first direction so that a first portion of the base plate is on a first side of the wall and a second portion of the base plate is on a second side of the wall, wherein the wall is oriented at an angle relative to each of a pair of sides of the base plate defining the corner; and
a supply spool support for supporting a spool of label carrying web, a take up spool support for supporting web from which labels have been removed and a first motive apparatus for transporting web from the supply spool support to the take up spool support via the labeling station, wherein the supply spool support, the take up spool support and the first motive apparatus are mounted in the second portion of the base plate and extend in the first direction from the base plate;
wherein the labeling station is mounted in the first portion of the base plate;
wherein the wall and the lower surface of the first portion of the base plate define a recess configured to receive a production line.

US Pat. No. 10,968,002

TRANSLUCENT HEAT SEAL MATERIAL FOR LOW TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS

Avery Dennison Retail Inf...

1. A label material comprising:a polyurethane web comprised of a top side and a back side;
an adhesive applied to the back side; and
a removable backing;
wherein the polyurethane web is comprised of a polyurethane resin;
wherein the adhesive is a polyurethane thermo-adhesive; and
wherein the adhesive has a melting temperature of less than 170 degrees Celsius.

US Pat. No. 10,968,001

HYBRID COUNTING DEVICE AND METHOD

XIAC Australia Pty Ltd, ...

1. A hybrid counting device for counting objects, the device comprising:an object feeder having a plurality of tray channels for receiving objects arranged in a single file line of objects, wherein each tray channel allows only the single file line of objects to exit that respective tray channel at a time;
a plurality of detection channels, wherein each tray channel is in communication with only a single detection channel so that each detection channel receives only a respective single file line of objects and wherein each detection channel is bordered by a detection wall and a the detection wall separates each of the single file line of objects;
a detection unit in communication with each detection channel;
a hybrid staging channel in communication with at least two tray channels and at least two detection channels to receive at least two single file lines of objects exiting each of their respective detection channels, wherein the exit of objects from the hybrid staging channel is controlled by a respective first governor;
a first supplement staging channel positioned laterally adjacent to the hybrid staging channel, a second supplement staging channel positioned laterally adjacent to the hybrid staging channel, the hybrid staging channel positioned in between the first supplement and staging channel and the second supplement staging channel and wherein the first supplement staging channel is in communication with only a single detection channel to receive only a single file line of objects from the single detection channel, wherein the exit of objects from the first supplement staging channel is controlled by a respective second governor;
wherein the first governor is located in between the hybrid staging channel and at least one of; a funnel and a container and the first governor governs the release of the objects after they pass through the hybrid staging channel, and wherein the second governor is located in between the first supplement staging channel and at least one of; the funnel and the container and the second governor governs the release of the objects after they pass through the first supplement staging channel, and wherein the second governor is positioned latterly adjacent to the first governor; and
wherein the one of the funnel and the container receives objects form all of (i) the first supplement staging channel, (ii) the second supplement staging channel, and (iii) the hybrid staging channel.

US Pat. No. 10,968,000

PACKAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH CONTROLLED DUNNAGE DISPENSING

Ranpak Corp., Concord To...

1. A packaging method, comprising the steps of:(a) defining predetermined criteria, including
(i) a predetermined height that is less than the height of a container, and
(ii) a plurality of predetermined quantities of dunnage;
(b) detecting a height of contents in the container;
(c) comparing the detected height and the predetermined height; and
(d) indicating a quantity of dunnage to dispense selected from the plurality of predetermined quantities of dunnage based on the comparison between the detected height and the predetermined height.

US Pat. No. 10,967,999

HORIZONTAL PILLOW PACKING APPARATUS AND HORIZONTAL PILLOW PACKING METHOD

NISSHIN SEIFUN GROUP INC....

1. A horizontal pillow packing apparatus comprising:a center sealer configured to wrap a packing target object by bringing both end portions of a back surface of a belt-shaped film including a base film on a front surface and a sealant film on the back surface in a width direction into contact with each other and seal a center seal portion at which the both end portions of the back surface in the width direction are in contact with each other;
an end sealer configured to seal and cut both side portions of the belt-shaped film wrapping the packing target object in the width direction, wherein the center sealer includes:
at least two pairs of heating rollers configured to nip the center seal portion including the base film and the sealant film with the sealant films contacting with each other facing each other, and to heat the sealant film through the base film,
a pair of compression rollers configured to cool and compress, to bond the center seal portion, and to bond the sealant film heated by the at least two pairs of heating rollers, and
a control portion to control a temperature of the at least two pairs of heating rollers so that the temperature is lower than a melting point of the base film and higher than a melting point of the sealant film.

US Pat. No. 10,967,998

WORK STATION FOR A PACKAGING LINE AND A PACKAGING LINE COMPRISING AT LEAST TWO OF SAID WORK STATIONS

NEXES CONTROL DESIGN ENGI...

1. A work station (40) for a packaging line which comprises an apparatus (4) prepared for executing a certain simultaneous action on packages (10) of an alignment of packages by means of the use of a tool (46) with the capacity to be arranged above the level of the packages; and a transfer mechanism (31) for the simultaneous transport of an alignment of packages to be processed (10b) from a delivery area to the apparatus (4) and of an alignment of processed packages (10c) from the apparatus (4) to an output area, wherein said transfer mechanism (31) is prepared for simultaneously moving the alignments of packages to be processed and processed packages (10b, 10c) along a transport direction within the work station, said alignments being arranged parallel to each other and the transport direction being perpendicular to that of said alignments, the transfer mechanism (31), comprising a first and a second transport group (31a, 31b) arranged transversely to the transport direction of the alignments of packages capable of simultaneously providing the insertion and the removal to and from the apparatus (4), respectively, of the alignments of packages to be processed and processed packages when actuated in coordination, of which at least one of the first or second transport group (31a or 31b) hangs by two opposing ends (32b) each one from a corresponding movable part (60) of the transfer mechanism (31) which are movable on respective parallel planes of movement and which do not interfere with the vertical projection of the tool (46) of the apparatus (4) by means of which the cited transfer mechanism (31) is capable of impressing on the cited first or second transport group (31a or 31b) a movement with a path which passes below the tool (46) of the apparatus (4) without interfering with the tool; andwherein the each transport group has a crosspiece that is configured to pass below the tool without interfering with the tool, the crosspiece longitudinally extending transversely to the transport direction of the alignments of packages within the work station.

US Pat. No. 10,967,997

CUTTING DEVICES FOR PACKAGING SYSTEMS WITH CLIPPERS AND RELATED CLIPPER ASSEMBLIES

TIPPER TIE, INC., Apex, ...

1. A clipper assembly, comprising:a clipper body holding at least one clip die;
a knife cylinder with a downwardly extending rod, the knife cylinder attached to the clipper body above the clip die;
a knife plate having a body with a perimeter, wherein a first portion of the body of the knife plate is pivotably attached to the rod at a first pivot attachment location on the body and a second portion of the body of the knife plate is pivotably attached to the clipper body below the clip die at a second pivot attachment location on the body; and
a longitudinal knife held by the knife plate, wherein the knife extends outward laterally from a side of the knife plate at a location on the knife plate between the first and second pivot attachment locations a distance of between 0.75 inches and 2 inches and at an angle of between 80-110 degrees, as measured from a line drawn parallel to the side of the knife plate from which the knife extends outward, wherein, in operation, the knife is configured to either: (a) move upward to cut respective clipped packages or (b) move downward to cut respective clipped packages; and
wherein only the portion of the knife extending outward of the side of knife plate cuts through the respective clipped packages.

US Pat. No. 10,967,996

METHOD OF, AND AN APPLYING HEAD FOR, APPLYING A LID ONTO A CONTAINER

1. A method of applying a lid onto a neck of a container, the lid having a side wall extending around an axis of the lid and having an end wall extending transversely to the axis, the method comprising:positioning the lid onto the neck, wherein the neck has threads extending around a side wall of the neck with respect to a neck axis;
exerting on the end wall a force directed towards the container, so as to level the lid on the neck with respect to the neck axis; and
screwing the lid onto the neck by rotating the lid in a screwing direction,
wherein the lid comprises at least two appendages projecting from the side wall outside of the lid, and
wherein the screwing of the lid onto the neck further comprises:
terminating the screwing when the at least two appendages are in a predetermined angular position relative to the neck.

US Pat. No. 10,967,995

INFLATABLE PACKAGING MATERIALS, AUTOMATED PACKAGING SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system for preparing a package, comprising:a material configured to be conveyed along a longitudinal direction, the material comprising two folded layers of polymeric film joined at a fold extending along the longitudinal direction, the fold defining a first side of the material opposite an open second side of the material;
a first welding device configured to form partition welds between the two folded layers, the partition welds each extending from the fold to a terminus located inward of the open second side;
a second welding device configured to form first and second seal welds extending from the fold to the open second side, wherein the first and second seal welds are spaced from each by a length along the longitudinal direction, the length traversing a plurality of the partition welds;
an inflation and sealing device comprising:
a nozzle configured for insertion in the open second side; and
a pair of opposed clamps each traversing the length, wherein the pair of opposed clamps are inflatable pillow clamps configured to conform to the shape of the nozzle and temporarily seal the open second side of the folded material around the nozzle while the nozzle injects air between the two folded layers so as to inflate interior channels defined between the plurality of partition welds and thereby transition the material to an inflated material.

US Pat. No. 10,967,994

APPARATUS FOR ASEPTICALY FILLING PHARMACEUTICAL CONTAINERS WITH A PHARMACEUTICAL FLUID USING ROTARY STAGE

VANRX PHARMASYSTEMS INC.,...

1. A system for aseptically filling pharmaceutical containers with pharmaceutical fluid, the system comprising:an aseptically sealable chamber,
wherein the aseptically sealable chamber includes a transfer wall including a plurality of openings, corresponding portions of the transfer wall defining each of the openings, each corresponding portion providing a sealing surface being aseptically sealable to a container,
a robotic arm disposed within the sealable chamber and having a range of motion that allows it to move a fluid transfer conduit to each of the openings,
a fluid transfer actuator to drive fluid through the fluid transfer conduit, a controller that includes:
three-dimensional arm control logic to move the fluid transfer conduit to a selected container that sealably passes through one of the openings, and
fluid transfer actuation logic to operate the fluid transfer actuator to transfer fluid between a fluid transfer vessel and the selected container, and
a sterilizing facility for establishing an aseptic condition within the sealable chamber
and further comprising at least one sealing structure to mount a container to the transfer wall, the sealing structure including a flange having a recessed portion, the recessed portion including a vapor communication hole.

US Pat. No. 10,967,993

PAYLOAD ADAPTER RING

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE ...

1. A lightweight spacecraft dispenser consisting of:a material made from composite materials; and
a ring structure including a plurality of payload ports and a surface that extends between opposite ends of the ring structure and that is at least partially spherical.

US Pat. No. 10,967,992

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A temperature control system comprising:a heat exchanger that cools air within a pressurized enclosed crew cabin as the air is circulated across the heat exchanger and coolant is circulated through the heat exchanger;
a sublimator that cools the coolant; and
a primary coolant line that transports the coolant from the sublimator through the heat exchanger;
a secondary coolant line configured to transport coolant from the sublimator through the heat exchanger; and
at least three coolant pumps, wherein two of the at least three coolant pumps are configured to circulate coolant through the primary coolant line, and wherein one of the at least three coolant pumps is configured to circulate coolant through the secondary coolant line, and wherein each of the at least three coolant pumps are powered by separate power sources.

US Pat. No. 10,967,991

MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL OF SPACECRAFT

Mitsubishi Electric Resea...

1. A spacecraft comprising:a spacecraft bus;
a set of thrusters for changing a pose of the spacecraft, wherein at least two thrusters are mounted on a gimbaled boom assembly connecting the two thrusters with the spacecraft bus, such that the two thrusters are coupled thrusters sharing the same gimbal angle;
a set of momentum exchange devices for absorbing disturbance torques acting on the spacecraft; and
a model predictive controller (MPC) to produce a solution for controlling thrusters of the spacecraft by optimizing a cost function over a receding horizon using a model of dynamics of the spacecraft effecting a pose of the spacecraft and a model of dynamics of the momentum exchange devices of the spacecraft effecting an orientation of the spacecraft, wherein the model of dynamics of the spacecraft includes independent rotation of the coupled thrusters, such that the two thrusters that share the same gimbal angle in the gimbaled boom assembly have different gimbal angles in the model;
a modulator to modulate magnitudes of the thrust of the coupled thrusters determined by the MPC as pulse signals specifying ON and OFF states of each of the coupled thruster, such that the ON states of the coupled thrusters sharing the same gimbal angle do not intersect in time allowing rotation of the coupled gimbal angle to implement the non-intersecting pulse signals; and
a thruster controller to operate the thrusters according to their corresponding pulse signals.

US Pat. No. 10,967,990

DEVICES AND METHODS TO VERIFY MAIN ROTOR SWASHPLATE POSITIONING

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A device to verify main rotor swashplate positioning, comprising:an inner surface of a first section; and
a gradient surface of a second section having a plurality of graduation indications,
wherein the plurality of graduation indications is grouped into first, second, and third ranges, wherein the first and third ranges indicate height ranges that are outside a range of acceptable swashplate height, and wherein the second range indicates height ranges that are within the range of acceptable swashplate height.

US Pat. No. 10,967,989

CESSNA TAIL-CONE REINFORCEMENT ANGLE SPLICE, INSTALLATION KIT, AND METHOD FOR INSTALLATION THEREOF

QMI, INC., Joseph, OR (U...

1. A method for repairing a stabilizer pivot shaft receiving bore in a tail-cone reinforcement angle of a Cessna 180-185 series aircraft including:disassembling a tail-cone section of the aircraft;
disconnecting a stabilizer rear pivot shaft bore section of the tail-cone reinforcement angle from the tail-cone section of the aircraft;
separating the stabilizer rear shaft bore section of the tail-cone reinforcement angle from an aft portion of a remainder of the tail-cone reinforcement angle;
providing a tail-cone reinforcement angle splice;
attaching the tail-cone reinforcement angle splice to the aft portion of the remainder of the tail-cone reinforcement angle;
securing the tail-cone reinforcement angle splice to the tail-cone of the aircraft; and
reassembling the tail-cone section of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,967,988

MACHINERY SYSTEM INTENDED FOR THE MANIPULATION OF AT LEAST ONE UPPER MODULE AND/OR AT LEAST ONE LOWER MODULE

AIRBUS SAS, Blagnac (FR)...

1. A mobile machinery system configured for a manipulation, on a displacement surface, of at least one upper module and at least one lower module to be introduced into a housing, comprising:an arm having an upper fixing device arranged to fix to the arm, in an upper plane, the at least one upper module to be manipulated, and
a lower fixing device arranged to fix to the arm, in a lower plane, the at least one lower module to be manipulated,
the arm being configured to be introduced into the housing with the at least one upper module and the at least one lower module;
a first securing device of the arm configured to control the positioning of the arm; and
the arm being mounted on the first securing device forming a cantilever.

US Pat. No. 10,967,987

LOCKING LINE CAPTURE DEVICES FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

INSITU, INC., Bingen, WA...

1. A line capture device configured to be attached to a wing of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the line capture device comprising:a body having a line capture slot, the line capture slot having an open end and a closed end; and
a retainer having a first lobe, a second lobe, and a third lobe, the retainer being movable relative to the body between a first position in which the first and third lobes are positioned on opposite sides of the line capture slot and the second lobe is positioned over the line capture slot, and a second position in which the first and second lobes are positioned over the line capture slot and the third lobe is positioned clear of the line capture slot.

US Pat. No. 10,967,986

POTENTIAL AIRCRAFT TRAJECTORY WIND EFFECT COMPUTATION

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp...

1. An avionics system for an aircraft, the avionics system comprising:a storage device for storing instructions for monitoring an actual performance of the aircraft; and
one or more data processors configured to execute the instructions to:
generate a lateral component and a longitudinal component of a measured moving air mass relative to the aircraft;
generate a plurality of wind independent positions of the aircraft along a potential aircraft trajectory based on a prediction model; and
generate a plurality of wind corrected positions of the aircraft based on the plurality of wind independent positions, on the lateral component, and on the longitudinal component;
generate a longitudinal position offset based on the longitudinal component and a lateral position offset based on the lateral component according to:
WindLat=dt*WindKnots*Math.Cos(WindHeading*0.0174533)/(3600*60), where Dt is the time interval, WindKnots is a speed of the moving air mass in knots, and WindHeading is a direction of the moving air mass in degrees;
generate the lateral position offset and the longitudinal position offset further based on a time interval of calculations used for the prediction model;
offset each of the plurality of wind independent positions to generate a corresponding wind corrected position of the plurality of wind corrected positions at each time interval used in the prediction model;
generate a next consecutive position of the plurality of wind independent positions based on a current wind corrected position of the plurality of wind corrected positions at each time interval.

US Pat. No. 10,967,985

STARTUP OF A CATALYTIC INERTING SYSTEM WITH RECYCLE

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A method for startup of a catalytic oxidation unit for an aircraft gas inerting system, the method comprising:continuously flowing air from an air source into the catalytic oxidation unit;
recycling at least a portion of the air from an outlet of the catalytic oxidation unit to an inlet of the catalytic oxidation unit through a recycle duct;
flowing a fuel from a fuel tank into the catalytic oxidation unit, wherein flowing the fuel initiates a catalytic reaction and produces an exhaust gas comprising a chemical product of catalytic oxidation, and wherein the exhaust gas exits the catalytic oxidation unit through the outlet; and
directing a portion of the exhaust gas to an ullage space of the fuel tank;
wherein the air is recycled to establish an air flow through the catalytic oxidation unit and wherein flowing fuel into the catalytic oxidation unit occurs after the air flow has been established.

US Pat. No. 10,967,984

HYBRID AIRCRAFT

Textron Innovations, Inc....

1. A system of fixed-wing aircraft, the system comprising:a turbine engine located in the fuselage of the fixed-wing aircraft, the engine configured to create mechanical energy, the engine being rated in-between 500 HP and 2000 HP (373-1492 KW);
a conversion device configured to convert the mechanical energy created by the engine into a transmittable form;
a first motor, the first motor configured to receive the form of energy from the conversion device and rotate a first thrust-creating device, both the first motor and the first thrust-creating device being located remotely relative to the turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,967,983

AIRCRAFT POWER PLANT

1. A cooling system for a liquid cooled internal combustion power plant housed in an engine compartment in a tail cone of an aircraft, the cooling system comprising: a tail cone inlet defined through a wall of the tail cone and fluidly communicating with an environment outside the aircraft, the tail cone inlet located at an end of the tail cone; a wall inlet defined through a firewall of the engine compartment; a blower within the engine compartment and having a blower inlet and a blower outlet, the blower inlet fluidly communicating with the environment via the tail cone inlet, via the wall inlet, and via an interior of the engine compartment; an outlet defined through a wall of the aircraft and fluidly communicating with the environment, the blower outlet fluidly connected to a shroud duct extending within the tail cone from the firewall to the outlet; a cooling flow path extending from the tail cone inlet to the air outlet and across the wall inlet, the cooling flow path in heat exchange relationship with the liquid cooled internal combustion power plant; and an exhaust duct fluidly connected to an exhaust of the liquid cooled internal combustion aircraft power plant and to the environment, the exhaust duct extending within the shroud duct.

US Pat. No. 10,967,982

MOTOR MOUNTING SYSTEM

HFE International, Tucso...

1. A motor mounting system comprising:a mounting surface configured to form an exterior rear face of a housing, the mounting surface configured to fixedly fasten to a structural member by mating with a quick-connect bracket disposed on the structural member;
a motor support framework configured to couple to an interior rear face of the housing opposite the mounting surface; and
an extended support configured to form part of the housing by coupling to an outer edge of the housing near the mounting surface;
wherein the extended support, when arranged to form part of the housing, is a cantilevered support extending along a cantilever axis perpendicular to the mounting surface and has:
a first end coupled to the outer edge of the housing near the mounting surface; and
a second end configured to couple to the motor support framework by a plurality of vibration isolation devices near the second end, the plurality of vibration devices including at least a first isolator and a second isolator.

US Pat. No. 10,967,981

HYBRID AIRCRAFT WITH TRANSVERSELY ORIENTED ENGINE

Textron Innovations, Inc....

1. A system for an aircraft, the aircraft having a roll axis, a seating area in a cabin area of the fuselage having first and second laterally-extending wings, a first thrust-creating device on one side of the aircraft, the first thrust-creating device having a first rotational axis, a second thrust-creating device located on another side of the aircraft, the second thrust-creating device having a second rotational axis, the first and second thrust-creating devices together configured to propel the aircraft, and a fuel-consuming engine located at or in front of the cabin area of the fuselage, the engine creating rotation into an engine shaft, the system comprising:an energy-conversion device located in the fuselage, the energy-conversion device configured to receive a rotating shaft from the engine located at or in front of the cabin area of the fuselage, the energy-conversion device then creating a transmittable form of converted energy;
an electronics system configured to receive the converted energy and split the converted energy between both a first motor and a second motor;
the first motor configured to rotate the first thrust-creating device in a first axis of rotation using the form of converted energy, the first motor being substantially axially aligned with the first axis of rotation;
the second motor configured to rotate the second thrust-creating device in a second axis of rotation using the form of converted energy, the second motor being substantially axially aligned with the second axis of rotation; and
an axis of the engine shaft being nonparallel relative to the first rotational axis of the first thrust-creating device and the second rotational axis of the second thrust-creating device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,980

TURBINE ENGINE PROPELLED AIRPLANE HAVING AN ACOUSTIC BAFFLE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An airplane comprising:a turbine engine having a fan, the turbine engine being integrated in a rear of a fuselage of the airplane, extending the fuselage rearwards; and
an acoustic baffle forming panel connected to the fuselage of the airplane and arranged below the turbine engine in a plane that is parallel to a center longitudinal axis of the turbine engine,
wherein in a vertical plane containing the center longitudinal axis of the turbine engine, the panel extends longitudinally between an upstream end and a downstream end, a first straight line passing through the upstream end of the panel and a center of an air inlet of the fan of the turbine engine forming first angle with the center longitudinal axis of the turbine engine that lies in a range of 30° to 80°, and a second straight line passing through the downstream end of the panel and the center of the air inlet of the fan of the turbine engine forming a second angle with the center longitudinal axis of the turbine engine lying in a range of 60° to 130°, the upstream end and the downstream end of the panel both being disposed upstream of the center of the air inlet of the fan of the turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,967,979

AIRCRAFT WITH REAR MOUNTED ENGINES

Airbus Operations S.L., ...

1. An aircraft with rear mounted engines, comprising:a vertical tail plane, and
a horizontal tail plane,
wherein the engines are mounted on top of the horizontal tail plane,
wherein the horizontal tail plane comprises:
an inner fixed part attached to a fuselage of the aircraft, the inner fixed part comprising an elevator, and
two outer movable parts, each one of the outer movable parts being located at each side end of the horizontal tail plane which is furthest away from the fuselage of the aircraft such that the two outer movable parts are located on opposite sides of the vertical tail plane,
wherein both the inner fixed part and the outer movable parts are subjected to a flow coming from the engines when the engines are in use.

US Pat. No. 10,967,978

AIRCRAFT AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING AN AIRCRAFT AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

9. A method of operating an aircraft air conditioning system, the method comprising the steps:guiding a flow of ambient air through an ambient air supply line having a first end connected to an ambient air inlet and a second end connected to a mixer of the aircraft air conditioning system so as to supply ambient air to the mixer, the flow of ambient air being controlled by a shut off valve,
compressing the ambient air flowing through the ambient air supply line via a first compressor arranged in the ambient air supply line,
guiding a flow of bleed air bled off from an engine or an auxiliary power unit through a bleed air supply line having a first end connected to the engine or the auxiliary power unit and a second end connected to an aircraft environment, driving a bleed air turbine by the bleed air flowing through the bleed air supply line, the bleed air turbine being coupled to the first compressor so as to drive the first compressor,
guiding a flow of ambient air through an ambient air branch line branching off from the ambient air supply line upstream of the first compressor and opening into the ambient air supply line downstream of the first compressor,
compressing the ambient air flowing through the ambient air branch line via a second compressor arranged in the ambient air branch line,
guiding a flow of cabin exhaust air through a cabin exhaust air line, and
driving a cabin exhaust air turbine via the cabin exhaust air flowing through the cabin exhaust air line, the cabin exhaust air turbine being coupled to the second compressor so as to drive the second compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,967,977

AIRCRAFT AIR SUPPLY AND CONTAMINANT DETECTION SYSTEM

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. An aircraft pressurized air system, comprising:a compressor that receives and compresses outside air;
an air cycle machine that receives compressed air from the compressor and directs conditioned air to an aircraft pressurized zone; and
a contaminant sensor disposed along an air flow path between the compressor and the aircraft pressurized zone, comprising an optical guide, a metal organic framework on an exterior surface of the optical guide in operative fluid communication with air from the air flow path, a light source in communication with the optical guide at a first end of the optical guide, and a light detector in communication with the optical guide at a second end of the optical guide.

US Pat. No. 10,967,976

VEHICLE SEAT HAVING AT LEAST ONE PNEUMATIC CUSHION

LANTAL TEXTILES AG, Lang...

1. A vehicle seat comprising a seat face and at least one rest element which can be pivoted relative to the seat face about an axle, wherein the at least one rest element can be moved from a seating position, in which the rest element is located substantially at an obtuse or reflex angle relative to the seat face, into a reclined position, in which the seat face and the at least one rest element form a substantially planar face, and back again, and wherein the vehicle seat has at least one pneumatic cushion and a pneumatic unit which is constructed in such a manner that it substantially completely inflates the at least one pneumatic cushion when the at least one rest element is moved into the reclined position, and substantially completely deflates the at least one pneumatic cushion when the at least one rest element is moved into the seating position, wherein the at least one pneumatic cushion is arranged in an edge region of the seat face or of the at least one rest element, said edge region being adjacent to the at least one rest element or the seat face so that the at least one pneumatic cushion extends between the seat face and the at least one rest element in the reclined position and wherein the at least one pneumatic cushion has a pressure sensor which measures the pressure inside the at least one pneumatic cushion and the pneumatic unit is constricted in such a manner that, when the pressure exceeds or falls below a predetermined set pressure, the at least one pneumatic cushion is deflated or inflated until the set pressure is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,967,975

SEAT SYSTEM

HAECO Americas, LLC, Gre...

1. In a seat system for a passenger aircraft wherein the seat system includes a passenger seat frame having (i) a backrest support assembly including a backrest and a spreader and (ii) a seat bottom support assembly, the improvement comprising a quadrant assembly, said quadrant assembly comprising:(a) a quadrant member connected between said backrest support assembly and said seat bottom support assembly, said quadrant member including
(i) a pivot point adapted to pivot said backrest with respect to said spreader and said quadrant member
(ii) a lower attachment point attached to said seat bottom support assembly and
(iii) an upper attachment point attached to said backrest and adapted to break away in the event of an impact with said seat back, said upper attachment point further including a mechanical fuse located at said upper attachment point; and
(b) a pivot point brake assembly attached to said pivot point and adapted to provide a controlled stop of the rotation of said backrest about said pivot point in the event of an impact with said backrest, wherein said pivot point brake assembly includes a brake pin and a pivot point brake plate, wherein said brake pin is inserted through a hole in said quadrant member and through an opening in said pivot point brake plate.

US Pat. No. 10,967,974

LAVATORY WASH BASIN HANDLE ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A vehicle lavatory comprising:a vanity including a wash basin; and
a handle assembly mounted over and onto a portion of the wash basin, wherein the handle assembly provides an ergonomic shape that is configured to be grasped by an individual, wherein the portion of the wash basin includes an outer rim of the wash basin, wherein the handle assembly has a complimentary shape to the outer rim of the wash basin, wherein the handle assembly receives and securely fits over and onto the outer rim of the wash basin, and wherein the handle assembly includes a seal member that sealingly connects the handle assembly to the portion of the wash basin, wherein the seal member sealingly engages and secures to a bottom portion of a main body of the handle assembly and outer surfaces of lateral walls of the outer rim of the wash basin, wherein the seal member downwardly curves away from the bottom portion of the main body and onto the outer surfaces of the lateral walls of the outer rim of the wash basin, and wherein the seal member prevents water or other moisture from infiltrating into an interface between the handle assembly and the outer rim.

US Pat. No. 10,967,973

MODULAR CONTAINER TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

Biosphere Aerospace, LLC,...

1. A cargo transport system comprising:a spine assembly comprising
a rigid spine, and
a plurality of mounts arranged on the rigid spine in a plurality of mount rows; and
a container assembly comprising a plurality of containers secured to the spine assembly using at least a subset of the plurality of mounts;
wherein each container of the plurality of containers comprises a plurality of fittings for securing the container to at least one of the spine assembly and another container of the plurality of containers;
wherein each mount row of the plurality of mount rows extends along a width of the spine; and
wherein the plurality of mount rows are spaced apart at regular distance intervals along a length of the spine;
wherein the spine assembly further comprises a data transmission system for electronic communications with the container assembly;
wherein the data transmission system comprises a plurality of data probes;
wherein the container assembly further comprises a plurality of data receptacles for receiving the plurality of data probes; and
wherein each of the plurality of data probes is retractable into the spine assembly such that each of the plurality of data probes can be selectively inserted into one of the plurality of data receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,967,972

VEHICULAR ALERT SYSTEM

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A vehicular alert system, comprising:an autonomous aerial vehicle that includes a processor that controls a data transceiver, a display, and a detector that detects a vehicular condition or a road condition,
wherein the data transceiver of the autonomous aerial vehicle transmits the vehicular condition or the road condition directly to at least one vehicle;
and a central computer that communicates with the autonomous aerial vehicle via the data transceiver, the central computer having a memory device that stores the vehicular condition or the road condition,
wherein the central computer communicates one of a vehicular condition or a road condition to the autonomous aerial vehicle, and the processor of the autonomous aerial vehicle displays the received condition on the display,
wherein the autonomous aerial vehicle displays a reduced speed to an approaching vehicle that is reduced with respect to a legal speed limit,
wherein the reduced speed is reduced by a predetermined amount based upon a type of vehicle being driven, a history of accidents nearby, current weather, a future weather forecast and a type of a real-time hazard detected ahead of the approaching vehicle by the autonomous aerial vehicle and compared to preset hazardous parameters stored in a look up table, and
wherein the preset hazardous parameters stored in the lookup table include black ice, slippery roads, a traffic accident, road debris, animal debris, and potholes.

US Pat. No. 10,967,971

VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM USING AERIAL CAMERA

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:a forward viewing camera disposed at a vehicle equipped with said vision system, said forward viewing camera disposed behind a windshield of the equipped vehicle and viewing forward of the equipped vehicle through the windshield;
a control disposed at the equipped vehicle, said control comprising an image processor operable to process image data captured by said forward viewing camera;
an aerial platform comprising at least one drone camera disposed thereat;
wherein said aerial platform is detachably disposed at the equipped vehicle and is detachable from the equipped vehicle and operable to fly at least above the equipped vehicle, said at least one drone camera capturing image data representative of an area viewed by said at least one drone camera with said aerial platform flying at least above the equipped vehicle;
wherein, at least in part responsive to determination by said control, via processing of image data captured by said forward viewing camera, that the forward view of said forward viewing camera is obstructed, said control controls said aerial platform to detach from the equipped vehicle and to fly at least above the equipped vehicle;
wherein, with said aerial platform detached from the equipped vehicle and flying at least above the equipped vehicle, said aerial platform wirelessly communicates image data captured by said at least one drone camera to said control disposed at the equipped vehicle;
a video display disposed in the equipped vehicle and viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle; and
wherein said video display, with said aerial platform detached from the equipped vehicle and flying at least above the equipped vehicle, displays video images derived from image data captured by said at least one drone camera for viewing by the driver of the equipped vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,970

DURABLE MODULAR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

VANTAGE ROBOTICS, LLC, S...

1. A motor hub assembly, comprising:a motor supported by a motor mount;
an outer protective structure circumscribing and spaced apart from the motor mount;
a plurality of spokes extending radially outward from the mount and extending at least between the mount and the protective structure, the plurality of spokes having a cross-sectional shape which is greater in a dimension parallel to a rotational axis of the motor than in a dimension perpendicular to the rotational axis of the motor such that the plurality of spokes are substantially more resistant to flexure out of a plane normal to the rotational axis of the motor than to flexure parallel to the plane normal to the rotational axis of the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,967,969

VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING AIRFRAME

PteroDynamics Inc., Moor...

1. An aircraft assembly, comprising:a fuselage having a longitudinal axis;
a pair of wings configured to extend relative to opposed sides of the fuselage, each wing having a fixed portion configured to extend from the fuselage, and the rotatable portion configured to extend from the fixed portion;
at least one thrust producing component configured to be mounted to at least the rotatable portion of each wing; and
a pivot joint associated with each wing and facilitating rotatable movement of the rotatable portion of each wing relative to the fuselage,
wherein the pivot joint defines a pivot axis oblique to the longitudinal axis of the fuselage, and
wherein the rotatable portion of each wing is rotatable about the pivot axis between a first position configured for horizontal flight of the aircraft assembly, and a second position configured for vertical take-off and landing of the aircraft assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,967,968

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PROVIDE DESCENT RATE LIMITING FOR AN AIRCRAFT

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A method for an aircraft, comprising:determining a transition from an airplane mode to a helicopter mode for a propulsion system of the aircraft, wherein the propulsion system comprises a plurality of rotor blades;
determining whether a descent rate condition is satisfied, wherein the descent rate condition is associated with a maximum allowable descent rate for the aircraft; and
controlling a collective pitch angle for the plurality of rotor blades based on the descent rate condition;
wherein determining whether the descent rate condition is satisfied further comprises:
calculating a current descent rate for the aircraft based on altitude of the aircraft;
identifying an operator controlled collective pitch angle for the plurality of rotor blades;
comparing the operator controlled collective pitch angle for the plurality of rotor blades to an aircraft controlled collective pitch angle for the plurality of rotor blades; and
comparing the current descent rate for the aircraft to the maximum allowable descent rate for the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,967,967

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WINGED DRONE PLATFORM

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A drone comprising:a drone body having a central portion;
a first wing, a second wing, a third wing, and a fourth wing coupled to the drone body and each extending radially from the central portion of the drone body, each wing comprising a front facing leading edge and a rear facing trailing edge and configured to generate lift when the drone travels in a first travel direction;
a plurality of tilting propeller assemblies, each tilting propeller assembly supported by at least one of the plurality of wings, comprising a propeller and a propeller powerplant connected to the propeller, and configured to move between at least a first position for take-off and a position for cruise flight configured so that the tilting propeller assemblies provide forward thrust;
wherein a direction of rotation of each of the propellers of the plurality of tilting propeller assemblies is an in-board up direction; and
wherein the tilting propeller assemblies are substantially symmetrically disposed around a vertical axis intersecting a center of gravity of the drone, and wherein the first wing, the second wing, the third wing, and the fourth wing extend radially from the vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,967,966

METHOD OF FABRICATING A ROTOR BLADE FILLER BODY, AND A ROTOR BLADE FILLER BODY COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE CELLULAR ASSEMBLY HAVING CLOSED CELLS

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A fabrication method for fabricating a filler body of a blade for a rotor, the method comprising a succession of steps of adding material layer by layer, each step consisting in making a new layer of material on a preceding layer of material made in the preceding step, at least one of the steps consisting in making an openwork layer of material presenting a plurality of openings, the succession of steps of adding material layer by layer generating openwork layers of material, each having a closed outline, the respective closed outlines of the openwork layers of material touching mutually in pairs and forming a closed envelope of the filler body for the blade,wherein the succession of steps of adding material layer by layer generates openwork layers of material, each having a plurality of geometrical shapes arranged within the closed outline and allowing to define the plurality of openings of the openwork layer of material, the pluralities of respective geometrical shapes in the openwork layers of material touching mutually in pairs and forming a cellular lattice of closed cells arranged inside the closed envelope of the filler body of the blade, wherein the cells have the form of a polyhedra selected from the group consisting of tetrahedra, hexahedra, octahedra, dodecahedra and icosahedra.

US Pat. No. 10,967,965

ELASTIC FLAPPING HINGE FOR CONNECTING A ROTOR BLADE TO A ROTOR HUB OF A ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. An elastic flapping hinge for connecting a rotor blade to a rotor hub of a rotary wing aircraft, comprising an elastic flapping hinge member arrangement that includes a hub attachment area for attachment to the rotor hub, a connection area for attachment to the rotor blade, and an elastic flapping hinge area that is arranged between the hub attachment area and the connection area and adapted to allow flapping movements, the elastic flapping hinge member arrangement comprising at least two elastic flapping hinge members having a first bending stiffness for flapping movements and a second bending stiffness for lead-lag movements, the first bending stiffness being smaller than the second bending stiffness, wherein the at least two elastic flapping hinge members are stacked on top of each other at the rotor hub, and the at least two elastic flapping hinge members diverge from each other in the elastic flapping hinge area by a predetermined divergence angle;wherein the at least two elastic flapping hinge members diverge from each other in the elastic flapping hinge area by the predetermined divergence angle such that a V-shaped gap is formed in the elastic flapping hinge area between the at least two elastic flapping hinge members;
wherein the at least two flapping hinge members comprise a first elastically deformable plate having first and second indentation regions in the connection area and a second elastically deformable plate having first and second indentation regions in the connection area.

US Pat. No. 10,967,964

AIR WHEEL ROTOR, A GYRO STABILIZED AIRCRAFT AND A WIND-DRIVEN POWER GENERATOR USING THE AIR WHEEL ROTOR, AND A STATIONARY LAUNCHING DEVICE

1. A variable-pitch rotor comprising two or more coaxial spaced-apart hubs connected to a closed wing by variable-twist elastic blades, wherein the variable-twist elastic blades have a torsional stiffness greater than zero and less than a torsional stiffness of a fixed or viscoelastic connection of the variable-twist elastic blades with the closed wing.

US Pat. No. 10,967,963

TANDEM RIGID ROTOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

Dragonfly Pictures, Inc.,...

1. An unmanned tandem rigid rotor system comprising:exactly two rigid rotor systems in a tandem configuration, consisting of first and second rigid rotor systems, each comprising exactly one rotor;
the first rigid rotor system comprising a first plurality of rotor blades;
the second rigid rotor system comprising a second plurality of rotor blades;
a control system configured to autonomously control the speed and feather of the first plurality of rotor blades and the second plurality of rotor blades in order to control yaw of the tandem rigid rotor system; and
a fuselage comprising at least one framing member connecting the first rigid rotor system and the second rigid rotor system, wherein the at least one framing member is torsionally flexible such that the torsional flexibility permits controlling yaw of the tandem rigid rotor system; and
wherein each framing member of the at least one framing member is directly connected to both of the exactly two rigid rotor systems.

US Pat. No. 10,967,962

REMOVABLE STRUTS FOR VIBRATION ISOLATION DEVICE MOUNTING SYSTEM

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. A strut assembly for a vibration isolation device comprising:a piston spindle;
a first elastomeric member bonded to the piston spindle;
a second elastomeric member bonded to the piston spindle;
an upper housing in contact with the first elastomeric member;
a lower housing in contact with the second elastomeric member;
a first strut support attached to, or integral with, the upper housing;
a second strut support attached to, or integral with, the lower housing;
a first strut spindle configured to be placed in the first strut support;
a second strut spindle configured to be placed in the second strut support; and
one or more removable struts configured to be engaged at a first end to the first strut spindle and at a second end to the second strut spindle, without engagement of the first end to the first strut support or engagement of the second end to the second strut support, wherein at least one of the first or second strut spindles is removable such that the one or more struts can be replaced without breaking a bonding of the first elastomeric member, the second elastomeric member, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,967,961

LAMINATED DIMPLED FOIL METALLIC HEAT SHIELD

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A laminated dimpled foil metallic heat shield assembly having a cylindrical structure with an outer diameter and an inner diameter, comprising:a first metallic layer defining the outer diameter, an inboard edge and an outboard edge of the laminated dimpled foil metallic heat shield assembly;
a second metallic layer defining the inner diameter of the laminated dimpled foil metallic heat shield assembly; and
a first dimpled foil layer extending about a first circumference between the inner diameter and the outer diameter,
wherein the first dimpled foil layer comprises a first plane of metallic material having a first plurality of dimples raised above and below the first plane of metallic material; and
a second dimpled foil layer extending about a second circumference between the inner diameter and the outer diameter,
wherein the second dimpled foil layer comprises a second plane of metallic material having a second plurality of dimples raised above and below the second plane of metallic material,
wherein the first plurality of dimples of the first dimpled foil layer and the second plurality of dimples of the second dimpled foil layer are configured to inhibit nesting such that the dimples below the first plane of metallic material of the first dimpled foil layer contact the dimples above the second plane of metallic material proximate the apex of the respective dimples, and
wherein each dimple of the first plurality of dimples is segregated by a planar portion of the first plane of first plane of metallic material.

US Pat. No. 10,967,960

GROUND MOVEMENT SYSTEM PLUGIN FOR VTOL UAVS

Archon Technologies S.R.L...

1. An apparatus for providing ground propulsion to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a frame configured to physically support an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during landing and to selectively mechanically couple with said unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV);
a plurality of wheels, wherein at least one wheel of said plurality of wheels is actuatable by a motor; and
a controller operably coupled to said motor so as to control the propulsion of said unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV);
wherein said controller is adapted to interface with a flight-control system board of said unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to receive commands to control the propulsion of said unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) when the frame is mechanically coupled with said unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

US Pat. No. 10,967,959

FOLDING TRAILING ARM LANDING GEAR

General Atomics Aeronauti...

1. A folding trailing arm landing gear assembly comprising:a main fitting configured to couple to a hinge positioned at a proximal end;
a swing arm rotatably coupled at a proximal end to a distal end of the main fitting;
a shock coupled at a distal end to a distal end of the swing arm;
a bellcrank coupled at a distal end to a proximal end of the shock, and coupled at a proximal end to the main fitting;
a wheel coupled to the swing arm;
a drivelink coupled at a distal end to the bellcrank and configured to couple to a wing at a proximal end, the drivelink being configured in an orientation off-parallel from the main fitting, and off-normal from the main fitting; and
a lock solenoid coupled to the main fitting and configured to lock the bellcrank into a deployed position when locked, and configured to release the bellcrank when unlocked.

US Pat. No. 10,967,958

VORTEX GENERATOR ARRANGEMENT FOR AN AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A vortex generator arrangement comprising:a section that defines an opening to a corresponding cavity;
an aircraft airflow modification device disposed within the cavity; and
at least one fluidic muscle actuator arrangement coupled to the airflow modification device, wherein the aircraft airflow modification device comprises:
a resiliently deformable flap member, and
a resiliently deformable base member,
wherein the resiliently deformable flap member of the aircraft airflow modification device in a first state extends through the opening when the resiliently deformable base member is in a corresponding first state;
wherein the resiliently deformable flap member of the aircraft airflow modification device in a second state is retracted from the opening when the resiliently deformable base member is in a corresponding second state; and
wherein the fluidic muscle actuator arrangement is configured to apply a force to the resiliently deformable base member of the aircraft airflow modification device to deform the base member from a first state to second state or vice versa.

US Pat. No. 10,967,957

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO EXTEND A LEADING-EDGE VORTEX OF A HIGHLY-SWEPT AIRCRAFT WING

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a shoulder wing coupled to a fuselage of an aircraft, the aircraft including a first highly-swept wing on a first side of the aircraft and a second highly-swept wing on a second side of the aircraft opposite the first side, the shoulder wing coupled to the fuselage on the first side of the aircraft above the first highly-swept wing, the shoulder wing operative to move from a first position to a second position to extend a leading-edge vortex spanwise along the first highly-swept wing of the aircraft;
a shoulder wing housing coupled to the fuselage, the shoulder wing housing to stow the shoulder wing in the first position; and
a door coupled to the shoulder wing housing, the door operative to move from a third position to a fourth position in response to the shoulder wing moving from the first position to the second position, the door operative to return to the third position in response to the shoulder wing moving to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,956

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTERACTION WITH A FLUID

1. A fluid interaction apparatus, comprising:a wing having a first configuration with a first profile drag coefficient and a second configuration with a second profile drag coefficient that is less than the first profile drag coefficient;
a body having a longitudinal axis, wherein the body is coupled to the wing, the wing being configured to move substantially periodically in a lift- or thrust-producing periodic path relative to the body; and
an actuator configured to change the wing from the first configuration while the wing is moving along the lift- or thrust-producing periodic path in a first direction relative to the body to the second configuration while the wing is moving along the lift- or thrust-producing periodic path in a second direction relative to the body, the second direction having a substantial component parallel to the longitudinal axis of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,967,955

VERTICAL TAIL UNIT FOR FLOW CONTROL

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A vertical tail unit comprising:an outer skin configured to contact an ambient air flow, wherein the outer skin forms a leading edge and opposite lateral sides each extending from the leading edge to a trailing edge, wherein the outer skin surrounds an interior space, and wherein the outer skin comprises a porous section in an area of the leading edge,
a pressure chamber arranged in the interior space, wherein the pressure chamber is fluidly connected to the porous section,
an air inlet in and flush with one of the lateral sides, fluidly connected to the pressure chamber and configured to cause an overpressure in the pressure chamber such that air discharges through the porous section into the ambient air flow;
an air outlet in the outer skin fluidly connected to the pressure chamber, having a closed mode during the overpressure in the pressure chamber and an open mode which creates an under pressure in the pressure chamber causing air of the ambient air flow is sucked in through the porous section, and
an inward-pivoting door including a leading end and a trailing edge, wherein the door is pivotable about the leading end between a closed position where the ambient air flow is inhibited from passing through the air inlet and entering the vertical tail unit, and an opened position where the ambient air flow passes through the air inlet and into the vertical tail unit,
wherein, in the closed position, the door is flush with the outer skin and closes the air inlet, and
wherein, in the opened position, the inward-pivoting door is pivoted about the leading end and the trailing edge is inward of the air inlet to form a channel between the door and the air inlet for ambient air to pass through the air inlet, into the channel and into the vertical tail unit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,954

ELECTRIC ACTUATOR DRIVING AND CONTROLLING DEVICE, AND AIRCRAFT

NABTESCO CORPORATION, To...

1. An electric actuator device configured to drive and control an electric actuator mounted in a piece of equipment, comprising:a drive unit positioned in a first space in the piece of equipment and configured to apply power to the electric actuator; and
a control unit positioned in a second space in the piece of equipment and configured to transmit, to the drive unit, a power command signal including information related to the power to be applied to the electric actuator,
wherein the first space having the drive unit positioned therein is limited in space compared with the second space having the control unit positioned therein,
wherein the drive unit comprises:
an interface portion configured to receive the power command signal and, based on the received power command signal, output either a voltage or a current; and
a drive element portion configured to, based on either the voltage or the current inputted from the interface portion, apply the power to the electric actuator,
wherein the control unit, positioned in the second space, is configured to transmit the power command signal to the drive unit by a serial communication or an optical communication,
wherein the interface portion, positioned in the first space, is configured to generate a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal based on the power command signal transmitted by either the serial communication or the optical communication from the control unit and input the PWM signal to the drive element portion,
wherein the electric actuator is a three-phase, brushless DC motor,
wherein the drive element portion of the drive unit comprises a three-phase inverter circuit including six switching elements that are configured to apply the power to the electric actuator, and
wherein the interface portion is configured to input either the voltage or the current to each of the six switching elements of the drive element portion of the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,953

COMBINED ACTIVE STICK AND CONTROL BOOST ACTUATOR SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A combined active stick and control boost actuator system for a control surface, the system comprising:a control stick engaged to a mechanical flight control structure having a linkage configured to move the control surface;
a mechanical interconnect connected to the linkage and having a control stick connection whereby motion of the control stick translates the mechanical interconnect;
an integrated actuator separably connected to the mechanical interconnect intermediate the control stick connection and the linkage;
a stick force sensor configured to provide an input force signal responsive to force exerted on the control stick;
a flight control system receiving the input force signal and adapted to provide an actuator position control signal to the integrated actuator the flight control system including a servo loop receiving the input force signal from the stick force sensor, an actuator force signal provided by an actuator force sensor, a control surface force signal provided by a control surface force sensor and feedback from a position loop using an actuator position signal from an actuator position sensor, and summing a true control surface force and a true stick force to provide an actuator force signal whereby said integrated actuator moves to a prescribed position in accordance with a force feel profile, said flight control system further adapted to provide a disconnect signal to the integrated actuator, said integrated actuator adapted to disconnect from the mechanical interconnect responsive to the disconnect signal.

US Pat. No. 10,967,952

AIRCRAFT HAND CONTROLLER WITH DECOUPLED THROTTLE

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. An aircraft hand controller, comprising:a hand grip body having two opposite ends; and
a set of finger controls on the hand grip body, the set of finger controls including:
a first finger control configured to control throttle of an aircraft, wherein the first finger control is mounted at one end of the hand grip body and an opposite end of the hand grip body is configured to be rigidly mounted to an aircraft, and
a second finger control, separate from the first finger control, configured to control rotation about a first rotational axis of the aircraft, wherein the second finger control is mounted on a side of the hand grip body configured to face away from a pilot and the first finger control configured to control throttle is decoupled from one or more aircraft rotation controls.

US Pat. No. 10,967,951

HORIZONTAL TAIL LOAD OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of controlling an elevator of a horizontal tail of an aircraft, comprising:selecting a factor for increasing or decreasing a predetermined horizontal tail load alleviation (HTLA) authority limit for an elevator based on at least one aircraft parameter, the HTLA authority limit being a function of Mach number and/or airspeed, and decreasing with an increase in Mach number and/or airspeed, the factor being calculated independent of the HTLA authority limit;
computing an elevator position limit as a product of the HTLA authority limit and the factor; and
moving the elevator to a commanded elevator position that is no greater than the elevator position limit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,950

EXHAUST ASSEMBLY FOR AEROSTAT, AND AEROSTAT

Dongguan Frontier Technol...

1. An exhaust assembly for an aerostat, comprising a valve base (2) provided with a valve port (1), and a valve cover (3) that selectively covers the valve port (1), and further comprising:a motor driving mechanism and a transmission mechanism that are arranged on the valve base (2), wherein the motor driving mechanism propels the transmission mechanism to drive the valve cover (3) to selectively cover the valve port (1), and
when the valve cover (3) is in a position where the valve port (1) is open, the valve cover (3) is arranged at an angle with respect to a plane at which the valve port (1) is located, when the valve cover (3) is in a position where the valve cover (3) covers the valve port (1), a plane at which the valve cover (3) is located is parallel to the plane at which the valve port (1) is located; and when the valve cover (3) is in the position where the valve port (1) is open, a plane at which the valve cover (3) is located is vertical to the plane at which the valve port (1) is located, the motor driving mechanism comprises a motor (4), and the motor (4) has an output shaft (5) that is connected to the transmission mechanism, wherein the transmission mechanism comprises:
a shifting fork (6) that is connected to the output shaft (5) and that rotates when driven by the output shaft (5);
a first interlocking shaft (71) that is slidably arranged in a guide slot of the shifting fork (6), wherein the first interlocking shaft (71) is connected to the valve cover (3) by using a connection shaft (8);
a sliding slot (9) that guides the first interlocking shaft (71) to drive the valve cover (3) to switch between the opening location and the covering location; and
a second interlocking shaft (72) that is associated with the first interlocking shaft (71), the second interlocking shaft (72) is arranged between the first interlocking shaft (71) and the valve cover (3), and the connection shaft (8) that connects the first interlocking shaft (71) and the valve cover (3) extends through the second interlocking shaft (72), the second interlocking shaft (72) is slidably disposed in the sliding slot (9).

US Pat. No. 10,967,949

SEAWATER INTAKE RISER INTERFACE WITH VESSEL HULL

SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS, INC...

1. A structural interface between a Seawater Intake Riser (SWIR) and a hull or a sump tank bottom plate of a floating vessel, the structural interface comprising:a plurality of elements comprising
a sealing device located at a penetration in the vessel hull or the sump tank bottom plate, the sealing device comprising a male portion and female portion, the female portion being connected to the vessel hull or the sump tank bottom plate;
a main cylindrical body having a perforated lower portion that is located above the sealing device, the male portion of the sealing device being connected to the main cylindrical body;
a cylindrical strainer that is coaxial with and inserted into the main cylindrical body;
a first annular seal located below a perforated section of the cylindrical strainer in an annulus between the main cylindrical body and the cylindrical strainer;
a second annular seal located above the perforated section of the cylindrical strainer in the annulus between the main body and the cylindrical strainer;
at least one ring seal located between the male and female portions and configured to provide a watertight seal between the male portion and the female portion; and
a hang-off device located at a penetration through a first horizontal hull-supporting structure that is located above a lower draft of the vessel, the hang-off device comprising a male part connected to the main body, a female part connected to the first horizontal hull-supporting structure, and a split clamp configured to lock the male part vertically in place with respect to the female part;
wherein the elements are sized and configured to permit the SWIR to be pulled into the penetration with the vessel hull or the sump tank bottom plate from below the hull or sump tank bottom plate and into engagement with the female part of the hang off device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,948

OUTBOARD MOTOR AND DAMPER FOR PROPELLER UNIT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:a propeller shaft; and
a propeller unit disposed on the propeller shaft and including:
a damper disposed around the propeller shaft;
a cylinder including a first pressing surface on an inner surface thereof, and that is disposed around the damper and engages with the damper; and
a blade disposed radially outward of the cylinder; wherein the damper includes:
a bushing fixed to a periphery of the propeller shaft and including a second pressing surface that presses the first pressing surface of the cylinder in a circumferential direction;
an elastic member disposed around a portion of the bushing different from the second pressing surface of the bushing in an axial direction and that elastically and deformably engages with the inner surface of the cylinder; and
a reinforcer provided separately from the bushing and disposed between the first pressing surface and the second pressing surface; and
a wear resistance of a material of which the reinforcer is made is higher than a wear resistance of a material of which the bushing is made.

US Pat. No. 10,967,947

AIRBOAT TRIM APPARATUS AND METHOD

Marine Turbine Technologi...

1. An adjustable trim system for an airboat that includes a hull having a deck and having a forward end and an aft end defining forward and aft directions respectively, the system comprising:a frame mounted to the deck;
an engine support carriage including a forward end and an aft end;
at least one pivot connecting the frame and the engine support carriage at an aft end of the engine support carriage;
at least one lift supporting a forward end of the engine support carriage; and
a remote control responsive to operator input to change a thrust line of an engine mounted to engine support carriage by selectively causing the at least one lift to extend and retract.

US Pat. No. 10,967,946

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MOUNTING A PROPULSION DEVICE WITH RESPECT TO A MARINE VESSEL

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A method for controlling an elastic mount configured to support a propulsion device with respect to a marine vessel, wherein the elastic mount contains an electromagnetic fluid and an electromagnet and is configured such that adjusting an amount of electricity applied to the electromagnet changes the shear strength of the electromagnetic fluid in the elastic mount and thereby controls elasticity of the elastic mount, the method comprising:applying a first amount of electricity to the electromagnet to produce an initial elasticity of the elastic mount;
determining that a vessel speed indicator exceeds a speed threshold;
determining that a turn angle indicator is greater than an angle threshold;
measuring an oscillation of the propulsion device or the marine vessel with a motion sensor;
determining that the oscillation of the propulsion device exceeds a threshold oscillation; and
adjusting the amount of electricity applied to the electromagnet to change the elasticity of the elastic mount so as to reduce the oscillation.

US Pat. No. 10,967,945

AIR PROPELLER ASSEMBLY

1. An air propeller assembly being configured to be removably coupled to a boat thereby facilitating the boat to travel in shallow water, said assembly comprising:a mount having a gunwale slot therein wherein said mount is configured to be mounted on a gunwale of a boat, said mount having a rod channel being integrated therein, said mount having a top panel extending between a front panel and a back panel, wherein the front of the assembly is configured to face outboard from a transom in an aft direction, each of said front panel and said back panel extending downwardly from said top panel, said front panel being spaced from said back panel to define said gunwale slot between said front panel and said back panel, said top panel resting upon a top surface of the gunwale when the gunwale is positioned in said gunwale slot, said front panel having a front surface;
a rod slidably being slidably positioned in said rod channel, said rod being rotatable about a vertical axis in said rod channel;
a plate being coupled to said rod such that said plate is horizontally oriented when said mount is positioned on the gunwale, a steering handle being coupled to and extending away from said plate wherein said steering handle is configured to be gripped by a driver of the boat, said plate being rotatable about a longitudinal axis of said rod;
a motor being coupled to said plate;
a propeller being coupled to said motor, said motor rotating said propeller when said motor is turned on, propeller agitating the air when said propeller is rotated wherein said propeller is configured to urge the boat through shallow water; and
a gusset being coupled to said front surface of said front panel of said mount, said gusset extending between said top panel and a bottom edge of said front panel, said gusset being centrally positioned on said front panel, gusset having a forward surface and a rearward surface, said forward surface and said rearward surface intersecting at a point of said gusset, said point of said gusset being aligned with said top panel of said mount.

US Pat. No. 10,967,944

ROBOTIC EEL

Fishboat Incorporated, B...

12. A robotic eel comprising a plurality of TREs and a flexible beam connecting at least two of the plurality of TREs, wherein the flexible beam flexes when at least one of the plurality of TREs is operating, and wherein a flex of the beam may be held by a restraint to hold the flexible beam in a bent condition, wherein the bent condition steers the robotic eel.

US Pat. No. 10,967,943

UNDERWATER MOBILE INSPECTION APPARATUS AND UNDERWATER INSPECTION EQUIPMENT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An underwater mobile inspection apparatus capable of inspecting an inspection object on a seafloor while cruising,the underwater mobile inspection apparatus comprising:
a cruising body configured to submerge under water and cruise along the inspection object in such a manner as not to come into contact with the inspection object;
a first movable arm provided on the cruising body;
an inspection tool unit for use in inspecting the inspection object, the inspection tool unit being provided on the first movable arm; and
a controller configured to, when the cruising body cruises along the inspection object in such a manner as not to come into contact with the inspection object, operate the first movable arm to move the inspection tool unit, such that a positional relationship of the inspection tool unit with the inspection object becomes a predetermined target positional relationship, wherein
the controller:
stores a map showing an installation location of the inspection object; and
controls the cruising body based on installation location information indicated by the map, the installation location information specifying the installation location of the inspection object, such that the cruising body autonomously cruises along the inspection object in such a manner as not to come into contact with the inspection object.

US Pat. No. 10,967,942

LAUNCHING METHOD

IDEOL, La Ciotat (FR)

1. A method for launching a structure configured to float in water, comprising the steps of:loading the structure on a pontoon floating in water,
abutting under water at least one support pillar, connected to the structure, while the structure rests on the pontoon floating in water,
lowering the pontoon, vertically disengaging the pontoon from the structure, while the structure is supported by the at least one support pillar bearing under water, before:
removing the pontoon while the structure is supported by the at least one support pillar bearing under water, and
lowering the structure, still supported by the at least one support pillar, until the structure floats in water.

US Pat. No. 10,967,941

WALER ASSEMBLY

1. A waler assembly for use in a floating platform, which platform has a series of buoyant float components juxtaposed in an elongate arrangement and including a longitudinal side, said waler assembly comprising:an elongate extrusion for securing to the longitudinal side of the series of float elements, said extrusion including an interior wall for interengaging the longitudinal side of the series of float components, said extrusion being configured to define a compartment, which receives an elongate, beam said beam including an inner panel that is interengaged with said interior wall of said extrusion;
at least one connector interengaging and fastening together said inner panel of said beam and said interior wall of said extrusion and for interconnecting said beam and said extrusion to the longitudinal side of the series of float components; and
a strengthening plate attached to an outer portion of said extrusion for covering said compartment with said beam accommodated therein.

US Pat. No. 10,967,940

UV LED WAVEGUIDE SYSTEM WITH SCATTERING FOR ANTI-FOULING

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

8. An anti-biofouling system comprising:a light source, wherein the light source is arranged to provide UV radiation; and
a plurality of waveguide elements, the light source and each of the plurality of waveguide elements being arranged for emanation of at least part of the UV radiation through the radiation transmissive material from at least one of a first face and a second face comprising, wherein plurality of waveguide elements is disposed as a grid proximate a vessel, each of the plurality of waveguides comprising:
an ultraviolet (UV) radiation transmissive material comprising a matrix material for a phase of another composition, the phase being available in the matrix as regions having a mean particle radius between 50 nm and 1500 nm, and the regions having an average region concentration selected in the range of 1×104 mm?3 to 1.5×108 mm?3 of the radiation transmissive material, wherein the radiation transmissive material has a volume fraction of the regions of 0.00003 volume % to 3 volume %, wherein the light source and the waveguide element are arranged for propagation of at least part of the UV radiation through the radiation transmissive material, wherein each of the plurality of waveguide elements is configured to provide a largest clean diameter or a spot with a largest area at a surface of a wall of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,967,939

ACCESSORY MOUNTING TRACK

1. An accessory mounting track for removably attaching and positioning one or more accessory devices to a supporting surface, the accessory mounting track comprising:a slot channel within the accessory mounting track for supporting at least a portion of a fastener in the slot channel for selective movement of the portion of the fastener in the slot channel,
a slot opening in an upper surface of the accessory mounting track, the slot opening being sized and configured to enable insertion of the portion of the fastener therethrough, the slot opening bounded on each side by a containment ledge, the slot opening and the containment ledge at least partially defining the slot channel,
a clearance pocket on at least one side of the slot channel, the clearance pocket being sized and configured such that, when the portion of the fastener is substantially inserted into the clearance pocket, the portion of the fastener fully clears the slot opening so that the portion of the fastener attains a position that is contained in the slot channel, and
a slot guide between the clearance pocket and one of the containment ledges, the slot guide being sized and configured such that, as the fastener is urged along an axis, the portion of the fastener is guided into contact with the containment ledge on each side of the slot channel to enable a secure connection of a device to the accessory mounting track,
a bottom having a first interface surface and a second interface surface spaced apart from the first interface surface for engaging the supporting surface, and
a recess on the bottom of the accessory mounting track between the first interface surface and the second interface surface to minimize the risks of a curved or irregular portion of the supporting surface making contact with the accessory mounting track in a region between the first interface surface and the second interface surface.

US Pat. No. 10,967,938

FINS WITH IMPROVED FLUID DYNAMIC PROPERTIES

Flying Fin Systems Pty Lt...

1. A fin for use on a surfboard, the fin comprising:a leading edge, a trailing edge, and a base, the base comprising at least one mount for mounting the fin onto a surfboard;
a first and a second outer fin surface which meet along the leading edge and the trailing edge and abut the base;
a first ridge protruding laterally from the first outer fin surface, and a second ridge protruding laterally from the second outer fin surface,
a third ridge protruding laterally from the first outer fin surface, and a fourth ridge protruding laterally from the second outer fin surface;
wherein the third ridge and the fourth ridge are smaller and located further from the base than the first ridge and the second ridge.

US Pat. No. 10,967,937

SAFETY ACCESS SYSTEM FOR FLOAT ASSEMBLIES

Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc...

1. A safety access system for use on float assemblies, the float assembly including a float having a top surface and a perimeter surface, the safety access system comprising:a mounting bracket having a front portion, two side portions and a rear portion;
at least one socket, the at least one socket attached to the rear portion of the mounting bracket;
at least one removable handrail, said handrail having a support post, the support post supporting a guard rail portion, the support post having a lower or mating portion;
a guide and lock pin positioned within the at least one socket; and,
a receiving channel and two opposing rotation guide channels in communication with each side of the receiving channel on the mating portion of the support post that cooperates with the guide and lock pin such that the mating portion of the support post and associated handrail is engaged and removably secured to the float in the at least one socket.

US Pat. No. 10,967,936

WATERCRAFT SYSTEM INCLUDING WATER AND/OR AIR PASSAGEWAYS

1. A watercraft system comprising:a watercraft body adapted to float on a surface of water and including a top, a bottom, a front, a back, a left side and a right side;
a first passageway passing through the watercraft body from a first top inlet in the top to a first bottom outlet in the bottom; and
a second passageway passing through the watercraft body from a first bottom inlet in the bottom positioned near the front to a second bottom outlet in the bottom positioned near the back;
wherein the first top inlet includes a first top inlet cross-sectional area and the first bottom outlet includes a first bottom outlet cross-sectional area, and the first top inlet cross-sectional area is larger than the first bottom outlet cross-sectional area; and
wherein the first bottom inlet includes a first bottom inlet cross-sectional area and the second bottom outlet includes a second bottom outlet cross-sectional area, and the first bottom inlet cross-sectional area is larger than the second bottom outlet cross-sectional area.

US Pat. No. 10,967,935

CREATION DEVICE, COMPONENT CONTROL DEVICE, CREATION METHOD, COMPONENT CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A creation device comprising:at least one processor configured to execute operations including:
an acquisition part configured to acquire input information concerning traveling of a human-powered vehicle; and
a creation part configured to create different learning models that each produce output information concerning control of a component of the human-powered vehicle based on the input information acquired by the acquisition part.

US Pat. No. 10,967,934

ELECTRIC DRIVE WHEEL HUB SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE AND A VEHICLE INCORPORATING THE SAME

WILLIAMS ADVANCED ENGINEE...

1. An electric drive wheel hub assembly for an electrically assisted vehicle, the electric drive wheel hub assembly comprising:a wheel hub housing an electric motor which includes a stator and a rotor rotatable about the stator, power circuitry and control circuitry for the electric motor being located within a periphery of the stator, and the electric motor comprising a brushless DC motor;
an epicyclic reduction gear assembly arranged to be driven by the brushless DC motor to rotate the wheel hub, the wheel hub enclosing the epicyclic reduction gear assembly and the rotor;
at least one drive wheel including a spindle supporting the wheel hub and a support element extending to a peripheral rim; and
a carrier comprising a spider having a central bore secured to the spindle at one end of the spindle outside the periphery of the stator, each leg of the spider providing a locating point for the stator or the power circuitry and the control circuitry, the carrier supporting a bearing assembly that supports the wheel hub, and the carrier also supporting the power circuitry and the control circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,967,933

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A control device for a bicycle comprising:a base member;
an electrical switch to be activated by an input operation from a user;
a wireless communicator disposed at the base member and electrically connected to the electrical switch to wirelessly transmit a signal to an additional component in response to the input operation; and
a power supply disposed at the base member and electrically connected to the wireless communicator to supply electrical power to the wireless communicator; and
a substrate disposed at the base member and electrically connected to the electrical switch,
the substrate being at least partially disposed between the power supply and the wireless communicator.

US Pat. No. 10,967,932

HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A hydraulic operating device for a small vehicle including a bicycle comprising:a base member including a cylinder having a cylinder bore;
an operating member pivotally coupled to the base member about a pivot axis;
a piston movably disposed in the cylinder bore and operatively coupled to the operating member to move the piston within the cylinder bore;
a handlebar fixing structure coupled to the base member, the handlebar fixing structure defining a handlebar arrangement area, the handlebar fixing structure having an opening disposed between first and second outermost exterior edges thereof; and
a hydraulic reservoir tank having a hydraulic fluid chamber fluidly connected to the cylinder bore, the hydraulic reservoir tank having an opening in fluid communication with the hydraulic fluid chamber and a plug closing the opening,
the cylinder defines a hydraulic pressure chamber with a space between the piston and a fluid outlet port of the cylinder, and
the hydraulic reservoir tank being partially disposed on a first side with respect to the first outermost exterior edge of the handlebar fixing structure while the hydraulic pressure chamber being disposed on a second side with respect to the second outermost exterior edge of the handlebar fixing structure as viewed in a direction of the pivot axis, the opening and the plug being entirely disposed on the first side, the first side extending from the first outermost exterior edge in a first direction, the second side extending from the second outermost exterior edge in a second direction opposite to the first direction and away from the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,967,931

BRAKE CONTROLLER AND BRAKE SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Sakai (JP)...

1. A brake controller, comprising:one or more processors configured to programmatically control a caliper of a brake so that the caliper brakes a rotary body of a human-powered vehicle based on first information related to travel of the human-powered vehicle, the first information excluding a road surface gradient, wherein
the brake controller determines an automatic braking mode of the caliper based on second information that is related to travel of the human-powered vehicle and is different from the first information,
the second information includes one or more of the group consisting of information related to operation of a hand brake mounted on the human-powered vehicle, information related to a road surface state, information related to an inclination angle of the human-powered vehicle, information related to a rotation state of a crank of the human-powered vehicle, information related to a load on the human-powered vehicle, information related to vibration of the human-powered vehicle, and information related to traction of a drive wheel of the human-powered vehicle, and
in a case where the second information does not satisfy a predetermined condition, the brake controller is configured to not programmatically control the caliper regardless of the first information.

US Pat. No. 10,967,930

MULTI-LINK SUSPENSION SYSTEM

1. A suspension system for a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a frame having a medial plane defining a left side a right side of the frame, a wheel having a central plane and a central axle and a handle bar assembly, the suspension system comprising:a wheel carrier rotatably connectable with the wheel and operably connected to the handle bar assembly for transferring steering motion from the handle bar assembly to the wheel, the wheel carrier having an initial position wherein the central plane of the wheel is substantially coplanar with the medial plane, wherein the wheel carrier comprises a bracket having a left rail and a right rail, each rail being substantially located on the left side and right side respectively and wherein the bracket further comprises a left setback member and a right setback member respectively, each of the rear setback member connected to the forward ball joint of each of the plurality of locating arms;
a steering shaft configured to transmit steering motion from the handlebar assembly to the wheel carrier;
a plurality of locating arms, each of the plurality of locating arms having a forward end and a rearward end wherein the locating arms are connected to the frame at a location below the handlebar and generally planar with the wheel axle;
a forward ball joint connecting the forward end of each of the plurality of locating arms with the wheel carrier; and
a rearward ball joint connecting the rearward end of each of the plurality of locating arms with the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,967,929

LEANING VEHICLE

Brudeli Tech Holding AS, ...

1. A leaning vehicle comprising a leaning frame, a front suspension assembly, an undercarriage element, a rear suspension assembly and a motor, whereinthe leaning frame comprises a straddle seat and a hand steering element, the hand steering element operatively connected to the front suspension assembly;
the undercarriage element comprises a front section and a rear section, and is connected to a suspension connecting element;
the front suspension assembly comprises two ground engaging members and at least one shock absorber, and is connected to the leaning frame and the suspension connecting element, such that the two ground engaging members of the front suspension assembly will tilt in a same direction as the leaning frame,
wherein the front suspension assembly comprises a front left suspension assembly and a front right suspension assembly, and
each of the front left suspension assembly and the front right suspension assembly comprises:
one of the ground engaging members;
one lower suspension arm and one upper suspension arm, each of the suspension arms comprises a first end and a second end, the second end pivotally connected to the ground engaging member;
the first end of the upper suspension arm is pivotally connected to the leaning frame; and
one shock absorber operatively connected to the suspension connecting element and the lower or upper suspension arm, and
the rear suspension assembly comprises at least one rear ground engaging member and is connected to the rear section of the undercarriage element;
wherein
the leaning frame is pivotally connected to the undercarriage element, such that the leaning frame and the two ground engaging members may tilt in a sideways direction relative to the undercarriage element, the rear ground engaging member and the rear suspension assembly;
and, wherein the first ends of the lower suspension arms are pivotally connected to the leaning frame at a level above a level at which the leaning frame is pivotally connected to the undercarriage element.

US Pat. No. 10,967,928

SEATING APPARATUS

1. A seating apparatus comprising a first seating portion, a second seating portion and a joint weight bearing portion;wherein the first seating portion has a first groove and the first seating portion comprising a first outer perimeter and a first inner perimeter, wherein a first surface is formed between the first outer perimeter and the first inner perimeter, and wherein the first outer perimeter is larger than the first inner perimeter such that the first surface slopes down at an angle greater than 0° and less than 90° from the first outer perimeter to the first inner perimeter;
wherein the second seating portion has a second groove and the second seating portion comprising a second outer perimeter and a second inner perimeter, wherein a second surface is formed between the second outer perimeter and the second inner perimeter, and wherein the second outer perimeter is larger than the second inner perimeter such that the second surface slopes down at an angle greater than 0° and less than 90° from the second outer perimeter to the second inner perimeter;
wherein the first outer perimeter and the second outer perimeter do not come into direct contact to each other;
wherein the first seating portion further comprising a first post inserted into the first groove and the second seating portion further comprising a second post inserted into the groove, wherein the first post and the second post support the first seating portion and the second seating portion, respectively, and wherein the first post and the second post are jointly held together at the joint weight bearing portion; and
wherein the first seating portion supports a first buttock and the second seating portion supports a second buttock of a person.

US Pat. No. 10,967,927

MOUNTING BRACKETS FOR AUXILIARY SUSPENSION SYSTEMS

Link Mfg., Ltd., Sioux C...

1. A frame bracket for attaching an auxiliary suspension system to a vehicle frame, the auxiliary suspension system including an axle having at least one wheel rotatably mounted at each end portion thereof, the frame bracket comprising:at least one aperture configured to receive a fastener for attaching the frame bracket to the auxiliary suspension system, wherein the at least one aperture is oversized along an axis; and
at least one physical feature, wherein the at least one physical feature includes an edge portion having a series of steps formed thereon, wherein the steps are offset relative to each other in the direction of the axis, and wherein the steps are configured to be positioned proximate a physical feature of the auxiliary suspension system to facilitate visual alignment of the axle relative to the vehicle frame during installation of the auxiliary suspension system.

US Pat. No. 10,967,926

OBSTACLE TRAVERSING MOBILE ROBOT

1. A mobile robot comprising:(a) a frame and at least one front wheel, at least two middle wheels and at least two rear wheels,
(b) wherein at least one middle wheel and at least one rear wheel are connected by a tilting lever arranged on each of opposing sides of or to the frame, forming a pair of wheels; and
(c) wherein each tilting lever can be turned around a lever bearing located between respective axial centers of rotation of each pair of wheels, and
further comprising at least one sensor constructed and adapted to sense at least one of: (i) an absolute angular position of the tilting lever, and/or (ii) a relative angular position of the tilting lever,
wherein the at least one sensor adapted to sense the relative angular position of the tilting lever is calibrated at a beginning of operation, by calibrating the at least one sensor at an extreme position of the lever.

US Pat. No. 10,967,925

MOUNTABLE CLEAT APPARATUS

PRO-LYNX INC., Erin (CA)...

1. A cleat apparatus mountable on a track of a vehicle, comprising:an elongate frame having a first mounting bracket at a first end of the elongate frame, the first mounting bracket adapted to latch onto a first side of a track; and
a removable second mounting bracket adapted to mount to a second end of the elongate frame, and to latch onto a second side of the track;
whereby, the cleat apparatus is secured in position by the mounting brackets to provide additional traction for the track; and
wherein the first and second mounting brackets include flanges extending inwardly under at least an edge of the tracks further include side flanges which extend laterally to either side of the inwardly extending flanges, these side flanges angled so as to form a mid-portion between the inwardly extending flanges and a bottom of the elongate frame.

US Pat. No. 10,967,924

TRACKED VEHICLE COMPRISING A ROTATABLY ATTACHED BOGIE

1. A tracked vehicle comprising a vehicle body, at least one track assembly and a suspension device, wherein said track assembly is arranged to be supported by said vehicle body by means of said suspension, said track assembly comprising a track support beam for supporting a plurality of road wheels, an endless track being disposed around said road wheels, wherein said suspension device comprises a bogie arrangement rotatably attached to a fastening point of said vehicle body about an axis of rotation transversal to the longitudinal extension of said track assembly and attached to said track support beam in connection to at least two fastening points so that the track support beam is allowed to rotate in a rotational plane extending along the longitudinal extension of said track support beam about said axis of rotation wherein said bogie arrangement comprises two bogie arms pivotably connected to each other and rotatably attached to a respective fastening point of said at least two fastening points of said track support beam so that said bogie arms are allowed to move relative to each other in said rotational plane and wherein said bogie arrangement comprises distance adjustment means for allowing a distance change between at least one of said fastening points in the track support beam and said fastening point in the vehicle body for facilitating said allowance of movement of said bogie arms relative to each other in said rotational plane.

US Pat. No. 10,967,923

TRACK WHEEL WITH DECREASED POWER DISSIPATION

1. A tracked vehicle comprising:at least one drive wheel, an idler wheel, and a rear wheel;
the rear wheel disposed to the rear of the at least one drive wheel,
the rear wheel comprising a series of flat sections disposed about the circumference of the rear wheel and extending tangentially to the circumference,
wherein the flat sections include first and second segments of the flat sections that alternate throughout the circumference of the rear wheel defining the outer circumferential surface of the rear wheel, the first segment formed in a cantilever manner away from a disc of the wheel wherein the radial thickness of the first segment is defined entirely by an upper circumferentially extending wall and a lower circumferentially extending wall such that the upper wall has a first maximum circumferential length which remains substantially constant throughout an axial extension of the first segment away from the disc of the wheel and the lower wall has a second maximum circumferential length which remains substantially constant throughout the axial extension of the first segment, the second length being greater than the first length, the axial extension of the upper and lower walls are substantially equal and the axial extension of the first segment away from the disc of the wheel is greater than an axial extension of the second segment;
the tracked vehicle further including:
a track, wherein an overall path length of the track circulating around the rear wheel, the idler wheel and the at least one drive wheel may be modified by adjusting the position of the rear wheel therein adjusting the tension of the track.

US Pat. No. 10,967,922

VEHICLE

1. A vehicle, comprising:a vehicle structure, comprising at least one module for transporting persons and/or material,
a plurality of legs articulated to the vehicle structure and bearing respective wheel assemblies or track assemblies,
wherein each leg of the vehicle is pivotably mounted with respect to the structure of the vehicle at least about a first transverse axis,
each articulated leg having a first end bearing said wheel assembly or said track assembly and a second end freely mounted pivoting about said first transverse axis on a first support that is carried, directly or indirectly, by the vehicle structure, in such a way that said first support is adjustable in an angular position about said first transverse axis,
an electronically-controlled actuator associated with said leg of the vehicle, for adjusting the angular position of said first support about said first transverse axis,
two spring-shock absorber assemblies interposed between said first support on which the second end of the leg is pivotably mounted and the leg, said two spring-shock absorber assemblies extending along the leg on either side of a plane passing through said first transverse axis and a transverse axis defining the main axis of the wheel assembly or of the track assembly, in such a way that said spring-shock absorber assemblies perform the following two functions:
during an adjustment of the angular position of said first support of the second end of the leg, said spring-shock absorber assemblies cause a variation in the angular position of the entire leg about said first transverse axis in conjunction with said first support,
while the vehicle is moving, said spring-shock absorber assemblies act as a suspension of the wheel assembly or of the track assembly reacting to the oscillations transmitted to the leg from the ground and recalling said leg towards a neutral position corresponding to the adjustment position of said first support.

US Pat. No. 10,967,921

TOWING SYSTEMS

1. A towing system comprising:a) a frame to support a vehicle;
b) said frame comprising two wheel assemblies removably connected with said frame;
c) each wheel assembly configured to raise and lower a portion of said frame connected with said wheel assembly;
d) each wheel assembly comprising
i) a frame insertion member insertable into said frame;
ii) a wheel attachment member;
iii) a wheel attached to said wheel attachment member;
iv) a first plate member connected to said wheel attachment member and comprising a mounting aperture;
v) a lever insertion opening, said lever insertion opening structured and arranged to receive a lever to assist raising or lowering the portion of said frame connected with said wheel assembly;
vi) a second plate member comprising a gear plate portion and a spindle connecting portion;
vii) said gear plate portion comprising an outer set of gear teeth, a centrally positioned aperture, and at least two locking apertures spaced about said centrally positioned aperture;
viii) a spindle connecting said first plate member with said spindle connecting portion of said second plate member, said spindle positioning said first plate member and said second plate member so that said mounting aperture of said first plate member and said centrally positioned aperture of said gear plate portion of said second plate member are aligned;
ix) said frame insertion member connected to said first plate member and said gear plate portion of said second plate member by a transverse pivot shaft, and rotation about said transverse pivot shaft raises and lowers the portion of the frame connected with said wheel assembly;
x) a locking device that engages one of said two locking apertures spaced about said centrally positioned aperture and locks rotation about said transverse pivot shaft; and
e) said frame may be raised and lowered between two selectable heights, one of said two selectable heights achieved when rotation about said transverse pivot shaft positions said spindle above said frame insertion member and corresponding to a height permitting pushing or riding the vehicle onto said frame and another of said two selectable heights achieved when rotation about said transverse pivot shaft positions said spindle below said frame insertion member and corresponding to a height for towing the supported vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,920

COMPOSITE FLOOR FOR A DRY TRUCK BODY

Wabash National, L.P., L...

1. A cargo body for a vehicle, comprising:a composite floor including a plurality of transverse beams and a transverse edge positioned at a first end of the floor, the transverse edge extending vertically downward from an upper surface of the floor and spaced apart from the transverse beams to define a recess near the first end of the floor;
a first bracket having a hollow interior coupled to the transverse edge of the floor at the first end of the floor;
a second bracket positioned within the recess of the composite floor;
at least one fastener coupling the first bracket to the second bracket with the transverse edge of the composite floor sandwiched therebetween, the at least one fastener extending through the first bracket, through the transverse edge of the composite floor, through the second bracket, and into the recess of the composite floor; and
an outer wall coupled to the first bracket and extending upwardly from the floor.

US Pat. No. 10,967,919

VEHICLE SIDE PORTION STRUCTURE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A vehicle side portion structure which includes an inner member and an outer member that is disposed outward of the inner member in a vehicle width direction, the inner member and the outer member being bonded to each other through spot welding,wherein an upper corner portion of the inner member is provided with a welded portion provided with a welding point which the inner member and the outer member are bonded to each other through spot welding,
wherein a bead portion is provided in a vicinity of the welded portion of the inner member such that the bead portion surrounds the welded portion, and
wherein an end portion of the bead portion is in contact with an end portion of the upper corner portion of the inner member.

US Pat. No. 10,967,918

KICK DOWN AREA ENABLER

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle rail assembly comprising:a rail extending longitudinally with respect to the vehicle having a kick down area; and
a kick down area enabler positioned in the rail at the kick down area, the kick down area enabler including a foot rest portion contacting the rail, an outer part portion contacting the rail and a kick down portion contacting the rail, the outer part and kick down portion cantilever from the foot rest portion via welding, the kick down area enabler providing additional energy absorption for the rail to prevent intrusion into a passenger compartment area.

US Pat. No. 10,967,917

PANEL STRUCTURE

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

1. A panel structure for an automobile, the panel structure being comprised of a front floor panel, a center floor panel and a rear floor panel, wherein the center floor panel is substantially planar and wherein a plurality of independent Y-shaped beads are provided on the center floor panel, and wherein:the center floor panel is configured to support a rear seat thereon,
the center floor panel is located between the front floor panel and the rear floor panel,
the center floor panel is extended upward and rearward from a rear end of a center tunnel provided in the front floor panel,
the center floor panel comprises a first panel section at the center in the vehicle width direction and second panel sections on both sides of the first panel section, and
the Y-shaped beads are provided on the first panel section and the second panel sections.

US Pat. No. 10,967,916

CROSS-VEHICLE BEAM WITH HIDDEN BRACE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

1. Cross-vehicle beam for a vehicle, comprising a tubular portion extending in a longitudinal direction between a first end, intended to be placed on a driver's side of the vehicle, and a second end, intended to be placed on a passenger's side of the vehicle, the cross-vehicle beam comprising:a steering column support,
a first brace extending between a first end of the first brace, connected to the tubular portion, and a second end of the first brace, adapted to be fixed to a windshield lower crossmember of a body of the vehicle, and
a second brace extending between a first end of the second brace, connected to the tubular portion, and a second end of the second brace, adapted to be fixed to a bulkhead of the body of the vehicle,
wherein the first ends of the first and second braces are located in a same transverse plane of the tubular portion, and
wherein the first brace and the second brace are located between an entirety of the steering column support and the second end of the tubular portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,915

VEHICLE FRONT PORTION STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle front portion structure comprising:a right and left pair of front side members that are disposed at vehicle width direction sides of a vehicle body front portion, respectively, and that extend along a vehicle front and rear direction;
a cross member that is disposed between front end portions of the right and left pair of front side members and interconnects the front end portions in a vehicle width direction;
a bumper reinforcement that is disposed on a vehicle front side of the cross member and interconnects the front end portions of the right and left pair of front side members in a vehicle width direction;
a front-wheel-drive motor that is disposed on a vehicle rear side of the cross member; and
a radiator that is disposed on the vehicle rear side of the cross member and on a vehicle front side of the motor, and that extends along the vehicle width direction and a vehicle up and down direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,914

ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE OF ELECTRICAL APPARATUS IN ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILE

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

1. An arrangement structure of electrical apparatuses in an electric automobile comprising:a vehicle body having a driver cabin and a housing space provided forward of the driver cabin;
a plurality of electrical apparatuses which is housed in the housing space; and
a frame body which retains the plurality of electrical apparatuses to overlap in a vertical direction,
wherein, regarding specific electrical apparatuses positioned more downwards than a predetermined position among the plurality of electrical apparatuses, the specific electrical apparatuses are respectively disposed more downwards as having a shorter length in the front/rear direction of the vehicle body, or as having shorter length in the width direction of the vehicle body,
wherein the frame body has a reinforcing plate in which a plurality of convex parts extending in the front/rear direction is formed,
wherein the electrical apparatuses are disposed at a top surface and bottom surface of the reinforcing plate, respectively,
wherein the plurality of electrical apparatuses is at least four, and two intermediate electrical apparatuses thereamong at a central portion in the vertical direction are mounted to the reinforcing plate, and
wherein the frame body has a frame member provided on an upper side of the electrical apparatus positioned on the top surface of the reinforcing plate.

US Pat. No. 10,967,913

DETACHABLE QUARTER PANEL BRACKET

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a bracket having a first attachment feature configured for attachment to a quarter panel and a second attachment feature configured for attachment to a body inner structure; and
a BLIS module that attaches to the body inner structure without covering the first attachment feature.

US Pat. No. 10,967,912

VEHICLE LOWER SECTION STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

8. A vehicle lower section structure comprising:a battery unit disposed at a vehicle lower side of a floor panel;
a sliding door provided at a side section of a vehicle body; and
a lower hinge that is disposed further toward a vehicle upper side than the battery unit, that is attached to a lower portion of the sliding door, and that supports the sliding door with respect to the vehicle body so as to be slidable in a vehicle front-rear direction, wherein:
the vehicle body is provided with a step used when entering or leaving the vehicle;
a lower guide to guide the lower hinge is integrally formed at the step such that the lower hinge is movable in the vehicle front-rear direction;
an opening/closing device of the sliding door is attached to the step; and
the opening/closing device is disposed further toward the vehicle upper side than the battery unit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,911

VEHICLE SIDE BODY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle side body comprising:a vertical plate extending along a vertical axis of a vehicle;
a horizontal plate connected to a lower edge of the vertical plate, the horizontal plate extending transversely outwards from the lower edge to form an L-shaped inside edge with the vertical plate;
an opening extending continuously in the vertical plate and the horizontal plate across the L-shaped inside edge;
an L-shaped bracket being overlapped with and fixed to an transversely inner side surface of the vertical plate around the opening and a lower surface of the horizontal plate around the opening, and a hydrogen filling port to which a hydrogen filling nozzle is connectable being attached to the L-shaped bracket; and
a reinforcing element connecting a transversely outer surface of the vertical plate and an upper surface of the horizontal plate.

US Pat. No. 10,967,910

SIDE SILL STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A side sill structure for a vehicle, the side sill structure comprising: a side sill extending along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle; and a front connection member connecting between a front side member located at a front side of the side sill and a front end of the side sill; wherein the side sill comprises a matching flange that is coupled to a floor of the vehicle; wherein the side sill further comprises an inner extension rib that is substantially flush with the matching flange; and wherein the inner extension rib extends along a width of the side sill.

US Pat. No. 10,967,909

SIDE VEHICLE-BODY STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A side vehicle-body structure of a vehicle, comprising:a center pillar including a reinforcement provided on an outward side, in a vehicle width direction, of a vehicle body and an inner panel provided on an inward side, in the vehicle width direction, of the vehicle body,
wherein the reinforcement of said center pillar comprises upper-and-lower hinge attachment sections for attaching hinges of a rear door and first-and-second fragile sections for promoting bending of the center pillar in a vehicle side collision, said upper-and-lower hinge attachment sections are provided to be spaced apart from each other in a vertical direction, said first fragile section is provided at a higher level than said lower hinge attachment section, and said second fragile section is provided at a lower level than said lower hinge attachment section and configured to be bent before said first fragile section in the vehicle side collision,
said first-and-second fragile sections are first-and-second recessed beads which respectively extend in a horizontal direction from a one-end side, in a vehicle longitudinal direction, of said reinforcement to the other-end side,
the side vehicle-body structure of the vehicle further comprises a seatbelt retractor which is provided inside said center pillar at a lower level than said lower hinge attachment section, wherein the inner panel of said center pillar includes an opening portion for assembling the seatbelt retractor at an area facing said second recessed bead, and
a bead depth of said second recessed bead is set such that respective bead depths of a one-end side, in the vehicle longitudinal direction, of the second recessed bead and the other-end side, in the vehicle longitudinal direction, of the second recessed bead are deeper than the bead depth of a central part, in the vehicle longitudinal direction, of the second recessed bead.

US Pat. No. 10,967,908

VEHICLE BODY LOWER STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body lower structure comprising:a pair of left and right side sills disposed below a side portion of a vehicle body and extending substantially in a vehicle body forward/rearward direction;
a battery pack configured to accommodate a battery cell therein and having both end portions in a vehicle width direction fixed to the side sills while being disposed below a floor panel; and
a battery cross member that is disposed inside the battery pack substantially in the vehicle width direction and that extends further outward in the vehicle width direction than the battery cell inside of the battery pack,
wherein the battery cross member comprises a first cross member and a second cross member extending further outward in the vehicle width direction than the first cross member,
the first cross member and the second cross member are arranged in parallel substantially along the vehicle width direction,
an extension length of the second cross member in the vehicle width direction is set longer than an extension length of the first cross member in the vehicle width direction, and
the extension length of the first cross member is set to a length in which the first cross member does not reach a sidewall of the battery pack on an outer side in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,907

VEHICLE FRONT END STRUCTURE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle front end structure comprising:a vehicle body structure that includes a front side member;
an engine cradle attached to an underside of the front side member such that the engine cradle is located below and is spaced apart from the front side member, the engine cradle having a front corner located below a front end of the front side member and an engine mounted to the engine cradle; and
a force receiving structure located at the front corner below the front end of the front side member and having a force receiving surface extending laterally outboard from proximate the front corner of the engine cradle and a force directing section located rearward of the force receiving surface, the force receiving structure being installed to the engine cradle by a vertically oriented first mechanical fastener designed and structured such that during an impact event where an impacting force is applied to the force receiving surface, the force receiving structure pivots about the first mechanical fastener with an outboard portion of the force receiving surface initially moving rearward relative to the engine cradle and the force directing section initially moving laterally inboard contacting the engine and imparting a portion of the impacting force thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,967,906

IMPACT STRUCTURE

Zoox, Inc., Foster City,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an impact structure comprising a beam defining a first end, a second end spaced from the first end, and a longitudinal axis extending in a longitudinal direction between the first end and the second end, the beam comprising:
a first deformable portion extending from the first end toward the second end, the first deformable portion configured to axially crush in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal direction;
a second deformable portion extending from an intermediate point between the first end and the second end toward the second end; and
a reinforced section proximate the intermediate point and between the first end and the second end, the reinforced section configured to cause the second deformable portion to bend,
wherein the first deformable portion and the second deformable portion are configured, such that an axial force acting on the first end in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal direction causes the first deformable portion to axially crush and the second deformable portion to bend.

US Pat. No. 10,967,905

SUSPENSION SUB FRAME STRUCTURE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A suspension sub frame structure, comprising:a suspension sub frame provided to extend in a vehicle longitudinal direction and supporting a suspension member of a front wheel;
an extension frame provided to extend forwardly from a front end of the suspension sub frame and having lower rigidity against a load applied in the vehicle longitudinal direction than the suspension sub frame; and
a cross member provided to extend in a vehicle width direction on an inward side, in the vehicle width direction, of the suspension sub frame and the extension frame,
wherein said cross member is joined to said suspension sub frame and said extension frame at a joint area which is continuous in the vehicle longitudinal direction; and
wherein said joint area comprises a front-side joint area where said cross member is joined to said extension frame and a rear-side joint area where said cross member is joined to said suspension sub frame, and said front-side joint area is shorter than said rear-side joint area.

US Pat. No. 10,967,904

EMERGENCY VEHICLE DESIGNED AS A TRUCK

Rosenbauer International ...

1. An emergency vehicle designed as a truck having a front end and a tail end spaced apart therefrom in vehicle longitudinal direction and comprising:a vehicle body having an underbody assembly, a roof assembly and a left longitudinal wall and a right longitudinal wall, wherein the longitudinal walls are disposed between the underbody assembly and the roof assembly;
a central longitudinal beam, which longitudinal beam is disposed in a manner extending in vehicle longitudinal direction, wherein
the underbody assembly comprises a bottom structure and the bottom structure is securely joined directly to the central longitudinal beam, and wherein
the central longitudinal beam forms an integral constituent of the underbody assembly of the vehicle body,
at least one front-wheel pair and at least one rear-wheel pair, wherein the at least two wheel pairs are held on the central longitudinal beam;
wherein the underbody assembly forms a bottom chord of the vehicle body,
wherein the roof assembly forms an upper chord of the vehicle body,
wherein the vehicle body comprises several transverse walls,
wherein at least individuals of the transverse walls are securely joined directly to the central longitudinal beam of the underbody assembly, and are also securely joined to the left longitudinal wall of the vehicle body and also to the right longitudinal wall of the vehicle body,
wherein the vehicle body comprises a driver's cab, which driver's cab forms an integral structural unit of the vehicle body,
wherein the central longitudinal beam is securely joined directly to the vehicle body, and
wherein the vehicle body together with the longitudinal beam integrated therein forms a structural, continuously cohesive unit from the front end to the tail end.

US Pat. No. 10,967,903

ELECTRICALLY POWERED WORK VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. An electrically powered work vehicle comprising:a vehicle body;
a left driving wheel and a right driving wheel that are supported to the vehicle body;
a left motor for driving the left driving wheel and a right motor for driving the right driving wheel;
a steering wheel for steering the vehicle body;
an angular velocity sensor;
an acceleration operation tool for adjusting a traveling speed of the vehicle body;
a steering detector for detecting a steering operation amount of the steering wheel;
an acceleration detector for detecting an acceleration operation amount of the acceleration operation tool;
a turning command calculation section for calculating a turning command based on the steering operation amount;
a turning torque calculation section for calculating a turning torque;
a vehicle speed command calculation section for calculating a vehicle speed command based on the acceleration operation amount;
a vehicle speed torque calculation section for calculating a vehicle speed torque based on the vehicle speed command; and
a speed command calculation section for calculating a left motor speed command and a right motor speed command based on the turning torque and the vehicle speed torque,
wherein a target turning angular velocity is calculated from the turning command, an actual turning angular velocity is determined from a detection signal of the angular velocity sensor, and the turning torque calculation section is configured to calculate the turning torque based on a difference between the target turning angular velocity and the actual turning angular velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,967,902

METHOD FOR CALIBRATING THE STEERING ANGLE SENSOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AG

1. A method for calibrating the steering angle sensor system of an electric steering system of a motorized transportation vehicle during a software update, wherein the steering angle sensor system has a rotor position sensor for determining a rotor position of a rotor of an electric motor of the electric steering system, and wherein a steering angle is derived from the rotor position, the method comprising:starting the software update;
reading in and saving present position data of the electric motor of the electric steering system;
reading in and saving memory values of a present calibration of the steering angle sensor system;
cyclically monitoring, by a first monitoring device of the steering angle sensor system, supplied information indicative of the rotor position of the electric motor using the rotor position sensor;
in response to the rotor position sensor detecting a movement by the rotor of the electric motor during performance of the software update, supplying, by a second monitoring device of the steering angle sensor system to the first monitoring device, information indicating the detected movement and preventing supplying the information in response to no movement by the rotor being detected during performance of the software update;
in response to receiving the supplied information, terminating, by the first monitoring device, the software update by transmitting the termination to a main controller of the transportation vehicle; and
writing back the memory values of the present calibration and releasing the software update in response to no movement by the rotor being detected.

US Pat. No. 10,967,901

GAP CONCEALING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A gap concealing structure for a vehicle, comprising:an instrument cluster frame configured to surround a gauge;
a steering column located below the instrument cluster frame, an axial direction of the steering column extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle;
a steering column cover covering a section of the steering column that is located on a rear side in the front-rear direction of the instrument cluster frame; and
a flexible concealing member that conceals a gap between the instrument cluster frame and the steering column cover in the front-rear direction, wherein
the instrument cluster frame includes
a curvilinear recess that is recessed upward away from the steering column, the recess having an upper end and two lower ends on opposite sides of the upper end, and
an attachment wall that extends in an up-down direction and a left-right direction of the vehicle from a lower surface of the recess,
the concealing member has a shape of a sheet and has a front end and a rear end in the front-rear direction,
the front end of the concealing member is attached to the attachment wall of the instrument cluster frame such that the front end of the concealing member extends parallel to a surface of the attachment wall, defined by the recess, and an imaginary straight line connecting the two lower ends of the recess,
the rear end of the concealing member is attached to the steering column cover, and
a length of a portion of the concealing member that is arranged between the upper end of the recess and the imaginary straight line is greater than a length of a portion arranged between the two lower ends of the recess and the imaginary straight line.

US Pat. No. 10,967,900

COMPOUND ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEMS FOR STEERING COLUMNS

thyssenkrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A compound energy absorption system comprising:a first energy absorption mechanism;
a second energy absorption mechanism that is different than the first energy absorption mechanism, the second energy absorption mechanism comprising
an energy absorbing strap that is configured to at least one of bend or tear in a crash event, and
a carrier having catches that extend through slots of the energy absorbing strap; and
means for selectively coupling/decoupling the second energy absorption mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,967,899

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a steering wheel that can move between a driving position in which an occupant operates the steering wheel and a table position in which a wheel axis is oriented in a vehicle vertical direction; and
a top plate member that can move between a table position in which the steering wheel supports the top plate member from beneath, and an evacuation position in which the top plate member allows the steering wheel to return to the driving position while an object remains placed on the top plate member,
wherein the steering wheel in the table position functions as a table or a part of a table for use by the occupant, who is sitting in a driver's seat.

US Pat. No. 10,967,898

MOTOR-ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

thyssenkrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A motor-adjustable steering column for a motor vehicle, comprising:a support unit, which is configured to mount on a vehicle body,
an actuator unit held by the support unit,
a steering spindle rotatably mounted in the actuator unit about a longitudinal axis,
an adjusting drive connected to the support unit and to the actuator unit, and configured such that the actuator unit is adjustable relative to the support unit,
wherein the adjusting drive comprises a drive unit and a threaded spindle engaging in a spindle nut and having a threaded spindle axis, wherein the threaded spindle is driven in rotation or in translation by the drive unit, and
wherein the drive unit is connected to a component of the steering column which is formed by the support unit, the actuator unit or a casing unit holding the actuator unit and connected to the support unit, such that the drive unit is movable in a direction transverse to the threaded spindle axis.

US Pat. No. 10,967,897

FOLDABLE GOLF CART

NINGBO WENTAI SPORT EQUIP...

1. A foldable golf cart, comprising an upper frame, a lower frame, a handlebar set, a front wheel set, and two rear wheel sets, wherein the upper frame is mounted on the lower frame, the front wheel set is mounted at a front end of the lower frame, and the two rear wheel sets are rotatably mounted on a left side and a right side of a rear end of the lower frame respectively; the handlebar set is connected with the upper frame through a first lock mechanism, the upper frame is connected with the lower frame through a second lock mechanism, and the first lock mechanism and the second lock mechanism are connected through a link mechanism; and when the first lock mechanism is unlocked, the handlebar set is rotated, and at this moment, the link mechanism drives the second lock mechanism to be unlocked,wherein the first lock mechanism comprises a joint assembly, a mounting base, a connecting shaft connected with the link mechanism, and a joint lock piece used for locking the joint assembly and the mounting base; the joint assembly is fixedly connected with the handlebar set and is rotatably arranged on the mounting base, a guide groove is formed in an inner side of the joint assembly and has an uneven surface, a first guide hole which extends vertically is formed in the mounting base, and the connecting shaft is located in the guide groove and the first guide hole; and after the joint lock piece is unlocked, the connecting shaft synchronously moves in the guide groove and the first guide hole when the handlebar set drives the joint assembly to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,967,896

STACKABLE ROLLING COOLER BINS WITH DRAWERS

1. A kit of coolers, comprisinga dolly, comprising
a platform in close proximity to the ground, in the form of a single horizontal plate with inaccessible interior;
at least two wheels attached to the platform;
an extendable handle fixedly attached to the platform and protruding upward from the platform;
and indentations;
at least one bin, each comprising
front, rear, left, right, top, and bottom surfaces;
indentations on the top surface having the same size and shape as the indentations on the platform;
and protrusions on the bottom surface, sized and shaped to fit securely within the indentations of another bin or the platform;
a drawer in each bin, opening from the front surface of the bin.

US Pat. No. 10,967,895

METHOD FOR SAFE SUPERVISION OF TRAIN INTEGRITY AND USE OF ON-BOARD UNITS OF AN AUTOMATIC TRAIN PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR SUPERVISION TRAIN INTEGRITY

1. A method for safe supervising train integrity, at SIL4-level, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing a train on a track, the train comprising a first carriage connected directly or indirectly to a second carriage, the first carriage having a first SIL4-proved tracking unit and the second carriage having a second SIL4-proved tracking unit, wherein the first carriage is located at one end of the train and the second carriage is located at the other end of the train, wherein each tracking unit is configured to wirelessly transmit a position data of its respective carriage;
b) acquiring a first position data of the first carriage via the first SIL4-proved tracking unit which is installed on-board of the first carriage and acquiring a second position data of the second carriage via the second SIL4-proved tracking unit which is installed on-board of the second carriage, wherein the first and second position data, are related to a rail route coordinate system and are determined via distance measurement along a rail route coordinate system with reference to at least one reference point on a rail route;
c) determining a deviation between a reference value which depends on the length of the train and a position value which is determined by subtraction of the first and second rail route coordinate system related position data;
d) detecting whether train integrity is given by analyzing the deviation; and
e) repeating steps b) through d);
wherein tracking units are part of on-board units of an automatic train protection system.

US Pat. No. 10,967,894

REDUNDANT, SELF-DETERMINISTIC, FAILSAFE SENSOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RAILROAD CROSSING AND ADJACENT SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION VEHICULAR TRAFFIC CONTROL PREEMPTION

THE ISLAND RADAR COMPANY,...

1. An object detection system for a rail grade crossing island comprising:a crossing island detection system; and
a first pair of radar sensors at a first location spaced from the crossing island and configured to operate independently from the crossing island detection system, the first pair of radar sensors including a first radar sensor and a second radar sensor configured to operate independently from the first radar sensor, the second radar sensor configured to operate according to a different detection technique than the first radar sensor, and each of the first radar sensor and the second radar sensor configured to operate in combination to detect a presence, speed and heading of a train advancing toward the crossing island in a first direction or away from the crossing island in a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
at least one controller configured to compare an output of the first radar sensor, the second radar sensor, and an output of the crossing island detection system to assess a health of the object detection system, and to determine an error condition for any of the first radar sensor, the second radar sensor, and the crossing island detection system.

US Pat. No. 10,967,893

VEHICLE DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDING...

1. A vehicle communication system comprising:a wireless communication device configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system having propulsion-generating vehicles; and
a controller configured to be disposed onboard the vehicle system and operatively connected with the wireless communication device to control operation of the wireless communication device, the controller configured to direct the wireless communication device to switch between operating in an off-board communication mode and operating in an onboard communication mode,
wherein, the wireless communication device is configured to communicate a remote data signal with an off-board location while the wireless communication device is operating in the off-board communication mode and the wireless communication device is configured to communicate a local data signal between the propulsion-generating vehicles of the vehicle system while the wireless communication device is operating in the onboard communication mode.

US Pat. No. 10,967,892

INDEPENDENT CART SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

Rockwell Automation Techn...

1. A method of controlling operation of a plurality of movers traveling along an automated independent cart system, the system including a track having a plurality of track segments, each track segment having a respective controller, the method comprising the steps of:receiving, at a first controller for a first track segment, a motion command for a first mover, the first mover present on a second track segment;
receiving, at the first controller, a position feedback corresponding to a location for the first mover along the track;
determining, at the first controller, a force command for the first mover based on the motion command and the position feedback;
transmitting the force command from the first controller to a second controller for the second track segment; and
generating, at the second controller for the second track segment, an excitation field to interact with a linear drive member mounted on the first mover to drive the first mover based on the force command.

US Pat. No. 10,967,891

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF DEFECTS IN AN ELECTRIC CONDUCTOR SYSTEM OF A TRAIN

1. A method for railway obstacle identification, the method comprising:receiving infrared (IR) images from at least one IR sensor installed on an engine of a train, the at least one IR sensor facing the direction of travel;
obtaining a vibration profile;
filtering effects of vibrations from the IR images based on the vibration profile;
deciding, based on pre-prepared rules and parameters, whether the IR images contain an image of an obstacle and whether that obstacle forms a threat on the train's travel;
detecting a defect in the electric conductor system based on the IR images by analyzing heat distribution along the electric conductor system to find patterns that are typical of possible defects;
deciding, based on pre-prepared rules and parameters, whether at least one of the obstacle and the defect forms a threat on the train's travel; and
providing an alarm signal if the IR images contain the image of at least one of the obstacle and the defect in the electric conductor system.

US Pat. No. 10,967,890

TRAIN COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A train communication system that uses low power radio to perform communication between cars, the train communication system comprising:a first antenna group including a pair of first antennas arranged facing each other, one first antenna of the pair of first antennas being disposed at one end of a leading car, another first antenna of the pair of first antennas being disposed at one end of a first following car connected to the one end of the leading car;
a second antenna group including a pair of second antennas arranged facing each other, one second antenna of the pair of second antennas being disposed at the one end of the leading car, a position where the one second antenna is disposed being different from a position where the one first antenna of the pair of first antennas is disposed in a direction orthogonal to a travel direction of the leading car in top view, another second antenna of the pair of second antennas being disposed at the one end of the first following car;
a measurement unit configured to measure first radio wave strength between the pair of first antennas during communication via the first antenna group; and
a controller enabled to switch an antenna group to be used for communication from the first antenna group to the second antenna group when the first radio wave strength is less than a first predetermined value, wherein
the first antenna group further includes a pair of first following antennas arranged facing each other, one first following antenna of the pair of first following antennas being disposed at another end of the first following car, another first following antenna of the pair of first following antennas being disposed at one end of a second following car connected to the other end of the first following car, and
the second antenna group further includes a pair of second following antennas arranged facing each other, one second following antenna of the pair of second following antennas being disposed at the other end of the first following car, a position where the one second following antenna is disposed being different from a position where the one first following antenna is disposed in a direction orthogonal to a travel direction of the first following car in top view, another second following antenna of the pair of second following antennas being disposed at the one end of the second following car.

US Pat. No. 10,967,889

RAIL SYSTEM FOR SINGLING OUT AND REROUTING RAIL VEHICLES

1. A central buffer coupling for a rail vehicle, the central buffer coupling comprising:at least one coupler arm having a deflection range and movably mountable in at least one degree of freedom to the rail vehicle;
a coupling mechanism designed to couple the at least one coupler arm to another coupler arm of another rail vehicle and mounted rotatably to the at least one coupler arm in a point; and
at least one locking mechanism designed to open and close the coupling mechanism and to lock or release a pivoting movement of the at least one coupler arm in the point,
wherein the locking mechanism and the rotation are released when a deflection of the at least one coupler arm relatively to the rail vehicle reaches at least one end stop and the at least one end stop is arranged within the deflection range of the at least one coupler arm.

US Pat. No. 10,967,888

ON-BOARD APPARATUS AND GROUND SYSTEM

KYOSAN ELECTRIC MFG. CO.,...

1. An on-board apparatus that performs radio communication with a ground system,the ground system being a system that generates traveling control information of each train using train occupancy range information of each train and transmits the traveling control information to the train,
the on-board apparatus comprising:
a storage unit that stores base train length information that is train length information of a base train on which the on-board apparatus is mounted;
a calculating unit that calculates train occupancy range information using a traveling location of the base train measured by a traveling location measuring unit and the base train length information;
a communication control unit that controls transmission of the train occupancy range information calculated by the calculating unit to the ground system and reception of the traveling control information from the ground system;
a traveling control unit that controls train traveling on a basis of the received traveling control information; and
a coupling detecting unit that detects a relative coupled position of a failure train with respect to the base train and coupling of the failure train while setting the base train as a rescue train,
wherein, in a case where detection is performed by the coupling detecting unit, the calculating unit calculates the train occupancy range information by obtaining a head position and a tail position of a series of coupled trains using the traveling location, the base train length information, failure train length information that is train length information of the failure train, and the relative coupled position, and
in a case where detection is performed by the coupling detecting unit, the traveling control unit controls traveling of the series of coupled trains.

US Pat. No. 10,967,887

BEARING MONITORING DEVICE OF RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A bearing monitoring device of a railcar, the railcar being constituted by coupling a plurality of cars including carbodies and bogies, the bearing monitoring device comprising:bearing temperature sensors provided at the respective bogies and configured to directly or indirectly detect temperatures of bearings of the bogies;
at least one state sensor provided at at least one of the carbodies of the plurality of cars and configured to output data pieces corresponding to loads or rotating speeds of the bearings; and
a storage unit provided at at least one of the carbodies of the plurality of cars and configured to receive the data pieces from the at least one state sensor, and store data pieces of signals detected by the bearing temperature sensors and the data pieces received from the at least one state sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,967,886

DRAFT SILL USING A TENSION CABLE

Bombardier Transportation...

1. A rail car comprising:an elongated floor;
an end frame proximate a first end of the floor;
a draft sill extending from the floor; and
a crash energy management (CEM) system comprising:
a coupler plate fixedly connected to the draft sill and extending from the floor between the draft sill and a first end of the floor;
an elongated coupler assembly extending from the coupler plate in a direction of the first end of the floor; and
at least one cable connected between the coupler plate and the end frame, the at least one cable being fixedly connected to the end frame,
wherein the at least one cable is pre-tensioned and configured for transferring a portion of crash-related loads from the draft sill to the end frame.

US Pat. No. 10,967,885

DINING CAR WHICH MAY BE MODULATED, IN PARTICULAR FOR A RAILWAY VEHICLE

ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLO...

1. A dining car for a railway vehicle, including a first side face and a second side face laid out facing each other, and a first lower floor, the dining car comprising a first consumption area where passengers are placed for eating, a second preparation area which is a service area where onboard personnel prepare meals, and a third technical area which includes technical equipment for operating the dining car, the technical equipment comprising a cooling unit for preserving beverages and an electric supply unit, wherein:the first side face includes first supporting portions extending from the first side face at a first height that support a second upper floor,
the first, second and third areas are all on the first lower floor, and
wherein the dining car includes the second upper floor, borne by the first supporting portions,
wherein the second upper floor extends transversely between a first side edge of the second upper floor at a second height and a second side edge of the second upper floor, the second height being greater than the first height relative to the first lower floor, the first side edge extending from a distal portion of the supporting portions relative to the first side face, the second side edge being spaced apart from the second side face by a non-zero distance, so as to form a transverse aperture between the second side edge and the second side face,
wherein the second upper floor forms a mezzanine extending above the first lower floor, so that the transverse aperture looks down on the first lower floor, and
wherein a vertical longitudinal plane cutting the transverse aperture also cuts one of the first, second or third areas.

US Pat. No. 10,967,884

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TAKING AN ACTION BASED UPON MOVEMENT OF A PART OF A VEHICLE INTO A PATH OF TRAVEL

HERE GLOBAL B.V., Eindho...

1. A method comprising:detecting one or more events indicative of a door of a vehicle being opened, wherein the detecting of the one or more events indicative of the door of the vehicle being opened comprises detecting one or more events selected from a door opening prediction group including: a person being onboard the vehicle, a transmission of the vehicle being in park, an engine of the vehicle being off, the vehicle having come to a halt within a first predefined period of time, a part of the vehicle being indicative of having been recently operated, a person having entered the vehicle within a second predefined period of time, a detection of lettering or signage on the vehicle indicative of the vehicle being a taxi, and a detection of a medallion, decal or sign carried by the vehicle indicative of the vehicle providing ride share services, wherein, in an instance in which one or more events are detected from the door opening prediction group, detecting one or more events comprises detecting a sequence of events selected from the door opening prediction group taking place in a predefined order while the vehicle is stationary that are indicative of the door of the vehicle being opened, and wherein the sequence of events comprises a first event selected from the door opening prediction group followed by one or more additional events selected from the door opening prediction group; and
responsive to detection of the one or more events, taking an action to reduce a risk to a person outside the vehicle or another vehicle proximate the door of the vehicle being opened.

US Pat. No. 10,967,883

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ADJUSTING VEHICLE NOISE FOR HUMAN-IN-THE-LOOP CRUISE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a drive unit of a vehicle, comprising:responsive to a vehicle speed meeting a predefined condition relative to a threshold vehicle speed, and after meeting the predefined condition then followed by a speed change outside of the threshold vehicle speed, notifying a vehicle operator of vehicle speed changes by adjusting one or more drive unit actuators to modulate noise while maintaining desired wheel torque within a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,967,882

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES WITH CONTROL RETAKING SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING SAME

Motherson Innovations Com...

1. An autonomous vehicle system of a vehicle, comprising:an eye or face tracking sensor for tracking a user's movements or expressions;
a display for displaying information to the user;
a rear view system for displaying a side or rear view of the vehicle; and
a control unit configured to communicate with the eye or face tracking sensor to detect a user's awareness and transfer control of the vehicle to the user using the detected awareness,
wherein, in response to receiving a request to turn over driving controls to the user, the control unit is configured to activate an indicator requiring the user to look towards a predetermined position on the rear view system.

US Pat. No. 10,967,881

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM FOR UTILITY VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A utility vehicle, comprising:a frame;
a plurality of ground-engaging members supporting the frame and each of the plurality of ground-engaging members is configured to rotate about an axle;
a powertrain assembly supported by the frame;
a braking system configured to operate in a user-selected normal run mode and an anti-lock braking mode, the braking system comprising an anti-lock braking control module operably coupled to the plurality of ground-engaging members and configured to automatically disengage the user-selected normal run mode and engage the anti-lock braking mode in response to a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,967,880

REMOTELY CONTROLLING USE OF FEATURES BASED ON AUTOMATIC VALIDATION REQUESTS

International Business Ma...

1. A method for disabling a function of a feature of a vehicle based on a validation request to a centralized validation authority, prior to a use of the feature, the method comprising:determining, by a processor of a computing system, that a condition is met as part of a startup sequence of the vehicle;
transmitting, by the processor, the validation request to the centralized validation authority, in response to determining the condition is met, wherein the validation request is part of the startup sequence of the vehicle;
receiving, by the processor, a validation decision from the centralized validation authority; and
disabling, by the processor, the feature of the vehicle as a function of receiving the validation decision.

US Pat. No. 10,967,879

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING CONTROL PARAMETER CHANGING DEVICE AND AUTONOMOUS DRIVING CONTROL PARAMETER CHANGING METHOD

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. An autonomous driving control parameter changing device comprising:a processor to execute a program; and
a memory to store the program which, when executed by the processor, performs processes of,
displaying, on a display, a change operation screen of an autonomous driving control parameter including an operation target icon, wherein the autonomous driving control parameter is a parameter used by an autonomous driving controller to perform autonomous driving control of a vehicle;
acquiring information on a gesture operation for moving the operation target icon in a predetermined direction;
changing the autonomous driving control parameter in an increase or decrease direction defined in association with a movement direction in which the operation target icon is moved by the gesture operation, wherein each change to the autonomous driving control parameter causes a corresponding change to the autonomous driving control of the vehicle performed by the autonomous driving controller; and
variably setting a step size based on a predetermined condition, the step size corresponding to an amount of change in the autonomous driving control parameter per occurrence of the gesture operation, wherein the change operation screen displays the step size.

US Pat. No. 10,967,878

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A vehicle control system for controlling at least one subsystem of a vehicle; the vehicle control system comprising:a subsystem controller for initiating control of the or each at least one vehicle subsystem in one of a plurality of baseline subsystem control modes by setting at least one control parameter of the or each at least one subsystem to a predetermined, stored, value or state applicable to that baseline subsystem control mode, each baseline subsystem control mode corresponding to one or more different terrain types for the vehicle; and
input means for permitting a user to provide an input to the vehicle control system,
wherein two or more of the plurality of baseline subsystem control modes are configurable by the user, and for a first user-configurable baseline subsystem control mode of the two or more user-configurable baseline subsystem control modes, the vehicle control system is configured to allow the user to define, via the input means, a user-configured subsystem control mode based on said first user-configurable baseline subsystem control mode by adjusting the value or state of at least one of said at least one control parameter to a value or state other than the predetermined stored value or state applicable to the first user-configurable baseline subsystem control mode, wherein an allowable range of values or states of said at least one control parameter of the or each at least one subsystem is dependent at least in part on the identity of the first user-configurable baseline subsystem control mode in respect of which the value or state of at least one control parameter is to be adjusted, and further wherein the allowable range of values or states of said at least one control parameter for the first user-configurable baseline subsystem control mode is different than an allowable range of values or states of said at least one control parameter for another of the two or more user-configurable baseline subsystem control modes, and wherein the vehicle control system is configured to cause the subsystem controller to initiate control of the or each of the at least one vehicle subsystem in the user-configured subsystem control mode.